Charles and Camilla visited London’s 100 Club earlier this week, a basement club where bands like the Sex Pistols, The Jam and Oasis have played. During the visit, the royal couple added their signatures to a wall full of the names of musicians who have performed at the club over the years – in a breach of royal protocol.
Royals are not allowed to give out their signature because of the risk of it being forged.
It comes amid fury among royal fans, who have launched a tirade of criticism at Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, partly sparked due to their portrayal in Netflix’s The Crown.
The most recent season, which was released last month, follows Charles’ marriage to Diana and sees the heir to the throne have a long affair with Camilla.
The portrayal in the series, which has been heavily criticised for dramatising recent events, has partly led to fans demanding Prince Charles abdicates and hands the throne over to his son, Prince William.
Since Charles and Camilla’s royal visit to the 100 Club, calls for the heir to the throne to relinquish his claim surged on social media.
One person wrote: “I would like to meet one single person who supports Charles becoming King.
“He just needs to abdicate so we can get some young, fresh king and queen in the form of William and Kate. No one wants you or your side chick.”
A second user wrote: “Prince Charles you better abdicate and never be seen again!!!”
A third said: “They will not get the respect, when and if they become king and queen?!.. Move aside and let #PrinceWilliam take over!!”
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9.44am update: Meghan Markle has ‘no intention’ of giving up royal patronages before Queen Megxit review
Meghan Markle has “no intention” of giving up her patronages, according to a royal commentator.
Meghan 39, stepped down as a senior member of the Royal Family with Prince Harry, 36, in March before moving to California. In doing so the Duke of Sussex was forced to give up his military titles but royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has claimed the Duchess will not be giving up her patronages. They are the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Mayhew, the National Theatre in London, and Smart Works.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “I think that as far as we know there no signs that Eugenie’s going to be taking over any of the patronages that they still have It’s sometimes forgotten that Meghan has several patronages which are based here.
“Obviously at the moment, there’s no sign that she has any intention of giving them up. They have roles with the Commonwealth and that I’m sure will continue.”
9.07am update: Kate Middleton’s brother James open up on depression battle – and unexpected turning point
James Middleton, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, has bravely spoken of his battle with depression.
Speaking of his experience with the illness, James highlighted how one “poignant” Christmas helped transform his mental health.
James, who was diagnosed with depression in November 2017, revealed a Christmas family trip away to Scotland sparked a recovery in him he did not expect.
Admitting the illness was difficult to hide from those around him, James spoke of how the Highland lodge Glen Affric and his dogs sparked a reset in his mind.
Journeying to the area for Christmas in 2017 with his parents, sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews and his family, Mr Middleton claimed he had not been looking forward to going away that Christmas.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he revealed he had been advised to do so by his therapist, who claimed: “It’ll do you good.”
During the ten days James spent at the lodge, he also spoke of the healing power of the natural surroundings and Affric trail he took on Christmas Day.
He also adopted a morning ritual of driving into Loch Affric every day, which helped him feel vibrant and alive.
Special praise was also made for his dogs, whom James claimed had acted as his own therapists during the trip.
8.42am update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry slammed for ‘pretty basic’ mistakes by PR director
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been accused of making “pretty basic” communications mistakes by a leading PR expert.
The comment was made by James Brooke, managing director of London based Rooster PR.
Earlier this week Harry helped launch WaterBear, a new environment focused streaming service.
The Prince, speaking in his capacity as African Parks president, spoke emotively about the need to fight climate change.
However speaking to The Guardian Mr Brooke argued Harry made communications mistakes demonstrating the Sussexes are still “floundering” when it comes to PR.
In particular he argued it was an error for the prince to speak about “doing not saying” from his £11.2million Los Angeles mansion.
Mr Brooke said: “The mistakes they are making are pretty basic. None of this is rocket science.”
8am update: Prince Charles depiction in The Crown to be raised with Prime Minister
A Tory peer has pledged to raise the depiction of senior royals in Netflix’s The Crown with the Prime Minister and in the House of Lords.
Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, a former Tory Minister under John Major, accused the streaming giant of having “crossed a line”.
Season four of The Crown, released last month, sparked controversy over its portrayal of the relationship between Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.
Charles is depicted as continuing his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles shortly after he married Diana when this didn’t happen until some time later.
Referring to Netflix Lord Forsyth added: “What they are doing is absolutely shocking. It is mendacious and it is untrue.
“And as every day goes by without any action on the issue, more and more people are seeing this programme, and unfortunately people believe this stuff to be fact.
“If Netflix are also using a corporate account in that way then the case for regulation is even stronger.”
— to www.express.co.uk