Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert on possible Biden relationship
Meghan Markle has started to become more political since she stepped down as a senior member of the Royal Family last year. Last September the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sparked an outcry for urging people to vote in the upcoming US Presidential election and now it has emerged the couple chatted to California’s Governor Gavin Newsom on a one-hour video call. Commenting on these events, author Steven Heritage says it is obvious Meghan is weighing up entering the political stage – but he has cautioned against such a move.
Writing in the Times, Mr Heritage warned the Duchess few celebrities are successful in their attempts to turn to politics.
He said: “The idea that Meghan Markle might be entertaining the thought of running for president is starting to feel a little less ridiculous.
“Five weeks before Megxit, she invited Hillary Clinton to Windsor for a chat.
“And now it has been revealed that Harry and Meghan recently had a one-hour Zoom meeting with Gavin Newsom, the governor of California.
“This might all be by the by, but at the same time it might also be all the proof we need that a presidential run is being prepared.
Meghan Markle has been warned against entering US politics
“If that’s the case, Meghan should probably brace herself for the worst.
“Many, many celebrities before her have attempted to throw their hat into the political ring, but successes have been few and far between.”
Members of the Royal Family are expected to remain politically neutral so as not to sway the electorate.
Meghan and Harry were accused of interfering in US politics last September, when the Duchess called the Presidential election “the most important election of our time”.
Meghan and Harry did not openly back Joe Biden or Donald Trump in their message, but some royal watchers branded the video a political interference by the hand of two members of the Royal Family.
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6.00am update: Princess Beatrice gifted special wedding present in line with York tradition – ‘Mrs MM’
Princess Beatrice received a very special present after her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi last year.
Edoardo and Beatrice were married in a smaller ceremony in July last year at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge. For her nuptials, Beatrice was gifted an embroidered silk robe from Hand & Lock, a centuries-old company boasting a royal warrant.
The white robe was monogrammed with the words “Mrs MM”, meaning Mrs Mapelli Mozzi.
5.20am update: Prince Philip’s sweet letters show affection for Diana as marriage to Charles crumbled
Diana, Princess of Wales, wrote a letter to Prince Philip to thank him for his “marriage guidance skills” as her marriage to Prince Charles crumbled.
Correspondence between Diana and the Duke of Edinburgh showed the pair were on good terms during the breakdown of her relationship with the Prince of Wales. In the intimate letters, obtained by Woman & Home, Prince Philip signed off as ‘Pa’.
Prince Philip wrote to Princess Diana on July 7 1992: “I can only repeat what I have said before
“If invited, I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability.
“But I am quite ready to concede that I have no talent as a marriage counsellor!”
4.15am update: New grandmother Sarah Ferguson’s first appearance since birth of Eugenie’s son
Sarah, the Duchess of York, has made her first appearance since her daughter Princess Eugenie gave birth to a royal baby boy.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Tuesday Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son was born at 8.55am and weighed 8lbs 1oz. A statement from the Palace said Sarah was “delighted with the news”, with the Duchess breaking her silence the same day.
Sarah’s first appearance since her daughter’s due date was on her YouTube channel, where she reads children’s books.
Two clips were posted to her Fergie and Friends channel, with the first coming on Wednesday.
The Queen and Prince Philip could part ways after Duke celebrates birthday this spring
3.00am update: Queen’s ‘special relationship’ with Archie laid bare as royal baby ‘loves’ video calls
Queen Elizabeth II’s sweet relationship with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son, Archie Harrison, has been described as “special”, with both royals staying in touch via video calls.
Her Majesty enjoys seeing her great-grandson, who lives in the United States, over video call, according to a royal expert.
“The pair have a “very special relationship”, and although now they are separated due to coronavirus travel restrictions, the Queen was able to spend time with Archie when he was younger.
1.45am update: Queen and Prince Philip could part ways after Duke celebrates birthday this spring
The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for more than seven decades and have been a vital source of support to one another during the pandemic. However, following the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday this spring the couple could return to living at separate royal residences.
Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, have been based at Windsor Castle for the best part of the pandemic. The royal couple have been married for an extraordinary 73 years and while they may have sought comfort in one another’s company during the coronavirus crisis they are also used to living apart.
12.30am update: Princess Eugenie given ‘free pass’ Meghan and Harry ‘could only dream of’ with royal baby
Princess Eugenie may have been given a “free pass” that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “could only dream of” following the birth of her baby boy, according to a royal expert.
The Princess of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank proudly posted a sweet black and white photo of their hands cuddling the fingers and wrist of their baby son after he was born on Tuesday at the Portland Hospital, in central London. Eugenie also captioned the picture with three blue hearts and two exclamation marks, with the post receiving more than 60,000 likes just a few minutes after going live. However, their announcement was a stark contrast to Meghan and Harry’s announcement of baby Archie’s birth, as they held a photo call on May 8, 2019, at Windsor Castle to present their son to the public.
Royal expert Daniela Elser claimed Eugenie was able to enjoy more freedom to share her happy news in her own way as she is further down the royal line of ascent compared to Harry and Meghan.
10.12pm update: Kate issues heartbreaking plea to nurses during pandemic – ‘needed more than ever’
Kate and Prince William spoke to the trainees from Ulster University’s School of Nursing during a virtual practical lesson this week.
The duke also shared his sympathy with the group who took part in hospital placements during the pandemic, as he said: “That’s really baptism by fire.”
During the first lockdown, the students joined the frontline fight against Covid-19 working on wards or in the community.
Speaking during a video call held on Tuesday, the duchess told them they had made an important career choice.
She said: “Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the country, so you couldn’t have chosen a better career choice and it’s needed now more than ever.
“You’ve got almost three generations now – those coming back from retirement but also you guys doing your training who are stepping up – it shows real commitment and real teamwork, and it should really be celebrated, so really well done.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stood down as senior royals last year
9.24pm update: Princess Eugenie risks controversy with royal baby name- staff ‘try to keep straight face’
The Queen and Prince Philip’s ninth great-grandchild was born on Tuesday at the Portland Hospital, in central London, weighing 8lb 1oz.
Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank have yet to reveal what their son will be called as they settle into their new life as parents.
But royal expert Daniela Elser warned Eugenie against picking an unusual name such as “Eustace” to avoid any controversy with the palace.
She wrote in NZ Herald: “In the coming hours and days, it is likely that Buckingham Palace will release some sort of charming official shot of Eugenie, Jack and their baby, along with announcing the little one’s name.
“There will be a surfeit of cute and heart emojis galore and not a skerrick of a controversy unless the couple name the tot something like Rocket or Cosmo or Eustace.
“Here is one last, fun, game of pretend to play: The expressions of the official Buckingham Palace gift shop staffers as they try to keep a straight face as they slap ‘Onyx’ or ‘Abner’ on some overpriced porcelain baby souvenirs.”
8.48pm update: Spain’s Princess Leonor to study in Wales- and dad King Felipe VI will foot £67k bill
The eldest daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will be a student of the college situated outside the town of Llantwit Major for the next two academic years as she continues the International Baccalaureate programme. The teenager who holds the title of Princess of Asturias is heir to the Spanish throne.
In an announcement on Wednesday, the Spanish royal household said her parents would foot the £67,000 bill for tuition.
The young princess underwent a selection process required by the Spanish Committee of the United World Schools Foundation (UWC Spain).
The initial pre-selection phase is developed anonymously by each candidate.
The final phase sees candidates carry out tests.
The college is based at the 12th century St Donat’s Castle and boasts stunning views of Wales’ southern coast. It lies 17 miles west of Cardiff.
Students are expected to arrive for the beginning of classes at the end of August or the beginning of September.
Along with her peers, Princess Leonor will reside in one of the boarding houses on the campus.
Students live in groups with teachers and other employees of the school.
7.15pm update: Prince Harry launches new podcast without Meghan Markle as Duke praises NHS workers
The Duke of Sussex has announced the Invictus Games foundation, which was set up for injured and wounded service personnel in 2014, will work with the NHS for people to “learn from each other”.
He added NHS workers have been “engaged in a new kind of battle” over the last year while treating thousands of people with covid.
One of the guests on the podcast will be Harry’s friend and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant JJ Chalmers.
Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, said: “For a year now, NHS workers have been engaged in a new kind of battle. They have consistently set-aside their own physical and emotional health in the service of others.
“This service and sacrifice resonates deeply with so many in the Armed Forces community.
“With this ongoing project, we know that the NHS and Invictus communities will learn from each other, support each other, and lead conversations that everyone can draw from.
“It is from these shared experiences I hope people can find strength, compassion, and understanding, and the inspiration they need for their own recovery and resilience.”
Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert issues warning on lawsuits
6.23pm update: Kate and William send birthday message to ‘inspirational’ campaigner in Diana’s memory
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reached out to Connor Iynes on his 20th birthday after he shared a moving summary of the challenges he has overcome in his life. The youngster posted a photo showing him lying on a hospital bed with a breathing apparatus and another snap of him meeting the duke.
Connor was awarded the Diana Award in 2019 for being an “incredible role model for determination, resilience, sheer grit, and passion”.
After suffering two strokes following a head injury sustained while playing rugby, he went on to raise more than £20,00 for a charity helping children going through similar trauma.
He tweeted: “My dad died when I was one. My mum left when I was three. My nan died when I was eight.
“Nearly lost my leg when I was 10. Two life-threatening strokes age 15. Wouldn’t survive, not much hope!
“On Tuesday I turn 20, I’m proud, I’m strong, I am me #neversaynever #Survivor.”
His tweet has been “liked” by more than 85,000 Twitter users.
Kate and William tweeted: “Happy Birthday Connor! You’re now much more than a #Survivor @DianaAward.”
5.39pm update: Prince Harry likely to be ‘using Covid medical exemption’ to extend US stay
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have settled down in California, the state where the Duchess grew up and where her mother and “best friend” Doria Ragland still lives.
The couple hightailed out of their Canadian getaway and across the border to the US in March last year, just before COVID-19 travel restrictions kicked in.
They spent a brief spell in Malibu, LA, staying at a friend’s house before splashing out on a mansion in the community of Montecito, in Santa Barbara.
While the two are reportedly blissfully happy with their post-royal life — and are not looking to renegotiate the terms of their exit with the senior royals back in the UK — there could be one significant obstacle to the Sussexes’ new life on the horizon.
Meghan was born in the US and so has always been an American citizen, but Harry is a British citizen — meaning he is only entitled to stay in the States for 182 days in any 12-month period, even if he has a visa.
Without a visa, he would only have been permitted to remain in the US for up to 90 days.
Furthermore, once a foreign national spends 183 days or more in the US, they are considered a tax resident for that year.
Questions have subsequently been raised as to how the Duke of Sussex has managed to do so, especially as reports claim he has not yet filed an application for an American passport.
However, according to tax and immigration advisor David Lesperance, Harry may be utilising a new clause in the US visa rules related to Covid restrictions while he considers his options.
As Mr Lesperance told Express.co.uk in an exclusive interview, although the 182-day cut-off point is still in place, there are “certain exceptions”.
He said: “There are certain exceptions to counting days, such as if you commute from a contiguous territory such as Canada.
“There’s also ones for medical exemptions — if you take ill in the US and you spend the day in the hospital, well, that day does not count.
“You can claim that you didn’t intend to be in the US, and that you are only there for a medical reason.
“Now, do you need to catch Covid or do you just need to have a potential lockdown situation?
“Interesting question — clearly if you catch Covid and you get a doctor’s report, but even if you’ve had Covid is there a test available to you?
“I would suspect that Harry could probably find a doctor somewhere who could give him a test.”
Princess Anne pictured watching Scotland’s rugby triumph
5.24pm update: Prince Charles and Camilla praise cathedral for inventive way of keep patients calm as they wait for Covid jab
Following the news Charles and Camilla had received their Covid jabs, the couple posted a video showing the organists at Salisbury Cathedral playing relaxing music to help patients stay calm as they waited for their own vaccines.
Clarence House posted on Twitter: “The organists at @SalisburyCath have provided musical accompaniment in the form of Bach, Handel and Pachelbel – to help patients relax as they wait for and receive the vaccine.”
This was accompanied by a video of organist John Challenger playing Bach’s Air in D.
4.35pm update: Mike Tindall has ‘damaged’ Royal Family’s reputation with ’embarrassing’ furlough row
Mike Tindall’s company, Kimble Trading Ltd, is a listed recipient of the Government’s furlough scheme, which was implemented to help prevent job losses during the coronavirus crisis. But the royal has been heavily criticised for taking advantage of the scheme, with one royal expert branding the move as “embarrassing”.
Mike, who married the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall in July 2011, has the firm to manage his speaking arrangements but appointments dried up during the pandemic.
According to the accounts, the company has only one member of staff — believed to be Mike himself.
The company also appears on a Government list of firms using the furlough scheme, which pays 80 percent of a worker’s salary up to £2,500 per month.
The news that the former professional rugby player utilised the Government’s job retention scheme has been branded an “embarrassing” move by David McClure, author of Royal Privilege: The Queen’s True Worth.
He said: “The Royal Family is all about good optics, that’s what they do, it’s all ceremony, it’s all image, it’s all promotion.
“This does cause some reputational damage to the Royal Family, and I think the situation is slightly embarrassing for the Royal Family, without a doubt.”
������ The organists at @SalisburyCath have provided musical accompaniment in the form of Bach, Handel and Pachelbel – to help patients relax as they wait for and receive the vaccine. https://t.co/QzYRIrGYsC
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) February 10, 2021
3.51pm update: Queen surprised with hidden good luck charm on coronation gown from dress designer
Fashion designer Normal Hartwell was charged with stitching together a dress for the Queen’s coronation and was told to include the national floral emblems of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Hartwell used this opportunity to include a small four-leaf clover on the coronation dress among the other flowers of the UK as a good luck charm for the new monarch.
The dress also included floral emblems of nations under the Royal Family’s dominion at the time including a maple leaf for Canada and a lotus flower for India.
Revealed on Channel 5’s “Secrets of the Royal Palace”, art historian Jacky Klein explained Mr Hartwell was subject to many requests from the Queen over the dress’s design.
She recalls one strange alteration to the gown which the designed was cautious to do.
Ms Klein said: “Originally Hartnell represented Wales with the emblem of the daffodil and he was slightly put out when he was asked to replace it with the rather less glamorous but more official Welsh symbol of the leek.”
England was represented by the Tudor rose, Scotland by the thistle and Ireland by the shamrock.
3.25pm update: Princess Anne brutally MOCKED over ‘claustrophobic’ living room – vile trolls attack royal
Anne, a keen rugby fan, is the royal patron of Scottish Rugby. Whilst she was unable to attend the Twickenham match in person due to coronavirus restrictions Anne did watch the game at home with her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence.
To mark Scotland’s 11-6 victory over England the official Royal Family Instagram account shared a photo of the couple watching the game from their Gatcombe Park home.
In the image Princess Anne and her husband can be seen watching the match on television from a sofa.
A coffee table, which holds a number of books, is immediately in front of the couple whilst a dog bed is by the TV.
Further back shelves display horse-riding memorabilia, family photographs and ornaments.
The photo sparked a mixed reaction from royal fans with many praising the image for being “normal-looking” while others mocked it for being “claustrophobic”.
One Instagram user posted: “I love that their house looks like anyone’s grandmother’s house.”
Another joked: “And I was worried about my clutter!”
A third added: I feel a little claustrophobic just looking at all the stuff in their living room.”
Princess Eugenie gave birth to a baby boy yesterday
2.40pm update: Princess Eugenie baby boy: Most likely baby names for Queen’s great-grandson
Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, gave birth to a son yesterday morning at the Portland Hospital in central London.
Her husband, Jack Brooksbank, was by her side to witness the arrival of their first child, who weighed 8lbs 1oz.
The couple has not yet named the royal brood and bookmakers have already weighed in on what they think the pair will name the new arrival.
Ladbrokes expect Eugenie and Jack to choose a traditional name for their son, with Arthur currently leading the way in the betting.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The betting suggests Eugenie and Jack will choose a traditional, royal name, although a handful of punters seemingly reckon the happy couple will opt for something a little more out-there.”
Arthur currently has odds of 4/1, followed by James on 6/1. Frederick, Edward and Albert all tie in third place, with odds of 8/1.
The bookmakers have Hugo, Alfred, Alexander and Benedict all on odds of 10/1.
2pm update: Meghan Markle’s throwback to her acting past in latest video appearance with Prince Harry
Meghan Markle appeared with Prince Harry yesterday in an online poetry class via video call.
The Duchess wore a light blue shirt, which her fans were quick to point out looked like an outfit her Suits character would wear.
For the video appearance, Meghan Markle wore an unbuttoned light blue shirt, revealing a thin silver necklace.
Fans of Meghan took to Twitter to compare her look with the outfits of her Suits character.
Meghan played Rachel Zane in American legal drama Suits from 2011 to 2018.
Many fans noted how similar Meghan’s shirt was yesterday to how Rachel Zane used to dress.
“Big Rachel Zane energy with this look and I’m here for it,” commented one Twitter user. Another Meghan fan wrote: “The throwback! I love it.”
1.10pm update: Meghan Markle and Harry now ‘multi-millionaires’ and richer than Kate and William
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are likely to now be “multi-millionaires” and much wealthier than Kate Middleton and Prince William, a tax advisor told Express.co.uk.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, tax and immigration advisor David Lesperance explained that this is likely to all make the couple staggeringly wealthy just 12 months after leaving the Firm.
Looking first at the couple’s revenue, he said: “Would they have had any of their deals had they remained as junior royals? Probably not.”
Mr Lesperance then compared the couple’s new wealth to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William’s royal finances.
He confirmed that he would expect the Sussexes to now be wealthier than the Cambridges, by a stretch of “multi-millions”.
12.35pm update: Mike Tindall said ‘you always worry about money’ before company’s furlough use went public
Mike Tindall admitted that he “always worries about money” just weeks before it was revealed his company had taken advantage of the furlough scheme.
Government-published accounts for the year ending on March 31 last year were filed in December and suggested Mike’s company had struggled throughout the pandemic and the subsequent restrictions on events.
The account explained that the company had “taken advantage of all available Government aid in order to support the business and its employees through the crisis”.
None of this financial support went towards Mike and there is no implication of wrongdoing.
However, the royal did hint at his concerns about money earlier this month.
Discussing his 2014 retirement from rugby, he said: “You always worry about money. I was very fortunate that I had a couple of ambassadorial roles, so you know there’s money coming in, but sponsorships won’t last forever.
“You’ve got to plan and now with a third on the way and what’s coming down the line in terms of school bills, fees to pay.”
12pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry told ‘grow up’ and mend royal rift before ‘it’s too late’
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been told by a royal commentator to “grow up” and resolve their Royal Family rifts before time runs out.
Robert Jobson told US Weekly that someone within the Royal Family has to step up and mend the relationship. The royal commentator added that at some point people will “drop off their mortal-coils” and then it will be too late to resolve the issue.
Mr Jobson said: “I don’t understand Meghan’s mindset. She has a rift with her father, now they have got a rift with the other side of the family.
“Someone somewhere has to mend this rift, someone has got to stop having feuds and rifts.
“It is not a drama, it is real life and at some stage, people will drop off their mortal-coils and those rifts won’t have been healed. All I would say to anybody who has a rift is grow up.”
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine
11.10am update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave poets ‘in tears’ after surprise Zoom call
One attendee started crying after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at a Zoom poetry class to mark Black History Month.
The event was organised by Get Lit – Words Unite, a California based non-profit.
Meghan and Harry joined in the conversation which focused on the structural impact of racism and the importance of listening.
Speaking to Huffington Post Diane Luby Lane, Get Lit founder, said the Sussexes’ team had contacted them over the event.
She described the royal appearance as “honesty the most shocking and thrilling moment of our lives”.
Ms Lane added: “Our poets’ mouths hit the floor.
“After they left, one of the poets started crying and said ‘I need someone to explain what just happened right now’.”
10.30am update: Prince Charles and Camilla copy Queen and break tradition amid Covid-19 vaccine push
Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 73 are the latest British Royal Family members to have received the COVID-19 vaccine, Clarence House confirmed on Wednesday. While royal health information is not usually made public Charles and Camilla’s decision mirrors one made by Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, last month.
Buckingham Palace announced the Queen and Philip had been vaccinated in January in a rare break from royal tradition.
At the time it was understood the Queen had asked the news to be shared in order to avoid speculation on the topic but one royal expert has claimed there was also an important public message to the move.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams claimed Camilla and Charles had done a “public service” by sharing their vaccination news.
9.50am update: Princess Anne pushed down line of succession by Princess Eugenie’s baby
Despite Anne’s senior royal status she is relatively low down the line of succession and has now been pushed down another place following the arrival of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal baby on Tuesday.
Unlike her aunt, Princess Eugenie is not a working member of the monarchy but is still a much-loved member of the Windsor Family.
While Eugenie does not carry out official royal duties she is a regular and family events and has accompanied the Queen at engagements in the past.
Princess Eugenie’s son automatically became 11th in line to the throne upon his birth, pushing several royal relatives one place down the line.
Princess Anne has moved down to 15th place. Anne’s children Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips have moved down to 16th and 19th place in line to the throne following the birth of Eugenie’s baby.
British line to the throne
9am update: Camilla and Charles have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have recieved the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Clarence House has said.
The Queen and Prince Philip received the jab last month.
8.35am update: Prince Edward plunges down line of succession after Princess Eugenie royal baby birth
Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, gave birth to a son yesterday morning at the Portland Hospital in central London.
The new royal brood has changed the line of succession – and has seen Prince Edward, the Queen’s son, fall further down the lineage.
The baby boy has become 11th in line to the British throne, displacing the child’s great uncle, Prince Edward, 56.
Edward, who is the Queen’s youngest child, has moved from 11th to 12th place in the line of succession.
This is because the Queen’s older children, and their offspring, take precedence.
8.10am update: Princess Eugenie baby must stick to tradition despite not being senior royal
Princess Eugenie, 30, and Jack Brooksbank, 35, are likely to be delighted following the safe arrival of their royal baby on Tuesday.
While Eugenie’s son is 11th in line to the throne and unlikely to ever be a working member of the monarchy, there is one tradition they will be expected to adhere to in regards to their christening.
Windsor Family babies are traditionally christened in the same Honiton lace gown.
The special gown is a precise replica of the one commissioned by Queen Victoria and first used at the christening of her eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, in 1841.
All royal babies were christened in the original gown up until the birth of Prince Edward’s son James, Viscount Severn, 17 when a replica replaced the original as it was deemed to frail to continue using.
If Eugenie’s baby has a traditional christening then he will be expected to wear the gown too.
— to www.express.co.uk