Prince Harry: Queen will be ‘judged poorly’ says expert
Last week, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Harry and Meghan Markle had told the Queen they would not be returning to the Firm after their one year review period. The statement said the Royal Family are “all saddened by their decision”.
Under their previously deal with the Queen, they still retained their HRH titles but did not use them as non-working members of the Royal Family.
Now, the titles will have to be reassigned to other working members of the Royal Family – including Harry’s military honours.
According to insiders, the Queen will be the one who has the final say on who gets Harry’s old titles – with William potentially in line.
A royal source told The Sun: “Who takes over from Harry is a thorny issue in the family so giving the Queen the final say is the right thing to do.”
Prince Harry faces humiliating blow as Queen decides on titles
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Another added: “Ultimately, it’s the Queen’s decision. The posts are in her gift.”
Harry also gave up his patronage of the Rugby Football League (RFL) and Rugby Football Union along with his honorary military titles, while Meghan relinquished her patronage of the National Theatre.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Queen is believed to have picked “long ago” which royals will take over the couple’s roles.
Prince Edward, or his wife Sophie Wessex, could soon become National Theatre patron, while Princess Anne could potentially replace the Duke as Captain General of the Royal Marines.
Prince William is said to also be perceived as a possible substitute for his younger brother.
In their statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.
“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
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A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.
“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Meghan and Harry announced they would be stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family last year, a move which shocked the world.
In a bid to be financially independent, the couple have signed multimillion pound deals with Spotify and Netflix.
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Princess Eugenie is settling into parenthood at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor having welcomed her son baby August to the world earlier this month.
Here’s how the new mum could make a touching nod to her wedding day when it comes to planning a royal christening.
Princess Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank, 35, welcomed their son August Philip Hawke to the world on February 9.
The young family are currently based at Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry’s UK home Frogmore Cottage.
The Windsor residence is a short distance from Eugenie’s parents Sarah Ferguson, 60, and Prince Andrew, 61, who live in the Royal Lodge in Great Windsor Park.
Royal UK residences
Kate Middleton joined the Royal Family in 2011 when she married Prince William.
The Duchess regularly wears luxurious pieces of jewellery, and regularly opts for pearls.
Kate Middleton, 39, has an impressive jewellery collection with beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings.
She also regularly wears pieces from the Queen’s huge collection and also owns pieces that previously belonged to Princess Diana.
The Duchess loves to add jewellery to her outfits to pull a look together.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s highly-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey is due to air on the same day as the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message.
One royal commentator has claimed the awkward clash could have been avoided if the Sussexes had informed the Queen of their plans first.
Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, are scheduled to give a no holds barred interview to chatshow legend Oprah Winfrey on March 7.
The special programme will mainly focus on Meghan with Harry joining in at the end and is expected to be the first time the couple publically discuss their decision to stepdown as senior royals.
But news of the interview has ruffled feathers among Palace officials who fear they may bear the brunt of any criticism Meghan and Harry may choose to aim at the Royal Household.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said she is looking forward to meeting her grandchildren soon during her first solo face-to-face engagement of 2021.
Camilla joined volunteers and medical staff at London’s largest inoculation centre, based in Wembley.
During her visit, the Duchess of Cornwall opened up on her how she felt after receiving her first jab against coronavirus – and her hopes for the future.
Speaking to people waiting to receive their vaccination, Camilla said: “It feels like the first step of freedom, I certainly felt like that.”
Meghan Markle once tore up the Queen’s strict impartiality protocol following a visit to Ireland.
Meghan and Harry sent shockwaves through the royal establishment over the weekend after they announced they would not return as working members of the Royal Family.
The Queen shortly after confirmed the news, with Buckingham Palace, in a statement, noting that the pair “remain much-loved members of the family”.
In a personal statement, the Duke and Duchess said they will continue to offer support to the organisations they have represented.
Meghan Markle’s acting ‘helped her with royal life’ says expert
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will open up about “tension” between them and the Royal Family in their tell-all interview with Oprah, according to a source.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recorded their 90-minute documentary with the American TV host last week shortly before they publicly announced they would not be returning as working royals.
A source has told E News that the couple will be “speaking their truth” now that they are no longer subject to the rules and protocols of Buckingham Palace.
The pair are said to be flooded with relief a year on from their dramatic exit from the Firm, dubbed “Megxit”.
12.35pm update: Prince Andrew’s title removed from Queen’s birthday announcement
Prince Andrew’s birthday earlier this month saw the official royal Twitter account congratulate the Duke in a public post – but any mention of his titles were noticeably absent.
Andrew stepped down from his life as a working royal after his BBC Newsnight interview caused international backlash.
Conducted just three months after his friend Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in prison, the Duke of York addressed his decade-long association with the disgraced financier with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis.
Epstein, already a convicted sex offender who previously served a 13-month prison sentence, was arrested in July 2019 on charges related to sex trafficking.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to be aired next month – but they should be conscious that both Princess Diana and Prince Andrew faced difficult consequences after they made serious mistakes in ‘tell-all’ TV interviews.
Meghan and Harry are said to have already recorded their interview with TV legend and friend Oprah, which will air on March 7 on CBS.
The TV network said the Duchess will first discuss how she was coping with life in the public eye and her brief time on the royal frontline, before her husband will join her to discuss their future.
Oprah’s friend and fellow broadcaster, Gayle King, recently promised that “nothing is off limits” for the talk show host’s interview with the Sussexes.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, holds “tremendous power” due to her decade spent preparing to be Queen Consort, an expert has noted.
Kate has been hailed a beacon of stability as her 10-year-anniversary as full-time working royals approaches.
The Duchess of Cambridge, according to an expert, is “consistent” and continues to bring happiness to people through her royal work.
Elizabeth Holmes, author of HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, told People Royals: “There is a tremendous power in being consistent and making people happy.
“There aren’t that many powerful people who can do that.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William wedding
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, would kiss the credits of the shows her father worked as she was too young to watch them.
In the Channel 5 documentary Meghan & Harry: Movies Marriage & Motherhood it was revealed Meghan Markle spent much of her childhood on TV sets that her father Thomas Markle worked on.
The documentary recalled one sitcom she was too young to watch but was able to watch the credits to give her dad’s name a kiss when it was shown.
It is believed Meghan’s TV career grew from her experiences as a child and her closeness to her father which the documentary explored in more depth.
Prince Edwardissued an update on Prince Philip’s health during a video interview on Tuesday.
According to a body language expert, the Earl’s “anxiety” and “concern” for his father, who has been in hospital since last week, came through in the new clip.
Prince Edward, 56, is the youngest of Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip’s, 99, four children.
While the Earl of Wessex is less high profile than some of his more senior siblings, he and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, still provide vital support to the Crown.
Following Prince Philip’s retirement from public life in 2017, Edward has stepped into his father’s shoes and taken up the mantel of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie were thick as thieves growing up and while the royal cousins now live across the Atlantic from one another they are still close.
Express.co.uk has rounded up five pictures that show Harry and Eugenie’s special bond.
Prince Harry, 36, has always been close with his little cousin Princess Eugenie, 30.
From family skiing holidays together as children to being part of the same London party set in their 20s, the royal cousins are known to get along famously.
Eugenie is said to have been one of the first royal relatives Prince Harry introduced to Meghan Markle, 39, in the early days of their relationship.
Prince Harry has penned a heartfelt tribute to one of his most beloved patronages working with children with serious health conditions.
Prince Harry wrote a deeply personal message as patron of WellChild for the charity’s 2019-2020 report.
In his letter, the Duke of Sussex paid tribute to the speedy reaction and tireless efforts by volunteers and staff at the charity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which allowed WellChild to continue supporting sick children and their family at a crucial time.
Oprah Winfrey lands interview with Harry and Meghan
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah is a “disaster waiting to happen”, according to a royal expert.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have filmed an interview with the US TV legend, in which “nothing was off limits”, according to Oprah’s friend Gayle King.
However, royal interviews have a history of not going to plan, most recently Prince Andrew’s car crash interview with BBC Newsnight over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
In the past, Princess Diana’s interview with BBC Panorama shook the world, but she was said to later regret some of the things she said.
Queen Elizabeth II will have been delighted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap to end lockdown as it gives her hope to attend one of her most beloved events in the royal diary.
The Queen is known for her love for horses and horse racing, being a skilled horse rider and successful punter herself.
Royal Ascot in particular is said to be one of the first events pencilled in her diary every year.
Harry, Meghan and baby Archie
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has shone in a special new video to present a British design award.
According to a body language expert, the new clip shows the “trusted” Countess is the “preferred stand-in of the Queen.”
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, is married to Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son Prince Edward, 56, and is said to be a royal favourite.
The Queen’s trusted daughter-in-law carried out an important virtual engagement on Tuesday as she presented The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, recently announced they are expecting their second child together, a younger sibling for Archie Harrison, but what do we know about the pregnancy? Here are all the details…
Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle have recently shared the amazing news they’ll be welcoming another royal baby into the world in a matter of month, causing fans of the former senior royals to go wild over the incredible announcement.
The world found out on Valentine’s Day that the Duchess is with child, with lovely comments flooding in for the couple since.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s multi-year deal with Spotify “sticks in the craw” of other artists on the streaming platform who are struggling to make ends meet, an MP has said.
Meghan and Prince Harry’s contract with audio streaming giant Spotify has been criticised by Steve Brine, Tory MP for Winchester.
Mr Brine was one of the members of Parliament leading an inquiry into how Spotify, Apple and Amazon distribute revenue.
Attending the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee’s latest session on the impact of streaming on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Brine voiced his views on the profitable deal between Spotify and the Sussexes.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, appeared on behalf of the Queen yesterday in a virtual event crowning the winner of the Queen’s Award for British Design.
For the occasion, the royal wore a funky black and white co-ord.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, regularly appears on behalf of the monarch in her role as a working member of the Royal Family.
Prince Edward’s wife appeared virtually presenting the prize to a young fashion designer.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward
Prince Harry has faced calls to be stripped of his place in the line of succession after the Queen confirmed he and Meghan Markle will not return as working members of the Royal Family.
But one constitutional expert has explained why the move is highly unlikely to happen.
Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, have severed ties with the monarchy for good a year on from their stepdown as senior royals.
Last Friday Queen Elizabeth II, 94, confirmed the couple would not return as working members of the monarchy and that they would have to give back a number of patronages and titles to the Crown.
For Prince Harry, this means he has had to relinquish his treasured ceremonial military titles going forward, including his post and Captain-General of the Royal Marines.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles, 72, married on July 29, 1981.
Like many who marry into the Royal Family, Princess Diana turned heads wearing stunning pieces of jewellery on her wedding day.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. For the ceremony, Princess Diana wore a collection of jewellery including rings, earrings and a tiara.
The royal couple were married from 1981 until they divorced in August 1996.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
Prince Philip is due to spend his ninth day in hospital after being admitted early last week.
He is receiving treatment for an infection and is expected to remain in “for several more days.
Prince Philip, 99, will spend his ninth day in hospital on Wednesday after he was admitted to London’s private King Edward VII’s Hospital for treatment last week.
Yesterday the Palace confirmed the Queen’s husband was “receiving medical attention for an infection” and was “not expected to leave hospital for several days.”
Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, announced they are expecting their second children in a statement earlier this month.
A royal expert has shared the royal pregnancy traditions they could skip.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been married since May 19, 2018.
The couple have one child together, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born in May 2019.
Prince Philip health fears
Prince George is third in line to the throne, but despite being raised to one day wear the crown, there is a chance the young royal will never be king – a royal expert has explained why.
Prince George, seven, is Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Prince William’s eldest child and heir to the British throne.
As things currently stand the young royal is third in the line of succession behind his grandfather Prince Charles, 72, and father William.
While George is expected to take the crown from his father one day, his accession may never happen, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duke of Edinburgh has an infection and is expected to stay in the hospital for several more days, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The disclosure is the first official explanation for Prince Philip’s admission last Tuesday. Palace officials said Philip, 99, was “comfortable and responding to treatment” and his youngest son, Prince Edward, revealed his father’s condition had improved.
It was not clear if Philip is suffering from a recurrence of the bladder infections that have dogged him previously, leading to at least two spells in the hospital in 2012.
— to www.express.co.uk