Meghan and Harry ‘no longer protected by Palace’ says expert
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said they will not return to their roles as working royals but have indicated a desire to reunite with family members for special occasions. The monarch, 94, is expected to be joined by senior royals for a multi-day celebration including a flypast over Buckingham Palace watched by the family from the balcony.
Senior royals are also expected to take part in organised events in London and other cities to showcase the Queen’s service to Britain.
But when Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39 fly in from the US, palace aides will have a testy situation on their hands when trying to incorporate them into frontline appearances.
An insider told The Sun: “Harry wants to be there. It is already causing a headache and is going to be very awkward.
“Where will they be positioned if they turn up? What events can they attend?
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Royal aides will have to decide how to incorporate Harry and Meghan into the Platinum Jubilee celebration
“Will we put them on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the flypast?
“This is a celebration for the Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation and should not be overshadowed.”
On February 6 next year the Queen will mark 70 years on the throne.
But a party to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee Her Majesty is expected to take place in June 2022.
The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022
Britons will see their May Bank Holiday pushed back to June 2 to make way for the momentous occasion.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said the Queen deserves a “celebration to remember”.
It is not yet known if the Sussexes intend on bringing their children to the UK for their great-grandmother’s day of honour.
Archie will turn three a month before the Platinum celebrations while the couple’s second child, thought to be due in about three months, will have turned one by next summer.
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Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship ‘not where it was’ post-Megxit – source
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Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship is “not where it once was” following a tumultuous year for the royal brothers, according to a source close to the Sussexes.
The Duke and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, told the Royal Family they would not return to public service on Friday, leading to them being stripped of their titles and patronages. While reports have claimed William is keen to repair his relationship with Harry, a source has claimed the brothers are still distant in the wake of ‘Megxit’.
William and Harry have been said to have been in contact since the Sussex royals stepped down from working royal life last March.
But a source close to the Duke of Sussex has said the brothers, while still supportive, are not as close as they were before ‘Megxit’.
They said of their relationship: “It’s not where it once was.
“However, they are brothers and will support each other and are committed to coming together to honour their late mother’s legacy.”
Prince Philip is spending his seventh night in hospital after being sent by Buckingham Palace doctors – but plans are already in place should the worst happen and the Duke of Edinburgh die.
Should the Duke, 99, die while hospitalised at King Edward VII’s hospital, Operation Forth Bridge will be triggered. The procedures for the Duke’s potential death is named after a feature of Edinburgh, and lays out what must happen in regards to announcements and burials.
The Queen is set to confirm which Royal Family members will be taking on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal patronages and titles in the coming weeks.
Following the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex’s formal exit from the Firm last Friday, Her Majesty is set to redistribute the titles the couple left behind.
The Duke 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.
Prince William is said to be the preferred choice of Rugby League chiefs to become the sport’s new patron in the wake of Harry’s departure.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, described how she and Princess Charlotte share a love of the same food.
The Duchess was visiting Lavender Primary School in north London in 2019 to support Children’s Mental Health Week. But while talking to primary school children, Kate shared how she and her then-three year old daughter love the same snack.
Prince Harry’s final hopes regarding his future with the Royal Family have been soundly “dashed” by the Queen’s latest announcement, a commentator has claimed.
Prince Harry returning his remaining military honours has been the “toughest” challenge for him so far, a royal commentator has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave back their final patronages and appointments after they confirmed to the Queen that they would not be returning as working royals. HeirPod host Omid Scobie explained why the loss of the military roles, in particular, would be devastating for the Prince.
Meghan Markle and Harry discuss motives behind Spotify podcast
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should be banned from standing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for major events, Express.co.uk readers have overwhelmingly said in our new poll, after it was confirmed the pair would not return to their roles in the Royal Family.
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Meghan Markle “would not be confined” by Royal Family protocol after marrying Prince Harry, a royal expert has claimed.
Royal commentators Camilla Tominey and Angela Levin remarked on Meghan Markle’s inability to fit into the Royal Family.
Ms Levin insisted the Duchess of Sussex had no sense of duty, but this was understandable as she had never been a member of the Royal Family.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have offered support to a US-based charity just days after the Queen confirmed the pair would not return to their royal roles.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will provide financial aid to Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, the organisation said, in the wake of the destructive winter storms in Texas.
In a post on social media, the Dallas-based charity for women suffering domestic abuse, said Meghan and Harry would provide assistance via their Archewell Foundation.
The charity, founded in 1984, said Meghan and Harry had offered to replace a roof at the facility as well as cover other immediate needs.
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7.50pm update: Meghan says new foundation can ‘elevate voices’
Meghan Markle said the couple created Archewell Audio to “elevate voices” in a promotional video for their new podcast series with Spotify.
This evening, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a glimpse into their own forthcoming Archewell Audio content.
With music playing in the background, Meghan can be heard talking about how podcasting can “drive powerful conversations”.
Meghan added: “We created Archewell Audio to make sure we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard, and hear people’s stories.”
Harry continued: “The biggest part of this is trying to create a community where you can share.”
7.00pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seen for first time since Megxit confirmed in Spotify promo
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made an appearance for the first time since Megxit was confirmed last Friday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in a promotional video for their podcast series with US streaming giant Spotify.
Prince Harry has been defended by a furious caller who insisted the Queen does not care about the Duke.
This follows on from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being criticised for agreeing to a personal interview with friend Oprah Winfrey.
The caller named Carol said: “Prince Harry is obviously affected by the media.
“I think Prince Harry has been insulted and I think it is so sad.
“That boy has done so much and I don’t think the Queen gives a monkey’s about anything.”
Prince Harry remains sixth-in-line to the throne
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “insulted” the Queen with their response to being stripped of their Royal Family patronages and titles, according to Carole Malone.
Carole Malone told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine programme that Meghan and Harry do not understand the concept of service and that Queen Elizabeth II “wrote the book” on it.
Ms Malone said: “I think they have been totally disrespectful to the Queen from the start of all this.
“The Queen had written a letter before she found out about the Oprah interview.
“She had said she was removing his patronages and titles because he could not fulfil his role with those titles because he was not in this country.”
4.45pm update: YouGov poll finds 49 percent of Britons believe Prince Harry should be removed from the line of succession
A YouGov poll has found 49 percent of Britons believe Prince Harry should be removed from his place in the line of succession and should not be eligible to become King.
The snap survey of more than 4,000 UK adults found just 28 percent thought the Queen’s grandson should not be removed.
Meanwhile, the remaining 24 percent of participants remained unsure.
The results of the survey also suggested the older generation were more in favour of Harry being dismissed from the line of succession, compared to younger people.
The poll found 62 percent of those aged over 65-years-old were in favour of Harry being removed – compared to just 28 percent of people aged between 18-24.
The Queen “ensured all olive branches were severed” upon making her decision to strip Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of their royal and military patronages, an expert has claimed.
The Queen has been criticised for not leaving the door of the Royal Family ajar for Meghan and Prince Harry.
Royal commentator Peter Hunt said the monarch’s decision announced on Friday resulted in the Firm casting out “one of its own”.
He wrote in The Spectator: “A family has rejected one of its own.The matriarch ensured all olive branches were severed from the Megxit tree.
“When Megxit was first added to our lexicon, the Sussexes were naively seeking to have their cake and eat it. A year on, they were just looking for a few crumbs. None were offered.”
Prince William pictured during a visit to a vaccination centre on Monday
The Queen has carried out much more foreign travel than many other Britons and jetted all over the globe.
Well used to long-haul travel, it’s unsurprising the monarch has fine-tuned how she likes to fly.
She has likely become something of an expert at travelling. The monarch has had to carry out a plethora of royal tours during her long reign. Many of these trips required long-haul travel.
So how did the Queen cope with travelling such great distances?
Jet lag is something that bothers many jet-setters – and the Queen is not immune to the condition either.
However, Queen Elizabeth has an unusual remedy for dealing with the classic travel problem.
She does not reach for sleeping tablets or any over-the-counter medication.
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The Princess Royal could take on a huge new burden due to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry relinquishing their links to royal patronages.
Hardworking Princess Anne could take even more organisations under her wing after the Queen decided Meghan and Harry could no longer hold royal patronages.
The Princess Royal has been tipped as a possible successor of Prince Harry as Captain-General of the Royal Marines.
Another possible candidate is believed to be Prince William.
One royal expert has outlined concerns both these royals could struggle to juggle their current and future responsibilities.
The Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer wrote on Twitter: “With no brother to help shoulder the burden of responsibilities, William is going to have a good deal on his plate.
“But how many extra responsibilities will Anne want to take on and for how long?”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “already know the sex of their baby”, a royal commentator has said, and are likely to shun royal tradition by picking a modern name.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Valentine’s Day that they were expecting a baby, and a source told Us Weekly that the tot is due to be born “at the end of spring”.
Now that the couple are no longer working members of the Royal Family, an expert has said they will not be under any obligation to give their child a moniker with ancestral meaning.
ngrid Seward, a royal biographer, said the Sussexes would likely have already found out if their baby is a girl or a boy, in keeping with typical LA fashion.
She told the MailOnline: “I’m certain that neither of them will feel obliged to use any of the standard royal names.
“I’m sure they will already know the sex of the baby, as that is the LA way.
“I imagine they might go for the Victorian style names which are all symbolic of colours.”
Princess Anne may have to shoulder more military responsibilities due to Prince Harry’s departure
A well-wisher tied a balloon and card to the hospital where Prince Philip is being treated
The duke chatted to a man preparing to be vaccinated in King’s Lynn
2.09pm update: William winks as he says doctors are ‘keeping an eye on’ Prince Philip
Prince William on Monday visited a Covid vaccination centre in the market town of King’s Lynn in Norfolk.
He chatted to people awaiting their jabs as well as vaccinators. The father-of-three also gave an update on his grandfather’s health.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after feeling ill with an ailment that was not related to COVID-19.
He said of Philip: “Yes, he’s OK, they’re keeping an eye on him.”
Royal reporters said he delivered his message with a wink.
Prince Philip remains in hospital this week but is reportedly in good spirits. Will the Queen visit Prince Philip in hospital?
Buckingham Palace has not given any updates as to whether Her Majesty will visit her husband in hospital.
For the time being, the Queen remains at Windsor Castle, where she has spent England’s third coronavirus lockdown.
Prince Philip has remained with her for much of the past 12 months.
Prince William talks to vaccinators at a site in King’s Lynn in Norfolk on Monday
The palace has not said whether the Queen will visit the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital
12.54pm update: Prince Charles’ ‘appalling’ interview left Philip furious as Sussexes urged to take note
Prince Charles once took part in an interview that infuriated his father Prince Philip, “appalled” his friends and threatened his royal role – a move which the Sussexes should be careful not to replicate, a commentator told Express.co.uk.
Charles was the first royal to visit the Duke of Edinburgh and was clearly affected as he was pictured leaving half an hour later, looking very sombre.
While the two are said to get along well now, their father-son relationship has been tumultuous at times — as seen in Philip’s fury towards Charles’ astonishing 1994 interview with Jonathan Dimbleby.
During the documentary, Mr Dimbleby asked: “Did you try to be faithful and honourable to your wife when you took the vow of marriage?”
Charles replied, “yes”, and then added: “Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”
Royal biographer Penny Junor said that this response left the Palace in shock.
Prince William gave an update on Prince Philip’s health on Monday
Prince Harry is “concerned enough” to be self-isolating in case he needs to fly back to the UK at a moment’s notice.
Royal expert Russell Myers has explained Prince Harry is self-isolating in case he needs to come back to Britain.
Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine, Mr Myers said: “Harry is concerned enough to be self-isolating at his home in California with Meghan and baby Archie.
“If he does have to jump on a jet to get back here if the worse was to happen to Prince Philip then he wants to be able to do that at a moment’s notice.
“Certainly all of our best wishes are to Prince Philip.
“The Palace aren’t giving a running commentary on it but we are expecting to hear more today or tomorrow because he has been staying the past few days.”
Prince William opened up on his grandfather during his first face-to-face engagement of 2021.
Prince William provided royal fans concerned about Prince Philip’s health with an update. The Duke of Cambridge visited this morning a vaccination centre at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange in Norfolk.
There, he paid tribute to the efforts of staff involved in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
During the visit, he was asked how the Duke of Edinburgh is.
Whilst giving a wink of the eye, William said: “Yes, he is okay – they’re keeping an eye on him.”
Princess Eugenie named her baby August after her great-great-great-great-grandfather
Princess Eugenie chose to honour her grandfather and great-great-great-great-grandfather by giving her son the name August – and royal fans have spotted signs the new mother may have had her heart set on the traditional moniker since as far back as her wedding day.
The Princess of York tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank in a star-studded ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in October 2018.
The bride and groom posed for an official photo in front of Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert.
By choosing to stand in front of this framed picture, some followers are convinced Eugenie was already planning to honour her ancestor when welcomed her first baby.
The Queen has marked a painful anniversary for New Zealand with a poignant statement.
The Queen marked the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, which on February 22 2011 claimed the lives of 185 people and injured 2,000.
The monarch honoured the victims and casualties and praised the indomitable spirits of New Zealanders in a statement issued earlier today.
The Queen will deliver an important speech on the same day Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview airs
The Queen is to deliver an important speech on March 7 – the same day Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to air.
The Queen will deliver a special message to mark Commonwealth Day in lieu of the annual service at Westminster Abbey, which had to be cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The monarch’s speech will be broadcasted on March 7 – the same day Meghan and Prince Harry are to appear on US broadcaster CBS for a 90-minute-long interview with Oprah.
Prince Philip “walked away” from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over their royal exit, a biographer has claimed.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward claimed the Duke of Edinburgh had already “walked away” from the situation, despite his close bond with his grandson, due to dismay.
She said: “Philip simply cannot understand how Harry has behaved the way he has done.
“His grandson’s behaviour is completely alien to him so not unnaturally the relationship has suffered.”
A royal biographer has said the Prince Philip was taken aback by Harry’s behaviour
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Prince Harry has called the Queen to discuss Prince Philip’s health amid a furore surrounding his and Meghan Markle’s decision to renounce their royal obligations.
The Duke of Edinburgh remains in hospital and it is believed the Queen has updated her grandson on Prince Philip’s latest condition.
Prince Philip has now spent six nights at London’s King Edward the VII hospital after being admitted last week.
It was reported in the Mail on Sunday that Prince Harry called the Queen due to concerns about his grandfather’s health.
Prince Harry wants to take part in Royal Family celebrations despite Megxit, insiders have claimed.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not seen the Queen and other members of the Royal Family since carrying out their final engagement in the UK last March.
Harry, 36, is expected to fly in from the US in June for a dramatic reunion with his relatives at Prince Philip’s 100th birthday celebrations and Trooping the Colour.
Royal commentator Hugh Vickers has said Anne should be ahead of Harry in the line of succession
Princess Anne should be moved ahead of Prince Harry in the Royal Family line of succession, according to Piers Morgan.
The Princess Royal is currently 15th in line to the throne while the Duke of Sussex sits 6th in the line of succession.
Mr Morgan and royal commentator Huge Vickers put forward the case as to why the Princess Royal should be ranked ahead of Prince Harry during ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Mr Vickers said: “The thing about Prince Andrew is that he has not been convicted of anything yet but when he was asked to step aside he certainly did so.
“And he has remained very quiet ever since.
“I do not think there would be many people that would wish Prince Andrew to be King so if they are going to juggle around the succession a bit, why don’t they move a girl born in 1950 ahead of a boy born in 1960 i.e promote Princess Anne?
“She has a great deal of support, Princess Anne is absolutely brilliant, she would make a fantastic Queen.”
Prince Philip was said to have all the qualities to make a ‘really good king’
Prince Philip was said to have all the qualities to make a “really good king” even from a young age, according to a royal biography.
Philip became the Queen’s royal consort upon her coronation in 1953, but was not given the style and title of a Prince by his wife for another four years.
The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly has the qualities which may have made him a good monarch himself, according to royal biographer Ingrid Seward.
She claimed Harold Taylor, former headmaster at Philip’s alma mater Cheam School, believed he would have been “a really good king”.
Mr Taylor said: “Philip got himself into all the usual schoolboy scrapes.
“I had to cane him more than once.
“When he was 12, my wife and I said of him that he would make a really good king, thinking then of him as King of Greece, not as a husband of Princess Elizabeth.”
Queen Elizabeth II sent Prince Harry an emotional email about his and Meghan Markle’s royal exit just days before Megxit was confirmed, a royal expert has said.
Royal commentator Emily Andrews said the message was sent 10 days ago, before the Queen had even heard about Harry and Meghan’s planned interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The content of this letter has not been disclosed by Buckingham Palace, but Ms Andrews claimed it mirrored her thoughts on public service later included in the Queen’s official statement shared on Friday.
The Mail on Sunday’s royal editor wrote on Twitter: “The Queen wrote Harry a personal letter 10 days (or so) ago to conclude matters.
“At that point Her Majesty the Queen didn’t know about Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah.
8.16am update: ‘Garbage they have been spouting’ John Humphrys slams ‘sanctimonious’ Harry and Meghan
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been shamed for “spouting garbage” by British broadcaster John Humphrys.
During a heated debate on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Humphrys and Piers Morgan criticised the couple’s flip-flopping on a number of issues.
Mr Morgan singled out Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s campaigning on global warming and contrasted that with the Duke of Sussex’s recent trip on Elton John’s private jet.
Mr Humphrys said: “My view is let them do what they like and let us take no notice of them unless they do something noteworthy.
“Preaching at us is not good enough, anybody can preach and some of the garbage they have been spouting, really?”
7.52am update: Harry and Meghan donate to Texas charity after state battered by Storm Uri
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, through their Archewell Foundation, donated to Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support in Dallas.
The charity tweeted to thank the couple for donating to replace the damaged roof of one of their buildings.
Genesis tweeted: “Today, the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
“Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility & helping us meet our immediate needs.
“THANK YOU, ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION!”
(Additional reporting by Laura O’Callaghan)
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