Kate Middleton ‘didn’t meet Archie for a week’ reveals insider
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The birth certificate was changed in June 2019, with “Rachel Meghan” removed to leave just “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex”. Royal expert Ingrid Seward described the move as “unprecedented”.
The royal author suggested the Sussexes could have changed the birth certificate to do something different to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have included Kate’s name on their children’s documents.
Ms Seward told The Sun: “For a royal to change a birth certificate is unprecedented but to remove forenames is remarkable.
“Perhaps this is another sign they were desperate to do something different to the Cambridges.”
Lady Colin Campbell, who spotted the amendment, added: “It is extraordinary and raises all kinds of questions about what the Sussexes were thinking.”
A royal expert suggested Meghan could have changed the birth certificate to be different to Kate
The change came amid growing rumours of a rift between the brothers and their wives.
The move could also be seen as a nod to Princess Diana, who used “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales”.
Archie was born on May 6 2019 and his birth was registered later that month on May 17.
Former actress Meghan and Harry announced plans to quit as senior working royals in January 2020 and are now living in California.
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Meghan and Harry are now living in California with their young son Archie
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke out in support of football star Marcus Rashford MBE, after the Manchester United player was subject to racial abuse online.
But Meghan Markle fans have questioned the couple’s motives, as they claimed Kate and William did not call out racism when the Duchess of Sussex was the target.
Kristen Meinzer, a podcast host and author, replied to the Cambridge’s: “I do wish you and your family were this vocally antiracist when the target of the racism was the Duchess of Sussex, #MeghanMarkle.”
Author Ashely Theophane said: “Shame you didn’t have the same energy when Meghan was getting abuse.”
Other Twitter users made similar comments, with one person writing: “If only you cared about the abuse directed at Meghan Markle.”
A third wrote: “Yet you didn’t stand up for your sister in law. That is sad.”
8pm update: Meghan Markle defends name change on Archie’s birth certificate
Meghan Markle has denied reports she asked for her real name to be taken off Archie’s birth certificate.
However, a spokesperson for the Sussexes has since denied Meghan was behind the change.
In a statement to the Independent, the spokesperson said: “The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials.
“This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have called for a social media crackdown on racist abuse after footballer Marcus Rashford became the latest high-profile sportsman to be targeted online.
Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, said racist abuse in football was despicable and must stop.
He tweeted: “Racist abuse – whether on the pitch, in the stands, or on social media – is despicable and it must stop now.
We all have a responsibility to create an environment where such abuse is not tolerated, and those who choose to spread hate and division are held accountable for their actions.”
They continued: “That responsibility extends to the platforms where so much of this activity now takes place.
“I commend all those players, supporters, clubs and organisations who continue to call out and condemn this abuse in the strongest terms.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may not have gained much sympathy over their struggles with their new US life, a royal expert has claimed.
Royal expert Daniela Elser said the couple may not build a positive new image for themselves in the US if their sources talk too much about their extravagant life during the ongoing covid pandemic.
She wrote in the New Zealand Herald: “This week the UK passed the grim and horrifying milestone of more than 100,000 lives lost to the pandemic while in the US, 425,000 of people have been killed by the virus. Meanwhile, unemployment and food scarcity have skyrocketed.
“Against this backdrop, their complaints of having to move between various mansions, three of which are in the $20 million price range, hardly qualifies as a hardship worthy of an outpouring of sympathy, especially when the concerned party has a spiffy, luxurious country house of their own back in Windsor.
“Just because they wanted out as frontline members of the royal family didn’t mean they had to beetle off to North America.”
Prince Philip was accused of committing a “fatal error” in his beliefs about the Royal Family by commentators after a particularly disastrous PR move.
His decision to give the go-ahead to the Royal Family documentary was widely condemned when the programme aired in 1969.
The Queen’s former private secretary, Sir William Heseltine, is thought to have first planted the idea of a fly-on-the-wall documentary in Philip’s mind, suggesting it would help the public reconnect with the monarchy.
When he pitched the idea to the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip agreed and said: “It is quite wrong that there should be a sense of remoteness or majesty.
“If people see, whoever it happens to be, whatever head of state, as individuals, as people, I think it makes much easier for them to accept the system and feel part of it.”
Yet, as royal journalist Clive Irving claimed in the Daily Beast: “That was a fatal error in his thinking. It ran counter to a core belief about what kept the monarchy viable. The essence of the brand was majesty.
“It was an inexact word describing a quality of appearance and stature supposedly attained only by birth.”
Prince Harry’s devastating loss of his “important” military links as part of the Megxit deal could be reversed in the spring review as part of the palace’s bid for “friendliness”, a royal commentator has claimed
Queen Elizabeth II will host Joe Biden at Buckingham Palace before the June G7 summit in Cornwall – a move which will likely infuriate former US President Donald Trump.
The one-on-one meeting with the US president will be her first significant diplomatic engagement after she returns to London. She will be joined at the reception by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A senior royal source told the Times: “There is a desire from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to have a very strong royal presence before G7 events, and all senior members of the royal family will be part of what happens.”
The 94-year-old sovereign has met every US President since her coronation in 1952, with the exception of only Lyndon B Johnson.
The atmosphere at the reception is expected to be much different to Donald Trump’s visit.
Both Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge were noticeable absentees for the visit of the 45th US president.
Emily Ferguson has taken over live reporting from Katie Harris
Meghan Markle will be “snubbing” the Royal Family if she decides not to join Prince Harry when he returns to the UK this summer, according to a royal expert.
Nigel Cawthorne, author of Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace, told the Daily Mail: “Travel under the current circumstances is for anyone a daunting undertaking.
“Travelling back to the UK to see the Royal Family, will be far more of an emotional necessity to Prince Harry than for Meghan.
“Doubtless, she will make an effort to attend the birthday celebrations of the Queen and Prince Philip in April and June, should the Government’s coronavirus rules allow any.
“If she decided not to attend for no reason it would indeed be a snub to her royal in-laws and mark a nadir in the relations between the Royal Family and the Sussexes.
“It would be a public relations disaster that would hang like a dark shadow over the celebrations.”
Prince Harry’s devastating loss of his “important” military links as part of the Megxit deal could be reversed in the spring review as part of the palace’s bid for “friendliness”, a royal commentator has claimed.
The upcoming review of Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit deal with the palace will be a show of “friendliness and amiability”, a royal commentator has told Express.co.uk.
Richard Fitzwilliams spoke about what could be expected in the spring discussions after what had been a “brutal” stepping down by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
He pinpointed Harry’s official military appointments as a possible change to the existing agreement.
Carole Middleton, pictured with James, celebrates her 66th birthday today
12.45pm update: New Diana biopic will enrage Charles more than ever
A Princess Diana biopic is likely to have an added poignancy for Prince Charles as it is set during a Christmas where the Queen publicly revealed she would never abdicate the throne.
The film Spencer stars Kristen Stewart as Diana and follows the princess as she finally decides to split from Charles during a festive season with the Royal Family at Sandringham.
Twilight actress Stewart called the movie “a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life”.
The film follows in the footsteps of Netflix show The Crown in that real and fictional elements are being mixed.
As well as Diana’s unhappiness, the Queen’s decision to never abdicate and allow Charles to be king in her lifetime is sure to feature.
Prince Harry’s support for Joe Biden may come from a shared experience of grief, suggests a royal expert.
Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter said: “Prince Harry’s friendship with the President and First Lady is one built on shared experience and support.
“Having tragically lost his wife, young daughter, and later his son, Biden is all too familiar with the agony of grief.
“He regularly talks of his personal sorrows as a way to connect with others in pain.”
James Middleton has made a sweet show of affection to his mother Carole for her 66th birthday.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother turns 66 today and to mark the occasion the Middleton’s family business Party Pieces shared a stunning snap of Carole on Instagram.
In the post on Saturday, she opens up about having her birthday during the lockdown.
In a touching show of affection to his mother, James left a comment with three heart emojis.
The Duchess of Cambridge stopped while walking to take the first royal selfie video
The Duchess of Cambridge stopped while walking to take the first royal selfie video.
Kate urged parents to “look after” themselves in the video message to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.
She also said mothers and fathers need to be “the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care”.
Kate is casually dressed in a bobble hat and a puffer jacket and appears in her element as she films herself from a field.
Prince William spent plenty of time getting to know his future in-laws at the beginning of his courtship to Kate.
On one visit to Kate’s parents, he was treated to a special surprise.
Carole and Michael Middleton decided to take Kate and William for a traditional dinner at their local pub, The Old Boot Inn in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
In the Channel 5 documentary, “When the Middletons Met the Monarchy”, pub landlord John Haley recalled the charming way Kate introduced him to her future husband.
8.40am update: ‘Huge question’ over Queen handing power to Charles
The prospect of the Queen handing more power to Prince Charles when she turns 95 is a “huge question”, according to a royal expert.
The monarch celebrates her 95th birthday in April. Reports over the years have suggested the Queen would only consider a regency – when the Prince of Wales would become a stand-in sovereign – when she reached that age.
Asked whether the monarch is likely to hand more duties to her son, royal author Angela Levin told Express.co.uk: “That’s a huge question and fascinating one. She’s given him lots more responsibilities.”
Prince William has “much more input” as Prince Charles “realises that his own reign will be a shorter one”, according to a royal aide.
A source told the Daily Mail: “He’s giving William much more input. He realises that his own reign will be a shorter one than his son’s, and therefore it is crucial that William is involved in all long-term planning.”
They added: “They have been spending more time together and are much more aligned.
“Both are more comfortable in their own skin – and with each other.”
7.30am update: Princess Eugenie has ‘chosen school for child’
Princess Eugenie, who announced she was pregnant last September, has already booked her future child a school place, it has been claimed.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the royal has reserved a place at Marlborough College, which she attended as a student.
— to www.express.co.uk