MEGHAN and Prince Harry’s absence at an engagement for a charity they set up with Kate & William means the “ship has sailed” on a return to royal life, an expert has said.
But the absence of Harry and Meghan was noted, Royal biographer Robert Jobson said Kate handled the appointment perfectly on her own.
He told the Mirror: “When Kate turned up at Shout’s Notting Hill office on Wednesday to mark their millionth text, she was relaxed and very well informed. She put everyone she met at ease, asked all the right questions, talked about difficult issues such as people struggling with family relationships, and depression and suicide, without turning the entire visit gloomy.”
But the writer says the Duke and Duchess’ absence means the end of foursome’s close bonds – and a definitive door being closed on Meghan & Harry’s return to Royal life.
Jobson continued: “When she met volunteers, the duchess was warm and encouraging. She has easy, natural style, but was clearly well-read and well-briefed too on the success of the initiative, now supported by William and Kate’s foundation, not by the Californian-based “H” and Duchess Meg.
“‘I’ll have to become a volunteer’, she joked, knowing that her hard work and influence and money had made it possible for this essential free service to continue. It could have been a ‘Fab Four’ day out if things had been different – but that ship has long sailed.”
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Camilla will receive Queen title to avoid ‘humiliation’
According to a royal biographer, Camilla will become Queen when Charles takes the throne, to avoid humiliation.
Penny Junor said that she has a ‘suspicion’ that Camilla will be called Queen as Charles is grateful for all that she has sacrificed for him.
She said: “I have a suspicion that she will be called Queen because I think Charles would find it very humiliating to call her anything else.
“He is hugely proud of her, hugely grateful to her, for all that she has sacrificed to be with him.
“As I think, though Clarence House has always protested and said, ‘No, No she will be Princess Consort’.
“I think actually come the day she will be the Queen, and I think that we saw the Queen herself condoning that in an unspoken way, just a couple of weeks ago when she made her member of the Garter that was the highest level of honour that she could have bestowed on Camilla.
“And I think it was an indication, a gratitude for her hard work, for her discretion, for her loyalty, and I think recognising that she is a very very valuable member of the family.”
Prince Harry’s security risk has ‘spiked since Megxit’
A royal expert has claimed that Prince Harry’s security risk has spiked since Harry and Meghan stepped down from senior royal duties.
Richard Atch, director of operations for Mobus International Security said: “By virtue of the fact he is a senior member of the Royal Family, he is exposed to a wide variety of serious threats and the risks to those threats have increased since his departure from the Royal Family.
“The fact that he no longer received police protection, his risk to threats have certainly spiked.
“When you make a comparison between Prince Harry and other members of the Royal Family who don’t receive protection; you have Harry who has served two tours in Afghanistan.
“He is a very high profile member of the Royal Family and he has somewhat developed a band of people who would take offence to his action from departing the Royal Family after moving over to the states.”
Prince Charles ‘unlikely’ to pass throne on to William
A royal biographer has claimed that Prince Charles is unlikely to abdicate the throne to pass it on to William.
Penny Junor claimed that there is “very, very little chance” that William will become king before Charles.
She told Podcast Royal: “I think there is very, very little chance that it would happen, constitutional Monarchy means our Monarchy is based on hereditary and if you start deciding that you should abdicate for somebody else then you lose the logic, I mean of keeping it within the family.
“I think it is inconceivable that he [Charles] would pass it along.
“As you say, he has been preparing it for a very long time, he would be the best-prepared Monarch this country has ever had. The only way, the only circumstance that I could see a change to that if, at the time of the Queen’s death, he was for whatever reason so unpopular, the public really didn’t want him but I think that is very, very unlikely.”
William says he monitors George’s screen time
Speaking about his family, Prince William said: “At the moment it’s trying to regulate the gaming…monitoring screen time. Got to be careful of that.
“They’re fascinated by it. George particularly. He’s more interested in it.
The other two are a bit too small at the moment but they love the films.
“I adore film and gaming as well.”
William visits BAFTAs HQ (continued…)
During the visit, William chatted to actress Suranne Jones, who starred in the acclaimed BBC series Doctor Foster and mentors fledgling stars for Bafta.
The duke also met young creatives helped by another scheme that bore his name, the Prince William Scholarship, and asked them: “Is it working well for you? I can have a word with the boss, the real boss.”
William also joined Jones and BBC3 presenter and campaigner Annie Price and their two mentees Lily Blunsom-Washbrook and Roxanne McKenzie.
Roxanne told the prince: “It can seem an impossible dream to reach so mentoring is helpful.”
William added: “When you first start off it is interesting how (you have) different levels of what success means and it must be daunting to… get through and navigate through the system, it is such a big enormous industry so having mentoring support and bursary is important.”
William visits Bafta’s revamped HQ as bursary in his name is announced
The Duke of Cambridge has launched a bursary scheme in his name to help future stars from under-represented groups forge a career in the creative industries.
William is president of the arts charity Bafta and praised the organisation’s “commitment” to ensure those with potential have every opportunity to develop their skills.
He marked the bursary’s launch by visiting Bafta’s newly redeveloped headquarters in central London and revealed Prince George has a love of gaming, but William said they “regulate his screen time”.
The Prince William Bafta Bursary for films, games, and television professionals aims to “supercharge” Bafta’s support for these talented individuals, the charity has said.
The duke said in a statement: “I am hugely proud of Bafta’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that young talent from all walks of life are given every possible opportunity to build and develop successful careers in the film, games and television industries.
“The redevelopment of 195 Piccadilly has created fantastic new learning spaces to ensure that future generations can receive the support they need to thrive.”
Prince Andrew demands jury trial in civil sex case
The Duke of York has demanded a trial by jury in the civil sexual assault case brought against him by Virginia Giuffre.
Legal experts had predicted Andrew would seek a settlement after the Queen stripped him of his military roles, widely seen as the monarchy distancing itself from any potentially damaging developments.
But Andrew has taken the dramatic decision to face his accuser in court and become the first member of the modern royal family to submit to being cross examined over serious allegations.
David Boies, who is representing Ms Giuffre in her lawsuit against Andrew, said his client and legal team were looking forward to “confronting” the royal about his “denials”.
Netflix show shows Harry & Meg want to ‘earn loads more money’
Harry and Meghan’s only podcast effort so far has been a 35-minute ‘holiday special’ in December 2020, featuring celebrity pals such as Elton John and James Corden.
But despite the lack of content, one expert, who spent a year working with Harry for an authorised biography, says she believes the couple may even be planning a talk show.
Angela Levin said last week: “This all seems to be a big turnaround from their philanthropic and non-profit work to just pure entertainment.
“It suggests they want to earn loads more money.”
‘Queen always wants to be at Sandringham’
The monarch reportedly plans to privately remember the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as her father on the 70th anniversary of his death. And, this year’s commemoration also comes as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service.
A royal insider said: “The anniversary of the day she changed from Princess Elizabeth to Queen Elizabeth is obviously a very proud and important moment for her every year.
“This year she will mark 70 years on the throne and is very much looking forward to throwing a four-day party for the country in June.
“But the anniversary of the day she became Queen on February 6 in 1952 is also tinged with sadness as it was the moment she lost her father.
“The Queen always wants to be at Sandringham where he died and this year’s Accession Day is no different.
“She will be there at Sandringham. The Queen wants to spend it in sombre reflection.
“There will be a time for the nation and Queen to properly mark the milestone but it is important for her to be at Sandringham on Accession Day and mark it in private.”
Five times Prince Andrew ‘was seen sweating’
Questioned about his accuser Virginia Giuffre‘s claims he was “sweating profusely” when they allegedly danced together in Tramp nightclub in London, Prince Andrew famously said he was unable to sweat.
When questioned about the claims, Andrew said he was at Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey. He also cast doubt on Virginia’s recollection of the night.
In the interview, Andrew said: “There’s a slight problem with the sweating [claim] because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat at the time.”
Andrew went on to say that this condition has since cleared up. However, there are at least five occasions from around this time where the Duke was either photographed apparently sweating or was recorded as perspiring by witnesses.
- Chinawhite nightclub, London, 2000
- Tramp, London, 2001
- Saint Tropez, 2007
- Billionaire’s party, Saint Tropez, 2007
- Playing golf in Buckingham Palace
Kate facing dilemma with Prince George ‘sooner than she might like’
A royal expert has claimed in a throwback comment piece that Kate Middleton is facing a dilemma with Prince George as the future king faces being thrust into the royal spotlight “sooner than she might like”.
With The Cambridges ramping up their royal duties in recent months, according to royal expert Daniela Elser, this falls hard onto their shoulders.
With the Royal Family now reminiscing a “ageing bunch” according to Daniela, William and Kate are the “representative young guns in the royal battalion”.
According to Ms Elser, this is where Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis come into the frame.
Writing in the New Zealand Herald in 2020, she said: “The palace needs the public to buy into the concept of a monarchy, which is why any growing disinterest is so dangerous for them.”
She suggested George, Charlotte and Louis may be considered for duties “much sooner” than Kate might like.
She continued: “To shore up public support for the Royal Family, they will need all hands on the royal deck and the palace will have to deploy their most beguiling and adorable assets, namely, the Cambridge Three.
“For Kate, who has from day one tried to instil as much normality into her family’s life as possible, that would not be a thrilling prospect.”
Andrew ‘sweated while playing golf one time’
Former Royal protection officer Paul Page, who was Andrew’s protection officer between 1998 and 2004, told the Mirror in 2019 the prince was “abusive and rude towards us as police officers”.
He also claimed he saw the prince sweating while playing golf one time in the Buckingham Palace garden, despite his assertions in a 2019 Newsnight interview that he couldn’t sweat after receiving an overdose of adrenaline during the Falklands War.
Before the fall-out from his friendships with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his jailed “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell, there were 24 golf-related affiliations on the Royal Family’s website in connection with Andrew.
What Charles fears Harry’s book will say
Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next month, the Prince of Wales is said to have invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to stay with him amid their ongoing security concerns.
But privately Charles has told aides he worries his younger son’s shock book will be an “excoriating takedown” of the Duchess of Cornwall particularly in the early years of the couple’s romance.
A source has said said: “Forget the Prince Andrew saga, the main topic of discussion at Clarence House is Harry’s book and the reputational damage it could very well do.
“There are concerns about Harry’s recollections of Camilla’s entry into the Royal Family, and how her longrunning romance with Charles damaged him from a young age.”
Just how “honest” Harry will be remains to be seen. And just how damaging the book could prove to Charles and Camilla similarly hangs in the balance.
The source adds: “Harry also still has anger towards his father, who insists he cut him off financially, despite the published royal accounts suggesting he didn’t.
“He hopes by inviting Harry to stay, he can gently talk to him about the book and ask if there’s anything he needs to know. He is also desperate to see his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet the latter, of course, whom he is yet to meet.”
Andrew ‘ordered Royal protection officers to retrieve his stray golf balls’
A palace insider claimed members of the elite Royal police squad, who were supposed to be guarding the Duke of York, were ordered to act as ball boys for Andrew while he practised his stroke in the Buckingham Palace garden.
An officer on duty would be told to stand around 100 yards away from the Queen’s favourite son, and then run around retrieving the golf balls after he struck them.
In 2008, a source told the Mail Online: “Andrew would occasionally come into the gardens carrying his clubs and hit a few balls making his close protection officer collect them for him.”
Former Royal protection officer Paul Page, while on trial in 2009 for fraud, backed up the claim that Andrew would use the elite forces who were supposed to be keeping him safe as his personal golf caddies.
A ‘feeling’ Harry is ‘coming back more into the fold’
PRINCE Harry has held secret talks with Prince Charles in a bid to heal their rift ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, following Harry’s claims he’s been stripped of money and security.
He is said to have “reached out” to his father and Palace officials expect him to return to the UK this summer, even if it’s on his own.
A source said: “There has been a definite thaw in relations between Harry and Charles. They are on much better terms and have been having friendly chats and video calls.
“It has been suggested to Harry he may live to regret any lingering family bitterness, and he has taken that on board.
“There is a feeling he is coming back more into the fold and wants to be closer to his family.”
The Royals are expecting Harry to return from his California home for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, but it could be without Meghan, 40, Archie, two, and seven-month-old Lilibet. However, it is not yet clear if Harry, 37, will return for Prince Philip’s memorial, expected in March or April.
Buckingham Palace was approached for comment.
Meghan Markle searches for help to produce Netflix show
MEGHAN Markle is searching for someone to help produce her Netflix show Pearl – at the same time as Spotify bosses take her £18million podcast “into their own hands”.
Spotify is hiring a host of in-house producers to finally help deliver content after waiting more than a year for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to produce material for their mega-money deal.
Reaching out for help online, its job ad reads: “The Production Designer will help to develop, create, and support the aesthetic vision of our Executive Producer Team, working closely with the Show Runner to design multiple worlds representing various time periods throughout history.”
It adds an “accomplished artist” with three to five years of CG animation production experience is desired.
The ideal candidate will need to be someone who can “collaborate with grace, humility, inclusion and open-mindedness”.
And they will need to design “multiple worlds representing various time periods throughout history” for the show.
Andrew made very awkward comment about Meghan & Harry
PRINCE Andrew had a subtle dig at Meghan and Harry ahead of his daughter’s wedding.
The Duke of York insisted Princess Eugenie’s nuptials would be more family-focused than the Sussexes’ extravagant affair, before suggesting they had far fewer friends.
He made the awkward comment during an interview on This Morning in the run up to the big day.
discussing how his daughter’s wedding would be different to the Duke of Sussex’s, Andrew said: “It will not be the same as the previous one that was held in May.
“This is not a public wedding, this is meant to be a family wedding.”
He then went on to compare the guestlists of the two events after Eugenie and Jack invited 850 people compared to Meghan and Harry’s 600.
“There’ll be a few more people than most people have,” the duke said.
“There are a few more than Harry had, but that’s just the nature of Eugenie and Jack – they’ve got so many friends that they need a church of that size to fit them all in.”
Royals favourite tea and coffee orders
Trained psychologist Darren Stanton has examined some of the most senior Royals’ favourite tea and coffee choices exclusively for UK coffee retailer Coffee Friend and determined what these picks suggest about their personalities:
- HRH The Queen – Earl Grey
- Kate Middleton – Decaf Latte
- Prince Charles – Darjeeling Tea
- Prince William – Breakfast Tea
- Camilla – Cappuccino
- Meghan- Green Juice
- Prince Harry – White Coffee, now Green Juice
Speaking about the Queen’s choice, Darren said: “Psychological research suggests that people who enjoy Earl Grey tea are linked to class and are mature in their personality.”
And about Prince William’s, Darren from Coffee Friend commented: “As a personality, drinking regular breakfast tea suggests stability and consistency, not for someone taking too many risks. This aligns with Kate’s decaf tea and what makes them a good match and their choices seem largely made to suit their roles as Royals, where they continue to dedicate their time and efforts the most in their lives.”
Luxury handbag brand whose fans include the Duchess of Sussex expands
A Scottish luxury handbag brand whose fans include the Duchess of Sussex and Lady Gaga has bagged £8 million of investment to help it expand abroad.
The funding for Strathberry, founded in 2013 by husband and wife Guy and Leeanne Hundleby, came from investment group BGF, valuing it at £32 million.
The Edinburgh-based company was set up using the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, and it has funded its own growth until now.
For the year ended April 2020, it racked up revenues of £10.7 million, with pre-tax profits of £1.6 million. Strathberry, whose bags are made in workshops in Spain, has grown to about 60 staff.
It has amassed an army of celebrity followers who have helped promote the brand abroad, including Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Strathberry, which is popular in Hong Kong and China, hopes to win more American customers.
“We’ve got ambitions to grow something really significant and global,” said Guy Hundleby, chief executive. “In this day and age, there’s an opportunity to grow pretty quickly, so that’s what we’re looking to do over the next three to five years.”
Sophie & Edward on hunt for help managing ‘busy working schedules’
Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex are hiring a new member of staff as their workload continues to pile up. The royal couple are hiring a programme coordinator to be based at Bagshot Park, which is their working residence.
The description for the job reads: “Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex have busy working schedules in the UK and abroad in support of Her Majesty The Queen and their own Patronages and areas of focus.
“As a Programme Co-ordinator based at Bagshot Park, Surrey, you’ll be part of the small team responsible for the planning, coordination and circulation of TRH’s official programmes and briefing materials.
“You will liaise with internal stakeholders and official engagement organisers, shaping and assisting with the design of visits and engagements, playing an important role in ensuring that the final programme is to a high standard.””
Queen spotted enjoying her visit to Sandringham yesterday
THE Queen was today spotted enjoying a drive around Sandringham during a poignant pilgrimage to her favourite retreat.
On Wednesday morning, she was pictured being driven away from Wood Farm, where she is expected to stay for the next few weeks.
Her Majesty was snapped in a headscarf and sunglasses in the front passenger seat of a Range Rover during her first extended stay since Prince Philip’s death.
The 95-year-old travelled to her Norfolk haunt from Windsor Castle by helicopter on Sunday.
It is also her first longer break at Sandringham since Philip’s death in April last year.
Andrew sweating at Billionaire’s party, Saint Tropez in 2007?
Another set of snaps from the same year show the Duke dancing with Canadian socialite Pascal Borubeau at a party thrown by billionaire Tony Murray in the French resort.
He appears sweaty and wild-eyed as he poses with his daughter, Princess Beatrice, who would have been around 18-19 at the time.
A former Saint Tropez partygoer told the Mail Online in 2019: “These were really crazy years for Andrew. He was clearly having a full-blown midlife crisis.
“He would have been 47 or 48 at the time, divorced from Sarah Ferguson, and basking in the attention he got from young women.”
Prince Harry to join Serena Williams at upcoming event
At an upcoming event, which will be held next week, Prince Harry is set to join one of Meghan Markle’s best friend Serena Williams.
Harry is set to make his first public appearance this year on February 3, when he will attend the first annual Inner Work Day organised by BetterUp, the mental health and coaching firm he works for.
It was announced today that Harry will be joined by tennis superstar Serena Williams.
A tweet announcing Ms Williams appearance read: “Breakthroughs happen when you take a break
“Learn how Inner Work builds Mental Fitness with BetterUp CEO @Arobichaux, Chief Impact Officer Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and world-renowned athlete @serenawilliams.”
Well done or medium rare?
The Queen does not like rare or medium-rare meat, according to a former royal chef.
Darren McGrady, who worked at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace from 1982 to 1993 has said that the Queen prefers her meat “more well done”.
He said: “The Queen never used to like her meat really, really rare, or medium-rare.
“She likes it more well done so she would always have the first slice.
“When we were at Buckingham Palace or Balmoral, she’d always get the first slice.”
William attacked by Sussex fans over visit saying he has ‘no imagination’
Prince William has been criticised by fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with one claiming he has “no imagination”.
Fans of Meghan and Harry reacted to news shared by royal journalist and Sussex biographer Omid Scobie that Prince William will visit the newly refurbished Baftas headquarters in London on Thursday.
One fan reacted to Mr Scobie’s tweet, writing: “All he does is visit places. There is no initiative there. No ideas added. Why such a lack of imagination?”
Another Sussex fan appeared to criticise William’s work ethic, commenting: “Visits are the only works they trained for…Because it is the easiest way. Hahaha..”
A third fan of Harry and Meghan replied: “And on Friday he’ll go on vacation for three months as expected… “
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