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Prince William didn’t want Harry in household claims Lacey

Royal biographer Robert Lacey said the Duke of Cambridge had his suspicions about Meghan from the early days of her romance with his younger brother. The claim came from a source close to the future King, according to Mr Lacey.

Speaking in ITV documentary Harry and William: What Went Wrong?, the royal historian said: “Someone close to William told me William felt from an early stage that Meghan had an agenda.”

In the updated edition of his Battle of Brothers book, Mr Lacey makes fresh revelations about the rift between William and Harry.

The royal author claims William fumed at Meghan’s “merciless” treatment of staff and called her “that bloody woman” amid bullying allegations from royal staff, which she denies.

It has previously been claimed that the brothers’ rift stretches back to the beginning of Harry’s relationship with Meghan when William urged his younger sibling not to rush things.

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William became suspicious Meghan “had an agenda” early on in her romance with Harry, expert claims (Image: GETTY)

Speaking in the ITV documentary, which aired last night, royal biographer Penny Junor claimed former actress Meghan was “upsetting people from early on”.

Ms Junor said: “I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people.

“She was not as charming as she seemed.”


1:50am update: Queen Elizabeth II pictured grinning during fourth day at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Queen Elizabeth II was seen beaming at her fourth day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show alongside Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise.

Her Royal Highness, 95, was in high spirits at the Royal Windsor Horse Show as she was joined by Sophie Wessex, 56, and her daughter Lady Louise, 17.

The Queen, well known for her love of horses and equestrian shows, was seen grinning while seated watching the show.

She was dressed in a bright blue coat with matching floral hat, ideal for the summer event.

The Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise took part in activities during the day, including riding horses and carriages.

12:48am update: Prince Charles snapped at self-service checkout in Iceland during Royal visit to Wales

Prince Charles was seen at supermarket Iceland’s self-checkout.

The Prince of Wales, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, announced the start of their annual Wales Week tour on the Clarence House Twitter. 

A royal duty of this tour is to stop in the supermarket to commemorate the anniversary.

Prince Charles arrived in North Wales and visited the Iceland HQ in Deeside on Monday morning to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

Charles looked in high spirits as he toured the headquarters on the first leg of his visit to Wales.

He met with Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, Henry Fetherstonhaugh and Sir Malcolm Walker, the founder and executive chairman for Iceland, according to North Wales Live.

During his visit, he discussed the company’s sustainability plans and community initiatives.

The Prince of Wales is given a tour of the shop floor by Iceland Managing Director, Richard Walker during a visit to the headquarters of Iceland Foods

Prince Charles was seen at supermarket Iceland’s self-checkout (Image: PA)

11:21pm update: Prince Charles greeted by ‘maskless staff’ during Iceland visit in ‘bizarre’ gesture

Prince Charles faced a “bizarre” gesture from Iceland staff in Wales as they “took off their masks” during his visit, sources have claimed.

Charles kicked off his week-long tour of Wales by visiting the headquarters of Iceland in Deeside, Flintshire, today. 

He was joined by Iceland’s co-founder and executive chairman Sir Malcolm Walker. 

During the visit, Charles met staff in Iceland’s development kitchen, which is responsible for creating new product ranges, and supply chain teams.

A source told North Wales Live Sir Malcolm Walker was not keen on staff wearing face coverings while the future king was present.

They claimed: “They were talking about face coverings but Sir Malcolm wasn’t having it.

“He was being warned about the potential flak the company might get on social media – but he wasn’t bothered.”

Dylan Donnelly takes over reporting from Rachel Russell

10.21pm update: Princess Beatrice’s original name sparked announcement delay – Queen thought it ‘yuppie’

Princess Beatrice is able to lead a life mostly far from the spotlight and free from royal rules as she isn’t a working royal. However, as one of the Queen’s granddaughters, she still needs to abide by the royal protocol on certain occasions.

This has been the case upon her birth in August 1988, when her parents held a conversation with the Queen about their baby’s name.

This normally frictionless step created a major bump in the road for the announcement of Princess Beatrice’s name, according to a recently resurfaced report.

The name of Princess Beatrice was revealed to the public only two weeks after she was born.

This is because Her Majesty thought the one originally chosen by the Duke and Duchess of York was “too yuppie”, according to the Sun.

The name Beatrice was reportedly suggested by the Queen.

Another royal bearing this name was Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter.

Sarah and Andrew’s firstborn full name is Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, possibly paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mary, the Duke of York’s great-grandmother.

While it was never confirmed by the Yorks, it is believed the name they had initially set their heart on for Beatrice was Annabel.

9.46pm update: ‘The Royal Family are NOT celebrities!’ Harry and Meghan shamed for ‘showbiz-like’ style

Commenting on the early days of her time as part of the Firm, one royal biographer claimed her LA background based in stardom and celebrity clashed with how the Royal Family acts. The Duchess of Sussex had made her name on the US TV hit, Suits but did not fit into the institution that is the Royal Family, Penny Junor has claimed. Not only did Ms Junor claim the Duchess had been too “showbiz-y” for the Firm but that the comments made to Oprah Winfrey should not have been made public.

Speaking on the ITV documentary, “Harry & William: What Went Wrong?”, Ms Junor revealed she had been “appalled” by the interview with Oprah.

She said: “Our Royal Family are not celebrities

“They are working members of a public institution.

“I was appalled by the Oprah interview.

“These are not statements that should be made for public consumption.”

Prince Harry and William reconciliation ‘unlikely’ says Wootton

9.06pm update: Prince Harry snubbed Meghan Markle’s advice in favour of Diana during statue unveiling

Prince Harry, 36, returned to the UK unveiled a fitting tribute to Princess Diana on the weekend. At the ceremony, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex turned back the years and were an engaging duo with William leading the way and Harry making guests laugh.

Royal commentator Richard Eden has claimed Harry ditched his grey suit, which he has constantly worn since meeting Meghan Markle, to wear navy in support of his family.

Speaking to Palace Confidential on Mail+, Mr Eden said: “One thing that no one’s really picked up on is the level of co-ordination between the brothers.

“You might have noticed they were both wearing navy suits and Harry has been stuck to his grey suit ever since he met Meghan.

“I think she suggested, ‘you look good in grey’ and he’s always worn it but on this occasion he wore navy.

“That was Diana’s favourite suit for a man, it was navy.

“If you look at Prince Charles at her funeral, he didn’t wear black, he wore a navy suit and that’s because Diana liked him best in navy.

“There was definitely significance in that I think.”

8.22pm update: Prince Harry ‘nervous bundle of energy’ at Diana statue unveiling amid feud with William

The Duke of Sussex flew to the UK for the special event, but looked a little nervous.

One royal commentator argued that it is hardly surprising that Harry looked on edge, because he would know there is a huge spotlight on his reunion with his brother.

There has been much discussion about the princes’ relationship over the past few months and years, admittedly exacerbated by Harry’s own interview with Oprah Winfrey.

However, there is also the fact that events like this cause him to feel anxious anyway, which he spoke at length about in his Apple TV+ docu-series “The Me You Can’t See” and on the podcast “Armchair Expert”.

Harry opened up about the trauma he experienced at the sight and sound of photographers and how just being in London makes him feel panicked.

What’s more, the occasion was to honour the legacy of the late Princess Diana, which is already a very emotional topic for the Duke, who lost his mother at just 12 years old.

Princes Harry and William were pictured together in the UK last week

Princes Harry and William were pictured together in the UK last week (Image: PA)

7.51pm update: Kate Middleton stunned royal watchers when she kissed Roger Federer THREE times

The Swiss tennis legend is playing in Centre Court today against Italian Lorenzo Sonego. 

The Duchess of Cambridge is currently self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 and so will sadly miss today’s match.

This will be disappointing for her because, as the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, she is a familiar face in the Royal Box.

She has already attended the tournament several times this year, alongside the Duke of Kent, who is the President of the organisation.

Federer has been a close friend of Kate’s for many years and even gave Prince George a private tennis lesson at Kate’s parents’ home in Bucklebury.

He later described George as a “sweet boy” and that he was already showing great skills as a player.

Back in 2017, Kate cheered on Federer to win his record eighth men’s Wimbledon title against Croatian Marin Cilic.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined then-Prime Minister Theresa May and other famous faces to watch the impressive display.

Kate then stunned royal fans by giving Federer not one, not two, but three kisses in congratulations.

Feder then shook hands with Kate’s husband Prince William.

Before meeting the royal couple, the tennis star embraced his wife Mirka, who was also in the crowd.

6.36pm update: Royal Family warning: Prince William and Prince Harry threatening future of monarchy

Prince Harry has been struggling to heal his relationship with big brother Prince William following a series of bombshell claims moved towards the Royal Family in recent months.

Royal commentator Katie Nicholl spoke to the ITV documentary, Harry and William: What Went Wrong?, about the tension between the two brothers.

She explained that their row goes against what the monarchy stands for.

Ms Nicholl said: “As a nation, we have invested in William and Harry.

“We all remember those brothers behind their mother’s coffin.

“To see them fractured and at loggerheads like this has a very real impact on the future of the monarchy because it undermines everything that the monarchy stands for which is unity.”

Kate and William had to ‘step up duties’ for Queen says Nicholl

5pm update: Queen ordered to pay billions in slavery reparations as Jamaica rages at British Empire

A Jamaican politician has said a petition for compensation will be “presented to the Queen”. The British monarch is officially titled Queen of Jamaica, as the nation is within the British Commonwealth. Jamaica has demanded slavery reparations from the Queen, as she is the head of state of the UK.

Jamaican politician Olivia “Babsy” Grange said she wants to petition Her Majesty for compensation for all the nation’s citizens.

The Caribbean country’s Culture Minister Ms Grange said: “We are especially pleased to announce that we have made further steps in our strides towards seeking reparatory justice for the victims and descendants of the transatlantic slave trade.

“The petition is to be presented to the Queen of the UK and or the Government of the UK.”

The politician added that Jamaica’s National Council of Reparation had fully backed the petition and it had been agreed that: “The Attorney General’s chambers would need to weigh up the merits of the petition in the eventuality of the government of Jamaica’s involvement in the petition.”

4.17pm update: Prince Charles goes shopping at Iceland 

Clarence House posted on Instagram: “Today The Prince of Wales began a series of engagements in Wales by visiting @IcelandFoods in Flintshire to mark the supermarket’s 50th anniversary.

“The Prince heard about Iceland’s sustainability goals, which include removing all plastic packaging from the Iceland own-label range by the end of 2023.

“In 2018, the supermarket removed all palm oil from their own label food.

“HRH was taken on a whistle-stop tour of the Iceland HQ, visiting the Development Kitchen, staff offices, and the cold store which was opened by The Prince of Wales 34 years ago!”

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Prince Charles visited Iceland today (Image: CLARENCE HOUSE )

3.55pm update: Kate and Meghan’s first reunion in months could feature ‘polite iciness’ after slights

Kate has appeared to be willing to support Prince William in patching up his bond with Prince Harry.

In April, after the funeral service of Prince Philip, the Duchess of Cambridge played the role of peacemaker as she drew the royal brothers into a conversation while they were all walking back to Windsor Castle.

However, Ms Elser believes it “seems far less assured” Kate would behave in the same way with her sister-in-law following the Sussexes’ attacks to the Firm.

She wrote in a comment piece for “Having passed the 10-year mark of her royal career, Kate has demonstrated, time and again, that she is a highly dedicated royal trooper (in 2019 the Queen made her a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, the highest rank that can be personally granted by the sovereign). 

“For the 39-year-old, Harry and Meghan’s prime time grievance airing has targeted not only her personally but also threatened, intentionally or not, the very institution she has dedicated a decade of her life to resuscitating.

“For Kate to not only have survived but thrived in the royal bubble suggests an iron backbone and a certain steely countenance that her taste in flouncy floral frocks belies.”

She continued: “Given this frosty climate, if Kate and Meghan were required to reunite publicly alongside their balding menfolk for the Diana event in September, polite iciness, with a slew of aides diplomatically wedged between them at all times, would be the best anyone could hope for.

“And privately? It is impossible to imagine either woman particularly wanting to speak to the other right now. 

“If some sort of Cambridge and Sussex reunion did take place, odds are both sides would be whispering favourable interpretations of the meeting into the ears of sympathetic journalists before their teacups had hit the saucers.”

3.07pm update: Prince Harry furious at Kate and William failure to make Meghan ‘feel special enough’

Prince Harry was angry at Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge following Meghan Markle’s first visit to Sandringham in 2017, as he felt they had not “rolled out the red carpets” and made his then-fiancee feel welcome. According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the Cambridges had not made Meghan feel “special enough” during her stay with the couple. 

Ms Nicholl, the royal editor of Vanity Fair, said: “It was the Prince of Wales who suggested to William that it might be a nice gesture to invite Harry and Meghan to Anmer for Christmas, which they duly did.

“By all accounts, the Cambridges pulled out all the stops.

“They made Meghan her favourite food, they gave them a wonderful room, they gave them a very warm welcome.

“But I was told, from sources close to the Sussexes, that Harry particularly felt that the Cambridges hadn’t rolled out the red carpets officially for Meghan.”

Rachel Russell taking over from Katie Harris. 

2.55pm update: Queen looking ’so happy’ and has ‘new energy’

The Queen is “getting out and about” and looking “so happy” as she is doing what her beloved late husband Prince Philip would have wanted, according to a royal expert.

Royal author Phil Dampier said the monarch, 95, has a “new energy” as lockdown restrictions ease.

Mr Dampier’s comments come as Her Majesty stepped out four days in a row for the Royal Windsor Horse Show and delighted royal fans with her smiling appearances.

2.05pm update: ‘The Royal Family are NOT celebrities!’ Harry and Meghan shamed

Meghan Markle has been criticised for being too much like a “celebrity” and not fitting in with how the Royal Family works by a royal commentator.

Speaking on the ITV documentary, Harry and William: What Went Wrong?, Ms Junor said: “Our Royal Family are not celebrities. They are working members of a public institution.

“I was appalled by the Oprah interview. These are not statements that should be made for public consumption.”


The Queen stepped out four days in a row for the Royal Windsor Horse Show and delighted royal fans with her smiling appearances (Image: GETTY)

1.30pm update: ‘Frustrated’ Harry hit back at Palace focus on Cambridges

Prince Harry’s “frustrations” with royal life before Meghan Markle was even “on the scene” have been detailed in a new documentary about his relationship with his brother.

Harry grew “frustrated” with the limitations of his role in the Royal Family, according to commentators.

The Duke of Sussex’s tensions with his brother, Prince William, were explored in a new ITV documentary, ‘Harry and William: What Went Wrong?’.

Harry’s partnership with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was discussed to examine the root causes of the ongoing rift between the two royal brothers.

12.40pm update: William attends NHS event without Kate

Prince William has attended a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral without the Duchess of Cambridge.

William headed to central London alone this morning as his wife Kate is currently self-isolating after getting in touch with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. .

Kensington Palace announced this morning plans for the Cambridges to publicly mark together the 73rd year of the NHS had to be dashed.

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Prince William has attended a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral without the Duchess of Cambridge (Image: GETTY)

11.30am update: Kate self-isolating after meeting someone who later tested positive for Covid

The Duchess of Cambridge is self-isolating after coming into contact with a person who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Kate was forced to cancel today’s public engagements as she is self-isolating, Kensington Palace has announced.

In a brief statement, the Palace said: “Last week The Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

“Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home.”

11.10am update: Meghan and Kate set for tense reunion in just weeks

Meghan Markle and Kate are set for a royal showdown in a matter of weeks, an expert has said.

The Duchess of Sussex may join Prince Harry in Britain in September for another Princess Diana event following last week’s statue unveiling, according to reports.

Writing in, royal commentator Daniela Elser said: “Meghan’s return to London could be cataclysmic both publicly and privately.

“The trip would mark her first time back on UK soil since she and Harry appeared on global TV screens and managed to do more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell could have ever dreamed.

“The $180 million question here is, after the Sussexes’ media tempest of 2021, just how will the Royal Family, and Kate especially, react when Meghan does return one day?

“Will old wounds be politely forgotten in the name of healing, or will it be Strathberry handbags at dawn for the two duchesses?”

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Meghan and Kate could reunite for a Princess Diana event in September (Image: GETTY)

10am update: Harry accused of challenging William

Prince Harry is “fed up with being the spare to the heir” and is asserting a new way of being a member of the Royal Family, according to a royal expert.

Royal biographer Angela Levin said Prince Harry was creating a new, “Californian way” of being a royal and doing good.

But in doing so, he may be competing with his closest relatives, she warned.

9.20am update: William has ‘no choice but to smile’ next to Meghan on palace balcony for Queen’s Jubilee

Prince William has “no choice but to swallow his pride and smile” next to Meghan Markle on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen celebrates 70 years as monarch next year with a four-day weekend of royal events planned for June.

Royal biographer Robert Lacey said the Duke of Cambridge will have to “swallow his pride and smile” alongside the Duchess of Sussex when members of the Royal Family gather on the palace’s balcony.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Lacey said: “William has no choice, for example, but to swallow his pride and smile beside Meghan on next year’s Platinum Jubilee balcony.”

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William has “no choice but to swallow his pride and smile” next to Meghan on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Image: GETTY)

8.50am update: Kate and William at centre of royal ‘rockstar’ campaign

Kate and Prince William are being “pushed to the fore” in an attempt to regain popularity for the Royal Family following the departure of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, according to a commentator.

Commentator Ayesha Hazarika said: “William and Kate are really being pushed to the fore in terms of publicity, particularly Kate Middleton.

“I think what the PR machine for the Royal Family is trying to do is turn William and Kate into the new Meghan and Harry.

“They’re trying to make them a bit rockstar-like.”

8am update: Kate and William to give NHS staff treat of a lifetime on special milestone

Kate and Prince William are set to give NHS staff a treat of a lifetime by inviting them for tea at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the NHS today at a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

They will also celebrate the contribution of NHS workers during the pandemic by hosting the NHS Big Tea in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, to pay tribute to their exemplary efforts over the past 18 months.

7.45am update: Queen awards George Cross to NHS

The Queen has awarded the George Cross to the NHS and paid tribute to all staff who have worked for the health service throughout the past nine decades.

The monarch handed out the prestigious award on the 73rd anniversary of the NHS Foundation today.

In a heartfelt handwritten message, the 95-year-old expressed her gratitude to NHS services across the UK.

7.30am update: Lady Louise Windsor pays sweet tribute to Philip

Lady Louise Windsor made a touching tribute to Prince Philip during the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

On Sunday, the 17-year-old once again took the reins in the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the largest outdoor carriage-driving competition in the UK.

However, eagle-eyed Royal watchers were quick to notice Lady Louise made a touching tribute to her grandfather, the late Duke of Edinburgh, by driving his carriage in the competition.

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