Meghan Markle latest news – Duchess & Harry quitting royals 'a tragedy' after she 'made every effort to get involved'

PRINCE William generously name-checked Harry in a rare show of unity as he thanked friends for their late mum’s statue.

A source said: “William made a brilliant speech saying thank you from him and Harry and how happy they both were with the statue.

“He mentioned Harry by name. The brothers are barely on speaking terms but it’s clear the Princess Di statue has done some good.”

Meanwhile,Meghan Markle has been criticised by a Republican congressman after her "laughable" attempt to enter US politics with an open letter.

The Duchess called for paid parental amd medical leave for families, and reflected on her own experiences in a struggling, low-wage family.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest updates….

  • Joseph Gamp

    Orders to rest

    The Queen's decision to follow her doctors' advice comes after she backed out of a planned trip to Northern Ireland – her first cancelled royal duty in 15 years.

    A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace tonight said: "Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.

    "Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday, 1st November.

    "Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message."

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    Queen 'pivotal to any event she goes to' says royal expert

    Angela Levin, who penned an official biography on Prince Harry, discussed the Queen's absence on talkRADIO.

    "She's pivotal to anything she goes to – she's got this charisma where people admire her so much they'll come to say hello and shake her hand," Ms Levin said.

    "She's hugely respected.

    "Countries which are not particularly interested in our monarchy think she's extraordinary."

    She said the decision for the Queen not to attend "takes the gloss" off COP26.

    "We're lucky to have Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and William and Catherine going as well, because they can bring a different atmosphere, but it's not the same," she said.

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    Piers Morgan 'officially worried about the Queen'

    Presenter Piers tweeted hours after the monarch confirmed she'll be unable to attend on the advice of her medics.

    He said: "I’m now officially worried about the Queen.

    "Very unusual for her to miss big events like this.

    "Hope she gets all the rest and treatment she needs."

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    Queen expecting phone call from Rishi Sunak this evening

    Following on from her virtual audiences with Gunn Kim, ambassador from the Republic of Korea, and the Swiss ambassador Markus Leitner today, the Queen is expecting a call from the Chancellor this evening.

    Rishi Sunak will speak to the Queen on the eve of his Budget, a tradition dating back some years.

    The monarch is also expected to carry out light engagements in the coming days.

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    Queen was first admitted to hospital in 1982 for wisdom tooth extraction

    The first time the Queen was actually admitted to hospital was in July 1982 when she had a wisdom tooth extracted at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.

    The Queen's no-fuss approach to injury and illness was perfectly illustrated in 1994.

    She broke her left wrist when her horse tripped during a ride on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

    The break was not diagnosed until almost 24 hours later when her arm was X-rayed and set in plaster at a hospital.

    It was the first time she had fallen in many years and the Queen had simply brushed herself down, remounted her horse and trotted on back to Sandringham.

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    Queen's no nonsense attitude to infrequent illnesses

    The Queen is known for her strong constitution and no-fuss approach to her infrequent illnesses.

    The 95-year-old monarch's overnight stay at King Edward VII's Hospital last week was her first in eight years.

    She was treated at the private clinic for a nasty bout of gastroenteritis in 2013, when she also stayed for one night.

    Earlier this month, the sovereign used a walking stick at a Westminster Abbey service, the first time she has done so at a major event.

    During the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen retreated to Windsor Castle for her safety, where she was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh in lockdown.

    The couple were vulnerable to Covid-19 because of their advanced age, but were protected by the so-called HMS Bubble, their reduced household of about 20 staff.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Rare moment Kate Middleton ‘rolled her eyes’ & lost composure 

    SHE may have had 10 years to adapt to life in the spotlight before marrying Prince William – but that doesn't mean Kate Middleton's transition from private citizen to Duchess was completely smooth-sailing.

    These days, we're pretty used to seeing the mum-of-three look poised and polished at every royal event. But back in 2014, Kate momentarily lost her composure when she visited a children's centre in New York.

    The Duchess had been married for three years at the time and was expecting Princess Charlotte.

    As the royal tour was in December, Kate got stuck in helping other volunteers wrap presents for the children.

    In true Duchess form, she took the time to speak to the women sitting at her table while she wrapped.

    But even though she was their guest of honour, that didn't stop one of the event's organisers from scolding the Duchess and reminding her to "keep wrapping".

    Before returning to the task at hand, the Duchess rolled her eyes and continued chatting to her neighbour.

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    Queen pulls out of COP26 climate summit 

    THE Queen has tonight dramatically pulled out of the COP26 summit after being told to rest by her doctors, it was revealed.

    Her Majesty, 95, will instead deliver an address to the delegates via a recorded video message.

    A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace said: “Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.

    “Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday, 1st November.

    “Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”

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    'Knackered'

    Royal sources had briefed The Sunday Times that the Queen was "knackered" due to a busy social life and preference for late night television.

    She has also had a punishing workload of 120 official engagements in 194 days since the death of her husband Prince Philip on April 9.

    As well as resting under doctors' orders, The Queen has also decided to give up the booze – ditching the gin cocktail she is said to have enjoyed every evening.

    But she will now drink just sparkling water or tomato juice, with a royal source saying: “It was a personal decision.”

    Buckingham Palace would not comment on whether the monarch has received her booster Covid-19 jab, but given her age it is likely she has already had it.

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    Queen’s decision to not attend COP26 is a ‘sensible precaution’

    Queen Elizabeth’s decision not to attend the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next week was a “sensible precaution”.

    Her Majesty said she hoped it would not be used by others as a reason to miss the event, a Palace source said on Tuesday.

    The queen remained in good spirits and was expecting a call with Britain’s finance minister this evening, as is the norm before the budget statement on Wednesday, the source added. 

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    Next year will see Queen celebrate 70 years on the throne

    Queen's celebration of 70 years on the throne.

    An extensive programme of public events will mix traditional pageantry with cutting edge technological displays.

    Details of these events will be unveiled in the coming months.

    Members of the Royal Family will appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony, while there will also be a fly past in Her Majesty's honour.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen dramatically pulls out of COP26 climate summit 

    THE Queen has tonight dramatically pulled out of the COP26 summit after being told to rest by her doctors, it was revealed.

    Her Majesty, 95, will instead deliver an address to the delegates via a recorded video message.

    A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace said: "Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.

    "Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday, 1st November.

    "Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message."

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    Andrew has until October 29 to respond to allegations

    Virginia Roberts, 38, is seeking unspecified damages after filing a civil lawsuit in August accusing the Duke of "rape in the first degree".

    She alleges that she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times when she was 17 – a minor under US law – after being trafficked by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

    Andrew now has until October 29 to respond to the allegations, with his lawyers promising to "dismantle" his sex accuser’s allegations in detail.

    No additional parties will be permitted to join the case after December 15.

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    Andrew’s lawsuit set to carry on in Queen's Platinum Jubilee year

    PRINCE Andrew’s sex assault lawsuit is set to go on well into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.  

    A timetable for Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s New York civil case against the duke was revealed last night, following agreement by lawyers on both sides.

    It states that discovery – including testimony from expert witnesses – should be completed by July 14, 2022 and a pre-trial order finished by July 28, 2022.

    The timetable was signed off by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan and made public last night.

    Virginia, 38, claims she was sexually assaulted by Andrew, 61, three times when she was underage.

    He denies the allegations.

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    The Crown to dramatise Martin Bashir's Diana interview

    The fifth series of Netflix drama The Crown will dramatise the headline-making 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, according to reports.

    That interview, conducted by then-BBC journalist Martin Bashir, made global headlines as the princess spoke openly about her marriage to the Prince of Wales, famously telling Bashir "there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded".

    Earlier this year, a report by Lord Dyson concluded that the BBC covered up "deceitful behaviour" used by Bashir to secure the bombshell interview and led to a call from the Duke of Cambridge for it never to be aired again.

    An insider told The Sun: "The Crown's creators see the interview as the keystone moment in series five.

    "To the writers, the stormy marriage between Charles and Di led up to her outpouring on Panorama, and the aftermath of that decision defined her final months.

    "They are making a huge investment in that. The Crown has a track record of delving into areas of the Royal Family's history they'd rather be left alone."

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    Royal sources claimed The Queen 'was knackered'

    Royal sources had briefed The Sunday Times that the Queen was "knackered" due to a busy social life and preference for late night television.

    She has also had a punishing workload of 120 official engagements in 194 days since the death of her husband Prince Philip on April 9.

    As well as resting under doctors' orders, The Queen has also decided to give up the booze – ditching the gin cocktail she is said to have enjoyed every evening.

    But she will now drink just sparkling water or tomato juice, with a royal source saying: “It was a personal decision.”

    Buckingham Palace would not comment on whether the monarch has received her booster Covid-19 jab, but given her age it is likely she has already had it.

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    'Encouraging signs' of a 'more visible Queen' today

    Traditionally, the Queen holds an audience with the Chancellor the night before a budget.

    Ahead of last March's budget, Rishi Sunak, who is preparing for Wednesday's fiscal statement, spoke to the monarch by telephone while Covid restrictions were still in place.

    Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the ambassadorial audiences today were an encouraging sign of a "more visible" Queen again.

    "Clearly it's business as usual as far as the Queen is concerned that the audiences continue in this way for the time being," Mr Little said.

    "It's what she will expect to be doing and what people would expect her to be doing under the circumstances.

    "But it is encouraging because she hasn't been seen publicly for a week and now we're seeing her back at work.

    "Although she has been working on her boxes behind the scenes, this is the more visible monarch again."

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    The Queen is being looked after by the Medical Household

    The monarch is being looked after by the Medical Household, her expert team of royal physicians.

    She is due to attend events in Scotland next week as part of a flurry of royal Cop26 engagements involving the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge between November 1-5.

    On the royal family's website, the Queen is still listed as attending a reception on November 1 as part of the climate change conference.

    It has not yet been confirmed as to whether she will travel to Scotland.

    She had a busy schedule of engagements in the first weeks of October following her return from Balmoral, and her hospital stay was kept a secret and only confirmed by the Palace when it was revealed by The Sun newspaper.

    The Queen was seen using a walking stick for the first time at a major engagement during a Westminster Abbey service on October 12.

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    Why did the Queen spend the night in hospital?

    The monarch was forced to cancel a planned trip to Northern Ireland before spending a night in hospital for tests.

    She was later discharged in "good spirits" and was said to be keen to get back to her desk.

    It was believed her medical team acted out of caution to have her admitted to King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone on Wednesday.

    And the overnight stay — her first in a hospital for eight years — was for practical reasons, and unrelated to coronavirus.

    She called off her trip to Northern Ireland – her first cancelled royal duty in 15 years – under strict orders to rest and faced preliminary investigations in hospital on October 20.

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    'One is back in business'

    THE Queen looked radiant as she carried out her first official engagement since being ordered to rest by doctors following a health scare.

    Her Majesty, 95, hosted two virtual audiences at Windsor Castle today after Palace aides last week told her to "cut back" on her "exhausting" schedule.

    Today was the first time the head of state has been seen – albeit on a computer screen – since she hosted a busy evening reception for the global investment summit on October 19.

    The Queen wore a yellow dress and her three-strand pearl necklace as she met the ambassador from the Republic of Korea.

    She was pictured smiling on a computer screen as she greeted Gunn Kim, who was dressed in Korean clothing including a traditional hat known as a gat.

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    William 'used to smother Harry in kisses as a young boy'

    As a young boy, William was said to smother his younger brother with kisses and proudly show him off like his “favourite toy”, claims a royal author. 

    Royal author Robert Lacey’s said: “For years the world would be struck by the fondly possessive way in which young William liked to display his younger brother and show him off proudly – almost as his favourite toy.”

    William and Harry remained close growing up, particularly following the death of their mum in 1997. 

    They were even best men at each other’s weddings – although are said to have drifted in recent years. 

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    Her Majesty reportedly forking out millions on Prince Andrew

    Firm came under fire when it was revealed the Queen is paying Andy’s legal fees from her Duchy of Lancaster income.

    Her Majesty has reportedly been forking out millions on her son's legal battle since the start of 2020,  just after his disastrous interview on Newsnight with Emily Maitlis. 

    Andrew claimed he had "no recollection of ever meeting" Virginia and said of her claims: " I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened."

    The 61-year-old also said he has no memory of the renowned photograph of him and Virginia with his arm around her waist.

    The Duke said he has no memory of this snap with Virginia Roberts Credit: Rex Features
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    Hidden meaning behind Princess Eugenie’s £120k engagement ring

    Princess Eugenie's ring features a rare pink Padparadscha sapphire, surrounded by a halo of sparkling diamonds.

    Interestingly, Princess Eugenie also opted for a sapphire ring, however not a traditional blue sapphire. 

    She opted for a padparadscha sapphires, because they are are incredibly rare, much rarer than diamonds and many blue sapphires.

    Jewellery expert Maxwell Stone said: "These are extremely rare stones which many people haven't even heard of. 

    “They are strikingly beautiful with unique shades of pink and orange, often resembling the colours of a sunset."

    “This is by far one of the rarest gemstones in the world, thanks to its unparalleled salmon hue," she continued to say.

    The ring bares a remarkable resemblance to Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson’s engagement ring, which features a Burmese ruby, surrounded by diamonds.

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    Meghan 'may restart' her old blog

    Meghan Markle could restart her blog The Tig, according to a royal commentator.

    Months before she and Prince Harry announced their engagement in 2017, The Duchess of Sussex closed her lifestyle blog.

    Royal commentator Neil Sean has now claimed Meghan believes it is a "very good time" to restart The Tig.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr Sean said: “According to a very good source, it appears that Meghan, alongside Harry, think this would be a very good time to restart The Tig."

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