Meghan Markle news latest – 'Miserable' Prince Harry's California life 'million miles from what he'd hoped', expert says

THE SUSSEXES departure from the Royal Family has played it's part in a very turbulent relationship between Prince William and Harry and now the Cambridges have 'accepted' the 'broken relationship'.

Andrew Neil, former chair of GB News, spoke to Channel 5 documentary, ‘2021: The Queen’s Terrible Year’, revealing that Prince William and Kate are “reconciled” to the “broken” relationship with Harry, reports the Daily Record.

Two years have passed since Meghan and Harry stepped back from royal roles. During that time The Sussexes have participated in multiple interviews, revealing many secrets from within the Royal family.

Andrew revealed to the Channel 5 documentary: “I’m pretty sure from what I’ve been told that Prince William and Kate are reconciled to the fact that this is broken, and it can’t be put together.

“Not in the foreseeable future anyway, and that they need to go their way and William and Kate will go their way.”

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest news and gossip

  • Joseph Gamp

    Andrew case 'could lead to constitutional crisis for the monarchy'

    The Duke of York's sexual assault trial, given the go-ahead by a US judge, threatens to set off a "constitutional crisis" which will engulf the royal family, a legal expert said.

    Andrew now faces the prospect of his accuser Virginia Giuffre giving a detailed account in court of the allegation she was trafficked to have sex with the Queen's second son when she was 17 and a minor under US law.

    Judge Lewis A Kaplan dismissed a motion by the duke's lawyers to have the civil case thrown out after they argued Ms Giuffre had waived her right to pursue the duke by signing a confidential settlement with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

    The judgment will be a huge blow for Andrew, and media lawyer Mark Stephens said it will prompt meetings of senior royals as they attempt to deal with the looming reputational damage to the monarchy during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee year.

    Mr Stephens told the BBC: "Judge Lewis Kaplan has thrown a reasoned judicial decision like a bomb into the middle and the heart of the royal family and threatens to provoke constitutional crisis as a consequence."

    He said the duke has "no good options", adding: "Essentially, I think he's either going to have to engage in the trial process or he's going to have to settle and that may well be his least worst option."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Holocaust paintings to be “guiding light for our society”

    The Prince of Wales hopes a series of paintings he has commissioned of Holocaust survivors will be a “guiding light for our society”.

    Charles’ journey as he tasks seven leading artists to paint some of the nation’s last remaining Holocaust survivors is the subject of a new BBC documentary.

    All seven survivors were children in camps or ghettos during the Second World War and are now into their 90s after settling in Britain.

    It is hoped the portraits, which be displayed in London and Edinburgh, will stand as a lasting reminder of the horrors of the Nazi regime which will one day be lost to living memory.

    The heir to the throne will say in the documentary: “As the number of Holocaust survivors sadly, but inevitably, declines, my abiding hope is that this special collection will act as a further guiding light for our society, reminding us not only of history’s darkest days, but of humanity’s interconnectedness as we strive to create a better world for our children, grandchildren and generations as yet unborn; one where hope is victorious over despair and love triumphs over hate.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen will make decision about Andrew's titles 'as a last resort'

    Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty magazine, said the Queen would likely only make a decision about Andrew's titles as "a last resort" adding she would be "very surprised" if anything happened immediately.

    But the expert noted the duke could be made to "relinquish" his patronages.

    “It’s not going to be at the top of [the Queen's] list of things she wants to do," Ingrid explained.

    "It’s unprecedented. She will probably say to Andrew keep your title Duke of York but you’ve got to relinquish your military appointments regardless of where you stand in this case. 

    "I don’t think it’s going to be immediate. It may be, but I would be very surprised."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Andrew ‘finished’ as working royal & likely to lose military honours says expert

    PRINCE Andrew is "finished" as a working royal and will likely lose all military honours amid his court battle with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an expert has said.

    The Duke of York will be tried over allegations he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre when she was 17 after a US judge today ruled her civil lawsuit can proceed.

    Judge Lewis A Kaplan's decision comes as a huge blow for Andrew, whose lawyers argued earlier this month the case should be thrown out. Lawyers for the Duke had said Virginia’s civil lawsuit should be dropped based on a previous $500,000 (£371,000) deal signed by her with Jeffrey Epstein in 2009.

    But David Boies, Ms Giuffre's lawyer, said only the parties of the settlement agreement – Epstein and Ms Giuffre and their associates – could benefit from it, and not a "third party" such as Andrew.

    Today, Judge Lewis A Kaplan agreed and said Prince Andrew's motion was "denied in all respects". And according to experts, the outcome is "very bad news" for the prince, who will likely lose his military honours as a result.

    Royal biographer Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: "This will obviously do nothing to help his reputation, I think he is finished as a working royal.

    "It was suggested he would try and get back this year for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands events but that's not going to happen for him the way this is going. It wouldn't surprise me if, in time, he loses his military patronages." 

  • Joseph Gamp

    Andrew a 'dead man walking' who should 'fall in his sword' says lawyer

    The Duke of York is a "dead man walking" who has to "fall on his sword" for the sake of the monarchy and strike a deal with his accuser Virginia Giuffre, a lawyer has said.

    Mark Stephens said Wednesday's ruling that Andrew is to face a civil sexual assault trial has "thrown a bomb" into the heart of the royal family and threatens to spark a constitutional crisis.

    US Judge Lewis A Kaplan has decided the Queen's second son can be tried over allegations he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre when she was 17.

    Speaking to the BBC, media lawyer Mr Stephens said a crisis of this scale was unprecedented for the royal family.

    "Prince Andrew has nowhere to go. He's effectively a dead man walking as far as the royal family is concerned," he said.

    "But the one thing he can do is to accept the responsibility, accept the blame, accept that he has to fall on his sword for the sake of the wider royal family."

    The duke has vehemently denied the allegations.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan Markle’s lawyer makes ‘bullying’ comparison

    Jenny Afia insisted claims that the duchess “traumatised” Palace staff are “absolutely untrue” – and the term bullying is used “very casually”.

    Meghan, 40, was accused of driving two personal assistants out of the royal household due to her “totally unacceptable” behaviour.

    Staff were said to be left in tears and feeling “humiliated” by her actions, and claimed she “governed by fear” and snapped: “It’s not my job to coddle people.”

    The allegations sparked an internal investigation, but the duchess has repeatedly denied the claims.

    And her solicitor has reiterated that the Meghan she knows is not a bully.

    Speaking with permission from the actress-turned-royal, Ms Afia, from libel law firm Schillings, said: “I think the first thing is to be really clear about what bullying is because the term gets used very, very casually.

    “My daughter called me a bully last week when I asked her to brush her teeth – she’s seven years old.

    “So the term is used very freely and it’s a very, very damaging term as we know, particularly I think for career women.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Gary Lineker takes to Twitter after news Andrew will face court

    Gary Lineker has joked about today’s news making reference to Andrew’s claims that he is unable to sweat.

    He Tweeted “This court decision will test Prince Andrew’s inability to sweat.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan hasn't returned to the UK since Megxit

    Meghan hasn’t flown back to the UK since Megxit. She was pregnant when the service for Prince Philip took place, and decided not to return on the advice of her doctors.

    The Queen has also not yet had the chance to meet great-granddaughter Lilibet, who was named after her. The tot was born last June.

    However, despite the couple’s now-notorious interview with Oprah Winfrey last March – during which they claimed a member of the family had made a racist remark – Royal expert Neil Sean said they may still get an invitation to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

    “What I’m suspecting is there will be some kind of banquet, perhaps low-key, that they possibly could get invited to,” he said.

    “What we do know, however, is their diaries are remaining free.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Fashion designer Paul Smith joins prestigious Royal order

    Celebrated designer Sir Paul Smith said a "love of life" and seeing his creations enjoyed by others keeps him going as he joined a prestigious order in recognition of his work.

    Sir Paul, who is in his sixth decade as a force in British fashion, was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by the Duke of Cambridge during a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony on Wednesday.

    Dressed in one of his trademark tailored suits, Sir Paul said: "This is really special because of the limited number of people who receive it, it's also very much about longevity – you've been consistently contributing to society, employment, exports, and (have) enthusiasm and energy for young people."

    The Order of the Companions of Honour was established in 1917 by George V to recognise service of national importance and is sometimes regarded as the junior honour to the Order of Merit. It is made up of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 members.

    Sir Paul added: "The love of life keeps me going – getting up every morning.

    "Creativity is a very interesting stimulant because there's nothing better than having a lovely idea and then turning that idea into reality and seeing that people are enjoying what you've created, that's very nice."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Andrew 'could pursue out of court settlement'

    The Queen's second son could pursue an out of court, and potentially multimillion-pound, settlement, but there have been suggestions Ms Giuffre may not be prepared to accept a deal.

    Media lawyer Mark Stephens said: "Andrew has got no good options now. He can't make things better."

    He told the BBC: "Essentially, I think he's either going to have to engage in the trial process or he's going to have to settle and that may well be his least worst option."

    Andrew could ignore the case, meaning by default there would be a finding against him, or he could fight it out, meaning he would have to give a deposition under oath and the sexual assault allegations would be explored in open court.

    Buckingham Palace declined to comment, saying: "We would not comment on what is an ongoing legal matter."

  • Louis Allwood

    Trial will cause ‘massive embarrassment’ for Queen

    Leading commentator Phil Dampier told The Sun Online he believes the Duke of York will try stop the case with an out-of-court settlement.

    The author added he believes Andrew – described as The Queen's favourite son – is "finished" and will likely be stripped of his military patronages.

    Andrew strongly denies all allegations against him – and claims he has no memory of even meeting Virginia.

    Mr Dampier told The Sun Online: "This is very bad news for him – it means he will probably have to settle outside court as 97 per cent of civil cases in America do.

    "There is always the danger that if he pays Virginia Roberts off, that someone else might emerge and make a similar claim but that could be a risk he has to take."

  • Louis Allwood

    Claims that Prince Andrew will have to face

    Virginia has claimed she romped with Andrew in a bath when she was 17, after a night where he had allegedly been plying her with vodka a club in London.

    Maxwell had previously said her bath was "too small" for sex.

    In a manuscript, Virginia claimed: "It was a beige marble tiled floor with porcelain Victorian-style bathtub in the middle of the room and nowhere near the size of Jeffrey's residences."

    She added: "I turned on the taps for the tub and the heat from the water began to steam up the small room.

    "Trying to do the best of my youthfulness to try and act seductive, I gradually began to strip off my clothing, piece by piece.

    "He loved every second of it as I went over to where he was waiting and watching, then began to undress him.

    "We kissed and touched each other before submersing into the hot water, where we both continued to re-enact foreplay."

  • Louis Allwood

    Duke to face major legal battle

    The Duke – who is understood to have not been following last Tuesday's hearing when lawyers argued his case – is now facing a major legal battle.

    Andrew could face a trial which may see him having to give a deposition to a US court – and a parade of witnesses trotted out regarding the allegations.

    It would be the latest and biggest embarrassment to the Royal family over the case.

  • Louis Allwood

    Subtle hand gestures revealed all

    MEGHAN Markle's subtle hand gestures reveal her true feelings for the Queen, a royal expert has claimed.

    Despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell two years ago that they were stepping down as senior royals, they continued to attend royal engagements with the Queen – even travelling up to Chester in June 2018 for the opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

    Body language expert Judi James commented on this day and Meghan's several subtle hand gestures that revealed her true feelings towards the monarch.

    Judi said: "It was clear from the Queen's congruent and very spontaneous-looking smiles that she was delighted to have her new granddaughter-in-law beside her on this visit.

    "Meghan did appear rather nervous initially though, emerging coyly from the train and using some more tentative gesticulation than usual.

    "Without new husband Prince Harry beside her to touch and hug her, there was a noticeable increase in Meghan's self-comforting self-touch and checking rituals, suggesting she is still quite in awe of her doting grandmother-in-law."

  • Louis Allwood

    What are the claims against Andrew?

    Virginia claims she was trafficked by the sick duo to be abused by Andrew after meeting him at a nightclub in London.

    It is alleged that she was taken back Ghislaine's townhouse were she was forced to have sex with the Royal, who was at the time aged 41.

    Andrew strongly denies all allegations against him – and claims he has no memory of even meeting Virginia.

    He also claims he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by his pals Maxwell and Epstein.

  • Louis Allwood

    Inside Kate Middleton’s hen do (Continued…)

    The bash took place in London in 2011, shortly before Kate and William’s lavish royal wedding in April.

    Maid of honour Pippa Middleton is said to have organised the private event at a mutual friend’s house.

    The Telegraph claimed the guest list was kept to a minimum, with a source saying: “It was certainly very low-key. 

    “There isn’t such a tradition attached to hen nights as there is to stag parties. It was done privately.

    "Not all of Kate’s friends were there, and she will be catching up with other friends over the coming weeks.”

    Kate's university housemate Olivia Beasdale is said to have attended along with Marlborough school pals Alicia Fox-Pitt and Rose Astor.

    A few years after their encounter, Cheryl gushed about Kate to Closer magazine, saying: “We had this amazing moment. She’s so ordinary! 

    “I mean, obviously she isn’t because she’s a princess, but she’s easy to get along with.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Inside Kate Middleton’s hen do

    The now-Duchess of Cambridge is said to have sung like a pop star and dressed up in a bodysuit impersonating Cheryl Cole during the soiree.

    Cheryl said in her autobiography that she had an unusual interaction with Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012.

    According to the Mirror, Prince William is said to have told her: “Did you know you’ve got a bit of competition?” 

    Kate is said to have confessed that she performed the star's 2009 hit song at her hen do in a replica racy outfit.

    Cheryl wrote: “Kate confessed that she dressed up as me on her hen night, in a bodysuit and split trousers, and sang Fight For This Love.

    "She even learnt the dance routine and was step-perfect by all accounts, as her sister Pippa and brother James also came over and told me all about it.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Princess Charlotte ‘isn’t allowed’ a best friend at her school

    PRINCESS Charlotte is now in Year 2 at school – but she isn’t allowed to have a best friend there, it has been claimed.

    The young royal started Thomas’s Battersea in 2019 and was dropped off by Kate Middleton, Prince William, and big brother Prince George, who is also a pupil at the school.

    Speaking on Loose Women, Jane Moore shared some of her insider knowledge of the exclusive prep school – and its rules.

    She said: “It’s a really great little school actually for the reasons I think that it really focuses on kindness, it’s a really big thing in that school and the pastoral care is amazing.

    “There’s a policy that if your child is having a party, unless every child in the class is invited you don’t give out the invites in class, which I think is quite a good thing as you don’t feel excluded.

    “There are signs everywhere saying be kind, that’s the ethos of the school. They don’t encourage you to have best friends.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Virginia ‘told fellow Epstein “slave” that she had sex with Andrew’, Maxwell witness claims

    Ms Giuffre, then Miss Roberts, 17, reportedly showed the victim the infamous picture of her posing with Andrew at convicted sex trafficker Maxwell’s home.

    And Carolyn Andriano, 35, has now waived her right to anonymity to share her full knowledge of Virginia’s alleged encounter.

    She told the Daily Mail Miss Roberts texted her from London in March 2001 to say she was going for dinner with Andrew, Maxwell and Epstein.

    Miss Roberts is alleged to have shown the picture of her with Andrew to Miss Andriano back in Florida, saying of the prince: “I got to sleep with him.”

    She is also said to have said they had dinner and they “had sex”.

    Giving her account, Mrs Andriona, who is now a mum-of-five, explained: “I asked her if she’d been to the palace. And she said ‘I got to sleep with him’.

    “I said ‘What? You’re f****** with me’ and she said ‘no, I got to sleep with him’.”

    The married mum added: “She said they had dinner and they had sex.

    “She didn’t say anything about what they ate or where they were – that’s not what we were talking about.

    “It was just that she couldn’t believe she got to sleep with Prince Andrew.”

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘No-fly zone’ to be put in over Windsor

    Aircraft and drones will be banned from January 27 from passing within a 2,500ft altitude over the residence.

    The order will also make it an offence to fly inside 1.4 miles of the castle walls.

    Moves to increase security come after an intruder with a crossbow got into the grounds, right, after a “kill the Queen” video was posted online on Christmas Day.

    The 95-year-old monarch has spent almost all of the past two years living in her ­private apartments there due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The Civil Aviation Authority says it is in the public interest to impose the ban.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan Markle’s lawyer makes ‘bullying’ comparison

    Jenny Afia insisted claims that the duchess “traumatised” Palace staff are “absolutely untrue” – and the term bullying is used “very casually”.

    Meghan, 40, was accused of driving two personal assistants out of the royal household due to her “totally unacceptable” behaviour.

    Staff were said to be left in tears and feeling “humiliated” by her actions, and claimed she “governed by fear” and snapped: “It’s not my job to coddle people.”

    The allegations sparked an internal investigation, but the duchess has repeatedly denied the claims.

    And her solicitor has reiterated that the Meghan she knows is not a bully.

    Speaking with permission from the actress-turned-royal, Ms Afia, from libel law firm Schillings, said: “I think the first thing is to be really clear about what bullying is because the term gets used very, very casually.

    “My daughter called me a bully last week when I asked her to brush her teeth – she’s seven years old.

    “So the term is used very freely and it’s a very, very damaging term as we know, particularly I think for career women.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Will Meghan return?

    Meghan hasn’t flown back to the UK since Megxit. She was pregnant when the service for Prince Philip took place, and decided not to return on the advice of her doctors.

    The Queen has also not yet had the chance to meet great-granddaughter Lilibet, who was named after her. The tot was born last June.

    However, despite the couple’s now-notorious interview with Oprah Winfrey last March – during which they claimed a member of the family had made a racist remark – Royal expert Neil Sean said they may still get an invitation to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

    “What I’m suspecting is there will be some kind of banquet, perhaps low-key, that they possibly could get invited to,” he said.

    “What we do know, however, is their diaries are remaining free.”

  • Louis Allwood

    How will the Queen spend her Jubilee?

    The national Jubilee festivities are taking place in June over a four-day holiday weekend.

    But the Queen is actually set to pass the milestone on February 6 – the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI in 1952.

    The Queen usually spends her accession day privately at Sandringham, but it is possible she may be seen at church, or carry out a local engagement in Norfolk as she has done in the past on milestone jubilees.

    The royal extravaganza from June 2-5 – with an extra Bank Holiday – includes Trooping the Colour, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, a visit to the Epsom Derby, a live concert at Buckingham Palace, and street parties and picnics.

    A Platinum Jubilee Pageant will also be staged on June 5 against the backdrop of the Palace and along The Mall in central London, and combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.

    But how much the public will see of the Queen during the celebrations has not yet been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

  • Louis Allwood

    Family could give evidence

    Andrew’s own family could be called as witnesses in the rape lawsuit against him in a bid to blow apart the royal’s Pizza Express alibi.

    Legal experts said Andrew’s hopes of having the lawsuit dismissed were on the ropes last night after Judge Lewis Kaplan ripped apart his lawyers’ case. 

    Yet Judge Kaplan appeared mostly dismissive of this argument.

    If the case goes ahead, here are five witnesses – including members of Andrew’s own family – who could be called to give evidence.

    1. Princess Beatrice
    2. Meghan Markle
    3. Princess Eugenie
    4. Sarah Ferguson
    5. Anonymous nightclub witness

    Read the article in full here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen’s venison burgers

    THE QUEEN’S former chef revealed the Monarch’s fast food favourite, despite tending to avoid the convenient meals on the whole.

    Pro chef Darren O’Grady worked in the royal kitchen for 15 years and has revealed that the Queen dodges fast food as a rule but there was one thing that she really enjoyed.

    But, unlike most people we know, she didn’t hop on the bus down to McDonald’s or Burger King to get her fast food fix, instead having her kitchen team prepare her a meat patty from scratch.

    Darren said: “It always tickled me at Balmoral, we would make our own burgers. They would shoot deer, and we would do venison burgers.

    “There’d be gorgeous cranberry… stuffed into them, but we never set buns out.”

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