Meghan Markle news latest – 'Self-obsessed' Prince Harry & Duchess '100% aware how rude Phillip memorial snub was'

FOLLOWING Prince Harry's no-show at Prince Philip's memorial service, he has now been slammed for being the only senior member of the Royal Family to miss out.

More than 1,800 people attended the service to honour the Duke of Edinburgh, including 27 members of international royalty.

However, The Duke of Sussex stayed at his £11million Californian mansion with wife Meghan and is now being criticised by royal watchers, and the public at his “shameful” absence.

Richard Griffin, who spent 14 years guarding for the late Duke, said Harry’s absence was “a big disappointment for everybody”.

He added: “People were talking about it. Certainly around where I was, people were saying that he should have been here.

“All this nonsense about how he couldn’t get protection, as far as I’m concerned, was a pathetic excuse. He should’ve been here to honour his grandfather.

“At the end of the day, if he was that worried about security, he could’ve stuck with his brother and father, who have got wonderful security, and he would have been more than safe.”

Royal author and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward, who penned Prince Philip Revealed, also added the couple 'missed an opportunity' by not attending.

"Harry must have known it would look petulant and rude. And if he did not Meghan would have," she said. 

"The wall of silence was as loud as if they had shouted from the abbey rafters. The normally verbose duke and duchess of Sussex said nothing."

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  • Milica Cosic

    Harry blasted as 'pathetic' for missing Philip's memorial

    Prince Harry is facing criticism after he skipped the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial, after he blamed his absence on the ongoing row over police protection when he's in the UK.

    Harry's former biographer Angela Levin blasted his decision as "pathetic".

    She told The Sun: "He is such a changed person.

    "It's difficult to know if he will even regret not attending.

    "The Harry I interviewed was caring and kind and instinctive.

    "Nowadays, he's so full of resentment."

    She said the duke "doesn't seem to have any broader range to care about things unless they are things impacting him and Meghan".

    "Many royals from abroad made the effort, yet Harry's pathetic excuse is that he didn't feel safe," she said.

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    Meghan & Harry ‘to attend Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding’

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry could attend Brooklyn Beckham's star-studded wedding – days after snubbing Prince Philip's memorial, it's claimed.

    Speculation that the Sussexes will attend the bash next weekend is mounting after Spice Girl Mel B revealed Victoria and David Beckham will invite their own guests.

    Brooklyn Beckham will marry actress Nicola Peltz, 27, on April 9 at her family's oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.

    The destination is a short flight from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's mansion in exclusive Montecito.

    The Sun revealed in July 2020 that the Sussexes will be at the top of the Beckhams' guest list for the wedding.

    But Harry is facing criticism after he skipped the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial, making him the only senior royal to do so.

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    Harry doesn’t want to come to UK ‘without Netflix gang’

    A royal biographer has claimed that Prince Harry doesn’t want to come to the UK “without a Netflix gang of photographers”.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin has told GB News that despite concerns over his safety after his level of security in the UK was reduced, there is another reason as to why the Duke does not want to return.

    Ms Levin said: “I think that there’s another reason. He doesn’t want to come here without a Netflix gang of photographers and people there.

    “He needs to make another documentary because they’ve got lots of money and they haven’t really done anything.

    “I think that’s what it is, he wants to have that as an excuse.

    “He can go around everywhere and do all these things, but you can’t have your royal cake and eat it I’m afraid.”

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    Queen Mother would have been 'displeased' about a particular action by Harry & Meg

    Royal expert Hugo Vickers, who wrote the Queen Mother’s biography, believes there is one thing in particular that Meghan and Harry did that would have displeased the Queen Mother.

    He explained: “She would have thought it was extremely rude of Meghan to name her child Lilbet.

    “That’s the Queen’s pet name and only very very few people are allowed to use that.”

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    Meg & Harry ‘know they look rude’ by ignoring memorial (Continued…)

    Royal expert Ingrid Seward added that fears The Duke and Duchess of Sussexes appearance would overshadow the event were not accurate.

    "There has been a great deal of criticism about Prince Harry ’s absence from his grandfather’s memorial service. But no reason given as to why he chose not to attend from Harry himself.

    "A couple of weeks ago he instructed his spokesperson to say he wouldn’t be going. That was it.

    "What a missed opportunity it was not to bring Meghan and the children to join the extended royal family, European cousins and of course Archie’s contemporaries.

    "Their appearance would not have diverted attention away from the Queen. It was her day and no one could take that away from her not even her favourite son the Duke of York who guided her to her seat.

    "The only explanation is that neither one of them wanted to go. There would have been no security problems. The whole Abbey was bristling with secret service men to guard the biggest gathering of royalty, politicians and top army brass since the London wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    "Harry must have known it would look petulant and rude. And if he did not Meghan would have.

    "If it was a pointed snub to the whole royal family and it went sour.

    "Of course, the Queen would have been told well in advance. Harry keeps in constant touch with his grandmother for many reasons. I am sure he spoke to his father too. But nothing excuses his absence even if Meghan and the children stayed away.

    "He will not get another opportunity to pay his respects in public to the grandfather who always supported him.

    "He has upset too many influential people too many times. It is something he will live to regret."

  • Milica Cosic

    Meg & Harry 'know they look rude' by ignoring memorial

    A royal expert has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are aware their no-show at Prince Philip's memorial service could be seen as "petulant and rude".

    Royal expert Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, told The Mirror she believes their silence speaks volumes.

    She said: "The wall of silence was as loud as if they had shouted from the abbey rafters. The normally verbose duke and duchess of Sussex said nothing.

    "No spokesperson spewed out long sentences of undecipherable wordage. There were no flowers with the florists name proudly displayed.

    "No comments from Archwell. Nothing. Not even a word from their supporters on various social media accounts."

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    Jeremy Vine guests in heated royal row

    On Tuesday, The Queen was the focus of a heated clash on Jeremy Vine. Discussions and arguments were made by guests on the show over whether the monarchy and the Commonwealth should be scrapped.

    Panelists Marina Purkiss and Mike Parry got into a debate. Ms Purkiss told Jeremy Vine: “The idea of monarchy and the Royal Family all it does is to install classism, elitism, division, inequality.”

    Mr Parry asked: “What about leadership…leading by example?”

    “They don’t set an example,” argued Ms Purkiss. 

    “The Queen sets an example because she wears a diamond-encrusted hat, a lovely example!”

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    Couldn’t have Harry taken a day off from Netflix to pay his respects?

    This is a comment piece by Arthur Edwards.

    Prince Harry’s excuse for avoiding the memorial service for his own grandfather because of “security fears” is, quite frankly, lame.

    Harry couldn’t be ­bothered to take a few days off from Netflix, or feeding his chickens in the US, to honour the grandfather who always supported him.

    Whether walking with the 12-year-old Prince behind his mother’s coffin, or giving support while Harry was on active service in Afghanistan, Philip was always there for him.

    Prince Harry was the one person who should have been in attendance but the message that he sent out was that it was too much trouble.

    You lost out, Harry, on a great occasion when the Who’s Who of Europe and beyond turned up to do honour to the man who for many years loyally served the Queen.

    Read the article in full here.

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    Meghan Markle fans call Kate a 'copycat'

    Kate Middleton has once again been accused by royal fans of copying her sister-in-law Meghan Markle.

    During her visit to the Bahamas, Kate posed under an umbrella in the rain. 

    However, Meghan Markle fans have likened the picture to one taken of Meghan and Harry under an umbrella in 2020. 

    One fan of Meghan wrote: “This is such a sad but funny attempt at recreating Meghan’s iconic photo in the rain shot”, before another said: “Willie and dupliKate look terrible- doesn’t even compare to Harry & Meghan’s."

    Polly wrote: “Nah! William + Kate – CAN'T DO ANYTHING ORIGINAL for their #RoyalsPanto – always staging copycat Photo-Ops trying to capture the magic of #HarryandMeghan – and Failing.”

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    Queen & Philip were ‘disappointed’ after Meghan & Harry snubbed Christmas

    A royal expert has claimed that The Queen and Prince Philip were "disappointed" by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their absence from Christmas celebrations on year.

    Ahead of their exit from the Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent their Christmas break in Canada in 2019.

    Richard Kay, royal expert and columnist told the 2022 Channel 5 documentary ‘Harry & Meghan Vs The Monarchy’: “Christmas is a very, very important part in the Queen’s calendar. She likes to draw her family around her.

    “She and Prince Philip were getting older. They knew that there wouldn’t be too many more Christmases and they must have been disappointed.”

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    Meg & Harry would have been ‘blanked’ by Queen Mother

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry would have been “blanked” by the Queen Mother after they did something “extremely rude”, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Yesterday marked 20 years since the death of Queen Elizabeth’s mother – who was well known for coining the phrase – ‘Never complain, never explain’.

    And royal expert Hugo Vickers, who wrote the Queen Mother’s biography, says she would have been “so disappointed” with their actions.

    He told The Sun: “I think the Queen Mother would have been absolutely horrified in regards to Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah.

    “Fundamentally a lot of things that were said in there that were not true and very easy to disprove. I’m sure she would be very unhappy.

    “The Queen Mother was always someone who if she were unhappy or saw something she didn't like she would just blank it out and just wouldn’t refer to it. It didn't happen or the person didn’t exist.

    "This was the attitude towards the Duke and Duchess of Windsor – she just didn't bother with them. They just didn't exist to her at all.

    “I think that’s how she would also feel about Meghan and Harry – they would be ignored, they would be blanked.

    “You wouldn’t have been able to get much out of her about what she thought about them.”

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    Andrew & Harry are still Counsellors of State – what does it mean?

    In the event the Queen cannot undertake her official duties as sovereign on a temporary basis due to illness or absence abroad, two or more Counsellors of State are appointed by Letters Patent to act in her place.

    The role of Counsellor of State is undertaken by any spouse of the monarch and the next four adults in the line of succession, currently Charles, William, Harry and Andrew.

    Concern over the arrangements, which could only be changed with legislation, has been raised in recent weeks after Charles got Covid and William was away in Dubai at the same time.

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    Angela Levin slams Harry for not attending Philip memorial

    A royal author has slammed Prince Harry for not attending Prince Philip’s memorial yesterday.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin questioned whether Harry will ever recognise his “appalling behaviour”.

    She said: “He is such a changed person, it is difficult to know if he will even regret not attending. The Harry I interviewed was caring and kind and instinctive. Nowadays, he is so full of resentment and ‘me me me’.

    “He doesn’t seem to have any broader range to care about things unless they are things impacting him and Meghan.

    “Many royals from abroad made the effort, yet Harry’s pathetic excuse is that he didn’t feel safe. The police would have had it completely covered. The royal children were all there, the heirs to the throne, so it just doesn’t make any sense that the protection wouldn’t be there.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen returns to virtual duties just three weeks before 96th birthday

    The Queen has held virtual audiences at Windsor as she kept busy with official engagements despite being only three weeks away from her 96th birthday.

    She welcomed the Ambassador of Ecuador and the Ambassador of Nepal via video link.

    The same day, she issued a message of thanks to those across the country who have planted more than a million trees for her Jubilee, saying she was “deeply touched” by the support for the Queen’s Green Canopy.

    The monarch has had a run of duties this week, attending the memorial service for her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh on Tuesday.

    The poignant service saw the Queen, walking slowly with a stick, on her first official engagement outside of a royal residence in nearly six months.

    A day later, she presented honours to Philip’s most loyal and trusted aides at special private face-to-face investitures in Windsor Castle.

    She invested the duke’s long-serving private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

    Brig Miller-Bakewell, who was also Philip’s treasurer, was the duke’s right-hand man for 11 years, taking on the role in 2010.

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    William & Kate to ‘modernise how they work’ following tour

    Prince William and Kate Middleton set to ignore the Royal rule book and modernise the way they do things following their Caribbean tour, a source has claimed.

    A source told us: “William and Kate will modernise how they work. It’s a breath of fresh air.

    “They were bruised by attacks that their Caribbean trip harked back to the colonial age.

    “In future they will rip up the rule-book and do things ‘The Cambridge Way’. They’re trying to work out what that will look like. It is not a criticism of how it was done in the past. But times are changing.”

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    ‘Prince Philip service was tinged by one note of regret’

    This is a comment piece.

    IF Prince Philip was watching down over his moving memorial service at Westminster Abbey yesterday, we have a feeling he would largely have approved.

    The mood was solemn rather than sombre, the immediate grief at the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing last April having given way to gratitude for his long life of dedication, his inquiring mind and sense of mischief.

    Despite mobility struggles, Her Majesty — weeks from turning 96 — was determined to be at the Abbey. As with Philip, her stoicism never ceases to amaze.

    The service was, however, tinged by one note of regret — the absence of Prince Harry, who stayed away in the States after an unseemly strop over being asked to foot his own security bill.

    We think it’s a decision Harry will come to regret in time, if not already.

    After all, many other royals managed to fly in from abroad for the service without fuss, so why not him?

    Read the article in full here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Charles & William ‘begged Queen to snub Andrew’ at memorial service

    THE QUEEN told Prince Charles and Prince William it was her ‘final decision’ to walk with shamed Andrew at her late husband’s memorial service despite warning her.

    The Monarch overruled both her heirs to let her disgraced son Andrew have a special role at the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, The Mirror exclusively revealed.

    She was apparently warned of such a move “on more than one occasion”, as both future kings were “absolutely united” against Andrew having a role in the memorial service on Tuesday.

    Other members of the Royal household were reportedly also left furious of the move.

    A source told the Mirror: “There is definitely a hand being played.

    “He (Andrew) was straight out the blocks in front of the cameras when the Duke of Edinburgh died, which was seen within the family as being completely inappropriate.

    “Now this situation has unfolded, a fair few hold the view that he (Andrew) is manipulating his position for his own gains.

    “The Duke of York’s reputation precedes him and he’s made no secret that he’s not ready to fade away into the background, as much as everyone may want him to.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince William ‘planning huge shake-up of Royal staff’

    PRINCE William plans a huge shake-up of royal staff and outdated ideas as he proves he is not a pampered prince.

    The Duke and wife Kate will stamp the “Cambridge Way” over future events amid negative publicity surrounding their Caribbean tour which ended at the weekend.

    Proving he has his own methods, William plans to have around 70 fewer aides when he succeeds Charles as Prince of Wales.

    He will instead nearly halve the estimated 137 staff his dad relies on to create a more cost-effective and less formal team.

    Wills and Kate will also employ a small staff working on “comfortable and credible” good causes ? five or six in total.

    There will also be shorter, solo trips such as Kate’s recent visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, with her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

    A source said: “William and Kate will modernise how they work. It’s a breath of fresh air.

    “They were bruised by attacks that their Caribbean trip harked back to the colonial age. In future they will rip up the rule-book and do things ‘The Cambridge Way’. They’re trying to work out what that will look like.

    “It is not a criticism of how it was done in the past. But times are changing.”

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    Explained: What is the Queen's Green Canopy initiative?

    Thousands of families, schools and community groups have planted Jubilee trees across the UK to create a canopy of green in tribute to the monarch's 70 years of service to the nation.

    Tree planting will commence again in October 2022 until the end of the Jubilee year.

    The Queen's Green Canopy will meanwhile move into a conservation phase, and dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and identify 70 Ancient Trees in honour of the head of state.

    Royal tree-planting has long been a staple duty for the Windsors and is usually used to commemorate official visits.

    During her reign, the Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees across the world.

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    William made ‘dig at Harry’ with ‘not telling people what to do’ comment

    PRINCE William’s comment about “not telling people what to do” was a subtle “dig” at his brother Harry, a royal expert has claimed.

    The Duke of Cambridge spoke out amid criticism of his eight-day trip to Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas with the Duchess of Cambridge last week.

    In a closing statement, he said the trip had brought into sharper focus “questions about the past and the future”.

    And he added: “Catherine and I are committed to service. For us that’s not telling people what to do. It is about serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best, by using the platform we are lucky to have.”

    Royal biographer Angela Levin suggested the comment was a dig at Prince Harry, who has been a vocal campaigner for causes close to his heart since quitting royal life.

    Speaking on Sky News, the author, who previously spent a year with the Duke of Sussex for an authorised biography, said of William’s comments: “I think he’s right, I think that worked very well to say what he felt without telling people what to do – which I thought was also a dig at his brother.”

    Harry has shared his views openly at a number of public speaking events since quitting royal life, as well as talking openly in interviews and as chief impact officer for professional coaching and mental health firm BetterUp.

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    Queen 'deeply touched' after more than 1m Jubilee trees planted

    The Queen has issued a special message of thanks to people across the country who have come together to plant more than a million Jubilee trees in her name.

    The monarch said she was "deeply touched" and hoped the saplings will "flourish and grow for many years to come", for future generations to enjoy.

    Her words marked the halfway point of the Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) initiative, which spans two official tree-planting seasons, and celebrates the Queen's Platinum Jubilee milestone.

    The Queen's daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex, planted an elm tree in the garden of Buckingham Palace on Thursday, bringing the first planting season, which ran from October to March, to a close.

    Last autumn, the Queen and the Prince of Wales, patron of the QGC, signalled the start of the "Plant a Tree for the Jubilee" drive together by setting a copper beech tree in the grounds of the Balmoral Estate.

    The Queen said in her written message: "As the planting season draws to a close, I send my sincere thanks to everyone across the country who has planted a tree to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.

    "I am deeply touched that so many community groups, schools, families and individuals have made their own unique contributions to the Green Canopy initiative.

    "I hope your Jubilee trees flourish and grow for many years to come, for future generations to enjoy."

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    Queen returns to virtual duties just three weeks before 96th birthday

    The Queen has held virtual audiences at Windsor as she kept busy with official engagements despite being only three weeks away from her 96th birthday.

    She welcomed the Ambassador of Ecuador and the Ambassador of Nepal via video link.

    The same day, she issued a message of thanks to those across the country who have planted more than a million trees for her Jubilee, saying she was "deeply touched" by the support for the Queen's Green Canopy.

    The monarch has had a run of duties this week, attending the memorial service for her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh on Tuesday.

    The poignant service saw the Queen, walking slowly with a stick, on her first official engagement outside of a royal residence in nearly six months.

    A day later, she presented honours to Philip's most loyal and trusted aides at special private face-to-face investitures in Windsor Castle.

    She invested the duke's long-serving private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

    Brig Miller-Bakewell, who was also Philip's treasurer, was the duke's right-hand man for 11 years, taking on the role in 2010.

  • Joseph Gamp

    William and Kate ‘overwhelmed by remorse’ after royal tour

    A source has claimed that Prince William and Middleton are “overwhelmed with remorse” following their Caribbean royal tour – which was plagued with protests.

    The tour was tainted by protests calling for reparations from the Royal Family over their links to the slave trade.

    Prior to their arrival, Indian Creek chairman Sebastian Shol told the Daily Mail: “We don’t want them to land on our land, that’s the message that we want to send”, and then called the tour a “slap in the face”.

    A source told US Weekly: “It was certainly more challenging than expected given the protests. They obviously know the history, but being there during the protests was a real eye-opener.”

    William and Kate are “overwhelmed by remorse,” the source added.

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    Thomas Markle makes dig at Meghan in second YouTube episode

    Thomas Markle’s second YouTube episode with Karl Larsen has come out, entitled ‘Remarkable Friendship’. The pair sit behind a picture of Her Majesty and the Union Jack.

    Starting off the show, Meghan Markle’s dad and Karl Larsen discuss how their YouTube has really bloomed.

    However, Thomas then makes a dig at Prince Harry and Meghan’s new Spotify deal saying that, “so far Meghan and Harry have not completed anything they’ve started to do.”

    “I can’t think of anything”, he added, shaking his head.

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