Royal Family latest news – Meghan Markle wants 'brutal showdown' with palace as 10 staff 'queue up' over bullying claims

MEGHAN Markle is heading for a "brutal showdown" with Buckingham Palace over claims she bullied staff during her time as a royal, it has been reported.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, will reportedly issue a “point by point” rebuttal of the allegations by demanding the Palace hands over a detailed breakdown of the claims.

Meghan is yet to be formally interviewed over claims she created a “toxic” work environment while at Kensington Palace, sources told The Mirror.

Those close to Meghan have suggested the two sides are heading for a “brutal showdown”, after two senior members of staff claimed they were bullied by Meghan during her time at the Palace.

And a source told the newspaper “at least 10” former palace staffers are “queuing up” to assist an independent inquiry looking into the claims, adding: "The feeling is this is heading for a brutal showdown between the Palace and the Duchess of Sussex who is understood to be disputing all allegations labelled against her.

"The Palace is taking each and every allegation very seriously and wants to get to the truth of the matter and ensure those speaking up deserve to be heard. But Meghan is adamant the staff were not up to their job and could not deal with the pressure of working for her and understanding how she wanted things to run."

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    KATE HAILS REMARKABLE CHILDREN’S HOSPICES ‘WHICH ARE NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER’

    The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked children’s hospices in the UK for the “remarkable” and “life-changing” work they do.

    Kate, patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each), said the last year has been particularly difficult for families with seriously ill children and said children’s hospices are “a lifeline”.

    In a message to mark Children’s Hospice Week from June 21 to June 27, the duchess said the care and support of children’s hospices “is needed now more than ever”.

    The theme of the national awareness week, organised by the UK’s umbrella charity for children’s palliative care, Together for Short Lives, is “Pushed to the Limits”, reflecting how families who use children’s hospice services have been pushed to theirs this last year.

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    ‘REMORSELESS’ CONTINUED

    Mr Lacey wrote in Battle of Brothers, a book about Meghan’s husband Harry and his brother William: “[Meghan] had rubbed shoulders with the likes of Hillary Clinton… and might have hoped to join UN Women’s distinguished roster of goodwill ambassadors that included celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Emma Watson… but in those pre-Harry days UN Women only assigned the cable actress the lesser role of advocate.”

    An LA screenwriter, who Mr Lacey says was close to Meghan’s pal at the time of her first marriage, claims the Duchess can become “remorseless” if she doesn’t get what she wants.

    “Meghan does not cope well with what she perceives as rejection,” the insider said.

    According to a source, Meghan had said she would only visit the market if there was no branding for UN Women.

    However, it was claimed the royal “snapped” after seeing posters and T-shirts advertising the UN.

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    ‘REMORSELESS’

    Meghan Markle “doesn’t cope well with rejection” and is “nice and smiley” until someone “steps in her way”, a Hollywood screenwriter has claimed.

    The accusation of the Duchess of Sussexes’ alleged “remorseless” nature comes after it was revealed she cut her visit to a Fijian market short after she was reportedly snubbed by the UN years earlier.

    During the October 2018 visit, Meghan – who was pregnant at the time – was swept away by security guards after she whispered to a bodyguard.

    At the time, the reason given for the abrupt end to her walkabout was that the crowds grew too big to control.

    But royal biographer Robert Lacey said Meghan‘s sudden dash may have been because UN Women were hosting the event.

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    HARRY SET TO STAY AT FROGMORE COTTAGE WITH PRINCESS EUGENIE

    Prince Harry will stay at Covid-secure Frogmore Cottage with cousin Eugenie and her husband when he returns to the UK.

    The house has been split into two so the Duke of Sussex can stick to isolation rules while he is there ahead of the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.

    The Duke will have to isolate there for at least five days before testing negative for Covid for the statue unveiling on July 1.

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    WILLIAM AND KATE SET FOR ‘SECRET’ US TRIP

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to make a low key visit to Santa Barbra to visit Prince Harry and Meghan for “peace talks”.

    After a bitter feud sparked earlier this year with Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah the two brothers are hoping to patch things up.

    US Weekly reports the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are planning a secret trip to America to meet their new niece, Lilibet, and embark on “peace talks” with Meghan and Harry.

    A palace insider reportedly said: “There’s a shared desire to move on. William and Kate want to meet Lili, and they agree it’s only fair that they visit Harry and Meghan on their home turf.”

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    INFOGRAPHIC: THE LINE OF ROYAL SUCCESSION TO THE THRONE, EXPLAINED

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    LEAK FEARS

    Prince William and Kate Middleton did not have a sit-down chat with Harry after Prince Philip's funeral, a royal historian has claimed.

    Robert Lacey, a historical consultant for Netflix's The Crown, says the Cambridges feared their conversations would be leaked as family anger "ran deep" during the emotional service at Windsor in April.

    Harry and Wills were seen walking and chatting together for around four minutes as they left their grandfather's moving funeral service earlier this year.

    It was reported at the time that the brothers then spoke for two hours afterwards – alongside dad Charles – in attempt to patch things over in their first meeting since Harry's bombshell Oprah interview.

    But Lacey claims the formal conference did not happen – with Charles said to have gone back to Wales and Kate and William nipping home to put their kids to bed.

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    THE REAL REASON MEGHAN MADE EXPLOSIVE STATEMENT IN OPRAH INTERVIEW

    According to the Mail On Sunday, Charles told Harry and Meghan that he will change key legal documents to make sure that Archie will not get the title he would have once been given by right. 

    Now insiders believe that this is the reason for the criticisms and accusations the Sussexes unleashed during their Oprah interview.

    At one point Meghan even spelled it out for the audience saying “They [the Royal Family] were saying they didn’t want him to be a Prince or a Princess.” 

    “You know, the other piece of that convention is, there’s a convention – I forget if it was George V or George VI convention – that when you’re the grandchild of the monarch, so when Harry’s dad becomes King, automatically Archie and our next baby would become Prince or Princess, or whatever they were going to be.

    “But also it’s not their right to take it away.”

    Read more here.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S PAL OMID SCOBIE CLAIMS ‘SEVERAL CONVERSATIONS’ WERE HAD WITH ROYALS OVER ARCHIE’S SKIN COLOUR

    Meghan Markle’s pal has claimed “several” conversations were had with the Royal Family over the colour of their son Archie’s skin.

    Omid Scobie alleged there were a number of comments made before the youngster was born – and members of the family were “unsympathetic” to the couple’s complaints.

    Scobie – the preferred reporter of the Sussexes, who co-wrote their biography Finding Freedom – made the bombshell claims at an event in London today.

    Meghan’s claim that a senior royal made a racist comment about Archie before his birth was the most damaging revelation in their interview with Oprah, which aired in March.

    She said the unnamed royal asked about the colour of the baby’s skin and “what that would mean or look like”.

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    CAMILLA SENDS MESSAGE TO FAMILIES FACING ‘ENORMOUS, HEART-BREAKING CHALLENGES’

    The Duchess of Cornwall has sent a message of support to families caring for terminally ill babies, children and young people.

    To mark Children’s Hospice Week, Camilla said those facing “enormous, heart-breaking challenges” were in her thoughts and prayers.

    The duchess is patron of Children’s Hospice South West, Helen & Douglas House, and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity for seriously ill children, while the Prince of Wales is patron of Ty Hafan.

    Camilla’s message read: “Once again, it is Children’s Hospice Week, so I wanted to send a message to all the families across the country who are caring for terminally ill babies, children and young people.

    “You face enormous, heart-breaking challenges and you are much in my thoughts and prayers. I also wanted to thank the brilliant staff and volunteers who work wonders to help short lives to be lived to the full, creating precious memories and providing comfort and support to all those who come through your doors.”

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    ‘IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE KING, I WILL BE’

    Prince Harry used to tease William and say “if you don’t want to be king, I will be”, a royal author has revealed.

    Ingrid Seward claims Princess Diana told her Wills “hated the publicity he attracted” while his younger brother “took everything in his stride”.

    Writing in The Sun, Seward said Diana told her in 1997: “He [Harry] takes everything in his stride.

    “He is always teasing William — ‘If you don’t want to be King, it doesn’t matter, I will be’.”

    Harry was just 12 years old at the time, while William was 15.

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    HARRY SET TO STAY AT FROGMORE COTTAGE WITH PRINCESS EUGENIE

    Prince Harry will stay at Covid-secure Frogmore Cottage with cousin Eugenie and her husband when he returns to the UK.

    The house has been split into two so the Duke of Sussex can stick to isolation rules while he is there ahead of the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.

    The Duke will have to isolate there for at least five days before testing negative for Covid for the statue unveiling on July 1.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM & HARRY ‘HAD FEROCIOUS FIGHT’ ON EVE OF MEGHAN MARKLE WEDDING

    Prince Harry “had a ferocious fight” with William on the eve of his wedding to Meghan Markle and “weren’t speaking” before the trip to Australia, it has been claimed.

    The royal brothers are said to have had a number of blazing rows, according to an unnamed source, with the one just before Harry and Meghan’s wedding at Windsor Castle said to be “particularly ferocious”.

    The exact details of what happened though are not known, according to the Mail on Sunday.

    However, on the day before the wedding the brothers were all smiles in front of the crowds with Harry saying he was feeling “great”.

    During a walkabout in Windsor with William, Harry was asked twice if he was nervous, but the Prince replied: “Great, thanks. How are you feeling?”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE HEADING FOR ‘BRUTAL SHOWDOWN’ WITH PALACE

    MeghanMarkle is heading for a "brutal showdown" with Buckingham Palace over claims she bullied staff during her time as a royal, it has been reported.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, will reportedly issue a “point by point” rebuttal of the allegations by demanding the Palace hands over a detailed breakdown of the claims.

    Meghan is yet to be formally interviewed over claims she created a “toxic” work environment while at Kensington Palace, sources told The Mirror.

    Those close to Meghan have suggested the two sides are heading for a “brutal showdown”, after two senior members of staff claimed they were bullied by Meghan during her time at the Palace.

    And according to The Mirror, “at least 10” former palace staffers are “queuing up” to assist an independent inquiry looking into the claims.

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    QUEEN LAUNCHES NEW ART COMPETITION

    Young artists are being called to design the official emblem for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee as The One Show reveals the judging panel.

    The national competition, which sees the V&A team up with Buckingham Palace, is open to designers and illustrators aged 13 to 25.

    The winning emblem will symbolise the very first Platinum Jubilee, marking The Queen’s seventy years as Sovereign.

    The design will feature prominently throughout the festivities of 2022, which will include televised national events, street parties and community gatherings.

    The entries will be judged by a panel of graphic designers, visual artists and design professionals, including Margaret Calvert OBE, Lubna Chowdary, Kerry Curtis, Yinka Ilori MBE, Gabriella Marcella and Paul Thompson, chaired by V&A Director Tristram Hunt.

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    THE SUN SAYS – WHAT DID PETULANT PRINCE HARRY EXPECT WHEN HE QUIT THE ROYAL FAMILY

    What did petulant Prince Harry expect when he quit the Royal Family?

    His honorary military titles came with the job.

    And if he and Meghan now lose their Royal ones too — as they should, imminently — they cannot complain.

    It will be essential if the Monarchy is to be slimmed down, as Prince Charles intends and the public wants.

    Besides, a clean break is best both for the Californian capers and the Palace.

    Meghan despises the institution.

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    OPRAH SAYS SHE IS ‘GODMOTHER BY DEFAULT’ TO MEGHAN AND HARRY’S DAUGHTER LILIBET

    Oprah addresses if she’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet’s godmother.

    She told Entertainment Tonight: “I don’t need to be a godmother, I’m a godmother by default. I’m a neighbour, I’m a friend and all that, you probably need someone younger to be the godmother.”  

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    MEGHAN MARKLE INCLUDED PRINCESS DIANA’S FAVOURITE FLOWER IN PICTURE BOOK IN SWEET NOD TO MOTHER-IN-LAW

    Meghan chose to feature forget-me-nots in newly released The Bench – as well as several other “little moments” dedicated to her family. 

    And in an interview with NPR, she said she kept Diana and her future daughter in mind while writing the book.

    “I think you can find sweet little moments that we hid in there – of my favourite flower, even my husband’s mom’s favourite flower, forget-me-nots,” she added. 

    “We wanted to make sure those were included in there. 

    “There are many, many special details and love that went into this book.”

    Read the full story here

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    WILLIAM ‘THREW HARRY OUT’, SAYS ROYAL AUTHOR

    A royal author has alleged William was furious after learning of a complaint made against the Duchess of Sussex by her former communications secretary.

    And it’s claimed the brothers’ fury was so great, William split his household from Harry’s altogether, the Times reports.

    A source friendly with the Duke of Sussex told Lacey: “William threw Harry out.”

    William is said to have felt “hurt and betrayed” – and believed Meghan appeared to be “stealing his beloved brother away from him”.

    Meanwhile, it’s claimed Kate “had been wary of her from the start”.

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    PRINCE HARRY ‘TO RETURN TO THE UK IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS’

    Prince Harry could return to the UK in the next 24 hours so he can self-isolate ahead of the Princess Diana memorial.

    The tribute doesn’t take place until July 1 – on what would have been his mother’s 60th birthday – but the Duke of Sussex will need to quarantine beforehand due to Covid travel rules.

    He is thought to be flying in from the States, where he lives with wife Meghan, son Archie and newborn daughter Lilibet, today or tomorrow.

    But as the US is on the UK’s amber list, he will need to isolate for up to 10 days.

    Arrivals must also have proof of a negative Covid test result before departure, and have two further tests of days two and eight on their return.

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    WILLIAM AND KATE SET FOR ‘SECRET’ US TRIP

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to make a low key visit to Santa Barbra to visit Prince Harry and Meghan for “peace talks”.

    After a bitter feud sparked earlier this year with Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah the two brothers are hoping to patch things up.

    US Weekly reports the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are planning a secret trip to America to meet their new niece, Lilibet, and embark on “peace talks” with Meghan and Harry.

    A palace insider reportedly said: “There’s a shared desire to move on. William and Kate want to meet Lili, and they agree it’s only fair that they visit Harry and Meghan on their home turf.”

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    THE REAL REASON MEGHAN MADE EXPLOSIVE STATEMENT IN OPRAH INTERVIEW

    According to the Mail On Sunday, Charles told Harry and Meghan that he will change key legal documents to make sure that Archie will not get the title he would have once been given by right. 

    Now insiders believe that this is the reason for the criticisms and accusations the Sussexes unleashed during their Oprah interview.

    At one point Meghan even spelled it out for the audience saying “They [the Royal Family] were saying they didn’t want him to be a Prince or a Princess.” 

    “You know, the other piece of that convention is, there’s a convention – I forget if it was George V or George VI convention – that when you’re the grandchild of the monarch, so when Harry’s dad becomes King, automatically Archie and our next baby would become Prince or Princess, or whatever they were going to be.

    “But also it’s not their right to take it away.”

    Read more here.

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    WHO IS LADY SARAH MCCORQUODALE?

    At 66, Lady Sarah is the eldest of the four Spencer children.

    She gained the title "Lady" in 1975 when her grandfather died and her dad became the eighth Earl Spencer.

    In 1980 she married Neil Edmund McCorquodale and the couple went on to have two daughters, Emily and Celia, and a son, George.

    Despite dating the Prince of Wales herself in 1977, Lady Sarah had no qualms about introducing the royal to her younger sister at Althorp House, in Northampton.

    After the couple's engagement in 1981, she reportedly said: "I introduced them, I'm cupid."

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    CAMILLA SENDS MESSAGE TO FAMILIES FACING ‘ENORMOUS, HEART-BREAKING CHALLENGES’

    The Duchess of Cornwall has sent a message of support to families caring for terminally ill babies, children and young people.

    To mark Children’s Hospice Week, Camilla said those facing “enormous, heart-breaking challenges” were in her thoughts and prayers.

    The duchess is patron of Children’s Hospice South West, Helen & Douglas House, and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity for seriously ill children, while the Prince of Wales is patron of Ty Hafan.

    Camilla’s message read: “Once again, it is Children’s Hospice Week, so I wanted to send a message to all the families across the country who are caring for terminally ill babies, children and young people.

    “You face enormous, heart-breaking challenges and you are much in my thoughts and prayers. I also wanted to thank the brilliant staff and volunteers who work wonders to help short lives to be lived to the full, creating precious memories and providing comfort and support to all those who come through your doors.”

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    WATCH: JOAN COLLINS REFUSES TO COMMENT ON MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY – JOKING 'LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO PIERS'

    Joan Collins refuses to comment on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – joking ‘look what happened to Piers’

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