Royal Family latest: Prince Charles' aide resigns over 'fixing' scandal as Princess Diana biopic gains scathing reviews

Prince Charles' former aide has stepped down following claims he "fixed" a CBE honour for a Saudi tycoon who gave millions to charities.

Michael Fawcett has temporarily quit as chief executive of the Prince's Foundation whilst an investigation into allegations about his conduct takes place. 

Mr Fawcett is alleged to have coordinated support to "upgrade" an honorary OBE to a CBE for Saudi Businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace is furious over the leak of the Queen's death plans.

Top officials within the Royal Household are 'furious' with a mole-hunt underway.

The documents – codenamed Operation London Bridge – are supposed to be top secret, detailing every inch of what happens when her Her Majesty dies, from the new King's 'mourning tour' to the funeral arrangements.

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    SUSANNA REID REVEALS SHE FEELS ‘AWKWARD’ STUCK BETWEEN PIERS MORGAN AND ITV BOSSES AFTER OFCOM STAND-OFF

    Speaking for the first time since the landmark Ofcom win, Susanna said that she felt “awkward” being stuck in the middle during the complaint.

    The presenter also confirmed that Piers wouldn’t be on the show this morning – or be returning to his job on Good Morning Britain.

    She revealed this morning on GMB: “What struck me about the Ofcom ruling, on the one hand, I’ve got my friend Piers Morgan, and on the other, I’ve got my bosses at ITV.

    “So it’s obviously a slightly awkward moment right now.”

    Susanna said Piers will NOT be returning to the show this morning.

    And when she was asked if she was “devastated,” the presenter simply said: “it was quite a moment, wasn’t it.”

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    ROYAL RESCUE

    Prince William, 39, heard about the plight of the former cadet and asked his personal officer to make some calls on his behalf.

    William asked his Naval officer Rob Dixon to contact officers to ensure the Afghan was able to make it safely to the UK with his family, according to The Telegraph.

    Lieutenant Commander Dixon, who started work with the Duke last September, successfully contacted the relevant personnel – and the group were allowed to board a flight back to the UK.

    The Afghan officer, who is thought to have served with the Afghan National Army, had been integral to the British military operation in Afghanistan and had been working closely with British troops.

    His position meant his family of more than 10, including women and children, would have been incredibly vulnerable.

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    WHAT DEALS HAVE HARRY AND MEGHAN GOT TO PRODUCE PROGRAMMES?

    The Sussexes have signed a multi-year deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children’s programming for Netflix, but it seems they could be stepping in front of the cameras some time soon.

    Their first project was a documentary focusing on Prince Harry’s treasured Invictus Games.

    The Duke took on the role as executive producer while Archewell Productions worked with director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara on the series, which followed both the athletes and organisers as they prepare for the Games.

    He previously claimed that he had to sign the deal with Netflix and a £30m contract with Spotify because he he’d been effectively “cut off” by the Royal Family when he and Meghan stepped away.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ‘PROUD’ OF THEIR NEW LIFE IN AMERICA

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are said to be proud of their new life in America despite a “difficult” few years.

    In a new epilogue of the book Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reported to have no regrets about their decision to quit royal life.

    The Royal Family was hurled into crisis mode when the couple quit the Firm last year and the Queen was forced to publicly respond to claims made in their bombshell Oprah interview.

    But Town & Country reports that in an updated chapter of Finding Freedom, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say “as difficult as recent years have been, neither Harry nor Meghan have any regrets about the decisions they have made”.

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    ROYAL NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED THIS WEEK:

    • Piers Morgan hails ‘watershed moment’ for free speech over Meghan Markle GMB row & insists: ‘I still don’t believe her’
    • Piers Morgan WON’T appear on Good Morning Britain today but sends his wife Celia Walden instead – to promote her book
    • The presenter brands Meghan a ‘whiny fork-tongued actress’ and ‘demonstrable liar’ after Ofcom win
    • Piers asks ‘Do I get my job back?’ over ‘Princess Pinocchio’ Meghan Markle’s ‘chilling’ attack on free speech
    • Meghan will be ‘absolutely livid’ as Piers wins Ofcom ruling over ‘liar’ blast and ‘will speak to lawyers’
    • Piers’ ex-GMB colleague Susanna Reid breaks her silence on his Ofcom win over Meghan

    BUCKINGHAM PALACE ‘FURIOUS’ AT QUEEN’S SECRET DEATH PLANS BEING LEAKED AS HUNT LAUNCHED FOR CULPRIT

    Top officials are said to be on the warpath, with a probe into who revealed the documents under way.

    The secret blueprint for Operation London Bridge – the codename for the plans – reveals every detail of the official response, from Charles’ ‘mourning tour’ of the UK to what royals will post on social media.

    It also details fears that London will be “stretched to breaking point” as millions of mourners head to the capital.

    Read more here.

    MEGHAN URGED TO STICK TO ‘HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP’ AS ‘SERIOUS PEOPLE’ WILL NOT LISTEN TO DUCHESS

    A former US/UK relations adviser and Senior Fellow of the Bow Group think tank Lee Cohen has suggested Meghan Markle should steer clear from important world issues.

    He said that “serious people” care little for what she has to say, urging her to stick to “Hollywood gossip”.

    Mr Cohen went on to say: “I have not seen any reaction from military personnel, why would serious people even tune in to what Ms Markle has to say on this or any issue except Hollywood gossip?

    “Interestingly, the Sussexes were careful to avoid mention of embattled Biden, whom they have always lined up behind.

    “I recall that the Biden White House was quick to praise the Sussexes for their ‘courage’ opening up about their mental health issues through the Oprah interview.

    “Now that Biden has earned the world’s scorn for his Afghanistan catastrophe, the Sussexes’ cosiness with the failed leader is less desirable.”

    PICTURED: THE QUEEN'S SECRET DEATHS PLANS REVEALED

    SHOCKING MOMENT MEGHAN MARKLE LAYS DYING IN CAR CRASH IN HORRIFIC SCENE FROM NEW FILM INSPIRED BY PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH

    In shocking and insensitive scenes, the actress playing the 40-year-old Duchess is seen lying in the wreckage of an overturned car, surrounded by photographers.

    A desperate Harry pushes his way through the mob before pulling the door open, where a seriously injured Meghan pleads with him to “help me.”

    But the crash is just a nightmare and Harry wakes up and is comforted to see wife Meghan and baby Archie.

    The sickening scenes mirror the real-life tragedy of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997.

    Read more here.

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      THE QUEEN RARELY USES HER REAL NAME – EVEN THOUGH IT HAS SPECIAL MEANING

      When the monarch was born in 1926, her birth certificate listed her full name as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.

      Of course, the Elizabeth part is well known, and it was chosen in tribute to her mum, the Queen Mother, who also had the same name.

      And it turns out her middle names also have sweet meanings too.

      It is thought that Alexandra was chosen in honour of her great grandmother Queen Alexandra, who was the wife of King Edward VII.

      Queen Alexandra died in November 1925 at the age of 80, just months before the Queen was born.

      Read the article in full here.

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      THE BIZARRE ROYAL FAMILY TRADITION GIVEN THE BOOT BY PRINCE PHILLIP

      According to Royal expert Richard Jobson, Prince Phillip “cancelled” a “ridiculous” royal family tradition after he found out where it came from.

      The no-nonsense Duke apparently grew increasingly irritated by what he deemed to be “outdated” rules and traditions and therefore banned a tradition that came from Queen Victoria herself.

      She would always order a bottle of whiskey of she had a cold. It became the case that a bottle would always appear at the monarch’s bedside.

      Mr Jobson said: “[Philip] was determined to modernise things inside the Palace.

      “He was the person that brought the television cameras into the coronation ceremony. He was the person that really wanted to conduct the first TV interviews, and did so.

      “He was a great believer in science and technology. So he was someone who really did want to change the way things were done.”

      Mr Jobson added: “He found some of the things completely ridiculous and outdated.

      “The Queen had to sort of temper that, that enthusiasm to change things.”

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      LADY LOUISE WINDSOR FACES BIG ROYAL DECISION AS SHE APPROACHES 18TH BIRTHDAY

      Lady Louise is the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie. In two months she will turn 18, and when she reaches the milestone she will decide if she wants to use the HRH title.

      The Countess of Wessex told the Sunday Times in 2020 that: “we try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.

      “Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.

      “They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”

      Louise’s brother, Viscount Severn will also face the same decision when he celebrates his 18th birthday. He is only 13 so has some time to make up his mind.

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      MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ‘PROUD’ OF THEIR NEW LIFE IN AMERICA

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are said to be proud of their new life in America despite a “difficult” few years.

      In a new epilogue of the book Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reported to have no regrets about their decision to quit royal life.

      The Royal Family was hurled into crisis mode when the couple quit the Firm last year and the Queen was forced to publicly respond to claims made in their bombshell Oprah interview.

      But Town & Country reports that in an updated chapter of Finding Freedom, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say “as difficult as recent years have been, neither Harry nor Meghan have any regrets about the decisions they have made”.

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      PRINCE HARRY WILL TARGET CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES IN HIS £29M MEMOIR AND MAY NAME ‘ROYAL RACIST’, PAUL BURRELL CLAIMS

      Paul Burrell says the Duke is "set to reveal any Camilla secrets" as he dishes the dirt in his memoir, due to be released in 2022.

      The 36-year-old royal won't hold back on the woman who cooly "stepped into Diana's shoes" after her death, because his publishers "want their money's worth," according to Burrell.

      But it could only exacerbate the ongoing Royal family feud as he believes Prince Charles will be "livid" if he tarnishes the Duchess of Cornwall.

      The 63-year-old told Closer magazine: "The publisher, Penguin, will no doubt want their money's worth in this book deal. That means they won't want vagueness – they'll want names and specifics."

      He hinted that Harry "could very well name" the much-discussed racist family member who raised concerns about how dark their son Archie's skin could be before he was born.

      Meghan made the shocking revelation during her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, but refused to identify the individual as it would be "very damaging to them".

      Read more here.

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      PIERS MORGAN WON’T RETURN TO GOOD MORNING BRITAIN BECAUSE HE PLANS TO GO ‘GLOBAL’ WITH ‘BIG PROJECT’

      The former ITV show host sensationally quit on air in March after criticising the Duchess of Sussex over her Oprah interview.

      He celebrated on Wednesday after Ofcom confirmed he was within his rights to give his opinions on Meghan Markle.

      The media watchdog made a landmark ruling that cleared him this week, with some ITV staff expecting him to return.

      The hit show has seen their ratings plummet since his departure, with viewers missing his on screen back and forth with co-host Susanna Reid.

      But sources have claimed that there are no current plans to bring him back, with the presenter, 56, saying he will not return.

      Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “I put that post on social media asking if I’d get my job back to prove a point.

      "I wouldn’t go back, not without a public apology and I’m not going to
      get one.

      “I’ve got much bigger things coming up. The future is exciting. The next project is global, it’s big.

      “I can’t say what but people are going to hear about it within the next few weeks.”

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      MEGHAN URGED TO STICK TO 'HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP' AS 'SERIOUS PEOPLE' WILL NOT LISTEN TO DUCHESS

      A former US/UK relations adviser and Senior Fellow of the Bow Group think tank Lee Cohen has suggested Meghan Markle should steer clear from important world issues.

      He said that "serious people" care little for what she has to say, urging her to stick to "Hollywood gossip".

      Mr Cohen went on to say: "I have not seen any reaction from military personnel, why would serious people even tune in to what Ms Markle has to say on this or any issue except Hollywood gossip?

      "Interestingly, the Sussexes were careful to avoid mention of embattled Biden, whom they have always lined up behind.

      "I recall that the Biden White House was quick to praise the Sussexes for their 'courage' opening up about their mental health issues through the Oprah interview.

      "Now that Biden has earned the world’s scorn for his Afghanistan catastrophe, the Sussexes’ cosiness with the failed leader is less desirable."

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      PIERS MORGAN SITS BEHIND STONY-FACED ITV CHIEF AT CRICKET JUST HOURS AFTER BITTER SPAT OVER MEGHAN MARKLE GMB OFCOM ROW

      The presenter watched the second day of the test match between England and India behind a grouchy ITV boss Kevin Lygo.

      TV firebrand Piers, 56, initially looked a bit put out to be sat so close to his old boss, just hours after launching a scathing attack on his former employer.

      Piers even joked to pals that the situation was awkward, but was later seen in good spirits as the match got underway.

      He was seen checking his phone and laughing with pals, after previously boasting that he plans to “go global” with “much bigger things.”

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      SHOCKING MOMENT MEGHAN MARKLE LAYS DYING IN CAR CRASH IN HORRIFIC SCENE FROM NEW FILM INSPIRED BY PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH

      In shocking and insensitive scenes, the actress playing the 40-year-old Duchess is seen lying in the wreckage of an overturned car, surrounded by photographers.

      A desperate Harry pushes his way through the mob before pulling the door open, where a seriously injured Meghan pleads with him to “help me.”

      But the crash is just a nightmare and Harry wakes up and is comforted to see wife Meghan and baby Archie.

      The sickening scenes mirror the real-life tragedy of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997.

      Read more here.

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      TIMELINE OF PIERS MORGAN’S HISTORY WITH MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY

      Morgan’s feud with Meghan stems back to 2015, when the broadcaster says the now-Duchess “ghosted” him.

      2015

      • In 2015, the pair were friendly and followed each other on Twitter.

      2016

      • In 2016, the pair met for drinks in London at Piers’ favourite pub while Markle was in town.

      2018

      • In May of 2018, in the lead up to Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, Morgan wrote of his sympathy towards for Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, who would not be invited to the royal wedding amid the family drama that had ensued.

      2021

      • Fast forward to 2021, Piers’ anger only grew when it was announced that Meghan and Harry would be doing a 2-hour long interview with Oprah.

      Read the timeline in full here.

      FANS LEFT SHOCKED AS MEGHAN MARKLE LAYS DYING IN CAR CRASH IN HORRIFIC SCENE FROM NEW FILM

      The trailer has left Royal fans horrified, with one writing on Twitter: "Harry & Meghan, escaping the palace? I think Diana would be appalled."

      Another added: "Harry and meghan escaping the palace… wtf is that."

      A third tweeted: "WHY IS LIFETIME MAKING A THRILLER/HORROR MOVIE ABT MEGHAN AND HARRY ESCAPING THE PALACE."

      QUEEN’S SECRET DEATH PLANS LEAKED (CONTINUED…)

      The top-secret document was handed to a political website in a shocking breach.

      And aides are now tracking the person responsible after the plans made headlines around the world.

      Such details are meant to remain private and embargoed – as they were when the Duke of Edinburgh died in April.

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        BUCKINGHAM PALACE ‘FURIOUS’ AT QUEEN’S SECRET DEATH PLANS BEING LEAKED AS HUNT LAUNCHED FOR CULPRIT

        Top officials are said to be on the warpath, with a probe into who revealed the documents under way.

        The secret blueprint for Operation London Bridge – the codename for the plans – reveals every detail of the official response, from Charles’ ‘mourning tour’ of the UK to what royals will post on social media.

        It also details fears that London will be “stretched to breaking point” as millions of mourners head to the capital.

        Read more here.

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        MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY WILL MAKE A MOVIE AS THEY ‘AIM HIGH’ IN LA, PAL OMID SCOBIE HINTS

        Scobie revealed on the Royally Obsessed podcast: “I had a very interesting conversation with some executives at Netflix recently. I was trying my best to get a little bit on the Sussexes.

        “All that was said to me was ‘oh man, you don’t even know the half of what they’re working on. They are aiming so high’.

        “So I think the one thing that may surprise us at one point – and I don’t know when this will be – and this is just my own guess really… I think this is when we’re going to hear some sort of movie announcement.”

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        MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ‘PROUD’ OF THEIR NEW LIFE IN AMERICA

        Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are said to be proud of their new life in America despite a “difficult” few years.

        In a new epilogue of the book Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reported to have no regrets about their decision to quit royal life.

        The Royal Family was hurled into crisis mode when the couple quit the Firm last year and the Queen was forced to publicly respond to claims made in their bombshell Oprah interview.

        But Town & Country reports that in an updated chapter of Finding Freedom, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say “as difficult as recent years have been, neither Harry nor Meghan have any regrets about the decisions they have made”.

      • Milica Cosic

        NEWS FROM THE WEEK YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:

        • Piers Morgan hails ‘watershed moment’ for free speech over Meghan Markle GMB row & insists: ‘I still don’t believe her’
        • Piers Morgan WON’T appear on Good Morning Britain today but sends his wife Celia Walden instead – to promote her book
        • The presenter brands Meghan a ‘whiny fork-tongued actress’ and ‘demonstrable liar’ after Ofcom win
        • Piers asks ‘Do I get my job back?’ over ‘Princess Pinocchio’ Meghan Markle’s ‘chilling’ attack on free speech
        • Meghan will be ‘absolutely livid’ as Piers wins Ofcom ruling over ‘liar’ blast and ‘will speak to lawyers’
        • Piers’ ex-GMB colleague Susanna Reid breaks her silence on his Ofcom win over Meghan

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