Royal Family news latest: Queen BEAMS in first video call since hospital as aides 'to examine diary' amid orders to rest

THE Queen was seen BEAMING for the first time last night since it was announced she'd been forced to pull-out of the COP26 summit on doctors' orders.

Buckingham Palace revealed on Tuesday that Her Majesty won't be travelling to Scotland for the meeting – as she's been advised to rest.

However, in a new photo issued by the Palace on Thursday evening, the Queen looked cheerful as she gave a virtual audience earlier this week.

Wearing a pretty floral dress and pearl necklace, she smiled brightly as she presented David Constantine with the Gold Medal for Poetry via videolink.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty's diary is to be "carefully examined" to Christmas and next year after her doctors imposed strict orders to rest.

Royal sources say they have been instructed to take a "careful and cautious approach" to the monarch's diary in the future.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the very latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    ‘Her days of eating at Sizzler were laughable’

    MEGHAN Markle has been criticised by a Republican congressman after her “laughable” attempt to enter US politics with an open letter.

    Missouri Representative Jason Smith has demanded the royal family should strip the Duchess of her title after she signed the letter “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.”

    Congressman Smith told the MailOnline: “Ms. Markle’s latest interference in U.S. politics reignites the question in my mind as to why the Royal Family does not simply strip her and Harry officially of their titles, particularly since she insists on sending this under the pretence of being the Duchess of Sussex.”

    He continued: “While her attempts at appealing to working class families by recalling her days of eating at Sizzler were laughable, her comments make crystal clear that the passage of this massive tax-and-spend bill is aimed more at helping global elites get huge tax breaks than helping the working families she claims to have dined with.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Are the skeletons in the closet emerging?

    Biographer Tom Bower says Meghan Markle must communicate to stop ‘skeletons in the closet’ emerging and needs to talk to her dad and brother if she wants them to stop speaking out about her.

    Meghan has had a strained relationship with her father Thomas and the pair have not spoken for almost four years.

    He has also claimed that Meghan had “changed” since meeting Harry saying she had never cut him off before.

    Tom Bower told told Closer magazine : “She and her father had a very different relationship – growing up, they were really very close. She was really family-orientated when she was younger, but she seems to have completely erased memories of that and disowned him.

    “Similarly, she cut off her ex-husband when her career started taking off. She seems to me to be a very ambitious, unforgiving person.”

    He continued to say: “But I think, much to her dismay, more will come out. I think Thomas is keeping some things back and that he has a lot of embarrassing stuff on her. There are skeletons in the closet and, when provoked, I think the secrets could all come out.

    “She needs to stop the men from her past doing this to her. So if she wants this to stop, she needs to communicate. It’s what should have been done years ago; Meghan should have communicated with her father, in person or over the phone. She seems to be hoping he’ll just go away, but he won’t!”

  • Milica Cosic

    Major overseas tour since pandemic

    Prince Charles’ office has revealed that he will be heading to Egypt and Jordan next month

    It will be the first overseas tour by a senior member of the royal family since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

    Charles, 72, will be accompanied by his wife Camilla for the four-day trip which is due to begin in the middle of November.

    The Prince’s twitter account released the following statement.

    “Charles, 72, will be accompanied by his wife Camilla for the four-day trip which is due to begin on Nov. 16.

    “The tour will focus on the climate crisis and will explore how leaders can implement commitments following COP26.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen pictured smiling broadly during video link

    THE Queen has been pictured smiling broadly for the first time since it was announced she'd been forced to back out of the COP26 summit on doctors' orders.

    Buckingham Palace revealed on Tuesday that Her Majesty won't be travelling to Scotland for the meeting – as she's been advised to rest.

    The decision sparked further concern for the monarch's health after she was hospitalised for 'preliminary tests' last week.

    However, in a new photo issued by the Palace tonight, the Queen looked cheerful as she gave a virtual audience earlier this week.

    Wearing a pretty floral dress and pearl necklace, she smiled brightly as she presented David Constantine with the Gold Medal for Poetry via videolink.

    The monarch has already hosted two virtual audiences at Windsor this week, both of which were on Tuesday.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen will find slowing down difficult

    However, experts say she will likely find the change of pace difficult.

    Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun: "She knows people want to see her, she knows certain events are particularly important, and if she can possibly make it in person, she will.

    "It's more or less inevitable that there'll be a very, very careful rethink now.

    "However, she truly hates letting anyone down."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen has felt 'great sadness' over no seeing great grandchildren

    It was reported earlier this year that the Queen has felt great "sadness" that she so rarely sees her great-grandchildren.

    Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said before Lilibet's birth: "She has barely seen Archie since he was born, a source of sadness for her."

    That may soon change. According to the source, Harry's concern for the monarch may prompt a visit ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year.

    "He felt helpless being 5,000 miles away in Montecito, and has been checking in non-stop with her," they said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    What's been happening with the Queen?

    The Queen spent a night in hospital following 'preliminary tests'. She was later discharged in "good spirits".

    However, this week she cancelled a planned appearance at the COP26 summit on doctors' orders.

    She also backed out of a planned trip to Northern Ireland – her first cancelled royal duty in 15 years.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Harry wants to visit the UK at Xmas

    PRINCE Harry wants to visit the UK this Christmas – so the Queen can finally meet baby Lilibet, according to a new report.

    The Duke of Sussex is understood to be feeling "helpless" at his LA home after his grandmother was admitted to hospital last week.

    And a source claims he is now preparing to return to the UK with Meghan, Archie and Lilibet within the coming weeks.

    The source told US Weekly that Harry went into "panic mode" and has been "checking in non-stop".

    They alleged he "feels guilty about not saying goodbye" in person to Prince Philip, who died in April.

    "He would never forgive himself if the same thing happened with his beloved grandmother," the source said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen appeared in good spirits during video engagement

    The Queen appeared to be in good spirits today as she carried out an online royal engagement.

    It came two days after she cancelled her planned appearance at next week's COP26 climate summit following advice from her doctors.

    "I am very glad to have a chance to see you if only mechanically this morning," Her Majesty said as she oversaw the awarding of a medal for poetry to British poet and translator David Constantine via video link.

    "I don't know what you do with it.

    "Do you put it in a cupboard?" she asked regarding the medal, smiling into the camera.

    The footage was released by Buckingham Palace.

  • Joseph Gamp

    The Crown to include ‘keystone moment’ of Diana’s Bashir interview

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

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

    An insider said: “The Crown’s creators see the interview as the keystone moment in series five.

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

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen plans to return to horse-riding after rest says source

    Royal insiders insist the Queen has refused to give up her favourite pursuit and plans to return after rest and recuperation.

    The monarch, who spent a night in hospital last week, is under strict orders to carry out “light duties” and cannot even walk her corgis.

    She has also been seen walking with a stick, missed a trip to church at the weekend and has pulled out of meeting world leaders at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow next week.

    A Balmoral source said: “She was in quite a bit of discomfort. She adores riding and it has been part of her ritual for most of her life.

    "She has been extremely disappointed not to go riding since the beginning of September.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen presents medal to poet David Constantine by video link

    The Queen has presented poet David Constantine with a prestigious prize during a virtual ceremony and joked: "Do you put it in a cupboard?"

    As she continues to carry out light duties after being advised to rest, the Queen spoke with the writer via video-link from Windsor Castle on Thursday.

    The acclaimed poet was at Buckingham Palace to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2020, and was joined by the chair of the judging committee, the Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage.

    Pictured smiling broadly, the Queen wore a colourful floral day dress for the event, and told the writer: "I'm very glad to have the chance to see you, if only mechanically, this morning."

    After Armitage presented the award to Constantine on the Queen's behalf, she joked: "I don't know what you do with it, do you put it in a cupboard?" and smiled.

    When the writer replied he will show it to his children and grandchildren who are waiting at home, the Queen replied: "Well, that will be nice, it's rather a nice medal isn't it?"

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen forced to give up horse riding two months ago

    The Sun revealed yesterday that the Queen was forced to give up horse riding two months ago after suffering “discomfort”.

    Her Majesty was told to rein in her equestrianism in early September but is determined to be back in the saddle again soon.

    The Sun understands the monarch, a keen horsewoman and avid racing fan, has not been out on a nag since her summer break in Scotland.

    A Balmoral source said: “She was in quite a bit of discomfort. She adores riding and it has been part of her ritual for most of her life.

    "She has been extremely disappointed not to go riding since the beginning of September.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen will appear at COP26 via recorded video message

    On Tuesday it was announced that the Queen had pulled out of meeting world leaders at the climate change gathering in Glasgow after being advised to rest by doctors.

    The 95-year-old monarch will instead record a video message for the summit.

    Palace sources said she “regretfully decided” not to travel but they stressed she is in "good spirits". Royal experts said the move was a "sensible precaution".

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: "Given that there are reported to be 30,000 people pouring into Glasgow for this particular conference I think it's been the palace and her medical team being safer than sorry."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen’s diary to be ‘carefully examined’ 

    Palace officials will create engagements for the Queen based on how she is feeling and whether she needs to travel.

    It is understood that there will be an "ever greater collaboration" between senior members of the royal family on future engagements, reports The Mirror.

    A royal source told the publication: “The senior royals as a unit have collectively discussed a greater need for collaboration in their projects together, whether that is explicitly working on the same topic or supporting each other on an ad-hoc basis, different plans will be drawn up to the ones that currently exist.

    “After the coronavirus restrictions have ended they all feel the need to get out and do more.

    “The Queen is aware of the need to rest and that is what she is doing now.

    “No doubt she will be back when she feels ready."

  • Joseph Gamp

    More Royal Family news

    • This was the rare moment Kate Middleton ‘rolled her eyes’ & lost composure after she was scolded at royal event.
    • And William used to smother Harry in kisses as a young boy and showed him off proudly like his ‘favourite toy’.
    • Plus Meghan Markle ‘may restart lifestyle blog’ and it could be bigger than Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, expert claims.

    Prince William learned you ‘don’t mess with grandma’ 

    WE can hardly believe it's been 10 whole YEARS since Kate Middleton married into the Royal Family in a fairytale ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

    In the run-up to the big day, we were desperate to know all the details of Duchess of Cambridge's stunning Alexander McQueen dress.

    But it turns out, Prince William's outfit was the one that actually caused quite a stir in the Palace.

    A year after he tied the knot, the Duke of Cambridge admitted during an interview with ABC that he'd clashed with The Queen over what he wore on his wedding day.

    He said: "What I really wanted to wear was the Irish Guards frock coat.

    "We had a couple of discussions on this matter but, as I learnt growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.

    "What she says goes!"

    More Kate & Wills news

    • Previously, intimate pics captured tender moments between Kate Middleton and Prince William as couple look more in love than ever.
    • We previously shared how Kate stunned in a 10-year-old recycled gown as eco-savvy Prince William aptly wore a velvet green suit jacket at the awards show.
    • Meanwhile, Kate said ‘anyone can become an addict’ as she joined Ant and Dec for charity bash.

    What is the Earthshot prize and who won?

    The Earthshot prize, announced a year ago, is awarding £1million to five projects each year from now until the end of the decade.

    Anfield attacker Mo Salah, 29, announced Coral Vita, of the Bahamas, which farms coral to restore dying reefs, was the winner of the Revive Our Oceans category.

    Emma Watson revealed AEM Electrolyser, which creates green hydrogen, as winner of the Fix Our Climate section.

    Emma Thompson awarded Milan the Build a Waste-Free World category prize after it took unwanted shop fruit and veg and handed them out to impoverished areas.

    And actor David Oyelowo, 45, unveiled Takachar, in New Delhi, which is a system of burning agricultural waste and put a stop to the burning of crops, as winner of the Clean Our Air Earthshot.

    Kate announced the winner of the Protect and Restore Nature £1million prize was Costa Rica.

    Sussexes and Cambridges 'very much rivals now' says expert

    Royal expert Phil Dampier told the Sun that Harry & Meg and Kate & Wills are rivals – despite both couples having a shared environmental vision.

    He said: “They are very much rivals now, not brothers in arms, and I’m afraid I can’t see a reconciliation soon.

    “If Harry dropped his book project and admitted some of his and Meghan’s comments were over the top there might be some progress, but I can’t see it happening.

    “William and Kate have always been very popular in the US but have not been there for some time so they will want to boost their profile and next year, during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, would be a golden opportunity.”

    Kate & Wills unlikley to meet Harry & Meghan at Earthshot US prize

    KATE Middleton and Prince William could be heading to the US next year, as they announced the next Earthshot Prize Awards will be held there. 

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the king and queen of green as they awarded the winners of a £50million planet saving prize earlier this month.

    Speaking at a reception afterwards, William said: “We raised the bar — now over to the US.”

    Royal author Phil Dampier told Fabulous that it would be a “logical step” for William and Kate to attend the ceremony across the pond in 2022 – where Meghan and Harry have set up their new life.

    However, Phil added that any chance of a reconciliation between the two couples is unlikely.

    He explained: “I don’t think William and Kate would want to meet up with Harry and Meghan, who could try and steal their thunder on the earth shot project."

    • Milica Cosic

      Sharing '70 per cent' of the criticism

      Bot Sentinel, a free platform using AI to analyse data, claims to have found 83 accounts with a total of 187,631 followers on Twitter that regularly shared '70 per cent' of the criticism of the Duchess of Sussex

      Bot Sentinel, which is a free platform using AI to analyse data, studied a sample of 114,000 tweets written about the Sussexes since January 2020 to track the negativity spread about the couple on social media.

      January 2020 saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce their decision of stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

      The analysis by Bot Sentinel also identified 55 accounts used to spread negative content about the Duchess of Sussex as well as 28 secondary accounts that "amplified" the main accounts.

      The report says the 83 accounts had a total of 187,631 followers on Twitter.

      Twitter has commented on this, saying it was "actively investigating the information and accounts" mentioned in the report.

    • Milica Cosic

      Are the skeletons in the closet emerging?

      Biographer Tom Bower says Meghan Markle must communicate to stop 'skeletons in the closet' emerging and needs to talk to her dad and brother if she wants them to stop speaking out about her.

      Meghan has had a strained relationship with her father Thomas and the pair have not spoken for almost four years.

      He has also claimed that Meghan had "changed" since meeting Harry saying she had never cut him off before.

      Tom Bower told told Closer magazine : "She and her father had a very different relationship – growing up, they were really very close. She was really family-orientated when she was younger, but she seems to have completely erased memories of that and disowned him.

      "Similarly, she cut off her ex-husband when her career started taking off. She seems to me to be a very ambitious, unforgiving person."

      He continued to say: “But I think, much to her dismay, more will come out. I think Thomas is keeping some things back and that he has a lot of embarrassing stuff on her. There are skeletons in the closet and, when provoked, I think the secrets could all come out.

      “She needs to stop the men from her past doing this to her. So if she wants this to stop, she needs to communicate. It’s what should have been done years ago; Meghan should have communicated with her father, in person or over the phone. She seems to be hoping he’ll just go away, but he won’t!”

    • Milica Cosic

      A 'change in gear'

      The Queen could see a "gear change" in her work going forward with staff looking at what engagements she really needs to be at in future, a royal expert has said.

      Royal editor Roya Nikkhah has said the Queen's packed public and private diary has "obviously left her pretty tired".

      She added: "And it's not just the travel – it's also being on. It's also entertaining and hosting world leaders, talking to them about climate change and all of that – I think the feeling probably is that's just a little bit too much at the moment until she's back to full strength.

      "I think there will be a reassessment and possibly a slight gear change in the kind of work the Queen does, the distances she travels, but I don't think we will see – all being well, if the Queen is able to continue with public duties as we hope that she will be – I think we will still see her out and about as much as she and her doctors feel she can – but I think there will be a gear change, and her private secretaries and her diary secretaries looking at engagements that come in and thinking what does Her Majesty the Queen really need to be at, and what does she feel she really can do. So I think there will be a constant review going forwards now."

    • Milica Cosic

      Meghan's nod to Princess Diana

      Yesterday, Meghan Markle took a leaf out of Her Majesty's book and paid touching tribute to her late mother-in-law.

      The mum-of-two sat down in the garden of her LA mansion and was filmed reading her children's book The Bench for the YouTube channel Brightly Storytime.

      Opting for a more casual look, the 40-year-old paired her oversized blue shirt with a jeans and styled her hair back in a low bun.

      Along with her minimal gold necklace and £3750 Cartier Love bracelet, the Duchess also wore a matching watch which once belonged to Princess Diana.

      The dainty gold Cartier watch is believed to have been a gift from Diana's father for her 21st birthday and is estimated to be worth £17,800.

      Meghan Markle paid touching tribute to her late mother-in-law as she promoted her children's book The Bench Credit: BackGrid
      The watch was reportedly a 21st birthday present from Diana's father Credit: Getty – Contributor

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