Royal Family news latest: Queen 'looking forward' to hosting Christmas & is 'feeling better' after health scares

THE Queen has told the Royal Family she is “far better” and able to host the traditional Christmas at Sandringham following her health scare, say sources.

Her Majesty, 95, has moved to reassure her family she is on the mend and “looking forward” to the festive family gathering at her Norfolk estate.

Fears over the Queen’s health were sparked in recent weeks after the monarch was forced to pull out of a number of engagements due to a back sprain.

On the advice of her doctors she has been resting at Windsor Castle after becoming injured almost two weeks ago.

Last month she spent a night in hospital for an unspecified condition.

This Christmas will be the first for The Queen after she lost her husband, Prince Philip in April.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    'Serious issue'

    he Royal Family had already warned BBC chiefs they could report them to Ofcom over anti-monarchist Amol Rajan’s documentary.

    The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and William and Kate issued a robust joint statement after the first part of the BBC2 programme blasting bosses for airing “overblown and unfounded claims” by contributors.

    William has reportedly banned his aides from ever briefing against family members after seeing the devastating impact of his parents' media war first-hand.

    There was also Palace anger that Meghan arranged for her lawyer to appear and answer questions on her behalf.

    She was the only Royal Family member to take part — raising the possibility the BBC told her what was going to be in the documentary while leaving the rest of the royals in the dark.

  • Milica Cosic

    Royal family weren't allowed to watch BBC programme in advance

    The family weren't allowed to watch a screening of the two-part programme in advance, and say they had no opportunity to properly address the claims.

    Now it's thought they could raise the stakes again.

    One source told the Daily Mail it's been made clear that William would have to "seriously consider" any further projects. 

    The duke recently worked with the BBC for his Earthshot documentary, while just weeks ago, a special tribute to Prince Philip was aired.

    However, the source says he is protective of his staff and their reputations.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince William, Kate Middleton and Queen could cut BBC off FOREVER

    PRINCE William, Kate Middleton and the Queen could cut the BBC off forever following fury over a new royal documentary.

    As reported exclusively by The Sun, the Cambridges have already banned the national broadcaster from screening their Christmas carol concert, instead handing the rights to ITV.

    But more extreme measures could soon be taken – and insiders claim the furore could spell the end of the long relationship between the broadcaster and the royals.

    It follows upset over a BBC Two documentary which aired "unfounded" allegations that William and his staff briefed the media against Meghan and Harry.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen determined to attend Christmas Day service 

    Royal fans will be eager to catch a glimpse of the royals all together at the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene, a 16th-century church on the Sandringham property.

    The Queen is reportedly “determined” to attend the service, along with the rest of the family, but will be driven to the church to save her walking the short distance.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen tells Royal Family she is ‘far better’

    THE Queen has told the Royal Family she is now “far better” and able to host the traditional Christmas at Sandringham following her health scare, according to sources.

    Her Majesty, 95, has moved to reassure her family she is on the mend and “looking forward” to the festive family gathering at her Norfolk estate.

    Guests at Sandringham will include her son Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.

    Prince Edward has also confirmed his attendance, along with his wife Sophie and their children, Louise and James.

    Also expected to attend is Princess Anne and her children Peter Philips and Zara Tindall.

    An invitation is also said to have been given to Princess Beatrice, her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi and their newborn daughter Sienna, and to Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son August.

    Sources also suggested Prince Andrew had “obviously” been invited.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen won't meet Lilibet

    The monarch is understood to be "sad" that she's spent so little time with Archie.

    It's reported that she also believes she won't meet Lilibet unless Meghan and Harry return to the UK.

    The Sussexes have not commented on the claims.

  • Milica Cosic

    A family Xmas?

    There's been plenty of speculation on whether the Sussexes plan a return to the UK this year.

    It's understood the family had been invited to join the Royal Family at Sandringham – with the Queen doubtless hoping to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time.

    However, sources claim they'll remain in America to avoid a "media frenzy".

    It will be the first Christmas for the family since Prince Philip's death in April.

    One insider told Page Six: "There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff know that Harry and Meghan are not coming.

    "If they were, they would have communicated it to their family by now.

    "But this is Her Majesty’s first Christmas without her husband, so one would have hoped they would want to be with her."

  • Milica Cosic

    A traditional Thanksgiving for Meg & Harry

    The Sussexes are likely to have held a traditional Thanksgiving for their children.

    Last year, they spent the day with Archie and Meg's mum Doria Ragland.

    A source told Elle they'd have a "quiet" home-cooked dinner using fresh vegetables from their garden.

    Meghan is known to be a fan of the holiday – and in 2016 shared photos of her "perfect Thanksgiving turkey" on Instagram.

    She told her fans she cooked the bird on the barbecue, rather than in the oven, to make sure the skin was as crispy as possible.

    The duchess also shared Thanksgiving recipes on her now-defunct blog The Tig.

    In America, the day marks the beginning of the lead-up to Christmas.

  • Milica Cosic

    Inside Meghan & Harry’s first Thanksgiving

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have celebrated their first Thanksgiving as a family-of-four after welcoming daughter Lilibet in June.

    For the second year in a row, the couple have marked the US holiday at their home in exclusive Montecito, California.

    And the family will have spent the day together before enjoying a meal prepared by Meghan.

    In her recent interview on The Ellen Show, the duchess revealed they'll "relax" and make the most of time spent together.

    "I love to cook, we'll be at home and just relax and sort of settle in," she said.

    "It's our second Thanksgiving at home in California, so it will be nice."

    The couple moved into their home last summer during Covid lockdowns.

    Meghan told Ellen: "We moved here during lockdown, exactly when things shut down, so we've just been able to spend a lot of time at home and creating our home, but I think it's just the lifestyle and the weather is pretty great.

    "We're just happy."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Churchill’s ancestral home is better for the gram

    New research has revealed that Blenheim Palace is the most Instagrammable stately home in the UK.

    A study by home cleaning and maintenance service company Fantastic Services analysed Instagram hashtag counts to establish which stately home in the UK provides the most Instagram potential – particularly for the festive season.

    Blenheim Palace was built by the ancestors of Winston Churchill – John and Sarah Churchill.

    John was a celebrated military commander who won the Battle of Blenheim in 1704 and Sarah was a favourite of Queen Anne – yes that favourite.

    • New analysis shows that Blenheim Palace is the most Instagrammable stately home in the UK with over 676,000 posts.
    • Chatsworth House and Kensington Palace are second and third most Instagrammable respectively.
    • Windsor Castle is the fourth most Instagrammable with a total of 393,000 posts.

    The Crown actor Dominic West keeping it in the family

    Dominic West, who is playing Prince Charles in The Crown, will see his real life son play Prince William in the Netflix drama.

    Senan West, 13, has been picked after a nationwide search for a suitable youngster to play the royal.

    He’ll portray Prince William as he grows from a boy to man at the end of the fifth series, which is currently being filmed.

    Senan is one of four children that The Wire actor has with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald.

    Senan is expected to portray the prince just as The Crown starts to grapple with one of the most difficult chapters in the royal family’s history.

    It promises to be a challenging role as William has to cope with seeing his parents’ marriage crumble, his mother’s ill-fated Panorama interview and her subsequent death in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

    Boris Johnson’s sister defends ‘racist’ article

    Rachel Johnson has defended a comment piece she wrote in 2016 where she said Meghan would inject some “exotic” DNA into the ‘pale’ Royal family.

    Speaking to Amol Rajan as part of a BBC documentary on the relationship of the royal princes and the media, she said she would not have used that word now.

    She said it was never meant it to be racist – saying she had actually meant it as a compliment to the “genetically blessed” mixed race duchess.

    Johnson said she would not use the term now as she had been ‘educated’ and would get ‘cancelled’ because the world had changed since.

    She said: “Of course, that was a few years ago, we wouldn’t go anywhere near that now because we would be canceled for making anything about somebody’s ethnic background the color of their skin, it would be completely off-limits.

    “Because now I know, and now I’ve been educated and I’ve educated myself that ‘exotic’ is a euphemism for Black, which you don’t dare say.”

    Royal could be pushed to breaking point

    Meghan & Harry would push the Royal Family to breaking point if they did another Oprah interview, one royal author has said.

    Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told Closer : “I really wouldn’t be surprised if they’re planning another Oprah interview. Harry and Meghan have caused chaos and I suspect there’s no stopping them.

    “I can totally see more of these high-profile, Hollywood-style interviews with A-list TV hosts happening. Especially if there’s lots of money being offered for it.

    “Harry will need promotion for his memoir, due to be released next autumn, too. Another Oprah interview, if it’s anything like the last, would surely push the royals to breaking point.”

    All about BBC documentary The Princes and The Press?

    The first episode of The Princes And The Press, presented by Amol Rajan, aired earlier this week and included suggestions that negative stories about the Duchess of Sussex were leaked by courtiers and there was a competitiveness between households.

    The second episode, due to be screened next week, is expected to delve into William and Harry’s rift, and royal aides are reported to be concerned it will include claims that the brothers briefed against each other in the press through their advisers.

    Royal couple pick ITV over BBC to screen concert after documentary row – report

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen ITV over the BBC to broadcast a special Christmas carol concert after the corporation screened a controversial royal documentary, it has been reported.

    The Westminster Abbey event was due to be hosted by the BBC, the Sun newspaper reported, but it quoted a source who claimed the plans were switched to ITV after a row over the programme which examined William and the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with the media.

    Kate is reportedly hosting the programme and there is speculation that the couple’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, may feature in the show.

    The BBC has been criticised by the royal households for giving credibility to “overblown and unfounded claims” in the documentary.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Meghan has not acknowledged uncle’s death

      Meghan Markle has still not contacted her aunt nearly three months after her uncle died from heart failure, it is reported.

      Joseph ‘JJ’ Johnson died on August 27 aged 72 – but his widow Pam said she has received no words of condolences from Meghan.

      The 68-year-old told the Mirror: “We’ve had no words of condolence from Meghan.

      “I know that Meghan knows about his passing because her mother, Doria, knows. And she is certain to have told Meghan. There’s no way Meghan doesn’t know.

      “Some of my family members are upset that she hasn’t reached out.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Palace anger over Meghan’s lawyer answers questions for BBC2 doc

      The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and William and Kate issued a robust joint statement after the first part of the BBC2 programme blasting bosses for airing “overblown and unfounded claims” by contributors.

      The was also Palace anger that Meghan arranged for her lawyer to appear and answer questions on her behalf.

      She was the only Royal Family member to take part — raising the possibility the BBC told her what was going to be in the documentary while leaving the rest of the royals in the dark.

      She was defended on camera by Jenny Afia, of Schillings, who represented Meghan in her High Court case against the Mail on Sunday.

      She denied accusations in the Press that Meghan had bullied staff which led to her nickname “Duchess Difficult”.

      Ms Afia insisted: “This narrative that no one could work for the Duchess of Sussex that she was too difficult and demanding a boss and that everyone had to leave is just not true.”

    • Joseph Gamp

       Why were the Royal babies baptised on Sunday?

      Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank’s son August was born in February and was meant to be christened in July before the event was cancelled due to Covid.

      He was baptised alongside Lucas Philip, the son of Mike and Zara Tindall, born in March.

      Fresh holy water from Prince Charles’s trip to Jordan was apparently used during the service.

      Charles bought back around a dozen bottles from the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptised, to use for future royal baptisms.

      The ceremony is being led by Canon Martin Poll, who is chaplain to Great Windsor Park.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Camilla's rise (continued)

      This is a far cry from her early days with the Royal family.

      She first began an affair with Charles in the 1970s but was pushed aside in favour of the ‘pure’ and younger Princess Diana.

      Still the affair continued till the point Diana declared there were ‘three people in her marriage’ and Camilla became a hate figure.

      This hatred did not ebb after Diana’s death in 1997 and when she was finally allowed to marry Charles in 2005 she chose to taken on the title of Duchess of Cornwall rather than becoming the new Princess of Wales.

      The current plan is for her to become Princess Consort when Charles becomes King but her popularity has been gradually building and her advocacy for the victims of sexual violence is just one sign of her growing confidence and independent voice.

    • Joseph Gamp

      The rise of Camilla

      Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall has been labelled ‘one to watch’ as she prepares for a busy year. 

      Royal expert Russel Myers spoke to Lorraine about Camilla’s new look and lifestyle changes, saying: ” “I’ve just returned from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s tour in Jordan and Egypt and there was a lot of people commenting on Camilla’s new look.

      “Apparently she’s got a new hairdresser, I mean look at these images, she looks absolutely resplendent for 74 and lots of people talking about her new image.

      Russel continued to say: “I think this is part of the rest of the royals stepping up, she knows she’s got a busy year next year with the Queen’s Jubilee coming up, and maybe she’s putting her health and her best foot forward.

      “So she looked fantastic. The tour was fantastic. And I think a lot of people are saying that Camilla is the one to watch.

    • Joseph Gamp

      What time is the royal BBC documentary on next?

      The second epsiode of the documentary is set to examine the the coverage of Prince William and his brother Prince Harry in the media, including Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s decision to step down from royal duties. 

      The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William have reportedly joined forces to threaten to boycott the BBC if it does not give them the right to respond to allegations made in a documentary that will air tonight.

      The Princes and the Press will air at 9pm on BBC TWO on 29th November.

    • Joseph Gamp

      What time is the royal BBC documentary on next?

      The second epsiode of the documentary is set to examine the the coverage of Prince William and his brother Prince Harry in the media, including Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s decision to step down from royal duties. 

      The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William have reportedly joined forces to threaten to boycott the BBC if it does not give them the right to respond to allegations made in a documentary that will air tonight.

      The Princes and the Press will air at 9pm on BBC TWO on 29th November.

    • Louis Allwood

      Queen tells Royal Family she is ‘far better’ 

      THE Queen has told the Royal Family she is now “far better” and able to host the traditional Christmas at Sandringham, following her health scare.

      Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has moved to reassure her family she is on the mend and “looking forward” to the festive family gathering at her Norfolk estate.

      Fears over the Queen’s health were sparked in recent weeks after the monarch was forced to pull out of a number of engagements due to a back sprain.

      On the advice of her doctors she has been resting at Windsor Castle after becoming injured almost two weeks ago.

      Last month she spent a night in hospital for an unspecified condition.

      This Christmas will be the first for The Queen after she lost her husband, Prince Philip in April.

    • Louis Allwood

      Royal family have had issues with the BBC before

      The relationship between the BBC and the royals had already soured this year following the Martin Bashir scandal.

      Mr Bashir was exposed as having faked documents in order to persuade Princess Diana to give her bombshell 1995 interview to Panorama. 

      Following the news, William issued a statement attacking both the journalist himself and the BBC's management structure.

      He said their actions had fuelled Diana's "fear, paranoia and isolation".

    • Louis Allwood

      Palace anger at Meghan's lawyer

      The Royal Family had already warned BBC chiefs they could report them to Ofcom over anti-monarchist Amol Rajan’s documentary.

      The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and William and Kate issued a robust joint statement after the first part of the BBC2 programme blasting bosses for airing “overblown and unfounded claims” by contributors.

      William has reportedly banned his aides from ever briefing against family members after seeing the devastating impact of his parents' media war first-hand.

      There was also Palace anger that Meghan arranged for her lawyer to appear and answer questions on her behalf.

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