Prince Philip latest news – Duke WASN'T the royal who expressed 'concern' over Archie's skin colour, Oprah reveals

THE QUEEN and Prince Philip were NOT the royals who expressed concern about Archie's skin colour, an expert has said.

The Duchess of Sussex said there had been conversations with Prince Harry and a "family" member about their unborn son and what colour his skin would be – and "what that would mean or look like".

This afternoon Oprah gave more detail about the interview in the US and revealed it wasn't the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh who made the comment about how dark the couple's baby's skin would be.

She told CBS show This Morning: "He did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother or grandfather that were part of those conversations.

"He did not tell me who was a part of those conversations."

The bombshell interview comes as Prince Philip, 99, entered his third week in hospital as he recuperates from heart surgery.

He is recovering at King Edward VII hospital – while The Queen's mind is "only on duty and Philip", and she is said to be ignoring the media storm around the Duke and Duchess' candid interview.

Follow our Prince Philip live blog below for the very latest on his condition…

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGHAN AND HARRY’S INTERVIEW IS DAMAGING BUT MONARCHY CAN SURVIVE, SAY EXPERTS

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s revelations in their interview with Oprah Winfrey are “damning” and “damaging” to the monarchy, but the institution will ultimately be strong enough to withstand the controversy, royal experts have predicted.

    Harry and Meghan’s comments during the two-hour sit-down have “lobbed a hand grenade into the family home” and represent a “very serious attack” on the institution, royal author Penny Junor said.

    She said it was “absolutely fine” that Harry and Meghan had wanted to “walk away” from royal life, but questioned: “Why destroy the reputation of the family in the course of that?”

    Ms Junor told the PA news agency: “I do not know why they’ve done this. This is Harry’s family, his flesh and blood, and this seems to have lobbed a hand grenade into the family home.

    “I worry that there will be no coming back from that.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    MORE FOOTAGE

    US breakfast show CBS This Morning has aired unseen footage from Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    Asked by Winfrey if the couple left the UK because of racism, Harry replied: “It was a large part of it.”

    Recalling a conversation he had at a Sentebale fundraiser, he said he was urged by someone who is “friends with a lot of the editors”: “Please don’t do this with the media, they will destroy your life.”

    He said he was told: “You need to understand that the UK is very bigoted,” to which he replied: “The UK is not bigoted, the UK press is bigoted, specifically the tabloids.”

    He added: “But unfortunately if the source of info is inherently corrupt or racist or biased then that filters out to the rest of society.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGHAN’S CALLS TO THE QUEEN

    The Duchess of Sussex said she phones the Queen “just to check in”.

    Meghan suggested that stepping down as working royals meant she and Harry did not have to follow royal protocols and could react to family events, like anyone else.

    During her interview with Oprah Winfrey, she recalled the first time she met the Queen, describing it as “lovely and easy”.

    Meghan said when the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital: “I just pick up the phone and I call the Queen – just to check in.

    “That’s what we do, it’s like being able to default to not having to every moment go ‘Is that appropriate?’.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    WHERE IS PRINCE PHILIP BEING TREATED?

    Prince Philip was yesterday transferred to a different hospital while he battles an infection and pre-existing heart condition.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was taken to the King Edward VII hospital almost two weeks ago as a “precautionary measure”.

    Buckingham Palace said he has been moved to London’s St Bartholomew’s hospital until at least the end of the week.

  • Sarah Grealish

    CHARLES 'SNUBBED' HARRY

    PRINCE Harry claimed his father Charles stopped taking his calls after Megxit and was financially cut off by the Royal Family last year.

    The Duke of Sussex said there was a "lot of hurt" between him and his father – but insisted he had not “blindsided” the Queen when announcing he and Meghan were stepping back as senior working royals.

    Speaking in the explosive interview with Oprah, the 36-year-old said he had tried to raise his intentions of leaving the Royal Family.

    He said his father, Prince Charles, stopped taking his phone calls for a period of time, saying: "When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father, before he stopped taking my calls."

    He added: "By that point I took matters into my own hands. I need to do this for my family."

  • Sarah Grealish

    THE QUEEN AND PHILIP ‘DID NOT MAKE RACE REMARKS’

    THE QUEEN and Prince Philip were NOT the royals who expressed concern about Archie’s skin colour, an expert has said.

    The Duchess of Sussex said there had been conversations with Prince Harry and a “family” member about their unborn son and what colour his skin would be – and “what that would mean or look like”.

    But despite making the serious allegations, Meghan and Harry refused to reveal who made the “racist” accusations in the Royal Family.

    Chris Ship, ITV News’ Royal Editor, claimed that his sources said the conversation did not involve the Queen or her husband, Prince Philip.

    The Royal expert told Good Morning Britain: “It was a conversation that Harry had with his family members.

    “I should be clear here, I’ve been told it’s not the Queen, and it’s not the Duke of Edinburgh.

  • Sarah Grealish

    ARCHIE’S BIRTHRIGHT TAKEN AWAY ‘BECAUSE OF RACE’

    The Duchess of Sussex has suggested it was her son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s “birthright” to be a prince and the decision not to give him a title went against convention.

    She expressed her shock at being told he would not get security and the idea of him “not being safe”, and said she wanted him to have the title so he could have police protection.

    Meghan also suggested that the decision was taken because of Archie’s race.

    The duchess shared her upset at the “idea of the first member of colour in this family, not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be”.

    “It’s not their right to take it away,” she added.

  • Sarah Grealish

    TIMELINE OF PHILIP’S STAY IN HOSPITAL

    • Tuesday February 16 2021 – The duke is admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital on a precautionary basis after feeling unwell.
    • Friday February 19 – Sources say Philip is now expected to remain in hospital for “observation and rest” over the weekend and into the next week.
    • Saturday February 20 – The Prince of Wales makes a 200 mile-round trip to see his father, spending around half an hour at the hospital.
    • Tuesday February 23 – Seven days after the duke was admitted, the Palace says he is being treated for an infection and is “comfortable and responding to treatment”, but is not expected to leave hospital for several more days. The Earl of Wessex says the duke is a “lot better” and looking forward to getting out.
    • Monday March 1 – Philip is transferred in an ambulance to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for treatment for an infection and testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace says. The duke is shielded from public view by large umbrellas as he leaves King Edward VII’s Hospital.
    • Thursday March 4 – Buckingham Palace confirms Philip has undergone a ‘successful’ heart operation and will remain in hospital for a ‘number of days’
    • Friday March 5 – After his successful heart operation, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Philip was transferred back to King Edward VII hospital to recover this morning

    INTERVIEW WAS 'LIKE PRINCESS DIANA GETTING REVENGE ON ROYAL FAMILY' – DIANA BIOGRAPHER

    Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey was like Princess Diana getting revenge on the royal family, Andrew Morton has claimed.

    The biographer told Good Morning Britain: ‘I think the irony is she would be enjoying it. It’s almost like Diana’s getting her revenge from beyond the grave. 

    "I mean, remember she was the trailblazer in this, she put the boot into Prince Charles 20-odd years ago.  ‘She talked about wanting to be the queen of people’s hearts, which prompted the Queen herself to get involved in their divorce."

    • Jon Rogers

      ROYAL FAMILY MAKES UK SEEM TRADITIONAL & POWERFUL – POLL

      A new online poll by Ipsos MORI shows how the Royal Family are perceived by Britons.

      The Royal Family is most likely to make Britons think of the UK as a traditional and powerful country.

      Six in ten (59%) say they associate being traditional more with the UK due to the monarchy, similar to the score of 62% in 2018, while 3 in 10 (28%) are more likely to view it as powerful, up from 20% three years ago.

      One in five (19%) say the Royal Family is associated with seeing the UK as an unequal society, while one in twenty (5%) say it is associated with viewing the UK as an equal society. 

    • Sarah Grealish

      ‘NO STRAND OF RACISM’

      THE Queen’s former press secretary Charles Anson believes there is no racism at the palace.

      He worked for monarch between 1990 and 1997, including when Diana gave interview to Panorama in 1995.

      On the BBC this morning he said there is “no strand of racism within the royal household” and when they got married there was an “overwhelming sense of welcome for Meghan and their marriage”.

      He added that he doesn’t think the palace will “rush into making any statement on specific points”

    • Sarah Grealish

      MORE TO COME

      MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry will make more bombshell revelations in unseen Oprah footage later today.

      The Sussexes are set to unload fresh explosive Royal Family claims from their CBS interview around lunchtime in the UK, it’s claimed.

      But with US breakfast news shows due to broadcast new footage of the couple’s sit-down chat, Oprah’s special is not the end of the revelations, journalist and broadcaster Caroline Feraday said.

      She said: “It’s still late Sunday night here in Los Angeles, tomorrow they’ll have the breakfast programmes that go out here, where we are promised more revelations.

      “There’s a lot more footage that wasn’t shown as part of that interview that’s still to come so this isn’t the end of the revelation. It isn’t just what was contained in that two hours.”

    • Sarah Grealish

      EXPLAINED: WHEN DOES PRINCE PHILIP TURN 100?

      Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh turned 99 in June, 2020.

      He will hit a significant milestone this year when he turns 100.

      He was born in 1921 in Greece.

    • Sarah Grealish

      QUEEN STILL FAVOURITE

      The Queen is still by far the most popular royal, a new poll has found.

       

    • Sarah Grealish

      HEART PROBLEMS

      Philip has been treated for heart problems in the past and in 2011 was rushed to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the royal family was preparing for Christmas.

      In the serious health scare, he was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire and underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.

    • Sarah Grealish

      PALACE HIRING

      A job ad to recruit a 'Digital Learning Advisor' has been placed by the Royal Household's Privy Purse and Treasurer's Office.

      It says "Proficient at using e-learning authoring tools (e.g. Adapt, Articulate), and familiar with some other standard industry tools, you can design and build creative and engaging learning content and materials involving e-learning, video, graphics and animation.

      "With an understanding of online learning best practice, you'll apply your knowledge to deliver an exceptional experience for all learners."

      The job is based at Buckingham Palace and the starting salary is £30,000 per annum, plus perks and benefits, for 37.5 hours a week.

    • Sarah Grealish

      QUEEN'S BREAKFAST BRIEF

      THE Queen will be briefed over breakfast by royal aides following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview.

      It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a string of shocking revelations about their life in Buckingham Palace during the two-hour broadcast.

      Katie Nicholl, the royal editor of Vanity Fair magazine, said that royal aides had stayed up through the night to watch the dramatic interview – and would brief the Queen over breakfast this morning.

      She told Sky News that the interview was even more explosive than expected, and would shake the Palace to the core.

      Ms Nicholl said: “I think the revelations came thick and fast, we were told the palace may want to hide behind a sofa, but they needed a bomb shelter in all of this. Harry and Meghan have thrown bombs and they are going to watch the fall out, and there is a huge amount of fall out.”

    • Sarah Grealish

      THE QUEEN AND PHILIP ‘DID NOT MAKE RACE REMARKS’

      THE QUEEN and Prince Philip were NOT the royals who expressed concern about Archie’s skin colour, an expert has said.

      The Duchess of Sussex said there had been conversations with Prince Harry and a “family” member about their unborn son and what colour his skin would be – and “what that would mean or look like”.

      But despite making the serious allegations, Meghan and Harry refused to reveal who made the “racist” accusations in the Royal Family.

      Chris Ship, ITV News’ Royal Editor, claimed that his sources said the conversation did not involve the Queen or her husband, Prince Philip.

      The Royal expert told Good Morning Britain: “It was a conversation that Harry had with his family members.

      “I should be clear here, I’ve been told it’s not the Queen, and it’s not the Duke of Edinburgh.

    • Sarah Grealish

      PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNNIEST EVER MOMENTS

      PRINCE Philip has accompanied the Queen around the world multiple times in the 70 years they have been married.

      He has undertaken solo Royal duties and been the Queen’s companion as she tours the UK and the globe – while making the public chuckle, cry with laughter and occasionally cringe at his off-the-cuff comments.

      Here we have compiled a list of 17 times the Duke of Edinburgh made us laugh and wince.

      Read on for the full list.

    • Sarah Grealish

      EXPLAINER – WHY IS PRINCE PHILIP IN HOSPITAL?

      The Duke of Edinburgh’s hospital admission in February was not an emergency, Palace staff said.

      The hospital visit was advised by His Royal Highness’s doctor after Prince Philip felt unwell.

      His illness is not coronavirus-related.

      The Duke and the Queen both received their Covid vaccines back in January.

      A royal source said the Queen, 94, is at Windsor – where they have stayed during the pandemic – while Prince Philip is in hospital.

    • Sarah Grealish

      WHAT HAS PRINCE PHILIP PREVIOUSLY BEEN IN HOSPITAL FOR?

      This is not the first time the royal has spent time in hospital, having been admitted for a “precautionary measure” in December 2019.

      Prince Philip also underwent a hip replacement operation back in April 2018 – five years after having exploratory surgery on his abdomen.

      But the Duke of Edinburgh has been plagued by bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery among other ailments.

      He was also taken to hospital following a car crash in January 2019 – but this was only a precaution after walking away unscathed.

    • Sarah Grealish

      MEGHAN’S CALLS TO THE QUEEN

      The Duchess of Sussex said she phones the Queen “just to check in”.

      Meghan suggested that stepping down as working royals meant she and Harry did not have to follow royal protocols and could react to family events, like anyone else.

      During her interview with Oprah Winfrey, she recalled the first time she met the Queen, describing it as “lovely and easy”.

      Meghan said when the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital: “I just pick up the phone and I call the Queen – just to check in.

      “That’s what we do, it’s like being able to default to not having to every moment go ‘Is that appropriate?’.”

    • Sarah Grealish

      MEGHAN MARKLE MAY NEVER RETURN TO BRITAIN AFTER ANGERING ROYAL FAMILY

      MEGHAN Markle may never come back to Britain after her bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview angered the Royal Family.

      Insiders fear she and Prince Harry could have burnt their bridges by failing to tell family members what was in the two-hour chat before it was shown in the US at 1am today.

      Read more here.

    • Sarah Grealish

      TIMELINE OF PHILIP’S STAY IN HOSPITAL

      • Tuesday February 16 2021 – The duke is admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital on a precautionary basis after feeling unwell.
      • Friday February 19 – Sources say Philip is now expected to remain in hospital for “observation and rest” over the weekend and into the next week.
      • Saturday February 20 – The Prince of Wales makes a 200 mile-round trip to see his father, spending around half an hour at the hospital.
      • Tuesday February 23 – Seven days after the duke was admitted, the Palace says he is being treated for an infection and is “comfortable and responding to treatment”, but is not expected to leave hospital for several more days. The Earl of Wessex says the duke is a “lot better” and looking forward to getting out.
      • Monday March 1 – Philip is transferred in an ambulance to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for treatment for an infection and testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace says. The duke is shielded from public view by large umbrellas as he leaves King Edward VII’s Hospital.
      • Thursday March 4 – Buckingham Palace confirms Philip has undergone a ‘successful’ heart operation and will remain in hospital for a ‘number of days’
      • Friday March 5 – After his successful heart operation, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Philip was transferred back to King Edward VII hospital to recover this morning

      LATEST UPDATE ON PRINCE PHILIP

      There have been no updates on Prince Philip’s condition since Friday.

      He remains at the King Edward VII hospital, where he is recovering after heart surgery.

      Buckingham Palace said on Friday: “Following The Duke of Edinburgh’s successful procedure at St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Wednesday, His Royal Highness has been transferred to King Edward VII’s Hospital this morning.

      “The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for continuing treatment for a number of days.”

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