Royal news – live: Kate Middleton portrait sparks debate as it’s claimed Harry ‘rejected King’s UK invitation’

A new portrait of the Princess of Wales has sparked a debate online after commentators argued that it looks nothing like Kate Middleton.

The painting, by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor, features the Princess in the white dress and accessories she wore to King Charles’s first state banquet.

It features on the upcoming edition of Tatler magazine and was created in honour of the Princess’s “courage and dignity” when announcing her cancer diagnosis.

The unveiling of the portrait comes after claims that Prince Harry rejected the King’s invitation to stay in a royal residence on his recent trip to the UK.

According to The Telegraph, Harry turned the invitation down because it had no tax-payer funded security provision.

He therefore opted to stay in a hotel where he “could come and go unseen” instead of staying at a “visible location” where he could have reunited with his cancer-stricken father.

The subject remains a bone of contention for the Duke who railed against losing his publicly-funded security protection after choosing to step back from his royal duties and move to California with Meghan Markle in 2020.

Representatives for the Duke of Sussex have been contacted by The Independent for comment.

Key Points

  • New portrait honouring Kate Middleton’s ‘courage and dignity' revealed

  • Prince Harry ‘turned down’ reunion with King Charles

  • Prince William attends rainy garden party at Buckingham Palace

  • Kate Middleton hints at return to duty following cancer diagnosis

Artist opens up about new Kate Middleton portrait

15:51 , Emma Guinness

The artist behind the newly unveiled portrait of Kate Middleton has explained why it has a blue background.

British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor said the new portrait, which features on the upcoming edition of Tatler magazine, has a blue background to reflect the colour of Kate’s eyes.

The Princess of Wales is also a keen rower, and Uzor said this was something she also wanted to reflect in the painting.

“All my portraits are made up of layers of a personality, constructed from everything I can find about them,” she said.

The Princess of Wales’s eyes inspired her new portrait (Chris Jackson/PA) (PA Wire)
The Princess of Wales’s eyes inspired her new portrait (Chris Jackson/PA) (PA Wire)
The painting has had a mixed reaction online (Hannah Uzor/Tatler/PA Wire)
The painting has had a mixed reaction online (Hannah Uzor/Tatler/PA Wire)

Kate Middleton’s new portrait receives a mixed reaction online

14:45 , Emma Guinness

The new portrait of the Princess of Wales from Tatler has had a mixed reaction online.

Painted by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor, it features the Princess in the white dress and accessories she wore to King Charles’s first state banquet.

The portrait is said to be inspired by the “courage and dignity” Kate showed when announcing her cancer diagnosis in March.

“Doesn’t look like Catherine at all,” wrote one Twitter (X) user. “[If] she wasn’t wearing that dress I’d have no clue as to who it’s meant to be.”

A second added: “This is dreadful - somehow, I’m not sure the artist is a fan of the Princess - it looks like a bad GCSE project!”

“I agree with the sentiments of strength and dignity but the portrait lacks any resemblance to the Princess of Wales,” wrote a third.

The new portrait of Kate Middleton has had a mixed reaction online (Hannah Uzor/Tatler/PA Wire)
The new portrait of Kate Middleton has had a mixed reaction online (Hannah Uzor/Tatler/PA Wire)

New portrait honouring Kate Middleton’s “courage and dignity” revealed

14:29 , Emma Guinness

A new portrait of the Princess of Wales has been unveiled on the cover ofTatler magazine.

Kate, 42, is depicted by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor in the clothes she wore to the first state banquet of King Charles’s reign.

The artist said he was inspired by Kate’s poignant video announcing her cancer diagnosis in March.

 (Hannah Uzor/Tatler/PA Wire)
(Hannah Uzor/Tatler/PA Wire)
A photo of the Princess of Wales during the first state banquet of the King’s reign, which inspired Hannah Uzor’s portrait of Kate for Tatler (Chris Jackson/PA) (PA Archive)
A photo of the Princess of Wales during the first state banquet of the King’s reign, which inspired Hannah Uzor’s portrait of Kate for Tatler (Chris Jackson/PA) (PA Archive)

Queen Camilla refuses to ‘interfere’ with one of King Charles’s hobbies

11:40 , Emma Guinness

Queen Camilla has revealed that King Charles has one hobby she refuses to interfere with.

The admission was made by royal biographer Angela Levin and relates to the King’s lifelong passion for the environment, which has extended to a love of gardening.

“They love going to garden centres and they do it a lot during the year,” she told GB News. “Camilla doesn’t interfere with [Charles’s] garden at Highgrove.”

This comes after the couple recently visited the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday ahead of its official opening yesterday.

Camilla refuses to ‘interfere’ with the King’s gardening hobby (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)
Camilla refuses to ‘interfere’ with the King’s gardening hobby (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)

Prince William highlights homelessness problem at Garden Party

11:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince William has highlighted the ongoing homelessness problem in the UK by inviting members from his homelessness project to the latest Buckingham Palace garden party.

Rowan Aderyn, a member of the Homewards team, took the opportunity yesterday (21 May) to gift the Prince of Wales a self-penned children’s book about a boy called Jack who finds himself experiencing homelessness.

William said: “This is great, so inspirational. I’ll read this to Louis tonight at bedtime.”

The book was one of only 10 copies ever printed.

Prince William founded the Homewards project in 2023 (Getty Images)
Prince William founded the Homewards project in 2023 (Getty Images)

Prince William hints at Prince George’s career aspirations

09:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince William has hinted at Prince George’s career aspirations at a rainy Buckingham Palace garden party.

The Prince of Wales, 41, joked that it was “good weather for swimming” as he met his guests from the military, his patronages, and the homelessness charity Homeward.

While chatting with Squadron Leader Chrissie Lacey, a padre serving at RAF Coningsby, William revealed that his eldest son and third in line to the throne has expressed an interest in the military.

He said that George,10, would love to visit the base in Lincoln as he is a “potential pilot in the making”.

Should George become a pilot, he would be following in the footsteps of not only his father but his grandfather King Charles and uncle, Prince Harry.

Prince William revealed that Prince George has an interest in the military yesterday (AP)
Prince William revealed that Prince George has an interest in the military yesterday (AP)
Yesterday’s Buckingham Palace garden party was a washout (AP)
Yesterday’s Buckingham Palace garden party was a washout (AP)

Prince Harry ‘turned down’ reunion with King Charles

08:30 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry reportedly was the one who “turned down” a meeting with King Charles on his recent trip to the UK.

Despite reports that the pair, who have not seen each other since February, did not meet because of the King’s busy schedule, it’s now been claimed that it was a result of Harry’s ongoing personal security concerns.

As reported by The Telegraph, the Prince was offered the chance to stay at a royal residence on his brief visit but turned it down because it had no security provision.

He therefore opted to stay in a hotel where he “could come and go unseen” instead of staying at a “visible location with public entrance and exit points and no police protection”.

However, this “visible location” would have likely given the Duke of Sussex a chance to meet with his cancer-stricken father, who he last saw when he learned of his illness.

Prince Harry did not see any members of his immediate family on his recent UK visit (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Prince Harry did not see any members of his immediate family on his recent UK visit (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Prince William attends rainy garden party at Buckingham Palace

08:20 , Emma Guinness

Prince William attended the latest summer garden party at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

The Prince of Wales, however, was comparatively unlucky when it came to the weather and was photographed talking to guests huddled beneath a sea of umbrellas.

This was a far cry from the glorious sunshine enjoyed by King Charles and Queen Camilla at the previous two events.

William joked that it was “good weather for swimming” as he met the quests from the military, his patronages, and the homeless project he launched in 2023, Homewards.

The Prince of Wales uses an umbrella during the Sovereign’s Garden Party (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)
The Prince of Wales uses an umbrella during the Sovereign’s Garden Party (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)

King Charles jokes about being locked in a ‘cage’ amid cancer battle

06:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles joked about finally being “allowed out of my cage” after returning to public duty.

The Monarch, 75, took an extended break from public-facing duties after being diagnosed with an undisclosed type of cancer earlier this year.

He made the lighthearted comment at a surprise army barracks appearance earlier this month.

The King told Lieutenant Colonel Robert Grant: “When this opportunity appeared and I had been allowed out of my cage, I wanted to come to have a look.”

The Monarch has been determined to attend as many engagements as possible since returning to work last month.

He attended five engagements in 48 hours last week, culminating in an appearance at the Royal Opera House, which was also a surprise.

King Charles has made more than one surprise appearance since returning to work (Getty)
King Charles has made more than one surprise appearance since returning to work (Getty)

Prince Edward says Queen’s death was ‘far more emotional’ after the loss of Prince Philip

01:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Edward has given a rare insight into the loss of his mother Queen Elizabeth.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 60, said the experience was made “far more emotional” than it may have otherwise been because she passed away just 17 months after Prince Philip.

Edward made the comments on Saturday (18 May) while standing in for King Charles as Lord High Commissioner at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

“There have been moments recently where I have been lucky to have sensed God’s care and love,” he said.

“And who could forget the scenes that followed the passing of my mother?

“The outpouring of emotions, the demonstration of respect, love and grief was overwhelming and a privilege to experience and behold.

“I think I can speak for my whole family when I say we will remain forever grateful for that support.”

The Duke of Edinburgh addressed the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Saturday (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)
The Duke of Edinburgh addressed the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Saturday (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)

Anne Robinson opens up about relationship with Queen Camilla’s ex

Tuesday 21 May 2024 22:00 , Emma Guinness

Anne Robinson has opened up about her decision to date Queen Camilla’s ex-husband.

The Weakest Link presenter, 79, confirmed that she is in a relationship with Andrew Parker Bowles, 84, who was previously married to the Queen for 22 years.

Addressing the rumours of a romance between the pair, Robinson said “yes” and then opened up about how her lifestyle choices have impacted her love life.

“If you don’t drink, you’re not as reckless, are you?” she told Saga Magazine.

“I’m a great believer in surprising yourself by taking risks.

“Personally and professionally. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

“If the worst that can happen is you get some egg on your face, that’s not terrible is it?”

Anne Robinson is dating Queen Camilla’s ex-husband (PA Archive)
Anne Robinson is dating Queen Camilla’s ex-husband (PA Archive)

Unseen pictures of royal family on display for the first time

Tuesday 21 May 2024 20:00 , Emma Guinness

Previously unseen portraits of the Royal family have gone on display for the first time.

The images were opened to the public on Friday (17 May) at the new Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography exhibition in The King’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

“For centuries, portraiture has played a vital role in shaping the public’s perception of the Royal Family,” the exhibition explains.

“This exhibition charts the evolution of royal portrait photography from the 1920s to the present day, bringing together more than 150 photographic prints, proofs and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives.”

Current royal portrait photographer Hugo Burnand exclusively told The Independent that it is of special significance for him as it features “the first photographs that were taken of the members of the royal family in the Victorian era”.

The exhibition features members past and present members of the royal family (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
The exhibition features members past and present members of the royal family (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Kate Middleton the ‘driving force’ behind first royal project since cancer diagnosis

Tuesday 21 May 2024 18:00 , Emma Guinness

The Princess of Wales has been described as the “driving force” behind a new project released today.

The early years report, which was reviewed by Kate at home, examines how the economy could be boosted by businesses adopting more family-friendly policies.

A senior royal aide said: “The Princess of Wales was the driving force behind the business task force. She has been kept up to date since the inception of the task force and she has read the report and been briefed on it.

“This is a clear commitment she has made that, throughout her life of public service, this will be [the] focus.”

The aide stressed that Kate will not return to public-facing duties until she has had “the green light” from her doctors.

The Princess has not been seen in public since Christmas Day last year (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)
The Princess has not been seen in public since Christmas Day last year (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

Prince Harry fails to name Rupert Murdoch in phone hacking case

Tuesday 21 May 2024 17:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry has been unable to name Rupert Murdoch in his ongoing case against the publisher of The Sun.

Judge Timothy Fancourt ruled today (21 May) that Murdoch and other executives alleged to have covered up evidence of phone hacking cannot be named in the case.

The ruling was made on the basis that the Duke of Sussex was trying to pursue a political agenda.

“There is a desire on the part of those running the litigation on the claimants’ side to shoot at ‘trophy’ targets, whether those are political issues or high-profile individuals,” Fancourt wrote.

“Tempting though it no doubt is for the claimants’ team to attempt to inculpate the man at the very top, doing so will add nothing to a finding that Ms. Brooks and Mr. James Murdoch or other senior executives knew and were involved, if that is proved to be the case.”

Britain Royals Invictus (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Britain Royals Invictus (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Queen Camilla reveals she dreamed of royal life as girl

Tuesday 21 May 2024 15:04 , Emma Guinness

Queen Camilla has revealed that she dreamed of royal life as a young girl.

She made the admission on The Queen’s Reading Room podcast, where she said she got the idea from the first “grown-up” novel she ever read, Angélique.

“I can remember a book called Angelique which was written by a woman called Anne Golon, which is about this beautiful French woman who went through a series of completely mad adventures,” the Queen said.

“At one point she landed up in the court of the Sun King Louis XIV. I think I must have probably been about 11 or 12. It was incredibly exciting.”

Camilla dreamed of royal life as a young girl (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)
Camilla dreamed of royal life as a young girl (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

Portrait of Kate Middleton goes on display in London

Tuesday 21 May 2024 12:10 , Emma Guinness

A portrait of the Princes of Wales has gone on display in London.

The greyscale image, which was released to celebrate Kate’s 40th birthday in 2022, is now a part of Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography.

The new exhibition opened its doors on Friday (17 May) and features portraits of the royal family dating back to the Victorian era.

The portrait of Kate was taken by Paolo Roversi and is a part of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

 (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
(Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Windsor Castle ends free entry for locals

Tuesday 21 May 2024 11:04 , Emma Guinness

Locals will no longer be able to visit Windsor Castle for free in a move that has left many furious.

The perk, which is offered by The Royal Collection Trust, will end on 1 June.

From then on, residents with a Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Advantage Card will have to pay to enter, although they will receive a 50 percent discount.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Julian Tisi slammed the move and said that locals deserve free access.

“Windsor, and specifically the castle, is visited by millions of people from around the world,” he said.

“During the season, residents gladly welcome tourists to their shops and restaurants, they drive them around in taxis and are happy to give directions in the street.

“In return, we get to live and work near one of the most iconic buildings in the world – and visit when we choose.”

Windsor Castle in Berkshire is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Archive)
Windsor Castle in Berkshire is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Archive)

King Charles prefers home grown fruits and vegetables

Tuesday 21 May 2024 10:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles has said that homegrown fruits and vegetables taste “so much better”.

The Monarch made the revelation while speaking to children at the Chelsea Flower Show’s “no adults allowed” garden.

“There’s nothing more fun than eating the things you’ve grown,” he said before adding: “It tastes so much better”.

King Charles thinks homegrown food tastes better (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
King Charles thinks homegrown food tastes better (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Queen Camilla reveals she’s a Bridgerton fan

Tuesday 21 May 2024 09:30 , Emma Guinness

Queen Camilla has revealed that she is a fan of the hit Netflix show Bridgerton.

The Queen Consort made the revelation at the Chelsea Flower Show while touring a garden inspired by the show, which has just released its third season.

“I watched the first lot,” she admitted as she looked around a garden inspired by one of its characters, Penelope Featherington.

Queen Camilla makes Bridgerton admission during Chelsea Flower Show visit. (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)
Queen Camilla makes Bridgerton admission during Chelsea Flower Show visit. (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)

King Charles and Queen Camilla given brilliant new nicknames

Tuesday 21 May 2024 09:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles and Queen Camilla were given brilliant new nicknames by children when they visited the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday.

In honour of his environmental work, the Monarch was renamed the “King of the Compost”.

Meanwhile, the Queen Consort was renamed the “Queen of Bees” after visiting the Bees For Development garden party, which highlighted the importance of bees at the event.

The couple were given the names as they visited the “no adults allowed” garden, which was designed in collaboration with primary school children to highlight the importance of giving young people access to the natural world.

The King and Queen were given badges to commemorate their honourary new titles.

Charles is reported to have taken one look and said: “Oh, hahaha. Quite right!”

The King and Queen were given new nicknames at the Chelsea Flower Show (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)
The King and Queen were given new nicknames at the Chelsea Flower Show (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)

Kate Middleton gives her first major project update since cancer diagnosis

Tuesday 21 May 2024 08:44 , Emma Guinness

The Princess of Wales has given her first major project update since beginning her cancer treatment.

Her Royal Foundation Business Taskforce for Early Childhood has released a report today that has been personally reviewed by Kate from home.

It suggests that if businesses adopt more family-friendly working practices, £45.5 billion could be added to the economy a year.

A spokesperson for the Princess said: “The work of The Prince and Princess’ projects is ‘always on’… early childhood is a huge priority for The Princess and so she has been kept fully updated throughout the development of the Taskforce’s work and she has seen the report.”

The Princess has not undertaken any public engagements this year after undergoing planned abdominal surgery in January.

She later revealed in March that doctors had discovered cancer and asked for space and privacy as she undergoes “preventative chemotherapy” in private.

The Princess has not undertaken any public facing duties this year (Independent TV)
The Princess has not undertaken any public facing duties this year (Independent TV)

Artist reveals why his portrait of the King is so red

Tuesday 21 May 2024 06:30 , Barney Davis

The artist who painted the King’s latest portrait has revealed why the artwork is so red.

The painting by Jonathan Yeo, which was unveiled by the monarch at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, depicts the King wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards against a red backdrop.

The unusual portrait has divided opinion amongst royal fans and social media users, with some saying the large swathes of red made them “uncomfortable” and that it looked like the monarch was “in hell”.

As for why he chose to use so much red in the portrait, the 53-year-old said he wanted it to tone and distract from the King’s brightly coloured uniform.

“I thought the red will really distract,” he told the paper, adding that his solution was to instead cover the whole painting in crimson.

“That may also have had psychological backing, because I had a heart attack [in March 2023] when I was painting this,” he says. “But certainly none of that I was conscious of – it was just: I like this colour.”

 (PA)
(PA)

Prince Harry recalls William's blunt response to Meghan Markle's pregnancy announcement

Tuesday 21 May 2024 05:30 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry’s memoir reveals Prince William’s response upon learning of Meghan Markle‘s pregnancy.

The couple announced they were expecting their first child together, Archie, on the eve of their Royal tour of Africa in late 2018 a few months after their Windsor wedding.

Harry reportedly discloses in his book Spare that the couple shared their joyous pregnancy news at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018.

Hello! Magazine reports Harry told his brother the news during a reception at Windsor Castle, and William responded exactly as Harry had expected, saying “we must tell Kate”.

Harry and Meghan spotted celebrating anniversary

Tuesday 21 May 2024 04:30 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry and Meghan stepped out for a double date to celebrate their wedding anniversary over the weekend.

On Saturday evening, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted at Lucky’s, an upmarket steakhouse in Montecito, California.

The couple were joined at the local restaurant for dinner by Brian and Tracy Robbins, according to Tatler.

Harry and Meghan (Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan (Getty Images)

Kate Middleton completes ‘crucial’ milestone from home

Tuesday 21 May 2024 16:24 , Emma Guinness

Kate Middleton has completed a “crucial” milestone in her early years childhood work while undergoing her cancer treatment.

Her Royal Foundation Business Taskforce for Early Childhood yesterday released a new report on the impact of family-friendly working policies.

It suggests that £45.5 billion could be added to the national economy a year if family-friendly policies are embraced by employers.

Christian Guy, executive director of the early childhood centre, said: “This is another crucial moment for HRH’s early childhood work...its impact, and the work of her Centre for Early I know, having briefed The Princess on this, that she is enormously grateful to the members of the Taskforce who have made such fantastic progress on this work over the past year.”

The report was reviewed by the Princess at home as she undergoes preventative chemotherapy, it has been confirmed.

The Princess of Wales is working behind the scenes (PA)
The Princess of Wales is working behind the scenes (PA)

Queen admits she binges Bridgerton

Tuesday 21 May 2024 03:30 , Barney Davis

The Queen admitted she had watched Bridgerton as she toured a garden inspired by the television show during a royal visit to the Chelsea Flower Show with the King.

Camilla said “I watched the first lot” during her visit to a garden based on the Penelope Featherington character from the hit Netflix Regency-era show.

The royal couple were accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester as they visited the world-famous Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show on a sunny Monday afternoon in London.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Kate Middleton hints at return to duty following cancer diagnosis

Tuesday 21 May 2024 02:30 , Barney Davis

Kate Middleton has shared her first project update since stepping back from her duties in January to work on her health.

Taking to Twitter (X), the Princess of Wales, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, shared a video showcasing the challenges British farmers can face with their mental health.

The Kensington Royal account, which represents Kate and Prince William, wrote: “This #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we’ve brought together the inspirational Sam Stables from We Are Farming Minds and the brilliant Farmer Will for a very special film.

“Spending a day together on Sam’s farm in Hereford they chatted about mental health in the farming community, finding support and the Duchy of Cornwall’s Mental Health Strategy.”

The full film is available to watch on YouTube.

Kate Middleton appears to have hinted at a return to duty (Independent TV)
Kate Middleton appears to have hinted at a return to duty (Independent TV)

‘Uncomfortable’ and ‘innovative’: King Charles’s first portrait draws mixed reactions online

Tuesday 21 May 2024 01:30 , Barney Davis

King Charles’ first official portrait as King has been met with mixed reactions from the public.

The abstract painting by Jonathan Yeo was unveiled by the monarch at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to show the King wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards against a red backdrop.

It went down a storm with Queen Camilla, who is reported to have looked at the portrait and said: “Yes, you’ve got him.”

Read more here:

‘Uncomfortable’: King Charles’s first portrait draws mixed reactions online

‘Nothing better than eating things you’ve grown’ King says

Tuesday 21 May 2024 00:30 , Barney Davis

Charles said “there’s nothing more fun than eating the things you’ve grown” as he toured the Chelsea Flower Show’s first “no adults allowed” garden with Camilla.

The royal couple both received a badge from children from Sulivan Primary School in London who helped design the garden – with Charles being given a “King of the Compost” one and Camilla receiving a badge which called her “Queen of the Bees”.

The King joked “quite right” after being presented with his badge.

Charles, wearing a navy blue suit with a flower on his lapel, said to the children at the garden: “There’s nothing more fun than eating the things you’ve grown.”

He added: “It makes such a difference. It tastes so much better.”

 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Dismay over Windsor Castle decision to end free entry perk for local residents

Monday 20 May 2024 23:00 , Barney Davis

Windsor Castle is bringing an end to free admission for the town’s residents, in a move criticised by locals who say they see those in the “big house on the hill” as their neighbours.

The Royal Collection Trust is halting the long-established perk, which offers free entry to local people who have a Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Advantage Card, from June 1.

Cardholders will now have to pay for a ticket to world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, but will receive a 50% discount, costing £15 in advance or £16.50 on the day, with free entry for one child up to the age of 17.

The King uses the 1,000-year-old fortress in Berkshire as one of his official residences and it is a working palace, often staging investitures and state visits, but remains open to the public throughout the year.

When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, she introduced tickets for visitors which could be obtained from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office or from select London booksellers.

Windsor Castle in Berkshire is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Archive)
Windsor Castle in Berkshire is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Archive)

King and Queen meet given tour of Chelsea Flower Show by Alan Tichmarsh

Monday 20 May 2024 22:00 , Barney Davis

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(Getty Images)
The Queen during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (Adrian Dennis/PA) (PA Wire)
The Queen during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (Adrian Dennis/PA) (PA Wire)
 (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)
(Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)
 (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)
(Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)

Prince Laurent: ‘Belgium’s Prince Harry’ set to quit royal family for dream life abroad

Monday 20 May 2024 20:00 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry’s departure from the royal family changed the face of the British monarchy forever – but he is not the only royal black sheep to turn his back on palace life.

In Belgium, 60-year-old former playboy Prince Laurent has similarly established himself as an outsider in his own clan – much in the way that a young Harry did during his own turbulent formative years.

Laurent was affectionally known in the corridors of The Palace of Laeken as the “Playboy prince” before his marriage to Claire Coombs in 2003, while he courted further controversy with his spending and alleged entrepreneurial work.

Read the full article here:

Prince Laurent: ‘Belgium’s Prince Harry’ to quit royal family for dream life abroad

Earl Spencer celebrates 60th birthday today

Monday 20 May 2024 19:30 , Emma Guinness

The Earl Spencer is celebrating his 60th birthday today after recently showing his support for Prince Harry at the Invictus Games thanksgiving ceremony.

Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, alongside other members of the Spencer family turned up at the event in a show of support after none of Harry’s immediate family attended.

The Earl has remained close to Harry despite consistently frosty relations with King Charles following Princess Diana’s death.

Prince Harry hugs family as he is supported by Princess Diana’s brother and sister at Invictus Games ceremony. (UK POOL)
Prince Harry hugs family as he is supported by Princess Diana’s brother and sister at Invictus Games ceremony. (UK POOL)

King Charles takes on two of Queen Elizabeth’s patronages

Monday 20 May 2024 18:30 , Emma Guinness

King Charles has taken on two of Queen Elizabeth’s civil service patronages, continuing an almost 140-year-old tradition.

The Monarch, 75, is now the patron of the Charity for Civil Servants and patron of the Civil Service Club, which provide support to current, former and retired civil servants in need.

News of the King’s appointment was met with delight by their chief executive Graham Hooper.

“We are extremely proud and honoured that his majesty has chosen to continue the tradition started by Queen Victoria when she became our inaugural patron in 1886,” he said.

“His patronage of the charity recognises the vital work civil servants do day in day out in service of the country.”

King Charles has two new patronages (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
King Charles has two new patronages (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

King and Queen arrive to preview Chelsea Flower Show

Monday 20 May 2024 17:55 , Barney Davis

King Charles and Queen Camilla have arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show ahead of its official opening tomorrow.

Alongside the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, they will tour the displays in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The couple are also set to visit the Royal Horticultural Society’s “no adults allowed” garden, which aims to highlight the importance of giving children access to the natural world.

Their visit comes after King Charles was recently named the patron of The Royal Horticultural Society.

 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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(via REUTERS)

King Charles set to break tradition at this year’s Trooping the Colour

Monday 20 May 2024 17:30 , Emma Guinness

King Charles will reportedly ride in a carriage at this year’s Trooping the Colour and not on horseback as is tradition, it has been reported.

This comes amid a tumultuous year for the Monarch, 75, who was diagnosed with cancer following a routine procedure to treat an enlarged prostate.

A source told The Telegraph that a carriage will be the “most likely” option to avoid any risk to the King’s health, as he is still battling the disease.

The event will take place on 15 June, the King’s official birthday.

King Charles will reportedly break with tradition at this year’s Trooping the Colour (AFP via Getty Images)
King Charles will reportedly break with tradition at this year’s Trooping the Colour (AFP via Getty Images)

Lady Amelia Windsor visits Chelsea Flower Show ahead of floral debut

Monday 20 May 2024 16:30 , Emma Guinness

Lady Amelia Windsor has attended the Chelsea Flower Show today ahead of its public opening tomorrow.

The royal, 28, is participating in this year’s event with a wildflower pot. She is 43rd in line to the British throne.

“So excited and honoured to be a very small part of the team for Kent Wildflower Seeds’s first garden at the Chelsea Flower Show,” she wrote on Instagram.

She is not the only member of the family in attendance today, and King Charles and Queen Camilla are also set to make an apperance alongside the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Amelia Windsor is a contributor at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (Getty)
Amelia Windsor is a contributor at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (Getty)

Harry and Meghan enjoy date night for wedding anniversary

Monday 20 May 2024 13:57 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted celebrating with friends at a Los Angeles steakhouse on their anniversary weekend.

The couple, who recently returned to the US from an unofficial tour of Nigeria, married six years ago on 19 May at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

According to reports, they were seen out on Saturday with their friends Brian and Tracey Robbins at Lucky’s in Montecito.

The restaurant features a range of dishes which vary in price up to $175 for a porterhouse steak and a staggering $1,402 for a bottle of wine.

Harry and Meghan have seemingly struck up a close friendship with the Paramount CEO and his designer wife in recent years and the foursome even travelled to Jamaica in January for the premier of the Bob Marley biopic One Love.

Harry and Meghan visited an upmarket steakhouse on their anniversary weekend (Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan visited an upmarket steakhouse on their anniversary weekend (Getty Images)

King Charles now richer than his late mother Queen Elizabeth

Monday 20 May 2024 13:33 , Emma Guinness

King Charles officially has a higher net worth than his later mother Queen Elizabeth, the 2024 Sunday Times Rich List has revealed.

The current Monarch is worth £610 million, which is significantly more than the £370 million the Queen had in 2022 before her death.

The King’s wealth can, in part, be credited to his mother though as she left him an investment portfolio worth almost £120 million.

The King on his coronation day (Adrian Dennis/PA) (PA Archive)
The King on his coronation day (Adrian Dennis/PA) (PA Archive)

Prince Harry slammed by musician Don McLean

Monday 20 May 2024 10:30 , Emma Guinness

Don McLean has hit out at Prince Harry for his less-than-flattering description of Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in his memoir Spare.

The American musician, 78, told the Daily Mail that the sixth in line to the throne, 39, should not “criticise America when you’re living here as our guest.”

In the 2023 memoir, which details Harry’s life in the royal family, he describes the mansion once occupied by the King of Rock and Roll as “dark” and “claustrophobic.”

“I walked around saying ‘the King lived here, you say? Really?’” Harry wrote. “I stood in one tiny room with loud furniture and shag carpet and thought ‘the King’s interior designer must’ve been on acid.’”

Don McClean has slammed Prince Harry for comments made in his memoir Spare (AP)
Don McClean has slammed Prince Harry for comments made in his memoir Spare (AP)

Anne Robinson dating Queen Camilla’s ex-husband

Monday 20 May 2024 10:00 , Emma Guinness

Anne Robinson has confirmed that she is in a relationship with Queen Camilla’s ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.

The TV host, 79, who is best known for her role on The Weakest Link, made the revelation bluntly last week after rumours began to circulate that she and Parker Bowles, 84, were an item.

When asked if they were dating, she told Saga magazine: “Yes. Full stop. Mind your own business.”

Parker Bowles was previously married to the now-Queen between 1973 and 1995 and the pair share two children together.

Anne Robinson is dating Queen Camilla’s ex husband (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)
Anne Robinson is dating Queen Camilla’s ex husband (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)

King Charles to visit Chelsea Flower Show today

Monday 20 May 2024 09:30 , Emma Guinness

King Charles is set to visit the Chelsea Flower Show today (20 May) ahead of its opening tomorrow.

The Monarch, 75, alongside the Queen Consort will visit the Royal Horticultural Society’s “no adults allowed” garden.

Co-designed by schoolchildren, the garden was created to highlight how important nature is for children and any adults who visit the exhibit must pledge to plant a tree.

The garden, unlike other exhibits, is not being judged.

King Charles has been extremely busy since he returned to work last month (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
King Charles has been extremely busy since he returned to work last month (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Harry and Meghan’s wedding anniversary goes unacknowledged by royal family

Monday 20 May 2024 09:16 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle yesterday celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary.

The sixth in line to the throne, 39, tied the knot with the former actress, 42, on 19 May, 2018 at a lavish ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Citing press intrusion and a desire to live a more independent life, the couple later stepped down as working royals in 2020 and moved to California.

The anniversary of the event was not acknowledged by any official royal social media accounts.

This follows increased tensions between the couple and the royal family, which most recently saw Prince Harry snubbed twice on his recent visit to the UK.

The first snub came in the form of his father refusing to meet him on his brief trip to his home country and the second came when it was announced that Prince William was soon to be made the colonel-in-chief of his old military regiment, the Army Air Corps.

Harry and Meghan’s wedding anniversary was not publicly acknowledged by the royal family (Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan’s wedding anniversary was not publicly acknowledged by the royal family (Getty Images)

Artist reveals why new King Charles portrait is so red

Monday 20 May 2024 09:04 , Emma Guinness

The artist behind the new portrait of King Charles has revealed why it is so red.

Jonathan Yeo’s painting of the Monarch received a mixed reaction from online commentators after it was unveiled last Tuesday (14 May), with some claiming that the red background made it look like the King was “in Hell.”

The King’s face is the only part of the portrait that is depicted in what would be considered a lifelike fashion and the rest of the image, including his red Welsh Guards uniform, is painted against a red backdrop.

“No matter what you do with a picture, no matter how obvious you think the story you’re telling is, someone’s going to read something else into it,” the artist told The Sunday Times.

“I thought the red will really distract [from the red in the uniform],” Yeo explained.

“That may also have had psychological backing, because I had a heart attack [in March 2023] when I was painting this,” he says. “But certainly none of that I was conscious of – it was just: I like this colour.”

The artist said the background was intented to distract from the King’s Welsh Guards uniform (His Majesty King Charles III by Jonathan Yeo 2024/PA Wire)
The artist said the background was intented to distract from the King’s Welsh Guards uniform (His Majesty King Charles III by Jonathan Yeo 2024/PA Wire)

Charity set up by Queen announces second series of reading podcast

Monday 20 May 2024 03:00 , Joe Middleton

A charity established by the Queen has announced a second series of its podcast featuring guests including Neil Gaiman and Richard E Grant.

The Queen’s Reading Room was formed from a book club set up by Camilla in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic to celebrate the power and benefits of reading.

Across nine episodes, guests will speak to charity CEO and host Vicki Perrin about their relationship with reading. Other guests will include comedian Mel Giedroyc and novelist Kate Mosse.

The weekly series will begin on Monday, May 20.

The first series of The Queen’s Reading Room Podcast featured Rebus author Sir Ian Rankin, actress Dame Joanna Lumley, and comedian David Baddiel and was listened to in 158 countries.

Ms Perrin said: “We were astounded by the response to the first season of The Queen’s Reading Room Podcast.

“It is clear that the podcast reached and resonated with listeners globally, enabling them to connect and fall in love with books.

“I hope that this second season of the podcast will continue to inspire listeners to go on new literary adventures and help those wishing they loved books a little more, to discover the true joy of reading.”

What are the King’s plans for D-Day in France?

Monday 20 May 2024 02:00 , Joe Middleton

The King, Queen and Prince of Wales will attend commemorative events in Normandy to mark the 80th anniversary of D- Day, Buckingham Palace has said.

Charles and Camilla will be at the Ministry of Defence and Royal British Legion’s (RBL) event at the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer on June 6, and William will attend the Canadian commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, on the same date.

The prince will then attend the international commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach, Saint Laurent sur Mer, later that day alongside 25 heads of state and veterans from around the world.

The Princess of Wales is not expected to travel to France.

William to be usher at Duke of Westminster’s wedding, report says

Monday 20 May 2024 01:00 , Joe Middleton

The Prince of Wales is to be an usher at the wedding of his close friend Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, next month, reports suggest.

The 33-year-old aristocrat and businessman will marry Olivia Henson, 31, at Chester Cathedral on June 7.

William will be among the groom’s party at the 400-person ceremony but his younger brother the Duke of Sussex will not attend, the Sunday Times reported.

The Princess of Wales, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, is not expected to attend.

The Duke of Westminster is a godson of the King and godfather to William’s son, Prince George.

He is also godfather to Harry’s five-year-old son Prince Archie, but reports emerged in December suggesting Harry and his wife Meghan were not on the guest list for their wedding.

‘It’s about emotion and connection’: King Charles snaps up Hugo Burnand as first official photographer

Monday 20 May 2024 00:01 , Athena Stavrou

King Charles has granted a portrait photographer with a Royal Warrant for the first time.

Hugo Burnand told The Independent that he aims to give the public a true sense of who the royals really are through his official portraits.

Palace insiders said he is grateful to have been “trusted and supported” enough to take official photographs of the family at their milestone occasions and now to be granted this official seal of approval.

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King Charles snaps up Hugo Burnand as first official photographer