Royal news - live: Meghan Markle branded ‘delusional’ in David Beckham book as ‘homesick’ Harry eyes UK home

Meghan Markle has been branded “delusional” in an explosive new biography of the Beckhams amid claims that a “homesick” Prince Harry is looking for a new UK home.

According to Tom Bower, the Duchess of Sussex “put on airs” around Victoria Beckham as she believed her place within the royal family socially put her above the former Spice Girl.

“In Meghan’s celebrity world, ranking depended on wealth and fame,” Bower wrote in the soon-to-be-released House of Beckham.

“As a seasoned operator, Meghan deluded herself that her status in the Royal family placed her above Victoria in the social pecking order.

“She was irritated to discover that the Beckhams had considerably more wealth than herself.”

Meanwhile, Prince Harry is reportedly “homesick” and searching for a new residence in the UK.

The Duke of Sussex last visited the UK alone in May on a visit that saw him celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Invictus Games.

He reportedly stayed in a London hotel on the visit after he and Meghan Markle officially vacated their UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, last June.

Royal expert Kinsey Schofield told Fox News Digitial: “I hear that Harry is both content with his new lifestyle and homesick. It just depends on the day.”

Key Points

  • Royal expert claims Prince Harry is ‘homesick’

  • Kate Middleton wanted to attend Trooping the Colour

  • Explosive new biography brands Meghan Markle ‘delusional'

  • Lady Gabriella makes first appearance since Thomas Kingston’s death

Prince William told Kevin Costner that Princess Diana ‘fancied’ him

04:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince William made a “sweet” revelation to Kevin Costner about Princess Diana, it has been revealed.

The actor, 69, told PEOPLE that once upon a time he had been in talks to star in a sequel to The Bodyguard with the late Princess.

“I ultimately had a very sweet conversation about 15 years later with Prince William,” Costner said. “He walked up, and we sat down, and shook hands, and the first line out of his mouth was, he says, ‘You know, my mum kinda fancied you.’”

Princess Diana reportedly held a candle for Kevin Costner. (ABC/ Jimmy Kimmel Live)
Princess Diana reportedly held a candle for Kevin Costner. (ABC/ Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Child abuse ‘normalised for decades’ at King’s former Scottish school

03:00 , Emma Guinness

An inquiry has found that child abuse was “normalised for decades” at King Charles’s former school in Elgin, Scotland.

The findings about Gordonstoun and its junior school, Aberlour, were published by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

They claimed that pupils at the institutions were “exposed to risks of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse” for years.

The inquiry chairwoman Lady Smith said: “I have no difficulty in finding that children were abused at Gordonstoun and Aberlour in a variety of ways over a long period of time.

“It was assumed the declaration of good intentions by founder Kurt Hahn was enough to ensure the school could be entrusted to provide appropriate residential care.

“At Gordonstoun, the assumption proved to be ill-founded, largely due to poor leadership.

“It was only after 1990 and the appointment of a headmaster who understood the importance of pastoral care that abuse eventually began to be addressed and a measure of trust was restored.”

Gordonstoun, of which the King is now a patron, has apologised to anyone affected by the abuse.

King Charles attended Gordonstoun between 1962 and 1967. (PA Archive)
King Charles attended Gordonstoun between 1962 and 1967. (PA Archive)

Harry and Meghan advised to stop cashing in on royal links

01:00 , Emma Guinness

Following claims that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reached out to the Princess of Wales, a royal expert has claimed that they need to stop cashing in on their royal links to achieve a reconciliation.

The claim comes following Prince Harry’s explosive 2023 memoir Spare and the couple’s Netflix series Harry & Meghan, both of which detailed their lives in the family.

“Members from the Royal Family have told Harry, if he wants a relationship with the rest of the family, then first and foremost, he has got to stop talking about them,” the royal correspondent Russell Myers told Sky News Australia.

“They can’t go about making money off their associations with the royal family. They’re going to [have to] sort of realize, if they’re going to have a relationship with the rest of the Royal Family, they can’t go about trashing them.”

He added: “Hopefully, they’ll see that the royal family are very united without them, and if they do want a relationship, going forward, they need to take the steam out of their relationship and out of the things they say sometimes.”

Harry and Meghan have reportedly been told to stop cashing in on their links to the royal family. (Getty Images for The Archewell F)
Harry and Meghan have reportedly been told to stop cashing in on their links to the royal family. (Getty Images for The Archewell F)

Insiders claim Meghan Markle did not ‘snub’ Kate Middleton

Wednesday 19 June 2024 23:00 , Emma Guinness

Claims that Meghan Markle deliberately snubbed Kate Middleton amid her return to public life have been shut down by insiders.

They spoke out after commentators noticed that Prince Harry’s close friend, Nacho Figueras, shared pictures of her latest American Riviera Orchard products on Instagram the same day Kate announced her return.

This included a picture of a limited edition raspberry jam, which appeared to be one of only two made.

The insiders told The Daily Beast: “Meghan did not order up the post from Figueras, and in fact had no input over when or if he would post.

“Of course, ceding exact control over context and timings is an inherent risk in a user-led social media campaign, especially when your cheerleaders are powerful celebrities in their own right who might not react well to having their posts micromanaged.”

Insiders claim Meghan Markle did not ‘snub’ Kate Middleton (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Insiders claim Meghan Markle did not ‘snub’ Kate Middleton (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Prince Harry’s ‘unforgivable’ words about Camilla

Wednesday 19 June 2024 21:00 , Emma Guinness

A royal expert has claimed that King Charles believes Prince Harry’s memoir’s portrayal of Queen Camilla was “unforgivable”.

This comes after the Monarch failed to meet his youngest son on his recent trip to the UK, meaning that they have not seen each other since he announced his cancer diagnosis in February.

Christopher Andersen, a royal author, told Fox News Digital: “I think people have to realize that the one thing that Charles finds unforgivable is criticism of Camilla.

“There’s no criticism of Camilla. And unfortunately for Harry… Harry said some pretty devastating things about her [in Spare]. He made it clear that he felt she was… the villain in the piece.

“I think that still bothers the king, and I don’t know that it will be easy for him to [forgive]. I don’t think they’ll ever forgive Harry for that.”

King Charles reportedly found Harry’s portrayal of Camilla ‘unforgiveable’. (Getty)
King Charles reportedly found Harry’s portrayal of Camilla ‘unforgiveable’. (Getty)

Harry and Meghan hope Kate’s return will ‘take the heat off them'

Wednesday 19 June 2024 19:00 , Emma Guinness

A royal insider has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hoping that Kate Middleton’s return will “take the heat off them”.

This comes amid reports that their relationship with their family has grown increasingly frosty.

The insider claims that the pair tried to reach out to the Princess of Wales amid her ongoing battle with cancer.

“They’ve jointly reached out to send well wishes, but they’re still not really in a place with Kate to warrant much of a response,” the insider told Closer magazine.

“When Kate gets back into action, their hope is that it might take some of the heat off them and possibly trigger a truce with her and William, and with the King, too.”

Harry and Meghan reportedly hope that Kate’s return will ‘take the heat off them’. (REUTERS)
Harry and Meghan reportedly hope that Kate’s return will ‘take the heat off them’. (REUTERS)

Meghan Markle ‘ordered’ Prince Harry to confront David Beckham

Wednesday 19 June 2024 17:00 , Emma Guinness

Meghan Markle allegedly “ordered” Prince Harry to confront David Beckham after concluding that information about her had been leaked to the press.

The revelation was made by Tom Bower in his explosive new biography of the Beckhams, House of Beckham, where he also claimed that Meghan “put on airs” around Victoria.

“Only after The Sun reported how Victoria had given Meghan make-up advice did the relationship between the two ambitious women crash,” Bower explained.

“Sensitive to the media’s probing into her unusual past, Meghan was outraged by The Sun’s report. This was the latest of a series of nasty revelations by London’s newspapers.

“Harry was ordered to complain to David Beckham.”

Victoria proceeded to deny that any information had been leaked by her and blamed a beautician, but the biographer claims “the culprit was probably a boastful publicist”.

The Beckhams relationship with the Sussexes appears to have soured. (Getty Images)
The Beckhams relationship with the Sussexes appears to have soured. (Getty Images)

Queen Camilla all smiles at the races

Wednesday 19 June 2024 16:37 , Emma Guinness

Queen Camilla appeared to be in her element on the second day of Royal Ascot.

She was pictured smiling as she held a programme about the event she and King Charles have several horses running in.

The Queen was accompanied by the Monarch yesterday, with their arrival heralding the start of the five days of races.

Queen Camilla was accompanied by other royals today, including Prince William. (Getty Images)
Queen Camilla was accompanied by other royals today, including Prince William. (Getty Images)

Prince William and Queen Camilla put on united display at Ascot

Wednesday 19 June 2024 16:30 , Emma Guinness

Prince William and Queen Camilla put on a united display by arriving at the second day of Royal Ascot together in a carriage.

Neither of them were joined by their respective partners, King Charles and the Princess of Wales, as they battle undisclosed forms of cancer.

The heir to the throne and Queen arrived in the parade ring. (AP)
The heir to the throne and Queen arrived in the parade ring. (AP)
Queen Camilla and Prince William are soaking up the sun at the second day of Royal Ascot (Action Images via Reuters)
Queen Camilla and Prince William are soaking up the sun at the second day of Royal Ascot (Action Images via Reuters)

Queen Camilla’s second day at Royal Ascot

Wednesday 19 June 2024 16:07 , Emma Guinness

Queen Camilla has visited Royal Ascot for a second day and has been joined by a number of well-known faces.

These include Prince Willliam and Kate Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, who are enjoying their first public appearance since Kate’s cancer diagnosis was announced.

The Queen and King Charles have several horses running in the event.

Neither the Princess of Wales or King Charles, who are both still battling cancer, are present at today’s event.

Queen Camilla is enjoying a second day at the races. (UK Press via Getty Images)
Queen Camilla is enjoying a second day at the races. (UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince William attended Royal Ascot without the Princess of Wales (AP)
Prince William attended Royal Ascot without the Princess of Wales (AP)
Kate Middleton’s parents have attended their first event since her cancer diagnosis. (AFP via Getty Images)
Kate Middleton’s parents have attended their first event since her cancer diagnosis. (AFP via Getty Images)

Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh thank anniversary well-wishers

Wednesday 19 June 2024 15:00 , Emma Guinness

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh have thanked well-wishers on their silver anniversary.

The couple, who tied the knot in 1999, extended their good wishes to anyone else currently celebrating an anniversary.

Edward and Sophie wrote on the official royal family Twitter (X) account: “We are so grateful for the many kind and lovely messages we have received on our silver wedding anniversary.

“Wishing everyone who is celebrating their own anniversaries a special day too.”

Prince William expected to attend royal ascot

Wednesday 19 June 2024 14:22 , Emma Guinness

Prince William will attend Royal Ascot, the official programme has revealed.

The heir to the throne will hand out the aptly named Prince of Wales’s Stake.

Ascot has already welcomed many famous faces within the royal family this year including King Charles and Queen Camilla and Kate Middleton’s parents, who arrived this afternoon.

It is not known if the Princess of Wales will appear at the five-day event as she continues her cancer battle.

Kate Middleton appeared for the first time this year at last week’s Trooping the Colour (AFP/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton appeared for the first time this year at last week’s Trooping the Colour (AFP/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton’s appearance took its toll on her health, expert claims

Wednesday 19 June 2024 14:00 , Emma Guinness

The Princess of Wales made her long-awaited return to public life at last weekend’s Trooping the Colour and an expert believes it took its toll.

She stepped back from her duties in January to undergo planned abdominal surgery before revealing that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

In an update about her health last week, Kate admitted that she is “not out of the woods” yet and has good and bad days as she undergoes “preventative chemotherapy”.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight: “If you didn’t know that she was going through cancer treatment, you would never have guessed.

“I think a day like Saturday, where she knows the eyes of the world are on her, there is a huge amount of scrutiny that will take its toll.

“I think we can probably imagine that she probably had a long and well-deserved rest afterwards. I don’t think we can expect to see her in public for a little while,” Nicholl said, adding that it’s “going to take some recovery from.”

Nicholl added: “She was on her feet for a long period of time.”

“There was a moment where she was watching the parade... and was offered a seat, which she gratefully accepted.”

“That’s just a bit of an acknowledgement that she is not as strong, not as fit, as she was before she went into this treatment.”

A royal expert has claimed the Princess will need a rest after last Saturday’s event. (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
A royal expert has claimed the Princess will need a rest after last Saturday’s event. (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
The Princess was last seen in public on Christmas Day 2023 (James Manning/PA Wire)
The Princess was last seen in public on Christmas Day 2023 (James Manning/PA Wire)

Kate Middleton’s parents arrive at Royal Ascot

Wednesday 19 June 2024 13:49 , Emma Guinness

Kate Middleton’s parents have made their first public appearance since she announced her cancer diagnosis at Royal Ascot.

This comes just days after the Princess of Wales herself made a return to public life at this year’s Trooping the Colour.

Carole and Michael Middleton were pictured smiling as they attended the second day of the racing event.

Kate Middleton’s parents are enjoying the second day of Royal Ascot. (AFP via Getty Images)
Kate Middleton’s parents are enjoying the second day of Royal Ascot. (AFP via Getty Images)

Fergie addresses possibility of remarrying Prince Andrew

Wednesday 19 June 2024 13:30 , Emma Guinness

Sarah Ferguson has finally addressed the long-standing rumours that she will remarry Prince Andrew.

The pair first tied the knot back in 1986 before divorcing a decade later, but despite the royals no longer being married, they have remained close.

They currently live together at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, the Daily Mail reports.

Addressing the possibility of a second marriage, Fergie said: “I get asked that all the time [about whether they will remarry].”

“We’re happy with the way we are right now, thank you.”

At the time of the pair’s separation in 1992, they cited Andrew’s demanding naval career as the reason for their split.

Sarah Ferguson said she and Prince Andrew are ‘happy with the way we are right now’. (PA)
Sarah Ferguson said she and Prince Andrew are ‘happy with the way we are right now’. (PA)

Harry and Meghan ‘reach out’ to Kate Middleton

Wednesday 19 June 2024 13:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have allegedly “reached out” to the Princess of Wales amid her ongoing cancer battle.

An insider has claimed that the pair want to let bygones be bygones and repair their seemingly frosty relationship with the royal family.

“All they can do is continue to reach out and offer olive branches,” a source told Closer magazine.

“Despite all their bad blood, [Meghan’s] heart does go out to Kate – she can only imagine how hard this situation must be for her.

“Meghan has made it clear she’d love nothing more than to move past all the nonsense and find a way towards healing for everyone’s sake. She’s ready to let the anger and bitterness go.”

It has been a long time since the ‘fab four’ have appeared to be on good terms. (AP)
It has been a long time since the ‘fab four’ have appeared to be on good terms. (AP)

King Charles enjoys a day at the races

Wednesday 19 June 2024 12:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles was snapped enjoying all the fun of Royal Ascot at yesterday’s event.

Despite initial reports that he would be undertaking a reduced summer schedule because of his ongoing cancer battle, the Monarch appears keen to attend as many engagements as possible.

He arrived at the first day of the event in a carriage alongside Queen Camilla.

The pair have several horses running and were joined by a number of other royals including Princess Anne and Zara Tindall.

King Charles appeared to be in high spirits at the first day of Royal Ascot yesterday . (WireImage)
King Charles appeared to be in high spirits at the first day of Royal Ascot yesterday . (WireImage)
The Monarch continues to battle an undisclosed form of cancer. (WireImage)
The Monarch continues to battle an undisclosed form of cancer. (WireImage)

Explosive new biography brands Meghan Markle ‘delusional'

Wednesday 19 June 2024 11:05 , Emma Guinness

Meghan Markle has been branded “delusional” in a new biography of the Beckhams that claims she socially considered herself superior to Victoria.

Tom Bower wrote in House of Beckham that this did not stop the Duchess of Sussex from accepting the couple’s hospitality until she grew paranoid that they had allegedly leaked information about her to the press.

“In Meghan’s celebrity world, ranking depended on wealth and fame,” Bower wrote. “As a seasoned operator, Meghan deluded herself that her status in the Royal family placed her above Victoria in the social pecking order.

“She was irritated to discover that the Beckhams had considerably more wealth than herself. They owned five homes, had constant access to private jets, invitations to sail on yachts and much more money. And she was soon to be a duchess.”

The biographer added: “Only after The Sun reported how Victoria had given Meghan make-up advice did the relationship between the two ambitious women crash.

“Sensitive to the media’s probing into her unusual past, Meghan was outraged by The Sun’s report. This was the latest of a series of nasty revelations by London’s newspapers.

“Harry was ordered to complain to David Beckham.”

Meghan Markle has been branded ‘delusional’ in a new biography of the Beckhams (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Meghan Markle has been branded ‘delusional’ in a new biography of the Beckhams (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Lady Gabriella Windsor’s tentative return

Wednesday 19 June 2024 11:00 , Emma Guinness

Lady Gabriella Windsor was spotted in public for the first time since her husband Thomas Kingston’s untimely death in February.

The 45-year-old died from a traumatic head injury at his parents’ home in the Cotswolds, sending shockwaves throughout the royal family.

After being spotted in the background at Saturday’s Trooping the Colour, she publically stepped out by riding in the royal carriage procession at Royal Ascot yesterday.

Zara Tindall embraced Lady Gabriella on day one of Royal Ascot (PA Wire)
Zara Tindall embraced Lady Gabriella on day one of Royal Ascot (PA Wire)
Yesterday was the first time Lady Gabriella rode in the carriage procession (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Yesterday was the first time Lady Gabriella rode in the carriage procession (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

States of Guernsey will get public holiday for King’s visit

Wednesday 19 June 2024 09:30 , Emma Guinness

The States of Guernsey will get to enjoy a public holiday in honour of King Charles’s visit next month, it has been revealed.

The Monarch is set to visit the Bailiwick alongside Queen Camilla on 16 July.

This will be his first visit in over a decade, having last visited in 2012, back when he was still the Prince of Wales.

Economic Development bosses have said the holiday will mark “the historic significance” of the visit and the “importance of Guernsey’s constitutional relationship as a Crown dependency”.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive to attend the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel earlier this week (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire)
King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive to attend the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel earlier this week (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire)

Insider claims Harry and Meghan want to ‘let go’ of their fued with royals

Wednesday 19 June 2024 09:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s frosty relationship with the royal family could soon come to an end, an insider has claimed.

Citing the Duchess of Sussex’s desire “to come across as the bigger person”, the insider has claimed that Markle has realised that it is time to let any persisting resentment go, especially in light of King Charles and Kate Middleton’s ongoing cancer battles.

The source told Closer magazine: “Meghan’s desperate to come across as the bigger person and end this feud between them – appearing like some sort of royal saviour could only do her image good.

“And, despite all their bad blood, her heart does go out to Kate - she can only imagine how hard this situation must be for her.

“Meghan has made it clear she’d love nothing more than to move past all the nonsense and find a way towards healing for everyone’s sake. She’s ready to let the anger and bitterness go.”

Harry and Meghan allegedly want to let bygones be bygones (Getty Images for The Archewell F)
Harry and Meghan allegedly want to let bygones be bygones (Getty Images for The Archewell F)

Sunak and Starmer to attend state banquet before election

Wednesday 19 June 2024 08:30 , Emma Guinness

Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer as expected to attend a Japanese state banquet ahead of next month’s election.

King Charles is hosting the event in honour of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday next week.

It has been stressed that this is not a political visit in light of the upcoming General Election, which prevents the royal family from attending any events which could distract from the ongoing campaigns.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry official said: “In Japan, Their Majesties (the emperor and empress) are not engaged in the political or the economic spheres so we don’t have any plans to promote our economic relationship by this visit itself.

“This visit is actually to promote our friendly bilateral relations in culture, [and] science.”

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are expected to be guests at the Japanese state banquet (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Archive)
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are expected to be guests at the Japanese state banquet (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Archive)

Harry and Meghan ‘planning world tour'

Wednesday 19 June 2024 08:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly planning a “world tour” after their recent, unofficial trip to Nigeria as private citizens.

An unidentified source claims that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are likely to visit Ghana first.

They told the Mirror: “There is already a lot of talk and excitement in Ghana, everyone is so keen for Harry and Meghan to come and experience the great culture and warmth.”

They added: “Several top names have already visited Ghana in recent years from Ed Sheeran to Naomi Campbell and One Direction’s Liam Payne.”

TalkTV host Andre Walker claimed on That Was The Woke That Was that the pair have been encouraged by the success of their trip to Nigeria, which acknowledged the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

“Harry and Meghan are planning a world tour this summer following on from the success of their trip to Nigeria,” he said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly planning a world tour. (Getty Images for The Archewell F)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly planning a world tour. (Getty Images for The Archewell F)

King Charles ‘orchestrated’ powerful change at Trooping the Colour

Wednesday 19 June 2024 06:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles changed the order of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony at this year’s Trooping the Colour for a poignant reason, it has been claimed.

The Monarch’s former butler Grant Harrold believes that the King broke with royal protocol to reflect the fact that he and the Princess of Wales are both battling cancer, the Express reports.

He noted that traditionally Kate and Prince William would stand closest together, but this was not the case at this year’s event, which marked the Princess’s first public appearance of 2024.

Instead, the Princess stood close to both her husband and the King in a move that was reportedly “orchestrated” by the Monarch.

The Prince and Princess of Wales with their children, Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte, and King Charles III and Queen Camilla, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. (PA Wire)
The Prince and Princess of Wales with their children, Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte, and King Charles III and Queen Camilla, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. (PA Wire)
The King and Princess appeared close as they watched the RAF Flypast. (AP)
The King and Princess appeared close as they watched the RAF Flypast. (AP)

Minister who comforted royals after Queen’s death honoured

Wednesday 19 June 2024 04:00 , Emma Guinness

A Scottish minister who comforted the royal family after the Queen’s death at Balmoral has been recognised for his work by King Charles in his birthday honours list.

Reverand Kenneth MacKenzie of the Parish of Braemar and Crathie in Aberdeenshire was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for his services.

He said that he did what any of his colleagues would have done in the same situation.

“I am honoured to have been awarded this recognition directly by His Majesty the King,” he said.

“In making this presentation, he, and by extension other members of the royal family, has once again publicly acknowledged and expressed his gratitude for the prayerful pastoral support that has been offered to him and the family by the church and in particular by the Chapel Royal in Scotland down through the ages, and especially in recent years.

“These awards are only ever given to individuals, but in every case, the recipient has always represented a much wider body.

“At the time of the late Queen’s death in Balmoral, I was the chaplain most closely engaged with the royal family and was simply being and doing what any of my colleagues would be and do in any similar situation.”

MacKenzie said he did what any of his colleagues would have ‘in any similar situation’. (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)
MacKenzie said he did what any of his colleagues would have ‘in any similar situation’. (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

Harry and Meghan snubbed from Trooping the Colour for this reason

Wednesday 19 June 2024 02:00 , Emma Guinness

A royal expert has speculated about why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not invited to this year’s Trooping the Colour.

The pair, who stepped down as working royals in 2020, did not attend the King’s official birthday parade in 2023 either.

Royal expert Tom Quinn told The Mirror that while the possibility of inviting the Sussexes was considered, it was ultimately decided against because of ongoing tensions.

“There was a brief discussion among the senior royals about inviting Harry and Meghan to Trooping the Colour,” he said.

“But the idea was quickly dismissed, because even if the couple accepted the invitation there is a feeling that they cast a dark shadow over everything.”

Prince Harry has not seen King Charles since news of his cancer diagnosis broke in February (AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry has not seen King Charles since news of his cancer diagnosis broke in February (AFP via Getty Images)

Westminster Abbey guests will soon be able to enter like royalty

Wednesday 19 June 2024 00:00 , Emma Guinness

Guests to Westminster Abbey in London will soon be able to get a taste of what life as a member of the royal family feels like.

This is because Queen Camila has become the patron of a new building project that will allow guests to enter the building through the Great West Door for the first time.

Construction work on the new King Charles III Sacristy entrance lobby, which will cost an estimated £13 million, is set to begin this year and conclude in 2026.

The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle said: “This splendid building, which is both new and old, will transform the welcome our visitors receive and, more importantly, change the way they see Westminster Abbey.

“The full drama of this shrine and house of memory is best appreciated by approaching it from the Great West Doors.

“The transepts and aisles will emerge calmer and more graceful as we move chairs and ticketing booths out of the abbey.

“It is a building fit for a King and for an abbey whose faith and ministry is both old and new.”

Charles and Camilla were crowned in Westminster Abbey last year (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Charles and Camilla were crowned in Westminster Abbey last year (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Prince Edward and Sophie celebrate silver wedding anniversary

Tuesday 18 June 2024 23:00 , Emma Guinness

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh have released a new picture in honour of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Taken by photographer Chris Jelf at their home in Surrey, Prince Edward and Sophie look happier than ever on their silver wedding anniversary, with the Queen’s youngest son, 60, wrapping his arms lovingly around his wife, 59.

“I’m incredibly lucky that I found Sophie and that she found me,” Edward said in a television interview.

The couple married in 1999. (Chris Jelf/Buckingham Palace/PA Wire)
The couple married in 1999. (Chris Jelf/Buckingham Palace/PA Wire)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looking to ‘split’ their time between US and UK

Tuesday 18 June 2024 21:00 , Emma Guinness

Following the news that Prince Harry is allegedly hunting for a UK residence, a former royal butler has claimed that he and Meghan Markle will split their time between the UK and the USA.

The couple left the UK in 2020 for a new life in California, officially giving up their UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, last June.

Grant Harrold, a former butler to King Charles, told The New York Post: “If Harry does buy a place in the UK, he and Meghan will live here for part of the year and part of the year in the States, that was the original idea.

“I would assume that this would mean Meghan would also be coming to the UK and you’d see them spending so many months of the year here.”

News of Harry’s alleged plan to have a more permanent base in the UK comes after he reportedly stayed in a London hotel on his recent visit to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Invictus Games.

The UK could be seeing a lot more of Harry and Meghan again (REUTERS)
The UK could be seeing a lot more of Harry and Meghan again (REUTERS)

Royal expert claims Prince Harry is ‘homesick’

Tuesday 18 June 2024 19:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry is reportedly hunting for a residence in the UK because he is “homesick”.

The Duke of Sussex moved to California in 2020 after stepping down as a working royal and officially vacated his UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, last June.

Royal expert Kinsey Schofield told Fox News Digitial that the Prince was “likely permitted” to look for a new British residence by Meghan Markle.

“I hear that Harry is both content with his new lifestyle and homesick. It just depends on the day,” Schofield said.

“I’m sure Harry could get homesick, and we know that he is prone to wearing his heart on his sleeve. Meghan has likely permitted him to try to establish an additional residence in the UK if that will make him happy, but I doubt she has any desire to participate in the process or visit.”

Prince Harry met none of his immediate family on his recent visit to the UK (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Prince Harry met none of his immediate family on his recent visit to the UK (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Harry and Meghan’s reaction to Father’s Day

Tuesday 18 June 2024 18:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not acknowledge Father’s Day on their online platform.

This comes after King Charles failed to meet his youngest son on his recent trip to the UK, even though the pair have not seen each other since February.

Prince William, meanwhile, chose to acknowledge the event and posted a throwback picture of himself and the now-Monarch on 16 June, which notably did not include Prince Harry.

He simply wrote: “Happy Father’s Day, Pa. W.”

Lady Gabriella Windsor makes first appearance since Thomas Kingston’s death

Tuesday 18 June 2024 16:18 , Emma Guinness

Lady Gabriella Windsor has made her first public appearance at Royal Ascot since her husband Thomas Kingston’s death in February.

He was found dead at the age of just 45 at his parents’ home in the Cotswolds with a “traumatic head injury”.

Brave Lady Gabriella, 43, smiled as she joined the event’s carriage procession for the first time this afternoon and rode alongside Princess Anne.

Lady Gabriella lost her husband Thomas in February. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Lady Gabriella lost her husband Thomas in February. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Today marks the first time she has joined the royal carriage procession. (UK Press via Getty Images)
Today marks the first time she has joined the royal carriage procession. (UK Press via Getty Images)

King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive at Royal Ascot

Tuesday 18 June 2024 14:52 , Emma Guinness

King Charles and Queen Camilla have arrived at the first day of Royal Ascot this afternoon in a carriage.

The pair were all smiles as they greeted visitors ahead of the first race, with their arrival marking the start of the 2024 event.

The pair have several horses competing in the event. (WireImage)
The pair have several horses competing in the event. (WireImage)
The couple were all smiles for visitors. (WireImage)
The couple were all smiles for visitors. (WireImage)

King Charles and Queen Camilla wish Ascot racegoers the best of luck

Tuesday 18 June 2024 13:30 , Emma Guinness

King Charles and Queen Camilla have extended their good wishes to racegoers on the first day of Royal Ascot.

The couple jointly wrote in the official programme: “It gave us immense pleasure and joy to witness Desert Hero’s victory in the King George V Stakes last year, particularly as he was bred by Her late Majesty.

“We wish all the participants this week the very best of luck in seeking that unique thrill of a Royal Ascot winner.

“We also hope that those here at the racecourse and watching from home will enjoy five days of the finest racing that this sport has to offer.”

Charles and Camilla at the 2023 Royal Ascot (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Charles and Camilla at the 2023 Royal Ascot (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Piers Morgan under fire for ‘insensitive’ Kate Middleton comments

Tuesday 18 June 2024 13:00 , Emma Guinness

Piers Morgan has been slammed for commenting on Kate Middleton’s appearance after she stepped out in public for the first time this year.

Describing her as “pretty thin”, the outspoken host, who also suggested that she and King Charles should reveal the type of cancer they are suffering from, was criticised by many online.

Reacting to the host’s controversial comments on YouTube, one viewer wrote: “[Piers] they do not have to tell you what type of cancer at all. They didn’t even have to tell you they have cancer. She has always been thin.

“The king already stated he had a prostate treatment which is very private. Average people don’t have the scrutiny that Catherine deals with.” [sic]

Piers Morgan has been slammed for his comments on the Princess of Wales’s return (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)
Piers Morgan has been slammed for his comments on the Princess of Wales’s return (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

When is Kate Middleton’s next public appearance?

Tuesday 18 June 2024 12:30 , Emma Guinness

The Princess of Wales made her first public appearance of 2024 at the King’s official birthday parade on Saturday.

When announcing her intention to attend, Kate, who was last seen in public on Christmas Day last year, said that she hopes “to join a few public engagements over the summer.”

As the Princess is still receiving treatment for an undisclosed type of cancer, it appears that these will be decided on a case-by-case basis as she was not present at yesterday’s Order of the Garter service.

Explaining her current situation in a statement, she wrote: “I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days.

“On those bad days, you feel weak, tired, and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.”

Prince William and Kate smile at their youngest son Prince Louis at the 2024 Trooping the Colour (James Manning/PA Wire)
Prince William and Kate smile at their youngest son Prince Louis at the 2024 Trooping the Colour (James Manning/PA Wire)

King Charles and Queen Camilla ‘likely’ to attend Royal Ascot

Tuesday 18 June 2024 12:00 , Emma Guinness

Today marks the start of the 2024 Royal Ascot and King Charles and Queen Camilla have several horses running.

The pair are “likely” to attend the popular event which spans five days, PA reports, after the Monarch returned to work in April amid his ongoing cancer battle.

King Charles has been incredibly busy since he returned to work in April and yesterday attended the Order of the Garter ceremony (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)
King Charles has been incredibly busy since he returned to work in April and yesterday attended the Order of the Garter ceremony (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

Prince Harry absent from Prince William’s Father’s Day post

Tuesday 18 June 2024 11:30 , Emma Guinness

Prince William shared a heartfelt Father’s Day post in celebration of King Charles and the absence of Prince Harry in the picture did not go unnoticed.

This comes amid tense relations between the Duke of Sussex and his immediate family, which are seemingly so strained that he saw none of them on his recent trip to the UK.

“Happy Father’s Day, Pa. W,” the Prince of Wales wrote on Twitter (X) alongside a picture of just himself and his father.

Reacting to Harry’s absence from the picture on Lorraine, royal expert Russell Myers said it could suggest that relations between the brothers are worse than ever.

Cancer charities praise Princess of Wales’s return to public life

Tuesday 18 June 2024 11:00 , Emma Guinness

Charities have praised the Princess of Wales for stepping back into the public eye amid her cancer battle.

Kate made her first public appearance of the year at the King’s official birthday on Saturday, announcing that she has made significant progress in her treatment on Friday but is “not out of the woods” yet.

She added in the poignant statement that she hopes “to join a few public engagements over the summer.”

A spokesperson for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “It [was] an absolute pleasure to see her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales’ at Trooping the Colour today.

“As her Royal Highness said in her comments [on Friday], cancer treatment can come with both good days and bad days, and I’m sure her attending the event will inspire so many people around the world who are managing the challenging effects of cancer treatment.”

Chief executive of cancer support charity Maggie’s, Dame Laura Lee, similarly added: “By highlighting that there are good days and bad days, the Princess is helping to draw attention and normalise the reality of living with cancer.

“Our experts in our centres can help people navigate how to manage each day at a time and to live with the unexpected, just as the Princess is clearly doing – helping us all understand that cancer is not a straight line or a linear process.”

The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she made her first public appearance of the year (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)
The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she made her first public appearance of the year (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘very much in love'

Tuesday 18 June 2024 10:30 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “very much in love”, claims the Duchess of Sussex’s Suits co-star.

Wendell Pierce, 60, made the revelation at the 2024 Tony Awards in New York, where he reflected on meeting the couple last year and being struck by their happiness and affection for each other.

He told PEOPLE: “When [Meghan] came into town, she got an award last year, had a chance to say hello and wish she and Prince Harry well and wish the children well.

“They look very much in love and were very happy, so that’s the most important thing.”

Harry and Meghan tied the knot in 2018 and share two children together (Meghan Markle/Instagram)
Harry and Meghan tied the knot in 2018 and share two children together (Meghan Markle/Instagram)

Kate Middleton wanted to attend Trooping the Colour

Tuesday 18 June 2024 10:14 , Emma Guinness

A source close to the royal family has said that the Princess of Wales personally chose to attend Trooping the Colour.

Kate, 42, made her long-awaited first appearance of 2024 at the event last weekend as she undergoes “preventative chemotherapy” for an undisclosed type of cancer.

“It was the princess’s decision and hers alone,” a family friend told Vanity Fair.

“Catherine discussed the idea with William and with the king after having the okay from her medical team. Thankfully, she has been feeling much better recently, and Trooping has been something of a goal for her to work towards.”

Kate announced her surprise appearance on Friday in a heartfelt message thanking the public for their well-wishes but admitting that she is not out of the woods yet.

The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis arrive for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade (PA) (PA Wire)
The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis arrive for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade (PA) (PA Wire)

Watch: Famously cheeky Prince Louis plays with Buckingham Palace curtains during Trooping the Colour parade

Tuesday 18 June 2024 00:01 , Athena Stavrou

‘Happy Father’s Day, Pa’ – William’s message to King marks break of tradition

Monday 17 June 2024 21:00 , Athena Stavrou

The Prince of Wales has shared a photo of him playing football with the King to mark Father’s Day in a break from tradition.

The photo of William and Charles together in the gardens of Kensington Palace was taken on June 12 1984.

“Happy Father’s Day, Pa,” the social media post, personally signed by William, said.

The photo shows an almost two-year-old William in short dungarees and a stripey blue top and the King in a grey double-breasted suit kicking a small football.

Later that same year William would gain a younger brother, with the Duke of Sussex born in September.

Photo from 1984 of William playing football in the garden of Kensington Palace with his father Charles (PA) (PA Wire)
Photo from 1984 of William playing football in the garden of Kensington Palace with his father Charles (PA) (PA Wire)