Kate Middleton ‘showed warmth at Philip’s funeral’ says Bidisha
Ingrid Seward, who wrote ‘Prince Philip Revealed’, said Charles wants those royals out of the line of succession to have a reduced role, under his plans for a “slimmed down monarchy”. This could limit the roles played by Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, allowing them more “freedom”.
Speaking to Newsweek about the Prince and Princess, Ms Seward said: “’It is quite possible they are not even going to be involved very much.
“When they’re growing up their grandfather will be on the throne for a bit and he’s talked about this slimmed-down monarchy.
“I think they will have to be given more freedom.”
She added: “Harry just did what he wanted basically. So did William up to a point.
“But I think that Charlotte and Louis will have a very much less royal existence.”
Separately, Kate and Prince William have opened up on the “difficult time” following Prince Philip’s death.
Prince Charles ‘in the firing line’ over Prince Harry ‘mistakes’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they and their three children “miss their much loved grandfather and great-grandfather”.
William and Kate made the comment in a thank you note sent in response to a letter of condolence from a royal well-wisher.
The royal couple said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank you for your kind words following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.
“Their Royal Highnesses have been incredibly moved by the many thoughtful messages they have received in recent weeks.
“They will all miss their much loved grandfather and great-grandfather, but your message has provided great comfort at this difficult time.”
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6.03am update: Prince George’s adorable nickname for Prince William laid bare
Prince George has an adorable nickname for his dad, Prince William.
During a visit to Leicester, Kate Middleton spoke to volunteers who helped relocate flowers and other tributes to a dedicated site for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The Thai billionaire owned Leicester City until his death in a helicopter crash at the club’s King Power Stadium in 2018.
Kate told one Royal Fan her children were doing well – which led to news of George’s cute nickname.
5.40am update: Meghan and Harry ‘know most of UK are bored’ of them so aiming at ‘US market’ – expert
The UK is “pretty bored” of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and the Sussexes are focusing their efforts on the US market for commercial projects, a royal expert claimed.
Speaking to the US-based lifestyle magazine, Us Weekly, royal journalist and commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti claimed that Meghan and Harry “know” that “most of the UK” are bored of them.
He suggested that as a result of the supposed fading interest in the couple in Britain they are not “really aiming at the UK market in their actions” and “all of the commercial deals they are making”.
He went on to say that Britain’s interest in the Royal Family usually stems from who is next in line to the throne adding that with this in mind, the pair are “making hay while the sun shines” with their numerous commercial projects.
4.58am update: Prince Harry steals show in US polo match as he bags two goals – ‘Our dashing prince!’
Prince Harry has received praise after participating in a charity polo match in support of Sentebale – an organisation he co-founded.
The Duke of Sussex has attended a polo match in Colorado marking his first public appearance since the birth of his daughter, Lilibet Diana, in June.
Thanks to the Duke and other guests’ efforts, $3.5 million (£2.5million) was raised to provide funding to support vulnerable children in Southern Africa.
Sussex fury as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry accused of ignoring UK with new plea
3.55am update: Sussex fury as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry accused of ignoring UK with new plea
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry fans have furiously defended the couple after accusations they ignored British charities in their latest “international” plea.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, saying they had been left “speechless”.
They also raised attention to “the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti” following a deadly earthquake, along with the impact of climate change.
2.53am update: Thought about working for the Queen? £25k a year, five day a week role advertised
Queen Elizabeth II has advertised a new role working at her Royal residences, which pays £25,000 a year.
Applications for a security expert overseeing vetting procedures for those working at Buckingham Palace has opened. Candidates are required to have “the ability to remain calm and level headed under pressure.”
They will also have to be able to “demonstrate good judgment”, as well as “sound decision making in a fast paced environment”.
The successful applicant will carry out the same duties at Windsor Castle, Sandringham and Balmoral.
1.50am update: Harry and Meghan found leaving royal roles ‘harder than ever imagined’ – ‘All mapped out’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle found leaving their royal roles “harder than they would ever have imagined”, according to claims made by the Sussexes’ unauthorised biographer.
Omid Scobie, who penned unofficial biography “Finding Freedom”, says the “initial steps” were difficult, despite the Sussexes having it “all mapped out in their heads”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have distanced themselves from claims made in the explosive book. In February, Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess would be permanently stepping away from duties within the Firm.
12.51am update: ‘Hang heads in shame’ Wootton blasts Sussex biographers for Diana anniversary release
GB News host Dan Wootton was quick to blast Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal biographer Omid Scobie and the Sussexes themselves on Thursday’s Tonight Live when he discussed a new statement regarding the Queen’s response to the pair’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Earlier this month, Finding Freedom, a biography penned by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage and subsequent separation from the Royal Family, hit bookshelves.
Released on August 11, GB News host Dan Wootton took aim at Scobie on Thursday’s Tonight Live after reading a revised reaction to the Queen’s statement following the Sussex’s claims of racism during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.
Wootton blasted Dobie as a “sycophant” and branded the decision to publish a revised version of Finding Freedom on the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death as “crass”.
Melanie Kaidan takes over live reporting from James Bickerton.
10.33pm update: Prince Harry time ‘limited’ as rising Prince George to hurt Duke relevancy ‘He knows this’
Prince Harry has only a “limited time to make a splash” as the rising Prince George is set to snatch the spotlight away from his uncle who is trying to attach his name to as many projects as he can, a royal expert said.
Royal journalist and commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti told US Weekly that he believes Prince Harry is aware that the maturing Prince George will become “more interesting” as he grows older as the world’s media will choose to focus on the future king.
Mr Sacerdoti frankly admitted that the importance of Prince Harry decreases the more children Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have due to succession and importance.
As a result, Mr Sacerdoti says Harry is aware of this and is looking to “use his time wisely” by involving himself in as many commercial and philanthropic projects as he can.
9.50pm update: Dog breaks internet as adorable cockapoo masters uncanny Princess Diana impression
A dog has nailed the iconic Princess Diana look, and it’s baffling internet users how the canine managed to nail her signature shy glance.
A tweet originally from 2015, but that has gained even further popularity this week after countless retweets, shows a cockapoo with the caption: “Here is my friend’s dog doing an impression of Princess Diana.”
The late Diana Spencer, who is recognised for her iconic fashion sense and hair, was well known for her trademark look.
8.21pm update: Queen honours Kate’s project as she unveils three rare and beautiful Royal Family photos
Queen Elizabeth II has marked World Photography Day by sharing three images, including one throwback snap from Balmoral, while Kate and Prince William shared images from their Hold Still contest.
The Royal Family account shared three throwback photographs showing “a few moments where the Queen has been pictured behind the lens” to mark the occasion.
One image features Prince Charles and Princess Anne being shown how to use a camera by the Queen, taken at Balmoral in 1952.
6.55pm update: Queen ready to ‘forgive’ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as ‘faith’ in Sussexes drops
The Queen will not “cut off” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a royal biographer has explained because the monarch is all about “forgiveness”.
The Queen, 95, has been named as the Sussexes “trump card” due to her forgiving nature.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward explained the monarch’s mantra for forgiveness means Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not cut off in any form. However, she warned that the Duke and Duchess’ are “losing the faith” of the public.
Prince Harry is due to host a charity polo tournament in Colorado during what will be his first public appearance since going on paternity leave after Lilibet was born in June.
The Duke will host the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup, which takes place in Aspen.
Omid Scobie, who is understood to be close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, revealed the news.
He tweeted: “Prince Harry is back on the field.
“The Duke of Sussex will host the Sentebale ISPS Bando Polo Cup in Austin, Colorado to raise critical funding to support vulnerable children in Southern Africa impacted by poverty, inequality, and HIV/AIDS.”
Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in May 2018
4.09pm update: Harry’s US popularity issued blow as Americans give damning verdict on memoir
Prince Harry’s lack of popularity in the US was hinted at after just 25 percent of Americans said they were “interested” in his memoir, according to a poll.
He and Meghan Markle this week issued a statement saying they were “heartbroken and scared” over the humanitarian crises unfolding in Afghanistan and Haiti.
Harry has a special interest in the Central Asian country having served there during his time in the Army.
The statement was characteristic of the pair’s interest in human rights and striving to make the world a better place, also reflected in the countless projects they are working on.
3.07pm update: Queen’s wedding secret – How first love Susan the Corgi was smuggled on royal’s honeymoon
The Queen is known worldwide for her love of dogs, with Corgis being her favourite breed for more than 70 years. But her first ever dog named Susan started Her Majesty’s fondness for the Welsh breed.
Winding back the clock to 1944, Her Majesty, then The Princess Elizabeth, received her first ever pet Corgi for her 18th birthday from her father, King George VI.
Susan quickly became closely involved in her young owner’s life for the next 14 years. They often appeared together in photos walking around the Royal households.
James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Katie Harris
2.50pm update: Sarah Ferguson hints at reconciliation between William and Harry
Sarah Ferguson appears to have hinted at a reconciliation between warring brothers Prince William and Prince Harry.
The Duchess of York said the statue unveiling “brought unity and togetherness to the family” in an apparent reference to the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.
Much attention was on the once-close brothers ahead of the event at Kensington Palace on July 1.
Sarah told Australian Women’s Weekly: “The statue brought unity and togetherness to the family and I’m glad that my loyal friend has been honoured in this way.”
Sarah Ferguson appeared to hint at a reconciliation between William and Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will “go on talking” about their Megxit experience after being pushed out of royal circles, claims two royal commentators.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Trisha Goddard said: “I don’t think there are any innocent parties, I just think the facts are that this sells.
“They are being used and they will go on talking because it doesn’t make as big headlines over in the US and that’s where they live.”
Royal commentator Nina Myskow continued: “People would have loved them once they left, but the public seem to think they have turned their back on this country. That wasn’t strictly the case, I think they were shoved out in a way by the establishment.”
1.05pm update: Meghan and Harry blasted over Afghanistan statement
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been accused of seeking media attention after they released a heartfelt statement expressing their heartbreak over the ongoing crises in Afghanistan and Haiti.
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex released a lengthy statement via their Archewell website stating that they were “speechless” over the humanitarian crises.
Royal commentator Robert Jobson took aim at the couple.
He claimed: “It’s more woke nonsense from Princess Meghan and Prince Harry that nobody really actually is listening to.”
Meghan and Harry’s statement of Afghanistan has been criticised by a royal expert
12pm update: Meghan and Harry ‘desperate to be on front pages’ with ‘speechless’ statement
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s statement on Afghanistan was branded “woke nonsense” by a royal commentator, as the Duke gave up his chance to “galvanise” troops by stepping away from the Royal Family.
In an interview with GB News presenter Dan Wootton, royal author Robert Jobson said: “My feeling on this is that this is the couple that wanted their privacy, they craved their privacy.
“They are desperate to be on the front pages at every opportunity, how they can say they are experiencing how the world is on the edge from their 15-million mansion in the heart of California, I really don’t know.
“I do think that when Prince Harry was a member of the Royal Family and he had a voice to help people, it’s a shame he’s not got that voice at the moment to really get some action going.
“Some of our comrades have come home from Afghanistan and are really going through a mental crises – he was a person who could galvanise those people.”
10.40am update: Sophie details how Edward bonds with Lady Louise and James
Sophie has revealed how Prince Edward bonds with his children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The Countess of Wessex said the Earl is “very engaged as a father”.
She told the Sunday Times: “He is very good at barbecues, and the children love those.
“He takes our son fishing, does a lot of riding with our daughter, he is very engaged as a father.”
Sophie has revealed how Prince Edward bonds with his children
10.10am update: Meghan and Harry to expand ‘in-person’ charity work
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “really excited” to continue expanding their non-profit organisation Archewell with more “in-person” projects, a royal author claimed.
People magazine reported that royal author Omid Scobie had revealed: “The couple are really excited about what’s ahead for them, including expanding their in-person charity work through their Archewell foundation.
“They’re a couple who do really well in moments of human interaction, they need to be on the ground”
9.25am update: Harry warned not to criticise Biden over Afghanistan crisis
Prince Harry has been warned by a royal expert against criticising US President Joe Biden over the Afghanistan crisis.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the Duke of Sussex could launch a charity initiative linked to Afghanistan for his 37th birthday next month.
But Mr Fitzwilliams warned Harry against criticising Mr Biden, who has come under fire for the US exit from the conflict-hit country.
The royal expert told OK!: “It’s a big crisis and it would be a reasonable assumption that any birthday initiative might be linked to Afghanistan and the refugee crisis. But he would have to be careful not to say anything critical of President Biden.
“Harry and Meghan seem to see their future in the US and Harry will have to watch what he says about US domestic matters, especially as it’s been speculated that Meghan is eyeing up a future in politics.”
Prince Harry has been warned by a royal expert against criticising Joe Biden over Afghanistan
9am update: Anne tipped for front and centre Royal role under King Charles
Princess Anne will be a crucial figure in Prince Charles’ plans for the monarchy when he becomes King, a royal expert has said.
The Prince of Wales, 72, has been vocal about wanting to “slim down” the monarchy to a few select members and cut costs to the Firm.
Experts believe the Princess Royal, who celebrated her 71st birthday on Sunday, will be front and centre as she is “indispensable”.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk Anne is an “exemplary example” of a senior royal.
8.45am update: Meghan and Harry have ‘no regrets’ about ‘fairytale’ Megxit
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in a “much healthier” place since they stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family.
An extract of the new chapter of Finding Freedom seen by People magazine reads: “What started as a fairytale romance became a story that reinvented the genre.
“A self-made, independent woman playing an equal role alongside her knight.”
8.30am update: William tells of ‘letting out steam with the guys’
Prince William says being “amongst other guys” to “let out some steam” is a great way to relax away from his busy parenting schedule.
Speaking on the Peter Crouch Podcast, the Prince admitted football has become more important to him and being able to talk about the sport with others.
He said: “Since becoming a dad, football has become way more important than it used to, it’s changed a lot; I need to be amongst other guys and let out some steam.
“Shout a bit, not abuse the referee because I am the President of the FA and I can’t do that but in my head I am. Talking about football helps a lot.”
8.15am update: Meghan was ‘angry the Palace didn’t listen to her ideas’ on modernising the Firm
Meghan Markle was “very angry the Palace didn’t listen” to her during her early days as a royal, an expert has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex wanted to give her input on how to modernise the Firm and was “angry” she was not heard, according to a royal expert.
Royal biographer Angela Levin told GB News Meghan wants to “run everything” and believes she “knows a great deal”.