G7: Queen and Joe Biden arrive for reception
In March, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with the US media mogul and made several bombshell allegations. The couple claimed there were conversations about the colour of Archie’s skin before he was born.
Now, royal expert Katie Nicholl has claimed the damage caused by the couple has “been long term”.
In the Channel 5 documentary, Harry and Meghan: Two Troubled Years, Ms Nicholl said: “The damage really has been long term.
“I think they went in knowing it was going to be very difficult for the Royal Family to have any sort of comeback.
“They certainly weren’t going to sit down and address every single point and accusation made in the interview.”
Meghan and Harry have caused long-term damage
Harry and Meghan’s feud with the Royal Family comes after they stepped down as senior members of the Firm last year.
The couple relocated to California in a bid for a more private life but have since signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.
Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sparked a new row after naming their new daughter, Lilibet.
The name Lilibet harks back to the Queen’s childhood when she could not pronounce her own name.
The only person who used the name in recent times was Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away in April.
Meghan and Harry are currently engaged in a dispute with the BBC over claims the couple did not ask permission from the Queen to use the name for their daughter.
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1.50am update: Nothing the Queen can’t handle, Harry! Royal Family well prepared for fresh challenges
The Royal Family faces challenges every generation from its members but has long been well equipped to deal with them, according to a royal expert.
Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti praised the Royal Family for its ability to stay relevant in the modern era.
While speaking to Express.co.uk, he noted that each generation of Royal Family members brings new challenges and reflected on Prince Harry’s issues with the monarchy.
He noted that the Queen and the monarchy, as an entity, have become very good at dealing with these challenges.
12.30am update: Prince Harry attempts to heal royal rift by chatting to Kate soon after Lilibet’s birth
Prince Harry has attempted to heal the rift between his family by sending Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, a text message following the birth of his daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke of Sussex welcomed his second child with Meghan Markle last Friday. She was named after the Queen’s family nickname and also Harry’s mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.
10.40pm update: Earl Spencer savages BBC after bosses cleared for rehiring Bashir – ‘Won’t end with this’
Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer has laid into the BBC after a new report found “no evidence” to suggest journalist Martin Bashir was rehired by the organisation to “cover up” for his deception around his 1995 Panorama interview with the late Princess of Wales.
Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer has savaged the BBC on social media after an internal report into its appointment of Martin Bashir, 58, as religion editor in 1996 found there was “no evidence” he was rehired by the company to “cover up” the deceit he used to secure his bombshell interview with the Princess.
Reacting to the report on Monday, Earl Spencer tweeted: “It won’t end with this, I promise.”
While the report criticised BBC chiefs for failing to do “due diligence” about the rogue reporter’s past before rehiring him in 2016, it said there was “no evidence” the move was intended to “contain and/or cover” up events surrounding the 1995 programme.
The report also found Tony Hall, who led the internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Panorama interview, did not play a part in the decision to rehire him.
But it does mention another candidate for the same role as Mr Bashir at the time thought it was a “done deal”.
9.45pm update: Thomas Markle accuses Meghan and Harry of ‘showing no compassion’ to Royal Family
Meghan Markle’s estranged father Thomas Markle has savaged the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for “showing no compassion for the royals”.
The Duchess of Sussex’s 76-year-old father accused the couple of always asking for compassion but not practicing what they preach.
Thomas Markle claimed they do not respond compassionately to the Royal Family.
He said: “They talk about compassion but there’s no compassion for me.
“There is no compassion for my family and no compassion for the royals.”
The former Hollywood lighting director also added he will be “very disappointed” if he does not get to hold his new granddaughte
9.20pm update: Queen Elizabeth II may cut lonely figure at pared-back Royal Ascot 2021
The Queen is usually surrounded by family members and guests at Royal Ascot.
But the pandemic means if she does attend this year it is likely to be without her usual host of companions.
Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is a horse-racing aficionado and Royal Ascot is said to be her favourite week of the year.
The five-day event kicks off tomorrow and while it hasn’t been confirmed if the Queen will attend, she seems likely to do so given that she is based just down the road at Windsor Castle and has horses running there every day.
The Queen is one of the UK’s most prominent thoroughbred breeders and owners and takes a keen interest in the sport.
The pandemic meant the event was held behind closed doors last year and the Queen was unable to attend for the first time in her reign.
This year, the relaxation of lockdown restrictions means 12,000 visitors can attend every day and given her passion for the event, the Queen is likely to be among the.
Queen Elizabeth II
8.30pm update: Queen could attend every day of Royal Ascot after making flurry of last-minute entries
The Queen has entered horses for every day at Royal Ascot and could in theory now attend all week and present the Gold Cup.
Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm her attendance but sources close to the Queen had previously said she would only attend on days when she had runners because Covid restrictions mean it will not be a normal royal meeting this year.
Last week it appeared she would only have two runners, King’s Lynn and Tactical, but they have now been joined by a flurry of late entries in races where only six days’ notice was required.
It opens up the possibility of daily attendance for her, although that is not guaranteed.
Last year she missed the royal race meeting, which offers the finest flat racing in the world, for the first time in her reign because of Covid restrictions.
But she is expected to be there at least some days this year. Earlier this month, she missed the Derby, one of her favourite days of the year, because she did not think it appropriate to attend amid continuing restrictions.
8pm update: Princess Anne and Zara Tindall may rally around Peter Phillips following divorce
Peter Phillips has finalised his divorce from ex-wife Autumn and is expected to stay on at his Gloucestershire home where he lives moments away from his sister Zara Tindall and mother Princess Anne.
Peter Phillips, 43, his sister Zara Tindall, 40, and their mother Princess Anne, 70, all live minutes away from one other on the Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire.
After what has been a difficult year for Peter, who finalised his “amicable” divorce from his ex-wife Autumn on Monday, he may seek solace in his family.
Anne and Zara are likely to support Peter as he embarks on life as a divorcee.
He and Autumn have two girls together – Savannah, 10, and Isla, nine, and put their children’s wellbeing first when finalising their split.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
6.15pm update: Forget Meghan and Harry! Queen chats to US President Biden about Putin during meeting
The Queen spoke to Joe Biden about US relations with Russia and China during their G7 meeting, the US President has revealed.
Mr Biden and his wife Jill travelled to Windsor Castle on Marine One on Sunday after attending the G7 summit in Cornwall.
After the meeting, Mr Biden revealed to reporters the Queen has grilled him about a variety of topics.
This included his relationship with China President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin – whom he is scheduled to meet this week.
Mr Biden said: “She wanted to know what the two leaders that I – the one I’m about to meet with, Mr Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping.”
5.55pm update: Kate ‘stepping into’ Prince Philip’s role of Royal Family patriarch following Duke’s death
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is “stepping into” the role of the patriarch within the Royal Family following the death of Prince Philip, according to experts.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April and his funeral was the first time Prince Harry and Prince William met face-to-face after the Duke of Sussex stepped down as a senior member of the Royal Family.
But amid an ongoing feud between the royal siblings, experts have predicted Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is stepping into the shoes of Prince Philip.
In an interview on 60 Minutes Australia, royal expert Katie Nicholl said Kate is the “glue” that holds the Royal Family together.
She said: “I think Kate is the glue.
“In the same way that the Duke of Edinburgh was always the one who would help resolve family issues.”
The Queen met with Joe and Jill Biden
5.40pm update: Joe Biden vs Trump: Queen Elizabeth II body language when meeting US presidents compared
The Queen hosted her 13th US President Joe Biden at the weekend. How did the Queen’s body language with Mr Biden compare to when she met the previous president Donald Trump?
Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has been on the throne for 69 years and carried out hundreds of diplomatic engagements.
The Queen’s is a skilled stateswoman and displays tact when meeting public figures.
A body language expert has analysed photos of the Queen with current US President Joe Biden and compared them to those of her with former President Donald Trump.
Body language analyst and author Judi James told Express.co.uk: “There are very little variations in the Queen’s body language signals when she is greeting and hosting presidents and Heads of State although subtler cues suggest there might have been a warmer and more affectionate relationship with the Obamas.”
The Queen seems to have been keen to put the Bidens at ease during their visit to Windsor Castle for tea on Sunday, Judi claimed.
5.20pm update: If Queen hits back Harry and Meghan could end up irrelevant across world PAUL BALDWIN
The Queen, were she so minded, could demolish the reputations of Harry and Meghan so comprehensively that their business plan would lie in ruins, their plans to change the world made irrelevant at a stroke.
The days of being feted worldwide, the global Oprah TV interviews and the gazillion dollar commercial opportunities would be over in the time it takes to write a three par Buckingham Palace press release.
Summarily dismissed by the Queen the self-obsessed pair would thenceforth be very lucky to be invited to the opening of a corner shop.
Many of us have wondered at the monarch’s endless reservoirs of patience – one word from the Queen criticising super-privileged Harry’s pity party or Meghan’s seemingly unquenchable desire to harm the British Royal Family while simultaneously monetizing her membership of it and suddenly Brand Sussex has all the attractiveness of a down-the-tubes Wonga.com.
Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips finalise divorce
5pm update: Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips and ex-wife Autumn divorce: Where does Peter live?
Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillip’s has finalised his divorce from ex-wife Autumn. Where does Peter live?
Peter Phillips, 43, and his ex-wife Autumn confirmed they were divorcing in February 2020 and on Monday they revealed the split had been finalised in a statement.
The couple have two daughters – Savannah, 10, and Isla, nine, and have put the wellbeing of their daughters first amid their decision to split.
A spokesperson for the couple issued the following statement about their finalised divorce on Monday: “Mr Peter Phillips and Mrs Autumn Phillips are pleased to be able to report that the financial aspects of their divorce have been resolved through agreement, the terms of which have been approved and ordered by the High Court today.
“Whilst this is a sad day for Peter and Autumn, they continue to put the wellbeing and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah and Isla first and foremost.”
4.30pm update: Peter Phillips and ex-wife Autumn settle divorce with ‘children at forefront of thoughts’
Peter Phillips and his ex-wife Autumn announced today that they have settled their divorce “amicably”.
The couple revealed last February that they were divorcing following 12 years of marriage and have been estranged since.
Their divorce, the first among the Queen’s grandchildren, threatened to turn ugly if wrangling over money played out in the High Court.
Thankfully that was avoided and the couple’s spokesman issued a statement this afternoon saying that “the financial aspects of their divorce have been resolved”.
The terms of their separation have been “approved and ordered by the High Court,” they explained.
They added: “Whilst this is a sad day for Peter and Autumn, they continue to put the wellbeing and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah and Isla first and foremost.”
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall
4pm update: Camilla shows Charles ‘support’ and ‘flattery’ – Duchess makes his life ‘more bearable’
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles tied the knot in 2005 after announcing their engagement just two months prior.
An expert has claimed that the Duchess shows her husband signs of “support”.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles are senior working members of the Royal Family who both have interests in various different organisations and charities.
Camilla has even presented awards on behalf of Queen Elizabeth in her time as Duchess.
Prince Charles is first in line to succeed his mother, followed by Prince William.
However, Camilla will not be Queen and will take on the role as Princess Consort.
Clarence House previously confirmed the news following the marriage of the couple.
3.30pm update: ‘Cold day in hell’ before Meghan Markle reopens talks with dad Thomas ‘relationship dead!’
Meghan Markle’s relationship with her father Thomas Markle has been described as “dead and buried” by a royal expert following his latest interview on making peace with his daughter.
Thomas Markle’s relationship with his daughter Meghan Markle is “dead and buried” according to royal expert Russell Myers.
His comments come after Mr Markle’s most recent televised interview with 60 Minutes Australia, where he detailed his estranged relationship with the Duchess of Sussex.
The former lighting director has said he will “keep on talking” until his daughter and Prince Harry take notice of him.
Russell Myers said, “I think that relationship is dead and buried unfortunately.
“However, Thomas Markle has said that he’s not going to go quietly and he’s been making several statements in the press.”
3pm update: Steven Brown takes over from Katie Harris
2.30pm update: Joe Biden breaks royal protocol with sunglasses during Queen meeting
Joe Biden kept his sunglasses on when he met the Queen in what is understood to be a breach of royal protocol.
Her Majesty hosted the US President and his wife Jill for tea at Windsor Castle on Sunday after the G7 summit in Cornwall.
The Bidens were greeted by the 95-year-old monarch in the castle’s quadrangle.
A Guard of Honour formed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards gave a royal salute and the US national anthem was played.
But in what is believed to be a breach of royal protocol, Mr Biden continued to wear his dark sunglasses while in Her Majesty’s presence as he shielded his eyes from the bright blue skies and hot sunshine.
1.55pm update: Meghan hails new project after year of ‘unprecedented challenges’
Meghan Markle has undertaken a new wellbeing project during her maternity leave to help people in the US affected by a year of “unprecedented challenges”.
The Duchess of Sussex is donating 2,000 copies of her new book The Bench to libraries and schools across the US in a bid to promote wellbeing and education.
Meghan said she wanted to “nourish communities” following a difficult year due to the Covid pandemic.
It comes as Harry and Meghan are taking time off from their work in the US after recently welcoming daughter Lilibet.
Joe Biden continued to wear his dark sunglasses while in Her Majesty’s presence
1.05pm update: Joe Biden reveals Queen probed him on two world leaders during private chat
The Queen asked Joe Biden about Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping during a private meeting at Windsor Castle after the G7 summit, the US President revealed.
Mr Biden revealed that the Queen was particularly interested in discussing Russian President Mr Putin and Chinese President Mr Xi during their meeting at Windsor Castle.
Her Majesty hosted Mr Biden and his wife Jill on Sunday after the conclusion of the G7 summit in St Ives, Cornwall.
12.15pm update: Meghan has ‘bitter pill to swallow’ after Kate’s G7 masterstroke with Jill Biden
Meghan Markle could have a “bitter pill to swallow” after watching Kate bond with Jill Biden, according to a royal expert.
The Duchess of Cambridge met the US First Lady in Cornwall last Friday as the G7 summit kicked off.
Kate and Dr Biden visited a school to discuss the early years development of children before writing a joint article on the subject published by CNN.
But royal commentator Daniela Elser questioned whether Kate and Dr Biden’s friendly display could be a “bitter pill to swallow” for the Duchess of Sussex, who is living in America with Prince Harry after quitting royal duties.
Ms Elser highlighted ongoing speculation that former actress Meghan plans to one day enter US politics.
The Duchess of Cambridge met the US First Lady in Cornwall last Friday as the G7 summit kicked off
11.45am update: Harry cannot save monarchy with Lilibet name after exposing ‘ridiculousness’
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can’t save the Royal Family by naming their daughter Lilibet after exposing the Firm’s “ridiculousness” earlier this year, an anti-monarchy campaigner has claimed.
Sandy Bir, national director at Australian Republic Movement, told Express.co.uk: “Harry and Meghan’s interview earlier this year highlighted the ridiculousness of having a foreign monarch as Australia’s head of state.
“Australians need a head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them, rather than a family that lurches from crisis to crisis.
“As more Australians come to see how out of touch the British Monarchy is, the more we’ll see the momentum continue to increase.
“The idea of the hereditary rule is as foreign to Australians as the British Monarchy, and Australians overwhelmingly want to know those important decisions affecting our nation’s future are in Australian hands.”
11am update: Harry and Meghan told not to return to UK to christen Lilibet
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should not return to the UK to christen their baby Lilibet, according to an Express.co.uk poll.
Readers voted in our online poll on whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should return to Britain to christen their daughter.
Our poll comes after a royal author suggested holding the baptism in the UK could help repair Harry and Meghan’s rift with the Royal Family.
But a huge 95 percent of respondents to Express.co.uk’s poll said the Sussexes should not return to Britain for Lilibet’s christening.
Just four percent said they should, while one percent did not know.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should not return to the UK to christen their baby Lilibet, according to an Express.co.uk poll
10.25am update: Queen ‘quietly but clearly’ making intolerance of Meghan and Harry known
The Queen is “quietly but clearly” making her intolerance for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s shenanigans known, a US columnist has claimed.
Maureen Callahan, writing in the New York Post, said: “Casting aside their choice of Diana as a middle name (who could possibly begrudge them that?) naming their only daughter after the woman whom they deride as the epitome of racism, colonialism and, by extension, mean mommydom is odd, right?
“Except when you consider the palace’s recent demotion of Haz and Megs on the official royal website.
“Once listed just below William and Kate, Harry and Meghan were kicked all the way to the bottom, below even the Epstein-associated Prince Andrew.
“Quietly but clearly, the Queen is making it known she has no more tolerance for these two.”
9.50am update: Thomas Markle hits out at Meghan and Harry’s ‘compassion’ pleas
The Duchess of Sussex’s father told 60 Minutes Australia: “I made one dumb mistake and I’m never being forgiven for it.
“This show that they’re on, they talk about compassion – there’s no compassion for me, there’s no compassion for my family and there’s no compassion for the world.”
The monarch was joined by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate at an evening reception with G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall
9.05am update: Queen and Camilla share sweet moment during G7 reception – lip reader
The Queen and Camilla appeared to share a sweet moment as they attended a G7 event on Friday.
The monarch was joined by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate at an evening reception with G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
And at one point the Queen and her daughter-in-law shared a touching exchange, according to a lip reader.
Camilla is carrying Her Majesty’s scarf and asks if she would like it, Cornwall Live reported.
According to the lip reader, the Duchess says: “Here is your shawl.”
The Queen replies: “You have it.”
Camilla asks: “Are you sure?”
The Prince of Wales says: “She doesn’t want it.”
8.30am update: Queen prioritising monarchy’s reputation over public row with Meghan and Harry
The Queen is too focussed on the reputation of the monarchy than to have a public spat with Meghan and Harry, according to a royal expert.
Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti insisted one of the Queen’s top priorities was the integrity and reputation of the Royal Family.
During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Sacerdoti noted that the goals of the Royal Family differ from that of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Their criticisms of the royals have been very public however Mr Sacerdoti argued the Royal Family is more likely to continue not responding to the pair.
7.55am update: Harry and William’s rift will never be repaired until ‘trust is restored’
Prince Harry and Prince William’s rift will never be repaired until “trust is restored”, according to a royal expert.
Royal author Robert Jobson told GB News: “The problem they’ve had so far is that any conversation with Prince Charles or Prince William it seems to be aired on US TV first and the whole thing is public.
“Until there is an element of trust between all of these characters, I can’t see how they can go forward.
“We’ve had this row this week with the BBC and legal letters for a story that was true.”
7.40am update: Biden’s soft spot for Queen – ‘Reminded me of my mother’
Joe Biden said the Queen reminded him of his mother after they met at Windsor Castle on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters after his visit, the US President said: “I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother.
“In terms of the look of her and just the generosity.”