Meghan Markle latest news – Prince Harry MUST fix relationship with Queen before it's too late, Diana's butler says

A PALACE insider has said that 'Harry and Meghan must act NOW to help the Queen', and support her before it’s too late.

Paul Burrell, who worked as a footman for the Queen and then as a butler for Princess Diana, told Closer it’s time for the monarch to take a break.

He also insisted that her grandson Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle must end their feud with the royals and step in to help.

Paul said: “We’ve seen recently that her family have rallied around her to support her and take on more.

"Kate and William have been thriving – and their work will be a huge support and relief to the Queen.

"And we’ve seen other members of the family step up to take on more engagements in recent weeks, too. Harry and Meghan’s absence from ‘the firm’ is more significant than ever.”

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    It was either ‘Meghan or the monarchy’

    According to Royal biographer Andrew Morton, his new book Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy claims the duo decided to leave the UK years before Megxit.

    He said: “For Harry, it was either Meghan or the monarchy.”

    Morton said that Meghan talked about the fact that: “people hate me just because I’m breathing. What’s the point of continuing?

    “She had some pretty dark nights of the soul in the times that she was a member of the Royal Family.”

    Regardless, Mr Morton feels Prince Harry’s decision to leave the Firm was influenced by Princess Diana’s death.

    “He’s trying to protect Meghan in the way that he couldn’t protect Diana, and I think that’s very deeply embedded in his psychology.”

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    Harry & Meghan planned Oprah chat ‘years in advance’

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly ended up planning their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey “years in advance.”

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton made this claim while speaking to CTV’S Your Morning.

    CTV’S Your Morning is a Canadian breakfast television program.

    There Andrew admitted: “They were planning the big Oprah interview several years before it actually happened.”

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    True colours

    A BODY language expert has claimed that Prince Harry made a gesture at the end of his Oprah Winfrey interview that showed his true feelings towards the Royal Family.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Jesus Enrique Rosas said Harry began to laugh as the credits started, before catching himself and allegedly mimicking sadness.

    He said: “You’ll be surprised by how someone’s real attitude and emotions can show when they think the cameras are not rolling anymore. And, Harry and Meghan are not an exception.

    “Saying that Harry was forced to do this [interview] doesn’t make sense, because how come he was laughing at the end?

    “So, going back to the clip at the end of Oprah’s interview and after doing a systemic analysis of intentions, and what has happened since then – realising that Harry has been absolutely in control of his actions all this time.”

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    Thomas Markle’s shocking claims

    Thomas Markle wrote public letter in 2018 in which he branded her up-coming marriage to Harry at “fake fairy tale” and it would be the “biggest mistake in royal wedding history”.

    He had also previously described her as a “phony”, a bully, and a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman.”

    Despite Thomas’s latest outburst about his sister he nevertheless said he want to make up with her – which again prompted gasps from the housemates.

    “Yes I’ll answer the phone if she picks up the phone,” he said.

    “Everybody has always loved Meghan, everybody has always supported Meghan.

    “I mean I may say bad things about her, I may write horrible letters about her but the end result is that I do love my sister.”

    Earlier he branded the duchess “shallow” and said she will dump Harry, the same way she “walked all over” her first husband Trevor Engelson.

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    The highest pedestal into life

    Thomas Markle Jr told housemates on Australia’s Big Brother VIP that Megan “knew what she was getting into”.

    He continued with his onslaught on Megan saying: “if you got a job and you got paid $4million salary a year to bow and curtesy and shake hands and take pictures and do some charity work here and some charity work it’s about the highest pedestal you can get to in life.

    “So do your job and don’t gripe about it.”

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    Not buying it

    MEGHAN Markle’s brother has said he “doesn’t 100 per cent buy” her claims of battling with mental-health problems.

    Thomas Markle Jr told housemates on Australia’s Big Brother VIP he didn’t agree with the allegations made by the Duchess of Sussex in her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Speaking to his Big Brother housemates as he was interviewed by the show’s presenters, Thomas took issue with his sister’s claim.

    “I don’t 100 per cent buy that and I don’t agree with some of the things on the Oprah interview like not having those services available. I can’t imagine being that sheltered. “

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    Lilibet the ‘American Princess’

    Lilibet is ‘going to be the first ever American princess’ claims a royal author.

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton in his biography “Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy” has pointed out that Lilibet is “going to be the first ever American princess”.

    He added “I think America will embrace her as an American princess.”

    Morton feels that the Sussexes children in the US will continue to capture the attention, even if Archie was born in the UK.

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    Leaders of the slimmed down monarchy

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton has said that Harry and Meghan’s influence was diminishing.

    Morton said: “I think the irony is that Prince Charles and Prince William saw themselves as being the leaders of the slimmed down monarchy.

    “In a way, Harry and Meghan have done them a favor by jumping ship, rather than being asked to walk the gangplank.”

    The author believes Meghan and Harry would have played a supportive role under Charles and William, though they would have been lower down the “pecking order”, especially as William and Kate Middleton’s children grow older.

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    Meghan and Harry ‘did William a favour’

    According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to move to California and bring up their children away from the rest of the Royal Family has done Charles and William a favour.

    Morton has updated his biography “Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy” which looks at the path taken by the Duchess of Sussex to where she is today as a Californian mum of two.

    Morton has said that while Harry now tries to project a more humble image in the US, it is clearly not the case but he does feel that the Sussexes have made it easy for plans to slim down the monarchy by moving out of the way.

    “I think that the narrative that they’d like to project is that they arrived in Los Angeles with a couple of suitcases and a cuddly toy and that was it,” Morton told

    He also said: “I think the reality is that they’ve been planning this move to Hollywood for some time, not necessarily where they were going to live.”

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    Princess Royal visited Northern Ireland this week

    This week Anne, The Princess Royal has been in Northern Ireland, visiting local businesses and communities.

    HRH toured the factory of the innovative company, Seating Matters.

    She also met staff and volunteers at the Limavady Community Development Initiative.

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    Megan’s political plea from a ‘mum’ not a politician

    Megan has insisted that the plea was sent as an American and a “mum” and not a politician. 

    She wrote in her letter: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. 

    “And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.”

    America currently has no system for paid parental leave, although President Joe Biden has vowed to introduce it.

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    Meghan’s letter to senators a ‘first try’

    Royal experts had previously called her letter, addressed to Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, a “first try” for the Duchess to move into politics.

    Angela Levin, author of Harry: A Biography of a Prince, said: “Meghan’s first try for a political role perhaps.

    “She’s writing to Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer ‘on behalf of all families’ to get paid leave.”

    However, although admitting that there was a “good enough cause” – many would “question her real motive” amid accusations of “hypocrisy”.

    Lisa McClain, a Republican representative for Michigan, believed that Meghan Markle’s attempt was “incredibly out of touch with the American people,” adding that she should “stick to acting instead of trying to play politics”.

    She said: “The last thing we need right now is wealthy celebrities pushing their liberal agendas on the American people.”

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    Meghan calling on a blocked caller ID

    In an attempt to include paid parental leave in a Bill, The Duchess of Sussex lobbied Republican senators by calling them with a withheld number.

    Meghan apparently called senators Shelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins on a withheld number, when they answered the phone they were told: “This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.”

    Now, an American senator has mocked Meghan Markle saying she’s “more interested” in what her constituents have to say after the Duchess of Sussex cold-called her.

    Senator Capito said she was the wheel when her phone went.

    “I’m in my car. I’m driving. It says ‘caller ID blocked’,” the senator recounted.

    Senator for Maine Collins continued to say: “Much to my surprise, she called me on my private line and she introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic.

    “I was happy to talk with her, but I’m more interested in what the people of Maine are telling me about it.”

    Apparently, The Duchess had been given their mobile numbers by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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    What happens to Harry’s family when Charles is king? (continued)

    The biggest change will be for Archie and Lilibeth who will now become the grandchildren of a king. This will mean they are automatically entitled to call themselves a prince and princess.

    William’s children were given a special letters patent to be styled as princes by the Queen – as she is their great-grandmother they do not get it automatically -but Meghan alleged they were told Archie would not be given the same privilege in their Oprah interview.

    It is unclear whether the children will ever use those titles as their parents have stated they wish their children be raised as private citizens.

    Meghan’s title will be unchanged. It is unclear whether she will return for the funeral or the coronation. She did not attend Prince Philip’s funeral in April but she was very pregnant at the time and likely could not travel.

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    What happens to Prince Harry when Charles becomes king?

    As the second son who lives very far away, for the most part, very little in practical terms.

    Prince Harry is likely to be at the funeral – with reports suggesting he is “panicked” at the thought of not being able to see his grandmother following her recent illness.

    He may also still decide to attend the coronation – it is the most significant moment in a monarch’s life and to miss it would be the ultimate snub. If he does not he is unlikely to ever be able to repair the bonds with his family again.

    One change is that he will move back up one spot in the line of succession to fifth place – he was bumped down by the arrival of Prince Louis in 2018 – as Prince William becomes the Prince of Wales.

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    How did the princes fall out?

    The brothers were said to be very close following the death of their mother but drifted apart as adults. Then came Meghan.

    William is said to have expressed doubts about how suitable Meghan Markle would be as Harry’s bride, it’s claimed, and Harry was reportedly offended by William’s comments and stood up for his wife-to-be.

    Then came Harry and Meghan moving away from William and Kate to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. 

    There were reports of a “dictatorial” Harry allegedly taking issue with his brother, courtiers and servants for failing to “roll out the red carpet” for Meghan.

    And people were quick to point out that ­William and Kate had not visited ­Frogmore to see Archie until eight days after his birth.

    After that the relations went downhill.

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    Explained: Why is Remembrance Sunday important to the Royal Family?

    The Armed Forces have always held a special place in the hearts of the Royal family with many being former servicemen.

    The Queen is also still officially the head of the Armed Forces and they in theory wage war in her name due to the historical link to medieval kings who would ride into battle themselves.

    For the Queen herself, she is one of the few people still alive today who can remember the Second World War. She served as a Land Girl during the fight and her husband Philip was a naval officer who served with distinction in the British Mediterranean and Pacific fleets.

    Later both Prince Charles and Prince Andrew had spells in the navy – with Andrew serving during the Falklands War. Prince William also served a army helicopter pilot and Prince Harry served two tours in Afghanistan.

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    What happened during the last succession?

    Few people remember when King George VI died in February 1952.

    Although the king’s death was sudden he had been ailing for sometime.

    Famously the then-Princess Elizabeth was on a Royal tour in Kenya with Prince Philip when they got the call saying she was now Queen.

    She rushed back to London to be with her mother and sister who went into official mourning.

    The following year Elizabeth was crowned in the very first televised coronation in British history.

    But it seems like the Royals want Prince Charles to be better prepared and elaborate plans are now in place for when Elizabeth does eventually pass away.

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    Andrew court to be set soon (continued)

    Judge Kaplan held a short hearing by phone conference and said the two sides should prepare for trial as early as September 2022.

    He said: “I will look at the possibility of September, but in any case October through December as being the target here.”

    Andrew also faces being quizzed for the first time over the allegations, the court heard.

    Depositions in the civil case — formal recorded interviews with lawyers that form part of the evidence — will begin in the coming weeks.

    Up to a dozen witnesses on both sides will be interviewed, including “the two named parties”.

    Two unnamed witnesses live in the UK and it could need the US court to issue a formal request to the UK authorities to ensure their co-operation.

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    Prince Andrew trial could be set in days

    Prince Andrew faces being quizzed over rape allegations in weeks, followed by a court showdown with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre as early as next September.

    District Judge Lewis Kaplan spoke to lawyers for both sides to set a trial date days after rejecting the royal’s bid to have the case thrown out.

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    Contemplating the inevitable

    The Queen is “coming to terms” with the idea that “she won’t be around forever”, a royal expert says.

    The monarch paid a moving tribute to her son Charles and grandson William during her recorded COP26 speech.

    And she told delegates: “We none of us will live forever.”

    Her Majesty is currently taking a two-week break from her duties on doctors’ orders after an overnight stay in hospital during October.

    She was seen out in Windsor yesterday behind the wheel of her Jaguar – a sighting that will doubtless reassure Brits concerned for her health.

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    Will Prince Louis be the new Duke of York?

    If Prince Andrew hangs onto his title, he won’t be able to pass it onto his children.

    Despite changes to the Act of Succession means girls could inherit the throne on the same terms of as boys, the rules about passing on titles remain the same.

    This is why Princess Anne is only known as the ‘Princess Royal’ rather than getting her own Dukedom or Earldom like her brothers.

    Prince Andrew does not have any legitimate sons so the title will go into abeyance (meaning unused or suspended) until the monarch decides to grant it again.

    This means the most likely to candidate to pick up the slightly tarnished moniker is Prince Louis.

    Second sons/brothers to monarchs are traditionally granted the title so it is likely to be given to him by Prince Charles, William or George when and if he gets married.

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    Hollywood royalty (continued)

    In Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery a masked DiCaprio looked at McCartney’s seemingly normal luxury handbags made from vegan, lab-grown mushroom leather and futuristic vegan football boots the designer created in collaboration with Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Adidas.

    He left the main hall where the exhibition was staged before Charles arrived and after the prince viewed the items he was introduced to the film star in a quiet area of the gallery.

    Before taking her seat on stage, the designer said Charles found her exhibition “enlightening and inspiring”.

    She added: “I want to highlight my industry and call it out, we’re one of the most harmful industries in the world to the environment and what I’m doing here is trying to provide sustainable solutions and technologies and a better way of doing things.”

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    Hollywood royalty

    Prince Charles met Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio at Cop26 after viewing an exhibit of Stella McCartney’s sustainable fashion.

    DiCaprio chatted privately with Charles after they were separately given a guided tour by the designer of her innovative sustainable garments and accessories dubbed the “Future of Fashion”.

    The actor’s appearance at Cop26 caused a buzz around the UN climate conference in Glasgow when rumours surfaced on Tuesday that he was attending, and the actor was finally spotted.

    He is a climate change campaigner, working on a number of documentaries about animal poaching and the environment, and was appointed a United Nations representative on climate change in 2014.

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    Where Meghan’s family at her wedding?

    Meghan’s mother sat pride of place during her nuptials with Prince Harry but her father Thomas was disinvited at the last minute after selling pictures to a tabloid.

    But her brother Thomas Markle J and sister Samantha Grant failed to get an invitation at all.

    Father-of-two Thomas told The Mirror: “I’m not bitter, just baffled. It’s hurtful given how close we once were.

    “I’m confused and a little distraught because here is a person knowing the position she’s in and knowing the scrutiny she’s under and yet she has forgotten her flesh and blood.”

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