Meghan Markle news latest: Queen and Prince Charles lead tributes to Prince Harry as Duke celebrates his 37th birthday

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive Oprah interview has lost out on an Emmy Award to Stanley Tucci's Italian food show – just days after it was booed at the NTAs.

The interview, which was watched by more than 49million people globally in the first three days after it aired, saw the couple raise a number of controversial issues concerning their life in the Royal Family.

Despite sending shock waves through the monarchy, the CBS interview was beaten by Tucci's six part CNN series on Sunday.

In other news, the second teaser for Big Brother VIP was released today. It shows Thomas Markle Jr. sitting in the diary room of the reality show announcing plans to write to his half-sister.

"I'm gonna write a letter to Meghan," he explains as he leans down onto a table in the diary room and puts pen to paper.

His voiceover then trails off and a question appears on the screen that reads: "What's in the letter?"

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest updates…

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S PREFERRED NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO BOTOX IS NOW ON AMAZON

    Back in 2018, when Meghan was being welcomed into the Royal Family, she was rumored to be a fan of this product, which has been dubbed”Botox on a bottle.”

    According to the brand, in just 60 minutes, your skin will have fewer wrinkles and have a visibly younger look.

    Many have already tried it, taking to Amazon reviews to rave about the product.

    One actually used it in place of Botox amid the Covid-19 pandemic: “This is working. Truly and honestly after a week of use, I woke up and looked in the mirror and didn’t see a riverbed of furrows.”

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    SHARON OSBOURNE OPENS UP OVER FALLOUT FROM MORGAN-MEGHAN FEUD

    Sharon Osbourne opened up about her exit from The Talk following controversy between her co-host Sheryl Underwood over her defence of Piers Morgan.

    The TV personality left the U.S. show in March after an on-air fight with Sheryl ensued after Sharon addressed her decision to stand by her longtime friend Morgan's criticism of Meghan Markle.

    She said: "It was a freedom of speech matter. It was pure freedom of speech. A journalist friend of mine who wrote something that people didn't like and then a few crazies out there, some thugs go – 'you must be racist, that's why you're saying it' – about my friend Piers. It's like, come on."

    At the top of the program, she defended herself saying: “Why is it that because I supported a longtime friend and work colleague for years, people go ‘well you must be racist because he’s racist.’ 

    “No. I support his freedom of speech. I’m not racist and neither is Piers racist. It’s a terrible, evil word to call anyone that’s not knowledge of that. 

    “What have I ever said about anybody that’s racist? It’s not within me. It’s not in my soul.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S ENGAGEMENT DRESS DESIGNER ‘USED FASHION HOUSE TO FUND LAVISH LIFE INCLUDING £1,500 WEEKLY SALON TRIPS’

    Tamara Ralph, 39, and her ex-business partner Michael Russo, 40, “personally enriched themselves” before their company Ralph & Russo collapsed, according to claims in documents released by the High Court.

    Ms Ralph is being sued by the company’s administrators for £20.8 million in damages, but has denied any wrongdoing and is defending against the claim.

    Ralph & Russo designed the Duchess of Sussex’s £56,000 engagement dress, as well as gowns for stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kylie Minogue.

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    MEGHAN AND HARRY’S AMBITIONS HAVE “BACKFIRED” AND THEY ARE MORE TRAPPED THAN EVER, ROYAL AUTHOR SAYS

    Duncan Larcombe, the author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, says the couple moved to LA to try to forge their own path but their mounting unpopularity means it may have backfired.

    He said:“If freedom is being able to say what you want, when you want, to whoever you choose to speak to, then Harry has found a degree of freedom. But if freedom is having good will behind you to live in peace, being able to live life as you want it or being at peace with the people you’ve rowed with, then freedom has not been achieved.

    “It’s backfired. Harry and Meghan seem to have totally isolated themselves – they’re more trapped than ever in this new life they’ve created.”

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    THRIFTY KATE MIDDLETON IS BRITAIN’S MOST FASHIONABLE ROYAL – DESPITE MEGHAN’S DESIGNER WARDROBE COSTING THOUSANDS MORE

    The Duchess of Cambridge was found to be the most influential dresser out of the royal wives, according to hair and aesthetics experts at Vera Clinic.

    When it comes to searches online for Kate Middleton, it seems her dresses are most sought-after – and have 114 per cent more monthly searches.

    In the new study, “Kate Middleton dress” had 3,600 UK monthly searches and 5,400 in the USA. 

    Meanwhile, “Meghan Markle dress” which only has 1,300 UK monthly searches and 2,900 USA searches. 

    This is despite Meghan’s outfits on royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October 2018, costing a staggering £50,000.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!

    THE Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William all wished Prince Harry a happy birthday today.

    It's believed the Duke of Sussex, who turns 37 today, is marking the occasion in the US – although his celebrations have been kept under wraps.

    Despite ongoing tensions between Harry and the Royals, all three of the Firm's main accounts shared their best wishes with the Duke online today.

    It marks the first display of affection between the estranged family members since before Prince Harry left the Royal fold.

    He hasn't been able to see his loved ones much since stepping down from Royal life last year, with Covid travel restrictions placing a huge obstacle.

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    PRINCE Harry said his grandad Prince Philip was “unapologetically him” as he and William pay touching tributes in a trailer for a new interview.

    A “unique portrait” of Prince Philip and his life will air on September 22 on BBC One – as the Royal Family pays tribute to the beloved Duke who passed away earlier this year.

    In anticipation for the documentary, the BBC released a preview showing four of the Royals reminiscing on Prince Philip’s life along with clips of the Duke with his family.

    The emotional trailer begins with Prince William saying: “He’s always been a huge presence behind everything we’re done really.”

    And then Prince Harry, wearing a white buttoned-down shirt, adds: “What you see is what you got with my grandfather, he was unapologetically him.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY STILL OWE £78,500 TO CHARITY

    The couple’s MWX Foundation, formerly Sussex Royal, is in liquidation but has not paid off the unnamed non-profit, papers released today revealed.

    The report said a claim of £213,000 had been received from a creditor relating to a grant due to a “not-for-profit enterprise”.

    A total of £134,500 has been paid off, according to the most recent figures, leaving £78,500 left to hand over.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began winding up MWX a year ago, declaring all of its debts would be paid in full within 12 months.

    But more than 12 months later and the outstanding amount on the Companies House document remains.

    It reads: “The charity has sufficient funds to settle the claim in full and a final dividend is to be made shortly to pay the remaining balance.”

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    PRINCE HARRY CLASHES WITH CHARLES IN NEW US FILM

    The film also sees Harry arguing with his father, Prince Charles, after he refuses to meet with his son to discuss his concerns.

    The drama – which was broadcast in the US on Monday – explores the “real details” behind the decision that eventually drove the couple to leave their royal life behind.

    The two previous films were Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance and Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal.

    In another shocking scene, Meghan is seen on the ground dying in an overturned car after a crash with paparazzi all around her.

    The moment echoes the real life death of Harry’s mother Princess Diana, but in the film, the horrifying scene turns out to be a nightmare as Harry wakes up and is relieved to see his wife and son are OK.

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    WOLF HALL AUTHOR HILARY MANTEL SAYS SHE ADMIRES THE QUEEN’S DETERMINATION

    Speaking of Queen Elizabeth, 95, and Prince Charles, 72, she said: “I think they do it as well as anyone possibly could take it as seriously as anyone could.”

    However, she then went on to say that she predicted the monarchy would only last another two generations due to modernisation.

    “It’s very hard to understand the thinking behind the monarchy in the modern world when people are just seen as celebrities,” she said.

    She predicted that Prince George, third in line to the throne after his great-grandmother, grandfather and father William 38, would never be anointed, king.

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    MEGHAN AND HARRY’S AMBITIONS HAVE “BACKFIRED” AND THEY ARE MORE TRAPPED THAN EVER, ROYAL AUTHOR SAYS

    Duncan Larcombe, the author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, says the couple moved to LA to try to forge their own path but their mounting unpopularity means it may have backfired.

    He said:“If freedom is being able to say what you want, when you want, to whoever you choose to speak to, then Harry has found a degree of freedom. But if freedom is having good will behind you to live in peace, being able to live life as you want it or being at peace with the people you’ve rowed with, then freedom has not been achieved.

    “It’s backfired. Harry and Meghan seem to have totally isolated themselves – they’re more trapped than ever in this new life they’ve created.”

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    CLOSE TIES

    Meghan’s close political ties include Jill Biden, who Harry first met at a reception for British and US wounded warriors in Washington, when Joe was serving as Barack Obama’s Vice President. 

    Since then, Harry and Jill have met up on a number of occasions, with her even coming over to London to support the royal’s Invictus Games.

    The pair are understood to have bonded over their military ties – with Jill’s stepson Beau, a former army major, tragically passing away in 2015 from brain cancer.

    In 2014, Jill travelled to London for Harry’s inaugural Invictus Games, where they were pictured smiling together during several of the events.

    Joe Biden joked he was “a little worried” about how much time Harry and Jill were spending together, something the then-Vice President repeated in 2016 when his wife met the Prince at the Games in Orlando.

    “Jill went to London for the last Games. She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry,” he said. 

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    NEW BBC PHILIP DOCUMENTARY GOES INSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    Documentary-makers went inside Buckingham Palace to meet the duke’s long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library as they were during his seven decades of public service.

    The programme will air on Wednesday, September 22 at 9pm on BBC One and include interviews filmed both before and after Philip’s death in April.

    It was originally planned to mark the duke’s 100th birthday in June – but the nation’s longest-serving consort died two months before his centenary.

    The BBC added: “With special access to the Queen’s private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S ENGAGEMENT DRESS DESIGNER ‘USED FASHION HOUSE TO FUND LAVISH LIFE INCLUDING £1,500 WEEKLY SALON TRIPS’

    Tamara Ralph, 39, and her ex-business partner Michael Russo, 40, “personally enriched themselves” before their company Ralph & Russo collapsed, according to claims in documents released by the High Court.

    Ms Ralph is being sued by the company’s administrators for £20.8 million in damages, but has denied any wrongdoing and is defending against the claim.

    Ralph & Russo designed the Duchess of Sussex’s £56,000 engagement dress, as well as gowns for stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kylie Minogue.

    Administrators for the company are now suing Ms Ralph, after telling the High Court that she “extracted substantial sums” when she was in “de facto control”.

    In newly released legal papers, it is alleged that Ms Ralph spent more than £1,500 on “weekly blow-drys” at the Larry King hair salon in South Kensington, London – and the cost was charged to a company credit card, the Mail on Sunday reports.

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    MEGHAN AND HARRY’S AMBITIONS HAVE “BACKFIRED” AND THEY ARE MORE TRAPPED THAN EVERY, ROYAL AUTHOR SAYS

    Duncan Larcombe, the author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, says the couple moved to LA to try to forge their own path but their mounting unpopularity means it may have backfired.

    He said:“If freedom is being able to say what you want, when you want, to whoever you choose to speak to, then Harry has found a degree of freedom. But if freedom is having good will behind you to live in peace, being able to live life as you want it or being at peace with the people you’ve rowed with, then freedom has not been achieved.

    “It’s backfired. Harry and Meghan seem to have totally isolated themselves – they’re more trapped than ever in this new life they’ve created.”

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    PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ACCUSED OF ‘BREATHTAKING ENTITLEMENT’ OVER LILIBET’S CHRISTENING BY ROYAL EXPERT

    Rumours suggest the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have requested a formal christening for baby Lilibet at Windsor Castle, Robert Jobson reports.

    Lilibet Diana, who shares both the Queen’s pet name and Harry’s mother Diana’s name, was born in California in June.

    It is not yet know where she will be christened, although royal commentator Robert Jobson suggests it would be “breathtaking” for Meghan and Harry to expect any kind of royal affair.

    Writing in The Mirror, he said: “Now there is talk – as she is already older than her brother Archie was when he was christened – that they are pushing for a ceremony in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

    “To some, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s sense of entitlement might seem breathtaking.

    “They seem to be blissfully unaware of the mayhem their behaviour has caused the Queen, the monarchy and the Royal Family.”

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    EXPLAINED: WHAT WILL HARRY’S BOOK BE LIKE AND WHEN IS IT BEING RELEASED?

    A blurb from the publisher Penguin Random House reads: “In an intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time, Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him.”

    Promising “an honest and captivating personal portrait” the book will detail Harry’s life as a member of the Royal Family, his relationship with wife Meghan Markle, Megxit and raising his children.

    It is set to be released next year – as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM IS PORTRAYED AS VILLAIN FOR ‘REFUSING TO SPEAK OUT ON RACISM’ IN CONTROVERSIAL NEW TV FILM ESCAPING THE PALACE

    Harry&Meghan: Escaping the Palace will dramatise the Sussex’s ‘escape’ from the Royal Family after the birth of their son Archie.

    The film will portray Prince William as the villain and will show him lecturing his older brother from not speaking out on racism.

    Images show Prince Harry (played by Jordan Dean) and Prince William (played by Jordan Whalen) arguing in a Kensington Palace garden.

    William tells Harry: “What causes problems isn’t colour, it’s culture. Meghan an American. She acts more like a celebrity than a Royal.”

    “You need to bloody well make a statement with me decrying racism. As future King, you need to push on this horrific bullying.”

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    THOMAS MARKLE’S LETTER TO HIS SISTER (CONTINUED)

    In May 2018, he wrote an explosive open letter telling Meghan to call off the upcoming nuptials, blasting it as a “fake fairy tale”.

    However, he reportedly later backtracked on the letter, which he said was written in a “moment of madness”.

    Meanwhile, in the first promo for the show, Thomas claimed he had warned Prince Harry about his half-sister before they married.

    “I’m Meghan Markle’s brother, I’m the biggest brother of them all,” he said in the introduction video.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BROTHER WRITES HER ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE OPEN LETTER

    Meghan Markle’s brother has written another letter to her and Prince Harry, a trailer for Big Brother VIP has revealed.

    The second teaser, released today, shows Thomas Markle Jr. sitting in the diary room of the reality show announcing plans to write to his half-sister.

    “You know I’m famous for writing letters,” the 55-year-old Thomas says in the trailer sitting beside former Survivor contestant Luke Toki.

    “I’m gonna write a letter to Meghan,” he explains as he leans down onto a table in the diary room and puts pen to paper.

    “Dear Meghan and Harry,” he begins. “The first thing I want to say to both of you…”

    His voiceover then trails off and a question appears on the screen that reads: “What’s in the letter?”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S EXPLOSIVE OPRAH INTERVIEW MISSES OUT ON EMMY TO STANLEY TUCCI’S FOOD SHOW

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey was up against Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, in the best hosted nonfiction series category.

    The interview, which was watched by more than 49million people globally in the first three days after it aired, saw the couple raise a number of controversial issues concerning their life in the Royal Family.

    They claimed a member of the family had spoken of their concern about the colour baby Archie’s skin would be.

    And Harry spoke of the rift between him and his father, which at one point he said led to Prince Charles “not taking may calls”.

    The couple also accused Buckingham Palace of playing down Meghan’s suicidal thoughts and said they decided to step away from royal life as a result of the issues.

    But despite sending shock waves through the monarchy, the CBS interview was beaten by Tucci’s six part CNN series on Sunday.

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    QUEEN TO SPLIT HER TIME BETWEEN BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND WINDSOR CASTLE AFTER SUMMER BREAK, EXPERT CLAIMS

    The Queen is to split her time between Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace after her summer break, sources say.

    It is suggested the arrangement is to fend off potential criticism of the £369million refurbishment bill of the palace.

    Expert Roya Nikkhah said: “Otherwise many people would think, ‘What’s the point’ of the refurb?’ ”

    Her Majesty, 95, has been at Balmoral since June — her first stay there since Prince Philip died in April.

    She spent much of the pandemic at Windsor in Berkshire, but is ex­pected to spend more time in London when she gets back.

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    SCOTTISH CHARITY WATCHDOG PROBES PRINCE CHARLES’ CHARITY

    Scotland’s charity regulator has launched an investigation following claims the Prince of Wales’ charitable foundation accepted a six-figure sum from a wealthy Russian donor.

    Charles wrote a letter thanking the businessman for his generous offer of more than £500,000 to the Prince’s Foundation last year, and suggested they could meet after the Covid crisis.

    The charity initially received £100,000 but the total sum was reportedly rejected by the ethics committee of the foundation, whose headquarters are in Scotland, following concerns about its provenance, according to The Sunday Times.

    The investigation launched by the Scottish Charity Regulator comes shortly after an alleged cash-for-honours scandal which saw Michael Fawcett temporarily step down as the foundation’s chief executive earlier this month.

    A spokesperson for the Scottish Charity Regulator said: “We have been working with the Prince’s Foundation to better understand the use of the organisation’s funds, and to gain a full understanding of the work which is being undertaken by the charity’s trustees to investigate the range of issues which have been raised.

    “We have written to the trustees informing them that we will investigate these matters under the powers set out in section 28 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and will follow up any additional queries as they arise.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S PREFERRED NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO BOTOX IS NOW ON AMAZON

    Back in 2018, when Meghan was being welcomed into the Royal Family, she was rumored to be a fan of this product, which has been dubbed”Botox on a bottle.”

    According to the brand, in just 60 minutes, your skin will have fewer wrinkles and have a visibly younger look.

    Many have already tried it, taking to Amazon reviews to rave about the product.

    One actually used it in place of Botox amid the Covid-19 pandemic: “This is working. Truly and honestly after a week of use, I woke up and looked in the mirror and didn’t see a riverbed of furrows.”

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    THE QUEEN ‘WON’T OVERRULE CHARLES’ PLAN TO KEEP ANDREW AWAY FROM PUBLIC DUTIES’, CLAIMS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER ANGELA LEVIN

    The Queen won't "overrule" her eldest, who reportedly wishes to keep the Duke of York out of the public eye after damaging sex assault allegations.

    However, the monarch "adores" Andrew and "enjoys his company", expert Angela Levin said today.

    Ms Levin, who has written an authorised biography on Prince Harry, called Andrew "naïve and arrogant" as the royal faces a legal wrangle in a US civil court.

    In an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO, she said the Queen had ruled out Andrew's return to duties.

    "She said he couldn't be," she said.

    "She adores Andrew and enjoys his company.

    "I think that she won't overrule what Charles says. The rest of the royals won't want him to do that."

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