Royal Family latest: Andrew 'convinced' lawsuit will 'blow over' & will return to public life following lunch with Queen

THE Royal Family is set to reveal "poignant" memories of Prince Philip in a landmark documentary to mark the Duke's 73 years of service.

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.

All of the Queen and Prince Philip's children, adult grandchildren, and other members of the Royal Family have agreed to take part in the heartfelt BBC film.

The news comes as Prince Andrew has made a bolt for the safety of Balmoral and the Queen to avoid “multiple attempts” to serve sex assault legal papers at his Windsor mansion.

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    HARRY & MEGHAN WANT QUEEN TO MEET LILLIBET – BUT IF SHE AGREES TO MEET THEM

    Harry and Meghan plan to introduce the Queen to her namesake great-granddaughter Lilibet — if she agrees to meet them in the coming weeks.

    The Sussexes have offered to fly in to see the monarch — for the Duchess’s first return trip to the UK since March 2020’s Megxit. And Harry has made “olive branch” calls to his family as he and Meghan plan a christening for four-month-old Lilibet, possibly at Windsor Castle.

    But senior staff are said to be stunned by the request for a meeting, months after the couple blasted the Royal Family in a chat with TV pal Oprah Winfrey.

    A source said: “Harry and Meghan have made this offer but a lot of people are shocked by the sheer nerve of it. They may genuinely want to see the Queen but it’s breathtaking given what they’ve put her through this year.

    “Her Majesty’s staff have not responded so far. In fact there has also been discussion about Christmas — and whether an invitation should be sent to Harry and Meghan, after they spurned one last year.”

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    WILLIAM AND KATE GIVEN ‘HIGHER ROLES DUE TO THEIR POPULARITY’, SAYS EXPERT

    Andrew Lownie, a royal expert, has claimed that Prince William and Kate Middleton have been given ‘higher roles due to their popularity’.

    He told the Express : “We’re in a period of what can be called a soft regency, in effect the Queen is standing back, not doing many roles.

    “The roles that she is doing are being accompanied by Prince Charles, everyone is being prepared for Charles and Camilla.

    “As a result, William and Kate, who seem to be very popular, are stepping into the position that Charles and Camilla had.

    “Because they are, I would say almost more popular than Charles and Camilla, they’ve probably been given a higher role.”

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    KATE & WILLIAM KEEN FOR THEIR KIDS TO HAVE AS ‘NORMAL’ A CHILDHOOD AS POSSIBLE’

    Prince William and Kate’s children Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6, attend Thomas’s Battersea in south London, where they will be starting years 4 and 2 respectively.

    But despite being fourth in the line of succession to the British throne, Charlotte is treated just like any other child at school.

    Kate and William are keen for their kids to have as “normal” a childhood as possible for fully support this.

    In order to make sure Charlotte fits in with the other children, she goes by another name with her classmates.

    The royal six-year-old’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, while her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

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    ‘HEALING’ THE RIFT (CONTINUED…)

    Mr Helliker said: “The link between Harry and Philip is even greater than his other grandchildren – including William.

    “Because Philip was the last surviving veteran, he and Harry always had that in common. I think he will have looked on Harry as a bit of a rebel.”

    However, he said Philip would have been “disappointed” that Harry chose to step away from royal duties.

    “Taking part in it and viewing it back – wherever they are in the world, they will think how incredible to have this man a grandfather,” he said.

    “Maybe it will just bring Harry up to a jolt.

    “He might think, ‘Is this worth giving up, is this worth not supporting? Have I let everyone down?’”

    And Philip may have liked the idea that the documentary would reunite his grandsons, Mr Helliker said.

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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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    MEG AND HARRY HAVEN’T ATTENDED A ROYAL XMAS IN TWO YEARS

    The Sussexes did not attend Christmas last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    And in 2019, they spent Christmas in Canada instead of with the Royal Family.   

    Senior staff are said to be shocked by the couple’s interest to spend Christmas with the Queen, months after the couple blasted the Royal Family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

    Harry has recently made “olive branch” calls to his family as he and Meghan hope to have a christening for their four-month-old daughter possibly at Windsor Castle.

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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.

    Court documents also claim that Ms Ralph spent more than £300 of company cash on luxury lingerie at a store in Paris and £130 on an eyelash treatment.
    It has also been claimed that Ms Ralph complained that her £225,000 salary was “extremely low” for someone in her position.

    Read more here.

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    THE BIZARRE ROYAL FAMILY TRADITION GIVEN THE BOOT BY PRINCE PHILLIP

    According to Royal expert Richard Jobson, Prince Phillip “cancelled” a “ridiculous” royal family tradition after he found out where it came from.

    The no-nonsense Duke apparently grew increasingly irritated by what he deemed to be “outdated” rules and traditions and therefore banned a tradition that came from Queen Victoria herself.

    She would always order a bottle of whiskey of she had a cold. It became the case that a bottle would always appear at the monarch’s bedside.

    Mr Jobson said: “[Philip] was determined to modernise things inside the Palace.

    “He was the person that brought the television cameras into the coronation ceremony. He was the person that really wanted to conduct the first TV interviews, and did so.

    “He was a great believer in science and technology. So he was someone who really did want to change the way things were done.”

    Mr Jobson added: “He found some of the things completely ridiculous and outdated.

    “The Queen had to sort of temper that, that enthusiasm to change things.”

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    PRINCE ANDREW HAS LUNCH WITH QUEEN AFTER FLEEING TO BALMORAL TO AVOID BEING SERVED SEX ASSAULT PAPERS

    Prince Andrew held lunchtime talks with the Queen yesterday after travelling 500 miles to avoid a sex abuse lawsuit.

    The Duke of York, 61, spent 90 minutes with his mum at a fishing lodge on her private Balmoral estate.

    There have been “multiple attempts” to serve him with papers from paedo Jeffrey Epstein’s former sex slave Virginia Giuffre.

    Yesterday, the Duke arrived at the secluded forest six miles from Balmoral Castle supported by security shortly before 1pm.

    Her Majesty was seen an hour and a half later leaving the lodge, which was owned by the Queen Mum.

    Andrew, often described as the Queen’s favourite son, was not seen departing. A source said: “He was nowhere to be seen. His driver then left alone in his Range Rover.

    “He must have gone out via the back door because he had been made aware of a photographer.

    “The Queen looked very relaxed and wasn’t concerned about having her picture taken. Clearly, Andrew is far more eager to avoid the spotlight.”

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    PAPERS HAVE NOT YET BEEN SERVED ON ANDREW DESPITE ‘MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS’

    The papers have not yet been served on Andrew or his lawyers despite “multiple attempts” in the past two weeks at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

    He is now set to remain in the safety of the Queen’s private estate when his sex abuse case is heard on Monday.

    An insider said: “Andrew was going stir-crazy inside Royal Lodge for the past few weeks. He wasn’t going horse riding and couldn’t step outside because of attempts to serve him with the legal papers.

    “He knows he is far safer up at Balmoral on the Queen’s estate.

    “Andrew is always described as the Queen’s favourite son but she is meant to be on holiday at Balmoral.

    “With Andrew and everything that is happening with Charles and the investigation into cash for honours she must be wondering when she will get any peace and quiet.”

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    THE QUEEN RARELY USES HER FULL NAME – EVEN THOUGH IT HAS SPECIAL MEANING

    When the monarch was born in 1926, her birth certificate listed her full name as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.

    Of course, the Elizabeth part is well known, and it was chosen in tribute to her mum, the Queen Mother, who also had the same name.

    And it turns out her middle names also have sweet meanings too.

    It is thought that Alexandra was chosen in honour of her great grandmother Queen Alexandra, who was the wife of King Edward VII.

    Queen Alexandra died in November 1925 at the age of 80, just months before the Queen was born.

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    KATE MIDDLETON ISN’T THE MOST INTERESTING MUM AT PRINCE GEORGE’S SCHOOL

    When your dad is the heir to the throne, it is understandable that George and Charlotte must stand out at school.

    However, they aren’t the only pupils of £19k-a-year Thomas’s Battersea with a famous parent, as there is another very successful mum doing the playground drop-off too.

    One parent told the Daily Mail: “No one really gives Kate a second glance when she does the school drop-off.

    “We have a Victoria’s Secret model doing the school run, too, and the dads are far more interested in her.”

    The identity of the model hasn’t been revealed, but it’s safe to assume she’s most likely graced numerous high-profile red carpets and A-list events.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY CLASH OVER MEGHAN MARKLE’S ‘HORRIFIC RACIST BULLYING’ IN SHOCKING SCENES FROM NEW ROYAL DRAMA

    The scenes are part of the third Lifetime TV movie; Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, and sees British actor Jordan Dean and American actress Sydney Morton take over the roles of Harry and Meghan.

    Harry is seen confronting his older brother and heir to the throne and accusing him of not speaking out on racism.

    The brothers are seen arguing in the gardens of Kensington Palace, with William telling his younger sibling: “What causes problems isn’t colour, it’s culture. Meghan an American. She acts more like a celebrity than a Royal.”

    But Harry furiously replies: “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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    HARRY AND MEGHAN’S POPULARITY WITH BRITS PLUNGES TO RECORD LOW, DAMNING POLL REVEALS

    According to a YouGov survey, only 26 per cent of Brits “favour” Meghan while 65 per cent dislike her, bringing her net approval rating to -39 per cent.

    For Harry, just 34 per cent say they like him compared to 59 per cent who don’t, taking the prince’s net favourability rating to -25 per cent.

    Harry’s rating has tumbled 25 points since April, while Meghan’s fell nine points during the same span of time.

    Pensioners were the harshest, with just 13 to 18 per cent of over 65s saying they approved of the couple.

    But Harry and Meghan can rejoice in one fact: that Prince Andrew has by far the lowest approval rating of any royal in the survey.

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    SWEET MOMENT PRINCE WILLIAM MEETS LITTLE GIRL, 5, AFTER SHE WAS SAVED BY AMBULANCE CREWS

    The heir beamed during his first royal engagement since his summer break as he met crews during a visit to Dockhead Fire Station.

    The 39-year-old was pictured poignantly listening to little Lila, who was successfully resuscitated by ambulance technician Charlotte Speers, along with firefighters Marc Rustage and James Knight.

    The moving moment was captured as he mingled with lionhearted firefighters in London for Emergency Services Day this afternoon.

    He made the visit without wife Kate after the couple holidayed in the Isles of Scilly with their children.

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    PICTURED: PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY CLASH IN SHOCKING SCENES FROM NEW ROYAL DRAMA

    Prince William and Harry clash over Meghan Markle’s ‘horrific racist bullying’ in shocking scenes from a new royal drama.

    The scenes are part of the third Lifetime TV movie; Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, and sees British actor Jordan Dean and American actress Sydney Morton take over the roles of Harry and Meghan.

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    BUCKINGHAM PALACE ‘FURIOUS’ AT QUEEN’S SECRET DEATH PLANS BEING LEAKED AS HUNT LAUNCHED FOR CULPRIT

    Top officials are said to be on the warpath, with a probe into who revealed the documents under way.

    The secret blueprint for Operation London Bridge – the codename for the plans – reveals every detail of the official response, from Charles’ ‘mourning tour’ of the UK to what royals will post on social media.

    It also details fears that London will be “stretched to breaking point” as millions of mourners head to the capital.

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    HARRY AND MEGHAN’S POPULARITY WITH BRITS PLUNGES TO RECORD LOW, DAMNING POLL REVEALS

    According to a YouGov survey, only 26 per cent of Brits “favour” Meghan while 65 per cent dislike her, bringing her net approval rating to -39 per cent.

    For Harry, just 34 per cent say they like him compared to 59 per cent who don’t, taking the prince’s net favourability rating to -25 per cent.

    Harry’s rating has tumbled 25 points since April, while Meghan’s fell nine points during the same span of time.

    Pensioners were the harshest, with just 13 to 18 per cent of over 65s saying they approved of the couple.

    But Harry and Meghan can rejoice in one fact: that Prince Andrew has by far the lowest approval rating of any royal in the survey.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE ‘MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER’ TO GET THE LAST WORD & SPEAK OUT AFTER PIERS MORGAN OFCOM VICTORY, EXPERT SAYS

    This is a Sun exclusive.

    Furious Meghan Markle is said to be”more determined than ever,” to get the last word and speak out after Piers Morgan’s Ofcom victory.

    This will make the divide “even deeper” between the Sussexes and the Royal Family, according to an expert.

    Speaking about Meghan’s next move, writer and broadcaster Adam Helliker told The Sun Online: “I think she’s going to feel more determined and it will up her game so to speak. 

    “She will convince all her followers that this is how Britain operates. I think she will see it as yet another method of protecting the Royal Family.

    “And it just kind of – the divide is getting ever deeper. And the longer it goes on, the rift, you just wonder, how on earth can they ever come back from that?

    “They will up their game in terms of putting out more statements, being more independent and just pushing away even further.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY WILL MAKE A MOVIE AS THEY ‘AIM HIGH’ IN LA, PAL OMID SCOBIE HINTS

    Scobie revealed on the Royally Obsessed podcast: “I had a very interesting conversation with some executives at Netflix recently. I was trying my best to get a little bit on the Sussexes.

    “All that was said to me was ‘oh man, you don’t even know the half of what they’re working on. They are aiming so high’.

    “So I think the one thing that may surprise us at one point – and I don’t know when this will be – and this is just my own guess really… I think this is when we’re going to hear some sort of movie announcement.”

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    'HEALING' THE RIFT (CONTINUED…)

    Mr Helliker said: "The link between Harry and Philip is even greater than his other grandchildren – including William.

    "Because Philip was the last surviving veteran, he and Harry always had that in common. I think he will have looked on Harry as a bit of a rebel."

    However, he said Philip would have been "disappointed" that Harry chose to step away from royal duties.

    "Taking part in it and viewing it back – wherever they are in the world, they will think how incredible to have this man a grandfather," he said.

    "Maybe it will just bring Harry up to a jolt.

    "He might think, 'Is this worth giving up, is this worth not supporting? Have I let everyone down?'"

    And Philip may have liked the idea that the documentary would reunite his grandsons, Mr Helliker said.

    Read the article in full here.

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    PRINCE HARRY & WILLIAM COULD START ‘HEALING’ TALKS TO MEND RIFT AFTER UNITING FOR PRINCE PHILIP DOCUMENTARY, SAYS EXPERT

    The brothers will share their memories of their grandfather as part of a new documentary on the Duke of Edinburgh's life.

    Royal author Adam Helliker said the BBC film could mark a turning point for the princes – and may help to end their feud.

    The last time the princes met face-to-face was at the unveiling of a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana.

    And while they appeared to be on good form for the event this summer, Harry left just 20 minutes after the statue was revealed before returning to the US.

    Mr Helliker told the Sun Online that the documentary may do what the recent meeting couldn't.

    "I think it could be a rallying moment, a healing moment when they all remember someone who was such a pivotal member of the Royal Family," he said.

    The film may provide an "excuse" for Harry or William to pick up the phone, he said.

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    MEGHAN URGED TO STICK TO ‘HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP’ AS ‘SERIOUS PEOPLE’ WILL NOT LISTEN TO DUCHESS

    A former US/UK relations adviser and Senior Fellow of the Bow Group think tank Lee Cohen has suggested Meghan Markle should steer clear from important world issues.

    He said that “serious people” care little for what she has to say, urging her to stick to “Hollywood gossip”.

    Mr Cohen went on to say: “I have not seen any reaction from military personnel, why would serious people even tune in to what Ms Markle has to say on this or any issue except Hollywood gossip?

    “Interestingly, the Sussexes were careful to avoid mention of embattled Biden, whom they have always lined up behind.

    “I recall that the Biden White House was quick to praise the Sussexes for their ‘courage’ opening up about their mental health issues through the Oprah interview.

    “Now that Biden has earned the world’s scorn for his Afghanistan catastrophe, the Sussexes’ cosiness with the failed leader is less desirable.”

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    BUCKINGHAM PALACE ‘FURIOUS’ AT QUEEN’S SECRET DEATH PLANS BEING LEAKED

    Top officials are said to be on the warpath, with a probe into who revealed the documents under way.

    The secret blueprint for Operation London Bridge – the codename for the plans – reveals every detail of the official response, from Charles’ ‘mourning tour’ of the UK to what royals will post on social media.

    It also details fears that London will be “stretched to breaking point” as millions of mourners head to the capital.

    The top-secret document was handed to a political website in a shocking breach.

    And aides are now tracking the person responsible after the plans made headlines around the world.

    Such details are meant to remain private and embargoed – as they were when the Duke of Edinburgh died in April.

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    17 DODGY CLAIMS PIERS MORGAN BLASTED MEGHAN MARKLE FOR TELLING OPRAH

    Piers Morgan has launched a atinging attack on Meghan Markle, claiming the allegations made to Oprah Winfrey were untrue.

    The GMB host discredited the following 17 claims made by the Duke and Duchess

    • Press created drama over Thomas Markle – Her father is now demanding his own Oprah interview.
    • Security was taken away – Meghan said security was removed from her, Harry and Archie, despite fears for their safety.
    • Press team didn’t defend her
    • Real wedding took place earlier – This claim has since been proved not to have happened.
    • Archie ‘wasn’t allowed to be prince’
    • Meghan ‘never looked Harry up online’ – But according to the authors of Finding Freedom, Meghan looked up Harry via a thorough Google search for their first date.
    • Silent or silenced? – In reality, she went on 73 public appearances as a working royal… even famously, she gave a tearful interview to Tom Bradby for ITN when in South Africa.

      Read the article in full here.

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