Meghan and Harry latest – Prince ‘slams’ critics for ‘driving a wedge’ between him and brother Prince William

HARRY is hitting back after being criticised for not publicly speaking out about the controversial BBC Panorama interview done by Princess Diana in the 1990s.

BBC journalist Martin Bashir has come under fire for his actions after it was claimed he falsified bank statements to get Princess Diana to speak to him.

Prince William spoke out about the inquiry through a Kensington Palace statement – but Harry has remained silent.

A source close to the Duke of Sussex told People: “Sadly, some people are not just seeing this as a drive for truth, but also trying to use this as an opportunity to drive a wedge between the brothers.

“You do not need a public statement to imagine how he is feeling privately, people know how much his mother means to him.

“He has bravely spoken out in the past about loss and grief, and the immense impact it has had on him.”

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  • Becky Pemberton

    HARRY ADVISED MEGHAN TO WRITE ABOUT HER MISCARRIAGE TO HELP OTHERS WITH SAME PAIN, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Harry encouraged Meghan Markle to open up on her tragic miscarriage to help other families dealing with similar pain, it is claimed.

    The Duchess of Sussex bravely wrote about losing her baby back in July and her "almost unbearable grief", with her husband persuading her to pen the emotional essay.

    According to Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, Harry said Meghan’s honest account would help other families going through the same thing. 

    “Harry said (to Meghan) ‘I think you should write about this miscarriage because if we can help another family going through this then it is a reason to do it’," Katie told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.

    “That is why they did it. You look at Harry and some of the things that he has said you would never expect from a senior royal. 

    “When have we ever read a royal write like that? I thought it was incredibly brave.”

  • Becky Pemberton

    X FACTOR'S MATT CARDLE SAYS HIM AND MEGHAN 'WEREN'T MEANT TO BE'

    He's the former X Factor winner who played an unlikely hand in shaping today’s Royal Family.

    Matt Cardle, who became the most voted-for winner of the ITV show exactly ten years today, exchanged messages about going on a date with Meghan Markle shortly before she met future husband Prince Harry.

    Matt, Meghan and Harry’s lives could all have been different had he started dating the then Suits TV star.

    Speaking to The Sun on Sunday in an exclusive interview, Matt said: “It was just a very weird situation — very odd. And I really don’t know how it came about.

    “Life’s got a course and I was not on that one. I’ve laughed about it, but it’s amazing thinking back.”

    The pair started swapping messages in 2015 after Meghan, who was single and in the UK at the time, followed Matt on social media after his award-winning appearance in West End show Memphis.

    But before the pair could hook up Matt, 37, got together with his current girlfriend Amber Hernaman, 29, and Meghan met Harry.

  • Becky Pemberton

    GIOVANNA FLETCHER OPENS UP ABOUT MISCARRIAGE PAIN AFTER MEGHAN'S ADMISSION

    I'm a Celebrity winner Giovanna Fletcher has supported Meghan Markle’s decision to open up about having a miscarriage after she suffered one herself eight years ago.

    In her first newspaper interview since being crowned the first ever Queen of the Castle the 35-year-old mother-of-three shared details of her own heartbreaking loss.

    After discovering that Prince Harry’s wife penned a searingly honest account of losing her baby Gi, as everyone calls her, said: “It's amazing to hear that Meghan has spoken about it, I’d love to interview her on the podcast.

    “I think it's so important that people are open about miscarriages, every time someone brings this topic of conversation up it helps so many people, because it's such a lonely thing to go through and hearing other people express themselves when you can't find the words to help people understand what you're going through is so important.

    “I think it's so admirable and amazing for her to share what is a really raw and upsetting thing to go through.”

    Now mother to Buzz, six, Buddy, four, and Max, two, Gi tragically had a miscarriage at six weeks in 2012.

  • Becky Pemberton

    MELANIA TRUMP 'LOST OUT ON TATLER COVER TO MEGHAN AS TRUSTED STAFFER FAILED TO NEGOTIATE DEAL'

    Melania Trump reportedly missed her chance to land the cover of Tatler's November issue to Meghan Markle because her chief of staff failed to negotiate a deal for the first lady.

    During her husband Donald Trump's re-election bid, Stephanie Grisham managed to land Melania the only exclusive interview of his campaign with the British fashion magazine.

    But Grisham, the first lady's most trusted staffer, didn't negotiate a cover deal despite shrugging off multiple interview offers from big-name outlets, according to New York Post columnist Miranda Devine.

    "Having eschewed countless offers for positive interviews from American outlets such as Women’s Wear Daily and The Post, Grisham allowed the British magazine Tatler to have the only exclusive interview of the campaign for its November issue," Devine wrote.

    "And yet she did not negotiate the cover of the magazine. Instead, Meghan Markle took the honor."

  • Becky Pemberton

    HARRY SUGGESTS CORONAVIRUS IS 'PUNISHMENT FROM NATURE'

    Harry has suggested Covid is punishment from Mother Nature as he urged everyone to "be a raindrop" and repair the Earth.

    The Duke of Sussex made the claim as he launched a new Netflix-style streaming platform for climate documentaries – adding that he'd also questioned having children as the world will be "on fire" when they grow up.

    The 36-year-old, who recently bought a £11million Californian mansion, said in the very woke promo: "Somebody said to me at the beginning of the pandemic, it's almost as though Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms for bad behaviour to really take a moment and think about what we've done.

    "It's certainly reminded me about how interconnected we all are, not just as people but through nature.

    "We take so much from her and we rarely give a lot back."

  • Becky Pemberton

    PIERS MORGAN SLAMS MEGHAN AND HARRY'S PLANS FOR 'WOKE AWARDS'

    Piers Morgan has slammed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's plans for a "woke awards" ceremony to rival the royal gongs.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the host blasted the couple – sarcastically asking: "Who are these people?"

    The opinionated telly host asked guests if they would like to be honoured in the couple's new ceremony, which The Sun exclusively revealed plans for this week.

    Piers said: "It is just a story in the papers. They have applied for their own rival Honours List. Who are these people?"

    But co-host Susanna Reid was quick to jump to the couple's defence, quipping back: "What is wrong with you? It is not a rival Honours List.

    "It is an awards ceremony. To reward people who have achieved incredible things."

    To which Piers snapped back: "Yeah that’s what the Honours List is, that’s what the royals do."

  • Becky Pemberton

    MEGHAN MARKLE'S BEST PAL JESSICA MULRONEY SAYS SHE 'LAUGHED SO HARD IT HURT' IN VIDEO CALL WITH A GIRLFRIEND

    Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney has said she 'laughed so hard it hurt' while on a video call with a friend.

    The fashion stylist, 40, posted the message on her Instagram stories, and it has left people wondering whether she was speaking to Meghan.

    Jessica, who lives in Toronto, spoke of a hilarious chat she recently had with a pal, saying "My girlfriend and I just laughed so hard it actually hurts. God bless FaceTime."

    This comes just weeks after it was revealed Meghan is "constantly" checking up on Jessica from her Santa Barbara home.

    Mulroney also revealed the pair regularly use FaceTime to keep in touch with each other.

  • Becky Pemberton

    ELLEN DEGENERES TO BE 'NEIGHBOURS' WITH MEGHAN AND HARRY

    Ellen Degeneres is reportedly set to be neighbors with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

    The talk show host, 62, is believed to have snapped up a $49 million mansion in California's exclusive Montecito area.

    Ellen bought the sprawling estate from SNL alum Dennis Miller, 67, and his wife, former model, Carolyn Espley-Miller, 55, in late September, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    The deal reportedly makes the property one of the most expensive compounds sold in the Santa Barbara County area.

    Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi, could be rubbing shoulders with former royals Meghan and Harry, who bought a $14.7 million Italian-style villa in Montecito this summer.

  • Imogen Braddick

    ROYAL REUNION WITH QUEEN AND FAMILY AT WILLIAM AND KATE'S FINAL DESTINATION

    William and Kate's whistle-stop tour of the country by royal train has come to an end at Windsor Castle, where the Queen joined them in thanking local volunteers and key workers.

    The monarch's appearance was the first time she has been seen in public with the Prince of Wales and senior members of the monarchy en masse since before the coronavirus pandemic.

    In wintry conditions, the Queen stood on the steps of the Equerry's entrance in the castle's quadrangle and listened as the Regent Hall Band of the Salvation Army, who are based in London's Oxford Street, played Christmas carols.

    Socially distanced around her were Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, William and Kate, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal – who had all arrived separately to the monarch.

  • Imogen Braddick

    THE QUEEN IS LOOKING FOR A PERSONAL ASSISTANT

    This is a reminder that the Queen is looking for a new personal assistant – and you’ll get paid to travel the globe with her.

    The royal family is looking for someone to fill the role at the private secretary’s office at Buckingham Palace.

    The successful candidate will benefit from an action-packed schedule, often travelling overseas and be paid a healthy £35,000 wage in doing so.

    Here's some more details about the role.

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    BORIS JOHNSON BACKS 'HUGELY VALUABLE' TOUR BY WILLIAM AND KATE

    Boris Johnson believes William and Kate's royal train tour is a "welcome morale boost" after Downing Street officials initially refused to say it complied with coronavirus restrictions.

    Concerns about the tour have been raised by Welsh and Scottish ministers at a time when many parts of the UK are subject to strict rules to control the spread of coronavirus.

    The Prime Minister's official spokesman said the tour was a "matter for the palace".

    But an hour after the comments in a Westminster briefing, a statement issued by No 10 confirmed Mr Johnson's support.

    "The PM is delighted to see the warm reception the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have received on their hugely valuable train tour of England, Scotland and Wales," a spokesman said.

    "The tour will be a welcome morale boost to frontline workers who have done so much during the pandemic."

  • Imogen Braddick

    MEGHAN AND HARRY'S LAST OUTING MAKES BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SHORTLIST

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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's last royal outing has been selected as one of the showstopping frontrunners for the 2021 British Photography Award.

    After entries were collected from 5,354 photographers professional and amateur alike, competition was tough.

    The competition accepts a broad range of photos from varying disciplines all over the world.

    Harry and Meghan's return to England after they announced their departure from the Royal family was met with rain and one of the most breathtaking pictures of the couple, taken by Samir Hussein.

    Read the full story here.

  • Imogen Braddick

    MEGHAN AND HARRY'S HONOURS LIST

    Here's some details about Harry and Meghan's honour list.

    The couple will recognise do-gooders in the fields they like to champion.

    They hope to celebrate “charitable service, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health and mental health”, papers filed in the US reveal.

    Winning firms, charities and individuals can expect the right-on couple’s seal of approval. 

    While the Queen hands out gongs twice a year, the Sussexes’ rival scheme would be run by their Arche-well foundation.

    Read the full story here.

  • Britta Zeltmann

    'BIG CHANGE SINCE MEGHAN AND HARRY LEFT'

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have appeared increasingly "relaxed" since Meghan and Harry quit the Royal Family, royal biographer Angela Levin has claimed.

    Speaking to talkRADIO, Ms Levin said: "When you see that with Kate and William…when we saw them this morning, they were laughing.

    "Kate was moving to the music and they're very, very easy with each other.

    "I think there's been a big change since Harry and Meghan have gone that they feel more relaxed.

    "Maybe not under attack and they feel very much like a team, you can feel that."

  • Imogen Braddick

    KATE AND WILLIAM 'STILL TRYING TO MAKE PLANS' FOR CHRISTMAS

    Speaking to students in Cardiff about arrangements for Christmas amid the coronavirus pandemic, William said on Tuesday: "It is so difficult. We are still trying to make plans. It's difficult to know what to do for the best."

    He told the group of students: "I really hope you get to see your families this Christmas."

    Lily Faulkner, a 21-year-old second year politics and international studies student at Cardiff University, said afterwards: "They were trying like the rest of us to make Christmas plans with their family and still weren't 100 per cent sure of what they were going to do or where they were going to be."

    William and Kate, who was dressed in a Welsh dragon red Alexander McQueen winter coat, with tartan scarf and matching tartan skirt, also took part in a Secret Santa gift swap with six student housemates who had bubbled together.

    Kate sent the group into giggles when it emerged she had given Gwennan Lewis, 20, from Newport, a £13.99 Prosecco Pong game.

  • Imogen Braddick

    NEXT DESTINATION FOR KATE AND WILLIAM: BATH

    William and Kate's next destination on the train tour was Cleeve Court Care Home in Twerton, Bath.

    The couple's visit was to pay tribute to the efforts of care staff across the country.

    The engagement took place outside as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chatted to staff about their experiences of providing care and helping residents to stay connected to their loved ones throughout the pandemic and lockdown.

    The couple were also meeting a small number of residents.

  • Imogen Braddick

    KATE MEETS CANCER SUFFERER LEN AFTER SECRET PHONE CHATS DURING LOCKDOWN

    Kate Middleton made a surprise visit yesterday to meet a cancer sufferer OAP she befriended during lockdown.

    The Duchess of Cambridge has secretly been volunteering during the Covid pandemic, making phone calls to 85-year-old full-time carer Len Gardner.

    Kate and William dropped in to see Len in Batley, who is recovering at home after an operation for bladder cancer and is a carer for wife Shirley, 84, who has Alzheimer's.

    The couple had a socially-distanced chat with the elderly gent after striking up a friendship during lockdown.

    Read the full story here.

  • Imogen Braddick

    CULTURE SECRETARY WELCOMES WILLIAM AND KATE'S TRIP TO CARDIFF

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    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has welcomed William and Kate's trip to Cardiff.

    "It is wonderful news that Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been able to visit Cardiff today to see the impact that culture has on our communities," he said.

    "Throughout the pandemic, organisations across the country have stepped up to support those in need and our choirs, bands, actors, film-makers, museums – and the technical crews that support them – are no different.

    "Cultural and heritage organisations across the country have brought us joy and happiness online, on television and on our mobile phones by creating cultural content we can enjoy safely."

    Welsh Secretary Simon Hart also backed the trip, saying: "Wales's cultural sector is one of our greatest assets, so it was great to see their Royal Highnesses in Cardiff experiencing some of the rich talent we continue to produce."

  • Imogen Braddick

    HOW OLD IS ARCHIE NOW AND WHEN WAS MEGHAN AND HARRY'S FIRST CHILD BORN?

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child, Archie, back in 2019 – with the youngster joining the line of succession to the throne.

    Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor became the Queen's eighth great-grandchild and fourth through her eldest son and heir to the crown, Prince Charles.

    Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019 – meaning he is 19 months old.

    The release of the official birth certificate revealed that the young royal was born at Portland Hospital in London at 5.26am.

  • Imogen Braddick

    XMAS CARDS SENT BY QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP GO UNDER THE HAMMER

    A set of Christmas cards sent by the Queen and Prince Philip to an employee on the Sandringham estate have been put up for auction.

    The cards date between 1998 and 2008 and include photographs of the Royal Family.

    One from 2017 shows the Queen feeding a banana to an elephant and another from 2004 shows a picture of the couple meeting D-Day veterans.

    The cards, which are all signed, could fetch up to £200 each and will go under the hammer at Rowley's auction house in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

    All the money raised will be donated to the Norfolk Hospice in King's Lynn, Norfolk, who are selling the collection.

  • Imogen Braddick

    PRINCE HARRY SUGGESTS COVID WAS 'PUNISHMENT FROM MOTHER NATURE'

    Last week, Prince Harry suggested Covid is punishment from Mother Nature as he urged everyone to "be a raindrop" and repair the Earth.

    The Duke of Sussex made the claim as he launched a new Netflix-style streaming platform for climate documentaries – adding that he'd also questioned having children as the world will be "on fire" when they grow up.

    "Somebody said to me at the beginning of the pandemic, it's almost as though Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms for bad behaviour to really take a moment and think about what we've done," he said.

    "It's certainly reminded me about how interconnected we all are, not just as people but through nature.

    "We take so much from her and we rarely give a lot back."

    You can read the full story here.

  • Imogen Braddick

    WHAT TIME IS THE QUEEN'S SPEECH ON CHRISTMAS DAY THIS YEAR?

    The Queen's Christmas Day speech gives our head of state a chance to reflect on the past year.

    The speech is on every year at 3pm.

    You can watch it either on BBC One or ITV, Sky One or Sky News at 3pm on December 25, 2020. It's also broadcast on BBC Radio Four.

    The theme for this year is yet to be confirmed, but the speeches usually follow a similar format – the Queen will look back at the biggest events of the past year.

    The Queen will undoubtedly focus on the coronavirus pandemic which has placed the UK in lockdown for much of the year.

  • Imogen Braddick

    KATE CHANNELS MEGHAN'S STYLE WITH NOD TO FAVOURITE HANDBAG DESIGNER

    Kate made a sweet nod to Meghan Markle's style as she stepped out on the first day of the whistle-top royal tour of the UK on Monday.

    The Duchess of Cambridge's shiny clutch bag was from Strathberry – one of Meghan's favourite handbag designers, Hello! reports.

    Kate's choice of the "Multrees" Chain Embossed Croc Black Wallet costs £255 and only currently available for pre-order.

    Meghan wore Strathberry for her first royal visit to Edinburgh with Prince Harry in 2017.

  • Imogen Braddick

    QUEEN SHOWS OFF PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTO OF GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

    The Queen has revealed a previously-unseen photo of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during a video chat. 

    Her Majesty, 94, was doing her first virtual diplomatic audience on Friday from Windsor Castle, where she virtually met foreign ambassadors who were at Buckingham Palace.

    Eagle-eyed fans were delighted to spot a photo of the Queen’s great-grandchildren in a frame behind her shoulder. 

    In the sweet picture, George, seven, can be seen posing next to Charlotte, five, and Louis, two. 

    You can see the picture here.

  • Imogen Braddick

    KATE ENJOYS STICKY SWEET TREATS AT CARDIFF CASTLE

    On the final day of their train tour, Kate and Wills joined students from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales as they unwrapped their Secret Santa gifts to one another.

    The couple browsed some of the Christmas stalls and toasted large marshmallows over a fire.

    Touching one of the sticky sweet treats with her gloved hand, Kate laughed and said: "I'm going to have that marshmallow on my fingers all day."

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