Meghan Markle latest – Hypocrite Duchess and Harry should ditch royal titles they claim to hate, fuming Palace aides say

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been urged to give the up the royal titles they claim to hate by furious Palace aides.

Speaking on the podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard last week, Harry said he'd wanted to quite the Royal Family since he was in his 20s, adding "look what it did to my mum".

But his comments have led to even more "anger and bewilderment" within the Royal Family – not least because Harry and Meghan are still using their royal titles to cash in and raise their profile.

Meghan, for example, used her title Duchess of Sussex on the cover of her new children's book despite previously saying she wasn't interested in having a royal title and that she was simply "Meghan".

And Harry's other comments in the interview has sparked anger too – not least the way he criticised Charles' parenting and by implication the parenting of the Queen and his late grandfather Prince Philip.

One aide reportedly told the Mail on Sunday: "People are appalled that he could do this to the Queen when the Duke of Edinburgh is barely in his grave. To drag his grandfather into this is so shocking and disrespectful.

"The Duke of Sussex has now spent a significant amount of time emphasising that he's no different to anyone else and attacking the institution which he says has caused him so much pain. There is a growing feeling that if you dislike the institution that much, you shouldn't have the titles."

Another source said: "They should put the titles into abeyance, so they still exist, but are not used, like they agreed to do with their HRHs. They should just become Harry and Meghan. And if they refuse to do that, they have to explain why not."

Read our live blog below for the very latest updates on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry…

  • Debbie White

    WILL PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN STOP BEING THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF SUSSEX?

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have given up their royal patronages – but they'll still officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    As part of the couple's Megxit agreement with the Queen last year, Meghan and Harry kept their His/Her Highness titles officially, but no longer use them.

    And in recent months, the couple has opted to simply introduce themselves by their first names.

    The Duke of Sussex was said to be "upset" at the prospect of losing his titles and patronages – with the palace confirming he would no longer hold the honorary positions.

    Harry and Meghan were reportedly "resigned" to losing their roles post-Megxit – they previously had around 18 royal and private patronages.

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY NEEDS TO PROTECT POPULARITY IN US – LORRAINE

    Lorraine Kelly said of Prince Harry's First Amendment 'bonkers' comment that he "just has to be careful, it's a difficult one".

    "And obviously they are very, very, very popular in the US and he doesn't want to fritter all that away I guess," she added this morning, during her ITV show.

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY 1ST AMENDMENT JIBE 'STRANGE'

    Prince Harry has "been a little bit strange" in his Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, says Ross King.

    Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on ITV this morning, King said it was a "very popular podcast", but Harry "basically called the First Amendment here 'bonkers', [and said] that he's a little bit confused by it.

    "For people [in the UK] who don't know, the First Amendment is the freedom of speech, religion, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, the right to petition the government, it has been around [as part of the Constitution] for a long time.

    "As you can imagine it's drawn criticism, not only in the UK but also out here in the States too."

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY 'PUTTING FOOT IN IT' – LORRAINE

    Prince Harry has "put his foot in it" during his recent podcast blast of his UK family, blasted Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show this morning.

    She said: "As we know, Prince Harry and Meghan left the UK partly because they didn't like the intrusion in their private lives.

    "But since they've gone to America they have done quite a lot of interviews and things, and clearly Harry has put his foot in it, hasn't he?"

    US-based presenter Ross King replied: "Yeah… obviously they do some good -at the Vax Live Concert he came on and got a rock star reception, and a standing ovation – it was all for a very good cause."

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN'S '£500,000' ADVANCE FOR THE BENCH

    The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that her husband's special bond with their son was the inspiration behind her first children's publication, The Bench.

    The little boy has only been seen rarely during the past 12 months, but did feature in a black and white video clip released in March, showing him walking along a beach watched by his parents and the family's pet dog, Guy.

    Meghan is believed to have received an advance of between £250,000 and £500,000 for her new book, says the Daily Telegraph.

    The Duchess said her book showed "warmth, joy and comfort".

    She said: "My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make-up, as much as it does with me."

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE CHARLES 'HAS ONLY MET GRANDSON ARCHIE TWICE'

    Prince Charles has only met his US-based grandson "twice" according to a report in the Daily Mail.

    The paper says that Archie "now speaks with a distinct American accent" and "has seen his grandfather, the Prince of Wales, only twice since he was born".

    "It is understood the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can also count their meetings with him 'easily on one hand'," it adds.

    Also, "such is the rift between Harry and William that it is believed Archie may sadly have met his Cambridge cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, just the once."

    A source said: "The truth is the Prince of Wales has barely seen his grandson twice since he was born. In fact, every member of Harry's family can easily count on one hand the number of times they saw Archie after he was born, and before the family left the UK. It's a very sad situation."

  • Debbie White

    HARRY'S 1ST AMENDMENT 'BONKERS' JIBE RISKS ROYAL BEING REJECTED BY THE US – NIGEL FARAGE

    "For Prince Harry to condemn the USA's First Amendment shows he has lost the plot," Nigel Farage tweeted after the royal's recent anti-family rant.

    Farage added: "Soon he will not be wanted on either side of the pond."

    Andrew Morgan replied: "We hear the voice of Prince Harry but the mind of his wife."

    Henry Carter added: "Whoever is advising Prince Harry is doing him a disservice."

    Another person joked: "Canada might still take them."

  • Debbie White

    WHAT IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT?

    The First Amendment protects several basic freedoms in the US.

    This includes freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government.

  • Debbie White

    WHAT DID HARRY SAY ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT?

    Talking about life in LA, his family and future plans on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert, Prince Harry said: "I've got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers.

    "I don't want to start going down the First Amendment route because that's a huge subject and one which I don't understand because I've only been here a short time.

    "But, you can find a loophole in anything. You can capitalise or exploit what's not said rather than uphold what is said."

  • Debbie White

    DUKE OF SUSSEX TOLD TO 'GET OUT OF AMERICA' AFTER ANTI-FAMILY RANT

    Prince Harry has been told to "get the hell out" by furious Americans after calling the First Amendment "bonkers".

    The Duke of Sussex was hit with backlash after complaining about the US constitution on a podcast, while admitting he doesn't fully understand it.

    One outraged American wrote on social media: "If he has a problem with the constitution then he can go back to Britain."

    And another blasted: "Get the hell out of America."

    Texas Congressman Dan Crewnshaw waded into the tirade of criticism Harry received, adding: "Well I just doubled the size of my Independence Day party."

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY 'MAD' TO WIDEN RIFT WITH FAMILY, SAYS AUTHOR

    The Duke of Sussex has been accused of "madness" for failing to chat with his dad, falling out with Prince William and "publicly criticising his 95-year-old grandmother, still grieving for her husband".

    Author Matthew Syed, in his Sunday Times comment, warns that while 'enlightened' mums and dad believe that their kids will grow up 'whole' after receiving 'modern counselling', this might not be reality.

    He writes: "The tragedy, of course, is that Harry and Meghan will probably find themselves on the receiving end of the same payback, their kids blaming them in turn – for isn't this the more conspicuous 'cycle' in western culture."

    Syed says that "a crumb of comfort for Prince Charles and the Queen" could be that "Harry may have inadvertently performed a public service in exposing the risks of commercialised treatment".

  • Debbie White

    DUKE ACCUSED OF 'MONETISING INTIMATE DETAILS OF HIS LIFE'

    Prince Harry has "forged a career from monetising the intimate details of his life", says author Matthew Syed.

    Of the royal's very public complaints about his upbringing, Syed says: "He talks – apparently without irony – of not wishing to 'blame' his parents while impugning them; of the trauma of being on public view, while promoting his television series; of the awfulness of royal life while exploiting that connection.

    "Only someone in West Coast therapy could display this level of narcissism.

    "But the more urgent danger is that this kind of counselling risks fracturing the family itself, loved ones becoming collateral damage in the quest for utopia."

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY 'TOO SELF-CENTRED & SELF-OBSESSED' – DOCTOR

    "Far from being the poster-child for the benefits of therapy, I’m afraid Harry is actually becoming quite the opposite," writes Dr Max Pemberton for the Daily Mail.

    He adds in his health column that Prince Harry "is starting to embody the characteristics of those who’ve had too much therapy — self-centred, self-obsessed, aggrieved and resentful.

    "While a bit of self-obsession is acceptable inside a therapist’s office, it is unbecoming in public, especially from someone who has — and continues to have — a life of almost unparalleled luxury and privilege.

    "It would be far more helpful if Harry showed through his actions how he has turned his difficulties into something positive, rather than simply sounding spoilt and angry.

    "He has also failed to understand that the modern obsession with getting everything off your chest, airing every grievance, isn’t helpful at all."

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY GETTING 'TOO MUCH THERAPY'

    Prince Harry is getting "too much therapy" and becoming "self-centred, self-obsessed, aggrieved and resentful", warns a doctor.

    In his Daily Mail column, Dr Max Pemberton says: "At the launch of his Apple TV+ mental health series last week, Prince Harry spoke about how the ‘majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss or grief’."

    The doctor, who has "had psychotherapy myself and have trained in it" fears that Harry is focusing too much on the past, and indulging in "too much navel-gazing".

    "Sometimes a stiff upper lip is precisely what’s needed. Sometimes talking about something endlessly isn’t the answer. Talking can only make so much difference. There are times when you need to accept the past and move on.

    "No amount of chat is going to change what has happened," he added.

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY 'NEEDS TO FIX HIS TEETH'

    Celeb dentist Dr Robbie Hughes reckons that if Prince Harry wants to join the A-listers in the US, he'll need to fix his teeth.

    But it'll cost him £4,000 to do so.

    Charlotte Griffiths wrote in the Mail on Sunday that Hughes slated Harry's gnashers for looking "a bit gappy at the front, slightly misaligned and not the best colour".

    The dentist suggested that the Duke of Sussex portrayed Americans' perception of Brits' less-than-pearly-whites – and said his "snaggle tooth" smile could be improved for £4,000.

    He said of the royal's teeth that they weren't "the best aligned, shaped, or coloured; almost like we forgot to have some orthodontics."

    Harry's teeth have been criticised in the USCredit: Reuters
  • Joseph Gamp

    MAN CLAIMS HE HAS MORE ‘PROOF’ HE IS CHARLES AND CAMILLA’S ‘LOVE-CHILD’

    An Australian man claims he has even more ‘proof’ he is Prince Charles and Camilla’s son.

    Simon Dorante-Day, who was born in the UK, claims he was conceived in 1965 by a 17-year-old Charles and 18-year-old Camilla.

    He released a new photo from 1990, which shows an uncanny resemblance to Prince Andrew, reported 7News.

    He told the outlet: “Prince Andrew is only six years older than me. But there’s no denying the likeness, which makes sense given that I believe he is my uncle.

    “A lot of people think this is actually a photo of a younger Prince Andrew when they first look at it.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    BROADCAST OF PROBE INTO BASHIR’S DIANA INTERVIEW DELAYED

    The BBC has delayed the broadcast of a Panorama investigation into Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

    The programme was expected to air on BBC One on Monday but has been postponed due to a “significant duty of care issue”, according to the broadcaster. A new broadcast date has not yet been confirmed.

    Bashir, who was the BBC News religion editor, left the corporation earlier this week on health grounds.

    He has been seriously unwell with Covid-19 related complications.

    It comes shortly after Lord Dyson’s investigation concluded into how Bashir landed his 1995 interview, with a BBC spokesman saying the report would be published “very soon”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    QUESTIONS OVER MEG & HARRY’S DEAL WITH P&G

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are facing questions over their deal with Procter & Gamble as it sells what campaigners say is a “racist” skin-whitening cream.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation announced the multi-year “global partnership” with the US consumer goods giant earlier this week.

    The deal has brought to light P&G’s sale of skin-lightening creams in Africa and Asia.

    Campaigners have criticised the products for creating a “toxic belief” that a “person’s worth is measured by the colour of their skin”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    JODIE TURNER-SMITH SAYS MEGHAN ‘COULD HAVE MODERNISED THE ROYAL FAMILY’

    Actress Jodie Turner-Smith has described the monarchy as “limiting and archaic” and feels Meghan Markle “could have modernised the royal family”.

    In an interview with The Telegraph, the 34-year-old, the first black woman to take on the role of Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 series, said of the Duchess of Sussex: “It was a terrible missed opportunity, the way in which it was not allowed to be something that really modernises that institution, and to change it to something for the better.

    “I think that’s why there’s dysfunction there.”

    And discussing the monarchy generally, she said: “We have to look at things in a modern context. And only then we will recognise that certain things are archaic, and don’t really serve us as a community and are limiting us.

    “I think we should keep those things in stories and move on to something else in reality.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    HARRY WANTED PRIVACY BUT HAS ANYTHING BUT, SAYS COMMENTATOR

    A royal commentator has raised questions over why Prince Harry left royal duties and the UK behind for a more private life and then “generated anything but privacy”.

    Dickie Arbiter said: “Prince Harry opted out of Royal life a little over a year ago on the pretext of wanting privacy since when he has generated anything but privacy.

    “Time now for him to stop the blame game and look in the mirror.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN DRAGGED INTO ROW OVER BOOK PUBLISHERS CHOOSING ‘CELEBRITY OVER QUALITY’

    Meghan Markle has been dragged into a row over publishers prioritising “celebrity over quality”.

    It comes as the Duchess of Sussex prepares to release her debut book, The Bench, next month.

    British children’s author Gareth P Jones, who penned the Dragon Detective Agency book series, told the Telegraph: “Most celebrity authors get such whopping advances for their efforts that I’m not sure book sales or longevity are important factors for them.”

    Fleur Hitchcock, author of children’s thriller Waiting for Murder, added: “There have been some absolute disasters over the years – remember Madonna’s?

    “Some sell on the name, and fizzle out, but some are so aggressively marketed that they swamp the competition.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    JODIE TURNER-SMITH SAYS MEGHAN ‘COULD HAVE MODERNISED THE ROYAL FAMILY’

    Actress Jodie Turner-Smith has described the monarchy as “limiting and archaic” and feels Meghan Markle “could have modernised the royal family”.

    In an interview with The Telegraph, the 34-year-old, the first black woman to take on the role of Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 series, said of the Duchess of Sussex: “It was a terrible missed opportunity, the way in which it was not allowed to be something that really modernises that institution, and to change it to something for the better.

    “I think that’s why there’s dysfunction there.”

    And discussing the monarchy generally, she said: “We have to look at things in a modern context. And only then we will recognise that certain things are archaic, and don’t really serve us as a community and are limiting us.

    “I think we should keep those things in stories and move on to something else in reality.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    HARRY USES AMERICANISMS TO ‘BE LIKED’, SAYS EXPERT

    A speech expert reckons Prince Harry has dropped elements of his English accent in favour of Americanisms to “be liked”.

    Emma Serlin told FEMAIL that the Duke of Sussex dropped his Ts and used Americanisms during his recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, using terms like “gotta”, “wanna” and “coulda” to “fit into” American society and be liked.

    She said: “It’s not so much that he’s developed an American accent but more that he is adapting his. For example, dropping his Ts… and use of Americanisms.

    “This softening of his own accent is really his psychology at play… He has a strong desire to be liked and to connect.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHEN IS BABY TWO DUE?

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on February 14 that they are expecting a second baby later this year.

    Although there are no specifics on her due date, Meghan revealed to Oprah Winfrey in their interview that the baby would be due in the summertime.

    The tot will be eighth in line for the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, and baby Archie.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CHARLES OFFERD ‘OLIVE BRANCH’ WITH ARCHIE BDAY MESSAGE

    Prince Charles’ birthday message to Meghan and Harry’s son Archie was his way of offering an “olive branch”, it is claimed.

    The Prince of Wales posted on Instagram celebrating Archie turning two amid the royal rift following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Royal fans noted that Charles did not publicly mark the sixth birthday of his only granddaughter Princess Charlotte on May 2, or the third birthday of Prince Louis on April 23.

    Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie told podcast Royally Obsessed that this is very telling.

    Ms Fiorito said: “The royals wished him a happy birthday, the one thing I wanted to call out is Charles’ post because people are really calling attention to that there were no posts for Charlotte or Louis on their birthdays.”

    She added: “It’s an olive branch, it feels like an olive branch and one that could have been executed a little bit better if Meghan was included.”

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