Harry ‘always wanted to quit Royal life’ – and Meghan ‘helped him do it’

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PRINCE Harry always wanted out of the Royal Family – but Meghan had the tools to help him quit, an expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit The Firm in 2020, but Tina Brown, Princess Diana‘s biographer and author of The Palace Papers claims Harry had wanted to leave way before then.

Ms Brown claims Meghan introduced a “really unhappy” Harry to the “world of agents and deals”

She told the Washington Post: “A very close person in the circle said to me, you know, we always knew that Harry was going to go at some point. He was really unhappy.

“The Queen knew that at some point it was highly likely that Harry would want out. But they didn’t know it would be so fast, and they didn’t see it happening in the way that it did.

“And I think it’s also, then, fair to say that Meghan gave Harry the tools to leave, you know, I mean because she was wired in. She understood the world of agents and deals. And I mean, this wasn’t Harry’s world.

“But suddenly he had in Meghan a very worldly strategist, who he decided to trust above all the other advisors. And I don’t think that was such a good, smart move.

“I think that, yes, I get that he wanted, you know, this more exciting and imaginative use of his–of his gifts. But I think there was a lot that could have been achieved inside the royal family.”

It comes as the Queen was spotted standing unaided with the president of Switzerland at Windsor Castle yesterday – as she held an in-person audience.

In what fans of the Monarch will see as a huge positive update to her health, she held her first official engagement after a week-long break on the Sandringham estate.

Read more on our blog to find out the latest news and updates on your favourite royals…

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  • Kate required ‘lots of care and strategy’ to marry William

    A royal author has claimed that Kate Middleton used “a lot of care and strategy to end up married to William” and the switch from being his girlfriend of a future king to being married to one was tricky to navigate.

    Tina Brown, author of ‘The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor – The Truth And The Turmoil’, claims the path was like “an obstacle course”.

    Ms Brown told The Post Kate required “a lot of care and strategy to end up married to William”.

    She added: “They were madly in love all the way through but…making it from the loving girlfriend to the future queen, that’s an obstacle course.

    “And it’s like snakes and ladders. At any moment she could have stepped on the wrong square and had a snake.”

  • Queen stands unaided in positive health update

    THE QUEEN was spotted standing unaided with the president of Switzerland at Windsor Castle yesterday – as she held an in-person audience.

    In what fans of the Monarch will see as a huge positive update to her health, she held her first official engagement after a week-long break on the Sandringham estate.

    The Monarch smiled broadly as she shook hands and posed for photographs with Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola in the castle’s Oak Room.

    And eagle-eyed fans spotted that she stood without her walking stick, dressed in a blue and grey paisley-style patterned silk dress.

    A fruit-themed sapphire and 16 diamond grape brooch also adorned her dress.

  • Queen will ‘certainly not’ strip Andrew of his Duke of York title

    On Wednesday, councillors in York unanimously voted to strip Prince Andrew of his Freedom of the City honour.

    City of York council members also called upon the Queen and the Government to remove his dukedom.

    However, royal source claims that the Duke’s mother, The Queen, would not be stripping Andrew of the peerage though.

    The Mirror quotes a source as saying: “The Queen certainly will not take any further action in that regard.

    “The Duke of York has stepped back from public life and already had a range of titles and associations removed and Her Majesty’s position has not deviated from that.”

  • Explained: How to enter the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

    Performers are needed for the day’s events, whether you are an individual or a club.

    Anyone can volunteer to take part in the pageant, to bring to life historic movements and subcultures from the UK in the past 70 years.

    The casting website has a list of specific groups such as jivers, modsnew romantics, cybergoth and boy blue collaboration plus many more.

    They are encouraging authentic or high quality replica clothing and items that represent the moving fashions of Britain.

    Street performers who dress as famous faces are also welcome to apply.

    If you want to get involved register your interest on the official website before Sunday, May 1, 2022.

  • What is the Platinum Jubilee Pageant?

    The Platinum Jubilee Pageant takes place on the Sunday during the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.

    It is an all day event on the final day of celebrations, Sunday, June 5, 2022, at Buckingham Palace.

    And, it will be one of the major events taking place on the Jubilee weekend – which will take place at Buckingham Palace and in the surrounding streets.

    The 3km route will be similar to that taken by the Queen at her coronation in 1953.

    Many British national treasures will be involved such as Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Lineker, Dame Shirley Bassey, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan.

    The pageant will be split into four acts: For Queen and Country, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate, and Happy and Glorious, all organised by pageant master Adrian Evans LVO.

    Find out more about the pageant here.

  • Kate has ‘been embraced’ by all members of Royal Family

    Body language expert Darren Stanton says it’s clear Kate Middleton has been “embraced” by all senior members of the Royal Family.

    Analysing Kate and Princess Anne’s joint appearance yesterday, Mr Stanton said the Duchess of Cambridge shows no signs of “feeling intimidated”.

    He told Slingo: “It’s clear that Kate has been embraced by all members of the Royal family, with her interactions and exchanges with other senior Royals always appearing honest and sincere. Kate, again, looks very at home and naturally confident while carrying out her duties alongside Anne.

    “Her open body language suggests there is no indication she feels intimidated. 

    “Princess Anne‘s body language, meanwhile, is congruent and similar to the behaviour she adopts when out with other members of the senior Royal family which suggests she treats Kate exactly in the same manner. 

    “Kate’s outing with Anne is significant in the way it reinforces just how much she has evolved as a person and the level of confidence she’s developed to comfortably attend these types of Royal events either with her husband William, other senior Royals or indeed on her own.”

  • William ‘already showing qualities of a King’

    According to a body language expert, Prince William was the “most regal we have seen” him as he attended the Anzac Day service – which took place on Monday 25 April.

    Body language expert Darren Stanton said the Duke of Cambridge is “already showing qualities of a King” as he does what he expected of him whilst carrying out royal duties.

    Speaking on behalf of Slingo, Mr Stanton said: ” His body language and posture was military-like as he stood to attention in respect of the fallen soldiers.

    “Naturally, he adopted a very solemn facial expression congruent with the nature and mood of the remembrance service and it was the most regal we have seen William conduct himself at a Royal engagement.”

  • Royal toilet duties: Prince Charles’ demands revealed

    In explosive new book, The Palace Papers, Tina Brown reveals the Prince’s interesting items she believes he simply cannot live without.

    The Prince of Wales’ has always had a taste for the finer things in life. Author Brown makes new outlandish claims in her new book.

    She reveals how allegedly Prince Charles sends a van of his personal belongings and treasured items to his friends’ country houses the day before he’s due to stay.

    Staff apparently then have to unload his “bed, furniture and even pictures,” according to Brown.

    These extravagant items include his orthopaedic bed, personal lavatory seat and Kleenex Velvet toilet paper.

    She made further claims that Prince Charles brings his own paintings of the Scottish Highlands, to decorate with.

  • Thank you for reading my coverage this evening. My colleague Joe Gamp will be back with you tomorrow morning.

  • Queen Mother ‘made it clear which prince deserved more of her attention’

    A royal author has claimed that Prince Harry felt “overshadowed” when the Queen Mother gave William more attention when they were growing up.

    Royal biographer Robert Jobson said: “By the time he was just eight years old, Prince William was already used to being treated with deference by some of the royal staff.

    “On top of that, the Queen Mother made it quite clear which of the two little princes deserved more of her attention.

    “At family gatherings, their great-grandmother would often call for a chair to be placed next to hers, then ask for William to be seated next to her.

    “She would also invite him to go to see her at Clarence House — without his younger brother.

    “Not surprisingly, Prince Harry felt overshadowed — though he has never publicly expressed hurt or resentment at being the less favoured child.”

  • Queen will ‘certainly not’ strip Andrew of his Duke of York title

    On Wednesday, councillors in York unanimously voted to strip Prince Andrew of his Freedom of the City honour.

    City of York council members also called upon the Queen and the Government to remove his dukedom.

    However, royal source claims that the Duke’s mother, The Queen, would not be stripping Andrew of the peerage though.

    The Mirror quotes a source as saying: “The Queen certainly will not take any further action in that regard.

    “The Duke of York has stepped back from public life and already had a range of titles and associations removed and Her Majesty’s position has not deviated from that.”

  • Today, Princess Anne welcomed Lt Gen Sir Jim Hockenhull to St James’ Palace. 

    The Intelligence Corps Colonel Commandant greeted the Princess Royal into the “strong Corps family” after she formally accepted the role of Colonel in Chief, and the news of her appointment was shared on the Royal Family’s Twitter account.

    The Intelligence Corps’ also shared the news on Twitter and wrote: “It is a most distinguished honour to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, has been appointed as the Colonel in Chief of the Intelligence Corps.

    “Her Royal Highness was welcomed into the strong Corps family today at St James’ Palace.” 

    The Duke of Edinburgh served in this role from June 1977 until his passing last year.

  • Queen stands unaided in positive health update

    THE QUEEN was spotted standing unaided with the president of Switzerland at Windsor Castle today – as she held an in-person audience.

    In what fans of the Monarch will see as a huge positive update to her health, she held her first official engagement after a week-long break on the Sandringham estate.

    The Monarch smiled broadly as she shook hands and posed for photographs with Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola in the castle’s Oak Room.

    And eagle-eyed fans spotted that she stood without her walking stick, dressed in a blue and grey paisley-style patterned silk dress.

    A fruit-themed sapphire and 16 diamond grape brooch also adorned her dress.

    Her Majesty next to Ignazio Cassis, the president of Switzerland, and his wife Paola CREDIT: Dominic Lipinski/AFP via Getty Images
    Her Majesty next to Ignazio Cassis, the president of Switzerland, and his wife Paola CREDIT: Dominic Lipinski/AFP via Getty Images
  • Harry & Meg ‘didn’t get anything they wanted’ post Megxit

    According to a royal author, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s terms for their exit in 2020 were ‘harsh’ despite the couple vowing to continue to “fully support Her Majesty The Queen”.

    Royal author of ‘The Palace Papers’, Tina Brown, spoke to CBS Sunday Morning and discussed what happened after Megxit.

    Ms Brown said: “The terms of the exit were harsh.

    “You know, they didn’t get anything they wanted actually.

    She added: “They didn’t even get to keep the word royal.

    “Harry was no longer allowed to keep any of his military honors, I mean it was frankly lethal what happened”.

  • Kate required ‘lots of care and strategy’ to marry William

    A royal author has claimed that Kate Middleton used “a lot of care and strategy to end up married to William” and the switch from being his girlfriend of a future king to being married to one was tricky to navigate.

    Tina Brown, author of ‘The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor – The Truth And The Turmoil’, claims the path was like “an obstacle course”.

    Ms Brown told The Post Kate required “a lot of care and strategy to end up married to William”.

    She added: “They were madly in love all the way through but…making it from the loving girlfriend to the future queen, that’s an obstacle course.

    “And it’s like snakes and ladders. At any moment she could have stepped on the wrong square and had a snake.”

  • Royal Family spotted in Windsor

    A fan has spotted the Royal Family in Windsor – complete with the Monarch’s great grandchildren.

    A short video shows the likes of Kate Middleton, George, Charlotte, Louis, Princess Eugenie with August and Edo at the castle grounds.

    Some have speculated that the family coming together means a new portrait for Platinum Jubilee. While others have suggested they are practising in the carriage for Trooping the Colour.

  • Queen & Charles ‘closer than ever’ thanks to Camilla

    A royal expert has claimed that Camilla Parker-Bowles has become an integral member of the Royal Family since her marriage to Prince Charles 17 years ago – and has even bought her husband and the Queen closer than ever.

    Writing for Vanity Fair last week, Katie Nicholl, claimed that Camilla’s influence has made Charles “closer than ever to his mother”. 

    She wrote: “Her [Camilla] family is her nucleus — she is extremely close to her son, Tom, daughter, Laura, and five grandchildren. 

    “She remains on good terms with her ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, and counts her sister, Annabel, as her best friend.”

    Ms Nicholl continued: “Her “family first” motto has rubbed off on Charles, who speaks to Prince William almost every day on the phone and is closer than ever to his mother.”

  • All you need to know about Queen Elizabeth…

    The Queen has reigned for more than 70 years, becoming the longest-serving British monarch. But what else do we know about her?

    Get all the latest news on Queen Elizabeth II right here

  • Explained: How to enter the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

    Performers are needed for the day’s events, whether you are an individual or a club.

    Anyone can volunteer to take part in the pageant, to bring to life historic movements and subcultures from the UK in the past 70 years.

    The casting website has a list of specific groups such as jivers, modsnew romantics, cybergoth and boy blue collaboration plus many more.

    They are encouraging authentic or high quality replica clothing and items that represent the moving fashions of Britain.

    Street performers who dress as famous faces are also welcome to apply.

    If you want to get involved register your interest on the official website before Sunday, May 1, 2022.

    The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be a day long, spectacular event in celebration of the QueenCredit: PA
    The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be a day long, spectacular event in celebration of the QueenCredit: PA
  • What is the Platinum Jubilee Pageant?

    The Platinum Jubilee Pageant takes place on the Sunday during the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.

    It is an all day event on the final day of celebrations, Sunday, June 5, 2022, at Buckingham Palace.

    And, it will be one of the major events taking place on the Jubilee weekend – which will take place at Buckingham Palace and in the surrounding streets.

    The 3km route will be similar to that taken by the Queen at her coronation in 1953.

    Many British national treasures will be involved such as Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Lineker, Dame Shirley Bassey, Bill Bailey and Gok Wan.

    The pageant will be split into four acts: For Queen and Country, The Time of Our Lives, Let’s Celebrate, and Happy and Glorious, all organised by pageant master Adrian Evans LVO.

    Find out more about the pageant here.

  • Harry hits out at cultural differences between UK & US 

    Prince Harry has hit out at the “immense” cultural differences between the UK and the US in regards to mental health.

    Speaking on the Masters of Scale podcast with Reid Hoffman, the Duke of Sussex slammed the British reticence to talk about needing mental health support.

    In contrast, he praised the Californian mentality.

    Mr Hoffman, the podcast host, spoke of the “uphill battle” Prince Harry faced when trying to raise awareness of mental health in the UK.

    The Duke replied: “You’re absolutely right, Reid, about the cultural differences, they’re immense.”

    Prince Harry continued: “Mental fitness, as far as I understand it, is more a case of get on the front foot. What can you do to be proactive, to prevent the situation from happening?”

  • William ‘already showing qualities of a King’

    According to a body language expert, Prince William was the “most regal we have seen” him as he attended the Anzac Day service – which took place on Monday 25 April.

    Body language expert Darren Stanton said the Duke of Cambridge is “already showing qualities of a King” as he does what he expected of him whilst carrying out royal duties.

    Speaking on behalf of Slingo, Mr Stanton said: ” His body language and posture was military-like as he stood to attention in respect of the fallen soldiers.

    “Naturally, he adopted a very solemn facial expression congruent with the nature and mood of the remembrance service and it was the most regal we have seen William conduct himself at a Royal engagement.”

  • Afternoon, Milica Cosic now taking over the blog from Joe. I’ll be updating the blog with the latest news and updates until 10pm tonight.

  • Kate has ‘been embraced’ by all members of Royal Family

    Body language expert Darren Stanton says it’s clear Kate Middleton has been “embraced” by all senior members of the Royal Family.

    Analysing Kate and Princess Anne’s joint appearance yesterday, Mr Stanton said the Duchess of Cambridge shows no signs of “feeling intimidated”.

    He told Slingo: “It’s clear that Kate has been embraced by all members of the Royal family, with her interactions and exchanges with other senior Royals always appearing honest and sincere. Kate, again, looks very at home and naturally confident while carrying out her duties alongside Anne.

    “Her open body language suggests there is no indication she feels intimidated. 

    “Princess Anne‘s body language, meanwhile, is congruent and similar to the behaviour she adopts when out with other members of the senior Royal family which suggests she treats Kate exactly in the same manner. 

    “Kate’s outing with Anne is significant in the way it reinforces just how much she has evolved as a person and the level of confidence she’s developed to comfortably attend these types of Royal events either with her husband William, other senior Royals or indeed on her own.”



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