Royal Family latest news – Prince Harry and William slash guestlist for Diana memorial statue ceremony over Covid fears

PRINCE Harry & William have ditched plans cut the guestlist for the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue next week amid Covid fears.

The guest list for the ceremony on what would have been their mother's 60th birthday has now been slashed from more than 100 to just a handful of people.

But because Freedom Day has been delayed, the princes have hit the brakes on a large ceremony and will instead only be welcoming a few Spencer relatives, reports the Mail.

It comes after it was said Charles gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a “substantial sum” during their transition from royal life in the US.

Harry claimed in March his family “cut him off” when he movedto the US – months before he and wife Meghan struck deals with Netflix and Spotify reportedly worth £89million.

It is unclear how much went to the Sussexes but a senior Clarence House spokesman said yesterday it was “substantial”, adding: “That funding ceased in the summer of last year. The couple are now financially independent.”

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCE HARRY ARRIVES AT HEATHROW AHEAD OF PRINCESS DIANA STATUE UNVEIL WITHOUT MEGHAN AND CHILDREN

    Prince Harry landed at London Heathrow Airport this afternoon ahead of attending the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana next Thursday.  

    The Duke arrived alone, leaving wife Meghan Markle in LA with two-year-old Archie and their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born 21 days ago.

    Next week, Harry will join his brother Prince William at their first meeting since the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral at Windsor Castle on April 17 amid continuing friction following a series of shocking claims in US interviews.

    Up until this week, the royal family had been planning to welcome more than 100 of their mother's friends, former staff and supporters, however Covid rules have urged them to slash the guest list to only a handful of close relatives.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SHOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT FEUDING WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY, ROYAL COMMENTATOR SAYS

    Meghan and Harry have shot themselves in the foot with an “unwinnable battle” against the Royal Family, according to a royal commentator

    Since stepping down as senior royals last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since hit out at the institution they left.

    They have heavily criticised the Firm, both in terms of its structure and individuals within it. However, the Royal Family has stood firm and together, refusing to bow to the attacks and only responding in the most minimal way.

    Royal commentator Robert Taylor wrote in The Telegraph that the Sussexes are waging an “unwinnable PR battle” against the giant and ancient structure of the British Royal Family.

    “One thing we’ve learned over the last few months is that both Harry and Meghan have experienced significant blows to their mental health.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCE PHILIP HAD MAJOR CONCERNS OVER MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY BEFORE HIS DEATH

    Prince Philip was worried about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s “preoccupation with their own problems” as he lay in a hospital bed just weeks before his death, a close friend of his has claimed.

    According to Philip’s friend and biographer Gyles Brandreth, the Duke was “unconcerned” by this, royal historian Robert Lacey claims in The Times.

    “What did worry him, said Brandreth, was “the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems”, Mr Lacey said.

    According to Mr Lacey, Brandreth was told by “someone close to Philip” that the Duke thought the couple’s interview with Oprah was “madness” and that “no good would come of it”.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCE GEORGE TOLD HE WILL BE KING ON SEVENTH B-DAY

    While some may think that seven might be a little too early to start talking about being heir, biographer Robert Lacey says William actually decided to explain the line of succession to George at a much later date than other royal kids.

    It's believed William purposely chose to delay telling George he will be king, with Lacey writing in his new book, Battle of Brothers: "From George's earliest days, William made no secret of his wish to spare his firstborn the casual initiation – or non-initiation – that he felt he had suffered as a child."

    He writes that William wanted to give George as normal a life as possible, so instead wanted to reveal his future within the Palace gradually to him, reports The Mirror.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    'AS TIME GOES ONTHE SUSSEXES "LOOK MORE AND MORE NASTY' ROYAL COMMENTATOR SAYS

    The Royal Family's choice to abolish the Queen's famous "never complain, never explain" mantra has revealed claims made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, according to a royal commentator.

    Royal Commentator Angela Levin has said in a radio interview with talkRADIO that Royal Family records show Prince Charles did continue to fund Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their their exit from the monarchy indicate the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told a "blatant lie". 

    Levin also told talkRADIO as time goes on the Sussexes "look more and more nasty".

    "My only way of walking through this is that he and Meghan thought the £3-4 million his father gave them to help set them up was actually nothing and that they needed loads more.

    "That is the only excuse I can make for what otherwise is a blatant lie.

    "We have got a pattern now nearly every couple of days they are pilling up."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE ‘BULLYING’ PROBE BEING PAID FOR OUT OF THE QUEEN’S OWN POCKET TO SPARE TAX PAYERS, SOURCES CLAIMS

    The Queen has reached into her own pocket to pay for the investigation into claims of bullying by Meghan Markle.

    The palace launched a probe this year amid claims the Duchess of Sussex bullied two senior members of staff when she was a senior royal.

    A royal source said: “There is no Sovereign Grant money spent on this review. It’s private. It is met privately. It’s not public money.”

    Former communications chief, Jason Knauf claimed Meghan’s alleged treatment of staff was “totally unacceptable”, adding that she “seems intent on always having someone in her sights”.

    One courtier also claimed that the duchess “governed by fear” while it was also reported there was a “febrile” atmosphere.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ‘TOLD ROYALS THEY DIDN’T WANT ARCHIE TO BE A PRINCE’ BEFORE COMPLAINING HE WASN’T ONE DURING OPRAH INTERVIEW

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told the Royal Family they didn’t want Archie to be a prince before complaining he hadn’t been given the title during their tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey, it’s been claimed.

    The Sussexes “never raised an issue” about their son not being made a prince with the Palace – but then brought it up during the bombshell interview in March, sources say.

    A source told the outlet that Meghan and Harry “never raised an issue” and that the Duke of Sussex had been “adamant” that Archie “should be raised without titles like his cousins Peter and Zara Phillips”.

    But in their shock interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan hinted otherwise and discussed the reason Archie was not made a prince when he was born, saying:

    “But in those months when I was pregnant, all around same time: we have in tandem he won’t be given security, a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN AND HARRY ‘WANT MONEY FOR LITTLE IN RETURN, ROYAL EXPERT FEROCIOUSLY CLAIMS

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle both “want money for doing little in return”, a royal expert has claimed.

    Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, complained Charles “cut them off” during their explosive chat with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, however Prince Charles’ annual report showed his youngest son received a “substantial” sum from him after Megxit.

    Figures show he gave both the Sussexes and Cambridges a share of £4.45million, despite Harry claiming he had been hung out to dry by the Firm.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin said Harry and Meghan must’ve felt they “needed loads more” money.

    She told talkRADIO: “My only way of walking through this is that he and Meghan thought the £3m to £4m that his father gave them to help set them up was absolutely nothing and they needed loads more.

    “That’s the only excuse I can make for what otherwise is a blatant lie.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    THE QUEEN SET TO VISIT SCOTLAND AS PRINCE HARRY AND WILLIAM STAND SIDE-BY-SIDE FOR THEIR LATE MOTHER, PRINCESS DIANA'S MEMORIAL SERVICE

    The Queen will visit Scotland next week as Prince William and Harry are set to stand shoulder-to-shoulder for Princess Diana's memorial service.

    Her Majesty will visit the country for Royal Week between June 28 and July 1 – to celebrate the Scottish community, innovation and history.

    The trip means the Queen will be in Scotland for what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday – a day that will see Diana's two son's. William and Harry reunited.

    Prince Harry will fly from his US home to be with his brother, despite their ongoing bitter feuds.

    Meanwhile, the Queen will stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Sovereign’s official residence in Scotland next week.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCE CHARLES IS LEFT 'SHELLSHOCKED' AND 'VERY HURT' AS WILLIAM AND HARRY'S FEUD CONTINUES

    Prince Charles is said to be "shellshocked" and "very hurt" by his sons' bitter rift.

    The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex are coming together for the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue next week – but their feud is still a cause of anguish for their father, according to sources.

    According to People, Prince Charles is privately devastated by Harry and William's ongoing feud. 

    A friend of Charles said: “He is very hurt and upset [by the ongoing fallout],” adding that he feels “shellshocked by it all.”

    And despite a promising reunion at Prince Philip's funeral in April, there "wasn't any time to build bridges" between the brothers.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    ROYAL EXPERT LEFT FEELING SICK AFTER RECEIVING HORRIFYING DEATH THREATS FROM MEGHAN MARKLE FANS DURING TV APPEARANCE

    This Morning Royal expert Camilla Tominey has been left horrified after receiving death threats from Meghan Markle fans on popular social media platform, Twitter.

    The Telegraph’s Associate Editor often joins Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield to discuss the latest royal news.

    But she’s been forced to endure sickening messages from trolls about her appearance on the show this week that went viral after she spoke about Meghan Markle’s new children’s book.

    Sharing a screenshot of an email sent to her from the email adress f***[email protected], it read: “Hate your three kids. They should not be breathing. They must die! 

    “We are watching you and yours. That nasty husband of yours cannot watch them all the time you know.

    “We know where to get you all.”

    Read the full story here

  • Harvey Lindsay

    BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT SAYS WILLIAM IS EMERGING AS FRONT RUNNER LEADER

    The tragic death of Prince Philip has left the family in a turbulent storm, which has become increasingly problematic with new allegations against family members.

    Despite the problems, a body language expert has said that William has stepped up and is taking control.

    Judi James, body language expert, spoke to Fabulous Digital about her observations: “When the powerful alpha male of any family group dies there are always some of that group who will step up and others who will be knocked back.

    “The shift in hierarchy and group dynamics will often have little to do with accepted pecking order and more to do with strength of personality, and in the royal Firm it has been William who has been emerging as a front-runner leader, showing signs of fast-track maturity as he eases into a more actively dominant role.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY'S 'LIES' ABOUT BEING CUT OFF FROM FAMILY PUT OPRAH INTERVIEW CLAIMS IN DOUBT, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s “lies” about being cut off by the Royal Family have put the other 17 Oprah Winfrey claims they made in doubt, an expert said today.

    The Duke of Sussex told the world he was “cut off financially” when he sat down for his infamous interview with Oprah earlier this year.

    However Prince Charles’ annual report, released last night, showed his youngest son received a “substantial” sum from him after Megxit.

    Figures show he gave both the Sussexes and Cambridges a share of £4.45million, despite Harry claiming he had been hung out to dry by his own family.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    POLICE CHASE CAR ON LAX RUNWAY AS PRINCE HARRY HEADS TO UK FOR DIANA STATUE UNVEILING

    Prince Harry arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to head to the UK for the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue just as a car chase was unfolding. 

    Harry was seen arriving at the airport in a black SUV on Thursday evening where he took off for London to attend the unveiling next week.

    His arrival at LAX coincided with a driver breaking through a fence at a FedEx cargo facility around 6pm and leading police on a chase before being detained.

    Police said that there were no injuries, but two runways were shut down as the chase was unfolding.

    Read the full story here

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ACCUSED OF ‘ONLY CARING ABOUT IMAGE’ AFTER REFUSING EARL TITLE FOR ARCHIE

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “dumb” and “only care about their image” after reportedly refusing the Earl of Dumbarton title for Archie, a royal expert said today.

    It came to light today after The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have rejected the Earl title for Archie because it contained the word “dumb”.

    But royal author Phil Dampier today accused the couple of simply wanting to “control every aspect of their lives and how they are perceived by the public”.

    He told The Sun Online: “Turning down the title because it had the word ‘dumb’ in it shows the fundamental lack of knowledge that Meghan has about royalty and British history.

    “To reject using it for this reason is dumb itself, you can’t just alter or dismiss ancient titles when it suits you.

    “It shows how much Harry and Meghan care about their image and want to control every aspect of their lives and how they are perceived by the public, particularly in the US, where their future lies.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    ITV'S LORRAINE KELLY AIMS AT PRINCE HARRY OVER CHARLES FUNDING 'SON IN HIS THIRTIES'

    ITV presenter Lorraine, has voiced her opinion over claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex rejected the title of Earl of Dumbarton for their son Archie because it contained the word 'dumb'

    Lorraine Kelly, 61, took aim at Prince Harry, whilst she questioned how long Prince Charles would continue to fund a "son in his thirties".

    Lorraine said: "Prince Harry is making headlines this morning, not for the first time, after claims he was cut off financially during that interview with Oprah.

    "Well, these claims have now been cast into doubt according to newly published royal accounts. Prince Charles did actually continue to fund him after he stepped down as a senior royal and, to be honest, how long do you keep funding your kids? I mean, he's in his late thirties!"

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCE PHILIP HAD MAJOR CONCERNS OVER MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY BEFORE HIS DEATH

    Prince Philip was worried about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s “preoccupation with their own problems” as he lay in a hospital bed just weeks before his death, a close friend of his has claimed.

    According to Philip’s friend and biographer Gyles Brandreth, the Duke was “unconcerned” by this, royal historian Robert Lacey claims in The Times.

    “What did worry him, said Brandreth, was “the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems”, Mr Lacey said.

    According to Mr Lacey, Brandreth was told by “someone close to Philip” that the Duke thought the couple’s interview with Oprah was “madness” and that “no good would come of it”.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    CONTINUED: WILLIAM AND HARRY’S FEUD HAS LEFT PRINCE CHARLES ‘SHELLSHOCKED’ AND ‘VERY HURT’

    A source close to the royal household said: “Everyone was optimistic, but nothing really happened.” 

    "There was not really any time to build bridges.”

    And after Prince Harry's claims he was "cut off financially" by his dad would have "enormously hurt" Prince Charles, a royal expert says.

    In his bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, the Duke of Sussex claimed he had been forced to make deals with Netflix and Spotify after saying he had been cut off by the Royal Family following Megxit.

    But Charles' annual report, released by Clarence House last night, shows he gave the Sussexes and Cambridges a share of £4.45million.

    Read the full story here

  • Harvey Lindsay

    WILLIAM AND HARRY'S FEUD HAS LEFT PRINCE CHARLES 'SHELLSHOCKED' AND 'VERY HURT'

    Prince Charles is said to be "shellshocked" and "very hurt" by his sons' bitter rift.

    The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex are coming together for the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue next week – but their feud is still a cause of anguish for their father, according to sources.

    According to People, Prince Charles is privately devastated by Harry and William's ongoing feud. 

    A friend of Charles said: “He is very hurt and upset [by the ongoing fallout],” adding that he feels “shellshocked by it all.”

    And despite a promising reunion at Prince Philip's funeral in April, there "wasn't any time to build bridges" between the brothers.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE INFURIATED PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE WITH DEMANDS, NEW BOOK CLAIMS

    The Duchess of Sussex is said to have got "exactly what she wanted whenever she wanted" as a working royal – in stark contrast to the Cambridges.

    In an updated version of the book Battle of Brothers, one royal correspondent tells author Robert Lacey how William and Kate are "proud to treat their staff like family".

    The source said the couple recognise their workers "don’t get paid loads of money", so they are "just really nice to them".

    "So this was a very deep clash of philosophies," the correspondent added.

    "With Meghan being used to a Hollywood service culture – getting exactly what she wanted whenever she wanted in that famous way that Harry said."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCESS DIANA WOULD BE 'VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH OPRAH'

    Simone Simmons, a pal and confidante of the late princess, said Diana thought the chat show host was "only after sensationalism" and showed a "lack of respect" to her interview subjects.

    The fierce revelation comes just months after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry let loose on the Royal Family in their explosive chat with Oprah in March.

    Harry claimed his dad and brother were "trapped" in the Royal Firm, while Meghan revealed she had had suicidal thoughts during her time as a working royal.

    The bombshell interview was a result of Meghan and Harry's friendship with Oprah – who Diana, it seems, did not feel as comfortable to be around.

    In an updated version of the book Battle of Brothers, Simone Simmons tells author Robert Lacey: “Diana felt very uncomfortable with Oprah."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SHOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT FEUDING WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY, ROYAL COMMENTATOR SAYS

    Meghan and Harry have shot themselves in the foot with an “unwinnable battle” against the Royal Family, according to a royal commentator

    Since stepping down as senior royals last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since hit out at the institution they left.

    They have heavily criticised the Firm, both in terms of its structure and individuals within it. However, the Royal Family has stood firm and together, refusing to bow to the attacks and only responding in the most minimal way.

    Royal commentator Robert Taylor wrote in The Telegraph that the Sussexes are waging an “unwinnable PR battle” against the giant and ancient structure of the British Royal Family.

    “One thing we’ve learned over the last few months is that both Harry and Meghan have experienced significant blows to their mental health.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCE HARRY ATTEMPTED TO HIDE QUEEN'S 'FIRM REJECTION' OF MEMORIAL REQUEST, AUTHOR CLAIMS

    The Queen and Prince Harry came into contact over his request for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph, however reports suggest he tried to keep it secret.

    Prince Harry tried to hide the Queen's "firm rejection" of his request to have a wreath laid in London on Remembrance Day, a new royal book claims.

    In a new chapter of his book Battle of Brothers, royal author Richard Lacey describes how Meghan and Harry, who had moved to LA, weren't able to come to the UK for the ceremony due to Covid restrictions.

    Lacey writes: "While Andrew's disgrace had rendered his presence out of the question, Harry had planned to attend the ceremony until COVID-19's unexpected autumn spike-back – so he asked Buckingham Palace if a wreath could be laid on his behalf."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    CONTINUED: A ‘WELL-CRAFTED SHAM’: THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOS OF HARRY AND WILLIAM AT PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL

    As the pair removed their black facemasks, lip readers claim that Harry told his brother that the funeral service "was as he wanted", according to Express, referring to the late Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away at the age of 99 on April 9.

    Lip readers claim the Duke of Cambridge, 39, said in response, "yes, it was great, wasn't it" as they walked behind Prince Philip's coffin before the service at Windsor Castle.

    Despite the small talk, body language expert Judi James told Fabulous that there is more to the photos from the funeral day than meets the eye.

    She explained: “The body language cues at the funeral suggested we were watching a well-crafted sham. 

    "Why well-crafted? Because the brothers avoided the kind of over-congruent ‘denial’ display pitched solely at the cameras that Kate and Meghan performed as they chatted together like best friends on the Xmas Day walk to the church at Windsor."

    Read the full story here

  • Harvey Lindsay

    A 'WELL-CRAFTED SHAM': THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOS OF HARRY AND WILLIAM AT PRINCE PHILIP'S FUNERAL

    Royal fans watched as Prince Harry and Prince William appeared to make the first steps in repairing their relationship at Prince Philip’s funeral – but was it all for show?

    Experts have claimed the seemingly-touching photos of the brothers amicably chatting together were simply a “well-crafted sham”.

    After the ceremony in April, the feuding siblings talked as they walked away from St George’s Chapel in their first reunion since Harry’s toxic Oprah Winfrey interview. 

    It seemed to be a hopeful first step towards a reconciliation, but royal historian Robert Lacey said in his book Battle of Brothers, serialised in Times2, tensions were actually extremely frosty.

    He said: "It was not by accident that neither Anne [the Princess Royal] nor Sophie [the Countess of Wessex] exchanged a public word with Harry in the course of the afternoon."

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