Royal Family news latest: Prince Andrew ‘selling’ £17m chalet to pay off lawsuit as Palace ‘bent backwards’ to help Meg

PRINCE Andrew is close to selling his £17.5million Swiss chalet in a luxury ski resort in a bid to pay off a lawsuit from the former owner.

Isabelle de Rouvre sold the Yorks the huge seven-bedroom lodge for £18million in 2014 but last year began pursuing them through the courts, alleging they still owed her £6.7million.

When the sale goes through its thought that Andrew will no longer own any property.

In other news, the Palace "bent over backwards" to help Meghan Markle adjust to royal life, a royal expert has claimed.

A new bombshell piece has been published where the author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton, has claimed a "formidable backroom staff" spent hours reporting trolls for the Duchess of Sussex.

In six new chapters of the book that was first published in 2018, Mr Morton said: "Far from abandoning Meghan, the Palace had a team which spent ‘hundreds of hours monitoring social media accounts' and ‘violent threats were reported to police," he wrote.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Royals ‘don’t trust’ Harry and Meghan

    The Royal family “don’t trust” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and are concerned about what a potential Christmas visit will entail, says one royal expert.

    Angela Levin, author of Harry: Biography of a Prince, told The Royal Beat that their possible presence in the UK this Christmas would be very difficult for the other members of the family.

    While this would be the first time they would meet Harry, and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, Angela says the family may feel like they can’t be trusted to not to use the occasion in their next documentary or book.

    “I think it would cause a lot of people a lot of grief,” Angela speculated.

    “The Queen would be delighted because she adores Harry – and also you love a child even though you disagree with everything they are doing – but I think for the other Royals, it is quite a stiff time where everybody has a very explicit diary of changing five times a day and what they have to do at what time.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Kardashian

    Meghan Markle may be married to a prince but it appears as though she is taking style inspiration from America’s own ‘royal family’, the Kardashians. 

    The Duchess of Sussex, 40, is currently embarking on a whirlwind mini-tour in New York with Prince Harry, and appears to have taken a leaf from the fashion book of Kris Jenner’s clan.

    Meghan and Harry are embarking on a three-day US “adventure” for their first public appearance since the birth of their daughter Lilibet in June.

    We first saw Meghan step out in a black dress with a tan an all-black turtleneck dress, along with a tan-coloured coat.

    Then, as she arrived at the One World Trade Center Observatory, she wore an all-black ensemble, with black trousers and a black turtleneck top.

    We also saw her in a luxurious red £4,275 Loro Piana cashmere coat and matching £1229 pants at Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school.

    All three looks appear remarkably similar to sleek, pared-down outfits worn by Kim, who is the same age as Meghan, and the oldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, 42.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Recording

    PRINCE Harry was spotted with what appeared to be a mic during his high-powered tour in New York City.

    The black wire that ran from his trouser pocket up into his shirt could be a sign that the couple may have been recording content for their multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify.

    The black cable was spotted by eagle-eyed fans when the Duke went in for a hug Melba restaurant owner Melba Wilson yesterday.

    Other photos of the trip to Harlem, including Meghan’s book reading where Harry sat amongst schoolchildren, the Prince was spotted with a black wire running out his pocket.

    Meanwhile, the Duchess was sporting unusually heavy attire for the September weather – where reports suggest she could have possibly been concealing a mic system.

  • Milica Cosic

    Selling to pay off a lawsuit

    PRINCE Andrew is close to selling his £17.5million Swiss chalet in a luxury ski resort in a bid to pay off a lawsuit from the former owner.

    Isabelle de Rouvre sold the Yorks the huge seven-bedroom lodge for £18million in 2014 but last year began pursuing them through the courts, alleging they still owed her £6.7million.

    Madame de Rouvre, 74, had become a friend of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, both 60, when they repeatedly rented the chalet.

    It is said to boast a 60sq metre indoor pool, a sauna, bar and entertaining area.

    Madame de Rouvre employed six full-time staff and let it for more than £22,000-a-week.

    After selling it to the Yorks, who remained pals after their 1996 divorce, she claims they missed a December 31 2019 deadline to pay the outstanding amount.

    Now, according to The Times, its thought Rouvre has dropped the case – because the chalet is in the final stage of being sold for roughly £17.3million.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Palace ‘bent backwards’ to help Meghan

    THE Palace “bent over backwards” to help Meghan Markle adjust to royal life, a royal expert has claimed.

    In the bombshell piece, the author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton, also claimed a “formidable backroom staff” spent hours reporting trolls for the Duchess of Sussex.

    In six new chapters of the book that was first published in 2018, Mr Morton said: “Far from abandoning Meghan, the Palace had a team which spent ‘hundreds of hours monitoring social media accounts’ and ‘violent threats were reported to police,” he wrote.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Diana asks if Royal Family ‘will kill her’ in movie trailer

    The movie – named after Diana’s maiden name – takes place at the royal family’s Sandringham Estate.

    As she spends time with her family over the festive period, Diana realises that her marriage to Prince Charles has unravelled and starts to reevaluate her life.

    The trailer begins with the Princess of Wales, played by Twilight star Kristen Stewart, turning up to the Estate late with everyone waiting for her.

    She tells herself in the mirror: “Three days. That’s it.”

    Prince Charles, played by actor Jack Farthing tells his wife: “You have to be able to do things you hate…

    “There has to be two of you, the real one, and the one they take pictures of.

    “Diana, for the good of the country.”

    In frustration, the Princess of Wales replies: “For the good of the country?”

    As the trailer continues Diana starts to realise what she wants in life.

    The last scene shows her looking out into a field and as she turns around, she asks: “Will they kill me do you think?”

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    New proof

    Aussie Simon Dorante-Day who claims he’s Prince Charles’ secret son posts new ‘photo proof’ comparing himself to William.

    Dorante-Day shared a side-by-side image of him and Prince William sporting a similar smile, leaving onlookers “stunned” by the similarities.

    Royal watchers said the pair were “brothers from another mother”, with one adding “there is no doubt” Prince William was Dorante-Day’s younger brother.

    A third said: “Wow, Simon. He’s just a younger version of you.”

    Another wrote: “Well, now we know how he’s going to look in a few years!”

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    Brothers reunited (Continued…)

    And Harry has backed a five-year plan for the charity dreamed up by his brother, she said.

    “It was a strategy that was put forward by the Duke of Cambridge, and we had the Duke of Sussex support that,” she added.

    William and Harry have seen each other in person just twice since the Sussexes left the UK during Megxit.

    Tensions between the men are believed to have been brewing since Wills allegedly warned his younger brother against moving too fast with Meghan.

    According to biography Finding Freedom, William said: “Don’t feel you need to rush this.

    “Take as much as time as you need to get to know this girl.”

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    Brothers to reunite?

    WILLIAM and Harry will put their differences aside as they reunite to honour their late mother later this year, it’s rumoured.

    The brothers last met face-to-face over the summer, when they unveiled a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

    And while both men appeared to be on good form during the meeting, and even released a joint statement, Harry left just 20 minutes after the big reveal – while William reportedly barely looked his younger brother in the eye.

    However, there are hopes they will meet again at an engagement together in December.

    It’s thought Meghan, Archie and baby Lilibet – who has not yet met any of the royals – could also fly into the UK with Harry.

    The brothers are rumoured to be planning to attend the 2021 Legacy Award, which will take place at Althorp, the Northamptonshire stately home where Diana grew up.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    More, more, more

    HARRY and Meghan plan more “royal-style” tours after New York — sparking Palace concern.

    Their three-day tour, which saw them meet politicians and schoolkids, was said to have all the “hallmarks of a royal visit”.

    But insiders revealed the Palace fear the Sussexes have set up a “rival court” to William and Kate.

    A source said: “There are going to be some very nervous glances from the Palace because Harry and Meghan are effectively following the royal model.

    “The Palace will be anxious the causes they support and people they hang around with does nothing to embarrass the Queen.

    “Kate and Wills show how the job of working royals is done. They won’t be impressed with Harry and Meghan acting as quasi-royals and courting publicity after claiming they quit for privacy.”

    The couple’s biographer Omid Scobie has said the Sussexes plan an “era of visibility” this autumn.

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    More, more, more

    HARRY and Meghan plan more “royal-style” tours after New York — sparking Palace concern.

    Their three-day tour, which saw them meet politicians and schoolkids, was said to have all the “hallmarks of a royal visit”.

    But insiders revealed the Palace fear the Sussexes have set up a “rival court” to William and Kate.

    A source said: “There are going to be some very nervous glances from the Palace because Harry and Meghan are effectively following the royal model.

    “The Palace will be anxious the causes they support and people they hang around with does nothing to embarrass the Queen.

    “Kate and Wills show how the job of working royals is done. They won’t be impressed with Harry and Meghan acting as quasi-royals and courting publicity after claiming they quit for privacy.”

    The couple’s biographer Omid Scobie has said the Sussexes plan an “era of visibility” this autumn.

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry gave a sweet nod to Archie

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out in New York on Thursday for their first joint public engagement since the birth of their daughter Lillibet in June.

    But despite it being business as usual for the parents-of-two, the doting dad made sure to keep a memento of his son Archie close by with one tiny detail.

    Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, visited the World Health Organization’s headquarters in New York in a trip which the couple claimed “reinforced our commitment to vaccine equity”.

    Harry was seen leaving the building as he clutched onto a black laptop bag with the words ‘Archie’s papa’ embossed on the side – a sweet nod to his two-year-old son.

  • Milica Cosic

    What is Meghan’s TV series Pearl about?

    Meghan’s Pearl – which she is creating alongside Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish – will feature the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by a variety of influential women.

    There is speculation that Pearl will have a similar feel to her recent children’s book The Bench, which became a New York Times bestseller but flopped in the UK.

    Meghan said how the book was a “love letter” to her husband and their first child, Archie.

    Industry sources previously insisted Meghan and Harry’s Spotify podcast deal is still on track – with information on the next episode expected later in the year.

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    Unimpressed

    According to a royal source, the future monarch is hopping to turn the royal residence into a public attraction, and some courtiers have expressed their concerns. 

    Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and is also where the Queen’s offices are situated. 

    Royal commentator Neil Sean told the Express that Her Majesty is not a fan of turning the historic pad into a tourist trap. 

    He said: “This will not be happening anytime soon, particularly while we still have our gracious Majesty the Queen with us.

    “She’s not very keen on that particular idea and believes of course, that it should remain a family home of sorts.

    “Her Majesty the Queen will go between Windsor Castle, which she considers her main London base, and spending two to four days a week also out at the re-renovated Buckingham Palace.”

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    Meghan’s update on ‘beautiful’ Lilibet

    During their rounds of public engagements, Meghan gave her first update on their daughter Lilibet, describing her as ‘beautiful’.

    Yesterday, they made numerous appearances around the City and met with political figures, including the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio and the US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

    Since Meghan Markle gave birth to Lilibet in July, the couple have released few details or updates about the youngster.

    But as the couple walked around their engagements a journalist from Inside Edition called out to ask the mum-of-two; “Meghan, how’s Lilibet?”

    Meghan simply replied: “She’s beautiful.”

    Read more here

  • Milica Cosic

    Royals ‘don’t trust’ Harry and Meghan

    The Royal family “don’t trust” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and are concerned about what a potential Christmas visit will entail, says one royal expert.

    Angela Levin, author of Harry: Biography of a Prince, told The Royal Beat that their possible presence in the UK this Christmas would be very difficult for the other members of the family.

    While this would be the first time they would meet Harry, and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, Angela says the family may feel like they can’t be trusted to not to use the occasion in their next documentary or book.

    “I think it would cause a lot of people a lot of grief,” Angela speculated.

    “The Queen would be delighted because she adores Harry – and also you love a child even though you disagree with everything they are doing – but I think for the other Royals, it is quite a stiff time where everybody has a very explicit diary of changing five times a day and what they have to do at what time.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry and Meghan plan more ‘royal-style’ tours 

    Harry and Meghan plan more “royal-style” tours after New York — sparking Palace concern.

    The couple headlined a star-studded Covid vaccine gala in Central Park last night.

    Their three-day tour, which saw them meet politicians and schoolkids, was said to have all the “hallmarks of a royal visit”.

    But insiders revealed the Palace fear the Sussexes have set up a “rival court” to William and Kate.

    A source said: “There are going to be some very nervous glances from the Palace because Harry and Meghan are effectively following the royal model.

    “The Palace will be anxious the causes they support and people they hang around with does nothing to embarrass the Queen.

    “Kate and Wills show how the job of working royals is done. They won’t be impressed with Harry and Meghan acting as quasi-royals and courting publicity after claiming they quit for privacy.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew’s ‘rigorous defence’

    Meanwhile, Andrew’s lawyer revealed the Duke would respond to Virginia’s explosive claims by October 29.

    Sources close to the Duke confirmed to The Sun On Sunday that he is to try and turn the tables on Virginia by challenging her account.

    A source close to the duke said: “By launching this civil case, Mrs Giuffre has actively invited legal scrutiny of her own version of events.

    “This provides an opportunity for the duke’s team to properly scrutinise the multiple inconsistencies in her narrative that have emerged over the years, and you can expect to see a rigorous defence of all her allegations.”

    The Duke looked pensive as he drove his Range Rover alone through the Queen’s Scottish estate on Friday.

    He has not left the 50,000-acre site to celebrate with daughter Beatrice, 33 — who gave birth to her first child with husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi on Saturday.

  • Milica Cosic

    ‘Fighting back to clear his name’

    PRINCE Andrew has reportedly vowed to “fight back” to clear his name with claims he has dramatically changed his strategy in the Virginia Roberts sex assault case.

    Andrew, 61, has vehemently denied the allegations in the past.

    But the prince has finally conceded that the legal papers relating to the sex assault claims have been served.

    In a joint stipulation filed on Friday in a US federal court, Andrew’s attorneys confirmed they had received copies of the complaint and summons.

    However, Andrew’s lawyers plan to “examine and dismantle the claims one by one”.

    A well-placed source said the decision to bring in Andrew Brettler, the Duke’s high-profile US lawyer, marks a “significant turning point” in the proceedings.

    “The US team will be looking to robustly engage and challenge the claims from Mrs Giuffre in a bid to provide the Duke with a platform to finally clear his name,” the source said.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Kardashian

    Meghan Markle may be married to a prince but it appears as though she is taking style inspiration from America’s own ‘royal family’, the Kardashians. 

    The Duchess of Sussex, 40, is currently embarking on a whirlwind mini-tour in New York with Prince Harry, and appears to have taken a leaf from the fashion book of Kris Jenner’s clan.

    Meghan and Harry are embarking on a three-day US “adventure” for their first public appearance since the birth of their daughter Lilibet in June.

    We first saw Meghan step out in a black dress with a tan an all-black turtleneck dress, along with a tan-coloured coat.

    Then, as she arrived at the One World Trade Center Observatory, she wore an all-black ensemble, with black trousers and a black turtleneck top.

    We also saw her in a luxurious red £4,275 Loro Piana cashmere coat and matching £1229 pants at Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school.

    All three looks appear remarkably similar to sleek, pared-down outfits worn by Kim, who is the same age as Meghan, and the oldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, 42.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Recording

    PRINCE Harry was spotted with what appeared to be a mic during his high-powered tour in New York City.

    The black wire that ran from his trouser pocket up into his shirt could be a sign that the couple may have been recording content for their multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify.

    The black cable was spotted by eagle-eyed fans when the Duke went in for a hug Melba restaurant owner Melba Wilson yesterday.

    Other photos of the trip to Harlem, including Meghan’s book reading where Harry sat amongst schoolchildren, the Prince was spotted with a black wire running out his pocket.

    Meanwhile, the Duchess was sporting unusually heavy attire for the September weather – where reports suggest she could have possibly been concealing a mic system.

  • Milica Cosic

    Driven out

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry were driven out of the family by Prince William’s “bullying” attitude, a royal expert has claimed.

    In the bombshell piece, author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton also claimed that Kate’s “coolness” added to the brothers “Cain and Abel” epic fallout.

    In six new chapters of the book that was first published in 2018, Mr Morton said the Palace bent over backwards to help Meghan adjust to her new life as a Royal.

    “Far from abandoning Meghan, the Palace had a team which spent ‘hundreds of hours monitoring social media accounts’ and ‘violent threats were reported to police,” he wrote.

    But it was the Cambridges’ attitudes towards the Sussexes that allegedly caused the devastating split.

    “The Duchess of Cambridge’s coolness towards Meghan, and William’s alleged bullying contributed to a devastating ‘Cain and Abel’ fallout between the brothers,” Mr Morton wrote.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry oozes confidence

    Body language expert Judi James said Harry appears “confident” and showed a “sense of power”, while older brother William is “emotionally complex.”

    A “unique portrait” of Prince Philip and his life aired on September 22 on BBC One – as the Royal Family pays tribute to the beloved Duke who passed away earlier this year.

    Speaking to Fabulous, Judi said: “Harry’s body language is a lot less complex than William’s and he uses several signals of empathy with his grandfather to suggest a meeting of minds in terms of their love of pranks. 

    “Harry’s wide leg splay suggests higher levels of confidence than William’s crossed legs and his torso is much more relaxed and slightly slumped in his chair.”

    She added that William’s body language “primarily exposes respect and affection”.

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    Kate and William US tour would be a ‘smarter move’

    Kate and Prince William carrying out a royal tour of the US would be “a very smart move”, according to an expert.

    A Kate and Prince William could have a positive impact on the Royal Family as reputation management expert Eric Schiffer told Express.co.uk: “It would be a very smart move.”

    Mr Schiffer added that it could help “counter” what he described as the “media battle plan put forward by Harry and Meghan over the last year”.

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    Home for Christmas

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are looking to bring Lilibet and Archie to the UK for Christmas, a royal expert has claimed.

    Royal author Katie Nicholl said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could stay at Frogmore Cottage, with the trip being “looked at as an opportunity” that could “pave the way for a healing of the family rift”.

    The last time Meghan and Harry were in the UK for Christmas was back in 2018.

    And Harry has only been back to Britain twice since quitting royal life last year.

    Speaking to Closer, royal author Katie Nicholl said: “When Harry and Meghan left, they made it clear they didn’t want to give up their home in Britain.

    “They still have Frogmore Cottage and their plan was to come back to the UK.”

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