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MEGHAN Markle won't return to the UK for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Princess Diana after the birth of daughter Lilibet, a royal expert says.

Phil Dampier says he "very much doubts" that the Duchess will fly over in the coming weeks for the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Kate Middleton could step in on the big day if Prince Harry decides he's also unable to return.

The Duke, 36, has been hoping to fly back to the UK for the poignant event on July 1 – on what would have been his mum's 60th birthday.

Even with recent events, Meghan Markle was named "the most popular royal" in a new study.

The Duchess of Sussex has been widely criticised over the past year for the negative impact she and Prince Harry have had on the Royal Family.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN’S FATHER FEARS HE WILL NEVER MEET GRANDDAUGHTER, LILIBET

    The Duchess of Sussex’s estranged dad fears he will never see her again or hold his new granddaughter.

    Thomas Markle said yesterday that he was desperate to rebuild his relationship with Meghan, 39, and “just wants an answer” on why he has been frozen out.

    The 76-year-old has not spoken to her since days before she married Prince Harry, 36, in 2018. But he said in an interview on Australian TV he hoped new arrival Lilibet may offer a way to a reunion.

    Mr Markle added: “I’ll be very disappointed that I don’t get to hold my granddaughter.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE’S DAD THOMAS REVEALS HE NO LONGER HAS HER NUMBER AND IS 'WAITING FOR THEM TO CONTACT HIM'

    Meghan Markle’s dad Thomas reveals he no longer has her number and is ‘waiting for them to contact him’

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT IS KATE MIDDLETON’S EARLY YEARS PROJECTS? (CONTINUED…)

    A royal aide said: “The Duchess has made the observation that the more you learn about the science of early childhood, whether it’s brain development, social science, what it means for our adult mental health, the more you realise that this is the social equivalent to climate change, but it is not discussed with the same seriousness or strategic intent that that issue is.

    "And so, her mission for the last few years has been exploring what is the best way for her to build something, build relationships, her own knowledge, expertise, so that she can help position this work with that sort of importance.” 

    The launch comes as research commissioned by The Royal Foundation revealed the Covid crisis has created a spike in the number of mums and dads feeling isolated.

    According to the new figures, 16 per cent of parents of young children felt lonely in May.

    This was almost double the figure in October last year.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHAT IS KATE MIDDLETON'S EARLY YEARS PROJECTS?

    Kate, a mother of three, has worked on Early Years projects for a decade. 

    She has said she hopes to put the Early Years on an equal footing with the other great social challenges of our time during an online forum hosted by The Royal Foundation.

    Last week, the Duchess visited Connor Downs Academy in Cornwall with First Lady Jill Biden.

    In a passionate plea to launch a 56-page Big Change Starts Small report, the duchess said it is a "golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society".

    The centre, which is based at royal offices with half a dozen staff,  will commission research, awareness and projects for early years development.

  • Joseph Gamp

    KATE MIDDLETON REVEALS HOPE TO CREATE ‘HAPPIER AND NURTURING SOCIETY’ AS SHE LAUNCHES CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTRE

    KATE Middleton reveals hope to create a “happier society” as she launches a child development research centre.

    The Duchess of Cambridge has set up the Royal Foundation for Early Childhood – while saying she wants early child development to be treated as “the social equivalent to climate change”.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRINCESS DIANA SAID SHE NEVER WANTED TO MARRY AGAIN AFTER DIVORCE FROM PRINCE CHARLES

    PRINCESS Diana said she never wanted to get married again after splitting from Prince Charles, a British journalist has claimed.

    Ahead of what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday, Petronella Wyatt recalled meeting her on several occasions in the years before she died in 1997.

    Writing for The Sun, Petronella explained how she attended the same small dinner party as Diana in the summer of 1995.

    Explaining how Diana "slipped in quietly", Petronella said the late Royal wore a chic and "simply cut" blue shift dress which offset her "sapphire" eyes.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRINCE HARRY COULD FACE A WEEK APART FROM NEWBORN LILIBET

    As Harry flies back to Britain to honour Princess Diana’s statue unveiling, he faces the prospect of as long as 10 days away from Meghan and newborn daughter, Lilibet.

    The Duke of Sussex and his brother, William have worked together for years to design a fitting monument in their mother’s honour. That may not have been so easy recently due to the family feud that has heated up within the Royal Family.

    An insider told Newsweek that Meghan won’t be going – sparing her a trip back to the palace where, as she told Oprah Winfrey during an interview, she had to turn over her keys, driver’s licence and passport

  • Joseph Gamp

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'HAVE TOO MUCH ON THEIR PLATE' SAYS ROYAL AUTHOR

    They are on parental leave with daughter Lilibet Diana and royal author Phil Dampier said: “We’re being told they’re having up to five months off and people who are paying them a lot of money will expect something in return.

    “They seem to be using up a lot of ammunition very early and putting a lot of stuff out there in terms of deals and agreements with lots of firms.

    “The question might be asked whether they have too much on their plate.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN AND HARRY RELEASE JUST 35 MINUTES OF SPOTIFY SHOW IN SIX MONTHS AFTER £18MILLION DEAL

    HARRY and Meghan have broadcast just 35 minutes of content for their £18million Spotify podcast deal.

    Streaming giant bosses were “looking forward to a full-scale launch of shows” this year.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN ACCUSES 'WHINING' PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE OF 'HIJACKING' THE QUEEN'S NAME FOR BABY DAUGHTER LILLIBET

    Piers Morgan accuses ‘whining’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of ‘HIJACKING’ the Queen’s name for baby daughter Lillibet

  • The Sun

    MEGHAN STAYS HOME WITH NEWBORN LILIBET WHILST HARRY FLIES SOLO TO REUNITE WITH FAMILY

    Meghan Markle will not return to UK as Prince Harry flies home to reunite with William to mark their mother's 60th birthday.

    Harry and William will reunite to unveil a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace on July 1. 

    The two brothers are expected to make separate speeches at the unveiling.

    A source close to the Sussexes said: "Meghan is not going to travel. She has just had a baby and Harry will travel alone."

    A plinth for Diana's statue has been laid in Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden, said to be Diana’s favourite spot in the grounds.

  • The Sun

    BBC REJECTS CLAIMS BASHIR WAS REHIRED IN 'COVER UP' LEAVES EARL SPENCER IN 'DISBELIEF'

    Princess Diana's brother, Earl Spencer has said he was left in "disbelief" when a BBC review into the decision to re-hire Martin Bashir found "no evidence" that the journalist was given the job to "contain and/or cover up" the events surrounding his 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

    A report conducted by Lord Dyson last month revealed that the broadcaster covered up "deceitful behaviour" used by Bashir to secure the interview in which the princess famously said: "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

    A review to decide whether or not to re-hire Bashir as religious affairs correspondent in 2016, commissioned by the BBC, said the theory that the journalist was re-employed to conceal events surrounding the interview was "entirely unfounded".

    Charles responded to the report on Twitter, writing: "It won't end with this, I promise."

    When asked to expand on the tweet, he told LBC: "Bashir is Bashir, and there we are, but I do think the BBC has had an enormous amount to answer for.

    "So I wrote that in disbelief when they came up with yet another of their own reports.

    "I don't think it's very healthy for an institution to report on itself.

    "They found no connection between Bashir being rehired and his previous known lies and other things."

  • The Sun

    KATE MIDDLETON TOOK A MAJOR CHANGE IN APPEARANCE TO BE MORE 'APPROPRIATE' BEFORE ENGAGEMENT TO PRINCE WILLIAM

    Prince William and Kate Middleton were in and out of their relationship for seven years before he finally popped the question, however Kate made some drastic changes to her wardrobe to fit in as the future Queen.

    Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair: "I know that it was the Christmas of 2009 when Carole [Kate’s mother] was getting quite concerned. Kate was nearing 30, there was still no ring on her finger."

    However, Kate had already been making plans ahead of their engagement to be more 'appropriate' for a future Queen.

    Speaking on Channel 5's documentary William & Kate: Too Good To Be True, royal author Tom Quinn explained that Kate started to change her wardrobe.

    "Her clothing almost began to reflect what people saw in her character, a kind of restraint, kind of modesty almost," he said.

    "I think that did come about because William and Kate were coming towards the point where they would announce their engagement.

    "It was Kate starting to behave in ways which would be seen more appropriate for a future Queen."

  • The Sun

    ROYAL EXPERT SAYS: ‘MEGHAN AND DIANA BOTH WANTED SOMETHING FROM THE QUEEN THEY DIDN’T GET’ 

    Royal author Matthew Dennison traced the Queen’s life in a new biography looking at the longest-reigning sovereign in British history, from the triumphs and joys to the lows and disappointments.

    During the biography, he reveals some insight and uncovers secrets about Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of her birthday.

    Dennison said: “She’s probably the only person who can distinguish between her as Lilibet and her as the Queen – and I suspect that Lilibet hasn’t really changed all that much over the years.

    “I don’t know if Meghan was overawed in that sense because Meghan was a grown woman with experience of life when she joined the royal family whereas Diana was a young girl. But I think both women wanted something from the Queen that they didn’t get.”

    “The Queen thinks – and Philip did, too – that the most important thing they’ve given to their children is this idea of service.

    “It’s amazing what Prince Charles has done and I think his monarchy will resemble his mother’s because he shares her feelings about it as something special.

    “When we’re young, we don’t care what we do as long as it’s different to our parents, but he’s had long enough to grow through that and reflect on the model of his parents.”

  • The Sun

    GOVERNMENT SAYS 'BBC MUST ACT FAST TO RESTORE TRUST' FOLLOWING BASHIR PANORAMA SCANDAL

    The BBC must "act fast to restore trust" following Lord Dyson's devastating report into the circumstances surrounding Martin Bashir's Panorama interview with Princess Diana the Government has said.

    The report set out by the former master of the rolls criticised the methods used by Bashir to obtain his exclusive interview with Diana, which included using fake bank statements.

    It said the journalist used "deceitful conduct" to obtain the 1995 bombshell interview, which was then concealed by a "woefully ineffective" internal investigation, in which the BBC failed to uphold "governance, accountability and scrutiny."

    The response said: "It is the Government's belief that the BBC must act fast to restore trust, and reassure the country that it will shine a light on any other areas falling short of the high standards we rightly expect from it.

    "The BBC needs to improve its culture to ensure this never happens again and that means a new emphasis on accuracy, impartiality and diversity of opinion.

    "The Government notes that the BBC can occasionally succumb to a 'we know best' attitude that is detached both from criticism and the values of all parts of the nation that it serves and believes cultural change must be a focus for the director-general and new chair on the back of the Dyson report.

    "We will use the midterm Charter review to determine whether the governance and regulatory arrangements should be strengthened."

  • The Sun

    PRINCESS DIANA’S BROTHER SLAMS BBC’S ‘UNBELIEVABLE’ DECISION TO CLEAR ITSELF OVER REHIRING MARTIN BASHIR

    Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer has slammed the BBC’s “unbelievable” decision to clear itself over the rehiring of Martin Bashir.

    A review published yesterday found there was “no evidence” that Bashir was rehired by the BBC to cover up the circumstances of his interview with Diana.

    A damning inquiry last month revealed “rogue reporter” Bashir forged bank statements to win the vulnerable princess’s trust and convince her to sit down for a world exclusive Panorama interview in 1995.

  • The Sun

    A ROYAL EXPERT CLAIMS PRINCE HARRY MIGHT STAY IN LA AHEAD OF PRINCESS DIANA'S STATUE UNVEILING

    Prince Harry might skip the statue unveiling ceremony for his late mother Princess Diana in July, a royal expert has claimed.

    Duncan Larcombe, royal author and expert, claimed that Meghan Markle was already unlikely to attend the event honouring her late mother-in-law, and now, Harry might not attend either. 

    In an interview with OK! Magazine, Larcombe said that because London is such a “trigger” for Harry, as claimed by him, he might not return for his mother’s 60th birth anniversary. 

    "No one I've spoken to believes Meghan will attend. She's just had a baby and that's a perfect reason to want to stay where she is. No one could criticise her for that, although I'm sure people will. Right now there's no certainty if Harry will attend,” he said. 

    "He recently said that London was a trigger for him and I took those comments as a way of him preparing everyone to say that it was too painful for him to return to the site where he buried his mother,” he shared.

    "He also recently announced his paternity leave, so he seems to have so many reasons to want to stay in LA with baby Lili and Meghan".

  • The Sun

    MEGHAN KEEPS DISTANCE FROM ROYAL FAMILY

    With rising tensions inside the Royal Family, it’s not looking likely Meghan will make her return to London for Princess Diana’s statue unveiling next month, according to a royal expert who claimed Prince Harry’s wife was not popular with the royals or the British public.

    Royal author Phil Dampier said he would not be surprised if she doesn’t make an appearance for “some time”. He added the birth of her daughter provides Meghan with the “perfect excuse” not to attend the statue unveiling at Kensington Palace on July 1.

    Phil told The Sun: “It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see Meghan for some time

    “I don’t think she is popular with the royals or the public in the UK anymore and I think she will prefer to stay in California with her two young children.

    “The birth of Lilibet gives her a perfect excuse not to come.

    “It may be seen as a swipe at the Royal Family, but it will just be added to an already long list.”

  • The Sun

    QUEEN'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW NOT IMPRESSED AT CLAIM SENIOR ROYALS HAVE FORMED 'MAGNIFICENT SEVEN'

    When dubbed part of the royal 'magnificent seven' the Countess of Wessex made her feelings known by rolling her eyes.

    Many senior royals who are currently carrying out duties have been given the term by various tabloids, particularly after the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the stepping back of Prince Andrew and the death of Prince Philip.

    Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has been named the Royal Family's secret weapon, and is reportedly stepping up her royal workload.

    The countess has been adamant that she has always worked hard for the Queen, though she says she doesn't wish to be in the tabloids for it.

    During an interview with Radio 5 Live, host Naga Munchetty mentioned the term "magnificent seven", and then said: "I can see your face, your eyes have gone up to the ceiling and you're now laughing.

    "I've looked at the numbers of engagements you perform over the years and they're in the hundreds, every year."

  • The Sun

    ROYALS SHARE FAVOURITE TAKEAWAYS 

    With family feuds heating up, the Royal Family are just like any of us – and that means they love the occasional takeaway too.

    With access to the best chefs in the world, it's evident the Royals can't say no to a takeaway once in a while.

    It has been reported that The Queen prefers to stay away from most fast food, however likes to get her chefs to create their own versions of classic takeaways, with the odd exception.

    With William and Harry both spotted at Nando's, Kate and Meghan have brought various other dishes into the family home.

    When asked what her top takeaway is during an interview on BBC Radio 1 in 2017, Kate insisted: "Curry, definitely.'

    But the royal couple can't share their meals as Kate explained that her husband doesn't like her spicy tastes.

    "It doesn’t usually get ordered to the palace, we tend to go and pick it up," they explained, before jokingly adding: "Not ourselves."

  • The Sun

    SOPHIE WEESEX, PRINCESS ANNE AND ZARA TINDALL ARE ALL SMILES AS THEY PARADE WET ROYAL ASCOT LADIES DAY

    Elegant racegoers pulled out all the fashion stops for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot – and the royal guests were no exception.

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex who has attended every day of Royal Ascot so far, showed off sophisticated A-line shirt dress with palm print embroidery on the skirt. 

    She finished the look wearing pumps, teamed with a clutch bag and hat.

    Zara Tindall was also in attendance, accompanied by close friends Dolly Maude and Chanelle McCoy, as was her mother, the Princess Royal, 70, who looked glowing in yellow.

    Zara, 40, wore a chic floral dress by Erdem with a bespoke hat by Sarah Cant and her stylish RayBan sunglasses. 

    Traditionally, the Queen would join her family at Ascot but she has so far missed out this year due to Covid. There are hopes Her Majesty will be able to attend later this week due to the growing concerns of coronavirus outbreaks.

  • The Sun
    • TODAY, 15:10"EVERY TIME YOU SLAG OFF THE FIRM YOU’RE STABBING THE QUEEN IN THE BACK" ROYAL EXPERT LASHES OUT AT HARRYRoyal expert, Ingrid Seward, has lashed out at Harry following the Royals rough patch."Prince Harry is a former military man. He understands about Queen and Country and has sworn allegiance to his sovereign."Why then does he continue to stab the institution the Queen represents in the back?"He does not appear to grasp that the Queen and the firm are basically the same thing."If he slates the institution his grandmother represents and has stood for almost 70 years of her life, he is offending her too."

    PRINCE CHARLES ANGRY AT 'UNACCEPTABLE' RISE IN ATTACKS ON FRONTLINE NHS STAFF

    The Prince of Wales has hit out at "unacceptable" rising levels of violence and abuse frontline NHS staff are experiencing.

    During a visit to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Thursday, Charles personally asked to meet some of the paramedics and ambulance crew on the receiving end of the attacks.

    He shared his shock after speaking to the NHS workers, saying: "You can't believe it, can you?

    "When I think of what it has been like for so long, and how many people have been lucky enough to have wonderful paramedics and ambulance staff coming to their rescue …

    "But now you find the situation rising – violence, attacks, verbal attacks, racial abuse and everything else.

    "To me it's unreal, unacceptable. Why attack the people who are trying to look after you?"

    KATE COULD MISS PRINCESS DIANA'S STATUE UNVEILING ALONGSIDE MEGHAN, HARRY AND WILLIAM SAYS ROYAL EXPERT

    With rising speculation with who will and won't attend Diana's statue unveiling, Kate Middleton also may not accompany Prince William to the unveiling of a memorial statue of Princess Diana next month, according to a royal expert who has stated he and Prince Harry could “cut solo figures” during the occasion.

    After the recent birth of Lilibet, royal fans might be wondering whether or not Meghan will fly to Britain in support of husband Harry.  

    As reported by Express.co.uk, Camilla has discussed her belief that neither of the princes’ families will be there, allowing them to spend time together as brothers. 

    "We've never really been told that family is going to be included in this thing, we know this is the reunion for the brothers on what would have been Diana's 60th birthday on July 1,” Camilla supposedly revealed.

    "Never any suggestions that the Cambridges would attend along with Prince William and equally, that Meghan and the children would attend with Harry." 

    QUEEN'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW NOT IMPRESSED AT CLAIM SENIOR ROYALS HAVE FORMED 'MAGNIFICENT SEVEN' 

    When dubbed part of the royal 'magnificent seven' the Countess of Wessex made her feelings known by rolling her eyes. 

    Many senior royals who are currently carrying out duties have been given the term by various tabloids, particularly after the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the stepping back of Prince Andrew and the death of Prince Philip.

    Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has been named the Royal Family's secret weapon, and is reportedly stepping up her royal workload.

    The countess has been adamant that she has always worked hard for the Queen, though she says she doesn't wish to be in the tabloids for it.

    During an interview with Radio 5 Live, host Naga Munchetty mentioned the term "magnificent seven", and then said: "I can see your face, your eyes have gone up to the ceiling and you're now laughing.

    "I've looked at the numbers of engagements you perform over the years and they're in the hundreds, every year."

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