Royal Family news – We DIDN'T savage Queen over racism, desperate Harry and Meghan claim as pal 'reignites royal rift'

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have furiously denied taking a savage swipe at the Queen.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reportedly unimpressed with the way the Palace dealt with explosive racism claims made in their interview with Oprah and believe Her Majesty did not take "full ownership".

Those allegations appeared in an updated extract of Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie – the royal author friend of Harry and Meghan who appears to have incredible access to "sources" close to the couple.

But following a new backlash, the Duke and Duchess reacted furiously to the claims, saying they never criticised the Queen personally, insisting that unnamed sources did not speak on their behalf and reiterating that they had not collaborated with Scobie on the book, as many have suggested.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates…

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    ROYAL TELLING OFF

    A motorist who contested a £40 fine for a minor parking offence has had to pay more than 10 times the amount as the vehicle was on the Queens land.

    The man had left his car on a footpath in Richmond Park, last October, and was hauled before the courts and ordered to pay over £420.

    Richmond Park is one of many areas of land that is owned by the monarch.

    Even minor offences such as littering and not picking up dog mess are enforced by the police rather than local councils.

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    THE CROWN REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT DOMINIC WEST AND ELIZABETH DEBICKI AS PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA

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    KATE MIDDLETON GETS ‘MUM GUILT’ JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE

    The Duchess of Cambridge appeared on Giovanna’s podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby last year where she spoke about her passion for Early Years.

    And the wife of McFly’s Tom Fletcher says that the interview saw Kate, 39, share some candid truths about motherhood.

    Speaking to Hello! this month about the interview, Giovanna, 36, said that she and teh Duchess, who is mum to George, 8, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, two, had bonded over their shared experiences.

    She said: “It’s that whole mum guilt thing where your kids say, ‘Do you have to go to work today? Can’t you be here with me?’ 

    “So knowing that she has that too made me feel less alone about leaving my two-year-old who always wants me at home.”

    Giovanna went on to say that speaking to Kate had been like chatting with any ‘normal’ mum.

    Read more here

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    EXPLAINED: WHAT IS SENTEBALE?

    Harry set up Sentebale, in memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in Lesotho in 2006 to help vulnerable children in southern Africa affected by extreme poverty, inequality, and the HIV/Aids epidemic.

    The Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup was postponed last year because of the pandemic.

    Harry said he was “thrilled” to be supporting Sentebale in person and his donation was one of several he planned to make to charitable organisations.

    The duke said in a statement: “Our refocused mission at Sentebale is about addressing the most-immediate needs of vulnerable children in southern Africa, helping them access vital health services, receive necessary care, and build skills to be more resilient and self-sufficient in the future.”

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    THE CROWN SET TO INFURIATE ROYALS BY RETELLING STORY OF PRINCE PHILIP’S ‘CLOSE FRIENDSHIP’ WITH PENNY KNATCHBULL

    This is a Sun Exclusive.

    The Queen’s husband, who passed away in April aged 99, was close to aristocrat Penny Brabourne, who will be played in the Netflix show by Natascha McElhone.

    ut the Duke of Edinburgh spent huge amounts of time with her during the Nineties – the decade covered by season five of the drama – despite the 32-year age gap.

    A TV insider said: “This is a relationship which naturally raised a few eyebrows and sparked quite a few whispers, but Philip and Penny maintained they were just friends.

    “The makers of The Crown believe it is a relationship worthy of exploring and casting a veteran actor like Natascha is a reflection of how high profile the role is.

    “But the highly personal relationship is unlikely to be welcomed as a storyline by Her Majesty or the rest of the Royal Family.”

    Read more here.

     

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    HOW RELATABLE MUM KATE CLEVERLY MANAGES GEORGE, CHARLOTTE AND LOUIS’ IMAGE

    According to royal experts, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen to get the balance between shielding their kids and also letting the public get to know their future king.

    It’s a tough tightrope to walk, but royal author Phil Dampier says Kate has a number of tricks for enforcing a normal upbringing for George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three – despite their palatial surroundings.

    Here’s how Kate attempts to straddle the line of publicity and normality…

    • Their country retreat
    • Taking their own photos
    • Shielding from trolling
    • Waited to tell them about their royal future
    • Keeps them close to the Queen
    • Doesn’t want to make the same mistakes
    • Gives them as normal a life as possible

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    ROYAL ROUNDUP

    • The Sussexes yesterday reignited their feud with the royals as they took a savage swipe at the Queen
    • The pair are reportedly not impressed with the way the Palace dealt with their explosive allegations on Oprah
    • They believe Her Majesty did not take ‘full ownership’ of the issues raised, according to People magazine
    • A new chapter of Finding Freedom says the couple were upset with the Queen’s statement after they made allegations of racism
    • Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand quote a source who said: “Months later and little accountability has been taken… How can you move forward with that?”

    ROYAL TELLING OFF

    A motorist who contested a £40 fine for a minor parking offence has had to pay more than 10 times the amount as the vehicle was on the Queens land.

    The man had left his car on a footpath in Richmond Park, last October, and was hauled before the courts and ordered to pay over £420.

    Richmond Park is one of many areas of land that is owned by the monarch.

    Even minor offences such as littering and not picking up dog mess are enforced by the police rather than local councils.

    HOW ‘MANIPULATIVE’ MEGHAN’S CHANGING SIGNATURE SHOWS SHE’S BECOME ‘DEFENSIVE’ & ‘UNSOCIABLE’, SAYS HANDWRITING EXPERT

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex both signed the letter, in which they admit they had been left “speechless”, with their signatures – and eagle eyed royal fans may have noticed a difference in Meg’s penmanship.

    According to handwriting analyst Tracey Trussell her changing style reveals a lot about Meghan’s personality.

    Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, Tracey reveals the meaning behind Meg’s scrawl from a desire to be genuine to her ‘manipulative’ side.

    Analysing her latest signature Tracey says: “Here Meghan is careful not to make her name larger than Harry’s – whether that’s by design or unintentional, we can’t know, but it means she’s trying not to overshadow her husband.  She’s happy to share an equal platform with him.  

    “We’ve got some mixed messages going on here.  The paradox is that she wants you to believe her intentions are altruistic and humanitarian (under magnification the long downstroke stem of the letter ‘g’ flicks to the right), but the much more closely spaced letters (in her name) and the long extended end stroke are both effective ways of keeping people at arm’s length and not letting anyone get too close.  

    “This is a defensive gesture designed to ward off people or danger. It seems she gives with one hand and takes with the other.”

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      MEGHAN & HARRY DON’T HAVE ‘ANY REGRETS’ ABOUT THEIR ‘FAIRYTALE’ & SEE THEMSELVES AS ‘SELF-MADE WOMAN & HER KNIGHT’

      Now that they’ve come out the other side of Megxit and created a life together in California, the Duke and Duchess allegedly have “no regrets” about stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

      Last year, the couple’s preferred reporter Omid Scobie co-authored the bombshell biography Finding Freedom – which is shortly coming out in paperback with a bonus epilogue.

      An extract of the new chapter – which has been published in People magazine – claims Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “thriving” now that they are “away from toxicity”.

      Last year, the couple moved into their £11m Montecito mansion and count Orlando Bloom and Oprah Winfrey among their A-List neighbours.

      Describing how the couple see themselves, the extract reads: “What started as a fairytale romance became a story that reinvented the genre.

      “A self-made, independent woman playing an equal role alongside her knight.”

      “They seem to be existing in a different place, and that place is much healthier,” Scobie told PEOPLE.

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      SUSSEXES ‘ARE SO RESENTFUL THEY WANT TO BRING QUEEN AND ROYAL FAMILY DOWN’, BLAST EXPERTS

      Author Angela Levin blasted the couple as being “so resentful they want to bring Her Majesty and the Royal Family down”, making sure they are the “victims”.

      The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 40, are said to be less than impressed with the way the Firm dealt with their explosive allegations during their Oprah Winfrey interview.

      The Palace said it would investigate claims of racism and conversations regarding the colour of son Archie’s skin within the family.

      But Harry and Meghan believe the monarch, 95, did not take “full ownership” of the issues raised and “little” has been done since, according to People.

      Author Angela Levin described the latest savage aim at the Queen’s “recollections may vary” comment as “absolutely outrageous”.

      She told Talk Radio today: “I think it is beyond disgusting actually.”

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      THE CROWN REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT DOMINIC WEST AND ELIZABETH DEBICKI AS PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA

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      SUSSEXES ‘ARE SO RESENTFUL THEY WANT TO BRING QUEEN AND ROYAL FAMILY DOWN’, BLAST EXPERTS

      Author Angela Levin blasted the couple as being “so resentful they want to bring Her Majesty and the Royal Family down”, making sure they are the “victims”.

      The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 40, are said to be less than impressed with the way the Firm dealt with their explosive allegations during their Oprah Winfrey interview.

      The Palace said it would investigate claims of racism and conversations regarding the colour of son Archie’s skin within the family.

      But Harry and Meghan believe the monarch, 95, did not take “full ownership” of the issues raised and “little” has been done since, according to People.

      Author Angela Levin described the latest savage aim at the Queen’s “recollections may vary” comment as “absolutely outrageous”.

      She told Talk Radio today: “I think it is beyond disgusting actually.”

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      THE REAL REASON PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE CUT SHORT ‘5-MONTH’ PARENTAL LEAVE

      Earlier this week, the couple's preferred reporter Omid Scobie – who co-authored the biography Finding Freedom – claimed they are "thriving" and "really excited" about their busy schedule.

      "They're a couple who do very well in those moments of human interaction. They need to be on the ground," Scobie told PEOPLE.

      Following the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in June, it was claimed the Duke and Duchess wanted to "lead by example" by taking shared parental leave of up to 20 weeks.

      However, royal expert Phil Dampier – who wrote Royally Suited : Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words – says the couple's early return from their parental leave could also be financially motivated.

      The expert told Fabulous: "I thought Harry and Meghan were taking five months off but it seems they are coming back to work much earlier.

      "I’m sure they will want to get out and about and meet people, make speeches to live audiences and get stuck into the causes they believe in.

      "During the pandemic, like everyone else, they have been restricted to Zoom calls and it rather made their pronouncements look a bit staged and repetitive."

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      HOW RELATABLE MUM KATE CLEVERLY MANAGES GEORGE, CHARLOTTE AND LOUIS’ IMAGE

      According to royal experts, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen to get the balance between shielding their kids and also letting the public get to know their future king.

      It’s a tough tightrope to walk, but royal author Phil Dampier says Kate has a number of tricks for enforcing a normal upbringing for George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three – despite their palatial surroundings.

      Here’s how Kate attempts to straddle the line of publicity and normality…

      • Their country retreat
      • Taking their own photos
      • Shielding from trolling
      • Waited to tell them about their royal future
      • Keeps them close to the Queen
      • Doesn’t want to make the same mistakes
      • Gives them as normal a life as possible

      Read more here

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        MEGHAN & HARRY DON’T HAVE ‘ANY REGRETS’ ABOUT THEIR ‘FAIRYTALE’ & SEE THEMSELVES AS ‘SELF-MADE WOMAN & HER KNIGHT’

        Now that they've come out the other side of Megxit and created a life together in California, the Duke and Duchess allegedly have "no regrets" about stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

        Last year, the couple's preferred reporter Omid Scobie co-authored the bombshell biography Finding Freedom – which is shortly coming out in paperback with a bonus epilogue.

        An extract of the new chapter – which has been published in People magazine – claims Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "thriving" now that they are "away from toxicity".

        Last year, the couple moved into their £11m Montecito mansion and count Orlando Bloom and Oprah Winfrey among their A-List neighbours.

        Describing how the couple see themselves, the extract reads: "What started as a fairytale romance became a story that reinvented the genre.

        "A self-made, independent woman playing an equal role alongside her knight."

        "They seem to be existing in a different place, and that place is much healthier," Scobie told PEOPLE.

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        THE CROWN SET TO INFURIATE ROYALS BY RETELLING STORY OF PRINCE PHILIP’S ‘CLOSE FRIENDSHIP’ WITH PENNY KNATCHBULL

        This is a Sun Exclusive.

        The Queen’s husband, who passed away in April aged 99, was close to aristocrat Penny Brabourne, who will be played in the Netflix show by Natascha McElhone.

        ut the Duke of Edinburgh spent huge amounts of time with her during the Nineties – the decade covered by season five of the drama – despite the 32-year age gap.

        A TV insider said: “This is a relationship which naturally raised a few eyebrows and sparked quite a few whispers, but Philip and Penny maintained they were just friends.

        “The makers of The Crown believe it is a relationship worthy of exploring and casting a veteran actor like Natascha is a reflection of how high profile the role is.

        “But the highly personal relationship is unlikely to be welcomed as a storyline by Her Majesty or the rest of the Royal Family.”

        Read more here.

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        PRINCE HARRY WANTS ‘ACCOUNTABILITY FROM WILLIAM AND CHARLES’ BEFORE HE CAN MEND RIFT AND MOVE ON, SAYS PAL

        Omid Scobie – Harry and Meghan's spokesman – said "little progress" has been made in rebuilding relationships after the Oprah interview fallout.

        Prince William, Kate, Charles and the Queen were all left hurt after the Sussexes made a string of bombshell allegations including that Charles had "cut them off financially".

        Scobie told PEOPLE magazine today that "without any accountability for some of the things that have affected them the most", Harry and Meghan won’t be able to "move on" and build better relationships with their family.

        But royal sources insisted progress has been made with “efforts on all sides”.

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        MEGHAN AND HARRY WERE ‘AFRAID OF THE CONSEQUENCES’ OF SPEAKING OUT ABOUT ROYAL FAMILY

        The couple dropped bombshell accusations against their family in a CBS interview with Oprah that aired to the world in March.

        But in a new interview with PEOPLE magazine, a close friend of the couple revealed they were actually afraid of “challenging the system.”

        Prince Harry and Meghan also felt “nerves” about sitting down with Oprah – but thought they had no other choice to air out their grievances.

        As the pair enter their new “thrive” chapter, they apparently don’t have any regret over the path they chose.

        “What started as a fairytale romance became a story that reinvented the genre – a self-made, independent woman playing an equal role alongside her knight,” the pal told the outlet.

        In the same article, Omid Scobie revealed that the “thriving” couple are “really excited” about the busy schedule ahead following the end of their parental leave.

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        FERGIE SAYS QUEEN WAS MORE OF A MOTHER TO HER THAN HER REAL MUM EVER WAS

        THE Duchess of York believes the Queen was more of a mother to her than her own mum.

        Sarah Ferguson, who divorced Prince Andrew in 1996, called the monarch her “greatest mentor” who always believed in her.

        She said: “I absolutely admire the incredible way Her Majesty is so modern . . . and how flexible, and how understanding, and how forgiving and how generous.”

        Sarah, 61, has been at the centre of several royal scandals over the years. But she said on the Tea with Twiggy podcast: “My mother-in-law has been more of a mother to me than my mother.

        “I absolutely think there is no greater mentor because, from a little girl to now, the consistency of Her Majesty has been a great honour, it’s a huge honour — makes me want to cry.”

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        MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY TAKE SAVAGE SWIPE AT QUEEN’S ‘RECOLLECTIONS MAY VARY’ COMMENT AFTER OPRAH BOMBSHELL

        The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly not impressed with the way the Palace dealt with their explosive allegations on Oprah.

        They believe Her Majesty did not take “full ownership” of the issues raised and “little” has been done since, according to People.

        Meghan, 40, and Harry, 36, reeled off a whole host of bombshell claims in the tell-all interview in March.

        They said there were conversations with Harry and a “family” member about their unborn son Archie and what colour his skin would be – and “what that would mean or look like”.

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        KATE MIDDLETON GETS ‘MUM GUILT’ JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE

        The Duchess of Cambridge appeared on Giovanna’s podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby last year where she spoke about her passion for Early Years.

        And the wife of McFly’s Tom Fletcher says that the interview saw Kate, 39, share some candid truths about motherhood.

        Speaking to Hello! this month about the interview, Giovanna, 36, said that she and teh Duchess, who is mum to George, 8, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, two, had bonded over their shared experiences.

        She said: “It’s that whole mum guilt thing where your kids say, ‘Do you have to go to work today? Can’t you be here with me?’ 

        “So knowing that she has that too made me feel less alone about leaving my two-year-old who always wants me at home.”

        Giovanna went on to say that speaking to Kate had been like chatting with any ‘normal’ mum.

        Read more here

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        PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON ADMIT THE ‘DIFFICULT TIME’ THEY’VE HAD OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS

        The pair revealed that they have been missing the "much loved" late Prince Philip, whose death had a profound impact on them.

        Following Prince Philip's death in April, Gert's Royal Replies posted a note they received from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in response to the condolences the royal duo received.

        The reply was sent in an envelope adorned with a royal mail stamp and the Kensington Palace logo.

        Inside was a folded card with Prince William and Kate's individual monograms and a photo of Prince Philip in military dress from 2012, which was when he attended the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Armed Forces Parade and Muster at Windsor Castle.

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        EXPLAINED: WHAT IS SENTEBALE?

        Harry set up Sentebale, in memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in Lesotho in 2006 to help vulnerable children in southern Africa affected by extreme poverty, inequality, and the HIV/Aids epidemic.

        The Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup was postponed last year because of the pandemic.

        Harry said he was "thrilled" to be supporting Sentebale in person and his donation was one of several he planned to make to charitable organisations.

        The duke said in a statement: "Our refocused mission at Sentebale is about addressing the most-immediate needs of vulnerable children in southern Africa, helping them access vital health services, receive necessary care, and build skills to be more resilient and self-sufficient in the future."

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        PRINCE HARRY TO MAKE FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE AFTER BIRTH OF LILIBET BY HOSTING POLO MATCH IN US TO ‘INCREASE VISIBILITY’

        The Duke of Sussex will compete in the Sentebale polo match today in Colorado after donating £1.1million from the proceeds of his upcoming memoirs to the charity he co-founded.

        Harry will be joined on the field today in Aspen by Argentine polo player and Sentebale ambassador Nacho Figueras.

        It is the first time Harry has ventured out for a public appearance since Lilibet's birth on June 4, as the 36-year-old has been on maternity leave up until now.

        Prince Harry will compete at a polo match in Colarado today

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