Meghan Markle latest news – Prince Harry faces 'no going back to former Royal life' if he is AXED from important role

Meghan Markle latest news – Prince Harry faces 'no going back to former Royal life' if he is AXED from important role


PRINCE Harry would face 'no going back' to his former life if he is AXED from an important role – and the "final nail in the coffin" of his royal affiliation.

The Duke, along with Andrew, William and Charles, is one of four Counsellors of States – but there are questions around his eligibility as he now lives in US.

A source told the Mail Online: "Being removed, by parliament no less, as a Counsellor of State would really be the nail in Harry’s coffin of his former life as a frontline member of the royal family."

"If the Queen does take steps to have this situation remedied and Harry is axed, there really is no going back. All of these decisions – the military titles, the HRHs in abeyance – could theoretically be reversed. However, having parliament take formal action to remove them as Counsellors of State is in another league entirely."

It comes as the Home Office won't back down over Harry, 37, and Meghan's demand for police protection when they visit the UK, it has been claimed.

The Duke of Sussex has launched legal action against the Government over the decision to take away his police bodyguards after he stepped back from royal duties two years ago.

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    Royal roundup

    • The Queen arrives at Sandringham for her first extended stay since Prince Philip's death
    • The Home Office is reportedly refusing to back down over Prince Harry's legal bid for police protection
    • But there's more hopeful news for Harry as he enjoys talks with her father ahead of the Jubilee
    • Meanwhile, Prince Andrew may lose his 24-hour security detail after being effectively banished from royal life, it's claimed
    • And Prince William has told an 11-year-old boy who lost his mum: "It gets easier"

    Life outside the royal family

    A leading royal commentator says the couple "want to earn loads more money" after they filed 11 companies in tax haven Delaware – seven of which are linked to showbiz ventures.

    It provides an intriguing blueprint for the couple's plans as they forge a life outside of the Royal Family.

    They signed multi-million pound deals to produce content for Netflix and Spotify back in 2020 – although mystery surrounds their obligations for one of the contracts.

    Spotify had promised a full-scale launch from the couple in 2021 after they landed a reported £18million deal.

    However, since then, Meghan and Harry have produced just one 35-minute podcast episode.

    Now Angela Levin, who spent a year working with Harry for an authorised biography, says she believes the couple may be planning a talk show.

    "This all seems to be a big turnaround from their philanthropic and non-profit work to just pure entertainment," she told Sun Online.

    "It suggests they want to earn loads more money."

    “Excoriating takedown” of the Duchess of Cornwall

    Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next month, the Prince of Wales is said to have invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to stay with him amid their ongoing security concerns.

    But privately Charles has told aides he worries his younger son’s shock book will be an “excoriating takedown” of the Duchess of Cornwall — particularly in the early years of the couple’s romance.

    Last night a source said: “Forget the Prince Andrew saga, the main topic of discussion at Clarence House is Harry’s book — and the reputational damage it could very well do.

    “There are concerns about Harry’s recollections of Camilla’s entry into the Royal Family, and how her long-running romance with Charles damaged him from a young age.

    “Harry is fiercely loyal and protective of his late mother and her legacy, and didn’t approve of Camilla sweeping in as the great love of his father’s life.

    “Understandably he found those early years incredibly difficult, and he might publicly blame Camilla for much of what he believes went wrong in his childhood, and the trauma the whole situation caused.

    “Charles is deeply protective of Camilla. The last thing he needs — especially in a year of celebration that should be all about the Queen — is an excoriating takedown of Camilla at a time when people have finally taken her to their hearts.”

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      ‘Andrew forced me to shut his curtains even though he was next to them

      PRINCE Andrew forced a maid to run up four flights of stairs to close­ his curtains — as he sat next to them.

      Former Buckingham Palace worker Charlotte Briggs was left in tears by the “demanding and entitled” Duke of York’s foul-mouthed rants.

      Lazy Prince Andrew blew his top at a tiny gap in his curtains and yelled at his maid: “Can’t you f***ing do anything right?”

      Charlotte, 47, said she was left in tears and ended up hiding behind curtains to avoid the bad-tempered and “entitled” royal.

      Charlotte recalled one evening, saying: “One night I’d done it all, I walked back into the corridor and he came out screaming, ‘Can’t you f***ing do anything right?’ I’d left a little gap where they met but they were extremely heavy.

      “I was thinking, ‘You want to shut your own curtains’ but you can’t say anything. You have to absorb it.

      “It was awful and he brought me to tears. I was only 21 and had little life experience.”

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      Platinum Jubilee 50p coin to enter circulation next month

      A 50p coin marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be released via the Post Office next month by the Royal Mint.

      The design features the number 70 on the tails side of the coin and is the first 50p to enter circulation in commemoration of a royal event.

      The first of up to 5,000,070 coins will be released via post offices around the UK on 7 February.

      They will be available to customers making transactions at the Post Office and cannot be swapped for other coins.

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      Andrew and Epstein's trips

      The Duke of York, who was 40 years old at the time with two young children, was infamously pictured partying with topless women on a yacht in Phuket, Thailand.

      Ghislaine Maxwell is also reported to have accompanied them on the trip, being reported at the time to be staying at the same hotel as the Duke.

      Andrew and Epstein were reportedly spotted in bars around Patong resort town on the island, including one staffed by semi-naked go-go dancers.

      The sleazy holiday offers a window into the relationship between Andrew and the paedophile couple.

      He is said to have become increasingly close to them around this time, which was just months before he allegedly sexually abused Virginia Roberts.

      The Duke denies any improper behaviour over his relationship with Epstein and Maxwell – and denies ever meeting Virginia.

      In December 2000, Andrew allowed his close friend Maxwell to hold her 39th birthday at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where Epstein was a guest.

      The American financier and on-off boyfriend of Maxwell was allowed to land his private jet at the nearby RAF Marham base, while Andrew spent £20,000 hosting a pheasant shooting weekend to impress his friends.

      And then just after Christmas, on December 27, Andrew reportedly flew to Thailand with Ghislaine, where they met up with Epstein again.

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      Charles ‘invites Meghan and Harry to stay’

      PRINCE Charles has invited Harry and Meghan to stay with him when they’re next in the UK – and is desperate to spend time with Archie and Lilibet, it’s reported.

      Royal sources say the Prince of Wales has opened his home to the Sussexes and told his youngest son he’d love to see his grandchildren.

      Charles hasn’t seen Archie since he was six months old, and has never met baby Lilibet Diana, who was born in June.

      He offered to bring the family together for the first time since Megxit in the lead-up to Christmas, the Mirror reports.

      And it’s said he and and the Sussexes have held a series of “good-natured and enjoyable” video calls over the past few months. However, an expert suggested today that Meghan may never return to the UK amid Harry’s decision to take legal action against the Government.

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      What was truth behind controversial sale of £15m home?

      The prince has previously come under scrutiny for the controversial sale of his former marital home.

      Nigel Cawthorne says: “He sold Sunninghill Park in Berkshire, in 2007 for £15million – a cool £3million over the asking price after lingering on the market – to a Kazakh oligarch.

      “It was a wedding present from the Queen.”

      The Daily Mail claimed that Andrew also tried to persuade Coutts, the Queen’s bank, to take the oligarch, Timur Kulibayev, on as a client.

      The reports followed earlier allegations that Andrew tried to broker a deal between a Greek sewage company and a Swiss finance house that would have seen him benefit from a £4million commission.

      “Andrew and Fergie now live rent-free in the seven-bedroom Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, though he did spend £7.5million doing it up with a pool and driving range,” Cawthorne continues.

      “Then there’s the ski lodge in Switzerland with reportedly six members of staff which he is selling for an estimated £18million – minus the £6.6million he still owed the previous vendor who sued him.

      “The swish property was bought in 2015 with a mortgage as an ‘investment’ and a little help from the Bank of Mum which, presumably, he won’t have to pay back.”

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      How can I watch the Platinum Jubilee events?

      All events leading up to the four-day Bank Holiday weekend, as well as the Platinum Jubilee itself, will be broadcast on television.

      Both BBC and ITV are expected to be covering the celebrations.

      ITV will air the Windsor Horse Show from May 12 to 15, where more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in the Platinum Jubilee Celebration.

      BBC will broadcast live the Platinum Party at the Palace, the special concert that the broadcaster is hosting in Buckingham Palace.

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      When is The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

      Princess Elizabeth became Queen on February 6, 1952 – the day her father King George VI died.

      Therefore February 6, 2022, will mark 70 years on the throne.

      However, the official celebrations always take place at the beginning of June. And this year, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will begin on Thursday, June 2, and will continue over the weekend until June 5.

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      What is The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

      The Platinum Jubilee marks 70 years of a monarch’s reign.

      The Queen will be the first British monarch to mark this milestone, having acceded to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25.

      On significant anniversaries, celebrations take place across the country and the Commonwealth.

      On the last jubilee, Diamond, which marked 60 years since the coronation, the Queen and Prince Philip visited every region in the UK.

      There’ll be parties across the UK as well as public ceremonies such as the Trooping the Colour, which marks the Queen’s official birthday.

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      ‘Betraying Queen & country’

      A TOP lawyer for victims of Jeffrey Epstein has slammed Prince Andrew for “betraying Queen and country” by associating with the late pedo financier.

      Los Angeles-based Gloria Allred said of the Duke of York’s relationship with Epstein: “If you get down in the mud with pigs you are going to get mud on you.”

      The veteran attorney – who has worked with 20 Epstein victims – also gave a scathing view of Andrew’s defence.

      In comments to The Sun she said:  “There are so many unanswered questions.

      “To attend residencies and obviously see so many underage girls there – it is not just Virginia, there were others.

      “I represented 20 accusers of Epstein – a number of who were underage.

      “This is not the life that a member of the Royal Family should be choosing if they care about their duties to the country.”

      Read more here.

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      'Harry & Meghan show'

      THE Royal Family fear Philip’s memorial will be turned into ‘the Harry & Meghan show’ an expert has claimed – as they remain undecided over a UK return

      Officials and the Queen are preparing to honour Prince Philip, who died last April, in a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in the spring.

      But it is understood Harry, 37, is not prepared to fly here with Meghan, 40, Archie, two, and seven-month-old Lilibet without armed guards.

      Ingrid Seward said: “I think if they choose not to come then everyone will breathe a sigh of relief. It is thanks-giving for Prince Philip and we don’t want it turning into the Harry and Meghan show.”

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they do not feel safe coming to the UK as they are no longer entitled to Met guards since quitting royal duties.

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      William ‘wants to stay neutral’

      Charles has reportedly told aides he fears his younger son's new book will be an "excoriating takedown" of the Duchess of Cornwall, particularly in the early years of the couple's romance.

      In an attempt to stop him blaming her for damaging his childhood, and even slating her further, Charles has extended an olive branch to Harry.

      He is also said to have confided in his eldest son about his worries and requested he "go in and bat for Camilla" publicly should any hurtful claims be made against her.

      But while Wills cares for his father deeply, he is believed to want to steer well clear of the drama.

      A source told The Sun: "Charles has shared his concerns with William, and is keen he somehow goes on the record and sticks up for Camilla, should the book attack her.

      "But as much as William loves his father, he’s unlikely to want to get involved.

      "In all likelihood he will try and stay neutral."

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      The Queen has had to deal with a lot

      At 95 the Queen has lived through some traumatic times in the last couple of years. She was deeply saddened by Harry and Meghan’s move to the US and withdrawal from royal duties, and she has yet to meet her seven-month-old great-granddaughter Lilibet, who is named in her honour.

      Last April her beloved husband Prince Philip died aged 99 — and it is fortunate that he did not live to see their sex scandal-hit son Andrew stripped of his military titles.

      Last weekend it emerged that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had threatened legal action against the Home Office.

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      Harry’s previous dig at Charles

      In a podcast last May, Harry made another mildly passive-aggressive dig at his father, saying: “He treated me the way he was treated.”

      He added: “I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on.

      “It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say, ‘You know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you’.”

      His comments are thought in part to have been a dig at the way Charles handled the death of Diana when Harry was just 12. Meanwhile, it is understood that Charles’s aides floated the idea that Prince William “go in and bat for Camilla” should any damaging or hurtful claims be made against her.

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      The dreaded book deal

      Last year Harry stunned the monarchy after announcing he had signed a book deal to tell his story.

      Publisher Random House released a statement saying: “Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape him.

      “Covering his lifetime in the public eye, from childhood to the present day, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous and uplifting human story.”

      Just how “honest” Harry will be remains to be seen. And just how damaging the book could prove to Charles and Camilla similarly hangs in the balance.

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      Andrew ‘ordered Royal protection officers to retrieve his stray golf balls’

      A palace insider claimed members of the elite Royal police squad, who were supposed to be guarding the Duke of York, were ordered to act as ball boys for Andrew while he practised his stroke in the Buckingham Palace garden.

      An officer on duty would be told to stand around 100 yards away from the Queen's favourite son, and then run around retrieving the golf balls after he struck them.

      Buckingham Palace has the largest private garden in London at the back, making it a perfect place for the golf-mad Duke to practice his swing.

      In 2008, a source told the Mail Online: "Andrew would occasionally come into the gardens carrying his clubs and hit a few balls making his close protection officer collect them for him."

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      How could other royals react if Sussexes don't return for memorial?

      MEMBERS of the Royal Family will “breathe a sigh of relief” if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t make it to Prince Philip’s memorial, a royal expert has said.

      Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty Magazine, said the Sussexes’ absence would prevent the spring tribute from turning into the “Harry and Meghan show”.

      Ingrid Seward said: “I think if they choose not to come then everyone will breathe a sigh of relief.

      “It is thanks-giving for Prince Philip and we don’t want it turning into the Harry and Meghan show.”

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      Prince Andrew news you may have missed

      • An ex cop told an ITV documentary this week Andrew would “shout and scream” if maids messed up his collection of toy bears on his bed.
      • It prompted the duke’s former maid Charlotte Briggs, 47, to come forward with other cringeworthy stories.
        She claims Andrew forced her to run up four flights of stairs to close­ his curtains — even though he sat right next to them.
      • She also said the duke laughed when his dog bit her on the leg and reduced her to tears with his “demanding and entitled” rants.
      • If that wasn’t enough, the petulant prince allegedly made staff arrange his huge teddy bear collection for an hour each day to ensure they were in size order every morning.
      • And he would allegedly scream and shout if his bears were not put back in the right order.

      Grenadier Guards want kate

      Senior officials in the 366-year-old regiment are eager for Kate Middleton, 40, to be the first female appointed to the ceremonial role.

      The Queen, 95, took the role by default when she stripped Andrew of his military titles this month amid sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

      The appointment is decided by the regiment and Her Maj.

      A senior source in the Guards told The Sunday Times: “From straw polling through the ranks, they would all love it to be Kate. We all admire the way she has fitted in and behaved.

      “She never seems to put a foot wrong.”

      A military source said: “The name of the new colonel was due to have been announced and it wasn’t the Duchess of Cambridge.

      "That it wasn’t announced means they’ve been thinking about it again.”

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        Peter Phillips introduces Queen to new girlfriend

        He showed off partner Lindsay Wallace to the Queen after he held a shooting party at Windsor. We revealed how he drove to Scotland to see her during lockdown – meeting close to her marital home.

        The dad-of-two, who walked between warring siblings Harry and William at Prince Philip’s funeral, divorced ex-wife Autumn last year after 12 years together
        Royal insiders say introducing his new partner to the Queen is a major step and sign the couple are serious – although wedding bells may be some way off.

        A source told The Sun: “The Queen is one of the most important people in Peter’s life so it’s only right that he introduces Lindsay to her. It was a very warm meeting and the Queen was clearly delighted to meet someone who makes Peter so happy.

        “Despite the fact that he divorced Autumn, they have two children together and relations are still incredibly warm between them. They are both moving on with their lives and accept that the other will find someone else romantically.

        “It may still be early days but Peter wanted his grandmother to see he was happy. It is a clear sign that Lindsay has now been fimly welcomed into The Firm and a major first step if they were to ever choose to get married. The Queen just wants Peter to be happy.”

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        Two new companies

        News the Sussexes had set up 11 companies emerged last week – but the Telegraph reports that two more businesses were registered on the same date by the lawyer who has represented Meghan since she was acting.

        They appear to have names which are meaningful to the couple, with one – Cloverdale Inc – bearing the same name as the street that the Duchess lived on with her mother in Los Angeles when she was young.

        Both Cloverdale and a second company, Riversoul Productions Inc, are set up explicitly in the “entertainment” industry, and join companies Hampshire LLC, Bridgemont LLC and IPHW LLC.

        The couple are already using name Archewell Productions for their Netflix and Spotify deals.

        They've also set up two publishing companies, one of which, Peca, has the rights to Meghan's book The Bench. The second, Orinoco Publishing, reportedly houses Harry's forthcoming memoir.

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        Royals could hit Hollywood

        Highlighting Harry's appearance on James Corden's show last February, and Meghan's on Ellen's back in November, Angela Levin said there are "rumours" the pair will hit Hollywood.

        "Meghan feels that she wants to be a star in every way she can, and perhaps philanthropic work isn't giving them enough of that celebrity," she said.

        "Harry was reportedly going to take over from James Corden on The Late Late Show as a presenter when his book comes out.

        "It's been claimed he plans to do this for a couple of weeks to promote this memoir of his, which will no doubt feature some attacks the Royal Family.

        "Nonetheless, he still wants to do something comic. That's what's been rumoured.

        "It's said – and that could well be tongue in cheek – that he wants to take over the job from James Corden. They are good pals.

        "And Meghan very much liked being interviewed by Ellen and apparently said afterwards she'd love to have her own programme, just like that."

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        Royal roundup

        • The Queen arrives at Sandringham for her first extended stay since Prince Philip's death
        • The Home Office is reportedly refusing to back down over Prince Harry's legal bid for police protection
        • But there's more hopeful news for Harry as he enjoys talks with her father ahead of the Jubilee
        • Meanwhile, Prince Andrew may lose his 24-hour security detail after being effectively banished from royal life, it's claimed
        • And Prince William has told an 11-year-old boy who lost his mum: "It gets easier"

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