Meghan Markle news: Duchess has led Prince Harry 'by the nose' as Royal author SLAMS Duke as 'not too bright'

Meghan Markle news: Duchess has led Prince Harry 'by the nose' as Royal author SLAMS Duke as 'not too bright'

04/30/2022

MEGHAN Markle has led Prince Harry "by the nose" and is "not too bright", a veteran Royal broadcaster has said.

Jonathan Dimbleby has branded the Duke of Sussex as weak – and said his and wife Meghan Markle's celebrity status will become "less valuable" as time goes on.

The broadcasting stalwart told The Times: "I suspect that Harry is led by the nose by Meghan Markle.

"He’s entering a sort of vortex in which they will become less and less significant as a couple. 

"As she gets older, as he gets older, they will matter less because the celebrity on which they trade will become less valuable. 

And in a further damning assessment, Dimbleby, 77, also criticised Harry's claims he wanted to "protect" the Queen after he made a fleeting visit to Windsor on-route to the Invictus Games.

He continued: "So you’ve swanned in to check that the people who are very close to her are the right people? 

"Thank you very much. I mean, your wisdom, Harry, is well worth it, I have no doubt. And now you’re zooming out again."

Read our Meghan Markle live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Harry ‘WON’T attend Charles’ coronation

    PRINCE Harry will not attend his father’s coronation if Camilla is made Queen at Westminster Abbey, it is claimed.

    Her Majesty has said it is her “sincere wish” the Duchess of Cornwall be known as Queen Consort when her husband takes the throne.

    However, Harry will snub the service if it takes place at the Abbey as Camilla would be crowned just feet from where his late mother’s coffin lay in 1997, Private Eye reports.

    Princess Diana‘s casket was driven from Buckingham Palace to the royal church, where it stayed for the funeral on September 6.

    It was then taken to the Spencer family home at Althorp, Northamptonshire, to rest on an island on an ornamental lake where it remains today.

    But the image of his mum’s coffin in Westminster Abbey was likely etched into 12-year-old Harry’s mind, and has remained there ever since.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan Markle’s most influential dresses

    Meghan Markle’s most popular dress has been revealed after searches soared 3,603 percent above average.

    According to fabric experts Dalston Mill Fabrics, who analysed Google trends, the wedding dress came out on top as the most popular.

    Prince Harry and Meghan tied the knot in 2018 when Meghan wore a Clare Waight custom gown costing £110,000.

    A spokesperson said the Duchess if the “epitome of class and style” and impact on fashion remains “unmatched” despite stepping back from the Royal Family.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen set Meghan Markle up 'for a lot of success'

    A Royal Author has claimed that the Queen set Meghan Markle up to have "long-standing success" in the Royal Family.

    Tina Brown, author of the newly released book The Palace Papers, told The Washington Post: “I think the Queen and the Palace set the Sussexes up for a lot of success. I mean the Queen gave [Ms Markle] one of her most treasured patronages. 

    “Patron of the national theatre. What a fabulous thing for a former actress. A marvellous, prestigious patronage. 

    “She also made her vice-chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation, which, given that Meghan said she had a huge desire to do some global, humanitarian work, there’s no better platform to be able to talk about women’s education or the question of minorities. 

    “This was a fantastic platform, really, that needed modernising and dusting off and repositioning, particularly in the social atmosphere right now with the Black Lives Matter issue. 

    “But, nonetheless, there was a big role there, a long-standing role, with a lot of longevity for the Sussexes.” 

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry blasted for ‘smoke & mirrors’

    Prince Harry's role at California-based mental health company BetterUp may be little more than marketing "smoke and mirrors", disgruntled employees claim.

    Some employees have asked what vice presidents (VPs) like Harry – who is believed to rake in a seven-figure salary – do on a day-to-day basis.

    One coach said: "They have so many.

    "Now I don't even know what these VPs do."

    Harry was named 'chief impact officer' at the San Francisco-based company amid great fanfare last March.

    It was his first job since quitting as a working royal, and it's believed he's earning a small fortune to attend special company events and join all-hands meetings.

    Company chiefs say he's responsible for "championing the importance of maximizing human potential worldwide", describing it as "meaningful and meaty role".

    Harry himself said his aim was to help people "become the best version of themselves".

    But sources from the company told the Daily Beast no one is clear about what role he performs, and asked how "meaningful" the work is.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry 'always wanted to quit Royal Family and Meghan gave him tools to do it'

    A royal author has claimed that Prince Harry always wanted to quit the Royal Family and Meghan Markle gave him the tools to do it.

    Tina Brown claims even the Queen knew Harry would go his own way at one point.

    And speaking in a video interview with the Washington Post, Brown said: "I actually think that it was unfair, in a sense, to call it Megxit, because I really think Harry wanted out himself. And you know, one of the advisors did say to me–and I was kind of shocked by this.

    "A very close person in the circle said to me, you know, we always knew that Harry was going to go at some point. He was really unhappy.

    "The Queen knew that at some point it was highly likely that Harry would want out. But they didn't know it would be so fast, and they didn't see it happening in the way that it did.

    "And I think it's also, then, fair to say that Meghan gave Harry the tools to leave, you know, I mean because she was wired in. She understood the world of agents and deals. And I mean, this wasn't Harry's world."

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Charles eats 'heaps of linseed' for breakfast

    Prince Charles eats "heaps of linseed" for breakfast a royal author has claimed. 

    Writing in her new book The Palace Papers, Tina Brown recounts an exchange between Prince William and Stephen Fry over breakfast. 

    She said: "At breakfast at Highgrove, Fry was inspecting a buffet when he lifted a tureen that offered Charles' preferred heap of Linseed.

    “Prince William said 'Oh no, don't go near the bird table, Stephen, that's only for Pa'.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Eamonn Holmes slammed with complaints

    Eamonn Holmes has been hit with more than 400 complaints after saying Prince Harry should be “thrown over the balcony”.

    The GB News Breakfast Show host, 62, did not mince his words last week when speaking about Harry and wife Meghan’s secret visit to see the Queen.

    While talking about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to his co-star Isabel Webster, Eamonn said: “[He’s] gotta be photographed. He’s got to be on that balcony.

    “He’s bringing a book out where he’s slagging off Camilla and maybe William and his father.

    “Why wouldn’t they just throw him over the balcony and her with him?”

    But his opinion on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not sit well with all viewers.

    Television watchdog Ofcom received 402 complaints in the wake of Eamonn’s comments.

  • Louis Allwood

    Princess Diana was 'smart and drama-free mother'

    According to a body language expert, Princess Diana was a "smart and drama free mother". 

    Analysing a recently surfaced clip of Diana telling off a sulking Prince William in 1986, Judi James said: "There are ongoing PR attempts to smear Diana by painting her as a ‘flawed’ and worse.

    “But this cute clip of her acting like a very calm, caring but also smart and drama-free mother could be described as a timely reminder of the woman a whole generation fell in love with back in the day."

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen hopes to attend State Opening of Parliament in two weeks' time

    Buckingham Palace said the sovereign is hoping to attend the State Opening of Parliament in less than two weeks' time, on May 10.

    However, an official confirmation is expected closer to the time or on the day.

    Her high-profile Platinum Jubilee celebrations are just over a month away.

    The Queen, who has experienced mobility issues in recent months, has opened Parliament on all but two occasions during her reign.

    The exceptions were in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Andrew and then Prince Edward, when her speech was read by the Lord Chancellor.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen stands unaided in positive health update

    The Queen was spotted standing unaided with the president of Switzerland at Windsor Castle – as she held an in-person audience.

    In what fans of the Monarch will see as a huge positive update to her health, she held her first official engagement after a week-long break on the Sandringham estate.

    The Monarch smiled broadly as she shook hands and posed for photographs with Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola in the castle’s Oak Room.

    And eagle-eyed fans spotted that she stood without her walking stick, dressed in a blue and grey paisley-style patterned silk dress.

    A fruit-themed sapphire and 16 diamond grape brooch also adorned her dress.

  • Louis Allwood

    Archie 'absolutely loved' hearing about the Invictus Games

    Prince Harry has opened up on how his son Archie 'absolutely loved' hearing about the Invictus Games.

    The Duke said that he introduced Archie to the concept of disability by showing him a video of a wheelchair basketball game, prior to the Invictus Games. 

    He said: "I showed Archie a video of wheelchair basketball and rugby from the Invictus Games in Sydney, and he absolutely loved it.

    "I showed him how some were missing legs and explained that some had invisible injuries, too.

    "Not because he asked, but because I wanted to tell him. "

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan and Harry urged to 'stay away' from Queen

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been urged to "stay away" from the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by royal commentators.

    The reason for this is that they do not want the ongoing "bitter" Royal Family row to distract people from the Queen's celebration.

    Richard Eden, the Daily Mail's diary editor told the Mail's talk show, Palace Confidential: "I really get the impression that Harry and Meghan are loving all the speculation about whether they’ll come for the Jubilee or not.

    "What should be the wonderful celebrations of the Queen’s amazing long reign, instead it’s sort of becoming this saga or will-they-won’t-they-come?"

    Richard Kay, the Daily Mail's editor at Large, added that it is "tragic" that the Queen has to deal with the rows with her own grandchildren.

    He said: "I think it’s tragic for her. The last thing she wants is these ongoing, bitter rows with her own grandchildren and the family.

    "They had so much trouble in the 1990s which they had hoped they had put behind them, but this is somehow even worse and it must be enormously difficult for her and quite despairing."

  • Louis Allwood

    Charles holds 'emotional' meeting with Ukrainian refugees

    The Prince of Wales has said that he hopes Britain is welcoming to Ukrainians in an "emotional" meeting with families who have fled Vladimir Putin's invasion.

    Charles, who is believed to have personally suggested meeting refugees from Ukraine, added that he was praying for the conflict to end quickly.

    He made the comments on a visit to the World Jewish Relief (WJR) charity in north London, which has sent food, money and medicine to the war-torn country.

    Charles, a patron of the group since 2015, has made a financial contribution to its efforts although the sum has not been made public.

    WJR chairman Maurice Helfgott told the prince he would be writing a letter to thank him for the donation. "Don't bother with that," responded the prince, to laughter from the room.

    After speaking to the team responsible for settling refugees in the UK, Charles met three Ukrainian women who had fled the war, all of whom have asked not to be named.

    Two were from Kharkiv, in the north east of Ukraine, while the other was from Odessa in the south. Both cities have been heavily bombed by Russian forces.

    "Till the day I die, I will never forget the sound of missiles," one of the women said.

  • Milica Cosic

    Thank you for reading the blog this evening. Joe Gamp will be back with you tomorrow morning.

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry opens up on important conversation with Archie

    Prince Harry has opened up on a candid conversation he had with his Archie, and said he introduced his son to the concept of disability.

    He did so by showing him a video of a wheelchair basketball game, prior to the Invictus Games. 

    The Duke said: "I showed Archie a video of wheelchair basketball and rugby from the Invictus Games in Sydney, and he absolutely loved it.

    "I showed him how some were missing legs and explained that some had invisible injuries, too.

    "Not because he asked, but because I wanted to tell him."

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  • Milica Cosic

    Diana was 'smart and drama-free mother'

    According to a body language expert, Princess Diana was a "smart and drama free mother".

    Analysing a clip of Diana telling off a Prince William in 1986, Judi James said: "There are ongoing PR attempts to smear Diana by painting her as a ‘flawed’ and worse.

    “But this cute clip of her acting like a very calm, caring but also smart and drama-free mother could be described as a timely reminder of the woman a whole generation fell in love with back in the day."

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry blasted for ‘smoke & mirrors’ job

    PRINCE Harry's role at California-based mental health company BetterUp may be little more than marketing "smoke and mirrors", disgruntled employees claim.

    Staff have taken a swipe at the royal, who was handed a role at the firm last year.

    It was his first job since quitting as a working royal, and it's believed he's earning a small fortune to attend special company events and join all-hands meetings.

    Company chiefs say he's responsible for "championing the importance of maximizing human potential worldwide", describing it as "meaningful and meaty role".

    Some have asked what vice presidents (VPs) like Harry – who is believed to rake in a seven-figure salary – do on a day-to-day basis.

    One coach said: "They have so many.

    "Now I don't even know what these VPs do."

    And, sources from the company told the Daily Beast no one is clear about what role he performs, and asked how "meaningful" the work is.

    One suggested it was simply marketing "smoke and mirrors".

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry ‘WON’T attend Charles’ coronation

    PRINCE Harry will not attend his father's coronation if Camilla is made Queen at Westminster Abbey, it is claimed.

    Her Majesty has said it is her "sincere wish" the Duchess of Cornwall be known as Queen Consort when her husband takes the throne.

    However, Harry will snub the service if it takes place at the Abbey as Camilla would be crowned just feet from where his late mother's coffin lay in 1997, Private Eye reports.

    Princess Diana's casket was driven from Buckingham Palace to the royal church, where it stayed for the funeral on September 6.

    The image of his mum's coffin in Westminster Abbey was likely etched into 12-year-old Harry's mind, and has remained there ever since.

    However, Harry is yet to comment on the news.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle tipped for political success

    According to a popular culture guru, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have become “the toast of Hollywood” and hold the “right credentials” to further cement their status as a “power couple”.

    Nick Ede has said that the Sussexes may be open to new opportunities across the pond – Rather, this move may open the Sussexes to new opportunities – including a career in politics for Meghan.

    This is because the couple still retain their royal titles despite their exit in 2020.

    Mr Ede told OK! magazine: “I can see Meghan going into politics.

    “She has a platform for positive change and it’s very exciting to see how she could run for office one day. Knowing her, she’ll get in!”

    Referring to Archewell, the commentator added: “Plus their brand Archewell would become a huge machine managing everything from production, development and execution of their projects, too.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Evening, Milica Cosic now taking over this blog. I'll be with you until 10pm tonight.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry & Meg ‘didn’t get anything they wanted’ post Megxit

    According to a royal author, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s terms for their exit in 2020 were ‘harsh’ despite the couple vowing to continue to “fully support Her Majesty The Queen”.

    Royal author of ‘The Palace Papers’, Tina Brown, spoke to CBS Sunday Morning and discussed what happened after Megxit.

    Ms Brown said: “The terms of the exit were harsh.

    “You know, they didn’t get anything they wanted actually.

    She added: “They didn’t even get to keep the word royal.

    “Harry was no longer allowed to keep any of his military honors, I mean it was frankly lethal what happened”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Diana encouraged more 'relaxed' dining at Palace

    Princess Diana encouraged a more 'relaxed' style of dining at Kensington Palace, according to Former Royal chef Darren McGrady. 

    Speaking exclusively to Coffee Friend, Chef McGrady said: “When I joined the Princess she had got her life back on track and she was eating healthily.

    "Now the food was; fish dishes, stuffed vegetables, lots of chicken and quite a bit of fruit-based recipes.

    “It was much, much different and more relaxed at Kensington Palace.

    "It was less formal, it was family style, all the food was placed on the sideboard for the Princess and the boys to help themselves.

    "If she wanted a coffee, she preferred instant. She would come in the kitchen and make herself one and offer to make me one.”

  • Louis Allwood

    "I can see Meghan going into politics"

    According to a popular culture guru, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have become "the toast of Hollywood" and hold the "right credentials" to further cement their status as a "power couple".

    Nick Ede has said that the Sussexes may be open to new opportunities across the pond – Rather, this move may open the Sussexes to new opportunities – including a career in politics for Meghan.

    This is because the couple still retain their royal titles despite their exit in 2020.

    Mr Ede told OK! magazine: "I can see Meghan going into politics.

    "She has a platform for positive change and it’s very exciting to see how she could run for office one day. Knowing her, she’ll get in!"

    Referring to Archewell, the commentator added: "Plus their brand Archewell would become a huge machine managing everything from production, development and execution of their projects, too."

  • Louis Allwood

    Royals urged to rethink Caribbean tours unless they address 'reconciliation and justice'

    Royal tours to the Caribbean should be scrapped unless the royal family uses them to address "truth, reconciliation and justice", a political activist has warned.

    Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu branded the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Jubilee trips to the Queen's island realms as an "embarrassment to the British monarchy".

    The overseas visits were met with controversy as campaigners demanded apologies from the royal family and reparation over slavery, while numerous nations set out their intentions to become republics.

    Lawyer Dr Mos-Shogbamimu told the PA news agency: "If the purpose of the trip is what we've seen which is basically a continuation of representing the legacy of the British Empire, then absolutely yes these tours should just end.

    "Quite frankly these royal tours that we've seen to date are an embarrassment to the British monarchy.

    "However if the royal tour was one that speaks to what many of these Afro-Caribbean nations are seeking to address, which is truth, reconciliation and justice, then you need to get on board those tours and make them work."

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen set Meghan Markle up 'for a lot of success'

    A Royal Author has claimed that the Queen set Meghan Markle up to have "long-standing success" in the Royal Family.

    Tina Brown, author of the newly released book The Palace Papers, told The Washington Post: “I think the Queen and the Palace set the Sussexes up for a lot of success. I mean the Queen gave [Ms Markle] one of her most treasured patronages. 

    “Patron of the national theatre. What a fabulous thing for a former actress. A marvellous, prestigious patronage. 

    “She also made her vice-chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation, which, given that Meghan said she had a huge desire to do some global, humanitarian work, there’s no better platform to be able to talk about women’s education or the question of minorities. 

    “This was a fantastic platform, really, that needed modernising and dusting off and repositioning, particularly in the social atmosphere right now with the Black Lives Matter issue. 

    “But, nonetheless, there was a big role there, a long-standing role, with a lot of longevity for the Sussexes.” 

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