Meghan Markle latest news – Fans all saying the same thing as Prince Harry & Duchess make 'hypocritical' net zero vow

PRINCE Harry got the fright of his life one Halloween when palace aides told him, he and Meghan were about to be exposed, a royal author has revealed.

Harry had been over in Canada visiting Meghan on the set of her TV drama Suits on All Hallow's Eve in 2016 when he got a call from Kensington Palace that their relationship was about to be exposed in a newspaper.

The pair had reportedly been together for four months at this point and were "madly in love". They decided to go to a Halloween party in Toronto wearing Venetian mask so they could not be recognised when Harry got a call from his aides back in London.

The revelations come from Harry and Meghan's 'favourite' biographer Omid Scobie's revised Finding Freedom.

In an excerpt published in the Mirror, it said: "A cocktail or so into the party, they were both feeling relaxed, absorbing the Halloween spirit.

"It was possibly the perfect night out – until they received a call from one of Harry's aides at Kensington Palace"

The secret was out.

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    Harry’s early eye for the ladies

    Prince Harry had a poster of “Meghan Markle lookalike” actress Halle Berry up on his wall when he was a teenager, a royal author has said.

    The Oscar-winning actress and former Miss World winner was raising the Tinseltown ladder at the time and would star as Storm in the first X-Men movie in 2000.

    According to biographer Robert Lacey’s Battle of Brothers, when Prince Harry went to study at Eton in 1998, he wasted no time in sticking up a poster of a famous actress. 

    He said boys were allowed pin-up photos in their rooms at the time.

    “Harry opted for the African-American actress Halle Berry – a Meghan Markle lookalike, some would later maintain with hind-sight – in the middle of a spectacular red and orange psychedelic wall-hanging”, he explained. 

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    Who is Meghan’s father?

    Thomas W Markle is of Dutch-Irish origin and is 76 years old.

    Thomas is originally from Newport in Pennsylvania.

    He is a former television lighting director working on iconic US shows including Married with Children and General Hospital.

    Thomas Markle married Meghan’s mother – his second wife – Doria Ragland in 1979. They had Meghan in August 1981.

    The family settled down in The Valley, LA, but Thomas and Doria split in 1987 when Meghan was six.

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    Flying with style

    While Harry and Meghan may be grimacing at the thought of having to travel with the hoi polli now they’ve given up private jets – it might be worth take a page of it his big brother’s book.

    The Cambridges kickstarted their half-term break in the swanky lounge and got the full VIP treatment. 

    The Windsor suite is popular with royals, A-list celebrities and world leaders, who want to fly under the radar at England’s busiest airport.

    Of course, it certainly doesn’t come cheap to start your holiday with a Michelin dining menu, chauffeur service to your plane and with your own butler. 

    The Cambridges are said to have splashed out £3,000 for their three hour stay.

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    Taking up the mantle

    When Prince Philip died he automatically passed on his title to his eldest child – Prince Charles.

    However, obviously Charles is going to get a bigger and better title someday so the plan was instead to pass it onto his little brother Prince Edward.

    Prince Edward had already taken over his father’s duties with the Duke of Edinburgh award – and is believed to have had more of Philip’s passion outdoor pursuits than his older brother.

    But it appears that Charles will not pass on the title till he actually becomes King.

    So far now Edward has to make do with being a ‘mere’ Earl – one step down on the aristocratic ladder.

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    What happens when the Queen dies?

    Operation London Bridge is purported to be the code name give for the complex operation for when the Queen dies.

    Her Majesty is the UK’s longest reigning monarch and few alive today will remember a time before she was on the throne.

    Her own accession was sudden after the death of her father – she was famously on a Royal tour in Kenya at the time and had to rush back. She is remains one of the few monarchs to have ever inherited the Crown while not physically in the British Isles.

    As result there have been years of complex planning for what happens when she dies and Charles becomes King.

    As laid out by the Guardian in 2017, it will be a mixture of tradition and politics. Some of the steps include a slightly bizarre sounding ritual where the family will kiss Prince Charles’ hands to accept his rule as well as days of official mourning and an address to the nation.

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    High-emitting hypocrisy (continued)

    Baker said Harry and Meghan took 18 private jet trips in the 12 months from January 2019 to January 2020.

    The pair have reportedly taken at least 21 private jets in the last two years, including one trip from Canada to LA when they first moved to America in March 2020.

    A flight on a private jet from New York to California is estimated to produce 17 tons of carbon ­emissions.

    The Sun revealed in 2019 that the pair had taken six of ten round trips on private jets since getting married the previous year.

    It included a flight to Italy for a Google climate change summit, as well as trips to Ibiza and Nice.

    Harry also took a private plane home to California after a polo tournament for his Sentebale charity in Aspen, Colorado, in August.

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    High-emitting hypocrisy

    Former government minister Norman Baker, 64, told Newsweek: “It’s completely hypocritical for Prince Harry or other members of the royal family to lecture people about climate change when they’re emitting more carbon than almost everyone else on the planet.

    “People using private jets are in the top one percent of carbon emitters in the world.

    “Prince Harry needs to stop using private jets or if he wants to use private jets he needs to stop lecturing people on climate change.

    “It is not particularly challenging to get a flight from New York to California – people do it all the time.”

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    Tracking our collective footprint (Continued…)

    In a statement they said:  “While we have actively made choices to offset and balance this carbon footprint, now, with the tools provided by partner organizations, we know that we can all do better.

    “We can be net zero, and this is what we pledge to do. Achieving net zero carbon emissions means making a series of choices over time to make that footprint as small as possible, while compensating for any remaining emissions through high-quality carbon removal projects. 

    “As an organization, we will work with an independent consultant to track all Archewell-related activities from our inception to understand our collective footprint.”

    They have warned that “nearly every” activity in daily life results in contributing to their carbon footprint, including what we eat, what transport we use and the use of electricity or heating.

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    Harry and Meghan give up private jets

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have pledged to go completely carbon neutral after being slammed over their use of private jets.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly taken at least 21 private jets in the last two years despite preaching about going green.

    But now the couple have committed to becoming net zero by 2030, meaning that they will stop using the fuel guzzling private planes.

    To mark the COP26 conference in Glasgow, which was attended by Prince Charles and Prince William, the couple have committed to “solutions for our climate crisis.”

    Posting on Archewell, they have vowed to continue their “long-standing commitment to the planet” and state that the company will also be working towards the same goal.

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    Meghan’s brother questions her mental health struggle

    Meghan Markle’s brother has said he “doesn’t 100 per cent buy” her claims of battling with mental health problems.

    Thomas Markle Jr told housemates on Australia’s Big Brother VIP he didn’t agree with the allegations made by the Duchess of Sussex in her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    He said: “I don’t 100 per cent buy that and I don’t agree with some of the things on the Oprah interview like not having those services available. I can’t imagine being that sheltered. “

    As housemates began to bristle, he continued with his onslaught on Megan saying “she kind of knew what she was getting into”.

    Markle said “if you got a job and you got paid $4million salary a year to bow and curtesy and shake hands and take pictures and do some charity work here and some charity work it’s about the highest pedestal you can get to in life.

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    Who will be the next Duke of York?

    If Prince Andrew hangs onto his title, he won’t be able to pass it onto his children.

    Despite changes to the Act of Succession means girls could inherit the throne on the same terms of as boys, the rules about passing on titles remain the same.

    This is why Princess Anne is only known as the ‘Princess Royal’ rather than getting her own Dukedom or Earldom like her brothers.

    Prince Andrew does not have any legitimate sons so the title will go into abeyance (meaning unused or suspended) until the monarch decides to grant it again.

    This means the most likely to candidate to pick up the slightly tarnished moniker is Prince Louis.

    Second sons/brothers to monarchs are traditionally granted the title so it is likely to be given to him by Prince Charles, William or George when and if he gets married.

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    What Meghan’s dad thinks about Harry (continued)

    Thomas Jr went on to reveal that his dad wanted Harry to call him up and even visit him to formally ask if he could marry Meghan.

    “He wants Harry to do things proper like call him on the phone, go see him in person, and ask ‘Can I take your daughter’s hand in marriage’.

    “He cherishes Meghan, he worships her, I feel sorry for him because she won’t even pick up the phone and call my father ever, and then he is in the dark as much as everybody else is.”

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    What Meghan’s dad really thinks of Harry

    Meghan Markle’s dad doesn’t think Prince Harry could protect the chickens in their garden, her brother Thomas has claimed.

    Thomas Markle Jr was being interviewed at the start of Big Brother VIP in Australia in which he tore into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    He was asked if he had any correspondence with Harry at all after the wedding.

    “No, not me. My father did. My dad doesn’t approve of them,” he said.

    “My father said he couldn’t even protect those chickens in the backyard if he needed to.”

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    What is Meghan talking about at the summit?

    Meghan is due to speak at a half an hour online event with Mellody Hobson, the co-founder of Ariel Investments who is also the chairwoman of Starbucks.

    Meghan has been listed under her ducal title and as the ‘co-founder of Archewell International’.

    The talk is entitled: “How can women reach economic and professional parity? Two groundbreaking figures join us to discuss top-down solutions, and reflect on how their shared experiences influenced their thinking about creating opportunities for others.”

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    Meghan’s links to the New York Times (continued)

    This is not the first time Meghan Markle has appeared in the New York Times.

    In November last year she wrote a heartbreaking essay where she recounted the pain of a miscarriage she and Harry suffered earlier that year.

    She described “my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine”.

    The pair went onto to have Lilibet in June. Meghan already gave birth to Archie in May 2019.

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    Meghan to give feminist talk

    Meghan Markle is due to speak on women’s empowerment at a fancy New York conference next week.

    The Duchess of Sussex has been announced as a speaker on ‘women reaching economic and professional parity’ with men as part of the New York Times Dealbook summit.

    It is believed she will speak about her ongoing campaign to get paid parental leave through the U.S. Congress.

    The USA is the only country in the OECD club of wealthier nations not to guarantee some sort of leave from work after the birth of a child.

    Her name is listed alongside other big name speakers such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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    Harry snubbed (continued)

    Levin said: “He was very close to his father and his brother, but is so rude about them now – and he may well feel that he’s missing out.

    “He’s missed out on this climate change discussion, which he’s trying to work for as well.

    “But you can’t have it both ways. You can’t be independent but part of it.

    “I don’t believe he’s grasped that.”

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    Harry will feel ‘snubbed’ by Queen’s speech

    PRINCE Harry will likely feel “snubbed” after he was left out of the Queen’s moving COP26 speech, his biographer says.

    The monarch paid tribute to both William and Charles in a heartfelt address last night – but failed to mention the Duke of Sussex, even though he also champions eco causes.

    Angela Levin, who spent a year accompanying Harry on his royal duties, said the royal “can’t have it both ways”.

    “I imagine he could well feel snubbed,” she said.

    “I think he’s very sensitive now about his family, and I think he’s between a rock and a hard place, but he’s on a one-way road.

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    Is there are a plan for the Queen’s death?

    Operation London Bridge is purported to be the code name give for the complex operation for when the Queen dies.

    Her Majesty is the UK’s longest reigning monarch and few alive today will remember a time before she was on the throne.

    Her own accession was sudden after the death of her father – she was famously on a Royal tour in Kenya at the time and had to rush back. She is remains one of the few monarchs to have ever inherited the Crown while not physically in the British Isles.

    As result there have been years of complex planning for what happens when she dies and Charles becomes King.

    As laid out by the Guardian in 2017, it will be a mixture of tradition and politics. Some of the steps include a slightly bizarre sounding ritual where the family will kiss Prince Charles’ hands to accept his rule as well as days of official mourning and an address to the nation.

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    Queen ‘coming to terms’ with mortality

    THE Queen is “coming to terms” with the idea that “she won’t be around forever”, a royal expert says.

    The monarch paid a moving tribute to her son Charles and grandson William during her recorded COP26 speech yesterday.

    Angela Levin, who penned an authorised biography on Prince Harry, said: “Perhaps she’s telling us she’s coming to terms with the fact she won’t be around forever.

    “She’s a spiritual and religious woman.

    “Perhaps she’s prepared to go on in her role, but recognises that she’s getting older.”

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    Who are the longest reigning monarchs?

    The Queen overtook Victoria to become the longest reigning British monarch in 2015 but she has been knocking down milestones throughout her long career.

    Victoria was the previous record holder with a reign of 63 years and 216 days. Following her was George III who reigned for 59 years and 96 days and James I&VII whose reign is dated from when he took the Scottish throne at the age of one in 1567. He took the throne of England in 1603 and died in 1625 – giving him a reign of 57 years and 246 days.

    However, she will have to hang on till 2024 if she wants to become the longest reigning monarch who has EVER lived – or at least one that is properly recorded – as Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, ruled France for 72 years and 110 days.

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    Can Camilla be a counsellor of state? (continued)

    Officially the rules, set out in the Regency Act of 1937, are that the first four people in the line of succession take up the other spots – but if they are under 21 there place is filled by the closest adult in the line.

    Prince William’s children currently outrank Harry in the line of succession but he and Andrew will keep their places in theory until Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis come of age.

    As the rules current stand it is actually Princess Beatrice – who 33 and 10th in the line of succession – who should take Philip’s place as Harry’s children are also too young.

    But rules are made to be broken and Camilla might seem a better candidate that the scandal engulfed Andrew and distant Harry.

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    Can Camilla be a counsellor of state?

    There are four current counsellors of state – Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince William and Prince Harry.

    As soon as Prince Charles becomes king she will automatically become eligible as the Royal consort.

    But there is currently one vacant place at the Queen’s top table following Prince Philip’s death.

    Until his death April, Prince Philip was the longest serving counsellor to her Majesty having assumed the title in 1952.

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    Why is Camilla known as the Duchess of Cornwall?

    When Camilla first married Prince Charles in 2005, the Royals said she would be known – and addressed – as the Duchess of Cornwall.

    This was due to the widespread popularity of Charles’ first wife, Princess Diana, who tragically died a year after their divorce in 1997.

    She is still automatically the Princess of Wales. Diana was also the Duchess of Cornwall as a secondary title by right of being Charles’ wife.

    Charles is the Duke of Cornwall. He is also known as the Duke of Rothesay when he is in Scotland.

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    Courage calls…

    The Queen has issued a rallying call for nations to come to together to fight climate change.

    No doubt calling on memories of the Allies fight against the Axis powers during World War Two, she reminded world leaders there is “always room for hope” when they are united.

    In the message to COP26, recorded on Friday: she also said: “None of us underestimates the challenges ahead.

    “But history has shown that when nations come together in common cause, there is always room for hope.

    “Working side by side, we have the ability to solve the most insurmountable problems and to triumph over the greatest of adversities.”

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