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Royal Family latest news – Prince Charles 'gave substantial sum' to Harry & Meghan despite 'cut off' claims to Oprah
PRINCE Charles gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a “substantial sum” during their transition from royal life in the US.
Harry claimed in March his family “cut him off” when he movedto the US – months before he and wife Meghan struck deals with Netflix and Spotify reportedly worth £89million.
But Clarence House accounts covering the year from April 2020 reveal Charles supported both his sons and their wives to the tune of £4.5m.
It is unclear how much went to the Sussexes but a senior Clarence House spokesman said yesterday it was “substantial”, adding: “That funding ceased in the summer of last year. The couple are now financially independent.”
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MEGHAN MARKLE ‘BULLYING’ PROBE BEING PAID FOR OUT OF THE QUEEN’S OWN POCKET TO SPARE TAX PAYERS, SOURCES CLAIMS
The Queen has reached into her own pocket to pay for the investigation into claims of bullying by Meghan Markle.
The palace launched a probe this year amid claims the Duchess of Sussex bullied two senior members of staff when she was a senior royal.
A royal source said: “There is no Sovereign Grant money spent on this review. It’s private. It is met privately. It’s not public money.”
Former communications chief, Jason Knauf claimed Meghan’s alleged treatment of staff was “totally unacceptable”, adding that she “seems intent on always having someone in her sights”.
One courtier also claimed that the duchess “governed by fear” while it was also reported there was a “febrile” atmosphere.
PRINCE WILLIAM CAN ‘NO LONGER HIDE’ ANGER AT MEGHAN MARKLE FOR DISRESPECTFUL COMMENTS ABOUT THE QUEEN
Prince William can “no longer hide” his outrage at Meghan Markle for her comments about The Queen during an interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
This comes as the Royal Family continues to handle backlash of the Sussexes’ Oprah interview, which included Meghan’s claim that an unnamed royal made comments on Archie’s skin colour before he was born.
Meghan cleared up the speculation that she made Kate cry, telling her side of the story, whilst suggesting it was the other way around.
A senior royal insider said: “Much has been made of the troubles between Kate and Meghan, and William and Harry—but perhaps the biggest strains now exist between William and Meghan.
“First and foremost, William cannot countenance the way Meghan has treated his wife,” the insider continued, before suggesting that despite Kate attempting to help Meghan navigate royal life, her efforts were “constantly misinterpreted”.
They added, “But to name Kate so publicly during the Oprah interview as the person who made her cry was beyond the pale. Meghan would have been acutely aware that Kate is powerless to fight back.”
MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY LEAKS ‘REMAIN A PROBLEM’ AS ROYALS THOUGHT OPRAH CHAT ‘WOULD BE THE END OF IT’, AUTHOR SAYS
It comes after Meghan and Harry’s explosive interviews about the royal family “remain a problem” despite the Royal Family hoping their tell-all chat with US presenter Oprah Winfrey would mark a “fresh start”, an author has claimed.
Robert Lacey, a historical consultant for Netflix’s The Crown, believes the family can’t have “a serious negotiation” if pals of the couple keep chipping in and if leaks continue.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Lacey said: “You just showed Gayle King, their friend, talking on television.
“I think the feeling was when it came to the Oprah interview, that – ghastly though it was with all these family revelations being aired – that was it, and that was a sort of fresh start, and then suddenly the family discover that, well actually, their friend Gayle King has more to say, then Oprah says some more, and the feeling was, you can’t have a serious family negotiation if it’s going to be talked about on American television the day afterwards.
“This remains a problem.”
MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SHOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT FEUDING WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY
Meghan and Harry have shot themselves in the foot with an “unwinnable battle” against the Royal Family, according to a royal commentator
Since stepping down as senior royals last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since hit out at the institution they left.
They have heavily criticised the Firm, both in terms of its structure and individuals within it. However, the Royal Family has stood firm and together, refusing to bow to the attacks and only responding in the most minimal way.
Royal commentator Robert Taylor wrote in The Telegraph that the Sussexes are waging an “unwinnable PR battle” against the giant and ancient structure of the British Royal Family.
“One thing we’ve learned over the last few months is that both Harry and Meghan have experienced significant blows to their mental health.”
HARRY SET TO STAY AT FROGMORE COTTAGE WITH PRINCESS EUGENIE
Prince Harry will stay at Covid-secure Frogmore Cottage with cousin Eugenie and her husband when he returns to the UK.
The house has been split into two so the Duke of Sussex can stick to isolation rules while he is there ahead of the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.
The Duke will have to isolate there for at least five days before testing negative for Covid for the statue unveiling on July 1.
KATE MIDDLETON ‘HELPING PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY PUT ON A UNITED FRONT AT DIANA REUINION’
Kate Middleton is helping William and Harry put on a united front during Princess Diana’s statue unveil next week, a royal insider has said.
It’s set after the brothers are due to reunite for the second time since Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey at Kensington Palace when the Diana memorial is revealed on July 1.
It comes after Kate acted as a peacemaker between Harry and William as they shared a private chat while walking away from Prince Philip’s emotional funeral in April.
A source said: “Harry and William have only communicated by text since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. There have not been any personal chats or proper talks, just a very brief and minimal exchange of text messages.
“The relationship is still very much strained and there’s no sign yet that there will be any sort of coming together any time soon.”
WHEN WILL THE PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL STATUE BE UNVEILED?
Tributes will be paid to Princess Diana next month on July 1 – what would have been her 60th birthday.
It was commissioned by her sons in 2017 to “recognise her positive impact in the United Kingdom and around the world.”
The coronavirus pandemic meant the event was delayed – but has fallen nicely on the Princess’s birthday.
FIRST ROYAL MAJOR INVESTITURE SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN TO TAKE PLACE
The first major investiture ceremony since the pandemic began will go ahead at St James’s Palace today – with significant changes brought in to keep the event Covid secure.
Insignia will not be pinned on by the Prince of Wales but instead will be collected by the recipients from a cushion.
Those being honoured will also have to wear masks as they move around the Palace, but can remove their face coverings in the Throne Room where the actual ceremony is taking place.
Numbers have been scaled back with the prince set to greet 32 recipients, rather than around 100 as would have been the norm in pre-pandemic times.
Recipients, who will collect honours ranging from knighthoods to MBEs, are only permitted to bring one guest, but the family member, partner or friend will also get the chance to meet heir-to-the-throne Charles.
EARTH SHOT PRIZE NEWS EXPECTED THIS WEEK
Prince William has revealed that there will be news coming this week on the Earth Shot Prize.
This was a recent prize launched last year by The Duke of Cambridge.
The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years.
The Prize aims to to bring about change, and inspiring collective action against climate change.
HAS THE QUEEN NOT BEEN IN THE LOOP?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘didn’t check with the Queen about newspaper legal battle or Sussex Royal trademark’ a royal book claims.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to trademark a range of items they wanted to sell a month after Archie was born in 2019 – without the Queen’s permission, claims author Robert Lacey.
In his recently-updated book, Battle of Brothers, he said the Royal Family was “hopping mad” when they found out Harry and Meghan “failed to consult the Queen”.
Mr Lacey wrote: “A month after Archie’s birth in May 2019, just at the time that their new separate identity from ‘Kensington Royal’ was getting started, Harry and Meghan decided to trademark a range of items that they would like to sell under the name of Sussex Royal.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were planning to set up shop.”
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PRINCESS DIANA ‘VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH OPRAH’
Simone Simmons, a pal and confidante of the late princess, said Diana thought the chat show host was “only after sensationalism” and showed a “lack of respect” to her interview subjects.
The fierce revelation comes just months after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry let loose on the Royal Family in their explosive chat with Oprah in March.
Harry claimed his dad and brother were “trapped” in the Royal Firm, while Meghan revealed she had had suicidal thoughts during her time as a working royal.
The bombshell interview was a result of Meghan and Harry’s friendship with Oprah – who Diana, it seems, did not feel as comfortable to be around.
In an updated version of the book Battle of Brothers, Simone Simmons tells author Robert Lacey: “Diana felt very uncomfortable with Oprah.
DEMANDING MEGHAN INFURIATED PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE WITH DEMANDS, BOOK CLAIMS
The Duchess of Sussex is said to have got “exactly what she wanted whenever she wanted” as a working royal – in stark contrast to the Cambridges.
In an updated version of the book Battle of Brothers, one royal correspondent tells author Robert Lacey how William and Kate are “proud to treat their staff like family”.
The source said the couple recognise their workers “don’t get paid loads of money”, so they are “just really nice to them”.
“So this was a very deep clash of philosophies,” the correspondent added.
“With Meghan being used to a Hollywood service culture – getting exactly what she wanted whenever she wanted in that famous way that Harry said.”