Meghan Markle news latest – Prince Harry 'shot daggers at media' during Royal tour before making ANGRY comment to press

MEGHAN Markle has sent a lawyer to deny that she bullied staff when she worked in the palace.

The Duchess of Sussex has reportedly authorised solicitor Jenny Afia, from top law firm Schillings, to speak to a BBC documentary on the Royals' relationship with the press.

There is currently an investigation into whether Meghan mistreated staff during her time as a working royal – with former aide Jason Knauf sending a memo detailing his concerns which was later leaked.

The BBC documentary, presented by Media Editor Amol Rajan, is a two-part series documenting the royal families often tense relationship with the press.

The first episode focused on William and Harry but the second part is likely to look at the wider wrangling that goes on behind the scenes.

None of the working royals co-operated with the documentary – instead releasing a joint statement condemning the programme.

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

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    Explained: Who is Meghan Markle’s dad?

    Thomas W Markle, the father of the actress and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is of Dutch-Irish origin and is 76 years old.

    He was the son of Doris May Rita and Gordon Arnold Markle and has two brothers.

    Thomas was raised in Newport, Pennsylvania.

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

    Thomas Markle married Doria Ragland in 1979.

    The family settled down in The Valley, LA, but Thomas and Doria split in 1987.

    Meghan was six years old at the time.

    He now is retired and living in Rosarito, Mexico.

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    Job klaxon alert! Queen is looking for a letter writer

    THE Queen is looking for someone to write letters – the salary is £23,000 and you won’t need any qualifications for this royal role.

    This job would not only allow you to work for her Majesty herself, but you’d also be working in potentially the most glamorous office in the world: Buckingham Palace.

    The Royal Household receives thousands of letters every year and the Queen is currently seeking an “Assistant Correspondence Officer” to help answer them all.

    The household believes that each of these letters deserves a timely and thoughtful response and that’s what letter-writers are for. 

    The job description states: “Every day you will respond to letters sent by the public in answer to various and often unique queries as well as general messages of good wishes.

    “In this way, you will help to support the important work of The Royal Household.”

    Read more here.

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    Palace anger over Meghan's lawyer answers questions for BBC2 doc

    The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and William and Kate issued a robust joint statement after the first part of the BBC2 programme blasting bosses for airing “overblown and unfounded claims” by contributors.

    The was also Palace anger that Meghan arranged for her lawyer to appear and answer questions on her behalf.

    She was the only Royal Family member to take part — raising the possibility the BBC told her what was going to be in the documentary while leaving the rest of the royals in the dark.

    She was defended on camera by Jenny Afia, of Schillings, who represented Meghan in her High Court case against the Mail on Sunday.

    She denied accusations in the Press that Meghan had bullied staff which led to her nickname “Duchess Difficult”.

    Ms Afia insisted: “This narrative that no one could work for the Duchess of Sussex that she was too difficult and demanding a boss and that everyone had to leave is just not true.”

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    'Things will get worse between Royals and Beeb before getting better' says source

    Last night a TV source said of the royal snub to the Beeb: “This is a real coup for ITV. It is a brand new format — the royals have never hosted a televised TV concert before. And to have the Duchess leading on it is a big deal.

    “Naturally most royal programming goes automatically to the BBC as the national broadcaster. Now it looks like they will work more with ITV in the future.”

    The source added: “ITV were very surprised but delighted to get the late call offering them this incredible exclusive. It will be a fantastic Christmas carol concert that will be TV gold for viewers at home.

    “It was all arranged to be on BBC1 but it was switched in the last few days because of the terrible row over the documentary.

    “And things are likely to get a lot worse between the Royal Family and the BBC before they get better as the second part of the documentary threatens to go further.”

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    William and Kate ban BBC from screening Christmas carol concert

    WILLIAM and Kate have banned the BBC from screening their Christmas carol concert amid fury over a royal documentary.

    Instead the charity fund-raiser, hosted by the Duchess at Westminster Abbey, will be shown on ITV.

    The Sun understands the Westminster Abbey showpiece will be hosted by the Duchess, with Wills expected to be watching proudly from the audience.

    Children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and three-year-old Prince Louis, could even attend — making it perfect festive viewing.

    But the couple decided to shun Auntie after it pressed ahead with a two-part documentary claiming Wills had briefed against brother Harry and his wife Meghan.

    Wills did not see Monday night’s first part as he was giving out the environmental Tusk Awards at London’s South Bank.

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    William sees Andrew as a ‘threat’

    A royal source has revealed that Prince William reportedly grew frustrated with Prince Andrew’s “ungrateful” manner, in which he saw this as a “threat to the Royal Family”.

    Roya Nikkhah, The Times’ royal editor, claims Prince William thinks Prince Andrew’s absence from public life should remain permanent.

    A royal source claimed that William doesn’t like Andrew’s “ungracious and ungrateful” attitude. The source added that he considers it “a risk” and “threat to the family”.

    Another source said: “There is no way in the world he’s ever coming back, the family will never let it happen.”

    A friend of the Duke of Cambridge claimed: “William is no fan of Uncle Andrew.”

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    BBC criticised by royal households for 'overblown and unfounded claims'

    The BBC has been criticised by the royal households for giving credibility to "overblown and unfounded claims" in a documentary which explored the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex's relationship with the media.

    Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace took the rare step of issuing a joint statement to the broadcaster which was included at the end of the BBC Two programme.

    The first episode of The Princes And The Press, presented by Amol Rajan, included suggestions that negatives stories about the Duchess of Sussex were leaked by courtiers and there was a competitiveness between households.

    The second episode, which will be aired next week, is expected to delve into William and Harry's rift, and royal aides are reported to be concerned it will include claims the brothers briefed against each other in the press through their advisers.

    The statement from the palaces said: "A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

    "However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility."

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    Royal Christmas plans up in the air

    The Royal Family’s Christmas plans will be ‘up in the air’ following the Queen’s recent health scare, a royal expert has said.

    Royal expert Neil Sean spoke on his YouTube channel and speculated on whether Harry and Meghan would return to the UK for the celebration, amid all the recent Royal Family drama. 

    He said: “Prince Harry, I’m suspecting, wouldn’t mind to return to see some members of the family. But let’s face it, it’s going to prove very difficult intense time. We have ongoing issues with Prince Andrew, and of course we’ve had the worry about Her Majesty the Queen and her recent bouts of illness.”

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    Camilla ‘the one to watch’

    Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall has been labelled ‘one to watch’ as she prepares for a busy year. 

    Royal expert Russel Myers spoke to Lorraine about Camilla’s new look and lifestyle changes, saying: ” “I’ve just returned from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s tour in Jordan and Egypt and there was a lot of people commenting on Camilla’s new look.

    “Apparently she’s got a new hairdresser, I mean look at these images, she looks absolutely resplendent for 74 and lots of people talking about her new image.

    “She looked fantastic. She was wearing a Fitbit at the weekend during a meeting at Ascot Racecourse.”

    Russel continued to say: “I think this is part of the rest of the royals stepping up, she knows she’s got a busy year next year with the Queen’s Jubilee coming up, and maybe she’s putting her health and her best foot forward.

    “So she looked fantastic. The tour was fantastic. And I think a lot of people are saying that Camilla is the one to watch.”

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    Brothers in ‘briefing war’

    It’s understood the Royal Family want the opportunity to have a fair right of reply before the programme is broadcast.

    Harry revealed the full extent of the brothers’ rift on a tour of South Africa in 2019.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a revealing interview during the trip to ITV’s Tom Bradby.

    Harry said of William: “We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and I know he will always be there for me.

    “We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

    “The majority of stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”

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    Duchess could be stopped in her tracks

    The Duchess could be banned from running for US president by her royal title, experts believe.

    A little-known constitutional amendment made two centuries ago could stymie any bid Meg makes to end up in the White House.

    While the duchess has never publicly spoken of a wish to run, her own biographers also believe it’s “possible… even likely” that she will, with one claiming she’s the “embodiment of the American dream”.

    Meanwhile, she was recently blasted for cold-calling Republican senators as she lobbies for paid parental leave.

    The politicians say she introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex – and neither knew how she’d got hold of their numbers.

    The move sparked outrage as royals always stay out of political matters. A row over the calls rumbles on, with Palace aides warning the duchess is “using her title out of context” and Piers Morgan urging the Queen to rescind Meghan’s royal titles.

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    Queen’s 74th wedding anniversary would’ve been the ‘loneliest day’

    The Queen faced the “loneliest day of all today without her iron duke”, says royal commentator Christopher Wilson.

    On the, Mr Wilson said that yesterday: “would have been a day for opening cards together, taking calls from friends and family, maybe having a celebration lunch.

    “Instead, on what would have been her 74th wedding anniversary – and for the first time since he won her heart when she was still a shy teenager – the Queen will be without her friend, counsellor, protector, and love of her life, Prince Philip.

    “It is now 225 days since the Prince died, on April 9, at the age of 99. And as anyone who has lost a life partner would admit, the process of adjustment has barely begun.”

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    Explained: What will the future King do?

    When the end of the second Elizabethan age ends, and the Carolinian one dawns the monarchy could look very different.

    A royal expert has said that Prince Charles will introduce a “very different” monarchy era, but he will struggle to match up with the Queen’s phenomenal reign

    Professor Anna Whitelock said: “Just by virtue of the fact that the Queen is celebrating her seventieth year next year, by virtue of her longevity, her life, what she’s lived through, what she’s seen, she’s been unmatched.

    “Charles, given his own age, he’s never going to be able to surpass that, and what the Queen has seen and been through.”

    She added: “I think we are in a very different, and we are going to be, in a very different era with a very different kind of monarch, and a very different kind of monarchy in the future.”

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    ‘Are you not meant to be at lectures?’

    Charles earlier visited Cambridge’s outdoor market, taking time to speak to stallholders.

    He also took time to shake the hands of some of the hundreds of people who came to see him, from behind barriers which circled the market during his visit.

    The prince also joked with the gathered crowds, telling them “are you not meant to be at lectures?”

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    What did Charles say during his AstraZeneca visit?

    During a visit to the Anglo-Swiss company's new £1bn research facility, the Pricne of Wales said: "I must say it has been absolutely fascinating to see at least some of the work that takes place inside this centre and to think that – supported by interactions across the city and beyond – it will ultimately enhance and save the lives of untold millions of people around the world in the years and decades to come."

    He continued: "Throughout the pandemic, I have greatly admired the dedicated commitment of Pascal and the entire AstraZeneca team.

    "You have developed and delivered a vaccine for the world – in a remarkably short timescale – which will continue to have a positive impact on communities and society for years to come.

    "You have demonstrated, together with your partners, the power of collaboration, of agility and, ultimately, of science itself. And, what is more, you have done it all on a not-for-profit basis."

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    Charles officially opens £1bn AstraZeneca research centre

    Later, Charles officially opened AstraZeneca's new £1 billion research facility.

    The Discovery Centre, which will accommodate more than 2,200 scientists, is located within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

    Charles met Pascal Soriot, chief executive of the Anglo-Swedish drugs company, and was taken on a walking tour of the centre and spoke to scientists in a lab.

    He was told how the firm has supplied more than two billion doses of its Covid-19 vaccine.

    In a courtyard in the centre of the disc-shaped building, the prince said in an address that the centre would save the lives of millions of people in the future, and he praised the dedication of the AstraZeneca team.

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    Charles' support of diversity (continued…)

    Charles, who was met by the college's principal, Lord Woolley, said: "I could not be more pleased to hear about the excellent work being carried out to promote greater inclusion and diversity.

    "As Lord Woolley knows, this is a subject which has always been close to my heart, and which I have sought to take forward, and to support, as much as possible much of my life."

    He added: "For our society to meet successfully the huge challenges before us, we will need all our talents and all our contributions.

    "That is not simply a good intention – it is the most profound good sense.

    "I have said before that our diversity is our greatest strength, and I become ever more convinced of that truth as time goes by and as I see fresh examples of that principle – as I do so clearly here today."

    The prince held a private meeting with Lord Woolley, who is also an equalities campaigner and the founder of Operation Black Vote.

    He became the first black man to lead a college at Cambridge or Oxford after taking up his post last month.

    He previously collaborated with the Prince's Trust on addressing disadvantage among ethnic minority groups

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    Prince Charles: 'Diversity & inclusion are close to my heart'

    The Prince of Wales has said promoting greater inclusion and diversity has always been a subject "close to my heart", and he has tried to support it for "much of my life".

    Heir to the throne Charles was visiting Homerton College at Cambridge University.

    He joined a discussion in the Griffin Bar on Get In Cambridge and other initiatives aimed at encouraging diversity in admissions and supporting ethnic minority students during their time at the university.

    In March, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in a bombshell interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, accused an unnamed member of the royal family of making a racist remark about their son, Archie, before he was born.

    The broadcast, in which Harry and Meghan also accused the monarchy of failing to support the duchess when she had suicidal thoughts, plunged the Windsors into crisis.

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    Meghan and Harry’s U-turn on private jet use

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have switched up how they travel across the USA, as they were snapped returning to California on November 13 following a three-day trip to the East Coast.

    The royal couple reportedly photographed on a commercial flight from New York back to their home in Los Angeles, unlike opting to hop on a private jet as they have done previously.

    The move follows Prince William and Kate who are also known to board commercial flights with their family for trips abroad.

    According to the Daily Mail, the passenger took to social media to post: “Ok this might sound unbelievable and I couldn’t get a good picture and I get [sic] you can say this could literally be anyone….BUT….Prince Harry and Meghan were on our flight to LA last night.

    “We were held up for about 20 minutes from our departure time and they were snuck into the last 2 seats.

    “We didn’t even know until a girl waiting to get off the plane next to us pointed them out. I couldn’t get my phone out fast enough but it was them.

    “They were quickly whisked away and we were in shock that we were so close and breathing the same air as our beloved royals!”

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    Royal Family blasts BBC for airing ‘overblown and unfounded claims’

    THE Royal Family have blasted the BBC for airing "overblown and unfounded claims" about a rift between Prince William and Harry.

    The first episode of The Princes And The Press — screened yesterday —  included an interview with author Omid Scobie, who claimed that some negative stories about the Sussexes come from other royal households.

    The first episode, presented by Amol Rajan, explored the relationship of the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex with the media.

    And the documentary alleged leaks to the Press about Meghan’s bad behaviour towards staff came from other royal households shortly after the wedding in 2018.

    But the Royal Family have now slammed the BBC for airing the "overblown and unfounded claims."

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    When is the Queen's Silver Jubilee?

    The Queen, who has sprained her back and also been resting since October 20 after a hospital stay for tests, is set to reach 70 years on the throne in February.

    The national Jubilee celebrations are taking place in June 2022 over a four-day bank holiday weekend.

    The Tower of London display is expected to be just one of the many celebrations and events hosted across the country.

    It is currently unknown whether Harry, Meghan and their children will make an appearance.

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    Blooming majesty (continued)

    Historic Royal Palaces said: "Superbloom will bring a spectacular natural beauty to the urban space and introduce a new biodiverse habitat for wildlife.

    "It will celebrate the value of nature for our wellbeing."

    It marks the first stage of a permanent transformation of the moat into a new natural landscape in the heart of the London.

    The moat was designed in the 13th century to defend the fortress and has been used as a medieval orchard, a grazing ground for Victorian livestock, and as allotments during the Second World War.

    In 1977, the moat featured a garden display in honour of the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

    When the display ends in September 2022, the new natural landscape created to support it will remain in the moat as a permanent Jubilee legacy.

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    Blooming majesty

    The Tower of London will be surrounded by a vibrant field of millions of colourful flowers in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

    Historic Royal Palaces said the “Superbloom” floral display will fill and transform the moat around the tourist attraction in central London.

    In spring 2022, more than 20 million seeds will be sown from carefully designed seed mixes.

    From June to September, the field of flowers will erupt into new colours and patterns, with visitors able to wander along a weaving path into the centre of the blooms.

    Plants have been chosen to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators, and a specially commissioned sound installation and sculptural elements will be part of the experience.

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    Harry's hints about the extent of the brothers' rift

    Harry revealed the full extent of the brothers’ rift on a tour of South Africa in 2019.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a revealing interview during the trip to ITV’s Tom Bradby.

    Harry said of William: “We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and I know he will always be there for me.

    “We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

    “The majority of stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”

    And during his interview with Oprah, he said the princes’ relationship is now one of “space”.

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    Holy water

    Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank’s son August was born in February and was meant to be christened in July before the event was cancelled due to Covid.

    He will be baptised alongside Lucas Philip, the son of Mike and Zara Tindall, born in March.

    Fresh holy water from Prince Charles’s trip to Jordan was apparently used during the service.

    Charles bought back around a dozen bottles from the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptised, to use for future royal baptisms.

    The ceremony is being led by Canon Martin Poll, who is chaplain to Great Windsor Park.

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