Royal Family LIVE: ‘Be thankful!’ Meghan move takes spotlight off Kate & Will ‘disaster’

Royal Family LIVE: ‘Be thankful!’ Meghan move takes spotlight off Kate & Will ‘disaster’

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Kate Middleton showed ‘sartorial prowess’ with colourful and stylish royal tour wardrobe

Kate Middleton’s sense of style on the recent royal tour of the Caribbean generated a positive reception on a trip marred with controversy.

In spite of some PR gaffes, including a picture of and shaking hands with the Jamaican people through a wire fence, one thing on the tour that could not be faulted was the Duchess of Cambridge’s impeccable style.

On the eight-day tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, Kate wore a series of old and new pieces showcasing the best of British designers.

9Honey’s royal reporter Natalie Oliveri noted Kate’s “diplomatic dressing”, as she carefully dressed to match the national colours of each country the Duke and Duchess were visiting.

Princess Charlene family staged ‘intervention’ after she ‘struggled with everything’

A Royal expert told that the 44-year-old, who is married to the principality’s Sovereign Prince Albert II, had been undergoing treatment at a Swiss clinic.

The former Olympic swimmer entered the facility in November after suffering “physical and emotional exhaustion”. Charlene’s treatment began just 11 days after she had returned from South Africa, where she had collapsed in public.

Albert confirmed his wife had been admitted to the clinic after an intervention-style family meeting.

Royal commentator Brittani Barger told the “intervention” came after Charlene “struggled with everything”.

GB News: Expert fears Prince William’s Commonwealth speech ‘overshadows’ Philip’s memorial

Columnist Carole Malone called out Prince William for his speech on the future of the Commonwealth, the day before “what may belast public appearance”.

Speaking on Dan Wootton’s GB News show, Ms Malone slammed the ’s “petulance” in addressing the criticism of his recent royal tour in the Caribbean.

In a statement made at the end of the tour, the Prince said the future of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas was “for the people to decide”, giving voice to the republican sentiments in  countries.

Special arrangements made for Queen during memorial service of her beloved Philip

A memorial service for Prince Philip will be held at Westminster Abbey on March 29.

The Queen’s increasingly frail state has meant special arrangements are being put in place in order for her to be able to attend.

Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey have worked to give the increasingly frail 95-year-old monarch every chance of attending the service by tailoring it for her comfort.

The service has been limited to 40 minutes instead of an hour and the Queen, who will make a final decision this morning about whether she is feeling mobile enough to attend her first official engagement outside a royal residence since October last year, will sit in a comfortable chair while others in the congregation stand for hymns.

She will be brought in by a side entrance beside Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey and walk, possibly with the aid of a walking stick, to her place to avoid the much longer walk from the Great West Door to the far end of the nave where the Royal Family sit.

Officials had discussed bringing in a more comfortable seat for her but it was decided yesterday that she will sit in one of the two Canada Chairs always used by the sovereign or the most senior member of the Royal Family at services in the Abbey. 

Francesca Edwards

Everyone attending Prince Philip memorial

Tomorrow the Royal Family will celebrate the life of Prince Philip ahead of the first anniversary of his death, but who will be in attendance?

Crowds in their hundreds are expected at Westminster Abbey, including members from both Britain and Europe’s royal families.

No official confirmation has been released from Buckingham Palace that the Queen will attend the memorial service.

In recent months, her Majesty has been hampered by illness issues, including a bout of Covid.

Elsewhere, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will lead a list of Royal Family members expected to be in attendance.

They will be joined by Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to be present.

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Jeremy Vine guests clash in heated royal row

The Queen has been the focus of a heated clash on Jeremy Vine over whether the monarchy and the Commonwealth should be scrapped.

Panelists Marina Purkiss and Mike Parry got into a debate where Ms Purkiss told Jeremy Vine: “The idea of monarchy and the Royal Family all it does is to install classism, elitism, division, inequality.”

Mr Parry asked: “What about leadership…leading by example?”

“They don’t set an example,” argued Ms Purkiss. 

“The Queen sets an example because she wears a diamond-encrusted hat, a lovely example!”

The Queen ‘wears a diamond encrusted hat’ says Purkiss

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Cambridge’s tour sparked ‘Twitter outrage’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Caribbean tour was on the receiving end of “Twitter outrage”, according to the Education Secretary.

Nadhim Zahawi, asked on LBC whether he felt William and Kate’s royal tour had an “unfortunate hark back to colonial times”, said: “No, I don’t believe that. I believe the tour has been a fantastic outreach for the prince and his wife. They have done a tremendous job.”

Told there appeared to have been some “local difficulties” during the trip, the Cabinet minister added: “I don’t agree, but some of that is the Twitter outrage.

He added: “I think we should be proud of the Commonwealth. I think Prince William was very wise to say, actually it is up to the Commonwealth countries if they feel they want him to be the head of the Commonwealth.

“I think that will strengthen the Commonwealth, not weaken it. And I think Prince Charles will make a great king, as will Prince William.”

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Kate’s ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something blue’ paid tribute to two royals on wedding day

Kate Middleton wore one of the most stunning royal bridal ensembles in recent memory at her 2011 wedding, but her outfit was made extra special by her symbolic choices for her ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something blue’.

For her something blue, Kate’s dress included a subtly stitched blue ribbon.

Kate wore the Cartier Halo Tiara for her wedding day, and it came straight from the Queen’s extensive jewellery collection.

And for something new Kate wore a pair of earrings gifted to her by her parents Carole and Michael Middleton for her big day.

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‘Bit odd’- Keir Starmer comments on Will and Kate’s tour gesture

Sir Keir Starmer said it was a “bit odd” for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to ride in the back of the same Land Rover that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh used 60 years ago.

During the last day of their Caribbean tour, Prince Wiliam and Kate enjoyed a ride in the Queen’s Jamaican Land Rover, the vehicle that transported the Queen and Prince Philip on their visit to the Caribbean Island in 1962.

Labour leader Sir Keir said: “In a sense, what William and Kate were doing – which I applaud – is saying: ‘We’re looking to the future’, but that all harked of the past, so I didn’t quite see how that actually fit that well with the aim of their trip.”

The Duke and Duchess attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel

The Duke and Duchess attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel (Image: PA)

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Queen and Prince Philip were ‘disappointed’ after Meghan and Harry snubbed Christmas

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip were “disappointed” by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s absence from an important family event, a royal expert claimed.

Ahead of their exit from the Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent an extended Christmas break in Canada.Richard Kay, royal expert and columnist told the 2022 Channel 5 documentary ‘Harry & Meghan Vs The Monarchy’: “Christmas is a very, very important part in the Queen’s calendar. She likes to draw her family around her.“She and Prince Philip were getting older. They knew that there wouldn’t be too many more Christmases and they must have been disappointed.”

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Westminster Abbey remembers Prince Philip

Westminster Abbey has been sharing some of the Duke of Edinburgh’s work with the abbey ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving on Tuesday.

Prince Phillips’s last appearance at the venue was in 2017 when he accompanied the Queen to the Commonwealth Day Service. 

The Abbey was the backdrop of the Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding in 1947, as well as the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

The service was announced late last year by Buckingham Palace after Prince Philip died in April 2021 at the age of 99. 

The Duke of Edinburghu2019s last attendance at an Abbey service was in 2017, when he accompanied HM The Queen to the annual Commonwealth Day Service.

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Keir Starmer says William ‘could have gone further’ in speech

The Duke of Cambridge should have gone further in his comments condemning slavery during a Caribbean tour, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said.

Prince William denounced slavery as “abhorrent” and said said “it should never have happened” but Sir Keir suggested he could have said more. 

William “could have gone further”, Sir Keir said, but he acknowledged “it’s a difficult one”.

“I think that he may go further in the future.”

Prince William gave a speech on behalf of the Queen

Prince William gave a speech on behalf of the Queen (Image: PA)

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Prince Andrew should go to Prince Phillip’s memorial ‘and then disappear

Prince Andrew is expected to appear at Prince Phillip’s memorial service.

It would be his first public appearance with the Royal Family since the US civil case brought against him by Virginia Giuffre was settled. 

The terms of the out-of-court settlement were agreed upon last month, although the sum of the settlement was not revealed to the public.

Royal biographer Angela Levin said the Queen’s third child should attend the service “and then disappear”. 

Ms Levin said: “I think it is absolutely important, particularly given as Harry is not going to be there, that the rest of his children and grandchildren are they and show how much they loved him”. 

Prince Andrew should attend Philip’s memorial says Levin

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When is Prince Philip’s memorial service?

Prince Philip’s memorial service will take place at Westminster Abbey tomorrow morning (Tuesday, March 29). 

The service will be broadcast live on BBC One from 10.30am until 12.15pm. 

BBC news anchor Huw Edwards, who also covered Prince Philip’s funeral broadcast last year.

Buckingham Palace said the service will “give thanks for The Duke of Edinburgh’s dedication to family, nation and Commonwealth and recognise the importance of his legacy.”

It is not yet clear whether the Queen will attend the service given her recent reduced public appearances. 

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Will and Kate send internet into a fenzy

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent the internet into a frenzy with their Caribbean tour. 

Searches for ‘Caribbean Holiday’ soared to 446 percent after Will and Kate’s tour inspired Brits to visit the island. 

Analysis by Bed Kingdom soar searches skyrocket to over four times the average volume. 

A spokesperson said: “With tourism being put to a halt as a result of the pandemic over the past couple of years, this data shines a light on the boost in interest in the Islands that William and Kate have caused.”

Francesca Edwards

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Good afternoon I’m Francesca Edwards, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the Royal Family for the next eight hours. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.


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Andrew breaks cover! Duke spotted ahead of Philip memorial tomorrow

Prince Andrew has been spotted in his car near Windsor castle ahead of a memorial for his father Prince Philip on Tuesday.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial will be Andrew’s first public engagement since his father’s funeral last year.

Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November 2019 and has been keeping a low profile ever since.

In January, the Queen stripped Andrew of his military and HRH titles, following the news that the prince was to face a civil sexual abuse trial in the US.

However, Andrew reached an out-of-court settlement in principal with his accuser in February. The settlement was not an admission of guilt, and Andrew has vehemently denied all claims against him.

Olivia Stringer

William and Kate’s huge tour blow as ‘others set to follow Jamaica’s republican demands’

Prince William and Kate’s Caribbean tour is likely to lead to other countries following Jamaica in moving towards removing the Queen as its head of state, according to an expert on the legacies of colonialism.

Professor Corinne Fowler, an expert in the legacies of colonialism at the University of Leicester told that following William and Kate’s trip to Jamaica, other Caribbean nations are likely to follow in the country’s footsteps and remove the Queen as head of state.

She said: “The Royal Family wanted to strengthen its ties with Caribbean nations with the tour but the visit has actually accelerated a Jamaican referendum over whether the Queen should remain ceremonial head of state.

“Barbados already made this decision but where Jamaica leads, other nations are likely to follow. “

Professor Fowler added that an official “sorry” from the Royal Family for the monarchy’s links to slavery is “more than justified”.

William and Kate's huge tour blow as 'others set to follow Jamaica's republican demands'

William and Kate’s huge tour blow as ‘others set to follow Jamaica’s republican demands’ (Image: Getty)

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Meghan Markle fans rage at ‘copycat’ Kate

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has yet again been accused of copying her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, by fans of the Duchess of Sussex. 

During her visit to the Bahamas, Kate posed under an umbrella in the rain. 

However, fans of Meghan Markle have likened the picture to one taken of Meghan and Harry under an umbrella in 2020. 

One fan of Meghan wrote: “This is such a sad but funny attempt at recreating Meghan’s iconic photo in the rain shot”, before another said: “Willie and dupliKate look terrible- doesn’t even compare to Harry & Meghan’s.”

Polly wrote: “Nah! William + Kate – CAN’T DO ANYTHING ORIGINAL for their #RoyalsPanto – always staging copycat Photo-Ops trying to capture the magic of #HarryandMeghan – and Failing.”

Meghan Markle fans rage at 'copycat' Kate

Meghan Markle fans rage at ‘copycat’ Kate (Image: Getty)

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Royal Family should be removed entirely, says Vine guest

The Royal Family should be removed entirely, a Jeremy Vine guest has said. 

Political commentator Marina Purkiss said: “The idea of royalty, to me, is fantasy.

“It should be put in a box with fairies and goblins and dwarves. It’s nonsense, it’s just nonsense.

“I can’t believe we all play around this charade. Fair play to William for accepting there is a need to change but I don’t think he should be saving it.

“I think he should be bowing out, this is time to check out.”

Royal Family should be removed entirely, says  Vine guest

Royal Family should be removed entirely, says Vine guest (Image: Getty)

Olivia Stringer

Prince William’s Commonwealth statement ‘endorsed from top’

Prince William’s statement on the future of the Commonwealth following his Caribbean tour was “likely endorsed from the top” an expert has suggested

Reporting on Sky News Australia, royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said: “It is striking to hear Prince William acknowledge, so clearly, that he believes that one day it may not just be Commonwealth realms cutting ties with the Royal Family, but also the wider Commonwealth.

“That is when you think just how important that body of nations has been throughout his Grandmother’s reign.”

Ms Mills added that the fact the Cambridges were representing the Queen on the tour “makes it even more than likely that his words have been endorsed, in some way, from the top”.

Prince William's Commonwealth statement 'endorsed from top'

Prince William’s Commonwealth statement ‘endorsed from top’ (Image: Getty)

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Prince William to end Queen’s top rule in revolution to modernise monarchy

Prince William plans to do away with the Queen’s top rule in a revolution to modernise the monarchy, according to sources. 

The “never complain, never explain” policy was first adopted by the Queen mother and refers to the Firm’s traditionally stoic approach to public relations. 

However, following his Caribbean tour, Prince William released an unprecedented statement about the future governance of Commonwealth nations.

One source said: “The prince believes that for him, the days of ‘never complain’ are over.

“He definitely won’t be speaking out regularly but believes if the monarchy has something to say, then it should say it.

“He’s not being critical of the Queen, far from it. He admires her absolutely and has learnt so much from her.

“But he is looking ahead to how things will be in 40 years’ time. He wants the monarchy to continue to be a unifying force, to bridge the gap.

“He listens to people, he really does, and has got a very clear vision for the future.

“He’s very alive to what is modern and relevant and is very thoughtful. He wants to take his grandmother’s success and build on it, his way.”

Prince William to end Queen's top rule in revolution to modernise monarchy

Prince William to end Queen’s top rule in revolution to modernise monarchy (Image: Getty)

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William and Kate to do things ‘Cambridge way’ following tour

Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to rip up the Royal rule book and modernise the way they do things following a Caribbean tour overshadowed by protests from people demanding reparations for slavery and for the Queen to be removed as head of state. 

A source told The Sun: ‘William and Kate will modernise how they work. It’s a breath of fresh air.

‘They were bruised by attacks that their Caribbean trip harked back to the colonial age.

In future they will rip up the rule-book and do things ‘The Cambridge Way’. They’re trying to work out what that will look like. It is not a criticism of how it was done in the past. But times are changing.’

William and Kate to do things 'Cambridge way' following tour

William and Kate to do things ‘Cambridge way’ following tour (Image: Getty)

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William holds ’emergency crisis talks’ after being rocked by backlash

Prince William held crisis talks with aides following the backlash from his eight-day Caribbean tour.

Willliam and Kate’s Caribbean visit was marred by protests from people demanding reparations for slavery and that the Queen be removed as head of state.

Following the protests, William told advisors that he needed to add his own voice and address issues such as slavery reparations and anti-monarchist sentiment.

During an address to dignitaries in Jamaica, the Prince said that slavery was “abhorrent” and never should have happened – although stopped short of apologising for the monarchy’s links to the slave trade.

Moreover, in an unprecedented end-of-tour statement, William addressed calls for the three Caribbean nations he visited on the tour to become republics, stating that this had “brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future”.

Olivia Stringer

Kate and William slammed for ‘disastarous’ tour by royal expert

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have been slammed for their “disastrous” royal tour by an expert who questioned how the royal family could not have seen the pitfalls in their tour plan. 

Speaking to Nine News Australia, Daily Mirror Royal editor Russell Myers said: “We are in a very, very different landscape from pre-Covid times.

“This trip down memory lane to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee where she was adored many decades ago.

“It’s just simply not the world we live in now.

“People are really questioning and institutions are questioning how they operate it doesn’t seem the Royal Family have done this.

“The touching of children’s hands through fences, cropped photos but they have been really blown up.

“The images of them getting on that Land Rover and going around the airstrip I just found absolutely extraordinary.

“How William and Kate didn’t see those pitfalls and their team didn’t see those pitfalls is simply extraordinary.

“I think they’re going to have to face up to some really harsh criticism because in reality, it was a disaster.

Kate and William slammed for 'disastarous' tour by royal expert

Kate and William slammed for ‘disastarous’ tour by royal expert (Image: Getty)

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‘Be thankful!’ Meghan move takes spotlight off Kate & Will ‘disaster’

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have been told by fans that they should be thankful to Meghan Markle for taking the spotlight off their “disaster” Caribbean tour.

The Duchess of Sussex announced the title of her new Spotify podcast at the same time as Kate and William’s trip. Archetypes are set to launch this summer and will explore the stereotypes that hold women back. Some royal fans were outraged at the announcement, arguing that it stole the spotlight from Kate and William. One Royal fan took to Twitter to say: “Meghan steals spotlight and overshadowed William and Kate’s Caribbean tour with new podcast announcement.”

However, with parts of the tour overshadowed by protests and demands for the Queen to be removed as head of state, some royal fans have said that the Cambridges should be happy for Meghan’s announcement.

One Twitter user said:: She (Kate) should be thankful Meghan is taking some of the spotlight off what a disaster that tour is turning out to be.” Another added: “Meghan’s power, deflecting attention from the ill-fated tour.

Olivia Stringer

Good morning

Good morning, I’m Olivia Stringer and I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the Royal Family, for the next eight hours. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.


Twitter: @Livstringer_

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