Prince Harry and William trying to avoid ‘psychodrama’ says Ship
The Duke of Sussex travelled to Britain for only the second time since Megxit for the statue unveiling at Kensington Palace on Thursday. But the Queen is visiting Scotland for the annual Holyrood Week.
And a source claimed Kate also not attending the statue unveiling “speaks volumes” and that William is “fed up with the drama” from the Sussexes.
The insider told Page Six: “Catherine’s absence speaks volumes.
“I think keeping the numbers down is a perfect ‘excuse’ for Catherine to stay away.
“William is fed up with the drama and Catherine doesn’t need to be dragged into this.
“They are planning a private family visit with their children, and that private moment is far more important than the public rhetoric.
Prince Harry has returned to Britain for only the second time since Megxit for the statue unveiling
“William is determined that the Sussex drama does not overshadow this important moment of remembrance to his much-missed mother and is keeping that as his focus.”
Much attention has been on William and Harry, who have been at the centre of a rift, ahead of the statue unveiling.
Diana’s sons and close family are due to attend the ceremony in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on what would have been her 60th birthday.
According to reports, the statue unveiling was due to be a larger event but plans were scaled back due to Covid restrictions.
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Meghan Markle’s lack of “bonding” with her sister-in-law, Kate, may have come down to a “key difference” in how the two royals responded to a certain issue, commentators have claimed.
Meghan Markle had a “key difference” from her sister-in-law, Kate, according to royal commentators.
The Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly never managed to form a close “bond” while they were in the monarchy together, with stories emerging that one of them may have cried during an argument regarding the Sussex wedding.
Channel 5 documentary, ‘Kate: Our Queen in Waiting’, explored how the two women differed in their approaches.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s “most joyous moments” will be paid tribute to during the Monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.
Adrian Evans, the pageant master, has revealed there will be a special tribute to the Queen and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Mr Evans said: “The pageant invites diverse communities to play their part in the celebrations in their own unique, creative way – placing them centre stage.
“We are commissioning artists and the communities they work with to interpret different chapters of The Queen’s reign in a spectacular unfolding story filled with wonder, warmth, wit and wow-factor.
“We will interpret the Coronation, Royal Weddings and Jubilees.
“We are inspired by The Queen’s regard for family values, her care for community, her love of the natural environment, her passion for equestrianism and her constant corgi companions.
“There also is a tribute to The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s most joyous moments.”
Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen has been warned “occasional visits to Scotland won’t wash” with Scottish voters as the royals desperately step up their bid to forge stronger ties with those above the border.
Colin Brazier, GB News presenter, warned Her Majesty and the wider Royal Family will have to do much more than just random visits to win the support of Scots.
He touched on recent reports suggesting the Firm would use the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as its “secret weapon” in Scotland.
He said this tactic is unlikely to win much support for the royals.
Kate Middleton and Prince William were spotted cheering England’s victory over Germany in tonight’s Euro’s round of 16 alongside seven-year-old Prince George – but who was looking after Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis?
Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, were not at tonight’s England game.
While Kate and William took George to the exciting match, it could be their nanny looked after the younger Cambridge siblings.
Kate and William employ Norland Nanny Maria Terresa Barrallo, who was trained at the prestigious Norland College.
Ms Barrallo works full-time for the family, and could feasibly have been looking after Louis and Charlotte this evening.
Prince William, George and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
Prince George looked like a miniature version of his father when the pair wore the same outfit to the England game tonight, but eagle-eyed royal fans were quick to spot a difference in their ties.
Prince William, who is President of the Football Association, wore an official FA navy tie with red and white slanted stripes.
Some royal fans pointed out that the stripes on Prince George’s tie went in the opposite direction.
This may have been because children’s FA ties are hard to come by and the Cambridges’ next best option may have been a school tie for their son.
One royal watcher commented on a photo on Twitter in which George’s tie stands out as different to those worn by men around him.
Prince William summed up the mood of the nation with an ecstatic celebration after Raheem Sterling gave England the lead against Germany at Wembley in the European Championships – with England going on to win the game 2-0.
Sterling pounced on 75 minutes, firing home from close range to send the Duke of Cambridge into raptures, with wife Kate Middleton and Prince George rather more restrained in their celebrations.
Minutes later Spurs striker Harry Kane finally opened his account in the tournament, doubling England’s lead and raising hopes that Gareth Southgate’s men would beat Germany for the first time in a knockout game since 1966.
Prince George joined Prince William and Kate
Prince George’s appearance at the Euros with his parents, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has delighted royal fans as the young heir joined the rest of the stadium to sing the National Anthem.
Prince George sparked a massive royal fan reaction online after footage emerged of him singing the National Anthem.
The eldest Cambridge child had joined his father, Prince William, and his mother, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, as they attended England’s football game against Germany.
The royals stood and sang the National Anthem with the rest of Wembley Stadium as they prepared for the next stage of the Euros tournament.
HELLO Royal Editor Emily Nash described it as a “big moment” for George.
Meghan Markle has not accompanied Prince Harry to the UK ahead of the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue but that is not to say that she is not emotionally invested in the event, because the Duchess was very upset when Diana died.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton described how Meghan, who was a dedicated student, was engaging with her philosophy course when the tragedy rocked the world.
He wrote: “During this philosophy course, Meghan and her classmates were faced with a real life paradox: namely, how could a young mother, a glamorous humanitarian in the prime of her life, die in the cruel banality of a car accident?
“She and her friends watched the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in early September 1997, tears coursing down their cheeks at the poignant moment when the camera zoomed in on the royal coffin.
“Perched among the white flowers was an envelope with one word on ‒ ‘Mummy’ ‒ containing Prince Harry’s last note to his beloved mother.
“Meghan was not the only one to ask how this tragedy could befall a living icon; dozens of conspiracy theories sprung up on the internet and elsewhere as millions tried to make sense of the senseless.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton at Euro 2020 game
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has taken her front-row seat at Wembley Stadium for the England v Germany match, thrilling royals fans.
The mother-of-three looked stunning as she made her entrance, wearing a red coat as she sat down to support the Three Lions.
Kate and Prince William treated Prince George to an after-school surprise by bringing him along for the event.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has “taken the opportunity to study senior royals up close”, according to commentators who explained how this has helped the future queen in “winning plaudits”.
Narrator David Riley told viewers: “Since marrying into the Royal Family, Kate has taken the opportunity to study senior royals up close.
“This is especially true when it comes to the Queen.
“Following her example has allowed Kate to lay the foundations for her own style of duty and diplomacy.
“She has won plaudits and silenced critics.”
Princess Diana with William and Harry
A statue of Princess Diana has sparked furious backlash from a historian after she discovered it was designed by a man.
Historian and author Dr Tessa Dunlop has shared her dismay at the princes choosing male, artist Ian Rank-Broadley as the designer, whom she described as “everything Diana was not”.
She wrote on Twitter: “Why the hell has the Diana statue been designed by a MAN?
“Ian Rank-Broadley is great at coins, medals, the Queen and soldiers… everything DIANA was not.”
Dr Dunlop further added a female designer was a “missed opportunity” as now Diana’s “exquisite self” may not be truly captured.
Eleanor Fishburn, a member of the Barbareño-Ventureño band part of the Chumash tribe, raised concerns over what Montecito residents including Meghan and Harry may be using to water their gardens.
Montecito has been created on land that once belonged to the Chumash tribe and is home to several hot and cold springs as well as underground rivers.
Ms Fishburn told the Sun: “For us, this water is a pure water, a holy water and a ceremonial water.
“As a native population, it is sacred for us and the idea that people in the area are using water from springs to water their gardens is something that doesn’t sit well with us.”
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Royal commentator Camilla Tominey claimed that a source was adamant Kate had expressed sympathy over the unflattering publicity.
Writing in The Telegraph, she explained: “One source suggested Kate had expressed sympathy over the negative press, only to be told the former actress was in a different position to her because she had a ‘profile’ before marrying into the Royal Family.”
Royal correspondent Rebecca English later reported that Meghan rejected offers of assistance from both Kate and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, after she told ITV “not many people ask if I’m OK”, in October 2019.
Meghan also told Oprah that after their row, Kate “owned it and she apologised” with some flowers and a note.
She added: “And she did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it.”
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However, the Palace confirmed last week that the service would be a slimmed-down occasion due to Covid restrictions, with only Harry, William, Diana’s close family members, statue committee members, the statue sculptors and the designer of the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in attendance.
Royal commentator Camilla Tominey explained: “Aides had agonised over whether Kate, 39, should attend Thursday’s engagement but she will not be present.
“While William, 39, always wanted his wife of 10 years to be by his side, there were concerns that Harry might feel ‘outflanked’ by the Cambridges if they were there together and he was on his own.”
The Queen met Nicola Sturgeon today
The Queen held an audience with Ms Sturgeon on the second day of the traditional Royal Week.
While the topics discussed by the Queen and Ms Sturgeon during today’s meeting will remain strictly confidential, it is possible Her Majesty touched upon the SNP’s push for a second Independence Referendum.
The Queen has remained strictly neutral throughout her 69-year-long reign when it comes to politics.
However, in the run-up to the first Scottish referendum, the Queen was accused of political meddling by supporters of the Yes campaign.
While she was leaving Crathie Kirk, the monarch was asked for her opinion over the vote by a royal well-wisher, who later revealed to the press the Queen had said she hoped Scots would “think very carefully about the future”.
In 2014, Scottish voters rejected independence from London by a margin of 55 percent – 45 percent.
The wild and completely unfounded claims, which gained traction on dark corners of social media, involved accusations Archie was born via a surrogate and the Duchess faked her pregnancy.
This conspiracy contributed to the abuse Meghan faced online, abuse which she has said adversely affected her mental health.
However, Meghan is not the first royal to have experienced baseless accusations that they did not carry their own baby and it forced a major royal protocol around births to be brought in.
Back in 1688, there were rumours that King James II’s wife Mary of Modena was not really pregnant.
To try and avoid questions of the baby’s legitimacy, the King invited 42 eminent public figures to witness the birth of his son James Francis Edward at St James’s Palace.
Professor Mary Fissell, visiting Cambridge University scholar, described this as the “first media circus surrounding a royal birth”.
Despite this, there was enduring gossip that the baby that emerged was smuggled into the bed chamber in a warming pan or had been sneaked into the bed through a secret door in the bedhead.
Rachel Russell taking over from Katie Harris.
1pm update: Queen hands ‘delighted’ Kate new royal role
The Duchess of Cambridge has been given a new role approved by the Queen, Prince William announced today.
The Queen has approved the appointment of Kate as the sponsor of HMS Glasgow, William said after touring the ship.
The Duke of Cambridge visited the BAE Systems’ Shipyard in Govan on his second day of engagements in Scotland.
After touring the ship, the Duke said: “My family’s affection for the Royal Navy is well known, and as I saw the work taking place here today, I was thinking of my grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. He would have been fascinated and very excited to see such advances in skills and technology being put into practice.
“Today, I’m very pleased to announce that my family’s connection with Type 26 will endure for many years to come.
“Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of my wife Catherine as Sponsor of the superb ship we see taking shape outside – HMS Glasgow. I know that Catherine will be delighted to join you here in Glasgow for the naming ceremony in due course.”
A perfectly timed picture shows the Queen looking at a bumblebee attracted by her fresh bouquet of flowers
12.15pm update: Royal fans sent wild with candid ‘Queen bee’ snap
The Queen was joined by an unexpected guest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on the first day of her tour of Scotland.
A perfectly timed picture shows the Queen looking at a bumblebee attracted by her fresh bouquet of flowers.
In the snap, the monarch appears to be amused by the bug as she looks at its attempt to land on the colourful flowers.
Jane Barlow, the photographer who took the picture, shared the image on Twitter, adding: “The Queen watches a bumblebee trying to land on her flowers in the courtyard at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh”.
11.55am update: Harry and Meghan setting up ‘alternative branch’ of Royal Family
The Royal Family has been warned that they face a “big challenge” as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set up an “alternative branch” of the monarchy.
Robert Lacey told Australia’s Today programme that Harry’s resentment for being cast in the role of “dirty rascal” by the Royal Family remains to this day.
The royal commentator added that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will remain an ongoing challenge for the monarchy.
The Royal Family has been warned that they face a “big challenge” as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set up an “alternative branch” of the monarchy
Princess Diana would have intervened in the rift between her two beloved sons Harry and William, according to her biographer.
Writing in the Daily Mirror, royal author Andrew Morton said: “She may well have approached Charles to work out how to reconcile the two brothers.
“She understood her youngest son, a tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve and his desire to forge his own path.
“After all, she had staged her own great escape and had survived.
“It would be the ultimate irony that the woman who unmasked the inner workings of her marriage and the monarchy would act as peacemaker to save the institution she walked away from.”
Prince Harry and Prince William’s chances of repairing their relationship at the unveiling of their mother’s statue has been overstated by the public, a royal commentator has claimed.
In a video for The Telegraph, royal expert Camilla Tominey said: “There’s an expectation publicly that the brothers will appear to be on the same side but I think we’re overstating it if we think this one event can bring them together.
“Especially after what has been a fractious few years and with their relationship still nowhere near what it was.”
Prince William and Prince Harry have been at the centre of an ongoing rift
Prince Harry and William’s recent fallout has been compared by a former royal chef to their parents Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ own marital woes.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady tweeted: “Oh the irony. William and Harry attending an event that neither will be comfortable the other one is there.
“Just like their parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana a few years earlier #SoSad.
“The Boss will still be looking down on both and feeling proud of ‘her boys’.”
9.50am update: Carole Middleton helped relieve William of Diana burden
Carole Middleton has offered immense support to Prince William and has relived the trauma of Princess Diana’s death, a royal author has claimed.
Royal expert Angela Levin told The Sun: “William adored Diana and was drawn to her magnetic charm, but she was relentlessly demanding on him as a young child, describing him as her ‘closest confidant’ and talking about her lovers, when it’s a mother’s duty to care for her son, not the other way round.
“Carole relieved William of such burdens by accepting him for who he was rather than what he was.
“She made him feel secure, comfortable and protected and he didn’t have to worry about what he said or be responsible for her emotions.”
Carole Middleton has offered immense support to Prince William, a royal author has claimed
Prince William is “determined” not to have the upcoming tribute for his mother overshadowed by drama, a source has claimed.
On July 1, the Duke of Cambridge will want the focus to be entirely on the life and legacy of Princess Diana, according to a source.
They said: “William is determined that the Sussex drama does not overshadow this important moment of remembrance to his much-missed mother and is keeping that as his focus.”
8.20am update: Royals trying to ‘turn Kate & Wills into new Meghan & Harry’
The Royal Family are “trying to turn Kate and Wills into new Meghan and Harry”, a broadcaster and former political advisor has claimed.
Speaking to CBS News, Ayesha Hazarika said: “William and Kate are really being pushed to the fore in terms of publicity, particularly Kate Middleton.
“I think what the PR machine behind the Royal Family is trying to do is turn William and Kate into the new Meghan and Harry.
“They’re trying to make them a bit sort of rock star-like.”
Princess Diana would have been “mesmerised” by Meghan Markle, according to a royal biographer.
Writing in the Mirror, Andrew Morton said: “She would warm to Catherine, her initial shyness on the public stage reminding her so much of her own early trepidation in front of a screaming crowd.
“As for Meghan, she would find the energetic American mesmerising and intimidating.
“Diana was desperate to be known for speeches, rather than fashions, and took lessons to learn how to deliver talks.
“She would have been taken aback on first meeting Meghan, a force of nature able to speak with passion and precision – and all without notes.”
Princess Diana’s brother has shared a memory of his late sister on his social media ahead of the unveiling of a statue in her memory.
Charles Spencer shared with royal fans the memory of a tribute concert he organised in memory of the Princess of Wales.
Musicians Lighthouse Family referenced the special event in their Twitter account.
They wrote: “23 years ago today we played at the Diana, Princess of Wales Tribute Concert at Althorp House. A day we’ll never forget. Thank you for your amazing hospitality @cspencer1508.”
In response to the tweet, Earl Spencer wrote: “Goodness – I can’t believe this was 23 years ago…”
Published at Tue, 29 Jun 2021 23:00:00 +0000