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THE unnamed Royal who allegedly raised concerns of baby Archie's skin was just being "realistic" not racist, says football legend John Barnes.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey during an explosive interview that Archie wasn't made a prince after "concerns and conversations" about "how dark" his skin would be when he was born.

The revelation back in March has prompted months of speculation about the 'Royal racist' but the former Liverpool star, 57, said most black people would think 'so what' when hearing about it.

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    Andrew grins after police drop sex claim probe against him without speaking to accuser

    Prince Andrew grins while driving his Range Rover as cops dropped a sex claim probe against him without speaking to his accuser.

    Scotland Yard is taking no further action into allegations lodged in a US lawsuit, including “rape in the first degree”.

    The Duke of York strongly refutes the claims made by alleged victim ­Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    And his friends last night brazenly said it was “no surprise” the Met had dropped its review into sex abuse allegations for a third time.

    Cops contacted Andrew’s £1,000-an-hour legal team after Met chief Dame Cressida Dick asked officers to review the case in August.

    It is not known if they spoke to Andrew. But The Sun understands the Met did not quiz 38-year-old Ms Giuffre, now living in Australia.

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    Former senior Met cop slams force for dropping sex crime probe

    A former chief superintendent slammed the Met Police for its "premature" decision to drop a sex crime probe into Prince Andrew.

    Ex Met officer Dai Davies, says Cressida Dick is "totally incapable of making operational decisions" and another force should carry out an independent investigation.

    Mr Davies, who was in charge of the royal protection unit, said the decision was very premature while Giuffre is taking legal action against Prince Andrew in a US court and Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

    Mr Davies told the Mirror: “There are far more questions than answers here. What have they reviewed, what have they investigated?

    “What did the commissioner (Cressida Dick) ask? So far she has proved herself totally incapable of making operational decisions so there is a strong case for an outside force to be brought in to independently assess all this information.”

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    US suit still on as UK cops drop probe

    PRINCE Andrew will still face prosecution in the US over Virginia Roberts’ sexual abuse claims despite the Met Police dropping the case.

    The force announced they were taking “no further action” after carrying out two reviews into claims made against the Duke of York.

    But although UK cops have now terminated their investigations into allegations made against him and Epstein, Andrew still has to face the music stateside.

    Virginia Roberts is attempting to sue the royal in a New York court after alleging that she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

    Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations – which have been examined by the Met on at least two previous occasions.

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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘WON’T christen daughter Lilibet in UK’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not christen their daughter Lilibet in the UK and will most likely hold an Episcopal ceremony in LA instead, a source has claimed.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4 in Santa Barbara, California.

    It had been thought that the couple were hoping to christen their daughter in front of Her Majesty, 95, who has not met her great-grandaughter, in Windsor.

    However, royal insiders now believe Lilibet will be having a ceremony stateside.

    A palace source told The Telegraph: “There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening.”

    Meanwhile another insider added it was “highly unlikely”.  

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    Harry & Meg not returning ‘a great shame’

    A spokeswoman for the Sussexes confirmed on Saturday that the Duke would not be in attendance.

    And experts have said it will further harm the already strained relations between Harry, 37, and his brother William, 39.

    Royal expert and author Penny Junor said: “It is a great shame they are not coming. 

    “The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from.  They don’t come back and the rift continues. 

    “There is a lot of work to be done, it’s a shame they can’t come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work.”

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    Andrew banned from lavish banquet with Charles & senior royals in fresh snub

    Prince Andrew was banned from a lavish banquet with Charles and senior royals in a fresh snub.

    The duke secretly attended a conference with Army colonels but was banished from dinner.

    Palace insiders confirmed Andrew was not allowed to represent the Grenadier Guards and asked to leave before the dinner and attended the conference privately.

    A source told us: “He sat at the back of the room. And was not allowed to dine with his brother.

    “It is quite a fall from grace.”

    A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Grenadier Guards were represented by the Regional Lieutenant-Colonel, who is Lieutenant-General Roland Walker.”

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    Who is Princess Michael of Kent?

    Princess Michael of Kent, 75 – who was often called Princess Pushy – is married to the Queen’s paternal cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

    She is a member of the British Royal Family of German, Austrian, and Hungarian descent, who was born in Karlsbad, Germany, which is now located in Czechia.

    Born in 1945, her father – who was a Nazi party member – divorced from her mother a year later and she moved to Australia in 1950, where she was educated.

    She then headed to London to study History of Fine and Decorative Art.

    Princess Michael was an interior designer before becoming an author, who penned a number of books on European royalty.

    Prince Michael is a paternal first cousin of the Queen and the grandson of King George V and Queen Mary.

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    Harry has returned to the UK twice this year

    Harry has returned to the UK twice this year, once for his grandfather’s funeral and again for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Diana.

    It is not known whether he will make a return for the rest of the year.

    He and Meghan had previously been mulling a visit for a party to mark his late mother, which will be attended by 100 guests including William and Sir Elton John,

    It’s understood Harry was particularly keen to travel back for the hour-long celebration.

    But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash.

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    ‘Not interested in making things work’

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are “not interested in making things work” with the Royal Family after they snubbed an invite to a bash in honour of Princess Diana.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex turned down the invitation to the rescheduled party at Kensington Palace just weeks after flying to New York for a royal-style tour of the city.

    A spokeswoman for the Sussexes confirmed on Saturday that the Duke would not be in attendance – with experts now saying the move will further harm the already strained relations between Harry, 37, and his brother William, 39.

    Royal expert and author, Penny Junor said: “It is a great shame they are not coming.

    “The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from. They don’t come back and the rift continues. There is a lot of work to be done, it’s a shame they can’t come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work.”

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    Sussexes’ won’t return for Diana memorial party today

    Harry and Meghan had previously been mulling a visit for a party to mark his late mother, which will be attended by 100 guests including William and Sir Elton John,

    It’s understood Harry was particularly keen to travel back for the hour-long celebration. But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash.

    Travel restrictions from the US have now been lifted so the California-based pair would have been spared Covid quarantine.

    Majesty Magazine editor-in-chief Ingrid Seward, at said of the reception: “You would have thought it would definitely be something Harry would really want to be at.

    “I can’t imagine anything less important for him because he would want to respect his mother. It is an important gathering of his mother’s friends. He could even get a few quotes for his memoir. I am sure Meghan would want to be there for Diana and Harry.”

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    Where has Prince Andrew been lately?

    Prince Andrew spent most of August and September hiding from US lawyers at Balmoral, with the Queen.

    And it was reported yesterday that Prince William was “no fan” of Andrew, 61, who is facing a US sex abuse lawsuit.

    The Sun on Sunday revealed Andrew’s siblings Charles, Anne and Edward met nine months ago to agree there is no way back for him.

    It is also claimed the Met Police have spoken to Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    The duke denies her claims.

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    Harry ‘deeply wounded’ by Remembrance snub

    Harry spoke of his service during a moving interview in November last year

    Speaking on military podcast Declassified, he said wearing the uniform was “among the greatest honours there are in life”.

    “The act of remembering, of remembrance, is a profound act of honour,” the prince said.

    “It’s how we preserve the legacies of entire generations and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order for us to be able to live the lives we live today.”

    The royal was left feeling “deeply wounded” last year when the Queen reportedly decided to block his wreath from reaching the Cenotaph as he no longer represents the monarchy.

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    Harry: Wearing military uniform ‘one of life’s greatest honours’

    Speaking on military podcast Declassified, he said wearing the uniform was “among the greatest honours there are in life”.

    “The act of remembering, of remembrance, is a profound act of honour,” the prince said.

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    Andrew was banned from lavish Royal banquet

    PRINCE Andrew was banned from a lavish banquet with Charles and senior royals in a fresh snub.

    The duke secretly attended a conference with Army colonels but was banished from dinner.

    Palace insiders confirmed Andrew was not allowed to represent the Grenadier Guards and asked to leave before the dinner and attended the conference privately.

    A source told us: “He sat at the back of the room. And was not allowed to dine with his brother.

    “It is quite a fall from grace.”

    A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Grenadier Guards were represented by the Regional Lieutenant-Colonel, who is Lieutenant-General Roland Walker.”

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    Out of touch

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been accused of being “out of touch” by royal experts who say that in five years time “no one will be listening to them.”

    Katie Nicholl, Royal Correspondent at Vanity Fair appeared on True Royalty TV’s programme The Royal Beat where she discussed the Sussex’s recent visit to a New York City School.

    Speaking on the show she said: “Turning up at an underprivileged school in Harlem in a couture coat that costs more than the combined incomes of most of those parents at the school – it doesn’t make any sense. It just shows them to not be in touch.”

    Author and royal expert Robert Jobson agrees, telling the programme: “If they’d been shielded by the ‘royal umbrella’, they wouldn’t be falling into so many of these traps, and they’d probably still have a degree of popularity, and a chance to have a voice.

    “I don’t think that in five years’ time people will be listening.”

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    Sussexes accused of widening rift after Diana party snub

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    Harry and wife Meghan have been accused of widening their family rift by snubbing a bash in honour of his mum.

    The US-based couple have turned down invitations to a re-scheduled party next week celebrating Princess Diana’s life. It will further harm the strained relationship between Harry, 37, and his brother William and dad Charles, royal-watchers say. Author Penny Junor said: “They don’t come back and the rift continues.”

    About 100 friends and family, including Harry’s pal Elton John, are expected at the Kensington Palace event. It was due to be held after July’s Di statue unveiling, which Harry attended alone.

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    The ‘magic touch’

    The Duke, 37, has the “magic touch” when it comes to his daughter Lilibet, and he has a handy little hack to rock her off to sleep, according to US royal sources.

    “Harry adores Lili and loves reading her bedtime stories and rocking her to sleep,” a US source reportedly told Us Weekly.

    “He has a real magic touch. There’s just so much love and gratitude and they couldn’t ask for more.”

    Royal watchers are yet to see young Lilibet, but proud mum Meghan recently described her as “beautiful” during the couple’s work trip to New York.

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    Andrew’s siblings rule he must not return

    Prince Andrew’s siblings decided nine months ago there was “no way back” for the scandal-hit royal, we can reveal.

    Charles, Anne and Edward held a summit in January where they ruled the Duke of York should never return to public life.

    It was reported last night that Prince William sees his uncle as a threat to the monarchy’s future.

    Andrew, 61, harbours a return to royal life despite facing a sex abuse lawsuit in the US.

    A source said: “Nine months ago Charles, Anne and Edward had a meeting, a summit, and agreed there was no way back for him.”

    Meanwhile, sources close to future king Wills revealed to The Sunday Times how he thinks Andrew has an “ungracious and ungrateful” attitude to his position.

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    Who was Princess Margaret?

    HRH Princess Margaret was born on August 21, 1930, at Glamis Castle in Scotland, to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

    She was the younger sister and only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II.

    For several days the registration of the princess’ birth was deliberately delayed in order to avoid her being numbered 13 and associated with its ‘unlucky’ connotations.

    In 1936 Princess Margaret’s world was turned upside down when her uncle King Edward VIII abdicated to marry divorcee, Wallis Simpson.

    It meant her father, a reluctant Prince George, would become King and that her sister Elizabeth was now the country’s future Queen.

    At the tender age of six, Margaret was second in line to the British throne.

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    Question over Archie’s skin colour was Royals ‘being realistic’ says Barnsey

    THE unnamed royal who questioned the skin colour of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie was “just being realistic” and not racist, John Barnes has said.

    The ex-Liverpool ace, 57, made the comments after Meghan told Oprah Winfrey during an explosive interview that Archie wasn’t made a prince after “concerns and conversations” about “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.

    Barnes said in his opinion that most black people would say “so what” to a question about their baby’s skin colour.

    Barnes – a dad-of-seven – told the Sunday Times Magazine: “You speak to most black people and they’ll say ‘Yeah, so what?’ I would expect that conversation to be had by the family.

    “People will always wonder what the baby will look like and if it is going to be dark. If you listen to what Meghan says, it’s not about them [the unnamed royal] worrying if the baby is dark or not, it’s them worrying about how the public are going to view that.

    “Because they know if the baby is too dark, the public will not view the baby as positively. They’re being realistic. Let’s not pretend the public won’t care whether it’s a blond-haired blue-eyed baby or jet black, because they will.”

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    To return, or not to return?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex COULD return to the UK to make an appearance at a party in honour of Princess Diana which is due to take place on Tuesday.

    As many as 100 guests, including Prince William and Elton John, are expected to attend the celebration. The party was initially planned for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.

    It will take place at Kensington Palace, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are weighing up whether or not to attend.

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    Raking it in

    Harry was estimated to be worth around £29.5m in 2019, before he and Meghan made the move to the States with their son, Archie, now two.

    After allegedly running up a colossal taxpayer bill in the UK, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who are also parents to four-month-old Lilibet – have been racking up their earnings.

    They landed a £30million deal with Spotify for their own podcast – branded a “woke word salad” by listeners.

    The couple also bagged a £112million Netflix deal – which led to Meghan being labelled the “new Kim Kardashian” – and have appeared at a string of lucrative speaking events, averaging at £756k a speech. 

    If that wasn’t enough, Meghan enlisted her close pal Oprah Winfrey to help flog a coffee investment via an Instagram post, reportedly worth millions.

    Harry has also had a £15million advance from publishers for a memoir, which experts fear he may use to name the “royal racist” – although he’s said to be donating profits to charity.

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    Harry has returned to the UK twice this year

    Harry has returned to the UK twice this year, once for his grandfather’s funeral and again for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Diana.

    It is not known whether he will make a return for the rest of the year.

    He and Meghan had previously been mulling a visit for a party to mark his late mother, which will be attended by 100 guests including William and Sir Elton John,

    It’s understood Harry was particularly keen to travel back for the hour-long celebration.

    But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash.

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    Harry & Meg not returning ‘a great shame’

    A spokeswoman for the Sussexes confirmed on Saturday that the Duke would not be in attendance.

    And experts have said it will further harm the already strained relations between Harry, 37, and his brother William, 39.

    Royal expert and author Penny Junor said: “It is a great shame they are not coming. 

    “The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from.  They don’t come back and the rift continues. 

    “There is a lot of work to be done, it’s a shame they can’t come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work.”

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    Not megging up

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are “not interested in making things work” with the Royal Family after they snubbed an invite to a bash in honour of Princess Diana.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex turned down the invitation to the rescheduled party at Kensington Palace just weeks after flying to New York for a royal-style tour of the city.

    experts have said it will further harm the already strained relations between Harry, 37, and his brother William, 39.

    Royal expert and author, Penny Junor said: “It is a great shame they are not coming.

    “The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from.

    “They don’t come back and the rift continues.

    “There is a lot of work to be done, it’s a shame they can’t come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work.”

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