Meghan Markle latest news: Meg's tactics 'from a politics playbook' as Prince Harry & Duchess focus on 'building brand'

MEGHAN Markle's recent activism is "straight out of a politician's playbook" as the Duchess & Harry focus on "building a brand in the US", an expert claims.

The Duchess of Sussex has never publicly spoken about any desire to run for office in the US – but her activism has fuelled speculation the Duchess of Sussex may be interested in entering the political arena.,

Speaking to Express.co.uk, brand management expert Eric Schiffer said: "Meghan's actions are straight out of what a smart politician would do to further appeal to young people on issues that are tied to her brand. Because while her heart may be aligned with these issues, her tactics are straight out of a sophisticated politician's foundational playbook."

Asked about Meghan's recent move may be seen as a first step into politics, Mr Schiffer said: "I think it's a first step – and one could even argue a continued set of steps that has already begun to have her build a base for an eventual launch in time.

"As Gen Z and Millennials continue to age, those are the future voters of America. And Meghan has done a near-masterful job in parts of the US to build a brand that connects emotionally with the hearts of that younger demographic.

"What we are seeing today is evidence that she also has the ability to mobilise traction with policymakers in ways that are meaningful and can affect change. And that's a piece that is critical if she is going to ever be seen a credible politician."

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Royal pressure reached 'boiling point' – but court hears different motive for letter

    During the High Court hearing in January, Meghan said she felt forced to write the letter to her dad after they reached “breaking point”.

    Her barrister told the court: "It was written, in short, by a daughter who felt she had reached a breaking point with her father."

    But the court heard allegations there was another motive behind the letter to Thomas Markle.

    She claimed that her “catalyst” for doing so was “seeing how much pain” the situation was causing Harry.

    Meghan added: "Even after a week with his dad and endlessly explaining the situation, his family seem to forget the context and revert to 'can't she just go and see him and make this stop?'

    "They fundamentally don't understand so at least by writing [Harry] will be able to say to his family, 'she wrote him a letter and he's still doing it'.

    "By taking this form of action I protect my husband from this constant berating and while unlikely, perhaps it will give my father a moment to pause."

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    Dad's heart attack 'sympathy'

    In the "heartfelt" letter to Thomas Markle, Meghan made reference to his ill-health.

    Her pals said that following her wedding to Harry in 2018, the Duchess made a series of “worried” phone calls to her father over his health.

    And in the week before the nuptials Meghan released her first solo statement from the Palace, saying: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding."

    The text messages show the reference to Mr Markle's health was actually suggested to Meghan by Jason Knauf.

    He tells the royal he thinks it is "essential" to address his "heart attack" as it is his "best opening for criticism and sympathy".

    Meghan replies saying it is a "very valid point" and says she will attempt to squeeze it into the five page, 1,250-word letter.

    She writes: "Will redraft one page and try to fit it in".

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    Inside Kate & Wills' secret third home (continued…)

    The Cambridges choose to stay at the cottage often when visiting Balmoral Estate, which has 150 buildings in total, including the Birkhall, which is owned by Prince Charles.

    Royal author Katie Nicholl told OK that the approach to family holidays will be filled with fun outdoor activities, but closer to home for the near future.

    "Summer holidays at Anmer are the perfect way for Kate and William to decompress," said Ms, Nicholl.

    Adding: "While in the past we’ve seen the couple enjoy more lavish holidays skiing or visiting sunnier climates, they’ve been adopting a more traditional royal approach and spending their time at royal residences in the UK instead."

    The author believes that this may be partly due to the current covid restrictions, but also due to the important role of the Royal couple.

    "This could obviously be the result of Covid travel restrictions, but I also believe that Kate and William are transforming into the future King and Queen and therefore are adopting more traditional practices," said Nicholl.

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    Prince William and Kate Middleton have a ‘secret’ third home

    A THIRD secret home belonging to Prince William and Kate Middleton has been revealed, and it was been kept so under wraps that very few photos of the residence exist.

    The royal couple raised their first two children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George in their Anmar home in Nolfork before making Kensington Palace in West London their main base since the birth of Prince Louis in 2018.

    The couple's third home, a three-bedroom cottage on the 50,000 acre Balmoral Estate in Scotland has been kept so under wraps that very few images of it exist.

    According to reports by CambridgeshireLive, the home called the Tam-Na-Ghar cottage was a gift to Prince William from his great-grandmother, The Queen Mother, shortly before her passing in 2002.

    The Queen's Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is frequently visited by members of the Royal family in the summer months, including Kate, William, and their three children Charlotte, George and Louis.

    The cottage gives the family the opportunity to have a private getaway, and William and Kate have been visiting the cottage since they were students at St. Andrew's University.

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    Royals to attend Beijing Winter Olympics?

    Labour has pressed the Government to answer whether royal and Government figures will attend the Beijing Olympics.

    Shadow foreign minister Stephen Kinnock that: “documents emerged which clearly demonstrate the orders to commit genocide in Xinjiang are coming from the very top of the Chinese Communist Party”.

    He added that the party has been calling for a “full diplomatic and political boycott” the games in response to the allegations. 

    Mr Kinnock asked: “Does the minister think that it is appropriate to send members of our Royal Family to the Beijing Olympics to rub shoulders with the very people who are orchestrating these horrific crimes against their own people?”

    Foreign Office minister Amanda Milling replied, saying: “As I have said in previous answers, we have imposed sanctions but in terms of attendance at the Winter Olympics, no decisions have been made.”

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    Recap: What has Harry said about his rift with his brother?

    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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    Queen shared poignant message about ‘passage of time’

    The Queen sent a poignant message about the “passage of time” – just days before her wedding anniversary to the late Prince Phillip.

    The 95-year-old monarch’s message was read by her son as she recovers from a sprained back. 

    Addressing the opening session of the 11th General Synod of the Church of England, the Queen said: “It is hard to believe that it is over 50 years since Prince Philip and I attended the very first meeting of the General Synod.

    “None of us can slow the passage of time, and while we often focus on all that has changed in the intervening years, much remains unchanged, including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings.”

    Read the full story here.

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    Peter Andre’s patience with Meg and Harry running thin

    Writing in his new! Magazine column in a section entitled ‘Meghan’s moves are wearing thin’, the dad-of-four explained: “It’s a tough one with Meghan and Prince Harry.

    “I’ve always stuck up for them, but I do think some of the choices that are being made are not great.

    “I want to support them but they’re making it quite difficult for people. Many are saying it’s started to wear thin, but on the other hand they have also done some great things for charity.”

    Meghan made a surprise appearance on Ellen’s show last week – eight months after her bombshell Oprah interview back in March.

    Meghan stunned the world in that chat as she opened up on feeling suicidal and accused a royal of racism towards Archie.

    Read the full story here.

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    Royal dress code

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge must adhere to a dress code when they’re out and about at informal events, too.

    For women, a smart day dress or trousers teamed with a blazer is deemed acceptable, while men opt for a collared shirt with chinos.

    Wills is often seen in the smart day trousers, but has on occasion broken the rules and worn jeans.

    Etiquette expert Grant Harrold, known as The Royal Butler, told the BBC: “”Many places will not allow jeans as they are still seen as very casual wear, so it is better to play safe for both sexes.

    “But if the duchess is outside walking the dogs for example, then jeans are fine.”

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    Victoria’s secret

    Queen Victoria’s 141-year-old XXL nightdress and chemise are expected to fetch thousands of pounds at auction after they were gifted to a royal maid in the 1800s.

    The voluminous lace night garments were worn by Britain’s longest serving monarch after she gained weight following the death of Prince Albert.

    They were given to a retiring maid who served the royal family in the 1800s before being kept by automotive pioneer Hubert Noel Charles who designed the first MG car.

    Hubert’s niece Hilary Aston, 79, is now selling the regal nightwear, which could fetch up to £11,000 when they go under the hammer on December 7.

    The retired former language school owner, from Oxford, said: “This nightdress was given to me by my uncle and aunt before they died.”

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    Prince William & Kate Middleton’s new neighbour

    Prince William and Kate Middleton could welcome Princess Eugenie or Princess Beatrice as their neighbour in Kensington Palace, a royal historian has said.

    Marlene Koenig, a royal historian and expert, has suggested that either Princess Beatrice or Eugenie could be lined up as Apartment 1’s newest tenants.

    She told Express.co.uk last month: “Princess Anne’s home is her own and it will go to her kids, it’s not a royal home.

    “There’s an area next to it that Mark Phillips helped buy before the divorce, and that’s where Zara and Peter live and have their homes — it’s all going to be theirs at some point.

    “But other homes and royal residences, right now, it’s more about maintaining what they have.

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    Why does Prince George always wear shorts?

    William Hanson claims that shorts on young boys are a silent British class marker and trousers are deemed “suburban” – something no self-respecting royal would want to be considered.

    He told The Sun Online: “Not only does The Duchess of Cambridge have to worry about dressing herself but she has to dress her own children appropriately.

    “She has to find a balance between royal tradition, heritage and more proletariat customs, such as the ‘suburban’ habit of making young boys wear trousers.”

    William said the dress code harks back to historic traditions that state “shorts are for little boys, trousers are for men” and he probably won’t wear trousers until he’s around seven or eight years old.

    Although he did break with tradition at his uncle’s wedding by wearing trousers.

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    Queen rarely seen without gloves

    The Queen is rarely seen without her gloves, which are often Michael Jackson-esque white or a dark-toned leather to match her handbag.

    The monarch wears these for practical reasons during the daytime as she is frequently required to shake hands with hundreds of people.

    This fashion item helps stop germs being spread from person to person.

    Long opera gloves are worn for formal evening events such as state banquets.

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    What has Piers Morgan said about Megxit?

    Piers tweeted Harry and Meghan “bullied” the Queen into allowing them to leave the Royal Family.

    He wrote on social media: “BREAKING: Harry/Meghan have successfully bullied the Queen into letting them have their cake & eat it.”

    Before the talks he branded Prince Harry a “whiny, entitled parody of himself… bullying Queen into a woke monarchy.”

    He went on to call the couple “two spoiled brats” whose behaviour towards the Queen is “utterly outrageous”, again attacking the 10-year veteran army captain Harry, calling him “weak, whiny and miserable”.

    When the pair announced their interview with Oprah, Piers’ outrage only increased.

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    Was it the Queen who tipped Harry and Meghan over the edge?

    In Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William Kate, Harry and Meghan, a new book about the Royals, the author, Christopher Andersen, claims that it was in fact the Queen’s actions that tipped them over the edge and finalised their decision to move to California.

    Apparently in 2019, prior to recording her annual festive broadcast, which airs every year on Christmas day, she instructed an assistant to move a photo of Harry and Meghan out of shot.

    Which exact photo it was is unknown, but it is claimed that only Meghan and Harry were in the image.

    It is believed the photo was on a desk alongside other framed photos of Royals including William and Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Queen’s father George VI, and the Duke of Edinburgh, too.

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    Prince Charles’ favourite performer loses battle with cancer

    Prince Charles’ favourite actor Antony Sher has died at the age of 72.

    The legendary stage actor, best known for his work performing Shakespeare, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September.

    The Royal Shakespeare Company announced the double Olivier Award-winning actor’s death in a statement on Friday.

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    No.10 to ‘study carefully’ implications of Meghan letter ruling

    A free press is “one of the cornerstones of any democracy”, Downing Street has said after the Mail on Sunday lost an appeal in a privacy row with the Duchess of Sussex.

    Meghan sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), also the publisher of MailOnline, over five articles which reproduced parts of a “personal and private” letter to her father, Thomas Markle, 77, in August 2018.

    The 40-year-old duchess won her case earlier this year when a High Court judge ruled in her favour without a full trial.

    ANL brought an appeal against that decision and, at a three-day hearing in November, argued the case should go to a trial on Meghan’s claims against the publisher – including breach of privacy and copyright.

    But the appeal was dismissed by Court of Appeal judges in a ruling on Thursday.

    The publisher of the Mail on Sunday has said it is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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    Where to get the new commemorative 50p coin?

    The new design will join a collection of commemorative crown pieces from the Royal Mint over the years, which have celebrated the Queen’s Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees.

    Included in one of the largest collections made by the Royal Mint, the coin will be unveiled next year alongside a commemorative £5 crown.

    Collectors of coins can register their interest to the Royal Mint to claim the commemorative 50p piece.

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    BBC host says comments were 'foolish'

    A BBC presenter whose William and Harry documentary sparked fury has apologised for comments he once made about Royal Family members.

    Amol Rajan, 38, said a decade ago Prince Philip was a "racist buffoon" and

    William and Kate's public role was a "total fraud".

    Rajan, seen at a party with Meghan pal Misha Nonoo in 2015, said he had been "foolish".

    The Princes and the Press claimed Wills' aides briefed against Harry.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BBC host says comments were 'foolish'

    A BBC presenter whose William and Harry documentary sparked fury has apologised for comments he once made about Royal Family members.

    Amol Rajan, 38, said a decade ago Prince Philip was a "racist buffoon" and

    William and Kate's public role was a "total fraud".

    Rajan, seen at a party with Meghan pal Misha Nonoo in 2015, said he had been "foolish".

    The Princes and the Press claimed Wills' aides briefed against Harry.

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    Charles: Sir Antony Sher was 'a giant of the stage at the height of his genius'

    The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to Sir Antony Sher as "a giant of the stage at the height of his genius" following the actor's death at the age of 72.

    The Olivier Award-winning actor and director was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year, and his death was announced by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) on Friday.

    In a statement to the PA news agency, Charles said he was "deeply saddened" to learn of Sir Antony's passing.

    "As the President of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), I had the great joy and privilege of knowing him for many years, and admired him enormously for the consummate skill and passion he brought to every role," the prince said.

    "My most treasured memory of him was as Falstaff in a brilliant production of Greg Doran's. I feel particularly blessed to have known him, but we have all lost a giant of the stage at the height of his genius."

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    Barbados removes Queen as head of state

    It will be the first time since 1992 that a country has removed the Queen as head of state, and Prince Charles is attending an event to mark the change as his mother’s representative.

    The country making the big change is Barbados.

    “As with a lot of other things, Barbados is one of the leaders of the region. When other countries see what’s happening here, and how easy it is to transition, it may lead to a domino effect where others follow suit,” said restaurant owner Zamani Moody to The Independent.

    “I’m not sure of the impact it’ll have, though, on the Commonwealth. I know with the separation of Britain from the EU, there was the thought that the Commonwealth would get stronger and a hope that the UK would pour more resources into that.”

    “Dismantling the legacy of the British Empire isn’t going to happen till we have honest conversation locally on the values, systems and traditions we continue to uphold in our society,” Rene Holder-McClean-Ramirez, an LGBT+ and human rights advocate told The Independent.

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    Prince George’s favourite meal revealed

    As a member of the Royal Family and future King, Prince George has much more sophisticated taste than many of us – and his favourite meal certainly reflects that.

    Speaking to Femail, Aldo Zilli claimed that the future heir to the throne is a big fan of Italian food.

    Hearing this, you’d naturally assume the eight-year-old royal loves a pizza above all else. Right?

    However, Aldo insists that Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s eldest son loves nothing more than a spaghetti carbonara – which are notoriously tricky to make.

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    Charles 'delighted' on return to Royal College of Music

    The Prince of Wales said he was "delighted" to formally open a new multimillion-pound development at London's Royal College of Music, during his first visit to the site since before the UK was locked down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Charles, who is president of the college, was treated to a performance on an 18th century harpsichord and viewed the world's oldest surviving keyboard dating back to the 1400s.

    He toured the new campus facilities, which include performance spaces, practice rooms for students, a courtyard and a cafe.

    The college's More Music development, funded by a £40 million philanthropic campaign, has almost doubled the footprint of the site in South Kensington.

    Charles was fresh from his visit to Barbados this week, where he represented the UK at a ceremony that saw the island nation become a republic and end the Queen's role as head of state.

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    Spotify bosses give Harry & Meghan ‘a gentle nudge’

    Spotify bosses have given the pair’s Archewell Audio brand a “gentle nudge” to finish the content and protect the future of the multimillion-pound deal.

    One source said: “Spotify were delighted when they signed the couple, but the lack of content has mystified them. Particularly as they seem to have no problem producing content for other platforms.”

    Another source said: “When Harry and Meghan signed the Spotify deal in December, they didn’t really have a full audio team behind them, there were no scripts ready and they hadn’t made podcasts before.

    “The holiday special episode was whacked together but, even though it was well received by fans, it was hard for them to pull off.”

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