Royal Family news latest: Prince Harry to head to New York to honour vets & Meghan Markle told 'steer clear' of politics

PRINCE Harry will head to New York this week to honour veterans ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The non-working royal was embroiled in controversy surrounding tributes last year after he was not allowed to have a wreath laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph.

The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship.

But he can no longer wear uniform as he was stripped of his honorary military titles when he quit royal duty for California.

Meanwhile, Palace aides warned the Duchess of Sussex should "steer clear" of politics after she cold called politicians using her royal title and lobbied for paid paternity leave.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the very latest updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Princess Diana’s iconic ‘revenge dress’ moment is recreated for The Crown

    THE Crown fans have been given their first glimpse at the recreation of Princess Diana’s iconic ‘revenge dress’.

    Actress Elizabeth Debicki is taking over the role from Emma Corrin for the fifth season of the hit Netflix drama, which will document the breakdown of Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles.

    One scene will recreate the moment when Diana attended a dinner at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens in 1994 in a daring black mini dress.

    The Christina Stambolian dress had a short hemline, sweetheart neckline and off the shoulder detailing and Diana teamed it with a pearl and gemstone choker.

    The moment was significant as Diana attended the event on the same night a programme was broadcast which saw Prince Charles admit he had been unfaithful to her after their marriage had “irretrievably broken down”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Camilla ‘hasn’t stopped talking about’ Joe Biden, 78, ‘breaking wind’

    PRESIDENT Joe Biden reportedly broke wind “loudly” while gassing with Camilla Parker Bowles at the COP26 summit.

    The Duchess of Cornwall “hasn’t stopped talking about” the 78-year-old’s “long fart” as it was “impossible to ignore”, it’s reported.

    An insider told the Mail on Sunday the royal was taken aback when she heard the American president break wind as they chatted at the climate change event in Glasgow.

    “It was long and loud and impossible to ignore,” the source told the outlet.

    “Camilla hasn’t stopped talking about it.”

    The Duchess, 74, travelled to the Scottish city with Prince Charles for a reception at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery on Monday, where she met and made small talk with Biden – who hours earlier appeared to doze off during the opening speeches.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry to head to New York

    PRINCE Harry will head to New York this week to honour veterans ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

    The non-working royal was embroiled in controversy surrounding tributes last year after he was not allowed to have a wreath laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph.

    The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship.

    But he can no longer wear uniform as he was stripped of his honorary military titles when he quit royal duty for California.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry’s uniform ban

    PRINCE Harry will be banned from wearing military uniform when he dishes out awards to forces heroes next week.

    The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship in New York.

    But he can no longer wear uniform as he was stripped of his honorary military titles when he quit royal duty for California.

    Harry will instead have to wear black tie but can pin his four medals on his suit at the gala a day before Veterans Day.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan Markle ‘using her title out of context’

    MEGHAN Markle is “using her title out of context” for political lobbying, senior royal sources have said.

    Palace aides warned the Duchess of Sussex should “steer clear” of politics after she cold called politicians using her royal title and lobbied for paid paternity leave.

    Constitutionally, members of the Royal Family are obliged to be “above politics” and politically neutral.

    But Meghan is understood to have called two Republican Senators on the private phones and petitioned them about paternal leave – a controversial subject in the US.

    One palace aide described the intervention as “outrageous” while another told The Times: “As a member of the royal family, if you use the title, it means you steer clear of those kinds of things.

    “Otherwise you’re using the title out of context and people will question your motive.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Idris Elba said Royal gig was ‘most stressful’

    The Luther actor, 49, provided the musical entertainment at the couple’s nuptials at Windsor in May 2018 – and says that Meg, 40, took the reins when it came to song choice.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Elba said: “Meghan had sent me a playlist, so I knew what she wanted already.”

    Elba, who has also performed for A-listers such as Madonna, admitted that the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was his most “high pressure gig.”

    Asked which of his sets had been his most stressful, he said: “This wasn’t at the community hall — the reception, this was a big, big deal.

    “They’re (Meghan and Harry) good friends and I wanted to make sure they had a great time, so there was a lot of pressure.”

    The actor previously revealed that their set list included Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody” and several hip hop hits.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 1Xtra Idris said: “Meghan sent me a playlist with some bare tunes on it.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Why the Queen never needs a passport to travel

    THE royal family have lots of extra perks when it comes to travelling – as well as more rules to follow.

    Here are some of the royal travel secrets which members are aware of when leaving the country.

    The Queen is the only person who doesn’t need a passport to travel – as they are issued in her name.

    The Royal Family website explains: “As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one.”

    This will change to Prince Charles when he becomes King.

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    Royal rejection

    Prince Charles turned down an invitation to join Greta Thunberg and thousands of activists on a climate change march through Glasgow, saying taking part would have been “difficult”.

    But he said he sympathised with the “frustration” of the younger generation in a speech to COP26 negotiators, telling them the “weight of history” is resting on their shoulders.

    The heir to the throne told the negotiators: “There’s a lot of anger and a lot of frustration.

    “There’s a big march tomorrow, which some people have said I should join – that’s more difficult – but the point is, please don’t forget these people out there. Don’t forget that it’s their future.”

    Swedish environmental campaigner Ms Thunberg urged people to join the climate strike protest on Friday 5 November, part of her Fridays for Future marches.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan’s girly dinner

    The Duchess of Sussex has been asked to attend a bipartisan dinner with all 21 female US women senators, amid calls to strip her of her royal title for meddling in US politics. 

    The Duchess on October 20 wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer advocating for paid family leave – a letter that was handed out to several media outlets.

    Kirsten Gillibrand, senator for New York has now told The 19th she plans to invite Meghan to a  bipartisan dinner she is hosting in the coming month with all the women senators to give her a platform to discuss paid leave. 

    Gillibrand said of the invite: “I could hear how sincere she was about advocacy.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle’s ex-husband welcomes daughter

    Meghan Markle’s ex-husband Trevor Engleson has welcomed his second child with wife Tracey Kurland and has named her after a royal baby.

    Trevor, who was married to the Duchess of Sussex from 2011-2013, is celebrating being a father again after his new wife Tracey gave birth to a baby girl.

    And the baby shares the same first name as a recent royal arrival.

    “World, meet baby girl Sienna Lee Engelson… my wife is a gangster!” Trevor, 44, wrote on his private Instagram account.

    Sienna is the name given to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi‘s baby who was born earlier this year.

  • Milica Cosic

    Why the Queen never needs a passport to travel

    The Queen is the only person who doesn’t need a passport to travel – as they are issued in her name.

    The Royal Family website explains: “As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one.”

    This will change to Prince Charles when he becomes King.

    Even without a passport, the King or Queen still needs to go through identity checks when travelling in and out of the UK, including name, age and address.

    All other royal family members must have a passport.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen looking forward to hosting Xmas

    The Mirror Online has reported that The Queen had been hoping to spend the weekend at Sandringham and was “delighted” doctors gave her the all-clear to travel. 

    A source said: “Her Majesty is very much looking forward to hosting her family at her Norfolk home for the Christmas holiday and there is much preparation to be done in time to accommodate everyone who has been invited.

    “The Queen has many happy memories of being at Sandringham with the family over Christmas and was in the firm belief that she was far better off being there in person to oversee everything as much as possible.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen’s hint

    A royal expert has said that the Queen is “coming to terms” with the idea that “she won’t be around forever”.

    The monarch paid a moving tribute to her son Charles and grandson William during her recorded COP26 speech yesterday.

    And she told delegates: “We none of us will live forever.”

    Her Majesty is currently taking a two-week break from her duties on doctors’ orders after an overnight stay in hospital during October.

    She was seen out in Windsor a few days ago behind the wheel of her Jaguar – a sighting that will doubtless reassure Brits concerned for her health.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen’s mini break

    THE Queen was pictured smiling while being driven around Sandringham today on a mini-break.

    The 95-year-old monarch had headed to her estate in Norfolk earlier this week after being told to rest up.

    Royal doctors cleared the Queen to take a 50-minute helicopter flight from Windsor Castle

    Her Majesty is recuperating at Sandringham after an overnight stay in hospital last month.

    She was seen smiling while wearing a headscarf and sunglasses and enjoying a spin in a Range Rover.

    The Queen was heading towards Wood Farm on the estate ,which she often visited with her late-husband Prince Philip around this time of year.

  • Milica Cosic

    Fergie could be called to give evidence in Prince Andrew sexual assault lawsuit

    PRINCE Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson could be called to give evidence in a US lawsuit accusing him of raping a teen sex slave, reports claim.

    Lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre say they are seeking formal interviews with two “witnesses” in the UK in the coming weeks.

    The Duke of York also faces attempts to force him to give a deposition – recorded questioning by lawyers that forms part of a civil lawsuit.

    Details emerged in a brief hearing in New York yesterday when District Judge Lewis Kaplan set a provisional date for a court showdown next September.

    The blockbuster trial would overshadow the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, palace aides fear.

    Virginia, now 38, filed a lawsuit in August accusing the prince of forcing her to have sex at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home when she was 17.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen on ‘light duties’

    Doctors have told the Queen to remain on “light duties” for two weeks after spending a night in ­hospital last month for “preliminary investigations”.

    Sources close to the Queen told The Sun she wants to return to work, if fit enough, in time for Remembrance Sunday on November 14.

    Despite her flight, her Royal Standard flag — which denotes when the Queen is in residence — has continued to fly at Windsor Castle.

    It is understood that the standard remains at the castle because her full official court of staff and servants have not travelled with her.

    A source said: “The Queen is following medical advice to be on light duties — so a break to Sandringham would only be on the strictest of doctor’s orders.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Leaders of the the pack

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton has said that Harry and Meghan’s influence is diminishing.

    Morton said: “I think the irony is that Prince Charles and Prince William saw themselves as being the leaders of the slimmed down monarchy.

    “In a way, Harry and Meghan have done them a favor by jumping ship, rather than being asked to walk the gangplank.”

    The author believes Meghan and Harry would have played a supportive role under Charles and William, though they would have been lower down the “pecking order”, especially as William and Kate Middleton’s children grow older.

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate & Wills advertise

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are advertising for a job to run their social accounts.

    The post outlines that the candidate will be supporting their ‘official social media channels’.

  • Milica Cosic

    Leaders of the the pack

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton has said that Harry and Meghan’s influence is diminishing.

    Morton said: “I think the irony is that Prince Charles and Prince William saw themselves as being the leaders of the slimmed down monarchy.

    “In a way, Harry and Meghan have done them a favor by jumping ship, rather than being asked to walk the gangplank.”

    The author believes Meghan and Harry would have played a supportive role under Charles and William, though they would have been lower down the “pecking order”, especially as William and Kate Middleton’s children grow older.

  • Milica Cosic

    Megan’s political plea from a ‘mum’ not a politician

    Megan has insisted that the plea was sent as an American and a “mum” and not a politician. 

    She wrote in her letter: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. 

    “And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.”

    America currently has no system for paid parental leave, although President Joe Biden has vowed to introduce it.

  • Milica Cosic

    What happens to Prince Harry when Charles becomes king?

    As the second son who lives very far away, for the most part, very little will happen in practical terms.

    Prince Harry is likely to be at the funeral – with reports suggesting he is “panicked” at the thought of not being able to see his grandmother following her recent illness.

    He may also still decide to attend the coronation – it is the most significant moment in a monarch’s life and to miss it would be the ultimate snub. If he does not he is unlikely to ever be able to repair the bonds with his family again.

    One change is that he will move back up one spot in the line of succession to fifth place – he was bumped down by the arrival of Prince Louis in 2018 – as Prince William becomes the Prince of Wales.

  • Milica Cosic

    Emergency blood supply

    The royal family sometimes have an emergency blood supply while travelling abroad.

    Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said they would have their own bag of blood as part of the emergency medical kit “just in case something happens.”

    Gordon Rayner, who attended more than 20 royal tours, said their doctor would have the back up supply in case there is a shortage when they need it.

  • Milica Cosic

    It was either ‘Meghan or the monarchy’

    According to Royal biographer Andrew Morton, his new book Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy claims the duo decided to leave the UK years before Megxit.

    He said: “For Harry, it was either Meghan or the monarchy.”

    Morton said that Meghan talked about the fact that: “people hate me just because I’m breathing. What’s the point of continuing?

    “She had some pretty dark nights of the soul in the times that she was a member of the Royal Family.”

    Regardless, Mr Morton feels Prince Harry’s decision to leave the Firm was influenced by Princess Diana’s death.

    “He’s trying to protect Meghan in the way that he couldn’t protect Diana, and I think that’s very deeply embedded in his psychology.”

  • Milica Cosic

    DJ Markle

    IDRIS Elba has revealed that DJing at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding reception was the most “stressful” gig he has ever had.

    The Luther actor, 49, provided the musical entertainment at the couple’s nuptials at Windsor in May 2018 – and says that Meg, 40, took the reins when it came to song choice.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Elba said: “Meghan had sent me a playlist, so I knew what she wanted already.”

    Elba, who has also performed for A-listers such as Madonna, admitted that the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was his most “high pressure gig.”

    Asked which of his sets had been his most stressful, he said: “This wasn’t at the community hall — the reception, this was a big, big deal.

    “They’re (Meghan and Harry) good friends and I wanted to make sure they had a great time, so there was a lot of pressure.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry’s ban

    PRINCE Harry will be banned from wearing military uniform when he dishes out awards to forces heroes next week.

    The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship in New York.

    But he can no longer wear uniform as he was stripped of his honorary military titles when he quit royal duty for California.

    Harry will instead have to wear black tie but can pin his four medals on his suit at the gala a day before Veterans Day.

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