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Royal Family LIVE: Meghan finally gets what she wants – Palace BANNED interview for years

Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert on ‘discourteous’ decision

Meghan and Harry started speaking out about their frustrations with the British press publicly while they were still royals during their African state visit in October 2019. During the same year, Gayle King, the host of CBS This Morning, went to London to film Meghan and Harry Plus One, a 60-minute show that aired that month. However, the couple were banned from talking to the host due to royal rules, it has now been claimed.

This resulted in Ms King and Oprah, who both work on CBS, keeping in touch with Meghan and Harry as they kept a “discussion on the table about when they would do that interview”.

A palace source added Meghan and Harry were left frustrated as they wanted to prove they “had control” over their image and interviews.

They told the Daily Mail: “It was seen as a huge stride away from the usual methodology of Royal PR. It caused friction with the Sussexes, and a feeling that this was forbidden.

“They were emphatically told she could not conduct her own lengthy interviews with US media friends after Archie’s birth.

“That led to tension with courtiers as the pair wanted to tell their stories about philanthropic and personal matters.

Royal Family Live: Meghan and Harry’s interview was said to be banned by the palace (Image: GETTY)

“Certainly from their side there was an element of feeling handcuffed and not having full ownership of their image.

“The couple wanted to usher in a new era and mindset about having control, not just in their messaging but also about who they chose to speak with. Oprah and Gayle have been supportive publicly of Meghan and Harry, since they dated.

“So for the Sussexes their friends felt like a safe place.

“This interview has been two years in the making with either Gayle or Oprah asking the questions. In reality it is the two of them prepping for the in-depth conversation,’ the source said.

“It is what the Sussexes have wanted for a long time – to present ‘our lives, our way’.”

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1.47am update: Meghan Markle tells Oprah Winfrey life in Britain with Royal Family ‘unsurvivable’

Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey could see the Duchess make a stunning claim that life in Britain as a member of the Royal Family was at times “unsurvivable.”

Viewers got a glimpse of the much-anticipated sit-down between Oprah and Meghan Markle in a new teaser released by CBS. The clips show the Duchess of Sussex sat cradling her baby bump as she fields questions from the US TV host.

Oprah touched upon comments made by Meghan that life in the Royal Family had been “almost unsurvivable.”

Meghan’s pal also reminded viewers the couple have said “some shocking things” in the 30-second promo. The full interview is set to air on March 7.

Appearing to be quoting the Duchess, Oprah remarked: “Almost unsurvivable sounds like there was a breaking point.”

12.58am update: Meghan and Harry to take aim at palace officials in ‘no holds barred interview’ -expert

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey could involve “fierce attacks” on palace courtiers, a Royal expert has predicted.

The pre-recorded interview will be broadcast by US media company CBS on Sunday, March 7. A teaser released by the TV company to their YouTube channel on Sunday has whetted appetites and raised expectations of damaging disclosures.

In one segment, Ms Winfrey says: “I just want to make it clear to everybody there is no subject which is off limits.”

Camilla at the Community Vaccination Centre at St Paul’s Church in Croydon

Camilla at the Community Vaccination Centre at St Paul’s Church in Croydon (Image: GETTY)

11.33pm update: Prince William wrote angry letter to protect ‘harassed’ Kate before Harry’s Oprah chat

Prince William sent a furious legal letter to protect Kate Middleton from harassment years before Prince Harry spoke up about Meghan Markle.

Harry will discuss how he and Meghan struggled with media interest in their lives during their time as working members of the Royal Family in an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recorded a two-hour special with CBS which will be aired in the US on Sunday, March 7.

In a clip released yesterday, Harry said he feared “history repeating itself”, in reference to his mother Princess Diana.

However, Harry is not the only royal husband who has been concerned for his partner’s welfare regarding privacy.

During the earlier days of their relationship, Kate was incessantly badgered by paparazzi as she went about her life, which made William “very angry”.

Melanie Kaidan takes over live reporting from James Bickerton

10.43pm update: Prince Philip made ‘life difficult’ for Beatrice and Eugenie with Fergie royal ban

Prince Philip “banished” Sarah Ferguson from Royal Family events which made life “difficult” for Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

Prince Philip was so angry when pictures emerged showing Sarah, Duchess of York in a compromising situation with her lover John Bryan in 1992 that he banned Fergie from events.

Fergie was forced to stay in a farmhouse when visiting the Royal Family.

Speaking to the Channel 5 documentary, Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses?, royal expert Richard Kay said Fergie would not stay in Sandringham House.

9.37pm update: Meghan Markle and Harry fans lash out as Palace reacts to ‘bullying’ claims

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry fans have hit out at the Palace on Twitter after it announced it would investigate the circumstances set out in a report of “bullying” allegations made against the Duchess of Sussex by former royal staff.

Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, fans have lept to the couple’s defence on social media after Buckingham Palace confirmed it would launch a probe into the circumstances set out in a report of “bullying” allegations made against the Duchess of Sussex by former staff.

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Buckingham Palace has said it will investigate “bullying” allegations against Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

8.29pm update: Sarah Ferguson insists she was ‘already a grandma’ before Princess Eugenie’s baby August

Sarah Ferguson was already a grandmother before Princess Eugenie gave birth to her son August, the Duchess was keen to remind everyone.

This is because her other daughter, Princess Beatrice, has a step-son called Christopher Woolfe, nicknamed Wolfie.

Wolfie joined the family when Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July, who co-parents with his ex-fiancée Dara Huang.

Wolfie, who is believed to be four years old, has split his time between his mother and father since they broke up in 2018.

7.30pm update: Buckingham Palace to investigate after Meghan Markle ‘bullying’ claim – ‘Very concerned’

Buckingham Palace has said it will investigate after it was reported allegations of “bullying” were made against Meghan Markle by former royal staff.

The palace said in a statement: “We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.

The Royal Household had had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”

6.20pm update: Princess Eugenie shares hopes for her royal baby’s future in emotional new video

Princess Eugenie revealed her hopes for her son’s future in an emotional new video. The princess was interviewed by CNBC about her work to tackle modern slavery.

Princess Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their son August Philip Hawke to the world on February 9.

The Queen’s granddaughter shared her hopes for her royal baby’s future in a touching interview about the work done by her charity the Anti Slavery Collective.

Eugenie was interviewed by Tania Bryer for an upcoming episode of CNBC’s Finding Solutions.

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“Eugenie is really the only member of the Royal Family that Meghan is still close to” (Image: GETTY)

5.15pm update: Princess Eugenie is the only royal Meghan Markle is still close to after Megxit – insider

Meghan Markle only retains close links with one other Royal Family member, excluding her husband, according to a royal insider.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are living in California having stepped down from front line royal duties in March 2020. 

Addressing US Weekly a source claimed: “Eugenie is really the only member of the Royal Family that Meghan is still close to.”

4.10pm update: Princess Eugenie shares hopes for her royal baby’s future in emotional new video

Princess Eugenie revealed her hopes for her son’s future in an emotional new video. The princess was interviewed by CNBC about her work to tackle modern slavery.

Princess Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their son August Philip Hawke to the world on February 9.

The Queen’s granddaughter shared her hopes for her royal baby’s future in a touching interview about the work done by her charity the Anti Slavery Collective.

Eugenie was interviewed by Tania Bryer for an upcoming episode of CNBC’s Finding Solutions.

3.05pm update: Prince William’s anger at ‘repeat of Diana suffering’ with Kate before Harry comments

Prince William was furious after something happened to Kate Middleton that was “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana”.

William’s brother Prince Harry has said on several occasions that he fears history will “repeat itself” in reference to what their mother went through, and the manner in which she died.

This was most recently seen in a clip released ahead of the broadcast of his and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which he said: “My biggest concern was history repeating itself.”

He previously expressed these fears in an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby during the Sussexes’ Africa tour.

Back then, he explained: “Everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day, and that’s not me being paranoid, that’s me not wanting a repeat of the past.”

James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Rachel Russell

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Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in May 2018 (Image: EXPRESS )

2.36pm update: Queen turned ‘more maternal’ with Beatrice and Eugenie as princesses faced ‘hard time’

Channel 5’s royal documentary, Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses? discussed the early life of the two princesses.

Royal commentators Tom Quinn and Angela Levin reflected on how difficult their childhood would have been and how the Queen intervened.

The pair agreed Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s divorce would have had a lasting impact on Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. 

Ms Levin noted the Queen was likely “more maternal” towards Beatrice and Eugenie after the divorce.

Mr Quinn said: “Princess Beatrice and Eugenie had a very odd childhood.

“This is where their parents were, on the face of it, remained friends but they were seeing other people from quite early on.

“I think that was probably damaged in the subtle kind of a long-lasting way.”

1.28pm update: Prince Philip update: Camilla opens up on Duke’s health with rare update from Royal Family

Camilla opened up on the health state of her father-in-law during a visit to the Community Vaccination Centre at St Paul’s Church in Croydon. After thanking volunteers for supporting the rollout of the vaccine against coronavirus, the Duchess sadly revealed Prince Philip is at times in pain as the treatment “hurts at moments”. 

However, Camilla also bore good news, saying the Duke of Edinburgh is “slightly improving”. 

Camilla added: “We keep our fingers crossed.” 

12.55pm update: Meghan and Harry powerless to delay interview over Philip health fears: ‘Oprah has clout’

The couple have faced calls to postpone their Oprah interview, which will be aired on CBS in the US on Sunday, due to the timing clashing with Prince Philip’s two week hospital stay.

But royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams hinted Oprah may be making the decisions about when the interview is aired rather than Meghan and Harry, as she has more “clout”.

He wrote on Twitter: “Harry is deeply fond of his grandfather, Oprah has clout.

“The interview should be postponed.”

Meghan Markle: Royal commentator discusses ‘bullying’ allegations

12.18pm update: Kate and William to be in firing line during Meghan and Harry interview – expert’s warning

Meghan and Prince Harry‘s two-hour-long interview with Oprah will touch upon their relationship with the Royal Family, according to royal commentator Patricia Treble. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, in particular, are going to be at the centre of Oprah’s grilling following reports of a feud between the royal brothers, the Canadian expert added.

Asked what topic she thinks may make the royals “a little nervous”, Ms Treble told Global News’ The Morning Show: “Oprah is the sort of interviewer who is… you are very relaxed, she is like your mum or grandma, but she gets the answers she is looking for.

“And she is going to be looking for specific answers regarding the relationship with the Royal Family – and regarding Harry, this is Harry’s family.

“And I think that’s probably what has the Royal Family, what has their staff most concerned.

“They are going to be talking about their relationship with Charles, their relationship with Camilla, with the Queen, with Prince Philip – especially with William and Kate.”

11.22am update: Kate Middleton’s body language suggests she overcame ‘visible tension’ with Queen

Commenting on their appearances together, body language expert Judi James claimed they have formed a close relationship.

Judi said: “The body language signals between the Queen and Kate currently suggest a very relaxed, warm and relatively easy-going friendship with both women enjoying the other’s company.

“While the Queen always appears to affirm the fact that, despite her age, she is not in any need of support or aid, she often looks happiest when her granddaughter-in-law and future Queen accompanies her or acts as co-host.

“Kate seems very adept at keeping a quiet eye on the Queen but without fussing.”

10.25am update: Duchess of Cambridge encourages students to learn about British history online

Kate has been a patron of the National History Museum since 2013 and is now encouraging young people to take a virtual tour around the museum as part of its Homework Club.

The Royal Family posted an array of snaps of why the museum was exciting to visit on its official Instagram account, including a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge. 

The Royal Family shared Kate's latest venture with the Natural History Museum

The Royal Family shared Kate’s latest venture with the Natural History Museum (Image: ROYAL FAMILY INSTAGRAM)

9.18am update: Meghan Markle issues heart-rending ‘bullying’ statement over ‘attack on her character’

Meghan has issued a deeply personal statement over allegations of bullying published yesterday evening by a British newspaper.

Her spokesman said: “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.

“She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”

On Tuesday, The Times published a story related to bullying accusations when Meghan and Prince Harry were still frontline members of the Royal Family in 2018.

Meghan’s spokesman told to The Times: “Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.

“We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet.

“It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years.”

The statement added the “defamatory claims” made by The Times have been addressed in full in a legal letter to the newspaper.

Buckingham Palace did not issue a statement to The Times. Express.co.uk has also contacted the palace for a comment.

8.54am update: Harry and Meghan urged to postpone Oprah interview amid “horrendous” timing as Prince Philip remains in hospital 

Harry’s 99-year-old grandfather has spent the last two weeks in hospital, which is the longest he has ever needed treatment.

Public relations and crisis consultant Mark Borkowski said: “The timing is just horrendous.

“Anybody who looks at this through the optics of a caring family, even a family who are estranged from one another, it’s very uncomfortable as you edge towards Sunday.”

Mr Borkowski added: “This could be a real reputational mess for everybody involved.

“Harry and Meghan are supposed to be a sensitive, caring and empathetic brand.

“Surely the disruption, particularly to the Queen… but they’re going ahead with this juggernaut.”

If Philip’s health were to worsen, Mr Borkowski said Harry and Meghan’s fate would be “in the lap of the gods”.

“If you were strategically giving advice about mitigating reputational damage, you would show huge empathy by postponing,

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals last year

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals last year (Image: EXPRESS)

8am update: Queen’s cousin and wife take on viral lockdown challenge for charity

The photo, showing the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (76 and 74 respectively), was shared on the Royal Family’s official twitter page on Monday. The tweet reads “The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, is taking part in @ProstateUK’s #MarchTheMonth challenge!

“HRH – supported by her walking partner, The Duke of Gloucester – will complete 11,000 daily steps this month, representing the 11,000 men who die from prostate cancer every year.”

The accompanying photo shows the Duke and Duchess, wrapped up in a fleece and coat, walking on a small footpath in the sunshine surrounded by trees.

The viral lockdown challenge “#MarchThe Month” challenges people to walk 11,000 steps every day for a month with the aim of raising awareness and money for research in the hope of one day beating prostate cancer.

7.49am update: Princess Diana’s controversial £110,000 engagement ring was ‘non-unique’

In 1981, shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles, the Princess of Wales chose the sapphire ring herself from Garrard, the Crown Jeweller at the time. However, her choice, which is the most expensive British royal engagement ring to date, was widely criticised as some royal critics did not deem the piece “fitting for a royal bride”.

Writing in the Telegraph, Sarah Royce-Greensill explained why the £110,000 jewel was frowned upon.

She wrote: “When Prince Charles and Diana announced their engagement, the gathered press admired its size and the fact that the blue stone complemented her eyes.

“But then came reports that the ring wasn’t a special one-off commission but, shock horror, was selected from shop stock – meaning that anyone could walk into Garrard and buy the same ring as the future Queen of England.

“Never mind that the ring reportedly cost £28,500 (approximately £110,000 in today’s money) – its non-unique nature was seen in some camps as not fitting for a royal bride.”


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