Royal Family news – Queen Elizabeth & Prince Harry face Remembrance Sunday SHOWDOWN as he risks ‘upstaging’ Her Majesty

THE DUKE and Duchess of Sussex have missed Remembrance Day in the UK, and instead paid their respects at a Veterans day ceremony in New York.

Harry and Meghan attended the 2021 Salute to Freedom Gala at the Intrepid Museum in the Big Apple on Wednesday. 

Last year, the royal couple paid their respects by laying a wreath and flowers at an obelisk to commemorate two fallen Commonwealth soldiers. Meghan wore a black wool coat and Harry a blue suit with his Army medals.

They released a series of photographs afterwards.

Royal expert Russell Myers has accused Meg and Harry of making Remembrance Day ‘about themselves’, saying: “Perhaps they shouldn’t have been in the photos.

“If you’d just had their backs and another picture of the wreath they’d laid, I think that would have been appropriate.

“It’s just, I think, the criticism labelled at them, saying that once again had been made about themselves is a case to answer, unfortunately. Because I was just shocked at the number of photographs that were then put out to the world’s media.”

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

  • Royal Family snubbed by several athletes who refused honours

    England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford was awarded an MBE by Prince William this week however many athletes in the past have refused honours from the Royal Family.

    Rashford was honoured at Windsor Castle for services to vulnerable children after his campaign to ensure no child went hungry in the UK resulted in the Government changing its policy on free school meals vouchers over lockdown. 

    The 24-year-old said he would give his MBE to his mum Melanie Maynard, who raised him and his four siblings while working full time on minimum wage.

    While Rashford is one of a number of athletes to have accepted an honour from the Firm, many have snubbed an award due to its links with the UK’s imperial past, while others have felt they were simply not worthy.

    European Cup winning footballer Howard Gayle, who was the first black footballer to represent Liverpool, turned down an MBE in 2016.

    Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who won two World Cups and took part in 148 tests for New Zealand allegedly turned down a knighthood while he was still playing.

    Several other athletes have also turned down honours from the royal family.

  • William may ‘prop Charles up’ on throne

    Prince Charles is set to become the next head of state after the end of the Queen’s reign.

    However, royal author Andrew Morton believes the current Prince of Wales may not lead alone but could choose to be “propped up” by his popular son Prince William.

    Mr Morton, author of the recently updated biography Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, discussed how the monarchy could look after the end of Elizabeth II’s reign.

    He told Express.co.uk: “The quartet of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate will be what you will see more of.

    “Because those people in the palace who take notice of these things will have seen that William and Catherine are very very popular and photogenic and articulate and fit the bill.

    “Whereas Charles and Camilla have tried manfully to establish themselves but it is still the younger generation that people focus on. 

    “So I think you are going to see Charles wanting to prop up his throne with the help of his son.”

  • Meghan ‘doesn’t want to be told what to do’

    Meghan Markle “doesn’t want to be told” what to do amid an “extraordinary” court row that could see her credibility “suffer”, an expert says.

    Prince Harry’s official biographer Angela Levin hit out at the duchess following a series of astonishing revelations in her fight with a British newspaper.

    The mum-of-two is currently in the final throes of a three-year court battle with Mail on Sunday publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL).

    It comes after the newspaper published extracts of a five-page private letter she’d written to her dad begging him not to speak to the media about her.

    Meghan won her case at the High Court in February – but the publisher appealed.

  • Forgetful Meghan

    Meghan apologised to the court after her attempts to influence Finding Freedom were revealed, saying she simply forgot.

    The duchess had won her long-running High Court privacy case against the Mail on Sunday for publishing extracts of a letter sent to her dad – but the newspaper is appealing. 

    Meghan told the court this week: “I did not have the benefit of seeing these emails and I apologise to the Court for the fact I had not remembered these exchanges at the time.

    “I had absolutely no wish or intention to mislead the defendant or the Court.”

  • Meghan Markle’s dad says ‘the truth is coming out’ 

    MEGHAN Markle’s dad said “the truth is coming out” after email exchanges shown to a court revealed the duchess had briefed her press secretary before sending dad Thomas a letter involved in her High Court privacy case.

    The Duchess of Sussex’s former press secretary revealed the email exchange over a letter Meghan wrote to estranged father Thomas, 77, after her wedding.

    Knauf claimed Meghan said she would refer to him as “daddy” because it would “pull at the heartstrings” if leaked.

    Mr Knauf’s 23-page statement also revealed Meghan and Harry had briefed him on what to say to the authors of Finding Freedom – the ‘unauthorised biography’ about them – despite insisting they did not cooperate.

    Thomas Markle told GB News: “Finally the truth is coming out.

    “Thank God for Jason Knauf, I’d be happy to invite him over here and take him to Sizzler – we’ll enjoy a steak and a nice little dinner together.

    “He’s certainly putting things in the right perspective.”

  • Prince Charles’ top aide will ‘never be coming back’

    One pal said: “Michael has resigned and he will never be coming back. He has lost five stone in weight and is a shadow of his former self.”

    A spokesman for The Prince’s Foundation confirmed: “Michael Fawcett has resigned from his post as CEO of The Prince’s Foundation.’”

    Clarence House also confirmed it would be severing its connection to Fawcett and his events company, Premier Mode.

    A spokesman said: “Michael Fawcett and Premier Mode will not be providing services to us in the future. We have all agreed to end these arrangements.”

    For 40 years, Mr Fawcett was the man Charles famously could not live without.

  • Prince Charles’ top aide sensationally QUITS

    PRINCE Charles’ top aide has dramatically quit over the “cash for honours” inquiry.

    Michael Fawcett has resigned from his post as chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation and is said to be “heartbroken” and “shattered” by the events.

    It is also understood his private contract to organise events for Charles has been severed.

    It comes after reports Fawcett offered to help a billionaire Saudi donor to the prince’s charity secure a knighthood and British citizenship.

    Prince Charles and his top aide Michael Fawcett are parting ways Credit: Getty – Contributor
  • A very corgi Christmas

    Unsurprisingly, The Queen always ensures her beloved corgis have a special Christmas treat too.

    Former royal chef Darren McGrady claims Her Majesty’s dogs were given a special Christmas meal too which consisted of the freshest local produce.

    Darren wrote: “Even the corgis – there were 12 when I was chef – have individual menus, usually involving a rotation of fresh rabbit, beef or chicken with rice and cabbage.

    “We’d jokingly refer to the footmen responsible for the dogs, both named Paul, as ‘Doggy One and Doggy Two’.”

  • Meghan admits she DID try to help with biography

    Meghan Markle offered to help write Finding Freedom despite previously claiming she had nothing to do with it, court documents have sensationally revealed.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have both previously denied having anything to do with the unauthorised autobiography.

    But bombshell court documents have revealed that the couple authorised “specific cooperation” for certain topics on the book.

    A witness statement from their former communications secretary Jason Knauf revealed that Meghan had an input on a series of topics that would feature in the book.

    Mr Knauf has revealed that he sat down with Omid Scobie and Caroyln Durand in December 2018 to discuss Meghan’s chosen topics.

    She later apologised to the court in writing saying she FORGOT she had directed Knauf to help.

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  • Thomas only now coming to terms with ‘active Meghan betrayal’

    Samantha, Meghan’s half-sister, said her father Thomas is now coming to terms with the fact that Meghan actively briefed against him – even though he had initially wanted to give her “the benefit of the doubt”.

    Former aide Jason Knauf’s evidence includes messages from the duchess to say she had supported her dad “in spite of his reclusiveness”, but that media pressure had “crumbled him”.

    “To see her nonchalantly say that she wants to see this added and that added, like items on a lunch menu was astonishing,” Samantha said.

    “She’s got an appetite for her own sense of empowerment by doing damage to others.

    “My father didn’t want to believe that this smear campaign was all against him, designed to take away his credibility.”

    In a series of tweets about the court revelations, Samantha suggested that their father should sue Meghan – and that she herself was searching for a lawyer.

  • Meghan Markle’s half-sister accuses Duchess of ‘PR smears’

    MEGHAN Markle’s half-sister has hit out at the royal’s “grandiose” image – as the duchess faces a week of bombshell courtroom drama.

    Samantha Markle told of her fury after she discovered Meghan said in an email that she had “lost custody of all three of her children from different fathers”.

    Samantha, who has been estranged from Meghan for years, said the “hurtful” claim is “revealing”.

    Samantha told The Telegraph: “To see Jason Knauf’s evidence was shocking. I never lost custody of my kids… no court record on the planet would confirm that.

    “To take personal matters and then spin them in an ugly way to discredit me is pretty tacky.

    “Everyone, even Trevor (Engelson, Meghan’s first husband), who has been good to her – she has a disgusting way of disposing, stepping on and then silencing.

    “The public will form an appropriate opinion of her based on her own actions. People do not like to be lied to and manipulated.

    “She’s going to have to live with that. She’s so grandiose, she self-sabotaged.”

  • Meghan & Harry reveal they discussed service on US army visit

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry discussed “service” on a visit to a US Army Base – after insisting “we can all serve” in a sharp retort to the Queen.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chatted with members of the armed forces during a luncheon they hosted at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Thursday.

    The meeting marked Armistice Day – known as Veterans’ Day in the US – and saw them discuss “mental health, the value of community and living a life of service”.

    An Archewell spokesperson said: “Throughout their visit, they discuss[ed] mental health, the value of community and living a life of service.”

    They said Meghan and Harry have “committed themselves to remembering, reflecting and honouring service members, veterans, and military families from around the world”.

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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry talked about “service” and mental health on a visit to a US Army Base Credit: PA
  • Living the American Dream (continued)

    Speaking at the event onboard a warship, Harry said: “It’s wonderful to be back on USS Intrepid a decade after my last visit – and a lot has changed since then.

    “Just last week, I went for a ride on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile – how’s that for living the American dream.

    “I’ve lived in the US for close to two years now.

    “I have to say, witnessing your support for all those that put themselves in harm’s way in defence of our freedoms and liberties – it’s remarkable and hugely respected.

    “It reminds me of the deep reverence us Brits have for our military as well.

    “The armed forces communities in both our countries share a special bond, and I’m grateful to have served in support of our joint allyship for many years.”

  • Living the American dream

    Prince Harry joked he is “living the American dream” as he honoured veterans at a glamorous New York gala with Meghan Markle last night.

    The Duke of Sussex praised his recent ride on the “Oscar Mayer Wienermobile” – a hotdog-shaped car – while addressing the audience at the Intrepid Valor Awards.

    The dad-of-two was joined by a glamorous Meghan who defiantly stepped out in a red dress – just hours after she apologised to the Court of Appeal amid a gruelling legal battle with a British newspaper.

  • Living the American Dream (continued)

    Speaking at the event onboard a warship, Harry said: “It’s wonderful to be back on USS Intrepid a decade after my last visit – and a lot has changed since then.

    “Just last week, I went for a ride on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile – how’s that for living the American dream.

    “I’ve lived in the US for close to two years now.

    “I have to say, witnessing your support for all those that put themselves in harm’s way in defence of our freedoms and liberties – it’s remarkable and hugely respected.

    “It reminds me of the deep reverence us Brits have for our military as well.

    “The armed forces communities in both our countries share a special bond, and I’m grateful to have served in support of our joint allyship for many years.”

  • Living the American dream

    Prince Harry joked he is “living the American dream” as he honoured veterans at a glamorous New York gala with Meghan Markle last night.

    The Duke of Sussex praised his recent ride on the “Oscar Mayer Wienermobile” – a hotdog-shaped car – while addressing the audience at the Intrepid Valor Awards.

    The dad-of-two was joined by a glamorous Meghan who defiantly stepped out in a red dress – just hours after she apologised to the Court of Appeal amid a gruelling legal battle with a British newspaper.

  • What are the Royal plans for Remembrance weekend?

    The Queen still “intends” to spearhead the Royal Family’s tributes at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Day on Sunday, despite cancellations to her royal engagements recently.

    If she attends, this will be her first outing in weeks, following the cancellation of trips across the UK.

    Remembrance Day, which falls on November 11, will be a Thursday this year – but official commemoration takes place on the closest Sunday to that date.

    On Saturday night, prominent royals will also attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

    However, the monarch will not be present at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

    Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Times, wrote: “Most senior members of the royal family, except the Queen, will also attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night.”

  • Meghan ‘doesn’t want to be told what to do’ (continued)

    Ms Levin, who spent a year with Harry as she wrote his biography, told GB News that Palace aides are finally hitting back against the Sussexes.

    “I think the whole thing is absolutely extraordinary,” she said.

    “What is astonishing is that the Palace aides are now talking and saying what they think has really happened.

    “Before, they followed the Queen’s motto – which is to never complain and never explain, and staff did this too.

    “But Meghan and Harry are a different breed now and [their comments are] thought to be so unfair and wrong that aides now going to speak about their views.”

    She said Meghan had attempted to brush off Mr Knauf’s evidence “as if it’s nothing” – but added: “Here, it is very serious.

    “What she said in court was not true and I think her credibility will suffer for this in a significant way.”

  • Meghan ‘doesn’t want to be told what to do’

    MEGHAN Markle “doesn’t want to be told” what to do amid an “extraordinary” court row that could see her credibility “suffer”, an expert says.

    Prince Harry’s official biographer Angela Levin hit out at the duchess following a series of astonishing revelations in her fight with a British newspaper.

    The mum-of-two is currently in the final throes of a three-year court battle with Mail on Sunday publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL).

    It comes after the newspaper published extracts of a five-page private letter she’d written to her dad begging him not to speak to the media about her.

    Meghan won her case at the High Court in February – but the publisher appealed.

  • ‘Forgetful’ Meghan raises eyebrows at court

    Meghan’s forgetfulness has raised eyebrows in royal circles. 

    In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the Duchess and Harry had claimed a senior member of the Royal Family had asked the couple how “dark” their son Archie would be.

    Harry claimed it happened when the pair first met but Meghan remembered it taking place while she was pregnant. 

    Reports pointed out 17 claims made by the Sussexes in the interview that contained contradictions or errors of fact. 

    Responding to allegations of racism, the Queen pledged to take it “very seriously” and famously added: “Recollections may vary.”

    A royal source said: “The fact the Duchess has admitted forgetting key emails and discussions of fact in a high-profile court case is surprising to say the least.”

  • Some of Meghan’s disputed claims

    Following the senastional revelations at the Court of Appeal over the past few days we’ve looked back at some of the Duchess of Sussex’ more dubious claims about her treatment.

    From claims an unnamed royal questioned the colour of Archie’s skin to her cries for help being ignored, we had a look at some of things that don’t quite stack up.

  • Clawing her way up (continued)

    The revelation was made in the book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton, who has published several biographies on the royal family.

    He wrote in the book: “On the way to an audition one day, the electric button that unlocked the doors to her Ford Explorer failed to open. She tried the key but to no avail.

    “Trying not to panic, she went around to the hatchback trunk, which used a different key. By some miracle, it opened.

    “Running short on time, she had no choice but to crawl in through the back and clamber over the seat.”

  • Clawing her way up

    Meghan was once forced to clamber into her car through the BOOT after her doors broke when she was rushing to an audition.

    The unfortunate incident is said to have happened following her landing a small part in the futuristic law office drama Century City in 2004 – long before she joined Suits in 2011.

    At the time she was “too broke” to get the car fixed, so the actress, who was around the age of 23, was forced to scramble through the boot for weeks.

  • Explained: Why is there a two-minute silence?

    The Royal Family have a long history of honouring the armed forces and those who have fallen in service.

    Today they are likely to join millions at 11am in observing a two-minute silence.

    The first two minute silence in the UK was held on November 11, 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.

    This was one year after the end of World War One.

    He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”

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