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UK News Royal Family LIVE: Harry 'couldn't wait' to leave UK to return to Meghan after Queen snub

04:20  23 april  2021
04:20  23 april  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Prince Harry is believed to have flown back to the US on Tuesday, missing the Queen's 95th birthday yesterday. A source has said the Duke is pleased to have returned home to his family. But by flying back so soon, Harry was unable to support the Queen in person as she spent her first birthday without Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years, by her side.

An insider told US Weekly, an American magazine, Harry was keen to get back to his wife in the States.

The source said: "Harry couldn't wait to return to his heavily pregnant wife and Archie.

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"[He] is happy to be back in Montecito."

The Duke had spent just over a week in the UK, having landed in London on April 12.

His flight back to LA came a day before the Queen's birthday.

Her Majesty turned 95 yesterday and spent a quiet day with close family.

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The Queen issued a moving statement thanking the public for all the "support and kindness" shown since the death of her husband, Prince Philip.

In a statement posted on Twitter, she said: "I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.

"While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

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  Royal Family LIVE: Meghan faces ‘dilemma' over new ‘bombshell' - Harry ‘totally torn' PRINCE HARRY will now feel "totally torn" about his and Meghan Markle's decision to step down from the Royal Family and move to California, according to a royal expert. Anna Pasternak, author of 'The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcee Who Became the Duchess of Windsor', believes the two Dukes are heading down a similar road to their parents.Prince Charles and Princess Diana's relationship came to a tumultuous end after 15 years of marriage.Ms Pasternak told Vanity Fair: "William and Harry are playing out the dynamic of their parents.

"My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.

"We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."

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1.20am update: Prince Harry will not allow monarchy to 'use him' to improve PR

The Royal Family has been warned that Prince Harry will not allow the monarchy to "use him" to improve their PR according to an etiquette expert.

Elaine Swann told Us Weekly that Prince Harry's eyes are wide open to the "machine" behind the Royal Family.

The etiquette expert added that she believed Prince William and the Duke of Sussex's conversation following Prince Philip was genuine rather than staged.

12.00am update: Prince Louis looks very grown up in cute photo taken by Kate as he celebrates 3rd birthday

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Kate Middleton and Prince William's youngest child celebrates his third birthday on Friday.

To mark the day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared an adorable snap of Louis.

The sweet picture was taken by keen amateur photographer Kate at Kensington Palace on Wednesday before Louis attended his first day at nursery school.

The cute royal, who is sitting on a red bike, does not appear to have any first day nerves as he grins for the camera.

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10.47pm update: Prince Harry and William's feud 'runs so deep' - royal insider says 'there's no quick fix'

Prince Harry and William's feud may never be resolved as the issues caused by the royal row "run so deep", an insider has claimed.

Not only does the argument run so deep between the two but one family friend has claimed there will be no quick fix for the pair.

While Harry's return to the UK has been seen as the first step in healing relations, the insider warned there is a long road ahead for the Royal Family.

Although the brothers were seen talking following the funeral on Saturday, the insider warned issues can always resurface within the Firm.

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9.31pm update: Meghan and Harry spark 'big fears' as Charles and William panic over 'immediate leaks'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will struggle to repair relations with the Firm as some members of the Royal Family fear the Sussexes will leak conversations.

According to one expert, Harry and Meghan have sparked "big fears" with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Charles.

Although it is uncertain how badly the tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey harmed their relationship with the Firm, commentator Phil Dampier claimed William and Charles fear private conversations may be misconstrued.

Mr Dampier warned these fears may now make it hard to heal the wounds in the long-term for the Sussexes.

8.24pm update: Prince Philip had romantic tradition on the Queen's birthday which he 'never forgot'

Prince Philip had a very sweet tradition on the Queen's birthday, according to an article from 1976.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the monarch were married for more than 73 years.

And according to an article published in the Montreal Gazette in 1976, Philip always left a flower on his wife's breakfast tray on her birthday.

The article, which was shared on Twitter by royal expert Victoria Arbiter, reads: "Birthday morning, the Queen will find a flower on her breakfast tray - a token her husband never forgets."

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The article also gives an insight into how the monarch was spending her 50th birthday.

It continues: "There will be gifts from members of the family - her sons Prince Charles, heir to the throne, and Prince Andrew as well as Edward, her daughter, Princess Anne, wife of Capt. Mark Phillips, Queen Mother Elizabeth and others.

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7.35pm update: Prince William's 'push present' to Kate Middleton after Prince Louis' birth

Prince William is believed to have given Kate Middleton a special "push present" after she gave birth to Prince Louis.

Louis turns three years old tomorrow and it will be his second birthday in a row for which the country is under coronavirus restrictions.

It is expected that Kate will release a new picture of Louis, who hasn't been seen since the Cambridges' adorable family photograph was released at Christmas.

Kate and William's youngest child is currently fifth-in-line to the throne, the first royal boy to come after his sister in the line of succession.

According to OK! magazine, William gave her a citrine ring as a "push present", a gift given to a mother who has just given birth, usually by their partner as a token of appreciation for the difficulty of pregnancy and birth.

6.14pm update: Meghan phoned Harry 'every day' while in UK as trip 'very difficult' for him - insider

Meghan Markle spoke to Prince Harry every day while he was in the UK in the lead up to Prince Philip's funeral.

According to sources, Meghan knew how difficult the trip had been for Harry, who has now returned to the US.

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With Meghan pregnant with their second child, Harry was concerned over leaving her with Archie for so long on her own.

Indeed, with Harry returning to the UK for the first time since the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke did not want to leave his family.

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5.41pm update: Heartbroken Queen to spend weeks replying to Prince Philip tribute messages

The Queen will spend weeks replying to messages about Prince Philip from world leaders, according to a royal expert.

Royal author Robert Jobson said the monarch will work from Windsor Castle, where she has been based for much of the pandemic.

Mr Jobson said Her Majesty will spend the coming weeks personally replying to messages from foreign heads of state and leading political figures following the death of her beloved husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

4.56pm update: Prince Philip may not have been allowed to watch Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview

Prince Philip may not have been allowed to watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah interview live, because he was in hospital at the time and it would not have done "his heart any good".

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.

While Mr Myers has claimed Philip thought the Oprah interview was "complete madness", the pair have also wondered whether he would have been allowed to watch it.

In an episode of the podcast just days before the bombshell interview aired, Ms Gripper commented that it would not be good for his heart.

She said: "I would imagine he would not be allowed to watch ITV on Monday night, because it will not do his heart any good at all so, stay away from the Oprah interview!"

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4.18pm update: Prince Harry teases clip of new video as he returns to work after Philip's funeral

Prince Harry has narrated a video message for a non-profit conservation organisation to mark Earth Day.

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The Duke of Sussex narrated the video message, titled Hope Starts Here, for African Parks to mark Earth Day.

The non-profit organisation tweeted: "This EarthDay, Prince Harry & African Parks shine a light on the role effectively managed protected areas play in preserving biodiversity & in delivering benefits to local communities in a special re-release of the video 'Hope Starts Here'."

In the video, Harry says: "African Parks was founded in 2000 to effectively manage Africa's protected areas.

"With 19 parks under management in 11 countries, our footprint has scaled to almost 15 million hectares.

"These vital landscapes are helping to safeguard Africa's biodiversity.

"Serving as a foundation for a healthy planet and delivering benefits to hundreds of thousands of people."

3.40pm update: Kate the peacemaker: Duchess 'one of the few people' able to heal William and Harry rift

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has been hailed as "one of the few" people able to act as peacemaker between Prince Harry and Prince William by royal insider Katie Nicholl.

Ms Nicholl was invited onto Entertainment Tonight to discuss hopes of a royal reconciliation between the estranged brothers.

The Palace insider identified Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as "one of the few people" able to bring Princes Harry and Prince William together. Kate, William, and Prince Harry were snapped walking together during the funeral of Prince Philip before the Duchess stepped back to give the pair some space, seen by royal watchers as a subtle attempt at peacemaking.

Ms Nicholl said: "It has always been my understanding that behind the scenes Kate has tried very hard to arrange a rapprochement and act as a peacemaker between William and Harry."

3.18pm update: Prince Harry uniform row: Expert sets record straight on Queen's order at Philip funeral

A royal expert has explained why the decision for all male royals to wear morning suits rather than military uniform for Prince Philip's funeral may have had nothing to do with Prince Harry.

Members of the Royal Family were able to bid a final farewell to the late Prince Philip on Saturday, who died just weeks before his 100th birthday.

Before the funeral, there had been much speculation over whether the men would wear military uniform, as such a move would have seen Prince Harry stick out like a sore thumb as he is no longer allowed to wear official military dress having been stripped of his honorary military titles.

Royal biographer Robert Jobson told Express.co.uk: "I can see why people think that, but actually it may well have been not the case.

"They were in mourning suits. If you remember at Diana's funeral they were just in casual suits.

"It wasn't a state funeral so you don't require military uniform."

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2.35pm update: Prince Louis birthday: Little royal set to delight fans with appearance tomorrow

Prince Louis may delight royal fans with an appearance online tomorrow, according to a royal expert.

Kate and Prince William are aware of how welcomed and anticipated are the pictures of their children, usually released on their birthdays or during the festive period, according to royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams.

And he believes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may decide to publicly mark the third birthday of Prince Louis tomorrow, just after the end of the period of royal mourning in the wake of Prince Philip's death.

He told Express.co.uk: "The tradition of releasing a photograph of royal children, which William and Kate have continued and which marks an important way in which we can see them growing up, is a marvellous one.

"Kate has proved herself a talented photographer too. The period of royal mourning will last until the day before Louis's third birthday.

"It is therefore likely that we will see a photograph of him if this is thought appropriate.

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1.50pm update: Royal blunder: Prince Harry and William's funeral 'mistake' condemned by expert

Prince William and Prince Harry naturally "drifted to each other" at the end of the service, royal author Robert Lacey noted.

The expert added this behaviour led him to think separating the brothers during the public procession ahead of the funeral was not the best choice to make.

He told People magazine: "The procession choreography, in retrospect, was a mistake. As we saw, they could have walked side-by-side quite happily after all.

"What pleased me afterwards was that it all seemed so totally natural, and they drifted to each other like the old days."

1.15pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left 'a lot of anger' with blistering claims: 'Disgraceful'

Meghan and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah left the Royal Family and Buckingham Palace reeling. And, more than a month later, people still feel "hurt and very wary" of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to sources.

One royal insider said: "No one should underestimate the damage done by that Oprah interview. The fact of them leaving is sad but wouldn't have been such a problem had they gone about it in a different way.

"The interview was disgraceful on so many fronts. Not just what Harry - and Meghan - said about their own family.

"But also the way in which they attacked every decent person who had worked for them and tried to support them."

The insider also told Mail+: "There is a lot of anger about that. It is all so sad but... also very damaging."

12.30pm update: Harry and William's feud branded 'childish' as cousin forced to be 'referee' at funeral

Prince Harry's ongoing feud with older brother Prince William has been branded "childish" by a royal expert, as he reflects on the pair's relationship at Prince Philip's funeral.

The two brothers were reunited face-to-face for the first time in over a year on Saturday, as they both attended their grandfather's funeral. William and Harry did not stand shoulder-to-shoulder as they walked behind the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin, as their cousin Peter Phillips stood in between them. Royal biographer Robert Jobson has said the move to use Peter as a "referee" was rather "childish".

The expert told Express.co.uk: "Clearly a decision was taken like that and frankly I think if they need a referee between them then it is rather childish.

"They should have been there solely for their grandfather. It left it open to more ridicule really."

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11.30am update: Queen and Prince William have special link as Prince Charles left out in the cold

The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge will face a similar future which Charles will miss out on, as a royal expert points out a key similarity between the pair.

Eminent royal biographer Robert Jobson said the two senior royals are both set to have "relatively long reigns", unlike Prince Charles, who is currently second in line to the throne.

The Queen has so far enjoyed the longest reign in British history, having spent 68 years on the throne.

The Queen will be succeeded by her eldest son Prince Charles, 72, though because of his age he is not likely to have a long reign.

His son Prince William, 38, on the other hand, could expect to stay on the throne for several decades.

As a result, Mr Jobson pointed out the Queen and Prince William having something in common.

He told Express.co.uk: "I think we will see more of William. What you've got with William and the Queen is that they will both probably have relatively long reigns.

"We don't know how old the Prince of Wales will live to, hopefully it will be a long time. But his reign will probably be no more than 10 years - like Henry VIII, Edward VII.

"Whatever happens William is probably going to have a longer reign."

10.50am update: Gayle King rejected 'tourist trap' royal snub in Meghan and Harry rant: 'Cranky American'

Gayle King rejected claims that the Royal Family were a "tourist trap" and branded a TV star a "cranky American" in a rant about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

The US journalist is a vocal supporter of the Sussexes and is known to be within their inner circle.

King refuted Stephen Colbert's claim that the Royal Family was "just a tourist trap" and "an affront to everything this country stands for" - referring to the US.

She called him a "cranky American" and stated it was Britain's "culture" before speaking out about why the future Duchess was "unexpected".

10am update: Prince William had weekly mentoring with the Queen to prepare for role as future king

Prince William was given weekly mentoring by the Queen to prepare him for his future role as king.

As a young man, the Duke of Cambridge would visit his grandmother at Windsor Castle every Sunday where the Queen gave advice to young William over tea and cakes. Speaking to OK! magazine royal expert, Katie Nicholl, told of how the Queen wanted to prepare William for his future role.

Ms Nicholl said: "Afterwards, he would have one-on-one time with his grandmother to talk about whatever was on his mind. She was there for him to unload on - but those sessions were also an opportunity for her to mentor and teach him, as her grandfather, George V, did with her.

"They became incredibly close and as his respect for her grew he began to embrace his destiny."

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9.35am update: 'Queen should retire!' After turning 95, expert says monarch 'should not have to carry on'

The Queen is currently Britain's longest-serving monarch and will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next year.

Her Majesty ascended the throne when she was just 27 and has dedicated her life to unwavering public duty.

Commenting on the Queen's age and decades of service to the crown, a royal expert has said he believes the Queen should be allowed to retire from public life.

Eminent royal biographer Robert Jobson has said in his opinion, the Queen should be allowed to take a step back and enjoy her final years if she wants to.

He told Express.co.uk that while the issue of retirement is "a matter for the Queen", he believes Her Majesty should be allowed to retire.

He said: "Do I personally think the Queen should carry on? No, I don't. I think that she should be allowed to potter around in the country house and do what she wants.

"If she wants to retire then she should be allowed in my opinion. It's like we've got retired Pope's now.

"I think that it is a job that involves a lot of active mental capacity which she has been incredible at. But we can't fool ourselves that she is indestructible or some sort of super-super-human."

8.56am update: 'Role model' Kate praised for 'exemplary' behaviour after Prince Philip's death

Kate and Prince William have demonstrated to be the perfect Queen Consort and King in the making with their behaviour over the past two weeks, according to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

He said: "William and Kate are exemplary in their roles."

8.25am update: Glimpse inside Welsh cottage where Charles is 'contemplating future' of Royal Family

Prince Charles has been temporarily staying at his Welsh cottage to grieve the death of his father, according to reports.

The Prince of Wales reportedly left for the Llwynywermod estate in Llandovery, Wales, after the funeral.

A source told the Daily Mail that Charles "wanted to reflect alone" and said there is "no better place for Charles to come to terms with his grief and start to think about his future".

Llwynywermod is the Welsh home of Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The fully sustainable three-bedroom residence has been a country retreat for the couple since March 2007.

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