SARAH FERGUSON risked sparking anger by claiming Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should be “proud” of their actions when reflecting on what Princess Diana would have thought.
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She was speaking during an appearance on Good Morning America (GMA), where the Duchess of York was promoting her new novel. The Duchess, affectionately know as Fergie, claimed Diana would be “so proud of her sons and their wives”.
Kate Middleton hails her ‘amazing granny’ who inspires
Harry and Meghan sparked a royal rift in 2020 by stepping down as senior members of the family in a move dubbed Megxit.
They went on to make a series of serious allegations against the Royal Family, with one member accused of using racist language in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan and Harry moved to California in 2020 shortly before the US state went into coronavirus lockdown. Shortly after they were spotted delivering supplies to vulnerable Los Angeles residents.
They have also launched their non-profit Archewell and have since signed major deals with Netflix and Spotify; to produce films, documentaries and children’s shows, and a podcast series, respectively.
Meghan will serve as executive director of Pearl, a children’s show based on inspiring women from history.
Sarah made her appearance on GMA promoting ‘Compass: A Novel’, which tells the story of a royal rebel in 1895.
Speaking to Variety an industry insider said Fergie is “already in talks with at least one streaming service”, which could look to adapt the book.
Sarah Ferguson said Diana would have been “proud” of Harry and Meghan (Image: GETTY/HBO)
Separately a new animation series of Prince George has sparked fury over fears it is “opening the Cambridges up to bullying”.
US show, The Prince, imagines the life of the Royal Family through the satirical eyes of the son of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. However, the show has already sparked outrage as Prince George is only aged eight.
A Twitter user wrote: “Personally I think that they could have still done a a TV show based on a Royal Family and loosely based characters on various members but the fact George, Charlotte and Louis are real underage children it doesn’t sit right.
“Adults are fair game but the kids is too far.
“I watched the trailer and didn’t think too much on it but in reflection it will really open up the Cambridge children to bullying.
“If they were grown up/ adults and THEN this was released it wouldn’t be so bad.”
4.25pm update: Meghan Markle ‘furious’ over father’s legal bid to see grandchildren: ‘Sensitive ground’
Meghan Markle will be “furious” if her estranged father publicly humiliates her by taking her to court for the right to see his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet, a relationship expert has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will likely “respond aggressively” to a threat from Thomas Markle to head down the legal route.
The former Hollywood lighting director’s fractious relationship with his daughter has been played out in the public eye since before she married the Queen’s grandson.
Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in May 2018 (Image: EXPRESS )
3.15pm update: Harry’s pal Orlando Bloom throws Duke under bus as he mocks Prince George in public move
Prince Harry’s Montecito neighbour and Hollywood star Orlando Bloom has been criticised for taking part in a satirical TV show focused on Prince George.
Prince Harry revealed in May he got to know one of his celebrity neighbours over the past year, Orlando Bloom.
The pair, the Duke of Sussex revealed, keep in touch to alert one another whenever they spot paparazzi in the area.
This new friendship was revealed a few months before HBO Max released its new series The Prince.
James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Rachel Russell
2.55pm update: Queen heartbreak: Prince Harry threatens to ruin special moment for Royal Family
Royal expert Nick Bullen reflected on the news that Prince Harry will be releasing a memoir book in 2020. While speaking to US Weekly’s Joe Drake, he argued this memoir could distract from the major celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. However, he did add that the book would be released towards the tail end of 2022.
Mr Bullen said: “I think the bigger thing is that next year is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“It will be her 70th year and no member of the Royal Family has had a Platinum Jubilee.
“I think what has really upset people and upset people in the palace is that this book is coming out in the Queen’s jubilee year.
“That could be seen as disrespectful, that is the major issue.”
1.52pm update: Cruel trolls say Princess Diana’s niece ‘made Meghan look like a Primark bride’
Lady Kitty Spencer, who is the daughter of Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, got married to billionaire fashion businessman Martin Lewis, 62, in Italy last weekend.
She stunned while wearing a lace bridal gown that was created exclusively by Dolce and Gabbana.
It featured white lace, puff shoulders with a full skirt and floor-length veil, and she also wore her hair slicked back.
But an unnamed friend took a shot at Meghan after seeing the dress, according to MailOnline.
They reportedly said: “She made Meghan look like a Primark bride.”
Harry and Meghan’s latest projects have suffered backlash
Harry and Meghan’s latest projects have suffered backlash (Image: GETTY)
1.25pm update: ‘Self-indulgent pretentious nonsense!’ Harry and Meghan’s latest projects suffer backlash
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s career goals have been accused of sounding like “self-indulgent pretentious nonsense”.
It is rumoured in US media that the couple will pen further books in the future covering “wellness, philanthropy, and leadership”.
However, the Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce has questioned the plan, saying the couple “lack any qualifications to talk about these topics”.
MailPlus’ Palace Confidential host Jo Elvin said: “There are now reports in America that suggest that there will be further books from Meghan and Harry, on leadership, philanthropy, and wellness. What are their qualifications?”
Mr Pierce responded: “Exactly! Who made them experts? What do they know about leadership? What sort of leadership?
“On wellness, Meghan is very conscious about health and the rest, but they are no experts.
“And philanthropy, they have set up their charitable foundation, sure, but there are not in the same league as Bill Gates.”
12.31pm update: Royal Family ‘will be reunited’ in fury at ‘cruel’ show picking on young Prince George
Commentator Stephen Armstrong claimed that the backlash against the show could become so fierce, that it may see the likes of William and Harry team up in their condemnation of the programme.
He was referring to the recent rows that have dominated royal discussion, where Harry and Meghan have launched a series of allegations towards The Firm, over issues such as racism and mental health.
This has seen division emerge between brothers William and Harry, as well as the Duke of Sussex and his father Prince Charles.
But writing for the Telegraph earlier this year, for a piece titled ‘The Royal Family will soon be united – in hatred of HBO’s ‘cruel’ Prince George satire The Prince’, Mr Armstrong said Gary Janetti’s creation could enrage supporters of both the Sussexes and the Cambridges.
Harry and Meghan plunged the royals into crisis this year with their claims
Harry and Meghan plunged the royals into crisis this year with their claims (Image: GETTY)
11.32am update: Kate and William trying to give Prince George a ‘normal life’
The young royal faces becoming king one day and so is set to live a different life compared to his younger siblings as he takes on more royal duties than them.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are sill believed to treat their children, including Princess Charlotte and Prince George, the same.
A souce told Women and Home that Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, want their children “to express their emotions and ask questions to enable them to grow up as healthy adults”.
They added: “The royals are renowned for being ‘stiff upper lip’, but William and Kate have a more modern approach to parenting and are moving away from that mentality.”
10.41am update: Royal Family made ‘deeply regrettable’ mistake with Meghan Markle – Expert claims
Writing in this week’s Telegraph royal newsletter expert and editor Camilla Tominey brands the Firm’s failure to treat Meghan the same as Kate “deeply regrettable” and argues it may have helped cement the “anti-press” stance Harry and Meghan hold to this day.
Touching on the royals’ tricky relationship with the media, Ms Tominey mentioned a recent interview she did with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Despite the bad press the Duchess of Cornwall has received in the past, she remains friendly towards journalists, Ms Tominey explained.
She wrote: “I’ve just written a piece on the Duchess of Cornwall, out this weekend, in which a former aide commented on how much she enjoyed speaking to us hacks.”
She added: “I have always thought it deeply regrettable that the palace never properly introduced Meghan to the royal press pack – as they did when then Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William.
“It is only really when the Royal family and journalists meet face to face that both sides come to realise that there is probably more that unites them than divides them.”
The Prince: HBO Max show slammed by Dr Shola on GMB
9.47am update: Meghan and Harry left red-faced as career plans backfire ‘Completely out the window’
Royal expert Emily Andrews has explained the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have to reveal more about their “private moments” to fuel their royal brand in the US. In the Channel 5 documentary Meghan at 50: The Climb to Power, she explained that the couple have to “remind” people that they are still royal.
Ms Andrews said: “Because of the royal brand they can get all these multimillion dollar deals but the problem with that is they have to keep reminding everyone that they’re royal and to do so that involves giving more and more away.
“They have to talk about more private moments.”
8.44am update: ‘NOT funny – we look like hypocrites!’ Prince George HBO show blasted in explosive GMB row
Prince George, eight, has become the focus of new animated American television series, The Prince, depicting what life is like behind the Palace walls through the eyes of the son of Prince William, 39, and Kate Middleton, 39. A
lthough the HBO programme has only just aired over in the US, there has already been a lot of controversy with regards to the age of the young prince and the way he is portrayed.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu joined the Good Morning Britain panel to debate the matter but ended up clashing with comedian Leo Kearse as she stated the show was “not funny”.
Speaking with presenters Charlotte Hawkins, 46, and Alex Beresford, 40, Dr Shola said: “Children are off-limits.
“It is uncalled for,” she continued as she said the way the prince has been portrayed is nothing like his character and producers were making “assertions”.
“It makes us all look like a bunch of hypocrites,” she continued, stating even the idea of the animated comedy made “no sense”.
“Children will watch this because adults in their family will be watching it,” Dr Shola added, declaring it is setting “the wrong precedent” as Prince George could be ridiculed by his peers.
Billie Eilish Just Revealed What Happened When She Met Prince William and Kate Middleton
Billie Eilish had a surprisingly normal encounter with Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night, October 13, Eilish recalled meeting the British royals at the No Time to Die premiere in late September. The pop star attended the London premiere of the latest James Bond film because she wrote and performed the title song, also called “No Time to Die.” The song already won her a Grammy Award.
Because Bond is British, the event had very British guests, including members of the royal family, and Billie Eilish had the pleasure of meeting them: Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Charles, to be exact. But meeting the royals was less formal than Eilish—who looked extremely cozy on Kimmel in an oversized graphic sweater—assumed it would be.
“There was a whole list of things,” Eilish said about the etiquette and formalities she was told to follow when meeting the royals at the premiere, but she did not pay attention to those rules. “I tried to, I was planning on it. And they were just so normal. They didn’t make me feel like, ‘Oh, I’m scared, I can’t talk to them.’ They were complimentary and they had all these questions for me,” Eilish continued. “They were just very friendly and like…funny and sweet. I can’t complain. It was amazing.”
Watch the interview below.
Billie Eilish and Jimmy Kimmel didn’t exclusively discuss meeting the royals, though. They also discussed going to space. “I would literally rather do anything else,” she said. “I hate the idea.” Eilish then told Kimmel a story about someone asking her to sing in space, which she immediately rejected. “It didn’t make any sense to me,” she said. For some reason, it is comforting that Billie Eilish wants to stay on Earth.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Rep Breaks Silence on Reports Lilibet’s Christening Won’t Happen in the U.K.
It’s been a relatively quiet week for royals news, but that hasn’t stopped some of the British tabloids from turning when and where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana’s christening will take place into a salacious story. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s rep gave a rare comment on the couple’s actual plans, making it clear they were not set in stone yet despite multiple stories claiming Lili wouldn’t be baptized in England.
The Sussexes’ spokesperson said, via The Daily Mail, that plans for Lili’s christening were still being finalized and that claims otherwise were “mere speculation.” That comment didn’t stop The Daily Mail from running a headline based on a source’s claims rather than the rep’s actual statement. Their headline was: “Harry and Meghan ‘will NOT bring Lilibet to be Christened in the Church of England and are likely to opt for an Episcopal ceremony in California instead,’ royal sources reveal.”
Their report comes after The Telegraph also ran a story claiming Lili wouldn’t be christened alongside the Queen in the U.K., with “Duke and Duchess of Sussex could christen Lilibet in US as Britain is ruled out,” as their headline. “There will not be a christening in the U.K. It is not happening,” a source, described as “a palace insider” by the outlet, said. A second source was less certain that was true, saying that a U.K. christening was “highly unlikely.”
Photo credit: Taylor Hill – Getty Images
Photo credit: Taylor Hill – Getty Images
The reality at this point, based on the rep’s statement, is anything could happen and plans will likely be announced by the Sussexes’ team in due time once they really are finalized.
Meghan and Harry welcomed Lili on June 4. The couple spent their summer on parental leave. The Duke and Duchess have yet to take Lili on a public trip to the U.K., but their daughter has met the Queen, the woman after whom she was named.
The Queen was among the first to meet Lili after she was born in a video call, People reported on June 8. “[Meghan and Harry] were very excited and couldn’t wait to share that their daughter arrived,” a source told the outlet.
Prince William to ‘sort out’ Andrew before ‘damage’ to his and Kate’s future, expert says
PRINCE WILLIAM could soon take action to sort out the Royal Family’s image amid the allegations surrounding his uncle Prince Andrew, a royal expert has warned.
Royal commentator Russell Myers featured on ITV daytime show Lorraine on Monday morning to discuss recent updates surrounding investigations into Prince Andrew. The Metropolitan Police announced they are taking no further action after a review prompted by Virginia Giuffre, who is taking legal action against the royal. Speaking about the allegations made against Andrew, Russell told host Lorraine Kelly that Prince William could soon take action to stop his uncle “damaging” the future of their family.
Lorraine said: “Prince William, we are told, thinks that his uncle Prince Andrew is an actual threat to the Royal Family.
“That’s very serious stuff, isn’t it?” the presenter added.
Russell agreed: “Very much so and I think again over the weekend there’s been an awful lot of activity over several reports.
“Now, one of the issues that was revealed was that there was a meeting in January of senior members of the Royal Family including Charles and Edward.
“They concluded, like the rest of us I imagine, that there is never a return to public life for him.
“I think he’s probably the only person in the entire world at the moment who’s clinging onto this aspect that he can return,” the royal expert said of Prince Andrew.
Russell continued: “But, Prince William will obviously be taking over one day and I think we’ve seen him sort of really come forward in terms of his new role and being trusted lieutenant of the Queen and Charles as well.
“Not only does he think that he is a threat to the Royal Family, but what really gets him was Andrew’s sense of entitlement and the way he’s handled himself through this whole saga.
“He is no fan of his uncle Andrew and that tells you quite a lot about the relationship between them and how he wants him to try and sort out this business before it damages the monarchy even further,” he explained.
Lorraine remarked: “Absolutely because that’s his future, isn’t it? We know that the royals can be ruthless if they are under threat.
“So, it’ll be fascinating to see what happens,” she added.
Russell spoke further about the MET’s decision to take no further action regarding the allegations against Prince Andrew.