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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a trip to the country in 2019 with their son Archie and Meghan has opened up about visit on her first podcast episode, released this week, in which she recalled a fire breaking out in her son Archie’s nursery.
But the way Meghan branded the home of the High Commissioner a “housing unit” has irked royal biographer Angela Levin.
Ms Levin tweeted: “In her podcast Meghan called the High Commissioner’s mansion in South Africa where she H and A were staying a ‘housing unit’.”
Ms Levin says Meghan’s comments are similar to her complaints about her taxpayer-funded wedding in 2018.
She continued: “Similar to when she dismissed her £32million wedding telling Oprah it was for the public as she wanted something ‘authentic.’ Nothing ever enough for her.”
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Meghan Markle has been an “amazing” partner for Prince Harry, according to his polo teammate and long term friend.
Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras has been singing the Duchess’ praises, saying Harry really enjoys being a husband and father and that they have a “lovely family”.
The Sussexes have been married since May 2018 and have two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.
Mr Figueras told PEOPLE magazine: “[My wife] Delfi and I have known Harry for a very long time.
“I know firsthand how much he wanted to have a family. He found an amazing teammate, or partner, in Meghan.
“They love each other very much; their children are lovely.”
The pair played polo together this season on the Los Padres team at the Santa Barbara Polo Club.
Prince William has described the poise he had to have in his younger days and his approach to dating.
Dating as a Prince and heir to the throne comes with very specific challenges and the Duke of Cambridge has revealed the difficulties he found when he saw a woman he liked.
Prince William has been married to Kate Middleton for 11 years following their wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
However, their relationship, which blossomed at the University of St Andrews, was not always plain sailing.
In June 2003, William celebrated his 21st birthday and opened up about the pressures he felt when dating women.
The future King said: “If I fancy a girl and I really like her and she fancies me back, which is rare, I ask her out.”
He continued: “But, at the same time, I don’t want to put them in an awkward situation because a lot of people don’t quite understand what comes with knowing me.”
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited several ongoing projects in the North Sea aiming to tackle CO2 emissions and energy production.
The visit shows how the Netherlands is tackling climate change and addressing its target of reducing CO2 emissions and creating reliable and renewable energy.
The Netherlands has begun construction on a pioneering offshore hydrogen network mainly made up of recycled natural gas pipes to be ready in 2027.
Neptune Energy, an oil and gas company taking part in the project said that a megawatt electrolyser will be put in a sea container and installed on the Q13a-A platform which the King viewed on his visit, 13 kilometres from Scheveningen.
Neptune said: “The platform is well-suited for the ground-breaking project; as the first fully electrified offshore oil platform in the Dutch North Sea, it saves approximately 16.5 kilo-tonnes of CO2 per year.”
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have been taking a look back at how their relationship “blossomed” when they first started dating.
The pair have been married for 11 years and have three children together, however, their romance began as a friendship.
Kate and William were students at St Andrew’s University in Scotland when they met in 2001, first bumping into each other in a dorm hallway.
The Duchess recalled: “I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy about meeting you.”
Within weeks the Prince invited Kate to join him and his friends for breakfast in the dining hall.
It has been widely reported that the future Duchess really caught William’s eye during a student fashion show when she donned a sheer dress on the catwalk.
But it was in their shared student house they moved into in 2002 that their relationship became more serious.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s move to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor has been branded “disgraceful” by a British campaign group.
The family’s relocation to a larger property amid the cost-of-living crisis is out of touch with the experiences of many households across the country, according to Republic.
The Cambridges are due to move to a Grade II-listed four-bedroom house on Windsor’s private park to allow their children more space when they start their new school next month.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Princes Louis will attend Lambrook school near Ascot in Berkshire on September 8.
READ MOREPrince George, Duke of Kent died in a tragic accident on this day 80 years ago, changing the lives of the Queen’s cousins forever.
The Queen’s beloved cousins, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael of Kent have been a great support to the Queen throughout her 70-year reign.
But when the Queen and her cousins were young, tragedy struck the Kent family upon the death of its patriarch, Prince George, Duke of Kent.
READ MOREMeghan Markle opened up on how she felt while being pregnant during an intimate chat with her friend and tennis star Serena Williams.
The Duchess of Sussex compared her pregnancy experience with Williams’s in the debut episode of her first-ever podcast series, Archetypes.
Meghan confessed she was “just tired” while expecting as opposed to the tennis champion who, Prince Harry’s wife said, made “pregnancy looks so sexy”.
READ MOREKATE’s footwear always courts a lot of attention from royal fashion fans, but there are three types of shoes she often wears that break royal protocol.
When it comes to royal fashion, there are thought to be several unofficial ‘protocols’ that royals adhere to.
These rules encompass everything from always wearing tights to ensuring skirts are the correct length, and footwear is a difficult area to navigate as a member of the Royal Family.
Kate Middleton is one of the most fashionable royals, and over the years she has embraced several shoe types the Queen may not necessarily approve of.
READ MOREKate and Prince William are said to be having some solid quality family time, royal commentators have claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced their big move to Adelaide Cottage on Windsor ground.
The up-and-coming move will be a major change for the family, but especially the children, who are set to move schools.
Prince William and Kate’s choice to take a commercial flight for their summer holiday to Balmoral in Scotland was praised by Royal commentators Christine Ross and Christine Garibaldi.
Royal fans were stunned this week when some caught a glimpse of the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
READ MOREGatcombe Park is a huge Gloucestershire estate that Princess Anne is fortunate enough to call home. Express.co.uk has all the best pictures of this magnificent country hideaway.
The Queen purchased the stunning Gatcombe Park estate for her only daughter Princess Anne shortly after her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips in the 1970s.
While Anne has now remarried, she continues to live at Gatcombe and divides her time between her country home and her London residence of St James’s Palace.
READ MOREPrince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will start attending a new school in September. What will they be called by their fellow classmates?
The Cambridge children will begin classes at Lambrook school near Ascot, Berkshire, on September 8.
The siblings were at St Thomas’ Battersea before school broke for the summer holidays.
Here, they were known not as their royal highnesses, but other names entirely. They also had nicknames. What were they?
READ MOREMeghan Markle has sparked a frenzy among her fans following the release of her first-ever podcast.
The Duchess of Sussex released on Tuesday the first episode of her new podcast series, Archetypes. Alongside this 57-minute-long debut, Meghan also published a brief audio file to introduce her show.
In the 1.35-minute long presentation of the podcast – titled Archetypes. Don’t believe the type – upcoming guests on the show are heard saying words and harmful labels with which they or other women have been addressed.
READ MOREPrince George predicted to start boarding school when he turns 12, as he is all set to start day school with his younger siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, a Royal commentator has claimed.
There has been much talk of the Cambridge’s big move to Adelaide Cottage on Windsor Castle grounds.
The move has been largely praised due to Prince William and Kate’s decision to downsize to a four-bedroom home.
Prince George is currently at the age to start attending boarding school, but Royal commentator Christine Ross has speculated that he may be going to be attending when he turns 12.
Ms Ross also discussed the new school that all three Royal children will be attending in just a few weeks.
READ MOREThe Duchess of Sussex has been criticised for the premiere episode of her podcast ‘Archetypes’, with one royal commentator claiming the Duchess is “clearly most interested” in telling her own story.
Five months after the initial announcement, Meghan Markle released the first episode of her much-anticipated podcast.
The Duchess of Sussex sat down with her longtime friend and tennis champion Serena Williams for a candid conversation about the negative connotations surrounding “ambitious women”.
During the episode entitled, ‘The Misconceptions of Ambition with Serena Williams’, the two friends touched on motherhood, pregnancy and some of the highs and lows of their careers.
READ MOREThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new home is nestled in Home Park in Windsor, just a moment away from the Queen’s permanent residence Windsor Castle.
It was built in in 1831, using parts of the Royal Lodge at the time, which was partly demolished and re-used to construct Princess Adelaide’s cottage.
The Grade II listed property underwent major renovations in 2015 and has been a grace-and-favour property since 1945.
Ms Ross told Us Weekly’s Royally Us: “It’s such a big change, and I think for little ones with these big changes, it’s nice to have some solid family time.
“You’re surrounded by family and this is sort of an annual tradition for them, to go to Balmoral for the summer trip.
“We have seen Kate with the kids sometimes with William, on the same commercial flight, year after year.
“And it’s always so weird because these flights are very quick, you know, London up to Scotland.
“And so it’s a very short flight, there is no first class, she is just kind of you know, roughing it like everybody else.”
Ms Garibaldi added: “I would love to be just another passenger on that flight, getting the chance to see her.
“I know there is a video circulating around of her just you know, being just like us, deboarding and wrangling the kids and getting everyone together.”
READ MORESpeaking during the 2021 Channel 5 documentary, ‘Harry & Meghan Vs The Monarchy’, royal author Dylan Howard said: “They’ve created a new standard, and that is one to exploit themselves for profit.
“Meghan is creating a new form of celebrity for herself by securing deals with media conglomerates in the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.
“It sets her on a path to unparalleled stardom.”
In a brutal takedown of the disgraced duke, Ms Epstein said: “What does Prince Andrew do all day?
“Apart, that is, from rearranging the teddies on his bed and stewing in his own bafflement about how it all went so wrong.”
She said the duke’s redemption lies in actual action away from the cameras and media circus that surrounds his family.
She continued: “But this must be more than a tactical move for survival, carefully plotted to optimise his rehabilitation in the eyes of the world.
“It has to be a million miles away from photo opportunity empathy. It must be sincere; it has to be real.
“The scales of privilege need to fall from the prince`s eyes and look at the hardship that exists in the world.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, remains ninth in the royal line of succession, despite being recently stripped of his HRH title and military titles.
The Duke of York lost these titles in the wake of backlash from US civil action over sexual assault allegations – claims he has vehemently and repeatedly denied.
Many decades ago, Prince Andrew was second in line to the throne, behind his older brother, Prince Charles. But now, he is ninth in the order of succession, following the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s two children: Archie and Lilibet.
The Duke of York has reportedly held “intense talks” with the Queen about his future in the Royal Family.
But should he give up hope of a comeback?
Following the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor on May 6 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided not to give him a royal title despite the fact he was entitled to ‘a courtesy title’, such as the Earl of Dumbarton, which is one of his father’s own titles.Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, remains ninth in the royal line of succession, despite being recently stripped of his HRH title and military titles.
The Duke of York lost these titles in the wake of backlash from US civil action over sexual assault allegations – claims he has vehemently and repeatedly denied.
Many decades ago, Prince Andrew was second in line to the throne, behind his older brother, Prince Charles. But now, he is ninth in the order of succession, following the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s two children: Archie and Lilibet.Robert Taylor said in his latest comment piece for Express.co.uk: “I fear that the end is in sight and that the monarchy’s days are numbered.
“I USED to scoff at lefty republicans predicting the demise of the monarchy after the Queen dies.
“Dream on, I’d retort. The monarchy has survived for more than a thousand years. You think it’s going to end now just because you want it to? It’s got another few centuries in it yet. But now I’m not sure. In fact, I have massive doubts.
“Yes, Prince Charles will become King. But then what?
“I fear the monarchy will become a huge political football, like it already is in Australia and elsewhere.
READ MORERoyal Family expert Omid Scobie has claimed aides from within Buckingham Palace are worried about what Meghan Markle could share over the next three months in her Archetypes podcast series – the first of which was released this week.
Discussing the podcast series, the Yahoo News Royal Executive Editor wrote in his latest article: “Of course, it wouldn’t be a conversation about the Sussexes without mentioning the palace’s ‘fears’.
“I’m told Buckingham Palace aides were most definitely not keeping calm, nor carrying on after the show’s premiere on Tuesday, worried about what else might be shared over the next 12 weeks.”
A royal commentator has claimed the Duchess of Sussex’s latest podcast revealed she “may not be cut out for public life” despite warnings about a life of service.
Royal observer and commentator The Royal Rundown claimed Meghan highlighted that she has a “troubling lack of understanding” not just for her Royal role, but “any public life”.
The commentator said: “It clearly confirms that much of the anger from Harry and Meghan, and many of their supporters, stems from a very fundamental misunderstanding of the role and purpose of the Royal Family.”The Duke of Sussex has been urged by a royal expert to “indefinitely postpone” his tell-all memoir which is rumoured to come out later this year.
The Duke of Sussex’s book could be pushed back to 2023 as he reportedly agonises over whether to include certain “truth bombs”.
But royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams insisted the memoir, which was due out this year, was “never a good idea” amid the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the ongoing rift between the Sussexes and the Royal Family.
Prince Charles is the longest-serving heir in UK history, at 72-years-old, after being first in line from the age of three.
When he takes the crown, Prince Charles will become the oldest ever British monarch to ascend to the throne.
Some royalists have argued that Prince Charles should step aside to allow Prince William to become King because he generally tends to enjoy better approval ratings with the public.
Prince Charles has faced controversy over his divorce from Princess Diana and his affair during their marriage with now-wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
He has also been accused of “meddling” in politics by stating his opinion on issues like the environment and farming, alternative medicine and architecture in private letters to Government ministers.
The Duke of Cornwall’s history of letting his political views be known does not put him in “good stead” to be King, a commentator has said.
Julia Hartley-Brewer said in a recent Channel 4 documentary ‘The Real Windsors’ that the next in line to the throne “has crossed a line which the Queen, as far as we are aware, has never crossed and that is not going to stand him in good stead.”
She added: “We know too many of his political views.
“He has stepped into the breach, and once you’ve put your foot on that very, very difficult political battleground, it’s very difficult to take it off again.”
READ MOREBacklash has been growing over Meghan Markle’s comments that she and the Duke of Sussex were housing in a ‘housing unit’ on their South Africa trip in 2019.
User @laura82853179 said: “A “housing unit” sounds like they were allocated one of those portable stationary type (corrugated metal) trailers that are used for schools for extra classrooms.”
Another, @urilys1, said: “She was furious that she hadn’t been allocated 5* hotel accommodation, where she would be ‘gifted’ a Dior dressing gown and slippers (or some equivalent).
“Seriously, the silly old High Commissioners residence…. a flop house.”
In her podcast Meghan called the High Commissioner’s mansion in South Africa where she H and A were staying a ‘housing unit’. Similar to when she dismissed her u00a332m wedding telling Oprah it was for the public as she wanted something ‘authentic.’ Nothing ever enough for her.
Patrick Christys says he would “rather jump into a vat of acid” than listen to Meghan Markle’s Archetypes podcast.
Speaking on GB News, he said: “I’m surprised Meghan has fingernails.
“She’s been clinging on to relevance by using that royal title ever since she found freedom by crying into Oprah’s bosom.”
Prince Harry could delay the publication of his upcoming memoir as he ponders over whether to include some “truth bombs”, according to an insider.
The much-anticipated book was tipped for release in the run-up to Christmas 2022, but the Duke of Sussex may shelve the planned release date while he considers including some “truth bombs” in the memoir.
One publishing source told Page Six: “I have heard that Harry has some truth bombs in his book that he is debating on whether to include or not.
“So this [push back is] no surprise if he needs more time to work on the book.”
Another insider said there could be a delay due to the huge commitment needed when promoting such a big release: “There is a commitment for a number of weeks and dates and what that entails.
“His team will be confirming obligations now for a pretty robust and comprehensive promo tour.
“It will also have to be international, and that means the UK — one of the book’s biggest audiences.”Prince Harry has went on a trip to Rwanda and Mozambique to meet with diplomats as part of his charity work with Africa Parks.
Prince Harry made a trip to represent the charity Africa Parks in Mozambique and Rwanda last week.
Royal expert and journalist Jennie Bond has said Prince Harry has “sent a message” by going on the three-day trip.
The Royal Family line of succession can be confusing, so here is a breakdown:
Prince Charles, the eldest son of the Queen, is first in line to the throne, followed by his eldest son Prince William and his first born Prince George.
When Princess Charlotte was born the law was changed by the 16 countries in the Commonwealth headed by Queen Elizabeth II who agreed that birth order, not gender, would determine succession.
In the first installment of Archetypes, available on Spotify, Meghan spoke about how “ambition” became a dirty word when she began her relationship with her husband Prince Harry.
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Royal commentator Richard Eden hit out at Sussex biographer Omid Scobie for an “unintentionally hilarious” comment in one of his recent columns.
Mr Eden described Mr Scobie as being the Sussexes’ “most outspoken cheerleader”.
Writing in his column for Yahoo, Mr Scobie had said Meghan “finally has her voice back”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be returning to the UK this autumn.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in March 2020- a move dubbed ‘Megxit’.
Following the move, they were stripped of their royal patronages and honorary military titles.
The couple relocated across the pond to Montecito in Santa Barbara where they now live with their two children Archie, three and Lilibet, who turns one next month.
Since leaving the UK the couple has not stepped away from the spotlight, most famously taking part in a controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
In September, the royal pair will attend the One Young World summit in Manchester on September 5 – an event which brings together young leaders from across the world.
They will then travel to Germany for an Invictus Games event, and will then come back to the UK for the WellChild awards on September 8.
The Duchess of Sussex has been subject to backlash following the first episode of her podcast Archetypes.
A royal expert has claimed she ditched her title to “thrust herself to the highest celebrity plane”.
Commentator Daniela Elser said: “In ditching her title, here we have Meghan’s ascension (at her behest or Spotify’s marketing team, I wonder?) to mononym status, an ostensible thrusting of herself to the highest celebrity plane like Oprah or Beyonce.
“And the project responsible for this elevation? The podcast that represents the starting gun being fired on Brand Sussex launching itself full-tilt into the American entertainment market?”
Prince Harry will make a public appearance when he takes part in an annual polo tournament in Aspen, Colorado, for charity.
The event will raise funds and awareness for one of the duke’s most beloved organisations, Sentebale, which he co-founded in 2006.
In the tournament, called The Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup, Harry’s team will face the Royal Salute and the US Polo Assn teams.
READ MORECharles Villiers, 59, who came from an aristocratic family, reportedly took his own life last week. According to The Times, he was found dead by a housekeeper at Durrants Hotel in Marylebone on August 18.
The newspaper reports that the 59-year-old was recently declared bankrupt and had been staying with friends with no fixed address.
Villiers had reportedly been staying on a friend’s yacht in the Greek islands earlier this month.
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