Meghan Markle latest news – Self-pitying royals must stop whining and follow Prince Philip's example, Piers Morgan says

SELF-PITYING members of the Royal Family should stop whinging and follow Prince Philip's example, Piers Morgan has said.

Without naming any names, the former GMB presenter urged younger royals to "park the ego, don't whine, work hard, shun Oprah and remember you owe your fame to the job and public support".

Citing Prince Philip's 10-point guide to royal duty, Piers compared the Duke to the Queen Mother, his mother-in-law, as somebody who held passionate views in private but never demanded to speak "their truth" in public.

It comes as Prince Harry returned to Frogmore Cottage while in the UK for Prince Philip's funeral – but without his wife Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex is due to attend his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday, while his pregnant wife Meghan stays in California on doctors orders.

It will be the first time Prince Harry comes face to face with other members of his family following the bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired last month.

But royal biographer Tom Bower wrote in the Sun that Harry must not appear unapologetic for recent events when he arrives back in the UK.

"Now, Harry faces a moment of reckoning," Bower wrote.

"The negotiations for his return to Britain for the funeral are certain to be fraught.

"The tension will not be helped by the small number of mourners allowed at the funeral — just 30 because of Covid restrictions.

"Much will depend on whether Charles and William are willing to seek reconciliation.

"That will depend on Harry himself. If he arrives as a self-righteous, unapologetic warrior, he risks sealing a permanent divorce from his family.

"If, in the sight of Philip’s coffin and his grieving grandmother, he is contrite, he might begin to rebuild a relationship with Charles and William."

Read our live blog below for the very latest updates on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry…

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WATCH – OMID SCOBIE SPEAKS ON GOOD MORNING BRITAIN

    Royal author Omid Scobie says Prince William’s tribute to Philip was NOT dig at Harry and funeral is ‘first step forward’ for brothers to rebuild strained relationship

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'UNIFIED'

    Prince William's touching tribute to Philip was not a "dig" at his brother and the pair are "unified", Harry's pal Omid Scobie says.

    The writer, who co-authored explosive biography Finding Freedom about Megxit, told Good Morning Britain: "I think for us on the outside it might look like that but I think we have to remember that that is William's role, he is the future head of state and so he is really thinking about getting back to work.

    "I don't think it was anything aimed at his brother. In fact I think across the board in the royal family right now everyone is really looking at putting differences aside to focus on what matters and that's focusing on Prince Philip's life and legacy but also rallying around the Queen during her time of need.

    "I think if there's anything that's sort of beautiful about this week and in the days leading up to the funeral it's about seeing a family unified in a way that we haven't seen in so many years."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'MEGHAN WANTED TO BE AT PRINCE PHILIP'S FUNERAL' SAYS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER

    Meghan wanted to attend Prince Philip's funeral but can't due to lack of medical clearance, a royal biographer has said.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Omid Scobie defended the Duchess over the decision and insisted that "Meghan wanted to be here."

    He said: "Despite wanting to be here not only to be with her family. But to also be with Harry to support him during a very difficult time.

    "Unfortunately due to a lack of medical clearance, remember she is heavily pregnant, Meghan was unable to come here."

    Scobie added: "But we saw those wishes reflected from not only Harry but Meghan and the rest of the family in that statement from yesterday. He was very clear on pointing out that is was on behalf of all of them. And I think that is really going to be the mood moving forward with Harry at the funeral on Saturday."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHERE IS PRINCE HARRY STAYING IN THE UK?

    The Duke of Sussex is currently staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

    Prince Harry, 36, was seen getting off a British Airways flight from Los Angeles that arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm yesterday.

    He was put into a black Range Rover and whisked away.

    Sources had earlier confirmed he was due back imminently to quarantine in time for the Duke of Edinburgh’s farewell at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGHAN NOT ATTENDING FUNERAL AS 'SHE DOESN'T WANT TO BE CENTRE OF ATTENTION'

    Meghan is not attending Prince Philip's funeral because she does not want to be the centre of attention, a source has claimed.

    Speaking to the Mail Online, a friend of the Duchess said: "Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether or not she would attend the funeral.

    "Meghan said it’s during these times when family should come together, put their differences aside and unite as one.

    "She said this is what Prince Philip would want and that she’s willing to forgive and move forward."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGHAN MARKLE 'TO GO ON MATERNITY LEAVE IN FOUR WEEKS'

    Meghan Markle is expected to go on maternity leave in four weeks, it has been reported.

    According to the Sunday Telegraph, Meghan is due to begin her maternity leave in four weeks.

    Although the couple did not reveal the exact date of birth, it is now believed that Meghan is due in June.

  • Britta Zeltmann

    MARK OF RESPECT

    Meghan Markle stayed in the United States instead of attending Prince Philip's funeral as she reportedly "didn't want to be the centre of attention".

    The pregnant duchess's pals said she didn't want to take any of the limelight during the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday, the MailOnline reported.

    A friend reportedly said: "Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether or not she would attend the funeral.

    "Meghan said it's during these times when family should come together, put their differences aside and unite as one. She said this is what Prince Philip would want and that she's willing to forgive and move forward."

    Read the full story here. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    ROYAL FAMILY NEWS: THE LATEST

    • Prince William hailed the “extraordinary” duke and shared a sweet photo of son George in an emotional tribute to Philip
    • Harry signed off his tribute with a Royal Marines motto
    • Meghan, Archie and his unborn daughter would ‘always hold a special place’ for Phil, Harry said
    • Kate and Wills vowed to ‘get on with the job’ like the Duke of Edinburgh would have wanted
    • Boris Johnson paid tribute to Prince Philip’s ‘unfailing dedication’
    • The Queen’s support network after her husband’s death was revealed
    • The Duke of Sussex is staying at Frogmore Cottage after flying in from the US overnight

    HARRY PAYS TRIBUTE TO PRINCE PHILIP – 'HER MAJESTY'S ROCK'

    Harry said: "He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it'".

    In a day of eulogies for the duke, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Philip "touched the lives of millions" as politicians from across the political spectrum rose to their feet in the Parliaments of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to pay their respects.

    Over the weekend, Philip's four children spoke movingly about the loss of their father and how the Queen was being very "stoic" after losing her husband of 73 years who died peacefully on Friday.

    William said about Philip: "My grandfather's century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.

    "I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days."

    • Joseph Gamp

      TORY MP SAID PRINCE PHILIP 'HAD SERIOUS GUTS' TO PERFORM HIS NAVAL SERVICE

      Conservative MP Bob Stewart (Beckenham) praised the naval service of the Duke of Edinburgh, adding that he had "serious guts".

      He told the Commons: "In 1941, at the Battle of Matapan, on board HMS Valiant, he was the guy that was holding the search light that illuminated an Italian cruiser and he kept it on the cruiser despite the fact that cannon shells were landing all around him and destroying, he stayed here.

      "He not just illuminated that cruiser, he identified another one. The captain afterwards said, 'thanks to Prince Philip, two eight-inch Italian cruisers were sunk within five minutes'.

      "My God, what cold courage to stay there when he clearly understood that he was being targeted by the enemy and it was pinpoint targeting because you just have to fire at the source of the light.

      "That man, our prince, had serious guts, and I use the word he might have used. I admire him utterly."

    • Joseph Gamp

      TORY MP SAID PRINCE PHILIP 'HAD SERIOUS GUTS' TO PERFORM HIS NAVAL SERVICE

      Conservative MP Bob Stewart (Beckenham) praised the naval service of the Duke of Edinburgh, adding that he had "serious guts".

      He told the Commons: "In 1941, at the Battle of Matapan, on board HMS Valiant, he was the guy that was holding the search light that illuminated an Italian cruiser and he kept it on the cruiser despite the fact that cannon shells were landing all around him and destroying, he stayed here.

      "He not just illuminated that cruiser, he identified another one. The captain afterwards said, 'thanks to Prince Philip, two eight-inch Italian cruisers were sunk within five minutes'.

      "My God, what cold courage to stay there when he clearly understood that he was being targeted by the enemy and it was pinpoint targeting because you just have to fire at the source of the light.

      "That man, our prince, had serious guts, and I use the word he might have used. I admire him utterly."

    • Joseph Gamp

      PHILIP DISAGREED WITH ‘PREOCCUPIED’ HARRY AND MEG

      PRINCE Philip disagreed with Harry and Meghan Markle being “preoccupied” with their own problems, a royal biographer says.

      The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly believed his grandson should follow the rule he stuck to and not talk about himself.

      But this was broken when Harry and Meghan took part in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. Gyles Brandeth told the Daily Mail the fact the interview was aired while Philip was is in hospital “did not trouble him”.

      But he added: “What did worry him was the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems and their willingness to talk about them in public. 'Give TV interviews by all means,’ he said, ‘but don’t talk about yourself’.

      “That was one of his rules. I know he shared it with his children. I imagine he shared it with his grandchildren, too.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      BBC 'RECEIVES MORE THAN 100,000 COMPLAINTS ABOUT PRINCE PHILIP COVERAGE'

      The BBC has reportedly received more than 100,000 complaints about its coverage of the death of the Duke Of Edinburgh, a record in British TV history.

      The broadcaster set up a dedicated webpage for viewers to lodge their dissatisfaction at its coverage after it cleared its schedules to cover Philip's death on Friday.

      It has now received more than 100,000 complaints, according to The Sun newspaper.

      That would be a record for complaints in British television history, beating the previous high 0f 63,000 sparked by the BBC's screening of Jerry Springer: The Musical in 2005.

      The BBC declined to comment on the figures and said it would release its fortnightly complaints bulletin on Thursday as planned.

    • Joseph Gamp

      HARRY ARRIVES BACK IN UK FOR PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL WITHOUT MEGHAN MARKLE – BUT WHERE WILL HE STAY?

      PRINCE Harry has returned to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral without Meghan Markle.

      The Duke of Sussex is thought to have driven to Kensington Palace where he could stay at Nottingham Cottage – the home he and Meghan shared before they were married.

      Harry will stay alone, after doctors warned Meghan not to fly due to her pregnancy.

      The duke, 36, flew over from the US in his first return since he and Meghan stepped back from royal duties.

      An eye witness told The Sun he got off a British Airways flight from Los Angeles which arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm today.

    • Joseph Gamp

      QUEEN TO DECIDE IF HARRY CAN USE TITLES FOR FUNERAL

      The Queen will have to decide whether Prince Harry can use his ‘HRH’ title in the order of service for Prince Philip’s funeral after an agreement made during Megxit.

      Harry could technically be referred to simply as the ‘Duke of Sussex’ for the service – with his grandmother set to make the final decision.

      Both Meghan and Harry gave up the titles His and Her Royal Highness after Megxit, although Harry is still sixth in line to the throne, and remains a prince.

      The couple agreed to stop using the word ‘royal’ in their commercial and charitable ventures.

    • Joseph Gamp

      PHILIP DISAGREED WITH ‘PREOCCUPIED’ HARRY AND MEG

      PRINCE Philip disagreed with Harry and Meghan Markle being “preoccupied” with their own problems, a royal biographer says.

      The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly believed his grandson should follow the rule he stuck to and not talk about himself.

      But this was broken when Harry and Meghan took part in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

      Gyles Brandeth told the Daily Mail the fact the interview was aired while Philip was is in hospital “did not trouble him”.

      But he added: “What did worry him was the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems and their willingness to talk about them in public.Give TV interviews by all means,’ he said, ‘but don’t talk about yourself. That was one of his rules. I know he shared it with his children. I imagine he shared it with his grandchildren, too.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      ROYAL FAMILY NEWS: THE LATEST

      • Prince William hailed the "extraordinary" duke and shared a sweet photo of son George in an emotional tribute to Philip
      • Harry signed off his tribute with a Royal Marines motto
      • Meghan, Archie and his unborn daughter would 'always hold a special place' for Phil, Harry said
      • Kate and Wills vowed to 'get on with the job' like the Duke of Edinburgh would have wanted
      • Boris Johnson paid tribute to Prince Philip's 'unfailing dedication'
      • The Queen's support network after her husband's death has been revealed
      • The Duke of Sussex is staying at Frogmore Cottage after flying in from the US overnight

      BBC BLAST

      Meanwhile, BBC has been flooded with over 100,000 complaints about the wall to wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death.

      The Beeb tore up its usual schedule after news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death broke shortly after noon on Friday.

      Many viewers were left fuming after their favourite shows – including the MasterChef final – were ditched so special tribute programmes could be laid on.

      The coverage is believed to be one of the most complained about bits of telly in British history.

      PRINCE HARRY’S TRIBUTE TO ‘WITTY’ GRANDPA PHILIP – ‘MASTER OF THE BARBECUE, LEGEND OF BANTER & CHEEKY ’TIL THE END’

      PRINCE Harry today paid tribute to his "witty" grandfather Philip – remembering the duke as the "master of the barbecue and legend of banter".

      Harry, who last night returned to the UK from his home in the US, said the Duke of Edinburgh was "cheeky 'til the end". He thanked the dedicated royal for being a "rock" to his grandmother the Queen – just minutes after his brother William also paid tribute.

      Prince Harry said: "He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.

      "He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end.

      "He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he woudl say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'

      PRINCE PHILIP PASSED ‘GENTLY’ AS IF ‘SOMEBODY TOOK HIM BY THE HAND AND OFF HE WENT’

      PRINCE Philip died “gently” as if “somebody took him by the hand”, his daughter-in-law said today.

      Sophie Wessex spoke to mourners after attending a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor.

      Read more here.

      PRINCE PHILIP’S COMFORTING WORDS HELPED WILLIAM AND HARRY COPE WITH PRINCESS DIANA’S FUNERAL

      PRINCE Philip’s comforting words to William and Harry to help them cope with Princess Diana’s funeral have emerged after the Duke’s death.

      Diana died in August 1997, when William and Harry were just 15 and 12 respectively.

      Philip, concerned for his grandsons, helped the brothers through their grief.

      William and Harry were staying with their dad Prince Charles, Philip and the Queen at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire at the time of Diana’s death in Paris.

      He showed his support by walking alongside the boys at Diana’s funeral.

      Read more here.

      • Joseph Gamp

        BRITS URGED TO RAISE A GLASS TO PRINCE PHILIP AS THE NATION’S PUBS – INCLUDING WINDSOR’S DUKE OF EDINBURGH – REOPEN

        THE landlords of the Duke of Edinburgh pub have raised a toast to Prince Philip and urged the rest of England to do the same today as the country unlocks.

        Nick Tilt and Annie Andrews held up their glasses outside their boozer in Windsor — just a few miles from the Castle.

        Staff and locals joined them as they paid tribute to the Queen’s husband, who died on Friday at the age of 99.

        They gathered as the pub, like many others, prepared to reopen today — to provide outdoor service.

        Windsor-born Annie, 65, said it was “fantastic” to raise a glass to the Duke – who was fond of beer — and to “let out a big cheers!”

      • Sarah Grealish

        QUEEN TO DECIDE IF HARRY CAN USE TITLES FOR FUNERAL

        THE Queen will have to decide whether Prince Harry can use his ‘HRH’ title in the order of service for Prince Philip’s funeral after an agreement made during Megxit.

        Harry could technically be referred to simply as the ‘Duke of Sussex’ for the service – with his grandmother set to make the final decision.

        Both Meghan and Harry gave up the titles His and Her Royal Highness after Megxit, although Harry is still sixth in line to the throne, and remains a prince.

        The couple agreed to stop using the word ‘royal’ in their commercial and charitable ventures.

      • Sarah Grealish

        ROYAL EXPERT SAYS ‘SHOW OF UNITY’ IS VITAL FOR REPAIRING RELATIONS AFTER OPRAH INTERVIEW

        Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has said a “show of unity” is vital for repairing relations after the “very damaging” remarks made in the Oprah interview.

        He told the MailOnline: “Harry will undoubtedly want to be there and this might start a process which helped to heal the current royal rift.

        “His grandfather would undoubtedly welcome it if the monarchy, the institution he spent his life supporting, was strengthened as a result of the start of a reconciliation which began after his death.”

      • Sarah Grealish

        PHILIP DISAGREED WITH ‘PREOCCUPIED’ HARRY AND MEG

        PRINCE Philip disagreed with Harry and Meghan Markle being “preoccupied” with their own problems, a royal biographer says.

        The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly believed his grandson should follow the rule he stuck to and not talk about himself.

        But this was broken when Harry and Meghan took part in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

        Gyles Brandeth told the Daily Mail the fact the interview was aired while Philip was is in hospital “did not trouble him”.

        But he added: “What did worry him was the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems and their willingness to talk about them in public.Give TV interviews by all means,’ he said, ‘but don’t talk about yourself’.

        “That was one of his rules. I know he shared it with his children. I imagine he shared it with his grandchildren, too.”

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