Royal Family latest – Meghan Markle will not return to the UK as Prince Harry returns home to unveil Diana's statue

MEGHAN Markle won't return to the UK for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Princess Diana after the birth of daughter Lilibet, a royal expert says.

Phil Dampier says he "very much doubts" that the Duchess will fly over in the coming weeks for the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Kate Middleton could step in on the big day if Prince Harry decides he's also unable to return.

The Duke, 36, has been hoping to fly back to the UK for the poignant event on July 1 – on what would have been his mum's 60th birthday.

Even with recent events, Meghan Markle was named "the most popular royal" in a new study.

The Duchess of Sussex has been widely criticised over the past year for the negative impact she and Prince Harry have had on the Royal Family.

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

  • The Sun

    MEGHAN MARKLE WON’T FLY TO UK TO SUPPORT HARRY AT DIANA MEMORIAL (Continued…)

    The confirmation was also released after royal sources told a US media site she would come back to support her husband as family relations have “worsened” since Prince Philip’s funeral.

    The insider told Radar Online: “Meghan knows how hard it was to attend his grandfather’s funeral alone and doesn’t want that to happen again.

    “Harry was given the cold shoulder by most of his relatives, with several refusing to talk to him or even make eye contact.

    “Since the funeral things have got worse, not better, so you can only imagine how he will be treated at the big event on July 1.”

  • The Sun

    MEGHAN MARKLE WON’T FLY TO UK TO SUPPORT HARRY AT DIANA MEMORIAL

    Meghan Markle will not fly back to the UK with Prince Harry at the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.

    Debate was ongoing over whether the Duchess of Sussex, 39, would attend the ceremony after she gave birth to baby Lilibet Diana just 12 days ago.

    But The Sun understands Meghan will stay in the US with Archie and baby Lili instead of making the 5,000-mile trip from California.

    It comes after The Sun Online exclusively revealed how Meghan would not travel to the UK.

  • The Sun

    SOPHIE WEESEX, PRINCESS ANNE AND ZARA TINDALL ARE ALL SMILES AS THEY PARADE WET ROYAL ASCOT LADIES DAY

    Elegant racegoers pulled out all the fashion stops for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot – and the royal guests were no exception.

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex who has attended every day of Royal Ascot so far, showed off sophisticated A-line shirt dress with palm print embroidery on the skirt. 

    She finished the look wearing pumps, teamed with a clutch bag and hat.

    Zara Tindall was also in attendance, accompanied by close friends Dolly Maude and Chanelle McCoy, as was her mother, the Princess Royal, 70, who looked glowing in yellow.

    Zara, 40, wore a chic floral dress by Erdem with a bespoke hat by Sarah Cant and her stylish RayBan sunglasses. 

    Traditionally, the Queen would join her family at Ascot but she has so far missed out this year due to Covid. There are hopes Her Majesty will be able to attend later this week due to the growing concerns of coronavirus outbreaks.

  • The Sun

    EXPLAINED: THE LINE OF SUCCESSION TO THE ROYAL THRONE

  • The Sun

    MEGHAN & HARRY ‘EXCITED’ TO HAVE INTRODUCED LILIBET TO QUEEN AFTER RETURNING HOME FROM HOSPITAL

    After returning home from the hospital, the “excited” couple are said to have introduced Lilibet to her namesake.

    Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 11.40am at a Santa Barbara hospital on Friday.

    Kate and William both expressed their “delight” at the happy news after it was announced on Sunday.

    But it comes amid royal tensions – with the family barely seeing Harry and Meghan’s first child Archie since he was born in May 2019.

  • The Sun

    MEGHAN THOUGHT ABOUT PRINCESS DIANA TO BURY SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

    In her recent Oprah interview, aired in March, Meghan Markle revealed her battles with mental health before making the decision to step down as senior Royals with husband Prince Harry, 36.

    The pregnant mum-of-one explained she was struggling with suicidal thoughts while pregnant with Archie but claimed her attempts to get help from the Palace fell on deaf ears.

    The Duke of Sussex told Oprah in a new doc, The Me You Can’t See, that what stopped his wife from giving in to suicide was how “unfair” it would be to him after the death of his mum Princess Diana in 1997.

    He said: “The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to now be put in a position of losing another woman in my life, with a baby inside of her, our baby.

    “The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought. She hadn’t ‘lost it.’ … She was completely sane. Yet in the quiet of night, these thoughts woke her up.”

  • The Sun

    MUM WHO NAMED DAUGHTER LILIBET BEFORE MEGHAN SHARES HOW SHE FEELS ABOUT ROYLS 'COPYING' NAME

    A mum who called her daughter Lilibet has revealed how she feels about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry copying her name.

    Jo and Bob Heald think it is a "beautiful" and "meaningful" name.

    Mum Jo told The Sun Online: "We think it's such a pretty name. Lots of our friends and family love it too.

    "Our beautiful girl is two years old and we hope she'll love her name when she grows up, like all parents do when naming their little one.

    "Naturally, names go in and out of fashion, but we've loved Lilibet, or Lilybet – the Welsh form of Elizabeth – for a long time.

    Read the full story here

  • The Sun

    WATCH: QUEEN'S PASSION FOR HORSE-RACING REVEALED

    Queen’s passion for horse-racing revealed as Camilla joins Prince Charles and Zara Tindall at Royal Ascot

  • The Sun

    GOVERNMENT SAYS ‘BBC MUST ACT FAST TO RESTORE TRUST’ (Continued…)

    The response said: “It is the Government’s belief that the BBC must act fast to restore trust, and reassure the country that it will shine a light on any other areas falling short of the high standards we rightly expect from it.

    “The BBC needs to improve its culture to ensure this never happens again and that means a new emphasis on accuracy, impartiality and diversity of opinion.

    “The Government notes that the BBC can occasionally succumb to a ‘we know best’ attitude that is detached both from criticism and the values of all parts of the nation that it serves and believes cultural change must be a focus for the director-general and new chair on the back of the Dyson report.

    “We will use the midterm Charter review to determine whether the governance and regulatory arrangements should be strengthened.”

  • The Sun

    GOVERNMENT SAYS ‘BBC MUST ACT FAST TO RESTORE TRUST’ FOLLOWING BASHIR PANORAMA SCANDAL

    The BBC must “act fast to restore trust” following Lord Dyson’s devastating report into the circumstances surrounding Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Princess Diana the Government has said.

    The report set out by the former master of the rolls criticised the methods used by Bashir to obtain his exclusive interview with Diana, which included using fake bank statements.

    It said the journalist used “deceitful conduct” to obtain the 1995 bombshell interview, which was then concealed by a “woefully ineffective” internal investigation, in which the BBC failed to uphold “governance, accountability and scrutiny.”

  • The Sun

    KATE MIDDLETON TOOK A MAJOR CHANGE IN APPEARANCE TO BE MORE ‘APPROPRIATE’ BEFORE ENGAGEMENT TO PRINCE WILLIAM

    Prince William and Kate Middleton were in and out of their relationship for seven years before he finally popped the question, however Kate made some drastic changes to her wardrobe to fit in as the future Queen.

    Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair: “I know that it was the Christmas of 2009 when Carole [Kate’s mother] was getting quite concerned. Kate was nearing 30, there was still no ring on her finger.”

    However, Kate had already been making plans ahead of their engagement to be more ‘appropriate’ for a future Queen.

    Speaking on Channel 5’s documentary William & Kate: Too Good To Be True, royal author Tom Quinn explained that Kate started to change her wardrobe.

    “Her clothing almost began to reflect what people saw in her character, a kind of restraint, kind of modesty almost,” he said.

    “I think that did come about because William and Kate were coming towards the point where they would announce their engagement.

    “It was Kate starting to behave in ways which would be seen more appropriate for a future Queen.”

  • The Sun

    BBC REJECTS CLAIMS BASHIR WAS REHIRED IN 'COVER UP' LEAVES EARL SPENCER IN 'DISBELIEF' (Continued…)

    Charles responded to the report on Twitter, writing: "It won't end with this, I promise."

    When asked to expand on the tweet, he told LBC: "Bashir is Bashir, and there we are, but I do think the BBC has had an enormous amount to answer for.

    "So I wrote that in disbelief when they came up with yet another of their own reports.

    "I don't think it's very healthy for an institution to report on itself.

    "They found no connection between Bashir being rehired and his previous known lies and other things."

  • The Sun

    BBC REJECTS CLAIMS BASHIR WAS REHIRED IN 'COVER UP' LEAVES EARL SPENCER IN 'DISBELIEF'

    Princess Diana's brother, Earl Spencer has said he was left in "disbelief" when a BBC review into the decision to re-hire Martin Bashir found "no evidence" that the journalist was given the job to "contain and/or cover up" the events surrounding his 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

    A report conducted by Lord Dyson last month revealed that the broadcaster covered up "deceitful behaviour" used by Bashir to secure the interview in which the princess famously said: "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

    A review to decide whether or not to re-hire Bashir as religious affairs correspondent in 2016, commissioned by the BBC, said the theory that the journalist was re-employed to conceal events surrounding the interview was "entirely unfounded".

  • The Sun

    QUEEN'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW NOT IMPRESSED AT CLAIM SENIOR ROYALS HAVE FORMED 'MAGNIFICENT SEVEN'

    When dubbed part of the royal 'magnificent seven' the Countess of Wessex made her feelings known by rolling her eyes.

    Many senior royals who are currently carrying out duties have been given the term by various tabloids, particularly after the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the stepping back of Prince Andrew and the death of Prince Philip.

    Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has been named the Royal Family's secret weapon, and is reportedly stepping up her royal workload.

    The countess has been adamant that she has always worked hard for the Queen, though she says she doesn't wish to be in the tabloids for it.

    During an interview with Radio 5 Live, host Naga Munchetty mentioned the term "magnificent seven", and then said: "I can see your face, your eyes have gone up to the ceiling and you're now laughing.

    "I've looked at the numbers of engagements you perform over the years and they're in the hundreds, every year."

  • The Sun

    MEGHAN KEEPS DISTANCE FROM ROYAL FAMILY

    With rising tensions inside the Royal Family, it’s not looking likely Meghan will make her return to London for Princess Diana’s statue unveiling next month, according to a royal expert who claimed Prince Harry’s wife was not popular with the royals or the British public.

    Royal author Phil Dampier said he would not be surprised if she doesn’t make an appearance for “some time”. He added the birth of her daughter provides Meghan with the “perfect excuse” not to attend the statue unveiling at Kensington Palace on July 1.

    Phil told The Sun: “It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see Meghan for some time

    “I don’t think she is popular with the royals or the public in the UK anymore and I think she will prefer to stay in California with her two young children.

    “The birth of Lilibet gives her a perfect excuse not to come.

    “It may be seen as a swipe at the Royal Family, but it will just be added to an already long list.”

  • The Sun

    A ROYAL EXPERT CLAIMS PRINCE HARRY MIGHT STAY IN LA AHEAD OF PRINCESS DIANA'S STATUE UNVEILING

    Prince Harry might skip the statue unveiling ceremony for his late mother Princess Diana in July, a royal expert has claimed.

    Duncan Larcombe, royal author and expert, claimed that Meghan Markle was already unlikely to attend the event honouring her late mother-in-law, and now, Harry might not attend either. 

    In an interview with OK! Magazine, Larcombe said that because London is such a “trigger” for Harry, as claimed by him, he might not return for his mother’s 60th birth anniversary. 

    "No one I've spoken to believes Meghan will attend. She's just had a baby and that's a perfect reason to want to stay where she is. No one could criticise her for that, although I'm sure people will. Right now there's no certainty if Harry will attend,” he said. 

    "He recently said that London was a trigger for him and I took those comments as a way of him preparing everyone to say that it was too painful for him to return to the site where he buried his mother,” he shared.

    "He also recently announced his paternity leave, so he seems to have so many reasons to want to stay in LA with baby Lili and Meghan".

  • The Sun

    ROYAL ASCOT RACEGOERS DODGE SUMMER SHOWERS FOR LADIES DAY

    Royal Ascot racegoers did not let pre summer downpours dampen the mood of the world famous meeting, as extravagant hats were on display for Ladies' Day.

    The Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, led the royal part and were joined in the royal box by Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.

    David Adams, 77, joined by his wife Judith, who took a break from a fundraising challenge, to climb the equivalent of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, by walking 197 times up a local hill – 29,032 feet in total.

    Mr Adams, from the village of Priors Marston in Warwickshire, who is blind, said: "I've climbed it 120 times so that's 77 to go, and I hope to finish on my birthday, August 8 when I'll be 78.

    "My knees were a bit sore at the beginning but they're pretty good now, but it's always nice to take a day off and have a glass of champagne."

    As Royal Ascot was closed to the public last year and is now welcoming racegoers in limited numbers, she said: "It feels fantastic to be back, it seems a little quiet but as soon as the racing starts the atmosphere is back – it's great to have some normality."

  • The Sun

    QUEEN'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW NOT IMPRESSED AT CLAIM SENIOR ROYALS HAVE FORMED 'MAGNIFICENT SEVEN'

    When dubbed part of the royal 'magnificent seven' the Countess of Wessex made her feelings known by rolling her eyes.

    Many senior royals who are currently carrying out duties have been given the term by various tabloids, particularly after the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the stepping back of Prince Andrew and the death of Prince Philip.

    Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has been named the Royal Family's secret weapon, and is reportedly stepping up her royal workload.

    The countess has been adamant that she has always worked hard for the Queen, though she says she doesn't wish to be in the tabloids for it.

    During an interview with Radio 5 Live, host Naga Munchetty mentioned the term "magnificent seven", and then said: "I can see your face, your eyes have gone up to the ceiling and you're now laughing.

    "I've looked at the numbers of engagements you perform over the years and they're in the hundreds, every year."

  • The Sun

    QUEEN'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW NOT IMPRESSED AT CLAIM SENIOR ROYALS HAVE FORMED 'MAGNIFICENT SEVEN' 

    When dubbed part of the royal 'magnificent seven' the Countess of Wessex made her feelings known by rolling her eyes. 

    Many senior royals who are currently carrying out duties have been given the term by various tabloids, particularly after the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the stepping back of Prince Andrew and the death of Prince Philip.

    Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has been named the Royal Family's secret weapon, and is reportedly stepping up her royal workload.

    The countess has been adamant that she has always worked hard for the Queen, though she says she doesn't wish to be in the tabloids for it.

    During an interview with Radio 5 Live, host Naga Munchetty mentioned the term "magnificent seven", and then said: "I can see your face, your eyes have gone up to the ceiling and you're now laughing.

    "I've looked at the numbers of engagements you perform over the years and they're in the hundreds, every year."

  • The Sun

    PRINCE CHARLES DOES THE HOKEY COKEY WITH "TOTALLY ******* HOPELESS" HEALTH SECRETARY MATT HANCOCK, DESCRIBED BY PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON

  • The Sun

    KATE COULD MISS PRINCESS DIANA'S STATUE UNVEILING ALONGSIDE MEGHAN, HARRY AND WILLIAM SAYS ROYAL EXPERT

    With rising speculation with who will and won't attend Diana's statue unveiling, Kate Middleton also may not accompany Prince William to the unveiling of a memorial statue of Princess Diana next month, according to a royal expert who has stated he and Prince Harry could “cut solo figures” during the occasion.

    After the recent birth of Lilibet, royal fans might be wondering whether or not Meghan will fly to Britain in support of husband Harry.  

    As reported by Express.co.uk, Camilla has discussed her belief that neither of the princes’ families will be there, allowing them to spend time together as brothers. 

    "We've never really been told that family is going to be included in this thing, we know this is the reunion for the brothers on what would have been Diana's 60th birthday on July 1,” Camilla supposedly revealed.

    "Never any suggestions that the Cambridges would attend along with Prince William and equally, that Meghan and the children would attend with Harry." 

  • The Sun

    PRINCE CHARLES ANGRY AT 'UNACCEPTABLE' RISE IN ATTACKS ON FRONTLINE NHS STAFF

    The Prince of Wales has hit out at "unacceptable" rising levels of violence and abuse frontline NHS staff are experiencing.

    During a visit to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Thursday, Charles personally asked to meet some of the paramedics and ambulance crew on the receiving end of the attacks.

    He shared his shock after speaking to the NHS workers, saying: "You can't believe it, can you?

    "When I think of what it has been like for so long, and how many people have been lucky enough to have wonderful paramedics and ambulance staff coming to their rescue …

    "But now you find the situation rising – violence, attacks, verbal attacks, racial abuse and everything else.

    "To me it's unreal, unacceptable. Why attack the people who are trying to look after you?"

  • The Sun

    "EVERY TIME YOU SLAG OFF THE FIRM YOU’RE STABBING THE QUEEN IN THE BACK" ROYAL EXPERT LASHES OUT AT HARRY

    Royal expert, Ingrid Seward, has lashed out at Harry following the Royals rough patch.

    "Prince Harry is a former military man. He understands about Queen and Country and has sworn allegiance to his sovereign.

    "Why then does he continue to stab the institution the Queen represents in the back?

    "He does not appear to grasp that the Queen and the firm are basically the same thing.

    "If he slates the institution his grandmother represents and has stood for almost 70 years of her life, he is offending her too."

  • The Sun

    SOPHIE WEESEX, PRINCESS ANNE AND ZARA TINDALL ARE ALL SMILES AS THEY PARADE WET ROYAL ASCOT LADIES DAY

    Elegant racegoers pulled out all the fashion stops for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot – and the royal guests were no exception.

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex who has attended every day of Royal Ascot so far, showed off sophisticated A-line shirt dress with palm print embroidery on the skirt. 

    She finished the look wearing pumps, teamed with a clutch bag and hat.

    Zara Tindall was also in attendance, accompanied by close friends Dolly Maude and Chanelle McCoy, as was her mother, the Princess Royal, 70, who looked glowing in yellow.

    Zara, 40, wore a chic floral dress by Erdem with a bespoke hat by Sarah Cant and her stylish RayBan sunglasses. 

    Traditionally, the Queen would join her family at Ascot but she has so far missed out this year due to Covid. There are hopes Her Majesty will be able to attend later this week due to the growing concerns of coronavirus outbreaks.

  • The Sun

    ROYALS SHARE FAVOURITE TAKEAWAYS 

    With family feuds heating up, the Royal Family are just like any of us – and that means they love the occasional takeaway too.

    With access to the best chefs in the world, it's evident the Royals can't say no to a takeaway once in a while.

    It has been reported that The Queen prefers to stay away from most fast food, however likes to get her chefs to create their own versions of classic takeaways, with the odd exception.

    With William and Harry both spotted at Nando's, Kate and Meghan have brought various other dishes into the family home.

    When asked what her top takeaway is during an interview on BBC Radio 1 in 2017, Kate insisted: "Curry, definitely.'

    But the royal couple can't share their meals as Kate explained that her husband doesn't like her spicy tastes.

    "It doesn’t usually get ordered to the palace, we tend to go and pick it up," they explained, before jokingly adding: "Not ourselves."

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