Royal family news – Prince Charles 'felt total RELIEF' at dumping Harry and Meghan Markle off UK taxpayer's payroll

PRINCE Charles felt total "relief" at getting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle off of the British taxpayers' payroll, it has been claimed.

Charles famously gave the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "a substantial sum" to start a new life in America after the runaway royals claimed they wanted to be "financially independent" and make their own fortune.

Royal accounts revealing the payment were made public just weeks after Harry shamelessly whined to Oprah Winfrey that Charles had cut him off financially following the move.

“I’ve got what my mum left me, and without that, we would not have been able to do this," Harry complained.

But it was later revealed that Charles gave Harry, Meghan, Prince William and Kate Middleton a combined total of £4.5 million during the last financial year – a sum that would leave most families set for life.

Now royal biographer Ingrid Seward has told the Daily Mail: “I imagine Prince Charles will be relieved as they will be off his payroll now, and the British public will be relieved because they can pay back what they owe now on Frogmore Cottage, so it’s a win-win situation.”

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    IS THIS HOW MEGHAN MARKLE IS RAISING LILIBET?

    Fans have been going crazy trying to get a glimpse inside how The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will raise their daughter in California. 

    Nima Patel, mindfulness expert, certified conscious parenting coach and founder of Mindful Champs, commented on lavish parenting trends likely to be embraced by Meghan.

    She said: “Self-care is set to be an incredibly popular trend for parents throughout the U.S.

    “The pandemic has highlighted the importance of nurturing our own mental health and parents are realising that they need to prioritise their wellbeing after having children.”

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    CROWN AND OUT

    The Crown boss has revealed why there’s no way the Netflix show can continue beyond season six.

    The hit drama about the British Monarchy has had viewers gripped for four seasons so far, with two more to come.’

    Speaking to Broadcast, Suzanne Mackie explained how Peter doesn’t intend to move the story on past the early 2000s.

    She said: “Peter has said it very articulately, that he simply can’t write something unless there has been time to gain a proper perspective.

    “I think he’s always felt 10 years is the minimum amount of time that he can see something in a historical context, to allow him to really understand it.”

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    PRINCESS BEATRICE’S NAME WAS CHANGED AS THE QUEEN CONSIDERED THE ORIGINAL NAME ‘TOO YUPPIE’

    Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew welcomed their firstborn daughter in August 1988 and had originally wanted to call her “Annabel”, The Sun revealed at the time.

    Her Majesty was also said to be unhappy with the second choice of Victoria, which at the time was a hot favourite with bookies.

    While the royal couple deliberated over an acceptable selection, their daughter went unnamed for 11 days. 

    In the end, it was the Queen herself who offered up Beatrice, during the royal family’s get-together at her Scottish estate of Balmoral.

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    QUEEN COULD BE ORDERED TO PAY BILLIONS IN SLAVERY REPARATIONS ACCORDING TO JAMAICAN POLITICIAN

    A Jamaican politician has said a petition asking for compensation will be “presented to the Queen”.

    Jamaican politician Olivia “Babsy” Grange argues that she wants to petition the Queen for compensation for all citizens.

    The Caribbean country’s Culture Minister Ms Grange said: “We are especially pleased to announce that we have made further steps in our strides towards seeking reparatory justice for the victims and descendants of the transatlantic slave trade.

    “The petition is to be presented to the Queen of the UK and or the Government of the UK.”

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    WATCH: PRINCE WILLIAM CELEBRATES ENGLAND'S SECOND

    Prince William celebrates England’s second with Boris & Carrie at Wembley while Kate isolates at home

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    PRINCE WILLIAM PRAISES FIRST RESPONDER VOLUNTEER DURING ‘EMOTIONAL DAY’ FOR THE NHS

    The Duke attended a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the NHS milestone.

    William also chatted to Tony Larks, 48, a first responder volunteer from Bracknell who joined South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust as a community first responder volunteer in 2020 in response to the Covid pandemic.

    During the last year he has clocked up nearly 1,000 hours of voluntary service and has attended more than 250 emergency incidents, while also working full time as a graphic designer.

    The duke said: “The immense pressure you are dealing with, but it’s fantastic you are able to help out in such a way.”

    Mr Larks said later: “It’s been truly amazing to have met Prince William today and to recognise the amazing work of the NHS. I’m honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to work alongside NHS heroes and the work they do daily. It’s truly incredible.”

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    CAMILLA BECOMES PATRON OF HORSE CHARITY

    The Duchess of Cornwall has become patron of the charity HorseBack UK.

    Camilla, a keen rider, understands how horses can help have a positive impact on wellbeing and recovery, the organisation said.

    HorseBack UK provides help to those needing mental health support, and runs courses for former and serving members of the armed forces suffering from both physical and mental life-changing injuries.

    Co-founder Emma Hutchison said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Duchess of Cornwall for accepting the invitation to become our patron.

    “As a keen equestrian herself, HRH understands how horses can help have a positive impact on our wellbeing and recovery.”

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    SPECIAL TEA AT PALACE ‘MEANS A LOT TO NHS STAFF’ SAYS NURSE

    Alexandra Heys, nurse ward manager in the respiratory high care unit at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The special tea at Buckingham Palace means a lot to NHS staff who have been through so much over the last year, and I feel so honoured to be meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

    “I know from personal experience that the past year has taken a huge toll on NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard to take care of patients during a challenging time.

    “My team at the respiratory high care unit has cared for over 300 very sick Covid patients, all of whom required dedicated around-the-clock care.

    “All NHS staff have gone above and beyond, providing additional care in difficult circumstances, including connecting isolated and very sick patients with their families in their most challenging moments.

    “We have all been through a lot, so seeing the public get behind the NHS Big Tea on such as massive scale is an immense boost and really makes a difference.”

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    ROYAL STUMBLE

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s plan to trademark Archewell has hit a setback at the hands of US lawyers.

    The pair want their non-profit organisation Archewell Foundation and Spotifty podcast series Archewell Audio to be protected by company law in America – but their bid has hit a stumbling block.

    Documents were filed to the US Patent and Trademark Office by the couple, requesting sole use of the terms.

    But their bid hasn’t had a smooth outcome as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been told their applications need clarification if they are to be made into law, reports the Mail.

    Applying for Archewell Audio’s trademark, the pair said the company was for the “creation, development, production and distribution of podcasts, audio programmes, music, and audio books” and would create “live podcast performances, live stage performances, live music performances, and live audio-book readings”.

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    HOW MEGHAN MARKLE WAS ALWAYS ‘DESTINED FOR GREATNESS’ AND WORLDWIDE FAME

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, didn’t just set her sights on A-list stardom after meeting Harry as an actress – according to those closest to her, she’s been destined for “greatness” from a young age.

    According to her childhood sweetheart Joshua Silverstein, who is now 40 and works as an actor in LA.

    He told Fabulous: “There are people when you are young who don’t know what they want to do, it was very clear to me she did. 

    “She had set her passion and sights on achieving some sort of greatness”

    Aged 11, she wrote to then First Lady Hillary Clinton and the ­makers of a TV advert that ­featured the line: “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.”

    She was delighted when her letter-writing campaign led to the ad’s wording being changed from “women” to “people”.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BOOK THE BENCH IS NOT BEING STOCKED AT QUEEN’S ONLINE STORE

    THE Duchess of Sussex’s picture book The Bench is not being stocked in the Queen’s online store.

    The online Royal Collection Shop boasts a whole “storytime” section of “delightful” children’s books.

    They include Paddington at the Palace for £6.99 and even Peppa Pig Meets The Queen for £4.99 But the Duchess of Sussex’s title – which has crashed out of Amazon’s top 100 – is not among them.

    Meghan, 39, claims it was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on his first Father’s Day and a “love story” of him and Archie.

    The picture book topped the New York Times Bestsellers List for children’s picture books but sold just 3,212 copies in the UK its first week since publication on June 8.

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    WATCH: ‘APPALLING’ MEGHAN WAS HORRIBLE TO STAFF, ROYAL AUTHOR CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle latest news – ‘Appalling’ Duchess made people MISERABLE from very first days as a royal, expert claims

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    MEGHAN MARKLE WAS A ROYAL FAMILY “SUPERFAN”

    Meghan posed outside Buckingham Palace aged 15 and was “obsessed” with the British royals growing up, pals say.

    Sitting on black railings alongside pal Ninaki Priddy, she smiled for the camera with the backdrop of the Palace behind her.

    As a teen she studied pictures of Princess Diana and loved films like The Princess Bride which romanticised the idea of royalty.

    One friend said: “Meghan was always interested in that whole world of pomp and ceremony and palaces and history – it’s no exaggeration to say she always wanted to be a princess.

    “She talked about Diana incessantly – she was like a superfan of the royals.”

    This is despite Meghan telling Oprah she knew very little about royal life before marrying Harry.

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    GENERATION EARTH SHOT PRIZE LAUNCHED

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    ROYAL FAMILY GET BEHIND ENGLAND

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    KATE SELF-ISOLATES AFTER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH COVID SUFFERER

    The Duchess of Cambridge is having to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus, Kensington Palace said.

    Kate was due to spend the day with William celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the NHS at two major events but will now have a 10-day period at home.

    They had planned to attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the nation’s health service, and in the afternoon host a Big Tea at Buckingham Palace for NHS staff, in their roles as Joint Patrons of NHS Charities Together.

    Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Last week The Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

    “Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY QUIT ROYAL DUTY FOR LA TO BE ‘SOCIAL-IMPACT INFLUENCERS’

    Catherine St-Laurent, who quit her top role after less than a year, confirmed the couple stepped back to become “talented and creative leaders” instead.

    The Duke and Duchess vowed they’d continue with a lifetime of “service” – after the Queen confirmed they’d be stripped of their royal titles after Megxit.

    And now Ms St-Laurent, who left a plum job with Bill and Melinda Gates to work as Harry and Meghan’s chief of staff last year, has revealed their plans for the future.

    “I think they have the potential to be very influential leaders in the social-impact space. I look forward to continuing to be a part of that.” she said.

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    DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE SET TO TAKE PART IN CHARITY POLO MATCH

    William will compete in the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021 at Guards Polo Club on Friday.

    The game will help raise funds and awareness for charities supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace said.

    These organisations include Centrepoint, East Anglia Children’s Hospices, Family Action, Fields in Trust, The Forward Trust, London Air Ambulance, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Tusk.

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    PRINCE HARRY ‘TORN’ BETWEEN MEGHAN MARKLE AND ROYALS AFTER SACRIFICING EVERYTHING FOR HER

    Palace insider Duncan Larcombe – author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story – claims the Sussexes may face a fight for their marriage unless they can “compromise”.

    And he said the Duke will feel conflicted after meeting brother William in London last week for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Princess Diana.

    He told Closer magazine: “Harry and Meghan seem to think they can co-exist in these two worlds – the world of British royals and American celebrity.

    “Harry is loving the American life now – but he’s still in the honeymoon phase.

    “I think coming back and seeing his brother, especially against the very moving backdrop of a memorial for their mother, will maybe make him question what he’s given it all up for.”

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    IS THIS HOW MEGHAN MARKLE IS RAISING LILIBET?

    Fans have been going crazy trying to get a glimpse inside how The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will raise their daughter in California. 

    Nima Patel, mindfulness expert, certified conscious parenting coach and founder of Mindful Champs, commented on lavish parenting trends likely to be embraced by Meghan.

    She said: “Self-care is set to be an incredibly popular trend for parents throughout the U.S.

    “The pandemic has highlighted the importance of nurturing our own mental health and parents are realising that they need to prioritise their wellbeing after having children.”

    Read more here

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    CROWN AND OUT

    The Crown boss has revealed why there’s no way the Netflix show can continue beyond season six.

    The hit drama about the British Monarchy has had viewers gripped for four seasons so far, with two more to come.’

    Speaking to Broadcast, Suzanne Mackie explained how Peter doesn’t intend to move the story on past the early 2000s.

    She said: “Peter has said it very articulately, that he simply can’t write something unless there has been time to gain a proper perspective.

    “I think he’s always felt 10 years is the minimum amount of time that he can see something in a historical context, to allow him to really understand it.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S PAL SAYS ‘DISTANCE REMAINS’ BETWEEN HARRY AND WILLIAM

    Meghan Markle’s pal says ‘distance remains’ between Harry and William despite ‘genuine’ smiles at Di statue unveiling

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    QUEEN COULD BE ORDERED TO PAY BILLIONS IN SLAVERY REPARATIONS ACCORDING TO JAMAICAN POLITICIAN

    A Jamaican politician has said a petition asking for compensation will be"presented to the Queen".

    Jamaican politician Olivia "Babsy" Grange argues that she wants to petition the Queen for compensation for all citizens.

    The Caribbean country's Culture Minister Ms Grange said: "We are especially pleased to announce that we have made further steps in our strides towards seeking reparatory justice for the victims and descendants of the transatlantic slave trade.

    "The petition is to be presented to the Queen of the UK and or the Government of the UK."

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    PRINCESS BEATRICE’S NAME WAS CHANGED AS THE QUEEN CONSIDERED THE ORIGINAL NAME ‘TOO YUPPIE’

    Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew welcomed their firstborn daughter in August 1988 and had originally wanted to call her “Annabel”, The Sun revealed at the time.

    Her Majesty was also said to be unhappy with the second choice of Victoria, which at the time was a hot favourite with bookies.

    While the royal couple deliberated over an acceptable selection, their daughter went unnamed for 11 days. 

    In the end, it was the Queen herself who offered up Beatrice, during the royal family’s get-together at her Scottish estate of Balmoral.

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    INSIDE KATE MIDDLETON’S COVID QUARANTINE

    For most of us, spending 10 days trapped in our homes, staring at the same walls every day, could well leave us stir crazy.

    But self-isolating when you're a member of the Royal family is a rather different experience.

    It was revealed on Monday, Kate Middleton has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and has been forced into self-isolation.

    In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "Last week The Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

    "Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home". 

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