Meghan and Harry latest news: Duchess' dad Thomas Markle 'given up on reunion' and Queen 'scolded' Prince over aide row

MEGHAN MARKLE's father Thomas has reportedly given up hope on a reunion with his daughter.

Tom Markle Jr – the Duchess' older half-brother – revealed that his dad no longer believe the pair will reunite following the bombshell biography on the Sussexes, Finding Freedom.

The 53-year-old said: "As far as a reunion goes, he's given up on Meghan and Harry completely."

Markle Jr also revealed to the Mirror that his father "didn't hear from Meghan" when he celebrated his 76th birthday.

Meanwhile, the Queen reportedly scolded Prince Harry for being rude about her closest aide during a row over Meghan Markle's wedding tiara.

Harry was furious at the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly after she was unable to meet Meghan's demand to travel to Buckingham Palace to try on a tiara she wanted to wear at her wedding in May 2018.

The Prince used offensive language about Ms Kelly after being told the protocol required an appointment to be made to access the Queen's jewels, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Harry was then called to a private meeting with his grandmother, a royal source said.

"He was put firmly in his place. He had been downright rude," the source told the Mail.

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  • MEGHAN'S DAD THOMAS 'GIVEN UP HOPE' OF A REUNION, SAYS THOMAS JNR

    Meghan's heartbroken dad Thomas has “finally given up hope” of the pair reuniting after revelations in bombshell royal expose Finding Freedom, claims his son Tom Markle Jnr.

    Her bitter half brother – whom she is also estranged from – said: “As far as a reunion goes, he’s given up on Meghan and Harry completely.”

    The royal’s 53-year-old half-brother told the Mirror that his dad recently celebrated his 76th birthday and “needless to say, he didn’t hear from Meghan”.

    Thomas Markle and his daughter have remained estranged since her marriage, which he couldn't attend because of heart surgery.

  • QUEEN WILL BE THE 'PERSON MOST UPSET' BY HARRY AND MEGHAN'S NEW BOOK, SOURCE CLAIMS

    THE QUEEN will be the “person most upset” by the new biography, sources have claimed, as it will open up 'old wounds'.

    Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand and serialised by the Times, has lifted the lid on intimate details of the royal couple’s relationship and their departure from the UK.

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, a source close to the royal family said: “It's going to open old wounds at a time when everyone wanted to move on.

    “I think the person who will be most upset about it all is the Queen.”

    The book also claims that the Queen was left “blindsided” when Harry and Meghan began mapping out their new roles without her approval.

  • MEGHAN WAS SCOLDED FOR WEARING H&M NECKLACE BEFORE THEY WERE ENGAGED, IT IS CLAIMED

    Meghan moaned “I can’t win” after the Royal Family scolded her for wearing a necklace with the initials “H” and “M” on it, a new bombshell book claims.

    The 38-year-old was spotted wearing the £184 14 karat gold necklace, believed to have been a gift from Prince Harry, while shopping in Toronto in 2016 – a month after their relationship was revealed.

    Photographs showed the former Suits actress holding a bunch of flowers while smiling at the camera days after Harry visited her following his tour of the Caribbean.

  • MEGHAN'S FRIEND SAYS HARRY'S 'SPIRIT WAS BEING CRUSHED BY THE ROYAL FAMILY'

    Harry’s spirit was being crushed as a member of the Royal Family, according to Meghan Markle, who’s reportedly been telling friends he can now live a prosperous life.

    Meghan told close friends in January that Harry quitting his royal role is “the best thing that could ever happen” to him, a source told DailyMail.com.

    “She said that like her, his spirit was being crushed and she simply couldn't bear to see him suffer anymore,” Meghan reportedly said.

  • MEGHAN ENCOURAGED HARRY TO 'OPEN UP ABOUT COUNSELLING' OVER PRINCESS DIANA'S DEATH

    The Duchess of Sussex, 38, advised her husband, 35, to make a guest appearance on journalist Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast in April 2017.

    On the show, the Duke of Sussex was honest about seeking help in his late twenties after struggling to cope following the death of Diana, who passed away in August 1997.

    Bryony wrote on the Telegraph: “It was Meghan who had encouraged her then boyfriend to do the podcast about his mental health with me.

    “I felt we were on the same wavelength.”

  • WHERE ARE HARRY'S EXES NOW?

    Meghan and Harry have been happily married for a couple of years now, but before then he had a long line of exes.

    Just this week, it was revealed Prince Harry’s actress ex Cressida Bonas had secretly tied the knot to beau Harry Wentworth-Stanley in a private country ceremony.

    The actress previously dated the Duke of Sussex for three years after being introduced by Princess Eugenie, before breaking off their relationship in April 2014 – allegedly after getting "spooked" by the idea of life as a royal.

    Now we reveal where the rest of his exes are – find out more here.

  • MEGHAN 'HINTED' AT ENGAGEMENT WITH HER CHOICE OF SHIRT

    Meghan made her first public outing with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto back in 2017.

    The Duchess wore a £137 “Husband” shirt designed by her friend Misha Nonoo for the occasion with many fans questioning whether she was hinting that he was her husband-to-be.

    In the book Finding Freedom, authors Scobie and Durand claim the couple were already engaged at the event with Harry supposedly popping the question in August that year.

    Despite this the pair didn't announce their engagement until November.

  • HARRY GIVES FANS A SNEAK PEEK INSIDE SWANKY LA DURING VIDEO CALL

    The Duke of Sussex, 35, who is worth around £30million and enjoys taking private jets, this week called for more green travel – just as TUI announced plans to shut 166 high street shops sparking hundreds of job losses.

    He was pictured inside Tyler Perry's £15million Beverly Hills mansion, speaking about the need for eco-friendly travel.

    Prince Harry said “businesses are hurting significantly” with some “struggling to put food on the table”.

  • MEGHAN'S 39TH BIRTHDAY PLANS REVEALED – AND SHE COULD BE SPENDING IT WITH OPRAH, ROYAL EXPERT CLAIMS

    Meghan will celebrate her 39th birthday on 4th August and royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET that Meghan and Harry are thinking of getting away, since they've been isolating in their LA mansion since March.

    She said: “The best thing is probably to get away for a couple of days and apparently that's what they're thinking of doing.

    “Taking a road trip, possibly with Oprah .”

    And added: “They've been at the house that they're renting ever since early March now, they really haven't been out much at all, they haven't seen their friends, they've very much been in self-isolation and in lockdown.

    “So it wouldn't surprise me if she just needs a change of scenery.”

  • MEGHAN AND HARRY HAVE 'LESS PROTECTION' IN LA – DESPITE MOVING THERE FOR MORE PRIVACY

    The pair stepped down as senior royals in March before moving to LA with son, Archie Harrison.

    But according to Express.co.uk, they were warned against moving there, with LA being branded the “paparazzi capital,” as the couple wouldn't get the privacy they wanted.

    Meghan and Harry have since filed a law suit to protect Archie's privacy after illegal drone pictures were taken of him

    Speaking to ITV's Royal rota, correspondent Chris Ship said: “None of this happened when they were at Frogmore and there was a lot of criticism in the way the British press operated.

    “Presumably here we are talking about American paparazzi and we know how they work.

    “They try and get the photo and sell it on the open market.

    “It seems to me they've got less protection in LA than they were afforded when they lived in Kensington Palace and Frogmore Cottage.

    “None of these things happened when they were in the UK.

    “This is what a lot of people warned them might happen if they were to move to America in the paparazzi capital.”

  • MEGHAN BOUGHT KATE MIDDLETON A SWEET GIFT WHEN THEY FIRST MET

    The pair met just four months before Meghan and Harry tied the not in May 2018.

    In the new royal biography, Finding Freedom , authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write: “Meghan bought a present for the duchess, who had celebrated her birthday just a day earlier. The soft leather Smythson notebook helped to break the ice, as did Meghan's cooing over then 20-month-old Charlotte.”

    The Smythson notebooks can cost as little as £39 but can set you back up to £225 –and are available in different sizes and formats.

  • MEGHAN'S BROTHER SAYS HER DAD HAS 'FINALLY GIVEN UP HOPE' OF REUNION

    MEGHAN Markle's heartbroken dad Thomas has “finally given up hope” of the pair reuniting after revelations in bombshell royal expose Finding Freedom, claims his son Tom Markle Jnr.

    Tom Jnr, 53, slammed allegations that Prince Harry had attempted to reach out to their dad. According to the upcoming biography, Harry tried to salvage a relationship with Thomas Markle Snr before the couple cut ties with him.

    He told the Mirror: “It says Harry spoke to our dad to say if he’d listened to him – Harry – there wouldn’t have been any problems. That just did not happen.”

    “As far as a reunion goes, he’s given up on Meghan and Harry completely.”

    What's more Tom Jnr claims Meghan's dad apparently “doesn't trust his daughter, and doesn’t want to know that person.”

    In addition, he claims that Meghan did not send birthday wishes when their dad recently turned 76.

  • MEGHAN'S BIO ON THE ROYAL FAMILY'S WEBSITE WIPED

    Chunks of Meghan Markle's page on the official Royal Family website have been culled.

    In 2018, after her marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan was granted multiple paragraphs on the official site detailing her time in North America and Canada, before she met Prince Harry.

    They described her as being a 'proud feminist' and included Meghan's famous quote from a United Nations conference in New York in 2015 when she said: "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist".

    And it made reference to her “keen awareness of social issues” and how she has “actively participated in charitable work” from a young age.

    But now the words granted to Meghan are far shorter – read the full story here.

  • MEGHAN BIOGRAPHER HITS BACK AT CLAIMS HIS BOOK IS A 'BLOODBATH' FOR THE SUSSEXES

    THE author of a Meghan Markle biography has hit back at claims his upcoming title is a 'bloodbath' of allegations against the Duchess and Prince Harry.

    Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom which will be released next week, said he had intended to 'humanise' the Meghan.

    Labelling the coverage around the upcoming release as “unbalanced” and “off-the-mark,” Scobie spoke publicly for the first time to the On Heir podcast after explosive extracts it were released.

    The controversial book includes claims Meghan and Harry felt "cut adrift" and were frustrated at Prince William and Kate Middleton getting the 'plum' jobs and the former actress moaned she had given up her life for the Royal Family.

    Scobie and his co-author Carolyn Durand had spoken to '100 sources' over two years to write the book.

  • LADY COLIN C – 'MEGHAN'S JUST LIKE LADY MACBETH'

    ROYAL biographer Lady Colin Campbell has compared Meghan to Lady Macbeth – the scheming Shakespearean villain who brings about the downfall of her husband.

    Lady C, who was a close friend of Princess Diana, believes the Duchess of Sussex has “played on Harry’s weaknesses” and accuses her of acting “completely unacceptably” by coaxing the prince away from his family.

    In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth’s overly ambitious wife encourages him to pursue his self-serving dreams — ending badly for them both.

    Lady Colin, 70, spent years watching Harry and his brother William grow up after her children attended the same polo club as the boys.

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun on Sunday following the publication of Finding Freedom, the explosive biography about the duchess and her husband, Lady C says: “Meghan’s influence is very reminiscent of Lady Macbeth.

    “It’s so sad because I remember Harry growing up and he was great with my kids.”

  • 'SHAKESPEARE VILLAIN' MEGHAN TOOK 'WEAK' HARRY AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY, SAYS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER

    Lady Colin Campbell has compared Meghan to Lady Macbeth – the scheming Shakespearean villain who brings about the downfall of her husband.

    Lady C, who was a close friend of Princess Diana, believes the Duchess of Sussex has “played on Harry’s weaknesses” and accuses her of acting “completely unacceptably” by coaxing the prince away from his family.

    In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth’s overly ambitious wife encourages him to pursue his self-serving dreams — ending badly for them both.

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun on Sunday following the publication of Finding Freedom, the explosive biography about the duchess and her husband, Lady C says: “Meghan’s influence is very reminiscent of Lady Macbeth.

    “It’s so sad because I remember Harry growing up and he was great with my kids.

    “To gain a toehold over Harry she appears to have played to his weaknesses, just as Katherine has played to William’s strengths.

    “Meghan shares a lot of Harry’s weaknesses. He is hyper-emotional, over-the-top, rushes where wise people don’t and is extremely self-important.

    “The way she has acted is ­completely unacceptable in the Royal Family. Even Diana knew how to be a princess and when to toe the line.

    “Meghan appears, to me, very good at talking the talk and not walking the walk. She is leading Harry down a path he will struggle to find his way back from. I fear for them.”

  • QUEEN SCOLDED HARRY FOR CURSING AT HER CLOSEST AIDE IN ROW OVER MEGHAN

    The Queen put Harry ' firmly in his place ' after he used offensive language and was 'downright rude' to her closest aide, The Mail on Sunday revealed.

    It's said that he Queen's dresser and confidante Angela Kelly wasn't able to meet Meghan's demands in regards to the trying on the tiara she wanted to wear on her wedding day to Harry, and that Harry insisted she travel to London and unlock the cupboard where the tiara is kept.

    When Angela pointed out that protocol requires an appointment to be made,he reportedly used offensive language about Ms Kelly to other courtiers with the news soon getting back to the Queen who summoned her grandson to a private meeting.

  • MEGHAN'S FAVOURITE CREAMY PASTA RECIPE IS SURPRISINGLY PRETTY HEALTHY

    Before she married Prince Harry in 2018, Meghan often spoke of her love of pasta, but there is one particular recipe she liked to prepare.

    She is known to have some pretty healthy eating habits so it's not surprising that her'filthy, sexy' creamy pasta dish involves slow-cooking courgette for four to five hours.

    The vegetarian version of the traditional bolognese pasta recipe was inspired by a friend, she toldDelish in 2018, who encouraged her to wait several hours until the vegetable becomes soft enough to toss with pasta.

    She said: “The sauce gets so creamy, you'd swear there's tons of butter and oil in it, but it's just zucchini, water and a little bouillon.”

    Here isMeghan's creamy pasta recipe:

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
    • 5 courgettes, chopped
    • 1/2 cup of water
    • 1 bouillon cube
    • 340g rigatoni
    • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
    • Grated parmesan (optional)

    METHOD

    1. If using an onion, heat olive oil over a medium heat and cook until soft. Stir in the courgette, water and bouillon cube and season to taste.
    2. Cover the pot and cook on a low heat for four hours, stirring regularly. The courgette should easily fall apart.
    3. Cook the rigatoni in a separate pot with boiling water and drain before combining with the sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan and enjoy!

    HARRY & MEGHAN'S WEEK OF REVELATIONS – FROM A FAMILY 'RIFT' TO MEGHAN'S 'ADORATION' OF PRINCESS CHARLOTTE

    It has been a week of revelations in the royal family as extracts from a new biography about Meghan and Harry were serialised in the Sunday Times.

    Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand spoke to over 100 sources for the book Finding Freedom which charts the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from the royal family.

    The authors confirmed that rumours of a “rift” between the Cambridges and the Sussexes were somewhat true.

    Prince Harry was left “p***ed off” when Prince William warned him not to rush into his marriage with Meghan.

    Meanwhile growing tensions between Meghan and Kate were also reported in the book, with the Duchess of Cambridge believing “she didn’t have much in common with Meghan.”

    However, it was reportedly Princess Charlotte who helped to ease the frosty atmosphere.

    The authors of Finding Freedom claim that it was the five-year-old Princess who came to the rescue when times were 'tense' between her mum Kate and aunt Meghan.

    The Sussexes lived just metres away from the Cambridges at the Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace before relocating to Windsor and later the US.

    And Scobie and Durand say that it was Meghan's “adoration” of little Charlotte that helped to put the situation at ease.

    The extracts from the book as Meghan Markle faces a continued court battle in a bid to protect the anonymity of her pals who acted as sources for an explosive People magazine interview – who spoke to the US publication in February 2019 over the bullying she had endured.

    Elsewhere the Duke of Sussex, 35, who is worth around £30million and enjoys taking private jets, today called for more green travel – just as TUI announced plans to shut 166 high street shops sparking hundreds of job losses.

    Harry called for the coronavirus-ravaged travel industry to “be better.”

    ARCHIE COULD HELP RESHAPE MEGHAN'S 'DIFFICULT' IMAGE

    Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, previously said the baby could change the way Meghan is perceived in the family.

    He said to the Express: “Meghan Markle’s new baby boy shifts her image from Royal Family outcast, being referred to as ‘bridezilla’ and ‘difficult,’ to new mother of the seventh in line to the throne.

    “Royal babies have a power to bring people together and will douse flames of outrage surrounding the controversial Duchess of Sussex and create a halo of positivity for the Royal Family.”

    NEW BOOK REVEALS HARRY AND MEGHAN'S FIRST DANCE SONG AT THEIR ROYAL WEDDING – AND IT'S SO ROMANTIC

    Harry and Meghan tied the knot in May 2018 in an epic fairy tale-style ceremony.

    And their first dance was just as romantic as the rest of the occasion with the newlyweds having their first dance to 'I'm in Love' by '60s soul singer Wilson Pickett.

    Extracts from the book, Finding Freedom,serialised in PEOPLE magazine, also reveal that the newlyweds “were joyful on the big day” and that “Meghan also delivered her own toast at the reception.”

    MEGHAN AND HARRY QUIT 'TOXIC' ROYAL LIFE FOR ARCHIE SAYS FRIEND

    In February a pal claimed the 38-year-old decided to step back with Prince Harry for the sake of baby Archie.

    They told the Daily Mail: “She also felt like she couldn’t be the best mother to Archie if she wasn’t being her true, authentic self. Something she felt she couldn’t be in the royal family confines.

    “She said she didn’t want Archie picking up on her stress and anxiety.

    “She felt like it was a toxic environment for him because there was too much tension and pent-up frustrations.”

    HARRY HAS AN OBSESSION WITH THE GHOST EMOJI – AND MEGHAN FOUND IT 'ADORABLE' WHEN THEY STARTED DATING

    Authors of the new book Finding Freedom have revealed how Harry relied on emojis to communicate with Meghan in their early days of dating – relying on one in particular.

    They write: “His messages were often short and full of emojis, in particular the ghost emoji, which he often used instead of a smiley face.

    “For what reason? Nobody knows. But Meghan found his texting etiquette funny and adorable, just like the prince.”

    MEGHAN USED DEAL OR NO DEAL ROLE AS A STEPPING STONE TO SUCCESS

    A model who worked with Meghan Markle in her pre-Duchess days claims that she used her Deal or No Deal role as a stepping stone to success.

    Lisa Gleave, 43, from Queensland, Australia, worked with Meghan, 38, as ‘briefcase beauties’ on the American edition of the game show.

    is a described Meghan as “quiet but very sweet” and said she used her appearance on the show to boost her acting career.

    Speaking to The Gold Coast Bulletin, Lisa said: “I remember her being very focused on her acting career and her role as a briefcase beauty, as we were called, was just a stepping stone in her career

    “She only did a few seasons and then landed her role in Suits which took her away. I was so happy for her when I heard about the marriage.”

    Meghan worked as a ‘briefcase girl’ on the show, hosted by Howie Mandel, between 2006 and 2007.

    WHERE ARE HARRY'S EXES NOW?

    Meghan and Harry have been happily married for a couple of years now, but before then he had a long line of exes.

    Just this week, it was revealed Prince Harry’s actress ex Cressida Bonas had secretly tied the knot to beau Harry Wentworth-Stanley in a private country ceremony.

    The actress previously dated the Duke of Sussex for three years after being introduced by Princess Eugenie, before breaking off their relationship in April 2014 – allegedly after getting "spooked" by the idea of life as a royal.

    Now we reveal where the rest of his exes are – find out more here.

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