Meghan & Harry latest news – Meghan told to DROP lawsuit as Royal Family left 'hopping mad' over Sussex Royal trademark

MEGHAN Markle should quit her privacy lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, urges a legal expert.

Mark Stephens, of Howard Kennedy, told Newsweek: “If I was advising Meghan I'd be saying get out now. This is another hole below the waterline.

“The risk is that how she curates her reputation, what she allows into the public domain and what she doesn't, are now things that will be picked over by lawyers in cross-examination.”

She is suing the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a letter she wrote to her estranged dad, Thomas, in 2018.

Stephens' advise comes after Meghan lost a court battle to block claims she allegedly co-operated with the authors of Finding Freedom.

This comes as new details emerge in the new book titled Battle of Brothers, written by royal biographer Robert Lacey.

The book claims that Meghan and Harry left the Royal Family ‘hopping mad’ when they trademarked Sussex Royal products which was regarded as the "commercialising of the crown". 

Follow all the latest news on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry below…

  • Carly Bass

    ROYALS LEFT 'HOPPING MAD' BY MEGXIT AND PRINCE WILLIAM REFUSED TO EAT WITH HARRY

    THE Royal Family was left “hopping mad” over Megxit and Prince William refused to eat with Prince Harry at the “Sandringham Summit”, a bombshell book has claimed.

    Battle of Brothers alleges the siblings' relationship was “utterly broken” by Harry’s “disrespect” and the pair have barely spoken since.

    The Duke of Sussex is said to have “betrayed” the Queen announcing Megxit plans without consulting her.

    Furthermore, the couple's attempts to trademark the name Sussex Royal were seen as “commercialising of the crown”, the book claims.

    In the excerpt, which has been serialised in the Daily Mail, author Robert Lacey wrote: “When Harry and Meghan decided to trademark Sussex Royal products without asking the Queen’s permission, the extent of royal fury at Sussex impertinence rose to even higher levels.

    “Hopping’ was a mild description of how mad the family was.”

  • Carly Bass

    'I HOPE HARRY AND WILLIAM HEAL THIS TERRIBLE RIFT'

    Writing for The Sun, Arthur Edwards said Prince Harry and William were once so close.

    Harry once said in a TV interview that his main role in life was to support his brother when William became our king.

    But it seems that since he met Meghan Markle his purpose in life has changed and that promise is broken. He appears more interested in money-making ventures such as his big Netflix deal.

    I remember when he and William were inseparable and totally devoted to one another. I photographed them as young boys having so much fun on a trampoline at Balmoral.

    Later they would play football and you could see the great love between them, despite the crunching tackles on each other.

    Being older, William looked out for Harry, helping him avoid the pitfalls he had already faced as a prince growing up outside the cloistered world of palaces and courtiers. That bond was strengthened when their mother died. 

    Watching them walking behind Diana’s coffin in 1997 you would never have thought they would end up not speaking — and it all happened the day after Harry met Meghan Markle.

    Read more here.

  • Carly Bass

    MEG 'LEARNED TO DRINK TEA BEFORE MEETING THE QUEEN'

    The Duchess of Sussex is said to have taken a two-hour lesson including how to hold a cup and saucer and how to use a knife and fork.

    The etiquette class was led by Edmund Fry, who runs the Rose Tree Cottage tea room in Pasadena, California.

    “She is an amazing young lady, so very in control herself and very nice with people,” Edmund told Fabulous Digital.

    He advised her how to sip her tea, place the cutlery in the correct position – and other etiquette rules such as what to do with the napkin.

  • Carly Bass

    MEGHAN ADVISED TO ABANDON LAWSUIT

    The Duchess of Sussex should quit her privacy lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, urges a legal expert.

    Mark Stephens, of Howard Kennedy, told Newsweek: “If I was advising Meghan I'd be saying get out now.

    “This is another hole below the waterline.

    “The risk is that how she curates her reputation, what she allows into the public domain and what she doesn't, are now things that will be picked over by lawyers in cross-examination.”

    She is suing the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a letter she wrote to her estranged dad, Thomas, in 2018.

    Stephens' advise comes after Meghan lost a court battle to block claims she allegedly co-operated with the authors of Finding Freedom

  • Carly Bass

    HARRY'S RIFT WITH WILLIAM STARTED WHEN HE 'BETRAYED' THE QUEEN

    Harry tore open a rift with William when he “betrayed” the Queen by announcing Megxit plans without consulting her.

    New book Battle of Brothers claims the relationship was “utterly broken” by Harry’s “disrespect” and the pair have barely spoken since.

    The rift could cause immense damage to the monarchy, says the author of the bombshell book.

    Robert Lacey believes their unique bond has been shattered by how the Sussexes went about Megxit.

    Senior members of the family saw it as a huge mark of disrespect that Harry rushed out his plans on his website and Instagram before agreeing it with the Queen.

    Sources say William was stunned at Harry’s decision to throw away his duty and service to the crown, and furious that the Queen had been backed into a corner.

    Read more on the story here.

  • Carly Bass

    MEGHAN AND HARRY TOLD TO 'STAY OUT OF' US POLITICS

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently sparked controversy after urging people to vote in “the most important” upcoming US election.

    Royal commentator Lizzie Robinson and Chris Ship from Royal Rota reflected on this, with Chris saying the pair should just stay out of it.

    He said: “Meghan and Harry promised that when they leave the Royal Family they would uphold the values of the Queen. One of the Queen's values is being impartial.

    “It is kind of an election that is going to be very bitter and very fraught.

    “Perhaps the advice to Harry and Meghan might have been or could be is stay out of it completely.”

  • Carly Bass

    MEG BOUGHT PRINCE SURFING LESSON FOR HIS BIRTHDAY – AND HE LOVES IT

    Meghan Markle has reportedly bought Prince Harry surfing lessons for his birthday and he “loves it”.

    The Duke of Sussex is said to have spotted cycling to Malibu's famous Surfrider Beach while the couple was living in LA.

    The couple now live in a sprawling £11million home in Montecito, Santa Barbara.

    A source told Page Six: “Harry’s loving Montecito, Meghan bought him surfing lessons for his birthday and he’s having the best time.”

    It comes as the couple spoke to the Evening Standard in a “candid” interview – gushing over their new life in the US after quitting the Royal Family.

  • Carly Bass

    BOOK OF ROYAL REVELATIONS RETURNED TO AUTHOR 'UNREAD' BY PALACE OFFICIALS

    The author of an explosive new book about the Royal Family claims that a draft version was returned to him unread by officials.

    Royal writer Robert Lacey told the Daily Mail he has sources very close to the royals – with his previous works including biographies of the Queen, Sir Walter Raleigh and Eileen Ford.

    When working on other books, he has previously sent the Palace key chapters prior to publication – with royal officials co-operating and senior courtiers even inviting him to tea, he claims.

    But draft pages of 'Battle of Brothers: William, Harry, and the inside story of a family in tumult' were sent back to him unread, which Lacey thinks shows “they took fright over the title, probably”.

  • Carly Bass

    MEGHAN’S SNACKING HABITS REVEALED

    Meghan has spoken a fair bit about her diet in the past, and confirmed that one of her go-to healthy snacks is watermelon.

    In a past interview, she said: “On set and at home, I try to always have a container of watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon because it elevates the flavour just a notch, and makes it feel special.”

    The mum-of-one also prefers a healthy drink to gorging on takeaways.

    Speaking of her fast food choices, she told The Chalkboard in a past chat: “A green juice. That’s fast. And it’s food. It’s been many moons since I went through a drive thru.”

  • Carly Bass

    MEGHAN GIVES ADVICE ON HATE

    Meghan Markle recently spoke about the Sussexes' non-profit organisation Archewell, which she said aims to “ensure that we are helping foster healthy positive communities – online and off”.

    She told the Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit: “To see how you are propagating hate, whether passively or actively; to see how you are clicking on things that are contributing to an industry that is really toxic for so many of us, especially as parents.

    “And when you know something is wrong, reporting it, it, talking about it, ensuring that the facts are getting out there.

    “I think that is one clear tangible thing that everyone could be doing.”

  • Carly Bass

    THE PATRIOTIC SIGN MEG HAS IN HER HOME

    Meghan showcased her love of her new home with an “I love you California” print in her Santa Barbara mansion during a recent Zoom call.

    Hung above the mantelpiece was a print of a bear holding the state of California in its paws, printed with the words “I love you California.”

    The words refer to the state’s official anthem which was published in 1913, and later adopted by California 1951 and confirmed in 1987 as the sunshine state’s official song.

  • Carly Bass

    JEREMY CORBYN GAVE MEG A BOOK OF POETRY

    Jeremy Corbyn and his wife gave Harry and Meghan a book of left-wing poetry at the height of the Megxit wars in solidarity with the departing Royals.

    The Sussexes lavished thanks on the hard-left former Labour leader and his wife for their “support” in a bizarre alliance revealed in “Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour under Corbyn”

    The thank you note read: “Dear Jeremy and Laura. Sending our great thanks for the wonderful work of Mexican literature that you so kindly gave us at the Commonwealth Service; Sor Juna Ines de la Cruz is a fascinating historical figure, and we look forward to learning more about her life and works! Thanks for the support, Harry and Meghan.”

  • Debbie White

    ROYAL RIFT BETWEEN BROS 'WORSE THAN ANYONE THINKS'

    The chasm between Princes William and Harry is “worse than anyone thinks”, a royal biographer behind a bombshell new book has claimed.

    Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers, told the Daily Mail: “If this breach between the brothers is not healed in some way it will come to stand with the abdication crisis and the death of Diana as one of the traumas that changed the monarchy.”

    His comments come as the two princes are said to have “cut contact for two months” after Harry moved to the US with Meghan Markle.

    See our full story HERE.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN'S PALS 'DE FACTO PR AGENTS'

    Meghan Markle used her pals as 'de facto media relations agents' to feed at least 49 pieces of personal information 'which could only have come from her' to the authors of her gushing biography, it's been claimed.

    Meghan, 39, is suing the Mail on Sunday for printing extracts from a letter she sent her dad Thomas, saying it breached her privacy.

    But in new papers filed yesterday, the newspaper claims the Duchess of Sussex does not have “any reasonable expectation of privacy” because she secretly shared intimate secrets with Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, co-authors of Finding Freedom.

    The paper alleges Meghan became “increasingly frustrated that the press coverage she received was not to her liking and did not do her justice” and “wanted to take more active steps to promote a positive image of herself”.

    Meghan strongly denies collaborating with the authors or any other media.

    See our full story HERE.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN COMPARED TO PRINCESS DIANA

    Two people connected to Netflix hit The Crown say that Meghan Markle reminds them of Prince Harry's late mum, Princess Diana.

    Historian Robert Lacey, who is a consultant for the show, told the Daily Mail: “In her own way Meghan walks through minefields like Diana did. Metaphorical minefields.”

    Also comparing Meghan’s plight to that of Princess Diana is The Crown creator Peter Morgan.

    He told Vanity Fair there were parallels between both women, which were 'obvious' and 'impossible' to ignore.

    The Brit screenwriter said that the upcoming fourth series of the drama, featuring actress Emma Corrin as the young Lady Diana Spencer, “shines a lot of lights on where we are now”.

  • Debbie White

    BOOK OF ROYAL REVELATIONS RETURNED TO AUTHOR 'UNREAD' BY PALACE OFFICIALS

    The author of an explosive new book about the Royal Family claims that a draft version was returned to him unread by officials.

    Royal writer Robert Lacey told the Daily Mail he has sources very close to the royals – with his previous works including biographies of the Queen, Sir Walter Raleigh and Eileen Ford.

    When working on other books, he has previously sent the Palace key chapters prior to publication – with royal officials co-operating and senior courtiers even inviting him to tea, he claims.

    But draft pages of 'Battle of Brothers: William, Harry, and the inside story of a family in tumult' were sent back to him unread, which Lacey thinks shows “they took fright over the title, probably”.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN THE 'ONLY SELF-MADE MILLIONAIRE IN ROYAL FAMILY'

    Robert Lacey, consultant for Netflix’s The Crown, and Battle of Brothers author, says “there is only one self-made millionaire in the Royal Family and that is Meghan Markle.”

    Commenting on Megxit, he told the Daily Mail: “If [the Royal family] had sat down with her at the start and said, ‘Let’s talk about the things you are interested in’, things might have been different.

    “They just sent her off to watch the Queen opening the Mersey Bridge.

    “There is nothing wrong with that, but they made the mistake of dealing with the spare’s wife thinking she was just a routine royal.

    “She was never going to be a routine royal.”

  • Debbie White

    2ND BORN 'ALWAYS TREATED BADLY' – AUTHOR

    The Palace has 'got it wrong' with Prince Harry “as it always does with the second-born. They always treat the second-born badly, not to say cruelly,” according to historian Robert Lacey.

    The royal expert told the Daily Mail: “It happened with Princess Margaret. It happened with Prince Andrew. It’s the classic heir and the spare thing.

    “They just don’t know what to do with the spare. And they certainly didn’t know what to do with the spare’s wife.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RECAP – MEG CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle used her friends as 'de facto media relations agents' to feed at least 49 pieces of personal information 'which could only have come from her' to the authors of her gushing biography, it was claimed today.

    The Duchess of Sussex allegedly colluded with the writers of Finding Freedom as part of “a media strategy to improve or enhance her image” which started shortly after she married Prince Harry in 2018.

    Meghan, 39, is suing the Mail on Sunday for printing extracts from a letter she sent her dad Thomas, saying it breached her privacy.

    But in new papers filed today the newspaper says the Duchess of Sussex does not have “any reasonable expectation of privacy” because she secretly shared intimate secrets with Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

    More on story here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'SHE'S DIFFICULT'

    Meghan Markle has “a dangerous level of self-belief” and the Palace “don’t know what to do” with her, the author of an explosive new book about the Royal Family claimed today.

    Historian Robert Lacey, who is a consultant for Netflix’s The Crown, also said that Meghan is “difficult” and changed the monarchy’s policy of “sticking together”.

    His new book Battle of Brothers will shed light on the strained relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry in the lead up to, and following Megxit.

    More on the story here.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN THREATENS MONARCHY'S 'STICK TOGETHER' POLICY

    Historian Robert Lacey, who is a consultant for Netflix’s The Crown, reckons that Meghan Markle is “difficult” and that she has changed the monarchy’s policy of “sticking together”.

    His new book Battle of Brothers will shed light on the strained relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry in the lead up to, and following Megxit.

    Lacey told the Daily Mail: “What you’ve got to realise is that the whole strategy of the monarchy was based on them sticking together. 

    “Meghan changed all that. She is difficult. She has an incredible and dangerous level of self-belief.”

  • Debbie White

    WHY IS MEGHAN MARKLE SUING ANL?

    Meghan Markle, 39, is suing the Mail on Sunday's publisher Associated Newspapers (ANL) over the publication of parts of a handwritten letter sent to Thomas Markle, 76, in August 2018.

    The duchess is seeking damages for alleged misuse of private information, breaching the Data Protection Act and infringement of copyright over five articles published in February 2019 which included extracts from the “private and confidential” letter to her father.

    The duchess's legal team is likely to file a written response to ANL's amended defence in the coming weeks, but may also challenge the decision to allow the publisher to amend its defence at the Court of Appeal, writes the Press Association.

    Meghan's case against ANL, which has been listed for a 10-day trial in January, is one of several High Court claims recently brought by her and Prince Harry against media organisations.

  • Debbie White

    FINDING FREEDOM 'PRODUCT OF CREATIVE LICENCE'

    Gushing biography Finding Freedom has been dismissed as a “product of creative licence” by Meghan Markle's lawyer.

    On Tuesday, Judge Francesca Kaye allowed ANL – publishers of the Mail on Sunday – to amend its defence to Meghan's privacy claim in order to rely on Finding Freedom and argue that the Sussexes “co-operated” with its authors.

    Royal expert Omid Scobie wrote the 320-page biography with journalist Carolyn Durand.

    Meghan's lawyers have described the accusations that the duke and duchess “collaborated” with the authors as a “conspiracy theory”, saying references to a letter in the book were simply “extracts from the letter lifted from the defendant's own articles”.

    In separate witness statements filed on behalf of the duchess, Mr Scobie said “any suggestion that the duke and duchess collaborated on the book is false”.

    Meghan's solicitor Jenny Afia described much of the information about the Sussexes in Finding Freedom as “extremely anodyne”, “the product of creative licence” or simply “inaccurate”.

  • John Hall

    NO LARGE EVENTS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE, SAYS QUEEN

    The Queen has cancelled all receptions for the rest of the year because Buckingham Palace is too small for social distancing.

    There will be no “large scale events” at the palace or Windsor Castle as it is not possible to stage them and adhere to coronavirus rules.

    Ceremonies including investitures will now be postponed until a late date, Buckingham Palace said.

    Her Majesty intends to return to Windsor Castle in October and wants to resume the use of Buckingham Palace during an Autumn programme of audiences and engagements.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN HAS 'COMPROMISED' PRIVACY OVER LETTER TO FATHER, MAIL ON SUNDAY CLAIMS

    The Duchess of Sussex has allegedly “compromised” any expectation of privacy in relation to a letter to her estranged father by allowing details of her private life to be published in a recent biography, the Mail on Sunday has claimed in new court documents.

    In its amended defence, seen by the PA news agency, the publisher alleges that Meghan “compromised” her right to privacy in relation to the letter as she “permitted information about her own private and family life and relationships, correspondence, as well as the private lives of other people, to enter the public domain by means of the book”.

    ANL argued that the account in Finding Freedom of Meghan's letter to her father and his response is “very critical of Mr Markle”, while the Sussexes are portrayed as “generous, thoughtful and considerate”.

    Antony White QC, for ANL, alleged in the court document: “It is to be inferred that this account of the letter is part of the version of events that the claimant wanted published; that she caused this account to be given to the authors for the purpose of publication; and that, had the defendant published this version of events – that is, an account entirely from her point of view – the claimant would not have had or made any complaint about the publication of any of the contents of the letter.”

    Meghan's lawyers have described the accusations that the duke and duchess “collaborated” with the authors as a “conspiracy theory”, saying references to the letter in the book were simply “extracts from the letter lifted from the defendant's own articles”.

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