Royal Family news latest – Queen inducted to horse racing Hall of Fame as Prince Andrew faces monarchy backlash

THE Queen has been inducted into the racing Hall of Fame for her 'lifelong commitment' to the sport – amid family meetings over Andrew's desperate desire to return to public life.

The new honour comes on the back of her best year on the track, with more than £535,000 in earnings from her 33 wins on the Flat to date.

She is a regular at Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby – with a trip with other members of the Royal Family already confirmed for next year.

But the honour has come at the end of another "annus horribilis" for Her Majesty following the death of her beloved husband Philip and the continued legal woes of her reported favourite son Andrew.

The prince has reportedly become "isolated" from the rest of the family as he is the “only person in the world clinging” on to the idea he can return to public life.

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

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Out of touch

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been accused of being “out of touch” by royal experts who say that in five years time “no one will be listening to them.”

    Katie Nicholl, Royal Correspondent at Vanity Fair appeared on True Royalty TV’s programme The Royal Beat where she discussed the Sussex’s recent visit to a New York City School.

    Speaking on the show she said: “Turning up at an underprivileged school in Harlem in a couture coat that costs more than the combined incomes of most of those parents at the school – it doesn’t make any sense. It just shows them to not be in touch.” 

    Author and royal expert Robert Jobson agrees, telling the programme: “If they’d been shielded by the ‘royal umbrella’, they wouldn’t be falling into so many of these traps, and they’d probably still have a degree of popularity, and a chance to have a voice. 

    “I don’t think that in five years’ time people will be listening.” 

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Opening up to the Met Police

    MET Police has spoken to the woman who claimed she was raped and sexually assaulted by Prince Andrew when she was just 17.

    Virginia Roberts has alleged that in 2001 she was trafficked to London from the US by billionaire paedo Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew at his pal Ghislaine Maxwell’s home.

    The decision to now speak with Roberts comes after she filed a civil lawsuit in August accusing the duke of “rape in the first degree” after a visit to Tramp nightclub in Mayfair.

    The Duke has claimed that he has had “no recollection” of ever meeting her.

    Read the article in full here.

     

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Secret filming

    Last month, the BBC aired a documentary on the life of Prince Philip featuring personal recollections from his loved ones.

    And Meghan and Harry have given a series of interviews this year – beginning with their bombshell Oprah chat in March.

    The couple were also reportedly miked up on a recent visit to New York – sparking rumours they may have been filming for a new series on their lives.

    The Sussexes were followed by their own personal videographer during the trip.

    The cameraman closely followed the pair around the city and even ran ahead of them for the perfect shot before they toured the 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, according to Page Six.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Who was Princess Margaret?

    HRH Princess Margaret was born on August 21, 1930, at Glamis Castle in Scotland, to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

    She was the younger sister and only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II.

    For several days the registration of the princess’ birth was deliberately delayed in order to avoid her being numbered 13 and associated with its ‘unlucky’ connotations.

    In 1936 Princess Margaret’s world was turned upside down when her uncle King Edward VIII abdicated to marry divorcee, Wallis Simpson.

    It meant her father, a reluctant Prince George, would become King and that her sister Elizabeth was now the country’s future Queen.

    At the tender age of six, Margaret was second in line to the British throne.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    No return for big day

    PRINCE Harry will not be returning to the UK for Remembrance Day, instead choosing to fly to New York to honour veterans, it’s reported.

    News the duke will stay in the US for the commemoration comes after it was confirmed he and Meghan also won’t make it back for a postponed party celebrating Princess Diana.

    Harry – who served in the Army for a decade, completing two tours of Afghanistan – will instead present the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards in the Big Apple next month.

    The ceremony will pay tribute to veterans and military families “living with the invisible wounds of war”, the Telegraph reports.

     

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Lack of energy

    Biographer Andrew Morton claimed that Kate was exhausted in the run up to the Sussexes’ royal wedding due to her being pregnant with third child, Prince Louis. 

    In his unauthorised biography, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew claims Kate being pregnant for the majority of Meghan’s wedding preparations got in the way of a friendship developing. 

    He said: “Kate and Meghan were neither sisters nor, unlike Fergie and Diana, friends before they joined the Royal Family.

    “What is more, during the build-up to Meghan’s wedding, Kate was experiencing her third difficult pregnancy and was focused on her own welfare. She did not have much energy to bond with her new neighbour.

    “When they sat together in the royal box to watch the Ladies’ Singles Final at Wimbledon in July 2018, the two women were still getting to know one another.”

    Read more here.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Prince Charles ‘will live in “flat above the shop” when he is king’

    Prince Charles is set to “live in a ‘flat above the shop’” after Buckingham Palace is allegedly thrown open to the public when he is King.

    In a bid to radically overhaul the Royal estate, the monarch will be left in less-than lavish living arrangements as the Palace is opened up to the public, it’s been suggested.

    Prince Charles is also planning to move the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Windsor Castle, because its position in the Heathrow flight path makes it “too noisy” for him.

    It will be a property move that the Cambridges are said to want, according to a friend of the royals.

    And there are talks that Balmoral could turn into a “museum” dedicated to the Queen as part of the property reshuffle.

    As well as slimming down the monarchy, the “property question” is also on the “to do list,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.

     

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Harry and Meghan to miss COP26

    “ECO-WARRIORS” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will miss this year’s COP26 climate change conference in November.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will skip the highly anticipated Glasgow climate event, while the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Kate are all set to attend.

    The Royal announcement comes weeks after Harry and Meghan attended the star-studded Global ­Citizen Live concert in New York — dubbed “Wokestock” — which demanded tough new eco laws to halve US emissions by 2030.

    It also pressed the “wealthiest nations” to deliver on a £70billion-a-year pledge to help developing countries go green.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    How Meghan’s royal comeback shows she’s ‘resilient’ following Megxit

    Since stepping back from the royal family, Meghan Markle appears to have adopted a “steely determination that wasn’t there before”, says a body language expert. 

    The Duchess of Sussex stepped down as a senior royal in 2020 and is now making a “resilient” comeback following the end of her parental leave, claims Judi James. 

    Judi told Fabulous: “New York Meghan and Time mag cover’s Meghan reveal a woman with a much more steely look in both her eye expression and her body posing and movement. 

    “She is also seen looking more independently powerful and much more like a leader.

    “Now she has the profile but without the restrictions we can see the much steelier version of Meghan, who looks determined to change the world for the better and sooner rather than later.”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Met Police drops Prince Andrew investigation

    The Met Police has dropped its investigation into Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein.

    The force said it had carried out two reviews into claims made by women that they had been allegedly abused by Andrew and Epstein but would take “no further action”.

    A Met Police spokesperson said: “The Metropolitan Police Service continues to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who lead the investigation into matters related to Jeffrey Epstein.

    “As a matter of procedure MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action.

    “We also reviewed information passed to us by a media organisation in June 2021. This review is complete and no further action will be taken.”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Andrew banned from lavish banquet with Charles & senior royals in fresh snub

    Prince Andrew was banned from a lavish banquet with Charles and senior royals in a fresh snub.

    The duke secretly attended a conference with Army colonels but was banished from dinner.

    Palace insiders confirmed Andrew was not allowed to represent the Grenadier Guards and asked to leave before the dinner and attended the conference privately.

    A source told us: “He sat at the back of the room. And was not allowed to dine with his brother.

    “It is quite a fall from grace.”

    A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Grenadier Guards were represented by the Regional Lieutenant-Colonel, who is Lieutenant-General Roland Walker.”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Inside Kate Middleton’s bargain wardrobe

    She may live in a palace and have access to glittering tiaras, but Kate Middleton often prefers to wear bargain high street items.

    The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has been known to wear jewellery as cheap as £1.50, so it can be easy for budget-savvy fans to copy her royal style. 

    Here, Fabulous takes a look at the mum-of-three’s high-street staples…

    • £16 Zara dress
    • £1.50 Accessorize earrings
    • £20 M&S trainers
    • £35 Asos dress
    • £39 Warehouse jumper
    • £59.99 Zara blazer
    • £75 Topshop dress

    Read the article in full here.

     

    Andrew suit affecting Royals ‘really badly’

    Angela Levin said the suit is affecting the Royal Family “very badly” – and no matter what the outcome, the damage to Andrew’s reputation will be “permanent”.

    “Here’s the prince, the second son of Her Majesty, and he’s just going on and on and pretending in his rather pompous way he’s above all this nonsense,” she said.

    Despite a series of PR catastrophes in recent years, Andrew was reportedly so confident the case would collapse that he was plotting a return to the royal frontline.

    But he’s now understood to be “worried”.

    One source said: “There has been a dramatic shift in mood and the reality that this could not only go on for many months, if not years, as well as costing potentially millions of pounds is very real.”

    ‘No fan of Uncle Andrew’

    Wills, 39, and dad Charles held separate talks with the Queen when Andrew stepped down from royal duty after his Newsnight interview almost two years ago.

    A pal of William claimed: “He is no fan of Uncle Andrew.”

    And The Sunday Times’ royal source claimed one of the “triggers” that “really gets” William is his uncle’s attitude.

    They added: “Any suggestion that there isn’t gratitude for the institution, anything that could lead anyone in the public to think that senior members of the family aren’t grateful for their position, (William thinks) is really dangerous.”

    Kate’s meeting (Continued…)

    She visited University College London and met scientists behind the Children of the 2020s project.

    The initiative tracks the lives of babies born in 2021 over five years and looks into how their childhoods are influenced by factors including where they grow up.

    Kate is known to be shy – and was first heard speaking publicly when she and William officially announced their engagement.

    However, in the past few years, she has stepped forward into the spotlight more frequently.

    She recently stunned on the red carpet at the premier of James Bond film No Time to Die – and bravely held a giant tarantula as she met students in Northern Ireland.

    The royals have taken part in a series of programmes across a range of different channels this year.

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Kate Middleton in private talks with TV boss

      KATE Middleton is reportedly in early talks with a TV boss over plans to make a documentary on early childhood development.

      The mum-of-three had a meeting with a high-powered executive from production company 72 Films earlier this week.

      However, no programme has yet been commissioned and well-placed sources say the chat was for “preliminary and research purposes”.

      If Kate does decide to sign up for a documentary, she’ll be following in the footsteps of her husband and brother- and sister-in-law.

      It’s believed TV bosses want Kate to be part of a programme on how children develop and learn – a subject of huge interest for the duchess.

       

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Prince Andrew faces ‘disaster’

      The Duke of York’s “car crash” Newsnight interview – in which he bizarrely claimed he doesn’t sweat – should warn him off giving evidence, Angela Levin says.

      Writer Ms Levin, who has penned an authorised biography of Prince Harry, says Andrew had just three options to explore ahead of the civil case.

      Speaking on talkRADIO, Ms Levin said: “One was to ignore it, pretend it didn’t happen, he didn’t know anything about it. We’ve seen that hasn’t worked – it hasn’t gone away. He thought it would all disappear into the night. It hasn’t.

      “The second one was to go to America and answer all the questions and nit-pick apart the accusations, which is quite dangerous. Remember how he was on Newsnight and then think of him on the stand, giving evidence.

      “I think it would be a disaster for him.

      “The third one is to try to worm out the fact that his accuser doesn’t have a case.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      'Great shame' Harry & Meg not returning

      A spokeswoman for the Sussexes confirmed on Saturday that the Duke would not be in attendance.

      And experts have said it will further harm the already strained relations between Harry, 37, and his brother William, 39.

      Royal expert and author Penny Junor said: "It is a great shame they are not coming. 

      "The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from.  They don't come back and the rift continues. 

      "There is a lot of work to be done, it's a shame they can't come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work."

    • Joseph Gamp

      Inside Kate Middleton’s bargain wardrobe

      She may live in a palace and have access to glittering tiaras, but Kate Middleton often prefers to wear bargain high street items.

      The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has been known to wear jewellery as cheap as £1.50, so it can be easy for budget-savvy fans to copy her royal style. 

      Here, Fabulous takes a look at the mum-of-three’s high-street staples…

      • £16 Zara dress
      • £1.50 Accessorize earrings
      • £20 M&S trainers
      • £35 Asos dress
      • £39 Warehouse jumper
      • £59.99 Zara blazer
      • £75 Topshop dress

      Read the article in full here.

      Harry has returned to the UK twice this year

      Harry has returned to the UK twice this year, once for his grandfather’s funeral and again for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Diana.

      It is not known whether he will make a return for the rest of the year.

      He and Meghan had previously been mulling a visit for a party to mark his late mother, which will be attended by 100 guests including William and Sir Elton John,

      It’s understood Harry was particularly keen to travel back for the hour-long celebration.

      But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash.

      Stepping forward

      Last month, the BBC aired a documentary on the life of Prince Philip featuring personal recollections from his loved ones.

      And Meghan and Harry have given a series of interviews this year – beginning with their bombshell Oprah chat in March.

      The couple were also reportedly miked up on a recent visit to New York – sparking rumours they may have been filming for a new series on their lives.

      The Sussexes were followed by their own personal videographer during the trip.

      The cameraman closely followed the pair around the city and even ran ahead of them for the perfect shot before they toured the 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, according to Page Six.

      A Kensington Palace spokesperson for Kate declined to comment.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Prince Andrew faces ‘disaster’

        The Duke of York’s “car crash” Newsnight interview – in which he bizarrely claimed he doesn’t sweat – should warn him off giving evidence, Angela Levin says.

        Writer Ms Levin, who has penned an authorised biography of Prince Harry, says Andrew had just three options to explore ahead of the civil case.

        Speaking on talkRADIO, Ms Levin said: “One was to ignore it, pretend it didn’t happen, he didn’t know anything about it. We’ve seen that hasn’t worked – it hasn’t gone away. He thought it would all disappear into the night. It hasn’t.

        “The second one was to go to America and answer all the questions and nit-pick apart the accusations, which is quite dangerous. Remember how he was on Newsnight and then think of him on the stand, giving evidence.

        “I think it would be a disaster for him.

        “The third one is to try to worm out the fact that his accuser doesn’t have a case.”

      • Joseph Gamp

        'Settlement agreement signed by Roberts in 2009'

        In his latest bid to end the lawsuit, the Hollywood legal team successfully argued to receive a copy of a 2009 settlement signed by Ms Roberts.

        Lawyer Andrew B. Brettler says the accuser had entered into a "settlement agreement" that would end her current claim against the prince.

        Roberts' legal team agreed to hand over a copy of the "release" regarding her settlement with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, despite concerns it could scupper her bombshell lawsuit.

        Andrew’s attorneys hope the clause will exempt Queen’s second son from any culpability in her sex assault claims against him – but Virginia’s lawyers have branded it "irrelevant".

        The secret agreement is said to not apply to the royal – instead releasing lawyers, employees, agents and heirs from liability in connection with the Epstein case.

        Andrew now has until October 29 to respond to the allegations, with his lawyers promising to "dismantle" his sex accuser’s allegations in detail.

      • Joseph Gamp

        'Isolated' Andrew 'clinging on to public life return'

        The Duke of York is said to be 'isolated form the Royal Family- and is the “only person in the world clinging” to the idea that he could return to public life, an expert has claimed.

        It comes as Virginia Roberts is attempting to sue the royal in a New York court after alleging that she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

        Royal editor Russel Myers has said he believes that the firm are “closing ranks” on the  Duke of York, as they are afraid he will damage the family’s reputation further.

        Speaking on Lorraine earlier today, Mr Myers said: “I think he is the only person in the entire world at the moment who is clinging to the aspect that he could return.”

        He added: “It does seem they're closing ranks together on him and he's become quite isolated.”

      • Joseph Gamp

        Will George ever be King?

        The Royal Family “may never see Prince George become King”.

        Royal commentator Daniela Elser has pinpointed how the turmoil facing the Firm didn’t make a “pretty picture” for its future.

        Speaking about the change that will happen in the coming years as the Queen’s reign ends, she said: “When that mournful day comes, we might not be only saying goodbye to a truly iconic figure but farewelling the last and final Queen of the UK.

        “It will be up to her son, grandson and great-grandson what comes next; they will be fighting for nothing short of survival.”

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