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Tensions between the Royal Family and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are still at a fever pitch after the news Prince Harry will be releasing a tell-all memoir next year. But older brother Prince William is said to be standing firm in the face of the looming crisis, with the Cambridge’s said to be “sending a secret message” to Meghan and Harry that they will not be backing down anytime soon.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, has claimed that Kate and William are sending coded messages to the Sussexes.

He said the pair appear to be suggesting life goes on without Meghan and Harry’s involvement in the Firm.

The expert told Closer magazine: “William and Kate have kept a dignified silence but now they’re letting their actions do the talking.

“It’s almost as if they’re sending a secret message to Harry and Meghan saying, ‘We’re going to keep going, we’re still here, we’re not backing down, we’re carrying on.’

“It’s a message to Harry that life continues – with or without him.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been sent a ‘secret message’ from Kate and William (Image: Getty)

William and Harry’s relationship has deteriorated significantly over recent years, as the brothers fell out over Harry’s whirlwind romance with Meghan.

The Duke of Cambridge was said to be concerned over how fast the pair’s relationship was progressing, something that angered Harry.

Harry appeared to confirm the feud in a 2018 interview during their South Africa tour, where he told ITV he and William were on “different paths”.

The pair’s relationship declined further after Harry and Meghan announced they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family and subsequently participated in a number of bombshell interviews.


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Line of succession to the throne (Image: Express)

1.50am update: Royal Family website finally updates Meghan Markle’s bio to include Lilibet

Meghan Markle’s bio on the Royal Family’s official website has finally been updated to include the Duchess of Sussex’s new-born daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

The information page on the Duchess of Sussex said that she only had one child up until today.

The website initially did not mention that Prince Harry’s wife was also the mother of their new-born daughter Lilibet despite the tot being born more than a month ago.

The “about” section previously said: “The Duchess of Sussex, born Rachel Meghan Markle, married Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. The Duke and Duchess have one child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.”

The details about Meghan, who lives in California with her husband and two children, have now been updated on

0.38am update: Prince Harry crisis as ‘various’ Royal Family members demand Queen ‘disowns’ Duke – expert

Prince Harry is facing a fresh crisis as “various” members of the Royal Family believe the Queen should “disown” him in the wake of Megxit revelations, a leading royal author has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex has launched a number of scathing attacks on the Royal Family since quitting The Firm and last week announced plans to release a tell-all book in 2022. 

In March, Harry and Meghan confirmed they would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family and the Queen removed all their associated patronages – including the Duke’s beloved ties to the military.

The Queen, 95, stopped short of stripping the pair of their royal titles and they remain as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

11.20pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘held commercial talks long before Megxit’ – source

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are alleged to have forced their royal aides to keep their commercial deals secret ahead of their departure from the senior roles in the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex secured deals with Netflix and Spotify, reportedly worth a combined £130million, which allowed them to pay for their new lives in Los Angeles.

However, a source claimed the couple were in talking with media giants before they left the Royal family.

In March 2020, Meghan and Harry announced they would be stepping back from their full-time royal duties.

After a year, they announced in March they would not be returning to their positions and would no longer be permanently working royals.

As a result, the couple lost use of royal HRH styles and patronages.

However, during their year in the US they secured contracts with Netflix, Spotify and speaking companies and have since released podcasts and plan to make documentaries.

Isabella Marsans is taking over from James Bickerton.

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Republic have detailed where its anti-royal billboards will be erected (Image: Republic)

10.05pm update: Meghan Markle determined to ‘make as much money as possible’ through US contacts

Meghan Markle is “determined” to make “as much money as possible” in America after stepping down from royal duties, an expert has claimed.

Meghan Markle, 39, has been using her connections in America to get multimillion-dollar deals for her and Prince Harry, 36.

In the Channel 5 documentary Meghan at 50: The Climb to Power, royal expert Tom Quinn explained The Duchess of Sussex is using her knowledge to make her and Harry into a “profitable brand”.

Narrator Paula Bacon said: “The obvious location to settle was California, the place Meghan knows best.”

8.55pm update: Prince William infuriated Prince Harry with Meghan Markle worries: ‘Being a snob!’

Prince William angered his brother Prince Harry after expressing concerns surrounding his relationship with Meghan Markle, according to a book.

Prince Harry has announced he will publish his memoirs next year, but one royal expert has explained how his brother may be dreading the release.

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said that Harry could say “inappropriate things” about the Firm, with terrible consequences for Prince William.

She said: “William is probably the one that will come out of this worst of all because there is a row between William and Harry and basically if Harry says things that are inappropriate about the monarchy, that is William’s future.”

Meghan and Harry are ‘absolutely unpredictable’ says royal expert

7.40pm update: Harry and Meghan ‘astonished and upset’ Canadians wouldn’t pay for their security

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were “upset and astonished” when they learnt that Canadians were not willing to foot the bill for their security.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down in March 2020 to embark on a private life away from royal duties and become financially independent.

But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “astonished” that they had to pay their own security bill.

In the Channel 5 documentary Meghan at 50: The Climb to Power, royal expert Tom Quinn discussed that Harry and Meghan did not “expect” to pay for their security and repay for the Frogmore Cottage refurbishment.

6.26pm update: Meghan Markle ‘makes the decisions’ in new life with ‘vulnerable’ Prince Harry

Meghan Markle “makes the decisions” in her marriage with Prince Harry, a royal expert has claimed.

Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family in March 2020 before moving to California and giving interviews about royal life.

The Duchess of Sussex has been compared to Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who married Prince Edward.

In the Channel 5 documentary Meghan at 50: The Climb to Power, royal author Tom Quinn claimed Meghan “makes the decisions” as Harry is “quite vulnerable”.

5.35pm update: Prince Harry’s cousin Lady Amelia Windsor pouts in £105 pyjamas for new modelling shoot

Lady Amelia Windsor pouts and poses playfully in bed in a stunning new campaign.

The royal, who is 41st in line to the throne and an advocate for ethical fashion, models pretty pink, white and blue pyjamas made from sustainable hemp.

Amelia, 25, is pictured giggling while lying down wearing a £105 eco-friendly Sura set from Stola London.


Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in May 2018 (Image: EXPRESS )

4.11pm update: ‘Oh dear!’ Prince Harry book publishers ‘thought they would be first’ with Duke’s secrets

Prince Harry may have sparked concern by publicly sharing his shocking reasons for leaving the Royal Family before releasing his memoir, as a royal expert has claimed his book publishers “thought they would be first with all his secrets”.

Harry recently announced he will be releasing an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life so far next year.

The memoir is set to include secrets about the break-up of his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage, as well as the period of Diana’s death in 1997 and its aftermath.

Harry’s relationship with stepmother Camilla and past girlfriends are also likely to form part of the book, which will be published by Penguin Random House.

3.04pm update: Prince Charles ramps up duties and steps in for Queen in crucial face-to-face meeting

Prince Charles held a key face-to-face meeting as he continues to ramp up his duties in the run-up to his succession to the throne.

Prince Charles met Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta today at Sandringham. The official Twitter account of the British High Commission in Kenya wrote on the social media platform: “Kenya holds a special place for the Royal Family.

“Today, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met President Kenyatta of Kenya at Sandringham – as the close friendship between our two countries continues to grow.”

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2.30pm update: Royal backlash: Angry anti-monarchists hatch £16k plan to install 12 offensive billboards

Republic, a pressure group campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy and its replacement with a directly elected head of state, is launching a billboard campaign to publicise their anti-monarchy message up and down the country.

The group aims to galvinise fresh support for its cause, as they call for an end to the monarchy following the death of the Queen.

Republic has so far raised over £16,000 towards the campaign and has now announced exactly where the billboards will be erected.

Republic started fundraising for its billboard campaign at the end of June and aim to raise £30,000. So far it has made £16,763 with 723 supporters.

The group has confirmed 12 billboards will soon be going up in cities across the country, including Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.

Several billboards will also be erected in Scottish cities, such as Aberdeen, Glasgow and Renfrew.

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Kate and William are set for a ‘rocky 12-months’ (Image: Getty)

1.40pm update: Kitty Spencer had rocky relationship with dad Earl Spencer years before wedding – claim

Lady Kitty Spencer married billionaire Michael Lewis at a lavish wedding in Rome, Italy, on Saturday in front of a host of A-list guests.

But her father Charles Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana, didn’t attend the nuptials and is believed to have remained in the UK. H

is absence has raised a few eyebrows, but a royal insider has claimed the father-daughter relationship has cooled off in recent years.

The insider said Lady Kitty used to be close to her father when they were growing up, but they have drifted apart in recent years.

They told MailOnline: “Kitty and Charles were very close when she was growing up, but their relationship has cooled and been more distant since his marriage to his third wife Karen in 2011.

“Charles recently suffered an injury and perhaps that will be the reason for him not travelling, but it is just easier for everyone that he is not ther

1pm update: Prince George could be sent away from London – Kate and William spotted ‘visiting schools’

Kate and Prince William have dropped a major hint they are planning to send Prince George to boarding school by visiting institutions in the Duchess’s home county of Berkshire.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly been scouring schools outside London “which has got a lot of people talking,” according to a source Royal fans have been speculating for months whether the couple will choose to change Prince George’s education when he turns eight.

A big change has been predicted by some royal followers, who pointed out that this was the exact age that Prince William and Prince Charles both headed to boarding schools.

And source told New Idea: “William and Kate have recently visited schools in the Berkshire area, which has got a lot of people talking.”

12.25pm update: Princess Charlene shares wedding video as she remains apart from Albert in ‘trying time’

Princess Charlene has signalled her marriage is still strong despite her prolonged absence from Monaco due to her health.

The South Africa-born royal shared a video on her popular Instagram account in which singer Alouise dedicates her a song during a live performance.

Before she started to play her guitar, the performer could be heard saying: “All right, let’s do this. Charlene, this song is for you”.

Alouise performed the 2009’s song My Help Hart by South African quartet Romanz, which was also played during the wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene a decade ago.

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An updated version of Finding Freedom will be released next month (Image: Getty)

11.45am update: Diana and Charles’s royal wedding cake slice tipped to fetch eye-watering £500 at auction

Prince Charles and Princess Diana tied the knot at St Paul’s Cathedral 40 years ago tomorrow. Their nuptials were widely described as the wedding of the century and a fairytale ceremony.

While the union of the Prince and Princess of Wales broke down a few years later and ended in divorce in 1996, a slice of the wedding cake has survived the test of time and is now up for auction.

The slice measures 8ins by 7ins and weighs 28oz.

The slice, made of icing and a marzipan base, presents an almost intact royal coat of arms coloured in white, blue red and gold.

It has been preserved wrapped up in cling film inside an old cake tin decorated with pink flowers.

11am update: Kate & William brace for ‘rocky 12 months’ – Royal Family set for another ‘global crisis’

The Royal Family is facing a “hellish 2022” as a number of potentially damaging events are set to occur, which will leave Kate and William to pick up the pieces.

Events that are due to take place include the publication of Harry’s memoirs, the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, as well as the release of the film Spencer and Season 5 of the Crown.

As a result, royal expert Daniela Elsa said: “The Cambridges are staring down the barrel of a very rocky 12-months that will expose old and have the entire Royal Family bracing themselves for another global PR crisis.”

10.10am update: Meghan Markle and Harry turn on Society of Editors after group criticised Oprah interview

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tell-all interview with Oprah sent shockwaves around the world as the pair made a number of incendiary claims against the Royal Family.

But the Society of Editors, a UK group fighting for media freedom, were quick to condemn Meghan and Harry for describing the UK press as “bigoted” during the two-hour interview.

The lengthy statement by the industry body denied the existence of racism and sparked a huge backlash amongst journalists.

The furore surrounding the response later prompted the Society’s executive director to stand now.

Now, almost five months after the dispute, Meghan and Harry have posted a statement on their Archewell website discussing the matter.

Under the heading ‘Archewell recognises coalition of UK journalists calling for change’, the couple said they are a “proud support of journalistic diversity”.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, a romantic timeline (Image: Express)

9.30am update: ‘Just call him Harry!’ – Expert calls for end of HRH Prince Harry and Sussex title row

Prince Harry has faced calls to be stripped of his HRH style and Duke of Sussex title in recent months and a constitutional expert has claimed people should “cease calling him by any style or title that refers to his royal past.”

Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, held onto their HRH styles and Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles despite quitting the Royal Family last year.

However, the Sussexes’ commercial activity since stepping down and most notably their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March has prompted calls for the Queen to strip them of their royal status.

A constitutional expert has argued the Queen’s enduring fondness for her grandson and the lack of recent historical precedents for the stripping of royal titles makes such a move unlikely.

8.55am update: Meghan Markle and Harry’s updated biography to feature ‘heartbreak’ over Philip’s death

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s biography that took the world by storm last summer is to be updated to include the Sussexes’ heartache following the death of Prince Philip.

Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s book Finding Freedom will be released next month with an updated epilogue detailing the past, turbulent months in the life of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Among the announced key additions to the book, there is Meghan and Harry’s reaction to the death of Prince Philip.

It will also recount “Meghan’s emotional healing journey from losing a child to the birth of their daughter”.

8.20am update: Queen has ‘more insulting’ plan for Meghan and Harry instead of removing their titles

The Queen could have a “more insulting” plan for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry instead of removing their titles for cashing in on the Royal Family in the US, a royal expert has claimed.

Since stepping down as senior royals, Meghan and Harry can no longer carry out royal engagements and also lost their military and royal patronages.

They also can’t use the word “royal” in their branding while they carve out a new brand for themselves in the US.

However, the couple still have their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, with Harry still keeping his Prince title too.

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