Meghan Markle news latest – Prince Harry 'treated frostily, snubbed by many top royals and could leave the UK tomorrow'

MEGHAN Markle had a “sad day” on Saturday as she watched the livestream of Prince Philip’s funeral from her home in California.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, remains in the US on doctor's advice while Prince Harry made the 5,400-mile trip to the UK to attend the Duke's final send off.

And it was revealed Sunday that Harry talked to his Prince Charles and brother William for two hours after Philip's service – their first in-person interaction since Oprah's bombshell interview.

Speaking to ABC News, Meghan’s pal Omid Scobie said: “Although Meghan isn’t here, she is, of course, supporting Harry. Her mind is very much on the situation over here.

“We know that she’s supporting Harry in this very difficult week for him.

“But she’ll also be sad because this is also the loss of a family member for her.”

He added: “It’ll be a sad day for her.”

The Queen reportedly "understands" why pregnant Meghan didn't fly to the UK with her husband.

A source told People that both Meghan and Harry "were in contact with the Queen" soon after Philip's death.

The source said: "It was always a given that Harry would return to England for his grandfather's passing.

"Meghan expressed condolences. The Queen understands why she can't travel at the moment."

It comes as it was claimed Harry and wife Meghan are filled with "regret" over the timing of their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The pair sensationally tore strips off the Royal Family during the televised chat, accusing members of racism and failing to support Meghan when she felt suicidal, creating the biggest royal crisis since the 1936 abdication.

The interview was broadcast around the world just days after Prince Philip was first hospitalised – and a matter of weeks before he sadly died aged 99.

But while Meghan and Harry are said to regret the timing of the interview, they are understood to stand by its content and insist airing their dirty laundry in public was something they "had to do", according to Heat.

Read our live blog below for the very latest updates on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry…

  • Katie Davis

    PRINCE HARRY’S DEPARTURE TO BE BLUEPRINT FOR YOUNG ROYALS OPTING OUT AS WORKING ROYALS

    Prince Harry’s departure life as a working royal has created a blueprint of “dos and don’ts” for royals like Charlotte and Louis if they choose to opt-out, a royal expert has claimed.

    Speaking to the Express, Penny Junor explained the Prince’s departure would “set a blueprint” for the “spares to the heir” so they could lead normal lives. I think in some ways that Harry and Meghan leaving as working members of the Royal Family has set a bit of a blueprint for the future. The spares to the heirs have always had difficulties over the years, it’s been a very difficult role.

    “The heirs know exactly what they are doing and what they have to prepare for. The spare can’t be normal but equally is not as important as the heir and has no idea what their future will hold.  You know, even Charles who is the heir spent a very long time finding a role for himself.

    “So I think for Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis this could very well be a blueprint. They won’t necessarily have to live in California but I think not to be expected to be working members of the family would possibly be very helpful to them.”

  • Katie Davis

    PRINCE HARRY HAS EXPERIENCED ‘A GREAT DEAL OF FROSTINESS’ FROM RELATIVES

    Royal insiders have said Harry has experienced “a great deal of frostiness” from many of his relatives.

    They explained to the Mail On Sunday: “Ironically the only one who has expressed any sympathy towards him is Prince Andrew.

    “He knows from Sarah Fergueson – and now first hand – how it feels to be the outsider, which Harry very much is.

    “As far as the others are concerned, there is a deep sense of protection towards the Queen and resentment towards Harry.

    “There is little sympathy for him after what he and Meghan said on Oprah.”

  • Katie Davis

    PRINCE HARRY 'ANXIOUS TO RETURN TO US TO BE WITH MEGHAN'

    Prince Harry is reportedly anxious to return to the United States to be with his pregnant wife Meghan Markle after attending his grandfather Philip's funeral.

    His return ticket has been left open, meaning he can go back to the US at any time.

    However Harry is "anxious" to get back to America and Meghan, who is seven months pregnant, according to the Daily Mail.

    He is considering staying in Britain for the Queen’s 95th birthday on Wednesday.

  • Katie Davis

    WHEN WILL PRINCE HARRY FLY BACK TO THE US?

    No firm date has asof yet been announced for the Duke of Sussex's return to his sprawling US mansion in Santa Barbara, California.

    Prince Charles was said to be keen to take advantage of his youngest son’s time at home for some father-son bonding.

    Royal insiders told The Mail On Sunday that he intends to spend some time with the Duke of Sussex this week.

    They said: “There has been talk that Charles will walk around Windsor with Harry to look at some of the tributes and spend some time together.”

    Prince Harry arrived on Sunday April 11, and was thought to be staying for about "a week", according to Cosmopolitan magazine.

  • Katie Davis

    CHARLES 'LOOK TO TO WILLS TO HEAL MEGXIT RIFT'

    Prince Charles will look to William to lead talks with Harry to heal the family’s rift after Megxit, it is claimed. 

    The Prince of Wales reportedly expects the Duke of Cambridge to “take the lead” in upcoming crunch talks with Harry in a bid to save their relationship.

    According to journalist Richard Kay, Charles will look to Will to lead any attempts at reconciliation.

    He wrote in the Daily Mail: “Although Harry is understood to have an open return air ticket – meaning he could travel at any time – he is anxious to return to America to be with Meghan, who is thought to be seven months pregnant with their second child.

    “It is inevitable that Charles will look to William to take the lead in this. The one hope is a date in the calendar both princes have – the unveiling of the statue of their mother on what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1.”

  • Katie Davis

    WHAT WAS PRINCE PHILIP BURIED WITH?

    Prince Philip has been buried with a special engraved sword given to him by King George VI when he married the Queen in 1947 and is engraved with a message from his father-in-law.

    Her Majesty, 94, laid the Duke of Edinburgh, who stood by her side for seven decades of unwavering service, to rest in St George’s Chapel on Saturday.

    The Duke’s body was then interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel after being placed on a catafalque on a marble slab.

    But this is not his final resting place, as he will eventually be buried alongside his doting wife when she passes away.

    When the time comes, His Royal Highness will be buried with his Admiral of the Fleet naval cap and sword.

  • Katie Davis

    QUEEN 'WON'TE RELEASE NEW PORTRAIT FOR BIRTHDAY'

    The Queen won't release a new portrait for her 95th birthday this week as she mourns the loss of Prince Philip, it is claimed.

    There will also reportedly be no gun salute to mark the occasion for the second year running.

    The monarch will continue to observe a period of mourning until Thursday meaning this year's celebrations will be scaled back.

    Plans to mark her birthday on Wednesday with a new portrait have been abandoned, the Daily Mail reports.

    And the traditional 41-gun and 21-gun salutes in London's Hyde Park and the Tower of London have also been cancelled, the Ministry of Defence said.

  • Katie Davis

    WILLS 'ASKED FOR PETER PHILLIPS TO STAND BETWEEN HIM & HARRY'

    Prince William requested that Peter Phillips stand between him and his brother Harry on the way into Prince Philip’s funeral, it has been claimed.

    The brothers were separated by Peter, the son of Princess Anne, as they walked into the service on Saturday afternoon. The decision meant that the brothers were 12ft apart due to Covid social distancing guidelines.

    However, the funeral on Saturday saw Peter hang back slightly to allow the brothers to walk ahead at the same pace.

    Now sources have told The Mail On Sunday that the distance between them was requested by Prince William himself – and that Harry has been given the cold shoulder from his family.

  • Katie Davis

    CHARLES 'MASTERMINDED WALK AFTER FUNERAL'

    Prince Charles sent away cars after his father's funeral to allow Harry and William the chance to talk, a former royal aide says.

    Dickie Arbiter – the best-known of all the Queen's former press secretaries – said Charles will have wanted his sons to 'break the ice' after Harry and Meghan's bombshell Oprah chat.

    "It was probably Charles' initiative sending the cars away so that everybody could walk 200 metres back to the castle as a good ice breaker," he said on Good Morning Britain.

    Following the funeral, as the family filed out of the chapel, the brothers walked together with Kate Middleton. They were seen chatting as they did so.

    Mr Arbiter said: "The ice was broken by the Duchess of Cambridge. Harry went to speak to her and she kind of stepped sideways to allow the two brothers to talk together."

  • Katie Davis

    QUEEN FACES LONELIEST BIRTHDAY WITH TINY 'BUBBLE'

    The Queen faces her loneliest birthday as she celebrates her 95th with just a tiny “bubble” and no Prince Philip.

    The monarch will mark her birthday on April 21, with only a tiny group of staff in Windsor Castle, according to reports.

    Plans to mark the day with a new portrait of her look set to be shelved as she is still in the official period of royal mourning for her devoted husband, whose funeral took place on Saturday, the Daily Mail reports.

    Any plans that might have been organised in the run up to the big day will be overshadowed by the death of her husband after 73 years of marriage.

    The Queen will likely be gladdened by the news that there are signs Prince Harry and Prince William are patching things up between them.

  • Katie Davis

    MEGHAN 'WAS VERY CLOSE TO PHILIP'

    Meghan Markle's friend has said she "grew very close to Prince Philip over the years" and her "relations with the family will now be smaller" following his death.

    Omid Scobie claimed her connection with Prince Philip and the Queen was "probably her strongest relationship within the family".

    “We know that she’s supporting Harry in this very difficult week for him, but she’ll also be sad because this is also the loss of a family member for her," he said.

    “She grew very close to the Queen and Prince Philip over the recent years.

    "It was probably her strongest relationship within the family and those relations then get smaller this week."

  • Katie Davis

    MEANING BEHIND WREATH MEGHAN SENT FOR PHILIP

    Pregnant Meghan Markle was unable to make the trip over for Philip's funeral but sent a wreath and handwritten note in his memory.

    The wreath featured acanthus mollis, or Bear's breeches, which is the national flower of Greece, representing Philip's heritage, and Eryngium, or sea holly, in a nod to his time with the Royal Marines.

    It also included campanula, which signifies gratitude and everlasting love, as well as rosemary to signify remembrance.

    Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, also selected lavender for devotion and roses in honour of June, which is Philip's birth month.

    Willow Crossley is said to have hand-made the wreath, who also arranged the flowers for the couple's evening wedding celebrations in Frogmore Gardens and for the Sussexes' son Archie's christening.

  • Katie Davis

    QUEEN WILL 'NEVER ABDICATE'

    Prince Charles will become a "quasi-king" as he steps up as "patriarch of the family" – but the Queen will "never abdicate", a royal expert has claimed

    Robert Jobson has said the Duke of Cornwall will do "state visits" on the Queen's behalf, however there is "no doubt" the monarch will "carry on" following the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip.

    Talking to Omid Scobie on ABC's podcast The Heir Pod, Jobson – who penned the book Prince Philip's Century – said that there is "scope for change", suggesting that Charles, 72, will become a "quasi-king".

    "The Prince of Wales will step up, in a way he’s already been doing that for the past five years, but now he truly is the patriarch of the family because the Duke of Edinburgh is dead," Jobson said.

    Scobie responded that Charles – who is the heir to the throne – sits in an "almost between role now", mentioning that Jobson referred to him as "perhaps a quasi-king" during Saturday's funeral coverage.

  • Katie Davis

    HEARTBREAKING PIC OF QUEEN SPARKS CALLS TO EASE COVID RULES

    Call to ease social distancing at funerals have grown after images of the Queen grieving alone broke the nation’s heart.

    Covid restrictions meant the monarch, 95 this week, could not be comforted inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor as she paid a final farewell to Prince Philip.

    Similar heart-breaking scenes have been witnessed at funerals across the country.

    Yet, in contrast, some streets were packed with drinkers — and fans began returning to sports events.

    Images of the Queen grieving alone at Prince Philip's funeral broke the nation’s heartCredit: PA
  • Katie Davis

    ALMOST 14M BRITS WATCHED PHILIP'S FUNERAL

    Almost 14 million people watched Prince Philip's funeral on the BBC, ITV and Sky – one million more than tuned in for Harry and Meghan's chat with Oprah Winfrey.

    The BBC's live coverage, fronted by veteran newsreader Huw Edwards, pulled in more than 11 million viewers at its peak which was five times that of ITV.

    ITV's peak viewing figures topped 2.1 million during Saturday afternoon's sombre ceremony which was less than a third of the BBC's average viewing figures stats of 6.6 million, reports the Press Association.

    The one-hour service, between 3pm and 4pm, was also viewed by 450,000 on Sky, BBC News reported, citing figures from the official Barb overnight averages for the hour-long time slot.

    However, Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview with Oprah only attracted 12.4 million viewers at its peak when it was screened on this side of the Atlantic.

  • Katie Davis

    PRINCE ANDREW LEFT FUNERAL IN NEW £220K BENTLEY

    Exclusive by Matt Wilkinson

    Prince Andrew left his father’s funeral on Saturday in his new £220,000 Bentley.

    The Duke of York, who quit royal duty 18 months ago over links to dead paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein, was spotted in the green Bentley Flying Spur for the first time.

    The 200mph motor left Windsor Castle with Andrew, 61, in the back as he headed to the nearby Royal Lodge home he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, also 61.

    The saloon was blue when delivered in September. He had it resprayed British racing green and issued with his personalised plate.

  • Katie Davis

    ROYALS 'AGREE ROTA TO VISIT QUEEN'

    The Royals have “agreed a rota to visit the Queen ahead of her birthday” as the monarch grieves the death of Prince Philip.

    Members of the family will take it in turns to visit Queen Elizabeth for walks in Windsor along with her two new corgi pups.

    The Queen, who turns 95 on April 21, has said she was “coping” after having attended the funeral of her devoted husband of 73 years on Saturday.

    The plan to support the Queen is said to have been formed by the female leading figures in the family, including her daughter Princess Anne, daughters-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex, supported by the Duchess of Cambridge.

    The Queen is expected to have a series of regular visitors as she stays at Windsor Castle, where she has remained for most of the past 13 months as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country.

  • Katie Davis

    SINN FEIN APOLOGISES FOR IRA MURDER OF MOUNTBATTEN

    Sinn Fein has finally apologised for the IRA murder of Prince Philip’s beloved uncle Lord Mountbatten 40 years after his death.

    The terror group blew up Lord Mountbatten’s boat in August 1979 as the Royal fished off the coast of North West Ireland.

    The blast, which came at the height of The Troubles, killed him, his 14 year-old grandson and a 15 year-old crew member.

    For 40 years Sinn Fein has refused to apologise for the grisly murder, insisting the Royal knew he was visiting a danger zone.

    But in an historic admission, Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald said she is “sorry” for the “heartbreaking” assassination.

  • Alex Winter

    'KATE ALLOWED BROTHERS TO TALK'

    Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter discussed the funeral on Good Morning Britain today.

    And he said Kate Middleton "stepped sideways" afterwards to allow William and Harry the chance to speak.

    "They were reasonably animated from what we could see," he said, adding that he would have been "very surprised if they didn't spent time talking".

    Meanwhile, he believes Charles ensured the brothers had a chance to walk together.

    "It was probably Charles' initiative sending the cars away so everyone could walk 200 metres back to the castle as a good ice breaker," he said.

  • Alex Winter

    KATE IS A 'ROCK'

    Kate Middleton has become a "rock" for the royals, an expert says.

    William’s biographer Brian Hoey said: “They say cometh the hour, cometh the man. But in the Royal Family’s case, it’s a woman.

    “Thank God for Kate — she is the rock the monarchy will depend on. On Saturday, she behaved absolutely impeccably.”

    And Mr Hoey, who has interviewed both the Cambridges, said Kate has "star quality".

    “The Queen Mother had star quality, which Kate has in abundance," he said.

    "But unlike the Queen Mum, the Duchess has the ability, just like Princess Diana had, to get on with people from every walk of life.

    “She will be the perfect Queen consort for William when he becomes king.”

    Here's the story.

  • Alex Winter

    HARRY 'COULD STAY ON FOR QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY'

    Harry may be away from his pregnant wife a little while longer.

    The Sun exclusively reports that he's now likely to stay on for the Queen's birthday this week.

    The monarch will mark her 95th birthday on Wednesday.

    Harry’s ticket means he could fly back to California at any time.

    One source said: “If all goes well, he could stay for the Queen’s birthday.”

    Here's what you need to know.

  • Alex Winter

    MEG WATCHED FUNERAL FROM HOME

    Meghan Markle issued an official press release ahead of Prince Philip's funeral to announce she would be watching the ceremony from home.

    The Duchess of Sussex confirmed she was observing the service stateside in a statement delivered by her 'global press secretary'.

    The statement touched on the reasons for her absence, reading: "I can confirm that The Duchess will be watching from home as she was hopeful to be able to attend, but was not cleared for travel by her physician at this stage in her pregnancy."

  • Joseph Gamp

    HARRY REUNITED WITH WILLIAM & CHARLES FOR TWO HOURS AFTER PHILIP’S FUNERAL

    Exclusive by Matt Wilkinson

    PRINCE Harry was reunited with brother ­William for two hours after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral — sparking hopes of peace between them.

    They joined dad Charles for the first time since Harry and wife Meghan’s Oprah US TV interview threatened to tear the family apart.

    Charles had private talks with his warring sons after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral — and insiders say it is just what Philip would have wanted.

    The three met up away from the cameras following Saturday’s televised service.

    They remained together for two hours at Windsor Castle as they mingled with family members on its Quadrangle.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CHARLES AND WILLIAM TO HOLD SUMMIT TO DECIDE FUTURE OF THE MONARCHY

    Prince Charles and his son William will lead a summit to decide the future of the monarchy following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

    They are set to discuss plans of a slimmed slimmed-down sovereignty over the next two generations – with fewer full-time working members of the Royal family, what they should do and who they should be.

    Prince Philip’s death also leaves vacant the hundreds of patronages that he held.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to move to California and step back from royal life is also thought to have prompted the move. 

    The talks will be led by Prince Charles and Prince William will be involved in every stage, along with the Queen.

    A source told The Telegraph: “The question is whether you start off by deciding how many patronages and engagements there should be, and then work out how many people are needed to achieve them, or whether you decide how many people there should be, which will dictate how many engagements and patronages they can take on.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: MEGHAN MARKLE’S PAL SAYS SHE ‘DID HER BIT’ FOR PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL AS SECRET SIGNIFICANCE OF HER WREATH IS REVEALED

    Meghan Markle’s pal says she ‘did her bit’ for Prince Philip’s funeral as secret significance of her wreath is revealed

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