Royal family news – Kate Middleton Covid exposure forces Duchess to self-isolate despite 'not experiencing symptoms'

KATE Middleton is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone with Covid after visiting Wimbledon and Wembley last week.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is not experiencing any symptoms but is staying home to follow government guidance.

She was due to join Prince William in marking the 73rd anniversary of the NHS yesterday but had to miss out – including hosting a tea party at Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the frontline staff of the pandemic.

Kate has received both her Covid jabs and got the alert on Friday. She will have to isolate for ten days but it is not clear when the quarantine period started.

Kate had been pictured watching the tennis at Wimbledon on Friday afternoon in the Royal Box.

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

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BOOK THE BENCH IS NOT BEING STOCKED AT QUEEN’S ONLINE STORE

    THE Duchess of Sussex’s picture book The Bench is not being stocked in the Queen’s online store.

    The online Royal Collection Shop boasts a whole “storytime” section of “delightful” children’s books.

    They include Paddington at the Palace for £6.99 and even Peppa Pig Meets The Queen for £4.99 But the Duchess of Sussex’s title – which has crashed out of Amazon’s top 100 – is not among them.

    Meghan, 39, claims it was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on his first Father’s Day and a “love story” of him and Archie.

    The picture book topped the New York Times Bestsellers List for children’s picture books but sold just 3,212 copies in the UK its first week since publication on June 8.

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    ARTHUR EDWARDS SAYS ‘WILLIAM AND HARRY FRICTION IS REASON SO FEW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO DIANA MEMORIAL’

    Royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, has had his say on the rift between the two Princes ahead of Diana’s statue unveiling.

    Arthur Edwards has said: “If they had wanted more people there for the unveiling they could have done it somehow.

    “It is sad the Queen, Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family who were close to Diana can’t be there.

    “I believe the on-going friction between William and Harry is the real reason so few people have been invited. In many ways I find that unacceptable.”

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    PRINCE WILLIAM ATTENDS NHS 73RD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS WITHOUT WIFE KATE AS COVID SCARE FORCES HER TO SELF-ISOLATE

    Prince William is attending the NHS 73rd birthday celebrations solo today.Wife Kate Middleton is self-isolating after coming into contact with who tested positive for Covid.

    The Duke of Cambridge was snapped heading up the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London to honour the work of frontline hospital and care home staff.

    He took a front row seat before a choir dressed in white robes sang hymns to commemorate the occasion.

    William followed religious leaders past rows of NHS staff who have kept the service afloat during the pandemic.

    NHS England said staff would be placed “at the heart” of the socially distanced service.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BOOK THE BENCH IS NOT BEING STOCKED AT QUEEN’S ONLINE STORE

    THE Duchess of Sussex’s picture book The Bench is not being stocked in the Queen’s online store.

    The online Royal Collection Shop boasts a whole “storytime” section of “delightful” children’s books.

    They include Paddington at the Palace for £6.99 and even Peppa Pig Meets The Queen for £4.99 But the Duchess of Sussex’s title – which has crashed out of Amazon’s top 100 – is not among them.

    Meghan, 39, claims it was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on his first Father’s Day and a “love story” of him and Archie.

    The picture book topped the New York Times Bestsellers List for children’s picture books but sold just 3,212 copies in the UK its first week since publication on June 8.

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    ROYAL RETURN

    PRINCE Harry is due to return to the UK in ten weeks for another Princess Di ceremony — and Meghan may join him.

    It comes after last week’s Diana statue unveiling with Prince William “failed to heal the brotherly rift”.

    Harry, 36, and William, 39, had an hour together at their mother’s memorial on Thursday followed by a brief reception in Kensington Palace.

    The event was scaled down due to Covid. Insiders say there was no time to address the row caused by Harry blasting the Royal Family from the US.

    But Harry is set to come back in September and join more than 100 friends, family and charity leaders for another memorial event. Wife Meghan, 39, could also return with him but sources say it may still be too early as it will come just two months after the birth of second child Lilibet.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM PRAISES FIRST RESPONDER VOLUNTEER DURING 'EMOTIONAL DAY' FOR THE NHS

    Earlier in the day, the duke attended a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the NHS milestone.

    William also chatted to Tony Larks, 48, a first responder volunteer from Bracknell who joined South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust as a community first responder volunteer in 2020 in response to the Covid pandemic.

    During the last year he has clocked up nearly 1,000 hours of voluntary service and has attended more than 250 emergency incidents, while also working full time as a graphic designer.

    The duke said: "The immense pressure you are dealing with, but it's fantastic you are able to help out in such a way."

    Mr Larks said later: "It's been truly amazing to have met Prince William today and to recognise the amazing work of the NHS.

    "I'm honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to work alongside NHS heroes and the work they do daily. It's truly incredible."

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    WILLIAM PRAISES NHS STAFF DURING BUCKINGHAM PALACE GARDEN PARTY

    The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the "extraordinary" efforts of NHS staff during the pandemic as he hosted a Buckingham Palace party in their honour.

    William welcomed 28 specially selected health service workers – from nurses and cleaners to care workers and caterers – to the Queen's official London home for the Big Tea event on the 73rd anniversary of the NHS. He was without wife Kate who is self-isolating after coming into contact with a Covid sufferer, Kensington Palace announced earlier.

    William made up for her absence by chatting to guests for an extra 30 minutes as he moved around five tables laid out in the palace's garden.

    The Queen gave the Cambridges permission to plan the event at the start of the year, heralding a small return to garden parties that have been cancelled since the pandemic began.

    William told them: "I am delighted you could all come here and thank you. What you guys are doing on a daily basis is just extraordinary, I don't know how you all keep it up, it's been truly relentless."

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    ARTHUR EDWARDS SAYS ‘WILLIAM AND HARRY FRICTION IS REASON SO FEW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO DIANA MEMORIAL’

    Royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, has had his say on the rift between the two Princes ahead of Diana’s statue unveiling.

    Arthur Edwards has said: “If they had wanted more people there for the unveiling they could have done it somehow.

    “It is sad the Queen, Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family who were close to Diana can’t be there.

    “I believe the on-going friction between William and Harry is the real reason so few people have been invited. In many ways I find that unacceptable.”

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    ITV CUT CLAIM PRINCE WILLIAM’S STAFF PLANTED STORIES ABOUT HARRY FROM BROTHERS-AT-WAR DOC

    ITV cut claims that Prince William and his staff planted stories about his brother’s mental health after being warned they were defamatory, reports claim. 

    The documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?, had originally planned to air allegations of leaking from the Duke of Cambridge about Prince Harry. 

    Omid Scobie, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biographer, had suggested on the show that senior palace aides had briefed newspapers over concerns regarding Harry’s state of mind. 

    He claimed that it was following an interview with journalist Tom Bradby in 2019 where Harry said that he and his brother were on “different paths”.

    However, Kensington Palace are understood to have warned ITV that the suggestion, if aired, would be defamatory in that it was substantially untrue.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM ATTENDS BUCKINGHAM PALACE'S NHS TEA PARTY WHILST KATE STAYS HOME SELF-ISOLATING

    Prince William attends Buckingham Palace’s NHS tea party whilst Kate stays home self-isolating

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    PRINCESS PUSHY

    Meghan Markle upset people from the early days of her joining the Royal Family, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Penny Junor claimed palace insiders told her the Duchess of Sussex was “not as charming as she seemed.”

    “I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people,” she told the ITV documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?

    “She was not as charming as she seemed.”

    Junor went on to say that the Duchess’s approach is not just Californian but “showbiz-y, celebrity.”

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    KATE SELF-ISOLATES AFTER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH COVID SUFFERER

    The Duchess of Cambridge is having to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus, Kensington Palace said.

    Kate was due to spend the day with William, celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the NHS at two major events, but will now have a 10-day period at home.

    The couple had planned to attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in honour of the nation's health service, and in the afternoon host a Big Tea at Buckingham Palace for NHS staff, in their roles as joint patrons of NHS Charities Together.

    Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Last week the Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

    "Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant Government guidelines and is self-isolating at home."

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    PRINCE WILLIAM ATTENDS NHS 73RD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS WITHOUT WIFE KATE AS COVID SCARE FORCES HER TO SELF-ISOLATE

    PRINCE William is attending the NHS 73rd birthday celebrations solo today.Wife Kate Middleton is self-isolating after coming into contact with who tested positive for Covid.

    The Duke of Cambridge was snapped heading up the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London to honour the work of frontline hospital and care home staff.

    He took a front row seat before a choir dressed in white robes sang hymns to commemorate the occasion.

    William followed religious leaders past rows of NHS staff who have kept the service afloat during the pandemic.

    NHS England said staff would be placed “at the heart” of the socially distanced service.

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    PRINCE HARRY FELT SILENCED BY CHARLES OVER DIANA INQUEST – LEAVING HIM LIKE A ‘VOLCANO READY TO ERUPT’, EXPERT SAYS

    Prince Harry was a “volcano ready to erupt” after feeling silenced by his dad Prince Charles over Princess Diana inquest, claims an expert. 

    In 2008, an inquest into Diana’s death concluded that she and partner Dodi Fayed had been unlawfully killed as a result of the “gross negligence” of Mercedes driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.

    In the run up to what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1, royal expert Duncan Larcombe told The Sun how Diana’s death in 1997 had affected youngest son Prince Harry.

    The royal commentator said: “It hurt him. It hurt him badly. He was damaged by her death. A 12-year-old’s mother dies, a 12-year-old suffers obviously. 

    “But then to have 11 years, over a decade, of his mother’s death being the stuff of open discussions and theories and ‘this is what happened.’ From Prince Harry’s point of view, he was like a volcano waiting to erupt.”

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    PRINCE WILLIAM ATTENDS BUCKINGHAM PALACE'S NHS TEA PARTY WHILST KATE STAYS HOME SELF-ISOLATING

    Prince William attends Buckingham Palace’s NHS tea party whilst Kate stays home self-isolating

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    KATE MIDDLETON COVID ALERT

    She will have to isolate for ten days but it is not clear when the quarantine period started.

    Kate had been pictured watching the tennis at Wimbledon on Friday afternoon in the Royal Box.

    She also attended the England v Germany game at Wembley with William and Prince George on Tuesday.

    It is not known if she would have been in the stands for the Three Lions' historic semi-final on Wednesday against Denmark.

    The keen tennis fan and patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club is now also likely to miss the Men's and Women's final at the weekend. Kate was due to join William at two major events marking the NHS' birthday today.

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    KATE MIDDLETON DID FIND OUT SHE HAD BEEN PINGED BY COVID APP WHILE SHE WAS WATCHING TENNIS AT WIMBLEDON

    KATE found out she had been in contact with someone who had Covid-19 while she was watching tennis at Wimbledon, The Sun understands.

    The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was alerted after taking her seat in the Royal Box on Friday and left straight away at around 4pm before Briton Dan Evans took to the court.

    Kate had her second Covid-19 jab within five weeks of her first dose.

    Kensington Palace said the Duchess of Cambridge took advice from doctors before getting the second jab after five weeks.

    The palace revealed Kate, 39, had the first dose on Friday May 28 but confirmed she had received her second jab some time before last Friday July 2 – a gap of less than five weeks.

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    CHARLES HAILS WREXHAM VACCINE FACTORY STAFF FOR ROLE IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID

    The Prince of Wales has praised staff at a vaccine factory for the part they have played in the battle against Covid-19.

    On Monday, Charles visited Wockhardt UK in Wrexham, North Wales, to see for himself the company's key role in the vaccination rollout across the UK.

    Wockhardt has been instrumental in the manufacture of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and carries out the "fill and finish" stage of the process which involves dispensing the vaccine into vials ready for it to be sent out across the country.

    The firm has a manufacturing contract with the UK Government in place until August 2022.

    During his tour of the high-tech site, which employs more than 500 people, Charles donned protective gear to visit the firm's quality control laboratory, where 300 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are currently being produced.

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    SPECIAL TEA AT PALACE ‘MEANS A LOT TO NHS STAFF’ SAYS NURSE

    Alexandra Heys, nurse ward manager in the respiratory high care unit at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The special tea at Buckingham Palace means a lot to NHS staff who have been through so much over the last year, and I feel so honoured to be meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

    “I know from personal experience that the past year has taken a huge toll on NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard to take care of patients during a challenging time.

    “My team at the respiratory high care unit has cared for over 300 very sick Covid patients, all of whom required dedicated around-the-clock care.

    “All NHS staff have gone above and beyond, providing additional care in difficult circumstances, including connecting isolated and very sick patients with their families in their most challenging moments.

    “We have all been through a lot, so seeing the public get behind the NHS Big Tea on such as massive scale is an immense boost and really makes a difference.”

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    ROYAL RETURN

    PRINCE Harry is due to return to the UK in ten weeks for another Princess Di ceremony — and Meghan may join him.

    It comes after last week’s Diana statue unveiling with Prince William “failed to heal the brotherly rift”.

    Harry, 36, and William, 39, had an hour together at their mother’s memorial on Thursday followed by a brief reception in Kensington Palace.

    The event was scaled down due to Covid. Insiders say there was no time to address the row caused by Harry blasting the Royal Family from the US.

    But Harry is set to come back in September and join more than 100 friends, family and charity leaders for another memorial event. Wife Meghan, 39, could also return with him but sources say it may still be too early as it will come just two months after the birth of second child Lilibet.

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    BAD STORIES

    Meghan Markle upset people from the early days of her joining the Royal Family, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Penny Junor claimed palace insiders told her the Duchess of Sussex was “not as charming as she seemed.”

    “I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people,” she told the ITV documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?

    “She was not as charming as she seemed.”

    Junor went on to say that the Duchess’s approach is not just Californian but “showbiz-y, celebrity.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BOOK THE BENCH IS NOT BEING STOCKED AT QUEEN’S ONLINE STORE

    THE Duchess of Sussex’s picture book The Bench is not being stocked in the Queen’s online store.

    The online Royal Collection Shop boasts a whole “storytime” section of “delightful” children’s books.

    They include Paddington at the Palace for £6.99 and even Peppa Pig Meets The Queen for £4.99 But the Duchess of Sussex’s title – which has crashed out of Amazon’s top 100 – is not among them.

    Meghan, 39, claims it was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on his first Father’s Day and a “love story” of him and Archie.

    The picture book topped the New York Times Bestsellers List for children’s picture books but sold just 3,212 copies in the UK its first week since publication on June 8.

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    BAD STORIES

    Meghan Markle upset people from the early days of her joining the Royal Family, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Penny Junor claimed palace insiders told her the Duchess of Sussex was “not as charming as she seemed.”

    “I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people,” she told the ITV documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?

    “She was not as charming as she seemed.”

    Junor went on to say that the Duchess’s approach is not just Californian but “showbiz-y, celebrity.”

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    SPECIAL TEA AT PALACE ‘MEANS A LOT TO NHS STAFF’ SAYS NURSE

    Alexandra Heys, nurse ward manager in the respiratory high care unit at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The special tea at Buckingham Palace means a lot to NHS staff who have been through so much over the last year, and I feel so honoured to be meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

    “I know from personal experience that the past year has taken a huge toll on NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard to take care of patients during a challenging time.

    “My team at the respiratory high care unit has cared for over 300 very sick Covid patients, all of whom required dedicated around-the-clock care.

    “All NHS staff have gone above and beyond, providing additional care in difficult circumstances, including connecting isolated and very sick patients with their families in their most challenging moments.

    “We have all been through a lot, so seeing the public get behind the NHS Big Tea on such as massive scale is an immense boost and really makes a difference.”

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    PRINCESS PUSHY

    Meghan Markle upset people from the early days of her joining the Royal Family, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Penny Junor claimed palace insiders told her the Duchess of Sussex was “not as charming as she seemed.”

    “I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people,” she told the ITV documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?

    “She was not as charming as she seemed.”

    Junor went on to say that the Duchess’s approach is not just Californian but “showbiz-y, celebrity.”

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