Royal Family news latest – Grieving Queen breaks silence on Prince Philip's death revealing devastating scale of loss

THE Queen yesterday spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death.

Her Majesty, 95, recalled the “many happy memories” she and her husband shared as she officially opened the new session of the Scottish parliament at Holyrood last week.

She told MSPs in the socially distanced debating chamber: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.

“It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times," she added in a clear reference to how much she misses Philip.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Third wheeling

    Diana is third wheel in Harry and Meghan’s marriage, claims a royal biographer.

    Andrew Morton, author of the bombshell biography Diana: In Her Own Words, has said that for both Harry and Meghan, “all roads lead back to Diana” and “every camera click and whirr” reminds them of their “terrible fate”.

    He continued to say that: “As the Sussexes embarked on their own journey together through Royal life, not a day went by without a reference, a memory or a decision that related in some way to Harry’s late mother. Diana was the third wheel in their marriage.”

  • Louis Allwood

    No backing down (Continued…)

    In June, Simon Dorante-Day made the outrageous claim his teeth were ground flat by a dentist to make him look less royal.

    He claims he was “pinned” down by a dentist to shave down his sharp canines and erase any similarities to the Royal Family.

    Sharing a picture of the Queen, Durante-Day wrote: “This photo exemplifies why my canine teeth were ground flat.”

    Durante-Day was born in Gosport, Hamps, in April 1966.

    He has filed papers to the High Court in a bid to force the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to take a DNA test.

    The engineer claims his adoptive grandparents Winifred and Ernest worked as a cook and gardener for the Queen and Prince Philip and told him “many times” he was Charles and Camilla‘s child.

    He also believes the names of his birth parents are “fictitious” and the official documents from his adoption are written in his mum’s handwriting.

    Not surprisingly, Charles and Camilla have not responded to his claims.

  • Louis Allwood

    The royal princesses’ names explained

    Sienna’s first name is derived from the Tuscan city of Siena, and it is a clear reference to her father’s Italian roots. The baby’s middle name pays honour to the Queen.

    This is Queen Elizabeth’s 12th great-grandchild and arrives just over three months after Lilibet Diana, Harry and Meghan’s second child who they also named in honour of the Queen.

    Back in June, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

    She was named after the Queen’s family nickname and also Harry’s mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.

    Prince William and Kate Middleton’s six-year-old daughter Charlotte’s name also pays tribute to the monarch.

    Her full name, including her title, is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.

    While Charlotte’s first name is a nod to her grandfather, Prince Charles, her middle names, Elizabeth and Diana, pay homage to the same women who are Lilibet’s namesakes.

  • Louis Allwood

    Cambridges want new PA

    Kate Middleton and Prince William are on the hunt for a new personal assistant to join their team.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “require an experienced PA to provide comprehensive administrative support to a busy team” according to the job description on Daybook.

    They will also take on handling telephone calls and regularly drafting letters and emails.

    The role is a permanent contract of 37.5 hours a week with the new PA settling into an office at the Cambridge’s London home of Kensington Palace.

    According to the job listing, desirable candidates will “have previous personal assistant and administrative experience, including managing busy diaries and drafting correspondence. Candidates will have impeccable IT skills and a proactive approach.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry ‘hypocritical’ for lecturing on climate change

    Former government minister Norman Baker, 64, told Newsweek: “It’s completely hypocritical for Prince Harry or other members of the royal family to lecture people about climate change when they’re emitting more carbon than almost everyone else on the planet.

    “People using private jets are in the top one percent of carbon emitters in the world.

    “Prince Harry needs to stop using private jets or if he wants to use private jets he needs to stop lecturing people on climate change. It is not particularly challenging to get a flight from New York to California – people do it all the time.”

    The couple have faced repeated criticism for insisting on using  private flights, despite preaching about the environment.

    Baker said Harry and Meghan took 18 private jet trips in the 12 months from January 2019 to January 2020.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan Markle wants to star in superhero movie, expert claims

    The Duchess of Sussex wants to return to the big screen and star in a superhero film, it has been suggested to royal biographer Angela Levin.

    Suggestions were made earlier this week that Meghan, 40, may go back on her decision to retire her acting career – and star in a blockbuster film.

    Sources said in early 2020 that her agent was actively looking for a superhero role for the Duchess – but plans were seemingly halted by the Covid pandemic.

    Speaking about what’s next for the Duchess in the post-pandemic world, Ms Levin told the Sun Online: “I heard that Meghan had gone back on saying that she’s not going back to doing acting.

    “She wants to be the star of a superhero in a film.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Future of Balmoral

    Meanwhile in Scotland, there are talks that Balmoral may be opened up as a museum dedicated to the Queen once Charles takes the throne.

    Balmoral – which is the Queen’s favourite – is closed to the public in the summer, but under Charles, there is set to be far greater access to the royal grounds.

    Just yesterday, the Queen spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death while in Scotland.

  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew ‘had the “time of his life” at creepy dinner party’

    PRINCE Andrew appeared to have the “time of his life” at a creepy dinner party hosted by Jeffrey Epstein, it was claimed yesterday.

    The Duke was a guest at his paedo pal’s Manhattan mansion in 2010, with celebs including screen star Woody Allen.

    One guest compared the setting to an erotic film.

    The guest said: “Epstein came with some girls who were tall and skinny and Russian looking.

    “They were about 20-ish. They looked like teens.

    “There were about eight people sitting around the dinner table and they spoke to Andrew at length about the royal wedding, American politics, international politics.

    “Prince Andrew had the time of his life.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen speaks publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death

    THE Queen yesterday spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death.

    Her Majesty, 95, recalled the “many happy memories” she and her husband shared as she officially opened the new session of the Scottish parliament at Holyrood this morning.

    She told MSPs in the socially distanced debating chamber: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.

    “It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times.”

    The Duke of Edinburgh, who died two months’ before his 100th birthday, had a number of connections to Scotland.

  • Louis Allwood

    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.

  • Louis Allwood

    Sarah Ferguson ‘will likely be subpoenaed’ as ‘lawyers want to grill her over Pizza Express alibi’

    SARAH Ferguson is likely to be subpoenaed in Prince Andrew’s sex case as lawyers want to grill her over his Pizza Express alibi, a reports says.

    The Duke of York, 61, is battling a lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, which claims he sexually abused her three times when she was 17 – allegations he denies.

    In a disastrous Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed he was at a pizza restaurant in Woking on the evening of one of the alleged encounters with Virginia – a former sex slave of Jeffrey Epstein.

    Courtiers believe that since the Duchess’ whereabouts were a part of her ex-husband’s story, she will likely be called to testify by his accuser’s legal team.

    The Duke’s lawyers are prepared to fight the allegations against him but if the case progresses, he will have to hand over personal documents and information, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

  • Louis Allwood

    Princely plans

    Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a £112m deal with the production company after quitting the Royal Family.

    In the partnership with Netflix, the couple agreed to a multi-year deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children’s programming.

    Such projects were sought, Prince Harry had claimed in their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview in March, as his family had cut him off financially at the start of 2020 after announcing their Megxit plans.

    In April of this year, the couple revealed their first project for the streaming platform – an Invictus Games documentary.

    Prince Harry, who will appear on camera and be an executive producer for the documentary, gushed over the series, saying he couldn’t wait for the series to reveal the “mosaic of resilience”. 

    In July, it was claimed that Meghan had started working on a Netflix series with David Furnish two years before Megxit.

    The Duchess of Sussex and Elton John’s husband began working on the new animated series, that has the working title ‘Pearl’, several years ago according to Page Six.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry ‘oozed alcohol from every pore’

    Prince Harry “oozed alcohol from every pore” and stank of cigarettes during his “wild-oats sowing phase”, a famous US TV host has claimed.

    Katie Couric has detailed encounters with both the Duke of Sussex and his uncle, Prince Andrew, in her new memoir Going There.

    She met Harry at a polo match in Brazil – but criticised his odour of booze and cigarettes, which seemed to “ooze from every pore”, the Daily Mail reports.

    The prince has admitted turning to drugs to cope with his mum’s death.

    And he said he would regularly drink “a week’s worth of alcohol in one day”.

    The 37-year-old opened up about his struggles with his mental well-being and the trauma that haunts him in recent doc The Me You Can’t See.

    “I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling,” he said.

  • Louis Allwood

    Following the trend

    Princess Beatrice follows Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and William and Kate with royal baby name trend

    Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have named their baby girl Sienna Elizabeth, with Beatrice revealing the sweet name on Twitter on Friday.

    She wrote on her official account: “We are delighted to share that we have named our daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.”

    This is Queen Elizabeth’s 12th great-grandchild and arrives just over three months after Lilibet Diana, Harry and Meghan’s second child who they also named in honour of the Queen.

    Back in June, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

    She was named after the Queen’s family nickname and also Harry’s mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.

    Prince William and Kate Middleton’s six-year-old daughter Charlotte’s name also pays tribute to the monarch.

    Her full name, including her title, is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen’s secret ‘booze tunnel’ under Buckingham palace

    The Queen has a secret “booze tunnel” under Buckingham palace, according to one of her in-laws.

    Princess Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank, let slip that the royal family can discreetly head to a cocktail bar from the palace thanks to hidden underground tunnels.

    According to The Star the tequila salesman apparently shared the information with the Daily Mail’s royal editor, Richard Eden at a party sponsored by his drinks brand Casamigos.

    Eden claims Brooksbank said: “There is one to Dukes Bar from St James’s Palace. I haven’t used it yet, but I’d love to check it out.”

    Dukes Bar situated in the exclusive Mayfair residence, Dukes Hotel, is famous for its ‘legendary’ martinis described by the New York Times as ‘one of the world’s best.’

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Creating a lasting legacy to the Queen’

    The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) aims to “create a lasting legacy” to the Queen by urging people to start their own tree-planting projects across the UK with the call to action: “Plant a tree for the jubilee.”

    The scheme encourages planting to take place between October and March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing.

    The children presented the queen with a hand-made card to mark the end of her traditional summer break at her beloved Scottish residence.

    The monarch thanked them for the “very kind” gesture after being presented with the card by Annie Hutchin, aged “six and a half”, and Skye Jones, nine.

    Annie said afterwards: “She asked how we made it and said we did a lovely job.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Buckingham Palace left terrified

    THE Royal Family is braced for another devastating attack from Prince Harry — as he personally researches his mother’s life for a new book.

    Experts also fear he may use the memoir to name the “royal racist”.

    Royal insiders believe he will now be under extreme pressure to identify the family member he alleges made racist remarks about the colour of baby son Archie’s skin.

    Harry is understood to have been contacting Princess Diana’s old friends.

    It had been thought he would leave most of the work to a ghostwriter.

    Now, Palace sources are “surprised” at how involved he has become.

  • Louis Allwood

    Explained: Kate Middleton’s fashion journey

    IT’S taken Kate No Time to get back into the swing of red carpet events, but it’s been a slow and steady build-up to the Duchess finding her stylish, gold-heeled feet.

    Attending the premiere of the latest James Bond movie this week, Kate wore her best look to date — a custom Jenny Packham caped dress bedazzled with thousands of gold sequins, which usually costs £3,640.

    It outshone every Hollywood A-lister and proved as big a talking point as the film itself.

    Even though Kate has walked her fair share of red carpets, this is the first time she has worn such a showstopper of an outfit.

    Her style has evolved from shy wallflower to perfect princess.

    Read more here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Finally seeing Sienna

    PRINCE Andrew finally saw his new granddaughter — after the baby name announcement was delayed until he left his Scottish bolthole.

    Daughter Beatrice and property developer hubby Edo Mapelli Mozzi took baby Sienna to see him in Windsor on Friday almost two weeks after she was born.

    Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson left him at Balmoral to dash to the London hospital where Beatrice gave birth.

    But the duke remained on the 50,000-acre estate to dodge US lawyers trying to serve his sex abuse lawsuit.

    It was finally served in America. Virginia Giuffre claims billionaire paedo Jeffrey Epstein, who died in jail, trafficked her for Andrew when she was 17 — and accuses him of “rape in the first degree”.

    Andrew, 61, whose legal bill is being covered by the Queen, was seen grinning and waving as he left Balmoral on Thursday after three weeks in hiding.

  • Louis Allwood

    Buckingham Palace left terrified

    THE Royal Family is braced for another devastating attack from Prince Harry — as he personally researches his mother’s life for a new book.

    Experts also fear he may use the memoir to name the “royal racist”.

    Royal insiders believe he will now be under extreme pressure to identify the family member he alleges made racist remarks about the colour of baby son Archie’s skin.

    Harry is understood to have been contacting Princess Diana’s old friends.

    It had been thought he would leave most of the work to a ghostwriter.

    Now, Palace sources are “surprised” at how involved he has become.

  • John Hall

    ‘Royal version of the Kardashians’

    The Sun’s new columnist, Piers Morgan, says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been a “relentless orgy of money-grabbing duplicity” since moving to the US.

    But while the Kardashians, who have made their millions from life in the public eye, are “honest” about their mission to become billionaires, Meghan and Harry are not – according to Piers.

    He said the former royals “have their noses permanently rammed in the regal trough” and “intend to keep them there until they’ve made themselves repulsively rich and famous”.

    “In this regard, they’re the royal version of the Kardashians,” Piers writes in the Daily Mail.

    He describes them as “people with no discernible talent other than for pimping themselves out to the highest bidders and a craven desire to air their dirty family linen in public for financial gain.”

  • John Hall

    ‘Creating a lasting legacy to the Queen’

    The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) aims to “create a lasting legacy” to the Queen by urging people to start their own tree-planting projects across the UK with the call to action: “Plant a tree for the jubilee.”

    The scheme encourages planting to take place between October and March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing.

    The children presented the queen with a hand-made card to mark the end of her traditional summer break at her beloved Scottish residence.

    The monarch thanked them for the “very kind” gesture after being presented with the card by Annie Hutchin, aged “six and a half”, and Skye Jones, nine.

    Annie said afterwards: “She asked how we made it and said we did a lovely job.”

  • John Hall

    The Queen’s secret ‘booze tunnel’ under Buckingham palace

    The Queen has a secret “booze tunnel” under Buckingham palace, according to one of her in-laws.

    Princess Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank, let slip that the royal family can discreetly head to a cocktail bar from the palace thanks to hidden underground tunnels.

    According to The Star the tequila salesman apparently shared the information with the Daily Mail’s royal editor, Richard Eden at a party sponsored by his drinks brand Casamigos.

    Eden claims Brooksbank said: “There is one to Dukes Bar from St James’s Palace. I haven’t used it yet, but I’d love to check it out.”

    Dukes Bar situated in the exclusive Mayfair residence, Dukes Hotel, is famous for its ‘legendary’ martinis described by the New York Times as ‘one of the world’s best.’

  • John Hall

    Harry ‘hypocritical’ for lecturing on climate change

    Former government minister Norman Baker, 64, told Newsweek: “It’s completely hypocritical for Prince Harry or other members of the royal family to lecture people about climate change when they’re emitting more carbon than almost everyone else on the planet.

    “People using private jets are in the top one percent of carbon emitters in the world.

    “Prince Harry needs to stop using private jets or if he wants to use private jets he needs to stop lecturing people on climate change. It is not particularly challenging to get a flight from New York to California – people do it all the time.”

    The couple have faced repeated criticism for insisting on using  private flights, despite preaching about the environment.

    Baker said Harry and Meghan took 18 private jet trips in the 12 months from January 2019 to January 2020.

  • John Hall

    Cambridges want new PA

    Kate Middleton and Prince William are on the hunt for a new personal assistant to join their team.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge "require an experienced PA to provide comprehensive administrative support to a busy team” according to the job description on Daybook.

    They will also take on handling telephone calls and regularly drafting letters and emails.

    The role is a permanent contract of 37.5 hours a week with the new PA settling into an office at the Cambridge’s London home of Kensington Palace.

    According to the job listing, desirable candidates will “have previous personal assistant and administrative experience, including managing busy diaries and drafting correspondence. Candidates will have impeccable IT skills and a proactive approach.”

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