Meghan and Harry latest – 'Cowardly' couple avoided 'awkward’ reunion with The Queen, expert claims

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry avoided an "awkward" reunion with The Queen by not returning to the UK this year, an expert has claimed.

Royal biographer Angela Levin accused the couple of being "cowards" while speaking to talkRADIO's Mike Graham.

Acknowledging how the coronavirus crisis means "people are far away from one another", host Mike Graham said: "There doesn’t seem to be any urgency from California, from Harry and Meghan, to come back and see Prince Philip, who is not getting any younger.

"The Queen is also racking up the years."

In response, the biographer said: "I think they’re cowards, I think they don’t want to do that because they will feel awkward.

“The conversation will be awkward and I think they’re just cowards staying away – there’s no reason why they couldn’t come."

What's more, the expert also claimed that the Prince "looks terrified" when he speaks and fears a "telling off from Meghan".

Follow our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest news on the couple and the Royal Family

  • Debbie White

    ROYAL FAMILY NEEDS TO 'HEAD OFF MEGXIT CRISIS'

    With Prince Andrew stepping down from his royal duties, "the Royal Family could be entering their biggest crisis in years, as they try and control a positive perception of the monarchy," warns a PR guru.

    Rebecca May, PR expert and leading publicist at RM Publicity acknowledges that "every step the monarchy make is carefully strategised".

    However, "Meghan and Harry – even though they are no longer official working Royals – are a ‘wild card’ which could further cause havoc on the Royal Family’s public profile", she told The Sun Online in an exclusive interview.

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  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE SLAMMED AS 'COWARDS'

    Royal biographer Angela Levin has labelled the Sussexes’ reluctance to return to the UK as “cowardly".

    Mike Graham of talkRADIO asked for her thoughts on their extended stay away, particularly in light of “Prince Philip not getting any younger”.

    The outspoken author replied: “I think they’re cowards; I think they don’t want to do that because they will feel awkward.”

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been slated for failing to return to the UK since ‘Megxit’ – when they fled at the end of March. They are now living in California, US.

  • Patrick Knox

    QUEEN FORMS ‘NEW FIRM’ OF EIGHT SENIOR ROYALS WITHOUT PRINCE HARRY

    Her Majesty, 94, is said to have formed the new group to ensure her mantra of “one must be seen to be believed” is carried out next year.

    The group includes Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and the Queen.

    They were pictured together for the first time this week as they paid tribute to Britain’s heroes during the coronavirus pandemic.

    It was the Queen’s idea to get the new collective to gather on the steps of Windsor Castle, where she has been isolating.

    The group does not include Prince Harry, Meghan or Prince Andrew.

  • Patrick Knox

    CHARLES WAS NOT PERMITTED TO NAME WILLIAM AND HARRY

    Princess Diana told her biographer Andrew Morton in secret tapes recorded for the 1992 book, “Diana: Her True Story” that she chose the names, reports the Express.

    Diana explained: “I chose William and Harry.

    “He wanted Albert and Arthur, and I said no. Too old!”

  • Debbie White

    NEW ROYAL 'FIRM' ADJUSTS TO MEGXIT

    The Queen's updated and new Royal 'Firm' will hope to steady the ship following the fall-out from the breakdown of the original Firm.

    Meghan and Harry sent shockwaves through the family after quitting their royal roles in a move dubbed Megxit.

    Her Majesty has urged the family to remain calm and desperately wants to return to their “back to basics” attitude, by putting herself, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne in the new group.

    A royal source told the Mirror: "The family are united in exploring the possibilities in working with each other to highlight the causes dear to their hearts, helping each other and the country at the same time.

    "They are working on opportunities for next year and beyond already. As soon as they are able it will be all hands on deck to make up for lost time.

    "The Queen has often said they 'need to be seen to be believed' – this is coming from the very top."

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN SAYS 'USE SILVER TRAYS & WHITE TABLECLOTH FOR CHRISTMAS'

    Meghan Markle's top tips for hosting Christmas parties include creating a 'table-scape', and turning cups into vases for savoury herbs.

    With the festive season fast approaching, her advice is timely as she looks forward to spending Christmas in California.

    The Duchess, 39, suggested to Grazia it was best to "keep it simple and crisp" with the table laid with white crockery and a white table cloth.

    Gilded plates should be used, along with napkin rings and a "stylish set of cutlery."

    When speaking about how to "fake fancy" her home, she advised: "Purchase silver serving trays, platters, nut bowls from flea markets or Etsy to add formality to hors d'oeuvres passing. "

    Plus, mint julep mugs or Moscow mule mugs could be turned into "low vases instead of drinking mugs. Fill with savoury herbs or all-white florals."

     

  • Debbie White

    QUEEN FORMS 'NEW FIRM'

    The Queen has agreed to a “New Firm” consisting of eight senior royals without Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew.

    Her Majesty, 94, is said to have formed the new group to ensure her mantra of “one must be seen to be believed” is carried out next year.

    The group includes Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and the Queen.

    They will now work together in a bid to get the Royal Family to carry out their full duties as soon as possible, reports the Mirror.

    It is likely to fit Prince Charles’ desire to create a slimmed-down monarchy.

  • Debbie White

    'DUCHESS CLAUS' BEFORE HARRY

    Meghan Markle once stunned as a Sexy Santa when she worked as a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal.

    Before Meghan landed her role on Suits and met Prince Harry, she worked as a suitcase girl on the US version of Noel Edmonds' hit show.

    In the 35th episode of Season 2, broadcast on Christmas Day in 2006, the future royal wowed as she posed in a fur-lined red dress and a pair of five-inch heels.

    She told Esquire in 2013: “I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet.

    “I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down.”

  • Debbie White

    DITCH FAMILY FOR PALS ON CHRISTMAS: MEGHAN'S TOP TIP

    Meghan Markle has revealed the benefits of having a non-traditional Christmas and spending the festive season with mates instead of family.

    In an old interview with Grazia – published before the star became a royal, the Duchess of Sussex suggested hosting a buffet with mates instead of the traditional Christmas dinner.

    "Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie's fruit cake!" Meghan explained.

    "Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen."

    The former actress, who ran her own lifestyle website The Tig, confessed she always made "way too much food".

  • Debbie White

    WHAT ARE MEGHAN & HARRY'S CHRISTMAS PLANS?

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to snub the Queen for the second Christmas in a row and spend it with Harry's "surrogate" dad David Foster, according to sources.

    The pair are not ready to come back to the UK for Christmas as they're enjoying life in California, it's been claimed.

    Meghan is apparently excited to host the Christmas holiday at her home and do the cooking, and the Royal Family is "not in the plan".

    An unnamed source told the Mirror: "Meghan very much wants to host the first Christmas at their new home with her mum."

  • Debbie White

    ARCHEWELL WILL 'GROW & GROW'

    Harry and Meghan's website to replace Sussex Royal, 'Archewell', is expected to "grow and grow", says a report.

    The couple announced in April they were forming 'Archewell' and are aiming to launch the new foundation in 2021 – because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Their nonprofit archewell.com went live on October 7 with the aim of offering "classes, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics," running a mentoring scheme, or conducting and hosting "events and exhibitions for cultural, sporting, health, mental health and entertainment purposes."

    A source told ELLE at the time that "while Archewell hasn’t already had a formal launch, it is still already all of their work – the structure, the events, the research they’re doing, the people that they’re meeting.

    "All of the effort they are putting in is within that umbrella. Over time, it is going to grow and grow.”

     

  • Debbie White

    INSIDE KATE & WILLIAM'S PALATIAL HOME

    When it comes to interiors, Kate Middleton and Prince William's Kensington Palace home in London is unsurprisingly fit for royalty, pics show.

    Spread over four floors and boasting more than 20 rooms – including five reception rooms – there are also bedrooms, and a day and night nursery for the children.

    In 2013, the couple reportedly spent £3m renovating Apartment 1A – which had been used as office space when the previous owner Princess Margaret passed away.

    With extravagant ornaments sitting on every surface in the room, the royal couple also have a mix of antique and modern furniture as they pay tribute to the palace's history.

    Read our full story HERE.

  • Debbie White

    TAKING THE BISCUIT

    Posh biscuits marking a trip by Prince Harry and Meghan to Royal Ascot are being flog­ged in bargain stores.

    The shortbread treats originally available for £16 a tin at London’s Harrods and Selfridges are now just £3.99 in budget chain TK Maxx.

    But those snapping up the bargain 250g tins need to scoff them quickly as they are out of date in February.

    Tins of teabags marking their 2018 wedding are also available at a half-price £4.

    Read our full story HERE.

     

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN MARKLE'S 'ALLURE'

    Meghan Markle is skilled at dazzling a room, and has a number of tricks up her sleeves to ensure she has the likeability factor, according to an etiquette expert.

    Speaking to The Sun earlier this year, Myka Meier reckons there’s a “science behind the Markle charm”.

    She explained: "Meghan is constantly meeting and speaking with people and groups, and must be able to be relatable to all.

    “Meghan is excellent at making a great first impression and there are some techniques that we often spot her using that you can use at your next party too.

    “From her posture to her facial movements, there is a science behind the Markle charm…and anyone can learn it!”

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  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN HAD TO BE ‘TAUGHT’ ABOUT BRITS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MONARCHY

    The journalist behind Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Africa tour documentary has opened up about his relationship with the couple.

    Tom Bradby, who presents ITV's News At Ten, revealed how he tried to explain the British respect for the monarchy to the Duchess of Sussex the first time he met her.

    Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 podcast 'Fortunately…with Fi and Jane', the documentary maker, 52, told hosts Fi Glover and Jane Garvey how he had tried to relay to Meghan, 38, the country's continued close ties with the royal family.

    "Sometimes you try and explain to people not from this country our relationship with the monarchy – I remember trying to explain it to Meghan a long time ago," Tom recalled.

    "It was one of the first times I met her. I remember thinking, ‘good luck with that one’.

    "But you’re trying to explain the way, for so many people, our view of our country and who we are is to some extent tied up with the people on the balcony.

  • Lydia Hawken

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'AVOIDED AN AWKWARD' REUNION WITH THE QUEEN, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Appearing on TalkRadio, royal author Angela Levin claimed Meghan and Harry felt "awkward: about returning to Britain.

    Acknowledging how the coronavirus crisis means "people are far away from one another", host Mike Graham said: "There doesn’t seem to be any urgency from California, from Harry and Meghan, to come back and see Prince Philip, who is not getting any younger.

    "The Queen is also racking up the years."

    In response, the biographer said: "I think they’re cowards, I think they don’t want to do that because they will feel awkward.

    “The conversation will be awkward and I think they’re just cowards staying away – there’s no reason why they couldn’t come."

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE 'MARKLE CHARM'

    Meghan Markle is skilled at dazzling a room, and has a number of tricks up her sleeves to ensure she has the likeability factor, according to an etiquette expert. 

    The Duchess of Sussex, 38, is “excellent at making a good impression” says Myka Meier, but there’s a “science behind the Markle charm”. 

    Myka, who was trained by a former member of the Queen’s household, told Fabulous: “As a patron for many charities and the guest of honor of many events, Meghan is constantly meeting and speaking with people and groups, and must be able to be relatable to all.  

    “Meghan is excellent at making a great first impression and there are some techniques that we often spot her using that you can use at your next party too. “

    From keeping her hands free to mirroring people’s body language, here’s how you can learn from Meghan’s mannerisms.

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE QUEEN WAS 'BLINDSIDED AND HURT' BY MEGHAN AND HARRY'S WEBSITE LAUNCH

    When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down as senior Royals in January, the couple unveiled their new working plans on their Sussex Royal website.

    But according to the new bombshell biography Finding Freedom, this move was "deeply unsettling" to other members of the Royal Family, especially The Queen.

    The book claims: "Aides and family members knew the couple wanted to step back, but the website, which laid out the details of their half-in-half-out model as if it were a done deal, put the Queen in a difficult position."

    Shortly after Harry and Meghan announced the news on social media, Buckingham Palace released a short statement confirming the news and recognising their desire to do things "differently".

    "The element of surprise, the blindsiding of the Queen, for the other principals who are all very mindful of this, rightfully, it was deeply unsettling," the biography claims. "The family is very private and bringing it into the public domain, when they were told not to, hurt the Queen. 

    "It was laying out what the Sussexes wanted in a statement without consulting with Her Majesty first – and she's the head of the institution."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S WEDDING MANICURE REVEALED

    There's no denying Meghan Markle looked every inch a princess at her wedding – right down to her impeccable manicure.

    Like plenty of brides-to-be, Meghan spent the days before the wedding having beauty treatments – including going for a facial at Sarah Chapman's luxury Skinesis salon in London.

    And it's now been revealed that the Duchess also had a mani-pedi at DryBy nail salon in London's Marylebone.

    According to British Vogue, the exclusive nail salon created a bespoke bridal manicure for the Duchess of Sussex – who opted for a gel finish to avoid any chips. 

    In order to create the perfect chic shade of pink, the nail technician reportedly used one layer of CND's Unmasked and two coats of Negligee on the top of Meghan's fingernails and Cashmere Wrap on her toes.

  • Lydia Hawken

    'ONLY WILLS AND THE QUEEN KNOW' WHERE HARRY AND MEGHAN WENT ON THEIR HONEYMOON

    Prince Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon location is one of the most tightly guarded secrets in recent royal history – with only William and the Queen knowing where they went.

    A close royal source has revealed that even the most senior Kensington Palace staff were not told where the lovebirds went after the tied the knot in May 2018.

    Rumours about where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex jetted off to flooded the internet and included plush locations in Canada, Africa and Ireland – but none are thought to be right.

    The source said: "No one knows where they went, only his brother and the Queen were told at first and a few immediate family members know now.

    "The most senior members of the royal household staff still have no idea where they went. They were completely frozen out of all plans and preparations.

    "It was very important that the newlyweds had a private honeymoon where they could be alone together out of the public eye."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN WAS 'NEVER GOING TO BE A ROUTINE ROYAL'

    When Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family, she was already an established actress in her own right – and according to one expert, this means she was "never going to be a routine royal".

    In his new book Battle of the Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey said the Duchess of Sussex was always going to want to forge her own path within the monarchy.

    He told the Daily Mail: "There is only one self-made millionaire in the Royal Family and that is Meghan Markle.

    "If they had sat down with her at the start and said, 'Let's talk about the things you are interested in', things might have been different.

    "But they just sent her off to watch the Queen opening the Mersey Bridge. There is nothing wrong with that, but they made the mistake of dealing with the spare's wife thinking she was just a routine royal. She was never going to be a routine royal."

  • Lydia Hawken

    KATE AND WILLIAM ARE 'MORE RELAXED' SINCE MEGXIT, EXEPRT CLAIMS

    Kate Middleton and Prince William "have changed" since Megxit and look "more relaxed", an expert has claimed.

    Appearing on TalkRadio this morning, biographer Angela Levin commented on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's whistle-stop tour of the UK this week.

    Referring to their Cardiff Castle visit, the author said: "When you see that with Kate and William…when we saw them this morning, they were laughing.

    "Kate was moving to the music and they're very, very easy with each other. I think there's been a big change since Harry and Meghan have gone that they feel more relaxed.

    "They feel very much like a team, you can feel that."

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE CHARLES REVEALS HE RE-WORE 1984 SUIT TO MEGHAN AND HARRY'S WEDDING

    When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May 2018, it was a big day for Prince Charles – not only because it was his son's wedding but because he walked the bride down the aisle at St George's Chapel.

    And as a life-long environmentalist, the Princes of Wales didn't want to buy a suit for the wedding that he'd never wear again.

    In an interview with British Vogue, he revealed that he rewore a suit from 1984 for the couple's big day.

    He said: "In the case of that particular morning coat, as long as I can go on getting into it, I only wear it a few times a year, in the summer, so obviously you want to keep those sorts of things going. 

    "But if I can’t fit into them, then I just have to have something new made. But I’m not sure quite how radically different they can be at my age."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN IS AWARE HER AND HARRY ARE NO LONGER 'THE GOLDEN COUPLE', INSIDER CLAIMS

    The Duchess of Sussex has taken on two new publicity experts in a desperate bid to bolster her ailing image, The Sun has exclusively revealed.

    Meghan has appointed the US-based pair to head-up an urgently revamped press team following several embarrassing PR blunders.

    A source said: “Meghan is well aware that she and Harry are no longer the golden couple.

    “Prince William and Kate can do no wrong now as far as the UK is concerned, whereas she and Harry are seen as a self-interested couple who quit the Royal Family to pursue their own interests.

    “Meghan hopes to turn things around and show people how committed to doing good she is, and for them to see a different, more positive side to her."

    News of the appointments comes after Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, were slammed for staging their own pictures in an LA Cemetery for Remembrance Sunday.

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE BROTHERLY TRADITION HARRY AND WILLIAM WILL MISS THIS CHRISTMAS

    The coronavirus crisis has played havoc with all our Christmas plans this year – including the Royals'.

    Usually, the Royal Family spend Christmas at the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk – and Prince Harry and Prince William would reportedly always challenge the staff to a cheeky game of footie.

    In Channel 4’s A Very Royal Christmas: Sandringham Secrets, the narrator claims: "Until recently, Harry and William had their own Christmas traditions at Sandringham — their annual kickabout, royals versus staff."

    Royal expert Richard Kay said: "Harry and William, when they were teenagers were enormously competitive, you know they didn’t hold back.

    “They would chop each other down if they were going for the ball together."

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