Meghan Markle latest news – Duchess SNUBS dad Thomas' birthday flowers weeks after he called Harry & Meg 'bad parents'

MEGHAN Markle appealed to fans to upload her birthday poem – but in 24 hours just 200 people have posted it permanently on Instagram.

The Duchess of Sussex released a glitzy comedy video to mark her 40th birthday – and in it launched a new initiative called 40×40.

Also, both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have been named in Vogue's Top 25 list of influential women for 2021.

In previous years, the fashion bible has only chosen to feature one member of the Royal Family in their annual list.

Read our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest updates...

  • Joseph Gamp

    ORLANDO BLOOM DEFENDS HBO MAXX's 'THE PRINCE'

    While many have taken shots at the content, Orlando Bloom, the voice of the Duke of Sussex on The Prince and real-life friend of Prince Harry, defended the comedy.

    "It’s not malicious or intended to be. He’s really got his finger on the pulse, Gary. He’s so smart and so zeitgeisty," Bloom said about the show.

    "I rolled the dice on it, but I’m going to have to mention it to Prince Harry when I next see him, because I’m not going to be able to not. Oddly, I’m sure I’m going to see him at some point, just because of the nature of the universe, it always throws people together."

    The royal family has yet to publicly address the show.

  • Joseph Gamp

    OMID SCOOBIE BLASTS HBO CARTOON THE PRINCE AS 'CREEPY AND BORDERLINE-BULLYING'

    Royal reporter Omid Scobie chimed in on the new HBO cartoon causing a stir amongst royal fans around the world.

    He tweeted, "Don't particularly agree with parodying children but guessing I'm in the minority as @hbomax's no-f***s-given series #ThePrince hits the streamer tomorrow."

    "Royals have been parodied on dozens of shows over the years (Spitting Image, The Windsors, SNL etc)," Scobie added in, "but this is the first time I can recall children being targeted. It may be 'comedy' but it comes across as creepy and borderline-bullying. Seems like many of you feel the same…"

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHO IS THE CAST OF HBO'S THE PRINCE?

    Along with Orlando Bloom voicing Prince Harry, the cast behind the voices include:

    • Sophie Turner as Princess Charlotte
    • Alan Cumming as Owen
    • Frances de la Tour as Queen Elizabth
    • Gary Janetti as Prince George
    • Condola Rashad as Meghan Markle
    • Iwan Rheon as Prince William
    • Dan Stevens as Prince Charles
    • Samuel Barnett as Douglass

    The first 12 episodes of The Prince are available to watch on HBO Max but it is unknown if the show will have a second season.

    • Joseph Gamp

      MEGHAN MARKLE ‘IGNORED’ DAD AFTER THOMAS SENT HER 40TH BIRTHDAY FLOWERS WITH SWEET MESSAGE FOR GRANDKIDS HE’S NEVER MET

      MEGHAN Markle reportedly ignored her dad after he sent her flowers for her 40th birthday. Thomas Markle wished the Duchess of Sussex a “brighter future” on Wednesday with a $287 (around £200) bouquet of red roses, exclusively revealed by The Sun.

      He sent a dozen red roses with two yellow roses in the middle, which Thomas said symbolised Meghan and Harry’s two children Archie and Lilibet.

      Meghan’s estranged dad told TMZ he wanted to incorporate his grandkids in the arrangement because he wants to be a part of their lives.

      And he sent them with a small note seen by The Sun, which read: “Happy Birthday to my bean with much love and a brighter future. Dad.”

      But Thomas told TMZ he hasn’t heard from his daughter since he sent the gift. He reportedly said ‘that’s fine’ and he’s just ‘hoping she likes the flowers’.

    • Joseph Gamp

      EXPLAINED: HOW DOES HBO'S THE PRINCE PORTRAY THE ROYAL FAMILY?

      The animated series is set from the prospective of 8-year-old Prince George, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's eldest child, and the future heir to the British throne.

      Created by Gary Janetti, the show is based off of his meme page of the young Prince and pokes fun at the royals and mocks most of the family members.

      In the show, Prince George is portrayed as a sassy and effete royal commentator.

    • Joseph Gamp

      HBO POKE MORE FUN MEGHAN’S DREAM ‘TO BE A PRINCESS’

      In a scene from the third episode of HBO animated series The Prince, cartoon Meghan and Harry were reading lines from a script and Meghan talked about her acting career and childhood dreams.

      Harry confessed that he wanted to be a massage therapist when he was younger.

      He said: “You never had a dream when you were a child to be something everything else said was impossible, like an astronaut or prime minister, or masseur?”

      Meghan responded: “Ah… I wanted to be a princess.”

      To which Harry then savagely said: “Oh, well you kind of f***ed that up.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      WILL THE TRIAL GO AHEAD?

      Whether the case goes to court depends on the mum-of-three, who now lives in Australia, pushing ahead with legal action.

      If the Prince ignores it, the trial could go on without him and the court could enter a default judgement, Boies added.

      He said damages that come out of the trial "could be enforced any place in the world".

      Boies sent the Duke a second formal letter offering to sign an agreement – known as a tolling agreement – that extended the statute of limitations so that both sides could negotiate.

      According to Boies, his requests have been ignored.

    • Joseph Gamp

      LAWSUIT 'COULD BE DEVASTATING FOR ANDREW'

      The lawsuit against the Duke in America is set to cause massive embarrassment for the Royals as lawyers seek probe him about his sex life under oath – and he could be forced to hand over texts, emails, and private letters.

      A defamation suit filed by Roberts against Epstein's then-partner Ghislaine Maxwell in 2015 ended in a settlement, though incredibly embarrassing depositions about Maxwell's sex life were made public last year.

      A source said: "This could be devastating for Andrew. If he chooses to fight it and is deposed [forced to give evidence], then those depositions could end up being made public.

      "If he ignores it, he could be found guilty in absentia which would be a public relations disaster."

      Under the New York Child Victims Act, Roberts has until next Saturday to file the civil action, which will include claims she and the Duke had sex three times in 2001.

    • Joseph Gamp

      PRINCE ANDREW COULD BE SUED IN AMERICA AFTER VIRGINIA ROBERTS ‘WAS LENT OUT FOR SEX BY JEFFREY EPSTEIN AS A TEEN’

      PRINCE Andrew could be whacked with a lawsuit in the US after claims Virginia Roberts was "lent out for sex" by Jeffrey Esptein as a teenager.

      Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with the Prince by Epstein, a convicted paedophile, when she was just 17 and could file a multi-million-pound civil action in New York as early as this week.

      Her lawyer David Boies told the Mail on Sunday the explosive lawsuit "would be based on her being lent out to Prince Andrew for sex by Jeffrey Epstein and [her] being under 18".

      He added the action would include claims of "improper sexual violations, physical and emotional distress" and that Roberts would seek a claim for damages.

      "To use a common phrase here in the United States, 'Time's up,'" Boies said.

      Buckingham Palace claims Roberts' allegations are "false and without foundation", saying: "It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      PRINCESS EUGENIE’S ‘KEY ROLE’ IN BRINGING ‘DEAR’ MEGHAN AND HARRY BACK INTO THE FIRM

      Experts claim Princess Eugenie is perhaps the only person who can bring her “favourite cousin” Harry and Meghan back into the royal fold.

      Eugenie’s relationship with the couple appears to be as strong as ever, even despite the Sussexes’ ties to many within the Palace being worn considerably thin.

      Columnist Eleanor Steafel has said Eugenie is “the peacemaker” and “can help bring her favourite cousin back into the fold.”

      The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next summer, so only time will tell if Princess Eugenie’s has succeeded in her task.

    • Joseph Gamp

      PRINCE HARRY’S EX-GIRLFRIEND BROKE UP WITH HIM DUE TO WILLIAM AND KATE’S WEDDING

      Chelsy Davy, Harry’s former girlfriend, finally called it quits with him in 2011 after an on-off relationship with him.

      After watching the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tie the knot, Chelsy realised she just wasn’t cut out for royal life.

      Royal biographer Robert Lacey explains in his book Battle of Brothers that: “she finally decided to go – and it was, ironically, Kate and William’s grand and glorious wedding that spring that did it for her.”

      “According to a friend, she told Harry that she could never make the scarifies she had witnessed Kate making, particularly when it came to moulding her life around the unremitting attention of the press.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      MEGHAN 'SLAMMED DOOR ON KATE MIDDLETON' WHEN SHE TOOK DUCHESS FLOWERS – CLAIMS

      The Times claimed that Meghan slammed the door on Kate Middleton when she took flowers to Nottingham Cottage – the Sussex's home at the time.

      Kate was said to be apologising for a fallout they'd had about bridesmaid dresses in the build up to Meghan and Harry's wedding.

    • Joseph Gamp

      MEGHAN IGNORES DAD THOMAS MARKLE'S FLOWERS (CONTINUED…)

      His gesture comes not long after Thomas blasted his daughter Meghan and Prince Harry as "bad parents" who have "made mistakes" in raising his grandchildren.

      The Duchess of Sussex's estranged father criticized the couple's "bad behavior" and the effect it has had on raising their son Archie, 2, and newborn girl Lilibet.

      In an explosive interview with Fox News in July, Thomas emotionally appealed to the Queen and the British public to not shun the youngsters due to the pair's actions.

      Speaking from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, Thomas said: "I'm hoping Her Majesty the Queen and the people in England will stop and think about the mistakes and bad behavior of their parents.

      "I will be petitioning the California courts for the right to see my grandchildren in the very near future."

    • Joseph Gamp

      MEGHAN MARKLE ‘IGNORED’ DAD AFTER THOMAS SENT HER 40TH BIRTHDAY FLOWERS WITH SWEET MESSAGE FOR GRANDKIDS HE’S NEVER MET

      MEGHAN Markle reportedly ignored her dad after he sent her flowers for her 40th birthday. Thomas Markle wished the Duchess of Sussex a "brighter future" on Wednesday with a $287 (around £200) bouquet of red roses, exclusively revealed by The Sun.

      He sent a dozen red roses with two yellow roses in the middle, which Thomas said symbolised Meghan and Harry's two children Archie and Lilibet.

      Meghan's estranged dad told TMZ he wanted to incorporate his grandkids in the arrangement because he wants to be a part of their lives.

      And he sent them with a small note seen by The Sun, which read: "Happy Birthday to my bean with much love and a brighter future. Dad."

      But Thomas told TMZ he hasn't heard from his daughter since he sent the gift. He reportedly said 'that's fine' and he's just 'hoping she likes the flowers'.

    • Joseph Gamp

      PRINCE HARRY SET TO ASK PRINCESS EUGENIE TO HELP WITH HIS EXPLOSIVE MEMOIR

      PRINCE Harry is set to ask his cousin Princess Eugenie to help with his explosive memoir.

      Harry, 36, is bringing out the book next year with celebrated ghostwriter JR Moehringer.

      Eugenie, 31, remains an ally to Harry — who upset other family members including brother Wills and dad Charles, with Megxit and public outbursts.

      Pulitzer Prize-winner Moehringer, 56, is expected to bypass formal channels and contact the duke’s inner circle via Harry.

      An insider said: “I could only imagine Eugenie talking or being approached as she is someone Harry is still in regular contact with.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      HBO POKE MORE FUN MEGHAN’S DREAM ‘TO BE A PRINCESS’

      In a scene from the third episode of HBO animated series The Prince, cartoon Meghan and Harry were reading lines from a script and Meghan talked about her acting career and childhood dreams.

      Harry confessed that he wanted to be a massage therapist when he was younger.

      He said: “You never had a dream when you were a child to be something everything else said was impossible, like an astronaut or prime minister, or masseur?”

      Meghan responded: “Ah… I wanted to be a princess.”

      To which Harry then savagely said: “Oh, well you kind of f***ed that up.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      MEGHAN MARKLE AND KATE MIDDLETON BOTH NAMED IN VOGUE’S TOP 25 LIST OF INFLUENTIAL WOMEN

      In previous years, the fashion bible has only chosen to feature one member of the Royal Family in their annual list.

      But this year, both the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge get a nod for their respective philanthropic efforts.

      Explaining why mum-of-three Kate deserves a place on the list, the judges wrote: “With the flashier end of royal duties largely on hold during lockdown, it was her charity work rather than her fashion choices that pulled the majority of headlines.

      “She used the pandemic to launch major campaigns around early-years development and continue her work trying to lift the stigma around discussing mental health, as well as supporting those living with childhood trauma.”

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      EXPLAINED: PRINCESS CHARLOTTE’S BUTTERFLY SNAP

      A post on the Twitter page Kate Middleton shares with Prince William reads: “We wanted to share these beautiful Peacock and Red Admiral butterflies as part of Big Butterfly Count initiatives taking place across the UK.

      “Butterfly Conservation is encouraging us all to count these incredible creatures because not only are they beautiful creatures to be around but they are also extremely important.”

      The images also pay tribute to Prince Philip, who was a passionate conservationist.

    • Joseph Gamp

      MEGHAN’S MENTORS TO GET WOMEN BACK TO WORK ‘COULD DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD’, WARNS EXPERT

      Ms Martin, who is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Enterprise, has blasted Meghan’s 40×40 scheme as “a little like a publicity stunt”. She continued to say there is “no structure or advice for how anyone can participate”.

      Ms Martin told Mail Online: “Mentorship can be incredibly powerful, especially if your confidence has been knocked.

      “The right person offering you tailored advice and encouragement will make an enormous difference.

      “However, the key words here are ”right person”. The wrong words or poor advice can do more harm than good – however well-meaning they may be.”

    • Milica Cosic

      PRINCESS EUGENIE'S 'KEY ROLE' IN BRINGING 'DEAR' MEGHAN AND HARRY BACK INTO THE FIRM

      Experts claim Princess Eugenie is perhaps the only person who can bring her "favourite cousin" Harry and Meghan back into the royal fold.

      Eugenie's relationship with the couple appears to be as strong as ever, even despite the Sussexes' ties to many within the Palace being worn considerably thin.

      Columnist Eleanor Steafel has said Eugenie is "the peacemaker" and "can help bring her favourite cousin back into the fold."

      The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next summer, so only time will tell if Princess Eugenie's has succeeded in her task.

    • Milica Cosic

      FLIGHT ATTENDANT EXPLAINS WHY MEGHAN MARKLE DIDN'T PAY THE BILL ON FLIGHT

      Back in 2017 when the Duke of Sussex proposed to Meghan, he took her on a trip to Tromso in Norway.

      A flight attendant who was looking after the couple revealed that "were lovely throughout the whole flight", they didn't pay for any of the drinks and snacks they had themselves.

      She said: “Harry had a breakfast tea and shortbread and Meghan had tea as well, but she chose a lemon muffin.

      “They were very nice and friendly, but at the time to take the payment, I didn't know what to do, as they didn't ask for the bill and it seemed like they assumed that was for free.

      I panicked so I just kept going and decided not to ask for the payment, although they had requested to be treated like regular passengers before the flight."

      Worrying she didn't do the right thing, the couple's body guard came to the rescue and, “by the end of the flight, though, their bodyguard, who was travelling with them, came to me and asked for the bill."

      "The bodyguard explained to me that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex never carry any money and he’s in charge of paying for everything."

    • Milica Cosic

      KATE MIDDLETON REVEALS PRINCESS CHARLOTTE’S FAVOURITE SNACK – AND IT’S SURPRISINGLY FANCY

      As a member of the Royal Family, Princess Charlotte certainly has a more refined taste – even if she is only six years old.

      While chatting about the salads she makes at home, the Duchess said that her middle child shares her love of olives.

      Royal correspondent Rebecca English tweeted at the time: "The Duchess of Cambridge revealed today that her daughter, Princess Charlotte, loves olives.

      "And she encourages both her and Prince George to cook with her.

      "They made cheesy pasta together the other day!"

      But Charlotte isn't the only Cambridge child with a sophisticated palette – as Kate previously revealed that little Prince Louis loves beetroots too.

      Read more here.

    • Milica Cosic

      CHARLES AND CAMILLA’S ‘SECRET AUSSIE SON’ SHARES NEW QUEEN PROOF

      Simon Dorante-Day from Queensland, Australia belives he is the Australian son of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

      He's now shared a “striking” new piece of photographic proof to back up his claim.

      The new photo comparison shows a picture of his son, Liam Dorante-Day. On one side of the montage, it shows a picture of The Queen in hear earlier years, while the other shows a more recent snap of her majesty.

      Speaking to 7NEWS.com.au, Simon said: “The similarities are hard to deny, that’s for sure.

      “The teeth, the smile, all of it. And Liam has Prince Charles’ ears, that’s plain to see.”

      Simon Dorante-Day posted these pictures on Facebook, where his son, Liam, features in the middle.
    • Milica Cosic

      CAMBRIDGES’ INCOME SOARS FOLLOWING ‘MEGXIT’

      The Royal Foundation has reported a record surge in income over the past year to £11.8m.

      Since Harry and Meghan quit The Firm in January 2020 the foundation’s income has doubled from the £6.68m it recorded in 2019 – while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were still included.

      One unnamed courtier told the Daily Mail: “It's the Meghan effect”.

    • Milica Cosic

      PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MEGHAN ‘TROLLING THE WORLD’ WITH UNCLEAR SNAPS OF CHILDREN, SAYS ROYAL AUTHOR

      Harry and Meghan have shared a picture of Archie holding balloons to mark his second birthday. But it was blurry with a filter over it – so you could barely see the youngster.

      But it isn't the first time the Royal pair have released a picture which is unlikely to win awards for clarity.

      Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom, says it is entirely deliberate – and the pair are "trolling" the public.

      "This was, as I think we've come to experience from the Sussexes, a photo of Archie but not too clear.

      "I think this is their way of trolling the world."

      Read more here.

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