Royal Family news latest: Queen could cut off BBC as broadcaster using term 'Megxit' is 'misogynistic' says Prince Harry

PRINCE William, Kate Middleton and the Queen could cut the BBC off forever following fury over a new royal documentary.

As reported exclusively by The Sun, the Cambridges have already banned the national broadcaster from screening their Christmas carol concert, instead handing the rights to ITV.

Meanwhile, the second part of the BBC's new royal documentary will not use the term 'Megxit' after Prince Harry argued it was 'misogynistic'.

Episode two of The Princes and the Press, which airs tomorrow night, will instead refer to Harry and Meghan's decision to quit royal life as 'Sussexit'.

The Duke recently argued the popular term “Megxit” is “misogynistic” and “created by a troll”.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen health update

    THE Queen has told the Royal Family she is now “far better” and able to host the traditional Christmas at Sandringham following her health scare, according to sources.

    Her Majesty, 95, has moved to reassure her family she is on the mend and “looking forward” to the festive family gathering at her Norfolk estate.

    Guests at Sandringham will include her son Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: How to get the new commemorative coin

    The new design will join a collection of commemorative crown pieces from the Royal Mint over the years, which have celebrated the Queen's Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees.

    Included in one of the largest collections made by the Royal Mint, the coin will be unveiled next year alongside a commemorative £5 crown.

    Collectors of coins can register their interest to the Royal Mint to claim the commemorative 50p piece.

  • Milica Cosic

    About the new 50p coin 

    Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: "The Royal Mint has a proud history of striking coins for British monarchs and 2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen with the upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

    "Marking 70 days until the anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, the Royal Mint is delighted to reveal the commemorative Platinum Jubilee 50p design ahead of its launch in the new year.

    "In recognition of the landmark occasion, this is the first time a royal milestone has been commemorated on a 50p coin and is a fitting celebration for Britain's longest reigning monarch."

  • Milica Cosic

    New 50p coin to commemorate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

    THE Royal Mint has announced a new 50p coin will be launched next year to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    It will be the first time a royal event will appear on the tails side of the coin and the design has even been approved by the Queen.

    Featuring the number 70 to denote the number of years the Queen has reigned up to 2022, her cypher will also be nestled inside the zero as the central focus of the design.

  • Milica Cosic

    'Odd Meghan would want to alter a ring'

    Speaking to Fabulous, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, explained she "found it odd" that the Duchess of Sussex, 40, would change her engagement ring.

    "I find it a bit odd Meghan would want to alter a ring that her husband had especially designed for her," she said.

    "A royal engagement ring is a piece of history not a bit of jewellery to be updated when it looks old fashioned."

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan's ring based on her jewellery collection

    During the couple's engagement interview in 2017, Prince Harry revealed he had specifically chosen a gold band for Meghan's original ring based on her jewellery collection.

    He said: "The ring is obviously yellow gold because that's her favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection, to make sure she's with us on this crazy journey together."

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle blinged up her Diana engagement ring

    WHEN Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement back in November 2018, we were nothing short of obsessed with the former Suits star's diamond ring.

    Designed by Prince Harry himself, the Duchess of Sussex's stunning sparkler even features two of the late Princess Diana's diamonds – but less than two years later, it underwent a dramatic transformation.

    The stunning sparkler originally had a thick gold band which beautifully offset the row of three diamonds.

    However, Duchess seems to have reset her ring with a much thinner, diamond-studded micro-pave gold band.

    Meghan's engagement ring originally featured a gold band in November 2017 (left) and now appears to have been reset with a diamond-studded design (right)
  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Charles travels to Barbados

    Prince Charles is expected to visit Barbados on Monday, as he marks Barbados’ transition to a Republic within the Commonwealth.

    A tweet from Clarence House about the visit added: “As future Head of the Commonwealth, HRH has been invited by Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, to be Guest of Honour at the Republic Celebration events.”

    The heir to the throne last visited the Caribbean nation in 2019.

  • Milica Cosic

    BBC documentary is s'overblown and unfounded'

    The Palace has dismissed the show as “overblown and unfounded”.

    Jenny Afia, the Duchess of Sussex’s lawyer, will appear again in the second episode, which covers 2018 to 2021.

    It will examine the “circumstances around the decision of the Sussexes to step down from their senior royal roles”, it details the various legal cases served by Prince Harry and Meghan, and discusses how the relationship between Diana, Princess of Wales and the press affected her two sons.

  • Milica Cosic

    Second part of BBC’s royal documentary will be named ‘Sussexit’

    THE second part of the BBC’s controversial royal documentary will be named “Sussexit” to appease Prince Harry.

    The Duke recently argued the popular term “Megxit” is “misogynistic” and “created by a troll”.

    His comments led to the BBC using the new title in tomorrow night’s episode of The Princes And The Press.

    It will examine the “circumstances around the decision of the Sussexes to step down from their senior royal roles”. 

    It is expected to air claims of a lack of support for Harry and wife Meghan and of a senior household member helping a tabloid in its court case against her. 

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince William, Kate Middleton and Queen could cut BBC off FOREVER

    PRINCE William, Kate Middleton and the Queen could cut the BBC off forever following fury over a new royal documentary.

    As reported exclusively by The Sun, the Cambridges have already banned the national broadcaster from screening their Christmas carol concert, instead handing the rights to ITV.

    But more extreme measures could soon be taken – and insiders claim the furore could spell the end of the long relationship between the broadcaster and the royals.

    It follows upset over a BBC Two documentary which aired “unfounded” allegations that William and his staff briefed the media against Meghan and Harry.

  • Milica Cosic

    Documentary concerns

    Part two will be shown on Monday.

    The relationship between the BBC and the royals had already soured this year following the Martin Bashir scandal.

    Mr Bashir was exposed as having faked documents in order to persuade Princess Diana to give her bombshell 1995 interview to Panorama. 

    Following the news, William issued a statement attacking both the journalist himself and the BBC’s management structure.

    He said their actions had fuelled Diana’s “fear, paranoia and isolation”.

    A friend told the publication the scandal is still “very raw” for the prince.

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry opened secret Instagram account

    A royal expert has claimed that Prince Harry used a mixture of his pseudonym name and his favourite DJ for social media account.

    Royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti told Royally Us: “Harry had a secret Instagram account with the username Spikey mouse which was deleted shortly afterwards.

    “I believe but we know that Meghan apparently started following that Instagram account just around the time they started dating but of course even those watching her account then wouldn’t have known that it was Prince Harry.

    “Apparently that pseudonym he used was a mixture of the Facebook name he used he had an alias on there Spike Wells and his favorite DJ ‘Deadmau5’ so that’s a bit of royal info.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Eugenie and Zara may have changed royal christenings forever

    According to claims made by a royal expert, Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall may have set a precedent for royal christenings following their joint ceremony last weekend.

    Speaking on Australian TV, royal author Robert Jobson said: “Well, it’s never happened before, I suppose you get two for the price of one.

    “They try to get as much out for the Queen.

    “I suppose what it was, the Queen wouldn’t want to pick a favourite grandchild so if they want the Queen to be there they’ll have to just get on with it.

    “And put them together which makes total sense to be because her time is limited.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen determined to attend Christmas Day service 

    Royal fans will be eager to catch a glimpse of the royals all together at the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene, a 16th-century church on the Sandringham property.

    The Queen is reportedly “determined” to attend the service, along with the rest of the family, but will be driven to the church to save her walking the short distance.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince William & Kate Middleton’s new neighbour

    Prince William and Kate Middleton could welcome Princess Eugenie or Princess Beatrice as their neighbour in Kensington Palace, a royal historian has said.

    Marlene Koenig, a royal historian and expert, has suggested that either Princess Beatrice or Eugenie could be lined up as Apartment 1’s newest tenants.

    She told Express.co.uk last month: “Princess Anne’s home is her own and it will go to her kids, it’s not a royal home.

    “There’s an area next to it that Mark Phillips helped buy before the divorce, and that’s where Zara and Peter live and have their homes — it’s all going to be theirs at some point.

    “But other homes and royal residences, right now, it’s more about maintaining what they have.

  • H. J. Hayes

    What did Charles say during his AstraZeneca visit?

    During a visit to the Anglo-Swiss company’s new £1bn research facility, the Prince of Wales said: “I must say it has been absolutely fascinating to see at least some of the work that takes place inside this centre and to think that – supported by interactions across the city and beyond – it will ultimately enhance and save the lives of untold millions of people around the world in the years and decades to come.”

    He continued: “Throughout the pandemic, I have greatly admired the dedicated commitment of Pascal and the entire AstraZeneca team.

    “You have developed and delivered a vaccine for the world – in a remarkably short timescale – which will continue to have a positive impact on communities and society for years to come.

    “You have demonstrated, together with your partners, the power of collaboration, of agility and, ultimately, of science itself. And, what is more, you have done it all on a not-for-profit basis.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    Recap: Who is Thomas Markle?

    Thomas W Markle, the father of the actress and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is of Dutch-Irish origin and is 76 years old.

    He was the son of Doris May Rita and Gordon Arnold Markle and has two brothers.

    Thomas was raised in Newport, Pennsylvania.

    He is a former television lighting director working on iconic US shows including Married with Children and General Hospital.

    Thomas Markle married Doria Ragland in 1979.

    The family settled down in The Valley, LA, but Thomas and Doria split in 1987.

    Meghan was six years old at the time.

    He now is retired and living in Rosarito, Mexico.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Explained: What is Princess Eugenie’s son called?

    The couple have named their son August Philip.

    Buckingham Palace issued a photo of the pair with their newborn to mark his birth in August.

    Eugenie posted on Instagram: “We wanted to introduce you to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.

    “Thank you for so many wonderful messages. Our hearts are full of love for this little human, words can’t express.”

    The photos were taken by their “wonderful” midwife, the couple said.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Charles says inclusion and diversity are subjects ‘close to his heart’

    The Prince of Wales has said promoting greater inclusion and diversity has always been a subject “close to my heart”, and he has tried to support it for “much of my life”.

    Heir to the throne Charles was visiting Homerton College at Cambridge University.

    He joined a discussion in the Griffin Bar on Get In Cambridge and other initiatives aimed at encouraging diversity in admissions and supporting ethnic minority students during their time at the university.

    In March, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in a bombshell interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, accused an unnamed member of the royal family of making a racist remark about their son, Archie, before he was born.

    The broadcast, in which Harry and Meghan also accused the monarchy of failing to support the duchess when she had suicidal thoughts, plunged the Windsors into crisis.

    In the aftermath, the Duke of Cambridge defended the monarchy against accusations of racism, saying: “We’re very much not a racist family.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    Lorraine Kelly jokes Meghan Markle’s £1,300 outfit ‘attacked by moths’

    LORRAINE Kelly joked that Meghan Markle’s £1,300 TV outfit had been attacked by moths.

    The sofa queen said the Duchess of Sussex looked “stunning” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

    But she said of her holey-armed Oscar de la Renta blouse: “It looks like moths ate chunks out of her sleeves.”

    Lorraine, 61, later branded Meghan’s chat a “stunt”, telling her viewers: “You wouldn’t see Kate doing that.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    Cold war of the airwaves

    A TV source said of the royal snub to the Beeb: “This is a real coup for ITV. It is a brand new format — the royals have never hosted a televised TV concert before. And to have the Duchess leading on it is a big deal.

    “Naturally most royal programming goes automatically to the BBC as the national broadcaster. Now it looks like they will work more with ITV in the future.”

    The source added: “ITV were very surprised but delighted to get the late call offering them this incredible exclusive. It will be a fantastic Christmas carol concert that will be TV gold for viewers at home.

    “It was all arranged to be on BBC1 but it was switched in the last few days because of the terrible row over the documentary.

    “And things are likely to get a lot worse between the Royal Family and the BBC before they get better as the second part of the documentary threatens to go further.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    Cambridges choose ITV over BBC after ‘reported row’

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen ITV over the BBC to broadcast a special Christmas carol concert after the corporation screened a controversial royal documentary, it has been reported.

    The Westminster Abbey event was due to be hosted by the BBC the Sun newspaper reported, but it quoted a source which claimed the plans were switched to ITV after a row over the programme which examines William and the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with the media.

    Kate is reportedly hosting the programme and there is speculation that the couple’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, may feature in the show.

    The BBC has been criticised by the royal households for giving credibility to “overblown and unfounded claims” in the documentary.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Second interview with push Royals to breaking point, says expert

    A second Oprah interview with Meghan & Harry would send the Royal Family to breaking point, one royal author has said.

    Royal Expert Duncan Larcombe told Closer: “I really wouldn’t be surprised if they’re planning another Oprah interview. Harry and Meghan have caused chaos and I suspect there’s no stopping them.

    “I can totally see more of these high-profile, Hollywood-style interviews with A-list TV hosts happening. Especially if there’s lots of money being offered for it.

    “Harry will need promotion for his memoir, due to be released next autumn, too. Another Oprah interview, if it’s anything like the last, would surely push the royals to breaking point.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    William’s briefings (continued…)

    A senior royal source told The Sun: “William was clear from the start we were never to brief and never to say anything about anyone in the other households.

    He’d lived through that in the ’90s with his parents in the War of the Waleses and doesn’t ever want it happening again.

    “He’s in a much better place (with the Press) than his brother.”

    Aides for Princess Diana and Prince Charles had a bitter public spat during their break-up and divorce.

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