Royal Family news- Prince Harry & Meghan 'still pushing for royal life' despite not wanting the 'association' with them

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are “still pushing for royal life” despite not wanting to be "associated" with them, a royal expert has claimed.

PR expert Lina Citreon discussed the Sussexes’ lifestyle choices with Christina Garibaldi on the latest episode of Royally Us.

Speaking on Royally Us, host Christina Garibaldi said: “They [Harry and Meghan] are one of the most recognisable couples in the world but they also wanted to straddle that royal life.

“You know, when they were told they couldn’t, they’re still using their HRH titles and things, so it seems like they’re still pushing the royal life but don’t really want to be associated with it either”.

PR expert Lida said: “One of the things we’ve learnt is you sometimes don’t get to have it both ways.

“When you think about royal life and pageantry of the institution, there’s lots of rules that come with that and there’s protocols and there’s rewards.

“But celebrity also has rules and protocols and rewards, it also has a lot of risk, being handled is different, being managed is different.”

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  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Philip’s fury at Sussexes over Megxit demands

    The Sussexes choices and demands around Megxit led Prince Philip to exclaim, “What the hell are they playing at?”, a royal author has claimed.

    Royal expert and author, Andrew Morton, has said that Prince Phillip was not pleased when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that they would be stepping back from royal duties.

    Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Morton claimed: “In 2019, Harry told the Queen that he and Meghan wanted to step back as senior royals, raise funds privately and yet still serve the monarchy — albeit in a limited capacity.

    “The Queen’s initial reaction was that it was almost impossible to be half in and half out of the Royal Family; it was akin to being ‘slightly’ pregnant.

    “Later, Prince Philip’s indignant response to the couple’s declaration of independence was: ‘What the hell are they playing at?'”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meghan ‘concerned’ about Archie & Lilibet being ‘digital experiments’

    Prince Harry and Meghan have revealed they are “concerned” about Archie and Lilibet being “digital experiments” in a “world of hatred and harm”.

    It came as the Duke of Sussex today helped to launch an “online safety toolkit” for children.

    Harry spoke at the online event titled Making Child Online Safety a Reality with young people around the world – and shared his fears in regard to his kids.

    The Duke told those tuned in that he hopes 18-month-old Lilbet and Archie, three, will “never have to experience the internet as it exists now”.

    The dad-of-two explained: “As parents, my wife and I are concerned about the next generation growing up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for companies to make money and where things like hatred and harm are somehow normalised.”

    It is not known whether Harry received a fee for his appearance, but experts have previously said they could be earning upwards of a million pounds per speech after they signed up with an elite agency.

    He and Meghan last year joined New York-based Harry Walker Agency – the same as their pal Serena Williams and the Obamas to help fund their new luxury lifestyle.

    PR expert Mark Borkowski told The Sun the pair will “clean up”. 

    He said: “I’m surprised they haven’t done this sooner. It will be one of the great income generators for them.

    “The speaker’s circuit is a natural safe space for them to plunder.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Would they be as supportive if it was in the family?

    The Royal Family have come under fire for being racist in recent years.

    Similar to football, it's never been public knowledge that a Royal Family member is gay.

    In the wake of Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah last year, Prince William felt the need to assure the public they family is not racist.

    But it seemed to many Meghan was treated differently sparking suggestions of a 'they're fine until they're in our house' attitude.

    Perhaps the same could be said for the Cambridge's recent tweet in support of courageous Blackpool FC 17-year-old Jake Daniels, who came out publicly yesterday.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Who are the royals that can step in for the Queen?

    As the monarch nears a century of age, she's begun delegating more.

    Prince William flew to the UAE on her behalf this weekend, and Prince Charles and Camilla flew to Canada today for a three-day tour.

    With Meghan and Harry no longer senior royals, who can step in to help out?

    According to the Regency Act 1937, the monarch can empower the next four in line to the throne who are over 21.

    That would be Prince Charles, William, Harry and Prince Andrew. With the latter two no longer seniors, it seems Prince Edward and an unknown would be called upon.

    This is the same act that would put the Duchess of Cambridge in charge, if something happened to Charles, William and Harry before George was old enough to take the throne.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Even Dame Helen couldn't get the Queen to smile

    Most would agree Dame Helen Mirren is one of the greats to come out of Britain.

    But the Queen looked unimpressed as Dame Helen delivered a speech as Elizabeth I.

    Omid Djalili, however, was able to have some banter with the 96-year-old monarch who appeared somewhat amused at his joke about her missing the State Opening of Parliament last week.

    The Queen's emotions were clearly on show at the finale of the Royal Windsor Horse Show last week though, when her 18-year-old granddaughter and daughter of Prince Edward, Lady Louise, drove Prince Philip’s carriage around the arena.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The Queen's mobility issues aren't holding her back

    After kicking her Platinum Jubilee off in style, we got to see the Queen again today.

    There have been many reports of the Queen's mobility issues, but she seems strong when she walked the red carpet at Windsor castle this weekend after getting out of a Range Rover unaided.

    Tom Cruise attended the event and spoke highly of the celebrant: “What she has accomplished has been historic.”

    Dame Helen Mirren, who played Her Majesty in 2006 film The Queen, Billions actor Damian Lewis, Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh and TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh were some of the other celebrities to attend the Platinum Jubilee event on Sunday.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The Crossrail line delay – bad for the tax payer, good for the Queen

    Today, the Queen surprised everyone by turning up at Paddington Station.

    She went to unveil the new line named in her favour.

    The Queen was accompanied by her youngest son, Prince Edward, to unveil the train line that have been delayed for four years.

    The delays were reportedly due to budget and other issues including construction difficulties and complications installing the crucial signalling system.

    The idea is that East and West will be connected like never before.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Others scrambled to meet the Queen at the opening of the Elizabeth Line

    The surprise attendance of the Queen at Paddington drew a number of other attendees.

    The 96-year-old was accompanied by her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.

    They were welcomed by Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London commissioner Andy Byford.

    They met with staff who have been key to the project and who will run the railway, including train drivers, station staff and apprentices.

    The Elizabeth line, named in honour of the Queen, will open to passengers on May 24.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Others scrambled to meet the Queen at the opening of the Elizabeth Line

    The Queen is not the only monarch to have a travel line named after her.

    The Victoria Line opened on 1 September 1968, 67 years after the death of Queen Victoria.

    This makes the Queen the only monarch to be alive during the unveiling of a travel line being named after her.

    The celebration of her platinum jubilee this year also marks her being the longest reigning monarch in British history, with 70 years under her belt.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The Queen left Windsor for the first time in seven weeks

    Attending the opening of the Elizabeth Line was a surprise for all inviolved.

    Though the organisers were told there was a possibility she may attend the opening, it wasn't confirmed.

    Due to mobility concerns from her doctors, the 96-year-old has remained in the Windsor area for almost two months.

    The last time the Queen was seen outside of Windsor was for the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service in Westminster Abbey seven weeks ago.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Queen's mobility won't keep her down

    The monarch has had to cancel engagements recently on advice of her doctors.

    But she was seen on Sunday at the first of her televised Platinum Jubilee event.

    Royal fans will be delighted to learn the monarch opened the underground line named after her in a surprise visit to Paddington Station.

    Queen Elizabeth was joined by Edward for the very special event.

    She is meeting Crossrail and Elizabeth Line workers, including apprentices, drivers and station staff.

    Boris Johnson, London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will also be there.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Prince Andrew relegated to make space for Prince Edward as Queen's chaperone

    The monarch attended the opening of the line that was named in her honour.

    The organisers were told there was a possibility of the Queen attending but it wasn't confirmed.

    The 96-year-old was accompanied by her youngest child, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.

    She's rarely seen outside of her royal residences due to decreasing mobility issues.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Queen graces Paddington station in fashionable surprise

    Always dressed to impress and perfectly matched, the monarch's outfit does not disappoint.

    She attended the opening at Paddington Station dressed in a sunshine yellow Stewart Parvin double-wool crepe coat.

    It was paired with an A-line silk dress in shades of yellow, royal blue and turquoise.

    She accompanied the outfit with matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

    The outfit was topped off with her Singapore brooch.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The Queen makes surprise appearance to open the Elizabeth Line

    The line will change travel across the UK.

    Queen Elizabeth is at the London Underground, and is opening the line now.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Tom Cruise caused 'absolute chaos' at the Jubilee Celebrations

    Phillip Schofield says Tom Cruise caused chaos when he went for a walkabout in Windsor on Sunday.

    The Top Gun star reportedly brought mayhem with him at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee event.

    The show was star-studded, televised on ITV and presented by Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham.

    On This Morning on Monday, Schofield said: "He caused absolute chaos in Windsor because he decided to walk to the studio!

    "So the police then obviously had to do serious crowd control at the drop of a hat, but he met everybody.

    "When he did our interview he then went downstairs and met everybody, went into rooms to meet people and made proper eye contact."

    The presenter described the Hollywood actor as a "class act".

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Will we ever get used to Prince Charles as the head of the monarchy?

    Charles and Camilla head to Canada today.

    The pair begin their three-day tour of Canada today where they are representing the Queen.

    The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are headed to Canada as part of the Platinum Jubilee visits.

    More of the wider Royal Family are taking on roles to represent the Queen due to her age and decreased mobility.

    This means Prince Charles will take on more roles as the head of the monarchy, but after 70 years of the Queen, will we ever see him as such?

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Omid Djalili said what we were all thinking to the Queen

    The comedian opened the gala on Sunday.

    Djalili is one of the best comedians the UK has to offer and he didn't disappoint.

    He began the show saying: "Your Royal Highness, on behalf of everyone here we'd like to very humbly thank you for choosing us over the State Opening of Parliament."

    An event the monarch would ordinarily attend, the Queen missed the State Opening of Parliament last week Tuesday due to 'mobility issues'.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    William stands in for the Queen in UAE

    The Queen has sent William as her representative.

    Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the head of state for the United Arab Emirates.

    He died at the age of 73 on Friday.

    This is the first time the Queen has sent someone else in her place to pass on condolences for the death of a head of state.

    It's been reported the 96-year-old monarch has some mobility issues, which may be why she sent Prince William in her place.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    What will happen during Charles and Camilla's tour of Canada?

    During Charles & Camilla's three-day visit to Canada, the couple will also recognise the country's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and meet members of Canada's Ukrainian community, the largest outside Europe.

    Charles and Camilla will highlight causes they have championed in the past, from supporting the victims of domestic abuse, highlighting the issue of climate change and recognising the role of Canada's Armed Forces.

    Chris Fitzgerald, deputy private secretary to the prince for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs, said when the tour was announced last month: "To celebrate the Queen's outstanding example of service over seven decades, Their Royal Highnesses are particularly looking forward to meeting some of the many Canadians who have served in their own communities over the years and most recently through the pandemic."

    The tour will begin in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and also see the couple travel to Ottawa and Yellowknife, the capital city of the Northwest Territories.

    Mr Fitzgerald added that, following a formal welcome: "Their Royal Highnesses will first take part in a solemn moment of reflection and prayer at the Heart Garden, on the grounds of Government House, with indigenous leaders and community members in the spirit of Reconciliation.

    "Heart Gardens are in memory of all indigenous children who were lost to the residential school system, in recognition of those who survived, and the families of both."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Charles to highlight Queen's affection for Canada and it's people

    The Prince of Wales is expected to speak about the Queen's "profound affection she feels for Canada and its people" when he begins his tour of the country.

    Charles, who will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, will begin a three-day trip by acknowledging the treatment of indigenous people in Canada's residential schools when their tour of the nation begins later.

    Within hours of landing in the Commonwealth country, the couple will take part in a "solemn moment of reflection and prayer" in a garden dedicated to indigenous victims of the school system which saw thousands abused.

    The trip is part of Canada's Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking the Queen's 70-year reign and Charles is expected to speak of "service to family, to community and to country", which is "what makes Canada so special and what my family and I have long admired".

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry and Meghan plan to stay at Frogmore Cottage in June

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their family will be joining the Royal’s for the Platinum Jubilee celebration.

    The couple renewed the lease on the Windsor property in Windsor in February. They will be bringing children Archie and Lilibet to the UK for the first time since they moved to the US in 2020.

    Frogmore Cottage is currently housing Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son.

    Heightened security measures have been put in place to ensure the family’s safety.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The first of many platinum jubilee meme-worthy moments courtesy of the Queen

    The Queen is the centre of many memes, but as the jubilee celebrations kicked off last night we may be in for many more.

    Alan Titchmarsh was one of the celebrities to lead the first Jubilee event yesterday.

    He offered a tribute to the Queen, but it wasn’t received in the way he likely expected.

    The TV gardener spoke fondly of the 96-year-old saying: “There’s been one constant heartbeat of this nation and that heart belongs to Her Majesty, the Queen.”

    Her Majesty however, simply shrugged leading many to take to social media.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    She won’t smile for much, but the Queen will smile for horses

    The first of the jubilee celebrations went off with a bang yesterday.

    The state opening took place on Thursday which the Queen missed on the advice of doctors due to mobility problems, but the Equestrian Extravaganza at Windsor Castle was too much for Her Majesty to miss as well.

    Her mare, Balmoral Leia, was crowned champion at the event.

    Later in the weekend, the Queen was again seen in public at the first of the events to mark her 70 years as monarch.

    The star studded event included celebrities such as Alan Titchmarsh, Tom Cruise and Helen Mirren.

    Though the Queen wasn’t all teeth, she appeared in good health.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Harry and Meghan plan to stay at Frogmore Cottage in June

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their family will be joining the Royal’s for the Platinum Jubilee celebration.

    The couple renewed the lease on the Windsor property in Windsor in February. They will be bringing children Archie and Lilibet to the UK for the first time since they moved to the US in 2020.

    Frogmore Cottage is currently housing Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son.

    Heightened security measures have been put in place to ensure the family’s safety.

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