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Prince William speaks of his affection for Scotland in speech

The Duchess of Cambridge kicked off his week-long visit to Scotland on Friday, with the Duchess of Cambridge set to join him today for the rest of the tour. Over the weekend, he spoke of his fond memories of the nation during a speech at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He said: “I’ve been coming to Scotland since I was a small boy.

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“As I grew up, I saw how my grandmother relishes every minute she spends here. And my father is never happier than when walking among the hills.” His words prompted a furious reaction from SNP fans who accused the future king of being political in his speech, before claiming he would have to pay for his own security if the Scottish Government cut ties with the Royal Family if they gained independence from the UK. One person wrote on Twitter: “His speech was highly political and like many Scots I have zero time for Betty and her sponging cabal.

Prince William spoke about his fond memories of Scotland while growing up

Prince William spoke about his fond memories of Scotland while growing up (Image: GETTY)

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Kate joined her husband on a royal tour of Scotland on Monday (Image: GETTY)

“He can visit Scotland after Indy if he pays for his own security.”

However, ITV’s Chris Ship quickly shot down the criticism from some Scottish nationalists. 

He asked: “Doesn’t Nicola Sturgeon wish to keep the Queen as Head of State in the event of independence?”

The Queen’s role as the head of state within Scotland is unlikely to be in danger if Scotland ever gains independence, as the first minister has previously made it clear the country does not wish to be a republican state.

Ms Sturgeon wrote on Twitter in 2015: “There is absolutely, categorically, no intention by @scotgov to cut S’land’s contribution to the Sovereign Grant and never has been.”

The Queen has appointed a new Governor-General in New Zealand

The Queen has appointed a new Governor-General in New Zealand (Image: GETTY)

A Scottish Government spokesperson later added: “Scotland will continue to make the same financial contribution to the monarchy as at present — there will be no reduction in the Sovereign Grant as a result of devolution of the Crown Estate.”

Despite being impartial, the Queen has also hinted that she does not wish for Scotland to distance itself from the monarchy and the rest of the UK.

On the Sunday before the 2014 Indyref vote she told a well-wisher outside Crathie church near Balmoral: “Well, I hope people will think very carefully about the future.”

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12:30am update: Prince Harry cut off from Royal Family: Oprah interviews ‘place Duke outside the monarchy’

PRINCE HARRY’s TV show with Oprah Winfrey has placed the Duke of Sussex “outside the monarchy”, a royal expert has claimed.

Both Prince Harry and Prince William released a statement on Thursday, after the publication of the inquiry looking into how Martin Bashir had secured his landmark Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 1995.

However, one royal expert believes the Duke of Sussex’s message may have been overshadowed by the release of his new TV show, co-created with Oprah for Apple TV+ – The Me You Can’t See.

11:30 pm update: Prince Harry UK return could be ‘nightmarish’ as he reunites with Prince William amid rift

PRINCE HARRY is due back in Britain this summer and will reunite with brother Prince William to unveil a new statue of Princess Diana.

One royal commentator has claimed the event could prove “nightmarish” for courtiers given Harry’s recent attacks on the Firm.

Prince Harry, 36, stepped away from royal duty with his wife Meghan Markle, 39, last year and since their withdrawal from the Firm the couple have made a series of blistering claims about their time as working members of the monarchy.

During the Sussexes bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March they alleged the Royal Household failed to support them when Meghan was struggling with her mental health and Harry has since reiterated these claims in his “The Me You Can’t See” Apple TV + docuseries with Oprah.

Prince Harry UK return could be 'nightmarish'

Prince Harry UK return could be ‘nightmarish’ (Image: Getty Images)

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10.38pm update: ‘Could hear axes grinding’ BBC royal expert recalls ‘treachery’ moment in Diana interview

A BBC royal correspondent remembered a key moment from Princess Diana’s interview which made his “hairs stand on end” and compared it to “treachery”.

Former royal journalist Michael Cole recalled his time as a BBC correspondent and looked at the Princess Diana interview with Martin Bashir.

Mr Cole looked at the revelations made during the interview and said while they were “sensational” it was Princess Diana’s admission Prince Charles would struggle as king which caught his attention.

The royal expert explained in medieval England that would amount to “treachery” which would follow severe punishments as he dissected the interview’s key points. 

9.01pm update: Prince William’s ‘strategic public jab’ at Harry ‘countermands narrative of royal misery’

Prince William has rubbished Prince Harry’s claims that his father failed to protect him from “suffering” as a child with a sneaky public jab at his brother.

A new series, entitled ‘The Me You Can’t See’, is about mental health and sees Harry, other celebrities and people from different walks of life share their experiences and discuss the stigma around it.

The Duke of Sussex has again used his platform to speak “his truth” and describe what it was like being a member of the Royal Family.

In the new documentary series, Harry said his father failed to protect him from “suffering” as a child and was the reason he moved to California.

However, his brother William has rubbished claims of an unhappy childhood during his visit to Scotland.

William said: “As I grew up I saw how my grandmother relishes every minute she spends here and my father is never happier than in walking among the hills.

“My childhood was full of holidays having fun in the fresh air, swimming in lochs, family barbecues with my grandfather in command, and yes the odd midge.”

7.25pm update: ‘Have you gone bonkers!’ Australian ridicules Prince Harry for Archie’s first words claim

Australian Sky News presenter Alan Jones said he does not believe Prince Harry’s claim that Archie’s first words were “grandma Diana”. 

Mr Jones said: “Prince Harry has teamed up with the new hero of woke Oprah Winfrey to produce a TV series called ‘The Me You Can’t See’.

“The series shows the pair opening up about mental health. In the first episode, Harry says ‘I feel as though I’m outside of the system but I’m still stuck there’.

“He then says his son’s first words were ‘grandma Diana’. First words?

!Harry, have you gone completely bonkers under the Markle spell?” 

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Prince Harry claimed Archie’s first words were ‘grandma Diana’ (Image: Apple TV )

6.31pm update: Royal babies 2021: How will new arrivals alter the line of succession?

The arrival of a royal baby has already been a cause for celebration twice this year. So with two royal babies also due later this year, how will the new arrivals alter the line of succession?

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5.57pm update: Prince Andrew dealt new blow as Prince Charles takes another role away from disgraced Duke

Prince Andew has been dealt a huge blow after a charity he once represented has replaced him with his older brother Prince Charles.

The Duke of York stepped back from royal life in 2019 following the disastrous interview with the BBC over his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

But Andrew reportedly has asked the Queen to be allowed to temporarily step back as a senior royal following the death of Prince Philip.

When stepping back from royal life, Andrew stepped down as patron of Malaria No More UK following his disastrous BBC interview.

But despite reports Andrew is looking for a way back into the Firm, the Duke of York has been replaced as patron of the charity which works to end the disease.

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The Duchess stunned in a blue blazer and matching midi skirt (Image: GETTY)

4.17pm update: Prince Charles may break 200-year-old tradition when he becomes King

Prince Charles may break a 200-year-old tradition when he becomes King.

Buckingham Palace has been the seat of the monarchy ever since Queen Victoria came to the throne, including all 69 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

While the Queen has been shielding at Windsor Castle during the pandemic, it is believed that the plan is for her to eventually return to Buckingham Palace, at least on a part-time basis.

However, it has been called into question whether Charles will move from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace when he becomes King.

3.07pm update: Kate reunited with William after Prince’s emotional tribute to wife

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have carried out their first engagement together in Scotland as part of their joint tour of the nation.

Kate has joined her husband of 10 years in Scotland after he travelled north last week to attend his first engagement as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

This morning, the pair visited the North Lanarkshire headquarters of Turning Point Scotland, an organisation working to break down the cycle of crime and addition.

Together, the couple are scheduled to visit several charities working with the community.

Among the organisations Kate and William are set to visit there are charities working on mental health, the environment and homelessness.

As joint patron of NHS Charities Together, they will also meet key workers and frontline staff. 

The BBC is launching a review of its editorial oversight in response to the Panorama scandal

The BBC is launching a review of its editorial oversight in response to the Panorama scandal (Image: GETTY)

2.36pm update: Prince Charles ‘privately furious’ that Martin Bashir’s ‘lurid lies’ took 27 years to fix

A friend of Prince Charles told The Sun: “The narrative that came from that interview about Charles needs to be changed.

“He is privately furious that it has taken 27 years.

“The interview and allegations caused long-term damage to the future king and his household.”

The British broadcaster has since written to the Prince of Wales and agreed never to show the programme again according to reports.

1.21pm update: BBC crisis: Major review announced into Martin Bashir’s interview with Princess Diana

Chairman Richard Sharp said it would look into the effectiveness of the broadcaster’s policies and governance after an independent report by Lord Dyson found the BBC has used “deceitful behaviour” to secure an interview with Princess Diana in 1995.

Journalist Martin Bashir was found to have used falsified bank statements to coerce the royal into speaking to the BBC for the notorious sit-down interview.

Lord Dyson’s report also said the BBC’s management had then “covered-up” the wrong-doing in an internal inquiry into the matter four years later.

“As a Board we believe that the BBC is a different organisation today, with different and stronger governance, as well as improved processes,” the corporation’s board said in a statement.

“Nevertheless, Lord Dyson’s report speaks to historic failings of oversight and these should be reflected upon.

Kate, the patron of Nursing Now, issued an emotional tribute to nurses

Kate, the patron of Nursing Now, issued an emotional tribute to nurses (Image: NURSING NOW)

12.25pm update: Prince Charles takes over vital role from Prince Andrew

Prince Charles’s younger brother Andrew was previously patron of Malaria No More UK.

But the future king is now president after he stepped down from royal duties in 2019 following his embarrassing Newsnight interview where he spoke about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. 

James Whiting, chief executive of Malaria No More UK, said today: “We are empowered by the support of His Royal Highness and look forward to working with him to ensure our global community meets the vital internationally agreed targets towards ending malaria and saving millions of children’s lives in the decades ahead.”

11.44am update: ‘It has been the hardest of years’ Kate issues emotional tribute to hero nurses

The duchess, who was royal patron of Nursing Now, said: “When Nursing Now was launched in 2018, we had no way of knowing just how much the work, dedication and infinite care of nurses would be tested, needed and appreciated.

“Covid-19 has highlighted the vital role that nurses provide which we all rely on and it’s made all the more extraordinary when we consider the huge sacrifices and personal demands that have been placed on all of you by the pandemic.

“It has been the hardest of years and my heartfelt thanks to you and your colleagues around the world for the incredible work you do every day.” 

Prince William is currently carrying out duties in Scotland

Prince William is currently carrying out duties in Scotland (Image: GETTY)

10.33am update: Queen to get another puppy ‘to keep Muick company’ after five-month-old Fergus died

Her Majesty, 95, has lost one of the two dachshund-corgi mixes (dorgis) that she was given while Prince Philip was in hospital. However, she reportedly wants to get another puppy to keep the other one company.

The other dorgi, who is now without a playmate, is named Muick after Lake Muick near Balmoral.

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Rusell Myers.

Mr Myers said in the most recent podcast: “Now, I can tell you that the Queen may be getting another dog.”

Ms Gripper asked: “To keep the other little one company?” and Mr Myers replied: “Yes.”

He went on to explain that when her dorgi Vulcan died six months ago, he left behind Candy, who is quite old now.

9.52am update: Prince Charles urges family famers to protect the future of agriculture

Prince Charles has called for small family farmers to find “strength in numbers” inside a co-operative to deal with future upheavals in the agriculture industry.

The sector is undergoing a “massive transition”, Charles said, noting that more than 100,000 family farms have been lost in the last 30 years.

And, writing in The Guardian, he said family farms needed to be a “key part in any fair, inclusive, equitable and just transition to a sustainable future”.

Earlier this year, Charles launched the Terra Carta initiative, and encouraged the private sector to safeguard the planet by adopting sustainability and invest 10 billion dollars (£7.3 billion) in “natural capital”.

And he said farms across the world could work in a global co-operative producing food based on the principles in his charter.

In his piece published on Monday, Charles said he had previously made the case for co-operatives and will do so again as “new times demand new thinking”.

He wrote: “I believe there is strength in numbers and have often thought the best way to secure a viable future for these smaller family farms would be for them to come together in some sort of co-operative.

“While there seems to be some deep-seated aversion to farmer co-operatives in this country (I have tried my best over the years to encourage and establish them, but to little effect), they work well in many parts of Europe.

“These farmers are some of the most hardworking and innovative small businesses and, in so many ways, we depend on them far more than most of us will ever know.”

Queen and Prince William make royal visits across UK

9.20am update: Prince Harry shoots himself in foot with Apple TV+ as ‘narrative taken away’

The series, entitled ‘The Me You Can’t See’, is about mental health and sees Harry, other celebrities and people from different walks of life share their experiences and discuss the stigma around it.

The Duke of Sussex has again used his platform to speak “his truth” and describe what it was like being a member of the Royal Family. In episode five, Harry was asked whether he still felt controlled by the media since his bombshell interview earlier this year.

He said he did not, but added: “They’re desperately trying to control the narrative because they know that if they lose it, then the truth will come out.”

However, it has been pointed out that not many people actually have a subscription to Apple TV+, so it is unclear how many people will be able to watch the show. If most people cannot watch the show directly, then they will only find out what Harry said through headlines and articles written about it. In this way, Harry will have the narrative taken away from him yet again.

8.48am update: BBC on brink: ‘Arrogant’ broadcasters one mistake from ‘bringing house down’ says ex-chief

The BBC is under intense scrutiny in the wake of the highly critical report, published last week, which concluded the duplicity demonstrated by Mr Bashir, which included the forgery of documentation, was a “serious breach” of guidelines. 

Prince William and Prince Harry both released furious statements after the publication of the report, with the former saying the BBC had let his mother down with its “woeful incompetence”.

Now Lord Grade, currently a Conservative peer in the House of Lords, has waded into the row in a highly significant intervention, given his former roles as director general of BBC1 (from 1985-88) and chairman (from 2004-06).

In an excoriating takedown in the Telegraph, Lord Grade said the BBC’s reaction since the report’s publication, offering a fulsome apology and pledging that lessons had been learned, had been “entirely correct”.

However, this in itself was not enough to hide what he called “a systemic failure of accountability, governance and culture”.

Kate and William are currently on a royal tour of Scotland

Kate and William are currently on a royal tour of Scotland (Image: EXPRESS)

“As I grew up, I saw how my grandmother relishes every minute she spends here. And my father is never happier than when walking among the hills.” His words prompted a furious reaction from SNP fans who accused the future king of being political in his speech, before claiming he would have to pay for his own security if the Scottish Government cut ties with the Royal Family if they gained independence from the UK. One person wrote on Twitter: “His speech was highly political and like many Scots I have zero time for Betty and her sponging cabal.





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