Meghan and Kate ‘didn’t have natural connection’ says Nicholl
The Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly been in contact with the Duchess of Sussex “a lot more” since Lili’s arrival last month. A source claimed it is part of efforts by the royals to get Prince Harry and Meghan “to soften a bit”.
The insider told Us Weekly: “Kate has been reaching out to Meghan a lot more since [Lilibet] was born, she’s sending [notes and] gifts and trying to build up a relationship.
“The firm has been instructing staffers to reach out more to Harry and Meghan to get them to soften a bit.”
Meghan has remained in California with Lili and two-year-old Archie as Harry has returned to the UK for the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue.
Harry and his brother Prince William, who has been at the centre of an ongoing rift, will put their differences aside today to unveil the statue in memory of their late mother.
Kate has been ‘reaching out’ to Meghan Markle more since Lilibet Diana’s birth, it has been claimed
It is only the second time the Duke of Sussex has returned to the UK since Megxit.
Harry and Meghan plunged the Royal Family into crisis with their Oprah Winfrey interview in March.
And Harry made further controversial comments about his family in the following weeks.
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0.30am update: Prince Harry ‘trying to make Prince William feel less important’ Angela Levin claims
Prince Harry is a ‘very changed man’ according to a royal expert, who claims that he is trying to undermine Prince William’s importance.
Royal expert Angela Levin has claimed that Prince Harry is trying to continue his mother Diana’s legacy by doing things in a “very different way” to his brother Prince William.
Angela Levin said that Meghan Markle had pushed her husband to “take a stand” and change the way he worked with his older brother.
Angela Levin told the BBC: “He said, ‘there’s a lot of my mother in me, Meghan and I feel that the future is with the youth and with children’. He is trying to continue her legacy, but in a way, to make William not so important.”
11.20pm update: Queen ‘proved Meghan and Harry wrong in four minutes’ ‒ unearthed analysis of pair’s work
The Queen “proved Meghan and Harry wrong” in the four minutes it took her to address the nation and the world, an editorial claimed, picking apart what it viewed as the couple’s doomed attempt at global influence.
The Queen this week commented on the world’s efforts to tackle climate change, and how methods must “change”.
It came as she and her daughter, Princess Anne, visited the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) on Thursday to learn about its work.
Her Majesty was in Scotland as part of her traditional Royal Week visit, having also met with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier in the week. The 95-year-old’s understanding of the attempts at curbing human induced climate change prove her relevance and grasp of the day’s most pressing concerns.
Meghan and Harry have moved to emulate the philanthropic nature of the Royal Family: carrying out duties, attending public events, giving and helping charitable causes.
Yet, many have argued that their influence is much lessened outside the Royal Family.
The statue unveiling was the first time William and Harry had been reunited in public since April
10.30pm update: Princess Diana statue unveiling: 5 pictures that perfectly capture poignant royal reunion
Princess Diana’s memory has been honoured by a new statue unveiled by Prince Harry and William this afternoon. Express.co.uk has rounded up five pictures that perfectly capture the poignant event.
Princess Diana would have been 60 today and to commemorate the poignant milestone her sons Prince Harry, 36, and Prince William, 39, commissioned a new statue to stand permanently in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace – one of her favourite spots.
The statue unveiling was a private event attended by a select number of Diana’s close family and friends and sweet photos from the reunion appeared to show Harry and William at peace with one another.
Diana’s siblings – Earl Spencer, 57, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 66, and Jane Fellowes, 64, were all in attendance as was the artist behind the sculpture Ian Rank-Broadley.
The statue unveiling was the first time William and Harry had been reunited in public since attending their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
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9.45pm update: Kate and Meghan holding William and Harry apart – expert explains ‘only way forward’
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle will need to be “included” in any “reconciliation” efforts between Prince William and Prince Harry, a royal expert has warned, explaining why on GB News.
Prince William and Prince Harry’s rift may not be healed “particularly quickly”, a royal commentator has warned.
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex were seen together again as they unveiled a new statue for their mother, Princess Diana.
Richard Fitzwilliams spoke to GB News about Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle’s absence from the event.
He told viewers: “Catherine very very clearly has made a conscious decision not to appear because Meghan, of course, isn’t there.
8.30pm update: Princess Diana statue poll: Do YOU like new memorial celebrating Princess of Wales? VOTE NOW
A statue of the late Princess Diana was unveiled at Kensington Palace on Thursday afternoon – but do you like the new memorial for the Princess of Wales? VOTE NOW.
A bronzed sculpture of Princess Diana beside three young children was put on display at the stunning Sunken Gardens.
Prince William and Prince Harry reunited for the grand ceremony and together they pulled away a cloth covering the much-anticipated artwork in honour of their mother, who would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1.
The masterpiece was created by renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley and it depicts Diana standing with three children to represent the “universality and generational impact” of her work.
Prince William and Prince Harry reunite for the statue unveiling
8.00pm update: Queen beams at favourite Royal Windsor Horse Show after Harry and William put rift aside
The Queen was spotted beaming at her favourite Royal Windsor Horse Show following Prince Harry and Prince William’s reunion.
The Queen could not help contain her joy during the show after her two grandsons reunited for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.
The monarch was photographed with a large smile as she watched her favourite horse show at Windsor Castle.
7.25pm update: Diana statue bears striking resemblance to Harry and William family holiday snap
Princess Diana’s statue bears a striking resemblance to Prince William and Harry’s family holiday picture Mallorca.
During a private event held behind closed doors today, the two royal siblings reunited today for the unveiling of a statue of their mother on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The bronze sculpture shows Diana with three children.
But the statue – created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley – bears a striking resemblance to a holiday picture of the late Princess of Wales with her two children.
The picture, taken in 1988, shows Princess Diana holding the hands of her young sons as she stares off into the distance.
6.25pm update: Prince Harry had ‘help’ from Meghan Markle with Diana speech, royal expert claims
Prince Harry’s speech at the Diana Awards was “written with Meghan’s help”, a royal expert has claimed.
Royal biographer Angela Levin, who penned a biography on Harry, said the speech “sounded as though it was Meghan speaking”.
The Duke of Sussex made the speech at the Diana Awards on Tuesday.
But Ms Levin said she believes Harry had help from his wife to write the speech.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge chose not to attend the unveiling ceremony for Diana’s new statue as she want to avoid juxtapositions with Meghan Markle, a royal commentator suggested.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has opted not to attend the unveiling ceremony for Princess Diana’s new statue in order to avoid being compared to Meghan Markle.
A royal expert said her presence would send “a certain message” and fuel speculation about a perceived rift between the two sisters-in-law.
The statue is unveiled at the Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace
4.35pm update: Harry’s telling look to William spotted by body language expert ‘This IS a reconciliation’
Prince Harry and Prince William visited Kensington Palace today to watch the unveiling of a new statue of Princess Diana. What did their body language show of their relationship?
Body language expert Judi James appeared on GB News to share her verdict on the reunion.
She explained there seemed to be signs of “reconciliation” between the brothers.
Judi said: “As they stood there and the cloth came off the statue and they both gazed up at their mother’s face, Harry put his hands on his hips.
“I think that was something where he was perhaps trying to keep his composure.
“That must have been a very difficult, very emotional moment.”
4.00pm update: Prince Harry and Prince William release statement following Diana statue unveiling
In a statement, the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex said: “Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.
“Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.”
A statue of Princess Diana is unveiled by William and Harry
3.40pm update: Diana statue unveiled: First pictures of Princess of Wales with three children
A statue of the late Princess Diana has been unveiled by Prince William and Prince Harry at Kensington Palace.
The bronze statue depicts the late Princess of Wales surrounded by three children to represent the “universality and generational impact” of her work.
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex reunited for the grand ceremony and together they removed a large green cloth to reveal the poignant sculpture.
The pair wore smart navy suits and stood either side of the artwork, William then said “ready” before they pulled off the covering to the applause of guests.
The brothers commissioned the memorial in 2017 and it now stands proud in the redesigned Sunken Garden, a place believed to be one of their mother’s most cherished spots.
3.10pm update: Harry has left Charles ‘hurt’ by attacks – Duke told ‘don’t lash out’ at royals
Prince Charles has been left devastated by his son’s constant attacks, with one expert warning Prince Harry should not “lash out” at the Royal Family.
After Harry’s comments regarding his father and his upbringing, one royal expert praised the Prince of Wales for rising above the attacks.
Not only have the attacks hurt Charles but royal commentator Marlene Koenig claimed the Duke of Sussex had been “unfair” to his father.
While it is uncertain if there has been any one-on-one contact between the pair since Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex confirmed their split from the Firm, Ms Koenig claimed Charles had been a hands-on father.
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2.30pm update: William offers Harry olive branch with Diana statue demand
Prince William offered Prince Harry an olive branch ahead of the Princess Diana statue unveiling, according to a royal expert.
Ms Andrews tweeted: “One olive branch that William has already extended to Harry is banning all UK media, save PA & 1 TV camera, from today’s unveiling of Diana’s statue at KP, presumably at H’s instigation.
“The whole ceremony now classed as ‘private’ in keeping with H’s battles with the media.”
1.35pm update: Beatrice shares personal memories at Windsor in video appearance
Princess Beatrice shared personal memories in a rare message for a cause close to her heart.
Beatrice shared a video message to officially launch Parallel Windsor Virtual.
The Princess, who is pregnant with her first child, spoke with excitement about the award-winning event.
12.45pm update: Harry ‘isn’t going to stick around’ after Diana event
Prince Harry “isn’t going to stick around for long” after the Princess Diana statue unveiling, it has been claimed.
The Duke of Sussex is set to reunite with Prince William for the event at Kensington Palace this afternoon on what would have been their late mother’s 60th birthday.
The brothers have been at the centre of an ongoing rift and it had been hoped the ceremony could provide an opportunity for them to work things out.
But a source told Vanity Fair: “I get the impression Harry isn’t going to stick around for long which leaves very little time for any really meaningful talks.”
Prince Harry has opened up for the first time about Prince Philip since his funeral
12.10pm update: Harry opens up on Prince Philip
Prince Harry has opened up for the first time about Prince Philip since his funeral.
Harry briefly spoke about his beloved grandfather at this year’s WellChild Awards, held yesterday at Kew Gardens.
At the event, the Duke of Sussex chatted with the young people, their parents and carers.
Among them, there were Carmela Chillery-Watson and her father Darren – who passed on his condolences to Harry in the wake of Philip’s passing.
Prince Harry thanked Mr Chillery-Watson before adding the Duke of Edinburgh “had a great innings”.
He continued: “He was 99 and he was adamant that he never wanted to live to 100.”
11.15am update: Harry would ‘still live in UK if Diana were alive’ as estranged Duke braces for reunion
Prince Harry would “still live in the UK” if his mother Princess Diana were alive, according to the late royal’s former press secretary.
Former press secretary to Prince Charles and Diana, Dickie Arbiter, said of Harry and Prince William: “She would have banged their heads together and told them to sort it out.
“The rift would never have got this bad and I think Harry would still be here in the UK if Diana were still around.”
10.40am update: Meghan’s uncle dies before getting chance to meet Harry
Meghan Markle’s uncle has died at the age of 82 having never met his nephew-in-law, Prince Harry, according to reports.
Michael Markle, the brother of the Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father Thomas Markle, has died after battling Parkinson’s disease.
Meghan’s uncle, known to friends and family as Mike, is also understood to have suffered from a number of falls in recent years.
Mike was said to be a “lovely, gentle man” who was proud to have Meghan as his niece, though he was disappointed not to have had the opportunity to meet Harry.
A source told The Sun: “Mike was a lovely, gentle, softly spoken old man. He was always happy to be asked about Meghan, but whenever he spoke to anyone he mainly wanted to talk about his late wife – he loved her so much.”
Prince William and Prince Harry are set to reunite for the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue
10.25am update: Harry wants to ‘crush’ the Royal Family
Prince Harry wants to “crush” the Royal Family with his very public bombshell claims, claimed royal biographer Angela Levin during a fiery outburst on Good Morning Britain.
Ms Levin told GMB: “Harry wants to crush the Royal Family.
“He has been very very unkind saying that both Prince William and Prince Charles are stuck.”
“He is demeaning the whole issue of the Royal Family.”
9.50am update: Kate ‘holds the keys’ to end William and Harry feud
The Duchess of Cambridge “holds the key” to repairing the relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William, according to a royal expert.
Royal expert Paul Burrell claimed that if Harry and William do not repair their relationship because of their late mother’s statue unveiling, they never will.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Burrell reflected on the significance of Princess Diana’s statue unveiling today at Kensington Palace.
He claimed Kate will act as the peacemaker and will be the key to the pair repairing their rift.
Meghan and Harry should “stay well away” from Buckingham Palace’s balcony during the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations next year, the results of a new Express.co.uk poll have indicated
9am update: Meghan and Harry should be banned from balcony at Queen’s Jubilee – poll
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should “stay well away” from Buckingham Palace’s balcony during the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations next year, the results of a new Express.co.uk poll have indicated.
Readers were asked whether Meghan and Harry should be banned from the balcony for Queen’s jubilee.
Out of the 12,021 people who voted, 10,901 (90 percent) said yes.
Only 1,047 voters (10 percent) wanted Meghan and Harry at the event.
8.20am update: Express.co.uk is also running a live blog on the Princess Diana statue unveiling
Click here for the latest updates on the statue unveiling at Kensington Palace.
7.45am update: Harry and William ‘in contact’ but relations remain ‘incredibly strained’ – source
Prince Harry and Prince William are reportedly “in contact” ahead of the Princess Diana statue unveiling.
A source told the Mirror: “They [William and Harry] have been in contact but, to put it mildly, the situation remains incredibly strained.
“The ceremony should be and will ultimately signify a coming together for the right reasons.
“This commemoration has been a long term project for both William and Harry and both of them are adult enough to put any feelings to one side to ensure the day goes off without a hitch.
“Certain things don’t need to be said, it’s an unspoken agreement to do what is right in that moment, just as they have said before, this is about their mother’s life and celebrating her legacy.”
7.35am update: Camilla should NOT become Queen – poll
Most Britons still do not want to see Camilla become Queen, an exclusive poll for the Daily Express reveals.
More than three in five believe she should not be crowned Queen when Charles ascends to the throne. Less than one quarter think she should.
The UK is also split on the future role of Charles, 72. Succession should leapfrog the heir to the throne, according to 41 percent of those surveyed for this newspaper. A broadly similar number – 44 percent – believe he should take over as head of The Firm.
(Additional reporting by Katie Harris)