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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have praised their “unforgettable” tour of Nigeria amid a furore surrounding their charity’s paperwork.

The couple visited the country for three days to mark the 10th anniversary of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.

Taking to their website, the couple described the unofficial visit as “unforgettable” and said it will be the “first of many memorable trips”.

The statement comes amid news of the state of California declaring the couple’s charity “delinquent”.

The Archwell Foundation was given the status after “failing to submit (the) required annual report(s) and/or renewal fees.”

It is now unable to solicit or disburse charitable funds and faces being permanently suspended or revoked.

According to reports, the charity was not aware of an issue with its paperwork, which it reportedly sent, but it has now reissued it.

The Archwell Foundation should be able to resume operations within seven business days, pending the successful receipt of the paperwork.

The news comes after King Charles yesterday revealed an unexpected side effect of his ongoing cancer treatment.

Key Points

  • Charles gives very personal insight into his cancer battle

  • King hands military role to William during visit to Hampshire air base

  • Peter Phillips has new date weks after splitting from girlfriend

  • King met David Beckham but not Prince Harry

King Charles gives very personal insight into his cancer battle

Monday 13 May 2024 13:44 , Emma Guinness

The King today revealed he has lost his sense of taste during cancer treatment.

The monarch, 75, was speaking to British Army veteran Aaron Mapplebeck while visiting the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, this afternoon.

When Mr Mapplebeck said he underwent chemotherapy last year to treat a testicular cancer diagnosis and that he had lost his sense of taste during the process, the King revealed this had also happened to him.

The Palace has not yet confirmed details of the King’s cancer or treatment.

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Meghan Markle’s top aide gets defensive on Nigerian tour

09:00 , Emma Guinness

Meghan Markle’s PR had her guard up during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour of Nigeria.

Miranda Barbot, the Sussex’s Vice President of Programs and Media Operations, had an interesting response when a journalist wished the couple good luck on Saturday (11 May).

“Hope everything goes well today,” the journalist said.

“What do you mean?” she questioned. “What could go wrong?”

Barbot quickly realised that Saturday’s comment was about the grey skies and not the tour: “Ah yes, rain,” she added.

The remark was made ahead of a volleyball match at an outdoor sporting arena, where the couple were marking the 10th anniversary of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.

The continuation of the celebrations comes after the Prince suffered two apparent snubs while marking the anniversary in the UK last week – the first was his father’s decision not to meet him on his brief trip and the second was the news that Prince William was about to become the colonel-in-chief of Harry’s old military regiment.

Prince Harry suffered two apparent snubs celebrating the Invictus Games in the UK (REUTERS)Prince Harry suffered two apparent snubs celebrating the Invictus Games in the UK (REUTERS)

Prince Harry suffered two apparent snubs celebrating the Invictus Games in the UK (REUTERS)

Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ beaten in every category at book awards

08:31 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry’s Spare was beaten in every category it was nominated in at the British Book Awards – even losing out to a puzzle book.

The 2023 memoir, which details the Duke of Sussex’s life in the royal family and subsequent decision to step down as a working member, suffered the losses last night (13 May).

The puzzle book Murdle by GT Karber was awarded Book of the Year at the London-based ceremony.

Meanwhile, Politics On The Edge by former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart beat Spare to be crowned the best narrative non-fiction book.

The Prince was also nominated for Author of the Year despite his memoir being ghostwritten, and he lost out in this category to Impossible Creatures writer Katherine Rundell.

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is offered for sale at a Barnes & Noble store on 10 January 2023 in Chicago, Illinois (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is offered for sale at a Barnes & Noble store on 10 January 2023 in Chicago, Illinois (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is offered for sale at a Barnes & Noble store on 10 January 2023 in Chicago, Illinois (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Harry is trying to shed his royal skin – but he’s a man who can’t escape his past

07:00 , Holly Evans

Even hardened Sussex critics took a sharp intake of breath when they heard that the King would not meet Prince Harry last week. The Duke fleetingly arrived in London to headline at an Invictus 10th anniversary celebration in St Paul’s Cathedral, but despite the religious framework, he was not greeted as the prodigal son by his father.

Quite the reverse. 2.6 miles away (yes many measured the distance) the King was otherwise engaged, welcoming crowds in a top hat at his first Buckingham Garden Party of the season.

The sun shone, but domestic clouds stubbornly persisted.

Read the full article from Tessa Dunlop here:

Harry is trying to shed is royal skin – but he his a man who can’t escape his past

Meghan reveals ‘exciting’ family discovery as she calls Nigeria ‘my country’

06:00 , Holly Evans

Meghan reveals ‘exciting’ family discovery as she calls Nigeria ‘my country’

Prince Harry shows off basketball skills as Meghan watches on during visit to Nigeria

04:00 , Holly Evans

Prince Harry shows off basketball skills as Meghan watches on during visit to Nigeria

King Charles reveals side effect of cancer treatment on rare joint engagement with Prince William

03:00 , Holly Evans

The King today gave a rare insight into his ongoing private battle with cancer as he attended a joint official engagement with Prince William.

Charles, 75, was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer in February after a check-up found an unrelated, enlarged prostate that proved to be benign.

On Monday, he discussed the side effects of cancer treatments with British army veteran and cancer survivor Aaron Mapplebeck while visiting the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

Read the full article here:

King reveals side effect of cancer treatment on rare joint engagement with William

Harry and Meghan’s Archewell charity found delinquent over unpaid fees and unable to fundraise

02:00 , Holly Evans

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archwell Foundation has been found delinquent over unpaid fees and warned it could face fines or suspension.

The delinquency notice was sent by California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta for failing to file its annual reports and renewal fees. As stated on California’s Department of Justice website, a notice is sent to an organisation after it fails to submit complete filings for each fiscal year.

The Sussexes’ foundation was established after they stepped down from their roles as senior working royals and relocated to the US in March 2020.

Read the full article here:

Harry and Meghan’s Archewell charity found delinquent and unable to fundraise

King Charles passes senior military role to Prince William

01:00 , Holly Evans

Kate doing well, William says, during visit to Isles of Scilly

Tuesday 14 May 2024 00:00 , Holly Evans

The Prince of Wales has given a positive update about his wife’s cancer treatment – saying “she’s doing well”.

William was asked about Kate as he toured the only hospital on the Isles of Scilly to learn about a major building project to improve facilities being constructed on land owned by his Duchy of Cornwall.

Tracy Smith, administrator at St Mary’s Community Hospital in Hugh Town, greeted William when he arrived and hosted his tour of the small medical centre following his visit to the harbour where he bought his entourage Cornish pasties.

Read the full article here:

Kate doing well, William says, during visit to Isles of Scilly

Meghan Markle gushes over Prince Harry during Nigeria visit: ‘You see why I’m married to him?’

Monday 13 May 2024 23:00 , Holly Evans

The Duchess of Sussex has been more than happy to show off her husband, the Duke of Sussex.

On Friday 10 May, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the first stop of their Nigeria visit, where the two spoke at the mental health summit with the local nonprofit the GEANCO Foundation, supported by the couple’s Archwell Foundation at the Lightway Academy in Abuja.

Meghan and Harry will be in the country for three days to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, which Harry founded back in 2014.

Read the full article here:

Meghan Markle gushes over Prince Harry during Nigeria visit

Meghan Markle honours Princess Diana with diamond necklace

Monday 13 May 2024 22:00 , Holly Evans

Meghan Markle wore an ode to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, during her recent trip to Nigeria.

The 42-year-old Duchess of Sussex travelled with her husband to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to celebrate military families on 11 May. For the occasion, Meghan donned a strapless white dress and a dazzling necklace that paid tribute to Princess Diana, who died 27 years ago at age 36.

According to People, the gold chain with a studded cross was a gift to Meghan from Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex was handed down the necklace from his mother’s coveted collection.

Read the full article here:

Meghan Markle honours Princess Diana with diamond necklace

How Harry and Charles were a twenty minute drive away – but remain miles apart

Monday 13 May 2024 21:00 , Holly Evans

Prince Harry and King Charles were a mere 20-minute drive from each other in central London last night, but the pair who have not seen each other since February, did not meet.

The distance between St Paul’s Cathedral, where Harry held a ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, and Buckingham Palace, where Charles hosted a spring garden party, is just over two miles – or around £14 in an Uber – and yet served to highlight just how far apart the pair still remain.

Their relationship has grown increasingly frayed since the Duke of Sussex’s decision to step down as a working royal in 2020.

Read the full article here:

Pictured: How Harry and Charles remain a million miles apart

Deaf woman is first to deliver British Sign Language speech at Buckingham Palace

Monday 13 May 2024 20:00 , Holly Evans

A young deaf woman has become the first person to deliver a British Sign Language (BSL) speech at Buckingham Palace in front of thousands of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recipients.

Hafwen Clarke, 19, from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, told about 2,000 other recipients how she achieved the gold award, alongside Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Ms Clarke, a youth helper at St John Ambulance Cymru, said: “I’m very proud to be here so I can show the world what deaf people can do.

“Deaf people can do anything hearing people can do, except hear. We may communicate in a different language, but we are still able to communicate.

Duke of Edinburgh looks on as  Hafwen Clarke becomes the first young deaf person to speak from Buckingham Palace (Leon Neal/PA Wire)Duke of Edinburgh looks on as  Hafwen Clarke becomes the first young deaf person to speak from Buckingham Palace (Leon Neal/PA Wire)

Duke of Edinburgh looks on as Hafwen Clarke becomes the first young deaf person to speak from Buckingham Palace (Leon Neal/PA Wire)

Meghan Markle reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

Monday 13 May 2024 19:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan Markle has opened up about a touching conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet on the first day of her whistlestop tour of Nigeria.

The couple arrived to a warm welcome in the country on 10 May to begin a three-day tour as private citizens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Their first port of call was a school in the capital of Abuja, which is being supported by the couple’s Archwell Foundation.

Meghan, 42, then opened up about a remarkable conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet and used it to connect with the young people.

Meghan reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

Queen Camilla feeds donkeys and horses at Buckingham Palace reception

Monday 13 May 2024 18:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Queen fed carrots to donkeys and horses as she hosted a reception for a “remarkable” equine welfare charity at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 9 May.

Camilla met Alfie the donkey and LaLa, a Shetland pony, along with famous charity supporters as she marked the 90th anniversary of Brooke.

She has held the role of president for the UK-based international charity, which protects and improves the lives of horses, donkeys and mules, since 2006.

Founded in 1934 initially to support abandoned horses from the First World War, Brooke has gone on to help 1.4 million working animals directly and now works across three continents and 15 countries.

Queen Camilla feeds donkeys and horses at Buckingham Palace reception

King’s nephew Peter Phillips takes date to event attended by the Queen after split with long-term girlfriend

Monday 13 May 2024 17:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Peter Phillips, King Charles’s nephew, has been spotted with a new date just weeks after his split from his partner of three years.

The late Queen’s ‘favourite grandson’ is now understood to be dating paediatric nurse and freelance writer, Harriet Sperling.

The pair were spotted holding hands as they spent the weekend together at the Badminton Horse Trials.

The smitten couple watched cross-country horse riding from a sponsor’s tent on Saturday, before leaving with Mr Phillips’s two daughters, Savannah, 13, and Isla, 12.

King’s nephew Peter Phillips takes date to event after split from girlfriend

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students on ‘official’ trip to Nigeria with Meghan

Monday 13 May 2024 16:12 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry spoke movingly about mental health while visiting a school in Nigeria on Friday – telling students that there is “no shame” in having a bad day.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, opened up about the bereavements he has suffered in his life, telling the young people that it is okay to acknowledge difficult feelings.

“There is no shame to be able to acknowledge that today is a bad day,” he said.

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students

Harry is trying to shed his royal skin – but he’s a man who can’t escape his past

Monday 13 May 2024 15:08 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The sight of Harry flying in, but unable to see his father will have saddened many. But, embarking on a ‘mini royal tour’ in Nigeria isn’t going to help heal family rifts which feel as raw as ever, says Tessa Dunlop:

Read more here:

Harry is trying to shed is royal skin – but he his a man who can’t escape his past

In pictures: Prince of Wales speaks with service personnel at the Army Aviation Centre

Monday 13 May 2024 14:46 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Prince of Wales speaks with service personnel at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, after King Charles III officially handed over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to him.

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King hands military role to William during visit to Hampshire air base

Monday 13 May 2024 14:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The King officially handed over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to the Prince of Wales during a visit to its Hampshire airfield.

Charles – who became the inaugural holder of the title 32 years ago – met with his eldest son in a rare joint official engagement at the Middle Wallop base on Monday afternoon to transfer the role.

The King said it was a “great joy” to meet servicemen, their families and veterans at an earlier visit to the Army Flying Museum.

He unveiled a plaque commemorating an Apache AH Mk.1 going on display, the first of its kind to be installed at a UK museum.

The aircraft was one of four involved in a rescue mission during the Battle of Jugroom Fort in 2007.

He said: “Let me just say what a great joy it is to be with you even briefly on this occasion but also it is tinged with great sadness after 32 years of knowing you all, admiring your many activities and achievements through the time that I’ve been lucky enough to be Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps.”

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Monday 13 May 2024 14:09 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan pays tribute to Princess Diana by wearing gift during Nigeria visit

King Charles jokes he’s ‘allowed out of cage’ on royal visit to army barracks after cancer diagnosis

Monday 13 May 2024 13:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

King Charles III joked that he had been “allowed out of my cage” as he visited an army barracks on Thursday, 9 May, after resuming public duties following his cancer diagnosis.

His Majesty apologised to the Army for visiting at the last moment to the 3 Royal School of Military Engineering (3RSME) at Gibraltar Barracks, Minley, Surrey.

Charles, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Engineers, told Lieutenant Colonel Robert Grant: “When this opportunity appeared and I had been allowed out of my cage, I wanted to come to have a look.”

Prince Harry urges children to ‘kick away’ stigma of mental health during Nigeria trip

Monday 13 May 2024 13:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry urged children to “kick away” the stigma around mental health as he was joined by his wife Meghan on a visit to a school in Nigeria.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their three-day trip on Friday 10 May, having arrived in the west African country at the invitation of the chief of defence staff.

Earlier this week, Harry made a brief return to the UK where he celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games – but did not see King Charles.

Harry and Meghan are in Nigeria for a whistle-stop tour to promote the games in Africa – and are expected to meet injured service people and attend sporting events and an evening gala after their school visit.

Meghan Markle reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

Monday 13 May 2024 12:26 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan Markle has opened up about a touching conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet on the first day of her whistlestop tour of Nigeria.

The couple arrived to a warm welcome in the country on 10 May to begin a three-day tour as private citizens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Meghan, 42, then opened up about a remarkable conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet and used it to connect with the young people.

Meghan reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

King’s nephew Peter Phillips takes date to event attended by the Queen after split with long-term girlfriend

Monday 13 May 2024 11:53 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Peter Phillips, King Charles’s nephew, has been spotted with a new date just weeks after his split from his partner of three years.

The late Queen’s ‘favourite grandson’ is now understood to be dating paediatric nurse and freelance writer, Harriet Sperling.

The pair were spotted holding hands as they spent the weekend together at the Badminton Horse Trials.

King’s nephew Peter Phillips takes date to event after split from girlfriend

In pictures: Duke and Duchess of Susseex are radiant at a polo fundraiser in Lagos

Monday 13 May 2024 11:31 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry and Meghan dazzled as they attended a polo fundraiser event in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Peter Phillips has new date weks after splitting from girlfriend

Monday 13 May 2024 10:53 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Queen’s ‘favourite grandson’ has been spotted with a new date just weeks after his split from his partner of three years.

Peter Phillips, King Charles’s nephew, is now understood to be dating paediatric nurse and freelance writer, Harriet Sperling.

The pair were spotted holding hands as they spent the weekend together at the Badminton Horse Trials.

The smitten couple watched cross-country horse riding from a sponsor’s tent on Saturday, before leaving with Mr Phillips’s two daughters, Savannah, 13, and Isla, 12.

They returned to the event on Sunday where Mr Phillips, who is 18th in line to the throne, was seen talking to Camilla.

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Meghan speaks with Nigerian women about ‘coming back home’ during Abuja visit

Monday 13 May 2024 10:11 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duchess of Sussex has opened up about finding out she is partly Nigerian through a genealogy test.

Meghan met with women in the West African nation on Saturday (11 May) and acknowledged Nigeria as “my country” during a speech.

She said: “When I had done the genealogy and I found out about my heritage, the first thing I did obviously was call my mom because I wanted to know if she had any awareness of it and I think, being African American and part of it is really not knowing so much about your lineage, your background, where you come from specifically and it was exciting for both of us to discover more and understand what that really means.”

In pictures: Prince Harry and Meghan visit Lagos, Nigeria

Monday 13 May 2024 09:49 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

On day three of their Nigeria tour, Prince Harry and Meghan visited Giants of Africa at Ilupeju Senior Grammar School.

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Meghan Markle gushes over Prince Harry during Nigeria visit: ‘You see why I’m married to him?’

Monday 13 May 2024 09:42 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duchess of Sussex has been more than happy to show off her husband, the Duke of Sussex.

On Friday 10 May, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the first stop of their Nigeria visit, where the two spoke at the mental health summit with the local nonprofit the GEANCO Foundation, supported by the couple’s Archwell Foundation at the Lightway Academy in Abuja.

Meghan and Harry will be in the country for three days to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, which Harry founded back in 2014.

Meghan Markle gushes over Prince Harry during Nigeria visit

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students on ‘official’ trip to Nigeria with Meghan

Monday 13 May 2024 09:08 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry spoke movingly about mental health while visiting a school in Nigeria on Friday – telling students that there is “no shame” in having a bad day.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, opened up about the bereavements he has suffered in his life, telling the young people that it is okay to acknowledge difficult feelings.

“There is no shame to be able to acknowledge that today is a bad day,” he said.

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students

Prince Harry shows off basketball skills as Meghan watches on during visit to Nigeria

Monday 13 May 2024 08:37 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry showed off basketball skills as his wife Meghan watched from the sidelines on the third day of their trip to Nigeria.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Lagos on Sunday (12 May) as part of their visit to promote the Invictus Games.

Wearing a pale linen suit and sunglasses, Harry joined in a game of basketball, much to the delight of his wife, who cheered him on.

The prince celebrated scoring a goal by high-fiving his teammates.

Duke of Edinburgh pays tribute at 100th anniversary of Cavalry Memorial unveiling

Monday 13 May 2024 06:01 , Barney Davis

The Duke of Edinburgh wore a bowler hat as he attended a parade and memorial service dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park.

In a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, members of the UK and Commonwealth Cavalry and Yeomanry paraded past the memorial to honour their fallen comrades from World War One and the wars thereafter.

Prince Edward, Royal Honorary Colonel of The Royal Dragoon Guards, met members of the Combined Cavalry before laying a wreath at the memorial.

How Harry and Charles were a twenty minute drive away – but remain miles apart

Monday 13 May 2024 05:00 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry and King Charles were a mere 20-minute drive from each other in central London last night, but the pair who have not seen each other since February, did not meet.

The distance between St Paul’s Cathedral, where Harry held a ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, and Buckingham Palace, where Charles hosted a spring garden party, is just over two miles – or around £14 in an Uber – and yet served to highlight just how far apart the pair still remain.

Full report:

Pictured: How Harry and Charles remain a million miles apart

Prince Willliam pays tribute to Steve Irwin at glitzy Vegas bash

Monday 13 May 2024 04:01 , Barney Davis

Prince William shared a special message all about Irwin and his efforts to save the environment at the Steve Irwin Gala in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 11.

He said: “Tonight is all about conservation and continuing Steve’s global mission to protect life on our planet.”

He spoke about Irwin’s hope to have “the cleanest water, the freshest air and wildlife in abundance,” and “a future for our children,” sharing that his own values align with this.

“I’m proud to join you virtually tonight to celebrate their work through Wildlife Warriors. Seeing the global impact of the charity, founded by Steve and Terri in 2002, brings hope for the future,” William went on.

“Never before has it been so important for every single one of us to make environmentally conscious choices that will ensure the healthy future of our planet.”

Royal Family’s ‘orchestrated move’ as Prince Harry endures ‘obvious snub’ from King Charles

Monday 13 May 2024 03:01 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry was snubbed by King Charles, according to a royal expert.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliam told The Mirror: “This has been an extraordinary week with Harry’s spokesperson revealing King Charles has not had the time to see him, which is an obvious snub.

“The Palace revealed that he is appointing William to be Colonel in Chief of the Army Air Corps, which Prince Harry served with during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan which was carefully timed as nothing royal happens accidentally.”

This comes amid the news that sources claim King Charles offered Prince Harry a place to stay but the Duke “turned it down”.

Sources have claimed that Harry’s father, King Charles, had agreed to let his son stay in a royal residence for the trip, but Harry turned it down to stay in a hotel.

ICYMI | Archbishop of Canterbury breaks silence on royal family rift: ‘We must not judge them’

Monday 13 May 2024 02:00 , Barney Davis

Archbishop of Canterbury breaks silence on royal rift: ‘We must not judge them’

Harry is trying to shed his royal skin – but he’s a man who can’t escape his past

Monday 13 May 2024 01:02 , Barney Davis

The sight of Harry flying in, but unable to see his father will have saddened many. But, embarking on a ‘mini royal tour’ in Nigeria isn’t going to help heal family rifts which feel as raw as ever, says Tessa Dunlop.

Read Tessa’s piece in full here:

Harry is trying to shed is royal skin – but he his a man who can’t escape his past

Meghan opens up about ‘sweet children’ Archie and Lilibet at women’s event in Nigeria

Monday 13 May 2024 00:01 , Barney Davis

Meghan Markle opened up about her “very chatty, sweet children” Archie and Lilibet during a talk at a women’s leadership event in Nigeria.

The Duchess of Sussex said “I love being a mum” and had fulfilled her dreams by becoming a parent.

She was speaking at a Women in Leadership event she was co-hosting with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization.

During the panel discussion, Ms Markle also said that the “balance” in her life has changed over the years and looks different to ten years ago before she was married and had Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

“What I think that to mean now is that that balance will always change for you,” she said, Hello magazine reported. “That balance, what seems balanced ten years ago is going to shift.”

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, left, walks alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, right, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, during an event in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday (AP)Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, left, walks alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, right, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, during an event in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday (AP)

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, left, walks alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, right, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, during an event in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday (AP)

The one thing keeping King going through difficult first year as monarch

Sunday 12 May 2024 22:20 , Barney Davis

King Charles has had a tumultuous first year as monarch but there is one thing that has kept him going, according to a royal expert.

Jennie Bond, the ex-BBC Royal correspondent, told OK! magazine: “We are told he spent the weekend at Highgrove gardening and reflecting. And gardening is a wonderful way to ponder on life and all it brings.

“Obviously the King is annoyed and frustrated by the way his cancer diagnosis has stopped him in his tracks.

“But this is the time of year when the garden springs into life and colour; there is new growth all around and, with that, comes new hope.”

Bond added: “His doctors are pleased with his progress and, although he must be so worried about his beloved daughter-in-law, Catherine, he can relax knowing that she is at last getting the peace and privacy she requested.”

Charles and Camilla in Buckingham Palace Gardens on April 10, the day after their 19th wedding anniversary (Millie Pilkington/Buckingham Palace) (PA Wire)Charles and Camilla in Buckingham Palace Gardens on April 10, the day after their 19th wedding anniversary (Millie Pilkington/Buckingham Palace) (PA Wire)

Charles and Camilla in Buckingham Palace Gardens on April 10, the day after their 19th wedding anniversary (Millie Pilkington/Buckingham Palace) (PA Wire)

Prince William makes surprise BAFTA appearance

Sunday 12 May 2024 21:45 , Barney Davis

Prince William beamed into the BAFTA ceremony to present an award to Baroness Floella Benjamin.

Addressing the audience, William said: “Good evening. Tonight we are delighted to recognise Baroness Floella Benjamin’s remarkable achievements as she receives this year’s Fellowship for her ground-breaking work with children and young people; her longstanding commitment to television broadcasting; and for her work as an unwavering champion of inclusion.

“In a career spanning more than five decades, she has touched the lives of millions. She has graced our screens as a much-loved presenter of children’s television, most notably Playschool and Play Away.

“She has also contributed greatly to BAFTA itself – she chaired the BAFTA Television Committee from 1997 to 2000 and established the BAFTA Children’s Awards in 1995.

“Beyond the screen arts, Baroness Benjamin has steadfastly advocated for children’s education and welfare, supported a great number of charitable organisations, tirelessly campaigned for social justice – and as a member of the Windrush Generation – she has given voice to those who faced discrimination upon arrival in the UK.

“She is an actress, author, singer, politician and businesswoman, a beacon of representation and a voice for change.”

Baroness Floella Benjamin with her Bafta (BBC)Baroness Floella Benjamin with her Bafta (BBC)

Baroness Floella Benjamin with her Bafta (BBC)

Meghan ‘humbled’ to find out she is 43% Nigerian

Sunday 12 May 2024 20:46 , Barney Davis

The Duchess of Sussex, says it has been “humbling” to find out through a genealogy test that she is partly Nigerian as she met women in the West African nation on Saturday.

On her second day in Nigeria, where she is visiting for the first time with the Duke of Sussex to also promote mental health for wounded soldiers and young girls, Meghan acknowledged Nigeria as “my country”.

She added: “It’s been eye-opening to be able to know more about my heritage.”

“Never in a million years would I understand it as much as I do now. And what has been echoed so much in the past day is, ‘Oh, we are not so surprised when we found out you are Nigerian’,” she said at the event on women in leadership co-hosted by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist and head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

“It is a compliment to you because what they define as a Nigerian woman is brave, resilient, courageous, beautiful,” Meghan told the audience.

The duchess had announced on her podcast in October 2022 that she found out through the DNA-based test that she was “43% Nigerian”.

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Prince Harry and King Charles in war of words over whether royals did offer to meet

Sunday 12 May 2024 19:09 , Barney Davis

Differing reports as to whether King Charles offered to meet Prince Harry or vice versa in the last week have been attributed to the lack of co-ordination between the King and Harry’s PR teams.

Royal historian Dr Judith Rowbotham told i: “There is no real connection between their (Sussexes’s) PR team and the King’s PR team because that would be constitutionally improper.

“If they were acting together you could create a situation where the King would be ignoring government restraints.”

In 2020 the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stood down from frontline royal duties, meaning they are no longer “part of the state structure,” according to Dr Rowbotham.

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