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- Fears that the duke will use appearance as a “springboard”
- Nation mourns
- Fans in hysterics over sweet Princess Charlotte moment
- Prince William ‘regrets’ disgraced Andrew’s leading role
- The subtle parenting moves Prince William and Kate Middleton use
- Piers Morgan blasts ‘spoilt brat’
- ‘Prince Philip was always there for Harry’
- ‘Prince Philip service was tinged by one note of regret’
- Online searches for Kate’s dress explode after appearance at memorial
- Royal news you may have missed
- Pictured: The Queen and Prince Charles listen intently to service
- Prince William ‘planning huge shake-up of Royal staff’
- What is Mother’s Day like for the Cambridges?
- William has told the Commonwealth ‘it can decide its future’
- Prince Edward ‘should have received patronage’ given to Camilla
- Royal Family celebrate Mother’s Day
- Meghan’s sister slams her AGAIN – comparing failed TV attempts to Kardashians
- Meghan Markle will ‘pull in big guns’
- Prince Charles on ‘stand-by’ to read MAJOR speech at State Opening of Parliament
- Prince William beats Harry for ‘most attractive’ royal eyes
- In pictures: Andrew seen travelling with Her Majesty by car
- Oscars bosses were so keen for Harry & Meghan to present
- The brothers gave comfort to each other’
PRINCE Andrew was ‘shunned by the royal family and didn’t interact warmly with them’ at Prince Philip’s memorial despite walking in alongside The Queen.
The Duke of York, accompanied Her Majesty to the service but had little interaction with the rest of his family.
Andrew reportedly avoided receptions and drove straight back to Westminster with his mother after the service.
The Queen appeared to ‘look unequivocal’ in her support of her second son, while the rest of The Firm offered ‘no signs of support or encouragement’ and ‘pretended to not even see him’.
Body language expert Judi James explained to FEMAIL: “Andrew did not get the same sort of welcome [as the Queen gave him] from the other royals.
“Only his mother threw him anything bordering on a “welcome back” smile and, rather than throw him subtle tie-signs of support or encouragement, most of the royals seemed to attempt to act as though they hadn’t even seen him.
“Taking his place next to Edward he cut an isolated but defiant-looking figure, but there were no glances or even nods of greeting and no discernible eye contact.
“The eye-avoidance looked deliberate, with most of the Firm staring pointedly ahead as though barely even aware of him.
“Edward and Sophie are often used as the buffers of the royal firm, famously chatting animatedly to avoid the frost between William and Harry on their last public outing, but there were no signs of warmth or connection between these brothers until the singing of the hymn.
“Andrew turned his head to speak to Edward and Sophie and they replied with the coolest of responses.”
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Fears that the duke will use appearance as a “springboard”
The Duke of York travelled the 30 miles between Windsor and London in his mother’s car yesterday.
He then walked arm-in-arm with the monarch as he guided her through Westminster Abbey yesterday morning before making his way to a front row seat.
It had been previously understood she would be accompanied to her seat by the Dean of Westminster, with Andrew behind.
And there are now fears that the duke will use his appearance as a “springboard” to reappear at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in June.
Today marks 20 years since the death of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
Born on August 4 1900, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married The Duke of York in 1923.
In 1936 they became King and Queen Consort, and were crowned in Westminster Abbey at a Coronation.
Fans in hysterics over sweet Princess Charlotte moment
AS they walked into Westminster Abbey for Prince Philip’s Thanksgiving service yesterday, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were the very picture of perfectly behaved royal children.
During the service, the pair joined in with the rest of the 1,800 guests singing hymns and were otherwise seen sitting listening quietly to the service.
That is, until Princess Charlotte showed off her cheeky side in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.
As the memorial was being broadcast, Twitter account Royal Reporter posted footage of the hilarious moment Kate and Wills’ daughter realised her face was on TV.
The five-second clip shows Charlotte looking up at the ceiling, jumping out of her skin and then pulling a funny face.
They captioned the clip: “The look when you see yourself on TV.”
Prince William ‘regrets’ disgraced Andrew’s leading role
It has been claimed that Prince William was concerned about Prince Andrew taking a central role in his father Philip’s memorial service.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Charles were among the senior Royals “dismayed” by Andrew’s decision to put himself “front and centre”, a family source told the Daily Mail.
They said: “It would be a great shame if the service was overshadowed by all of this.
“There is a strong sense of regret that this has happened.”
The subtle parenting moves Prince William and Kate Middleton use
It was an undeniably emotional occasion on Tuesday for the Royal Family as they celebrated Prince Philip’s life with a touching Thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey.
As they walked into the Abbey, the expert told Tyla it was obvious just how nervous George was feeling.
Noticing how the eight-year-old paused for a split-second at the entrance, she explained: “Immediately at that moment, his dad puts two hands on his shoulders and guides him.
“They walk up hand in hand and throughout the entire shaking of hands, William demonstrates to his child what to do.”
Kate was equally as protective of six-year-old Charlotte during the event.
The expert added: “[The Duchess’] hand is very, very rarely off Charlotte’s shoulder or back.”
Piers Morgan blasts ‘spoilt brat’
PIERS Morgan has once again lashed out at Prince Harry, calling him a ‘spoiled brat’ for not attending Prince Philip’s memorial yesterday.
Piers tweeted: “Imagine missing your mentor grandfather’s memorial service because you’re such a spoiled brat you’d rather sulk in your Californian mansion than be there to support your grandmother? Shameful.”
It comes following the Duke of Sussexes legal row with the Home Office over police protection for his family in the UK.
‘Prince Philip was always there for Harry’
Prince Harry did not attend Prince Philip’s memorial service yesterday after using a ‘lame’ excuse and has now ‘burnt his boats’ with the royal family.
Royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, said: “Royals young and old came from far and wide to Westminster Abbey yesterday to pay tribute to Prince Philip – except one.
“Harry couldn’t be bothered to take a few days off from Netflix, or feeding his chickens in the US, to honour the grandfather who always supported him.
“Whether walking with the 12-year-old Prince behind his mother’s coffin, or giving support while Harry was on active service in Afghanistan, Philip was always there for him.
“Sadly, he chose to stay away in his big house. You lost out, Harry, on a great occasion when the Who’s Who of Europe and beyond turned up to do honour to the man who for many years loyally served the Queen.
“As far as I’m concerned, after yesterday’s no-show Harry has burnt his boats.”
‘Prince Philip service was tinged by one note of regret’
This is a comment piece.
IF Prince Philip was watching down over his moving memorial service at Westminster Abbey yesterday, we have a feeling he would largely have approved.
The mood was solemn rather than sombre, the immediate grief at the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing last April having given way to gratitude for his long life of dedication, his inquiring mind and sense of mischief.
Despite mobility struggles, Her Majesty — weeks from turning 96 — was determined to be at the Abbey. As with Philip, her stoicism never ceases to amaze.
The service was, however, tinged by one note of regret — the absence of Prince Harry, who stayed away in the States after an unseemly strop over being asked to foot his own security bill.
We think it’s a decision Harry will come to regret in time, if not already.
After all, many other royals managed to fly in from abroad for the service without fuss, so why not him?
Read the article in full here.
Online searches for Kate’s dress explode after appearance at memorial
Analysis of Google search data reveals that online searches for ‘polka dot dress’ exploded 335% in the UK on the 29th of March – just hours after Kate Middleton joined Prince William at Westminster Abbey for Prince Philip’s memorial service yesterday.
A spokesperson for Coupon Ninja commented on the findings:
“Kate’s timeless outfit choices never fail to capture the public’s attention, and this occasion is definitely no exception. These findings demonstrate the Duchess’ enduring ability to inspire style choices up and down the nation with a single appearance.
Kate’s appearance is a perfect example of her admirable ability to discreetly and tastefully use her timeless style to compliment the events she attends, yet not divert too much attention away from the main focus of the occasion.”
Royal news you may have missed
Good morning. Milica Cosic logging on. I’ll be bringing you the latest news and updates on The Queen and Royal Family today.
Prince William ‘planning huge shake-up of Royal staff’
PRINCE William plans a huge shake-up of royal staff and outdated ideas as he proves he is not a pampered prince.
The Duke and wife Kate will stamp the “Cambridge Way” over future events amid negative publicity surrounding their Caribbean tour which ended at the weekend.
Proving he has his own methods, William plans to have around 70 fewer aides when he succeeds Charles as Prince of Wales.
He will instead nearly halve the estimated 137 staff his dad relies on to create a more cost-effective and less formal team.
Wills and Kate will also employ a small staff working on “comfortable and credible” good causes ? five or six in total.
There will also be shorter, solo trips such as Kate’s recent visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, with her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
A source said: “William and Kate will modernise how they work. It’s a breath of fresh air.
“They were bruised by attacks that their Caribbean trip harked back to the colonial age. In future they will rip up the rule-book and do things ‘The Cambridge Way’. They’re trying to work out what that will look like.
“It is not a criticism of how it was done in the past. But times are changing.”
PRINCE William’s comment about “not telling people what to do” was a subtle “dig” at his brother Harry, a royal expert has claimed.
In a closing statement, he said the trip had brought into sharper focus “questions about the past and the future”.
And he added: “Catherine and I are committed to service. For us that’s not telling people what to do. It is about serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best, by using the platform we are lucky to have.”
Royal biographer Angela Levin suggested the comment was a dig at Prince Harry, who has been a vocal campaigner for causes close to his heart since quitting royal life.
Speaking on Sky News, the author, who previously spent a year with the Duke of Sussex for an authorised biography, said of William’s comments: “I think he’s right, I think that worked very well to say what he felt without telling people what to do – which I thought was also a dig at his brother.”
Harry has shared his views openly at a number of public speaking events since quitting royal life, as well as talking openly in interviews and as chief impact officer for professional coaching and mental health firm BetterUp.
What is Mother’s Day like for the Cambridges?
Mothering Sunday for the Cambridges often involves messy cake-baking sessions, homemade cards and also paying tribute to Diana.
In 2020, royal fans got a sneak peek at the card George had made for his mum, with the adorable DIY creation featuring a jar of flowers, with 3D stuck-on petals and a vase.
Last year, George and his siblings Charlotte and Louis baked Kate an amazing cake for Mother’s Day.
William has told the Commonwealth ‘it can decide its future’
PRINCE William told the Commonwealth on Friday it can decide its future after his Caribbean tour was marred by anti-royal protests.
In his statement, William said: “Foreign tours are an opportunity to reflect. You learn so much.
“What is on the minds of Prime Ministers. The hopes and ambitions of school children. The day-to-day challenges faced by families and communities.
“I know that this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future.
“In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon.
“But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them.
“Catherine and I are committed to service. For us that’s not telling people what to do.
“It is about serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best, by using the platform we are lucky to have.
“It is why tours such as this reaffirm our desire to serve the people of the Commonwealth and to listen to communities around the world.
“Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead its family in the future isn’t what is on my mind.
“What matters to us is the potential the Commonwealth family has to create a better future for the people who form it, and our commitment to serve and support as best we can.”
Prince Edward ‘should have received patronage’ given to Camilla
Prince Edward should have been appointed the patron of the National Theatre, according to a royal watcher.
The co-host of the Royally Obsessed podcast, Roberta Fiorito, said: “I feel like it should have gone to Prince Edward.
“He left the Royal Marines for a career in theatre.
“He left it because he was unsure that that was his life calling and he actually did do a lot with the theatre community — he was an amateur actor for a lot of his life.”
Ms Fiorito also suggested that this move may be a sign of Prince Charles’s plan for a slimmed down monarchy – which is already being put in motion.
She said: “There’s also this talk, probably just rumours, about him not getting the Duke of Edinburgh title when Charles becomes king, that he might not give it to him, so it feels like Charles is already slimming down the monarchy.”
Royal Family celebrate Mother’s Day
Taking to Twitter, the Royal Family on Sunday wrote a heartwarming message to all celebrating Mother’s Day today.
“Wishing all those celebrating today a very special Mothering Sunday,” the post reads with an emoji of a tulip.
Below the tweet is a photo of HM The Queen Mother and TRH the Princesses Elizabeth.
Meghan’s sister slams her AGAIN – comparing failed TV attempts to Kardashians
MEGHAN Markle’s sister has said that The Duchess will never compare to the Kardashian family in her attempts to become a television personality.
Speaking to the Daily Star from her home in Florida, Samantha said: “They’re not the Kardashians.
“That’s comparing apples to oranges.
“The Kardashians were an American business empire and everyone knows their background.”
She added: “If you mean by the Kardashians by just wealthy, there are so many wealthy families.
“I don’t think they would be the right comparison.”
Meghan Markle will ‘pull in big guns’
Spotify have revealed Meghan Markle’s new podcast, Archetypes, earlier this week.
This series will explore how stereotypes were born and their impact on women around the world.
Speaking on Pod Save The Queen, Russell Myers the royal editor at the Daily Mirror said that the Duchess will “pull in the big guns” for her newest venture.
He said: “This is going to be huge because she will pull in the big guns.
“You would imagine that she will have lots of very powerful, famous women and women who have overcome adversity to rise up through the ranks in whatever industry and field that they have become successful in.
“I think it’s hugely exciting.”
Prince Charles on ‘stand-by’ to read MAJOR speech at State Opening of Parliament
PRINCE Charles is on standby to deliver the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament amid health concerns.
According to reports contingency plans are being prepared by palace and government officials to accommodate her absence should health or mobility issues prevent her from attending.
A royal source told the Sunday Times: “The date is in Her Majesty’s diary, and she hopes to attend. The Queen remains fit and active, and it is amazing how much she still does.
“But her diary is being paced to reflect the realities of a woman of her age, and to ensure that she is able to continue to do as much as she can and would like to do.
“All events will now be scheduled so that if Her Majesty is unable to attend at short notice, another member of the royal family will still be present.”
The news comes as the Queen has pulled out of a number of key occasions in the last six months due to concerns surrounding her health.
Prince William beats Harry for ‘most attractive’ royal eyes
A spokesperson for Lenstore told Express.co.uk: “Prince William is revealed to have the third most attractive eyes among males in the public eye.
“This is according to the UK public.
“Nearly one in 10 (nine percent) of respondents in Lenstore’s survey found Prince William’s eyes the most attractive.
“This is out of the numerous options of influential personalities presented to them,” the expert claimed.
“Prince William has bright blue eyes.
“21 percent of respondents in Lenstore’s survey revealed they find blue eyes the most attractive.
“So perhaps it’s not so surprising that Prince William’s eyes top the list for most attractive male celebrity eyes.
“This is despite just 4 percent voting him as the most attractive male celebrity overall.
“When asked what characteristics each set of eyes indicated to the respondent, Prince William’s eyes correlated most with ‘humble’ (9.7 percent), ‘caring’ (11 percent) and also ‘sad’ (13.85 percent).”
In pictures: Andrew seen travelling with Her Majesty by car
The Queen was seen travelling to Westminster Abbey with disgraced royal Prince Andrew today.
It means Andrew, who was stripped of his military affiliations and royal patronages in January, is likely to bump into representatives from charities and organisations from which he has been forced to step down.
The duke, who will wear a lounge suit for the occasion rather than a military uniform, was not present at Westminster Abbey earlier this month for the Commonwealth Day Service attended by senior royals.
Oscars bosses were so keen for Harry & Meghan to present
ACADEMY Awards bosses were so keen for Prince Harry and wife Meghan to present the gong for Best Picture that they approached the couple last year.
Sources told how chiefs pulled out all the stops to make the offer attractive.
A source said: “Netflix were incredibly keen for their two big-name signings to be involved with this year’s Oscars.
“For the first time ever, streaming services, especially Netflix, have a chance of cleaning up and winning some big gongs.
“What better endorsement than for Meghan to be up there on stage?
“Quite a way to justify their £112million salary.
“Meghan is a huge supporter of women, and championing them, so Best Actress was an obvious category for her.
“Sadly, though, as soon as Kristen Stewart got the nod, she couldn’t possibly go on stage and risk handing over an award to the woman who played her husband’s late mother.
“So that idea was scrapped.”
The brothers gave comfort to each other’
Duncan Larcombe, Royal Author and former Royal Editor of The Sun, told Fabulous: said that little is known about how Harry marks the day now that he is a father and lives in the USA, where Mother’s Day takes place on the second Sunday of May.
He commented: “Sources say the Duke of Sussex has already followed William’s style of sharing his mother’s memories with his kids.
“At least by focusing on their own children this year, William and Harry have something to distract them from the elephant in the room.
“Mother’s Day was always an occasion when the brothers gave comfort to each other – sadly one ‘family’ tradition that seems to have all but disappeared.”
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