Meghan and Harry latest – Couple splash £5k on ULTRA lavish gift for Archie that fans think is a hint to the Queen
24th December 2020

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle haven't exactly been frugal this Christmas as they splashed 5K ($7K) on a playhouse for Archie.

The couple abandoned their royal duties earlier this year to raise19-month-old Archie in California.

For his first Christmas stateside, Harry and Meghan treated Archie to an incredible custom-made English-country cottage inspired playhouse that comes complete with split stable doors and a thatched roof.

Royal fans are convinced the the runaway royal were trying to send a message to the Queen with the gift as its resemblance to a playhouse the monarch herself played in as a child is remarkable.

The news comes as the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter has savaged Harry and Meghan's media manipulation.

The former top royal aide said it was "extraordinary" that the Duke and Duchess have courted so much media attention while living in the US despite supposedly fleeing the UK for privacy reasons.

Follow our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest news on the couple and the Royal Family

  • Shayma Bakht

    WHICH PHOTOGRAPHER SNAPPED MEG AND HARRY'S XMAS CARD?

    While Meghan and Prince Harry have been criticised for using photographers during personal moments, such as Remembrance Day in Los Angeles cemetery, they opted for someone closer to home for their Xmas picture.

    The image has been confirmed as a from a photograph taken by Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGHAN AND HARRY RELEASE CHRISTMAS CARD

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Following coronavirus guidelines, both Meghan and Prince Harry – who was pictured in jeans, trainers and a grey knit – wore face masks as they ventured in and out of shops.

    It was the first time the couple were seen in public since they revealed their non-profit organisation – which was set up eight months ago – has joined forces with the World Central Kitchen which feeds people in disaster-stricken areas.

    They wrote in a statement: “The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect to our shared humanity. 

    “When we think about Chef Andrés and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we’re reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing — and working tirelessly — to support each other. 

    “World Central Kitchen inspires us through compassion in action.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGA LAIDBACK

    This time last year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were considering what life would look like if they were no longer senior members of the Royal Family.

    Flash forward 12 months and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have forged a new life for themselves in California and are launching their new non-profit organisation Archewell.

    In pictures obtained by Page Six, the couple were seen running errands in Beverly Hills earlier this week.

    Returning to her pre-royal style, Meghan was pictured in skinny jeans, a thin black knit and some knee-high brown leather boots.

    Braving the cold weather, the Duchess wore a £419 parka coat from J Crew – one of her favourite American brands.

    She then finished off her look with a simple black beanie and sunglasses – which she often wore when heading to yoga classes in Vancouver before she moved to London to be with Prince Harry in 2018.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RECAP – MAKING A MARK

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed their charity, the Archewell Foundation, will fund food kitchens in disaster zones as its first major project.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their non-profit, which was set up eight months ago, has now joined forces with the World Central Kitchen which feeds people in disaster-stricken areas.

    The pair who stepped down from royal duties this year are now backing a series of Community Relief Centers for the charity founded in 2010 by Spanish celebrity chef José Andrés.

    They wrote in a statement: “The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect to our shared humanity. 

    “When we think about Chef Andrés and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we’re reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing — and working tirelessly — to support each other. 

    “World Central Kitchen inspires us through compassion in action.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'HAPPY FAMILY AVOIDING EYE CONTACT WITH THE CAMERA'

    Judi continued: "Their first Xmas card as a married couple involved a back view as they gazed out at their wedding fireworks. Last year we saw Archie looking straight into the lens while Harry and Meghan looked focused on their son.

    "This year we have the three of them absorbed happily together, avoiding any eye contact at all with the camera.

    "This suggests that we are being treated to a glimpse of their lives rather than joining in any bonding session between the couple and their public and fans.

    "There are no non-verbal greeting rituals in terms of smiling straight at the camera to wish us a happy Xmas from them direct and this, along with the stylised technique that has changed a photo into what looks like a book illustration, suggests there is  still some ongoing wariness or avoidance of opening themselves up to any public criticism."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Describing Meghan as the "family protector", the expert continued: "It is Meghan who sits cross-legged outside on the doorstep, looking very much as though she is guarding her two boys with the help of her dogs Oz and Guy."

    What's more, Judi claims Meghan and Harry have made an effort to appear laid-back for their Christmas card.

    She added: "The clothing is casual in a way that, like the miniature rustic setting, suggests they prefer to ignore their glamorous lifestyle or any sense of conspicuous wealth and opt for ‘back to basics’ instead."

    In comparison to their previous Christmas cards, Judi claims the stylised card suggests that the couple only want to share family moments on their terms.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CARD MARK-LE

    They may have stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family in search of a more private life – but that hasn't stopped Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from releasing their annual Christmas card.

    Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex delighted royal fans when they shared a sweet illustration of themselves posing in the garden of their Montecito mansion with 19-month-old son Archie.

    A spokesperson for the couple confirmed that the drawing – which was shared by animal charity Mayhew – was based on a photo Meghan's mother Doria Ragland took of them at their £11m home in California.

    Analysing the Sussexes' latest card, body language expert Judi James claims the couple have made a conscious effort to protect their privacy while also presenting an idealised version of their new life in California.

    She told Fabulous: "This digitalised picture seems to glorify the Enid Blyton-style childhoods of vintage storybooks, suggesting a very besotted-looking Harry and Meghan are set on creating a look of idyllic, rustic intimacy rather than posing up the garden in their multi-million dollar mansion.

    "There is a suggestion from the pose that Meghan wants to contain and protect her precious family unit. Harry sits inside the tiny playhouse here, holding his face close to Archie’s and grinning at his son, who he holds with both hands."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    2020 ROYAL ROUNDUP

    The Royal Family has endured a dramatic year from Megxit in January to Prince Charles testing positive for Coronavirus.

    For our official roundup click here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Insisting that "books are next on the agenda", Katie continued: "Meghan's a big fan of self-help books herself, she's a writer, she loves writing — I mean, look at the piece she wrote for The New York Times.

    "So I think it's very, very likely that they will move into books, or certainly Meghan particularly."

    If they were to write a "tell-all" book, the expert believes they would tell their story in a way that was respectful to the monarchy after they pledged to "uphold the values of Her Majesty" in their Megxit statement.

    In August, it was reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry "absolutely adore" self-help guru Brene Brown – and Katie believes the Duchess will want to explore the wellness and healthy living genres in future.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'MODELLING THEMSELVES ON OBAMAS' SAYS ROYAL EXPERT

    Meghan and Prince Harry are "modelling themselves on the Obamas" and will release a tell-all book next, an expert has claimed.

    Speaking to 9Honey, royal expert Katie Nicholl says a book deal could be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's next project after they signed deals with Spotify and Netflix – which were reportedly worth over £142m.

    She said: "The Obamas' Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that's exactly what we're seeing.

    Describing the Obama's brand as "high end" and "aspirational", the expert added: "It sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it's a successful business model."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGHAN AND HARRY DONATE TO SEVERAL CHARITIES THIS CHRISTMAS

    Meghan, 39, said: "This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind.

    "From a local California organisation that helps families transition out of homelessness, to two of our U.K. patronages: one that supports animal and community welfare, and the other, a memorial fund for a cherished friend that helps to educate children and fight poverty in Uganda, we have honoured their work on behalf of all of us."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGGY CHRISTMAS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their long-awaited Christmas card, showing the pair posing with son Archie and two dogs.

    The Sussexes posed in front of a Wendy house in what could be their sprawling garden in their Montecito mansion, with a Christmas tree next to them

    The drawing shows Prince Harry, 36, holding Archie, 18-months-old, while a casually-dressed Meghan sits crossed-legged on the floor.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    OTHER ROYAL CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

    We normally spend all of Christmas Eve telling the kids that they can't open any presents early – but after learning this fun fact about the Royal Family, we might just consider it.

    According to royal expert Robert Jobson, the Royals exchange their gifts as a nod to their German heritage – as Queen's Victoria's husband Albert started the tradition back after their wedding in 1841.

    He told the Express: "Royals have done it every year since. On Christmas Eve when all the clan are together, the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren put the finishing touches to the 20ft Christmas tree in the White Drawing Room.

    "Presents will be opened that day at tea time as the royals still keep to the German practice of opening their gifts on Christmas Eve."

    Instead of shoving them under the tree, the family are invited to lay their presents next to their name cards on a linen table cloth in the Red Drawing Room.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HEIR THIS

    Every family has their own unique Christmas traditions – whether that's opening all their presents at the crack of dawn or spending the entire day in matching festive PJs.

    In previous years, our family members usually rock up as when they feel like it on Christmas Day.

    But when you're a Royal, this all depends on your status in the family.

    Speaking to Wales Online in 2014, royal author Brian Hoey revealed that members of the family are given a specific time to arrive a week before the celebrations.

    He said: "Those family members who have been invited to spend the holiday with the Queen and Prince Philip are told by the Crown Equerry, who organises all transport, in what order they are to arrive at Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate, and at exactly what time.

    "Royal protocol being what it is, it’s all worked out according to precedence and seniority, with the most junior and least important arriving first and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge [and their children], the last to turn up."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    KIM K'S POST TO INSTAGRAM

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGSIP

    Reality TV queen Kim Kardashian has joined real-life royal Meghan to promote her vegan coffee brand.

    Kim, 40, threw her social media might behind Clevr Blends, the latte firm the Duchess of Sussex has invested in and which chat show host Oprah Winfrey has also backed.

    The reality star put a picture online of a hamper containing packets of the coffee.

    A source close to Kim said: “A product mention from her, just before Christmas, is better than most marketing campaigns you could ever devise.

    “Throw in Meghan Markle and Oprah and you’ve got three of the most famous female names on the planet supporting this brand.”

    Clevr Blends is based in California where Meghan, 39, and hubby Prince Harry, 36, now live.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE’S NET WORTH REVEALED

    According to Business Insider, Meghan has an estimated net worth of £3.8million ($5million) which she accumulated from her acting career.

    She starred in over 100 episodes of the legal drama Suits, where she was paid £40,463 ($50,000) per episode towards the end of her acting career, say reports.

    Meghan also earned around about £291,339 ($360,000) from her roles in the 2010 movies Remember Me and The Candidate.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY RELEASE THEIR CHRISTMAS CARD

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their long-awaited Christmas card, showing the pair posing with son Archie and two dogs.

    The Sussexes posed in front of a wendy house in what could be their sprawling garden in their Montecito mansion, with a Christmas tree next to them.

    The snap has an artistic twist, with the photo resembling a painting, showing Prince Harry, 36, holding Archie, one, while a casually-dressed Meghan sits crossed-legged on the floor.

    The pair released the card via charity Mayhew's Instagram, of which they are a patron, which says 'Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'.

  • Rebecca Flood

    A NEW PRINCESS DIANA STATUE WILL BE UNVEILED IN JULY

    A new statue of the late Princess Diana will be on view at Kensington Palace from next July on what would have been her 60th birthday, an official has said.

    Her sons, Princes William and Harry, commissioned a statue in honour of their mother – who died in a Paris car crash more than 20 years ago – to be erected outside the Duke of Cambridge's home at the palace.

    But, there has been a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Diana was killed when the limousine carrying her and her lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ARE ‘MODELLING THEMSELVES ON THE OBAMAS’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "modelling themselves on the Obamas" and will release a tell-all book next, an expert has claimed.

    Speaking to 9Honey, royal expert Katie Nicholl says a book deal could be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's next project after they signed deals with Spotify and Netflix – which were reportedly worth over £142m.

    She said: "The Obamas' Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that's exactly what we're seeing.

    Describing the Obama's brand as "high end" and "aspirational", the expert added: "It sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it's a successful business model."

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ARE ‘INUNDATED WITH OFFERS TO TOUR NEW SPOTIFY PODCAST’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are being tapped up with offers from live agents about touring their new podcast.

    It would see the pair, who signed a £30million deal with Spotify this week, recording live sessions with an intimate audience.

    Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, confirmed the first episode from their Archewell Audio podcast would be festive themed when they announced the new venture on Tuesday.

    Insiders said the pair were now being lined up for the possibility of ticketed events – which would be charged at a premium.

    An insider said: “Live agents have been eyeing up Meghan and Harry’s new deal with great interest.

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE HAD ‘THE WORLD AS THEIR OYSTER’, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “had their world as their oyster” but “blew it” as Meghan wasn’t happy, says the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter. 

    Dickie spoke to True Royalty TV’s weekly programme The Royal Beat and said Prince Harry had “accepted his role” until Meghan came along. 

    Dickie told host Kate Thornton: “Their [Meghan and Harry’s] world was their oyster and they blew it. They literally blew it, they had everything [but] I don’t think everything was what Meghan wanted. 

    “Harry was the spare and the Cambridges are the heirs. 

    “He accepted his role, he was always born to that.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ‘PLAN TO RELEASE OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS CARD’

    Harry and Meghan plan to publish an official family Christmas photograph despite stepping down as working royals, it has been claimed.

    The Sussexes are set to reveal their annual snap and release a “holiday special” podcast.

    Omid Scobie, author of their biography, Finding Freedom, said: “There is this forthcoming Christmas card photo.

    "I believe it is on its way.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN AND HARRY REVEAL ARCHEWELL CHARITY FUND PLANS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed their charity, the Archewell Foundation, will fund food kitchens in disaster zones as its first major project.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their non-profit, which was set up eight months ago, has now joined forces with the World Central Kitchen which feeds people in disaster-stricken areas.

    The pair who stepped down from royal duties this year are now backing a series of Community Relief Centers for the charity founded in 2010 by Spanish celebrity chef José Andrés.

    They wrote in a statement: “The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect to our shared humanity. 

    “When we think about Chef Andrés and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we’re reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing — and working tirelessly — to support each other.”

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