Meghan and Harry latest news – William 'UNBROTHERS' Harry with Sussexes to spend Xmas with 'surrogate dad' David Foster
5th October 2020

NEW details over the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry have emerged, while it's claimed Harry will spend Christmas with"surrogate" dad David Foster, according to sources.

New reports say William was so furious with his younger brother that he refused to sit through lunch with the 36-year-old before the Sandringham Summit.

In explosive new book, Battle of Brothers, it was claimed the unique bond between Harry and William, 38, had been shattered.

Sources said William was stunned at Harry’s decision to throw away his duty and service to the crown, and furious that the Queen had been backed into a corner.

And author Robert Lacey claimed Harry had spoken to his father Prince Charles and grandmother the Queen about how things could change for himself and his wife in the future.

But he added: "It was a pity that William was now so angry that he was not speaking to him any more. It was as if Harry had become un-brothered."

Meanwhile, it's said Harry and Meghan will skip Christmas with the Queen and are set to spend the occasion with Harry's "surrogate" dad David Foster.

Follow all the latest news on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry below…

  • Samantha Lock

    MEGHAN 'DEEPENED ROYAL RIFT' FOR 'WANTING TO CHANGE WORLD'

    Meghan Markle 'deepened' the royal rift as she “wanted to change the world” – and doing good wasn't enough, it was claimed today.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit the Royal Family earlier this year amid speculation of disagreements with other members, including Prince William and Kate Middleton

    And in an excerpt of the biography Battle of Brothers released in the Daily Mail today, the speed at the breakdown of the family relations was revealed – including allegations of Meghan's impact.

    Author Robert Lacey claimed: “So here was another profound reason for the rift that would divide William and Harry and come close to shattering the House of Windsor within two years.

    “Meghan didn't just want to do good in the world — she wanted to change the world.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LOVE NOTE

    When it comes to planning a wedding, there's a lot to consider – but luckily for Prince Philip, the Queen's ring wasn't one of them.

    Keeping up with royal tradition, Her Majesty's wedding band was crafted from Welsh gold and has a secret inscription on the inside.

    The secret message, however, has remained a mystery, despite marrying over seventy years ago, with only three people knowing what it says – the Queen, 94, Prince Phillip, 99, and the engraver.

    Writing in her new book Prince Philip: A Portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, royal expert Ingrid Seward said: “At least Philip didn't have the expense of a wedding ring, as the people of Wales supplied a nugget of Welsh gold from which the ring as made. She never takes it off and inside the ring is an inscription. No one knows what it says, other than the engraver, the Queen and her husband.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    The plan helped to give the couple a “self-sufficient” status without fully matching – or threatening – the position of heir Prince William.

    Meghan and Harry had already travelled to Botswana together early on in their relationship, with the prince previously revealing how the continent had a special place in his heart.

    The biography claimed: “Their relationship had taken flower in Africa after all, so maybe it, or somewhere else in the Commonwealth, might provide their next step. Johannesburg could be their Malta.”

    It was also claimed The Queen wanted Meghan to perform “special work” that would support women and girls.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HER MAJ'S PLAN

    The Queen had a secret plan for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to live in Africa for a year, an explosive new book has claimed.

    The 94-year-old monarch realised not enough had done to come up with a role for their newest Royal Family member Meghan Markle that suited her “unique identity and talents”, Battle of Brothers reported.

    And author Robert Lacey claimed Her Majesty had been inspired by her own enjoyable time in Malta for the idea of Meghan and Harry heading to Africa.

    In an extract released to the Daily Mail, the author said: “The big idea was to get Harry and Meghan out of the country for a decent spell. It would give everyone a breather.

    “The Queen wanted to offer both honour and responsibility to the couple by handing them some role in her beloved British Commonwealth of Nations — a highly personal token of trust.”

  • Samantha Lock

    TROUBLED PRINCE

    Prince Harry revealed he had been “very close” to a “complete nervous breakdown” before seeking therapy.

    And an explosive new biography claimed the royal's ex Cressida Bonas felt he was “damaged” after he struggled through his late 20s.

    The Duke of Sussex spoke out three years ago about how he felt his life was slipping into “total chaos”.

    In an interview with UK's The Telegraph in 2017, Harry said it wasn't until he was 28 that he addressed his troubled mental health.

    He said: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.

    “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”

    He eventually went into therapy at the advice of his older brother, Prince William.

  • Samantha Lock

    HARRY 'CLOSE TO BREAKDOWN' IN LATE 20s

    Explosive new book Battle of Brothers, serialised in today's Daily Mail, claims Prince Harry struggled with his mental health in his late 20s.

    The book claims Prince Harry had previously said he had come “close to a complete breakdown” on a number of occasions.

    He then went into therapy at the suggestion of older brother, Prince William.

  • Samantha Lock

    ROYAL SHUN

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry snubbed the Queen's summer holiday 'as Archie was too young' – before jetting off to Spain, it was claimed today.

    In an extract published by the Daily Mail, author Robert Lacey said: “Suddenly Harry, Meghan and Archie were no longer joining William, Kate and the other members of the Royal Family for their annual summer holiday with Grandma at Balmoral.

    “The official excuse, conveyed straight-faced by the palace, was that at three months Archie was still too young for the air travel involved. But that didn't stop the Sussexes somehow managing to travel to Minorca for a week that August, and then taking Archie with them for a few days in the South of France with Elton John and his partner David Furnish.

    “'The Côte d'Azur with Elton, but no Balmoral with Granny?' asked one former attendant to Elizabeth II. 'They seem to be getting their Queens mixed up.'”

  • Samantha Lock

    'FRATERNAL FISSURE'

    An explosive new book, Battle of Brothers by author Robert Lacey, claims the friction between Prince William and Harry stemmed from when William flagged concerns over the speed of Meghan and Harry's relationship.

    A number of friends reportedly told the author that William questioned his younger brother over his romance with Meghan.

    And William was so concerned that he went to his uncle Charles Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, for help, it was claimed.

    But the move angered Harry – who was alleged to have become furious with the future king for dragging other family members into the row.

    According to Battle Of The Brothers the tiff led to the brother’s continuing “fraternal fissure”.

    Among William's frustrations were claims that Harry and Meghan had given the palace just ten minutes' notice over their announcement to quit the Royal Family.

  • Samantha Lock

    MEGHAN & KATE HAD 'MUTUAL RESPECT' BUT HARRY & WILLS WOULD 'NEVER HESITATE' TO ARGUE

    Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton treated each other with “mutual respect” – but Prince Harry and William would "never hesitate" to argue, a new book claimed today.

    The duchesses were “cool professionals” – with the explosive Battle of Brothers claiming friction between the couples had instead flared when Prince William flagged concerns over the speed of Meghan and Harry's relationship.

    In an excerpt of the biography released in the Daily Mail today, it was claimed the duchess had “got on rather well” from the start.

    Author Robert Lacey claimed: “They might not be best-buddy material, but they found themselves, sister-outsiders in their extraordinary royal situation, and both of them cool professionals, treating each other with mutual respect.

    “Each was far too canny to make an enemy of a prospective sister-in-law – it only made sense to be friends.”

    Instead, the author claimed the “fundamental conflict” was between Harry, 36, and William, 38, as they had “never hesitated to tell each other exactly what they thought and felt”.

  • Samantha Lock

    HARRY 'FACES HUGE TAX BILL'

    Prince Harry faces a "monumental tax bill" unless he “takes a break” from his £11million Californian mansion, it has been claimed.

    The Duke of Sussex, who moved to Los Angeles with Meghan Markle and their son Archie in May, will be legally obliged to pay taxes in the country once he has lived there for 183 days.

    Harry and Meghan were first reported to be living in the US on May 7 – staying at a Beverly Hills mansion owned by TV producer Tyler Perry.

    It means Harry, 36, has now been in the US for at least 151 days – just weeks away from the 183 day mark.

    Top LA tax lawyer David Holtz said: “You can safely assume that someone at the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] is looking very closely at him. This is a big deal.”

    Harry now faces paying both US federal and Californian state taxes under the Internal Revenue Service's 'substantial presence test', the Mail on Sunday reports.

    It requires any foreigner who spends 183 days in the country during a three-year period to pay US taxes on worldwide earnings.

    It means Harry would have to leave the US until 2023 if he wanted to avoid a massive bill and laying his sources of income bare.

  • Samantha Lock

    'DAMAGED & SELF OBSESSED'

    Cressida Bonas, Harry’s last girlfriend before Meghan, is said to have felt he was “a damaged and self- obsessed young man”.

    She allegedly told pals he would “rant and complain about paparazzi lurking where clearly there were none”.

    Cressida was introduced to Prince Harry in 2012 and split in 2014 – with Cressida thought to have been overwhelmed by the attention she was getting while engagement rumours swirled around the young couple.

    Cressida attended the prince's wedding with Meghan Markle in 2018.

  • Samantha Lock

    WILLIAM 'ENRAGED' HARRY BY ASKING UNCLE TO STOP HIM RUSHING INTO MARRIAGE

    Prince William angered Prince Harry by asking their uncle Earl Spencer to stop him rushing into marriage with Meghan Markle, an explosive new book claims.

    The Duke of Cambridge, 38, reportedly called in Princess Diana’s brother after “brusque” and “peppery reactions” to his own attempts to talk Harry round.

    William is said to have turned to Charles Spencer, 56, — who walked with them and Prince Charles behind Diana’s coffin in 1997 — much to the annoyance of Harry, 36.

    The book states: “The result of the Spencer intervention was an even more bitter explosion.

    “Once again Harry refused to slow down.

    “He didn’t blame his uncle. He understood why Diana’s brother should want to help.

    “Yet he was furious with his elder brother for dragging other family members into the row.”

  • Samantha Lock

    QUEEN'S 'SECRET PLAN FOR MEGHAN & HARRY TO LIVE IN AFRICA'

    The Queen had a secret plan for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to live in Africa for a year, an explosive new book has claimed.

    The 94-year-old monarch realised not enough had done to come up with a role for their newest Royal Family member Meghan Markle that suited her “unique identity and talents”, Battle of Brothers reported.

    And author Robert Lacey claimed Her Majesty had been inspired by her own enjoyable time in Malta for the idea of Meghan and Harry heading to Africa.

    In an extract released to the Daily Mail, the author said: “The big idea was to get Harry and Meghan out of the country for a decent spell. It would give everyone a breather.

    “The Queen wanted to offer both honour and responsibility to the couple by handing them some role in her beloved British Commonwealth of Nations — a highly personal token of trust.”

    The plan helped to give the couple a “self-sufficient” status without fully matching – or threatening – the position of heir Prince William.

  • Claire Hubble

    'I HOPE HARRY AND WILLIAM HEAL THIS TERRIBLE RIFT'

    Writing for The Sun, royal photographer Arthur Edwards revealed his hopes that the once-close brothers will heal their rift.

    He said: “I remember when he and William were inseparable and totally devoted to one another. I photographed them as young boys having so much fun on a trampoline at Balmoral.

    “Later they would play football and you could see the great love between them, despite the crunching tackles on each other.

    “Being older, William looked out for Harry, helping him avoid the pitfalls he had already faced as a prince growing up outside the cloistered world of palaces and courtiers. That bond was strengthened when their mother died. 

    “Watching them walking behind Diana’s coffin in 1997 you would never have thought they would end up not speaking — and it all happened the day after Harry met Meghan Markle.”

    Read more here.

  • Claire Hubble

    EX-ARMY CHIEF PLEADS FOR HARRY TO COME HOME

    General Sir Richard Dannatt said military heroes will lose out following the Duke of Sussex’s decision to leave royal life for America with wife Meghan Markle.

    Addressing Harry's decision to leave Britain, General Dannatt told the Sunday People: “Harry and Meghan are very much involved in other things and that’s their life choice and I don’t criticise them for that.

    “But it means that he is not as available, not supporting in such a high-profile f­ashion, the work of charities and the needs of veterans.

    “I don’t criticise him for that, he makes his own choices, but we miss him and I hope that in a change of circumstances, that I can’t envisage, he returns to take up more traditional royal duties in this country.”

  • Claire Hubble

    BROTHERS' RIFT 'MORE DAMAGING THAN DIANA'S DEATH'

    The rift between Prince Harry and William is ‘as damaging as Diana’s death’ and Meghan crisis ‘could change Royals forever,’ the royal biographer behind a bombshell new book has claimed.

    Robert, who spoke to “countless” insiders, believes the seismic split between the brothers will rank alongside some of the biggest scandals in royal history.

  • Claire Hubble

    WILLIAM 'UN-BROTHERED' HARRY

    Prince William was so angry with Prince Harry's behaviour over Megxit that he “un-brothered” him, a bombshell book claimed today.

    The future king was so furious with his younger brother that he refused to sit through lunch with the 36-year-old before the Sandringham Summit, it was reported in the explosive new book, Battle of Brothers.

    Author Robert Lacey claimed Harry had spoken to his father Prince Charles and grandmother the Queen about how things could change for himself and his wife in the future.

    But he added: “It was a pity that William was now so angry that he was not speaking to him any more. It was as if Harry had become un-brothered.”

  • Claire Hubble

    WHO IS HARRY'S 'SURROGATE DAD' DAVID FOSTER?

    David Foster is claimed to have become Prince Harry’ “surrogate” dad whom he will be spending Christmas with this year. 

    He is a 70-year-old Canadian musician and producer who has worked with numerous legendary acts such as Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart and Kenny Rogers. 

    David Foster befriended the prince via his wife Katherine McPhee who reportedly went to school with Meghan

    Harry and Foster will spend Christmas together, sources say.

    Katherine, 38, said David had managed to reconnect with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after setting them up in their £11million Vancouver Island mansion.

    Katherine said that David now has a great relationship with Harry, and the prince feels like family. 

    An unnamed source told the Mirror: “Meghan very much wants to host the first Christmas at their new home with her mum.

    “They’ve also invited David and Katherine to spend it with them.”

  • Claire Hubble

    MEGHAN DECLARES LOVE OF CALIFORNIA

    Meghan Markle has showcased her love of her new home with an “I love you California” print in her Santa Barbara mansion.

    The Duchess of Sussex joined clients from her charity Smart Works for a Zoom call.

    Meghan spoke from her $14 million home in Santa Barbara that she shares with Prince Harry and their one-year-old son Archie.

    Hung above the mantelpiece was a print of a bear holding the state of California in its paws, printed with the words “I love you California.”

    The words refer to the state’s official anthem which was published in 1913, and later adopted by California 1951 and confirmed in 1987 as the sunshine state’s official song.

  • Claire Hubble

    HARRY AND MEGHAN CALL FOR 'END TO STRUCTURAL RACISM'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have called for an end to 'structural racism in the UK'.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said young people of colour would be held back “as long as structural racism exists”.

    The couple spoke to the Evening Standard in a “candid” interview – gushing over their new life in the US after quitting the Royal Family.

  • Claire Hubble

    HARRY 'RELIES HEAVILY' ON MEGHAN

    Prince Harry has been “relying heavily” on Meghan Markle following their move to the US a royal insider has revealed.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now settling into their $14 million Santa Barbara home with their one-year-old son Archie.

    And with the absence of his family, Harry, 36, has been turning to his wife for emotional support, says royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams.

  • Claire Hubble

    PRINCE'S HARRY'S AWAKENING

    Prince Harry spoke of his 'awakening' around racial issues in the UK and the world.

    In a Zoom interview with the Evening Standard, Harry said: “Because I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK and also globally as well. I thought I did but I didn’t.”

    The 36-year-old added: “You know, when you go in to a shop with your children and you only see white dolls, do you even think, ‘That’s weird, there is not a black doll there?’

    “And I use that as just one example of where we as white people don’t always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different coloured skin, of a black skin, to be in the same situation as we are where the world that we know has been created by white people for white people.”

  • Claire Hubble

    MEGHAN'S FASHION CHOICES

    Meghan's on-brand fashion choices for a recent interview were aslash neck top from a Haiti-born American designer with vegan leather trousers.

    The former Suits actress appeared via video message as she discussed the Black Lives Matter movement.

    For the occasion, she wore a coffee coloured top from Haitian-born designer Victor Glemaud, which costs £290.

    She paired the item with a pair of brown vegan leather trousers from Stella McCartney.

  • Claire Hubble

    'BUZZ' AROUND MEGHAN AND HARRY'S NETFLIX SHOW

    There's a real buzz building around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming Netflix series about inspiring women, according to industry insiders.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to release animated series on the streaming platform after signing a controversial £112 million deal.

    An industry source told Vanity Fair: “There’s a lot of buzz about it, it is going ahead and work has started on the series.”

    Netflix has previously said: “The couple already have several projects in development, including an innovative nature docuseries and an animated series that celebrates inspiring women.

    “But we are not disclosing any of the programming slate at this time.”

  • Claire Hubble

    HARRY AND MEGHAN'S CHRISTMAS SNUB

    Sources say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to snub the Queen for the second Christmas in a row and spend it with Harry's “surrogate” dad David Foster.

    The pair are not ready to come back to the UK for Christmas as they're enjoying life in California, it was claimed today.

    Meghan is apparently excited to host the Christmas holiday at her home and do the cooking, and the Royal Family is “not in the plan,” according to The Mirror.

    An unnamed source told the paper: “Meghan very much wants to host the first Christmas at their new home with her mum.

    “She’s really excited and is planning on doing all the traditions she grew up with as a child, including the cooking.

    “They’ve also invited David and Katherine to spend it with them.

    “David had mentioned Harry and Meghan going to theirs but Meghan wants it at home.

    “They want to get on with their new lives. Christmas with Harry’s family is not in the plan.”

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