Royal Family latest – Prince Harry so shocked by 'frosty reception' at Philip's funeral he may ditch summer trip to UK
27th April 2021

PRINCE Harry may pull out of a planned return to the UK this summer – after he was "shocked" by the frosty reception he received at Prince Philip's funeral.

Royal expert Russell Myers claimed the Duke may make an "excuse" not to return for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to his late mother. 

He is due to stand alongside brother William for a ceremony in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden on July 1 – the date of Diana's 60th birthday.

But Mr Myers said Harry was stunned by the "very, very cold reception" he received from the Royal Family when he flew back from LA for his grandfather’s funeral earlier this month.

Speaking to talkRADIO, the expert said: "Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat."

And he claimed the Duke may use the birth of his second child, a daughter within weeks, as a "convenient excuse" not to "face the family".

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Debbie White

    WILLIAM ‘UNLIKELY TO FORGIVE MEGHAN’ AFTER OPRAH RANT

    The Duke of Cambridge is “unlikely to forgive” Meghan Markle after she deliberately hurt his “deeply sensitive” wife in her anti-Royal family rant to Oprah Winfrey, says a commentator.

    Dan Wootton writes on Mail Online that while Kate appeared to ‘publicly forgive Prince Harry’ after Prince Philip’s funeral, her husband is still fuming about Meghan’s negativity.

    A senior royal insider told Dan that while there have been many headlines over the “troubles between Kate and Meghan, and William and Harry, perhaps the biggest strains now exist between William and Meghan.

    “First and foremost, William cannot countenance the way Meghan has treated his wife. He feels Kate tried at the beginning, but it was never enough.

    “To name Kate so publicly during the Oprah interview as the person who made her cry was beyond the pale. Meghan would have been acutely aware that Kate is powerless to fight back.”

  • Debbie White

    KATE AND WILLIAM HAVE FIELD DAY AT FARM…MORE

    During today's royal visit, the Duke and Duchess were taken on a tour of the farm, including to the cattle, calving and lambing sheds, with owners Clare Wise and Stewart Chapman.

    Dressed casually for the countryside, Kate and Wills also laughed as they took turns behind the wheel of a tractor.

    Farmer Stewart Chapman sat in the cab giving instruction on how to drive the tractor as the couple separately took charge of the heavy duty vehicle.

    William went first, with Kate asking for a turn afterwards. He has previously told of his passion for farming, revealing that his kids are already playing on tractors.

    It marks one of the Cambridge's first royal engagements following the death of Prince Philip.

  • Debbie White

    KATE AND WILLIAM HAVE FIELD DAY AT FARM

    Prince William and Kate Middleton got their hands dirty as they petted sheep and drove a tractor while visiting a farm today.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were all smiles as they carried out royal duties on a visit to family-run Manor Farm in Little Stainton, Durham, this afternoon.

    They later joined a discussion with local farmers about their experiences of the last year, including the mental-health impact of the pandemic for the farming community and the challenges of balancing home-schooling with farm work.

    It was the Cambridges' first official in-person engagement away from London since their royal train tour in December last year.

    Kate petted one of the adorable lambs on the farm
  • Debbie White

    CHARLES PHILS IN FOR OPENING OF PARLIAMENT

    Prince Charles is to formally step into his late father’s shoes — with plans for him to accompany the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament.

    Whitehall officials have been asked to designate him a role as his mother’s official “consort” following Prince Philip’s death.

    It is part of a strategy for senior royals to help reduce the workload of the 95-year-old Queen.

    Charles, 72 — who discussed the future with his father in hospital in the weeks before he died — will shoulder a greater burden of major royal duties before eventually taking over as King.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN IS 'LEAST POPULAR ROYAL' – UK SURVEY

    The Duchess of Sussex is Britain's least popular royal after Prince Andrew, a survey has shown.

    The Times writes that a recent YouGov poll on behalf of the paper reveals that Meghan Markle is the least popular royal, with 61 per cent of people surveyed having a negative opinion of her.

    "Harry is next, with 49 per cent. The results reveal a split between older and younger Britons, with the latter keener on the couple.

    "William and Kate are by the far more popular, with 80 per cent of people being positive about him, and 78 per cent for her."

  • Debbie White

    KATE MIDDLETON'S UNCLE RECKONS ROYAL SHOULD BE QUEEN 'SOONER'

    The Duchess of Cambridge's proud uncle is ultra keen for the royal to be made Queen sooner rather than later, says a report.

    Gary Goldsmith told the Daily Mail: "She's taken to that job – and it is a job – like a duck to water, and emerged as the best thing that could have happened to the Royal Family.

    "She's their biggest asset at the moment.

    "She was a breath of fresh air [upon marrying Prince William], and she hasn't put a foot wrong since!"

  • Debbie White

    THRONE IT ALL AWAY – ROYAL PEACE TALKS ON HOLD DUE TO SUSSEX LEAKS

    Crunch 'peace' talks between Prince Harry and senior royals have been put on hold because of constant leaks “from the Sussex side”.

    Sources say palace aides still harbour deep misgivings about any future clear-the-air discussions with Harry. They point to a flurry of articles in the US within hours of his return to California.

    And they have become increasingly alarmed at the speed at which details of private family exchanges have emerged.

    For example, US magazine People carried intimate details of a private phone call between Meghan, one-year-old son Archie and the Queen ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.

    People has previously been seen as a favoured outlet for the Sussexes. In February 2019, five of Meghan’s closest friends briefed it in depth about her life while claiming she had suffered “global bullying”.

  • Debbie White

    THE QUEEN HAS NO INTENTION OF RETREATING, LIKE QUEEN VICTORIA

    The Queen has no intention of emulating her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who retreated from public life when her husband, Prince Albert, died unexpectedly at the age of 42, says a royal author.

    Robert Hardman, who wrote Queen of the World, said that since Prince Philip's funeral, “the signal she’s been putting out is that this is going to be business as usual – that duty comes before self.

    “She will continue with all her duties because… she took a coronation oath and she’s sticking to it.”

  • Debbie White

    WANT TO WORK FOR KATE & WILLS? YOU'LL NEED TO BE 'SENSITIVE, TACTFUL & DISCREET'

    Kate Middleton and Prince William are searching for a new member of staff.

    The Cambridges are looking for a trustworthy and capable senior comms officer to support them after William promised to focus on his duty.

    According to the ad posted to LinkedIn, the busy couple want a loyal employee who can "handle sensitive information with tact and discretion at all times".

    The job specification calling for 'discretion' will be important for the royal couple after Prince Harry's talks with senior royals were put on hold due to 'constant leaks from the Sussex side'.

    The successful candidate will also respond to media enquiries about the Cambridge family, as well as working on communication plans for overseas tours.

  • Debbie White

    FROZEN OUT – PRINCE HARRY MAY CANCEL DIANA STATUE UNVEILING TRIP AFTER FROSTY RECEPTION AT FUNERAL

    Prince Harry may abandon a planned return to the UK this summer – after he was “shocked” by the frosty reception he received at Prince Philip’s funeral.

    Royal expert Russell Myers claimed the Duke may make an “excuse” not to return for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to his late mother.

    He said that Harry was stunned by the “very, very cold reception” he received from the Royal family when he flew back from LA for his grandfather’s funeral earlier this month.

    Speaking to talkRADIO, the expert added: “Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat.”

    And he claimed the Duke may use the birth of his second child, a daughter due within weeks, as a “convenient excuse” not to “face the family”.

  • Debbie White

    NETFLIX SHOW THE CROWN 'STRUGGLING' TO FIND ACTOR FOR 'TOXIC' PRINCE ANDREW ROLE

    Producers of hit Netflix show The Crown are in dire straits casting for Prince Andrew.

    Newcomer Tom Byrne played Prince Andrew in the fourth series, but someone is now being sought to play the Duke of York in his mid 30s to early 40s.

    Speaking about the difficulty on ITV's Lorraine show, royal editor Russell Myers said: "They cannot fill the role – many have been saying is the role of Prince Andrew so toxic that now out-of-work actors don’t even want to take this role, and for one of the biggest shows in the world.”

    He added: "The role is being advertised on the actor database Spotlight and it’s being advertised as a 'very good role', I mean I think that’s an understatement as it’s one of the most popular shows in the world. However they still are struggling.”

    Tom Byrne played Prince Andrew in the fourth series
  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN ‘UNLIKELY TO EVER RETURN TO THE UK BECAUSE OF ANXIETY’ – MINDFULNESS EXPERT…MORE

    LA seems to be Meghan Markle’s “happy place” adds celebrity mindfulness and hypnotherapist expert Aaron Surtees.

    He said today: “She will want Archie to grow up in a happy and content environment where he does not sense his mother’s anxiousness.

    “On her new LA wellness path, Meghan will also be using a variety of holistic experts to help her prepare and get ready for various work and charity commitments.

    “Everything from public speaking training to confidence.”

    Surtees reckons it’s “unlikely” the duchess will return to the UK “as it is a trigger for her anxiety”.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN ‘UNLIKELY TO EVER RETURN TO UK BECAUSE OF ANXIETY’ – MINDFULNESS EXPERT

    Meghan Markle “will unlikely ever return to the UK as it is a trigger for her anxiety and mental health,” predicts a celebrity mindfulness and hypnotherapist expert.

    Aaron Surtees exclusively told the Sun Online: “The Duchess was reported to have left England where she used to suffer from bad panic attacks and stress.

    “Hypnotherapy is very similar to meditation, which Meghan Markle is a huge fan of. And using powerful visualisation techniques and mindset shifts that become naturally ingrained subconsciously, the Duchess will have reduced her stress and anxiety levels significantly.”

    He added: “Mindful meditation will have helped Meghan identify and understand her emotional triggers. To keep her mental health in check, she will practice these powerful techniques daily. It has been reported she does this twice a day for 20 minutes at a time.

    “Meghan is therefore unlikely to want to revisit those negative emotions and particularly as she has physically moved away from her triggers. We train our clients to stay away from their triggers as it will just heighten their anxiety.”

    Celebrity mindfulness and hypnotherapist expert, Aaron Surtees
  • Debbie White

    KATE, WILLIAM AND HARRY 'ONCE INCREDIBLY CLOSE'

    Princes William and Harry, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, were once "incredibly close" say royal writers Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy.

    "But the girl Harry ultimately brought home could not have been less like his sister-in-law – public where Kate was private, confident where the duchess was retiring," says the Daily Mail's commemorative feature on Kate and William's 10th wedding anniversary.

    It adds: "All the same, Meghan Markle's arrival was a glittering addition to the royal story, with all eyes on this glamorous 'Fab Four'. That it all fell apart so swiftly remains a matter of profound sadness.

    "For, as long as the Sussexes remain in exile in the US, their son Archie and his yet-to-be-born sister will know next to nothing of their cousins George, Charlotte and Louis.

    "How unlike Harry and William's own childhood experience, when they were brought up close not only to both their aunt Anne and uncle Andrew's children, but also to their Spencer cousins."

  • Debbie White

    WILLIAM AND KATE COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT AD 'LIKE SOMETHING FROM MI5' – ROYAL EXPERT

    William and Kate's job advert for a new comms officer is "more like something from MI5", jokes a royal expert.

    Royal editor Russell Myers told ITV's Lorraine show that the description for the new role asks "can you handle sensitive information with tact and discretion?

    "Are you a whizz on social media, excellent inter-personal skills… this job might be for you.

    “It’s advertised on LinkedIn… it seems like a fantastic job."

    Lorraine replied: “It would be a demanding job, but I think they would be lovely to work for.”

  • Debbie White

    RARE 1937 CORONATION GOWN TOILE ALSO ON DISPLAY AT KENSINGTON PALACE

    Apart from Princess Diana's wedding dress, a rare surviving toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, consort of King George VI, will be on display at Kensington Palace in summer.

    It was created by London-based court designer Madame Handley-Seymour – a favoured couturier of the dowager Queen Mary.

    Historic Royal Palaces says she had "an innate understanding of the rules and tradition of royal dress – the silk satin gown with its golden national emblems was the perfect choice to embody continuity at the start of an unexpected new reign".

    The toile "is an extraordinary full-size working pattern of the completed gown, and features the stunning design for the embroidery hand-painted onto it, [for the] important state occasion", the website adds.

    The special exhibition is from June 3 until January 2, 2022.

    Rare Coronation gown toile
  • Debbie White

    PRINCESS DIANA’S WEDDING DRESS DISPLAY 'PART OF EXQUISITE ROYAL EXHIBITION'

    Princes William and Harry have given permission for Diana’s wedding dress to go on display at Kensington Palace this summer, for the first time in more than 25 years.

    On ITV's Lorraine show, the host asked royal editor Russell Myers: "Is this because the Palaces are reopening again?”

    Russell replied “Well it is indeed, and this is quite exciting actually – we all know that iconic dress – [the exhibition is] also featuring the 25-foot sequin encrusted train which was the longest in royal history.

    “It’s going on show at Kensington Palace from June 3 till January 2, and this is part of a special exhibition by Historic Royal Palaces.

    "It’s actually on loan from William and Harry who own it these days. So they have given it to the exhibition, which is also including some of the Queen Mother’s dresses that were used in the Coronation 1937, so loads of history, get down to it. This is going to be an exquisite exhibition."

     

  • Debbie White

    PRINCESS DIANA'S WEDDING DRESS LOANED BY PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY FOR BIG DISPLAY

    Royal fans can see the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales up close at a special exhibition at Kensington Palace.

    The dress is on loan from the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex at the event aimed at "exploring the fine art of designing for royalty" says Historic Royal Palaces.

    The website adds that Di's dress "is now among the most famous in bridal history, and features a fitted bodice overlaid at the centre both front and back with panels of antique Carrickmacross lace that had originally belonged to Queen Mary, the groom’s great-grandmother."

    It is "complete with its spectacular sequin encrusted train, which at 25 feet dramatically filled the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral, and remains the longest in royal history."

    Princes Harry and William have loaned out their mum's wedding dress for the event
  • Debbie White

    QUEEN TO 'FADE AWAY' FROM ROYAL DUTIES

    The Queen will “fade away gracefully” from Royal duties following her beloved Prince Philip’s death, a royal expert has claimed.

    Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt predicted the monarch would gradually step back from royal engagements – with Prince Charles expected to take on a bigger role.

    Mr Hunt told the New York Times: “Fundamentally, the Queen will fade away gracefully.

    “Covid has helped in the sense that it has accelerated what any sensible 95-year-old woman would want to do, which is not stand on your feet all day long.”

    Prince Charles is now designated as the monarch’s official “consort” – and is set to accompany his mother to the State Opening of Parliament on May 11. 

  • Debbie White

    WILLIAM AND KATE TO UNVEIL PRINCESS DI STATUE ‘WITHOUT HARRY’ – ROYAL EXPERT

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have to unveil Princess Diana’s statue by themselves – without Prince Harry – if Meghan Markle gives birth close to the summer event, says a Royal expert.

    The big unveiling is set to take place on July 1, to coincide with what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London.

    But, on ITV’s Lorraine show, royal editor Russell Myers said: “We may just be seeing William and Kate unveiling that statue.

    “I’m sure it will be a big shame, and everyone at the Palace will want them to be [at the unveiling].”

    Lorraine pointed out, “the thing is he doesn’t want to miss the birth of his baby girl. That’s the most important thing ever.”

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY ‘COULD FLY TO THE UK ON PRIVATE JET FOR PRINCESS DIANA STATUE UNVEILING’ – ROYAL EXPERT

    The Duke of Sussex could make a quick private jet getaway to the UK for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue, says a royal expert.

    On ITV’s Lorraine show this morning, Royal editor Russell Myers said that “obviously he can jump on the private jet any time he wants and fly over, and I’m sure he will want to make every effort to get here.”

    Lorraine told Russell: “Prince Harry is back in the news this morning, with reports that he faced a frosty reception from his family at Prince Philip’s funeral. No surprises there.”

    She added: “Everybody was looking forward to the fact that in the summer, there’s going to be this tribute to Princess Diana, her two sons would be there, and that would really help build those bridges, but probably not?” Russell replied: “Well, it’s the million-dollar question isn’t it. Will he or won’t he [return]?”

    Lorraine also said that like other royal fans, she would have loved to have known what Anne, Princess Royal, “had to say” to her nephew at the service in the wake of the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview.

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY MAY NOT ATTEND PRINCESS DIANA STATUE UNVEILING AS MEGHAN DUE TO GIVE BIRTH

    Although Prince Harry is “really hoping” to return to the UK for the Princess Diana statue unveiling, he might find it difficult if Meghan gives birth to their girl around the time of that event, says a royal expert.

    On ITV’s Lorraine show this morning, royal editor Russell Myers said: “A lot has been made of [William and Harry’s] relationship of late.

    “The discussions that they had or didn’t have after Prince Philip’s funeral, so, [I’m] still told both brothers are very much committed.

    “However, Meghan is heavily pregnant, due to give birth in the early summer – [we] still don’t know when that is, but one would assume maybe June time.

    “[But] if she goes over [her due date], will it be an issue with him coming over?”

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY STILL KEEN TO RETURN TO THE UK FOR PRINCESS DIANA STATUE UNVEILING

    Prince Harry is “really hoping” to return to the UK for the joint unveiling of the Princess Diana statue with Prince William, says a royal expert.

    On ITV’s Lorraine show this morning, royal editor Russell Myers said: “I’m still told that Prince Harry is really hoping to come back, and this is quite an interesting point because it’s the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue on July 1st.

    “The boys have had a huge hand in this. And they will obviously want to put differences aside.”

    The statue will be unveiled in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London.

  • Debbie White

    'SENSITIVE AND DISCREET' COMMS OFFICER NEEDED FOR KATE AND WILLIAM…MORE

    No detail on salary for the coveted Royal communication job is given in the Cambridges' ad.

    But it states that "excellent interpersonal skills" and the ability to work "proactively and flexibly" are required. The staff member, who will be based at Kensington Palace, will be involved in leading communications plans for the couple's royal engagements.

    The permanent position will cover 37.5 hours a week as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

    The advertisement states that the Royal household is looking for someone with strong written communication skills who can write everything from press releases to social media posts.

    It comes as the Duke and Duchess prepare to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary later this week.

  • Debbie White

    WANT TO WORK FOR KATE & WILLS? YOU'LL NEED TO BE 'SENSITIVE, TACTFUL & DISCREET'

    Kate Middleton and Prince William are searching for a new member of staff.

    The Cambridges are looking for a trustworthy and capable senior comms officer to support them after William promised to focus on his duty.

    According to the ad posted to LinkedIn, the busy couple want a loyal employee who can "handle sensitive information with tact and discretion at all times".

    The job specification calling for 'discretion' will be important for the royal couple after Prince Harry's talks with senior royals were put on hold due to 'constant leaks from the Sussex side'.

    The successful candidate will also respond to media enquiries about the Cambridge family, as well as working on communication plans for overseas tours.

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