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Meghan Markle news: Prince Harry looks ‘utterly miserable’ as he misses ‘a life of duty’ with Royal Family

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PRINCE Harry appears "utterly miserable' after he quit the Royal Family - with an author saying he looks like he misses "his life of duty".

The Duke of Sussex's great-granduncle King Edward had "sad eyes" following his abdication as monarch to wed Wallis Simpson - and some think Harry show similar signs after leaving in 2020 with wife Meghan Markle.

Speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, biographer Hugo Vickers said: “As for members of the Royal family stepping away, I don’t think it usually leads to happiness in the long run. I don’t think it did with the Duke of Windsor.

“As for the Duke of Sussex, who knows what is going to happen to him, but he looks utterly miserable.”

The author has argued that “the most successful members of the Royal family” are those who “support” the monarch rather than “compete” with them - citing the late Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent as a perfect example of a royal tirelessly devoted to their duties.

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  • Henry Moore

    Royal aides felt they could "not escape" the Sussexes

    According to royal author Valentine Low, many royal aides struggled when working under the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    “It was a very difficult experience for many of them," Mr Low's new book claims.

    “Some people told me they were completely destroyed, they felt sick, they were shook.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Henry Moore

    Prince Harry’s blunt response to William’s meeting offer

    Prince Harry reportedly sent a very short message to his brother, turning down a meeting following one of Meghan Markle’s interviews.

    William asked Harry to meet after becoming concerned for his brother and Meghan.

    Fears were raised after it was announced that Meghan was “struggling” to ITV’s Tom Bradby, and William reached out to help.

    In a Whatsapp message, Harry bluntly told William “don’t come,” Valentine Low claims in his new book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown.

  • Henry Moore

    The best thing about working with the firm, according to a former royal butler

    Former Royal butler Grant Harrold has recalled his time with the Firm, looking back on his favourite memories of working in the role.

    Speaking to Slingo, Mr Harrold spoke of how proud he is to have worked for both William and King Charles.

    He said his favourite memory was: “Getting to be around the Royals. If the line of succession does happen and both Charles and William get to become kings, there’s not a lot of people who can say they looked after three monarchs.

    "I feel very proud to have done that, to have looked after them and to have known them. I’ve been gone 11 years now and yet I’m still really lucky that people still want to hear the stories. I think it’s nice for people to hear that the Royals are nice people, they are down to earth and it’s a fun place to be.” 

  • Henry Moore

    In pictures: Prince William visits St Georges Park

    Prince William was in attendance at St Georges Park today, in celebration of the training ground's 10th anniversary.

  • Henry Moore

    Prince William visits St Georges Park to mark its 10th anniversary

    Prince William took to the home of English football, St Georges Park, today, to celebrate the training ground's 10th anniversary.

    While in attendance, William met with young footballers and gained an insight into deaf football.

    Prince William has always adored the beautiful game and has long been the President of the Football Association.

  • Henry Moore

    Prince Harry and Meghan’s new beagle settles in

    The new member of the Sussex family seems to be settling well after being rescued from an animal testing facility in the US.

    Beagle Freedom Project, shared a Tweet about the adoption of Mamma, their rescue beagle, and sent condolences for the Queen’s passing.

    The Tweet read: “Recently, we received a call from Meghan & Harry inquiring about adopting from us!

    “Their adoption has brought such light to our mission and for that we are so grateful.

    “Sending our deepest condolences to the family on the loss of Queen Elizabeth II.”

  • Henry Moore

    William and Kate were 'just like any other' couple when they first met

    Former Royal butler Grant Harrold has recalled his time with the Firm, looking back on the early days of William and Kate's romance.

    Speaking to Slingo, Mr Harrold discussed what the young couple were like when they first met.

    He said: “Oh, like any boyfriend and girlfriend. Not any different to anyone else, it’s mad saying that when you think about who they are, but there wasn’t anything different.

    "What I liked was that Kate, being a girlfriend and obviously not a member of the family, would be with me and the other staff and she was so polite, friendly, and fun and making jokes.

    "I remember there were days I had off where I’d be running an errand or I’d left something up at Highgrove [House] and they were around, so you’d just catch up with them."

  • Henry Moore

    Where did Her late Majesty grow up?

    Her Majesty spent much of her youth with her sister Princess Margaret at their parent's townhouse, 145 Piccadilly, in London.

    The property had stunning views of Green Park.

    Sadly, the iconic house was bombed during WWII, just a few years after the young royal moved out.

    Read more about the royal residence here.

  • Henry Moore

    In pictures: Prince William gives first speech since Her Majesty's passing

    This week, the Prince of Wales addressed the United for Wildlife global summit at the Science Museum in London.

    He spoke of his "much-missed" grandmother, and how proud he was to continue his grandfather's work in conservation and protecting the environment.

  • Henry Moore

    Royal author claims Prince Harry was 'frustrated' before quitting the Firm

    According to royal author Valentine Low, Prince Harry had a "sense of frustration that he wasn't achieving everything that he could" in the years prior to Megxit.

    “Harry’s obsession with the media; his sense of frustration that he wasn’t achieving everything that he could; his mistrust of the courtiers in the other households; the constant loyalty tests of his own staff: all of this was there before Meghan arrived on the scene," Mr Low wrote in his new book Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown.

    Click here to read more.

  • Henry Moore

    Former royal butler recalls life with the Firm

    Former Royal butler Grant Harrold has recalled his time with the Firm, looking back on life with William, Kate and Harry.

    Speaking to Slingo, Mr Harrold explained what life was like as a butler: “The easiest way to explain it is, it’s like what you see in Downton Abbey, butlers are there to look after the family - albeit quite a famous family - look after guests, serve meals and drinks… but what people don’t realise is that you’re also kind of a personal assistant and expected to make things run [smoothly] for them.

    "If you can do something for somebody and it doesn’t impact their day for it to happen, then that’s being a good butler. They want someone who is going to make things happen. 

    “I had the opportunity to look after William and Kate and Prince Harry and that was fun because not only did I get to know them on duty, but I got to know them off duty too.

    "We went to the same pubs, we ended up having a lot of the same friends - I always knew who they were and respected who they were, but I got on really well with them.

    "It’s quite strange now, when you see them as a family and as senior Royals, to think that the days I was with them they’d only just left university.”

  • Henry Moore

    Royal expert claims Prince Harry had an 'obsession with the media'

    Royal author Valentine Low has claimed the Duke of Sussex had an "obsession" with the media, prior to leaving the UK.

    This morning on Good Morning Britain Mr Lowe explained: “This was brewing for a long time - before Meghan.

    “Harry had this obsession with the media. He was so very unhappy.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Henry Moore

    Here is how to visit the Queen’s final resting place

    Royal fans can now take to Windsor to visit Her Majesty's final resting place.

    A ticket to enter St George’s Chapel will cost you £28.50.

    Her Majesty was laid to rest in the chapel last week, as the nation came to honour her State Funeral.

  • Henry Moore

    Harry and Meghan's Netflix show at risk of being 'shelved indefinitely'

    Harry and Meghan's tell-all docuseries is at risk of never seeing the light of day, a source has claimed.

    "They’ve made significant requests to walk back content they themselves have provided — to the extent that some Netflix staff believe, if granted, it will effectively shelve the project indefinitely," sources said.

    The pair are reportedly fearful of the show's content, following the tragic passing of Her late Majesty the Queen.

    Click here for more details.

  • Henry Moore

    Harry and Meghan 'panicked' over Netflix series, source reports

    A source has claimed that Harry and Meghan are extremely worried about the release of their tell-all docuseries.

    This comes after Her Majesty's tragic passing last month, which has made the couple reconsider the content of their show.

    One insider reportedly told Page Six: "Harry and Meghan are panicked about trying to tone down even the most basic language. But it’s their story, from their own mouths."

    Click here for more details.

  • Henry Moore

    King Charles pokes fun at his viral pen mishap

    During the mourning period, King Charles was seen signing documents.

    During one of the signings, the pen didn’t work and his reaction went viral.

    On Monday, he and his wife, Camilla went to Scotland to mark Dunfermline’s city status.

    During the visit, Charles signed a guest book and appeared to have trouble again, before saying: “These things are so temperamental.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince Harry & Meghan were ‘secretly engaged’ for months

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their engagement in November 2017.

    It has been claimed that the two were engaged in secret months before it was announced to the public.

    Royal author Valentine Low wrote claimed they “were not officially engaged” though they had been in secret since late summer.

    In his new book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown he claims: “The couple were not officially engaged – though everyone in Kensington Palace knew they had been privately engaged since the late summer – but this was Meghan putting herself out there in a confident, pro-active way.”

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince William makes speech at London Science Museum

    The Prince of Wales showed support for cracking down on the illegal wildlife trade.

    This is his first public address since the Queen died on 8 September, as the mourning period ends for the Royal Family.

    United For Wildlife Summit at the Science Museum invited Prince William to give his speech as chair of the charity alongside his wife, Kate, who did not attend today.

    It is thought the illegal wildlife trade racks up $20 million a year and is closely linked to violent crimes.

    Credit: Getty
  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Sussex children’s titles: ‘It’s been done before’

    Technically, Archie and Lilibet, Prince Harry and Meghan’s children, should have automatically became Prince and Princess when the Queen died.

    However their titles haven’t changed, and it was claimed Prince Harry would like to let the children decide when they are older.

    Historian Marlene Koenig told Express.co.uk: “Technically, according to the 1917 Letters Patent — I use the word technically because there has never been a situation when you have great-grandchildren move up since 1917 — Harry’s children should be styled as Prince.

    “But, so far, they’re not being styled as that. And there is another precedent. 

    “[Prince] Edward’s children were the same as Archie and Lili — Archie and Lili are now grandchildren of the Sovereign in the male line.

    “Are Edward’s children styled as prince and princess? No, they are styled as children of an Earl.” 

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    King Charles may have lobbied Scottish ministers for rent freeze bill

    The King might be allowed the vet the bill as it could affect his Balmoral estate and private tenants.

    It was revealed by the Guardian that the late Queen vetted around 67 pieces of legislation that affected her during her reign.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Meghan tells fans to ‘be yourself’ no matter what society says

    The Duchess of Sussex gave the advice on her Archetypes podcast that returned today after a four week break.

    She said: “You want to be weird, or sponge-like, be silly or fierce or curious, or even self doubting or unsure some days and strong and brave and others. Whatever it is that’s up to you.

    Just be yourself no matter what any societal framework or archetype or loud voice coming from a small place tells you you should be – be yourself.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    King Charles to ‘revolutionise’ the British monarchy

    A royal commentator says King Charles and Prince William are “making the monarchy fit for the 21st Century.”

    Cameron Walker wrote for the Express, saying that Charles may even look to cut costs of the Monarchy..

    He wrote: “The new King is acutely aware of the difficulties facing the nation and feels a less lavish ceremony is more suitable.”

    “Unlike his father in 1969, it appears William is now very unlikely to be crowned with a coronet at Caernarfon Castle.

    This is yet another sign the King and his heir don’t want to appear out of touch with the population during the cost of living crisis,” he went on to say.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Duchess remembers ‘humbling’ nude spa experience

    Meghan Markle went to a nude spa with her mother, Doria, as a teenager and discussed feeling awkward as an adolescent.

    The Duchess went to a Korean spa with she was younger with her mother Doria, she details in her new podcast.

    Meghan said: “Now, for those of you who haven’t been before, it’s a very humbling experience for a girl going through puberty.

    “Because you enter a room with women from age nine to maybe 90, all walking around naked and waiting to get a body scrub on one of these tables that are all lined up in a row.

    “All I wanted was a bathing suit! But you are not allowed, by the way.

    “And once I was over that adolescent embarrassment my mum and I would go upstairs, sit in a room and we would have a steaming bowl of the most delicious noodles.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Meghan’s ‘extremely powerful’ new portrait photo

    A style expert claims that The Duchess of Sussex is confident in her current role as a new photo is released.

    Daena Borrowman, a marketing manager at Jewellery Box, discusses Meghan and Prince Harry’s red carpet photo.

    She explained: “Meghan Markle’s top-to-toe red outfit was a power move and very much her style.

    “The colour red symbolises strength, passion, energy, growth and prosperity.

    “Meghan looked powerful and glamorous (unapologetically herself!) in the tonal ensemble which perfectly complemented her radiant complexion.

    “She is clearly confident in her role and unafraid to command the attention of a room when championing gender equality,” reported The Express.

    Credit: The Mega Agency
  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Meghan calls out over sexualisation of Asian women in the media

    In her new episode of Archetypes, the Duchess of Sussex calls out the “dangerous” Dragon Lady trope.

    Talking to journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Margaret Cho, Meghan said: “Movies like Austin Powers and Kill Bill presented these caricatures of women of Asian descent as oftentimes over sexualised or aggressive. And it’s not just those two examples, there are many more.”