Meghan Markle latest news – Prince Harry faced 'constant berating' from Royal texts as Thomas says 'truth is coming out'

MEGHAN Markle accused the royals of "constantly berating" Prince Harry over her estranged dad's actions in a text to her former press secretary.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, sent the message to Jason Knauf in August 2018 after staying with Prince Charles as she began drafting a letter to Thomas Markle.

Meanwhile, Meg's father Thomas said "the truth is coming out" after email exchanges shown to a court revealed the duchess had briefed her press secretary before sending dad Thomas a letter involved in her High Court privacy case.

The Duchess of Sussex's former press secretary revealed the email exchange over a letter Meghan wrote to estranged father Thomas, 77, after her wedding.

Thomas Markle told GB News: "Finally the truth is coming out. Thank God for Jason Knauf, I’d be happy to invite him over here and take him to Sizzler – we’ll enjoy a steak and a nice little dinner together. He’s certainly putting things in the right perspective."

Read our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the latest updates…

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    Queen WILL attend Remembrance Sunday in first public engagement since hospital stay

    THE Queen WILL attend Remembrance Sunday commemorations – as she returns to official duties after doctors ordered her to take a break.

    Her Majesty, 95, has been hoping to lead the Royal Family's tributes at this Sunday's service at the Cenotaph in London.

    The monarch was recently advised to step back from official duties by medics after an overnight stay in hospital.

    She will miss the Festival of Remembrance on November 13 – but aides said it was her "firm intention" to attend the Remembrance Sunday service the following day.

    Sources said she views the occasion as "unmissable" and as one of her "most sacred duties".

    And they said it would "take something very serious indeed" for her to have missed the service.

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    Recap: What did Ofcom say about Piers’ outburst?

    Piers Morgan was memorially fired for going on a half an hour rant about Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview and the next day storming off set when he was challenged on it by Alex Beresford.

    Meghan and Harry personally lodged a complaint against Piers to ITV and Ofcom against his outburst.

    Ofcom later ruled that restricting Piers Morgan’s strong views would be an “unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression.”

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    Meghan Markle’s half-sister accuses Duchess of ‘PR smears’ 

    MEGHAN Markle's half-sister has hit out at the royal's "grandiose" image – as the duchess faces a week of bombshell courtroom drama.

    Samantha Markle told of her fury after she discovered Meghan said in an email that she had "lost custody of all three of her children from different fathers".

    The note to her former aide Jason Knauf emerged amid a legal battle with the Mail on Sunday.

    Samantha, who has been estranged from Meghan for years, said the "hurtful" claim is "revealing".

    Samantha told The Telegraph: “To see Jason Knauf’s evidence was shocking. I never lost custody of my kids… no court record on the planet would confirm that.

    “To take personal matters and then spin them in an ugly way to discredit me is pretty tacky.

    “Everyone, even Trevor (Engelson, Meghan's first husband), who has been good to her – she has a disgusting way of disposing, stepping on and then silencing.

    “The public will form an appropriate opinion of her based on her own actions. People do not like to be lied to and manipulated.

    “She’s going to have to live with that. She’s so grandiose, she self-sabotaged.”

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    More Royal Family news

    • Kate Middleton gave a rare glimpse inside her everyday bag & it’s surprisingly normal.
    • The Queen’s granddaughter set to reject chance to become working royal.
    • Plus the Queen sent a sweet secret sign in honour of beloved Prince Philip during her COP26 speech, a royal expert claimed.

    Explained: What is Meghan Markle's 'Pearl' about?

    The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is the creator behind Pearl.

    It’s described as a “family series that centers on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, who is inspired by a variety of influential women from history”.

    Credited as The Duchess of Sussex in the release, Markle will executive produce Pearl with David Furnish, Carolyn Soper, Liz Garbus, and Dan Cogan. 

    “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” Meghan said in a press release announcing the series.

     “I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history."

    Pearl comes as Markle also recently published her first children’s book, The Bench, which was released on June 8.

    Recap: What did Meghan Markle say in her statement?

    In her statement to court, Meghan admitted Mr Knauf “did provide some information to the authors for the book” and “did so with my knowledge”.

    It comes after a string of vocal denials of collaboration via her spokesmen and lawyers.

    Court documents submitted on Meghan’s behalf signed by her lawyer Justin Rushbrook in her High Court privacy hearing in September 2020 said: “The claimant and her husband did not collaborate with the authors of the book.”

    When Finding Freedom was published, a spokesman for the couple told the Press: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute.”

    Former Royal chef reveals secret to getting Queen to eating Diana's fav pudding

    In his latest YouTube video, another former royal chef Darren McGrady revealed how he would trick The Queen into picking Princess Diana's favourite pudding.

    He said: "I always suggested two puddings for the menu – Diana's favourite and one the Queen didn't like so I knew the Queen would pick the Bread and Butter Creme souffle.

    "It worked every time and the Princess got it whenever she visited the Queen. When the platter came back to the kitchen I had to fight off the chefs from digging in and I'd put it into the warmer and wait."

     I was a royal chef and the Queen’s food is always X-RAYED 

    YOU don't have to be a royal expert to know that A LOT of work goes into throwing a state banquet.

    As well as perfecting the all-important guest list, the Palace also has to put on a spread, well, fit for a Queen.

    But one thing we'd never even considered is the safety precautions that have to be put in place when you're hosting some of the most influential people in the world.

    Speaking to Hello!, former royal chef Graham Tinsley explained how security is always taken up a notch ahead of a banquet.

    The expert revealed that a satellite kitchen was normally set up in the grounds of Caerphilly Castle for royal engagements in Wales and food would then be delivered to the hall by foot.

    However, this all changed when important heads of state were in attendance – and catering staff are given a police escort to the premises.

    And just to be extra safe, absolutely everything the caterers were holding also had to be signed off.

    Why did Thomas Markle thank Jason Knauf?

    Following Knauf's witness statement, Thomas Markle appeared on GB News to say he was happy the truth about her was finally coming out.

    Discussing Meghan's recent legal battle with Associated Newspaper, Mr Markle spoke with host Dan Wootton.

    The GB News host asked how Mr Markle felt about following the revelation she prepared for her letter written to him to be leaked and changed the way she wrote it in expectation.

    Mr Markle said "thank god for Jason Knauf" before saying he would treat him to a steak as a way of showing his gratitude.

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      Who is Jason Knauf?

      Knauf joined Kensington Palace in 2015 and became the communications secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

      Known to be a trusted staffer, he even was asked to help with private letters to Meghan Markle’s family.

      Knauf was working for the royals at the time the allegations against the newspaper publisher were made.

      Two months after Meghan asked for his feedback on the famous private letter to her father, Knauf turned his back on her and is said to be the person who submitted the bullying allegations to the HR department in October 2018.

      The claims were raised to HR in a bid to get Buckingham Palace to protect the staff that Knauf alleged were coming under pressure from the Duchess.

      A source told The Times that Prince Harry had pleaded with Knauf not to pursue the bullying allegations.

      A month after reporting the allegation of bullying, Knauf handed in his notice.

      He took up a job as an adviser to Prince William in March 2019 when Harry and Meghan left Kensington Palace.

      Knauf is now chief executive of the Cambridges’ Royal Foundation.

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      Meghan Markle accused Royals of ‘constantly berating’ Prince 

      MEGHAN Markle accused the royals of "berating" Prince Harry over her estranged dad's actions in a text to her former press secretary, it is claimed.

      The Duchess of Sussex, 40, sent the message to Jason Knauf in August 2018 as she planned writing her "heartfelt" letter to Thomas Markle.

      She told him the "catalyst" for writing the letter was "seeing how much pain" it was causing Prince Harry.

      Meghan added: "Even after a week with his dad and endlessly explaining the situation, his family seem to forget the context and revert to 'can't she just go and see him and make this stop?'

      "They fundamentally don't understand so at least by writing [Harry] will be able to say to his family, 'she wrote him a letter and he's still doing it'.

      "By taking this form of action I protect my husband from this constant berating and while unlikely, perhaps it will give my father a moment to pause."

      Read more here.

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      Charles' reputation damaged by aide's resignation

      Royal commentators claim the Prince of Wales's reputation has been damaged by the resignation of one of his closest confidants. 

      Michael Fawcett, who served the royal family for 40 years, has stepped down as executive of the Prince's Foundation following an alleged cash-for-honours scandal. 

      Former Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker said the episode showed a "lack of judgement" by the future king.

      Royal author Penny Junor said the aide is "crucial" to the prince and is likely be back in his employment.

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      Ditch the deal

      Prince Harry is being urged to ditch his £100million Netflix deal after his late mothers pal has ditched the show as an advisor.

      Jemima Khan, 47, Diana’s close confidante, has left the show after she was helping in an advisory role, however she felt her friends story was not being “told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped” and asked for her contributions to be cut from the show.

      Harry has been vocal about the harassment and mistreatment of his mother at the hands of the media during her lifetime but he has yet to join his brother William in condemning this TV show in particular.

      It will be interesting to see whether he will stand his ground and refuse to work with Netflix after the controversial depiction of Princess Diana.

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      The Royal plans for Remembrance weekend

      Buckingham Palace has confirmed the Queen will attend the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Sunday.

      However, the monarch will not attend the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday. 

      The Queen is expected to be joined by several members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

      She will watch from the balcony of the Foreign Office as wreaths are laid by members of the armed forces. 

      Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen will attend the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph on Sunday 14th November.

      "As in previous years, Her Majesty will view the service from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office building."

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      Airing out the dirty laundry

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry look like prisoners held captive by fame as dirty laundry aired again, claims an expert.

      Writing on the Daily Record, Darren McGarvey has said that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's whirlwind romance was fit for a Disney movie, but the reality now looks more like tragedy than fairytale.

      Darren has accused Meghan of airing out her 'dirty laundry' in public with the legal fight with a Sunday newspaper, as well as claiming that the royal couple are: "more like prisoners, held captive by fame."

      In a dig at Meg and Harry, Darren said that: "anyone who sets out to become famous for fame’s sake, hoping it will change how they feel about themselves, is in for a rude awakening."

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      Thomas Markle thanked Jason Knauf

      Following Knauf's witness statement, Thomas Markle appeared on GB News to say he was happy the truth about her was finally coming out.

      Discussing Meghan's recent legal battle with Associated Newspaper, Mr Markle spoke with host Dan Wootton.

      The GB News host asked how Mr Markle felt about following the revelation she prepared for her letter written to him to be leaked and changed the way she wrote it in expectation.

      Mr Markle said "thank god for Jason Knauf" before saying he would treat him to a steak as a way of showing his gratitude.

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      What has Jason Knauf accused Meghan Markle of? (Continued…)

      On top of the letter allegations, Meghan Markle is said to have driven two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third.

      A spokesman for the Sussexes said they were the victims of a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.

      The couple’s spokesman claimed the duchess was “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma”.

      More sources told The Times a “febrile” atmosphere existed at Kensington Palace when Meghan and Harry lived beside William and Kate.

      Staff were said to be occasionally reduced to tears.

      And one aide, fearing a confrontation with Meghan, apparently told a colleague: “I can’t stop shaking.”

      Two senior members of staff have claimed that they were bullied by the Duchess.

      And another ex-employee alleged they had been personally “humiliated” by Meghan.

      Knauf also said two other members of staff had been bullied.

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      What has Jason Knauf accused Meghan Markle of?

      Knauf has suggested that Meghan hand-wrote a letter to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, knowing it may be leaked to the press.

      In his witness statement, Knauf said: "When the Duchess was considering how to handle Mr Markle's increasing public interventions – both for concerns about his welfare and also to protect her reputation – she explored options for written communication that might convince him to stop giving interviews, but that could also set the record straight if he gave them to the media."

      He recalled, "She asked me to review an electronic draft of the letter saying, 'obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked so I have been meticulous in my word choice but please do let me know if anything stands out for you as a liability'.

      "She also asked a specific question regarding addressing Mr Markle as 'daddy' in the letter, saying 'given I've only ever called him daddy it may make sense to open as such (despite him being less than paternal), and in the unfortunate event that it leaked it would pull at the heartstrings'."

      The duchess has since apologised since Knauf's witness statement, saying she had "not remembered these exchanges" and added: "I had absolutely no wish or intention to mislead the defendant or the court."

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      Meghan slammed royal family for putting pressure on her & Harry

      Meghan Markle refused advice from the Palace to visit her dad and slammed the royals for putting “pressure” on her and Prince Harry.

      The Duchess of Sussex, 40, sent her estranged father Thomas Markle a “heartfelt” five-page letter in 2018 after they reached “breaking point”.

      But in sensational court documents released today, Meghan has now claimed she only wrote the 1,250-word note on advice of senior royals “A” and “B”.

      She said she was originally told by a Palace aide she should fly to Mexico and meet Mr Markle in person, which she felt was “completely unrealistic”.

      Instead, she reignited the discussion over how to “deal with the concern surrounding” her dad and “his dealings with the media” while visiting the senior royal B with Harry.

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      'Ruling the roost'

      An expert says Kate Middleton could be "the most powerful person in the Royal Family" right now. 

      Expert Camilla Tominey said when it comes to their generation Kate and Prince William "are ruling the roost". 

      According to a YouGov poll, the Duchess of Cambridge is the fourth most popular royal. 

      Royal author Kate Nicholl also claims the Duchess' recent work has made her more likable and "the public got to see more of the true duchess than they've ever been able to see before". 

      This comes as Will and Kate stepped up as the Queen was advised to rest for a while.

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      Royal Family snubbed by several athletes who refused honours

      England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford was awarded an MBE by Prince William this week however many athletes in the past have refused honours from the Royal Family.

      Rashford was honoured at Windsor Castle for services to vulnerable children after his campaign to ensure no child went hungry in the UK resulted in the Government changing its policy on free school meals vouchers over lockdown. 

      The 24-year-old said he would give his MBE to his mum Melanie Maynard, who raised him and his four siblings while working full time on minimum wage.

      While Rashford is one of a number of athletes to have accepted an honour from the Firm, many have snubbed an award due to its links with the UK’s imperial past, while others have felt they were simply not worthy.

      European Cup winning footballer Howard Gayle, who was the first black footballer to represent Liverpool, turned down an MBE in 2016.

      Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who won two World Cups and took part in 148 tests for New Zealand allegedly turned down a knighthood while he was still playing.

      Several other athletes have also turned down honours from the royal family.

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      Meghan Markle’s half-sister accuses Duchess of ‘PR smears’

      MEGHAN Markle's half-sister has hit out at the royal's "grandiose" image – as the duchess faces a week of bombshell courtroom drama.

      Samantha Markle told of her fury after she discovered Meghan said in an email that she had "lost custody of all three of her children from different fathers".

      Samantha, who has been estranged from Meghan for years, said the "hurtful" claim is "revealing".

      Samantha told The Telegraph: “To see Jason Knauf’s evidence was shocking. I never lost custody of my kids… no court record on the planet would confirm that.

      “To take personal matters and then spin them in an ugly way to discredit me is pretty tacky.

      “Everyone, even Trevor (Engelson, Meghan's first husband), who has been good to her – she has a disgusting way of disposing, stepping on and then silencing.

      “The public will form an appropriate opinion of her based on her own actions. People do not like to be lied to and manipulated.

      “She’s going to have to live with that. She’s so grandiose, she self-sabotaged.”

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      Meghan ‘doesn’t want to be told what to do’

      Meghan Markle “doesn’t want to be told” what to do amid an “extraordinary” court row that could see her credibility “suffer”, an expert says.

      Prince Harry’s official biographer Angela Levin hit out at the duchess following a series of astonishing revelations in her fight with a British newspaper.

      The mum-of-two is currently in the final throes of a three-year court battle with Mail on Sunday publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL).

      It comes after the newspaper published extracts of a five-page private letter she’d written to her dad begging him not to speak to the media about her.

      Meghan won her case at the High Court in February – but the publisher appealed.

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      Meghan Markle news you may have missed

      • Mr Knauf broke ranks to reveal bombshell texts and emails from Meghan just weeks after her devastating Oprah interview aired
      • An expert says 'furious' Harry 'will blame everyone else' after the documents threatened his wife's credibility
      • Piers Morgan says he 'doesn't believe a word' Meghan says
      • The duchess was forced to apologise to the Court of Appeal after 'forgetting' she'd heavily briefed Mr Knauf for Finding Freedom
      • And she carefully crafted a letter to her father over several days amid fears it would leak – even deliberately calling him 'Daddy'

      Forgetful Meghan

      Meghan apologised to the court after her attempts to influence Finding Freedom were revealed, saying she simply forgot.

      The duchess had won her long-running High Court privacy case against the Mail on Sunday for publishing extracts of a letter sent to her dad – but the newspaper is appealing. 

      Meghan told the court this week: “I did not have the benefit of seeing these emails and I apologise to the Court for the fact I had not remembered these exchanges at the time.

      “I had absolutely no wish or intention to mislead the defendant or the Court.”

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