Meghan Markle news latest – Idris Elba reveals Meg & Harry's illustrious wedding reception was 'most stressful gig ever'

IDRIS Elba has revealed how 'stressful' it was to play a DJ set at the Sussexes Wedding – and the pressure of not letting down 'good friends' Harry & Meghan.

The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship in New York.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle was brutally mocked by a US senator after she cold-called politicians and introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex.

Senator Susan Collins, from Maine, claimed she was more interested in what her constituents have to say than the former Royal.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest updates…

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    Harry banned from wearing military uniform

    PRINCE Harry will be banned from wearing military uniform when he dishes out awards to forces heroes next week.

    The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship in New York.

    But he can no longer wear uniform as he was stripped of his honorary military titles when he quit royal duty for California.

    Harry will instead have to wear black tie but can pin his four medals on his suit at the gala a day before Veterans Day.

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    The brothers rift

    The brothers were said to be very close following the death of their mother but drifted apart as adults. Then came Meghan.

    William is said to have expressed doubts about how suitable Meghan Markle would be as Harry’s bride, it’s claimed, and Harry was reportedly offended by William’s comments and stood up for his wife-to-be.

    Then came Harry and Meghan moving away from William and Kate to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. 

    There were reports of a “dictatorial” Harry allegedly taking issue with his brother, courtiers and servants for failing to “roll out the red carpet” for Meghan.

    And people were quick to point out that ­William and Kate had not visited ­Frogmore to see Archie until eight days after his birth.

    After that the relations went downhill.

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    Harry’s body language in Oprah interview ‘reveals true feelings’, says expert

    A BODY language expert has claimed that Prince Harry made a gesture at the end of his Oprah Winfrey interview that showed his true feelings towards the Royal Family.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Jesus Enrique Rosas said Harry began to laugh as the credits started, before catching himself and allegedly mimicking sadness.

    He said: “You’ll be surprised by how someone’s real attitude and emotions can show when they think the cameras are not rolling anymore. And, Harry and Meghan are not an exception.

    “Saying that Harry was forced to do this [interview] doesn’t make sense, because how come he was laughing at the end?

    “So, going back to the clip at the end of Oprah’s interview and after doing a systemic analysis of intentions, and what has happened since then – realising that Harry has been absolutely in control of his actions all this time.”

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    ‘Meghan sent me a playlist with bare tunes on it’

    Actor Idris Elba previously revealed that Harry & Meghan’s wedding set list included Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody” and several hip hop hits.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 1Xtra Idris said: “Meghan sent me a playlist with some bare tunes on it.”

    He told BBC’s DJ Ace that there was some “West Coast” on the list but refused to give any further detail when he was asked what that meant.

    He added: “I’m not gonna put their business out like that, that’s not fair. Ask Meghan and Harry.”

    While the 46-year-old actor attended the royal couple’s nuptials, Meghan was unable to attend Idris’ wedding to Sabrina Dhowre in April 2019 because she was heavily pregnant.

    However, we previously revealed that the Duchess of Sussex sent the newlyweds a £7,000 wedding gift to make up for missing his glamorous Moroccan celebrations.

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    It was either ‘Meghan or the monarchy’

    According to Royal biographer Andrew Morton, his new book Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy claims the duo decided to leave the UK years before Megxit.

    He said: “For Harry, it was either Meghan or the monarchy.”

    Morton said that Meghan talked about the fact that: “people hate me just because I’m breathing. What’s the point of continuing?

    “She had some pretty dark nights of the soul in the times that she was a member of the Royal Family.”

    Regardless, Mr Morton feels Prince Harry’s decision to leave the Firm was influenced by Princess Diana’s death.

    “He’s trying to protect Meghan in the way that he couldn’t protect Diana, and I think that’s very deeply embedded in his psychology.”

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    Idris Elba – DJing at Harry & Meghan wedding ‘most stressful’ gig ever

    IDRIS Elba has revealed that DJing at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding reception was the most “stressful” gig he has ever had.

    The Luther actor, 49, provided the musical entertainment at the couple’s nuptials at Windsor in May 2018 – and says that Meg, 40, took the reins when it came to song choice.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Elba said: “Meghan had sent me a playlist, so I knew what she wanted already.”

    Elba, who has also performed for A-listers such as Madonna, admitted that the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was his most “high pressure gig.”

    Asked which of his sets had been his most stressful, he said: “This wasn’t at the community hall — the reception, this was a big, big deal.

    “They’re (Meghan and Harry) good friends and I wanted to make sure they had a great time, so there was a lot of pressure.”

    The actor previously revealed that their set list included Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody” and several hip hop hits.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 1Xtra Idris said: “Meghan sent me a playlist with some bare tunes on it.”

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    Meghan Markle ‘donated £18 to buy charity workers a coffee’

    MEGHAN Markle has reportedly donated $25 – around £18 – to buy charity workers a coffee to “keep them going” in her fight for paid leave.

    The mum-of-two, who lives in an £11million mansion in Montecito, LA and is believed to have a shared wealth of up to £250m, sent organisation Paid Leave US cash for caffeine.

    Royal experts claim she’s attempting to forge a political career after making a plea for paid parental leave in America.

    Carity comms boss Neil Sroka tweeted: “The Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle) bought everyone at Paid Leave US a few cups of coffee while we’re working overtime to save paid leave.

    “Unbelievably classy… and necessary.

    “Truly honoured to know she has our backs in the fight to win paid leave for all.”

    He shared an image of a Starbucks gift voucher for $25.

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    Leaders of the the pack

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton has said that Harry and Meghan’s influence is diminishing.

    Morton said: “I think the irony is that Prince Charles and Prince William saw themselves as being the leaders of the slimmed down monarchy.

    “In a way, Harry and Meghan have done them a favor by jumping ship, rather than being asked to walk the gangplank.”

    The author believes Meghan and Harry would have played a supportive role under Charles and William, though they would have been lower down the “pecking order”, especially as William and Kate Middleton’s children grow older.

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    Meghan and Harry ‘did William a favour’

    According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to move to California and bring up their children away from the rest of the Royal Family has done Charles and William a favour.

    Morton has updated his biography “Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy” which looks at the path taken by the Duchess of Sussex to where she is today as a Californian mum of two.

    Morton has said that while Harry now tries to project a more humble image in the US, it is clearly not the case but he does feel that the Sussexes have made it easy for plans to slim down the monarchy by moving out of the way.

    “I think that the narrative that they’d like to project is that they arrived in Los Angeles with a couple of suitcases and a cuddly toy and that was it,” Morton told Salon.com.

    He also said: “I think the reality is that they’ve been planning this move to Hollywood for some time, not necessarily where they were going to live.”

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    Emergency blood supply

    The royal family sometimes have an emergency blood supply while travelling abroad.

    Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said they would have their own bag of blood as part of the emergency medical kit “just in case something happens.”

    Gordon Rayner, who attended more than 20 royal tours, said their doctor would have the back up supply in case there is a shortage when they need it.

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    Kate & Wills advertise

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are advertising for a job to run their social accounts.

    The post outlines that the candidate will be supporting their ‘official social media channels’.

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    Why the Queen never needs a passport to travel

    The Queen is the only person who doesn’t need a passport to travel – as they are issued in her name.

    The Royal Family website explains: “As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one.”

    This will change to Prince Charles when he becomes King.

    Even without a passport, the King or Queen still needs to go through identity checks when travelling in and out of the UK, including name, age and address.

    All other royal family members must have a passport.

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    Meghan invited to meeting by Democrat Senator

    The Duchess of Sussex has been asked to attend a bipartisan dinner with all 21 female US women senators, amid calls to strip her of her royal title for meddling in US politics. 

    The Duchess on October 20 wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer advocating for paid family leave – a letter that was handed out to several media outlets.

    Kirsten Gillibrand, senator for New York has now told The 19th she plans to invite Meghan to a  bipartisan dinner she is hosting in the coming month with all the women senators to give her a platform to discuss paid leave. 

    Gillibrand said of the invite: “I could hear how sincere she was about advocacy.”

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    Meghan Markle’s ex-husband welcomes daughter

    Meghan Markle’s ex-husband Trevor Engleson has welcomed his second child with wife Tracey Kurland and has named her after a royal baby.

    Trevor, who was married to the Duchess of Sussex from 2011-2013, is celebrating being a father again after his new wife Tracey gave birth to a baby girl.

    And the baby shares the same first name as a recent royal arrival.

    “World, meet baby girl Sienna Lee Engelson… my wife is a gangster!” Trevor, 44, wrote on his private Instagram account.

    Sienna is the name given to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi‘s baby who was born earlier this year.

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    Queen’s ‘light duties’

    Doctors have told the Queen to remain on “light duties” for two weeks after spending a night in ­hospital last month for “preliminary investigations”.

    Sources close to the Queen told The Sun she wants to return to work, if fit enough, in time for Remembrance Sunday on November 14.

    Despite her flight, her Royal Standard flag — which denotes when the Queen is in residence — has continued to fly at Windsor Castle.

    It is understood that the standard remains at the castle because her full official court of staff and servants have not travelled with her.

    A source said: “The Queen is following medical advice to be on light duties — so a break to Sandringham would only be on the strictest of doctor’s orders.”

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    Queen looking forward to hosting Xmas

    Mirror Online reported yesterday that The Queen had been hoping to spend the weekend at Sandringham and was “delighted” doctors gave her the all-clear to travel. 

    A source said: “Her Majesty is very much looking forward to hosting her family at her Norfolk home for the Christmas holiday and there is much preparation to be done in time to accommodate everyone who has been invited.

    “The Queen has many happy memories of being at Sandringham with the family over Christmas and was in the firm belief that she was far better off being there in person to oversee everything as much as possible.”

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    Queen’s hint

    A royal expert has said that the Queen is “coming to terms” with the idea that “she won’t be around forever”.

    The monarch paid a moving tribute to her son Charles and grandson William during her recorded COP26 speech yesterday.

    And she told delegates: “We none of us will live forever.”

    Her Majesty is currently taking a two-week break from her duties on doctors’ orders after an overnight stay in hospital during October.

    She was seen out in Windsor a few days ago behind the wheel of her Jaguar – a sighting that will doubtless reassure Brits concerned for her health.

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    Fergie could be called to give evidence in Prince Andrew sexual assault lawsuit

    PRINCE Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson could be called to give evidence in a US lawsuit accusing him of raping a teen sex slave, reports claim.

    Lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre say they are seeking formal interviews with two “witnesses” in the UK in the coming weeks.

    The Duke of York also faces attempts to force him to give a deposition – recorded questioning by lawyers that forms part of a civil lawsuit.

    Details emerged in a brief hearing in New York yesterday when District Judge Lewis Kaplan set a provisional date for a court showdown next September.

    The blockbuster trial would overshadow the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, palace aides fear.

    Virginia, now 38, filed a lawsuit in August accusing the prince of forcing her to have sex at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home when she was 17.

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    Prince Harry’s ban

    PRINCE Harry will be banned from wearing military uniform when he dishes out awards to forces heroes next week.

    The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship in New York.

    But he can no longer wear uniform as he was stripped of his honorary military titles when he quit royal duty for California.

    Harry will instead have to wear black tie but can pin his four medals on his suit at the gala a day before Veterans Day.

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    It was either ‘Meghan or the monarchy’

    According to Royal biographer Andrew Morton, his new book Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy claims the duo decided to leave the UK years before Megxit.

    He said: “For Harry, it was either Meghan or the monarchy.”

    Morton said that Meghan talked about the fact that: “people hate me just because I’m breathing. What’s the point of continuing?

    “She had some pretty dark nights of the soul in the times that she was a member of the Royal Family.”

    Regardless, Mr Morton feels Prince Harry’s decision to leave the Firm was influenced by Princess Diana’s death.

    “He’s trying to protect Meghan in the way that he couldn’t protect Diana, and I think that’s very deeply embedded in his psychology.”

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    Lilibet the ‘American Princess’

    Lilibet is ‘going to be the first ever American princess’ claims a royal author.

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton in his biography “Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy” has pointed out that Lilibet is “going to be the first ever American princess”.

    He added “I think America will embrace her as an American princess.”

    Morton feels that the Sussexes children in the US will continue to capture the attention, even if Archie was born in the UK.

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    Where Meghan’s family at her wedding?

    Meghan’s mother sat pride of place during her nuptials with Prince Harry but her father Thomas was disinvited at the last minute after selling pictures to a tabloid.

    But her brother Thomas Markle J and sister Samantha Grant failed to get an invitation at all.

    Father-of-two Thomas told The Mirror: “I’m not bitter, just baffled. It’s hurtful given how close we once were.

    “I’m confused and a little distraught because here is a person knowing the position she’s in and knowing the scrutiny she’s under and yet she has forgotten her flesh and blood.”

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    A step in the right direction

    Harry and Meghan have pledged they will work towards being completely carbon neutral by 2030 as everyone has to do their bit to save the planet.

    But what does the term ‘net zero’ mean?

    Under the Paris climate change agreement, hundreds of countries agreed to end emitting any more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

    Greenhouse gases are chemicals like Carbon dioxide and nitric oxide which cannot escape the Earth’s atmosphere – forming a layer at the outer edge which traps heat inside – hence ‘global warming’.

    No individual is subject to the agreement – but many companies and high profile people are making the pledge to do their bit.

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    The brothers rift

    The brothers were said to be very close following the death of their mother but drifted apart as adults. Then came Meghan.

    William is said to have expressed doubts about how suitable Meghan Markle would be as Harry’s bride, it’s claimed, and Harry was reportedly offended by William’s comments and stood up for his wife-to-be.

    Then came Harry and Meghan moving away from William and Kate to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. 

    There were reports of a “dictatorial” Harry allegedly taking issue with his brother, courtiers and servants for failing to “roll out the red carpet” for Meghan.

    And people were quick to point out that ­William and Kate had not visited ­Frogmore to see Archie until eight days after his birth.

    After that the relations went downhill.

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    True feelings on show

    A BODY language expert has claimed that Prince Harry made a gesture at the end of his Oprah Winfrey interview that showed his true feelings towards the Royal Family.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Jesus Enrique Rosas said Harry began to laugh as the credits started, before catching himself and allegedly mimicking sadness.

    He said: “You’ll be surprised by how someone’s real attitude and emotions can show when they think the cameras are not rolling anymore. And, Harry and Meghan are not an exception.

    “Saying that Harry was forced to do this [interview] doesn’t make sense, because how come he was laughing at the end?

    “So, going back to the clip at the end of Oprah’s interview and after doing a systemic analysis of intentions, and what has happened since then – realising that Harry has been absolutely in control of his actions all this time.”

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