Queen Elizabeth news – Humiliation as Her Majesty serves tea to oblivious builder who DIDN'T recognise her

THE QUEEN once served tea to an oblivious builder at the palace whilst the man was carrying out work.

In a hilarious incident told during a Chanel 5 documentary, Her Majesty went completely unnoticed by a workman.

Kevin Andrews, a Royal Upholsterer who worked for the late Queen Mother, spoke of the event during a documentary called Secrets of the Royal Palaces.

He said: “[A] builder was dismantling a desk […] so he could not see who was making the offer when the lady's voice asked him if he would like a cup of tea.”

As the builder had no idea it was the Queen asking the question, he reportedly replied: “Yeah. In a mug. Two sugars. Builder's tea.

“I don't want any of that nonsense I had the last time I was here, all that fine china and all that saucer stuff.”

Andrews recalled that the Queen came back with the tea and told the builder that it was on the table before saying he “Looked up [he] saw the Queen leaving the room”.

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    Prince acknowledges ‘atrocity of slavery’

    The Prince of Wales has acknowledged the “appalling atrocity of slavery”, describing it as something “which forever stains our history”, during the ceremony marking Barbados’ historic transition to a republic.

    Charles summed up the period when the UK was one of the leading players in the transatlantic slave trade as the “darkest days of our past”, but looking to the future said the “creation of this republic offers a new beginning”.

    The prince will be head of state of many nations in the Caribbean when he becomes king and his words will resonate across the region.

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    Queen's snub

    New book “Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan” claims the Queen had an aide move a portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Archie off camera before she recorded her 2019 Christmas broadcast.

    The framed photo was initially on a desk alongside other family images, including photos of William and Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Queen’s father George VI and the Duke of Edinburgh.

    The monarch is claimed to have pointed at the framed image and said: “That one, I suppose we don’t need that one.”

    It is suggested that the Queen snubbed Harry and Meghan because they had chosen to spend Christmas in Canada with Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland.

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    Prince George’s favourite meal revealed

    As a member of the Royal Family and future King, Prince George has much more sophisticated taste than many of us – and his favourite meal certainly reflects that.

    Speaking to Femail, Aldo Zilli claimed that the future heir to the throne is a big fan of Italian food.

    Hearing this, you'd naturally assume the eight-year-old royal loves a pizza above all else. Right?

    However, Aldo insists that Prince William and Kate Middleton's eldest son loves nothing more than a spaghetti carbonara – which are notoriously tricky to make.

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    Meghan Markle wins legal battle over letter

    The Duchess today WON the latest round of her court battle – meaning she will not face her estranged dad in a public showdown.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 40, sued the Mail on Sunday over the publication of the “personal and private” letter she sent to Thomas Markle in 2018.

    The High Court issued a summary judgment in February – meaning she won without having to face a messy high-profile trial.

    But publishers Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) launched an appeal against the ruling – arguing the judge was not aware of all the facts at the time.

    Judges at the Court of Appeal today ruled in Meghan’s favour and dismissed the appeal.

    She will now not have to come face-to-face with Mr Markle in a blockbuster showdown in court.

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    'Two-faced'

    Piers Morgan has SLAMMED Meghan Markle for being 'two-faced' after she won her court battle against a newspaper publisher today.

    The TV show host branded the Duchess of Sussex "Princess Pinocchio b******t" following her latest privacy victory.

    Meghan released a statement accusing the newspaper of treating the case as a "game with no rules", adding: "This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what's right."

    But the former GMB host blasted Megan for this statement, saying that the case was "beyond parody."

    He wrote for MailOnline: "She can claim 'victory' all she likes after this court case, but all it really did was expose her real character to the world and the cold hard two-faced reality at the heart of Meghan and Harry's attitude to privacy."

    He added: "If I were her, I'd stick the celebratory champagne back in the fridge today. Thanks to this court case, we've now seen what the real Meghan looks like, fork tongue and all."

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    Royal service

    THE QUEEN once served tea to an oblivious builder at the palace whilst the man was carrying out work.

    In a hilarious incident told during a Chanel 5 documentary, Her Majesty went completely unnoticed by a workman.

    Kevin Andrews, a Royal Upholsterer who worked for the late Queen Mother, spoke of the event during a documentary called Secrets of the Royal Palaces.

    He said: “[A] builder was dismantling a desk […] so he could not see who was making the offer when the lady's voice asked him if he would like a cup of tea.”

    As the builder had no idea it was the Queen asking the question, he reportedly replied: “Yeah. In a mug. Two sugars. Builder's tea.

    “I don't want any of that nonsense I had the last time I was here, all that fine china and all that saucer stuff.”

    Andrews recalled that the Queen came back with the tea and told the builder that it was on the table before saying he “Looked up [he] saw the Queen leaving the room”.

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    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement back in November 2018, and we were nothing short of obsessed with the former Suits star’s diamond ring.

    Designed by Prince Harry himself, the Duchess of Sussex’s stunning sparkler even features two of the late Princess Diana‘s diamonds – but less than two years later, it underwent a dramatic transformation.

    The stunning sparkler originally had a thick gold band which beautifully offset the row of three diamonds.

    However, Duchess seems to have reset her ring with a much thinner, diamond-studded micro-pave gold band.

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    Camilla opens new cinema in Wiltshire

    Camilla took a seat in the auditorium before watching a short collection of trailers showcasing recent films.

    After unveiling a plaque to formally open the cinema, she said: “Thank-you Robert for asking me to come and open this wonderful Parade Cinema. As probably all of you know, you cannot say no to Robert.

    “I have worked for a very long time with the Bobby Van charity with him and he is absolutely brilliant in getting things done and I think this is one of his masterpieces.

    “So, thank-you very much indeed for asking me to open it. It is going to be a huge asset for everybody in Marlborough, round Marlborough and the whole of Wiltshire.

    “I very much look forward to coming to see a film here, having my glass of wine and popcorn and bringing all the grandchildren here.

    “Hopefully I will see you again then.”

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    Growing up

    Prince George is set to see changes to the way he travels after his 12th birthday.

    This is due to rules in place to protect the line of succession in the Royal Family.

    Celebrity media outlet Nicki Swift reported: “As the future monarch, the Duke must adhere to most royal protocols and Kate must follow his lead, though they occasionally make exceptions.

    “The couple aren’t even supposed to travel together with their children in the event that a tragic event wipes out the second, third, fourth, and fifth heirs to the throne.

    “Queen Elizabeth has let this rule slide but it’s expected to be enforced when their eldest child, Prince George, turns 12.”

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    The new monarchy

    When the end of the second Elizabethan age ends, and the Carolinian one dawns, the monarchy could look very different.

    A royal expert has said that Prince Charles will introduce a “very different” monarchy era, but he will struggle to match up with the Queen’s phenomenal reign.

    Professor Anna Whitelock said: “Just by virtue of the fact that the Queen is celebrating her seventieth year next year, by virtue of her longevity, her life, what she’s lived through, what she’s seen, she’s been unmatched.

    “Charles, given his own age, he’s never going to be able to surpass that, and what the Queen has seen and been through.”

    She added: “I think we are in a very different, and we are going to be, in a very different era with a very different kind of monarch, and a very different kind of monarchy in the future.”

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    ‘Smug’ Meghan blasted by royal experts

    The Duchess will feel “vindicated” after her legal win – but she still won’t be able to win over the public, a royal expert blasted today.

    Meghan Markle, 40, won her legal case against the Mail On Sunday this morning despite “forgetting” to tell judges parts of her evidence.

    The appeal was dismissed by Court of Appeal judges today, but despite winning over the courts, royal biographer Phil Dampier believes Meghan is yet to win over the public.

    “Meghan will feel vindicated and joyful that she has won this battle but I’m not sure she is going to win the war,” Mr Dampier told The Sun Online.

    “There’s no doubt in my mind that popularity of Harry and Meghan has plummeted in the UK and even though she may regard this as a victory over the press, which they want to control, in the course of public opinion I think they are definitely losing and I don’t think this decision will change the public’s attitude towards them.”

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    Queen removed as head of state, but where?

    It will be the first time since 1992 that a country has removed the Queen as head of state, and Prince Charles is attending an event to mark the change as his mother’s representative.

    The country making the big change is Barbados.

    “As with a lot of other things, Barbados is one of the leaders of the region. When other countries see what’s happening here, and how easy it is to transition, it may lead to a domino effect where others follow suit,” said restaurant owner Zamani Moody to The Independent.

    “I’m not sure of the impact it’ll have, though, on the Commonwealth. I know with the separation of Britain from the EU, there was the thought that the Commonwealth would get stronger and a hope that the UK would pour more resources into that.”

    “Dismantling the legacy of the British Empire isn’t going to happen till we have honest conversation locally on the values, systems and traditions we continue to uphold in our society,” Rene Holder-McClean-Ramirez, an LGBT+ and human rights advocate told The Independent.

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    String of sensational claims

    During the three-day appeal hearing, the court was presented with a string of sensational claims the newspaper alleged threatened her credibility.

    Meghan even issued an apology to the court for misleading them after suffering an apparent memory lapse after it was revealed she heavily briefed her communications secretary over book Finding Freedom.

    The Court of Appeal said the lapse was “unfortunate” but did not “bear on the issues raised in the grounds of appeal”.

    Other allegations centred around the letter she wrote her dad in 2018 that breached her copyright and privacy.

    Meghan maintained previously she sent her estranged father the “heartfelt” five-page letter after they reached “breaking point”.

    But in a fresh statement, she said she only wrote the 1,250-word note on advice of senior royals “A” and “B” after “significant pressure” was put on her and Prince Harry.

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    Explained: How long were William and Harry’s parents together for?

    Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married on Wednesday July 29, 1981.

    They famously split in 1992 and finalised their divorce in 1996.

    Following Harry’s birth in September 1984, the couple were said to be sleeping in separate bedrooms.

    It was also reported that by 1986, the couple took separate holidays.

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    There are only two people the Queen answers the phone to every time

    She’s one of the most famous women on the planet, but the Queen is said to only have two people that have instant access to her.

    Her Majesty, 95, only answers her phone every time to these two chosen individuals – and they aren’t who you would expect.

    Speaking on the Royally US podcast Christina Garibaldi, royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti revealed: “Apparently the Queen has two people who she speaks to the most on her phones and she also apparently has a mobile phone which is said to be Samsung packed with anti-hacker encryption by MI6 so nobody can hack into her phone.

    “But the two people she phones the most is said to be her daughter Princess Anne and her racing manager John Warren.

    “He is the son-in-law of the Queen’s friend, the late Earl of Carnarvon and his home was Highclere castle in Berkshire which viewers of TV may know better as Downtown Abbey.

    “So this is apparently who can get through to the Queen from anywhere in the world if he calls she answers.”

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    Prince Charles ‘wants to spare William burden of duty’

    Prince Charles will “follow the tradition of the monarchy” in order to spare William the “burden of duty” for as long as possible, claims a former royal butler.

    Former royal butler Grant Harrold told GB news: “I have been asked this question many times by many friends, do I think it’s possible that Prince Charles decides to not take on the position of King and step aside to pass on Prince William. 

    “I actually believe we would not see that happen because Prince Charles is very traditional.”

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    Inside Meghan and Harry’s first Thanksgiving with Archie and Lilibet

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have celebrated their first Thanksgiving as a family-of-four after welcoming daughter Lilibet in June.

    For the second year in a row, the couple have marked the US holiday at their home in exclusive Montecito, California.

    And the family will have spent the day together before enjoying a meal prepared by Meghan.

    In her recent interview on The Ellen Show, the duchess revealed they’ll “relax” and make the most of time spent together.

    “I love to cook, we’ll be at home and just relax and sort of settle in,” she said. “It’s our second Thanksgiving at home in California, so it will be nice.”

    The couple moved into their home last summer during Covid lockdowns.

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    Kate Middleton visits V&A exhibition

    The Duchess of Cambridge spent the morning viewing the museum's Faberge exhibition in London as the Duchess of Sussex won her battle against the Mail On Sunday.

    Meghan had sued the paper after it published a private letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle in 2018.

    And in a scathing statement after the ruling, she accused the publication of treating the case as a "game with no rules".

    The duchess added: "This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what's right."

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    Mr Knauf witness statement

    In his witness statement, Mr Knauf claimed Meghan had emailed with an electronic draft of the letter asking if anything stood out as a "liability".

    The papers read: "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."

    It came at a time when Mr Markle missed his daughter's wedding after suffering a heart attack and repeatedly spoke to the media.

    Mr Knauf suggested she reference her dad's health problems in the letter as it is his "best opening for criticism and sympathy".

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    Queen won’t meet Lilibet

    The monarch is understood to be “sad” that she’s spent so little time with Archie.

    It’s reported that she also believes she won’t meet Lilibet unless Meghan and Harry return to the UK.

    The Sussexes have not commented on the claims.

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    Meghan Markle and her celebrity neighbour Adele

    After Meghan and Prince Harry’s shocking departure from the Royal Family, it was not immediately clear where the two would settle with their children.

    For some time, they lived in Canada before escaping to a mansion lent to them by actor and director Tyler Perry.

    Perry’s next door neighbor was Adele, and the singer and the Sussexes hit it off immediately.

    Meghan and Prince Harry then moved on and purchased their own Los Angeles – but still got plenty of visits from new pal Adele.

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    Meghan Markle wins legal battle over letter

    The Duchess today WON the latest round of her court battle – meaning she will not face her estranged dad in a public showdown.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 40, sued the Mail on Sunday over the publication of the "personal and private" letter she sent to Thomas Markle in 2018.

    The High Court issued a summary judgment in February – meaning she won without having to face a messy high-profile trial.

    But publishers Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) launched an appeal against the ruling – arguing the judge was not aware of all the facts at the time.

    Judges at the Court of Appeal today ruled in Meghan's favour and dismissed the appeal.

    She will now not have to come face-to-face with Mr Markle in a blockbuster showdown in court.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince acknowledges ‘atrocity of slavery’

    The Prince of Wales has acknowledged the “appalling atrocity of slavery”, describing it as something “which forever stains our history”, during the ceremony marking Barbados’ historic transition to a republic.

    Charles summed up the period when the UK was one of the leading players in the transatlantic slave trade as the “darkest days of our past”, but looking to the future said the “creation of this republic offers a new beginning”.

    The prince will be head of state of many nations in the Caribbean when he becomes king and his words will resonate across the region.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen snubbed Christmas photo, book claims

    New book “Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan” claims the Queen had an aide move a portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Archie off camera before she recorded her 2019 Christmas broadcast.

    The framed photo was initially on a desk alongside other family images, including photos of William and Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Queen’s father George VI and the Duke of Edinburgh.

    The monarch is claimed to have pointed at the framed image and said: “That one, I suppose we don’t need that one.”

    It is suggested that the Queen snubbed Harry and Meghan because they had chosen to spend Christmas in Canada with Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland.

  • Louis Allwood

    The new monarchy

    When the end of the second Elizabethan age ends, and the Carolinian one dawns, the monarchy could look very different.

    A royal expert has said that Prince Charles will introduce a “very different” monarchy era, but he will struggle to match up with the Queen’s phenomenal reign.

    Professor Anna Whitelock said: “Just by virtue of the fact that the Queen is celebrating her seventieth year next year, by virtue of her longevity, her life, what she’s lived through, what she’s seen, she’s been unmatched.

    “Charles, given his own age, he’s never going to be able to surpass that, and what the Queen has seen and been through.”

    She added: “I think we are in a very different, and we are going to be, in a very different era with a very different kind of monarch, and a very different kind of monarchy in the future.”

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