Royal Family news – Queen 'forced to hire LAWYERS' to defend against Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's 'constant attacks'

THE Queen has reportedly ordered senior Palace aides to plan a legal fightback against Harry and Meghan – and declared “enough is enough.”

A well-placed source revealed the Queen, 95, has become “exasperated with repeated attacks”.

They said: “The feeling, coming right from the top, is that enough is enough. There is a limit to how much will be accepted and the Queen and Royal Family can only be pushed so far.

“They are getting lawyered up. Harry and Meghan will be made aware and know repeated attacks will not be tolerated.”

The Royal Family was rocked last month by Harry’s revelation he was writing a tell-all memoir to be released next year — the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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    CHANGING THE GUARD PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE START OF PANDEMIC

    Changing the Guard has been performed at Buckingham Palace for the first time since the start of the pandemic, with the musical backdrop paying tribute to the success of the Team GB Olympians.

    The colourful military spectacle – one of the most time-honoured traditions at the Queen’s London home – was halted around 18 months ago to avoid attracting huge crowds of tourists during lockdown.

    On Monday, the familiar sight returned, with the new guard, the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards, dressed in their scarlet tunics and famous bearskin hats, marching from nearby Wellington Barracks to the palace to take over the duty from the old guard, Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards.

    Tunes played by the Band of the Coldstream Guards in honour of Britain’s Olympic achievements included Spandau Ballet’s Gold, The Olympic Theme, Chariots of Fire, and Whitney Houston’s One Moment In Time.

    The Queen was not there to witness the proceedings, being away in Scotland on her annual break at Balmoral, but scores of tourists gathered to watch.

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    QUEEN’S GUARD ARRESTED FOR ‘SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO NEW RECRUITS’ (CONTINUED…)

    The incident comes just months after defence bosses disbanded an RAF unit in which an airman was allegedly sexually assaulted with a mortar tube in another twisted initiation ceremony.

    An Army source told The Sun: “The Army is under huge pressure to stamp this sort of behaviour out.

    “The RAF were swift and ruthless in dealing with this sort of behaviour and had the right response.

    “But the Coldstream Guards is the oldest regiment in the Army and you can’t just get rid of them overnight.”

    It comes as the regiment’s most senior soldier, Sgt Maj Kirtland Gill, faces trial next year accused of conspiracy to sell or transfer ammo and possessing a prohibited weapon.

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    QUEEN’S GUARD ARRESTED FOR ‘SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO NEW RECRUITS’ JUST YARDS FROM WINDSOR CASTLE

    A QUEEN’S Guard has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two young recruits in a sick initiation ritual.

    The pair, on their second day in the Coldstream Guards, were allegedly abused with a sex toy yards from Windsor Castle.

    Army top brass confirmed a guardsman had been arrested and suspended and an investigation had begun.

    The unit, the oldest continuously serving regiment in the Army, is based at Victoria Barracks close to Windsor Castle, Berks.

    Part of the Household Division, its soldiers provide ceremonial guards across the royal palaces as well as frontline infantry troops.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY DONATE TO AFGHAN RELIEF AFTER BEING LEFT ‘SPEECHLESS’ OVER TALIBAN – BUT DON’T SAY HOW MUCH

    It’s not known how much the couple handed over – although the organisation has since posted on Instagram to thank the Sussexes.

    The pair forked out after issuing a widely-mocked statement on the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

    Meghan and Harry released a lengthy statement on the crisis – despite claiming they were lost for words.

    And they urged fans to donate cash to charity, before going on to name only US-based organisations.

    Charities ignored by the couple include Harry’s own Head’s Together project, which he launched alongside brother William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

    However, Women for Afghan Women announced the donation with a thank you message on social media.

     

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    PRINCE HARRY JET FROM POLO MATCH ‘ENORMOUSLY HYPOCRITICAL’ SAYS ROYAL AUTHOR

    The woke royal, 36, boarded the 20-seater £45million plane from a polo match in Aspen, Colorado, to his 18,671-square-foot mega-mansion in Santa Barbara, California, on Thursday.

    He took the two-hour flight to rejoin his wife Meghan and their two children.

    The £45million Gulfstream jet is understood to belong to one of Harry’s polo pals, US businessman Marc Ganzi.

    Last night, royal author Tom Quinn said: “This appears to be enormously hypocritical, given all his talk about climate change.

    “Harry seems to see himself as someone who guides the rest of the world and that his own behaviour isn’t relevant. It is a huge blind spot.”

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    KATE MIDDLETON TO MISS OUT ON TRADITIONAL ROYAL HONOUR ON HER 40TH BIRTHDAY

    It is yet unclear what celebrations Kate has in mind for her landmark birthday, or if she will keep it low-key like Meghan.

    While this year The Duchess of Cambridge had her birthday in the middle of lockdown on January 9, meaning she had to do something quiet, next year she will be missing out on one particular honour.

    This is that The Duchess will not hear the traditional chimes of Westminister Abbey when she celebrates her 40th birthday. This is due to changes rung in to cut costs.

    It is normal for the senior royals to hear the bells ringing at the Abbey on their birthdays, with Camilla Parker Bowles included among them.

    But the bells have not rung at the Abbey since April 2020 due to the pandemic.

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    WHO IS PENNY KNATCHBULL? (CONTINUED)

    Knatchbull, who was educated in Switzerland, has a business degree from the London School of Economics and friends describe her as being “outgoing, engaged, clever and well-read” – the kind of personality to be drawn to Prince Philip.

    She and the duke also both shared a “boisterous sense of humour”, according to Ingrid. But it was after Penny’s five-year-old daughter Leonora died of kidney cancer in 1991 that Philip really began to take her under his wing.

    One source said: “He was a tremendous support during a time of unimaginable grief.”

    He encouraged Penny to take up his sport of carriage driving, to distract her, and got his head groom Micky Flynn to show her the ropes.

    Naturally, rumours about their relationship started with Prince Charles reportedly temporarily ending his own friendship with her over speculation they were having an affair.

    But there is no evidence they were anything more than friends – the duke once grumbled to Jeremy Paxman that if he so much as speaks to a woman people assume she is his mistress.

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    WHO IS PENNY KNATCHBULL (CONTINUED)?

    Penny was introduced to Philip at age 20 while dating husband-to-be Norton Knatchbull, Philip’s godson and grandson of the duke’s uncle Lord Mountbatten.

    Norton had been a year above Prince Charles at Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun and the Queen and Philip never forgot his kindness in looking after their eldest child during his challenging time there.

    Back then, Penny was simply Penelope Eastwood, daughter of Reg Eastwood, a wealthy butcher turned businessman who founded the Angus Steakhouse restaurants.

    Tragedy befell the family in 1979 when Lord Mountbatten — affectionately known by the royals as Uncle Dickie — was assassinated by the IRA.

    The bomb blast on board his fishing boat off County Sligo, Ireland, which featured in the last series of The Crown, also killed Norton’s 14-year-old brother Nicholas and his grandmother, Lady Brabourne.

    Devastated by this horror, Penny and Norton decided to postpone their wedding for two months but later said 'I do'.

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    WHO IS PENNY KNATCHBULL?

    Their friendship spanned decades – and often raised eyebrows.

    So little wonder the makers of TV’s The Crown intend to portray the extraordinary relationship between Prince Philip and Penny Knatchbull in the next series of the Netflix drama.

    The Countess Mountbatten of Burma — 32 years younger than the late Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April aged 99 — has been a trusted member of the Royal Family’s inner circle for years and bonded with Philip through their love of carriage driving.

    She was the only non-family member at Philip’s small, Covid-restricted funeral, except for his personal secretary.

    Indeed, she has been so much a part of royal life, household staff nicknamed her “And Also”, because whenever Philip listed guests who were to be invited to a royal do, he would end with “and also Penny”.

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    PEOPLE WILL TIRE OF HEARING MEGHAN AND HARRY’s ‘SAME OLD CRACKED BROKEN RECORD’ SAYS ROYAL AUTHOR

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s “appetite” for publicity will eventually be the couple’s downfall, a royal expert has warned.

    Writing in today’s Sunday Express, Royal author Margaret Holder says she believes Harry and Meghan’s longing for headlines could backfire on them.

    She wrote: “Perpetuating their victim status may deliver global publicity welcomed by the media giants who have commercial contracts with the Sussexes.

    “However, eventually people will tire of hearing the same old cracked record and the couple will have to reinvent themselves if they are to stay bankable in a rapidly changing market with many competitors.”

    “The Queen has shown admirable patience with her troubled grandson’s repeated provocations while trying to maintain the dignity of the institution of monarchy,” she added.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BELOVED DOG SHE LEFT BEHIND IN CANADA ‘DOESN’T LIKE HARRY’

    Pals of the couple claim Meg left her beloved dog, Bogart, behind in Canada because apparently he and Harry didn’t get on.

    Insiders say Meghan was in bits after choosing to her “first baby” behind back in 2017.

    A close friend told The Sun the pooch will stay in the doghouse to avoid a family fallout.

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    QUEEN ORDERING PALACE AIDES ‘TO PLAN LEGAL FIGHTBACK’ AGAINST HARRY AND MEGHAN

    Meanwhile, the Queen has reportedly ordered senior Palace aides to plan a legal fightback amid ­hurtful attacks by the Sussexes — declaring: “Enough is enough.”

    The monarchy’s legal team is consulting libel experts after a barrage of criticism from the couple.

    A well-placed source revealed the Queen, 95, has become “exasperated with repeated attacks”.

    They said: “The feeling, coming right from the top, is that enough is enough. There is a limit to how much will be accepted and the Queen and Royal Family can only be pushed so far.

    “They are getting lawyered up. Harry and Meghan will be made aware and know repeated attacks will not be tolerated.”

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    CHANGING THE GUARD PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE START OF PANDEMIC

    Changing the Guard has been performed at Buckingham Palace for the first time since the start of the pandemic, with the musical backdrop paying tribute to the success of the Team GB Olympians.

    The colourful military spectacle – one of the most time-honoured traditions at the Queen's London home – was halted around 18 months ago to avoid attracting huge crowds of tourists during lockdown.

    On Monday, the familiar sight returned, with the new guard, the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards, dressed in their scarlet tunics and famous bearskin hats, marching from nearby Wellington Barracks to the palace to take over the duty from the old guard, Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards.

    Tunes played by the Band of the Coldstream Guards in honour of Britain's Olympic achievements included Spandau Ballet's Gold, The Olympic Theme, Chariots of Fire, and Whitney Houston's One Moment In Time.

    The Queen was not there to witness the proceedings, being away in Scotland on her annual break at Balmoral, but scores of tourists gathered to watch.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY DONATE TO AFGHAN WOMEN’S AID CHARITY

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have donated to an Afghan charity after saying they’d been left “speechless” by the unfolding disaster.

    It’s not known how much the couple handed over – although the organisation has since posted on Instagram to thank the Sussexes.

    The pair forked out after issuing a widely-mocked statement on the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

    Meghan and Harry released a lengthy statement on the crisis – despite claiming they were lost for words.

    And they urged fans to donate cash to charity, before going on to name only US-based organisations.

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    INSIDER CLAIM MEGHAN MARKLE ‘DIDN’T LISTEN’ TO CAMILLA’S ADVICE

    Meghan and Harry’s royal exit is still making headlines as “Finding Freedom”, the unauthorised biography by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand makes more shocking claims about the row.

    It is reported that Meghan felt isolated within The Firm from very early on, and Camilla Parker Bowles tried to offer some advice to the Duchess of Sussex.

    A source said: “She doesn’t want to see anyone struggling, and she is fond of Meghan.”

    A friend of the Duchess of Sussex also said:

    “Much like Meghan, Camilla had experienced a lot of negative press and hostility from courtiers due to her relationship with Charles when he was still married to Diana.

    “She was very sensitive to Meghan and provided her with support, advising her to ride out the storm and that it would all pass—but ultimately Meghan didn’t listen.”

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    PRINCE HARRY JET FROM POLO MATCH ‘ENORMOUSLY HYPOCRITICAL’ SAYS ROYAL AUTHOR

    The woke royal, 36, boarded the 20-seater £45million plane from a polo match in Aspen, Colorado, to his 18,671-square-foot mega-mansion in Santa Barbara, California, on Thursday.

    He took the two-hour flight to rejoin his wife Meghan and their two children.

    The £45million Gulfstream jet is understood to belong to one of Harry’s polo pals, US businessman Marc Ganzi.

    Last night, royal author Tom Quinn said: “This appears to be enormously hypocritical, given all his talk about climate change.

    “Harry seems to see himself as someone who guides the rest of the world and that his own behaviour isn’t relevant. It is a huge blind spot.”

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    KATE MIDDLETON TO MISS OUT ON TRADITIONAL ROYAL HONOUR ON HER 40TH BIRTHDAY

    It is yet unclear what celebrations Kate has in mind for her landmark birthday, or if she will keep it low-key like Meghan.

    While this year The Duchess of Cambridge had her birthday in the middle of lockdown on January 9, meaning she had to do something quiet, next year she will be missing out on one particular honour.

    This is that The Duchess will not hear the traditional chimes of Westminister Abbey when she celebrates her 40th birthday. This is due to changes rung in to cut costs.

    It is normal for the senior royals to hear the bells ringing at the Abbey on their birthdays, with Camilla Parker Bowles included among them.

    But the bells have not rung at the Abbey since April 2020 due to the pandemic.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY DONATE TO AFGHAN WOMEN'S AID CHARITY

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have donated to an Afghan charity after saying they'd been left "speechless" by the unfolding disaster.

    It's not known how much the couple handed over – although the organisation has since posted on Instagram to thank the Sussexes.

    The pair forked out after issuing a widely-mocked statement on the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.

    Meghan and Harry released a lengthy statement on the crisis – despite claiming they were lost for words.

    And they urged fans to donate cash to charity, before going on to name only US-based organisations.

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    QUEEN’S GUARD ARRESTED FOR ‘SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO NEW RECRUITS’ (CONTINUED…)

    The incident comes just months after defence bosses disbanded an RAF unit in which an airman was allegedly sexually assaulted with a mortar tube in another twisted initiation ceremony.

    An Army source told The Sun: “The Army is under huge pressure to stamp this sort of behaviour out.

    “The RAF were swift and ruthless in dealing with this sort of behaviour and had the right response.

    “But the Coldstream Guards is the oldest regiment in the Army and you can’t just get rid of them overnight.”

    It comes as the regiment’s most senior soldier, Sgt Maj Kirtland Gill, faces trial next year accused of conspiracy to sell or transfer ammo and possessing a prohibited weapon.

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    QUEEN’S GUARD ARRESTED FOR ‘SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO NEW RECRUITS’ JUST YARDS FROM WINDSOR CASTLE

    A QUEEN’S Guard has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two young recruits in a sick initiation ritual.

    The pair, on their second day in the Coldstream Guards, were allegedly abused with a sex toy yards from Windsor Castle.

    Army top brass confirmed a guardsman had been arrested and suspended and an investigation had begun.

    The unit, the oldest continuously serving regiment in the Army, is based at Victoria Barracks close to Windsor Castle, Berks.

    Part of the Household Division, its soldiers provide ceremonial guards across the royal palaces as well as frontline infantry troops.

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    QUEEN ORDERING PALACE AIDES 'TO PLAN LEGAL FIGHTBACK' AGAINST HARRY AND MEGHAN

    Meanwhile, the Queen has reportedly ordered senior Palace aides to plan a legal fightback amid ­hurtful attacks by the Sussexes — declaring: “Enough is enough.”

    The monarchy’s legal team is consulting libel experts after a barrage of criticism from the couple.

    A well-placed source revealed the Queen, 95, has become “exasperated with repeated attacks”.

    They said: “The feeling, coming right from the top, is that enough is enough. There is a limit to how much will be accepted and the Queen and Royal Family can only be pushed so far.

    “They are getting lawyered up. Harry and Meghan will be made aware and know repeated attacks will not be tolerated.”

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    HARRY WANTS TO BE NAUGHTY

    In a 2017 interview, Harry said no royal actually wants to be king or queen – and admitted he wanted to "make the most" of his role before Kate and William's children grow up.

    "I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me before [William's children] take over, and I’ve got to make the most of it," Harry – then 32 – told Newsweek.

    “Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

    Criticism of Harry's jet trip comes as he and Meghan gear up for a "new era of visibility".

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    HARRY IS NOT 'ENJOYING HIMSELF AT ALL' SAYS JULIA HARTLEY-BREWER

    Harry recently made a cameo in Meghan's 40th birthday video as he juggled in the back garden of the couple's multimillion-pound mansion in Montecito, LA.

    Julia Hartley-Brewer said: "I don't think he looks like he's enjoying himself at all" – before discussing Harry's private flight.

    "It shows that, A, they're out of touch, but also, B, they're huge hypocrites," Angela said.

    "They tell us all what we have to do, but they don't think they're involved in that. They're the exception because they're so grand and important."

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    PRINCE HARRY ‘WANTS TO BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WILLIAM’ AND ‘CAN’T HELP SHOWING OFF’, ROYAL AUTHOR CLAIMS

    PRINCE Harry wants to be "more important" than William – and can't help but "show off", his biographer has claimed.

    Angela Levin blasted the Duke of Sussex in a new interview today after we exclusively revealed the eco-warrior flew home from a polo event on a millionaire pal’s private jet.

    Broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer said Angela used to speak about Harry in "glowing terms".

    The writer replied: "When he was at Eton, he hated being there, and he decided he was going to be with the bad boys. I think Harry has got this streak – a lot of us have, but we put it to one side – of being bad and showing off. He is also wanting to be more important than William.

    "He's got the ability now to say and do things that probably he could never do before, and he's enjoying being naughty."

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    WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN MEGHAN AND HER BFF JESSICA MULRONEY?

    Meghan is thought to have first distanced herself from Jessica last year, after lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter accused the Canadian of “white privilege”.

    While Mulroney has denied being a racist, Meghan stayed silent as single mum Sasha said messages from Mulroney left her “paralysed with fear”. Meghan was reported to have “cut ties” with Jessica over the spat, although this has never been confirmed.

    The Mail’s source added: “It’s quite sad. When Jessica stood on the steps of St George’s Chapel on Meghan’s wedding day in front of millions of TV viewers, she really looked like she was on top of the world.

    “Who would have thought she would find herself in the position she’s in now?

    “Of course, all friendships change over time, but it does seem telling that the only one of Meghan’s close friends not to wish her a public happy birthday online was Jess. You have to wonder what is really going on behind closed doors?”

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