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Meghan and Harry latest – Piers Morgan blames lockdown boredom for Duke and Duchess rants & says 'they'll never change'

PRINCE WILLIAM and Kate Middleton surprised NHS heroes with a haggis delivery to their ward to mark Burns Night.

They sent lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties to 200 Covid-19 staff at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee yesterday.

The future King and Queen also arranged for royal warrant holders to donate Burns Biscuits and gift boxes to a further 100 staff – faced with a four-fold increase in Covid-19 patients.

The duchess wore a tartan dress as she joined William in a video message hailing efforts Scottish hospital workers.

It comes as it was revealed that it was four words Prince Harry said back in 2017 that 'doomed Meghan's relationship with the royals' an expert claims.

Harry guest-edited an episode of the Today show on BBC Radio where he said the royals were the "family she never had".

Follow our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest news on the couple and the Royal Family

  • Alex Winter

    ROYAL COUPLE'S LAST POST

    This is how Meghan and Harry signed off from their Sussex Royal Instagram account on Monday, March 30 last year.

    The royal couple took the world by surprise when they announced that they would be stepping back from their responsibilities as senior members of the royal family last January.

    As part of the terms of their departure, the couple lost the right to use the Sussex Royal trademark on their social media accounts, website and the Sussex Royal Foundation.

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  • Alex Winter

    TROLLING IS 'ALMOST UNSURVIVEABLE', SAYS MEGHAN

    Meghan said in October last year she was the world's "most trolled" person.

    During an interview with podcast Teenager Therapy, she said: "I'm told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female.

    "Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby.

    "But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable.

    "That’s so big – you can’t think of what that feels like.

    "I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”

  • Alex Winter

    'WE'LL BE BACK – BUT NOT YET'

    The fuss about Meghan and Harry's social media accounts comes after the Times reported the couple were “very unlikely” to return to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook after receiving a barrage of “hate” on the platforms.

    Harry said in the interview: “We will revisit social media when it feels right for us – perhaps when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform – but right now we’ve thrown much of our energy into learning about this space and how we can help."

  • Alex Winter

    HARRY SPEAKS OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA FURORE

    Prince Harry has recently spoken out about social media.

    He was asked about how he navigates his "concerns about divisiveness, misinformation and hate speech online" during an interview for Fast Company.

    And the royal replied that he and his wife had recently awoken to news that he'd quit online platforms.

    "That was ‘news’ to us, bearing in mind we have no social media to quit, nor have we for the past 10 months," he said.

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  • Alex Winter

    'ROYAL FANS THINK THEY'VE CASHED OUT'

    Mr Schiffer has also suggested Meghan and Harry could be avoiding social media due to the "significant mixed reaction" from fans of the Royal family.

    He said: "Many people look at them as having disrespected the monarchy by cashing out on the halo of their forebearers, and that's not acceptable to millions of people around the world."

  • Alex Winter

    US CRITIC: 'WHY AREN'T THEY PUTTING THEMSELVES OUT THERE?'

    As reported in that last blog post, Mr Schiffer has urged Meghan and Harry to get back on social media.

    He said: "If they believe in their choices, why aren't they comfortable putting themselves out there?

    "Are they sending a message that they can't bear to hear what we have to say?

    "Both of which is a death trap for a brand that is trying to be an entertainment brand, because entertainment at its core today requires interactivity.

    "If you're trying to stay alive with the 11- to 40-year-olds, you've got to be front and centre on social."

  • Alex Winter

    'NOT USING SOCIAL MEDIA IS A DEATH TRAP FOR ENTERTAINERS'

    American TV personality Eric Schiffer has warned Meghan and Harry not to shun all social media.

    The couple aren't currently known to be using Facebook, Instagram or Twitter after they ended their royal duties and moved to America.

    But Mr Schiffer has told Insider it could be a "death trap" as the pair launch their careers in entertainment.

    More on this in the next post.

  • Alex Winter

    COUPLE HAILED AS 'BIGGEST PHILANTROPHISTS'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been branded the "biggest philanthropic duo" since Bill and Melinda Gates.

    The claim was made by journalist Celia Walden in the Telegraph.

    And Walden, who is married to Piers Morgan, also says Harry has turned from “boyish” to “Yoda-like”.

    She said: "I’ve developed a fixation with Prince Harry’s brow.

    "Over the past five years, it has gone from boyish and unfurrowed to Yoda-like: scored with the wisdom lines of someone thrice his age and weighed down by an almost unbearable number of responsibilities.”

    TV firebrand Piers is – famously – a critic of the royal couple, recently labelling them 'Ginge and Cringe'.

    Piers – pictured on GMB with Susanna Reid – isn't as big a fan of Meghan and Harry as his journalist wife
  • Alex Winter

    SPIDER HUNTS PART OF CAMBRIDGE KIDS' HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM

    The Cambridges go on frequent spider hunts with their daughter as part of her education, it has been revealed.

    Speaking to OK! Magazine, royal expert Katie Nicholl said Kate has an interest in the benefits of outdoor learning.

    "She wants them to get fresh air and be in nature… If they are learning about rivers or the sea, she and William try to incorporate that into their walks," Nicholl said.

    The teaching style suited Charlotte, who was a keen spider enthusiast, very well.

    "They go on spider hunts so that she can see them up close and then let them go," Nicholl said.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MONTHS AFTER MEGXIT WERE ‘DISMAL’ FOR MEGHAN AND HARRY

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sent shockwaves through the Royal Family when they stepped down as senior royals in January 2020.

    And according to royal expert Andrew Morton, the months that followed the announcement were very difficult for the couple.

    Describing it as a “pretty dismal” time, he said: “You could see the trauma etched on their faces. They were barely on speaking terms with William and Charles.

    “If Harry had a real regret, it was how he handled the announcement of stepping back. He pushed the Queen and his father into a corner and it made the whole thing far more dramatic.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY 'OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2021'

    There's no denying that 2020 was a game-changing year for Meghan and Harry – and an expert has claimed the royal couple are "optimistic" about what 2021 has in store.

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, Omid Scobie said: "I think they’re excited and optimistic about 2021 when everything will come to realization.

    “We’ll see the fruits of their labour— Archewell, Netflix. I think it’s the year we will get to see what their legacy will be."

    The co-author of Finding Freedom also claimed that 2020 had been a "rollercoaster" for Meghan and Harry after they quit the Royal Family in January.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN PLEDGED TO 'SET STANDARDS HIGH' WITH NEW YEAR RESOLUTION SHE MADE MONTHS BEFORE MEETING HARRY

    Five years ago, the Duchess of Sussex – who was best known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits – vowed to set her "standards high" for the New Year on her lifestyle blog The Tig.

    Meghan wrote: "For this new year, the only thing I aim to do is to approach life playfully.

    "To laugh and enjoy, to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher."

    In July that year, Meghan was set up with Prince Harry by a mutual friend.

    The biography Finding Freedom claims the couple enjoyed their first date at Soho House's Dean Street Townhouse – where they reportedly spoke about making “change for good” while sitting on plush “velvet chairs”.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN MARKLE HAS 'USED THE ROYAL FAMILY', EXPERT SENSATIONALLY CLAIMS

    Since season four of The Crown dropped on Netflix, royal commentators have criticised Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's deal with the streaming giant – reportedly worth £75m.

    Speaking on True Royalty TV, author Angela Levin claimed it was the "biggest exploitation of the Royal Family in our lifetime" and questioned whether the controversial deal was in the works before their wedding in 2018.

    She said: "I don't think this could have been done very quickly, that they've come out of the Royal Family and they've got all the PRs set up, they've got their agents set up, they negotiate with Netflix and wham-bam here's your $150m for your future.

    "I think was plotted right from the beginning, from before the wedding even. We know that they set up their website before the wedding.

    "I think Meghan has been brilliant in her strategy but very unkind as a human being. She's used the Royal Family and maybe even used marrying Harry to be the big step she needed to make to go from being a C-Lister on Suits to one of the most famous women in the world."

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE HARRY AND PRINCE WILLIAM'S RELATIONSHIP 'WILL NEVER BE THE SAME'

    Speaking to ELLE, royal expert Robert Lacey explained how Prince William and Prince Harry have always been torn between "love and duty".

    He said: "The lesson that William took from the breakdown and the emotional chaos was at least he had this duty, this responsibility to be King, the future monarch, and he had to live up to that.

    "[Harry took] a different lesson: His parents were locked into an arranged, loveless marriage, and he’s not going to make that mistake."

    Highlighting the differences between the brothers, the expert said their relationship will be forever changed as a result of Megxit – which saw Harry give up his royal duties for the woman he loves.

    "There is texture and history between these brothers," he said. "But it’s never going to be the same."

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE HARRY 'ACCEPTS BEING SECOND TO MEGHAN'

    Writing for The Telegraph, royal author Angela Levin sensationally claimed that Prince Harry is content being "second" to his wife Meghan Markle.

    Questioning whether the Duke and Duchess are an "equal" partnership, she wrote: "He would not be the first man to be besotted with a beautiful woman with a different agenda that he then meekly adopts as his own. 

    "While he balked at being 'the spare' to Prince William, he seems to accept being second to Meghan."

  • Lydia Hawken

    KAMALA HARRIS COULD APPEAR ON MEGHAN AND HARRY'S PODCAST, EXPERT PREDICTS

    Royal fans could expect to see Vice-President Kamala Harris appear on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Archewell podcast, a royal commentator has claimed.

    Writing for The Telegraph, Rosa Silverman predicted Meghan and Kamala will collaborate on future projects – after the Vice-President supported the Duchess on Twitter last year.

    A source said: "I think there’s a real feeling of solidarity between the two women."

    Commenting on the prospect of Kamala making an appearance on the podcast, Rosa wrote: "It would serve as a one-off collaboration to discuss and promote some shared aims and interests before Harris becomes too busy to enter into such enterprises with figures like Meghan.

    "What not to expect: A whole podcast series, with loads of unscripted jokes."

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE WILLIAM'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HARRY 'WILL BE BETTER WHEN HE'S KING', EXPERT CLAIMS

    Rumours of a rift between Prince William and Prince Harry were rife in the months leading up to Megxit.

    According to royal expert Carole Malone, the brother's relationship is likely to improve when William becomes King one day.

    Appearing on Channel 5's William and Harry: Prince's at War, she said: "It will be interesting to see what happens when Prince William becomes King. What will their relationship be like?

    "I think it may be better because William is always going to be King, nothing is going to change that and Harry will have accepted that a very long time ago.

    "Also, William at that point will be top dog, what he says goes. Whatever Prince Harry does or says, William will be in charge, end of story."

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE HARRY IS A 'RECLUSE' IN LA, NEIGHBOUR ROB LOWE CLAIMS

    He may be living in an A-List neighbourhood in California – but according to his neighbour Rob Lowe, Prince Harry has become a bit of a "recluse".

    Appearing on The Late Late Late Show with James Corden, The West Wing actor, 56, claimed he'd just seen the Prince driving through their neighbourhood Montecito.

    Rob claimed: "He lives about a mile from me. He's been very reclusive. Seeing him in the neighbourhood is like seeing the Loch Ness Monster, and I finally saw him. I finally saw him driving his car."

    What's more, the star claimed Prince Harry has grown a ponytail in lockdown.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ARE 'BIGGEST SELL-OUTS IN ROYAL HISTORY', EXPERT SENSATIONALLY CLAIMS

    Appearing on True Royalty’s The Royal Beat, author Duncan Larcombe said: "A year ago Harry and Meghan were saying they want privacy and to bring their child up in peace – codswallop!

    "We now know what it is. The evidence is there. 

    "It was the biggest royal sellout in the history of the family."

    After stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family in January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to their £14m "forever" mansion in Montecito, California and signed deals with Spotify and Netflix rumoured to be worth over £142m. 

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE WILLIAM 'CONCERNED' HARRY IS 'TAKING OWNERSHIP' OF DIANA'S LEGACY, EXPERT CLAIMS

    On New Years Eve, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle unveiled the new website for their non-profit foundation Archewell.

    Introducing their website, the couple shared childhood pictures of themselves with their mothers – alongside a short letter to 2021 in which the Duke described himself as "my mother's son".

    Appearing on True Royalty TV's Royal Beat, royal expert Katie Nicholl said: "I think William will be concerned with that, Harry trying to take ownership of the Diana Legacy will be a problem.

    "But also Harry doing mental health, Harry doing conservation, these are the issues that William and Kate want to do – that’s where I predict tensions. Heads Together was also Kate’s Idea."

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN'S LACK OF SOCIAL MEDIA IS A 'DEATH TRAP' FOR ARCHEWELL, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Last week, Prince Harry said him and Meghan Markle will "revisit" social media when the timing is right for them – after receiving what they felt was the "mothership of harassment" from online trolls.

    However, an expert has claimed that the couple are making a huge mistake by avoiding social media as they launch their new non-profit organisation Archewell.

    Brand expert Eric Schiffer told Insider: "If they believe in their choices, why aren't they comfortable putting themselves out there? Are they sending a message that they can't bear to hear what we have to say?

    "Both of which is a death trap for a brand that is trying to be an entertainment brand, because entertainment at its core today requires interactivity.

    "If you're trying to stay alive with the 11-40-year-olds, you've got to be front and centre on social."

  • Lydia Hawken

    HARRY AND MEGHAN'S BRAND 'FACING FAILURE', DIANA'S EX-CHIEF OF STAFF CLAIMS

    Princess Diana's former Chief of Staff Patrick Jephson has claimed Harry and Meghan's non-profit organisation Archewell has "an evolving brand issue".

    He told the Express: "One could argue that, at its best, membership of the Royal Family gives you access to the most extraordinary and powerful brand in the world.

    "To voluntarily divest yourselves of all those advantages in pursuit of something else is very daring – and we don’t even know what that something else is.

    "But if it departs very much from that great tradition of personal sacrifice and public service that defines the monarchy brand then I don’t believe it will succeed." 

  • Lydia Hawken

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'CONTENT' WITH INDEPENDENCE IN THE US – BUT 'LESS POPULAR IN UK'

    Speaking to The Express, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams predicted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be returning to their royal roles any time soon.

    He said: "There is no sign at all that Harry and Meghan are anything other than content with their independence which also extends to financial self-sufficiency.

    "They still retain their roles as President and Vice-President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust but lost their roles as Commonwealth Youth Ambassadors under the Sandringham Agreement with the Queen.

    What's more, the expert claimed Megxit will give the couple and their Archewell foundation more global influence.

    He added: "Harry and Meghan are certainly less popular in the UK but they are concentrating on the US and the wider world."

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE QUEEN 'WANTED TO LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN' TO HARRY AND MEGHAN WITH MEGXIT REVIEW

    When Meghan and Harry quit the Royal Family in January 2020, the Queen planned for a one-year Megxit review which would give them a chance to return.

    Appearing on HuffPost's Heirpod podcast, royal author Omid Scobie said: "I think as we have seen anything is possible in this situation.

    "But this really was the Queen wanting to leave the door open to the couple so that they can find their feet and come back 12 months later.

    "If things need to change or anything needs to be discussed, it can be."

    As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the couple have not travelled back to the UK as planned for their meeting with the Royals.

  • Lydia Hawken

    INSIDE ARCHIE'S NURSERY IN CALIFORNIA

    Speaking to Closer magazine, an insider claimed Archie's nursery in Harry and Meghan's £14m Montecito mansion has "big windows" and a reading corner.

    The source said: "There’s a pile of story and soft activity books, and a storage area for all of Archie’s toys and puzzles.

    "Harry and Meghan spend hours reading to him, especially before going to bed.

    “He’s an incredibly engaged child and eager to learn."

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