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Meghan and Harry latest: Prince attempts to broker extension to 12-month Megxit deal

PRINCE Harry and Meghan are brokering an extension to the 12-month Megxit deal – and the prince plans to return here in the New Year to seal it.

They want a more permanent agreement to continue as non-working royals in California despite big-money deals with Netflix and Spotify.

They will make friendly video calls to senior royals next month before Harry heads here for face-to-face talks, possibly accompanied by Meghan. Their deal with Buckingham Palace expires on March 31.

Talks are said to be “less confrontational” than at January’s Sandringham summit.

But royal aides will pore over the Netflix and Spotify deals, reportedly worth £100million and £30million respectively, to ensure they meet “the values of Her Majesty”.

Harry and Meghan are said to be keen to hang on to their royal patronages, despite taking on more commercial commitments in the US.

Sources say those roles remain on the negotiating table. And Harry’s military roles — stripped in the bitter Megxit deal — remain vacant and will not be filled until next summer at the earliest, The Sun understands.

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

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S FIRST CHRISTMAS PRESENT OT THE QUEEN 'MAULED TO PIECES' BY CORGIS

    What do you get the woman who appears to have everything? Well for her first Christmas with the Royal Family, Meghan Markle reportedly bought her a singing toy hamster.

    The Daily Star reported in 2018: "Meghan bought a little hamster that sings with a little rope for Her Majesty."

    While it might sound quirky, the hilarious present was a hit with Her Majesty – who allegedly said: "It can keep my dogs’ company."

    Sadly though, the hamster reportedly didn't last long and the paper reported that Meghan's toy hamster was "mauled to pieces" by the Queen's corgis before the end of the holiday.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE'S BROTHER-IN-LAW CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    Meghan Markle’s brother-in-law was charged with domestic violence after he allegedly hit the duchess’ sister Samantha during a fight over the toilet, according to a report.

    Mark Phillips, 62, was taken into custody on December 14 after he apparently hit Samantha, Meghan’s estranged half-sister, at home in Florida. 

    DailyMail.com reported on Thursday that around 1am that morning, Samantha Markle – who is wheelchair-bound – needed help getting off the toilet.

    Phillips is said to have become angry at her request for help and smacked her “on the right side of her face in the ear area.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE WILLIAM 'WILL NOT BE WATCHING THE CROWN'

    Prince William has “no desire” to watch The Crown as it'd be “sad” for him and Harry to see their parents' marriage to play out on screen, an insider has claimed.

    The insider also told Vanity Fair's royal correspondent Katie Nicholl: “Harry has seen the trailers for series four but I can't see him watching it.”

    And a friend of William claimed the Duke of Cambridge has “no desire” to watch the series.

    Another source said: “The feeling is that the latest series would actually be quite sad for them to watch.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY 'PLANS TO TRAVEL TO THE UK TO CLINCHEXTENSION TO 12-MONTH MEGXIT DEAL'

    Harry and Meghan are brokering an extension to the 12-month Megxit deal – and the prince plans to return here in the New Year to seal it.

    They want a more permanent agreement to continue as non-working royals in California despite big-money deals with Netflix and Spotify.

    They will make friendly video calls to senior royals next month before Harry heads here for face-to-face talks, possibly accompanied by Meghan. Their deal with Buckingham Palace expires on March 31.

    Talks are said to be “less confrontational” than at January’s Sandringham summit.

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY INITIALLY 'REFUSED THE QUEEN'S OFFER OF A MEGXIT TRIAL PERIOD'

    Prince Harry was so intent on quitting the Royal Family that he reportedly “refused The Queen's offer of a Megxit trial period”, a bombshell biography has claimed.

    According to the book Finding Freedom – which attempts to shed light on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's decision to step down as senior royals – the Duke was adamant he wanted a “clean break” from the Royal Family.

    The Prince reportedly feared him and Meghan's decision to quit the Royal Family would not be taken seriously if he agreed to the trial.

    However, The Queen persuaded Prince Harry to agree to a trial period which would allow him and Meghan to return to their roles if they changed their minds in a year.

    A source said: “He was adamantly opposed to the review process.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY 'EXCHANGED CHRISTMAS PRESENTS'

    Meghan and Harry have exchanged presents in a sign the princes have agreed a Christmas truce.

    Harry and Meghan sent their gifts after visiting exclusive boutique shops near their home in Santa Barbara, California.

    The Duchess of Sussex used her calligraphy skills to personalise messages to George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two.

    The Cambridges have posted gifts to the couple and 17-month-old Archie.

    Royal writer Andrew Morton said: “Harry has sent presents to William and Kate and the calligraphy has been done by Meghan.

    "He plans to speak to his father and brother over Christmas.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    HIT SHOW THE CROWN 'COULD BE EXTENED' – ROYAL AUTHOR

    The Crown could be “extended” to show Prince Harry and Prince William as adults, Finding Freedom's author has claimed.

    Omid Scobie said he's heard “rumblings” Netflix is considering extending the run past Princess Diana's tragic death in 1997.

    He said: “Seasons five and six have been confirmed and there has even talk that the show…

    “I think originally it was reported that it would stop before William and Harry become adults, I’ve certainly heard there is talked within Netflix about the possibility that the show might be extended.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SHARE THEIR HOTLY ANTICIPATED CHRISTMAS CARD

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their long-awaited Christmas card, showing the pair posing with son Archie and two dogs.

    The Sussexes posed in front of a Wendy house in what could be their sprawling garden in their Montecito mansion, with a Christmas tree next to them.

    The pair released the card via charity Mayhew's Instagram, of which they are a patron, which says 'Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'.

    Meghan, 39, said: "This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind."

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE'S NET WORTH REVEALED

    According to Business Insider, Meghan has an estimated net worth of £3.8million ($5million) which she accumulated from her acting career.

    She starred in over 100 episodes of the legal drama Suits, where she was paid £40,463 ($50,000) per episode towards the end of her acting career, say reports.

    Meghan also earned around about £291,339 ($360,000) from her roles in the 2010 movies Remember Me and The Candidate.

  • Rebecca Flood

    DI WOULD HAVE SORTED 'SILLY FEUD' SAYS FORMER BUTLER

    Princess Diana would have “banged her sons” heads together’ over their “silly feud” her former butler has claimed.

    Paul Burrell, 62, said that the late Princess of Wales would have brought her sons “back together.”

    Speaking on the TV show The Royal Beat, he said: “If their mother was here today, she would bring them back together.

    “She would bang their heads together and say: ‘Don’t be silly you’re my sons, you’re both equal.’ It was very important to her that they stayed close.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE CHARLES IS 'NO FAN OF THE CROWN'

    Prince Charles is shunning the latest series of The Crown which depicts his marriage break-up with Diana — and has reportedly told friends: “I’ve never seen it.”

    Netflix released the fourth ten-episode instalment of the royal drama last month amid claims it presented “fiction as fact” and amounted to “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.

    An insider described The Crown as “drama and entertainment for commercial ends . . .  with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited”.

    They said the series paints Charles in “a very unflattering light”.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ARE 'MODELLING THEMSELVES ON THE OBAMAS'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "modelling themselves on the Obamas" and will release a tell-all book next, an expert has claimed.

    Speaking to 9Honey, royal expert Katie Nicholl says a book deal could be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's next project after they signed deals with Spotify and Netflix – which were reportedly worth over £142m.

    She said: "The Obamas' Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that's exactly what we're seeing.

    Describing the Obama's brand as "high end" and "aspirational", the expert added: "It sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it's a successful business model."

  • Rebecca Flood

    KIM KARDASHIAN IS THE LATEST CELEB TO PLUG MEGHAN'S VEGAN COFFEE

    Reality TV queen Kim Kardashian has joined real-life royal Meghan to promote her vegan coffee brand.

    Kim, 40, threw her social media might behind Clevr Blends, the latte firm the Duchess of Sussex has invested in and which chat show host Oprah Winfrey has also backed.

    The reality star put a picture online of a hamper containing packets of the coffee.

    A source close to Kim said: “A product mention from her, just before Christmas, is better than most marketing campaigns you could ever devise.

    “Throw in Meghan Markle and Oprah and you’ve got three of the most famous female names on the planet supporting this brand.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    EXPERT REVEALS WHAT MEGHAN & HARRY'S BODY LANGUAGE SAYS ABOUT THEM IN THEIR XMAS CARD

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delighted royal fans when they shared a sweet illustration of themselves posing in the garden of their Montecito mansion with 19-month-old son Archie.

    Analysing the Sussexes' latest card, body language expert Judi James claims the couple have made a conscious effort to protect their privacy while also presenting an idealised version of their new life in California.

    She told Fabulous: "This digitalised picture seems to glorify the Enid Blyton-style childhoods of vintage storybooks, suggesting a very besotted-looking Harry and Meghan are set on creating a look of idyllic, rustic intimacy rather than posing up the garden in their multi-million dollar mansion.

    "There is a suggestion from the pose that Meghan wants to contain and protect her precious family unit. Harry sits inside the tiny playhouse here, holding his face close to Archie’s and grinning at his son, who he holds with both hands."

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY LEFT OUT OF THE QUEEN'S CHRISTMAS SPEECH AGAIN

    Prince Harry and Meghan were left out of the Queen’s annual Christmas address for the second year in a row.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had caused Her Majesty a headache when they revealed they were quitting royal life — and in January moved to North America.

    The past 12 months has been dominated by Covid-19, while Harry and Meghan made a life in California.

    The couple were said to be offended when they were missing from family photos on the Queen’s desk during her 2019 address.

    But this year, the couple, along with scandal-hit Prince Andrew, were also missing from the video montage round-up of royal events.

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN VOTED MOST POPULAR UK ROYAL IN THE WORLD

    Meghan Markle has been voted the most popular UK royal in the world – beating the likes of the Queen and Kate Middleton to clinch the top spot. 

    The former actress was crowned the top royal in a worldwide survey by OnBuy, with a popularity score of 14.5 per cent.

    While Meghan has made fewer public appearances this year, due to coronavirus and relocating to California with Archie and Prince Harry, it seems her Zoom speeches and heartfelt essays have proved a hit with the public. 

    Kate Middleton and the Queen came second and third.

  • Millie Hurst

    ELLEN COULD BE NEIGHBOURS WITH MEGHAN AND HARRY AS SHE REPORTEDLY BUYS IN MONTECITO

    Ellen Degeneres is reportedly set to be neighbours with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

    The talk show host, 62, is believed to have snapped up a $49 million mansion in California's exclusive Montecito area.

    Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi, could be rubbing shoulders with former royals Meghan and Harry, who bought a $14.7 million Italian-style villa in Montecito this summer.

  • Millie Hurst

    PIERS PRETENDS TO VOMIT LIVE ON GMB AS HE RANTS ABOUT MEGHAN AND HARRY'S PODCAST

    Piers Morgan pretended to vomit into a bin live on Good Morning Britain as he ranted about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's multi-million pound podcast.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed a £30million deal with Spotify to launch their own podcast.

    Prince Harry and Meghan giggled and hummed Christmas songs during a heavily scripted three-minute trailer released by the audio streaming service.

    However, Piers clearly didn't enjoy the podcast snippet – as he pretended to vomit into a bin.

  • Millie Hurst

    WILLS AND HARRY EXCHANGED CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN SIGN OF CHRISTMAS TRUCE

    William and Harry exchanged presents in a sign the princes have agreed a Christmas truce.

    Harry and Meghan sent their gifts after visiting exclusive boutique shops near their home in Santa Barbara, California.

    The Duchess of Sussex used her calligraphy skills to personalise messages to George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two.

    The Cambridges have posted gifts to the couple and 17-month-old Archie.

    Royal writer Andrew Morton said: “Harry has sent presents to William and Kate and the calligraphy has been done by Meghan.

    "He plans to speak to his father and brother over Christmas.”

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN AND HARRY LAND SPOTIFY DEAL WORTH £30 MILLION

    Harry and Meghan have landed a £30million deal with Spotify for their own podcast – adding to their £100million Netflix win.

    The pair giggled about having “podcast voices” and even hummed Christmas songs during a heavily scripted three-minute trailer.

    The Archewell Audio podcast is the pair’s latest lucrative deal since they split from the Royal Family and vowed to become financially independent.

    One insider said: “Meghan was the driving force behind it. The initial multi-year deal is worth in excess of £30million with a view to extending it within six months.”

    Spotify says it will “uplift and entertain audiences”.

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN'S BROTHER IN LAW CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    Meghan Markle’s brother-in-law was charged with domestic violence after he allegedly hit the duchess’ sister Samatha during a fight over the toilet, according to a report.

    Mark Phillips, 62, was taken into custody on December 14 after he apparently hit Samantha, Meghan’s estranged half-sister, at home in Florida. 

    DailyMail.com reported on Thursday that around 1am that morning, Samantha Markle – who is wheelchair-bound – needed help getting off the toilet.

    Phillips is said to have become angry at her request for help and smacked her “on the right side of her face in the ear area.”

    The man, who has reportedly lived with Samantha since 2016, allegedly left the scene but was soon caught by police.

     

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN AND HARRY'S ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION WILL FUN FOOD KITCHENS AS ITS FIRST PROJECT

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed their charity, the Archewell Foundation, will fund food kitchens in disaster zones as its first major project.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their non-profit, which was set up eight months ago, has now joined forces with the World Central Kitchen which feeds people in disaster-stricken areas.

    The centres will be built to act as service kitchens during emergencies like natural disasters.

    The first of the four centres, due to open early next year is being built on the Caribbean island of Domenica, which was hit by Hurricanes Maria and Irma three years ago.

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN AND HARRY 'MODELLING THEMSELVES ON OBAMAS'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "modelling themselves on the Obamas" and will release a tell-all book next, according to an expert.

    Speaking to 9Honey, royal expert Katie Nicholl says a book deal could be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's next project, after they signed deals with Spotify and Netflix – which were reportedly worth over £142m.

    She said: "The Obamas' Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that's exactly what we're seeing.

    Describing the Obama's brand as "high end" and "aspirational", the expert added: "It sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it's a successful business model."

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN AND HARRY REVEALED THEIR CHRISTMAS CARD FOR 2020

    Meghan and Harry released their Christmas card this week, and the adorable illustration shows Prince Harry, 36, holding Archie, 18-months-old, while a casually-dressed Meghan sits crossed-legged on the floor.

    The pair released the card via charity Mayhew's Instagram, of which they are a patron, which says 'Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'.

    Meghan, 39, said: "This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind.

    "From a local California organisation that helps families transition out of homelessness, to two of our U.K. patronages: one that supports animal and community welfare, and the other, a memorial fund for a cherished friend that helps to educate children and fight poverty in Uganda, we have honoured their work on behalf of all of us.”

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN AND HARRY SPOTTED IN BEVERLY HILLS

    In pictures obtained by Page Six, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seen running errands in Beverly Hills around a week ago.

    Returning to her pre-royal style, Meghan was pictured in skinny jeans, a thin black knit and some knee-high brown leather boots.

    Braving the cold weather, the Duchess wore a £419 parka coat from J Crew – one of her favourite American brands.

    She then finished off her look with a simple black beanie and sunglasses – which she often wore when heading to yoga classes in Vancouver before she moved to London to be with Prince Harry in 2018.

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