Meghan Markle latest news – 'Tragic' Prince Harry & Meg 'look like prisoners held captive by fame', royal expert says

Meghan Markle latest news – 'Tragic' Prince Harry & Meg 'look like prisoners held captive by fame', royal expert says

PIERS Morgan today tore Meghan Markle to shreds – eight months after he lost his Good Morning Britain Gig for calling her a liar.

The former GMB host weighed back into his feud with the Duchess of Sussex today after she apologised to the Court of Appeal amid a gruelling legal battle with a British newspaper.

Meghan yesterday apologised to a court for not telling a judge about emails showing her attempts to influence a biography about her and Prince Harry, saying: “I forgot.”

Tweeting a number of frontpage headlines referring to the revelations this morning, Piers wrote: "I've now had eight months to carefully reflect on my statement that I don't believe a word Meghan Markle says… and I still don't."

He added: "The ‘end game’ is that the Sussexes are stopped – by the Queen – from ruthlessly exploiting their royal titles for 100s of millions of dollars whilst simultaneously trashing the Royal Family & Monarchy.

"It’s shameful."

Read our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan slammed royal family for putting pressure on her & Harry

    Meghan Markle refused advice from the Palace to visit her dad and slammed the royals for putting “pressure” on her and Prince Harry.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 40, sent her estranged father Thomas Markle a “heartfelt” five-page letter in 2018 after they reached “breaking point”.

    But in sensational court documents released today, Meghan has now claimed she only wrote the 1,250-word note on advice of senior royals “A” and “B”.

    She said she was originally told by a Palace aide she should fly to Mexico and meet Mr Markle in person, which she felt was “completely unrealistic”.

    Instead, she reignited the discussion over how to “deal with the concern surrounding” her dad and “his dealings with the media” while visiting the senior royal B with Harry.

  • Milica Cosic

    'Ruling the roost'

    An expert says Kate Middleton could be "the most powerful person in the Royal Family" right now. 

    Expert Camilla Tominey said when it comes to their generation Kate and Prince William "are ruling the roost". 

    According to a YouGov poll, the Duchess of Cambridge is the fourth most popular royal. 

    Royal author Kate Nicholl also claims the Duchess' recent work has made her more likable and "the public got to see more of the true duchess than they've ever been able to see before". 

    This comes as Will and Kate stepped up as the Queen was advised to rest for a while.

  • Milica Cosic

    What are the Royal plans for Remembrance weekend?

    The Queen still “intends” to spearhead the Royal Family’s tributes at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Day on Sunday, despite cancellations to her royal engagements recently.

    If she attends, this will be her first outing in weeks, following the cancellation of trips across the UK.

    Remembrance Day, which falls on November 11, will be a Thursday this year – but official commemoration takes place on the closest Sunday to that date.

    On Saturday night, prominent royals will also attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

    However, the monarch will not be present at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

    Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Times, wrote: “Most senior members of the royal family, except the Queen, will also attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Royal Family snubbed by several athletes who refused honours

    England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford was awarded an MBE by Prince William this week however many athletes in the past have refused honours from the Royal Family.

    Rashford was honoured at Windsor Castle for services to vulnerable children after his campaign to ensure no child went hungry in the UK resulted in the Government changing its policy on free school meals vouchers over lockdown. 

    The 24-year-old said he would give his MBE to his mum Melanie Maynard, who raised him and his four siblings while working full time on minimum wage.

    While Rashford is one of a number of athletes to have accepted an honour from the Firm, many have snubbed an award due to its links with the UK’s imperial past, while others have felt they were simply not worthy.

    European Cup winning footballer Howard Gayle, who was the first black footballer to represent Liverpool, turned down an MBE in 2016.

    Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who won two World Cups and took part in 148 tests for New Zealand allegedly turned down a knighthood while he was still playing.

    Several other athletes have also turned down honours from the royal family.

  • Milica Cosic

    William may ‘prop Charles up’ on throne

    Prince Charles is set to become the next head of state after the end of the Queen’s reign.

    However, royal author Andrew Morton believes the current Prince of Wales may not lead alone but could choose to be “propped up” by his popular son Prince William.

    Mr Morton, author of the recently updated biography Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, discussed how the monarchy could look after the end of Elizabeth II’s reign.

    He told “The quartet of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate will be what you will see more of.

    “Because those people in the palace who take notice of these things will have seen that William and Catherine are very very popular and photogenic and articulate and fit the bill.

    “Whereas Charles and Camilla have tried manfully to establish themselves but it is still the younger generation that people focus on. 

    “So I think you are going to see Charles wanting to prop up his throne with the help of his son.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan ‘doesn’t want to be told what to do’

    Meghan Markle “doesn’t want to be told” what to do amid an “extraordinary” court row that could see her credibility “suffer”, an expert says.

    Prince Harry’s official biographer Angela Levin hit out at the duchess following a series of astonishing revelations in her fight with a British newspaper.

    The mum-of-two is currently in the final throes of a three-year court battle with Mail on Sunday publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL).

    It comes after the newspaper published extracts of a five-page private letter she’d written to her dad begging him not to speak to the media about her.

    Meghan won her case at the High Court in February – but the publisher appealed.

  • Milica Cosic

    Forgetful Meghan

    Meghan apologised to the court after her attempts to influence Finding Freedom were revealed, saying she simply forgot.

    The duchess had won her long-running High Court privacy case against the Mail on Sunday for publishing extracts of a letter sent to her dad – but the newspaper is appealing. 

    Meghan told the court this week: “I did not have the benefit of seeing these emails and I apologise to the Court for the fact I had not remembered these exchanges at the time.

    “I had absolutely no wish or intention to mislead the defendant or the Court.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle’s dad says ‘the truth is coming out’ 

    MEGHAN Markle's dad said "the truth is coming out" after email exchanges shown to a court revealed the duchess had briefed her press secretary before sending dad Thomas a letter involved in her High Court privacy case.

    The Duchess of Sussex's former press secretary revealed the email exchange over a letter Meghan wrote to estranged father Thomas, 77, after her wedding.

    Knauf claimed Meghan said she would refer to him as “daddy” because it would “pull at the heartstrings” if leaked.

    Mr Knauf's 23-page statement also revealed Meghan and Harry had briefed him on what to say to the authors of Finding Freedom – the 'unauthorised biography' about them – despite insisting they did not cooperate.

    Thomas Markle told GB News: "Finally the truth is coming out.

    "Thank God for Jason Knauf, I’d be happy to invite him over here and take him to Sizzler – we’ll enjoy a steak and a nice little dinner together.

    "He’s certainly putting things in the right perspective."

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Charles’ top aide will 'never be coming back'

    One pal said: “Michael has resigned and he will never be coming back. He has lost five stone in weight and is a shadow of his former self."

    A spokesman for The Prince’s Foundation confirmed: “Michael Fawcett has resigned from his post as CEO of The Prince’s Foundation.’”

    Clarence House also confirmed it would be severing its connection to Fawcett and his events company, Premier Mode.

    A spokesman said: "Michael Fawcett and Premier Mode will not be providing services to us in the future. We have all agreed to end these arrangements."

    For 40 years, Mr Fawcett was the man Charles famously could not live without.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Charles’ top aide sensationally QUITS

    PRINCE Charles’ top aide has dramatically quit over the "cash for honours" inquiry.

    Michael Fawcett has resigned from his post as chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation and is said to be “heartbroken” and “shattered” by the events.

    It is also understood his private contract to organise events for Charles has been severed.

    It comes after reports Fawcett offered to help a billionaire Saudi donor to the prince’s charity secure a knighthood and British citizenship.

    Prince Charles and his top aide Michael Fawcett are parting ways Credit: Getty – Contributor
  • Milica Cosic

    A very corgi Christmas

    Unsurprisingly, The Queen always ensures her beloved corgis have a special Christmas treat too.

    Former royal chef Darren McGrady claims Her Majesty’s dogs were given a special Christmas meal too which consisted of the freshest local produce.

    Darren wrote: “Even the corgis – there were 12 when I was chef – have individual menus, usually involving a rotation of fresh rabbit, beef or chicken with rice and cabbage.

    “We’d jokingly refer to the footmen responsible for the dogs, both named Paul, as ‘Doggy One and Doggy Two’.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan admits she DID try to help with biography

    Meghan Markle offered to help write Finding Freedom despite previously claiming she had nothing to do with it, court documents have sensationally revealed.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have both previously denied having anything to do with the unauthorised autobiography.

    But bombshell court documents have revealed that the couple authorised “specific cooperation” for certain topics on the book.

    A witness statement from their former communications secretary Jason Knauf revealed that Meghan had an input on a series of topics that would feature in the book.

    Mr Knauf has revealed that he sat down with Omid Scobie and Caroyln Durand in December 2018 to discuss Meghan’s chosen topics.

    She later apologised to the court in writing saying she FORGOT she had directed Knauf to help.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle news you may have missed

    • Mr Knauf broke ranks to reveal bombshell texts and emails from Meghan just weeks after her devastating Oprah interview aired
    • An expert says 'furious' Harry 'will blame everyone else' after the documents threatened his wife's credibility
    • Piers Morgan says he 'doesn't believe a word' Meghan says
    • The duchess was forced to apologise to the Court of Appeal after 'forgetting' she'd heavily briefed Mr Knauf for Finding Freedom
    • And she carefully crafted a letter to her father over several days amid fears it would leak – even deliberately calling him 'Daddy'

    Thomas only now coming to terms with 'active Meghan betrayal'

    Samantha, Meghan's half-sister, said her father Thomas is now coming to terms with the fact that Meghan actively briefed against him – even though he had initially wanted to give her "the benefit of the doubt".

    Former aide Jason Knauf's evidence includes messages from the duchess to say she had supported her dad "in spite of his reclusiveness", but that media pressure had "crumbled him".

    “To see her nonchalantly say that she wants to see this added and that added, like items on a lunch menu was astonishing,” Samantha said.

    “She’s got an appetite for her own sense of empowerment by doing damage to others.

    “My father didn’t want to believe that this smear campaign was all against him, designed to take away his credibility."

    In a series of tweets about the court revelations, Samantha suggested that their father should sue Meghan – and that she herself was searching for a lawyer.

    Meghan Markle’s half-sister accuses Duchess of ‘PR smears’

    MEGHAN Markle's half-sister has hit out at the royal's "grandiose" image – as the duchess faces a week of bombshell courtroom drama.

    Samantha Markle told of her fury after she discovered Meghan said in an email that she had "lost custody of all three of her children from different fathers".

    Samantha, who has been estranged from Meghan for years, said the "hurtful" claim is "revealing".

    Samantha told The Telegraph: “To see Jason Knauf’s evidence was shocking. I never lost custody of my kids… no court record on the planet would confirm that.

    “To take personal matters and then spin them in an ugly way to discredit me is pretty tacky.

    “Everyone, even Trevor (Engelson, Meghan's first husband), who has been good to her – she has a disgusting way of disposing, stepping on and then silencing.

    “The public will form an appropriate opinion of her based on her own actions. People do not like to be lied to and manipulated.

    “She’s going to have to live with that. She’s so grandiose, she self-sabotaged.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Meghan & Harry reveal they discussed service on US army visit

      MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry discussed “service” on a visit to a US Army Base – after insisting “we can all serve” in a sharp retort to the Queen.

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chatted with members of the armed forces during a luncheon they hosted at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Thursday.

      The meeting marked Armistice Day – known as Veterans’ Day in the US – and saw them discuss “mental health, the value of community and living a life of service”.

      An Archewell spokesperson said: “Throughout their visit, they discuss[ed] mental health, the value of community and living a life of service.”

      They said Meghan and Harry have “committed themselves to remembering, reflecting and honouring service members, veterans, and military families from around the world”.

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      Living the American Dream (continued)

      Speaking at the event onboard a warship, Harry said: “It’s wonderful to be back on USS Intrepid a decade after my last visit – and a lot has changed since then.

      “Just last week, I went for a ride on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile – how’s that for living the American dream.

      “I’ve lived in the US for close to two years now.

      “I have to say, witnessing your support for all those that put themselves in harm’s way in defence of our freedoms and liberties – it’s remarkable and hugely respected.

      “It reminds me of the deep reverence us Brits have for our military as well.

      “The armed forces communities in both our countries share a special bond, and I’m grateful to have served in support of our joint allyship for many years.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Living the American dream

      Prince Harry joked he is “living the American dream” as he honoured veterans at a glamorous New York gala with Meghan Markle last night.

      The Duke of Sussex praised his recent ride on the “Oscar Mayer Wienermobile” – a hotdog-shaped car – while addressing the audience at the Intrepid Valor Awards.

      The dad-of-two was joined by a glamorous Meghan who defiantly stepped out in a red dress – just hours after she apologised to the Court of Appeal amid a gruelling legal battle with a British newspaper.


      Explained: What were the bullying allegations against Meghan?

      Jason Knauf alleges Meghan Markle drove out two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third.

      A spokesman for the Sussexes said they were the victims of a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.

      The couple’s spokesman claimed the duchess was “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma”.

      More sources told The Times a “febrile” atmosphere existed at Kensington Palace when Meghan and Harry lived beside William and Kate.


      Red faced

      Meghan Markle defiantly stepped out in a red dress just hours after she was forced to give a grovelling apology to the Court of Appeal over 'forgetting' crucial information.

      The Duchess of Sussex strode hand in hand with Prince Harry as he presented war heroes with medals in New York – hours after she apologised to the Court of Appeal amid a gruelling legal battle with a British newspaper.

      The mum-of-two stunned in a plunge neck gown by Carolina Herrera and wore Princess Diana’s Diamond Tennis Bracelet for the gala.

      Harry could be seen putting a protective hand on his wife’s back before chatting with each of the dignitaries in turn.

      At one moment Meghan extended a hand out to her husband as a reporter standing behind asked if she was “proud” of her husband.

      The duchess replied: “I’m always proud of him.”


      The Sun Says: Even the credulous have cause to doubt them

      Even Harry and Meghan’s most credulous fans surely now have cause to doubt them.

      The couple’s “truth” has been exposed before, of course, as a woven fabric of exaggeration and embellishment — with facts manicured to suit them and ­glaring contradictions everywhere.

      Their dubious claims to Oprah were pulled apart (albeit not by their fawning interviewer). Even the Queen chipped in.

      Now court evidence shows they DID help two authors who wrote their cloying biography.

      Harry told his then PR man Jason Knauf “we have to be able to say we didn’t have anything to do with it”, then told him just what to say to the writers.

      Meghan authorised Knauf to brief them, but claims she FORGOT doing so.


      What did Palace staff say about Meghan?

      Shortly after the pair's marriage, Meghan was given the nickname “Me-Gain” at Kensington Palace due to rubbing staff up the wrong way.

      She has been called “Duchess Difficult” for sending emails in the early hours of the morning and for “yelling at someone for suggesting she wear ‘garbage’ tights from M&S”.

      A palace source is also said to have commented on why Harry’s long-time pals – such as Eton pal Tom “Skippy” Inskip and PR guru Astrid Harbord – have been excluded from Harry’s circle.

      The insider told the publication: “Anybody who voiced any kind of reservation about Meghan has been sidelined.”


      Explained: Who is Jason Knauf?

      Jason Knauf quit as the head of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation after accusing Meghan Markle of bullying earlier this year.

      He had previously worked with Meghan and Harry when she first joined the Firm.

      It is believed Jason left his role because his husband has taken up a diplomatic position overseas – but his resignation meant he was able to reveal he had lodged a complaint about Meghan’s behaviour towards staff while she was still a serving royal.

      He is now giving evidence as part of the Mail on Sunday’s Court of Appeal case against Meghan’s privacy suit.

      He now alleges he helped Meghan draft a letter to her father begging him not to speak to the media again.

      Knauf said his time working with Kate and William was the “privilege of his career”.


      Explained: What is the leaked letter?

      In a letter Meghan Markle begged her dad to stop speaking to the media about her – saying he was breaking her heart “into a million pieces”.

      She initially said it was a private letter written out of a her intense distress – but it is now revealed it was a calculated ploy crafted alongside Palace aides.

      After he agreed to pose for photos ahead of the May 2018 he was disinvited from the wedding and later spoke to Good Morning Britain about how he had been cut off from his daughter.

      The five-page handwritten letter was posted to Thomas by Meghan’s Los Angeles-based business manager.

      Read more here


      Explained: Why does Jason Knauf matter?

      The central point of Associated Newspapers’ (the parent company of the Mail on Sunday) case is that Jason Knauf was in effect the co-author of Meghan’s letter to her father.

      As a Crown employee – paid for by the taxpayer – that would be anything he wrote would be submit to Crown Copyright – which means it is free to use.

      Meghan largely won her case in February after the judge ruled it was a breach of privacy and a violation of her personal copyright to publish it without her permission.

      Knauf previously denied having been the co-writer and editor of the letter from Meghan to her father and said he gave advice on it but did not know if it had been taken.

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