Meghan Markle latest news – Prince Harry and Duchess 'want proper time off after 2nd baby as they're working too hard'

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry "want proper time off" when their baby daughter is born, it is reported.

The Sussexes are expecting the second child in the early summer, with Meghan planning a home birth at her luxury LA mansion, it's reported.

The baby will be the first royal to be born in the US.

Sources have told Vanity Fair that following the child's birth the couple want to "take leave" and spend "proper time together as a family".

The magazine reports sources close to the couple claiming they plan to take paternity and maternity leave when their daughter is born – as they feel their working commitments over the past year have impacted family time.

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan has sarcastically called for the Archbishop of Canterbury to be sacked for "disbelieving" Meghan Markle's secret wedding claims.

It comes after the Archbishop Justin Welby confirmed Meghan and Harry weren't legally married in their back garden three days before the royal wedding – despite making these claims during their Oprah Winfrey chat.

He tweeted: "The Archbishop of Canterbury should either apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle’s secret wedding claims – or lose his job."

Read our live blog below for the very latest updates on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry…

  • Katie Davis

    WHAT IS MEGHAN'S NET WORTH?

    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 – according to knownetworth.com, towards the end of her acting career.

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

    Meanwhile, Prince Harry’s net worth is reported to be at least £19.2million ($25million).

  • Katie Davis

    ETHNIC MINORITY BRITS BELIEVE ROYAL FAMILY IS RACIST

    A majority of ethnic minority Britons believe the Royal Family IS racist, a new YouGov survey shows.

    The poll also found that 43 per cent of non-white voters want to abolish the monarchy despite 67 per cent having a "positive" view of the Queen.

    This comes after Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she claimed a member of the royals asked "how dark" her unborn son's skin would be.

    A total of 43 per cent think the Windsors are "racist" compared to 27 per cent who don't while 30 per cent said they "don't know."

    And when asked if the couple – who quit as senior royals last year – had been treated "fairly" by the palace, 49 per cent replied "no."

  • Katie Davis

    MEG'S CHILDHOOD LOVE DENIES SHE'S A BULLY

    Meghan Markle's childhood sweetheart has denied she's a bully and insisted she's had to make "hard decisions".

    Joshua Silverstein was the Duchess of Sussex's first kiss when she was just 13 – with the now LA actor defending the 39-year-old in the wake of claims she bullied staff at Buckingham Palace.

    Meghan's former childhood boyfriend Joshua told US Weekly: "I see her doing whatever it is she feels like she should do in order to be happy and coexist within a system that has probably not been very welcoming to who she is and where she comes from."

    Mr Silverstein, who dated Meghan during a summer as a young teen, added: "She's probably having to make hard decisions and uncomfortable ones for the sake of just being able to smile the next day.

    "That's what life is about — making tough decisions so that you can live the life that allows you to thrive as the person you want to thrive as."

  • Katie Davis

    QUEEN 'SAD' MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE AXED

    The Queen today said she was "sad" after the Maundy Thursday service was axed due to Covid – but thanked community heroes for their work to "enrich the life" of their neighbours during the pandemic.

    The 94-year-old monarch has continued her royal duties despite the pandemic – ensuring the worthy Brits are recognised despite restrictions forcing the in-person event to be cancelled.

    The monarch is honouring a string of community heroes with symbolic Royal Maundy service coins despite the Westminster Abbey event being unable to be held due to Covid.

    In a letter, the Queen wrote her "personal thanks" to the recipients, adding: "I am sure you will be sad, as I am, that present circumstances make it impossible for that Service to take place.

    "I hope however that this Maundy Gift will remind you for years to come that your efforts have been truly appreciated."

  • Katie Davis

    KATIE PRICE HAS SYMPATHY FOR MEGHAN

    Katie Price has empathised with the Duchess of Sussex over her mental health issues and ongoing public scrutiny.

    The 42-year-old mum of five also believed “probably wouldn’t have looked good” if Meghan Markle had sought professional help while a member of the Royal Family.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made bombshell allegations about the Royal Family during their Oprah interview earlier this month.

    The duchess also told how she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and had suicidal thoughts during her time as a royal – but was not supported by the institution when she begged for help.

  • Katie Davis

    QUEEN GETS SECOND JAB AHEAD OF FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN MONTHS

    The Queen has joined millions of other Brits in receiving her second Covid jab.

    Her Majesty , 94, was given the shot ahead of her first public appearance in five months yesterday.

    She went maskless and was cheered at an air force celebration in Runnymede, Surrey, following months in her Windsor Castle bubble.

    The Sun can reveal a staggering 99.25 per cent of people offered a second vaccine dose have turned up to appointments so far.

    Her Majesty told crowds she was “delighted” to be outdoors in her first public engagement since November.

    The Queen received her second Covid jab ahead of her first public appearance in five monthsCredit: PA
  • Katie Davis

    DUCHESS IS 'CLEARLY POPULAR WITH YOUNG PEOPLE'

    Tom Bower, who wrote books on Simon Cowell, Philip Green and Bernie Ecclestone, said Meghan is “clearly popular with young people” and said she will be “well placed” with her powerful friends including Barack Obama.

    He added: “Clearly she's very popular with young people and ethnic groups in America and those who are anti-British royalty and anti- the heirachy that the monarchy represents.

    "Her challenge will be to fashion policies and promote herself as a proper serious politician as opposed to just somebody who campaigns against racism.

    "There's a lot more to do. But I do think she has got the idea of building a team, and she has got people around her who I think are clearly ambitious to promote her profile.

    "Her problem will be to create the policies."

  • Katie Davis

    MEGHAN 'COULD BE NEXT PRES AS SHE INVENTS OWN TRUTH LIKE TRUMP'

    Meghan Markle could be the next US President because she “invents her own truth and bulldozes it through just like Donald Trump”, celebrity biographer Tom Bower said today.

    The famous author is writing a tell-all book on the Duchess of Sussex and today said she is “clearly very interested in politics and wants to influence the world”.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: “I think so far Meghan has shown in her interview with Oprah she was quite prepared to craft a picture which favoured herself against many of the truths which we would imagine would stand in her way but it didn't matter to her and that I think is the first qualification of a politician.

    “That's what Trump did, he invented his own truth and bulldozed it through and that's what Meghan clearly did with Oprah Winfrey and that's what I think she's going to do in American politics now.”

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS CALLS MEGHAN A 'FAKE VIRTUE-SIGNALLING HYPOCRITE'

    Piers Morgan has branded Meghan Markle a “fake virtue-signalling hypocrite” as he blasted Oprah Winfrey for failing to challenge the Duchess during their explosive interview.

    The former Good Morning Britain host, 55, also accused the Duchess of Sussex of “ruthlessly exploiting her royal titles for financial gain”.

    In his latest MailOnline column, he wrote: “Oprah Winfrey barely challenged a word her two friends said, leaving Americans and the woefully gullible US media to assume every sensational bombshell of self-serving tittle-tattle was fact when much of it wasn't.

    “It's hard to overstate the pain and hurt these claims have caused the Queen, and to make it even worse, they were made at a time when her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip lay seriously ill in hospital.

    “This sham of an 'interview' was a shameful betrayal of journalistic standards by CBS.”

  • Katie Davis

    ALEX BERESFORD REVEALS WHY HE WAS SO INVESTED IN MEG DEBATE

    Alex Beresford has revealed the heartbreaking reasons why he was so invested in the Meghan Markle debate with Piers Morgan.

    The weatherman, 40, sensationally clashed with the former presenter, 55, over his comments about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Writing in The Telegraph, he said: "Last month's Harry and Meghan interview resonated with me on so many levels, from a similar experience around the concern of a baby's shade of colour to the devastation of laying to rest someone very close to my heart just three months ago, who had those same suicidal thoughts.

    "Whilst appearing to be a Royal problem, it felt so personal to me."

    He said the repercussions of the interview has "rippled through social classes and communities".

  • Katie Davis

    BROTHERS TO PUT ON 'UNITED FRONT' TO UNVEIL DIANA STATUE

    Prince William and Harry will put on a "united front" at the unveiling of Princess Diana's memorial statue despite their reported row, it has been claimed.

    The royal brothers are set attend the event on July 1 – what would have been Diana's 60th – despite reports they have barely spoken since the Sussexes' bombshelll Oprah interview.

    But in The Telegraph's Royal Insight video, associate editor Camilla Tominey, said it's "unthinkable" that Harry or William would pull out of the engagement.

    She said: "It's unthinkable that either brother would pull out of the Princess Diana statue event.

    "They have to put on a united front."

  • Katie Davis

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    Woodside added: "It just seems to me, these people are really reaching for any little thing that they can reach for.

    "And all I have to say is that she's one of the most incredible human beings that I've ever had the pleasure of working with.

    "She's incredibly smart and generous and kind and lovely and thoughtful. I mean, I can go on and on and on. So I wish her nothing but the best.

    "And I just hope people over in Britain, excuse my French, leave her the f*** alone."

    Meghan has demanded to see any of the documents, emails, and text messages related to the bullying complaints lodged against her.

  • Katie Davis

    MEGHAN'S CO-STAR SAYS ROYALS 'MESSED WITH WRONG WOMAN'

    Meghan Markle's Suits co-star reckons the Royal Family has “messed with the wrong woman” while demanding they “back off” from her.

    As Buckingham Palace continues its probe into bullying allegations against the Duchess of Sussex, D.B. Woodside adds: "It seems to me there are people who are setting her up to be the fall person."

    Woodside, who acted as Jeff Malone on Suits, was asked by Entertainment Tonight about racism claims raised during Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey – and Buckingham Palace's response.

    Defending his acting pal, D.B Woodside told ET: "Listen, the thing about her is she's strong and she's resilient.

    "And if they think that this kind of stuff is going to knock her off her game for very long, they picked the wrong woman to mess with. She is the wrong woman to mess with. They need to back up, back off, apologise. because she's not the one."

  • Katie Davis

    HARRY & MEGHAN 'LAUNCHED HUGE BOMB INTO ROYAL FAMILY'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have "lobbed a huge bomb" into the Royal Family during their first year of Megxit, a royal author has claimed.

    Penny Junor said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell allegations during their Oprah interview hit "the heart of the institution," one year after they quit royal life.

    Ms Junor, author of Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son, Husband, said: "When Harry and Meghan left a year ago people were surprised and disappointed because they were a great pair.

    "Harry was a hugely popular royal and Meghan was a great asset to the family.

    "A year on, I think a lot of people are really angry and think that they have betrayed their family and lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution and sort of taken a swipe at the UK as well."

  • Katie Davis

    MEGHAN MUST 'DISTANCE HERSELF FROM ROYALS' FOR PRES RUN

    A biographer has warned Meghan must give up her Duchess of Sussex title if she intends to run for president as it "doesn't sit well" with US voters.

    Tom Bower told Good Morning Britain she must "distance herself" from the Royal family if she makes a bid for the role.

    He added: "All she has got to do really, in the end, is distance herself from the Royal Family even more and drop the title of Duchess.

    "It does not sit well with American voters"

  • Katie Davis

    DUCHESS OF SUSSEX & KATE ‘TEXTED OFTEN’ AFTER ARCHIE’S BIRTH

    Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge were close months after Archie’s birth in 2019, according to royal author Carolyn Durand.

    Rumours of a royal rift between the two women were rife back then, but the Finding Freedom co-author said that simply wasn’t the case.

    Speaking to Hello! she said: “Kate was a great source of support to Meghan in the days leading up to Archie’s birth and, despite reports of a rift, they are family and have a really lovely friendship.

    “Their relationship has constantly evolved over time and they have become closer since Meghan’s wedding.”

    Those comments are intriguing given the Oprah interview revelations, where Meghan claimed Kate made HER cry in an alleged row over a flower girl dress.

  • Katie Davis

    MEGHAN 'DETERMINED TO GIVE BIRTH AT HOME'

    Meghan initially wanted to give birth to Archie at Frogmore Cottage while attended by an all-female midwife team.

    But her dreams of a home birth were dashed as she was forced to go to London's private Portland Hospital to deliver the tot, who weighed 7lb 3oz when he arrived on May 6 2019.

    Now a source has told Page Six she's determined to give birth to her second child without the need to go to hospital.

    “Meghan’s plan was to have a home birth with Archie, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans,” a source said.

    “In the end, her doctors advised her to go to hospital and all she was interested in was about delivering Archie safely. But she has a beautiful home in California. It’s a beautiful setting to give birth to her baby girl.”

  • Katie Davis

    COUPLE WANT 'PROPER TIME OFF' WHEN BABY IS BORN

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry "want proper time off" when their baby daughter is born, it is reported.

    The Sussexes are expecting the second child in the early summer, with Meghan planning a home birth at her luxury LA mansion, it's reported.

    The baby will be the first royal to be born in the US.

    Sources have told Vanity Fair that following the child's birth the couple want to "take leave" and spend "proper time together as a family".

    The magazine reports sources close to the couple claiming they plan to take paternity and maternity leave when their daughter is born.

  • Katie Davis

    OFCOM COMPLAINTS OVER MEG INTERVIEW HIT 5,380

    Complaints to watchdog Ofcom over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey have hit 5,380.

    Another 200 viewers voiced their objections to the chat last week – despite the interview being screened more than three weeks ago on March 8.

    And it received a higher number of complaints than any other broadcast this week, with home audiences also logging grievances to Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, as well as broadcasts of Sky News and Good Morning Britain.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    ROYAL FAMILY RACISM ACCUSED CLAIMS

    LADY Colin Campbell has sensationally claimed she knows which member of the Royal Family was accused of racism by Meghan Markle.

    But the controversial author, who is known for her outspoken opinions, insisted the race row is a "misunderstanding".

    Explosive allegations were made by Meghan and Prince Harry during their interview with Oprah, with the Duchess of Sussex claiming there had been "concerns and conversations" over her then unborn son.

    She claimed in the tell-all chat that a conversation had been had with Prince Harry and a "family" member about "how dark" their unborn son's skin would be.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    KATIE PRICE SYMPATHY FOR MEGHAN

    KATIE Price has empathised with the Duchess of Sussex over her mental health issues and ongoing public scrutiny.

    The 42-year-old mum of five also believed "probably wouldn't have looked good" if Meghan Markle had sought professional help while a member of the Royal Family.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made bombshell allegations about the Royal Family during their Oprah interview earlier this month.

    The duchess also told how she "didn’t want to be alive anymore" and had suicidal thoughts during her time as a royal – but was not supported by the institution when she begged for help.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    QUEEN'S RUSSIAN JIBE

    THE Queen beamed today as she joked that British Typhoon jets are "off to chase the Russians" in her first outing for five months.

    The monarch, 94, smiled as she shared the quip with an Aussie officer during a ceremony marking the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force.

    Her Majesty, who has been shielding at Windsor Castle, last appeared in public in November to mark Remembrance Sunday.

    And it's the first time she's met with members of the public since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview, as well as the month-long hospitalisation of Prince Philip.

  • Debbie White

    DUCHESS OF SUSSEX ADVISED TO TOUGHEN UP FOR US PRESIDENCY BATTLE

    If the Duchess of Sussex does, as per royal rumours, run for the US presidency, she'll need to toughen up, says an author.

    Speaking to Closer magazine, Tom Bower said it won't all be plain sailing as Meghan would face a "major" problem due to her "clear sensitivity".

    Bower said Meghan, who has faced public scrutiny since first being linked to Prince Harry, would "struggle" with the scrutiny.

    He said: "They're [politicians] probably the public figures who face the most backlash.

    "I really think she would struggle. She'd need to learn to take the heat."

  • Debbie White

    MEG FOR US PREZ…MORE ON RUMOURS

    Author Tom Bower said: "The prospect of Meghan running for president is possible and I'd even say likely. I really believe it's where she sees herself going."

    He added: "Perhaps [she might] visit the UK to have tea with the Queen one day as President of the United States!"

    Bower believes Meghan's potential bid for presidency comes at exactly the right time as the former Suits star has "had her time" as an actress.

    He claimed she has "masterminded" her life in the United States and is ready for the next stage in her life.

    Bower cited Meghan's ability make things happen as another key trait for leadership – hinting at her interview with Oprah Winfrey and her multi-million pound Netflix and Spotify deals.

  • Debbie White

    MEG FOR US PREZ – RUMOURS CONTINUE

    Meghan Markle is "likely" to run for US President but would "struggle" with the scrutiny of politics, her biographer has claimed.

    Tom Bower has said the Duchess of Sussex has "all the qualities" needed to be a strong candidate but would need to learn to "take the heat" if she entered into the running.

    Speaking to Closer magazine, Bower said Meghan has a "good chance of getting into the White House" thanks to her self-confidence, drive and public speaking skills.

    But he also claimed that the "sensitive" 39-year-old would need to be a "team player" and build a strong network of supportive and loyal staff.

    The Duchess of Sussex – next US President?

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