Royal Family news latest – Queen 'deeply upset' by Harry's 'personal' criticisms and Bashir 'scared Diana half to death'

PRINCE Harry can only heal his rift with Prince William if he and Meghan Markle split up, a royal expert has claimed.

Kinsey Schofield believes the brother's relationship could only go back to normal if the Duchess of Sussex is "out of the picture".

"Sadly, I think the only way that things would go back to normal is if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were to separate and Prince Harry returned to the UK solo," she told the Mirror.

"However, Harry would never leave his children in another country."

Hopes of improved relations were raised after they chatted at Prince Philip’s funeral last month.

But when a statue of Diana is unveiled in July, Harry and William will give separate speeches.

In a sign their feud has yet to heal, there will be no joint address.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

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    HARRY SAYS SOME OF ARCHIE’S FIRST WORDS WERE ‘GRANDMA DIANA’

    Prince Harry has revealed some of his son Archie’s first words were “grandma Diana”.

    Harry said of his mum: “I wish she could have met Meghan. I wish she was around for Archie.

    “I’ve got a photo up in his nursery… and it was one of the first words that he said. Apart from ‘mama’, ‘papa’, it was then ‘grandma’, ‘grandma Diana’.

    “It’s the sweetest thing but at the same time makes me really sad.”

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    OPRAH SAYS EVERYONE IS ON ‘SPECTRUM’ AFTER HARRY CHAT

    Oprah said that everyone is on a spectrum of mental health fitness after her bombshell interview with Prince Harry.

    The Duke of Sussex, 36, appeared alongside the talkshow host on the popular ABC breakfast show to discuss the first episode of the explosive interview series.

    The pair discussed their mental health battles with anchor Robin Roberts on Friday.

    “One of the things that Prince Harry and I wanted was for people to understand that mental health and mental fitness is a spectrum and we’re all on a spectrum,” Winfrey said.

    “Everybody either is or knows somebody who’s going through something.”

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    ‘HARRY IS DOING OPPOSITE OF WHAT QUEEN WANTS’

    Prince Harry is “doing the opposite of what the Queen wants”, a royal expert has claimed.

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told the Express:  “In once again baring his soul, in a series on mental health with Oprah, The Me You Can’t See, he has highlighted his unhappiness with royal life.

    “He is doing the reverse of what the Queen wanted and deliberately harming the monarchy.”

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    BBC FACES LOSING £3.2B IF LICENCE FEES ARE CUT

    The BBC faces losing £3.2bn if their licence fees are cut after Martin Bashir’s Panorama probe “tarnished” the broadcaster’s reputation.

    A senior government source said the Beeb’s world-class status had been compromised, and the £159-a-year licencing fee could be cut or frozen for the next five years.

    The Government is in negotiations with the BBC over the next five years of the fee – which normally raises £3.2billion for the broadcaster.

    An insider told The Times: “At a time when every government department is being asked to tighten their belt, there’s an argument the corporation should do so too.”

    The source added that the corporation had “tarnished” its reputation – and this was likely to influence the current fee negotiations.

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    BASHIR INSISTS HE ‘LOVED’ DIANA AFTER INTERVIEW SCANDAL

    Shameless Martin Bashir last night insisted he was not responsible for Princess Diana’s death — even claiming he “loved” her.

    The Panorama presenter launched a sickening fight-back after being blamed for the misery in the final two years of her life.

    Prince William had insisted the 1995 explosive TV interview had fuelled her “fear, paranoia and isolation” in the run-up to his mother’s fatal car crash in Paris.

    But Bashir, 58, flat-out refuses to admit that the notorious one-on-one chat, watched by 23 million, was granted after telling her lies to make her paranoid.

    He said: “Even in the early 1990s, there were stories and secretly recorded phone calls. I wasn’t the source of any of that.”

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    HARRY ‘WISHES DIANA COULD HAVE MET MEGHAN’

    Harry opened up about how he wishes his mum Diana could have met wife Meghan and son Archie.

    “I wish she could have met Meghan. I wish she was around for Archie,” he said.

    “I got a photo up in his nursery, and it was one of the first words that he said.

    “Apart from mama, papa, it was then grandma, grandma Diana.

    “It’s the sweetest thing but at the same time makes me really sad.”

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    PRINCE WILLIAM TELLS FEMALE ADMIRER, 96, ‘YOU’RE MAKING ME BLUSH’ AS HE JOKES ON CARE HOME VISIT AFTER BASHIR SCANDAL

    PRINCE William had to politely fend off the advances of a 96-year-old female admirer as he joked "you are making me blush". The duke showed no signs of stress amid the Martin Bashir BBC scandal as he joked and chatted with elderly residents of a care home in Edinburgh.

    The father-of-three described how "tiring" fatherhood was during lockdown and how difficult it is to get George, 7, out of shorts and into long trousers. Residents at Queen's Bay Lodge care home snacked on ice cream and sipped tea as they were treated to their royal visit.

    But it was great-grandmother and ex-servicewoman Betty Magee, 96, who stole William's attention. As the duke took a seat at her table in a marquee in the grounds of the care home, she said: "It's customary in these parts to give a lady a kiss on the cheek."

    William replied: "Oh you are sweet. You'll make me blush."

    Betty persisted asking her prince to give her a peck as William laughed and covered his face in mock embarrassment, adding: "When the rules relax more I will come back and give you a kiss on the cheek Betty."

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    QUEEN ’IS SAD' SHE NOT CANNOT SEE GREAT-GRANDSON ARCHIE

    The Queen has suffered “sadness” at barely seeing Archie and is unlikely to meet Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s second baby unless they come to the UK, Ingrid Seward has revealed.

    Ingrid, who is editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, shares her extraordinary insights into the monarch’s relationship with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in this week’s Fabulous magazine.

    And she claims that the Sussex’s distance from the royal family has indeed been a low point for the Monarch.

    Ingrid says: “The Sussexes, who have barely set foot in the UK since relocating to the US and are unlikely to return any time soon after their Oprah interview sent shockwaves through the royal family.

    “Meghan is due to give birth to their daughter – the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – imminently, but unless Meghan and Harry bring the baby to Britain, the Queen won’t get to meet her. She has barely seen Archie since he was born, a source of sadness for her – though she is said to have wished him happy birthday via Zoom when he turned two this month.”

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    PRINCE WILLIAM TELLS FEMALE ADMIRER, 96, ‘YOU’RE MAKING ME BLUSH’ AS HE JOKES ON CARE HOME VISIT AFTER BASHIR SCANDAL

    Prince William tells female admirer, 96, ‘you’re making me blush’ as he jokes on care home visit after Bashir scandal

     

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    BASHIR ‘SCARED DIANA HALF TO DEATH’

    Shamed BBC journalist Martin Bashir scared Diana “half to death” with frightening meetings in underground car parks, a royal expert says.

    Andrew Morton, who penned a biography on the princess, said Bashir wouldn’t have scored the Panorama interview if he hadn’t lied to her.

    Asked by Sky presenter Trevor Phillips if Bashir would have got the interview if he hadn’t lied, Mr Morton blasted: “He wouldn’t have got it, simple as that.  He scared her half to death.

    “He had her thinking had contacts within MI5. He was very plausible. He arranged meetings in underground car parks – they’re scary places at best of times, but when you think your life in danger, it was very potent.

    “She was put in state of fear and trepidation and it encouraged her to speak out.”

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    PRINCE HARRY TELLS GMA 'GRIEF APPEARS LATER IN LIFE' AFTER SLAMMING ROYALS FOR ‘TOTAL NEGLECT’

    Prince Harry tells GMA ‘grief appears later in life’ after slamming Royals for ‘total neglect’

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    ‘LOCKDOWN TESTED EVERYONE’, WILLIAM ADMITS

    Prince William has confessed “lockdown has tested everyone” as he spoke about the impact of the pandemic on mental health.

    The future king grinned as he arrived for his first royal engagement of a seven-day tour of Scotland yesterday.

    The Duke of Cambridge was seen smiling and laughing during a visit to Spartans Football Club’s Ainslie Park Stadium in Edinburgh, where he heard about initiatives championing mental health ahead of the weekend’s Scottish Cup Final.

    And the royal, who is second in line to the throne, chatted with members of the Scottish FA’s board and the Mental Health Advisory Panel during the visit – revealing: “Young men are really susceptible to serious mental health issues and more likely to bottle it up and not talk about it.”

    He added: “Both of you are good listeners. That’s where it starts from. Lockdown has tested everyone in ways we didn’t think they would and taken away coping mechanisms to get through it, it’s quite difficult.”

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    EX BBC CHIEF LORD HALL QUITS AS CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL GALLERY

    Former BBC director-general Lord Hall has resigned as chairman of the National Gallery after the BBC Panorama scandal.

    It comes as the Beeb was plunged into crisis after being found to have covered up Martin Bashir’s lies and deceit when securing his Princess Diana interview.

    Lord Hall resigned, saying continuing in the role “would be a distraction to an institution I care deeply about”.

    On Friday a former executive who judged Bashir’s dealings with Princess Diana to be “straight and fair” also stepped down from his TV watchdog job.

    Tim Suter was the Beeb’s managing director of weekly programmes in 1995 when Bashir dishonestly landed his interview with the royal.

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    BBC FACES LOSING £3.2B IF LICENCE FEES ARE CUT

    The BBC faces losing £3.2bn if their licence fees are cut after Martin Bashir’s Panorama probe “tarnished” the broadcaster’s reputation.

    A senior government source said the Beeb’s world-class status had been compromised, and the £159-a-year licencing fee could be cut or frozen for the next five years.

    The Government is in negotiations with the BBC over the next five years of the fee – which normally raises £3.2billion for the broadcaster.

    An insider told The Times: “At a time when every government department is being asked to tighten their belt, there’s an argument the corporation should do so too.”

    The source added that the corporation had “tarnished” its reputation – and this was likely to influence the current fee negotiations.

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    PAUL BURRELL CLAIMS QUEEN TOLD DIANA TO DIVORCE CHARLES FOLLOWING BASHIR INTERVIEW

    The Queen is said to have sent a strongly-worded letter to Princess Diana telling her she should divorce Prince Charles, according to Di’s butler.

    The letter was sent a few weeks after Diana gave her 1995 tell-all interview with Martin Bashir saying there were “three of us” in her marriage, referring to Charles’s affair with Camilla.

    Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell said a royal messenger arrived at her front door carrying a letter in the Queen’s handwriting bearing the House of Windsor crest.

    Paul said: “It is a myth that the Princess wanted a divorce. She never wanted a divorce, but just a separation.

    “Princess Diana showed me a letter one day which was sent by The Queen. It was a letter of Royal crest of Windsor Castle. It was very obvious to make out that was from the Queen. It was in the Queen’s hand and her writing was shocking.”

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    ‘HARRY’S CHOICE TO OPEN UP COMES AT A COST’

    Harry’s decision to open up about mental health struggles “comes at a cost”, a royal expert has warned.

    Brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer told the Express: “Prince Harry has every right to describe the private pain that he may have dealt with and being transparent is likely healthy for him and his own personal life. 

    “But it comes with a cost, because he can’t firewall off his royal DNA and the responsibilities and obligations that come with that.

    “His choice to share these personal matters in many ways makes him a greater target and more exposed to being vulnerable on the privacy side.”

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    WHAT DID LORD DYSON’S REPORT FIND?

    • Bashir fabricated information to ‘deceive’ Princess Diana into giving 1995 interview
    • He commissioned fake bank statements and showed them to Earl Spencer
    • Lord Dyson rules Bashir ‘acted inappropriately’ in serious breach of code
    • BBC has admitted ‘unacceptable failures’ and apologised for ‘clear failings’
    • The broadcaster ‘fell short of what audiences expect’ and failed with its 1996 inquiry
    • Bashir apologised saying the faking of bank statements was a “an action I deeply regret” but said it had “no bearing” on Diana’s decision to do the interview
    • Lord Birt, director general of the BBC at the time, says the BBC “harboured a rogue report” who “fabricated an elaborate, detailed but wholly false account”
    • The corporation will be stripped of awards for 1995 Panorama interview

    BBC RUINED DIANA & CHARLES’ MARRIAGE, WILLS SAYS

    The BBC ruined Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage, while hurting “countless others,” William said.

    In an emotional statement, the Duke of Cambridge slammed the broadcaster’s 25-year-long “deceit” as he spoke of the “indescribable sadness” the BBC’s failures have caused him.

    Prince William said: “The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

    “It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.

    “But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.”

    OPRAH TIPPED TO BE HARRY & MEGHAN'S DAUGHTER'S GODMOTHER

    It has now been hinted at Oprah could become a permanent fixture in Harry and Meghan's life and is being considered for the role of godmother.

    Meghan is due to give birth to a baby girl – the couple's second child – in the summer.

    Pal Omid Scobie suggested Oprah was in the frame, saying: "If one of those godparents is Oprah – and I’m not saying that she is – then you can understand why perhaps they want to keep that to themselves because even Oprah sitting down to interview them was controversial enough in itself.”

    The hint has been echoed by an insider, who claims the "coveted role" has been "reserved" for Oprah following the explosive interview in March.

    The source told Heat World: "Meghan thinks Oprah would be the perfect godmother for her daughter. She wants her girl to be surrounded by strong female role models, and Oprah certainly fits the bill. She’s been a real support to both her and Harry since they moved to California, and Meghan knows she can rely on her, no matter what."

    BASHIR 'SCARED DIANA HALF TO DEATH'

    Shamed BBC journalist Martin Bashir scared Diana "half to death" with frightening meetings in underground car parks, a royal expert says.

    Andrew Morton, who penned a biography on the princess, said Bashir wouldn't have scored the Panorama interview if he hadn't lied to her.

    Asked by Sky presenter Trevor Phillips if Bashir would have got the interview if he hadn't lied, Mr Morton blasted: "He wouldn't have got it, simple as that.  He scared her half to death.

    "He had her thinking had contacts within MI5. He was very plausible. He arranged meetings in underground car parks – they're scary places at best of times, but when you think your life in danger, it was very potent.

    "She was put in state of fear and trepidation and it encouraged her to speak out."

    PIERS TELLS HARRY TO ‘MAN UP & SHUT UP’

    Piers Morgan has once again taken to Twitter to blast Prince Harry for his remarks.

    He accused the Duke of Sussex of “abusing” the Royal Family in a fiery tweet.

    “Is there no end to Prince Privacy’s victimhood tour?,” Piers wrote.

    “Constantly abusing his family, knowing they can’t respond, is so pathetic & cowardly.

    “Man up, Harry – and shut up.”

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      PRINCE WILLIAM SAVAGES BBC ‘WHO LET HIS MUM DOWN’

      Prince William has blasted the “lurid and false claims” Martin Bashir made to get the 1995 Princess Diana interview.

      The Duke of Cambridge said the lies about the Royal Family “played on her fears and fuelled paranoia” – while brother Harry said the probe was the “first step towards justice” for their mum.

      Wills emphatically slammed the BBC for the interview and its fallout, insisting the failings “not only let my mother down, and my family down; they let the public down”.

      In a heartfelt outpouring, the Duke of Cambridge told of his “indescribable sadness” that his tragic mother had been tricked and deceived by Bashir and failed by the Beeb and its leaders.

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      HARRY SHARES UNSEEN SNAP OF ARCHIE PLAYING ON BEACH

      Prince Harry has shared an adorable unseen clip of his son Archie in his mental health series The Me You Can’t See.

      Until now, royal fans haven’t seen the young tots face since he was a young baby, but the new clips offer a glimpse of what the two-year-old looks like now.

      The Duke of Sussex, 36, shared the footage on the fifth episode of his documentary series which was released on Friday.

      In one clip, believed to be taken in the sprawling gardens of Harry and Meghan’s $14 million Santa Barbara home, the toddler can be seen sitting on a swing facing another person, presumably Prince Harry.

      Elsewhere, colour footage of Archie and his parents, Meghan and Harry, playing on the beach was shown, which fans first saw in black and white during the couple’s explosive Oprah Winfrey chat.

      Archie pictured playing on the beachCredit: Apple TV+
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      WILLIAM REVEALS ‘DARK DAYS OF GRIEF’ AFTER DIANA’S DEATH

      Prince William today told of his “dark days of grief” when his mum died as he reels from the report into how Martin Bashir duped Diana.

      The Duke of Cambridge, 38, said he loved Scotland but remembered how he had been at Balmoral when he heard of his mum’s death in 1997.

      William, who spoke at the Opening Ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, also hailed memories of meeting his future wife Kate at St Andrew’s University ten years ago.

      The royal, who was greeted by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh, said: “In short, Scotland is the source of some of my happiest memories. But also, my saddest.

      “I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died. Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning. And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors.”

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      MICHAEL JACKSON'S FAMILY ALSO BLAST BASHIR

      Michael Jackson’s family has blasted Martin Bashir for allegedly hoodwinking the music star and using “manipulated” footage for a notorious documentary.

      The claims come after the shamed BBC journalist was revealed to have used unethical and illegal methods to land a bombshell interview with Princess Diana.

      Michael’s brother Tito told the Sunday Mirror: “Both Michael and Diana were victims of Bashir’s dark ambitions and dirty tricks and he is finally paying a price.”

      Tito’s son Taj also hit out as former Jacko minder Matt Fiddes said the legendary singer’s relatives may even sue Bashir over the 2003 documentary.

      Taj wrote online: “Bashir’s manipulated footage and unethical journalism is one of the main reasons my uncle is not here today. That trial broke him. Shame on those who provided cover for Bashir. Shame on those who rewarded him. My family deserve an investigation and apology too.”

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