Meghan Markle latest news – Fans upset as Prince Harry and Duchess 'force Lilibet to miss adorable royal tradition'

ROYAL fans are upset than Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's daughter Lilibet may miss out on a key royal tradition.

Babies born into the royal family traditionally all get baptised in the same satin gown – and the tradition spans hundreds of years. 

Queen Victoria commissioned the original gown in 1841 which was made from white silk and featured an intricate lace overlay.

Although the original is now too fragile to use, Lilibet would have been christened in the same replica as Archie and her cousins, Prince George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

But according to sources, Harry and Meghan are said to have decided her baptism will be in LA not the UK, meaning Lilibet with miss this adorable royal tradition.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest updates….

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William slams Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk

    Prince William blasted billionaire “space tourism” on the day Star Trek’s William Shatner became the oldest man to be sent into orbit.

    The Duke of Cambridge spoke out against the likes of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk and Richard Branson ahead of his Earthshot Prize this Sunday handing out millions to save the planet.

    It comes as 90-year-old Captain Kirk star Shatner was sent into space in Amazon billionaire Bezos’s Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.

    Speaking to a BBC Newscast about the new space race, William said: “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”

    Shatner become the oldest person in space and was greeted when he touched back down on earth by the internet shopping tycoon.

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    Meghan will dump Harry, her estranged half-brother claims

    Meghan Markle will dump Harry before long, her estranged half-brother has claimed.

    Thomas Markle Jr, 55, alleged the duchess “walked all over” her first husband, US film producer Trevor Engleson – and she’ll do the same to the prince.

    Meghan’s first marriage lasted just two years. Mr Engelson has since remarried after announcing his engagement weeks after Meghan and Harry were wed.

    And in a new trailer for Australia’s Big Brother VIP, Thomas claimed Harry’s “on the chopping block next”.

    Meghan is not close with Thomas and it’s not known if he has any knowledge of the circumstances behind her split from Mr Engleson.

    However, in the trailer, he said: “The guy that she was married to the first time – she just walked all over him and dumped him.”

    In response to another housemate who says that sounds “cold-blooded”, he nodded before adding: “Harry’s on the chopping block next.”

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    William Shatner hits back as Prince William slams ‘space tourism’

    STAR Trek's William Shatner has hit back after Prince William slammed 'space tourism' following the actor's flight to the edge of space.

    The 90-year-old became the oldest ever astronaut on October 13 – the same day Duke of Cambridge urged "the world's greatest brains" to concentrate on "repairing this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live".

    But Captain Kirk actor Shatner today said the duke had "got the wrong idea" and his trip was actually the first of many "baby steps" to help shift polluters off Earth.

    He told Entertainment Tonight: "He's a lovely Englishman. He's going to be king of England one day.

    "He's a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he's got the wrong idea."

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    Kate and William meet schoolkids brainstorming plans to save the planet

    Kate Middleton was a barrel of laughs as she brainstormed ways to save the planet with schoolchildren she met in London today.

    She and Prince William visited Kew Gardens in a bid to inspire pupils to come up with bold new ideas to save the planet.

    Kate appeared in high spirits as she sat and discussed the environment with youngsters from The Heathland School in Hounslow.

    The royals were joined by London mayor Sadiq Khan, TV presenter and explorer Steve Backshall and double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover today.

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    Who is Thomas Markle Jr?

    Thomas Markle Jr, 55, shares the same father as Suits actress Meghan, who is married to Prince Harry.

    He told Bild the last time he had seen Meghan was in 2011, claiming his family believe she is now a “changed person”.

    When Meghan was born in 1981, Thomas Jr was living with his father, sister Samantha Grant, and step-mother Doria, Meghan’s mum.

    He lives in Grant’s Pass, Oregon, and works as a window fitter.

    Thomas Jr was married for 11 years to Tracy Dooley, with whom he has two sons – Thomas and Tyler.

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    Andrew’s siblings rule he must not return

    Prince Andrew’s siblings decided nine months ago there was “no way back” for the scandal-hit royal, we can reveal.

    Charles, Anne and Edward held a summit in January where they ruled the Duke of York should never return to public life.

    It was reported last night that Prince William sees his uncle as a threat to the monarchy’s future.

    Andrew, 61, harbours a return to royal life despite facing a sex abuse lawsuit in the US.

    A source said: “Nine months ago Charles, Anne and Edward had a meeting, a summit, and agreed there was no way back for him.”

    Meanwhile, sources close to future king Wills revealed to The Sunday Times how he thinks Andrew has an “ungracious and ungrateful” attitude to his position.

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    George went LITTER PICKING and was ‘annoyed’ by how much rubbish he found

    PRINCE William has revealed how his son George went litter picking and was “annoyed” by how much rubbish he found.

    The Duke of Cambridge’s comments come ahead of his Earthshot Prize this Sunday where he will be handing out millions to save the planet.

    He told the BBC: “So George at school recently has been doing litter picking and I didn’t realise but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused and a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day.

    “Then the very next day they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up was back again. 

    “And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from. 

    “He couldn’t understand, he’s like, ‘Well, we cleaned this. Why has it not gone away?’”

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    Queen, 95, wears pink as she attends opening of Welsh parliament

    THE QUEEN beamed she arrived in Cardiff wearing pink to officially open the Welsh Senedd yesterday morning.  

    Her Majesty, 95, was joined by Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, 74, on her first visit to Wales in five years.

    The monarch wore a double breasted cashmere blush pink coat and carried a walking stick as she calmly chatted to officials who greeted her.

    She happily smiled at onlookers as she made her way to the building, pairing her outfit with matching black gloves and a handbag.

    Her Majesty pinned a Welsh Daffodil brooch to the Steward Parcin outfit, which was matched with a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat.

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    Thomas Markle Jr and Meghan’s relationship

    Thomas has made a number of comments about his sister and her marriage since it was announced that he’d be joining Big Brother.

    In August, he claimed he’d warned Harry that “very shallow” Meghan would “ruin” his life.

    Before Harry and Meghan’s wedding, Thomas sent the groom a letter saying it wasn’t “too late” for him to back out as his sister was “obviously not the right woman for you”.

    He claims the last time he saw Meghan was a decade ago in 2011.

    The pair don’t have a relationship and he did not attended the Sussexes’ wedding.

    Thomas has also made a series of attacks on Meghan, labelling her a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman”.

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    Where has Prince Andrew been lately?

    Prince Andrew spent most of August and September hiding from US lawyers at Balmoral, with the Queen.

    And it was reported yesterday that Prince William was “no fan” of Andrew, 61, who is facing a US sex abuse lawsuit.

    The Sun on Sunday revealed Andrew’s siblings Charles, Anne and Edward met nine months ago to agree there is no way back for him.

    It is also claimed the Met Police have spoken to Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    The duke denies her claims.

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    Inside Harry & Meghan’s christening for Lilibet

    Traditionally a royal christening is an intimate family affair held in the historic chapels of Buckingham Palace or Windsor.

    The Sussexes’ son Archie was christened in a quiet, private ceremony for around 25 guests in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on 6 July 2019. 

    A palace source told The Telegraph that Meghan and Harry, 37, would not be bringing Lilibet over for a royal christening.

    They said: “There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening.”

    If Lilibet’s christening does take place in America, it is unlikely the young royal will wear the handmade replica of the traditional Honiton robe, worn by royal babies for 11 years in a row, including Lilibet’s big brother Archie.

    As for the all important christening cake, Meghan and Harry may choose to swerve a traditional dense fruitcake for something a little more suited to the Californian climate. 

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    Queen’s Platinum Jubilee set to be country’s ‘biggest ever’ celebration (Continued…)

    A service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday.

    Beacons will be lit across the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and overseas territories.

    As many as 6,500 performers are set to take part in Sunday’s finale, which will feature a huge Jubilee parade through the capital celebrating the life of the Queen.

    Giant marionettes, fantastical beasts and circus performers will form the centrepiece of amazing celebrations to mark the Queen‘s 70 years on the throne.

    A pageant will take place on June 5 next year, as part of four days of celebrations that also includes a military parade and church thanksgiving service.

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    Queen’s Platinum Jubilee set to be country’s ‘biggest ever’ celebration

    The event, marking Her Majesty’s 70 years as reigning monarch, is tipped to be even bigger than the celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

    At the centre of it all will be a four-day bank holiday – which will give people the chance to join in the celebrations and a break from work.

    That will see the usual Spring bank holiday moved from its usual day in May – and the bank holiday weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will take place from June 2 to 5, 2022.

    Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3 are the official bank holidays – with the first date replacing the usual Spring Bank Holiday, which is normally on the final Monday in May.

    Friday, June 3 is an additional Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday.

    Although Saturday and Sunday will not be holidays, they will be marked by a full schedule of events to mark the momentous occasion.

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    Aussie TV host Karl Stefanovic mocks the Queen with crude joke

    AN Australian TV host shocked viewers when he made a crude joke about the Queen.

    Karl Stefanovic suggested the 95-year-old monarch might use her new walking stick as a weapon to “beat up” his colleague – before jumping on him “because she’s single now”.

    Her Majesty was pictured with the cane while attending a service to honour the Royal British Legion yesterday.

    Insiders say the walking aid was purely “for comfort” and not for any specific medical reason.

    Newsreader Alex Cullen described how the Queen was using it at the Westminster Abbey ceremony while reporting the headlines.

    In front of footage from the thanksgiving, he said: “She was using a cane. She’s 95.”

    But Stefanovic butted in to quip: “She’d use it to beat you up.”

    His co-presenter Allison Langdon chipped in: “She’d win too.”

    Grinning, Cullen replied: “She would win. I’d let her win” before Stefanovic said: “Let her win – she’d smash you bro.”

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    Question over Archie’s skin colour was Royals ‘being realistic’ says Barnsey

    THE unnamed royal who questioned the skin colour of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie was “just being realistic” and not racist, John Barnes has said.

    The ex-Liverpool ace, 57, made the comments after Meghan told Oprah Winfrey during an explosive interview that Archie wasn’t made a prince after “concerns and conversations” about “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.

    Barnes said in his opinion that most black people would say “so what” to a question about their baby’s skin colour.

    Barnes – a dad-of-seven – told the Sunday Times Magazine: “You speak to most black people and they’ll say ‘Yeah, so what?’ I would expect that conversation to be had by the family.

    “People will always wonder what the baby will look like and if it is going to be dark. If you listen to what Meghan says, it’s not about them [the unnamed royal] worrying if the baby is dark or not, it’s them worrying about how the public are going to view that.

    “Because they know if the baby is too dark, the public will not view the baby as positively. They’re being realistic. Let’s not pretend the public won’t care whether it’s a blond-haired blue-eyed baby or jet black, because they will.”

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    Kate still slipping into the same outfits after 10 years and three kids

    REGAL, chic and relaxed glam Kate Middleton has shown us it all through her walking wardrobe. 

    So much so, she created “the Kate effect” which refers to the trend effect that she has on others, from cosmetic surgery for brides, to sales of coral-coloured jeans. 

    And after 10 years, and three children, the Duchess of Cambridge is still slipping into the same outfits she first wore at the start of her royal career. 

    Over the years, the Duchess of Cambridge has often opted to recycle the same clothing items she wore before becoming a mother. 

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    What did Prince William look like when he was young?

    As a toddler, Prince William had blonde hair which became darker as he got older.

    During his teenage years and in his early 20s, the prince had thick hair brushed forward.

    It was as a teen at the University of St Andrews in Scotland William met Kate in 2001, but the pair didn’t start dating until two years later.

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    How old is Prince William?

    Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was born on June 21, 1982, at St Mary's Hospital in London.

    This makes the prince, who is second in line to the British throne, 39 years old.

    When he was a teenager, Wills started studying at St Andrews University in Scotland, before joining the RAF and training as a helicopter pilot.

    He then went on to work as a search and rescue pilot from 2009 to 2013, when his service with the Armed Forces came to an end.

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    William gives rare insight into royal home

    PRINCE William shared a rare insight into royal home life as he joked that Louis "lives outside".

    During an interview about climate change, William said his cheeky three-year-old spends as much time as he can outdoors.

    The prince spoke proudly of his beloved children on a BBC podcast Newscast ahead of his Earthshot Prize Awards this weekend.

    Speaking about Louis, he said: "Louis just enjoys playing outside the whole time – he lives outside."

    In the interview, the duke revealed the fears he has for his children's generation and said that if they are still only talking about climate change in 30 years' time, it "will be too late".

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    Royals look set to meet Biden

    The White House have confirmed that Biden will travel to Scotland for COP26

    The climate change conference in Glasgow is set to welcome the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Kate, however Prince Harry and Meghan will not be in attendance.

    The US charge d'affaires, Philip Reeker, tweeted: "It's official – President Biden will travel to Scotland for Cop26.

    "The gathering in Glasgow will be a pivotal moment on the road towards a more secure, prosperous, and sustainable future for our planet."

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    Prince Harry pleads ‘don’t pillage’ his African sanctuary for oil

    Prince Harry has begged mining firms to stop "pillaging" his African "sanctuary" for oil as he called on the world to "stand with us".

    The Duke of Sussex said the Okavango watershed in southern Africa is "at risk" due to "corporate oil drilling" in a rare op-ed for the Washington Post.

    He said the area is a vital water source for nearby farmers and fisherman in Angola, Bolivia and Botswana – but stressed it could be in danger.

    The Prince – who was just unveiled as an impact partner for “ethical” investment group Ethic – said he and Meghan "found sanctuary and inspiration in the Okavango".

    Harry whisked the then future-Duchess of Sussex away to the Meno A Kwena safari camp in August 2017 in the heart of Botswana on one of their early dates.

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    ‘Ethical’ investment group has put millions into oil companies

    The “ethical” investment group backed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan has put tens of millions into chemical, pharma and oil companies.

    New York-based Ethic, which unveiled the Sussexes as impact partners, has also poured cash into rich investment banks.

    Paperwork filed in the US shows it invested around £1.1million in chemical firm Corteva Inc.

    This spin-off from scandal-hit firm DuPont, made infamous in 2019 movie Dark Waters, is being sued in California over use of a pesticide linked to brain damage in kids. Corteva insists it is safe.

    Ethic has also invested in one of America’s largest crude oil producers and a firm accused of pricing UK patients out of a ­cystic fibrosis drug, filings show.

    Royal author Penny Junor said: “Life is going to be very difficult for Meghan and Harry if they keep up this high profile. Ethical banking seems asking for trouble, setting themselves up for a fall.”

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    Louis lives outside

    PRINCE William shared a rare insight into royal home life as he joked that Louis “lives outside”.

    During an interview about climate change, William said his cheeky three-year-old spends as much time as he can outdoors.

    The prince spoke proudly of his beloved children on a BBC podcast Newscast ahead of his Earthshot Prize Awards this weekend.

    Speaking about Louis, he said: “Louis just enjoys playing outside the whole time – he lives outside.”

    In the interview, the duke revealed the fears he has for his children’s generation and said that if they are still only talking about climate change in 30 years’ time, it “will be too late”.

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    Queen ‘irritated’ by climate inaction

    THE Queen waded into the climate debate yesterday, suggesting world leaders are “irritating when they talk but don’t do”.

    Her unscripted remarks were filmed on a phone after she opened a session of the Welsh parliament.

    She also beamed when reminded of grandson Wills’ call for focus on Earth rather than space tourism.

    The monarch echoed Greta Thunberg yesterday by taking a swipe at world leaders who “do nothing” in the fight to save the planet.

    Prince William also weighed in — saying it would be “too late” and an “absolute disaster” if son George was trying to tackle climate change in 30 years. 

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    Harry & Meghan Markle could become ‘world’s richest personal brand’

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle’s new “Brand Sussex” is now worth an estimated £250million and they could become the 'world's richest personal brand', claims a expert.

    Just this week, it was reported how they have taken a new job in banking, after signing multimillion-dollar partnerships with Netflix, Spotify and Apple.

    Andrew Bloch, branding expert and founder of Frank PR, told Fabulous: “Since moving to California and stepping down as working royals, Harry and Meghan have secured a number of lucrative business deals and personal endorsements which have seen their personal wealth rocket.

    “I would estimate their combined net worth is circa £250million.

    “They are really making the most of their newfound status, and their potential to become the world’s richest personal brand looks imminently achievable.

    “Them becoming a billion dollar brand is certainly not out of the question. Sky is limitless.”

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