Queen's family were told 'you need to leave' after Prince Philip's funeral when all they wanted to do was comfort her

MOURNING royals were told "you need to leave" after Prince Philip's funeral due to Covid rules, Mike Tindall revealed this morning.

The former rugby star, married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, also told of his heartbreak Her Majesty was forced to sit alone.

He told Good Morning Britain: "After the funeral it was sort of, ‘you all need to leave’, so you didn’t even get to have that supportive side afterwards."

On the moving sight of the Queen sitting by herself, Mike Tindall said: "That's what the Queen does, she leads by example. Amazing to see, but I didn't really want to see it.

"The way that the funeral was planned and run was exceptional and for Zara it was seeing his carriage ponies and the gloves and the sugar cube box and all that lined up.

"If he was looking down, being in the middle of the pandemic when it was a bit more lowkey, he would've been more happy with that even though the rest of us would've liked more of a celebration but that's the sort of man that he was."

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    KATE GIVES TOUCHING NOD TO DIANA IN SWEET VIDEO CELEBRATING TENTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

    She may have worn her late mother-in-law's engagement ring every day for over 10 years – but Kate Middleton found a sweet way to pay touching tribute to Princess Diana in her and Prince William's wedding anniversary video. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a heartwarming clip this afternoon of them playing with their three children near their Norfolk home to commemorate their first decade of marriage. In the video, the mum-of-three is seen wearing a red knitted jumper layered over a blouse. Peaking out over the top of Kate's jumper is a trendy pie crust collar – which was one of Princess Diana's favourite styles.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    QUEEN 'LEADS BY EXAMPLE' SAYS TINDALL

    On the moving sight of the Queen sitting by herself, Mike Tindall said: "That's what the Queen does, she leads by example. Amazing to see, but I didn't really want to see it.

    "The way that the funeral was planned and run was exceptional and for Zara it was seeing his carriage ponies and the gloves and the sugar cube box and all that lined up.

    "If he was looking down, being in the middle of the pandemic when it was a bit more lowkey, he would've been more happy with that even though the rest of us would've liked more of a celebration but that's the sort of man that he was."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HEARTBREAKING RULES 

    Mourning royals were told "you need to leave" after Prince Philip's funeral due to Covid rules, Mike Tindall revealed this morning.

    The former rugby star, married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, also told of his heartbreak Her Majesty was forced to sit alone.

    He told Good Morning Britain: "After the funeral it was sort of, ‘you all need to leave’, so you didn’t even get to have that supportive side afterwards."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHO ARE MIKE TINDALL'S DAD PHILIP?

    Philip Tindall was a banker for Barclays Bank. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2003.

    Mike described how his father has had a “tough five years”, but that the worsening of his condition stretched back 10 years to 2011, when he married Zara.

    Mike said: “I would say he’s had a really sort of tough five years, maybe even longer actually,” he said.

    “It’s our 10-year wedding anniversary and it was that year that … through his Parkinson’s, his spine in his back is obviously curved, and then it caused problems with his discs and then he had to have a wheelchair at the wedding. He could walk some bits of it.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PRINCE CHARLES CATTLE SHEDS BUILD UNDERWAY

    Prince Charles has started building work on two giant CATTLE SHEDS at Sandringham in Norfolk to house an organic herd – despite fears the farmyard smells could waft towards the homes of Prince William or the Queen.

    The Royal estate has started making the sheds, which will each measure 315ft by 98ft and have solar panels on the roof.

    A herd of 500 beef cattle are expected to live there from October to March and graze in fields during the spring and summer months.

    The Prince of Wales plans to use their manure on Sandringham’s fields where crops are grown, with the aim of making the estate fully organic by July.

    The plans were approved by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council last year, even though there were concerns from neighbours and the parish council about smells from the manure.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED – QUEEN WAS ‘BRAVE’ DURING FAREWELL TO PHILIP, SAYS MIKE TINDALL

    The Tindalls' son, Lucas, was born just over five weeks ago. His middle name, Philip, is in honour of both Tindall's father and the Duke of Edinburgh, who died just 19 days after his great-grandson was born.

    Tindall, who also has daughters Mia, seven, and two-year-old Lena, told the programme: "We are loving it at the moment. It is always nice to have a little boy to keep me company. I am surrounded by ladies."

    Lucas was born at home. The family had been sitting in the living room when Zara's waters broke. Tindall said Zara's best friend, Dolly, who is a maternity nurse, was there. Zara went for a bath and, when she got out, she was shaking, which was a sign the baby was coming fast and they would not have time to get to the hospital.

    Tindall said "the immediate thoughts are panic" and then it was about figuring out where to have the baby. He told the programme: "I thought 'Let's not do a bed;, so I went to the gym and got lots of mats out and towels. Zara did her thing. All ladies who give birth are amazing. She did not disappoint."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    QUEEN WAS 'BRAVE' DURING FAREWELL TO PHILIP, SAYS MIKE TINDALL

    The Queen mourned her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, with bravery and was "amazing" at his funeral service, Mike Tindall has said.

    The former England rugby player, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Tindall, believes that Philip would have approved of the "beautifully done" service, which was held under Covid-19 restrictions.

    It meant the Queen had to sit on her own and there were just 30 guests but "loss is always going to be difficult", Tindall said.

    He told BBC Breakfast: "Having to see the Queen make a stand in terms of having to show what the world is at the moment and sit on her own and be as brave as she was, I thought just summed up her up as a lady. She was amazing. Then the funeral finished and it was 'Get in your cars and go home', but that is what is allowed, that is what the rules state, so that is what happened.

    "It was tough but I thought the actual funeral was done so well that I think he will be looking down and he would have actually been happier about the way it happened."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HOW HAS THE QUEEN MADE HER FORTUNE?

    Real estate and land ownership all contribute towards the monarch’s fortune. Her impressive building portfolio boasts both Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle. According to Forbes, Lenka Duskova from real estate agency Luxent values these two properties at around £80million combined.

    While these estates are the jewels in Her Majesty’s crown, she also holds agricultural land across the nation, as well as lavish buildings in the capital.

    Even though she does not personally own the properties controlled by the Crown Estates, 15 per cent of the annual revenue does go towards her own expenses each year.

    This Sovereign Grant provides for the upkeep of palaces, household staff, travel and royal functions including garden parties and receptions.

    In 2017, she made £37million from leasing the seabed around Britain to offshore wind farm developers.

  • Alice Fuller

    CONTINUED

    Tindall is a patron of Cure Parkinson’s, while Birgitte is a patron of Parkinson’s UK.

    He described how his father, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2003, has had a “tough five years”.

    But that the worsening of his condition stretched back 10 years to 2011 – the year Tindall married Zara.

    He said: "I would say he’s had a really sort of tough five years, maybe even longer actually,” he said.

    “It’s our 10-year wedding anniversary and it was that year that … through his Parkinson’s, his spine in his back is obviously curved, and then it caused problems with his discs and then he had to have a wheelchair at the wedding. He could walk some bits of it.”

  • Alice Fuller

    MIKE TINDALL SAYS HIS FATHER'S PARKINSON'S HAS BEEN 'TOUGH'

    Mike Tindall starred in a rare royal engagement as he revealed the emotional impact Parkinson's disease has had on his father.

    The England world cup rugby winner joined forces with the Duchess of Gloucester for a video conversation to mark World Parkinson’s Day.

    The video call was held on April 7 but palace chiefs withheld it because of the duke’s death on April 9.

    Tindall, who rarely participates in royal engagements, told the duchess how his parents were both on the vulnerable list and had not left the house in a year during the pandemic.

    He added: “What they’ve really missed out of this year is my mum’s missed companionship really of being able to go and see someone else because she doesn’t feel now that she’s comfortable leaving my dad alone.”

  • Alice Fuller

    'HONEST, NATURAL AND STRAIGHTFORWARD'

    William and Kate shared two anniversary photographs – in stark contrast to anything Harry and Meghan would have release, an expert claimed.

    The two new images — taken at Kensington Palace this week by photographer Chris Floyd — capture William and Kate smiling and in a relaxed mood while cuddling in one of the shots.

    Portrait photographer Glenn Gratton told MailOnline that the "honest, natural and straightforward" photos are very different to the kind of "heavily edited" photos Harry and Meghan tend to share.

    He said that while "neither can be criticised", William and Kate's photos look more natural, while "PR conscious" Harry and Meghan's tend to appear in more "staged" shots. 

  • Alice Fuller

    MOST BRITS BELIEVE KATE WILL MAKE GOOD QUEEN

    More than three quarters of Britons believe the Duchess of Cambridge will make a good Queen when the time comes, a new poll shows.

    The YouGov survey of 5,055 adults in Great Britain, published on Wednesday, found that 43 per cent thought Kate definitely will make a good Queen – while 33 per cent said she probably will.

    This compared to just 3 per cent who said she definitely will not, and 2 per cent who said she probably will not.

  • Alice Fuller

    HARRY 'KEPT GIRLFRIENDS HIDDEN UNDER BLANKET ON DATES'

    Prince Harry went to extreme lengths to hide his relationships after becoming frustrated and upset by the public interest in his romantic life, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Romantic Harry was the"opposite" of brother William when it came to matters of the heart – and "wanted to marry every girl he loved", Ingrid Seward says.

    But although he "wore his heart on his sleeve", he faced difficulties in his relationships as a result of the scrutiny.

    And he became so concerned he would ask his partners to hide on the way to dates, Ingrid said.

    "When he took girls out, he was so paranoid about being seen that he would make them sit in the back of the Range Rover under a blanket en route to the restaurant," she said.

  • Alice Fuller

    MEGHAN IS ‘LEAST POPULAR ROYAL’

    The Duchess of Sussex is Britain’s least popular royal after Prince Andrew, a survey has shown.

    The Times writes that a recent YouGov poll on behalf of the paper reveals that Meghan Markle is the least popular royal, with 61 per cent of people surveyed having a negative opinion of her.

    “Harry is next, with 49 per cent. The results reveal a split between older and younger Britons, with the latter keener on the couple.

    “William and Kate are by the far more popular, with 80 per cent of people being positive about him, and 78 per cent for her.”

  • Alice Fuller

    KATE & WILLS' ANNIVERSARY VIDEO 'SHOWS THEY ARE NOT TRAPPED'

    Kate Middleton and Prince William's "fun" anniversary video "defies Prince Harry's claims that his brother is trapped" within the Royal Family, a body language expert has claimed.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a heartwarming clip this afternoon of them playing with their three children near their Norfolk home to commemorate their first decade of marriage.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, body language expert Judi James claimed the sweet footage "flies in the face" of the claim Prince Harry made during his explosive Oprah interview that his brother is "trapped".

    Describing how the Cambridge family seem to be "having the time of their lives", the expert said: "The playful, outdoor behaviour here is all about freedom of both actions and emotions and the three children look wonderfully uninhibited as they run about having fun."

    Meanwhile, the expert says both Kate and William share their children's "enjoyment of the outdoors" and look "besotted" and "relaxed" while enjoying a day trip to the beach on the North Norfolk coast.

  • Alice Peacock

    PHILIP'S PATRONAGES WON'T BE PASSED DOWN TO ROYALS – OMID SCOBIE

    Prince Philip’s 992 patronages WON’T be passed down to other Royals amid plans to “slim down” the monarchy, Meghan Markle's pal has claimed. 

    Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie said that many of the Duke of Edinburgh’s patronages could be retired as working royals take on more significant roles in fewer charities. 

    There are over 2,800 organisations in the UK which have a royal patron. 

    Prince Philip, who died earlier this month, was associated with 992 different organisations either as patron, president or honorary member.

    These include Shakespeare’s Globe, the Scouts and the World Wildlife Fund. 

  • Alice Peacock

    HARRY LIKELY REGRETFUL AND EMBARRASSED OVER INTERVIEW – BIOGRAPHER

    Prince Harry is likely feeling "regretful and embarrassed" following his tell-all interview with Oprah, according to a royal biographer.

    Duncan Larcombe, author of “Prince Harry: The Inside Story,” told the UK’s Closer magazine the Duke of Sussex lashed out at the royals because he's a "hot-headed guy".

    “Harry was clearly hurt and angry about Meghan’s experience with the royals — and used the interview to get it out,” the longtime royal editor told the UK mag.

    “But after returning home, I’ve no doubt he’s been feeling embarrassed, regretful and awkward."

  • Alice Peacock

    QUEEN CONTINUES WITH RAFT OF ROYAL DUTIES FROM WINDSOR

    The Queen has continued with a busy diary of royal duties by holding a Privy Council meeting, her weekly telephone audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and video calls with two newly-appointed bishops.

    The monarch, 95, who is adjusting to life without her beloved consort of 73 years the Duke of Edinburgh, worked virtually from Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

    Her regular audience with Mr Johnson came on the day the PM maintained his innocence over the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat after the Electoral Commission launched a formal investigation.

    The monarch, who was not pictured on the official duties, also received the oath of allegiance via videolink from the Bishop of Chester, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner, and the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Dr Gulnar Francis-Dehqani, who paid homage on their appointments.

  • Alice Fuller

    QUEEN KEEPING BUSY

    The Queen spoke to Boris Johnson on the phone today as she continues to keep busy after resuming her duties following Prince Philip's funeral.

    Her Majesty held her weekly audience with the PM, who is fighting a growing scandal over who paid for the refurbishment of his Downing St flat.

    And she was later seen smiling during two virtual audiences, with the ambassadors of Mauritania and Slovenia, from her base at Windsor Castle,

    She could be seen grinning on a computer screen, dressed in a dark pink floral dress, as she carried out her digital duties.

    On top of that the monarch, who is 95, also held a Privy Council meeting of senior ministers today and received oaths of allegiance from two bishops.

    The appointments show how she has been keeping busy since returning to work after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral earlier this month.

  • Alice Fuller

    HARRY 'WAS FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT WILLIAM AND KATE'S ENGAGEMENT'

    When Prince William decided he was going to ask Kate Middleton to marry him, Prince Harry was the first person he told, according to a royal author.

    Ingrid Seward has revealed how William told his younger brother how he planned to pop the question in Africa – a country close to both of their hearts.

    Ingrid told The Sun: “Once he had finally decided, the first person he told was Harry. 

    “His brother was impressed by William’s romantic plan to propose to Kate in a remote  lodge in Kenya, East Africa, accessible only by helicopter.

    “Being Harry, he had to make a joke of it and suggested as well as the bottle of Champagne on hand for when she said yes, he should also have a bottle of brandy in case she said no. Romance for Harry was more difficult."

  • Alice Fuller

    CONTINUED

    Asked if she made Kate cry, Meghan told Oprah: "The reverse happened. A few days before the wedding she was upset about something, pertaining to … the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings.”

    Now royal author Penny Junor has claimed that Meghan's comments would most likely have infuriated William.

    Ms Junor told The Express: "I would have thought one of the things William was most cross about was the fact that Meghan threw Kate under the bus.

    "It wasn't Harry, but it was his wife, and he must have known that she was going to do that and he clearly hasn't corrected it in any way.

    "It depends how Kate is feeling. I must say I would be pretty damn cross."

  • Alice Fuller

    MEGHAN 'THREW KATE UNDER A BUS'

    Meghan Markle “threw Kate Middleton under a bus” and left Prince William “pretty damn cross”, it has been reported.

    A royal author has said the claims made by the Duchess of Sussex during her bombshell Oprah interview has angered her in-laws.

    In November 2018, it was reported that “Meghan left Kate in tears” over her demands for Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaids dress during a “stressful” fitting.

    It was then subsequently claimed that the “rift” began when Kate said the bridesmaids should follow royal protocol by wearing tights which Meghan disagreed with.

    But speaking during her bombshell interview with Oprah, Meghan said she was the one left in tears, not the other way around.

  • Alice Fuller

    RENAME A1 THE 'QUEEN'S HIGHWAY', SAYS MP

    A Conservative MP has launched a campaign to rename the A1 the 'Queen's Highway' to mark the monarch's Platinum Jubilee.

    Sir Edward Leigh, who was knighted by Her Majesty in 2013, told the Commons the "beautiful" Great North Road should change its title to celebrate 75 years on the throne.

    He said: "The A1, the Great North Road, is a beautiful road linking Scotland and England, and I think, to honour the upcoming Jubilee, we should rename it the Queen's Highway. Why not?"

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he would consider it.

  • Alice Fuller

    MEGHAN IS ‘LEAST POPULAR ROYAL’

    The Duchess of Sussex is Britain’s least popular royal after Prince Andrew, a survey has shown.

    The Times writes that a recent YouGov poll on behalf of the paper reveals that Meghan Markle is the least popular royal, with 61 per cent of people surveyed having a negative opinion of her.

    “Harry is next, with 49 per cent. The results reveal a split between older and younger Britons, with the latter keener on the couple.

    “William and Kate are by the far more popular, with 80 per cent of people being positive about him, and 78 per cent for her.”

  • Alice Fuller

    PRINCESS CHARLOTTE TO BRING IN £3BN FOR UK ECONOMY

    Kate and William's daughter Princess Charlotte will bring in more than £3billion for the UK economy, according to analysis.

    This is around a third more than her brother Prince George, who was said to be worth around £2.4billion.

    A Brand Finance report estimated Charlotte to be worth £3.2billion in 2017, two years after she was born.

    Brand Finance Communications Manager Sehr Sarward told Insider: “These numbers are projections of what the royal children could bring to the UK economy in their lifetimes, assuming they will continue to have the same positive effect.”

    He put Charlotte's high value down to her fashion influence.

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