Royal family latest – Harry UK return for Princess Diana statue in doubt as expert warns William could be 'last Monarch'

Prince Harry’s return to the UK for Princess Diana’s statue unveiling is in “serious doubt” after the royal rift, experts claim.

It was previously thought that William and Harry would unite at the exhibition of their mum’s statue in July – after months of tension between the pair.

Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, told the Sun Online: “I personally don’t think Meghan will return to the UK.

“And there must now be a serious doubt as to whether Harry will come over for the unveiling of a statue for Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday in July.”

Meanwhile,Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel said the British monarchy is entering its "end game" and the institution may not "outlast" Prince William.

Ms Mantel told the Telegraph: "I think it’s the end game. I don’t know how much longer the institution will go on.

"I’m not sure if it will outlast William. So I think it will be their last big era. I wish the Queen had felt able to abdicate because Charles has had to wait such a long time."

But she said the Queen sees it as a "sacred task" from which she cannot abdicate, although  the public sees it as a job you could retire from. 

Dame Hilary added: "I wonder if she’s the only person who really believes in the monarchy now, and I’m sure she believes with all her heart."

Recent polls show Britain is broadly in favour of the monarchy with 63 per cent believing it should continue.

Sixty-four per cent believe that the Queen should remain monarch for as long as she lives.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    QUEEN SENDS HER ‘WARMEST GOOD WISHES’ ON NORTHERN IRELAND CENTENARY

    The Queen has sent her “warmest good wishes” to the people of Northern Ireland on the date which many consider to be its centenary.

    She referred to “treasured” memories she shared in NI with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and paid tribute to its people.

    It’s the 100th year since the Government of Ireland Act came into effect and the formation of the UK as we know it today.

    In her tribute, the Queen said: “This anniversary reminds us of our complex history, and provides an opportunity to reflect on our togetherness and our diversity.

    “It is clear that reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding cannot be taken for granted, and will require sustained fortitude and commitment. During my many visits to Northern Ireland, I have seen these qualities in abundance, and look forward to seeing them again on future occasions.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    DUKE OF SUSSEX ROCKS AT COVID JAB GIG

    Prince Harry got a standing ovation after appearing solo as he joined celebs to film a Covid concert last night – in his first appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral.

    The Duke of Sussex was among a bevy of big names taking part in the taping of the Vax Live show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, due to air on May 8.

    He said: “Hi everybody. We are at a defining moment in the global fight against Covid-19.

    “Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world. You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all.

    “You served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harm’s way and with bravery knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you. We’re also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MORE INFO ON UNVEILING OF PRINCESS DIANA STATUE

    It’s previously been claimed that Prince Harry would return to the UK to unveil the Princess Diana statue after chats with his brother at Prince Philip’s funeral “broke the ice.”

    The brothers have had frosty relations since Harry sensationally moved to the US and stepped back from royal life in 2020.

    But, according to Royal biographer Omid Scobie, the Duke of Sussex is still expected to be at the statue unveiling for Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

    Writing in Bazaar.com, he said: “He will join William at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for a ceremony that was rescheduled from summer 2020.”

    The statue of Diana is set to be revealed on July 1 – on what would have been her 60th birthday.

  • Joseph Gamp

    DOUBTS REMAIN OVER PRINCE HARRY RETURNING FOR DIANA STATUE UNVEILING

    Prince Harry’s return to the UK for Princess Diana’s statue unveiling is in “serious doubt” after the royal rift, experts claim.

    It was previously thought that William and Harry would unite at the exhibition of their mum’s statue in July – after months of tension between the pair.

    Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, told the Sun Online: “I personally don’t think Meghan will return to the UK.

    “And there must now be a serious doubt as to whether Harry will come over for the unveiling of a statue for Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday in July.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE ISN'T KEEN ON PARTIES – CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle isn’t keen on parties, according to Charlotte Griffiths’ column in the Mail On Sunday.

    Meghan ‘bonded’ with high society stalwart Tamara Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax during her brief stint in the UK.

    Griffiths says: “Meghan and Tamara, wife of Harry’s friend Henry ‘Wago’ Warhurst, bonded at the wedding of Harry’s Eton pal Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks not long before Megxit.”

    A source told the writer: “Tamara was not drinking and was chilling ouside the marquee, avoiding the crazy scenes inside.

    “Meghan has never been the life and soul of parties, often sitting the dancing part out, so she was drawn to Tamara. She is one of the few British female friends of Harry that Meghan warmed to.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    FORTNUM AND MASON DENIES MAKING A 'SPECIAL TEA FOR ARCHIE’

    Fortnum and Mason hasn’t created a special blend of tea to mark the birth of Archie, according to Richard Eden in his Daily Mail column.

    The iconic London store brought out a ‘Christening Blend Tea‘, which costs £5.25, as a “commemorative gift” to “mark the christening of HRH Price George of Cambridge”.

    But, Eden notes, “no such honour has been conferred on his cousin Archie”.

    Prince Charles’s stepson, Tom Parker Bowles, who has written a new book for the store, called Time for Tea, tactfully said: “You’d have to ask Fortnum’s why there isn’t another special blend.”

    Eden suggests it may be to do with frosty relations between the royals.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: PRINCE HARRY APPEARS AT 'VAX LIVE' CONCERT WITHOUT MEGHAN

    Prince Harry appears without Meghan Markle at ‘VAX LIVE’ Covid concert

  • Joseph Gamp

    IS NETFLIX'S 'THE CROWN' TO HAVE A NEW ACTOR PLAYING CAMILLA?

    Olivia Williams looks set to play Camilla Parker Bowles in the fifth and sixth instalments of Netflix hit royal show, The Crown.

    Several media outlets have reported that the actor shot a “chemistry test” with Dominic West , who is to act as Prince Charles.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN 'NEEDS TO APOLOGISE TO QUEEN FOR HEARTACHE'

    Omid Scobie – a pal of the Duchess of Sussex and co-author of biography Finding Freedom – says that she "may have been wrong" to suggest that Archie should have been made a prince at birth.

    Sarah Vine writes in the Mail on Sunday: "Fair enough – we all make mistakes, and the rules on Royal succession are pretty complicated.

    "What I can't forgive is her sly attempt to use it as a way of implying some sort of Royal vendetta against her and her son.

    "Surely the time has come for Meghan to make an apology to the Queen for all the confusion and heartache she has caused?"

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY 'SHOULD BECOME KING INSTEAD OF CHARLES' – POLL

    The Duke of Sussex should become King instead of his dad, the Prince of Wales, a survey has been told.

    The recent Deltapoll research found that more than half of 18 to 24-year-olds want Prince Harry to be crowned King when his grandma dies as he is the "preferred future monarch", reports the Express.

    Despite the royal quitting the UK with Meghan Markle to start a new life in the US, 51 per cent of respondents in that age bracket want him to reign as monarch.

    Forty-seven per cent of the 1,590 adults polled said they preferred Prince William to be King rather than Prince Charles.

    On Australian morning TV show Sunrise, royal commentator Anna Musson said: "Of course you're going to vote for the person similar to you."

  • Debbie White

    QUEEN SENDS 'WARMEST GOOD WISHES' FOR NI CENTENARY

    The Queen has sent her "warmest good wishes" to the people of Northern Ireland on the date which many consider to be its centenary.

    She referred to "treasured" memories she shared in NI with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and paid tribute to its people.

    It's the 100th year since the Government of Ireland Act came into effect and the formation of the UK as we know it today.

    In her tribute, the Queen said: "This anniversary reminds us of our complex history, and provides an opportunity to reflect on our togetherness and our diversity.

    "It is clear that reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding cannot be taken for granted, and will require sustained fortitude and commitment. During my many visits to Northern Ireland, I have seen these qualities in abundance, and look forward to seeing them again on future occasions."

  • Debbie White

    DUKE OF SUSSEX ROCKS AT COVID JAB GIG

    Prince Harry got a standing ovation after appearing solo as he joined celebs to film a Covid concert last night – in his first appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral.

    The Duke of Sussex was among a bevy of big names taking part in the taping of the Vax Live show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, due to air on May 8.

    He said: “Hi everybody. We are at a defining moment in the global fight against Covid-19.

    “Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world. You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all.

    “You served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harm’s way and with bravery knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you. We’re also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity.”

  • Debbie White

    MORE ON PRINCESS DIANA STATUE UNVEILING

    It's previously been claimed that Prince Harry would return to the UK to unveil the Princess Diana statue after chats with his brother at Prince Philip's funeral "broke the ice."

    The brothers have had frosty relations since Harry sensationally moved to the US and stepped back from royal life in 2020.

    But, according to Royal biographer Omid Scobie, the Duke of Sussex is still expected to be at the statue unveiling for Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

    Writing in Bazaar.com, he said: "He will join William at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for a ceremony that was rescheduled from summer 2020."

    The statue of Diana is set to be revealed on July 1 – on what would have been her 60th birthday.

  • Debbie White

    DOUBTS OVER PRINCE HARRY’S UK RETURN FOR DIANA STATUE UNVEILING

    Prince Harry’s return to the UK for Princess Diana’s statue unveiling is in “serious doubt” after the royal rift, experts claim.

    It was previously thought that William and Harry would unite at the exhibition of their mum’s statue in July – after months of tension between the pair.

    Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, told the Sun Online: “I personally don’t think Meghan will return to the UK.

    “And there must now be a serious doubt as to whether Harry will come over for the unveiling of a statue for Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday in July.”

  • Debbie White

    CHEERS FOR QUEEN'S BEERS – £3.99

    The Queen has launched two beers brewed from crops grown at Sandringham – Her Majesty's Golden IPA and Sandringham Best Bitter cost £3.99 a bottle.

    Drinkers think they will be ideal for raising a toast to the late Prince Philip — who was known to enjoy an ale.

    One said: “To drink beers that the Queen’s had a hand in is the stuff of legend. I can just imagine her supping the first pints and giving her royal thoughts on the taste.

    “Unlike most of the home brews I’ve tried, these are actually really tasty. I’m sure Prince Philip would be very proud that the estate is producing these ales as I know he was a fan of a good real ale.

    “Good on Queenie. She always knows what the country needs — and this summer, more than ever, it’s a beer.”

  • Debbie White

    FORTNUM'S 'HASN'T MADE A SPECIAL TEA FOR ARCHIE'

    Fortnum and Mason hasn't created a special blend of tea to mark the birth of Archie, according to Richard Eden in his Daily Mail column.

    The iconic London store brought out a 'Christening Blend Tea', which costs £5.25, as a "commemorative gift" to "mark the christening of HRH Price George of Cambridge".

    But, Eden notes, "no such honour has been conferred on his cousin Archie".

    Prince Charles's stepson, Tom Parker Bowles, who has written a new book for the store, called Time for Tea, tactfully said: "You'd have to ask Fortnum's why there isn't another special blend."

    Eden suggests it may be to do with frosty relations between the royals.

  • Debbie White

    CAMBRIDGES 'IN BATTLE FOR EARTHSHOT TITLE'

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in a 'battle' with a US-based gaming firm called Earthshot, says a report.

    The Royal Foundation and Prince William have launched The Earthshot Prize, the "most prestigious global prize for the environment in history".

    But, writes Richard Eden in the Daily Mail, a not-for-profit gaming firm in America has been set up to "inspire climate action through video games".

    What's more, it's targeted the royal couple by fighting William and the Royal Foundation's application to trademark the phrase 'Earthshot Prize'.

    A source at the foundation said it was "working with the US organisation to resolve this".

  • Debbie White

    NEFLIX HIT SHOW THE CROWN TO HAVE A NEW CAMILLA?

    Olivia Williams looks set to play Camilla Parker Bowles in the fifth and sixth instalments of Netflix hit royal show, The Crown.

    Several media outlets have reported that the actor shot a "chemistry test" with Dominic West , who is to act as Prince Charles.

  • Sarah Grealish

    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.

  • Debbie White

    AUSTRALIA TO FAREWELL MONARCHY?

    When the Queen dies, Australia could cut all ties to the monarchy, says its former PM.

    Malcolm Turnbull said the TV interview with Prince Harry and Meghan bolstered his argument for Australia severing its constitutional ties to the British monarchy.

    He told Australian Broadcasting Corp: “It’s clearly an unhappy family or at least Meghan and Harry are unhappy. It seems very sad.

    "After the end of the queen’s reign, that is the time for us to say: OK, we’ve passed that watershed.

    "Do we really want to have whoever happens to be the head of state of – the king or queen of the UK, automatically our head of state?”

  • Debbie White

    ‘END GAME’ FOR MONARCHY, WARNS AUTHOR… MORE

    Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel also told the Telegraph: "I wish the Queen had felt able to abdicate because Charles has had to wait such a long time."

    But she said Her Majesty sees it as a "sacred task" from which she cannot abdicate, although the public sees it as a job you could retire from. 

    Dame Hilary added: "I wonder if she’s the only person who really believes in the monarchy now, and I’m sure she believes with all her heart."

    She said the Queen is in a "lonely position" because she believes she cannot abdicate based on promises she made to God.

  • Debbie White

    ‘END GAME' FOR MONARCHY WARNS AUTHOR

    The British monarchy is entering its "end game", warns an expert.

    And the institution may not "outlast" Prince William, according to Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel.

    The 68-year-old writer said she wondered if the Queen is the "only person who really believes in the monarchy now".

    Ms Mantel told the Telegraph: "I think it’s the end game. I don’t know how much longer the institution will go on.

    "I’m not sure if it will outlast William. So I think it will be their last big era."

  • Debbie White

    BRITS SUPPORT THEIR ROYALS – POLLS

    Recent polls show Britain is broadly in favour of the monarchy with 63 per cent believing it should continue.

    Sixty-four per cent believe that the Queen should remain monarch for as long as she lives.

    Forty-one per cent believe that being a royal is both a privilege and a burden, perhaps a nod to the struggles that the Sussexes have spoken about.

    Meghan is the least popular royal after Prince Andrew with 61 per cent of people surveyed having a negative opinion of her.

    Harry is next, with 49 per cent.

  • Debbie White

    PREGNANT MEGHAN MARKLE NOT AT COVID VAX GIG

    Prince Harry got a standing ovation at Sunday’s Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World in Los Angeles.

    But his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle, did not appear at the US gig.

    Harry told the audience: “Tonight, we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India, who are battling a devastating second wave.

    “The virus does not respect borders, and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography.”

    It was his first in-person appearance at a major public event in California since moving last year to the US with Meghan.

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY JOINS JENNIFER LOPEZ AT STAR-STUDDED CONCERT

    Prince Harry joined pop royalty including Jennifer Lopez at a star-studded concert in Los Angeles to urge faster and more even global vaccinations.

    He also voiced support for India during its devastating Covid outbreak.

    "Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World" featured video messages from the Pope and US President Joe Biden.

    There were also in-person appearances from Hollywood stars such as Ben Affleck and Sean Penn.

    The show will air on television and YouTube on May 8, after being pre-taped in front of thousands of fully vaccinated spectators at a vast California stadium on Sunday.

     

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