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Kate and Prince William have been described as “more media-savvy” than their advisers by royal commentator Christopher Wilson. The expert wrote on Twitter: “When the dust settles I think we’ll see William and Kate – more media-savvy than their advisers – take greater control of events.” Referring to the speech delivered by the Duke of Cambridge during a reception in Jamaica on Wednesday – which the expert claimed had been delivered on the advice of the Foreign Office – Mr Wilson added: “With that slavery speech, delivered on Foreign Office advice, William stepped into a political minefield. That won’t happen again.” Kate and William’s eight-day tour of the Caribbean has been marred by protests and PR misfires, according to commentators.

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    ‘Lovely!’ Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles pen emotional Mother’s Day message

    Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles have penned an emotional Mother’s Day message on social media.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall shared a heartfelt Mother’s Day message to the Clarence House social media accounts on Sunday.

    The post also included a sombre message for those unable to celebrate Mother’s Day in the same way many others can.

    Clarence House’s message said: “On Mothering Sunday, we celebrate all the Mothers in our lives and are thinking of those who cannot be with their Mothers today.”

    The post also included two images. The first showed Prince Charles, 73, and the Queen, 95, standing side-by-side near Windsor’s Frogmore House in 2021.

    The second image, which is seemingly older, depicts the future Queen consort Camilla Parker-Bowles, 74, smiling with her late mother Rosalind Shand.

    Ms Shand, who had been married to ex-Army Major Bruce, passed away in 1994 after suffering from osteoporosis.

    Fans of the Firm reacted to the post by offering their support to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

    Zara Phillips cheered on by husband Mike Tindall and 3 children during special event

    Zara Phillips was cheered on by husband Mike Tindall and the couple’s three children at the Cheltenham Horse Trials yesterday morning.

    Mike Tindall, 43, was joined by the couple’s three children to watch Zara Phillips, 40, on Mother’s Day.

    Zara is known for her career as a competitive equestrian eventer, having won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics.

    The ex-England rugby world cup winner was snapped with daughters Mia, eight, Lena, three, and buggy-bound son Lucas, one, as they watched their mother compete at the Cheltenham event.

    Zara is a regular visitor to Cheltenham for equestrian events, including at the festival earlier this month.

    The ex-Olympian even said it was an “honour” to become the director at Cheltenham Racecourse.

    ‘Unifying force’ Prince William to modernise monarchy following ‘bruising’ Caribbean tour

    Prince William has said he wants to modernise the Royal Family by ending its ‘never complain, never explain’ policy, a report has suggested.

    Sources close to the Duke of Cambridge laid out a blueprint for his kingship after William and wife Kate ended their bruising tour of the Caribbean.

    The news comes after the Prince issued an unprecedented statement which suggested a significant number of countries could break ties with the Firm.

    A source told the Daily Mail: “The prince believes that for him, the days of ‘never complain’ are over.”

    They added: “He definitely won’t be speaking out regularly but believes if the monarchy has something to say, then it should say it.

    “He’s not being critical of the Queen, far from it.

    “He admires her absolutely and has learnt so much from her.

    “But he is looking ahead to how things will be in 40 years’ time.

    “He wants the monarchy to continue to be a unifying force, to bridge the gap.

    Princess Eugenie causes fan frenzy as she shares sweet snap with son August

    Princess Eugenie has posted an adorable snap of herself and her son in honour of Mother’s Day as she also pays tribute to her mother Sarah Ferguson.

    On Sunday evening, Eugenie shared a picture of herself kneeling to give a hug to her son August Brooksbank on a trip to the Van Gough exhibition in London.

    The caption to the sweet post said: “Happy Mother’s Day to every mother out there” followed by many flower emojis.

    Alongside the photo of herself and her son, Eugenie posted a picture of her “dear mumsy” who she previously paid tribute to on her Instagram.

    She said: “You are one of a kind. There were too many pictures to choose from that show how completely unique you are.”

    The Princess will be preparing to attend the late Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.

    The thanksgiving service will mark a year since Prince Philip’s death on 9 April 2021 and will celebrate his extraordinary life and work.

    The BBC will broadcast the event from 10:30am to 12:15pm

    Queen health fears: ‘Increasingly clear’ monarch to never appear at major events again

    According to a royal expert, the Queen will most likely never attend major events again due to her ailing health. 

    Fears surrounding the Monarch’s health have been steadily growing as the Queen has had to cancel more and more events due to health concerns.

    It is hoped she will attend Prince Philip’s memorial service on Tuesday. 

    However, Royal expert Chrisopher Wilson wrote in a Daily Mail column: “It is now increasingly clear that we should not expect to see our Head of State again at any of those traditional set pieces in the Royal year – Trooping the Colour, the State Opening of Parliament, Royal Ascot and the rest.”

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    Oscars organisers were so keen for Harry and Meghan to present Best Picture gong

    The organisers of the Academy Awards were so keen for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to present the gong for Best Picture that they approached the couple last year.

    A source said: “Netflix were incredibly keen for their two big-name signings to be involved with this year’s Oscars.

    “For the first time ever, streaming services, especially Netflix, have a chance of cleaning up and winning some big gongs.

    “What better endorsement than for Meghan to be up there on stage?

    “Quite a way to justify their £112million salary.

    “Meghan is a huge supporter of women, and championing them, so Best Actress was an obvious category for her.

    “Sadly, though, as soon as Kristen Stewart got the nod, she couldn’t possibly go on stage and risk handing over an award to the woman who played her husband’s late mother.

    “So that idea was scrapped.”

    Prince William made ‘last-minute changes’ to speeches on Caribbean tour following backlash

    The Duke of Cambridge made “last-minute changes” to his speeches during the royal three-country tour of the Caribbean this week, following uproar and protests surrounding the visit, a royal commentator has claimed.

    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visited Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas this week to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    However, the royal tour was met with criticism and protests following calls for slavery reparations and demands for an apology for the Royal Family’s role in the slave trade.

    The Duke of Cambridge is understood to have made “last-minute changes” to his speeches during the trip following the uproar, according to Sky News’ royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills.

    More to follow…

    Kevin Costner gave a frank take on Meghan Markle’s situation, she ‘had enough attention

    Kevin Costner once gave his frank take on Meghan Markle’s position in the media spotlight, claiming in a 2019 interview that she “had enough attention”.

    Kevin Costner, 67, stars in biographical crime drama ‘Molly’s Game’ on BBC Two tonight.

    The Hollywood star plays the domineering father of the author Molly Bloom, whose dreams of being an Olympic skier tragically ended with an injury.

    Jessica Chastain stars as Molly, who becomes a big name in the gambling world after running a high-stakes poker game, which is then targeted by the FBI.

    The stellar cast of Aaron Sorkin’s debut film also features British star Idris Elba as Molly’s lawyer.

    More to follow…

    Prince Harry is about to live a

    The comments come after the Duke of Sussex confirmed he will not be attending Prince Philip’s memorial service in Westminster Abbey on March 29.

    Writing in 9Honey, Arbiter said: “In light of their close relationship, Prince Harry’s decision to forego attending the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, due to take place on Tuesday, was inevitably disappointing.

    “Though he has yet to offer a reason for his absence, some have suggested he made the choice in response to his ongoing quest for police protection while visiting the UK, but the argument falls a bit flat when one considers the security that will be implemented on the day.”

    Arbiter also claimed that Queen Elizabeth could hold Harry’s decision to not attend close to her heart, writing: “Though she’s never been one to hold a grudge, surely it would be better for Prince Harry to make his peace now as opposed to living with a lifetime filled with potential regret.”

    Meghan Markle will ‘never’ be in league with Kardashians, claims sister Samantha

    Meghan Markle’s sister has said that the Duchess of Sussex will never compare to the Kardashian family in her attempts to become a television personality.

    Samantha Markle has claimed that Prince Harry’s wife, who has ambitions for various projects with Netflix and Spotify projects, will never compare to the Kardashian family.

    In the last few months, Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry have signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify. Many people have compared the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to the Kardashian family who have also launched their own show on Disney+.

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    Prince Philip supported Queen and Royal Family with ‘superhuman energy’

    The Duke of Edinburgh offered indispensable support and devoted his “considerable talents” and “superhuman energy” to the Royal Family, a royal commentator has said.

    The Royal Family are marking the anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death with a special memorial service on Tuesday, March 29.

    In February, Buckingham Palace announced a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life of Prince Philip – the Queen’s husband of over seven decades.

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    LBC listener erupts and demands Royal Family ‘to go’

    An LBC listener called Sean rang into the station to debate the abolition of the Royal family with host Tom Swarbrick.

    He explained that the Royal family were not needed and that it wasn’t fair for one family to have everything paid for them.

    This is not the first row over the abolition of the Royal family to get heated, as many have polarising views on the matter in the UK.

    Caller Sean also slammed the Royals over the number of holidays they have whilst some Brits struggle to afford one, and to even pay for their heating, as the cost of living price hike creates more poverty for Brits.

    Read more…

    Kate wishes all on the plane a happy Mother’s Day

    Kate has been reunited with her children today after flying back from The Bahamas with Prince William. 

    The royals shared their journey with the reporters who followed them throughout the tour. 

    One of them, Rebecca English, reported Kate wishing all the people on the plane a happy Mother’s Day before heading off and meeting Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. 

    Ms English tweeted: “The Duchess wished us all a Happy Mother’s Day on the flight, so I hope you all have a good one too”. 

    Kate’s mum’s heartbreaking fear about daughter’s future with William

    A source close to the Middletons claimed in 2009, two years before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot, Kate’s mother Carole Middleton was “worried about Kate’s future”.

    Royal expert Katie Nicholl reported a source saying: “Carole is concerned that Kate’s life has come to a bit of a standstill.

    “She says Kate can’t get on and do normal things because of the public interest in her.

    “She’s of the opinion privately that William should make an honest woman out of her so that she isn’t left waiting in limbo.”

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    Kate gives nod to Queen in outfit for final appearance of Caribbean tour

    Kate wore a yellow and white ensemble on Saturday, as she was leaving The Bahamas with Prince William to return to the UK.

    The yellow floral sundress by Alessandra Rich she donned to attend her last parade in Nassau is on sale for $2,033, or around £1,541.

    It had short puff sleeves and a fitted bodice which continued into a peplum style.

    The gown pulled Kate in at the waist with a tie belt which had a silver and black buckle.

    The button down gown cut off just above the ankles.

    It had a large bow at the front of the top.

    She completed the look with a pair of white closed-toe high heels, which marched a small £255 cream clutch bag.

    This outfit presented similarities to one worn by Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, in South Africa in 1947.

    See the pictures of the two outfits here

    Kate and Prince William to ‘take greater control of events’

    Kate and Prince William have been tipped to take “greater control of the events” in the future following their protest-hit tour to the Caribbean.

    Royal commentator Christopher Wilson wrote on Twitter: “When the dust settles I think we’ll see William and Kate – more media-savvy than their advisers – take greater control of events.”

    Referring to the speech delivered by the Duke of Cambridge during a reception in Jamaica on Wednesday – which the expert claimed had been delivered on the advice of the Foreign Office – Mr Wilson added: “With that slavery speech, delivered on Foreign Office advice, William stepped into a political minefield. That won’t happen again.”

    Kate and Prince William’s tour was marred by two protests – the first taking place last Friday in Belize ahead of the royals’ arrival and the second in Jamaica on Tuesday.

    Commentators also claimed the trip was hit by PR misfires.

    However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared to have been hugely welcomed by locals whenever they stepped out to meet people in Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas.

    Camilla shares personal picture on Mother’s Day

    Prince Charles and Camilla’s Twitter account, Clarence House, shared a post to mark Mother’s Day in the UK.

    The tweet included a sombre message, reading: “On Mothering Sunday, we celebrate all the Mothers in our lives and are thinking of those who cannot be with their Mothers today.” 

    The post also included two pictures – one showing Prince Charles and the Queen together at Frogmore House in March 2021 and another, more dated, showing Camilla and his mother Rosalind Shand. 

    As Mrs Shand died in 1994, the Duchess can only remember her mother on this day. 

    Read the full story here 

    Prince Edward ‘should have received patronage’ given to Camilla

    Prince Edward should have been appointed the patron of the National Theatre, according to a royal watcher.

    Co-host of the Royally Obsessed podcast, Roberta Fiorito, highlighted Prince Edward’s history with the theatre and his love for the arts as she expressed her view.

    She said: “I feel like it should have gone to Prince Edward.

    “He left the Royal Marines for a career in theatre.

    “He left it because he was unsure that that was his life calling and he actually did do a lot with the theatre community — he was an amateur actor for a lot of his life.”

    The patronage of the National Theatre was handed to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – who is also a lover of the arts.

    Ms Fiorito suggested that this move, alongside rumours that Edward may not take on the Duke of Edinburgh title, may be a sign of Prince Charles’s plan for a slimmed down monarchy already being put in motion.

    She said: “There’s also this talk, probably just rumours, about him not getting the Duke of Edinburgh title when Charles becomes king, that he might not give it to him, so it feels like Charles is already slimming down the monarchy.”

    Read the full story here

    Prince Harry warned ‘there will be outrage’ if he attends the Oscars

    A representative for Prince Harry announced the Duke of Sussex won’t be at the service of thanksgiving to be held Tuesday at Westminster Abbey.

    This official statement was followed by unconfirmed claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may attend the Oscars ceremony tonight to present one of the awards.

    One royal commentator, Angela Mollard, said “there will be outrage” if Harry does attend the Oscars but does not head to the memorial for the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Appearing on Australian morning show Sunrise, she also said: “There’s a lot of talk it’s going to go ahead but can you really turn up and stand on the stage at the Oscars and not turn up for your grandfather’s memorial.

    “I’ve got a problem with that.

    “You do all the glory and handshaking with the celebrities but your own family.”

    Read the full story here

    Prince William in stitches as adoring fan says she recalls ‘when he was born’

    Prince William was filmed joking with a royal well-wisher during a walkabout in The Bahamas.

    The Duke of Cambridge was shaking hands when someone from the crowd screamed: “I remember when you were born!”

    This sudden exclamation of joy at the sight of the second-in-line to the throne stunned William, who said: “Oh my Goodness!”

    Placing a hand on his chest, he then quipped: “I don’t even remember when I was born!”

    The royal then burst out in laughter, followed by many other members of the public.

    Watch the full video here

    Foreign Office blamed for Kate and William’s ‘humiliating’ tour

    Royal author Tom Bower slammed the Foreign Office, accusing it of not doing its job properly ahead of the royal tour, which has been marred by some PR misfires and protests.

    He told Sky News: “I think what went wrong is it starts at the top in the Foreign Office and it goes down to the High Commissioner in Jamaica that they didn’t prepare properly and understand what was going to happen when the royal couple stood in front of Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

    “That he was going to use their presence to score very, very cheap political points.

    “That’s the sort of thing that should be anticipated by British Foreign Office officials and by the couple’s own staff.

    “It was a very bad visit and so humiliating for a couple who I think are just wonderful, who try their hardest and do their best for Britain.

    “They were put in an impossible position by Philip Barton, head of the Foreign Office and the High Commissioner.

    “Those two officials should have known what was coming, they should have prepared the ground.

    “It’s been an absolutely humiliating disaster for them.”

    Read the full story here

    Queen in poignant tribute to Queen Mother

    The Queen marked Mother’s Day by sharing a stunning vintage picture showing the Queen Mother smiling while surrounded by her daughters, Princess Margaret and the then Princess Elizabeth. 

    The picture, shared by the Royal Family Twitter account, was accompanied by a brief message. 

    It read: “Wishing all those celebrating today a very special Mothering Sunday.”

    Read the full story here

    Kate and Prince William looking forward to travel back to Bahamas with children

    Kate and Prince William showed their children the natural marvels of The Bahamas while video calling George, Charlotte and Louis while on a break during their tour, it has been claimed.

    And, a royal source added, they can’t wait to travel back to the island with their children.

    A source told the MailOnline: “They said they have FaceTimed their children to show them the views, which blew them away, and that they can’t wait to come back with them.”

    Read the full story here

    William shakes his head in disbelief as Kate swallows ‘conch’s male genitalia’

    Kate and Prince William tasted some of the local delicacy on their last day in The Bahamas.

    And the Duchess didn’t shy away when she was invited to swallow a “strip of flesh” from the inside of a conch, believed to be “the conch’s male genitalia”.

    This move, however, left Prince William shaking his head and laughing as he was standing next to his wife.

    Prior to taste the treat, the Duchess reportedly said: “I’m a little bit more adventurous than William is.”

    To which William replied: “I can handle it.”

    Watch the video here

    Meghan and Harry ‘perfect’ for Caribbean tour

    Commentator and author Tony Parsons believes Meghan and Prince Harry would have been more successful than Kate and Prince William had they carried out their recent tour to Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas.

    He wrote in The Sun: “If only the Palace had just slapped some factor 50 on Harry’s bald spot and told Meghan she was about to play the role of a lifetime.

    “That royal yacht has sailed, of course.”

    Speaking about the potential of having the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touring the Caribbean while representing the Crown, he added: “Imagining them doing a gruelling meet-and-greet all over the Commonwealth is just a crazy dream.

    “But seeing William and Kate looking uncomfortable in the Caribbean was a reminder of the historic opportunity that has been lost for ever.

    “William and Kate did their very best. But the bitter truth is their Caribbean tour would have been a perfect gig for Harry and Meghan.

    “Woke yet glam, caring yet charismatic, their eyes shining with compassionate tears, Harry and Meghan would have been living, multi-racial proof the Royal Family are not some milky white leftover from ancient history.”

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