Royal Family LIVE: Leave us alone! Harry & Meghan lost temper at Queen’s meddling

Meghan Markle 'could join' Harry on UK return says expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex parted ways with Prince William and Kate to set up their own household less than a year after becoming a married couple, in a clear sign relations had become frayed behind the scenes. But after moving out of the London royal bubble and setting up a home in Frogmore Cottage, the pair were said to be frustrated by the palace’s bid to retain control on their public relations.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey suggested Harry and Meghan had wanted to set up their own press office when they tried to strike out on their own but the monarch and Prince Charles blocked the move.

She said this may have been the final straw for the Sussexes who announced they were leaving their roles as working royals 10 months after going public about their new household.

She told the ITV documentary Harry and William: What Went Wrong?: “Rather than have their own press office established, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were told that they would be incorporated into Buckingham Palace.

“It’s at that point that the Queen and Prince Charles sweep in and say no, we will manage your affairs.

“And in a way, that’s the final straw because once again the Sussexes are saying ‘why can’t we have what the Cambridges are having? We should be on equal footing’.”

Harry and Meghan’s decision to break away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s household was seen as a major indicator of a rift between the two couples.

After the announcement was made in March 2019, a source told Harper’s Bazaar that the Sussexes had wanted to bring their own team to Windsor with them and set up an office there close to their Frogmore home.

But the insider said it “wasn’t doable” and instead Harry and Meghan’s staff remained at the palace.

Less than a year after the split was made public, Harry and Meghan announced they were quitting royal life to seek financial independence and a fresh start abroad.


8.01am update: Prince Harry had ‘reminder’ of Meghan during ‘stressful moment’ at Diana statue unveiling

Prince Harry appeared to be “missing” his wife, Meghan Markle, during his short stay in the UK, according to royal commentators who explained why the Duchess of Sussex is a “strength” for the Duke.

“I just think he misses Meghan, for one.

“Being in Kensington Sunken Gardens is a reminder of his mum, but it’s also a reminder of Meghan.

“That’s where their engagement photocall was.”

7.53am update: Pastry thrown on Charles and Diana’s wedding day auctioneered 40 years later

A bun made 40 years ago has sold at an auction for £15. While many would hesitate to buy a clearly expired pastry, this bun tells an interesting story.

The bun was a part of the 400 year-old tradition in an Oxfordshire town – Abingdon-on-Thames’ famous Bun Throwing event. 

And it was thrown on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding day to celebrate the Royal newlyweds.

The bun, preserved in a coat of varnish, bears the label: “Abingdon Bun Throwing July 29, 1981 Wedding of Prince of Wales.”

It was sold by Hanson Holloway’s Ross in Banbury, Oxfordshire for £15. It has been expected to sell for £10-20.

A mystery bidder bought the bun and it is unclear who owned it before the auction.

7.50am update: Queen still has her own astronomer who is paid £100 a year- role once held by Halley

The Queen has over a thousand people in her employment, including rather bizarre jobs – like staff who taste her food or wear in her shoes.

However, a historically high honour is the Astronomer Royal role. The role is awarded to a highly renowned astronomer and dates all the way back to June 1675.

Astronomer Royal’s don’t have any specific duties but are appointed for occasional consultation on scientific matters.

Nowadays, however, the role is mainly honorary, though the current Astronomer Royal is still expected to be available if Her Majesty requests a consultation.

Since 1995, astrophysicist Martin Rees holds the position.

The role has lead to many scientific discoveries. Astronomer Royal Edmund Halley is famous for predicting the return of the comet now known as Halley’s Comet.

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