Meghan Markle would ‘shake up’ politics says Lorraine
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Republicans hit out at the Duchess of Sussex after she wrote to members of the United States Congress and Senate calling for paid leave for new parents. The letter, which was released on Wednesday, was on Sussex headed paper and Meghan signed it with her Duchess title.
Republican Congressman Jason Smith told the Daily Mail: “Meghan’s latest interference in US politics reignites the question in my mind as to why the Royal Family does not simply strip her and Harry officially of their titles, particularly since she insists on sending this under the pretence of being the Duchess of Sussex.”
Rep. Lisa McClain added: “Meghan Markle is incredibly out of touch with the American people and should stick to acting instead of trying to play politics.
“The last thing we need right now is wealthy celebrities pushing their liberal agendas on the American people.”
Harry and Meghan kept their Sussex titles when they quit royal duties but agreed to stop using their HRH styles.
Under the couple’s agreement with the Queen they can still use their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
Express.co.uk has contacted Meghan and Harry’s representatives and Buckingham Palace separately for comment.
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Queen feels ‘haunted’ by 1936 abdication crisis
Royal commentator Richard Eden told Mail Plus’ Palace Confidential: “It’s wonderful that we have a monarch that’s prepared to work so hard, carry on working until she’s 95.
“I mean in this country generally, people retire 30 years earlier than that so it’s an incredible feat.
“I just think after a lifetime of service, we ought to say to the Queen ‘you can retire, feel free to retire’, I mean we’ve got two Popes at the moment, Pope Benedict retired.
“It can be done, I think she feels such a strong pledge that she made to the nation, she’s haunted by the 1936 abdication and she is determined to serve until she dies.
“I don’t think there’s any need for that, the Royal Family won’t collapse if she retires and hands over.”
Queen ‘hit hard’ by cancellation of Northern Ireland trip
The Queen was likely “hit hard” by the cancellation of her visit to Northern Ireland, according to a commentator.
Zoe Forsey, who hosts royal podcast ‘Pod Save The Queen’, said: “We know obviously she said that it was with deep regret and that she was really disappointed she couldn’t go.
“So, we know that this is something she doesn’t like. She’s obviously very committed to her work.
“None of the royals like cancelling engagements but the Queen in particular, this probably would have hit her quite hard.
“It’s so late notice as well, there’s so many plans in place.”
Angela Levin explains ‘religious vow’ behind Queen’s refusal to give up royal duties
Royal biographer Angela Levin claimed that the reason behind the Queen’s refusal to give up any of her royal duties came down to a religious vow the monarch made when she was younger.
Ms Levin told talkRADIO: “But the main reason is a religious one, that when she was 21, she said she would do her best to be the Queen, and with God’s help she would do it until she died.
“The coronation confirmed that because it is a holy event, as well as royal one.
“She doesn’t want to break her link with that.
“It would make her feel very bad because she is devout.”
Barbados elects first-ever president as monarch replaced
The Queen will be replaced as head of state in Barbados, following the election of the nation’s first-ever president.
On October 21, Barbados elected its first-ever president as it takes the first steps to become a republic.
Dame Sandra Mason will be sworn in on 30 November – the country’s 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.
Queen back at her desk and carrying out light duties
The Queen was back at her desk and carrying out light duties after returning home from hospital yesterday, according to reports.
The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital for “preliminary investigations”.
But the monarch is said to have already been back to work after returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime on Thursday.
A source told the Daily Mail: “Quite understandably, a cautious approach is being taken by the medical team.
‘Her Majesty was back at her desk this (Thursday) afternoon and undertaking light duties.”
Charles ‘aware’ everyone wants crown to ‘leapfrog’ to William
Royal commentator Angela Mollard spoke to the Australian morning programme Sunrise hosts about Prince Charles.
Ms Mollard said: “He’s gone to this event, the Prince’s Trust Awards, telling this story about how he went into a shop, and he had to wait for all the people to come out.
“He said, ‘everyone was waiting to go in, but they were just trying to get me out.’
“And he said, ‘story of my life.’
“And I loved that, the thing with Prince Charles is that no one actually thinks that he should be King.
“Everybody’s wanting to leapfrog straight to William, he’s aware of that.”
Queen in hospital for overnight stay after health fears cancelled royal tour
The Queen attended hospital for an overnight stay after health fears cancelled an upcoming trip to Northern Ireland.
Royal doctors sent the monarch to be seen by specialists in London on Wednesday.
Buckingham Palace said she was in “good spirits” following preliminary investigations during her visit to hospital.
The palace said: “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today (Thursday) and remains in good spirits.”
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