Meghan and Harry latest news – Queen's secret plan to send Sussexes to Africa as it's said Meghan 'deepened' Royal rift

AN explosive upcoming book about the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry claims Meghan Markle 'deepened' their fallout as she  “wanted to change the world” – and doing good wasn't enough.

Rumours the brothers had grown apart started circulating when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit the Royal Family earlier this year.

Royal biographer Robert Lacey will detail the speed at the breakdown of the family relations was revealed – including allegations of Meghan's impact.

He wrote: “So here was another profound reason for the rift that would divide William and Harry and come close to shattering the House of Windsor within two years.

“Meghan didn't just want to do good in the world — she wanted to change the world.”

Meanwhile, the book also revealed The Queen had a secret plan for Meghan and Harry to live in Africa for a year.

The 94-year-old monarch realised not enough had done to come up with a role for their newest Royal Family member that suited her “unique identity and talents”.

Follow all the latest news on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry below…

  • Samantha Lock

    HARRY & MEGHAN ENDORSE BIDEN

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle controversially endorsed President Donald Trump’s rival Joe Biden last Friday.

    Members of the Royal Family are supposed to be politically neutral.

    The couple were swiftly criticised for speaking out about American politics.

  • Samantha Lock

    KATE'S BROTHER TAKES SWIPE AT PM

    The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother has taken a cheeky swipe at Boris Johnson.

    James Middleton said he didn’t understand the Government’s ‘Rule of Six’ measures to combat the second wave coronavirus.

    The 33-year-old younger sibling of Kate posted a photo of his seven dogs to his 194,000 Instagram followers.

    The entrepreneur said: “The only thing I understood from Boris trying to explain the new restrictions is that the rule of six doesn’t apply to dogs!”

    He included the hashtags ruleof6 confusing and boris.

  • Claire Hubble

    QUEEN'S SECRET PLAN REVEALED

    The Queen had a secret plan for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to live in Africa for a year, an explosive new book has claimed.

    The 94-year-old monarch realised not enough had done to come up with a role for their newest Royal Family member Meghan Markle that suited her “unique identity and talents”, Battle of Brothers reported.

    And author Robert Lacey claimed Her Majesty had been inspired by her own enjoyable time in Malta for the idea of Meghan and Harry heading to Africa.

    In an extract released to the Daily Mail, the author said: “The big idea was to get Harry and Meghan out of the country for a decent spell. It would give everyone a breather.

    “The Queen wanted to offer both honour and responsibility to the couple by handing them some role in her beloved British Commonwealth of Nations — a highly personal token of trust.”

  • Claire Hubble

    MEGHAN ADVISED TO ABANDON LAWSUIT

    The Duchess of Sussex should quit her privacy lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, urges a legal expert.

    Mark Stephens, of Howard Kennedy, told Newsweek: “If I was advising Meghan I'd be saying get out now.

    “This is another hole below the waterline.

    “The risk is that how she curates her reputation, what she allows into the public domain and what she doesn't, are now things that will be picked over by lawyers in cross-examination.”

    She is suing the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a letter she wrote to her estranged dad, Thomas, in 2018.

    Stephens' advise comes after Meghan lost a court battle to block claims she allegedly co-operated with the authors of Finding Freedom.

  • Claire Hubble

    KATE'S UNCLE BASHES SUSSEXES ONLINE

    In a now-deleted LinkedIn post, Gary Goldsmith unleashed a scathing online message to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – criticising them for “craving attention”

    He is Kate Middleton's uncle, the brother of Carole Middleton.

    He blasted: “With so much stuff going on in the world, still these two muppets are craving attention.”

    Mr Goldsmith, who attended Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, said, “Harry you have lost our love and respect.”

  • Claire Hubble

    TEARFUL MEGHAN LABELLED 'TONE-DEAF'

    Palace insiders thought Meghan Markle's tearful TV interview in Africa in 2019 was “tone-deaf” and “miserably self-indulgent”, a an excerpt from upcoming book Battle of Brothers claims.

    Author Robert Lacey said: “”But then to start emoting against the backdrop of one of the most blighted corners of the planet to complain about the distressing problems you are experiencing adjusting to life inside a palace — Meghan’s litany of grievance had suggested indifference bordering on contempt for the true concerns of the human beings among whom she had been smiling.

    “It also demonstrated a bizarre tone-deafness as to how miserably self-indulgent her self-pity must appear.

    “This was unquestionably the view of a powerful constituency inside Buckingham Palace, headed by the Queen’s Private Secretary, Sir Edward Young.”

  • Claire Hubble

    WILLS 'UN-BROTHERED' HARRY

    Prince William was so angry with Prince Harry's behaviour over Megxit that he “un-brothered” him, according to explosive new claims from upcoming book Battle of Brothers.

    Before the Sandringham Summit, William refused to have lunch with his younger brother.

    Author Robert Lacey said: “It was a pity that William was now so angry that he was not speaking to him any more. It was as if Harry had become un-brothered.”

    “The Queen had suggested the family should gather for lunch before their big pow-wow in the library that afternoon, but (William) refused his grandmother’s invitation.

    “He would obviously turn up at 2pm for the meeting, he said, but he only wanted to talk business.

    “The Prince himself has not confirmed his friends’ speculation that he was so furious with his younger brother that he would not be able to endure the hypocrisy of smiling at him over lunch.”

    It was the last time Harry and William spoke at length as aides and courtiers were left to hammer out the finer points of the Megxit terms.

  • Claire Hubble

    ARCHIE KEEPS SUSSEXES ON THEIR TOES

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke to the Evening Standard about Black History Month from their £11million Santa Barbara home.

    Meghan said she was enjoying motherhood in America.

    She said: “We are doing well. [Archie] is so good. 

    “We are very lucky with our little one. He is just so busy, he is all over the place. He keeps us on our toes. We are just so lucky.”

  • Claire Hubble

    MEGHAN'S MEALS

    Details on how the Duchess of Sussex maintains her slim figure have been revealed.

    Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in Finding Freedom: “Her morning ritual started with a cup of hot water and a slice of lemon, followed by her favourite breakfast of steel-cut oats (usually made with almond or soy milk) with bananas and agave syrup for sweetness.”

    For lunch, the Duchess prefers to eat gluten-free and vegan in the week, according to a 2015 interview with Best Health.

    Meghan has often talked about her love of cooking and hosting dinner party guests, favouring hearty soups, lamb tagine and roast chicken.

    She also enjoys green juices and slices of apple with peanut butter as a snack.

  • Claire Hubble

    HARRY AND MEGHAN ‘SHOPPED AROUND’ BEFORE NETFLIX DEAL

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “shopped themselves around” for a big-money TV deal before settling on Netflix, the firm's boss Reed Hastings revealed.

    The streaming giant's co-CEO claimed the Sussexes offered themselves to “all major companies” before bagging themselves the deal thought to be worth £112million.

  • Claire Hubble

    FORMER ARMY COLLEAGUE:'WE MISS HARRY'

    General Sir Richard Dannatt said military heroes will lose out following the Duke of Sussex’s decision to leave royal life for America with wife Meghan Markle.

    Addressing Harry's decision to leave Britain, General Dannatt told the Sunday People: “Harry and Meghan are very much involved in other things and that’s their life choice and I don’t criticise them for that.

    “But it means that he is not as available, not supporting in such a high-profile f­ashion, the work of charities and the needs of veterans.

    “I don’t criticise him for that, he makes his own choices, but we miss him and I hope that in a change of circumstances, that I can’t envisage, he returns to take up more traditional royal duties in this country.”

  • Samantha Lock

    MEGHAN 'DEEPENED ROYAL RIFT' FOR 'WANTING TO CHANGE WORLD'

    Meghan Markle 'deepened' the royal rift as she “wanted to change the world” – and doing good wasn't enough, it was claimed today.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit the Royal Family earlier this year amid speculation of disagreements with other members, including Prince William and Kate Middleton

    And in an excerpt of the biography Battle of Brothers released in the Daily Mail today, the speed at the breakdown of the family relations was revealed – including allegations of Meghan's impact.

    Author Robert Lacey claimed: “So here was another profound reason for the rift that would divide William and Harry and come close to shattering the House of Windsor within two years.

    “Meghan didn't just want to do good in the world — she wanted to change the world.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LOVE NOTE

    When it comes to planning a wedding, there's a lot to consider – but luckily for Prince Philip, the Queen's ring wasn't one of them.

    Keeping up with royal tradition, Her Majesty's wedding band was crafted from Welsh gold and has a secret inscription on the inside.

    The secret message, however, has remained a mystery, despite marrying over seventy years ago, with only three people knowing what it says – the Queen, 94, Prince Phillip, 99, and the engraver.

    Writing in her new book Prince Philip: A Portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, royal expert Ingrid Seward said: “At least Philip didn't have the expense of a wedding ring, as the people of Wales supplied a nugget of Welsh gold from which the ring as made. She never takes it off and inside the ring is an inscription. No one knows what it says, other than the engraver, the Queen and her husband.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    The plan helped to give the couple a “self-sufficient” status without fully matching – or threatening – the position of heir Prince William.

    Meghan and Harry had already travelled to Botswana together early on in their relationship, with the prince previously revealing how the continent had a special place in his heart.

    The biography claimed: “Their relationship had taken flower in Africa after all, so maybe it, or somewhere else in the Commonwealth, might provide their next step. Johannesburg could be their Malta.”

    It was also claimed The Queen wanted Meghan to perform “special work” that would support women and girls.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HER MAJ'S PLAN

    The Queen had a secret plan for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to live in Africa for a year, an explosive new book has claimed.

    The 94-year-old monarch realised not enough had done to come up with a role for their newest Royal Family member Meghan Markle that suited her “unique identity and talents”, Battle of Brothers reported.

    And author Robert Lacey claimed Her Majesty had been inspired by her own enjoyable time in Malta for the idea of Meghan and Harry heading to Africa.

    In an extract released to the Daily Mail, the author said: “The big idea was to get Harry and Meghan out of the country for a decent spell. It would give everyone a breather.

    “The Queen wanted to offer both honour and responsibility to the couple by handing them some role in her beloved British Commonwealth of Nations — a highly personal token of trust.”

  • Samantha Lock

    TROUBLED PRINCE

    Prince Harry revealed he had been “very close” to a “complete nervous breakdown” before seeking therapy.

    And an explosive new biography claimed the royal's ex Cressida Bonas felt he was “damaged” after he struggled through his late 20s.

    The Duke of Sussex spoke out three years ago about how he felt his life was slipping into “total chaos”.

    In an interview with UK's The Telegraph in 2017, Harry said it wasn't until he was 28 that he addressed his troubled mental health.

    He said: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.

    “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”

    He eventually went into therapy at the advice of his older brother, Prince William.

  • Samantha Lock

    HARRY 'CLOSE TO BREAKDOWN' IN LATE 20s

    Explosive new book Battle of Brothers, serialised in today's Daily Mail, claims Prince Harry struggled with his mental health in his late 20s.

    The book claims Prince Harry had previously said he had come “close to a complete breakdown” on a number of occasions.

    He then went into therapy at the suggestion of older brother, Prince William.

  • Samantha Lock

    ROYAL SHUN

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry snubbed the Queen's summer holiday 'as Archie was too young' – before jetting off to Spain, it was claimed today.

    In an extract published by the Daily Mail, author Robert Lacey said: “Suddenly Harry, Meghan and Archie were no longer joining William, Kate and the other members of the Royal Family for their annual summer holiday with Grandma at Balmoral.

    “The official excuse, conveyed straight-faced by the palace, was that at three months Archie was still too young for the air travel involved. But that didn't stop the Sussexes somehow managing to travel to Minorca for a week that August, and then taking Archie with them for a few days in the South of France with Elton John and his partner David Furnish.

    “'The Côte d'Azur with Elton, but no Balmoral with Granny?' asked one former attendant to Elizabeth II. 'They seem to be getting their Queens mixed up.'”

  • Samantha Lock

    'FRATERNAL FISSURE'

    An explosive new book, Battle of Brothers by author Robert Lacey, claims the friction between Prince William and Harry stemmed from when William flagged concerns over the speed of Meghan and Harry's relationship.

    A number of friends reportedly told the author that William questioned his younger brother over his romance with Meghan.

    And William was so concerned that he went to his uncle Charles Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, for help, it was claimed.

    But the move angered Harry – who was alleged to have become furious with the future king for dragging other family members into the row.

    According to Battle Of The Brothers the tiff led to the brother’s continuing “fraternal fissure”.

    Among William's frustrations were claims that Harry and Meghan had given the palace just ten minutes' notice over their announcement to quit the Royal Family.

  • Samantha Lock

    MEGHAN & KATE HAD 'MUTUAL RESPECT' BUT HARRY & WILLS WOULD 'NEVER HESITATE' TO ARGUE

    Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton treated each other with “mutual respect” – but Prince Harry and William would "never hesitate" to argue, a new book claimed today.

    The duchesses were “cool professionals” – with the explosive Battle of Brothers claiming friction between the couples had instead flared when Prince William flagged concerns over the speed of Meghan and Harry's relationship.

    In an excerpt of the biography released in the Daily Mail today, it was claimed the duchess had “got on rather well” from the start.

    Author Robert Lacey claimed: “They might not be best-buddy material, but they found themselves, sister-outsiders in their extraordinary royal situation, and both of them cool professionals, treating each other with mutual respect.

    “Each was far too canny to make an enemy of a prospective sister-in-law – it only made sense to be friends.”

    Instead, the author claimed the “fundamental conflict” was between Harry, 36, and William, 38, as they had “never hesitated to tell each other exactly what they thought and felt”.

  • Samantha Lock

    HARRY 'FACES HUGE TAX BILL'

    Prince Harry faces a "monumental tax bill" unless he “takes a break” from his £11million Californian mansion, it has been claimed.

    The Duke of Sussex, who moved to Los Angeles with Meghan Markle and their son Archie in May, will be legally obliged to pay taxes in the country once he has lived there for 183 days.

    Harry and Meghan were first reported to be living in the US on May 7 – staying at a Beverly Hills mansion owned by TV producer Tyler Perry.

    It means Harry, 36, has now been in the US for at least 151 days – just weeks away from the 183 day mark.

    Top LA tax lawyer David Holtz said: “You can safely assume that someone at the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] is looking very closely at him. This is a big deal.”

    Harry now faces paying both US federal and Californian state taxes under the Internal Revenue Service's 'substantial presence test', the Mail on Sunday reports.

    It requires any foreigner who spends 183 days in the country during a three-year period to pay US taxes on worldwide earnings.

    It means Harry would have to leave the US until 2023 if he wanted to avoid a massive bill and laying his sources of income bare.

  • Samantha Lock

    'DAMAGED & SELF OBSESSED'

    Cressida Bonas, Harry’s last girlfriend before Meghan, is said to have felt he was “a damaged and self- obsessed young man”.

    She allegedly told pals he would “rant and complain about paparazzi lurking where clearly there were none”.

    Cressida was introduced to Prince Harry in 2012 and split in 2014 – with Cressida thought to have been overwhelmed by the attention she was getting while engagement rumours swirled around the young couple.

    Cressida attended the prince's wedding with Meghan Markle in 2018.

  • Samantha Lock

    WILLIAM 'ENRAGED' HARRY BY ASKING UNCLE TO STOP HIM RUSHING INTO MARRIAGE

    Prince William angered Prince Harry by asking their uncle Earl Spencer to stop him rushing into marriage with Meghan Markle, an explosive new book claims.

    The Duke of Cambridge, 38, reportedly called in Princess Diana’s brother after “brusque” and “peppery reactions” to his own attempts to talk Harry round.

    William is said to have turned to Charles Spencer, 56, — who walked with them and Prince Charles behind Diana’s coffin in 1997 — much to the annoyance of Harry, 36.

    The book states: “The result of the Spencer intervention was an even more bitter explosion.

    “Once again Harry refused to slow down.

    “He didn’t blame his uncle. He understood why Diana’s brother should want to help.

    “Yet he was furious with his elder brother for dragging other family members into the row.”

  • Samantha Lock

    QUEEN'S 'SECRET PLAN FOR MEGHAN & HARRY TO LIVE IN AFRICA'

    The Queen had a secret plan for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to live in Africa for a year, an explosive new book has claimed.

    The 94-year-old monarch realised not enough had done to come up with a role for their newest Royal Family member Meghan Markle that suited her “unique identity and talents”, Battle of Brothers reported.

    And author Robert Lacey claimed Her Majesty had been inspired by her own enjoyable time in Malta for the idea of Meghan and Harry heading to Africa.

    In an extract released to the Daily Mail, the author said: “The big idea was to get Harry and Meghan out of the country for a decent spell. It would give everyone a breather.

    “The Queen wanted to offer both honour and responsibility to the couple by handing them some role in her beloved British Commonwealth of Nations — a highly personal token of trust.”

    The plan helped to give the couple a “self-sufficient” status without fully matching – or threatening – the position of heir Prince William.

  • Claire Hubble

    'I HOPE HARRY AND WILLIAM HEAL THIS TERRIBLE RIFT'

    Writing for The Sun, royal photographer Arthur Edwards revealed his hopes that the once-close brothers will heal their rift.

    He said: “I remember when he and William were inseparable and totally devoted to one another. I photographed them as young boys having so much fun on a trampoline at Balmoral.

    “Later they would play football and you could see the great love between them, despite the crunching tackles on each other.

    “Being older, William looked out for Harry, helping him avoid the pitfalls he had already faced as a prince growing up outside the cloistered world of palaces and courtiers. That bond was strengthened when their mother died. 

    “Watching them walking behind Diana’s coffin in 1997 you would never have thought they would end up not speaking — and it all happened the day after Harry met Meghan Markle.”

    Read more here.

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