Queen Elizabeth news – Branding Her Majesty 'petty' for cutting Meghan & Harry from photos is VERY wrong, expert says | The Sun

THE Queen's 2019 Christmas speech included an adorable collection of photos of her family beside her on Her Majesty's desk, but Prince Harry and Meghan weren't featured.

A royal commentator has hit back at claims made regarding the lack of photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the Queen's desk.

Victoria Arbiter's father was Dickie Arbiter, who was press secretary to the Queen.

Arbiter made the comments in response to claims made in Tom Bower's upcoming book that Harry was "staggered" to learn the Queen hadn't included a photo of him and Meghan during her 2019 Christmas speech.

The commentator said that only direct succession to the throne were featured in the pictures, which was a move made by the Palace to detract from Prince Andrew's shambolic Newsnight interview.

She told Insider: "It was inevitable that people would assume the Queen chose to leave them out as the war of the Windsor's sells but there was no slight or malice,."

"So often, people try to read into every little thing and sometimes with good reason but the Queen is not mean-spirited nor is she petty."

"All her children and grandchildren could take offense based on who's featured each year but they know the system and they know why certain decisions are made so it's unfortunate so much was made of the Sussexes absence. It wasn't personal," she added.

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  • Lauren Lomas

    Harry and Meghan visit Robert De Niro’s NYC restaurant

    The royal pair took some time to visit one of New York’s hottest restaurants after Harry’s speech to the UN on Monday.

    Locanda Verde is owned by legendary actor Robert De Niro. Visitors were shocked to see the royals enjoying a meal together there.

    According to reports, onlookers were warned that taking pictures would result in them being removed.

    Despite this, the pair took time out of their day to speak with fans and take snaps.

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    Prince Charles WON’T be investigated over £2.5million charity donation

    The watchdog had studied allegations that the ex-Qatari PM, had given a suitcase of 500 euro notes to the Prince.

    A royal source insisted last month that Charles operates on advice and such incidents have not happened in the past half decade and would not happen again.

    The Charity Commission said yesterday: “We have assessed the ­information provided by the charity and have determined there is no further regulatory role.”

    Clarence House said the donations were passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities and appropriate governance was carried out.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Harry accused of 'copying' his brother's speech format

    Royal fans noticed similarities between the way both brothers deliver their speeches.

    The Duke of Cambridge addressed the Church of Scotland in 2021, which fans noticed they both mention their mother, Princess Diana.

    "And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors," William said.

    Harry said: "It's where I felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died," he spoke of how Africa reminds him of this mother.

    He then mentions his wife, "and where I knew I'd found a soulmate in my wife," mentioning Meghan Markle.

    William said: "It was here in Scotland, 20 years ago, that I first met Catherine. Needless to say, the time when you meet your future wife holes a very special place in your heart."

    Fans were quick to notice, and one Tweeted: "Prince Harry just copied and pasted Prince William's 2021 Church of Scotland Speech credit @royalinstablog."

    Another said: "I knew I'd heard that before. It isn't the first time that he has copied William."

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Harry doesn’t hold ‘much respect’ for Camilla, according to royal expert

    One royal expert has spoken out on Harry and Camilla’s relationship, saying that Harry has “no interest” in his stepmother.

    Royal expert Ingrid Seward, told the Mirror’s podcast, Pod Save The Queen, that Harry has “no interest in developing a relationship” with the Duchess of Cornwall at the moment.

    She told listeners: “I don’t think Harry has a great deal of warmth for her, he waxes and wanes with her.

    “I don’t know about the recent trip, but certainly I think Harry was quite happy to accept Camilla in the beginning but then went off the boil about her and I don’t think he holds her in great respect.”

  • Louis Allwood

    The Earthshot Prize is back

    Prince William has announced that the Earthshot Prize is back.

    This year, five more winners will be heading to Boston to accept their awards for game-changing solutions to combat climate change.

    Each winner will receive £1million to develop ideas to tackle global warming.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry 'broken No.1 rule of Royal Family'

    A royal author has claimed Prince Harry has broken the "number one rule of the Royal Family" by writing a tell-all memoir. 

    Duncan Larcombe, told The Daily Beast last week: “How can the royals welcome Harry back into the fold when he has effectively turned himself into a journalist? 

    “As long as that book hangs over them like a sword of Damocles, how can they be expected to extend an olive branch?

    “Once the book is out, William will have to make a decision about what he is going to do about Harry, but he is not going to do a thing until he knows what is on every page of that book." 

    He added: “The reality is that if, as a senior member of the Royal Family, you have written a tell-all book, you have broken rule No. 1 of the Royal Family.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Netflix stuns with new Meghan & Harry plan

    Following reports that Netflix want to run a Harry and Meghan series at the same time as The Crown, one royal expert has said that the Sussexes are trying to run a "woke" alternative to "wipe out" the Firm.

    Writing on Twitter, Angela Levin said: "More proof that H and M want to run a woke alternate royal family that would wipe out the one we have already.

    "Time to lose their titles and for Harry his Counsellor of State post.

    "Of course with M also as President in the USA."

    Also commenting on the claims, royal expert Richard Eden said: "Gosh! This really would be tacky."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Global assault on democracy and freedom'

    As well as paying tribute to Mandela's legacy, Prince Harry told of the dangers of climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, the war in Ukraine and abortion laws in the US.

    He said: "We're living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities in every corner of the globe; climate change wreaking havoc on our planet, with the most vulnerable suffering most of all; the few, weaponising lies and disinformation at the expense of the many; and from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional rights here in the United States.

    "We are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom – the cause of Mandela's life."

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    Royals updates live!

    Check for new updates on the royal family and her Majesty the Queen here at The Sun.

    Royal fans are currently awaiting the release of Prince Harry’s tell all memoir, and the two’s Netflix documentary, while the Queen continues to come back stronger from her mobility issues.

    Stay tuned here for updates everyday!

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meghan visit Robert De Niro's NYC restaurant

    The royal pair took some time to visit one of New York's hottest restaurants after Harry's speech to the UN on Monday.

    Locanda Verde is owned by legendary actor Robert De Niro. Visitors were shocked to see the royals enjoying a meal together there.

    According to reports, onlookers were warned that taking pictures would result in them being removed.

    Despite this, the pair took time out of their day to speak with fans and take snaps.

  • Louis Allwood

    Newsnight photographer has embarrassing photo of Prince Andrew

    The photographer has said it could send the monarchy into turmoil if released.

    Mark Harrison, has refused to reveal the photo that could “embarrass Prince Andrew.”

    A source told the Daily Mail: “It’s the kind of thing which would make the public drop their cornflakes. It is definitely not what Andrew would want out there and apparently he insisted that it remained secret. It was not one of the shots the BBC released.”

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    In pictures: Her Majesty meets US representative via video link

    Her Majesty has been attending to her royal duties this week via video link.

    The Queen had a virtual meeting with US Ambassador, Jane Hartley, at Buckingham Palace.

  • Louis Allwood

    Did Prince Harry 'copy & paste' Williams speech?

    Royal fans have taken to social media to accuse Harry of stealing his brother's talking points in a recent UN speech.

    Harry made a moving address to viewers, calling on leaders to defend human rights and democracy.

    But some royals fans think William already made these points in another presentation.

    One person wrote on Twitter: “Prince Harry just copied and pasted Prince William’s 2021 Church of Scotland Speech.”

    Another said: "I knew I'd heard that before. It isn't the first time that he has copied William."

    Someone else added: "Have nothing to say don’t say BUT don’t copy your brother speech."

    Harry mentioned a number of things missing from Will's speech, including the conflict in Ukraine.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry doesn’t hold ‘much respect’ for Camilla, according to royal expert

    One royal expert has spoken out on Harry and Camilla’s relationship, saying that Harry has “no interest” in his stepmother.

    Royal expert Ingrid Seward, told the Mirror’s podcast, Pod Save The Queen, that Harry has “no interest in developing a relationship” with the Duchess of Cornwall at the moment.

    She told listeners: “I don’t think Harry has a great deal of warmth for her, he waxes and wanes with her.

    “I don’t know about the recent trip, but certainly I think Harry was quite happy to accept Camilla in the beginning but then went off the boil about her and I don’t think he holds her in great respect.”

  • Louis Allwood

    In pictures: Class is in session! Camilla meets Cornish students

    As Charles and Camilla continued their journey across Cornwall this week, the Duchess met with students  at Charlestown School in St. Austell.

    Earlier this week, the couple were pictured in Newlyn, a famous fishing village in the county.

    Despite the 40C temperatures, the royal pair have been committed to completing their duties.

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    The Queen’s new strategy to avoid disappointing her subjects

    Her majesty will have royals “waiting to stand in” if she cannot attend an event at the “last minute.”

    A royal expert has claimed that the Queen has members of her family in “fall back position” in case she is unable to attend events.

    Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for the Daily Express, told Royal Round Up that this is why Princess Anne is accompanying her mother for plenty of events.

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    Prince Charles' charity will not be further investigated

    Prince Charles' charity will not face further investigations surrounding a cash donation of around £2.5 million.

    The charity watchdog has confirmed the decision and will not launch an investigation into reported cash donation to the Prince of Wales's charitable foundation from the ex-leader of Qatar.

    A spokesperson for the Commission said: "We have assessed the information provided by the charity and have determined there is no further regulatory role for the commission."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Healing rifts'

    Princess Beatrice and Eugenie are "healing rifts quietly" with the Sussexes, it has been claimed. 

    He told the Express: “I suspect the York sisters’ good relations with Harry and Meghan are very beneficial to the monarchy.

    “It is perhaps a relief that we don’t know any details, but the healing of rifts is best done quietly.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Public reaction to Prince Harry's UN speech

    One person wrote on Twitter: “Prince Harry just copied and pasted Prince William’s 2021 Church of Scotland Speech.”

    Another said: "I knew I'd heard that before. It isn't the first time that he has copied William."

    Someone else added: "Have nothing to say don’t say BUT don’t copy your brother speech."

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    Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in Torquay

    The royals are in Torquay for day three of their visit to Devon and Cornwall.

    They have visited the Maritime and Coastguard Agency today to take a look at their huge developments and celebrate their 200th anniversary.

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    Meghan is in tune with Prince Harry's body language expert reveals

    Body language expert, Judi James exclusively revealed that Meghan is in tune with her husband's body language and tries to calm to his nerves.

    Judi said: "Meghan is the professional when it comes to performing and she is never seen looking nervous or anything other than confident before a speech.

    "This could be why she goes into nurturing mode, correcting his refusal of the hand clasp by pulling the hand into her lap and cradling his arm with her left hand. She also glances down at the clasp as though checking it out.

    "Her nurturing mode is also apparent when she hears a woman behind them coughing and immediately get her a bottle of water from her bag.

    "Meghan may have decided to be insistent about the double hand clasp because she could ‘feel’ and see Harry’s nerves building up, like a parent will often read a child and move in to soothe or calm in a pre-emptive gesture.

    "Her nurturing mode is also apparent when she hears a woman behind them coughing and immediately get her a bottle of water from her bag.

    "Was Harry’s mood anything other than nervous? Is he the surrendered male some people claim?

    "His response to the corrective clasp looks positive as his fingers curl around hers, plus once he has finished his speech he sits back beside her and seems to instigate the same clasp.

    "Meghan clearly uses it as a useful tie-sign as well as an expression of affection as a PDA. She was also rubbing Harry’s arm with her hand and one thumb, which is a version of the double-handed clasp and arm-rubs she used at their engagement photoshoot.

    "It does signal moments of taking control and the real question might be why Harry pulled his hand away in front of the cameras when the couple are always known for their eternal touch and hand clasp rituals."

  • Louis Allwood

    What did Prince Harry's body language at UN meeting show?

    Speaking exclusively to Fabulous, body language expert Judi James said Prince Harry was exhibiting signs of "high level nervousness and tension".

    She explained: "A much calmer and more poised Meghan went into firm parental mode, using a correctional gesture to ensure reassurance after Harry appeared to dismiss or shrug off her hand clasp."

    Pointing out the signs of Harry's "inner anxiety", Judi highlighted how the Duke kept going back to his wedding ring.

    The expert said: "His constant fiddling with his wedding ring, which is a self-comfort ritual like a child might suck its thumb or carry a comfort-blanket.

    "Harry used a whole raft of these self-comfort rituals arriving at the venue and walking on stage, including a truncated buttoning of his jacket, a smoothing of his tie and the placing of a hand across his tummy.

    "He also touches his watch or wristband, which is direct mimicry of his father’s signature self-comfort gesture.

    Secondly, the expert said the Duke had "follow, expressionless eyes" during the public appearance.

    She added: "This is a look Harry had on the build-up to leaving the UK.

    "It is not a look his fans will want to see now he is happily settled in the US but it could be down to priming himself for his speech."

  • Louis Allwood

    What is the Earthshot Prize?

    Over the course of the next decade, The Earthshot Prize will find the most inspiring solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

    These new solutions will work on every level, have a positive effect on environmental change and improve living standards globally, particularly for communities who are most at risk from climate change.

    The five Earthshots are:

    • Protect and restore nature
    • Clean our air
    • Revive our oceans
    • Build a waste-free world
    • Fix our climate

    The Earthshot Prize is back

    Prince William has announced that the Earthshot Prize is back.

    This year, five more winners will be heading to Boston to accept their awards for game-changing solutions to combat climate change.

    Each winner will receive £1million to develop ideas to tackle global warming.

    Harry 'broken No.1 rule of Royal Family'

    A royal author has claimed Prince Harry has broken the "number one rule of the Royal Family" by writing a tell-all memoir. 

    Duncan Larcombe, told The Daily Beast last week: “How can the royals welcome Harry back into the fold when he has effectively turned himself into a journalist? 

    “As long as that book hangs over them like a sword of Damocles, how can they be expected to extend an olive branch?

    “Once the book is out, William will have to make a decision about what he is going to do about Harry, but he is not going to do a thing until he knows what is on every page of that book." 

    He added: “The reality is that if, as a senior member of the Royal Family, you have written a tell-all book, you have broken rule No. 1 of the Royal Family.”

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