MEGHAN Markle is "shocked" by critics who say she's wading into US politics and feels telling people to vote "shouldn't be controversial", an insider has claimed.
Last month, Meghan and Harry were slammed for “interfering in US politics” and telling voters to "reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity" in what the Duchess described as the "most important election of our lifetime".
A source said: "[Meghan] thought she was saying something relatively uncontroversial, which is people should get involved and vote."
Meanwhile, a body language expert has claimed Prince Harry "looks ready" to have a second baby.
When Harry discussed fatherhood with BLM activist Patrick Hutchinson, Judi James said: "He mistakenly thinks Patrick has two children but Patrick corrects his to inform him he has four kids. Harry’s non-verbal response is almost explosive as he drops the empathetic ‘I’m a dad too’ face and converts to an expression of almost childlike surprise, wonder and shock.
"Harry’s signals of shock and surprise do hint he’s not yet considered the idea of being a dad several times over, although his excited eye-smile does seem to suggest that he might be very happy at the idea and even keen to promote it."
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MEGHAN AND HARRY'S CELEBRITY WEDDING GUESTS 'COULD NOT HAVE BEEN DEAR FRIENDS'
There's no denying that Harry and Meghan's Windsor wedding was THE social event of 2018.
Everyone from David and Victoria Beckham to the cast of Suits attended the Duke and Duchess' big day.
But according to journalist and author Rachel Johnson, the celebrity guests weren't all good pals with the couple.
Writing for Airmail, Rachel said Oprah Winfrey, James Corden and Carey Mulligan “could not possibly be old and dear friends of the bridal couple”.
What's more, Rachel claims George and Amal Clooney told Princess Diana's former flatmate that they “didn't know” Harry and Meghan all that well.
She continued: ” There’s a story doing the rounds that while Carolyn Bartholomew, Diana’s former flatmate, was waiting for the wedding service to start, she turned to the couple alongside her and asked how they knew Harry or Meghan.
“'We don’t,' the Clooneys answered brightly.”
SECRET SIGNS PRINCE HARRY IS READY FOR ANOTHER BABY, ACCORDING TO BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT
WE can hardly believe it's been 18 months since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed baby Archie into the world – and if the Duke's body language is anything to go by, the royal couple might be thinking about having another one soon.
The Duke of Sussex appeared on a video call BLM activist Patrick Hutchinson for GQ magazine today and revealed he never knew unconscious bias existed until he married Meghan Markle.
Despite the serious topic matter, body language expert Judi James says the Duke seemed happy and relaxed during the discussion – while also making it clear the subjects resonated with him a “very personal way”.
Judi said: “Harry mistakenly thinks Patrick has two children but Patrick corrects his to inform him he has four kids. Harry’s non-verbal response is almost explosive as he drops the empathetic ‘I’m a dad too’ face and converts to an expression of almost childlike surprise, wonder and shock.
“Harry’s signals of shock and surprise do hint he’s not yet considered the idea of being a dad several times over, although his excited eye-smile does seem to suggest that he might be very happy at the idea and even keen to promote it.”
MEGHAN’S SUITS SALARY REVEALED
Before she married into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle was best known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits.
The Duchess of Sussex starred in the hit US legal drama from 2011 until 2018 and recorded over 100 episodes.
And according to the Mirror, the Duchess was paid £37,000 for every episode – which raked up to £333,000 a year.
At the height of her Suits fame, Meghan also charged up to £15,000 for speeches and public appearances – according to royal biographer Andrew Morton.
After Meghan's incredibly powerful UN speech in March 2015 (in which the Duchess said she was “proud to be a woman and a feminist”), the biographer claims that the “chat show” offers and public speaking engagements “started to come in thick and fast”… and she soon began charging £15,000 for every speaking engagement.
PIERS MORGAN SAYS HARRY AND MEGHAN 'CAN'T HAVE IT ALL' AS HE CALLS FOR THE COUPLE TO BE STRIPPED OF ROYAL TITLES
Piers Morgan is never one to mince his words – especially when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Good Morning Britain host has slammed the couple for weighing in on US politics and called for them to be stripped of their titles.
He told the Express: “If they want to be truly free and independent they have got to drop their titles.
“It seems to me they want to have their royal cake and eat it.
“They want to have all the commercial buyer power of being the Duke and Duchess of Sussex without any need to do any of the dirty little jobs on a wet Wednesday in Stoke when they have to visit an old people's home or something. And I think that’s not on their agenda.
“They want to be in Hollywood drinking tea with George Clooney so I think you can’t have it all. If you want to go off and be celebrities like the Kardashians then drop the royal titles.”
PRINCE WILLIAM 'FEARED FOR FUTURE OF MONARCHY' WHEN HARRY MARRIED MEGHAN
In his biography Battle of the Brothers, royal expert Robert Lacey explained how Prince William was concerned about what impact his brother's marriage would have on the monarchy.
The expert explains how the Duke of Cambridge had concerns about his brother's marriage to the former Suits actress in an excerpt of the book which appeared in People magazine.
He wrote: “For William it was the future state of his monarchy—his sacred trust; while for Harry it was the love of the complex and captivating woman who had finally made sense of his life.
“William worried that his brother was moving too fast in his courtship — and he did not shrink from saying as much when Harry started talking about getting hitched to Meghan quite soon.”
MEGHAN'S CO-STAR WARNED 'DON'T LET HARRY HURT YOU'
Meghan Markle’s Suits actor friend says he warned her not to let Prince Harry “hurt her” when she revealed they were dating.
Co-star Rick Hoffman recalled offering some sage advice when she confessed her new flame was in fact royalty.
Appearing on NBC News’ TODAY, the actor said: “I had gotten the news early and I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me?
“It was like both of us in the trailer, just kind of like ‘you’re dating a prince?’…and then I was just like take it slow, be careful, don’t let him hurt you.”
Meghan's other co-star Sarah Rafferty said at the time the cast were very close.
She said: “We called ourselves the sister wives…we were with each other for longer than we went to college or high school with our friends so we became family. We’re still family so this is a wonderful family affair.”
MEGHAN BELIEVES ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO VOTE 'SHOULDN'T BE CONTROVERSIAL', EXPERT CLAIMS
Meghan Markle is “shocked” by critics who have accused her of interfering in politics because she thinks encouraging people to vote “shouldn't be controversial”.
A source said: “She thought she was saying something relatively uncontroversial, which is people should get involved and vote.
“[Meghan] now feels, [and] admits, as she said the other day, she has to be constantly careful about what she says and stick to what she thinks will not be controversial. Even telling people to get involved in the democratic process should not be a controversial subject.”
Last month, Meghan and Harry were slammed for “interfering in US politics” when they spoke out on the US election and labelled it “most important election of our lifetime”.
PRINCE HARRY INITIALLY 'REFUSED THE QUEEN'S OFFER OF A MEGXIT TRIAL PERIOD'
Prince Harry was so intent on quitting the Royal Family that he reportedly “refused The Queen's offer of a Megxit trial period”, a bombshell biography has claimed.
According to the book Finding Freedom – which attempts to shed light on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's decision to step down as senior royals – the Duke was adamant he wanted a “clean break” from the Royal Family.
The Prince reportedly feared him and Meghan's decision to quit the Royal Family would not be taken seriously if he agreed to the trial.
However, The Queen persuaded Prince Harry to agree to a trial period which would allow him and Meghan to return to their roles if they changed their minds in a year.
A source said: “He was adamantly opposed to the review process.”
GEORGE & AMAL CLOONEY ADMITTED THEY 'DIDN'T KNOW' MEGHAN AND HARRY AT ROYAL WEDDING
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in May 2018, it was a star-studded affair.
The Beckhams, the entire cast of Suits, Serena Williams and Carey Mulligan were just a few celebs who attended the Royal Wedding in Windsor – along with George and Amal Clooney.
But according to Princess Diana's former flatmate, the A-List couple admitted they didn't know Harry and Meghan all that well before their big day.
Journalist Rebecca Johnson wrote for Airmail: “There’s a story doing the rounds that while Carolyn Bartholomew, Diana’s former flatmate, was waiting for the wedding service to start, she turned to the couple alongside her and asked how they knew Harry or Meghan.
“'We don’t,' the Clooneys answered brightly.”
KATE AND WILLIAM DIDN’T MEET ARCHIE FOR 8 DAYS, BOOK CLAIMS
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed baby Archie in May last year, the couple decided to keep the details of his birth mostly private.
And now a new royal biography has claimed that the youngest addition to the Royal Family didn’t meet his aunt and uncle for over a week.
In his new book, Battle of Brothers, royal expert and the advisor for the TV show The Crown Robert Lacey claims the Sussexes' desire for privacy ruffled feathers behind palace walls.
He writes: “Prince William did not think too highly of Harry and Meghan’s ‘prima donna’ manoeuvres to conceal the birth of their son.
“He and Kate failed to visit the new arrival for a full eight days.”
WILLIAM AND HARRY 'TOOK OPPOSITE LESSONS' FROM CHARLES AND DIANA'S MARRIAGE
They might belong to the most famous family in the world – but according to royal expert Robert Lacey, Prince William and Prince Harry are completely different people.
In his new book Battle of the Brothers, the expert claims the brothers took “opposite lessons” from their parents' failed marriage.
He explained: “These young boys are the product of that marital turmoil, and they took two opposite lessons from it.
“William took the lesson of duty, as he went through these difficult times, the prospect that he was going to be King was inspiration and strength for him.”
While Harry and Meghan married after less than two years of dating, Prince William popped the question to Kate after nine years to ensure she was “up to the job”.
Robert added: “Harry took the opposite conclusion from the turmoil of his parents’ loveless arranged marriage. He was going to go for love, so we are looking at a clash between these eternal principles of love versus duty.”
Meghan Markle is rocking more than £650,000 worth of jewellery from Princess Diana’s private collection, from her signature Cartier watch to the stunning Aquamarine ring she wore on her wedding day.
When Princess Diana passed away in 1997 her priceless jewels were left to Prince William and Prince Harry, who divided up the gems to give to their future wives.
While Kate Middleton has been wearing Princess Diana’s engagement ring since 2011, after Prince Harry proposed to Meghan we saw a number of her other pieces back in the public eye.
Stones from the late princess’ collection were used by Prince Harry, 36, to create Meghan’s engagement ring, but she also wears pieces straight out of Princess Diana’s jewellery box.
Read more HERE
CAMILLA HANDS OUT GONG
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, presented lyricist Don Black with the Special Olivier award at a virtual ceremony last night.
Mr Black received the gong for his work including the James Bond theme songs he co-wrote with composer John Barry for the films Thunderball and Diamonds are Forever.
The awards, established in 1976, are named after the actor Laurence Olivier and are considered to be Britain's most prestigious stage honours.
KATE, WILLS, AND THE KIDS BAKE CUPCAKES FOR VETERANS
Kate Middleton, Prince William, and their children are honouring the sacrifices made by war veterans and armed forces personnel.
Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, Prince Louis, two, and their parents have been baking cupcakes.
The sweet treats were delivered to the Royal British Legion's home near the couple's country home in Anmer Hall, Norfolk.
The Royal British Legion tweeted: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family have shown their support for our poppyappeal this year by baking these delicious poppy cakes which were delivered to our care home in Norfolk. @KensingtonRoyal.”
WILLIAM'S EXPANDING ROLE 'SUGGESTS HE DOESN'T EXPECT MEGHAN AND HARRY TO RETURN'
Prince William's growing list of commitments suggests he doesn't expect Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to return to the Royal Family, a royal author has claimed.
The second in line to the throne has been widely praised for his environmental work, while Kate collected powerful images during lockdown as part of her Hold Still exhibit.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey, who wrote the sensational book Battle of Brothers, told the Royally Obsessed podcast: “I do not think they [Harry and William] are on better terms.
“I think the way in which William and Kate are ploughing ahead here in Britain, developing their role and expanding their role would seem to indicate they’re not anticipating and don’t want Harry and Meghan to come back.”
PRINCESS ANNE'S 'OUTSPOKEN' BODY LANGUAGE SHOWS RELATIONSHIP WITH QUEEN
Princess Anne's “outspoken” body language shows her relationship with The Queen, an expert claims.
Princess Anne is the only daughter of the Queen and is considered to be one of the hardest working royals.
Body language expert Judi James told the Express that the 70-year-old shares similar characteristics to her father Prince Philip.
Judi said: “Stoic, hard-working, practical, out-spoken and challenging, of all the Queen’s children, Princess Anne has always been both the closest and the most similar in terms of personality to her father Prince Philip.
“Her low-key, unfussy, immensely solid role in the Queen’s public life makes their relationship look similar in many ways to that between the Queen and her husband.”
HARRY: ‘MEN ARE ESPECIALLY STRUGGLING DURING LOCKDOWN’
Prince Harry opened up on a number of topics during a recent interview with BLM activist Patrick Hutchinson for GQ magazine.
During the chat Harry addressed male mental health, saying: “Men are especially struggling during lockdown – with many in a really dark place.”
The royal asked about Mr Hutchinson's experiences of lockdown – and said the situation has left many men suffering in silence.
“For men who are isolated by themselves this can be a really dark place, unless you know the different solutions or different distractions that you can put into your life: whether it's going for a great walk or a run or just doing something that keeps you mentally and physically fit,” he said.
A HAIR RAISING VISIT
The Duchess of Cornwall braved the elements while visiting a woodland venue in Gloucestershire today.
Camilla, 73, arrived at the Royal Arboretum and had clearly made an effort with her appearance – her locks were pristine and she sported some brown boots with a green coat.
The royals are not immune to the weather as her hair fell victim to a gust of wind.
The Duchess previously visited the woodland park in 2014. It attracts 550,000 visitors a year providing a beautiful landscape where people can visit to enjoy and learn about trees.
CHRISTMAS WITH HER MAJESTY
Royal aides have drawn up plans for the Queen’s Christmas dinner and it remains to be seen who will be given an invite.
Things will look very different due to the coronavirus restrictions and Prince Andrew may not get an invite.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: “There are contingency plans in place just in case the Covid-19 restrictions and rule of six still apply at Christmas.
“The Queen has insisted that she will abide by the rule of six but intends to go ahead with spending a family Christmas at Sandringham.
But, who will join the Queen at Christmas? Find out HERE
QUEEN'S 'TWO MISSING WORDS' IN KEY SPEECH 'CREATED SUSPICION'
The Queen didn't have a picture of Meghan and Harry on display during her annual Christmas address last year but there were two key words also missing from her speech.
In 2018, the Sussexes had appeared with the rest of the family and insiders claim the couple were upset when they failed to make the 2019 line up.
There was no mention of Harry and Meghan within the speech. She welcomed her eighth great-grandchild but did not say the name Archie.
Speaking to The Mirror's royal podcast Pod Save the Queen, biographer Robert Lacey said the Queen's omission created “suspicion” with the rest of the family.
“Clearly there was suspicion building up inside the family and inside the palaces about what this project that Sussex Royal, that Harry and Meghan were launching, was all about,” he said.
PRINCE ANDREW FACES FRESH PRESSURE AS SECOND DEPOSITION BY GHISLAINE MAXWELL EMERGES
Prince Andrew faces fresh pressure over a second deposition given by Ghislaine Maxwell.
The British socialite, currently in jail accused of being a pimp for US billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was questioned again three months after an evasive seven-hour grilling.
Testimony from that first interview for a civil case brought by Virginia Giuffre was published last week.
Ms Giuffre claims she was one of Epstein’s sex slaves and slept with Andrew three times — which he denies.
Her lawyers are expected to argue the second deposition, from July 2016, should also be made public in full.
Read our report HERE
PRINCE ANDREW HAS 'ZERO CHANCE' OF RETURNING TO FORMER ROLE
Prince Andrew has “zero chance” of returning to his former role and will remain on the outside, according to reports.
The duke, 60, was reported to be plotting a return to royal duties to “serve his country” almost a year after his car-crash Jeffrey Epstein BBC interview.
In November last year, Andrew took part disastrous interview with the BBC's Emily Maitlis – during which he denied claims he had sex with Virginia Roberts when she was 17, failed to show sympathy for Epstein's victims and also claimed he couldn't sweat.
Insiders insist that there is “zero chance” of the Duke returning to his former role, The Mirror reports.
One said: “There is no way of him ever returning to front line duties and he will remain very much on the outside.”
CHARLES AND DIANA'S SPLIT 'SHAPED HOW HARRY THOUGHT ABOUT MARRIAGE'
Charles and Diana's split and divorce shaped how Prince Harry thought about marriage, a royal biographer claims
In his book, Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, royal historian and biographer Robert Lacey explains how Charles and Diana's split influenced the Duke of Sussex's approach to marriage.
“We thought the disorder, chaos and tragedy of the '80s and '90s involving their parents were over. Now [it's all] come back to life in the shape of these two boys,” Mr Lacey told Page Six.
“Harry's attitude was: 'I'm marrying for love. And he's been so happy and proud to proclaim he loved Meghan virtually from the moment he met her in 2016. That impulse has guided him,” the historian said.
PRINCE HARRY REACHED OUT TO ASHLEY BANJO AFTER BLM-INSPIRED ROUTINE
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reached out to Ashley Banjo after Diversity performed a Black Lives Matter-inspired performance on Britain's Got Talent.
The 36-year-old Duke discussed racism and unconscious bias with BLM activist Patrick Hutchinson in an interview for GQ magazine.
The performance received more than 24,000 complaints after the routine but Harry said the UK needs to “truly celebrate” diversity.
“You talk about unconscious bias to start with, which you and I both know is a huge thing globally,” the Duke told Patrick.
“But, yes, it exists in the UK as well. But I think with the Ashley Banjo stuff, we – Meghan and I – spoke to him shortly after that whole process, that whole moment in his life and Diversity's life.”
HARRY: 'I DIDN'T KNOW UNCONSCIOUS BIAS EXISTED UNTIL I WALKED IN MEG'S SHOES'
Prince Harry admitted he didn't know unconscious bias existed until he was 'living a day or a week' in Meghan Markle's shoes.
The Duke spoke about racism in an interview for GQ magazine and said that his education didn't equip him to understand the issue.
“Unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed.
“And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes,” he admitted.