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Meghan Markle latest news: Piers Morgan slams ‘self-wallowing’ Harry and Duchess in Oprah interview

PIERS Morgan has slammed “self-wallowing” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in their Oprah chat.

Writing for the MailOnline Morgan accused Harry and Meghan of being "hypocrites" for complaining about being hounded by the press but also agreeing to the interview with Oprah.

The Good Morning Britain host also criticised Harry for saying life was "unbelievably tough" in California after leaving the Royal Family - while his grandfather Prince Philip is seriously ill in hospital.

The first two trailers for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell "nothing off limits" interview with Oprah dropped overnight giving tantalising glimpse at what the runaway royals may be discussing.

One teaser shows Meghan sitting alone cradling her baby bump while America's top celebrity interviewer appears to quiz her on Megxit and exactly what she meant by her famous "almost unsurvivable" comments.

Follow our Harry and Meghan live blog below for the very latest news and gossip about the royal couple...

  • THIS IS THE £19 PRODUCT MEG USES TO LOOK MORE AWAKE

    The duchess has opted for a nude-tone of eye pencil instead of her trademark dark eyeliner, make-up expert Francesca Abrahamovitch told the Daily Mail.

    And Charlotte Tilbury sells the perfect one for just £19.

    And she's been applying it just below her lower waterline, which can make anyone look like they've had a full eight hours sleep (sounds like magic to us).

    Francesca said: "If you still want smoulder, smudge your dark pencil below it.

    "As long as you steer clear of that all-important waterline, you'll maintain the eye-brightening illusion."

  • MEGHAN 'CHANNELS DIANA' WITH WARM GREETINGS

    She may be one of the most famous women in the world - but that doesn’t stop Meghan Markle greeting royals fans with a hug.

    Last year, the Duchess of Sussex was pictured embracing attendees of her Smart Works clothing range and even got round an awkward encounter at the One Young World summit with a hug.

    Leading etiquette expert William Hanson told Fabulous Digital: "As an American, Meghan would be more used to greeting strangers and acquaintances with a hug - standard practice in the US.

    "Brits prefer a handshake, reserving hugs and social kisses for close friends and family.”

    Grant Harrold, the former butler to Prince Charles, told MailOnline that Meghan’s down-to-earth body language is “showing that the British royal family is a modern 21st-century family" and that she is determined to "carry on Diana's tradition” of hugging.

    In comparison, body language Judi James said: “As a future Queen Kate has always followed royal etiquette to the letter and this would include using the handshake as the norm.”

  • MEGHAN & HARRY'S LIST OF GOOD DEEDS

    The couple have released a "list of good deeds" for Brits to do in the lead up to this year's International Women's Day.

    Posting to their Archewell website, the ex-Royal couple created a list of deeds that are "real acts of compassion for the women in your life and in your community".

    The list includes a mixture of practical examples: "pick up the phone and check in on a friend", "order from a woman-led restaurant" and "make a meal for a woman in your community".

    While other deeds seemed vague and so less-practical: "achieve birth justice for all moms, not just some."

  • WHEN IS MEGHAN AND HARRY’S BABY DUE?

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting a new addition to their family of three as they announced in a statement on February 14.

    The couple said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”

    It is unclear when or where Meghan will give birth or what the sex of the baby is. 

    The duchess kept her pregnancy under wraps as her, Harry, and baby Archie have been social distancing in their Santa Barbara, California home.

  • THIS IS THE SECRET BEHIND MEG’S WEDDING SONG

    The couple have revealed the poignant reason behind playing the song This Little Light Of Mine at their wedding. 

    Speaking on their new Archewell podcast the Duchess of Sussex, 39, said: "It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together.”

    Meghan said: “This Little Light of Mine played at the very end of our wedding...while we were walking down the steps of the church.

    "It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together. Because as we all know, 'darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that..."

  • DIANA'S PHOTO REMOVED FROM ARCHEWELL WEBSITE

    On New Year's Eve, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - who quit the Royal Family in January 2020 - unveiled the full site for their non-profit foundation as they called for "compassion".

    Introducing their website, the couple shared childhood pictures of themselves with their mothers - alongside a short letter to 2021 in which the Duke described himself as "my mother's son".

    Diana's photo has now been removed from the website as part of its makeover.

  • MEGHAN PLEDGED TO 'SET STANDARDS HIGH' WITH NEW YEAR RESOLUTION SHE MADE MONTHS BEFORE MEETING HARRY

    Five years ago, the Duchess of Sussex - who was best known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits - vowed to set her "standards high" for the New Year on her lifestyle blog The Tig.

    Meghan wrote: "For this new year, the only thing I aim to do is to approach life playfully.

    "To laugh and enjoy, to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher."

    In July that year, Meghan was set up with Prince Harry by a mutual friend.The biography Finding Freedom claims the couple enjoyed their first date at Soho House's Dean Street Townhouse - where they reportedly spoke about making “change for good” while sitting on plush “velvet chairs”.

  • MEGHAN’S SNACKING HABITS REVEALED

    Meghan has spoken a fair bit about her diet in the past, and confirmed that one of her go-to healthy snacks is watermelon.

    In a past interview, she said: “On set and at home, I try to always have a container of watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon because it elevates the flavour just a notch, and makes it feel special."

    The mum-of-one also prefers a healthy drink to gorging on takeaways.

    Speaking of her fast food choices, she told The Chalkboard in a past chat: "A green juice. That’s fast. And it’s food. It’s been many moons since I went through a drive thru."

  • MEGHAN MARKLE HAD TO 'REINVENT HERSELF' BEFORE MARRYING INTO ROYAL FAMILY

    Before she married into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle was most famous for her role in Suits.

    Speaking ahead of the Royal Family in 2018, royal expert Victoria Murphy claimed the former actress would have to "reinvent herself".

    The expert said: "She has had a long time to have an independent life to forge her own opinions, and she has very much made a career of promoting herself - of putting herself forward.

    "She had an Instagram account, and she's been very open and outspoken about a lot of things. And these are things that are going to have to change."

    "It does feel like a need for a bit of reinvention really, she is really kind of parking what she's done before and moving herself into her new role."

  • PIERS MORGAN SLAMS MEGHAN AND HARRY'S 'SELF-WALLOWING NARCISSISM'

    Piers Morgan has slammed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's "self-wallowing narcissism" during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Piers accused Harry and Meghan of being "hypocrites" for complaining about being hounded by the press but also agreeing to the interview with Oprah.

    The Good Morning Britain host also criticised Harry for saying life was "unbelievably tough" in California after leaving the Royal Family.

    Morgan wrote for the MailOnline: "I've watched all this with increasing disdain and repeatedly ridiculed their obvious double standards and extraordinarily arrogant desire to want to have their privacy cake and eat it as they exploit their royal status for huge financial gain.

    "It really does take a staggering degree of self-wallowing narcissism to say those words after a year in which 2.5 million people have died in a global pandemic and tens of millions have lost their jobs and are suffering horrific financial hardship."

  • MEGHAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO DIANA BY WEARING HER £17K BRACELET

    Meghan Markle has paid tribute to Princess Diana in her subtle jewellery selection for her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    The pregnant Duchess of Sussex can be seen wearing Diana’s sparkling £17,700 Cartier tennis bracelet for the occasion. 

    She also donned a £1,400 Aquamarine Collette Pendant Cord Necklace from sustainable designer Pippa Small, and a £5,000 Cartier love bracelet, which is believed to have been a present from Harry.

    This brought Meghan’s jewellery up to a staggering £24,100, and was in addition to her £3,300 Armani gown and £535 Aquazurra heels.

    When Princess Diana died in 1997 her priceless jewels were left to Prince William and Prince Harry, who divided up the gems to give to their future wives. 

  • WHICH HONOURS, TITLES AND PATRONAGES HAS HARRY LOST?

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will lose a number of honours, titles and patronages after officially quitting the Royal Family. 

    Ex-soldier Harry, who served on the frontline in Afghanistan, has lost a number of honorary military positions. 

    The Duke is no longer the Captain General of the Royal Marines or Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington. He has also given up his role as the Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands' Small Ships and Diving.

    He has also had to relinquish presidency of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, with the charity thanking the pair for their “keen support and encouragement” in a statement. 

    The Duke, a keen rugby fan, will no longer be a patron of the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football League - roles which he took over from the Queen.

  • WHO'S NEXT IN LINE TO THE THRONE?

    Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, having served the country for an astonishing 65 years. But who is next in line to the throne?

    The throne will pass on to Prince Charles if the Queen abdicates, retires or dies.

    Next in line after Charles is eldest son Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and then his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

    The newest arrival to the royal family is Eugenie's son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line after Eugenie in 10th place.

    When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's second baby is born this year,  August will slip to 12th place.

  • ROYALS TOLD TO 'HIDE BEHIND THE SOFA' FOR OPRAH INTERVIEW

    The Royal Family have been warned to "hide behind the sofa" when Harry and Meghan’s tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey airs next month. 

    It is believed the couple used the interview to "get what they want to say off their chests" before they announced they have permanently quit as frontline royals.

    The interview is set to deliver the most explosive revelations since the Panorama confessions of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1995.

    Read the full story here.

  • MEGHAN AND HARRY INTERVIEW IS 'BEST OPRAH HAS EVER DONE'

    Oprah Winfrey's interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is "the best she's ever done", it's claimed.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tell-all interview with the chat-show queen is set to air in the US on March 7.

    According to Royal author Omid Scobie, CBS presenter Gayle King, a pal of Oprah's, said: "I’ve heard from reliable sources—this is Oprah talking—that it’s the best interview she’s ever done.

    "I think that’s saying something!”

    Harry and Meghan have vowed they will be "speaking their truth" to US chat show veteran Oprah, 67.

  • LATEST UPDATES ON PRINCE PHILIP'S HEALTH

    Prince Philip has been transferred to St Bartholomew's hospital for further treatment - almost two weeks after falling ill.

    The 99-year-old royal was first admitted to hospital King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, after feeling unwell at Windsor Castle.

    You can find the latest updates on the Duke of Edinburgh's health here.

  • TIMELINE OF PRINCE PHILIP'S HOSPITAL STAY

    Tuesday February 16 - The duke is admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital on a precautionary basis after feeling unwell. He travels from Windsor Castle by car. Philip is said to be in "good spirits" and walks into the private hospital unaided. He is expected to stay for a few days.

    Friday February 19 - Sources say Philip is now expected to remain in hospital for "observation and rest" over the weekend and into the next week.

    Saturday February 20 - The Prince of Wales makes a 200 mile-round trip to see his father, spending around half an hour at the hospital.

    Tuesday February 23 - Seven days after the duke was admitted, the Palace says he is being treated for an infection and is "comfortable and responding to treatment", but is not expected to leave hospital for several more days.

    Monday March 1 - Philip is transferred in an ambulance to St Bartholomew's Hospital for treatment for an infection and testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace says.

  • OPRAH ACCUSED OF 'PAINTING QUEEN AS MAFIA BOSS'

    Oprah has been accused of painting the Queen as a "mafia boss" in her interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry - as royal experts slammed the suggestion the duchess was "silenced".

    The preview of Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tell-all interview was criticised as "nonsense" after the clip showed Oprah dramatically ask Meghan if she was "silent or silenced" in the royal family.

    But the claim is "ridiculous" and unfairly paints the Queen as a mob boss like Don Corleone from The Godfather, royal experts said.

    Robert Jobson, a biographer of Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh, said the trailer was packed with "over the top, melodramatic nonsense."

    "There are no hit men or heavies going around silencing people. Meghan, whilst a working royal, was always protected by a team of Scotland Yard officers," he said.

  • HARRY TELLS OPRAH HE'S 'GRATEFUL' TO HAVE HAD MEGHAN'S SUPPORT ON EXIT FROM ROYAL LIFE

    Prince Harry says he is grateful to have had Meghan's support throughout his exit from royal life.

    US television network CBS has released two 30-second excerpts from Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, which is set to air at 8pm Eastern Time in the US on Sunday - or 1.00am Monday UK time.

    In the second video, the duke also expressed his admiration for what his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, had to endure under similar circumstances.

    He tells Winfrey: "I'm just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you, with my wife by my side, because I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself, all those years ago.

    "Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other."

  • FORGET OPRAH INTERVIEW - HARRY AND MEGHAN HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW ARCHEWELL LOGO

    Prince Harry and Meghan have unveiled a new logo which includes the word ‘service’ in the wake of their cruel dig at the Queen.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also dropped a photo of Princess Di and their ‘Letter for 2021’ from the home page of their website.

    The couple’s Archewell logo was tweaked to include the words ‘Service. Compassion. Action. Community’.

    Their updated website outlined their aims for their non-profit work in a new mission statement.

    It read: “Welcome to Archewell. Through our non-profit work, as well as creative activations, we drive systemic cultural change across all communities, one act of compassion at a time.”

  • BUCKINGHAM PALACE STATEMENT ON PRINCE PHILIP

    Prince Philip has so far spent a total of 13 nights being cared for by medics - his longest ever stay in hospital.

    A statement said: "The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition. 

    "The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week."

    Earlier this week, Prince Edward said he had spoken to his father on the phone, who was "looking forward to getting out".

    He told Sky: "As far as I'm aware, well I did speak to them the other day, so he's a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he's looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing. So we keep our fingers crossed."

  • PRINCE PHILIP TRANSFERRED TO DIFFERENT HOSPITAL

    Prince Philip has been transferred to a different hospital today almost two weeks after falling ill with an infection.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was pictured leaving London's King Edward VII clinic in an ambulance this morning as police guarded his way.

    The Queen's husband, who was admitted as a precautionary measure two weeks ago after feeling unwell, left from the rear end of the hospital.

    Buckingham Palace today confirmed he has been taken to a different hospital while still battling an infection and a heart condition.

    A police van was used to protect the Duke from being photographed, while staff shielded his way with umbrellas.

  • ROYAL OFFICIALS 'BEGAN PLANS TO REMOVE HARRY AND MEGHAN FROM KEY ROLES LAST YEAR'

    Officials began drawing up plans to remove Harry and Meghan from key roles as early as last year, The Sun on Sunday revealed.

    The pair held the posts of President and Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – the charity which champions young leaders.

    However, in November Prince Harry’s picture was removed from the QCT’s website and some wording was changed to remove the phrase "their ideas for social change".

    It later read "the ideas, energy and passion of young people".

    You can read the full story here.

  • MORE ROYAL DUTIES FOR KATE AND WILLIAM?

    Prince William and Kate Middleton may have to take on the roles left empty by the departure of the Sussexes, it has been claimed.

    Meghan lost two royal patronages given to her by the Queen in 2019 and Harry will no longer be a patron of the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football League - roles which he took over from the Queen.

    It was reported Rugby League chiefs want the future king to take on the patronage as the World Cup looms.

    A source close to the Rugby Football League told The Telegraph: "The World Cup is going to take place in the north of England, which is very significant at this time and very important for the royal household to acknowledge and get behind, particularly as it will be happening in many towns where major events are not usually held.

    "The Duke of Sussex was a high profile figure who embraced the World Cup and we hope the next appointment will be a continuation of that."

  • MEGHAN AND HARRY 'WILL DITCH' TRADITIONAL ROYAL BABY NAME

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry already "know the sex of their baby" and "will ditch" a traditional royal name, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, royal expert Ingrid Seward claimed Meghan and Harry have already found out the sex of their second baby as that is the "LA way".

    Describing how Harry and Meghan won't feel "obliged to use any of the standard royal names", Ingrid added: "I imagine they might go for the Victorian style names which are all symbolic of colours.

    "For a boy, they may choose Red, which is Redmond, Blue or Grey. Whereas for the girl choices, I can see them turning to the flowers - Daisy, Primrose, Violet or Ivy."

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