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Royal Family LIVE: Disgusting! Meghan fans spark wild conspiracy on Queen's Scotland trip

Prince Harry ‘can never be out’ of royal family says Lacey

The monarch will visit charities and businesses in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. It follows media reports the Sussexes rejected the title "Earl of Dumbarton" for Archie, because they feared it could lead to bullying.

Specifically they were concerned the title included the word “dumb”.

Sussex fans are convinced this story was briefed by royal insider, though without providing any proof.

Reacting to the Scotland trip one commented: “So that explains the Earl of Dumbarton hit piece!

“They want to get the Scots onside by drumming up hostility toward Harry and Meghan and their two-year-old son, over a Scottish title!”

A second added: “Well, now we know why the Earl of Dumbarton story is being pushed so hard. They’re hoping Scotland hates Meghan & Harry so that they’ll still support the royal family. Bad optics…..”

In response another Twitter user replied: “So obvious and so disgusting.”

Separately Prince Harry was reportedly "furious" when he and Meghan Markle were "punished" at their last royal event, according to a royal expert.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 for their final engagement before quitting royal duties.

But respected royal biographer Robert Lacey has claimed Harry was left "furious" by their treatment at the event.

Mr Lacey said while William and Kate took part in the procession with the Queen and other senior royals, Harry and Meghan were forced to "shuffle to their seats" like all the other attendees.

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The Queen is due to tour Scotland later this month (Image: GETTY)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 for their final engagement before quitting royal duties (Image: GETTY)

The couple were made to "take their places on the sidelines" alongside Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex.

Writing in the updated edition of his Battle of Brothers book, Mr Lacey said the Sussexes had been "punished" because they had been "so hustling and aggressive" with Megxit.

The pair were struck from the order of service, which the royal expert described as a "snub in black and white – plainly set out for all to see".

Mr Lacey added it would have "cost nothing" to include Harry and Meghan in the service for a final time as their "abrupt demotion was cruelly apparent".

He continued: "When Harry heard that he and Meghan had been so graphically shunted aside on this final appearance, he was furious.

"The subservience of a ‘spare’ – one of the basic reasons for this very sad parting of the ways – could not have been more strikingly illustrated."

The Sussexes sat in the second row behind the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the service.

Tensions were apparent between the Sussexes - who are now living in California - and the royals.

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The Royal Family's decision to abandon the Queen's famous "never complain, never explain" mantra has exposed claims made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, according to a royal commentator.

Angela Levin claimed the Royal Family records that demonstrate Prince Charles did continue to fund Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the immediate aftermath of their exit from the monarchy indicate the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told a "blatant lie". 

The royal commentator also told talkRADIO as time goes on the Sussexes "look more and more nasty".

11pm update: Dylan Donnelly takes over reportong from James Bickerton

10.35pm update: Harry and Meghan’s nod to ‘most famous’ occupant of Kensington Palace through engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid tribute to the "most famous" occupant of Kensington Palace through their engagement, a documentary claimed.

Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the Royal Family is known to be incredibly strained at the moment in the wake of their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke of Sussex has repeatedly revealed new details about his misery as a working royal too, and recently said he found London quite “triggering” because he associated it with memories of his mother, Princess Diana. 

Early into their married life, the couple also relocated to Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage — they even spent £2.4million of taxpayer money renovating the old property, although they have since paid this back.

9.29pm update: ‘Disgraceful!’ Kate and William face furious Scottish backlash after £48k spent on trip

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Scotland visit in December cost nearly £50,000 according to newly released figures.

Details of royal spending via the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant were released on Thursday. 

They confirmed £85.9million was spent on the Royal Family, and their engagements, in 2020-21.

Prince Charles: Expert on how royal has been 'trained'

8.30pm update: 'Her Union is dead!' Furious Scottish nationalists attack Queen ahead of Scotland tour

Scottish nationalists reacted with anger on social media, after it was announced the Queen will tour Scotland later this month.

The monarch will visit charities and businesses in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sterling. 

However the move infuriated some online nationalists, with one branding it “patronising” and hoping “the heavens open” during the trip.

The four-day tour will last from June 28 to July 1, with the Queen staying at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

7.05pm update: 'Are we surprised?' Harry and Meghan mocked as royal records cast doubt on cut off claims

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been brutally mocked as Royal Family records cast doubt on their claim they were cut off after leaving the monarchy.

Dominique Samuels told Channel 5's Jeremy Vine that many of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's claims have been proven to be untrue.

6.03pm update: Charles to be absent for Harry's visit as William rift deepens - 'Will leave boys to it!'

Prince Charles is expected to be absent when Prince Harry visits the UK next month and will be leaving his sons to hash out their differences without him, reports claim.

The Prince of Wales has been drawn into further furore over Harry and Meghan Markle’s finances this week, after Clarence House released their accounts from April 2020.

Harry told Oprah Winfrey in March that his family “literally cut me off” in the first quarter of last year — but the newly released official documents show Charles actually passed a “substantial sum” to his youngest son once he left the Firm.

The Sussexes have since disputed any claims that the royal accounts contradict their version of events, claiming that these are “two different timelines”.

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Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in May 2018 (Image: EXPRESS )

4.51pm update: Harry ‘feared public backlash’ when retrieving Diana’s estate — before Charles funding row

Prince Harry "feared" the public backlash that could be triggered if he had used a particular loophole when retrieving Princess Diana's estate - long before the latest funding row between the Sussexes and Clarence House.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are financially independent now, more than a year after they first announced that they wanted to be self-sufficient away from the Firm.

Once they officially split from the Royal Family in March last year, they quickly secured a historic Netflix deal estimated to be worth up to $150million (£107million), followed by another lucrative contract with Spotify, alleged to be valued at $35million (£25million).

It was also claimed that Prince Charles had passed a comfortable sum onto his son to help him fund his necessary security costs for his first year outside of the monarchy.

3.43pm update: Queen SNUBS Prince Harry: Monarch won't attend Diana event during Duke's trip to UK

The Queen won't attend the unveiling of a new Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace next week, as she will be in Scotland.

Prince Harry isflying in from California for the occasion, despite tensions with the wider Royal Family.

William will also attend the unveiling, which takes place on Thursday July 1.

However the monarch be concluding her trip to Scotland, which is designed to promote the country’s innovation and culture.

James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Katie Harris

2.40pm update: Prince George told about future King role 'around his 7th birthday'

Prince George was told about his future role as King by Prince William and Kate around the time of his seventh birthday, according to a royal expert.

Respected royal biographer Robert Lacey said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understood to have told their eldest son more about his future royal role last summer when he turned seven.

Writing in the updated edition of his Battle of Brothers book, Mr Lacey said: “William has not revealed to the world how and when he broke the big news to his son.

"Maybe one day George will tell us the story himself.

"But sometime around the boy's seventh birthday in the summer of 2020 it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince's life of future royal 'service and duty' would particularly involve.

"William's aim as a father, the prince stressed, was to give his son 'a normal family upbringing', enabling the monarchy 'to stay relevant and keep up with modern times'."

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Prince George, pictured on Sunday, was told about his future King role around the time of his seventh birthday, according to a new royal book (Image: Ian Burt/Paul Marriott)

2.15pm update: Does Royal Family offer value for money to British taxpayer?

The Royal Family cost the British taxpayer £87.5million during 2021/21, royal accounts have revealed - but do Express.co.uk readers think the monarchy is worth it?

Vote in our poll here.

1.15pm update: Kate announces major new patronage

Kate has become the patron of The Forward Trust, an organisation helping people struggling with addiction and their families.

This new role is particularly poignant for the Duchess of Cambridge as The Forward Trust has recently merged with Action on Addiction, one of Kate's first patronages.

The charities joined forces to be able to deal with the increased demand for help arising from the COVID-19 crisis and the lockdowns.

1pm update: Meghan's 'Hollywood culture' clash with Kate and William exposed

Meghan Markle clashed with Kate and Prince William over her Hollywood demands, according to a new royal book.

The former Suits star is said to have been used to "getting exactly what she wanted whenever she wanted".

In an updated edition of Battle of Brothers, a royal correspondent is quoted as saying this caused a "very deep clash of philosophies" with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge due to Meghan being used to a "Hollywood service culture" while William and Kate were "paternalistic" to royal staff.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been scolded for being "obsessed with titles but not duty" (Image: GETTY)

11.55am update: Harry and Meghan scolded for being 'obsessed with titles but not duty' after Archie row

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been scolded for being "obsessed with titles but not duty" following reports they rejected an earldom for their son Archie.

Conservative commentator Darren Grimes tweeted: "This couple are cartoon. Obsessed with Royal names and titles – yet not the duties that come with them. It’s amazing."

11am update: Dumbarton MSP reacts to claims Harry and Meghan rejected Archie title

Dumbarton's MSP has reacted to claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rejected the Earl of Dumbarton title for Archie because it contained the word "dumb".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - who are living in California after quitting royal duties last year - are said to have turned down the Scottish title for their son due to fears he might be bullied.

And in a light-hearted response, the MSP for Dumbarton took to Twitter to react to the reports.

SNP MSP Jackie Baillie jokingly said: "I am reflecting on this low blow and will issue a full statement in the morning. In the meantime….."

She accompanied the tweet with a meme of her in the Scottish parliament with the text "'mon then".

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank welcomed son August earlier this year (Image: BUCKINGHAM PALACE)

10.20am update: Sarah 'over the moon' after becoming a grandmother

The Duchess of York has spoken of her excitement after welcoming her first grandchild earlier this year in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

When asked about becoming a grandmother, Sarah said: "I’m over the moon to have become a grandmother, naturally."

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank welcomed their son, called August, in February. 

9.35am update: 'If money is tight why move into 16-bathroom house?!' Arbiter hits out at Meghan and Harry

Former royal press spokesperson Dickie Arbiter blasted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over disputed claims they were financially cut off by the Royal Family and highlighted the inconsistency between their gripes and the showbiz lifestyle they flaunt.

He told Good Morning Britain: "Harry chose to be financially independent, he left this country went to Canada, went to the United States.

"And yes, the general impression was that he should be paying for security - that takes a large chunk out of your earnings.

"He's signed with Spotify, he signed with Netflix, lucrative deals, and they help to pay for the security.

"But you've got to ask yourself if they're so tight and strapped for money why move into a £10million house with nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms.

"You cut your coat according to your cloth, start smaller, and you work up. So, you know, that begs an answer as well."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit royal duties last year for a new life in America (Image: GETTY)

9.15am update: Royal expert points out Harry is already Earl of Dumbarton

A royal expert has pointed out Prince Harry is already the Earl of Dumbarton amid claims he and Meghan Markle rejected the title for Archie because it contained the word "dumb".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have turned down the Scottish title for their son over fears he would be bullied.

But royal author Robert Jobson pointed out that Harry is already the Earl of Dumbarton.

Mr Jobson said on Twitter: "Harry is already the Earl of Dumbarton. It is his title when he is in Scotland."

Harry was given the title - which has strong military connections - by the Queen to mark his royal wedding in May 2018.

8.40am update: Queen income plummets £10m due to Covid ban on palace visitors

The Queen was left with more than a £10million shortfall in her finances, the review published by Buckingham Palace today shows.

The palace revealed just how severely the effects of the coronavirus pandemic have hit its finances.

The palace lost just over half its annual income outside of Government funding after being forced to shut its doors to visitors owing to the Covid crisis.

8am update: Charles did fund Harry with 'substantial sum' after Megxit

Prince Charles did keep on funding the Sussexes after they quit, accounts reveal.

Harry claimed on TV that his family “cut me off financially" in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

But Clarence House accounts, published today, show that the Prince of Wales provided the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with a “substantial sum”.

7.30am update: Harry and William urged to take time for ‘reconciliation and serious talk’ at Diana event

Prince Harry and Prince William have been urged by a royal expert to take time to reconcile at their expected reunion next week at the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue.

Royal biographer Robert Lacey told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “Surely when they're gathered together to honour their mother and what Diana stood for, that will be the time when we can hope for some sort of reconciliation and serious talk.

“Otherwise if they just appear together in public in front of the statue and there's nothing more, I think we would rightly conclude that it's a superficial gesture.”

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