Diana statue: Harry 'flying in and out on same day' says expert
The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her daughter, named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born at 11.40am on Friday, June 4, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, weighing 7lb 11oz. She was named after the Queen's family nickname and also Harry's mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.
Unlike traditional royal births, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to publicly share an image of their daughter.
But ET reported the couple have shared of picture of the Lilibet with Harry's family.
The picture of the baby was reportedly shared on the royals' WhatsApp group, where extended members of the Firm stay in touch.
Announcing the birth of their daughter, Harry and Meghan said in a statement: "It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.
Meghan is unlikely to return to the UK for the Princess Diana statue unveiling - royal expert
"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.
"She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well and settling in at home.
"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
"Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.
"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
"The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."
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The Church of England is investigating a major 18th century royal endowment it received, to see if the money is connected to the slave trade.
Queen Anne’s Bounty, established in 1704, is now a £9.2bn investment fund. However The Times reports, an investigation by the Church Commissioners for England warned it could be a “reputation risk”.
This is because some of the fund was invested in the South Sea Company, which was involved in transporting slaves from Africa to Spanish South America.
The investigation states: “Long-established endowment funds may give rise to a reputational risk linked to the possibility of their original source, or early investment of funds, having slave trade connections.
“This could be the case for the original Queen Anne's Bounty and Ecclesiastical Commissioners' funds.”
Queen Anne’s Bounty had its origins in “first fruits and tenths”, a tax priests paid to the Vatican prior to the reformation.
11pm update: Dylan Donnelly takes over from Steve Brown
9.45pm update: Royal Family does NOT have 'culture of racism' – Britons speak out in new ITV poll
Just 27 percent of Britons think the Royal Family has a "culture of racism" according to a new poll, with 46 percent disagreeing.
Another 27 percent are unsure, meaning around one in four Britons back the racism charge.
In March the Duke and Duchess of Sussex alleged a senior royal made a racially provocative comment ahead of Archie’s birth.
The family has also been criticised for its historic involvement with colonialism and the British Empire.
However the new survey, conducted by Number Cruncher Politics for ITV, shows the public don’t think the Royal Family as a whole is racist.
This does changes dramatically for ethnic minority Britons, a majority of whom do view the royals as having “a culture of racism”
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II
9.15pm update: Queen 'not as excited' by Prince Philip's sweet gesture to Lady Louise, says Sophie Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has shared a personal anecdote of showing the close bond her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, had with Prince Philip.
The Queen "had something to say" after Prince Philip's kind act for his granddaughter seemed to backfire on the castle grounds.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, had revealed the humorous story during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, in which she spoke about the late Duke of Edinburgh.
The senior royal, who was moved to tears at one point, was asked about her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor's love of carriage driving that she shared with Philip.
8.30pm update: Lilibet UK christening in doubt as Christmas could be first time family meet new baby
Lilibet may not be coming to the UK until Christmas, dashing the hopes of those who wanted the Queen's newest great-grandchild to have her christening in the UK.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their second child and first daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatte-Windsor, less than two weeks ago.
She is the first of the Queen’s great-grandchildren to be born overseas and, despite being eighth-in-line to the throne, is destined to grow up out of the sphere of influence of the Royal Family.
She lives with her parents and older brother Archie in a mansion in Montecito, California, where the family settled after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals.
There has been much speculation as to whether the family will return to the UK for Lilibet’s christening, but it now seems unlikely.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with baby Archie
7.45pm update: Harry and Meghan forced to divulge private Lilibet details to avoid same Archie 'drama'
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have openly shared personal information about the birth of their new daughter in a move wholly different from their experience with Archie's arrival.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "didn't want to deal with the drama" they had during Archie's birth for their new child, royal commentators have claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced details about their daughter, Lilibet Diana, after she was born on June 4.
Royally Us podcast hosts Molly Mulshine and Joe Drake discussed what may have influenced them to make this decision.
6.50pm update: Queen earned ‘more than £7million’ from horse-racing before Royal Ascot dilemma
Queen Elizabeth II has earned more than £7million from horse racing over the years.
Her Majesty, 95, is missing Royal Ascot for the second time ever during her reign, but will almost certainly be watching it on the TV, eager to keep an eye on her horses.
She has yet to turn up to the event, which is usually the first date in her diary each year, due to the ongoing concerns around coronavirus.
However, there is intense speculation as to whether she may appear at the races later in the week.
The Queen is an avid horse-lover and loves riding herself as well as owning racing horses to deploy at these huge events.
In 30 years of racing, the Queen has earned more than £7million, according to data compiled by MyRacing.come, a British racing news and tips site that analysed public records of the British Horseracing Authority.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
6.20pm update: Meghan and Harry shot themselves in foot with ‘vacuum’ over Lilibet’s birth
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear to have shot themselves in the foot with the "vacuum" of information around Lilibet's birth.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a new baby girl to their family nearly two weeks ago and announced her name as Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
There has been considerable debate over the choice of the name Lilibet, which is the Queen’s family nickname.
Lilibet’s names and the inspirations for them, her date of birth and weight was the only information given out, and there was no picture of the little one.
While the vast majority of people reacted with delight to the happy news, debate over Lilibet’s name soon escalated into a media circus.
A BBC report claimed a Palace source told them that Meghan and Harry did not ask the Queen for permission to use her personal nickname.
However, the Duke and Duchess insist that they did and even fired off a legal letter to the BBC, accusing them of “false and defamatory” claims.
5.30pm update: Prince William tipped for ‘charm offensive’ US tour to woo Joe Biden after G7 success
Prince William may be sent on a US tour to "charm" Joe Biden after the Royal Family successfully bonded with the new President during the G7 summit, a biographer told Express.co.uk.
William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, were among the senior royals who attended last week’s G7 summit in Cornwall.
Days after the conference, the Queen also invited Mr Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden for tea at Windsor Castle — it was here that the President returned the favour and invited the monarch to the White House.
However, at 95, the Queen rarely travels overseas anymore and instead asks her representatives — including William and Kate — to go in her place.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, an acquaintance of Prince Charles and royal commentator Howard Hodgson suggested there might be a chance for an overseas tour soon off the back of the Bidens’ fleeting UK visit.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
5pm update: 'Emotionally vulnerable': Sophie Wessex's 'genuinely touching moment of grief'
Sophie Countess of Wessex appeared in a BBC interview today with Naga Munchetty.
She cried as she discussed the passing of her late father-in-law Prince Philip age 99.
The 56-year-old Countess of Wessex was close to the royal and was by the Queen's side after his death. She spoke about her grief in detail.
Body language expert Judi James analysed the Countess of Wessex's appearance on the channel.
She praised Sophie's "lack of guardedness" and "natural air".
She also described the moment Countess shed tears as a "touching tribute" to Prince Philip.
4.30pm update: Meghan and Harry opted against calling daughter Gary in decision to honour Queen
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry opted against calling their daughter Gary in their decision to honour the Queen with her first name.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a newborn baby girl called Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
The name Lilibet is a personal nickname of the Queen, started by her father King George VI, who imitated his young daughter’s attempts to say Elizabeth.
The has been called the name by close family members throughout the years, including by her late husband, Prince Philip.
However, this is not the only nickname the Queen has had.
Her grandson Prince William used to fondly refer to her as Gary, back when he struggled to say the word Granny as a young boy.
Queen Elizabeth II and Joe Biden
4pm update: Queen’s sly warning about Vladimir Putin unveiled as he meets Joe Biden
The Queen reportedly made a subtle dig at Vladimir Putin which has been unearthed just as the Russian President comes head-to-head with US President Joe Biden.
President Biden and his Russian counterpart have met today in Geneva, Switzerland, for a highly-anticipated summit.
Both sides have described their nations’ relationship as being at rock bottom following US allegations of Russian cyber-attacks and disagreements over arms controls.
Russia recently included the US on its official list of “unfriendly states”, while the new US President has previously declared Mr Putin a “killer” with no soul.
But Mr Biden is hoping to find “stability and predictability” between their nations, while Mr Putin has admitted there are “issues where we can work together”.
The visit comes towards the end of the US President’s first overseas tour since his inauguration, which also saw him visit the Queen.
3.30pm update: Royal history made: Heir to the throne REFUSES 'uncomfortable' allowance
The heir to the Dutch throne has made history by becoming the first member of her family to decline to claim a publicly-funded salary and allowance for the time being.
Princess Catharina-Amalia, the Princess of Orange, has decided to relinquish her right to a £1.4million (€1.6m) yearly income while she isn't doing "anything for it in return".
The heir to the Dutch throne announced her decision in a handwritten letter to The Netherland's Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.
The letter, published by Dutch public broadcaster NOS, read: "On 7 December 2021 I will be 18 and, according to the law, receive an allowance.
"I find that uncomfortable as long as I do not do anything for it in return, and while other students have a much tougher time of it, particularly in this period of coronavirus."
3pm update: Steven Brown takes over from Katie Harris
2pm update: Sophie recycles ‘glamorous’ feather hat and matching skirt for Royal Ascot day two
The Countess of Wessex arrived for day two at Royal Ascot this afternoon wearing a feather hat and matching skirt.
Sophie added a beautiful pearl necklace to the look.
The Countess arrived at the racecourse alongside Prince Edward for day two of this year’s Royal Ascot.
1.15pm update: Anne in green dress with special flower brooch for second day at Royal Ascot
Princess Anne arrived at Royal Ascot this afternoon for day two of the popular horse event.
The royal opted for a bottle green dress along with one of her favourite flower brooches.
Anne arrived at the racecourse alone this afternoon to mark the second day of Royal Ascot.
This year, members of the Royal Family are arriving in cars compared to other years where they have arrived in carriages.
The Countess of Wessex arrived for day two at Royal Ascot this afternoon wearing a feather hat and matching skirt
Princess Anne arrived at Royal Ascot this afternoon for day two of the popular horse event
12.30pm update: Sophie Wessex welcomes extra attention as charity work to benefit
The Countess of Wessex has said the 'increased interest" in her profile has helped raise more awareness for her charity work and patronages.
Sophie has given a wide-ranging interview to BBC Radio 5 about her new elevated profile as a working royal.
Known as one of the most reliable Royal Family members, the Countess said the "increased interest" in her public profile could "only be a good thing' if it raised awareness for the issues and charities she dedicated her time towards.
11.10am update: Meghan 'will make surprise return to UK'
Meghan Markle is set to accompany Prince Harry to London for the unveiling of the statue of Princess Diana, a source has claimed.
The insider told Radar Online: "Meghan knows how hard it was to attend his grandfather’s funeral alone and doesn’t want that to happen again.
"Harry was given the cold shoulder by most of his relatives, with several refusing to talk to him or even make eye contact.
"Since the funeral things have got worse, not better, so you can only imagine how he will be treated at the big event on July 1."
The Duke of Sussex returned to the UK for the first time since Megxit for Prince Philip's funeral
10am update: Meghan and Harry’s ‘strongest olive branch’ will be to return to UK for the Queen
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have not yet extended their "strongest olive branch" in their hopes to remain connected to the Royal Family, a royal expert has said.
The naming of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was seen by many experts as a sign the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to build bridges with the Royal Family.
However, a royal expert has claimed Harry and Meghan have yet to reveal their ultimate trump card.
In a YouTube video analysing the real meaning behind the child’’s name, Camilla Tominey, Associate Editor at The Telegraph, said the naming is only one facet of the olive branch.
She said: “I think it works to a certain extent in extending an olive branch.
“Anyone that’s had or experienced family conflict can confirm that sometimes the arrival of a new baby is the kind of event that can bring people together.
“Having said that, I think the strongest olive branch will be for the Sussexes to come over and visit the Queen and introduce her to her new great grandchild.”
9.25am update: Sophie Wessex hailed as 'impressive' by Piers Morgan
Sophie spoke of the "giant-sized hole" left in the lives of the Royal Family following the Duke of Edinburgh's death in April.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5's Naga Munchetty, an emotional Prince Edward's wife said: "It's only when you do the normal things you would have done with them and you suddenly realise that they are not there, that you start to have an 'Oh my goodness' moment."
Mr Morgan tweeted: "Very moving, and one of the best descriptions of grief that I've heard. Sophie's an impressive lady."
The Countess of Wessex opened up on the loss of Prince Philip
8.35am update: William and Harry handed 'best opportunity' to mend broken relationship
Prince Harry and Prince William are facing their "best opportunity" to heal their rift, according to a royal expert.
Brothers Harry and William could appear together in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in two weeks time to honour their mother's legacy.
And their meeting would not just be pivotal for the celebrations of what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday but also for the brothers' relationship, according to royal commentator Phil Dampier.
Arguing the absence of Meghan from the event could be beneficial for the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge, Mr Dampier told the Sun: "This is the best opportunity for William and Harry to repair their relationship, and it may be better for the brothers to sort things out between them on their own."
8.10am update: Kate and William ‘very upset’ over rift with Harry
Kate and Prince William are "very upset" over the feud with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Lady Colin Campbell has said.
Lady C told GB News's Dan Wootton: “Well, my understanding is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are really upset about the way things have gone down.
“They love Harry and they remember Harry as Harry was for the first 34 or whatever years of his life.
“This is a completely new Harry that everybody is dealing with. It’s very sad for them and they’re very upset about it.”
7.45am update: Harry is ‘devoted family man’ as Meghan gets ‘back on her feet’ after birth
Prince Harry is committed to looking after his family as Meghan Markle "gets back on her feet" following the birth of their second child, a friend of the couple has claimed.
The insider told Closer: "The couple has been relaxing at home since becoming proud parents of Lilibet.
"[Meghan] is already back on her feet and walking the dogs."
The source added: "Harry is a devoted family man and has been helping out around the house.
"He picks vegetables from the garden to make fresh juices for Meghan and entertains Archie when she needs to rest up.
“He loves taking Archie to see the chickens or for a swim in the pool."
7.30am update: Meghan's book misses out on top 50 best sellers spot
Meghan Markle's "mind-bogglingly bad" The Bench has failed to make it into the UK's top 50 best-selling books.
Expectations were high as the Duchess of Sussex put pen to paper in her new literary venture.
The 40-paged book is a love poem to a new father about the relationship he'll enjoy with his son, written from the perspective of the mother.
However, the book failed to make a real impression among British readers, selling just 3,212 copies in its first week.