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Royal Family LIVE: Meghan caused chaos for Archbishop of Canterbury with christening move

Prince Harry: Queen ‘will feel a little let down’ says pundit

Rev Justin Welby had to dash away from the the General Synod, the national assembly of the church, and head to Windsor Castle to baptise the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son. The royal christening, which was kept private by Harry and Meghan, clashed with the high-level church meeting attended by senior clerics.

The reverend's sudden departure from the four-day event in York in July 2019 left his fellow attendees puzzled.

It was only after photos of the christening emerged that they found out the reason for his absence.

Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, had their two-month-old baby christened at the private chapel in Windsor Castle in a ceremony sheilded from the public eye.

Meghan's mum Doria Ragland jetted into the UK to watch her grandson be officially welcomed into the church family, and Harry's maternal aunts were also invted to the celebration.

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Royal Family live: Meghan and Harry's christening date change caused an upset for the Archbishop (Image: GETTY)

The Sussexes had originally planned to hold the christening on Friday July 5 2019 but moved it to the next day when they found out the Queen and Prince Charles could not attend due to prior commitments.

But despite the change in date, the monarch was still not free to attend.

A well-placed source told MailOnline the sudden change in the Archbishop's diary raised eyebrows.

They said: "The Sussexes certainly didn't consult others as to what date might suit best... that just wasn't a consideration."

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Royal Family live: Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey was broadcasted in March (Image: GETTY)

11.25pm update: 'William will come out of it worst' Royal biographer on how Harry is making William pay

Royal Family biographer Ingrid Seward has said that Prince William will come out of Prince Harry's memoir "the worst of all" as the brother's row could feature in the surprise book deal.

Royal Family biographer Ingrid Seward has warned that Prince Harry will try to make his brother Prince William pay in his tell-all memoir.

Speaking to GB News, Ms Seward feared that William will "come out of it the worst of all".

Earlier this week, Harry announced a surprise book deal with Penguin/Random House, thought to be worth around £14.6milion.

Isabella Marsans is taking over from Laura O'Callaghan.

10.16pm update: Meghan set for low-key 40th birthday bash

The Duchess of Sussex will celebrate her 40th birthday on August 4. 

Royal commentator Charles Rae predicts Meghan will mark her milestone in a toned down fashion, surrounded by her husband and children.

Mr Rae told Entertainment Daily!: “I suppose her celebrations will involve her family, Harry, Archie and Lilibet.

“I also expect members of the royal family to send their birthday greetings to her despite all that is going on.”

8.50pm update: William to take control? Duke poised to lead royal response to Harry's memoir bombshells

Prince William looks set to shake up the way the Royal Family responds to criticism, amid recent controversies over Prince Harry's claims about the Palace.

Prince William could change how the Royal Family responds to criticisms once his father Prince Charles takes control.

This comes after Prince Harry announced a surprise tell-all memoir deal with Penguin/Random House.

Royal experts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie suggested that by the time the memoir is released, late next year, the reaction from the royals could be tougher.

Ms Fiorito told listeners of their podcast Royally Obsessed: "William isn't in a position where he can do a memoir.

"Everyone has their own perspective on what went down."

Ms Bowie responded: "Do you think there will be reactionary stuff from the Palace?

"Like I thought the Queen might strip their titles when I first heard the news."

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Royal Family live: Harry and Meghan now live in California (Image: GETTY)

7.56pm update: Meghan to be front and centre of Harry's book as Duchess 'liberated' him from royal misery

Meghan Markle looks set to be front and centre of Prince Harry's memoir, as he is reportedly set to write about how she "liberated" him from his misery in the Royal Family.

The former working royal has been open about his mental health struggles and about the trauma he suffered as a 12-year-old when his mother was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris.

Harry, 36, has said he will delve into the lessons he has learned in his book, which will be released next year.

A source who knows the prince well told The Sunday Times Harry will touch on Meghan's role in his healing journey.

The insider said: “In his new Californian guise, I think he’ll tell it honestly, framed in the context of his ‘journey’ towards ‘healing’.

"I think there will be a lot of the old broken me versus the new fixed me who dealt with the pain, and a lot about Meghan as the woman who liberated me to deal with it all.”

Harry has previously spoken of how his wife played a major part in waking him up to his surroundings.

6.39pm update: Lilibet missing from Royal Family's line of succession

Lilibet, Meghan and Harry's newborn daughter, is not listed as eighth in line to the throne on the Royal Family's official website. 

Seven weeks after being born, the Queen's 11th great-grandchild has not been named on the site. 

Prince Andrew is still listed in eighth place despite being bumped down one notch when Lilibet was born on June 4. 

5.55pm update: Lady Kitty Spencer looks just like Princess Charlotte in adorable throwback snap

Lady Kitty Spencer looks just like Princess Charlotte in an adorable photograph that has resurfaced on the weekend of her wedding.

Princess Diana’s niece married fashion tycoon Michael Lewis, 62, in a lavish ceremony in Italy this weekend.

Lady Kitty, 30, wed at Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, a country mansion near Rome.

The ceremony is believed to have started at 6pm on Saturday, but the party went on for hours into the night.

But long before her special day, the young Lady Kitty bore an incredible resemblance to Princess Charlotte.

The picture of Lady Kitty, aged around four years old, shows her standing in front of a tree with one finger in her mouth.

The similarity to Charlotte, now six, is there for all to see and shows the likeness between the Cambridges and the Spencer side of the family.

4.56pm update: Sarah Ferguson finally opens up on Prince Philip after troubled relationship

Sarah Ferguson spoke about the late Prince Philip almost three decades after scandal left him livid with her.

Sarah, also known by her fans and friends as Fergie, praised the Duke of Edinburgh for being an extraordinary husband, father and grandfather.

In a wide-ranging interview, the Duchess of York declined to say whether she managed to make peace with her ex-father-in-law before his death.

But she showed her admiration for Philip, who served the country and the Crown for seven decades.

She told the Telegraph Magazine: "The Duke was an extraordinary consort, father and grandfather, and his passing has left a great void in the family.

"He served his nation and the Queen with incredible dedication for almost 70 years."

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Royal Family live: The royals' family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

3.07pm update: Prince Harry 'sent message' to Royal Family after quickly leaving Diana statue unveiling

Prince Harry "sent a message" to the Royal Family after he quickly left the unveiling of his mother's statue, an expert told Express.co.uk.

It was met with widespread surprise, many royal watchers not having anticipated the move.

Harry has wedged himself at the forefront of a publicity frenzy, promoting his and Meghan Markle's various private endeavours since confirming they would not return as working royals earlier this year.

It all coincides with two visits from Harry to the UK.

2.35pm update: Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, marries Michael Lewis, 62, in Italy– Harry and William not present

Princess Diana's niece married fashion tycoon Michael Lewis in a lavish ceremony in Italy.

Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, said 'I do' in front of her guests gathered at Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, a country mansion near Rome.

The wedding ceremony is believed to have begun at 6pm on Saturday, but the party went on for hours into the night.

Little is known of the ceremony, as both bride and groom remained tight-lipped about it and haven't shared snaps from the nuptials on their social media account.

Without any mention of her big day, Lady Kitty yesterday shared a picture of herself sitting on a bench in Florence's Piazza del Duomo, writing: "The best way to see Piazza del Duomo - early hours of the morning with not a soul in sight".

However, one major clue her wedding was fast approaching was left by Dutch fashion model Marpessa Hennink, who last week posted a selfie with Diana's niece with the words: "Team Bride. It's happening finally."

Lady Kitty is tipped to have worn a wedding dress by Dolce & Gabbana, being global ambassador for the brand.

Among those who travelled to Italy to celebrate the happy couple, there were the bride's twin sisters Eliza and Amelia.

Her friends Viscountess Emma Weymouth and her husband Ceawlin Thynn, the Marquess of Bath, pop star Pixie Lott and her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire, Idris Elba's wife Sabrina and Made In Chelsea star Mark Vandelli were also in attendance.

The three adult children Mr Lewis, 62, had during his relationship with ex-wife Leola also took part in the couple's big day.

It is not known whether Lady Kitty's father Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, travelled to Italy for the nuptials.

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Royal Family live: Lady Kitty Spencer got married yesterday (Image: GETTY)

1.45pm update: 'Astronaut' Sarah Ferguson says she is 'proud of her mistakes' - 'This is me'

Sarah Ferguson said she no longer feels inhibited by the mistakes of her past.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Sarah said she no longer felt constrained or defined by her past mistakes.

She told Camilla Tominey: "I’m like an astronaut.

"The Duchess, Fergie… I carry these labels with me, they are always in my wardrobe – but this is me.

"It’s not about what’s happened in the past or the Royal Family.

"I’m proud to say that to you. It’s very courageous, actually."

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Royal Family live: Sarah Ferguson said she is proud of her past mistakes (Image: GETTY)

12.45pm update: Prince Harry warned 'his greatest fear will be realised' if he uses memoir to settle score

Prince Harry has been warned he risks seeing his "greatest fear" become reality if his book becomes "the main course of a score-settling feast". 

If Prince Harry decided to use his announced memoir for "settling score" with the Royal Family he would likely lose more supporters, according to royal expert Roya Nikkhah.

The journalist recalled her last interview with the Duke of Sussex, during which she said he appeared to be aware of "his sell-by date".

The Sunday Times royal editor wrote in the publication: "When I last sat down with Prince Harry for an honest, candid, funny and frank interview, he told me he would use his 'privileged position' for 'good stuff' for 'as long as I can, or until I become boring, or until [Prince] George ends up becoming more interesting'.

"Harry, then 31 and one of the most popular royals, seemed aware of his sell-by date."

She reported him saying: "There’s nothing worse than going through a period in your life where you’re making a massive difference and then suddenly ... you drop off.

"You want to make a difference but no one’s listening to you."

Prince Harry, according to one of his friends reported by Ms Nikkhah, has been in a rush over the past decade to make an impact in the world before slipping down the pecking order - which comes with the risk of being overshadowed by younger royals taking the centre stage.

However, Ms Nikkhah believes Prince Harry's memoir could also have the same result slipping down the pecking order has in the Royal Family.

She wrote: "Harry has done brilliant things in his time.

"Moving the dial on mental health, serving his country at war and launching the Invictus Games are just a few of his achievements.

"Nobody should begrudge him wanting to bang the drum there, and if he wants to bare his soul on how he has coped with undeniable adversity and tragedy in his life, fair enough.

"But if his book becomes the main course of a score-settling feast then he will lose many more hearts and his greatest fear will be realised — no one is listening."

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12pm update: Prince Harry will leave 'nobody in Royal Family unscathed' with tell-all memoir

Prince Harry will leave no member of the Royal Family "unscathed" in his memoirs, an expert claimed.

Russell Myers, the Daily Mirror's royal editor, claimed that no member of the Firm will come out from the book "unscathed".

He said that while Harry may address his own misgivings and failures, he will undoubtedly cast further shame on his family given the contents of his recent broadcast interviews.

Speaking to the podcast, 'Pod Save the Queen', hosted by Anne Gripper, he said: "Maybe this is the opportunity for him to have some contrition in his actions.

"If that is the case, I imagine that he will be largely applauded for those efforts.

"However, nobody's going to come off unscathed here.

"Maybe this is some sort of therapy for Harry, he feels he can unburden himself.

"But nobody in the Royal Family is going to come off unscathed and I think that will tell you why there is such a degree of nervousness about this book."

11am update: Princess Anne was 'concussed' during Olympics appearance: 'I couldn't remember anything'

Princess Anne had an "awful fall" during her 1976 Olympic Games appearances, later admitting she couldn't "remember" the event.

In 1976, Anne became the first member of the British Royal Family to compete in the Olympics.

Here, she entered the three-day equestrian event, riding her mother's much-loved horse, Goodwill.

Her whole family was in attendance to cheer her on.

Archive reports, however, reveal that the Princess Royal remembered little of the course itself.

This was the result of a horrendous fall during the competition.

Coming off her horse, she got back on and completed the course, but later admitted: "I was going very well and then I don’t remember anything else. Nothing at all."

10am update: Queen Elizabeth II is 'incredibly tired' and 'could not wait to escape' for Balmoral break

The Queen "could not wait to get away" to Balmoral for her summer break as she grieves for Prince Philip.

The 95-year-old headed to the private estate in Scotland on her own following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in April.

An insider has suggested Queen Elizabeth has been in need of a much-needed break from London.

The source told The Sun: “She could not wait to get away.

“She is still grieving very deeply and wanted to head to Balmoral to escape from things.

“She is also incredibly tired.”

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Royal Family live: The Queen is still mourning Prince Philip (Image: GETTY)

9.10am update: Queen has 'more insulting' plan for Meghan and Harry instead of removing their titles

The Queen could have a "more insulting" plan for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry instead of removing their titles for cashing in on the Royal Family in the US, a royal expert has claimed.

Meghan and Prince Harry sparked outrage among royal fans for still making money off the royal name, despite quitting as senior royals, by repeatedly bashing the monarchy in their recent interviews, prompting calls for the Queen to remove their remaining titles.

But royal expert Ingrid Seward believes her Majesty would rather "ignore them" than give them more "ammunition to criticise the monarchy".

She told Express.co.uk: "I don’t think removing the titles would make much difference and it would look very petty.

"I also don’t think it is something the Queen would want to do at this stage of her reign.

"It would be far more insulting just to ignore them.

"Even excluding them from the jubilee next year gives them ammunition to criticise the monarchy."

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Royal Family live: Prince Harry is writing a memoir (Image: GETTY)

8.10am update: Kate's parenting style ‘immaculate’ while Pippa ‘more practical’ - ‘world of difference’

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is always seen as a calm and loving mother to her three children - what seems like a perfect parenting figure.

Sister Pippa Middleton, however, recreates a much more relaxed kind of perfection.

A body language expert compared and analysed their completely different parenting styles.

Judi James said: “There appears to be a world of difference between Kate and Pippa when it comes to their parenting poses.

“Pippa does appear to have inherited the Middleton knack of looking breezily calm and beautiful despite being loaded up with one small child walking beside her clutching the pram; a baby inside the pram, plus a whole load of baggage on the pram.

"The sign here is that this is her own personal balancing act, too."

On the other hand, Kate's parenting style is conditioned by having all eyes on her when she is in public, the expert said.

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