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Royal family news latest – Health fears force Queen, 95, to CANCEL Northern Ireland trip as doctors order her to rest

THE Queen has cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland and has "reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days", Buckingham Palace said today.

Her Majesty, 95, is said to be in "good spirits" but is disappointed not to be able to carry out the two-day trip, which was due to begin today.

The monarch was set to visit Hillsborough, County Down today where she was scheduled to meet with locals and schoolkids after the village was officially named Royal Hillsborough.

She was also due to attend a church service in Armagh on Thursday to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland's formation.

But a Buckingham Palace spokesman said this morning: "The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days."

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  • Queen to cut back commitments over winter 

    THE Queen will cut back her commitments over the winter as she struggles with getting about.

    Courtiers will ensure she walks less at public engagements and avoids steps and cobbles. Her car will also pull up closer to venues.

    It comes after it was reported the Queen, 95, would give up her evening Martini cocktail on the advice of doctors and drink alcohol only on special occasions.

    The Queen — who has appeared in public twice this week with a walking stick — was also planning to host a smaller Christmas gathering this year, sources said.

    It means Prince Harry and his family would be unlikely to join her at Sandringham in Norfolk.

  • Kate & William show they ‘have perfect power balance’

    Kate Middleton and Prince William put on a rare display of public affection at the Earthshot Prize and were pictured cuddling up to one another and gazing into each other’s eyes.

    Speaking to Fabulous, body language expert Judi James said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed they have the “perfect power balance” as they enjoyed their sweet moment. 

    Judi said: “This very gentle and affectionate PDA is an unusual gesture from the couple as it is something of a role-reversal, with Kate placing her arm around her husband’s waist rather than the other way round.

    “This says a lot about the power balance between the two, with Kate’s caring, protective and “supportive gesture showing high levels of confidence and a very even sense of status.

    "They are the first top tier royal couple to use emphatic displays of even status like this, with their natural mirroring and with PDAs performed by both of them.

    “Her gesture here is clearly endorsed and enjoyed by William, whose rounded cheek shape signals an authentic smile as they perform some intimate and affectionate-looking eye contact.”

  • Harry and Meghan to miss COP26

    “ECO-WARRIORS” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will miss this year’s COP26 climate change conference in November.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will skip the highly anticipated Glasgow climate event, while the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Kate are all set to attend.

    The Royal announcement comes weeks after Harry and Meghan attended the star-studded Global ­Citizen Live concert in New York — dubbed “Wokestock” — which demanded tough new eco laws to halve US emissions by 2030.

    It also pressed the “wealthiest nations” to deliver on a £70billion-a-year pledge to help developing countries go green.

  • Where has Prince Andrew been lately?

    Prince Andrew spent most of August and September hiding from US lawyers at Balmoral, with the Queen.

    And it was reported yesterday that Prince William was “no fan” of Andrew, 61, who is facing a US sex abuse lawsuit.

    The Sun on Sunday revealed Andrew’s siblings Charles, Anne and Edward met nine months ago to agree there is no way back for him.

    It is also claimed the Met Police have spoken to Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    The duke denies her claims.

  • Andrew set to argue sex abuse case is ‘invalid’

    PRINCE Andrew is set to argue the sexual abuse case against him is invalid as his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre made a settlement with paedo financier Jeffrey Epstein referencing “royalty”, it was claimed today.

    Ms Guiffre, 38, struck a deal with convicted sex offender Epstein in 2009 for undisclosed damages after accusing him of sexual abuse and exploitation.

    The confidential agreement, which has remained sealed, said that Ms Guiffre would not take any more action against Epstein or his accusers.

    The Duke of Windsor‘s legal team are set to argue that the word “royalty” refers to him as no other royals have been implicated in the Epstein case, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

    The prince has consistently denied the allegations levelled against him.

  • ‘Time to talk’ (Continued…)

    Thomas Markle went on to blame Harry for his bungled relationship with Meghan, saying things took a turn after she “hooked up” with the prince.

    He also slammed “shameful” Prince Harry for “abandoning” the Queen, the Army and the British people.

    Thomas blasted: “I think Harry has abandoned the Queen, his grandmother, the royal family, the British people and the Army.

    “He’s abandoned them all.

    “All he does now is ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood… I don’t know if it’s much of a life for him either. It doesn’t make sense.”

    Meghan has distanced herself from her dad’s side of the family who have repeatedly slammed her in the media over the years.

  • Suing the ‘childish’ daughter

    Thomas Markle said he could sue Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in order to see his grandkids.

    The estranged dad, who is yet to meet his grandkids Archie, two, and baby Lilibet, said the Duchess of Sussex was “childish” to cut him off.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Thomas, 77, said: “I’d love to see my grandchildren.

    “People have suggested in California I could sue to see my grandkids.

    “But I think if I did that I’d be doing the same thing Meghan and Harry are doing.”

    He explained: “I don’t want to include my grandchildren in this situation, I want to see my grandchildren with friendly parents and friendship all around.

    “I don’t want hostile parents when seeing my grandchildren. So I’ll wait.”

    Read more here.

  • Thomas Markle slams Harry for ‘abandoning family’

    MEGHAN Markle’s dad today slammed “shameful” Prince Harry for “abandoning” the Queen, the Army and the British people.

    In a stinging review, Thomas Markle claimed the Duke of Sussex does nothing but “ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood he lives in”.

    The 77-year-old, who has not spoken to Harry in years, said his son-in-law had “abandoned everyone”.

    He also told Good Morning Britain Harry is likely to insult the Queen in his forthcoming book, which he believes is “just for money”.

    Meghan Markle’s estranged dad blasted: “I think Harry has abandoned the Queen, his grandmother, the royal family, the British people and the Army.

    “He’s abandoned them all.

    “All he does now is ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood… I don’t know if it’s much of a life for him either. It doesn’t make sense.”

  • Meghan and Harry ‘know ZERO’ about finance

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been slammed for their new banking job because they “know ZERO” about finance, an expert has blasted.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday revealed they had signed up to become “impact partners” and investors at sustainable investing firm Ethic.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin says the couple are “not financiers” and they “know zero”.

    She told GB News: “They want to come back [to the UK] every now and again and either film what they’re doing or have grievances to talk about when they come back home, but it will keep them up as royals.

    “The longer they’re away and don’t come to the UK, interest in them will diminish because they haven’t got up-to-date understanding of what’s going on.”

  • The royal baby names

    Research by CasinoSites that analyses the most popular baby names worldwide, inspired by the Royal Family.

  • Kate's childhood boyfriend

    KATE Middleton pined for her childhood boyfriend who “messed her around”, before she met Prince William at university, it has been claimed. 

    Before she headed to St Andrews where she would meet her future husband, Kate was said to be hung up on Harry Blakelock, her first love from her school, Marlborough College. 

    A pal told the Mail on Sunday that Kate was still pining for Harry during her three-month trip to Florence, where she signed up to study Italian and History of Art.

    The friend claimed: “When Kate arrived in Florence, she was really hung up about Harry. 

    “She spoke about him all the time and he seemed to have messed her around quite a bit. 

    “He seemed to have blown hot and cold with her when they were at school and she was always talking about how she could get him back.”

    Read more here.

  • Diana heirloom ‘to go to granddaughter Charlotte’ instead

    Princess Charlotte is in line to inherit one of Princess Diana’s most iconic heirlooms, instead of Lilibet Diana, it is claimed.

    A number of pieces could be passed down to six-year-old Charlotte when she is old enough, including the breathtaking Spencer Tiara, which Diana wore on her wedding day.

    According to GoodToKnow, Charlotte will get the “pick of the palace jewels” as her dad Prince William is second in line to the throne and she is his only daughter. 

    Read more here.

  • Fans spot clue ‘Megxit’ was inevitable

    MEGHAN Markle fans have spotted a huge ‘clue’ that the Sussexes split from the royal family was inevitable.

    Prior to becoming a duchess, Meghan Markle was well within her successful career, acting and running her own lifestyle blog.

    In a 2015 interview with InStyle, Meghan spoke of her ambition of becoming a ‘girl boss’.

    “I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value.”

    “Don’t get involved in the interoffice politics…You’ll be endlessly happier for it.”

  • Thomas Markle Jr: ‘Meghan Markle will dump Harry’

    Thomas Markle Jr, 55, alleged the duchess “walked all over” her first husband, US film producer Trevor Engleson – and she’ll do the same to the prince.

    In a new trailer for Australia’s Big Brother VIP, Thomas said: “The guy that she was married to the first time – she just walked all over him and dumped him.”

    In response to another housemate who says that sounds “cold-blooded”, he nodded before adding: “Harry’s on the chopping block next.”

  • Pouring out the cash

    The “ethical” investment group backed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan has put tens of millions into chemical, pharma and oil companies.

    New York-based Ethic, which unveiled the Sussexes as impact partners, has also poured cash into rich investment banks.

    Paperwork filed in the US shows it invested around £1.1million in chemical firm Corteva Inc.

    Royal author Penny Junor said: “Life is going to be very difficult for Meghan and Harry if they keep up this high profile. Ethical banking seems asking for trouble, setting themselves up for a fall.”

    Read more here.

  • Couples want their own Archie

    Archie came into the top 10 boys’ name for the first time at number nine, pushing out the name Charlie, which has held a spot in the top 10 since 2005, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) says.

    The name Archie, appears to have grown popular due to its royal links, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle naming their first-born son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, back in May 2019.

    The name Harry took eighth place respectively and has been in the top 10 list for more than 20 years.

    George took second place in the list of names, and has been a consistently popular name since 2013, when Prince George was born.

  • Wills and Kate want Charlotte & Louis ‘to have own careers’

    CONSIDERING how they call Kensington Palace home and The Queen grandma, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis aren’t just your ordinary kids.

    But despite all the luxuries that come with growing up Royal, Prince William and Kate Middleton are eager to give their three children as normal an upbringing as possible.

    As their eldest son George will one day become King, it’s been reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want Charlotte and Louis to pursue their own careers independent of the Royal Family.

    Fronting The Telegraph’s Royal Insight series, royal expert Camilla Tominey said William and Kate know that George “has his destiny planned out”.

    However, the couple are eager to ensure they “get the balance right” with their two youngest children.

    Instead of working as full-time royals, the expert suggested Charlotte and Louis may be encouraged to forge a career path like Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have.

    She claimed: “[William and Kate] don’t want history to repeat itself and Prince Louis seem like a royal hanger-on and go down the Duke of York path.”

  • ‘Time to talk’ (Continued…)

    Thomas Markle went on to blame Harry for his bungled relationship with Meghan, saying things took a turn after she “hooked up” with the prince.

    He also slammed “shameful” Prince Harry for “abandoning” the Queen, the Army and the British people.

    Thomas blasted: “I think Harry has abandoned the Queen, his grandmother, the royal family, the British people and the Army.

    “He’s abandoned them all.

    “All he does now is ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood… I don’t know if it’s much of a life for him either. It doesn’t make sense.”

    Meghan has distanced herself from her dad’s side of the family who have repeatedly slammed her in the media over the years.

  • Suing the ‘childish’ daughter

    Thomas Markle said he could sue Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in order to see his grandkids.

    The estranged dad, who is yet to meet his grandkids Archie, two, and baby Lilibet, said the Duchess of Sussex was “childish” to cut him off.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Thomas, 77, said: “I’d love to see my grandchildren.

    “People have suggested in California I could sue to see my grandkids.

    “But I think if I did that I’d be doing the same thing Meghan and Harry are doing.”

    He explained: “I don’t want to include my grandchildren in this situation, I want to see my grandchildren with friendly parents and friendship all around.

    “I don’t want hostile parents when seeing my grandchildren. So I’ll wait.”

    Read more here.

  • Thomas Markle slams Harry for ‘abandoning family’

    MEGHAN Markle’s dad today slammed “shameful” Prince Harry for “abandoning” the Queen, the Army and the British people.

    In a stinging review, Thomas Markle claimed the Duke of Sussex does nothing but “ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood he lives in”.

    The 77-year-old, who has not spoken to Harry in years, said his son-in-law had “abandoned everyone”.

    He also told Good Morning Britain Harry is likely to insult the Queen in his forthcoming book, which he believes is “just for money”.

    Meghan Markle’s estranged dad blasted: “I think Harry has abandoned the Queen, his grandmother, the royal family, the British people and the Army.

    “He’s abandoned them all.

    “All he does now is ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood… I don’t know if it’s much of a life for him either. It doesn’t make sense.”

  • ‘How to get ahead’

    MEGHAN Markle preached about “avoiding drama”, never settling and “wiggling around in a pencil skirt” in an unearthed interview about how to get ahead.

    When she was starring in hit TV show Suits, Meghan, who played the character of Rachel Zane, revealed her top tips for being a “girl boss”.

    In 2015, before she met Prince Harry, Meghan spoke to InStyle, and said: “I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value.

    “It’s important to flex your intellectual prowess, even if you’re wiggling around in a pencil skirt.”

    She also advised to dress for the “part you want, not the part you have.”

    Read more here.

  • Queen ‘politely but firmly’ declined ‘Oldie Award’

    The Queen may be 95 but she has turned down the Oldie of the Year trophy because she feels she does not meet the criteria, believing “you are only as old as you feel”.

    The monarch “politely but firmly” declined the award, but sent a message with her “warmest best wishes”.

    Author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, chairman of the awards, wrote to the Queen’s private secretary, Sir Edward Young, to ask if she would accept the main Oldie of the Year accolade.

    But in a letter published in the November issue of the magazine, her assistant private secretary, Tom Laing-Baker, wrote: “Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such The Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient.”

    The Queen, who is just five years away from her 100th birthday, is the nation’s longest reigning monarch and is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.

  • Harry & Meghan’s brand ‘at risk of dilution’

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan are at risk of ‘diluting their brand’ after they have signed a new deal.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have forged a number of lucrative deals since stepping down from royal life, including multimillion-dollar partnerships with Netflix, Spotify and Apple.

    Their most recent venture, “impact partners” and investors at sustainable investing firm Ethic.

    However, Palace Confidential host Jo Elvin has suggested the pair might “deplete their value” by “spreading themselves around so much”.

    Jo Elvin asked: “So they seem good at attracting attention to these companies.

    “But the more they spread it around, doesn’t that deplete their value for these companies?”

  • Harry and Meghan to miss COP26

    “ECO-WARRIORS” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will miss this year’s COP26 climate change conference in November.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will skip the highly anticipated Glasgow climate event, while the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Kate are all set to attend.

    The Royal announcement comes weeks after Harry and Meghan attended the star-studded Global ­Citizen Live concert in New York — dubbed “Wokestock” — which demanded tough new eco laws to halve US emissions by 2030.

    It also pressed the “wealthiest nations” to deliver on a £70billion-a-year pledge to help developing countries go green.

  • Kate still slipping into the same outfits after 10 years and three kids

    REGAL, chic and relaxed glam Kate Middleton has shown us it all through her walking wardrobe. 

    So much so, she created “the Kate effect” which refers to the trend effect that she has on others, from cosmetic surgery for brides, to sales of coral-coloured jeans. 

    And after 10 years, and three children, the Duchess of Cambridge is still slipping into the same outfits she first wore at the start of her royal career. 

    Over the years, the Duchess of Cambridge has often opted to recycle the same clothing items she wore before becoming a mother.