Meghan Markle latest news – Duchess and Prince Harry blasted for 'unroyal' obsession with privacy over Archie's birth

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry's determination for privacy over Archie's birth has been condemned as "unroyal".

The couple famously refused even to reveal where Archie was born and last week royal expert Rebecca English suggested the pair's "morbid obsession" with secrecy had left some members of their staff in tears.

Now another royal expert, Ashley Pearson, has condemned the couple for adopting a "celebrity attitude" that is out of step with usual royal behaviour.

Speaking on Amazon Prime's documentary Harry & Meghan: The Next Step, Pearson said "when you are a celebrity you are entitled to privacy", but this was not the case when a member of the Royal Family.

Pearson added that, as royals, Harry and Meghan "belong to the public" and said they needed to understand that "if people want to see a picture of the baby – you give them a picture of the baby".

Follow our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest news on the couple and the Royal Family

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'DON'T REGRET' MEGXIT

    Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, stepped down as senior royals last year in a bombshell announcement.

    It has revealed the pair "don't regret" Megxit, as the royal is "finally doing what he wanted to do".

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PRINCE HARRY CAN'T BE 'HALF IN HALF OUT' OF ROYAL FOLD

    The Duke of Sussex, who was an officer for ten years in the Army, had his honorary military titles stripped when he quit the royal family with Meghan Markle last January.

    But senior royal aides told the Daily Mail that it would be impossible for the Royal to have a “half in, half out” role.

    An insider said: “The view is very clear – either you are in or you are out, and any form of 'hybrid' role is incompatible with representing the head of state.”

    It is feared that the dispute could cause further friction between the Palace and the Duke, as a royal source admitted to the Mail the issue was “yet to be resolved”.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN TO STAY IN US WHILE HARRY COMES TO UK

    Meghan Markle is likely to stay at home in the US while Prince Harry visits his family in the UK this summer, it has been reported.

    Insiders say the Duke of Sussex is almost certain to visit his family in London for the first time since Megxit this June – but his wife is unlikely to join.

    Insiders stress the couple have not yet finalised their summer plans and much will depend on whether coronavirus restrictions allow them to travel.

    But they understand Harry, 36, will likely fly to the UK to see the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William along with his niece and nephews.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGS AND HARRY 'WILL TOUR THEIR PODCAST'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are being tapped up with offers from live agents about touring their new podcast.

    It would see the pair, who signed a £30million deal with Spotify, recording live sessions with an intimate audience.

    Insiders said the pair were now being lined up for the possibility of ticketed events – which would be charged at a premium.

    An insider said: "Live agents have been eyeing up Meghan and Harry’s new deal with great interest.

    "They have been inundated with offers about the possibility of touring the podcast when the time is right."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    HARRY IS 'HEARTBROKEN' BY FAMILY SITUATION

    Prince Harry has been left heartbroken by the situation with his family after moving to the US, says pal Tom Bradby.

    But the ITN news anchor believes the Sussexes are "content" with their new situation – and are excited by their projects.

    Bradby was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding and interviewed them shortly before they quit royal life last year.

    He told Love Your Weekend With Alan Titchmarsh, shown on ITV tomorrow: "I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by. I think Harry is heartbroken.

    "You don’t necessarily need to have the knowledge to know that, but I think it is true."

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  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'TIME OF HEALING'

    The pal from the inner circle also revealed the pair hope 2021 is a "time of healing for their family".

    They touched on the reported rift between Harry and his brother William, before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit as senior royals.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    FAR FROM HOME

    Prince Harry felt "shocked and isolated" in California during the Covid pandemic, a source has told People.

    The source close to Harry and Meghan said: "It was incredibly isolating for Harry – to be so far from home when all of this was going on.

    "It's been a really tough year for him. Most people make adjustments to their lives slowly but for him everything just went at once.

    "Everything he's ever known has gone and he's built his whole future around Meghan and his son."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    HARRY AND MEGHAN TOOK A 'HUGE LEAP OF FAITH'

    A source close to the couple told People magazine: "Meghan and Harry took a huge leap of faith to embark on their new life.

    "Despite everything that has been going on this year, they don’t regret their move to the US.

    "Harry was finally doing what he’d wanted to do for years, and to have Meghan and Archie with him was all he could have asked for."

    Harry and Meghan on Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia, in October 2018Credit: Reuters
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SUSSEXES ARE 'IN A VERY GOOD PLACE'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in a "very good place" a year on from Megxit.

    The pair are happy with their new life in the US and feel their Archewell organisation is doing "amazing things".

    A source has said: "After a very turbulent 12 months for everyone in the world and massive changes of moving country and all the rest of it, they have also been very vocal about what they have gone through in their own personal life.

    "They have a house. They have created the financial independence that they were after.

    "They have launched their organisation and their organisation is under way doing amazing things already. And so I think that they are in a very good place."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'OPTIMISTIC AND EXCITED'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry "will be seen more in 2021" but will shun the traditional role as "working royals", an insider has claimed.

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, sources close to the couple said Meghan and Harry are "optimistic and excited" for the future after a "rollercoaster" year.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN AND HARRY 'MODEL THEMSELVES ON OBAMAS'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "modelling themselves on the Obamas" and will release a tell-all book next, an expert has claimed.

    Speaking to 9Honey, royal expert Katie Nicholl says a book deal could be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's next project.

    She said: "The Obamas' Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that's exactly what we're seeing.

    Describing the Obama's brand as "high end" and "aspirational", the expert added: "It sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it's a successful business model."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN MAY GIVE WRITING A GO

    An insider has claimed Meghan Markle wants to follow in Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson's footsteps and give fiction writing a go.

    An insider said: "Fiction is something she has always wanted to try her hand at, and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality.

    "Fiction, be it children's books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand."

    Credit: Paul Edwards – The Sun
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PRINCE HARRY SPOTTED FILMING WITH JAMES CORDEN

    Prince Harry has been seen filming with fellow Brit and talk show host James Corden on an open-top bus in Los Angeles, California.

    The Duke of Sussex was spotted alongside a film crew on the top deck of the tourist bus, talking and smiling with The Late Late show host.

    Harry looked relaxed as he smiled and chatted to James Cordon from across the aisle of the red double-decker bus.

    With one arm over the seat next to him, the Duke of Sussex seemed to be enjoying himself while at least two cameramen and a production crew overlooked the conversation.

    More on the story here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WHAT IS SAMANTHA MARKLE'S TELL-ALL BOOK CALLED?

    The book is called "The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister: Part 1," and is set to delve into the life of the royal – despite Samantha last seeing her half-sister Meghan in 2008.

    The book was released in the US via American bookselling giant Barnes and Noble and is currently out of stock online.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN'S 'NOT WORRIED' ABOUT HER HALF-SISTER'S TELL ALL BOOK

    Meghan Markle is "not worried" about her half-sister Samantha's book release – and is writing her own, a friend has said.

    Samantha Markle's "tell-all" autobiography is expected to be critical of Meghan's alleged treatment of her dad and the royal family.

    But despite claims she has been worked-up about the content of the book, a close friend to the Duchess said the book has barely even registered on Meghan's radar.

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, they said: "Meghan has not seen Samantha for years so the idea that she is worried about the book is nonsense.

    "Meghan barely knows Samantha, they haven’t seen each other for nearly 20 years.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'CROSSING A LINE'

    Members of the Royal Family are supposed to remain politically neutral but Harry and Meghan have stepped down as senior royals to find a “progressive role” in the US.

    Their comments were widely regarded as an attack on then-President Trump.

    At the time, it was reported that Buckingham Palace aides warned that the pair were close to “crossing a line”.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'USE YOUR VOICE'

    Meg described the battle between Donald Trump and Joe Biden as “the most important election of our lifetime”.

    She added: “When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard.

    "Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SECRET MEETING

    Prince Harry and Meghan risked a new row by holding a secret meeting with a top US Democrat in the run-up to the American election, it has emerged.

    The California-based pair spent an hour chatting to the influential Governor of the state, Gavin Newsom.

    A memo seen by The Sun on Sunday reveals Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, had the conference with Newsom, 54, once widely tipped to be a White House frontrunner, on October 19 last year — two weeks before the election.

    His office refused to reveal what was discussed in their chat. It was listed as an “introductory meeting”.

    A spokesman said: “We do not comment on the content of meetings between the Governor and private parties or his staff.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    QUEEN ‘BANISHED STAFF’ DURING MEGXIT SHOWDOWN PROTECT PRIVACY

    The Queen is said to have ‘banished staff’ during the infamous Sandringham summit on January 13 with Prince Harry, a royal expert has claimed.

    Narrator Glynis Barber said: “The Queen wanted absolute privacy and chose the secluded Long Library, the location of her first televised Christmas address.

    “Only a handful of key lieutenants were allowed inside the room,” The Express reported.

    Ms Andrews, the Royal Editor for The Mail on Sunday, explained: “The Queen instructed all of her staff to keep to the other side of the house.

    “They wanted to keep it as private as possible, they didn’t want anything being leaked to the press.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY SPOTTED FILMING WITH JAMES CORDEN

    Harry has been seen filming with fellow Brit and talk show host James Corden on an open-top bus in Los Angeles, California.

    The Duke of Sussex was spotted alongside a film crew on the top deck of the tourist bus, talking and smiling with The Late Late show host.

    Harry looked relaxed as he smiled and chatted to James Cordon from across the aisle of the red double-decker bus.

  • Rebecca Flood

    KATE MIDDLETON’S NANNY IS BANNED FROM USING THIS WORD

    Maria Borrallo trained at the prestigious Norland College in Bath, and as part of her training she was instructed not to say one word in particular.

    Norland expert Louise Heren, and author of Nanny in a Book, discovered that there is one word Maria must not say on the job.

    Speaking to the Mirror, Louise explained that that Norland nannies are banned from saying ‘kids’ and must instead use the children’s names at all times.

    Louise says: “The word kid is banned. It’s a mark of respect for the children as individuals.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE SAYS SHE'D LOVE TO RECEIVE A ROSE ON VALENTINE'S DAY

    Meghan Markle once revealed her dream Valentine’s Day – and it could be an indicator of how she will spend February 14 with Prince Harry. 

    The Duchess of Sussex, 38, wrote a blog on her now-defunct website The Tig in 2015, which lifted the lid on how she wakes up “waiting to be kissed” and craving “breakfast in bed”.

    She added: “Without fail, every February 14th, I wake up feeling like I'm immersed in a Robert Doisneau photo, waiting with bated breath to be dipped into a kiss.

    "This is all happening in black and white, of course.

    “And in terms of gifts, be it breakfast in bed, a sweet love note, or a single flower, it really is the thought that counts.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN COPYRIGHTED THIS PHRASE ABOUT HER FRECKLES

    Meghan is believed to have had a whimsical quote from her dad about her freckles copyrighted back in 1995.

    Then going by her first name Rachel, appears to have applied for copyright on the phrase “a face without freckles is night without stars”, according to the United States Copyright Office.

    The listing, registered on January 18, 1996, also states her full name, Rachel Meghan Markle, and her year of birth, 1981. The Duchess of Sussex would have been just 14 at the time.

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY COULD HAVE TO GIVE UP HIS TITLE IF HE BCOMES A US CITIZEN, EXPERTS CLAIM

    Prince Harry gave up his military titles in the fall-out from Megxit, but that’s not all he might have to leave behind.

    Speaking to Express.co.uk, royal expert Marlene Koenig said: “He would literally have to give it up, even though there is no law preventing him from still being called Prince Harry, but when you become a US citizen, you have to renounce any titles or allegiance.

    “But, for example, there are two Americans who are peers, one is the Earl of Wharncliffe and I’m sure he doesn’t use his title in everyday life, but I’m sure there’s nothing stopping him from using it.

    “And there are at least two Americans who have inherited a baronetcy.

    “You might not put that on your business card if you’re a carpenter but it’s not against the law.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN'S STYLE EVOLUTION FROM SUITS TO SUSSEX ROYALTY IN 12 OUTFITS

    Meghan Markle is always the picture of perfection when she steps out for engagements – but it wasn’t always the case with her fashion style. 

    Since she met Prince Harry in 2016, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, has gone from girl-next-door Suits actress to chic royal star with the fashion world's eyes on her.

    When she was working and living in Toronto, we’d regularly see Meghan at red carpet celebrity events in sky-scraper heels and figure-fitting dresses. 

    And on dressed-down days, the starlet enjoyed a breezy LA-style, with open-toe sandals and strappy dresses. 

    After her whirlwind romance with Prince Harry, the new Duchess of Sussex overhauled her wardrobe to reflect her regal status and has proved to be a huge fashion influence.

    Here, Fabulous looks at Meghan’s style evolutions from her acting days, to royal life and now to forming her new post-royal life in LA…

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