Royal Family news – Queen could be REMOVED as head of state as Caribbean groups form coalition after Kate & Wills' tour

FOLLOWING Kate and William's Platinum Jubilee tour, black and indigenous groups have united to push for slavery reparations from the UK – a move that could oust the Queen as head of state.

After a royal trip which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on last month, black and indigenous groups from Jamaica, Belize and The Bahamas have now united as part of a push for slavery reparations from Britain.

In a statement, reported by the Independent, the Bahamas National Reparations Committee (BNRC), the Advocacy Network in Jamaica and the indigenous Maya people of Belize slammed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's recent royal tour.

They said: “We stand united in rejecting the so-called charm offensive tour of the Caribbean undertaken by William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which is in sharp opposition to the needs and aspirations of indigenous peoples and people of African descent in the Caribbean.

“We stand united in condemning Britain's savagery in enslaving our ancestors, the coarse indecency of colonial exploitation, the brutality of its enforcers, and the enduring legacies of impoverishment and colonial-era ideologies that have damaged and continue to damage our people, our society and our economy.

“Going forward, we will stand stronger, united in our call for reparatory justice and in supporting the roadmap for redress laid out by the CARICOM Reparations Commission.

"We will stand strong, united in our celebration of the resilience of Caribbean people who have accomplished much since our independence, against the odds, and we commit to continuing in this tradition in tackling contemporary challenges, rooting out all vestiges of our post-colonial past and empowering our people to achieve more.”

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  • Milica Cosic

    William & Kate given world first viewing of Top Gun sequel

    WILLIAM and Kate were given a world first ­preview of the Top Gun sequel by Tom Cruise — its Hollywood superstar.

    Tom greeted the royals for the private screening he arranged after learning Wills was a fan of the original.

    The Prince, 39, a trained RAF helicopter pilot, and mum-of-three Kate, 40, were joined at the secret viewing of Top Gun: Maverick by Sophie Wessex, 57, and Princesses Eugenie, 32, and Beatrice, 33.

    It was held at an IMAX cinema off London’s Leicester Square as Tom wanted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to see the hotly-anticipated release on one of the UK’s biggest screens.

    A source said: “It’s a very unlikely movie premiere, but Tom made the offer after learning William is a fan. They happily accepted. Let’s face it, guests don’t get much more A-list!

    “The rest of the cinema was shut to ensure privacy and William, Kate and a few other members of the royal family — plus a couple of very trusted friends — were the first to see it.

    “Tom welcomed them and said he hoped they’d enjoy watching it as much as he’d enjoyed making it, and left them to it.

    “Apparently, it was met with royal approval — not least because William has been a military pilot himself so it’s pretty close to his heart.

    "It’s also a mega-bucks film with some of the most incredible stunts ever performed on camera so it lives up to the hype.”

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    Jeremy Clarkson issues warning to William

    Jeremy Clarkson has issued a warning to Prince William after it was claimed the royal planned to drop the “never complain, never explain” policy.

    The former presenter warned the Duke of Cambridge about dropping the “never explain” policy, adding that it didn’t work out very well for Prince Andrew.

    Writing in his latest column for The Sun, he said: “It was claimed this week that Prince William is set to drop the royal policy of ‘never complain, never explain’.

    “I’m not sure this is a good idea. We all remember what happened with Prince Andrew.”

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    Princess Diana’s brother shares urgent plea after Tom’s death

    Following the passing of Tom Parker last week, Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, has shared an urgent plea.

    The Earl's grandmother, Cynthia, died of a brain tumour in 1972 in her seventies, and his message reflected that so much more needs to be done when it comes to securing money for brain tumour research. 

    The Earl wrote: “More funding is needed to fund research into brain tumours. So many young people are taken by this relentless disease.

    “Condolences to all who loved and admired the talented Tom Parker.”

    He also reflected on his hope for the future of research, writing, “I’m proud to be a patron of @BrainTumourOrg which is doing great things & aims to do even more.”

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    Andrew ‘took £750,000 payment for Beatrice’s WEDDING’ 

    A £750,000 payment to Prince Andrew at the centre of a High Court fraud row was meant for Princess Beatrice’s wedding, it was claimed.

    The Duke of York was dragged into the £40million case thanks to an affidavit submitted to the court by the claimant, Nebahat Evyap Isbilen.

    Isbilen, the wife of an imprisoned Turkish MP, says she’s seen an email from the alleged fraudster, Selman Turk, to her bank “explaining that this transfer was a wedding gift to Princess Beatrice owing to the close connection between our families”, the Times reported.

    The Daily Mail also reported the claim last night, after reportedly seeing a transcript of a call between the alleged victim’s bank and a senior member of the Royal Household, who seemed to confirm the claim.

    Isbilen says she entrusted her money to Turk and his companies in order to re-settle in Britain, and that she was told the £750,000 payment was to help her obtain a British passport.

    Court papers allege that further payments of £350,000 linked to Turk were made to Andrew through a third party account, along with £225,000 to the duke’s former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.

    Read more here.

    The Duke of York shaking hands with Selman Turk
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    Prince Charles lent his coat to EastEnders actress Letitia Dean

    Following his visit to EastEnders' Albert Square, Prince Charles llent his coat to actress Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon Watts, while being shown around the set by her and co-star Danny Dyer — one of his distant relatives.

    Shivering in the cold, Letitia, who appeared in the very first episode back in 1985, told Charles: “You’ve got your coat on, very wise.”

    The chivalrous prince, 73, then handed it over as they posed for pictures in front of The Queen Vic.

    Letitia, 54, told him at the end: “Thanks for lending me your coat. It smelt rather lovely.”

    Fellow tour guide Danny, who found out on Who Do You Think You Are? that he was a direct descendant of Edward III, said the royal visitors had “mad faces”.

    But he did not mention his ancestral links, saying: “I don’t think they’d believe me. I met Charles before and I dropped it in. He just looked at me strange but I suppose we are related.

    “I am 147,000 (in line) to the throne, not that I’ve Googled it. Very random to see the royals, you know. Up close they were very charming, really chatty. They’ve got mad faces when you’re close.”

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    Prince Charles & Camilla visit new EastEnders set

    PRINCE Charles had a right old giggle when he met the cast of EastEnders yesterday — and acted the perfect gentleman.

    Charles visited the soap’s new set with wife Camilla — who revealed she was a fan of the Dirty Den and Angie years — as the cast filmed a special Platinum Jubilee episode.

    Camilla, 74, was handed a bunch of flowers by deaf Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis, who plays Frankie Lewis.

    Camilla said: “Rose, the Strictly star. I said we were all voting for Rose, I don’t know how you did all those dances.”

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    Cadbury are giving you the chance to win Jubilee tickets

    Famous for their chocolate, Cadbury's are now giving you the chance to win tickets to the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 5th June.

    You'll be able to witness The Queen’s seven decade reign, brought to life in a vibrant festival of creativity in central London.

    Artists and performers from across the UK and Commonwealth will create a once in a lifetime experience, which you could experience first hand.

    To enter, you need to enter your details on the website to be in with a chance in our grand prize draw.

    There's 250 pairs of tickets to be won, so sign up quickly!

    Click here for more information.

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    Harry and Meghan have 'backed themselves into a corner'

    Harry and his wife Meghan have "backed themselves into a corner" by skipping Prince Philip's memorial service, a royal commentator has claimed.

    Speaking about their absence, Russell Myers, royal editor at the Daily Mirror, told Thursday’s episode of Pod Save The Queen that Harry and Meghan have “backed themselves into a corner”. 

    He said: “They’ve backed themselves into a corner with this one, and I don’t think it’s one that they’re going to win, because the Home Office have already said that of course they would have provided the necessary protection, and this was absolutely case and point that they would have had security had they decided to come to a family event such as this.”

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    Caribbean groups form coalition to remove Queen as head of state

    Following the royal trip Kate Middleton and Prince William embarked on last month, black and indigenous groups from Jamaica, Belize and The Bahamas have united as part of a push for slavery reparations from the UK.

    The move could ultimately oust the Queen as head of state in the three nations.

    In a statement, reported by the Independent, the Bahamas National Reparations Committee (BNRC), the Advocacy Network in Jamaica and the indigenous Maya people of Belize slammed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's recent royal tour.

    They said: “We stand united in rejecting the so-called charm offensive tour of the Caribbean undertaken by William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which is in sharp opposition to the needs and aspirations of indigenous peoples and people of African descent in the Caribbean.

    “We stand united in condemning Britain's savagery in enslaving our ancestors, the coarse indecency of colonial exploitation, the brutality of its enforcers, and the enduring legacies of impoverishment and colonial-era ideologies that have damaged and continue to damage our people, our society and our economy.

    “Going forward, we will stand stronger, united in our call for reparatory justice and in supporting the roadmap for redress laid out by the CARICOM Reparations Commission.

    "We will stand strong, united in our celebration of the resilience of Caribbean people who have accomplished much since our independence, against the odds, and we commit to continuing in this tradition in tackling contemporary challenges, rooting out all vestiges of our post-colonial past and empowering our people to achieve more.”

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    Kate & William told to 'change' future royal tours

    Following Kate Middleton and Prince William's eight-day royal tour around the Caribbean, royal experts have claimed how the future of the tours can 'look a little different moving forward'.

    Speaking on Royally US, presenters Christine Ross and Christina Garibaldi discussed the Caribbean tour and commented on the choice of photograph opportunities – most noticeably the one of the Cambridge's greeting the children behind the fence.

    She said: "It's an interesting example of the press really needing the story"

    "It was purposeful for them to choose those photos of the chain link fence and not them greeting children on the other side of the field where you didn't have that optic"

    Ms Ross added: "There were definitely moments for improvement"

    "There were definitely some 'what were you thinking?' moments

    "Like you said [Christina Garibaldi], maybe the tours need to look a little different moving forward"

    Christina added by saying: "I think that is what needs to happen, royal tours need to change"

    "It can't be the same as it was 50 years ago"

    "People are different, mindsets are different, perspectives are different so we have to keep up with our times"

    She continued, with reference to a statement released by Prince William after the tour, and said "his eyes were open to what the people were hearing, he's listening to what the people have to say"

    "He [Prince William] is saying do what's best for your country, I will be here as your friend, not as your leader"

    Christina concluded by saying "this shows what kind of King he will be one day".

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    Kate & William accused of copying Meg & Harry

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have been accused of copying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they “jumped on the bandwagon” after they set a new royal trend of using social media, an expert has said.

    Popular culture expert Nick Ede told Express.co.uk he has seen a change in the way that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge use social media.

    But he said the main change has occurred “since Harry and Meghan started to use social media in a really strong way”.

    While Ede admitted social media is a method of “giving people an insight into their lives in a very controlled way”, he also claimed the Royal Family were previously “a little bit scared of social media”, as the monarchy is often “slower” to “move with the times.”

    But now, he said, the Royal Family appears to view itself as more of a “brand”.

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    Kate is the 'real deal'

    Kate Middleton is "turning out to be the real deal", as the Queen Mother would have approved of her, claims a royal correspondent.

    Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond spoke to OK! magazine and of the Duchess of Cambridge, she said: “Kate is turning out to be the real deal.

    "Gracious, elegant, committed and dutiful – the Queen Mother would’ve very much approved of her.”

    Ms Bond also compared Kate to the likes of the Queen Mother as they both have lots of time for members of the public.

    The royal expert said: "Everyone who spoke to the Queen Mother would say that she gave you the time of day.

    "I say the same about Kate.

    “She gives the impression of being fully engaged and committed to any conversation or engagement, and the Queen Mother was notorious for that.

    “She would just stay and chat to her fans.

    “She would recognise them and approach the crowd.”

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    Meghan & Harry ‘to attend Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding’

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry could attend Brooklyn Beckham’s star-studded wedding – days after snubbing Prince Philip’s memorial, it’s claimed.

    Speculation that the Sussexes will attend the bash next weekend is mounting after Spice Girl Mel B revealed Victoria and David Beckham will invite their own guests.

    Brooklyn Beckham will marry actress Nicola Peltz, 27, on April 9 at her family’s oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.

    The destination is a short flight from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s mansion in exclusive Montecito.

    The Sun revealed in July 2020 that the Sussexes will be at the top of the Beckhams’ guest list for the wedding.

    But Harry is facing criticism after he skipped the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial, making him the only senior royal to do so.

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    Prince William ‘planning huge shake-up of Royal staff’

    PRINCE William plans a huge shake-up of royal staff and outdated ideas as he proves he is not a pampered prince.

    The Duke and wife Kate will stamp the “Cambridge Way” over future events amid negative publicity surrounding their Caribbean tour which ended at the weekend.

    Proving he has his own methods, William plans to have around 70 fewer aides when he succeeds Charles as Prince of Wales.

    He will instead nearly halve the estimated 137 staff his dad relies on to create a more cost-effective and less formal team.

    Wills and Kate will also employ a small staff working on “comfortable and credible” good causes ? five or six in total.

    There will also be shorter, solo trips such as Kate’s recent visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, with her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

    A source said: “William and Kate will modernise how they work. It’s a breath of fresh air.

    “They were bruised by attacks that their Caribbean trip harked back to the colonial age. In future they will rip up the rule-book and do things ‘The Cambridge Way’. They’re trying to work out what that will look like.

    “It is not a criticism of how it was done in the past. But times are changing.”

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    Andrew 'manipulated' Queen 'for his own gain'

    A royal source has claimed that Prince Andrew "manipulated" the Queen, for his "own gains" by taking a prominent position at Prince Philip's memorial service.

    On Tuesday, the Duke entered Westminster Abbey via a separate entrance from the rest, to save Her Majesty from walking a greater distance.

    However, a source has claimed Prince Andrew’s motives were designed to put him back into the royal limelight.

    A Palace source told the Mirror: "[Prince Andrew] was straight out the blocks in front of the cameras when the Duke of Edinburgh died, which was seen within the family as being completely inappropriate.

    “Now this situation has unfolded, a fair few hold the view that he is manipulating his position for his own gains.

    “The Duke of York’s reputation precedes him and he’s made no secret that he’s not ready to fade away into the background, as much as everyone may want him to.”

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    Princess Charlotte displays 'outgoing fun personality'

    A body language expert has likened Princess Charlotte's personality traits to that of Princess Diana's

    Speaking to Express.co.uk, body language expert Judi James spoke about how Kate Middleton and Prince William's children conducted themselves at Philip's memorial service, sayingd Charlotte displayed “body language traits…like Diana”. 

    Judi said the ceremony "was probably the first big test for George and Charlotte in terms of appropriate royal behaviour at a formal event with the world’s cameras watching."

    She added: “Charlotte, looking touchingly like the Queen when she was small, showed body language traits that are more like her granny Diana. 

    “Like Diana she gives the initial impression of shyness but beneath that appears to be an outgoing, fun personality. 

    “She also picked out several of the cameras with her eyes, as Diana always remembered to do.” 

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    Fans spot 'telling' clue about Beatrice's 'shocking' reaction at Philip's memorial

    Princess Beatrice's 'shocking' reaction to seeing her father Prince Andrew and her grandmother, The Queen, at Prince Philips' funeral differed from Eugenie's, says expert.

    According to body language expert Judi James, Beatrice gave off very different signals as Andrew entered the memorial service at Westminster Abbey guiding their grandmother the Queen.

    Judi told the Mirror: "We saw how Beatrice became overwhelmed by tears after her father arrived with his mother and the Queen had taken her place in front of her, but Beatrice’s response as he first honed into view was equally shocking and more than a little puzzling.

    "As the Queen and Andrew first walked level with the royals, Eugenie did appear to glance at an angle that meant she could see her father in her peripheral vision. After spotting him though she appeared to turn her gaze forward.

    "Beatrice, however, seemed to already have her face hidden by her order of service. She performed this total face-covering, shielding ritual after her tears once the Queen and her father were in position, but hiding her face as they walked in would have sent out a very complicated message.

    "For everyone aware of the sisters’ tendency to loyalty this would have been seen as hiding tears of relief and joy at what looked like his re-appearance in public but when we face-hide we can also suggest shame, making this a risky public gesture.

    "When we next saw Beatrice she seemed to have been sucking her thumb in what could have been a bid to self-comfort and avoid more tears. But they came anyway and Edo turned his head to watch with a caring, parental-looking smile as she searched for a hankie and face-hid."

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    Anne only royal with Queen's 'exceptionality'

    The Royal Family is "falling apart", a royal commentator has claimed, with Princess Anne the only one who comes close to the Queen's "exceptionality".

    Columnist Rod Liddle said that watching the service in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, "you just got the feeling the whole thing is kind of falling apart".

    Writing in The Sun, he said: "The Queen made it work, because she is an exceptional woman.

    "I don’t see that exceptionality in the rest of them — Anne, perhaps, excepted."

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    Prince Philip’s memorial news you may have missed

    Here is a summary of all the Prince Philip memorial news you may have missed out on. It took place at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.

    • Princess Beatrice appeared to well up at the emotional service
    • The Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip in a thanksgiving service honouring his life
    • A body language expert said Prince Andrew remains the Queen’s favourite child
    • The Queen left a personal tribute to Prince Philip in the flowers at his service
    • The Monarch, Princess Anne and Camilla all gave a subtle nod to the Duke of Edinburgh with their outfits

    Prince Andrew ‘received £1 million’ from ‘fraudster’

    PRINCE Andrew is embroiled in an extraordinary High Court case amid claims he was given £1million by an alleged conman accused of swindling a Turkish millionairess out of her £40m fortune.

    The Duke of York and his former wife Sarah Ferguson received "suspicious" payments on the orders of Selman Turk, a former Goldman Sachs banker, as part of a £40m international fraud, it is alleged.

    Court papers say the payments included a £750,000 "gift" to Andy from Nebahat Isbilen.

    The 76-year-old was allegedly told the sum would pay for help with a passport so she could flee political persecution in Turkey.

    The duke was paid for the first time days after he presented Mr Turk with an award at St James’s Palace, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    He was giving Mr Turk an honour as part of his controversial Dragons Den-style competition, known as [email protected]

    A further £350,000 payment, linked to Mr Turk, was allegedly made to Prince Andrew through a third party account. This account also paid £225,000 to his ex-wife, it's claimed.

    The Duke has repaid the £750,000, but declined to comment when approached by the newspaper.

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      Queen ‘compartmentalising’ with Harry and Meghan

      A royal expert has claimed that considering the relationship the Queen has with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, she is very good at “compartmentalising”.

      Speaking on Palace Confidential last week, royal expert Robert Hardman told the podcast: “I think the relationship with Harry is still very strong. There is a real fondness and a bond there, he’s devoted to her.

      “And she’s very good at compartmentalising. Talking to people who know her very well, there’s family and there’s business.

      “The whole issue of them leaving the Royal Family and their Sussex Royal website, all that kind of thing, that’s business — that gets dealt with separately.

      “But in terms of the grandmother-grandson relationship, it’s still very strong.”

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      Queen ‘deeply touched’ at amount of trees planted for Platinum Jubilee

      THE Queen says she is “deeply touched” that one million trees have been planted to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

      Her statement of thanks was issued as Sophie Wessex marked the success of the Queen’s Green Canopy project by planting a tree at Buckingham Palace.

      Her Majesty said: “I am deeply touched that so many community groups, schools, families and individuals have made their own unique contributions to the Green Canopy initiative.

      “I hope your Jubilee trees flourish and grow for many years to come, for future generations to enjoy.”

      The project began when the Queen and Prince Charles put in the first tree at Balmoral in October.

      Since then, it has taken off across the kingdom, from the Scottish Highlands to London.

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      Queen returns to virtual duties just three weeks before 96th birthday

      The Queen has held virtual audiences at Windsor as she kept busy with official engagements despite being only three weeks away from her 96th birthday.

      She welcomed the Ambassador of Ecuador and the Ambassador of Nepal via video link.

      The same day, she issued a message of thanks to those across the country who have planted more than a million trees for her Jubilee, saying she was “deeply touched” by the support for the Queen’s Green Canopy.

      The monarch has had a run of duties this week, attending the memorial service for her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh on Tuesday.

      The poignant service saw the Queen, walking slowly with a stick, on her first official engagement outside of a royal residence in nearly six months.

      A day later, she presented honours to Philip’s most loyal and trusted aides at special private face-to-face investitures in Windsor Castle.

      She invested the duke’s long-serving private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

      Brig Miller-Bakewell, who was also Philip’s treasurer, was the duke’s right-hand man for 11 years, taking on the role in 2010.

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      William & Kate to ‘modernise how they work’ following tour

      Prince William and Kate Middleton set to ignore the Royal rule book and modernise the way they do things following their Caribbean tour, a source has claimed.

      A source told us: “William and Kate will modernise how they work. It’s a breath of fresh air.

      “They were bruised by attacks that their Caribbean trip harked back to the colonial age.

      “In future they will rip up the rule-book and do things ‘The Cambridge Way’. They’re trying to work out what that will look like. It is not a criticism of how it was done in the past. But times are changing.”

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