Royal news live: Prince Harry suffers Invictus blow as it emerges Trump gunman researched royal family member

Prince Harry has suffered a fresh Invictus Games blow in the wake of the Pat Tillman Award controversy after its foundation’s chief executive announced his departure.

Dominic Reid, who has been credited with helping the foundation’s growth globally, stepped down from Invictus after 10 years and six games across three continents.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, subsequently paid tribute to Reid, who has occupied the role since the games began in 2014.

Harry said in a statement: “His tireless efforts over the past decade have supported thousands of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through sports rehabilitation.”

Meanwhile, the gunman who tried to kill Donald Trump searched online for a member of the Royal family days before his attempt on the former president’s life, FBI investigators have said.

Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, was killed after opening fire on the former president on Saturday at a rally in Pennsylvania.

His electronic devices were subsequently seized and revealed that he had Google searched several public figures leading up to the incident, including Christopher Wray, the FBI director.

Key Points

  • Trump shooter researched royal family member, FBI reveals

  • Prince Harry’s charity boss steps down from role

  • Kate and William ‘begin summer holiday'

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break royal tradition with children’s new surnames

  • Secret meaning behind Kate Middleton’s Wimbledon dress revealed

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Harry and Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie unveils new show with royal spin

09:00 , Tara Cobham

The author of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography Finding Freedom has had his first fictional TV adaptation commissioned – and it has a striking royal connection.

Omid Scobie’s fiction novel Royal Spin is now set to returned into a TV show and it has strong echoes of the strict protocol and problems with the press that Harry and Meghan cited as their reasons for stepping down as working royals back in 2020.

Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, acquired the rights to the show after an intense bidding war, PEOPLE reports.

Emma Guinness reports:

Harry and Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie unveils show with royal twist in the works

Prince Harry ‘very upset and emotional'

08:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry was “very upset and emotional” when he saw the Princess of Wales’s return at last month’s Trooping the Colour, a royal insider has claimed.

Kate, 42, had remained out of the public eye since Christmas Day after being diagnosed with an undisclosed type of cancer.

Harry was very upset and emotional when he saw the footage of Kate [Middleton] at Trooping the Colour,” the insider told Page Six. “While he has managed to connect with her on a few occasions, it’s not nearly as often as he’d like.

“He would have dearly loved to have been there if only to congratulate and support Kate in person on what must have been a tough day for her.”

Prince Harry has not seen his sister-in-law for some time. (AP)
Prince Harry has not seen his sister-in-law for some time. (AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle labelled ‘the uninvitables’

06:00 , Emma Guinness

A source close to the royals has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been labelled as “the uninvitables” because of their strained relationship with the family.

“Harry and Meghan are being left off guest lists for friend’s weddings and other events due to their estrangement from the royal family,” the insider said, as reported by the Express.

“There is genuine fear that if the Sussexes are invited to a wedding or a christening, it could leave that family excluded from the social circuit which would be one of the biggest faux pas imaginable.

It is not known when Meghan Markle last saw the royal family, but Prince Harry has not seen King Charles since the announcement of his cancer diagnosis in February.

While he has been in the UK since then, the monarch did not meet with his youngest son, citing his busy schedule.

Harry and Meghan were in good spirits at a glittering award ceremony in Los Angeles last week. (ABC/ESPN)
Harry and Meghan were in good spirits at a glittering award ceremony in Los Angeles last week. (ABC/ESPN)

Kate and William congratulate Anne on return to duty

03:00 , Emma Guinness

The Prince and Princess of Wales took the opportunity to congratulate Princess Anne on her return to duty.

She returned to work last Friday after being hospitalised following a kick from a horse that left her with a concussion and minor injuries.

Taking to Twitter/X, the couple described the Princess Royal, 73, as a “super trooper” and added “so great to see you back so soon! W & C x”.

Anne is widely considered to be one of the hardest-working members of the royal family and has undertaken over 200 engagements this year.

The Princess Royal looked delighted to be back at work. (via REUTERS)
The Princess Royal looked delighted to be back at work. (via REUTERS)

Invictus chief executive says it is ‘time for someone new'

00:00 , Emma Guinness

The former chief executive of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games has said it is “time” for someone new to take on the role after ten years.

Dominic Reid announced that he was stepping down a week after Prince Harry controversially accepted the Pat Tillman Award for Veterans for his work with the games.

The prince, who is a veteran, was urged to decline the honour after tens of thousands of people signed a petition arguing that there were more deserving recipients.

“[It is] the time for someone new to take this vital movement forward into its second vigorous decade. Once a member of the Invictus family, you never leave.

“His [Prince Harry’s] concept, passion, and drive have been instrumental in our success, in particular by focusing attention on mental health in sports rehabilitation.”

Prince Harry, pictured here with Dominic Reid, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the games. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)
Prince Harry, pictured here with Dominic Reid, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the games. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)

Meghan’s relationship with father ‘set alarm bells ringing’ in royal family

20:00 , Emma Guinness

Meghan Markle’s public disagreements with her father reportedly “set alarm bells ringing” with Queen Elizabeth.

The now Duchess of Sussex, 42, fell out with her father Thomas around the time of her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. This was seemingly the result of his decision to participate in a stage paparazzi photoshoot.

“Meghan’s public disagreements with her father set alarm bells ringing at the time,” an insider told the Daily Mail, Richard Eden explained.

“Her Majesty realised the potential damage they could do to the Royal Family in general.

“Looking back, the Queen might have had an inkling of what was to come.”

Queen Elizabeth was reportedly worried about Meghan Markle’s public disagreements with her father at the time of her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018. (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Queen Elizabeth was reportedly worried about Meghan Markle’s public disagreements with her father at the time of her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018. (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

King Charles breaks royal protocol in a ‘major way'

18:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles made a well-wisher’s day by breaking protocol in a major way and allowing the 91-year-old to kiss him on the cheek.

The sweet interaction took place on the monarch’s recent trip to the Channel Islands, which was his first as king.

Kathleen Moriarty, 91, told Charles that she had always wanted to kiss a king when the pair met in Guernsey and he was happy to grant her wish.

She later told the BBC: “I said to him, ‘Please, can I give you a kiss?’

“And he gives me his cheek. I just did it! I didn’t plan it, and I enjoyed it. He’s lovely. It was very nice. I am pleased. I thought if all these young dolly birds can do it, this old lady can!”

Under traditional royal protocol, even hugging members of the public is frowned upon.

Harry and Meghan wanted to ‘move in with’ Queen Elizabth

17:00 , Emma Guinness

A new report has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move in with the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip following their 2018 wedding.

Royal author Hugo Vickers told The Times that while the couple requested living quarters in Windsor Castle, this was denied by the then-monarch, who said the location was not “entirely appropriate” for a young family.

Harry and Meghan subsequently moved into Frogmore Cottage, also in Windsor, but they were asked to vacate the property last summer after stepping down as working royals.

The couple reportedly had ‘high hopes’ of living in Windsor Castle. (Getty)
The couple reportedly had ‘high hopes’ of living in Windsor Castle. (Getty)

Princess Anne’s hilarious response to little girl

16:00 , Emma Guinness

Princess Anne had a brilliant response after she was recently told by a little girl that she “doesn’t look like a princess”.

The amusing incident took place last week when the Princess Royal, 73, undertook her first public engagement since being hospitalised with a concussion and minor injuries.

News of the interaction at the recent Riding for the Disabled Association event was revealed by a witness on The Royals with Roya and Kate podcast.

“[The girl] was introduced to her and [they] said ‘This is the Princess Royal’ and she said ‘You don’t look like a princess,’”, the Express reports.

“Princess Anne said ‘Thank goodness for that, I’m so pleased to hear that.’ Everyone laughed at her response and she just literally takes things in her stride.”

The Princess Royal visited the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire (Cameron Smith/PA) (PA Wire)
The Princess Royal visited the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire (Cameron Smith/PA) (PA Wire)

King Charles says he ‘feels sorry’ for Gareth Southgate

13:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles has admitted that he “feels sorry” for Gareth Southgate after England’s devastating Euros defeat.

Southgate, 53, stepped down from his position after the 2-1 loss against Spain.

While speaking to the deputy prime minister, Angela Rayner, at the European Political Community summit in Oxfordshire yesterday (18 July), the monarch said: “I feel so sorry for the manager.

“They always get the blame, but in fact he actually did a brilliant job.”

King Charles said he ‘feels sorry’ for Gareht Southgate after England’s Euros defeat. (PA Wire)
King Charles said he ‘feels sorry’ for Gareht Southgate after England’s Euros defeat. (PA Wire)

12:00 , Emma Guinness

Following the news that the Wales family are about to embark on their summer break, Prince William has been praised for his actions over the first six months of the year.

A royal insider has said he has “shown the strength of his character” through his commitment to duty in the face of both King Charles and the Princess of Wales’s ongoing cancer battles.

“As ever, the Prince has put his family first, balancing looking after his wife and children with continuing to undertake work,” the insider told HELLO! magazine.

“His commitment to his work over the past six months has really shown the strength of his character, going out and continuing to get it done when things were so tough.”

Prince William has been praised for showing his ‘strength of character’ in 2024. (John Walton/PA Wire)
Prince William has been praised for showing his ‘strength of character’ in 2024. (John Walton/PA Wire)

Prince Harry pays tribute to Invictus chief executive

11:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry has paid tribute to the former chief executive of the Invictus Games after it was announced that Dominic Reid would be stepping down after 10 years in the role.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, said in a statement: “I am immensely grateful to my friend, Dominic, whose dedication and leadership transformed the Invictus Games from an ambitious idea to an internationally recognised movement.

“His tireless efforts over the past decade have supported thousands of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through sports rehabilitation, helping to showcase their unparalleled strength and contribution to society.”

He added: “Thank you, Dominic, for a decade of relentless service to the Invictus Games Foundation.

“What a journey it has been, and how fortunate we are to work with such an incredible community of people.

“We pray we don’t need the Games for another 10 years, but thanks to you, the team and our future CEO, we will be ready.”

Reid recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the games with Harry in London. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)
Reid recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the games with Harry in London. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)

King Charles ‘extremely sad about Harry and Meghan'

09:30 , Emma Guinness

King Charles is “extremely sad” about his seemingly strained relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, an expert has claimed.

The monarch, 75, has not seen his youngest son, 39, since the announcement of his cancer diagnosis in February.

Royal author Robert Hardman told the Mirror: “Of course, the King is extremely sad about Harry and Meghan but there is a sense of exasperation, that he has done what he can and now he is King, there are many more things to think about.

He has tried listening. Now he just says: ‘I don’t want to know what the problem is. I’m just getting on with my life.”

King Charles is reportedly ‘extremely sad about Harry and Meghan’. (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
King Charles is reportedly ‘extremely sad about Harry and Meghan’. (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Prince Harry’s charity boss steps down from role

08:39 , Emma Guinness

The chief executive of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games has stepped down from his role a week after the Duke of Sussex controversially accepted an award for veterans.

Harry, 39, received the Pat Tillman Award for his work with the games, which celebrates the sporting achievements of wounded, sick and injured service people.

At the time of his acceptance at a glittering ceremony in Los Angeles, Harry said it belonged to everyone involved with the games.

Ahead of the Duke’s receipt of the award, tens of thousands of people signed a petition against it, with the late Mr Tillman’s mother, Mary, adding that she could not understand ESPN’s decision to give it to such a “controversial and divisive individual”.

Now, Dominic Reid has stepped down after occupying the role since 2014.

Paying tribute to his former chief executive, Harry thanked him for “[transforming] the Invictus Games from an ambitious idea to an internationally recognised movement.”

Dominic Reid is pictured here with Prince Harry celebrating the 10th anniversary of the games. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)
Dominic Reid is pictured here with Prince Harry celebrating the 10th anniversary of the games. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)

Kate and William ‘begin summer holiday'

08:25 , Emma Guinness

The Prince and Princess of Wales have begun their summer holiday after a difficult first half of the year, an insider has revealed.

Royal author Robert Jobson explained that Kate’s cancer diagnosis hit her husband “out of the blue” and that as a couple, they understand the importance of family time and privacy before he ascends to the throne.

“I think they will be looking forward to a nice holiday together as a family, and I’m sure they’ll spend some time in Norfolk, at the beach,” Jobson told HELLO! magazine.

“They knew they would only get limited time in this role, where they can enjoy their children. As soon as they become King and Queen, they really are public property.”

Prince George, the Prince of Wales, Prince Louis, the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Kate’s first public appearance of the year last month (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Wire)
Prince George, the Prince of Wales, Prince Louis, the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Kate’s first public appearance of the year last month (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Wire)

Meghan Markle’s former friend claims Prince Harry ‘fit plan’ for UK fame

08:00 , Emma Guinness

A former friend of Meghan Markle has claimed that she pursued Prince Harry in a bid to become famous in the UK.

The friend, who said they were “ghosted” by the former Suits star, said the actress focused her sights on the UK because she was not happy about how her career in the US was going.

Lizzie Cundy told the Daily Mail that Meghan asked her: “Do you know any famous guys?” before adding “I’m single and I really love English men.”

After the now Duchess of Sussex met Prince Harry, Cundy reached out to congratulate her and was allegedly ghosted.

Meghan Markle reportedly wanted to meet ‘famous’ Englishmen. (AP)
Meghan Markle reportedly wanted to meet ‘famous’ Englishmen. (AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle branded ‘tone deaf’ by expert

06:00 , Emma Guinness

A royal expert has branded the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “tone deaf” following reports that they could not understand the intense backlash that followed Prince Harry’s receipt of an award for veterans.

The revelation was made by Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl on Kinsey Schofield’s Heirs and Spares programme.

“I think they probably are so immersed in their own narrative that they find it quite hard to understand why people take a pop at them,” she said.

“They probably find it so hard to understand why they are so divisive. I do think that sometimes they have the tendency to come over as being slightly tone deaf”.

The criticism aimed at Harry over the award was also given by the late Pat Tillman’s mum, Mary, who said she could not understand why the award named after her son was being given to such a “controversial and divisive” individual.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been branded ‘tone deaf’. (ABC/ESPN)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been branded ‘tone deaf’. (ABC/ESPN)

Prince William’s reason for wanting Princess Anne back ‘so soon'

04:00 , Emma Guinness

A royal insider has speculated that Prince William may want Princess Anne to return to full duty as soon as possible to share the load of investitures.

Royal expert Ephraim Hardcastle explained that Windsor Castle has a backlog following the royal family’s ongoing health concerns.

“William might have had another reason to see Anne back ‘so soon’,” Mr Hardcastle told the Daily Mail.

“She can share the burden of investitures.

“So far this year there have been 25, with Anne presiding at 17.”

Princess Anne has already attended over 200 engagements so far this year. (PA)
Princess Anne has already attended over 200 engagements so far this year. (PA)

Kate Middleton to spend rest of summer ‘below the radar'

02:00 , Emma Guinness

A royal insider said the public are unlikely to see Kate Middleton again anytime soon as she and Prince William plan to spend the remainder of the summer “below the radar”.

The revelation was made in Vanity Fair, where it was explained that the couple will spend the majority of the summer at their Norfolk home as the Princess of Wales continues her cancer treatment.

While there are no plans for the Wales family to travel abroad, they will travel to Scotland next month to join King Charles and Queen Camilla at Balmoral.

The Princess of Wales has made just two public appearances this year due to her ongoing health concerns. (AFP via Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales has made just two public appearances this year due to her ongoing health concerns. (AFP via Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan’s American ‘fairytale over’

Friday 19 July 2024 00:00 , Emma Guinness

Following the news that just four in ten Americans agreed with the decision to give Prince Harry an American award for veterans, a royal expert has said Harry and Meghan’s “fairytale” in the US is “over”.

Lee Cohen said that people in the US’s fondness for the couple has “significantly cooled” because of their alleged “whining”.

“Harry and Meghan just love to complain. And in America’s largely optimistic society, that is a bad look,” he told the US Sun.

“While some view the couple’s openness as a brave stance against institutional rigidity, many others perceive it as ungrateful and divisive.

“A segment of Americans, particularly those of us who respect and admire the monarchy, find these repeated criticisms disrespectful and unbecoming. So the Sussexes’ endless narrative of grievance has alienated many who once admired their candour.”

Prince Harry controversially accpeted an award for veterans in Los Angeles last week despite calls for him to decline. (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Prince Harry controversially accpeted an award for veterans in Los Angeles last week despite calls for him to decline. (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Princess Anne told to ‘rest up’ following hospitalisation

Thursday 18 July 2024 22:00 , Emma Guinness

Doctors have reportedly told Princess Anne to “rest up” over the summer after she was recently hospitalised after being kicked by a horse.

The Princess Royal, 73, suffered a concussion and minor injuries as a result of the incident on her Gloucestershire estate last month.

While she made a surprise return to work last week, medics are reportedly encouraging Anne, who is widely believed to be one of the hardest-working royals, to “rest up” over the summer.

Royal insider Ephraim Hardcastle told the Daily Mail: “A mole reports that medical advice was for the Princess Royal to rest up over the summer, the results of head injuries not always being immediately obvious – but Anne isn’t noted for doing what she’s told.”

The Princess Royal visited the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire last week (Cameron Smith/PA) (PA Wire)
The Princess Royal visited the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire last week (Cameron Smith/PA) (PA Wire)

Prince Harry’s eight-word response when asked to leave UK residence

Thursday 18 July 2024 20:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry had an eight-word response after being asked by King Charles to vacate Frogmore Cottage following his decision to step down as a working royal.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, officially vacated the property last year, with a spokesperson for the Sussexes stating at the time: “We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.”

In response to the monarch’s request to leave, the Express reports, Harry said: “Don’t you want to see your grandkids anymore?”

Prince Harry said the loss of Frogmore Cottage would affect King Charles’s ability to see his grandchildren. (Getty Images)
Prince Harry said the loss of Frogmore Cottage would affect King Charles’s ability to see his grandchildren. (Getty Images)

Meghan Markle ‘hissed’ at staff while pregnant

Thursday 18 July 2024 18:00 , Emma Guinness

The Duchess of Sussex “turned and hissed” at a member of royal staff while pregnant with Prince Archie, it has been claimed.

The incident took place in Fiji as part of a tour of the island, Tonga, New Zealand and Australia in 2018.

Rebecca English told the Daily Mail: “I was there at the time and witnessed Meghan turn and ‘hiss’ at a member of her entourage, clearly incandescent with rage about something, and demand to leave.

“I later saw that same – female – highly distressed member of staff sitting in an official car, with tears running down her face. Our eyes met and she lowered hers, humiliation etched on her features.”

The Sun reports that the Duchess, now 42, was upset on a trip to a market after she noticed that a group called UN Women was in attendance when she had specifically asked them not to be.

The incident took place in the autumn of 2018 after the couple tied the knot in May. (Getty Images)
The incident took place in the autumn of 2018 after the couple tied the knot in May. (Getty Images)

Hugh Grant supports Prince Harry – ‘It’s a man’s job to protect his family’

Thursday 18 July 2024 17:00 , Emma Guinness

Hugh Grant has gone viral on TikTok after lending his support to Prince Harry in an interview where he was asked his thoughts on the Sussex’s departure from the royal family.

The Notting Hill actor, 63, said: “The tabloid press effectively murdered his mother. Now they’re tearing his wife to pieces.

“I think as a man it’s his job to protect his family so I’m with him.”

Grant, like Harry, is set to appear in the new documentary Tabloids on Trial later this month to discuss his experiences of British press intrusion.

Hugh Grant has supported Prince Harry. (Albert L. Ortega/Shutterstock)
Hugh Grant has supported Prince Harry. (Albert L. Ortega/Shutterstock)

Princess Anne to open new A&E unit

Thursday 18 July 2024 16:40 , Emma Guinness

Princess Anne is set to undertake her second public engagement since being released from hospital tomorrow.

The Princess Royal, 73, who is widely considered to be one of the hardest-working members of the royal family, suffered a concussion and minor injuries after being kicked by a horse last month.

She will travel to Worcester to open the new £35 million Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s new emergency department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Friday (19 July).

In her capacity as patron of the Three Counties Agricultural Society, Anne will then open Kildare Hall in Worcester – a new single-span building at The Showground.

The Princess Royal returned to duty last week. (Getty Images)
The Princess Royal returned to duty last week. (Getty Images)

Kate Middleton supports Natural History Museum’s new gardens

Thursday 18 July 2024 16:00 , Emma Guinness

The Princess of Wales has expressed her support for the new gardens at London’s Natural History Museum and praised the healing power of nature.

Taking to the official Kensington Palace Instagram account, Kate, 42, wrote: “I am hugely supportive of the Museum’s commitment to create a special space which encourages people of all ages to reconnect with nature and learn more about how we can protect our natural world.

“I know the power of nature to support our development and wellbeing, both by bringing us joy and helping to keep us physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.

“I hope these gardens will be inspiring and transformative for the thousands of people who visit.”

A picture of Kate surrounded by nature was shared to announce her return to public life last month. (Matt Porteous)
A picture of Kate surrounded by nature was shared to announce her return to public life last month. (Matt Porteous)

Thomas Markle’s birthday wish goes unanswered

Thursday 18 July 2024 15:00 , Emma Guinness

Today is Meghan Markle’s father’s 80th birthday and his wish to finally meet his grandchildren appears to have gone unanswered.

Thomas, who has been estranged from his daughter since her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, said ahead of the event that he “knew” his daughter would not be in touch.

“I’ve had a good life and I am proud of what I’ve accomplished, but everything has been overshadowed by what has happened in the last six years,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I’ve never been one for birthdays, but I know the one person I most want to hear from, Meghan, won’t be in touch.”

The Duchess of Sussex appeared to fall out with her father after he staged a paparazzi photoshoot ahead of her wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Thomas Markle holding baby daughter Meghan. (Instagram)
Thomas Markle holding baby daughter Meghan. (Instagram)
Harry and Meghan at their wedding. (Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan at their wedding. (Getty Images)

Kate Middleton to retreat again from public life

Thursday 18 July 2024 14:00 , Emma Guinness

The Princess of Wales is reportedly set to take another break from public life to enjoy a “summer break” with her family, an insider has claimed.

This comes after Kate, 42, made a welcome return to duty at last month’s Trooping the Colour and appeared to present the trophies at Wimbledon last weekend.

She was forced to step back from her work earlier this year after being diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer.

“There were two dates she really wanted to make,” the source said, Vanity Fair reports.

“She wanted to be at Trooping to support the King and at Wimbledon because she goes every year, and it brings her great joy.”

According to reports, the Wales family will join King Charles and Queen Camilla at Balmoral early next month.

It could be some time before the Princess of Wales makes another public appearance. (AFP via Getty Images)
It could be some time before the Princess of Wales makes another public appearance. (AFP via Getty Images)

King Charles’s kindness to Donald Trump ‘appreciated by Americans'

Thursday 18 July 2024 13:00 , Emma Guinness

A PR expert has speculated that the American people will appreciate King Charles privately sending his good wishes to Donald Trump after an assassination attempt last weekend.

While the exact contents of the monarch’s letter were not made public, its existence was announced by Buckingham Palace.

“Americans will see it as a formality and one which they’ll appreciate,” Eric Schiffer, chair of Reputation Management Consultants, told Newsweek.

“Especially if you’re on the right or those who are patriots or who care about lowering the temperature of violence in America, all of which plays to the king.”

King Charles privately wrote to Donald Trump after he was injured in an assassination attempt. (AFP/Getty)
King Charles privately wrote to Donald Trump after he was injured in an assassination attempt. (AFP/Getty)

Harry and Meghan least popular royals, new poll finds

Thursday 18 July 2024 12:00 , Emma Guinness

A new poll has found that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are less popular amongst Americans than Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The Redfield and Wilton poll found that the Duchess of Sussex was liked by 36 percent of American respondents and 24 percent went as far as to say they disliked her.

Meanwhile, 45 percent of Americans have a positive view of the Princess of Wales and just 13 percent see her in a negative light.

A similar trend emerged when it came to opinions of Prince Harry and William.

While Prince William is liked by 40 percent of Americans and disliked by 12 percent, Prince Harry is liked by 42 percent and disliked by a notably more substantial 18 percent.

It has been some time since the two couples were photographed together. (AP)
It has been some time since the two couples were photographed together. (AP)

Prince Harry loves Meghan Markle ‘no matter what'

Thursday 18 July 2024 11:00 , Emma Guinness

Following reports that the Duchess of Sussex is feeling the pressure ahead of the launch of her new lifestyle brand, a source has claimed that Prince Harry “isn’t expecting her to create an empire”.

The source described Meghan, 42, as being “on tenterhooks” ahead of the additional release of her new Netflix cooking show.

She and Prince Harry signed a $100 million contract with the streaming platform after stepping down as working royals and there are concerns that it won’t be renewed when it ends next year.

“Harry certainly isn’t expecting her to create an empire, he loves her no matter what and at the end of the day, he just wants her to be happy,” the source told Closer magazine.

Prince Harry’s main priority is reportedly his wife’s happiness and not the success of her business ventures. (ABC/ESPN)
Prince Harry’s main priority is reportedly his wife’s happiness and not the success of her business ventures. (ABC/ESPN)

Meghan Markle ‘furious’ with King Charles over business rivalry

Thursday 18 July 2024 10:00 , Emma Guinness

The Duchess of Sussex is allegedly “furious” with King Charles for releasing a new Highgrove product ahead of the official launch of her lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard.

Meghan, 42, has already teased that it will sell products including strawberry and raspberry jam and now the monarch has seemingly competed with his daughter-in-law by releasing the new Highgrove Royal Estate Honey.

“She is trying to establish herself as a lifestyle mogul but now she’s competing with a royal rival,” a source told New Idea magazine.

“She had no idea [about this] and now suddenly, as she sees it, there’s a glut of his products on the market. She’s one step away from calling Charles about the clash but Prince Harry is holding her back.”

Meghan Markle has also soft launched American Riviera Orchard’s dog biscuits. (iStock/Traceyrobbins/Instagram/Getty/The Independent)
Meghan Markle has also soft launched American Riviera Orchard’s dog biscuits. (iStock/Traceyrobbins/Instagram/Getty/The Independent)

Trump shooter researched royal family member, FBI reveals

Thursday 18 July 2024 09:04 , Emma Guinness

The FBI has revealed that the man who attempted to assassinate former president Donald Trump researched a member of the royal family in the days leading up to the incident.

Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, reportedly google searched an unidentified royal on one of his electronic devices.

Other public figures searched on the late Crooks’s devices include Christopher Wray, the FBI director and Merrick Garland, the attorney-general.

He also had photographs of Trump and President Biden and had kept a record of scheduled appearances from Trump and the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Crooks was killed after opening fire on the former president at Saturday’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Shooter Thomas Crooks is pictured in a yearbook photo. (AP)
Shooter Thomas Crooks is pictured in a yearbook photo. (AP)
King Charles and Queen Camilla at yesterday’s State Opening of Parliament. (PA)
King Charles and Queen Camilla at yesterday’s State Opening of Parliament. (PA)

Four of ten Americans against Prince Harry’s award

Thursday 18 July 2024 09:00 , Emma Guinness

A new poll has found that just four of ten Americans disagree with ESPN’s decision to give Prince Harry the Pat Tillman Award.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, recently received the honour for his work with the Invictus Games, despite intense backlash over his receipt that saw tens of thousands of people sign a petition against it.

The late Mr Tillman’s mother, Mary, also disagreed with the choice and said she could not understand why the award for veterans was being given to such a “controversial and divisive” individual”.

Now, a new poll by Redfield and Wilton found that only 21 percent of Americans were in favour of Harry receiving the award, while 41 percent said they “didn’t know” how they felt about it.

This left just 38 percent of the 1,500 respondents, who agreed with the decision to give the duke the honour.

The award is reserved for veterans who have made an impact through sport in a similar way to the late Pat Tillman, who gave up his professional football career to serve in the wake of 9/11.

Prince Harry speaks after receiving the Pat Tillman Award For Service at the ESPY Awards (Mark J Terrill/AP) (AP)
Prince Harry speaks after receiving the Pat Tillman Award For Service at the ESPY Awards (Mark J Terrill/AP) (AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launch updated website

Thursday 18 July 2024 08:00 , Emma Guinness

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have updated their website this week and notably ended a 64-year royal tradition with their children’s surnames.

They revealed that Prince Archie and Princess Lilbet have taken the surname Sussex, a noted change from the use of Mountbatten-Windsor which was given to the late Queen Elizabeth’s descendants from 1960 onwards.

The children took the surname following King Charles’s coronation in May 2023.

A source told The Times: “The reality behind the new site is very simple – it’s a hub for the work the Sussexes do and it reflects the fact the family have, since the King’s coronation, the same surname for the first time.

“That’s a big deal for any family. It represents their unification and it’s a proud moment.”

Harry and Meghan pictured with son Archie who Harry says is the focus of his life alongside daughter Lilibet. Toby Melville/PA (PA Archive)
Harry and Meghan pictured with son Archie who Harry says is the focus of his life alongside daughter Lilibet. Toby Melville/PA (PA Archive)

Prince George ‘very popular’ at school

Thursday 18 July 2024 04:00 , Emma Guinness

Ahead of Prince George’s 11th birthday next Monday (22 July), an insider has revealed he is “very popular” at school.

They also said that little “fuss” is made of the fact that he will one day be king.

“He’s very popular and has a lot of friends, and there’s very little fuss made about who he is,” they told Vanity Fair.

The youngster was as animated as his father at the nail-biting Euros final between England and Spain. (Bradley Collyer/PA Wire)
The youngster was as animated as his father at the nail-biting Euros final between England and Spain. (Bradley Collyer/PA Wire)

King Charles reveals new Labour government’s plan for the UK

Thursday 18 July 2024 02:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles has outlined the plans of the new Labour government in the second King’s Speech of his reign.

“The era of politics as performance and self-interest above service is over,” Prime Minister Keir Starmer said via the speech. “The fight for trust is the battle that defines our political era.”

Notable points included the government’s commitment to ending zero-hours contracts and ending conversion therapy for the LGBTQ+ community.

Charles looks up as he reads the King’s Speech, during the State Opening of Parliament (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA) (PA Wire)
Charles looks up as he reads the King’s Speech, during the State Opening of Parliament (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA) (PA Wire)

Prince Harry’s ‘perfect way back’ into the royal family

Thursday 18 July 2024 00:00 , Emma Guinness

A royal expert has speculated that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could win the favour of the royal family again through their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

This comes after it was claimed that King Charles is “considering” a trip to the US to see his youngest grandchildren.

“If Harry did want a way back in, he could use the excuse that despite his personal beef with King Charles, he wants his children to have a relationship with their grandfather, it would be the perfect way back wouldn’t it?” Kinsey Schofield said, as reported by the Express.

An expert has specualated that Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet could help Harry and Meghan heal their seemingly frosty relationship with the royal family. (AP)
An expert has specualated that Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet could help Harry and Meghan heal their seemingly frosty relationship with the royal family. (AP)

Prince George’s surprising nickname

Wednesday 17 July 2024 22:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince George reportedly has a very British nickname that originated in his school playground.

The eldest of the Wales children, who turns 11 next week, is reportedly known as PG by his classmates and this allegedly morphed into PG Tips after the famous British tea brand over time, the Mirror reports.

According to the outlet, those close to the young prince affectionately refer to him as just “Tips”.

Prince George reportedly has a very British nickname. (Getty Images)
Prince George reportedly has a very British nickname. (Getty Images)

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