PRINCE Harry got the fright of his life one Halloween when palace aides told him, he and Meghan were about to be exposed, a royal author has revealed.
Harry had been over in Canada visiting Meghan on the set of her TV drama Suits on All Hallow’s Eve in 2016 when he got a call from Kensington Palace that their relationship was about to be exposed in a newspaper.
The pair had reportedly been together for four months at this point and were “madly in love”. They decided to go to a Halloween party in Toronto wearing Venetian mask so they could not be recognised when Harry got a call from his aides back in London.
The revelations come from Harry and Meghan’s ‘favourite’ biographer Omid Scobie’s revised Finding Freedom.
In an excerpt published in the Mirror, it said: “A cocktail or so into the party, they were both feeling relaxed, absorbing the Halloween spirit.
“It was possibly the perfect night out – until they received a call from one of Harry’s aides at Kensington Palace”
The secret was out.
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Meg’s brother says they were close growing up
Thomas Jr – the son of Meghan’s dad Thomas and his first wife – said growing up with the future duchess was a “great experience”.
Thomas Jr, who is 15 years older than Meghan, said he did not live with her day to day but would spend holidays with her and they still had “lots of quality time”.
He said he regretted how he spoke about her to the media when she first announced she was marrying Harry – and didn’t invite him to the wedding.
“I was thrown to the wolves with the popularity and the media with no experience,” he claimed. “I was being backed into a corner, into a wall. I made some horrible mistakes and still regret them to this day.”
‘I don’t buy it’
Meghan Markle’s brother has said he “doesn’t 100 per cent buy” her claims of battling with mental health problems.
He said: “I don’t 100 per cent buy that and I don’t agree with some of the things on the Oprah interview like not having those services available. I can’t imagine being that sheltered. “
As housemates began to bristle, he continued with his onslaught on Megan saying “she kind of knew what she was getting into”.
Markle said “if you got a job and you got paid $4million salary a year to bow and curtesy and shake hands and take pictures and do some charity work here and some charity work it’s about the highest pedestal you can get to in life.
Who plays William and Harry in the Crown?
Back in September, the Sun revealed producers had found two unknown actors to portray William and Harry in the fifth series.
They made a brief appearance in series four played by Arran Tinker and Lucas Barber Grant during a scene while they were in a car with their mother – then played by Emma Corrin.
The series is expected to cover the period from around 1990 to Diana’s death in 1997 which coincided with the final implosion of Charles and Diana’s marriage.
William and Harry, although their parents were united in a desire to protect them, were inevitably caught in the crossfire and only time will tell if how the producers will seek to portray it.
The Crown is set to recreate THAT Diana interview
The princes are undoubtedly not going to be happy that the Netflix series plans to redramatise that ‘keystone’ moment when Diana, Princess of Wales declared there were “three people in my marriage” during a 1995 Panorama interview.
That interview, conducted by then-BBC journalist Martin Bashir, made global headlines as the princess spoke openly about her marriage to the Prince of Wales.
Both William and Harry have been vocal in their criticism of the press with William attacking Bashir for preying on his mother when she was in a vulnerable state to get her to agree to the interview.
But friends of the princess say by 1995 Diana was no longer the shy and vulnerable teenager she was when she married Charles. She was a woman in her 30s who knew how important it was to come out on top in the eyes of the public.
A few weeks prior to the interview Prince Charles had given an hour-long interview to Jonathan Dimbleby where he admitted to infidelity.
Harry’s boyhood crush on ‘Meghan-lookalike’
Prince William and Prince Harry may be two of the most famous men on the planet – but even they had celebrity crushes when they were younger.
Both princes had posters of glamorous women on their walls when they were schoolboys, including Prince Harry having a “Meghan Markle lookalike.”
According to biographer Robert Lacey’s Battle of Brothers, when Prince Harry went to study at Eton in 1998, he wasted no time in sticking up a poster of a famous actress.
He said boys were allowed pin-up photos in their rooms at the time.
“Harry opted for the African-American actress Halle Berry – a Meghan Markle lookalike, some would later maintain with hind-sight – in the middle of a spectacular red and orange psychedelic wall-hanging”, he explained.
Recap: Why couldn’t the Queen go to COP26?
The Queen was said to be ‘very disappointed’ not to be able to attend the two week conference in Glasgow.
Her Majesty was told to stay home and take a few weeks off by doctors after spending a night in hospital.
She has also been seen walking with a cane for the first time in recent weeks as she is said to be having trouble with her knee.
But she does seem to be on the mend – yesterday she was seen driving around on her alone.
The mask comes off
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at a Halloween part when they were told their relationship was about to be exposed.
Harry had gone to visit Meghan in Canada in October 2016 when an aide called from London to say a tabloid was about to publish the story.
The pair had reportedly been together for around four months at that point but were still keeping it under wraps.
They had reported attended the party at Soho House in Toronto wearing Venetian face masks in a bid not to be recognised, Royal biographer Omid Scobie says.
The couple would later partly blame press intrusion for Megxit.
Meghan Markle’s brother has said she has “the personality” to run for US president, her half-brother has claimed.
Thomas Markle Jr, 55, says the politics-savvy Duchess of Sussex shares the same “determination and drive” as other presidential hopefuls.
But does she want it?
People are speculating whether Meghan might try a bid for political office now the Royal shackles are off. Meghan has always been an active campaigner and endorsed Joe Biden for president.
The Royals are supposed to be as uncontroversial as possible so she dropped her more overt political statements – such as her criticism of Donald Trump – when she married in but now she seems determined to pic up where she left off.
Despite the Founding Fathers overt criticism of George III there does not seem to be any technical reason a member of the Royal family could not run for president.
The only rules are that you have to be over 35 and an American citizen.
Who has served as a counsellors of state?
There are four current counsellors of state – Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince William and Prince Harry.
Until his death April, Prince Philip was the longest serving counsellor to her Majesty having assumed the title alongside becoming Royal consort in 1952.
When Elizabeth arrived on the throne, she had five counsellors – Philip, her sister Margaret, her aunt, her uncle and one of her cousins, George Lascelles.
Gradually this cast of characters has changed with people stepping down to make room for her children – then her grandchildren – when they came of age.
Harry the last person to be appointed as a counsellor, replacing Prince Edward when he turned 21 in 2005.
What is a counsellor of state?
The Duke of Sussex – and his disgrace Uncle Andrew – are still listed as ‘counsellors of state’ – meaning that, if the Queen is unwell or abroad, they can serve in her stead performing ceremonial duties.
It is not the same as being a regent – such as the later George IV was for his father George III in the early 19th century – because the monarch has no real power but it means they are the symbolic face of the Crown at that particular moment.
Only four such positions exist, with the other two filled by Charles and William.
Most of their responsibilities are routine such as attending Privy Council meetings, signing routine documents and receiving the credentials of new ambassadors to the Court of St James’s – the official diplomatic title of ambassadors to the UK.
The only thing that cannot do is make any constitutional decisions or grant any titles or peerages.
Queen says Glasgow is a ‘fitting’ location for COP26
The monarch said that it was fitting the COP26 talks were taking place in Glasgow – which was once the heartland of Britain’s industrial revolution.
She was addressing the summit in a video message as she was unable to attend the climate talks in person after she cancelled all public engagements on doctors’ orders.
Glasgow, which is still Scotland’s largest city, was one of the major cities – along with Manchester and Birmingham – which grew rapidly during the 19th century to accommodate the UK’s rapid economic growth.
It specialised in heavy industry and there is still shipbuilding going on at the city’s dockyards to this day – though the industry has significantly declined.
Who will be the next Duke of York?
If Prince Andrew hangs onto his title, he won’t be able to pass it onto his children.
Despite changes to the Act of Succession means girls could inherit the throne on the same terms of as boys, the rules about passing on titles remain the same.
This is why Princess Anne is only known as the ‘Princess Royal’ rather than getting her own Dukedom or Earldom like her brothers.
Prince Andrew does not have any legitimate sons so the title will go into abeyance (meaning unused or suspended) until the monarch decides to grant it again.
This means the most likely to candidate to pick up the slightly tarnished moniker is Prince Louis.
Second sons/brothers to monarchs are traditionally granted the title so it is likely to be given to him by Prince Charles, William or George when and if he gets married.
Council worker sacked for making racist joke about Meghan
A woman has lost her employment tribunal case against an Essex council after making a racist joke about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy.
Jane Copley was sacked by Rochford District Council following complaints about allegedly racist and bullying behaviour including sending a picture of a Golliwog to her colleagues saying it is what the future Royal family would look like.
Meghan, who is mixed-race, announced she was pregnant with Archie in October 2018.
A golliwog is a type of doll made to look like a black person with exaggerated facial features. They were originally made in the 19th century but remained popular in the UK until the 1970s. They are now widely regarded as racist.
Copley is also alleged to have compared tennis star Serena Williams to a monkey and saying she decorated her home with ‘tyres and fruit’, Essex Live reported.
‘Money changed her’, Meghan’s brother warns
Despite his claims to want a reconciliation, Thomas Markle Jr has a long track of saying mean things about his sister.
During the premiere of Big Brother VIP in Australia, Thomas Markle Jr told his housemates: “Last time [I saw her] was at my grandmother’s funeral in 2011, and she took off after that and went to Canada. We were close before.
“Money changed her, money and fame went to her head really bad.
“I guess when you are introduced to the one per cent of society – that is most likely the reason that happened to her when she didn’t have anything before.”
Thomas Jr said he had “no idea” how Meghan ended up with a prince, and said she was “cold” towards her former husband Trevor.
‘None of us live forever’
The 95-year-old monarch ended her speech to COP26 with a poignant reminder that life on Earth is fleeting.
It comes as she was forced to stay home for health reasons and just seven months after the death of her beloved husband at the age of 99.
Addressing world leaders in a video message, she said “the time for words has now moved to the time for action.”
She added: “Of course, the benefits of such actions will not be there to enjoy for all of us here today: we none of us will live forever.
“But we are doing this not for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children, and those who will follow in their footsteps.
“And so, I wish you every good fortune in this significant endeavour.”
What is Operation London Bridge?
Operation London Bridge is purported to be the code name give for the complex operation for when the Queen dies.
Her Majesty is the UK’s longest reigning monarch and few alive today will remember a time before she was on the throne.
Her own accession was sudden after the death of her father – she was famously on a Royal tour in Kenya at the time and had to rush back. She is remains one of the few monarchs to have ever inherited the Crown while not physically in the British Isles.
As result there have been years of complex planning for what happens when she dies and Charles becomes King.
As laid out by the Guardian in 2017, it will be a mixture of tradition and politics. Some of the steps include a slightly bizarre sounding ritual where the family will kiss Prince Charles’ hands to accept his rule as well as days of official mourning and an address to the nation.
A message of hope
The Queen has issued a rallying call for nations to come to together to fight climate change.
No doubt calling on memories of the Allies fight against the Axis powers during World War Two, she reminded world leaders there is “always room for hope” when they are united.
In the message to COP26, recorded on Friday: she also said: “None of us underestimates the challenges ahead.
“But history has shown that when nations come together in common cause, there is always room for hope.
“Working side by side, we have the ability to solve the most insurmountable problems and to triumph over the greatest of adversities.”
Meghan’s brother wants to meet his niece and nephew
Meghan Markle’s half-brother said he would do “anything” to meet Archie and Lilibet – as he demands a face-to-face showdown with the Sussexes.
Thomas Markle Jr, 55, wants to visit Harry and Meghan’s £11million mansion in Montecito, California, to “give her a big hug and a kiss”, he claimed.
Thomas Jr told New Idea Magazine: “I don’t need a photo op to go see my sister and I don’t want a story behind it.
“I don’t want anything – I would just love to go over to their home and knock on their door, give her a big hug and a kiss and say I missed the hell out of her and apologise right to her face.”
Meghan has what it takes to be President, brother says
Meghan Markle has “that personality” to run for US president, her half-brother has claimed.
Thomas Markle Jr, 55, says the politics-savvy Duchess of Sussex shares the same “determination and drive” as other presidential hopefuls.
In an interview amid his appearance on Australia’s Big Brother VIP, Thomas Jr told New Idea Magazine: “She obviously has that personality, and that determination and drive, it wouldn’t surprise me.
“I just know, whatever endeavour she endures and puts her hands on she will do good things.
“I wish her the best of luck, but absolutely if that’s what she’s going to put her sights on, she’ll go for it.”
Determined to save Christmas
The Queen is said to be “totally committed” to having her family with her for Christmas despite her recent poor health.
She is determined to place hostess to her large family as she faces the first Christmas without Philip since 1947.
The Queen is now recovering at Windsor Castle after having tests and spending a night in the hospital.
It is said Prince Harry is desperate to get back to the UK to see her – and introduce his new daughter – as he still feels guilty about not being able to say goodbye to his grandfather Philip.
What is Meghan talking about at the summit?
Meghan is due to speak at a half an hour online event with Mellody Hobson, the co-founder of Ariel Investments who is also the chairwoman of Starbucks.
Meghan has been listed under her ducal title and as the ‘co-founder of Archewell International’.
The talk is entitled: “How can women reach economic and professional parity? Two groundbreaking figures join us to discuss top-down solutions, and reflect on how their shared experiences influenced their thinking about creating opportunities for others.”
Meghan’s links to the New York Times (continued)
This is not the first time Meghan Markle has appeared in the New York Times.
In November last year she wrote a heartbreaking essay where she recounted the pain of a miscarriage she and Harry suffered earlier that year.
She described “my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine”.
The pair went onto to have Lilibet in June. Meghan already gave birth to Archie in May 2019.
Meghan Markle talks empowerment
Meghan Markle is due to speak on women’s empowerment at a fancy New York conference next week.
The Duchess of Sussex has been announced as a speaker on ‘women reaching economic and professional parity’ with men as part of the New York Times Dealbook summit.
It is believed she will speak about her ongoing campaign to get paid parental leave through the U.S. Congress.
The USA is the only country in the OECD club of wealthier nations not to guarantee some sort of leave from work after the birth of a child.
Her name is listed alongside other big name speakers such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
When did Meghan’s parents split?
Thomas Markle married Meghan’s mother – his second wife – Doria Ragland in 1979. They had Meghan in August 1981.
The family settled down in The Valley, LA, but Thomas and Doria split in 1987 when Meghan was six.
Despite the breakup, Thomas remained a part of his daughter’s life with his son Thomas Jr – the son of his first marriage – saying they would all spend holidays and birthdays together and were ‘very close’ before she found fame.
Meghan recently wrote about how she came from a ‘struggling’ family where a cheap Sizzler salad was considered a luxury – but Thomas managed to send her to a $16k-a-year private school after winning the state lottery. She also later went on to attend Northwestern University – a prestigious and expensive private university.
Not such a nice area
PRINCE Harry and Meghan have lost another wealthy neighbour after a nearby billionaire sold his $19m mansion in Montecito.
Peter Sperling, who is worth $1.6bn and is one of the 400 wealthiest Americans, sold his seven-bedroom pad in the plush southern Californian neighbourhood in April, documents shows.
The billionaire, son of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, also sold another home nearby for more than $16.3m in February.
This follows West Wing actor Rob Lowe who sold up and left Montecito in September last year.
Harry and Meghan settled in the area after stepping down as senior royals and leaving the UK in January 2020.
Their current neighbours include Hollywood A-listers Oprah Winfrey, who the couple spoke to in a bombshell interview, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ellen DeGeneres.