Meghan and Harry latest – Runaway royals will NEVER return to Royal life, expert says, plus Camilla will watch The Crown

RUNAWAY royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will NEVER return to Royal life full-time, an expert has claimed.

Royal author Robert Lacey said Harry and Meghan knew the stakes were high when they fled the UK earlier this year and as such simply wouldn't expect to be able to return to their previous roles.

Describing the Royal family as "remaining split", Lacey said: "I make frequent comparisons between the current situation and Edward VIII’s abdication crisis – both are essentially conflicts between love and duty.

"Harry stands for love and Harry has gone into exile," he added.

The news comes as a royal source claimed Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall “will watch” her affair with Prince Charles play out on screen.

They told Vanity Fair: “She has watched it, of course she has and I believe [Charles] has too. I don’t think she has any real issue with it. Her feeling is very much ‘never complain, never explain.’”

Follow all the latest news on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry below…

  • Shayma Bakht

    ROYAL COMMENTATOR SLAMS THE CROWN AS 'SPITEFUL' AND PUSHING 'THE LIMIT'

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams says the television series The Crown pushes “the limit”.

    He said: “One extraordinary aspect of watching the series is the way members of the royal family are supposedly so spiteful and ill-mannered.

    “The way they talk – it's simply dramatic licence pushed to the limit.”

    And while he doesn't believe the Queen's public image will suffer as a result of the show, Mr Fitzwilliams says the “seismically distorted” characters could prove painful for the Royals.

    “When the series' events move closer to today's dates, it does – or should – mean you take more care,” he said.

  • Shayma Bakht

    ROYAL COMMENTATOR CLAIMS MEGHAN AND HARRY'S NETFLIX DEAL IS UNAFFECTED BY 'THE CROWN'

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex won't be backing out of their £112million deal with the streaming giant, despite anger and upset over the series, Richard Fitzwilliams told Sun Online.

    “I believe you certainly won't find their deal is in any way affected by this,” he added.

    “I strongly suspect they will not have a problem with the royal family being portrayed as dysfunctional and flawed.”

    The backhanded comment about the couple points to rumours that the Royal Family mistreated Meghan while a working member of the family.

  • Shayma Bakht

    AUTHOR SAYS PRINCE HARRY 'STANDS' FOR LOVE, BUT ROYAL FAMILY WILL REMAIN SPLIT

    Royal author Robert Lacey says that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose “love” over “duty”, but despite this the royal family will remain stubbornly “split”.

    Mr Lacey claimed: “The family will remain split.

    “I don’t see Harry and Meghan ever being working members of the Royal Family in the future.

    “I make frequent comparisons between the current situation and Edward VIII’s abdication crisis, both are essentially conflicts between love and duty.

    “Harry stands for love and Harry has gone into exile.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    WAS MEGHAN HELPED BY ROYAL AIDES TO WRITE INFAMOUS LETTER?

    Court documents suggest the Duchess of Sussex was helped to write the letter, over which she is suing the publisher of the MailOnline and Mail on Sunday.

    The publisher reproduced parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle in August 2018, but evidence suggest palace aides helped her write it.

    Documents lodged with the High Court by the publisher claim Jason Knauf “and/or” the Kensington Palace communications team “contributed” to a draft of the document.

    At the time, Mr Knauf was her communications secretary and, after holding the same post with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is now chief executive of William and Kate's Royal Foundation.

    The duchess says publication of parts of the letter to her 76-year-old father was a misuse of her private information and breached the Data Protection Act, as well as a breach of her copyright.

  • Martha Cliff

    CHARLES WOULD BE 'INCREDIBLY UPSET' BY THE CROWN

    Royal biographer Penny Junor, who has known the family for 40 years, gave a scathing assessment of the fourth series of the Netflix drama – released on Sunday – that shows Princess Diana's bulimia and Prince Charles' affair.

    Junor says she believes Charles would be “incredibly upset” by the series.

    She said the programme is riddled with inaccurate depictions of events and personalities.

    “It’s the most cruel and unfair and horrible portrayal of almost all of them,” she told The Times.

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN'S 'GIRL CRUSH' REVEALED

    Writing on her now-defunct blog The Tig in 2015, the former Suits star gushed about Elizabeth Hurley's infamous low-cut necklines and “high slit” dresses.

    “I can’t begin to tell you about my girl crush on Elizabeth Hurley. Well… yes, I can, and I really really want to. So indulge me for a moment,” she wrote.

    “Maybe it started with that Versace safety pin dress, as it did for the rest of the world.

    “Perhaps it was her inherent class and grace, or the dresses in the 90s with the high slit, low neck and oh-so virtuous teeny diamond cross around her neck.

    “I wish I could lie and tell you that my 17-year-old self didn’t try to replicate this look for high school prom, but my, oh my, would the photos prove me wrong.”

  • Martha Cliff

    EMMA CORRIN WOULD 'LEAVE' IF SHE MET PRINCE HARRY

    Speaking to GQ the actress, who plays Princess Diana in The Crown said she would be curious about what her sons thought of her portrayal.

    Asked what she imagined they thought of the show she said:“I can’t imagine. I’m not going to say it doesn’t matter, because that would be ignorant.

    “If someone made a programme about my grandma, who died last year, that would be difficult for me to watch […] I’d be interested to know what they think.”

    She added: “If I ever saw them at a party, I’d probably leave!”

  • Martha Cliff

    MEG IS 'DESPERATE' FOR AN OSCAR

    A long-time friend told the Mail on Sunday: “An Oscar is all Meg has ever wanted. She used to practise her acceptance speech in the mirror with a hairbrush when she was a kid of seven.

    “She would also practise her signature in preparation for all the autographs she would give.

    “Her absolute dream was to achieve the EGOT – the grand slam of showbusiness – which is winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.”

  • Martha Cliff

    QUEEN VOWS TO 'CONTINUE WORKING PAST PLATINUM JUBILEE'

    Her Majesty has no intentions of resigning and is keen to resume her full-time duties once there is a coronavirus vaccine, senior aides have said.

    One senior adviser told the Express.co.uk that the Queen is sticking to a commitment she made on her 21st birthday – to serve the Commonwealth until the day she dies.

    She said during a broadcast in 1947: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

  • Martha Cliff

    CAMILLA 'WILL WATCH HER AFFAIR ON THE CROWN'

    One member of the royal family has a “wonderful sense of humour” and will be tuning in to The Crown with a “glass of wine” – Camilla.

    It is claimed the Duchess of Cornwall “will watch” her affair with Prince Charles play out on screen, according to a royal source.

    They told Vanity Fair: “She has watched it, of course she has and I believe [Charles] has too. I don’t think she has any real issue with it. Her feeling is very much ‘never complain, never explain.’”

    They added: “I imagine she’ll be tuning in with a glass of red wine to watch it, she has seen the previous series.

    “She has a wonderful sense of humor and this won’t fuss her in the slightest.”

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY URGED TO SHOW 'INTEGRITY' OVER NETFLIX

    “If Harry had any integrity left, he'd tear up his Netflix deal right now and apologise to his family for colluding with the enemy in such a distasteful manner,” says Piers Morgan in his Daily Mail column.

    Morgan adds that it's likely the royal “won't” do a U-turn on his and Meghan Markle's lucrative agreement with the streaming service.

    He also writes: “We saw from the way he apparently hired a photographer to take nauseating self-promotional pictures of him and Meghan at a military graveside last week, seemingly to avenge the royals for refusing to let him have a wreath placed on Remembrance Sunday in absentia, that he's sadly lost all sense of moral decency in his dash to 'freedom' and lust for Kardashian-style American celebrity status.

    “Instead, Harry will keep the Netflix millions and by doing so, he is giving his own tacit royal seal of approval to the company exploiting and trashing his family.

    “Shame on him.”

  • Debbie White

    FURY OVER MEGHAN’S TROLLS WHINGE AFTER NETFLIX DEAL

    It’s “ironic” that this season’s The Crown on Netflix has been dismissed by a royal source as “'trolling on a Hollywood budget”, according to a seething Piers Morgan.

    Meghan Markle recently whined that she was the “most trolled person in the world” last year.

    But a scathing Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail that Prince Harry's “decision to sell his soul to the very company currently trading off his family's most intimate secrets and doing so in such a lurid, sensationalised, hurtful and fact-devoid way is a stinking betrayal by the self-proclaimed Prince of Privacy.”

    “Perhaps the real reason behind Harry's grubby Netflix deal is that it offers him a protective blanket against any future season of The Crown focusing on more awkward recent royal events like him ruthlessly ditching his family and country to go and live in a Californian mansion and preach to us all about kindness and equality?” he added.

  • Debbie White

    WHO STARS IN LATEST SERIES OF THE CROWN?

    The cast of series 4 of Netflix hit show The Crown has a number of familiar star-studded faces from previous episodes and some newbies too.

    The Earl of Wessex is played by Angus Imrie, while the Prince of Wales is portrayed by Josh O'Connor.

    Imrie and O'Connor are joined by Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Emma Corrin plays Princess Diana, Erin Doherty is Princess Anne and Gillian Anderson features as late PM Margaret Thatcher.

    The latest series is focused on the relationship between Prince Charles and Diana.

    But season 4 also features Thatcher as the first female PM and the tension between her and the Queen – which eventually leads the country into the Falklands War.

  • Debbie White

    PIERS MORGAN ACCUSES PRINCE HARRY OF ‘MONEY-GRABBING'

    Outspoken Piers Morgan reckons that Prince Harry is taking the mickey by criticising the press interest in Meghan Markle despite agreeing to a megawatt Netflix deal.

    He writes in the Daily Mail: “The hypocrisy of his money-grabbing gold rush to Netflix Towers is truly jaw-dropping when you consider how passionately he's always defended his family's privacy and railed against 'tabloid intrusion' against both his mother and now his wife, whom he openly likens to facing the same trials as Diana.

    “Soon after it was revealed that Harry was dating Meghan, he issued a furious statement condemning the media for their intrusive behaviour.

    “How hollow [Harry's words] sound now that he's so enthusiastically jumped into bed with the same company that's engaged in a cynically commercial ongoing exploitation of his family.”

  • Debbie White

    CROWN FANS GOBSMACKED BY C-BOMB

    The Crown fans were left gobsmacked when Prince Edward dropped the C-bomb on Charles in a brutal takedown.

    Series 4 of the popular Netflix series, which follows the history of the royal family, was dropped on Sunday, and viewers of the show have already binge-watched the whole thing.

    Towards the end of episode eight the Earl of Wessex (played by Angus Imrie) called the Prince of Wales (portrayed by Josh O'Connor) “impressively c***y” after Charles had a rant about how more important he is than Edward and Andrew on Andrew's wedding day.

    The frowned-upon word has never been said on the drama before and fans flocked to Twitter to discuss it.

    One stunned fan said: “No way did Prince Edward drop the C bomb thecrown.”

    Read our full story HERE.

  • Shayma Bakht

    CROWN CREATOR DEFENDS PRINCE CHARLES SCENE – SAYS IT'S BASED IN TRUTH

    The Crown creator has defended making up scenes for the Netflix drama involving the Prince of Wales and his beloved great-uncle Lord Mountbatten.

    Charles Dance's Lord Mountbatten admonishes Josh O'Connor's Charles for his pursuit of Camilla, who at the time was married to Andrew Parker Bowles.

    Viewers see the older man writing a letter warning Charles he is in danger of bringing “ruin and disappointment” to the family.

    While no record of the letter exists, Peter Morgan, creator of The Crown, believes the interaction to be based in truth.

    He said: “What we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, 'Look, you know, enough already with playing the field, it's time you got married and it's time you provided an heir.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    PRINCE CHARLES DOESN'T RECEIVE SAME BACKLASH AS MEGHAN FOR POLITICAL VIEWS

    Prince Charles highlighted Brexit during a recent speech, saying: “The United Kingdom has chosen a future outside the European Union, and the relationship between our countries is evolving once again.

    “As our countries begin this new chapter in our long history, let us reaffirm our bond for the years ahead.”

    Charles spoke on Germany’s National Day of Mourning on Sunday – with some critics complaining his visit could have been a breach of royal protocol.

    But the criticism is not as harsh as when Meghan and Prince Harry urged Americans to vote in the 2020 US elections.

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY 'KNEW NETFLIX HAD RUBBISHED ROYAL FAMILY'

    Piers Morgan is adamant that Prince Harry “can't pretend to have been caught by surprise” with the latest series of The Crown on Netflix.

    “I'm not a member of the Royal Family and these aren't my grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins that are being exposed to such titillating Tinseltown treatment,” the TV presenter writes in the Daily Mail.

    Morgan adds in his opinion piece: “The first three seasons of The Crown portrayed his grandmother The Queen as a cold, dull intimidating fish, his grandfather as an acid-tongued adulterer, his great Aunt Margaret as a crazy lush, his great-grandmother the Queen Mother as a dictatorial harridan, and so on.

    “He therefore knew exactly how Netflix had rubbished his family before he ever signed his deal.”

  • Debbie White

    WHY IS THE CROWN'S LATEST SERIES SO CONTROVERSIAL?

    Netflix has just released the fourth ten-episode instalment of its royal drama The Crown amid claims it presents “fiction as fact” and amounts to “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.

    The series painfully details Princess Diana’s eating disorder and Prince Charles’s affair with Camilla.

    It also comes amid controversy over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s £112million deal with the streaming giant.

    A source said that Prince William felt The Crown presented his parents in a “false, simplistic way”.

    Its airing came as Harry was blasted for going on BBC1’s Strictly on Saturday in a video call to his pal, contestant JJ Chalmers, only days after the BBC began probing revelations that Martin Bashir used bogus bank statements to persuade Diana to take part in an explosive interview in 1995.

  • Debbie White

    UNFLATTERING STORYLINE IN THE CROWN PANNED BY PRINCE CHARLES

    Prince Charles intends avoiding the latest series of The Crown which depicts his painful marriage break-up with Princess Diana — and has insisted to pals: “I’ve never seen it.”

    Netflix released the controversial fourth ten-episode instalment of the royal drama at the weekend, amid claims it presented “fiction as fact” and amounted to “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.

    A source close to Charles, 72, said of The Crown: “His Royal Highness has absolutely no views about it. He has never watched The Crown. I shouldn’t think he knows it’s coming out.”

    An insider described The Crown as “drama and entertainment for commercial ends… with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited”.

    They said the series paints Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, in “a very unflattering light”.

    Read our full story HERE.

  • Debbie White

    PRINCE HARRY ‘TWO-FACED’ OVER NETFLIX DEAL

    TV personality Piers Morgan is confused about Prince Harry’s mega-pounds deal with streaming giant Netflix, in the wake of the furore over The Crown’s “unflattering” depiction of his parents.

    “Far from being outraged by Netflix making a fortune by rubbishing the royals like this, his response has been to join his wife Meghan in striking their own massive multi-million-dollar deal with them,” he writes in the Daily Mail.

    Morgan adds: “And now, as a storm of controversy grows over this appallingly hypocritical decision, he's shut his eyes, stuck his hands over his ears, and buried himself into the sands of Santa Barbara in the desperate hope nobody will notice the astoundingly two-faced nature of his behaviour.”

  • Debbie White

    PIERS MORGAN: 'HARRY'S A HYPOCRITE'

    Outspoken Piers Morgan has slammed Prince Harry for being an “appalling hypocrite” for “literally accepting money” from the same streaming service which has “humiliated his own family”.

    In his Mail opinion piece, the Good Morning Britain presenter adds that when the new series of The Crown was aired on Netflix, “I promptly binge-watched it all like a ravenous lion gorging on a freshly-slain antelope”.

    But, with the latest instalment concentrating on the “explosive marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles”, there's “little wonder the royals are said to be incandescent over it”, Morgan adds.

    He said it was “truly staggering” that Harry doesn't appear to share his brother William's concern over the show.

    In relation to Harry and Meghan's own mega-Netflix deal, Morgan writes: “Harry is literally accepting money made from humiliating his own family, especially his own mother, whose experience with the press he constantly holds up to demand greater deference to his wife Meghan.”

  • John Hall

    HARRY & MEGHAN 'NEED TO LEARN FROM EXILED WINDSORS'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle need to delve into “the royal family’s other most famous exiles, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor,” a royal expert recommends.

    Daniela Elser writes that if there is one lesson that the Sussexes could learn from them, it's that “post-royal life, one of the greatest dangers is who one associates with”.

    Responding to the couple's massive Netflix deal, announced months before The Crown's brutal depiction of Harry's mum and dad, Elser warns of the ramifications: “a peeved palace, a couple of (allegedly) p***ed off princes and a whole lot of questionable publicity”.

    She adds on news.com.au: “The Windsors’ penchant for German jaunts and sponging off the largesse of society figures to fund their lifestyle cast a very long shadow over their reputations.

    “There is a certain tragedy that The Crown will finish before it catches up with the tumultuous, historic events leading up to 2020: Imagine what the show’s creative powerhouses could do with such a year of family drama, anger, hurt feelings, and private jet travel!”

  • John Hall

    NETFLIX 'SKEWERING' ROYALS ON THE CROWN

    “Harry and Meghan must have understood the broader implications of choosing to work with Netflix.

    “[It's] a company whose artistic credentials and commercial success are in a significant part down to a long-running show that skewers his family”, warns a royal expert.

    Australia-based Daniela Elser has been writing about the streaming giant's current series of The Crown, which has been blasted for the way in which it depicts Princess Diana's eating disorder and Prince Charles's affair.

    In relation to the Sussexes' own lucrative Netflix deal, “what seems less ambiguous are the consequences their choice will have for their relationship with The Firm.

    “Given the fraught state of affairs, with report after biography after report having covered in extensive, heartbreaking detail the breakdown of Prince William and Harry’s bond, the Netflix deal seems unlikely to do anything but worsen the breach between them.

    “The question that remains to be answered is how much of all this can we put down to a wilful disregard for royal feelings and how much is just down to poor, naive judgment and miscalculations given they are now wholly steering their own PR ship,” Elser adds via news.com.au.

  • John Hall

    PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN'S GLITZY LIFESTYLE

    One estimate has put the “costs associated with the Sussexes’ new independent life, from assistants to gardeners to travel expenses, at $6 million (£3.3m) annually,” writes royal expert Daniela Elser.

    “No matter what the actual dollar amount, what is clear is that they need to start pulling in some nice, juicy pay cheques to keep the family in organic kale and professional Instagram photographers.

    “However, surely any – scratch that, all – of the other streaming behemoths with deep pockets such as Apple and Disney would have been falling over themselves to throw vast fortunes to be able to boast about having the Duke and Duchess on board and beavering away at making them worthy content,” she adds in her opinion piece for news.com.au.

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