The repayment comes as Harry and Meghan seek to forge new careers for themselves and attain financial independence.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have refunded British taxpayers 2.4 million pounds ($3.2m), the cost of renovating their United Kingdom home, in line with a commitment they made after announcing in January they would step back from royal duties.
The refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, a house within the grounds of Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle west of London, had been criticised by some British media as too expensive.
The repayment comes as Harry and Meghan, an American former actress, seek to forge new careers for themselves and attain greater financial independence. They announced last week they had signed a contract with Netflix to produce content for the streaming platform.
Officially known as the duke and duchess of Sussex, the couple has moved to California but will keep Frogmore Cottage as their home when they come back to the UK, under the terms of their agreement with the queen, Harry’s grandmother.
“A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by The Duke of Sussex,” a spokesperson for the couple said, referring to a pot of taxpayer money used to fund the monarchy.
“This contribution as originally offered by Prince Harry has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty The Queen, and will remain the UK residence of The Duke and his family.”
The terms of Harry and Meghan’s contract with Netflix have not been disclosed. Prior to that, the bulk of their income was coming from the private estate of Prince Charles, Harry’s father and the heir to the British throne.
Meghan Markle said Friday she was pleased to be back in America, where she plans to speak out against racism and campaign for positive change in her home country.
Markle and husband Prince Harry relocated to the United States via Canada this year after announcing in January that they were quitting frontline British royal duties.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is mixed race, said it was “devastating” to return as America’s systemic racism was laid bare following the death in police custody of unarmed black man George Floyd in May.
But her feelings began to change as the country became gripped by widespread peaceful protests, and airwaves became dominated by black voices speaking against decades of discrimination.
“It shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration because I can see that the tide is turning,” she told a summit hosted by The 19th*, a new news organization overwhelmingly staffed by women.
“From my standpoint it’s not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias,” said Markle, who grew up in Los Angeles.
“But I think to see the changes that are being made right now is… something that I look forward to being a part of and being a part of using my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to of late.
“So yeah it’s good to be home,” she added.
The “Suits” actress, who was interviewing The 19th*’s CEO Emily Ramshaw about the role of gender in media, also hinted at her and Harry’s troubles with tabloid papers.
Since stepping back from the royal front lines, Harry and Meghan have waged an increasingly bitter war with the media, particularly the British tabloid press.
Markle has brought a high-profile case against the Mail on Sunday, website Mail Online and its owner Associated Newspapers.
‘Toxicity’ She claims breach of privacy, data protection rights and copyright over the publication of extracts of correspondence to her estranged father, Thomas, after her wedding to Harry.
Last month the couple filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against one or more paparazzi whom they accused of taking pictures of their son Archie without their permission.
“I think what’s so fascinating, at least from my standpoint and my personal experience the past couple years (is) the headline alone, the clickbait alone makes an imprint,” said Markle.
She added that there is “so much toxicity” in certain news coverage.
“My husband and I talk about it often – this ‘economy for attention’… what is monetizable right now when you’re looking at the digital space and media.
“And so if you’re just trying to grab someone’s attention and keep it you’re going for something salacious versus something truthful,” said Markle, 39.
Prince Harry has likened what he said was a “ruthless campaign” against his wife to the treatment of his mother, Diana, princess of Wales.
She was killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris in August 1997, while being pursued by paparazzi photographers.
Markle and Harry have spoken of their desire to “to do something of meaning, to do something that matters,” in California, where they plan to launch a wide-ranging non-profit organization named Archewell.
They recently moved into a new family home in Santa Barbara, according to US media reports.
Prince Harry and wife Meghan blamed “viper” courtiers for widening their rift with the royal family, according to extracts from a new book published on Saturday.
The couple say they did not contribute to the new biography “Finding Freedom”, written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, but friends of the couple provided much of its content.
The book, serialised in The Times, will claim that Harry felt “unprotected” by his family, and lay bare his split from brother William and his wife Kate.
Kate even refused to make eye contact with her sister-in-law at their final engagement in March, according to the new release.
Harry apparently referred to senior courtiers as “vipers” who felt that the global popularity of the couple was overshadowing the family and “needed to be reined in”, according to extracts.
The book, to be released on August 11, also suggested that Harry, 35, was the driving force behind the couple’s move away from the family, with Meghan telling her husband that she “gave up my entire life for this family”.
The couple now live in Los Angeles and were in the headlines this week for taking legal action against one or more paparazzi whom they accuse of taking pictures of their son Archie without permission.
Pressure from tabloids has dogged Harry throughout his life, and he blames them for the death of his mother Princess Diana.
Meghan, 38, told a friend that tabloid criticism was like “death by a thousand cuts”, according to the new book.
The authors are sympathetic to the couple, and say the book will “correct the record” on the acrimonious split.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles against one or more paparazzi whom they accuse of taking pictures of their son without permission, their lawyer told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).
“The couple recently learned that someone is shopping photographs of their 14-month-old son, Archie, falsely claiming to have taken them on a ‘recent’ public outing ‘in Malibu,’” the complaint, filed for invasion of privacy, said.
“But Archie has not been in public, let alone in Malibu, since the family arrived” in California, the lawsuit said, noting that the snapshots were actually taken during “activities in the backyard of the residence, unbeknownst” to the couple.
The complaint, which targets unidentified individuals, is based on a California law that prohibits taking images of anyone in their home, even from outside the property.
“No drones, helicopters or telephoto lenses can take away that right,” the couple’s lawyer, Michael J Kump, said in a statement to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy… and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.”
Meghan and Harry quit frontline royal duties earlier this year and now live in Los Angeles, Meghan’s hometown.
The complaint accuses the paparazzi of flying helicopters and drones over the couple’s home and cutting holes in a security fence in order to obtain photographs.
The duke and duchess say they expect to be followed when they go out in public but state that “certain paparazzi and enablers have crossed a red line.”
“The plaintiffs will not allow the tabloids to break the law, especially when it involves intimidation, harassment and the addition of a very real security threat on top of what already exists,” the complaint said.
Since stepping back from the royal front lines, Harry and Meghan have waged an increasingly bitter war with the media, particularly the British tabloid press.
Harry, 35, has likened what he said was a “ruthless campaign” against his wife to the treatment of his mother, Diana, princess of Wales.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially step down as senior royals this week. The couple returned to the UK earlier this month for their final royal engagements before heading back to Canada where they have been residing with their ten month old son, baby Archie Harrison, since the beginning of the year.
But a report last week suggested that the Sussexes are now in California after taking a private flight to Los Angeles before the borders between the US and Canada were shut.
I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!
An insider claimed that they had left Canada ‘for good’ but that ‘this move was planned for some time’ as ‘they have a big support network there. It’s where their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs and business managers are based. Meghan has lots of friends there and, of course, her mum Doria.’
Following the news that the family are reportedly planning to settle down in LA, Donald Trump wasted no time in declaring that the USA would not pay for their security.
Trump tweeted: ‘I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada.
‘Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!’
Since announcing that they are stepping down from royal duties, Harry and Meghan’s security has been a divisive topic.
Britain’s top royals came together on Monday at London’s Westminster Abbey in what was the last public family gathering before Prince Harry and his wife Meghan set off on a new career path devoid of official duties.
The annual Commonwealth Service was also the first time Harry and Meghan had been seen with Queen Elizabeth, his elder brother William and wife Kate, and father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, since the couple thrashed out an exit deal from their royal roles in January.
Harry and Meghan smiled and she waved at William and Kate as they arrived in the abbey to take their seats.
The couple then chatted and laughed with his uncle, Prince Edward who was sitting next to them.
“I imagine everybody will be on absolutely best behaviour,” royal biographer Penny Junor told Reuters.
“But goodness knows what they will all be thinking privately.”
The January agreement, which comes into action at the end of the month, will see the couple – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – seek to carve out “a progressive new role,” mainly based in North America, that they aim to finance themselves.
Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, will stop using their HRH titles – His or Her Royal Highness, will not use “royal” in their branding and Harry, who will remain a prince, will relinquish his military titles.
Their announcement two months ago that they wished to step back from some of their royal duties sent shockwaves through the monarchy.
It led to a crisis meeting involving the 93-year-old queen, her heir Charles, William and Harry that concluded he and Meghan would have to give up all their royal duties.
The couple has spent most of their time in Canada but returned at the start of the month for a farewell round of engagements.
Harry and Meghan’s son Archie has remained behind in Canada.
Monday’s event to mark Commonwealth Day is their last official royal appearance and comes less than two years since they married in a dazzling ceremony of pomp and pageantry watched by millions worldwide.
There is no certainty about when the family will next be seen together.
“Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations without public funding.
Sadly that wasn’t possible,” the prince, the sixth-in-line to the throne, said in a speech in January.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in London tonight as they continue their final round of royal duties.
The couple, who will officially step down as senior members of the royal family on March 31, have been embarking on a series of engagements over the past days.
Prince Harry arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in his dress uniform since he is attending the event in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines. Meghan coordinated with him as she wore a red dress, red shoes and a red purse.
The duke of Sussex has asked to be addressed simply as “Harry” — ahead of March 31, when he and Meghan Markle, his wife, will officially split from the royal family.
Harry was speaking on Wednesday at the Travalyst event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland, a country in the United Kingdom, while embarking on his final round of engagements as a senior working royal.
During the launch of the eco-friendly travel agent firm, he asked to be addressed by his name rather than his royal title.
“He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen, please give a big, warm, Scottish welcome to Harry,” Ayesha Hazarika, the event host, said while inviting him to the stage.
The 35-year-old’s speech dwelt largely on how to rejig global tourism while canvassing the need to emulate the Scotland model.
“Scotland is one of the fastest growing tourism destinations worldwide and it’s at the forefront of a more sustainable approach, which is why your insight into these issues is so incredibly valuable,” he said.
This will be the first time Harry will be visiting the UK after leaving for Canada on January 20, following a summit with the Queen.
The duke of Sussex and his wife will be officially stepping down from their royal duties in less than five weeks.
Meghan had recently argued that there was “nothing legally stopping” them from using their Sussex royal name.
Meghan Markle has reportedly said there is “nothing legally stopping” her and Prince Harry, her husband, from using their Sussex royal name, despite the Queen’s ban.
The 38-year-old complained to her friends that using royal title even after quitting their position should not raise eyebrows. N.Rs learnt
“It shouldn’t even be an issue in the first place and it’s not like they want to be in the business of selling T-shirts and pencils,” the news outlet quoted an insider as saying.
“Meghan said she’s done with the drama and has no room in her life for naysayers, and the same goes for Harry.”
A spokesman to the couple had on Wednesday disclosed that the duke and duchess of Sussex will no longer carry out duties on behalf of the Queen as from March 31.
It was also gathered that the Queen and senior officials had ruled that the couple cannot use the word “royal” in their “branding”, despite reports they have spent a huge amount of money on website and trademark applications.
The development, Meghan reportedly said, was unnecessary given their plans were majorly to protect the royal name, not profit-oriented.
“Meghan said the global projects they are working on speak for themselves and they chose that name to protect the royal name, not profit off of it,” the friend was quoted as saying.
“Meghan said the name of their brand pales in comparison to the foundation they are building and the enormously positive impact it will have on people and the environment.”
The insider, however, quoted Meghan as saying that regardless of the ban, they would succeed outside the royal family.
“Meghan has told her inner circle that their success is inevitable with or without their current brand name,” the insider was quoted as saying.
“She said regardless of the name, Harry and Archie have royal blood and no one can take that away. And that as a family, they will always be considered royalty. She said they know what their true intentions are and that’s all that matters.
“They are creating a better world for Archie. And it’s Archie who keeps them focused on the big picture.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have increased security at their home in Canada, according to reports.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s rented mansion in North Saanich, Vancouver Island, has a new security camera along the beach, plus a tarpaulin hanging between two trees, TMZ has claimed. The Mille Fleurs mansion, worth £10 million, also has a large white tarpaulin covering the metal gates and “No Trespassing” signs.
The couple – along with their son Archie – are living in Canada as they prepare to drop their HRH titles and quit the monarchy for a life of personal and financial freedom. The family-of-three will now split their time between the UK and North America. In one of his final engagements before flying to Canada last month, Harry told guests at a charity dinner for Sentebale that the UK will always be his home and that he and Meghan had hoped to serve the Queen and country.
“The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” he said. “I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life.” He continued: “I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me. Together, you have given me an education about living. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith – thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”
Buckingham Palace previously said the Sussexes’ new life away from royal duties will begin in the spring of this year. Royal watchers will be waiting to see whether the pair, who are president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, will put in an appearance at the annual Commonwealth Day service with the royal family at Westminster Abbey in London on 9 March.
Madonna has offered to sublet her New York apartment to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so they don’t have to stay in “boring” Canada.
In a video shared online, the 61-year-old singer is seen addressing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while sitting in front of her dressing room mirror.
She said: “Harry, don’t run off to Canada. It’s so boring there.”
She added: “I’ll let them sub-let my apartment in Central Park West. It’s [got] two bedrooms, it’s got the best view of Manhattan, an incredible balcony. I think that’s gonna be a winner, that’s gonna be the deal-breaker. Buckingham Palace has got nothing on CPW.
“The view is better, that’s for sure.”
As a man giggled in the background, Madonna added: “Yeah, a bunch of guys in woolly hats.”
Sharing the video to Instagram, she wrote: “Do Megan and Prince Harry want to sublet my apartment on Central Park West??”
Prince William and Kate Middleton attended the BAFTA awards last night and they had an awkward moment where Margot Robbie made a joke about Prince Harry while accepting Brad Pitt’s award.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were left laughing awkwardly after Margot Robbie made a joke about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the roles as senior royals during a BAFTA acceptance speech on behalf of Brad Pitt.
At the 73rd annual EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, Brad Pitt, 56, was named best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
With the actor absent from the ceremony in London, his co-star Robbie read out a speech on his behalf.
She said: “He says he is going to name this (the award plaque) Harry because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him. His words not mine.”
At this point, Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38, gave an awkward laugh.
Later, Prince William spoke passionately about the importance of diversity in films before handing out the Fellowship award to Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy.
Queen Elizabeth II is back at work following her winter stay at Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
The 93-year-old had to cancel her annual tea time with the local Women’s Institute near the famed estate last week due to a cold, but she seems to be on the mend and ready to continue in her first official engagements of the new year.
For starters, the queen is expected to visit RAF Marham in King’s Lynn on Monday, Feb. 3 and will serve as Honorary Air Commodore of the station, according to People magazine.
She will also be in attendance Wednesday for the opening of the new Wolferton Pumping Station, designed to keep the immediate area from flooding.
Per People, the monarch traditionally completes her annual stay at the estate on Feb. 6 – the date her father King George VI died in 1952 and she took the helm.
Despite the queen not making any official public appearances yet this year, she has been spotted many times attending church and has certainly maintained a busy agenda due to recent events surrounding the royal family.
In November, the queen had to deal with the fallout from son Prince Andrew’s disgrace from his connection to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and it’s recently been revealed that Andrew, 59, has “provided zero cooperation” with federal investigators as they continue their probe into Epstein after Andrew publicly vowed that he would.
Additionally, the queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, shocked the world this month when they announced that they would be stepping back as senior members of the royal family.
The announcement led to an emergency summit between Harry, his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William to address the matter, and ultimately the queen allowed her grandson and Markle to split their time between the U.K. and Canada as they desired.
Meghan Markle’s estranged father Thomas Markle has accused her and Prince Harry of turning the royal family into “a Walmart with a crown on it” as they prepare to venture outside of the monarchy and take on new job opportunities.
Thomas Markle made the comments in a new documentary, Thomas Markle: My Story, that aired Wednesday night on the U.K.’s Channel 5.
He said: “This is one of the greatest long-living institutions ever. They’re destroying it. They’re keeping it… they’re making it shabby. They’re turning it into a Walmart with a crown on it now. It’s something that’s ridiculous. They shouldn’t be doing this.”
Meghan and Harry and have agreed to step down as senior members of the royal family in a bid to live a more private life. The couple say they will become financially independent, with experts linking them to multi-million dollar deals similar to the Obamas’ deal with Netflix.
Thomas Markle was interviewed at his home in Mexico for the Channel 5 documentary following the news earlier this month that Harry and Meghan were planning to leave their senior royal roles and split their time between North America and the U.K.
The Duchess of Sussex’s father said: “Every young girl wants to become a princess and she got that and now she’s tossing that away … it looks like she’s tossing that away for money.
“Apparently three million dollars and a 26-bedroom home isn’t enough for them. It’s kind of embarrassing to me.”
Thomas Markle added: “I miss Meghan. I miss who she was, I don’t know who she is now. That’s the problem.”
Meghan’s father made headlines in 2018 ahead of her wedding to Harry when he admitted staging paparazzi photographs for money.
Thomas Markle was expected to attend to attend the wedding and give Meghan away but ultimately missed the nuptials, claiming he was recovering from heart surgery.
In February 2019, the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday newspaper published excerpts of a letter Meghan wrote to her father in the months after her wedding, prompting the Sussexes to sue the tabloid and its publisher Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information, copyright infringement and a breach of the U.K.’s Data Protection Act.
In a legal filing with the high court in London earlier this month, the Mail on Sunday defended publishing parts of the letter, saying there is “huge and legitimate public interest” in the personal lives of the royal family.
According to the BBC, Sky News and The Guardian, the newspaper’s defense appears to rely heavily on evidence from Thomas Markle, prompting speculation he could testify against Meghan and Harry if the lawsuit reaches trial.
Following an exit announcement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from their royal duties as ‘Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, the British Premier Queen Elizabeth released a statement at the Buckingham Palace on Saturday.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan had earlier announced last week that they will no longer be working members of Britain’s royal family and they will not use their “royal highness” titles as they embark on a more independent future.
Read Queen Elizabeth’s statement below:
“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.
Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family.
I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and I am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy and they will pay their own way in life as they embark on an independent future, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
They will also no longer use their “Royal Highness” titles, the palace said in an announcement that sought to end turmoil in the monarchy sparked earlier this month when the couple announced they wanted to reduce their official duties and spend more time in North America.
The queen and senior family members met last week to discuss the situation and have been in “constructive and friendly” discussions with officials on how this stepping back would work in practice for Harry, 35, and his American wife, former actress Meghan, 38.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” Queen Elizabeth said in a statement issued by the palace, referring to the couple’s baby son.
“I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”
The queen said she was “particularly proud” of how quickly Meghan had become one of the family. The couple married in May 2018 in a lavish ceremony at her home in Windsor Castle, west of London in front of a global TV audience of millions.
Harry will remain a prince and the couple will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they begin a new life split between North America and Britain, but they will not take part in any future ceremonial events or royal tours.
The Statements by Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace:
Statement from HM The Queen.
Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.
Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.
I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.
Statement from Buckingham Palace
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.
With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.
The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family Markle
Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.
This new model will take effect in the Spring of 2020.
The Mail on Sunday has lined up Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas to give evidence at the high court against his estranged daughter Meghan, as part of her ongoing legal action against the newspaper, several newspapers in the UK reported today.
The Duchess of Sussex is suing the newspaper for breach of copyright, invasion of privacy, and misuse of personal data after it published excerpts from a letter she sent her father complaining about how he was treating her.
According to Guardian, The Mail on Sunday filed its defence at the high court on Tuesday, arguing that the duchess and other royals “rely on publicity about themselves and their lives to maintain the privileged positions they hold” and that she could not “have a reasonable expectation of privacy that the contents of the letter were private and would remain so”.
They said there is a “huge and legitimate public interest” in the private lives of the royals and would defend the case, which comes as the royal family struggles with the question of how to disentangle Prince Harry and his wife from public life.
Among the evidence disclosed in the court papers are highly personal text messages between Thomas Markle and his daughter in the run-up to her wedding in May 2018.
The paper’s defence appears to rely on Thomas Markle’s account.
The Mail on Sunday’s defence dismissed the copyright claim by arguing the letter was not an original literary work, while suggesting that Meghan allowed her friends to brief the American celebrity magazine People on her behalf in February 2019. Among the claims made by People was that the Duchess had sent her father a “loving” letter six months earlier.
In response the Mail on Sunday has argued that Thomas Markle had the right to publicly defend himself and exercise his right to freedom of speech by making the letter public and giving an interview to defend himself against the briefing in People. They say he only decided to release the letter after being hurt by how it was characterised and claim that Meghan expected it to be made public.
“Thomas Markle had a weighty right to tell his version of what had happened between himself and his daughter including the contents of the letter. She did not suggest that they try to repair their relationship.
“Except for the receipt of the letter, Mr Markle had not heard from his daughter since he wrote to tell her he was too ill to attend her wedding, nor has he ever been introduced to or met Prince Harry or their son, his grandson,” the court documents said.
British Queen Elizabeth has released a statement supportive of the decision of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s announcement they would be stepping back from their senior royal duties.
The Queen made her decision known after what was said to be a crunch talk with Prince Harry today.
The meeting was not a tempest as speculated. At the end of the day, the Queen’s statement was not what some Harry-Meghan haters wish, as it showed empathy, support and understanding for the couple.
According to the statement, the Royal Family is “entirely supportive” of the couple’s “desire to create a new life as a young family.”
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,” The Queen wrote.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said the decision by Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan to step back from royal duties was “sad.”
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who is Harry’s grandmother, was reportedly not consulted before the pair announced their decision to seek a lower profile, build financial independence and divide their time between Britain and North America.
“I don’t want to get into the whole thing. I just have such respect for the Queen. I don’t think this should be happening to her,” Trump added in an interview with Fox News that was partially aired on Friday.
The couple said they plan to restrict media access and withdraw from a rota system for press coverage of the royal family.
Buckingham Palace said discussions were ongoing with the couple, who are officially known as the duke and duchess of Sussex.
The surprise announcement came after they had denounced intrusive and inaccurate media reporting, as well as the vitriol directed toward them on social media, including racist attacks against U.S.-born Meghan, whose mother is black.
In an interview last year with the British newspaper The Sun, Trump called Meghan “nasty” after finding out that she did not support his election