Meghan Markle news – Humiliated Prince Harry & Duchess 'forced to accept major downgrade' as royal 'extras'

PRINCE Harry & Meghan Markle are "being forced to accept a downgrade" as Royal "extras" ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

A spokeswoman for Harry & Meghan declared the couple are "excited and honoured" to attend the celebration – despite news they will not be seen on the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside Her Majesty.

But Australian journalist Daniela Elser slammed the couple for being willing to “sign on as supporting guest stars” at the milestone Royal event.

Ms Elser added that a “more cynical mind” may believe the Sussexes are returning to the UK to "make nice just as the biggest royal PR event in a decade rolls around".

She continued: "This is Harry and Meghan being forced to accept a downgrade while the world watches on."

Read our Meghan Markle live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Good morning, Milica Cosic taking over the blog. I'll be bringing you the latest news and updates from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

  • Joseph Gamp

    Who are the royals that can step in for the Queen?

    As the monarch nears a century of age, she’s begun delegating more.

    Prince William flew to the UAE on her behalf this weekend, and Prince Charles and Camilla flew to Canada today for a three-day tour.

    With Meghan and Harry no longer senior royals, who can step in to help out?

    According to the Regency Act 1937, the monarch can empower the next four in line to the throne who are over 21.

    That would be Prince Charles, William, Harry and Prince Andrew. With the latter two no longer seniors, it seems Prince Edward and an unknown would be called upon.

    This is the same act that would put the Duchess of Cambridge in charge, if something happened to Charles, William and Harry before George was old enough to take the throne.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate Middleton beats Meghan Markle to be named Instagram’s most popular Royal

    New research shows how Kate Middleton is the most popular member of the Royal family among Instagram users.

    Online casino Slingo looked at the amount of times the names of Royals have been used in hashtags on the photo sharing platform to determine who was being referenced the most by users.

    The results showed the Duchess of Cambridge was the most popular on Instagram with nearly 1.5 million tags.

    She was closely followed by the Queen at 1.3 million while Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, came in third.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan & Harry ‘need to top up brand’ through Royal Family

    A PR expert has said that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “need to top up their brand with a little bit of royalty”, following the news they will return to Britain for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Pauline Maclaran, Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research at Royal Holloway, said Harry and Meghan need to maintain their royal connections so their brand in the US has a “competitive edge”.

    The PR expert told Express.co.uk: “I think they really need to top up their brand with a little bit of royalty and reinforce their connections.

    “Of course, there are the family connections too and I’m sure the families do want some kind of reconciliation.

    “But I can’t help but think Harry and Meghan are definitely trying to reinforce their brand with the royal connections and being part of these very crucial celebrations.

    “If Harry and Megan don’t keep up the royal connections then really their brand in the US has not got a competitive edge to differentiate them more strongly from other celebrities.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen’s mobility won’t keep her down

    The monarch has had to cancel engagements recently on advice of her doctors.

    But she was seen on Sunday at the first of her televised Platinum Jubilee event.

    Royal fans will be delighted to learn the monarch opened the underground line named after her in a surprise visit to Paddington Station.

    Queen Elizabeth was joined by Edward for the very special event.

    She is meeting Crossrail and Elizabeth Line workers, including apprentices, drivers and station staff.

    Boris Johnson, London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will also be there.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William wears face mask as he visits United Arab Emirates 

    Prince William wears a mask as he visits the United Arab Emirates on behalf of the Queen.

    He was there to pass on her condolences following the death of the country’s ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    He died on Friday aged 73.

    The Duke of Cambridge also paid his respects to the UAE’s new president and ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

    Other world leaders, including PM Boris Johnson, also travelled to the UAE’s Mushrif Palace.

  • Louis Allwood

    Sussexes star appeal fading

    MEGHAN & Harry's star appeal is fading after a string of negative press and controversies, a new poll has suggested.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be returning to Britain together next month for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. 

    But they have been banned from the balcony for the traditional Trooping the Colour RAF flypast, along with shamed Prince Andrew. 

    The royal balcony snub means only working members of the Royal Family will wave to crowds on The Mall as Her Majesty celebrates 70 years on the throne.

    In a poll that ran from Saturday through to Monday morning, Express.co.uk asked: “Has Sussexes' star appeal been 'eroded' since they left the UK?”

    Around 2,730 people cast their votes as Brits cast their vote on the popularity of the royal couple, who now live in California.

    A staggering 98 per cent (2,687 people) said they believe Meghan and Harry’s star appeal has been “eroded” since they left the UK.

    This is compared with just two per cent – or 40 people – who answered “no”, while a further three respondents said they did not know either way.

    It comes as the Duke and Duchess are reportedly "excited and honoured" to attend the Jubilee – despite the news they will not be seen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the Queen, 96.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry makes huge political plea in US

    A huge political plea has been made by Prince Harry in the US as the Duke demands "new laws" in a landmark speech.

    The Duke of Sussex joined 5Rights Foundation as it launched the Global Child Online Safety Toolkit webinar.

    Speaking for the first time about his opinion on social media, he said: "I'm not an expert on law or technology, but I am a father—and I'm lucky enough to be a father with a platform. My kids are too young to have experienced the online world yet, and I hope they never have to experience it as it exists now. No kid should have to."

    He continued: "It is not realistic to protect kids from everything. We need new laws. We need public pressure. We need strong leadership."

  • Louis Allwood

    Who are the royals that can step in for the Queen?

    As the monarch nears a century of age, she’s begun delegating more.

    Prince William flew to the UAE on her behalf this weekend, and Prince Charles and Camilla flew to Canada today for a three-day tour.

    With Meghan and Harry no longer senior royals, who can step in to help out?

    According to the Regency Act 1937, the monarch can empower the next four in line to the throne who are over 21.

    That would be Prince Charles, William, Harry and Prince Andrew. With the latter two no longer seniors, it seems Prince Edward and an unknown would be called upon.

    This is the same act that would put the Duchess of Cambridge in charge, if something happened to Charles, William and Harry before George was old enough to take the throne.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton beats Meghan Markle to be named Instagram’s most popular Royal

    New research shows how Kate Middleton is the most popular member of the Royal family among Instagram users.

    Online casino Slingo looked at the amount of times the names of Royals have been used in hashtags on the photo sharing platform to determine who was being referenced the most by users.

    The results showed the Duchess of Cambridge was the most popular on Instagram with nearly 1.5 million tags.

    She was closely followed by the Queen at 1.3 million while Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, came in third.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan and Harry 'still pushing for royal life'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "still pushing for royal life", a royal expert has claimed.

    PR expert Lina Citreon discussed the Sussexes' lifestyle choices with Christina Garibaldi on the latest episode of Royally Us.

    Speaking on Royally Us, host Christina Garibaldi said: "They [Harry and Meghan] are one of the most recognisable couples in the world but they also wanted to straddle that royal life.

    "You know, when they were told they couldn't, they're still using their HRH titles and things, so it seems like they're still pushing the royal life but don't really want to be associated with it either".

    PR expert Lida said: "One of the things we've learnt is you sometimes don't get to have it both ways.

    "When you think about royal life and pageantry of the institution, there's lots of rules that come with that and there's protocols and there's rewards.

    "But celebrity also has rules and protocols and rewards, it also has a lot of risk, being handled is different, being managed is different."

  • Louis Allwood

    A very British first birthday for Lilibet

    It’s possible Lilibet will be celebrating her first birthday in the UK.

    Lilibet, the first daughter and last-born child of Harry and Meghan turns 1-year-old on 4 June.

    The couple intend to be in the UK for the Queen‘s platinum jubilee celebrations which will be on the weekend prior.

    It’s reported Afternoon Tea is the theme for the Queen’s great-granddaughter after whom she’s named.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan Markle dismisses half-sister’s claims

    Markle’s half-sister has been very vocal about her dislike of the duchess.

    Samantha Markle, the older half-sister of Meghan Markle, filed a defamation lawsuit earlier in the year.

    The 57-year old filed in her complaint on March 3, that Meghan allegedly “published and disseminated false and malicious lies designed to destroy [her] reputation.”

    On Friday, Meghan’s team filed a motion to dismiss the case.

    It’s been reported Samantha Markle’s former legal team dropped her but she’s since been taken on by a new legal firm, the Ticktin Law Group. It is currently representing former US president Donald Trump.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Philip went straight to the Queen to express his anger

    According to a top Royal author, the late prince was "spitting blood" over Megxit

    Upon finding out Harry and Meghan had 'quit' the Royal Family, Prince Philip reportedly told an aide "we were wrong about her all along" in reference to Meghan.

    Christopher Andersen, author of Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan, said when the Queen's husband heard of what was going on he was "furious, deeply hurt, spitting blood."

    The couple announced they were stepping back from being senior royals on Instagram.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meghan ‘concerned’ about Archie & Lilibet

    Prince Harry and Meghan have revealed they are “concerned” about Archie and Lilibet being “digital experiments” in a “world of hatred and harm”.

    It came as the Duke of Sussex helped to launch an “online safety toolkit” for children.

    Harry spoke at the online event titled Making Child Online Safety a Reality with young people around the world – and shared his fears in regard to his kids.

    The Duke told those tuned in that he hopes 18-month-old Lilbet and Archie, three, will “never have to experience the internet as it exists now”.

    The dad-of-two explained: “As parents, my wife and I are concerned about the next generation growing up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for companies to make money and where things like hatred and harm are somehow normalised.”

    It is not known whether Harry received a fee for his appearance, but experts have previously said they could be earning upwards of a million pounds per speech after they signed up with an elite agency.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen has 'earned every right to conserve her energy'

    The Queen has "earned every right to conserve her energy" for Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Sussexes biographer has said.

    Royal author Omid Scobie said it is time for the heir to the throne Prince Charles "to do the heavy lifting".

    Mr Scobie tweeted: "The Queen has earned every right to conserve her energy for celebratory moments that the nation can enjoy alongside her.

    "Now is the time for Prince Charles to do the heavy lifting."

  • Louis Allwood

    Sussexes star appeal fading

    MEGHAN & Harry's star appeal is fading after a string of negative press and controversies, a new poll has suggested.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be returning to Britain together next month for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. 

    But they have been banned from the balcony for the traditional Trooping the Colour RAF flypast, along with shamed Prince Andrew. 

    The royal balcony snub means only working members of the Royal Family will wave to crowds on The Mall as Her Majesty celebrates 70 years on the throne.

    In a poll that ran from Saturday through to Monday morning, Express.co.uk asked: “Has Sussexes' star appeal been 'eroded' since they left the UK?”

    Around 2,730 people cast their votes as Brits cast their vote on the popularity of the royal couple, who now live in California.

    A staggering 98 per cent (2,687 people) said they believe Meghan and Harry’s star appeal has been “eroded” since they left the UK.

    This is compared with just two per cent – or 40 people – who answered “no”, while a further three respondents said they did not know either way.

    It comes as the Duke and Duchess are reportedly "excited and honoured" to attend the Jubilee- despite the news they will not be seen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the Queen, 96.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry makes huge political plea in US

    A huge political plea has been made by Prince Harry in the US as the Duke demands "new laws" in a landmark speech.

    The Duke of Sussex joined 5Rights Foundation as it launched the Global Child Online Safety Toolkit webinar.

    Speaking for the first time about his opinion on social media, he said: "I'm not an expert on law or technology, but I am a father—and I'm lucky enough to be a father with a platform. My kids are too young to have experienced the online world yet, and I hope they never have to experience it as it exists now. No kid should have to."

    He continued: "It is not realistic to protect kids from everything. We need new laws. We need public pressure. We need strong leadership."

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William wears face mask as he visits United Arab Emirates 

    Prince William wears a mask as he visits the United Arab Emirates on behalf of the Queen.

    He was there to pass on her condolences following the death of the country’s ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    He died on Friday aged 73.

    The Duke of Cambridge also paid his respects to the UAE’s new president and ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

    Other world leaders, including PM Boris Johnson, also travelled to the UAE’s Mushrif Palace.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen’s mobility won’t keep her down

    The monarch has had to cancel engagements recently on advice of her doctors.

    But she was seen on Sunday at the first of her televised Platinum Jubilee event.

    Royal fans will be delighted to learn the monarch opened the underground line named after her in a surprise visit to Paddington Station.

    Queen Elizabeth was joined by Edward for the very special event.

    She is meeting Crossrail and Elizabeth Line workers, including apprentices, drivers and station staff.

    Boris Johnson, London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will also be there.

  • Louis Allwood

    Who are the royals that can step in for the Queen?

    As the monarch nears a century of age, she’s begun delegating more.

    Prince William flew to the UAE on her behalf this weekend, and Prince Charles and Camilla flew to Canada today for a three-day tour.

    With Meghan and Harry no longer senior royals, who can step in to help out?

    According to the Regency Act 1937, the monarch can empower the next four in line to the throne who are over 21.

    That would be Prince Charles, William, Harry and Prince Andrew. With the latter two no longer seniors, it seems Prince Edward and an unknown would be called upon.

    This is the same act that would put the Duchess of Cambridge in charge, if something happened to Charles, William and Harry before George was old enough to take the throne.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meghan ‘concerned’ about Archie & Lilibet being ‘digital experiments’

    Prince Harry and Meghan have revealed they are “concerned” about Archie and Lilibet being “digital experiments” in a “world of hatred and harm”.

    It came as the Duke of Sussex today helped to launch an “online safety toolkit” for children.

    Harry spoke at the online event titled Making Child Online Safety a Reality with young people around the world – and shared his fears in regard to his kids.

    The Duke told those tuned in that he hopes 18-month-old Lilbet and Archie, three, will “never have to experience the internet as it exists now”.

    The dad-of-two explained: “As parents, my wife and I are concerned about the next generation growing up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for companies to make money and where things like hatred and harm are somehow normalised.”

    It is not known whether Harry received a fee for his appearance, but experts have previously said they could be earning upwards of a million pounds per speech after they signed up with an elite agency.

    He and Meghan last year joined New York-based Harry Walker Agency – the same as their pal Serena Williams and the Obamas to help fund their new luxury lifestyle.

    PR expert Mark Borkowski told The Sun the pair will “clean up”. 

    He said: “I'm surprised they haven't done this sooner. It will be one of the great income generators for them.

    “The speaker's circuit is a natural safe space for them to plunder.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Philip's fury at Sussexes over Megxit demands

    The Sussexes choices and demands around Megxit led Prince Philip to exclaim, "What the hell are they playing at?", a royal author has claimed.

    Royal expert and author, Andrew Morton, has said that Prince Phillip was not pleased when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that they would be stepping back from royal duties.

    Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Morton claimed: “In 2019, Harry told the Queen that he and Meghan wanted to step back as senior royals, raise funds privately and yet still serve the monarchy — albeit in a limited capacity.

    "The Queen’s initial reaction was that it was almost impossible to be half in and half out of the Royal Family; it was akin to being 'slightly' pregnant.

    "Later, Prince Philip’s indignant response to the couple’s declaration of independence was: ‘What the hell are they playing at?'"

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton beats Meghan Markle to be named Instagram’s most popular Royal

    New research shows how Kate Middleton is the most popular member of the Royal family among Instagram users.

    Online casino Slingo looked at the amount of times the names of Royals have been used in hashtags on the photo sharing platform to determine who was being referenced the most by users.

    The results showed the Duchess of Cambridge was the most popular on Instagram with nearly 1.5 million tags.

    She was closely followed by the Queen at 1.3 million while Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, came in third.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen left Windsor for the first time in seven weeks

    Attending the opening of the Elizabeth Line was a surprise for all inviolved.

    Though the organisers were told there was a possibility she may attend the opening, it wasn't confirmed.

    Due to mobility concerns from her doctors, the 96-year-old has remained in the Windsor area for almost two months.

    The last time the Queen was seen outside of Windsor was for the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service in Westminster Abbey seven weeks ago.

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