Royal Family news latest: Queen ‘intends’ to lead tributes on Remembrance Day despite health scare but to miss key event

THE QUEEN still "intends" to spearhead the Royal Family's tributes at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Day on Sunday, despite cancellations to her royal engagements recently.

If she attends, this will be her first outing in weeks, following the cancellation of trips across the UK.

Remembrance Day, which falls on November 11, will be a Thursday this year – but official commemoration takes place on the closest Sunday to that date.

On Saturday night, prominent royals will also attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

However, the monarch will not be present at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Times, wrote: "Most senior members of the royal family, except the Queen, will also attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night."

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the very latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry’s ban

    PRINCE Harry will be banned from wearing military uniform when he dishes out awards to forces heroes next week.

    The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship in New York.

    But he can no longer wear uniform as he was stripped of his honorary military titles when he quit royal duty for California.

    Harry will instead have to wear black tie but can pin his four medals on his suit at the gala a day before Veterans Day.

  • Milica Cosic

    Emergency blood supply

    The royal family sometimes have an emergency blood supply while travelling abroad.

    Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said they would have their own bag of blood as part of the emergency medical kit “just in case something happens.”

    Gordon Rayner, who attended more than 20 royal tours, said their doctor would have the back up supply in case there is a shortage when they need it.

  • Milica Cosic

    Fergie’s evidence

    Reports claim that Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson could be called to give evidence in a US lawsuit accusing him of raping a teen sex slave.

    Lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre say they are seeking formal interviews with two “witnesses” in the UK in the coming weeks.

    The Duke of York also faces attempts to force him to give a deposition – recorded questioning by lawyers that forms part of a civil lawsuit.

    Details emerged in a brief hearing in New York yesterday when District Judge Lewis Kaplan set a provisional date for a court showdown next September.

    The blockbuster trial would overshadow the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, palace aides fear.

    Virginia, now 38, filed a lawsuit in August accusing the prince of forcing her to have sex at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home when she was 17.

  • Milica Cosic

    New lease of life

    Buckingham Palace have revealed that the gardens within London have registered 24 National Champion Trees.

    The gardens within the grounds of Buck Palace are a ‘haven’ for biodiversity.

    All champion trees are ‘exceptional’ examples of their species.

    Among the 24 trees include a Juneberry tree given to the Queen on her 85th birthday as well as a rare Rotterdam Oak Tree which was planted by Her Majesty in 1989.

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: Why the Queen never needs a passport to travel

    THE royal family have lots of extra perks when it comes to travelling – as well as more rules to follow.

    Here are some of the royal travel secrets which members are aware of when leaving the country.

    The Queen is the only person who doesn’t need a passport to travel – as they are issued in her name.

    The Royal Family website explains: “As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one.”

    This will change to Prince Charles when he becomes King.

  • Milica Cosic

    Idris Elba: Meg & Harry are ‘a lot of pressure’

    The Luther actor, 49, provided the musical entertainment at the couple’s nuptials at Windsor in May 2018 – and says that Meg, 40, took the reins when it came to song choice.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Elba said: “Meghan had sent me a playlist, so I knew what she wanted already.”

    Elba, who has also performed for A-listers such as Madonna, admitted that the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was his most “high pressure gig.”

    Asked which of his sets had been his most stressful, he said: “This wasn’t at the community hall — the reception, this was a big, big deal.

    “They’re (Meghan and Harry) good friends and I wanted to make sure they had a great time, so there was a lot of pressure.”

    The actor previously revealed that their set list included Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody” and several hip hop hits.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 1Xtra Idris said: “Meghan sent me a playlist with some bare tunes on it.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry & Meg ‘planning move to Hollywood for some time’

    According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to move to California and bring up their children away from the rest of the Royal Family has done Charles and William a favour.

    Morton has updated his biography “Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy” which looks at the path taken by the Duchess of Sussex to where she is today as a Californian mum of two.

    Morton has said that while Harry now tries to project a more humble image in the US, it is clearly not the case but he does feel that the Sussexes have made it easy for plans to slim down the monarchy by moving out of the way.

    “I think that the narrative that they’d like to project is that they arrived in Los Angeles with a couple of suitcases and a cuddly toy and that was it,” Morton told Salon.com.

    He also said: “I think the reality is that they’ve been planning this move to Hollywood for some time, not necessarily where they were going to live.”

  • Milica Cosic

    ‘I’m not a politician’

    Megan has insisted that the plea was sent as an American and a “mum” and not a politician. 

    She wrote in her letter: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. 

    “And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.”

    America currently has no system for paid parental leave, although President Joe Biden has vowed to introduce it.

  • Milica Cosic

    Jumping ship

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton believes Meghan and Harry would have played a supportive role under Charles and William, though they would have been lower down the “pecking order”, especially as William and Kate Middleton’s children grow older.

    The Royal biographer has also said that Harry and Meghan’s influence is diminishing.

    Morton said: “I think the irony is that Prince Charles and Prince William saw themselves as being the leaders of the slimmed down monarchy.

    “In a way, Harry and Meghan have done them a favor by jumping ship, rather than being asked to walk the gangplank.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen ‘hosting family’ over Xmas

    The Mirror Online has reported that The Queen had been hoping to spend the weekend at Sandringham and was “delighted” doctors gave her the all-clear to travel. 

    A source said: “Her Majesty is very much looking forward to hosting her family at her Norfolk home for the Christmas holiday and there is much preparation to be done in time to accommodate everyone who has been invited.

    “The Queen has many happy memories of being at Sandringham with the family over Christmas and was in the firm belief that she was far better off being there in person to oversee everything as much as possible.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle ‘politically motivated’

    Furious republicans told Meghan Markle to “stick to acting” following her “politically motivated” letter to Congress.

    The Duchess of Sussex wrote a lengthy plea to two Democratic lawmakers in Washington DC in which she advocated for paid family leave.

    Megan insisted that the plea was sent as an American and a “mum” and not a politician. 

    She wrote in her letter: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. 

    “And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.”

    America currently has no system for paid parental leave, although President Joe Biden has vowed to introduce it.

  • Milica Cosic

    No place in politics

    One palace aide told The Times that the Royal Family has “no say” in American politics.

    “Campaigning is important, but there’s a difference between campaigning on ‘issues’ like the environment and mental health, and aligning yourself with policies,” they said.

    “The Duchess of Sussex doesn’t have the right to have a more powerful voice [on the issue] than any other mother in America.

    “She should not be playing in politics.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle ‘using her title out of context’

    MEGHAN Markle is “using her title out of context” for political lobbying, senior royal sources have said.

    Palace aides warned the Duchess of Sussex should “steer clear” of politics after she cold called politicians using her royal title and lobbied for paid paternity leave.

    One palace aide described the intervention as “outrageous” while another told The Times: “As a member of the royal family, if you use the title, it means you steer clear of those kinds of things.

    “Otherwise you’re using the title out of context and people will question your motive.”

    The source added that the Royal Family has “no say” in American politics.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meg’s girly dinner

    The Duchess of Sussex has been asked to attend a bipartisan dinner with all 21 female US women senators, amid calls to strip her of her royal title for meddling in US politics. 

    The Duchess on October 20 wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer advocating for paid family leave – a letter that was handed out to several media outlets.

    Kirsten Gillibrand, senator for New York has now told The 19th she plans to invite Meghan to a  bipartisan dinner she is hosting in the coming month with all the women senators to give her a platform to discuss paid leave. 

    Gillibrand said of the invite: “I could hear how sincere she was about advocacy.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry to head to New York

    PRINCE Harry will head to New York this week to honour veterans ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

    The non-working royal was embroiled in controversy surrounding tributes last year after he was not allowed to have a wreath laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph.

    The war veteran — who served two tours in Afghanistan — will help hand out five prizes on board a warship.

    But he can no longer wear uniform as he was stripped of his honorary military titles when he quit royal duty for California.

  • Milica Cosic

    Princess Diana’s iconic ‘revenge dress’ moment recreated

    THE Crown fans have been given their first glimpse at the recreation of Princess Diana’s iconic ‘revenge dress’.

    Actress Elizabeth Debicki is taking over the role from Emma Corrin for the fifth season of the hit Netflix drama, which will document the breakdown of Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles.

    One scene will recreate the moment when Diana attended a dinner at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens in 1994 in a daring black mini dress.

    The Christina Stambolian dress had a short hemline, sweetheart neckline and off the shoulder detailing and Diana teamed it with a pearl and gemstone choker.

    The moment was significant as Diana attended the event on the same night a programme was broadcast which saw Prince Charles admit he had been unfaithful to her after their marriage had “irretrievably broken down”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Royal blood

    The royal family are reported to have a surprising item within their emergency supplies.

    Sometimes they will have an emergency blood supply while travelling abroad.

    Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said they would have their own bag of blood as part of the emergency medical kit “just in case something happens.”

    Gordon Rayner, who attended more than 20 royal tours, said their doctor would have the back up supply in case there is a shortage when they need it.

  • Louis Allwood

    £7,000 wedding gift

    While the 46-year-old actor attended the royal couple’s nuptials, Meghan was unable to attend Idris’ wedding to Sabrina Dhowre in April 2019 because she was heavily pregnant.

    However, we previously revealed that the Duchess of Sussex sent the newlyweds a £7,000 wedding gift to make up for missing his glamorous Moroccan celebrations.

    Harry and Meghan gave the couple a Connor Brothers painting of a glamorous woman from the 50s, the Mail on Sunday said.

    It was imprinted with the words “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen still looking forward to ‘hosting family’

    The Mirror Online has reported that The Queen had been hoping to spend the weekend at Sandringham and was “delighted” doctors gave her the all-clear to travel. 

    A source said: “Her Majesty is very much looking forward to hosting her family at her Norfolk home for the Christmas holiday and there is much preparation to be done in time to accommodate everyone who has been invited.

    “The Queen has many happy memories of being at Sandringham with the family over Christmas and was in the firm belief that she was far better off being there in person to oversee everything as much as possible.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Buckingham Palace Champion trees

    Buckingham Palace have revealed that the gardens within London have registered 24 National Champion Trees.

    The gardens withinthe grounds of Buck Palace are a ‘haven’ for biodiversity.

    All champion trees are ‘exceptional’ examples of their species.

    Among the 24 trees include a Juneberry tree given to the Queen on her 85th birthday as well as a rare Rotterdam Oak Tree which was planted by Her Majesty in 1989.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘I’m not a politician’

    Megan has insisted that the plea was sent as an American and a “mum” and not a politician. 

    She wrote in her letter: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. 

    “And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.”

    America currently has no system for paid parental leave, although President Joe Biden has vowed to introduce it.

  • Louis Allwood

    Move to US ‘did William a favour’

    According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to move to California and bring up their children away from the rest of the Royal Family has done Charles and William a favour.

    Morton has updated his biography “Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy” which looks at the path taken by the Duchess of Sussex to where she is today as a Californian mum of two.

    Morton has said that while Harry now tries to project a more humble image in the US, it is clearly not the case but he does feel that the Sussexes have made it easy for plans to slim down the monarchy by moving out of the way.

    “I think that the narrative that they’d like to project is that they arrived in Los Angeles with a couple of suitcases and a cuddly toy and that was it,” Morton told Salon.com.

    He also said: “I think the reality is that they’ve been planning this move to Hollywood for some time, not necessarily where they were going to live.”

  • Louis Allwood

    A big decision for the Royal

    According to Royal biographer Andrew Morton, his new book Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy claims the duo decided to leave the UK years before Megxit.

    He said: “For Harry, it was either Meghan or the monarchy.”

    Morton said that Meghan talked about the fact that: “people hate me just because I’m breathing. What’s the point of continuing?

    “She had some pretty dark nights of the soul in the times that she was a member of the Royal Family.”

    Regardless, Mr Morton feels Prince Harry’s decision to leave the Firm was influenced by Princess Diana’s death.

    “He’s trying to protect Meghan in the way that he couldn’t protect Diana, and I think that’s very deeply embedded in his psychology.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Can’t hide true feelings

    A BODY language expert has claimed that he knows Prince Harry’s true feelings towards the Royal family after he made a gesture at the end of his Oprah Winfrey interview.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Jesus Enrique Rosas said Harry began to laugh as the credits started, before catching himself and allegedly mimicking sadness.

    He said: “You’ll be surprised by how someone’s real attitude and emotions can show when they think the cameras are not rolling anymore. And, Harry and Meghan are not an exception.

    “Saying that Harry was forced to do this [interview] doesn’t make sense, because how come he was laughing at the end?

    “So, going back to the clip at the end of Oprah’s interview and after doing a systemic analysis of intentions, and what has happened since then – realising that Harry has been absolutely in control of his actions all this time.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen wants to return to work

    Doctors have told the Queen to remain on “light duties” for two weeks after spending a night in ­hospital last month for “preliminary investigations”.

    Sources close to the Queen told The Sun she wants to return to work, if fit enough, in time for Remembrance Sunday on November 14.

    Despite her flight, her Royal Standard flag — which denotes when the Queen is in residence — has continued to fly at Windsor Castle.

    It is understood that the standard remains at the castle because her full official court of staff and servants have not travelled with her.

    A source said: “The Queen is following medical advice to be on light duties — so a break to Sandringham would only be on the strictest of doctor’s orders.”

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