Royal Family news – Prince Andrew spills secrets in controversial interview for BBC's Prince Philip tribute documentary

PRINCE Philip and the Queen loved it when Royal functions went wrong, their grandsons reveal.

Prince William and Prince Harry separately recalled how the pair – who carried out functions side by side until Philip's retirement in 2017 – secretly loved it when things didn't go according to plan.

William said their lives were also so managed and scheduled they secretly loved it when there were disasters at the events. Harry said while everyone was so desperate to make things perfect – the couple were secretly on the lookout for mayhem.

The documentary was filled with personal tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh from his family – including rare contributions from his granddaughters Princess Louise and Princess Eugenie.

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    'UNAPOLOGETICALLY HIM'

    Last night, Harry said the Queen and Philip had "an incredible bond," while his grandfather was "unapologetically him at all times".

    He said: "He was authentically himself. What you see is what you got with my grandfather and that’s what I loved more than anything else.

    “He was unapologetically him—at all times. No matter where he was, no matter what he was doing no matter who he was speaking to.”

    The praise was echoed by other family members throughout the programme, with Harry saying Philip had "a fantastic innings".

    "More than anything I miss his humour but I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there," he said.

    "I also know she’s going to be ok without him."

    Prince Harry paid tribute to his grandfather and the Queen last night Credit: BBC
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    PRINCE HARRY HONOURS THE QUEEN FOR ‘DEDICATING LIFE TO SERVICE’ & PRAISES PHILIP FOR BEING ‘UNAPOLOGETICALLY HIMSELF’

    The Duke of Sussex paid tribute to his grandparents in the documentary Prince Philip: The Family Remembers, which aired on the BBC last night.

    He joined more than 12 family members for the special hour-long show – but while some of the family were filmed in royal palaces, Harry gave his interviews alone from the US.

    Speaking of his grandparents' relationship, Harry said: "From my grandmother's perspective, to have someone like that on your shoulder for 73 years of marriage it doesn’t get better than that.

    "The two of them together were just the most adorable couple. I don’t know if anyone has ever described them as adorable.

    "But for me knowing the cheekiness of him, and that behind what the world sees you have two individuals who were very much in love and both at a very young age dedicated their life to service."

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    PRINCE ANDREW’S GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE OVER SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT IS ‘DAMAGING MONARCHY,’ COURTIERS BELIEVE

    Royal aides are said to be increasingly uneasy about the “wall of silence” surrounding the under-fire duke, 61.

    They fear the decision to apparently dodge legal papers filed in the US is making it look like he has something to hide.

    Lawyers for US accuser Virginia Giuffre have tried seven times to serve a writ alleging “rape in the first degree”.

    Andrew, who strongly denies the claims, is now at Balmoral in Scotland, seemingly out of reach of English and US courts.

    But a royal source said: “There is growing disquiet over this lawsuit which also has wider reputational implications for the monarchy.”

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    BBC TO PAY ‘SIGNIFICANT’ DAMAGES TO EX ROYAL NANNY OVER LIES SPREAD BY DISGRACED MARTIN BASHIR

    Tiggy Legge-Bourke has reportedly been offered a settlement over false claims made by Bashir as he desperately tried to secure his Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

    An official inquiry concluded Bashir told Diana that her husband Charles was in love with the nanny, who now goes by Tiggy Pettifer.

    And Diana’s brother Earl Spencer says she was also told Charles and Ms Legge-Bourke enjoyed a two-week holiday together.

    Most damagingly of all, it’s alleged Bashir went further – and claimed Charles was having an affair with the nanny, who had gone on to have an abortion.

    Bashir even produced a fake receipt showing payment for the termination, it’s claimed.

    The BBC has now recognised the harm caused to the 56-year-old and is understood to have offered her a six-figure sum, the Telegraph reports.

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    HARRY AND MEGHAN’S LOVING GAZE IS ‘POSED’, SAYS BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle wowed royal fans in a series of new glossy shots for Time magazine as they were named in the list of top 100 most influential people

    And eagle-eyed royal fans may have noticed something familiar about one of the snaps taken by photographer Pari Dukovic.

    In a more candid shot, the parents can be seen walking through a garden holding hands at they beam at each other – and this isn’t the first time we have seen the couple rely on this pose.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are regularly seen staring into one another’s eyes whenever a camera comes out.

    And according to body language expert Judi James, while a very romantic shot, the pose is far from the natural and candid shot that the pair want to convey.

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    ANDREW REPORTEDLY BRACING HIMSELF FOR LEGAL BATTLE THAT COULD GO ON FOR YEARS

    The 61-year-old is reportedly “worried” and not his usual self after feeling confident the allegation would be dropped.

    He is reportedly bracing himself for a legal battle that could go on for years and end up costing him millions of pounds.

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    VIRGINIA ROBERTS RELEASES PHOTOS THAT PROVE SEX ASSAULT PAPERS WERE SENT TO PRINCE ANDREW AT HIS HOME ADDRESS

    Prince Andrew’s lawyers are continuing to thwart efforts to serve the lawsuit and spark a 21-day period for the duke to reply – but pictures show the papers were sent to the Duke at his home.

    Sent via a Royal Mail post box, the envelope which contained the papers was sent off to the duke, with the stamp of the Queen’s head on the top.

    These photos released as evidence in US court filings show the lawsuit was posted to Andrew on September 9 – one of five attempts to reach the accused royal.

    They show a worker from the London office of law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP posting the envelope containing the lawsuit into a traditional red Royal Mail post box.

    It was addressed to ‘Prince Andrew’ at his 100-acre 30-room mansion at Royal Lodge on the private Windsor Great Park, just three miles from Windsor Castle, on September 9.

    And even came with a first class stamp bearing the Queen’s profile.

    It was one of five attempts made by US lawyers to serve the papers.

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    TAKING ON NEW YORK

    he couple – who have been avid campaigners for providing Covid vaccines worldwide – released a statement earlier this year.

    They said: "Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss and struggle – together.

    "Now we need to recover and heal – together. We can't leave anyone behind.

    "We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.

    "We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn't be more critical or important."

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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY TO JOIN NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO AT OBSERVATORY AS THEY BEGIN US ‘ADVENTURE’

    The Duke and Duchess will join the politician at the One World Observatory in the city during their first public outing since baby Lilibet was born.

    The couple will "continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the Covid-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere", Global Citizen's website states.

    The New York event will be the first time Meghan will appear at a public event since giving birth to Lilibet in June.

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    'PRIVATE FAMILY VISIT' (CONTINUED…)

    Royal author Adam Helliker told The Sun Online the brood returning to Harry's home country is "imperative for family unity".

    Mr Helliker said: "I think it's imperative for family unity that the whole family comes over because, to put it bluntly, the queen is getting older and these won't arrive too often again.

    "I think Harry will feel particularly guilty if she doesn't see the great-grandchildren she's not seen much of – or the great-granddaughter she's not seen at all.

    "I think if they're going to try to patch things up – and we all hope they will work to increase what remains of the unity between them and the family – then I think it's paramount that they start planning a trip for maybe early December.

    "I doubt obviously they want to be restricted by spending any Christmases at Sandringham, but maybe a mid-December pre-Christmas trip to say hello to the family.

    "For Harry, those family ties – until he was encouraged by her to break them – were really important."

    Meghan and Harry could bring Archie and Lilibet home to the UK for Christmas, an expert has claimed Credit: Refer to Caption
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    MEGHAN AND HARRY ‘LOOKING TO BRING LILIBET & ARCHIE TO UK FOR CHRISTMAS’

    Royal author Katie Nicholl said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could stay at Frogmore Cottage, with the trip being "looked at as an opportunity" that could "pave the way for a healing of the family rift". 

    The last time Meghan and Harry were in the UK for Christmas was back in 2018.

    And Harry has only been back to Britain twice since quitting royal life last year.

    Speaking to Closer, royal author Katie Nicholl said:  "When Harry and Meghan left, they made it clear they didn’t want to give up their home in Britain.

    "They still have Frogmore Cottage and their plan was to come back to the UK. 

    "Christmas is being looked at as an opportunity. There may be a softening, which could pave the way for a healing of the family rift."

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    PRINCE ANDREW ‘ACCEPTS’ SERVED LEGAL PAPERS OVER VIRGINIA ROBERTS SEX ASSAULT CLAIMS BUT WILL ‘COME OUT FIGHTING’

    The legal papers were emailed to the Duke of York’s US lawyer, Andrew Brettler, in Los Angeles on Monday.

    Virginia – a trafficked slave of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – is attempting to sue the Duke in a New York court after alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

    David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, confirmed to The Sun that his firm served the legal papers to Andrew Brettler by FedEx and email.

    Andrew, 61, now has 21 days to respond to Virginia’s accusations of rape, sexual assault and sexual battery.

    The Duke has now accepted “the inevitable” – but he intends to “come out fighting”, sources told the Daily Mail.

    Virginia’s attorney, Boies, said he expected the prince’s lawyer to apply for a “reasonable” extension to respond to the complaint – and suggested they would likely agree.

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    HOW MANY CHILDREN DO QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP HAVE?

    The Queen and Prince Philip had four children together – Charles, Prince of Wales, born 1948; Anne, Princess Royal, born 1950; Andrew, Duke of York, born 1960; and Edward, Earl of Wessex, born 1964.

    They have eight grandchildren:

    • Prince William
    • Prince Harry
    • Peter Phillips
    • Zara Phillips (now Tindall)
    • Princess Beatrice
    • Princess Eugenie
    • Lady Louse Windsor
    • James, Viscount Severn.

    CAMILLA DESCRIBES PHILIP AS A “GREAT SURVIVOR”

    Reflecting on her father in law’s early life she said he was moved around constantly as a small child and she was not sure if he even knew whether his mother was alive when she first committed to a sanitarium when he eight.

    She said it must have taken a lot of strength to survive all of that. Similarly his eldest daughter, and reported favourite child, Anne, said he was “ultimately a problem solver” because of his upbringing.

    Prince Charles said Philip did not speak often about his childhood but had heard from his aunts – Philip’s older sisters – about how difficult it was.

    WHAT ARE THE THREE TITLES GIVEN TO PHILIP WHEN ELIZABETH II BECAME QUEEN?

    When Prince Philip married the Queen in 1947 he was also given three other titles:

    • Duke of Edinburgh
    • Earl of Merioneth
    • Baron Greenwich

    In 1957, the Queen made him an official Prince of the United Kingdom – which she made official in a new letters patent.

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      PRINCE ANDREW ‘ACCEPTS’ SERVED LEGAL PAPERS OVER VIRGINIA ROBERTS SEX ASSAULT CLAIMS BUT WILL ‘COME OUT FIGHTING’

      The legal papers were emailed to the Duke of York’s US lawyer, Andrew Brettler, in Los Angeles on Monday.

      Virginia – a trafficked slave of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – is attempting to sue the Duke in a New York court after alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

      David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, confirmed to The Sun that his firm served the legal papers to Andrew Brettler by FedEx and email.

      Andrew, 61, now has 21 days to respond to Virginia’s accusations of rape, sexual assault and sexual battery.

      The Duke has now accepted “the inevitable” – but he intends to “come out fighting”, sources told the Daily Mail.

      Virginia’s attorney, Boies, said he expected the prince’s lawyer to apply for a “reasonable” extension to respond to the complaint – and suggested they would likely agree.

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      MEGHAN AND HARRY TO ATTEND NEW YORK EVENT IN FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SINCE LILIBET’S BIRTH TO PROMOTE JABS

      The Sussexes will broadcast live from Central Park for a Global Citizen Live event on Saturday.

      The couple will “continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere”, Global Citizen’s website states.

      It is the first time Meghan will appear in public since Lilibet’s birth in June.

      The Sussexes are in the midst of their parental leave, with sources previously suggesting their time off could hit “several months”.

      The event will also be the first public outing for the couple since they ditched the UK for their £11millon California mansion.

      Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, were campaign chairs of Vax Live, whose aims were to “inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone”.

      At the event’s pre-recorded show in May, the Duke of Sussex was greeted with a standing ovation as he walked on stage at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

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      PRINCE HARRY IMPERSONATES THE QUEEN IN HILARIOUS MOMENT AS HE BURIES THE HATCHET WITH ROYALS

      PRINCE Harry impersonates the Queen in a hilarious moment during a new documentary on Prince Philip.

      The Duke of Sussex also paid tribute to his grandparents Philip, who died aged 99 in April, and the Queen as “the most adorable couple”.

      Harry, 37, is among the royals sharing their memories in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which airs on BBC One tomorrow.

      The show features all of Philip’s children – Charles, 72, Anne, 71, Andrew 61, and Edward, 55.

      Grandchildren William, Beatrice, Eugenie, Harry, Peter Philips and Zara Tindall also recall their fondest memories of the Duke of Edinburgh.

      Harry is seen looking through flight logs from his grandfather – a qualified pilot – from a 1983 trip to Africa.

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      ‘CONFIDENT’ HARRY SHOWS ‘SENSE OF POWER’ WHILE WILLIAM IS ‘RESPECTFUL’ & ‘EMOTIONALLY COMPLEX’ IN PHILIP DOCUMENTARY

      Body language expert Judi James said Harry appears “confident” and showed a “sense of power”, while older brother William is “emotionally complex.”

      A “unique portrait” of Prince Philip and his life will air on September 22 on BBC One – as the Royal Family pays tribute to the beloved Duke who passed away earlier this year.

      Speaking to Fabulous, Judi said: “Harry’s body language is a lot less complex than William’s and he uses several signals of empathy with his grandfather to suggest a meeting of minds in terms of their love of pranks. 

      “Harry’s wide leg splay suggests higher levels of confidence than William’s crossed legs and his torso is much more relaxed and slightly slumped in his chair.”

      She added that William’s body language “primarily exposes respect and affection”.

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      QUEEN LEFT UNIMPRESSED WITH PRINCE CHARLES PLANS FOR THE FUTURE MONARCHY

      According to a royal source, the future monarch is hopping to turn the royal residence into a public attraction, and some courtiers have expressed their concerns. 

      Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and is also where the Queen’s offices are situated. 

      Royal commentator Neil Sean told the Express that Her Majesty is not a fan of turning the historic pad into a tourist trap. 

      He said: “This will not be happening anytime soon, particularly while we still have our gracious Majesty the Queen with us.

      “She’s not very keen on that particular idea and believes of course, that it should remain a family home of sorts.

      “Her Majesty the Queen will go between Windsor Castle, which she considers her main London base, and spending two to four days a week also out at the re-renovated Buckingham Palace.”

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      PRINCE HARRY BELIEVES QUEEN ‘WILL BE OKAY’ WITHOUT PHILLIP

      Prince Phillips commemorative documentary will air tonight on BBC One.

      Many of his relatives will feature on the BBC special including Prince Harry.

      During his interview on “Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers”, Harry said: “More than anything I miss his sense of humour.

      “But I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there.”

      However, the royal appeared confident in his grandmother’s strength.

      He added: “I also know she will be ok without him.”

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      AUSSIE SIMON DORANTE-DAY WHO CLAIMS HE’S PRINCE CHARLES’ SECRET SON POSTS NEW ‘PHOTO PROOF’ COMPARING HIMSELF TO WILLIAM

      Dorante-Day shared a side-by-side image of him and Prince William sporting a similar smile, leaving onlookers "stunned" by the similarities.

      Royal watchers said the pair were "brothers from another mother", with one adding "there is no doubt" Prince William was Dorante-Day's younger brother.

      A third said: "Wow, Simon. He’s just a younger version of you."

      Another wrote: "Well, now we know how he’s going to look in a few years!"

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      WHY WAS PRINCE PHILIP NOT A KING?

      The reason for Philip not becoming King when he married the Queen stems from a parliamentary law.

      The law relating to succession doesn't relate to bloodline – only gender.

      The spouse of a ruling king or queen is known as a consort.

      Strangely, in British royalty a man who marries the queen is known as the prince consort but a woman who marries the king will be the queen consort.

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      WHEN DID QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP GET MARRIED?

      The then Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, as he was then known, on November 20, 1947.

      They reached their platinum wedding anniversary in 2017 which marked 70 years since their big day.

      The couple had met 13 years earlier, at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934.

      After a third meeting in July 1939 our future Queen, who was just 13 years old at the time, is said to have fallen in love with Philip – and they began exchanging letters.

      The couple became secretly engaged in 1946 and Elizabeth's father, King George VI, ordered that any formal engagement was delayed until after his daughter's 21st birthday – in April 1947.

      Their engagement was officially announced in July of the same year.

      Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had been married for 73 years before the Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9, 2021.

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      HOW MANY CHILDREN DO QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP HAVE?

      The Queen and Prince Philip had four children together – Charles, Prince of Wales, born 1948; Anne, Princess Royal, born 1950; Andrew, Duke of York, born 1960; and Edward, Earl of Wessex, born 1964.

      They have eight grandchildren:

      • Prince William
      • Prince Harry
      • Peter Phillips
      • Zara Phillips (now Tindall)
      • Princess Beatrice
      • Princess Eugenie
      • Lady Louse Windsor
      • James, Viscount Severn.

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