Royal news – live: King Charles reveals new cancer side effect as war of words with Prince Harry erupts

King Charles today gave a personal insight into his battle with cancer as he revealed he has lost his sense of taste.

The monarch, 75, was speaking to British Army veteran and cancer survivor Aaron Mapplebeck while visiting the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, this afternoon where the pair discussed the side effects of treatment.

When Mr Mapplebeck said he had lost his sense of taste during chemotherapy last year, the King said this had also happened to him.

Charles arrived by helicopter for the special ceremony with Prince William where he officially handed over command of Prince Harry’s former regiment.

Meanwhile, a war of words has erupted between Harry and the King’s camps over last week’s Invictus Games Foundation event which neither Charles nor William attended.

“It’s all very sad,” said a friend of Charles, according to The Times. “While he was hardly going to roll out the red carpet the moment this Invictus trip was announced, with doctors advising him to focus on his treatment and recovery, the idea that he refused to find space in his diary…Well, let’s say recollections may vary once again.”

A friend of Harry’s hit back: “Could His Majesty not have made a request to see his son? It was widely known he was coming.”

Key Points

  • Charles gives very personal insight into his cancer battle

  • King hands military role to William during visit to Hampshire air base

  • Peter Phillips has new date weks after splitting from girlfriend

  • King met David Beckham but not Prince Harry

King Charles gives very personal insight into his cancer battle

Monday 13 May 2024 13:44 , Emma Guinness

The King today revealed he has lost his sense of taste during cancer treatment.

The monarch, 75, was speaking to British Army veteran Aaron Mapplebeck while visiting the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, this afternoon.

When Mr Mapplebeck said he underwent chemotherapy last year to treat a testicular cancer diagnosis and that he had lost his sense of taste during the process, the King revealed this had also happened to him.

The Palace has not yet confirmed details of the King’s cancer or treatment.

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Meghan Markle honours Princess Diana with diamond necklace

Monday 13 May 2024 22:00 , Holly Evans

Meghan Markle wore an ode to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, during her recent trip to Nigeria.

The 42-year-old Duchess of Sussex travelled with her husband to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to celebrate military families on 11 May. For the occasion, Meghan donned a strapless white dress and a dazzling necklace that paid tribute to Princess Diana, who died 27 years ago at age 36.

According to People, the gold chain with a studded cross was a gift to Meghan from Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex was handed down the necklace from his mother’s coveted collection.

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Meghan Markle honours Princess Diana with diamond necklace

How Harry and Charles were a twenty minute drive away – but remain miles apart

Monday 13 May 2024 21:00 , Holly Evans

Prince Harry and King Charles were a mere 20-minute drive from each other in central London last night, but the pair who have not seen each other since February, did not meet.

The distance between St Paul’s Cathedral, where Harry held a ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, and Buckingham Palace, where Charles hosted a spring garden party, is just over two miles – or around £14 in an Uber – and yet served to highlight just how far apart the pair still remain.

Their relationship has grown increasingly frayed since the Duke of Sussex’s decision to step down as a working royal in 2020.

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Pictured: How Harry and Charles remain a million miles apart

Deaf woman is first to deliver British Sign Language speech at Buckingham Palace

Monday 13 May 2024 20:00 , Holly Evans

A young deaf woman has become the first person to deliver a British Sign Language (BSL) speech at Buckingham Palace in front of thousands of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recipients.

Hafwen Clarke, 19, from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, told about 2,000 other recipients how she achieved the gold award, alongside Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Ms Clarke, a youth helper at St John Ambulance Cymru, said: “I’m very proud to be here so I can show the world what deaf people can do.

“Deaf people can do anything hearing people can do, except hear. We may communicate in a different language, but we are still able to communicate.

Duke of Edinburgh looks on as  Hafwen Clarke becomes the first young deaf person to speak from Buckingham Palace (Leon Neal/PA Wire)Duke of Edinburgh looks on as  Hafwen Clarke becomes the first young deaf person to speak from Buckingham Palace (Leon Neal/PA Wire)

Duke of Edinburgh looks on as Hafwen Clarke becomes the first young deaf person to speak from Buckingham Palace (Leon Neal/PA Wire)

Meghan Markle reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

Monday 13 May 2024 19:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan Markle has opened up about a touching conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet on the first day of her whistlestop tour of Nigeria.

The couple arrived to a warm welcome in the country on 10 May to begin a three-day tour as private citizens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Their first port of call was a school in the capital of Abuja, which is being supported by the couple’s Archwell Foundation.

Meghan, 42, then opened up about a remarkable conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet and used it to connect with the young people.

Meghan reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

Queen Camilla feeds donkeys and horses at Buckingham Palace reception

Monday 13 May 2024 18:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Queen fed carrots to donkeys and horses as she hosted a reception for a “remarkable” equine welfare charity at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 9 May.

Camilla met Alfie the donkey and LaLa, a Shetland pony, along with famous charity supporters as she marked the 90th anniversary of Brooke.

She has held the role of president for the UK-based international charity, which protects and improves the lives of horses, donkeys and mules, since 2006.

Founded in 1934 initially to support abandoned horses from the First World War, Brooke has gone on to help 1.4 million working animals directly and now works across three continents and 15 countries.

Queen Camilla feeds donkeys and horses at Buckingham Palace reception

King’s nephew Peter Phillips takes date to event attended by the Queen after split with long-term girlfriend

Monday 13 May 2024 17:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Peter Phillips, King Charles’s nephew, has been spotted with a new date just weeks after his split from his partner of three years.

The late Queen’s ‘favourite grandson’ is now understood to be dating paediatric nurse and freelance writer, Harriet Sperling.

The pair were spotted holding hands as they spent the weekend together at the Badminton Horse Trials.

The smitten couple watched cross-country horse riding from a sponsor’s tent on Saturday, before leaving with Mr Phillips’s two daughters, Savannah, 13, and Isla, 12.

King’s nephew Peter Phillips takes date to event after split from girlfriend

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students on ‘official’ trip to Nigeria with Meghan

Monday 13 May 2024 16:12 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry spoke movingly about mental health while visiting a school in Nigeria on Friday – telling students that there is “no shame” in having a bad day.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, opened up about the bereavements he has suffered in his life, telling the young people that it is okay to acknowledge difficult feelings.

“There is no shame to be able to acknowledge that today is a bad day,” he said.

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students

Harry is trying to shed his royal skin – but he’s a man who can’t escape his past

Monday 13 May 2024 15:08 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The sight of Harry flying in, but unable to see his father will have saddened many. But, embarking on a ‘mini royal tour’ in Nigeria isn’t going to help heal family rifts which feel as raw as ever, says Tessa Dunlop:

Read more here:

Harry is trying to shed is royal skin – but he his a man who can’t escape his past

In pictures: Prince of Wales speaks with service personnel at the Army Aviation Centre

Monday 13 May 2024 14:46 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Prince of Wales speaks with service personnel at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, after King Charles III officially handed over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to him.

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King hands military role to William during visit to Hampshire air base

Monday 13 May 2024 14:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The King officially handed over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to the Prince of Wales during a visit to its Hampshire airfield.

Charles – who became the inaugural holder of the title 32 years ago – met with his eldest son in a rare joint official engagement at the Middle Wallop base on Monday afternoon to transfer the role.

The King said it was a “great joy” to meet servicemen, their families and veterans at an earlier visit to the Army Flying Museum.

He unveiled a plaque commemorating an Apache AH Mk.1 going on display, the first of its kind to be installed at a UK museum.

The aircraft was one of four involved in a rescue mission during the Battle of Jugroom Fort in 2007.

He said: “Let me just say what a great joy it is to be with you even briefly on this occasion but also it is tinged with great sadness after 32 years of knowing you all, admiring your many activities and achievements through the time that I’ve been lucky enough to be Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps.”

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Monday 13 May 2024 14:09 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan pays tribute to Princess Diana by wearing gift during Nigeria visit

King Charles jokes he’s ‘allowed out of cage’ on royal visit to army barracks after cancer diagnosis

Monday 13 May 2024 13:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

King Charles III joked that he had been “allowed out of my cage” as he visited an army barracks on Thursday, 9 May, after resuming public duties following his cancer diagnosis.

His Majesty apologised to the Army for visiting at the last moment to the 3 Royal School of Military Engineering (3RSME) at Gibraltar Barracks, Minley, Surrey.

Charles, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Engineers, told Lieutenant Colonel Robert Grant: “When this opportunity appeared and I had been allowed out of my cage, I wanted to come to have a look.”

Prince Harry urges children to ‘kick away’ stigma of mental health during Nigeria trip

Monday 13 May 2024 13:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry urged children to “kick away” the stigma around mental health as he was joined by his wife Meghan on a visit to a school in Nigeria.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their three-day trip on Friday 10 May, having arrived in the west African country at the invitation of the chief of defence staff.

Earlier this week, Harry made a brief return to the UK where he celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games – but did not see King Charles.

Harry and Meghan are in Nigeria for a whistle-stop tour to promote the games in Africa – and are expected to meet injured service people and attend sporting events and an evening gala after their school visit.

Meghan Markle reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

Monday 13 May 2024 12:26 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan Markle has opened up about a touching conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet on the first day of her whistlestop tour of Nigeria.

The couple arrived to a warm welcome in the country on 10 May to begin a three-day tour as private citizens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Meghan, 42, then opened up about a remarkable conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet and used it to connect with the young people.

Meghan reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

King’s nephew Peter Phillips takes date to event attended by the Queen after split with long-term girlfriend

Monday 13 May 2024 11:53 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Peter Phillips, King Charles’s nephew, has been spotted with a new date just weeks after his split from his partner of three years.

The late Queen’s ‘favourite grandson’ is now understood to be dating paediatric nurse and freelance writer, Harriet Sperling.

The pair were spotted holding hands as they spent the weekend together at the Badminton Horse Trials.

King’s nephew Peter Phillips takes date to event after split from girlfriend

In pictures: Duke and Duchess of Susseex are radiant at a polo fundraiser in Lagos

Monday 13 May 2024 11:31 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry and Meghan dazzled as they attended a polo fundraiser event in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Peter Phillips has new date weks after splitting from girlfriend

Monday 13 May 2024 10:53 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Queen’s ‘favourite grandson’ has been spotted with a new date just weeks after his split from his partner of three years.

Peter Phillips, King Charles’s nephew, is now understood to be dating paediatric nurse and freelance writer, Harriet Sperling.

The pair were spotted holding hands as they spent the weekend together at the Badminton Horse Trials.

The smitten couple watched cross-country horse riding from a sponsor’s tent on Saturday, before leaving with Mr Phillips’s two daughters, Savannah, 13, and Isla, 12.

They returned to the event on Sunday where Mr Phillips, who is 18th in line to the throne, was seen talking to Camilla.

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Meghan speaks with Nigerian women about ‘coming back home’ during Abuja visit

Monday 13 May 2024 10:11 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duchess of Sussex has opened up about finding out she is partly Nigerian through a genealogy test.

Meghan met with women in the West African nation on Saturday (11 May) and acknowledged Nigeria as “my country” during a speech.

She said: “When I had done the genealogy and I found out about my heritage, the first thing I did obviously was call my mom because I wanted to know if she had any awareness of it and I think, being African American and part of it is really not knowing so much about your lineage, your background, where you come from specifically and it was exciting for both of us to discover more and understand what that really means.”

In pictures: Prince Harry and Meghan visit Lagos, Nigeria

Monday 13 May 2024 09:49 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

On day three of their Nigeria tour, Prince Harry and Meghan visited Giants of Africa at Ilupeju Senior Grammar School.

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Meghan Markle gushes over Prince Harry during Nigeria visit: ‘You see why I’m married to him?’

Monday 13 May 2024 09:42 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duchess of Sussex has been more than happy to show off her husband, the Duke of Sussex.

On Friday 10 May, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the first stop of their Nigeria visit, where the two spoke at the mental health summit with the local nonprofit the GEANCO Foundation, supported by the couple’s Archwell Foundation at the Lightway Academy in Abuja.

Meghan and Harry will be in the country for three days to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, which Harry founded back in 2014.

Meghan Markle gushes over Prince Harry during Nigeria visit

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students on ‘official’ trip to Nigeria with Meghan

Monday 13 May 2024 09:08 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry spoke movingly about mental health while visiting a school in Nigeria on Friday – telling students that there is “no shame” in having a bad day.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, opened up about the bereavements he has suffered in his life, telling the young people that it is okay to acknowledge difficult feelings.

“There is no shame to be able to acknowledge that today is a bad day,” he said.

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students

Prince Harry shows off basketball skills as Meghan watches on during visit to Nigeria

Monday 13 May 2024 08:37 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry showed off basketball skills as his wife Meghan watched from the sidelines on the third day of their trip to Nigeria.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Lagos on Sunday (12 May) as part of their visit to promote the Invictus Games.

Wearing a pale linen suit and sunglasses, Harry joined in a game of basketball, much to the delight of his wife, who cheered him on.

The prince celebrated scoring a goal by high-fiving his teammates.

Duke of Edinburgh pays tribute at 100th anniversary of Cavalry Memorial unveiling

Monday 13 May 2024 06:01 , Barney Davis

The Duke of Edinburgh wore a bowler hat as he attended a parade and memorial service dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park.

In a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, members of the UK and Commonwealth Cavalry and Yeomanry paraded past the memorial to honour their fallen comrades from World War One and the wars thereafter.

Prince Edward, Royal Honorary Colonel of The Royal Dragoon Guards, met members of the Combined Cavalry before laying a wreath at the memorial.

How Harry and Charles were a twenty minute drive away – but remain miles apart

Monday 13 May 2024 05:00 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry and King Charles were a mere 20-minute drive from each other in central London last night, but the pair who have not seen each other since February, did not meet.

The distance between St Paul’s Cathedral, where Harry held a ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, and Buckingham Palace, where Charles hosted a spring garden party, is just over two miles – or around £14 in an Uber – and yet served to highlight just how far apart the pair still remain.

Full report:

Pictured: How Harry and Charles remain a million miles apart

Prince Willliam pays tribute to Steve Irwin at glitzy Vegas bash

Monday 13 May 2024 04:01 , Barney Davis

Prince William shared a special message all about Irwin and his efforts to save the environment at the Steve Irwin Gala in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 11.

He said: “Tonight is all about conservation and continuing Steve’s global mission to protect life on our planet.”

He spoke about Irwin’s hope to have “the cleanest water, the freshest air and wildlife in abundance,” and “a future for our children,” sharing that his own values align with this.

“I’m proud to join you virtually tonight to celebrate their work through Wildlife Warriors. Seeing the global impact of the charity, founded by Steve and Terri in 2002, brings hope for the future,” William went on.

“Never before has it been so important for every single one of us to make environmentally conscious choices that will ensure the healthy future of our planet.”

Royal Family’s ‘orchestrated move’ as Prince Harry endures ‘obvious snub’ from King Charles

Monday 13 May 2024 03:01 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry was snubbed by King Charles, according to a royal expert.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliam told The Mirror: “This has been an extraordinary week with Harry’s spokesperson revealing King Charles has not had the time to see him, which is an obvious snub.

“The Palace revealed that he is appointing William to be Colonel in Chief of the Army Air Corps, which Prince Harry served with during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan which was carefully timed as nothing royal happens accidentally.”

This comes amid the news that sources claim King Charles offered Prince Harry a place to stay but the Duke “turned it down”.

Sources have claimed that Harry’s father, King Charles, had agreed to let his son stay in a royal residence for the trip, but Harry turned it down to stay in a hotel.

ICYMI | Archbishop of Canterbury breaks silence on royal family rift: ‘We must not judge them’

Monday 13 May 2024 02:00 , Barney Davis

Archbishop of Canterbury breaks silence on royal rift: ‘We must not judge them’

Harry is trying to shed his royal skin – but he’s a man who can’t escape his past

Monday 13 May 2024 01:02 , Barney Davis

The sight of Harry flying in, but unable to see his father will have saddened many. But, embarking on a ‘mini royal tour’ in Nigeria isn’t going to help heal family rifts which feel as raw as ever, says Tessa Dunlop.

Read Tessa’s piece in full here:

Harry is trying to shed is royal skin – but he his a man who can’t escape his past

Meghan opens up about ‘sweet children’ Archie and Lilibet at women’s event in Nigeria

Monday 13 May 2024 00:01 , Barney Davis

Meghan Markle opened up about her “very chatty, sweet children” Archie and Lilibet during a talk at a women’s leadership event in Nigeria.

The Duchess of Sussex said “I love being a mum” and had fulfilled her dreams by becoming a parent.

She was speaking at a Women in Leadership event she was co-hosting with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization.

During the panel discussion, Ms Markle also said that the “balance” in her life has changed over the years and looks different to ten years ago before she was married and had Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

“What I think that to mean now is that that balance will always change for you,” she said, Hello magazine reported. “That balance, what seems balanced ten years ago is going to shift.”

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, left, walks alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, right, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, during an event in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday (AP)Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, left, walks alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, right, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, during an event in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday (AP)

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, left, walks alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, right, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, during an event in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday (AP)

The one thing keeping King going through difficult first year as monarch

Sunday 12 May 2024 22:20 , Barney Davis

King Charles has had a tumultuous first year as monarch but there is one thing that has kept him going, according to a royal expert.

Jennie Bond, the ex-BBC Royal correspondent, told OK! magazine: “We are told he spent the weekend at Highgrove gardening and reflecting. And gardening is a wonderful way to ponder on life and all it brings.

“Obviously the King is annoyed and frustrated by the way his cancer diagnosis has stopped him in his tracks.

“But this is the time of year when the garden springs into life and colour; there is new growth all around and, with that, comes new hope.”

Bond added: “His doctors are pleased with his progress and, although he must be so worried about his beloved daughter-in-law, Catherine, he can relax knowing that she is at last getting the peace and privacy she requested.”

Charles and Camilla in Buckingham Palace Gardens on April 10, the day after their 19th wedding anniversary (Millie Pilkington/Buckingham Palace) (PA Wire)Charles and Camilla in Buckingham Palace Gardens on April 10, the day after their 19th wedding anniversary (Millie Pilkington/Buckingham Palace) (PA Wire)

Charles and Camilla in Buckingham Palace Gardens on April 10, the day after their 19th wedding anniversary (Millie Pilkington/Buckingham Palace) (PA Wire)

Prince William makes surprise BAFTA appearance

Sunday 12 May 2024 21:45 , Barney Davis

Prince William beamed into the BAFTA ceremony to present an award to Baroness Floella Benjamin.

Addressing the audience, William said: “Good evening. Tonight we are delighted to recognise Baroness Floella Benjamin’s remarkable achievements as she receives this year’s Fellowship for her ground-breaking work with children and young people; her longstanding commitment to television broadcasting; and for her work as an unwavering champion of inclusion.

“In a career spanning more than five decades, she has touched the lives of millions. She has graced our screens as a much-loved presenter of children’s television, most notably Playschool and Play Away.

“She has also contributed greatly to BAFTA itself – she chaired the BAFTA Television Committee from 1997 to 2000 and established the BAFTA Children’s Awards in 1995.

“Beyond the screen arts, Baroness Benjamin has steadfastly advocated for children’s education and welfare, supported a great number of charitable organisations, tirelessly campaigned for social justice – and as a member of the Windrush Generation – she has given voice to those who faced discrimination upon arrival in the UK.

“She is an actress, author, singer, politician and businesswoman, a beacon of representation and a voice for change.”

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Baroness Floella Benjamin with her Bafta (BBC)

Meghan ‘humbled’ to find out she is 43% Nigerian

Sunday 12 May 2024 20:46 , Barney Davis

The Duchess of Sussex, says it has been “humbling” to find out through a genealogy test that she is partly Nigerian as she met women in the West African nation on Saturday.

On her second day in Nigeria, where she is visiting for the first time with the Duke of Sussex to also promote mental health for wounded soldiers and young girls, Meghan acknowledged Nigeria as “my country”.

She added: “It’s been eye-opening to be able to know more about my heritage.”

“Never in a million years would I understand it as much as I do now. And what has been echoed so much in the past day is, ‘Oh, we are not so surprised when we found out you are Nigerian’,” she said at the event on women in leadership co-hosted by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist and head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

“It is a compliment to you because what they define as a Nigerian woman is brave, resilient, courageous, beautiful,” Meghan told the audience.

The duchess had announced on her podcast in October 2022 that she found out through the DNA-based test that she was “43% Nigerian”.

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Nigeria Meghan (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Prince Harry and King Charles in war of words over whether royals did offer to meet

Sunday 12 May 2024 19:09 , Barney Davis

Differing reports as to whether King Charles offered to meet Prince Harry or vice versa in the last week have been attributed to the lack of co-ordination between the King and Harry’s PR teams.

Royal historian Dr Judith Rowbotham told i: “There is no real connection between their (Sussexes’s) PR team and the King’s PR team because that would be constitutionally improper.

“If they were acting together you could create a situation where the King would be ignoring government restraints.”

In 2020 the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stood down from frontline royal duties, meaning they are no longer “part of the state structure,” according to Dr Rowbotham.

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Queen attends Badminton Horse Trials

Sunday 12 May 2024 17:30 , Barney Davis

The Queen has attended the final day of the Badminton Horse Trials and presented trophies to prize winners to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the event.

Camilla, as patron of British Equestrian, watched the final show-jumping phase of the competition in Gloucestershire and then presented trophies in the arena.

She met guests associated with the trials, including representatives of the British Equestrian Federation, past winners of the competition, as well as volunteers and officials involved with this year’s event.

Images showed the Queen chatting with beauty entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury and the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, Rose Hanbury. She was also seen watching the trials in the grandstand, sitting next to the Duke of Beaufort, Henry Somerset.

A member of the Beaufort Pony Club presented Camilla with a book detailing the trials’ 75-year history and an anniversary model horse.

Queen Camilla presents a trophy to second place rider Lucy Latta (Getty Images)Queen Camilla presents a trophy to second place rider Lucy Latta (Getty Images)

Queen Camilla presents a trophy to second place rider Lucy Latta (Getty Images)

ICYMI: Meghan reveals ‘exciting’ family discovery as she encourages women to empower one another

Sunday 12 May 2024 16:30 , Matt Mathers

Meghan reveals ‘exciting’ family discovery during Nigerian speech

ICYMI: Harry is trying to shed his royal skin – but he’s a man who can’t escape his past

Sunday 12 May 2024 15:59 , Matt Mathers

The sight of Harry flying in, but unable to see his father will have saddened many. But, embarking on a ‘mini royal tour’ in Nigeria isn’t going to help heal family rifts which feel as raw as ever, says Tessa Dunlop.

Read Tessa’s piece in full here:

Harry is trying to shed is royal skin – but he his a man who can’t escape his past

In pictures: Harry and Meghan visit state governor’s residence in Lagos

Sunday 12 May 2024 14:08 , Matt Mathers

More pictures are coming in now of Harry and Meghan’s visit to Lagos in Nigeria.

The Sussexes touched down in Lagos earlier and were greeted with a traditional dance as they stepped off their plane.

Since then they have met with Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor.

Harry and Meghan arrive at the Lagos state governor’s residence (AFP via Getty Images)Harry and Meghan arrive at the Lagos state governor’s residence (AFP via Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan arrive at the Lagos state governor’s residence (AFP via Getty Images)

Babajide Sanwo-Olu  Lagos state governor (L) and Nigeria chief of defense staff Christopher Musa (2ndL), welcome  Harry and Meghan (AFP via Getty Images)Babajide Sanwo-Olu  Lagos state governor (L) and Nigeria chief of defense staff Christopher Musa (2ndL), welcome  Harry and Meghan (AFP via Getty Images)

Babajide Sanwo-Olu Lagos state governor (L) and Nigeria chief of defense staff Christopher Musa (2ndL), welcome Harry and Meghan (AFP via Getty Images)

Babajide Sanwo-Olu with Harry and Meghan (AFP via Getty Images)Babajide Sanwo-Olu with Harry and Meghan (AFP via Getty Images)

Babajide Sanwo-Olu with Harry and Meghan (AFP via Getty Images)

ICYMI: Prince Harry urges children to ‘kick away’ stigma of mental health during Nigeria trip

Sunday 12 May 2024 13:53 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry urges children to ‘kick away’ mental health stigma during Nigeria trip

More organisations to be able to claim official portrait of the King

Sunday 12 May 2024 13:28 , Matt Mathers

Hospitals, coastguard operations centres, job centres, universities, Church of England churches and other public institutions can now apply to have a free official portrait of the King.

They will be able to claim the free framed image from June 5 to mid-August as The King’s Official Portrait Scheme is extended to include more public institutions.

Full report:

More organisations to be able to claim official portrait of the King

Camilla grants first round of royal warrants to firms including Fortnum & Mason

Sunday 12 May 2024 12:30 , Matt Mathers

Fortnum & Mason, the luxury department store, is among the first organisations to be granted a royal warrant by the Queen, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Camilla has appointed seven royal warrant holders which have also received the accolade from the King.

They include Cornwall-based sparkling wine producer and Shane Connolly, the florist for the couple’s 2005 wedding and their Westminster Abbey coronation.

Businesses holding a royal warrant , which is granted for up to five years, are recognised for providing goods or services to the monarchy, and are allowed to use the coat of arms of the royal they are associated with on packaging, as part of advertising or on stationery.

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Queen Camilla (Justin Tallis/PA) (PA Wire)

Harry and Meghan greeted with traditional dance as they arrive in Lagos

Sunday 12 May 2024 11:57 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived in Lagos for the final day of their Nigeria tour.

The Sussexes were greeted with a traditional dance as they stepped off their flight.

The couple watched the performance from a red carpet and were seen clapping along.

Prince Harry arrives in Lagos (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)Prince Harry arrives in Lagos (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)

Prince Harry arrives in Lagos (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)

Locals perform a traditional dance for the Sussexes (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)Locals perform a traditional dance for the Sussexes (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)

Locals perform a traditional dance for the Sussexes (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)

Harry and Meghan watch dance (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)Harry and Meghan watch dance (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)

Harry and Meghan watch dance (sperrypeoplemag/Instagram)

Watch: Meghan reveals ‘exciting’ family discovery as she encourages women to empower one another

Sunday 12 May 2024 10:59 , Matt Mathers

Meghan reveals ‘exciting’ family discovery during Nigerian speech

ICYMI: Meghan Markle reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

Sunday 12 May 2024 10:08 , Matt Mathers

Meghan Markle has opened up about a touching conversation she recently had with Princess Lilibet on the first day of her whistlestop tour of Nigeria.

The couple arrived to a warm welcome in the country this morning (10 May) to begin a three-day tour as private citizens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Full report:

Meghan reveals emotional exchange with daughter Lilibet: ‘I hung onto those words’

Sussexes visit charity that works with Invictus Games

Sunday 12 May 2024 08:55 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited a charity that works with the Invictus Games.

The Sussexes attended an event at Nigeria Unconquered on Saturday – day two of their three day trip to Africa.

The duke also attended an event in the Armed Forces Complex in Abuja.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Nigeria Unconquered, a charity organisation that works in collaboration with the Invictus Games Foundation (Getty Images for The Archewell F)Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Nigeria Unconquered, a charity organisation that works in collaboration with the Invictus Games Foundation (Getty Images for The Archewell F)

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Nigeria Unconquered, a charity organisation that works in collaboration with the Invictus Games Foundation (Getty Images for The Archewell F)

Harry poses for a photo with Nigeria's Chief of General Staff General Christopher Gwabin Musa (2th L) and other participants as he attends the program held in the Armed Forces Complex in Abuja, Nigeria on May 11, 2024. (Photo by Emmanuel Osodi/Anadolu via Getty Images) (Anadolu via Getty Images)Harry poses for a photo with Nigeria's Chief of General Staff General Christopher Gwabin Musa (2th L) and other participants as he attends the program held in the Armed Forces Complex in Abuja, Nigeria on May 11, 2024. (Photo by Emmanuel Osodi/Anadolu via Getty Images) (Anadolu via Getty Images)

Harry poses for a photo with Nigeria’s Chief of General Staff General Christopher Gwabin Musa (2th L) and other participants as he attends the program held in the Armed Forces Complex in Abuja, Nigeria on May 11, 2024. (Photo by Emmanuel Osodi/Anadolu via Getty Images) (Anadolu via Getty Images)

King still ‘wary’ about meeting Harry, friend says

Sunday 12 May 2024 08:15 , Matt Mathers

King Charles is still “wary” about meeting Prince Harry after his son’s exit from the royal family and the “media circus” surrounding visits, a friend has said.

The friend also rubbished the idea that the monarch could not find time to see Harry on his short trip to the UK last week.

“It’s all very sad,” Charles’s friend told The Sunday Times. “While it is true that the King is understandably wary about meeting with Harry, given the publicity circus that seems to surround all such visits, he did of course agree to see his son at the most vulnerable moment of his illness (in February), and at very short notice.

“While he was hardly going to roll out the red carpet the moment this Invictus trip was announced, with doctors advising him to focus on his treatment and recovery, the idea that he refused to find space in his diary … well, let’s say recollections may vary once again.”

King Charles and Prince Harry (AFP/Getty)King Charles and Prince Harry (AFP/Getty)

King Charles and Prince Harry (AFP/Getty)

King agreed to Harry staying at royal residence for trip last week

Sunday 12 May 2024 08:00 , Matt Mathers

The King reportedly agreed to a request from Prince Harry to stay in a royal residence for his trip to the UK last week.

Charles agreed because he was mindful that his son no longer has an official residence in the UK, The Sunday Times reported.

But Harry decided to stay at a hotel during his three-day visit, the paper said.

Charles and Harry (Getty)Charles and Harry (Getty)

Charles and Harry (Getty)

ICYMI: ‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students on ‘official’ trip to Nigeria with Meghan

Sunday 12 May 2024 07:30 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry spoke movingly about mental health while visiting a school in Nigeria on Friday – telling students that there is “no shame” in having a bad day.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, opened up about the bereavements he has suffered in his life, telling the young people that it is okay to acknowledge difficult feelings.

Full report:

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students

Watch: Prince Harry enjoys game of sitting volleyball as Meghan cheers him on during Nigeria visit

Sunday 12 May 2024 07:04 , Matt Mathers

Harry enjoys game of sitting volleyball as Meghan cheers him on during Nigeria visit

Timeline of King Charles and Prince Harry’s deteriorating relationship after Megxit

Sunday 12 May 2024 06:00 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry’s relationship with the royal family has grown increasingly fractured since he and the Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals in 2020.

At the time, the couple promised to still “regularly” visit the UK, but after leaving almost four years ago, they have only returned from their new home in California a handful of times.

Meghan has not been in the country since the Queen’s funeral in September 2020 and she chose to skip King Charles’s coronation in May of last year.

How Prince Harry and King Charles’s relationship fractured after Megxit

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students on ‘official’ trip to Nigeria with Meghan

Sunday 12 May 2024 04:30 , Barney Davis

‘There’s no shame in having a bad day’ Harry tells students

King Charles looking for security guard for Holyroodhouse

Sunday 12 May 2024 03:23 , Barney Davis

King Charles is hiring a new security officer for his Scottish residence, Holyroodhouse at £26k per annum.

A job description was shared on the official website for the royal household, explaining the role’s demands.

According to the website, the role requires the new officer to be a welcoming face for visitors, conduct patrols, maintain a safe environment, check fire equipment and to be a first-responder in the event of an incident among other important things.

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Britain Coronation One Year (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Harry and Meghan’s selfie with school children

Sunday 12 May 2024 02:30 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle brought fun to the school they visited in the Nigerian capital of Abuja today.

Not only did they dance and play games with the children, but they also happily posed for selfies – with Harry appearing to take the opportunity to pull a silly face.

The couple arrived in the country this morning after flying over from London’s Heathrow Airport, where they reunited.

 (AFP/Getty) (AFP/Getty)

(AFP/Getty)

King Charles didn’t snub Harry- friend claims

Sunday 12 May 2024 00:15 , Barney Davis

A royal insiderhas heavily disputed claims that King Charles refused to meet Prince Harry during the Duke of Sussex’s recent flying visit to the UK.

Speaking to The Times, an unnamed close friend of Charles’ reportedly said: “While it is true that the King is understandably wary about meeting with Harry, given the publicity circus that seems to surround all such visits, he did of course agree to see his son at the most vulnerable moment of his illness (back in February) and at very short notice.

“While he was hardly going to roll out the red carpet the moment this Invictus trip was announced, with doctors advising him to focus on his treatment and recovery, the idea that he refused to find space in his diary … well, let’s say recollections may vary once again.”

 (AFP/Getty) (AFP/Getty)

(AFP/Getty)