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King Charles 'saw "tremendous flickers of hope" speaking to Harry and Meghan', royal insiders say

King Charles (bottom left) 'saw "tremendous flickers of hope" when he spoke to Prince Harry (top left) and Meghan Markle (top right) at the Queen's funeral and believes he might even be able to mend the relationship', royal insiders have revealed

Hopes of a thaw in the ‘cold war’ between The Firm and the Sussexes emerged last night after royal insiders revealed that King Charles saw ‘tremendous flickers of hope’ when he spoke to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Queen’s funeral – and even believes he might even be able to salvage the relationship with the duke and duchess.

The King’s conversations with his son and daughter-in-law at the ceremonies for the late monarch at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle left him feeling hopeful that he could mend relations with the Sussex after their acrimonious departure from the royal family.

An insider told The Telegraph: ‘It remains the case that the King loves both of his children.

‘Over the last 16 days or so, there were tremendous flickers of hope. In terms of the future, there is hope of a cause for unity.’

Among the many challenges facing the King in his reign, including modernising Britain’s ancient monarchy, will be how to deal with the duke of duchess, who plunged The Firm into crisis after quitting public duties for a life free from royal obligations in California – from where they have made a string of damaging allegations against the institution. 

In his first address to the nation as monarch, the King appeared to extend an ‘olive branch’ to the couple. However, others believe it was no more than a PR bid for unity in the hours after the Queen’s death. In the run-up to the funeral, Harry was apparently banned from wearing military uniform on the day, and he and Meghan were reportedly uninvited from a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the King for VIPs including foreign royalty, prime ministers and presidents. 

King Charles (bottom left) 'saw "tremendous flickers of hope" when he spoke to Prince Harry (top left) and Meghan Markle (top right) at the Queen's funeral and believes he might even be able to mend the relationship', royal insiders have revealed

King Charles (bottom left) ‘saw ‘tremendous flickers of hope’ when he spoke to Prince Harry (top left) and Meghan Markle (top right) at the Queen’s funeral and believes he might even be able to mend the relationship’, royal insiders have revealed

The monarch (centre left) held conversations with his son (centre) and daughter-in-law that have left him feeling hopeful as the Royal Family came together to grieve in the wake of the late Queen's death

The monarch (centre left) held conversations with his son (centre) and daughter-in-law that have left him feeling hopeful as the Royal Family came together to grieve in the wake of the late Queen’s death

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II being carried during the procession on the day of her funeral

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II being carried during the procession on the day of her funeral

This comes after a number of revelations regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

A bombshell book has claimed the couple had hoped to move into a ‘suite of apartments at Windsor Castle’ but were given Frogmore Cottage instead.

Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 41, reportedly had their hearts set on a home in the heart of the Queen’s Berkshire residence but were left disappointed, according to claims published in Katie Nicholl’s book, The New Royals.

‘When Harry and Meghan announced their wish to move out of Kensington Palace, the Queen offered them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor Great Park as their new home,’ Nicholl writes, in an extract first published in the Mail On Sunday. 

‘This was not the suite of apartments at Windsor Castle they had hoped for. It was a generous gesture nonetheless, recalled Lady Elizabeth Anson, who died in 2020. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had hoped to move into a 'suite of apartments at Windsor Castle' but were given Frogmore Cottage instead, a bombshell book claims. Pictured, the Queen with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had hoped to move into a ‘suite of apartments at Windsor Castle’ but were given Frogmore Cottage instead, a bombshell book claims. Pictured, the Queen with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly had their hearts set on a home in the heart of the Queen's Berkshire bolthole but were left disappointed, according to claims published in Katie Nicholl's book, The New Royals. Pictured, the couple in London last week

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly had their hearts set on a home in the heart of the Queen’s Berkshire bolthole but were left disappointed, according to claims published in Katie Nicholl’s book, The New Royals. Pictured, the couple in London last week 

Lady Elizabeth Anson, who was a close friend of the Queen and died in 2020 claimed that the Sussexes hoped for a suite of apartments at the royal residence of Windsor Castle (pictured) following their relocation from Kensington Palace in 2018. But the Queen gifted them Frogmore Cottage

Lady Elizabeth Anson, who was a close friend of the Queen and died in 2020 claimed that the Sussexes hoped for a suite of apartments at the royal residence of Windsor Castle (pictured) following their relocation from Kensington Palace in 2018. But the Queen gifted them Frogmore Cottage

The Queen gifted Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage in 2018

The Queen gifted them Frogmore Cottage (pictured)

”The cottage was a big deal,’ she said. ‘The Queen’s entrance into the gardens is right next to their cottage. 

‘It is essentially her back yard, her solitude, and her privacy. She was giving that up in gifting Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage. We all thought it was very big of her. She said, ‘I hope they’ll respect it.”

‘In April 2019, the couple finally moved in. Then, the following month, Buckingham Palace announced a still more significant departure: Harry and Meghan were moving their Royal Household – effectively their office – from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace.’

The move was particularly significant because it signalled the end of Harry and William’s ‘double act’, Nicholl notes, and was ‘deeply disappointing’ for the Queen. 

Elsewhere Nicholl claims the late Queen was surprised that divorcee Meghan opted for a white wedding dress – and also told the Duchess off for chastising a kitchen worker who was preparing her a special meal.

The author said: ‘[Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s] wedding day was a great success, although the Queen had reservations about the pure white of Meghan’s Givenchy dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller.

‘According to a source: ‘The Queen was surprised that Meghan wore pure white on her wedding day. Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but she believes if you’ve been married before, you wear off-white on your wedding day, which is what the Duchess of Cornwall did.’

‘Keen to support anyone marrying into her family, however, the Queen did her best to get to know the new Duchess.’

She continued: ‘Meghan’s direct approach had even come to the notice of the Queen. On one occasion in the run-up to the wedding, Meghan went to Windsor Castle for a menu-tasting and ended up having a tense exchange with a member of staff, according to one source.

The month after the Sussexes moved from Windsor, the couple relocated their office from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace, effectively ending the Harry and William 'double act'. Pictured, the couples during a walkabout at Windsor Castle following the Queen's death

The month after the Sussexes moved from Windsor, the couple relocated their office from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace, effectively ending the Harry and William ‘double act’. Pictured, the couples during a walkabout at Windsor Castle following the Queen’s death

‘Meghan was at the castle to taste some of the dishes, and told one of the caterers she could taste egg,’ said the source. ‘She got quite upset, saying that the dish was meant to be vegan and macrobiotic, when suddenly the Queen walked in and said. ‘Meghan, in this family we don’t speak to people like that.” 

Royal editor Nicholl has published one of two bombshell books that make explosive claims about the Royal Family. 

A second, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, claims Meghan believed she would be the ‘Beyoncé of the UK’ when she married Prince Harry, before she found that she hated the strict rules of royal life and later sensationally quit her duties. 

The book, which was previewed in The Times, also ran allegations that the Queen was forced to put her foot down over Megxit and told the Sussexes they were ‘either in or out’ at the crunch Sandringham summit where the royals decided Harry and Meghan’s future.

Mr Low said that the royals met at a so-called ‘Sandringham summit’ five days after the Duke and Duchess announced their plans to step down as senior working royals on January 8, 2020.

During initial deliberations, the Queen wanted all four royal households to work together quickly in order to find a solution.

Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, claims Meghan believed she would be the 'Beyoncé of the UK' when she married Prince Harry, before she found that she hated the strict rules of royal life and later sensationally quit her duties

Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, claims Meghan believed she would be the ‘Beyoncé of the UK’ when she married Prince Harry, before she found that she hated the strict rules of royal life and later sensationally quit her duties 

In the days that followed, meetings were held at Clarence House, then Prince Charles’ home, including secretaries from the four households, before discussions moved to Buckingham Palace.

Meghan Markle is set to take home an honorary gong at the celeb-studded GQ Men Of The Year Awards in recognition of her charity work, reports claim 

Meghan Markle is in line to take home a prize at the glitzy 2022 GQ Men of the Year Awards in London, it has been reported. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, is set to receive ‘one of the top awards of the evening’ at the event, which will be held at the Tate Modern on November 16, an unnamed source told The Sun.

Meghan, who will reportedly receive an honorary award in recognition of her charity work, is expected to attend the annual bash, which often attracts A-listers like the Beckhams, Ed Sheeran and Idris Elba. 

Last year, the Duke of Sussex appeared at the awards live from California via video link. Tickets for the awards show cost £5,999. 

An unnamed source told The Sun that the Duchess has been offered ‘one of the top awards of the evening’ for charity work, describing it as a ‘massive coup’ for her.

The source added: ‘She already has a close relationship with GQ due to her friendship with Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful which is also owned by Conde Nast.

‘Edward is very much seen as a friend rather than a business acquaintance.’ 

The awards, which will be held in November, usually take place in September, but were reportedly moved to accommodate the Sussexes, the source claimed.

Initially set to take place on September 7, the bash was postponed, with the source telling the Sun that Meghan would not have been able to attend as she was undertaking a mini tour of Europe with Prince Harry at the time.

The source added: ‘Talks about the evening were already happening before The Queen’s passing so no doubt things will have to be re-evaluated to make sure it’s as respectful as possible.’

Simon Case, Prince William’s private secretary, was also involved, ‘talking to both sides’, the newspaper reported.

These included five possible scenarios including giving the Duke and Duchess a month each year for their own activities, or taking on only a small number of engagements and spending most of their time doing other things.

As part of these options, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain – either for themselves or friends – would apply.

A former palace insider said: ‘I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK. Being part of the royal family would give her that kudos.

‘Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn’t even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough.’

But another called it an impossible task, with the two worlds of royalty and celebrity unable to comprehend each other.

They said that the Duchess would be unable to fit the model of a working royal, with the palace unable to accept ‘who she wanted to be’.

Mr Low writes that it was the monarch herself who felt that unless the couple were willing to follow the rules which apply to all working royals, they would ‘not be allowed to carry out official duties’.

‘There was a very clear view: you can’t be in and out,’ a source told Mr Low. ‘And if you’ve got such clarity of view, it’s very difficult to say, ‘Why don’t we go 10 per cent this way instead of 20 per cent?”

This meant that compromise was taken off the table by the Queen, the author said.

He also claimed that the couple felt ‘cornered and misunderstood’ by the Palace due to ‘initial inflexibility’ surrounding their request.

Prince Harry initially sent an email to his father, then Prince Charles, regarding their concerns and desire to move to the US, but was told that it required a ‘proper family conversation’ that could not be held until at least January 29, 2020.

This, Mr Low wrote, was received badly by the couple, who had hoped to quickly resolve the matter following their request.

The response prompted the prince to organise a private meeting with the Queen, but this was cancelled, with Harry being told that she was no longer available and had been confused about her diary arrangements.

Courtiers saw the meeting as a chance for the Duke to win the Queen’s support first, before beginning wider talks with the royal family.

‘There was a danger that a private conversation could be interpreted very differently by two people,’ a source told Mr Low.

The author added that Harry considered driving unannounced to Sandringham to speak to the Queen, but decided against the move.

A different bombshell book has claimed Meghan Markle believed she would be the ‘Beyoncé of the UK’ when she married Prince Harry, before she found that she hated the strict rules of royal life and later sensationally quit her duties as the Duchess of Sussex.

The explosive extracts of the forthcoming book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, were published by The Times today.

Insiders have claimed the duchess believed that she would become Britain’s Beyoncé upon marrying the Queen’s grandson – but was disillusioned by the strict protocols and rules of life as a working member of the royal family and felt increasingly ‘cornered and misunderstood’ by The Firm.

The book also ran allegations that the Queen was forced to put her foot down over Megxit and told the Sussexes they were ‘either in or out’ at the crunch Sandringham summit where the royals decided Harry and Meghan’s future.

A new book claims the Duchess of Sussex struggled with the rules of being a working royal, and had hoped to be the 'Beyoncé of the UK' - mixing celebrity with royalty

A new book claims the Duchess of Sussex struggled with the rules of being a working royal, and had hoped to be the ‘Beyoncé of the UK’ – mixing celebrity with royalty

Meghan Markle thought that she would be the Beyoncé of the UK when she married Prince Harry, a bombshell new book has claimed. Pictured, the Sussexes meeting Beyonce and Jay-Z (R) on July 14, 2019

Meghan Markle thought that she would be the Beyoncé of the UK when she married Prince Harry, a bombshell new book has claimed. Pictured, the Sussexes meeting Beyonce and Jay-Z (R) on July 14, 2019 

It also reported that the Queen put her foot down and told Prince Harry and Meghan that they were either in or out as working royals

It also reported that the Queen put her foot down and told Prince Harry and Meghan that they were either in or out as working royals 

Prince Harry organised a private meeting with the Queen, but this was cancelled, with Harry told that she was not available

Prince Harry organised a private meeting with the Queen, but this was cancelled, with Harry told that she was not available

Mr Low said that the royals met at a so-called ‘Sandringham summit’ five days after the Duke and Duchess announced their Megxit plans on January 8, 2020.

During initial deliberations, the Queen wanted all four royal households to work together quickly in order to find a solution.

In the days that followed, meetings were held at Clarence House, then Prince Charles’ home, including secretaries from the four households, before discussions moved to Buckingham Palace.

Simon Case, Prince William’s private secretary, was also involved, ‘talking to both sides’, the newspaper reported. 

These included five possible scenarios including giving the Duke and Duchess a month each year for their own activities, or taking on only a small number of engagements and spending most of their time doing other things.

As part of these options, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain – either for themselves or friends – would apply.

A former palace insider said: ‘I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK. Being part of the royal family would give her that kudos. Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn’t even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough.’

But another called it an impossible task, with the two worlds of royalty and celebrity unable to comprehend each other.

They said that the Duchess would be unable to fit the model of a working royal, with the palace unable to accept ‘who she wanted to be’.

As part of these options for Harry and Meghan, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain - either for themselves or friends - would apply

As part of these options for Harry and Meghan, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain – either for themselves or friends – would apply

Many insiders have alleged they were bullied while working for the Sussexes. One said: 'There were a lot of broken people. Young women were broken by their behaviour'

Many insiders have alleged they were bullied while working for the Sussexes. One said: ‘There were a lot of broken people. Young women were broken by their behaviour’

The Prince and Princess of Wales had to ‘up their game’ when Meghan Markle arrived

Kate Middleton and Prince William felt they had to ‘up their game’ when Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry and charmed members of the public, a new book has claimed.

In The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown by Katie Nicholl, the author writes about the Duchess of Sussex’s first public engagements after she and Prince Harry went public with their relationship.

In her new book, Nicholl claims Meghan’s first public appearance as a board member of the Foundation was a ‘wake-up call’ for Kate and William, The Mirror reports.

In February 2018, the ‘Fab Four’ took part in a forum for the Royal Foundation, during which they talked about their charitable projects.

However, Nicholl wrote in her book that Meghan was the ‘breakout star’ of the foursome, showcasing her wit and charm as she spoke on the panel and answered questions.

She quoted a source who said: ‘That was a wake-up moment for William and Kate when they realised that Meghan was very impressive, very confident and very capable.’ 

Mr Low writes that it was the monarch herself who felt that unless the couple were willing to follow the rules which apply to all working royals, they would ‘not be allowed to carry out official duties’. 

‘There was a very clear view: you can’t be in and out,’ a source told Mr Low. ‘And if you’ve got such clarity of view, it’s very difficult to say, ‘Why don’t we go 10 per cent this way instead of 20 per cent?”

This meant that compromise was taken off the table by the Queen, the author said.

He also claimed that the couple felt ‘cornered and misunderstood’ by the Palace due to ‘initial inflexibility’ surrounding their request.

Prince Harry initially sent an email to his father, then Prince Charles, regarding their concerns and desire to move to the US, but was told that it required a ‘proper family conversation’ that could not be held until at least January 29, 2020.

This, Mr Low wrote, was received badly by the couple, who had hoped to quickly resolve the matter following their request.

The response prompted the prince to organise a private meeting with the Queen, but this was cancelled, with Harry being told that she was no longer available and had been confused about her diary arrangements. 

Courtiers saw the meeting as a chance for the Duke to win the Queen’s support first, before beginning wider talks with the royal family.

‘There was a danger that a private conversation could be interpreted very differently by two people,’ a source told Mr Low.

The author added that Harry considered driving unannounced to Sandringham to speak to the Queen, but decided against the move.

It comes as palace aides claimed Meghan moaned she wasn’t getting paid for royal tours, agreed to the Oprah interview six months before Megxit and reduced staff to tears with bullying and tantrums in Mr Low’s book.

The new book claims that during the royal tour of Australia in October 2018, Meghan did not understand why she had to shake people’s hands or do walkabouts.

Staff reportedly heard her say: ‘I can’t believe I’m not getting paid for this.’

In The Times, Mr Low also describes the Duchess of Sussex’s attitude towards her staff, describing a meeting where Meghan allegedly lambasted a young female member in front of colleagues over a plan she had presented.

After the woman told her that it would be difficult to execute a new plan, Meghan said: ‘Don’t worry. If there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you.’

Meghan is said to have berated staff repeatedly, including one occasion when an employee fell foul of the duchess over a mixup involving press at an engagement.

The Duchess’s lawyers denied last year that any of the staff were bullied and added that they were grateful for Miss Cohen’s support and dedication. 

From left: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William speaking at a forum for the Royal Foundation in 2018

From left: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William speaking at a forum for the Royal Foundation in 2018

Palace staff have claimed Meghan agreed to the couple's bombshell Oprah interview months before they left royal duties and moved to the US

Palace staff have claimed Meghan agreed to the couple’s bombshell Oprah interview months before they left royal duties and moved to the US 

Elsewhere, it claimed that in August 2019, before their Africa tour, the couple’s US team were working on several deals including with Netflix, Harry’s mental heath series for Apple+, Meghan’s Disney voiceover and an interview with Oprah Winfrey slated for the autumn.

Samantha Cohen, the Queen’s former assistant private secretary, advised them to also do an interview with the British media, suggesting Tom Bradby of ITV.

Meghan was reportedly reluctant, however the Duke of Sussex agreed on the condition that they did not do the interview together or appear in the same shot as this would be contrary to their Oprah deal. 

Palace sources also claimed the couple were constantly being sent gifts from fashion, perfume and jewellery companies when they lived at Kensington Palace.

Their PA refused the luxury items, sticking to the protocol that members of the royal family do not accept commercial gifts, which is claimed led to clashes with Meghan.

Prince Harry recently launched a last-minute bid to tone down his bombshell autobiography amid fears his final draft ‘might not go down too well’ in the wake of the Queen’s death, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke – who is writing the book as part of a near £40 million three-title deal – has asked to make some significant alterations.

His request may be seen as a sign that he is ready to take a more conciliatory approach to the rest of the Royal Family, but could cause problems for his publishers.

‘Harry has thrown a spanner in the works,’ a source said. ‘He is keen for refinements in the light of the Queen’s death, her funeral and his father Charles taking the throne.

‘There may be things in the book which might not look so good if they come out so soon after these events. He wants sections changed now. It’s not a total rewrite by any means. He desperately wants to make changes. But it might be too late.’

Prince Harry has launched a last-minute bid to tone down his bombshell autobiography amid fears his final draft ¿might not go down too well¿ in the wake of the Queen¿s death

Prince Harry has launched a last-minute bid to tone down his bombshell autobiography amid fears his final draft ‘might not go down too well’ in the wake of the Queen’s death

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke ¿ who is writing the book as part of a near £40million three-title deal ¿ has asked to make some significant alterations

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke – who is writing the book as part of a near £40million three-title deal – has asked to make some significant alterations

Publishing sources suggested that the Duke might have limited ¿wriggle room¿ given he was handed a seven-figure advance

Publishing sources suggested that the Duke might have limited ‘wriggle room’ given he was handed a seven-figure advance

Publishing sources suggested that the Duke might have limited ‘wriggle room’ given he was handed a seven-figure advance.

Publishers Penguin Random House had already demanded a rewrite after the first draft was deemed ‘too touchy-feely’ and placed too much focus on mental health issues, The Mail on Sunday understands.

The development comes as another new book makes a series of explosive claims about Harry and his wife Meghan – although it is not clear whether the Duke now plans to address any of these fresh allegations in his memoirs, which he has billed as an ‘accurate and wholly truthful’ account of his life.

Among the damaging claims in the new book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown, Royal author Valentine Low alleges that:

l Meghan moaned about public engagements and walkabouts, saying: ‘I can’t believe I’m not getting paid for this’;

l The Duchess bullied staff, reducing some to tears, and commented that ‘it’s not my job to coddle people’;

l Harry and Meghan’s team went on to call themselves the ‘Sussex Survivors’ Club’ and described Meghan as a ‘narcissistic sociopath’, according to sources;

l One former staff member said they believed Meghan wanted to be ‘rejected’ by the Royal Family ‘because she was obsessed with that narrative from day one’;

l Harry sent ‘horrible emails’ to Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, and Clive Alderton, Charles’s private secretary;

l When Harry and Meghan went to Canada in November 2019, their plans were so secret even their nanny didn’t know where they were going until the plane was in the air;

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke ¿ who is writing the book as part of a near £40million three-title deal ¿ has asked to make some significant alterations.

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke – who is writing the book as part of a near £40million three-title deal – has asked to make some significant alterations.

A truce appeared to be in place when William invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and wife Kate on the walkabout in Windsor as an expression of ¿unity for the Queen¿, but, the body language suggested the rift was far from heal

A truce appeared to be in place when William invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and wife Kate on the walkabout in Windsor as an expression of ‘unity for the Queen’, but, the body language suggested the rift was far from heal

The King, then Prince of Wales, was only told of the memoir minutes before the press release announcing it went out

The King, then Prince of Wales, was only told of the memoir minutes before the press release announcing it went out

l Harry feared he would ‘become irrelevant’ when his nephew Prince George – second in line to the throne – turned 18;

l Meghan rang one aide every ten minutes on a Friday night while they were out at dinner, then continued calling the following day;

l The Duchess clashed with courtiers over not being allowed to keep clothes and jewellery given to her for free;

l Six months before her engagement to Harry was announced, Meghan told a palace aide: ‘We both know I’m going to be one of your bosses soon.’

Another new book, The New Royals by Katie Nicholl, serialised today in The Mail on Sunday, reveals that the Queen was surprised divorcee Meghan wore pure white for her wedding.

Publishers Penguin Random House had already demanded a rewrite after the first draft was deemed ¿too touchy-feely¿ and placed too much focus on mental health issues, The Mail on Sunday understands

Publishers Penguin Random House had already demanded a rewrite after the first draft was deemed ‘too touchy-feely’ and placed too much focus on mental health issues, The Mail on Sunday understands

Harry and Meghan have also spent more time with the Royal Family since the Queen¿s death than at any time since Megxit more than two and half years ago

Harry and Meghan have also spent more time with the Royal Family since the Queen’s death than at any time since Megxit more than two and half years ago

The New Royals by Katie Nicholl, serialised today in The Mail on Sunday, reveals that the Queen was surprised divorcee Meghan wore pure white for her wedding

The New Royals by Katie Nicholl, serialised today in The Mail on Sunday, reveals that the Queen was surprised divorcee Meghan wore pure white for her wedding

‘Meghan, Dad treated you like a princess your whole life, it’s not too late to make amends’: Thomas Markle ‘hopes to heal rift with duchess after Harry and William put differences aside at the Queen’s funeral’

ByJonathan Rose For Mailonline

Thomas Markle is hoping to heal the rift with his daughter after Harry and William put aside their differences at the Queen’s funeral.

The Duke of Sussex and Prince of Wales put aside their feud for a united front to remember the monarch, and again showed that they could at least be on speaking terms as they interacted with each other in the chapel at Windsor Castle. 

The 78-year-old watched the service with his son Thomas Jr and was bolstered by the show of royal unity between the brothers.

Thomas Jr – Meghan’s half-brother – told the Sunday Mirror: ‘We both watched clips of the Queen’s funeral together. 

‘I was overcome with emotion at how every person spectating was honoured to be there and respectful.’

Addressing Meghan directly, he added: ‘Dad treated you like a princess your entire life and deserves the respect.

‘You didn’t call him for his heart attacks or stroke, but it’s never too late.’

Thomas Markle is hoping to heal the rift with his daughter after Harry and William put aside their differences at the Queen's funeral

Thomas Markle is hoping to heal the rift with his daughter after Harry and William put aside their differences at the Queen’s funeral

Thomas paid tribute to the Queen after she passed away at Balmoral aged 96 – calling it ‘the end of an era’.

Meghan’s father said the devastating update was ‘truly a loss to the world’. 

Thomas, who never met Her Majesty due to the fallout with his daughter before her wedding, added it ‘feels like we’ve all lost a member of our family’.

Markle told DailyMail.com: ‘My heart goes out to the Royal Family and to the British people for their loss of the most-loved and admired Queen Elizabeth.

‘Her service, grace and devotion signals the end of an era and she will always be cherished in our memories.

‘Truly a loss to the world.’ He added: ‘In a way it feels like we’ve all lost a member of our family.’

Thomas hit out at Meghan’s claims she had ‘lost’ him – and accused her of throwing people ‘under the bus’.

It came after she appeared to say Prince Harry had spoken of a breakdown in relations with Prince Charles following his decision to move to the US.

The brothers put aside their feud for a united front to remember the monarch, and again showed that they could at least be on speaking terms as they interacted with each other in the chapel at Windsor Castle

The brothers put aside their feud for a united front to remember the monarch, and again showed that they could at least be on speaking terms as they interacted with each other in the chapel at Windsor Castle

Hours after her remarks were published in The Cut magazine, however, Meghan’s unofficial spokesman Omid Scobie wrote on social media: ‘I understand that Prince Harry is actually referring to Meghan’s loss of her own father, and Meghan is saying she doesn’t want Harry to lose his.’

Mr Markle, who suffered a blood clot on his brain earlier this year, said: ‘I am still very ill and trying to recover from the stroke in May. Yet every time she opens her mouth she brings me into [the story]. It never ends.’

Speaking falteringly to The Mail on Sunday from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, he said: ‘She didn’t ‘lose’ me, she dumped me.

‘I am not lost. She knows where to find me. My number hasn’t changed. I would love to hear from my daughter and meet my son-in-law and my grandkids for the first time.’ 

The Duke revealed last year that he was working on a book of his own, saying he would be writing ‘not as the Prince I was born, but as the man I have become’.

No date has officially been announced for its release but American sources have suggested that publishers will want it in shops in time for Thanksgiving on November 24, ready for the lucrative Christmas market.

In a statement announcing the global publishing deal, Penguin Random House described it as ‘an intimate and heartfelt memoir’, promising that ‘Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait’.

The publishers added that the book would cover Harry’s ‘lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the front lines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father’.

The Mail on Sunday has established that the publishers paid an advance of $20 million (£18.4 million) for the book as part of a three-title deal worth £36.8 million

A source said: ‘The publishers paid $20 million up front because they knew whatever was written would be huge for sales and exposure all around the world. But the first draft they received was apparently viewed as a bit too touchy-feely and focused far more on mental health issues than they wanted. Eventually, the final draft has been finished and signed off and a lot of money and energy has been spent to make sure it comes out this year.’

However, Harry’s requests for late changes might have an impact on the timetable.

It is unclear what edits he wants to make, but it is thought his decision has been influenced by the events of the past weeks, as he witnessed first-hand the public’s huge outpouring of support for the monarchy.

Harry and Meghan have also spent more time with the Royal Family since the Queen’s death than at any time since Megxit more than two and half years ago. They were in the UK for non-Royal charity events when Her Majesty died on the day before they were due to fly back home to Montecito, California. And in the aftermath of his grandmother’s death, Harry struck a fragile truce with his brother William – appearing together for a walkabout among well-wishers in Windsor following the funeral.

The contents of Harry’s book are likely to be kept top secret and palace aides have revealed that no members of the Royal Family have been offered the chance to see any of it before it becomes public. When the publishing deal was announced in July 2021, only the Queen was given advance warning.

The King, then Prince of Wales, was only told of the memoir minutes before the press release announcing it went out. In that statement, the Duke said: ‘I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.

‘I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.’

One palace insider said: ‘The first announcement was something of a shock. We have now spent a long time waiting to see what is in it and, frankly, we just want to get it out of the way so everyone can move on.’

However aides are braced for the worst, particularly after Harry’s outspoken criticisms of his family and the monarchy. During the Sussexes’ notorious interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, they accused the Royal Family of racism and Harry claimed Charles had ‘literally cut me off financially’.

Harry, 38, was said to have been further upset at some of the events surrounding the Queen’s death.

He was dismayed after being told that Meghan, 41, was not invited to join him in flying up to Balmoral to be by his dying grandmother’s bedside. Later, he reportedly failed to accept an invitation to join his father for supper at Birkhall, his private home nearby.

A truce appeared to be in place when William invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and wife Kate on the walkabout in Windsor as an expression of ‘unity for the Queen’, but, the body language suggested the rift was far from healed.

Penguin Random House – which also released Meghan’s children’s book The Bench – initially said that Harry’s memoirs were due out in ‘late 2022’. But the book was not included in a recent list of titles set to be released in the coming months, sparking speculation that it may be delayed until next year.

It has been ghost-written by Pulitzer Prize-winning American author JR Moehringer, who previously worked on the memoirs of retired tennis star Andre Agassi.

Neither Penguin Random House nor the Duke’s representatives responded to a request for comment. 

Four special stamps featuring gorgeous portraits of the Queen through the years will go on sale in November

Four stamps that feature portraits of the Queen will be released in her memory, the Royal Mail has announced.

The new stamps – the first set to be approved by King Charles III – will go on general sale from November 10 and will feature images of the late monarch through the years.

A photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1952 to mark the Queen’s accession and coronation will feature on second-class stamps, while the first-class stamp will include a photo taken by Cecil Beaton in 1968 in which the monarch is standing in her admiral’s cloak with her head tilted to the left.

A portrait taken in November 1984 by Yousuf Karsh will appear on £1.85 stamps, and a photo taken by Tim Graham in 1996 while the Queen attended a banquet at Prague Castle during her visit to the Czech Republic will be the image on the £2.55 stamps.

The first-class stamp will include a photo taken by Cecil Beaton in 1968 in which the monarch is standing in her admiral's cloak with her head tilted to the left

The first-class stamp will include a photo taken by Cecil Beaton in 1968 in which the monarch is standing in her admiral’s cloak with her head tilted to the left

A photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1952 to mark the Queen's accession and coronation will feature on second-class stamps

A photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1952 to mark the Queen’s accession and coronation will feature on second-class stamps 

A portrait taken in November 1984 by Yousuf Karsh will appear on £1.85 stamps. The new stamps – the first set to be approved by King Charles III – will go on general sale from November 10

A portrait taken in November 1984 by Yousuf Karsh will appear on £1.85 stamps. The new stamps – the first set to be approved by King Charles III – will go on general sale from November 10

A photo taken by Tim Graham in 1996 while the Queen attended a banquet at Prague Castle during her visit to the Czech Republic will be the image on the £2.55 stamps

A photo taken by Tim Graham in 1996 while the Queen attended a banquet at Prague Castle during her visit to the Czech Republic will be the image on the £2.55 stamps

All four stamp images were released in the Golden Jubilee stamp issue in 2002 and were approved by the late Queen for issue that year

All four stamp images were released in the Golden Jubilee stamp issue in 2002 and were approved by the late Queen for issue that year

All four stamp images were released in the Golden Jubilee stamp issue in 2002 and were approved by the late Queen for issue that year.

Simon Thompson, chief executive of Royal Mail, said: ‘For the past 70 years every British stamp has been personally approved by Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

‘Today we are unveiling these stamps, the first to be approved by His Majesty The King, in tribute to a woman whose commitment to public service and duty was unparalleled in the history of this country.’

A presentation pack of all four stamps will retail at £6.95 and is available to pre-order on the Royal Mail’s website.

The Royal Mail has also confirmed the King’s image will replace the Queen on new 1st and 2nd Class definitive stamps, as well as all those of other values. Issues of special stamps will also feature a silhouette of Charles.

‘New stamps featuring King Charles will enter circulation once current stocks of stamps are exhausted,’ the Royal Mail said.

The images of the new stamps, and the timings of their release, and the new silhouette will be revealed at a later date.

The Royal Mail said: ‘In line with guidance from the Royal Household, to minimise the environmental and financial impact of the change of monarch, existing stocks of definitive stamps that feature the late Queen and the special stamps which use her silhouette, will be distributed and issued as planned. The launch dates of some of the special stamps may change.’

Back to work: King Charles and the royal family return to official duties after period of mourning for The Queen

The monarchy and their households are returning to official duties as the period of royal mourning in memory of the late Queen ends.

Flags at royal residences will remain at half-mast until 8am today, while the Prince and Princess of Wales are to visit the nation for the first time since taking up their titles.

Since the death of the Queen on September 8, the royal family has only carried out official duties where appropriate, and its members have dressed in black as a mark of respect when in public.

From today they will be able to carry out their normal official roles in full after observing the seven-day period of mourning.

William and Kate will spend the day travelling the length of Wales, first visiting Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales, and then travelling to Swansea in South West Wales.

The royal couple had promised to visit at the earliest opportunity following the death of the Queen, and return hoping to begin ‘deepening the trust and respect’ they have with the people of Wales.

The last official visit the pair made to Wales was as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Cardiff Castle in June, where rehearsals for the Platinum Jubilee concert were taking place.

Charles carried out one official engagement during royal mourning, holding a telephone audience with the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng on Thursday evening, the eve of his tax-cutting mini budget.

The Prince and Princess of Wales praised volunteers and operational staff they met at Windsor that day, for their efforts at events surrounding the Queen’s committal service.

The King travelled to Scotland soon after the Queen’s funeral last Monday and could remain at his home of Birkhall into early October, following the tradition set by the late monarch.

The Queen would normally spend around 10 weeks at her Scottish home during summer, returning to London around the time the autumn session of Parliament began.

Planning is likely to be under way for Charles’ coronation and Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in south London heard the suggestion a date has been set for the national event expected next year.

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