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THE BBC look set to finish filming a special programme honouring the late Prince Phillip.

Plans for the hour-long show include interviews with many members of the royal family and it is understood that both Prince Harry and Prince Andrew will appear.

Prince Harry had previously dated the actress for two years, however the pair went their separate ways two years prior to the Prince meeting his future wife.

Author and publisher Andrew Lownie claims that the sussexes leaving the Royal Family was a move pushed by Meghan.

Mr Lownie spoke to Express.co.uk revealing that he thought Harry would have had an easier time had he married his ex-girlfriend Cressida.

He said: “Just think of Harry, if Harry had married Cressida Bonas, [would] we have the problems that we have now? No.”

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MEG AND HARRY HAVEN’T ATTENDED A ROYAL XMAS IN TWO YEARS

The Sussexes did not attend Christmas last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And in 2019, they spent Christmas in Canada instead of with the Royal Family.   

Senior staff are said to be shocked by the couple’s interest to spend Christmas with the Queen, months after the couple blasted the Royal Family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

Harry has recently made “olive branch” calls to his family as he and Meghan hope to have a christening for their four-month-old daughter possibly at Windsor Castle.

MEGHAN MARKLE’S ENGAGEMENT DRESS DESIGNER ‘USED FASHION HOUSE TO FUND LAVISH LIFE INCLUDING £1,500 WEEKLY SALON TRIPS’

Tamara Ralph, 39, and her ex-business partner Michael Russo, 40, “personally enriched themselves” before their company Ralph & Russo collapsed, according to claims in documents released by the High Court.

Ms Ralph is being sued by the company’s administrators for £20.8 million in damages, but has denied any wrongdoing and is defending against the claim.

Ralph & Russo designed the Duchess of Sussex’s £56,000 engagement dress, as well as gowns for stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kylie Minogue.

Administrators for the company are now suing Ms Ralph, after telling the High Court that she “extracted substantial sums” when she was in “de facto control”.

In newly released legal papers, it is alleged that Ms Ralph spent more than £1,500 on “weekly blow-drys” at the Larry King hair salon in South Kensington, London – and the cost was charged to a company credit card, the Mail on Sunday reports.

Court documents also claim that Ms Ralph spent more than £300 of company cash on luxury lingerie at a store in Paris and £130 on an eyelash treatment.
It has also been claimed that Ms Ralph complained that her £225,000 salary was “extremely low” for someone in her position.

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ROYAL FAMILY TO REVEAL ‘POIGNANT’ MEMORIES OF PRINCE PHILIP IN LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY TO MARK DUKE’S 73 YEARS OF SERVICE

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.

All of the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, adult grandchildren, and other members of the Royal Family have agreed to take part in the heartfelt BBC film.

It is not known if Meghan Markle will join her husband Prince Harry in the television tribute.

Her Majesty has granted special access to her private cine-film collection as part of the documentary about her late husband.

The BBC said Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers would feature “poignant recollections, plenty of humour and numerous fresh insights into the character and legacy of this royal pioneer”.

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PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ACCUSED OF ‘BREATHTAKING ENTITLEMENT’ OVER LILIBET’S CHRISTENING BY ROYAL EXPERT

Rumours suggest the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have requested a formal christening for baby Lilibet at Windsor Castle, Robert Jobson reports.

Lilibet Diana, who shares both the Queen’s pet name and Harry’s mother Diana’s name, was born in California in June.

It is not yet know where she will be christened, although royal commentator Robert Jobson suggests it would be “breathtaking” for Meghan and Harry to expect any kind of royal affair.

Writing in The Mirror, he said: “Now there is talk – as she is already older than her brother Archie was when he was christened – that they are pushing for a ceremony in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

“To some, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s sense of entitlement might seem breathtaking.

“They seem to be blissfully unaware of the mayhem their behaviour has caused the Queen, the monarchy and the Royal Family.”

LADY LOUISE WINDSOR FACES BIG ROYAL DECISION AS SHE APPROACHES 18TH BIRTHDAY

Lady Louise is the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie. In two months she will turn 18, and when she reaches the milestone she will decide if she wants to use the HRH title.

The Countess of Wessex told the Sunday Times in 2020 that: “we try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.

“Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.

“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”

Louise’s brother, Viscount Severn will also face the same decision when he celebrates his 18th birthday. He is only 13 so has some time to make up his mind.

EXPLAINED: WHAT WILL HARRY’S BOOK BE LIKE AND WHEN IS IT BEING RELEASED?

A blurb from the publisher Penguin Random House reads: “In an intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time, Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him.”

Promising “an honest and captivating personal portrait” the book will detail Harry’s life as a member of the Royal Family, his relationship with wife Meghan Markle, Megxit and raising his children.

It is set to be released next year – as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.

PRINCE HARRY & WILLIAM COULD START ‘HEALING’ TALKS TO MEND RIFT AFTER UNITING FOR PRINCE PHILIP DOCUMENTARY, SAYS EXPERT

The brothers will share their memories of their grandfather as part of a new documentary on the Duke of Edinburgh’s life.

Royal author Adam Helliker said the BBC film could mark a turning point for the princes – and may help to end their feud.

The last time the princes met face-to-face was at the unveiling of a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana.

And while they appeared to be on good form for the event this summer, Harry left just 20 minutes after the statue was revealed before returning to the US.

Mr Helliker told the Sun Online that the documentary may do what the recent meeting couldn’t.

“I think it could be a rallying moment, a healing moment when they all remember someone who was such a pivotal member of the Royal Family,” he said.

The film may provide an “excuse” for Harry or William to pick up the phone, he said.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE ‘FURIOUS’ AT QUEEN’S SECRET DEATH PLANS BEING LEAKED AS HUNT LAUNCHED FOR CULPRIT

Top officials are said to be on the warpath, with a probe into who revealed the documents under way.

The secret blueprint for Operation London Bridge – the codename for the plans – reveals every detail of the official response, from Charles’ ‘mourning tour’ of the UK to what royals will post on social media.

It also details fears that London will be “stretched to breaking point” as millions of mourners head to the capital.

HARRY AND MEGHAN’S POPULARITY WITH BRITS PLUNGES TO RECORD LOW, DAMNING POLL REVEALS

According to a YouGov survey, only 26 per cent of Brits “favour” Meghan while 65 per cent dislike her, bringing her net approval rating to -39 per cent.

For Harry, just 34 per cent say they like him compared to 59 per cent who don’t, taking the prince’s net favourability rating to -25 per cent.

Harry’s rating has tumbled 25 points since April, while Meghan’s fell nine points during the same span of time.

Pensioners were the harshest, with just 13 to 18 per cent of over 65s saying they approved of the couple.

But Harry and Meghan can rejoice in one fact: that Prince Andrew has by far the lowest approval rating of any royal in the survey.

MEGHAN MARKLE ‘MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER’ TO GET THE LAST WORD & SPEAK OUT AFTER PIERS MORGAN OFCOM VICTORY, EXPERT SAYS

This is a Sun exclusive.

Furious Meghan Markle is said to be”more determined than ever,” to get the last word and speak out after Piers Morgan’s Ofcom victory.

This will make the divide “even deeper” between the Sussexes and the Royal Family, according to an expert.

Speaking about Meghan’s next move, writer and broadcaster Adam Helliker told The Sun Online: “I think she’s going to feel more determined and it will up her game so to speak. 

“She will convince all her followers that this is how Britain operates. I think she will see it as yet another method of protecting the Royal Family.

“And it just kind of – the divide is getting ever deeper. And the longer it goes on, the rift, you just wonder, how on earth can they ever come back from that?

“They will up their game in terms of putting out more statements, being more independent and just pushing away even further.”

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MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY WILL MAKE A MOVIE AS THEY ‘AIM HIGH’ IN LA, PAL OMID SCOBIE HINTS

Scobie revealed on the Royally Obsessed podcast: “I had a very interesting conversation with some executives at Netflix recently. I was trying my best to get a little bit on the Sussexes.

“All that was said to me was ‘oh man, you don’t even know the half of what they’re working on. They are aiming so high’.

“So I think the one thing that may surprise us at one point – and I don’t know when this will be – and this is just my own guess really… I think this is when we’re going to hear some sort of movie announcement.”

'HEALING' THE RIFT (CONTINUED...)

Mr Helliker said: "The link between Harry and Philip is even greater than his other grandchildren - including William.

"Because Philip was the last surviving veteran, he and Harry always had that in common. I think he will have looked on Harry as a bit of a rebel."

However, he said Philip would have been "disappointed" that Harry chose to step away from royal duties.

"Taking part in it and viewing it back - wherever they are in the world, they will think how incredible to have this man a grandfather," he said.

"Maybe it will just bring Harry up to a jolt.

"He might think, 'Is this worth giving up, is this worth not supporting? Have I let everyone down?'"

And Philip may have liked the idea that the documentary would reunite his grandsons, Mr Helliker said.

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PRINCE HARRY & WILLIAM COULD START ‘HEALING’ TALKS TO MEND RIFT AFTER UNITING FOR PRINCE PHILIP DOCUMENTARY, SAYS EXPERT

The brothers will share their memories of their grandfather as part of a new documentary on the Duke of Edinburgh's life.

Royal author Adam Helliker said the BBC film could mark a turning point for the princes - and may help to end their feud.

The last time the princes met face-to-face was at the unveiling of a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana.

And while they appeared to be on good form for the event this summer, Harry left just 20 minutes after the statue was revealed before returning to the US.

Mr Helliker told the Sun Online that the documentary may do what the recent meeting couldn't.

"I think it could be a rallying moment, a healing moment when they all remember someone who was such a pivotal member of the Royal Family," he said.

The film may provide an "excuse" for Harry or William to pick up the phone, he said.

MEGHAN URGED TO STICK TO ‘HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP’ AS ‘SERIOUS PEOPLE’ WILL NOT LISTEN TO DUCHESS

A former US/UK relations adviser and Senior Fellow of the Bow Group think tank Lee Cohen has suggested Meghan Markle should steer clear from important world issues.

He said that “serious people” care little for what she has to say, urging her to stick to “Hollywood gossip”.

Mr Cohen went on to say: “I have not seen any reaction from military personnel, why would serious people even tune in to what Ms Markle has to say on this or any issue except Hollywood gossip?

“Interestingly, the Sussexes were careful to avoid mention of embattled Biden, whom they have always lined up behind.

“I recall that the Biden White House was quick to praise the Sussexes for their ‘courage’ opening up about their mental health issues through the Oprah interview.

“Now that Biden has earned the world’s scorn for his Afghanistan catastrophe, the Sussexes’ cosiness with the failed leader is less desirable.”

BUCKINGHAM PALACE ‘FURIOUS’ AT QUEEN’S SECRET DEATH PLANS BEING LEAKED

Top officials are said to be on the warpath, with a probe into who revealed the documents under way.

The secret blueprint for Operation London Bridge – the codename for the plans – reveals every detail of the official response, from Charles’ ‘mourning tour’ of the UK to what royals will post on social media.

It also details fears that London will be “stretched to breaking point” as millions of mourners head to the capital.

The top-secret document was handed to a political website in a shocking breach.

And aides are now tracking the person responsible after the plans made headlines around the world.

Such details are meant to remain private and embargoed – as they were when the Duke of Edinburgh died in April.

17 DODGY CLAIMS PIERS MORGAN BLASTED MEGHAN MARKLE FOR TELLING OPRAH

Piers Morgan has launched a atinging attack on Meghan Markle, claiming the allegations made to Oprah Winfrey were untrue.

The GMB host discredited the following 17 claims made by the Duke and Duchess

Press created drama over Thomas Markle – Her father is now demanding his own Oprah interview. Security was taken away – Meghan said security was removed from her, Harry and Archie, despite fears for their safety. Press team didn’t defend her Real wedding took place earlier – This claim has since been proved not to have happened. Archie ‘wasn’t allowed to be prince’ Meghan ‘never looked Harry up online’ – But according to the authors of Finding Freedom, Meghan looked up Harry via a thorough Google search for their first date. Silent or silenced? – In reality, she went on 73 public appearances as a working royal… even famously, she gave a tearful interview to Tom Bradby for ITN when in South Africa.

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MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY STILL OWE £78,500 TO CHARITY

The couple’s MWX Foundation, formerly Sussex Royal, is in liquidation but has not paid off the unnamed non-profit, papers released today revealed.

The report said a claim of £213,000 had been received from a creditor relating to a grant due to a “not-for-profit enterprise”.

A total of £134,500 has been paid off, according to the most recent figures, leaving £78,500 left to hand over.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began winding up MWX a year ago, declaring all of its debts would be paid in full within 12 months.

But more than 12 months later and the outstanding amount on the Companies House document remains.

It reads: “The charity has sufficient funds to settle the claim in full and a final dividend is to be made shortly to pay the remaining balance.”

MEG AND HARRY HAVEN’T ATTENDED A ROYAL XMAS IN TWO YEARS

The Sussexes did not attend Christmas last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And in 2019, they spent Christmas in Canada instead of with the Royal Family.   

Senior staff are said to be shocked by the couple’s interest to spend Christmas with the Queen, months after the couple blasted the Royal Family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

Harry has recently made “olive branch” calls to his family as he and Meghan hope to have a christening for their four-month-old daughter possibly at Windsor Castle.

ROYAL FAMILY TO REVEAL ‘POIGNANT’ MEMORIES OF PRINCE PHILIP IN LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY TO MARK DUKE’S 73 YEARS OF SERVICE

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.

All of the Queen and Prince Philip's children, adult grandchildren, and other members of the Royal Family have agreed to take part in the heartfelt BBC film.

It is not known if Meghan Markle will join her husband Prince Harry in the television tribute.

Her Majesty has granted special access to her private cine-film collection as part of the documentary about her late husband.

The BBC said Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers would feature "poignant recollections, plenty of humour and numerous fresh insights into the character and legacy of this royal pioneer".

Read more here.

PICTURED: PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY CLASH IN SHOCKING SCENES FROM NEW ROYAL DRAMA

Prince William and Harry clash over Meghan Markle's 'horrific racist bullying' in shocking scenes from a new royal drama.

The scenes are part of the third Lifetime TV movie; Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, and sees British actor Jordan Dean and American actress Sydney Morton take over the roles of Harry and Meghan.

PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY CLASH OVER MEGHAN MARKLE’S ‘HORRIFIC RACIST BULLYING’ IN SHOCKING SCENES FROM NEW ROYAL DRAMA

The scenes are part of the third Lifetime TV movie; Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, and sees British actor Jordan Dean and American actress Sydney Morton take over the roles of Harry and Meghan.

Harry is seen confronting his older brother and heir to the throne and accusing him of not speaking out on racism.

The brothers are seen arguing in the gardens of Kensington Palace, with William telling his younger sibling: "What causes problems isn't colour, it's culture. Meghan an American. She acts more like a celebrity than a Royal."

But Harry furiously replies: "You need to bloody well make a statement with me decrying racism.  

"As future King, you need to push on this horrific bullying."

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KATE & WILLIAM KEEN FOR THEIR KIDS TO HAVE AS ‘NORMAL’ A CHILDHOOD AS POSSIBLE’

Prince William and Kate’s children Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6, attend Thomas’s Battersea in south London, where they will be starting years 4 and 2 respectively.

But despite being fourth in the line of succession to the British throne, Charlotte is treated just like any other child at school.

Kate and William are keen for their kids to have as “normal” a childhood as possible for fully support this.

In order to make sure Charlotte fits in with the other children, she goes by another name with her classmates.

The royal six-year-old’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, while her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

PRINCESS CHARLOTTE USES A DIFFERENT ‘NORMAL’ NAME AT SCHOOL TO HELP HER BLEND IN

Even the royal children aren’t exempt from the excitement and anticipation of heading back to the classroom.

Kate and William are keen for their kids to have as “normal” a childhood as possible for fully support this.

In order to make sure Charlotte fits in with the other children, she goes by another name with her classmates.

The royal six-year-old’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, while her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

But no kiddy is going to bother with all that when they’re playing tag in the playground.

So she, like George before her, simply goes by the name Charlotte Cambridge, taking her parents’ title as her last name.

KATE MIDDLETON & PRINCE WILLIAM REVEAL ‘PARTICULAR FOCUS’ ON IMPROVING DIVERSITY AT ROYAL FOUNDATION AFTER RACISM CLAIMS

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Foundation have revealed they are making a “particular focus” on improving diversity.

The revelation comes after Meghan Markle claimed she had faced racism in the Firm before she quit the Royal Family.

The Duchess of Sussex, together with her husband Prince Harry, told Oprah a family member had expressed concern over “how dark” their son Archie’s skin may be.

But Wills hit back after the interview, telling reports his family was “very much not racist”.

And the 39-year-old seems to be going the extra mile to make it known through his charity.

THE CROWN PRODUCERS REVEAL THE TWO UNKNOWN CHILD STARS TO PLAY PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCE HARRY IN NEW SERIES

Seven-year-old Teddy Rawley will play the young royal, while Timothee Sambor, 11, will appear as his older brother Prince William.

A source said: “Netflix bosses wanted to make sure they had the right actors for the role given the young royals are so well known and were in the public eye so much at that age.

“They didn’t rush it and found Teddy and Timothee who they hope will be warmly received. They’re about to become household names in their own right.”

We told back in June how bosses on the Netflix series had considered dying a child’s hair so they could find someone appropriate for the role of runaway royal Harry.

Ginger-haired people are in decline, as a recessive gene has to be passed on by both parents. Harry will be aged six to 13 in the next series.

Harry was previously portrayed by six-year-old Arran Tinker, who had strawberry blonde hair but only appeared briefly.

Elizabeth Debicki, 31, takes over from Emma Corrin, 25, to play Diana and was seen this week alongside the young actors.

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