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10:21 ET, Sep 15 2021Updated: 10:22 ET, Sep 15 2021

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton sent a “curt” birthday message to Prince Harry as he turned 37 today, a royal expert has claimed.

The Twitter tribute featured the Duke of Sussex standing alone with the simple message "Happy Birthday Prince Harry!"

Duncan Larcombe told Fabulous: “William and Kate’s curt birthday message to Harry only serves as proof the ice between the brothers has still not thawed. Short of ignoring the Duke of Sussex’s 37th landmark completely, their social media post was the bare minimum from a couple who once welcomed Harry as their official Royal gooseberry.

“If anything, this year’s birthday wishes from the Cambridges are an indication of just how far relations between the two warring clans have deteriorated over the past 12 months.”

Despite ongoing tensions between Harry and the Royals, all three of the Firm's main accounts shared their best wishes with the Duke online today.

It's believed the Duke of Sussex is marking the occasion in the US - although his celebrations have been kept under wraps.

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 HIGH COURT SAYS PRINCE ANDREW WILL GET SERVED

The High Court says it will take steps if necessary to serve papers on Prince Andrew in the U.S. lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre who accuses him of sexually assaulting her two decades ago.

Andrew has rejected the accusations and his lawyers have described the case as baseless. His legal team declined comment.

Last week, Giuffre's legal team said it had tried to serve papers on Andrew by leaving the documents with a police officer at his home in southern England. The prince's lawyers told the U.S. District Court in Manhattan they had not been properly served under English law and the Hague Convention.

A spokesperson for London's High Court said the issue about how claims could be served on parties in different jurisdictions was governed by the Hague Service Convention, which requires requests to be made and approved by the relevant authority in each country.

HARRY AND MEGHAN NAMED ONE OF TIME’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF THE YEAR – COMPLETE WITH AWKWARD PHOTO

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been named in Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential list of people.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were praised in the publication for “running towards struggle” in a world where “everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know”.

But fans were quick to comment on how “awkward” their photo which accompanied the profile appeared.

A photo of the pair, shot by Pari Dukovic, appears alongside their entry in the magazine, with Harry wearing all black as he stands behind Meghan, wearing all white.

It appears on the cover alongside a number of other TIME100 cover stars, and follows on from the likes of Barack Obama, the first black US president, who has also been featured.

‘UNFAIR’

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have “deprived” their kids Archie & Lilibet by not letting them meet the Queen, Meghan’s dad has claimed.

Thomas Markle accused the couple of being “terribly unfair” to their children by keeping them away from relatives, including himself and Grandad Prince Charles too.

Thomas, who is estranged from daughter Meghan and has frequently bad-mouthed the duchess in the media, said he is yet to meet Archie, two, and three-month-old Lilibet.

Speaking from his home in Mexico, he added that the only family member who sees the kids regularly was Meghan’s mum, his ex-wife, Doria Ragland.

He told Channel 7’s Sunrise: “I think they (Archie and Lilibet) are being deprived of seeing all their grandparents and I think they are being deprived of seeing all their relatives and I think that’s terribly unfair to them.”

QUEEN TO SPLIT HER TIME BETWEEN BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND WINDSOR CASTLE AFTER SUMMER BREAK, EXPERT CLAIMS

The Queen is to split her time between Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace after her summer break, sources say.

It is suggested the arrangement is to fend off potential criticism of the £369million refurbishment bill of the palace.

Expert Roya Nikkhah said: “Otherwise many people would think, ‘What’s the point’ of the refurb?’ ”

Her Majesty, 95, has been at Balmoral since June — her first stay there since Prince Philip died in April.

She spent much of the pandemic at Windsor in Berkshire, but is ex­pected to spend more time in London when she gets back.

PRINCE ANDREW WILL LOCK HIMSELF AWAY (CONTINUED…)

Royal expert Nigel Cawthorne, said: “It’s a weasel way of getting out of the case.”

He added: “It seems to me that he is using this kind of legal trickery to get out of speaking in court.

“But doubts will still hang over his reputation.

“He is trying everything to avoid giving evidence which raises suspicions about him.

“This isn’t going to go away.

“He can dodge the bullet as much as he likes in this case but Virginia Giuffre will be in the witness box in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial and she will broadcast to the world her allegations.”

A Balmoral insider said of Andrew’s stay: “He seems to be determined to stay out of sight and makes it impossible for anyone to serve papers.”

PRINCE ANDREW WILL LOCK HIMSELF AWAY AT BALMORAL AS LAWYERS WORK ON SEX ABUSE CASE TACTICS

Prince Andrew will lock himself away at Balmoral for the next two weeks as his lawyers work on tactics to sink his sex abuse case.

A New York court was told his legal team wants to unseal a court settlement from 12 years ago which may prevent alleged victim Virginia Roberts from taking further action.

They also said court papers against the Prince had been incorrectly served.

FURY OVER DUKE’S HANDLING OF SEX CASE

Royal aides are said to be furious the Duke of York has intruded on the Queen’s private summer retreat and made her look like she is harbouring him after he fled his own home in Windsor last week.

One royal source told the Sun said: “This is so brazen it is unbelievable. Prince Andrew is carrying on like nothing has happened and as if he hasn’t got a care in the world.

“It has been bad enough that he appears to have been seeking refuge at Balmoral, where the Queen is trying to have quiet time after a tough year, but to host a shooting party, with some dubious guests shows disrespect to the monarchy. And it is also tone deaf as if he does not care about what is going on with the legal case.”

CHARLES THANKED RUSSIAN BANKER WHO DONATED SIX-FIGURE SUM TO HIS CHARITY

Dmitry Leus, 72, was thanked for the “very generous” gift to the Prince’s Foundation in a note penned by Charles on May 18 last year.

The Russian financer reportedly made the donation with fixers close to Charles on the promise that he would get a face-to-face meeting with the prince, The Sunday Times reports.

Charles wrote to Leus: “Word has reached me that you have very generously decided to support the work of my Foundation. I cannot tell you how incredibly grateful I am for your encouragement for everything I am trying to achieve.”

He added: “I very much look forward to seeing you when this dreadful crisis passes, and, in the meantime, this comes with my warmest good wishes and heartfelt thanks. Your most sincerely, Charles.”

MONARCHY WILL DIE OUT BEFORE GEORGE HAS CHANCE TO BECOME KING, CLAIMS NOVELIST

Novelist Hilary Mantel has claimed that there are only two generations left in Britain’s monarchy, and thus Prince George will never be crowned king.

Although Ms Mantel says that she admires the determination of Queen Elizabeth, she feels that the modernisation of the world means that the royals time is running out.

The novelist, who previously branded Kate Middleton a ‘plastic, jointed doll‘ with ‘no personality of her own’ spoke to The Times about her prediction for the future of the monarchy.

As the article points out, the 69-year-old is accused of hating England, and Brexit voters since she stated she wanted to become an Irish citizen.

The novelist, best known for her Wolf Hall trilogy which followed the rise of blacksmith’s son Thomas Cromwell to Henry VIII’s chief minister, to his downfall and execution, says she admires the Queen’s determination.

ROAL RIFT CONTINUED

Duncan compared William and Kate’s post to Harry this year, to their “happier” message last year in 2020.

He said: “On the same day in 2020, William and Kate posted a longer message complete with birthday cake emoji and a red balloon, above a picture throwing back to happier times.

“The image they chose showed the Fab Three – as they were then – racing each other on the track during a joint visit to a mental health charity. It showed them all in mid-sprint sporting huge smiles on their faces.

“And a year earlier the contrast with today’s post by William is even more telling.”

BIRTHDAY MESSAGE SHOWS RIFT HASN'T HEALED, SAYS EXPERT

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton sent a “curt” birthday message to Prince Harry as he turned 37 today which proved the “ice hasn’t thawed”, claims a royal expert.

The Twitter tribute featured the Duke of Sussex standing alone with the simple message "Happy Birthday Prince Harry!"

Duncan told Fabulous: “William and Kate’s curt birthday message to Harry only serves as proof the ice between the brothers has still not thawed.

“Short of ignoring the Duke of Sussex’s 37th landmark completely, their social media post was the bare minimum from a couple who once welcomed Harry as their official Royal gooseberry.

“If anything, this year’s birthday wishes from the Cambridges are an indication of just how far relations between the two warring clans have deteriorated over the past 12 months.”

THRIFTY KATE MIDDLETON IS BRITAIN’S MOST FASHIONABLE ROYAL – DESPITE MEGHAN’S DESIGNER WARDROBE COSTING THOUSANDS MORE

The Duchess of Cambridge was found to be the most influential dresser out of the royal wives, according to hair and aesthetics experts at Vera Clinic.

When it comes to searches online for Kate Middleton, it seems her dresses are most sought-after – and have 114 per cent more monthly searches.

In the new study, “Kate Middleton dress” had 3,600 UK monthly searches and 5,400 in the USA. 

Meanwhile, “Meghan Markle dress” which only has 1,300 UK monthly searches and 2,900 USA searches. 

This is despite Meghan’s outfits on royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October 2018, costing a staggering £50,000.

Read the article in full here.

KATE & WILLIAM ‘TOOK GEORGE, CHARLOTTE & LOUIS TO FRANCE FOR THE WEDDING OF DUCHESS’ BROTHER JAMES MIDDLETON’

James tied the knot with partner, Alizée Thevenet, and his nephews and niece, George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, were said to be in attendance.

ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship took to Twitter to say: “I hear William and Kate *did attend the wedding. 

“And took George, Charlotte and Louis too…(Sounds like a nice weekend).”

PRINCE ANDREW BELIEVES HE CAN RETURN TO PUBLIC LIFE

Andrew, 61, is yet to respond to a sex abuse civil claim lodged in a New York court a month ago.

Jeffrey Epstein’s former sex slave Virginia Giuffre accuses him of “rape in the first degree” and there have been “multiple attempts” to serve him with papers for the lawsuit.

Andrew, who fled his Windsor mansion for the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday, has previously denied any wrongdoing.

And a source said he remains “utterly convinced” that he will be able to brush off the claims.

CHARLES THANKED RUSSIAN BANKER WHO DONATED SIX-FIGURE SUM TO HIS CHARITY

Dmitry Leus, 72, was thanked for the “very generous” gift to the Prince’s Foundation in a note penned by Charles on May 18 last year.

The Russian financer reportedly made the donation with fixers close to Charles on the promise that he would get a face-to-face meeting with the prince, The Sunday Times reports.

Charles wrote to Leus: “Word has reached me that you have very generously decided to support the work of my Foundation. I cannot tell you how incredibly grateful I am for your encouragement for everything I am trying to achieve.”

He added: “I very much look forward to seeing you when this dreadful crisis passes, and, in the meantime, this comes with my warmest good wishes and heartfelt thanks. Your most sincerely, Charles.”

PRINCE ANDREW WILL LOCK HIMSELF AWAY (CONTINUED…)

Royal expert Nigel Cawthorne, said: “It’s a weasel way of getting out of the case.”

He added: “It seems to me that he is using this kind of legal trickery to get out of speaking in court.

“But doubts will still hang over his reputation.

“He is trying everything to avoid giving evidence which raises suspicions about him.

“This isn’t going to go away.

“He can dodge the bullet as much as he likes in this case but Virginia Giuffre will be in the witness box in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial and she will broadcast to the world her allegations.”

A Balmoral insider said of Andrew’s stay: “He seems to be determined to stay out of sight and makes it impossible for anyone to serve papers.”

PRINCE ANDREW WILL LOCK HIMSELF AWAY AT BALMORAL AS LAWYERS WORK ON SEX ABUSE CASE TACTICS

Prince Andrew will lock himself away at Balmoral for the next two weeks as his lawyers work on tactics to sink his sex abuse case.

A New York court was told his legal team wants to unseal a court settlement from 12 years ago which may prevent alleged victim Virginia Roberts from taking further action.

They also said court papers against the Prince had been incorrectly served.

JUDGE SLAMS PRINCE ANDREW’S LAWYER FOR WASTING TIME AS DUKE’S TEAM BRAND VIRGINIA ROBERTS RAPE LAWSUIT ‘BASELESS’

The Duke of York’s hot shot Hollywood lawyer argued the case should be dismissed and branded it “baseless” during a 30 minute telephone pre-trial hearing.

Super-lawyer Andrew Brettler told the federal court in New York that it was a “non-viable and potentially unlawful” case.

He added he believed a 2009 settlement signed by his accuser with paedo financier Jeffrey Epstein released the Duke and others from “any and all potential liability”.

The US legal eagle also said Andrew’s team are speaking with the High Court in the UK to determine if the papers have been served.

Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered a week-long delay on proceedings. It will allow Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s lawyers to make any requests to the court for help serving the lawsuit.

But he appeared largely unimpressed with the argument made by Andrew’s team and warned them to stop wasting time.

The judge said: “You have a pretty high degree of certainty that he can be served sooner than later.

“Let’s cut out all the technicalities and get to the substance.”

WHO IS VIRGINIA ROBERTS-GIUFFRE?

Mum-of-three Virginia Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre, 35 – made claims against Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-lover.

Giuffre has alleged in court docs that she was procured by Maxwell, 57, the daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell, as a teenage “sex slave” for Epstein.

She released a manuscript just hours before Epstein’s death, which added to more than 2,000 documents of a lawsuit pending against the former financier and his pals.

The legal documents were released in a defamation case involving Giuffre, who has claimed in court docs that Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and Maxwell.

THE QUEEN ‘WON’T OVERRULE CHARLES’ PLAN TO KEEP ANDREW AWAY FROM PUBLIC DUTIES’, CLAIMS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER ANGELA LEVIN

The Queen won’t “overrule” her eldest, who reportedly wishes to keep the Duke of York out of the public eye after damaging sex assault allegations.

However, the monarch “adores” Andrew and “enjoys his company”, expert Angela Levin said today.

Ms Levin, who has written an authorised biography on Prince Harry, called Andrew “naïve and arrogant” as the royal faces a legal wrangle in a US civil court.

In an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO, she said the Queen had ruled out Andrew’s return to duties.

“She said he couldn’t be,” she said.

“She adores Andrew and enjoys his company.

“I think that she won’t overrule what Charles says. The rest of the royals won’t want him to do that.”

KATE MIDDLETON ISN’T THE MOST INTERESTING MUM AT PRINCE GEORGE’S SCHOOL

When your dad is the heir to the throne, it is understandable that George and Charlotte must stand out at school.

However, they aren’t the only pupils of £19k-a-year Thomas’s Battersea with a famous parent, as there is another very successful mum doing the playground drop-off too.

One parent told the Daily Mail: “No one really gives Kate a second glance when she does the school drop-off.

“We have a Victoria’s Secret model doing the school run, too, and the dads are far more interested in her.”

The identity of the model hasn’t been revealed, but it’s safe to assume she’s most likely graced numerous high-profile red carpets and A-list events.

PRINCE ANDREW BELIEVES HE CAN RETURN TO PUBLIC LIFE

Andrew, 61, is yet to respond to a sex abuse civil claim lodged in a New York court a month ago.

Jeffrey Epstein’s former sex slave Virginia Giuffre accuses him of “rape in the first degree” and there have been “multiple attempts” to serve him with papers for the lawsuit.

Andrew, who fled his Windsor mansion for the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday, has previously denied any wrongdoing.

And a source said he remains “utterly convinced” that he will be able to brush off the claims.

PRINCE CHARLES COULD REWRITE CONSTITUTION AND LET WILLIAM TAKE POWER AFTER QUEEN DIES, DIANA’S FORMER VOICE COACH CLAIMS

The Prince of Wales is next in line to the throne, but Stewart Pearce – who worked with Diana for two years – believes he may abdicate the “difficult task” and allow his son to reign.

He told the Daily Star: “She (the Queen) is preparing to leave, and when she leaves the whole psycho-physical nature of monarchy will change.

“And who knows, constitutional law may be rewritten.

“He (Charles) may not take the throne, he may hand it to his young son.

“He doesn’t want to do it, such a difficult task.”

PRINCE ANDREW WILL LOCK HIMSELF AWAY AT BALMORAL AS LAWYERS WORK ON SEX ABUSE CASE TACTICS

Prince Andrew will lock himself away at Balmoral for the next two weeks as his lawyers work on tactics to sink his sex abuse case.

A New York court was told his legal team wants to unseal a court settlement from 12 years ago which may prevent alleged victim Virginia Roberts from taking further action.

They also said court papers against the Prince had been incorrectly served.

THE QUEEN ‘WON’T OVERRULE CHARLES’ PLAN TO KEEP ANDREW AWAY FROM PUBLIC DUTIES’, CLAIMS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER ANGELA LEVIN

The Queen won’t “overrule” her eldest, who reportedly wishes to keep the Duke of York out of the public eye after damaging sex assault allegations.

However, the monarch “adores” Andrew and “enjoys his company”, expert Angela Levin said today.

Ms Levin, who has written an authorised biography on Prince Harry, called Andrew “naïve and arrogant” as the royal faces a legal wrangle in a US civil court.

In an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO, she said the Queen had ruled out Andrew’s return to duties.

“She said he couldn’t be,” she said.

“She adores Andrew and enjoys his company.

“I think that she won’t overrule what Charles says. The rest of the royals won’t want him to do that.”

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