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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, the Queen 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."

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NO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO MARTIN BASHIR’S PANORAMA INTERVIEW, SAY POLICE

Police will not launch a criminal investigation into BBC journalist Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

The decision comes after the Metropolitan Police assessed the Lord Dyson report into the 1995 documentary.

Scotland Yard said: “In March 2021, the Metropolitan Police Service determined it was not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into allegations of unlawful activity in connection with a documentary broadcast in 1995.

“Following the publication of Lord Dyson’s report in May, specialist detectives assessed its contents and looked carefully at the law – once again obtaining independent legal advice from Treasury Counsel as well as consulting the Crown Prosecution Service.

“As a result, the MPS has not identified evidence of activity that constituted a criminal offence and will therefore be taking no further action.”

‘HE CANNOT REFUSE’ (CONTINUED…)

Explaining the process in more detail, Mr Boies said: “Under the Hague Convention a judicial officer is to submit the complaint to a central authority of the receiving nation for service.

“A judicial officer under the law is from the originating nation in this case the US and the receiving nation is the UK.

“The question was, under US law is a lawyer for a party a judicial officer?

“That information had not been furnished in our original application.

“We furnished that information subsequently and the High Court accepted that and made the decision to proceed with service.

“I believe that is the way (service at Royal Lodge) the High Court will proceed but also has discretion to proceed other ways, transmitting it not in person but by Royal Mail and the like.

“He cannot refuse. That is when the clock begins to tick and he has 21 days to respond.”

PRINCE ANDREW WILL FACE VIRGINIA ROBERTS SEX ASSAULT CASE IN THE US AFTER HIGH COURT AGREES TO SERVE HIM PAPERS

The Duke of York, 61, now “cannot refuse” the official documents – and he’ll have just 21 says to respond.

David Boies, lawyer for Ms Giuffre, told The Sun: “The bottom line is Prince Andrew is being served.

“That is the substance of what the High Court says. He cannot refuse.”

Andrew may try to deny the complaint, he added, and his lawyers would then have to provide testimony and supporting documents.

Or he could try to challenge the jurisdiction of the US court – despite being served – and argue he is not subject to New York jurisdiction.

Either way he will have just 21 days to respond.

Read more here.

MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY HAVE ‘DEPRIVED’ KIDS ARCHIE & LILIBET BY NOT LETTING THEM MEET QUEEN, THOMAS CLAIMS

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.

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.”

Asked if he would consider legal action to see his grandkids, he said: “I’ve had offers from several lawyers – pro-bono – because we do have the right to sue to see our grandchildren.

“But to me that’s like trying to descend into a game and using them like pawns and I won’t sue to see them because I just think that’s using them and it’s not what I plan to do.”

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.”

MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY NAMED IN TIME’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL LIST AS BIZARRE COVER LEAVES FANS BAFFLED

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”.

A snap of the pair, shot by Pari Dukovic, appears on the front of the magazine with Harry wearing all black as he stands behind Meghan, wearing all white.

In a more candid shot, the parents can be seen walking through a garden holding hands at they beam at each other.

The couple join prestigious names who have also graced the magazine’s cover – following the likes of Barack Obama, the first black US president.

But fans were quick to comment on how “awkward” the photos appeared to be.

Another added: “Harry looks completely awkward peering behind his wife like this.”

Someone else wrote: “Wow, this photo speaks volumes. There is no hiding who’s in control.”

 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.

MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY HAVE ‘DEPRIVED’ KIDS ARCHIE & LILIBET BY NOT LETTING THEM MEET QUEEN, THOMAS CLAIMS

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.

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.”

Asked if he would consider legal action to see his grandkids, he said: “I’ve had offers from several lawyers – pro-bono – because we do have the right to sue to see our grandchildren.

“But to me that’s like trying to descend into a game and using them like pawns and I won’t sue to see them because I just think that’s using them and it’s not what I plan to do.”

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.

‘JAIL PRINCE ANDREW’, SAYS VIRGINIA ROBERTS’ DAD

It comes as the Duke is set to swerve a hearing in his sex assault civil case today by having no representatives taking part.

Sky Roberts said he would like Prince Andrew to go to jail, claiming he “needs to know what it’s like to be held accountable”.

He told Good Morning Britain: “This is not the time of William Wallace where the royals can do whatever they want.

“The times have changed. Prince Andrew thinks it’s still those times where he can do whatever he wants.”

Roberts, 38, who is one of the most well-known Jeffrey Epstein victims, is accusing the prince of assaulting her three times when she was under the age of 18.

EXPLAINED: HOW IS PRINCE ANDREW LINKED TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN?

The Duke of York said he first met Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier, in 1999 with the now dead banker once describing him as his “best friend.”

That was also the year the UK press reported on the pair’s friendship.

The pair are thought to have flown together on Epstein’s private jet to the US Virgin Islands.

And in June 2000, Epstein and his Brit “madam” ex, Maxwell were both guests at a party hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Prince Andrew also became close with Maxwell – pictured together that same year at a Halloween party hosted by Heidi Klum in New York.

Just over a month later, in December 2000, the then 40-year-old prince, threw Ms Maxwell a surprise birthday party at Sandringham, with Epstein among the guests.

WHAT IS THE ROYAL FAMILY’S CLAIM TO THE THRONE?

The Queen derives her right to rule from the House of Hanover – whose head became King George I in 1714.

In 1688 James II, the last Catholic king in British history, was deposed in favour of his Protestant daughter Mary and her husband William. They did not have children so the throne then passed to her sister Anne (of The Favourite fame) who also died childless.

There was concern that the throne would pass to James’ son, also called James, whose birth to a Catholic mother had prompted the deposition in the first place. Therefore Parliament passed the Act of Succession in 1701 which forbade any Roman Catholic – or anyone married to a Catholic – from ever taking the throne.

This mean when Anne died in 1714, Parliament offered the throne to her second cousin – the Prince of Hanover in Germany – over many of her closer relatives.

His descendants would keep the Hanover name – and the throne – until 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert and all their children became known under their father’s last name – Saxe-Coburg Gotha.

During the First World War, with anti-German feeling running high, King George V (the Queen’s grandfather) thought it wise to change it to the much more British sounding Windsor – after their favourite castle.

It goes to show that although royalties may claim they are chosen by God – sometimes they are chosen by Parliament.

QUEEN’S HEARTBREAK AS CLOSEST FRIEND SIR TIMOTHY COLMAN DIES AGED 91

Sir Timothy, the husband of the Queen’s first cousin Lady Mary Colman, was a frequent guest at Sandringham and close friend of Her Majesty.

He passed away on September 9 surrounded by his family, at his home at Bixley Manor, near Norwich.

His death comes after Lady Mary passed away at home on January 2 at the age of 88.

Mourning his loss, his family said: “He was a fount of knowledge , a huge influence on a number of people of all ages, who sought his wise counsel.

“He had a love and huge knowledge of the natural world, but, most importantly he loved his family.

“With his late wife Mary, he created the happiest of family homes at Bixley Manor.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!

THE Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William all wished Prince Harry a happy birthday today.

It’s believed the Duke of Sussex, who turned 37 yesterday, is marking the occasion in the US – although his celebrations have been kept under wraps.

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 marks the first display of affection between the estranged family members since before Prince Harry left the Royal fold.

He hasn’t been able to see his loved ones much since stepping down from Royal life last year, with Covid travel restrictions placing a huge obstacle.

Read more here

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.

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.

PRINCE WILLIAM AMONG GUESTS AT THE SUN’S ‘WHO DARES WINS’ AWARDS

The Duke of Cambridge has met some of the UK’s bravest emergency responders and most skilled medics and scientists at the Who Cares Wins awards.

At the event in north London, hosted by the Sun, theduke heard tales of medical marvels, fearless children and an air ambulance paramedic forced to defibrillate a donkey.

William heard from Captain Shaun Rose, a pilot with Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) team.

The team was recognised for the “nerve-shredding” rescue of Highlands walker Duncan Stevenson, who “died seven times” while flying through a snow storm to hospital.

Capt Rose and his wife Mandy revealed they had successfully resuscitated a donkey with a defibrillator after it got too close to a helicopter landing.

“No mouth to mouth though?” the Duke joked.

Read more here

WHAT IS THE SOVEREIGN GRANT?

The Sovereign Grant, which comes from taxes, will rise to cover renovation costs.

But the palace will operate as usual, generating millions through tourism and 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.

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.

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.

CHARLES’ CHARITY CHIEF QUITS OVER PROBE

The chairman of the Prince of Wales’s charitable foundation has resigned, expressing concern over potential “rogue activity” after reports that the organisation accepted a six-figure sum from a Russian donor.

Charles wrote a letter thanking the businessman for his generous offer of more than £500,000 to the Prince’s Foundation last year, and suggested they could meet after the Covid crisis.

The Scottish Charity Regulator launched an investigation into the matter earlier this week.

The charity initially received £100,000 but the total sum was reportedly rejected by the ethics committee of the foundation, which has its headquarters in Scotland, following concerns about its provenance, according to the Sunday Times.

On Wednesday, chairman Douglas Connell, who has been in the role since March, said he should accept responsibility “if it appears that serious misconduct may have taken place”.

 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.

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