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King Charles and David Beckham bonded over the mutual love of bees as the ex-England football captain was unveiled as a King’s Foundation ambassador.

Beckham met privately with the King at Highgrove, Charles’s Gloucestershire retreat to learn more about its work.

Beckham said: “It was inspiring to hear from the King about the work of His Majesty’s foundation during my recent visit to Highgrove Gardens – and compare beekeeping tips!”

It came as Prince Andrew was reportedly refusing to leave the £30milion Royal Lodge and was becoming an increasingly isolated figure, who “spends his days watching television in a darkened room” in the crumbling residence.

A friend of King Charles has now claimed that life at the Royal Lodge will become “increasingly cold and uncomfortable” for Andrew if he refuses to hand back the keys.

The friend told The Times: “The only question now is when he will realise that he has become a prisoner of his own pride — and that handing back the keys will afford him far greater comfort, and the continued support of his family.”

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Harry and Meghan appoint Meghan’s mum in important new role

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have again chosen to reject royal tradition and appoint Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland as their children’s nanny.

The insider claimed that this will allow the children to grow up in a more traditional, close-knit family environment.

“Harry and Meghan have used a number of nannies in the past, but now that Doria has moved in with the family, she has stepped up to help look after the children,” the source said.

“There is sometimes additional help, but Doria is working closely with Meghan to ensure that the children are brought up in a close-knit and loving family environment.”

Doria Ragland, 67, is officially Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet’s nanny
Doria Ragland, 67, is officially Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet’s nanny (Getty Images)

Emma Guinness31 May 2024 13:38

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King Charles and Queen Camilla visit Epsom racecourse

The Ladies Day event is of special significance for the Monarch, 75, as it features a horse bred by his late mother, Queen Elizabeth.

The horse in question is called Treasure and it will compete for a prize fund of £541,035 in the Betfred Oaks race.

Trainer Ralph Beckett said the King and Queen “decided to have a go at the Oaks as the ground should be in her favour” revealing that the King has been “very pleased with her progress.”

The King and Queen attend the Derby Festival at Epsom (Aaron Chown/PA)
The King and Queen attend the Derby Festival at Epsom (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)

Emma Guinness31 May 2024 16:19

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King and Queen praised as horse owners

The couple are visiting Epsom racecourse today to see the late Queen Elizabeth’s horse Treasure compete in the Betfred Oaks race.

The odds on the horse, which the Queen bred before her death in 2022, are 18/1.

The King could add to his vast personal fortune if the animal emerges victorious, with a prize fund of over £500,000.

Trainer Ralph Beckett said the couple were “such enthusiastic owners and it is great to be training such a nice filly for them who is running in a Classic.”

The Queen was famed for her love of horses
The Queen was famed for her love of horses (AP2007)

Emma Guinness31 May 2024 17:00

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Netflix ‘losing interest’ in Harry and Meghan

Streaming giant Netflix is reportedly losing interest in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the couple signed a $100 million deal.

The five-year partnership with Archewell production company, signed in 2020, is set to end next year, and one insider has claimed it’s unlikely to be renewed.

“[The Sussex deal] runs out next year and Netflix are no longer producing the series of The Crown, as they previously were. They might therefore have less interest in the Sussexes,” Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Mail.

The couple are currently producing two new programmes but Fitzwilliams does not believe this will be enough for Netflix.

“Meghan’s programme for Netflix on cookery and entertaining and her lifestyle brand American Riviera Orchard and Harry’s series for Netflix on polo, show some much-needed activity [but] they clearly need more A-list endorsements,” he added.

The couple signed a five-year deal with Netflix after stepping back from their previous jobs as working royals
The couple signed a five-year deal with Netflix after stepping back from their previous jobs as working royals (REUTERS)

Emma Guinness31 May 2024 20:00

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Prince William upset by ‘tasteless and offensive’ comparisons of Meghan to Diana

Prince William is upset by comparisons made between Meghan Markle and Princess Diana in the wake of the Sussex’s unofficial Nigeria tour, it has been claimed.

A royal insider has said he finds the comparisons “beyond tasteless and offensive” to both himself and Kate Middleton.

The insider told Closer magazine: “William doesn’t want to deprive Harry of the right to celebrate their mother’s legacy. What bothers him is how Meghan’s paraded around as the modern-day version of Diana, he finds that beyond tasteless and offensive, not only to him but also to Kate.”

Prince William is reportedly upset that some people have compared Meghan Markle to the late Princess Diana
Prince William is reportedly upset that some people have compared Meghan Markle to the late Princess Diana (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Emma Guinness31 May 2024 22:00

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Charles and Camilla’s horse well beaten in racing classic at Epsom

The King and Queen’s sporting hopes were dashed when their thoroughbred was well beaten in one of racing’s most prestigious events.

Charles and Camilla spent the day at Epsom race course where, despite the blustery and cold conditions, thousands of racegoers turned out for Ladies’ Day.

All eyes were on the runners in the Oaks – a classic twice won by Queen Elizabeth II – with the monarch and his wife’s horse Treasure a longshot with odds of 16-1.

Jockey Chris Hayes rode the Aga Khan’s horse Ezeliya to a well-judged victory, with Treasure finishing at the back of the pack.

The royal couple had walked into the parade ring in the final moments before the classic was run, to see their horse and chat to its jockey James Doyle and their racing manager John Warren.

Namita Singh1 June 2024 03:55

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‘He was taking notes’: Rumors of Prince Harry writing Spare sequel

The prospect of a reconciliation between Prince Harry, King Charles and Prince William is said to be only becoming more distant amid rumours that the Duke of Sussex is writing a second memoir.

Prince Harry’s claims in Spare have created deep “trust” issues and fears of another book are preventing any meaningful conversation between them to move past it, revealed King Charles’s biographer Robert Hardman.

Britain Royals Invictus
Britain Royals Invictus (AP)

“The problem that exists is, at the moment, there is still a trust issue,” he told Tatler on Thursday.

“He gave away so many secrets,” Hardman explained, as he accused the Prince of taking notes when Queen Elizabeth died.

“At the time of the Queen’s death … he was taking notes,” he said, raising suspicions that the prince might be preparing to write a sequel to his memoir.

“As an author, that says to me one thing and one thing only: part two might be on its way,” he said.

Namita Singh1 June 2024 05:00

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Inside the Duke of Westminster and Olivia Henson’s wedding

But he will officially be off the market on 7 June when he ties the knot with Henson, 31, in a lavish ceremony where Prince William and Prince George are set to play key roles.

My colleague Emma Guinness reports:

Namita Singh1 June 2024 06:00

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Nigeria’s First Lady slams US celebs after Meghan Markle’s visit

The First Lady of Nigeria has seemingly taken aim at Meghan Markle’s choice of clothing following her and Prince Harry’s recent trip to the country.

The couple, who visited in their capacity as private citizens, spent three days in Nigeria celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, 63, made the comments during a speech celebrating her husband’s first year in office and discussed her hopes for the modesty of Nigerian women and girls.

Namita Singh1 June 2024 07:00

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Prince Andrew ‘ain’t going anywhere’ in deepening battle with King Charles over royal residence

Prince Andrew “ain’t going anywhere” in his battle with the King over his royal residence, a source has claimed, as the royal row between the siblings deepens.

Charles has been urging his younger brother to vacate the property and move into the smaller Frogmore Cottage instead – but Andrew has refused to move, much to his older brother’s frustration. The duke has the lease on Royal Lodge, whereas the King controls the purse strings – and consequently, the siblings have become embroiled in what insiders have called the “siege of Royal Lodge”, according to The Sun.

Namita Singh1 June 2024 08:00

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