Royal Family news – Prince William & Kate could FLEE London as Meghan's biographer takes swipe at Queen

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton are reportedly “seriously considering” relocating to a "secret bothole" outside of London.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hoping to move closer to the Queen, hinting that they are planning to take on more senior roles within the royal family. 

It was previously reported how the couple were thinking of moving from their base of Amner Hall in Norfolk.

And Wills, 39, and Kate, 39, are understood to have been “eyeing up” a move to Windsor – meaning they would no longer need to split their time between Norfolk and London.

The news comes as Omid Scobie took a sensational swipe at the Queen by claiming "no senior royal" stepped in to solve Prince William and Harry's rift.

The Finding Freedom author believes the brotherly row could have been squashed if a Royal Family member had stepped in – but said no one has intervened in the sibling squabble.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates…

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    HAND US ANDY

    BRITAIN faces increased pressure from the US to hand over Prince Andrew for questioning over sex abuse claims.

    President Biden’s office made a rare statement amid claims of frustration over the Duke of York’s stonewalling.

    Officials want the UK to reaffirm its “close and resilient” evidence-sharing relationship. The Department of Justice sent a mutual legal assistance request to the Home Office last year to try to force Andrew’s cooperation.

    Following enquiries about the Duke, a US government official said: “The US and the UK have a close, productive and resilient law enforcement and mutual legal assistance relationship.

    “We remain in close contact on many active cases on a daily basis and will continue to seek assistance in criminal matters as we provide similar assistance in return.”

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    A MAJOR WIN FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    After Piers voiced his concerns that Meghan and Harry were dishonest in their Oprah chat, a string of other claims they made were also proven to be false.

    Ofcom said that it is: “clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.

    “The Code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.

    “The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and audience.”

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    ITV’S STATEMENT ON PIERS’ INVESTIGATION IN THE WAKE OF OPRAH WINFREY’S INTERVIEW WITH THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX

    After careful consideration, the broadcaster found the programme, nor Piers Morgan, was not in breach of our broadcasting rules.

    The full decision is available here, and part of the statement, given by an Ofcom spokesperson reads: “This was a finely-balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them. But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.

    “Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY STILL OWE £78,500 TO CHARITY AS THEIR FOUNDATION FINALLY CLOSES

    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."

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    OMID SCOBIE TAKES A SWIPE AT THE QUEEN AS HE CLAIMS ‘NO SENIOR ROYAL’ STEPPED IN TO SOLVE PRINCE WILLIAM & HARRY’S RIFT

    The Finding Freedom author believes the brotherly row could have been squashed if a Royal Family member had stepped in – but said no one has intervened in the sibling squabble.

    In an interview on This Morning – which coincided with the news that Piers Morgan was cleared by Ofcom over comments he made about Meghan Markle – Scobie said the "family fractures" were far from fixed.

    "I wish there was a.. you know, we have all experienced family squabbles and so on, but there is always a senior member of the family who clips you round the ear and pulls you all together and says 'talk!'.

    "And I haven't heard that from any source connected to the family that there has been someone who has played that role.

    "I'm sure if Diana was here today, that's exactly what she would do. But I've certainly not heard that from any of the others."

    Scobie's apparent jibe towards Her Majesty comes after the release of a new epilogue for the biography based on the Sussexes, on the 24th anniversary of Princess Diana's death.

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    PIERS MORGAN ‘WILL NOT GET GOOD MORNING BRITAIN JOB BACK'

    This morning the media watchdog confirmed the star WAS within his rights to give his opinions during a heated GMB debate back in March.

    But a TV insider has told the Mirror that there are no plans to offer Piers his job back.

    Piers, 56, stormed off the show live on air after questioning Meghan's claims in her bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview that she suffered suicidal feelings – and then later quit rather than apologise.

    Posting after the ruling today, Piers shared a picture of him and former co-host Susanna Reid on the ITV morning show.

    He wrote: "I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.

    "This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?"

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    PIERS MORGAN BRANDS MEGHAN MARKLE A ‘WHINY FORK-TONGUED ACTRESS’ AND ‘DEMONSTRABLE LIAR’ AFTER OFCOM WIN

    The former presenter won the battle amid his long-standing feud with the Sussexes – with the media watchdog confirming Piers WAS entitled to give his opinions during the heated debate.

    Following the sensational win for free speech, he said Meghan wrote to his ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall demanding "his head on a plate," as the Duchess used her "gender" to get through to McCall – which Piers calls "nauseating."

    Piers wrote in the Daily Mail: "What has the world come to when a whiny fork-tongued actress can dictate who presents a morning television news programme?

    "It was preposterous that I had to leave a job I loved because I didn't believe a demonstrable liar."

    He added: "Make no mistake, this is a watershed moment in the battle for free speech.

    "None of the couple's most sensational and damaging statements about racism and mental health have yet been supported by a shred of evidence amid furious denials from the Royal Family. 

    "So, my observation that I didn't believe Meghan Markle is looking stronger by the day. And for the record, I still don't believe her."

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    ROYAL ROUNDUP

    • Piers Morgan hails 'watershed moment' for free speech over Meghan Markle GMB row
    • 'I still don't believe her,' says Piers after Ofcom verdict
    • Royal commentator Robert Jobson calls the watchdog ruling 'a victory for common sense and free speech'
    • Piers says he is 'delighted' at the 'resounding victory for free speech'
    • Good Morning Britain was not in breach the broadcasting code, Ofcom rules
    • Piers Morgan claims 'nauseating' Meghan Markle 'played the maternity card' when she complained to Ofcom
    • Royal expert Angela Levin hailed it a 'marvellous result from Ofcom'
    • The former GMB presenter jokes: 'Do I get my job back?'

    MEGHAN MARKLE WILL BE ‘ABSOLUTELY LIVID’ AS PIERS MORGAN WINS OFCOM RULING OVER ‘LIAR’ BLAST AND ‘WILL SPEAK TO LAWYERS’

    Royal biographer Angela Levin says the Duchess of Sussex could bring her lawyers in after Ofcom ruled the former Good Morning Britain host was entitled to give his opinions about her during a heated debate.

    Following the sensational win for free speech, Piers said Meghan wrote to his ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall demanding "his head on a plate," in a "nauseating" bid to get him fired.

    And it's believed the Duchess will be as angry now that her pleas failed and Piers won the complaint.

    Piers, 56, sensationally stormed off GMB in March after dismissing the legitimacy of Meghan Markle's claims to Oprah Winfrey that she suffered suicidal thoughts.

    Meghan and Harry personally lodged a complaint against Piers to ITV and Ofcom to fight against his outburst.

    Ofcom confirmed at the time: “We can confirm receipt of a standards complaint made on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex.”

    But in a huge win for freedom of speech, Ofcom today said that restricting Piers Morgan's strong views would be an "unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression."

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      SARAH FERGUSON ‘IN TALKS’ TO MOVE INTO TV FOLLOWING RELEASE OF NEW NOVEL

      Sarah Ferguson, 61, has agreed a deal to develop and produce a TV version of her new novel ‘Her Heart for a Compass’.

      The raunchy period drama has been repackaged and pitched to major networks and streamers as a long running telly series.

      Insiders claim that Fergie is in “early talks” with dealmakers and production companies who’ve delivered shows to NBC, Disney stations and Netflix.

      Netflix handed a reported £100million to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for a content deal.

      Fergie has only penned one book so far, but insists that there are “several stories to be told”.

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      HARRY AND MEGHAN NEIGHBOURS COMPLAIN ABOUT STINK FROM A GIANT CANNABIS FARM CLOSE TO THEIR £11M MANSION

      MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s rich neighbours have been suffering from a royal stink – a huge cannabis factory.

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living just minutes from a legal weed factory base in Santa Barbara, California.

      The couple’s £11million mansion is just up the road from the 20 large greenhouses full of the plants – leaving the luxury suburb reeking.

      Neighbours have now made a string of complaints, sparking the company to install new “odour control systems.”

      One resident complained that the stench was so bad that they had to pull over while driving along the road. The factory is less than a 10-minute drive from the Montecito mansion where the couple live with son Archie, two, and two month-old daughter Lilibet.

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      BREAKING: PIERS MORGAN HAILS ‘WATERSHED MOMENT’ FOR FREE SPEECH OVER MEGHAN MARKLE GMB ROW & INSISTS: ‘I STILL DON’T BELIEVE HER’

      The former presenter insisted today that he STILL doesn’t believe claims made by the Duchess of Sussex after the media watchdog confirmed Piers didn’t break broadcasting rules.

      Following the sensational win for free speech and expression, Piers Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail: “Make no mistake, this is a watershed moment in the battle for free speech.

      “None of the couple’s most sensational and damaging statements about racism and mental health have yet been supported by a shred of evidence amid furious denials from the Royal Family. 

      “So, my observation that I didn’t believe Meghan Markle is looking stronger by the day. And for the record, I still don’t believe her.”

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      PIERS MORGAN ASKS ‘DO I GET MY JOB BACK?’ OVER ‘PRINCESS PINOCCHIO’ MEGHAN MARKLE’S ‘CHILLING’ ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH

      The media watchdog confirmed Piers WAS within his rights to give his opinions during the heated debate back in March.

      Posting after the ruling today, Piers, 56, shared a picture of him and former co-host Susanna Reid on the ITV morning show.

      He wrote: “I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.

      “This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?”

      Ofcom, which regulates TV shows, ruled today that Piers was allowed to air his own opinions on the show.

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      MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY STILL OWE £78,500 TO CHARITY AS THEIR FOUNDATION FINALLY CLOSES & LAST TIE TO UK IS SEVERED

      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."

      The couple have secured multimillion pound deals with Netflix, Spotify and publishers since ditching royal duties so could cough up from their personal accounts if necessary.

      Read more here.

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's MWX Foundation owes a non-profit £78,500 Credit: PA
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      PIERS MORGAN HAILS ‘WATERSHED MOMENT’ FOR FREE SPEECH OVER MEGHAN MARKLE GMB ROW & INSISTS: ‘I STILL DON’T BELIEVE HER’

      The former presenter insisted today that he STILL doesn’t believe claims made by the Duchess of Sussex after the media watchdog confirmed Piers didn’t break broadcasting rules.

      Following the sensational win for free speech and expression, Piers Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail: “Make no mistake, this is a watershed moment in the battle for free speech.

      “None of the couple’s most sensational and damaging statements about racism and mental health have yet been supported by a shred of evidence amid furious denials from the Royal Family. 

      “So, my observation that I didn’t believe Meghan Markle is looking stronger by the day. And for the record, I still don’t believe her.”

      Read more.

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      BREAKING: PIERS MORGAN ‘WILL NOT GET GOOD MORNING BRITAIN JOB BACK

      A TV insider has told the Mirror that there are no plans to offer Piers his job back.

      Ofcom, which regulates TV shows, ruled today that Piers was allowed to air his own opinions on the show.

      Piers, 56, stormed off the show live on air after questioning Meghan's claims in her bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview that she suffered suicidal feelings – and then later quit rather than apologise.

      Read more here.

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      PIERS MORGAN AND MEGHAN MARKLE FEUD EXPLAINED: WHAT’S HAPPENED BETWEEN THEM?

      The controversial TV personality is now celebrating after Ofcom ruled he wasn’t in the wrong over comments about Meg on GMB that forced him to quit the show.

      The pair first got in contact after he followed her on Twitter and she messaged him saying she was a fan of his.

      The pair messaged for a while, and when Meghan visited the UK to watch Serena Williams at Wimbledon they met for a drink.

      Piers later revealed: “We had two hours in the pub, she had a couple of dirty martinis and pints – we got on brilliantly.

      “Then I put her in a cab, and it turns out it was the cab that took her to a party where she met Prince Harry.

      “The next night they had a solo dinner and that was the last I ever heard from Meghan Markle. I never heard from her again – Meghan Markle ghosted me.”

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      THE QUEEN’S GREAT-NEPHEW IS TO BECOME FIRST ROYAL TO JOIN THE COMMANDOS

      Arthur Chatto, 22, told Her Majesty last week he had been accepted to train as an officer in the Royal Marines.

      The personal trainer and model took tips from Prince Edward — who dropped out of the course in 1987 after completing a third of the 12-month training.

      Arthur is the son of Princess Margaret’s only daughter Lady Sarah, 57.

      A royal insider said: “Arthur Chatto has been accepted to train as an officer in the Royal Marines.

      “He told the Queen all about it and she’s pleased and proud. Prince Edward has been very supportive.

      “He has gone straight into the officer training in this year’s intake and is very keen and up for it.

      “It’s a dead cert he’ll get a lot further than Prince Edward ever did.”

      Arthur Chatto, 22, told Her Majesty last week he had been accepted to train as an officer in the Royal Marines Credit: Instagram
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      TIMELINE OF PIERS MORGAN’S HISTORY WITH MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY

      Morgan’s feud with Meghan stems back to 2015, when the broadcaster says the now-Duchess “ghosted” him.

      2015

      • In 2015, the pair were friendly and followed each other on Twitter.

      2016

      • In 2016, the pair met for drinks in London at Piers’ favourite pub while Markle was in town.

      2018

      • In May of 2018, in the lead up to Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, Morgan wrote of his sympathy towards for Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, who would not be invited to the royal wedding amid the family drama that had ensued.

      2021

      • Fast forward to 2021, Piers' anger only grew when it was announced that Meghan and Harry would be doing a 2-hour long interview with Oprah.

      Read the timeline in full here.

      EXPLAINED: WHAT DID PIERS MORGAN SAY IN HIS RANT?

      Unleashing a furious rant on Good Morning Britain after Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Piers said: "I’m angry to the point of boiling over. I’m sickened by what I’ve just seen.

      "This is a two-hour 'trashathon' of our Royal Family, the monarchy and everything the Queen has worked hard for, done while Prince Philip lies in hospital.

      "They basically make out they are a bunch of white supremacists 
      by dropping a racist bombshell."

      This was not the only comment he made about the interview however.

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      MEGA VICTORY 

      On whether Meghan will accept his victory, royal commentator Adam Helliker said: “I think she’s going to feel more determined and it will up her game so to speak.

      "I don’t think in terms of legal action or appeal they will go down that route. 

      "But they will up their game in terms of putting out more statements, being more independent and just pushing away even further."

      Referring to Meghan and Harry's rift with the Royal Family, he added: "I think the two sides are so wide from each other now and someone like Piers is a great big player in this kind of circus.

      "But he does represent, despite those 50,000 complaints, a lot of viewers who will agree with him."

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        MEGHAN MARKLE WILL BE ‘ABSOLUTELY LIVID’ AS PIERS MORGAN WINS OFCOM RULING OVER ‘LIAR’ BLAST AND ‘WILL SPEAK TO LAWYERS’

        Royal biographer Angela Levin says the Duchess of Sussex could bring her lawyers in after Ofcom ruled the former Good Morning Britain host was entitled to give his opinions about her during a heated debate.

        Following the sensational win for free speech, Piers said Meghan wrote to his ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall demanding "his head on a plate," in a "nauseating" bid to get him fired.

        And it's believed the Duchess will be as angry now that her pleas failed and Piers won the complaint.

        On how Meghan will feel about the ruling, Royal author Angela Levin told The Sun Online: "I think she will be absolutely livid and she’ll ask her lawyers to see what they can do about it.

        "She can’t cope with someone saying she didn’t tell the truth. Because she is all about compassion and understanding and caring for people."

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        PIERS MORGAN BRANDS MEGHAN MARKLE A ‘WHINY FORK-TONGUED ACTRESS’ AND ‘DEMONSTRABLE LIAR’ AFTER OFCOM WIN

        Following the sensational win for free speech, he said Meghan wrote to his ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall demanding "his head on a plate," as the Duchess used her "gender" to get through to McCall – which Piers calls "nauseating."

        Piers wrote in the Daily Mail: "What has the world come to when a whiny fork-tongued actress can dictate who presents a morning television news programme?

        "It was preposterous that I had to leave a job I loved because I didn't believe a demonstrable liar."

        He added: "Make no mistake, this is a watershed moment in the battle for free speech.

        "None of the couple's most sensational and damaging statements about racism and mental health have yet been supported by a shred of evidence amid furious denials from the Royal Family. 

        "So, my observation that I didn't believe Meghan Markle is looking stronger by the day. And for the record, I still don't believe her."

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        Piers branded Meghan a 'demonstrable liar' following his Ofcom win Credit: PA
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        "LITTLE PROGRESS" (CONTINUED…)

        But the revised chapter, penned by Scobie and Carolyn Durand, also claimed the couple are now keen to take "accountability and ownership" for their role in the rift with the Royals.

        Scobie said they were then simply "desperate to get their story out there" when they sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an explosive interview in March this year, which reignited the already fraught feud.

        He said "very little progress is being made" despite time healing some wounds.

        Some Royal experts suggest the ongoing tension between the brothers began when the Duke of Sussex stepped down from life as a senior royal to move to the US with his wife Meghan.

        Since then there have been more reported feuds – the most pivotal proving to be Harry and Meghan's tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey.

        Meghan and Harry's televised interview with Oprah sparked a royal crisis, as several members of the family came under fire.

        In the explosive chat, the couple alluded to Harry's rift with William, with the 36-year-old saying he loved his older brother "to bits" but that they were on "different paths".

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        OMID SCOBIE TAKES A SWIPE AT THE QUEEN AS HE CLAIMS ‘NO SENIOR ROYAL’ STEPPED IN TO SOLVE PRINCE WILLIAM & HARRY’S RIFT

        The Finding Freedom author believes the brotherly row could have been squashed if a Royal family member had stepped in – but said no one has intervened in the sibling squabble.

        In an interview on This Morning – which coincided with the news that Piers Morgan was cleared by Ofcom over comments he made about Meghan Markle – Scobie said the "family fractures" were far from fixed.

        "I wish there was a.. you know, we have all experienced family squabbles and so on, but there is always a senior member of the family who clips you round the ear and pulls you all together and says talk!

        "And I haven't heard that from any source connected to the family that there has been someone who has played that role.

        "I'm sure if Diana was here today, that's exactly what she would do. But I've certainly not heard that from any of the others."

        Scobie's apparent jibe towards Her Majesty comes after the release of a new epilogue for the biography based on the Sussexes, on the 24th anniversary of Princess Diana's death.

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