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MEGHAN Markle's personal assistant returned freebie gifts sent to the palace - in a move that "didn't go down well" with the duchess, an explosive new book has claimed.

PA Melissa Toubati is said to have been "punctilious" with returning the gifts, it is claimed in Times reporter Valentine Low's new book Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown.

Low claimed: “Clashes centred on the free gifts that some companies would send Meghan. Deliveries were constantly arriving at Kensington Palace. Clothes, jewellery, candles… It was non-stop.

“Touabti was apparently punctilious in following the household rule that members of the Royal Family cannot accept freebies from commercial organisations. Her approach did not go down well with Meghan.”

Toubati quit six months after Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding.

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  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Meghan Markle’s comment that upset Palace aide, claims book

    An explosive new book claims Meghan Markle brought one aide to tears.

    According to Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Times reporter Valentine Low, the Duchess attended a meeting, and said this to a female member of staff.

    She allegedly said: “Don’t worry. If there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Meghan complained about not getting paid tours, claims book

    A shocking new book about Prince Harry reveals that Meghan moaned about not getting paid for royal engagements.

    The book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, states that the Duchess complained about a 2018 tour to Australia, which she also did not receive any income for.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince Harry needed a beer to quell his nerves before telling Queen Megxit decision

    A new book has claimed that the Duke of Sussex was nervous about dropping the exit bomb to his family.

    Valentine Low’s new book,  Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown, claims: “Harry often has an attack of the nerves before he has to speak to the Queen.:

    The Times revealed in an extract: “So when he joined his team for a drink in the bar that Sunday evening, he sat there, so strung out and nervous that his private secretary, Sam Cohen, told him, ‘You need to have a beer.'”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince William ‘can’t forgive’ his brother, Prince Harry, claims author

    In an excerpt from Katie Nicholl’s most recent royal book, she claimed Prince William is unable to find it in his heart to forgive his younger brother.

    The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, Katie’s new book, had an excerpt published in Vanity Fair.

    Katie told Dan Wootton on Thursday night: “William simply can’t forgive [Harry], not just for his behavior and what he’s done and how he’s done it, but look at how much now rests on William,” Nicholl explained.

    “He always thought Harry would be his wingman. Now he’s doing it on his own. Thank goodness he’s got Kate by his side.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Sources dispute that Royals tried to contact Harry over Queen’s death

    Royal sources told Page Six that no one tried to contact Prince Harry over the Queen’s death.

    The Duke found out about her passing on the news as a result.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    This is what Meghan told a stressed out aide, bringing her to tears

    An explosive new book claims Meghan Markle brought one aide to tears.

    According to Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Times reporter Valentine Low, the Duchess attended a meeting, and she was verbally brutal towards one female member of staff over plans for her wedding to Prince Harry.

    She said: “Don’t worry. If there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince Harry’s concerns over becoming ‘irrelevant’ to George at 18

    An explosive new book reveals that Prince Harry worried he would become irrelevant when his nephew, Prince George, turns 18, and that he would have no senior position like his uncle Prince Andrew by the time he turns 60.  

    The book explains: “He had this thing that he had a shelf life. He was fixated [on] this. He would compare himself with his uncle [Prince Andrew].

    “He would say, ‘I have this time to make this impact. Because I can.’ Until George turns 18, was the way he was thinking about it. ‘Then I will be the also-ran.’

    “He was genuinely thinking of it as, ‘I have this platform now, for a limited amount of time. I want to move forward, move forward.’”

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince William and Harry took steps to mend their rift, claims friend

    A close friend of Meghan Markle claimed “efforts have been made on both sides” to help the two sort out their differences.

    Gayle King, who was present at Meghan’s baby shower, went on to say that despite efforts, a resolution could not be reached.

    “There have been efforts on both sides… to sort of make this right,” she said.

    “Big families always go through drama, always go through turmoil.

    “It remains to be seen — are they going to be drawn closer together or are they going to be drawn apart?

    “I have no idea, I have no inside information on that, but I will tell you this: It was good to see Harry standing with his family.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    South Korean President’s ‘diplomatic disaster’ at Queen’s funeral

    The new President, Yoon Suk-yeol, made his first international engagement to the UK for the Queen’s State Funeral.

    Yoon didn’t attend the Queen’s funeral, despite being in London.

    He was caught swearing after a brief chat with US President, Joe Biden at the UN on Wednesday.

    “How could Biden not lose face if these f***ers do not pass it in Congress?” He was caught uttering, it is thought referencing Biden’s work to increase the US contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Aids.

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    Prince Harry wouldn’t speak to his brother before Megxit

    It has been claimed that the Duke of Sussex wouldn’t speak with Prince William in case his plans to leave were “leaked”.

    It was revealed in an excerpt from Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low in the Times that the Prince was suspicious of his brother.

    “He was so concerned that William’s team would leak the visit to the press that he would rather they did not come than risk it getting into the papers,” says Valentine Low’s book.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Queen was ‘exhausted’ by Prince Harry and family fall out

    Katie Nicholls, royal author, claimed that the Queen found the rift between the royals and Prince Harry very difficult.

    In an excerpt from her new book, published by Vanity Fair, she claims that: “We know that she loved Harry and she was very close to Harry. They always had a very close relationship. 

    “She always had time for him but this source very close to the late Queen who would speak to her regularly, most of the time during Covid pandemic, that was when she just confided to the source that she was exhausted by it all.”

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    Meghan’s tears were genuine, royal commentator claims

    Meghan Markle was spotted in tears at Her Majesty’s funeral, leading many to claim she was faking.

    But now, a royal commentator has come to the Duchess’s defence.

     “I always think it’s best to try to take things at face value and give people the benefit of the doubt, especially at difficult moments like those involving grief or the loss of a family member,” Jonathan Sacerdoti, according to the Express.

    “And when that family is Her Majesty the Queen, and with all the tensions within the family, it’s fair to assume that if you have to act out your grief in such a public way, whoever you are, you may find it very difficult, you may well be sad.

    “And so I don’t think it’s fair to accuse people of faking when we have no reason or evidence to suggest that that’s the case.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Meghan complained about not getting paid tours, claims book

    A shocking new book about Prince Harry reveals that Meghan moaned about not getting paid for royal engagements.

    The book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, states that the Duchess complained about a 2018 tour to Australia, which she also did not receive any income for.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Meghan Markle's comment that upset Palace aide, claims book

    An explosive new book claims Meghan Markle brought one aide to tears.

    According to Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Times reporter Valentine Low, the Duchess attended a meeting, and said this to a female member of staff.

    She allegedly said: “Don’t worry. If there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince Harry needed a beer to quell his nerves before telling Queen Megxit decision

    A new book has claimed that the Duke of Sussex was nervous about dropping the exit bomb to his family.

    Valentine Low's new book,  Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown, claims: "Harry often has an attack of the nerves before he has to speak to the Queen.:

    The Times revealed in an extract: "So when he joined his team for a drink in the bar that Sunday evening, he sat there, so strung out and nervous that his private secretary, Sam Cohen, told him, 'You need to have a beer.'"

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Queen’s love for The Beatles revealed by ex-German MEP

    A former German MEP has revealed that the Queen was a big Beatles fan and she was concerned about the attack on George Harrison at his own home in 1999.

    Express Online reports that Hans-Olaf Henkel, who knew members of the band well, said: “It was in 2000 that the Queen came to Berlin to officially open the new British Embassy in Berlin.

    “At that time I was President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), roughly the equivalent of the British CBI.

    "Much to my surprise the British Ambassador to Germany, Sir Paul Lever, invited my wife and me to a dinner in honour of the Queen at his residence at Berlin-Grunewald.”

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    A ledger stone with the Queen's name inscribed on has been revealed after Her Majesty was laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

    The Royal Family Tweeted: "A photograph is released today of the ledger stone now installed at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, following the internment of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

    "The King George VI Memorial Chapel sits within the walls of St George’s Chapel, Windsor."

    Her Majesty was buried with her late husband, Prince Philip and her parents, King George VI and the Queen mother, Elizabeth.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince Harry wouldn't speak to his brother before Megxit

    It has been claimed that the Duke of Sussex wouldn't speak with Prince William in case his plans to leave were "leaked".

    It was revealed in an excerpt from Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low in the Times that the Prince was suspicious of his brother.

    "He was so concerned that William’s team would leak the visit to the press that he would rather they did not come than risk it getting into the papers,” says Valentine Low's book.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    South Korean President’s ‘diplomatic disaster’ at Queen’s funeral

    The new President, Yoon Suk-yeol, made his first international engagement to the UK for the Queen’s State Funeral.

    Yoon didn’t attend the Queen’s funeral, despite being in London.

    He was caught swearing after a brief chat with US President, Joe Biden at the UN on Wednesday.

    “How could Biden not lose face if these f***ers do not pass it in Congress?” He was caught uttering, it is thought referencing Biden’s work to increase the US contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Aids.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Confusion over how Prince Harry discovered the Queen had died

    Prince Harry boarded a private jet in a dash to be with the Queen for her last moments in Balmoral castle.

    It was reported by The Telegraph that King Charles tried to call Prince Harry but "the phone call did not go through".

    Today it was reported by The Sun that Prince Harry found out about the Queen's death by reading the news.

    However the Palace insists that the public were informed after every family member had been contacted.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Kate revealed children are ‘beady-eyed’ since the Queen’s funeral

    The Princess of Wales has revealed the impact the Queen’s death has had on her children who have noticed big changes during the mourning period.

    Speaking to those who worked hard to keep the Queen’s State Funeral running smoothly at Westminster Abbey, Kate said: “The children were saying it’s come down so quickly.

    “I suppose it’s a lot quicker to undo it,” reported The Mirror.

    She had told the volunteers that the children were more “beady-eyed”, and had asked why drones were flying around for security.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Prince William 'can't forgive' his brother, Prince Harry, claims author

    In an excerpt from Katie Nicholl's most recent royal book, she claimed Prince William is unable to find it in his heart to forgive his younger brother.

    The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, Katie's new book, had an excerpt published in Vanity Fair.

    Katie told Dan Wootton on Thursday night: "William simply can’t forgive [Harry], not just for his behavior and what he’s done and how he’s done it, but look at how much now rests on William," Nicholl explained.

    "He always thought Harry would be his wingman. Now he’s doing it on his own. Thank goodness he’s got Kate by his side."

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    What would you like to see King Charles do?

    A backflip?

    Now that would certainly be a sight to behold.

    One little girl was interviewed by Australian network 7 News, who asked her what she would like to see from the new King.

    The reported asked: "What advice would you give our new king? What would you like to see him do?"

    Winifred replied: “Do a backflip.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    State of Queen Elizabeth II could be commissioned for Trafalgar Square

    MP Sir John Hayes made the suggestion to the House of Commons, which was well received.

    Addressing the House of Commons, Sir Hayes said; “Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II we have witnessed an extraordinary nationwide, indeed kingdom-wide, response – a moving mix of sorrow at our loss and celebration of a life of remarkable service.

    “So that mood is marked forever and remembrance can last for generations to come, a fitting national memorial needs to be established.

    “Will the Leader of the House therefore agree that a statement be brought to this House on what form that memorial might take?

    “For me, a statue on the final plinth on Trafalgar Square would be ideal.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Meghan Markle 'threatened' to break up with Prince Harry

    It has been claimed by a royal author that Meghan was prepared to dump Harry, unless he announced their relationship was official.

    The couple were "hordes of journalists" desperate to get a glimpse into his love life, but Harry wanted to "protect" Meghan.

    Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, reveals the make or break point of their relationship, written by Valentine Low.

    The except, revealed by The Times claims: "A source said: 'She was saying, "If you don’t put out a statement confirming I’m your girlfriend, I’m going to break up with you". Harry was in a panic'. Another source said: 'He was freaking out, saying, "She’s going to dump me".'”

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