Prince Louis of Luxembourg announces engagement and his ex-wife reacts

Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue and Prince Louis The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg announced Tuesday that Prince Louis is engaged to French lawyer Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue. Louis’s parents, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, said in a statement: “We are very happy to announce the engagement of our son, Prince Louis, to Miss Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue. [Louis’s sons] Princes Gabriel and Noah join us in surrounding the new couple with all our affection. We wish them immense happiness.” Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue and Prince Louis They also released a sweet portrait of the couple smiling for the camera as they hold hands, with Scarlett-Lauren, 29, providing … Continue reading Prince Louis of Luxembourg announces engagement and his ex-wife reacts

Harry to become chief impact officer at US coaching firm BetterUp

The Duke of Sussex is to become chief impact officer at the US coaching and mental health firm, BetterUp. Prince Harry said in a statement that he was “really excited” about taking on the new role. His exact duties, hours and any payment are not clear. It is his latest job move after he and the Duchess of Sussex stepped back as senior royals in March last year. It also comes after the duke and Meghan gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey earlier this month. In it, the couple alleged an unnamed royal family member had asked about how dark their son … Continue reading Harry to become chief impact officer at US coaching firm BetterUp

Private investigator unlawfully accessed private information of Duchess of Sussex

A US private investigator has said he was paid by the Sun newspaper to obtain personal information about the Duchess of Sussex in the early days of her relationship with Prince Harry, but Daniel Hanks says he unlawfully accessed detailed information including Meghan’s social security number. It included her phone number, addresses and social security number as well as information on her family members. His report also included information on her ex-husband and a former boyfriend. In the US, licensed private investigators are allowed full access to databases of personal information for some permitted reasons such as court reports. But … Continue reading Private investigator unlawfully accessed private information of Duchess of Sussex

Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Meghan Markle and Queen sparks outrage

The cover image cartoon came days after Meghan and her husband Harry made a series of damning accusations against the royal family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey including that the skin tone of the couple’s child, Archie, was discussed as a potential issue before he was born. The couple would not reveal who had made the remarks, but said it wasn’t Queen Elizabeth II or her husband, Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. In the interview, Meghan also described having regular suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy and brief time as a working royal, and the couple said the palace had offered … Continue reading Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Meghan Markle and Queen sparks outrage

Meghan says UK royals raised concerns about son’s skin colour

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry said there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before his birth and that such worries explained why he was not given the title of prince. Markle, whose mother is Black and father is white, said she was naive before she married into the British royal family in 2018, but that she ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self-harm after asking for help but getting none. “They didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would … Continue reading Meghan says UK royals raised concerns about son’s skin colour

Backlash in Spain over princesses getting UAE vaccines

A revelation that two sisters of Spain’s King Felipe VI were vaccinated during a trip to Abu Dhabi last month has sparked a political backlash. Media reports revealed Princess Elena, 57, and Princess Cristina, 55, had got the jab whilst visiting their father. The former King, Juan Carlos, left the country in 2020 amid mounting scandals. Both princesses, who do not yet qualify to get a vaccine under Spain’s roll-out, defended and explained their decision on Wednesday. “My sister and I went to visit my father and in order to be issued with a medical certificate which will allow us … Continue reading Backlash in Spain over princesses getting UAE vaccines

Meghan accuses royals of perpetuating falsehoods

The Duchess of Sussex has said she is not afraid of the consequences of speaking out in her and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. In a second teaser clip released by CBS for the upcoming interview, Meghan said “a lot… has been lost already”. She said she could not be expected to be silent if the royals had a part in “perpetuating falsehoods about us”. It comes as Buckingham Palace said it had launched an investigation into claims the duchess bullied royal staff. The interview with Winfrey, which will air in the US on Sunday, is expected to lift the … Continue reading Meghan accuses royals of perpetuating falsehoods

Prince Philip, in hospital ‘as a precaution’

The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital on Tuesday evening “as a precautionary measure” after feeling unwell, Buckingham Palace has said. Prince Philip, 99, was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London, the statement added. A palace source told the BBC the duke travelled by car to the hospital, where he was admitted on his doctor’s advice. He had been feeling unwell for a few days, but it was not related to coronavirus, the source added. They said the duke – who is due to celebrate his 100th birthday on 10 June – was “in good … Continue reading Prince Philip, in hospital ‘as a precaution’

Duke and Duchess of Sussex reveal they are expecting their second child

The couple released a new photo of Meghan resting her hand on her bump   The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child, their office confirmed on Sunday. A spokesperson for Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, said in a statement: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.” In a black-and-white photo of themselves, the couple sat near a tree with Harry’s hand placed under Meghan’s head as she lies on his lap with her hand resting on her … Continue reading Duke and Duchess of Sussex reveal they are expecting their second child

Queen did not block legislation, says Palace

Claims the Queen blocked government legislation in the 1970s are “simply incorrect”, Buckingham Palace says. Documents published by the Guardian  suggest the monarch’s personal lawyers successfully lobbied ministers to change a draft law in order to conceal her private wealth. The papers were unearthed as part of an investigation into Queen’s consent, the Palace said Queen’s consent was a “purely formal” process, and always granted where requested by government. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Queen’s consent is a parliamentary process, with the role of sovereign purely formal, consent is always granted by the monarch where requested by government. Any assertion that … Continue reading Queen did not block legislation, says Palace

Michael Sheen ‘gave OBE back’ to air views on the monarchy

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen handed back his OBE so he could air his views about the monarchy without being a “hypocrite”, he has revealed. Mr Sheen, 51, from Port Talbot, said the decision came after researching the history of his native Wales for his 2017 Raymond Williams lecture, he received the OBE in 2009 for services to drama. The actor said he decided not to announce his decision in 2017, fearing some people would find it insulting, he revealed it in an interview with newspaper columnist Owen Jones this week when asked about it. “Raymond Williams famous wrote a piece called … Continue reading Michael Sheen ‘gave OBE back’ to air views on the monarchy

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos pays back taxes after leaving amid scandal

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who left his homeland under a cloud of scandal in August, has settled a back tax bill worth over 678,000 euros ($817,871) including interest and fines, his lawyers said on Wednesday. The lawyers, in a statement, provided no details on what the back taxes were for. But the newspaper El Pais said earlier the former monarch sought to settle certain alleged illegal credit card transactions with the revenue service to avoid being charged in an investigation and to be able to return to Spain. “In any case, His Majesty King Juan Carlos remains, as always, at the Tax Service’s disposal for any procedure it considers necessary,” … Continue reading Spain’s former King Juan Carlos pays back taxes after leaving amid scandal