Duchess Meghan surprises crowds by leaving Fiji engagement just minutes after arriving – royal aides blame 'crowd management issues'
The Duchess of Sussex was ushered away from her last public engagement of the day in Fiji after just a few minutes on Wednesday – with royal aides revealing that "there were far larger crowds than expected". Meghan was at the bustling Suva Market in the Fijian capital to meet female entrepreneurs when the visit was cut short – she left with her team after just eight minutes, despite being due to stay and chat with the vendors for at least 15. Meghan arrived at the market amid large crowds A royal aide said: "It was hot, humid and uncomfortably busy
The Duke of Sussex went back to his roots today as he planted a tree with the same shovel his grandmother the Queen used for the task in 1953. Harry, who wore a blue Bula shirt for the visit to Colo-I-Suva Forest Reserve, also met a woman who had served Her Majesty tea when she visited Fiji during her epic Coronation tour. Litiana Vulaca, 87, was just 21 when she was chosen for the task by her employer Frances Lilian Charlton, who was the principal of Adi Cakobau Secondary School, a girls’ boarding school visited by the monarch. Harry was
On Tuesday night, the Queen threw a lavish state banquet to honour King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima during their visit to the UK. The black-tie event saw many members of the royal family attend, including Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge – who not only paid tribute to Princess Diana with her choice of earrings – but also the Queen herself. The brooch pinned to Kate's dress was the Royal Family Order, a personal gift from the 92-year-old monarch, which is painted with an image of the Queen, and made from glass, rather than the traditional ivory. This
For the Duchess of Sussex’s second day in Fiji, Meghan took on a solo engagement and visited the bustling Suva Market in the Fijian capital to meet female entrepreneurs. Her visit, however, was cut short – she left with her team after just eight minutes, despite being due to stay and chat with the vendors for at least 15. The pregnant Duchess was promptly whisked away by royal protection officers leaving crowds who’d waited hours to see her disappointed. A royal aide blamed the "hot, humid and uncomfortably busy" market as the reason for her swift departure. See the
Monaco's royal family are celebrating the birth of a new baby! Charlotte Casiraghi and her boyfriend Dimitri Rassam have welcomed their first child together. The palace released a statement on behalf of Charlotte's mother Princess Caroline and Dimitri's mum Carole Bouquet, the French actress who famously played a Bond girl in For Your Eyes Only. The statement read: "Her Royal Highness The Princess of Hanover and Madame Carole Bouquet are delighted to announce the birth of their grandson, who was born on 23 October 2018. Mother and baby are doing well." Loading the player...
The Duchess of Sussex was quickly ushered away from a recent solo engagement in Fiji on Wednesday after royal aides revealed that there "were far larger crowds than expected", and her female bodyguard, who has not been named for security reasons, was at the head of the challenge to get Meghan out of the situation swiftly. Instead of spending 15 minutes at the Suva Market, Meghan left after just eight minutes, leaving some vendors disappointed that they didn't have a chance to meet her. The officer can't be named for security reasons According to the Daily Mail, Meghan and Harry's female
The Queen has spoken about Brexit publicly for the first time. Her Majesty spoke about Britain leaving the EU while giving a speech at a state banquet honouring King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on Tuesday, and referenced the UK's "new partnership" with the rest of Europe. The royal, who generally remains impartial on political issues, said: "I recall the state visit of your grandmother Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 1972, when I spoke of how our nations' close understanding and relationship would become increasingly important as a new configuration of Europe was emerging." The Queen spoke
An Invictus Games athlete who was competing in the Australian sporting event has quit after it was revealed he faces charges for drugs and weapons offences. Powerlifter Tyrone Gawthorne, who has met Prince Harry a few times, was accused of possessing steroids and cocaine. The illegal drugs were allegedly found in his car when he was driving in Queensland in September. Tyrone, 36, also faces criminal action for having a rifle that was not properly secured. In a statement to ABC, Tyrone insisted that he had not taken any substance that "would unfairly enhance my sporting performance at the Games". He
The Queen has the sweetest picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton in her living room – see it here
Like everyone, the Queen likes to have photographs of her family around her home. And on Wednesday, a photograph of her grandson, Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was seen on display in her living room when she hosted Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall during a private audience. The sweet picture was in a wooden frame, and next to a photo of William and his younger brother Prince Harry, both dressed in their military uniforms. The very same photo of William and Kate was last seen, it appears, in 2015, when she hosted High Commissioner
The Duchess of Cambridge has made a swift return to her country home in Norfolk with her husband Prince William and their baby boy Prince Louis. Kate was spotted boarding a helicopter in the grounds of Kensington Palace on Wednesday afternoon, preparing to return to Anmer Hall where her two older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are spending the half-term break. The doting mum carried an overnight bag over her shoulder and six-month-old Louis in her arms, while William walked beside them, also carrying a holdall. Royal fan Christin Zi shared the footage taken by a passer-by on Twitter.
The Royal Court of Norway has announced that Princess Mette-Marit has been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis. The statement from the Royal Court, which was released on Wednesday, read: "The Crown Princess has undergone extensive investigations related to her health and an unusual variant of fibrosis has been detected in the lungs, according to the Crown Princess’s doctor, Professor Kristian Bjøro at the National Hospital. It is not yet clear whether the pulmonary disease is linked to a more extensive autoimmune disease process or if there are other causes that underlie the lung changes." Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit out