Royals latest LIVE – Prince William & Prince Harry have been 'arguing for last 18 months', says brothers' mutual friend

PRINCE William and Prince Harry have been arguing for the last 18 months, a mutual friend has claimed.

ITV journalist Tom Bradby told the Times that the brother's relationship "slowly descended into something that was difficult – personally and publicly – really over the past year and a half".

The journalist has been close with both brothers for a number of years, chosen to carry out William and Kate's engagement interview and the host of a documentary filming the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes trip to South Africa.

But amid tensions between the brothers, it has been reported William ended his 20-year friendship with Mr Bradby.

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly feels “let down” by the high profile journalist’s relationship with his brother.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PUTIN IT ON

    Prince Michael of Kent has been accused of charging £50,000 for introducing businessmen to President Putin.

    The Queen’s cousin and the Marquess of Reading said they were “very excited” to help link up South Korean investors to pals of the Russian leader.

    Undercover Sunday Times reporters posing as employees of the “House of Haedong” claimed to be a “new boutique fund that invests in the most regal of assets: gold.”

    The Marquess, 78, boasted that Prince Michael, 78, was “Her Majesty’s unofficial ambassador to Russia” because he spoke the language.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ROYAL REBRAND

    Kate Middleton and Prince William changed the name of their Instagram page today, and it is the latest in a string of clues they are currently “rebranding themselves”.

    The Duke and Duchess switched their @KensingtonRoyal page to the more informal @DukeandDuchessofCambridge – and also added a new profile picture of them smiling as a couple.

    This follows Will and Kate launching a YouTube channel and releasing an intimate family video in honour of their 10-year wedding anniversary. 

    Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe said: “I honestly think they have embarked on a rebranding in the light of what effectively the importance of personality as well as position for the royals. 

    “Harry and Meghan have shown that modern royalty will only survive if it is absolutely at the cutting edge of social media that their profiles play into the narrative of the cult of the celebrity.

    “William has decided now is really the time to really push them as a couple as well as the future King and Queen.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHEN WILL DIANA’S STATUE BE UNVEILED?

    The statue will be unveiled on what would have been the 60th birthday of Princess Diana, who died in 1997.

    Harry’s pregnant wife Meghan, 39, is expected to stay in the US. The Queen is also unlikely to go.

    Another source said: “She feels this is William and Harry’s event and would not want to overshadow them.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED – HARRY AND WILLIAM SET TO GIVE SEPARATE SPEECHES

    “The brothers will be physically together for the ceremony but want to make their own personal addresses.

    “You might have thought they’d go for a joint statement and speech but that’s not the case. Each has insisted on preparing their own.

    “It is a big concern that their body language will suggest all is not well and they won’t present a united front.”

  • Aliki Kraterou

    HARRY AND WILLIAM SET TO GIVE SEPARATE SPEECHES

    Princes Harry and William will give separate speeches when their mum’s statue is unveiled — highlighting their ongoing rift.

    Harry, 36, will stand with his brother, 39, when the Diana memorial is revealed in July.

    But in a sign their feud has yet to heal, there will be no joint address.

    A source said: “They will both move heaven and earth to be there. They commissioned the statue together. It is very important for them.

    “There is, of course, hope the memory of Diana can repair their relationship but that seems a long way off right now.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HOW DOES ROYAL SUCCESSION WORK?

    The rules of royal succession have changed significantly in recent years.

    Leaders of 16 British Commonwealth countries (including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Jamaica) voted in 2011 to alter the centuries-old tradition to include daughters as well as sons.

    Previously daughters could only inherit the throne if there were no living sons.

    This system, which dated back 300 years, is based on the rules of primogeniture which gives preference to the firstborn male heirs of a king or queen.

    This change in royal succession means Princess Charlotte, as William and Kate's daughter, is ahead of her younger brother.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHO IS NEXT IN LINE TO THE THRONE?

    The throne will pass on to Prince Charles if the Queen abdicates, retires or dies.

    Next in line after Charles is eldest son Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and then his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

    The newest arrival to the royal family is Eugenie's son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line after Eugenie in 10th place.

    When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's second baby is born this year,  August will slip to 12th place.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MAN ADMITS TRESPASSING AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    A man has admitted trespassing at Buckingham Palace while carrying a Stanley-type knife.

    Chorrie Thompson, 46, slipped through a gate to the rear of the royal residence in London when it was opened to allow a vehicle to exit at around 11.25am on April 15, a court heard.

    Prosecutor Mike Mullin said Thompson made his way to the Lodge area to the right of the large gate before he was confronted by security staff and asked to leave.

    “He says he wants to use the toilet and when he was refused permission he becomes aggressive and throws some documents he has onto the floor,” Mr Mullin said.

    “He was only in there for 10 to 15 seconds before he leaves.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BRITISH ROYALS WITH BIRTHDAYS IN MAY

    Several British royals have birthdays in the month of May.

    These include: Princess Charlotte (May 2), Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (May 6) and Zara Phillips (May 15).

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PULLED APART

    Prince Charles has only met his grandson Archie twice meaning the royal family were forced to use old photos for his birthday post, according to reports.

    Harry and Meghan’s son turned two this week and palace officials took to social media to celebrate the day.

    Sources say the reason for the lack of variety in the photos with Archie and Prince Charles is that the Prince of Wales has only met his grandson a handful of times.

    They told The Daily Mail: “The truth is the Prince of Wales has barely seen his grandson  twice since he was born. 

    “In fact every member of Harry’s family can easily count on one hand the number of times they saw Archie after he was born and before the family left the UK. 

    “It’s a very sad situation.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BATTLE ROYALE

    Prince Harry and William have been arguing for the past 18 months, Tom Bradby has claimed.

    The journalist also denied he negotiated ITV's rights for Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive Oprah interview.

    He told The Times the princes' relationship "slowly descended into something that was difficult – personally and publicly – really over the past year and a half".

    It comes after a tense few years for the brothers – reportedly falling out over Megxit last year, after Harry revealed in a 2019 interview with Mr Bradby they were already "on different paths".

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHEN IS VE DAY AND HOW WAS IT CELEBRATED IN 1945?

    VE Day falls today, on Saturday, May 8, 2021, and marks a special time in UK's history, normally commemorated with street parties, parades, and people coming together – but coronavirus restrictions have put a stop to plans for the second year running.

    In 1945 a crowd of 50,000 was packed into Piccadilly Circus waving flags. A national holiday was declared and there was dancing in the street and singing.

    At 3pm Prime Minister Winston Churchill broadcast from the War Cabinet Office to tell the nation war was over. King George VI also spoke to the nation on the radio, paying tribute to those who “laid down their lives” during the war.

    The Royal Family made eight appearances during the day, waving to crowds on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. The two young princesses – Elizabeth and Margaret – even slipped out of the palace to join the crowds.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    END OF AN ERA

    Prince Philip’s 992 patronages WON’T be passed down to other Royals amid plans to “slim down” the monarchy, Meghan Markle's pal has claimed. 

    Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie said that many of the Duke of Edinburgh’s patronages could be retired as working royals take on more significant roles in fewer charities. 

    There are over 2,800 organisations in the UK which have a royal patron. 

    Prince Philip, who died last month, was associated with 992 different organisations either as patron, president or honorary member.

    You can read more here

    Philip’s 992 patronages 'won't be passed down to other Royals'
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN 'THREW KATE UNDER A BUS'

    Meghan Markle “threw Kate Middleton under a bus” and left Prince William “pretty damn cross”, it has been reported.

    Asked if she made Kate cry, Meghan told Oprah: “The reverse happened. A few days before the wedding she was upset about something, pertaining to … the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings.”

    Now royal author Penny Junor has claimed that Meghan's comments would most likely have infuriated William.

    Ms Junor told The Express: "I would have thought one of the things William was most cross about was the fact that Meghan threw Kate under the bus.

    "It wasn't Harry, but it was his wife, and he must have known that she was going to do that and he clearly hasn't corrected it in any way. It depends how Kate is feeling. I must say I would be pretty damn cross."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    YOUNG BRITS SNAP UP KATE'S HIDDEN BOOKS

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WILLIAM 'AUDITIONED' KATE TO BE HIS WIFE

    Before tying the knot in April 2011, the Duke had known his wife Kate Middleton for almost 10 years – after they met as students at St Andrews.

    Appearing on ITV's The Day Will and Kate Got Married, royal expert Robert Lacey claimed the Duke felt he had to "audition" his wife.

    He explained: "It's been said that William was auditioning Catherine for her future role.

    "And I think there's a truth to that. William is the future King of Britain and the Commonwealth and, like it or not, part of his job was to choose a consort who would do the job well."

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    Kate and William on their wedding day
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MONARCHY 'MAY NOT OUTLAST WILLIAM'

    The British monarchy is entering its "end game" and the institution may not "outlast" Prince William, according to Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel. 

    The 68-year-old writer said she wondered if the Queen is the "only person who really believes in the monarchy now".

    Ms Mantel told the Telegraph: "I think it’s the end game. I don’t know how much longer the institution will go on.

    "I’m not sure if it will outlast William. So I think it will be their last big era.

    "I wish the Queen had felt able to abdicate because Charles has had to wait such a long time."

    Wolf Hall trilogy writer Dame Hilary Mantel has pondered over the future of the monarchy
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN’S BOOK WILL ‘EVOKE SENSE OF CONNECTION’

    Meghan Markle’s children’s book The Bench will give readers “a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons—moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort,” according to its publishers.

    It will also “evoke a deep sense of warm, connection, and compassion”, a release by Penguin Random House said.

    Meghan will narrate an audio version of the book, out of June 8.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PRINCESS CHARLOTTE IS GROWING UP VERY FAST, SAYS FATHER WILLIAM

    Princess Charlotte had a “lovely birthday” and is growing up “very fast”, proud father the Duke of Cambridge has revealed.

    William said another family was invited to celebrate his daughter’s big day over the weekend, when he toured an engineering firm in the West Midlands.

    Jenna Jackson, a mother of two and lead HR business partner with Babcock Vehicle Engineering, quizzed the duke about Charlotte – who celebrated her sixth birthday on Sunday.

    “She had a lovely day thank you,” William replied, “Last year it was her birthday in lockdown but this year we were able to have one other family over.

    “They grow up very fast. It was great fun.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WILLIAM AND CHARLES 'WON'T OPEN ARMS TO HARRY AGAIN'

    Prince Charles and William will not "open their arms" to Harry again in the wake of the shocking Oprah Winfrey interview, a top royal expert has claimed.

    Charlie Rae, a former royal editor at The Sun, has told talkRADIO, he doesn't believe Charles and William are over Harry and Meghan's high-profile TV chat.

    Radio show host Kevin O'Sullivan said: "We read that Harry was shocked by the frosty reception he got from some members of the Royal Family.

    "Some literally turned their back on him. He was stunned by this – I'm not sure why that was a surprise to him.

    "I do not believe that William and Charles will be extending their open arms again to Harry in the light of what he said."

  • Dan Keane

    'WEREN'T IN GREAT SHAPE MENTALLY'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were not in great shape mentally during a documentary about their Africa trip, says its host Tom Bradby.

    Harry & Meghan: An African Journey followed the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie on their travels to the continent in 2019.

    Speaking to The Times about his own mental health issues, Bradby said it made him aware of the royal couple’s state of mind during their Africa tour.

    He said that he “was clearly influenced by my own experience and I didn’t think they were in great shape, and so I altered the way I was planning to do the documentary”.

  • Dan Keane

    MEG 'WAS PROTECTED'

    Meghan Markle's senior aide says she was protected "extensively" by the Palace despite her bombshell Oprah Winfrey claims.

    The Duchess of Sussex repeatedly slammed Palace aides in the explosive tell-all chat – claiming they "failed to protect her".

    But the couple's former press secretary Jason Knauf appeared to reject her claims in official court documents.

    He also said he "repeatedly" spoke to Meghan's estranged dad Thomas Markle.

    In a letter to the High Court, lawyers representing the Crown claim he led "extensive efforts" to protect Meghan's privacy and reputation.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    KATE HAS HEARTWARMING CALL WITH KID BATTLING CANCER

    The Duchess of Cambridge has made a heartwarming phone call to a child battling cancer in new footage posted on YouTube.

    Kate Middleton called up and chatted with four-year-old Mila Sneddon, who featured in the Duchess's Hold Still photography project.

    The clips are the first of a series of phone calls that the Duchess of Cambridge held with participants from the project in the Autumn last year.

    Kate spoke to a number of the 100 finalists who shared their experiences of life during the first Covid lockdown.

    The touching conversation on YouTube comes ahead of the publication of Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 today.

    Kate Middleton makes heartwarming phone calls to cancer kids in new footage

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PRINCE PHILIP DEATH CERTIFICATE SHOWS DUKE ‘DIED OF OLD AGE’

    Prince Philip died of “old age” according to his death certificate which lists his occupation as the “Queen’s husband.”

    The Duke of Edinburgh passed away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle on April 9 – but Buckingham Palace did not reveal any further detail.

    Now his death certificate has declared the cause of his passing as “old age”, reports The Telegraph who obtained the document.

    The certificate, issued by Sir Huw Thomas, the head of the royal medical household, identifies no disease or injury that could have contributed to his death.

    This includes the heart condition which saw him undergo a surgical procedure just weeks before he died. Old age can be listed as a cause of death if the patient is over 80 and if the doctor who has cared for them for a long period observed a gradual decline.

    Prince Philip died of 'old age'Credit: Getty – Contributor
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MAN ADMITS TRESPASSING AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    A man has admitted trespassing at Buckingham Palace while carrying a Stanley-type knife.

    Chorrie Thompson, 46, slipped through a gate to the rear of the royal residence in London when it was opened to allow a vehicle to exit at around 11.25am on April 15, a court heard.

    Prosecutor Mike Mullin said Thompson made his way to the Lodge area to the right of the large gate before he was confronted by security staff and asked to leave.

    "He says he wants to use the toilet and when he was refused permission he becomes aggressive and throws some documents he has onto the floor," Mr Mullin said.

    "He was only in there for 10 to 15 seconds before he leaves."

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