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Last year the Sussexes shared a sweet illustrated card of their Montecito home which featured their son Archie Harrison and this year fans are hoping they may share a picture with six-month-old daughter Lilibet, who the public is yet to see. Reacting to the Cambridge’s card on Twitter, user Loodles gushed: “Looking forward to seeing the Sussex’s Christmas card. Harry and Meghan with Archie and Lili.” The Cambridges are not the only royals to have shared their official Christmas card as Prince Charles and Camilla also made theirs public. They delighted fans with their humorous choice of picture which showed Charles helping Camilla on with her face mask while they were at Royal Ascot in spring.

Additional reporting from Olivia Stringer and Ellie Cook.

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  • Prince Charles ‘dreading’ the release of Harry’s memoir

    Royal expert Richard Kay has claimed Prince Charles is “dreading” the release of the book as it stands as a constant reminder of Princess Diana.

    Speaking to Palace Confidential on Mail+, Mr Kay said: “I think the difficulty for Prince Charles is that every time Harry opens his mouth, he seems to chip away at his father’s credibility and this must be undermining their relationship.

    “They have on the horizon, the prospect of Harry’s autobiography or memoir, we don’t know what’s going to be in it but we do know he has spent some time digging into his mother’s relationship with his father.

    “They must be dreading the publication of that book and what it will mean.

    “We’re edging closer to the Prince of Wales becoming monarch and every time these embarrassing situations erupt with his son, it reminds people why they have problems with the prospect of Charles as King.”

    Meghan and Harry will have ‘very formal’ Christmas exchange with royal family

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who moved to LA in March 2020, have not returned to the UK together since stepping down from royal duties.

    Royal expert Neil Sean has since revealed that the royal couple will be exchanging gifts with the family “formally”.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr Sean said: “There will be some gifts but it will be very formal.

    “There will be a gift from the Queen, she’s far too gracious to be childish to not include them in the gift package.

    “But let’s just say whatever they do send each other over it will be at a distance.

    “That’s rather sad given that the Queen is 70 years on the throne and having to deal with some of the toughest decisions in her working and personal life.”

    Kate lays bare first ever Christmas gift for the Queen

    Speaking in a documentary to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, Kate Middleton revealed the sweet homemade Christmas present she gave to the Queen.

    However, rather than hitting the High Street or furiously searching online for a gift for the Queen, Kate came up with an idea for a more personal homemade present which according to Kate, went down very well with Her Majesty.

    She explained: “I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present.

    “I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?’

    “I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents.

    “And I thought, ‘I’ll make her something,’ which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny’s recipe for chutney.

    “I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table.

    “I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody.”

    The BBC received nearly 1,000 complaints over controversial documentary ‘The Princes and The Press’

    The two-part film, criticised by the Royal Family, received 776 complaints following the first episode, which examined the period after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The second episode, following the last three years, received 149 complaints. The documentary included suggestions stories about the Duchess of Sussex had been leaked by courtiers.

    Responding to the complaints, the BBC said: “The Princes and the Press explored the relationship between the media and the monarchy, focusing on the younger royals.

    “It included interviews with a range of print and broadcast reporters who follow the royals closely and heard their views on the relationship the press has with the Royal Family and what influences the stories that are published.

    “We conducted more than 80 hours of interviews and sought views from a wide variety of contributors.

    “This included approaches to Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House for comment or for a representative to be interviewed for this series. A joint statement issued by them was included in both programmes.”

    The Princes and the Press: Camilla Tominey says 'all hell broke loose'

    Royal fans in frenzy over new Princess Charlotte picture

    Prince William and Kate shared their official Christmas card picture on Friday.

    The snap shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children in Jordan earlier this year.

    The Christmas card prompted an excited reaction from royal fans on Twitter, with many pointing out six-year-old Charlotte’s resemblance to great-grandmother.

    One Twitter user, @ZaynafamilyMary, commented: “Thank you for sharing a photo of your family.

    “Princess Charlotte reminds me so much of Her Majesty. Merry Christmas to you all.”

    Another, @jmcgrath531, said: “You can really see Queen Elizabeth in Princess Charlotte.”

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    Princess Anne and husband branded a ‘breath of fresh air’

    Princess Anne and her husband, Timothy Laurence, have been branded a ‘breath of fresh air’ by royal fans, for sharing details on their home. 

    On several occasions this year, the couple have shared via video link footage of their home decor. 

    Speaking about the pair on the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie said: “Honestly I have to say, I need to admit I didn’t know much about him before this year but he featured prominently in that Prince Phillip documentary that aired this year, Prince Philip: The Royal Family remembers.

    “And it was so nice to hear from him, I feel like him and Anne together are such down-to-earth people.

    Camilla acts as ‘buffer’ when royals clash

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, acts as a ‘buffer’ between Charles, William and Harry when the royals clash, a royal author has claimed. 

    Judy Wade stated that Camilla has never tried to act as a replacement for Diana, and instead acts as a go-between in family disputes. 

    This week, The List reported on quotes unearthed by Wade, stating: “In a 2007 documentary about William and Charles, the late royal expert Judy Wade revealed that Camilla serves as a go-between, particularly when Charles’ sons do something their father wouldn’t necessarily approve of.  

    “Notably, Camilla never actually interfered with how Charles was raising them — not only because she was too busy taking care of her own children, but also because she trusted his judgment.”

    Meghan’s best friend could turn to Kate for advice

    Meghan’s best friend, US TV producer Lindsey Roth, could ask the Duchess of Cambridge for advice on where to send her son to school. 

    Posting on Facebook, Ms Roth said: “Are there mums with kids at Thomas’s Kensington who wouldn’t mind speaking to a prospective parent (me!) about it?”

    William and Kate’s two oldest children, Charlotte and George both attend the prestigious London school. 

    However, Kate may be less than happy to provide Ms Roth with advice due to an alleged feud with Meghan, who was Ms Roth’s maid of honour in 2019. 

    Camilla and Charles delight fans with royal Christmas card

    Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have delighted fans with their humorous Christmas card photo. 

    The photograph shows Charles helping Camilla to put on a face covering at Royal Ascot. 

    Fans have taken to Twitter to share their delight at the image. 

    Royal fan account @loveforcambridg commented: “Aw I love it.”

    Another Twitter user, @perfectus_est, gushed: “What LOVE is all about. This photo speaks for itself.”

    A third, @rohenke, said: “Realy a brilliant choice, wonderful.”

    Queen of Denmark cancels New Year plans

    The Queen of Denmark has cancelled a number of events in January, following new Covid restrictions. 

    In a statement, the Royal Danish House said: “In connection with the most recent announcements about the coronavirus situation from the government and health authorities, HM The Queen has decided to cancel the New Year’s banquet for the government, the Speaker of the Danish Parliament, representatives of official Denmark and the Royal Court on 1 January 2022. “

    The cancellation of these events is sure to raise concerns with royal fans as it means the Queen may not be able to properly celebrate her Golden Jubilee next month. 

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    Kate and William entering new era as Cambridges set for major TV events

    Kate most recently hosted a festive carol service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, which will be broadcast for the public by ITV on Christmas Eve.

    The Together at Christmas concert was both high profile and well-received, as was Prince William’s foray into the television spotlight earlier in the winter with his inaugural Earthshot Prize.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may also take the opportunity to film their planned 2022 trip to the States for the second year of the Earthshot Prize.

    RoyalTea, a US-based royal commentator, posted on Twitter: “Between Prince William with the #EarthshotPrize ceremony and the #TogetherAtChristmas concert hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge, we are truly entering a new era of them as working royals, hosting and planning major, televised, events that bring attention to worthy causes.”

    Kate’s mum hints at special Christmas activity for beloved George, Charlotte and Louis

    The Middletons may have a special festive treat in store for young royals, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

    Kate’s mum Carole Middleton revealed on the Instagram account of her company, Party Pieces, she is setting up two Christmas trees.

    In the social media post, Ms Middleton’s business shared the photograph of an elegant star adorning the tip of a tree.

    They then shared in the caption a few words by Party Pieces’ founder, reading: “Once again this year we plan to have two Christmas trees: one for the children to decorate and one which I do myself.”

    While Ms Middleton didn’t say who these children are, she is likely referring to her five grandchildren rather than her adult daughters and son.

    ‘My babies’ – Princess Charlene shares heartwarming Instagram post for children’s birthday

    Princess Charlene of Monaco has celebrated her twin children’s birthday through an Instagram post.

    Princess Charlene shared three new photographs of her children Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, who turn seven today.

    The pictures show the twins in matching pyjamas in a room full of colourful balloons and decorations celebrating their special day.

    The three pictures were accompanied by an adoring message penned by Charlene.

    It read: “Happy birthday my babies. Thank you, God for blessing me with such wonderful children.”

    The princess ended the message saying: “I’m truly blessed.”

    In her post, Charlene didn’t mention whether she was celebrating the twin’s special day in person or if she is still at the treatment facility she was admitted to in November to help her with her “exhaustion”.

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘triggered Australian republicanism’: ‘Danger for monarchy’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey helped trigger waves of republicanism in Australia, and could prove a “danger” to the Royal Family’s security in society, according to a political scientist. 

    Meghan and Harry have endured a tense relationship with the Royal Family since they quit the Firm last year.

    The relationship is thought to have worsened after the Sussexes’ two hour CBS interview with Oprah in March in which the couple made a number of claims against the Royal Family. 

    Professor Jenny Hocking claimed that the polarising interview contributed to republican sentiments in her native Australia as it brought the monarchy “down to earth”.

    She told Express.co.uk: “It was very interesting to see the interest in the monarchy and to raise the question, what is the monarchy in Australia anyway? Why do we have this?

    “There appears to be a warring dysfunctional family pretty much like a lot of others we might know, and is there any reason why we still have any residual connection [to them].”

    ‘Shot of joy’ Queen all geared up for Christmas as monarch’s holiday plans laid bare

    The Queen is set to celebrate Christmas with her family this year, and could make a public appearance during the festive period.

    Her Majesty’s doctors have reportedly given the monarch, 95, the go-ahead for the annual party for family members, thrown ahead of the other Christmas celebrations.

    The private event for the Queen’s extended family will take place at Windsor Castle this year.

    This is a departure from tradition, as the gathering is typically staged at Buckingham Palace.

    Prince Harry’s ‘career wisdom’ ridiculed as ‘bloke veneer stripped’

    Prince Harry’s “career wisdom” has been mocked by a royal journalist who claims he has been “stripped of his bloke veneer” after comments celebrating people who quit jobs that make them unhappy.

    The Duke of Sussex, 37, who stepped back from his role in the Royal Family last year along with his wife Meghan Markle, 40, was branded “the most famous job-quitter in history aside from his great-uncle King Edward VIII”.

    Harry, a former working royal and former soldier, is now the chief impact officer of mental health and coaching firm BetterUp.

    In an interview earlier this week, he said of burnout and pandemic-induced resignations: “I’ve actually discovered recently, courtesy of a chat with [BetterUp science board member] Adam Grant, that a lot of the job resignations you mention aren’t all bad.

    “In fact, it is a sign that with self-awareness comes the need for change.

    “Many people around the world have been stuck in jobs that didn’t bring them joy, and now they’re putting their mental health and happiness first. This is something to be celebrated.”

    Royal journalist Daniela Elser, reacting to the comments, said: “It is this man, a man with a startling paucity of real life experience, who is readily offering up career wisdom, something that makes about as much sense as asking Prince Andrew for dating advice or Prince Philip (back in the day) for driving tips.”

    She added: “What the ‘joy of quitting’ brouhaha has done is strip away the veneer of his ‘Call me Harry’ knockabout bloke public persona and reminded the world that he is a man who up until last year lived off his father’s generosity and never had to pay an electricity bill in his life.”

    Meghan Markle ‘snubbed’ after Queen hands Kate rare honour

    Meghan Markle may have been snubbed by the Queen, who favoured Kate with a festive honour.

    The Duchess of Cambridge hosted the Together at Christmas carol concert at Westminister Abbey on Wednesday and was seen wearing a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings that were lent to her by the Queen.

    Royal expert Daniela Elser pointed out this is the second time Kate has worn jewellery belonging to the Queen.

    She added she believes the earrings have been permanently lent to her.

    However, Meghan has only ever been lent the Queen’s wedding tiara.

    Speaking on News Au, Ms Elser said: “While the former actress might own pieces which had belonged personally to Diana, Princess of Wales, getting to frock up in some enormous sparklers from the royal trove was a perk she never enjoyed.”

    Princess Charlene suffering ‘terrible depression’ comparable to Grace Kelly, says expert

    Princess Charlene of Monaco’s ongoing health issues have been likened to those of her late mother-in-law, Grace Kelly, by an expert.

    The Princess of Monaco, 43, returned to Monaco on November 8 after spending six months in her native South Africa due to a serious ear, nose, and throat infection. 

    However, her husband Prince Albert soon described his wife’s state as “overwhelmed and couldn’t face official duties, life in general or even family life”.

    A reporter who used to cover the Monegasque Royal Family has pointed out the similarities between Princess Charlene’s health battles and Grace Kelly’s life married to Prince Rainier III in 1956.

    Joel Stratte-McClure told The New York Post: “Grace had a terrible depression through their first years of their marriage, not unlike what is going on with Charlene today.”

    “She was very unhappy.”

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