Prince Harry memoir ‘will be very explosive’ says commentator
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Kensington Palace released an adorable photo of George to mark the prince’s eighth birthday today. The snap, which shows the grinning youngster atop a Land Rover Defender, was taken this month in Norfolk by Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and is said to be a “tribute” to Prince Philip. The late Duke, who passed away in April, regularly drove vehicles by the British 4×4 brand and his coffin was carried on a specially adapted Defender during his funeral at Windsor Castle in April.
Harry, who has been living in California with his wife Meghan Markle after stepping back from royal life, travelled back to the UK to attend his grandfather’s funeral, which was capped at 30 guests due to COVID-19 restrictions.
But the Duke of Sussex’s brief visit did not include much face-time with other members of the Royal Family like his niece and nephews, according to reports.
The young royals, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – who celebrated his third birthday in April – did not attend the service.
A royal source told Us Weekly: “Harry didn’t get to see [Prince] George, [Princess] Charlotte and [Prince] Louis in the UK.
“Aside from the day of Philip’s funeral and meeting privately with the Queen, he was in isolation at Frogmore [Cottage].”
Harry did not apparently have any spare time between quarantine requirements and an urgency to get back to his then-pregnant wife.
Meghan had been advised by doctors not to travel.
On April 12, just three days after Philip’s death, Harry was confirmed to be back in the UK, where he immediately went into quarantine until the funeral service on April 17.
Shortly after the funeral service, Harry reportedly flew back to California to begin quarantining once again.
Kate is a keen photographer and regularly produces images of her children to mark moments in their lives.
Her latest picture was taken in Norfolk, where their family home, Anmer Hall, is located – close to the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
Her Majesty has also wished her great-grandson a “very happy” birthday.
A tweet from the Royal Family account said: “Wishing Prince George a very happy 8th birthday today!”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expressed their gratitude to fans who’ve shared their good wishes and greetings for their eldest child.
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They tweeted: “Thank you for all your lovely messages on Prince George’s eighth birthday!”
Harry returned to the UK for only the second time since Megxit last month, to unveil a statue of his mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace.
Many royal fans speculated the event had helped the pair turn a new page in their relationship following their reported feud.
But the event was also reportedly snubbed by senior royals.
The Queen was visiting Scotland for the annual Holyrood Week and Kate also did not attend the event due to COVID-19 restrictions.
A royal insider told Page Six: “Catherine’s absence speaks volumes.”
“I think keeping the numbers down is a perfect ‘excuse’ for Catherine to stay away.
“William is fed up with the drama and Catherine doesn’t need to be dragged into this.
“They are planning a private family visit with their children, and that private moment is far more important than the public rhetoric.”
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