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Royal Family LIVE: Meghan Markle fans furiously turn on Prince William – racism row erupts

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The Duke of Cambridge, who is President of the Football Association, issued a stern statement on Twitter after black players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subjected to vile racist attacks on social media. While many royal fans welcomed his public statement, those fiercely loyal to the Duchess of Sussex have used the row to hark back to the racism storm which engulfed the Royal Family earlier this year.

Some said William, 39, had failed to adequately address claims made by Meghan and Harry that their son’s skin colour had been an issue for an unnamed member of the Firm, who they said made racist comments about the baby before he was born.

Days after their allegations were aired, William said “we are very much not a racist family” when quizzed by a reporter.

But some fans clearly feel he should have gone further to publicly show solidarity with Meghan and Harry, a year after the pair stepped down from their senior royal roles.

William’s statement on Twitter read: “I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.

“It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

“It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

He signed off the message with his “W” initial.

Rewire News Group’s senior editor and law and policy specialist Imani Gandy, whose Twitter handle is @AngryBlackLady, tweeted in response: “Oooh now do the racist abuse aimed at Meghan Markle. pulls up chair.”

Another person said: “Whilst I appreciate Prince William speaking out about racist comments towards football players, where was this support when Meghan Markle was being bullied, even contemplating ending her life due to the comments?

And yet a third said the black community “would have welcomed this statement from William had he condemned racism against Meghan as he’s the future king and also released his transformation report and condemned racism in the UK”.

Writing for The Root, Tonja Renee Stidhum said Prince William and Kate should have issued a “thorough statement and true atonement for” the alleged racist comments Meghan said a member of the Firm had made about little Archie.

Addressing the Cambridges, she said: “Or will you be silent/silenced about that one? peers over glasses.”

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11.18am update: Prince Charles shares daring throwback photos ahead of Parachute Regiment visit

Prince Charles shared a series of five-decade-old pictures ahead of a key engagement in Colchester.

Prince Charles headed to Merville Barracks this morning to present the Parachute Regiment with new colours.

Prior to the poignant ceremony, Clarence House shared on Twitter a series of photograph from the early 1970s.

Click on the link above to view the photos. 

10.21am update: Duke of Kent children: Why was the Duke of Kent’s son removed from the line of succession?

The Duke of Kent is the Queen’s cousin and one of the working members of the Royal Family, but why was one of his children removed from the line of succession?

The Duke of Kent is one of a select group of working members of the Royal Family. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, has an HRH, but his children do not.

The Duke of Kent is a father to three children, but only two are included in the line of succession.

But why exactly has his youngest child, Lord Nicholas Windsor, forfeited his right of succession? Click on the link above for more information. 

9.34am update: Harry and William relationship ‘like Liam and Noel Gallagher’ as younger brother acts out

Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship has “a lot of similarities” to Liam and Noel Gallagher’s, a relationship expert told Express.co.uk.

The Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge have had a difficult relationship over the past few years. Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior royals and moved to the US last year, which is said to have “hurt” his family, especially the way in which they went about it.

More recently, Harry has been speaking out about their experiences in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and in his Apple TV+ docu-series ‘The Me You Can’t See’.

All this has strained the princes’ relationship such that they barely talk now, and to make things worse, it all happened in the glare of publicity.

Similarly, Oasis stars Liam and Noel Gallagher have also had a very public falling out and do not have a healthy relationship to this day.

Relationship expert and psychotherapist Neil Wilkie argued that Harry, like Liam, may be acting out to get out of his brother’s shadow.

He told Express.co.uk: “There are a lot of similarities between Harry and William and Liam and Noel.”

8.59am update: Prince George’s Wembley trips lift lid on future King after ‘very shielded situation’

Prince George’s presence at Wembley Stadium has allowed us to see more of the future King’s personality, according to a royal commentator.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have orchestrated “a very shielded situation” with their children since the pandemic began, according to royal expert Duncan Larcombe.

He told OK! magazine: “Members of the Royal Family are so shielded now. There’s a lot more privacy and the kids live behind that shield. 

“They’ve also been in lockdown so it’s been 18 months of William, Kate and the three kids, the beach, Norfolk, marshmallows… a very shielded situation where their individual characters can remain quite secret.

“Until now, almost everything we’ve seen of George has been exactly what Kate and William have wanted us to see.

“But seeing him at the football, acting like an excited kid, was lovely, especially as he didn’t appear to have the weight of the world on his shoulders.”

8.01am update: Kate Beckinsale compares losing her father as a child to Princess Diana’s death

Kate Beckinsale has spoken candidly about her loss and how she relates it to Prince Harry and Prince William’s pain of losing Princess Diana.

The actress has recounted how she felt when she found out Princess Diana had died after she had gone through a similar experience. She told Armchair Expert podcast Dax Shepard she was just 5 years old when she found out her dad had died.

Ms Beckinsale said: “I remember when their mother died, I was in New York, and seeing them in the context of other people sort of grieving for somebody they didn’t know.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I really know what that feels like.'”

Ms Beckinsale added: “When there’s a cataclysmic event, it puts everything into a real sharp focus.”

7.53am update: Queen crisis as Jamaica plans to send letter demanding slavery reparations: ‘Well overdue’

The Queen is facing a royal crisis as Jamaica is planning to send a letter demanding slavery reparations.

The Commonwealth nation is set to ask Britain for billions of pounds of compensation for the Atlantic slave trade in the former British colony.

Jamaican politician Olivia Grange, who is the Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, revealed a petition had gained approval from Jamaica’s National Council on Reparations.

She added it will be filed pending advice from the attorney general and three legal teams.

The attorney general will then send it to the Queen.

She said: “We are hoping for reparatory justice in all forms that one would expect if they are to really ensure that we get justice from injustices to repair the damages that our ancestors experienced.

“Our African ancestors were forcibly removed from their home and suffered unparalleled atrocities in Africa to carry out forced labour to the benefit of the British Empire.

“Redress is well overdue.”

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