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Prince Harry: I 'Wanted Out'

Royal considered renouncing his title, says his time in the army was the 'best escape'

(Newser) - Prince Harry says he once "wanted out" of the British royal family. In an interview published in the Mail on Sunday , the prince said the time he spent in the army was "the best escape I've ever had" as "I wasn't a prince, I was... More »

Prince Philip Admitted to Hospital

It's not an emergency, aides say

(Newser) - Prince Philip was taken to a hospital Tuesday night as a "precautionary measure," says Buckingham Palace. The 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II was taken by car to London's King Edward VII hospital to be treated for an infection stemming from a preexisting condition, reports USA Today... More »

UK Tabs Aflutter as Meghan Markle Hits Harry's Polo Match

Actress attends her first public event with the prince

(Newser) - American actress Meghan Markle's attendance at a celebrity polo match in which Prince Harry played is increasing British press speculation about their relationship, reports the AP . Photographs from the Saturday's match show Markle on the sidelines, but the appearance is being hailed as her first public event with... More »

Say So Long to the Prince of Gaffes

How the media is reacting to news of Prince Philip's upcoming retirement

(Newser) - Prince Philip was making jokes at a public appearance after his upcoming retirement was announced Thursday. During an event at St. James's Palace, when a guest told the Duke of Edinburgh he was sorry to hear he would be standing down, the 95-year-old replied, "I can't stand... More »

Palace: Prince Philip Is Retiring

95-year-old is done with royal engagements

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, will stop carrying out public engagements this fall, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday. The palace said in a statement that Philip, who's 95, has the full support of the queen in his decision. He will continue heading numerous charitable organizations but will not... More »

Royal Staff Summoned to 'Emergency Meeting'

It's not believed to be about Queen's health

(Newser) - The rumor mill had to add an extra shift early Thursday as news surfaced that Queen Elizabeth II had summoned her staff from across the UK to what news.com.au calls a "highly unusual emergency meeting" at Buckingham Palace. No details have been released on the reason why... More »

Kate Snaps Photo for Princess Charlotte's Birthday

The big day is Tuesday

(Newser) - Prince William and his wife Kate have released a photo of Princess Charlotte ahead of her 2nd birthday, which People reports will be spent "privately" at home. The photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge was distributed Monday, one day before Charlotte turns two. It shows Charlotte on the... More »

Prince Harry: Mother's Death Led to Years of 'Total Chaos'

He opens up about seeking counseling

(Newser) - Prince Harry has opened up about how he has struggled to keep it together in the 20 years since his mother's death. The 32-year-old prince tells the Telegraph that it took two years of "total chaos" in his late 20s before he realized that he needed to seek... More »

The Next King of England? American Says It's Him

Allan V. Evans made the wild claim in a newspaper ad

(Newser) - An American has informed Britons that he is their true king. A man calling himself Allan V. Evans from Colorado made the outsized claim in a large ad in the Times of London on Wednesday in which he purports to be "a direct descendant of an unbroken primogeniture line... More »

Princess Di's Iconic Outfits Go On Display

Public gets first up close and personal look

(Newser) - The dresses tell the story of a life cut short: first the frilly debutante frocks Princess Diana wore before she married Prince Charles, then the elaborate gowns that stunned the world, and finally the power suits she favored shortly before her death. It's been 20 years since Diana died... More »

Queen Celebrates Milestone No Other British Monarch Has

She's marking a 'sapphire jubilee'

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II shattered yet another royal record Monday when she became the first British monarch to have a Sapphire Jubilee marking a 65-year reign. Elizabeth—head of state of Australia, Canada, and more than a dozen other countries besides the UK—became queen on Feb. 6, 1952 after her... More »

No New Year's Day Church for Still-Sick Queen

Royal mum also missed Christmas Day services last week

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth is taking another sick day from traditional holiday appearances due to a bad cold she just can't beat. Last week the 90-year-old royal matriarch skipped Christmas church services due to her illness, and Buckingham Palace announced Sunday she'd also be staying home from a New Year'... More »

Ill Queen Skips Christmas for 1st Time in Nearly 30 Years

Suffering a cold, 90-year-old monarch misses church

(Newser) - A heavy cold is keeping Queen Elizabeth II from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service near her Sandringham estate in rural Norfolk, England. It is extremely rare for Elizabeth to miss the service, which is a cornerstone of the royal family's Christmas celebrations and brings the monarch into... More »

Prince William Issues Statement on Harry's Romance

He denies disapproving of brother's statement on American romance

(Newser) - Prince William, member of one of the only families in the world where such a move might be necessary, has issued a statement supporting his brother's position on media coverage of his love life. The statement was released after rumors that William had disapproved of Prince Harry's statement... More »

Unable to 'Protect' Girlfriend, Prince Harry Issues Statement

'This is not a game,' reads royal statement

(Newser) - Prince Harry officially confirmed he's been dating American actress Meghan Markle for "a few months"—a confirmation accompanied by a warning that "a line has been crossed." In what Time calls an "unprecedented public statement " issued at the prince's behest, the royal'... More »

It's Getting Serious Between Prince Harry and This American

Meet actress Meghan Markle

(Newser) - Things are heating up between Prince Harry and his new lady friend, Meghan Markle: The 32-year-old British royal recently made a low-profile visit to her Toronto home. They spent last weekend and Halloween night cooking and hanging out at Markle's place, friends tell Us . Says one: "It's... More »

Someone Turned 3: New Prince George Photos Released

Here are the 4

(Newser) - Prince William and his wife Kate have released new photos of their son, Prince George, to mark his 3rd birthday, the AP reports. The photos distributed Friday—his birthday—show George playing on a swing and sitting with the family pet, a dog named Lupo. The four photos were taken... More »

Watch Prince William Get Reprimanded by the Queen

That's gotta be embarrassing

(Newser) - An amusing (but somewhat grainy) video making the rounds on the internet shows Prince William getting scolded, very publicly, by his grandmother, the queen. As Vanity Fair explains, the royal family was standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Trooping the Colour ceremony to celebrate the queen's birthday... More »

23-Member Team Behind Both of Kate's Royal Births

Of course, not all of them were actually present at the deliveries

(Newser) - Duchess Kate may have made childbirth look easy, leaving the hospital nine hours after delivering Princess Charlotte looking fresh as a daisy. But behind the scenes was a 23-member team of medical professionals, the Telegraph reports. OB-GYN Tiong Ghee Teoh talked to the newspaper about the "huge team" that... More »

Here Are Princess Charlotte's 1st Birthday Gifts

Bet you didn't get anything from the Obamas on your last birthday

(Newser) - She may be too young to appreciate it, but Britain's Princess Charlotte has received an extraordinary array of birthday gifts. Kensington Palace officials say she received letters and gifts from 64 countries on her first birthday Monday. Some were early birthday presents given during recent state visits by world... More »

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