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Harry, Meghan Must Ditch One More Royal Perk

They can no longer use the brand 'SussexRoyal'

(Newser) - It's one more royal indignity for Harry and Meghan: The prince and his wife will have to give up the "SussexRoyal" brand they've been cultivating. (As on their website and on Instagram .) It's all part of their complicated split with the royal family. If you'... More »

The Royal Hits Just Keep Coming

Queen's nephew announces he and wife of 26 years are getting divorced

(Newser) - The Earl and Countess of Snowdon are splitting up after 26 years of marriage. Queen Elizabeth II's nephew, David Armstrong-Jones, and his wife, Serena, are the second royal couple to announce their divorce within a week, following the Queen's eldest grandson and his Canadian wife. The earl and... More »

Harry, Meghan Sack Palace Employees

Charitable foundation is the focus amid trip to Stanford

(Newser) - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are clearing out of Buckingham Palace. The couple are closing their office in the Queen's main London residence and laying off their 15-member staff as they withdraw from royal life, CNN reports. Staffers including private secretary Fiona Mcilwham, communications chief Sara Latham, and assistant... More »

More Bad News for the Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth II's eldest grandson to divorce

(Newser) - The first of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren is to become a divorcee. Peter Phillips—the son of Princess Anne and her first husband Mark Phillips—has separated from his Canadian wife, Autumn, after 12 years of marriage , according to a Tuesday statement. The couple said "the decision to... More »

Prince Andrew's Birthday Just Keeps Getting Sadder

British government changes policy on nodding to royals on their special day after prince steps back

(Newser) - Prince Andrew will turn 60 later this month, but it sounds like it may be among the more depressing birthdays he's had. First his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, downgraded his party from a big bash to a "small family dinner." Now, per the Guardian , the UK government... More »

Insider Explains Tensions Between Harry and William

The royal brothers have been a bit shaky since 2017

(Newser) - Oh, the drama: Prince Harry and his brother Prince William were at odds before Harry left England with his wife and child last month—and the royal brothers still are, People reports. "They didn't leave on good terms by any means, but they are both relieved that it'... More »

Royal Accuser: Megxit Is a 'Cover-Up'

Simon Dorante-Day, 53, also says his parents are Prince Charles and Camilla

(Newser) - A man living in Australia says he's the secret love child of Prince Charles and Camilla and wants a DNA test done to prove it, the Sun reports. Simon Dorante-Day, 53, claims his adoptive grandparents Winifred and Ernest once worked as the royal gardener and cook, and informed him... More »

Harry, Meghan 'Shocked' Over One Thing in Megxit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer Commonwealth Young Ambassadors

(Newser) - Financial independence? Check. No HRH titles? Check. No roles as Commonwealth Young Ambassadors? That, sources tell TMZ , was tough for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to accept as they left the royal family for Canada earlier this month. But it seems the Queen took a firm stand during so-called Megxit... More »

Palace to Harry and Meghan: Pay Us $3.1M

And they'll give up their 'royal highness' title

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will no longer use the titles "royal highness" or receive public funds under a deal struck Saturday for them to step aside as senior royals, the AP reports. Buckingham Palace said Harry and Meghan will cease to be working members... More »

Harry Returns to Royal Duty

Meghan has been busy, too

(Newser) - The Duke of Sussex is stepping back but not out of the picture, as evidenced by his return to royal duties on Thursday. Prince Harry was "all smiles" as he met with young rugby players during an official engagement at Buckingham Palace before hosting the draws for the 2021... More »

Queen Backs Harry, Meghan's Wish for Less-Royal Lives

But the financial details are still getting ironed out

(Newser) - The "Sandringham summit" is over, and it looks like the queen is OK with Harry and Meghan embarking on a life of less royalty. But we won't know particulars about their role in the royal family—including the financial part—until more negotiations are complete. Still, we are... More »

Before Royal Meeting, Princes Reject 'False Story'

Harry, William deny rift in relationship ahead of the queen's meeting

(Newser) - Some family gatherings are more awkward than others. The queen is gathering her brood Monday to try to sort out the mess caused by Prince Harry's decision to back away from royal responsibilities with his wife, Meghan. Both the Guardian and the BBC report that Prince Charles, Prince William,... More »

Old Video Suggests Royal Couple's Real Plan

Prince Harry is seen seeking work for Meghan in 2019

(Newser) - Looks like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been planning their royal departure for a while now, People reports. In a July 2019 video that resurfaced this weekend, Harry is seen at the London debut of The Lion King chatting up Disney CEO Bob Iger about a voice-over job for... More »

The Queen Calls for a Crisis Meeting

She wants Harry, Charles, and William to meet with her on Monday

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II ended 2019 with a public plea for global harmony after a rocky year. She's starting 2020 trying to heal disharmony within her own family after Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, decided to "step back" as senior royals—and announced the news without consulting the... More »

Harry's Friend: Here's Why He Did It

JJ Chalmers emphasizes Harry's new life as a family man

(Newser) - A close friend of Prince Harry's says the headline-grabbing decision to step away from the royal family had one motivation: family. JJ Chalmers, who knows the Duke of Sussex from military service, defended Harry and Meghan Markle's plan for a royal departure on the British show The One ... More »

'Brutal' Tabloids, an Early Scoop Impetus for Royals' Shocker?

Plus Harry's pathway to US citizenship, an 'angry' queen, and how Meghan Markle could pay the bills

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey has a lot of pull—in Hollywood, in the media, maybe even in politics —but the talk show host, media exec, and philanthropist says she didn't have anything to do with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle deciding to ditch the UK and migrate across the pond,... More »

Harry and Meghan's Move: 'Cute,' Not Enough

Kim Janssen wants royals to renounce titles, but others are keen for 'spinoff'

(Newser) - "It's cute whenever thirty-something rich kids want to become financially independent of their parents." So begins Kim Janssen's call for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to "have the courage of your convictions" and "renounce your snobby, stupid titles." Prince Harry and Meghan'... More »

Prince Harry, Meghan Make 'Stunning' Announcement

Will step back as senior UK royals

(Newser) - In an announcement described as "stunning" by the AP , Prince Harry and wife Meghan on Wednesday shared their intentions to "step back as 'senior' members of the royal family and work to become financially independent." They explain in a statement that "after many months of... More »

Wallis Simpson's Divorce a 'Judicial Farce'

New details of her second divorce revealed in solicitor's notes

(Newser) - Before King Edward VIII could marry his great love—in the process, becoming the first British monarch to abdicate the throne—US socialite Wallis Simpson needed to secure her second divorce. It was a "judicial farce" nearly upended by her husband's choice of hotel, according to solicitor's... More »

Among Prince Louis' First Words: a Non-Royal Name

Toddler has taken to celebrity chef Mary Berry—and beetroot

(Newser) - Kate Middleton has revealed one of Prince Louis' first words: "Mary." As part of a BBC Christmas special, the Duchess of Cambridge worked with celebrity chef Mary Berry to prepare for a charity event and made clear she isn't the only royal fan. "One of Louis'... More »

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