Queen Elizabeth news – Inside ‘forgotten castle’ that could become Prince William & Kate Middleton’s new family home
PRINCE William and Kate Middleton could move their family home to "forgotten castle" owned by the Queen.
It's long been thought that Prince William and Kate Middleton were “eyeing up” a move to Windsor and looking at areas suitable for bringing up their three kids.
Their pair are said to be "seriously" thinking about moving to Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with a tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII signed his abdication papers in 1936.
Currently the fort is owned by the Crown Estate and is leased to the Weston family, close pals of the royals.
The Queen herself has never lived there with royal fans considering it a "forgotten" castle as a result.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte both currently attend St Thomas’s Prep School in Battersea, South West London.
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Harry & Meghan alleged list of ’11 of firms in tax havens’
The 11 companies are said to be named:
- Peca Publishing, LLC
- Orinoco Publishing, LLC
- Cobblestone Lane, LLC
- IPHW, LLC
- Archewell Audio, LLC
- Archewell Productions, LLC
- Baobab Holdings, LLC
- Bridgemount, LLC
- Hampshire, LLC
- Nemawashi Holdings, LLC
- RPV Holdings, LLC
Harry & Meghan ‘setting up 11 firms in tax haven’ for ‘million-dollar memoir’ & other deals
The couple opted to set up the firms in domestic tax haven Delaware – rather than in California where they live and conduct business.
Two of the companies are publishing firms, set up by attorney Richard Genow, who has worked with Meghan for Years, and the duchess’s business manager, money guru Andrew Meyer, reports Mail Online.
The first – Peca Publishing LLC – was used by Meghan to hold the rights for her children’s book The Bench.
The second – Orinoco Publishing LLC – is thought to have been set up to hold the rights for Harry’s in his bombshell memoir – due to be published later this year.
Other companies set up by the Sussexes include Cobblestone Lane LLC – which was set up in February 2020 and holds the Archewell logo.
Two others manage the royal’s netflix and Spotify deals – Archewell Audio LLC and Archewell Productions LLC.
Two more “entertainment” companies were created a year later – Bridgemont LLC and Hampshire LLC.
It’s thought the names of these firms could be a nod to the couple’s holiday to Hampshire in the last few weeks of Meghan’s pregnancy in Spring 2019.
Meanwhile Baobab Holdings, set up in February 2021 – is said to deal with “investments”.
Baobab, is a type of tree from Africa and Australia, also known as the “upside down tree”.
Another firm, Nemawashi Holdings LLC, is described as a “holding company”.
The Royals are 'expecting Harry to return soon'
The Royals are expecting Harry to return from his California home for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, but it could be without Meghan, Archie and Lilibet.
Prince Harry says the family is "unable to return" because it is too dangerous after they were stripped of round-the-clock police protection.
Harry considers himself a security risk for life because he is sixth in line to the throne, and a target from extremist threats because of his two tours of combat in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Queen, 95, has told Harry she will not intervene as security is a government matter.
Prince Charles has also reportedly invited the Sussexes to stay with him when they are next in the UK and has told Prince Harry he'd love to see his grandchildren but according to an expert Meghan is unlikely to accept the invitation as it will be "awkward."
Home Office ‘won’t back down’ over Harry & Meg’s security protection
THE Home Office won't back down over Harry and Meghan's demand for police protection when they visit the UK, it has been claimed.
Harry has been told the Met Police are not “guns for hire” and cannot be treated as a private force for the rich and famous.
And now a security source told the Mail Online that the Home Office is not planning to back down.
The source said: "When Harry left The Firm the terms of his divorce were clear.
"Like other members of the public, he and his wife are not able to hire armed cops at will – no matter how much they offer to pay."
The source said that protective security was "based on role and risk", and the security in the US could not be replicated in the UK because, "we don't allow people to wonder the street with guns here", adding that "other minor Royals manage to function in normal life without armed guards. The Home Office is refusing to blink".
Prince Andrew news you may have missed
- An ex cop told an ITV documentary this week Andrew would “shout and scream” if maids messed up his collection of toy bears on his bed.
- It prompted the duke's former maid Charlotte Briggs, 47, to come forward with other cringeworthy stories.
- She claims Andrew forced her to run up four flights of stairs to close his curtains — even though he sat right next to them.
- She also said the duke laughed when his dog bit her on the leg and reduced her to tears with his "demanding and entitled" rants.
- If that wasn't enough, the petulant prince allegedly made staff arrange his huge teddy bear collection for an hour each day to ensure they were in size order every morning.
- And he would allegedly scream and shout if his bears were not put back in the right order.
'Andrew should be probed over bullying claims just like Meghan'
PRINCE Andrew should be probed by Buckingham Palace over claims he bullied Palace staff - just like Meghan Markle, an ex royal cop has said.
Paul Page, who worked in the Royal Protection Command from 1998 until 2004, alleges he complained to palace officials himself himself on three separate occasions.
And he claims he knows of “at least a dozen” other reports made by colleagues, The Mirror reports.
Mr Page, whose revelations this week sparked a string of complaints about the prince, told the publication: “Buckingham Palace launched a bullying investigation against Meghan last year after she was accused of wrongdoing.
“If it’s a fair organisation that looks after its staff, an investigation should be started to confirm whether or not Andrew is guilty of being a bully and of intimidating staff.”
‘A sigh of relief’ for the Royals
MEMBERS of the Royal Family will “breathe a sigh of relief” if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t make it to Prince Philip’s memorial, a royal expert has said.
Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty Magazine, said the Sussexes’ absence would prevent the spring tribute from turning into the “Harry and Meghan show”.
Ingrid Seward said: “I think if they choose not to come then everyone will breathe a sigh of relief.
“It is thanks-giving for Prince Philip and we don’t want it turning into the Harry and Meghan show.”
Prince Andrew’s ‘wish list’
One glamourous ginger, the US swimwear model and actress Angie Everhart, claimed she was on a “wish list” of redheads the Duke wanted to meet.
Angie, who first met Andrew in 2003, was romanticly linked to him but was coy about the nature of their friendship in an interview with Mail Online.
The two met through her former father-in-law George Hamilton, who asked if she wanted to go for dinner with the prince while he was in Los Angeles.
She said George told her: “He likes redheads and he has a wish list of girls he’d like to meet while he’s in town – and you’re on it.”
Angie, who also dated Sly Stallone and Kevin Costner, described Andrew as “one of my favourite people in the world. I truly love him”.
Royals news you don’t want to miss
- It’s feared the Queen may never meet Lilibet if Harry and Meghan decide not to return for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
- An ex cop says the couple won’t get police protection because the risk to the family is so low
- And another former officer says the Sussexes would never be put at risk – and Harry is ‘creating scenarios that don’t exist’
- Sun columnist Piers Morgan has blasted the Duke as a ‘woefully entitled hypocrite’
- But Harry says the UK is home – and he feels ‘unsafe’ after a ‘security breach’ at an event last summer
Inside Prince Andrew’s fling with actress Koo Stark
AMERICAN-born actress Koo Stark seemed to be the perfect match for the dashing Duke of York after the pair were set up for a blind date, and charmed the Queen when they had tea together.
But when it was revealed she had appeared topless in an arthouse film in the late 1970s, the pressure on the couple became too much and they split up.
Princess Diana also came to her aid, offering “valuable advice” on how to cope with royal life.
“Diana was very concerned, kind, and supportive,” Stark wrote. “She was under stress, too, even though she was safely behind palace gates.”
As media interest in the couple continued, Andrew reportedly pleaded in vain for the Palace to help her. But it proved to be too much, and the pair split up in 1983 after 18 months.
“The amount of attention and pressure on me became unbearable,” she said in 1988. “It was a nightmare.”
Kate wanted by Grenadier Guards to replace Andrew as their colonel
THE Grenadier Guards want Kate Middleton to replace Prince Andrew as their colonel, it has been reported.
Senior officials have said they want the Duchess of Cambridge to take on the role after the Duke of York was axed from the position this month.
Kate would be the first appointed female colonel in the regiment’s 366-year history if she were to take on the role.
And she would replace disgraced Prince Andrew who was stripped of his military patronages over allegations he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre – something he has always strongly denied.
A senior source in the Grenadier Guards told The Times: “From straw polling through the ranks, they would all love it to be Kate.
“We all admire the way she has fitted in and behaved, she never seems to put a foot wrong.
“Everything she has taken on she really commits to and we want someone who will really engage with us.”
Andrew’s ‘completely inappropriate’ remark at pregnant woman
PRINCE Andrew shocked a pregnant woman with a “completely inappropriate” remark before laughing “like a schoolboy”, it’s reported.
The embattled royal faces fresh humiliation after a report claiming he’s a “t*ts and a bum man” resurfaced.
The article from 2015 quotes an acquaintance of Andrew’s, who alleged he’d heard the Duke make “a few unbelievable comments”.
“He made some completely inappropriate comment to someone who was pregnant and had massive boobs,” the pal told New Zealand paper Waikato Times.
“You just think, ‘Oh yikes – schoolboy stuff’.
“And he would roar with laughter and think it was hilarious, while said victim looked ashen-faced.”
The report was published the day after ex-wife Sarah Ferguson famously defended Andrew as “a great man, the best man in the world”.
It caps off a mortifying few days for the royal.
Kate Middleton’s new title set to be ‘bittersweet moment’
A royal commentator has claimed that Prince William may feel nostalgic towards Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s new titles as it could remind him of Princess Diana.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will receive a new title when Prince Charles takes the throne.
Kate will become “Princess of Wales” which was formally held by Princess Diana and Prince William will become “Prince of Wales”.
Us Weekly’s royal correspondent Christina Garibaldi claimed that it will be a “bittersweet” moment for William as his wife takes on his late mother’s title.
Christina Garibaldi, a host of the Royally Us, said: “There are reports out there that it’s going to be a very bittersweet moment for Prince William when his wife Duchess Kate receives her new title when Prince Charles becomes King.
“It’s sometimes confusing that so many titles change when there are shifts in the monarchy but this is definitely going to be a historic title for Princess Catherine.
Christine Ross, a co-host of the Royally US said: “So when Prince Charles becomes King, Kate will become the new Princess of Wales so William will be the Prince of Wales as he is the heir to the throne and his wife is the Princess of Wales and that title hasn’t been held since Princess Diana held it during her marriage.
“She was Diana, Princess of Wales and it has become almost synonymous with Diana’s name and her personality and her legacy is that of the Princesses of Wales so I think when Kate steps into that role it is going to be bittersweet because it’s going to stir up so many memories of his own mother.”
Harry plans to sue UK Government
Meanwhile Harry plans to sue the UK Government in a desperate bid to get back the police protection he lost in the UK when he quit royal life.
The Sussexes were stripped of their round-the-clock protection when they stepped back from royal duties.
But Harry is now said to want to bring his son Archie and baby daughter Lilibet to visit from the US – and is worried it will be too dangerous.
The unprecedented move has cast doubts over whether Harry will return to the UK for the Queen’s 70th year on the throne, with suggestions Meghan Markle may never come back.
Andrew's security could go
It comes after the Duke of York was stripped of his royal title and all military honours last week, amid his sex-assault lawsuit.
The Duke is also no longer be able to use 'His Royal Highness' - and will face his US lawsuit as a "private citizen" meaning he can't hide behind royal privileges.
Andrew was set to lose all three protection officers in June 2020 following a Home Office cost-cutting review - but clung onto them after the Queen intervened.
His minders are each thought to cost £100,000 a year in wages, flights, perks and hotels.
But now sources have told MailOnline that a full review of Andrew's security is underway by the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office.
A source said: "Although no-one will comment on it publicly, this is an issue that is now actively being discussed by the Met's Royal and VIP Executive Committee.
"The situation [as regards Harry] is awkward and may prompt a decision sooner rather than later. If Harry, who is no longer a working royal, does not get security in the UK, then why should Andrew?"
The Duchess of Cornwall is gearing up for a surprise feature in the hit crime drama based on Peter James' bestselling books - as a dead body.
Keen reader Camilla wrote to James as a big fan of his novels, which she had read as part of her book club, the Duchess' Reading Room.
She later visited the show's set in Shoreham, West Sussex, in November where she met star John Simm, and James suggested she make an on-screen appearance.
Prince Charles' wife then left him open-mouthed when she proposed playing a corpse.
Speaking to The Argus podcast, James said: "I asked her if she’d like to come to the set and see some of the filming and she said 'absolutely'.
"[When there] I jokingly said, 'would you like a cameo in the next series?', and she said, 'yes, maybe I could be a dead body'.
"I think she might do something. I’m definitely going to drop her a note and say the offer is open.
"She was really good fun."
It’s A Royal Knockout proved to be a watershed moment for the royals.
It marked the point at which the Queen’s children stepped into the limelight and tried to modernise the family’s stuffy image.
Well meaning as it may have been, it backfired, with the show opening up the Firm to mockery, making it harder for royals to hide behind the shroud of dignity and grace it had cultivated over centuries.
Commentators have suggested the merging of royalty with show business was the harbinger of the royal troubles that followed.
Royal biographer Philip Ziegler said: "It would surely have been possible for [the Queen] to take a stronger line over such an ill-judged enterprise as the It's A Royal Knockout on television?
"Perhaps the full horror of this extravaganza did not become apparent until it was too late; if so, the Queen was remarkably ill-informed.
"Someone should have warned her what was about to happen so that she could have taken steps to stop it, or at least moderate its excesses."
The eroding of the royals’ carefully crafted image meant some found it harder to justify their public funding and lavish lifestyle.
Royal correspondent James Whitaker said: "That was the start of the high-profile thing that started everyone thinking, 'Who are these appalling people?'"
Don’t hold your breath for a modern day sequel… no matter how desperate Harry and Meghan might be to raise their profile.
According to royal expert Ben Pimlott, Her Majesty and Prince Philip weren't struck on the idea from the off, while Prince Charles and Princess Diana steered well clear.
The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly told a BBC executive: "Why doesn't Edward let the TV people get on with it and just turn up to accept the cheques? He's making us look foolish."
Writing in his 1996 biography The Queen, Ben claimed a royal source described the doomed PR stunt as “a terrible mistake" which the monarch made sure she wasn't involved in.
“[The Queen] was against it,” the insider said. “But one of her faults is that she can't say no.”
Another source added: “There was not a single courtier who did not think it was a mistake.”
Ben described the TV show as “excruciating” and a "turning point" for the royals because it “made the public stunningly aware that a sense of decorum was not an automatic quality in the Royal Family”.
It’s A Royal Knockout
It’s A Royal Knockout aired on June 15th 1987.
The show, filmed in the grounds of Alton Towers, was thought up by the Queen's youngest son.
Edward, then 23, dreamed of launching a TV career and had already set up his own production company.
He said in 1987: "I love the razzmatazz of show business. It's a wonderful world of fantasy and make-believe."
Edward hoped the flagship charity special would be good PR, but his hopes were dashed when the show was ridiculed.
At a press conference after the it aired, Edward received a lukewarm reception from assembled journalists. and apparently flounced out in a fit of rage, his TV ambitions in tatters.
Queen arrives at Sandringham
Her Majesty, 95, travelled from Windsor Castle to the Norfolk estate by helicopter.
She was then pictured in a beige coat and bird-print headscarf being driven into the home.
The Queen is expected to stay at Sandringham "for a few weeks" on a poignant special pilgrimage.
It is believed she will rest at Wood Farm, where her beloved husband Prince Philip spent time during his retirement.
The Queen has travelled at least twice to Sandringham since Philip's death last April but this is her first extended stay.
Lawyer’s opinion on Andrew’s car crash interview
Giving her view of Andrew’s car crash interview with the BBC in November 2019, Los Angeles-based Gloria Allred said: “He gave the Newsnight interview where he gave the ‘I don’t sweat and went to a pizza parlour with my family’ defence.
“Now that he said that, he has going to have to defend it, explain and provide evidence.
“The Newsnight interview was not under oath. It is a different ball game now.”
Meghan targeted by multi-million pound hate campaign
Meghan Markle has been the victim of a £2.8m “hate-for-profit enterprise” viewed by millions online, according to new data.
Research compiled by data analytics service Bot Sentinel found the Duchess was a victim of three anti-Meghan YouTube channels.
The report conducted by Bot Sentiel found that altogether the three channels had accumulated a total of 497 million views and an estimated £2.8 million in revenue.
Bot Sentinel said: “It’s our opinion that several of the most well-known and active hate accounts were actively targeting journalists and royal commentators to boost their visibility and amplify their hate campaign; in some cases, they were successful.”
Prince William to represent Queen in royal first
It has been announced that Prince William will mark a personal first next month.
Prince William is to visit Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the first time in an official capacity on February 10, following a request of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
On the day of William’s visit, the UK will mark its National Day at the ongoing EXPO 2020 in Dubai.
Prince William will join in the event and celebrations – set also to include the passing of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay.
He will also use this trip as an opportunity to engage with young Emiratis, leaders from Government and conservationists, Kensington Palace said.
Andrew ‘kept Fergie’s wedding dress’
Ex-royal maid Charlotte says he still held a torch for her after moving back in with his mum at Buckingham Palace.
She told The Sun: “Although she didn’t live there, her make-up was still laid out on a dressing table.
“I used to have to pick up all these eyeliners, mascaras and powders, dust underneath them and lay them back out every single day.
“But she was never there. She didn’t live there and she certainly wasn’t welcome back after what she’d been up to.
“Her clothes were there, so too were her shoes — and even her wedding dress was still hung up in the wardrobe. It was creepy.
“It was all laid as if she was there. I couldn’t understand why I was cleaning around it all when she wasn’t going to be coming back.
“He’d moved back home and she wasn’t welcome.
“I polished the dressing table every day but I never saw her.”