Meghan and Harry latest – 'Couple PANIC over secrets getting out and fiercely vet new staff to stop any insider leaks'

Meghan and Harry latest – 'Couple PANIC over secrets getting out and fiercely vet new staff to stop any insider leaks'

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle are so concerned about their privacy that they've begun fiercely vetting staff, an "insider" claims.

The source told Hello magazine that Harry and Meghan "are more concerned than ever" about protecting their privacy and have started putting as little as possible in writing and briefing pals on discretion.

“They’re going through the list of people in their inner circle with a fine-tooth comb, and anyone who enters their world is thoroughly vetted," the insider claimed.

"In essence, it’s them clamping down on leaks of any kind. They have a zero-tolerance policy,” they added.

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    Prince Harry is likely to be thrilled with his cameo, as he and Meghan have been active campaigners throughout the Presidential election.

    Although the Duke of Sussex wasn’t allowed to vote in the recent US elections, he did break royal protocol for the first time in openly talking about politics alongside Meghan, who did cast a vote. 

    The royal couple urged people to go out and vote, with Harry saying it is time to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity”. 

    Meghan called the 2020 White House race as the "most important of our lifetime".

    Prince Harry is also surprisingly good friends with the 46th First Lady, Dr Jill Biden as well as the president himself.

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    RECAP – HAZ ABOUT THAT

    Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at the US Presidential inauguration yesterday – well his photograph did.

    Eagle-eyed fans spotted the portrait of the Duke of Sussex in his military garb in the background of a photograph of President Joe Biden as he chatted with Bill Clinton.

    Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter shared the photograph on Twitter after spotting the British royal.

    “That's an impressively large image of Prince Harry top right…” she wrote.

    Jon Davidson later replied to her tweet revealing where the photograph was taken and hung.

    “This photo was taken at Arlington National Cemetery, in the Memorial Display Room, just behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” he wrote.

  • Christy Cooney

    HARRY HELPS LAUNCH MENTAL HEALTH TOOL IN AUSTRALIA

    Prince Harry has helped to launch a mental health tool intended to help first responders deal with stress and trauma in Australia.

    Peak Fortem, set up by Invictus Games co-founder David Wiseman, works as a free online programme and is based on a model that has proved successful in the UK.

    In a statement, Harry said: "Our mental fitness is one and the same as our physical fitness. 

    "Serving in the military, I saw first hand how critical it is to train your mind as a muscle – not only to endure challenges and stresses but to excel, grow and build resilience in all aspects of life.

    '"eak Fortem is the product of teamwork, dedication and a commitment to supporting and strengthening communities of all kinds – values upheld by Australia's first responders."

  • Christy Cooney

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'CONTENT' WITH NEW LIVES

    Harry and Meghan are "content" with their new lives in Los Angeles, friend Tom Bradby has said.

    Discussing the couple's decision to step back as senior royals on Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Weekend, Bradby, also an anchor for ITV News, said: “I think they are feeling better, yes.

    "So are they unhappy? No, I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by."

    But he added: "I think [Harry] is heartbroken by the situation with his family. You don't necessarily need to have knowledge to know that, but I think it is true."

  • Christy Cooney

    HARRY AND WILLIAM RELATIONSHIP 'MAY NEVER BE AS CLOSE AS IT WAS'

    The relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry may not ever be as close as it once was, one royal watcher has said.

    Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl said: “The relationship is much better than it was.

    "I know they were very much in touch over the holidays. But there is an ocean between them, there is a time difference. 

    “I think there is a great sense of relief, certainly within the royal family, that relations between the brothers are much better than what they were. 

    “Whether it’ll ever be as close a relationship as it once was, that’s questionable. But for sure it’s much better now than it has been."

  • Christy Cooney

    WILL AND KATE 'USING SANDRINGHAM AS OFFICE'

    Will and Kate are reportedly using Sandringham House as an office space while living at their nearby country home.

    The Queen has reportedly lent the couple use of the Norfolk estate while they stay three miles away at Anmer Hall.

    The pair are currently homeschooling Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, as well as taking care of two-year-old Prince Louis, the Express reports.

    Among other things, they are said to be using Sandringham to conduct video calls as part of their royal duties.

  • Christy Cooney

    WILLIAM’S PRIVATE SECRETARY RESIGNS

    Prince William’s closest aide is stepping down to join a private equity group, the Telegraph reports.

    Christian Jones, 31, William's private secretary since last March, is said to be leaving to become a partner at Bridgepoint.

    Jones previously served as William and Kate’s communications secretary.

    He will reportedly remain an advisor to the couple.

  • Christy Cooney

    ONE-YEAR REVIEW OF ROYAL EXIT 'SCRAPPED'

    A one-year review of Harry and Meghan's decision to step down as senior royals has reportedly been scrapped.

    The pair had originally agreed to discuss their January 2020 exit after a year.

    Discussing the couple, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl said: “My understanding from the Sussex camp is that there has been communication with the Queen, Prince Charles and with Prince William as well.

    “The general feeling isn’t to say that people are not watching closely… what the couple are doing and what [their future] projects are going to be.

    “But there is not this need to have this review one year on.”

  • Christy Cooney

    PANDEMIC 'STRENGTHENED MEGHAN AND HARRY AS A COUPLE'

    Time spent at home during the coronavirus pandemic has strengthened Meghan and Harry as a couple, one royal watcher has said.

    Speaking to OK! magazine, Omid Scobie, co-author of a book on the pair, said: "There was a time when it was just the three of them and they coped without childcare.

    "It strengthened them as a couple and Harry and Meghan really are happier and more in love than ever.

    "They were living at 100 miles an hour and, had it not been for the pandemic, they probably would have continued that way in their own projects. 

    "But the pause came at the right time for them to rest and reevaluate what’s important."

  • Christy Cooney

    HARRY MAKES APPEARANCE AT INAUGURATION

    Eagle-eyed fans spotted Prince Harry make a fleeting appearance at Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

    A photo from before the ceremony showed Joe Biden greeting former president and first lady Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    In the top-right corner of the image, a photo of Harry could be seen hanging on a wall inside the Capitol.

    The picture was taken as Harry laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Ceremony in 2013.

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    HARRY 'HEARTBROKEN' BY RIFT

    Prince Harry has been left "heartbroken" by the rift with the rest of the royal family, friend Tom Bradby has said.

    Speaking to Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Weekend, Bradby, also an anchor for ITV News, said: “I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by.

    "I think Harry is heartbroken.

    "You don’t necessarily need to have the knowledge to know that, but I think it is true.

    "The situation with the family clearly isn’t ideal. It’s been a difficult year.”

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    FORMER AIDES SAY THEY WOULD GIVE EVIDENCE IN COURT

    Four former aides to Prince Harry and Meghan’s have said they would give evidence in Meghan’s ongoing legal dispute with the Mail on Sunday.

    Meghan is suing the paper after is published a letter written to her father about their relationship that she says was “quintessentially private”.

    The former staff members are Samantha Cohen, formerly the Sussexes' private secretary, and Jason Knauf,  Christian Jones, and Sara Latham who worked in communications for the couple.

    A joint letter from the four, released by the High Court, said they would be “willing”, if appropriate, to give “oral evidence at trial and/or [provide] to the parties any relevant documentary evidence.”

    A legal representative for the group said they were “all strictly neutral” in the case.

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    HARRY AND MEGHAN USING 'ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY' ON LEAKS

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have introduced a "zero-tolerance policy" on leaks, according to reports.

    Speaking to Heat World, a source said the pair have become increasingly meticulous amid privacy concerns.

    “Harry and Meghan are more concerned than ever about protecting their privacy," the source said.

    “They’re going through the list of people in their inner circle with a fine-tooth comb, and anyone who enters their world is thoroughly vetted.

    “In essence, it’s them clamping down on leaks of any kind. They have a zero-tolerance policy.”

  • Christy Cooney

    WILLIAM AND CHARLES COVID DIAGNOSES 'MADE HARRY HOMESICK'

    Prince William and Prince Charles's diagnoses with coronavirus earlier this year made Prince Harry homesick, a royal expert has said.

    Both men reportedly tested positive for the virus over summer, within months of Harry's decision to step back from the royal family and relocate to Los Angeles.

    Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl said: “I think possibly there was a time when Harry may have felt a little homesick.

    “I think he was missing home when his father and brother were ill with Covid last Spring."

    But she added: “I think he is loving the California, west-coast lifestyle, it suits him. He has always been a very laid-back person, he loves nature and being by the ocean."

  • Becky Pemberton

    HARRY SADDENED AFTER ARTICLE CLAIMING HE SNUBBED MARINES

    Harry was "frustrated and saddened" after an article claimed he snubbed the Royal Marines when he stepped down as a senior royal, his lawyers said.

    The Duke's ability to help veterans and serving military by attracting public support were "seriously" hampered by allegations in the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, according to the legal papers lodged with the High Court.

    After the articles appeared in October, Harry began legal proceedings before Christmas against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.

    The Mail on Sunday has since issued an apology to Prince Harry and made a donation to the Invictus Games fund.

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    HARRY AND MEGHAN LAUNCH BID TO MAKE COMEDY SHOWS

    Harry and Meghan could be laughing all the way to the bank — by creating their own comedy shows.

    The couple want to make and sell funny programmes along with dramas and thrillers.

    Animations and children’s series could also feature if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are granted permission to establish a TV and film company.

    They have already signed money-spinning deals with streaming channels Netflix and Spotify for documentaries and podcasts.

    Now they have filed documents with the UK’s Intellectual Property Office for trademark protection for Archewell Productions.

    A source said: “Meghan and Harry’s approach to their TV ambitions has always been serious — but it’s hard to imagine them coming up with the next Only Fools and Horses.”

  • Becky Pemberton

    CUSTOMER REQUESTS 'CREEPY' LIFE-SIZE CAKE OF MEGHAN AND HARRY

    People often spare no expense when it comes to an extravagant cake for a special occasion, but one unusual request has left many scratching their heads.

    A mega royal fan asked for a life-sized Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cake, with baker Lara Mason sharing the end result online.

    In a clip she shared on TikTok, Lara – who makes "insane" cakes – reenacted a phone conversion she had with the mystery person who made the unusual order.

    Admitting it "was NOT" easy", she took on the challenge and produced an incredible edible display which mimics a recognisable snap taken of the couple from their engagement announcement in 2017.

    The life-sized cake even features Harry's famous red hair and Meghan's loose brunette waves – and shares an uncanny resemblance to the actual couple.

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    HARRY ‘HEARTBROKEN’ AFTER MEGXIT AND ‘PAINFUL RIFT’ SAYS PAL

    Harry has been left heartbroken by the situation with his family after moving to the US, says pal Tom Bradby.

    But the ITN news anchor believes the Sussexes are “content” with their new situation— and are excited by their projects.

    Bradby was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding and interviewed them shortly before they quit royal life last year.

    He told Love Your Weekend With Alan Titchmarsh, shown on ITV tomorrow: “I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by.

    "I think Harry is heartbroken.

    "You don’t necessarily need to have the knowledge to know that, but I think it is true."

  • Becky Pemberton

    QUEEN'S MEGXIT REVIEW IS CANCELLED AS MEGHAN AND HARRY'S SITUATION IS WORKING

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals in early 2020 with the proviso they would meet with the monarch a year on to discuss how the arrangement was working.

    The 12-month review was due for March 31 – a year on from their final engagement as working royals.

    But it has now been claimed the couple won't discuss Megxit with the Queen as previously expected.

    Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told True Royalty TV's Royal Beat: "My understanding from the Sussexes camp is that there has been communication with the Queen, Prince Charles and with William as well. The general feeling is that this [current situation] is working."

    She added: 'This isn’t to say that people are not watching closely what these deals are, what the couple are doing and what these projects are going to be. But there is not this need to have this review one year on."

  • Becky Pemberton

    MEGHAN AND HARRY THANK VETERANS WITH LUNCH

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex honored veterans in a heartwarming note as they donated free lunch to volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took a page from the civil rights leader and gave a "small token" of their appreciation to the veterans-led organization The Mission Continues.

    "In honour of this day of service, and in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he stood for, we want to send our thanks and gratitude to the team at The Mission Continues," a note sent by Harry and Meghan to the organisation.

    "We're so proud of all the work you're doing to support your community and hope you enjoy this small token of our appreciation," the letter read.

    "Thank you for your service – today and every day. we look forward to joining you soon!"

    Signing the letter Harry and Meghan, their Archewell Foundation then donated lunch from Homegirl Catering, a subsect of Homeboy Industries.

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    MEGHAN DIDN'T SAY 'I LOVE YOU' IN LETTER, SAYS DAD

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is said to have felt forced to write a "painful" letter to her dad after they reached "breaking point".

    She is suing the Mail on Sunday for privacy copyright and data protection over five articles published in February 2019.

    This includes extracts from the handwritten letter she sent to her dad Thomas Markle, 76, in August 2018.

    Her lawyer Justin Rushbrooke QC today described the 1,250-word letter as "a heartfelt plea from an anguished daughter to her father".

    But Thomas Markle branded this a "total lie" and claims the article was "expressly authorised by Meg or she had at the very least known about and approved of its publication".

    Writing in his witness statement, he said: "[The People quote] suggested to people that Meg had reached out to me with the letter, saying in the letter that she loved me and that she wanted to repair our relationship.

    "That suggestion was false. The letter was not an attempt at a reconciliation. It was a criticism of me.

    "The letter didn't say she loved me. It did not even ask how I was. It showed no concern about the fact I had suffered a heart attack and asked no questions about my health.

    "It actually signalled the end of our relationship, not a reconciliation."

  • Becky Pemberton

    MEGHAN'S TEXT TO AIDE COULD REVEAL TRUTH ABOUT BOMBSHELL LETTER

    Meghan's texts to a royal aide that could reveal the truth about her "painful" letter to her dad have been deleted, her lawyer admitted today.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is suing the Mail on Sunday for privacy copyright and data protection over five articles published in February 2019.

    The High Court heard how the 'Palace Four', who used to work for Meghan, may be asked to give evidence if the trial goes ahead.

    This would include whether they helped with the draft of Meghan’s letter to her estranged dad Thomas Markle, which is at the centre of the case.

  • Christy Cooney

    PRINCE HARRY 'IN REGULAR CONTACT' WITH QUEEN

    Prince Harry is now in regular contact with the Queen, one royal watcher has said.

    It comes amid reports that the previously-frosted relations between Harry and the rest of the royal family have begun to thaw.

    Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Vanity Fair correspondent Katie Nicholl said: "[Harry is] in quite regular contact with the Queen.

    "She is always delighted to see Archie on video calls, and it is very important to her that she touches base with Harry.

    "She's in touch with them, she knows what's going on in their lives, they discuss their plans with her."

  • Christy Cooney

    'THINGS A LOT BETTER BETWEEN WILLIAM AND HARRY'

    Relations between princes William and Harry have begun to recover, according to one royal watcher.

    Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Vanity Fair correspondent Katie Nicholl said: "I think it's fair to say that things are a lot better between William and Harry.

    "I can tell you that there were phone calls and video calls over the Christmas and New Year holiday, and the Sussexes sent presents to the Cambridges, and vice versa.

    "It was an opportunity in an otherwise very busy and chaotic year for both of the families to come together and connect, albeit virtually.

    "If you go back a year, these brothers were barely on talking terms."

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    ALICE AND AUTHUR LEAD BETTING FOR EUGENIE BABY NAME

    Alice and Authur are currently the bookies' favourites to be the name of Princess Eugenie's first baby.

    Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank are reportedly expecting the baby, who will be the Queen's ninth great-grandchild, to arrive in mid-February.

    The baby's gender is not yet known.

    Betfair are giving odds of 8/1 on Alice and Authur, 10/1 on Godfrey, Grace and Henry, and 14/1 on Augusta, Thomas, and Alexandra.

    Speaking to Hello!, a Betfair spokesperson said: "Royal fans are excited to kick off 2021 with another baby due next month – and expect Eugenie and Jack to stick with traditional names."

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