Royal family news – Kate Middleton Covid risk forces Duchess to pull out of all engagements and self-isolate

Royal family news – Kate Middleton Covid risk forces Duchess to pull out of all engagements and self-isolate

KATE Middleton is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone with Covid after visiting Wimbledon and Wembley last week.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is not experiencing any symptoms but is staying home to follow government guidance.

She was due to join Prince William in marking the 73rd anniversary of the NHS today but had to miss out – including hosting a tea party at Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the frontline staff of the pandemic.

Kate has received both her Covid jabs and got the alert on Friday.

She will have to isolate for ten days but it is not clear when the quarantine period started.

Kate had been pictured watching the tennis at Wimbledon on Friday afternoon in the Royal Box.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

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    KATE MIDDLETON COVID ALERT

    She will have to isolate for ten days but it is not clear when the quarantine period started.

    Kate had been pictured watching the tennis at Wimbledon on Friday afternoon in the Royal Box.

    She also attended the England v Germany game at Wembley with William and Prince George on Tuesday.

    It is not known if she would have been in the stands for the Three Lions' historic semi-final on Wednesday against Denmark.

    The keen tennis fan and patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club is now also likely to miss the Men's and Women's final at the weekend. Kate was due to join William at two major events marking the NHS' birthday today.

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    KATE MIDDLETON DID FIND OUT SHE HAD BEEN PINGED BY COVID APP WHILE SHE WAS WATCHING TENNIS AT WIMBLEDON

    KATE found out she had been in contact with someone who had Covid-19 while she was watching tennis at Wimbledon, The Sun understands.

    The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was alerted after taking her seat in the Royal Box on Friday and left straight away at around 4pm before Briton Dan Evans took to the court.

    Kate had her second Covid-19 jab within five weeks of her first dose.

    Kensington Palace said the Duchess of Cambridge took advice from doctors before getting the second jab after five weeks.

    The palace revealed Kate, 39, had the first dose on Friday May 28 but confirmed she had received her second jab some time before last Friday July 2 – a gap of less than five weeks.

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    CHARLES HAILS WREXHAM VACCINE FACTORY STAFF FOR ROLE IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID

    The Prince of Wales has praised staff at a vaccine factory for the part they have played in the battle against Covid-19.

    On Monday, Charles visited Wockhardt UK in Wrexham, North Wales, to see for himself the company's key role in the vaccination rollout across the UK.

    Wockhardt has been instrumental in the manufacture of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and carries out the "fill and finish" stage of the process which involves dispensing the vaccine into vials ready for it to be sent out across the country.

    The firm has a manufacturing contract with the UK Government in place until August 2022.

    During his tour of the high-tech site, which employs more than 500 people, Charles donned protective gear to visit the firm's quality control laboratory, where 300 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are currently being produced.

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    SPECIAL TEA AT PALACE ‘MEANS A LOT TO NHS STAFF’ SAYS NURSE

    Alexandra Heys, nurse ward manager in the respiratory high care unit at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The special tea at Buckingham Palace means a lot to NHS staff who have been through so much over the last year, and I feel so honoured to be meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

    “I know from personal experience that the past year has taken a huge toll on NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard to take care of patients during a challenging time.

    “My team at the respiratory high care unit has cared for over 300 very sick Covid patients, all of whom required dedicated around-the-clock care.

    “All NHS staff have gone above and beyond, providing additional care in difficult circumstances, including connecting isolated and very sick patients with their families in their most challenging moments.

    “We have all been through a lot, so seeing the public get behind the NHS Big Tea on such as massive scale is an immense boost and really makes a difference.”

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    ROYAL RETURN

    PRINCE Harry is due to return to the UK in ten weeks for another Princess Di ceremony — and Meghan may join him.

    It comes after last week’s Diana statue unveiling with Prince William “failed to heal the brotherly rift”.

    Harry, 36, and William, 39, had an hour together at their mother’s memorial on Thursday followed by a brief reception in Kensington Palace.

    The event was scaled down due to Covid. Insiders say there was no time to address the row caused by Harry blasting the Royal Family from the US.

    But Harry is set to come back in September and join more than 100 friends, family and charity leaders for another memorial event. Wife Meghan, 39, could also return with him but sources say it may still be too early as it will come just two months after the birth of second child Lilibet.

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    BAD STORIES

    Meghan Markle upset people from the early days of her joining the Royal Family, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Penny Junor claimed palace insiders told her the Duchess of Sussex was “not as charming as she seemed.”

    “I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people,” she told the ITV documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?

    “She was not as charming as she seemed.”

    Junor went on to say that the Duchess’s approach is not just Californian but “showbiz-y, celebrity.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BOOK THE BENCH IS NOT BEING STOCKED AT QUEEN’S ONLINE STORE

    THE Duchess of Sussex’s picture book The Bench is not being stocked in the Queen’s online store.

    The online Royal Collection Shop boasts a whole “storytime” section of “delightful” children’s books.

    They include Paddington at the Palace for £6.99 and even Peppa Pig Meets The Queen for £4.99 But the Duchess of Sussex’s title – which has crashed out of Amazon’s top 100 – is not among them.

    Meghan, 39, claims it was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on his first Father’s Day and a “love story” of him and Archie.

    The picture book topped the New York Times Bestsellers List for children’s picture books but sold just 3,212 copies in the UK its first week since publication on June 8.

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    BAD STORIES

    Meghan Markle upset people from the early days of her joining the Royal Family, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Penny Junor claimed palace insiders told her the Duchess of Sussex was “not as charming as she seemed.”

    “I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people,” she told the ITV documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?

    “She was not as charming as she seemed.”

    Junor went on to say that the Duchess’s approach is not just Californian but “showbiz-y, celebrity.”

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    SPECIAL TEA AT PALACE ‘MEANS A LOT TO NHS STAFF’ SAYS NURSE

    Alexandra Heys, nurse ward manager in the respiratory high care unit at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The special tea at Buckingham Palace means a lot to NHS staff who have been through so much over the last year, and I feel so honoured to be meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

    “I know from personal experience that the past year has taken a huge toll on NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard to take care of patients during a challenging time.

    “My team at the respiratory high care unit has cared for over 300 very sick Covid patients, all of whom required dedicated around-the-clock care.

    “All NHS staff have gone above and beyond, providing additional care in difficult circumstances, including connecting isolated and very sick patients with their families in their most challenging moments.

    “We have all been through a lot, so seeing the public get behind the NHS Big Tea on such as massive scale is an immense boost and really makes a difference.”

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    PRINCESS PUSHY

    Meghan Markle upset people from the early days of her joining the Royal Family, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Penny Junor claimed palace insiders told her the Duchess of Sussex was “not as charming as she seemed.”

    “I was hearing very bad stories from early on that Meghan was upsetting people,” she told the ITV documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?

    “She was not as charming as she seemed.”

    Junor went on to say that the Duchess’s approach is not just Californian but “showbiz-y, celebrity.”

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    CHARLES TAKES TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE TO ICELAND’S HQ

    The Prince of Wales took a trip down memory lane and visited a high street retailer known for its frozen goods.

    Charles began a week-long tour of Wales by visiting the headquarters of Iceland in Deeside, Flintshire and dropping into the cold store – a facility he opened 34 years ago.

    He was joined by Iceland’s co-founder and executive chairman Sir Malcolm Walker, who established the first store in 1970 in Oswestry, Shropshire with Peter Hinchcliffe, a fellow Woolworths trainee manager.

    Sir Malcolm’s wife came up with name of the store after the they hit on the idea of selling frozen food loose, which meant shoppers could buy as little or as much as needed.

    The retailer recently opened its 1,000th store, in Newport, South Wales, and today employs 30,000 people.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BOOK THE BENCH IS NOT BEING STOCKED AT QUEEN’S ONLINE STORE

    THE Duchess of Sussex’s picture book The Bench is not being stocked in the Queen’s online store.

    The online Royal Collection Shop boasts a whole “storytime” section of “delightful” children’s books.

    They include Paddington at the Palace for £6.99 and even Peppa Pig Meets The Queen for £4.99 But the Duchess of Sussex’s title – which has crashed out of Amazon’s top 100 – is not among them.

    Meghan, 39, claims it was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on his first Father’s Day and a “love story” of him and Archie.

    The picture book topped the New York Times Bestsellers List for children’s picture books but sold just 3,212 copies in the UK its first week since publication on June 8.

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    CHARLES HAILS WREXHAM VACCINE FACTORY STAFF FOR ROLE IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID

    The Prince of Wales has praised staff at a vaccine factory for the part they have played in the battle against Covid-19.

    On Monday, Charles visited Wockhardt UK in Wrexham, North Wales, to see for himself the company's key role in the vaccination rollout across the UK.

    Wockhardt has been instrumental in the manufacture of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and carries out the "fill and finish" stage of the process which involves dispensing the vaccine into vials ready for it to be sent out across the country.

    The firm has a manufacturing contract with the UK Government in place until August 2022.

    During his tour of the high-tech site, which employs more than 500 people, Charles donned protective gear to visit the firm's quality control laboratory, where 300 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are currently being produced.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CHARLES TAKES TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE TO ICELAND'S HQ

    The Prince of Wales took a trip down memory lane and visited a high street retailer known for its frozen goods.

    Charles began a week-long tour of Wales by visiting the headquarters of Iceland in Deeside, Flintshire and dropping into the cold store – a facility he opened 34 years ago.

    He was joined by Iceland's co-founder and executive chairman Sir Malcolm Walker, who established the first store in 1970 in Oswestry, Shropshire with Peter Hinchcliffe, a fellow Woolworths trainee manager.

    Sir Malcolm's wife came up with name of the store after the they hit on the idea of selling frozen food loose, which meant shoppers could buy as little or as much as needed.

    The retailer recently opened its 1,000th store, in Newport, South Wales, and today employs 30,000 people.

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    SPECIAL TEA AT PALACE 'MEANS A LOT TO NHS STAFF' SAYS NURSE

    Alexandra Heys, nurse ward manager in the respiratory high care unit at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The special tea at Buckingham Palace means a lot to NHS staff who have been through so much over the last year, and I feel so honoured to be meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

    "I know from personal experience that the past year has taken a huge toll on NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard to take care of patients during a challenging time.

    "My team at the respiratory high care unit has cared for over 300 very sick Covid patients, all of whom required dedicated around-the-clock care.

    "All NHS staff have gone above and beyond, providing additional care in difficult circumstances, including connecting isolated and very sick patients with their families in their most challenging moments.

    "We have all been through a lot, so seeing the public get behind the NHS Big Tea on such as massive scale is an immense boost and really makes a difference."

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    WILLIAM TO HOST THE NHS 'BIG TEA' PARTY IN BUCKINGHAM PALACE GARDENS

    William will host the NHS Big Tea in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the work of NHS staff who have gone above and beyond in tackling the pandemic.

    He will meet staff ranging from respiratory ward nurses, counsellors and care workers, to those working in non-clinical roles including catering managers and housekeeping co-ordinators.

    The NHS Big Tea is organised by NHS Charities Together and is a national celebration of the health service, offering the opportunity for communities to come together for a moment of reflection and to thank staff and volunteers for the role they have played throughout the pandemic.

    The event is one of thousands of Big Teas taking place on Monday in homes, hospitals, schools and community spaces across the UK.

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    ITV CUT CLAIM PRINCE WILLIAM’S STAFF PLANTED STORIES ABOUT HARRY FROM BROTHERS-AT-WAR DOC

    ITV cut claims that Prince William and his staff planted stories about his brother’s mental health after being warned they were defamatory, reports claim. 

    The documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?, had originally planned to air allegations of leaking from the Duke of Cambridge about Prince Harry. 

    Omid Scobie, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biographer, had suggested on the show that senior palace aides had briefed newspapers over concerns regarding Harry’s state of mind. 

    He claimed that it was following an interview with journalist Tom Bradby in 2019 where Harry said that he and his brother were on “different paths”.

    However, Kensington Palace are understood to have warned ITV that the suggestion, if aired, would be defamatory in that it was substantially untrue.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM ATTENDS NHS 73RD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS WITHOUT WIFE KATE AS COVID SCARE FORCES HER TO SELF-ISOLATE

    PRINCE William is attending the NHS 73rd birthday celebrations solo today.Wife Kate Middleton is self-isolating after coming into contact with who tested positive for Covid.

    The Duke of Cambridge was snapped heading up the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London to honour the work of frontline hospital and care home staff.

    He took a front row seat before a choir dressed in white robes sang hymns to commemorate the occasion.

    William followed religious leaders past rows of NHS staff who have kept the service afloat during the pandemic.

    NHS England said staff would be placed "at the heart" of the socially distanced service.

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    DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE LEAVES SERVICES MARKING 73RD BIRTHDAY OF THE NHS AT ST PAUL's CATHERDRAL

    The Duke of Cambridge has left St Paul's Cathedral after attending a thanksgiving service to mark 73 years of the NHS.

    After a choir sang the national anthem at the close of the hour-long ceremony, the duke followed a procession of religious leaders past rows of frontline healthcare workers to the exit.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson also filed out shortly afterwards, while organ music played.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM FELT MEGHAN MARKLE HAD AN ‘AGENDA’ FROM ‘EARLY STAGE’ IN RELATIONSHIP WITH HARRY, BIOGRAPHER CLAIMS

    PRINCE William felt that Meghan Markle had an agenda from an early stage in her relationship with Prince Harry, a royal biographer has claimed.

    Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers, said the claim came from a source close to William.

    Lacy told ITV documentary, Harry & William: What Went Wrong?: “Someone close to William told me William felt from an early stage that Meghan had an agenda”.

    This is far from the first report of William’s attitude toward the Duchess of Sussex.

    In Mr Lacey’s book, he claimed that Prince William raged at Meghan’s “merciless” treatment of staff and called her “that bloody woman”

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    WATCH: HARRY AND WILLIAM SAY THEY WISH MOTHER PRINCESS DIANA 'WERE STILL HERE'

    Harry and William say ‘we wish she were still with us’ as they stand side-by-side in emotional reunion for Diana statue

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    ARTHUR EDWARDS SAYS ‘WILLIAM AND HARRY FRICTION IS REASON SO FEW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO DIANA MEMORIAL’

    Royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, has had his say on the rift between the two Princes ahead of Diana’s statue unveiling.

    Arthur Edwards has said: “If they had wanted more people there for the unveiling they could have done it somehow.

    “It is sad the Queen, Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family who were close to Diana can’t be there.

    “I believe the on-going friction between William and Harry is the real reason so few people have been invited. In many ways I find that unacceptable.”

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    WILLIAM AND KATE TO MARK NHS BIRTHDAY WITH ST PAUL'S SERVICE AND PALACE TEA

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the NHS at a service of thanksgiving before hosting a tea at Buckingham Palace.

    The service at St Paul's Cathedral will celebrate the NHS's contribution to the country during Covid-19, reflecting on the work and achievement of health staff, volunteers and carers.

    William and Kate will join guests including leading figures in the NHS pandemic response, several hundred members of frontline staff, and patients.

    NHS England said staff will be placed "at the heart" of the socially distanced service.

    Among the congregation will be NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens, matron May Parsons, who administered the first Covid-19 vaccination outside clinical trials, Sam Foster, the nurse who gave the first Oxford AstraZeneca jab, members of staff who treated the first Covid-19 patients in England, and a number of patients who have been treated for the virus.

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    KATE SELF ISOLATING (CONTINUED…)

    Kate's last public event was a visit to Wimbledon on Friday when she toured the SW19 sporting venue meeting staff in the museum, Centre Court kitchen and sitting with former tennis star Tim Henman to watch Jamie Murray play in the doubles.

    The duchess is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and a keen tennis fan but is now likely to miss the men's and Women's final at the weekend.

    William contracted Covid last spring and was able to carry on with telephone and online engagements while he was treated by royal doctors but was reportedly hit "pretty hard" by the virus and at one stage struggled to breathe.

    The Prince of Wales also caught the virus during the same period but had milder symptoms although he did lose his sense of smell and taste for a period.

     

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    KATE SELF-ISOLATES AFTER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH COVID SUFFERER

    The Duchess of Cambridge is having to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus, Kensington Palace said.

    Kate was due to spend the day with William celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the NHS at two major events but will now have a 10-day period at home.

    They had planned to attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in honour of the nation's health service, and in the afternoon host a Big Tea at Buckingham Palace for NHS staff, in their roles as Joint Patrons of NHS Charities Together.

    Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Last week The Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

    "Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home."

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