Boris Johnson replace Theresa May.

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday.
His convincing victory catapults the United Kingdom towards a showdown with the EU and towards a constitutional crisis at home, as British lawmakers have vowed to bring down any government that tries to leave the bloc without a divorce deal.

Johnson, the face of the 2016 Brexit referendum, won the votes of 92,000 members of the Conservative Party, almost twice as many as his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

 

May will leave office on Wednesday after going to Buckingham Palace to see Queen Elizabeth, who will formally appoint Johnson.

“We are going to get Brexit done on Oct. 31, and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of ‘can do’,” Johnson, 55, said after the result was announced.

“Like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity.”

Johnson said the mantra of his leadership campaign had been to “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat (opposition Labour leader) Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are going to do”.

U.S. President Donald Trump quickly tweeted his congratulations, saying:

 “He will be great!”.

 

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Why Queen missed Archie’s Christening?

It was a day of celebrating for the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were accompanied by Kate Middleton and Prince William, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at their son, Archie’s, christening on Saturday.

While the new parents were surrounded by their loved ones, including Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were noticeably absent.

The head of the British monarchy was not in attendance due to prior royal engagements. Royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET on Tuesday that “we don’t believe that the queen is going to be there because of a clash of prior engagements. And we don’t expect the Duke of Edinburgh to be there either.”

 

Baby Archie’s christening took place in a small, private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. Official photos of the little one’s special day taken by photographer Chris Allerton and were released after the ceremony. Archie’s godparents were not revealed.

 
The queen was also absent for Prince Louis’ christening in July of 2018. She bowed out of the event due to royal affairs as well. She did, however, attend Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings.
Meanwhile, ET learned earlier this week that Harry and Meghan are eager for Archie to have “as normal a life as possible.”

“I think the couple is determined for Archie to have as normal a life as possible,” Nicholl told ET. “Prince Harry grew up very much in the spotlight, never far away from the gaze of the cameras, and at points in his life, that’s been something he has resented. My understanding is that at Frogmore, they have essentially built a fortress. One of their closest friends told me it was their oasis — their sanctuary where they’re going to raise their child away from the spotlight.”

 

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Why Queen will miss Archie’s baptism next month.

The Queen will not attend baby Archie’s christening, it is claimed.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘s son will be christened next month, however, the monarch is not expected to be at the event.

Senior royals are said to be going to the ceremony, and Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, will also likely be in attendance.

However, the Queen will miss the occasion because of prior commitments, a report says.

The Palace confirmed that the Queen will be absent, according to the Daily Express .

The monarch also skipped last year’s christening for Prince Louis – William and Kate Middleton’s third child.

However, she was able to make the ceremony for Zara and Mike Tindall’s daughter Lena this year.

Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland is flying back to the UK to be at Archie’s christening.

She moved in with Harry and Meghan after the birth to help her daughter, however, she recently returned home to California, US.

The christening will take place at St George’s Chapel, where the royal couple wed, and is likely to be a traditional affair.

It is believed the religious ritual will be carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Dean of Windsor, David Conner.

Prince Charles, Harry’s father, is expected to attend, alongside his wife Camilla.

The Duke of Sussex’s brother, Prince William, and wife Kate Middleton will also be at the ceremony, potentially with their children George, Charlotte and Louis.

 

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Queen Elizabeth paid tribute on the 75th D-Day Anniversary.

This was always going to be a poignant day for the Queen.

Taking pride of place, surrounded by over a dozen heads of state and prime ministers at the commemorative event on Southsea Common, where thousands of men gathered 75 years ago ready to embark on the D-Day landings with no guarantee that they would come home.

Her Majesty is the only one of those world leaders who remembers first hand the enormity of the bravery and sacrifice of those who were sent to the beaches in Normandy.

Princess Elizabeth was 18 at the time. Reminding the audience of her own personal connection she recalled a speech that her father King George VI gave at the time in which he said: “What is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance; we need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve…”

 

 

 

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Seven decades on the Queen added to her father’s tribute, saying: “That is exactly what those brave men brought to the battle, as the fate of the world depended on their success. Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten.

“It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all, thank you.”

But she was also speaking up for her generation. The no nonsense humility displayed by many of the veterans, echoed in her own words, as she said: “When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, some thought it might be the last such event.

 

“But the wartime generation – my generation – is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today.”

It has been a week when the monarch has displayed her own dedication to her country as she, more than anyone else, set the tone for Donald Trump’s state visit.

Again in Portsmouth sitting alongside her, the president was in his element, oozing an air of deference and respect. It’s hard to think of any other world leader that could have the same effect on this outspoken president.

Yes there has been controversy over Trump’s comments about the NHS, Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, who will replace Theresa May, and even what he thinks about the Duchess of Sussex, but he has appeared toned down in his approach.

Whatever you think of the Royal family, the Queen, supported by her relatives has helped to maintain a display of business as usual, against a backdrop of considerable political uncertainty.

A week where the 93-year-old sovereign has shown her own personal resilience and stamina in abundance.

 

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Do you know that Donald Trump is forgetful?

Donald Trump had to be rescued from a tricky moment by his wife, Melania, when he failed to recognise a statue at Buckingham Palace that he had given the Queen last summer.
The US president was shown a pewter horse that he gave as a gift when they met in July last year, and was asked whether he recognised it. He replied “no”.
Melania came to his rescue, saying: “I think we gave that to the Queen.”
He had given the thoroughbred statue in polished pewter on his visit to Windsor.

 

It happened as the Queen was showing the president and First Lady around an exhibition at the palace picture gallery of American artefacts.It happened as the Queen was showing the president and First Lady around an exhibition at the palace picture gallery of American artefacts.

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(Pictured) The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by President Donald Trump and wife Melania outside Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent’s Park, London on June 4.
Donald Trump had to be rescued from a tricky moment by his wife, Melania, when he failed to recognise a statue at Buckingham Palace that he had given the Queen last summer.
The US president was shown a pewter horse that he gave as a gift when they met in July last year, and was asked whether he recognised it. He replied “no”.
Melania came to his rescue, saying: “I think we gave that to the Queen.”
He had given the thoroughbred statue in polished pewter on his visit to Windsor.

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It happened as the Queen was showing the president and First Lady around an exhibition at the palace picture gallery of American artefacts.

Among the items she showed them were aisit.

The president appeared to grasp only the monarch’s fingers in his fist as he was welcomed to the Palace.

 

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Queen Elizabeth welcome Donald Trump on UK Soil.

The Queen has met every US president of her reign so far – except for one – and now prepares to welcome Donald Trump on UK soil again.

The monarch has played a pivotal role in the UK’s relationship with America over the decades.

And Mr Trump’s state visit, which starts today, is the third by an American president to the UK, following George W Bush’s in 2003 and Barack Obama’s in 2011.

Although Elizabeth II never met Lyndon B Johnson, who took over in 1963 following John F Kennedy’s assassination, she has built strong relationships with various US leaders.

But Mr Trump’s state visit is by far the most expensive in British history – costing taxpayers an estimated £40million in security costs.

Harry S Truman

In 1951, a young Princess Elizabeth – unknowingly three months away from becoming Queen – went to Washington and saw President Harry S Truman, who was still in the Oval Office when she acceded to the throne.

Dwight D Eisenhower

During her first state visit to America in 1957, now Queen, she met Dwight D Eisenhower.

They met again in Canada in 1959 and travelled on the Royal Yacht Britannia together.

The Queen was said to have had an affectionate relationship with Mr Eisenhower, who was even invited to stay at the Queen’s Scottish hideaway, Balmoral Castle.

John F Kennedy

The glamorous JFK and his wife Jackie dined with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in June 1961.

Jackie Kennedy was invited to lunch with the Queen at the palace a year later while she was on a private visit to London, and the pair bonded over their love of horses.

Lyndon B Johnson

Mr Johnson, then vice president, took over after Mr Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

He was president until 1969 – but the Queen never met him, and he died in 1973.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon dined with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in February 1969.

The Queen also met Mr Nixon at Chequers in October 1970 and was photographed with him outside the prime minister’s official country residence.

Gerald Ford

In 1976, during the US bicentennial, the Queen met Gerald Ford in the US, and they danced together at the state dinner in the White House.

Jimmy Carter

In 1977, the monarch was pictured in a billowing, wide-sleeved yellow gown alongside Jimmy Carter, in a black tie and tuxedo, when he came to London.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald and Nancy Reagan stayed at the Queen’s favourite home, Windsor Castle, in 1982.

The monarch and the former film star shared a bond through their love of horses and rode side by side in Windsor Great Park.

Both looked relaxed and informal in jodhpurs and riding boots, with the Queen dressed down in her headscarf.

She also met Mr Reagan during an official visit to America’s West Coast in 1983.

George Bush Snr

George Bush Snr had lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1989.

She also visited him in the US in 1991 – the trip that led to “Podiumgate” – when all that could be seen of the Queen above the lectern when she was delivering an address on the White House lawn was her hat.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary met the Queen several times, including in December 2000 when, along with daughter Chelsea, they visited Buckingham Palace.

George W Bush

George W Bush visited the head of state at the palace in July 2001.

Two years later, in November 2003, Mr Bush paid an official state visit – the first by a US leader – and the Queen gave him a wide smile as they shook hands at her London residence.

He was honoured with a state banquet in the palace ballroom.

The Queen’s London home had been the site of a major security breach the same day, when Daily Mirror reporter Ryan Parry revealed he had been working undercover as a footman at the royal residence for two months.

Parry claimed he was given the chance to get close enough to the Queen to have poisoned her, and he took pictures of the monarch’s plastic breakfast containers, and the bed in which US President Bush and his wife Laura were to sleep.

The visit was also met with large protests over the Iraq War.

When the Queen encountered Mr Bush again, in Washington DC in 2007, the president winked at her after making a gaffe.

At a welcome ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, he mixed up his dates in a speech – almost ageing the Queen by 200 years.

Turning to the Queen and winking, he joked to his audience: “She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child.”

Mr Bush – in 2008 – was also received by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Barack Obama

The Queen’s relationship with Barack Obama was a warm and friendly one.

They hit it off after a reception ahead of the G20 summit in 2009.

The Queen and First Lady Michelle Obama acted like old friends when they put their arms around each other at the end of the event.

In her memoir, Becoming, Mrs Obama said they had just agreed that a long day wearing heels had left them with sore feet.

We were just “two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes”, she added.

A successful state visit to the UK followed in 2011 and the Obamas forged a strong bond with the Queen and her wider family – particularly Prince Harry , now the Duke of Sussex, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Obamas even dropped in to see the Queen the day after her 90th birthday.

The Duke of Edinburgh, then 94, drove the couple the short distance to Windsor Castle after their Marine One presidential helicopter touched down on the manicured lawns of the royal residence.

The Obamas also met Prince George, who was ready for bed in his dressing gown, ahead of dinner with William, Kate and Harry at Kensington Palace.

Donald Trump

Mr Trump was accorded a guard of honour and had tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle in July 2018.

As the Queen and the president walked across the lawn of the quadrangle to view the troops, the monarch appeared to gesture and point several times for him to move closer to the front line of soldiers.

Mr Trump moved slightly nearer, but then stood still in front of the Queen, meaning the monarch had to navigate her way around him so they could walk side by side.

He later said of the sovereign in an interview: “That is a beautiful woman.”

The billionaire-turned-politician’s controversial state visit from June 3 to June 5 includes a ceremonial welcome at Buckingham Palace, lunch with

the Queen and the Duke of Sussex, tea with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, and a grand state banquet in the palace ballroom.

 

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Vacancy for Queen Elizabeth’s Social Media Manager.

Tweeting for Her Majesty? How’s that for a line on your resume or CV, as the British put it.

But it’s a real job, it turns out, and for the grand salary of about $38,000 annually, you can become social-media manager for Queen Elizabeth II, the 93-year-old monarch who is savvy enough to know she has to go with the flow when it comes to modern communication.

Thus, the job description posted on the Royal Household website Thursday.

“About the role: It’s knowing your content will be viewed by millions,” it starts out. “It’s finding new ways to maintain The Queen’s presence in the public eye and on the world stage. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional.”

The queen is coming slightly tardy to the social-media party but it is a testament to her shrewdness that she and her top staff have grasped the necessity.

Some of her grandchildren already have a robust social-media presence with staffers to tweet and post on Instagram for them. Others, such as Princess Eugenie of York, manage their own.

 

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launched their own Instagram account last month, which they use to post mostly about their royal engagements and charities.

They also posted the news of the birth of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6. They must be doing something right because the expertly curated page already has 8 million followers.

 

The job description for the queen’s social-media manager sounds perfect for a millennial who already spends most of his or her life on social media.

Working as part of a small team of “digital media specialists,” the queen’s social media guru would be responsible for informing a worldwide audience about the work of the royal family, creating content for social networking and digital platforms, including a newly launched website, and researching and writing feature articles on the royals.

Experience with parsing and monitoring analytics will be helpful. Creative flair, writing, photography and communications skills are crucial. Ability to quickly respond to changing priorities a must in a deadline-driven environment.

So much for the stuffy, old-fashioned reputation of the Windsors. The queen has been on her throne for 67 years; she hasn’t become the successful and respected monarch she is by refusing to adapt to changes in technology.

 

“Joining this fast-paced and dynamic team, your challenge will be to manage and oversee the daily news flow on digital and social networking platforms, as well as play a key part in some of the digital projects,” the job description says.

“Whether you’re covering a state visit, award ceremony or royal engagement, you’ll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences.”

It sounds like what a modern journalist does, except it’s supposed to be a Monday-Friday job and the journalists who cover the royals may work many more hours than that given royal schedules.

Also, the salary is not astounding by American standards, but think of the reach:

“The reaction to our work is always high-profile, and so reputation and impact will be at the forefront of all you do,” burbles the job description.” And having your work shared around the world will be the biggest reward.”

The job is open until May 26 and you can apply by clicking on a blue APPLY button. It doesn’t say applicants should be British, but if you’re an American you’ll have to learn how to write “British” with its spelling, syntax and punctuation peculiarities.

 

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Duchess Meghan to take three months maternity leave

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will only take three months of maternity leave after she gives birth to her first child.

The 37-year-old former actress is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry any day now, and although she has the opportunity to take a full year away from royal duties in order to care for her tot, sources say she’s planning just three months off before she heads back to work.

Meghan – who was known as Meghan Markle before joining the royal family in May last year – finished her official royal duties six weeks ago but continues to work behind the scenes with various charities, and reportedly wants to return to public life in time for Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday in June.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Meghan has made it very clear she wants to return to work as soon as possible. She has huge amounts of energy, is extremely determined and wants to be as hands-on as possible with her charities.

 

“Nothing has been written into her diary just yet, as she wants to wait and see how she feels after having the baby. She’s pencilled in three months, but she’ll most likely return to public life in six weeks – on the Queen’s official birthday, Trooping the Colour, in June.

“Three months’ maternity is standard in the US for American mums – they don’t normally get the six or even 12 months women get here in the UK. So this is totally normal for Meghan.”

Prince Harry, 34, is also planning on taking paternity leave, though it isn’t known how long he plans on being away from royal duties.

Meanwhile, it was recently claimed Meghan has been “nesting” with £60 scented candles from luxury brand Diptyque in her and Harry’s new home at Frogmore Cottage.

A source said: “Meghan has really been struck with the nesting impulse in the last few weeks. She loves the candles and the cottage smells divine.”

 

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Pictures and podcasts – royal fans old and new await Baby Sussex

In Ryan Hatrick’s London kitchen, Prince William and his wife Kate smile from lined up royal-themed mugs, a magnet of Queen Elizabeth sticks to the oven, and a tea towel marking Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle hangs nearby.
Books about the British royal family lie on the table around which the 41-year-old’s labrador, named Windsor, plays with his favourite toy – a squeaky crown.

Hatrick has long been a royal fan – he remembers his mother looking for somewhere to watch Prince Charles marry Diana Spencer while on holiday in a remote seaside cottage in 1981 and avidly read about Tudor monarchs as a teenager.

“I think in a day when we are just being inundated with depressing news…the royals have given us something to look forward to,” he said.

 

“Will and Kate’s wedding…the births of (their children) George, Charlotte, and Louis, the weddings of Harry and (his cousin Princess) Eugenie, as well as the Jubilee and the Queen’s 90th…always something to look forward to.”

Hatrick, who works in security, has hosted royal-themed parties: last May he decorated a pub with balloons and bunting and ordered a cake to celebrate Harry marrying American actress Meghan in a televised wedding watched by millions.

From Boston to Karachi, Britain’s royal family draws fans around the world, eagerly following special occasions, their outings, and in the cases of Kate and Meghan, their outfits.

They collect memorabilia, travel to see the royals in public or follow their news from afar. In an age of social media, new types of fans have created Facebook pages, Instagram accounts and broadcast podcasts to global audiences.

When Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child, launched their @sussexroyal Instagram handle on April 2, the account broke the record for the fastest time to get one million followers on the platform, hitting the number in five hours and 45 minutes, according to Guinness World Records.

“People are always interested in the news and the fact that Harry and Meghan are going to have a baby…will be of passing interest to most people,” royal commentator Claudia Joseph said.

“But of course there are royal watchers who are fascinated and other people who just shrug their shoulders in the pub.”

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William, Kate and their children, Harry and Meghan, have particularly generated social media buzz. Websites, blogs and Instagram accounts have sprouted in their honour.

“The reason behind posting is…I love her a lot,” said Karachi-based Mah Jabeen, 36, who set up a Meghan Markle Facebook fan page and YouTube channel about the now duchess.

“People love to read about her. Her biography, her life…her fashion style.”

In Amman, Ala Mashharawi, content and social media editor at news website Al Bawaba, follows Kate and Meghan news, but his @meghanmarkle_arabic Instagram account focuses on the latter.

“Any new person that enters the royal family will attract a lot of attention…But Meghan…already had three different things about her: she was older than Prince Harry, she is divorced and she was an actress,” the 28-year-old said.

“What inspired me was her style, I just wanted to keep a personal library of…everything that Meghan wore; then one thing lead to another, people started to like the page and following and asking for news.”

Other fans want to shine a light on royal work. Boston-based Denese Carpenter started the “My Duke and I” podcast with a friend to discuss Harry and Meghan’s work relating to the Commonwealth: he is Youth Ambassador while she patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

“I think it’s important the focus stays on that and not on their personal lives,” she said.

British retiree Margaret Tyler has garnered her own press attention for her royal dedication. Her London home is filled with plates, cups, pictures, dolls and life-size cardboard cut-outs of the queen and other royals.

The 75-year-old has met the queen, her mother, Harry and Meghan among others: “I’m so excited about baby Sussex…I can’t wait.”

 

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Michelle Obama charms British crowd with praise for the Queen

LONDON (Reuters) – Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama charmed thousands of Britons on Sunday, telling anecdotes about meeting the “wonderfully warm and funny” Queen Elizabeth and praising London’s diversity at an event in the capital.

Obama, the wife of Barack Obama, who was president from 2009 to 2017, was in London to promote her best-selling autobiography ‘Becoming’.

She had the sellout audience – many of whom had travelled hours to attend – laughing along within minutes of taking the stage, recounting the furore she caused in 2009 when she breached royal protocol by putting her arm around the queen.

“Yikes! Sorry guys,” she joked, explaining she later learned to keep her hands clasped or

behind her back to curb her natural instincts.

Nevertheless, she had no regrets when it came to the queen: “I don’t know that I could have done anything differently because it was a natural human reaction.”

 

She said she had been touched by the queen’s decision to wear a small pin badge the presidential couple had given her as a gift, and described Britain’s 92-year-old monarch in glowing terms:

“That was my experience, that has been my experience: that kind of warmth and graciousness and intelligence and wit – I like her.”

Obama’s book tour has so far taken her across North America and Scandinavia. After London, she will go to Paris and Amsterdam.

Last month, the book’s German publisher said ‘Becoming’ could become the biggest-selling autobiography ever.

“It’s absolutely surreal. I think it’s like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I can’t believe she’s in England as well, I can’t believe we’re going,” said Aisha Chibampe, a 26-year-old corporate finance worker who drove four hours from the northern city of Leeds for the show.

 

Obama, asked by host Stephen Colbert what advice she had for people in Britain about how to stay calm in a time of turmoil – a likely reference to political divisions over Brexit – said London was unique and should treasure its diversity.

“This trepidation, the anxiety, it’s everywhere, it’s all over the world,” she said.

 

“I was looking out over the city, London, a beautiful city, and the thing I love about it is it is truly representative of true international diversity, in ways that you don’t see in cities, most cities particularly, even in the United States, and that is a gift,” she said, drawing cheers.

 

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The Queen has a ‘favourite son’ – and it’s caused a huge royal rift

They’re the most famous family in the world.

To outsiders, life in the royal family looks like a real life fairytale.

But inside The Firm their are the same problems as with any other parents, children and siblings.

While the Queen might be adored by her millions of fans but to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren she’s mummy or grannie.

And just like many other families it seems Her Majesty has a favourite son – and it’s caused a huge rift between the brothers.

As the Queen’s first born, Prince Charles is the heir to the throne and now takes on many of her royal duties as she begins to step back from her arduous schedule.

But according to royal experts, the Prince of Wales is not her favourite son.

The honour is held by her second eldest boy, Prince Andrew.

 

However, this favouristism is believed to have caused a feud between the brothers that the years don’t seem to be dulling.

Their royal row is explored in new Channel 5 documentary, The Royal Family At War.

Experts believe the Queen has long felt the weight of raising Charles to be the next king – but with Andrew she is said to have a far more hands on relationship.

Royal author, Katie Nicholl told the documentary: “There is real tension between Charles and Andrew. Andrew has a very different relationship with his mother and the Queen was much more hands on.”

Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell added: “Andrew has always been the Queen’s favourite son and he has never done anything wrong in her eyes.”

Journalist Penny Junor said: “I think the Queen has always had a bit of a blindspot when it comes to Prince Andrew.”

At 11 years younger than Charles, Andrew was born while Charles was at boarding school in Gordonstoun, an experience he is said to have hated and once reportedly described as “Colditz in kilts”.

After they finished their education both brothers enlisted in the Armed Forces.

Charles spent five years as a captain in the Royal Navy.

Andrew also joined the navy – but his career garnered far more attention than that of his big brother’s.

As a helicopter pilot at 22 Andrew was sent to fight in the Falkland Conflict and on his return he was greeted by the Queen as his ship pulled into the harbour.

Katie Nicholl said: “He came back a hero and was very much the golden boy of the royal family.”

But this was only the start of the brother’s reported rift.

Charles is said to be pushing for a slimmed down monarchy – while Andrew was criticised for using his privilege as a royal for his own entertainment.

Katie Nicholl said: “Andrew became known in the media as ‘Airmiles Andy’ and would use the royal helicopter not for royal engagements but to go and play golf in Scotland.”

Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary, added: “Charles was of the view that if you want to play around you do it separately from the family and you pay for it yourself.”

In 2011 Prince Andrew stepped down from his position as UK trade envoy following criticism over his friendship with a controversial American billionaire.

But one of the toughest blows to Prince Andrew’s position in the royal family came when it emerged that his daughter’s, Prince Beatrix and Eugenie’s, security detail would no longer be paid from from the civil purse.

Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s former protection officer, said: “The protection of the royal family runs into millions of pounds, which is paid for by the tax payer.”

Then, there was a cutting moment when, on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, only six members of the royal family appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

Present were the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry.

Prince Andrew and his family were notably absent.

Penny Junor said: “This was something that Andrew found hard to accept.”

Katie Nicholl added: “Andrew wants to be a part of those appearances and it’s certainly lead to a fall out.”

In December that year Andrew took the extremely unusual step of releasing a statement to the press insisting there was no feud between the brothers.

It said: “There is no truth to the story that there could be a split between the Prince of Wales and I.

“Any continued speculation is pointless.”

But rather than quash the rumours, it only served to add fuel to the fire.

Kate Nicholl said: “It’s very rare for them to deny somehting like sibling rivalry.

“There’s no smoke without fire and by denying it, he was fuelling to speculation.

“It’s clear there were problems between the brothers.”

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter added: “The Queen has had no scandal during her reign and Charles doesn’t want to be the one to see that fine work crumble so he needs to surround himself with people who aren’t going to cause him any problems.”

 

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Prince William ‘stepped in to help Meghan and Harry during dispute with Queen’

Prince William reportedly “stepped in” and helped his younger brother Prince Harry during a dispute with their grandmother, the Queen.

A royal expert claims it was William who backed Harry and Meghan Markle’s wish to break from Kensington Palace so the Sussexes could establish their own court.

It emerged earlier this month that Meghan and Harry will soon have their own team separate from William and Kate’s.

Their official household will be based at Buckingham Palace where they will have a separate communications team from the Cambridges.

And royal commentator Omid Scobie has claimed Prince William was instrumental in securing the funding for Meghan and Harry to go out on their own.

Speaking on podcast On Heir, he said: “Charles and the Queen did not want the Sussexes to have their own individual household, and indeed how could they because the money has to come from somehwere.

“Prince Harry is not a direct heir to the throne, and only a direct heir to the throne can have their own household.

“They won’t be having their own exclusive team just for themselves and from what I understand their budget for the team wasn’t particularly big.”

 

He added that William understands how vital Meghan and Harry are to the royal family’s image and so was eager to help.

“It was actually Prince William who had to step in and fight to get Harry a little bit more money to spend on building a team because he understands what this means to Harry and how much he wants to achieve and also how important Harry and Meghan are for the image, the brand and the future of the royal family,” he said.

“As much as William is being set up for this statesmen-like role and William and Kate are the nation’s favourites, but on the global stage it is very much about the Sussexes, in their commonwealth roles, they’re very much global ambassadors for the royal family.”

 

Omid also revealed the couple’s new communications officer has worked in the UK and the US.

He said: “They’ve hired Sarah Latham who is a former PR director from the British PR company Freuds which is a big PR powerhouse but also has a massive background in politics.

“She’s America, dual heritage, very much in line with what the couple are all about and I think it helps having someone who understands both cultures.

“We have seen that over time the difference between US and UK work culture can cause some friction in the workplace.

“But a lot of their team will be shared amongst the Duke of York, Prince Edward, Princess Anne the same communication staff that are working across the general office there will also be at their disposal too.”

Kensington Palace said at the time of the split: “The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year.

“The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.

“This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage .”

The Sussexes are expecting their first child in the coming weeks and are due to move into the renovated Frogmore Cottage imminently.

A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said they did not wish to comment.

 

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