The Queen looked a picture of happiness today as she continues her 96th birthday celebrations with friends and family at Sandringham amid the ongoing tribulations involving her grandson Prince Harry.
Wearing sunglasses and a trademark headscarf, Her Majesty grinned and chatted as she headed out into the Spring sunshine on her Norfolk estate.
The monarch is taking the time to see her horses as they prepare for the flat racing season including the Epsom Derby in June, which she hopes to attend during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
It came as it emerged she and Prince Harry’s father Prince Charles are both very ‘keen’ for him, his wife and children to jet in from California for the Queen’s Jubilee.
Buckingham Palace is said to have promised the Sussexes full armed security at all Royal Family events in June in a bid to reassure them after Harry said he felt ‘unsafe’ in Britain.
But despite Her Majesty and Prince Charles removing the main obstacle for Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet attending, the Duke of Sussex is still said to be genuinely undecided about whether to jet in to celebrate his grandmother’s 70 years on the throne.
A palace source told the Sunday telegraph that ‘the ball was in his court’, adding: ‘His grandmother and father keen to welcome the Sussexes to “family” events’.
It would mean that the Sussexes would be welcomed onto the Buckingham Palace balcony with the rest of the royals to watch a RAF flypast and the Trooping the Colour on June 2, the Queen’s official birthday.
But they would be unable to attend working elements of the Jubilee, having quit as frontline royals when they emigrated to Canada and then Los Angeles two years ago.
The Queen is all smiles as she heads out this morning on the Sandringham Estate
Her Majesty is on the Norfolk estate beloved by Prince Philip to celebrate her 96th birthday
The Queen and Prince Charles are said to be ‘keen’ to welcome Harry and Meghan (pictured during Trooping The Colour 2018) to ‘family’ events at the Jubilee in June but: ‘The ball is in their court’
Harry and Meghan during the Invictus Games on April 17, a week after meeting his grandmother the Queen at Windsor
Despite the reassurances from his British family, when asked about whether he would attend he said last week: ‘I don’t know’.
Sources have told the Daily Mail that the prince appeared mollified at the plans put in place when he and Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor.
The couple brought over their own private bodyguards from the US but stayed on the Queen’s Windsor estate and received a Special Escort Group (SEG) detail when travelling outside.
The SEG provides mobile armed protection to both royals and government ministers. This ‘hybrid’ model is now likely to be offered to Harry, Meghan and children, Archie, two, and, Lilibet, ten months, when visiting.
It would be funded by taxpayers as the Home Office have made clear that they cannot agree private financial arrangements with anyone receiving Met Police security.
Harry, 37, is taking legal action against the Home Office after being stripped of armed police protection. He says he does not feel safe under current security arrangements bringing his family to the UK and has offered to pay for British police bodyguards himself.
It came as Donald Trump urged the Queen to strip Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of all their royal titles as he described the Duke of Sussex as being ‘whipped like no person I think I’ve ever seen’ and ‘led around by his nose’.
The former US president admonished Harry for being ‘so disrespectful to the country’ and an ’embarrassment’ – adding that the Queen should ban him from even visiting Britain and tell him: ‘Frankly, don’t come around.’
Mr Trump also said Harry had been ‘led down a path’ and that he wondered whether the Duke – who stepped down as a senior royal in early 2020 with his American wife – would ‘go back on his hands and knees and say “please”.’
He claimed is ‘not a fan’ of Meghan and ‘wasn’t right from the beginning’, telling Piers Morgan on the new channel TalkTV: ‘I’ve been a very good predictor, as you know – I’ve predicted almost everything. It’ll end, and it’ll end bad.’
It was Mr Trump’s latest attack on the couple, with him having previously spoken of his support for the 96-year-old monarch who hosted him with wife Melania in a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London in June 2019.
And it comes after Harry and Meghan flew from their home in California and stopped off in England to visit the Queen at Windsor Castle before heading to The Hague in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, which marked their first public appearance together in Europe since quitting as senior working royals more than two years ago.
But Mr Trump told Mr Morgan: ‘Harry is whipped – do you know the expression, whipped? I won’t use the full expression. But Harry is whipped like no person I think I’ve ever seen. I’m not a fan of Meghan, I’m not a fan, and I wasn’t right from the beginning. I think poor Harry is being led around by his nose.’
In the interview, Mr Morgan asked Mr Trump whether the Queen should strip Harry and Meghan of their royal titles.
The Queen with then-President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham Palace in London on June 3, 2019
Mr Trump responded: ”The only thing I disagree with the Queen on – probably one of the only things ever – is that I think she should have said, if that’s your choice, fine, but you no longer have titles, and frankly don’t come around. He has been so disrespectful to the country and I think he’s an embarrassment.’
The interview saw Mr Trump say that he expected the Sussexes’ marriage to end with either Meghan deciding she likes another man better or Harry deciding he did not like being ‘bossed around’ by the Duchess.
Mr Trump said that he wants to see what happens when the couple split, adding that he thinks they will divorce.
He said: ‘I’ve been a very good predictor, as you know – I’ve predicted almost everything. It’ll end, and it’ll end bad. And I wonder if Harry’s going to go back on his hands and knees and say ‘please’. I think Harry has been led down a path.’
Mr Trump also ripped into Meghan in an interview with Nigel Farage on GB News last year. He said at the time: ‘I’m not a fan of hers. I wasn’t from day one. I think Harry has been used horribly.
‘I think someday he will regret it. He probably does already. I think she’s been very disrespectful to the Royal Family, most importantly to the Queen, and I just… from day one I never got it.’
Prince Harry ‘vented’ about William and ‘poured out resentments’ about his father Charles to his actress ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas so much that she recommended he see a therapist, leading the duke to seek advice on the best shrinks from MI6, a bombshell new book claims.
Tina Brown, the author of The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor – The Truth And The Turmoil, says the Duke of Sussex grew ‘angry’ as he felt his brother was ‘hogging the best briefs’ around a decade ago – and when he wasn’t obsessing over William would moan about the Prince of Wales.
She claims ‘friction between the brothers escalated’ so much after William became patron of the rhino and elephant charity the Tusk Trust in 2015 that the pair had ‘Olympic rows’ – and quotes a friend of the siblings as calling Harry a ‘very, very angry man’.
The royal expert also claims Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida grew ‘tiresome’ of his complaints about his family while they dated between 2012 and 2014, and was apparently the first person to persuade the Queen’s grandson to see a therapist – leading him to take advice from MI6 to find the right person.
Harry and William stand together during the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, July 1, 2021
Harry and William with a cheetah at the Mokolodo nature reserve in Gaberone, Botswana on June 15, 2010
Harry is pictured at Wembley Arena with his ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, March 7, 2014
Harry and Meghan attend the Athletics Competition during day two of the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022
After their relationship broke down, Harry wrote the old flame ‘a sweet letter saying ‘I admire you, I wish you well and above all thank you for helping me to address my demons and seek help”, Ms Brown claims, quoting one of her contacts.
Cressie is said to have also found his resentment towards the Press ‘trying’ – and that while reports played-up the romantic love affair, the ‘bizarre reality of date nights was glumly eating takeaway and watching Netflix at Nottingham Cottage, Harry’s none-too-tidy two-bedroom grace-and-favour bachelor pad in the grounds of Kensington Palace’, Ms Brown writes.
The tension between Harry and William existed years before Meghan Markle burst onto the scene, Ms Brown claims. However, her arrival changed ‘everything’ in Harry’s life, and she suggests the pair became ‘drunk on a shared fantasy of being the instruments of global transformation who, once married, would operate in the celebrity stratosphere once inhabited by Princess Diana’.
The bombshell allegations come after Harry sparked a fresh row with the Royal Family this week by claiming in an interview with NBC’s Today show that he is ‘protecting’ the elderly monarch and is making sure she has the ‘right people around her’.
Experts branded the comments a ‘gross insult’ to Charles and William, and point out that his and Meghan’s top secret ‘olive branch’ meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle before the Invictus Games was the first time Harry had seen his grandmother in two years.
Ms Brown has also claimed that Harry and Meghan are ‘addicted to drama’ – and says one day the duke will ‘wake up’ and realise he’s living in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.
Speaking to the Telegraph, the expert said the pair can’t stop creating dramatic scenes wherever they go – claiming they appeared to be ‘addicted to drama’. And she warned the duke appears to have been ‘completely and utterly taken over by Meghan and his whole personality has changed’.
‘I do question how it will end. ‘[Maybe] he’ll wake up and realise he’s living in Goop and he has to get the hell out, go down the pub and see his friends,’ she added.