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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were stripped of their patronages and honorary positions when they stepped down from their senior royal roles. While they had initially planned to continue their work with charities and organisations on behalf of the monarch, she firmly slapped down their half-in half-out work model. And now, following more than a year of cancelled engagements due to the Covid pandemic, Her Majesty is looking to get things back on track by appointing Kate as patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Football League (RFL).
The positions previously held by Harry are set to be announced in the coming months, according to The Sunday Times.
The Queen will likely go public with her plan to usher Kate in to fill Harry’s shoes before the rugby league World Cup in October and November.
The duchess, 39, is a well-known lover of the outdoors and has long championed the benefits of sport for physical and mental health.
Growing up in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury, Kate was accustomed to rugby and would often watch games with her sports-mad family.
The Queen is set to hand Prince Harry’s former patronages to Kate
Prince Harry’s former rugby patronages are up for grabs
Her younger sister Pippa delved into the family’s love for the sport in a 2014 article for Vanity Fair magazine.
She said: “Picture the scene. It’s Saturday afternoon in the Middleton household. The atmosphere is heavy with expectation.
“All eyes are on the television … we’re watching England play Ireland in the 1996 Five Nations Rugby tournament … Rugby was a big thing in our family, and the focal point was international matches.
Kate is set to pick up Harry’s former rugby patronages
“We’d plan our weekends around the matches … If we lost, my dad would be in a state of despair for the rest of the afternoon, as if he’d actually lost the game himself.”
However, Kate won’t be the first in the Cambridge household to hold a patronage with the sport as Prince William is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.
Discussions between the Queen, members of her family and royal aides on who should fill the remaining patronages stripped from Harry and Meghan are continuing.
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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, announced their engagement in November 2017. But after the news went public the Royal Family failed to introduce the future Duchess of Sussex to royal journalists in the same way the did with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, when she became engaged to Prince William, 39, an expert has claimed.
Writing in this week’s Telegraph royal newsletter expert and editor Camilla Tominey brands the Firm’s failure to treat Meghan the same as Kate “deeply regrettable” and argues it may have helped cement the “anti-press” stance Harry and Meghan hold to this day.
Camilla’s treatment at the hands of the media dwarfs what Harry and Meghan went through, Ms Tominey argues.
She added: “What Camilla was put through makes Prince Harry and Meghan’s treatment by the newspapers look like a walk in the park – and yet the Sussexes remain the most anti-press of all.”
Meghan and Harry’s anti-press stance may have been prevented if Meghan had been introduced to royal journalists from the start like Kate was, Ms Tominey suggested.
She added: “I have always thought it deeply regrettable that the palace never properly introduced Meghan to the royal press pack – as they did when then Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William.
“It is only really when the Royal family and journalists meet face to face that both sides come to realise that there is probably more that unites them than divides them.”
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The Royal Family has been warned by the CEO of Republic they could face “significant problems” when Prince Charles succeeds the Queen as the Prince of Wales is not as popular with the British public.
However, the Republic CEO admitted that Prince Charles will take the throne after his mother regardless of his ranking in opinion polls.
Mr Smith said: “People do not particularly want Charles, I suspect the people that say Charles are the believers who think it ought to be Charles because he is the heir.
“And so their reaction is that, of course, it should be Charles.
“I think everybody else wants to have a choice.
“This is where British values and people’s expectations and opinions about individuals collide with the monarchy.”
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Prince William, 39, are thought of highly by Queen Elizabeth II, 95, and have provided vital support to the Crown since Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, quit royal life last year.
One year on from the Megxit, the Queen confirmed the Sussexes would lose the official patronages they held as working members of the monarchy.
A Palace statement released in February read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.
“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.
“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.”
Kate and William have been urged to tread carefully in Scotland due to the independence debate
Meghan Markle will be 40 next week and has enlisted the help of a celebrity party planner to celebrate the milestone, an insider has claimed.
The Sussexes have been based in California since their royal stepdown last year and are neighbours with a host of celebrities including their close friend Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan has enlisted top celebrity wedding and event planner, Colin Cowie, to organise her birthday bash, after he was recommended to her by Oprah, a source has claimed.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have been warned against “crossing the line” in Scotland amid an ongoing debate over independence, by the CEO of Republic.
Graham Smith told Express.co.uk the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge must be careful not to “cross the line” in Scotland with a “pro-union” message as the nation could soon face a second independence referendum, if Nicola Sturgeon gets her wish.
Mr Smith added Prince William and Kate would be playing into Ms Sturgeon and the SNP’s hands if the couple crossed the line as tensions rise in Scotland.
Republic is an orgainsation that campaigns for the monarchy to be abolished and the UK to have a democratic, elected head of state.
Mr Smith said: “I think there is a fine line to tread.
“If they are just going to Scotland to fly the flag as it were, it is not unreasonable for the head of state and the royals to do that on her behalf.
“But if they start doing things that are advertently pro-union in the middle of a Scottish wide debate about independence then I think that is crossing the line and they need to be very careful.”
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The couple live in a mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara with their son Archie Harrison, two, and daughter Lili who was born in June.
Last year the Sussexes had to pass up Queen Elizabeth II’s, 95, invitation due to the ongoing pandemic but could make the trip this year with quarantine restrictions about to change.
From 4am tomorrow, US visitors who have had two Covid-19 vaccinations will be able to visit England and Scotland without quarantining.
The Government’s updated travel advice for those coming from the USA reads: “From August 2 (4am), you will not have to quarantine or take a day eight test when you arrive in England if you’ve been:
“In an amber list country (and have not been in or passed through a red list country, or France) in the 10 days before arriving.”
Princess Anne is set to become the first woman to hold the title of Captain-General of the Royal Marines and she is “very keen” to take up the post stripped from Prince Harry after Megxit, according to reports.
The Duke of Edinburgh had inherited the title in 1953 from the late King George VI, who died a year earlier.
Senior military sources suggested Anne was “nailed on” as the next Captain-General of the Royal Marines.
A senior Royal Marines source told The Sunday Time: “Princess Anne has already done a lot with us over the years.
“She’s really well connected to the navy and, as a consequence, has a soft spot for the Royal Marines.
“We are very comfortable with her, especially given her outstanding sporting background. She is a good fit.”
The duchess grew up watching rugby with her family
American audiences can enjoy a “slice” of the Royal Family through Prince Harry and Meghan without having to deal with the constitutional and historical baggage that comes with the institution considering the United State’s history with the monarchy, an academic explained.
Lecturer at the University of British Columbia and Queen Victoria history expert Dr Sarika Bose spoke with Express.co.uk and believed American audiences could enjoy the Royal Family without diving into the muddied history the country has had with the Royal Family.
Hard-line American Conservatives have positioned themselves as being opposed to the Royal Family as they hark back to the American Revolutionary War and continue to be wary of a constitutional monarchy interfering in US politics in any way.
But Dr Bose believes Prince Harry and Meghan offer a half-way solution for Americans by providing the royal experience without the protocols and responsibilities that come with the monarchy.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Bose was asked whether Americans enjoyed Harry and Meghan because they did not have any baggage that came along with them that may force politicised opposition.
Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer has spoken out for the first time since her lavish wedding. The aristocrat was walked down the aisle by her half-brothers as her father Earl Spencer missed her big day.
Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, married Michael Lewis, 62, in Rome last weekend and stunning pictures from the nuptials delighted fans on Instagram.
The British aristocrat and model is Princess Diana‘s niece and wowed in a series of gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana gowns throughout the three-day celebration.
The fashion house posted footage from the ceremony including a snippet of Kitty being given away by her two half-brothers, Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Samuel Aitken, while her father Charles, Earl Spencer was absent from the event.
Last Thursday Kitty spoke out for the first time since her wedding to pay tribute to her half-brothers on Instagram.
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The Queen’s afternoon tea habits have been laid bare by a former royal chef.
Darren McGrady, who has shocked fans over the years with his culinary revelations, revealed the monarch’s preferences for one of the nation’s favourite pastimes.
He told Hello! the 95-year-old is a huge fan of ginger cakes and chocolate biscuit cakes.
Her Majesty is such a big fan of the cakes she has even been known to take some with her on her travels.
Mr McGrady said: “The royal chefs send a whole cake up to Her Majesty every day for tea.
“She will sometimes take a slice and then it is never seen at the royal table again.
“The chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes up to the royal table every day until it has all gone – sometimes this means it following her to Windsor Castle for the weekend.”
Princess Eugenie’s sweet family nickname has been unveiled during Sarah Ferguson’s latest photoshoot.
Appearing in the August 2021 issue of Town & Country magazine, the Duchess of York, 61, is pictured posing on a swinging rope seat suspended under a grand tree in a stunning garden. In a touching tribute, the wooden seat is engraved with the names of her daughter and son-in-law.
But eagle-eyed royal fans have been quick to point out Eugenie’s cute nickname used in the shot.
‘Euge & Jack’ can be made out inscribed beneath Fergie – acting as a touching tribute to the couple who recently welcomed their first child earlier this year.
One twitter user who spotted the heartwarming tribute said: “How cute! In a picture taken of The Duchess of York at Royal Lodge for her new interview for @TandCmag she is standing on a swing engraved with ‘Euge & Jack’.”