Meghan Markle celebrates her 39th birthday in Los Angeles

From Ma’am with love! The Queen wishes Meghan Markle happy birthday on Instagram as the Duchess turns 39 in LA after quitting the royal family

  • Duchess of Sussex will celebrate her 39th birthday in Los Angeles today
  • She has had a whirlwind year that has seen her and Harry quit the royal family
  • Meghan Markle was given public well wishes by members of the royal family 
  • This birthday falls amid controversy surrounding the Sussexes’ biography 

The Queen has sent public well-wishes to the Duchess of Sussex as she celebrates her 39th birthday in Los Angeles.

The official Royal Family Instagram account this morning posted a warm message alongside a photograph of the Queen, 94, and Meghan Markle taken in 2018 at their first joint royal engagement.

The post reads: ‘Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday!’  

The message is show of support for Meghan amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the release of the Sussexes’ biography, Finding Freedom, which claims to lay bare a rift between the couple and the rest of the Royal Family.  

The Queen did not post on Meghan’s birthday last year, suggesting specific effort has been made to present a united front amid claims the biography has displeased Her Majesty. 

The Queen, 94, wished Meghan Markle a happy 39th birthday in a public show of support amid ongoing controversy surrounding the release of the Sussexes’ biography Finding Freedom

The Duchess of Sussex is celebrating her 39th birthday after a whirlwind 12 months that has seen her life transformed. Pictured, Harry and Meghan speaking from their Los Angeles home

The Duchess of Sussex is celebrating her 39th birthday after a whirlwind 12 months that has seen her life transformed. Pictured, Harry and Meghan speaking from their Los Angeles home

The book, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durant, claims relations between the Sussexes and the Cambridges grew so bitter that by March the couples were barely speaking.

Scobie and Duran they have spoken to more than 100 sources including ‘close friends of Harry and Meghan’s, royal aides and palace staff (past and present)’, with all the information in the book having ‘at least two sources.’

The Duke and Duchess deny giving any interviews or contributing to the book directly, but the intimate nature of some details raises questions over who the sources were.  

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan moved to America with their 14-month-old son just a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the globe, and like everyone else have been living under lockdown.

Birthday celebrations are likely to be low-key as the state of California they now call home reportedly has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in America.

A year ago Meghan Markle was a working member of the British royal family and living in the grounds of Windsor Castle with husband Harry and their son Archie. The couple stepped down from royal duties in March. Pictured, at one of their final engagements that month in London

A year ago Meghan Markle was a working member of the British royal family and living in the grounds of Windsor Castle with husband Harry and their son Archie. The couple stepped down from royal duties in March. Pictured, at one of their final engagements that month in London

Despite restrictions the couple have voiced their opinions about issues, especially the renewed focus on equality and race that followed the death of George Floyd in the United States.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement Meghan, who became the first bi-racial person to marry a senior royal, delivered an impassioned speech to her old high school following the death of Mr Floyd, sharing her ‘absolute devastation’ at racial divisions.

The issue of racial equality is expected to be a cause that forms part of their public work when the couple formally launch their new charitable organisation, Archewell, which has replaced their UK based Royal Sussex foundation which has been wound down. 

 

Last year Prince Harry wished Meghan a happy birthday in a sweet message to the Sussex Royal Instagram account

Last year Prince Harry wished Meghan a happy birthday in a sweet message to the Sussex Royal Instagram account 

The couple have been working behind the scenes to urge top executives across the world to stand in solidarity with groups calling for a Facebook boycott.

The duke and duchess have spoken with a number of organisations leading the Stop Hate For Profit campaign, which is calling on businesses to pause advertising on the platform over the social network’s failure to do more to remove hate speech.

A source has said: ‘As we’ve been developing Archewell, one of the areas the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been keen to address is online hate speech, and we’ve been working with civil rights and racial justice groups on it.’

From March 31, Harry and Meghan stopped using their HRH styles and ceased to be senior working royals. 

The couple’s new life in Los Angeles comes at a cost but it is not known how they will pay for their lifestyle although there has been speculation about book deals and lecture circuit contracts the couple may have signed.

Meghan Markle celebrates her 39th birthday in Los Angeles

Happy birthday, Meghan! Duchess of Sussex turns 39 in Los Angeles after a whirlwind 12 months that has seen her and Prince Harry quit the Royal Family

  • Duchess of Sussex will celebrate her 39th birthday in Los Angeles today
  • She has had a whirlwind year that has seen her and Harry quit the royal family
  • Meghan Markle was given public well wishes by members of the royal family 
  • This birthday falls amid controversy surrounding the Sussexes’ biography 

The Duchess of Sussex is celebrating her 39th birthday after a whirlwind 12 months that has seen her life transformed.

A year ago Meghan Markle was a working member of the British royal family and living in the grounds of Windsor Castle with husband Harry and their son Archie.

But today the family  live in Los Angeles after breaking away from the monarchy this spring for personal and financial freedom.

Last year Meghan received public well-wishes from senior members of the royal family including Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It remains to be seen if the family will post today. 

However it is thought this is unlikely as Meghan and Harry no longer have an active Instagram account.

The Duchess of Sussex is celebrating her 39th birthday after a whirlwind 12 months that has seen her life transformed. Pictured, Harry and Meghan speaking from their Los Angeles home

This year’s birthday falls amid controversy surrounding the publication of the Sussexes’ bombshell biography, Finding Freedom, which lays bare the rift between the couple and members of the Firm. 

The book, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durant, claims relations between the Sussexes and the Cambridges grew so bitter that by March the couples were barely speaking.

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan moved to America with their 14-month-old son just a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the globe, and like everyone else have been living under lockdown.

Birthday celebrations are likely to be low-key as the state of California they now call home reportedly has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in America.

A year ago Meghan Markle was a working member of the British royal family and living in the grounds of Windsor Castle with husband Harry and their son Archie. The couple stepped down from royal duties in March. Pictured, at one of their final engagements that month in London

A year ago Meghan Markle was a working member of the British royal family and living in the grounds of Windsor Castle with husband Harry and their son Archie. The couple stepped down from royal duties in March. Pictured, at one of their final engagements that month in London

Despite restrictions the couple have voiced their opinions about issues, especially the renewed focus on equality and race that followed the death of George Floyd in the United States.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement Meghan, who became the first bi-racial person to marry a senior royal, delivered an impassioned speech to her old high school following the death of Mr Floyd, sharing her ‘absolute devastation’ at racial divisions.

The issue of racial equality is expected to be a cause that forms part of their public work when the couple formally launch their new charitable organisation, Archewell, which has replaced their UK based Royal Sussex foundation which has been wound down. 

 

Last year Prince Harry wished Meghan a happy birthday in a sweet message to the Sussex Royal Instagram account

Last year Prince Harry wished Meghan a happy birthday in a sweet message to the Sussex Royal Instagram account 

The couple have been working behind the scenes to urge top executives across the world to stand in solidarity with groups calling for a Facebook boycott.

The duke and duchess have spoken with a number of organisations leading the Stop Hate For Profit campaign, which is calling on businesses to pause advertising on the platform over the social network’s failure to do more to remove hate speech.

A source has said: ‘As we’ve been developing Archewell, one of the areas the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been keen to address is online hate speech, and we’ve been working with civil rights and racial justice groups on it.’

From March 31, Harry and Meghan stopped using their HRH styles and ceased to be senior working royals. 

The couple’s new life in Los Angeles comes at a cost but it is not known how they will pay for their lifestyle although there has been speculation about book deals and lecture circuit contracts the couple may have signed.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s dog’s name revealed

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s black Labrador’s name has finally been revealed – and it was inspired by the couple’s first trip together to Africa.

According to People, the bombshell biography Finding Freedom, written by royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, confirmed the pup’s name was Pula. 

And it seems the name has special meaning for the Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, because Pula is the official currency of Botswana – which is the first trip the royal pair went on after they started dating four years ago.

After celebrating Meghan’s 36th birthday in Botswana, the couple returned a year later to work with wildlife conservation initiative, Elephants Without Borders. 

The word also means ‘rain’ in Setswana and because rain is scarce in Botswana’s desert climate, it’s believed to be very valuable, the publication reported. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s black Labrador is called ‘Pula,’ People has reported.  Pictured, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Archie as they meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa 25 September 2019

The name is believed to have been by the couple's first trip together to Africa. Pictured, the Duke and duchess of Sussex at District 6 museum, Cape Town, South Africa

The name is believed to have been by the couple’s first trip together to Africa. Pictured, the Duke and duchess of Sussex at District 6 museum, Cape Town, South Africa 

Shortly after tying the knot in May 2018, the couple welcomed a black Labrador rescue into their home – but they never revealed its name and so the special meaning was unknown, until now.  

Prince Harry previously confirmed that the couple’s 2016 trip to Botswana was an important milestone in their relationship. 

In their 2018 engagement interview, the royal recalled how he ‘convinced’ Meghan to fly out there to join him on a trip and said they spent a romantic five days camping out under the stars.

‘It was I think about three, maybe four weeks [after their first date] that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,’ he said at the time.

‘And we, we camped out with each other under the stars, we spent, she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.’

And to mark Prince Harry’s birthday last September, Meghan reportedly recreated their romantic Botswana trip ‘under the stars’ at home. 

Powerful studio bosses look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as 'red-carpet fodder, not as a bankable item,' royal biographer Christopher Wilson has claimed. Pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London

Powerful studio bosses look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as ‘red-carpet fodder, not as a bankable item,’ royal biographer Christopher Wilson has claimed. Pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding on 19 May 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding on 19 May 2018

‘Meghan recreated their Botswana camping adventures in their backyard. It’s a place that means so much to them—and to Harry in particular—so Meghan wanted to bring that happy place to him on his day so she set up a tent, got sleeping bags, cooked dinner, and recreated Botswana where they fell in love,’ a source previously told People. 

The country has a special significance for Prince Harry, who first visited Botswana shortly after his mother Princess Diana’s death, when he travelled there with his brother and father.

Harry fell in love with the country on that first trip and has since returned regularly, getting increasingly involved with wildlife conservation efforts in Botswana.

When it came to finding the perfect engagement ring for Meghan, Harry even chose to source a diamond from Botswana – which he has previously referred to as his ‘second home’.

The stone was paired with two diamonds from a tiara that belonged to Princess Diana.

Meghan, who became patron of the animal welfare organization Mayhew in January 2019, previously adopted  pup, Bogart, as well as her beagle, Guy.

Kate Middleton is ‘devastated’ while Prince Harry and Prince William’s conversations are ‘stilted’

Harry and William fell out, when Duke of Sussex branded older brother a ‘snob’

Prince Harry took offence when his ‘snobby’ brother cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan Markle. 

Harry took offence when William told him: ‘Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.’

Harry is said to have considered the choice of the words ‘this girl’ to be condescending.

‘In those last two words, ‘this girl’, Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world,’ claims the book. ‘During his ten-year career in the military, outside the Royal bubble, he had learnt not to make snap judgments about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or profession.’

Prince Harry took offence when his ‘snobby’ brother cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan Markle. Pictured: The brothers with Meghan Markle and Kate Middle at Westminster Abbey in 2018

Meghan was disappointed Kate never reached out

 Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends – while the Duchess of Sussex was ‘disappointed’ she never reached out to her or visited.

 The Duchesses ‘struggled to move past distance politeness’ and had ‘nothing in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace’, according to the authors of Finding Freedom.

In one particularly awkward encounter when Meghan was dating Harry, Kate went alone in her Range Rover on a shopping trip – despite the fact Meghan was also going to the same street.

The lack of any friendship between the pair was confirmed in 2018 when the Sussexes announced they wanted to base their family at Windsor.

Despite this frostiness, Meghan felt hurt at newspaper stories of the ‘duelling duchesses’ and was angry at the failure of the palace press office to correct them.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends - while the Duchess of Sussex was 'disappointed' she never reached out to her or visited. The pair are pictured at Wimbledon together in 2018

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends – while the Duchess of Sussex was ‘disappointed’ she never reached out to her or visited. The pair are pictured at Wimbledon together in 2018

Courtiers branded Meghan Markle a ‘showgirl with lots of baggage’ and said ‘there’s something about her I don’t trust’ 

A courtier in the Royal Household has said ‘there is something I don’t trust’ about Meghan Markle, the book claims.

The book, Finding Freedom, claims as soon as Meghan was introduced to members of the Royal Household, tensions emerged.

One source claimed: ‘She comes with a lot of baggage.’ Another suggested: There’s just something about her I don’t trust.’

Another described Meghan as ‘Harry’s showgirl

Harry was convinced he was going to marry Meghan after the second date

The biography describes in detail the couple’s first date in Soho, London, which went so well that Meghan later confided in a friend: ‘Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?’.

Before arriving in the capital she had also told a confidant that she’d be happy for ‘a nice English gentleman to flirt with’ while promoting Suits in Britain.

During that first date at London’s Dean Street Townhouse the couple spent three hours in conversation, Harry drinking beer and Meghan sipping martinis. Harry was said to be ‘in a trance’ and had told himself: ‘I’ve got to up my game here’ when trying to impress the LA-born actress.

The book says: ‘Meghan had enough dating experience to know a charmer when she saw one, and Harry was obviously not at all that’ – adding the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other and bonded over their joint ‘passions for wanting to make change for good’.

The biography describes in detail the couple's first date in Soho, London, which went so well that Meghan later confided in a friend: 'Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?'. The couple are pictured in March

The biography describes in detail the couple’s first date in Soho, London, which went so well that Meghan later confided in a friend: ‘Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?’. The couple are pictured in March

According to one friend quoted in the book, Harry and Meghan ‘chatted a lot’ but the evening, like the night before, ended chastely, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace despite their ‘electric chemistry’.

Describing how they flirted throughout, the authors said: ‘A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.’

The pair had now met just twice but Harry already knew ‘they would be together at that point’, a friend said, adding of Meghan: ‘She was ticking every box fast.’ Meghan, who was in London visiting, documented much of her trip on social media.

The night out was so successful the second date the following night at the same venue where they are said to have sneaked in via a side door, hidden from view by a delivery truck bringing in produce and fresh fish from Billingsgate Market.

Prince Harry was the first to say 'I love you' in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were 'immediately obsessed' with each other. They are pictured in March this year

Prince Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’ in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other. They are pictured in March this year

One trusted waiter was asked to serve them the entire evening to keep it private.

According to one friend quoted in the book, Harry and Meghan ‘chatted a lot’ but the evening, like the night before, ended chastely, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace despite their ‘electric chemistry’.

Describing how they flirted throughout, the authors said: ‘A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.’

The pair had now met just twice but Harry already knew ‘they would be together at that point’, a friend said, adding of Meghan: ‘She was ticking every box fast.’ Meghan, who was in London visiting, documented much of her trip on social media.

Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’   

Prince Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’ in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other.

Meghan’s necklace controversy

Meghan Markle was left ‘frustrated and emotional’ after a palace aide ‘scolded’ her for wearing a necklace with the initials H and M before she and Prince Harry were engaged, according to Finding Freedom. 

The former Suits star, 38, was spotted wearing the personalised £184 14 karat gold chain by Los Angeles-based designer Maya Brenner – believed to have been a gift from the prince – while out shopping in Toronto in December 2016.

The bold move was seen as an early indication of the seriousness of their relationship – a month after the news of their love affair emerged. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex later announced their engagement in November 2017. 

The former Suits star, 38, was spotted wearing the personalised chain - believed to have been a gift from the prince - while out shopping in Toronto

The former Suits star, 38, was spotted wearing the personalised chain – believed to have been a gift from the prince – while out shopping in Toronto

According to a source close to the couple, following the publication of the images Meghan received a dressing down from a palace aide.

‘She was advised that wearing such a necklace only served to encourage the photographers to keep pursuing such images — and new headlines,’ they said.

Prince Harry was REFUSED Queen’s offer of a trial period’ that would have allowed him and Meghan Markle to return to the fold 12 months after Megxit 

Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit, 

The review was insisted upon by courtiers and other royals, with the Queen keen to let Harry know he could return to the fold if he changed his mind. 

However, the Duke of Sussex was keen to make a ‘clean break’ and had to be persuaded to agree to the trial period.  A source said: ‘He was adamantly opposed to the review process.’

 Harry is thought to have been against the idea because it came from ‘the institution’ and he feared that a review would lessen the impact of their departure, allowing the media to write they could return.

Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit. Meghan is pictured with the Queen in June 2018

Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit. Meghan is pictured with the Queen in June 2018

Harry believed the ‘old guard’ at Buckingham Palace disliked Meghan and wanted to make her life difficult. 

That belief is thought to have fuelled his desire to not include a review option in Megxit.   

Harry ‘ditched an old friend for criticising Meghan’ 

The Duke of Sussex was so ‘incandescent’ with rage at the racist abuse Meghan Markle received after their relationship went public that he ditched an old friend for gossiping about her.

Harry was shocked at the reception given to his new girlfriend by his social circle and the wider public, according to Finding Freedom.

He was especially concerned about ‘the ugliness of racism…both unconscious and intentional’.

Charles didn’t know about Harry’s press statement 

Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry’s new girlfriend.

But it’s release coincided with Prince Charles’ tour in the Middle East, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall having arrived in Bahrain to meet the country’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

The palace decided to go ahead with the statement, much of it drafted by Harry himself.

Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry's new girlfriend, upsetting Charles who didn't know about the statement until 20 minutes before. Pictured: Prince Harry and Prince William walk behind Charles, and the Queen at Westminster Abbey. Also pictured: Duchesses of Cornwall (front), Cambridge (middle) and Sussex (back)

Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry’s new girlfriend, upsetting Charles who didn’t know about the statement until 20 minutes before. Pictured: Prince Harry and Prince William walk behind Charles, and the Queen at Westminster Abbey. Also pictured: Duchesses of Cornwall (front), Cambridge (middle) and Sussex (back)

His father only learnt of the statement 20 minutes before it was released and, unsurprisingly, it soon dominated the news cycle.

Prince Charles and his team were left crushed and disappointed, though Charles also understood the intervention was a necessary one.

However, the episode only served to prove that Harry felt the need to prioritise the woman he loved over duty to the royal family. 

Harry had a  secret Instagram account

Harry used the username SpikeyMau5, inspired by Canadian DJ Deadmau5, before freezing the account after his relationship with the former Suits star emerged in October 2016.

The private Instagram profile had a mouse-shaped helmet for a picture – but piqued attention from Meghan’s legions of fans when she became just one of two people following it four years ago just after the couple had a blind date at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho.

 The ‘Spikey’ element of its name came from the code word used by Scotland Yard officers guarding the Duke of Sussex 24/7.

Harry and Meghan’s £1500 a night camping trip 

Six weeks after their first date, Harry took Meghan to Botswana where the pair stayed in £1,500-a-night tents.

A friend is quoted as saying: ‘She came back smiling and just completely spellbound.’ Meghan’s phone was also said to be full of photos, including selfies of her and Harry.

‘I’ve never felt that safe that close to someone in such a short amount of time,’ she reportedly told a friend.

They continued their relationship in secret with Harry flying out to Canada to spend time with her.

But the authors said that ever since the couple’s trip to Africa, ‘their romance had been on a fast track’.

‘Technically the getaway was just their third date but by then, they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a for ever thing,’ a friend said. 

The biography also claims: – 

  • Meghan used to tip off the paparazzi when working as an actress in Canada, despite her later going on to claim she didn’t understand the ‘tabloid culture’.
  • Meghan’s friends claimed she endured prejudice from the royal household, with a senior staff member overheard telling a colleague: ‘There’s just something about her I just don’t trust.’   
  • Harry felt ‘unprotected’ by his family and disparaged within palace walls for being ‘too sensitive and outspoken’.
  • Senior courtiers in other households felt that the global popularity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘needed to be reined in’,
  • A tearful Meghan told friends about their decision to quit royal duties: ‘I gave up my entire life for this family.’

Meghan Markle’s ‘proud to be feminist’ biography statement is deleted

Meghan Markle’s ‘proud to be feminist’ biography statement and references to her charity work as a child are DELETED from the Royal Family’s website – and replaced with details of her move to US with Prince Harry

  • The Royal Family’s official website have deleted large chunks of The Duchess of Sussex’s biography, The Sun reports
  • The page, which details senior members of the royal family’s background and duties, no longer contains large parts of Meghan Markle’s history 
  • References to women’s empowerment and her work in a soup kitchen from the age of 13-17 have beendeleted
  • Second line of the ‘About The Duchess of Sussex’ section now references her move to America with Prince Harry, 35, stating: ‘As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family’

The Royal Family’s official website have deleted large chunks of The Duchess of Sussex’s biography, The Sun reports.

The page, which details senior members of the royal family’s background and duties, no longer contains large parts of Meghan Markle’s history – including references to women’s empowerment and her work  in a soup kitchen from the age of 13-17.

Meghan, 38, has no biography, and the second line of the ‘About The Duchess of Sussex’ section now references her move to America with Prince Harry, 35, stating: ‘As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family’.

The rest of the royal family, including the Duke of Sussex, still have a biography in place. The previously described details of Meghan’s philanthropic activities appear to have been archived on the royal site.

The Royal Family’s official website have deleted large chunks of The Duchess of Sussex’s biography, The Sun reports. Seen: Meghan Markle addresses the keynote “The Time Is Now” Women in Leadership Plenary last month

Meghan’s bio previously stated: ‘From a young age, The Duchess had a keen awareness of social issues and actively participated in charitable work.

‘Aged 11 she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid. 

‘Her Royal Highness also volunteered at a soup kitchen in Skid Row, Los Angeles from the age of 13-17.  

‘She continued to volunteer at the soup kitchen when she would return home to Los Angeles until the age of 22.

‘These early experiences helped to shape her lifelong commitment to causes such as social injustice and women’s empowerment’. 

Before: The page, which details senior members of the royal family's background and duties, no longer contains large parts of Meghan Markle's history - including references to women's empowerment and her work in a soup kitchen from the age of 13-17 (seen)

Before: The page, which details senior members of the royal family’s background and duties, no longer contains large parts of Meghan Markle’s history – including references to women’s empowerment and her work in a soup kitchen from the age of 13-17 (seen)

The 'About The Duchess of Sussex' section now references her move to America with Prince Harry, 35, stating: 'As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family'

The ‘About The Duchess of Sussex’ section now references her move to America with Prince Harry, 35, stating: ‘As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family’

The lines describing Meghan’s early life have now been deleted, and it now introduces Meghan by her marriage to Harry, and references their son Archie, 1.

Going on to describe their step back from the limelight, it continues: ‘They are balancing their time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour their duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and their patronages. Frogmore Cottage in the UK remains their family home.’

The ‘About me’ section concludes: ‘The Duchess will continue to support a number of charitable causes and organisations which reflect the issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.

Meghan, 38, no longer has a biography, while the other members of the royal family still do

Meghan, 38, no longer has a biography, while the other members of the royal family still do

‘The Duchess’ official titles are The Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.’

The Duchess’ education and career in legal drama Suits are still referenced on the page, along with her charity work and royal engagements. 

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told MailOnline: ‘The website is updated on a regular basis to reflect the work of Members of the Royal Family.’

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 in March

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 in March

Meghan Markle’s ‘proud to be feminist’ biography statement is deleted

Meghan Markle’s ‘proud to be feminist’ biography statement and references to her charity work as a child are DELETED from the Royal Family’s website – and replaced with details of her move to US with Prince Harry

  • The Royal Family’s official website have deleted large chunks of The Duchess of Sussex’s biography, The Sun reports
  • The page, which details senior members of the royal family’s background and duties, no longer contains large parts of Meghan Markle’s history 
  • References to women’s empowerment and her work in a soup kitchen from the age of 13-17 have beendeleted
  • Second line of the ‘About The Duchess of Sussex’ section now references her move to America with Prince Harry, 35, stating: ‘As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family’

The Royal Family’s official website have deleted large chunks of The Duchess of Sussex’s biography, The Sun reports.

The page, which details senior members of the royal family’s background and duties, no longer contains large parts of Meghan Markle’s history – including references to women’s empowerment and her work  in a soup kitchen from the age of 13-17.

Meghan, 38, has no biography, and the second line of the ‘About The Duchess of Sussex’ section now references her move to America with Prince Harry, 35, stating: ‘As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family’.

The rest of the royal family, including the Duke of Sussex, still have a biography in place. The previously described details of Meghan’s philanthropic activities appear to have been archived on the royal site.

The Royal Family’s official website have deleted large chunks of The Duchess of Sussex’s biography, The Sun reports. Seen: Meghan Markle addresses the keynote “The Time Is Now” Women in Leadership Plenary last month

Meghan’s bio previously stated: ‘From a young age, The Duchess had a keen awareness of social issues and actively participated in charitable work.

‘Aged 11 she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid. 

‘Her Royal Highness also volunteered at a soup kitchen in Skid Row, Los Angeles from the age of 13-17.  

‘She continued to volunteer at the soup kitchen when she would return home to Los Angeles until the age of 22.

‘These early experiences helped to shape her lifelong commitment to causes such as social injustice and women’s empowerment’. 

Before: The page, which details senior members of the royal family's background and duties, no longer contains large parts of Meghan Markle's history - including references to women's empowerment and her work in a soup kitchen from the age of 13-17 (seen)

Before: The page, which details senior members of the royal family’s background and duties, no longer contains large parts of Meghan Markle’s history – including references to women’s empowerment and her work in a soup kitchen from the age of 13-17 (seen)

The 'About The Duchess of Sussex' section now references her move to America with Prince Harry, 35, stating: 'As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family'

The ‘About The Duchess of Sussex’ section now references her move to America with Prince Harry, 35, stating: ‘As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family’

The lines describing Meghan’s early life have now been deleted, and it now introduces Meghan by her marriage to Harry, and references their son Archie, 1.

Going on to describe their step back from the limelight, it continues: ‘They are balancing their time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour their duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and their patronages. Frogmore Cottage in the UK remains their family home.’

The ‘About me’ section concludes: ‘The Duchess will continue to support a number of charitable causes and organisations which reflect the issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.

Meghan, 38, no longer has a biography, while the other members of the royal family still do

Meghan, 38, no longer has a biography, while the other members of the royal family still do

‘The Duchess’ official titles are The Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.’

The Duchess’ education and career in legal drama Suits are still referenced on the page, along with her charity work and royal engagements. 

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told MailOnline: ‘The website is updated on a regular basis to reflect the work of Members of the Royal Family.’

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 in March

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 in March

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry donate £8,000 to cookery charity

Meghan Markle has donated £8,000 from the proceeds of her Together recipe book to a British charity offering cookery classes led by migrants and refugees.

Migrateful, a London-based project, announced the news on Twitter, explaining: ‘We’re so excited to share that we have received a donation of £8000 from The Royal Foundation on behalf of The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle!’  

A source close to the Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, who are currently living in Tyler Perry’s $14 million mansion having stepped back from royal duty, confirmed to Hello magazine that the funds came from the proceeds from the Together cookbook, which is still part of the Royal Foundation. 

The Together cookbook, which contains 50 kitchen favourites from women from the Grenfell community, was launched in September 2018 as the Duchess’s first major solo endeavour as a member of the royal family.  

Meghan Markle, 38,  has donated £8,000 to a London-based project Migrateful, which runs cookery classes led by refugees. The funds came from proceeds raised by her first major royal project, the Together cookbook (pictured, visiting the Hubb kitchen in November 2018) 

Announcing the generous donation online, Migrateful explained: ‘We are immensely grateful for this donation which will go towards supporting the Migrateful mission.’

The organisation’s website explains how it  ‘runs cookery classes led by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants struggling to integrate and access employment. 

‘The cookery classes provide ideal conditions not just for learning English and building confidence, but also for promoting contact and cultural exchange with the wider community.’

It continues: ‘Due to legal, linguistic and social barriers, finding work can be extremely difficult for many migrants. 

The funds were donated from the Royal Foundation on behalf of the Duchess, who is currently living in Los Angeles having stepped back from royal duty in March

The funds were donated from the Royal Foundation on behalf of the Duchess, who is currently living in Los Angeles having stepped back from royal duty in March 

The organisation announced the news on Twitter over the weekend, adding that they felt 'immensely grateful' for the donation

The organisation announced the news on Twitter over the weekend, adding that they felt ‘immensely grateful’ for the donation 

‘Migrateful’s mission is to empower and celebrate refugees and vulnerable migrants on their journey to integration, by supporting them to run their own cookery classes.’

The generous donation came from proceeds raised from the Hubb’s Together cookbook, which was Meghan’s first major royal project.

Meghan released Together: Our Community Cookbook to help Grenfell survivors in September 2018. 

The recipes proved popular and 38,811 copies were sold in the first two months.

The cookbook made £557,638 for the Grenfell survivors of the Hubb Community Kitchen, and the royal charity invested £232,551 to help them further.

According to The Telegraph, the royal charity spent £204,031 on refurbishing the kitchen, and a further £28,520 on training and development schemes. 

The couple have returned to the Hubb Community Kitchen a number of times in the year since, on both private and public engagements. Members of the community have spoken out to thank Harry and Meghan for their ongoing support. 

The most recent visit came in January on their return from their Canadian hiatus and before their public engagement at London’s Canada House. 

The donation comes after Prince Harry and Meghan formally axed their royal charitable foundation in another symbolic split from the Royal family.

Documents filed at Companies House last week confirmed they are winding up the company behind the Sussex Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

The donation comes as the Duke and Duchess formally axed their royal foundation as they step away from royal duty

The donation comes as the Duke and Duchess formally axed their royal foundation as they step away from royal duty 

The Sussex foundation was only incorporated on July 1 last year following Meghan and Harry’s decision to split from the foundation that they previously shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

After announcing they were launching a new charity Archewell in the US back in April, the couple said they were ‘looking forward’ to getting started with the foundation, which will replace their Sussex Royal brand.

The move to dissolve the Foundation had not been unexpected and follows the Queen’s decision that Harry and Meghan can no longer use the word ‘royal’ in their branding.  

The couple moved to Los Angeles with baby Archie to start their new life after they were forced to choose between financial independence or remaining as working members of the royal family. 

Meghan Markle ‘gifted Kate Middleton a Smythson notebook to break the ice when they met’

Harry and William fell out, when Duke of Sussex branded older brother a ‘snob’

Prince Harry took offence when his ‘snobby’ brother cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan Markle. 

Harry took offence when William told him: ‘Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.’

Harry is said to have considered the choice of the words ‘this girl’ to be condescending.

‘In those last two words, ‘this girl’, Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world,’ claims the book. ‘During his ten-year career in the military, outside the Royal bubble, he had learnt not to make snap judgments about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or profession.’

Prince Harry took offence when his ‘snobby’ brother cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan Markle. Pictured: The brothers with Meghan Markle and Kate Middle at Westminster Abbey in 2018

Meghan was disappointed Kate never reached out

 Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends – while the Duchess of Sussex was ‘disappointed’ she never reached out to her or visited.

 The Duchesses ‘struggled to move past distance politeness’ and had ‘nothing in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace’, according to the authors of Finding Freedom.

In one particularly awkward encounter when Meghan was dating Harry, Kate went alone in her Range Rover on a shopping trip – despite the fact Meghan was also going to the same street.

The lack of any friendship between the pair was confirmed in 2018 when the Sussexes announced they wanted to base their family at Windsor.

Despite this frostiness, Meghan felt hurt at newspaper stories of the ‘duelling duchesses’ and was angry at the failure of the palace press office to correct them.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends - while the Duchess of Sussex was 'disappointed' she never reached out to her or visited. The pair are pictured at Wimbledon together in 2018

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle never became friends – while the Duchess of Sussex was ‘disappointed’ she never reached out to her or visited. The pair are pictured at Wimbledon together in 2018

Courtiers branded Meghan Markle a ‘showgirl with lots of baggage’ and said ‘there’s something about her I don’t trust’ 

A courtier in the Royal Household has said ‘there is something I don’t trust’ about Meghan Markle, the book claims.

The book, Finding Freedom, claims as soon as Meghan was introduced to members of the Royal Household, tensions emerged.

One source claimed: ‘She comes with a lot of baggage.’ Another suggested: There’s just something about her I don’t trust.’

Another described Meghan as ‘Harry’s showgirl

Harry was convinced he was going to marry Meghan after the second date

The biography describes in detail the couple’s first date in Soho, London, which went so well that Meghan later confided in a friend: ‘Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?’.

Before arriving in the capital she had also told a confidant that she’d be happy for ‘a nice English gentleman to flirt with’ while promoting Suits in Britain.

During that first date at London’s Dean Street Townhouse the couple spent three hours in conversation, Harry drinking beer and Meghan sipping martinis. Harry was said to be ‘in a trance’ and had told himself: ‘I’ve got to up my game here’ when trying to impress the LA-born actress.

The book says: ‘Meghan had enough dating experience to know a charmer when she saw one, and Harry was obviously not at all that’ – adding the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other and bonded over their joint ‘passions for wanting to make change for good’.

The biography describes in detail the couple's first date in Soho, London, which went so well that Meghan later confided in a friend: 'Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?'. The couple are pictured in March

The biography describes in detail the couple’s first date in Soho, London, which went so well that Meghan later confided in a friend: ‘Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?’. The couple are pictured in March

According to one friend quoted in the book, Harry and Meghan ‘chatted a lot’ but the evening, like the night before, ended chastely, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace despite their ‘electric chemistry’.

Describing how they flirted throughout, the authors said: ‘A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.’

The pair had now met just twice but Harry already knew ‘they would be together at that point’, a friend said, adding of Meghan: ‘She was ticking every box fast.’ Meghan, who was in London visiting, documented much of her trip on social media.

The night out was so successful the second date the following night at the same venue where they are said to have sneaked in via a side door, hidden from view by a delivery truck bringing in produce and fresh fish from Billingsgate Market.

Prince Harry was the first to say 'I love you' in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were 'immediately obsessed' with each other. They are pictured in March this year

Prince Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’ in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other. They are pictured in March this year

One trusted waiter was asked to serve them the entire evening to keep it private.

According to one friend quoted in the book, Harry and Meghan ‘chatted a lot’ but the evening, like the night before, ended chastely, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace despite their ‘electric chemistry’.

Describing how they flirted throughout, the authors said: ‘A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.’

The pair had now met just twice but Harry already knew ‘they would be together at that point’, a friend said, adding of Meghan: ‘She was ticking every box fast.’ Meghan, who was in London visiting, documented much of her trip on social media.

Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’   

Prince Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’ in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other.

Meghan’s necklace controversy

Meghan Markle was left ‘frustrated and emotional’ after a palace aide ‘scolded’ her for wearing a necklace with the initials H and M before she and Prince Harry were engaged, according to Finding Freedom. 

The former Suits star, 38, was spotted wearing the personalised £184 14 karat gold chain by Los Angeles-based designer Maya Brenner – believed to have been a gift from the prince – while out shopping in Toronto in December 2016.

The bold move was seen as an early indication of the seriousness of their relationship – a month after the news of their love affair emerged. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex later announced their engagement in November 2017. 

The former Suits star, 38, was spotted wearing the personalised chain - believed to have been a gift from the prince - while out shopping in Toronto

The former Suits star, 38, was spotted wearing the personalised chain – believed to have been a gift from the prince – while out shopping in Toronto

According to a source close to the couple, following the publication of the images Meghan received a dressing down from a palace aide.

‘She was advised that wearing such a necklace only served to encourage the photographers to keep pursuing such images — and new headlines,’ they said.

Prince Harry was REFUSED Queen’s offer of a trial period’ that would have allowed him and Meghan Markle to return to the fold 12 months after Megxit 

Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit, 

The review was insisted upon by courtiers and other royals, with the Queen keen to let Harry know he could return to the fold if he changed his mind. 

However, the Duke of Sussex was keen to make a ‘clean break’ and had to be persuaded to agree to the trial period.  A source said: ‘He was adamantly opposed to the review process.’

 Harry is thought to have been against the idea because it came from ‘the institution’ and he feared that a review would lessen the impact of their departure, allowing the media to write they could return.

Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit. Meghan is pictured with the Queen in June 2018

Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit. Meghan is pictured with the Queen in June 2018

Harry believed the ‘old guard’ at Buckingham Palace disliked Meghan and wanted to make her life difficult. 

That belief is thought to have fuelled his desire to not include a review option in Megxit.   

Harry ‘ditched an old friend for criticising Meghan’ 

The Duke of Sussex was so ‘incandescent’ with rage at the racist abuse Meghan Markle received after their relationship went public that he ditched an old friend for gossiping about her.

Harry was shocked at the reception given to his new girlfriend by his social circle and the wider public, according to Finding Freedom.

He was especially concerned about ‘the ugliness of racism…both unconscious and intentional’.

Charles didn’t know about Harry’s press statement 

Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry’s new girlfriend.

But it’s release coincided with Prince Charles’ tour in the Middle East, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall having arrived in Bahrain to meet the country’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

The palace decided to go ahead with the statement, much of it drafted by Harry himself.

Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry's new girlfriend, upsetting Charles who didn't know about the statement until 20 minutes before. Pictured: Prince Harry and Prince William walk behind Charles, and the Queen at Westminster Abbey. Also pictured: Duchesses of Cornwall (front), Cambridge (middle) and Sussex (back)

Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry’s new girlfriend, upsetting Charles who didn’t know about the statement until 20 minutes before. Pictured: Prince Harry and Prince William walk behind Charles, and the Queen at Westminster Abbey. Also pictured: Duchesses of Cornwall (front), Cambridge (middle) and Sussex (back)

His father only learnt of the statement 20 minutes before it was released and, unsurprisingly, it soon dominated the news cycle.

Prince Charles and his team were left crushed and disappointed, though Charles also understood the intervention was a necessary one.

However, the episode only served to prove that Harry felt the need to prioritise the woman he loved over duty to the royal family. 

Harry had a  secret Instagram account

Harry used the username SpikeyMau5, inspired by Canadian DJ Deadmau5, before freezing the account after his relationship with the former Suits star emerged in October 2016.

The private Instagram profile had a mouse-shaped helmet for a picture – but piqued attention from Meghan’s legions of fans when she became just one of two people following it four years ago just after the couple had a blind date at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho.

 The ‘Spikey’ element of its name came from the code word used by Scotland Yard officers guarding the Duke of Sussex 24/7.

Harry and Meghan’s £1500 a night camping trip 

Six weeks after their first date, Harry took Meghan to Botswana where the pair stayed in £1,500-a-night tents.

A friend is quoted as saying: ‘She came back smiling and just completely spellbound.’ Meghan’s phone was also said to be full of photos, including selfies of her and Harry.

‘I’ve never felt that safe that close to someone in such a short amount of time,’ she reportedly told a friend.

They continued their relationship in secret with Harry flying out to Canada to spend time with her.

But the authors said that ever since the couple’s trip to Africa, ‘their romance had been on a fast track’.

‘Technically the getaway was just their third date but by then, they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a for ever thing,’ a friend said. 

The biography also claims: – 

  • Meghan used to tip off the paparazzi when working as an actress in Canada, despite her later going on to claim she didn’t understand the ‘tabloid culture’.
  • Meghan’s friends claimed she endured prejudice from the royal household, with a senior staff member overheard telling a colleague: ‘There’s just something about her I just don’t trust.’   
  • Harry felt ‘unprotected’ by his family and disparaged within palace walls for being ‘too sensitive and outspoken’.
  • Senior courtiers in other households felt that the global popularity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘needed to be reined in’,
  • A tearful Meghan told friends about their decision to quit royal duties: ‘I gave up my entire life for this family.’

Thomas Markle ‘given up on Meghan and Harry’ after reading Finding Freedom, says son Thomas Jnr.

Thomas Markle has ‘given up on Meghan and Harry completely’ after reading new Finding Freedom book, according to son Thomas Jnr.

  • Meghan Markle’s father Thomas has given up ‘on Meghan and Harry’ completely
  • Meghan’s half brother Thomas Jnr claims his father ‘doesn’t trust her’ anymore
  • He also said Thomas Snr, 76, was angry after reading new book Finding Freedom

Meghan Markle’s father Thomas has given up on his daughter and Harry ‘completely’ since reading new book, Finding Freedom.

Thomas Markle, 76, has lost hope of a reunion with Meghan and Prince Harry and ‘doesn’t trust her’ anymore, his son Thomas Markle Jnr has claimed.

Thomas Jnr, 53, said his father was left angry after reading extracts of new book Finding Freedom, the Mirror reported.

Thomas Markle, 76, (above) has given up on a reunion with his daughter Meghan since reading new book Finding Freedom, his son Thomas Markle Jnr has claimed

Meghan's half-brother said that Thomas Snr 'does not trust' his daughter (both pictured) and that he has 'given up on Meghan and Harry completely'

Meghan’s half-brother said that Thomas Snr ‘does not trust’ his daughter (both pictured) and that he has ‘given up on Meghan and Harry completely’

Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Jnr told the Mirror: ‘As far as a reunion goes, he’s given up on Meghan and Harry completely.

‘He doesn’t trust her and doesn’t want to know that person because of the lies, manipulation and deceit. He just had his 76th birthday – needless to say, he didn’t hear from Meghan.’

Thomas Jnr, who speaks to his father every day, says Thomas Snr plans to enjoy his retirement travelling the world.

He added that his father refutes the book’s claims that he ignored messages and calls asking him to attend Meghan and Harry’s wedding.

Thomas Jnr said that his father ‘was in hospital’ at the time and had his phone switched off, which was ‘why he didn’t answer’.

Thomas Jnr (above), who speaks to his father every day, said his father denies the explosive book's claims that he ignored messages asking him to attend Meghan and Harry's wedding

Thomas Jnr (above), who speaks to his father every day, said his father denies the explosive book’s claims that he ignored messages asking him to attend Meghan and Harry’s wedding

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry quit their royal duties and said they would separate their time between Britain and America

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry quit their royal duties and said they would separate their time between Britain and America

He added: ‘It says Harry spoke to our dad to say if he’d listened to him, Harry, there wouldn’t have been any problems. That just did not happen.’ 

He insisted that Thomas Snr called Meghan ‘scores of times’ before the wedding but was ignored. 

Harry and Meghan tied the knot on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle, and have since welcomed their son, Archie, who is now 14 months old.

The couple have insisted that they did not contribute to the explosive new book, saying that it was based on ‘independent reporting’. 

Meghan's father Thomas still wants to build a relationship with his 14-month-old grandson Archie and 'hold that little boy one time'

Meghan’s father Thomas still wants to build a relationship with his 14-month-old grandson Archie and ‘hold that little boy one time’

But despite the rift, Thomas Jnr insisted that his father still wants to pursue a relationship with his grandson Archie and ‘hold that little boy one time’.

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry quit their royal duties and said they would separate their time between Britain and America.

In their statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they wanted to ‘carve out a progressive new role’ and ‘step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family’.

They said they wanted to balance their time between the UK and North America, ‘continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages’.

Thomas Markle ‘given up on Meghan and Harry’ after reading Finding Freedom, says son Thomas Jnr.

Thomas Markle has ‘given up on Meghan and Harry completely’ after reading new Finding Freedom book, according to son Thomas Jnr.

  • Meghan Markle’s father Thomas has given up ‘on Meghan and Harry’ completely
  • Meghan’s half brother Thomas Jnr claims his father ‘doesn’t trust her’ anymore
  • He also said Thomas Snr, 76, was angry after reading new book Finding Freedom

Meghan Markle’s father Thomas has given up on his daughter and Harry ‘completely’ since reading new book, Finding Freedom.

Thomas Markle, 76, has lost hope of a reunion with Meghan and Prince Harry and ‘doesn’t trust her’ anymore, his son Thomas Markle Jnr has claimed.

Thomas Jnr, 53, said his father was left angry after reading extracts of new book Finding Freedom, the Mirror reported.

Thomas Markle, 76, (above) has given up on a reunion with his daughter Meghan since reading new book Finding Freedom, his son Thomas Markle Jnr has claimed

Meghan's half-brother said that Thomas Snr 'does not trust' his daughter (both pictured) and that he has 'given up on Meghan and Harry completely'

Meghan’s half-brother said that Thomas Snr ‘does not trust’ his daughter (both pictured) and that he has ‘given up on Meghan and Harry completely’

Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Jnr told the Mirror: ‘As far as a reunion goes, he’s given up on Meghan and Harry completely.

‘He doesn’t trust her and doesn’t want to know that person because of the lies, manipulation and deceit. He just had his 76th birthday – needless to say, he didn’t hear from Meghan.’

Thomas Jnr, who speaks to his father every day, says Thomas Snr plans to enjoy his retirement travelling the world.

He added that his father refutes the book’s claims that he ignored messages and calls asking him to attend Meghan and Harry’s wedding.

Thomas Jnr said that his father ‘was in hospital’ at the time and had his phone switched off, which was ‘why he didn’t answer’.

Thomas Jnr (above), who speaks to his father every day, said his father denies the explosive book's claims that he ignored messages asking him to attend Meghan and Harry's wedding

Thomas Jnr (above), who speaks to his father every day, said his father denies the explosive book’s claims that he ignored messages asking him to attend Meghan and Harry’s wedding

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry quit their royal duties and said they would separate their time between Britain and America

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry quit their royal duties and said they would separate their time between Britain and America

He added: ‘It says Harry spoke to our dad to say if he’d listened to him, Harry, there wouldn’t have been any problems. That just did not happen.’ 

He insisted that Thomas Snr called Meghan ‘scores of times’ before the wedding but was ignored.  

Thomas Jnr said: ‘The Palace told Meghan and Harry to send help for my father so he could deal with the Press but they refused. Meghan herself said no.’

Harry and Meghan tied the knot on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle, and have since welcomed their son, Archie, who is now 14 months old.

The couple have insisted that they did not contribute to the explosive new book, saying that it was based on ‘independent reporting’. 

Meghan's father Thomas still wants to build a relationship with his 14-month-old grandson Archie and 'hold that little boy one time'

Meghan’s father Thomas still wants to build a relationship with his 14-month-old grandson Archie and ‘hold that little boy one time’

But despite the rift, Thomas Jnr insisted that his father still wants to pursue a relationship with his grandson Archie and ‘hold that little boy one time’.

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry quit their royal duties and said they would separate their time between Britain and America.

In their statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they wanted to ‘carve out a progressive new role’ and ‘step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family’.

They said they wanted to balance their time between the UK and North America, ‘continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages’.