Royal Family news – Prince William and Kate step up on Easter Sunday as fears grow for Queen's health after service miss

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton stepped up on sunday as they lead the Royals in for the Easter Sunday service.

The couple beamed alongside Princess Charlotte and Prince George at St George's Chapel in Windsor for the traditional Easter Mattins Service.

Adorable Charlotte, six, was a mini me of her mum in a sky blue dress.

Sadly the Queen, 95, was not in attendance after Buckingham Palace previously said she was "not expected" to join other royals.

She was instead expected to mark the day at a small chapel in Windsor Castle.

Royal biographer Angela Levin told Sky News: "I don't know how difficult it is to get in and out of the Chapel at Windsor Palace but she does have her own very small chapel within Windsor Castle and I suspect she will go there. 

"I can't imagine that she will miss saying her prayers and feeling that it actually is Easter Sunday."

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

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry in ‘TEARS’ as he was knocked ‘sideways emotionally’ 

    Prince Harry appeared to be tearful after his wife Meghan proudly introduced him on stage during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, according to a body language expert.

    The Duke of Sussex joined his wife after she said she could not "love and respect him more" during the Invictus Games opening ceremony.

    The pair then exchanged an intimate kiss in front of the adoring public.

    Speaking to the Mirror body language expert, Judi James said: "As Meghan and Harry do the hand-over of the mic they also perform a kiss that would have been a given in the political world but which is groundbreaking in royal terms.

    "It is affectionate but swift, with both smiling proudly as they perform it."

    Harry appeared to be knocked "sideways emotionally" by the kiss, Judi James added.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry says ‘we cannot steal your future’ and vows to ‘make world a better place’

    Prince Harry told child reporters “we cannot steal your future” as he vowed to make the world a better place in a kids’ TV interview on Sunday.

    The Duke of Sussex, 37, told Netherlands’ Kindercorrespondent he will “never ever, ever rest” until he has “at least tried” to build a fairer world for his kids.

    Speaking on day two of the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, Harry said he wanted his daughter Lilibet, ten months, and son Archie, two, to grow up “in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world”.

    He told his interviewers, aged 11 and 12, “it’s not going to be easy” but “we cannot steal your future” as he knelt down for the chat.

    Asked what he wished for most for his children, the duke said: “It’s not going to be easy but I will never, ever, ever rest until I have as a parent at least tried to make the world a better place for them because it is our responsibility that the world is the way it is now.

    “I don’t think that we should be bringing children into the world unless we’re going to make that commitment to make it better for them. We cannot steal your future.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry & Meghan Markle hire Barack Obama’s former bodyguard

    Meghan is being protected by ex-US President Barack Obama’s former bodyguard.

    She was shielded by Christopher Sanchez over the weekend while at the Invictus Games.

    It comes as Harry and Meghan sue the Government after his armed bodyguards were removed when the couple quit royal duty to live in the US.

    The prince insists he “does not feel safe” enough to bring his family to the UK.

    Ex-Secret Service agent Sanchez spent a total of five years protecting presidents — half of the time George W Bush, then the same period for Obama.

    He has spent 21 years in national security and shielding the rich and famous, and is now a leading light at two high-profile US firms.

  • Louis Allwood

    'The public must assume she is not attending future events'

    An insider has now claimed the public must assume she is not attending future events until it is confirmed by the Palace on the day.

    Her Majesty has been forced to pull out of several engagements in recent months.

    She missed the Commonwealth Day ceremony last month due to concerns about her “comfort”.

    The Monarch has also been seen using a walking stick over the last six months and recently told a visitor at Windsor Castle: “As you can see, I can’t move.”

    But she recently received a £62,000 golf buggy to help her get around – and there are hopes this could help her fulfil future engagements.

  • Louis Allwood

    Golf buggies arrive at Windsor

    TWO more golf buggies have been delivered to Windsor Castle for The Queen, sparking health concerns.

    It comes after the Queen got one to help her move around the grounds. 

    Aides have been taking the monarch, 95, for spins in her private grounds — with her corgis next to her.

    The 43mph electric cart, dubbed the Queen Mobile, has been teed up to transport her around at her Berkshire home after months of medical woes.

    This follows news that the public must assume the Queen will not attend future events until confirmed by the Palace on the day, it is claimed.

    Her Majesty‘s presence at public engagements will be a bonus but not guaranteed under alleged new Palace plans following several health scares, including a brush with Covid.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen’s meeting with Harry & Meghan could lead to Jubilee appearance

    According to a royal expert, the Queen’s meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor last week could pave the way for them to attend the Platinum Jubilee festivities in June.

    Ingrid Seward, editor-in-large of Majesty magazine, said: “The Queen is all about forgiveness – look at Fergie and Andrew – and she would certainly be happy to have Harry and Meghan around her for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    “Their meeting at Windsor on Thursday shows the olive branch has been offered to them and she will be hoping they accept it.

    “She wants to present a united family on an occasion like the Jubilee, because an occasion like that certainly won’t happen again.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Charles praises Brits opening homes to Ukrainian refugees

    Prince Charles praised Britons who have offered their homes to Ukrainian refugees “facing such soul-destroying sorrow and hardship” amid war.

    In his Easter Sunday message, the Prince of Wales highlighted the plight of Ukrainians fleeing their homes after Russia’s invasion.

    He said it was “profoundly moving” to witness people “ready to open their homes to those in need”.

    His message in full was: “Today, millions of people find themselves displaced, wearied by their journey from troubled places, wounded by the past, fearful of the future – and in need of a welcome, of rest and of kindness.

    “Over the past years, I have found myself heartbroken at the sufferings of the innocent victims of conflict, or persecution, some of whom I have met and who have told me stories of unutterable tragedy as they have been forced to flee their country and seek shelter far from home.

    “But amidst all this sadness and inhumanity, it has been profoundly moving to see how so many people are ready to open their homes to those in need, and how they have offered their time and their resources to help those facing such soul-destroying sorrow and hardship.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew & Sarah Ferguson braced for royal revelations in tell-all book (2/2)

    The book will look at “why the marriage failed between Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York and how their relationship has survived”.

    Mr Lownie added: “They are both clearly devoted and very loyal to each other.

    “He’s bailed her out many times and she has stuck by him.

    “It’s going to take me two years to write it and I hope to speak to as many people as possible who know them both personally.

    “I hope they will also speak to me.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew & Sarah Ferguson braced for royal revelations in tell-all book (1/2)

    Prince Andrew  and Sarah Ferguson are to brace themselves for more potentially damaging revelations in a new tell-all book.

    An author who wrote exposés about the Mountbattens and the Windsors plans a new book on the Duke and Duchess of York.

    Author Andrew Lownie said that Prince Andrew is “not exactly flavour of the month at Buckingham Palace”. 

    Last year, Mr Lownie also published ‘Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, detailing the Queen’s uncle Edward VIII’s links to the Nazis’.

    On his new book, Mr Lownie spoke to the Daily Telegraph and said: “It’s the third book in a trilogy about unusual royal marriages.

    “It’s going to be a full-scale biography of both of them, like the Mountbatten and the Windsor books, which, as far as I can tell, has never been written before.

    “I’ve no agenda, I simply want to tell the story of why this blue-eyed boy became a pariah figure.

    “He’s the Queen’s favourite son and she’s made a point of publicly supporting him.

    “We all trust the Queen’s judgment, so maybe she knows something we don’t?

    “At a time when everyone is happy to put the boot in, I’m hoping to humanise the story and see if there is another side.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Two more golf buggies delivered to Windsor Castle

    TWO more golf buggies have been delivered to Windsor Castle after the Queen got one to help her move around the grounds. 

    The electric carriages were used by visitors of the Maundy Easter service at St George’s Chapel. 

    We told last month how Her Majesty got a £62,000 four-seater Mercedes buggy with all-weather covers, fridge and infotainment screen.

    Aides have been taking the monarch, 95, for spins in her private grounds — with her corgis next to her.

    The 43mph electric cart, dubbed the Queen Mobile, has been teed up to transport her around at her Berkshire home after months of medical woes.

  • Milica Cosic

    Brits hit back at calls for Queen to forgive Prince Harry

    Yesterday, GB News interviewed Brits in London who reacted to claims that the Queen could forgive Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    Britons were largely split on whether the Queen should forgive the royal couple, who jetted off to the other side of the pond in 2020.

    GB News host Patrick Christys also questioned people on whether the relationship between the monarch and Harry was "irreparable".

    Some Britons rejected suggestions that Harry should be forgiven, with one man simply saying: "Definitely not!"

    Another member of the British public said: "He's ousted himself from the British public now."

    One woman urged the family to move, saying: "Of course, she should forgive him. He is her grandson. She is going to be loyal to the family.

    "She can tell him off. She can be annoyed but I don’t think she should freeze him out."

  • Milica Cosic

    Fears Harry & Meghan could ‘overshadow’ Queen’s Jubilee

    ROYALS fear the Harry and Meghan show could “hijack and overshadow” the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee if the couple return this summer.

    The pair flew to the Netherlands for the event after Harry “instigated” clear-the-air talks at Windsor Castle last week.

    Senior sources believe the hush-hush visit — revealed by The Sun — was a bid by them to pave the way for “places front and centre” at the Jubilee events in June.

    And there are fears within the Royal Family that Netflix could apply pressure to film the Sussexes at the Queen’s celebration — although royal insiders point out the couple have always promised to “uphold the values of Her Majesty” in their new role.

    A source said: “Charles wants the Platinum Jubilee to focus only on the Queen.

    “Many are disappointed that Andrew overshadowed Prince Philip's thanksgiving service and don't want the Meghan and Harry circus to hijack the Jubilee.

    “This is the Queen’s show and should be about her and her 70 years of service rather than Meghan’s fashion, the kids and Harry.

    “They don’t want it to become the Harry and Meghan show. Charles and all the family are agreed on that.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Eugenie 'played role' in Harry & Meghan's meet with Queen

    It has been revealed that Princess Eugenie playing an important role in reuniting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with the Queen.

    Writing in his Daily Mail column, Ricard Kay said: "It was also the first time Meghan had seen any of her royal in-laws since March 2020.

    "Intriguingly it involved a fifth member of the Royal Family who was not present at either meeting – Princess Eugenie.

    "The princess who is temporarily living in her cousin’s Frogmore Cottage with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their son August, is thought to have played an ‘encouraging’ role behind the scenes.

    "She is Harry’s closest royal ally – she and Jack visited the Sussexes in California earlier this year – and is also close to the Queen."

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry & Meghan Markle ‘exploited the Queen for NETFLIX'

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have "exploited the Queen for Netflix", a royal expert has claimed.

    Biographer Tom Bower reckons the couple's secret meeting with Her Majesty on their way to the Netherlands was simply to please the producers of their imminent documentary.

    Bower told MailOnline: "I have no doubt it was all done for their Netflix documentary.

    "The Queen's advisers failed to protect her from being exploited by the Royal Family's worst traducers, while the Sussexes exploited an old, unwell woman to boost their credibility and coffers."

    Harry and Meghan last year signed a mega Netflix deal said to be worth £112million.

    Their first project was announced as an Invictus Games documentary with an Oscar-winning production team.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meg & Harry spark security concern questions after Queen visit

    A royal commentator has questioned Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's security concerns after they paid a private visit to the Queen.

    Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said: "As we know Harry has a case against the Government because he believes he and his family are unsafe in Britain.

    “Why are they unsafe if they had attended the Westminster service but were safe when they paid the secret visit to the Queen, apparently tourists saw them and so forth, is unclear.

    “But this is a matter with dealing with, I would say, the most unpredictable celebrity couple on earth.

    “It’s very difficult to anticipate what they’re going to do, how they’re going to do it and they want to be seen to be doing it in their own way.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen's grandchildren and great-grandchildren lead way at Easter service

    The Queen's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were out in force for the annual Easter Sunday service.

    The Queen, who has been experiencing mobility issues, did not attend the service at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

    It is thought likely she will spend the day surrounded by family.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge led members of the family in the grounds of the castle in the bright spring sunshine for the morning service, joined by their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

    The event, a staple in the royal calendar, was also attended by Peter Phillips and his children Savannah and Isla, while Zara and Mike Tindall took their eldest daughter Mia.

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, while Princess Eugenie was also present.

    Kate wore light blue, as did her daughter, who held William's hand while she walked to the chapel.

    Prince George, like his father, wore a suit and tie.

    The eight-year-old future king shook hands with the Dean of Windsor, the Right Rev David Conner, as they left the service, with William wishing him a happy Easter.

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry & Meghan 'hope Charles will allow part-time return'

    It has been claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are "hoping" that when Prince Charles takes to the throne, he will allow them to return to their royal duties part-time.

    Speaking to Royally Us, Tom Quinn said: "I think Meghan and Harry are hoping, and I've had this on good authority when the Queen dies, Charles will be open to allowing Harry and Meghan to be part-time royals.

    "Which is what they wanted from the start."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Eugenie ‘played role’ in Harry & Meghan’s meet with Queen

    It has been revealed that Princess Eugenie playing an important role in reuniting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with the Queen.

    Writing in his Daily Mail column, Ricard Kay said: “It was also the first time Meghan had seen any of her royal in-laws since March 2020.

    “Intriguingly it involved a fifth member of the Royal Family who was not present at either meeting – Princess Eugenie.

    “The princess who is temporarily living in her cousin’s Frogmore Cottage with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their son August, is thought to have played an ‘encouraging’ role behind the scenes.

    “She is Harry’s closest royal ally – she and Jack visited the Sussexes in California earlier this year – and is also close to the Queen.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Will Her Majesty ever meet Lilibet?

    Despite having nearly completed her first journey around the sun, Lillibet is still yet to meet her namesake nana The Queen.

    While senior royals have reportedly cooed over Lili from across the pond on video calls, Princess Eugenie is likely to have been the first to meet her properly.

    Charles last spoke to his son face-to-face at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, when their relations were at “an all time low”.

    He is understood to have made it clear that he wishes to spend quality time with two-year-old Archie and ten-month-old Lillibet.

    It is not known if the couple brought their children during their drop-in visit on Thursday ahead of the Invictus Games.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Brits hit back at calls for Queen to forgive Prince Harry

    Yesterday, GB News interviewed Brits in London who reacted to claims that the Queen could forgive Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    Britons were largely split on whether the Queen should forgive the royal couple, who jetted off to the other side of the pond in 2020.

    GB News host Patrick Christys also questioned people on whether the relationship between the monarch and Harry was “irreparable”.

    Some Britons rejected suggestions that Harry should be forgiven, with one man simply saying: “Definitely not!”

    Another member of the British public said: “He’s ousted himself from the British public now.”

    One woman urged the family to move, saying: “Of course, she should forgive him. He is her grandson. She is going to be loyal to the family.

    “She can tell him off. She can be annoyed but I don’t think she should freeze him out.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry 'back with his own people' at Invictus Games says war veteran friend

    The Duke of Sussex is "back with his own people" when he is at the Invictus Games, according to a war veteran friend.

    Harry and wife Meghan spent Easter Sunday morning at the athletics track and were in the front row for the sitting volleyball as the first full day of competition began in The Hague.

    The couple watched the action next to Jaco Van Gass – a Paralympian gold medallist and former Invictus competitor who suffered life-changing injuries with the British Army.

    Mr Van Gass left his home in South Africa to pursue a military career 16 years ago, but was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan in 2009 while serving with the Parachute Regiment and lost his left arm at the elbow.

    He met Harry in 2011 when the duke joined the record-breaking team of wounded soldiers he was part of that trekked unsupported to the North Pole.

    The 35-year-old said it was "amazing" to see Harry and Meghan, adding that it was "wonderful" to catch up with them and they were "friendly as ever".

    He said Harry told him he is having a "really, really good time".

    Mr Van Gass said: "Invictus is his family, basically.

    "There's so many familiar faces that he's not seen in a while, and again to all the nations, just to catch up with them again.

    "He's back with his own people, he's back in an environment that he's so natural in and that he cares about.

    "I think that's the most important thing – this great depth of care that he has for the games."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meg & Harry missed on chance to introduce Queen to Lilibet

    A royal expert has claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry missed out on their “ideal” opportunity to have the Queen meet their daughter Lilibet following with their visit on Thursday.

    Speaking to GB News, royal author Phil Dampier said: “The other thing is, they haven’t brought Archie and Lilibet.

    “The Queen is yet to meet Lilibet, her great-granddaughter.

    “So if you are trying to heal the rift, why not bring the kids? It would have been an ideal opportunity.”

    The Queen has never met the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes daughter.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Fears Harry & Meghan could ‘overshadow’ Queen’s Jubilee

    ROYALS fear the Harry and Meghan show could “hijack and overshadow” the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee if the couple return this summer.

    The pair flew to the Netherlands for the event after Harry “instigated” clear-the-air talks at Windsor Castle last week.

    Senior sources believe the hush-hush visit — revealed by The Sun — was a bid by them to pave the way for “places front and centre” at the Jubilee events in June.

    And there are fears within the Royal Family that Netflix could apply pressure to film the Sussexes at the Queen’s celebration — although royal insiders point out the couple have always promised to “uphold the values of Her Majesty” in their new role.

    A source said: “Charles wants the Platinum Jubilee to focus only on the Queen.

    “Many are disappointed that Andrew overshadowed Prince Philip’s thanksgiving service and don’t want the Meghan and Harry circus to hijack the Jubilee.

    “This is the Queen’s show and should be about her and her 70 years of service rather than Meghan’s fashion, the kids and Harry.

    “They don’t want it to become the Harry and Meghan show. Charles and all the family are agreed on that.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry & Meghan embrace Brit athlete at Games

    Yesterday marked day two of the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were captured embracing a British athlete at the sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women – just hours after the Duchess of Sussex made a dig at the royals during her opening ceremony speech.

    Harry, wearing an Invictus Games fleece and beige trousers, held Lisa Johnston tightly as she turned up to compete on the first full day of the competition.

    Meghan, dressed in a white jacket, blue jeans and oversized sunglasses, also beamed as crowds filed in to Zuiderpark in The Hague.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Windsor Castle for Easter Sunday service

    PRINCE William and Kate Middleton have arrived for the traditional Easter Sunday service today – but the Queen has been forced to miss out.

    The couple were joined by Princess Charlotte and Prince George as they smiled to the crowds gathered outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor for the Easter Mattins Service.

    They were joined by Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

    Sadly the Queen, 95, was not in attendance after Buckingham Palace previously said she was “not expected” to join other royals.

    She is instead expected to mark the day at a small chapel in Windsor Castle.

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