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Queen took step back from traditional role to resolve existential Meghan and Harry crisis

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Queen took step back from traditional role to resolve existential Meghan and Harry crisis

Channel 5's Royal documentary 'Secrets of the Royal Palaces' saw royal commentators Jennie Bond and Katie Nicholl reflect on the significance of the Sandringham Estate during Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's departure from the Royal Family. Ms Bond claimed the Queen approached this issue away from her traditional role as the Queen and more as a grandmother. She noted that this was better fitting in order to quickly resolve the Duke and Duchess of Sussex' grievances.

Ms Nicholl added that while the Queen had agreed to have a sit-down and discuss the future of the Sussexes, holding the meeting at the Sandringham Estate, helped solidify the Queen was still very much in control.

"Ms Bond said: "The Sandringham summit was the Queen acting as a grandmother first of all and Queen second.

"This was the Queen trying to bang their heads together and sort it out."

Ms Nicholl said: "The Queen is known for being a cool and a calm head in a crisis.

"I think, certainly by holding the Meghan and Harry meet at Sandringham, it was very much on her terms."

Royal commentators Emily Andrews and Russell Myers reiterated the significance of Megxit and what it meant for the Royal Family.

Mr Myers said: "It really did threaten the very fabric of the monarchy."

Ms Andrews added: "They basically held a gun to the Queen's head.

"The Royal Family wanted to try and portray a united front and that united front was crumbling down faster than the Berlin Wall.

Ms Nicholl highlighted that, unlike many other occasions, the public was made aware of the Queen's feelings about Megxit.

She said: "We very rarely get an insight into the Queen's personal feelings about anything.

"Yet there were briefings explaining the Queen felt hurt and upset."

Prince Harry plans to visit Britain in the summer for Trooping the Colour and Prince Philip's 100th birthday if coronavirus restrictions allow despite the fallout.

The Queen celebrates her 95th birthday in April and this will be officially celebrated with Trooping the Colour in June.

Meghan Markle may not be accompanying her husband during this visit which has resulted in warnings that this will be viewed as a snub to the Royal Family.

Reference: daily Express: Gerrard Kaonga  

David Beckham invests in cannabis skincare company

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David Beckham invests in cannabis skincare company

David Beckham has invested in a skincare company which uses cannabis in its products.

The 45-year-old former soccer star has bought a minority stake in Cellular Goods, with his friend and associate David Gardner - who oversees the retired sportsman's businesses and investment firm DB Ventures - joining the company's board as a non-executive director.

Cellular Goods add lab-produced cannabis compounds to their skincare and athletic recovery products.

They are seeking to trade on the London Stock Exchange with a valuation of £20 million and on Thursday (04.02.21) aimed to raise around £8million through a retail share offering.

Chief executive Alexis Abraham said: “We are delighted to be the very first consumer cannabinoid company to list on the LSE.

“There is a burgeoning market for high-quality cannabinoid products. We believe cannabinoids will prove to be the king of wellness ingredients.”

News of David's investment comes a few weeks after his and wife Victoria Beckham's finances were laid bare in new documents.

Accounts filed at Companies House last month showed the pair paid themselves £14.5 million in 2019, and they also collected an additional £7 million in interim dividend payments in 2020.

The boost in income was largely thanks to the performance of David's image rights sales, with David Beckham Ventures Limited (DBVL) - which manages his brand and partnerships with various companies including clothing firm Adidas and Haig Club whisky - declaring an annual revenue of £16.2 million, an increase of £600,000.

But it wasn't all good news for the couple - who have four children together - because Victoria's eponymous fashion brand continued to lose money.

While it reported a £2.5 million increase in sales to £38.3 million, pre-tax losses for Victoria Beckham Holdings Limited (VBHL) increased to £16.6 million in 2019, up from losses of £12.5 million the previous year.

The company – which is owned by Beckham Brand Holdings, Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment and private equity firm NEO investment Partners – did not pay out dividends. 

Reference: Bang Showbiz  

Pep Guardiola snaps back at Jurgen Klopp in bitter war of words ahead of weekend clash

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Pep Guardiola snaps back at Jurgen Klopp in bitter war of words ahead of weekend clash

Pep Guardiola has hit back at Jurgen Klopp over claims he made that Manchester City have had an advantage by having a longer break than other teams this season.

Liverpool's game against City on Sunday could have huge implications on the race for the title, with the Reds currently sitting seven points behind Guardiola's table-topping side.

Ahead of the match Klopp appeared to suggest City benefitted last month after their game against Everton was postponed due to an outbreak of coronavirus in the squad.

When asked about his side's recent poor form, Klopp said: "We need to play football, train and recover and use each minute to train.

"We haven't had a break, City had two weeks off for Covid reasons. It's a tough year."

Guardiola, however, clearly took issue with Klopp's comments, and admitted he was "surprised" by the claims.

"He made a mistake," Guardiola said. "We had two months off. Or three months. No, four. Four months we had off, that's why we are in the top four right now.

"Jurgen has to see the calendar again. We had Covid, one week off and played with fourteen players at Stamford Bridge.

"Tomorrow when I see Jurgen I will tell him how many days we have off. I’m surprised, I didn’t expect that from Jurgen. I thought Jurgen wasn't that type of manager."

Guardiola later went on to add: "He knows it’s not true, come on! Everybody in the Premier League knows no team has two weeks off.

"Maybe he did it for some other purpose, I didn’t expect he would do that but maybe I’m wrong!"

It is a spat which certainly ramps things up a bit ahead of the clash between the two rivals as the battle for first place intensifies.

Reference: Mirror: Alex Milne  

Prince Philip snubbed meeting after 'favourite' Harry threatened 'fabric' of Royal Family

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Prince Philip snubbed meeting after 'favourite' Harry threatened 'fabric' of Royal Family

Prince Philip saw Prince Harry as his "favourite" and took him "under his wing" after the death of his mother Princess Diana, according to royal experts. The Sandringham Summit was plagued with speculation over why Prince Philip and Meghan Markle did not attend, with some believing the Duke of Edinburgh was too angry to appear. The meeting scheduled for January 13, 2020 was set to allow the Royal Family to iron out an agreement for Harry and Meghan Markle's departure from their senior roles.

Channel 5's "Secrets of the Royal Palaces" analysed the "Megxit" meeting to see what may have happened behind closed doors.

Daily Mirror's Royal editor Russell Myers said: "One person who wasn't in the room was Prince Philip, with a lot of people suggesting he wasn't there because he was so angry that Harry had threatened the fabric of the family."

Colleague Emily Andrews added: "He saw it as a dereliction of duty."

The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry have long been believed to have shared a very close bond since Philip helped his grandson and his brother, Prince William, cope with the death of Princess Diana.

Commentator Richard Kay said: "Harry was a favourite of his, they had a very deep bond between them.

"He had taken Harry under his wing after Diana had been killed."

The Sandringham Summit was named so as the Queen summoned the Royal Family to her private residence in at the Sandringham Estate.

The meeting was held in the long library, a secluded and quiet part of the estate to avoid anyone listening in.

Staff were instructed to stay away from the discussions as only the Royal Family and personal secretaries were allowed to attend.

The meeting was designated for 2pm with royal commentators calling the timing as a power move by the Queen who always has afternoon tea at 5pm.

t was hoped it would put pressure on the attendees to bash out an agreement quickly.

Mail on Sunday Royal Editor Emily Andrews added the Queen acted as a mediator for the talks.

She said: "The Queen acted as a proverbial peacemaker, William and Harry were not speaking to each other but they had to that day.

"She was really trying to find a way of accommodating what Meghan and Harry wanted."

However, senior royal advisors could not agree with Harry's demands of moving to North America and retaining his titles and organisations in the UK.

The decision was made by the royal to give them up and move away for an "independent life".

Since his departure, Prince Harry has attempted to carve out his own path by securing deals with Spotify and Netflix to produce content for their platforms.

The royal exile also set up Archewell, named after son Archie Harrison, which would be a combination of his production and charity work.

However, despite signing deals worth millions with companies, Archewell's website is noticeably bare of content.

Prince Harry had wanted to use the brand "Sussex Royal" for his work but Buckingham Palace refused his request.

Reference: Daily Express: Kyle Farrell  

Royal panic: Charles ‘can't choose for himself' with doubts rising over future King

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Royal panic: Charles ‘can't choose for himself' with doubts rising over future King

The Prince of Wales is the heir apparent, and has been since he was three years old. Despite dedicating his whole life to preparing himself for the role, Charles has faced significant backlash in recent months and has even been forced to turn the comments of his social media posts off to avoid trolls. His portrayal in the Netflix drama The Crown and the retelling of his split from Princess Diana had infuriated royal fans who believe he treated his late ex-wife unfairly.

Public support for the Prince of Wales has fallen so much that there is now a majority who want the crown to skip him and go straight to his son Prince William, according to findings from YouGov.

Prior to the latest release from The Crown, Charles had already been dubbed a "pampered prince" by royal watchers due to his outrageous requests behind Palace walls.

In the Amazon Prime documentary, 'Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm', former royal servants recall how the lavish heir to the throne is famously hard to please.

One-time servant to the royal household and butler to Princess Diana, Paul Burrell, claimed: "Prince Charles has grown up with such a privileged lifestyle that he doesn't have the mechanics to choose for himself anymore.

"Everything is done for him.

"His pyjamas are pressed every morning, so that they don't have creases in them for the next day.

"His shoelaces are pressed flat with an iron, his underwear is folded in a certain way, the bath towel has to be placed in a certain position, the bath plug has to be in a certain position.

"The water temperature [for a bath] has to be just tepid and only half full.

"Prince Charles does have his valet squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning.

"If anyone gets anything wrong, everybody is scolded."

Mr Burrell even claimed that the Prince of Wales once called him to pick up a letter from the Queen which had fallen into his wastepaper bin - despite the paper being within reaching distance from the royal himself.

"His shoelaces are pressed flat with an iron, his underwear is folded in a certain way, the bath towel has to be placed in a certain position, the bath plug has to be in a certain position.

"The water temperature [for a bath] has to be just tepid and only half full.

"Prince Charles does have his valet squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning.

"If anyone gets anything wrong, everybody is scolded."

Mr Burrell even claimed that the Prince of Wales once called him to pick up a letter from the Queen which had fallen into his wastepaper bin - despite the paper being within reaching distance from the royal himself.

However, the Queen's aides claim the current sovereign has total faith in her eldest son.

Sources told the Evening Standard that any reports that the Palace in general "fear" the UK is not prepared for Charles' radical style of monarchy are "wide of the mark".

Aides explained: "As Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness has served Her Majesty and the institution of the monarchy all his life.

"He is a serious-thinking man and he more than anyone knows what is expected of him as king.

"Of course when and if the time comes he will have his own style, but he understands and appreciates the importance of continuity and tradition more than anyone."

Even so, concerns that Charles could become a "meddling monarch" have also persisted, especially as the 72-year-old has continued his activism on the climate crisis.

However, the heir himself has promised to pull his socks up as the sovereign and refrain from being a "meddling monarch".

There is very little chance of the crown skipping Charles and going to William, as that would undo the hereditary nature of the constitutional monarchy.

Reference: Daily Express: Kate Nicholson  

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