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Queen Camilla makes Wimbledon appearance amid hopes for Kate finals return

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Princess Kate announces cancer diagnosis

Queen Camilla took her seat in the Wimbledon Royal Box today as officials remain hopeful of an appearance from the Princess of Wales on the final day of the tournament.

As patron of the All England Club, Kate, 42, would typically hand out the trophies, but it is not known if this will be possible due to her cancer treatment.

“We’re hopeful that the Princess of Wales will be able to present the trophies as the Club’s patron, but her health and recovery is the priority,” Club Chair Debbie Jevans told Telegraph Sport.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has spoken publicly for the first time since the backlash over his announcement as the recipient of an annual award named after a US war hero.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, who is set to be honoured for his work with the Invictus Games, wished good luck to the UK squad following their selection ahead of a forthcoming winter version of the competition.

“The games present an incredible opportunity for our courageous service personnel and veterans to demonstrate their skills in new challenges,” he said.

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Prince William ‘moved on’ from Harry to protect the crown

The pair’s relationship has grown increasingly strained since Harry stepped down as a working royal in 2020.

Omid Scobie wrote in Endgame: “I was talking to a source quite early on in the process, and they called Harry a ‘defector’ and said that was William’s view. These were two men who once upon a time were firmly aligned in their outlook.

“One of them had to move on to also protect the crown.”

It is not known exactly when the brothers last saw each other in person.

Prince Harry’s relationship with his older brother and King Charles appears to be strained.
Prince Harry’s relationship with his older brother and King Charles appears to be strained. (Tim Rooke – Pool/Getty Images)

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Sarah Ferguson ‘taught’ Meghan Markle how to curtsy

Meghan, a former actress, reportedly met with Sarah Ferguson a number of times when she was a working royal living at Frogmore Cottage.

An insider told the Express: “They were neighbours.

“Royal Lodge is basically next door to Frogmore and the Yorks and Sussexes met quite often. Sarah taught Meghan how to curtsey and there have been other meetings.

“Both Harry and Meghan were quite surprised by Sarah’s comments and couldn’t understand why she would distance herself like that. It has caused a bit of distance between the families.”

Meghan Markle was reportedly taught how to curtsy by Sarah Ferguson.
Meghan Markle was reportedly taught how to curtsy by Sarah Ferguson. (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ‘could move to London’

Royal expert Kate Williams said they could “rent a flat in Shoreditch” instead of living in a palace down the line.

“On one hand, these palaces are great homes being conserved for future generations,” Williams told Hello! magazine. “On the other hand, they generate a lot of income for the royal collection and are great to visit,”

“We understand that King Charles is aiming for a slimmed-down Royal Family, so it means [minor royals] may have to go and live in non-palaces.

“He doesn’t really live in Buckingham Palace at the moment, he’s renovating it and using it more as an office.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales with their children, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte and the King and Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (Gareth Fuller/PA)
The Prince and Princess of Wales with their children, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte and the King and Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Wire)

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Queen Camilla praised for supporting literacy

Queen Camilla has been praised for her efforts to encourage young people in the UK to read.

The royal family wrote on Twitter/X: “The National @Literacy_Trust’s Coronation Libraries initiative celebrates the role that The Queen has played in supporting literacy and encouraging children to embrace reading.

“The project has already created libraries in 50 primary schools in communities across the UK.”

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Royal family wish England squad good luck ahead of semi-final

The occasion was marked at today’s Changing of the Guard by the Buckingham Palace band who played the Three Lions.

Taking to Twitter/X, the official Buckingham Palace account wrote: “Wishing the best of luck to @England in tonight’s game!”

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Queen Camilla enjoys ‘escape’ to Wimbledon

The Queen Consort, 76, enjoyed the best view of centre court from the famous Royal Box and said it was “so nice to be able to escape for a day.”

She also praised the set-up of the tournament’s gardens, telling head gardener Martyn Falconer: “It all looks fantastic. It always looks absolutely perfect.”

Camilla meets Camila, daughter of Mexican tennis player Santiago Gonzalez (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
Camilla meets Camila, daughter of Mexican tennis player Santiago Gonzalez (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)

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Queen Camilla appears in Wimbledon Royal Box

Her appearance comes amid officials’ continued hope that the Princess of Wales could attend the tournament to present the trophies later this week.

“We’re hopeful that the Princess of Wales will be able to present the trophies as the Club’s patron, but her health and recovery is the priority,” All England Club Chair Debbie Jevans toldTelegraph Sport.

“We don’t know what we don’t know. All we’ve said is that we’ll work with her and give her as much flexibility as possible.

“I don’t know who would present the trophies as an alternative – that’s something to consider nearer the time if necessary. We’re staying flexible. When we hear we’ll then think about what’s the right thing to do.”

Queen Camilla was very expressive as she watched the goings-on at this year’s Wimbledon.
Queen Camilla was very expressive as she watched the goings-on at this year’s Wimbledon. (PA)
Officials remain hopeful that the Princess of Wales could attend the tournament.
Officials remain hopeful that the Princess of Wales could attend the tournament. (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Emma Guinness10 July 2024 14:54

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King Charles refuses to ‘sink’ to Meghan Markle’s level

A royal insider has claimed that King Charles would never “sink” to Meghan Markle’s level and enter into competition with her new lifestyle brand.

This comes after she teased its products, which include raspberry and strawberry jam.

As the Monarch has long produced his own preserve, sold at Waitrose and online via The Highgrove Shop, some have speculated that the pair will enter into a deliberate competition with each other.

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond has now said the King “would never sink so low”.

“I really don’t think that Charles or his marketing people would sink so low as to try to deliberately compete with or scupper Meghan and her team,” she said.

“Why would Charles want to make things worse than they already are?

“So I think it’s a load of old nonsense and would be beneath him.”

According to reports, the King’s products have seen a surge in sales since Meghan announced her own jams.

Meghan Markle has yet to officially sell any of American Riviera Orchard’s products.
Meghan Markle has yet to officially sell any of American Riviera Orchard’s products. (iStock/Traceyrobbins/Instagram/Getty/The Independent )

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Princess Anne remains off duty

The Princess Royal, 73, reportedly suffered a concussion and minor injuries as a result of the incident on her Gloucestershire estate.

She is widely regarded as one of the hardest-working members of the royal family, having attended over 200 engagements this year so far.

Buckingham Palace declined to provide any new updates to The Independent today (10 July).

The Princess Royal after attending the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel last month (PA)
The Princess Royal after attending the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel last month (PA) (PA Wire)

Emma Guinness10 July 2024 13:00

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Prince Harry has ‘desperate need for attention’, family friend claims

A royal family friend has commented on the ongoing backlash surrounding Prince Harry’s receipt of an award for veterans.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, has been advised by the former head of the Royal Navy to “think long and hard” about accepting the honour for his work with the Invictus Games.

The family friend told The Daily Beast: “I’m afraid it’s just a clear symbol of his desperate need for attention.

“The irony of the whole of the last four years is that Harry and Meghan said they were leaving the royal family so the media would leave them alone. And now, here Harry is, literally picking up retail awards on live TV.

Prince Harry is set to receive the Pat Tillman Award in Los Angeles tomorrow.
Prince Harry is set to receive the Pat Tillman Award in Los Angeles tomorrow. (AFP via Getty Images)

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