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Prince Harry's huge sacrifice for Meghan Markle laid bare - after he cuts ties with old friends and family

Ever since they stepped back from their roles as senior royals, it has frequently been reported that both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have cut ties with many friends, as well as members of their respective families. Following on from claims that the Duke of Sussex, in particular, no longer sees many of the wide circle of friends that he had back in the UK ever since he relocated Stateside, a leading royal expert has looked at how his "sacrifice" will make him feel.

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King Charles and Prince Harry were less than 3 miles apart in London — but the pair still didn’t meet
returned to London this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.But hopes for a royal reconciliation were slashed later that day when Harry’s reps confirmed to The Post that he would not meet with his estranged father due to the king’s “full” schedule.And on Wednesday, the estranged duo’s rift was on clear display as the king hosted a garden party — his first since his cancer diagnosis — at Buckingham Palace for some 8,000 guests.At the same time — just 2.6 miles away — Harry gave a reading at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral to mark a decade since the inaugural Invictus Games took place in the capital.Over at the palace, the monarch, 75, was joined by his wife, Queen Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.Harry, for his part, arrived at his event alone.Inside, he was joined by his late mother Princess Diana’s relatives, including his uncle and aunt Earl Spencer and Lady Jane Fellowes, who greeted the Duke with a hug.Harry appeared to be in good spirits as he beamed from ear to ear upon arrival, waving to excited fans lining the streets of London.He later joined Invictus competitors and staff for a reception in the cathedral’s crypt, before diving into endless meetings for the rest of the day.Prince William did not attend either event, instead carrying out a royal engagement at Windsor Castle Wednesday morning spending the day with his cancer-stricken wife Kate Middleton and their three children.
Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer reveals daughter's incredible surprise gift
Charles Spencer is a doting father-of-seven, recently disclosing why he was proud of his youngest daughter, Charlotte Diana, who is 11 years old.In a fascinating moment on his new podcast, Rabbit Hole Detectives, which he presents alongside the Reverend Richard Coles and historian Dr Cat Jarman, the Earl revealed the sweet gift one of his older daughters received from a Hollywood star, shortly after being born!During a discussion about baptismal fonts in christenings, he shared that actress Melanie Griffith sent his daughter a special gift in a heart-warming gesture.WATCH: Charles Spencer's family home revealedThe author said: "A very long time ago, I can date it to about 30-odd years ago, I went to interview Melanie Griffith and I mentioned that we'd just had a daughter, and she sent her a spoon, a silver spoon as a gift".While Charles didn't specify which of his children he was talking about, his eldest, Lady Kitty Spencer, is 32, so she may well have been the lucky recipient.His twin daughters Amelia and Eliza, meanwhile, are 30, while Lara is 16. Charles' son and heir apparent Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp is 28 and young Edmund will turn 20 later this year.
Queen's funeral wish for Prince Philip that Charles 'denied for Princess Diana'
The Queen’s state funeral will be accompanied by all the pomp associated with a great royal state occasion.It will provide a stark contrast to her beloved Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, which was conducted with “minimum fuss” in accordance with his wishes, Buckingham Palace said at the time.Despite his 67 years of service at Her Majesty’s side, he was given a ceremonial funeral, not a state funeral, which was attended by just 30 of his closest family and friends due to Covid. READ MORE: Kate Middleton's sweet nod to Princess Diana at Queen's funeral processionThe Queen insisted on honouring Philip's final wishes as best she could given the pandemic, respecting his desire to have a low-key funeral, a wish that she had reportedly expressed for Princess Diana too.Diana died at the age of 36 in an horrific car crash that took not only her life but that of her boyfriend at the time, Dodi Fayed.Diana’s very public funeral has been criticised in recent years, and it has been said the Queen wanted her burial to be a private matter.Instead, Diana's ex-husband, now King Charles, reportedly insisted upon the funeral being a ceremonial event, against Her Majesty’s express wishes.Princess Diana was embalmed in France then taken back to England, where the Royal Family and her brother, Earl Spencer made arrangements for her burial.Operation Tay Bridge, the funeral plan for the Queen Mother, had been rehearsed for 22 years and was used as the basis for Diana's funeral.The event was not a state funeral; instead, it was a royal ceremonial funeral that included royal pageantry and Anglican funeral liturgy.For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.
Diana's sister made cheeky remark to Harry over the 'way he kisses', says lip reader
Princess Diana's sister made a cheeky remark to Prince Harry regarding the way he kisses, a lip reader has claimed.The Duke of Sussex was joined by his older brother Prince William, as well as his aunts Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Fellowes, and his uncle Charles, Earl Spencer, for the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue on what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1 last year.The brothers were immediately welcomed by their aunts and uncle as they walked into the garden.READ MORE: Prince Harry 'dragged around like a performing seal' by Meghan Markle, says expertIn videos taken by the media, Lady Sarah and Harry kissed each other on both cheeks before Diana's sister appeared to whisper something in his ear.Jeremy Freeman, a certified lip reader, told the Daily Star that Lady Sarah asked her nephew: "Is this how you kiss?"Harry then jokingly pretended to kiss her twice more showing how he usually kisses, with Lady Sarah grinning from ear to ear and responding: "Oh!"The brothers later greeted landscape gardener Pip Morrison and sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley before unveiling the bronze statue.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.Body language expert Judi James told Daily Star that there was a "poignant moment" when both Harry and William looked up at the face of their late mother's statue.They showed traits of their early childhood love for each other and they worked as a team to reveal the statue at one of Princess Diana's favourite places in Kensington Palace, she said.Kensington Palace said it aims to reflect Diana's "warmth, elegance and energy", while the children represent the "universality and generational impact of the princess's work".READ NEXT:
Charles Spencer wows with rare family photo - and the resemblance is uncanny
Charles Spencer will no doubt have delighted royal fans on Sunday as he took to Instagram to share an incredible unearthed family photo.The Earl posted a black-and-white shot of three young people posing on the driveway of a grand stately home, which he captioned: "My father (center) visiting Scotland in the late '30s."SEE: Charles Spencer shares rare family photo with the Queen - fans have same reactionHis dad John was smartly dressed in a suit over a shirt and tie and he wore a bemused expression.What's more, the resemblance to his son was evident, as Charles clearly takes after his father's side of the family!WATCH: Princess Diana's Childhood Home Could Be A Farm In New VideoThe dad-of-seven shared another lovely family picture to social media earlier in the week, too.SEE: Charles Spencer leaves fans divided with unexpected photoMORE: Charles Spencer makes candid confession about life with new family additionOn Thursday, Charles posted a photo that illustrated his close relationship with his late sister, Diana, Princess of Wales.In the snap, a young Diana, who was then aged five, could be seen playing in her toy car while her brother, who was aged two at the time, cheekily poured sand over it! Charles posted the sweet family throwback to InstagramThe scene was observed by their parents, Lord Althorp and Viscountess Althorp, as well as the couple's two elder daughters, Sarah, 11, and Jane, nine."A snapshot of family life in 1966," Charles captioned the post, before adding a variety of hashtags, including one that perfectly summed up the photo: "#terribletwos."His followers were clearly touched by the photo, with many excited to see the picture of a young Princess Diana.