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MEGHAN Markle's pal has claimed Charles shared details of his first meeting with Lilibet to deflect criticism over the alleged cash scandal.

The Prince of Wales was handed three cash donations from former Qatari PM Sheikh Hamed bin Jassim between 2011 and 2015, it emerged last week

But Omid Scobie has hit out at the heir apparent after information on the heir apparent's first meeting with Harry & Meghan's daughter Lilibet was shared on the same day Buckingham Palace & Clarence House shared financial statements.

Meghan's close friend suggested the move helped take away the attention of the public and the media from the criticism he faced after it was reported he personally accepted donations in cash.

Writing for Yahoo! News, Scobie wrote: "You see, when the Prince of Wales was forced to announce via his spokesman that he will never again accept plastic bags filled with €500 notes for his charities, one of his senior aides also briefed journalists with adorable details of the heir’s first time meeting granddaughter Lilibet last month.

"(Yes, one of the same private family moments royal sources had 'feared' the Sussexes would leak. The irony)."

The cash was immediately handed over to Charles' charities and no suggestion the payments were illegal.

A senior royal source also revealed the prince has accepted no cash payments in the past five years and the practice has now been banned within the Royal Family.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest news...

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate wows fans once again

    KATE Middleton stunned spectators today as she donned a black and white dress to watch Prince William at a charity polo match - along with a very furry friend.

    The Duchess of Cambridge beamed beside her husband and royal pooch Orla at the Guards Polo Club just miles from Windsor CastleBerkshire.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed the charity day out in the sunshine, chatting to guests this afternoon.

    The Royal Charity Polo Cup started as temperatures steadily climb towards a sizzling weekend with highs of 32C.

    Kate was seen wearing a beautiful Emilia Wickstead belted cloque dress in monochrome with sunglasses on her head and dangling earrings.

  • Louis Allwood

    Duke of Kent visited largest display of RNLI lifeboats

    The Duke of Kent visited the UK's largest display of Royal National Lifeboat Institution's historic lifeboats at Chatham Historic Dockyard, 26 years after opening the original collection in 1996.

    The Duke has been the RNLI's President for over half a century.

    His Royal Highness was shown three of the charity's most significant lifeboats, which between them have saved more than 300 lives at sea.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Harry ‘will be bald’ by the time he’s 40

    PRINCE Harry will be “completely bald” by the time he is 40, a top hair transplant surgeon said.

    Dr Manish Mittal says a rapidly receding Duke of Sussex will need to act fast if he wants to halt or reverse hair loss.

    He said Harry, 37, can either embrace his baldness like brother William, 40, and dad Charles, 73, get a transplant, or get fitted for a wig.

    Dr Mittal said: “At the speed it’s receding, it is likely that Harry will be completely bald in two years, certainly by the time he’s 40.”

    He said that if Harry wanted hair surgery he would need to take hairloss stabilising medication before two ops placing around 2,000 individual hair grafts, 18 months apart. The cost for a VIP is £40,000.

  • Lauren Lomas

    In pictures: The Duchess of Cornwall visits primary school children

    Camilla is the Patron of the National Literacy Trust, and today visited Milkbrook Primary School in Wales to open a new library.

    During an exciting visit by Camilla for the children of Milbrook Primary School, they gifted her a birthday cake to celebrate her 75th.

    The Duchess joined in with authors and illustrators for live readings in the school's new library.

    Camilla even met the school's adorable reading dog called Taliesin.

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives at Millbrook Primary School on July 06, 2022Credit: Getty

    The birthday cake made for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during her visit to Millbrook Primary School on July 06, 2022 in Newport, WalesCredit: Getty

  • Lauren Lomas

    Thoughtful gesture: Duchess of Cornwall cuts birthday cake at Milbrook Primary School, Wales

    Camilla visited the school to open the brand new library that has just been installed for the students.

    As Patron of the National Literacy Trust, The Duchess of Cornwall visited Milbrook Primary School today in Newport, Wales.

    She was gifted a birthday cake by the students, which she is pictured below cutting.

    The adorable cake is shaped as an open book with teddy bears having a picnic on the pages.

    Students also made the Duchess a card with 75 on the front during her visit.

    Camilla's birthday falls on 17 July.

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall cuts a birthday cake presented to her during her visit to Millbrook Primary School on July 06, 2022 in Newport, WalesCredit: Getty
  • Lauren Lomas

    Young hero wins The Diana Award for being a force for change

    Maureen Montania from Paraguay won an award in memory of Lady Diana Spencer for her humanitarian efforts.

    The 26 year old has helped more than 20 families of youngsters realise their potential and make great educational achievements.

    Tessy Ojo CBA, CEO of the Diana Award said: "We warmly congratulate our new Diana Award recipients from the UK and across the world who are changemakers for their generation.

    "It is especially poignant as we remember Princess Diana 25 years on.

    "We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begun their won journey as active citizens."

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Charles named patron of Fordingbridge charity

    He has been nominated the Patron of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

    The late Prince Philip was the patron of the charity, up until his passing last year.

    President Lord Salisbury said: “Like HRH Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales has long taken an interest in the work of the Trust developing and promoting science-based game and wildlife management techniques for the benefit of biodiversity in the British countryside.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince William & Kate could take an Australian tour

    A royal commentator has claimed that the Cambridge's may have their sights set on taking family on a life changing tour of Australia.

    Russell Myers spoke on Pod Save The Queen, telling fans that he thinks they might go as soon as early next year.

    He said: "When might we see a bigger tour? I definitely think we will see a tour of Australia early next year and they've got to take the children."

  • Lauren Lomas

    Inside Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell's close friendship

    While Prince Andrew claims he did not rape Virginia Giuffre and had little to no involvement with sex trafficker and paedophile Jeffery Epstein, The Sun looks at his friendship with Maxwell.

    Ghislaine Maxwell has been convicted of sex trafficking for 20 years.

    Author Nigel Cawthorne claimed Ghislaine and Andrew had met at university and immediately hit it off and were often seen in each other's company at public outings.

    "It certainly went on for a very long time. They did seem very close," Cawthorne said.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Andrew's shocking abusive language, Palace guard claims

    It has been revealed to The Sun by a source that Prince Andrew called an officer a "lardy a**ed c***," after they refused his female friend entry.

    The shocking claim comes with another bombshell from ex armed protection officer Paul Page that Andrew "led a very weird life - he was the only member of the Royal Family we had to bend the rules for.

    "We would let unauthorised and unknown women into the palace after hours for him."

    Click here to find out more.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Kate & Wills new neighbours as they relocate to Windsor

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will soon move to Windsor with their three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

    Upon moving to the four-bedroom Adelaide Cottage Windsor, the Cambridge's will be much closer to family, which is an important step to be closer to the Queen after she lost Prince Philip last year.

    The family will of course be closer to the Queen who resides in Windsor Castle.

    Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson live in the Royal Lodge which is part of the Windsor estate, as well as being closer to Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex, who live at Bagshot Park with their children.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Andrew was a 'bomb waiting to go off' says BBC producer

    Sam McAlister bagged the interview with Prince Andrew when the Virginia Giuffre claims began to arise, and spoke of how shocked she was during filming.

    The producer worked for BBC's Newsnight for 10 years. Sam McAlister managed to organise the shocking interview with Prince Andrew, which aired on 14 November 2019.

    The Duke of York was grilled on his involvement with Giuffre and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

    Sam told Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby yesterday on This Morning that she "still can't believe it."

    She told the presenters: "I still can't believe it [the admissions Andrew made]. When I was watching the clips just now, I still can't believe that was said on camera because who in their right mind would say that?

    "I was looking at the floor trying not to laugh, because imagine if I was your producer and I laughed during that, I mean I'd be straight to the Tower!"

  • Lauren Lomas

    In pictures: Prince Charles' visit to BBC Wales' HQ

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall made a special visit to the BBC Wales Sport brand new Wales Headquarters.

    During a visit yesterday (5 July) the Duke and Duchess of Wales visited the new BBC Wales Headquarters in Cardiff, Wales.

    Live broadcasting started at the Central Square HQ two years ago in 2020 during the pandemic.

    The venue has now opened for public tours, with Prince Charles and Camilla heading over for a special tour of the £100,000,000 state of the art building.

    According to BOF: "Three Central Square was designed by Foster & Partners with 5 storeys totalling 180,000 sq ft which ISG Construction handed over to the BBC in April 2018 and will be fully occupied and operational in Autumn 2019."

    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks with BBC team members in the News studio at BBC Wales new Headquarters on July 05, 2022Credit: Getty
    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during a visit to BBC Wales new Headquarters on July 05, 2022 in Cardiff, WalesCredit: Getty
  • Lauren Lomas

    Queen snubbed Djokovic after he was held in Australian detention centre

    Novak Djokovic's father called on the Queen to protect his son's "human rights".

    His father told the Serbian media: "I call on the Queen of Britian, Elizabeth, the leader of the Commonwealth, to intervene and protect the human rights of my son Novak Djokovic and stop the political prosecution that has been carried out against him since he came to Australia."

    This came after his entry into Australia was denied as he didn't meet vaccination requirements, despite claiming he had a medical exemption.

    It was thought the Queen made no response to the request.

    Currently the tennis player is banned from entering Australia for three years, however this could change as the nation starts to relax covid rules.

  • Lauren Lomas

    John McEnroe called the Royal Family 'class system gone mad' over their Wimbledon role

    The US former America tennis star, slammed the tradition of the tennis players bowing before the royal family.

    McEnroe highlighted his opinions on the traditions of Wimbledon in his 2017 book: But, Seriously, he wrote: "As for all the bowing and curtsying - and we're not just talking about the Queen here, we're talking about some pretty minor royals - what was all that about?

    "This was the class system gone mad, the opposite of a meritocracy, where hard work is rewarded and people are respected because they've actually done something, not because they're been born on the right side of the tracks."

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince William's awkward blunder at Wimbledon

    Viewers think the Prince almost let slip some colourful language on television while watching Cameron Norrie against David Goffin.

    During yesterday's heated Wimbledon tennis match between British Cameron Norrie and Belgium's David Goffin, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in the royal box to watch the match.

    Norrie made a mistake and Prince William could be seen mouthing, "Oh no, no, no, F..." and the camera quickly moved on.

    Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: "Haha Prince William saying 'No, no, no f*** it' lol."

    Another wrote: "Can't be unseen! So glad he's human."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Princess Diana got competitive for her sons

    It’s somewhat known that Princess Diana wasn’t a conventional royal.

    Wanting to be there for her sons in a way that other royals weren’t is something that meant a lot for Princess Diana.

    And Sports Days were no different.

    Video footage has been released of Princess Diana running in the ‘mum’s race’ for one of her sons, with Prince Harry or Prince William.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry & Meghan ‘won’t win’ if they do another Oprah interview

    A royal expert believes Harry and Meghan are doomed if they decide to make another interview with  the US talk show host.

    Pictures emerged recently of the couple entering Oprah’s multi-million dollar mansion, fuelling reports that a second interview could be on the way.

    But speaking on TalkTV’s The Morning Show recently, commentator Dylan Howard on believes the couple may not survive the Royal Family fall-out that would arise from another tell-all chat.

    Commenting on whether Meghan and Harry can return on Oprah, Dylan said: “I don’t know, I think they may do.”

    He then added: “I think it’s going to be damaging to the royal institution but I think one thing is certain – the Firm wins, they’re not going to win. It’s over for them.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry accused of repeating history with Meghan

    The Queen’s father ascended the throne because his brother refused.

    Edward was in line for the throne, but chose love instead and was exiled from the family.

    Wallis Simpson was twice divorced and from America and so a king could not be married to her and Edward was forced to choose – he chose Wallis and they remained married until his death in 1972.

    His decision caused him to live a life without his family and now, a royal biographer has commented that Harry should learn from Edward’s mistakes.

    Andrew Lownie penned in the New York Times: “In 1936, he withdrew from Royal duties to live abroad — but he never quite reconciled himself to his loss of status, and the ensuing years were to be marked by a series of disputes with his family.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan deals with “debilitating” illness

    The Duchess of Sussex has spoken openly about her wellness lifestyle.

    Meghan Markle speaks fondly of her alternative treatments and Eastern medicine, having previously admitted having a yoga studio built into her California home.

    The 40-year-old reportedly had awful headaches that left her in agony.

    She explained to The Chalkboard: “I used to have debilitating migraines (hospitalised for them).

    “Acupuncture and Eastern medicine absolutely changed my life.

    “Migraine-free living is a game-changer.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan will remain a princess no matter what

    The Sussexes stepped away from royal life in 2020.

    At the time, there was a lot of controversy over the titles Meghan and Harry would keep if they choose not to be serving royals.

    Both retain the titles of Duchess and Duke of Sussex, respectively.

    Due to her marriage to Prince Harry, grandson of the Queen and son of the first in line to the throne, his title is his birth right, which mean, Meghan would remain princess even if her duchess title was to be removed.

    Speaking to express.co.uk, royal expert, Neil Sean warned about what her title could be: “To note, even if they decided to strip away the title of the Duchess of Sussex, she would then be entitled to use the title of Princess Henry and that of course would turn into Princess Meghan.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan moving in 'totally different avenue'

    A royal expert has claimed that Meghan Markle has been moving forward in a "totally different avenue" to Prince Harry.

    Neil Sean has claimed Meghan's involvement in politics has left Prince Harry as a "house husband".

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr Sean claimed: "As we've found out Meghan Markle says that she definitely will be going to Washington to support the causes that are close to her heart.

    "While she said previously that she doesn't demand or require a political career, it seems more and more that Meghan shines in the spotlight moving forward in a totally different avenue.

    "Prince Harry, the real royal, seems to be stepping back and becoming something of a househusband."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Category 5 meltdown'

    According to a commentator, Meghan running for US President would trigger a "category five meltdown" with the royals.

    Writing for news.com.au, Columnist Daniela Elser said: "This is all before we even consider the category five meltdown that a Meghan campaign would trigger at Buckingham Palace.

    "But risks, like hats, are something that Meghan clearly has a fondness for."

  • Louis Allwood

    How can you get a ticket to sit in the royal box at Wimbledon?

    There are no tickets on sale for the Royal Box and guests have to be invited by the All England Club.

    Each year, there is an open invitation to all of the Royal Family as well as high ranking members of the government, armed forces and the church – including the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    Also encouraged to attend are ambassadors, diplomats and members of foreign royal families and senior figures from the media world.

    It is believed that the All England Club and the Lawn Tennis Association take suggestions on who would be suitable to ask to attend.

  • Louis Allwood

    What is the royal box at Wimbledon?

    The royal box has the best seats at Wimbledon and is reserved for members of the royal family and invited guests of the All England Club.

    It's always full of famous faces from the world of showbiz and high society.

    Perched above Centre Court, the royal box is reserved for use by the Royal Family and other distinguished guests who want to watch the tennis during the Wimbledon Championships.

    Each day there is space for 74 guests to take their place on the dark green Lloyd Loom wicker chairs.

    Anybody who is invited to watch the tennis from the royal box must stick to a strict dress code that includes a demure dress for ladies and a jacket, tie and proper shoes for men.