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MEGHAN Markle's personal assistant returned freebie gifts sent to the palace - in a move that "didn't go down well" with the duchess, an explosive new book has claimed.

PA Melissa Toubati is said to have been "punctilious" with returning the gifts, it is claimed in Times reporter Valentine Low's new book Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown.

Low claimed: “Clashes centred on the free gifts that some companies would send Meghan. Deliveries were constantly arriving at Kensington Palace. Clothes, jewellery, candles… It was non-stop.

“Touabti was apparently punctilious in following the household rule that members of the Royal Family cannot accept freebies from commercial organisations. Her approach did not go down well with Meghan.”

Toubati quit six months after Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding.

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    Confusion over how Prince Harry discovered the Queen had died

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    However the Palace insists that the public were informed after every family member had been contacted.

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    Kate revealed children are ‘beady-eyed’ since the Queen’s funeral

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    Speaking to those who worked hard to keep the Queen’s State Funeral running smoothly at Westminster Abbey, Kate said: “The children were saying it’s come down so quickly.

    “I suppose it’s a lot quicker to undo it,” reported The Mirror.

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    Prince William 'can't forgive' his brother, Prince Harry, claims author

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    The reported asked: "What advice would you give our new king? What would you like to see him do?"

    Winifred replied: “Do a backflip.”

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    State of Queen Elizabeth II could be commissioned for Trafalgar Square

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    "He was genuinely thinking of it as, ‘I have this platform now, for a limited amount of time. I want to move forward, move forward.’”

    Click here to read more.

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    Click here to read more.

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    Click here to read more.

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