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‘Is that a terrorist?’ Prince Philip’s ‘joke’ about bearded bystander

Duke of Edinburgh allegedly made comment about man with long ginger beard while attending church at Sandringham

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Prince Philip has been accused of making a gaffe on a walkabout at Sandringham on Sunday after he reportedly pointed at a bearded member of the public and asked: “Is that a terrorist?”

The Queen’s husband, 96, was attending St Magdalene church, close to the royal family home in north Norfolk, on New Year’s Eve along with his daughter Anne, the Princess Royal, when he allegedly made the remark.

Philip spotted a tall man with a long ginger beard and made the comment to his minders, according to an unnamed witness quoted by the Daily Mail and Sun, who said the man in question found the apparent joke hilarious.

“The man appeared to be his with wife and child,” the Sun reported the witness as saying. “Philip was wishing lots of people a happy new year and then he spotted this guy with his distinctive beard. He pointed at him in a funny way and turned to one of his royal bodyguards, saying: ‘Is that a terrorist?’

“He was obviously having a little joke, but he said it within earshot of the man who burst out laughing and appeared to find the whole thing hilarious. I think Philip knew he was going to be overheard.”

The royal also joked with Alison Leggett, 54, of Hunstanton, Norfolk, after seeing her 18-month-old fox red labrador lounging on soggy grass, telling her: “I hope he hasn’t got rising damp.”

The congregation, which also included the Queen, then entered the church and sang a variety of Christmas carols including It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, As With Gladness Men of Old and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

The duke stepped away from public life this year but has seemingly not lost his notorious penchant for provocative remarks.

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex Name Baby Son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

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LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan have named their son Archie.


Buckingham Palace says that the baby’s full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The palace made the announcement hours after the couple posed with the two-day-old for the media. He also met his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for the first time.

Meghan and Prince Harry have shown their new son to the public, with the proud new mother declaring that the baby is “a dream.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex posed with their son for cameras at Windsor Castle — the first in a lifetime of photo calls for the two-day-old baby, who is seventh in line to the throne.

Harry cradled the apparently sleeping baby, wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a matching cap, in his arms.

Meghan declared motherhood to be “magic.”

She said the baby had “the sweetest temperament” and has “just been a dream.”

Asked which parent the baby took after, Harry said it was too soon to tell: “His looks are changing every single day, so who knows?”

The infant is seventh in line to the British throne and is the eighth great-grandchild of 93-year-old Elizabeth, Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

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Meghan Markle’s family stir up royals with TV appearance rumours

Daily Mail claimed sister-in-law Tracy Dooley and sons were to appear on Good Morning Britain which ITV deny

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Meghan Markle’s family stir up royals with TV appearance rumours” was written by Jim Waterson Media editor, for The Guardian on Wednesday 16th May 2018 19.02 UTC

When Meghan Markle’s sister-in-law Tracy Dooley touched down at Heathrow airport on Monday night, accompanied by her adult sons Tyler and Thomas Dooley, rumours began to fly about the reasons for the family’s visit.

With no invitations to the ceremony, their presence was attributed to media opportunities offered by organisations on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Dooleys were understood to have been lined up as contributors for Good Morning Britain, with the Daily Mail reporting that they had been recruited as special correspondents for the programme – to which they have already contributed.

Tracy – who by her own admission has not seen the future royal in two decades after divorcing Meghan’s half-brother – was expected to report for Good Morning Britain live from Windsor.

But if that offer was ever in place, it isn’t now. When the Guardian contacted ITV’s early morning programme to ask whether it would be using the Dooleys as contributors, despite trenchant criticism from its host Piers Morgan of the wider Markle family’s relationship with the media industry, a spokesperson said: “The Dooleys will not be contributing to Good Morning Britain’s coverage of the Royal wedding.”

The spokesperson did not respond to further requests asking whether the relatives had been due to appear on the programme at any point.

The incident is another example of the uneasy relationship between Kensington Palace, Meghan Markle’s wider family, and a media industry desperate for stories relating to this weekend’s royal wedding.

The issue came to a head after the Mail on Sunday’s expose of Meghan’s father for apparently staging photographs, despite pleas from the royal family’s press office for the media to leave the family alone.

The family has already proved to be regulars in the media, with Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Jr writing an open letter in a US celebrity magazine urging Prince Harry to call off the wedding, while his brother Tyler promised to launch a strain of cannabis named “Markle Sparkle” to celebrate the nuptials.

But despite the blanket news coverage, there is no sign as yet of any of the extended Markle family being signed up for lucrative punditry slots on US TV networks, who have built enormous temporary studios in Windsor for the wedding.

Instead they have largely resorted to talking with TMZ, the Los Angeles-based gossip website which has outfoxed the Kensington Palace press office with its stream of stories about the Markle family, including regular updates from Meghan’s father about whether he intends to attend the wedding.

This has taken its toll on some of the future royal’s relatives.

“Meghan and I do not have a relationship now,” said Markle’s half-sister Samantha Markle in a video defending her right to continue doing media appearances regarding her family and is writing a book entitled The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister. “The last year has been strained because of what tabloids have said.”

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Duchess Of Cambridge is in Labour

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The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour and has been admitted to the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London where she will give birth to her third child.

  • The third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be born in the same wing as the royal couple’s two previous children.
  • The medical team is being led by Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who delivered the Duchess’ second child, Charlotte.
  • The child will be fifth in line to the throne, behind big sister Charlotte, bumping William’s younger brother Prince Harry one place down the line of succession.

The Duchess of Cambridge suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum, severe levels of nausea and vomiting, during the early stages of her pregnancy, a more serious health risk than the morning sickness many women suffer. Barriers and parking restrictions have been in place outside the private Lindo Wing since April 9th in preparation for the arrival of the world’s media when the new baby will be shown to the public for the first time. Prince George was born in the Lindo Wing in 2013 and Prince Charlotte was born there in 2015. Their father Prince William was also born at the same facility.

 

 

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