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Meghan and Harry latest news: Duchess found Prince’s text chat ‘adorable’ when they dated – LIVE updates

PRINCE Harry won over Meghan Markle with his use of the ghost emoji in the place of a smiley face, it has been claimed. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, found Harry’s texting style “funny and adorable” when they started dating, according to the latest extract from biography Finding Freedom.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle was reportedly told not to show off at Christmas with the Royal Family.

The American actress spent the festive period in 2017 and 2018 with the Queen and co at Sandringham.

But aides told the Daily Express: “They [the Royal Family] don’t like show-offs, especially newcomers who show off.

“The Duchess had to resist that American urge to win at everything.

“The whole family likes to play charades on Christmas night and she must never beat the Queen, who is a fine actress herself.”

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THE QUEEN TOLD PRINCE HARRY HE’LL ‘ALWAYS BE WELCOMED BACK’

The monarch told her grandson over lunch in March that he and Meghan will be welcomed back if they ever decide to rejoin the royals, according to The Sun’s Dan Wootton.

A source said: “Hopefully it cleared the air.”

The Queen agreed to meet Harry for the extraordinary fireside chat to clear the air about his and Meghan’s imminent royal departure after a request from the Duke.

Harry’s 93-year-old grandmother is believed to have ended the talk by saying: “You are much loved and will always be welcomed back.”

MEGHAN INVITED HILARY CLINTON TO MEET ARCHIE IN ‘FAN GIRL MEETING’

The Duchess of Sussex and former First Lady shared hugs as they met for the first time at Frogmore Cottage last year, according to reports.

A source told the Daily Mail: “Both women have a lot of admiration for each other and it was a very sweet, warm meeting.

“They are mutual fan girls!”

The pair reportedly chatted about six-month-old Archie, with Mrs Clinton, 72, telling Meghan, 38, about hew third-grandchild Jasper.

MEGHAN ENCOURAGED HARRY TO ‘OPEN UP ABOUT COUNSELLING’ OVER PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, advised her husband, 35, to make a guest appearance on journalist Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast in April 2017.

On the show, the Duke of Sussex was honest about seeking help in his late twenties after struggling to cope following the death of Diana, who passed away in August 1997.

Bryony wrote on the Telegraph: “It was Meghan who had encouraged her then boyfriend to do the podcast about his mental health with me.

“I felt we were on the same wavelength.”

MEGHAN SHARED HER ENGAGEMENT WITH CLOSE FRIENDS BEFORE SHE WENT PUBLIC

Prince Harry and Meghan announced their intention to marry in November 2017, however, it seems that a few close friends were already in on the secret.

Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand reveal in their book Finding Freedom, that the Duchess had contacted her besties with the news before it was public.

They write: “Before announcing the news of their engagement in November 2017, Meghan shared it with just a handful of close friends by texting them a photo of the ring.”

MEGHAN’S FRIEND SAYS HARRY’S ‘SPIRIT WAS BEING CRUSHED BY THE ROYAL FAMILY’

Harry’s spirit was being crushed as a member of the Royal Family, according to Meghan Markle, who’s reportedly been telling friends he can now live a prosperous life.

Meghan told close friends in January that Harry quitting his royal role is “the best thing that could ever happen” to him, a source told DailyMail.com.

“She said that like her, his spirit was being crushed and she simply couldn’t bear to see him suffer anymore,” Meghan reportedly said.

GEORGE CLOONEY DANCED WITH MEGHAN AT HER WEDDING RECEPTION

The heartthrob is said to have twirled with the newlywed before dancing with her sister-in-law hours after Meghan and Harry tied the knot at Westminster Abbey.

Clooney and his stunning wife Amal joined 200 guests for the celebrations at Frogmore House.

But the 57-year-old met his match in a third royal bride of his own age – with reports claiming Fergie turned down the Hollywood superstar.

Mirror Online claimed the Duchess of York, who is 58, decided against dancing with the silver fox – much to the amusement of other guests.

ROYAL FANS CONVINCED ARCHIE’S BEEN GETTING GIFTS FROM OPERA

Meghan Markle shared a sweet video of Archie to celebrate his 1st birthday in May which saw her reading to him.

Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot the children’s book she was holding had a sweet addition to the cover, that fans are speculating proves it came from Oprah Winfrey.

If you looked closely at the cover, there is a little white sticker bearing the words “Archie’s Book Club”.

So is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son one of the youngest ever stars to have their own book club?

Many people pointed out that the book could have been given by billionaire TV host Oprah Winfrey, who set up her own book club in 1996

‘JOYFUL’ HARRY & MEGHAN DANCED TO THIS SONG AT THEIR WEDDING

Authors of the new book Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have revealed the romantic first dance song the couple picked on their wedding day in 2018.

The authors say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “were joyful on the big day – with their first dance to ‘I’m in Love’ by ’60s soul singer Wilson Pickett.

“Meghan also delivered her own toast at the reception.”

MEGHAN USED DEAL OR NO DEAL AS A ‘STEPPING STONE’ SAYS FORMER COLLEAGUE

Lisa Gleave, 43, from Queensland, Australia, worked with Meghan, 38, as ‘briefcase beauties’ on the American edition of the game show.

Lisa described Meghan as “quiet but very sweet” and said she used her appearance on the show to boost her acting career.

Speaking to The Gold Coast Bulletin, Lisa said: “I remember her being very focused on her acting career and her role as a briefcase beauty, as we were called, was just a stepping stone in her career

“She only did a few seasons and then landed her role in Suits which took her away. I was so happy for her when I heard about the marriage.”

LADY COLIN CAMPBELL SAYS HER MEGHAN AND HARRY BOOK IS ‘FLATTERING’

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So controversial author insisted that her tome Harry and Meghan: The Real Story was a more flattering portrayal of the Sussex’s than Scobie and Durand’s Finding Freedom.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said: “Both books cover a lot of the same terrain, but I am impartial while Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand are mouthpieces for Harry and Meghan, pleading how disadvantaged and underprivileged and abused they have been despite all the evidence to the contrary.”

Lady Colin added that she is aware that members of the royal family feel “betrayed” and “unfairly attacked” by the publication of Finding Freedom.

INSIDE THE BOTSWANA TENT WHERE HARRY AND MEGHAN GOT ENGAGED, ACCORDING TO BIOGRAPHY

Harry whisked Meghan Markle off to a luxurious lodge in Botswana for their third date, a new book claims. 

Prince Harry booked a stay at the bush camp Meno a Kwena in August 2017, buying two plane tickets from London to Johannesburg, before boarding a private two-hour flight to Maun International Airport.

Prince Harry is said to have surprised Meghan with the African trip, with the former actress admitting she’d never been on safari before. 

The pair relaxed at the £1,500-a-night resort, in an area Prince Harry has frequented for more than a decade. 

The Meno A Kwena resort is dubbed the ‘ultimate tent and camping experience in Botswana’, and sits on a bend in the Boteti River.

MEGHAN DONATES £8,000 TO REFUGEE COOKING SCHOOL

The Duchess of Sussex has donated £8,000 to UK-based organisation Migrateful, according to their Twitter.

According to their bio: “Migrateful exists to empower and celebrate refugees and vulnerable migrants on their journey to integration by supporting them to run their own cookery classes.

“Due to legal, linguistic and social barriers, finding work can be extremely difficult for many migrants. Being unable to provide for themselves and their families has significant negative effects on self-esteem and mental health.”

We’re so excited to share that we have received a donation of £8000 from The Royal Foundation on behalf of The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle! We are immensely grateful for this donation which will go towards supporting the Migrateful mission 💜 pic.twitter.com/8OQvieC84g

— Migrateful (@migratefulUK) July 31, 2020

MEGHAN SENT SECRET LOVE MESSAGE ON INSTAGRAM BEFORE RELATIONSHIP WITH HARRY WAS REVEALED

Meghan sent secret love messages to Prince Harry via Instagram before their relationship was made public, the authors of new book ‘Finding Freedom’ have claimed.

They say she made her feelings known in subtle ways while the pair were apart – like posting a photo of her dog Guy wearing a Union Jack jumper.

Meghan also hinted at their blossoming relationship by posting a photo of Love Hearts sweets saying “Kiss Me” with the caption “Lovehearts in london” – a possible message to Harry.

MEGHAN PAYS £67,000 IN LEGAL COSTS FOR PRIVACY COURT BATTLE

The duchess has agreed to pay £67,000 in legal costs after losing the first round of her explosive privacy case.

The Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over an article which reproduced parts of a handwritten letter sent by her to her dad Thomas Markle in August 2018.

ANL, publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, won the first skirmish in the legal action on May 1, when Mr Justice Warby struck out parts of Meghan’s claim.

This included allegations that the publisher acted “dishonestly” by leaving out certain passages of the letter.

Court papers now show Meghan, 38, has agreed to pay ANL’s £67,888 costs for that hearing in full.

HARRY GIVES FANS A SNEAK PEEK INSIDE SWANKY LA DURING VIDEO CALL

The Duke of Sussex, 35, who is worth around £30million and enjoys taking private jets, this week called for more green travel – just as TUI announced plans to shut 166 high street shops sparking hundreds of job losses.

He was pictured inside Tyler Perry’s £15million Beverly Hills mansion, speaking about the need for eco-friendly travel.

Prince Harry said “businesses are hurting significantly” with some “struggling to put food on the table”.

MEGHAN WAS SCOLDED FOR WEARING H&M NECKLACE BEFORE THEY WERE ENGAGED, IT IS CLAIMED

Meghan moaned “I can’t win” after the Royal Family scolded her for wearing a necklace with the initials “H” and “M” on it, a new bombshell book claims.

The 38-year-old was spotted wearing the £184 14 karat gold necklace, believed to have been a gift from Prince Harry, while shopping in Toronto in 2016 – a month after their relationship was revealed.

Photographs showed the former Suits actress holding a bunch of flowers while smiling at the camera days after Harry visited her following his tour of the Caribbean.

MEGHAN AND HARRY’S BOOK IS A MISSTEP FOR THEM, SAYS DAN WOOTTON

The Sun’s Dan Wootton has said in a column that their explosive biography Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, “makes them look worse.”

He wrote: “Hard-working folk are regularly expected to feel sympathy for multi-millionaires moaning from Hollywood mansions about all manner of minor injustices far removed from the real problems most of us have to face day to day.

“There is no more pertinent example than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who just so happen to be two of the most privileged human beings alive — global superstars, actual royalty and so rich they never have to ‘work’ again — asking for the world’s sympathy in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic.

“No couple in the modern history of the Royal Family has managed to overturn such overwhelming goodwill from all quarters so quickly by choosing to present themselves as victims.”

PRINCE HARRY’S FAVOURITE EMOJI IS THE GHOST – AND HE USED IT TO CHARM MEGHAN

Authors of the new book Finding Freedom have revealed how Harry relied on emojis to communicate with Meghan in their early days of dating – relying on one in particular.

They write: “His messages were often short and full of emojis, in particular the ghost emoji, which he often used instead of a smiley face.

“For what reason? Nobody knows. But Meghan found his texting etiquette funny and adorable, just like the prince.”

MEGHAN AND HARRY QUIT ‘TOXIC’ ROYAL LIFE FOR ARCHIE SAYS FRIEND

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In February a pal claimed the 38-year-old decided to step back with Prince Harry for the sake of baby Archie.

They told the Daily Mail: “She also felt like she couldn’t be the best mother to Archie if she wasn’t being her true, authentic self. Something she felt she couldn’t be in the royal family confines.

“She said she didn’t want Archie picking up on her stress and anxiety.

“She felt like it was a toxic environment for him because there was too much tension and pent-up frustrations.”

MEGHAN ‘HINTED’ AT ENGAGEMENT WITH HER CHOICE OF SHIRT

Meghan made her first public outing with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto back in 2017.

The Duchess wore a £137 “Husband” shirt designed by her friend Misha Nonoo for the occasion with many fans questioning whether she was hinting that he was her husband-to-be.

In the book Finding Freedom, authors Scobie and Durand claim the couple were already engaged at the event with Harry supposedly popping the question in August that year.

Despite this the pair didn’t announce their engagement until November.

ARCHIE COULD HELP RESHAPE MEGHAN’S ‘DIFFICULT’ IMAGE

Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, previously said the baby could change the way Meghan is perceived in the family.

He said to the Express: “Meghan Markle’s new baby boy shifts her image from Royal Family outcast, being referred to as ‘bridezilla’ and ‘difficult,’ to new mother of the seventh in line to the throne.

“Royal babies have a power to bring people together and will douse flames of outrage surrounding the controversial Duchess of Sussex and create a halo of positivity for the Royal Family.”

TRAVEL MINISTER DESCRIBES HARRY AS A ‘CARNIVORE ADVOCATING VEGETARIANISM’

Former travel minister Norman Baker has slammed Harry’s speech on aiming for ‘green travel’ today -just as TUI announced plans to shut 166 high street shops sparking hundreds of job losses.

Speaking to the MailOnline, he said that the Duke of Sussex was the “wrong person” to lecture people on carbon footprints.

He said: “I am afraid his credibility on the subject is lacking over his own jet setting, which undermines his case.

“The message is fine, but the messenger is wrong – it’s like a carnivore advocating vegetarianism.”

HARRY & MEGHAN’S WEEK OF REVELATIONS

It has been a week of revelations in the royal family as extracts from a new biography about Meghan and Harry were serialised in the Sunday Times.

Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand spoke to over 100 sources for the book Finding Freedom which charts the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from the royal family.

The authors confirmed that rumours of a “rift” between the Cambridges and the Sussexes were somewhat true.

Prince Harry was left “p***ed off” when Prince William warned him not to rush into his marriage with Meghan.

Meanwhile growing tensions between Meghan and Kate were also reported in the book, with the Duchess of Cambridge believing “she didn’t have much in common with Meghan.”

However, it was reportedly Princess Charlotte who helped to ease the frosty atmosphere.

The authors of Finding Freedom claim that it was the five-year-old Princess who came to the rescue when times were ‘tense’ between her mum Kate and aunt Meghan.

The Sussexes lived just metres away from the Cambridges at the Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace before relocating to Windsor and later the US.

And Scobie and Durand say that it was Meghan’s “adoration” of little Charlotte that helped to put the situation at ease.

The extracts from the book as Meghan Markle faces a continued court battle in a bid to protect the anonymity of her pals who acted as sources for an explosive People magazine interview – who spoke to the US publication in February 2019 over the bullying she had endured.

Elsewhere the Duke of Sussex, 35, who is worth around £30million and enjoys taking private jets, today called for more green travel – just as TUI announced plans to shut 166 high street shops sparking hundreds of job losses.

Harry called for the coronavirus-ravaged travel industry to “be better.”

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