Meghan Markle news – James Cordon reveals Archie & Lilibet secret & lavishes praise on 'brave' Prince Harry

JAMES Corden has opened up about his friendship with 'brave' Prince Harry, and revealed their children have play dates.

The chat show host has praised the Duke as a devoted husband and father and revealed his children have play dates with Lilibet and Archie.

When asked if he had been to the couple's £11million home, James said: "I have. It was more a sort of play date scenario [with the kids]. Then we went out for dinner after, it was lovely."

Corden also added: “I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Harry, and anyone who has been around him and spent time with him would feel exactly the same way.

“I think he is a devoted and loving husband and father and I think what they have done [in turning away from royal life] is incredibly brave and I’ll always be in their corner.

The Brit show host become pals with Harry and his wife Meghan Markle following Megxit, and lives just an hour and a half away – with his wife – from the couple's mansion in Montecito, California.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • The Sun

    Queen's aides form 'ring of steel' around her

    Those working closest to the Queen allegedly want to stop Harry and Meghan using her for content.

    The Queen's aides have formed a protective "ring of steel" to protect her from being used for Netflix content, after Harry and Meghan signa £72 million deal with the streaming giant.

  • Milica Cosic

    Will Harry heal his rift with William at the Jubilee?

    A royal expert has cast doubt on Prince Harry’s plans to use the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee trip to heal his rift with Prince William.

    According to Vanity Fair journalist Erin Vanderhoof, the rift between the two royal brothers is “really deep and really personal” and has only gotten worse in recent months.

    Ms Vanderhoof explained: “Meghan and Harry together are going to use the Jubilee as an opportunity to make some family moments and introduce the kids to the rest of the family.

    “And they will try at least make sure they understand that can still figure something out in the future.

    “But our reporting for the podcast shows that the rift between Harry and William is really deep and really personal.

    “It will take both of them coming to a point where they want to make up before that is possible behind closed doors.”

    And, sources have hinted that the Duke of Cambridge is “wary” about his brother’s decision to join the Monarch’s weekend celebrations.

    A source told The Sun: “‘William wants to talk to Harry to try to heal the rift between them but he’s fearful it will find its way onto Netflix, Oprah or into Harry’s upcoming book.”

  • Milica Cosic

    ‘Prince Harry is incredibly brave’ – James Corden

    In 2018 James Corden trademark segment Car­pool Karaoke with Paul McCartney was the most watched YouTube clip of the year — beating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.

    On the topic of which James, famously, has become pals with the Duke of Sussex and his actress wife.

    In something of a televisual coup, last February Harry appeared atop a double decker bus to be interviewed by the 43-year-old comic.

    In the segment, Harry rapped to the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air theme tune, FaceTimed Meghan and swore while being driven around Los Angeles, drinking cups of tea.

    Within minutes, clips of their cosy chat had gone viral.

    James and his wife, Julia Carey, who have three kids, Carey, Max and Charlotte, live just 90 minutes from Harry and Meghan’s sprawling Montecito mansion.

    So do the quartet socialise? Has he been round to the couple’s £11million home?

    “I have”, he says. “It was more a sort of play date scenario [with the kids]. Then we went out for dinner after, it was lovely. Obviously I’m not telling you any more. Obviously.”

    He continues: “Look, I’m a huge fan of both of them. Obviously I know Harry better than I know Meghan but I think it’s really hard to judge, or be judgmental.”

    Corden added: “I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Harry, and anyone who has been around him and spent time with him would feel exactly the same way.

    “I think he is a devoted and loving husband and father and I think what they have done [in turning away from royal life] is incredibly brave and I’ll always be in their corner.

    “I have nothing but admiration and respect for them. I think it’s impossible to judge any of it really.”

    Read the article in full here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘too out of touch’ & ‘naive’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were “naive” and “out of touch” to believe that their programme ideas would be “simply signed off” by Netflix, a TV source revealed.

    And the couple are “saddened” at their relationship with the streaming giant, after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

    The insider told The Sun: “Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work.

    “Certainly there was a belief that they thought that Pearl would simply be presented and released. The word was that they were saddened the show was not picked up.

    “But of course people forget that each project faces vetting and the business has the right to veto projects, delete scenes and oversee editorial direction in their work.

    “Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

    “Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry ‘in danger of becoming just another foreign prince’

    A royal author has claimed that Prince Harry could become “just another foreign prince” if he further cuts ties with the Royal Family.

    Royal author of the newly-released biography ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’, and photographer Ian Lloyd told Express.co.uk: “It’s a shame because he has got the Invictus Games and quite a lot going for him.

    “But I think he is in danger of evaporating.

    “He and Meghan haven’t had the great launch in America we were expecting, they promised a lot and so far nothing much has happened.

    “And I think they will soon realise that with Netflix and other deals it is just people ultimately wanting to trade on their royal status.”

    Lloyd continued to say: “Why Harry is a big name in America? It is because his mother was Diana and his grandmother Elizabeth II.

    “If he does distance himself from the Royal Family that brand will eventually be damaged, he will be just another foreign prince.

    “He needs to be working in close ties with the Royal Family to heal the divisions to strengthen his own brand.”

  • Louis Allwood

    What is Meghan’s ‘Pearl’?

    Pearl follows the adventures of a young girl who found inspiration via influential women throughout history.

    The cartoon had been announced last summer, with Meghan saying at the time: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.”

    Meghan and Harry had created Archewell Productions at Netflix in autumn 2020 in order to create original documentaries and children’s shows, with Pearl set to be their first animated series.

    Last week all references to Pearl were wiped from her Archewell website.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan dubbed ‘dishonest and narcissistic opportunist’ (2/2)

    Speaking on GB News' Dan Wootton, Ms Kelly said: “I’m sure she is rubbing elbows and I’m sure she’d love to be President one day because she appears to love the spotlight although she doesn’t like to admit it.

    “What this shows me, the fact she might be considering it or have her eye on it in the long term, that she’s a dishonest and narcissistic opportunist.

    “Ms I want privacy wants to run for President.

    "The Royal Family was a racists prison now wants to be on camera at the Queen’s Jubilee and wants to use her royal titles.

    “Ms I want privacy for my children, she’s showing up to the Jubilee with her children who are going to be on camera and she wants to rub shoulders with the first tier royals."

    She continued: “What she says to us publicly is not how she really feels, what she wants is the spotlight.

    “She’s the same girl she was when she was backup girl number four for Howie Mandel where she showed she could open suitcases very well.

    “But has she ever opened a campaign? Has she ever opened an office? Has she ever signed the front of a pay check instead of the back of one? Has she employed any staff?

    “Yes she’s a star, but that doesn’t make you a President.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan dubbed 'dishonest and narcissistic opportunist' (1/2)

    Meghan Markle has been dubbed a “dishonest and narcissistic opportunist” by a US broadcaster, after suggestions she would be a good candidate for the US Presidency.

    US President Joe Biden's sister, Valerie Biden Owens, recently invited Meghan into the Democrat Party, and said she feels Meghan would be "welcome" to join the party.

    Asked about Meghan potentially being a candidate for the US Presidency one day, Ms Owens said: "Yes, perhaps. Of course she will."

    However, US broadcaster Megyn Kelly slammed the idea, saying that Meghan “loves the spotlight”, before hitting out at her apparent desire for privacy.

  • Louis Allwood

    Claims Andrew & Harry could be fuelling number of royal stalkers

    According to the former head of Royal Protection, the negative publicity surrounding Prince Andrew and Prince Harry could have sparked an increase in the number of people stalking the Royal Family. 

    Former head of Royal Protection Dai Davies told the Mirror: “The vast majority of people fixated with the Royal Family are ­harmless but there are always concerns that their obsession could take a worrying turn.

    "In most cases the police can use mental health legislation to help those that if left untreated could pose a risk.

    “It would not surprise me in the least if the negative publicity that has surrounded Prince Andrew and Prince Harry has caused an increase in the numbers of ­individuals that have come to the notice of the police.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen sent warning over Harry's role

    The Queen has been sent a warning over a key position that Prince Harry still holds.

    The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge opened Parliament on the Queen’s behalf in a historic shift on Tuesday, and saw Charles read the Queen’s Speech.

    The monarch pulled out of the occasion, nearly 60 years after she last missed it, following advice from her royal doctors.

    But one expert has warned this highlights the need for Harry and Andrew to be removed as counsellors of state.

    Royal journalist Richard Eden said: "This emphasises the urgency of Prince Andrew and Prince Harry being stripped of their roles as two of the Queen's four counsellors of state."

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen 'deploys ring of steel' to stop any Harry & Meghan documentary

    It has been claimed by a royal expert that The Queen's advisors have reportedly constructed a "ring of steel" around the monarch to prevent Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from including her in their upcoming documentary.

    Royal expert Russell Myers believes Buckingham Palace have advised The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to not even think about using the monarch as a means of sourcing royal content for Netflix.

    Mr Myers added: "They would definitely have been advised not to speak to Oprah Winfrey not to speak to Gayle King not to speak to the American journalists last week and yet they still keep on doing it.

    "I mean, it makes you wonder how much the family can take anymore and I'm sure Prince William has got his head in his hands as Prince Charles as every time they pop up on the television."

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meg's plan to return to Frogmore Cottage for Jubilee

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan plan to return to their first family home next month when they come back to the UK for the Queen’s Jubilee.

    Heightened security measures are already being put in place near Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage in anticipation of the couple’s arrival with their two young children.

    Despite living in an £11million mansion in LA, the Sussexes still lease the property — their home before moving to the States.

    It is currently occupied by Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and son August.

    It is expected Eugenie, who remains close to the Sussexes, will open up the guest bedrooms to accommodate them on their return.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan & Harry forced to pay £213,000 to charity

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been forced to pay £213,000 to charity as they settle the final debts of their foundation.

    The couple's MWX Foundation, formerly Sussex Royal, which is in liquidation has paid its outstanding debt to an unnamed non-profit, papers revealed.

    The report said a claim of £213,000 had been received from a creditor relating to a grant due to a "not-for-profit enterprise".

    A total of £134,500 was paid off last year as the couple declared all of its debts would be paid in full within 12 months.

    However, the remaining £78,500 was paid later, according to the report.

    The delay in payment caused an extra charge of £27,447 as the "time costs exceeded the estimate".

    The document also said that £22,000 will go to Harbottle & Lewis for legal representation.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meg & Harry slammed as 'out of touch' and 'naive' for Netflix

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been slammed as 'out of touch' and 'naive' for Netflix by a source.

    It comes after the couple were left "saddened" at their relationship with the streaming giant – after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

    Senior figures at Netflix believed the pair "may have been a little out of touch" with "how the process of landing a show worked."

    The insider told The Sun: "Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work."

    The source continued to say: "Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

    "Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning."

    "The deal may be millions on paper, but they are absolutely not allowed to make whatever they want," the insider said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate Middleton enjoys ‘relatable’ healthy diet

    Kate Middleton has been said to enjoy a “relatable” diet but still enjoys a “cheesy pasta” made with her children.

    Behavioural expert Darren Stanton said on behalf of Coffee Friend: “Kate’s favourites are much more in line with what a lot of people would eat these days and she’s partial to trying new food trends, such as a raw food diet, plant-based meals or matcha in her coffee or green smoothies.

    “However, her diet consists of a lot of the nation’s old favourites too, like curry and sticky toffee pudding – it’s hearty food and very relatable.

    “Kate’s food tastes could suggest why she is arguably one of the most popular Royal Family members, she is in touch with what the masses like, she can relate to them and them to her.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry and Meg’s plan to return to Frogmore Cottage for Jubilee

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan plan to return to their first family home next month when they come back to the UK for the Queen’s Jubilee.

    Heightened security measures are already being put in place near Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage in anticipation of the couple’s arrival with their two young children.

    Despite living in an £11million mansion in LA, the Sussexes still lease the property — their home before moving to the States.

    It is currently occupied by Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and son August.

    It is expected Eugenie, who remains close to the Sussexes, will open up the guest bedrooms to accommodate them on their return.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Claims Andrew & Harry could be fuelling number of royal stalkers

    According to the former head of Royal Protection, the negative publicity surrounding Prince Andrew and Prince Harry could have sparked an increase in the number of people stalking the Royal Family. 

    Former head of Royal Protection Dai Davies told the Mirror: “The vast majority of people fixated with the Royal Family are ­harmless but there are always concerns that their obsession could take a worrying turn.

    “In most cases the police can use mental health legislation to help those that if left untreated could pose a risk.

    “It would not surprise me in the least if the negative publicity that has surrounded Prince Andrew and Prince Harry has caused an increase in the numbers of ­individuals that have come to the notice of the police.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan’s secret weapon for battling anxiety revealed

    Meghan Markle’s secret weapon for battling anxiety and migrains has been revealed. 

    The Duchess is reportedly a user of acupuncture, a method claiming to help alleviate mental health conditions – such as anxiety.

    She described herself as a “long-time believer” in the practice, and has claimed it is a “game-changer”. 

    Meghan told The Chalkboard: “I used to have debilitating migraines and acupuncture and Eastern medicine absolutely changed my life.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen sent warning over Harry’s role

    The Queen has been sent a warning over a key position that Prince Harry still holds.

    The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge opened Parliament on the Queen’s behalf in a historic shift on Tuesday, and saw Charles read the Queen’s Speech.

    The monarch pulled out of the occasion, nearly 60 years after she last missed it, following advice from her royal doctors.

    But one expert has warned this highlights the need for Harry and Andrew to be removed as counsellors of state.

    Royal journalist Richard Eden said: “This emphasises the urgency of Prince Andrew and Prince Harry being stripped of their roles as two of the Queen’s four counsellors of state.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan & Harry forced to pay £213,000 to charity

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been forced to pay £213,000 to charity as they settle the final debts of their foundation.

    The couple’s MWX Foundation, formerly Sussex Royal, which is in liquidation has paid its outstanding debt to an unnamed non-profit, papers revealed.

    The report said a claim of £213,000 had been received from a creditor relating to a grant due to a “not-for-profit enterprise”.

    A total of £134,500 was paid off last year as the couple declared all of its debts would be paid in full within 12 months.

    However, the remaining £78,500 was paid later, according to the report.

    The delay in payment caused an extra charge of £27,447 as the “time costs exceeded the estimate”.

    The document also said that £22,000 will go to Harbottle & Lewis for legal representation.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan launches new charitable initiative for working mothers

    Launching a new charitable initiative, the Duchess announced the Archewell Foundation will launch the "National Business Coalition for Child Care" in collaboration with the Marshall Plan for Moms charity.

    Despite being worth an estimated $11m, Meghan and husband Prince Harry are aiming to push for more childcare solutions in the business world, by campaigning for companies to listen to the needs of their employees in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Duchess said in a statement: "Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much.

    "This has only been heightened by the pandemic, with increased caregiving responsibilities, rising prices, and economic uncertainty. As it’s been said many times, it takes a village to raise a child.

    "Today, we’re sending a message that childcare isn’t just a community imperative—it’s a business imperative. Creating a stronger workforce starts with meeting the needs of families."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate uses Royal insider knowledge to ace crossword puzzle

    The Duchess of Cambridge was left beaming when she came to the aid of a student stumped by a crossword puzzle question about the royal family.

    Kate put her knowledge to the test during a visit to the University of Glasgow where she heard how students have been supporting each other during the pandemic and the city's community struggling to get online.

    William joined his wife for the trip to Scotland and earlier joked about Kate becoming broody when they visited a school where she cuddled a baby, sang along with children and spoke to young pupils.

    As the couple began their visit to the school, close to the banks of the River Clyde in Inverclyde, the duke joked: "Can you get my wife out of here before she gets broody?"

    Jack Baird, 21, a statistics student, tested the future Queen's knowledge of royal finances when the Cambridges went on a walkabout outside the James McCune Smith learning hub, the main campus building for undergraduates.

    He said: "I was stuck with my crossword from The Times, I do it every week. It was seven down and the clue was sovereign's annual allowance.

    "I knew it was civil 'something' and I asked Kate and she said 'civil list'. She looked very excited when she got it."

  • Joseph Gamp

    William & Kate make donation to 'special' campaigner Deborah James

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said their thoughts are with Deborah James and her family after donating an undisclosed amount to the podcast host's fundraising initiative.

    James, 40, known as Bowel Babe online after campaigning to raise awareness of bowel cancer, has raised more than £3 million after setting up a Just Giving page.

    The former headteacher was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and has kept her more than 500,000 Instagram followers up to date with her treatments.

    In a personal tweet, William and Kate said: "Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life & tenacious desire to give back to society.

    "@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer & end the stigma of treatment are inspiring.

    "We are so sad to hear her recent update but pleased to support the @bowelbabef, which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS among others.

    "Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends. Thank you for giving hope to so many who are living with cancer. W & C."

    James has been treated at the Royal Marsden hospital, of which William is patron, and it is one of the beneficiaries of her fund.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘too out of touch’ & ‘naive’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were “naive” and “out of touch” to believe that their programme ideas would be “simply signed off” by Netflix, a TV source revealed.

    And the couple are “saddened” at their relationship with the streaming giant, after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

    The insider told The Sun: “Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work.

    “Certainly there was a belief that they thought that Pearl would simply be presented and released. The word was that they were saddened the show was not picked up.

    “But of course people forget that each project faces vetting and the business has the right to veto projects, delete scenes and oversee editorial direction in their work.

    “Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

    “Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry ‘in danger of becoming just another foreign prince’

    A royal author has claimed that Prince Harry could become “just another foreign prince” if he further cuts ties with the Royal Family.

    Royal author of the newly-released biography ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’, and photographer Ian Lloyd told Express.co.uk: “It’s a shame because he has got the Invictus Games and quite a lot going for him.

    “But I think he is in danger of evaporating.

    “He and Meghan haven’t had the great launch in America we were expecting, they promised a lot and so far nothing much has happened.

    “And I think they will soon realise that with Netflix and other deals it is just people ultimately wanting to trade on their royal status.”

    Lloyd continued to say: “Why Harry is a big name in America? It is because his mother was Diana and his grandmother Elizabeth II.

    “If he does distance himself from the Royal Family that brand will eventually be damaged, he will be just another foreign prince.

    “He needs to be working in close ties with the Royal Family to heal the divisions to strengthen his own brand.”

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