Royal news live: Samoa hotel set to host King Charles in ‘rush to upgrade’ while Prince Harry in Invictus blow

Royal news live: Samoa hotel set to host King Charles in ‘rush to upgrade’ while Prince Harry in Invictus blow

A Samoa hotel set to host King Charles for his Commonwealth tour is in a rush to upgrade its eco-lodges ahead of the Royal Visit.

The hotel, which is said to be four and a half stars, has secured £85,000 in government funding to upgrade its premises ahead of the King and Queen’s visit in October.

Buckingham Palace confirmed last week the King would be travelling to Australia and Samoa. Initial plans to visit New Zealand and Fiji were cut short on doctors’ advice following His Majestsy’s cancer diagnosis.

Recent reviews of the Samoa hotel, reported by The Telegraph, are mixed with some visitors claiming facilities were “run down and falling apart” or with dated fixtures and fittings and “musty” bed linen.

According to The Sunday Times, the Samoa Hotel has private villas and a tree-lined swimming pool and has a focus on sustainability.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has suffered a fresh Invictus Games blow in the wake of the Pat Tillman Award controversy after the foundation’s chief executive announced his departure.

Dominic Reid, who has been credited with helping the foundation’s growth globally, stepped down from Invictus after 10 years and six games across three continents.

Key Points

  • Samoa hotel hosting King Charles set to do £85,000 upgrade

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break royal tradition with children’s new surnames

  • Trump shooter researched royal family member, FBI reveals

  • Secret meaning behind Kate Middleton’s Wimbledon dress revealed

Prince and Princess of Wales hiring new private assistant to boost Welsh relationship

16:13 , Alexander Butler

Tip-top communication skills and fluent in Welsh? You may well have a chance of getting a new job at Kensington Palace.

Prince William and Princess Kate are on the hunt to hire a new private assistant to join their team.

As they are the Prince and Princess of Wales, until they become king and queen, they are looking for a new secretary to help them improve relations with the Welsh nation.

Kate and William hiring new private assistant to boost Welsh relationship

Kate and William congratulate Anne on return to duty

15:04 , Rebecca Thomas

The Prince and Princess of Wales took the opportunity to congratulate Princess Anne on her return to duty.

She returned to work last Friday after being hospitalised following a kick from a horse that left her with a concussion and minor injuries.

Taking to Twitter/X, the couple described the Princess Royal, 73, as a “super trooper” and added “so great to see you back so soon! W & C x”.

Anne is widely considered to be one of the hardest-working members of the royal family and has undertaken over 200 engagements this year.

The Princess Royal visited the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire last week (Getty Images)
The Princess Royal visited the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire last week (Getty Images)

Recap: Prince and Princess of Wales hiring new private assistant to boost Welsh relationship

14:04 , Rebecca Thomas

Prince William and Princess Kate are on the hunt to hire a new private assistant to join their team.

As they are the Prince and Princess of Wales, until they become king and queen, they are looking for a new secretary to help them improve relations with the Welsh nation.

According to the job ad, their new assistant private secretary will organise the couple’s engagements within Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland and help maximise their impact “across constituent parts of the UK”.

They are looking for applicants who speak Welsh and bring a strong understanding of Wales’s communities, affairs, government and business.

Meghan Markle’s former friend claims Prince Harry ‘fit plan’ for UK fame

13:04 , Rebecca Thomas

A former friend of Meghan Markle has claimed that she pursued Prince Harry in a bid to become famous in the UK.

The friend, who said they were “ghosted” by the former Suits star, said the actress focused her sights on the UK because she was not happy about how her career in the US was going.

Lizzie Cundy told the Daily Mail that Meghan asked her: “Do you know any famous guys?” before adding “I’m single and I really love English men.”

After the now Duchess of Sussex met Prince Harry, Cundy reached out to congratulate her and was allegedly ghosted.

Meghan Markle, centre, and Prince Harry, right, arrive at the ESPY awards on Thursday, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (Mark J Terrill/AP) (AP)
Meghan Markle, centre, and Prince Harry, right, arrive at the ESPY awards on Thursday, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (Mark J Terrill/AP) (AP)

‘Inspirational’ aid worker Simon Boas dies of cancer just hours before he was due to meet the King

12:04 , Rebecca Thomas

An “inspirational” aid worker who wrote about dealing with his terminal cancer has died just hours before he was due to meet King Charles.

 (Jersey Overseas Aid)
(Jersey Overseas Aid)

Simon Boas, executive director of Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), was set to meet the King and Queen Camilla this week during their official visit to Jersey.

A statement from JOA’s chairman Carolyn Labey said Mr Boas, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in September, died peacefully in Jersey surrounded by his family, aged 47.

When his condition worsened just days before the royal visit, the King sent him a personal letter, telling him what an inspiration he had been.

Trump assassination attempt ‘saved’ Prince Harry from Pat Tillman award backlash

11:04 , Rebecca Thomas

Prince Harry was saved from further backlash over his controversial Pat Tillman award due to the focus moving to Donald Trump’s assassination attempt, a PR expert has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, was given the honour for his work with the Invictus Games, which celebrates the sporting achievements of wounded, sick or injured service people.

It is named after the late Pat Tillman, a former American footballer who gave up his career to serve in the US military in the wake of 9/11. He was subsequently killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

However, the Prince faced criticism after claims he is not deserving of the award, including from Mr Tillman’s mother, Mary.

Days later the media storm was curtailed as focus was diverted to the assassination attempt on Donald Trump, according to PR expert Eric Schiffer, chair of Reputation Management Consultants.

Recap: King appears to snap at aide to help Queen in the heavy rain

10:10 , Rebecca Thomas

King Charles III appeared to snap at an aide to help a struggling Queen Camilla as she attempted to put on her coat in heavy rain during the couple’s visit to Jersey on Monday, 15 July.

The monarch, 75, watched on as his wife, who turned 77 on Tuesday, tried to put her arm through an extra layer of clothing while holding a perspex umbrella.

Charles tried to help Camilla before looking visibly annoyed and gesturing for assistance from staff.

Samoa hotel handed £85,000 to upgrade rooms for King Charles' visit

09:07 , Rebecca Thomas

A Samoa Hotel has been handed £85,000 in government funding to upgrade its room ahead of a visit from King’s Charles this year, according to reports.

His Majesty is set to stay on the island during this Commonwealth tour in October.

The hotel reportedly has a focus on sustainability in keeping with the King’s eco-friendly interests.

Reviews of the lodges are mixed, according to The Telegraph, with some recent visitors claiming while staff are friendly the facilities are a bit run down, with musty bedlinen and rattling air-con.

Recep: Kate Middleton releases new statement about royal work after Wimbledon return

08:31 , Rebecca Thomas

Kate, 42, has been largely absent from duty this year as a result of her ongoing battle against an undisclosed form of cancer.

In the new statement, which was released in honour of the Natural History Museum’s new gardens, the princess, who is its patron, spoke of the healing power of nature.

The statement read: “I am hugely supportive of the Museum’s commitment to create a special space which encourages people of all ages to reconnect with nature and learn more about how we can protect our natural world.

A new portrait of the princess surrounded by nature was released to announce her return to public life last month (Matt Porteous)
A new portrait of the princess surrounded by nature was released to announce her return to public life last month (Matt Porteous)

“I know the power of nature to support our development and well-being, both by bringing us joy and helping to keep us physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. I hope these gardens will be inspiring and transformative for the thousands of people who visit.”

Addressing her health the Princess of Wales said, “there are good days and bad days”.

She said: “My treatment is ongoing and will be for a few more months. On the days I feel well enough, it is a joy to engage with school life, spend personal time on the things that give me energy and positivity, as well as starting to do a little work from home.”

Prince Harry ‘very upset and emotional'

07:00 , Alexander Butler

Prince Harry was “very upset and emotional” when he saw the Princess of Wales’s return at last month’s Trooping the Colour, a royal insider has claimed.

Kate, 42, had remained out of the public eye since Christmas Day after being diagnosed with an undisclosed type of cancer.

Harry was very upset and emotional when he saw the footage of Kate [Middleton] at Trooping the Colour,” the insider told Page Six. “While he has managed to connect with her on a few occasions, it’s not nearly as often as he’d like.

“He would have dearly loved to have been there if only to congratulate and support Kate in person on what must have been a tough day for her.”

King Charles breaks royal protocol in a ‘major way'

06:00 , Alexander Butler

King Charles made a well-wisher’s day by breaking protocol in a major way and allowing the 91-year-old to kiss him on the cheek.

The sweet interaction took place on the monarch’s recent trip to the Channel Islands, which was his first as king.

Kathleen Moriarty, 91, told Charles that she had always wanted to kiss a king when the pair met in Guernsey and he was happy to grant her wish.

She later told the BBC: “I said to him, ‘Please, can I give you a kiss?’ And he gives me his cheek. I just did it! I didn’t plan it, and I enjoyed it. He’s lovely. It was very nice. I am pleased. I thought if all these young dolly birds can do it, this old lady can!”

Under traditional royal protocol, even hugging members of the public is frowned upon.

Watch: King Charles learns new handshake and fist bumps West Indies cricket players

05:00 , Alexander Butler

Kate and William congratulate Anne on return to duty

04:00 , Alexander Butler

The Prince and Princess of Wales took the opportunity to congratulate Princess Anne on her return to duty.

She returned to work last Friday after being hospitalised following a kick from a horse that left her with a concussion and minor injuries.

Taking to Twitter/X, the couple described the Princess Royal, 73, as a “super trooper” and added “so great to see you back so soon! W & C x”.

Anne is widely considered to be one of the hardest-working members of the royal family and has undertaken over 200 engagements this year.

Harry and Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie unveils new show with royal spin

03:00 , Alexander Butler

The author of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography Finding Freedom has had his first fictional TV adaptation commissioned – and it has a striking royal connection.

Omid Scobie’s fiction novel Royal Spin is now set to returned into a TV show and it has strong echoes of the strict protocol and problems with the press that Harry and Meghan cited as their reasons for stepping down as working royals back in 2020.

Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, acquired the rights to the show after an intense bidding war, PEOPLE reports.

Harry and Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie unveils show with royal twist in the works

Kate Middleton to ‘retreat from public life again’ to focus on recovery

02:00 , Alexander Butler

A palace insider has claimed that the Princess of Wales is likely to remain out of the public eye for the foreseeable future as she continues her cancer treatment.

Kate, 42, made a welcome return to duty at last month’s Trooping the Colour, but admitted that she was not “out of the woods yet” in her battle against an undisclosed form of the disease.

Following her return, there was some doubt about whether or not she would appear at Wimbledon to present the trophies in her capacity as patron of the All England Club.

Kate Middleton to retreat from public life again to focus on cancer recovery

Watch: Prince William zooms into Windsor Castle on e-scooter

Saturday 20 July 2024 23:00 , Alexander Butler

Sarah Ferguson reveals why she and Princess Diana were ‘arrested’ on her hen do

Saturday 20 July 2024 22:00 , Alexander Butler

Sarah Ferguson has revealed that she and Princess Diana were nearly arrested for impersonating policewomen on her hen night.

The Duchess of York, now 64, made the revelations on podcast where she said she “loved” the late princess.

“I called her Dutch,” she said on Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast. “We had a great time together.”

Fergie reveals why she and Princess Diana were ‘arrested’ on her hen do

Watch: King appears to snap at aide to help Queen struggling in heavy rain

Saturday 20 July 2024 21:00 , Alexander Butler

Watch: The Simpsons' Hank Azaria tries to make King's Guard laugh with voices of iconic characters

Saturday 20 July 2024 20:00 , Alexander Butler

‘Inspirational’ aid worker Simon Boas dies of cancer just hours before he was due to meet the King

Saturday 20 July 2024 19:00 , Alexander Butler

An “inspirational” aid worker who wrote about dealing with his terminal cancer has died just hours before he was due to meet King Charles.

Simon Boas, executive director of Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), was set to meet the King and Queen Camilla this week during their official visit to Jersey.

A statement from JOA’s chairman Carolyn Labey said Mr Boas, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in September, died peacefully in Jersey surrounded by his family, aged 47.

Aid worker Simon Boas dies of cancer just hours before he was due to meet the King

Trump assassination attempt ‘saved’ Prince Harry from growing backlash over Pat Tillman award

Saturday 20 July 2024 18:00 , Alexander Butler

Prince Harry was saved from further backlash over his controversial Pat Tillman award due to focus moving to Donald Trump’s assassination attempt, a PR expert has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, was given the honour for his work with the Invictus Games, which celebrates the sporting achievements of wounded, sick or injured service people.

It is named after the late Pat Tillman, a former American footballer who gave up his career to serve in the US military in the wake of 9/11. He was subsequently killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

Trump shooting ‘saved’ Prince Harry from growing backlash over Pat Tillman award

Was Wallis Simpson’s £17m jewellery robbery an inside job?

Saturday 20 July 2024 17:00 , Alexander Butler

Perhaps the most controversial royal couple in living history, King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson were no strangers to the finer things in life.

Their draw to glamour was reflected in Ms Simpson’s extensive jewellery collection - complete with rubies, diamonds and a huge emerald engagement ring given to her by Edward as he abdicated the throne to marry her.

So, one can only imagine the upset caused to the couple when just ten years later, so many of their precious jewels were ripped from them by thieves.

Was Wallis Simpson’s £17m jewellery robbery an inside job?

Prince and Princess of Wales hiring new private assistant to boost Welsh relationship

Saturday 20 July 2024 16:00 , Alexander Butler

Tip-top communication skills and fluent in Welsh? You may well have a chance of getting a new job at Kensington Palace.

Prince William and Princess Kate are on the hunt to hire a new private assistant to join their team.

As they are the Prince and Princess of Wales, until they become king and queen, they are looking for a new secretary to help them improve relations with the Welsh nation.

Kate and William hiring new private assistant to boost Welsh relationship

Kate releases new statement about royal work after Wimbledon return

Saturday 20 July 2024 15:00 , Tara Cobham

The Princess of Wales has released a new statement about her work following her second public appearance of the year at Wimbledon.

Kate, 42, has been largely absent from duty this year as a result of her ongoing battle against an undisclosed form of cancer.

In the new statement, which was released in honour of the Natural History Museum’s new gardens, the princess, who is its patron, spoke of the healing power of nature.

Emma Guinness reports:

Kate Middleton releases statement about work after Wimbledon

Recap: Watch as King appears to snap at aide to help Queen struggling in heavy rain

Saturday 20 July 2024 14:00 , Tara Cobham

Kate Middleton to ‘retreat from public life again’ to focus on recovery

Saturday 20 July 2024 13:00 , Tara Cobham

A palace insider has claimed that the Princess of Wales is likely to remain out of the public eye for the foreseeable future as she continues her cancer treatment.

Kate, 42, made a welcome return to duty at last month’s Trooping the Colour, but admitted that she was not “out of the woods yet” in her battle against an undisclosed form of the disease.

Following her return, there was some doubt about whether or not she would appear at Wimbledon to present the trophies in her capacity as patron of the All England Club.

Emma Guinness reports:

Kate Middleton to retreat from public life again to focus on cancer recovery

In pictures: Princess Anne’s hospital visit amid recovery after ‘horse accident'

Saturday 20 July 2024 12:00 , Tara Cobham

The Princess Royal meeting staff during a visit to Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s Emergency Department (PA Media)
The Princess Royal meeting staff during a visit to Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s Emergency Department (PA Media)
The Princess Royal meeting hospital staff including chief exectuive Glen Burley (PA Media)
The Princess Royal meeting hospital staff including chief exectuive Glen Burley (PA Media)

Recap: Prince Harry thanks departing Invictus Games boss amid row over veterans’ award

Saturday 20 July 2024 11:00 , Tara Cobham

The Duke of Sussex thanked the Invictus Games Foundation’s chief executive after the charity’s boss announced he was stepping down.

Harry said he was immensely grateful to his friend Dominic Reid for transforming the Paralympic-style sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans from an ambitious idea into a global movement.

The prince said in a statement: “His tireless efforts over the past decade have supported thousands of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through sports rehabilitation, helping to showcase their unparalleled strength and contribution to society.”

Jane Dalton reports:

Prince Harry thanks departing Invictus Games boss amid row over veterans’ award

Watch: The Simpsons’ Hank Azaria tries to make King’s Guard laugh

Saturday 20 July 2024 10:00 , Tara Cobham

Harry and Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie unveils new show with royal spin

Saturday 20 July 2024 09:00 , Tara Cobham

The author of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography Finding Freedom has had his first fictional TV adaptation commissioned – and it has a striking royal connection.

Omid Scobie’s fiction novel Royal Spin is now set to returned into a TV show and it has strong echoes of the strict protocol and problems with the press that Harry and Meghan cited as their reasons for stepping down as working royals back in 2020.

Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, acquired the rights to the show after an intense bidding war, PEOPLE reports.

Emma Guinness reports:

Harry and Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie unveils show with royal twist in the works

Prince Harry ‘very upset and emotional'

Saturday 20 July 2024 08:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry was “very upset and emotional” when he saw the Princess of Wales’s return at last month’s Trooping the Colour, a royal insider has claimed.

Kate, 42, had remained out of the public eye since Christmas Day after being diagnosed with an undisclosed type of cancer.

Harry was very upset and emotional when he saw the footage of Kate [Middleton] at Trooping the Colour,” the insider told Page Six. “While he has managed to connect with her on a few occasions, it’s not nearly as often as he’d like.

“He would have dearly loved to have been there if only to congratulate and support Kate in person on what must have been a tough day for her.”

Prince Harry has not seen his sister-in-law for some time. (AP)
Prince Harry has not seen his sister-in-law for some time. (AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle labelled ‘the uninvitables’

Saturday 20 July 2024 06:00 , Emma Guinness

A source close to the royals has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been labelled as “the uninvitables” because of their strained relationship with the family.

“Harry and Meghan are being left off guest lists for friend’s weddings and other events due to their estrangement from the royal family,” the insider said, as reported by the Express.

“There is genuine fear that if the Sussexes are invited to a wedding or a christening, it could leave that family excluded from the social circuit which would be one of the biggest faux pas imaginable.

It is not known when Meghan Markle last saw the royal family, but Prince Harry has not seen King Charles since the announcement of his cancer diagnosis in February.

While he has been in the UK since then, the monarch did not meet with his youngest son, citing his busy schedule.

Harry and Meghan were in good spirits at a glittering award ceremony in Los Angeles last week. (ABC/ESPN)
Harry and Meghan were in good spirits at a glittering award ceremony in Los Angeles last week. (ABC/ESPN)

Prince Harry thanks departing Invictus Games boss amid row over veterans’ award

Saturday 20 July 2024 15:41 , Alexander Butler

The Duke of Sussex thanked the Invictus Games Foundation’s chief executive after the charity’s boss announced he was stepping down.

Harry said he was immensely grateful to his friend Dominic Reid for transforming the Paralympic-style sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans from an ambitious idea into a global movement.

The prince said in a statement: “His tireless efforts over the past decade have supported thousands of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through sports rehabilitation, helping to showcase their unparalleled strength and contribution to society.”

Prince Harry thanks departing Invictus Games boss amid row over veterans’ award

Invictus chief executive says it is ‘time for someone new'

Saturday 20 July 2024 00:00 , Emma Guinness

The former chief executive of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games has said it is “time” for someone new to take on the role after ten years.

Dominic Reid announced that he was stepping down a week after Prince Harry controversially accepted the Pat Tillman Award for Veterans for his work with the games.

The prince, who is a veteran, was urged to decline the honour after tens of thousands of people signed a petition arguing that there were more deserving recipients.

“[It is] the time for someone new to take this vital movement forward into its second vigorous decade. Once a member of the Invictus family, you never leave.

“His [Prince Harry’s] concept, passion, and drive have been instrumental in our success, in particular by focusing attention on mental health in sports rehabilitation.”

Prince Harry, pictured here with Dominic Reid, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the games. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)
Prince Harry, pictured here with Dominic Reid, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the games. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)

Meghan’s relationship with father ‘set alarm bells ringing’ in royal family

Friday 19 July 2024 20:00 , Emma Guinness

Meghan Markle’s public disagreements with her father reportedly “set alarm bells ringing” with Queen Elizabeth.

The now Duchess of Sussex, 42, fell out with her father Thomas around the time of her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. This was seemingly the result of his decision to participate in a stage paparazzi photoshoot.

“Meghan’s public disagreements with her father set alarm bells ringing at the time,” an insider told the Daily Mail, Richard Eden explained.

“Her Majesty realised the potential damage they could do to the Royal Family in general.

“Looking back, the Queen might have had an inkling of what was to come.”

Queen Elizabeth was reportedly worried about Meghan Markle’s public disagreements with her father at the time of her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018. (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Queen Elizabeth was reportedly worried about Meghan Markle’s public disagreements with her father at the time of her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018. (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

King Charles breaks royal protocol in a ‘major way'

Friday 19 July 2024 18:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles made a well-wisher’s day by breaking protocol in a major way and allowing the 91-year-old to kiss him on the cheek.

The sweet interaction took place on the monarch’s recent trip to the Channel Islands, which was his first as king.

Kathleen Moriarty, 91, told Charles that she had always wanted to kiss a king when the pair met in Guernsey and he was happy to grant her wish.

She later told the BBC: “I said to him, ‘Please, can I give you a kiss?’

“And he gives me his cheek. I just did it! I didn’t plan it, and I enjoyed it. He’s lovely. It was very nice. I am pleased. I thought if all these young dolly birds can do it, this old lady can!”

Under traditional royal protocol, even hugging members of the public is frowned upon.

Harry and Meghan wanted to ‘move in with’ Queen Elizabth

Friday 19 July 2024 17:00 , Emma Guinness

A new report has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move in with the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip following their 2018 wedding.

Royal author Hugo Vickers told The Times that while the couple requested living quarters in Windsor Castle, this was denied by the then-monarch, who said the location was not “entirely appropriate” for a young family.

Harry and Meghan subsequently moved into Frogmore Cottage, also in Windsor, but they were asked to vacate the property last summer after stepping down as working royals.

The couple reportedly had ‘high hopes’ of living in Windsor Castle. (Getty)
The couple reportedly had ‘high hopes’ of living in Windsor Castle. (Getty)

Princess Anne’s hilarious response to little girl

Friday 19 July 2024 16:00 , Emma Guinness

Princess Anne had a brilliant response after she was recently told by a little girl that she “doesn’t look like a princess”.

The amusing incident took place last week when the Princess Royal, 73, undertook her first public engagement since being hospitalised with a concussion and minor injuries.

News of the interaction at the recent Riding for the Disabled Association event was revealed by a witness on The Royals with Roya and Kate podcast.

“[The girl] was introduced to her and [they] said ‘This is the Princess Royal’ and she said ‘You don’t look like a princess,’”, the Express reports.

“Princess Anne said ‘Thank goodness for that, I’m so pleased to hear that.’ Everyone laughed at her response and she just literally takes things in her stride.”

The Princess Royal visited the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire (Cameron Smith/PA) (PA Wire)
The Princess Royal visited the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire (Cameron Smith/PA) (PA Wire)

King Charles says he ‘feels sorry’ for Gareth Southgate

Friday 19 July 2024 13:00 , Emma Guinness

King Charles has admitted that he “feels sorry” for Gareth Southgate after England’s devastating Euros defeat.

Southgate, 53, stepped down from his position after the 2-1 loss against Spain.

While speaking to the deputy prime minister, Angela Rayner, at the European Political Community summit in Oxfordshire yesterday (18 July), the monarch said: “I feel so sorry for the manager.

“They always get the blame, but in fact he actually did a brilliant job.”

King Charles said he ‘feels sorry’ for Gareht Southgate after England’s Euros defeat. (PA Wire)
King Charles said he ‘feels sorry’ for Gareht Southgate after England’s Euros defeat. (PA Wire)

Friday 19 July 2024 12:00 , Emma Guinness

Following the news that the Wales family are about to embark on their summer break, Prince William has been praised for his actions over the first six months of the year.

A royal insider has said he has “shown the strength of his character” through his commitment to duty in the face of both King Charles and the Princess of Wales’s ongoing cancer battles.

“As ever, the Prince has put his family first, balancing looking after his wife and children with continuing to undertake work,” the insider told HELLO! magazine.

“His commitment to his work over the past six months has really shown the strength of his character, going out and continuing to get it done when things were so tough.”

Prince William has been praised for showing his ‘strength of character’ in 2024. (John Walton/PA Wire)
Prince William has been praised for showing his ‘strength of character’ in 2024. (John Walton/PA Wire)

Prince Harry pays tribute to Invictus chief executive

Friday 19 July 2024 11:00 , Emma Guinness

Prince Harry has paid tribute to the former chief executive of the Invictus Games after it was announced that Dominic Reid would be stepping down after 10 years in the role.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, said in a statement: “I am immensely grateful to my friend, Dominic, whose dedication and leadership transformed the Invictus Games from an ambitious idea to an internationally recognised movement.

“His tireless efforts over the past decade have supported thousands of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through sports rehabilitation, helping to showcase their unparalleled strength and contribution to society.”

He added: “Thank you, Dominic, for a decade of relentless service to the Invictus Games Foundation.

“What a journey it has been, and how fortunate we are to work with such an incredible community of people.

“We pray we don’t need the Games for another 10 years, but thanks to you, the team and our future CEO, we will be ready.”

Reid recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the games with Harry in London. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)
Reid recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the games with Harry in London. (Getty Images for The Invictus Ga)