Royal news – live: Harry and Meghan issue defiant statement as King Charles unveils official portrait – The Independent

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have praised their “unforgettable” tour of Nigeria amid a furore surrounding their charity’s paperwork.

The couple visited the country for three days to mark the 10th anniversary of the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games.

Taking to their website, the couple described the unofficial visit as “unforgettable” and said it will be the “first of many memorable trips”.

The statement came after news of the state of California declaring the couple’s charity “delinquent”.

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The Archewell Foundation was given the status after “failing to submit [the] required annual report(s) and/or renewal fees”.

However, on Tuesday evening it emerged that the fees and paperwork had been submitted properly – last year – and so the charity is no longer listed as delinquent.

A spokesperson for the Archewell Foundation said: “We have diligently investigated the situation and can confirm that the Archewell Foundation remains fully compliant and in good standing.”

The news comes after a striking new portrait of King Charles was unveiled, the first commissioned since the coronation.

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First portrait of King Charles since Coronation receives a mixed reaction online

The first portrait of King Charles since his Coronation has received a mixed reaction online.

The painting features the King in the uniform of the Welsh Guards against an abstract red background with a butterfly appearing to land on his shoulder.

Reacting to the picture, one Twitter (X) user couldn’t help but compare it to the famous “This is fine” meme.

“The face is great but the rest looks like a blood bath,” added a second.

The new portrait of King Charles has had a mixed reaction (His Majesty King Charles III by Jonathan Yeo 2024/PA Wire)

However, not everyone was so critical of the painting, which was created following the artist spending four sessions with the King.

“I think this is beautiful and such a break from the traditional portraits,” remarked one fan.

A second added: “A lovely portrait of King Charles! I love the way the muted background draws attention to his face!”

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Queen Camilla worried that King Charles is doing too much

A friend of the Queen Consort said she fears this could “set him back”, even though medics have declared that he is well enough to undertake a “reduced summer schedule”.

“She has been trying to encourage him to slow down,” a friend told The Daily Beast. “Of course, he wants to keep cracking on, but she is afraid that doing too much could set him back.”

King Charles has attended a variety of engagements despite still undergoing cancer treatment (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
King Charles has attended a variety of engagements despite still undergoing cancer treatment (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)
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Queen Camilla praised for decision to go fur-free

Queen Camilla has been praised by yet another animal charity following the announcement that she will no longer buy real fur clothes.

The Queen Consort, 76, made the revelation in a letter from Buckingham Palace to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) where she said she “will not procure any new fur garments”.

Now, the Humane Society International, who are leading the #FurFreeBritain campaign in a bid to have fur imports banned in the UK, have said they are “thrilled” by the news.

As it stands, while it is illegal to factory farm fur in the UK, it can still be imported from other countries.

Claire Bass, senior director of public affairs, told The Independent: “We are thrilled that Her Majesty Queen Camilla has followed in the footsteps of the late Queen Elizabeth II by officially confirming her fur-free status.

“Queen Camilla’s decision to ‘go faux’ reflects the morals and mood of the British public, the majority of whom detest cruel fur.

“We hope this powerful message from the Queen inspires the government to take decisive action to ban the import of cruel fur from overseas.”

Reacting to the news, PETA similarly said that they would be celebrating with “a glass of the finest claret”.

Queen Camilla has thrilled animal charities by going fur-free
Queen Camilla has thrilled animal charities by going fur-free (Pete Cziborra/PA Wire)
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Prince William celebrates as favourite football team qualifies for Champions League

The team qualified for the very first time yesterday (14 May) after their rivals Tottenham Hotspur lost to Manchester City.

Taking to Twitter (X) to mark the achievement, the heir to the throne, 41, wrote: “We are Champions League! A historic season and an amazing achievement. Thanks to Unai, the whole squad and everyone at @AVFCOfficial. Can’t wait for next season. #UTV! W”

The Prince of Wales has made no secret of his love of the team and has frequently been pictured at Aston Villa games, sometimes accompanied by Prince George.

Prince William is celebrating today after his favourite team qualified for the Champions League
Prince William is celebrating today after his favourite team qualified for the Champions League (Getty Images)
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Roman Kemp on ‘surreal’ moment he saw Kate Middleton in her socks

The DJ, 31, said the pair got to know each other through their work promoting mental health awareness and this led to the Princess of Wales visiting his parents’ house as they collaborated on a short film.

“One of the most surreal days of my life. Me, my mum, dad, sister and the princess just chatting ‘round the kitchen table,” he told The Times.

“The weirdest thing is, she took her shoes off at the door. You never really see a princess in her socks.”

Kemp said in the interview that he will discuss almost anything relating to mental health struggles if it means helping other people after tragically losing his best friend to suicide in 2020.

Reflecting on Kate’s current health battle, Kemp empathised: “It broke our hearts when we saw her do the video [announcing her cancer diagnosis].

“I don’t think anyone should be under that level of scrutiny where they have to do that.”

Roman Kemp connected with Kate Middleton over their shared passion for mental health awareness
Roman Kemp connected with Kate Middleton over their shared passion for mental health awareness (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Inside the Order of the British Empire service

St Paul’s Cathedral was packed today with almost 2,000 people for a celebratory Order of the British Empire service.

The guests included King Charles and Queen Camilla, who wore red robes to celebrate the likes of CBEs, OBEs, MBEs and recipients of British Empire Medals.

The service is taking place a week after Prince Harry’s Invictus Games thanksgiving ceremony, where the Duke of Sussex was notably supported by members of the Spencer family and not the Windsors.

The King did not meet Prince Harry on his recent trip to the UK
The King did not meet Prince Harry on his recent trip to the UK (Getty Images)
Prince Harry hugs family as he is supported by Princess Diana’s brother and sister at Invictus Games ceremony
Prince Harry hugs family as he is supported by Princess Diana’s brother and sister at Invictus Games ceremony (UK POOL)
Today’s service is being attended by almost 2,000 people
Today’s service is being attended by almost 2,000 people (Hannah McKay/PA Wire)
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Prince Harry stands for ‘God Save the King’ despite ongoing family tensions

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were pictured standing for a performance of ‘God Save the King’ in Nigeria despite his apparent ongoing family feud.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, was subject to intense scrutiny when he arrived back in the UK for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games last week.

Despite having not seen his father, King Charles, since learning of his cancer diagnosis in February, the pair did not meet on the trip.

A representative for Harry put this down to the King’s “busy schedule”.

While this might have been a case of unfortunate timing, some royal commentators interpreted the King’s actions as a deliberate snub.

This also appeared to be the case when it was announced that Prince William was being made the colonel-in-chief of Harry’s old military regiment while the Duke was in the UK.

Harry and Meghan both recently stood for a performance of ‘God Save the King’
Harry and Meghan both recently stood for a performance of ‘God Save the King’ (Getty Images for The Archewell F)
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Queen Camilla pledges to stop buying fur

Queen Camilla has pledged to stop buying fur in the Monarchy’s latest move towards a more cruelty-free existence.

The news was welcomed by the organisation’s managing director Ingrid Newkirk, who said: “It’s right and proper for the British monarchy to reflect British values by recognising that fur has no place in our society.”

Camilla’s decision to stop buying fur comes after the palace banned foie gras and anointed the King with “cruelty-free oil”.

Queen Camilla has promised not to buy any more real fur
Queen Camilla has promised not to buy any more real fur (Pete Cziborra/PA Wire)
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King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral a week after Harry snub

Their arrival at the historic building comes a week after it hosted a thanksgiving service for Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, which was attended by none of his immediate family.

The couple will now attend a service with almost 2,000 people who hold Orders, including CBEs, OBEs, MBEs and British Empire Medals.

The King and Queen arriving at St Paul’s Cathdral today (15 May)
The King and Queen arriving at St Paul’s Cathdral today (15 May) (Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire)
The Windsors did not attend Prince Harry’s event at the church last week
The Windsors did not attend Prince Harry’s event at the church last week (Getty Images)
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King Charles offered Prince Harry a royal residence on recent trip to UK

The news comes after a tumultuous visit for the pair after the King appeared to snub his youngest son twice as he visited his home country to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

The first alleged snub came when it was reported that the King was too busy to meet on the visit, and the second came when it was announced that Prince William was about to become the colonel-in-chief of Harry’s old military regiment, the Army Air Corps.

The King’s friends, however, have contested what happened, The Telegraph reports.

One said: “While he was hardly going to roll out the red carpet the moment this Invictus trip was announced, with doctors advising him to focus on his treatment and recovery, the idea that he refused to find space in his diary … well, let’s say recollections may vary once again.”

Prince Harry is reported to have stayed in a London hotel on last week’s trip after giving up his UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, at his father’s request.

Prince Harry and King Charles have not seen each other since news of the Monarch’s cancer diagnosis broke in February
Prince Harry and King Charles have not seen each other since news of the Monarch’s cancer diagnosis broke in February (Tim Rooke – Pool/Getty Images)
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