Africa is a special place for Prince William and Prince Harry. Botswana was the first place they went to after their mother's death in 1997, to mourn in private. Harry has visited several times and had his third date with Meghan Markle in Botswana. William also spent time in Africa during his gap year in 2000 and proposed to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton in Kenya Royal commentator Omid Scobie tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box': "For Harry it [Africa] was a place that, really shortly after his mother’s death, it was the first place he could actually go and feel he could mourn in private and feel left alone and not feel like a member of the Royal Family, he felt like just Harry. "I think he’s really found himself over the years and also been able to experience really special moments in his life in Africa. We know that Harry and Meghan spent a lot of time there, on their third date, they spent six or seven nights there under the stars." The Sun's former royal editor Duncan Larcombe says: "Botswana, in particular, has been this sort of vow for Harry. "When he was a 12-year-old, that was the first country that he went and had some private time after his mother’s death. But equally, one of the other real lows in Harry’s life was when he was dragged out of Afghanistan because that fact that his secret deployment had hit the papers, meant he had to come home. "He was absolutely furious. Where did he go? With Chelsy [Davy], straight to Botswana. "It’s where he goes when there’s steam coming out of his ears to calm down and of course now, taking Meghan there, it’s a very, very special place for Harry. "Let’s look at the pattern here. Where do the royals go? They go to places where they can be anonymous and that’s as close as they can be to being normal."
The Queen traditionally retreats to Balmoral every summer - but why do the royals love the Scottish estate so much? Host Kate Thornton is joined by royal commentator Omid Scobie, The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe and The Sunday Times’ royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah to discuss life at Balmoral and where the royals like to holiday to get away from it all. With upcoming overseas trips for the Cambridges and the Sussexes planned, the guests talk about the importance of royal tours and the planning that goes into them to make them run like clockwork. Plus they reveal some personal anecdotes from what it’s like to cover a royal tour.
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William always take a vital essential on their royal tours with them - a supply of their own blood. The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’: “If it’s the Queen, Prince Charles or Prince William, they’ll have the royal physician with them, with a bag full of their own blood, just in case something happens.” With Charles and Camilla going to New Zealand, Kate and William set to travel to Pakistan and Meghan and Harry heading to Africa this autumn - who is in their royal entourage? The Sunday Times' royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah explains: "It tends to be between 12 - 14 in the entourage. It tends to be three press secretaries, a private secretary, sometimes an assistant private secretary will go as well, a hairdresser, a valet, a digital person who assists with communications."
Every summer, the Queen retreats to her Scottish estate Balmoral, for some relaxation and privacy. But some of the most prolific news stories, scandals and tragedies have broken while the royals have been at the estate - including Sarah Ferguson's toe-sucking photos in 1992 and Princess Diana's death in 1997. Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe says: “This is a place where some of the biggest events to affect the Royal Family have broken, whilst they’ve been there in this hideout. “It is a hideout, it’s in the middle of nowhere.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been criticised for using private jets weeks after saying they would stick to two children to help reduce their carbon footprint.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's choice to fly by private jet this summer to Ibiza and Nice has caused controversy, particularly as they are advocates for environmental issues. The Sun's former royal editor Duncan Larcombe tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box': "“He [Harry] was a people’s prince, he’s now become some hypocritical, preachy, detached, slightly confused young prince and he’ll lose his popularity because of that and I think that’s a tragedy because I think he’s a great guy.” The Sunday Times' royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah says: “I think at the heart of it here is, how is it going to be perceived? “Every individual member of the Royal Family is entitled to travel how they want. I think if you are then going to make it one of your causes, that you feel that you need to be very careful about your carbon footprint, you’ve got to be very careful. Practising the message you preach is really, really important. “You risk distracting from the work that you’re trying to do.” Royal commentator Omid Scobie says that Harry's circumstances have changed since having baby Archie. “I think the difference between Harry is when he could jump on an EasyJet with mates, now he has a child and how do you protect that child? I think that maybe some of this is just figuring that out. How can they travel, have their own life, but also do things the right way?”
It's not the first time a member of the public has been told not to take a photo of a member of the Royal Family.
A royal commentator has said that the Duchess of Sussex was "disappointed"by the reaction to her personal protection officer (PPO) asking members of the public not to take photos of her at Wimbledon. Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ Omid Scobie says: “I spoke to a source after that had happened and I was told that Meghan was quite disappointed at just how it played out because, in her words, she had said to this source that she would have happily taken a photo with anyone that had asked. “So I think that perhaps this might have been a case of a protection officer being slightly too protective, although that’s probably his job.” He and The Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews also point out that this is not the first case where a PPO have asked people to refrain from taking photos of the royals and their children when they are off-duty or during private time.
The Cambridge children hadn't met their baby cousin until that moment, according to one royal expert.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children met baby Archie for the first time when William and Harry played at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, it has been revealed. The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box:' "It was interesting actually that polo match because it was the first time that Charlotte and George had actually met Archie, they hadn’t actually met him for two months, so that polo match was lovely." Prince George, then five, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Prince Louis were spotted playing together on the sidelines, as Kate and Meghan, holding their two-month-old cousin, stood side by side.
The Royal Family face a problem when the Queen dies and it’s all to do with the popularity of the monarchy, according to one royal expert. Tim Ewart, ITV News’ former royal editor tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box’: “The reality for the monarchy is that when the Queen dies, one of the reasons for the monarchy’s popularity will be gone. “A large part of the popularity of the monarchy is based on the popularity of the Queen. Will that transfer to her son? Open question, we don’t know, but there are suggestions that he’s not as popular as she is.”
A former royal editor says that until people have joined the Royal Family, they have no idea what life is like. Speaking on Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box,' ITV News' former royal editor Tim Ewart says: "We talk a lot about people coming into the Royal Family being prepared for what it’s going to be like. "Kate and Meghan must expect to be the centre of attention, they have no idea, absolutely no idea what it’s really like. "When it was Diana, there were photographers, there were camera men, people weren’t using smart phones. Now every single person that a member of the Royal Family meets has a smart phone up. "Every single word that is said, doesn’t matter where the TV cameras are, doesn’t matter where the snappers, the photographers, they can be anywhere. But every single person has got their phone up or their iPad up, nothing is private anymore. "That’s something until those people have been through it, they have no understanding of what it’s like. I know very little about Meghan Markle’s early life as an actress, she was a well-known actress but she wasn’t hunted by the paparazzi. Suddenly to come into this cauldron, into this Royal Family is beyond anything that she could ever have expected and it will be very, very difficult for Harry, as it was with William with Kate, to explain just how intense that is. How every single every expression, movement, comment - bang. That’s going to be on the front page."
Royal expert Omid Scobie told Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box' that one of Meghan's close 'non-famous' friends is definitely one of baby Archie's godparents.
Royal commentator Omid Scobie said the Duchess of Sussex will have to heal the rift with her father Thomas Markle before Archie is involved.
Serena Williams could technically still be a godparent to Royal baby Archie even though she wasn't at his christening, says Royal expert Omid Scobie.
The Duchess of Sussex has accumulated a lot of celebrity friends over the years, through her career as an actress and charity work. Royal author Phil Dampier says: "The thing is rightly or wrongly, Harry and Meghan are now seen as a global celebrity couple. "Some people probably don’t even think of them as royal, they just think of them as a glamorous couple, particularly younger people and I think they just like them for who they are, so it’s kind of a separate thing. "Sometimes I think Meghan is possibly surrounding herself with Hollywood PRs or Hollywood agents and it is slightly different in the Royal Family, so that could cause a problem in the future, but out there in public, they don’t seem to mind." Nick Ede thinks there are a lot of upsides to Meghan having celebrity friends: "She’s fantastic as a public speaker, she knows exactly how to talk to every single person. "She’s also got a really great way of negotiating different things in her life and different events etc. "I think being a Hollywood star is a fantastic thing, to have that as part of the Royal Family because they are celebrities. In the UK we see them as our Royal Family but around the world they’re ambassadors and that’s really what a celebrity is."