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."
Paul Burrell, who was the Queen’s footman before he became Princess Diana reveals to Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ reveals Her Majesty doesn’t have any clothes - or costumes as she calls them - in her rooms. He says: “She has to have her outfits brought down to her, all her clothes are kept on the top floor. “Her dresser will bring down in the morning two outfits, which are sketched with pieces of material clipped to them so that the Queen can remember whether it’s silk or cotton or wool. “The one the Queen picks is the one which is brought downstairs from up above so she doesn’t actually see her wardrobe with clothes in it.”
CNN's royal commentator Victoria Arbiter speaks about the US perspective of the Royal Family. Arbiter tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box:' "Overall Americans, I’m generalising a little bit, but they love the Royal Family. "They’ve always admired the Queen, the love affair truly started with Diana. "With Meghan in there, they’re very proud, it’s one of their own behind palace walls. There is a sense however, they feel that the Royal Family hasn’t done enough to protect Meghan and that is a theme that is developing." Meghan Markle has been subjected to a wave of negative press, including unfounded rumours about her 'difficult' behaviour and a so-called 'rift' with her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan's estranged family, including father Thomas Markle, have also revealed personal details about their relationship and have criticised her on social media and during TV interviews. Arbiter adds: "They [Americans] find it hard to understand the Royal Family’s philosophy of ‘we don’t say anything because all that does is perpetuate the story.’ "There’s a sense there [in the US] that she’s [Meghan] been under attack and that someone should have stood up to defend her. "But the thing is, let’s say Prince Charles did come out and say something, it would fuel the story more and more and more."
Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell says nothing will come between royal brothers William and Harry. There has been ongoing speculation of tension between the pair in recent months, as well as their wives. Burrell, who worked for Diana for a decade, says: "I think the press would rather concentrate on a rift between Meghan and Kate because that’s far more sexy to have a cat fight between royal duchesses. "I think perhaps William has taken his brother to one side at times and said ‘are you sure?’ Everyone was concerned about Harry because Harry was the one next to get married so I’m sure William has been watching over him all these years. "I don’t think that anything will ever split those boys, I think their mother’s death cemented them together forever. Until their mother’s death, they were very individual boys, now I think they are very close. "Of course Harry always wanted a family, now he has one, there’s every reason to think the two families will come together."
Burrell says: “I think that’s where it’s gone wrong in the past. Not even Diana was given tuition into entering the Royal Family.”
Paul Burrell says Meghan Markle wouldn't have been given any preparation for marrying into the Royal Family. He tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box:' "Would you believe there is no rule book, there is no etiquette lesson, there are no advisors. Nobody prepares people coming into the Royal Family. I think that’s where it’s gone wrong in the past. Not even Diana was given tuition into entering the Royal Family." The only thing Meghan may have to be careful with in future is not to express her views or beliefs when it comes to issues that err on the side of being political, according to Burrell. He says: “What comes with maturity is a set of beliefs and they don’t always sit well with the Royal Family. She [Meghan] has to toe the party line.”
Prince Harry envied his older brother Prince William for a long time, according to Princess Diana’s former butler. Paul Burrell tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box:’ “I think for a long time that Harry has looked at his brother and envied him and thought ‘I’d like some of that, I’d like a nice family around me.’ “And now he has it, so it’s the beginning of the future for Harry.”
The Sussexes have officially split away from their joint The Royal Foundation with the Cambridges, so what does this mean for the future? CNN’s royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, royal author Phil Dampier and PR expert Nick Ede discuss the pros and cons with host Kate Thornton. They also discuss the recent royal family get-togethers at Trooping the Colour, Garter day and Ascot and whether these ceremonial traditions will continue in future when Charles and then William are king. Victoria Arbiter, speaking from a US perspective, gives her take on what Americans think of the Royal Family. Elsewhere, Yahoo UK’s royal correspondent Danielle Stacey speaks to Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell. Before working for Diana, Mr Burrell was a footman for the Queen. He tells some of his favourite anecdotes about Her Majesty, including their flight on Concorde and how she’s a great mimic. He also reveals that Meghan Markle wouldn’t have been given any formal preparation for joining the Royal Family.
Yahoo UK’s royal correspondent Danielle Stacey speaks to Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell. Before working for Diana, Mr Burrell was a footman for the Queen. He tells some of his favourite anecdotes about Her Majesty, including their flight on Concorde and how she’s a great mimic. He also reveals that Meghan Markle wouldn’t have been given any formal preparation for joining the Royal Family.
The royals are regulars at the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament, but will we see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in attendance this year? CNN commentator Victoria Arbiter tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box:' "I think we may see Kate and Meghan at Wimbledon together again, which would be great, it would be a lovely show of togetherness. "They clearly had a great time when they went before and they are the two major tennis fans. William really likes the tennis as well. "I don’t think we’d see the four of them, because I think again you’ve got to be aware that if you saw the four of them there, that would totally detract from all the tennis that was going on. "It’s such a balance, you’re constantly thinking about who you’re upstaging, who’s writing about what."
Royal journalist and author Phil Dampier tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box,' that the Queen has "won about £7m" at Ascot over the years. Her Majesty, 93, has long been an owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses, winning her first race at Ascot in 1953. Dampier added: "In the old days she used to go out riding on the course, before the meeting on a horse." CNN royal commentator Victoria Arbiter says: "Some of my favourite vintage footage on YouTube is the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and the Queen at the races, you can’t take your eyes off it, it’s hilarious to see their humanity."
"Prince Harry said to me that there is a big difference between being a show business celebrity and being a royal."