Meghan Markle shock: Duchess' staff in new California mansion 'do impressions of her'

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex spent two years together in Britain before their departure to North America. The Duchess’ staff now get a kick out of her mixed accent and vocabulary.

A source told the Sun: “Meghan was the all-American girl before she met Harry, but since living in the UK she’s adopted certain phrases.

“Her staff think it’s amusing to listen to an American celebrity using Britishisms.

“She’s often heard saying, ‘Oh dahling,’ to people at home.

“They do have a giggle about it and sometimes they do impressions of her but only in a light-hearted way. It’s funny to them.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly moved to their new mansion in Santa Barbara six weeks ago.

The staff at the Sussexes’ home “adore” Prince Harry and his accent.

The source said: “The staff there love to hear Harry’s accent, too. They adore him.

“He’s very well-mannered and staff were shocked by how down-to-earth he is as a royal.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex purchased the $14,650,000 mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara, according to Page Six.

Inside the home, the property includes an office, library, spa with a separate dry and wet sauna, gym, game room, wine cellar and five-car garage.

The home also has a large lot of land that contains rose gardens, century-old olive trees, tennis courts, a tea house, a swimming pool, and a children’s cottage.

The area is known for its celebrity residents with neighbours including Oprah Winfrey and Drew Barrymore.

Before moving into their new mansion, the Sussexes were living in Tyler Perry’s huge Beverly Hills Tuscan-style villa.

The Duke and Duchess decided to step down as senior royals earlier this year.

The couple continued undertaking royal duties up until the end of March.

But the Sussexes said they would carry on taking part in engagements with organisations they were already involved with such as the Invictus Games.

They originally planned to split their time evenly between the UK and North America.

But since March the couple have been living in the US with their son Archie.

The Duchess’ mum, Doria Ragland, has reportedly moved in with the Sussexes during the coronavirus pandemic to help take care of their son Archie.



Princess Diana defied Palace with final 'desperate' act to prove Charles 'loved her'

Princess Diana was reportedly distraught after Prince Charles suggested he had only married her because of Prince Philip issuing an ultimatum. Writer Jonathan Dimbleby wrote in his ‘Prince of Wales: A Biography’ the Duke of Edinburgh had warned Diana’s position would be “compromised” if a proposal did not arrive promptly. Claims suggesting Charles had only popped the question to please his father reportedly pushed Diana into a final “act of desperation”, according to broadcaster Piers Morgan. 

In his autobiography, Morgan suggested a Palace contact had reached him to suggest the Princess of Wales would not be opposed to the publication of pictures of herself and Prince Charles that had previously been deemed too “intrusive”.

The broadcaster wrote: “The snaps, she believed, were not published at the time because they were deemed too intrusive, but she would have no argument if we wanted to run them now.”

When Morgan asked why Diana would want the pictures releases, she reportedly had said “because ‘they prove he loved me’.”

He continued: “It’s extraordinary she would do this, but also an indication of how hurt she’s been by this particular revelation.

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“We checked the safe, and sure enough there was a set of amazing photos of Diana and Charles romping together in the surf, looking for all the world like the most loving couple imaginable.

“We ran them under the headline THE LIAR KING.”

Charles and Diana had been embroiled in a bitter war of words in the latter part of their relationship.

The Princess of Wales retaliated to Charles’s book with an unprecedented interview with BBC Panorama during which she discussed her marital problems.

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“And they though it was sort of corroding the public attitudes towards the House of Windsor. It was very damaging times for the Queen.”

The couple confirmed they would divorce in 1995 after three years of separation and the proceedings were ultimately finalised the following year.

Princess Diana however had reportedly believed she and Charles could continue to work together as partners despite their difficulties.

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond said: “Diana was pretty unsettled with the divorce, she didn’t want the divorce, shr told me, ‘It’s not something I want.’

“I think she felt somehow they could continue as separated but partners and parents to the two boys, and she really did try to make it work and she wanted to make it work.

“She found the day of the divorce extremely hard. She did go out, she was seen in public but she was hurting badly.

“She told me that it was an extremely difficult day but she went home and burst into tears.



Meghan Markle heartbreak: Thomas Markle 'given up' on reunion – 'he doesn't trust her'

Thomas Markle has been left furious after reading extracts of explosive new book Finding Freedom, which includes details about Meghan and Harry’s decision to leave the Royal Family and her relationship with her father.

Mr Markle is now planning to enjoy his retirement and is said to be travelling the world to distract himself from the heartbreak.

Meghan’s half-brother Tom Markle Jnr, who speaks to their dad every day, opened up about Thomas’ relationship with Meghan in an interview with The Sun.

He said: “As far as a reunion goes, he’s given up on Meghan and Harry completely.

“He doesn’t trust her and doesn’t want to know that person because of the lies, manipulation and deceit.

“He just had his 76th birthday – needless to say, he didn’t hear from Meghan.”

Tom Jnr, 53, says his dad denies the book’s claims he ignored floods of texts and calls telling him to come to Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018.

The couple have tried to distance themselves from the book, and have insisted they did not contribute to it, saying the unofficial biography was based on “independent reporting”.

Speaking about the book’s claims, Mr Tom Jnr said: “It says Harry spoke to our dad to say if he’d listened to him, Harry, there wouldn’t have been any problems.

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“The Palace told Meghan and Harry to send help for my father so he could deal with the Press but they refused.

“Meghan herself said no.”

Tom Jnr also claimed the infamous letter Meghan sent their dad includes unrevealed contents he describes as “horrifying” and “very hurtful”.

However, despite reportedly giving up on his daughter, Mr Markle is still desperate to build a relationship with his 14-month-old grandson Archie.

Tom Jnr added: “He will fight and pursue the avenues needed to see Archie.

“They’re not the only ones who can launch a court case.

“He’d love to hold that little boy one time.”

Meghan’s half-brother went on to launch a scathing attack on Prince Harry, claiming he is being “told what to do” by Meghan.

 

He said Harry has gone “from the British Army and Royal Family to changing diapers at a multi-million dollar property thousands of miles from his family while being told what to say and do by Meghan.”

Thomas Markle Jr added: “Dad wants to die a happy man.

“He’s had enough BS.

“He’s better off enjoying his retirement and travelling – and forget Meghan altogether.”



'No one is listening to her!' Merkel shunned by EU allies as divisions deepen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already stepped down as leader of her party, and has also vowed to leave the chancellery in 2021. Mrs Merkel hoped her ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer would stick around as new party leader to help secure her legacy. However, Ms Karrenbauer stepped down earlier this year, opening up the party’s leadership bid while plunging German politics into chaos. The leadership race has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but the state of transition in Germany is also threatening Ms Merkel’s authority on the international stage. Worse, experts also warned it would lead to increased divisions in the EU.

Sebastian Maillard, director of the Jacques Delors Institute think tank, warned in October 2018: “Nobody is going to listen to her anymore in Europe. She has taken herself immediately out of the game.

“It’s a tough blow for Europe.”

Julian Rappolt, an analyst for the European Policy Centre, predicted at the time that few, if any, major decisions would be taken before the May elections for a new European Parliament in 2019.

He said: “Nothing will happen before the end of the year and probably nothing will take place until the European elections.

“There is the risk of paralysis at the European level.”

An EU official from the European Commission disagreed that Mrs Merkel’s announcement would lead to paralysis, though.

They told AFP: “Angela Merkel’s decision was expected. She had foreseen it and it changes nothing. The chancellor will not leave right away.”

Other analysts underscored uncertainty over who — from loyal allies to fierce critics — will replace Mrs Merkel as head of the centre-right CDU party in December and secure a chance to succeed her as chancellor.

Schuman Foundation Director Jean-Dominique Giuliani told AFP: “If it’s Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, it will be rather a good thing to revive the EU.

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Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel have had disagreements in recent years.

During the buildup to the bloc-wide vote last year, Der Tagesspiegel reported that Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party was using verbal attacks against Angela Merkel as part of its campaign.

The report added that Mr Macron’s colleagues were “mobilising against the Chancellor”.

La Republique En Marche (LREM)’s top candidate for the EU elections, Nathalie Loiseau, criticised Mrs Merkel and her government for its approach to talks between Brussels and Washington, where Mrs Merkel insisted on getting pending US special tariffs on car imports off the table.



'No one is listening to her!' Merkel shunned by EU allies as divisions deepen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already stepped down as leader of her party, and has also vowed to leave the chancellery in 2021. Mrs Merkel hoped her ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer would stick around as new party leader to help secure her legacy. However, Ms Karrenbauer stepped down earlier this year, opening up the party’s leadership bid while plunging German politics into chaos. The leadership race has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but the state of transition in Germany is also threatening Ms Merkel’s authority on the international stage. Worse, experts also warned it would lead to increased divisions in the EU.

Sebastian Maillard, director of the Jacques Delors Institute think tank, warned in October 2018: “Nobody is going to listen to her anymore in Europe. She has taken herself immediately out of the game.

“It’s a tough blow for Europe.”

Julian Rappolt, an analyst for the European Policy Centre, predicted at the time that few, if any, major decisions would be taken before the May elections for a new European Parliament in 2019.

He said: “Nothing will happen before the end of the year and probably nothing will take place until the European elections.

“There is the risk of paralysis at the European level.”

An EU official from the European Commission disagreed that Mrs Merkel’s announcement would lead to paralysis, though.

They told AFP: “Angela Merkel’s decision was expected. She had foreseen it and it changes nothing. The chancellor will not leave right away.”

Other analysts underscored uncertainty over who — from loyal allies to fierce critics — will replace Mrs Merkel as head of the centre-right CDU party in December and secure a chance to succeed her as chancellor.

Schuman Foundation Director Jean-Dominique Giuliani told AFP: “If it’s Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, it will be rather a good thing to revive the EU.

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Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel have had disagreements in recent years.

During the buildup to the bloc-wide vote last year, Der Tagesspiegel reported that Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party was using verbal attacks against Angela Merkel as part of its campaign.

The report added that Mr Macron’s colleagues were “mobilising against the Chancellor”.

La Republique En Marche (LREM)’s top candidate for the EU elections, Nathalie Loiseau, criticised Mrs Merkel and her government for its approach to talks between Brussels and Washington, where Mrs Merkel insisted on getting pending US special tariffs on car imports off the table.



'Harry just held her' Prince Harry's loving gesture towards heartbroken woman in tears

The pair visited Homebody industries – a non-profit organisation which employs former gang members and other groups attempting to rebuild their lives.

Speaking to US Weekly, Father Greg Boyle was delighted with the royal couple’s visit and explained how the pair lent a helping hand.

“They helped bake bread and they helped package all these meals that go to seniors and to foster care youth and folks who are having a difficult time during the pandemic.”

Father Boyle revealed his ‘stimulating conversation’ with Meghan before the visit two weeks before.

He recalled: “She’s quite a deep thinker on these issues, so it was really a stimulating conversation, and then it was followed up with, ‘Hey, we want to come by.”

“I think now that they’re in Los Angeles, they’re the real deal, these two,”

“They really kind of want to make an impact so I give them a lot of credit because their hearts and their minds are, I think, in the right place.”

Father Boyle revealed his ‘stimulating conversation’ with Meghan before the visit two weeks before.

He recalled: “She’s quite a deep thinker on these issues, so it was really a stimulating conversation, and then it was followed up with, ‘Hey, we want to come by.”

“I think now that they’re in Los Angeles, they’re the real deal, these two.’

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He said: “Harry was immediate.

“He just threw her arms around her and held her for a long time.

“It was very, very touching.”

He added: “His funeral is next week, so she just starts to cry and forget social distancing.

“Harry just held her.

“It was very sweet, very sweet.

“But it was kind of raw for her.”

The pair asked father Boyle if they could “pitch in.”

He revealed they “didn’t just want to do the tour or the round table discussion, they wanted to pitch in.”

Meghan and Harry’s visit to Homebody Industries is the most recent charity visit during the pandemic.

The royal couple has also made a continued effort to support charities they left behind in the UK.

A source told Us in April, Harry and Meghan’s immediate focus is to help those during the pandemic.