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Meghan Markle latest news – Prince Harry & Meg ‘may not get full £18m Spotify payment’ after making just ONE podcast

MEGHAN & Harry may not get their full fee from Spotify after the couple made just ONE 35 minute podcast since signing with the giant in December 2020.

Media lawyer Ian Penman, who specialises in music streaming contracts, has suggested the Duke and Duchess’ podcasts are likely to have been less popular than Spotify expected.

He told Express.co.uk: “It would not be an unfair assumption that perhaps their popularity was not as great as maybe they or indeed Spotify initially felt.

“I think you could draw a conclusion that if [Spotify] haven’t exercised the option on the next episode of the podcast, then maybe they did not have the popularity that either Meghan and Harry expected or indeed Spotify anticipated.”

But he also claims the streaming giant wouldn’t have paid the contract fee up front, adding: “It’s famously the case in music deals, this goes back decades, that when people talk about a large deal, like Robbie Williams signing a deal for £15m or something, it does not mean he gets £15m on day one.

“So the problem you have here, I would imagine, is that when they talk about an £18m Spotify podcast deal, it probably means that they have signed their first product, in this case a podcast – they then have many, many options for further products. All those options are in Spotify’s favour. Make no mistake, they’re not in Meghan and Harry’s favour.”

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  • ‘Financial remedies’ for Meghan Markle

    A Sunday newspaper has agreed “financial remedies” with the Duchess of Sussex after a court ruled that it had breached her privacy by publishing extracts from a letter to her father.

    The move ends a dispute between the duchess and The Mail on Sunday dating back nearly four years and means that the case will not be heard by the country’s most senior judges at the Supreme Court.

    The Mail on Sunday published a note on page one directing readers to a short story on page three of Sunday’s newspaper, which reported that a financial settlement had been agreed with Meghan.

    The newspaper referred to High Court rulings in January and May, in which a judge found that in addition to breaching the duchess’s privacy The Mail on Sunday had infringed her copyright by publishing the letter, which was written to Thomas Markle in 2018.

  • Whoopi Goldberg shuts down TV host’s Meghan Markle rant

    The Sister Act star was discussing the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with American television personality Meghan McCain.

    Meghan McCain said during a chat on The View: “Monarchies are stupid, the American experiment is the way to go.

    “And if we have two American women, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey, who have single-handedly finished what George Washington and our revolutionary counterparts did, I’m all for it.”

    Whoopi seemed to have enough of Meghan’s rant on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex responded with a simple: “Okay” after a few seconds of silence.

  • Tom Walker ‘owes owes Kate royalties’

    Tom Walker reckons he owes The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, royalties after she gave his festive song a boost in the charts.

    The pair joined for a surprise collaboration of his track For Those Who Can’t Be Here for ITV’s Royal Carols: Together At Christmas and the song has surged in the charts since.

    In fact, it even went to No3 in the iTunes chart on the 26 December.

    Tom said: “It was so well charts received, I probably owe her royalties now. She sent me a letter thanking me for the opportunity but it should be me thanking her. The song has jumped 57 places in the charts. It was a wonderful experience and she was so warm. She made the effort to thank all the musicians but it was us who felt so grateful to be part of something so special.

    “We met for a rehearsal beforehand and I gave her a recording of the track Tom without the piano part so she could practise. It was obvious she had taken the time to perfect it. She was brilliant.

    “You think the Royal Family almost don’t get nervous, they’re so used to the spotlight. But this was obviously a very different, new experience for her.”

  • Meg & Harry fans spark fury as they try to cancel critic

    Fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have tried to cancel a critic of the couple, but it appears their efforts have backfired.

    On December 28, fiarist and royal commentator Richard Eden wrote on Twitter: “I genuinely worry that Prince Harry and #Meghan’s criticism of unnamed ‘racist’ royals has increased the danger of attacks on the #Royal Family.

    “Security needs to be stepped up as a result.”

    However, his tweet appeared to anger fans of Meghan and Harry, with one Twitter user writing: “I think you’re right Richard, although it’s a danger they live with daily.”

  • Prince Harry’s letter ‘tells you where his head is at’

    According to a royal expert Prince Harry wrote an emotional letter to the family of a fallen military hero shortly before Christmas, which “tells you where his head is at”.

    Nathan Hunt served in Afghanistan with Harry in 2008, but sadly took his own life in 2018 after suffering from severe mental health troubles, which his parents believe were linked to his military service.

    Nathan’s parents turned to Harry in a bid to have their son’s name put on an armed forces memorial, and in a letter back to them The Duke said: “I deeply empathise with what your family is going through and so wish I could assist formally, had I been in the same role I once was.”

    Speaking about this, royal expert Russell Myers said: “We have heard, certainly over the last few months and the last couple of years after Harry was stripped of his military titles, about how disappointed he was of that.”

    Mr Myers said: “I think Harry really does get bad press some of the time,” but added “but when Harry is speaking from the heart, I think that that is to be applauded.

    “And the fact that he reached out in this way by just saying ‘I deeply empathise with what your family is going through and I so wish that I could assist formally had I been in the role that I once was’.”

  • The unknown titles you never knew the royals had – including Kate and Meghan

    BEING a member of the royal family comes with many perks, one of which includes having a fancy title.

    But while you may be familiar with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, you might be less so with Baron Carrickfergus or the Countess of Dumbarton.

    Here we reveal the lesser known titles of your favourite royals, and some members have up to three extra.

    Read more here.

  • Queen’s Guard knocks over boy (continued…)

    A group of viewers argued the guard could have used some common sense and avoided knocking down the kid.

    One person wrote: “That child isn’t dangerous I get it’s their job but it’s a child there was no reason to do that.”

    A second user posted: “To all the people saying they’re just doing their job. If your job involves trampling children therein lies the problem.”

    A third viewer agreed, writing: “It wouldn’t kill the guard to walk around the child, if it’s adults in the way I understand but if it’s a child you can make an exception”.

    Others weren’t having a bar of it and reminded users these were professional guards tasked with protecting the Queen.

    One person said: “Watch all these ppl get pressed about the royal guards doing their job. you don’t move? you get trampled. easy.”

    Another wrote: “I blame the parents, absolutely no awareness of their surroundings.”

  • Queen’s Guard knocks over boy while marching on duty 

    FOOTAGE has surfaced showing a Queen’s Guard knocking over a little boy while marching on duty.

    In the clip, two Royal Guards can be seen marching as families watch when a small boy stands in their path and is bulldozed by one of them.

    The guard shouted for the youngster to move before knocking him down at the Tower of London.

    Onlookers can be heard gasping in shock as the kid falls to the ground and then quickly gets back to his feet, appearing relatively unscathed.

    The lad was visiting on holiday, according to the caption of the video, which was posted to TikTok.

    The clip – viewed 1.2 million times since it was uploaded yesterday – has got users asking who was in the wrong.

  • Platinum Jubilee coins unveiled (continued…)

    Clare Maclennan, from the Royal Mint, said: “Each year, the Royal Mint unveils a series of commemorative coins to celebrate key milestones that helped shape Britain and this year’s annual set is particularly special with a new 50 pence, £5 crown and special platinum set in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    “As the original maker of UK coins, the Royal Mint has been trusted to strike coins for Her Majesty throughout an historic 70 years on the throne and celebrated royal milestones such as previous jubilees on commemorative crown pieces.

    “The Platinum Jubilee celebration is a spectacular first for the British monarchy and for UK coins, and it is fitting that this historic anniversary has been celebrated on 50 pence – which is Britain’s most loved, collectable coin.”

    The Platinum Jubilee 50p has been designed by Osborne Ross and features a clean reverse design that comprises the number 70, The Queen’s cypher and the years that span her reign.

    The £5 crown has been designed by John Bergdahl and features a regal design centralised by the quartered shield of the Royal Arms.

    The precious metals versions also include the edge inscription “Serve you all the days of my life” in reference to The Queen’s longevity as monarch.

  • Royal mint unveils Queen’s Jubilee coins

    Two new coins designed in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee have been unveiled by the Royal Mint.

    The release of the 50p and a £5 crown is the first chance for collectors to own a keepsake from the Platinum Jubilee collection.

    The 50p is the first of its kind to celebrate a royal event while the £5 coin follows the tradition of marking previous jubilees on crown pieces.

    Each of the coins features a new and unique design by a commissioned artist and the obverse portrait of the Queen, designed by Jody Clark.

    There will also be £2 coins recognising the life and legacy of Dame Vera Lynn and Alexander Graham Bell.

    There will also be a 50p coin marking next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

  • Prince Harry on his memoir

    In a statement announcing he will publish the memoir from his £11million mansion in Montecito, California, Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.

    “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.

    “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

    Harry signed with publisher Penguin Random House and will be donating any fee to charity.

  • Home Secretary orders review of crossbow laws after Windsor breach

    The Home Secretary has ordered a review of crossbow laws after an armed intruder scaled Windsor Castle and threatened to kill the Queen on Christmas Day.

    Priti Patel could tighten rules that allow adults to buy the “lethal” weapon without any identification or background checks.

    Jaswant Singh Chail, 19, was arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act, shortly after chilling footage emerged of a masked man threatening to kill the Queen, 95.

    The teenager had allegedly scaled a fence at Windsor Castle – where Her Majesty was due to celebrate Christmas with her family.

    He was 500 metres from the Queen’s private apartments, inside the castle grounds.

  • Sophie has ‘become the Queen’s rock’

    As well as Sophie and Edward’s children, the Queen’s grandchildren include Prince Charles’ sons William and Harry; Princess Anne’s children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall and Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.

    But Sophie and Edward’s kids are believed to be firm favourites with the Queen.

    Royal author Phil Dampier previously told Fabulous: “Lady Louise is definitely a favourite of the Queen and I can see her having an important role in the Royal Family in the future.

    “Her Majesty sees a lot of Edward and Sophie and their children at Windsor Castle as they live nearby at Bagshot Park.

    “The Queen is very close to her mother Sophie and of course there has always been a bond between them because Sophie nearly died giving birth and Louise has had her eye condition to cope with.

    “But she has grown into a lovely and intelligent young woman and the Queen adores her.”

  • Harry & Meg offer MAJOR olive branch to Queen

    With the publication of Harry’s upcoming memoir, it looks like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear ready to offer an olive branch to the Royal Family.

    Geo.Tv has reported that: “There are some [experts] who still cling to the hope that Harry won’t disgrace his grandmother [in his upcoming book].

    “Some of the fans speculate that the father-of-two will pay respect to the 95-year-old in his upcoming memoir to keep the doors of his return to the Royal Family open.”

  • How many people watched the Queen’s Xmas Day speech?

    More than nine million people watched the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.

    The monarch said there was “one familiar laugh missing” following the death of her “beloved Philip” and how his “mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him”.

    A man was arrested within the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day morning while in possession of a crossbow.

    It came after The Duchess of Cambridge hosted Royal Carols: Together At Christmas at Westminster Abbey, as a thank you to the people who have supported their communities during the pandemic.

    During the service, which aired on Christmas Eve, she played the piano and accompanied pop star Tom Walker for a performance.

    There was also joy for the royal family in 2021 with a flurry of new great-grandchildren for the Queen – Princess Eugenie’s son August, Zara Tindall’s son Lucas, the Sussexes’ daughter Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor and Princess Beatrice’s daughter Sienna.

  • How is the Queen doing?

    In the autumn, there was heightened concern for the Queen’s health.

    After a busy run of engagements at the age of 95, she was secretly admitted to hospital on October 20 for an overnight stay for preliminary investigations, despite assurances from Buckingham Palace that she was resting at Windsor.

    She cancelled a run of major engagements, including a trip to Northern Ireland and attending the Cop26 summit, and also missed Remembrance Sunday because of a sprained back.

    Ordered to take it easy by her royal doctors, the Queen was advised to only carry out desk-bound responsibilities for, at first, a few days, and then the next two weeks.

    But many weeks later, the monarch was still only conducting light duties.

    With the Queen just five years away from her 100th birthday and the pandemic continuing, it appears to be a monarchy in transition, where seeing the Queen conducting video audiences from the confines of Windsor Castle has become the norm.

  • 2021 was a tough year for the Royal Family

    The death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the Sussexes’ bombshell Oprah interview and concern for the Queen’s health made 2021 a difficult year for the Windsors.

    In March, royal patriarch Philip spent a month in hospital and underwent heart surgery before returning to Windsor, but he died peacefully at the castle at the age of 99 on April 9.

    The Queen described it as a “period of great sadness” but said she was “deeply touched” by the tributes paid to her husband of 73 years and the support and kindness shown to her family.

    At the duke’s funeral, amid Covid restrictions, the monarch poignantly sat alone in a face mask socially distanced from her loved ones, in mourning for Philip.

    The Queen continued with her duties as head of state, and within weeks appeared in public for the State Opening of Parliament.

    But she was grieving for the loss of her loyal consort against a backdrop of family drama.

    While Philip was still in hospital, Harry and Meghan aired personal rifts on a public stage from California in their bombshell television interview with Oprah Winfrey.

  • Prince Harry’s letter ‘tells you where his head is at’

    According to a royal expert Prince Harry wrote an emotional letter to the family of a fallen military hero shortly before Christmas, which “tells you where his head is at”.

    Nathan Hunt served in Afghanistan with Harry in 2008, but sadly took his own life in 2018 after suffering from severe mental health troubles, which his parents believe were linked to his military service.

    Nathan’s parents turned to Harry in a bid to have their son’s name put on an armed forces memorial, and in a letter back to them The Duke said: “I deeply empathise with what your family is going through and so wish I could assist formally, had I been in the same role I once was.”

    Speaking about this, royal expert Russell Myers said: “We have heard, certainly over the last few months and the last couple of years after Harry was stripped of his military titles, about how disappointed he was of that.”

    Mr Myers said: “I think Harry really does get bad press some of the time,” but added “but when Harry is speaking from the heart, I think that that is to be applauded.

    “And the fact that he reached out in this way by just saying ‘I deeply empathise with what your family is going through and I so wish that I could assist formally had I been in the role that I once was’.”

  • Meghan & Harry’s massive year revealed

    The royal couple have dropped bombshell after bombshell in the last 12 months, providing enough jaw-dropping moments to last a lifetime.

    So from outrageous TV moments to becoming parents for the second time, here are 10 of the Sussexes massive milestones for 2021.

    1. Megxit becomes official
    2. Bombshell Oprah interview
    3. Messing around with Ellen
    4. Meghan the ‘bully’
    5. Harry lands first ‘job’
    6. Meg’s debut book
    7. Lilibet is born
    8. Big birthday celebrations
    9. Privacy case victory
    10. Harry comes home

    Read the article in full here.

  • Archie’s adorable name for Prince Harry

    Following the release of the Sussexes family snap, which features on the front of their 2021 Christmas card, the name that Prince Harry goes by with his children Archie and Lilibet has been revealed.

    The card let slip that rather than using the usual name of dad or daddy – Harry’s children actually call him Papa.

    In the card, the couple wrote: “This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a family.”

  • Queen to ‘have words’ with William

    An expert has reported that The Queen will be “having words” with Prince William over his use of helicopters.

    According to the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, the Queen will be talking to William about his use of helicopters when he and the rest of the Cambridges visit her at Windsor Castle over the Christmas period.

    He adds that the monarch is concerned about using helicopters after a crash killed Air Commodore John Blount and three crew lost their lives with an inquest blaming metal fatigue in the gearbox for the crash. No royals were on board.

    A source told the newspaper: “It put her off completely. That’s why she’s so worried about William and his family.”

  • Sophie has ‘become the Queen’s rock’

    As well as Sophie and Edward’s children, the Queen’s grandchildren include Prince Charles’ sons William and Harry; Princess Anne’s children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall and Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.

    But Sophie and Edward’s kids are believed to be firm favourites with the Queen.

    Royal author Phil Dampier previously told Fabulous: “Lady Louise is definitely a favourite of the Queen and I can see her having an important role in the Royal Family in the future.

    “Her Majesty sees a lot of Edward and Sophie and their children at Windsor Castle as they live nearby at Bagshot Park.

    “The Queen is very close to her mother Sophie and of course there has always been a bond between them because Sophie nearly died giving birth and Louise has had her eye condition to cope with.

    “But she has grown into a lovely and intelligent young woman and the Queen adores her.”

  • Inside Queen’s afternoons with Prince Edward & Sophie’s children

    The Countess of Wessex, 56, and her husband Prince Edward, 57, live just 11 miles from Her Majesty’s residence at Windsor Castle, making it easy for them to have tea with the monarch “on a regular basis”.

    The proud parents, whose children Lady Louise, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, live with them in Bagshot Park, Surrey, are understood to have spent Christmas Day with the Queen on Saturday.

    And according to Sophie Wessex, the family is particularly “fortunate” to live so close to the monarch.

    She told Royals Monthly: “We’re a lot more fortunate because we live so close to the Queen, so when she spends a lot of time at Windsor on the weekends, our children are more fortunate because they can go over and have tea with her on a regular basis.”

  • Top 10 Royal baby names (Continued…)

    Research conducted by LuckyCreek shows that the name Meghan ranks as the least influential out of the Royal family names. 

    Here are the top 10 Royal family Girls names:

    1. Isla 
    2. Charlotte 
    3. Mia
    4. Sienna 
    5. Beatrice 
    6. Zara 
    7. Elizabeth 
    8. Autumn 
    9. Lena 
    10. Savannah
  • Top 10 Royal baby names

    Research conducted by online gaming review expert LuckyCreek analysed data from ONS and baby name website, Nameberry to establish which Royal family name is the most popular.

    • Isla and James are the most popular royal-related baby names in the UK.  
    • Charlotte and Lucas are the second most popular baby names of the Royal family.  
    • Sienna, Zara, Jack and Archie all make the top ten lists also. 



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