Royal Family news – Queen Elizabeth will WEIGH Kate Middleton after Christmas dinner to check how much weight she gained

THE Queen plans to WEIGH Kate Middleton, Prince William and her other royal guests after Christmas dinner as part of a bizarre tradition.

In 2018, royal expert Ingrid Seward Ingrid told Grazia that The Queen asks each of her guests – including Kate Middleton and Prince William – to "weigh themselves" when they arrive and leave using a set of antique scales.

But this is all to make sure guests are having a great time – and they're weighed to make sure they're being "well fed".

The tradition dates back to King Edward VII's reign in the early 1900s – and applies to all members of the royal clan.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest news and updates…

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    Why did Harry and Meghan sue the Mail? (continued)

    Meghan has pledged to give any damages from the case to charity.

    In February, the judge ruled in the couple’s favour. He granted them a ‘summary judgement’ – which means he ruled in their favour without them having to go through a humiliatingly public trial.

    But now the Mail on Sunday is appealing and managed to win the right to make Jason Knauf’s testimony public.

    They are also bidding to get more information out into the public domain and get it to go to a trial at the Court of Appeal.

    If that happens, Meghan could now be forced to hand over private text messages, emails and phone records.

    It is likely the Duchess will also be called as a witness if the case is not settled out of court.

    Thomas Markle is also preparing to take the stand and testify against his daughter in the bombshell case.

    It would be the first time Thomas and Meghan would come face-to-face since 2015.

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    What are the Royal plans for Remembrance weekend?

    The Queen still “intends” to spearhead the Royal Family’s tributes at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Day on Sunday, despite cancellations to her royal engagements recently.

    If she attends, this will be her first outing in weeks, following the cancellation of trips across the UK.

    Remembrance Day, which falls on November 11, will be a Thursday this year – but official commemoration takes place on the closest Sunday to that date.

    On Saturday night, prominent royals will also attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

    However, the monarch will not be present at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

    Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Times, wrote: “Most senior members of the royal family, except the Queen, will also attend the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night.”

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    Why did Harry and Meghan sue the Mail on Sunday?

    The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is suing British newspaper Mail on Sunday for damages after it published a leaked letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, after her May 2018 wedding.

    The Duchess claims it was a misuse of her private information and breach of copyright.

    In a statement, the Duke of Sussex said he and Meghan were forced to take action against “relentless propaganda”.

    Prince Harry said: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

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    Queen still plans to honour troops at Cenotaph

    The monarch is expected to lead the Royal Family’s tributes at this Sunday’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph in London.

    However she is likely to watch the ceremony from a nearby balcony while Prince Charles lays a wreath on her behalf.

    She has been resting on the advice of doctors for the past two weeks – and was unable to attend Cop26 as a result.

    Remembrance Day – also known as Armistice Day – falls on November 11 every year.

    It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.

    A two minute silence is held at 11am to remember those who sadly lost their life in all wars.

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    Explained: Who was Edward VII?

    The peculiar Royal Christmas tradition of weighing guests is said to have been invented by Edward VII who reigned between 1901 and 1910.

    Born Albert, he was the son of Queen Victoria, and the great-grandfather of our current Queen.

    He was born during his mother's reign so he was born "into the purple" but then spent over 60 years as second in command. He was only over taken as the longest serving Prince of Wales by Prince Charles in September 2017.

    He was known to have disliked his parents and his mother reportedly blamed him for the death of his father Prince Albertas Albert had been on his way to fetch him from away from a mistress when he took ill and died.

    Edward was known for being rather fat and fond of sex – one of his mistresses ended up being the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker Bowles.

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    Weight of the winter

    In 2018, royal expert Ingrid Seward Ingrid told Grazia that The Queen asks each of her guests – including Kate Middleton and Prince William – to "weigh themselves" when they arrive using a set of antique scales.

    But this is all to make sure guests are having a great time – and they're weighed to make sure they're being "well fed".

    The tradition dates back to King Edward VII's reign in the early 1900s – and applies to all members of the royal clan.

    As the festivities undeniably revolve around eating, the Royal Family first enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings before indulging themselves in an afternoon tea complete with a "gargantuan iced cake".

    What's more, The Queen's guests are also expected to "enter the dining room in order of seniority."

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    Making Megs meet

    Meghan Markle has revealed she still loves a good bargain and will not buy anything without a promo code – despite living in an £11million mansion and being married to a prince.

    At the NYTDealbook Online Summit, the Duchess of Sussex, 40, also opened up about how she used to sell scrunchies as a youngster to make some cash. 

    In a wide-ranging discussion, she was quizzed about cutting out coupons as a child, working as a waitress – and lobbying Republican senators for parental leave.

    Meghan revealed she used to make scrunchies to sell as a child and felt great “pride” in doing so.

    She said: “I had my mum take me downtown to get scraps of fabric from the fabric stores and sell them like five for five bucks who knows.

    “I remember the feeling of knowing that I had done something, I had invested in myself and done this labour and been compensated for it. 

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    Recap: What did Ofcom say about Piers’ outburst?

    Piers Morgan was memorially fired for going on a half an hour rant about Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview and the next day storming off set when he was challenged on it by Alex Beresford.

    Meghan and Harry personally lodged a complaint against Piers to ITV and Ofcom against his outburst.

    Ofcom later ruled that restricting Piers Morgan’s strong views would be an “unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression.”

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    Piers Morgan claims he still doesn’t believe Meg

    Piers wrote: “I’ve now had eight months to carefully reflect on my statement that I don’t believe a word Meghan Markle says… and I still don’t.”

    He added: “The ‘end game’ is that the Sussexes are stopped – by the Queen – from ruthlessly exploiting their royal titles for 100s of millions of dollars whilst simultaneously trashing the Royal Family & Monarchy.

    “It’s shameful.”

    Meghan yesterday apologised to the Court of Appeal for not mentioning the emails before in her long-running High Court privacy case against The Mail on Sunday for revealing the contents of the letter to her father.

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    On the march

    Kate Middleton has wowed the crowds at Imperial War Museum as she opened two new galleries today.

    The Duchess of Cambridge wore a military-style coat and a Remembrance poppy as she officially opened the museum’s Second World War and The Holocaust galleries.

    The thrifty royal also recycled a ten-year-old shirt for the occasion.

    She was seen wearing the garment on a visit to a Birmingham Community Centre in 2011, and again as she toured Bletchley Park in 2014.

    This afternoon, Kate has viewed the exhibition Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors.

    The show includes the two portraits she took last year to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust.

    The images are of Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein, who arrived in the UK after the Second World War.

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    How will the Crown depict Diana in series five?

    Diana’s divorce from Prince Charles, relationships with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and businessman Dodi Fayed, and her shock BBC interview with Martin Bashir will all feature in the fifth series of the hit Netflix show.

    But Diana’s friends have frequently raised concerns over how she will be portrayed in the new series — in which she is played by Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, 31.

    Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, said: “I don’t think Harry gets it. I presume when he did the deal with Netflix he didn’t think it through — but Meghan would have, she’s not an idiot.

    “He talked about The Crown during his bus interview with James Corden, so he’s not totally oblivious.”

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    Calculated bid to pull at the heartstrings

    Documents today revealed that Meghan feared her private letter to her dad Thomas Markle, 77, would be leaked – picking her wording to pull on the public’s “heartstrings”.

    Papers given to the court read: “She also asked a specific question regarding addressing Mr Markle as ‘Daddy’ in the letter.

    “Saying ‘given I’ve only ever called him daddy it may make sense to open as such (despite him being less than paternal), and in the unfortunate event that it leaked it would pull at the heartstrings.

    “Obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked so I have been meticulous in my word choice.”

    After initially penning the letter she texted Mr Knauf to say that she felt “fantastic” adding: “Cathartic and real and honest and factual. And if he leaks it then that’s on his conscience. 

    “And at least the world will know the truth, words I could never voice.” 

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    Time to put your money where you mouth is

    Prince Harry is being urged to ditch his £100million Netflix deal after his late mothers pal has ditched the show as an advisor.

    Jemima Khan, 47, Diana’s close confidante, has left the show after she was helping in an advisory role, however she felt her friends story was not being “told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped” and asked for her contributions to be cut from the show.

    Harry has been vocal about the harassment and mistreatment of his mother at the hands of the media during her lifetime but he has yet to join his brother William in condemning this TV show in particular.

    It will be interesting to see whether he will stand his ground and refuse to work with Netflix after the controversial depiction of Princess Diana.

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    Who is Andrew's accuser?

    Mum-of-three Virginia Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre, 38 – made claims against Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-lover.

    Giuffre has alleged in court docs that she was procured by Maxwell, 57, the daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell, as a teenage “sex slave” for Epstein.

    She released a manuscript just hours before Epstein's death, which added to more than 2,000 documents of a lawsuit pending against the former financier and his pals.

    The legal documents were released in a defamation case involving Giuffre, who has claimed in court docs that Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and Maxwell.

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    Witness says he saw Andrew group accuser

    The witness who says he saw Prince Andrew grope Virginia Roberts is set to make bombshell claims in a new documentary.

    Jeffrey Epstein’s former telecoms specialist Steve Scully is set to give his explosive alleged evidence to 7News in the documentary Spotlight: Sex, Lies and Videotape which will air on Sunday.

    Scully, 71, has previously insisted the woman he saw in Epstein's "paedo island" was Virginia and told The Sun exclusively he was willing to give evidence in court.

    In an audio recording of Scully he claims: “He [Prince Andrew] removed her bathing suit top and then started grinding against her and grabbing her ass.”

    “They were kissing as well,” Scully added. “Virginia was standing there, she kinda looked like she was like a deer caught in the headlights of the car.”

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    How private was Meghan’s letter?

    Meghan successfully won her case against Associated Newspapers on the grounds that the letter was “private” and only for her father, after extracts were published in 2019.

    It is claimed that the letter was from an “anguished” daughter to her father, pleading with him to stop speaking to the media.

    Documents shown in court today state that she redrafted the letter several times, and made several copies which were sent to various places in the US over fears it could be stolen.

    Meghan revealed that she was “so concerned” that the letter may be stolen while being delivered to her father that she entrusted a copy to her business manager.

    She said: “I was so concerned that the letter might get stolen while being FedExed from a return address labelled Kensington Palace to my father in Mexico, given that his name was now globally known, that I sent it via my trusted business manager, who was based in California and whom my father knew personally.”

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    Harry on Finding Freedom (continued)

    “Even if they choose not to use it, they should hear what it was like from someone who was in the thick of it.

    “So if you aren’t planning on telling them, can I ?!”

    Mr Knauf said he replied saying “Of course, I’ve never stopped”.

    Harry responded: “Oh how I hope they report on it properly. Good luck!”

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    Harry also tried to influence Royal biography

    Jason Knauf also claimed in his court papers that Harry had text him ahead of the meeting with the Finding Freedom authors with his own ideas.

    He said he advised the couple putting Scobie and Durand in touch with the Duchess’s friends was “not a good idea”, telling them: “Being able to say hand on heart that we did not facilitate access will be important.” 

    Harry said he agreed with Mr Knauf’s plan and later sent an email outlining what the aide could say.

    The document says Harry wrote: “Also, are u planning on giving them a rough idea of what she’s been through over the last 2yrs? Media onslaught, cyber bullying on a different scale, puppeteering Thomas Markle etc etc etc.

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    Prince of LA (continued)

    Speaking at the event onboard a warship, Harry said: "It’s wonderful to be back on USS Intrepid a decade after my last visit – and a lot has changed since then.

    "Just last week, I went for a ride on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile – how’s that for living the American dream.

    "I’ve lived in the US for close to two years now.

    "I have to say, witnessing your support for all those that put themselves in harm’s way in defence of our freedoms and liberties – it’s remarkable and hugely respected.

    "It reminds me of the deep reverence us Brits have for our military as well.

    "The armed forces communities in both our countries share a special bond, and I’m grateful to have served in support of our joint allyship for many years."

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    Prince of LA

    Prince Harry joked he is "living the American dream" as he honoured veterans at a glamorous New York gala with Meghan Markle last night.

    The Duke of Sussex praised his recent ride on the "Oscar Mayer Wienermobile" – a hotdog-shaped car – while addressing the audience at the Intrepid Valor Awards.

    The dad-of-two was joined by a glamorous Meghan who defiantly stepped out in a red dress – just hours after she apologised to the Court of Appeal amid a gruelling legal battle with a British newspaper.

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    An oversight

    Responding to Mr Knauf’s statement, Meghan claims he raised the book in summer 2018 but that she declined to meet the authors and advised friends not to take part. She says she searched for the words “Finding Freedom” in her emails — after The Mail on Sunday lawyers accused her of collaborating with the authors — but found zero results.

    Her new statement says: “I now believe this was an oversight.”

    She added: “I had forgotten about the email communications I had with Mr Knauf in November and December 2018, and about his meeting with the authors.”

    The Duchess also now says she “responded with some background reminders”.

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    Meghan's concern for her father's health suggested by Jason Knauf

    Following their wedding in 2018, pals of the Duchess claimed that she had made a series of “worried” phone calls to her father over his health.

    But court documents have today revealed that her concern over his wellbeing referred to in the letters was suggested by Mr Knauf, rather than the former actress herself.

    In the week before the nuptials Meghan released her first solo statement from the Palace, which said: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”

    The written statement from Mr Knauf states: “I responded by text suggesting we speak by phone to discuss some details in her letter regarding the order of events.

    “My recollection is that this call did not happen. The Duchess accepted one small drafting suggestion I made to mention her father’s health in the letter.”

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    Meghan's apology to the Court

    Meghan wrote: "I apologise to the Court for the fact that I had not remembered these exchanges at the time.

    "I had absolutely no wish or intention to mislead the Defendant or the Court."

    She claimed had she known about the emails she would have been "more than happy to refer to them" as "strongly" supporting of her case. 

    She wrote: "Not only do I refer to the background information shared with Mr Knauf as 'reminders', as much of it was information that he had already requested of me dating back to 2016 when he had asked me for a timeline relating to my family to enable him to engage with the media on enquiries, it is also a far cry from the very detailed personal information that the Defendant alleges that I wanted or permitted to put into the public domain." 

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    Meghan Markle news: The latest

    • Meghan KNEW dad’s letter would leak and called him Daddy so ‘if it went public it would pull at the heartstrings’
    • Meghan DID help Finding Freedom authors despite saying she had nothing to do with it, court docs allege
    • Meghan refused Palace advice to visit Thomas Markle & blasts royals for ‘putting pressure on her and Harry’
    • Five alleged ‘contradictions’ in Meghan Markle court docs over ‘heartfelt’ letter to dad Thomas
    • Seven explosive bombshells in Meghan Markle court docs that question her credibility

    The Royal banana

    A former royal chef has revealed that The Queen has an unusual way to eat bananas.

    Darren McGrady, a former Palace kitchen chef, has shared the method Her Majesty The Queen follows to stay elegant when eating bananas.

    The Queen, 95, peels the thick, yellow fruit with a knife and fork, said Mr McGrady, who worked at Buckingham Palace for more than 10 years.

    She would cut the top and bottom off, slice the skin away length-ways and chop it up into small pieces that would then be ready for her to eat elegantly.

    The Queen employed the technique so to avoid looking like a “gobbling monkey”, explained the royal chef.

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