Queen Elizabeth news – Inside 'forgotten castle' that could become Prince William & Kate Middleton's new family home

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton could move their family home to "forgotten castle" owned by the Queen.

It's long been thought that Prince William and Kate Middleton were “eyeing up” a move to Windsor and looking at areas suitable for bringing up their three kids. 

Their pair are said to be "seriously" thinking about moving to Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with a tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII signed his abdication papers in 1936.

Currently the fort is owned by the Crown Estate and is leased to the Weston family, close pals of the royals. 

The Queen herself has never lived there with royal fans considering it a "forgotten" castle as a result.

William, Kate and their family currently live at Apartment 1a at Kensington Palace as their main residence with 18th Century Amner Hall country house as their bolthole in the country.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte both currently attend St Thomas’s Prep School in Battersea, South West London. 

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

  • Milica Cosic

    Inside Prince Andrew’s fling with actress Koo Stark

    AMERICAN-born actress Koo Stark seemed to be the perfect match for the dashing Duke of York after the pair were set up for a blind date, and charmed the Queen when they had tea together.

    But when it was revealed she had appeared topless in an arthouse film in the late 1970s, the pressure on the couple became too much and they split up.

    Princess Diana also came to her aid, offering "valuable advice" on how to cope with royal life.

    "Diana was very concerned, kind, and supportive," Stark wrote. "She was under stress, too, even though she was safely behind palace gates."

    As media interest in the couple continued, Andrew reportedly pleaded in vain for the Palace to help her. But it proved to be too much, and the pair split up in 1983 after 18 months.

    "The amount of attention and pressure on me became unbearable," she said in 1988. "It was a nightmare."

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    Prince Andrew ‘kept Fergie’s wedding dress'

    PRINCE Andrew kept Fergie’s wedding dress in his wardrobe at Buckingham Palace after they divorced — and laid her make-up out on a dressing table, former maid ­Charlotte Briggs has claimed.

    Ex-royal maid Charlotte says he still held a torch for her after moving back in with his mum at Buckingham Palace.

    She told The Sun: “Although she didn’t live there, her make-up was still laid out on a dressing table.

    “I used to have to pick up all these eyeliners, mascaras and powders, dust underneath them and lay them back out every single day.

    “But she was never there. She didn’t live there and she certainly wasn’t welcome back after what she’d been up to.

    “Her clothes were there, so too were her shoes — and even her wedding dress was still hung up in the wardrobe. It was creepy.

    “It was all laid as if she was there. I couldn’t understand why I was cleaning around it all when she wasn’t going to be coming back.

    “He’d moved back home and she wasn’t welcome.

    “I polished the dressing table every day but I never saw her.”

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    Royals news you don't want to miss

    • It's feared the Queen may never meet Lilibet if Harry and Meghan decide not to return for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
    • An ex cop says the couple won't get police protection because the risk to the family is so low
    • And another former officer says the Sussexes would never be put at risk – and Harry is 'creating scenarios that don't exist'
    • Sun columnist Piers Morgan has blasted the Duke as a 'woefully entitled hypocrite'
    • But Harry says the UK is home – and he feels 'unsafe' after a 'security breach' at an event last summer
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      Charles ‘feels something is missing’ without seeing Lilibet & Archie

      PRINCE Charles is "sad" he can't see Archie and Lilibet and feels "something is missing" when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in LA, it's reported.

      Royal sources say the Prince of Wales has invited the Sussexes to stay with him when they are next in the UK and has told his youngest son he'd love to see his grandchildren.

      Charles hasn't seen Archie since he was six months old, and has never met baby Lilibet Diana, who was born in June.

      One source told the the Mirror: “The Prince of Wales has been saddened that he hasn’t had the opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, which he really does miss.

      “He is a fantastic grandfather and loves playing the role immensely and it’s certainly fair to say he feels there is something missing from his life without the ability to get to know Harry’s children.

      “This is something he is hoping to remedy which is why he made the gesture for Harry, Meghan and the children to stay with him if they wanted to, whenever they may come home for a period of time.

      “In the meantime there has been a series of good-natured and enjoyable calls between them all which is something the prince very much looks forward to.”

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      ‘I had to line up Andrew’s bears in size order’ (Continued…)

      Former Buckingham Palace maid, Charlotte Briggs, revealed the vast majority of the teddies were dressed as sailors, in uniforms and caps, and plucked from all corners of the globe.

      The biggest were put at the back, with the rest in descending order of size to the smallest at the front.

      But the Prince’s two favourite teddies were each given pride of place on two mahogany thrones at his bedside. Charlotte said: “The teddies had to be in a particular order on his four-poster bed, from the biggest at the back, down to the smallest at the front.

      “All 72 of them. Each had to be carefully positioned. They were old-fashioned teddy bears — the Steiff ones — and nearly all of them had sailor suits on and hats.

      “It took me half an hour to arrange them — most bizarre thing to be paid for.

      “Then at bedtime I had to take all the teddies off and arrange them around the room.

      “They each had a set place. We had to stack the smaller ones in an unused fireplace, again in size order, to make them look pretty.

      “His two favourite bears sat on two thrones either side of the bed. The others would sit at the foot of the bed on the floor.”

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      'I had to line up Andrew’s bears in size order'

      PRINCE Andrew’s teddy collection was so big it took a whole day for staff to be trained how to arrange them on his bed, a former Buckingham Palace maid has revealed. 

      The 72 soft toys had to be painstakingly placed in size order every morning, according to Charlotte Briggs.

      Charlotte, 47, revealed: “As soon as I got the job, I was told about the teddies and it was drilled into me how he wanted them.

      “I even had a day’s training. Everything had to be just right. It was so peculiar.”

      She added: “It was so odd. After all, he was a grown man who had served in the Falklands.

      “But he absolutely loved the ­teddies and was very clear about how he wanted them arranged.”

      harlotte remembers that when she worked for the Duke, there were 72 teddies she had to “mess about with every day”.

      She told how Andrew frequently lost his temper with his poorly paid servants — especially if it involved his cuddly toys.

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      Charles 'increasingly desperate' to see his grandchildren

      Prince Charles is said to be increasingly desperate to see his grandchildren.

      A source told the Mirror: “The Prince of Wales has been saddened that he hasn’t had the opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, which he really does miss.

      “He is a fantastic grandfather and loves playing the role immensely and it’s certainly fair to say he feels there is something missing from his life without the ability to get to know Harry’s children.

      “This is something he is hoping to remedy which is why he made the gesture for Harry, Meghan and the children to stay with him if they wanted to, whenever they may come home for a period of time.

      “In the meantime there has been a series of good-natured and enjoyable calls between them all which is something the prince very much looks forward to.”

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      Sussexes 'unhappiness' as members of the Royal Firm

      Meghan Markle and Prince Charles are said to have bonded over their shared interest for art, culture and history.

      However, since quitting royal duties last year, Harry has openly slammed his father's parenting skills, insisting he moved to California to “break the cycle” of pain for Meghan and their kids.

      And the Sussexes have not shied away from detailing how unhappy they were as members of the Royal Firm either – something which would cast an awkward shadow over any family.

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      Prince Charles' olive branch for Meghan rejected

      MEGHAN Markle is unlikely to stay with Prince Charles in the UK as it will be "awkward" following the family's very public row, an expert has said.

      The Prince of Wales reportedly invited the Sussexes to stay with him when they are next in the UK and has told Prince Harry he'd love to see his grandchildren.

      According to reports, Charles offered to bring the family together for the first time since Megxit in the lead-up to Christmas.

      But royal biographer Angela Levin believes the likelihood of Meghan and Harry accepting such an invitation is slim – as it would be too awkward.

      The royal author told the Sun Online: "Of course when you are married your partner has a say in it all and I don’t believe Meghan ever wants to come back here.

      "She would find it very difficult to stay with Prince Charles and the duchess [of Cornwall] because I think she would be quite awkward about it all."

    • Milica Cosic

      Maid says Andrew LAUGHED when his dog bit her

      ROYAL maid Charlotte Briggs says Andrew laughed when his dog bit her on the leg.

      Charlotte, then 22, was ­attacked by nine-year-old Norfolk terrier Bendicks, named after Fergie’s favourite chocolates.

      Charlotte revealed the dog drew blood after being spooked by a vacuum cleaner.

      She said: “My leg was bleeding and my tights ripped.”

      After her shift she was sent to the Duke’s personal physician for a tetanus jab. Charlotte said a butler later told Andrew of the attack and “they just laughed”.

      She said: “He wasn’t bothered. Even when I was limping and my leg was purple he never apologised. It’s those little things that tell a lot about people and their character.”

      Bendicks, branded a “nasty little s***”, also attacked a carpet fitter and the Duke’s equerry. He died in 2000, aged 13, and in 2010 featured on a doormat gift from Fergie for Andrew’s 50th birthday.

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      Send your tales of meeting the Queen to us

      To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we would love to share YOUR memories of meeting the most famous woman in the world.

      As next month the Queen will have been on the throne for a record 70 years, we're sure in that time she has met hundreds of thousands of ordinary folk.

      Send stories to our special email address: [email protected].

      If you have photos of your royal meeting, please attach them.

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      Piers Morgan reveals The Queen’s hilarious quip

      PIERS Morgan has revealed what The Queen told him after he suggested she might not be entirely delighted with all the garden parties she puts on.

      Speaking on Brett Lee’s podcast, he shared:  “I said, Your Majesty, can I ask you a question? Do you actually like the garden parties that you have to attend?”

      “She looked at me and said, ‘Mr Morgan, let me put it to you like this. How would you like 12,000 complete strangers trampling on your lawn?'”

      Laughing, Piers continued: “I thought it was a very good answer. I said, ‘I wouldn’t like that very much at all, Ma’am’.

      “And she just raised her regal eyebrow. She was great fun.”

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      Royal news you may have missed recently

      • Royals will ‘breathe a sigh of relief’ if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t come to Philip’s memorial, expert says
      • Queen launching a royal brown sauce to rival HP
      • Prince Andrew DELETES Twitter, Instagram & Facebook accounts as royal blasted over Maxwell & Epstein documentary
      • Harry and Meghan ‘setting up 11 firms in tax haven’ for ‘multi-million-dollar memoir’ & other deals

      Harry plans to sue Government

      Harry plans to sue the Government to give him back the protection he lost when he quit royal duties.

      And until then, legal representatives for the duke have said he and his family will be "unable to return" to the UK.

      Asked whether the Sussexes could return for Philip's memorial, Royal biographer Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: "It wouldn't at all surprise me if they didn’t come back. I think the security gives them a good excuse not to. 

      "Harry might come because it looks good from a PR point of view.

      "He will be criticised if he does come and criticised if he doesn't – he will look disrespectful to his grandfather who he was very fond of – so Harry may come but I’d be very surprised if Meghan does."

      The expert added: "In the current climate flying about for one off events isn't a very good look, I think if [the memorial visit] was combined with a few days and a serious attempt to sit down with his brother and father and try and talk things through, you can see the point, but I don't get the impression that anyone is ready to heal the rift."

      Philip's memorial perfect opportunity to introduce Lilibet

      The spring service for Harry's late grandfather, who died at the age of 99, falls in the same year as the Queen's platinum jubilee.

      It would be the perfect opportunity for the Sussexes to introduce their daughter, Lilibet, to the Royal Family.

      But fears over their security has cast doubt over whether they will make the celebrations.

      A legal representative for the Duke said of him leaving the UK: "While his role within the institution has changed, his profile as a member of the royal family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.

      "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK.

      "In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”

      Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

      • Milica Cosic

        HP look out – there's a new royal brown sauce

        THE monarchy is to battle again with the Houses of Parliament — launching a brown sauce to rival HP.

        A royal ketchup is also splattering on the market — but both will need a substantial sauce of income at £6.99 a bottle.

        The “Royal Estate” condiments are produced at the Queen’s place in Sandringham, Norfolk.

        It will set you back an eye-watering £6.99 for a 295g bottle, compared to 60p for Sainsbury’s 460g version.

        Sandringham’s Brown Sauce is “packed with vinegar and spices”. But it is less than half the size of a 600g bottle of Heinz-owned HP — £2.89 at Tesco.

      • Milica Cosic

        Meghan & Harry’s ‘inappropriate’ request

        According to an expert, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's request to live in Windsor Castle after their wedding may have been rejected by the Queen because it would have been "inappropriate".

        After their wedding, they wanted somewhere bigger to raise a family, and according to The Sunday Times, they went to the Queen for help.

        The Duke and Duchess asked Her Majesty if they could live at Windsor Castle – something royal biographer Hugo Vickers said may not have been "entirely appropriate".

        The royal historian told the Times in 2019: "There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments within Windsor Castle which the Sussexes may have had their eye on, or perhaps some former living quarters in the castle grounds converted into other things.

        "But I can see how it might not be entirely appropriate to have a young family living there."

      • Milica Cosic

        Fury as Andrew & Harry WILL receive Jubilee medals

        PRINCE Andrew and Prince Harry will receive Platinum Jubilee medals from the Queen after all – despite being ineligible.

        The Dukes are not eligible to receive medals marking the Queen's 70 years on the throne through their military affiliations after they were stripped by the Queen.

        But Her Majesty, 95, is set to privately fund commemorative gongs for the Royal Family, as she does on all past jubilee occasions.

        This means Harry, 37, and Andrew, 61, are spared the embarrassment and the medals will be a private gift from the monarch.

        And the latest is likely to cause upset among war heroes who called for Andrew to be stripped of his military patronages.

      • Milica Cosic

        Meg & Harry ‘setting up 11 firms in tax haven’

        Lawyers and business managers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have incorporated 11 companies and a trust for the couple since April 2020, according to state filings.

        The couple opted to set up the firms in domestic tax haven Delaware – rather than in California where they live and conduct business.

        Two of the companies are publishing firms, set up by attorney Richard Genow, who has worked with Meghan for Years, and the duchess’s business manager, money guru Andrew Meyer, reports Mail Online.

        The first – Peca Publishing LLC – was used by Meghan to hold the rights for her children’s book The Bench.

        The second – Orinoco Publishing LLC – is thought to have been set up to hold the rights for Harry’s in his bombshell memoir – due to be published later this year.

        Other companies set up by the Sussexes include Cobblestone Lane LLC – which was set up in February 2020 and holds the Archewell logo.

        Two others manage the royal’s netflix and Spotify deals – Archewell Audio LLC and Archewell Productions LLC.

        Two more “entertainment” companies were created a year later – Bridgemont LLC and Hampshire LLC.

        Read more here.

      • Milica Cosic

        Prince Andrew DELETES social media accounts

        PRINCE Andrew's Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts have been quietly deleted – as the embattled royal is blasted by furious Brits over a new doc that aired last night.

        Account @thedukeofyork no longer exists on Twitter, although it is believed to have been running within the past couple of days.

        The Duke's Facebook and Instagram accounts – which both have the handle @hrhthedukeofyork – were still live this morning, six days after Andrew lost his titles and gave up his use of the HRH style last Thursday.

        However, a source close to Andrew told MailOnline all of his social media channels have now been removed and are no longer live.

        They said some of the accounts were simply taking longer to filter through and may still appear as though they are live.

        The source said: "The changes have been made to reflect the recent statement from Buckingham Palace regarding The Duke of York."

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        Andrew's high demands including water be ‘at room temperature’

        PRINCE Andrew demanded his water be served at room temperature – and ensured his valet carried a six-foot ironing board on foreign trips, it's reported.

        Simon Wilson, the former deputy head of mission in Bahrain – who previously hosted the prince – has revealed further details of the royal's travelling entourage.

        He told The Times Andrew flew with a team which included his equerries and private secretaries, as well as a valet armed with a whopping ironing board.

        And the prince issued detailed directives about his life on the road – including the exact temperature of his water, Mr Wilson said.

        The diplomat said Andrew was "rude and boorish" – and was known as a "buffoon" because of his "childish obsession with doing the exact opposite of what had been agreed".

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        Meghan Markle also eligible for a Platinum Jubilee medal

        The medals will be distributed to "both working and non-working" family members such as Harry and Andrew, sources say.

        This also means Meghan Markle is eligible to get a Platinum Jubilee medal along with other non-working members of the family.

        The Platinum Jubilee medals are set to be awarded to serving members of the Armed Forces, police, fire, emergency and prison services on Feb 6.

        The gongs, which are made of nickel silver, feature an image of the Queen with the Latin inscription "Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fid Def", which stands for "Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith".

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        Harry tipped to speak publicly about police row

        Prince Harry will speak out publicly out his police protection row, a royal expert has claimed.

        Royal author Angela Levin, who penned a biography on Harry, said she thinks the Duke will speak out about the row in an interview.

        Ms Levin said: "I think he will mention [the security row] if he’s doing an interview.

        "I think whatever he is doing he will fit it in publicly.

        "It’s all been hush hush.

        "It might be too late [to get it into the memoir] but it will certainly come out somewhere in public, he won’t keep that quiet.

        "It’s another reason for him to show he wasn’t respected."

      • Milica Cosic

        Andrew's ‘completely inappropriate’ remark at pregnant woman

        PRINCE Andrew shocked a pregnant woman with a "completely inappropriate" remark before laughing "like a schoolboy", it's reported.

        The embattled royal faces fresh humiliation after a report claiming he's a "t*ts and a bum man" resurfaced.

        The article from 2015 quotes an acquaintance of Andrew's, who alleged he'd heard the Duke make "a few unbelievable comments".

        "He made some completely inappropriate comment to someone who was pregnant and had massive boobs," the pal told New Zealand paper Waikato Times.

        "You just think, 'Oh yikes – schoolboy stuff'.

        "And he would roar with laughter and think it was hilarious, while said victim looked ashen-faced."

        The report was published the day after ex-wife Sarah Ferguson famously defended Andrew as "a great man, the best man in the world".

        It caps off a mortifying few days for the royal.

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        Kate attacked by fans for 'copying Meghan's style'

        Kate Middleton has been criticised by a fan of the Duchess of Sussex while she was visiting Clitheroe Community Hospital in Lancashire for her second joint engagement of the year with Prince William.

        Referring to Kate's choice to wear a beige coat, one Twitter user wrote: "She bought all #MeghanMarkles coats,"

        "Kopy Kate in her Kopy Koats. No more Coat dresses for Kitty." 

        However, one fan backed her up saying: "It's January. Woman in trousers and winter coat shocker."

        However, Kate appears to have first donned this beige coat during an event in March last year – months before the Duchess of Sussex's outing in New York.

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