THE unnamed Royal who allegedly raised concerns of baby Archie's skin was just being "realistic" not racist, says football legend John Barnes.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey during an explosive interview that Archie wasn't made a prince after "concerns and conversations" about "how dark" his skin would be when he was born.

The revelation back in March has prompted months of speculation about the 'Royal racist' but the former Liverpool star, 57, said most black people would think 'so what' when hearing about it.

He told the Sunday Times:

"If you listen to what Meghan says, it's not about them [the unnamed royal] worrying if the baby is dark or not, it's them worrying about how the public are going to view that.

"Because they know if the baby is too dark, the public will not view the baby as positively. They're being realistic."

Barnes said there was no way the public would not care that the new royal baby was not "blonde haired and blue-eyed" because of prejudices towards black people in the UK.

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    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will NOT fly back to UK

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be making a return to the UK for a postponed party to celebrate Princess Diana.

    The Sussexes had been weighing up whether to join his brother William and 100 guests, including Sir Elton John, at the rearranged bash later this month.

    Harry, 37, flew back for the scaled-down unveiling of the Diana statue in July, without Meghan, 40, who had just given birth, but a reception was shelved due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The party to honour Di with her friends and family will now take place at Kensington Palace a week on Tuesday.

    It was always thought Harry wanted to return for the hour-long celebration of his mother’s life when it was rearranged.

    But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash, reports The Telegraph.

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    Met Police will drop case against Prince Andrew

    The Met Police says it will take no further action after conducting a review of evidence relating to sex crime allegations against Prince Andrew & Jeffrey Epstein.

    Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, said in August that detectives would look at the allegations for a third time although they would not start an investigation.

    “As a matter of procedure MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a U.S. civil action,” the police said in a statement on Monday.

    “This review has concluded and we are taking no further action.”

    In her civil lawsuit, Giuffre, 38, has accused Andrew of forcing her to have sex when she was underage at the London home of Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell.

    She also said Andrew, 61, abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, and on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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    Will George ever be King?

    The Royal Family “may never see Prince George become King”.

    Royal commentator Daniela Elser has pinpointed how the turmoil facing the Firm didn’t make a “pretty picture” for its future.

    Speaking about the change that will happen in the coming years as the Queen’s reign ends, she said: “When that mournful day comes, we might not be only saying goodbye to a truly iconic figure but farewelling the last and final Queen of the UK.

    “It will be up to her son, grandson and great-grandson what comes next; they will be fighting for nothing short of survival.”

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    Style it out

    MEGHAN Markle was seen making visits to the estate of a beauty marketing firm executive in a hint she may be about to launch her own cosmetic line.

    Meghan, 40, reportedly made visits to Guthy-Renker co-founder Bill Guthy’s home in Carpinteria, California, with husband Prince Harry, 37, and her mum Doria several times between February and March.

    Harry and Meghan had also flown on a private jet owned by the cosmetics firm during a tour of New York City, the Daily Mail reported

    There has since been speculation that Meghan could be about to launch her own cosmetics line – following in the footsteps of supermodel Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Lopez and Heidi Klum.

    The Sussexes were seen driving from Mr Guthy’s estate with Meghan beside him and her mum Doria Ragland in the backseat on March 1.

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    Who is Princess Michael of Kent? 

    Princess Michael of Kent, 75 – who was often called Princess Pushy – is married to the Queen’s paternal cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

    She is a member of the British Royal Family of German, Austrian, and Hungarian descent, who was born in Karlsbad, Germany, which is now located in Czechia. 

    Born in 1945, her father – who was a Nazi party member – divorced from her mother a year later and she moved to Australia in 1950, where she was educated.

    She then headed to London to study History of Fine and Decorative Art.

    Princess Michael was an interior designer before becoming an author, who penned a number of books on European royalty.

    Prince Michael is a paternal first cousin of the Queen and the grandson of King George V and Queen Mary.

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    Prince Charles ‘will live in “flat above the shop” when he is king’

    Prince Charles is set to “live in a ‘flat above the shop’” after Buckingham Palace is allegedly thrown open to the public when he is King.

    In a bid to radically overhaul the Royal estate, the monarch will be left in less-than lavish living arrangements as the Palace is opened up to the public, it’s been suggested.

    Prince Charles is also planning to move the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Windsor Castle, because its position in the Heathrow flight path makes it “too noisy” for him.

    It will be a property move that the Cambridges are said to want, according to a friend of the royals.

    And there are talks that Balmoral could turn into a “museum” dedicated to the Queen as part of the property reshuffle.

    As well as slimming down the monarchy, the “property question” is also on the “to do list,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.

     

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    Harry has returned to the UK twice this year

    Harry has returned to the UK twice this year, once for his grandfather’s funeral and again for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Diana.

    It is not known whether he will make a return for the rest of the year.

    He and Meghan had previously been mulling a visit for a party to mark his late mother, which will be attended by 100 guests including William and Sir Elton John,

    It’s understood Harry was particularly keen to travel back for the hour-long celebration.

    But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash.

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    ‘Great shame’ Harry & Meg not returning

    A spokeswoman for the Sussexes confirmed on Saturday that the Duke would not be in attendance.

    And experts have said it will further harm the already strained relations between Harry, 37, and his brother William, 39.

    Royal expert and author Penny Junor said: “It is a great shame they are not coming. 

    “The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from.  They don’t come back and the rift continues. 

    “There is a lot of work to be done, it’s a shame they can’t come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work.”

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    No return for big day

    PRINCE Harry will not be returning to the UK for Remembrance Day, instead choosing to fly to New York to honour veterans, it’s reported.

    News the duke will stay in the US for the commemoration comes after it was confirmed he and Meghan also won’t make it back for a postponed party celebrating Princess Diana.

    Harry – who served in the Army for a decade, completing two tours of Afghanistan – will instead present the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards in the Big Apple next month.

    The ceremony will pay tribute to veterans and military families “living with the invisible wounds of war”, the Telegraph reports.

     

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    Sussexes accused of widening rift after Diana party snub

    By Matt Wilkinson

    Harry and wife Meghan have been accused of widening their family rift by snubbing a bash in honour of his mum.

    The US-based couple have turned down invitations to a re-scheduled party next week celebrating Princess Diana’s life. It will further harm the strained relationship between Harry, 37, and his brother William and dad Charles, royal-watchers say. Author Penny Junor said: “They don’t come back and the rift continues.”

    About 100 friends and family, including Harry’s pal Elton John, are expected at the Kensington Palace event. It was due to be held after July’s Di statue unveiling, which Harry attended alone.

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    Question over Archie’s skin colour was Royals ‘being realistic’ says Barnsey

    THE unnamed royal who questioned the skin colour of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie was “just being realistic” and not racist, John Barnes has said.

    The ex-Liverpool ace, 57, made the comments after Meghan told Oprah Winfrey during an explosive interview that Archie wasn’t made a prince after “concerns and conversations” about “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.

    Barnes said in his opinion that most black people would say “so what” to a question about their baby’s skin colour.

    Barnes – a dad-of-seven – told the Sunday Times Magazine: “You speak to most black people and they’ll say ‘Yeah, so what?’ I would expect that conversation to be had by the family.

    “People will always wonder what the baby will look like and if it is going to be dark. If you listen to what Meghan says, it’s not about them [the unnamed royal] worrying if the baby is dark or not, it’s them worrying about how the public are going to view that.

    “Because they know if the baby is too dark, the public will not view the baby as positively. They’re being realistic. Let’s not pretend the public won’t care whether it’s a blond-haired blue-eyed baby or jet black, because they will.”

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    Who was Princess Margaret?

    HRH Princess Margaret was born on August 21, 1930, at Glamis Castle in Scotland, to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

    She was the younger sister and only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II.

    For several days the registration of the princess’ birth was deliberately delayed in order to avoid her being numbered 13 and associated with its ‘unlucky’ connotations.

    In 1936 Princess Margaret’s world was turned upside down when her uncle King Edward VIII abdicated to marry divorcee, Wallis Simpson.

    It meant her father, a reluctant Prince George, would become King and that her sister Elizabeth was now the country’s future Queen.

    At the tender age of six, Margaret was second in line to the British throne.

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    Andrew’s siblings rule he must not return – as William sees him as ‘threat to monarchy’

    Prince Andrew’s siblings decided nine months ago there was “no way back” for the scandal-hit royal, we can reveal.

    Charles, Anne and Edward held a summit in January where they ruled the Duke of York should never return to public life.

    It was reported last night that Prince William sees his uncle as a threat to the monarchy’s future.

    Andrew, 61, harbours a return to royal life despite facing a sex abuse lawsuit in the US.

    A source said: “Nine months ago Charles, Anne and Edward had a meeting, a summit, and agreed there was no way back for him.”

    Meanwhile, sources close to future king Wills revealed to The Sunday Times how he thinks Andrew has an “ungracious and ungrateful” attitude to his position.

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    The ‘magic touch’

    The Duke, 37, has the “magic touch” when it comes to his daughter Lilibet, and he has a handy little hack to rock her off to sleep, according to US royal sources.

    “Harry adores Lili and loves reading her bedtime stories and rocking her to sleep,” a US source reportedly told Us Weekly.

    “He has a real magic touch. There’s just so much love and gratitude and they couldn’t ask for more.”

    Royal watchers are yet to see young Lilibet, but proud mum Meghan recently described her as “beautiful” during the couple’s work trip to New York.

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    Sussexes accused of widening rift after Diana party snub

    By Matt Wilkinson

    Harry and wife Meghan have been accused of widening their family rift by snubbing a bash in honour of his mum.

    The US-based couple have turned down invitations to a re-scheduled party next week celebrating Princess Diana’s life. It will further harm the strained relationship between Harry, 37, and his brother William and dad Charles, royal-watchers say. Author Penny Junor said: “They don’t come back and the rift continues.”

    About 100 friends and family, including Harry’s pal Elton John, are expected at the Kensington Palace event. It was due to be held after July’s Di statue unveiling, which Harry attended alone.

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    Out of touch

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been accused of being “out of touch” by royal experts who say that in five years time “no one will be listening to them.”

    Katie Nicholl, Royal Correspondent at Vanity Fair appeared on True Royalty TV’s programme The Royal Beat where she discussed the Sussex’s recent visit to a New York City School.

    Speaking on the show she said: “Turning up at an underprivileged school in Harlem in a couture coat that costs more than the combined incomes of most of those parents at the school – it doesn’t make any sense. It just shows them to not be in touch.” 

    Author and royal expert Robert Jobson agrees, telling the programme: “If they’d been shielded by the ‘royal umbrella’, they wouldn’t be falling into so many of these traps, and they’d probably still have a degree of popularity, and a chance to have a voice. 

    “I don’t think that in five years’ time people will be listening.” 

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    To return, or not to return?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex COULD return to the UK to make an appearance at a party in honour of Princess Diana which is due to take place on Tuesday.

    As many as 100 guests, including Prince William and Elton John, are expected to attend the celebration. The party was initially planned for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.

    It will take place at Kensington Palace, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are weighing up whether or not to attend.

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    Who is Princess Michael of Kent? 

    Princess Michael of Kent, 75 – who was often called Princess Pushy – is married to the Queen’s paternal cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

    She is a member of the British Royal Family of German, Austrian, and Hungarian descent, who was born in Karlsbad, Germany, which is now located in Czechia. 

    Born in 1945, her father – who was a Nazi party member – divorced from her mother a year later and she moved to Australia in 1950, where she was educated.

    She then headed to London to study History of Fine and Decorative Art.

    Princess Michael was an interior designer before becoming an author, who penned a number of books on European royalty.

    Prince Michael is a paternal first cousin of the Queen and the grandson of King George V and Queen Mary.

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    How many people will attend Tuesday's rescheduled Diana event?

    About 100 friends and family including Harry's pals Elton John and David Furnish are expected at the rearranged event.

    Harry is researching his mum's life for his bombshell memoir and it was always thought that he would return for the party.

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    Sussexes’ won’t return for Diana memorial party

    He and Meghan had previously been mulling a visit for a party to mark his late mother, which will be attended by 100 guests including William and Sir Elton John,

    It’s understood Harry was particularly keen to travel back for the hour-long celebration. But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash.

    Travel restrictions from the US have now been lifted so the California-based pair would have been spared Covid quarantine.

    Majesty Magazine editor-in-chief Ingrid Seward, at said of the reception: “You would have thought it would definitely be something Harry would really want to be at.

    “I can’t imagine anything less important for him because he would want to respect his mother. It is an important gathering of his mother’s friends. He could even get a few quotes for his memoir. I am sure Meghan would want to be there for Diana and Harry.”

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    Question over Archie’s skin colour was Royals ‘being realistic’ says Barnsey

    THE unnamed royal who questioned the skin colour of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie was “just being realistic” and not racist, John Barnes has said.

    The ex-Liverpool ace, 57, made the comments after Meghan told Oprah Winfrey during an explosive interview that Archie wasn’t made a prince after “concerns and conversations” about “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.

    Barnes said in his opinion that most black people would say “so what” to a question about their baby’s skin colour.

    Barnes – a dad-of-seven – told the Sunday Times Magazine: “You speak to most black people and they’ll say ‘Yeah, so what?’ I would expect that conversation to be had by the family.

    “People will always wonder what the baby will look like and if it is going to be dark. If you listen to what Meghan says, it’s not about them [the unnamed royal] worrying if the baby is dark or not, it’s them worrying about how the public are going to view that.

    “Because they know if the baby is too dark, the public will not view the baby as positively. They’re being realistic. Let’s not pretend the public won’t care whether it’s a blond-haired blue-eyed baby or jet black, because they will.”

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    Harry has returned to the UK twice this year

    Harry has returned to the UK twice this year, once for his grandfather’s funeral and again for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Diana.

    It is not known whether he will make a return for the rest of the year.

    He and Meghan had previously been mulling a visit for a party to mark his late mother, which will be attended by 100 guests including William and Sir Elton John,

    It’s understood Harry was particularly keen to travel back for the hour-long celebration.

    But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash.

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    'Not interested in making things work'

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are "not interested in making things work" with the Royal Family after they snubbed an invite to a bash in honour of Princess Diana.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex turned down the invitation to the rescheduled party at Kensington Palace just weeks after flying to New York for a royal-style tour of the city. 

    A spokeswoman for the Sussexes confirmed on Saturday that the Duke would not be in attendance – with experts now saying the move will further harm the already strained relations between Harry, 37, and his brother William, 39.

    Royal expert and author, Penny Junor said: "It is a great shame they are not coming. 

    "The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from.  They don't come back and the rift continues.  There is a lot of work to be done, it's a shame they can't come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work."

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    Sussexes accused of widening rift after Diana party snub

    By Matt Wilkinson

    Harry and wife Meghan have been accused of widening their family rift by snubbing a bash in honour of his mum.

    The US-based couple have turned down invitations to a re-scheduled party next week celebrating Princess Diana's life. It will further harm the strained relationship between Harry, 37, and his brother William and dad Charles, royal-watchers say. Author Penny Junor said: "They don't come back and the rift continues."

    About 100 friends and family, including Harry's pal Elton John, are expected at the Kensington Palace event. It was due to be held after July's Di statue unveiling, which Harry attended alone.

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    Sussexes' won't return for Diana memorial party

    He and Meghan had previously been mulling a visit for a party to mark his late mother, which will be attended by 100 guests including William and Sir Elton John,

    It's understood Harry was particularly keen to travel back for the hour-long celebration. But now it has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes that the couple will not be returning for the bash.

    Travel restrictions from the US have now been lifted so the California-based pair would have been spared Covid quarantine.

    Majesty Magazine editor-in-chief Ingrid Seward, at said of the reception: “You would have thought it would definitely be something Harry would really want to be at.

    "I can’t imagine anything less important for him because he would want to respect his mother. It is an important gathering of his mother’s friends. He could even get a few quotes for his memoir. I am sure Meghan would want to be there for Diana and Harry.”

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