Meghan Markle & Prince Harry latest news: Spotify work to continue despite ‘concerns’ as Duchess set to 'relaunch blog'

THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex have 'expressed concerns' to Spotify about Covid-19 misinformation, but say they will continue to work with the platform.

The couple have come under pressure to ditch their £18million mega-deal with the company over the US commentator's views.

In a statement released on Sunday, they said they have spoken with Spotify bosses about their concerns, and have said: "We have continued to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis.

"We look to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does."

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle could be set to relaunch her lifestyle blog, five years after closing it down.

The Duchess has applied to reactivate The Tig trademark, a move sure to excite her fans. The trademark application was filed under a Delaware-based holding company called Frim Fram Inc, which is linked to the Duchess' business manager Andrew Meyer, according to the Mail.

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    Harry's book will provide a 'definitive account of his experiences'

    Prince Harry's book will provide a "definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape him".

    Exactly what it will reveal remains to be seen, and just how damaging it could prove to Charles and Camilla similarly hangs in the balance.

    But Harry has previously shared how he experienced "pain or suffering" because of the pain his parents endured in a potential dig at the way Charles handled the death of Diana when he was just 12.

    He also told Oprah Winfrey that his father "literally cut me off financially" in 2020 and discussed his "genetic pain".

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    Camilla taking on Meg's role 'will add more friction'

    Meghan, 40, carried out just one public engagement at the National Theatre during her time as patron, as well as once visiting privately before stepping down.

    Camilla taking on one of Meghan's former roles may further fuel the alleged friction between her and the Sussexes.

    Charles, 73, and Camilla are said to fear Harry's imminent memoir will be an "excoriating takedown" of the Duchess of Cornwall, particularly in the early years of the couple's romance.

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    Camilla to take Meghan Markle’s patronage

    The Duchess of Cornwall is to become royal patron of the National Theatre – a position previously held by the Duchess of Sussex.

    Meghan was gifted the prestigious duty by the Queen, 95, in 2019 after herself holding it for 45 years.

    But the former actress was stripped of the patronage when she and Prince Harry, 37, announced their departure from royal life one year later.

    It reverted back to Her Majesty in 2020 but will be passed on to Camilla, 74, in the next few months, The Sunday Times reports.

    A source close to the theatre-loving duchess claimed she was "pretty miffed" to have lost out on the role three years ago.

    "She really wanted it," they said.

    "She was pretty miffed when it went to Meghan, and will be all the more delighted to take it on now, after being disappointed not to get it first time round."

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    Kate Middleton's popularity in the US

    THE Duchess of Cambridge is more than twice as popular in the US as sister-in-law Meghan, a poll reveals.

    Kate is preferred by 68.2 per cent of those Stateside.

    But Meghan’s rating is down at 31 per cent, a year after she and hubby Prince Harry gave a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey.

    American royal commentator Christopher Andersen said: “Kate has become an even bigger superstar without ever setting foot here.

    “She embodies everything Americans expect in a princess destined to become Queen — beauty, grace, regal bearing and the ability to connect.

    “Whatever royal scandal is making headlines, the Duchess of Cambridge sails above it all.”

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    The Sussexes making celeb connections

    Elsewhere, it's reported that the royal pair are making more celeb connections.

    Meghan and Harry are understood to have asked for secret talks with Spider-Man couple Tom Holland and Zendaya, despite them never meeting previously.

    The Duke and Duchess were reportedly eager to rub shoulders with the stars, whose recent release took £1.27billion at the box office.

    Harry vowed to become “financially independent” when he and Meghan, 40, quit their lives as senior royals in 2020 and moved to the US.

    Ms Levin, who spent a year working with Harry for an authorised biography, told Sun Online: "This all seems to be a big turnaround from their philanthropic and non-profit work to just pure entertainment.

    "It suggests they want to earn loads more money."

    Highlighting Harry's appearance on James Corden's show last February, and Meghan's on Ellen's back in November, Ms Levin said there are "rumours" the pair will hit Hollywood.

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    Harry & Meghan's multi-million pound deals

    The couple signed multi-million pound deals with both Spotify and Netflix back in 2020 – a decision Harry says he was forced to take after he was stripped of his security detail during Megxit.

    The streaming giant said it was looking forward to a "full-scale" launch of shows in 2021 – but nothing appeared.

    And after the lengthy wait, a host of in-house producers have been hired to finally deliver content for the royals.

    Bosses are currently recruiting new in-house staff to work with Harry and Meghan's Archewell Audio for a show that features "the voices of high profile women."

    Despite the delay in recording podcasts, the Sussexes are believed to be making plans for an Oprah-style media empire that could reportedly see them fronting their own talkshows.

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    Harry to give lecture on importance of ‘taking a break’ 

    PRINCE Harry is set to give a lecture on the importance of taking a break – despite making just one podcast since signing an £18million mega-deal with Spotify.

    The talk will be screened to 100,000 people who subscribe to BetterUp. Harry was made the firm's chief impact officer last year.

    Promos for the lecture show a photo of Harry alongside the slogan: "Breakthroughs happen when you take a break."

    He will be joined at the Inner Work Day seminar by Meghan's friend Serena Williams.

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    Explained: How Meghan's blog got its name

    Meghan launched The Tig from her home in Canada in 2014, when she was an actress in the legal drama Suits.

    Explaining the blog's name, she previously said of her first sip of Tignanello wine: "It was an ah-ha moment at its finest.

    "For me it became a 'Tig' moment – a moment of getting it."

    Around the time of joining the Royal Family, Meghan closed her blog, personal Instagram page and quit acting.

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    Meghan Markle could relaunch her blog

    MEGHAN Markle could be set to relaunch her lifestyle blog, five years after closing it down.

    The Duchess of Sussex shut The Tig, which is named after her favourite wine Tignanello, in April 2017 – before announcing her engagement to Prince Harry that year.

    Now Meghan has applied to reactivate The Tig trademark, a move sure to excite her fans.

    She previously described the blog as a "passion project" which "evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity".

    Public records in America, accessed by The Mail, show LA lawyer Marjorie Witter Norman filed a new application to trademark the name in July last year.

    The trademark application was filed under a Delaware-based holding company called Frim Fram Inc, which is linked to the Duchess' business manager Andrew Meyer, according to the Mail.

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    Prince Andrew could face 'BAILIFFS coming round'

    PRINCE Andrew faces bailiffs turning up at his home – the £30 million Royal Lodge to seize his assets – if loses his sex case trial, a lawyer has warned.

    Already there have been claims he has sold his £17 million ski chalet in the Swiss alps to avoid having it seized should he lose the case.

    And while his home, the Royal Lodge, is not owned by him – he could see officers from the court turning up at the gates.

    Lawyer Arick Fudali, who has worked closely with victims of Epstein for Lisa Bloom’s firm, said Andrew faces having his assets seized if he loses.

    "There is a method and procedure for seizing assets, even overseas assets, in the event there is an award of damages and the defendant tries to avoid paying,” he told The Sun Online.

    “This could include seizing bank accounts, physical property, etc. 

    “Assuming for the sake of this question that there is an award of damages against Prince Andrew, he would be able to avoid the seizure of assets by posting a bond pending the inevitable appeal.

    “Assuming the appeal goes in favour of Ms. Giuffre, Prince Andrew would either have to pay the amount owed, settle the matter for another amount, or risk his assets being seized.”

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    A quiet year for Harry and Meghan?

    The royal editor of the Daily Mirror Russell Myers highlighted this as a point of concern for the couple in 2022 following their multi-million deals with Spotify and Netflix this year.

    An Australian TV host asked Mr Myers: "Russell, is it a quiet year ahead for Harry and Meghan or are we going to hear more from them?"

    Mr Myers responded: "Anything can happen with those two, to be honest.

    "They pop up every now and then and the world laps it up."

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    Prince Harry's move could set major 'precedent'

    Last week, though, Prince Harry said he is unable to bring his family back to Britain because it is too dangerous without police protection, and consequently he offered to foot the bill for his police security.

    However, the Home Office decided not to allow this, he filed a claim for a judicial review.

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams called Harry’s threat of legal action against the Home Office “extraordinary”, saying it could set a major “precedent” for other royals.

    He told Express.co.uk: “His fear that the tragic death of his mother might in some way be repeated is very real, we know how emotionally affected he has been since that awful tragedy.

    “It isn’t a matter of entitlement but of common sense, that a solution is found to this issue, even if it means a precedent is set.”

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    Prince Andrew news you may have missed

    • The Sun On Sunday revealed Andrew faces a £14million payout after his accuser’s lawyer signalled she would reach a settlement if he admitted the claims against him.
    • The monster bill is far less than the Duke would face if he lost a jury trial.
    • It was mooted as Virginia Giuffre’s veteran lawyer David Boies suggested for the first time she would accept a payout.
    • Speculation over the case was fuelled by Mr Boies’ remarks which came days after Andrew issued a denial of her claims in legal papers and demanded a jury trial in the US.
    • Ms Giuffre — who alleges Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17, which he has always strongly denied — has previously insisted a financial settlement alone would not be enough for her.
    • Her lawyer — who has previously represented Hollywood sex offender Harvey Weinstein — said: “We would be unlikely to settle in a situation in which somebody has just handed over a cheque.

    Prince Andrew 'seemingly allows himself to be used'

    Mareike Ohlberg, co-author of Hidden Hand, which talks out the Chinese Communists Party's attempts to influence opinions abroad, told the Mail: "Prince Andrew is a classic 'useful idiot' and seemingly allows himself to be used."

    Senior Tory MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith added: "It is unfortunate that Prince Andrew appears to have been used this way."

    Prince Andrew dubbed Beijing’s ‘useful idiot’

    PRINCE Andrew has been branded Beijing's "useful idiot" after reportedly making trips to China as the guest of an organisation linked to communist spies.

    The Duke of York – who is facing turbulence over his ongoing sex abuse case – is said to have heralded closer co-operation between the UK and China during eight visits between 2010 and 2019.

    According to the Mail On Sunday, the trips were at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs – which allegedly answers to the Communist regime's intelligence and propaganda unit.

    The Duke, 61, has been dubbed a "classic useful idiot" for "seemingly allowing himself to be used" by the United Front Work Department, which the MI5 says has been involved in "foreign interference" and was seeking to "corrupt and coerce" British politicians.

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      Andrew's 11-page document

      In an 11-page document, lawyers for Andrew set out the duke's response to Ms Roberts' allegations.

      It says he denies the allegation that he sexually abused Ms Roberts when she was under 18 years of age.

      Andrew filed a point by point rebuttal of Ms Giuffre’s abuse allegations five months after she served the writ.

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      BREAKING: Harry & Markle ‘express concerns’ to Spotify

      PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have hit out at Spotify after the streaming giant was accused of hosting anti-vaxxer content.

      The couple – who have an £18million deal to produce podcasts for the company – have come under pressure to ditch their contract.

      And in a statement released today, they said they have spoken with Spotify bosses about their concerns.

      They said: "Since the inception of Archewell, we have worked to address the real-time global misinformation crisis.

      "Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the serious harms of mis- and disinformation every day.

      "Last April, our co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all too real consequences of Covid misinformation on its platform.

      "We have continued to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis.

      "We look to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does."

      The platform is home to Covid jab sceptic Joe Rogan's podcast 'The Joe Rogan Experience', as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Archewell Audio.

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      Lawyer for Virginia Roberts ‘to quiz him Andrew in UK'

      THE lawyer for Prince Andrew's sex-abuse accuser is set to question him in the UK for two "uncomfortable" days – but will reportedly spare the other Royals.

      The renowned attorney, 80, has said he will not require evidence from Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, his daughters or the Queen, however.

      "I’m going to try to get him to understand that this is not going to be combative"’ he told The Mail On Sunday.

      "Obviously, I’m going to ask him a lot of questions.

      "And although some of the questions may be uncomfortable, I’m not going to be aggressive or in any way offensive to him. I’m going to be respectful."

      He expects his visit to last "a day or two" and, should the case go to court, Mr Boies said he "doesn't think we would need" other members of the royal family to testify.

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      What will it cost to settle?

      • £2m and no admission of Andrew's liability – no deal
      • £5m and admission he met Virginia – maybe deal
      • £10m payout with no admission – deal 

      Giuffre 'unlikely to settle if someone hands over a cheque'

      Virginia Giuffre — who alleges Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17 — has previously insisted a financial settlement alone would not be enough for her.

      Her lawyer — who has previously represented Hollywood sex offender Harvey Weinstein — said: “We would be unlikely to settle in a situation in which somebody has just handed over a cheque.

      “So if Prince Andrew maintains ‘I’ve never heard of this person’, ‘the photographs are fake’, I don’t think we’d settle on that basis.

      “That said, if you had a settlement that was large enough to be, in effect, a vindication, then that’s something we would obviously look at.”

      London-based international lawyer Mark Stephens said he believed Andrew would have to pay between £5million and £10million to settle.

      Prince Andrew faces £14million payout

      PRINCE Andrew faces a £14million payout after his sex-abuse accuser’s lawyer signalled she would reach a settlement if he admitted the claims against him.

      The monster bill is far less than the duke would face if he lost a jury trial.

      Leading US civil law­­­­yer Spencer Kuvin said: “Damages against Andrew could range in excess of £14million.

      "To punish some­­one worth a fortune you have got to hit them in their pockets and punish them accordingly."

      Speculation over the case was fuelled by Mr Boies’ remarks which came days after Andrew issued a denial of her claims in legal papers and demanded a jury trial in the US.

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        Prince Andrew shouted at female gardener (Continued…)

        The gardener, who The Sun on Sunday is not identifying, still works for the Queen at Windsor Castle but no longer tends the grounds of Andy’s home.

        The insider said of the bust-up: “There was a team of gardeners tending the grounds and Andrew spotted a problem with saplings.

        “He started screaming and shouting, ‘What have you done?’ The gardener was very upset and shaken.

        “She has always been considered conscientious and hard-working. Andrew was over the top.

        "You just don’t talk to people like that no matter who you are.”

        The Queen employs a team to tend the 98 hectares at Royal Lodge, three miles from Windsor Castle.

        The row in the garden erupted as Andrew’s lawyers were caught up in a battle with Ms Giuffre’s legal team.

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        Prince Andrew shouted at female gardener

        UNDER-pressure Prince Andrew shouted at a female gardener over wrongly-cut trees — just days after he was served with his sex case writ.

        The Duke left the flunkey “shaken and upset” in Windsor after he had been served his sex-abuse writ by accuser Virginia Giuffre.

        An insider said: “He was over the top.”

        He “shouted and yelled” at the flunkey who wasn’t to blame, it is claimed.

        A royal insider said: “Andrew is under a great deal of stress but it’s no reason to take it out on staff doing their job.

        “She had nothing to do with the damage and felt it was unfair. After all, it’s only a few saplings.”

        The gardener was part of a team working on the young trees in October when the Duke stomped out of his 31-room, £30million Royal Lodge mansion on the Queen’s Windsor estate.

        His outburst came soon after he had been served with a sex abuse writ by Virginia Giuffre, a trafficking victim of the prince’s former pals Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

        Numerous people are said to have witnessed his tantrum and haranguing.

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        'Disappointed’ Princess Anne to miss significant event

        In statement from Buckingham Palace, it has announced that Princess Anne will not attend Beijing Winter Olympics due to the ongoing Covid travel restrictions.

        Princess Anne is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Palace announced she will be “disappointed” she cannot attend or sit in on committee meetings in the lead-up.

        In a statement, Buckingham Palace revealed: “The Princess Royal is disappointed she will not be able to attend the IOC meetings in Beijing ahead of the winter Olympics this year, nor the Games themselves.

        “This is due to the flight and COVID travel restriction difficulties in getting to and from the Games without losing too much of her busy work schedule at home.

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        How Andrew & Goga met

        Born in 1980 in the southern Kazakh city of Taraz, then part of the Soviet Union, to an oil engineer, Goga Ashkenazi and Andrew’s worlds seemed unlikely to collide.

        But at a New Year’s Eve party in Phuket, Thailand, in 2001, the then-20-year-old Goga was introduced to the prince and the pair stayed in touch.

        That same Thailand holiday was notoriously when Andrew was pictured with topless women on a yacht and partied in red-light district bars with Jeffrey Epstein.

        From the beginning, Andrew was reported to be “besotted” with Goga, and in 2008, the pair were seen enjoying a three-hour dinner together in Ascot, where the Queen‘s favourite son had already introduced her to his mother.

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