Queen Elizabeth news: Camilla reveals 'rather devious characters' she would have a meal with to 'spice up' dinner party

CAMILLA has revealed the 'two rather devious characters' she would have a meal with to 'spice up' her dinner party.

During her visit to tech giant Meta last week, the Duchess, who is an avid reader, recorded a video for her book club,

She answered some questions that had been submitted. 

One of the pressing questions posed to the royal asked her which characters from literature would she like to host at a dinner party.

In response the Duchess admitted that she had an “extraordinary mixture” of fictional characters she would like to share a meal with.

She said: “I'd have the Count of Monte Cristo. Then I'd have two rather devious characters to spice up the whole thing.

“I’d have Mrs Danvers, dressed in black, and I'd have Count Fosco from The Woman in White. I think they'd cause quite a lot of trouble and I wanted somebody a bit different.

“Then I'd have a heroine of mine, Elizabeth Bennett. Just a good strong woman to keep the show on the road, so to speak.

“And then I'd have Uncle Matthew from the Pursuit of Love, probably with his entrenching tool to keep everyone under control.

“[There are] A lot more people I'd like to have but I think that would be a very good mixture.”

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    Andrew is being lined up to accompany the Queen to the Epsom Derby

    PRINCE Andrew is being lined up to accompany the Queen to the Epsom Derby on Platinum Jubilee weekend, reports claim.

    The news comes as the duke, who settled a sex abuse case earlier this year, was mired in a fresh financial scandal over the weekend.

    The disgraced son of the Queen, 62, will chaperone Her Majesty to the Epsom race meet in June, insiders said.

    It is another tip-toe into the limelight following his controversial central role at at Prince Philip’s memorial last week.

    Royal expert Natalie Oliveri discussed Andrew’s potential royal return at Epsom Derby on the Australian Today Extra programme.

    Ms Oliveri said: “I think it could really backfire for the Royal Family.

    “This is not going to be a good look if Prince Andrew does accompany his mother to the Epsom Derby later this year.”

    She added: “It will certainly leave a lot of people angry.”

    Meanwhile, the Duke has also been linked to a massive money-laundering con.

    Turkish multi-millionairess Nebahat Evyap Isbilen alleges banker Selman Turk tricked her out of almost £40million, with £1.1million going to Andrew.

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    Sussexes' wedding secrets

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry's wedding secrets have been exposed after one guest revealed what songs got attendees on their feet during the night.

    Idris Elba entertained guests at the Sussexes’ wedding by putting on a memorable DJ set.

    BBC’s 1Xtra Rap host Tiffany Calver asked Mr Elba: “What is the vibe of a Harry and Meghan wedding? What tune was the one that got everyone going crazy?“

    Elba replied saying that guests “went off” at Whitney Houston‘s I Want to Dance with Somebody.

    Back in 2019 he was asked to disclose what songs made the set, but Mr Elba said: “I’m not gonna put their business out like that, that’s not fair. Ask Meghan and Harry.”

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    Meghan Markle has been slammed

    Meghan Markle has been SLAMMED for her “lack of marketability” – as she “wouldn’t have become popular” without Prince Harry.

    Royal writer Lee Cohen claims Meghan’s profile was boosted threefold when she married into the Royal Family.

    He also chastised the pair for their treatment of the monarchy and publicly criticising The Firm to gain “notoriety”.

    Mr Cohen told Express.co.uk: “They’ve earned my scorn because they’ve treated Harry’s family very poorly in all of this. I don’t feel that it’s at all productive for them to be criticising the Royal Family.”

    “They got what they wanted. They stepped back, they have the notoriety already.

    “They certainly never would have obtained the level of publicity that she currently has if she hadn’t married into this family.”

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    With William's plans to change things up, Kate's set up to take on more responsibility

    Kate Middleton has shared she feels a 'wrench' when leaving for tours.

    Despite the Duchess making it clear she would rather not travel overseas too much due to the heartache of leaving her children behind, William is determined to do things his way.

    As William prepares to take over the Prince of Wales title when his father becomes king, he plans for Kate to take on more solo tours.

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    Prince Charles is heir to the throne, but who is he really?

    The prince of Wales is first in line to the throne and so more than likely to become king.

    Father of Harry and William, the 73-year-old was married to Princess Diana in 1981 before divorcing on 1996 a year before her passing.

    Now married to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the prince is interested in nature and alternative medicines.

    A fan of sports, Charles enjoys polo and football. He is a Burnley Football Club supporter.

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    From royalty to royalty – June Brown almost tripped when she met the Queen

    June Brown, TV royalty and EastEnders star died yesterday at the age of 95.

    Dot Branning (neé Cotton) was a TV regular played by June Brown – an EastEnders legend who changed the face of British television.

    Almost exactly a year younger than our monarch, she and the Queen met on several occasions, though Brown admitted that when receiving her OBE at Buckingham palace in 2008 she almost tripped.

    She mentioned on Radio Times years later that when the Queen told her she was a fan of EastEnders, she was so excited she responded: "I didn't think you'd see it as it clashes with your dinner."

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    The Chase star's link to the Queen

    Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty is related to Robert the Bruce and The Queen.

    Hegerty is one of the original chasers on ITV's The Chase.

    While appearing on DNA Journey, the 63-year-old seems uncaring at thought the Queen may be her 19th cousin via her 20 times great-grandfather, Robert the Bruce.

    Hegerty said she'd heard this from her grandmother before and didn't believe it to be true.

    The quizzer said: "My aunt said she was a romancer and she’d embroider life a bit, so I always felt that anything from my grandmother had to be taken with a pinch of salt."

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    William insists his future plans aren't an insult to his father

    As Charles becomes king, William will inherit the Prince of Wales title.

    William is reportedly making plans to shrink the number of staff, have Kate go on more solo trips while he focuses his efforts on a handful of charities.

    Royal aides have apparently dubbed this the 'Cambridge Way' as William makes clear this is in no way a snub to his father, Prince Charles.

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    Prince William and Kate plan to move to be closer to the Queen

    While Meghan and Harry have moved thousands of miles away, Will and Kate plan to be closer to the monarch.

    The longest reigning monarch moved into Windsor Castle permanently at the beginning of the pandemic.

    The couple have been looking at schools for their children in Buckinghamshire and Surrey.

    It's thought the couple, who celebrated their 10 year anniversary last year will be moving into Home Park in Windsor.

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    Meghan and Harry used a supermarket to hide their romance

    No one would expect to meet royals in their local supermarket so it's a perfect place to hide.

    Meghan Markle, then star of Suits, and Prince Harry are thought to have been dating for 6 months before they were outed.

    As they were getting to know each other though, the couple tried their best to remain incognito and meet in places no one would expect them to be in.

    One of these places was a supermarket.

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    Get involved in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee throughout the year

    As the Queen begins celebrating her platinum jubilee this year, there are a number of things to join in with.

    Perhaps you're looking to celebrate the monarch's 70 year reign.

    The Platinum Jubilee website gives lots of information on what's to come and what we can look forward to throughout the year and in the lead up to the Summer.

    Street parties, The Big Jubilee Lunch, Beacon Lighting and the Queen's Green Canopy are just some of the things coming up this year.

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    Camilla's eclectic dream literary dinner party guest list

    During a visit to Meta, the Duchess of Cornwall was asked who she would have at her dream dinner party.

    Her book club sent in questions and the duchess recorded a video stating which literary favourites she would have at a dream dinner party.

    Camilla admitted her choices were an odd mix saying they were an "extraordinary mixture."

    She said: “I'd have the Count of Monte Cristo. Then I'd have two rather devious characters to spice up the whole thing.

    “I’d have Mrs Danvers, dressed in black, and I'd have Count Fosco from The Woman in White. I think they'd cause quite a lot of trouble and I wanted somebody a bit different.

    “Then I'd have a heroine of mine, Elizabeth Bennett. Just a good strong woman to keep the show on the road, so to speak.

    “And then I'd have Uncle Matthew from the Pursuit of Love, probably with his entrenching tool to keep everyone under control."

    She went on to discuss the importance of literacy for young people as a means to get by in life.

    This was all at the offices of Meta, formally known as Facebook.

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    Prince Charles travelling around the North East today

    The Prince of Wales is expected to visit a number of places in County Durham today.

    His trip appears to be centred around farming as he intends to meet with DFAM (Darlington Farmers Auction Market) and UTASS (Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services).

    He'll later visit DFAM's new handling area where he'll view some sheep and cattle.

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    The reason the Queen, Camilla and Anne all wore green to the memorial

    Many may have noted the Queen, her only daughter and the Duchess of Cornwall wore green to the memorial service.

    The same shade of green was worn by all three women during the memorial service which is in line with the late prince's livery.

    A livery is a colour associated with a rank or position. Prince Philip's was a shade of dark green known as 'Edinburgh Green'.

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    Is the Queen really okay, though?

    Throughout the year, the queen has been changing rapidly before our eyes.

    Earlier in the year, it was reported that Prince Charles had COVID-19 and likely was the person to pass it onto the monarch.

    Since then her in-person audiences were cancelled before it was announced she would hand off more Royal duties to those around her.

    The 95-year-old was seen looking particularly frail during the memorial of Prince Philip, her late husband of over 70 years, as talk turns towards her decreasing mobility.

    Its now been announced that the Queen will be conducting more of her duties 'from living room'.

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    Is the Royal nostalgia enough to distract us from the mess of the last few years?

    The Royal Family have taken to Instagram to share a throwback picture every day.

    Meghan and Harry set a trend for the Royal Family by getting on social media and it seems it's not only Will and Kate who have copied the couple in a bid to stay relevant.

    The Royal Family's tone deaf attempt to appear in touch with reality seems to have backfired somewhat.

    Each day for 70 days, the family are posting a throwback image of the Queen to celebrate her 70 years of reign.

    Though after the embarrassing trip Will and Kate had to cut short last month after protests, today's image of the Queen stood with Commonwealth heads of state may not have been the most appropriate.

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    "Prince Andrew remains a vital part of the British monarchy – what a disgrace"

    Many have been taking to social media to voice their discomfort at the Royal family's support for Prince Andrew.

    It's been announced that Prince Andrew will accompany his 95-year-old mother, the Queen and longest reigning monarch, to the Epsom Derby in June.

    The Queen, who celebrates her 70 year reign this year, was also accompanied by Prince Andrew, accused sex offender and friend of convicted sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein, last month during her late husband's memorial service one year after his death.

    New information of fraud have come to light in the wake of Selman Turk,a Turkish businessman, winning an apparently fair business-style competition in which 50 entrepreneurs pitched to potential investors.

    The public appear to be turning against the prince even more in light of this, and seem particularly confused by the continued support from the Queen.

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    Andrew ‘to accompany Queen to the Epsom Derby’

    SHAMED Prince Andrew is earmarked to accompany the Queen to the Derby on Platinum Jubilee weekend.

    It came as the duke, who settled a sex abuse case earlier this year, was yesterday mired in a fresh financial scandal.

    Insiders said the 62-year-old is set to chaperone his mother to the Epsom race meet in June, following his controversial central role at Prince Philip’s memorial last week.

    A source said: “He was meant to stay invisible during the Platinum Jubilee so there is no way he will be at events like Trooping the Colour.

    “But the Queen needs a chaperone on all occasions at the moment due to her mobility issues and Andrew has earmarked the Derby as the one he will accompany her at.

    “He just doesn’t seem to understand the public outcry.”

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    'They got what they wanted'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been slammed for "criticising" the Royal Family by a US commentator.

    Lee Cohen has since claimed the Duchess of Sussex would have "never" received the notoriety had she not married Harry.

    Speaking to the Express, Mr Cohen said: "They've earned my scorn because they've treated Harry's family very poorly in all of this.

    "I don't feel that it's at all productive for them to be criticising the Royal Family.

    "They got what they wanted. They stepped back, they have the notoriety already.

    "They certainly never would have obtained the level of publicity that she currently has if she hadn't married into this family."

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    Queen allowed Andrew at Philip’s service because she’s ‘frail’

    Speaking to GB News on Wednesday, royal commentator Dickie Arbiter told GB News he doesn’t expect to see the Duke of York attend public Royal events again.

    Mr Arbiter told Colin Brazier: “I doubt we will see him again.”

    Mr Arbiter went on to defend the decision to allow the Duke of York to escort the Queen, saying: “None of the family acknowledged him, I think quite frankly we’ve got to move on.

    “The guy was there because it was his Dad’s thanksgiving service.

    “The fact that he accompanied his mother kind of makes sense because the Queen is frail…”

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    Explained: Who are viscounts in England?

    In the UK, a viscount is a fourth rank peerage, coming after Dukes, Marquesses and Earls.

    They often acted as county sheriffs until 1440, when King Henry VI turned then into noble, hereditary titles.

    They were mostly held by dukes, marquesses and earls.

    In British tradition, the title of a viscount may be either a place name, a surname, or a combination of the two.

    A British viscount is addressed in speech as "Lord" and his wife "Lady" and he is formally called "The Right Honourable The Viscount [X]".

    Their children are addressed as "The Honourable" but in Scotland they're called "The Honourable Master of [X]".

    The first peerage was recorded in 1440 when Jean Beaumont was created Viscount Beaumont by King Henry VI.

    Current viscounts include:

    • Viscount Severn from the Mountbatten-Windsor family
    • Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
    • Viscount Dihorne from the Manningham-Buller family
    • Viscount Blakenham
    • Viscount Eccles
    • Viscount Mills
    • Viscount Boyd of Merton

    Explained: What is a viscount?

    In many European countries, a viscount was an administrative or judicial position.

    It was non-hereditary, which meant the title would not be passed down the generations.

    The role was open to men (viscount) and women (viscountess).

    The word derives from old French "visconte" which comes from Medieval Latin to mean deputy or companion.

    In certain empires, a viscount was appointed by the king to help administer provinces and small regions as governors and military commanders.

    Duke's aides bemused by Falklands statement

    The Duke of York is said to have left aides blindsided by an account of his experience in the Falklands War shared on his former wife's Instagram page.

    Andrew, 62, who flew missions as a Sea King helicopter pilot during the conflict, described returning from the Falklands "a changed man" in a 700- word statement shared by Sarah, Duchess of York, on Saturday.

    Buckingham Palace and Andrew's team was unaware he had published the account, which was uploaded over three posts and deleted two hours later.

    The musings had been signed off as "written by HRH The Duke of York", despite Buckingham Palace saying in January that he would no longer be styled as His Royal Highness.

    Andrew lost his royal patronages and military affiliations at the same time as the fallout from the civil sex case he was fighting in the US. He has since settled out of court with his accuser, Virginia Roberts Guiffre, for a reported £7 million. He has always denied any wrongdoing.

    The "HRH" reference was removed before the posts were deleted. The account had started with the Duchess, 62, explaining that she had "asked Andrew for his reflections" to mark 40 years since the start of the war.

    In the posts, Andrew, whom she still lives with, recalled: "I was flying and saw a chaff shell fired from one of our ships that passed not that far in front of us." He famously drew on his combat experience when he gave a disastrous Newsnight interview in which he disputed his accuser's claim that he had been sweating heavily on a night out, explaining that combat experience had left him unable to perspire.

    More news on Prince Andrew

    Andrew was criticised this week for accompanying the Queen to Westminster Abbey.

    He has also been linked to a massive money-laundering con. Turkish multi-millionairess Nebahat Evyap Isbilen alleges banker Selman Turk tricked her out of almost £40million, with £1.1million going to Andrew.

    High Court papers allege £750,000 was a “gift” to help finance his daughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding.

    Yet it took place in July 2020 at the height of the Covid pandemic with less than 20 guests.

    Andrew has since repaid the sum in full, although the fate of the remaining £350,000 remains unclear.

    There is no suggestion Beatrice knew what went on.

    A total of £225,000 was also paid to his ex Sarah Ferguson for her ambassador work for a US solar panel firm.

    Last night sources said she expected the company to pay it back in full.

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