Meghan Markle news latest – Duchess BLASTED for 'materially false' claims as credibility questioned in court bombshell

MEGHAN Markle’s “credibility” was sensationally questioned at the Court of Appeal yesterday after bombshell new evidence was submitted by one of her closest former aides.

The Duchess of Sussex’s ex-head of communications has claimed she did “cooperate” with the authors of Megxit book Finding Freedom — despite numerous denials.

The evidence of Jason Knauf allegedly shows Meghan’s account is “materially false” and “raises questions about her credibility”, the appeal hearing was told.

Lawyers want to use his statement as they bid to overturn a High Court ruling that publication of extracts of a letter Meghan, 40, wrote to dad Thomas Markle, 77, was a breach of copyright.

Read our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the latest updates…

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    Megxit is sexist, says Prince Harry

    Prince Harry has slammed the British media saying using the term "Megxit" to describe the couple's departure is sexist.

    Speaking at an online event about disinformation organised by Wired magazine, he said: "Maybe people know this and maybe they don’t, but the term Megxit was or is a misogynistic term, and it was created by a troll, amplified by royal correspondents, and it grew and grew and grew into mainstream media. But it began with a troll”.

    Megxit is a play on Brexit – the popular term for the UK leaving the European Union.

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    Meghan tried to help with official biography

    Meghan Markle offered to help write Finding Freedom despite previously claiming she had nothing to do with it, court documents have sensationally revealed.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have both previously denied having anything to do with the unauthorised autobiography.

    But bombshell court documents have revealed that the couple authorised “specific cooperation” for certain topics on the book.

    A witness statement from their former communications secretary Jason Knauf revealed that Meghan had an input on a series of topics that would feature in the book.

    Mr Knauf has revealed that he sat down with Omid Scobie and Caroyln Durand in December 2018 to discuss Meghan’s chosen topics.

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    Daddy's girl

    Meghan Markle knew her "private" letter to her dad would leak and called him "daddy" so she could tug at the public's heartstrings, bombshell court papers reveal.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 40, revealed in a text to her former private secretary Jason Knauf she had been "meticulous" in her wording in the letter, the documents say.

    A witness statement from Mr Knauf claims Meghan messaged him 2018 with an electronic draft of the letter where she asked if anything stood out as a "liability".

    The papers 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."

    Meghan later text Mr Knauf again, saying: "Honestly Jason, I feel fantastic.

    "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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    ‘Bare tunes’

    Idris Elba, 49, provided the musical entertainment at the couple’s nuptials at Windsor in May 2018 – and says that Meg, 40, took the reins when it came to song choice.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Elba said: “Meghan had sent me a playlist, so I knew what she wanted already.”

    Elba, who has also performed for A-listers such as Madonna, admitted that the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was his most “high pressure gig.”

    Asked which of his sets had been his most stressful, he said: “This wasn’t at the community hall — the reception, this was a big, big deal.

    “They’re (Meghan and Harry) good friends and I wanted to make sure they had a great time, so there was a lot of pressure.”

    The actor previously revealed that their set list included Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody” and several hip hop hits.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 1Xtra Idris said: “Meghan sent me a playlist with some bare tunes on it.”

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    How will the Crown depict Diana’s later life?

    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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    Spidey (non)sense (continued)

    Meghan said: “My husband always says, ‘With great privilege comes great responsibility’.

    “But even before I had any privilege in my life, when my life and my lifestyle were very, very different, I always just stood up for what was right.”

    But the quote “with great power comes great responsibility” was actually made famous by Spider-Man.

    The saying was first coined by French writer Voltaire – but most people associate it with Peter Parker’s uncle Ben in Spider-man.

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    Spidey (non)sense

    Meghan Markle has gushed over Prince Harry telling her that “with great power comes great responsibility” – a quote made famous from SPIDER-MAN.

    The Duchess of Sussex last night sat down for her first in-person interview since her bombshell chat with TV chat show queen Winfrey back in March.

    Meghan, who wore a Remembrance poppy on an all-black outfit, was quizzed as part of the New York Times’ DealBook summit.

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

    But viewers were quick to notice that the Duchess attributed a well-known Spider-Man quote to her husband when talking to interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin.

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    Penny pinching princess (continued)

    Meghan continued: “Do they have coupons anymore?

    “I don’t know, but I will never buy anything online without finding an online promo code first. 

    “That’s still in there, it’s a modern version of the same thing.”

    In a discussion with Andrew Ross Sorkin and Ariel Investments’ boss Mellody Hobson, Meghan previously shared the array of jobs she held before making it big as an actress on Suits.

    She worked in calligraphy, gift wrapping and book-binding in her 20s, and even did invitations for celebrities Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding in 2005.

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    Penny pinching princess

    Meghan Markle has revealed that she never buys anything without a promo code, despite living in an £11million mansion and being married to a prince.

    At the NYTDealbook Online Summit yesterday, 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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    Keeping mum

    Royal experts have hit out at Prince Harry for staying silent over depiction of Diana in the new series of the Crown.

    Prince William has critcised the decision to depict their mum's famous interview with now disgraced ex-BBC journo Martin Bashir – but Harry has remained noticeably silent.

    Royal correspondent Rupert Bell told talkRADIO: “He’s got a £112million dollar deal with Netflix and I imagine it’s quite hard for him to extract himself from it.

    “His feeling is probably to stay quiet because hopefully, it might go away.

    “Clearly, I haven’t seen this episode of The Crown and the way they are treating Diana in the new series, this was always going to be the problem for The Crown when it got nearer to home.

    “It is difficult but he has now sold himself to the ‘devil’ Netflix for $112million and he’s got an expensive lifestyle, he’s also got to produce some goods in terms of the content but it isn’t rushing out at the moment.”

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    Crawling her way to success (continued)

    The revelation was made in the book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton, who has published several biographies on the royal family.

    He wrote in the book: “On the way to an audition one day, the electric button that unlocked the doors to her Ford Explorer failed to open. She tried the key but to no avail.

    “Trying not to panic, she went around to the hatchback trunk, which used a different key. By some miracle, it opened.

    “Running short on time, she had no choice but to crawl in through the back and clamber over the seat."

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    Crawling her way to success

    Meghan was once forced to clamber into her car through the BOOT after her doors broke when she was rushing to an audition.

    The unfortunate incident is said to have happened following her landing a small part in the futuristic law office drama Century City in 2004 – long before she joined Suits in 2011.

    At the time she was “too broke” to get the car fixed, so the actress, who was around the age of 23, was forced to scramble through the boot for weeks.

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    Spidey (non)sense (continued)

    Meghan said: “My husband always says, ‘With great privilege comes great responsibility’.

    “But even before I had any privilege in my life, when my life and my lifestyle were very, very different, I always just stood up for what was right.”

    But the quote “with great power comes great responsibility” was actually made famous by Spider-Man.

    The saying was first coined by French writer Voltaire – but most people associate it with Peter Parker’s uncle Ben in Spider-man.

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    Spidey (non)sense

    Meghan Markle has gushed over Prince Harry telling her that “with great power comes great responsibility” – a quote made famous from SPIDER-MAN.

    The Duchess of Sussex last night sat down for her first in-person interview since her bombshell chat with TV chat show queen Winfrey back in March.

    Meghan, who wore a Remembrance poppy on an all-black outfit, was quizzed as part of the New York Times’ DealBook summit.

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

    But viewers were quick to notice that the Duchess attributed a well-known Spider-Man quote to her husband when talking to interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin

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    The Queen eats bananas with a KNIFE AND FORK

    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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    I predicted a riot

    Prince Harry sensationally claimed he predicted the US Capitol riots and warned the Twitter chief about the deadly coup.

    The Duke of Sussex said he told Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey the social media site was "allowing a coup to be staged".

    Twitter and other social media platforms – including Facebook – are now being investigated amid claims they enabled the bloody coup.

    Harry made the surprising revelation during a RE:WIRED panel event on misinformation in the US.

    He said: "Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6 when I warned him his platform was allowing a coup to be staged.

    "That email was sent the day before.

    "And then it happened, and I haven't heard from him since."

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    Meghan & Harry's helping hand

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed that they give their staff FIVE MONTHS of paid parental leave – because it’s what the couple like themselves.

    Meghan, 40, explained that she and her husband “try to lead by example” when it comes to their employees.

    Speaking about their company, Archewell, at the New York Times’ DealBook summit yesterday, Meghan revealed their parental leave policy.

    The couple believe that they run their companies in a way that they would appreciate if they were employees.

    She said: “We are a small company and we have the policies we would like if we were employees.

    "We have 20 weeks of paid leave, if it's not being provided by the government at this stage you want to be a company doing it. 

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    Context is Queen

    Meghan has come under fire, according to senior royal sources, for “using her title out of context” with political lobbying.

    Palace aides warned the Duchess of Sussex should “steer clear” of politics after she cold called politicians using her royal title and lobbied for paid paternity leave.

    One palace aide described the intervention as “outrageous” while another told The Times: “As a member of the royal family, if you use the title, it means you steer clear of those kinds of things.

    “Otherwise you’re using the title out of context and people will question your motive.”

    The source added that the Royal Family has “no say” in American politics.

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    The eyes have it

    Meghan Markle wore a gold bracelet that’s designed to ‘ward off undesired energy’ during her NYTDealbook Online Summit interview yesterday.

    The Duchess of Susex, 40, was seen wearing the gold-and-diamond Eye of Protection bracelet designed by Matthew Harris of Mateo New York.

    The £1,108 bracelet description reads: “The Eye of Protection is a classic and essential piece which you will never want to take off. 

    “Ward off undesired energy with this bracelet and attract good vibes only.”

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    Polling for the presidency

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on Meghan Markle becoming President of the United States in the future to 40-1 (from 100-1).

    Coral go 66-1 that she specifically wins the Democratic Nomination in the year 2032.

    “Meghan doesn’t keep her passion for politics quiet and you definitely can not rule her out of running for office in the future. We go now just 40-1 that she becomes US President at any point in the future,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    “The earliest it may come looks to be 2032, with odds of 66-1 on her being the Democratic Nomination for that US Election,” added Aitkenhead.

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    Disrespecting Diana

    Prince Harry is being urged to ditch his £100million Netflix deal over The Crown’s portrayal of his mother — after her pal quit the series calling it “disrespectful”.

    The Duke of Sussex was told to break his silence on the streaming giant’s controversial depiction of Princess Diana, despite his own big-money contract with them.

    Angela Levin, author of Harry: A Biography of a Prince, has said: “Harry has remained absolutely silent about Netflix.

    "He should tear the deal up and make a stand for his mother.

    “What’s more important? Money or defending his mum? It’s astonishing he can’t find his voice on this.”

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    'No Meg to stand on' (continued)

    Andrew Caldecott QC, for The Mail on Sunday, told the court that Meghan’s letter to her father “was crafted specifically with possibility of public consumption in mind”.

    And he claimed Knauf will contradict her claim she never cooperated with Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

    Meghan is opposing Mr Knauf’s statement being introduced and has written a 23-page response.

    Mr Caldecott told the court: “At about the same time the People article appeared — it is actually slightly earlier — the claimant cooperated with the authors of the book, later entitled Finding Freedom, through her communications secretary Mr Knauf in autumn and winter 2018.

    “The claimant expressly denied any such cooperation in her pleaded case with one minor exception. That is now contradicted evidence of Mr Knauf.”

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    'No Meg to stand on' (continued)

    The messages are said to contradict a picture painted by a People magazine article in February 2019 that her father was uncaring.

    Meghan denies knowing that five of her friends spoke about her to the magazine — which led to Thomas relaying the letter’s contents to The Mail on Sunday.

    Mr Knauf was Harry’s communications secretary for four years from February 2015, and Meghan’s following the pair’s marriage.

    It later emerged he reported claims of bullying made by staff against Meghan to palace top brass.

    The claims are vigorously denied by Meghan.

    Mr Knauf still works for Prince William and Kate.

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    'No Meg to stand on'

    Meghan Markle’s “credibility” was sensationally questioned at the Court of Appeal yesterday after bombshell new evidence was submitted by one of her closest former aides.

    The Duchess of Sussex’s ex-head of communications has claimed she did “cooperate” with the authors of Megxit book Finding Freedom — despite numerous denials.

    The evidence of Jason Knauf allegedly shows Meghan’s account is “materially false” and “raises questions about her credibility”, the appeal hearing was told.

    Lawyers want to use his statement as they bid to overturn a High Court ruling that publication of extracts of a letter Meghan, 40, wrote to dad Thomas Markle, 77, was a breach of copyright.

    Further new evidence allegedly shows that Thomas sent Meghan several “affectionate” texts when he could not make her and Prince Harry’s wedding in May 2018 due to a heart attack, the court was told.

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    Could the Queen attend her first outing this 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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