Meghan and Prince Harry ‘took private photographer to Buckingham Palace without Queen’s permission’

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been accused of taking a private photographer to Buckingham Palace for photographs without the permission of the late Queen. 

It comes after a behind-the-scenes image was broadcast on Netflix in a trailer for the couple’s new documentary, which shows a series of black and white photographs taken at their Frogmore Cottage home, during their 2018 wedding reception and on holidays. 

The one-minute-long trailer features an image which appears to have been taken inside Buckingham Palace, showing the couple walking out of the garden entrance. 

Protocol dictates that anyone who wants to film or take pictures in the monarch’s home require permission.   

Meghan and Prince Harry ‘took private photographer to Buckingham Palace without Queen’s permission’

A new picture has shared a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s last engagements in the UK before they stepped down as senior royals, back in March 2020. The couple is seen exiting Buckingham Palace’s garden entrance hand-in-hand 

The pair threw axed staff members a 'farewell lunch' at exclusive five-star The Goring Hotel last Thursday (pictured, at the Endeavour Award's that evening)

The pair threw axed staff members a ‘farewell lunch’ at exclusive five-star The Goring Hotel last Thursday (pictured, at the Endeavour Award’s that evening) 

According to the Telegraph, the photograph caused some contention among palace aides at the time, with a written complaint lodged amid claims the couple had not asked permission to film in the 775-room royal residence. 

It is thought the Sussexes were not made personally aware of the warning, and the photographer was not asked to leave the grounds. 

According to insiders, in normal circumstances, a memo would have been sent to the late Queen to seek approval amid ‘strict protocol’ around filming and photography inside the palace. 

It is believed the images were captured during the couple’s ‘farewell tour’ of the UK in March 2020, which included a wealth of public engagements before they headed back to the US. 

While in the UK, the couple were followed by photographer Chris Allerton. However, the never-before-seen image which appears on the Netflix trailer has not yet been credited to a named photographer. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a number of ultra-personal unseen images in the first trailer for their new Netflix documentary today. In one clip from the documentary, Meghan is seen with her head in her hands apparently weeping

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a number of ultra-personal unseen images in the first trailer for their new Netflix documentary today. In one clip from the documentary, Meghan is seen with her head in her hands apparently weeping 

Other previously unseen images shared by the couple appear to show them in the early stages of their relationship while on holiday

Other previously unseen images shared by the couple appear to show them in the early stages of their relationship while on holiday

The image shows the Duke and Duchess walking towards the garden exit of Buckingham Palace where two footmen are holding the doors open for them. Meghan is sporting a winter coat and heels, and appears to be holding a handbag similar to an outfit she wore to a farewell lunch for staff at the Goring Hotel during their March 2020 visit. 

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Sources claim there could be more images to come in the documentary, with the pair having held events in the Belgian Suite, 1844 room, and staff offices at that time. 

One insider said the presence of the photographer in the palace was a ‘genuine violation’ of protocol. 

The image was just one of many taken for behind-the-scenes shots which aired in the trailer, and could air in the upcoming six-part documentary, which explores their relationship from its early days to their decision to step back from the royal family. 

The documentary is set to include interviews with family and friends, who have never spoken publicly about the couple, and historians and journalists who delve into the media’s influence on the Sussexes relationship with the royal family and Commonwealth. 

In one previously unseen photograph from their wedding, the Duke and Duchess can be seen dancing together

In one previously unseen photograph from their wedding, the Duke and Duchess can be seen dancing together

William and Kate with Harry and Meghan at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey

William and Kate with Harry and Meghan at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey 

The Sussexes have been paid a rumoured $100million (£88million) for the fly-on-the-wall series. 

Other images show the couple kissing in their Frogmore Cottage home, and an image of what appears to be Meghan crying during a phone call with her head in her hand. 

Another shows the couple gazing lovingly at each other while Prince Harry holds a guitar, enjoying time on holiday together, and dancing at their wedding reception. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales are also featured in the trailer, with a black-and-white image of the foursome sat together at the Commonwealth Day service held at Westminster Abbey in 2020 – one of the Sussexes; last royal engagements. 

The clip opens with a producer asking ‘why do you want to make this documentary?’ before more than a dozen photos flash up of Harry and Meghan sharing time together, along with one image of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Harry’s voice is heard saying, ‘no one sees what goes on behind closed doors’, before viewers are shown the photo of Meghan in distress. ‘I had to do everything I could to protect my family’, the duke adds later.

The trailer finally cuts to his wife, who says: ‘When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make sense to hear our story from us?’

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MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment. 

Prince Harry ‘will pass point of no return’ if he criticises Camilla in his new book Spare and King Charles WILL ‘close the door’ on him, royal expert claims

 By Jonathan Rose for MailOnline

King Charles will ‘close the door’ on Prince Harry if he criticises Camilla in his new book Spare, a royal expert has warned.

Senior royals are said to be bracing themselves for the controversial publication of the 416-page title on January 10. 

Royal author Phil Dampier believes the King is determined to stand by his son, but says there is a ‘red line’.

If the Duke of Sussex is ‘too critical of Camilla’ or ‘places too much blame at Charles’s door’, he will pass the ‘point of no return’.

‘I am sure it is right that Charles will go to great lengths to maintain a relationship with Harry but there is a limit,’ Mr Dampier told The Express

King Charles will 'close the door' on Prince Harry if he criticises Camilla in his new book Spare, a royal expert has warned

King Charles will ‘close the door’ on Prince Harry if he criticises Camilla in his new book Spare, a royal expert has warned

If the Duke of Sussex is 'too critical of Camilla' or 'places too much blame at Charles's door', he will pass the 'point of no return'

If the Duke of Sussex is ‘too critical of Camilla’ or ‘places too much blame at Charles’s door’, he will pass the ‘point of no return’

‘King Charles would pretty much forgive Harry for anything – except dragging Camilla through the mud. 

‘If Harry’s account of his parents’ divorce is too critical of Camilla, or places too much blame at Charles’s door while painting his mother as a saint, that will be the point of no return.

‘At that point what sanctions are on offer? What choice do they have but to say, “OK, you’ve crossed a line here and there is no way back. It’s time to go your own way, but not as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.’

Mr Dampier previously argued that Harry and Meghan’s rift with William and Kate will ‘get worse’ now the Queen is gone.

A promotional trailer, which was posted online on the second day of the Prince and Princess of Wales‘ high-profile visit to the US, dispelled any hopes that the Sussexes are declaring a ceasefire in their acrimonious battle with the Royal Family

Mr Dampier said the nature of the advert suggested ‘the rift between the brothers is getting much worse with no reconciliation in sight’.

‘Any hopes that they will put aside their differences for the sake of family unity are disappearing fast,’ he wrote in the Express. ‘With [the Queen] gone, the gloves are off.’

Harry and Meghan’s Netflix trailer was released yesterday on the second day of William and Kate’s trip to America. 

As well as including dozens of supposedly private pictures from their family album, the footage features a voiceover from Harry saying gravely, ‘no-one sees what’s happening behind closed doors’ over a black and white picture of his wife on an armchair, apparently crying.

The film then immediately cuts away to a shot focusing on a pinched-looking William and Kate at the 2019 Commonwealth Service in London, with the Sussexes sitting meekly behind them.

It comes after it was reported that Charles told the late Queen ‘I am not a bank’ when asked why he was no longer answering any of Prince Harry‘s calls.

The Prince and Princess of Wales during a visit with Mayor of Boston and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond to Boston Harbour Defences

The Prince and Princess of Wales during a visit with Mayor of Boston and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond to Boston Harbour Defences

The Queen is alleged to have made repeated efforts to reunite the pair ahead of her death in September, when Her Majesty was placed on ‘light duties’ due to reduced mobility.

The prince, who lives in the US with Meghan Markle and their two children, is said to have ‘bombarded’ his grandmother with calls in her final months, but a source told the Sun the Queen was ‘unable and unwilling’ to handle Harry’s requests.

When she then asked Charles why he was not taking Harry’s calls or emails, her son is alleged to have responded: ‘Because I am not a bank.’

The source added: ‘The late Queen was always happy to speak with Harry but when he asked for money she said: “Why don’t you speak to your father?” 

‘Harry told her that Charles wasn’t taking his calls any more.’

Charles had allegedly ‘insisted’ that Harry email him rather than call.

‘Members of the ­family, including William, had stopped speaking to Harry when they learned of his book deal, fearing what they said could end up in print,’ the insider added. ‘Harry is not as well off as people are led to believe. He was wanting money.’ 

 

 

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