British royals

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Charles Opens Queen's Beloved Castle for (Pricey) Tours

Tickets for a glimpse inside Balmoral sell out in hours

(Newser) - The chance to peer inside the place where Queen Elizabeth II died proved too much a temptation this week as the first public tours inside Balmoral Castle sold out within 24 hours. On Wednesday, King Charles III announced members of the public would for the first time be able to...

With 'Great Sadness,' Charles Misses Traditional Service

Message from Charles was played before Queen Camilla handed out the 'Maundy money'

(Newser) - In a prerecorded message played for the congregation at Worcester Cathedral on Thursday, King Charles III spoke of his "great sadness" at missing the traditional Maundy Thursday pre-Easter event. In his first public remarks since Princess Kate disclosed her cancer diagnosis, the king spoke of the importance of friendship...

Russian Group Linked to Princess Kate Rumors

Analysts say disinformation network helped amplify conspiracy theories about princess

(Newser) - While they definitely weren't the only ones spreading rumors about Princess Kate before she revealed her cancer diagnosis , researchers say a Russian disinformation group helped spread conspiracy theories online. A team at Cardiff University in Wales detected signs that a disinformation group with a history of spreading claims about...

Kate, William Release Joint Statement

Royal couple is now expected to retreat for some time

(Newser) - Prince William and Princess Catherine of Wales on Saturday released their first joint statement since the princess, perhaps better known as the former Kate Middleton, revealed she's been diagnosed with cancer . A Kensington Palace spokesperson said the couple is "enormously touched by the kind messages from people here...

Hospital Staff Tried to Access Kate's Medical Records: Sources

Kensington Palace has no comment on the incident

(Newser) - The London Clinic, where Kate Middleton had abdominal surgery in January, has launched an investigation after it discovered a staff member attempted to access the Princess of Wales' private medical records, sources tell the Mirror . "This is a major security breach and incredibly damaging for the hospital, given its...

Latest Video of Kate Middleton Just Adds More Fuel to the Fire

Many online commenters are not convinced it's really the princess

(Newser) - The latest development in #KateGate involves an actual video of Princess Catherine of Wales, aka Kate Middleton, strolling at a farm shop with her husband, Prince William. (An outing that had previously been reported on , but for which video evidence only surfaced later.) But, far from reassuring a concerned...

Queen Elizabeth Photo Appears to Have Been Altered, Too

And more tidbits on the Kate Middleton drama

(Newser) - Amid the uproar surrounding Kate Middleton's continued absence from public life (and the photoshopping issue that has coincided with that absence), new attention is being paid to an old photo—one that Kate took back when she was the Duchess of Cambridge, before Queen Elizabeth died and she became...

Meghan Markle Launches Surprise New Venture

American Riviera Orchard appears to be a lifestyle brand

(Newser) - The Duchess of Sussex, better known as Meghan Markle, on Thursday launched a surprise new venture that appears to be a lifestyle brand. Meghan returned to Instagram with an account dubbed American Riviera Orchard , which currently features very little other than its name, a logo, Meghan's byline, and "...

5 Takes on the Princess Kate Photo Fiasco

It 'showcases the confusion and chaos of a choose-your-own-reality information dystopia'

(Newser) - The manipulated photo Princess Kate released on Sunday has caused a major PR crisis for the British royals—and sparked plenty of discussion on the spread of faked images in what Charlie Warzel at the Atlantic calls a "post-truth universe."
  • Warzel says the image "showcases the confusion

Another New Snap of Kate Middleton Is Out

This time the princess was photographed by paparazzi in a vehicle with William

(Newser) - The latest development in the drama swirling around Catherine, Princess of Wales, aka Kate Middleton, involves yet another picture. This time, the princess was spotted traveling in a car alongside her husband, Prince William; you can see the paparazzi photo at People , among other places. It's not a great...

Kate Photo Is 'Massive Own Goal' for Palace

It appears to be 'bad job of Photoshopping,' expert says

(Newser) - Princess Kate's family photo released on Mother's Day in Britain can still be seen here , but news agencies including the AP, Reuters, and AFP issued a "kill notice" because there were signs it had been manipulated. The princess later apologized for the "confusion," saying that...

'Kill Notices' Issued for New Photo of Kate Middleton

Some news agencies warn it appears to have been digitally altered; she admits 'editing'

(Newser) - The British royals tried to quell the rampant speculation swirling around the Princess of Wales by releasing a photograph of Kate and her three children to celebrate Mother's Day in the UK on Sunday. But the move only made things worse: People quickly speculated online that the photo appeared...

William Finally Addresses the Rumor Mill, Sort of

Prince's rep issues a brief statement in response to Kate Middleton's absence as mystery continues

(Newser) - A recent Kate Middleton sighting has done little to ease the whispers since she had abdominal surgery for an unknown condition in January. Now, her husband is finally speaking out, kind of, on the rumors and speculation.
  • The statement: Prince William's spokesperson kept it short and sweet, per People

Confusion Over UK Army's Claim About Kate Middleton

It said she would appear at military event, then backtracked

(Newser) - The British army sparked a bit of a furor when it posted on its website that Kate, the Princess of Wales, would make an appearance related to its annual Trooping the Colour event celebrating the monarch's birthday—then sparked even more of a furor when it removed the claim....

Princess Kate Seen in Public for First Time This Year

She was passenger in SUV, with mom driving

(Newser) - The Princess of Wales was seen in public Monday for the first time in more than two months. Britain's Princess Kate, whose absence from the public eye led to plenty of rumors and conspiracy theories , was seen in the passenger seat of a black Audi SUV being driven near...

As Tongues Wag Over Kate, Palace Chides the Rumor Mill

Following her mysterious surgery, a Prince William schedule change ramps up speculation

(Newser) - Kensington Palace on Thursday put the kibosh on conspiracy theories surrounding Kate Middleton's continued absence from public life. "Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the princess' recovery and we'd only be providing significant updates. That guidance stands," a spokesperson for the Princess...

Court: Prince Harry's Security Was Legitimately Yanked

Decision to grant security on case-by-case basis was fair and justified, High Court rules

(Newser) - Prince Harry was not improperly stripped of his publicly funded security detail during visits to Britain after he gave up his status as a working member of the royal family and moved to the US, a London judge ruled Wednesday, per the AP . Justice Peter Lane said in the High...

Prince Harry Talks Charles, Becoming an American

Younger royal brother concedes, 'I have considered it,' in regard to becoming a US citizen

(Newser) - Prince William has already spoken out about King Charles' cancer diagnosis , but Prince Harry has been staying mum, even after his visit to the UK earlier this month to see their father after the king's condition was announced. Now, the younger royal brother is also addressing Charles III, though...

Prince William Addresses King Charles' Cancer Diagnosis

The royal had not yet spoken out publicly since illness was announced

(Newser) - Prince William spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since his father's cancer diagnosis was announced. It was also William's first day returning to royal duties since his wife, Kate, underwent abdominal surgery for an undisclosed (but noncancerous) condition. "I'd like to take this opportunity to...

Charles' Cancer Diagnosis Has Royals on 'Thin Ground'

BBC notes that many family members have removed themselves from public duties

(Newser) - People reports that Prince Harry will return to the UK within the next few days as his father, King Charles, is undergoing treatment for cancer . Charles is understood to have personally informed both Harry and his brother, Prince William, of his diagnosis, as well as his three siblings, Princess...

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