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Prince William has started relying on this royal member ‘in absence of Harry’

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Since Prince Harry stepped down from his royal duties and moved to the US, Prince William has turned to this royal member for support.

Prince William has created a very healthy relationship with Mike Tindall in the absence of his brother Prince Harry, a royal commentator claimed. Mike Tindall- Zara Tindall’s husband and a former rugby player- was seen with Prince George on Christmas day at Sandringham as the two families share a very strong bond.

Zara Tindall’s hubby was seen throwing an arm around Prince George on Christmas Day at Sandringham, indicating a close bond between the two families. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton also appeared on Mike Tindall’s podcast recently where he teased the duo about their competitive nature.

Also read: Prince William’s most frequently used emoji has a double meaning.

Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter said that since Prince Harry stepped back from his royal duties along with his wife Meghan Markle and moved to the United States, Prince William has turned to Mike Tindall for support.

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“Mike is a pretty straight guy. He’s down to earth, and William is too. Put aside [William’s] role in state occasions, where he has to maintain a certain etiquette; the rest of the time, if he goes to a rugby or football match he’s in there cheering with the rest of the fans,” he said.

Both Prince William and Mike Tindall are “pleasant guys”, as per the royal expert who explained, “We’ve seen [this] time and again in William and Mike’s interactions. They are a proper family. They’re not playing at it. They are two peas from the same pod, they’ve just had different upbringings.”

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward suggested that Mike Tindall’s attraction to Prince William is through his down-to-earth nature.

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“Mike Tindall has that sort of sportsman companionship that would especially appeal to William, who was once a wild boy himself. Mike gets more amusing under the influence of alcohol and can be totally outrageous. William cannot do this anymore as he is too aware of his responsibilities. But he can live vicariously through Mike,” the biographer said.

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5 Times Zara Tindall and Prince Harry proved cousins make the best friends

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When it comes to cousins bond in the royal family, there’s nothing quite like the connection between Prince Harry and Zara Tindall.

It is no hidden secret that Zara Tindall and her cousin Prince Harry share a very special bond.

Judi James, a body language expert, spoke exclusively to The Royal UK to explain how their body language has evolved over time. Having grown up just a stone’s throw away from each other, the royals have since forged a lasting friendship. From childhood adventures to supporting each other through life’s ups and downs, here are five heartwarming moments that showcase why cousins truly make the best friends. From a shared interest in rugby to family ski trips, keep scrolling for some of their sweetest moments together…

Judi said: “Zara and Harry have always had a very strong relationship, with their non-verbal displays defining friendship as well as family bonds. “We saw several ‘trio’ poses back in the day, with Zara and Mike celebrating their sporting connections and culture together and Mike showing admiration for Harry’s work on the Invictus Games, while Harry was clearly in awe of Mike’s rugby career.

Also read: The funny reason why Prince Harry & George were not photographed together.

Hugs at Royal Ascot –  Zara looked every inch the protective older cousin in 2015 as she joined Prince Harry at Royal Ascot for a spot of sporting action. In one tender moment, the mother-of-three could be seen sweetly placing an arm around Harry in a loving embrace. 

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Prince Harry and Zara Tindall during ski trip

Prince Harry and Zara Tindall during a ski trip

Family ski trip – The Duke of Sussex and his cousin Zara appeared to have a blast as they hit the slopes in Switzerland during a family ski trip. Harry has been a regular on the slopes since a young age – and his enjoyment for the sport was clear to see as he took a T-bar lift alongside his cousin whilst wearing a bright yellow ski jacket and a paisley print red bandana.

Patriotic pair – Zara and Harry flew the flag for England in 2011 at the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between England and France. From their spots in Twickenham Stadium, the rugby enthusiasts got into the spirit of things as they donned matching flat claps emblazoned with the flag of England. And if their faces are anything to go by, the royal cousins had a hoot of a time.

A shared laugh – Zara stood by Prince Harry and Meghan’s side at the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral during the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

Having flown in from their home in Montecito, California, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared to relish their time mingling with the likes of Zara who looked fabulous for the special occasion in a Barbie pink coat dress and a clashing fuschia floral headpiece.

Also read: Body language experts explain why Meghan always holds Prince Harry’s hand with both arms.

According to Judi, Harry’s relationship with Zara by the time of King Charles’s Coronation was totally different. She suggested: “Harry had his own posse of support at the Coronation and Zara and Mike were on satellite duty, walking near to Harry but not with him.

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Prince William made a small request from Carole Middleton before King Charles’ coronation

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Prince William had one “small request” before King Charles’ Coronation, and it involved his mother-in-law Carole Middleton, a new royal book has claimed.

‘Insistent’ Prince William’s demand for Carole Middleton at King’s Coronation

The book, Charles III: The Inside Story by Robert Hardman, states that William wouldn’t budge on his demand over the attendance of Kate’s family and how they would be included on the big day.

The Prince of Wales was reportedly so adamant that there was no choice but to grant his request And in Hardman’s view, this decision shows just how much things have really changed within the Royal Family since the start of the late Queen Elizabeth’s reign, which lasted 70 years.

The author wrote that Prince William made a “direct request” that the Middleton family be in attendance and seated in a pretty high-profile position. Hardman noted that this was in direct contrast to some of the old guard of the extended Royal Family, with the Queen Mother’s family – the Bowes Lyons – having only two members there to represent them.

Also read: Kate’s ‘household rule’ is so strict George, Charlotte and Louis can’t break it.

The journalist also pointed out in the book that the Mountbattens – Prince Philip’s family – were only represented by Countess Mountbatten, with other relatives left off the guest list entirely. Even Lady Pamela Hicks, one of the former members of the Royal Household under the late Queen, got snubbed.

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However, Michael and Carole Middleton, as well as Kate’s two siblings – James and Pippa – were invited to the big day that officially marked the start of the new reign.

This was a “direct request from the Prince of Wales himself,” Hardman wrote, quoting an anonymous source saying: “‘Having all of them there was very important to him… he was absolutely insistent that his wife’s family be properly included.'”

Hardman says that this encapsulated just how much the Royal Family had changed since Queen Elizabeth’s own Coronation in 1953 when it had been controversial that the Mountbattens played an influential role in the monarchy. “Such are the shifting sands,” the book reads, “that, seventy years on, the Middletons outnumber the Mountbattens four to one.”

It has long been reported that King Charles is keen to adopt a slimmed-down monarchy – in line with many of the other European royal houses. This would mean fewer working royals, who are funded by the taxpayer, to ensure that the House of Windsor is as inexpensive for the public as possible – and in line with the modern world.

Also read: Revealed: Kate Middleton’s billion-dollar birthday gift from King Charles.

The fresh claims come after the Middleton family was recently dramatised in the final series of Netflix’s The Crown, in a depiction of Carole in particular which one member of their extended family decried as “evil”.

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Princess Eugenie’s son August looks just like baby Prince Harry

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son has the same type of hair and looks as baby Prince Harry.

It’s always intriguing to see which members of a family will look alike. The same is the case with Prince Harry and Eugene’s child.

Last week Princess Eugenie was seen in Jamaica.  She kicked off 2024 with a glorious trip to Jamaica with friends. The Princess also appeared in new pictures shared by American influencer Hannah Bronfman’s husband Brendan Fallis. In one photo, Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were posing on the steps leading from the house to the beach, along with four other couples and everyone’s children.

Ernest sat on Jack’s lap, with Eugenie tickling the baby’s cheek on the left side of the picture while August, two, stood with children his own age wearing a green tee in the middle of the group — and the young royal looked like a spitting image of his cousin uncle, Prince Harry. It offered fans a rare look at Eugenie and Jack’s son, who sported a striking resemblance to Prince Harry (as a child)

The family resemblance did not go unnoticed by fans. Amid the messages, one commented: “Is it just me or does Eugene’s son look just like baby Prince Harry?!!” and another replied: “I thought the same. Just like young Harry.”

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Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry have a close relationship

It’s amusing that of all the royals to look alike, Eugenie’s son looks like Prince Harry. The close connection between Harry and Eugenie is a well-documented one, even now that Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are no longer working members of the royal family. Eugenie and Jack got married at the same venue that Harry and Meghan did, only five months after the Sussexes tied the knot.

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Even though Harry and Meghan now live in the States, his relationship with his cousin is still close. Last September, he and Meghan stopped in Portugal, where Eugenie and her family live part-time, for a few days, presumably to spend some time with them.

“They’re still the best of buddies and talk regularly,” a source told People last year about Harry and Eugenie, as well as her sister Princess Beatrice. During King Charles’ coronation, Harry was noticed with the sisters and their husbands while Meghan stayed at home with their children.

Eugenie welcomed her second child in May 2023, with the 33-year-old royal releasing a statement on Instagram announcing the birth.  “Jack and I wanted to share the news that we had our little boy, Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank on 30th May 2023 at 8.49 weighing 7.1lbs,” she shared. “He is named after his great great great Grandfather George, his Grandpa George and my Grandpa Ronald. Augie is loving being a big brother already.” 

Also read: Markle has a genetic condition – and she could pass it on to her children.

Ernest is the first royal baby born under the rule of King Charles III, and the King will have been one of the first family members to learn of the birth. Eugenie’s little boy is Charles’ great-nephew and is 13th in line to the throne after his big brother, August. 

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Prince William feels that Prince Andrew’s issues ‘will haunt royal family’ forever

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Prince Andrew settled a claim by Virginia Giuffre for an undisclosed sum in 2022 without admitting any wrongdoing.

In the wake of newly released court documents linking Andrew to Jeffrey Epstein, Prince William reportedly believes that the Duke of York’s issues will continue to cast a shadow over the royal family indefinitely.

The documents, pertaining to a 2015 defamation case filed by Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell, reveal unsettling details about Prince Andrew’s interactions with him. Virginia Giuffre, who accused Prince Andrew of misconduct during her teenage years, settled a claim against him in 2022 for an undisclosed sum, despite the Duke of York maintaining his innocence. However, Prince William is said to harbor doubts about Prince Andrew’s trustworthiness, asserting that the connection to Jeffrey Epstein will have a lasting impact on the reputation of the UK royals.

The Mirror reported that the future king, William, was unequivocal in his stance, expressing skepticism about Prince Andrew’s reliability in light of the Epstein scandal. A source revealed, “William was very clear [that in his view] Andrew cannot be trusted.”

Also read: Prince William has started relying on this royal member ‘in absence of Harry’.

In the midst of the controversy, Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew’s daughter, visited him at the royal lodge. This visit occurred after Prince Andrew’s name emerged in the court documents, creating further public scrutiny.

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The recently disclosed records include a 2009 deposition from Juan Alessi, a former housekeeper at Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida residence. Alessi testified that Prince Andrew spent extended periods at the property, receiving daily massages during his stays. Describing the accommodations, Alessi mentioned the “blue room,” the main guest bedroom where the royal would reside.

Alessi’s testimony provided a glimpse into the social dynamics within Epstein’s inner circle, revealing that Andrew, along with other notable figures like Donald Trump, frequented the residence. Donald Trump, according to Alessi, dined in the kitchen rather than at the table, emphasizing the informal nature of these gatherings.

The housekeeper, who worked at Epstein’s home from 1990 to 2002, noted the presence of numerous young adult female visitors during that time. Notably, Andrew faced public backlash when photographs surfaced of him visiting Epstein in New York.

Also read: The key to Prince Harry’s success in 2024 lies in shifting dynamics with William, say Royal experts.

William’s reservations about the potential long-term impact on the royal family underscore the challenges faced by the monarchy in navigating such scandals. As the public scrutinizes the unfolding narrative, the repercussions of Prince Andrew’s past associations will indeed resonate within the corridors of Buckingham Palace for years to come.

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