King Charles is spotted after Prince Harry's latest US interview

King Charles looks grim-faced after Harry’s latest US interview saw the Prince down tequila shots, mock Royal protocol and declare ‘America a great place to live’ after he and Meghan were ‘forced’ to flee UK

  •  King Charles was seen behind the wheel of his car in Aberdeenshire today
  • Kate is seen for the first time since Harry’s memoir Spare was published
  • Duke of Sussex shared texts between Kate and Meghan over bridesmaid dresses
  • He also accused Kate of ‘stereotyping’ Meghan in interview with Tom Bradby

King Charles has stepped out in public today hours after the Princess of Wales also broke cover for the first time since Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir hit the shelves.

The King looked stony-faced as he got behind the wheel of his car near Birkhall, Aberdeenshire.

It marked the first time he has been seen in public since his youngest son appeared on US talk shows downing tequila shots and mocking royal protocols to promote his controversial autobiography.

Harry told The Late Show that he and Meghan were ‘forced’ to flee ‘our home country’ of Britain for ‘beautiful California’ because of ‘abuse and harassment’. 

He then said: ‘We have created a fantastic life here in California, which by the way is beautiful, and America is a great place to live,’ before clinking glasses with Colbert to wild cheers.

His Majesty has maintained a dignified silence throughout the onslaught of attacks from the Duke of Sussex . 

The King looked stony-faced as he got behind the wheel of his car near Birkhall, Aberdeenshire

He and Camilla reportedly arrived at their ‘marital home’ in Scotland last week for a ‘well-deserved’ break.

Birkhall is where Charles and Camilla became engaged, and where they honeymooned in 2005. 

The King has previously revealed he finds the property ‘calming and peaceful’. 

He told The BBC: ‘One of the most marvellous things about [Birkhall] is it’s by this river called the Muick, and it has this wonderful sound of rushing water.

‘When you are in the house, it’s very calming and peaceful, I think. It also was the first place that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought in 1848 before they bought Balmoral it has a very special atmosphere.

‘The house is rather wonderful because it was built in 1713 and there have been extensions put on ever since, but it is its setting and its atmosphere.’

It marked the first time he has been seen in public since his youngest son appeared on US talk shows downing tequila shots and mocking royal protocols to promote his controversial autobiography

The Princess of Wales today also stepped out in public for the first time since Harry made a slew of claims about her fractious relationship with Meghan.

The Duke of Sussex gave his first full account of the infamous bridesmaid dress fitting at the heart of ‘Megxit’, claiming Princess Charlotte ‘cried when she tried it on at home’ and insisting the incident was driven by his sister-in-law Kate, who appeared irritated that it had taken Meghan a day to get back to her about the problem.

The disagreement between the two women was, he claims, further exacerbated by Kate’s unwillingness to visit Meghan’s tailor at Kensington Palace and suggestions that they hold a party for the page boys when his bride-to-be was busy dealing with a row with her father, Thomas Markle.

Harry also used an incendiary interview with ITV journalist, and old friend, Tom Bradby to accuse Kate of ‘stereotyping’ Meghan because she was an American actress and is divorced and biracial, saying it prevented them from ‘welcoming her in’.

Asked what he meant, the duke said: ‘Well, American actress, divorced, biracial, there’s – there’s all different parts to that and what that can mean but if you are, like a lot of my family do, if you are reading the Press, the British tabloids, at the same time as living the life, then there is a tendency where you could actually end up living in the tabloid bubble rather than the actual reality.’

A stern-faced Princess Kate has been seen out in public today for the first time since Prince Harry made a slew of claims in his bombshell memoir 

Prince Harry has claimed the Princess of Wales was among the members of his family who ‘stereotyped’ his wife Meghan. The royal wives are pictured in June 2018

Meghan was previously married to American TV producer Trevor Engelson for three years from 2011 until 2014.

Before meeting Harry, Meghan starred in US legal drama series Suits in which she played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane.

Bradby said that Harry saw his brother’s wife as ‘the sister you never had’, with the pair having known each other since soon after William and Kate started dating in 2003.

The pair are believed to have got on well, with Harry joining her and William on engagements before he met Meghan – although he told Bradby that while the events were ‘fun’, he sometimes felt ‘slightly awkward’ being the ‘third wheel’.

Harry also said the idea of himself, his wife and the Prince and Princess of Wales being the ‘fab four’ was ‘something the British Press created’ and it ‘creates competition’.

He told Bradby: ‘The idea of the four of us being together was always a hope for me.

‘Before it was Meghan, whoever it was going to be, I always hoped that the four of us would get on.

‘But very quickly it became Meghan versus Kate.

‘And that, when it plays out so publicly, you can’t hide from that, right? Especially when within my family you have the newspapers laid out pretty much in every single palace and house that is around.’

Harry also used an incendiary interview with ITV journalist, and old friend, Tom Bradby to accuse Kate of ‘stereotyping’ Meghan, saying it was causing a ‘barrier’ to his family and preventing them from ‘welcoming her in’

Harry added that his brother William ‘raised some concerns’ about his marriage to Meghan before their wedding in May 2018.

He said: ‘He never tried to dissuade me from marrying Meghan, but he aired some concerns very early, and said ‘this is going to be really hard for you’ and I still to this day don’t truly understand which part of what he was talking about. Maybe he predicted what the British Press’s reaction was going to be.’

The Duke’s tour to promote his memoir Spare rolled on with an informal interview where he lurched between describing the Queen’s death and the fractured relationship with his brother to anecdotes about his frostbitten ‘todger’ and a ‘custom c**k cushion’ to protect it.

He joked: ‘It feels a little bit like group therapy,’ before doing some meditation with the chat show host.

The royal arrived on stage to chants of ‘Harry, Harry, Harry’ before he whipped up the crowd again, offering them tequila after admitting: ‘I need a drink.’ 

Prince Harry told Tom Bradby that he felt ‘slightly awkward’ being a ‘third wheel’ to Prince William and Kate Middleton before meeting Meghan. The trio pictured in 2012

Prince Harry accuses royals of trying to ‘undermine’ his explosive memoir Spare because it makes them ‘scared’


There was more whooping when he denied he boasted about killing 25 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and broke off to ask the audience: ‘Are there any veterans in the house?’ 

He argued that the section had been taken out of context, adding: ‘My words are not dangerous, but the spin of my words is very dangerous.’ 

He also asked the audience if they were ‘surprised’ by his rift with his brother, to yells of ‘yes’.

There were many other bizarre and contradictory moments where he claimed not to fully understand the ‘fascination’ with his family before later hinting that he is among the millions to have watched The Crown from start to finish, including episodes charting his mother’s battles with bulimia and his parents’ painful divorce.

Harry also took part in a skit with Tom Hanks and clinked glasses with Colbert as he praised America as a ‘great place to live’ and said how much he loves ‘beautiful California’, sparking cheers from the audience.

One of the more serious moments during the lengthy sit-down saw Harry rounding on his relatives over the backlash to his memoir, with Colbert questioning whether he believes the royals have an ‘active campaign to undermine this book’.

‘Of course,’ the duke responded – adding that ‘the British Press’ has also been complicit in the ‘campaign’, with Colbert chiming in: ‘But aided and abetted by the Palace.’

‘Again of course,’ Harry confirmed. ‘But this is the other side of the story, right? After 38 years, they have told their side of the story. This is the other side of the story.’

Prince Harry with host Stephen Colbert during an interview on The Late Show where he lavished praise on the US

EXCLUSIVE: Tailor caught in the middle of Meghan and Kate’s bridesmaid dress row breaks his silence: Ajay Mirpuri reveals he’s NOT surprised it led to tears – and his dismay that the furore overshadowed the big day

The tailor at the centre of the bridesmaids’ dresses drama at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding is not surprised that it prompted tears.

Luxury suit and dressmaker Ajay Mirpuri has broken four years of silence on the infamous affair – claimed to have led to tears from the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge – after being tracked down by the Daily Mail.

He revealed that he saw nothing of what is said to have gone on but he and three staff had to work round the clock at Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle for four days before the 2018 nuptials after finding that none of the six bridesmaids’ dresses made by French fashion house Givenchy fitted.

Mr Mirpuri, 45, who has a showroom in London’s West End, said he felt it was a shame that how the young bridesmaids, including Princess Charlotte, looked on the day had been overshadowed by reports of the fall-out between Meghan and Kate.

The tailor at the heart of the bridesmaids’ dresses drama at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding has spoken out (pictured centre: Tailor Ajay Mirpuri)

Prince Harry and Meghan were married on May 19, 2018 (pictured during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle)

‘If anything happened in the background, it didn’t happen in front of me,’ the tailor said today.

‘But yes, weddings are stressful at the best of times – and especially one at this high level; you’ve got to respect that.

‘They were faced with a problem like anyone gets at a wedding, with last minute hitches.

‘I can understand why anybody would be upset if the dresses weren’t fitting – it’s nerve-wracking.

‘I feel for them all, because you wouldn’t want the children to go out on a big stage in an ill-fitting dress – and that’s what they were.

‘All six bridesmaids’ dresses had to be fixed, and we did it.

‘I’m a royalist and I wanted to do whatever I could with my small business to serve the Royal Family.

‘We just got our heads down and said ‘Now we’re here, we’ve got to fix it so that on the day Britain comes off well.’

‘Had this book not come out, no one would have known it was us. But if it saved the day, it saved the day, and good luck to them.

‘I won’t say it upsets me, but in that whole big event, this [the row] is what’s spoken about the most – it should be the fact that they [the bridesmaids] looked fabulous.’

Pictured: Princess Charlotte in her bridesmaid dress after the Sussex wedding in 2018

Mr Mirpuri was speaking for the first time about his role, after Prince Harry detailed in his book Spare his and Meghan’s version of the row with the Duchess of Cambridge about the dresses.

The Prince remains angry that initial reports of the argument focused on Kate being left in tears. There have been several versions over the years of who made who cry.

Now, Harry has said it was Meghan who he found ‘on the floor sobbing’.

According to his account, four days before the May 2018 wedding, Kate sent Meghan a text about her daughter Princess Charlotte crying because her dress was ‘too big, too long, too baggy’.

A terse exchange ensued in which Meghan said a tailor – named by Harry only as Ajay – had been ‘waiting all day’ at Kensington Palace to make alterations.

Speaking at his Mirpuri Bespoke showroom on London’s New Bond Street, Mr Mirpuri said there was a huge amount of work to do on the dresses just days before the Windsor Castle wedding was to be globally televised.

Harry and Meghan celebrate their wedding day in May 2018

The gowns were created – as was the wedding dress – by British designer Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy. But they were made from measurements only and without fittings.

The other bridesmaids were Harry’s goddaughter Florence van Cutsem, Rylan and Remi Litt, the daughters of close friends of Meghan, Ivy Mulroney, daughter of Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, the unofficial maid of honour and Zalie Warren, another of Harry’s goddaughters and the youngest of the troop, aged just two at the time.

‘I’ve no idea what measurements Givenchy had received, but with our experience and knowledge we could see straight away that all six bridesmaids’ dresses had to be fixed, as they weren’t going to fit,’ Mr Mirpuri said.

‘We had to work tooth and nail for four days, four of us working until 4am three nights in a row, to make them fit.

‘We left Windsor Castle at 10pm the night before the wedding. Did anyone on the day complain about the bridesmaids’ dresses and how they looked? The answer is no.’

Mr Mirpuri has worked for Meghan several times, plus others in the royal household, as well as A-listers Elton John, Michael Caine and Mariah Carey.

When asked what he charged, he replied: ‘I won’t divulge that – or who paid the bill. I can’t say it was four figures or five figures. But whoever’s mistake it was paid the bill.’

Givenchy did not respond to a request for comment.

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