REBECCA ENGLISH answers your questions LIVE: From Kate to Charles and William to Harry, here’s your chance to get the inside scoop on the Royal Family

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MAILBOX: In our new Q&A series, we’re inviting you to submit your questions on any topic to be answered by some of The Mail’s brilliant stars. After Peter Hitchens last month, Royal Editor Rebecca English is in the hotseat today from 12pm UK time (8am Eastern Time). Follow our live coverage here and submit your questions in the comments section:

‘Hello Rebecca. Do you think the King will attend the Trooping of the Colour or what it depend on his cancer treatment?’

Submitted by janedoe

REBECCA: Buckingham Palace are planning for him to, but nothing will be confirmed until nearer the time as it entirely depends on his treatment and how he is feeling. But I do know that it is one of the big events he is determined to attend in some way if he can. I suspect he would not be on horseback, though, and may watch it from a safer vantage point.

File photo dated 17/06/23 of (left to right) Prince George, the Princess of Wales, Prince Louis, the Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte, King Charles III and Queen Camilla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, to view the flypast following the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London, as King Charles III celebrates his first official birthday since becoming sovereign. A coronation, a reignited race row and a controversial memoir by the Duke of Sussex shaped the royal family's 2023. It was the King's first full calendar year as monarch, as he bedded into the role and was crowned with great splendour alongside his Queen. Issue date: Wednesday December 13, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Review2023. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

‘Do you think Meghan’s business launch was timed to detract from William’s presentation of awards at the ceremony in his mother’s name and would that be with Harry’s connivance?’

Submitted by Judith

REBECCA: Actually, no I don’t, Judith. I think it was totally thoughtless. But that, now, is just as big a problem in itself. There’s clearly no co-ordination between London and California, obviously.


‘Hi Rebecca, do you think that the ‘slimmed down monarchy’ is really working in practice? It feels as if the royal family has been thrown into chaos by just two members being put out of action. All members of the family, whether ill themselves or supporting an ill loved one, look like they are feeling the strain of the workload’

Submitted by CharlieChalkface

REBECCA: The issue of a slimmed down monarchy has been at forefront of public thinking recently, Charlie. The King has always been a big advocate of this. But of course he never expected to lose his son, daughter-in-law and brother as working royals in one fell swoop. I know some of the senior royals are a little frustrated at the suggestion they need to ‘step up’ more. They already carry out carry out hundreds of engagements each year, so apart from perhaps the odd extra investiture, how much more can they do? I also think the bigger problem is actually coming further down the line. George, Charlotte and Louis will clearly not become working royals (should they want to, of course) for another decade or two, while the current working crop includes five people in their 70s and two in their 80s. There’s going to be a huge gap in a few years, with a lot of pressure resting on William, Kate and the Edinburghs.

‘You have had a very impressive career Rebecca. I wonder, how did you get into reporting on the royals?’

Submitted by Elliot

REBECCA: In truth, Elliot, I was made to! I was a news reporter, the Daily Mail needed a royal correspondent and I was gently ‘asked’ three times. I come from a very different, very ordinary background, and I just didn’t see what I had in common with these people. But then I realised that was a good thing. You could look at the subject matter with a very clear eye.

‘If you could interview any royal from history, who would it be and why?’

Submitted by Ronan

REBECCA: Without a shadow of a doubt, Queen Elizabeth II, Ronan. She ruled for 70 years, travelled to 117 countries and met everyone from JFK to Ghandi. And yet how much do any of us know what she really thought about anything? Her politics, which world leaders she liked and which ones she would have been happy never to meet again? She was the most discrete and inscrutable person who ever served in public office, I would argue. There is SO much I would like to ask her!

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Queen Elizabeth II attends an audience with the President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis (Not pictured) at Windsor Castle on April 28, 2022 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

‘What do you think would need to happen for Harry to be accepted back into the Royal Family?’

Submitted by Oliver

REBECCA: This is such a tricky question, Oliver. So well asked! Personally, I’m not sure that will ever happen now. Too much water has flown under the bridge. I think there may come a time that he would be accepted as a guest at family occasions, say. But as a working royal I really can’t see it.

The Duke of Sussex speaking during the Invictus Games opening ceremony at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Picture date: Saturday September 9, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Invictus . Photo credit should read: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire

‘Who do you think is the most undervalued member of the Royal Family?’

Submitted by Maxine

REBECCA: Hi Maxine, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have served the Crown so loyally without very little fanfare for so many decades. They carried out hundreds of engagements every year for the late Queen and are now doing the same for King Charles, even into their 70s, without a word of public praise. The Duchess was the Meghan of her age – a beautiful young foreigner marrying into the British royal family. She has undertaken duties without a word of complaint.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George's Chapel, in Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Tuesday February 27, 2024. PA Photo. Constantine II, who died on January 10, 2023 was the last King of Greece, reigning from 1964 to 1974. See PA story ROYAL Constantine. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

‘Dear Rebecca, what has been the most interesting experience you’ve had covering the royals over the years? Any great stories?’

Submitted by Debbie

REBECCA: Good afternoon, Debbie! I have been so lucky to have done this job for long long and have so many wonderful memories. Flying up into the foothills of the Himalayas with the then Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and standing next to Camilla as she was given a yak [pictured below] (which she most definitely DIDN’T want to stroke!)… being inside Westminster Abbey for William and Catherine’s wedding, which was really akin to a country family event rather than a state occasion, you could just feel the love and affection in the room… but most recently covering the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth and the Coronation of King Charles. I was one of the only journalists present when Her Late Majesty’s coffin was brought to Westminster Hall to lie in state, standing very close to the royal line up. Your heart just went out to them and there wasn’t a dry eye present, even amongst the small media contingency. I felt so very privileged to have know and worked alongside her.

SKARDU, PAKISTAN - NOVEMBER 3: Watched by Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall receives traditional gift of a yak and strokes it in the mountain village of Altit in the Karokoram Mountains, Skardu Valley on November 3, 2006 in Pakistan. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

‘Do you ever think Harry, Meghan and their children will return as a family to visit the UK? Do you see the Sussexes keeping their titles and if not, what would have to happen to actually have them removed? Thank you so much!’

Submitted by Tim Denver, from the US

REBECCA: Hi Tim. To answer your last question first, I absolutely do not believe the King will remove them. I have asked this question many times, of many people. And I know however egregious the Sussexes’ behaviour, the King believes it would be punitive to do this and would not want to humiliate his son. Some see this as a weakness, but many others think it is a sign of a man who simply loves his son, however personally disappointed he is. Harry has already said he plans to return to the UK in the coming months and I do think he will bring his children with him at some point. My best guess is Balmoral over the summer. There are a number of properties on the estate, so other family members wouldn’t have to be under the same roof – and there is a lot of space if it gets too much. The estate is also exceptionally private, compared to places such as Windsor and Sandringham. Would Meghan would come with him? Harry, as we know, was very keen to have her at Balmoral with him when the Queen died…

File photo dated 9/3/2020 of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day. The royal family experienced a year like no other in 2020 as the coronavirus crisis swept the country. PA Photo. Issue date: Monday December 21, 2020. See PA story ROYAL Year. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

‘Do you think the Photoshop scandal has been blown out of proportion? We all edit our photos…’

Submitted by Kat

REBECCA: Kat, I spoke about this on this week’s Palace Confidential and yes, I think it has. What happened was a mistake, undoubtedly. And I hope that lessons have been learnt internally at the palace. While people do often edit their personal photographs, an image like this is also a matter of historical record and there are very strict rules now about manipulation and editing. But I firmly believe her apology was honest and heartfelt. I know she is personally very distressed by the fallout as she simply was trying to put out a nice picture of her children. Given that, I think people should accept the apology equally graciously and move on.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO SALES. Copyright in the photograph vests in The Prince and Princess of Wales.Publications are asked to credit The Prince of Wales. The photograph is being made available by way of license on condition that the photograph shall be solely for news editorial use only, no charge should be made for the supply, release, or publication of the photograph; there shall be no commercial use whatsoever of the photograph - including any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-editorial use. The image must not be digitally enhanced, cropped, manipulated or modified in any manner or form. The photograph shall not be used after 31st December 2024, withoutprior permission from Kensington Palace. Any questions relating to the use of the photograph should be first referred toKensington Palace and before publication.Undated handout photo issued by Kensington Palace of the Princess of Wales with her children, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, taken in

‘In view of all the negative claims being made against the Royal Family is it not time that they reviewed the policy ‘never complain, never explain’? As a lifelong royalist, it upsets me greatly to read the many cruel comments when they can’t defend themselves, especially on really important matters.’

Submitted by Ruth Gloria, from Cheshire

REBECCA: I think there are a lot of people who feel the same way as you do, Ruth. They have had a great deal of slings and arrows directed at them in recent years, particularly from family members. The problem for the Royal Family is that if they do, then there will always be someone to counter it and the row just becomes more public and spirals. They simply can’t win. And sometimes less can be more. I remember after Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview there was huge pressure on Buckingham Palace to say something. The public clamour for a reaction was overwhelming. But they sat tight, despite the pressure, and waited until they had got their heads together and decided on the right response. Those three simple words – ‘recollections may vary’ – were laser-targeted and utterly devastating in their simplicity.

‘Hello Rebecca, I’m writing to ask if there’s an age requirement in order to hold the title Prince of Wales? I know it’s a title that’s conferred, but wasn’t sure if the first born son of the monarch must be a certain age to get it. I would think the duties as far as managing the duchy might require it. Love you on Palace Confidential. Thank you very much’

Submitted by Lynn Barclay, from the US

REBECCA: Thank you Lynn and thanks for watching Palace Confidential! Historically no. I believe one Prince of Wales was given the title at seven months old! King Charles could have been made Prince of Wales at the age of three, but Queen Elizabeth decided there was no rush to do this and announced it when he was nine. He was eventually 20 when he was invested. And yes, the modern-day Duchy of Cornwall, which the private estate which funds the heir to the throne, is nowadays a very complex organisation worth more than £1billion. I would expect that is something William wouldn’t want Prince George to inherit until he was significantly older.

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‘Do you think Meghan’s new lifestyle brand will be a success?’

Submitted by Melanie

REBECCA: Well, I think is is up to the public as to whether they want to buy Montecito jam, Melanie! I do think both her and Harry’s ‘brand’ has been hugely damaged in both the UK and US, however, by their actions in recent years. I think the success – or not – of this latest venture will be hugely telling in terms of where they go from here.

FILE - Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex takes part in the keynote

‘Do you think there is more pressure for Kate to share details of her medical procedure considering King Charles and Fergie were so transparent?’

Submitted by Stevan

REBECCA: Hello Stevan. Yes, unfortunately, I do. That’s not to say I think she should bow to that pressure. Kate and William have to do what they think is best for their family. But there has been a contrast between the very regular appearances of The King in public and the deafening silence from Kensington Palace, which has, unfortunately, added to fuel to the fires of the rumour-mongers.

File photo dated 13/03/23 (front row left to right) King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Prince of Wales and the Princess of Wales attend the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in London. The Queen and the Prince of Wales are to attend the annual Commonwealth Day service next week, joined by remaining members of the slimmed-down monarchy. With the King and the Princess of Wales away from public-facing duties, the rest of the institution's working royals will gather in force at Westminster Abbey on Monday. Issue date: Tuesday March 5, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Commonwealth. Photo credit should read: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire

‘Why do you think it has taken so long for William and Kate to make a decision on George’s school?’

Submitted by Nick, from Berkshire

REBECCA: Dear Nick, It’s a difficult decision for any parent, let alone the issues that come with being a member of the royal family. there are huge security implications for the family, school and other parents. I have been told for a number of years now that TRHs have had George’s name down for Eton as it is so close to Windsor, where they envisage their long-term home. But of course they are exploring other options too.

(left to right) The Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, the Prince of Wales, Prince Louis and Mia Tindall attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Sandringham. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

‘Do you think Prince William and Prince Harry will ever bury the hatchet? What do you think it would take?’

Submitted by Gina

REBECCA: This is such an interesting question, Gina. A year or so ago I would have said yes. Sources were saying to me that they had been through so much as brothers that they couldn’t envisage a time when they wouldn’t make it up at some point down the line. This was even post Oprah. I think the interviews Harry has subsequently given and his release of his memoir, Spare, has changed that. I know Wililam is very hurt and angry, not on his own behalf, though, but on behalf of his wife and late grandmother, the Queen, who he believes Harry has greatly disrespected.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

‘Which one member of the Royal Family would you meet for a drink and a chat?’

Submitted by Suzie, from Suffolk

REBECCA: Oooh, that is a good question, Suzie. Ask any of the royal correspondents whose company they enjoy most and they will all say Queen Camilla. As I’ve mentioned to another reader, she’s very warm and funny. But I would also love to have a good, no-holds barred chin-wag with Princess Anne. That would be fascinating – I bet she has quite a few things to say when she gets going!

The Princess Royal on day four of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Friday March 15, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

‘Hello Rebecca, With the stability of so many wonderful years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, are you not just a little bit concerned with how the Royal Family are handling the past few months? Secondary question, are you aware that some people around the world are not as accepting of Queen Camilla? I am Canadian born from British parents’

Submitted by Jenn Grant

REBECCA: Hi Jenn. I think we were all rather spoilt with the longevity and stability of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. She truly was a remarkable woman. I do actually think the King has had a very good start to his reign but yes, it has been a difficult few months with his cancer diagnosis. However I think Buckingham Palace have done the right thing in making sure he is as visible as possible – whether in his car, meeting senior leaders and ambassadors or via photographs and video messages. As regards Queen Camilla, I agree that her popularity ratings, although much higher than previously, are still far from unanimous and that many have long memories. What I would say is that I think she has absolutely stepped up to the plate, both as Duchess of Cornwall and now as Queen, in her support of the king and causes (such as domestic abuse, literacy etc) that she has chosen to champion. She and I both started our jobs around the same time, and I promise you that I had no preconceptions of what she would be like. I see as I find, as they say here! And I have genuinely found her to be very warm, funny, loyal – and much more of a woman’s woman than I ever imagined she would be. I think many do consider her to be an asset now.

‘Hi Rebecca, what will the King’s greatest challenges be when he returns to action full time? Wishing you all the best’

Submitted by ST

REBECCA: Thank you, ST. It’s such as shame for the King, who has really hit the ground running as monarch (with big shoes to fill). I think he has proved quite a few of his naysayers wrong. I think the biggest challenge for him, and his staff, will be trying to pace things. He’ll be raring to get back to work but I’m sure his doctors will want him to take it a bit easier. I know it’s often said, and sometimes people find it hard to believe, but he really is a workaholic. It’s hard keeping up with him sometimes, particularly on royal tours, when he packs in 10-12 engagements and then works late into the night on state business, papers, briefing notes and writing letters. Notoriously, he never stops for lunch when working – and doesn’t even drink water so to negate the need for what they refer to as ‘comfort breaks’! I also know he is keen to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Samoa this autumn, along with Australia, but I think this is very much still in the balance. Even if he is back at work by then, that would be a particularly gruelling trip for someone who has so recently undergone cancer treatment.

File photo dated 29/01/21 of King Charles III and Queen Camilla departing The London Clinic in central London, where King Charles had undergone a procedure for an enlarged prostate. The King has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and has begun a schedule of regular treatments, and while he has postponed public duties he

‘Do you think Harry is really enjoying his life in the States?’

Submitted by Sam Oscar

REBECCA: Good question, Sam. I think he certainly seems more content in many ways than he ever was as a working royal. On the occasions I spoke to him he made clear to me (and many others) that he wasn’t really that happy with the life he had, and if it was up to him he would just walk away and work in conservation in Africa. But he has burnt a lot of bridges on the way. Not just with his family, but with a lot of friends who I know aren’t happy with the way he left and some of the choices he has made. Personally, I would find that difficult.

‘I have enjoyed seeing more of the Edinburghs and the Gloucesters while the King and the Princess of Wales have sadly been ill. Do you think we can still see their activities highlighted even after HM and HRH are back in the public forum? I believe that both of those couples are tremendously underappreciated. They do such stellar work! Thank you and all the best from Canada!’

Submitted by Wendy

REBECCA: Thank you Wendy, and thanks for getting in touch from Canada – let’s hope the King can rearrange his visit there later this year! Yes, I think we will. We’ve been given more details of their engagements – and been invited to cover them in person – in recent weeks than we have for many years. I think recent events have shown how genuinely interested many people are in the work they do, particularly the Edinburghs. They have never sought the spotlight, but now that’s its shining on them they are happy to make the best of it. Do have a look at a video I’ve recorded on Prince Edward to mark his 60th birthday based on an exclusive profile I wrote on him for the Daily Mail last week. I spent a day with the Prince and we chatted about a whole range of issues. It’s on our Daily Mail Royals YouTube channel!

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh during a visit to Headingley Stadium in Leeds to watch rugby trials and take part in an awards ceremony. Picture date: Friday March 8, 2024. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive for the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Picture date: Monday March 11, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Commonwealth. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

‘What would Diana have thought of William and Harry’s feud? If she were alive now, what would she say to them?’

Submitted by Anon

REBECCA: Truthfully, I don’t believe things would have got to this stage if Diana hadn’t passed. She would have been a glue that held things together. I think it’s very difficult for many of us to comprehend just how devastating it was for them to lose their mother at such a young and impressionable age.

File photo dated 01/07/21 of the then Duke of Cambridge (left) and Duke of Sussex arriving for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, on what would have been her 60th birthday. The Duke of Sussex has reportedly claimed he was physically attacked by his brother over his marriage to Meghan Markle. Issue date: Thursday January 5, 2023. PA Photo. In a leaked extract of his highly anticipated autobiography, Spare, to The Guardian newspaper, Harry alleged the confrontation took place at his London home in 2019 and had left him with a visible injury to his back after the Prince of Wales grabbed his brother by the collar and ripped his necklace before knocking him to the floor. See PA story ROYAL Sussex. Photo credit should read: Yuin Mok/PA Wire

‘I can understand protecting your family, but in this horrible age of sleuths and false reporting, surely Prince William and Catherine can share a little information which will deter internet sleuths? In your opinion, when do you anticipate a press release about Catherine’s health and return to public duty, and how can their team be more proactive regarding information sharing?’

Submitted by Eon

REBECCA: Hello Eon, and thank you for your question. The rumour and conjecture we have seen, particularly on social media, in recent weeks about the Princess of Wales’ health and welfare has been nothing short of vile. I know, while she doesn’t have her own social media accounts, Catherine is not unaware of some of what’s been said and has found it understandably upsetting. The Wales’ attitude has been not to react to the trolls – why give them the oxygen of publicity? Which is understandable in many respects. That said, I do believe Kensington Palace have been a little naive in thinking that one of the most famous women in the world could disappear without trace for three months without people worrying about her, and should have given some more proactive updates sooner. I think this would have gone some way to skewering the conjecture. It’s unlikely we will hear much more until she is ready to come back to public duties. The last time I checked, this was still likely to be after Easter.

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In MAILBOX, our new Q&A series, we’re inviting you to submit your questions on any topic to be answered by our some of The Mail’s brilliant stars.

Every few weeks a different journalist or columnist will be in the hot seat.

Up today, it’s Rebecca English, who has been covering the Royal Family for the Daily Mail for over 20 years.

After an eventful few months for the King, Prince William and Kate and the wider family, Rebecca will be answering all of your burning questions live from midday.

Key Updates

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  • ‘Why do you think it has taken so long for William and Kate to make a decision on George’s school?’
  • ‘Which one member of the Royal Family would you meet for a drink and a chat?’
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