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The Princess of wales follows her sons Prince Harry (right), five years old, and Prince William, seven, on Harry's first day at the Wetherby School in Notting Hill, West London.

Diana Letters About ‘Naughty’ Harry Fetches £15K

A touching note handwritten by Diana, Princess of Wales on headed Kensington Palace paper complaining that Prince Harry was “constantly in trouble at school”, was part of royal correspondence bought for £15,200 at auction. In the letter dated 20 September 1984 Diana thanked ex-Buckingham Palace steward Cyril Dickman — described as “a favourite of every member of the Royal Family” — for “such a lovely card” following the birth of her youngest son, Harry. Read more: Princess Diana’s Fashion Story Retold after 20 Years She wrote: “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near! “The reaction to one tiny person’s birth has totally overwhelmed us and I can hardly breathe for the mass of flowers that are arriving here!” The letter sold for £3,200, after an estimated price of £400-600 at Cheffin Auctions. In another, dated 17 October 1992, Diana says how both young princes “are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!”. This sold …

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Prince Harry Goes Public over Meghan Markle ‘Press Attacks’

Prince Harry, 30, has issued an unprecedented statement confirming the identity of her new girlfriend, U.S. actress Meghan Markle and condemning her treatment following intense media coverage of their fledgling romance. He said the past week had “seen a line crossed”. Saturated coverage of his burgeoning romance had indeed filled the tabloid press, online news websites and social media. In the press release issued by his communications secretary Jason Knauf, Kensington Palace acknowledged the prince’s well-documented tensions with the press stating: “He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.” He has had a history of unflattering tabloid coverage when he dressed as a Nazi captain at a fancy dress party and in 2012 when he was photographed naked during a debauched party in Las Vegas. There has also been various skirmishes outside popular night spots with paparazzi in the intervening years. …

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Cambridges Reveal Charlotte & George First Christmas Portrait

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte have appeared in their first Christmas portrait together with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. The Cambridges also announced the nursery Prince George will be attending. The new picture shows the family in the garden at Kensington Palace and was taken in late October by photographer Chris Jelf. Mr Jelf said: “I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don’t have long when there are two young children involved! “I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honoured that the duke and duchess have decided to share it with the public.” Kensington Palace said that the royal couple were “very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four” and “hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year”. Two-year-old Prince George will go to the £33-a-day Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk from January. A nursery spokesman said: “We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery.” The …

A restorer applying gilt and finishing touches to the Kensington Palace gates | Photograph: Bolaji Babafemi

The Diana Gate: A Brief History

Eighteen years after the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Kensington Palace gates unofficially named after her is almost unrecognisable from the wrought iron gates that bore hundreds of floral tributes which spilled into the surrounding gardens in 1997. But it still remains the focal point where her memory continues to be honoured on the anniversary of the Paris crash.

Eye contact: Princess Charlotte stares at the camera in her mother's arms

Princess Charlotte by Mario Testino

Kensington Palace gushed its approval at the results of Mario Testino’s portraits during the christening of Princess Charlotte. In a twitter post shortly before the four official photographs were released a spokesman said: “We’re about to share some special christening photos by @mariotestino. Thanks so much for all the lovely messages in recent days!” Read more: Di Favourite Mario Testino to Shoot Princess Charlotte It bore all the hallmarks of the renowned fashion photographer; a lot of smiles, unguarded moments, looks into the camera with most of the candid exposures provided by Prince George. In a black and white rendering, the irrepressible toddler can be seen smiling as he tugged at his hair while being held by Prince William. Even Princess Charlotte managed to hold a straight gaze for the camera in another pose in her mother’s arms. There was also the traditional family photograph featuring the Cambridges, the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and the Middletons. It was also a first for Testino who had never photographed the Queen before although …

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Mario Testino: Di Favourite to Shoot Princess Charlotte

Mario Testino has got the gig to photograph Princess Charlotte’s christening ceremony and he’s delighted. Which snapper wouldn’t be. But the Peruvian’s association with royalty goes way back to when late Diana, Princess of Wales chose him to shoot some of her most revealing portraits inside Kensington Palace. The most memorable one being the Vanity Fair cover after her divorce in July 1997. The sultry pose in a white and silver off-the-shoulder dress portrayed the Princess as a confident and independent woman ready to face the world on her own terms. It was Testino who again got the call when Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010. A Kensington Palace spokesman said of the new commission: “The Duke and Duchess are delighted that Mario Testino will help capture this important moment for their family and look forward to sharing the photographs with the public.” Testino whose tentacles stretches to the world of high octane fashion and commercial advertising photography working with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Giselle Bundchen, somehow still feels elated …

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When Flotus Met Harry

America’s first lady, Michelle Obama who is on a two-day visit to London has visited Kensington Palace for tea with Prince Harry. She discussed her Let Girls Learn initiative she set up in March and the welfare of army veterans and their families. It is the first recorded official visit to the Prince’s official London residence which he shares with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Harry was interested to hear from @FLOTUS about the #LetGirlsLearn initiative to further adolescent girls' education around the world — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 16, 2015 Kensington Palace later gushed: “Prince Harry was very pleased to host Mrs Michelle Obama @FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States as she is affectionately known in the US) for tea at Kensington Palace this morning.” Mrs Obama was accompanied by her two daughters Sasha and Malia on the trip to west London. Prince Harry first met Mrs Obama at the White House when he visited America in 2013. They both share a passion for …

Kate Effect: Royal Baby Boost for UK

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have continued to receive messages of congratulations and close family visitors to their Kensington Palace home in west London after the birth of their second child at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital. Read more: Royal Baby: It’s a Princess Royal Baby: Will it be Alice, Diana or Elizabeth The Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were early visitors to Kensington Palace to see his second grandchild. The duchess’ parents, Michael and Carole and her sister Pippa Middleton have also been to see the new baby. Kensington Palace said the Cambridges were “hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people from all over the world”. A spokesperson announced on Twitter: “It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.” Prince Harry who is on military duties in Australia said he couldn’t wait to meet his beautiful niece. Prince Harry has said about his new niece: "She is absolutely beautiful. I …