Royal family news latest: Fans saying the same about Prince William and Kate Middleton's GLAM picture to mark New Year

PRINCE Andrew may have to PROVE he can't sweat at an underage sex abuse trial, his accuser's lawyer has claimed.

Queen Elizabeth's son will be asked to provide proper evidence of “his alleged inability to sweat” and the names of anyone he met at a Pizza Express in Woking by lawyers for Virginia Giuffre, who accuses him of sexual assault.

Ahead of the civil trial in New York, lawyers also demanded to see documents related to Prince Andrew's “travel to or from . . . the Tramp nightclub” and any gifts he received from Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, The Times reported.

The news comes as Lisa Bloom, a lawyer representing Epstein's victims, said Maxwell’s conviction should leave Prince Andrew “quaking in his boots”.

Prince Andrew denies any wrongdoing.

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    PM congratulates names on NY Honours list

    Boris Johnson last night sent his congratulations to those on the New Year’s honours list;

    He tweeted a link to the full list and added: “Congratulations to the 2022 New Year Honours recipients!”

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    Whitty, Van-Tam and Harries included in New Year's Honours

    England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, deputy CMO Jonathan Van-Tam, and Wales' and Scotland's CMOs, Frank Atherton and Dr Gregor Smith, have been given knighthoods.

    There are also damehoods for UK Health Security Agency chief, Dr Jenny Harries – whose organisation is responsible for the country's testing regime – and Dr June Raine, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

    The Government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, who was knighted in the 2019 New Year Honours list, is elevated to a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

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    Downing Street: 'Likely' PM's audience with Queen to go virtual

    Downing Street said it was likely the Prime Minister's audiences with the Queen would move to being virtual.

    Asked whether Boris Johnson would continue to meet the Queen in person, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "That will be a matter for the royal family.

    "I'm not aware of them not being… I think they will probably be moved virtually but that'll be a matter for the palace."

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    Prince Charles & Camilla's Happy New Year post

    Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have shared a series of pictures on their social media as they wish everyone a Happy New Year.

    Taking to their Twitter account, Prince of Wales his wife wrote: "A joy to see so many of you again this year – whether that be with elbow bumps, handshakes or a friendly wave from afar!

    "Wishing you all a very happy and restful New Year."

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    Piers Morgan: ‘powerful men could be sweating… and not sweating’

    PIERS Morgan says "a lot of powerful people could be sweating… and not sweating" in a jibe at Prince Andrew following Ghislaine Maxwell's guilty verdict.

    TV host Piers has questioned whether Maxwell will "name names" to in a bid to dodge a lengthy sentence as she faces the prospect of dying in jail.

    He wrote on Twitter: "Will vile sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell now sing like a canary to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison?

    "If she does, there could be a lot of rich, powerful & famous people sweating tonight… and not sweating."

    His remark about "not sweating" came as a dig at the Duke of York after he claimed in his disastrous BBC interview that he "couldn't sweat".

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    Start of the Royal Family calendar

    The Queen will be joined by the nation in celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in the summer of 2022, but there are also other key events in the New Year that the Queen is due to attend.

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said to "there's so much we don't know" the royals' calendar in the coming year.

    He said: “Trips abroad, for example, royal engagements, how many will be in person? The pandemic has and will continue to affect a great deal of events.”

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    Duke of Kent to release book before Harry

    A source has said that the Queen's cousin is set to release his own memoirs before Prince Harry's bombshell book comes out next year.

    The Duke of Kent's royal book is due to be published in May.

    A source close to the Duke told the Daily Mail: "Edward’s book will aim to show that the most successful members of the Royal Family are those who support the Queen and don’t compete with her."

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    What are the New Year's Honours judged on?

    The honours system recognises individual achievements in fields including:

    • community, voluntary and local services
    • arts and media
    • sport
    • science and technology
    • health
    • education
    • business and the economy
    • civil or political service

    To receive an honour, the recipient must be actively involved in the area where they would have been nominated for and the only honours which can be awarded after someone's death are bravery awards.

    Kate's 40th birthday plan

    It is claimed that Kate Middleton will most likely have a "low-key" 40th birthday celebration next month which will avoid comparisons with Meghan Markle.

    Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK! he believes the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday will instead be an affair that is “deliberately modest.

    He claims the palace is keen to avoid “this awful continuation of one-upmanship” with the Duchess of Sussex.

    Mr Larcombe said: "It will be low key and it will be focused entirely on the family.”

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      Explained: Who decides who receives an award?

      Whether someone gets an honour is decided by the honours committee.

      Honours committees are made up of both senior civil servants and people who are independent of government with an independent chairperson.

      All nominees are checked by various government departments to make sure they're suitable for honour and this may include checks by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) before their recommendations are passed on to the Prime Minister, and then the Queen.

      Once all recipients have been decided and checks have been completed, the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St James's Palace then arranges for the recipients to be presented with their medals by the Queen or other members of the Royal Family.

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      Why Meghan and Harry 'constantly hold hands'

      An astrologer and body language expert has commented about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's public displays of affection.

      Expert Inbaal Honigman said: "Looking at Harry and Meghan, they are certainly in love.

      “They haven't been married for that many years, and are still having babies, which is a very loving stage of a relationship.

      “So their constant hand holding, cuddling, leaning on each other, are displays of affection, which are definitely genuine and not for the cameras.”

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      When is the New Year's Honours list announced?

      A list of approximately 1,350 names is published twice a year, at the New Year and on the date of the Sovereign's (official) birthday.

      The New Year Honours are awarded as part of the New Year celebrations at the start of January and those for next year were announced on 30 December.

      Recipients of the honours list this year will have a scheduled event at some point in the upcoming year with The Queen or her regal representative to mark the occasion and award their medals or decoration.

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      Christmas 'a test' for The Queen

      A source has said that The Queen's first Christmas since the death of husband Prince Philip was "a test."

      A source told US Weekly: "Without Prince Philip by her side, Christmas was a bit difficult for the Queen.

      "And the fact of not being able to spend it with all your family did not help."

      Despite this, a source said: "Elizabeth II is not the type to feel sorry for her fate."

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      Queen's annual lucky dip

      The royal family spend quality time together on New Year's playing games such as charades and the Queen will also participate in an annual lucky dip predicting the year ahead for the royals.

      A source previously said to The Express: “The predictions are written up by the household but approved by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

      “Each member of the family picks out an envelope and reads out their ­prediction to the rest of the room.

      “They’re meant to be funny but like all the family’s humour there’s an element of score-settling and getting even to them. 

      “They’re usually taken in good humour but some people can get quite huffy if they feel they’re being got at.”

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      When did Jeffrey Epstein dress in a Navy SEAL uniform?

      Epstein dressed in a Navy SEAL uniform back in 2006 for Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday party.

      He wore a white high-ranking Navy commander suit, which is reserved for formal occasions.

      Senior officials usually wear this uniform, which includes the Navy SEAL Trident, the insignia reserved for members of the elite fighting force.

      Epstein's suit featured legitimate service ribbons and medals, although some were fictitious.

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      How the royal family spend New Year’s Eve

      This year will feel very different for the Queen as it is the first since the death of her husband Prince Philip – and her plans have also been affected by the pandemic.

      Typically the royal family spends the festive season in the countryside away from the city. 

      The official royal website says: “The Royal Family traditionally spends Christmas and New Year at Sandringham House. The Queen's country estate in Norfolk.”

      The Queen usually stays in Sandringham until February 6 each year, which is the date of the death of her father King George VI in 1952. 

      Kate Middleton and Prince William typically take their kids to spend New Year’s Eve with the Middleton family, who live in Berkshire.

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spent the last two Christmas seasons across the pond.

      It is not known how the Sussexes and Cambridges will be spending the New Year break this year.

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      Where was Ghislaine hiding?

      Ghislaine Maxwell:

      • After Epstein got arrested, Maxwell took refuge in many unknown parts of the world.
      • Her whereabouts were unknown until the FBI began tracking her and found out she was living in Bedford, New Hampshire.
      • Maxwell was also living with a man, Scott Borgerson who reportedly was her boyfriend.
      • Borgerson is the CEO of a tech company called CargoMetrics and is 14 years her senior.
      • He claims the two were never 'together' and were 'just friends.'

      Ghislaine Maxwell faces ANOTHER criminal trial 

      Ghislaine Maxwell could face another criminal trial following her conviction for child sex trafficking offences by a New York court.

      The disgraced socialite could be back in court next year on charges that she lied under oath about what she know about Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of underage girls.

      Maxwell was accused of “serving up” girls for the late multi-millionaire Epstein, her former lover, with the pair described as “partners in crime”.

      US District Judge Alison Nathan – who oversaw the case – has agreed to try Maxwell on two counts of perjury separately from her sex-crimes charges, according to Bloomberg.

      Prosecutors are looking to further expose the relationship Epstein had with Maxwell.

      Prince Andrew holed up alone in Windsor

      PRINCE Andrew was holed up alone in Windsor last night after pal Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of sex trafficking — and his family left for a ski holiday.

      A New York Court will decide on Tuesday if his accuser Virginia Giuffre’s assault claims can go to trial.

      Andrew, 61, denies any wrongdoing.

      A 'series of tired attempts by Prince Andrew to duck and dodge'

      Last month, Kaplan said a trial in Ms Roberts' lawsuit against Andrew could occur between September and December 2022.

      But the prince's lawyers say the new information about her residence should result in the suspension of any further progress in the lawsuit toward trial until it is settled whether she can sue Andrew in the US.

      They asked the judge to order Ms Roberts to respond to written legal requests about her residency and submit to a two-hour deposition on the issue.

      An attorney for Ms Roberts, Sigrid McCawley, called the request to toss out the case "just another in a series of tired attempts by Prince Andrew to duck and dodge the legal merits of the case brought against him".

      'Prince Andrew needs to be investigated'

      Jennifer Araoz, just 15 when raped by Epstein, demanded the royal be investigated hours after his pal Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking.

      Make-up artist Jennifer, now 34, told The Sun: “The authorities should have been investigating other people a long time ago.

      “Prince Andrew needs to be investigated for any women who were involved with him.

      “The TV interview he had to ‘prove his innocence’ didn’t come across very well in my opinion.

      “If the authorities haven’t investigated other people by now, it’s hard to see if they will.

      “But I have a lot of faith in the justice system. If they feel like they need to go further then they will.”

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        Prince Andrew ‘wants to protect Queen’

        Royal sources claim that Prince Andrew wants to protect the Queen by avoiding a court case from sex assault accuser Virginia Roberts as he fears it will damage the monarchy.

        It's understood the duke – who denies all the claims against him – told friends he wants to protect the monarchy by having the case thrown out of court.

        But insiders say the only way he can convince the British public of his innocence is to go to court next week and disprove the allegations levelled by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, according to the Daily Express.

        The publication claims the Duke of York thinks he can still make a "comeback" after stepping down from royal duties in 2019 by avoiding the courtroom and using other means to discredit Ms Roberts' account.

        Read more here.

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        The most anticipated Royal birth of all time

        Research conducted by childcare experts Little Ones London, analysed Google trends data for major Royal births over the past eight years, to discover which Royal birth had the biggest influence of all.  

        The birth of Archie Harrison, the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, caused more online interest than any other Royal baby, new research can reveal. 

        • Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor had the most talked-about Royal birth in the UK, with searches for ‘royal baby’ skyrocketing 2700% at the time of his birth  
        • Princess Charlotte had the second most influential Royal birth, causing searches for ‘royal baby’ to explode 1000% the month that she was born 
        • Prince Louis, Prince George and Lilibet Diana also had some of the most talked about Royal births  

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        Daniel Craig and Joanna Lumley among those on New Year's Honours list

        Joanna Lumley has said she is "astonished, thrilled and touched beyond words" at being made a dame in the New Year Honours.

        James Bond star Daniel Craig has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, the same honour given to 007.

        Songwriter Bernie Taupin, best known for his long-running and fruitful collaboration with Sir Elton John, has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours.

        And director Horace Ove has said his knighthood is "testament to how far we have come and in many respects how far we still have to go" after being recognised in the New Year Honours

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