Princess Anne receives honorary degree from University of Aberdeen presented by Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall presented her sister-in-law Princess Anne with an honorary degree at the University of Aberdeen today – while the ‘Megxit’ drama rumbles on.

The Princess Royal, 69, who started undertaking public engagements at the age of 18, is being honoured in recognition of her extensive charity work. 

Camilla, 72, who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, a title she received after marrying Prince Charles, is chancellor of the university and looked thrilled to be bestowing the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on her sister-in-law.

Anne’s achievement has been somewhat overshadowed by the furore surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family.

The Duchess of Cornwall presented her sister-in-law Princess Anne (pictured) with an honorary degree at the University of Aberdeen today

The Duchess of Cornwall presented her sister-in-law Princess Anne (pictured) with an honorary degree at the University of Aberdeen today

The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) presented her sister-in-law Princess Anne with an honorary degree at the University of Aberdeen today

The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) presented her sister-in-law Princess Anne with an honorary degree at the University of Aberdeen today

The Duchess of Cornwall (right) presented her sister-in-law Princess Anne (left) with an honorary degree at the University of Aberdeen today

The Princess Royal, who started undertaking public engagements at the age of 18, is being honoured in recognition of her extensive charity work

The Princess Royal, who started undertaking public engagements at the age of 18, is being honoured in recognition of her extensive charity work

The Princess Royal, who started undertaking public engagements at the age of 18, is being honoured in recognition of her extensive charity work

Yesterday an unprecedented summit took place at Sandringham House where the Queen, Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry convened to try to thrash out a solution.

It led to Her Majesty releasing a historic and emotionally-charged statement regretting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell decision. 

Camilla looked in high spirits this morning as she arrived at the University of Aberdeen and greeted scholars including Pro-Chancellor Professor Iain Torrance.

The stylish duchess sported a dove grey coat with check print detail on the collar and pockets, before dressing in her chancellor robes. 

Princess Anne is patron of Save the Children, a charity she served as president for 46 years, visiting projects in countries including China, Cambodia, Botswana, Madagascar and the Philippines. 

The stylish duchess sported a dove grey coat with check print detail on the collar and pockets, before dressing in her chancellor robes

The stylish duchess sported a dove grey coat with check print detail on the collar and pockets, before dressing in her chancellor robes

The stylish duchess sported a dove grey coat with check print detail on the collar and pockets, before dressing in her chancellor robes

Camilla looked in high spirits this morning as she arrived at the University of Aberdeen and greeted scholars including Pro-Chancellor Professor Iain Torrance

Camilla looked in high spirits this morning as she arrived at the University of Aberdeen and greeted scholars including Pro-Chancellor Professor Iain Torrance

Camilla looked in high spirits this morning as she arrived at the University of Aberdeen and greeted scholars including Pro-Chancellor Professor Iain Torrance (pictured)

Camilla looked in high spirits this morning as she arrived at the University of Aberdeen and greeted scholars including Pro-Chancellor Professor Iain Torrance (pictured)

Camilla looked in high spirits this morning as she arrived at the University of Aberdeen and greeted scholars including Pro-Chancellor Professor Iain Torrance (right)

Camilla received the title of Duchess of Rothesay upon marrying Prince Charles, who is known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay

Camilla received the title of Duchess of Rothesay upon marrying Prince Charles, who is known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay

Camilla received the title of Duchess of Rothesay upon marrying Prince Charles, who is known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay

Princess Anne is patron of Save the Children, a charity she served as president for 46 years

Princess Anne is patron of Save the Children, a charity she served as president for 46 years

Princess Anne is patron of Save the Children, a charity she served as president for 46 years

The Princess Royal, pictured receiving her honorary degree, is also involved with another 300 charities, organisations and military regiments in the UK and overseas

The Princess Royal, pictured receiving her honorary degree, is also involved with another 300 charities, organisations and military regiments in the UK and overseas

The Princess Royal, pictured receiving her honorary degree, is also involved with another 300 charities, organisations and military regiments in the UK and overseas

Camilla, who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, is chancellor of the university and looked thrilled to be bestowing the honour on her sister-in-law

Camilla, who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, is chancellor of the university and looked thrilled to be bestowing the honour on her sister-in-law

Camilla, who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, is chancellor of the university and looked thrilled to be bestowing the honour on her sister-in-law

Camilla, who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, is chancellor of the university and looked thrilled to be bestowing the honour on her sister-in-law

Camilla, who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, is chancellor of the university and looked thrilled to be bestowing the honour on her sister-in-law

She is also involved with another 300 charities, organisations and military regiments in the UK and overseas. 

Professor Janet Darbyshire CBE also received an honorary degree at the ceremony – attended by approximately 400 guests including university alumni, staff, students, industry leaders and supporters of the institution and the royals – in recognition of her work in clinical sciences for more than 40 years.

Previously director of the Medical Research Council clinical trials unit, Ms Darbyshire’s study of diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis has led to improvements in prevention and treatment across the world.

A special principal’s award for outstanding service to the community was also presented to the Denis Law Legacy Trust, which provides free outreach projects to children and young people through its Streetsport project.

In 2019, Princess Anne topped the list for the hardest working member of the Royal Family for the third year in a row, having worked more days than any other member - 165

In 2019, Princess Anne topped the list for the hardest working member of the Royal Family for the third year in a row, having worked more days than any other member - 165

In 2019, Princess Anne topped the list for the hardest working member of the Royal Family for the third year in a row, having worked more days than any other member – 165

Princess Anne (pictured) received a honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Duchess of Cornwall

Princess Anne (pictured) received a honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Duchess of Cornwall

Princess Anne received a honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured)

Princess Anne received a honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured)

Princess Anne (left) received a honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Duchess of Cornwall (right)

Professor George Boyne, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, said: ‘The University of Aberdeen’s foundational purpose dedicates this institution to acting “in the service of others”.

‘Honorary degrees and special awards are our way of acknowledging people who have made exceptional contributions to the service of others and I am delighted we are recognising the Princess Royal, Professor Janet Darbyshire and the Denis Law Legacy Trust in this way.’

Later today Camilla will visit and formally open Banchory Sports Village, a new state-of-the-art facility from Aberdeenshire Council supported by community fundraising.

She will tour the leisure facilities and meet people taking part in various activities around the centre. 

It is likely Princess Anne will return to London after the ceremony as she has three engagements to carry out there tomorrow, including a visit at the Metropolitan Police Service Special Escort Group, a luncheon at the Royal Yachting Association, of which she is president, and a dinner at the Corporation of Trinity House hosted by the National Coastwatch Institution, of which she is royal patron.

Princess Anne's achievement has been somewhat overshadowed by the furore surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family (pictured left to right in July 2018: Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Princess Anne's achievement has been somewhat overshadowed by the furore surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family (pictured left to right in July 2018: Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Princess Anne’s achievement has been somewhat overshadowed by the furore surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family (pictured left to right in July 2018: Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Prince Harry was warned there are formidable obstacles to overcome before he can stand down as a senior royal (Prince pictured with Meghan Markle at Canada House in London last Tuesday Tuesday, the last time they were pictured in public)

Prince Harry was warned there are formidable obstacles to overcome before he can stand down as a senior royal (Prince pictured with Meghan Markle at Canada House in London last Tuesday Tuesday, the last time they were pictured in public)

Prince Harry was warned there are formidable obstacles to overcome before he can stand down as a senior royal (Prince pictured with Meghan Markle at Canada House in London last Tuesday Tuesday, the last time they were pictured in public)

Back in the capital, Prince William was seen looking stony-faced this morning on the school run after yesterday afternoon’s talks.

There have been claims of a deep rift between him and Prince Harry and their spouses after a series of rows dating back a year, but the brothers gave a rare display of public unity to condemn claims that the Duke of Sussex had been ‘bullied out’ of the Royal Family by his own brother.

Their joint statement described reports in The Times as ‘offensive and potentially harmful’ in light of their work on mental health.

It read: ‘Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge.

There have been claims of a deep rift between Prince William and Prince Harry (pictured together on Harry's wedding day in 2018) and their spouses after a series of rows dating back a year, but the brothers gave a rare display of public unity to condemn claims that the Duke of Sussex had been 'bullied out' of the Royal Family by his own brother

There have been claims of a deep rift between Prince William and Prince Harry (pictured together on Harry's wedding day in 2018) and their spouses after a series of rows dating back a year, but the brothers gave a rare display of public unity to condemn claims that the Duke of Sussex had been 'bullied out' of the Royal Family by his own brother

There have been claims of a deep rift between Prince William and Prince Harry (pictured together on Harry’s wedding day in 2018) and their spouses after a series of rows dating back a year, but the brothers gave a rare display of public unity to condemn claims that the Duke of Sussex had been ‘bullied out’ of the Royal Family by his own brother

‘For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.’

Meghan Markle did not dial into the talks from Canada as expected, but earlier today denied she was ‘barred’ from doing so. 

Palace officials working for the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William were said to have feared the talks could have been recorded or intercepted if the Duchess took part from Vancouver, where she is with Archie.

But today the couple’s Kensington Palace spokesman insisted Meghan was not shut out and just left it to her husband, saying: ‘In the end, the Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for the Duchess to join’. 

Prince William and Prince Harry's joint statement described reports in The Times as 'offensive and potentially harmful' in light of their work on mental health. Pictured with their wives Meghan and Kate and father Prince Charles

Prince William and Prince Harry's joint statement described reports in The Times as 'offensive and potentially harmful' in light of their work on mental health. Pictured with their wives Meghan and Kate and father Prince Charles

Prince William and Prince Harry’s joint statement described reports in The Times as ‘offensive and potentially harmful’ in light of their work on mental health. Pictured with their wives Meghan and Kate and father Prince Charles

The Queen (pictured attending church at Sandringham on Sunday), made clear her deep disappointment at Harry and Meghan's decision to quit in a statement released yesterday

The Queen (pictured attending church at Sandringham on Sunday), made clear her deep disappointment at Harry and Meghan's decision to quit in a statement released yesterday

The Queen (pictured attending church at Sandringham on Sunday), made clear her deep disappointment at Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit in a statement released yesterday

The Queen's statement in full Monday evening after a day of showdown talks to decide the futures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Queen's statement in full Monday evening after a day of showdown talks to decide the futures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Queen’s statement in full Monday evening after a day of showdown talks to decide the futures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The ‘big four’ Windsors are not expected to meet again in person but will be consulted by phone as their private secretaries thrash out a deal over their titles, tax bills, royal duties, funding and living arrangements in Canada and the UK as well as who will pay to protect them.

Sir Edward Young for the Queen, Clive Alderton for Charles, Simon Case for William and Fiona Mcilwham for Harry have been ordered by Her Majesty to get a deal done within days.

The Queen has said that hammering out a viable blueprint for Harry and Meghan’s financially independent future was proving ‘complex’ and indicated more details need to be ironed out – including their use of the Sussex title to build their business brand in North America.

‘There will be strict instructions on branding, for example,’ said one senior figure last night, adding: ‘No one wants to see the Sussex name on a tub of margarine’ – a nod to when Princess Diana’s Memorial Fund logo appeared on millions of Flora boxes a year after her death.

The Queen, pictured with Meghan and Harry in June 2018, has said that hammering out a viable blueprint for the couple's financially independent future was proving 'complex' and indicated more details need to be ironed out - including their use of the Sussex title to build their business brand in North America

The Queen, pictured with Meghan and Harry in June 2018, has said that hammering out a viable blueprint for the couple's financially independent future was proving 'complex' and indicated more details need to be ironed out - including their use of the Sussex title to build their business brand in North America

The Queen, pictured with Meghan and Harry in June 2018, has said that hammering out a viable blueprint for the couple’s financially independent future was proving ‘complex’ and indicated more details need to be ironed out – including their use of the Sussex title to build their business brand in North America

Prince Charles is said to be focussed on money because Harry relies on his father’s annual £2.3million Duchy of Cornwall payment to meet family bills. 

The Prince of Wales has already lavished a small fortune on his younger son, from his wedding to the fitting out Frogmore cottage – the Windsor house he is now largely going to vacate when he uproots to North America. 

A friend said: ‘He doesn’t have unlimited resources. Harry needs to know that.’

Yesterday’s unprecedented Royal parley culminated with a 5pm statement from the Palace, in which the Queen gave Harry and Meghan the green light to press ahead with plans to become ‘financially independent’.

The monarch said: ‘Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

Yesterday's unprecedented Royal parley culminated with a 5pm statement from the Palace, in which the Queen gave Harry and Meghan the green light to press ahead with plans to become 'financially independent'. Pictured: the Queen and Prince Charles with Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan in March 2019

Yesterday's unprecedented Royal parley culminated with a 5pm statement from the Palace, in which the Queen gave Harry and Meghan the green light to press ahead with plans to become 'financially independent'. Pictured: the Queen and Prince Charles with Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan in March 2019

Yesterday’s unprecedented Royal parley culminated with a 5pm statement from the Palace, in which the Queen gave Harry and Meghan the green light to press ahead with plans to become ‘financially independent’. Pictured: the Queen and Prince Charles with Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan in March 2019

‘My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.

‘Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

‘Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

‘It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

‘These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.’

Who is leading Megxit talks for the Queen, Charles, William and Harry?

The Queen’s private secretary Sir Edward Young

Sir Edward Young, whose job may be on the line depending on the talks' outcome

Sir Edward Young, whose job may be on the line depending on the talks' outcome

Sir Edward Young, whose job may be on the line depending on the talks’ outcome

Sir Edward, who has worked for the Queen for 16 years, is responsible for supporting the monarch in her duties as head of state and is the channel of communication between the Queen and the Government.

He previously worked for Granada as head of corporate communications and for the bank Barclays, where he held a range of financial and executive roles.

Sir Edward reportedly played an influential role in getting the monarch to star in the much talked-about 2012 Olympics opening sequence film with James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

But Princess Anne and Prince Edward have called on the Queen to sack him as a result of the recent royal chaos, it has been claimed.

The Prince of Wales’ principal private secretary Clive Alderton

The Prince with his principal private secretary Clive Alderton

The Prince with his principal private secretary Clive Alderton

The Prince with his principal private secretary Clive Alderton

Mr Alderton is a career diplomat who became Britain’s ambassador to Morocco after a previous six-year stint as an aide at Clarence House between 2006 and 2012.

Always sharply dressed with blond combed-over hair, he regularly accompanied Charles on overseas tours.

Camilla in particular is said to ‘adore’ him, one source told the Times.

The Duke of Cambridge’s private secretary Simon Case

Brexit negotiator turned royal aide Simon Case

Brexit negotiator turned royal aide Simon Case

Brexit negotiator turned royal aide Simon Case

Mr Case was a leading civil servant previously tasked with trying to solve the border issue in Northern Ireland and Ireland during Brexit discussions.

The Cambridge University history graduate, who undertook a PhD in political history at Queen Mary university in London, also served as former Prime Minister David Cameron’s principal private secretary.

He took up the role with Mr Cameron after serving as director of strategy at the intelligence and security organisation GCHQ.

The Duke of Sussex’s new private secretary Fiona Mcilwham

Fiona Mcilwham, the Sussexes new private secretary is expected to be at the summit

Fiona Mcilwham, the Sussexes new private secretary is expected to be at the summit

Fiona Mcilwham, the Sussexes new private secretary is expected to be at the summit

Ms Mcilwham is a top diplomat and became one of the UK’s youngest ever ambassadors when she was posted to Albania aged just 35 in 2009.

She swiftly impressed in the role, with Albanian journalist Muhamed Veliu telling the Mail on Sunday she ‘quickly gained huge respect’ at a time of mounting political tension over organised crime. She describes herself on social media as a ‘wannabe supermum’, where she also lists having held diplomatic posts in Washington, Brussels, Baghdad and Sarajevo.

Ms Mcilwham is said to have joked with colleagues: ‘I was offered the Iran desk [at the FCO]. That might have been easier’. 

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