Markle is the sparkle and the duchess Britain’s royal family needs right now

So Meghan, the duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a son, and the British and in some cases, the Irish press, which for weeks has been positively giddy with rumour, was freed from its stifling wait for actual news of a royal baby.

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President Higgins welcomes Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla to Wicklow

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have been welcomed to Wicklow by President Michael D Higgins.

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Queen attends Easter Sunday service on 93rd birthday

The Queen was greeted by William, Harry and Kate among other members of her family.

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Prince Philip ‘spotted behind wheel for first time since giving up licence’

Britain's Prince Philip was reportedly seen driving in the private grounds of Windsor Castle.

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Princess Anne tours lighthouses on visit to Dublin

The Princess Royal was shown some of the key historic lighthouses including the Baily, Rockabill and Kish.

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Harry and Meghan take the crown for Instagram record

The couple’s new social media account gained one million followers in less than six hours.

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Woman in insurance battle over royal vehicle ‘hit and run’

Gill Walker is disputing her liability over the collision involving a 4×4 said to have been carrying the Countess of Wessex last year.

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'I almost ended up on her lap': Supervet describes awkward encounter with Queen

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick's meeting with the Queen on her birthday turned out to be more than a bit awkward, not just because he had a broken leg.

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Harry and Meghan to get own royal household in split from Cambridges

The new Sussex household is likely to be created following the birth of their first child later this year.

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Will and Kate pull pints of Harp to round off Belfast visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted at the Empire Music Hall by cheering crowds.

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Meghan makes plea for women’s empowerment ‘everywhere in the world’

The Duchess of Sussex made her plea at a reception in Morocco hosted by the UK ambassador.

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Meghan wants to open baby shower presents with Harry, guest reveals

TV presenter Gayle King was among guests at the New York event with Amal Clooney and Serena Williams.

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Buckingham Palace announces Queen’s new communications secretary

Donal McCabe will begin his new role in March.

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Hanging up the keys - Road age

The decision by Philip, the duke of Edinburgh, to surrender his licence at the age of 97 is likely to resonate with many older drivers in this country as well as in the UK.

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Thomas Markle ‘dismisses claims he has not attempted to contact Meghan’

Thomas Markle has rejected media reports that he has not attempted to contact his estranged daughter.

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In Pictures: Beaming Meghan steals show at National Theatre

The Duchess of Sussex was making her first visit to the National Theatre in London since becoming its patron.

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Archive footage of 1964 car crash involving Prince Philip uncovered

The ITN film features an interview with a driver whose car was hit by Philip’s vehicle in Berkshire.

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Prince Philip given ‘words of advice’ after being pictured without seatbelt

Prince Philip was seen back behind the wheel two days after a dramatic collision which saw his car roll on to its side.

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Prince Philip ‘pictured driving Land Rover’ two days after crash

Photographs appear to show Philip wearing sunglasses at the wheel of a new Freelander but no seatbelt.

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Duke of Edinburgh undergoes precautionary check-up after crash

Philip, 97, has also contacted the occupants of the other car involved to send on his best wishes.

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Prince Philip involved in car crash near Sandringham Estate

The Duke of Edinburgh was not injured in the accident on Thursday afternoon.

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Meghan visits women’s charity as she celebrates becoming patron

The duchess has become the figurehead of four organisations, the National Theatre, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew.

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Thomas Markle urges Meghan to contact him after months of silence

Meghan Markle’s father said he has been texting his daughter ‘every day’ without response.

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Royal brothers and wives to spend Christmas with the Queen

Meghan and Kate will meet up over festive period despite rumours of a rift.

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Copy cats Kate and Meghan prove a fashion match

The two duchesses both stepped out in burgundy for their engagements in London on Wednesday.

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These are Meghan’s fashion highlights from her first royal tour

The Duchess of Sussex sure dressed well down under.

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Harry and Meghan see wedding gift in action at New Zealand charity

The couple presented awards during a visit to Pillars, which supports children who have a parent in prison.

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Young fan adds Harry and Meghan to royal photograph collection

Max Henry, 10, also met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2014.

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Pregnant Meghan urged at reduce number of long trips at Tonga reception

Miriam Cato, a doctor, said she was concerned about the Duchess of Sussex making so many long trips.

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Cara Delevingne wears bold top hat and tails to the royal wedding

She was among the many star guests at the ceremony in Windsor.

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Prince Harry broke royal protocal for the cutest reason ever

Looks like this pup has got the royal seal of approval.

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Meghan Markle's father claims he's been cut off from contacting her

The Duchess of Sussex's father has made the explosive claims in yet another interview with the press.

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From hats to tights, 5 ways the Duchess of Sussex is taking fashion advice from the Queen

Meghan and the Queen are more similar than you might think, says Katie Wright.

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Meghan Markle looks striking in Philip Treacy hat at Royal Ascot

Irish milliner Philip Treacy is a favourite among the Royals.

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Here’s everything you need to know about freckle tattoos, as more people want to look like Meghan

The Duchess of Sussex has sparked an uptick in this semi-permanent beauty trend.

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Duchess of Sussex wears Givenchy for her first joint royal appearance with the Queen

The French fashion house also created Meghan’s wedding gown, reports Katie Wright.

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Europe take Royal Trophy in gripping finish

Colin Montgomerie received the perfect tonic ahead of this year's Ryder Cup as his European team edged a thrilling final day's singles against Asia to reclaim the Royal Trophy.

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Asian golfers enjoy one-point adavntage

Asia made a solid start in their bid to stage a successful defence of the Royal Trophy today after claiming a 2½-1½ advantage over Europe in the opening day's foursomes.

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Asia lead Europe in Royal Trophy

Asia have made a solid start to their defence of the Royal Trophy as they held the lead midway through the opening day's foursomes.

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Ballesteros buoyed by Trophy triumph

Seve Ballesteros expressed a mixture of delight and relief after leading Europe to victory against Asia in the Royal Trophy in Bangkok.

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Europe heading towards Royal Trophy victory

Europe powered into a convincing 6-2 lead over Asia and need only two and a half points from tomorrow’s eight singles matches to win the inaugural Royal Trophy at a blustery Amata Spring Country Club near Bangkok.

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Europe off to good start

Europe’s golfers made a strong start in their bid to claim the inaugural Royal Trophy but were faced with the prospect of a fightback from Asia this morning.

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