In the years before he married Meghan Markle, Prince Harry developed a reputation as a bit of a playboy.
But while we're sure he never lacked female companionship in those days, Harry seems to have been more of a serial monogamist, and he devoted the majority of his twenties to on-again, off-again relationships with two different women -- Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas.
Harry and Cressida dated from 2012 to 2014, and for much of that time, it looked as though they were headed for marriage.
There were even bogus reports that Harry and Cressida were engaged.
(There's nothing new about the British tabloid press publishing misinformation about the personal lives of the royals.)
But the couple split under mysterious circumstances, and less than two years later, Harry started dating Meghan.
Less than two years after that, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in what might prove to be the last royal wedding that anyone gave a crap about.
Now, Cressida is opening up about her breakup with Harry for the very first time, and some believe her words contain a coded cautionary message for Meghan Markle.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Cressida spoke poignantly of the fear that prevented her from considering taking the next step with Harry.
And it seems that during the relationship, the mere thought of becoming a member of the royal family was enough to trigger intense feelings of anxiety for Bonas.
"The fear of failing, the fear of rejection, the fear of not getting it right, the fear of not being perfect ... I think that has limited me in certain situations in my life," Cressida revealed.
"I just think it has definitely given me a stronger sense of purpose and a stronger sense of what I want or don't want," she said of her split from Harry.
Meghan, of course, lived out Cressida's fears by becoming a member of the royal family and constantly being made to feel as though she doesn't live up to the expectations of her regal in-laws.
The situation was exacerbated by the fact that Meghan was targeted by the British press, and many who were in a position to help her chose to do nothing instead.
Harry was once considered one of the world's most eligible bachelors, but it sounds as though in many ways, Cressida dodged a bullet.
These days, Bonas is the host of a British television show called White House Farm, which, despite the name, is not a documentary about the process of harvesting the sesame seeds for Trump's Big Mac buns.
Speaking about her new gig, Cressida seems to sympathize with Meghan, who was forced to step down from the royal family in order to pursue her professional passions,
"I think that I work very, very hard, I love what I do, and I just hope that this role has shown people what I can do and what I would like to do going forward and not be caught in a box in any way," Bonas said.
Well, Cressida may not have received a royal title -- and it sounds like she's perfectly fine with that -- but in many ways, she would have fit right in.
After all, she's clearly mastered the art of the subtly talking trash without mentioning anyone by name.
Earlier this week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sent a stern message to the British tabloids:
In no uncertain terms, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made it clear that they would grant no further access to four UK media outlets, and those publications were officially on notice about printing inaccurate information Harry, Meghan, or their son, Archie.
Not surprisingly, the editors of The Sun, the Express, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror did not take the news well, and all four have clapped back against Harry and Meghan's announcement in one form or another.
Perhaps the most scathing rebuke came from The Sun, which ran an editorial entitled "Has there ever been a more ill-timed bid for publicity as Harry & Meghan’s?"
The tabloid is capitalizing on criticism regarding Harry and Meghan's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and implying that pointing out unfair or libelous press coverage is an act of privilege in these trying times.
Of course, they're ironically just proving the Sussexes' point with a ridiculous hit piece.
"A couple blinded by their sense of entitlement, claiming to crave privacy yet desiring above all the gilded lives of their A-list celebrity friends, flying around on private jets and making millions as effortlessly as possible" is how the piece describes Harry and Meghan.
Seems a bit harsh for a couple who has vowed only to leave the house in order to work with local charities between now and whenever the coronavirus begins to subside.
"They say they believe in a free Press holding power to account. In fact Harry and Meghan want a Press that holds others to account, but simply regurgitates THEIR PR handouts," The Sun continues.
"When their hypocrisy is exposed by newspapers, they turn on their readers."
Look, Harry and Meghan are flawed humans, and for as long as they remain public figures, they're not above criticism from the press.
And it would be a lie to say they haven't fumbled in their handling of the current global health crisis.
Renaming their charity and announcing in the same press release that the organization would not roll out until after the pandemic has subsided was a particularly tone-deaf move.
But like the rest of us, Harry and Meghan are in uncharted territory these days, and their anxiety is compounded by the fact that they're new parents.
The couple stepped down from royal life and fled the UK specifically because they were tired of being harassed by the British tabloid press.
This week, they issued a statement that essentially amounted to "No, really. Please leave us alone now," and the these media outlets took it as heir cue to ratchet up the bullying.
Make whatever dismissive "ivory tower" criticisms about Harry and Meghan you want, they've never done anything that cruel or clueless.
Also, it's worth noting that despite claims that they've abandoned the royal family, the Sussexes -- along with baby Archie -- reportedly video-conferenced with the Queen on her 94th birthday this week.
It might be easier to take the offending tabloids somewhat seriously if they occasionally reported the good along with the bad, but that seems to be against company policy.
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: Struggling to Rebuild Reputation Amid Coronavirus Blunders, Source Says
We're living in unprecedented times, and no one knows exactly how to proceed or what's coming next.
You might think that under such circumstances, we would be a little more forgiving of those who fumble in their attempts to do the right thing.
But neither the press nor the public has ever given Meghan Markle the benefit of the doubt.
As you've likely heard by now, Meghan and Prince Harry have endured considerable backlash as a result of their response -- or lack thereof -- to the global coronavirus pandemic.
The couple announced their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family well before the virus began to impact Europe and North America.
Even so, there are many who feel that Meghan and Harry's behavior in the midst of the global lockdown has demonstrated a lack of respect for the severity of the situation.
When Meghan and Harry moved to Los Angeles from Vancouver last month, many felt that their timing couldn't have been worse.
They relocated just as the US surpassed Italy, Spain, and China as the country hardest-hit by the pandemic, and there was a consensus that the the move was insensitive at best, dangerous at worst.
Shortly thereafter, Meghan and Harry announced that they would rename their charity, but added that there will be no official roll-out for the organization until after the pandemic has subsided.
Again, they were harshly criticized for reacting to a global crisis in exactly the wrong way.
A third PR disaster was narrowly avoided this week when Meghan and Harry scrapped plans to purchase a mansion formerly owned by disgraced actor Mel Gibson.
Add to all this the widespread feeling that the Sussexes failed to issue an appropriately sensitive response in the wake of news that Prince Charles had tested positive for the coronavirus, and it becomes clear that the couple is facing their worst barrage of bad press to date.
Some critics have gone so far as to claim that the only public figures who have handled the crisis more ineptly are the ones charges with shaping policy in America.
Now, insiders are claiming that the royal family shares the public's opinion that the couple's response to recent hardships has been woefully inadequate.
“Could Harry and Meghan pick a worse time to quit the British royals?” royal expert Neil Sean told Fox News this week.
“While Prince William is busy doing his royal duty with various video link-ups and representing the Queen on the world’s stage, many people in the U.K. are asking why in a time of crisis has Harry abandoned all who have helped shape him and, more importantly, supported him throughout his life -- not to mention the British taxpayers who have also provided such a lifestyle.”
Sean says Prince William has reached out to contact his brother, but thus far, “nothing has emerged” in the way of a response.
“Good sources have revealed that they are shocked at how despite an ‘olive branch’ from William to return and help the U.K. through the crisis nothing has emerged,” Sean claimed.
“William, more than most is hurting from this after being so close for so many years as devoted brothers.”
Those who know the couple best say they appear to be in damage control mode.
There have been reports that Meghan is terrified of contracting the coronavirus, an understandable fear, especially given the fact that she has an 11-month-old baby at home.
Despite her misgivings, however, Meghan joined Harry in distributing meals to critically ill members of the West Hollywood community this week.
Regardless of their motives, the Sussexes deserve to be commended for their courage, their selflessness, and their willingness to set an example of public service for others.
Hopefully, this return to humanitarian action is a sign of things to come from Meghan and Harry's new life in Los Angeles.
In some ways, the coronavirus has been a great equalizer, as celebrities and politicians have been forced to take the same precautions and suffer the same anxieties as the rest of us.
In other ways, however, it's served to highlight the ways in which crises affect various socio-economic classes in profoundly different ways.
Many believe that the best example of this can be found in the recent behavior of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
The royal family was hit hard by the pandemic, with 71-year-old Prince Charles contracting Covid-19 and being forced into isolation in Scotland.
Despite the virus hitting that close to home, Meghan and Harry proceeded with plans made before the pandemic in a way that many have chided as irresponsible.
With numbers sky-rocketing in the US and billions sheltering in place worldwide, Meghan and Harry moved to Los Angeles from their previous home in Vancouver.
And with all hands on deck in terms of global relief efforts the Sussexes announced plans to rename their charity, but added the organization will not launch until after the pandemic subsides.
The couple is still internationally beloved, but they're undeniably in the midst of a rough patch in terms of negative press.
And there was a time when it looked as though they were soon to make the situation worse with even more unnecessary travel.
Insiders reported that the Sussexes were planning to return to the UK to celebrate Archie's first birthday on May 6.
Fortunately, it appears that they've abandoned those plans.
"Plans have changed,” a source confirms to E! News.
“I think the hope in royal circles had been that the Sussexes would return to the U.K. in May, either before or after their attendance at the Invictus Games in The Netherlands next month, and they were also due to attend the Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour on June 13,” the insider explains.
“But with both those events now cancelled, and Harry and Meghan holed in California where they are likely to be social distancing for the next few weeks, Archie is set to celebrate his first birthday with only his parents.”
Amid all of those events, the parents hoped to arrange a Buckingham Palace photoshoot as a means of sending the message that all is well within the royal family.
“The hope had been that Archie’s first birthday would somehow be marked with some members of the royal family, cousins, grandparents and some godparents in the U.K. when they were over in the U.K," says the source.
Those plans have been scrapped not only due to health concerns, but also due to fears of how such a trip would be depicted in the press.
It may have taken Harry and Meghan some time to fully appreciate the severity of this situation, but at least they got there eventually.
Late last week, it was reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially Los Angeles residents after months of residing in Vancouver.
Now, Trump is implying that they asked for government-funded security and were turned down. What is the truth?
As we reported just a few days ago, Meghan and Harry opted to move to Los Angeles.
Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, lives there, making it a great spot for them to live.
Additionally, Meghan is an actress and Harry himself could potentially have many opportunities to appear on film in the future.
Meghan may have been hated in the UK, but most people in North America love her. She'll be a perfect fit in L.A.
On Sunday, March 29, an infamously deranged lunatic took to Twitter with a bizarre announcement.
"I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom," Donald Trump's tweet began.
"It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada," he noted.
"Now they have left Canada for the U.S.," Trump's tweet continued. "However, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!"
While it's nice to hear Trump shout "they must pay" about anything that's not a minority group or his political opponents, it was a strange tweet.
First of all, it's been known for months that Harry and Meghan were interested in living in Los Angeles.
They were spotted house-hunting in L.A., as we reported much earlier this year.
But we suppose that a guy who can't be bothered to read his own security briefings isn't going to keep abreast of any news that isn't about him.
As Entertainment Tonight is now reporting, Trump's tweet is also strange because Meghan and Harry never asked for government-funded security.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. Government for security resources," an insider reports.
The source confirms that "privately funded security arrangements have been made."
That is not actually much of a surprise.
Prince Harry is part of the royal family -- as his grandmother has affirmed multiple times. So are his wife and son.
He, Meghan, and Archie could easily become targets for extremists or opportunists who want to make a point or take a nation hostage.
The Queen may not be the head of government, but she is still the head of state -- which makes her and her entire family a symbol.
Plus, Harry and Meghan are worth tens of millions of dollars. Of course they need security.
But the same wealth that compounds their need for private security also gives them the means to hire it themselves.
Yes, there was chatter about Canada offering them security if they resided there.
But a huge part of Meghan and Harry's priorities involves not leeching off of public money when they are themselves wealthy.
So no reasonable person really thought that they were asking for free handouts.
If they never asked the US government to offer them gratis protection, why did Trump make that tweet?
Trump has a tell when he's lying, and that tell is "whenever he is speaking or writing."
It may be that he wished to appear "tough" on celebrities, particularly while he is being excoriated for his abysmal failures during this pandemic.
But he may also just personally dislike and resent Meghan and Harry because they are good people and therefore opposed to him and his policies.
Earlier this week, the world was shocked to learn that Prince Charles has contracted the coronavirus.
Fortunately, palace officials say the 71-year-old has exhibited only mild symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery.
Of course, he'll be forced to remain in isolation for several weeks in order to minimize the risk of passing the virus on to others.
The situation serves as a reminder that even the royal family isn't exempt from the struggles that are facing so many billions today.
Sure, they may be quarantined in 19th century castles, but they're not immune to the pain and anxiety of being separated from an ailing loved one.
And that's a sad truth that Prince Harry is all too familiar with these days.
As you're no doubt aware, Harry and wife Meghan Markle have stepped down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.
The move won't take effect until April 1, but already, Harry and Meghan have started new lives in Canada.
Insiders say the couple is currently exercising extreme caution at their new home on Vancouver Island.
Meghan is reportedly terrified of the coronavirus, and with good reason.
The American pacific northwest -- just over the border from Harry and Meghan -- is one of the hardest-hit regions in the world.
And Meghan is justifiably concerned about the prospect of her 10-month-old son becoming ill.
And so, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are following WHO precautions and social distancing these days.
That means travel is severely restricted -- which means Harry has been unable to visit his sick father.
"Under no circumstances, is she okay with him traveling anywhere right now," a source tells The Daily Mail.
"Meghan said Harry’s been in touch with his dad… Of course, he’s frustrated," the insider adds.
"She said they both are frustrated because they are doers and want to do so much more to help."
The outlet goes on to report that Harry last saw his father "earlier this month" when the two of them appeared at Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9.
It's understandable that Meghan and Harry would choose to be extra careful these days.
And it makes sense that Meghan would have to encourage known risk-taker Harry to play it safe for the sake of their son.
But you can expect that the decision to keep their distance from the UK will draw a mixed response from the British press and people, particularly amid reports that the couple flew to Los Angeles today in order to set up their new home in SoCal.
Yes, they flew private, but they still had to use public airports, and the US currently has more Covid-19 cases than any other country.
Critics of Meghan and Harry will probably argue that they'd like to see a bit more consistency in the Sussexes safeguards.
Well, a lot of events are being postponed or altogether canceled these days, but it seems that one long-awaited occasion will still take place right on schedule.
We're talking, of course, about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal retirement!
Yes, Meghan and Harry are still stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family, and far as anyone knows, the preparations are proceeding apace.
The event the global media has dubbed #Megxit is scheduled to take place on March 31, which means that on April 1, Meghan and Harry will officially be relieved of their royal duties.
Sources close to the royal family have stated that they've long been hopeful that tensions between Harry and his family will ease once he and his wife and son are permitted to relocate to Canada full-time and escape their fishbowl existence in London.
Unfortunately, as the date draws nearer, it seems that the longstanding feud between William and Harry is alive and well.
In fact, insiders tell The Daily Mail that tensions between the brothers are at an all-time high.
"William is said to feel insulted by his brother’s recent comments, including the stream of remarks on Harry and Meghan’s Sussex Royal website, which many have taken as implied criticisms of the Royal Family," the newspaper reports.
"William feels his brother has ‘disrespected’ the institution of the monarchy and – most woundingly of all – their grandmother the Queen."
Insiders say the relationship began to deteriorate back in 2015, when Harry was essentially strong-armed into leaving the military so that he could join Will and Kate in their humanitarian work, which quickly became a source of tension.
"It didn’t help that whenever [Harry] asked the shared staff at Kensington Palace to do something, they were often busy with ‘more important’ work for the Duke of Cambridge, who, after all, will one day be King," says one insider.
Yes, apparently the fact that William will one day be king and Harry will not -- a fact the brothers have been well aware of since childhood -- has become a source of escalating conflict in recent years.
"When Harry gave the interview about being on a different path to his brother, I don’t think anyone in the Palace was surprised," an anonymous aide tells the Mail.
"One [brother] is going to be King and the other is not and therefore has to figure out what that [life] looks like."
"It didn’t help that William never let Harry forget which of them was going to be King," adds another royal source.
The difference in duties and expectations has apparently led to increased feelings of alienation for Harry.
"Harry has always been looking for signs that he belongs, but soon all he could see – I think wrongly – were signs that told him he wasn’t needed," says one insider.
"He should have taken his father’s advice and stayed in the military. Leaving the Army was the worst thing he could have done.’
The source adds that Harry essentially blames his brother for his forced military retirement, as he feels he was forced to return to royal life in order to lighten William's workload.
The British media has been quick to blame Meghan for the bad blood between Harry and William, but it sounds as though this royal feud has been a long time in the making.
Some have worried that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been gracelessly shading the Queen with their recent comments and behavior.
Over the weekend, Harry met with Her Majesty for the first time in a long time. Are things getting better?
An inside source tells Us Weekly that Queen Elizabeth had a meeting with Prince Harry on Sunday, March 1.
The face-to-face between the monarch and her favorite grandchild was important for emotional reassurances.
"The last thing Elizabeth wants is for Harry to feel estranged from his family," the insider reveals.
"And," the source adds, "she made her feelings clear about this in the meeting."
This face-to-face wasn't just any old royal meeting.
Reportedly, this is the first time that Harry has seen his grandmother in person in over a month.
He and Meghan have been setting up their new life in Canada and even looking at houses in Los Angeles.
Harry's last formal meeting with the Queen was in January, when Her Majesty made a familiar announcement.
"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the Queen shared on January 13.
She emphasized: “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," Her Majesty acknowledged.
Queen Elizabeth expressed: "We respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
The Queen also clarifed that Harry and Meghan had "made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives."
Meghan was already a wealthy woman when she met Harry, thanks to her acting career.
Prince Harry was already independently wealthy -- apart from his stipend from the Crown Grant -- thanks to his interitance.
Both his late mother, Princess Diana, and the late Queen Mother had left him millions.
The Queen Mother in particular left him a generous inheritance, knowing that William would one day be King.
Any grandmother or great-grandmother with the means to do so takes steps to ensure that none of their living descendants will ever lack for money.
Harry is presumably happy to retain this inherited family wealth.
It is just that he no longer wishes to tap into the hundreds of millions of pounds that the Royal Family is given from public taxes each year.
Meghan and Harry will not simply have to rely upon their 8-digit bank accounts and personal savings.
Meghan is an actress and one of the most famous women in the world. Harry has been admired globally since he was a child.
Neither of them will have any trouble finding speaking gigs that pay six figures. Then there are the options of acting roles.
Harry and Meghan wanted to get away from the racist British media and the excuses that they use for their vile vitriol.
They clearly don't have any objections to being just plain famous.
Not only do we now know the exact date on which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will effectively retire as Royals...
... we also know how this world famous couple feels about the upcoming change.
On the afternoon of February 21, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released vital information about the twosome's transition out of royal duties.
The facts were shared on the tandem's official website and are meant to provide some clarification around this monumental change, along with their steps for the future.
"Over the last month and a half, The Duke and Duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has understandably been saddening for The Duke and Duchess and their loyal staff, given the closeness of Their Royal Highnesses and their dedicated team," the statement reads.
It then continues as follows:
The Royal Family respect and understand the wish of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to live a more independent life as a family, by removing the supposed ‘public interest' justification for media intrusion into their lives.
They remain a valued part of Her Majesty's family.
Do they really, though?
Technically, of course, yes. Harry will always be Queen Elizabeth's grandson.
However, her Highness recently made it clear that Harry and Meghan may absolutely NOT profit off their Royal titles ever again.
As a result, Duke and Duchess of Sussex don't intend to use ‘SussexRoyal' in any territory after this March.
"While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organization, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal,' it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organization, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation," their statement says.
Also, to be clear: social media users should expect the couple's digital channels to be updated as they introduce the next phase of their life to followers.
Although Harry and Meghan have been staying in Canada with their nine-month-old son Archie, it's likely both will visit the United Kingdom for many engagements in the weeks and months to come.
The two will attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in March as well as the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day.
"As The Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to develop their non-profit organization and plan for their future, we hope that you use this site as the source for factual information," a spokesperson for the couple noted yesterday
This individual proceeded to point fans here for more information on the controversial transition.
You may absolutely do that -- but you can also just bookmark The Hollywood Gossip as well.
We got you covered, Royal enthusiasts.
Prince Harry did not want to cause any problems.
He and Meghan Markle didn't want it to come to THIS.
Really, they didn't.
In his first address since announcing he plans to step back from his Royal Family and Royal Duties, Prince Harry spoke at length on Sunday about this decision.
"Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks," he said at an event organized for his supporters of his Sentebale charity, which is aimed at supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children afflicted with HIV.
And he continued:
"So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share – not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years – but with a clearer perspective."
Harry said all this a day after his grandmother stripped him and Markle of their official titles.
He and his wife will soon, indeed, head off on their own, away from all the trappings of Kensington Palace, and live for the most part in North America.
“The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change," added Harry in his speech, adding:
"I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life.
"Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hurray!”
Harry went on to defend booth his own reputation and also that of Markle.
The Duchess of Sussex, of course, has come under continual fire from the press since the day she married Harry in May of 2018.
"I also know you’ve come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do," he said.
"And she does, and she’s the same woman I fell in love with. We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride.
"Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve."
It didn't take long, however, for Harry and Meghan to realize this dream could never really come true.
Not under the glare of the unfair and critical spotlight that accompanies members of the Royal Family.
"For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this," said Harry in the most memorable section of his speech.
"The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges.
"And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you."
Harry further emphasized his new family dynamic with the Royal Family.
"Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding.
"Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.
"But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life."
Harry also referenced his late mother Princess Diana -- who was killed while being chased by the paparazzai and who was a strong advocate for those affected by HIV and AIDS.
"I was born into this life, and it is a great honor to serve my country and the queen.
"When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.
'It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service."
Harry and Meghan announced their stunning decision on January 8.
This is how Harry concluded his speech today:
I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months.
I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me.
Together, you have given me an education about living. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith – thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.
It's a done deal, folks.
On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II announced that she finalized an agreement for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal split, under which the famous couple will no longer use the titles His and Her Royal Highness.
This isn't all Meghan and Harry will lose, however.
According to the monarchy, Harry and his bride will no longer receive public funds for their duties carried out on behalf of the family... and will even need to repay the $3 million spent on renovating their U.K. home.
Sort of makes sense, right?
Considering they no longer plan to really use this home.
“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” the Queen said in her statement on Saturday.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
"I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
"It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life."
Markle and Harry stunned the celebrity gossip universe several days ago when they unilaterally announced they had chosen to "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family."
They also said at the time they wanted to "balance" their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
It was clear from the Queen's initial statement that she was unhappy with this decision.
Last Monday, however, she relented (in public, at least) and basically told her grandson to go live his separate life.
According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, meanwhile, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
"As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments.
The statement also said:
"They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties. With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.
"While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty."
Elsewhere, the Queen went so far as to praise Markle, whose intense scrutiny by the British tabloids over the past couple of years helped lead to the couple's decision to step back from their royal duties.
"I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family," the Queen said.
"It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life."
So, to review:
- Harry and Meghan will completely step back from royal duties.
- They will not use their HRH titles any longer.
- They will pay back the public money spent on Frogmore Cottage and will now pay "commercial rent."
- They will largely live in North America.
All these changes will take effect in the spring.
Well, if it wasn't official before, it is now.
We've known for several days now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle intend to step down from as "senior members" of the British royal family, but for many, the news didn't really hit home until today.
That's because it wasn't until this afternoon that Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement on the matter and revealed that the Sussexes have her blessing as they embark on their new lives as pseudo-peasants.
The Queen, of course, was conciliatory and professional in her statements, as she virtually always is.
But just because she didn't subject Meghan and Harry to a public tongue-lashing, that doesn't mean she's thrilled with their decision to step away from their royal duties.
In fact, according to a new report from Vanity Fair, QE2 is outraged by Harry and Meghan's decision, and she views it as nothing less than the shirking of a sacred responsibility.
“Perhaps it’s a generational thing, or the way she was brought up, but duty is everything to the Queen and she will find this the most upsetting part of all,” a source identified as "one of the Queen's closest confidantes" tells the magazine.
The insider goes on to claim that from the Queen's perspective, the timing of Harry and Meghan's "stunt" couldn't be worse.
“At the end of the day she is 93 and this has been a genuine shock for her,” the source says.
“After everything she has done for Harry she feels monumentally let down. All she has done is accommodate him and Meghan from the start. The family are all very upset at how the Sussexes have behaved, not least because of the impact it has had on the Queen, who has a very frail husband, the whole Andrew problem to deal with and now Harry, who is frankly behaving like a bolshie teenager," the insider adds.
"He has dropped a bombshell and left the Queen to pick up the pieces. It has not been great for their relationship. What was once a very warm and jokey grandmother grandson rapport has dissipated.”
We're sure Harry is sensitive to the Queen's plight, but at the end of the day, his primary responsibility is to his wife and son, not his grandmother.
The insider goes on to say that despite rumors to the contrary, the Queen was more accommodating to Meghan than to anyone else who ever married into the royal family.
And the insider claims that the more Meghan and Harry were given, the more they expected.
“She was very upset by some of Harry’s demands and the way he went about certain things," says the source.
"He didn’t want to use the Queen’s staff for the wedding, he and Meghan brought in their own florist and cake makers, and Harry apparently asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to marry them before consulting the Queen and the Dean of Windsor, which wasn’t the correct way to do things," the insider adds.
"I think she was dismayed by his attitude in general and I remember speaking to her and her being rather upset by how beastly Harry was being. Their relationship was quite badly damaged by it all.”
Yikes. "Beastly" is not a term that generally comes to mind when one thinks of Harry.
A different source claims that the Queen is not alone in her feeling that the Sussexes were not sufficiently appreciative of all that was done for them.
“There’s a feeling that what in the last two years have they been refused?” the insider says.
“There has always been a willingness to consider. The Queen is always there to talk about family matters but when it comes to matters of monarchy and the institution it’s not off the cuff. It’s not just a case of popping over for tea to discuss it," the source continues.
"Decisions made on things like that have ramifications for three generations going forward and time was needed to get this right.”
That last part feelings like a bit like an unintentional confession.
After all that blathering on about how Meghan and Harry were endlessly coddled, Source #2 admits that certain requests were denied for fear of "ramifications."
We may never know what those requests were, but if they were big enough that the Sussexes felt they were not free to live the lives they envisioned for themselves, then they were absolutely right to walk away.
Queen Elizabeth is not happy at the moment.
And she's not about to sit back and remain silent, either.
According to multiple sources, the long-time British Monarch has ordered a family summit at her home to thrash out what to do about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wish to step down from senior royal roles.
By now, you must be aware of this demand.
Of the fact that Markle and Harry no longer wish to really be associated with the latter's family and don't even plan on living full-time in England for much longer.
In response to this shocking move, the Queen has requested that Harry, his brother Prince William and his father Prince Charles all meet at her country home of Sandringham, Norfolk, on Monday, January 13 to figure out what the heck the next step is going to be.
As has been made evident, Elizabeth is pissed Harry and Markle have gone public with their decision.
Considering the Duchess of Sussex is already in Canada with her son, she is expected to participate in this summit via phone.
The high-level meeting to “talk things through,” as a People Magazine insider puts it, raises the prospect that a conclusion is in sight to the unprecedented talks to find a solution that works for the Sussexes and the family.
Harry and Meghan may way want to simply peace out of their arrangement, but this Royal Family thing has been going on for generations.
It just isn't that easy.
“Following a series of meetings and consultations across the last few days, there is a range of possibilities for the family to review which take into account the thinking the Sussexes outlined earlier in the week,” a palace source has said.
Consitnued this well-placed source:
"As we have said previously, making a change to the working life and role of the monarchy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex requires complex and thoughtful discussions. Next steps will be agreed at the meeting.
"The request for this to be resolved ‘at pace’ is still Her Majesty’s wish. The aim remains days not weeks.
"There is genuine agreement and understanding that any decision will take time to be implemented."
Aside from wishing Kate Middleton a happy birthday last week, neither Markle nor Harry has said anything outside of their lengthy statement on Instagran.
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the couple wrote on social media a few days ago, adding:
"We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.
"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment."
And they concluded as follows:
We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.
We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.
Stay tuned for a lot more folks.
This is far from over.
It's been 48 hours since we learned that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to step down from their roles as "senior members" of the royal family.
During that time, most of the media coverage has focused on Meghan's mental state and the role she played in the couple's decision to step away from the spotlight.
After all, Harry has been a royal his entire life -- he must be used to living a fishbowl existence, right?
Add to that the fact that the British media has spent the past 18 months pushing the narrative that Meghan is unhappy as a royal, and it stands to reason that it's Markle who would take the blame for the couple's change in lifestyle.
But a new report from The Daily Mail reminds us that Harry has always found royal life to be an awkward fit, and he may have been the main force behind the Sussex's decision to distance themselves the demands of palace life.
Of course, Harry's disdain for the spotlight is not simply the result of a preference for privacy.
The death of Princess of Diana left an indelible scar that continues to cause Harry pain 23 years later.
And those who know him best say that he still remembers being forced to walk behind her coffin on live television as one of the most galling and horrifying experiences of his life.
Bryony Gordon is a journalist and friend of the Sussexes who visited the couple just weeks before their six-week sojourn in Canada, during which, they apparently made the decision to step away from royal life.
Gordon made some surprising observations about the couple during her time at Frogmore Cottage -- and she also offered them some surprising advice.
"Prince Harry is still living out the trauma he experienced after his mother’s death," Gordon reported.
"He had spoken candidly of the panic attacks that he had long experienced whenever he appeared at a public engagement," she added.
"But if he thought then that he had beaten this mental torture, he now seemed to be realising that he had spoken too soon."
Obviously, these comments portray the couple's choice to abandon public life in a very different light -- and hopefully, they'll serve to shield Meghan from some of the criticism she's been forced to endure this week.
Of course, Gordon makes it clear that the decision was not made individually, but was instead reached jointly, as both Harry and Meghan had become frustrated with the limitations of their current positions.
Gordon recalls witnessing Meghan's frustration and offering what would prove to be groundbreaking advice:
"'Why don’t you just jack it all in?' I said to Meghan, after she had told me about the unexpected issues she had experienced in her new position: the loneliness; the sudden muting of her voice; the giving up of everything she knew for love, only to be, as she saw it, hounded and pilloried," she recalls.
We're gonna go ahead and assume that "jack it all in" is Brit slang for "give it all up."
If Gordon's portrayal of the couple is accurate, it seems Harry and Meghan had little choice but to step down for the sake of their mental health.
But that doesn't mean the decision will be without consequences.
One insider tells The Sun that Queen Elizabeth is feeling deeply wounded and is still expecting a proper explanation from Harry.
“It was a case of act now or lose control of something they had spent a long time working on,” a different source tells the tabloid.
That may be all the explanation Harry is able to offer.
Meghan Markle has left her husband behind to deal with the mess this famous couple has created.
According to multiple reports, the Duchess of Sussex -- yes, she still has that title -- has returned to Canada after announcing her plans to “step back” and become “financially independent” from the royal family.
Prince Harry, however, has not joined her on this trip.
Not long after stunning the universe an announcement in which the husband and wife said they planned to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family” in order to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution," Markle left her adopted country behind.
For an adopted country she likes even better.
ITV royal editor Chris Ship Tweeted, though, that Harry remains in England and is deep in discussion with his relatives on the best way to handle his preferred transition.
Everyone in Kensington Palance is still reeling from this development.
As part of their enormous statement this week, Meghan and Harry said they would split their time between North America and Great Britain.
They did not specify Canada as a future home, but earlier reports indicated it was their likely destination due to the affection Markle developed for that country while filming the series Suits in Toronto.
This polarizing twosome spent Christmas in Canada and their son, Archie, remained there after his parents flew to London early in the new year.
We wonder how he'll feel when he sees the ongoing headlines about his mother and father many years from now.
We believe the child is staying with Meghan’s close friend, Jessica Mulroney, whose three kids served as page boys and a flower girl in the couple’s royal wedding in May 2018.
Shortly after the couple made their shocking confirmation on Wednesday, Jessica appeared to voice her support via an Instagram post.
The Canadian stylist shared a quote from American filmmaker Gina Carey that reads as follows:
“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.”
As a reminder, this is what Meghan and Harry wrote just two days ago:
After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.
It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties.
Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.
The move was made despite warnings from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to hold off, according to a report from the Evening Standard.
So, despite Harry's and Meghan's desire to simply peace the heck out of this arrangement, things are far from over here, you guys.
People are really up in arms about Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stepping back from their duties as members of the Royal Family. The British press just really seems to hate Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex for some reason. I just can’t put my finger on it. What is it about her specifically that people like Katie Hopkins don’t like about her? We may never know.
But now, thanks to Page Six, we know why they decided to leave, even though it pissed off all those people who don’t like something about Her Royal Highness for some reason that’s probably not anything important that we shouldn’t question. The reason is that Oprah told them to.
A source said, “Oprah was the first person to talk to Harry and Meghan about breaking free and doing their own thing, building on their own brand. She made them realize it was really possible.” A rep for Oprah declined to comment.
I have really enjoyed the past few days of Royal Family discourse, honestly. No one can quite explain what is happening, they just know they don’t like it and that it must be Meghan Markle’s fault because everything was super wonderful at Windsor Palace before she came along. Just ask anyone who has seen The Crown, the Royal Family hasn’t been a hotbed of thinly veiled contempt for four generations now. Everyone was just loving and happy and perfectly content right up until Harry decided to get married. People like Piers Morgan just don’t like the dark energy she’s brought to the country, right? There’s just a black cloud over the country since she’s been around.
If you want the honest answer as to what is really happening here, the British paparazzi killed Harry’s mother and he’s wanted to take a firmer hand with them and his father and grandparents, who didn’t even like his mother, don’t think that would be proper and Harry has finally had enough and is moving to Canada where the paparazzi will buy you donuts and won’t wait around outside your hoose. That’s the big reveal. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it for even a few seconds.
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One of the hardest parts of the decorum expected of the Royal Family is that you can’t just say “Oh, Katie Hopkins? Yeah, she’s a bloody cunt. And a Nazi.” You know, because it would be besmirching Prince Phillip’s favorite relatives.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced they’re stepping away from their royal duties and moving to Canada.
I assume it’s Canada at any rate, they still worship the queen there and it’s not like they’re going to get less racism in America.
Let’s look at some of the comments this announcement attracted.
You meghan causes a rift in this family and you know that…before you came,all this family love and respect eachother…you change the rules and i know you dont care it because you have no idea about this family and you come from nowhere aven nothing…Im sorry for you…you have problem with every of your family and poor harry’s family and old friend…think for a second…maybe you are THE PROBLEM
Before Meghan Markle came, the Royal Family loved and respected each other. Someone hasn’t seen The Crown. Or The Queen.
this has got to be treason. You can’t just resign. You’re born into it.
Or The King’s Speech.
They (or Meghan) couldn’t stand being below Harry’s brother and Kate. So disrespectful. Now Meghan can have her own “show”. I am so sorry for William and Kate.
This is the worst thing the sibling of the successor to the Crown has ever done! Okay, maybe second worst.
Yeah, I don’t blame them for wanting a reduced role.
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The impossible has become a reality:
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer members of The Royal Family.
We mean, they are, of course.
By blood and by definition, Harry remains sixth to the British throne and there's some (tragic) universe in which he could one day still lead this iconic monarchy.
On Tuesday, January 8, however, following months of rumors and new reports that they were moving to Canada, Markle and Harry announced they were stepped back from their Royal Duties.
Like, WAY back.
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the statement from the famous couple began.
"We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."
Markle and Harry will split their time between the United Kingdom and North America and really have next to nothing to do with the latter's loved ones anymore.
As the shockwaves of this decision continue to reverberate around the globe, we've posed a simple question to The Hollywood Gossip staff:
Did Meghan and Harry make the right move here? It's time to choose a side, Team HarMar or Team Royal Family...
TEAM ROYAL FAMILY by Hilton Hater
Meghan Markle was not living under a rock when she met Prince Harry. Quite the opposite, in fact.
She was living in the bustling city of Toronto and starring on a hit USA Network drama.
In other words:
Markle was keyed in to the entertainment industry and the celebrity gossip universe. She was well aware of who Prince Harry was when the stars met and well aware of what the pursuit of a serious romance with the handsome heir would entail.
What, did she think she could just marry Harry, give birth to his child and ignore centuries of his family's rule?
There's a hierarchy in place at Kensington Palace. There are rules and guidelines that have existed for even longer than Suits managed to stay on the air.
Poor Meghan couldn't handle being waited on by a staff of employees, whose only job was to tend to her every whim and need? She couldn't wear some fancy hats on occasion?
She couldn't show just a tiny bit of respect to a global institution, allegedly insisting instead on doing things her own way?
Come on now.
Based on various reports, yes, some of the criticism leveled at Markle went too far and crossed some very personal lines. No one here is blameless.
But there's a reason why Americans are often considered pompous and self-absorbed.
It's because these stereotypes are often valid -- and what better evidence do we need than an actress who believed herself to be above the frickin Royal Family?!?
TEAM MARHAR by Simon Delott
Meghan Markle is a real person with real feelings. She has been bombarded with racist vitriol for years by the British media.
Believe it or not, Prince Harry has not enjoyed watching the love of his life get hounded and defamed.
Harry hasn't enjoyed being a Royal himself even. Now, he and Meghan are getting the chance for something that his mother never had: freedom.
But there's even more that justifies this momentous decision that will pave for a happier future for Archie.
Harry and Meghan are striving for financial independence. Sure, that will take time, given how the royal family is structured.
While the royal family brings in an estimated $1 billion in yearly tourism revenue, they still cost hundreds of millions to feed, house, and protect.
During periods of austerity measures, when their own citizens suffer and die, this makes the Royals particularly unpopular.
Harry and Meghan will make their own way instead of siphoning off of the British taxpayers, and they're continuing their charitable work.
We hope that William and Kate are happy for them. As for the British media, they can eat a classic British dish: spotted dick.
TEAM MARHAR by Tyler Johnson
MegMar, we hardly knew ye.
Sure, Meghan Markle will still be photographed every time she leaves the house, and she’ll continue to incur the wrath of the slavering fiends who make up the British tabloid press on an almost weekly basis.
But thanks today’s (very wise decision) to partially step away from the royal family we’re sure to be seeing a lot less of Meghan and Harry in the years to come.
Of course, it’s the press and the royals who stand to suffer the most from this development — and both parties have no one to blame but themselves.
From the moment she started dating Harry, Meghan was subjected to constant, bigoted abuse from the tabloids, and withering, passive-aggressive disapproval from her soon-to-be-in-laws.
The circumstances were made that much sadder by the fact that Meghan’s awful family — led by her openly envious wicked half-sister — conspired to destroy her reputation and make her life hell.
Meghan and Harry’s situation is likely to draw comparisons to that of King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936, so that he would be free to marry American actress Wallis Simpson.
The big difference, of course, is that Edward was king, while Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne, making it extremely unlikely that he’ll ever be crowned.
If you’re thinking it sounds like Harry and Meghan have nothing to lose and much to gain in the way of freedom, you’re absolutely right.
And as a bonus, they get to stick it to everyone who went to great lengths to make the early years of their relationship more difficult.
By now you’ve probably heard the shocking news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
Some outlets have reported the news as though the couple is emancipating themselves from Harry’s family, which obviously is not the case.
They’re simply stepping away from the bulk of their public duties and freeing themselves up to live wherever they please in greater privacy.
Then Sussexes are sure to be derided as selfish shirkers by the same tabloid press that’s been critical of Meghan since day one.
But in a way, they’re taking on a tremendous risk here, as they’ll need to figure out ways to support themselves financially without relying on a royal allowance.
However, it seems that’s little comfort to the Queen and company, as a statement issued by Buckingham Palace indicates the family is less than thrilled about Harry and Meghan’s decision.
“Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” reads the statement issued to the press by palace officials.
“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
Obviously, the statement doesn’t come right out and say the Queen is going to try and convince these two to reconsider — that’s not really how the Royals operate.
But it does seem to confirm that the family was blindsided by Harry and Meghan’s decision to branch out on their own.
The stunning fact that the Queen found out about Harry and Meghan’s decision at the same time as the rest of the world seems to have been further corroborated moments ago by this tweet from the BBC:
“BBC Understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight, the Palace is understood to be ‘disappointed.'” the tweet reads.
While the decision has generated considerable controversy, it sounds as though the Sussexes day-to-day lives actually won’t be all that different than they are now.
According to royal correspondent Omid Scobie, Harry and Meghan will continue to work tirelessly for the benefit of the same charities to which they devoted themselves as members of the royal family:
“The couple remain patron of all the same charities as before and will spend much of 2020 shaping their soon-to-be-launched #SussexRoyal foundation to respond to the pressing needs of the modern world,” Scobie tweeted today.
Additionally, insiders say Harry and Meghan hope that their decision will not impact their relationships with the Queen or with other members of the family.
Of course, questions such as where in the world the Sussexes will live and raise their son remain unanswered.
And there are few things the royal family dislikes more than uncertainty.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want the people of Australia to know something:
They are not going through their ongoing nightmare alone.
Over the past few months, devastating wildfires have raged across this continent, with no end in sight.
To date, approximately 12.35 million acres have burned in Australia, destroying more than 1,400 homes and claiming the lives of about 23 people.
According to CBS News, "more than half a billion wild animals have perished in the flames" and the number is expected to "exponentially increase."
It's truly been a horrifying disaster and, most troubling of all perhaps, there's very little that can really be done about it.
On Saturday, January 4, however, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at least took to Instagram to send a powerful message to Australia, its residents -- who have been forced to evacuate their homes -- and the volunteer firefighters that have been fighting the flames as best they can.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those across Australia who are continuing to face the devastating fires that have been raging for months," Markle and Harry wrote on Instagram.
They included with this caption heart-shattering images of the effects of the wildfires in Australia.
And they concluded as follows:
From areas we are personally connected to such as the communities and people we visited in New South Wales in 2018, to the fires in California and parts of Africa, we are struck by the increasingly overlapping presence of these environmental disasters, including of course the destruction of the Amazon which continues.
This global environmental crisis has now been described as Ecocide. It's easy to feel helpless, but there's always a way to help.
From there, the Royal pair encouraged followers to find out how to "lend" their support and learn more about what's happening in not only Australia -- but other parts of the world as well.
They linked on their official page to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Australian Red Cross as places where fans and fans can assist.
This week, local authorities have urged more than 100,000 people in the southeastern part of the country to evacuate, while a state of emergency has been declared.
On Friday, January 3, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also took to Twitter to express their support.
Kate Middleton and Prince William wrote at the time:
"Our followers in Australia can find out the latest information on the fires by following the accounts on this list. As the devastating fires continue our thoughts remain with those impacted and those working heroically to fight them."
They aren't alone, either.
Pink announced on this same day that she donating $500,000 to Australian fire services in the wake of the catastrophic bushfires devastating the country.
“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires,” the artist wrote, adding:
“I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz.”
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, whose Australian farm is under threat in the fires, posted on Saturday that they are also donating $500,000 to firefighters.
For centuries, the members of the British Royal Family prided themselves on their ability to maintain a "stiff upper lip" in the face of adversity.
Be it the death of Princess Diana or rumors of marital discord between Prince William and Kate Middleton, the royal response remained the same:
Any public display of grief was regarded as a sign of weakness; any acknowledgment of an unflattering rumor was seen as stooping to the level of the tabloid press.
This week, however, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have forever altered the relationship between the Royals and the global community.
Sunday night saw the premiere of Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, a documentary that chronicled the couple's recent 10-day trip to Africa.
As expected, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their thoughts on the ongoing humanitarian crises in Africa as well as the many cultural and geographical treasures the continent has to offer.
But what came as a surprise was the blunt fashion in which both Harry and Meghan opened up about their various personal struggles.
Speaking with journalist Tom Bradby, Meghan spoke candidly about her feelings of isolation and the difficulties she's faced in trying to assimilate to life as a member of the world's most famous family.
"I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip," Meghan said.
"I tried, I really tried. But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy."
For his part, Harry opened up about the challenges he's overcome in the past year, including reports that he's feuding with his brother, Prince William.
"Inevitably stuff happens. But we're brothers, we'll always be brothers," Harry remarked, somewhat cryptically.
"We're certainly on different paths at the moment. I'll always be there for him and as I know, he'll always be there for me. We don't see each other as much as we used to because we're so busy but I love him dearly."
This is not the sort of commentary British royals typically offer with regard to their private relationships.
So perhaps it's not surprising that Monday morning saw media reports that William was "furious" about the documentary.
Speaking with the BBC, a palace source downplayed those reports, but admitted that William is “worried” about Prince Harry and hopes he and Meghan “are alright.”
Harry and Meghan were likely well aware that their decision to speak so candidly would be met with a mixed reaction.
But it seems that after weighing the pros and cons, the Sussexes felt that they were left with little choice but to speak out.
Harry has made it quite clear, after all, that he regards this as nothing less than a matter of life and death.
The Sussexes' comments come on the heels of a lawsuit that Harry filed against a UK journalist whom he accuses of violating Meghan's privacy.
The suit was accompanied by public remarks in which Harry dressed down the British media for what he feels is relentless mistreatment of his wife.
Only time will tell what sort of difference Harry and Meghan made by speaking so bluntly about the poor treatment they've received from the press.
But they made one thing abundantly clear throughout the documentary -- they felt the need to clear the air so that they can devote the bulk of their time to what they see as their true calling:
"The rest of our lives, our life's work with be predominantly focused on Africa on conservation," Harry said.
"So there's a lot of things to be done, there's a lot of problems here, but also a lot of solutions."
We wish them all the best in those efforts.
Prince Harry has taken a step that is equal parts unusual and forceful.
But all parts admirable.
On Tuesday, the Duke of Sussex absolutely, positively, totally and completely WENT OFF on the media for the way it has treated his beloved wife, Meghan Markle.
Seriously: Harry came out swinging, you guys. Hard.
“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” Harry said in this rare statement.
The handsome Prince didn't just write down a bunch of words, either.
He and the Royal Family are suing The Daily Mail for publishing the content of a private letter written awhile back by Markle.
We believe the letter in question is one that Meghan wrote to her estranged father, although this has not yet been confirmed by the lawsuit or anyone associated with it.
Any regular celebrity gossip follower, however, must be aware overall of all the ways in which various tabloids have quoted anonymous sources that have torn into Markle on the reg.
"As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting," continued Harry in this open letter.
"We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more,"
Sounds like a not-so-subtle dig there against President Donald Trump.
But that isn't the point here at all. Not at the moment.
One can believe in the value of a free press and also believe in what Harry says next:
"There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.
"Because in today's digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe.
"One day's coverage is no longer tomorrow's chip-paper.
"Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations - something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis."
Talk about some brutal honesty from Harry.
"It is for this reason we are taking legal action, a process that has been many months in the making," he goes on.
"The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months;
"They have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave.
"She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you've seen on this Africa tour."
This is not the first time that Harry has come to Meghan’s defense.
Shortly after the couple went public with their relationship in 2016, the prince released a powerful statement, trashing what he called the racist and sexist abuse she had endured since her relationship with him was revealed.
We applauded him then and we're applauding him now.
For these select media this is a game, and one that we have been unwilling to play from the start. I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.
This particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behaviour by British tabloid media.
The contents of a private letter were published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question.
In addition to their unlawful publication of this private document, they purposely misled you by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year.
Harry, tragically, has seen first-hand what happens when a frenzied press goes too far.
His mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a 1997 car crash after the vehicle in which she was a passenger sped away from a number of intruding paparazzi members.
He invoked this awful incident in his statement on Tuesday.
"I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person," he wrote, adding:
"I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."
The Duke of Sussex's statement concluded:
"We thank you, the public, for your continued support. It is hugely appreciated. Although it may not seem like it, we really need it."
A legal spokesperson from Schillings, who are representing the Duchess of Sussex, added on Tuesday:
"We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband.
"Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda."
This legal case is being privately funded by Harry and Meghan.
Pending a court ruling, proceeds from any damages will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.
In 2018, Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in front of an international TV audience. Then they had a little baby boy.
Maybe you've heard about it at some point.
The 38-year-old former actress is the envy of millions of women these days, but the road to royalty wasn't an easy one.
Heck, it's still not exactly a walk in the park, based on the Duchess of Sussex's continued negative media coverage.
(Seriously, UK media. Lay off.)
But, to our original point, Meg got her start in Hollywood as most people do - by taking on gigs she'd rather forget now.
And we're not talking about Suits, which was actually a fun show and made it past the coveted 100-episode threshold.
Fortunately for all of us, the acting and modeling work Markle took on to pay the bills has yielded unforgettable images.
For us. And Harry, most likely.
Not convinced? Scroll down for some Meg career highlights ... before becoming a Duchess and mother of course.
1. Meghan at Age 22
2. The Role Suits Her
3. Meghan as Rachel
4. Showing Some Leg
5. Topless Meg
6. Nude on Suits
Prince Harry celebrated a pair of milestones on Sunday:
1. His 35th birthday.
2. His very first birthday as a father.
And beloved/beautiful/polarizing wife Meghan Markle was right there to shower her husband with figurative kisses in one of the sweetest tributes you'll read this month.
"Wishing a very happy birthday to His Royal Highness Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex!" opened a caption to the photo above, which was posted @sussexroyal Instagram account.
In the very bottom right of this collage, among many other personal and candid photos of Harry, we get a glimpse at a brand new snapshot of him, Markle and their son, Archie.
The new image depitcs a doting Harry crouching down to look at his child, who is on mom Meghan’s lap, during a special celebration back in the summer.
Elsewhere in the photograph collection?
- A few childhood pics of Harry, including one him as a baby with his late mother Princess Diana.
- Also one of Harry as a small boy with brother Prince William.
- There's also a gorgeous picture of of the Duke and Duchess kissing at their 2018 wedding.
- And, finally, pics of Harry in his military uniforms and meeting people on his Royal tours.
Wrote Markle herself as a message to Harry:
Your service to the causes you care so deeply for inspires me every day. You are the best husband and most amazing dad to our son.
We love you. Happiest birthday!
Next week, Meghan and Harry are scheduled to travel with young Archie to South Africa for what will mark the child's first Royal tour.
It ought to garner the family a great deal of attention, but today belongs to Harry, not his precious offspring.
"Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duke of Sussex today!" read a message on the Instagram page of Kensington Palace, which represents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside a photo of the brothers dressed in military uniforms and smiling at one another.
Perhaps this caption will put to rest rumors of a feud between Harry and William.
But probably not, knowing the media and all those supermarket tabloids, you know?
Harry’s father Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also sent their best to the birthday boy today, as did The Royal Family Instagram account, which represents Queen Elizabeth and other members of the family.
“Wishing a very Happy Birthday to The Duke of Sussex, who turns 35 today!” Charles and Camilla’s post read.
"Happy Birthday to The Duke of Sussex – 35 today! #HappyBirthdayHRH" the Queen's post read.
Harry and Meghan got married in May of 2018 and welcomed their son into the world in May of 2019.
We join all these others in sending our best birthday wishes to his adoring dad.
Back in May, Meghan Markle welcomed her first child.
But because she lives in a civilized nation where you can stop off for some bangers and mash without fear of some dodgy wanker blowing your bonce off, Meghan was able to take a full four months of maternity leave.
She probably could've taken even longer if she had wanted, but the temptation to burst through the double doors of her office and strike fear into the hearts of her staff by declaring, "The Duchess is back!" was probably too powerful to resist.
We kid, of course.
The real reason that Meg came back is that she famously loves her work.
Obviously, her philanthropic efforts are her main professional focus these days, and she's found a way to incorporate her skills as an artist and businesswomen into her calling as a humanitarian.
And so, Meghan is set to launch two exciting projects in as many weeks.
The first is that is a travel initiative called Travalyst that Meghan is launching in cooperation with Prince Harry.
The project is designed to help shift the travel industry toward more environmentally-friendly practices.
It was likely inspired by the recent controversy over Meghan and Harry's decision to take a private jet to Elton John's estate in the South of France.
But hey, regardless of what prompted the move, at least it's happening.
The second project that's got Meg's attention these days is a line of workwear for women that will benefit her Smart Works patronage, which aims to find jobs for women who are struggling financially.
All pretty great stuff.
Hard to imagine that anyone could find any fault with Meg this week, right?
Ha! We kid -- the British tabloid press is a well-oiled controversy-generating machine, and they've kept their Meg-hating streak going this week by claiming that the Duchess of Sussex snubbed the Queen by not visiting Balmoral as planned last weekend.
“Harry and Meghan had no plans to go to Balmoral this summer as they felt Archie was too young," a source close to the situation tells The Sun.
"It’s a bit odd, as his age didn’t stop them taking him to Ibiza for a week and then to see Elton John in France," the insider adds.
"If they want privacy or protection — which was Harry’s excuse for taking private jets — there is no more protected or private holiday destination than the Queen’s Scottish home."
The insider goes on to perpetuate the notion that Meghan is too much of a woke hippie to hang witht the rough-and-tumble Royals:
"It’s all very hunting, shooting, fishing up at Balmoral, so maybe that put Meghan off," says the source.
"She has never been to Balmoral and the Queen was disappointed they’re not going.”
Yes, we're sure Meg was kept away by the pheasant hunting, and not the fact that she has a 4-month-old baby at home and 18 business ventures in the works.
This has been your daily edition of Meghan Markle Literally Can Do Nothing Right In the Eyes of the British Tabloid Press.
Last month, we reported on the widespread allegations of hypocrisy leveled against Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The trouble started when the couple took a jaunt to the South of France to hang out at Elton John's palatial estate for a few days, as one does.
The problem wasn't with the trip itself, but with the fact that Harry and Meghan traveled on a private jet.
As you may know, Harry has been an outspoken environmental activist for much of his life.
As one of the world's leading spokesmen for the perils of climate change and the role that humans play in the growing crisis, boarding a private jet with his family was ... not a great look for Harry.
Elton immediately came to his guests' defense, tweeting:
“Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.
“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home.
"To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.”
But as the weeks went by, Harry and Meghan remained silent, while Prince William and Kate Middleton made a point of flying commercial, thus scoring points on their rumored rivals.
On Tuesday, Harry finally broke his silence during an event in Amsterdam, at which he explained his decision to temporarily throw carbon footprint concerns aside:
“I came here by commercial. I spend 99 percent of my life traveling the world by commercial,” Harry told the audience.
“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe and it’s genuinely as simple as that.”
It's important to note that 98% of terrorist attacks occur en route to Elton John's private estate in the South of France.
Obviously, we're joking -- taking the piss out of Harry, for you Brits.
The explanation rings a tad bullsh-tty, but we're sure Harry is usually responsible in his travel choices.
“We can all do better and while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact,” he added.
“The question is what we do to balance it out.”
From there, Harry announced a new venture -- Travalyst -- in which he and Meg will partner with online firms to "transform the travel industry.
That's great, bro -- but maybe start with saving the private jets for emergency situations, ya know?
Prince William and Kate Middleton have made it official:
They really despise Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Okay, maybe not. That may be an exaggeration.
But William and Kate have taken a major step in a direction away from their rumored rivals.
Just over a year since Markle joined her husband, Wiliam and Middleton's royal foundation, the organization's name has officially been changed to reflect Harry and Meghan's departure.
The charity -- which was previously known as The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- will be simply renamed as The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The change was reflected on Tuesday in documents published by Companies House.
Back on June 20, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were leaving The Royal Foundation and going off to form their own charity.
Read a statement from the official Palace spokesperson/account:
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has today announced the conclusions of a review into its structure, and how it will best support Their Royal Highnesses with future charitable activity.
Later this year The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from The Royal Foundation.
On its own, this change to a foundation (that most readers likely didn't even know existed previously) of this type would not be seen as a big deal.
And, you know what? It may not be a big deal in any way, shape or form.
But you're probably aware of the ongoing rumors of a riff between Kate/William and Harry/Meghan.
Just a few days ago, Markle and Harry were (stupidly) dragged for taking a private airplane, while William and Kate then flew commercial, seemingly as a jab at their relatives.
This followed several months of chatter over the status specifically of Kate's relationship with Meghan, which has never seemed like an especially close one.
The charity split, in fact, marked the second separation between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
In March, Kensington Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan had created a new royal household separate from William and Kate.
“[Queen Elizabeth II] has agreed to the creation of a new household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year,” the palace said in a statement at the time.
“The household, which will be created with the support of the queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.
"This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for the duke and duchess’ work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.”
Still, despite rumors of a constant rift between these Royals, the pair put on a united front when it came time to explains the news of their organizational break-up in June.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation," another statement read back then, concluding:
"They are especially proud to have established a charity that has had, and will continue to have, significant long-lasting impact, changing lives for the better."
The two most famous couples in the world met in London on Sunday night, July 14.
We're barely even exaggerating here, as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their red carpet debut at the European premiere of The Lion King remake this weekend.
And just who did they meet at this event?
None other than Beyonce and Jay-Z!!!!!!!!
Why were they in attendance?
Because Beyonce is the voice of Nala in this film and because the star-studded celebration was actually held in support of Harry’s ongoing conservation work and his service on behalf of communities near endangered wildlife in Africa.
But enough preamble, right?
Scroll down for a look at the epic introduction!
1. Bow Down, Folks
2. About Time, Right?
3. Meghan Hugs Beyonce!
4. What are They Saying?!?
5. The Ultimate Meeting
6. The Duke and the Queen
For Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, it's official.
And also so gosh darn precious.
On Saturday morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gathered their loved ones at Windsor Castle for a special religious event about two months in the making.
We're talking, of course, about the Christening of Royal son Archie, who was at the center of a blessed event that brought together friends, family members and even rumored foes.
Among the most notable attendees?
Doria Ragland, Markle's mother, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, Markle's supposed blood rivals.
As seen in a family portrait shared on Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account (above), Prince Charles and wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall were also there... along with Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
What an amazing image, right?
And the same can be said for the one of Meghan and Harry down below:
“This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world,” said a People Magazine source of Harry and Markle, who wore a white Dior dress to her son’s christening.
As for the official caption affiliated with these brand new family pictures?
This is what the Palace wrote of the Christening online:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son.
They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.
Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie.
Archie came into the world on May 6.
Two days later, he made his public debut when his famous parents strolled out in front of a select number of journalists and posed for a few gorgeous photographs.
Since this time, Markle has remained on maternity leave and the couple has mostly kept themselves and their son far away from the spotlight
... much to the irritation of some British citizens.
Meghan and Harry's desire for this privacy has been met with a great deal of criticism from those whose tax money helps fund their home and lifestyle.
The Duchess and Duke of Sussex have offered just a scant few glimpses of their son since his birth in May -- and the public has yet to see his full face.
The former actress and her red-headed soulmate also continue to break from recent royal tradition, in this case NOT publicly announcing the names of their son's godparents around the time of his Christening.
Moreover, Markle and Harry will soon whisk Archie off to Africa.
But, hey, at least we'll always have the snapshots above, right?
Archie Harrison is extremely cute and very loved.
This much we know.
But we now know something else about the first and, thus far only, child of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: His Christening date!
According to multiple sources, this major religious event will take place on Saturday, July 6.
Per People Magazine sources, the very young man - who turns two months old on this same date - will celebrate his milestone in Queen Elizabeth’s private chapel at Windsor Castle.
The location was chosen by the Duchess and Duke of Sussex because they “wanted an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty,” People writes.
It probably also helped that Meghan and Harry now reside at Frogmore Cottage... which is also on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
So there won't be any need to stuff Archie into a car seat.
What else do we know about the pending Royal Christening?
Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, will be by her daughter's side for the occasion, although Queen Elizabeth actually will NOT be due to a prior commitment.
Before you take this as a sign that the Queen clearly hates Markle, please consider/remember: both the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were absent for Prince Louis' Christening last year.
We can also confirm, via what we read on the Internet, that the gathering will be attended by approximately 25 family members and friends -- and that photos to be released the next day.
Both of these tidbits are typical of a Royal Christening.
The timing of the baptism also makes sense, considering Prince William and Kate Middleton's three kids - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - were all Christened within about three months of their birth.
Moreover, Charlotte and Louis were both christened in the month of July, just like Archie will be.
Or maybe just a coincidence.
“This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world,” an insider tells People Magazine.
Markle and Harry, meanwhile, have also announced that they'll be taking a tour of Africa in the near future ... with Archie in tow! It will mark the first time the baby leaves his native country.
During the Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit (an event honoring his late mother, Princess Diana), Harry delivered a speech this week in which he opened up about caring for his son.
"I'm struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn't realize that someone looks up to them, that -- for that person -- you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful," said Harry, adding:
"Perhaps it's the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps."
Added the handsome Royal:
"But it's not just my role as a father that shows me that; it's in the people I see every day that don't realize how inspirational they are to those watching.
"From small acts of kindness to large measures of character -- each move that we make matters, especially when we don't think anyone is watching. That is when our true character comes to light."