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Prince Harry is "Heartbroken" Over Family Split, Close Friend Says

As previously reported, Prince Harry has quit social media.

So we really have no idea what the famous stud muffin is thinking these days.

Does he adore life outside The Royal Family? Is he enjoying all that California sunshine?

Does he have any regrets at all about departing the life he grew up with in Great Britain?

Prince Harry and His Wife

Just over a year since Harry and wife Meghan Markle stunned the move by announcing they were shirking their Royal responsibilities... and several months after they settled in Montecito, California...

... someone very close to the Prince has spoken out.

He's pulled the curtain back a bit.

And he's revealed a redhead who has seen better days.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on a Bench

Via an upcoming appearance on ITV's Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, journalist and author Tom Bradby says of Harry and Meghan and their 2019 documentary on their African tour, which he produced:

"It was a very psychologically complex project because they were clearly in a difficult position and weren't feeling great and I realized the extent of that the more I was there."

It was during this documentary that Markle really opened up about how difficult things had been for her.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Bradby toured southern Africa with the famous husband and wife for their emotional fiilm, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.

He memorably asked the ex-actress "how she'd found the last year," to which she replied:

"It is a very real thing to be going through. Thank you for asking -- because not many have."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Royals

When asked if he believes Harry and Meghan are any happier since they moved to California earlier this year, Bradby responds:

"I think they are feeling better, yes…So are they unhappy?

"No, I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by.

"I think he is heartbroken by the situation with his family, you don't necessarily need to have knowledge to know that, but I think it is true."

Prince Harry Says Hello

This is almost the most insight we've had into Harry's mind over the past year or so.

He's said all the right things in public, he's put on a brave and typically smiley face.

But how is he really doing? Deep down inside?

Perhaps we now know. None of this can be easy for him.

Eff Those Royals

There's been chatter forever now that Harry and his brother, William, are at odds.

"The situation with the family clearly isn't ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all," Bradby says, adding;

"But are they unhappy out there? No, I don't think that's right, I think they are pretty happy actually, but I think they wrestle with their position in life, I think they all do.

"I think William does too, I don't think he finds it easy."

Prince Harry in a Nice Suit

Harry and his wife have signed a deal with Netflix.

Markle has reportedly said she's never moving back to the United Kingdom.

And yet that doesn't mean all has been peachy keen.

It doesn't mean the couple is stress-free and content at all times.

Prince Harry as Host

Bradby again:

"I think the whole thing has just been incredibly painful, that is obvious to everyone. It is painful all round, painful for everyone, difficult to manage.

"Effectively they have just decided to completely leave the royal family, that has never been done ...  it's never been done voluntarily before and no one still is absolutely clear how it is going to work."

"There are still a lot of hurt feelings on all sides and it's very difficult."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Outta There

In conclusion?

"You have got to remember this isn't just a family, it's a firm.

"They are in the business of public service on a very elevated, exposed platform and to some extent, they are all locked in it together.

"And that creates lots of tensions that people perhaps do see relatively clearly from the outside.

"But at the same time they are trying to be a family and I am always acutely conscious of that and how complicated and frankly difficult it is."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Quit Social Media! Forever!

As you have very likely heard about by now, Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

That's what happens when you incite a violent insurrection against your own government.

According to various reports, the Commander-in-Chief is irate over this development.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, however, simply cannot relate.

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How come? In what way?

Because the former Royals left social media of their own volition awhile back.

And insiders now say they will never go back.

Unlike President Trump, these two do not need any sort of validation from robotic accounts and/or misguided traitors who have no idea what is actually good for them.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on a Bench

Harry and Meghan are also sick and tired of all the vitriol.

The Times of London reported on Saturday, January 9, that the husband and wife are “very unlikely” to return to platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook after receiving a barrage of “hate.”

A source close to Harry and Meghan told the publication that the parents have no plans to use social media for their new nonprofit venture -- the Archewell Foundation -- and likely won’t be using social media for any personal reasons, either.

Can you really blame them?

After all Markle has endured since marrying Harry?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: A Portrait

Before the couple broke away from the Royal family almost exactly one year ago, social media was a significant part of their lives.

The couple announced their Megxit plan to the universe through an Instagram post on their “Sussex Royal” profile.

Although the profile is still up, it’s not active.

Harry and Meghan last shared a farewell message in March 2020, saying “while you may not see us here, the work continues.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

The former Suits actress opened up about the cyberbullying she previously endured during an October 2020 appearance on the Teenager Therapy podcast.

“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female,” she said at the time.

“Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby.

"But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, that’s so big, you can’t think of what that feels like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”

Meghan In Red

A year earlier, Harry released a lengthy/emotional statement about his wife’s “private suffering,” demanding an end to the harassment.

Said the handsome prince:

“To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in. …

"There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people.

"We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Royals

As for President Trump?

He's largely to blame for the riot that took five lives at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.

And he's spent the days since only riling up his angry base even further.

Hence, the decision by Twitter to give him the boot.

Donald Trump in the Shadows

Wrote the company late on Friday:

"After close review of recent Tweets from the ["realDonaldTrump"] account and the context around them -- specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter --  we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."

Twitter noted that it has a "public interest framework" in place so its users can "hear from elected officials and world leaders directly."

Donald Trump Podium Pic

However, Trump pushed the limits of that framework.

"We made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things," the company noted.

"We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement."

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Unveil Gorgeous Christmas Card (Look at Archie!!!)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have some monumental news to break:

Their son is a redhead!

Just like his dad!

Meghan and Harry Christmas Card, 2020

The very famous couple released a family holiday card this week ahead of their first American Christmas in Montecito, California.

As you can see above, it's artistic and beautiful and unique -- and it includes a rare look at their one-year old toddler, Archie.

The card is an illustration of a photo taken by Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland; and it was released through Mayhew, Meghan's animal welfare organization patronage in the United Kingdom.

"Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," the card reads.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: A Portrait

It's a very simple and straightforward message.

But the card features Archie front and center, with most observers locked in on the child's locks.

The precious kid clearly inherited some fiery hair from his father, huh?

It's also worth noting that we can see the pair's two adorable dogs, Pula and Guy, in the family snapshot, giving fans yet another glimpse at members of this unit they don't often see.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on a Bench

“The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by The Duchess’s mother," a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said.

"The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays."

In the card iitself, Markle confirms that her family has made a direct donation to Mayhew, which will support their vital work to help canines, cats and communities.

Pretty great, right?

merry xmas from markle

“This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind," Meghan explained.

"From a local California organisation that helps families transition out of homelessness, to two of our U.K. patronages:

"One that supports animal and community welfare, and the other, a memorial fund for a cherished friend that helps to educate children and fight poverty in Uganda, we have honoured their work on behalf of all of us.”

Mayhew's CEO Caroline Yates added: "She has shone a huge light on our community-based animal welfare work over the last two years."

Meghan Markle Is 39!

This, of course, will mark Meghan and Harry's first holiday season as residents of the United States.

They won't be spending Christmas with Queen Elizabeth II, but neither will Prince William or Kate Middleton... due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These relatives/rivals of Meghan and Harry, meanwhiile, unveiled their own Christmas card just a few days ago.

Here it is, if you wish to compare:

Kate Middleton and Prince William Xmas Card

And if you wanna compare Meghan and Harry's effort this year to their card from last year?

No problem!

Here you go:

Meghan and Harry Christmas Card

Amazing how much Archie has grown in just 12 months, isn't it?

Tragically, he almost had a sibling, but, just a few weeks ago, Meghan decided to talk openly about her miscarriage in July.

“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” markle wrote in a New York Times essay last month.

We continue to send her the best.

And we wish her a very merry Christmas.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: Eff the Royals! Look at Our New Portrait!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer members of the Royal Family.

But that doesn't mean they can't still pose for official portraits.

And it apparently doesn't mean they also can't still get all blinged out for these portraits.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: A Portrait

The polarizing couple are featured this week in their first formal photos since breaking free from Harry's controlling loved ones, cozying up to each other for a black-and-white images that was captured by photographer Matt Sayles.

He shot the couple at their home in Montecito, California, ahead of their appearance for a special edition of Time100 Talk.

As you can see above, Markle is laughing pretty hard in a candid moment, while sitting in a chair.

Harry, meanwhile, is sitting on the same chair’s arm, smirking broadly into the camera.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on a Bench

The picture is garnering attention because it represents yet another step away from the Royals for the husband and wife -- but also because Markle is seriously blinged out in it!

On the former actress' wrist? A $6,500 Cartier “love” bracelet and a $23,000 Cartier watch that Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, once owned.

On her hand? The $350,000 diamond engagement ring gifted to her by Harry years ago.

This is all set against a $2,800 Alexander McQueen suit, the same one that Meghan wore to her first evening function as a Royal.

Altogether, Markle is wearing items that total more than $382,000.

Meghan Markle in a Car

The very famous couple announced their intentions to step back as senior Royals in January... before they completed their duties once and for all in March.

The duo then moved with their 17-month-old son, Archie, to California, where they purchased a $14.65 million home in Santa Barbara in June.

Over the past few weeks, Harry and Meghan have stepped back into the spotlight via a number of features and interviews.

Markle, for example, opened up about a difficult period in her royal life -- when she was pregnant with Archie -- during a recent appearance on the “Teenager Therapy” podcast

Meghan Markle on AGT

The former Suits star said she was told she was “the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female” in 2019.

She noted it was especially difficult dealing with the scrutiny while pregnant for the first time.

“Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible -- I was on maternity leave or with a baby,” she said. “But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable.”

Elsewhere, Markle and Harry encouraged Americans to vote ... and got accused of interfering in the Presidential Election.

Meghan Markle Is 39!

During an on a television special honoring Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people, Markle said 2020 represents "the most important election of our lifetime," while Harry added:

"When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes.

"Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It's time to not only reflect but act

"As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.'

Meg and Harry Exit

For these words alone, President Donald Trump called out Markle.

Because of course he did.

Meghan Markle Accused by Congressman of Interference in Presidential Election

According to a wild new report, Meghan Markle wants to run for President someday.

We have no idea whether or not that is true.

However, according to Representative Jason Smith -- who represents Missouri's 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives -- one thing is certain:

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on a Bench

Markle and Prince Harry most definitely do NOT want Donald Trump to be President.

And the British monarch ought to do something about it.

In a tweet on Friday that also served as a mammoth self-own, Smith shared the letter he sent to Queen Elizabeth II, along with the caption:

"Prince Harry and Megan Markle are using foreign titles to campaign against President Trump and interfere with our election.

"Today, I asked the British Government to put a stop to it."


What the eff is Smith talking about?

On September 22, Markle and Harry appeared on a TV special honoring Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people.

During this appearance, Markle said 2020 represents "the most important election of our lifetime," while Harry added:

"When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes.

"Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It's time to not only reflect but act.

"As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity."


As you can plainly see, neither Markle not Harry actually endorsed either candidate.

But many people out there, Smith included, interpreted their statements as push for former Vice President Joe Biden to defeat Trump.

Harry, of course, is not an American citizen and cannot vote in the upcoming election.

Markle, however, very much can and, we'd have to imagine, very much will.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Wrote Smith in his letter:

"It is my view the titles and privileges they retain by permission of Her Majesty the Queen, given with the advice and consent of her government, prevent the Duke and Duchess from separating comments made in a personal capacity from their official position within the British Royal Family.

"Therefore, by allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to retain their titles, and these political comments to continue, the British Government is effectively condoning interference in the 2020 United States Presidential Election from officials at the highest level of the British establishment."

This, naturally, is downright hilarious.

And also very revealing.

Meghan Speaks

Markle and Harry encouraged individuals to do two things in the coming weeks:

  1. Vote.
  2. Reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.

Based on that alone, Smith thinks the stars are conspiring against President Trump.

Which says a whole lot about President Trump and the Republican party, doesn't it? If you're pro-democracy and anti-hateful rhetoric, you must be for Joe Biden, huh?

Meghan Markle In 2020

Markle and Harry stepped down as senior members of the British royal family earlier this year.

Despite the conclusion of their official royal duties, the duo still maintains their royal titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

According to constitutional tradition, the British royal family is prohibited from getting involved in British politics... and they tend to maintain political impartiality internationally as well.

However, past comments made by Markle in a 2016 TV interview calling Trump "divisive" and "misogynistic" have led people to believe that she does not back the president.

Meghan In Red

And the President doesn't back Markle, either.

"I'm not a fan of hers and I would say this, and she has probably heard this, I wish a lot of luck to Harry -- because he's going to need it," the President said last month when asked about the former actress.

In reference to Markle's "thinly disguised" political opinion, meanwhile, Smith said it represents "a serious breach of the British Royal Family's policy of political neutrality and an inappropriate act of domestic interference by one of our closest allies."

What a doofus.

Middleton Family Slams Meghan Markle: Stop Begging For Attention!

One of the reasons that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to America was to escape the drama that had been tearing at the fabric of the royal family since the time they started dating.

Needless to say it didn't work.

Greetings, Everyone

Maybe if we were all still relying on parchment and carrier pigeons, it would be impossible to carry on a family feud with one faction in London, and the other in Los Angeles.

But this is 2020 -- a time in which all bad things are possible, and technology allows us to get angry at people all over the world.

Not only has the feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton continued with an ocean separating the two duchesses, in many ways, it seems to have gotten worse.

A Fab Four

Case in point, a member of Middleton's family has now entered the fray, and he seems determined to bring this long-simmering beef to the boiling point.

Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith, posted an angry rant against Harry and Meghan this week.

"With so much stuff going on in the world, still these two muppets are craving attention," Goldsmith wrote on LinkedIn.

So Royally Awesome

"Please shut the F up and bring up their child and stop talking, let alone demanding," he continued.

"Harry you have lost our love and respect. Meghan you are a wrong'n. Now hush please we are kinda busy saving lives and an economy."

We don't know what's funnier, the absurdity of Gary's claims, or the fact that he posted this nonsense on freakin' LinkedIn.

The Duchess of Sussex

We kid Gary because he seems like a ridiculous person, and he uses words like "wrong'n."

But it's important for us to note that in one respect, the situation is quite serious.

Uncle Gary's ramblings aren't just the latest attack against Meghan from the Kate faithful.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in S. Africa

They're a response to a poignant and important article that Meghan and Harry contributed to the Evening Standard this week.

"If you are white and British, the world you see often looks just like you—on TV, in media, in the role models celebrated across our nation. That is not a criticism; it’s reality," the Sussexes wrote.

"Many recognize this, but others are not aware of the effect this has on our own perspective, our own bias, but also the effect it has on young people of color."

A Royal Family Photo

Meghan and Harry were not, as Goldsmith claims, "craving attention."

Instead, they were attempting to contribute to the ongoing conversation about one of the most important topics of our time.

Unfortunately, like so many other Meghan critics, Uncle Gary is armed with such a heavy arsenal of anti-Meghan rhetoric picked up from the British media -- she's just a dumb actress, she's an American social climber, etc. -- that he's forever protected against engaging with her ideas in any sort of substantive way.

Meghan Markle, The Duchess

Usually, when we talk about the rift between Kate and Meghan, we do so from a celebrity gossip perspective, because ... well, this is a celebrity gossip site.

But it's important to bear in mind that even if this war started because of a pair of tights, the way it's playing out in the media often speaks volumes about the society in which we live.

And though the truth that's revealed in rants like Goldsmith's is deeply depressing, it's important to take heed of the idiocy spewing forth from the Uncle Garies of the world.

Because sadly, too many of us have an Uncle Gary in out own family, and they've been getting away with this crap for far too long.

Prince Harry Decries Hate and Misinformation on Social Media: End Weaponized Speech!

Even though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to L.A., the Duke of Sussex remains very conscious of global concerns.

Few concerns are more global than social media, and Harry is pleading with industry leaders to manage these platforms responsibly.

Prince Harry in a Nice Suit

Prince Harry wrote an opinion piece for Fast Company in which he speaks about how he and Meghan want to improve the social media landscape.

This summer, the royal couple "started calling business leaders, heads of major corporations, and chief marketing officers."

"The digital landscape is unwell," Harry laments. But he hopes to change that.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Royals

Harry tells online advertisers that "companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms."

These are platforms "that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth."

From troll farm harassment on Twitter to Nazi indoctrination videos on YouTube to misinformation on Facebook, bad people use any platform available to make the world worse.

Prince Harry and William

"We did this at the same time as the launch of a civil rights and racial justice campaign called Stop Hate For Profit," Harry notes.

This was a campaign "which sought to change online policies around hate speech -- in this case, policies at Facebook."

They pushed for change "by urging companies that regularly purchase digital ads on the platform to withhold their advertising spending for the month of July."


Notably, that effort paid off, sending the social behemoth a message to the tune of $7 billion less in advertising revenue for July.

"Many of us love and enjoy social media," Harry notes. It can be fun, allow disenfranchised minorities to connect, and it fosters its own subcultures.

Describing social media, Harry adds "It’s a seemingly free resource for connecting, sharing, and organising."

Prince Harry as Host

"But it’s not actually free; the cost is high," Harry laments. "Every time you click, they learn more about you."

"Our information, private data, and unknown habits are traded on for advertising space and dollars," he explains.

Repeating what others have very accurately said, Harry spells it out: "we are the product."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Outta There

"We believe we have to remodel the architecture of our online community," Harry wisely expresses.

The social media environment must change "in a way defined more by compassion than hate; by truth instead of misinformation."

We should exist in an online world defined "by equity and inclusiveness instead of injustice and fearmongering."

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Serious

"By free, rather than weaponized, speech," Harry adds.

"This remodeling must include industry leaders from all areas drawing a line in the sand against unacceptable online practices," he emphasizes.

Harry continues: "as well as being active participants in the process of establishing new standards for our online world."

Whispering to Meghan

"As a father, this is especially concerning to me," Harry acknowledges.

He then makes a compelling analogy to the study of the ways in which lead exposure impacts developing minds.

Now, it is common knowledge, but in the 1970s, there was pushback against studies on the matter. He feels that social media may follow in lead's footsteps.

Prince Harry Says Hello

"We have an opportunity to do better and remake the digital world," Harry states optimistically.

He hopes that together, industry leaders will come together "to look at the past and use it to inform the future."

That is very wise.

Meg and Harry Exit

He acknowledges the rapid rate of technological advancement over "the past two decades" that has changed our world.

"Advancements in technology and media have outgrown many of the antiquated guardrails that once ensured they were being designed and used appropriately," Harry warns.

It is true.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry And Little Archie

That is some compelling stuff. Notably, social media currently takes very few steps to be responsiblet towards its content except where required by law.

In Germany, Twitter has effectively banned Nazis, but refuses to do so in other countries.

We won't hold our breath for massive corporations run by egomaniacal lunatics to make moral choices but hey, it could still happen. Potentially.

Royal Family Manipulating Prince Harry and William to Get Back Together

“Ever since the Sussexit was announced in January, it truly feels like all of the British media has wordlessly and relentlessly pursued a new agenda: Bring Harry Home. That’s it. They bullied and smeared the Duchess of Sussex for two years, hoping that they could chase her off and that she alone would grow sick of their abuse and simply leave.”  [Celebitchy]

The Royal Family tryna guilt trip Harry to come back to England and ditch Meghan and his kid. Classy.

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Cressida Bonas Speaks on Prince Harry Breakup, Issues Warning to Meghan Markle

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.

Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas Together

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.

Cressida Bonas Picture

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.

Meghan and Cressida

"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.

Meghan Markle on Commonwealth Day

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.

Cressida Bonas on Instagram

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.

Meghan Markle: Slammed By British Tabloid For "Latest Publicity Stunt"

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.

Markle and Prince Harry

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.

Happy Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Xmas

"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.

Prince and Duchess

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.

Meg and Har

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.

At a Parade

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.

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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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in S. Africa

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.

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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.”

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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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Serious

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.

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: Taking Baby Archie to the UK Despite Coronavirus Travel Warnings?!

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.

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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.

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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.

Harry and Meghan and Archie

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.” 

Archie and Harry!

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: Really Asking Trump for Free Security?

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?

Whispering to Meghan

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!"

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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.

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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.

Meghan Markle and Da Queen

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.

Markle and Prince Harry

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Serious

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.

Meghan Markle to Prince Harry: You’re Not Allowed to Visit Your COVID-Infected Father!

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.

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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.

Prince Charles Snapshot

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.

Eff Those Royals

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.

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"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.

Markle and Prince Harry

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.

Prince William & Prince Harry: Brothers’ Relationship Is More Strained Than Ever, Sources Claim

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.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Outta There

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."

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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.

Kate, William and Harry

"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.

A Fab Four

"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.

Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth: Reconciling Despite Meghan Markle?

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?

The Queen Remembers

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."

The Queen Is Pissed

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.

Meghan Markle and Da Queen

"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."

Queen Elizabeth in Action

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.

Prince Harry in a Nice Suit

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.

Eff Those Royals

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.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Issue New Statement, Are "Saddened" About Transition

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.

Eff Those Royals

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:

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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.

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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.

For example?

The two will attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in March as well as the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day.

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"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 Breaks Royal Silence, Admits to "Sadness" Over Split

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.

Prince Harry in a Nice Suit

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."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Outta There

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!”

Prince Harry as Host

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."

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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."

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Serious

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."

A Royal Family Photo

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."

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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.

Queen Elizabeth Strips Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of Royal Titles

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.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Outta There

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.

She continued:

"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."

Thumbs Up, Guys

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.

Crazy, right?!?

All these changes will take effect in the spring.

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Are Acting Like Spoiled Teens, Says Palace Insider

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.

Markle and Prince Harry

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.

Meghan Markle and Da Queen

“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.

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"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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in S. Africa

“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.”

Queen at the Wedding

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.

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"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 Calls Unprecedented Family Meeting to Sort Through Royal Mess

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.

Meghan Markle and Da Queen

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.

Meghan Markle in Canada: A Photo

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.

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“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."

Markle and Prince Harry

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."

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Serious

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.

Prince Harry Stepped Down Due to Trauma From Princess Di’s Death, Source Claims

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.

Markle and Prince Harry

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Wedding Day

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Fancy

"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.

In Sydney

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."

Royally Great

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: Peace Out, England! I’m Off to Canada!

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.

Meghan Markle in Canada: A Photo

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.

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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.

Markle and Prince Harry

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.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Serious

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.

Meghan Markle, The Duchess

The move was made despite warnings from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to hold off, according to a report from the Evening Standard.

All of Harry's family members are PISSED he's quitting.

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.


The Real Reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Left the Royal Family: Oprah Told Them To

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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British Racists Chase Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Out of Country, Royal Family

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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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry vs. The Royal Family: Pick a Side!

The impossible has become a reality:

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer members of The Royal Family.

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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.

Markle and Prince Harry

"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."

Wow, right?!?

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.

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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...

THG Asks!


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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Serious

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?

Meghan Markle, The Duchess

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?!?

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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.

Meghan and Harry Christmas Card

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Wedding Day

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in S. Africa

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.

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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.

Queen to Harry & Meghan: You’ll Leave the Royal Family Over My Dead Body!

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 Send Prayers to Australia Amid Wildfires

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want the people of Australia to know something:

They are not going through their ongoing nightmare alone.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Serious

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry And Little Archie

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.

rescued koala

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in S. Africa

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Fancy

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.

Congrats to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

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.

Prince William on Harry & Meghan: There’s Something Wrong With Those Two!

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:

A Fab Four

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.

The Duchess of Sussex

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.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in S. Africa

"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.

Prince Harry and Prince William in Suits

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.

A Royal Family Photo

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 BLASTS British Press for "Ruthless" Treatment of Meghan Markle

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.

A Royal Family Photo

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.

A Very Royal Premiere

"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."

Congrats to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

Wow, huh?

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."

Showing Off Archie

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.

Continued Harry:

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 and Meghan and Archie

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."

Greetings, Everyone

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."

KA-BOOM, huh?

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.