As you've no doubt heard by now, Prince Philip passed away last week at the age of 99.
For obvious reasons, the death didn't exactly come as a surprise, and sadly, the response from the British tabloid media was equally predictable.
Yes, Meghan was blamed for Philip's death, despite the fact that she was thousands of miles away when it happened, and he was just a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday.
Now, in a display of brazenness that's stunning even by the standards of the British tabloid media, the question of Meghan's attendance at the funeral has come to overshadow the story of Philip's passing and what it means for the future of the royal family.
As soon as the news of of the death nwas made public, Meghan found herself in a no-win situation:
If she had attended the funeral, bad-faith critics would've blasted her for blatantly disrespecting the Queen.
In the end, she chose to stay home, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, a smattering of vile trolls criticized her for disrespecting the Queen by doing so.
This, despite the fact that Meghan is pregnant with her second child and was not cleared by her doctors to make the trip.
It's beginning to look as though Meghan's every action will result in further slander from the British press for the remainder of her life.
But if there's an upside to all of this, it's that the funeral might provide an opportunity for Prince William and Prince Harry to make peace.
The feud between Harry and William has been making headlines for years, and according to the British media, it began right around the time Meghan entered the picture.
(The official position of the British media is that all misfortunes that have befallen mankind in the past five years are the fault of Meghan, the 21st century Eve.)
Insiders say Kate Middleton is planning to help broker a truce between Harry and William, something that might not be possible if Meghan were present.
(The rift between Kate and Meghan is even deeper than the one between William and Harry.)
One source tells the Daily Telegraph that the time is right for a settling of differences, as the two princes are completely on the same page for the first time in a very long time.
“They know it is not about them on Saturday – it is about honoring their grandfather’s memory and supporting their grandmother,” a royal source told the publication.
“I would be extremely surprised if that wasn’t front and center of both their minds. They will be keen to spend time together as a family, in the same time zone for once," the insider adds.
"The entire focus is on the Queen. No exceptions. A family unified.”
As for Kate, sources have indicated that she's just as focused on the Queen -- but she's aware that the best thing she could for Elizabeth at this point would be to bring about peace between William and Harry.
Not coincidentally, it seems William and Kate are preparing to take their place as second in line to the throne.
While this will not take place until Prince Charles is crowned following Elizabeth's passing, it seems arrangements are already being made.
Sources say the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already begun preparing for their relocation from Anmer Hall to Kensington Palace.
While it may seem, at times, that Elizabeth -- who will turn 95 next week -- is immortal, the death of her husband reminds us that that's sadly not the case.
And Kate has been in the royal spotlight long enough to know that it's a bad look for a future consort to be taking part in petty feuds.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have penned a message in honor of the latter's late grandfather.
As we're sure you've read about by now, Prince Philip died on Friday morning at the age of 99.
The Duke of Edinburgh had recently been hospitalized and undergone surgery, so the news of his passing was not exactly unexpected.
But that doesn't mean it didn't hit very close to home for those who knew him best.
"In Loving Memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021," a dedication on Markle and Harry's Archewell Foundation website now reads.
"Thank you for your service...you will be greatly missed."
Harry, it is believed, will likely return to the United Kingdom for the first time in over a year to attend his grandfather's funeral.
In accordance with the latest COVID-19 guidelines, he will likely be able to quarantine for multiple days and be tested for the virus before joining his family for the funeral at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Markle is pregnant and it's unclear whether she'll join her husband.
Following her explosive remarks last month to Oprah Winfrey, it's also unclearr whether Meghan would simply serve as an awkward distraction during this period of mourning if she were to show up for the burial and service.
Read a message from Buckingham Palace on Friday:
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course."
Harry and Meghan made it evident in their aforementioned Oprah interview that they weren't close to many members of the Royal Family.
But Harry got along very well with Prince Philip.
They were frequently seen smiling and joking around while on official outings together.
Philip also played a critical role in Prince William and Prince Harry's lives after the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.
Although he retired from public duty in 2017, the Duke of Edinburgh was around for many major family milestones -- suchh as Harry and Meghan's wedding in May 2018.
He was also present for a historic photo after the birth of the couple's first child, Archie, in May 2019.
See for yourself below:
Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, shared a nice message earlier today in the wake of Philip's passing.
Wrote the ex-Commander-in-Chief:
"Through his extraordinary example, His Royal Highness Prince Philip proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness -- all in service of something greater.
"Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, and the British people."
President Joe Biden released a statement of his own on Friday, writing:
“Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.”
"On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
"Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly."
When Oprah's interview with Meghan Markle premiered on CBS, viewers were stunned by many of the claims made by the Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry.
At the time, Markle's account of the ignorance and insensitivity that she encountered during her time in the UK was widely accepted at face value.
And after weeks of rigorous fact-checking, it seems that there's no reason to doubt the most shocking claims that Meghan made during her interview:
For example, there's no reason to doubt that a member of the royal family expressed concerns about Archie's skin tone, or that the abuse Meghan received from the British press drove her to the point of suicidal ideation.
However, some of the lesser claims that Meghan and Harry made during the conversation are now being called into question.
Unfortunately, these claims have served as a launch pad for critics to question the more important revelations.
The first account that came into question had to do with Meghan's description of a secret ceremony in which she and Harry exchanged vows several days before their actual wedding.
“You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that. The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury," she told Winfrey.
In response to backlash from angry fact-checkers, a spokesperson for the couple has now clarified that the Sussexes were not legally married until they said "I do" in Westminster Abbey before an audience of millions.
“The couple exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19," the insider noted.
So -- despite claims made by the British tabloid media -- Meghan was not "lying" when she described the ceremony, she simply failed to clarify that it was not legally binding.
Another portion of the interview that has since become a source of intense scrutiny is Meghan's claim that officials at Buckingham Palace seized her passport and other forms of ID when she first arrived in London.
She claimed that she did not see her passport again until she and Harry announced their decision to relocate to California.
Nay-sayers point out that Meghan made at least 13 trips abroad after she began dating Harry, but before the two of them were married.
On this occasion, too, it seems that Meghan was simply relating an incident in a casual, conversational fashion, and certain facts were omitted from her account.
The main thrust of the narrative remains accurate, but critics of the Sussexes have chosen to focus on the alleged half-truths and omissions.
"It's always been her father, her sister, her ex husband, Kate, William, Charles, etc. Is anything ever been her fault?" one message board user wrote online.
"A selective memory that fits her narrative. How did she make it to Canada with no passport?" another asked.
"She expects us to believe that she travelled extensively without a passport. She wasn't allowed to drive but Kate, the Queen, Camilla etc are all allowed to drive," a third chimed in, adding:
"She didn't own anything so what keys did she have to hand over?"
Yes, it certainly seems that -- intentionally or otherwise -- Meghan may have offered misleading accounts of her first wedding and her interactions with Palace security.
But the fact that critics feel the need to try and undermine her credibility by focusing on these relatively insignificant claims should tell you how frightened they are by the truths presented elsewhere in the interview.
Guys, drop everything you’re doing, a princess is sad that another princess didn’t do what she wanted. Kate Middleton is reportedly “mortified” that Meghan Markle brought up an argument the two had that left Meghan in tears during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
If you’re a fan of media about the royal family, like Netflix’s hit show The Crown or Helen Mirren’s film The Queen about the days after the death of Princess Diana, you’ll know they all have the same basic message; that the monarchy is woefully out of touch and adheres to antiquated principles out of a sense of propriety. Most of the dialogue about common people is tinged with a bit “don’t these bloody peasants know that it simply isn’t how things are done?” Sure, the dialogue is fictionalized, the writers weren’t in those rooms, but it’s not as if there’s much evidence to the contrary.
These “leaks” from the palace are all pretty much planned, because addressing it publicly isn’t the proper protocol, and it continues to show how much they royals are missing the point here.
Why wasn’t Kate “mortified” when the story that Meghan made her cry, the opposite of what actually happened, came out in the press? Her objection isn’t about the accuracy of what Meghan says, just that Kate is “very discreet.”
The story was already out there, and the story was “Horrible Bridezilla Meghan Markle made good, sweet British girl Kate Middleton cry for no reason.”
It doesn’t seem to have sunk in that Harry and Meghan feel that they were wronged, both by the royal family and the British press, and that the palace’s response to that seemed to be “well, good, keep taking the blame so people hate you and side with the heir. You’re just the spare, who gives a f**k about you? Stiff upper lip and all that rot.”
Harry and Meghan say “well, maybe not everything was our fault” and suddenly William and Kate go paler than basically every single relative on both their family trees. If the monarchy wants to keep existing, and really, they shouldn’t, they really should modernize how they deal with these things. “Oh talking to the press simply isn’t done” may have been okay when Churchill was Prime Minister, but we have a 24-hour news cycle now and doing nothing is essentially the same as throwing members of your family to the wolves.
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The Royal Family Better Watch Out, Queen Elizabeth is Personally Investigating Who Made a Racist Remark to Prince Harry
Imagine if you will, the royal family all sitting at a dinner table in Buckingham Palace, minding their own business when suddenly they hear glass shatter and ‘God Save the Queen’ starts playing. “Bah Gawd,” Prince Edward exclaims, “That’s mummy’s music!” And then the 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth II slides into the room with a steel chair in hand and a deerstalker cap on under her crown. The good crown, the one for special occasions.
I wasn’t actually there, but I assume that’s basically how the Queen’s investigation into Prince Harry’s claim that one of the senior royals asked him if he’d thought about “how dark” the skin of any children he’d have with Meghan Markle would be and “how that would look” went down.
Yeah, how dare Harry sully the bloodline with a beautiful Hollywood actress. Have you seen a picture of the royal family? They look like a crowd shot from The Walking Dead.
But Page Six did report that the Queen was interviewing senior royals about the incident and that, perhaps more shockingly, it doesn’t appear to have been Charles who said it.
“It goes against everything the Prince of Wales believes in,” a source told the Evening Standard, using Charles’ formal title. “He believes diversity is the strength of our society.”
He also believes in homeopathy and the healing power of crystals.
So… who wants to take bets on who said it? Harry was quite insistent that it wasn’t Her Maj or her husband Prince Phillip, and if Charles is out, too, then my money is on Anne, just by process of elimination. It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing Edward would say, he seems the least interested in that sort of thing, and if it was Andrew they would throw his ass under the bus to Jeffrey Epstein’s private island so fast the whole family’s crypt keeper-looking heads would spin.
There have also been suggestions it could have been William, and that this incident is what caused so much strain between the two. It may seem less likely that it was one of the younger royals, but are you really going to go “A racist 38-year-old? Unheard of!”
We do have to remember we’re dealing with old, rich people who have very much dedicated their lives to the idea of propriety and the way things are done. It was in the lifetime of the current Monarch that King Edward VIII abdicated the throne because he wanted to marry a woman who was divorced and that simply wasn’t allowed. While he and his eventual wife were painted in a bad light at the time, I literally cannot think of anything more romantic than a King giving up the monarchy for love. I assure you that for the rest of his life Wallace Simpson did things every night that most wives will only do on their husband’s birthday.
So basically, the Queen has quite the mystery to solve. Okay, so she’s probably just going to ask Harry about it and then ask whoever he names what, exactly, they were thinking, but it is kind of fun to think about her gathering everyone in the foyer like Inspector Poirot and explaining how everyone was responsible for the racism.
Joe Biden has made it official:
He's on Team Meghan and Harry.
The day after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down with Oprah Winfrey and exposed most members of The Royal Family as snobby racists, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has made it clear where the U.S. administration stands.
"Meghan Markle is a private citizen, and so is Harry," Psaki told reporters Monday, focusing on one key aspect of Markle's interview and adding:
"At this point, for anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story takes courage - that's certainly something the president believes in.
"He's talked about the importance of investing in a lot of these areas that they’re committed to in the future as well."
Markle, as you've likely read about by now, talked at length with Winfrey about late 2017 and early 2018, back when she suffered from a mental health breakdown.
How bad did things get? Well, there was the fact that both she and Harry said the royal family offered them no support, even though the couple was all-in.
As a result, Markle says she had suicidal thoughts.
"It was very clear and very scary,” Markle told Oprah in a heartbreaking confession about the state of her mind back then.
“I just didn’t see a solution.”
Perhaps most damning of all, Markle went on to say that she talked to the Human Resources department at the Palace and also to at least one person high up in "The Institution," and they all refused her help.
She was pregnant.
She was having dangerous thoughts.
She was being trashed in the media, and no one within Buckingham Palace was willing to offer her any kind of assistance.
Continued the pregnant mother on this topic:
“Look, I was really ashamed to have to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered."
"But I knew that if I didn’t say that I would do it ... and I just didn’t - I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.
"And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”
The topic of mental health has becoming more and more prominent over the past year or so.
To the credit of, well, society at large, it has become more and more acceptable to open up about one's struggles in this regard and the taboo on seeking professional help has been lifted.
Just not inside the Palace walls, apparently.
“It takes so much courage to admit you need help,” Markle told Oprah.
"To admit that you need help, to admit how dark of a place you’re in.”
Psaki, meanwhile, said the White House wouldn't comment further on Harry and Meghan, aside from noting the Biden administration's "strong and abiding relationship with the British people and a special partnership with the government of the United Kingdom on a range of issues."
Might this change now that America has embraced Prince Harry - and vice versa?
Now that we've welcomed someone as estranged in Great Britain as Markle?
Probably not. For all of America's problems, an obsession with a royal family and how it's perceived by the media - to the point where they won't even back up their own offspring - isn't one of them.
And on the other side of the Atlantic, the Royals probably have a lot more to worry about than their relationship with Joe Biden anyway.
Someone in that family reportedly was concerned that Meghan and Harry's son would be too dark when he was born.
This person was clearly Prince Charles, although neither Harry nor Meghan has confirmed as much.
You never really know what someone is going through.
Of all the bombshells dropped by Meghan Markle during her Sunday night interview with Oprah Winfrey -- She's having a girl! The Palace is full of racists! Kate Middleton made her cry! -- the statement above sums up Markle's most disturbing revelation.
In an emotional segment of the sit-down, Markle admitted to having suicidal thoughts in early 2016.
She talked in detail about both her mental health struggles and the refusal of what she referred to as "The Institution" to get her any sort of professional assistance.
"It was very clear and very scary,” Meghan told Oprah in a heartbreaking confession of wanting to take her own life due to all the media and Palace scrutiny.
“I just didn’t see a solution.”
Just a heartbreaking and tragic admission from Markle, one that likely made many viewers feel sympathetic and maybe even guilty for supporting The Royal Family in any way over the years.
Perhaps no one more so than Bethenny Frankel.
Mere hours before Markle and Prince Harry spoke in primetime to Oprah, the former Bravo personality trashed Markle for being entitled and ungrateful.
"Cry me a river," Tweeted Frankel, prior to running down Markle's resume:
"The plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress, to suffering in a palace, w tiaras & 7 figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name w @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7 m for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals."
This was an insensitive and ignorant take before Markle even uttered a word on Sunday.
It's ridiculous to think that a wealthy person -- especially a wealthy person who fell in love and therefore ended up in a life she never asked for -- can't have real problems.
"I chose reality tv, to work towards making $, to be scrutinized & criticized," Bethenny added yesterday, comparing her situation to that of Markle... despite any actual similarities.
"I took the trappings & the beatings along with it. It's a rose w petals & thorns.
"People beg to enter the often toxic institution I signed up for. That WAS the life I chose.
"You can't play stupid & smart."
Late on Sunday, however?
After Frankel watched Markle cry and talk about a mental health breakdown, while adding that members of the Royal Family were concerned her son would be too Black?
Bethenny returned to Twitter and at least acknowledged she had previously jumped to some wild conclusions.
"I watched M & H sit down," the Real Housewives of New York City alum Tweeted.
"Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless.
"I'm a polarizing, unfiltered(often to a fault)flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview,during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice.
"I'm sorry if it hurt or offended you."
Frankel, meanwhile, was far from the only celebrity to respond to Markle's interview on social media.
Many others expressed sorrow for Meghan, along with anger at the Royal Family.
"I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us," wrote Serena Williams, a good friend of Markle's.
"We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.
"The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal."
Here are a few other excerpts from the reactions of a few other stars:
Andy Cohen: "Fully on the Sussex's side here & so happy they made the break! Need more info about William - sounds really bad. Also - we need the return of the big Oprah interview."
Sarah Silverman: "Harry should take Meghan's last name."
Brooklyn Decker: "What does The Firm do now?"
Matt James: "Not surprised at all by what I'm hearing, just a sad reminder."
Not every famous person is on Team Meghan, however.
The usual awful suspects decided to crap on Markle amid her most traumatic reveal:
Piers Morgan: "This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family. I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle - but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful.
Megyn Kelly: "Meghan Markle had no idea the Queen was different than a Hollywood celebrity? And she never googled Harry? Umm...
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s long-awaited interview with Oprah Winfrey aired Sunday night and boy did they drop some bombshells. The Duchess had her say about a number of things, like the story about how she made her sister-in-law Kate cry before her wedding; the truth, according to Meghan, is that Kate is the one who made her cry. She also said that Kate apologized and it was water under the bridge, but it wasn’t pleasant having the media attack her for something that happened to her.
But you’re looking for the real dirt. You want to hear what tea the Duchess of Sussex spilled about her Royal in-laws. Well, according to her, the Royals were very concerned about Archie’s skin tone before he was born.
“All around this same time, we have in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title and also concerns and conversations as how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Markle said. She said these concerns were relayed back to her from Harry, who had conversations with the family. She would not reveal the identity of these family members.
If you find that hard to believe, well, Prince Phillip!s family was full of Nazis and Queen Elizabeth’s uncle, King Edward VIII was a Nazi collaborator. And when I say his family was full of Nazis, I mean his sister named one his nephews after Adolph Hitler and Herman Goering went to the funeral of another one of his sisters.
So yeah, probably not happy there are mixed-race little royals. Now, Archie isn’t a prince because only the grandchildren of the sovereign are given that title, so when Queen Elizabeth dies and Charles becomes King, Archie and his soon-to-be-born sister will become a Prince and Princess.
Harry confirmed the story, but refused to elaborate.
“That conversation, I am never going to share,” Harry said. “At the time, it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
When Oprah pressed him for details he told her “I’m not comfortable with sharing that.”
“But it was right at the beginning,” he added. “What will the kids look like? That was at the beginning when she wasn’t going to get security, when my family suggested that she might continue acting (because there wasn’t going to be money for her).”
Are we shocked that they didn’t want to hang around the UK after that? And basically everyone who has ever worked with Meghan Markle has come out and said what a lovely person she is, which makes it easier to believe she’s telling the truth here.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not made a lot of friends. I’m not sure what exactly it is that makes people not like them (though I can think of one thing), but they have definitely pissed off a lot of people.
For example, they gave a big exclusive interview to Oprah which is going to air on CBS this Sunday, but Oprah is apparently apoplectic after Harry went on James Corden before the special aired.
Now Buckingham Palace is investigating reports that Meghan Markle was a bully to the staff when she and Prince Harry were still proper members of the royal family.
CNN reports that a palace staff member made a complaint that claimed “the Duchess drove out two personal assistants from her Kensington Palace household and undermined the confidence of a third staff member,” though CNN could not corroborate those claims.
Buckingham Palace said it was “very concerned” about the allegations outlined in the report.
“Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned,” it said in its statement.
“The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”
Meghan very strongly denies the allegations.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes dismissed the Times report as “a calculated smear campaign” ahead of the couple’s interview with Winfrey.“Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet,” the spokesperson said.“The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma. She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”
Personally, I find it hard to believe. See, Meghan Markle was somewhat famous before she married into the royal family, having starred on the USA law drama Suits and everyone on the show loved her.
If Meghan was the scheming diva the British press wants to make her out to be, we probably would have heard similar stories about her time in that show, but no one has any stories about her like that.
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It's been almost a year since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially stepped down from their roles as senior members of the British Royal Family.
It was the hope of many royal insiders and observers that the distance would lead to an easing of tensions between Meghan and her in-laws.
Sadly, that has not been the case.
In fact, a number of conflicts relating to the Sussexes' American business deals have led to greater hostility between the couple and the royal traditionalists who would like to see them confined to a more conventional role.
More on that later.
As you've probably heard, this is an exciting time for Harry and Meghan.
The royal Los Angeles residents announced this week that Meghan is pregnant with her second child.
That's wondrous news, of course, but it's possible that the kid will be born into a world in which his parents are just regular old civilians.
The so-called "Megxit deal" that was agreed upon when the Sussexes first stepped down will soon conclude its probationary period.
The deal allowed Meghan and Harry to keep their royal titles (including Harry's honarary military honors) and the patronages through which they perform much of their charity work.
Unfortunately, experts say the agreement is unlikely to survive its first annual review.
According to a new report fron People magazine, Harry and Meghan "will be asked to relinquish their royal patronages" when they return to London for their upcoming review.
The move will sever many of their remaining connections to the UK, as it's through their patronages that the couple support the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, the London Marathon, and the National Theatre.
Insiders tell the outlet that Harry will also be denied of his military titles, and the posts he formerly held will be re-staffed.
It's unclear at this time if Harry and Meghan will remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
They were permitted to retain their titles when they moved to Los Angeles, but confusingly, insiders say they were instructed not to go by those titles in casual situations or "day-to-day life."
These drastic measures come as a surprise to many, as the Queen issued a rare public statement of support after the initial agreement was reached last year.
"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family," she said.
"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
In the months that followed, however, relations between the London Windsors and their Los Angeles counterparts quickly soured.
This was due largely to Harry and Meghan's decision to sign a $100 million deal with Netflix.
The streaming giant is home to The Crown -- the acclaimed, but controversial series about the Queen's life -- and the Sussexes were reportedly cautioned that their partnership with Netflix would be viewed by many as an endorsement of the show.
While that move may have been the nail in the coffin, it was certainly not the first offense by the Sussexes that outraged Buckingham Palace.
Insiders say the Queen doesn't relish denying her grandson his royal privileges, but she feels she's been left with little choice in the matter.
"One thing about the Queen is she has to manage being grandmother but also how it affects the wider institution," a source tells People.
It remains possible, of course, that the March Megxit review will result in a compromise that's satisfactory to both parties.
But it looks more and more as though the meeting will serve to deepen the existing divide.
They may no longer be an official part of the Royal Family, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have some royally awesome news.
Some royally awesome and blessed and loving news, which they have appropriately announced on Valentine's Day:
The couple is expecting its second child!!!!
"We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother," a spokesperson for the famous husband and wife said on Sunday in a simple statement, adding;
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."
This is all the information we have at the moment: no due date or gender or anything of that fun and important nature.
Not yet, at least, anyway.
Meghan and Harry are already parents to a son named Archie; he turns two on May 6.
They confirmed their latest pregnancy news with a gorgeous black-and-white photo that was snapped remotely via iPad by their friend and longtime photographer, Misan Harriman.
A smiling (and barefoot!) Harry looks lovingly at his wife in the image... who cradles her baby bump as she lays comfortably in his lap.
They also confirmed this latest pregnancy just weeks after revealing that Markle suffered a miscarriage in 2020.
The Duchess of Sussex openly detailed the "unbearable grief" she endured as a result of this tragedy in a piece written for The New York Times, during which she explained when she first knew what had transpired.
“After changing [Archie's] diaper, I felt a sharp cramp," Markle wrote in November.
"I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right.
"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second."
The former actress went on to acknowledge that many women experience a pregnancy loss at some point in their life.
However, few discuss the period of intense mourning and sadness that it brings.
"The conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning," she said at the time.
The article was titled "The Losses We Share."
"I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband's hand," added Markle just a few months ago.
'I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we'd heal."
One can never replace such a loss, of course.
But now Markle and Harry have another life to look forward to; another addition to their beautiful immediate family.
In recent weeks, the 39-year-old star kept news of her expecting state under tight wraps because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
She, Harry and their 21-month-old son have been social distancing at their Santa Barbara, California residence... where they've occasionally participated in virtual appearances.
Aside from those, however, we haven't seen very much of Meghan and Harry.
We doubt that will change much going forward, either, as Markle now has an extra special and ever-growing reason to remain as safe and healthy as possible.
"It's magic. It's pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I'm really happy," Meghan said soon after Archie's birth in 2019. "He's just been a dream."
Harry, meanwhile, recently found a solid silver lining amid the coronavirus outbreak.
"There's a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time -- so much family time -- that you almost think, 'Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?' " he said.
"You've got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics.
Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there's going to be something that you have to deal with and there's no way you can run away from it."
We are so very happy for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who clearly are not about to split, despite what you may have read.
We can't wait to meet their next bundle of joy.
What do you guys think they'll name him or her?!?
As hard it is to believe, it's been less than three years since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in a ceremony that many regard as the most emotionally poignant royal wedding to ever be televised for a mass audience.
Far less restrained and impersonal than most state nuptials, the wedding represented not only Meghan's entry into the Windsor family, but also the beginning of a new era for the stodgy, outmoded institution of which she's now a member.
Observers were hopeful that the British citizenry would embrace these changes and welcome a time of greater diversity, inclusivity, and compassion within the Royal Family.
But if there was a honeymoon period in which the royals and their subjects looked upon Meghan as a breath of fresh air, it was tragically short-lived.
Within days, the suspicions and scrutiny that had marred the early days of Harry and Meghan's courtship had once again made their way into media coverage of the couple.
We probably don't need to tell what happened next:
The relationship between Meghan and the royals soured almost immediately, and it wasn't long before the Duchess of Sussex found her life in London intolerable.
In hopes of escaping relentless pressure from Harry's family and the endless probing of the British tabloid press, the Sussexes departed for greener pastures -- or, more accurately, Meghan's hometown of Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, it seems that SoCal has been unable to offer the couple the privacy and stability they've been seeking, and now, fans are beginning to ask a question that would have been unthinkable just a few short months ago:
Is there a chance that Meghan and Harry might go their separate ways?
Surely, in some ways, life for the Sussexes has improved in the year since they left London.
But in other ways, it appears to have become even more difficult ... or at least more complicated.
And sadly, it looks as though the worst is yet to come.
As we previously reported, 2021 has the potential to be Harry and Meghan's hardest year yet.
In March, the couple -- or at least Harry -- will briefly return to London to try and convince the Queen and company that the "Megxit" arrangement they reached in 2020 should remain in effect for at least another year.
If the meeting goes poorly, the Sussexes could lose many of the privileges they've enjoyed over the past year.
Not only that, they could suffer the embarrassment of being publicly rebuffed by Harry's family.
The Sussexes will continue to do just fine financially -- they recently signed a deal with Netflix rumored to be worth $100 million -- but it takes more than money to make a marriage last in the face of overwhelming opposition.
If they're stripped of their titles and privileges, Harry and Meghan will essentially be living a "worst of both worlds" experience.
They'll be just as visible, and just as hounded by the press as before, but without the perks and protections that previously made their lives tolerable.
Royal divorces are, of course, not unheard of.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana ended their marriage, as did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
Additionally, Meghan's parents are divorced and are no longer on speaking terms.
Studies have shown that daughters of divorced parents have a 60 percent higher divorce rate in marriages than children of non-divorced parents, while sons have a 35 percent higher rate.
According to one survey, if both partners are products of failed marriages, their risk of divorce increases by an astonishing 189 percent.
That doesn't mean, of course, that children of divorced parents are doomed to get divorced themselves, and it seems highly unliklely that Meghan and Harry will end their marriage anytime soon.
That said, it's important to remember that these two are more than just the bearers of impressive royal titles -- they're human beings.
The royals have done such a good job of maintaining a stiff upper lip and keeping a professional distance between themselves and their subjects that it can be easy to forget they're more than just tradition-preserving cyborgs.
With the humanity that they demonstrated during their unforgettable wedding ceremony, Harry and Meghan seemed to send a message to the world that the younger royals are willing to be as vulnerable and emotionally available as their subjects.
Sadly, their accompanying plea for privacy and understanding has been largely ignored -- and we remain hopeful that they'll continue to persevere together despite that fact.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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."
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 have some monumental news to break:
Their son is a redhead!
Just like his dad!
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.
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.
“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?
“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."
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:
And if you wanna compare Meghan and Harry's effort this year to their card from last year?
Here you go:
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.'
For these words alone, President Donald Trump called out Markle.
Because of course he did.
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:
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.
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.
Markle and Harry encouraged individuals to do two things in the coming weeks:
- 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
“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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In the years before he married Meghan Markle, Prince Harry developed a reputation as a bit of a playboy.
But while we're sure he never lacked female companionship in those days, Harry seems to have been more of a serial monogamist, and he devoted the majority of his twenties to on-again, off-again relationships with two different women -- Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas.
Harry and Cressida dated from 2012 to 2014, and for much of that time, it looked as though they were headed for marriage.
There were even bogus reports that Harry and Cressida were engaged.
(There's nothing new about the British tabloid press publishing misinformation about the personal lives of the royals.)
But the couple split under mysterious circumstances, and less than two years later, Harry started dating Meghan.
Less than two years after that, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in what might prove to be the last royal wedding that anyone gave a crap about.
Now, Cressida is opening up about her breakup with Harry for the very first time, and some believe her words contain a coded cautionary message for Meghan Markle.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Cressida spoke poignantly of the fear that prevented her from considering taking the next step with Harry.
And it seems that during the relationship, the mere thought of becoming a member of the royal family was enough to trigger intense feelings of anxiety for Bonas.
"The fear of failing, the fear of rejection, the fear of not getting it right, the fear of not being perfect ... I think that has limited me in certain situations in my life," Cressida revealed.
"I just think it has definitely given me a stronger sense of purpose and a stronger sense of what I want or don't want," she said of her split from Harry.
Meghan, of course, lived out Cressida's fears by becoming a member of the royal family and constantly being made to feel as though she doesn't live up to the expectations of her regal in-laws.
The situation was exacerbated by the fact that Meghan was targeted by the British press, and many who were in a position to help her chose to do nothing instead.
Harry was once considered one of the world's most eligible bachelors, but it sounds as though in many ways, Cressida dodged a bullet.
These days, Bonas is the host of a British television show called White House Farm, which, despite the name, is not a documentary about the process of harvesting the sesame seeds for Trump's Big Mac buns.
Speaking about her new gig, Cressida seems to sympathize with Meghan, who was forced to step down from the royal family in order to pursue her professional passions,
"I think that I work very, very hard, I love what I do, and I just hope that this role has shown people what I can do and what I would like to do going forward and not be caught in a box in any way," Bonas said.
Well, Cressida may not have received a royal title -- and it sounds like she's perfectly fine with that -- but in many ways, she would have fit right in.
After all, she's clearly mastered the art of the subtly talking trash without mentioning anyone by name.
Earlier this week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sent a stern message to the British tabloids:
In no uncertain terms, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made it clear that they would grant no further access to four UK media outlets, and those publications were officially on notice about printing inaccurate information Harry, Meghan, or their son, Archie.
Not surprisingly, the editors of The Sun, the Express, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror did not take the news well, and all four have clapped back against Harry and Meghan's announcement in one form or another.
Perhaps the most scathing rebuke came from The Sun, which ran an editorial entitled "Has there ever been a more ill-timed bid for publicity as Harry & Meghan’s?"
The tabloid is capitalizing on criticism regarding Harry and Meghan's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and implying that pointing out unfair or libelous press coverage is an act of privilege in these trying times.
Of course, they're ironically just proving the Sussexes' point with a ridiculous hit piece.
"A couple blinded by their sense of entitlement, claiming to crave privacy yet desiring above all the gilded lives of their A-list celebrity friends, flying around on private jets and making millions as effortlessly as possible" is how the piece describes Harry and Meghan.
Seems a bit harsh for a couple who has vowed only to leave the house in order to work with local charities between now and whenever the coronavirus begins to subside.
"They say they believe in a free Press holding power to account. In fact Harry and Meghan want a Press that holds others to account, but simply regurgitates THEIR PR handouts," The Sun continues.
"When their hypocrisy is exposed by newspapers, they turn on their readers."
Look, Harry and Meghan are flawed humans, and for as long as they remain public figures, they're not above criticism from the press.
And it would be a lie to say they haven't fumbled in their handling of the current global health crisis.
Renaming their charity and announcing in the same press release that the organization would not roll out until after the pandemic has subsided was a particularly tone-deaf move.
But like the rest of us, Harry and Meghan are in uncharted territory these days, and their anxiety is compounded by the fact that they're new parents.
The couple stepped down from royal life and fled the UK specifically because they were tired of being harassed by the British tabloid press.
This week, they issued a statement that essentially amounted to "No, really. Please leave us alone now," and the these media outlets took it as heir cue to ratchet up the bullying.
Make whatever dismissive "ivory tower" criticisms about Harry and Meghan you want, they've never done anything that cruel or clueless.
Also, it's worth noting that despite claims that they've abandoned the royal family, the Sussexes -- along with baby Archie -- reportedly video-conferenced with the Queen on her 94th birthday this week.
It might be easier to take the offending tabloids somewhat seriously if they occasionally reported the good along with the bad, but that seems to be against company policy.
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: Struggling to Rebuild Reputation Amid Coronavirus Blunders, Source Says
We're living in unprecedented times, and no one knows exactly how to proceed or what's coming next.
You might think that under such circumstances, we would be a little more forgiving of those who fumble in their attempts to do the right thing.
But neither the press nor the public has ever given Meghan Markle the benefit of the doubt.
As you've likely heard by now, Meghan and Prince Harry have endured considerable backlash as a result of their response -- or lack thereof -- to the global coronavirus pandemic.
The couple announced their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family well before the virus began to impact Europe and North America.
Even so, there are many who feel that Meghan and Harry's behavior in the midst of the global lockdown has demonstrated a lack of respect for the severity of the situation.
When Meghan and Harry moved to Los Angeles from Vancouver last month, many felt that their timing couldn't have been worse.
They relocated just as the US surpassed Italy, Spain, and China as the country hardest-hit by the pandemic, and there was a consensus that the the move was insensitive at best, dangerous at worst.
Shortly thereafter, Meghan and Harry announced that they would rename their charity, but added that there will be no official roll-out for the organization until after the pandemic has subsided.
Again, they were harshly criticized for reacting to a global crisis in exactly the wrong way.
A third PR disaster was narrowly avoided this week when Meghan and Harry scrapped plans to purchase a mansion formerly owned by disgraced actor Mel Gibson.
Add to all this the widespread feeling that the Sussexes failed to issue an appropriately sensitive response in the wake of news that Prince Charles had tested positive for the coronavirus, and it becomes clear that the couple is facing their worst barrage of bad press to date.
Some critics have gone so far as to claim that the only public figures who have handled the crisis more ineptly are the ones charges with shaping policy in America.
Now, insiders are claiming that the royal family shares the public's opinion that the couple's response to recent hardships has been woefully inadequate.
“Could Harry and Meghan pick a worse time to quit the British royals?” royal expert Neil Sean told Fox News this week.
“While Prince William is busy doing his royal duty with various video link-ups and representing the Queen on the world’s stage, many people in the U.K. are asking why in a time of crisis has Harry abandoned all who have helped shape him and, more importantly, supported him throughout his life -- not to mention the British taxpayers who have also provided such a lifestyle.”
Sean says Prince William has reached out to contact his brother, but thus far, “nothing has emerged” in the way of a response.
“Good sources have revealed that they are shocked at how despite an ‘olive branch’ from William to return and help the U.K. through the crisis nothing has emerged,” Sean claimed.
“William, more than most is hurting from this after being so close for so many years as devoted brothers.”
Those who know the couple best say they appear to be in damage control mode.
There have been reports that Meghan is terrified of contracting the coronavirus, an understandable fear, especially given the fact that she has an 11-month-old baby at home.
Despite her misgivings, however, Meghan joined Harry in distributing meals to critically ill members of the West Hollywood community this week.
Regardless of their motives, the Sussexes deserve to be commended for their courage, their selflessness, and their willingness to set an example of public service for others.
Hopefully, this return to humanitarian action is a sign of things to come from Meghan and Harry's new life in Los Angeles.
In some ways, the coronavirus has been a great equalizer, as celebrities and politicians have been forced to take the same precautions and suffer the same anxieties as the rest of us.
In other ways, however, it's served to highlight the ways in which crises affect various socio-economic classes in profoundly different ways.
Many believe that the best example of this can be found in the recent behavior of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
The royal family was hit hard by the pandemic, with 71-year-old Prince Charles contracting Covid-19 and being forced into isolation in Scotland.
Despite the virus hitting that close to home, Meghan and Harry proceeded with plans made before the pandemic in a way that many have chided as irresponsible.
With numbers sky-rocketing in the US and billions sheltering in place worldwide, Meghan and Harry moved to Los Angeles from their previous home in Vancouver.
And with all hands on deck in terms of global relief efforts the Sussexes announced plans to rename their charity, but added the organization will not launch until after the pandemic subsides.
The couple is still internationally beloved, but they're undeniably in the midst of a rough patch in terms of negative press.
And there was a time when it looked as though they were soon to make the situation worse with even more unnecessary travel.
Insiders reported that the Sussexes were planning to return to the UK to celebrate Archie's first birthday on May 6.
Fortunately, it appears that they've abandoned those plans.
"Plans have changed,” a source confirms to E! News.
“I think the hope in royal circles had been that the Sussexes would return to the U.K. in May, either before or after their attendance at the Invictus Games in The Netherlands next month, and they were also due to attend the Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour on June 13,” the insider explains.
“But with both those events now cancelled, and Harry and Meghan holed in California where they are likely to be social distancing for the next few weeks, Archie is set to celebrate his first birthday with only his parents.”
Amid all of those events, the parents hoped to arrange a Buckingham Palace photoshoot as a means of sending the message that all is well within the royal family.
“The hope had been that Archie’s first birthday would somehow be marked with some members of the royal family, cousins, grandparents and some godparents in the U.K. when they were over in the U.K," says the source.
Those plans have been scrapped not only due to health concerns, but also due to fears of how such a trip would be depicted in the press.
It may have taken Harry and Meghan some time to fully appreciate the severity of this situation, but at least they got there eventually.
Late last week, it was reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially Los Angeles residents after months of residing in Vancouver.
Now, Trump is implying that they asked for government-funded security and were turned down. What is the truth?
As we reported just a few days ago, Meghan and Harry opted to move to Los Angeles.
Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, lives there, making it a great spot for them to live.
Additionally, Meghan is an actress and Harry himself could potentially have many opportunities to appear on film in the future.
Meghan may have been hated in the UK, but most people in North America love her. She'll be a perfect fit in L.A.
On Sunday, March 29, an infamously deranged lunatic took to Twitter with a bizarre announcement.
"I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom," Donald Trump's tweet began.
"It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada," he noted.
"Now they have left Canada for the U.S.," Trump's tweet continued. "However, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!"
While it's nice to hear Trump shout "they must pay" about anything that's not a minority group or his political opponents, it was a strange tweet.
First of all, it's been known for months that Harry and Meghan were interested in living in Los Angeles.
They were spotted house-hunting in L.A., as we reported much earlier this year.
But we suppose that a guy who can't be bothered to read his own security briefings isn't going to keep abreast of any news that isn't about him.
As Entertainment Tonight is now reporting, Trump's tweet is also strange because Meghan and Harry never asked for government-funded security.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. Government for security resources," an insider reports.
The source confirms that "privately funded security arrangements have been made."
That is not actually much of a surprise.
Prince Harry is part of the royal family -- as his grandmother has affirmed multiple times. So are his wife and son.
He, Meghan, and Archie could easily become targets for extremists or opportunists who want to make a point or take a nation hostage.
The Queen may not be the head of government, but she is still the head of state -- which makes her and her entire family a symbol.
Plus, Harry and Meghan are worth tens of millions of dollars. Of course they need security.
But the same wealth that compounds their need for private security also gives them the means to hire it themselves.
Yes, there was chatter about Canada offering them security if they resided there.
But a huge part of Meghan and Harry's priorities involves not leeching off of public money when they are themselves wealthy.
So no reasonable person really thought that they were asking for free handouts.
If they never asked the US government to offer them gratis protection, why did Trump make that tweet?
Trump has a tell when he's lying, and that tell is "whenever he is speaking or writing."
It may be that he wished to appear "tough" on celebrities, particularly while he is being excoriated for his abysmal failures during this pandemic.
But he may also just personally dislike and resent Meghan and Harry because they are good people and therefore opposed to him and his policies.
Earlier this week, the world was shocked to learn that Prince Charles has contracted the coronavirus.
Fortunately, palace officials say the 71-year-old has exhibited only mild symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery.
Of course, he'll be forced to remain in isolation for several weeks in order to minimize the risk of passing the virus on to others.
The situation serves as a reminder that even the royal family isn't exempt from the struggles that are facing so many billions today.
Sure, they may be quarantined in 19th century castles, but they're not immune to the pain and anxiety of being separated from an ailing loved one.
And that's a sad truth that Prince Harry is all too familiar with these days.
As you're no doubt aware, Harry and wife Meghan Markle have stepped down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.
The move won't take effect until April 1, but already, Harry and Meghan have started new lives in Canada.
Insiders say the couple is currently exercising extreme caution at their new home on Vancouver Island.
Meghan is reportedly terrified of the coronavirus, and with good reason.
The American pacific northwest -- just over the border from Harry and Meghan -- is one of the hardest-hit regions in the world.
And Meghan is justifiably concerned about the prospect of her 10-month-old son becoming ill.
And so, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are following WHO precautions and social distancing these days.
That means travel is severely restricted -- which means Harry has been unable to visit his sick father.
"Under no circumstances, is she okay with him traveling anywhere right now," a source tells The Daily Mail.
"Meghan said Harry’s been in touch with his dad… Of course, he’s frustrated," the insider adds.
"She said they both are frustrated because they are doers and want to do so much more to help."
The outlet goes on to report that Harry last saw his father "earlier this month" when the two of them appeared at Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9.
It's understandable that Meghan and Harry would choose to be extra careful these days.
And it makes sense that Meghan would have to encourage known risk-taker Harry to play it safe for the sake of their son.
But you can expect that the decision to keep their distance from the UK will draw a mixed response from the British press and people, particularly amid reports that the couple flew to Los Angeles today in order to set up their new home in SoCal.
Yes, they flew private, but they still had to use public airports, and the US currently has more Covid-19 cases than any other country.
Critics of Meghan and Harry will probably argue that they'd like to see a bit more consistency in the Sussexes safeguards.
Well, a lot of events are being postponed or altogether canceled these days, but it seems that one long-awaited occasion will still take place right on schedule.
We're talking, of course, about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal retirement!
Yes, Meghan and Harry are still stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family, and far as anyone knows, the preparations are proceeding apace.
The event the global media has dubbed #Megxit is scheduled to take place on March 31, which means that on April 1, Meghan and Harry will officially be relieved of their royal duties.
Sources close to the royal family have stated that they've long been hopeful that tensions between Harry and his family will ease once he and his wife and son are permitted to relocate to Canada full-time and escape their fishbowl existence in London.
Unfortunately, as the date draws nearer, it seems that the longstanding feud between William and Harry is alive and well.
In fact, insiders tell The Daily Mail that tensions between the brothers are at an all-time high.
"William is said to feel insulted by his brother’s recent comments, including the stream of remarks on Harry and Meghan’s Sussex Royal website, which many have taken as implied criticisms of the Royal Family," the newspaper reports.
"William feels his brother has ‘disrespected’ the institution of the monarchy and – most woundingly of all – their grandmother the Queen."
Insiders say the relationship began to deteriorate back in 2015, when Harry was essentially strong-armed into leaving the military so that he could join Will and Kate in their humanitarian work, which quickly became a source of tension.
"It didn’t help that whenever [Harry] asked the shared staff at Kensington Palace to do something, they were often busy with ‘more important’ work for the Duke of Cambridge, who, after all, will one day be King," says one insider.
Yes, apparently the fact that William will one day be king and Harry will not -- a fact the brothers have been well aware of since childhood -- has become a source of escalating conflict in recent years.
"When Harry gave the interview about being on a different path to his brother, I don’t think anyone in the Palace was surprised," an anonymous aide tells the Mail.
"One [brother] is going to be King and the other is not and therefore has to figure out what that [life] looks like."
"It didn’t help that William never let Harry forget which of them was going to be King," adds another royal source.
The difference in duties and expectations has apparently led to increased feelings of alienation for Harry.
"Harry has always been looking for signs that he belongs, but soon all he could see – I think wrongly – were signs that told him he wasn’t needed," says one insider.
"He should have taken his father’s advice and stayed in the military. Leaving the Army was the worst thing he could have done.’
The source adds that Harry essentially blames his brother for his forced military retirement, as he feels he was forced to return to royal life in order to lighten William's workload.
The British media has been quick to blame Meghan for the bad blood between Harry and William, but it sounds as though this royal feud has been a long time in the making.
Some have worried that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been gracelessly shading the Queen with their recent comments and behavior.
Over the weekend, Harry met with Her Majesty for the first time in a long time. Are things getting better?
An inside source tells Us Weekly that Queen Elizabeth had a meeting with Prince Harry on Sunday, March 1.
The face-to-face between the monarch and her favorite grandchild was important for emotional reassurances.
"The last thing Elizabeth wants is for Harry to feel estranged from his family," the insider reveals.
"And," the source adds, "she made her feelings clear about this in the meeting."
This face-to-face wasn't just any old royal meeting.
Reportedly, this is the first time that Harry has seen his grandmother in person in over a month.
He and Meghan have been setting up their new life in Canada and even looking at houses in Los Angeles.
Harry's last formal meeting with the Queen was in January, when Her Majesty made a familiar announcement.
"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the Queen shared on January 13.
She emphasized: “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family."
"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family," Her Majesty acknowledged.
Queen Elizabeth expressed: "We respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
The Queen also clarifed that Harry and Meghan had "made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives."
Meghan was already a wealthy woman when she met Harry, thanks to her acting career.
Prince Harry was already independently wealthy -- apart from his stipend from the Crown Grant -- thanks to his interitance.
Both his late mother, Princess Diana, and the late Queen Mother had left him millions.
The Queen Mother in particular left him a generous inheritance, knowing that William would one day be King.
Any grandmother or great-grandmother with the means to do so takes steps to ensure that none of their living descendants will ever lack for money.
Harry is presumably happy to retain this inherited family wealth.
It is just that he no longer wishes to tap into the hundreds of millions of pounds that the Royal Family is given from public taxes each year.
Meghan and Harry will not simply have to rely upon their 8-digit bank accounts and personal savings.
Meghan is an actress and one of the most famous women in the world. Harry has been admired globally since he was a child.
Neither of them will have any trouble finding speaking gigs that pay six figures. Then there are the options of acting roles.
Harry and Meghan wanted to get away from the racist British media and the excuses that they use for their vile vitriol.
They clearly don't have any objections to being just plain famous.
Not only do we now know the exact date on which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will effectively retire as Royals...
... we also know how this world famous couple feels about the upcoming change.
On the afternoon of February 21, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released vital information about the twosome's transition out of royal duties.
The facts were shared on the tandem's official website and are meant to provide some clarification around this monumental change, along with their steps for the future.
"Over the last month and a half, The Duke and Duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has understandably been saddening for The Duke and Duchess and their loyal staff, given the closeness of Their Royal Highnesses and their dedicated team," the statement reads.
It then continues as follows:
The Royal Family respect and understand the wish of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to live a more independent life as a family, by removing the supposed ‘public interest' justification for media intrusion into their lives.
They remain a valued part of Her Majesty's family.
Do they really, though?
Technically, of course, yes. Harry will always be Queen Elizabeth's grandson.
However, her Highness recently made it clear that Harry and Meghan may absolutely NOT profit off their Royal titles ever again.
As a result, Duke and Duchess of Sussex don't intend to use ‘SussexRoyal' in any territory after this March.
"While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organization, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal,' it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organization, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation," their statement says.
Also, to be clear: social media users should expect the couple's digital channels to be updated as they introduce the next phase of their life to followers.
Although Harry and Meghan have been staying in Canada with their nine-month-old son Archie, it's likely both will visit the United Kingdom for many engagements in the weeks and months to come.
The two will attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in March as well as the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day.
"As The Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to develop their non-profit organization and plan for their future, we hope that you use this site as the source for factual information," a spokesperson for the couple noted yesterday
This individual proceeded to point fans here for more information on the controversial transition.
You may absolutely do that -- but you can also just bookmark The Hollywood Gossip as well.
We got you covered, Royal enthusiasts.
Prince Harry did not want to cause any problems.
He and Meghan Markle didn't want it to come to THIS.
Really, they didn't.
In his first address since announcing he plans to step back from his Royal Family and Royal Duties, Prince Harry spoke at length on Sunday about this decision.
"Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks," he said at an event organized for his supporters of his Sentebale charity, which is aimed at supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children afflicted with HIV.
And he continued:
"So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share – not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years – but with a clearer perspective."
Harry said all this a day after his grandmother stripped him and Markle of their official titles.
He and his wife will soon, indeed, head off on their own, away from all the trappings of Kensington Palace, and live for the most part in North America.
“The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change," added Harry in his speech, adding:
"I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life.
"Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hurray!”
Harry went on to defend booth his own reputation and also that of Markle.
The Duchess of Sussex, of course, has come under continual fire from the press since the day she married Harry in May of 2018.
"I also know you’ve come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do," he said.
"And she does, and she’s the same woman I fell in love with. We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride.
"Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve."
It didn't take long, however, for Harry and Meghan to realize this dream could never really come true.
Not under the glare of the unfair and critical spotlight that accompanies members of the Royal Family.
"For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this," said Harry in the most memorable section of his speech.
"The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges.
"And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you."
Harry further emphasized his new family dynamic with the Royal Family.
"Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding.
"Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.
"But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life."
Harry also referenced his late mother Princess Diana -- who was killed while being chased by the paparazzai and who was a strong advocate for those affected by HIV and AIDS.
"I was born into this life, and it is a great honor to serve my country and the queen.
"When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.
'It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service."
Harry and Meghan announced their stunning decision on January 8.
This is how Harry concluded his speech today:
I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months.
I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me.
Together, you have given me an education about living. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith – thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.