In April of last year, Prince Philip passed away after a long battle with being 99 years old.
A Covid-restricted state funeral was held, but now, Buckingham Palace -- apparently confident that the world won't be ravaged by the Sigma variant sometime around March -- is planning a large, public memorial service for the spring.
There was a time when it looked as though the occasion would be doubly important, as it would allow the Queen to finally meet her youngest great-granddaughter, Lilibet.
Now, however, it looks as though Lili's parents, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, are planning to sit this one out.
Yes, as we reported earlier this week, Harry and Meghan are concerned about security.
Specifically, they want the British government to provide them with a bodyguard detail during their time in the UK.
Since this service would come at taxpayer expense, the government has thus far met the request with a hard "no," and it doesn't seem like the Queen is pressuring Boris and company to change their minds.
Now, royal expert Ingrid Seward has suggested that the Queen might not view Meghan and Harry's absence from the ceremony as such a bad thing.
"I think if they choose not to come then everyone will breathe a sigh of relief," Seward told UK tabloid The Sun this week.
"It is thanks-giving for Prince Philip and we don't want it turning into the Harry and Meghan show."
Yes, everyone knows that the Queen wants to reunite with her grandson and finally lay eyes on Lilibet, but what Seward presupposes is ... maybe she doesn't?
Well, if there's any truth to Seward's claims, then it seems that the Queen might get exactly what she wants.
insiders have indicated that when it comes to the Harry question the government has no indication of "caving into his demands."
And since doing so would be the politically unpopular move, in this case, Parliament will probably stand its ground.
That's bad news for Prince Charles, who is reportedly "desperate to see his grandchildren," but duty-bound to remain in the UK for now.
"The Prince of Wales has been saddened that he hasn't had the opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, which he really does miss," one insider tells The Sun.
"He is a fantastic grandfather and loves playing the role immensely and it's certainly fair to say he feels there is something missing from his life without the ability to get to know Harry's children."
Charles is reportedly so keen to spend some time with Harry and family that he's made an offer which be sure to irritate the Queen:
"This is something he is hoping to remedy which is why he made the gesture for Harry, Meghan and the children to stay with him if they wanted to, whenever they may come home for a period of time," says the source.
Under normal circumstances, we doubt that the Queen would have any beef with the idea of Meg and Harry spending a few days at casa de Chuck.
But it seems that these days, she's wary of anything that hints at a modicum of discord within the UK branch of the family.
Unfortunately, she's unlikely to escape this current situation without generating a slew of new rumors about the increasingly dysfunctional Windsor clan.
As you've likely heard, there's been a great deal of concern over Queen Elizabeth's health in recent weeks.
The sovereign has canceled several engagements and scaled back her public presence to the point where many are concerned that the situation could be more serious than palace officials are letting on.
In fact, many British media outlets have predicted that this Christmas will be the Queen's last.
That's a rather morbid thing to put in print, of course, but given the fact she's 95 years old, it's also not an outlandish prediction.
For obvious reasons, there's a feeling among the Queen's inner circle that this holiday season should be treated as especially important.
Which is why the ever-vulturous British tabloid media is making a big deal out of the fact that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not be traveling to the UK for Christmas.
Now, there are many valid reasons why the Sussexes might have decided to stay put in SoCal this year.
After all, they have two very young children, and by some metrics, the Covid-19 pandemic is currently as bad as it's ever been.
That's also a good reason why sickly nonagenarians should probably avoid visitors from the other side of the world for the time being.
But despite the obvious logic behind the decision, many have chosen to interpret it in the most ungenerous way possible.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, for example, are said to be furious over the royal snub.
And if recent reports are to be believed, Kate is even more miffed than her husband.
This goes along with the recent narrative that casts Kate as a sort of conniving Lady MacBeth type, forever manipulating William behind the scenes and urging him to be ruthless with his enemies.
Some outlets have even gone so far as to suggest that Kate is the true cause of the William and Harry's feud.
It's a load of bollocks, of course, but we've come to expect nothing less from the lads and lasses who keep the rumor mill churning on the other side of the pond.
It's worth noting, however, that even mainstream publications like People magazine are reporting that the feud between the Sussexes and Cambridges has heated up in recent weeks.
Most recently, the outlet reported that the situation has become intensely "stressful" for Will and Kate.
"Everything with Harry and Meghan has been hugely stressful, but if anything, it's pulled [her and William] closer together," one insider tells People.
"She was upset about it because [William] was so upset. Seeing her husband so distraught was tough."
This stress was apparently made evident during a recent appearance at a school when Kate briefly became irate (by royal standards) when an audience member asked her a question about Harry and Meghan.
"What else?" Kate reportedly responded, in a not-so-subtle effort to change the topic.
"She's no pushover. She has an inner strength for sure," People's insider said when asked about the exchange.
Look, we get the global fascination with the royals, but can we all stop pretending these people are Game of Thrones-caliber badasses vying for power in a cutthroat world?
Kate got a little snippy with a high school kid, and this tipster acts like she emerged victorious from battle.
Sometime soon (hopefully not very soon, but let's be realistic here ...) the Queen will die, then Charles will take over, and with any luck, soon after that, the Brits will come to their senses and abolish the monarchy.
So yeah, unlike GoT, this story might well come to a satisfying conclusion!
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: New Documentary Alleges Couple Deliberately Made Royals "Look Stupid" With Memorable Stunt
Just about every sort of accusation imaginable has been hurled at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the years since the couple announced that they would be stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
The British tabloid press and Meghan's awful family have divided the task of denigrating these two for sport, and they've done a remarkably thorough job of attacking the challenge from every angle.
So it always comes as a surprise when the media digs into the archives and comes up with a new criticism of Harry and Meghan's actions from years prior.
And we have to say, the level of pettiness on display in this latest attack is almost impressive.
When sane, decent people talk about the Archie scandal, they're generally referring to the allegations that a member of the royal family expressed concerns about Archie's skin tone while Meghan was pregnant with the boy.
If the UK tabloid press wanted to make itself useful for a change, it could devote its energies to determining which member of the Windsor clan made this appallingly racist remark.
(And they wouldn't even have to put much effort into the search, since it was almost definitely Prince Charles.)
But when the British outlets who cover the royals talk about the Archie scandal, they might be referring to the incident in which Meghan and Harry didn't perfectly adhere to tradition when announcing the birth of their first child.
Yes, according to the controversial new documentary The Princes and the Press, it was expected that the couple would share their big news from the steps of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital just as Harry's brother and sister-in-law did, and his mother and father before them.
Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex steered clear of the press and made their announcement on social media.
And if you know anything about the British tabloid press, then you probably won't be surprised to learn that this infuriated them.
“They told us that there would be positions out in Windsor, outside the castle, where there would be media briefings," Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for the Daily Express said in the doc.
“And then on the day he was born they announced ‘She’s gone into labor’ and so we’re all rushing to Windsor," Palmer continued.
"And then you find oh, she’s given birth and actually, she’d given birth hours ago before we’d told you she’d gone into labor.
“They made it so difficult for us. And it felt like they had deliberately gone out of their way to make the British media look stupid.”
“So the baby was born in the early hours of this morning and I’m in a taxi on the way to be reporting that she’s in labor,” echoed Camilla Tominey, an associate editor at the Daily Telegraph.
“When in fact, it’s a fait accompli. And, by the way, they’re not going to tell us much, including where the baby’s been born," she added.
“So if I’m asked live on the air where the baby’s been born, I won’t be able to say that.”
“Harry and Meghan’s use of social media, I think, really threw the British press for a loop,” Ellie Hall, a senior reporter for Buzzfeed News.
(Hall was not one of the Angry Brits in the film, but more of an impartial observer.)
“It was only when Archie was born that it really became something that if you wanted to know what was going on with Harry and Meghan, you had to follow this account.”
“When we finally were introduced to Archie it was three days after he was born,” Rhiannon Mills, a royal correspondent for Sky News chimed in.
“They decided that they wanted to do a very small photocall.”
The horror! Imagine a new mother wanting to stay at home with her baby instead of embarking ob a press junket!
Some of these British journalists are so easily appalled.
Just wait until they find out about Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein!
Prince Harry’s Ex-Girlfriend Florence St. George Speaks Out on Meghan Markle: I’m SO Happy I’m Not Her!
Prior to the start of his relationship with Meghan Markle, Prince Harry had a reputation as a hard partier and an irrepressible ladies man.
The British tabloid press was obsessed with Harry's dalliances with the opposite sex, and several of his romantic partners became celebrities in their own right.
Chelsy Davy, Cressida Bonas, and others became household names during Harry's wild younger years.
Most of them, of course, have declined to offer their opinion on the high-drama feud that's pitted Harry and Meghan against the rest of the royal family.
But now, one of Harry's exes is breaking her silence and offering some kind words of support to the beleaguered Duchess of Sussex.
Though the relationship between Harry and Florence St. George (née Brudenell-Bruce) was a brief one, the former model experienced a small taste of the intense scrutiny that Meghan has been enduring for the past five years.
And not surprisingly, Florence says it's not a fate that she would wish on anyone.
“A new story would appear almost every day in the press, my school friends were interrogated and there were photographers outside my front door,” Florence told Stella Magazine, according to the Daily Mail.
“I take my hat off to those people who can cope with that lifestyle, but I knew I couldn’t. Although it was sad at the time, I feel lucky that the relationship was short-lived.”
Florence and Harry dated for about two months in 2011, but she says that it was only toward the end of their time together that the press caught wind of the relationship.
“When I glimpsed for five, six, seven days — we were together a bit longer than that but that’s how long it was in the press — what it was like to be under that focus I found it really terrifying and I made a decision quite quickly that it wasn’t the right thing for me,” she recalled.
In an interview that took place last year, Florence described the experience of dating Harry as "terrifying," and she says the trauma she experienced a decade ago continues to impact her day-to-day life.
"It left me with a total fear of the camera and anxiety, which I think was creeping in even before the postnatal depression," she said.
Fortunately, Florence was later able to find happiness away from the spotlight.
In 2013, she married millionaire Henry St. George, the vice-president of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, in July 2013.
The couple share two children, Iris, 5, and Jimmy, 3.
As for Meghan ... well, she continues to face daily challenges from the press and the royal family.
One royal expert recently claimed that Meghan is more hated than ever in the UK, although to be fair, his source on that seems to be his own imagination.
And just because she moved to a different continent and distanced herself from the drama in London as much as possible, that doesn't mean the press will be letting up on the Duchess of Sussex anytime soon.
Last week, Meghan appeared on Ellen, and based on the reaction from the UK press you might have thought she'd used her time on the show to set fire to a British flag.
One commenter went so far as to suggest that Meghan might kill the Queen ... by sitting down for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
So yeah, we're sure Harry is a wonderful husband and father, and marrying a prince probably has its advantages.
But in many ways, Florence really dodged a bullet.
It's been almost two years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the UK, and there's still rampant speculation about what exactly prompted them to make the move.
Yes, we know from Meghan's Oprah interview that the royals treated her horribly to the point that she contemplated suicide.
But was there a precipitating event that prompted Harry and Meghan to say enough is enough?
And which one of the royals pestered the Sussexes the most and was therefore most responsible for their decision to step down?
Since Meghan took the high road and decided not to name the person who expressed concerns about Archie's skin tone, we might never know the identity of the main bully who contributed the most to Harry and Meghan's misery.
But while the name of the bigot who made the Archie remark will probably always remain a mystery, two prime suspects have emerged as the Sussexes' chief tormentors -- Prince Charles and Prince William.
Since those two have the most to gain from the royal family remaining unchanged as an institution, it makes sense that they would be the ones who were most threatened by the Sussexes' continued presence in London.
Again, it's unlikely that either Meghan or Harry will point the finger at one of the princes, but according to royal expert and Meghan biographer Andrew Morton, if you want to blame Megxit on one specific royal, William's your man.
"He obviously had an influence in it," Morton told Fox News this week when asked about the role that William played in the Sussexes' departure.
"I think that Harry resented the fact that he supported his relationship with Kate Middleton over the years. We forget that the palace didn’t believe she and William would marry," Morton added.
"They didn’t think she had what it took to be the future queen, initially. But Harry always supported her. He was always friendly with Catherine. They were always joking and laughing together," he continued.
"And the fact that William couldn’t do the same for him did not sit well with Harry. There’s no doubt that there was a divide between the brothers."
So according to Morton, it was the ongoing trend of William's inaction that prompted his brother to bail, rather than any specific comments or behaviors.
The author went on to allege that the problem wasn't so much Meghan as it was a temperamental difference between the two princes.
"William is a cautious guy," he explained.
"He spent eight years with Kate and they broke up briefly at one point before they married. For Harry, it was instant when it came to Meghan," Morton continued.
"But William felt it was just too quick. And he didn’t know much about her family," he said.
"I remember in those early years, anything that was being reported about Meghan’s family was coming from her brother and sister speaking out to the press."
It makes sense that someone as tradition-bound as William would be skeptical of the American Markles.
And in fairness, the majority of them turned out to be pretty awful.
As for the reports that Kate was Meghan's primary antagonist, Morton says they're simply untrue.
"I’ve spoken to people who know Kate, I’ve seen her in action and she’s not a confrontational person," the author told Fox News.
"She’s someone who wants to get on with things. Both women did not want to fall into the trap of being seen as dueling duchesses by the press. They were cordial to each other and friendly in public. But Meghan did not feel supported."
Now Morton is somewhat contradicting Meghan herself here, as the Duchess famously told Oprah that Kate made her cry just before the royal wedding.
But for the most part, Morton seems to be on the Sussexes' side, and he says their new life in California is nothing less than ideal.
"Harry has an idyllic life in California," said Morton.
"There isn’t an executive in Hollywood that would say no to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex… It’s quite the transformation for them."
And it sounds like the best thing about this new life is the fact that the couple has finally put some distance between themselves and the royals.
Meghan Markle: I’m Never Going to England Again! My In-Laws Can Come to LA If They Want to Meet My Baby!
Earlier this week, we reported on the controversy regarding Meghan Markle's youngest child, and the fact that baby Lilibet has not yet met Queen Elizabeth.
It makes sense, of course, as Meghan and the Queen live on separate continents, and Covid restrictions continue to make international travel even more complicated than usual.
But it's not hard so see why the Windsor clan and their supporters might be laying on the pressure for Meghan to set aside her travel concerns and make the trip across the pond.
And we're sure if it was a simple matter of Meg chartering a private jet and setting up a London meet-and-greet, she would do exactly that.
Of course, we probably don't need to tell you that the situation is far more complicated than all of that.
Meghan and Prince Harry had many reasons for fleeing the UK when they did.
And while his family played a major role in that decision, the Queen was one of the few relatives that they actually got along with.
So it's not as though the Sussexes are staying put in Los Angeles with the goal of snubbing Elizabeth.
Rather, it's the rest of the people they would see in London who are motivating them to stay home.
Despite reports that Kate Middleton reached out to Meghan while she was pregnant, and that the two of them managed to bury the hatchet, it seems that the bad blood between the two warring factions remains.
“I’m not sure Meghan will ever come to Britain again,” royal expert Robert Jobson told Us Weekly on Tuesday. “She’s not popular [right] now.”
Jobson went on to remind critics that if Meghan decides to keep her distance from England, she wouldn't just be doing so out of pettiness.
While Meghan and Harry are more popular than ever in the US, they remain highly controversial figures in Harry's native land.
That said, Harry will almost certainly be making his way back to London in the very near future -- at the very least, he'll definitely make the trip for the Queen'sPlatinum Jubilee in February of 2022.
It just seems less and less likely that Meghan will be joining him.
“We have to wait and see. … Harry, I’m sure he thinks he’ll be there for the [Platinum Jubilee],” Jobson told Us.
He added that if Meghan were to join him, some might feel that the Sussexes were “doting on the queen” and coming off as “hypocritical” following their recent public statements against the royal family.
However, Harry has a memoir to promote, and keeping his distance from the most famous and revered member of his family is not exactly the best way to drum up interest.
“But you’ve got to remember that within months, he’s going to have a book coming out. … It’s gonna be quite awkward," Jobson concluded.
Of course, if Harry makes the trip to the UK on his own, he almost certainly won't be bringing baby Lilibet along with him.
And since the Queen is 95 years old, there's no saying how many more opportunities she'll have to meet her newest great-granddaughter.
It would obviously be very sad if she never got the opportunity to see Lilibet in person, and no doubt the situation would quickly turn ugly, as Brits would be quick to blame Meghan.
The irony of course, would be that it's that ugliness -- and not bad blood with the Queen -- that's got Meghan keeping her distance from the UK.
Back in June, Meghan Markle welcomed her second child, a girl named Lilibet.
The name was taken from a nickname that Prince Philip had often used when referring to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.
As the girl was born less than two months after Philip's death, royal watchers -- even the ones who harbor an irrational contempt for Meghan -- thought the moniker a fitting tribute.
Now, however, many of those same royalists are wagging a reporoachful finger in Meghan and Harry's direction.
It seems that Harry and Meghan have not yet introduced the Queen to her namesake, Lilibet.
This is understandable, of course, as Harry lives thousands of miles away from his grandmother, and his travel options are still limited as a result of the pandemic.
(He's made several trips to the UK in recent months, but he's been harshly criticized each time.)
Now, critics are pointing out that Harry and Meghan are taking a rather large risk by waiting so long to introduce Lilibet to her great-grandmother.
The queen, after all, is 95 years old, and while she may live another decade, there's certainly no guarantee of that.
Naturally, the UK media is placing much of the blame on Meghan, but there's no reason to believe that the decision is hers.
Insiders say that Harry would like to have Lilibet Christened in the UK, and while that may be true, there's no indication that Meghan has opposed this agenda.
Even so, the fact that Liz and Lili still haven't met has been taken by many of the Sussexes' harshest critics as yet another reason to talk trash about Meghan.
Travel restrictions are now being loosened in the UK, and the British media is seizing the opportunity to put the pressure Harry.
In a new interview with the Daily Mirror, the Sun writer Adam Helliker (the tabloids are really joining forces on this one!) said it's “imperative for family unity" that Harry and Meghan bring their kids to London ASAP.
Yes, apparently tabloid columnists are family therapists now. Who knew?!
“I think Harry will feel particularly guilty if [the Queen] doesn’t see the great-grandchildren she’s not seen much of – or the great-granddaughter she’s not seen at all," Helliker added.
"I think if they’re going to try to patch things up – and we all hope they will work to increase what remains of the unity between them and the family – then I think it’s paramount that they start planning a trip for maybe early December," he continued.
"I doubt obviously they want to be restricted by spending any Christmases at Sandringham, but maybe a mid-December pre-Christmas trip to say hello to the family.”
Of course, Harry and Meghan can "say hello to the family" over Zoom.
What the British press really wants is all the fanfare that would come from a return visit to Buckingham Palace.
The headlines about the Sussexes groveling for forgiveness, or about four generations of royals convening under a single roof practically write themselves.
Don't get us wrong -- we hope that the Queen will get a chance to meet Lilibet sometime in the very near future.
But we also believe that Harry and Meghan have enough on their plate at the moment without having pressure from the UK press piled on.
Earlier this week, Time Magazine released its annual list of the world's 100 most influential people.
Few readers on this side of the pond were surprised to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry cover the issue, but apparently the news came as much more of a shock overseas.
In fact, one royal expert has described the unexpected cover story "as a stab in the heart to the royal family" that will only serve to deepen the existing divide between the two factions.
And insiders say that no one is more upset than Kate Middleton, who was infuriated by the cover for two distinct reasons:
1. Kate is currently in campaign mode, as William could ascend to the throne within a few short years, and she's well aware of the damage that the entire family suffered as a result of Meghan's Oprah Winfrey interview.
2. It seems that Middletion has reached out to Markle several times in the months since the latter welcomed baby Lilibet, but her attempts at burying the hatchet have not been reciprocated.
Yes, Meghan and Harry are feuding against the entire royal family, but it's Kate and William with thom they're compared the most -- and recently those comparisons have not been flattering to the Cambridges.
Now, it seems that Kate is very cognizant of the fact that she and her husband are losing the contest.
According to a recent YouGov poll, Harry and Meghan are now more popular than Will and Kate on a global level.
(Harry and Meghan are still not particularly well-liked in the UK -- ironically for many of the same reasons that they're so beloved elsewhere.)
This is of particular concern to Kate, who is well aware that the future of the monarchy has never been more uncertain, and who feels that it's her duty to win the hearts and minds of the international community.
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe recently spoke to OK! Magazine about the situation, and while he was unable to confirm the reports that Kate fell into a rage when she saw the Time cover, he did verify that Kate feels it's her responsibility to beat Meghan at her own game by cranking up the likability factor.
"Kate and William are in danger of being dragged into a transatlantic popularity contest," Larcombe said in a recent interview with OK! magazine.
"They will feel anxious over the cover and everything Harry and Meghan do as it always seems to reflect on them."
Larcombe says it's almost as though dueling election campaigns are being fought in two different countries.
"William and Kate are concerned about absolutely everything that comes out of America in regards to Harry and Meghan, especially Harry's tell-all warts and all memoir that's gonna hit the shelves sometime next year," Larcombe said.
"They have no control over the narrative."
Part of the fury among the royals seems to stem from the fact that Meghan and Harry gave the world the impression that they were moving to America in order to get away from the spotlight.
Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are receiving more attention than ever, and in the States, the coverage is overwhelmingly positive.
At first, Kate took an "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach to the situation, but in recent weeks it seems that she's been getting the cold shoulder from Meghan, and has decided to give up on the idea of burying the hatchet.
"I think it's wishful thinking when we see people say that Meghan and Kate are going to work on a Netflix project together or they're talking on the phone," royal journalist Omid Scobie told Entertainment Tonight this week.
"I even read a story about how they're Zooming whilst making cakes or something, quite recently."
Sadly, it seems that collaborative, cake-making conference calls will not be taking place anytime soon.
At this point, the royals reportedly view Meghan and Harry's growing popularity as the greatest threat to their institution's continued survival.
And since Meghan has apparently rebuffed their efforts to join forces, you can bet that the Queen and company will soon resume their efforts to discredit Meghan and undermine the reputation she's worked so hard to build.
We will have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Earlier this week, Time Magazine released its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The magazine released several editions of this week's issue, each featuring one -- or, in this case, two -- of the movers and shakers who make an appearance on the prestigious list.
But to the surprise of no one, Harry and Meghan's cover has been the most widely-discussed, and the most heavily-scrutinized.
The criticism began before anyone even had a chance to read the short article about the Sussexes contained within the issue.
Jokes about the heavily air-brushed photo of Harry and Meghan have been circulating non-stop on social media for several days now.
To be fair, it does look as though the photo has been retouched -- but that's certainly not the fault of the duke and duchess.
Since Twitter and the British tabloid media take no pleasure in criticizing the editors of Time, the dialogue quickly shifted to perceived offenses that could plausibly be blamed on Harry and Meghan.
And so, we've now entered the stage of the discourse where the UK press is finding fault with an American magazine piece in which the Sussexes are praised for their humanitarian work.
First, the Daily Mail blasted Meghan for allegedly wearing $384,000 worth of jewelry in the cover photo.
As with all things Daily Mail, that report should be taken with several grains of salt.
But even if it's true, it's not uncommon for women in the royal family to wear jewelery that's valued in the seven-figure range -- and yet we doubt yoiu'll ever see the Mail criticizing Queen Elizabeth or Kate Middleton for this reason.
Anyway, it seems that it's not just the British media that's weirdly outraged by Harry and Meghan's cover story.
The royal family is said to be furious with what they view as Meghan and Harry's latest publicity stunt.
"Meghan and Harry landing a cover spot of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People will be seen as a stab in the heart of the Monarchy's reputation because of the greater implicit credibility it affords them and their previous claims against the crown," public relations expert Eric Schiffer told Newsweek today.
"The strategy Harry's built is to out gun William and to be seen as the authentic prince on a global stage and it's been beautifully executed."
Yes, Harry and Meghan seem to be well aware that their greatest competition comes from Prince William and Kate Middleton.
No matter how much their paths through life diverge, these two couple will always be compared to one another -- and it looks as though the Sussexes have finally taken the lead in this never-ending contest.
According to a YouGov poll, Meghan and Harry's popularity in the UK crashed following their controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March.
But the couple became more popular in the US, as well as in several commonwealth countries, such as Canada and Australia.
And in the months since, the Cambridges' popularity in the UK has declined, while the Sussexes' has risen slightly.
In other words, Harry and Meghan are dominating the contest globally, and they might soon take the lead in the UK.
No polls have been conducted since the Time article was released, but despite the best efforts of the British media to undermine their good works, Harry and Meghan are likely to enjoy another boost as a result of the piece.
"They're very disciplined at it," Schiffer said of Harry and Meghan's PR strategy.
"The combination of the leaks and the framing of themselves in part as victims of certain behaviour and on top of that connecting in such authentic ways with global Gen Z and Millennial audiences and allowing them to actually feel what it's like to interact with a member of the royal family, that on a human level has been powerful."
Yes, it seems that those who look at the two couples as four individual humans prefer Harry and Meghan, while Brits who have politicized the feud continue to favor William and Kate, at least partially due to nationalistic pride.
Of course, the royal family is less popular than ever these days, so it's unclear how long the Cambridges will remain propped up by patriotism.
At this point, another season of The Crown might be all it takes to sink the Windsor clan for good.
In 2018, Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in front of an international TV audience, captivating billions across the world.
Then they had a baby. Then they peaced the f--k out of the royal family. Maybe you heard about all of this at some point.
Despite the controversy and criticism she faces, the 40-year-old former actress remains the envy of millions of women.
But the road to royalty wasn't an easy one.
Nor has it been easy after she got there.
Hopefully, maybe, now that she's living back in her native California, Meg will return to Hollywood, where she got her start.
Of course, we don't imagine she'd be taking on some of those early gigs - ones she'd probably rather forget about now.
And we're not talking about Suits, which was actually a fun show and made it past the coveted 100-episode threshold.
Fortunately for all of us, the acting and modeling work Markle took on to pay the bills has yielded unforgettable images.
For us. And Harry, most likely.
But don't take our word for it. Scroll down for some Meg career highlights (in a manner of speaking) through the years ...
1. Meghan at Age 22
2. The Role Suits Her
3. Meghan as Rachel
4. Showing Some Leg
5. Topless Meg
6. Nude on Suits
From the moment that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they would be stepping down from the roles as senior members of the royal family, fans, critics, and media outlets all over the world have been speculating about the final straw that led to that momentous decision.
Even after the couple told their side of the story in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, rumors about the exact cause of their irreparable rift with Harry's family remained somewhat mysterious.
Meghan revealed that Kate Middleton made her cry ahead of her wedding, and she shocked viewers with the revelation that a member of the royal family had expressed concerns about baby Archie's skin tone.
Still, these events remained shrouded in mystery, as they seemed to be the consequences of some falling out, not the causes.
Many have theorized that Meghan never had a chance, that the royals had made up their minds about her before they even made her acquaintance.
Over the years many reports from anonymous insiders have confirmed those suspicions.
Now, an American-born viscountess is offering new insights into the prejudice Meghan faced upon her arrival in the UK.
And the bizarre part is that Chicago native Julie Montagu -- now married to Luke Timothy Charles Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke -- seems to believe that she's defending the Queen and company.
Montagu's comments appear in the upcoming documentary Meghan at 40: The Climb to Power, the caustic title a reference to Markle's milestone birthday on August 4.
Montagu says that Meghan was doomed from the start, as she was simply too American to fall in line with the expectations she would face as a member of the world's most famous family.
"You can't really be anything you want to be or do anything you want to do or say anything you want to say," Montagu says in the film, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
"Your duty is to the Queen and that's very difficult for someone like Meghan," she continued.
"To switch off that American dream off and accept 'now you have to do what we say' is difficult."
Now, "Meghan was too attached to the American dream" sounds a lot nicer -- albeit a lot less likely -- than the explanation that she was a victim of the royals' callous racism.
So we can see how Montagu might have thought she was helping the cause.
But if the goal of the royals is to smear the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ahead of Harry's upcoming memoir, then this was a colossal misstep.
After all, the idea that the family alienated a young woman of color simply because she was too ambitious is beyond repugnant.
"It's difficult to have love and duty work simultaneously and together and that's what Harry and Meghan wanted in negations with the Queen, this synergy, that they can make work, but the Queen said no," Montagu stated.
Again, since the work on which Meghan and Harry were planning to collaborate was purely humanitarian, this revelation is unlikely to sway anyone to the Queen's side.
As for the Meghan's interview with Oprah, Montagu says the royals remain baffled by Meghan's motives, but most believe it was an act or revenge.
"I think she felt it was an opportunity for her to not only share it with the world, but she hoped the royal family was actually listening," the viscountess claims.
"It's difficult to pinpoint why she did it, but I think it's clear they were angry."
Yes, the royals watched as a young, pregnant woman of color shared her tale of trauma with the entire world, and they could imagine no other motive but revenge.
This, as the royal version of events was being plastered across tabloids the world over.
Hopefully, the royals are no longer curious about Meghan and Harry's reaons for fleeing the country.
If they are, then they're even more lacking in self-awareness than we thought.
She. Is. HERE!
On Friday, June 4, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their second child and first daughter, a little girl whose name is a tribute to the latter's very famous grandmother.
"It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world," read a statement from the couple released on Sunday.
Where did such a unique name come from?
"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA," continued the statement.
"She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.
"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
"Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
Markle and Harry, of course, were extremely critical of the Royal Family during their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
However, the Duke was very quick to defend Queen Elizabeth on multiple occasions.
He often said he has nothing but love and respect for his grandmother, hence the selected name for his daughter.
Princess Diana, meanwhile, died in a tragic car accident in 1997.
"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor," concluded the statement.
"The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."
Meghan and Harry, meanwhile, also took to their Archewell website to share a personal message.
This is what they wrote:
On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we've felt from across the globe.
Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.
The couple announced in February that the Suits alum was pregnant with baby numberr-two.
“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” the pair’s rep said at the time.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."
This confirmation came in the wake of Markle admitting late last year that she had previously suffered a miscarriage.
During their sit-down with Oprah the past spring, Meghan and Harry revealed they were expecting a baby girl.
"To have a boy then a girl — what more can you ask for?" Harry said.
The twosome then said their immediate family would be complete after her arrival.
"Two is it," Markle said.
Prince Harry added of his feelings upon learning his second baby would a female:
"Grateful, having any child, any one or a two would have been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl . . . now we've got our family and we've got four of us."
Meghan and Harry, of course, officially stepped down from their roles as senior royals last year.
Their desire to live a normal family life -- away from the spotlight, pressure and, let's face it, racism of Kensington Palace -- reportedly played a role in their stunning and historic decision.
Speaking to James Corden earlier this year, Harry told the talk show host that things have slowed down tremendously for him since relocating to California.
What's a typical day like these days?
"Depending on how the day's been, how busy it's been:
Do Archie's tea, give him a bath, read him a book, put him down, go downstairs.
"Meg might cook a meal, might order a takeaway, go upstairs, sit in bed, turn the TV on, watch some Jeopardy!, maybe watch a little bit of Netflix."
Sounds pretty perfect.
It just may be harder to Netflix and chill these days with a precious newborn at home, LOL.
Congrats to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry!
Something that Queen Elizabeth II is keenly aware of is that the monarchy of Britain has a tenuous existence. People in the UK currently like the monarchy, but that’s mainly because they like The Queen, who sees protecting the monarchy as a sacred duty. Everyone knows that Charles is a cunt, that’s one of the reasons Her Maj has stuck around as Queen for 70 years. For all the fuss the British press has made over Prince George there’s about a 3% chance there’s still a monarchy for him to ascend to when it’s his time.
Prince Harry is going to be the one who brings the whole thing down. Harry appeared on Dax Shepard Armchair Expert podcast to dish on the royal family and he did not make them look good, specifically when he talked about the “genetic pain and suffering” his father passed on to him.
It kind of makes sense, with Elizabeth seeing being Queen as a burden she must bear for the good of… not the country, the country would be fine without a monarch, but for the good of the institution.
A lot of Brits like to blame Meghan Markle for Harry’s views on the monarchy, wing that she’s American and black and a woman, none of which are particularly popular with fans of the monarchy. But Harry went on this podcast alone and gave his real views, which are pretty clear that the monarchy is an outdated institution that does nothing but cause pain.
As I mentioned, people like The Queen, but Harry and his rift with the rest of the family is exactly the sort of thing that’s going to turn public opinion against the monarchy. It’s one thing when the Queen’s grandson has issues with the family, but if the King’s son is going around telling everyone what a prick he is, that’s going to be a problem.
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.