Meghan Markle news latest – Prince Harry NEVER properly apologised for his racism and isn't a woke icon, Bishop claims

PRINCE Harry should not have been given an award because he has 'never really apologised' for his racist comments, according to a Bishop.

Bishop Talbert Swan said that Prince Harry 'should have not been given an award' by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in February.

Bishop Swan, an author and civil rights activist who is president of an NAACP chapter in Springfield, Massachusetts, asked: "What he has done to advance the cause of justice for black people in America?"

He wrote in a statement on social media: "When was Prince Harry on the frontlines against police brutality and the extrajudicial murder of black people?

"When has he challenged America’s disparate response to black people addicted to crack versus white people addicted to opioids?

"When was Prince Harry on the frontlines fighting against mass incarceration of black people and disparate sentencing laws?"

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  • Milica Cosic

    Prince 'Harry's out of touch with reality!'

    Prince Harry has been described as "out of touch with reality" after a royal commentator claimed the Duke of Sussex has received "bad advice".

    Royal commentator Matt de Groot has claimed The Duke's security demands have been from "bad advice".

    Speaking to Australian morning show Sunrise, Mr De Groot said: "You look at a bloke who is out of touch with reality, it's that bloke right there.

    "They spend one half of their life talking about being determined to be private and being determined to stay away from the public eye.

    "They spend the other half of their life selling their story to the highest bidder then he wants to step away from the Royal Family, then wants the royal protection, then he doesn't even realised you can go the UK and hire your own security.

    "Every move they make, every piece of advice they give, and every statement he makes publicly takes him further and further away from the guy that three years ago we thought was going to save the Royal Family.

    "Now he's making blunder after blunder."

    Host Kylie Gillies added: "You can do both, it would mean the world to the family.

    "There's no reason why he cannot."

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan & Harry 'against the world'

    According to a royal expert, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may have found strength in experiencing problems as a couple, according to a royal commentator.

    Royal author Nigel Cawthorne told OK! magazine: "It’s Harry and Meghan against the world, or them against the British establishment.

    "But when couples go through a shared problem, it does tend to make them stronger."

    Another royal commentator, Katie Nicholl, echoed this saying that the royal couple have gone through it all together as "a team".

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry accused of 'behaving like child'

    Prince Harry has been slammed for 'behaving like a child' by a royal expert for refusing to attend his grandfather Prince Philip's memorial service. 

    Prince Harry is to miss the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service, it has been confirmed.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin has hit out at Harry's decision, saying he is acting like a “child."

    The Daily Mail reported she said: "It’s all about ‘me, me, me’ rather than going out of his way for his grandmother and showing her he cares. He’s behaving like a child stamping his feet."

    Ms Levin continued: "What they won’t do, is if he goes out with his friends he gets security. He’ll probably use this same excuse to try to get out of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”

    The Daily Mail has reported that his lawyers claimed he "does not feel safe coming from across the Atlantic."

  • Milica Cosic

    'Concerned' Pippa Middleton uninvited Meg to her wedding

    A royal expert has claimed that Pippa Middleton had concerns Meghan Markle would "overshadow" her on her wedding day.

    Author and royal correspondent Judy Wade told People magazine the main issue was that Meghan Markle at that time just started dating Prince Harry, and Pippa was worried Meg "upstage her".

    Instead, The Duchess of Sussex was Pippa's matron of honour.

    In Finding Freedom, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, also claim that Meghan had planned to attend the full day.

    They write: "Harry and Meghan agreed that she couldn't possibly turn up at the church, only fifty metres away from a specially arranged media pen, after such a crass cover story.

    "If they worried their arrival might create a media circus despite taking every precaution, now they had no doubt that it would.

    "Meghan's church outfit and Philip Treacy hat would have to be worn another time."

  • Milica Cosic

    Thomas Markle 'blocked' doctor from identifying Meghan as Black

    Thomas Markle says he blocked a doctor from identifying Meghan as Black on her birth certificate.

    His objection was that he wanted his daughter identified as mixed race.

    Mr Markle appeared in a YouTube video with celebrity photographer Karl Larsen and explained how he argued with the doctor to have mixed-race put on the certificate.

    “I even had to argue with the doctor, and have him write that she was mixed on the birth certificate because he wanted to mark down ‘Black,’” Mr Markle said.

    “I had no problem with Black or white, but in my mind, it should have been mixed.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: Why Meghan Markle's sister's Twitter was suspended

    Meghan Markle's sister has had her Twitter account suspended AGAIN after the social media platform enforced a pre-existing ban.

    Samantha Markle's account @TheMarkleSammy was displaying a notice that read: "Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules."

    A spokesperson for the social media platform told Newsweek: "We suspended the account due to ban evasion."

    Samantha Markle's account was suspended previously, under @sammy_markle, which she used to criticise her sister. However, it isn't known what led to the ban of that account.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan Markle's sister's Twitter account was banned

    Meghan Markle's sister's Twitter account was banned after 'she tried to evade a previous ban' following reports that she's been harassing the Duchess of Sussex for years.

    Twitter suspended Samantha Markle's account for allegedly attempting to evade a previous ban the social media platform issued in 2019. She had her second Twitter account, @TheMarkleSammy, banned from the platform three years after her first account, @sammy-markle, was suspended. 

    Samantha's lawyer, Douglas Kahle, denied the allegations and claimed the Twitter account was hacked and that the tweets published by Buzzfeed were 'photo-shopped.' 

    "Ms. Markle's email and other accounts have been hacked on several occasions and it is very likely that those statements were made by third parties to defame our client," Kahle told BuzzFeed. 

    "Due to the urgency of this matter, we are still investigating," he added. 

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry & Meghan face backlash after latest political move

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have criticised the UK and world governments over Covid vaccines.

    Harry and Meghan, alongside more than 130 former world leaders, Nobel laureates, scientists and others, signed the open letter from The People's Vaccine calling “for urgent action to vaccinate low and middle-income countries and bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic”.

    The couple has been criticised for the move, with people taking to Twitter to express their disappointment at the couple.

    One person wrote: "Let us sign a vacuous letter criticising the UK while we sit by our pool in our multimillion-dollar home in California."

    Another said: "I'm tired of all these rich celebrities in California telling us what we have to do as we should behave when they are the ones who wallow in money and believe themselves superior."

    A third added: "That's about all they are capable of doing- Releasing statements, signing letters, and giving speeches. They've literally done nothing else to ensure vaccines reach everyone! They've not even shared photos/statements of them taking the vaccine to encourage their fans to do so too."

  • Milica Cosic

    Good morning! Milica Cosic logging in from London to bring you the latest news on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Thomas Markle joins forces with his eldest daughter to sue the Meghan

    Samantha Markle has filed a lawsuit in Florida against her younger half-sister due to claims made in the Oprah interview last year.

    Meghan mentioned her older half-sibling saying they were ‘virtually strangers’.

    Thomas Markle said in his podcast launched with his friend and paparazzo, Karl Larsen: “I’ve been trying for four years now to see my daughter and her ginger husband in a courtroom face-to-face.

    “I haven’t seen them face-to-face and I haven’t seen my grandchildren.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Thomas Markle admits arguing with doctor over daughter’s race

    He stated the birth certificate gave options only for ‘Black’ or ‘White’, but not ‘mixed.

    Markle said in his podcast that he hosts with long-time friend, Karl Larsen: “He wanted to mark down Black. In my mind it should have been marked ‘Mixed’.

    He went on to confirm a piece she wrote in an essay for Elle UK in 2016. In the essay Meghan talks about a census report she had to fill in in the seventh grade (12-13 year-olds) that included ethnicity.

    She wrote: “You could only choose one, but that would be to choose one parent over the other — and one half of myself over the other […] I didn’t tick a box.

    “I left my identity blank — a question mark, an absolute incomplete — much like how I felt. When I went home that night, I told my dad what had happened. He said the words that have always stayed with me: ‘If that happens again, you draw your own box.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Rebel Wilson aims dig at Meghan Markle in brutal Baftas speech

    The Australian movie actress, 43, aimed a dig at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    She said: “Our next package is for Outstanding British Film. From drama to horror, to fantasy… Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah had it all.”

    She also referenced Prince Andrew‘s claim he had visited a Woking branch of Pizza Express.

    The star said: “I was going to do a musical number. It was about Prince Andrew. It was on roller skates.

    “It was called Pizza Express. But don’t worry I’m not going to do it, I’m saving my voice for the sequel to Cats.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen’s life of service praised by Archbishop of York

    The Queen’s life of service and devotion to others has been praised by the former Archbishop of York who suggested she had modelled her reign on self sacrifice.

    Lord Sentamu paid tribute to the Queen during the annual Commonwealth Day service, given added poignancy as the head state was missing from the major event in the royal calendar.

    In his address to the Westminster Abbey congregation, which included senior royals, the peer said: “And so for 70 years the Queen has modelled her reign on the one who said ‘whoever shall be great among you shall be your servant and whoever desires to be first shall be a slave of all’.”

    The former Archbishop, who now sits in the Lords, went on to say: “The Christian ideals of the love of neighbour and compassion have given shape to the Queen’s leadership.”

    Lord Sentamu made the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh when at the end of his speech he urged the congregation to cheer the monarch after he said the words “hip, hip, hip”.

    The first time he got a lacklustre response but he repeated it again and after the third time, Westminster Abbey rang out with a “hoorah” with William and Kate chuckling.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Harry’s ‘unfortunate remark’

    Prince Harry made an ‘unfortunate remark’ that went down ‘like a lead balloon’ with Meghan Markle’s family.

    Speaking on the 2022 Channel 5 documentary, ‘Harry and Meghan Vs The Monarchy’, royal commentator Jennie Bond said: “Harry was guest editing the Today programme on Radio 4 shortly afterwards and he said he’d had a lot of fun at Christmas.

    “And then he made a rather unfortunate remark, he said: ‘I suppose it’s the family she never had’, meaning Meghan.

    “Well, that went down like a lead balloon with the Markle family, obviously. And it’s a remark they’ve never forgotten.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Royal objection

    The debate over Harry and Andrew’s position as counsellors was reignited after Buckingham Palace announced senior royals' future plans.

    The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge will be undertaking several tours in the coming months to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    In March, both royals will be away from the UK for at least one day as Prince Charles visits Ireland and Prince William is in the Bahamas.

    Speaking to Palace Confidential, editor Richard Eden said: “Charles would be in Ireland so, obviously, he could come back in an emergency.

    “But the fact is, Prince Andrew or Prince Harry, as the law stands, would have to step in and that’s not right. That needs to be changed.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    The reason Prince George might have to move schools soon

    HE’S been attending the £19,000-a-year St Thomas’s School in Battersea for the past four years.

    But one royal expert reckons Prince George is in for a big change in the not-so-distant future.

    Speaking to OK!, biographer Duncan Larcombe claimed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are “eyeing up” schools in Berkshire for their eight-year-old.

    After all, the expert said it’s “unusual” for children in the Royal Family to only be educated at a single primary and secondary school.

    He explained: “William and Harry broke the mould by going to the same school, but if you look at the Queen’s children, they were all schooled separately.”

    While Prince Charles attended Gordonstoun school in Scotland, Princess Anne was sent to Benenden and Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were also educated in Kent.

    The expert added: “Kate had a traditional co-ed education but it seems to be almost par for the course with the royals that they don’t pile all of their children into the same school.”

    The couple are rumoured to be moving to Windsor and are already thinking ahead to where their three kids might go to school in September.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate Middleton has a secret code name

    KATE Middleton is one of the most famous women in the world, so it is understandable that she may wish for some privacy at times.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to have secret code names that they use during trips or their personal time.

    According to the Express, Kate is known as Daphne Clark when she goes away, and William goes by the alias of Danny Collins.

    Both have the initials DC, similar to their Duke and Duchess of Cambridge titles.

    And it’s not the only name Kate reportedly uses when she wants to be low-key.

    The Mirror claimed that the royal mum-of-three accidentally let slip one of her monikers during a shopping trip in Wales in 2010.

  • Joseph Gamp

    The Commonwealth service was Harry and Meghan’s last televised engagement

    The televised ceremony was famously Harry and Meghan’s final engagement before they quit royal duty to live in California, in March 2020. 

    Commonwealth Day is a celebration of the Commonwealth held each year.

    The service carries a message of “delivering a common future” and takes place annually on the second Monday in March.

  • Joseph Gamp

    The Queen’s annual message for the Commonwealth service

    In the event’s programme, she wrote: “In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service.

    “Today, it is rewarding to observe a modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time.

    “That the Commonwealth stands ever taller is a credit to all who have been involved.

    “We are nourished and sustained by our relationships and, throughout my life, I have enjoyed the privilege of hearing what the relationships built across the great reach and diversity of the Commonwealth have meant to people and communities.  

    “Our family of nations continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship. 

    “It is a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, providing everyone with the opportunity to serve and benefit.

    “In these testing times, it is my hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

    “And on this special day for our family – in a year that will include the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Commonwealth Games – I hope we can deepen our resolve to support and serve one another, and endeavour to ensure the Commonwealth remains an influential force for good in our world for many generations to come.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    What is the lawsuit filed against Meghan?

    Samantha filed the lawsuit, demanding Meghan pay £58,000 ($75,000), in Tampa, Florida.

    She claims the duchess made out to Oprah that she grew up in “virtual poverty” when really her father forked out thousands for her to go to dance and acting classes and “elite private schools”.

    Samantha also reportedly said Thomas covered Meghan’s tuition and living expenses when she went to Northwestern University in the US.

    And she blasted the royal for implying she grew up as an only child, despite sharing a father with her half-sister.

    On top of the claims made during Meghan and Harry’s tell-all chat, Samantha also disputes stories told in “Megxit” biography Finding Freedom.

    She said the “lies” subjected her to “humiliation, shame and hatred on a worldwide scale”.

    Meghan’s lawyer Michael Kump described the lawsuit as “absurd”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Sophie Wessex says life has regressed for women in Afghanistan

    The Countess of Wessex has said women in Afghanistan have become "virtual prisoners in their own homes" as she addressed a United Nations event aimed at upholding women's rights in the country.

    Sophie told the conference in New York that "life has regressed" in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control in August.

    She said that while the world's attention has turned to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, "the crisis in Afghanistan has not gone away and the effects are worsening daily".

    Sophie said: "The Taliban would have us believe that they are allowing citizens to go about their normal activities.

    "We know that this is not true.

    "So while we welcome their announcement that they have committed to reopening schools to girls this month, and the return of some women to university, what we know is that the rights of women and girls have worsened."

    The country is facing a humanitarian and economic crisis and food shortages, she said.

    "It is so hard to imagine how much has changed for so many in so little time – where once there was hope, with women playing a central role in society, there is now hunger, destitution and violence".

  • Joseph Gamp

    Will we see any royals at Cheltenham?

    Mike and Zara Tindall are the Royals most likely to be found at Cheltenham this year according to MyBettingSites, with odds of 1/10 that they will be at the Festival – or a 90% chance.

    Princess Anne is highly likely at 1/5 to continue her regular attendance at jump racing’s biggest meeting, while Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, is Evens (1/1).

    Prince William has a huge affinity to sport in the UK in his role as the President of the Football Association and his love for Aston Villa, and he’s 20/1 to swap football for jumps racing along with his wife, Kate.

    US-based Royal exiles Harry and Meghan are 150/1 to attend the meeting in the Cotswolds, while Prince Charles is more-likely at 18/1.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen’s vow of service during Commonwealth speech

    The Queen renewed her vow that her “life will always be devoted in service” yesterday despite being forced to miss the annual Commonwealth Ceremony.

    The 95-year-old had to stay home and watched on TV as Prince Charles took her place at Westminster Abbey.

    He chatted to the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a Ukraine blue Catherine Walker outfit and matching Sean Barratt hat.

    Taking seats in the Abbey for the vibrant, multi-faith service where leaders including Boris Johnson and celebs such as David Walliams.

    Sources close to the Queen said she “regrets” pulling out. Aides insisted it was down to concerns over her comfort on the trip from Windsor Castle rather than any new illness.

    She sent a written message of hope, referring to her first ever recorded speech — made on her 21st birthday in 1947 — when she vowed to the Commonwealth: “My whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Eugenie ‘looked after’ Beatrice after she ‘had wobble’

    In a throwback interview, we look at how Princess Eugenie was forced to “look after” Princess Beatrice when her older sister “had a wobble and cried”.

    Eugenie told Vogue: “There was a horrible article that had been written about Beatrice and she got really upset.

    “We were just about to step out and she had a bit of a wobble and cried. I was looking after her.

    “And then about an hour later, I had a wobble and started crying and Bea was there for me.”

    However, Eugenie admitted that “when we were young, I used to always make Bea go into parties first”, as she lacked the confidence of her sister.

    She added: “We’ve been through some incredibly stressful times together as a family and every single minute she created joy.

    “I am so lucky that I get to lean on her every single day.

    “I’m inspired by her ability to give, even when she’s going through something hard.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Thomas Markle launches YouTube channel

    Meghan’s dad Thomas Markle has decided to launch his own YouTube channel.

    Thomas’s co-host Karl, 53, said: “Tom wants to do it to put his thoughts out there from the horse’s mouth. He wants to speak about how Meghan and Harry have affected his family. The chat will be no-holds-barred.

    “He wants his truth to be out there, just like Meghan’s truth came out a year ago in her Oprah Winfrey interview.”

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