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Month: July 2021

What does a working royal mean?. Is it the number of hours spent working for the Royal Family?

I find these discussions very interesting. It speaks to the assumptions about how the Royal Family, essentially a family business using taxpayer money works. We have made assumptions on what a “full time” working royal means. Is it the number of hours spent working for the Royal Family?

Is it the location/property where the duties are carried out? Is there a full that someone who works “full time” cannot undertake any other personal engagements? Example as an NHS worker, could you not own a private business on the side generating separate income?

It is naive to think that the way the Royals work is set in stone. It is not. It boils down to money and control. Basically prince Harry wanted to earn his own money and still work for the Queen. Which normal person wouldn’t want that? Earning his own money came with issues.

Would he be funded only for royal engagements? He would need security for both private and public work, was there an option to split this? Especially if he was going to be at another location. More importantly he would be making his own rules regarding media involvement.

We all know prince Harry’s intention was to not work with the Rota. Was all this possible? Hell yes! Any business person would have negotiated the hell of that deal before letting Harry, “chief impact officer” go. An entire cash cow, your money maker, your key player. Nah. They fumbled.

They played to the gallery. The Queen was busy shielding Andrew, the media were crying out for blood and they fed prince Harry to the wolves. Then the media coined this “half in, half out” terminology to convince us that prince Harry was asking for the moon to do the work he was already doing.

They said he wanted to have his cake- this same cake that they were all eating. Nah. Because Harry and Meghan eating that cake, being free to roam the world, doing good would make them unstoppable. And in so doing, open the Firm to further scrutiny with respect to funding

If Harry can do it- make his own money, make impactful changes in the world, work for the Firm, then why not all Royals? The public could want more financial transparency. The media would descend again. And ofcourse there’s the argument about “popularity envy”

The palace indeed fumbled and have been trying to pick up the pieces since then. They lost a key player and cannot really justify why.

Prince Harry Working On ‘Intimate And Heartfelt Memoir’

Prince Harry Working On ‘Intimate And Heartfelt Memoir’
Random House expects to release the book, currently untitled, late in 2022.

Prince Harry is writing an ‘Intimate And Heartfelt Memoir’.

Random House expects to release the book, currently untitled, late in 2022.

“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” the Duke of Sussex, 36, said in a statement Monday.

“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

Financial terms were not disclosed. Prince Harry will donate proceeds to charity, according to Random House.

“Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him,” Random House announced.

“Covering his lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story.”

Monday’s announcement comes four months after Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made worldwide news during their interview with Oprah Winfrey near the couple’s home in Montecito, California.

“There is a lot to work through there,” Harry said about his relationship with his father, who was divorced from Diana, Princess of Wales, at the time of her fatal car accident in 1997. “I feel really let down. He’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like. And Archie (Harry and Meghan’s son) is his grandson. I will always love him, but there is a lot of hurt that has happened.”

Harry told Winfrey that he felt trapped by royal life and that his family cut off him financially and took away his security. He also acknowledged his relations were strained with his brother, Prince William.

“I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped,” Harry said, before adding, “My father and my brother, they are trapped.”

Last month, Meghan published the picture book “The Bench” through Random House Books for Young Readers.

The Sussexes made a generous donation to Harvest Home L.A., which helps homeless pregnant women and their children.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Donated Diapers to Mothers in Need
The Sussexes made a generous donation to Harvest Home L.A., which helps homeless pregnant women and their children.

It was revealed via Harvest Home’s Instagram account yesterday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had donated a generous amount of Pampers baby diapers to the charity as part of the company’s Million Acts of Love Campaign. The organization shared a photo of an impressive amount of diaper packages alongside a caption thanking the Sussexes for their donation. Harvest Home is a charity that works to transform the lives of homeless pregnant women in and around Los Angeles, helping provide for them and their children.

“Pallets and pallets of diapers …we are so grateful!” Harvest Home’s message began. “These diapers recently arrived at our new Pico-Robertson Home and we could not be more thankful to the Archewell Foundation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and proctergamble and pampersus for the incredible donation through their Million Acts of Love Campaign. Thank you helping us ensure that our moms and babies have all they need in our homes!”

The Sussexes have worked with Harvest Home before. Earlier this year, the couple made a donation in partnership with Procter & Gamble in celebration of Mother’s Day. Meghan even included a touching note, which she wrote while she was still pregnant with her second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to accompany the donation.

“As a mom, and an expectant mom, I deeply appreciate the significance of community support, safe and accessible pregnancy resources, and trusted guidance in a nurturing setting,” Meghan wrote at the time. “These ingredients are essential to not just our physical health, but our mental well-being, and I commend you for leading a compassionate community that lives these values.

“Thank you for all you do for the women and mothers who are turned away elsewhere, at no fault of their own,” she continued. “When we consider how vulnerable any mother feels during the fragile time of pregnancy, we gain perspective about how especially difficult it can be for pregnant women of color and those who come from under-resourced and vulnerable communities. I hope you will accept an offer of support to help further uplift Harvest Home’s residents.”

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What if you could have more_in your processions than you have? What if you could be more than what you are?

If your life were a rubber band, would you be flaccid or a stretched one?

The secret is believing in yourself that you can do it. No human is limited and it’s always possible to break a barrier.

What if everything you are experiencing today is below your average potential? Have you ever tasted limit of what is possible? Don’t you think God expect more of you than what He gave you?

What if the goal of life is to become everything that is possible given what you have now? What if the goal of life is to become the best, highest, most loving versions of yourself? What if you are expected to take what you have and double it? What does that look like in each of your individual context? Where do you limit yourself ?

Jim Rohn:, wrote,

“the biggest challenge is becoming all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.”

You are not maximizing your existence because you lack self belief. You are probably too lazy to test your limit. You will be surprised to know that you have more capacity to survive than you believe. God is just asking you to take everything He gave you and push to the next level.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will create and executive produce Pearl, an animated series for Netflix.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will create and executive produce Pearl, an animated series for Netflix.

Hailing from Meghan and Prince Harry’s Archewell Productions banner, Pearl (w/t) is a family series that centers on the adventures of a 12 year-old girl who finds inspiration in a variety of influential women throughout history. Pearl comes from the Duke and Duchess’s multi-year deal with the streamer, under which they will create scripted series, docuseries, documentaries, features and children’s programming.

Meghan executive produces with David Furnish, Carolyn Soper, and Emmy-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus, and Dan Cogan. Amanda Rynda will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” Meghan Markle, Archewell Productions’ co-founder said. “I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”

Pearl will be the first animated series from Archewell Productions. Netflix previously revealed in April that it teamed with Archewell for Heart of Invictus, a docu-series produced in partnership with The Invictus Game Foundation that highlights the resilience and hope from competitors participating in the titular event’s The Hague 2020.

“An exciting tale that weaves together fantasy and history, Pearl focuses on a young girl who learns to step into her own power when she embarks on a heroic adventure and meets important women from history along the way. We’re excited to develop this animated series with our partners at Archewell Productions and Story Syndicate,” added Megan Casey, Netflix’s Director of Original Animation.

Oprah’s Revelation Interview With Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Scores Emmy Nom The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delivered revelation after revelation during the two-hour interview.

Oprah’s Interview With Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Scores Emmy Nom
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delivered revelation after revelation during the two-hour interview.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’ interview with Oprah Winfrey is now a contender for a coveted Emmy Award.

“Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” scored an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special category on Tuesday.

The highly anticipated two-hour interview, which included concerns of racism and admissions of suicidal ideation, and drew eventual responses from Buckingham Palace and Prince Harry brother, delivered revelation after revelation during its original airing on March 7.

Those included in the nomination are producer and host Oprah Winfrey, Winfrey’s Harpo Productions company, executive producers Tara Montgomery and Terry Wood, co-executive producers Brian Piotrowicz and Brad Pavone, and producer Lindsay Flader.

Tune into the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 19 to see if the interview wins its category, and revisit some of the breakout moments from the powerful special below.

Revelations from Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah:

Meghan says there were racist concerns over Archie’s skin color ― before he was born.

The Duchess of Sussex said she contemplated suicide and was denied help.

The palace reportedly wouldn’t “tell the truth” to protect the Sussexes.

Harry says he felt “trapped within the system” of the royal family.

Meghan says Kate Middleton made her cry, despite reports saying the opposite.

Harry heartbreakingly compared his wife’s plight to that of his late mother, Princess Diana.

Italy dedicated their win of Euro 2020 to Meghan Markle

Can’t say I saw this one coming, but it is true that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. As you’ll recall earlier this year Meghan Markle, who made an L from the British Royal Family, pointed out just how epidemic racism is in the United Kingdom.

Meghan opened up about the racism that is omni-present within the Palace itself, and as you might have guessed, the royals were in denial about it. As Italy took on England in the Euro 2020 they embraced Markle as one of their own, and if watched the match yesterday with Italy fans, it was not uncommon to hear some of them dedicate their victory to Meghan Markle.

It’s a circuitous route to this destination, sure, but it’s totally logical. The Duchess of Sussex was proven right about the plague of racism that exists within the UK. After the loss, we saw lots of people racially abusing Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho online (all black members of the England national team) simply because they missed their penalty kicks in the shootout.

Rashford’s mural was even defaced. Prince William spoke out against the “racist abuse” being directed at the players.

“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” said a post signed by the Duke of Cambridge shared with his wife, Kate Middleton.

“It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

This led to Meghan Markle trending on the platform as users questioned why Prince William hadn’t defended his sister-in-law (Markle) and denounced the racism she said she endured during her time living among the royals.

Prince William performative ally ship . His words would have legitimate credibility right now if he had condemned racist abuse towards Meghan Markle and Archie . His silence and complicity fuelled what he condemn today.

Prince William Condemns ‘Racist Abuse’ Toward Black English Soccer Players

The English football team lost to Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 match

Prince William spoke out Monday against the “racist abuse” being directed at Black English soccer players following Sunday’s loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 match.

“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” said a post signed by the Duke of Cambridge shared with his wife, Kate Middleton. “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

Three Black players missed penalties in Sunday’s big game, contributing to Italy’s win. They were targeted with brutal social media posts from fans.

Prince William’s sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, trended on the platform as observers questioned why he hadn’t spoken out as forcefully against the racism she said she endured during her time living among the royals. Her public call-out of her time there was made alongside her husband, Prince Harry.

Even before she wed Prince Harry, Duchess of Sussex , Meghan Markle was subject to racist coverage in the UK press that Middleton was not subject to.

Meghan Markle was among those who supported Naomi Osaka

Meghan Markle was among those who supported Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka has thanked Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama and Novak Djokovic for their support after her withdrawal from the French Open.

The Japanese star, who has won four Grand Slam titles, also confirmed she had suffered from ‘long bouts of depression’ since winning her first major in 2018.

Many sports stars backed Osaka’s stance at the time and she has now wrote in a blog for TIME that she hopes she has shown that ‘it is OK to be not be OK.’

The 23-year-old also thanked the likes of Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, former first lady Michelle Obama, tennis world number one Novak Djokovic, Olympics legend Michael Phelps and basketball star Stephen Curry for their support since the backlash over her French Open exit.

‘I want to thank everyone who supported me,’ the former US and Australian Open champion said.

‘There are too many to name, but I want to start with my family and friends, who have been amazing. There is nothing more important than those relationships.

‘I also want to thank those in the public eye who have supported, encouraged and offered such kind words.

‘Michelle Obama, Michael Phelps, Steph Curry, Novak Djokovic, Meghan Markle, to name a few. Furthermore, I am eternally grateful to all my partners.

‘Although I am not surprised as I purposefully chose brand partners that are liberal, empathetic and progressive, I am still tremendously thankful.

‘After taking the past few weeks to recharge and spend time with my loved ones, I have had the time to reflect, but also to look forward.

‘I could not be more excited to play in Tokyo. An Olympic Games itself is special, but to have the opportunity to play in front of the Japanese fans is a dream come true. I hope I can make them proud.

‘I feel uncomfortable being the spokesperson or face of athlete mental health as it’s still so new to me and I don’t have all the answers.

‘I do hope that people can relate and understand it’s O.K. to not be O.K., and it’s O.K. to talk about it. There are people who can help, and there is usually light at the end of any tunnel.

‘Michael Phelps told me that by speaking up I may have saved a life. If that’s true, then it was all worth it.’