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Month: October 2021

Meghan Markle gave a reading of her children’s book, The Bench, for the Brightly Storytime channel, bringing her own writing to life.

Meghan Markle Reads Her Book ‘The Bench’ for YouTube Storytime Video

The video was posted to YouTube on Wednesday. Meghan looked chic as usual in a button-up shirt and her hair tied back, accessorizing with gold jewelry. Prior to her reading, the 40-year-old Duchess of Sussex gave a shout-out to her 37-year-old husband, Prince Harry, and their 2-year-old son, Archie.

“I wrote this as a poem for my husband and our son, Archie, and then turned it into a book so you can enjoy it too,” she says.

She also talked about the drawings from illustrator Christian Robinson.

“I asked him to do something special for me and use watercolors, which isn’t the usual medium he works in, but he did it to make this extra special,” she notes. “I hope you love the pictures as much as you love the words.”

Meghan released The Bench ahead of Father’s Day in June. The picture book details the special bond between father and son, and is inspired by Harry’s connection with Archie.

“The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” Meghan said in a statement. “That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens. My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”

Twitter analytics service Bot Sentinel has shown that the majority of 114,000 tweets about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are from a coordinated campaign of targeted harassment.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Global Citizen Live — Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have campaigned for safer online communities and new data is showing why they are so passionate about Internet toxicity.

Twitter analytics service Bot Sentinel has shown that the majority of 114,000 tweets about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are from a coordinated campaign of targeted harassment.

And 70 per cent of the hateful tweets come from just 83 accounts and would reach their 187,631 followers. Even more worrying Bot Sentinel found those tweets have “a combined unique potential
reach of 17,000,000 users.”

CEO of Bot Sentinel, Christopher Bouzy, revealed that some of the accounts send out 300 tweets a day.

“Our research found that a relatively small number of single-purpose anti-Meghan and Harry accounts created and disseminated most of the hateful content on Twitter,” the report adds.

A Twitter spokesperson told Buzzfeed that they are “actively investigating the information and accounts referenced in this report — we will take action on accounts that violate the Twitter Rules.”

Twitter did previously suspend 40 per cent of the accounts but many have found ways around their rules by using “racist coded language” or by using “parody” in their profile.

Prince Harry and Meghan do not have any social media accounts currently but haven’t ruled out a return. Harry told Fast Company earlier this year that they will “will revisit social media when it feels right for us — perhaps when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform.”

The couple has also partnered with the Center For Humane Technology to “continue to prioritize critical work around the state of our digital world” and the UCLA Center For Criticial Internet Inquiry.

Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex is advocating for paid parental leave for parents across the US.

Meghan Markle Calls for Paid Leave in a Moving Open Letter to Congress
“In taking care of your child, you take care of your community, and you take care of your country. … This is about putting families above politics,” the Duchess of Sussex wrote.

The Duchess of Sussex addressed her letter, which was published on, to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, passionately writing about why nationally mandated paid leave is essential for all American parents.

“I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent,” began Meghan’s letter. “And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time—as a mom—to advocate for paid leave.”

The duchess continued, “Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities. At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time. The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost.

“For many, this sacrifice goes back further than the past 20 months; it’s 20 or 30 years, even longer,” continued Meghan. “Decades of giving time, body, and endless energy not just in the pursuit of the American dream, but simply the dream of stability.”

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex believes it’s time for #PaidLeaveforAll. In a powerful letter to Congress, she’s standing up for millions of American families who need and deserve guaranteed paid leave.

In the letter, Meghan reflected on her own upbringing. She wrote that as a child, she witnessed her family’s struggles balancing parenthood and finances and held a job from a young age. The duchess also mentioned her newborn daughter, Lilibet Diana, acknowledging that own financial circumstances provide a level of ease that most American families can’t access.

“In June, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed. Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work,” added Meghan. “We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family. We knew that by doing so we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare, work, and medical care that so many have to make every single day.

“No family should be faced with these decisions,” wrote the duchess. “No family should have to choose between earning a living and having the freedom to take care of their child (or a loved one, or themselves, as we would see with a comprehensive paid leave plan).”

Meghan concluded her letter by advocating for a national paid leave mandate for all American parents, arguing that doing so not only takes care of communities, but the country as a whole.

“In taking care of your child, you take care of your community, and you take care of your country—because when paid leave is a right, we’re creating a foundation that helps address mental health outcomes, health care costs, and economic strength at the starting line,” said Meghan. “Paid leave should be a national right, rather than a patchwork option limited to those whose employers have policies in place, or those who live in one of the few states where a leave program exists…This is about putting families above politics.”

Meghan signed the letter from her entire family, writing “On behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry, I thank you for considering this letter, and on behalf of all families, I ask you to ensure this consequential moment is not lost.”

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