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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.

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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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.

Invisible contract ?Prince William Got Footage Cut From TV Documentary About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle LAST-MINUTE

Another sign that the British royal family are prepared to show their ‘invisible contract’ has emerged in the dramatic last-minute edit of a British television documentary Sunday night, reportedly at the behest of the royals.

British terrestrial network ITV dramatically cut footage of journalist Omid Scobie claiming that Prince William’s staff at Kensington Palace planted a media story questioning the state of Prince Harry’s mental health. Scobie had claimed that William’s team planted the story after Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interviews with journalist Tom Bradby in South Africa in 2019. In the course of that interview, Meghan famously thanked Bradby for asking if she was OK, saying “not many people” had asked her that. Harry, in his interview with Bradby, confirmed there were tensions between him and his brother, saying they were on “different paths.”

The Daily Mail reports that ITV ditched a key phrase from an interview with Scobie, the journalist who wrote the sympathetic biography of the Sussexes, Finding Freedom, in the show Harry and William: What Went Wrong?

It had previously been reported that the show featured Scobie saying: “I would say that it was no coincidence that it was shortly after that aired, even the next day, there were source quotes that came from a senior aide at Kensington Palace saying that William was worried about his brother’s mental health.”

In the actual version of the show which screened last night, Scobie’s comment was cut and the words, “about his brother’s mental health” were excised.

The Mail says that Kensington Palace, on seeing advance reports of Scobie’s comments in show, “contacted the producers in relation to… Scobie’s suggestion that William had expressed a ‘concern’ about his brother’s mental health, which the author had no evidence to support.”

The Mail adds that after “carefully considering” the request, ITV “chose to remove any reference to mental health from the sequence, although they chose to keep in Mr Scobie’s comment about an alleged briefing from Kensington Palace relating to Harry.”

The Mail suggests that Kensington Palace hinted at legal action, telling ITV “that such a suggestion, if it formed part of the ITV program, would be defamatory in that it was substantially untrue.”

How the Former Chief of Staff to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Gets It Done .

Catherine St-Laurent is a philanthropic and strategic communications adviser who has worked with everyone from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Melinda and Bill Gates. She recently transitioned to serve as a senior adviser to the Archewell Foundation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s charitable organization, and formerly worked as the chief of staff for the duo.

In April 2021, St-Laurent launched Acora Partners, a boutique philanthropic advising and social-impact consulting firm (working with individuals, families, not-for-profits, and corporations on giving back) with her business partner, Rebecca Goldman.

Here is how she had to say on working with Megan and Harry:

It was an incredible experience. They are incredibly talented and creative leaders. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to do that, to be able to be with them on their journey. The time that I spent with them was incredibly fulfilling. I think they have the potential to be very influential leaders in the social-impact space. I look forward to continuing to be a part of that.

Archewell Audio, the podcast arm of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s production firm, has tapped award-winning podcast producer Rebecca Sananes as head of audio

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Archewell Hires Podcast Producer Rebecca Sananes as Head of Audio

Archewell Audio, the podcast arm of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s production firm, has tapped award-winning podcast producer Rebecca Sananes as head of audio.

Most recently, Sananes for the last two years has been lead producer for New York Magazine’s “Pivot” tech, media and business podcast hosted by Recode cofounder Kara Swisher and NYU professor Scott Galloway.

Archewell Audio, founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year, inked a multiyear pact with Spotify to produce exclusive original podcasts that “uplift and entertain” by highlighting diverse perspectives and voices. Archewell Audio has not announced specific podcasts in the works; its first project was a half-hour holiday special released at the end of 2020 produced with Spotify’s Gimlet.

At Archewell, Sananes reports to head of content Ben Browning, previously producer whose credits include Promising Young Woman,” “The Big Sick,” “Arrival” and “Room.” She will join the Archewell team in August to lead the company’s podcast partnership with Spotify.

“Pivot,” from New York Mag and Vox Media (which acquired New York Media two years ago), has won multiple awards including iHeartRadio Podcast Awards’ business and finance podcast (2021), the Webby Awards podcast of the year (2020) and Adweek’s Thought Leadership Podcast of the Year (2019).

Sananes has more than a decade of experience in podcasting and journalism. Prior to joining Vox Media in 2018 as an audio producer, she worked for Vermont Public Radio as a reporter and at Boston’s WBUR public radio station as a producer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and film studies from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

Fox News:,Prince William should ‘finally accept the happiness’ of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

From Fox News:

Prince William should ‘finally accept the happiness’ of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry following reunion: author
While Prince Harry headed back to his home country to honor Princess Diana, the Duchess of Sussex stayed behind in California with their two young children.

Meghan Markle stayed behind in California as her husband Prince Harry headed to his home country – and there’s no doubt the Duchess of Sussex will be scrutinized by the tabloids over her absence.

Harry, 36, and his older brother Prince William, 39, reunited on July 1, which would have been their late mother Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. They led the unveiling of a statue they commissioned to honor her life and legacy.

The Princess of Wales passed away in 1997 at age 36 from injuries she sustained in a Paris car crash.

Markle, 39, is currently in California, where the couple resides, with their two children: Archie Harrison, 2, and Lilibet Diana, who was born on June 4.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently reside in California with their two children.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently reside in California with their two children. (Reuters)

“While the British press is figuring out how many ways they can skewer Harry, who appears to have found his happiness and broken a toxic cycle, Meghan will be put through the thresher that is Fleet Street press for not accompanying her husband even though she is a post-partum, breastfeeding mother with a toddler in tow as well,” royal author Leslie Carroll told Fox News.

Carroll has written seven books on the loves and lives of European royalty. Most recently, she wrote “American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry,” which details the couple’s courtship leading up to their May 2018 royal wedding.

She is aware of Harry’s alleged feud with William since the couple decided to step back as senior members of the British royal family. Carroll believes it is the Duke of Cambridge who should step up and make amends.

“I wish that William could finally accept the happiness of the Sussexes,” she said. “People are different, and everyone has their own path to the altar. It took William a decade to realize that Catherine was The One. Harry realized it for himself almost immediately on meeting Meghan. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to find your person.”

“I’ve long said, only half in jest, that the British royal family is the world’s longest-running soap opera,” she continued. “And it’s the media that keeps feeding the narrative, plumping up the plot wherein heroes and villains/esses are selected and those storylines are fed to the public. It’s also ironic to me that William (and Catherine) and Harry were instrumental in forming the Heads Together mental health awareness campaign in Great Britain — and William had the sensitivity to recognize how important this issue is for his future subjects who may be suffering.”

“Why does he not seem to extend that same concern for his own kid brother?” Carroll shared. “And accept the fact that Harry has a happy marriage to a woman who — so much like their own mother — is his biggest fan?”

Carroll pointed out that Harry himself revealed how Markle has been a supportive force in his life. He candidly spoke about his mental health to Oprah Winfrey in the Apple TV+ docuseries “The Me You Can’ See” where he serves as co-creator and co-executive producer.

“Harry tells Oprah that every time he’d be on a flight returning to London, he was triggered because of what had happened to him growing up there,” said Carroll. “I found Harry’s revelation about being triggered every time he was about to touch down in London again so striking. Of course, he was born into a family where… as the proverbial ‘spare’ one would think that he would have more freedom to be the architect of his destiny than William, whose destiny was set from the day he was born.

“… Ironically, his PTSD is not triggered by his battlefield experiences, but by those as a boy, in the company of his mother who was hounded by the press and cornered like an animal by cameras and microphones and pushy paparazzi,” she continued. “It’s the grasping hands and the flashbulbs and the viciousness of the media that trigger Harry’s anxiety and the very real fears that he could lose another woman dear to him – Meghan.

“So I believe that as Harry heads back home alone – which will clearly trigger countless painful emotions for him – Meghan will be figuratively be holding his hands in that reassuring way of hers, clasping one of his hands in both of hers. They will also be in constant communication by phone and video chat.”

Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as the British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, Calif.

In the wake of quitting royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Winfrey, 67, in March, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin might be before his birth. The duchess talked about the intense isolation she felt inside the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.

Buckingham Palace said the allegations of racism made by the couple were “concerning” and would be addressed privately.

On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth in line to the British throne.

The name pays tribute to both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother.

Princess Diana #at60′ here is why princess Diana will always be remembered as the “People’s Princess.”

“No one can fill her shoes in terms of the work she did.”

Princess Diana captured the world’s attention as a royal trendsetter, but during her time in the public eye, she also became a prominent philanthropic force. Diana worked tirelessly on behalf of charities around the world, using her fame to raise awareness of a number of important humanitarian issues. Twenty years after her death, here’s why Diana will always be remembered as the “People’s Princess.”

1) She changed the face of the British monarchy.

Through her charity work, Diana highlighted how royalty, which had previously been known for its stuffiness, could be in touch with the public. In her interview with BBC’s Panorama in 1995, she said, “I would like a monarchy that has more contact with its people.” This statement became something of a personal mission for the Princess. Diana was at some point patron of over 100 charities. During her many visits to hospitals, schools and fundraising galas, she became known for spending hours talking to people and listening to their stories. Although she found the media’s intrusion into her personal life “intolerable,” Diana found a way to use this to bring attention to the people and the causes that needed it most.

2) She led a campaign for a worldwide ban on landmines.

After a visit to Angola in 1997, Diana became anti-landmine activists’ most prominent advocate. During that trip, which was captured by the BBC for a Heart of the Matter documentary, the Princess was photographed putting her own safety at risk as she walked through a recently cleared minefield. “I’d read the statistics that Angola has the highest percentage of amputees anywhere in the world,” she told the cameras. “That one person in every 333 had lost a limb, most of them through land mine explosions. But that hadn’t prepared me for reality.” Diana’s commitment to mine clearance work captured the public’s attention and decades after she started her campaign, the support for the cause continues. Her son Prince Harry, who is now patron of leading landmine charity, The HALO Trust, recently called for the world to become free of the weapons by 2025.

3) She changed the world’s perception of HIV and AIDS.

In April 1987, when speculation around the virus was rife, Diana was invited to open Britain’s first AIDS ward at Middlesex hospital. A photograph, which made front-page news around the world, showed her shaking hands with HIV-positive patients without wearing gloves. This publicly challenged the notion that HIV/AIDS was passed from person to person by touch and highlighted Diana’s affection and compassion for people living with the disease. In the following years, she went on to make several bedside visits to patients at a number of hospitals, including a hostel for abandoned children in Rio de Janeiro and a hospice in Toronto. At the time of her death, Gavin Hart, of the National AIDS Trust, told the BBC: “In our opinion, Diana was the foremost ambassador for AIDS awareness on the planet and no one can fill her shoes in terms of the work she did.

“No one can fill her shoes in terms of the work she did.”

4) She raised awareness of leprosy.

Like her AIDS efforts, Diana traveled to countries with a high leprosy rate in order to remove the stigma surrounding the disease. As patron of The Leprosy Mission, she visited hospitals in India, Nepal and Zimbabwe and by spending time with patients, she dispelled one of the myths surrounding the illness—that it can be passed on by touch. “It has always been my concern to touch people with leprosy, trying to show in a simple action that they are not reviled, nor are we repulsed,” she said of the disease.

“It has always been my concern to touch people with leprosy, trying to show in a simple action that they are not reviled, nor are we repulsed.”

5) She made regular personal visits to London’s homeless centers.

Despite relinquishing most of her charitable causes after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, Diana became patron of Centrepoint in 1992 and remained in the role until her death in 1997. Both William and Harry were taken by the Princess to see the help offered at the charity’s shelters and, at the age of 23, William followed in his mother’s footsteps when he became patron. Speaking at the time, he told The Telegraph: “My mother introduced that sort of area to me a long time ago. It was a real eye-opener and I am very glad she did. It has been something I have held close to me for a long time.”

6) She reached out to children.

Diana displayed a great affinity for young people and became a champion for some the most vulnerable. As patron of The Royal Marsden Hospital, known for treating childhood cancers, and Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children, she was often pictured comforting children and made a personal connection with many. Speaking about her work with the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, she said: “I make the trips at least three times a week, and spend up to four hours at a time with patients holding their hands and talking to them. Some of them will live and some will die, but they all need to be loved while they are here. I try to be there for them.”

“Some of them will live and some will die, but they all need to be loved while they are here. I try to be there for them.”

7) She was an avid supporter of the arts.

Diana loved dance and after her divorce, The English National Ballet was the only non-humanitarian charity she chose to dedicate her time to. She was often seen enjoying performances and was known to take her sons William and Harry along with her. Her support and presence at fundraising galas helped to raise thousands of pounds for the company.

8) She was a devoted mother.

Whether she was doing the school run or taking her sons on a day out to a theme park, Diana did her best to give her young sons a “normal” childhood. She was passionate about helping others, but royal commentators said motherhood was clearly the job she loved the most. She led by example and often took William and Harry along with her on hospital visits. Today, the Princes continue to support their mother’s legacy as patrons of some of the charities she so prominently supported.

Harry on Lili: “We’ve been lucky so far, she’s very chilled and seems happy to just sit there while Archie is running around like crazy.”

The Duke of Sussex today joined forces with celebrities including Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie to surprise the winners of this year’s WellChild Awards.

Prince Harry attended a private party for the remarkable children and young people recognised by the charity and the healthcare workers who care for them.

Before meeting the winners Harry swapped parenting notes with fellow new dad Ed, whose daughter Lyra Antarctica was born last year.

“Congratulations, a girl right?” asked Ed. “We just had a little girl ten months ago now. You’re still in the trenches now! How do you manage with two?”

“Two is definitely a juggle,” replied the Duke, whose baby daughter Lilibet Diana arrived on 4 June.

Speaking to another guest later, Harry said of Lili: “We’ve been lucky so far, she’s very chilled and seems happy to just sit there while Archie is running around like crazy.”

Harry and Ed caught up after the singer surprised the young winners, taking time to chat to them at their socially distanced tables.

The Duke, who has been patron of Wellchild since 2007, then introduced Anne-Marie to the stage for an acoustic performance.

Harry arrived in the UK last Friday and has been isolating at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, ahead of today’s event.

A source close to the Duke told HELLO!: “He was very excited to be able to be there in person. WellChild has been one of the charities he’s supported for so long and it means a lot to him – perhaps more so now than ever since he’s become a father himself.”

The socially distanced afternoon tea took place on the Sir Joseph Banks Lawn at Kew Gardens and was attended by other famous faces including Amanda Holden, Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally and AJ Pritchard.

Harry last attended the awards with wife Meghan in October 2019, breaking down in tears as he paid tribute to the winners for the first time since becoming a father himself.

The Duke said: “Since becoming patron of WellChild in 2007, this organisation and the people within it have held an extraordinarily special place in my heart.

“I wasn’t a father at the time, and yet the stories of these children and parents transcended that. I didn’t need to be a dad to feel the impact of this invaluable work.

“Now as a father of two, I feel all the more connected, inspired and in awe of the resilience of these families, who power through indescribable challenges with the support of WellChild.”

He added: “The health of our children, of all of us, could not have been more on the forefront of our minds during the past year.

“And, throughout this time, the WellChild community has set an example for how to show up and act with compassion for each other.

“I could not be prouder to be here, to meet this year’s WellChild award winners, to thank the nurses and doctors for all they do, and to celebrate these amazing families.”

Last year’s event could not take place because of the pandemic and many of the vulnerable children, young people and families supported by WellChild have faced huge challenges during that time.

WellChild Chief Executive, Colin Dyer said: “There are more children and young people than ever before in the UK living with long-term, serious health needs. The Coronavirus outbreak has placed these children and families under more pressure than many of us can comprehend.

“The WellChild Awards 2021, in association with GSK, will be a unique opportunity to recognise and highlight the immense challenges they have faced and to celebrate the remarkable positivity, resilience and spirit they have demonstrated. It will also help us to shine a light on the dedication of those around them, from siblings, professionals and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help them through such challenging times.”

The Awards, sponsored by GSK, are run by WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children. They celebrate the resilience of children living with serious illnesses or complex conditions and people dedicated to caring for them.

The winners were chosen from hundreds of nominations from across the UK to win the categories of Inspirational Child and Young Person, Young Carer, Inspirational Nurse, Inspirational Doctor, Outstanding Health Professional and Volunteer.