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Prince Harry’s split from royals has caused ‘hurt on all sides’, says Tom Bradby

Tom Bradby opened up about Prince Harry’s split from the royal family, revealing the decision caused ‘hurt on all sides.’

Speaking on Alan Titchmarch’s Love Your Weekend ITV show, Tom said he first became aware how desperately unhappy Harry was when he joined him and wife Meghan Markle on their 2019 tour of Africa.

“It was a very psychologically complex project,” said Tom. “They were clearly in a difficult position and not feeling great.

“I realised the extent of that the more I was there,” he admitted.

“I went thinking I was making a documentary about them resetting themselves in public life and it became increasingly obvious to me the depths of their unhappiness.”

Tom said he soon became aware that he was actually filming Harry and Meghan’s exit from public life.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opened up to Tom Bradby during the filming of their 2019 documentary about their live as royals

Speaking on the Alan Titchmarsh show, Tom said it soon became apparent how upset the couple were

“That was a big transition to make it my own head,” he said.

He said he was reminded of his own mental health breakdown which he said changed his perspective of the couple’s struggle.

“If that hadn’t have happened I suspect I would have gone on in a more traditional journalistic way,” explained Tom of his change in approach.

“I called my wife one night and she said stop being an idiot and start be a human being. They clearly aren’t feeling great.”

During the documentary Tom asked Meghan how she was feeling, to which the former Suits actress replied trying to pretend she was OK in her new role was ‘probably internally damaging.’

Meghan admitted to Tom that she had been struggling

Alan said the couple still appear to be struggling even though they have now distanced themselves from the royal family by stepping down as senior members and moving to the States.

“I think they are feeling better,” assured Tom.

“There’s been a huge amount that’s happened this year that I cant talk about and that’s not accurate and not right.

‘The things they are doing they are exited by,” he said.

Since stepping down, Harry and Meghan have signed a contract with Netflix and launched their own podcast with Spotify.

Prince Harry with Meghan, Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Harry is said to be ‘heartbroken’ about the situation with his family

Tom said that despite their new projects, “The situation with the family isn’t ideal and its been a difficult year for them all.”

The journalist is good friends with both William and Harry which he said puts him in an ‘deeply uncomfortable’ place.

“I felt caught in the middle of them in that documentary – which is not a good place to be,” he told Alan.

The host said he felt the public just want to Harry and Megan to be happy and find their place.

“I hope he’s alright and I hope he’ll be alright in what he’s decided to do,” said Alan.

“The whole thing has been incredible painful. That’s obvious to everyone,” said Tom.


He said a senior royal stepping down had never been done voluntarily before and Harry is treading new ground.

“Still no one is absolutely clear how it’s going to work. There’s a lot hurt feelings on all sides and it’s very difficult.

“The public want it to be OK and for everyone to happy and clearly that hasn’t been the situation over the past year.

“It’s not an easy and comfortable situation,” said Tom, “It was never going to be.”

Having observed the royals as a friend and a reporter for many years, Tom said: “It’s not just a family, it’s a firm. They are in the business of public service on a very elevated, exposed platform.

“They are locked in it together and that causes lots of tension… but at the same time they are trying to be a family.”

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Psychic who predicts the future using ASPARAGUS claims 2021 will see TWO royal divorces

A psychic who uses asparagus to predict the future has claimed 2021 will see two royal divorces and an important announcement from the Queen in June.

Appearing on This Morning today, Jemima Packington, 65, from Bath, said Prince Harry will return to the UK for ‘his big showdown’ with the Royal Family in March, and will be told “no change”.

Dubbed ‘Mystic Veg’, Jemina – who correctly forecast ‘success’ for England’s World Cup winning cricket team in 2019 – reads the future by throwing a bunch of Vale of Evesham asparagus tips into the air and interpreting the way they land.

On the show, new Friday hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary asked her to do a live reading to predict whether the Olympics will go ahead.

Appearing on This Morning today, Jemima Packington, 65, from Bath, explained how she uses asparagus to predict the future

After throwing the vegetables onto a flat surface, she deduced they will take place, but they will be ‘remote’ and on Zoom.

Jemima, who is the world’s only known ‘asparamancer’, also predicted that we will start to see an easing of lockdown and will feel ‘so much happier and brighter’ in June this year. 

Speaking about the royals, Jemima explained: ‘In June the Queen is going to make an announcement coinciding with her official birthday; we’ve also got to remember that William, Duke of Cambridge, his birthday is in June, so I think that is very significant.’

She added: ‘There’s going to be a couple of royal divorces,’ to which Dermot replied: ‘That’s quite a bombshell.’

Jemima, who is the world's only known 'asparamancer', also predicted that we will start to see an easing of lockdown and will feel 'so much happier and brighter' in June this year

Jemima, who is the world’s only known ‘asparamancer’, also predicted that we will start to see an easing of lockdown and will feel ‘so much happier and brighter’ in June this year

Jemima continued: ‘Harry’s going to come over for his big showdown with the Royal Family in March, and he’s going to be told “no change”.’

The psychic told how she knew she had ‘the gift’ from the age of seven, and her first prediction was ‘something precocious’. 

‘We were eating asparagus with our fingers, some fell on the floor, I came out with something, parents went quiet, turns out old Aunty did tea leaves and they thought, it’s skipped a generation,’ she explained.

Asked why asparagus does the trick as opposed to other vegetables, she revealed: ‘It’s Vale of Evesham, it is a sturdy, earthy vegetable, it seems to work, it’s a bit like casting rooms.’ 

During the segment Dermot asked whether Alison will find a boyfriend in 2021; but while she will have ‘many admirers’, Jemima forecast an arrival of a ‘four-legged’ companion.

After throwing the vegetables onto a flat surface, Jemima deduced the Olympics will take place, but they will be 'remote' on Zoom - much to the amusement of Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond

After throwing the vegetables onto a flat surface, Jemima deduced the Olympics will take place, but they will be ‘remote’ on Zoom – much to the amusement of Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond

‘I was actually thinking about getting a dog,’ Alison exclaimed. 

Jemima later added that Alison will have a new man in her life whose name begins with ‘H’ and will also see ‘lots of comings and goings’.

‘You’ll be kept busy and be prosperous,’ she concluded.

Viewers at home largely enjoyed the bizarre segment, with one branding it ‘the best thing on TV this year’.

Another remarked: ‘Great poker face with the asparagus lady @radioleary I could hardly tell you weren’t a true believer.’

Jemima has enjoyed mixed success with her asparamancy in the past; last year she claimed Donald Trump would win the US election, but he lost to Joe Biden

Jemima has enjoyed mixed success with her asparamancy in the past; last year she claimed Donald Trump would win the US election, but he lost to Joe Biden

Though others admitted they could hardly believe what they were watching, with one tweeting: ‘Throwing asparagus around to predict 2021? I need to find some more cupboards to empty.’ 

Jemima has enjoyed mixed success with her asparamancy in the past; last year she claimed Donald Trump would win the US election, but he lost to Joe Biden.

However, she did forecast that the ‘major UK political parties’ would see a ‘shake-up sooner than predicted’ following the arrival of Sir Keir Starmer as Labour leader. 

Viewers at home largely enjoyed the bizarre segment, with one branding it 'the best thing on TV this year'

Viewers at home largely enjoyed the bizarre segment, with one branding it ‘the best thing on TV this year’

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Inside the bitter feud between Princess Mary and her sister-in-law Princess Marie

Tensions are believed to be growing between Princess Mary and her sister-in-law Princess Marie – with the bitterness slowly threatening to expose cracks in the Danish Royal family.

The relationship between the Australian-born Mary – who married Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004 – and her sister-in-law is believed to have gone rapidly downhill in recent months.  

The frosty attitude towards each is thought to have begun when French-born Marie – the wife of Frederik’s younger brother Prince Joachim – aired her complaints about having to move her family to Paris permanently this year. 

Joachim suffered a life-threatening health scare in July while studying at a military school in France when doctors found a deadly blood clot on his brain.

But eyebrows were raised after Frederik visited his brother at his French residence Château de Cayx with Mary nowhere to be seen.

Tensions have grown between Crown Princess Mary (pictured second from right with husband Frederik) and Princess Marie (left with husband Joachim)

Princess Mary meanwhile celebrated Christmas with just her husband and children – with royals suggesting the decision had little to do with COVID-19 rules on small gatherings. 

The recent tensions follow speculation first reported by Daily Mail Australia in 2015 Princess Mary had become estranged from her own family back Down Under. 

A Danish Royal House spokesman at the time denied any rift had taken place. 

Prince Joachim’s family temporarily had moved to Paris at the start of 2019 as the royal took part in the highly intensive six-day-a-week military training program.

He was due to return to Denmark by the end of 2020 but after his health scare he decided to stay on and took up the role of defence attache at the Danish embassy in Paris.

Princess Marie said in July the decision to stay in France wasn’t entirely theirs.

‘No. It is not always us who decide. I think that’s important to know,’ the French princess told Danish magazine See and Hear.

‘I loved living in Denmark. Denmark is just such a wonderful country to be in. Everything works well and there are not many problems.’

Princess Marie’s comments have since been likened to Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview in South Africa when she said she was not coping with royal life.

The relationship is believed to have gone downhill after Princess Marie, who is married to Prince Joachim, aired her complaints about having to move her family to Paris (pictured Princess Mary, and Princess Marie with Queen Margrethe of Denmark and children)

The relationship is believed to have gone downhill after Princess Marie, who is married to Prince Joachim, aired her complaints about having to move her family to Paris (pictured Princess Mary, and Princess Marie with Queen Margrethe of Denmark and children)

The Hobart-born princess married Prince Frederik, the next in line for the Danish throne, in 2004 after a chance encounter at a Sydney pub in 2000

The Hobart-born princess married Prince Frederik, the next in line for the Danish throne, in 2004 after a chance encounter at a Sydney pub in 2000

Marie, who is French, became Joachim's second wife in 2008

Marie, who is French, became Joachim’s second wife in 2008

Danish businesswoman and royal commentator Anna Thygesen told the Daily Telegraph the two princesses had little in common.  

‘They are very different people, one is European and not only European, she is French, where Mary is the Princess of Denmark and this makes her number one,’ she said.

More questions were raised after the two princesses were seen at clashing events in recent months.

Princess Marie returned to Denmark in September for a charity opening in Copenhagen.

Just two hours earlier, her sister-in-law had been in the city to present the annual DI Prize to a company that had made sustainable and eco-friendly construction panels.

The pair have also been spotted several times in outfits that are near identical to ones the other had earlier worn. 

Because Joachim is the younger brother to Prince Frederik he will not take on the throne – meaning unlike Mary, Marie will never be queen. 

Red hot: Mary turned heads in this layered gown for a water pageant in 2013

Seeing double: Marie wore a similar dress for a dinner at Amalienborg Palace in 2014

Red hot: Mary turned heads in this layered gown for a water pageant in 2013 (left) while Marie wore a similar dress to Amalienborg Palace in 2014 (right)

Bringing in the New Year: Mary first wore her red velvet gown to a New Year's banquet in 2014

Frills and fuchsia: Marie had worn a similar dress a year earlier to a New Year's banquet in 2013

Bringing in the New Year: Mary first wore her red velvet gown to a New Year’s banquet in 2014 (left), a dress similar to the pink frock worn by Marie to a New Year’s banquet in 2013

Princess Mary married Frederik in 2004 and the pair have four children together.

Speculation arose of a rift between Mary and her family after a series of posts that appeared to be written by her brother John Donaldson surfaced in 2015.

A spokesperson for the Danish Royal House suggested the posts referring to Mary as ‘she who shall not be named’ were false. 

‘We believe that this is a case of obvious abuse,’ Royal House press officer Lene Balleby told Danish publication BT.dk. 

Princess Mary is seen with her four children and husband Frederik. Frederik is the next in line to the Danish throne

Princess Mary is seen with her four children and husband Frederik. Frederik is the next in line to the Danish throne

‘It is all too easy to make false profile pages, and in this case it is [Mary’s] brother’s identity that has been misused.’

Speculation about a family feud between Mary and the Donaldson family were aired in weekly magazine New Idea, which highlighted a Facebook post from August 2014 on a profile belonging to a John Stuart Donaldson. 

‘Holiday with the sisters in Rome. Not sure if I’ll be keeping the scruff this way… Happy to see my sisters again, having a great time,’ the post read, alongside a photo of John Donaldson, 45, in colourful holiday wear.

In a comment below the picture, a Facebook profile belonging to ‘John Dalgleish Donaldson’, the name of Princess Mary’s father, remarked: ‘I hope the 3 of you have a great time. Take lots of pictures. Enjoy it, you’ve deserved it. Lots of love from Susan and I.

'She who shall not be named': A Facebook post from 2014 on a profile appearing to belong to John Stuart Donaldson sparked the speculation - but the royal family has suggested it is fake

‘She who shall not be named’: A Facebook post from 2014 on a profile appearing to belong to John Stuart Donaldson sparked the speculation – but the royal family has suggested it is fake

They added: ‘Has she who shall not be named refuse to go with you or you did not extend her the offer [sic]?’ 

‘Did not bother to ask, dad. Trish isn’t speaking to her right now and we wanted to enjoy ourselves. Will do on everything else!’ was the reply.

While it is unclear who the woman the Facebook users are referring to is, it was speculated that they were discussing Crown Princess Mary, and that ‘Trish’ refers to their sister Patricia Bailey.

The posts were eventually made private or removed from the Facebook profile.

Mr Donaldson, Mrs Bailey and their sister Jane Stephens grew up very close to Mary, with Mr Donaldson, as godfather of Mary’s son Prince Vincent, attending his christening in 2011.

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Meghan Markle slashed the value of her wardrobe – wearing just £44,188 on new items 

JANUARY 7: Visit to Canada House 

The Duchess returned from her six-week break to Canada to visit London’s Canada House

  • A £345 coat from Reiss
  •  £50 polo neck from Massimo Dutti
  •  £85 skirt from Massimo Dutti 
  • £120 earrings from Catherine Zoraida
  • $540 (£413) bracelets from Kismet
  • Jimmy Choos £225  

TOTAL: £1,238 

JANUARY 8: Leaving London’s National Theatre 

Meghan was last spotted in a £475 outfit leaving the National Theatre in London

Meghan was last spotted in a £475 outfit leaving the National Theatre in London

  • Navy coat by Massimo Dutti, £269
  • Trousers, estimated £120
  • Blue shirt, estimated £85 

 TOTAL: £475

14 February: Arriving back in Victoria airport 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen as they arrived back in Canada after a presumed business meeting in the state

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen as they arrived back in Canada after a presumed business meeting in the state

Cuyana Wool Yak Cardigan – £237

Smythson ‘Ludlow’ black leather 13″ laptop case (£495)

Prada Re-Nylon travel bag £1,439 

Shoes – £140

= £2311 

The Duchess of Sussex visits women's centre to discuss issues affecting women in the community

The Duchess of Sussex visits women’s centre to discuss issues affecting women in the community

 Le Chameau ‘Jameson’ quilted leather boots in caramel – £375

Whale Tail with diamond by artist Hollie Bartlett (Haisla), 18kt gold – £1,363 

Total =  £1738

5 March: Lunch at The Goring and National Theatre Visit 

The Duchess of Sussex donned an outfit worth £14,174 as she had lunch at The Goring hotel before visiting her patronage, The National Theatre

The Duchess of Sussex donned an outfit worth £14,174 as she had lunch at The Goring hotel before visiting her patronage, The National Theatre 

Alex Eagle camel coat – £1,590 

Aquazzura Mae Pearl Pumps – £665 

Loewe ‘Postal’ Bag – £1,450

Topshop Organza Cream Blouse – £29

Roland Mouret ‘Moka’ Skirt – £595

Chi Chi Rose Gold and Diamond Bracelet by Jessica McCormack – £9,500 

Sophie Lis Love pendant – £280

Edge of Ember earrings –  £65

Total = £14,174

5 March: Endeavour Awards

Meghan made a splash in a electric blue gown as she joined Prince Harry for the Endeavour Award's on Thursday evening

Meghan made a splash in a electric blue gown as she joined Prince Harry for the Endeavour Award’s on Thursday evening 

Victoria Beckham bright blue gown – £950

Stella McCartney clutch bag – £1,742

Gold Snake Hoop earrings by Roxanne First – £95 

Chi Chi Rose Gold and Diamond Bracelet by Jessica McCormack – (worn before)

Navy Manolo Blahnik BB pumps – (worn before) 

Total =  £2,787

6 March: Visit to Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham 

The royal ensured her wardrobe was dominated by female designers as she stepped out to celebrate International Women's Day on Friday

The royal ensured her wardrobe was dominated by female designers as she stepped out to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 

 ME AND EM White Boucle Jacket – £295

Ivory clutch bag by Rejina Pyo -£295 

Alexander McQueen trousers – worn before

Bi-colour heels from Jennifer Chamandi – £745

Edge of Ember ‘Kismet’ Necklace – £125 

Total = £1,460

7 March: Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall 

The Duchess wowed in a scarlet ensemble as she joined Prince Harry for the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night

The Duchess wowed in a scarlet ensemble as she joined Prince Harry for the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night 

Simone Rocha beaded statement earrings – £250 

Stuart Weitzman – worn before  

Safiyaa ‘Kalika’ dress – £1,295

Manolo Blahnik ‘Capri’ Red Satin Clutch –  £1,260

Total = £2,805

8 March: Attending church with the Queen 

The Duke and Duchess attended church with the Queen in Windsor on Sunday, with Meghan choosing her favourite brand Givenchy for the occasion

The Duke and Duchess attended church with the Queen in Windsor on Sunday, with Meghan choosing her favourite brand Givenchy for the occasion 

V by Laura V earrings – £130 

Customised Givenchy gown – £1, 329 

Fascinator – worn before  

Total = £1,459 

9 March: Commonwealth Day Service

For her final event as a working member of the royal family, Meghan donned an emerald bespoke Emilia Wickstead gown

For her final event as a working member of the royal family, Meghan donned an emerald bespoke Emilia Wickstead gown 

Aquazzura Nude Pumps – £490

Birks ‘Snowstorm’ Earrings – (worn before) 

Bespoke Emilia Wickstead dress –  Estimated £1,800

William Chambers fascinator – Estimated £500

Gabriella Hearst ‘Nina’ Bag – (worn before)

Total = £2,790 

10 March: QCT Commonwealth Video 

The Duchess of Sussex donned a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi asymmetrical toffee midi dress which cost £925 for a meeting with young leaders for QCT

The Duchess of Sussex donned a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi asymmetrical toffee midi dress which cost £925 for a meeting with young leaders for QCT 

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi asymmetrical toffee midi dress – £925

Aquazzura pumps –  

Edge of Ember earrings – (worn before)

Total – £925 

 11 March: Commonwealth ACU meeting

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), meeting Commonwealth Scholars, Chevening Scholars

 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), meeting Commonwealth Scholars, Chevening Scholars

Aquazarra navy pumps –  £450

Scanlan Theodore ‘Cravat’ dress – £330 

Sophie Lis Fallen Star earrings – £450  

Total = £1,230 

April 29: Smart Works call

For her first appearance since stepping down from royal duty, the mother-of-one wore a recycled Joseph sweater

For her first appearance since stepping down from royal duty, the mother-of-one wore a recycled Joseph sweater

Joseph Red V-Neck Cashmere Sweater – worn before 

Edge of Ember Visionary Coin Necklace -£135

Total = £135 

July 14: GirlUp Leadership Summit

Meghan attended the virtual GirlUp Leadership Summit wearing a £148 blue silk blouse in July

Meghan attended the virtual GirlUp Leadership Summit wearing a £148 blue silk blouse in July 

Adam Lippes ‘Pintucked’ Silk Top – £148

Cartier ‘Love’ Bracelet – worn before

Total = £148 

August 14: 19th Virtual Summit

For the 19th Virtual Summit, the Duchess wore a Sleeveless Stretch Silk Top by Hugo Boss

For the 19th Virtual Summit, the Duchess wore a Sleeveless Stretch Silk Top by Hugo Boss

Sleeveless Stretch Silk Top by Hugo Boss  – £179 

Cartier Love Bracelet – worn before 

Monica Vinader bracelet – worn before 

Total =  £179

 August 21: Baby2Baby event

Duke and Duchess of Sussex volunteering with Baby2Baby at Dr Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School in Los Angeles

Duke and Duchess of Sussex volunteering with Baby2Baby at Dr Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School in Los Angeles

Anthropologie ‘Liza’ Shorts – £65

Victoria Beckham Oversized Classic Shirt -£450 

Stan Smith Sneakers – worn before 

Cartier Love Bracelet – worn before 

Monica Vinader Bracelet – worn before 

Royal Jelly Harlem blue seersucker face mask – £15 

Total =  £530

August 25: Makers video with Gloria Steinhem 

- Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Gloria Steinem discuss representation, why each vote matters and how all women are linked, not ranked

– Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Gloria Steinem discuss representation, why each vote matters and how all women are linked, not ranked

Annie Bing ‘Ryan’ Trousers – £186

James Perse White V-Neck Slub Cotton T-Shirt – £63 

Stella McCartney ‘Rhea’ Sandals – £525

Cartier ‘Love’ Bracelet – worn before 

Monica Vinader ‘Chain’ Bracelet – worn before 

Maiden Nation ‘Linked Not Ranked’ Bracelets – £35 

Janessa Leone ‘Serena’ Hat –   £266

Total = £1,075

34,985 

September 1: LA preschool visit 

Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit in honor of his mother's memory to the Preschool Learning Center (a program of the Assistance League of Los Angeles)

Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit in honor of his mother’s memory to the Preschool Learning Center (a program of the Assistance League of Los Angeles)

Anthropologie ‘Cate’ Chambray Shirt – £73 

DL1961 ‘Emma’ Jeans – worn before 

Rothy shadow merino shoes – worn before  

Bracelets – worn before 

Total = £73 

September 13: Smart Set anniversary

The Duchess donned a smart white blazer and tan tank top as she marked the anniversary of her Smart Set collection

 The Duchess donned a smart white blazer and tan tank top as she marked the anniversary of her Smart Set collection

Altuzarra ‘Acacia’ White Blazer – worn before  

September 21: Time 100  video

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a special appearance during the TIME 100 special

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a special appearance during the TIME 100 special

Victoria Beckham Silk Shirt – £570

 Alexander Wang cropped trousers – worn before  

Manolo Blahnik – worn before 

Bracelets – worn before

Total = £570 

September 25: America’s Got Talent 

The Duchess made a special appearance on America's Got Talent to congratulate a finalist

The Duchess made a special appearance on America’s Got Talent to congratulate a finalist 

Cuyana ‘Luna’ Jacket Earrings – £145

Victoria Beckham silk blouse – £570

Stella McCartney ‘Hayley’ Black Trousers – £692

Verse necklace – worn before 

Bracelets – worn before 

Total = £1407 

 September 29: Fortune’s Most Powerful women summit

Meghan addressed the virtual summit on Tuesday afternoon, when she took part in a one-on-one conversation about 'creating humane tec

Meghan addressed the virtual summit on Tuesday afternoon, when she took part in a one-on-one conversation about ‘creating humane tec

Jennifer Fisher Small Family Gothic Lock pendant necklace – £1,488 

Jennifer Meyer Turquoise Bar Studs- worn before 

WNU blue and white stripe shirt – £85 

Total = £1573 

October 1: Call to end racism 

Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chat to the Evening Standard about Black History Month and the Next Gen Trailblazers project

Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chat to the Evening Standard about Black History Month and the Next Gen Trailblazers project

Glemaud ‘Slash’ Long Sleeve Top – £280

Stella McCartney ‘Hayley’ Camel Trousers- £692

Total = £972 

 October 11: World Mental Health Day 

Meghan Markle, 39, paid tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by wearing a statement t-shirt and mask honouring the feminist icon during a podcast recording this week

Meghan Markle, 39, paid tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by wearing a statement t-shirt and mask honouring the feminist icon during a podcast recording this week

Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ Pumps – worn before 

Monica Vinader Linear Chain Bracelet and Cartier Love Bracelet- worn before 

‘R.B.G’ Ruth Bader Ginsberg T-Shirt- £16

J.Crew V-Neck Striped Cardigan-£110

Frame ‘Le Garcon’ Jeans- £177

 ‘When there are nine’ Mask – £12

Total = £315 

October 12 – Call with Malala

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry say they feel 'fortunate' to have watched son Archie's 'first steps, first run and first fall' during Covid-19 crisis as they join Malala Yousafzai for virtual chat

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry say they feel ‘fortunate’ to have watched son Archie’s ‘first steps, first run and first fall’ during Covid-19 crisis as they join Malala Yousafzai for virtual chat

Tuxe Turtleneck Sleeveless Bodysuit – worn before 

Bracelets – worn before

Reiss ‘Edie’ tailored slim-leg trousers – £125 

Total = £125

October 14 – Fortune Most Powerful Women event 

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex took part in Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit this week, where she discussed a wide range of important topics, including how raising a son has altered her perspective on leadership

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex took part in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit this week, where she discussed a wide range of important topics, including how raising a son has altered her perspective on leadership

Cuyana ‘Luna’ Jacket Earrings – worn before 

 Tracy Reese’s sustainable label Hope for Flowers – worn before 

October 20: Time 100 event 

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Host Engineering A Better World TIME100 Talks

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Host Engineering A Better World TIME100 Talks

Alexander McQueen Grain De Poudre Wool Blazer – worn before  

November 8 – Remembrance Sunday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a private visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a private visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday

Black Brandon Maxwell Silk-Organza Coat  – £3,335

Jennifer Chamandi ‘Lorenzo’ Heels – £550

Brandon Maxwell Cotton And Silk-Blend Waist Belt – £220

Total = £4.105 

December 13 – CNN Heroes event 

Meghan Markle appears on CNN to pay tribute to 'quiet heroes' of the coronavirus pandemic and the 'power of the human spirit' in first appearance since revealing miscarriage in New York Times

Meghan Markle appears on CNN to pay tribute to ‘quiet heroes’ of the coronavirus pandemic and the ‘power of the human spirit’ in first appearance since revealing miscarriage in New York Times

Catherine Zoraida ‘Gold Swallow’ earrings – worn before

Cartier ‘Love’ Bangle – worn before    

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle site to ‘unleash power of compassion’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today set out their goal to ‘build a better world’ in an open letter on the updated website of their non-profit organisation Archewell, saying they wanted to ‘unleash the power of compassion’.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used two photographs on the new homepage of Archewell.com – one of Harry as a boy with his mother, the late Princess Diana; and one of Meghan as a girl with her mother, Doria Ragland. 

The couple said in a joint statement on the website: ‘I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother.’ However there was no mention or photo of Harry’s father Prince Charles or Meghan’s estranged father Thomas Markle. 

Harry and Meghan wrote that the name of their organisation is a mixture of the Greek word ‘Arche’, meaning ‘source of action’, and the word ‘Well’, defined as ‘a plentiful source or supply; a place we go to dig deep’.

The royal couple also announced partnerships between their foundation and several tech and research-focused groups. They wrote: ‘At Archewell, we unleash the power of compassion to drive systemic cultural change. 

‘We do this through our non-profit work within Archewell Foundation 501(c)(3), in addition to creative activations through the business verticals of audio and production.’

The website features a picture of Diana with Harry on her shoulders, taken at Highgrove in July 1986, while in another monochrome image a young Meghan stands as her mother Doria crouches down to hug her daughter.

In a joint statement, called a ‘letter for 2021’ which overlays the pictures, the couple say: ‘I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell. We believe in the best of humanity. 

‘Because we have seen the best of humanity. We have experienced compassion and kindness, From our mothers and strangers alike. In the face of fear, struggle and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this. 

‘Together, we can choose courage, healing, and connection. Together, we can choose to put compassion in action. We invite you to join us. As we work to build a better world. One act of compassion at a time.’   

In a joint statement on the newly-updated Archewell website, called a ‘letter for 2021’ which overlays the pictures, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex say: ‘I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell.’

The website featured this picture of Princess Diana carrying Prince Harry on her shoulders at Highgrove on July 18, 1986

The website featured this picture of Princess Diana carrying Prince Harry on her shoulders at Highgrove on July 18, 1986

Among the five organisations Harry and Meghan said they have chosen to support include the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, which they say is investigating techniques for ‘developing compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society’.

Another is the Center for Humane Technology in San Francisco led by former Google ‘design ethicist’ Tristan Harris which aims to ‘create the conditions for safer, more compassionate online communities’.

Which five organisations are backed by Archewell?

Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education: The research group at Stanford University is investigating techniques for ‘developing compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society’. 

Center for Humane Technology: The organisation in San Francisco is led by former Google ‘design ethicist’ Tristan Harris and aims to ‘create the conditions for safer, more compassionate online communities’.

The Loveland Foundation: The organisation is providing affordable and accessible mental health resources to black women and girls.

The Center for Critical Internet Inquiry: The department at the University of California in Los Angeles aims to champion racial and economic justice in the tech sector.

World Central Kitchen: The project by chef José Andrés (right) is building four community relief centres in regions hit by hunger, starting in Dominica and Puerto Rico.

A third is the Loveland Foundation, which is an organisation providing affordable and accessible mental health resources to black women and girls.

Archewell is also supporting the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry at the University of California in Los Angeles, which aims to champion racial and economic justice in the technology world.

The final organisation is chef José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen, which is building four community relief centres in regions affected by hunger, starting in Dominica and Puerto Rico.

Since stepping down as senior royals in March and moving to the US, Harry and Meghan have been working towards this moment to officially launch, albeit softly, the website and the philosophy behind their organisation Archewell.

Their decision to leave was based as much about financial as personal freedom and the huge sums – thought to be well over £100million – they have earned from deals with Spotify and Netflix, gives them the capital to pursue their new lifestyle and public goals.

The announcement follows their first Spotify podcast on Tuesday which saw their son Archie make his broadcast debut.

Commentators have already speculated that Harry and Meghan will have to draw in large audiences if they are to justify the lucrative contract their production company Archewell Audio signed.

Archewell’s press secretary said today: ‘Founded earlier this year by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archewell uplifts communities through non-profit partnerships and creative activations.

‘It’s a place where compassion matters, communities gather, and storytelling is the engine.

‘The website has been updated to reflect the work Archewell has undertaken throughout 2020 and to create a place for people and communities around the world to share their stories.’

The updated website is Harry and Meghan’s final act of a year which has seen the royal family endure some of their most turbulent problems in recent history – with the messy Megxit saga at the forefront of the issues.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured with their son Archie while visiting Cape Town in September 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured with their son Archie while visiting Cape Town in September 2019

The Duke and Duchess sparked a major royal crisis in January with a bombshell statement saying they intended to stop being senior royals, earn their own money and still support the Queen. 

But the dual role was unworkable. The Queen held a summit at Sandringham to deal with the crisis and the outcome was a hard Megxit.

At the end of March, less than two years after they wed, Harry and Meghan quit as working royals completely and stopped using their HRH styles.

They have since settled into a new life in Montecito in California, bought an £11 million house, secured lucrative multimillion-pound deals with Netflix and Spotify, volunteered during the Covid-19 crisis and been working on their Archewell foundation.

Meghan gave an impassioned black lives matter speech to her old high school about the death of George Floyd in the US. But controversy has not been far away.

Harry was criticised for political interference after he urged people in the US to ‘reject hate speech’ and vote in the presidential election.

The website is divided into three sections - their Archewell Foundation, Audio (for Spotify) and Productions (for Netflix)

The website is divided into three sections – their Archewell Foundation, Audio (for Spotify) and Productions (for Netflix)

The duke and duchess were also accused of staging a publicity stunt after they invited a fashion photographer to take pictures of them at a national cemetery in LA to mark Remembrance Sunday.

In August, a new biography, Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, revisited the rift between Harry and William.

The book said Harry was angered by what he perceived as his brother’s ‘snobbish’ attitude to Meghan, and Kate was accused of not reaching out to Meghan and of snubbing her at the Sussexes’ final public engagement at Westminster Abbey.

The Sussexes’ son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor celebrated his first birthday, with Meghan reading the boisterous youngster the children’s book Duck! Rabbit! in a video for Save the Children UK.

But the couple also experienced heartache, with Meghan revealing in an article in November that she had suffered a miscarriage in the summer, writing: ‘I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.’ 

Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan released their debut Spotify podcast on Tuesday which saw them chat about ‘the power of connection’, ’empathy’ and ‘collective mental health’.

The website encourages people around the world to share their story on how they 'activate compassion in the world'

The website encourages people around the world to share their story on how they ‘activate compassion in the world’

But one simple word stole the show – ‘fun’, uttered by their 19-month-old son. When Archie’s voice – complete with a slight American accent – at the end of the 34-minute broadcast. 

It was the first time the public had heard him speak. Harry and Meghan encouraged him to talk into a microphone, with Harry telling him: ‘You can speak into it.’ Meghan also asked: ‘Archie, is it fun?’

Archie then replied: ‘Fun.’ Harry said: ‘After me, ready? Happy.’ Archie said: ‘Happy.’ Meghan and Harry both then said ‘New’ and Archie said ‘New Year’ – prompting laughter from his parents and giggles from the youngster himself.

The couple have fiercely defended Archie’s privacy. They refused to confirm where he was born or who his godparents were. They have also launched legal action against photographers who took unauthorised pictures of him in the US and Canada. 

Finding Freedom, the controversial biography of the Sussexes published in August, reported that Meghan had complained she was being expected to ‘serve my child on a silver platter’ after the couple faced criticism over keeping his christening a secret. 

Harry and Meghan recently signed an estimated £18million deal with Spotify after acrimoniously quitting as working members of the royal family in March.

This week their first offering was billed as the ‘2020 Archewell Audio Holiday Special’ with the blurb underneath saying: ‘Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, present a special collection of inspiration, reflection, and perspective from guests around the world.’

The guests – or ‘a few friends’ as the couple called them in the podcast – included Sir Elton John and James Corden. There were also Tyler Perry, the Hollywood tycoon who lent Harry and Meghan his £14.5million mansion when they first moved to LA, Democrat activist Stacey Abrams, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka and British rapper George the Poet.

Harry and Meghan wrote that the name of their organisation is a mixture of the Greek word 'Arche', meaning 'source of action', and the word 'Well', defined as 'a plentiful source or supply; a place we go to dig deep'

Harry and Meghan wrote that the name of their organisation is a mixture of the Greek word ‘Arche’, meaning ‘source of action’, and the word ‘Well’, defined as ‘a plentiful source or supply; a place we go to dig deep’

The podcast began with the couple introducing themselves as ‘I’m Harry’ and ‘I’m Meghan’ before they paid tribute to healthcare and frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic.

Harry told listeners: ‘We’re glad you’re here. As we all know, it’s been a year. And we really want to honour the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through it.’

Meghan added: ‘And at the same time, to honour those who have experienced uncertainty and unthinkable loss. Our thoughts have been with you.’

As the year neared its end, Harry said, it was time to ‘look to the future’, adding: ‘Let’s hold on to the lessons we’ve learned about how important it is to take care of one another, and how meaningful our connections are… even when they’re physically impossible.’  

Harry explained they had asked guests to send them audio diaries. ‘We were curious to hear what they’d reflect on when they had a moment to themselves without navigating the sometimes awkward dance of a video chat. 

‘Meaning no one having to say you’re on mute over and over again, which is probably one of the defining phrases of 2020,’ he said. Meghan, laughing, added: ‘So true.’

Near the end, Meghan said: ‘From us I’ll say no matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins.’ Harry then said: ‘Love always wins.’

They included the gospel song This Little Light of Mine, which was played at their wedding.

Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan released their debut Spotify podcast on Tuesday which saw them chat about 'the power of connection', 'empathy' and 'collective mental health'. This is featured on the newly-updated Archewell website

Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan released their debut Spotify podcast on Tuesday which saw them chat about ‘the power of connection’, ’empathy’ and ‘collective mental health’. This is featured on the newly-updated Archewell website

Quoting Martin Luther King, Meghan said: ‘It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together. Because as we all know, ‘darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that’.’

Harry added: ‘The message of this song is one we hold so dearly. It’s about using the power we each have within us to make this world a better place.’

Also this week, it was revealed the Duke and Duchess had boosted their rapidly expanding stable of staff by rehiring two palace aides who lost their jobs when the royal couple left the UK.

In recent months Harry and Meghan have made a series of key appointments to head Archewell as well as starting their own in-house PR outfit. 

Now, they have employed ex-palace staff Clara Loughran and Beth Herlihy on a freelance basis to work on charity projects in the UK.

The pair, both in their 30s, lost their jobs in March when Harry and Meghan moved to North America. Their appointment is in addition to the couple’s UK PR chief, James Holt.

With a string of new employees in the US as well, including a head of communications, a press secretary and a chief of staff, industry experts say the bill for the couple’s team so far could easily top £1million a year.

The couple have secured lucrative multimillion-pound deals with Spotify and Netflix, the latter of which is mentioned above

The couple have secured lucrative multimillion-pound deals with Spotify and Netflix, the latter of which is mentioned above

This does not include PAs, staff working on their production and podcast ventures, household employees and private security.

New Zealand-born Mrs Loughran, who is married to Harry’s ex-assistant communications secretary, Nick Loughran, had worked for the prince since 2015, organising his official engagements and charitable initiatives.

She was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order – an honour given to those who have served the monarchy with dedication in a personal capacity – by the Queen, on Harry’s recommendation.

Miss Herlihy worked as the Sussexes programme manager from September 2018. She had also worked alongside Harry for more than four years as an events co-ordinator at the Royal Foundation, first started by Harry and the Duke of Cambridge. 

She and Mrs Loughran were among 13 plus tax-payer-funded employees who lost their jobs in March when Harry and Meghan quit royal duties.

Recently, the two well-respected women formed Herlihy Loughran, which describes itself as an ‘advisory partnership’ that links ‘influential people’ and organisations to good causes.

Harry and Meghan are among their first clients, sources confirmed. They have been employed in addition to Mr Holt.

Last month it was announced that the Sussexes had snapped up Christine Weil Schirmer, 42, former head of communications at internet site Pinterest, to lead their PR assault on the US.

The royal couple also announced partnerships between their foundation and several tech and research-focused groups, including the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

The royal couple also announced partnerships between their foundation and several tech and research-focused groups, including the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

The mother-of-one attended the same US university as Meghan, Northwestern.

They have also appointed a press secretary. Toya Holness has worked for the celebrity William Morris Endeavor agency. A ‘stellar’ footballer who played for her university team in California, she is described by friends as ‘bold and outgoing’.

The Sussexes had already poached another major figure, Catherine St Laurent, as their chief of staff. She is also the executive director of Archewell, which is expected to launch in the new year after months of delays.

Miss St Laurent had been responsible for Melinda Gates’s profile and communications activities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Industry experts said the wage bill for the three US appointments alone was unlikely to be any less than £650,000-a-year plus benefits.

PR expert Mark Borkowski said the extent of the new appointments proved the ‘global’ ambitions of the couple.

‘There’s clearly a big operation being set up there. What will be interesting to see is whether these [new] people challenge the way [the couple] go about things,’ he said.

‘The focus on them is pretty relentless and they clearly want to change the established narrative around them now they are trying to launch themselves in America.’ 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first ‘holiday special’ episode of their £30m Archewell Audio climbs up UK Spotify podcast chart to seventh place – after beginning at 17th (below deep sleep sounds of whale noises)

The UK Spotify chart’s top 20 podcasts

1. The Joe Rogan Experience

2. Sh**ged Married Annoyed

3. JaackMaate’s Happy Hour

4. Times news briefing

5. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

6. Grounded with Louis Theroux

7. Archewell Audio 

8. talkSPORT Hit

9. The Smart 7 

10. The Adam Buxton Podcast 

11. Happy Place

12. Call Her Daddy

13. tinpotradio.org: XFM The Ricky Gervais Show

14. Deep Sleep Sounds

15. Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell

16. My Dad Wrote A Porno

17. No Such Thing As A Fish

18. The Eboys Podcast

19. The Receipts Podcast

20. Today in Focus 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first 33-minute episode of their £30million podcast has climbed the UK Spotify charts to seventh place.

The programme, a Christmas special featuring Sir Elton John, initially charted in 17th place – below a podcast designed to send people to sleep with whale noises, called Deep Sleep Sounds – after being released on Tuesday afternoon.

However the episode slowly climbed through the ranks reaching 7th place today in the UK Spotify podcast charts, and 26 in the US.  

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, called on a number of their famous friends to appear during the first episode, which feature a range of prominent British and American artists, activists and musicians.  

These included Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden, who they invited to review 2020.

Discussions focused on mental health and mindfulness in the first episode before sweetly concluding with the gospel song This Little Light of Mine.

The royal couple promised their podcast will ‘uplift and entertain audiences around the world’ as they spoke with a range of people who ‘inspire us’. 

PR guru James Henderson said that calling on their friends had been a wise move for the Royal couple.

He told The Sun: ‘Access to very well-known people willing to talk out about issues and their thoughts and experiences will always command interest.’

He added that their inclusion of their 19-month-old son Archie’s voice during the podcast – in which they encouraged him to say Happy New Year – seemed not to fit with their continued plea for privacy.

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, called on a number of their famous friends to appear during the first episode. Pictured during a visit to Reprezent FM, in Brixton, south London

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, called on a number of their famous friends to appear during the first episode. Pictured during a visit to Reprezent FM, in Brixton, south London

The couple's newly-formed Archewell Audio project promises to produce programming that 'uplifts and entertains audiences

The couple’s newly-formed Archewell Audio project promises to produce programming that ‘uplifts and entertains audiences

Archie wishes listeners a ‘Happy New Year’ in first words in public 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have featured their 19-month-old son Archie in their first Spotify podcast and got him to say his first four words in public – wishing people a ‘Happy New Year’ in his American accent and saying it was ‘fun’ to speak into a microphone.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today released their first podcast, calling on famous friends including Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden to reflect on 2020 and their hopes for 2021 with the couple signing off with the words: ‘Love always wins’.

The couple’s first 33-minute show as part of the deal with the streaming giant worth an estimated £30million ($40million) is a ‘holiday special’ that concludes with the gospel song This Little Light of Mine, which was played at the end of their wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018, before Archie is introduced.

Harry and Meghan, who have fiercely defended Archie’s privacy since his birth in May 2019 and filed a lawsuit this year to fight to protect it, encourage their son to talk into the microphone, with Harry telling him: ‘You can speak into it.’ Meghan also asks: ‘Archie, is it fun?’

Archie then replies: ‘Fun.’ Harry then says: ‘After me, ready? Happy.’ Archie says: ‘Happy.’ Meghan and Harry both then say ‘New’, and Archie says: ‘New Year’.

Archie – in his first public words – wished listeners a ‘Happy New Year’ in his American accent and said it was ‘fun’ to speak into a microphone.

Harry and Meghan, who have fiercely defended Archie’s privacy since his birth in May 2019 and filed a lawsuit this year to fight to protect it, encourage their son to talk into the microphone, with Harry telling him: ‘You can speak into it.’ Meghan also asks: ‘Archie, is it fun?’

Archie then replies: ‘Fun.’ Harry then says: ‘After me, ready? Happy.’ Archie says: ‘Happy.’ Meghan and Harry both then say ‘New’, and Archie says: ‘New Year’.

Judi James, a leading TV expert in social behaviour and body language, likened the double act to TV pairings Richard and Judy and Holly and Phil.

She claimed Prince Harry has dropped the Queen’s English accent in favour of a more ‘slurring mid-Estuary’ twang in his new podcast.

Judi observed: ‘Describing the podcast as ‘Our tweny-tweny holiday special’, Harry drops the second ‘t’ in ‘twenty’ in a verbal slurring that sounds either American or South London, although the ‘holiday special’ wording probably places it in the US. 

‘He says they ‘wanna’ honour rather than ‘want to’ and he pronounces the word ‘look’ more like ‘luck’, both of which would probably sound right in the Queen Vic in EastEnders.

‘Although his ‘meaningful our connections’ appears to have more of a US twang.’

The Sussexes called on many of their most famous friends to appear on their first Archewell Audio podcast, which they promise will ‘uplift and entertain audiences around the world’.

Meghan said they asked people who ‘inspire us’ to appear on the podcast and give ‘their thoughts on what they learned from 2020’.

Sir Elton was a friend of Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales and has regularly supported her son over the years.

The couple called on famous friends including Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden to review 2020

The couple called on famous friends including Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden to review 2020

‘It’s been a lifesaver’: Elton John credits Zoom for helping him stay connected with his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as he appears on Meghan and Harry’s first podcast 

Sir Elton John has credited Zoom for preserving his sobriety by allowing him to stay connected with the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship during lockdown. 

The legendary musician entered his 30th year of abstinence in 2020 after giving up alcohol and illegal substances in 1990 following decades of sustained abuse. 

Now 73 years of age and a father to young sons Elijah and Zachary with husband David Furnish,  Sir Elton says video conferencing software Zoom helped keep him engaged with the AA community while isolating at home with his family. 

Speaking to Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s first Archewell Audio podcast on Tuesday, the pianist insisted he didn’t know what he would have done had it not been for the increasingly popular piece of technology.

He said: ‘I’m a recovering alcoholic so I have an AA meeting from this house every Sunday. I connect with friends who I’ve known for over 30 years in the programme, and that’s great.  

‘If it hadn’t have been for Zoom I don’t know what we would’ve done, I really don’t. Without Zoom… it’s been a lifesaver.’

Sir Elton has been very open about his battle with alcohol and cocaine addiction, a habit which nearly derailed his career and cost him his life.  

Corden was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s wedding and was asked by the duke to perform at the couple’s evening celebration.

Other guests include Democrat activist Stacey Abrams, tennis star Naomi Osaka, American filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry, wellness icon Deepak Chopra and teenage activist Christina Adane from London, who campaigns on food issues.

Experts have called the couple’s Spotify tie-up as another big step towards building what experts believe could become a $1billion business empire in the US after a super-deal with Netflix to make documentaries about their pet projects.

But the podcast received a mixed response on social media yesterday. While some praised the podcast, one Twitter user commented, ‘Pass me the sick bucket’. 

Meghan quotes  Martin Luther King as she tells the audience that: ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that’. The couple end the podcast – the first of a series thought to be worth £30m ($40m) – by saying, ‘love always wins’.

Many Twitter users criticised the show, with one calling it ‘dull and preachy’ while another wrote ‘I’d rather watch concrete [set]’. 

However, fans called it ‘heartwarming’ and praised Archie’s appearance as ‘adorable’.

Other social media users suggested it was ironic that the couple had decided to feature their one-year-old son in the multi-million dollar podcast shortly after having moved to the US to protect their family’s privacy.

Simon Oakden tweeted: ‘I hope others will join me in respecting the wishes of these people and decide not to invade their privacy by listening to it.’ 

Nigel Roberts agreed, adding: ‘Great to see you getting the privacy is so craved for before leaving the United Kingdom…’

Other listeners gushed over Archie, the couple’s one-year-old son, as he made a brief appearance to giggle while trying to say ‘Happy New Year’ at the end of the podcast.

One person commented: ‘What a cute, pleasant surprise from little Archie. His laughter – so infectious.’ 

What would Granny say? Prince Harry drops Queen’s RP accent for ‘slurring Estuary English’ and adopts a ‘newly seductive’ delivery in his ‘tweny-tweny holiday special’ Spotify podcast with Meghan Markle, behaviour expert claims 

Prince Harry has dropped the Queen’s English accent in favour of a more ‘slurring mid-Estuary’ twang in his new podcast with wife Meghan Markle, a British behaviour expert has claimed.

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, today released their first Spotify podcast, calling on famous friends including Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden to review 2020 – or ‘tweny-tweny’, as Harry pronounced it.

Their debut show as part of the £30million ($40million) deal with the streaming giant is a ‘holiday special’, with the couple entering ‘a whole new world of branding as a double act’ according to Judi James, who likened them to TV pairings Richard and Judy and Holly and Phil.

She added that Harry’s ‘new accent’ is ‘every bit as interesting as Tony Blair’s infamous mockney’, telling FEMAIL: ‘It’s pretty much mid-everything: mid-Atlantic, mid-London and mid-Estuary English.’

Estuary is an accent associated with the area along the River Thames and its estuary, including London. 

Judi observed: ‘Describing the podcast as “Our tweny-tweny holiday special”, Harry drops the second “t” in “twenty” in a verbal slurring that sounds either American or South London, although the “holiday special” wording probably places it in the US. 

Judi said Harry has gone from a 'tentative speaker' to a 'slicker, more rehearsed-sounding' podcast pro, and together with Meghan, the pair resemble a 'professional media double act'

Judi said Harry has gone from a ‘tentative speaker’ to a ‘slicker, more rehearsed-sounding’ podcast pro, and together with Meghan, the pair resemble a ‘professional media double act’

‘He says they “wanna” honour rather than “want to” and he pronounces the word “look” more like “luck”, both of which would probably sound right in the Queen Vic in EastEnders. Although his “meaningful our connections” appears to have more of a US twang.’

Judi added that there’s something ‘newly seductive’ about Harry’s delivery at some points, suggesting ‘the flirting with Meghan during their podcast trailer’ might have ‘brought out his sexier side’. 

‘His “I’m Harry” is full of naïve bounce and enthusiasm, but after Meghan purrs “And I’m Meghan” in a deeper, richer tone, Harry responds by saying “We’re glad you’re here” in a much more of a low purr himself,’ she went on.

‘To match his super-professional wife, Harry has changed his pace as well as his tone. 

‘He normally takes a more leisurely style of delivery with a few thoughtful pauses and verbal fillers, like most of the Windsor men, but here he has upped his pace to deliver crisper messages with no faltering or hesitation. 

‘In doing so he loses much of his authenticity and suggestion of speaking straight from his thoughts rather than a script. There is nothing natural about these clipped and scripted sentiments although the performer skills have clearly been worked on.’

Judi said Harry has gone from a ‘tentative speaker’ to a ‘slicker, more rehearsed-sounding’ podcast pro, and together with Meghan, the pair resemble a ‘professional media double act’.

‘Harry isn’t just chatting here, he is presenting from a tightly timed and choreographed script and instead of the relaxed hand-overs to Meghan he is making timed cut-ins, some times just throwing in two words between her words in the style you would normally hear from professional media double-acts like Richard and Judy (Harry sounds incredibly like Richard Madeley in this clip) or Holly and Phil,’ she explained.

‘So far we have seen Harry marketed as a bit of a royal male on the loose, a tentative speaker who projected his personal brand of charm and charisma by looking and sounding like a keen amateur rather than a polished professional. 

‘Here, though, he has been fully launched as podcast Harry, a slicker, more rehearsed-sounding speaker who has even adopted a new style of accent to appeal to a demanding audience.’ 

A number of listeners also took to Twitter to comment on Harry’s accent during the podcast, including royal historian Marlene Koenig.

She observed that the Duke ‘spoke Estuary rather than RP [received pronunciation]’. 

In response to a tweet which suggested Harry had adopted a mid-Atlantic accent, Marlene commented: ‘He spoke estuary rather than RP. 

‘Few Brits speak RP. Living in CA would not mean a mid Atlantic accent. I speak with a mid Atlantic American Standard. American Standard is the equivalent of RP. See The story of English.’

BBC presenter Sangita Myska also made the observation, tweeting in response to a post by ITV royal correspondent Chris Ship: ‘Hmm. He’s gone a little Estuary English, no?’

A number of listeners took to Twitter to comment on Harry's accent, including royal historian Marlene Koenig

A number of listeners took to Twitter to comment on Harry’s accent, including royal historian Marlene Koenig

Chris replied: ‘And says “ñew year” rather than “noo year”!’ referencing the moment Harry and Meghan encouraged little Archie to make an appearance at the end of the podcast and wish people a ‘happy new year’ in his distinctly American twang.

The couple, who have fiercely defended Archie’s privacy since his birth in May 2019 and filed a lawsuit in the US this year to fight to protect it, urge their son to talk into the microphone, with Harry telling him: ‘You can speak into it.’ Meghan also asks: ‘Archie, is it fun?’ to which he replies: ‘Fun!’

In a trailer for their Spotify podcast, body language expert Judi James claimed Meghan is copying the Queen’s rhetorical style to make herself sound ‘presidential’.

The Duchess said ‘my husband and I’ when referring to Harry on the recording, in a move reminiscent of the Queen and former First Lady Michelle Obama, who often use the same rhetorical technique.

Judi said: ‘Despite the fact that “just Harry’ has already introduced himself, Meghan switches to a regal-sounding formality when she then refers to “My husband and I…” as though he weren’t actually present with her.

‘This is a phrase famously used by the Queen and adds a royal air to their trailer.’

The Sussexes called on many of their most friends to appear on their first Archewell Audio podcast, which they promise will ‘uplift and entertain audiences around the world’. 

Meghan said they asked people who ‘inspire us’ to appear on the podcast and give ‘their thoughts on what they learned from 2020’.

Sir Elton was a friend of Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales and has regularly supported her son over the years, while Corden was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s wedding and was asked by the duke to perform at the couple’s evening celebration.

Other guests include Democrat activist Stacey Abrams, tennis star Naomi Osaka, American filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry, wellness icon Deepak Chopra and teenage activist Christina Adane from London, who campaigns on food issues.

In an apparent nod to the stormy 2020 the couple have had after quitting as frontline royals and moving to Los Angeles via Vancouver, Meghan says: ‘From us I’ll say no matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins.’ 

The podcast ends with the gospel song This Little Light of Mine, which was played at the end of their wedding in May 2018.Experts have called the couple’s Spotify tie-up as another big step towards building what experts believe could become a $1billion business empire in the US after a super-deal with Netflix to make documentaries about their pet projects. 

From an ‘explorer of consciousness’ to a poet-cum-rapper: How Harry and Meghan lined up all-star cast including Sir Elton John, James Corden, Naomi Osaka and Tyler Perry for their podcast debut

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released their first podcast and called on a number of their famous friends to appear.

The couple’s first 33-minute show as part of the deal with the streaming giant worth an estimated £30million ($40million) is a ‘holiday special’ that concludes with the gospel song This Little Light of Mine.

The guests appearing on the first episode feature a range of prominent British and American artists, activists and musicians.

The royal couple promised their podcast will ‘uplift and entertain audiences around the world’ as they spoke with a range of people who ‘inspire us’. 

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John 

Sir Elton John 

Link: Sir Elton was friends with Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and he has remained a close friend of the prince since her death in 1997

Net worth: £360m ($485m)

Lives: Windsor, London, Nice and Los Angeles

One of Britain’s most famous rock stars, Sir Elton has been in royal circles for years, from performing at Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday party to Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.

The 73-year-old kept in touch with Harry, and has worked with him on AIDS charity work, a cause close to Diana’s heart.

In 2019 he performed at the lunch reception when Harry tied the knot with Meghan, and even gifted them the use of his private jet and home in Nice for which they were heavily criticised.

When Harry and Meghan forfeited their royal duties to move to America, they rented a mansion close to Sir Elton’s in a gated LA community. 

After they move to their current mansion in Montecito, it was reported they even consulted Sir Elton’s extravagant designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard for help choosing the decor.

James Corden

James Corden 

James Corden

Link: He was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s wedding and was asked by the duke to perform at the couple’s evening celebration.

Net worth: £22m ($30m)

Lives: Los Angeles and London

A breakthrough star of several British comedies including Gavin and Stacey, Corden left the UK in search of Hollywood stardom in 2015, and now presents the Late Late Show for CBS.

On news of Harry and Meghan’s engagement, the TV funnyman, 42, used his show to subtly plead for an invitation to the wedding, and was later invited.

It was reported Corden even managed to set up a ‘dance-off’ between Harry, William and their father Charles at the star-studded reception afterwards.

Corden is now one of the most prominent Britons in US showbiz – making him the perfect figure to generate publicity for the podcast on both sides of the Atlantic.  

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry 

Tyler Perry

Link: Through his mutual friend, Oprah Winfrey, Perry invited Harry, Meghan, and Archie to stay in his $18million Californian mansion while they searched for a permanent home

Net worth: £744m ($1bn)

Lives: Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York

Once-homeless Perry has earned a fortune through writing, developing and starring in dozens of films, TV series and stage plays, including as his most famous ‘Madea’ character. 

In 2011, he was listed by Forbes magazine as the highest-paid man in entertainment. 

The couple had been staying in Perry’s £15m ($20m) 12-bedroom Los Angeles mansion before moving to their current home in Montecito. 

The actor had previously posted images of the house on Instagram, which showed a  sunken Grecian-style bath and a huge terrace with stunning views of LA. 

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams 

Link: Meghan spoke to Abrams in August to discuss voter suppression in the US and how it affects people of colour

Net worth: Unknown, but Abrams said she was $200,000 in debt in 2018, owing $54,000 in federal back taxes and holding $174,000 in credit card and student loan debt

Lives: Atlanta, Georgia

Abrams is a key political figure in Georgia who was catapulted on to the national arena in the wake of the contentious 2020 US election.

She served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017 before becoming the country’s first African American female nominee for a major party in a gubernatorial race.

She lost the 2018 vote to the Republican Governor Mike Kemp in an election which she accused her opponent of engaging in black voter suppression.

Abrams then founded Fair Fight Action to tackle the issue and register more voters from minority backgrounds.

In the 2020 Presidential election, Georgia was a crucial swing state, and many have credited Abrams and Fair Fight Action for turning it blue, along with many other states where she campaigned.  

Christina Adane

Christina Adane

Christina Adane

Link: Campaigning

Net worth: N/A

Lives: South London

At the age of 17, Christina has already served as co-chair of a campaign tackling food injustice and launched one of the most successful petitions in recent UK political history.

The teenager from London serves on the youth board of Bite Back 2030 which is fighting for young people to be given equal access to a good diet. 

The young trailblazer has also written poems about the Black Lives Matter movement and delivered speeches at global climate summits.

Christina, who received free school meals when she was younger, was at the forefront of Marcus Rashford’s campaign to help poorer children be fed during the school holidays this year.

She started the petition which was later championed by the Manchester United footballer which forced the government into two U-turns.

The 17-year-old has made it her mission to ensure that no child in the UK goes hungry. 

José Andrés

José Andrés 

José Andrés

Link: The royal couple announced earlier this month they had partnered with the chef for their new charitable venture

Net worth: £37million ($50million)

Lives: Maryland, US

The chef and restaurateur is credited with bringing small plates to US cuisine from his native Spain.

Arriving in the country in 1990 with $50 to his name, he has since gone on to earn three Michelin stars, owning dozens of restaurants.

But he famously pulled out of a restaurant deal at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC in 2016 after the then Republican presidential candidate made disparaging comments about Mexicans.

The father-of-three has often featured on TV but later turned to more charitable work, starting the non-profit venture World Central Kitchen.

The organization provides free meals in the wake of natural disasters, starting in 2010 after the Haiti earthquake.

It has since helped deliver food to Americans during the Covid pandemic. 

Brené Brown

Brené Brown

Brené Brown

Link: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they ‘adore’ self-help guru Brené Brown in August. Her other celebrity fans include Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston.

Net worth: £2.2million ($3million)

Lives: Texas, US

Brené Brown has had a varied career, working as a professor, author, podcast host and self-help guru.

She has spent two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and imparts her wisdom to students, readers and listeners.

Previously struggling with addictions to smoking, alcohol and emotional eating, she has since transformed her life and now helps others.

She has penned five New York Times bestselling books and her TED Talk on The Power of Vulnerability further propelled her in the public eye, going viral with millions of views on YouTube.

Brown also hosts two hit pocasts, Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead, where she recently interviewed Barack Obama. 

Rachel Cargle

Rachel Cargle

Rachel Cargle

Link: Meghan and Harry hosted a virtual discussion featuring Cargle in October for a special episode of the Time100 Talks

Net worth: £2.2million ($3million)

Lives: New York

Cargle came to prominence after a photo of her at the 2017 Women’s March against Donald Trump’s presidency went viral.

She held aloft a placard reading ‘If You Don’t Fight for All Women You Fight for No Women’, in front of the Capitol. 

The activist has since then used her platform to speak out on issues of race, gender and inequality on her ever growing social media accounts.

She is an advocate of intersectional feminism, which means different inequalities such as class, gender or race are treated as intersecting rather than separate issues.

Cargle tours a lecture, Unpacking White Feminism, and regularly appears in the media speaking out on issues of inequality.

The author has also founded the Loveland Foundation which helps provide therapy to black women and girls.

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

Link: Meghan’s lifestyle blog The Tig, which she wrote before meeting Prince Harry, cited the works of Chopra

Net worth: £110million ($150million)

Lives: New York

The Indian-American author is one of the best-known figures in alternative medicine and the New Age movement. 

Chopra, who calls himself an ‘explorer of consciousness’, believes the human body can attain perfect health, avoiding ageing, disease and pain.

His claims have been heavily disputed by scientists who have dismissed his beliefs as ‘pseudoscience’.

The doctor and prolific author shot to fame with his appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s show where he discussed his views that someone’s mental health can affect their physical reality. 

Chopra and his wife currently live in a ‘health-centric’ condominium in Manhattan.

Matt Haig

Matt Haig

Matt Haig

Link: Meghan is one of the author’s high profile fans and included his poem in her guest edit of British Vogue last year 

Net worth: £3million ($4million)

Lives: Brighton, UK 

Matt Haig has been very open about his battles with mental health and has fed the subject into his successful books.

The author, 45, has written a number of bestsellers including Reasons To Stay Alive, How To Stop Time and Notes on a Nervous Planet.

Haig, who is married with two children, struggled with depression and anxiety in his 20s and nearly took his own life.

In the September issue of British Vogue, Meghan hailed his poem, which is an ode from a beach telling swimmers not to be body-conscious. 

Matt added that Meghan’s choice to include his piece is a ‘surreal honour’ and that he is glad she ‘digs my stupid humour.’  

Hussain Manawer

Hussain Manawer

Hussain Manawer

Link: Before Meghan met Harry, Manawer revealed the Suits actress approached him backstage at an event where they discussed mental health work

Net worth: N/A

Lives: Essex, UK

Hussain Manawer is a poet and campaigner who teaches about the importance of mental health. 

His success has seen him share stages with global popstars, reciting poems alongside Ed Sheeran, Cher and Ellie Goulding.

He has even performed with Justin Trudeau and Kofi Anan. 

The poet holds the record for the world’s largest mental health lesson and is also an ambassador for mental health charity Samaritans.

His poem The Sound of Support opened the FA Cup final in England this year, cheered on by Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Link: Not known, but Meghan is close friends with fellow tennis star Serena Williams

Net worth: £19m ($25m)

Lives: Beverly Hills

At 23, Naomi Osaka, has already made a huge name for herself on the tennis court.

The Haitian-Japanese former World Number One became the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles tennis.

Osaka has already won three Grand Slam titles and is the reigning US Open champion.

She famously defeated Serena Williams in 2018 to win the US Open, her first Grand Slam.

The match is also remembered for Williams’s on field dispute with the umpire, causing her to receive a game penalty.

Osaka has become increasingly outspoken and this year attended Black Lives Matter protests and wore face masks bearing the names of black people killed by police to her tennis matches. 

George the Poet

George the Poet

George the Poet

Link: Harry and Meghan have had a long association with the British spoken-word artist. Prince Harry shared one of his poems to mark World AIDS Day in 2016, before George The Poet performed on the couple’s wedding day in 2018.

Net worth: N/A

Lives: London, UK

George the Poet is a man of many talents, performing as a spoken-word artist, rapper, poet and podcaster.

The artist uses hip hop influences to discuss social and political issues.  

His influences range from Maya Angelou, Tupac Shakur, Nas, Dizzee Rascal and George Watsky.

Last year, he was offered an MBE but turned down the award because the British Empire’s treatment of his ancestral homeland of Uganda. 

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John Mulaney was ‘out of his mind’ on substances in bizarre Seth Meyers segment that concerned fans

John Mulaney checked himself into a 60-day rehab program for cocaine and alcohol abuse this week, but eagle-eyed fans spotted something amiss back in November.

The 38-year-old stand-up comedian’s bizarre appearance on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers in early November featured a rambling bit about the UK’s royal family that was delivered while he was ‘out of his mind on substances,’ according to Page Six.

Eagle-eyed fans noticed that something was up with Mulaney’s appearance and his rambling and often unfunny delivery.

Warning signs: John Mulaney, 38, raised concerns among friends and fans following a bizarre early November appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, before he entered rehab this week

Although the clip was filmed in early November, it wasn’t shared online until November 24, and it doesn’t appear to have been aired on TV, possibly due to Mulaney’s demeanor.

He was updated Meyers with a segment titled Royal Watch: News from the Real-Life Crown, in which he joked about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being annoyed that the ongoing pandemic had decreased the attention they got from their decision to ‘step back as “senior” members’ of the royal family.

Mulaney immediately looked odd due to his choice to wear a rumpled duster and large sunglasses, which were presents from The Strokes’ singer Julian Casablancas, who performed on the recent Saturday Night Live episode hosted by Mulaney.

Mulaney joked that Prince Harry was ‘the real dunce of this fairytale … You dumb ginger, don’t leave your title just because you don’t like your 94-year-old grandma.’

Odd appearance: Mulaney was dressed in a duster and large sunglasses in a rambling segment about royal family gossip that was filmed in early November

Odd appearance: Mulaney was dressed in a duster and large sunglasses in a rambling segment about royal family gossip that was filmed in early November

‘That’s the definition of something you wait out, gangsta. I am pretty sure father time is going to sort out the case of the very old bummer woman who had 30 months to live,’ he joked, before adding, ‘Ahh, too mean.’

After a pause, he continues: ‘You know it’s weird, right, that Meghan and Harry left?

‘You thought rolling with those dorks in church clothes would be fun? Had you been told it was non-stop laughs? Because you’re thinking of The Munsters, you silly goose,’ he joked flamboyantly.

‘Just the fact that she wanted to leave the royal family because they were like “be proper and sit still” … So don’t marry into the family with the most jive-ass boring people ever and then be like, “Oh, shall we play Never Have I Ever?”‘

Later, the SNL writer described himself to Meyers, saying, ‘Indeed, I am simple and difficult.’

Not ready for TV: Meyers seemed exasperated with his friend and said the segment might need to go online-only once it was edited, which seems to be what happened; seen in September 2019

Not ready for TV: Meyers seemed exasperated with his friend and said the segment might need to go online-only once it was edited, which seems to be what happened; seen in September 2019

At one point he removed the sunglasses to reveal squinting eyes.

Although Meyers and Mulaney have long been good friends and often have a jokingly antagonistic relationship in public, Meyers sounded weary as he tried to wrap up the segment.

‘I love having you on here, but in the future, if you just want to talk things like this out, a phone call might be better … We will see what of this we can use, but it might be online only,’ he said, which appeared to be prophetic.

‘The next Royal Watch will be a little more focused,’ Mulaney replied bashfully.

‘Thank you Seth, and as a student reporter once wrote of me, “Thank you for the laughs… [long pause] albeit virtual.”‘

A source told the post that Mulaney was ‘out of his mind’ on substances during the segment, which raised concerns about his health.

The comedian’s representatives haven’t commented about the segment. 

Eagle eyed: On Twitter, one user pointed out the clip, writing, 'three weeks ago I felt there was something seriously *off* with John Mulaney's appearance on Seth Meyers.'

Eagle eyed: On Twitter, one user pointed out the clip, writing, ‘three weeks ago I felt there was something seriously *off* with John Mulaney’s appearance on Seth Meyers.’

Troubling: An insider said Mulaney was 'out of his mind' on substances when he filmed the segment

Troubling: An insider said Mulaney was ‘out of his mind’ on substances when he filmed the segment 

On Twitter, one user pointed out the clip, writing, ‘three weeks ago I felt there was something seriously *off* with John Mulaney’s appearance on Seth Meyers.’

‘Yeah same!’ wrote another person in reaction to the same clip. ‘He just seemed very off in this segment and I was very confused it was odd to watch and see him like that but it makes sense now, unfortunately.’

Following the news that Mulaney checked into rehab, his friends at SNL, including creator Lorne Michaels and star Pete Davidson, have been encouraging him to seek treatment. 

Friendly advice: Sources at SNL say Lorne Michaels and Pete Davidson, both Mulaney's friends, have been urging him to get help; seen October 31 on SNL

Friendly advice: Sources at SNL say Lorne Michaels and Pete Davidson, both Mulaney’s friends, have been urging him to get help; seen October 31 on SNL

‘He has a tight inner circle of friends who have been incredibly supportive [by] encouraging him to get help and [staying] super tight-lipped,’ said a source at the sketch comedy series.

‘To everyone else, it wasn’t as clear he was struggling, but he’s been a rock to so many other people that everyone knows that he should get the help he needs.

‘Pete and Lorne have been incredibly helpful,’ the source continued, adding: ‘Mulaney is like an older brother to Pete and they always tour together.’

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Principal of Prince Charles’ former school joins The Crown criticism

Prince Charles’s former boarding school in Scotland has waded into the growing controversy over The Crown by demanding the drama carry a disclaimer.

Gordonstoun Principal Lisa Kerr said the popular Netflix show had given a ‘misleading impression’ of the Royal family’s time there.

She said The Crown had proved to be ‘compelling’ viewing, but said the school found it important to separate ‘fact from fiction’.

Prince Charles, pictured in his final years at Gordonstoun School where his father Prince Philip had attended

Prince Philip, pictured left with his son Prince Charles  and Captain Iain Tennant, chairman of the Gordonstoun Board of Governors at the heir to the throne's first day at school

Prince Philip, pictured left with his son Prince Charles  and Captain Iain Tennant, chairman of the Gordonstoun Board of Governors at the heir to the throne’s first day at school

Gordonstoun Principal Lisa Kerr, pictured, said the popular Netflix show had given a ‘misleading impression’ of the Royal family ’s time there

Gordonstoun Principal Lisa Kerr, pictured, said the popular Netflix show had given a ‘misleading impression’ of the Royal family ’s time there

The school, near Elgin, Morayshire, has joined a powerful coalition of politicians and royal experts demanding that Netflix broadcast the disclaimer before each episode.

They say there are numerous key scenes which have been completely fabricated or are distortions of the truth.

Yesterday, the school finally broke its silence to urge Netflix to make its millions of subscribers aware that The Crown storylines often twist the truth and present fiction as fact.

Principal Lisa Kerr said: ‘As a school with its own thriving drama department we are very supportive of the Creative Arts, however we also teach our students the importance of separating fact from fiction. That is why we have repeatedly reassured them that the Gordonstoun represented in The Crown is a drama, not a documentary.

‘Whilst we never comment on the experiences of individual students, by way of example we can clarify that The Prince of Wales was accommodated in Windmill Lodge, which was opened just three years before he arrived and had modern facilities at the time of his stay. Nor did Prince Philip build our gateposts.

‘These storylines appear to be imagined for dramatic effect which makes compelling, but not factual, viewing.

‘Many of our alumni, particularly contemporaries of HRH The Prince of Wales, have told us of their shock at the misleading impression of Gordonstoun which is given by The Crown.’

The streaming giant is facing mounting criticism for fabricating a string of controversial incidents in the latest series of the hit drama, amid warnings its manipulation of real events could damage the future of the Monarchy.

Previous series of the historical drama have already been accused of inventing false claims about the Prince’s and his father, the Duke of Edinburgh’s, Scottish schooldays.

Founded in 1934 by German headmaster Kurt Hahn, Gordonstoun educated Prince Philip and his three sons, Charles, Andrew and Edward. The Crown shows a young Prince Philip building a wall at Gordonstoun – but sources say he did no such thing.

Sources say former staff and pupils were left reeling by The Crown’s depiction of Prince Charles being bullied during his time at the school, which charges fees of up to £38,250 a year. It shows Charles spending a miserable first night there after being forced to sleep in a bed under a broken window on a rainy night. It portrays the prince being humiliated during an orienteering task called the Gordonstoun Challenge, yet no such challenge exists.

And, Windmill Lodge, where Charles was accommodated, was only opened in 1959 – three years before he arrived – and would have been equipped with modern facilities at the time of his stay.

Mrs Kerr said she entirely accepted that programme-makers may wish to use ‘creative licence’ within their scripts, but she added: ‘We believe that it is important viewers know just how much of The Crown is imagined. We wish we could be proud to be included in this award-winning series, but without a disclaimer, The Crown does us and its audience a disservice. It is an entertaining drama but it is not a historical re-enactment.’

The school features in several episodes of the controversial Netflix show about the Royal Family

The school features in several episodes of the controversial Netflix show about the Royal Family

The principal of Gordonstoun school near Elgin, Morayshire has criticised the Netflix TV show The Crown over its portrayal of the time spent at the school by royals such as Prince Philip and Prince Charles (pictured here Finn Elliot playing a young Prince Philip)

The principal of Gordonstoun school near Elgin, Morayshire has criticised the Netflix TV show The Crown over its portrayal of the time spent at the school by royals such as Prince Philip and Prince Charles (pictured here Finn Elliot playing a young Prince Philip) 

Charles once reportedly described Gordonstoun as ‘Colditz in kilts’ but the school pointed to a House of Lords speech he gave in 1975, when he told peers: ‘I am always astonished by the amount of rot talked about Gordonstoun and the careless use of ancient cliches used to describe it.

‘It was only tough in the sense that it demanded more of you as an individual than most other schools did – mentally or physically. I am lucky in that I believe it taught me a great deal about myself and my own abilities and disabilities.’ The school’s stand comes hard on the heels of concerns voiced by Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, who said he felt uneasy watching his sister’s depiction in the drama and that he fears viewers will forget it is fiction.

Others backing calls for a disclaimer include Lady Glenconner, Princess Margaret’s lady-in-waiting for more than 30 years and a friend of Prince Charles, General Sir Richard Dannatt, a former head of the British Army, Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

In January, Netflix revealed 73 million households worldwide have watched The Crown since it began in 2016. Clive Irving, a Royal author based in the US, said many Americans regard the events depicted in The Crown as gospel truth.

The fourth series covers the years between Lord Mountbatten’s assassination by the IRA in 1979 and the ousting of Margaret Thatcher in 1990. Much of it focuses on Charles’s doomed marriage to Diana and supposed tensions in the relationship between the Queen and Mrs Thatcher.

Peter Morgan, The Crown’s creator, has previously defended making up scenes, adding: ‘You sometimes have to forsake accuracy, but you must never forsake truth.’

In a statement last week, Netflix said: ‘We have always presented The Crown as a drama and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events. As a result we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer.’ 

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India and Rajasthan Royals star Varun Aaron will join the Rajasthan Royals Academy UAE’s Xmas Camp

Varun Aaron
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Dubai: India and Rajasthan Royals star Varun Aaron will join the Rajasthan Royals Academy UAE’s Xmas Camp for a special virtual experience with the kids taking part at Dubai’s The Sevens Stadium from December 20-24.

Aaron — who has played nine Test matches and a further nine ODIs for India — is known as one of the fastest bowlers his country has produced and will offer invaluable tips to the budding young cricketers at the Xmas Camp.

The 31-year-old fast bowler will take part via Zoom in sessions with both age groups (Under-7 to U9 and U10 to U16) on the opening day of the camp (December 20), providing the perfect way to start the week.

“We’re extremely excited for the kids to have the opportunity to talk to India and Rajasthan Royals player Varun Aaron during our December Christmas Camp,” said Rajasthan Royals Academy UAE director, and former Zimbabwe captain, Graeme Cremer.

“This will be hugely inspiring for all the kids involved, who will be able to ask him questions about his path to success and what it means to play for India as well as the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. We look forward to sharing that moment with all the kids.”

Through its Xmas Camp, Rajasthan Royals Academy UAE — which officially operates under the banner of inaugural IPL winners Rajasthan Royals — will provide a fun-packed week of cricket for boys and girls aged 5-16.

Rajasthan Royals Cricket Camps are designed to give players the opportunity to progressively develop their cricket and life skills in a fun, positive environment that allows the kids to train like the pros as they learn to Play the Royals Way.

Sessions — taking place from Sunday to Thursday next week — will run from 9am to noon for the U7-U9s, with the older U10-U16 sessions taking place from 1pm to 4pm.

The full week will cost Dh800, with individual days available to attend for Dh170 per child and an extra hour (8am-9am for U7-U9s, 4pm-5pm for U10-U16s) there to help parents who need a bit more flexibility around work hours at a cost of Dh50 per day.

Interested parties can book one of the limited spots for the Xmas Camp at rajasthanroyalsacademyuae.com or by calling directly or sending a message on WhatsApp to +971 52 665 9183. The academy can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Everyone that takes part will also be in contention to win a Rajasthan Royals shirt signed by the entire team that took part in this year’s competition that was played in the UAE.

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Oprah’s Instagram post promoting Meghan’s coffee worth ‘$1million’

Oprah Winfrey’s decision to promote Meghan Markle’s new range of vegan coffee to her 19.2million Instagram followers was worth at least $1million and is probably the most valuable piece of free publicity in history, experts told MailOnline today.

PR guru Mark Borkowski told MailOnline the $28-per-pack oat-milk ‘superlattes’ are the first ‘baby steps’ towards Meghan and Harry building a billion dollar brand for themselves in the US. 

Ms Markle’s coffee investment is the first since she and Harry emigrated to pursue a private life and seek ‘financial independence’ from the royal family in California – but is still likely to ‘raise eyebrows’ at the palace, experts claim.  

The record for an advertising Instagram post was $500,000, paid to Kim Kardashian in 2015, but Mr Borkowski said Oprah’s social media video was ‘a million buck post in free publicity’ at least.

He said: ‘Having Oprah Winfrey endorse your product is the golden ticket in global advertising for any company. Oprah is also very choosy about what she promotes and for a new company to launch a new product, reaching that many people, would cost millions of dollars – and the best thing for Meghan is that in this case many people who saw it won’t feel like they are being sold something at all. Having a friend like Oprah is something money can’t buy and it will lead to the product flying off the shelves’. 

Oprah, America’s biggest TV star worth $2.6bn, described the beverage on Instagram as her ‘new drink of choice’. While its maker, Californian start-up Clevr Blends, claims it brings all kinds of health benefits, is ethical, environmentally friendly and a brand that is ‘dedicated to giving a s**t’. Its packaging claims it boosts immunity, brain health and digestion while reducing stress and improving focus. 

Markle appearing on CNN on Monday to thank the ‘quiet heroes’ of the pandemic as it emerged that she had invested in an oat superlatte company

Meghan's 'neighbour' Oprah promoted the brand on her Instagram page - a favour that experts believe is worth millions of dollars in free publicity

Meghan’s ‘neighbour’ Oprah promoted the brand on her Instagram page – a favour that experts believe is worth millions of dollars in free publicity

Oprah posted the products on her Instagram page on Sunday night, giving the brand a huge plug to her 19.2million followers

Oprah posted the products on her Instagram page on Sunday night, giving the brand a huge plug to her 19.2million followers  

The team behind the Sussex-backed coffee who claim to be ‘dedicated to giving a s**t’ about the world

The British-born CEO

British-born Hannah Mendoza co-founded the company in January 2019 with 31-year-old Roger Coppola.

The pair both attended UC Santa Barbara, with Mendoza graduating in 2014.

Her address is listed as a $1.2 million home in Berkeley, and her social media feed is full of posts promoting wellness and positive thinking.

The creative chief

Hayley Covarrubias is a Berkeley graduate in Sustainable Environmental Design. 

After three years with the Student Organic Garden Association she joined the Clevr brand as Senior Creative Director in May. 

The operations man 

Roger Coppola, 31, is a biopsychology graduate from the University of California.

He was initially an academic associate at the UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute in Santa Barbara.

He then worked for gaming firm Tapjoy for four years before founding Clevr with Ms Mendoza.

Elton John’s former publicist Gary Farrow, who represents many UK stars, has warned that despite the valuable free publicity, the Sussexes could eventually be hit with a gigantic tax bill because the authorities in the US and UK are looking to claw back some of the huge amounts of cash made by stars using the ‘Wild West’ of online influencing. 

Brand experts have said that getting Oprah to promote a product is the ‘golden ticket’ for any advertiser, because she is ‘picky’ about what she promotes and has huge political influence in the US. 

Mr Borkowski said that the Sussexes have been ‘clever’ in the way they are focussing on products that reflect their own passions for the environment, education and healthy living.

He said: ‘This coffee brand is the first baby steps of building their global brand. They are still in the foothills – but by focussing on America they are concentrating on the largest and most affluent advertising market in the world. And if they can become a distinct brand with authenticity, say become America’s answer to Sir David Attenborough on the environment, and build a media presence with Netflix, they will be well on the way to becoming a billion dollar brand’. 

Meghan has invested in the women-led firm based in Montecito, where she, Prince Harry and their 19-month-old son Archie now live in an £11million mansion. It is understood Meghan contacted the firm, which donates 1 per cent of revenue to ‘food justice’ organisations, after trying its product. It sells the instant lattes in three other flavours – matcha, chai and coffee – at £21 for 14 servings.

PR expert Gary Farrow said: ‘I advise my clients to set aside 50 per cent of anything they make from these Instagram posts. Oprah’s post will be worth at least $500,000 and you can be sure that the tax man will be looking at it’. 

He added: ‘It may be Meghan’s project but she is only able to do it because of Harry’s royal name. He’s gone full LA and lost touch with his British subjects. Does he think that people here can afford £21 for some coffee in the middle of a pandemic with 3.1million unemployed? It’s a royal p***take and the Queen should take away their titles’. 

Royal commentator and former Editor of International Who’s Who, Richard Fitzwilliams said the investment may cause friction with the palace.

He told MailOnline: ‘Endorsements of this kind by members of the royal family do raise eyebrows and with good reason. Would Harry, who is 6th in line to the throne do this? It would be inappropriate. 

‘The Sussexes are independent financially after their hugely lucrative Netflix deal. When the Sandringham Agreement is reassessed however, I suspect this sort of endorsement of a commercial product will be discouraged. However they are, of course, no longer senior working royals and can do more or less what they like as publicising this investment clearly shows’.

Miss Winfrey, a guest at the royal couple’s wedding, wrote how ‘On the first day of Christmas my neighbour M sent to me… a basket of deliciousness!’ In case her 20million followers had difficulty working it out, she added ‘Yes, that M’ followed by a crown emoji.

Along with a further plug, Miss Winfrey, 66, posted a video of her making a mug of turmeric-flavoured latte by adding water, declaring: ‘It’s delicious.’ Fans were left unaware of the duchess’s involvement with Clevr Blends, later revealed by Forbes website.

So is a mug of Meghan’s ‘superlatte’ actually any good for you?

Some of the goods sold on Clevr Blends' website include a 'golden' turmeric 'superlatte' and 'macha superlatte'

Some of the goods sold on Clevr Blends’ website include a ‘golden’ turmeric ‘superlatte’ and ‘macha superlatte’

Clevr Blends says its SuperLatte is the ‘most delicious, nutrition-rich instant latte on the planet’.

The drink contains adaptogens – non-toxic plants said to help beat stress and fatigue. However, there is some scepticism surrounding this claim.

Clevr Blends also uses ashwagandha, an Indian herb, said to improve focus and reduce stress and anxiety, claiming that clinical trials ‘prove its magical properties’. Lion’s mane and reishi mushrooms are ‘organically grown in China in open-sided greenhouses filled with natural light and fresh air’.

Mushrooms have been shown to help lower cholesterol, particularly in overweight adults, and are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D. They also contain B vitamins – and selenium, which helps the immune system. 

Matcha – powdered green tea – contains high concentrations of  flavonolds, known to reduce blood pressure, and L-theanine, which is thought to increase relaxation.

Meghan, meanwhile, was making her first public appearance since revealing three weeks ago that she suffered a miscarriage in July.

In a video message for US news channel CNN from the gardens of her mansion, she saluted the ‘quiet heroes’ of the coronavirus pandemic, praising key workers and those who volunteer at food banks. Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, have helped several charities to distribute food in Los Angeles.

Forbes said the duchess intends to invest in more women-led firms as she ‘has made gender equality one of her core causes’. 

Clevr Blends has a British CEO, Hannah Mendoza, who co-founded the firm with Roger Coppola, the only man on the team. 

In a statement, Meghan, who did not reveal the size of her stake, said it was to support ‘a passionate female entrepreneur who prioritises building community alongside her business’.

She added: ‘I’m proud to invest in Hannah’s commitment to sourcing ethical ingredients and creating a product that I personally love and has a holistic approach to wellness.’ 

Miss Mendoza said: ‘Entrepreneurs need funding, but they also need advisers who care deeply about what they are building. I’m grateful to have found both in the Duchess of Sussex.’

The Sussexes will be expected to uphold their promise not to bring the Queen into disrepute through their deals. Buckingham Palace declined to comment but one insider said Meghan’s link-up with Miss Winfrey, without making clear her involvement with the product, was ‘not particularly well advised’.

Harry and Meghan already have a multi-million deal with Netflix.

In October Mendoza posted a photo of herself in hiking gear, beaming besides a giant mushroom growing from a tree trunk.

‘Hannah having one of those mushroom-awe moments (a common theme on the Clevr team),’ she wrote.

‘Mushrooms should make you believe in magic – they are ancient organisms that talk to each other, exist on every inch of the globe, and heal our bodies in unthinkable ways.

‘Did you know that the largest living thing ON EARTH is a mycelium network!? Aka a mushroom!’

During the clip, Oprah showed off the contents of the hamper from 'women-led' Californian based brand Clovr and referred to her neighbour 'M'

During the clip, Oprah showed off the contents of the hamper from ‘women-led’ Californian based brand Clovr and referred to her neighbour ‘M’

Meghan billed the company as 'woman led'. Its co-founder is 31-year-old Roger Coppola

Meghan billed the company as ‘woman led’. Its co-founder is 31-year-old Roger Coppola

In November, Mendoza showed a photo from one of their suppliers in Santa Barbara, describing Sweet Mountain Top farm as ‘a badass team of female farmers, up on a mountain, growing flowers & medicinal herbs in the clouds.’⁠

Markle is said to have contacted the company after sampling their products for herself in 2017.

How will Harry and Meghan make their money now they’re in LA?

Harry and Meghan followed in the footsteps of Barack and Michelle Obama, who agreed a production deal with Netflix to make TV and film projects.

The path taken by Mrs Obama after her time as First Lady – and indeed the career Hillary Clinton has carved out – may well be an inspiration to Meghan as she looks to her future.

The former Suits actress is likely to be highly sought after by publishing houses who would see dollar signs at the prospect of a revealing memoir.

Recent books written by Mrs Obama and Mrs Clinton topped bestseller lists and were accompanied by tours where they filled venues like rock stars.

Experts have claimed that US TV networks could be willing to pay the Sussexes £38million [$50million] book deals, £20million [$25million] for US TV interviews and £470,000 [$600,000] based on the amounts secured by the Obamas since they left the White House.

As a former lifestyle blogger, another option would be for Meghan to resurrect The Tig blog and become an a-list influencer, perhaps teaming up with brands, signing sponsorship deals, and getting paid in return for posting about brands on her blog and social media.

In April 2019, Kensington Palace announced that Harry was working with US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey on a mental health documentary series.

Harry and Oprah will be co-creators and executive producers of the project for Apple, with the multi-part documentary series focusing on both mental illness and mental wellness.

Away from TV, Harry could turn to the well-paid lecture circuit where he could depend on his confidence and charisma to bring in big bucks.

With his Army training in leading others and experience of appearing on stages across the world, Harry could well become an in-demand motivational speaker.

Harry has his own wealth, including an estimated £20million inheritance from Princess Diana and £7million from the Queen Mother. Meghan is thought to be worth £4million, accumulated mainly from her seven years on Suits.

Mendoza confirmed Markle’s investment, saying: ‘Entrepreneurs need funding, but they also need advisers who care deeply about what they are building.

‘I’m grateful to have found both in the Duchess of Sussex.

‘Her passion for what we’re creating is palpable, and I couldn’t imagine a more aligned partnership.

‘We’re excited for the road ahead.’  

Ronn Torossian, CEO of NYC based 5WPR, a leading PR agency said the Duchess’s investment is worth ‘much more than a cheque’ as the product is now likely to become a ‘household name’.

Jasmine Birtles, Founder of MoneyMagpie.com added that the Duchess’s involvement would be worth ‘millions’ in publicity and that she may have struck a good deal thanks to her star power. 

Ronn explained: ‘Add the Duchess of Sussex to the list of high-profile investors in start-up companies. The old saying of all you need is a dollar and a dream often rings true for investors in start-up companies, as success is tremendously difficult to come by in the startup world,’ he said. 

‘Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have unlimited earning power via endorsement deals, partnerships and more. Investing in start-ups is just one way they seek to become uber-wealthy. It makes sense as part of a larger strategy in terms of a total brand portfolio.

‘Just as Jay-Z & Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have invested in companies it makes complete sense for the Duchess of Sussex also to invest. The company, Clevr also appears to be in line with her social justice platform, with pronouncements that the brand has also committed donating 1 per cent of revenue to organizations fighting for food justice in the U.S., money that is currently going to Santa Barbara’s El Centro SB, a mutual aid and community organization.’

‘Everything about this investment is aligned with the Duchess’s personal brand, which has real potential to resonate with consumers. Her authenticity and endorsement of the product bring an invaluable currency that very few startup consumer brands will ever experience. I see a very promising future for Clevr coffee with potential earnings into the millions,’ he added.

Jasmine Birtles, Founder of MoneyMagpie.com added to FEMAIL that no matter the amount Meghan’s investment in the company her involvement will be worth millions in free publicity.

She added that she wouldn’t be surprised if Meghan got a good deal from the company because of her star-power.

‘A lot of celebrities have invested very successfully in start-ups, Ashton Kutcher has done some really amazing investments. He was an early investor in Skype, AirBnB and Uber. There are some actors who have done very nicely, and others who have lost their shirt, Paris Hilton invested in some cryptocurrency, and lost money. There are lots of these start ups that happen, some do amazingly well and some just drop like a stone very quickly

‘Investing in start ups is a very risky proposition for celebs or ordinary people, it’s something you should be very cautious about, only put in money you can afford to lose.

‘What often does happen is neighbours, friends, family members decide to set up a business and people think it’s going to be great.

‘People can get in at the ground level and I’ve done that, and lost money doing it. I think when it’s friend or family you need to be extra cautious and your natural inclination is to help – but you need to be extra sure it’s got legs, and do extra due diligence. It can cause a lot of bad feeling if something goes wrong – just need to be careful. Having said that, if you’d put £100 in Google as a start-up you’d be a millionaire now.

Media mogul Oprah has grown close to both Meghan and Prince Harry, 36, and attended their wedding in May 2018 (pictured)

Media mogul Oprah has grown close to both Meghan and Prince Harry, 36, and attended their wedding in May 2018 (pictured)

‘I definitely I suspect that, if Meghan’s got any sense she would have put it to them to get herself a good deal. Given the publicity that she’ll give them, it wouldn’t surprise me if she said I’d like it at half price, i would assume she’d struck a good deal, given her global recognition and PR.

‘Investing in start ups is a really good thing to do, but I wold say it’s good to invest in more more solid things first, pensions, blue chip and stocks and shares and then have a bit of a punt in starts up. I think even if you’re in your twenties it’s a good time to start.

‘Meghan is nearly 40, so I would hope she’s already got some other investments by now too.’

Clevr Blends has a range of powdered ‘superlattes’ that cost $28 for each packet of 14 cups, and comes in flavors such as tumeric and matcha.

They also sell what is billed as ‘organic Colombian arabica coffee blended with oat milk and coconut cream, powered by adaptogens, mushrooms and probiotics, naturally sweetened with monk fruit.’ 

It also sells an $18 branded milk frother and a sold-out travel mug.

All contain adaptogens – natural substances, typically derived from plants, that supposedly help the body counteract and adapt to stress.

Mendoza founded Clevr Blends after setting up a ‘funky coffee pop up bar’.

‘We traveled the California coast, mixing up adaptogenic lattes and mushrooms coffees out the back of a van. It was awesome,’ she writes on the company website.

‘Our drinks made people feel amazing – but were hard to re-create at home.

‘We needed an easier way to bring these magical elixirs to people’s daily rituals…so we hit the kitchen!

‘We set out on a mission to create the most delicious, nutrition-rich instant latte on the planet.

‘After 1 year of formulation and meticulous ingredient sourcing later, our SuperLattes were born!’

The company says it sources all of its goods in Santa Barbara and makes them there.

It says it only uses organic or non-GMO ingredients, and that they also want to ‘donate a percentage of our revenue to organizations that are fighting for food justice in the USA.’

Before going into the superfood business, Mendoza worked as a volunteer English teacher in Brazil.

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Jodie Turner-Smith is seen as Anne Boleyn for first time in convention-busting Channel 5 drama

Jodie Turner-Smith has been spotted as Anne Boleyn for the first time while filming a Channel 5 drama that its producers say seeks to ‘challenge conventions’ and shine a ‘feminist light’ on her story.  

Turner-Smith, a black actress born in Britain, is portraying Anne who was the second wife of English King Henry VIII, whom he famously had beheaded. 

Boleyn is also one of the key causes of the English Reformation and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. in the new three-part psychological thriller . 

The actress, 34, was pictured wearing a coat over a period costume while filming for the new series. 

Producers Fable Pictures say the drama ‘challenges all the conventions of who we think Anne Boleyn was and shines a feminist light on her story. 

‘We’re absolutely thrilled to have the magnetic Jodie Turner-Smith on board to encapsulate Anne’s determination to be an equal among men and to pave a path for her daughter.

‘We feel that history has side-lined the voice of this ambitious Queen in favour of the men who brought her down, and that Lynsey Miller’s beautiful, intimate vision will put Anne’s gaze at the heart of the piece.”

Ben Frow, director of programs at ViacomCBS, said: ‘This project re-frames her story as a propulsive psychological thriller, told from a new perspective, with top talent like Jodie Turner-Smith attached. It was simply too irresistible to say no to and I’m very excited to see the finished product.”

Jodie Turner- Smith as been cast as Tudor queen Anne Boleyn in a new period drama

Turner-Smith, a black actress born in Britain, is portraying Anne Boleyn in the upcoming drama.

Turner-Smith, a black actress born in Britain, is portraying Anne Boleyn in the upcoming drama.

She has already earned praise for her roles in the likes of Queen And Slim, Jett and Nightflyers

She has already earned praise for her roles in the likes of Queen And Slim, Jett and Nightflyers

Other members of the cast were seen filming the new show earlier today outside a church

Other members of the cast were seen filming the new show earlier today outside a church

White House Farm¿s Amanda Burton was also seen in period dress for the historical show

White House Farm’s Amanda Burton was also seen in period dress for the historical show

Leading lady: Jodie Turner-Smith, 34, has landed the role of Queen Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 drama series (pictured in February)

Leading lady: Jodie Turner-Smith, 34, has landed the role of Queen Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 drama series (pictured in February)

Anne was the second wife of English King Henry VIII, whom he famously had beheaded

Anne was the second wife of English King Henry VIII, whom he famously had beheaded

Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII’s second wife whose historical significance is often overlooked due to her brutal death

Though perhaps best known in English history for the brutal way in which she met her end, Anne Boleyn’s mark on the country’s history is far more significant.

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn 

Born the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Howard, in 1501, she first came into the eye-sight of Henry VIII in 1522 when she secured a post at court as maid of honour to the king’s first Catherine of Aragon.

It was not until 1526 that Henry began his pursuit of Anne – a pursuit which was initially resisted.

Her refusal to be a mistress sparked Henry to approach the then-Pope to have his marriage annulled.

When it became clear this would not be allowed, Henry began his drive to break the power of the Catholic Church in England – what later became known as the English Reformation.

Henry and Anne formally married in January 1533 – a move which resulted in the Pope excommunicating Henry and him consequently taking control of the Church of England.  

But it was ultimately not a happy marriage. Henry began courting Jane Seymour in 1536.

In order to marry again he needed a reason to end his marriage to Anne and she was investigated for high treason and sent to the Tower of London.

She was convicted on 15 May 1536 and beheaded four days later. 

Anne did leave one more mark on English history though, her daughter, Elizabeth, who was crowned as queen in 1558.

During her daughter’s reign, Anne became venerated as a martyr and heroine of the English Reformation.

It is the second time a BAME actress has played the role of Anne Boleyn on screen, after Merle Oberon, an Anglo-Indian actress who played the royal in Alexander Korda’s 1933 film The Private Life of Henry VIII. 

Though she claimed she was Australian, in order to avoid prejudice at the time, Oberon was born in India to a British army officer father and Indian mother. She was nicknamed ‘Queenie’ in honour of Queen Mary and King George V’s visit to India in 1911. 

Alongside Turner-Smith, who has previously earned praise for her roles in the likes of Queen And Slim, Jett and Nightflyers, the series features Normal People’s Aoife Hinds and Hamlet star Paapa Essiedu. 

White House Farm’s Amanda Burton and Des actor Barry Ward are also among the people taking part in the series.

Historian Dan Jones is serving as executive producer. 

The mini-series, written by Eve Hedderwick Turner, is being produced by Fable Pictures (who created Stan & Ollie) and will air on Channel 5 in due course. 

Turner-Smith described Queen Anne Boleyn as ‘formidable and fierce’ as she spoke about her decision to take on the role.  

Anne, mother of Elizabeth I, was executed in 1536 at the Tower of London after falling out of favour with the Tudor king and losing a battle at court with enemies such as Thomas Cromwell. 

Speaking about taking on the role, Jodie said: ‘Delving deeper into Anne Boleyn’s immense strengths while examining her fatal weaknesses and vulnerabilities, Eve’s scripts immediately captured my imagination. 

‘In the hands of Lynsey Miller, the legend of this formidable queen and fierce mother will be seen as a deeply human story that is still so relevant for today.

‘I look forward to bringing my heart and spirit into this daring retelling of the fall of this iconic woman.’ 

In a statement, Channel 5 said: ‘The drama will explore the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life from the eponymous queen’s perspective.

‘The psychological drama follows her as she struggles to survive, to secure a future for her daughter, and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her.’  

Henry VIII’s love for Anne changed the course of English history: he split with the Catholic Church in 1533 to marry her after divorcing Catherine of Aragon. 

The move resulted in the Pope excommunicating Henry and him consequently taking control of the Church of England.  

But it was ultimately not a happy marriage.

Henry began courting Jane Seymour in 1536.

In order to marry again he needed a reason to end his marriage to Anne and she was investigated for high treason and sent to the Tower of London.

She was convicted on 15 May 1536 and beheaded four days later. 

The day after Anne’s beheading, Henry married Jane Seymour.

News of Jodie’s new role comes after months after she welcomed her daughter, Janie, with Fringe actor husband Joshua Jackson, 42.

In the October issue of Vogue, the British model and actress confirmed child’s name for the first time in print, and reflected on what it’s been like to parent a newborn in the midst of the pandemic. 

A feminist insight: Jodie described Queen Anne Boleyn as 'formidable and fierce' as she spoke about her decision to take on the role

A feminist insight: Jodie described Queen Anne Boleyn as ‘formidable and fierce’ as she spoke about her decision to take on the role

New mum: News of Jodie's new role comes after five months after she welcomed her daughter, Janie, with Fringe actor husband Joshua Jackson, 42 (pictured November 2019)

New mum: News of Jodie’s new role comes after five months after she welcomed her daughter, Janie, with Fringe actor husband Joshua Jackson, 42 (pictured November 2019)

‘I had to learn how to breastfeed and how to be a mum—it really worked out for my baby,’ Turner-­Smith said of the past few months during lockdown with her baby and husband. 

The article reported that after giving birth in April, Jodie’s mother Hilda came to stay with them for three months amid the pandemic, and while protests began erupting around the world in the fight of social justice and racial equality. 

The Queen & Slim star reflected that it was a ‘comfort’ to have both her mother and husband with her and the baby during that time, without the outside pressures of work and amid a time of change and upheaval.