MEGHAN Markle has broken cover after Philip’s memorial by “mutually agreeing” to end her patronage of an animal charity after her close friend died.
Meghan has been left ‘heartbroken’ after the sudden death of Oli Juste who introduced her to charity Mayhew – one of four organisations she became patron of in 2019.
Meghan was introduced to the charity by animal lover Oli, who “tragically and very suddenly passed away” in January.
Howard Bridges, Mayhew’s chief executive, said “we have mutually agreed to end the patronage”, which expired at the beginning of the year, but said the duchess would continue to support their ambitions.
In her letter the Duchess wrote: “Though my time as patron of Mayhew has come to a close, my unwavering support has not. I encourage each of you to support in whatever way you are able.
“The emotional support of a rescue animal is unparalleled—as you’ll soon realise: it is not you who saves them, it is they who save you.”
Meghan said of her friend’s passing: “It has left me, and so many others, heartbroken and reflective — knowing that the legacy he leaves for our furry friends is beautifully simple: just love them.
“Especially those left behind or forgotten. In his memory, we will be creating the Oli Juste wing at Mayhew, to shelter the animals who may have a harder time finding their forever homes. Because much like Oli, they will never be forgotten, and they will always be loved.”
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Meghan Markle hints at even BIGGER plans
MEGHAN Markle has hinted at even BIGGER plans for the future by launching a trademark bid for TV programmes and videos.
The Duchess of Sussex filed an application to trademark the word archetypes last month – despite the ancient Greek word being used in English since around the 1540s.
Archetype is defined as being “typical of an original thing from which others are copied”.
An application by Archewell Audio – Harry and Meghan’s production company – to trademark it is listed on the United States Patent and Trademark Office site.
It comes under the category “goods and services” and covers a long list of related items including downloadable audio recordings and podcasts.
All the items apply to “the fields of cultural treatment of women and stereotypes facing women”.
But the trademark application itself has hinted that Meghan’s plans may go far beyond podcasts.
The trademark would also cover all “audiovisual recordings, recorded webcasts, video podcasts, and television programs.
More than four in 10 people think abolishing monarchy would be bad
New research has looked at where Britons stand on abolishing the monarchy, and on other members of the royal family, including Andrew and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
More than four in 10 people (44%) think abolishing the monarchy would be worse for Britain – twice as many as the 22% who think it would be better.
Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos, said: “At the moment only a minority of people believe Britain would be better off without the monarchy, and the popularity of the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remains strong.
“Looking to the future, half of Britons have faith in Prince Charles as a future king and more people view him in a positive light than four years ago.
“However, with the popularity of Prince William not far behind that of the Queen, Britons also wonder whether Prince Charles should step aside in favour of his eldest son.
“But their actions now are still important for the longer-term future of the royal family.”
Princess Diana had ‘no regrets’ over Bashir interview
PRINCESS Diana had “no regrets” over her interview with Martin Bashir – and the image of her as a “foolish” woman who was conned is offensive, her biographer claims.
Tina Brown said Diana was no “vulnerable victim of the media” and felt “pleased” about the Panorama interview.
In May, a bombshell report into the 1995 chat found that ex BBC journalist Bashir acted in “serious breach” of the broadcaster’s guidelines to secure the interview.
Princes William and Harry both condemned the journalist in separate statements, while Diana’s brother Earl Spencer told of his fury and horror.
Lord Dyson’s report revealed Bashir fabricated information to “deceive” Diana into agreeing to talk.
He commissioned fake bank statements to persuade her that officials were being paid by MI5 and the media for information about her, before showing them to Earl Spencer to win his trust.
Meghan’s first solo podcast will be released this summer
Meghan Markle’s first solo podcast will be released this summer, it has been announced – a year-and-a-half after she and Harry signed an £18million deal with Spotify.
The Duchess of Sussex revealed she’ll be looking into labels and stereotypes “that try to hold women back” for the series.
She’ll host the show, Archetypes, and interview experts and historians during episodes.
The Sussexes were given a bumper pay-out by the streaming giant back in late 2020.
But in January 2022, The Sun revealed Spotify was taking the project “into its own hands” as content from the couple failed to materialise.
Initially, a “full-scale” launch of shows was promised in 2021. However, the year came and went without any further update.
Bosses then stepped in and began recruiting in-house staff to help.
Harry and Meghan’s only podcast effort so far has been a 35-minute ‘holiday special’ in December 2020, featuring celebrity pals Elton John and James Corden.
It means that, so far, they’ve been paid £500,000 for each minute of content released through the platform.
Royal chef’s trick to get Harry and William to eat their greens
Former royal chef spoke about ways he would get the royal brothers to eat their greens.
Darren McGrady, former royal chef, has shared what it was like to cook for the royal family.
William and Harry were fans of mac and cheese. This with crispy skin-on chicken was their favourite, but in order to eat their greens, they were told they could eat one piece of chicken for every floret of broccoli – which apparently worked.
Harry & Meg to attend Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding
Harry and Meghan are apparently set to attend the wedding of Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz.
The Royal couple are close friends with the Beckhams, who attended their wedding in 2018.
The Beckhams’ eldest child, Brooklyn, is set to get married soon and Harry and Meghan will reportedly be in attendance.
Harry & Meghan’s ‘incredible job of keeping memoir a secret’
Speaking to the Royally Obsessed podcast, friend of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, royal expert and co-author of Finding Freedom Omid Scobie chatted to Rachel Bowie and co-host Roberta Fiorito.
In the podcast, Scobie discussed the royal couple’s explosive Oprah interview that aired in March 2021, and how that has influenced expectations for the book.
“I’ve been told by sources that Harry really is going out of his way to make sure that there isn’t material in there that could be seen as negative toward the queen or her reign in any way whatsoever and he really wants to celebrate her life and his relationship with her in that book,” Scobie says.
“I think as much as the press wants this to be a burn book and an attack on the institution, [Harry’s memoir] is more just about his story—and of course, there’s a lot more to it than the few years of his life as the Duke of Sussex.”
He added: “Even those working directly on this project still don’t know the contents of it—they’re doing an incredible job of keeping it secret for as long as possible.”
Sussexes security firm hiring £35-per-hour alarm technician
The Sussexes’ security firm is hiring a £35 per hour alarm technician.
The chosen candidate may even get to visit Prince Harry and Meghan’s Montecito mansion as the job description advertises on-site jobs.
Hillcrest security, which is said to supply armed guards to the Sussexes £11 million residence is just 10 minutes from the star-studded neighbourhood where the royal couple lives with their two children.
The job posting is looking for “motivated team players with substantial expertise and training in low voltage electronics.”
Harry’s popularity plummets
PRINCE Harry’s popularity has plummeted with nearly half of Brits holding an “unfavourable opinion” after he married Meghan Markle.
Since their fairytale Royal Wedding in Windsor in 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seen worsening favourability with the British public over the last four years
An annual survey, conducted by Ipsos and released yesterday, consisted of interviewing 2,055 British adults on March 24 and 25.
The results suggest how – compared to the study made in May 2018 – Prince Harry’s favorability rating dropped 35% in the new findings, reports the Express.
The survey suggests only 30% see Harry in a favourable light – down 35 percentage points from 2018.
Meanwhile, just 24% have a good opinion of Meghan, down 16 points from the last survey.
The findings also showed the Queen remains the British public’s favourite royal at 63%, while Prince Andrew is the least favourite, with seven in 10 (69%) holding an unfavourable opinion of the Duke of York.
Inside William and Kate’s possible Windsor home
PRINCE William and Kate are looking to move their family out of London – and closer to Granny.
The royal couple are said to be considering relocating to Windsor and have even been scouting potential schools for their three children, Princes George and Louis, eight and three, and Princess Charlotte, six.
he Queen has several properties in Windsor, but it’s been reported Wills and Kate are also considering private properties. Here, we examine the pads on their radar so far:
- The “forgotten castle” – Fort Belvedere
- Adelaide Cottage
- The peaceful refuge – Frogmore House
- Prince Andrew’s pad – Royal Lodge
Read more about the properties here.
Diana ‘had no regrets’ about Bashir interview
A royal expert has claimed that Princess Diana “had no regrets” about her tell-all interview with Martin Bashir, according to a royal expert.
Royal biographer Tina Brown wrote in her biography of the Royal Family that friends of Diana upheld that the Princess “was pleased” about the interview on Panorama.
Brown added: “I don’t subscribe to the now pervasive narrative that Diana was a vulnerable victim of media manipulation, a mere marionette tossed about by malign forces beyond her control.
“While strongly sympathetic to her sons’ pain, I find it offensive to present the canny, resourceful Diana as a woman of no agency, as either a foolish, duped child or the hapless casualty of malevolent muckrakers.”
Celebrity astrologer forecasts ‘challenging’ time ahead for Sussexes
A celebrity astrologer, has spoken to ToDiForDaily’s Kinsey Schofield about the “challenging” times ahead for the Sussexes’.
Ms Emili Adame began by saying that previously when looking at the Sussexes’ and their marriage, she thought that “the relationship could end”.
She said: “I think to a lot of the energy I was seeing, I was seeing all the trouble that was coming right after the wedding.
“What I do still see is more chaos.
“This is a very challenging marriage, very challenging.”
The celebrity astrologer continued: “I can see two roads, one of the roads that I see is that the relationship itself, they could grow apart at some point emotionally.
“But that Harry would feel a duty to his children and would not leave them but I do see a lot of problems in the relationship.”
Meghan and Harry’s wedding cake details
Claire Ptak, a London-based cake designer, wanted to infuse the lavish cake with a Californian connection to honour Meghan’s native Los Angeles.
On Instagram, the chef revealed: “For the wedding, I made them a lemon and elderflower cake. I really wanted to incorporate the dishes from the Royal Collection, I felt like it needed to be on a historic platform, literally.”
The Sussexes broke from tradition with their wedding cake, with most royals opting for a traditional fruit cake.
Andrew out and about
Andrew was seen for the first time since Prince Philip’s memorial today.
The Duke Of York broke cover as he was seen for the first time since his fathers Memorial Service this morning.
The Prince was captured heading out for an early morning ride on the grounds around Windsor.
What is the definition of archetypes?
- Cambridge: ‘Typical of an original thing from which others are copied.’
- Oxford: ‘The most typical or perfect example of a particular kind of person or thing.’
- Merriam-Webster: ‘The original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies.’
Meghan could branch out into TV shows
The Duchess could branch out into other avenues – including TV shows.
If the trademark is granted, it would mean Archewell Audio own it rather than Spotify, which paid Harry and Meghan a rumoured £18million for their partnership in 2020.
But Meghan could face a legal challenge from companies that use the word in their names, such as the skincare and cleaning products business Archetypes, which already has a trademark, the Daily Mail reports.
It comes after the duchess announced Archetypes – her first solo podcast – will be released this summer.
The series will look into labels and stereotypes “that try to hold women back” and will feature interviews with experts and historians during episodes.