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    PostThe Last Outlaw Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:24 am

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    REUTERS News Staff wrote:LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth and her family said on Tuesday that they were saddened to learn of the experiences of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, saying they would address issues around race that were raised by the couple in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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    "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

    "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

    "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

    I know this is only a short statement, but I want to hear more from the Royal Family regarding these allegations from Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. This is something that needs to be addressed and I look forward to hearing what Buckingham Palace has to say... in detail!

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    PostThe Last Outlaw Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:15 am

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    Yasmine Salam and Yuliya Talmazan of NBC News wrote:LONDON — Buckingham Palace issued a statement Tuesday addressing Prince Harry[b] and [b]Meghan's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, saying the issues the couple raised, particularly around race, are "concerning."

    "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," said the palace's statement, released more than 36 hours after the bombshell interview, which first aired in the U.S. on Sunday night.

    "While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately," the statement added. "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

    The statement on what royal experts have described as a very damaging interview marked a notable departure for the palace, which usually refrains from commenting on reports and articles in the media.

    The couple spoke with the media mogul Oprah Winfrey for a two-hour interview that aired on CBS in prime time on Sunday night in the United States and on Monday night in the United Kingdom.

    The wide-ranging interview focused on what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex described as a lack of support offered to the couple after their 2018 marriage, Meghan’s experience with suicidal thoughts and British tabloids' harsh scrutiny of her, which she said veered into racist undertones.

    In a clip released by CBS on Monday, Harry said racism played "a large part" in the reason the couple left the country.

    Among the allegations, Meghan said that in the months leading up to Archie's birth, a member of the royal family expressed "concerns" and there were "conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

    That has led to furious speculation in the British media and among members of the public over the source of the comment.

    Several local politicians and royal experts have put pressure on Buckingham Palace to launch an internal investigation over the alleged remark, placing more scrutiny on family business usually carried out behind closed doors. Last week, the palace said it had launched an internal investigation into bullying allegations lobbied against Meghan.

    When asked about the couple's allegations at a press conference Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson affirmed his "highest admiration for the queen."He added that he had long declined to comment on "royal family matters," and would not "depart on that today."

    Harry told Oprah his brother, Prince William, and father, Prince Charles, "are trapped" within the confines of the institution.

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    After the interview, the #AbolishTheMonarchy hashtag was trending on Twitter in the U.K., and 45 percent of respondents said they had little to no sympathy for members of the royal family over the situation with the Sussexes, according to a YouGov poll March 8 that surveyed more than 4,600 Britons. The royal family is still pulling in more support than the Sussexes, according to the poll — 56 percent of respondents said they had little or no support for Harry and Meghan.

    If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK), text HOME to 741741, text HELP to 741741 to the Crisis Text Line or visit one of these websites:

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    This is getting more crucial as information comes out. The light is being shed on the Royal Family. Let's see where this goes.

    Again, If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK), text HOME to 741741, text HELP to 741741 to the Crisis Text Line or visit one of these websites:

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    PostThe Last Outlaw Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:41 am

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    Desiree Murphy‍ of Entertainment Tonight wrote:
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    Queen Elizabeth II is speaking out following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen on Tuesday, just two days after the special aired on CBS. Throughout the broadcast, titled Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, Meghan and Harry addressed everything from "feeling trapped," to personal struggles with mental health and allegations of racism within the institution.

    "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," the new statement from Buckingham Palace reads. "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning."

    "While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately," the statement continues. "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

    Pertaining to the issues of race, Meghan claimed in the interview that there were "concerns and conversations about how dark [son Archie's] skin might be when he's born," for example. She said it would be "damaging" to reveal who had voiced those concerns.

    Harry later confirmed to Oprah that a conversation about Archie's skin color did take place, but he wasn't comfortable sharing any further details. "That conversation, I'm never going to share. But at the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked," he said. "That was right at the beginning... 'What will the kids look like?'"

    During Monday's CBS This Morning, Winfrey revealed that Harry had told her that the person who made these remarks wasn't his grandmother, the queen, or his grandfather, Prince Philip.

    Royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET earlier this week that Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family are taking the couple's allegations, particularly about racism, very seriously, and that Buckingham Palace would have "no choice" but to respond.

    "The queen's mantra has always been, 'Never complain, never explain.' I think the Palace was hoping and certainly newspapers were being briefed over the weekend that this would just be a storm that blew over given time,'" Nicholl said. "I think we've all realized on both sides of the pond that this storm is not going to go away anytime soon."

    "The can of worms has been opened, some very serious things have been said, and I think the Palace really has no choice but to issue some sort of a comment," she added. "It's opened up a Pandora's Box and there is something of a witch hunt to find out which royal it is."

    Looks like we are going for a ride, Ladies and Gentlemen. Strap yourselves in, because this is only the beginning.

    Just Saying.
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    PostThe Last Outlaw Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:53 pm

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    Phil Boucher of People Magazine wrote:
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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "feeling free" following their interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday

    "We watched the special together actually," close friend Janina Gavankar – who has known Meghan for 17 years – told the British show This Morning on Wednesday.

    "We're all happy that we are in a new era. You know, we get to tell the truth. Things are different now," she added, "It is nice to see them feel free."

    During her conversation with This Morning, Janina also opened up about the mental anguish that left Meghan feeling as though she "just didn't want to be alive anymore."



    "That was clear and real and frightening and constant thought," Meghan told Oprah, 67, on CBS Sunday (her first interview since her engagement to Prince Harry in 2017), adding that she "thought it would have solved everything for everyone."

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    According to Janina, Meghan "turned to all of us. She turned to her husband," when she couldn't secure the help she needed from within the royal family. The actress added that Meghan's struggles were also well-known within royal circles.

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    "I don't know who knew. (But) I know that the family and the staff knew," she said Wednesday.

    "We watched as a wall was built around her," Janina continued about seeing her close friend go through such turmoil. "[Meghan] was very isolated – and even though that wasn't her choice she was being completely slaughtered for it."

    "I can personally say that made me very angry," she said. "I wanted to defend her, but she was told to tell us never to make a comment because the institution would protect them. And years later we see now that was not the truth."

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    Janina added, "Meghan has always been a very open person. She's always shared parts of herself in a way that we always do, but that all changed when she joined the family."

    On Tuesday, Buckingham Palace released a short statement addressing Meghan and Harry's revealing interview, which stated that "the whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan."

    "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," added the statement, which was released on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. "While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

    "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

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    Speaking Wednesday, Janina hinted that despite this attempt to build bridges, it's likely that further details about the behind-the-palace-walls events will emerge at some point. Also, that Meghan and Harry have plenty of ways to prove their side of the story.

    "You know, after reading this short statement that came out from Buckingham Palace today, I felt two things," said Janina. "One side, I thought: I am so thankful that they are finally acknowledging the experience. But on the other side, I know that the family and staff were well aware of the extent of it, and though their recollections may vary, ours don't, because we lived through it with them. And there are many emails and texts to support that."

    This evidence also extends to the claims made in a recent article in The Times, which accused Meghan of bullying staff at Kensington Palace — an accusation that has been denied by a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry and described as an "attack on her character."

    "I have known [Meghan] for 17 years and I have seen the way she regards the people around her and the people she works with, and I can say she is not a bully," Janina said Wednesday. "But I can also say that I am personally glad people are doing their due diligence because I also know why someone had to leave, and it was for gross misconduct.

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    'The truth will come out," she continued. "There are plenty of emails and texts about that. I'm not going to get into the details of it. I don't feel like that's my place. I'm just happy that it's actually being looked into because the truth really does set you free."
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    In a nod to what the future might hold for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Janina, 40, said that the couple can now concentrate on the bonds that brought them so close together in the first place, adding that Meghan found her "soulmate" in Harry.

    "Now they can get back to what they really were focused on and really how they really met and fell in love, and that was through humanitarian and environmental work," said Janina.

    "They have been doing that kind of work way before they met each other and now they can do it together. It's actually a really good time," she added.

    That's what I'm talking about. Bring the receipts. Let the truth come out.

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    PostThe Last Outlaw Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:53 pm

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    Rob Picheta of CNN wrote:It was the interview that some within Buckingham Palace must have feared -- but Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's discussion with Oprah Winfrey was more revealing, explosive and potentially damaging to the royal family than many could have imagined.

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    Allegations of racism within the family itself, and Meghan's admission that she felt suicidal during her pregnancy, have been splashed across newspapers in the United Kingdom.

    Throughout their two-hour TV special, both Harry and Meghan spoke with eye-opening candor, delivering accusations and rebukes that outweighed even Princess Diana's landmark interview more than two decades earlier.

    Here's a round-up of what we learned from the conversation.

    Meghan Had Suicidal Thoughts

    The duchess has hinted before that her mental health suffered during her stint as a senior royal, but during her interview with Winfrey she spoke for the first time about how severe the experience had been.

    She revealed that life within the royal family was so isolating and lonely, and that she felt so unsupported by the institution, that she contemplated suicide while pregnant with her son Archie.

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    She added that she raised those issues with the palace, but felt unprotected by them. "I went to the institution, and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help, I said I'd never felt this way before ... and I was told that I couldn't, that it wouldn't be good for the institution," Meghan said, adding that she went to "one of the most senior people" to raise the concerns.

    Emails were sent in which she was "begging for help," she added.

    She told Harry about the ordeal because "I knew that if I didn't say it, that I would do it -- and I just didn't want to be alive anymore," Meghan said. She revealed her thoughts to her husband as they sat on the steps of their cottage. Hours later, the pair had to attend an event in London. "I can't be left alone," she remembered telling Harry, after he suggested she stay home.

    "I wasn't prepared for that," Harry said during the interview. "I went into a very dark place as well. I wanted to be there for her." He said that every day he came home from work after Archie was born, he would arrive to see Meghan crying while breastfeeding their child.

    But he said he did not broach the topic with other family members. "That's just not a conversation that would be had," Harry said. "I guess I was ashamed of admitting it to them ... For the family, they very much have this mentality of: This is how it is."

    The duchess also revealed that she reached out to an unnamed friend of Harry's mother, Princess Diana, to talk through her struggles. "I didn't know who to even turn to in that. And one of the people that I reached out to, who's continued to be a friend and confidant, was one of ... Diana's best friends. Because it's like, who else could understand what it's actually like on the inside?" she told Winfrey.

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    There Were 'Concerns' in the Royal Family About Archie's Skin Color

    Meghan said there was concern within the royal family about her baby's skin tone, and Harry condemned his relatives for failing to criticize colonial undertones in media coverage.

    Meghan told Winfrey that an unnamed member of the family raised the issue of how dark their unborn baby Archie's skin would be while she was pregnant.

    There were several "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born," she said, in one of the most stunning revelations from the interview.

    "That was relayed to me from Harry. Those were conversations that family had with him," Meghan added, declining to reveal who was involved in the conversations. "That would be very damaging to them," she said.

    "That conversation, I am never going to share," Harry added. "At the time, it was awkward, I was a bit shocked."

    When Winfrey asked if he could share the questions posed during the conversation, he declined, saying "I'm not comfortable with sharing that." On Monday, Winfrey told CBS that Harry had said the royal in question was not the Queen or Prince Philip.

    "But it was right at the beginning," he added. "What will the kids look like? That was at the beginning when she wasn't going to get security, when my family suggested that she might continue acting (because there wasn't going to be money for her)."

    In another part of the broadcast, Harry also criticized the royals for failing to support them when lawmakers pointed out "colonial undertones" in the way that Meghan was covered in the British press.

    Harry and Meghan Felt 'Trapped' in the Family

    "My father and my brother, they are trapped," Harry said, lifting the veil on the extreme constraints the couple felt as members of the family. "It's a very trapping environment that a lot of them are stuck in," he added at another point in the broadcast.

    The pair spoke several times about those constraints, relating them to their relationship with the media, their mental health, and their personal freedom.

    Harry said he could not have left the family had he not met Meghan. "I was trapped, but I didn't know I was trapped," he said. "They don't get to leave," he added of his relatives, saying they are "trapped within the system" and that he has "huge compassion for that."

    When Meghan joined the family, she said "that was the last time, until we came (to the United States), that I saw my passport, my driver's license, my keys. All that gets turned over."

    "I couldn't call an Uber to the palace," she joked at one point.

    Meghan also said she never received guidance on the formalities of the role. "Unlike what you see in the movies, there's no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal," she said, describing how she would Google the words of the British national anthem at night to avoid embarrassing the family.

    The Details Behind Their Split From The Royals

    Winfrey asked Harry whether they quit as working members of the royal family because they were asking for help and couldn't get it. "Yeah, basically," Harry said. But the pair insisted they "never left" the family, and merely stepped back from their official roles.

    "Lack of support and lack of understanding" was the simplest reason they left, he said.

    But the prince hit back at stories last year that they blindsided the Queen by not telling her of their plan until it was public.

    "I've never blindsided my grandmother, I have too much respect for her," Harry said. Asked where that report came from, he said: "It probably could have come from within the institution."

    "This isn't working for everyone," Meghan recalled telling the royals.

    "My biggest concern was history repeating itself," Harry said, adding that he saw the circumstances that affected his mother, Diana, unfolding again -- but more dangerously, given that racism and social media added to their challenges.

    The pair said they suggested moving to a Commonwealth country and continuing to support the monarchy where needed, but they ultimately settled in the US after their security was removed.

    "I got confirmation that no, the risk hadn't changed," Harry said, but given their change in status their protective detail would be revoked regardless. The issue of who would provide the couple's security was heavily covered in the media at the time, and the couple made clear that it was a decisive factor in their decision to move from Canada, where they stayed temporary, to California.

    Their Relationships With the Queen and Princes Charles and William

    Few senior members of the royal family were portrayed positively in the interview, but the Queen was the exception.

    Harry said the pair have spoken to the monarch several times since their move to the US, and also informed her of their decision to step down as working royals. "My grandmother and I have a really good relationship, and an understanding and I have a deep respect for her," he said.

    But he admitted his relationships with his brother, Prince Wiliam, and his father, Prince Charles, are far more strained.

    "I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father, before he stopped taking my calls," Harry said, recalling the events surrounding their decision to leave last year.

    "There's a lot to work through there. I feel really let down, because he's been something similar -- he knows what pain feels like, and Archie's his grandson.

    "But at the same time, of course, I will always love him," Harry said, adding that repairing the relationship was one of his priorities.

    He also hinted that he attempted to reveal to his family the constraints of royal life that he had discovered. "I've tried to educate them," he said.

    Asked why Charles was not answering the phone, Harry suggested it was because he "took matters into my own hands."

    Turning to his brother, Harry said: "I love William to bits, he's my brother, we've been through hell together ... but we're on different paths." He added that "the relationship is space at the moment," and that "time heals all things -- hopefully."

    "My family literally cut me off financially" in the first quarter of 2020, he added -- a move that necessitated their lucrative media deals with Netflix and Spotify.

    Meghan Has Seen Some of the Headlines About Her

    Winfrey presented Meghan with a series of headlines about her in the British media, contrasting them with far more positive stories about her sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

    In one example, Winfrey read a story about her eating avocados which said the fruit was "linked to water shortages, illegal deforestation and environmental devastation" -- while a separate story simply reported Kate was eating them to help with morning sickness.

    "That's a really loaded piece of toast," Meghan responded, admitting she saw the story.

    The pair both took aim at the British press in the interview, as they have done on several occasions before. And Harry said the palace is in "fear" of its media coverage, meaning they had little freedom while part of the family.

    "To simplify it, it's a case of if you as a family member are willing to wine, dine and give full access to these reporters, then you will get better press," Harry said.

    "Why do you care about better press if you're royal?" Winfrey asked.

    "I think everyone needs to have some compassion for them in that situation ... there is a level of control by fear that has existed for generations," Harry replied.

    But the racial undertones of some coverage made it more than "catty gossip," Harry said. "It was bringing out a part of people that was racist and how it was charged ... and that changed the threat, that changed the level of death threats, that changed everything."

    Kate made Meghan cry, not the other way around

    Meghan was asked about stories in the British media that she made her sister-in-law cry while preparing for her wedding with Harry. Those stories were heavily covered in many tabloids, and were emblematic of media accusations about Meghan's behavior to royals and staff.

    But the reality was "the reverse," Meghan said -- Kate made Meghan cry during a discussion about the ceremony, and months later the incorrect story appeared in the media.

    Meghan said Kate gave her flowers and apologized, and that she forgave her, adding that "she is a good person."

    But she said the reporting of the incident was a "turning point" in their experience.

    "If you love her you don't have to hate me," Meghan said, urging people not to pit the two duchesses against each other.

    Meghan Called the Queen About Prince Philip

    Segments of the broadcast, in which Winfrey toured the couple's home, were filmed hours after Prince Philip was admitted to a hospital last month.

    "This morning I woke up earlier than H and saw a note from someone in our team in the UK, saying that the Duke of Edinburgh had gone to hospital," Meghan told Winfrey.

    "I just picked up the phone and I called the Queen, just to check in," she said, adding that the ability to do so freely would not have existed in the royal set-up.

    The 99-year-old husband of the Queen has spent three weeks in hospital and has undergone a heart procedure.

    Her One Regret

    Meghan said her one regret is "believing them when they said I would be protected."

    "Now because we're actually on the other side, we've actually not just survived but are thriving," Meghan added, comparing the couple's situation today with their time as working royals.

    Harry added that he does not feel any regrets about the way they left. "I am really proud of us," he said. "I am so proud of my wife. She safely delivered Archie during a period of time that was so cruel, so mean."

    'It's a girl'

    The couple revealed that their second child will be a girl.

    "Amazing, just grateful," Harry said, describing his feelings. "To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing. But to have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for?" he said.

    But they will not be trying to become parents for a third time. "Two is it," Meghan said, adding their daughter is due in the summer.

    The pair revealed in February that they were expecting another child. In November, Meghan revealed she suffered a miscarriage last year.

    Their Lives Today

    Harry said that having outdoor space has been a huge benefit during lockdowns in California, where they moved shortly before the pandemic began.

    Taking Archie outside is his favorite activity, he said. "The highlight for me is sticking him on the back of the bicycle" -- something he was never able to enjoy himself as a child.

    "Hydrate" was Archie's recent favorite word, Meghan said. She wrapped up the interview by describing their lives today as "greater than any fairytale you've ever read."

    CNN has reached out to the royal family for comment.

    I am looking forward to hearing from the Royal Family with their response. If you missed the interview last Sunday, this is a good breakdown of everything that was said and covered.

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