Thursday, 13 February 2020

Meghan Celebrates Forces for Change News & The Sussexes Visit Stanford

Hello dear readers,

It feels like quite some time since news came the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were stepping down as senior members of the Royal family, doesn't it? For Harry and Meghan, they are currently taking the time to prepare for the next chapter of their lives which entails everything from searching for their new home to the launch of their charitable foundation. Before we chat about that, Edward Enninful had a very special update to share about the September issue of British Vogue Meghan edited: "I'm thrilled to report that newsstand sales of British Vogue are up in the second half of 2019, but the real highlight for me is the performance of our September 2019 issue 'Forces for Change', guest edited by the Duchess of Sussex, was our fastest-selling issue in the history of British Vogue (sold out in 10 days) and the biggest-selling issue of the past decade."


To celebrate the news, Sussex Royal shared a never before seen behind-the-scenes conversation between Meghan and Edward filmed last August. The pair looked back on their early meetings over tea after the Duchess approached the editor about supporting her patronage Smart Works. "I wanted to see if you would help with me with Smart Works, right? And so, there we were having tea," said Meghan. "Maybe I could push it just a little bit more and see if you would be willing to let me guest edit." Edward described the Duchess, saying: "You have an editor's eye. I've never seen anything like it."


There's lovely footage of the duo calling the amazing group of women who featured on the cover (keep an eye out for the celebratory hats). Meghan's wearing her Everlane Japanese GoWeave jumpsuit.



As you may have heard, the Sussexes are expected to return to the UK in early March for a round of engagements including the annual Commonwealth Day service on 9 March. We should hear more details on this shortly. One engagement that caught my eye is a special event at London's Southbank Theatre hosted by Edward Enninful as part of WOW – Women of the World’s tenth anniversary festival. It will focus on the impact of Forces for Change and bring together a panel of female trailblazers. It takes place on 7 March, and would seem to be one to watch during Harry and Meghan's return.



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How have Harry and Meghan been spending their time in recent weeks? The couple have largely been staying at the same property they resided in before Christmas on Vancouver Island with a couple of trips to the United States. At an exclusive JP Morgan summit in Miami, Prince Harry gave a speech. There have been numerous conflicting reports regarding the content of that speech and whether or not the couple were paid a fee. Most recent reports suggests they were not paid. If that is the case, I imagine it was more of a networking event for the couple and an opportunity to meet people they may work with in the future or enlist to support their foundation. Though to be clear, I have no doubt paid speaking engagements form part of their future plan. It's a lucrative market which could tie in very well with their interests. As they build a financially independent life, we're not going to see branded tea towels, etc. as reported. Hello! reports they turned down an invitation to present at the Oscars on Sunday night, so it's clear they are choosing their next steps very carefully. Speaking events, perhaps lecturing stints, and a producing contract with a streaming giant such as Netflix seem far more plausible to me. It's a path the Obamas have navigated extremely well since leaving the White House and one I could see the Sussexes taking.


With efforts focused on launching Sussex Royal this spring, Harry and Meghan travelled to Stanford University on Tuesday. Today has the story:

'The royal couple paid a visit to Stanford University on Tuesday to attend a brainstorming session over several hours with professors and academics at the prestigious university in Palo Alto, California, a palace source confirmed to TODAY.
The meeting was to help them with their ongoing work to establish a new charitable organization. The couple indicated on their new website in January that they intended to start a new foundation after shifting their home from England to Canada.
Harry and the former Meghan Markle flew commercial from Canada. At Stanford, they were personally greeted by Marc Tessier-Lavigne, the university's president.'

As I mentioned a little earlier, we should hear details on UK events soon. This is an unprecedented situation and Harry and Meghan deserve the opportunity to take the time to do this as they see fit. We're not going to know the full picture of how it will all work for some time.

49 comments:

  1. I didn't realise that I was starving for information on the Sussexes until I saw the tweets. It's truly amazing just how much Meghan and Harry have come to mean to me personally and now without the regular updates, I truly miss them. Here's hoping for their foundation to successfully launch.

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    1. Can I just say me too?
      It still hurts that they were not supported by the royal family as visibly as Andrew has been. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

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  2. I like the direction they seem to be headed. This sounds positive to me. I am looking forward to watching how Harry and Meghan create their foundation and work to fund it. I'm sure it will be with class. How could anyone think branded tea towels were in the picture? In all Prince Charles's efforts to create the funding for his pet projects, nothing crass seems to have been done. If H & M take from his example, from the Obamas, and from the experts they have doubtless added on their team, they will do great things yet.

    It will be nice for royal watchers to see them again on Commonwealth Day.

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    1. Anne-Sophie de Paris14 February 2020 at 07:39

      Marci Andy!

      Je partage entièrement votre analyse. Beaucoup souhaitent voir les Sussex échouer et prévoient le divorce et le retour de Harry au bercail sans sa sorcière de femme Meghan .

      Je prie pour qu'il n'en soit jamais ainsi . Quel gâchis !
      Au risque de me répéter, je vous conseille de vous intéresser au profil de JULIAN PAYNE ,secrétaire de communication de Clarence House donc du prince Charles et de Camilla.

      Comme vous Narci ,je suis persuadée qu'ils " soulèveront des montagnes et que leur association philanthropique sera un grand succès .

      N'est ce pas ce côté altruiste qui est le ciment de leur couple ?
      Je leur souhaite une bonne chance malgré les pièges venant de la firme et de l'extérieur qu'il leur faudra éviter .

      Ils vaincront l'adversité.


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  3. Its nice too hear a news about the sussex i love to hear they are doing just fine looking forward for them at the commonwelth day

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  4. Oh my! Thank you so very much for this. It's everything I had hoped for. In truth I am only sad because of what the BRF has given up,sad that they couldn't find a way to incorporate it into their mission. When HM and Prince Charles see the outcomes, I'm sure they'll be proud at what the "spare" and his talented wife will achieve together. Harry, your mom would be so proud of you. Meghan,shine on...

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    1. I agree with your assessment of their current situation entirely. I think that H&M will stun us all with the brilliance of their future endeavors. I can't wait to hear about all of the amazing adventures that they will pursue and the opportunities for improving the world that they will exploit. And for anyone who doubts the sincerity and earnestness of their mission, well just wait and see.

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  5. Recently I attended a lunch here in Victoria, BC. The gentleman seated across from me lives in the neighbourhood where Harry and Meghan have taken up residence. Of course, I took the opportunity to casually ask questions. Fortunately, he was not at all reticent about sharing what he knew.

    Apparently the locals go out of their way to call the photographers lurking about to task, challenge them on what they are doing there, and ask them to leave. As was reported in international news some time ago, a local water taxi refused a large hourly rate to take photographers out to where they could have shots of the home.

    In addition, because photographers have been harassing their clientele with questions about Harry & Meghan, some shop owners in the area have put up signs saying photographers are not welcome. Even better, the residents of the area have formed a private Facebook group which updates the locations of the photographers which Meghan and Harry's security detail can access. Thus they know where the lurkers lie.

    It's lovely to see the community rally behind Harry and Meghan in this pro-active way and help them to protect their privacy. Unfortunately, the weather has been the worst in years for constant rain. Normally we enjoy bright days and early flowers this time of year. Let's hope the unseasonable deluges don't drive them away.

    Like BeanieG, I think the BRF ought to have considered this matter more fully. They could have stalled and negotiated for some time and found a solution that would have served all the parties better. I'm not sure that cutting them out won't ultimately do more harm to the BRF than finding a way to keep them in might have been. However, it's not a particularly creative institution.

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    1. It's encouraging to hear of people being so protective. It must be valuable for Harry and Meghan to have this transition period without disturbances (even if I miss hearing about them!).

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    2. I think stalling was exactly BP's plan, to the point that they didn't seem to want to properly work with H&M to actually figure anything out. And so H&M felt they had no option but to go ahead and announce it on their own.

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    3. Thank you Philly for sharing this story! It makes me smile to think about a Canadian Neighbourhood trying to protect the Sussexes.
      I also share your thoughts on the monarchy/ Buckingham Palace as an institution. I feel the BRF is loosing energies like Great Britain does in leaving the EU. Sometimes it is very challenging to grow new things but it would have been worth it.

      I am a great supporter of both Duchesses from the beginning. I really appreciate what Catherine is doing and using her royal status for. What she is currently doing in raising awareness for Early Years, putting things together in the whole Mental Health project is so important and very well done.
      This is why I have been disappointed about the conduct of the monarchy towards Harry and Meghan. I probably, like many of you, thought the new era had begun. The young and bright women and men taking the monarchy to the next level. Now we see there was a lot of wishful thinking to it. Still there is a lot of conservatism and sticking to long lasting patterns in place.
      William and his family get full support and protection as the direct in line to the throne. In royal households teamplay seems to be a relatively modern pattern. Of course the heir to the throne needs alliance’s but hierachies and distinction seems to be very important still. I hope in the future this will change and the Cambridge Children can live free, happy and fulfilling lives.
      Catherine is progressive enough to make a very traditional Duchess role look great yet not to challenging for British Society and Royal Palaces. She does a lot of work concerning children, families, healthcare etc. She does it in a modern and smart way but still it is exactly what is expected of a future kings wife.
      Harry has been a powerhouse in creating unique and sometimes more risky projects very successfully like the endeavour projects, the Invictous games, Sentebale. He has never been just a coworker and always shown a lot of ambition which is probably routed in being a prince of a royal family as well;). I think it would have been great if the palace had given him and his wife some space and protection. I felt the Queen was starting this process when she gave Harry the title of commonwealth youth ambassador instead of William. There would have been enough work for the Sussexes and the Cambridges to cover and enough opportunities for everyone to shine a light on their causes.

      For some reason we have to be more patient and wait for the world to become more diverse, inklusive, kind and forgiving....

      Best wishes to all of you from very windy and whet Germany

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  6. How glad I am to see this installment of "Mad About Meghan"! We still are mad about her, you know, even if she's stepped down. More than ever we need an informed, reliable, scrupulous, sensible source (that's you, Charlotte!) for the new, interesting information about what she and Harry are doing. I don't want to get my news from the Daily Mail, whose comment stream is as nasty as ever.

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  7. Thank you so much for this post. I was missing their smiling faces! All the best for their next steps in building a wonderful life.

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  8. Reading this wonderful post gave me a new thought -- those who are not against Meghan on a racist basis may be against her because she's so smart! She apparently has a very (very) good mind, and that is often resented by "men in charge." Bless Harry for appreciating/needing her so much. I will never judge their activities -- they need funds to live (which mostly involves security costs) and for their charitable work.

    I keep forgetting that I was SO surprised that H&M went the working royal route to begin with -- I truly thought they would just head for Africa and live a low-key life. I guess "low-key" was naive!

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  9. Awww!’ What a lovely post Charlotte! I have definitely been missing the Sussex’s, Meghan especially so watching this video was such a lovely reminder of what the Duchess accomplished during her short time inside the royal family.

    I have noticed a continued rush to judge what Harry and Meghan are reported to be doing or not doing. Personally, I am more than willing to give them both an extended “honeymoon period “ to figure out their next steps forward, to discover their network of supporters who will be able to help support their endeavors now and in the years to come. Meghan was given a shockingly short “honeymoon period “ with the press and many areas of the public, everyone expected her to be perfect right out of the gate, let’s not, as her supporters, demand that unrealistic perfection of her again. Let us remember that Meghan is human, with all the good intentions, quirks, passions and weaknesses that we all have, let us give her the compassion and mercy that we would extend to our sister, to our best friend, to ourselves.

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    1. let us give her the compassion and mercy that we would extend to our sister, to our best friend, to ourselves - I love that, so lovely said ❤️

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    2. Well said; I could not have said it better.

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  10. Anne-Sophie de Paris14 February 2020 at 07:50

    Bonjour Charlotte,
    Merci de nous donner des nouvelles des Sussex.
    Il n'y a pas une journée où je ne me précipite sur votre blog.

    Vous êtes pour moi une amie fidèle qui a pour habitude de ramener les faits de façon objective.

    Continuer à nous nourrir intellectuellement et surtout à nous apprendre que la " haine " ne grandit guère celui ou ceux qui l'utilisent pour anéantir des personnes au motif qu'ils ne ressemblent pas à nos critères d'être capable de faire partie de la famille royale britannique.

    Les Sussex réussiront car ils sont sincères malgré la manière dont on "veut nous les vendre "

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  11. Thank you for this update Charlotte. I agree that everyone will have to be patient as they build their foundation and organise their new life. They need time to make connections and setup and i think by spring/summer we will start to see things take shape. looking forward to it all and i am so excited.

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  12. H, E, ...calling people by their initials seem to be Meghan's thing :)
    Ella

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    1. It was my impression that Harry went by "H" long before he became acquainted with Meghan.

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  13. When they fly commercial, is it a regular Delta (or whatever) flight? Like they go wait at the gate like everyone else and then sit in first class on the airplane? If so, why do we never see pictures? Surely someone has snapped them!

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    1. I recall when Kate traveled on a commercial flight to the Netherlands there were some pictures taken by another passenger. She boarded right at the end after everyone else got on, I believe. I imagine H&M would wait in the airport lounge until the last minute.

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    2. Normally “VIP” passengers are ushered on board just before take-off.

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    3. Airports usually have vip lounges for ppl like them to wait in until boarding, and based on what we've heard in the past about other times they or the Cambridges have flown commercial, it seems like theyre always said to have been either the very first ones or the very last ones to get on the plane. I dunno if that they decide based on where their seats are or something but it makes sense bc either way it lets them board basically separately from all the other passengers.

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    4. And of course, also bookending the deplaning at the end of a flight one way or the other probably also achieves a similar separation and privacy.

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    5. The flights are regular, commercial flights, but they dont wait at the gate. Usually VIPs will board last and disembark first, so they are never around fellow travelers much to get a photo. From time to time qe see the occasional shot where they are seated or about to sit down/stand up, or are boarding/disembarking. Those photos clearly show all other passengers seated.

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    6. Even if they fly commercial, they most likely will fly business class and there are special waiting areas for business class. They get on last and depart first.

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    7. Thanks everyone! What about going through security? It just seems so weird to me that we never see paparazzi airport photos. (Or even photos from other passengers).

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    8. How funny - I asked this question yesterday and today they were photographed on an airplane!
      Lauren

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  14. Yay! News! Looking forward to seeing the Sussexes again:) Thank you Charlotte! Happy Valentine's Day all! -op

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  15. Good news, hope they will be very successful. It is hilarious to see that exposlive negative headlines about H&M are still coming out. shoudn't they focus on the heirs to the throne coverage and ensure they have a poitive strory line everyday even in special esition from the media royal rota ? So the PR of the 3 houses, the courtiers, some of the royal correspondant and journalist who wanted them out are finally showing their incompetence in doing what they are supposed to do : present the royals as very glamourous, make them shine, highlight all their initiatives and actions. With so many working royals.( cambridge, charles and camilla, Anne, sophie and edward in addition to the queen and the york sisters ) there must be a daily coverage of the BRF in the rota about their official duties. Surprisingly nothing. Instead we see murdock trying to export their vitrol to Usa and Canada with very funny surveys that claim that H&M are not wanted in US and Canada or feel ashamed of Meghan. Today it is a big issue about their former staff loosing their job. Who has ever keep a job after your company closes business ? Nobody in real life but in those people mind it is bloodbath. This staff was linked to and supported by their work as senior working members of the royal family representing the queen. So it make sens to me they should't in the same roles and i am sure they were informed by harry after his meeting in sandighram. And last but not least it is great how they cut BP PR. No more leaks so far except from the commonwealth sercice. BP was not able to announce in advance they will be at the JP morgan event nor their visit at university in us. They couldn't conive with the tabloid to spoil it with negative coverage before it even took place. Well done H&M. Yes you made mistakes and i am sure you have learn your leasson and will continue as you go on, be true to yourselves and continue to support each other and raise you son peacefully.
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    1. Anne-Sophie de Paris15 February 2020 at 14:59

      Christelle 1
      Je fais mien votre commentaire très sensé. Comme vous,je suis très étonnée de voir la couverture des tabloïds.

      Pas une minute où on ne déterre pas les vieilles photos des Sussex.
      Pourtant les deux couples futurs monarques ne ménagent pas leur peine
      Ils sont tous omniprésents .
      Ils reconstituent le quator d'antan des Cambridge et des Sussex.
      Bizarre la mayonnaise ne prend pas .
      Sophie de Wessex remplace les Sussex auprès de la jeunesse du Commonwealth. Rien à faire ,on regarde son sourire agréable mais on ne retient rien après son passage.

      Kate n'a jamais travaillé autant qu'avant.le couple se touche, se regarde, très beau. Parfois je croyais voir les Sussex malgré tout cela rien n'imprime.

      On court chercher la trace des Sussex avec toujours des histoires dingues les unes plus que les autres.

      La justice vaincra toujours.
      On nous "vend aujourd'hui, les Sussex sans coeur "

      Comme vous le dites ,ils ne vont pas être au Canada et garder du personnel au ROYAUME-UNI.

      Tout est bon pour les critiquer.
      Ils ont désormais leur propre staff plus personne pour les moucharder.
      La dernière nouvelle qui circule, est que Harry est devenu l'otage de Meghan puisque tout leur staff est américain.

      Heureusement que le ridicule ne tue pas.

      J'attends avec fébrilité, leur retour à Londres .
      J'espère qu'ils sont bien armés pour rentrer à nouveau dans" ce panier de crabes."

      Bon week-end à tous
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  16. I worked at Lax for 20 years for a major international airline , as u can imagine we saw a fair share of celebrities. We have a special team of agents that coordinated between the PA’s/sometimes directly with the celeb themselves. And most times no one had any idea that person was on board, we swept them from the curb through security and depending on how much time to departure, to either the lounge or directly to the gate to board, so quickly, it would be a “blink and you will miss it” as they nearly always travel in First, it’s possible only 13 other passengers knew that were there. In my experience every airline has a team like we do. Hope this helps.

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  17. Those with security concerns would typically board last, right before the doors close and visibility to then would be minimal to just first class as staff would strictly enforce curtain blocking the cabins.
    You cant eliminate risks of photos but most people are discreet. I personally have seen more than one picture of folks on flights and on vacation that people have taken but I am happy to say I have never seen those pics end up with the press.
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  18. I hope they bring baby Archie so the queen can see him! She has not seen him, since before Christmas!

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  19. thank you for this lovely post Charlotte. I am sad still about this but wish them all the happiest. im sad for the staff who lost their jobs.

    I liked seeing meghan in that interview and look forward to their engagements in march I sure will miss those royal engagements and sad they lose their titles but must accept it. As many have said in the comments there are many positives for the future and sometimes change is difficult at first but can be a beautiful thing where hopefully we will see them shine.

    I am so very glad they did not present at the oscars... would not have been a good look.

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  20. This video is so modern and I just love it. And - not insulting anyway - it is very unroyal. I think Harry and Meghan can reach and change even more without the strikt rules of the Palace which might be some boundaries for them.
    Charlotte, I thank you so much for your blog and for continuing it, I wouldn't know where to read about them without you ❤️

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  21. That is really lovely that the residents have banded against photographers! Benefits all of the residents.

    I wonder if an additional push for Harry was seeing Peter's marriage fail? They must have known about it and just the thought probably scared Harry. Like Jessica said at the time, Happy wife, happy life.

    Two thoughts about the situation -- the continual leaks by people who are supposed to support the Queen, Charles, and William should never have been allowed to occur, much less continue. And H&M was perhaps too popular in a way that would distract from the proper lineage.

    I expect Meghan to do something every week to satisfy me but I guess their time is their own and we will be rewarded later. :)

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  22. Angelina, the video is indeed in the best way unroyal. It sounds like two people who are achievers and are delighted to work together for a common good. Meghan is remarkable, to me, because she achieved so much based on her mind alone, although it unfortunately helped to be strikingly good looking. She did not have to reply on gimmicks. like some celebrities, but has a completely well-developed sense of being. I wish those in charge could have foreseen this and put in place a different role for the two as well as some loyal staffers. But there really are only two members of the RF on which the media wants to focus: Diana's boys. One has found really a woman who is just perfect -- perfect for William, perfect for all she has to meet and work with, perfect for children. William is extremely lucky. So that leaves Harry, and when he picks someone who is not just a pretty English socialite, the media fun begins.

    It's interesting that privacy is being asked for Autumn and Peter, and that doesn't seem to be a problem! There is not much interest there; this couple divorces so soon, yet Meghan eats an avocado, and the world is coming to an end. No ugly rumors about Autumn or Peter -- they tried to blame Meghan but then it came out that the Queen knew about the situation before "Megxit," so that didn't work.

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  23. Yes Diana, we are mad about Meghan ❣️����. And thanks to Charlotte. I couldn't wait to hear from Sussex via your blog. Fortunately, today I watched since it had been a long time. Thank you so much Charlotte for your work. I look forward to the next Sussex jobs.

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  24. I'm still having trouble envisioning what Harry and Meghan intend to do with their post-Royal life, as they try to be 'of service' to others while creating a financial footing that will be able to fund their lifestyle. Personally, I think it's a shame that they won't be part of the new era of the BRF, one that will look very different when QEII passes away, but I don't fault them for wanting to forge a new path. With respect to the JPM event, while I don't have any facts to support this assertion, I guarantee they were compensated in some way for their appearance. JPM got a lot of value from hosting H&M in front of their lucrative clients; why on earth would this in-demand couple show up simply for the sake of networking with some well-heeled people? They were either paid directly (perhaps deferred until the spring, when their royal status has officially ended) or asked JPM to make a contribution to their new endeavor in exchange for their appearance.

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    1. They saw things in their own ways, and offered to continue be of service to the monarchy. The response to their request was not even a compromise. It was you are in, or you are out. History already took place after The Sandringham Summit. They lost on some of their requests. Harry had to give up a lot; just like he said, “it is with great sadness, that I accept it had come to this…” (Paraphrased). They have accepted the monarchy’s decision graciously with a promise that they will strive to live and work which will honor The Queen’s values. They have moved on, and are pursuing the process of meeting their goals. They should not be blamed at this point. They can’t be all things to all people all at the same time. At least they know what they wanted, were honest about it, and seem to be working at it. Since they had lost their senior or working royal status, it is obviously realistic to cut down on their BP staff.

      Their photos are posted on line showing them very happy as they land in Canada after their USA/ Miami /FL and SU / CA visit.

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    2. Personally I think it would have been a big mistake to stay; to accept being a punching bag for the royal family, racist media and trolls. Nothing is worth your physical and mental wellness and one impacts on the other.

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    3. Both Anon15 and Carrie Virginia have expressed so well what I've been thinking as I read everyone's comments. Some people think that H&M should have taken time to reach a compromise but the thing is it was reported that they had many talks about it and the response H&M received was either you are in or out. That's the choice they were given. They tried and moved on. Good for Harry to be strong in deciding what's the best for his family. Who are we to judge?

      I cannot help thinking that perhaps Diana would agree since she knew very well what can happen behind closed doors... remember her tell all interview? to all of us old enough to have seen it... remember when the interviewer asked her if she thought the royal family was jealous of her? She replied I think they are afraid of a strong woman. That statement makes me think that she would have sympathized with Meghan.

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  25. Anon15 you put it very well when you say "They can’t be all things to all people all at the same time". We should manage our expectations towards H&M. There are human being just like us and they have their own expectations for themselves and their son. As carrie said after the leak and the announcement it would have been even worse if they have stayed. Their treatment would have been worse by everyone from the 3 palaces PR to the press and i dont mention those who dislike them for many different reasons. They did try, enough to see the damage the whole situation (constant critics and things we don't know about) did to them. The most important at the end of the day is that they carry on with their life, get the better of it with the new cards they have and focus on their little family.

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  26. Not sure if giving the appearance of turning down the Oscars is a good look, but other things that seemed puzzling at the time (Archie’s non-royal first names, Tom Bradby’s Africa interview) made sense in hindsight so I am giving them the benefit of the doubt. I think the Oscars would have been a great opportunity to establish and strengthen ties to the film business – as it probably was for Michelle Obama when she presented some years ago - but if they were invited at short notice it would have had to involve booting somebody else out, so this might be for the best.

    Salma Hayek was sporting a tiara-adjacent Danish Aigrette look at the Oscars that I would have though suitable for the Duchess of Sussex (a little further back on the head, perhaps), I am glad to see it on anyone, really. I wish hair ornaments would make a comeback.

    Maggie - short for magpie

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  27. I hope for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, happiness and good success. Thank you, Charlotte for keeping us informed.

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