BRF and Brexit Vote – Same Business Model
SGUK Ep 89
On 23rd June 2016, the UK Referendum on European Membership took place in the UK and Gibralter, commonly referred to the European Referendum or the Brexit Referendum. The vote resulted in 51.9% of the votes cast were I favour of leaving the EU. The referendum itself was not legally binding but the government of the day decided to implement the result – the wish of the people etc.
In October 2016 tabloids began to publish articles about Meghan and Harry’s relationship and that it appeared that Harry was “besotted” with Meghan. The tabloids claimed their information came from reliable sources – their usual MO. The articles were far from complimentary, and it was evident that the tabloids in their usual sleazy style went digging for as much information as possible. It was also clear that they had decided looking for salacious news would attract more attention than looking for positive news about Meghan. The articles began introducing racist tones to its rhetoric. With each passing day, things started to go down a racist route, and it was beginning to sound anything but welcoming Meghan into the frame, and it was turning into a media circus of negativity and venomous content. There were parallels forming and I began to make a mental note which soon turned into written notes – much in the style of a diary of thoughts as to what I thought was happening. By the time Prince Harry issued a formal statement condemning the UK press for the coverage of the person who he referred to as his “girlfriend”, and calling out their racist themed articles, it was clear that this was a serious relationship and it was a clear warning. For my part, it confirmed what I thought was happening – which was the 51.9% who voted to leave the EU and known Right Wing tabloid press were mirrowing each other. Whilst I am convinced that the UK tabloid press would have been negative about such a relationship, it followed on from the tone and content of tabloid articles and the Conservative government in power introducing policies and publishing articles about how wonderful it would be for the UK to go it alone, and take back control over its destiny. The general consensus between those two factions who had been stoking up that type of rhetoric and divide in the country for years, suddenly had this boost of confidence that this was the time to be proud to be British, and to reinforce and strengthen things that made the UK strong in the past. Confident that it could go it alone in the future, because most countries would want to do trade deals with the UK because of its history and stability.
Meghan appearing in the tabloids eyesight in 2016, weeks after such a crucial vote, was like putting ones hand into an open grow bag in the garden, without looking inside at the state of the potting soil, and finding a few hungry snakes had decided to sleep in there before going out to search for food again. The soil represents the UK nation and the snakes represent the tabloid reporters, Royal Reporters to be precise. I need to point out here that in most other countries, tabloid are seen as gossip publications, often with way out there theories, and those that read them, do so for the entertainment value, and the hope that the odd bit of gossip about someone could actually be true. Most thinking people of reasonable intellect, would recognise the difference between such publications and actual newspapers. The UK however, is in a specialist group, that has lost interest in newspapers in general, but if they are going to read any, it is not so much of the serious newspapers, who traditionally carried serious and important news using a good standard of language, and with intellectual content and professional debating quality articles. The UK has fallen in standards on a number of areas, and one of them is the hunger for gossip and sleaze, and to convince everyone that they are not lacking in intellectual capacity, but that life is hard enough, without having to sit and read newspapers with depressing news in it, written in such a way that some have to concentrate to understand. The UK has become a place where people strive to be average, but expect to be treated by those who reside in other countries, like very important people because they come from the UK. Many Brits feel that that they are at the pinnacle when they reach average. Ambition and intellect is increasingly looked down on and not seen as necessary in todays UK. Tabloids have become the staple informant of news and gossip, so much so, it has become their main income generator. Rather than try to focus on factual news, the tabloids whilst losing money every day, lose less when they publish their version of salacious stories and sleeze. The former quality newspapers such as the Times and the Telegraph, now also focus on sleeze and gossip. They are deemed quality papers, but whose business model is to adopt the sleaze and hate rhetoric of the tabloids, whilst trying hard not to use gutter level language.
Tabloids quickly became the news publications of choice. Pushing Right Wing agenda, and promoting nationalism and encouraging people to focus on improving things here in the UK, and not have to ask permission from anyone else. Anything not working well in the UK was blamed on modern thinking, and immigration. Most of the younger ones pushing the far right objectives do not remember when the UK actively went out to places such as the West Indies in the 1950s and set up recruitment offices on the islands, requesting people to come and work in Britain, in such professions as the health service as nurses, and working on London Transport buses mainly, or in factory jobs working in the smog filled environments such as foundries in factories. All jobs that some white English people felt they were too good to do.
Over time, people began to arrive in the UK from a number of countries, but in particular Eastern European nations. People had been arriving in the UK from countries such as Uganda, escaping violence and persecution. One way to look at this growing situation, is to use the following analogy. The UK in its colonial days of oppression hidden under the guise of educating the people of colour mainly to adopt English ways, sowed a lot of seeds in various places, and the people of such places were given British passports and freedom of travel. When some of those people travelling on work visas to the UK began applying for jobs that were blue and white collar professions, resentment started to build. Some areas of the country were deemed only habitable by the wealthy and white population – likewise some professions and societal groups. Resentment started to build. Some Caucasian people feeling threatened, and felt that they would never be able to secure senior roles, because they were occupied by people coming from people abroad. This is a very simplistic description of the situation, but it would take many hours even to give a reasonably detailed overview. As long as you take this as a helicopter summary of an evolving environment in the UK, among the various classes, when I begin to shadow the experience of Meghan entering this country and the treatment she has received, both here in the UK and its continuance back in her home state, I hope you will see the many many threads interconnecting. To add another layer of concern to all of this, is if this can be done in an open forum, in front of the eyes of the world as well as the nation, just imagine what they have done to those not in the public eye, and what they will continue to do to ordinary people who are seen as not ‘knowing their place’ and who have thoughts and uses dialogue considered to be ‘above their station’.
The story of Meghan and by default Harry, is a rich subject crying out for global research in many aspects. The story of the breaches in Human Rights of a famous and wealthy couple and their children, should never be dismissed out of hand. Their story and their pain and suffering is the lid on a jar full of much worse, suffered by people who have no voice, and have no resources to fight corporate organisations, or self regulating professional bodies, or societal groups with privilege, or any entity which is deemed above the law, and whose members are their by birthright, not competence or fair recruitment processes against valid competition. The UK treatment of an American citizen on UK soil for 3 years is abhorrent and the continuance stalking and harassment every single day for the last 3 years and counting now that Meghan and Harry reside in the USA. 3 years of abusive behaviour on a USA citizen needs to be challenged in an international court, not least because it has implications for all those oppressed victims based in a number of countries where their own legal framework has failed them – it is time for the international Human Rights forums to step up to the plate.
Let me say here, I could care less about the UK’s plans to remove itself from aspects of Human Rights legislation. The fact remains that this country abused and continues to abuse a citizen of another country, and regardless of what watered down legislation is in place on this island, it does not alter the fact of the actions against a citizen of another country where there is respect for Human Rights legislation, the UK needs to be held responsible. ie the abusers held to account in a legal setting. In terms of the International legal forums, all those unheard voices from many countries, some of whom we have mentioned in our campaign, have every right to be heard and protected from abuse inflicted upon them in their respective countries. Everyone has protection under the law. That remains true and therefore whatever changes the UK introduces, including making it harder for people to approach assistance in an international forum, needs to be challenged in those international forums.
It should not need me to say these things, and people working with me on this campaign. We are not legally trained, but we recognise when something is wrong, and this coercive control activity needs to be brought to heel. The Lord of the Flies framework being introduced into Britain right now, will ultimately fail but it will take many decades to even bring us back to where we were pre Brexit vote.
The First Person of Colour to Become a Member of the UK Royal Family
- Harry and Meghan met in the middle of 2016. Their relationship was announced in October 2016.
- Summer 2016: Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry in Botswana for the first time
October 2016: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a last hurrah before their romance is public
Prince Harry and Meghan’s final outing before their relationship made headlines was to a Halloween party, she revealed in a November 2021 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
October 30, 2016: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reported to be dating
November 8, 2016: Prince Harry confirms he and Meghan Markle are dating
In a rare move, Prince Harry confirmed to the press that he and Meghan were an item in a statement — and did so in hopes of protecting her and her loved ones from paparazzi and negative attention, as well as to keep them safe.
December 14, 2016: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are photographed together for the first time
After lying low for months, Meghan and Prince Harry were photographed together for the first time. The couple were spotted on a date to see the play The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time in London’s West End. The pair sported cozy beanies and walked down Piccadilly and Shaftesbury Avenue.
Early January 2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle travel to the Northern Lights
Prince Harry and Meghan rang in the New Year together, then jetted off to Norway to take in the Northern Lights. At the time, it was their first publicly known vacation together. A source claimed the couple spent time whale-watching, watching sunsets in the snow and taking in the breath-taking sights of the Aurora Borealis.
· May 6, 2017: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend their first public event together. Meghan was on hand to cheer for Harry at a charity polo match on May 6, 2017. Actor Eddie Redmayne, who attended Eton with Prince William, was also there to watch Harry, who was playing in support of his Sentebale charity.
· May 20, 2017: Meghan Markle is Prince Harry’s date to Pippa Middleton’s wedding Meghan did not attend Pippa Middleton’s wedding ceremony to James Matthews, but she joined Prince Harry for the private evening reception. After the morning ceremony, Harry travelled to London to pick Meghan up, about 90 minutes each way. Insiders noted that it was a sign that Harry and Meghan were getting serious.
· August 4, 2017: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry vacation in Africa for her birthday
Prince Harry whisked Meghan away for a three-week trip to Africa just after her 36th birthday in August 2017, including some time in Botswana, where they camped out together following their first few dates. They concluded the trip with a stop near romantic Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia,
September 5, 2017: Meghan Markle covers Vanity Fair and discusses her relationship with Prince Harry for the first time
Meghan was on the cover of Vanity Fair for the October 2017 issue and openly discussed her relationship with Harry for the first time. “I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple. We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” she said.
September 25-30, 2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands at the Invictus Games
· October 19, 2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have tea with the Queen
· November 27, 2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged
December 1, 2017: Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry for first royal engagement together
December 24-25, 2017: Meghan Markle spends Christmas at Sandringham with the royal family
March 7, 2018: Meghan Markle is baptized into the Church of England
About two months before her royal wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan was baptized into the Church of England in a secret ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Royal Chapel at St. James’s Palace in London. She was confirmed into the church immediately afterward; Harry, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were reportedly on hand to support her.
May 19, 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in a royal wedding
May 22, 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle perform their first royal engagement as a married couple
October 15, 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirm her first pregnancy
November 7, 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle split from Prince William and Kate Middleton
December 24-25, 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate Christmas with the royals
April 2019: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle move to Frogmore cottage
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On March 14, 2019, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan had officially separated their offices and split their household from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s. Harry and Meghan moved to Frogmore Cottage that April ahead of the birth of their first child, and their offices moved from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace.
A source told PEOPLE ahead of the move, “They’ll enjoy it much more in Windsor. They feel claustrophobic in their place in Kensington Palace.”
May 6, 2019: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome their first baby
Meghan and Prince Harry welcomed son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor on May 6, 2019. The baby boy reportedly weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. The Sussexes said in a statement at the time, “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.”
At the time, a beaming Harry told the press they were still considering names.
“I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning, a very healthy boy,” he said. “Mother and baby are doing incredibly well.”
“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine,” Harry added. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.”
May 8, 2019: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle debut baby Archie
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Prince Harry and Meghan’s son Archie made his debut on May 8, 2019. During a photo call with the press at Windsor Castle, Meghan said of being a new mom, “It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy.” She added that Archie has “the sweetest temperament. He’s really calm.”
A beaming Harry joked, “I don’t know where he gets that from!”
Meghan added of Archie, “He’s just been a dream. It’s been a special couple of days.”
The Duke said of becoming a dad, “It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”
May 19, 2019: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share unseen wedding photos for their first anniversary
Prince Harry and Meghan shared sweet, never-before-seen photos from their royal wedding on their @SussexRoyal Instagram account to mark their first anniversary. The snapshots included many of the couple together, as well as moving moments with Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, and King Charles escorting Meghan down the aisle. The montage was set to “This Little Light of Mine,” which was performed during their wedding ceremony recessional.
The couple celebrated their first year as husband and wife with a quiet lunch with Ragland, who had stayed with the couple after Archie’s birth. Prince Harry reportedly gifted Meghan a Lorraine Schwartz eternity ring. A source told PEOPLE, “They love to do their own take on traditional wedding gifts. The first anniversary was paper, and Meghan wrote out the wedding speech and had it framed for him.”
July 6, 2019: Archie is christened in a secret ceremony
Archie was baptized in a secret ceremony on July 6, 2019, at Queen Elizabeth’s private chapel at Windsor Castle. About 25 close family and friends, including King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, Ragland and Kate Middleton, were in attendance. A source told PEOPLE that the Sussexes “wanted an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty.”
September 15, 2019: Meghan Markle has a sweet celebration for Prince Harry’s birthday
To mark Harry’s 35th birthday, Meghan recreated their 2016 trip to Botswana — in their own backyard. A source later told PEOPLE, “Last year, for Harry’s birthday, Meghan recreated their Botswana camping adventures in their backyard. It’s a place that means so much to them — and to Harry in particular — so Meghan wanted to bring that happy place to him on his day so she set up a tent, got sleeping bags, cooked dinner and recreated Botswana where they fell in love.”
October 18, 2019: Meghan Markle sues Associated Newspapers for publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her father
Meghan filed a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers for printing portions of a “private and confidential letter” she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, in The Mail on Sunday. Meghan sent the letter in August 2018 after Thomas missed her royal wedding to Prince Harry and spoke to tabloid media; legal documents claim that Meghan expressed “her intimate thoughts and feelings about her father’s health and her relationship with him at that time” in the handwritten note.
Prince Harry said in a statement, “Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.” He added that he and Meghan “continued to put on a brave face — as so many of you can relate to — I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.”
Meghan would go on to win her lawsuit, and the Sussexes would eventually completely cut ties with several major U.K. tabloids.
On the same day the lawsuit was announced, a clip from Meghan and Harry’s ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey was released, in which Meghan discussed her struggles as a new mom in the public eye.
“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she told host Tom Bradby. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um … yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Meghan would later say on her Archetypes podcast that during their tour of Africa, there was a fire in the room where Archie was supposed to be sleeping, but he was not in the room at the time of the incident. She said she was “in tears” and “shaken” by the incident, but was not permitted to speak of it publicly at the time and wasn’t allowed to cancel the further royal engagements she and Harry had scheduled.
October 20, 2019: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce they will take “family time off“
Days after her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers was announced, Meghan and Prince Harry announced they’d take six weeks off from royal duties to focus on their family. “The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time,” a royal source confirmed to PEOPLE.
November 13, 2019: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce they’re celebrating the holidays with her mom
Following the announcement that they were taking time off to focus on their family, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan would spend the holidays with Meghan’s mother.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” the Palace said in a statement. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”
January 2020: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce they are stepping down as senior royals
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. DANIEL LEAL/AFP
On Jan. 8, 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan, who had been staying in Canada at the time, shocked the world when they announced they were stepping down as senior royals.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the Sussexes said in a statement on Instagram. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
Days later, Harry, King Charles and Prince William had a “Sandringham Summit” to discuss the Sussexes’ royal future. After the 90-minute discussion, Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement, “Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
March 2020: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend their final royal engagements
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Prince Harry and Meghan returned to the U.K. for their final royal engagements in early March 2020. On March 5, 2020, they attended the Endeavor Fund Awards in London, going viral for a stunning photo of a “movie star moment” of the pair laughing in the rain.
On March 9, the couple attended a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, briefly reuniting with Prince William and Kate Middleton. Their final day as senior royals was March 31, 2020. By February 2021, the Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan would no longer work on behalf of the royal family.
April 6, 2020: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce the launch of Archewell
Just a week after formally leaving their roles as senior royals, Prince Harry and Meghan announced the name of their new charitable foundation: Archewell.
May 6, 2020: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate Archie’s first birthday
Archie’s first birthday celebration was a quiet one at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A source told PEOPLE, “They are celebrating as a family focused on Archie and being together.
May 19, 2020: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate their second wedding anniversary
Prince Harry and Meghan’s second wedding anniversary on May 19, 2020, was at the peak of the pandemic. As such, the two celebrated with “a quiet day together” at home in Los Angeles. It was their first wedding anniversary as parents.
A source told PEOPLE of their second-anniversary gifts, “This year, they both gave each other gifts based on ‘cotton.’ Undoubtedly, it was a very creative and romantic gesture as all their gifts are to one another.”
July 2020: Meghan Markle suffers a miscarriage; Couple moves to Montecito
July 2020 was a tumultuous time for Prince Harry and Meghan. In a November 2020 op-ed for The New York Times, Meghan revealed that they suffered a pregnancy loss that July.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote, adding that she and Harry comforted one another while she was hospitalized.
She described the moment, during which she was tending to son Archie, in heartbreaking detail: “After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right,” she wrote. “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
In happier news, in August 2020, a rep for the Sussexes confirmed that the couple moved into their own mansion in the Santa Barbara area that July.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year,” their rep told PEOPLE. “They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors, as well as for them as a family.”
Before purchasing their $14 million Montecito property, they stayed in one of Tyler Perry’s mansions — which Meghan would later admit resulted from a phone conversation with the movie mogul, whom she had never met in person.
September 2, 2020: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their Netflix deal
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/PA IMAGES
On Sept. 2, 2020, Meghan and Prince Harry announced that they’d be producing projects for Netflix.
“Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience and the need for connection,” they said in a statement at the time. “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
They added, “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens. We are pleased to work with Ted and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.”
February 14, 2021: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce they’re expecting a second baby
Prince Harry and Meghan celebrated Valentine’s Day with exciting news: Meghan was pregnant with their second child. They posted a black-and-white photo of Meghan lying down in the grass with her head in Harry’s lap, cradling a visible baby bump.
A rep for the couple confirmed to PEOPLE, “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”
In their interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired a month later, the couple revealed that they were expecting a baby girl.
March 8, 2021: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey. JOE PUGLIESE/HARPO PRODUCTIONS
In a conversation with Oprah Winfrey that aired on March 8, 2021, Prince Harry and Meghan dropped numerous bombshells, including revelations about Meghan’s struggles with her mental health and a perceived lack of support from “The Firm,” as well as being subjected to racism.
One incident Meghan addressed was the rumor that she made Kate Middleton cry in an argument over Princess Charlotte’s flower girl dress, claiming that it was actually Kate who made her cry, but adding that Kate apologized and was “a good person.”
Meghan said her biggest regret was believing the royal family would protect her, explaining, “That was really hard to reconcile because it was only once we were married and everything started to really worsen that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family. They weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.”
Meghan also said that while the public was told that she and Harry didn’t want their children to have royal titles, that that was a lie — they did want them so that their children could have security. She and Harry also claimed that there were “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he was born and what that would look like.” Though they didn’t name names at the time as to who made the racist remarks, they did clarify that it was neither Queen Elizabeth II nor Prince Philip.
May 19, 2021: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate their third wedding anniversary by giving back
Prince Harry and Meghan marked their third wedding anniversary on May 19, 2021, with an announcement that they were opening a Community Relief Center in Mumbai, India, as part of their Archewell partnership with World Central Kitchen.
May 20, 2021: Prince Harry says he fears not being able to protect Meghan Markle from the same paparazzi and media that hounded Princess Diana
In the Apple TV+ series The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry opened up to Oprah Winfrey once more about his struggle to protect Meghan from the same media and paparazzi that relentlessly chased his late mother, Princess Diana. Noting that flashbulbs and hordes of photographers can be triggering for him, he said, “I didn’t want history to repeat itself.”
“We get followed. Photographed, chased, harassed. The clicking of cameras and the flashes of the cameras makes my blood boil. It makes me angry and takes me back to what happened to my mom and what I experienced as a kid,” Harry said in the docuseries. “Not just traditional media, but also social media platforms as well. I felt completely helpless.”
June 4, 2021: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome daughter Lilibet
Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed their baby girl, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, on June 4, 2021, a rep for the couple announced in a statement.
“Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home,” the statement read. “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
April 16-17, 2022: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Invictus Games
Prince Harry and Meghan attended the Invictus Games at the Hague, the Netherlands, beginning with the formal opening ceremonies on April 16, 2022, where the pair shared a rare public kiss.
June 2022: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle return to the U.K. for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. MATT DUNHAM – WPA POOL/GETTY
Prince Harry and Meghan jetted across the pond to honor the Queen at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, marking the first time in two years that they’d made a joint appearance in the U.K. At the Trooping of the Colour on June 2, 2022, Meghan was photographed playfully shushing some of the royal children. However, they weren’t on the balcony with the rest of the senior royals, and they missed the final day of celebrations on Sunday, June 5, as well as the Platinum Party on Saturday, June 4, when they celebrated daughter Lilibet’s first birthday privately with a backyard picnic at their Frogmore Cottage home. They reportedly introduced Lili to the Queen during their trip, but the couple didn’t publicly interact with senior members of the royal family.
“They aren’t part of the [working] royal family anymore, and that’s a decision they have taken — but maybe [the public] hasn’t quite accepted that yet,” a source close to the couple told PEOPLE. “Yes, they were low-key. They paid their respects and went home.”
September 2022: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral — and briefly reunite with Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince Harry and Meghan were already in the U.K. for the WellChild Awards in London when Queen Elizabeth II died at her Balmoral home at age 96 on Sept. 8, 2022. Harry jetted to Scotland without Meghan at the time, arriving shortly after the news of the monarch’s death became public.
On Sept. 10, Harry and Meghan had a surprise public reunion with Kate Middleton and Prince William when they all greeted well-wishers at Windsor Castle. According to Kensington Palace, it was William’s idea, with a source noting that it “was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”
“It’s such an extraordinary historical moment and also a deeply personal one for the family that you’d hope and think that all members of the family would unite and support [the King] especially,” the source added. “And perhaps some of those wounds can be healed in the process.”
December 8, 2022: Harry and Meghan Vol. I drops on Netflix
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. COURTESY NETFLIX
Prince Harry and Meghan’s long-awaited Netflix docuseries, Harry and Meghan, dropped its first three episodes on Dec. 8, 2022. The pair shared an inside look at their romance, family and life as royals in the series.
The opening moments also saw the couple getting emotional as they discussed their decision to step back from royal life in early 2020.
“I just really want to get to the other side of all of this,” said Meghan, adding, “I don’t know what to say anymore,” before starting to cry.
“Unfortunately in not standing for something, they are destroying us,” the Duchess of Sussex also added, apparently referencing the royal family.
January 2023: Prince Harry writes about meeting Meghan Markle
Prince Harry revealed details on how he first met Meghan in his memoir, Spare. He explained that he was impressed by a photo of her online and went on to share that Meghan messaged him first on Instagram.
“Eventually, we exchanged phone numbers, and mitigated the conversation over to text, going late into the night,” Harry wrote, adding that he was “texting like a teenager” through the next day.
The Duke of Sussex also noted that it was “uncanny,” “surreal” and “bizarre” that this conversation began on July 1, 2016, what would have been his mother’s fifty-fifth birthday.
March 1, 2023: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told “to vacate” their U.K. home
Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer have a royal residence in England.
“We can confirm The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage,” a spokesperson for the couple’s Archewell Foundation told PEOPLE.
According to The Sun, King Charles III plans to move his brother Prince Andrew to the Windsor residence.
Summary Reasons Why UK People Voted to Leave the EU
1. Brexit economic warnings backfire
What started off as a trickle soon became a steady stream and ended up as a flood.
The public was bombarded with warnings about how they would be poorer if they voted to leave the EU but, in the end, weren’t convinced by what they were told and/or believed it was a price worth paying.
The CBI, the IMF, the OECD, the IFS – an alphabet soup of experts lined up to say economic growth would be hobbled, unemployment would go up, the pound would plummet and British business would be left in a no man’s land outside the EU.
The Bank of England raised the prospect of a recession while The Treasury said it would be forced to put income tax up and slash spending on the NHS, schools and defence.
If that wasn’t enough, President Obama suggested the UK would go to the “back of the queue” in terms of securing a trade deal with the US while top EU official Donald Tusk hinted at the end of Western political civilization.
Some on the Remain side accepted this was overkill and that so-called “Project Fear” had got a bit out of hand while the Leave campaign was quick to dismiss the naysayers as wealthy, unaccountable elites with their own vested interests talking down Britain.
But the fact the public discounted so readily the advice of experts points to something more than just a revolt against the establishment. It suggested far more people felt left behind and untouched by the economic benefits of five decades of EU involvement being trumpeted.
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£350m NHS claim gets traction
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The assertion that leaving the EU would free up £350m a week extra to spend on the NHS is the kind of political slogan that campaigns dream of: striking, easy to understand and attractive to voters of different ages and political persuasions.
No surprise then that Vote Leave chose to splash it across the side of their battle bus.
The fact that the claim does not stand up to much scrutiny – the figure is calculated using sums which were disputed by the Treasury Select Committee and described as potentially misleading by the UK Statistics Authority – did not reduce its potency.
Remain campaigner Angela Eagle may have told her opponents to “get that lie off your bus” but polling suggests it gained traction and was the single most remembered figure from the campaign, with many people believing that money handed over to the EU to be a member should be spent in the UK instead.
In that sense, it served as a powerful illustration of how the UK could be better off outside the EU.
3. Farage makes immigration the defining issue
If they didn’t quite bet the farm on the issue of immigration, Leave played what they knew was their trump card often and they played it successfully.
The issue fed into wider questions of national and cultural identity, which suited Leave’s message – particularly to lower income voters.
The result suggested that concerns about levels of migration into the UK over the past 10 years, their impact on society, and what might happen in the next 20 years were more widely felt and ran even deeper than people had suspected.
Just as crucially, it suggested Leave’s central argument that the UK cannot control the number of people coming into the country while remaining in the EU really hit home.
Turkey was a key weapon in Leave’s armoury and, although claims that the UK would not be able to stop it entering the EU were firmly denied, there was enough uncertainty about this – a fact that the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe unquestionably fed into.
The language and imagery used by the Leave campaign came in for criticism and there were recurring tensions between the Conservative dominated official Leave movement, Nigel Farage’s UKIP roadshow and the separate Leave.EU group.
But their various messages resonated and segued with their central proposition that a vote to leave was a once in a generation chance to take control and assert national sovereignty.
4. Public stop listening to PM
David Cameron may have won one leadership contest, one (or two if you include the 2010 coalition-forming one) general elections and two referendums in the past ten years but this was the moment his luck ran out.
By putting himself front and centre of the Remain campaign, and framing the decision as a question of trust, he staked his political future and personal reputation on the outcome.
Having put so much store on his ability to secure a fundamental change in the UK’s relationship with the EU, it was inevitable that the concessions he came back with following nine months of negotiations would be dismissed as a damp squib by Eurosceptics in his party.
But this summed up a deeper problem. Having constantly stated that he would “not rule anything out” if he didn’t get what he wanted, trying to enthuse the UK to stay in on the basis of reforms most believed were modest at best was always going to be a difficult sell.
Throughout the process, he found himself at odds with many Conservatives who have never quite reconciled themselves to his decision to go into coalition after the 2010 election and the compromises that brought.
Unsuited to winning over Labour supporters, the prime minister was not able to persuade enough floating voters to give him the benefit of the doubt.
It was his failure to get the outcome he wanted, coupled with his desire to try and unify the country after the bruising campaign, that prompted him to say he would stand down as PM by October.
5. Labour fail to connect with voters
The Remain campaign always needed Labour voters to win the referendum and the fact that they did not play ball will be the subject of a long and acrimonious post-mortem within the opposition.
Not only did Labour – 90% of whose MPs backed staying in the EU – badly misjudge the mood of its supporters, when it realised something was wrong during the campaign, it was unable to do much about it.
Despite sending in big beasts such as Gordon Brown and Sadiq Khan to talk up the benefits of the EU, and hinting that further controls on immigration would be needed, it was unable to shift the impression of a growing schism between those running the party and its base.
Although Alan Johnson, the head of Labour In, has been singled out for criticism, it is likely that Jeremy Corbyn – who declined to share a platform with pro-EU politicians of other parties – will take most of the blame.
Critics have said his lukewarm support for the EU – which he summed up as 7 out of ten in one appearance – filtered through to the entire campaign and his emphasis on the need for a “social Europe” simply did not resonate with enough people.
6. Big beasts – Boris Johnson and Michael Gove
We always knew a handful of cabinet ministers would support Brexit but it was Michael Gove and Boris Johnson’s declaration of support which really put rocket boosters under the campaign.
The justice secretary brought intellectual heft and strategic nous to the table while the former mayor of London, after a bout of soul-searching, brought star appeal and ability to appeal across the party divide.
The two men were deployed deftly, Boris Johnson cast in the role of foot soldier as he criss-crossed the country on the Vote Leave bus, pulling pints and brandishing cornish pasties in his wake.
Meanwhile, Mr Gove did much of the heavy lifting, helping to put together Leave’s post-Brexit manifesto as well as facing the public in TV referendum specials on Sky News and the BBC.
Then there was Nigel Farage, the face of Euroscepticism in the UK but also a potential loose cannon for the Conservative dominated official campaign? The UKIP leader, as is his forte, did his own thing and occasionally provoked controversy but also played a vital role on the ground in motivating his party’s supporters and numerous others to go to the polls.
7. Older voters flock to polls
While experts will pore over the finer details of turnout over the coming days and weeks, the cry will inevitably go up that it was older voters which won it for Leave – particularly in the south, south-west, Midlands and the north east.
It is a matter of fact that the older you are, the more likely you are to make the effort to vote – 78% of those 65 or over voted in the 2015 election, compared with 43% of 18-24 year olds and 54% of 25-34 year olds.
Despite the last minute rush to register – which saw 2.6 million people sign up, many of them younger voters, between 15 May and the extended deadline of 9 June – the breakdown may not be radically different this time.
Factor in research suggesting that support for Brexit was significantly higher among those aged 55 and over than among younger age groups – three out of every five voters aged 65 or over said they wanted to leave – then you have the foundation for Friday’s result.
Of course, it is not as simple as that, with many younger voters will also have supported Brexit across England and Wales. But a big inter-generational divide in voting patterns is just one of the many talking points going forward.
8. Europe always slightly alien
The UK’s relationship with Europe has never been simple nor static.
It took the country years to join what was then the European Community and, even then, when it was last put to the vote in 1975 many backed it grudgingly or for narrow economic reasons.
Many of those have since changed their minds, with their earlier ambivalence turning into outright hostility. There have been decades of scepticism towards the EU among politicians and in large parts of the UK media.
The younger generation were generally seen as pro-EU but it remains to be seen – once the details of the voting is looked into – how the result broke down by age.
What appears clear from the campaign is that the vote to Leave was as much a statement about the country’s national identity, and all that involves, as it was about its economic and political future.
7 Reasons Why People Voted to Leave the EU
Although the “leave” campaign often focused on emotional arguments about immigration, there are in fact many reasons those in favor of leaving believed it would benefit the UK. They came from across the political spectrum, and some of the arguments even contradict others. Here are seven of the most significant.
Argument 1: The EU threatens British sovereignty
Brexit supporter and former London Mayor Boris Johnson. Photo by Yui Mok – WPA Pool/Getty Images
This is probably the most common argument among intellectual-minded people on the British right, expressed by Conservative politicians such as former London Mayor Boris Johnson and Justice Minister Michael Gove.
Over the past few decades, a series of EU treaties have shifted a growing amount of power from individual member states to the central EU bureaucracy in Brussels. On subjects where the EU has been granted authority — like competition policy, agriculture, and copyright and patent law — EU rules override national laws.
Euroskeptics emphasize that the EU’s executive branch, called the European Commission, isn’t directly accountable to voters in Britain or anyone else. British leaders have some influence on the selection of the European Commission’s members every five years. But once the body has been chosen, none of its members are accountable to the British government or to Britons’ elected representatives in the European Parliament.
Argument 2: The EU is strangling the UK in burdensome regulations
Critics like Johnson say the EU’s regulations have become increasingly onerous:
Sometimes these EU rules sound simply ludicrous, like the rule that you can’t recycle a teabag, or that children under eight cannot blow up balloons, or the limits on the power of vacuum cleaners. Sometimes they can be truly infuriating – like the time I discovered, in 2013, that there was nothing we could do to bring in better-designed cab windows for trucks, to stop cyclists being crushed. It had to be done at a European level, and the French were opposed.
Many British conservatives look at the European bureaucracy in Brussels the same way American conservatives view the Washington bureaucracy. Gove has argued that EU regulations cost the British economy “£600 million every week” ($880 million). (Though this figure is disputed)
Argument 3: The EU entrenches corporate interests and prevents radical reforms
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been a reluctant supporter of the “remain” campaign.
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This is the mirror image of the previous two arguments. Whereas many British conservatives see the EU as imposing left-wing, big-government policies on Britain, some on the British left see things the other way around: that the EU’s antidemocratic structure gives too much power to corporate elites and prevents the British left from making significant gains.
“The EU is anti-democratic and beyond reform,” said Enrico Tortolano, campaign director for Trade Unionists against the EU, in an interview with Quartz. The EU “provides the most hospitable ecosystem in the developed world for rentier monopoly corporations, tax-dodging elites and organized crime,” writes British journalist Paul Mason.
This left-wing critique of the EU is part of a broader critique of elite institutions more generally, including the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Brexit supporters on the left would have a lot in common with Americans who are against trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Argument 4: The EU was a good idea, but the euro is a disaster
The United Kingdom has had a significant faction of euroskeptics ever since it joined the EU in 1973. But until recently, this was a minority position.
“There are nearly 130 Conservative MPs who have declared for leaving the EU,” economist Andrew Lilico told me last week. “If you went back 10 years, you would have struggled to find more than 20 who even in private would have supported leaving the EU.”
So what changed their minds? The global recession that began in 2008 was bad around the world, but it was much worse in countries that had adopted Europe’s common currency, the euro. The unemployment rate shot up above 20 percent in countries like Greece and Spain, triggering a massive debt crisis. Seven years after the recession began, Spain and Greece are still suffering from unemployment rates above 20 percent, and many economists believe the euro was the primary culprit.
Luckily, the UK chose not to join the common currency, so there’s little danger of the euro directly cratering the British economy. But the euro’s dismal performance still provides extra ammunition to Brexit supporters.
Many economists believe that deeper fiscal and political integration will be needed for the eurozone to work properly. Europe needs a common welfare and tax system so that countries facing particularly severe downturns — like Greece and Spain — can get extra help from the center.
But that makes Britain’s continued inclusion in the EU awkward. Britain is unlikely to go along with deeper fiscal integration, but it would also be unwieldy to create a set of new, parallel eurozone-specific institutions that excluded the UK.
So, the argument goes, it might be better for everyone if the UK got out of the EU, clearing the path for the rest of the EU to evolve more quickly into a unified European state.
Argument 5: The EU allows too many immigrants
Nigel Farage, leader of the far-right United Kingdom Independence Party, has focused his campaign for Brexit on limiting immigration. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
The intellectual case for Brexit is mostly focused on economics, but the emotional case for Brexit is heavily influenced by immigration. EU law guarantees that citizens of one EU country have the right to travel, live, and take jobs in other EU countries.
British people have increasingly felt the impact of this rule since the 2008 financial crisis. The eurozone has struggled economically, and workers from eurozone countries such as Ireland, Italy, and Lithuania (as well as EU countries like Poland and Romania that have not yet joined the common currency) have flocked to the UK in search of work.
“In recent years, hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans have come to Britain to do a job,” British journalist and Brexit supporter Douglas Murray told me last week. This, he argues, has “undercut the native working population.”
The UK absorbed 333,000 new people, on net, in 2015. That’s a significant number for a country Britain’s size, though according to the CIA the UK still received slightly fewer net migrants, relative to population, than the United States in 2015.
Immigration has become a highly politicized issue in Britain, as it has in the United States and many other places over the past few years. Anti-immigration campaigners like Nigel Farage, the leader of the far-right UK Independence Party, have argued that the flood of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe has depressed the wages of native-born British workers. Some voters are also concerned about immigrants using scarce public services.
“One of the causes for the great public disgruntlement,” Murray argues, is that Labour governments at the turn of the century “massively understated the numbers [of immigrants] to be expected,” creating public distrust of current pledges to keep migration under control.
Argument 6: The UK could have a more rational immigration system outside the EU
While many Brexit supporters simply want to reduce the amount of immigration overall, others argue that the UK could have a more sensible immigration system if it didn’t have the straitjacket of the EU.
EU rules require the UK to admit all EU citizens who wants to move to Britain, whether or not they have good job prospects or English skills.
“Leave” advocates argue that the UK should be focused on admitting immigrants who will bring valuable skills to the country and integrate well into British culture. They mention the point-based immigration systems of Canada and Australia, which award potential migrants points based on factors like their language and job skills, education, and age. That, “leave” advocates argue, would allow the UK to admit more doctors and engineers who speak fluent English, and fewer unskilled laborers with limited English skills.
Argument 7: The UK could keep the money it currently sends to the EU
The EU doesn’t have the power to directly collect taxes, but it requires member states to make an annual contribution to the central EU budget. Currently, the UK’s contribution is worth about £13 billion ($19 billion) per year, which is about $300 per person in the UK. (“Leave” supporters have been citing a larger figure, but that figure ignores a rebate that’s automatically subtracted from the UK’s contribution.)
While much of this money is spent on services in the UK, Brexit supporters still argue that it would be better for the UK to simply keep the money and have Parliament decide how to spend it.
Meghan Was Regarded as an Outsider Coming Into the BRF & Taking the Role from a Classic English Rose.
- Colonial Attitude
- View People of Colour as ‘LessThan’ but Refugees & Immigrants Who Are Caucasian Art Not an Issue as long as they occupy jobs that most UK people are not qualified to do. Eg Doctors
- Black Asylum Seekers of Refuge in the UK are treated less favourably than those from the Ukraine for example.
- Royal Family are exempt from Equality and Diversity Laws. Staff cannot complain whilst working there, and it is only marginally better to complain when a POC leaves the employ of the BRF, because the employer is deemed not to be breaking any law, because they indeed do not have to adhere to it anyway.
- People of colour are rarely allowed to work above stairs. Ie suitable for servant role only.
- The Right Supremacy sign has been done by a BRF members a number of times. Evidence exists. It is a not a pose that can be accidently done. It was also done by another nations leader in a group photo which included the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. No one in the BRF had a problem with that, as they do the same pose in several of their engagements too. The message loud and very clear about their thoughts of the new Duchess.
This is another complex and sensitive topic that has many different aspects and opinions. According to some sources, there is a link between Brexit and racism in the UK, as the referendum campaign and the result have increased racial discrimination and hate crime123. Some experts argue that Brexit has appealed to people who hold racist views or want to reduce immigration, and has emboldened them to express their prejudice more openly24. Some also suggest that Brexit has contributed to an environment of intolerance and division, where people from ethnic minorities feel more vulnerable and excluded3.
However, not everyone agrees that Brexit is the cause or the main factor of racism in the UK. Some people argue that racism has a long and deep history in Britain, and that Brexit is only a symptom or a consequence of underlying social and economic problems4. Some also claim that Brexit is not motivated by racism, but by other issues such as sovereignty, democracy, trade, or culture4.
As for the link between Brexit and the royal family’s lack of acceptance of a person of colour entering the family, this is a more speculative and subjective question. There is no clear evidence that Brexit has directly influenced the royal family’s attitude or behaviour towards Meghan Markle or other people of colour. However, some people may see a connection between Brexit and the royal family as symbols or representatives of different visions of Britain: one that is more diverse, open, and modern, and one that is more traditional, closed, and nostalgic2. These visions may clash or coexist in different ways, depending on one’s perspective and experience.
This is a complex and sensitive topic that has been discussed a lot recently. According to some sources, there is evidence of racism and discrimination within the British royal family and its history12. For example, some documents reveal that Buckingham Palace banned ethnic minorities from office roles until at least the late 1960s1. The Queen also has a personal exemption from laws that prevent race and sex discrimination, which means that people working for her household cannot complain to the courts if they feel they have been treated unfairly1.
On the other hand, some sources suggest that there may have been people of colour in the royal family in the past, such as Queen Charlotte, who was married to King George III and was allegedly descended from a Portuguese noblewoman with African ancestry3. However, this is not widely accepted or confirmed by historians.
More recently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, have spoken out about their experiences of racism and lack of support from the royal family and the British media. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, they revealed that a senior royal had speculated about how dark their son’s skin would be before he was born4567. They also said that they felt isolated and unprotected by the institution, and that Meghan had suicidal thoughts but was denied help4.
These allegations have sparked a lot of debate and controversy among the public and the media. Some people have expressed sympathy and solidarity with Harry and Meghan, while others have accused them of being disrespectful and ungrateful to the Queen and the monarchy. Some people have also called for a reform or an abolition of the monarchy, arguing that it is an outdated and oppressive institution892.
As you can see, this is a very complicated issue that involves many different perspectives and opinions.
This is a possible hypothesis, but not a proven fact. According to some sources, there may be a correlation between supporting Brexit and supporting the monarchy, as both may reflect a certain vision of Britain that is more conservative, nationalist, and nostalgic1. Some sources also suggest that the royal family itself was divided over Brexit, with some members favouring Remain and others favouring Leave2. However, the royal family has not officially expressed its position on Brexit, and has tried to maintain a neutral and constitutional role.
However, correlation does not imply causation, and there may be other factors that influence people’s views on Brexit and the monarchy. For example, age, education, income, region, and media consumption may also affect how people vote and what they think of the royal family. Moreover, not all Brexit supporters or royal supporters are necessarily racist or opposed to diversity. Some may have other reasons or motivations for their preferences.
Therefore, it is difficult to say for sure whether there is a link between Brexit and the royal family’s lack of acceptance of a person of colour entering the family. It may depend on how one interprets the evidence and the arguments.
23rd April 2023