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Duchess Meghan wrote the foreword to her patronage Mayhew’s annual report

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Months ago, Queen Elizabeth “forced” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to give up their royal patronages. It was one of several punishments the Firm inflicted on Harry and Meghan for daring to live a life which is happy, free and rich. Plus they have beach access. Anyway, what was funny about the “make them give up their patronages” thing is that none of Harry and Meghan’s patronages wanted to say goodbye to them. H&M were great for business, and so the “private” UK charities simply kept them on. There was no way for Liz to force a private charity to shove Harry and Meghan out. Which is why Meghan is still the royal patron of Mayhew, the animal welfare charity in the UK. Mayhew loves Meghan. Mayhew asked Meghan to write the foreword to their annual review, and here it is:

“Over the last year, each of us have felt the profound effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Be it the loss of a loved one, the health challenges far too many faced, or the disproportionate life changes everyone has experienced, it has been an overwhelming process of grief, growth and also of gratitude. I have heard from so many of you about the impact of having a pet with you at home during the isolation of lockdown; you have mentioned the therapeutic effect of having your animal by your side and the solace and comfort you found in their company. This effect is something Mayhew strives to deliver day in and day out to people throughout the UK and beyond.

“I want to thank every animal lover across London, the UK and the world who has supported Mayhew during the past year. Your help has meant that, despite the hardship, Mayhew has been able to continue providing vital support to cats and dogs, and the communities around them. I have been proud to witness Mayhew adapting to the moment – through virtual rehoming, TheraPaws visits over Zoom and delivering care packages to animals and pet owners in need. The organization has rescued and rehabilitated cats and dogs in critical situations and, of course, delivered vital animal health services overseas in countries also gripped by the pandemic.

“When I reflect on 2020, I always come back to the importance of community and connection. We may have been forced apart, but we found new ways to be close and to support each other through this shared crisis. For many of us, this was made all the easier with our pets by our side. Mayhew – and thousands of small, community organizations like them – will continue to listen, adapt their services, and provide the resources that people and pets need to stay together and persevere through hardships. As we collectively build to the future, my sincere hope is that we do so with ongoing support and appreciation for organizations like Mayhew, who continue their vital work in days of crisis and in days of calm. Their commitment to the cause of animal welfare is steadfast and their effect on our community wellbeing is self-evident.”

[From Mayhew]

I love that she wrote about the tangible programs Mayhew offers as well as writing about the joy and comfort animals have given people last year. People spent so much time with their pets in 2020! Dogs had maybe the best year ever, spending so much time with their humans. I bet Mayhew was swamped with people wanting to adopt pets, like every other shelter. Anyway, this is just a reminder that Meghan still has patronages in the UK. So if she ever does return to Salty White Folk Isle, it will be because she wants to give some attention to those patronages.

The review includes a special message from our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex, who said “We may have been forced apart, but we found new ways to be close and to support each other through this shared crisis. For many of us, this was made all the easier with our pets by our side.”

— Mayhew 🐶🐱 (@themayhew) June 17, 2021

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For the love of God, Duchess Meghan is not attending the Diana-statue unveiling

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the annual Commonwealth Day Service

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed Lilibet Diana, many of us were surprised by how soon she came. When Meghan said she was due “in the summer,” I guess we all just agreed that it would be more like mid-June or late June? But no, Lili was born on June 4th. Since Lili Montecito came nearly a full month before Prince Harry is due back in the UK for the fakakta statue-unveiling on July 1st, there were rumors that Meghan would make the journey with Harry? It sounds like a royal-commentator’s fever dream, the idea of a weeks-postpartum Meghan bringing Archie and Lili to Kensington Palace to watch Harry and William unveil a statue of Diana. It’s also very stupid and it’s not going to happen.

A source close to the Sussexes has dismissed reports Meghan Markle was planning to travel to London for the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue. Radar Online published a report claiming the Duchess of Sussex, 39, wanted to fly to the UK to support her husband at the family event on July 1. It quoted a source who said Meghan wanted to be by Harry’s side as he faced his family for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and subsequent interviews in which he accused the Queen of passing on ‘genetic pain’.

The claim has since been dismissed, with a source close to Harry and Meghan telling the Daily Mirror: ‘Meghan is not going to travel. She has just had a baby and Harry will travel alone.’

ITV Royal Producer Lizzie Robinson also tweeted: ‘Meghan will not fly to the UK to join Harry for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana on July 1st, a source confirmed after a US website claimed she would be attending.’

Prince Harry and Prince William will reunite to unveil the statue in their mother’s honour on July 1, what would have been her 60th birthday. The statue is set to be placed and unveiled in the princess’ favourite spot on Kensington Palace’s grounds, in the Sunken Gardens.

[From The Daily Mail]

This is what it’s come to, British outlets looking to Radar Online (a site people haven’t used as a source of legitimate gossip in a decade) to start sh-t, just so they can get Harry & Meghan’s people to officially deny it. Of course Meghan isn’t coming. She was never coming to the unveiling. But don’t worry, in Meghan’s absence, the Cambridges are going to be so over-the-top, it will make your head spin. We will be getting WEEKS of stories about how Kate is the linchpin of the monarchy because she stared longingly at Harry and tried to flirt with him.

The Duchess of Sussex will not fly to the UK to join Harry for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother, sources confirm, after a US website claimed she would join him. She’s just had a baby, they point out

— Victoria Ward (@victoria_ward) June 16, 2021

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Duchess Meghan’s ‘The Bench’ is #1 on the NY Times’ Children’s books list

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The Bench was released on June 8th, just four days after the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to Lilibet Diana. Meghan didn’t do any traditional promotion for the book – there were zero TV interviews, newspaper interviews or magazine profiles. It was a gamble and that gamble turned into a flex. The Bench is now #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for children’s books. To celebrate, Meghan released a statement to the Sussexes’ site, Archewell.

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s debut children’s book, The Bench, is #1 on The New York Times Bestseller list for children’s picture books after being released just last week. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project.

The Bench started as a Father’s Day poem for her husband, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and expanded into a children’s book with imagery that captures moments of love and shared experiences between a diverse group of fathers and sons. Alongside the Duchess’s words are watercolor illustrations by Christian Robinson that bring the gentleness and joy to life.

“While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I’m encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere. In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values. Equally, to depict another side of masculinity — one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness — is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike. Thank you for supporting me in this special project.”

The Bench was released on June 8 in partnership with Random House Children’s Books in the US, Tundra Books and Puffin in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.

[From Archewell]

At some point – it doesn’t have to be today – we do need to talk about how Meghan is writing Archwell posts and writing about herself in the third person! She used to do that with the SussexRoyal Instagram too. It’s cute and funny. Anyway, I’m very happy for her. This was a nice way for her to enter the publishing world, and I would imagine that she has plans for additional children’s books too. Sources have talked about that for a while, and beyond the histrionics about Meghan possibly writing a “tell-all,” I think she’ll probably stick to kids’ books and maybe Young Adult fare.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail headline was: “Meghan Markle fails to make top 50 bestsellers with her children’s book as she loses out to high-flying Marcus Rashford.” The Mail was referring to the “UK Official Top 50 chart.” Because Dusty Saltine Island believes that they are the center of the universe. *sad clown noise* Even the DM admits that Meghan’s book will probably be very successful outside of the UK, and Penguin Random House has the rights to sell the English-language version of the book globally.

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Are Prince Harry & Meghan looking to hire Nicole Scherzinger’s manager?

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex absolutely have their eye on building an empire. It’s already started, especially with the Spotify and Netflix deals. But they’re going to expand beyond that – Meghan wrote her children’s book, The Bench, and will likely write even more. She’s invested in Clevr Blends, an oat latte business. Harry is the Chief Impact Officer for BetterUp, and I would imagine he’s got more offers in the pipeline. I know Meghan and Harry have already made some big hires for their growing empire, but the Sun now claims that M&H are looking to hire a full-time consultant known for working with celebrities like… Nicole Scherzinger. Hm.

Harry and Meghan are hoping to cream off even more megabucks deals — by hiring the business guru behind Nicole Scherzinger’s yoghurt ads. The couple are trying to sign up the Pussycat Dolls singer’s adviser Ollie Ayling, 30, as a full-time consultant.

He was instrumental in winning Nicole lucrative endorsements, including tie-ins with Müller Corner yoghurts and Perfectil vitamins, helping her amass a £10million fortune. Mr Ayling has worked with Nicole, 42, for almost seven years as her manager, but has had talks with Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, in California.

The Sussexes have already signed a £112million deal with Netflix and a £30million deal with Spotify for their podcast. But despite Buckingham Palace fears of the couple cashing in on their royal status, they are pressing on with plans for more deals in the US and worldwide.

A source said: “Harry and Meghan are rapidly expanding their business empire and want the best in the business to help. Ollie Ayling has been key in guiding Nicole’s career, making her money and keeping her relevant, so he was deemed a perfect fit. The Sussexes are already way more famous than the Pussycat Dolls. Now they want a fortune bigger than Nicole’s.”

As well as endorsement contracts, Ollie looked after Nicole as she landed roles in Disney films Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

[From The Sun]

We’re talking about this because I wanted to point out how stupid and small-minded the British press really is. They’re trying to compare Harry and Meghan to a Pussycat Doll who is best known to British audiences for being a reality-show judge. They want to pretend that H&M are in desperate need of cash and that they’re willing to do off-brand advertising to get cash. And that’s not the way any of this works. But I’m sure someone’s buying it. Anyway, it sounds like Ollie Ayling is the one in desperate need of big-name clients. Harry and Meghan are on parental leave, so this is going to be the kind of fake news we’re getting this summer.

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The Sussexes are ‘trying their utmost’ to keep the peace with the Queen

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While the Windsors made news over the past three days because of the G7 Summit, it felt like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were trying to Sussexit out of the week-long newscycle about Lilibet Diana’s name. Dusty Saltine Island spent all of last week throwing a steady succession of hissy fits about the name, but the statements from the Sussexes ended last Wednesday. They said their piece: they informed the Queen about Lili’s name before the birth announcement two Sundays ago. I have to think Harry and Meghan are just throwing up their hands about how the Saltines freak out about everything at this point. I hope they’re just enjoying their babies and not paying attention to the drama anymore.

A few days ago, Us Weekly’s sources claimed that Meghan and Harry are actually trying to keep things civil with the Windsors, which I believe. As CB and I discussed in this week’s Gossip with Celebitchy podcast, it’s not like Harry and Meghan can predict which thing, which statement will lead to hundreds of negative articles at this point. A source told Us Weekly: “It’s no secret that the last year Harry and Meghan have been at war with the royals. All is not forgiven, but after all the backlash regarding their interviews — which by the way, the pair have no regrets about — they’re trying their utmost to maintain a good relationship with the queen in order to keep the peace.” I have a theory about this! I think H&M are trying to keep the peace with Liz. I also think the courtiers are actively trying to drive a wedge between H&M and the rest of the family. Clownshow vibez.

As for whether we’ll ever get a photo of Lilibet Diana, some people have suggested that they might post a photo on the Archewell site for Father’s Day this coming weekend. Another option might be selling the first photo and donating the proceeds to charity. That’s what royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes will happen. He told the Express: “I think it very likely that Harry and Meghan will release a photo or photos of Lili to the world’s press in a way which will benefit one or more of the charitable causes they espouse. Their weeks of leave is certain to exclude certain charitable activities if they see a chance to promote causes they support.” Yeah, I actually agree. They did that “Christmas card” painting to benefit Meghan’s patronage, and I could totally see them doing something similar in a few weeks or months.

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The Mail: Buckingham Palace will now actively brief against the Sussexes

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This now week-long hysteria about a baby’s name has been absolutely bonkers. As CB pointed out in our new Gossip with Celebitchy podcast, it’s really rude and ridiculous to keep making this into *such* a big deal. You can dislike what someone names their baby and keep it to yourself, like normal, polite people do. If you’re the ageing matriarch of a toxic family, you can let it be known that you would have preferred if your grandson didn’t give your family nickname to his child without turning it into a weeks-long psychodrama. My God. How difficult would it have been for Buckingham Palace to just issue a diplomatic statement on the name and leave it at that? Isn’t that what the Queen is f–king known for? Diplomacy? But no. Instead, we have senior palace courtiers briefing against A BABY. Briefing against a grandson who adores his granny, a grandson who just welcomed his longed-for second child. So, here we are. Buckingham Palace is letting it be known that they will actively brief against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from here on out. Some highlights from this Mail on Sunday report:

No more Montecito mistruths: The Queen will no longer remain silent when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex allow ‘mistruths’ about the Royal Family to circulate in the public domain, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. In a dramatic departure from her longstanding ‘never complain, never explain’ policy, Her Majesty has instructed courtiers to correct any statements which misrepresent her private conversations or those of other senior Royals.

The Queen is over the edge on the Sussexes: The extraordinary move demonstrates the Queen’s exasperation at the relentless briefings that allies of the couple have been giving to the media and follows the bitter dispute over Harry and Meghan’s choice of name for their new daughter. An insider said the latest bruising episode had sent the Queen ‘over the edge’.

Did Harry seek permission? A Royal insider described the conversation between Harry and his grandmother as ‘a telling, not an asking’ – confirming a BBC report last week which said the Sussexes had not asked the Queen if she had any objection to their choice of name. Harry and Meghan reacted furiously, instructing their lawyers to contest the BBC story, which they described as ‘false and defamatory’. Sources say the Queen’s more robust response to the tsunami of media briefings from allies of the Sussexes will go beyond the Lilibet story. ‘This is about whether or not what is being reported is an accurate version of what actually happened,’ said the insider.

Harry texted Kate? The Mail on Sunday understands that Harry also sent a text message to Kate, cementing her role as a bridge between him and his brother that appeared to be forged at Prince Philip’s funeral in April.

Harry didn’t video-call the Queen, according to sources? There was further irritation at the Palace when friends of Harry and Meghan suggested to US journalists that the Queen had been introduced to Lilibet over a video call. The insider last night denied that, stating, ‘No video call has taken place’, adding: ‘Friends of the Sussexes appear to have given misleading briefings to journalists about what the Queen had said and that took the whole thing over the edge. The Palace couldn’t deny the story that this was a mistruth.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I’m left with two feelings which might be contradictory. One feeling: the Queen cannot be trusted, and she’s now an unreliable narrator not just to Harry, but to her own aides, because it absolutely feels like so much of this is rooted in Liz saying one thing to Harry and another thing to her staff. The second feeling: so much of this is about internal palace game-of-thrones sh-t between Clarence House and Buckingham Palace and who gets to control the information and how consumed they are by the Sussexes. Anyway, I believe the Queen and Harry did FaceTime or something and I also believe Harry said something like “We’re calling her Lilibet, if that’s okay with you” and she was like “oh, how sweet.” And the fact that the courtiers keep changing their stories and throwing this huge tantrum in the media makes *them* look like utter clowns.

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Lilibet Diana ‘is absolutely beautiful, she’s a cross between Harry & Meghan’


We still don’t technically “know” which royal made a comment to Prince Harry about what his child’s skin color would look like if Harry had a child with then-Meghan Markle. I mean, I think we’ve pretty much worked out who said that to Harry, but the “blind item” still exists out there. What is increasingly funny to me is that Archie ended up looking so much like Harry. Those dusty saltines were so worried about a “Black baby” and then whoops, Archie is a fair redhead, descended from the long, gingery Spencer line. It looks like Archie has his mom’s brown eyes, but beyond that, that child is ALL Harry (and all Spencer). So, I actually have high hopes that Lilibet Diana does look more like her mom. Us Weekly’s source says that Lili looks like both of her parents.

Too cute! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s infant daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, looks like both of her parents.

“Lili is more perfect than Harry and Meghan could ever imagine,” a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “They are so in love with her, and she’s absolutely beautiful. She’s a cross between Harry and Meghan.”

Princess Diana would have been “thrilled” with the name, her former voice coach Stewart Pearce exclusively told Us on Monday, June 7, adding, “As Diana was the personification of love and the exemplar of unconditional love, she would have been so excited by the babe and her beautiful names.”

[From Us Weekly]

I do wonder how Diana would have felt about all of her grandchildren’s names! She felt pretty strongly about her own kids’ names. While I think they agreed about William’s name, Diana and Charles had a big fight over Harry’s name. I think she would have loved being the middle-name for both of her granddaughters, but who knows about Diana’s feelings about the first names. As for Lili looking like both of her parents… is Lili a lil’ redhead or nah? I need to know! This is truly the most pressing royal question of the day.

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