Meghan Markle news – Multimillionaire Duchess hails working mothers who've 'had to shoulder so much' since covid

Meghan Markle news – Multimillionaire Duchess hails working mothers who've 'had to shoulder so much' since covid

05/12/2022

MEGHAN Markle today paid tribute to working mothers who have struggled post-Covid as she launched a new charitable campaign.

Launching a new charitable initiative, the Duchess announced the Archewell Foundation will launch the "National Business Coalition for Child Care" in collaboration with the Marshall Plan for Moms charity.

Despite being worth an estimated $11m, Meghan and husband Prince Harry are aiming to push for more childcare solutions in the business world, by campaigning for companies to listen to the needs of their employees in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Duchess said in a statement: "Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much.

"This has only been heightened by the pandemic, with increased caregiving responsibilities, rising prices, and economic uncertainty. As it’s been said many times, it takes a village to raise a child.

"Today, we’re sending a message that childcare isn’t just a community imperative—it’s a business imperative. Creating a stronger workforce starts with meeting the needs of families."

Read our Meghan Markle live blog below for the latest news and updates…

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    Meghan launches new charitable initiative for working mothers

    Launching a new charitable initiative, the Duchess announced the Archewell Foundation will launch the "National Business Coalition for Child Care" in collaboration with the Marshall Plan for Moms charity.

    Despite being worth an estimated $11m, Meghan and husband Prince Harry are aiming to push for more childcare solutions in the business world, by campaigning for companies to listen to the needs of their employees in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Duchess said in a statement: "Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much.

    "This has only been heightened by the pandemic, with increased caregiving responsibilities, rising prices, and economic uncertainty. As it’s been said many times, it takes a village to raise a child.

    "Today, we’re sending a message that childcare isn’t just a community imperative—it’s a business imperative. Creating a stronger workforce starts with meeting the needs of families."

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    Kate uses Royal insider knowledge to ace crossword puzzle

    The Duchess of Cambridge was left beaming when she came to the aid of a student stumped by a crossword puzzle question about the royal family.

    Kate put her knowledge to the test during a visit to the University of Glasgow where she heard how students have been supporting each other during the pandemic and the city's community struggling to get online.

    William joined his wife for the trip to Scotland and earlier joked about Kate becoming broody when they visited a school where she cuddled a baby, sang along with children and spoke to young pupils.

    As the couple began their visit to the school, close to the banks of the River Clyde in Inverclyde, the duke joked: "Can you get my wife out of here before she gets broody?"

    Jack Baird, 21, a statistics student, tested the future Queen's knowledge of royal finances when the Cambridges went on a walkabout outside the James McCune Smith learning hub, the main campus building for undergraduates.

    He said: "I was stuck with my crossword from The Times, I do it every week. It was seven down and the clue was sovereign's annual allowance.

    "I knew it was civil 'something' and I asked Kate and she said 'civil list'. She looked very excited when she got it."

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    William & Kate make donation to 'special' campaigner Deborah James

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said their thoughts are with Deborah James and her family after donating an undisclosed amount to the podcast host's fundraising initiative.

    James, 40, known as Bowel Babe online after campaigning to raise awareness of bowel cancer, has raised more than £3 million after setting up a Just Giving page.

    The former headteacher was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and has kept her more than 500,000 Instagram followers up to date with her treatments.

    In a personal tweet, William and Kate said: "Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life & tenacious desire to give back to society.

    "@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer & end the stigma of treatment are inspiring.

    "We are so sad to hear her recent update but pleased to support the @bowelbabef, which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS among others.

    "Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends. Thank you for giving hope to so many who are living with cancer. W & C."

    James has been treated at the Royal Marsden hospital, of which William is patron, and it is one of the beneficiaries of her fund.

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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘too out of touch’ & ‘naive’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were “naive” and “out of touch” to believe that their programme ideas would be “simply signed off” by Netflix, a TV source revealed.

    And the couple are “saddened” at their relationship with the streaming giant, after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

    The insider told The Sun: “Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work.

    “Certainly there was a belief that they thought that Pearl would simply be presented and released. The word was that they were saddened the show was not picked up.

    “But of course people forget that each project faces vetting and the business has the right to veto projects, delete scenes and oversee editorial direction in their work.

    “Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

    “Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning.”

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    Harry ‘in danger of becoming just another foreign prince’

    A royal author has claimed that Prince Harry could become “just another foreign prince” if he further cuts ties with the Royal Family.

    Royal author of the newly-released biography ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’, and photographer Ian Lloyd told Express.co.uk: “It’s a shame because he has got the Invictus Games and quite a lot going for him.

    “But I think he is in danger of evaporating.

    “He and Meghan haven’t had the great launch in America we were expecting, they promised a lot and so far nothing much has happened.

    “And I think they will soon realise that with Netflix and other deals it is just people ultimately wanting to trade on their royal status.”

    Lloyd continued to say: “Why Harry is a big name in America? It is because his mother was Diana and his grandmother Elizabeth II.

    “If he does distance himself from the Royal Family that brand will eventually be damaged, he will be just another foreign prince.

    “He needs to be working in close ties with the Royal Family to heal the divisions to strengthen his own brand.”

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    What is Meghan’s ‘Pearl’?

    Pearl follows the adventures of a young girl who found inspiration via influential women throughout history.

    The cartoon had been announced last summer, with Meghan saying at the time: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.”

    Meghan and Harry had created Archewell Productions at Netflix in autumn 2020 in order to create original documentaries and children’s shows, with Pearl set to be their first animated series.

    Last week all references to Pearl were wiped from her Archewell website.

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    Meghan dubbed ‘dishonest and narcissistic opportunist’ (2/2)

    Speaking on GB News' Dan Wootton, Ms Kelly said: “I’m sure she is rubbing elbows and I’m sure she’d love to be President one day because she appears to love the spotlight although she doesn’t like to admit it.

    “What this shows me, the fact she might be considering it or have her eye on it in the long term, that she’s a dishonest and narcissistic opportunist.

    “Ms I want privacy wants to run for President.

    "The Royal Family was a racists prison now wants to be on camera at the Queen’s Jubilee and wants to use her royal titles.

    “Ms I want privacy for my children, she’s showing up to the Jubilee with her children who are going to be on camera and she wants to rub shoulders with the first tier royals."

    She continued: “What she says to us publicly is not how she really feels, what she wants is the spotlight.

    “She’s the same girl she was when she was backup girl number four for Howie Mandel where she showed she could open suitcases very well.

    “But has she ever opened a campaign? Has she ever opened an office? Has she ever signed the front of a pay check instead of the back of one? Has she employed any staff?

    “Yes she’s a star, but that doesn’t make you a President.”

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    Meghan dubbed 'dishonest and narcissistic opportunist' (1/2)

    Meghan Markle has been dubbed a “dishonest and narcissistic opportunist” by a US broadcaster, after suggestions she would be a good candidate for the US Presidency.

    US President Joe Biden's sister, Valerie Biden Owens, recently invited Meghan into the Democrat Party, and said she feels Meghan would be "welcome" to join the party.

    Asked about Meghan potentially being a candidate for the US Presidency one day, Ms Owens said: "Yes, perhaps. Of course she will."

    However, US broadcaster Megyn Kelly slammed the idea, saying that Meghan “loves the spotlight”, before hitting out at her apparent desire for privacy.

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    Claims Andrew & Harry could be fuelling number of royal stalkers

    According to the former head of Royal Protection, the negative publicity surrounding Prince Andrew and Prince Harry could have sparked an increase in the number of people stalking the Royal Family. 

    Former head of Royal Protection Dai Davies told the Mirror: “The vast majority of people fixated with the Royal Family are ­harmless but there are always concerns that their obsession could take a worrying turn.

    "In most cases the police can use mental health legislation to help those that if left untreated could pose a risk.

    “It would not surprise me in the least if the negative publicity that has surrounded Prince Andrew and Prince Harry has caused an increase in the numbers of ­individuals that have come to the notice of the police.”

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    Queen sent warning over Harry's role

    The Queen has been sent a warning over a key position that Prince Harry still holds.

    The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge opened Parliament on the Queen’s behalf in a historic shift on Tuesday, and saw Charles read the Queen’s Speech.

    The monarch pulled out of the occasion, nearly 60 years after she last missed it, following advice from her royal doctors.

    But one expert has warned this highlights the need for Harry and Andrew to be removed as counsellors of state.

    Royal journalist Richard Eden said: "This emphasises the urgency of Prince Andrew and Prince Harry being stripped of their roles as two of the Queen's four counsellors of state."

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    Queen 'deploys ring of steel' to stop any Harry & Meghan documentary

    It has been claimed by a royal expert that The Queen's advisors have reportedly constructed a "ring of steel" around the monarch to prevent Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from including her in their upcoming documentary.

    Royal expert Russell Myers believes Buckingham Palace have advised The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to not even think about using the monarch as a means of sourcing royal content for Netflix.

    Mr Myers added: "They would definitely have been advised not to speak to Oprah Winfrey not to speak to Gayle King not to speak to the American journalists last week and yet they still keep on doing it.

    "I mean, it makes you wonder how much the family can take anymore and I'm sure Prince William has got his head in his hands as Prince Charles as every time they pop up on the television."

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    Harry and Meg's plan to return to Frogmore Cottage for Jubilee

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan plan to return to their first family home next month when they come back to the UK for the Queen’s Jubilee.

    Heightened security measures are already being put in place near Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage in anticipation of the couple’s arrival with their two young children.

    Despite living in an £11million mansion in LA, the Sussexes still lease the property — their home before moving to the States.

    It is currently occupied by Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and son August.

    It is expected Eugenie, who remains close to the Sussexes, will open up the guest bedrooms to accommodate them on their return.

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    Meghan & Harry forced to pay £213,000 to charity

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been forced to pay £213,000 to charity as they settle the final debts of their foundation.

    The couple's MWX Foundation, formerly Sussex Royal, which is in liquidation has paid its outstanding debt to an unnamed non-profit, papers revealed.

    The report said a claim of £213,000 had been received from a creditor relating to a grant due to a "not-for-profit enterprise".

    A total of £134,500 was paid off last year as the couple declared all of its debts would be paid in full within 12 months.

    However, the remaining £78,500 was paid later, according to the report.

    The delay in payment caused an extra charge of £27,447 as the "time costs exceeded the estimate".

    The document also said that £22,000 will go to Harbottle & Lewis for legal representation.

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    Meg & Harry slammed as 'out of touch' and 'naive' for Netflix

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been slammed as 'out of touch' and 'naive' for Netflix by a source.

    It comes after the couple were left "saddened" at their relationship with the streaming giant – after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

    Senior figures at Netflix believed the pair "may have been a little out of touch" with "how the process of landing a show worked."

    The insider told The Sun: "Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work."

    The source continued to say: "Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

    "Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning."

    "The deal may be millions on paper, but they are absolutely not allowed to make whatever they want," the insider said.

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    Meghan's secret weapon for battling anxiety revealed

    Meghan Markle's secret weapon for battling anxiety and migrains has been revealed. 

    The Duchess is reportedly a user of acupuncture, a method claiming to help alleviate mental health conditions – such as anxiety.

    She described herself as a "long-time believer" in the practice, and has claimed it is a "game-changer". 

    Meghan told The Chalkboard: "I used to have debilitating migraines and acupuncture and Eastern medicine absolutely changed my life."

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    Prince Harry slammed over 'ludicrous' NBC Today interview

    Prince Harry previously caused royal tension with some comments he made during his interview for NBC Today.

    Speaking on Australia’s The Today Show, Royal expert Russell Myers said: “I just think that interview that Harry gave for American television a few weeks ago was absolutely ludicrous.

    “What on earth is he talking about protecting the Queen, making sure she’s got the right people around her”.

    Mr Myers noted that the Duke now lives “5000 miles away from her”.

    He added: “He’s chosen to give up his duty, he’s run roughshod over the Royal Family and his duty that he left behind, yet he’s coming out with ludicrous statements that he’s the one protecting the Queen”.

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    Who is in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration line-up?

    Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration which will be broadcast live on ITV.

    The theatrical arena event will include 1300 performers and 500 horses, and is made up of four acts, each overseen by a different an event host.

    The Celebration will take viewers through history, from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I through to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, culminating in a grand finale.

    Each act will reflect on key moments in history including Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech, and James I and the Gunpowder Plot. 

    Well known stars that will be involved:

    • Dame Helen Mirren
    • Gregory Porter
    • Katherine Jenkins
    • Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Ant & Dec
    • Tom Cruise

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘too out of touch’ & ‘naive’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were “naive” and “out of touch” to believe that their programme ideas would be “simply signed off” by Netflix, a TV source revealed.

    And the couple are “saddened” at their relationship with the streaming giant, after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

    The insider told The Sun: “Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work.

    “Certainly there was a belief that they thought that Pearl would simply be presented and released. The word was that they were saddened the show was not picked up.

    “But of course people forget that each project faces vetting and the business has the right to veto projects, delete scenes and oversee editorial direction in their work.

    “Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

    “Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning.”

    Piers Morgan brands Meghan as a ‘huge narcissist’

    PIERS Morgan this week branded Meghan Markle as a ‘huge narcissist’ and ‘wouldn’t put anything past’ her as Biden’s sister invites her to the Democratic Party.

    The TalkTV presenter made reference to comments from current US President Joe Biden’s sister, Valeria Biden, who said Meghan would be a good potential candidate for the White House in the future

    Piers voiced his fury toward Meghan, calling her a “scheming Princess Pinocchio” during a segment on his show, Uncensored.

    Meg and Harry ‘still need to be seen as royal’

    Royal expert Russell Myers has said that after the Sussexes’ Netflix snub, the pair “still need to be seen as royal” and that they “need to stay relevant”.

    Speaking on The Today Show, Mr Myers said: “It’s astonishing that they still feel that they need to be there to be seen but it’s the currency isn’t it, they still need to stay relevant.

    “I’ve been saying this for so long that they would never pass an opportunity to be in the spotlight and to be rubbing shoulders with the Royal Family”.

    He added: “No matter how much they argue against it, they still need to be seen as royal”.

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      Queen has ‘IMMENSE faith’ in Prince Charles

      The Queen showed she has ‘immense faith’ in Prince Charles and it is becoming obvious that the ‘weight of service is too much to carry alone’, a royal expert has claimed.

      Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech in Parliament yesterday after Her Majesty was forced to pull out.

      According to The Sun’s legendary royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, the Queen has huge amounts of trust in Prince Charles.

      Arthur said: For the first time the monarch passed on this most sacred of royal duties to her eldest son, confirming the immense faith she has in the Prince of Wales.”

      “And it is becoming increasingly obvious that the weight of our sovereign’s 70 years of service to the nation are now too much for her to carry alone,” he added.

      The Duke of Cornwall, made a shorter-than-usual speech at Parliament – in what many believe to have been our first true glimpse of what life will be like when he becomes king.

      Arthur went on to say: “We are in a transition from Queen to the future King.

      “As the Queen watched on television as her eldest son delivered the Government’s wishes, she must have felt the monarchy was in safe hands.”

      This is the first time in 59 years that the Queen has failed to attend the State Opening of Parliament.

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      Meg removes all mention of Pearl

      It’s almost like Pearl never existed – or at least Meghan is trying to make it seem that way.

      Doomed project was cancelled by Netflix and Meghan is attempting to erase the embarrassment from our memories.

      Meghan has removed all mention of her failed animation project from her website.

      According to the Daily Mail, the description of Pearl on her website was nowehere to be found on Sunday.

      They say it previously read: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,”

      It continued: “I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.”

      The project saw Meghan at the helm, with co-producers including Elton John‘s husband, David Furnish.

      It’s also reported that ‘insiders say Netfilx is optimistic of the Archewell deal with the Sussexes’ for further projects despite dropping Pearl.

      Archewell was launched in 2020 by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the production house for their various media ventures and an attempt to create income without the Royal Family.

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      President Biden’s sister invites Meghan to join politics

      Valerie Biden Owens spoke to Good Morning Britain about Meghan and Harry.

      Harry and Meghan are long-time pals of the American president and his family.

      Valerie Biden Owens, political strategist and younger sister of Joe Biden seems to think Meghan would make a good president.

      It’s been suggested previously that Meghan is vying for a career in politics, but this is the first time we’ve known of her being invited to join a political party.

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      Harry ‘in danger of becoming just another foreign prince’

      A royal author has claimed that Prince Harry could become “just another foreign prince” if he further cuts ties with the Royal Family.

      Royal author of the newly-released biography ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’, and photographer Ian Lloyd told Express.co.uk: “It’s a shame because he has got the Invictus Games and quite a lot going for him.

      “But I think he is in danger of evaporating.

      “He and Meghan haven’t had the great launch in America we were expecting, they promised a lot and so far nothing much has happened.

      “And I think they will soon realise that with Netflix and other deals it is just people ultimately wanting to trade on their royal status.”

      Lloyd continued to say: “Why Harry is a big name in America? It is because his mother was Diana and his grandmother Elizabeth II.

      “If he does distance himself from the Royal Family that brand will eventually be damaged, he will be just another foreign prince.

      “He needs to be working in close ties with the Royal Family to heal the divisions to strengthen his own brand.”

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