London (CNN) – You haven’t had a job for six years, then two come at once …
Despite the suggestion in many headlines, Harry has had a job before – 10 years in the military. He has also run mental health awareness campaigns and has taken part in the battle with the British tabloids, which he accuses of trade-offs and lies.
The two organizations Harry works for now work in these areas of his expertise. BetterUp provides “mental fitness” coaching for major international brands, including CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia. Aspen is leading a response to an “information crisis” that is undermining “trust in our democratic institutions”.
Cynics argue that Harry landed the gigs not because of what he can offer but because of who he is. The Sussexes have also signed multi-million dollar media production contracts with Netflix and Spotify. BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux admitted to CNN that hiring Harry was good PR but insisted that it wasn’t the only reason they signed him, saying he had “so much Value “to improve the company’s work.
Sussex supporters say they should be applauded for striving to find their own way without public funding and capitalizing on their own life experiences. The couple are sure not to cross borders to Buckingham Palace as they have made a comprehensive agreement with the Queen to do what they wish to be financially independent.
In the seated interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan revealed everything about their lives in the royal family. Now they have to prove their worth as people in their own right. They have new – commercial – contracts to perform, and their new bosses want a return on their substantial investment. Can the Sussexes deliver? The couple’s real test begins now.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
Charles visits his grandfather’s country
Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla flew to Greece on Wednesday for a two-day visit as the country celebrates the 200th anniversary of independence from Ottoman rule. On the short trip – at the request of the British government – the couple attended a commemorative military parade, performed at a special ceremony in honor of the reopening of the National Gallery of Greece and attended a state dinner in the presidential villa. In his speech at the bicentennial dinner, the Prince of Wales expressed his delight in returning to Greece, which has “the special place” in his heart as it is “the land of my grandfather and the birth of my father, almost one” a hundred years ago Years. “He added:” Later, in Athens, my dear grandmother, Princess Alice, protected a Jewish family during the dark years of Nazi occupation – an act for which she is counted as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ in Israel. ”
Bomb squad called to the Queen’s house
Don’t worry – she wasn’t there. A bomb disposal team was taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the monarch’s official residence in Edinburgh, Scotland – on Tuesday following a report of a “suspicious item”. Scottish Police said the property had been examined and “made safe” by a bomb disposal team. Authorities later arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with the incident. The Queen was not in Scotland at the time but was in Windsor, about an hour outside London, where she lived with Prince Philip during the pandemic.
Royals are considering appointing a tsar for diversity
Buckingham Palace may consider appointing someone to lead its diversity efforts as “more needs to be done,” a royal source said Sunday. The thought comes weeks after Harry and Meghan told Oprah that the subject of their children’s skin color was raised by a member of the royal family. The source said “many measures are being considered” but it is too early to announce plans. “We listen and learn to get this right,” added the source.
Harry writes an emotional message about his mother’s death
Prince Harry has revealed that his mother’s death “left a huge hole in me”. The Duke of Sussex wrote in the foreword to a new book for grieving children and gave advice as he reflected on his own experiences. The book “Hospital by the Hill” was published on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. Harry said that everyone deals with losses in different ways. “But when a parent goes to Heaven, I’ve been told that their spirit, love, and memories of them don’t. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true. ”
Inconsistencies in the Sussexes interview
Whether you are “Team Sussex” or not, it is hard to argue against the importance of suicide and racism raised in the Oprah interview. However, critics point out some inconsistencies in the overall interview. Meghan’s claim of a private backyard wedding raised eyebrows. The British newspaper The Sun received a copy of the marriage certificate stating that the legally binding wedding was taking place in the church. A spokesman for the couple then clarified that “the couple exchanged personal vows a few days before their official / legal wedding on May 19th”. The couple are also known for their distrust of the tabloid media and expressed frustration at the palace’s attempt to appease certain titles with “Christmas parties at the palace”. That comment left some tabloid reporters baffled, including Russell Myers, the royal editor of The Daily Mirror, who tweeted, “Now I wonder why I never got a ticket.” There have been media drinks in the past, but they were official receptions and not just for the tabloids.
Some good news for the British monarch – Queen Elizabeth has become a great-grandmother for the tenth time.
Zara Tindall, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, gave birth in a dramatic manner on Sunday evening. Her husband Mike – a former England rugby team captain – revealed that Lucas Philip was unexpectedly born on the bathroom floor of their home in Gloucestershire, southwest England, after they couldn’t get to the hospital on time.
On an episode of his podcast “The Good, the Bad, and the Rugby” on Wednesday, Tindall said her new son “arrived very quickly,” and joked that he barely had time to run to the gym to get a mat, too bring them to the bathroom, put the mat on the floor, put the towels down, clip, clip, clip. ”
Mike and Zara Tindall are already parents of Mia Grace (7) and Lena Elizabeth (2).
The baby weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces at birth, a spokesman for the couple told CNN. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are “delighted” with the news and look forward to meeting the latest addition to the family when “circumstances permit,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman told CNN.
While the Tindalls have been surprised by the speed of delivery, royal home births are not uncommon. The monarch gave birth to all four of her children at home. The newcomer is a member of the royal family, of course, but as 22nd on the throne, he won’t be an HRH – meaning His or Her Royal Highness, a style used to denote high-ranking members of the royal family.
Lucas is the second royal baby to have arrived in the past few months.
Princess Eugenie – daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson – gave birth to their son August Philip Hawke last month. The princess shared two adorable photos of the baby on the occasion of her 31st birthday this week. Eugenie thanked the well-wishers for their messages and said in a post on Instagram that she had “received the best gift I could ask for”.
FROM THE ROYAL VAULT
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has been appointed Lord High Commissioner of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2021. In this role, William will represent the Queen at the online event in May.
William, who holds the title of Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, was due to attend the General Assembly last year but was canceled and streamed online in the face of the pandemic. He is expected to hold the opening and closing addresses for the event and report to the Queen on developments during the week.
The Lord High Commissioner’s role is to “maintain the relationship between state and church” and dates back to the 16th century, according to the royal family’s website.
Every year the Queen appoints the role on the advice of the Prime Minister. She visited each other in 1969 and 2002. But other members of the royal family have also attended in recent years, including all four of their children.
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A word from the kings
“We emerge from this period with renewed trust in one another and with a strengthened belief in our society – rich in diversity in its many communities and cultures, but united in their commitment to the common good and well-being of others, especially the most vulnerable.”
Prince Charles on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities.
Britain celebrated the anniversary of the first national lockdown on Tuesday with a day of reflection. Prince Charles cited honors in a video message posted on his official Clarence House Twitter account. The heir to the throne said the country was “inspired”, “humbled” and “indescribable by the sacrifices we have seen”.
Other high-ranking kings were also watching the moment. The Queen sent flowers to the hospital where Prince Philip had heart surgery last month and praised the frontline workers for “the immeasurable service of those who have supported us all over the past year.” Meanwhile, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, were silent for a moment when they visited a Covid-19 vaccination center set up at Westminster Abbey in London.