Meghan and Harry human rights honour labelled ‘sublimely ridiculous’


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are among the recipients of this year’s Ripple of Hope Award.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speaking to one another

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will attend the Ripple of Hope Award gala on December 6 (Image: GETTY)

He told the Mail on Sunday: “I find it somewhere between sublimely ridiculous and blatantly ludicrous. It’s absurd.

“If you look at the people who have been awarded the Robert Kennedy prize in the past – Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Bishop Desmond Tutu – and then you have to ask what are Harry and Meghan doing here?

“What in God’s name have they done to merit this? What percentage of Harry and Meghan’s wealth is going to worthy causes?”

The professor added the Kennedys’ patriarch Joseph, an Irish Catholic, would be turning in his grave to see branches of his family “latching on to British Royalty”.

The recipients of the Ripple of Hope Award will gather in New York on December 6.

Just a few days earlier, on December 2, the Prince and Princess of Wales will be in Boston for this year’s Earthshot Prize award ceremony, of which the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a partner.

Prince Harry ‘at odds’ with Netflix as Sussexes want ‘extensive’ cuts made to docuseries

With no content yet released on the streaming service, Prince Harry is now reportedly “at odds” with Netflix bosses over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s highly-anticipated forthcoming docu-series.

According to The Sun, the Duke and Duchess are still seeking to make changes to the docu-series, particularly following the death of Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September.

The couple secured the deal for the streaming service to film their family life in the US.

A lot of the filming for the docu-series took place before the death of the Queen and this has prompted Harry and Meghan to ask for “extensive cuts” to be made.

A source reportedly told The Sun that Harry “simply does not want” the series coming out “before Christmas”.

Netflix reportedly wanted the show to broadcast in December, but Meghan and Harry requested a delay following the late monarch’s death.

The couple reportedly “backflipped” on what the docu-series could show as there were concerns over its content.

Mike Tindall’s jungle stint ‘crystallises’ King’s argument to slim down Royal Family

Speaking on the latest episode of True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, royal journalist Katie Nicholl discussed Mike Tindall’s appearance on the ITV reality show and the impact that Princess Anne’s son-in-law’s current stint in the Australian jungle will have on the future of the Royal Family.

Speaking to host Kate Thornton, Ms Nicholl said: “This all leads to the much bigger question about royals and commercialisation.”

She noted that royal experts from all around the globe spend so much time “discussing [Prince] Harry and his commercial deals”, adding that Mike’s appearance on the reality show is “no different”.

However, in light of Charles’ apparent plans to slim down the monarchy, she noted that Mike’s decision to enter the jungle “really crystallises” King Charles’ “argument and vision” with the focus being on the “top tier royalty”.

King ‘made it clear’ to aides he wants to kickstart debate on slave trade ‘on his terms’

The King wants the British people to “learn about the trans-Atlantic slave trade” much like they learn about other major historical events.

King Charles III would be open to “kickstarting debate” about the role the United Kingdom played in the slave trade, according to royal correspondent Richard Palmer.

The Daily Express’s reporter said the monarch would not want to consider discussions about reparations but is keen to expand the educational tools available to learn about slavery.

Speaking to Royal Round Up’s host Pandora Forsyth, Mr Palmer said: “He’s spoken more about slavery probably than any other member of his family since Prince Albert campaigned against slavery in the 19th century.

He has made it clear via aides and indeed by one of his goddaughters that he really wants to encourage a national debate about slavery.

“He would like the British people to learn about the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the same way we learn about the Holocaust, for example.”

Kate Middleton takes the lead and calms ‘anxious’ Camilla at Cenotaph with subtle comments

Analysis of the body language and comments between the Princess of Wales and the Queen Consort has revealed that Kate was reassuring an anxious Camilla.

Camilla and Kate were stood together on the balcony of the Foreign Office overlooking the Cenotaph and according to the Mirror, a lip reader has revealed the reassuring role Kate played.

Ahead of the two-minute silence, the pair were seen having a small conversation which lip reader Jeremy Freeman said revealed that Kate took the leading role.

Mr Freeman said he believed the Princess of Wales said: “Shall we go in now?” and Camilla agreed, and the duo exited the balcony.

Meanwhile, body language expert Judi James told the Mirror that the Queen Consort demonstrated “some rituals of anxiety”, supporting Freeman’s belief that Kate aided Camilla by taking the lead at points.

The  expert continued: “Otherwise though there were gestures of open anxiety from Camilla. She looked unable to keep totally still and spoke to Kate at one point but while looking straight ahead rather than turning to her.

“Kate turned her head quickly in a gesture of polite concern. Kate’s calm and very still body language was in contrast to Camilla’s nervous movements that showed the most in the fluttering of her hymn sheet as her two hands fiddled with it throughout.”

Royal fans touched by King Charles’ special tribute to late-Queen on Remembrance Day

King Charles led Remembrance Sunday for the first time as monarch and laid a wreath at the Cenotaph to honour Britain’s veterans.

Royal fans were happy to see King Charles lead his first Remembrance Sunday.

One user said: “Brilliant! A fine king we have” while another said: “The photos are so wonderful and show the heart of the Royal family!”

Others remarked on His Majesty following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth, as one fan said: “Lovely to see the King follow his mother’s example. Best prepared King ever!

Another user commented: “His Mother and Father would be incredibly proud of His Majesty the King today” while another replied: “Always very touching and more so this year without Her Majesty. We will remember them.”

Harry & Meghan ‘unlikely’ to join royals at Sandringham for first Christmas without Queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “unlikely” to join the Royal Family at the Sandringham country retreat for their first Christmas without Queen Elizabeth II, it has been claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit life as working members of the Royal Family in the early part of 2020 when they moved from the UK to instead live in the US.

They were last publicly together in the UK in September to attend charitable events, before later attending the state funeral of the Queen.

King Charles III is understood to have invited Harry and Meghan to Sandringham for Christmas, but it is now looking likely the couple will not be making the trans-Atlantic trip.

A source close to the King told MailOnline: “They are unlikely to attend.”

It will be the first he hosts the annual Royal Family gathering and the Christmas break at the country retreat in Norfolk.

Hidden meaning behind Princess Anne’s first engagement ring – jewel worth whopping £10,000

Princess Anne tied the knot with her first husband Captain Mark Phillips 49 years ago today. The Princess Royal’s first engagement ring was not that dissimilar to her current one.

Although the Princess Royal married again in 1992 , jewellery experts at Steven Stone looked back at her original engagement ring from 1973.

Princess Anne received sapphire rings from both Mark Phillips and Timothy Laurence.

Leading engagement ring specialist, Max Stone, spoke to about the two incredible gemstones that look almost identical.

The expert said: “It’s interesting that Princess Anne received sapphire engagement rings rather than traditional diamond rings.

“Blue sapphires are often linked to people who are respectful, loyal, hardworking, and honest, which only makes these rings even more special, and this perhaps could have meant something to Princess Anne.”Both her rings are beautiful, however, neither of the centre stones are overstated.

“Instead, Princess Anne opted for more subtle engagement rings with unique detailing and meaningful symbolism.

“Princess Diana also famously had a blue sapphire ring, which is now in the hands of Kate Middleton, while the late Queen was frequently seen sporting the gemstone on her famous brooches.

“It’s clear the Royal Family are huge fans of sapphires, a stone which is traditionally believed to attract abundance and blessings.

“Historically it has been used to protect against negative energies, as well as calm the mind, strengthen intuition, and invite spiritual clarity, so it’s no wonder the royal ladies love them.”


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