Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get award for having only two kids


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Prince William is 'dreading' finding out what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's next business venture will be following their lucrative Netflix and Spotify deals worth an estimated £130m, a royal expert has claimed. 

Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, went on to explain how he believes the Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, are still cashing in on the royal brand every time they talk about it.  

'What do they do next? That's a question Prince William is dreading the answer to,' he said, speaking to OK! magazine

'Ultimately, they have to find a way to do their work in LA while not trading in on the royal brand.' 

Prince William is 'dreading' finding out what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry plan on doing next following their lucrative Netflix and Spotify deals, royal expert Duncan Larcombe claimed. Pictured, The Duke of Cambridge and and Duke of Sussex at Princess Diana's statue unveiling at Kensington Palace, London, on Thursday July 1, 2021

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to step back as senior royals in March last year and went on to sign a lucrative podcast deal with Spotify (pictured) worth up to £30million

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped back as senior royals in March last year and went on to sign a lucrative podcast deal with Spotify worth up to £30million.

The Sussexes' agreement came just months after the royals agreed a £100million partnership with Netflix and days after Meghan invested in a $28-per-pack oat-milk 'superlatte' business later promoted for free by her LA neighbour Oprah Winfrey. 

Duncan continued: 'Prince Harry hasn't exactly been subtle. He's revealed to the world that he pretty much hates his family and the whole system is rotten to the core.

'But by continually talking about the royals, they're cashing in on the brand. If they spend their whole careers selling that royal brand, they'll never speak to William again.'

The brothers were reunited at Kensington Palace last Thursday where together they unveiled a statue of their beloved late mother on what would have been her 60th birthday after a tumultuous 18 months for their own relationship. 

Prince Harry's wife Meghan stayed at their $14.7million home in Santa Barbara with son Archie two, and newborn daughter Lilibet Diana. 

Prince William was reportedly left 'reeling' after Prince Harry's tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview (pictured)  aired and is now 'uncomfortable' talking to his brother, a source told US weekly.

Larcombe went on to claim how the poignant event may have left him feeling torn after he 'sacrificed everything' by deciding to continue his non-royal life with his wife. 

'Harry and Meghan seem to think they can co-exist in these two worlds – the world of British royals and American celebrity,' he previously told Closer magazine

'Harry is loving the American life now – but he's still in the honeymoon phase.

'I think coming back and seeing his brother, especially against the very moving backdrop of a memorial for their mother, will maybe make him question what he's given it all up for.'

The reunion came in the aftermath of Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive two-hour CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey which aired in March, where the royal made reference to his relation with William amid reports the brothers had fallen out in the wake of Megxit.

Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex at Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on 11 March 2019

Prince Harry told the talk show host: 'As I've said before, I love William to bits. He's my brother. 'We've been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we're on different paths.  

During the interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said racism drove them out of Britain and claimed their son Archie was denied the title of prince because he is mixed-race.  

Meghan also claimed that Kate Middleton left her in tears during a row over bridesmaid dresses and Prince Harry accused his father Prince Charles of refusing to take his calls when the pair moved to the US last year.  

Duncan continued: 'Harry's totally sacrificed relations with his family for his new life with Meghan, and things seem to have been done her way and with her needs first.

'But, ultimately, Harry will want and need his family – they are his flesh and blood.' 

He added: 'I think Harry and Meghan will have to make compromises to make things work with the royals, and even to save their marriage – because there will be a point when he'll be torn between Meghan's world and his own family,' he said.

'They need to plan what they say and do moving forward and communicate with the royals, if they want to have a relationship with Harry's family.'

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Are in a "Better Place" Since Lilibet's Birth 10 July, 2021 - 04:18pm

According to Us Weekly, the royals have made a point to put aside their differences and work on moving past the struggles they faced, particularly following Meghan and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey this spring, during which Meghan set the record straight about a widely-circulated story about her making Kate cry in the lead-up to her royal wedding in 2018.

"The narrative with Kate, it didn’t happen," Meghan explained during the televised interview. "A few days before the wedding she was upset about flower girl dresses and it made me cry. It really hurt my feelings."

The revelation reportedly added strained to Kate and Meghan's relationship, but a royal source says things are looking up between them now.

"The bridesmaids dress incident took place so long ago and [it] feels pointless to hold onto the anger," the source explained. "It’s wasted energy. They’ve called it truce."

Apparently, another royal woman played a big role in helping Meghan and Kate reconnectHarry and Meghan's newborn daughter, Lilibet.

"Tensions have eased between Meghan and Kate. Kate even sent Meghan a gift for the baby. They’re in a better place and have exchanged texts since the birth of Lilibet." the source said, later adding that Lili's birth turned out to be a bonding moment for them. "The birth of Lili has brought Kate and Meghan closer together. They’ve bonded over both having daughters and can’t wait for all the cousins to meet."

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry receive 'special award' from UK charity for decision to have no more than 2 kids

Fox News 10 July, 2021 - 11:02am

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are being applauded by a U.K. charity that believes one way to save the environment is by limiting couples to only having two children.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the recipients of Population Matters' "special award," which gives a nod to the couple for previously announcing their decision to have at most two children.

"In choosing and publicly declaring their intention to limit their family to two, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are helping to ensure a better future for their children, and providing a role model for other families," the organization writes of the couple on its website.

Population Matters recalled Harry's revelation about expanding his family in a chat with Dr. Jane Goodall for Vogue in 2019. When discussing his future as a father, Harry said he planned to have, "Two, maximum!"

He also discussed how his philanthropy efforts and travels around the world as a former working member of the British royal family opened his eyes up to the benefits of preserving the environment.

"I think, weirdly, because of the people that I’ve met and the places that I’ve been fortunate enough to go to, I’ve always had a connection and a love for nature. I view it differently now, without question," he told Goodall, a pioneering British primatologist.

Population Matters also recalled Harry stating that humans around the world "should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation."

"We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family," the organization added.

Meghan and Harry were among the charity's half-dozen honorees ahead of World Population Day on Sunday. The awards were given to "individuals and organizations across the globe for their progressive, effective and brave work promoting reproductive rights, defending the environment, and enlightening the public about the challenges we face and the solutions that are available!"

The winners, including the Sussexes, will receive a £500 (about $695) donation for a charity of their choice.

Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as the British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes towards Markle. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, Calif.

On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth in line to the British throne.

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Lip Reader Says Prince Harry's First Words Upon Seeing Princess Diana's Statue Were 'Isn't That Amazing?'

PureWow 10 July, 2021 - 08:00am

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When it comes to royal family news, it can be hard to find confirmed information. If it's not coming straight from the royal sources themselves, some news outlets rely on insiders to provide any details that aren't shared to the public.

But there's another avenue that can come in handy: lip reading. Thanks to professional lip reader Jeremy Freeman over at The Mirror, we now have a pretty good idea as to what Prince Harry may have been saying when his late mother's statue was unveiled just a week ago at the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.

According to Freeman, when Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, first revealed the monument, the Duke of Sussex said, “Wow! Isn't that amazing? Amazing." Freeman claimed that in turn, Prince William commented, “What a reveal. Okay. Okay.”

The entire unveiling was captured in a recorded live stream, which can be seen below courtesy of Reuters.

While it was hard to decipher the rest of the conversation, Freeman also reported that when the brothers first entered the garden space, Prince Harry said, “This is spectacular.”

Along with The Mirror's lip reader, we at PureWow turned to our own professional to help interpret the statue unveiling ceremony. Body language expert and psychotherapist Toni Coleman analyzed the actions of the two royal brothers during the event, saying that the two seemed “completely out of sync” mainly because they express emotion very differently.

Coleman summarized the event by saying, “I think both had strong emotions which were on display in these pictures. However due to their differences, they express them so differently...I think [their] statement voiced what both feel and along with this statue and celebration of their mother, will help them to finally express some of that long pent-up grief and sadness.”

We're happy to see that, at least according to their lips, both brothers were pleased with the final result.

The Sweetest Things Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Said About Their Daughter Lili So Far

Yahoo Lifestyle 10 July, 2021 - 06:00am

A spokesperson for the Sussexes released the following announcement after the birth of their baby girl:

It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. 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 SantaBarbara, CA.

She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.

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.

This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie HarrisonMountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.

A separate, more personal announcement was also shared on the Archewell website, which read:

“On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

During a surprise appearance at the the WellChild Awards ceremony in London this summer, Prince Harry opened up about fatherhood to his good friend Ed Sheeran.

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Babies have a way of bringing families together, and the same is true even for the royals. According to an inside source, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have bonded since Markle and Prince Harry welcomed baby Lilibet Diana on June 4. “Tensions have eased between Meghan and Kate,” the insider told Us Weekly. “Kate even […]

A car that was part of Harry's "convoy" when he arrived in the U.K. was spotted driving to the airport Friday.

Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter, Lilibet, is a month old, we are getting some insight into what that official birth certificate looks like. Compared to older brother Archie’s birth certificate, Lilibet’s parents are addressed differently this time around. Even though the couple has left their senior roles with the palace, there is […]

The tennis star opened up about her decision to take a break from the court in a moving personal essay.

This comes after reports saying the sisters-in-law have been trying to “build a relationship.”

Osaka mentioned the Duchess of Sussex in a moving personal essay for TIME magazine.

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She continued by adding, “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to [be their chief of staff], to be able to be with them on their journey. The time that I spent with them was incredibly fulfilling. I think...

Osaka thanked the Duchess of Sussex in a powerful personal essay.

Officials working for Prince Charles have briefed journalists with further details on the financial arrangements surrounding the Sussexes' departure.

Last week’s Princess Diana statue unveiling might not have solved all of the royal family’s problems, but it did signal a wonderful moment of unity for Prince William and Prince Harry. The day was about honoring their late mother on what would have been her 60th birthday. The feud was set aside and the legacy […]

Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield told Insider that the brothers' joint statement may have been inspired by Prince Charles and Diana.

“Tensions have eased” between them, which is major!

Step inside Montecito, California, the dreamy celebrity playground Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and other A-listers call home

Insider 10 July, 2021 - 12:00am

It was just the first of many moments that proved to me there's nothing ordinary about the sleepy California town that has long been a major celebrity playground. 

Before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to call Montecito home, the only times I'd ever really heard about the California town — which is part of Santa Barbara — were on episodes of "The O.C." 

But everything changed in July 2020, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bought a $14.65 million home up in the hills of Montecito, complete with a pool, guest house, and tennis court. A spokesperson told Insider's Mikhaila Friel that the couple had "settled into the quiet privacy of their community." Another source told Vogue that Harry and Meghan "were both drawn to the smaller town of Santa Barbara, where they can integrate into the community while having some distance and privacy." 

Markle and Harry are in star-studded company. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry all have homes in Montecito. Ariana Grande also got married at her $6.75 million mansion in the neighborhood. 

But Lowe recently claimed that Markle and Prince Harry had "heightened the level of interest" in the town. 

"They definitely have brought a lot of attention to my sleepy little town," Lowe — who has lived in Montecito for 26 years — told E! News, claiming that even the lines at Starbucks were longer now. 

But had Harry and Markle really changed life in Montecito? And what was it really like living in a tiny town packed with celebrities? 

There was only one way to find out — hop on a train and go there myself.

The two-and-a-half-hour trip flew by as I worked on my laptop and chatted with the woman seated next to me, who had planned a day of wine tasting with her friends. 

I had just come back from Las Vegas only two days before and was hoping for a dreamy day of peace and relaxation. I assumed Montecito was a classic resort town, full of cute cafés and boutiques, with a salty breeze cooling me down and the air smelling of the sea. 

Santa Barbara's train station is flanked by a lily-white building that reminded me of the churches in Santorini (alas, this was actually a science museum). Colorful pink flags decorated with yellow suns fluttered in the breeze as I waited for a Lyft to take me to Montecito. 

We whisked past the beach and endless palm trees for the short 11-minute drive, which also cost me $11 on the app. 

While I loved that the Montecito Inn is full of Old Hollywood history (Charlie Chaplin helped get it built in 1928, and then tied the knot to actress Oona O'Neill there in 1943), I mainly picked it because it was the most affordable option. I wanted to stay in Montecito to get a true feel for the neighborhood. But the other two open hotels in town, Rosewood Miramar Beach and San Ysidro Ranch, had rooms that started at $1,000 per night. And The Biltmore, a Four Seasons resort in Montecito, was closed until further notice due to the pandemic. 

At $305, my room at the Montecito Inn — which was upgraded for free from a queen to a king bed — felt like a total steal. 

Since Markle was the inspiration for my Montecito trip, I figured I should try to channel her style during my visit. I went with a blue-and-white striped shirt that reminded me of one of her Wimbledon outfits, along with some distressed denim since the duchess always sported ripped jeans in her pre-royal days. 

It was time to see the town! 

Restaurants, cafés, and cute boutiques dot both sides of the large main road that runs through the town. All the buildings are painted in soft neutral colors, mainly white. I noticed that many people walking around were of retirement age, and most of the women seemed to follow the same unofficial uniform — flowing maxi dresses or skirts and big sunglasses. It was all very laid-back California chic. 

Montecito reminded me a lot of Saratoga and Los Gatos, two suburbs nestled in Silicon Valley, where I grew up. But some of the conversations I eavesdropped on were definitely different. 

"He bought four cars and crashed them," I heard one girl walking with a woman who appeared to be her mom say as I passed by them. 

"They're all like $60,000," she added. "He doesn't care." 

I had imagined Montecito to be much like Santa Barbara's downtown, which is flanked by gorgeous views of the ocean. 

But Montecito's Butterfly Beach is actually tucked away from the main part of town (more on that later), so all you really see are the restaurants, stores, and main road. Since all the celebrities' houses are hidden in the hills, there's also nary a mansion to be found. 

While doing my research on where to eat in Montecito, I tried to find places that were beloved by the stars. According to a Tripadvisor review, and a random UCSB student's resume that I somehow stumbled upon on Google, Jeannine's is beloved by Oprah. 

Is it the most concrete evidence? Absolutely not. But it looked cute, so good enough! 

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love some bubbly, so I already knew I was in the right place. 

Jeannine's menu is also full of variety, from Banana Kahlua and Challah French toasts to Huevos Rancheros and breakfast burritos, plus sandwiches and salads. 

I asked the woman at the cash register for recommendations, and she said to go with anything on the breakfast menu. I opted for the $17.25 Eggs Florentine, which she said was one of her favorites, and a $12 mimosa. After all, champagne was their specialty! 

The gold bucket came complete with a miniature twist-off bottle of Chandon, orange juice, a flute, and plenty of ice. 

Now this was the kind of glamour I had been hoping for in Montecito! I snapped a photo to send to my friends and then happily poured myself a glass. 

Nestled between the eggs, which were perched on English muffins and beds of spinach, were perfect bright-green slices of avocado. The soft-poached eggs were fluffy and nicely cooked, and the English muffins soaked up the yolk and delicious house-made Hollandaise sauce without getting soggy. The potatoes were also crispy and plentiful, with the purple ones adding a unique touch to the plate.

Montecito Inn as a whole is incredibly charming. The entire hotel is decorated with old Charlie Chaplin movie posters, beautiful orchids, and sleek leather furniture. So I was a little underwhelmed when I opened the door to my room. 

The king bed was (obviously) huge, and definitely comfortable. But the design was surprisingly muted and didn't have any of the Old Hollywood glamour of the exterior and lobby. There wasn't really much decoration in general. 

It was a nice room by all means. But with rates sometimes reaching as high as $400 a night, I was expecting a little more luxury. 

I made my way through a number of boutiques that Tuesday afternoon, hoping to get a feel for what life was really like in Montecito — and whether it had changed since Markle and Harry moved in. 

The first girl I spoke to, a student who lived in Santa Barbara and had worked in the town for five years, told me she met Katy Perry and Jane Lynch and has seen everyone from Chrissy Teigen and John Legend to Jenna Dewan and Ellen DeGeneres.  

"There's like an unspoken rule, we treat them like everyone else," she told me. "It's really nice." 

While she had yet to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the student told me that Katy Perry's mom was a sweetheart and that Jane Lynch was always very nice when she came in. 

"Nobody bothers them. You'll just see them walking down the streets, super casual," a woman who worked at a different boutique a block away told me of her famous customers. She had also seen Lynch and DeGeneres around plenty of times. 

Like everyone else I asked that day, she didn't believe that the town had changed after Harry and Markle moved in. She hadn't even seen any paparazzi. 

"There have always been tourists," she said with a shrug, adding that she still considers Montecito to be a "hidden gem" in Santa Barbara. 

The beach has been one of Prince Harry's favorite parts of living in Montecito, which he revealed to Oprah during his and Markle's explosive two-hour interview back in March. 

"To have outdoor space where I can go for walks with Archie and we go for walks as a family and with the dogs. You know, we go on hikes or go down to the beach, which is so close," he said.

The couple even shared a home video for the interview that featured them running on the beach with Archie

There are a number of beaches in Santa Barbara, but it's Butterfly Beach that calls Montecito home. So I followed the small sign pointing me to a tunnel under the 101 freeway and began my 11-minute trek to the water.

The walls were bright with bursts of yellow, blue, and turquoise that looked like waves crashing into the sun. 

One of the first houses I walked by had an entire shrine devoted to pig statues on the front lawn.

Butterfly Beach has a private feel to it, even though there were plenty of people laying out on the sand or paddleboarding and swimming in the sea that afternoon. 

There was ample space to sit or walk, and I could tell that the beach was even more secluded near the cliffs. It wouldn't be hard for a duke and duchess to keep a low profile here. 

I walked around Butterfly Beach for a while, happily soaking up the day's last rays and dipping my feet in the ocean. I wanted to stay for the sunset, but my phone reminded me that I had a dinner reservation. 

Lucky's is easily the most famous restaurant in Montecito, and not just because of its royal diners. I saw it mentioned in every travel article or blog I read before my trip, and "Iron Chef America" star Cat Cora has said that the restaurant's strip steak is one of the best things she's ever eaten

Due to the pandemic, the steakhouse now has ample outdoor dining, which is what I opted for when I booked my reservation. I was seated right across the front of the restaurant, where Lucky's sign is flanked by a beautiful burst of purple flowers. 

I glanced over the menu, which has plenty of steakhouse classics along with specials like burrata and abalone. When my waiter arrived at the table, I asked what the famous residents of Montecito loved to order. But she gave me a similar reply to what I'd been hearing all day. 

"They're just regular people who enjoy food," she said. "It's really about what you like." 

I went with the $56 10-ounce strip steak, $15 mac and cheese, and $18 hash browns with Gruyère cheese. 

The mac and cheese, which is made with Gruyère and cheddar, had a delicious crust on top thanks to the addition of bread crumbs. And the hash browns were, as I wrote in my notes, "insane." The dish was somehow both crispy and creamy, with perfectly cooked potatoes and a cheesiness that was savory without being overwhelming. 

And it's not hard to see why Cora is such a huge fan of the steak, which was super tender. But the standout was actually the sauce that came with it, a delicious peppercorn flavor that I couldn't get enough of. It really made the steak something special, and unlike any I'd had at other famous steakhouses

Lucky's was still fairly packed for a Wednesday night, with tables that ranged from families in T-shirts and shorts to a well-dressed group of friends in slick leather loafers and patent heels who chatted about wanting to buy bongos and have a "jam session" together.

I was one of the few people dining alone, so I was grateful when another waiter came over later that night to chat with me and see how I was doing. When I asked about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's double date, he told me they were "totally normal," even pointing to the very outdoor table where they had dined back in October. 

The waiter also revealed that Lucky's, unsurprisingly, has famous customers all the time. 

"Most of them are really nice," he added. "Although a few are rude after having a couple of drinks." 

I walked over to Bree'osh, a cute bakery in town that had been mentioned in a number of travel blogs. 

The cute café has outdoor tables shaded by cheerful bright-yellow umbrellas. I was surrounded mostly by elderly couples who were also up for an early breakfast. 

As I was channeling my inner Meghan Markle on this trip, I ordered the avocado tartine since the Duchess of Sussex is a famous fan of avocado toast. 

The $10.95 dish comes with avocado, radish, olive oil, chives, and pepper, all on top of a slice of homemade buckwheat sourdough ciabatta.

As I took my first bite I was surprised by how soft the bread was. The texture was unexpected but so delicious — and clearly extremely fresh. 

I loved how bright the avocado looked on the toast, and the radishes gave everything a nice crispiness. Just like every other meal I'd had in Montecito, this was a big win. 

While I didn't see any of Montecito's celebrity residents during my quick visit, I did have some great food and loved spending time at Butterfly Beach. The town is definitely quiet and calm, and everyone I talked to said nothing had changed since Markle and Harry moved into the zip code.

With its expensive (and sparse) accommodation options, and the fact that you're not surrounded by the sea, I still think it makes more sense to stay in Santa Barbara's downtown and drive over to Montecito for a short visit instead. Next time I'd also love to check out Montecito's Lotusland, which has been voted one of the top 10 gardens in the world, as well as its hot springs.

But there's no doubt Montecito is a pleasant destination, especially with its top-notch people-watching — and eavesdropping. Just don't forget to order a mimosa bucket!

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