Katie Nicholl: Meghan & Harry support BLM but they come ‘from different perspectives’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the UK team trials in Bath

I sometimes worry that by identifying and remembering which royal reporters said what, I’m getting too “in the weeds” or, to mix metaphors, it’s too much of “this is how the royal sausage is made.” But I’m fascinated by how certain storylines are created out of thin air, just as I’m fascinated by which actual stories are utterly ignored by those same reporters. I’m looking for agendas, racism, sexism and plain old bad communications work, basically. Plus, the reporters have made themselves the story by blatantly picking sides, mostly Team Keen. So it with Katie Nicholl, who has always been on the Keen train. But I’m very interested to see how and why she’s been giving so many interviews to American outlets and positioning herself as some kind of newly minted Sussex expert. So it is this week, with Nicholl giving another exclusive to Entertainment Tonight about the Sussexes. Specifically, it’s about Meghan and Harry focusing more on Black Lives Matter. Hm.

Nicholl thinks Meghan & Harry will do additional work on BLM: “The Black Lives Matter movement matters to Meghan and it matters to Harry. And I understand that this is going to be an area where we’re going to see the couple doing a lot more work and taking a lot more interest. They’ve been very busy with the COVID efforts, particularly how it’s impacting on their charities. And their focus is now, I’m told, shifting onto this movement — Black Lives Matter is something that really resonates with both of them.”

Different perspectives, huh: “They come in on this from different perspectives, Meghan as a Californian, Harry as an Englishman, both of them keeping abreast of what’s happening, both here in the U.K. and in L.A. But this is a campaign that matters to them. This is something they want to be more involved with and I’m told we’re going to see them really focusing their energy on this over the next coming weeks.” Meghan in particular, Nicholl explained, is passionate about the movement, seeing herself as a “role model” who can speak to the issues of racial equality. “She believes that there is an expectation on her to address what’s going on and to [show] support. And that is what they’re doing.”

But what will M&H do? “They’re speaking to community leaders from a number of different organizations and charities,” the royal expert noted, adding that the couple are deciding how to best get involved on a community level. “I’m told this is something they want to keep private at the moment while they work out what they can do and how they can help.”

Regarding Meghan’s commencement video: Meghan “anticipated a degree of backlash [for] speaking out about the Black Lives Matter campaign. Because there’s always a backlash whenever she speaks about anything, and I think in a way she probably expected it. It was obviously something she thought long and hard about. This wasn’t a snap decision to suddenly just make a very flippant comment, this is six minutes of carefully considered speech. As far as she is concerned, she feels that she has a responsibility to speak out.”

Racism is an important cause for Harry too: The cause is an important one for Prince Harry as well, Nicholl noted, recalling how the Duke of Sussex spoke out against British tabloids for their “racist overtones” in covering the couple when they first announced they were dating. “The phrase ‘exotic DNA’ is one that comes to mind. Meghan’s race has become part of the narrative about her and, you know, certainly Meghan and Harry feel that there have been racist undertones to some of that coverage.”

But will we hear from anyone else in the royal family about black lives? Nicholl added that she finds it “very telling” that Meghan was the first member of the royal family to publicly address the protests, which are taking place around the world, including in the United Kingdom. “[We've] not yet heard from the queen or the Prince of Wales — that’s not to say that we won’t, but at the moment we haven’t. The first person and as yet the only royal to speak out has been Meghan, and I think that says a lot about how passionate she is about this and how she wants to use her profile to draw attention to what’s happening.”

[From ET]

I just… the “different perspectives” part is what killed me and then I was already dead for “Meghan and Harry feel that there have been racist undertones to some of that coverage.” This must be that famous British understatement I hear so much about. Nicholl – and to be fair, all of the royal reporters save Omid Scobie – have NO IDEA what to say about race and racism and the royal family. So they talk in circles, they vaguely indicate, they use meaningless phrases. They are incapable of saying “Meghan is black and she’s been the victim of racism throughout her life, particularly over the past four years when the racist British press abused her and smeared her constantly, so of course she wants to work on race issues, and so does Harry because he’s woke AF now.” There’s my exclusive, I hope someone at Entertainment Tonight contacts me.

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  1. VS says:

    Can someone please help me understand something here: H&M are no longer senior royals; i thought the gossiper rats (LOL, copied from Twitter) said they will stop covering them. Why are they still talking about or writing articles about H&M? Those 2 don’t need their coverage at all; Meghan speech was covered by serious newspapers; same thing with Archie 1 year anniversary video and save the children charity. There are tons of royals in the UK, aren’t they enough?

    • Becks1 says:

      $$$$$$$

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Right? Some of those royal reporters were proudly and defiantly stating that they’d be happy to stop covering her after Sussexit. Now look at them: desperate to bring up and discuss Meghan.

      • VS says:

        Exactly…….they were all proud to say they will stop covering them. Why are they still talking about them? you have a CEO killing herself with zoom calls; you have Willileaks doing whatever, prince Andrew (him alone should provide contents for months)

    • Cosmo says:

      Yes. They bullied them out and said they wouldn’t cover them anymore. They also said they are no longer royals and are irrelevant. These racists still keep denying that it was racism and jealousy that pushed them out and yet they still keep talking about them. They know that Harry and Meghan are the stars in the family but they don’t want to admit it.

      • ABritGuest says:

        Speaking of- Camilla Tominey has piece in Spectator about Simon Case’s return to Downing Street. She suggests he was behind the Cambridges Flybe budget plane stunt, was close with the Queen’s top aide Edward Young, has been instrumental in elevating William which Harry has felt has led to him being pushed out. And she notes he likes a gossip.

        It’s all coming out.

    • notasugarhere says:

      SussexSquad called out one of them on that two months ago. She responded ‘they’re members of the royal family, so she will keep covering them’. The Sussex family brings in clicks, money, and interest. The RRs aren’t going to stop attacking them and trying to make money off them.

      • VS says:

        H&M are just like the York sisters, or any other royal who is not a working royal; yet they don’t write tons and tons of articles about those, unless I am wrong; If I am, then maybe this makes sense

      • Becks1 says:

        They don’t write a ton about the York sisters but they do get some coverage, especially before they were engaged/married. It’s not the same level though and my guess is the interest just isn’t there for them.

    • Christina says:

      No actual role model says to someone, ‘’I see myself as a ‘role model’ who can explain racial equity.” What the hell?!?!?

      Entertainment Tonight is no better. They want the money, too, so they don’t care that Nichols is offering struggle commentary. She is prohibited from covering the real story that would sell, Pedo Andrew, so she’s making stuff up. Hoping that the floodgates open on Andrew once QE dies.

      • Emmitt says:

        I don’t watch Entertainment Tonight anymore because it’s no longer entertaining, unless you think pushing out lies and narratives on people is entertaining.

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      VS None if the other ‘royals’ are as interesting as Harry and Meghan, they defo were the stars of that family, the rest don’t get much coverage here in the UK unless they are doing something of ‘great importance’.
      Even their shiny white star (Kate) is as boring as cold porridge!

  2. Britt says:

    I wish Katie Nicholl would go on somewhere and leave them alone. She and these other reporters are like desperately trying to hang on to Harry/Meghan like ticks. Worry about the bores, blands and mediocres you desperately praise to the skies. She is literally involved in a phone hacking case and she’s still being interviewed. I Would have more respect for these fools they came out and said that the others are boring and aren’t interesting and that they need Meghan/Harry for their wallets. Don’t say someone is irrelevant but then report and follow their every move.

    • Jegede says:

      Exactly.

      She’s been caught in so much BS vis the Sussexes.

      From her originally claiming Harry staked out Meghan watching Suits – till the man stated in their engagement interview, he neither heard of Meghan, nor the show.

      To her recent ‘exclusive’ about Archie’s sugar-free birthday cake – when the cake was actually a strawberries and vanilla cream melange.🙄🙄

      Why she gets airtime, I dunno?

      • xo says:

        If he did fall for her by watching Suits would you expect him to admit it in the interview, though?
        I suspect he asked a mutual friend to introduce them. . .

    • Yvette says:

      Agree with both of you. What got me in the article was this: “I’m told this is something they want to keep private at the moment while they work out what they can do and how they can help.”

      Which to me means that she’s made all this sh$t up.

      • MsIam says:

        Exactly. She’s “told” by who? No one credible that is close to the Sussexes is talking to Katie Nicholl unless they don’t care that the Sussexes would know they are leakers. She’s running a con on ET and whoever else’s is paying for her “expertise “.

    • kellebelle says:

      All speculation. I cancelled Vanity Fair forever because of this lying … thing. She’s a shameless, smug liar. Turns my stomach.

  3. Cee says:

    When I read the headline I thought “well, DUH, Katie! She’s black. He’s white. Of course their perspectives will be different” But I didn’t expect the brain gymnastics She delivered while trying to talk around race and Meghan’s existence.

    • lucy2 says:

      I was about to type the same thing! The headline points out the obvious, but the actual content is all over the place to avoid saying it.
      Not only black/white, but black woman/white male.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Sure there’s the obvious she’s black and he’s white, but scratch that superficial surface and what you really get is she’s Californian and he’s English, the deepest of all cultural divides. Let’s not talk about race, shall we?

  4. Becks1 says:

    LOL oh Katie Nicholl. I love her “exclusives.”

    Of course Harry and Meghan come at BLM from different angles and have different perspectives. Meghan is a black American woman, Harry is basically the epitome of “white privilege” and his family profited very well off of…well, off of racism. So, just slightly different perspectives, lol.

    But I think its a good example of how someone can grow and learn and become an ally, and he can use that privilege and his position to make a difference.

  5. BayTampaBay says:

    People are still telling tales on Meghan & Harry. I have read several places on the internet (other gossip sites) and in the comment section of a Daily Fail article that Meghan was not invited to give the commencement speech to her old high school, she just made the video then released it to Essence Magazine. People believe this shit and cannot be convinced it is not true.

    The headmistress of the school actually talked about the speech, thanked Meghan and this “interview” was posted online. The Meghan haters are 100% bat-shit crazy.

    • ABritGuest says:

      The conspiracy theories around Meghan are like Barack’s birther theories or saying Michelle Obama is really a man (actually seems that with Meghan too & that’s why there is that moon bump conspiracy). All boils down to hatred of them occupying an elite white space they don’t believe they belong in.

      Katie Nicholls chasing hard after that US Sussexes expert gig. Fact that Katie Nicholls is invited to just rehash stories from other publications& voice obvious speculation shows how easy a royal commentator job is and how little research networks do on these commentators.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Here is the latest bat-shit crazy conspiracy theory: I saw several comments posted on a Daily Fail article stating Meghan turned down a 21 room apartment at Kensington Place deeming it not suitable. The Sussexes were never offered the Gloucester’s old apartment (21 room apartment) as it could not be ready for occupancy before Archie’s birth. The Sussexes remained at Nottingham Cottage then Frogmore Cottage. Meghan never “turned down” a 21 room Kensington Place apartment because it was not offered.

        Many posters of the Daily Fail commentariat are now calling for Meghan and Harry to pay back the taxpayer for all renovations to the Kensington Palace 21 room Apartment (which I believe is still empty if the Cambridges have not yet taken it over) and the total cost of the wedding. Do these people not understand that the taxpayer did not pay for renovations to the apartment for the Sussexes nor did they pay for the weeding. The taxpayer only payed for security and that was for the whole BRF and all VIP guest. People actually believe this shit

      • Harla says:

        BayTampaBay, I hope to see similar demands made of Prince Andrew, pay back the $7 million spent refurbishing Royal Lodge and rent/maintenance, reimbursement for his security team (that he still has) since he stepped back last November and all room/boards costs for Sarah.

      • MsIam says:

        Daily Fail commenters?! Like who gives a flying crap about them? We know they are either staff members or paid trolls or just plain lunatics, lol. The Sussexes should pay the cost of the wedding, why? Because they say so? Ha!

  6. julia says:

    Ummm…they were forced to have different perspectives by blatant racism. Don’t try to dance around it.

  7. MaryContrary says:

    Wow-that’s quite the exclusive and analysis. I wish some of the American outlets would call her out rather than going to her for comments/articles. It’s ridiculous.

  8. Mtec says:

    At this point her “sources” just seem like plagiarized words from other reporters’ articles. Like seriously how does she get away with this?

  9. Emily says:

    Never apologise for telling us “this is how the royal sausage is made.” I enjoy the gossip about the Royal Reporters almost as much as I enjoy the gossip about the royals themselves. 😂

  10. MellyMel says:

    “They come in on this from different perspectives, Meghan as a Californian, Harry as an Englishman…” ugh…I think it’s cause she’s BLACK and he’s white. That’s just common sense, which Miss Katie here is lacking. Why is she dancing around this?

  11. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Nichols and the RRs are like cockroaches: no matter how hard you stamp on them, they always return. Or a dose of the clap. So she thinks she’s remotely qualified to judge race relations, does she? That’ll go well. I’m getting the popcorn out. This could be interesting.

    (I’ve come back to this page several times without commenting, because my initial response was what the (expletive) (expletive) does (expletive) Nichols think she’s (expletive) talking about, the (expletive) (expletive)?)

  12. fluffy_bunny says:

    Well duh of course M&H come at BLM differently because on of them is actually black and the other is white. I’m so tired of hearing that British lady give interviews on American entertainment shows. They’re ours now so go away.

  13. MsDiMeanOur says:

    I just watched the entire Royal House of Windsor in one day
    (I am in South Africa its almost 5pm here now)
    Which is super pro Monarchy and now I am more against them then I even was

    And Katie Nichols appears in the last episode talking about a streamlined monarchy and Prince Andrew etc

    This entire family is trash
    So glad Harry carried his mother’s intention to leave and got out

  14. mimi says:

    Nothing Katie has ever written about the Sussexes has turned out to be true yet here we are again. While I definitely believe she had/has sources within the Cambridge/Middleton camp, no friend or acquaintance of Harry or Meghan would talk to this lady. She’s just speculating like the rest of us but has somehow conned people into paying her for her fiction.

  15. Courtney B says:

    Gee, that’s some hard hitting investigative journalism. Couple bullied by racism and one who gives an ACTUAL SPEECH on BLM and who both have an enormous public platform may actually be planning to do more work on it in the future.

  16. TheOriginalMia says:

    All those words to avoid saying Meghan was harassed and abused because she’s a Black woman. All those words to avoid saying Harry’s perspective is different because he’s white and a freaking prince. Jeez. Just can’t with Nicholl.

    • L4frimaire says:

      She is such an irritating person. She just Cliffs notes her articles from others work and twitter feeds. Everything she writes is conjecture and speculation, with a side of blinders on. Irritating hateful woman. Now that all the tea is being spilled on CondeNast, not surprised this mediocre “ journalist” still has a job at Vanity Fair.

  17. Amelie says:

    Ugh how gross for this “reporter” to use the term “exotic DNA” and how her “race has become part of the narrative.” That sentence alone was just super racist! As if Meghan herself was the one driving that narrative! She can’t help she is biracial, it is tabloid fanfiction writers like this one that are driving that narrative. And also to just reduce Meghan to “exotic DNA” and that’s the reason she is speaking out. Well we always knew the media considered Meghan to be some sort of “exotic” toy for them to play around with but I never expected someone to actually say it out loud.

    • Nyro says:

      She is so out of her depth. All of these royal reporters are with the exception of Omid. They have no understanding of racism, have no interest in educating themselves, so they end up writing carp like this. If it’s not ribbon cutting or frumpy royal fashion, these people have no idea what they’re talking about. I’m so glad H&M are moving in to bigger and better things.

  18. Lucylee says:

    Katie knows nothing.

  19. Abena Asantewaa says:

    Katie Nicholl is runing a racket, this is a con job. She mines all the tabloid stories and comments from readers, and patches them up as stories. She was just repackaging the obvious. She was at pains, to call Meghan black, and Harry white, instead, she made a song and dance about, one being Californian and the other an Englishman. Her reporting is complete bollocks! She has a phantom sources.

    • MsDiMeanOur says:

      Her job title is “Royal expert”

      In that case.. So are all of us here 🤣🤣🤣

    • Neners says:

      She has literally always done this. For example – and I’m showing my age a bit with this heehee – but I used to be quite the royal watcher back in the day when Curds and Whey were dating. Katie Nicholl claims she came up with the “Waity Katie” moniker that Kate used to be slapped with, that it was actually a nickname given to herself that, in a spate of editorial genius, she then turned around and decided to use for Kate. This is a lie. It was started in an internet forum. So this idiot was literally lurking in royal messageboards and lifting gossip. Random posters on the internet were the sources of her insipid journalism.

      THIS is the woman posing as a royal expert on all these US shows. Every time I see her, I just chuckle.

  20. Jaded says:

    The only thing Katie Nicholl is good at is plagiarizing. And the only reason she’s managed to worm her way into the American media is because she’s English. She has a toff accent and sounds *important* and *in the know* about the royals, and let’s face it, most Americans didn’t really know much or care much about the royals until Harry married an American woman. I doubt the average Joe even knows about her legal woes with using phone-hacked and illegally blagged information.

  21. Nic919 says:

    Katie Nicholl is deliberately erasing Meghan’s race when it comes to her position on BLM And that is extremely offensive. Her mealy mouth nonsense might work in the UK where they are still pretending they don’t have race issues, despite there being actual slave trader statues, but it’s not going to play in the US, where erasing someone’s race is in fact viewed as quite a racist thing to do.

  22. Dinah says:

    This is the latest addition of Ms Nicholl the royal gossipers’ made-up lazy piece of work for a paycheck. She always pretends to be a royal insider, which she is not: she always boasts about knowing every whereabout of Harry and Meghan’s private lives and plans, to have exclusive and close contacts near Harry and Meghan. The truth is, she has zero access to them. She sits behind her laptop, scrolls through twitter and IG to find content to constructs plausible scenarios for her next piece or to give comments and sells them for her meal-tickets.

    No right minded person should consider her an ethical, skilled journalist. She is allegedly deeply linked with the ongoing phone hacking court case; her name is plastered all over the court documents in the phone hacking court case against The Sun, the tabloid Harry is suing for Hacking his phone illegally. Fact is that since years she’s obsessed with Harry. Over a period of nine years she wrote numerous articles for that tabloid about intimate details about Harry private life. Now she is denying to have obtained the information illegally.

    Anyway, only therefor, it is unheard of that the media houses – especially the US media – keep paying for the nonsense she is selling as ‘royal expert’, more so about Harry and Meghan.

    She seems to have make a u-turn lately (for the time being), but people have to keep in mind that this arrogant woman is been pissing on Meghan’s tail from the get go.

  23. xo says:

    It’s so strange that a royal “expert” says something & then it’s repeated elsewhere as some kind of fact. Take the recent articles about Andrew Morton claiming the Queen’s reign is effectively over, for instance. Andrew Morton thinks it, so it’s true. Odd.

  24. Sarah says:

    I’m not certain why the American media is bothering with Katie since it’s pretty obvious that she doesn’t have any inside information and is just pulling items out of her behind. side note but I don’t see any mention of Jessica Mulroney’s tiff with Sasha Exeter. Do you plan on posting a story about this?

    • carmen says:

      That was something else, wasn’t it? I was surprised at some of the commenters on Sasha’s IG post – familiar names that were once loyal to or connected to the Mulroneys. Remember Tanya Kim?

    • Olenna says:

      Bad turn of events for JM, but she’s only an ‘adjacent’ (not royal), so I think discussion of her problems is considered thread-jacking and off-topic. She’ll probably be covered tomorrow, though.

    • Caitlin says:

      Looks like CTV has pulled Jessica’s wedding show according to a news release. That’s a significant move for the network considering the strong ties to Ben & his longevity & influence at the network.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      Now THAT is a story

    • Maria says:

      Honestly I was flabbergasted at this stuff with Jessica Mulroney and have unfollowed. She not only harassed Sasha Exeter but threatened her with blacklisting her to other brands and put up an apology only to threaten a libel suit via private message hours later! And she had the nerve to mention Meghan in her comment on Sasha’s post too in a very “I’m not racist, I have Black friends” way. So gross.
      Her apology on her page is ridiculous. She states she had a “disagreement” with Sasha and that she’s asked her to maybe take over her page in the future for a bit. So not only do you gloss over your harassment with the word “disagreement”, you then expect the woman whose livelihood you threatened to destroy to relive this for the purpose of cleaning up your image? I’m glad they’ve pulled her show.
      Sorry to go on. I feel bad for Meghan. With friends like these….

      • Tay says:

        Why would you be flabbergasted at the stuff with JM? She has a history of using her wealth privilege; not a big leap to see she’s using her Karen privilege as well

      • Maria says:

        Tay- are there other public examples of her railroading minorities?

    • Nic919 says:

      Hudson’s Bay dropped her too. Huge since that is the last national department store in Canada.

  25. Marivic says:

    Katie Nicholl wants to stay relevant by talking about Meghan non-stop even is she’s left U.K. a long time ago. She knows she won’t be read and cannot get enough mileage with any other remaining royal .