The Duke & Duchess of Sussex video-conferenced with Gov. Newsom last October

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It’s become one of my favorite things over the past year, watching British tabloids try to explain American politics, American mindsets or how Americans feel about royal titles. I realize that these British outlets are not targeting an American audience – they are poorly explaining Americans to British people who seem to want to believe that Americans only “like” or “support” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex because of their titles, or that Americans can’t tell the difference between “rejecting hate speech” and endorsing a political candidate. It gets even trickier because now the Sun is trying to explain why Meghan and Harry might have had a video-conference meeting with California’s Governor Gavin Newsom last October. This was before the election, but look how the Sun is trying to spin it:

Prince Harry and Meghan risked a new row by holding a secret meeting with a top US Democrat in the run-up to the American election, it has emerged. The California-based pair spent an hour chatting to the influential Governor of the state, Gavin Newsom. Their video link-up came shortly after they were widely criticised for wading into the presidential election debate.

The virtual meeting happened while Governor Newsom was under pressure to replace California Senator Kamala Harris — who went on to become the new Vice President — with another black woman. A memo seen by The Sun on Sunday reveals Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, had the conference with Newsom, 54, once widely tipped to be a White House frontrunner, on October 19 last year — two weeks before the election.

His office refused to reveal what was discussed in their chat. It was listed as an “introductory meeting”. A spokesman said: “We do not comment on the content of meetings between the Governor and private parties or his staff.”

It came weeks after Meg described the battle between Donald Trump and Joe Biden as “the most important election of our lifetime”.

She added: “When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.”

The meeting came as reports in America claimed Governor Newsom was being urged to find a black woman to replace Harris as her departure left no women of colour in the Senate. He eventually chose Mexican immigrants’ son Alex Padilla as the state’s first Hispanic senator. It has long been rumoured Meghan wants a career in politics, with some suggesting she has even set her sights on being President.

[From The Sun]

During Election Week, we learned that Meghan had voted absentee in California and I JOKED that, should the Biden-Harris ticket win, Meghan should be appointed to Kamala Harris’s Senate seat. Anyone with a rudimentary understanding of the way American politics – specifically California politics! – works knew that it was a joke, that of course Gov. Newsom would be appointing a state leader from his party and someone who would hit a certain demographic important in California. There were many people upset over the fact that the only Black woman (and the only Indian-American woman) in the US Senate was not replaced by another Black or Indian woman. But Gov. Newsom at no point considered Meghan Damn Markle to replace Kamala Harris. My guess is that the video conference was probably about food banks or online abuse or something like that. And the Sun is trying to gin up hate against Meghan and Harry for speaking to a governor… when royals SPEAK to political figures all the time.

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  1. ABritGuest says:

    Bet this silly story about speaking to their local rep, gets more outrage then the Queen’s actual political intervention

    • BayTampaBay says:

      You are so correct! This whole story is nothing but SILLY!

      • GraceB says:

        It really is but then it’s also the Sun, so it’s hardly surprising. I don’t think anyone takes anything they report particularly seriously.

      • mynameispearl says:

        People really do not take The Sun seriously, everyone knows its bullshit, tomorrows chip paper.

        Honestly the impact that a headline like this would have in The Sun on a normal persons life is negligible at best.

    • Aidevee says:

      Yep, totally agree. People who read The Sun normally flick straight to the back page and read the sport.
      That’s how low rent its news and features are, normally.

  2. Snuffles says:

    This is them twisting things again. They also got several key facts wrong. Newsom did NOT run for President last year. And they referred to him as a “Kingmaker” like he’s extraordinarily powerful, which he is NOT.

    But I agree with you, they are trying to imply that Meghan was lobbying to become Kamala’s replacement. Which your average American would know was complete BS, but your average UK citizen might buy because they don’t understand how US politics work.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Snuffles- Newsom is definitely not a kingmaker, as he’s trying to avoid a recall right now.

    • Ann says:

      “Secret” meeting, right. Just because she didn’t alert the press doesn’t mean it was a secret. She met with/talked to him, in her capacity as a private citizen who happens to have some clout and name recognition. No need to tell anyone. She’s not an elected official. God, this article is so insidious.

  3. Rapunzel says:

    And once again, they are painting her as being “Anti- Trump”… for telling folks to vote in an important election.

    And again with the “she wants to be President”… cause she talked to a politician.

    This lunacy is so gross.

    • Nic919 says:

      It’s hilarious how a country where the head of state laws can change laws to hide her personal wealth without a public outrage happening, they get upset when an American citizen tells Americans to exercise their right to vote. The UK media really isn’t pro democracy I guess.

      • Killfanora says:

        Nic919….it’s PRECISELY because of the story leaking in the press about the Queen hiding her wealth that this nonsense is in the Scum. My dad always taught me to look for the story behind the story when something ludicrous is written (ie what is the media attempting to cover up….?)

  4. Simalu says:

    other than securing these multi-million dollar deals, what have they actually produced or achieved? some content on the website and one podcast? genuinely wishing the best to those two but at a loss as to what is it they are aiming for outside of securing these deals that don’t result in much meaningful content?

    • Snuffles says:

      Good Lord, did you actually think they would immediately start pumping out fully produced content in less than 6 months, DURING A PANDEMIC!?

      No one in Hollywood works that fast even in the best of times.

      • Shannon1993 says:

        Exactly.

        No one in Hollywood, even under ‘normal’, non-pandemic, circumstances, produces content within the timeframe this troll is asking for (and yes, troll, because this is a troll talking point). Case in point, Shonda Rhimes, who signed her Netflix deal in August 2017 and only released her first production under that deal, Bridgerton, in December 2020.

      • Simalu says:

        sorry for not preaching to the choir I guess. I am genuinely asking what impact they made. Podcasts are super easy to produce, they can do one once a week. I am not trolling, I am really asking.

    • MsIam says:

      Um pandemic? Stuff is closed, people can’t travel, the entertainment industry has been shut down for months, etc, etc? You need to get out more often and see what’s going on. Plus, all these “deals” are for multiple years. It took Kate nine years to come up with her Five Big Questions but Harry and Meghan should set the world on fire in less than a year? Right.

      • Simalu says:

        Kate is an idiot. She’s utterly pointless and lazy. But documentaries, shows, depending on what they are aiming for, can be turned around quite quickly especially with the incredible resources they have. I spent over a decade in TV. Sometimes we turned things around without leaving our edit studio. Just feels like lots of promise but not much in terms of inspiring content that unlocks action. And yeah, I would love to go out more, but I am under lockdown/stay at home orders for nearly a year, as are you.

      • Lady D says:

        Perhaps because they are new at it, they are taking their time? I’m sure they are under enormous pressure to produce content that counts, and they also probably have one hundred people ‘helping’ them because they want to see Harry and Meghan succeed. What I know about the production of podcasts, I just learned from you, Simalu, but I think they are just being cautious. Or maybe they have ten in the can already and are just waiting to start releasing? I didn’t expect a ton of content from them already, but like you I thought I would see more than I have, podcast-wise pandemic notwithstanding. I also expect them to be wildly successful when they do start rolling them out.

    • GuestWho says:

      Wait and watch. They have signed production deals – that doesn’t produce content over night. They have had one successful podcast – apparently there are a series of them in the works. I’m sure they are working on projects to Netflix – but they aren’t the type of people to hype their work before it’s finished.

      Outside of their secured multi-million dollar deals, they have done quite a bit for various charities; hate-speech initiatives; sustainable tourism; and more.

      You don’t need to understand their vision forward – they understand it. Although, if you’d been paying attention to what they’ve said, it’s not that big a mystery.

      • Ginger says:

        They will probably always have guests on their podcast and they have to work around their schedule as well. Just because they haven’t worked as fast as you doesn’t mean they haven’t made an impact. Just chill. It’s only the beginning of February. They are doing work on THEIR schedule, not yours.

    • one of the Marys says:

      Simalu, I think the mission statement on their website says what they’re aiming for. And they haven’t produced much *yet*. I assume there’s a variety of projects in production. But when every single ‘appearance’ is commented on and dissected in the British tabloids I suppose that could look like a whole lot of nothing

    • whateveryousay says:

      They seem to still also be running their patronages from afar and still helping them with donations. And they are focused on producing which means I assume taking meetings.

      • MyOpinion says:

        @ whateveryousay, thank you!! As Mayhew mentioned a few weeks ago, Meghan is still very much involved with this patronage including Smart Works too! Also, the incredible work this summer Gloria Steinem, local food banks, delivering food and making a visit, I think, to a local community vegetable garden. I would also like to add that they have moved twice in one year, house hunting too, and have needed to furnish and settle it. That alone takes weeks while doing so full time.
        So please everyone, my gosh! A global pandemic and there are people STILL criticizing them!! Let then be!!
        Let’s not forget that Harry is still heavily involved with Invictus as well!!

    • Sid says:

      Simalu, please remember that we are in the midst of a pandemic that shut the entire industry down for an extended amount of time, and it has only recently got back up and running and is doing so under a number of COVID-related restrictionss. Please also do some research into the time it takes to develop and produce quality content in the entertainment industry. Then you will understand.

      • Simalu says:

        Thanks. I spent 12 years in television. So I do understand. And yes, I have all the time in the world to do the research, let me get on it.

      • Sid says:

        Simalu, you have over a decade in the industry and you’re questioning why they haven’t released meaningful content under the noted circumstances for a deal that was just announced in September?

      • Izzy says:

        If you spent that much time working in television, then you should know that producing quality content takes time and teamwork, and it’s going to be more challenging in the middle of a pandemic.

    • TQ says:

      Geez, they just secured the deals last year in the midst of a pandemic. While podcast content can be produced more quickly, the Netflix deal was about producing video content like documentaries, films and tv shows. That kind of content can take time to produce. This sounds like BP/KP spin.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Simalu- Netflix and Spotify aren’t making multi-million dollar deals “that don’t result in much meaningful content.” Stop it.

    • lulu brown says:

      They achieved Spotify having one of the highest first quarter and subscribers with just one podcast. You do realize what they are doing is producing when you are producing something of quality; it takes time. It’s not like a youtube video where you sit in front of the camera and talk and do fake pranks. Why are you at a loss? Did they sign a contract with you? “Securing these multi-million dollar deals” is an achievement. How many have you secured?

    • Petra says:

      Shhhhhhh@Simala – The money from Netflix and Spotify is not yours.

    • Amy Bee says:

      LOL the haters are more anxious to get content from Harry and Meghan than the actual fans.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      As @Shannon said in her reply to you, youre a [disingenuous] troll. You cant possibly! have visited their site [as you MUST hv done to be able say they have "... some content on the website..."] yet come away with ignorance as to what theyve been doing since they left struggle island.

      Because the content on the site is a presentation of SOME! of the fruits of their hard work to date, AS FAR AS WE KNOW. (1) It speaks to their research and meetings with experts in various fields and some of the decisions theyve made and actions theyve already taken. In social media, for example, THE WORLD! has been brought to the point where every serious thinker is now expressing similar concerns as H has stated: “…a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth…”

      So, thru their Foundation, theyre funding the work of experts such as Dr. James R. Doty, Founder & Director of the Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE) at Stanford Medicine;

      Also Tristan Harris, former Google Design Ethicist, now at the Center for Humane Technology. Tristan is “dedicated to radically reimagining our digital infrastructure.” And H&M, thru Archewell Foundation, hv “actively partnered with Tristan and his team to create the conditions for safer, more compassionate online communities. ” [gee, seems to me a real, thinking person wd start imagining what that could possibly! mean.....are we soon to see a new-media product from this collab......];

      Also, thru the Archewell Foundation Fund, H&M are funding the work of Dr. Safiya Noble and Dr. Sarah T. Roberts at the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. “The Fund will support the goals and overall mission of C2i2: reimagining technology, championing racial and economic justice in the tech sector, and strengthening democracy through culture-making and public policy work”;

      And Archewell Foundation and World Central Kitchen (with renowned chef & philanthropist Jose Andres) hv started building the first 2 of 4 Community Relief Centers – 1 in Puerto Rico, the other in Dom Rep. Two more to be announced (dont be surprised if 1 of them is in that struggle island to help feed britain’s starving kids.)

      And thats just the work of Archewell Foundation. So. Far.

      As you must know, Archewell Productions has a multi-year deal with Netflix, with some programs already under production; and Archewell Audio has a multi-year deal with Spotify, with podcasts being produced as we speak.

      Conclusion: dont judge the work of strategic thinkers, planners, decision-makers and do-ers, Harry & Meghan by the make-work grift of grifter betty and her welfare family in moulding palaces over there on struggle island.

      • Amy Too says:

        Exactly. Because they’re not working royals anymore so they can do a lot more of that behind the scenes stuff that you mentioned. Raising money and distributing it to the people who are already doing the work. Being a behind the scenes partner/supporter. They don’t HAVE TO do a bunch of engagements, they don’t HAVE TO constantly put out busy work that has no real impact to assure everyone that they’re really keen, really! They don’t HAVE TO be the face of everything themselves, they don’t HAVE TO constantly be in the public eye in order to create good PR for themselves so that “the people” don’t get mad at them and start to wonder why they’re paying for these royals… because they’re not royals anymore! They’re private citizens. They don’t have to do anything at all.

        They choose to remain active in charity work and social causes because that’s the type of people they are, but they don’t have to be constantly in our faces justifying their existence. Maybe they’re spending time together and with their baby supporting each other as they process and heal from the horrific situation and family they just escaped from. Maybe they’re working on their private life before they work on their public life. Maybe they want to get situated and comfortable in their new home, in their new city, in their new country and they’re spending their time making friends and getting back in touch with the people that matter most to them. Maybe they don’t want to immediately jump right into having their faces and voices everywhere thus providing content for the royal rota to feed off of. Maybe they’re waiting for the pandemic to end or be significantly curtailed because they’d rather be as safe as possible than take any sorts of unnecessary risks for themselves or their crew just so they can create immediate content right now when they don’t HAVE TO. Just because they “could” create some type of content relatively quickly and safely doesn’t mean they have to. Maybe thats not the type of content they want to create. And they get to choose! Because they don’t have to justify their existence by constantly creating content for public consumption when they literally owe nothing to the public. They’re not working members of the royal family. They’re not living off of tax payer money. They haven’t promised us anything.

    • Lizzie says:

      No cause for alarm. They don’t typically leak what they are ‘keen’ on, they drop it when they are ready.

    • Maria says:

      Well, so far, Meghan/Harry or both have been busy: setting up a foundation including the website which supports a number of different causes, securing Netflix deals, producing a podcast, appearing on CNN, working with local food kitchens, Zoom conferencing with various groups, checking on their patronages, narrating a documentary, cold calling voters with Gloria Steinem – oh, and also dealing with the aftermath of a miscarriage (with Meghan penning a lauded op-ed about it) which people are still trying to pretend was fake and smear her over it, but this was a nice try.

    • Carol says:

      @ Sim — I get where you are coming from. As a casual fan, not stan, it is a valid question. There are a couple of potential multi million dollar deals (Spotify and Netflix) in play.

      Now we all know those ‘millions’ are for actual production and development costs… no one was paid multi millions up front with the idea of content and it is a legitimate question to wonder where said content is.
      It is also legit to cite a very real pandemic, though there are areas that are currently in production.

      The masses care what they have to say and do because of the ties to the BRF – the more tenuous those ties become, the less interesting those thoughts become (IMO). I do love the goals they have set forth on the website and am interested in how they will advance those forward. But I would expect to strike while the iron is hot because people have short attention spans.

      • Emile says:

        Both of you are trolling because there can only be two answers to the question of “where is the content?”:

        1. Netflix and Spotify signed these deals with them just for kicks and they will not actually be producing any content.

        2. They are steadily working on various projects and, although some external factors (like a global pandemic) have scuppered the speed at which they can work, these projects will be released in due time.

        Since 1 make no sense in this universe or any other universe, and Simalu refuses to accept 2 as a reasonable explanation, I can only conlude that she is trolling and/or asking this question in bad faith. Go back to Twitter with your nonsense.

  5. MsIam says:

    They are prominent people who live in his state. Makes sense they would connect, especially if they share political views. I wonder why this story comes out now? It almost feels like they are being spied on.

    • Islandgirl says:

      MSIAM it actually feels as though they are building up a narrative. I just don’t know to what end. Is it in preparation for March when they formally take away their patronages. Do Harry and Meghan have a big announcement coming. What is the purpose of these very purposeful stories.

      • Amy Bee says:

        The story repeated the old unsubstantiated story that Meghan wants to be President. After the hell, she went through being a member of the Royal Family and at least having read Michelle Obama’s book, I doubt she wants to go into politics.

    • Harper says:

      @MsIam, I had the same thought too. Does the Fail have a private investigator on the ground in California tailing their movements? The Fail story included a photo of the videocall on the Governor’s agenda … scheduled for from 3-4 pm or something like that. Either the Fail art department whipped that up or someone is getting money for backing up their “news exclusives” with proof. I would not put it past them to have PIs working the Markle beat.

    • Amy Too says:

      Maybe HE contacted THEM. But of course the royals and the rota can’t fathom that. “They’re not even HRHs anymore! Why would anyone want to talk to them? It must be that they wheedled their way into an interview with him because THEY need HIM to offer some kind of employment to them.” Because Harry and Meghan are so not busy already with multiple deals and contracts that they’re working towards fulfilling. 🙄 And it’s not like they’re super influential people who are working on multiple projects and issues that would overlap with a governor’s priorities. And it’s not like the Sussexes could offer the Governor any sort of platform that would reach millions of people instantly.

  6. My Two Cents says:

    This is getting me really angry. The second story in a week about something that happened months ago (the birth certificate story even more ridiculous with it being 2019!). So are the royals upping the anti against Meghan? will it be an attack story each week now? Until when? What do they want specifically? I mean, sure, to ruin her reputation completely, but how far are they willing to go?
    I don’t have the energy to read the DM or their awful comments, but I can guess their responses. In a way, i get why they feel the way they do – it’s always written to doubt them, the ‘secret’ meeting, insinuating it’s something more than what it is (which none of us actually know!) and of course to make it out like she’s doing something political and evil. Sighh

    • booboocita says:

      I honestly think this story came out now because the tabloids — hand-in-hand with the royal family, of course — are trying to deflect from the big story in the Guardian about the Queen’s lobbying to change laws so that her immense wealth remains unexamined. Any time the British press becomes particularly vicious with H&M, you know it’s just a big “Look! LOOK! Over there! Don’t look at the Queen and her rotten family! Look at this instead!”

  7. Sofia says:

    Newsome was never a front runner because he never ran. His name may have been floated around before the primaries, but I don’t think he was considered a front runner the way Joe Biden/Bernie Sanders were.

    This was probably them talking charity and perhaps forming a partnership with Archewell about something.

    • candy says:

      That, and he has A LOT of skeletons in his closet.

    • Eating Popcorn says:

      I know – the whole take on who Newsome is and isn’t is what is so funny. He is not a kingmaker nor was he ever a front runner. So utterly ridiculous.

      • Anne Call says:

        He’s the governor of a state that is the 5th largest economy in the world. What California does influences the rest of the country and the world, so there’s that. Also his name is Newsom. Other than that this is just made up bs for tabloids scratching around for Harry and Meghan content. Utterly made up.

  8. Merricat says:

    I don’t understand how Brits got the reputation for being calm–they are absolutely hysterical over the least of occurrences in the lives of people who are, in their words, irrelevant.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Meghan is not white and for a time she occupied a space reserved for whites only, they are triggered. This is the behavior of triggered people trying desperately to pretend they are not triggered that she’s a black woman who is married to a fave prince. Irrational – check, suspicious – check, accusatory – check, hateful – check. This is how triggered racist behaves and the BM will continue to pursue this response until the world media starts to openly mock them.

      • Carmen-JamRock says:

        She still occupies that space. Which is why they want her dead, as one of their media mouth-pieces SPECIFICALLY STATED earlier this year.

    • Aidevee says:

      Well, this Brit isn’t hysterical at all. Bit of a stretch to make such a massive generalisation. Most British people couldn’t care less about the royal family – it’s how the stupid institution has survived so long.

  9. Yoyo says:

    I can’t believe that Newsom was married to don trump jr. girlfriend.
    This happened in October and they just found, that leak pipeline is well and truly closed.
    Can you imagine how much money the British media is spending to get stories about M &H in California, they probably got this when the State release info.

  10. S808 says:

    They’re high profile people who’ve moved back to California as well as starting a non profit and production company both of which will operate out California. Them meeting the governor of their state isn’t shocking to me?

    • Nina Simone says:

      Exactly! Who cares? I work in the policy and regulatory field and I’ve met with our home state Governor twice- to discuss issues related to our industry. Plus Constituents meet with their elected officials all the time here. It’s actually not that big a deal. But I see how they are trying to spin it. Maybe because the monarchy and Queen isn’t accessible to anyone but the gentry over there. But you know, they are for the people!! *eyeroll

      • booboocita says:

        You’ve met with your governor? Tell the truth: you were lobbying for Meghan to have a Senate seat, weren’t you? ;-)

  11. whateveryousay says:

    This is stupid. Newsom a kingmaker? JFC. The British press will just say words that have no meaning. I assume the 60 minute meeting was probably around food banking, food scarcity, or anything else that 100 percent was not Meghan taking a meeting to ask to be made the damn Senator from CA. Jesus.

  12. Amy Bee says:

    The story was dumb and exposed that the Sun doesn’t understand US politics. My question is the Royal Family upset that the British media choses to continue to put the spotlight on Harry and Meghan after all the work the family did to get them out of the UK? If I’m William and Charles, I’m pissed off that the Sussexes are still overshadowing their work.

  13. Shoo fly says:

    There’s never been any support to the “rumors” regarding a political career for Meghan other than being a normal engaged American citizen, and other than the right wing British press understanding exactly what to write to shape the narrative to their liking. With that said, she has just as much as experience as Ronald Reagan, so.

  14. Lizzie says:

    It’s not out of the realm of possibilities. Kelly Loeffler was given the Georgia senate seat with no political experience. It’s possible Newsom’s staff came up with a list of people to talk to and Meghan was on the list.
    I know this is just bm daily attack on Meghan. If Meghan wanted to go into politics she would have done so.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      “It’s possible Newsom’s staff came up with a list of people to talk to and Meghan was on the list.”

      Um…no. What is more than feasible is that HARRY along with his wife, made an appointment to spk with the Gov of the states in which they live, much as how I am equally sure that theyve ALSO met with (virtually, of course) the British Consulate General in Los Angeles.

      • Sparky says:

        It IS POSSIBLE that the Sussexes spoke with Newsom about Meghan filling the Senate seat. Possible. It’s also highly unlikely. Because it was possibly true that gave the press the ability to freely posit their theory. More than likely they were meeting about a social or environmental issue.

        Newsom was once considered a potential presidential candidate. These days, especially post French Laundry Covid lunch, not so much.

      • Lizzie says:

        Oh, I agree it’s highly unlikely. However I see some comments saying it’s a hard no and that’s not how US politics works and actually sometimes it does.
        Meghan’s interest in politics is an invention by the bm just to create more ammunition to smear her.

      • Sparky says:

        Lizzie– you and I agree. Newsom could have named his next door neighbor’s cousin’s sister if he wanted. It’s totally up to the governor of the state. That would not be politically astute but it would be legal.

      • Genessee says:

        “It IS POSSIBLE that the Sussexes spoke with Newsom about Meghan filling the Senate seat. Possible.”

        Nope. They are not that stupid. Not even close to possible. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. She (a political neophyte) wouldn’t even currently make a dent in any election nor would Gavin’s political career survive that appointment if he gave the seat to her. There are already too many highly-qualified democratic politicians in existence for such an important job as state SENATOR.

        Ronald and Arnold as GOP governors were anomalies. Not only were they long-time bonafide popular movie STARS but they were also REPUBLICAN. WHITE. MEN.

        CA used to be a lot redder than it is now and Arnold only won because CA recalled Democratic Gov Gray Davis. Now, the GOP isn’t as strong nor are the DEMS so enthralled by celebrity politicians. Not in California and especially after the disaster that was Arnold. So any celeb is going to have to EARN their seat the old fashioned way.

        Meg for local election for Neighborhood or City Council member? Sure. If she’s interested in politics, she needs to start at the local level.

    • Xoxo says:

      Why would Newsom be under pressure in October, to replace Kamala, when she and Joe hadn’t won the election yet?

      • Sparky says:

        I live in CA. The “what-ifs” started early

      • Genessee says:

        “What-ifs” and the recall talk. Newsom is in deep doo-doo here in CA (pre-French Laundry). We move at lightning speed here and take no prisoners during a screw-up.

        Please see L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti or former mayor Anthony Villaraigosa. Both with “bright political/presidential futures” at one time. LOL

  15. Jay says:

    Honestly, my expectations for the British press at this point has me surprised they aren’t implying that this call from Meghan somehow brought about Newsome being “cancelled” (all Meghan’s fault, obvs) and a recall movement secretly led by Meghan to crown herself the governor on the way to the presidency, then world domination!
    They’re aiming too low, is what I’m saying:)

  16. Commentator says:

    I think their commentary about Meghan wanting to get into politics in the US shows their state of mind, more than anything else. Reading so much British news over the last decade, I was surprised to see how many cross-overs there are from journalists to politicians and how much they aspire to be at the top of politics for status rather than to advocate for any particular mission. It seems like they want to get into the political class or something like that.

    From their commentary about Meghan getting into politics, I look at this as what the British writers would be doing in her place. Status looks like the ultimate opportunity: getting to marry into the Royal family is the highest goal (from that approach), but from their view she was “pushed out” or “couldn’t take the criticism”. Then (due to this approach they see of always going for more status) she must be looking for ways to climb the status ladder.

    This is not the way it works in the US. Hollywood status is based on influence and celebrity and politics is different. It is not at all guaranteed that you would advance your Hollywood status by getting into politics. In the current climate you can lose a lot of credibility. I’ve seen Meghan holding true to her own status, without needing these titles or political roles to do the work she is doing.

    • Shannon1993 says:

      Not only that, but there is also a tendency to view all celebrity women as ‘dumb’ and trivial such that whenever they speak about serious issues in a serious way it cannot “just” be that they want to advocate for something, it somehow must be because they want some kind of higher office.

      E.g. for a very long time, Angelina Jolie was continuously asked about whether she was interested in running for public office — even as she insisted that she wants to do her advocacy and philanthropic work as a private citizen (albeit a private citizen with media clout and public attention).

      To their cynical minds, someone isn’t just doing good deeds for the sake of doing it, there has to be some kind of profit at the end.

      • Amy Too says:

        “ To their cynical minds, someone isn’t just doing good deeds for the sake of doing it, there has to be some kind of profit at the end.”

        And since they cover the BRF, this makes sense. No one in that family besides Harry and Meghan and maaaaybe Charles does charity work because they like to do charity work, or want to do charity work, or would do charity work even if they weren’t a member of the BRF. They do it all for PR and photo ops, to be seen in a new dress or with their children, to look like they’re super busy and totally working, basically they do it so that the public doesn’t take away their money and status and privilege.

        Which is why the rota and the RF were always questioning WHY Harry and Meghan were “stepping on” so and so’s news cycle. Because the charity is just family PR, and why on earth wouldn’t you try to spread it out so that it looks like the family is doing more charity work than they are, and also, how can we all get our own week’s worth of positive PR if you’re stealing our press coverage!? It’s why they were criticized for doing any kind of charity work that provided real results or raised real money or doing a lot of work, doing big projects, and working quickly. They must’ve been doing that to try to prove they were “better” and “more popular.” It’s why they were criticized for not doing the six months worth of ceremonial “keening” before each project, thus allowing the rota to write about them over and over again and pre-criticize or pre-spin their projects before they were even launched. They were doing charity work… secretly? Without telling anyone? What’s the point if no one knows you’re doing it? They must be up to no good and must be super sneaky and acting like they’re eccentric Hollywood celebrities who insist on ridiculous amounts of cloak and dagger privacy accommodations.

  17. Beach Dreams says:

    LOL. Good luck to the British media trying to make a story out of this while Elizabeth and Charles have apparently had their hands in vetting 1,000+ laws.

    • Lizzie says:

      Quite a few comments recently asking what’s coming out about the fr that has caused all these odd attack articles. I think you got it.

  18. L4frimaire says:

    Apparently the Governor reached out to them and it had nothing to do with politics. He wanted to meet them once they settled into Montecito. Seems like the tabloids were trying to set this up as Meghan trying to get the Senate job, which makes so sense whatsoever. She barely has residency established in whatever district she lives in and they seem pretty busy right now. Newsom has many faults but he’s not Rod Blagojevich. That senate seat needed an experienced politician with a constituency. I’m actually not upset about him choosing Padilla for the job, considering the states demographics and under representation of Latinos. The seat to watch is Feinstein, she really should retire, but looks like she plans on running again. She needs to be primaried. Would love for Barbara Lee to fill that seat.

    • Anne Call says:

      Feinstein term goes to 2024 and I doubt she will run again at 92! I mean who knows if she makes it through this term. She’s done a lot of good things in her career but she should have stepped aside in 2018. Lee is great but will be pushing 80 in 2024.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I’ve heard rumors Adam Schiff is going to be the CA AG…taking him out of the house, and making him available to fill Feinstein’s seat. I had to call her office earlier this year when she made comments defending GOP Senators who objected to electoral college results. I am eager for a replacement.

  19. Mia says:

    As a girl living in California this story cracks me up.

    Also how the flippin heck does Meghan Markle look younger than me and I’m in my late twenties 😭 that glow ✨