The Sussexes also did a roundtable discussion at the World Health Organization

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen after a visit to One World Observatory with Governor Hochul and Mayor de Blasio

Not only did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with the mayor of New York City and governor of New York state, they also went to the United Nations and had a meeting with an American ambassador to the UN. And after that, they had a meeting at the World Health Organization! The topic was vaccine equality and how to ensure that people around the world have free and easy access to vaccines. Harry and Meghan even made a statement at their visit to the WHO offices.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip to New York City included a roundtable in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to discusses COVID-19 vaccine equity with world leaders, executives, experts and more. Some of those in attendance in person included Chelsea Clinton, Stewart Simonson, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization and Loyce Pace, Director, Office of Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services.

“In this room, we had a number of the foremost leaders on public health, pandemic preparedness, scientific progress, and community building,” said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the event. “Today’s meeting was a much-appreciated opportunity to learn from some of the most-respected experts who are working tirelessly to end this pandemic. Building on ongoing conversations we’ve had with global leaders over the past 18 months, today further reinforced our commitment to vaccine equity. We’re so encouraged by the spirit of collaboration we heard throughout our conversation and are eager to do our part.”

“We’re grateful to The Duke of Duchess of Sussex for working with us to bring together this critical conversation,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health, Organization of the roundtable. “We are at an important crossroads for vaccinating the world. It is only with collaboration, coordination, transparency, and creative thinking that we can make it through this pandemic together.”

[From ET Canada]

I enjoy the fact that they’ve made this one of their core issues during the pandemic. It shouldn’t be political, but it probably is, and I’m glad that high-profile people like Harry and Meghan are using their platforms to talk about the logistics, political realities and financial realities of trying to get the world vaccinated.

Speaking of their high profile… Harry and Meghan have organized this trip themselves, with their private team. None of this was “approved” by anyone in Salt Island. The Windsors have zero control over Harry and Meghan. If they wanted control over H&M, they probably should have agreed to the half-in proposal in early 2020. But here we are. Royal historian Dr Edward Owens pointed out that what the royal family loves most of all is control, and they’re dreadfully afraid of the Sussexes Unleashed: “Already there will be some anxiety at court… of course they are going to be worried. This is another thing that they cannot control, the Royal Family are obsessed by control and when they can’t control events, they are inevitably very anxious and even fearful. They are going to be celebrating William, Catherine and their young family in direct opposition to Harry’s narrative. There is going to be a lot of positive attention devoted to the Cambridges and they will have their statements ready.” Lolz.

Meghan Markle shares a smile as she returns to her hotel with Prince Harry after duties in NYC

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen after a visit to One World Observatory with Governor Hochul and Mayor de Blasio

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  1. OriginalLala says:

    Good for them to be working on this important issue – let the BRF be anxious and salty.

    • Gruey says:

      Harry and Meghan are working on something objectively vital, and it’s wonderful they are putting their weight into vaccine equity. NO ONE should be mad about it. We—as in everyone on the planet—NEED the world vaccinated ASAP so that variants stop forming and spreading.

      It’s such an ugly look for the BRF to make this about them and pout about it. But here we are.

    • superashes says:

      I’ll just be over here, waiting for them to hit the Leaders section of the Time 100 next year. :)

    • StartupSpouse says:

      The juxtaposition of Kate’s event and the Sussex WHO roundtable event is really something. Makes the Cambridges look like the vapid bit players they are.

      I love it.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Really! You can’t make this up:

        M&H are meeting to solve a world-wide problem.
        Kate plays tennis.

      • Lorelei says:

        @StartUp I immediately thought of the “round table” with Jill Biden and…honestly, that’s it. I don’t even have anything else to say because that day was such a fiasco and Kate made a complete ass out of herself, even thinking about it is like “yikes.” No further comment needed!

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      The BRF has lost its one-sided PR war. Period. The FK, FFK, and their minions need to sit this one out. They could have spoken up to have children fed. They could have spoken up when people were losing their jobs. Instead, they fled to their respective palaces in the country, went on useless choo choo train tours of doom, zoomed themselves into irrelevancy, hijacked non-productive projects, accepted more money from the very inept government and clapped for photo ops.
      Well this is a new era. It’s not too late to regroup, rethink, focus on the survival of the monarchy and call off their tabloid hounds. They are going to need all the good PR they can get as Andrew’s case is not going away and FK and FFK will still be duking it out no matter how many joint events they do together.

      • Charm says:

        @Elizabeth Regina
        Nice thought but……NOT possible. Its just NOT in their wheelhouse.
        You read what the royal historian Edward Owens said:

        “…..what the royal family loves most of all is control, and they’re dreadfully afraid of the Sussexes Unleashed.”

        The managers of that institution on salty isle WILL NOT and CAN NOT accept the fact that H&M have a RIGHT to chart their own destiny. And so, they will seek OVERTLY (via their minions in the cesspool they call ‘media’) and COVERTLY via their mercenary henchmen (see: the late Diana, Princess of Wales) to try to destroy the H&M.

      • aftershocks says:

        @Elizabeth Regina said:
        “It’s not too late to regroup, rethink, focus on the survival of the monarchy and call off their tabloid hounds.”

        As @Charm has pointed out so eloquently, it is beyond too late. We have to remember everything that has happened to the Sussexes and all that continues to occur with the ongoing boneheaded attacks, gaslighting and unconcealed derision and hate coming from the British media, obsessed online haters, and jealous, unrepentant antagonists within the monarchy.

        The entire reason Harry & Meghan had to make the decision to tell their truth in the Oprah interview is because the firm and head members of the family refused Harry’s requests to “call off the dogs.” We have witnessed the Salty Isle fools continuing to dig in their heels in an effort to smear and undermine the Sussexes.

        M&H have told their truth and have moved on, taking care of their lives and beautifully ‘taking care of business.’ They are the real deal. I never doubted them, but I also never imagined just how much they would be able to accomplish in only 1 1/2 years. Prince Harry is the bravest of soldiers! Madam Duchess Meghan, as she testified, has ‘faith that is greater than her fear.’

        The incompetent, foolish, snobby grey men who make up the firm, along with jealous family members, won’t apologize to M&H, and they won’t and probably can’t by this point, ‘call off the dogs.’ So let them stew in the mess of their own making. They are desperate idiots, eagerly hoping they can use the Queen’s 2022 Jubilee to somehow one-up the Sussexes. That’s how stupid they are. In its current incarnation, the British monarchy is obviously teeter-tottering on its ancient, rickety, unwieldy legs.

      • Giddy says:

        @aftershocks, to my mind the best outcome of all would be if the Royal position becomes so desperate that they need H&M’s charisma and support to survive.

  2. Simone says:

    A strategist tweeted “Proud to see clients and friends in that room and look forward to Meghan and Harry brokering tech transfer agreements for Senegal and South African manufacturing hubs I’m not even joking.” The RF should be worried.

    • Pao says:

      Its weird that the RF has nothing to say on this topic. The queen is still the head of state of some of the countries where so little people have been vaccinated. They champion vaccinations in the UK so why not in the commonwealth?

      • Simone says:

        Because the UK Govt doesn’t want them to. The UK doesn’t want to share vaccines.

      • OriginalLala says:

        because the BRF gives no shits about the people of the commonwealth unless its to steal our money, jewels and power.

      • taris says:

        they have nothing to say because, newsflash: they. don’t. actually. care!

      • Gruey says:

        I also think that no one in the BRF is smart enough to begin to understand any of this. Not vaccines. Not global supply systems. Not the challenges facing vaccine distro. Meghan graduated from a T14 college on her own merit. On issues like this, it matters. Anyone remember Christine Lagarde rolling her eyes at Ivanka? I know some of this is star power, but not every star gets meetings like this with people who have zero time for bullshit. Meghan and Harry are willing and able to actual do serious work.

      • MMadison says:

        Well according to the statement that Kaiser highlighted: The Royal Family will be focused on highlighting the Cambridge’s and their young family vs the Sussex’s. So there you have it. They don’t care about vaccinations. What they care about is control, the Monarch and the Heirs…that’s it

      • Debbie says:

        You can’t work on sharing vaccines AND protect your pedophilic son at the same time! You have to prioritize.

      • Lorelei says:

        @MMadison that plan might work better if more people liked William and if the two of the together weren’t so dull, but they’re stuck with..that. Thoughts and prayers to the BRF

    • Layla says:

      Wouldn’t it be epic if they discuss those agreements at the General Assembly? I’m thinking about like when Meghan became ambassador and spoke at the U.N.

      • Simone says:

        I was thinking the same thing. Today could be very exciting.

      • Eleonora says:

        I’m really happy that more progressive people like Megan and Harry are speaking at the UN.

        BTS also spoke earlier this week, regarding the troubles young people face. They also spoke about vaccination, hate speech and sustainability and more.

        A lot of people that often didn’t feel included before, are paying attention when role models speak. I think Harry and Megan also have the compassion, charisma and intelligence to make a big difference.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        The Sussex are such power players now. They’re the type will and Kate would normally love to have a photo with and proximity to.
        Can’t make this hilarious stuff up.

      • Lady D says:

        OMG, you are so right, Wiglet Watcher. They are exactly the type of people the Cambridges want to be seen with. They would want to hoover the attention, so others would think they are the same.

    • SarahCS says:

      I am so LOVING every minute of this. Looks at them go.

    • Eurydice says:

      Simone – I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. The Royal Family are figureheads – they have no power. They can’t do anything political, and with every serious issue being political, that means they’re limited in what they can do and say. But that doesn’t mean they can’t do more with the patronages they have and also lead by example.

    • Well Wisher says:

      That person is a British Tory that lives in North America, the statement is absolutly slander. Tech companies, like Apple, Microsoft, Google and social media Twitter, Facebook, etc, are private companies. There is no need for agreements to be hashed out between the World Health Organization, not to mention Global Citizen.
      This is deliberate misinformation targeted to a particular group. I will go out on a limb and assume that most people on the continent have access to mobile cellular phones and their offices are using some type of software. Any agreement maybe about access to 5G, that may involve China or EU?
      This is an old colonial strategy called divide and conquer. I am happy that news organizations reported this.
      Bottom line is that a roundtable at the WHO cannot deliver on tech, it can negotiate with nations where the vaccines are made to make them available to the other countries/nations.
      Tech agreements, are hashed out by unknown government authorities especially in the areas of weaponry, aircrafts etc.
      One has the feeling that some in Britian want to see every other western nation fcuk up as they did with Brexit and also take down the Sussexes for the future Tory monarch.

      • Well Wisher says:

        I read the tweets from the strategist early this morning, within 10 tweets, I realised her political dogma and style. In this instance she has targetted a particular group. But on the tweet in question, she had 15 retweets, all positive. The responders believed her.
        She has since tweeted alleging that the #sussexsquad response made her lock her account.
        There was not one single negative tweet. Once more slander.
        I have to check out the Agenda on TVO to conform my suspicions.
        When using social media in any kind of discussion in the public sphere, one has to be cognizant of the use of misinformation, disinformation and fear as a means of control.
        There are firms that offer this type of service for a fee. She can be an employee in any such firm.

  3. Pao says:

    Absolutely love this for them and im so happy that they take vaccine equity so seriously.

    As for the control bit: remember when harry & meghan were gracious enough to offer half in half out and the royals rejected it?

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Rejecting their half in half out proposal and making it known to the world they were banished was the best thing the BRF could have done for the Sussexes. Now they are bitching to the tabloids because their former work colleagues who were pushed out, have a much better brand authority and recognition than them. I believe the best is yet to come for Meghan and Harry.

    • Lady D says:

      The phrase half in, half out, has me grinning every time I hear it. Gonna be awhile before that gets old.

      • Lorelei says:

        @LadyD, me too. It will never get old. Because we know that it’s going to be the biggest regret that any of them will ever have, and they’re stuck carrying that feeling for the rest of their lives. As headlines such as these pour in about the Sussexes for years to come.

    • lucy2 says:

      I love this too.
      The BRF really messed up. They could have had these two caring, intelligent, thoughtful, and HARD WORKING people working on their behalf. It could have been a whole new era for them, but nope.

      • Lorelei says:

        I mean, I “regret” it if I see a shirt I like and don’t buy it, opting to wait until it goes on sale, and then by that time they’re out of my size. Stupid things like that can be so annoying. I can’t even fathom the level of regret the people in those palaces are feeling right now. They dug their own graves and they know it.

        Even if the monarchy continues to exist past Charles or William, it has been irreparably damaged in the eyes of the entire world. People look at them now and automatically think of how they treated Meghan. And Andrew.

        People don’t revere them or look forward to a jubilee. Their status took a hit it will *never* recover from. The world just views them as petty racists with stolen jewels living on welfare.

      • Giddy says:

        I’m imagining a bitter brew of regret mixed with resentment…“How dare they flourish after we banished them? Those two never know their place.”

  4. Noki says:

    What did they expect Meghan to do ,go join the Real Housewives of Hollywood. Lol

    • Izzy says:

      Honestly? Yes. Remember, these people thought Meghan should keep working as an actress after she married Harry because they didn’t want to pay anything for her like they do for every white person in that family. So when the Sussexes left the the firm and moved to Cali, I have no doubt they assumed Meghan would, at the very least, try to get back to her Hollywood roots, so to speak. They were totally unprepared for the level of business savvy this couple has.

      • Lady D says:

        Were the RF and men in grey really that blind to Harry’s capabilities, or did Harry’s abilities change after therapy, and they still didn’t recognize it in him? Maybe Harry just spent years in the role assigned to him, not knowing he had options? I don’t understand how they could have misread Harry so badly. His compassion, intelligence and warmth is so damn obvious.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        IMPO, no one misread Harry or Meghan. The “men in grey” did not want the Sussexes doing anything with substantial substance for fear of losing control of the overall narrative with respect to the rest of the Senior Working Royals.

    • taris says:

      they really did expect the sussexes to crash and burn.
      the saltmongers actually believe their own lies about this couple. you can tell cause they’re constantly get gobsmacked everytime h&m step out and amaze us like this.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I must respectfully disagree. I do not think any of the courtiers expected the Sussexes to crash and burn. I think the courtiers predicted and expected exactly what has happened and played out which was their greatest fear: The Sussexes are making the Cambridges look very bad.

        The courtiers now have two MAJOR problems as that they now must come up with new ways to promoted the Cambridges and they must manage the attitude and anger of Baldemort Baldingham

      • Lorelei says:

        @Bay, I see what you’re saying, but I think if the courtiers (and Bill) had a crystal ball before their big Sandringham Summit and had been able to see how yesterday played out, how well the Sussexes were received, the people and organizations wanting to meet with them, the positive international headlines, how they’re total rockstars now? To see the companies Archewell has partnered with, the Netflix & Spotify deals, Harry’s much-anticipated memoir— all of it; I could go on for days — I don’t think they would have rejected the half in plan.

        They would have *hated* it, but at least they would have retained some control. I don’t think they ever would have made a choice that would result in what’s happening now.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Lorelei – I do not think the courtiers ever though the Sussexes would leave permanently (6 months in Canada????) and especially not leave to relocate to the USA. COVID threw a monkey wrench at the beliefs of the courtiers.

        However, I will continue to believe the courtiers had a really good idea of what would happen if the Sussexes planted a root and made a home in the USA.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      They were stupid enough to equate being an actress with. not being smart. Meghan’s IQ is more than all of the BRFs combined. Plus with Harry the strategist, they are making moves others will never see coming.

    • MsIam says:

      I think they did really? Or start a makeup line. As for Harry, there were all of those “Duke of Windsor” stories written where he would forlornly be looking at his brother’s life back in England. Instead it looks like it’s the other way around, lol. And remember, Meghan was just “dying” to get a part as a superhero in a Marvel movie.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Noki I truly think they did! I really think they assumed the world would consider the Sussexes a joke. They spent 35 years underestimating Harry, and then they went on to show they did not learn a single thing from Diana and underestimated Meghan as well. They never thought they’d actually leave, and once they did, the BRF never expected them to succeed. Now they’re learning the hard way how wrong they were.

      The way Harry and Meghan were treated in NYC and the headlines their visit has generated is beyond whatever their worst-case, nightmare scenario was.

      They NEVER in a million years predicted the Sussexes would be taken seriously, and the tabs probably had pre-typed stories about them struggling, failing, and Meghan becoming a “Real Housewife.”

      @LadyD: yes, I really believe they missed all of that in Harry. It seems like they really didn’t know him at all. You’d think that after Invictus and Sentebale they might have paused to reconsider their assumption that he was the dim party boy, but they did not (probably in large part because of Bill’s ego), and now here we are.

  5. Bren says:

    William and Kate can barely hide their contempt and unhappiness anymore. Good luck with the positive attention devoted to the Cambridges narrative.

    • Pao says:

      They’ve been doing that positive narrative for years now. So in other words nothing will change.

    • Basi says:

      Right?? I cannot take Kate or William seriously AT ALL. I just roll my eyes or laugh. They’re amateur hour. Harry and Meghan are superstars.

      • Lorelei says:

        William and Kate are jokes. Harry and Meghan are international superstars.
        This will never stop being fcking amazing.

  6. Merricat says:

    So pleased to have Harry and Meghan working on meaningful matters.
    The Sussex brand is about helping the under-served around the globe. The Cambridge brand is about helping themselves. It couldn’t be more clear.
    I think the U.S. got the better part of the deal.

  7. lanne says:

    Hey royals, this is your life now. You live under the shadow of the Sussexes. Cain can rage incandescently, Unable can twirl her hair, but the Sussexes will be doing the work of substance that royals are supposed to do. Have fun spending the next 50 years being overshadowed. You brought this on yourself, don’t forget. Psst: don’t underestimate the younger siblings or POCs. The world doesn’t give a shit about your birth order preference.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      And let the church say AMEN!

    • Lorelei says:

      @Lanne it’s very funny to me that most of them spend half their lives bitching about feeling “overshadowed,” — they didn’t know what was about to hit them. They will now learn exactly what REAL overshadowing is.

  8. Becks1 says:

    One of the sub-headlines in the Mail (I didn’t read the article, just the headlines and then felt icky for being there lol) was about how it was “unclear” who paid for this trip. THEY PAID FOR IT THEMSELVES YOU DOLTS. That’s how most adults do things. They pay for these trips, or their companies pay for them if its a business trip. It’s not that hard a concept.

    I love the line in the Express about how the royal family is “anxious and even fearful.” I mean, I get why they are, but that’s so extreme. Just do your thing and let H&M do theirs and stop trying to compete.

    they really thought they would just fade away like the duke and duchess of windsor. They never knew Harry at all.

    • Pao says:

      I love it when these royal reporters let the truth slip every now and then. Personally, i don’t think the queen herself is too anxious about what might be in the memoir.(she was after all aware it was being written). I think Charles & william are shitting bricks though. And more than anything its william who is mourning the loss of control over harry.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Translation: There have been no leaks and we did not see this coming. This is statesman-like behaviour from the Sussexes whom we threw to the wolves. Now they’ve come back leading the pack.

    • Charm says:

      That part abt being “fearful” is very real. It goes back circa 1969 when Prince Phillip made them do that royal reality tv show: ‘The Real Royalty of Windsor’ (lol) More than any other of the british royals, Phillip was super sensitive to how the masses could turn on them in a minute, as per his relatives in Europe. So he wanted to find a happy medium between the mystique that they need to continue their con abt being chosen by God and the necessity to appease the howling masses for a glimpse into their life.

      But that reality show never accomplished its goal. And Phillip remained fearful that if the royals are not seen to be believed, the masses could turn on them. Hence the phenom of “royal work.”

      But H&M having been-there-done-that and hv many tales to tell, PLUS! doing it even better than the royals and not costing them a penny now that theyre doing their own cause-driven work, is indeed real cause for fear by the little grey men who REALLY run the monarchy.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Charm these are all such good points.

        Amazing to me that the people whose motto is “need to be seen to be believed” just disappeared for a two-month+ summer vacation— at a VERY critical time for the Firm, after one of its most devastating years ever— right when it’s crucial that all hands are on deck, figuring out the best way to go forward.

        Then again, they also claim “never explain, never complain” as one of their mottos yet they never ever STFU or stop whining to the press, so.

      • sunny says:

        His relative in Europe? Philip himself was exiled from Greece as a small child on a cot made from an orange box. He knew how fragile the position of royalty was.

        I think none of the current royals are savvy enough to manage their brand. And frankly it wouldn’t matter if they had better staff or advisors they actually listened to. however, they don’t and Meghan and Harry are smart and listening to their amazing team and what we have got is one side building an amazing brand connected to their values, and then we have the working royals getting in their own way at every turn as they jockey for power and position.

    • Debbie says:

      Becks1: Regarding your remedy for “Anxious and Fearful” being just do your thing and let the Sussexes do their thing and the Windsors should stop trying to compete.

      Funny thing: The Windsors’ job (as they see it) is to do nothing but pose and retire to their various mansions and rest. Their plan was to require Harry and Meghan to “do less” and “be less” (about 1/2 of themselves would do). You get the picture.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        The whole “Firm” and its business model will need to re-engineered and re-vamped when QEII passes.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Bay do you think they can even afford to wait that long at this point? That members of that family regularly live to be around 100 years old. And the Queen seems to be in excellent health.

        They are already miles and miles behind the Sussexes (and the entire rest of the world, for that matter), and it doesn’t seem like waiting years to make drastic changes is a wise idea. But that’s also how they operate, and always have, so who knows.

        Once Bill gets his hands on the £ he knows is coming his way after granny passes, he’s certainly not going to care about making positive changes or moving the organization forward. That £ is the endgame as far as he’s concerned, imo.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Lorelei – I say “when QEII passes” as I do not believe that Charles has the power on control to get rid of the courtiers that need to be gotten rid of in order for a re-engineered and re-vamped “Firm” to emerge as long as Betty is on the throne.

        IMPO, the monarch as a branch of UK government will always be around in one form or another but not necessarily a BRF and/or a “Royal Firm”.

  9. taris says:

    the firm: let’s strip them of their HRHs, *that’ll* show them!

    well, lol…

    • lanne says:

      I double dog dare them! Please be that stupid! I’ll pop some popcorn in anticipation.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Taris I love it SO MUCH. How they didn’t learn from Diana that NO ONE CARES about those details that they obsess over and ascribe so much importance to like “title” vs. “style” etc., is beyond me.

      It’s as if a lot of them let those things dictate their entire identities; who is an HRH and who isn’t, Earl vs. Duke, who is “higher” than who even within the family, what a Countess is, who has to curtsy to who, which titles are “bought”…the entire world literally does not know or care about any of that.

      Plus, Harry IS still and will always be a Prince, so they can fck right off.

  10. Amy Bee says:

    I still don’t understand why the Royal Family refused the half in proposal. They would have had some control over what Harry and Meghan did. I’m guessing Harry and Meghan will be having more meetings today. The press and royalists want to label this as a “Royal tour” but it’s not.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think they figured they were calling their bluff, that Harry and Meghan would say “oh wait, no half in/half out? Okay I guess we’re all in then……” They didn’t expect H&M to say “okay, sorry that’s not going to work for you, we’re out.”

      And even then, I don’t think for one minute this is what the palace anticipated would happen. I think they thought Harry would make appearances on shows like “celebrity survivor” or something (is that even a show?) and that Meghan would guest star on an episode of SVU or something. This is definitely not what they thought they would be doing.

      • Pao says:

        Which is dumb because this is legit the stuff meghan was doing before she met harry. Nothing had changed except that her profile is now elevated.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Becks: I agree, they thought that Harry and Meghan would fail and come crawling back to them. But a better strategy would have been let do the half in on a one year trial basis and they could’ve frustrated every move Meghan and Harry tried to make which would have either forced them back in fold or made them leave all together.

      • Becks1 says:

        AmyBee – true, the one year “trial” could have been for the half-in, half-out, see how it worked for both sides (since BP said it was not possible because it would just require too much oversight) and then they could have actively shut down everything H&M wanted to do, rather than what is going on now, which is a lot of hand-wringing and cries of “they’re being political!” or “the queen is blindsided!!!”

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        I also have a theory. They underestimated the love and support the Sussexes would get around the world. The BRF has not endeared itself to many countries or governments and have hardly done any meaningful work after Diana. They took for granted their position, power and influence, relying solely on the affection some might have for the queen. Harry and Meghan breaking free is the opportunity many have to do right by Diana’s seed and there are many willing to give them a chance.

      • Christine says:

        Elizabeth Regina, I agree 100%. They haven’t done any meaningful work, after Diana, and they are so out of touch that it apparently hasn’t occurred to them, while scrambling for details over who is paying for Harry and Meghan’s security, that their lack of giving an eff about the security of “former” royals lead to Princess Diana’s actual death. Give me a break, I will lose my ever loving mind if we have decades of “ZOMG! WHERE IS THE SECURITY COMING FROM?!?” hysteria.

        You are just reminding those of us who were alive at the time that THE QUEEN is, in fact, why Diana is dead. Security matters.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Diana herself dismissed her “Palace” provided security detail and PPO because she believed the “Palace” provide security people were “plants and moles” put in her service to spy on her and report back to Charles.

    • Krista says:

      @amy bee I agree, it would have been so good for the RF to keep them in the fold – even partially, but in hindsight I think the way it went down was the better route. The partial control the RF would have had would have bogged H & M down so much they might not have been able to do half what they are doing now. I think they would have pulled out of the family eventually no matter what route they took. (not arguing, just making an observation and words are hard this morning!)

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Krysta: Oh I agree with you. Harry and Meghan leaving was the best decision they’ve made. I’m just trying to understand why the Royal Family were too stupid to know that half in would have meant they still had some control over Harry and Meghan.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Their departure would have been inevitable. The Sussexes would have been so restricted and obstructed at every turn by the RF that at the end of any trial period, they would have still booked out of there. There’s no way they would have stayed in a half in half out situation for very long.

      • lanne says:

        Face it, the royals aren’t exactly a “brains” operation, are they?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @lanne – No they are not but courtiers should be.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Christina, yesterday, the Fail, in its ongoing quest to get racists riled up, posted one photo where they CIRCLED THE HOMELAND SECURITY GUY IN RED, zoomed in with one of those stupid arrows pointing at him, making sure everyone knew exactly who he was. I almost lost my fcking mind. How is stuff like that even legal? The Fail may as well publish instructions on how to make a bomb and recruitment ads for the Taliban while they’re at it.

        They really, really don’t care if they play a large role in Harry or Meghan being killed. It’s beyond disgraceful and shameful. And again I can’t understand how it’s legal. I don’t know how those people sleep at night.

    • Myra says:

      They were being spiteful just for the sake of it. All they cared about at the time was the public humiliation of the Sussexes. Sadly for them, it turned out to be the best thing they could have done for Harry and Meghan.

      • Jais says:

        Spiteful is a really good word to use for it @myra. They were so bitter, jealous, petty, and spiteful towards the sussexes that they couldn’t and probably still can’t see clearly. They are consistently making terrible choices that are just flabbergasting. Also, that idea that the cruelty is the point comes into play a lot here.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Everything you said @Myra. Spite is second nature to them. Remember Harry saying that he got told that since others have suffered in the hands of the press, he and Meghan have to as well. Even Edward said it in one of his interviews. That family metaphorically eats its own young.

      • Jasper says:

        So true @Myra, spite and control. I’m convinced that leaving was the best route for H&M because even if the RF agreed to the half in half out plan, measures would have been put in place to hamstring and frustrate the couple at every turn. They eventually would have had to leave anyway.
        I’m so happy that they’re, as so many have said before, thriving.

      • lanne says:

        I can’t get over the contempt Harry’s own family feels for him. They hate him for not being the dim bulb loser they want him to be. His 2 tours of Afghanistan mean nothing to them. His creation of the Invictus Games and Sentebale mean nothing to them. All that matters is that he be a shadow of his bitter, idiot older brother. Meghan did him a favor in showing him who his family really was, and how they really felt about him. That had to hurt badly.

    • Jaded says:

      @Amy Bee – because nobody is supposed to outshine Duke and Duchess Dullard, and the BRF knew that the combined charisma of M&H would only highlight how lazy, unprepared and uncaring the Dullards really are. Not to mention jealous — we’ve seen how horribly they treated the Sussexes after their initial successes — well revenge is a dish best served cold.

    • Lorelei says:

      ITA with Becks. I don’t think a single one of them ever thought Harry and Meghan would actually leave. To them, being working members of the BRF is the absolute highest honor and most sought-after status a person could possibly achieve. The thought of leaving, of purposely choosing to just walk away from it? Ghastly. Unheard of. Just “not done,” lol.

      They are *gobsmacked* that Meghan wasn’t so overwhelmed with gratitude that they’d “let” her into the family (Harry was marrying her no matter what, but whatever) that she’d be happy to sit down, stfu, and only do exactly what she was told. None of *them* would ever consider leaving because their title and status is all they have. But the Sussexes had more to offer the world.

      Unlike the rest of them, Meghan didn’t give a flying fck about retaining her HRH and Harry clearly cares more about being free and happy than living in a palace and standing on the balcony to wave at the peasants every so often.

      • Giddy says:

        They actually thought that Meghan would be grateful if they sent her out to open a shopping center. I see Meghan as our ambassador to the U.N. Or The Court of Saint James.

  11. mess says:

    It’s insane that the BRF has not done anything on vaccine equity for the Commonwealth. If not out of any sense of responsibility, it’s in their own interest. Where else are they gonna go for future royal tours? I would keep them away from the US for a good while if I’m in any position to advise them. For one thing it’s Sussex country now, and secondly, won’t it be a treat when the right wing nutjobs turn up in droves to see their icons of white supremacy

    • A says:

      They should be doing something, just because it’s the moral thing to do. I believe, however, their buddies in the Tory government are not keen on sharing vaccines. They promised 100 million of the COVAX and have actually shipped 10m doses. And I would imagine the BRF actually shares that indifference as well.

      • Jan90067 says:

        I’d say you’re white about that!

        They are indifferent *at*best*. Frankly, I don’t think they even THINK about TCW countries unless something is needed from them (tours, revenues, etc).

      • Christine says:

        Is it really sharing if it is Commonwealth countries? Is that truly how the royal family and the government feels about the Commonwealth? Honest question, I’m floored.

      • A says:

        @ Jan, absolutely. In their minds, the idea of the Commonwealth works only one way. And it’s not how they can help the people.

        @ Christine, yeah, it pretty much is. The major things most the Commonwealth countries have in common are colonialism and, stemming from that, the Queen as their head of state (we’ll see what they decide in the future). There aren’t any legal-political ties between them, really and their governments all make their own decisions. As for what anyone in particular thinks about it, I can’t say for certain. I do know that the Tories are in a particularly isolationist kind of mood, what with Brexit and everything. And the Royals wouldn’t advocate for a political action like sharing vaccines without the government’s approval, even if they wanted to. Which I doubt they do anyway because they’ve been catering to the same crowd as the Tories.

  12. Merricat says:

    Lol. At least you can count on the fact that H&M were prepared for this roundtable discussion. Ahem.

  13. Ella says:

    This is all great but I really hope some concrete things come of these roundtables they like to have.

    • Claire says:

      Me too; however, first step, increased visibility. Check.

      • Charm says:

        H&M hv been convening meetings with heads of organizations for 18 months now. In several diff fields. Rest assured, a lot has been accomplished, and a solid foundation (pun intended) is being laid by H&M as we speak.

    • notasugarhere says:

      As so much has come of Keen’s early years struggle survey. Stay salty. Harry and Meghan educate themselves then act, while W&K keep ‘learning’ but never doing.

    • Lady D says:

      They like to have? You do understand that these round tables can only benefit humanity? These round tables they ‘like to have’ spell help and hope for millions of disadvantaged. Nope, it’s all about the talk with H&M, nothing to do with action./s

    • Debbie says:

      Lady D: Yeah, I caught that “they like to have” line too. For some reason, I got a mental picture of a manager tapping their watch, sighing, and asking when the worker is going to have something done. Chop-chop. Oh Ella, your inner Karen is showing.

      In other words, why don’t you “something concrete” the royal family. I hear they’re into “service.” Yutz.

  14. Case says:

    I’m laughing so much that they’re meeting with WHO while Kate is playing tennis. Oh man. I love that it’s not a chore for H&M and they’re genuinely dedicated to global causes.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Case you can tell just by the photos that they’re enjoying themselves; it’s not drudgery for them like it is with the Cambridges. They’re using their platform to call attention to various issues, which is all they wanted to do in the first place.
      The UK media is covering them as if they’re on a killing spree throughout Manhattan.

  15. 809Matriarch says:

    They can celebrate the Cambridges all they want. Can you imagine what a debacle it would have been for Kate Middleton to be at this round table. Her sad exhibition at the Jill Biden round table earlier this year was a sight to behold – a future future kween doncha know.

  16. harla says:

    I wonder how all this “positive attention devoted to the Cambridge’s” is going to go down with Charles, the actual Heir to the Throne? We all know what a thin-skinned creature he is and how easily his fragile ego is bruised so I can’t imagine that he will be happy to play along with this narrative for too long. I’m off to make some popcorn and watch the royal sh!tshow from across the pond.

    • JT says:

      But nobody is even paying ANY attention to the Cambridges. Positive or not. All of the UK front pages and their news channels are focused on H&M. The DM had freaking live feed about the Sussexes, and they called it breaking news. As many here have said, the W&K “stans”, cough bots, are all talking about Harry and Meg. Even this damn historian is only talking about the Keens in the context of the Sussexes, so they can go kick rocks with all the Cambridge love nonsense.

  17. Over it says:

    The saddest part is the keenbridges can continue doing nothing for the rest of their lives and the British media will forever praise them . Racism is a strong drug.

  18. Over it says:

    I am going to have a chat with my husband about real life fairytale love. Lol. Seriously though, if it walked off the screen, the love and respect these two have for each other makes my day every time I see them. I a, always feeling like a proud auntie every time they do something that brings attention to other people suffering. May god continue to bless and protect These two beautiful people and their children and their love.

  19. MMadison says:

    You have to wonder how the Brits really feel about what Kate calls “work” and what Meghan and Harry are accomplishing in New York. Tennis is great but lets not get confused it’s a sport. You’re not saving lives by playing Tennis. In really doesn’t matter. Harry and Meghan are now part of the USA. I’m proud of the work they are doing and I’m excited and intrigue to see what are the next steps because we all know this….Meghan has a plan

    • Lorelei says:

      @MMadison I’m also so proud and excited that they’re living here now, too. Yesterday was so much fun, watching them out and about, wondering what they would do next.

      This might make me sound pathetic, lol, but yesterday was one of the best, uplifting days I’ve had in a long time. It’s great just seeing them.

  20. Maria says:

    Wonderful appearance as always.
    I’m irritated that Governor Kathy Hochul is getting inundated with horrible comments on her post about meeting the Sussexes, though.

  21. Rapunzel says:

    Tin foil theory- I keep noticing, re: H&M, that The Fail keeps modifying its headlines to get nastier and nastier, in very specific ways that hit up the same insults.
    It makes me wonder: is someone feeding them talking points? Cause it seems like they keep altering their coverage to fit certain standard insults more and more.

    • Charm says:

      I believe dailyFail is becoming increasingly, hysterically enraged, bitter and spiteful the closer we get to November when their appeal against M’s favourable judgement will be heard and thrown out.

    • Merricat says:

      The Daily White Supremacist Mail works in concert with the royal family.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Merricat- I keep picturing Willyboy calling The Fail, raging, “point out how many bathrooms they have! Make sure you mention the gas guzzling SUVs! Call her the Duchess of Diamonds and say she has Hollywood Brows”

        It’s such projection… Will knows he and Kate get environmentalism criticism, and criticism for so many homes. And Kate gets flack for her makeup– now that’s intense smokey eye- and excessive jewelry during the day (Phillip’s funeral, anyone?). So he has to make sure Harry and Meg get more hate for the same reasons, only it doesn’t work.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Rapunzel it’s beyond farcical. Yesterday, on Twitter, someone posted one screenshot of a DM story from last week and one from yesterday, and the value they assigned to Meghan’s engagement ring had increased by $20,000 in the second one!
      They absolutely fling sh!t at the wall, not caring one iota about being factual (or even consistent in their nastiness).

  22. Margaret says:

    Well not so good for Katie, they are now trying to drag sophies daughter in as the new secret weapon of the royals. The children, the children to the rescue.

  23. Margaret says:

    Well not so good for Katie, they are now trying to drag sophies daughter in as the new secret weapon of the royals. The children, the children to the rescue.

  24. TheOriginalMia says:

    Saw a post last night on Twitter that pointed out the lack of available vaccines in Commonwealth countries. The Queen is head of the organization and calls the group of countries a family, but does nothing to help with vaccine equity. The BRF are puppets of the British government and the British government doesn’t care about any country other than their own. That’s why Harry & Meghan scare them. They are high profile members of that family that are doing good works in the world and shining a light on the inadequacies of the BRF and Boris Johnson’s government.

  25. Monica says:

    Hey, if an attempt to show up M&H gets the Keenbridges off their lazy asses, well, good.

  26. phlyfiremama says:

    This truly feels like episode 1,234,356 of “Y’all Could Have had a Boss Bit@h” 🤣🤣

  27. tamsin says:

    I think Kate is doing the kind of work that is expected of the Royals. It’s an offshoot of Queen Mary who apparently said that they all loved hospitals and never complain and never explain?
    Harry is the one who established organizations such as Sentebale and Invictus himself, and continues to spearhead fundraising and meaningful work for them. Meghan came up with the cookbook right off the bat to help the Hub women sustain themselves and carry on further work. Harry and Meghan support and work on current urgent world issues. There is no precedent or room in the royal institution for the Sussexes to do the kind of work that they do it seems. Rather than allow them to lead the way in meaningful humanitarian work, they were booted out and had their mental health almost destroyed. I am still horrified at the enormity of the evil that was perpetrated on Meghan. They wouldn’t let them carve out their own lane, but were too jealous and racist to share theirs.

    • Nic919 says:

      When is the last time Kate visited a hospital? The bread and butter engagements are being done by Charles, Camilla, Anne, Sophie and Edward. They go to the fairs, tour Scotland and do the events that aren’t high profile. The Cambridges meet up with footie and tennis stars. So no, neither Kate or William are really doing the work that Queen Mary suggested they do.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Tamsin, this is a great post. I mean, it’s incredibly depressing, lol, but very insightful imo.

    • windyriver says:

      “There is no precedent or room in the royal institution for the Sussexes to do the kind of work that they do it seems.”

      Actually, I’d argue there is something of a precedent – Charles. In addition to his many typical bread and butter engagements, he’s had a number of interesting and valuable initiatives, particularly around education and training (Prince’s Trust among them). It would make sense for his sons to follow in his footsteps, and one of them has – I think Harry is as much his father’s son as his mother’s when it comes to his work.

      Problem is, the one following in his footsteps is the wrong son. And because it’s Will who’s the heir, the future of the monarchy apparently mandates Harry (and Meghan) not be allowed to outshine him. The solution, if this were a real firm, and not The Firm, would be to encourage/insist Will (and Kate) rise to Harry’s level. Since no one (TQ, Charles) has ever been willing to tackle this, everything and everyone else ends up sinking to the lowest common denominator. And that has been very low indeed.

  28. Debbie says:

    Well, there you have it from this royal expert. Meghan and Harry are continuing their work to advocate for vaccine access and equality. Meanwhile, the royal family if “anxious and fearful.” Their response to the situation, however, is to “celebrate” the Cambridges in direct opposition to Harry’s narrative” (a euphemism, if I’ve ever heard one.). Also, they RF intends to shed a lot of positive attention ON THE CAMBRIDGES and have their statements ready. Yeah. That’s their response to an ongoing global pandemic. To praise the Cambridges. Oh well, at least they warned us they were all about performance and self-preservation, not about the Commonwealth countries or anything.

    This is why when people claim that the RF or the queen is about service, and she fixed a car during WWII, I say it was a performance, a photo-opportunity, which they’ve been dinning out on ever since.

  29. Keri says:

    I cannot imagine showing up to an official, scheduled meeting without content…..or anywhere else really. Imagine just being in the company of people contributing valid points to subjects and you don’t have sh*t to say. Kate is an embarrassing grown up.

    • Lady D says:

      Like you Keri, I couldn’t/wouldn’t dream of showing up for a meeting like that unprepared. The Cambridges not only show up unprepared, they expect applause and to be told how brilliant they are after the event, which to be fair, they will get. They will then sit back and relax, knowing they are secure and loved in their country.

  30. Kathryn says:

    I love them. And I love that they bring awareness to good causes. I dont give AF about Cambridges etc they should be THANKFUL that they are doing good works and ultimately making the BRF look good, period.

  31. Bettyrose says:

    Like everyone who isn’t massively wealthy I sometimes fantasize about that life. And then I wonder what I’d do all day. This. This is who I’d be. I’m not an extrovert and could never be an Oprah or a political leader. But I can talk for hours on subjects that matter to me. Professional philanthropy needs to be more of a thing and I love their example of balancing the good life with important work. (And before anyone says one can do good works without being rich, I know, but that’s not the topic.)