Harry, Meghan & Some Private Planes

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You can tell it’s August because I’m not sure this issue would generally rise to the level of its own post here, let alone several actual news stories…but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are under fire for their use of private planes in the last couple of weeks. Members of the Royal Family flying private to travel, including in their personal time, is nothing new, but Harry recently made some controversial statements in Meghan’s September edition of British Vogue on sustainability and climate change that have now drawn accusations of hypocrisy.

And now some major celebs have stepped in.

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Palace Releases Statement on Andrew

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Following the release of video footage and photos by the Mail on Sunday depicting the Duke of York saying goodbye to a young woman from the door of Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan home, the Palace finally issued a statement responding to increased demands for an explanation of the Duke’s behavior.

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The Cambridges Set Sail For the King’s Cup

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Well, the Cambridges are back from Mustique, tanned, and ready to carry out an engagement for The King’s Cup Regatta in support of eight hand-selected charities. This event was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but due to the weather forecast they moved it up a day. Even better, they surprised onlookers by bringing along Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the fun.

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Meghan & British Vogue: Part Two

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In case you missed yesterday’s post, today we’re going to cover reactions to the Duchess of Sussex’s guest-edited issue of British Vogue. For the actual content of the magazine, you can catch up here, because I’m only going to be paraphrasing and referencing in the below.

So, first things first, happy birthday to Meghan, who is 38 today. Second, I would like to say upfront that I’m not 100% sure where this post is going to end up. I’ve spent the week reading reactions to the Vogue issue via Twitter and various opinion pieces, some of which gained more traction than others. They also run the gamut of thinking Meghan didn’t go far enough to thinking she went way, way too far. I have an idea of what I’d like to say, but I tend to think through writing, so shrug emoji. Let’s see where this takes us.

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Meghan & British Vogue: Part One

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Well, well, well…confirmation that the Duchess of Sussex guest edited this year’s September issue of British Vogue has created quite the fire storm. I’m breaking this up into two parts, the first of which will cover some (but definitely not all) of the substance that’s come out of the actual magazine, and a second that will get into some of the controversy. Let’s begin, shall we?

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Princess Haya Seeks Forced Marriage Protection Order

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On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Princess Haya, the estranged wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was represented in London courts in the next leg of the couple’s custody battle over their two children. While it’s been unclear since news broke that Haya fled the United Arab Emirates for Europe what the impetus for leaving was, we may some insight via her application for a forced marriage protection order for one of her children.

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Meghan Guest-Edited British Vogue’s September Issue (+ a Few Thoughts on the Recent Privacy Issues)

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Yesterday the Palace confirmed a rumor that’s been circulating for weeks – the Duchess of Sussex guest-edited British Vogue’s September Issue, using the platform to highlight causes she’s passionate about. According to the Sussexes’ Instagram post, the issue is called “Forces for Change” and includes such features as an interview between Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, a conversation between the Duke of Sussex and Dr. Jane Goodall, and essays from people like Brené Brown and Jameela Jamil.

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Prince George Turns 6

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Prince George of Cambridge is six years old! Last Sunday, to mark the occasion, Kensington Palace released three new photos of George. The two showing him in his England football jersey were taken last month by the Duchess of Cambridge in Kensington Gardens.

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Harry & Meghan Attend The Lion King Premier, Meet Beyonce & Jay-Z

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Last night the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the London premier of The Lion King, and in a moment made for the cameras, the couple came face-to-face with a different kind of royalty – Beyonce and Jay-Z. Meghan’s presence last night was long-expected despite still being on maternity leave, and last week it was confirmed. Given Beyonce’s work in the film, it was widely expected these two would finally meet, which was hotly anticipated given not only their mutual celebrity, but the fact that Beyonce and Jay-Z have long made clear their support for the new duchess.

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Kate Presents Her First Trophy as Wimbledon Patron

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On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the men’s final at Wimbledon, as has become tradition. And I have to say, while Kate always seems pleased to be at Wimbledon, she looks particularly animated and relaxed whenever she’s attending with William. This year was a particularly special as Kate, for the first time in her capacity as royal patron, handed out the winning trophy to Novak Djokovic.

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