Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert on censorship of hate speech
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not returned to social media since they were forced to drop their Sussex Royal Instagram account when they ended royal duties and moved to America. Brand expert Eric Schiffer warned it would be a mistake for Meghan and Harry to shun social media.
He told Insider: “If they believe in their choices, why aren’t they comfortable putting themselves out there?
“Are they sending a message that they can’t bear to hear what we have to say?
“Both of which is a death trap for a brand that is trying to be an entertainment brand, because entertainment at its core today requires interactivity.
“If you’re trying to stay alive with the 11-40-year-olds, you’ve got to be front and center on social.”
Meghan and Harry quitting social media will be a “death trap” for their brand, expert warns
Mr Schiffer suggested they could be avoiding social media due to the “significant mixed reaction” from royal fans amid their decision to step back from the monarchy.
He said: “Many people look at them as having disrespected the monarchy by cashing out on the halo of their forebearers, and that’s not acceptable to millions of people around the world.”
The Sunday Times reported earlier this month that former actress Meghan and Harry, who have recently been critical of social media, would no longer use platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
But Harry hinted they may one day return to social media “when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform” in a recent interview with US publication Fast Company.
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Queen Elizabeth II won’t be “dragged in” to the debate on Scottish independence this year, her former press secretary said as another referendum looms.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the current self-isolation arrangements make it highly unlikely the monarch will be dragged into the political discussion on the future of Scotland, according to Dickie Arbiter.
The Queen’s former press secretary recalled how she got involved in the Scottish independence debate in 2014 after being approached by a royal fan.
He said: “Will [the Royal Family] get dragged in again? No.
“We probably we will be in the same situation with coronavirus in May so there’ll be no dragging the royals in with innocuous questions.”
Meghan Markle is planning to run for office, but not for a decade or two according to a royal expert.
Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that he believes Meghan does have political ambitions, but not in the immediate future.
He explained that the US is still a “gerontocracy”, meaning it is run by old people, and that Meghan being only 39 years old means she has plenty of time to get involved.
Mr Fitzwilliams pointed out that the Duchess of Sussex is a “superb public speaker” and has been involved with politics and activism since she was a child, when she spoke up against a sexist advert.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, looked visibly moved during a poignant conversation with two Holocaust survivors held on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Kate reconnected with Zigi Shipper, 91, and Manfred Goldberg, 90, four years after first meeting them during the Cambridges’ tour to Poland and Germany.
The Duchess of Cambridge was left “visibly moved” as the pair detailed the horrors of Nazi persecution, according to royal commentator Rebecca English.
Mr Shipper and Mr Goldberg, two Holocaust survivors who met at Stutthof concentration camp when they were only young boys, spoke with Kate about how important it is for people to remember the horrors of the past.
He moved to the UK after his mother tracked him down after the war with the help of the British Red Cross.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have received their first shot of a coronavirus vaccine but the decision to reveal this was surprising to many.
Until the very last minute, the Palace insisted that whether the Queen had been vaccinated was a private matter, as it was medical information.
However, both the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh decided to share their private medical information in the end in what became a “powerful message that the vaccine is safe”.
A royal expert explained that this is a “big deal” and will be a blow to the anti-vax movement.
Meghan Markle could run for office in 10-20 years time, according to one royal expert
Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Katie Harris.
Meghan Markle may establish an alliance with US Vice President Kamala Harris through their mutual connections so the two of them can become “best buddies”, a commentator told Express.co.uk.
Royal author Howard Hodgson discussed the possibility of the Duchess of Sussex utilising her links to Ms Harris — and said “nothing would surprise me” if the two figureheads got together.
He explained: “These two women strike me as very similar and could become best buddies until they fall out. There may be more American trouble ahead for the Royal Family.”
Meghan Markle may establish an alliance with US Vice President Kamala Harris through their mutual connections so the two of them can become “best buddies”, according to a royal commentator
2.15pm update: British Royal Family ‘most expensive in Europe’
The British Royal Family are the most expensive in Europe, according to the financial details of monarchies on the continent.
The Queen received £85.9million for the year 2020-21, head and shoulders above what most European royal families receive.
This income, known as the Sovereign Grant, is how much the monarchy receives from the Government each year for official business.
This pays for the Queen to do her duties, for staff costs and the running expenses of her household, including official receptions, investitures and garden parties.
It also pays for the royal palaces in England and the cost of travel and security.
1.25pm update: Kate ‘visibly moved’ as she chats with Holocaust survivors
The Duchess of Cambridge looked visibly moved during a poignant conversation with two Holocaust survivors held on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Kate reconnected with 91-year-old Zigi Shipper and Manfred Goldberg, 90, four years after first meeting them during the Cambridges’ tour to Poland and Germany.
Mr Shipper and Mr Goldberg, two Holocaust survivors who met at Stutthof concentration camp when they were only teenagers, spoke with Kate about how important it is for people to remember the horrors of the past.
12.50pm update: George paved way for royal rule which benefits Eugenie’s baby
Prince George was born in 2013 and prior to his birth the Royal Family introduced a major change which would benefit future royal babies.
Prior to George’s birth in 2013, the British monarchy still operated on a system of male primogeniture.
This meant that male siblings would take preference over their female siblings in the line of succession.
The system of male primogeniture was replaced with absolute primogeniture following the passing of The Succession to the Crown Act in 2013.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child
11.45am update: Meghan and Harry hit by devastating popularity blow – poll
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have seen their popularity plummet in the last 12 months, according to a poll of Express.co.uk readers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world when they announced last January they would be stepping down as senior royals.
One year on, and to mark the one-year Megxit anniversary, Express.co.uk conducted a poll on how the couple is perceived by its readers.
The survey, which comprised of five questions, indicated Britons’ opinions of the Sussexes had changed for the worse.
The Queen normally abides by the rule of political neutrality imposed on the head of state. But, as a new referendum on Scotland’s independence looms, do you think she should speak out to save the union?
The Queen’s staff will continue “flexible working” after the pandemic, according to a job advert
Kate and Prince William are following in Prince Charles’s footsteps and publicly marking Holocaust Memorial Day despite the ongoing national lockdown.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken to social media to remember the millions of people persecuted and killed during the Holocaust.
William and Kate published a sombre message on Twitter pledging not to forget the atrocities that took place between the 1930s and 1940s.
Later today, Kensington Palace will share a “special conversation” between Kate and Holocaust survivors Zigi Shipper and Manfred Goldberg.
10.05am update: Queen’s staff to continue ‘flexible working’
The Queen’s staff will continue “flexible working” after the pandemic, according to a job advert.
The advert for a Senior Employee Communications Assistant has hinted there will be plans to continue remote working even once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
It says: “And as we look ahead, more flexible ways of working is likely to continue post pandemic, making your role key to our future.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been branded the “biggest philanthropic duo” since Bill and Melinda Gates
9.40am update: Queen heartbreak at Scottish independence surge
The Queen “doesn’t want Scotland” to become an independent country but won’t weigh into the debate, a royal expert has claimed.
Royal author Ingrid Seward said the monarch was unlikely to be happy about the ongoing talks of Scottish independence, given how close to her heart the country is.
The expert said: “Of course the Queen doesn’t want Scotland to be independent.
“She’s all for unity. I think for Scotland to be independent is not something she would want at all.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is believed to be planning a new scheme to support young children who are the “silent victims” of coronavirus.
Last year Kate launched the ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’ survey which asked respondents for their views on early childhood.
More than half a million people responded making it the biggest poll of its kind in UK history.
According to the Mirror, mother-of-three Kate is “secretly planning” new projects to build on this success against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The Royal Family shared a photo of the Queen’s visit to Australia in February 1954 to mark Australia Day on Tuesday.
The image was posted on the official Royal Family Twitter account and received more than 4,500 likes.
It shows the young monarch in Hobart, Tasmania, inspecting a guard of honour at Prince’s Wharf.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been branded the “biggest philanthropic duo” since Bill and Melinda Gates.
Journalist Celia Walden made the comment in her latest column for the Telegraph.
She also claimed Harry has turned from “boyish” to “Yoda-like” during his recent endeavours.
— to www.express.co.uk