Meghan Markle latest news – Duchess of Sussex writes moving letter to US Congress begging for paid parental leave

MEGHAN Markle has written to top U.S. politicians Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer calling for them to act on giving parents paid parental leave.

The Duchess, who recently took time off work after the birth of Lilibet in June, said millions of women had dropped out of the workforce at "an alarming rate" to care for their children.

The United States is the only developed nation in the world which does not have some sort of legal entitlement to paid parental leave at the federal level – though many organisations do offer it.

She wrote: “The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost”.

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  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    ‘Sizzle salad’

    In an open letter to the U.S. Congress about paid parental leave, Meghan Markle explained she appreciated how hard her parents had worked when she was child.

    She said going out for a $4.99 ‘sizzle salad’ was a treat as the family had to work hard to pay for any sort of luxury.

    “I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky,” she explained.

    The Duchess said this work ethic prompted her to go out to work at aged just 13.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Meghan Markle calls for parental leave

    Meghan Markle has intervened in U.S, politics once again by writing a letter to U.S. Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer calling for action on paid parental leave.

    TheU.S. is the only developed national that does not have national laws guaranteeing paid parental leave.

    She wrote about taking time off after the birth of Lilibet in June: “Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed. Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work.

    “We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family."

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Wills and Kate want Charlotte & Louis ‘to have own careers’

    CONSIDERING how they call Kensington Palace home and The Queen grandma, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis aren’t just your ordinary kids.

    But despite all the luxuries that come with growing up Royal, Prince William and Kate Middleton are eager to give their three children as normal an upbringing as possible.

    As their eldest son George will one day become King, it’s been reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want Charlotte and Louis to pursue their own careers independent of the Royal Family.

    Fronting The Telegraph’s Royal Insight series, royal expert Camilla Tominey said William and Kate know that George “has his destiny planned out”.

    However, the couple are eager to ensure they “get the balance right” with their two youngest children.

    Instead of working as full-time royals, the expert suggested Charlotte and Louis may be encouraged to forge a career path like Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have.

    She claimed: “[William and Kate] don’t want history to repeat itself and Prince Louis seem like a royal hanger-on and go down the Duke of York path.”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Fans spot clue ‘Megxit’ was inevitable

    MEGHAN Markle fans have spotted a huge ‘clue’ that the Sussexes split from the royal family was inevitable.

    Prior to becoming a duchess, Meghan Markle was well within her successful career, acting and running her own lifestyle blog.

    In a 2015 interview with InStyle, Meghan spoke of her ambition of becoming a ‘girl boss’.

    “I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value.”

    Meghan went on to make comments that have now been picked up on being ‘relevant’ to her continued drama with the royal family.

    “Don’t get involved in the interoffice politics…You’ll be endlessly happier for it.”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Harry and Meghan to miss COP26

    “ECO-WARRIORS” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will miss this year’s COP26 climate change conference in November.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will skip the highly anticipated Glasgow climate event, while the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Kate are all set to attend.

    The Royal announcement comes weeks after Harry and Meghan attended the star-studded Global ­Citizen Live concert in New York — dubbed “Wokestock” — which demanded tough new eco laws to halve US emissions by 2030.

    It also pressed the “wealthiest nations” to deliver on a £70billion-a-year pledge to help developing countries go green.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Couples want their own Archie

    Archie came into the top 10 boys’ name for the first time at number nine, pushing out the name Charlie, which has held a spot in the top 10 since 2005, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) says.

    The name Archie, appears to have grown popular due to its royal links, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle naming their first-born son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, back in May 2019.

    The name Harry took eighth place respectively and has been in the top 10 list for more than 20 years.

    George took second place in the list of names, and has been a consistently popular name since 2013, when Prince George was born.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Pouring out the cash

    The “ethical” investment group backed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan has put tens of millions into chemical, pharma and oil companies.

    New York-based Ethic, which unveiled the Sussexes as impact partners, has also poured cash into rich investment banks.

    Paperwork filed in the US shows it invested around £1.1million in chemical firm Corteva Inc.

    Royal author Penny Junor said: “Life is going to be very difficult for Meghan and Harry if they keep up this high profile. Ethical banking seems asking for trouble, setting themselves up for a fall.”

    Read more here.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    ‘The Queen has suffered a lot this year’

    As well as losing Philip this year, the monarch has been hit by attacks on the Royal Family by Harry and Meghan and controversies around Prince Andrew.

    A source said: “The Queen has suffered a lot this year, including the death of her beloved husband.

    “She is becoming a little less resilient and needs a little more help — although she is doing well for somebody of her age.

    “Her courtiers have noticed the Queen becoming more weary and perhaps more fragile than she was — and who could be surprised?”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    ‘Time to talk’ (Continued…)

    Thomas Markle went on to blame Harry for his bungled relationship with Meghan, saying things took a turn after she “hooked up” with the prince.

    He also slammed “shameful” Prince Harry for “abandoning” the Queen, the Army and the British people.

    Thomas blasted: “I think Harry has abandoned the Queen, his grandmother, the royal family, the British people and the Army.

    “He’s abandoned them all.

    “All he does now is ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood… I don’t know if it’s much of a life for him either. It doesn’t make sense.”

    Meghan has distanced herself from her dad’s side of the family who have repeatedly slammed her in the media over the years.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Suing the ‘childish’ daughter

    Thomas Markle said he could sue Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in order to see his grandkids.

    The estranged dad, who is yet to meet his grandkids Archie, two, and baby Lilibet, said the Duchess of Sussex was “childish” to cut him off.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Thomas, 77, said: “I’d love to see my grandchildren.

    “People have suggested in California I could sue to see my grandkids.

    “But I think if I did that I’d be doing the same thing Meghan and Harry are doing.”

    He explained: “I don’t want to include my grandchildren in this situation, I want to see my grandchildren with friendly parents and friendship all around.

    “I don’t want hostile parents when seeing my grandchildren. So I’ll wait.”

    Read more here.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Meghan and Harry ‘know ZERO’ about finance

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been slammed for their new banking job because they “know ZERO” about finance, an expert has blasted.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday revealed they had signed up to become “impact partners” and investors at sustainable investing firm Ethic.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin says the couple are “not financiers” and they “know zero”.

    She told GB News: “They want to come back [to the UK] every now and again and either film what they’re doing or have grievances to talk about when they come back home, but it will keep them up as royals.

    “The longer they’re away and don’t come to the UK, interest in them will diminish because they haven’t got up-to-date understanding of what’s going on.”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Fans spot clue ‘Megxit’ was inevitable

    MEGHAN Markle fans have spotted a huge ‘clue’ that the Sussexes split from the royal family was inevitable.

    Prior to becoming a duchess, Meghan Markle was well within her successful career, acting and running her own lifestyle blog.

    In a 2015 interview with InStyle, Meghan spoke of her ambition of becoming a ‘girl boss’.

    “I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value.”

    Meghan went on to make comments that have now been picked up on being ‘relevant’ to her continued drama with the royal family.

    “Don’t get involved in the interoffice politics…You’ll be endlessly happier for it.”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Harry & Meghan’s brand ‘at risk of dilution’

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan are at risk of ‘diluting their brand’ after they have signed a new deal.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have forged a number of lucrative deals since stepping down from royal life, including multimillion-dollar partnerships with Netflix, Spotify and Apple.

    Their most recent venture, “impact partners” and investors at sustainable investing firm Ethic.

    However, Palace Confidential host Jo Elvin has suggested the pair might “deplete their value” by “spreading themselves around so much”.

    Jo Elvin asked: “So they seem good at attracting attention to these companies.

    “But the more they spread it around, doesn’t that deplete their value for these companies?”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Prince Harry pleads ‘don’t pillage’ his African sanctuary for oil 

    PRINCE Harry has begged mining firms to stop “pillaging” his African “sanctuary” for oil as he called on the world to “stand with us”.

    The Duke of Sussex said the Okavango watershed in southern Africa is “at risk” due to “corporate oil drilling” in a rare op-ed for the Washington Post.

    He said the area is a vital water source for nearby farmers and fisherman in Angola, Bolivia and Botswana – but stressed it could be in danger.

    The Prince – who was just unveiled as an impact partner for “ethical” investment group Ethic – said he and Meghan “found sanctuary and inspiration in the Okavango”.

    Harry whisked the then future-Duchess of Sussex away to the Meno A Kwena safari camp in August 2017 in the heart of Botswana on one of their early dates.

    Harry writes: “The Okavango River Basin is under siege by ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil and gas company that has been granted licenses for exploratory drilling in an area of Namibia and Botswana larger than some European countries. 

    “We believe this would pillage the ecosystem for potential profit.

    “Some things in life are best left undisturbed to carry out their purpose as a natural benefit. This is one of them.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Sibling rivalry

    MEGHAN Markle “ghosted” her dad because she was jealous of the attention he gave her brother and sister, Thomas Markle claimed today.

    Meghan’s estranged dad, 77, said the Duchess of Sussex wanted him to “stop talking” to her half-siblings but he “couldn’t”.

    Speaking to Good Morning Britain from his home in Mexico, Mr Markle said his daughter has “pretty much disowned both sides of her family”.

    And he believes his relationship with her half siblings – Thomas Markle Jr, 55, and Samantha Markle, 56 – was part of the reason.

    He said: “She thought I was giving too much attention to her brother and sister.

    “She wanted me to stop talking to them and I couldn’t.”

    Read more here

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    The royal baby names

    Research by CasinoSites that analyses the most popular baby names worldwide, inspired by the Royal Family.

    • Isla and James are the most popular royal-related baby names in the UK. 
    • Charlotte and Lucas are the second most popular baby names of the Royal family. 
    • Sienna, Zara, Jack and Archie all make the top ten lists also.
    • The name Meghan ranks as the least influential out of the Royal family names.

    Private school to discuss Meghan Markle in ‘white privilege’ classes

    St Dunstan’s, a private school in London has introduced classes talking about “white privilege” where Meghan Markle will be included as a topic of conversation.

    Nicholas Hewlett, headmaster at the school said teachers would “explore with students the difficulties faced by both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton when they joined the Royal Family but [learn] that Meghan Markle faced additional challenges based on social speculations associated with her race”, as reported by The Sunday Times.

    The private school with annual fees ranging from£12,501 to £19,068 depending on the age of its pupils, have introduced the lessons due to a surge in interest in the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Prince William urges young people to demand change

    Prince William tonight issued a rallying cry to the next generation to keep on “demanding change” as innovative green projects from across the globe were awarded £1M by his Earthshot Prize.

    William called on the younger members of society not to “give up hope” during the event and he announced the US would be the host nation for the next awards ceremony.

    The move for the Earthshot Prize next year means William and Kate could travel to US to host the event, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their home.

    At the end of the event, William took to the stage to tell the audience: “I want to say something to the young watching tonight.

    “For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future, the Earthshot is for you. In the next 10 years, we are going to act. We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet.

    “Please keep learning, keep demanding change, and don’t give up hope. We will rise to these challenges.”

    First ever Earthshot winners revealed at star-studded bash

    First ever five £1 million Winners of the most prestigious environment prize in history announced at a global ceremony in London.

    The Earthshot Prize revealed the first-ever five Winners at a glittering ceremony held in London. Each Winner will receive £1million prize money and a global network of support to scale their cutting-edge environmental solutions to repair our planet.

    The five Winners, which span the globe from Costa Rica to India, include transformative technologists, innovators, an entire country, and a pioneering city and were chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet.

    Earthshot Prize Founder and Prize Council Member Prince William said:

    “Our five inspirational Winners show that everyone has a role to play in the global effort to repair our planet. We need businesses, leaders, innovators, and communities to take action. And, ultimately, we need all of us to demand that the solutions get the support they need. Because the success of our Winners is our collective, global Earthshot.”

    Harry & Meghan’s brand ‘at risk of dilution’

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan are at risk of ‘diluting their brand’ after they have signed a new deal.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have forged a number of lucrative deals since stepping down from royal life, including multimillion-dollar partnerships with Netflix, Spotify and Apple.

    Their most recent venture, “impact partners” and investors at sustainable investing firm Ethic.

    However, Palace Confidential host Jo Elvin has suggested the pair might “deplete their value” by “spreading themselves around so much”.

    Jo Elvin asked: “So they seem good at attracting attention to these companies.

    “But the more they spread it around, doesn’t that deplete their value for these companies?”

    Fans spot clue ‘Megxit’ was inevitable

    MEGHAN Markle fans have spotted a huge ‘clue’ that the Sussexes split from the royal family was inevitable.

    Prior to becoming a duchess, Meghan Markle was well within her successful career, acting and running her own lifestyle blog.

    In a 2015 interview with InStyle, Meghan spoke of her ambition of becoming a ‘girl boss’.

    “I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value.”

    Meghan went on to make comments that have now been picked up on being ‘relevant’ to her continued drama with the royal family.

    “Don’t get involved in the interoffice politics…You’ll be endlessly happier for it.”

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Don’t panic!

      In an unearthed clip from a 2018 documentary about the Queen’s role as head of the Commonwealth, Harry made light-hearted comments about fearing bumping into Her Majesty.

      He was speaking to a group of hospitality professionals from the Caribbean who were staying at the Palace when he told them “not to panic” if they spotted the Queen coming towards them in the corridors.

      “You guys have spent way more time in Buckingham Palace than I ever have – and you’ve only been here two weeks,” the 36-year-old said.

      “Have you bumped into the Queen yet?

      “If you suddenly bump into her in the corridor, don’t panic.

      “I know you will. We all do!”

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Thomas Markle slams Harry for ‘abandoning family’

      MEGHAN Markle’s dad today slammed “shameful” Prince Harry for “abandoning” the Queen, the Army and the British people.

      In a stinging review, Thomas Markle claimed the Duke of Sussex does nothing but “ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood he lives in”.

      The 77-year-old, who has not spoken to Harry in years, said his son-in-law had “abandoned everyone”.

      He also told Good Morning Britain Harry is likely to insult the Queen in his forthcoming book, which he believes is “just for money”.

      Meghan Markle’s estranged dad blasted: “I think Harry has abandoned the Queen, his grandmother, the royal family, the British people and the Army.

      “He’s abandoned them all.

      “All he does now is ride a bicycle around the neighbourhood… I don’t know if it’s much of a life for him either. It doesn’t make sense.”

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      ‘How to get ahead’

      MEGHAN Markle preached about “avoiding drama”, never settling and “wiggling around in a pencil skirt” in an unearthed interview about how to get ahead.

      When she was starring in hit TV show Suits, Meghan, who played the character of Rachel Zane, revealed her top tips for being a “girl boss”.

      In 2015, before she met Prince Harry, Meghan spoke to InStyle, and said: “I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value.

      “It’s important to flex your intellectual prowess, even if you’re wiggling around in a pencil skirt.”

      She also advised to dress for the “part you want, not the part you have.”

      Read more here

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Couples want their own Archie

      Archie came into the top 10 boys’ name for the first time at number nine, pushing out the name Charlie, which has held a spot in the top 10 since 2005, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) says.

      The name Archie, appears to have grown popular due to its royal links, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle naming their first-born son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, back in May 2019.

      The name Harry took eighth place respectively and has been in the top 10 list for more than 20 years.

      George took second place in the list of names, and has been a consistently popular name since 2013, when Prince George was born.

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