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Meghan Markle Opens Up About How Royal Family Handles Racial Issues, Mental Health, and More

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  • In an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed that the Royal Family made remarks about their son Archie’s race and status prior to his birth. 
  • “We [would] have in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Meghan said.
  • The couple also discussed how brutal the British tabloids were to Meghan and how the family did nothing to protect them. Meghan even said she was brought to a dark mental headspace.
  • “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore… I went to the institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help and I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.” 

Royal Family Allegedly Denied Meghan Help

In their first joint interview since leaving the Royal Family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed to Oprah Winfrey the hardships they faced at the hands of the British press and members of their own family.

The highly anticipated two-hour television event aired Sunday on CBS and drew in over 17 million viewers. It aired just weeks after the couple marked their official exit from their roles as working members of the Royal Family. The two announced their departure early in 2020, citing the relentless negativity of tabloids. 

This negativity was something Meghan and Winfrey spoke about at length during the interview. Thet discussed how some tabloid headlines were made to paint Meghan as a villain for simple things like holding her baby bump or eating an avocado. Others were flat-out lies. In one case, tabloids ran a story saying Meghan made her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, cry over flower girl dresses. According to Meghan, in reality, the reverse happened. 

Still, the couple said that the family and the firm behind it did nothing to help Meghan and Harry fend off the lies and racist articles tabloids ran day after day. 

“Not only was I not being protected, but they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband,” Meghan said. 

Eventually, the brutal press narrative and the lack of support she was given to handle it brought Meghan to a dark headspace. She says the family, again, denied her help. 

“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought,” she told Winfrey. 

“I went to the institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help and I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.” 

Conversations About Archie’s Race

Tensions between the couple and the rest of the family also allegedly stemmed from conversations about their son Archie’s status and race. Meghan said that while she was pregnant with him, the palace decided to not give Archie a title as prince, meaning he would also not receive the security detail that comes with it. The firm gave no reason behind this break in precedent. The choice left Harry and Meghan concerned about their son’s safety.

Those were not the only remarks during her pregnancy that upset the couple. 

“There were months when I was pregnant, all around the same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Markle said. 

That remark was allegedly made to Harry, who then passed it onto Meghan. Both refused to say who was behind it, but Winfrey has since clarified that it was neither Queen Elizabeth II nor her husband Prince Philip. Harry called the comment “shocking.”

Eventually, security and safety ended up being one of the major reasons the couple moved with their son to California. At one point while they were in Canada, the family cut off Prince Harry financially and took away his security. The Daily Mail had already published their Canadian address, so the two went to Los Angeles, where media mogul Tyler Perry offered his home and security. 

During this time, Prince Harry said his father, Prince Charles, stopped taking his calls. The only funds they had were what Harry’s mother, Princess Diana had left him. 

“Without that we would not have been able to do this,” Harry said before adding that he believes his mother “saw this coming.” 

Fears of History Repeating Itself

Like Meghan, Princess Diana was the subject of daily tabloid fodder and seemingly abandoned the rest of the Royals. Harry made it clear throughout the interview that he was afraid “history would repeat itself” when it comes to his mother, who died in a car crash after being chased by paparazzi when Harry was 12.

These fears were the motive behind their choice to leave their lives as Royals, which was one they never wanted to make. The couple corrected headlines claiming that they “blindsided” the Queen, claiming that they had actually tried to meet the family halfway so that they could live lives of service but be out of the spotlight. They ultimately felt forced out. 

Harry and Meghan then conjured up deals with Spotify and Netflix as a means to afford their own security detail, despite reports previously trying to imply that they left the family for the purpose of starting glamorous media careers. 

The two now reside in Santa Barbara, where they are raising their son Archie and expecting a daughter in the summer. They expressed joy and pride in the new life they have made for themselves.

Harry said he is working on his relationship with his father and that he and his brother Prince William are currently giving each other space. He hopes that time will heal their issues.

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Netflix Strikes Deal for Rights To Sony Movies Following Theatrical Releases. Yes, That Includes Spider-Man.

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  • Netflix has secured the exclusive rights to stream Sony films following their theatrical releases, per a reported $1 billion deal between the streaming giant and movie studio. 
  • While the full details of the deal have not yet been officially published, it will begin with Sony’s 2022 slate of films and reportedly last for the following five years.
  • The agreement means Netflix will eventually be granted streaming rights to popular Marvel characters such as Morbius, as well as Venom and Spider-Man once future installments are released. 

Netflix Reach Massive Deal With Sony

Netflix has struck a multi-year licensing deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment that will grant it exclusive streaming rights to the studio’s theatrical titles.

The terms of the agreement have yet to be officially disclosed, but according to multiple media outlets, Netflix will pay Sony over $1 billion over the course of the next four years. The deal itself is set to begin with Sony’s 2022 slate and will reportedly last five years, with Netflix holding streaming rights to individual films for 18 months. 

Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unclear whether some films will continue to have their release dates pushed back. It’s also unclear how long their theatrical windows will last; however, once released, Netflix will acquire streaming rights to films such as “Uncharted,” “Where the Crawdads Sing,” and “Bullet Train.”

Netflix Will Have Marvel Movies Once More

The deal will also grant Netflix access to a number of Marvel characters still owned by Sony. That includes the film “Morbius,” which is currently set to be released in January of next year.

It will also include future installments of the “Venom” and “Spider-Man” franchises, the latter of which is notable as it’s part of the Dinsey-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe. Outside of 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk,” Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man” films are the only other films set in the MCU that are not on Disney+. 

Prior to Disney+’s launch, Netflix held streaming rights to several MCU films, including “Black Panther,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The shift of those massive blockbusters to another platform was a striking loss for Netflix, and the streaming service is no doubt itching to once again beef up its selection of superhero content.

It’s unclear whether or not the Sony deal will immediately allow Netflix to stream the upcoming films “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” once they leave theaters. That’s because both are currently expected to be released later this year. 

That said, if sequels for these films are announced and can be expected to find their way to Netflix, the streaming giant will be able to acquire the rights to the films’ full library of installments, according to Deadline. Such a deal also exists for Jumanji’s library of movies. 

Sony’s Direct-to-Streaming Titles

Netflix will retain first-look rights to any of Sony’s potential direct-to-streaming titles, though that doesn’t necessarily mean it will acquire those films. Under that part of the deal, Sony still has the right to sell to other streaming platforms. 

While Sony has said it’s considering “a number” of direct-to-streaming releases, as Deadline projected, “in reality [that’s] likely just a couple a year and a minority of the studio’s overall slate.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, however, “Netflix has committed to ordering an undisclosed number of those films.”

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Regé-Jean Page Seemingly Reacts To Reports That He Was Not Cast as Superman’s Grandfather Because He Is Black

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  • A recent piece from The Hollywood Reporter claimed that actor Regé-Jean Page auditioned to play Superman’s grandfather in a DC series but was turned down after a DC executive said the superhero could not have a Black grandfather. 
  • Page seemingly responded to the article Wednesday, tweeting, “Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then. The clarifications almost hurt more tbh. Still just doing my thing. Still we do the work. We still fly.”
  • A representative for the DC executive claimed the report was false and added that they went down a different path because “the lead was expected to invoke a young Henry Cavill.”

Regé-Jean Page Loses DC Role

“Bridgerton” breakout star Regé-Jean Page seemingly responded Wednesday to reports that he lost out on the role of Superman’s grandfather because he is Black.

This week, The Hollywood Reporter published an extensive piece about issues with executives, toxic behavior, and diversity at DC Films. One project discussed was “Krypton,” a series that follows Superman’s grandfather. Multiple sources told the outlet that “the show’s creators were passionate about doing some nontraditional casting.” Before the popular period drama shot him to stardom, Page auditioned for the role. However, those sources claimed that DC Films co-founder Geoff Johns said that “Superman could not have a Black grandfather.”

Johns also allegedly vetoed a proposal to make one of the superhero characters in the show gay.

The news caught the attention of many online, as Page has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors following the success of the Netflix hit “Bridgerton.” In the past several months alone, Page has hosted “Saturday Night Live,” been cast in upcoming blockbusters, and is even rumored to be a contender for the next James Bond.

Many were quick to slam DC for dismissing Page since nothing about superhero shows and films are realistic in the first place.

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Page Addresses News

On Wednesday, Page seemed to address the controversy himself.

“Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then,” he wrote. “The clarifications almost hurt more tbh. 

“Still just doing my thing. Still we do the work. We still fly.”

He got support from actors like Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the “Justice League” films and has been open about his criticisms of executives at DC. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter‘s piece about the studio largely focused on Fisher and his experiences.

“I feel for you @regejean. If ever you need I’m around,” he tweeted. “Keep flying.”

DC Executive Denies Claims

A representative for Johns denied the allegations in The Hollywood Reporter report with a statement to E! News

“Geoff never said Superman can’t have a Black ancestor or be Black—there have been diverse versions of Superman throughout the comics for decades so he does and can be diverse,” the representative said. 

“However, the expectation for KRYPTON was that it would initially be perceived as a possible prequel to Man of Steel by the fans and the lead was expected to invoke a young Henry Cavill.”

The representative also said that the accusation that Johns did not let creators make a major character part of the LGBTQ community is “categorically false.”

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Khloe Kardashian Sparks Conversation About Beauty Standards After Unapproved Bikini Photo Circulates Online

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  • Representatives for the Kardashian family are allegedly scrambling to scrub a bikini photo of Khloe from the internet after it quickly spread online over the past several days.
  • Many social media users expressed confusion regarding Khloe’s alleged issue with the image, arguing that there is nothing wrong with how she looks in the photo, which is not nearly as excessively edited as most of the content she posts.
  • A marketing officer for KKW Brands told Page Six the picture was taken “during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant,” adding that while Khloe looks “beautiful” in it, it is within her right to want it removed.
  • The photo takedowns prompted many to accuse the Kardashian-Jenner family of perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards, though others defended them and said brutal body-shaming likely pressures them into highly editing their images.

Kardashian Team Works To Remove Unapproved Photo 

Khloe Kardashian is reportedly pushing her team to remove a photo of her from the internet that was shared without her approval.

The photo shows Kardashian in a cheetah print bikini standing casually in front of a pool. After seeing it, many social media users argued that the image does not appear to be nearly as photoshopped or airbrushed as most of the other content she shares of herself.

Still, the reality star allegedly does not want the photo up. Tracy Romulus, the chief marketing officer for KKW Brands told Page Six that the picture was not authorized to be published. 

“The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant,” Romulus said in a statement. 

“Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down.”

According to Page Six, copies of the photo have been taken “under legal threats” from the Kardashian team. A source told the outlet that the photo had been lightly edited, but not to the degree most of Kardashian’s pictures are. 

Fans Discuss Unrealistic Beauty Standards Promoted by The Kardashians

Kardashian was a trending topic on Twitter early Wednesday as many discussed the photo and the way the Kardashian-Jenner family has promoted unattainable beauty standards by posting heavily edited photos. Khloe, in particular, has been at the center of some of these conversations within the last year, as fans regularly say the photos she posts of herself always look different. 

“This is the best she’s looked IMO!!!!” one person wrote in reference to the leaked photo. “Stop with the unrealistic beauty standards we know are fake!!!!! We’re sick of seeing them!!!!”

“The Kardashians have body shamed and endorsed diet products for years and I’m supposed to feel sorry for Khloe because a perfectly beautiful unedited pic got dropped on the internet?” one Twitter user said. 

Another person said the photo served as a “stark reminder that social media is a complete lie.” 

Some also went back to a photo Kardashian posted in January on Instagram. The image shows the side of her waist and upper legs covered in sand. While it does look as if the image was likely photoshopped, slight stretch marks can be seen on part of her body. She captioned the picture “I love my stripes.”

Now, people are calling her out in the comments of this post. 

“Where’s the love for your real body that you’re trying to have scrubbed from the internet just because you look normal,” someone wrote. “Sad message to send when you’re claiming all this self love.”

Khloe’s History of Being Body Shamed

Others were more sympathetic and brought up the fact that Kardashian has been brutally body shamed by the public in the past, which is likely why she feels the need to airbrush her photos.

“It would be amazing if Khloe K could embrace that unedited image. But she was literally bullied her entire life for her body and looks,” one person wrote. “Held against the beauty standards of her sisters. You made her not be comfortable with her own body and face. YOU did this to her.

“People have called her the ugly one her entire life and now they’re shocked when she panics over an unedited photo? It’s so sad,” another person said. 

“Any imperfection is a sincere threat to her well-being in her limbic brain and it’s not [her] fault cuz that threat is stemming from a very real place,” another Twitter user added. 

Kardashian has not commented on the controversy yet herself.

See what others are saying: (Page Six) (The Independent) (Cosmopolitan)

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