- 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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Alissa Violet Sues FaZe Clan Over Stock It Allegedly Owes Her
The social media star says she was promised stock in FaZe Clan as part of a previous settlement but has yet to receive her shares.
Alissa Violet Sues FaZe Clan
Social media influencer Alissa Marie Violet Butler, known online as Alissa Violet, is suing digital entertainment and esports collective FaZe Clan over stock she is allegedly owed.
According to a Monday report from The Washington Post, Butler’s case stems from a previous lawsuit that involved both her and FaZe Clan. The report says that in 2018, Butler transferred her shares in a media company she co-founded called Clout Gang to a different company called Hubrick Limited as part of an agreement with FaZe Clan. At the time, Hubrick and FaZe Clan were partnering to develop both businesses.
Per The Post, several other FaZe Clan members were part of a similar exchange where they transferred their FaZe Clan shares for Hubrick shares as well. The partnership between the two companies crumbled, however, leading to a legal frenzy. Butler, FaZe Clan, Clout Gang, and more ended up accusing Hubrick of fraud in a lawsuit. Hubrick tossed the allegation right back at them in a countersuit.
To resolve the matters, The Post says Butler and FaZe Clan “entered into an oral agreement to settle the lawsuits with Hubrick,” which involved Butler giving up her Hubrick stock and dropping her claims against the company. In return, she would then receive FaZe Clan common stock.
Butler says that despite holding up her end of the bargain, she has still not received stock in FaZe Clan.
Responses to Lawsuit
Butler has over 10 million followers on Instagram and another 3.7 million subscribers on YouTube. She has had a career in modeling and picked up a handful of acting credits in television shows and music videos. She previously dated the co-owner of FaZe Clan, FaZe Banks.
According to The Post, FaZe Clan is valued at around $300 million.
“If Faze Clan simply abided by its promise to compensate her, Alissa would not have had to sue Faze Clan,” Butler’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, said to The Post.
FaZe Clan defended itself in a statement to the outlet, saying it “denies generally and specifically each and every allegation contained in the Complaint.”
FaZe Clan CEO Lee Trink also sent an email to The Post claiming that the matter will likely be resolved.
“Stories get created out of any disagreement or dispute, big or small,” he wrote. “On this particular matter we’re in close communication and confident it’ll be resolved amicably.”
It is unclear how much Butler is seeking in her suit.
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas Says “The Activist” Reality Series “Got It Wrong”
The controversial series is now being reworked into a documentary, which Chopra Jonas hopes will better “highlight the actions and impact” of global activists.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas Apologizes For “The Activist”
Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas responded to controversies surrounding “The Activist,” a CBS reality competition series she was slated to co-host that is now being reworked following widespread backlash.
“The Activist” was going to show real activists competing against one another in various challenges in an effort to promote their philanthropic causes. After many expressed disgust at the premise, CBS said it would scrap the footage already shot and turn the idea into a one-time documentary special highlighting the work and impacts of different activists.
“The show got it wrong, and I’m sorry that my participation in it disappointed many of you,” Chopra Jonas wrote on Instagram. “The intention was always to bring attention to the people behind the ideas and highlight the actions and impact of the causes they support tirelessly. I’m happy that in this new format, their stories will be the highlight.”
“I’m proud to collaborate with partners who have their ear to the ground and know when it’s time to hit pause and re-evaluate,” she added.
Chopra Jonas closed her post by thanking the “global community of activists” for their hard work, which often goes unacknowledged.
Controversies Surrounding “The Activist”
Musician Usher and dancer Julianne Hough were cast to host alongside Chopra Jonas. After a release announcing the show and their casting went out last week, it was slammed online by activists and journalists alike.
Actress and activist Jameela Jamil wrote that the network would have been better off donating the presumably large production costs to charity instead of “turning activism into a game.”
Women’s activist Gina Martin thought turning charity into a competition was counterintuitive, arguing “the whole *essense* of activism is solidarity and community.”
Writers from The Verge, The Washington Post, Essence, and countless other outlets likewise published pieces slamming the program. The Post’s Michele L. Norris accused CBS of “trying to capitalize on the current avalanche of doom in the daily news cycle.”
Norris added that the show’s “prize,” which was to attend the G20 summit in Italy, boiled down to activists fighting “merely for the right to crash an international conference and try to shake down world leaders for cash.”
Responses From Those Involved
Chopra Jonas is not the only host to address the criticism. Before the idea was canned, Hough wrote a lengthy Instagram post saying she was listening to the dialogue regarding the program.
“There is a feeling of insult, dehumanization, insensitivity and hurt that is being rightfully felt,” she wrote.
“I do not claim to be an activist and wholeheartedly agree that the judging aspect of the show missed the mark and furthermore, that I am not qualified to act as a judge,” she added, though she stopped short of actually stepping down from the gig.
CBS ended up releasing a joint statement with Global Citizen and Live Nation acknowledging the failings of the concept.
“It has become apparent the format of the show as announced distracts from the vital work these incredible activists do in their communities every day,” the statement said. “The push for global change is not a competition and requires a global effort.”
The statement said the new documentary will “showcase the tireless work of six activists and the impact they have advocating for causes they deeply believe in” without any competitive element.
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Health Officials in the U.S. and Trinidad Shut Down Nicki Minaj’s Vaccine Claims
After the rapper claimed her cousin’s friend had severe side effects from the vaccine, Dr. Anthony Fauci said she should be “thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis.”
Health Officials Condemn Nicki Minaj’s Vaccine Statement
Health officials in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago are refuting claims rapper Nicki Minaj made this week suggesting that COVID-19 vaccines can lead to testicular swelling.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent,” Minaj tweeted Monday. “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.”
The symptoms Minaj described in the tweet about her cousin’s friend fall more in line with those of various sexually transmitted diseases. The CDC has repeatedly noted that there is “currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.”
International health officials doubled down on this after Minaj’s remarks went viral. Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh, the Health Minister for Trinidad and Tobago, said his department takes every claim of this nature seriously and found no proof that Minaj’s anecdote was true after spending hours thoroughly researching it.
“Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday.
“As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad, or, I dare say anywhere else?” he continued. “None that we know of anywhere in the world.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s leading infectious disease expert, likewise debunked Minaj’s story while speaking to CNN.
“She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis, except a one-off anecdote, and that’s not what science is all about,” Dr. Fauci told Jake Tapper this week.
Nicki Minaj Claims She Received Invite to Discuss Vaccines at the White House
As vaccine misinformation continues to spread and elongate the pandemic, the Biden administration has unveiled several efforts to instill trust in the science behind it. Minaj claimed Wednesday she was invited to the White House to discuss the vaccine and ask questions on behalf of those who need convincing.
A White House official, however, claimed that she was not offered a trip but rather a call with “one of our doctors to answer questions she has about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.” Minaj slammed the White House on Instagram Wednesday night for undercutting her claim.
“Do you think I’d go on the internet and lie about being invited to the fucking White House?” she said in a 14-minute video. “Like, what?!”
“You know what the request was? ‘We’d like to offer Nicki an invitation to come to the White House to speak with two people,” she continued. “With, what is that man’s name? Dr. Fauci? And with the Surgeon General.”
Minaj said that when she expressed concerns about traveling, they offered the chance to also do a live chat on the social media platform of her choice. Throughout the remainder of her video, she repeatedly made startling claims suggesting the media was targeting an attack on her to make her look dumb so people would stop asking questions about the vaccine.
By Thursday, that video had been viewed over 1.6 million times. “I Stand With Nicki” trended on Twitter Thursday as some claimed the media has twisted her words, while others slammed her fanbase for supporting the rapper as she promoted misinformation.