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"ICONS" in 2021 TIME 100 Most Influential People List - Meghan Markle & Prince Harry make the list

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Having participated as presenters in the first ever televised version of the TIME 100 Most Influential people T.V. event in 2020, this year Meghan and Harry are included in the 2021 TIME 100 list,  in the ICONS category. Meghan and Harry are introduced in the TIME 100 magazine article by their charitable partner and friend Chef Jose Andres, co-founder of World Central Kitchen. Chef Andres speaks of Meghan and Harry's sense of urgency that drives them as humanitarians and activists.  Photo from Time Magazine Chef Andres writes: "Meghan and Harry turn compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation. They give voice to the voiceless through media production. Hand in hand with non profit partners, they take risks to help communities in need—offering mental-health support to Black women and girls in the U.S., and feeding those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean." Jose goes on: "Springing into action is not the easy choice for a

Happy 37th Birthday to Prince Harry on September 15th 2021

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Wishing Prince Harry a very Happy 37th Birthday - I hope that his celebrations include some cake and some chocolate!

UK Daily Express Newspaper admit they published an incorrect 'racism' story about Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

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The UK's  Daily Express Newspaper has published an apology to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today over a false story that they had released,  in which they claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had criticized the Queen over her handling of the allegations made by the couple of racism in the Royal Family. This story had been picked up and widely reported by other worldwide news outlets. In their apology today,  the Daily Express state "The allegation of criticism reported in the book "Finding Freedom" did not come from the Duke and Duchess. The authors of "Finding Freedom" do not speak on behalf of the Duke and Duchess." The Daily Express added that they were happy to set out the correct position and they apologised to the Duke and Duchess. This is also somewhat of a rebuke to the authors of Finding Freedom as the Express has been forced to acknowledge that the authors do not speak for Meghan and Harry - something which has been widely specula

Prince Harry & Dr. Jill Biden honour Warrior Games athletes, their families, and care givers

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Prince Harry had been due to attend the 2021 Warrior Games at Disney in Orlando this week, but unfortunately just one month ago it was announced that the in-person Games were cancelled due to COVID 19 health concerns. Typically, hundreds of elite athletes would have competed in adaptive sporting events, including archery, swimming, golf, indoor rowing, and wheelchair basketball, volley and rugby.  To honour the veterans Harry teamed up with the first lady Jill Biden and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and some of the athletes in a zoom call,  that kicked started what will be a few days of virtual Warrior Games. The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill US service personnel and veterans established in 2010. Since 2015 the Games have been organized by the US Department of Defense.  Prince Harry, at the time serving as a Captain and helicopter pilot in the British Army, opened the 2013 Games which inspired him to create the Invictus Games. Harry has openly

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry honour 9/11 lost lives - World Trade Centre and other attacks that took place on September 11th 2001

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To honour those who lost their lives during events of September 11th 2001 (World Trade Centre and other attacks on that day) Meghan Markle & Prince Harry have listed the names of those who lost their lives that day on their Archewell website. The start of the list of the 2,977 people who lost their lives that day is below. Click  here for the full list of names.

Grace Jones will be helping to raise funds for a charity connected to Prince Harry

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The UK based non-profit  WellChild  of which Prince Harry is patron, will be benefitting from The ICON BALL. Grace Jones has arrived in London and she will headline the event which includes a fashion runway show, a 3-course meal, an award ceremony and a charity auction. The event will take place at the Landmark Hotel in London, on Friday 17th September 2021, just before the start of London Fashion week. WellChild is the national UK children's charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for, whenever possible, at home instead of hospital.   WellChild families will be involved in the fashion show at the event, taking part and wearing designer clothes on the catwalk. Money raised from the event will be donated in part to WellChild as well as to other c harities such as NHS Charities Together and the BFC Foundation (a fashion charity.) Abby Guilding, WellChild Director of Fundraising, said: “WellChild is delighted to be involve

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry partner Procter & Gamble help residents impacted by Hurricane Ida

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Meghan Markle's & Prince Harry's Archewell Foundation have a charitable link with US Corporation Procter & Gamble. P&G are bringing some practical assistance to residents in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida left more than a million residents without power. P&G are assisting families, individuals, and first responders in need of personal care items and cleaning products AND will also do a couple of loads of laundry for them.  P&G have set up their Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Laundry Unit in conjunction with a local non-profit Matthew 25: Ministries. The mobile laundry vehicle has begun services in LaPlace, Louisiana at the Walmart Supercenter and will provide free, full-service laundry to residents affected by the recent hurricane. Residents can bring clothes (up to two loads per household) to be washed, dried and folded.  In a press release P&G say that they have a "history of giving back to the communities where they live and work, and they wanted to

Prince Harry (in his tuxedo) presents GQ 2021 Award to COVID-19 Vaccination Team

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Prince Harry beamed in live from California wearing his tuxedo to take part in the 24th British GQ Men Of The Year Awards, in association with Boss, that took place at the Tate Modern in London, UK. Harry presented the GQ’s Heroes Of The Year award to the entire team of dedicated scientists whose research led to the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.  Photo from GQ Magazine UK Prince Harry’s  speech spoke of the Oxford/AstraZeneca team's incredible humanitarian work in developing the life-saving vaccine at record speed, while also calling for the world to remember such crucial work requires continual funding. Harry continued to urge countries to share vaccines.  Harry reminded the attendees at the event that more than a third of the global population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, but there is a huge disparity between who can and cannot access the vaccine. Harry stressed that less than two percent of people in the developing world have received a

Piers Morgan found by Ofcom to have made highly offensive comments 'with potential to cause harm and offence' to ITV viewers

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The UK television regulatory body know as Ofcom have reported on whether UK TV channel ITV breached the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, following over 50,000 complaints that Ofcom received following a breakfast show co-hosted by Piers Morgan, following Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey. The  Report (click here to read the while report)   looked into complaints made over multiple derisive comments made by Piers Morgan on TV shows that aired back on March 8th and 9th 2021, notably comments Piers made accusing Meghan of lying when Meghan said she had felt suicidal while living with the UK Royal Family.  Ofcom concluded that Morgan's comments had the potential to cause harm and offence to viewers, but added that this harm was mitigated by steps taken by the TV network and by other TV presenters on-set on those days. The regulator concluded that Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved Meghan provided that the TV network (ITV) ensured that adequate protection from harm and s

Hurricane IDA News - World Central Kitchen are up and running in New Orleans

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World Central Kitchen (WCK ) are up and running in New Orleans following Hurricane Ida. Despite the lack of power following the hurricane, the WCK team are managing to prepare hot meals and sandwiches for New Orleans residents, first responders, and clean up crews.  A very good choice of partner by Meghan and Harry and their Archewell Foundation Photos from the WCK Twitter account

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's WCK partners will be feeding refugees arriving from Afghanistan

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As well as continuing to meet the needs of the people of Haiti following the recent earthquake, Meghan and Harry's charity partner  World Central Kitchen   are gearing up to feed Afghan refugees as they arrive in the USA. This team are preparing to feed those arriving at Dulles Airport in Washington DC.  Photo from WCK Twitter account

Women for Afghan Women Org. (WAW) thank Meghan Markle & Prince Harry for their generous donation

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Civil society organization Women for Afghan Women (WAW) have posted messages of thanks to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for the couple's recent donation that was made through their Archewell Foundation. WAW state that they are "immensely grateful for the generosity of the Archewell Foundation in support of our efforts to evacuate/relocate thousands of Afghan women, children, families, including our staff" out of Afghanistan follow the take-over of power by the Taliban. Per the WAW website,   the WAW organization is dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York. In particular, WAW works to help Afghan women and girls exercise their rights to pursue their individual potential to self-determination, and to representation in all areas of life—political, social, cultural, and economic.  WAW state that in the past 2 decades they have been relentlessly advocating for women’s rights and challenging the nor

100th Edition of Podcast "Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle" just published

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The 100th edition of the podcast "Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle" has just been published. Thank you all for your interest in positive stories about Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili and for continuing to follow my blog and podcast. Click  HERE  to listen to the 100th edition - listening is FREE and with no advertisements!

Prince Harry hosted the charity Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Aspen, Colorado, USA on August 19th 2021

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Prince Harry got back involved in the sport of Polo for a cause close to his heart. He hosted the Sentebale  ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Aspen, Colorado, USA to raise critical funding for his and Prince Seeiso's charity Sentebale, an organization that supports vulnerable children in Southern Africa who are impacted by extreme poverty, inequality, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dr Haruhisa Handa is the Founder and Chairman of the International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS Handa). A Japanese philanthropist, he has founded numerous charitable organisations both in Japan and internationally. He believes that sport has the power to inspire, transform, and unite people and communities across social, racial and socio-economic barriers. ISPS Handa say that they are excited and impressed by Sentebale’s continuous work, in both Lesotho and Botswana, that enables vulnerable children and young people to live and thrive. As a spokesperson for Sentebale Prince Harry writes: "The Sentebale Polo C

Prince Harry's Invictus Games Foundation is part of the newly launched "WeThe15" campaign

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On 19 August 2021, more than  125 landmarks around the World  in 30 countries will light up purple, the international colour for disability,  to celebrate the Launch of the disability campaign WeThe15. Multiple international organizations,  including Prince Harry's Invictus Games Foundation  are coming together for a decade-long campaign hoping to transform the lives of the 15% of  world's population who live with disabilities.  The campaign is being led by International Paralympic Committee, International Disability Alliance, UN Human Rights, UNESCO, UNAOC amongst others, and is aspiring to be the biggest ever human rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities.  WeThe15 aims to end discrimination towards persons with disabilities and act as a global movement publicly campaigning for disability visibility, accessibility, and inclusion. The launch of the campaign is timed to coincide with the start of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. WeThe15 a

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry plan to re-enter public life in the fall of 2021

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According to an upcoming article being published in  People Magazine  Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are coming to the end of their parental leave following the birth of their daughter Lili, and they are 'intentionally planning' to re-enter public life, planning a busy list of public engagements in the fall and winter of 2021. The People article comes as the Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand book "Finding Freedom" is being republished in paperback on August 31st 2021, with a new epilogue that is being excerpted in People Magazine.  According to Scobie and Durand, Meghan and Harry are really excited to be back working with their causes and interests and expanding their in-person work. Meghan and Harry are said to have missed the human interactions that were very much a part of their former Royal lives.  Now that they have had time away from the spotlight and have a chance to mentally regroup and to redefine their priorities, the couple are ready to enter the spotlight onc

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry urge humanitarian responses to crises in Afghanistan and Haiti.

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In carefully  worded statements in which Meghan Markle & Prince Harry appear to be trying to avoid saying anything that might be construed as being 'overly political' the couple have provided information on non-profit organizations who we might donate to if we would like to assist the people in Afghanistan and Haiti. Click here to listen to my most recent podcast for more details. Concern for women & girls in Afghanistan World Central Kitchen providing disaster relief in Haiti

Prince Harry & The Invictus Foundation encourages Afghanistan War Veterans around the World to support each other

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Prince Harry and his Invictus Games Foundation have tweeted a message following events occurring in Afghanistan, with the Taliban taking over full control of the country after the US and other countries withdrew their armed forces. The Invictus Foundation speak to the bond that many worldwide participants of The Invictus Games have formed through their past military service during this conflict over the past 2 decades. The Invictus organization and its leadership team are encouraging veterans to reach out and support each other at this time. Many veterans from countries all over the World have been impacted by disabling mental and physical injuries inflicted as a result of the Afghanistan conflict and / or have lost friends and family. 

Meghan Markle wants to hear from Girls Inc. members

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On what is the UN International Youth Day - Girls Inc. have posted information about a Call to Action that was launched by Meghan Markle last month, asking members to either make a video or write an essay. Meghan wants to hear from the girls on 2 questions Challenges they’re facing, how adults can support them, and  The women throughout history who inspire them. Young teenage girls from the Central Alabama branch of Girls Inc. have reported that some of the challenges they face include: society's expectations of women and girls in regards to body image; bullying; and inequitable school dress codes and having their bodies sexualised.  In terms of the women in history who inspire these girls, I wonder if Meghan will incorporate the responses from the Girls Inc. members in her new Netflix animated series Pearl?

Thomas Markle makes a $287 blunder on Meghan Markle's 40th Birthday

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According to an "exclusive" report on US gossip website  TMZ  Thomas Markle arranged to have a flower arrangement of 24 red roses and 2 yellow roses delivered to Meghan Markle on her 40th Birthday together with a card. TMZ report that Thomas specifically wanted to incorporate his grandchildren, Archie and Lili in Meghan's birthday flower arrangement, representing them with the 2 yellow roses.  Nice you might say? No, not really. Thomas Markle is once again acting in a self-serving manner trying to portray himself as the hard done by 'nice guy' and as someone deserving of having visits with his grandkids. I smell a lawyer behind the whole thing.  If Thomas was serious about rekindling a relationship with Meghan he would have done better to send the flowers without letting the media know about it and without telling the media that "Meghan has not responded." The other ironic part of this story is that Thomas apparently spent $287 on the flowers and no one

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton included in British Vogue's 2021 list of 25 Influential Women

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British Vogue  are continuing their annual tradition of celebrating the 25 women they see as Shaping the World. Both Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge have made the list in 2021, together with 23 other women who Vogue see as being influential in their respective fields. Meghan is described by Vogue journalists as being one of the most talked about woman in the UK over the past 12 months and as a woman with her sights "firmly set on making positive waves in public life." Since moving to California Meghan has not stopped working be it with hers and Harry's deals with Netflix and Spotify and their on-going charity work. Vogue asks us to consider "What will she do next?" The Duchess of Cambridge is included for her charity work since the pandemic began including the launch of her major campaign around early-years development and her continuing work with Prince William trying to lift the stigma around discussing mental health. Vogue describes Kate as now be

Meghan Markle launches her 40th Birthday volunteering initiative in a comedy skit with Melissa McCarthy

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To celebrate her 40th Birthday Meghan Markle teamed up with Melissa McCarthy in a comedy skit during which Meghan explains her 40x40 volunteering / mentoring project. Click here to watch the short video In an accompanying story posted on Meghan's and Prince Harry's website, Meghan explains why she launched this initiative that sees her asking 40 of her friends to commit 40 minutes of their time to mentor women as they re-enter the workforce.  Meghan explains that she is conscious of the millions of women around the world who left the work force in the last 2 years, largely due to COVID-19 issues. Meghan reminds us that women were disproportionately effected by changes to the work place as a result of the pandemic. Meghan asks us all to join in this project, writing:  "if you are able, please join us and pledge 40 minutes today in service of others in the way that feels right to you. The time that you donate can contribute to a Global Wave of Service and set in motion meani

Meghan Markle turns 40 – Happy Birthday Meghan!

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A very happy birthday to Meghan Markle who is turning 40.  The world’s media has been obsessively speculating about Meghan’s and Harry’s plans to mark this milestone birthday.  "Close sources" have reported many varied birthday plans with various media outlets suggesting they have the inside scope.  Basically, the press don’t really know what Meghan was planning for her birthday celebration and gosh how they hate that! However she is choosing to celebrate, let’s wish her a joyful and a stress free birthday. I for one hope that she is spoilt rotten on what is her day.  Listen to my latest podcast   to hear how the press speculated about Meghan's birthday plans.

Prince Harry's Invictus Games generates interest from US hosts for the 2025 Games

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There was much interest from cities and countries offering to hosts the Invictus Games 2025, with 3 of these bids making the shortlist. After the Hague Games taking place in April 2022 and the Germany based Dusseldorf Games in 2023, there was a wish to move the 2025 Invictus Games outside of Europe. The Invictus Games Foundation announced today that 3 bids are going through to the next stage of the process: the cities of New York and Seattle and a Winter Hybrid Games option based in Canada. The intent is to make the final selection and announcement early in 2022.  Lord Charles Allen, Chair of the Invictus Games Foundation, said, “To receive such a range of very strong bids is a testament to the ongoing support from the participating nations for the Invictus Games and what they stand for, including the enduring impact of international sport recovery programmes for our wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veteran community." The Winter Hybrid option in Canada is a novel

Should Thomas Markle ask for Court Ordered visits with Archie and Lili?

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In what has become a somewhat regular cycle of Thomas Markle giving interviews to the World's press, in an interview with US Fox News this past week Thomas said that he would be petitioning the Californian Courts for rights to see his grandchildren "in the very near future." So should Thomas Markle petition the court for some access with Archie and Lili? Let me know what you think and  Listen to my latest podcast for the background to this story.

Prince Harry to publish an intimate memoir of his life so far - the book will be available in 2022

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Random House / Penguin has exclusively broken the news  that in 2022 they will be publishing a memoir by and about Prince Harry. The book is being described as: "an intimate and heartfelt memoir" in which Harry will "share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him. Covering his lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father." Random House adds; "Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story." The tabloids are already speculating about what will be in the book.  Prince Harry will be donating proceeds to charity. Prince Harry has issued the followin

Meghan Markle & Archewell Productions announce a female empowerment animated series for Netflix

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Meghan Markle, Archewell Productions, and Netflix announced today that Meghan will be a Co-Executive Producer on  Archewell Production's first animated series  themed around a 12 year-old-girl who, as she faces life's daily challenges, is inspired by a variety of influential women from history. The Netflix production has the working title "Pearl." There are lots of talented executive producers working alongside Meghan, including Sir Elton John's husband, David Furnish, and Carolyn Soper (Sherlock Gnomes, Tangled), and Emmy Award®-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus (I'll Be Gone in the Dark, What Happened, Miss Simone?), and Dan Cogan (Icarus, The Apollo). Amanda Rynda (DC Super Hero Girls, The Loud House) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Meghan has issued a statement saying: "Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life's daily challenges." Meghan Added: "I'm thr

It's official. We all love to watch the UK Royals (real or pretend) on our screens

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The 2021 Emmy nominations   are just released confirming that we all love to watch the Royals, be it real or pretend ones, on our TVs or other screens. Once again the Netflix series The Crown and its actors have been nominated from multiple awards, including in the categories of best drama series; lead and supporting actress; and lead actor. In terms of our love of the ' real' Royals, Oprah Winfrey and her production team have been nominated for an Emmy for Oprah's CBS Prime Time TV interview with Meghan and Prince Harry, with the nomination made in the Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special category. This is not the first time that Oprah has been nominated for an Emmy for a TV interview. She was also nominated in 1993 in the Outstanding Information Special category for her ABC interview with another Royal, ' the King of Pop' Michael Jackson . 

Meghan Markle has taught the UK Royal Family to say the "R" word

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The Royal Family have finally learned to say the word Racism. Well some of the them. In rightly condemning the abuse on social media and elsewhere against the black players on the England squad, after the teams penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 football final, Prince William tweeted that he was 'sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players "finding  it unacceptable that players (notably not saying black people in general) had to endure this 'abhorrent behaviour.' Prince Charles could not quite bring himself to use the word racism, and he instead softly peddled his thoughts saying he recognized the 'rich diversity of cultures' that made this country so special. Notably no one was accusing Prince William or Prince Charles of being 'political' with their comments, which likely would have happened if either Meghan or Harry had said them. So well done Meghan, they may not all like you, but you have influenced the Royal Family. 

Enjoying a bit of down time as Meghan Markle & Prince Harry take a bit of parental leave

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Things are quieter than usual in terms of news from Meghan and Harry, as they enjoy a bit of parental leave and adjust to being a family of four. 

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry want to hear about your acts of compassion

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Meghan and Harry want to hear from us all about an act of compassion we have done for another person and / or about a compassionate act that has been done for us. Check out their Archewell website   to see how to share your story. Meghan and Harry remind us that each and every act of compassion makes the world a better place. 

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry share a story on the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the poor in India

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Meghan and Harry through their  Archewell website  have shared a story written by Suhani Jalota, the founder of the  Myna Mahilia Foundation   about the devastating impact COVID-19 is having on the poor living in the slums of Mumbai in India.  The story brings home the fact that no matter how bad our lives may seem, someone somewhere has it much worse.  Photos from the Archewell website

Princes Harry and William join to unveil their statue of mom - Diana, Princess of Wales

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There were no punch ups and everyone was on their best behaviour - of course - when Harry and William and select guests attended the private unveiling of the memorial statue to honour their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, that has been positioned at the re-designed Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London. Listen to my Podcast to hear all the details of the unveiling.

Prince Harry rekindles his connection with UK patronage WellChild UK, and gives a speech from his heart

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Prince Harry made his first engagement after clearing UK COVID quarantine a very special one, appearing at the annual Award Ceremony for his patronage WellChild UK a national charity for seriously ill children. The children and the caregivers that Harry has met since he started working with the charity in 2007 have always been special to him, more so now that he is a father of two.  Harry told guests that he wasn't a father when he first started working with WellChild, saying he didn't need to be a father to feel the impact of the work being done by the charity. However, now as a dad he feels more connected, 'inspired and awed' by the resilience of the families who face incredible challenges. Harry added that he could not be prouder to meet this year’s WellChild Award winners, and to thank the nurses and doctors for all they do, and to celebrate the amazing families. The 2021 awards were held at a private garden party at Kew Gardens, in London which was socially distanc

Prince Harry thanks the 2021 Diana Award Recipients, for their brilliance, inspiration, determination and passion

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Prince Harry rounded off the 2021 Diana Awards  held virtually again this year. The video that can be viewed on YouTube,  included praise to this year's 400 recipients of the award from special guests including Prince Harry. The award recipients aged between 9 and 25 and are from 50 countries with every continent represented. Harry spoke of how his mom would be so proud of this year's award winners, saying she would be proud of them for living their lives as their authentic selves whilst showing compassion for others. Harry said during her life time, his mom believed that young people had the power to change the world, adding Diana often spoke of the power and the enthusiasm of youth. Harry told the award winners that he and Meghan saw the world right now to be on the cusp of change. He thanked the 2021 Diana Award winners for their inspiration, their brilliance, their determination and their passion and for putting the "do's behind the say's."