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9Jan

What’s next for the monarchy after Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘step back’ from royal duties – National

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced Wednesday they will “step back” from their duties as senior members of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram to share the news, writing: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”

The move is largely without precedent, and now, royal watchers around the world are waiting with bated breath to see what this move will actually mean for their family and the monarchy at large.

READ MORE: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to ‘step back’ from senior royal duties

Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and author in Toronto, is waiting to see how the Queen responds to the announcement in the days and weeks to come.

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In a statement from Buckingham Palace released shortly after Harry and Markle’s, the palace said: “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

For this reason, it’s unclear to Harris whether the Queen actually knew the statement was coming.






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Royal Family issues statement on release of Prince Philip from hospital

“The Royal Family would’ve been aware of Harry and Meghan’s discontent with their current public role and their difficulties with the British press, [and] they may well have known that the couple intended to spend more time abroad in the coming years,” she said.

“The formal announcement may have come as a surprise as Buckingham Palace is making clear that discussions of Harry and Meghan’s future roles are still in their early stages.”

There have been other members of the Royal Family who have stepped away from royal duties in the past.

READ MORE: Prince Harry, baby Archie appear in family’s 1st candid Christmas photo from Canada

“When Princess Patricia of Connaught married Alexander Ramsay, she stopped using the title of Princess and became Lady Patricia Ramsay,” said Harris.

“She also gave up most royal duties, devoted her time to her art and her family. She retained a few public engagements related to her charities and military patronages, visiting Canada for the 50th anniversary of her regiment, Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry.”

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Although the announcement may have come as a shock, Harris believes the Queen will — eventually — let her grandson “find his own path.”






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‘Any longer and I would’ve been burnt out’: Former aide to the Queen shares difficulties of job

“In the past, Prince William has praised his grandmother … for allowing him to find his own path,” she said. “The Queen has allowed her children and grandchildren a great deal of freedom to make their own decisions.”



This is in stark contrast to the monarchs who came before Queen Elizabeth II. “Queen Victoria … expected to carefully manage the lives of descendants, right down to the names and marriages of her grandchildren,” said Harris.

Below, Harris comments on other ways this decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could affect their family and the Royal Family more broadly.

The public may see less of Meghan and Harry, and even less of Archie

Per their statement, the Duke and Duchess intend to “engage with the public on their own terms,” said Harris.

To Harris, this means undertaking charitable patronages and Harry’s work as a Commonwealth youth ambassador “without assuming the additional royal duties expected of a senior member of the Royal Family.”

Examples of such senior royal duties include attending state dinners or undertaking diplomatic visits on behalf of the British government.

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Royal Family Christmas traditions

Unfortunately, with fewer senior members of the Royal Family undertaking public engagements, this will mean an “increased workload for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” said Harris.

Markle and Harry’s son, Archie, will have an “interesting life” that includes “periods of relative privacy away from the public eye and travel in Canada and the United States,” said Harris.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they intend to raise him with an appreciation for royal tradition, so he will also spend time in the United Kingdom … with his royal relatives.”

‘Financial independence’ is yet to be defined

To Harris, Markle and Harry’s commitment to become financially “independent” likely means they will not draw from the Sovereign Grant, “funding by the revenues from the Crown Estates that goes into the treasury.”

“Prince Harry has inherited money of his own from both his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,” Harris said.

Harris speculates that Markle may have also accumulated savings during her career as an actor.

“It remains to be seen if Harry and Meghan will continue to receive support from Prince Charles’s private funds from the Duchy of Cornwall or the Queen’s private funds from the Duchy of Lancaster,” said Harris.

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Heightened tension among members of the Royal Family

With Markle and Harry bowing out of senior duties, Harris foresees a more “streamlined” monarchy within the United Kingdom.

“During Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the monarch’s extended family have undertaken royal duties. The Queen’s cousins, as well as her children, were involved in public engagements,” she said.

“Going forward, a smaller number of members of the Royal Family will undertake public duties with a strong focus on those directly in line to the throne — the Prince of Wales (Prince Philip) and the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) — and their immediate families. As a result, there will be fewer Commonwealth tours and a more streamlined monarchy within the United Kingdom.”

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For these reasons, Harris speculates Harry and Markle’s departure could escalate tensions already present within the Royal Family.

“There are already fewer senior members of the Royal Family undertaking public duties than in the past: the Queen’s cousins have grown older and reduced their public duties, Prince Philip has retired from public life [and] Prince Andrew also stepped away from royal duties following a disastrous interview regarding his unsuitable friendships and scandalous private life,” she said.

“There may have been an expectation that both William and Harry would assume an increased schedule of royal duties in these circumstances. Instead, Harry is making clear that he will not assume a full schedule of royal duties and will engage with the public on his own terms.”

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14Nov

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle won’t spend Christmas with Royal Family – National

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It’s official: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be celebrating Christmas with the Queen this year.

A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed to CNN that the royal couple will spend the holidays with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, instead.

The decision is a break from tradition as the Queen typically hosts Christmas at the Sandringham estate every year. The monarch is joined by other members of the Royal Family, and everyone attends a Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church.

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For the last two years, Markle and Prince Harry have joined the Queen at her country estate.

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As reported by CNN, the spokesperson said the couple’s decision “is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”



The spokesperson would not confirm where Prince Harry and Markle would spend the holiday season, citing privacy reasons. This means they could spend time with Ragland in the U.S. or the U.K.

Markle’s mom is currently based in L.A.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not the first royal couple to spend Christmas without the Queen.

In 2016, Prince William and Kate Middleton spent the holidays with Middleton’s family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought along their young children, George and Charlotte.

There’s been speculation that Markle and Prince Harry may be planning a move to the U.S., which has been fuelled by rumours that the couple isn’t close with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.






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Meghan Markle opens up about the stress of being in the spotlight as a new mom

In a recently released documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry addressed his relationship with his big brother.

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“Inevitably, stuff happens, but we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers,” the 35-year-old said.

“We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him, and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.”

READ MORE: Prince William concerned about Prince Harry after TV interview

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex formally parted ways from the charity foundation they shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in June, just months after they created their own household.

The couple has also been vocal about the pressures of living in the spotlight as members of the Royal Family and have even taken legal action against British tabloids.

It is unclear if they plan to spend more time in the U.S., where Markle was raised, in the near future.

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10Oct

Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran co-star in World Mental Health Day video – National

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Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran suffered a slight miscommunication in their World Mental Health Day video — but it was all in good fun, of course.



In a video shared to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Instagram account, Sheeran joins the prince to discuss what he believes to be a pressing issue: their red hair.

“I’ve been trying to write a song about this to get it out to more people,” the singer-songwriter tells the duke. “People just don’t understand what it’s like for people like us — with the jokes and the snide comments. I just feel like it’s time we stood up and said, ‘We are ginger and we are going to fight.’”

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This stops Prince Harry, who had invited Sheeran over to discuss World Mental Health Day, in his tracks.

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“Um, OK. This is slightly awkward,” the prince says. “There may have been a miscommunication — this is about World Mental Health Day?”

Sheeran backtracks as the camera pans to a view of his laptop screen. He slowly deletes the words “gingers unite,” with the rest of the page outlining a proposal titled “HRH Prince Harry and the king of ging Ed Sheeran get together to change the perception of people with Moroccan sunset hair.”






London lawyer says Prince Harry, Meghan Markle have ‘credible grounds’ to bring lawsuit against U.K. tabloid


London lawyer says Prince Harry, Meghan Markle have ‘credible grounds’ to bring lawsuit against U.K. tabloid

The duo then switches gears to a more serious note, to bring awareness to the importance of World Mental Health Day. They call on everyone to “reach out” to others who may be “suffering in silence.”

The Instagram post featuring the video tagged a variety of mental health-focused organizations, including Heads Together — an organization in which Prince William and Kate Middleton are also heavily involved — the Mental Health Foundation, YoungMinds U.K. and many more.

“Both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today but every day, you look after yourself, your friends and those around you,” the post’s caption reads. “Be willing to ask for help when you need it and know that we are all in this together.”

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The pair first teased the video a day prior, sharing a clip to the duke and duchess’ Instagram account that shows Sheeran ringing Prince Harry’s doorbell and saying: “It’s like looking in the mirror.”

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Princes William and Harry, Middleton and Markle have put mental health awareness at the forefront of many of their philanthropic ventures.

On the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent African tour, the couple stopped by various organizations focused on the mental well-being of youth.

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4Oct

Prince Harry to sue more U.K. tabloids over alleged voicemail hacking – National

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Days after announcing a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday, Prince Harry has launched another formal legal claim against two other U.K. tabloids over alleged phone hacking.

Claims have officially been filed at the U.K. High Court alleging an illegal interception of voicemail messages.



The defendants formally listed in the lawsuit are News Group Newspapers Limited and Mirror Group Newspapers Limited.

A spokesperson for News Group Newspapers, the parent company for the Sun, has said: “We confirm that a claim has been issued by the Duke of Sussex. We have no further comment to make at the current time.”

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There are no additional details as to the nature of the claims, which were first reported by Byline Investigates, but the Guardian reports they were filed by Clintons, a law firm known for dealing with phone-hacking claims in the past.

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The documents were first filed on Sept. 27, just a few days before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced formal legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company, Associated Newspapers.

Royal reporter Chris Ship shared screengrabs of the legal filings against the Sun and Mirror.

Royal reporter Chris Ship shared screengrabs of the legal filings against the Sun and Mirror.


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In an official statement published to the Sussexes’ website, Prince Harry highlights the media scrutiny Markle has faced.






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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry file lawsuit against U.K. tabloid

“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” the statement reads.

“Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations — something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.

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“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour because it destroys people and destroys lives,” the statement continues. “Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”

READ MORE: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry file lawsuit against U.K. tabloid

The end of the statement announces that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are specifically filing a claim against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company.

The claim filed against the Mail on Sunday accuses the publication of misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the 2018 Data Protection Act.

A spokesperson from Schillings, the U.K. law firm representing Markle, said in a statement: “We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband.






Prince Harry, Meghan give speech during last day in Africa


Prince Harry, Meghan give speech during last day in Africa

“Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda,” the statement continued.

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The private letter to which the lawsuit refers is one Markle reportedly wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, prior to the royal wedding last year.

The case, the website states, is being privately funded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Proceeds from any damages will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.

The new mom has been a target of British tabloids ever since she was officially linked to Prince Harry in 2016. This isn’t the first time the duke has released a formal statement regarding her treatment by the media.

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27Sep

Prince Harry follows in Princess Diana’s footsteps by walking through Angolan minefield – National

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Prince Harry recently followed in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, by visiting a minefield in Angola as part of his royal tour in Africa with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie.

In 1997, the late princess was photographed walking through an Angolan minefield. She brought awareness to de-mining efforts in Huambo, and photographs of her visit spread around the world.

As part of his own trip, Prince Harry visited anti-landmine organization The Halo Trust in the town of Dirico.

Prince Harry followed in the footsteps of his late mom, Princess Diana, who famously walked through a minefield in Angola in 1997.

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Wearing a protective vest and mask, the 35-year-old stepped through an active minefield just like his late mother and participated in safely detonating a mine that had been found nearby.

The field visited by the late Princess of Wales all those years ago is now a busy street in Huambo, Time reports. The prince went on to visit that very spot later in the day.

Prince Harry sat in Huambo where Princess Diana once walked an active minefield.

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The prince also made a speech about the importance of de-mining and called for an end to the use of anti-personnel landmines worldwide.

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“Landmines are an unhealed scar of war,” Prince Harry said in his speech. “By clearing the land mines, we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity.”

Ralph Legg, the Angola country director for The Halo Trust, said the impact of the princess’ walk is still a point of conversation today.

“The main impact of Diana’s walk in 1997 was the level of global exposure it provided for landmines not only in Angola but the world,” he said.

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“Her willingness to visit an actual minefield, to place herself right in that context, provided great impetus and gave it a great boost.”

After his speech, the Duke of Sussex also went on to visit an orthopedic hospital his mother visited in 1997.

Now on the fourth day of their 10-day trip, the duke and duchess started their tour in Cape Town, South Africa, where they both spoke about gender-based violence.

The couple then met with local organizations offering mental health support to young people and also brought their son to meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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24Sep

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle dance with South African surfers on Day 2 of royal tour – National

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex danced their way into Day 2 of their royal tour as they met with Cape Town non-profit organization Waves for Change.

The couple started their day off at the beach, joining a group of change-makers in a quick dance session before taking a seat in the sand.

Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan Markle, 38, could be spotted wiggling their hips and clapping their thighs, doubled over in laughter with members of the organization.

They were there to learn about the services offered by the local non-governmental organization, which gives back to the community by providing support to those struggling with their mental health.

READ MORE: Everything to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s African tour

The Sussexes also learned about the Lunchbox Fund, which provides a daily meal for orphaned and vulnerable school children in the area.

The Lunchbox Fund received generous public donations in the name of their baby boy, Archie Harrison, when he was born in May.

Mental health is a topic close to both Harry and Meghan’s hearts.

“It’s just getting people to talk about it and talk to each other, right?” Duchess Meghan said, speaking to tackling the stigma.

“And you see that no matter where you are in the world, if you’re a small community or a township, if you’re in a big city, it’s that everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing.”

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The Duke of Sussex also added to the conversation, calling on individuals to learn from the past to address future mental health stigma.

“We need to try, not eradicate it, but to learn from previous generations so there’s not a perpetual cycle,” he said.

Later on in the day, the couple stopped by Auwal Mosque, the country’s oldest mosque, in the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood.

They’ll wrap up their day by meeting young people and community leaders at the city’s residence of the British High Commissioner.

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The new parents started off their royal tour with a visit to Nyanga Township, commonly known as the murder capital of the country. Meghan and Harry addressed the audience with an important message, speaking out against violence against women and children.

The Sussexes, alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton, are patrons to The Royal Foundation, an organization that operates as a vehicle for all their philanthropic work.

The foundation includes Heads Together, an initiative that aims to eradicate mental health stigma.

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23Sep

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry give powerful speech on gender-based violence in South Africa – National

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex marked the beginning of their African royal tour in Cape Town, South Africa, with an impassioned speech on gender-based violence, a topic that hits close to home in the country.

After being welcomed by a group of children as they arrived in Nyanga Township, commonly known as the murder capital of the country, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry addressed the audience with an important message.

Markle said: “While I’m here with my husband as a member of the Royal Family, I want you to know I am here with you as a mother, a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.”

Prince Harry, 34, continued: “I wanted to ensure that our first visit as a family, with my wife by my side, focused on the significant challenges facing millions of South Africans while acknowledging the hope we feel so strongly here.”

READ MORE: Everything to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s African tour

“No man is born to cause harm to women. This is learned behaviour, and we need to break that cycle,” he added. “My role is to defend my wife and be a positive role model for my son.”

The speech follows South Africa declaring femicide a national crisis. A recent government report found that a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa, with many assaulted and raped before their death.

The duke and duchess were spotted arriving in South Africa earlier that day. Though no media were notified, some fans managed to capture photos of the couple and their baby boy, Archie, disembarking from their plane.

Markle carried Archie, who wore a navy blue sweater and a white bobble hat. It marked the first time royal watchers have seen Archie’s full face as, in the past, the couple has chosen to share only slightly obscured photos.

After facing scrutiny for their private jet travels over the summer, the two have reportedly committed to flying on commercial airlines for their entire trip, according to CNN.

In addition to addressing gender-based violence, 39-year-old Markle also chose to highlight a local ethical fashion designer.

The duchess wore a black-and-white wrap dress by South African designer Mayamiko Dalitso, which sold out after Markle appeared in it.

She also wore a bracelet from The Justice Desk initiative, a human rights non-profit organization that she and Prince Harry visited after their arrival.

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Later in the day, the new parents will pay a visit to the District Six Museum, which is located in an inner-city residential area of Cape Town. During apartheid, District Six was declared a white area, and 60,000 of its racialized residents were forced to relocate away from the city centre.

This relocation began in 1966 and was completed by 1982, according to the museum’s website.

The duke and duchess will meet former District Six residents who were forced to relocate and learn more about the area’s history.

Afterwards, the pair will head to the museum’s Homecoming Centre, which was built for former residents to meet and cook together. The duke and duchess will then participate in a cooking activity, a hobby especially close to Markle’s heart.

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31Jul

Why Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s ‘maximum’ 2-kid plan won’t help the environment: expert – National

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to have two children “maximum” due to concerns about climate change.

Harry shared the couple’s news in an interview with renowned primatologist Jane Goodall for the September issue of British Vogue (which Markle guest-edited).

He said becoming a father completely changed his perspective. “I view it differently now, without question,” the Duke of Sussex said. He and Markle welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, in May.

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“I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children,” Harry said.

Goodall replied, “not too many!” To this, Harry said, “two, maximum.”

Harry went on to say that he believes the earth is “borrowed.”

“Surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation,” he said.

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Harry added that action on climate change needs to be taken immediately. “We are already living in it,” he said. “We are the frog in the water and it’s already been brought to the boil.”

In October 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that said humans have 12 years to limit climate change damage.

If emissions aren’t cut drastically and soon, the earth’s temperature will rise, authors added.

The report continued even half a degree higher than the current temperature and the risk of “drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people” will significantly worsen.

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The situation is intensifying, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t the only ones who plan to have fewer kids (or none at all) in the name of climate change.

A recent survey conducted by Business Insider found that nearly 30 per cent of Americans either strongly agree, agree or somewhat agree that a couple should consider climate change when deciding whether or not to have children.

Climate activist Anna Jane Joyner is one of those people. She co-hosts a podcast called No Place Like Home, which explores the spiritual, personal, cultural and emotional dimensions of climate change

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“If you think about how much each of us use the earth’s resources — especially in the Western world, where our lives are very resource-intensive — [not having kids] is definitely a significant way to lessen your carbon footprint,” Joyner told Global News.

Joyner decided not to have kids because she believes personal behavioural choices are “very meaningful” when it comes to climate change. “We should all be doing whatever we can within our capabilities to have less of an impact on the earth,” she said.

However, she emphasized that choosing not to have kids is a very personal decision — one that shouldn’t be forced onto other people. “I don’t think that morally, you can ask people to make their decisions about their families based on their carbon footprint,” she said.

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Several organizations have formed in cities across the U.S. and Canada, aiming to spread awareness and education about how the climate crisis is a reproductive issue.

The group Conceivable Future believes the climate crisis is a “reproductive justice crisis.” They travel across the U.S. hosting parties for people to share “stories of climate change’s impact on our reproductive lives,” in the hopes that it “will bring public perception of the crisis from ‘over there’ in science/economic/politics into the heart of our daily lives.”

Similarly, BirthStrike is a group of people who have declared that they won’t have kids because of “the severity of the ecological crisis and the current inaction of governing forces in the face of this existential threat.”

Will having fewer children actually help the environment?

According to Dr. Warren Mabee, a professor of geography and planning at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., it’s true high populations will place strain on the earth and its resources.

“If the global population keeps going up… it does become more and more difficult to do all the things we want to do with the planet,” he said. “To grow enough food, to have access to land… basically, to be able to live in an affordable way.”

At the global level, Mabee added, keeping our population “in check” is better for our environment than letting our population grow.

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However, he echoes Joyner’s concern that choosing to have fewer or no children may not make that big of a difference. In fact, he’s worried that the Canadian population is already steadily declining over time.

“If the ‘standard’ family size… is two adults and two children, that’s probably not enough to maintain our population,” said Mabee. “We would probably see our population go down and, indeed, in Canada we’re seeing our population decline without the addition of immigrants.”

According to Statistics Canada, the year 1971 was the last time Canadian couples produced enough children to replace themselves.

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Instead of foregoing children, Mabee recommended that Canadians focus on their “moral responsibility” to try to find the best way forward. “If you get many, many people making the right choices, it starts to make an impact,” he said.

For those who decide to have children, it’s critical that they’re raised with an understanding about the climate change crisis and their role in it.

“Raising a generation that is consciously choosing to do good things for the environment is going to make a very big impact over the next 20, 30 [and] 40 years,” said Mabee.

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In terms of the Royal Family, Mabee is eager to see what Prince Harry does with his international platform.

“Here’s somebody who has all of the tools to make great decisions and to take a leadership role,” he said. “This is an opportunity for a family that is very much in the public eye to show people how they might be able to make a difference going forward.”

Mabee is more concerned with people who feign concern about the environment and then fly in private jets.

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“I guess the Royal Family might fall into that… but to be fair, I think that Prince Charles and his kids have the opportunity to do things a little bit differently, and I think Prince Charles has been trying to move in that direction himself,” he said.

It would be great for this new generation to see some role models at that level making conscious decisions that are going to help the world.”

How to talk to your kids about climate change

Dr. Jillian Roberts is a child psychologist and an associate professor at the University of Victoria in B.C. In her experience, learning about climate change can be scary and anxiety-inducing for young children.

One of the ways she mitigates this anxiety is by reminding her clients that “the way we’re going to be able to solve climate change challenges is really through innovation and technology,” she said. “The scientists who are really putting their minds to this have the best chance at fixing our world.”

In her view, removing some of the overwhelming pressure and responsibility to make a change allows kids to see the earth for all its beauty. Then, their desire to foster change will be out of a place of respect — not fear.

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“With little ones, get them outside. Help them pay attention to the little caterpillars and the changing seasons and the beauty of the world around them,” said Roberts. “Instill in them a great, deep  love and respect for nature and the world around them.”

As they grow older, focus on education. “Grow them into amazing, scientifically-minded people who can see the bigger picture and be part of the solution.”

It’s important to keep your children out of a place of despair about the environment, because despair doesn’t incite action. “Don’t panic, don’t feel like there’s nothing to be done,” she said. “Think about what you can do in your own environment.”

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24Jul

Prince Harry, Jane Goodall re-enact chimpanzee greeting in sweet video – National

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World-renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall met with Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, and the result was an adorable photo shoot between old friends.

Goodall was hosting a meeting for Roots & Shoots, an organization she founded to teach young people “respect and compassion for all living things.”

At the meeting, Goodall asked Prince Harry — who lives nearby at Windsor Castle with wife Meghan Markle and their newborn son, Archie Harrison — if he remembered the “chimp greeting” she taught him when they previously met.

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Prince Harry laughed and offered his best impression, which was later shared in a video to the official Instagram account he shares with the Duchess of Sussex.

“The pair share an impromptu dance and ‘Chimpanzee Greeting’ which Jane taught The Duke when they first met,” said the caption. “Today’s event was full of education, inspiration and fun. Because working hard and playing hard are not mutually exclusive.”

The Roots & Shoots members in attendance applauded Prince Harry for his participation in the goofy moment.

Later in the day, Prince Harry addressed attendees and heard presentations from international leaders.

He also reconnected with Goodall, 84, whom he has met several times. In his speech to the group, he commended the primatologist for her work with the organization.

“She is a woman of kindness, warmth, immense knowledge and a softness that’s needed by mankind just as much as it is chimpkind,” he said. “I’ve been admiring her work since I was a kid, and it was so wonderful to find that she was even more amazing in person.”

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In speaking with reporters, Goodall shared that she had already met Archie Harrison last month.

“He’s very cute and gentle,” she said.

Markle was reportedly very honoured to meet the famed chimpanzee researcher, too.

“She told me she’s followed me all her life,” Goodall said. “She told me: ‘You’ve been my idol since I was a child.’”

Goodall said she wasn’t surprised when Harry expressed interest in Roots & Shoots.

“When you bring a child into the world, you have to worry about the future,” she said, referring to growing concerns about climate change. “If we don’t make a change, we don’t have a future.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed Archie Harrison on May 6.

“It’s magic,” Markle said of becoming a mom. “I have the two best guys in the world so I am really happy… He’s really calm… he’s just been the dream so it’s been a special couple of days.”

“Parenting is amazing,” Prince Harry said. “We are just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”

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Archie was christened on July 6, exactly two months after his date of birth.

Typically, when a royal baby is christened, his or her godparents are announced in a statement from Buckingham Palace. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have chosen to keep Archie’s private.

This isn’t surprising for fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — the pair have been notoriously private since getting married last May.

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Royal baby christening: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t announce Archie’s godparents – National

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On Saturday, the newest member of the Royal Family, Archie Harrison, will be christened.

Typically, when a royal baby is christened, his or her godparents are announced in a statement from Buckingham Palace — as was the case for all of Archie’s first cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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However, according to reports, it may not be the same for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son.

On Wednesday, royal expert Omid Scobie shared a statement he had received from Buckingham Palace to Twitter.

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In it, the Royal Family confirmed that Archie Harrison will be christened in the private chapel at Winsdor Castle on July 6. They also announced that “the godparents, in keeping with the parents’ wishes, will remain private.”

This isn’t surprising for fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — the pair have been notoriously private since getting married last May.

Thankfully, eagle-eyed royal watchers can expect the couple to share photos of Archie at his christening, which will be the first time the world gets a glimpse of the baby’s face.

Markle and Prince Harry have previously shared two photos of the baby, but neither featured his entire face.

The first, shared to the couple’s Instagram account in honour of Mother’s Day, was of Archie’s small feet in Markle’s hands. The second, which the couple posted to Instagram for Father’s Day, was of Archie’s eyes — but the rest of his face was shielded by his father’s hand.

The rules of the Church of England

Despite the couple’s wishes to keep their choices private, it could be that Archie’s godparents are revealed anyway due to the rules of the Church of England.

According to the U.K.’s National Archives, the Parochial Registers and Records Measure was passed in 1978.

It states that “register books or baptisms and burials [are] to be available for research within reasonable working hours in the diocesan record offices.”

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This means baptism records — including the names of godparents — are a matter of public record and can be searched by anyone.

However, the Queen may overrule the 1978 measure if she wishes because the private chapel at Windsor Castle — where Archie is to be christened — is known as a Royal Peculiar.

This means it belongs directly to the monarch and not to any diocese. Therefore, it doesn’t come under the jurisdiction of a bishop.

The top picks for Archie’s godparents

According to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, the role of a royal godparent is to offer friendship and guidance throughout the child’s “spiritual journey.”

“It’s likely we’ll see close friends of Harry and Meghan, close friends of Diana and her family and, perhaps, close friends of Prince Charles, too,” Arbiter said of the royal baby’s potential godparents.

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The goal is to give the child access to several unique perspectives throughout his or her life.

A clear front-runner is Markle’s close friend Jessica Mulroney, according to Arbiter.

“She has been an amazing friend, and she has an amazing background in terms of her marriage to Ben Mulroney, whose father was prime minister [of Canada]… They would be able to offer wisdom about being in the public eye,” she said.

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“If we were to see any Royals, Eugenie and Harry are very close,” Arbiter said. “I think Eugenie deeply appreciated her mother being included in Harry and Meghan’s [wedding] guest list.”

(Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, divorced from Prince Andrew in 1996.)

Arbiter also expects to see a few of Harry’s close friends, as well as a cousin or aunt from his mother’s side of the family, included in the list of potential godparents.

Alternatively, Harry may pick his childhood nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

“She was an amazing support when Diana died,” Arbiter said.

What we know about the christening

The event will reportedly be extremely private, with just 25 of the couple’s close friends and family members — including Archie’s godparents — in attendance, a royal source told People.

This is typical of royal christenings, which have historically been very private affairs.

At Prince Louis’ christening in July 2018, only 21 people close to the baby were in attendance.

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During the ceremony, Archie will probably be christened using the Lily Font, a silver baptismal bowl in the form of a blooming flower.

The font was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1840 and has been used for all royal christenings since.

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It is one of only two English silver fonts — the other was made in 1660 for King Charles II.

After the ceremony, guests will likely be invited to enjoy afternoon tea hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

According to the Royal Family, it’s customary that guests indulge in the christening cake, which is a tier taken from the wedding cake of the christened child’s mother and father.

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Though unconfirmed, the Sunday Times reported that Archie will wear a replica of the historic royal christening gown originally used for the baptism of Princess Victoria in 1841.

According to the Royal Family, the original gown was commissioned by Queen Victoria and worn by 62 royal babies, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Prince Harry.

In 2008, Queen Elizabeth commissioned a replica by her dressmaker Angela Kelly in order to preserve the original.

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James, Viscount Severn, was the first member of the Royal Family to wear this replica gown at his christening at the private chapel at Windsor Castle in the same year.

Archie’s cousins, Prince GeorgePrincess Charlotte and Prince Louis, all wore the replica at their respective christenings.

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