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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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5Aug

Who pays for the Royal Family’s lavish lifestyle? – National

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The Royal Family has a comfortable existence, from lavish properties to designer clothes and a significant team of staff.

But since they do not hold regular jobs, who pays for their fancy lifestyle?

Here, a dive into the Royal Family’s finances and sources of income.

Public funding

When it comes to official duties, like public outings and events, the Royal Family is funded by something called the Sovereign Grant.

The Sovereign Grant is supported by the government and covers things like royal travel, communications and information, and the maintenance of all royal palaces, the according to the family’s official website.

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This means when Kate Middleton and Prince William perform official royal duties, they are paid by the public fund. The same goes for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The family acknowledges this public funding, and says they are committed to “ensuring that public money is spent as wisely and efficiently as possible, and to making Royal finances as transparent and comprehensible as possible.”

For the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year, the royals reported their annual Sovereign Grant was just over £82 million, or roughly $131,850 million. The royals note this amount is equivalent to £1.24 per person in the U.K., or $2.

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So where does the money for the grant come from? A percentage of the profits from the Crown Estate revenue, a collection of property managed by the British government, go into the Sovereign Grant.

The Crown Estate portfolio “has a value of over £7.3 billion, from beef farms in the north of Scotland to Portland stone mining in Dorset,” the Royal Family’s website says.

(Every year the royals publish a report that breaks down how much they spent, and on what. You can read those here.)

Private assets

The royals have private sources of income outside of the publicly-funded Sovereign Grant. The Duchy of Lancaster is one such source.

The Duchy of Lancaster is the Queen’s private income used to pay for things that the Sovereign Grant does not cover, including both official and private spending by the monarch.

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This fund is also used by other members of the Royal Family, and consists of a portfolio of land, properties and other assets that have been in the family for decades. It is separate from the Crown Estate.

When it comes to Prince Charles, who is next in line to the throne, he is largely bankrolled by a fund called the Duchy of Cornwall. The Duchy of Cornwall is an estate that includes land in 23 counties, mostly in the South West of England, which includes agricultural, commercial and residential property.

Prince Charles’ fund also includes a financial investment portfolio.

The Duchy of Cornwall “funds the private and official expenditure” of the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The fund also covers expenses related to Prince Charles’ sons, Prince Harry and Prince William.

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When Prince Charles partakes in official duties, however, the Sovereign Grant may also cover his costs.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter previously told Global News that the Duchy of Cornwall also covers things like clothing — including Markle‘s pregnancy wardrobe.

“Prince Charles pays for the wardrobe of (him) and Camila, as well as William, Kate, Harry and Meghan,” Arbiter said.

The Queen’s own wealth

The Queen’s personal income is used to pay for her private expenses. She has money from her investment portfolio and private estates, including the Balmoral and Sandringham Estates. These properties were passed down to the Queen from her father.

What the Queen doesn’t own, however, is official royal residences, most of the art in the Royal Collection, and the Crown Jewels, her website points out. These expensive items cannot be sold and are passed down to her successor.

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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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21Jul

What happens when Queen Elizabeth II dies?

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Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 64 years since the death of her father on February 6, 1952.

Not only is she the longest-reigning British monarch, but she’s the longest-reigning monarch in world history.

Now 93 years old, the Royal Family has to face a hard truth: that someday soon, the Queen will die.

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When she does, Buckingham Palace will begin operation ‘London Bridge,’ a plan which has reportedly been in place since the 1960s and updated several times per year since.

It’s typical for code names to be used in an effort to avoid alerting the public before other procedures have been set in motion. According to an article in The Guardian, George VI’s death was called ‘Hyde Park Corner.’ When the Queen dies, it will reportedly be announced that ‘London Bridge is down.’

Royal historian Carolyn Harris can’t verify the Queen’s code name, but she is certain Buckingham Palace will be ready — whether the Queen dies today or in 10 years.

Location, location, location

In the minutes and hours following the Queen’s passing, everything that happens next will depend on her location.

“If the Queen were to pass away during her summer holiday at Balmoral Castle, for instance, there would first be a Scottish ceremonial,” Harris told Global News. “She would lie to rest at the palace at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, and there would be a service of reception at St. Giles’ cathedral.”

Then, the Queen would be transported by royal train to London for the lying-in-state. According to the U.K. parliament, the lying-in-state period is when the deceased lies in a coffin on a raised platform in the middle of Westminster Hall. It’s given only to the Sovereign, the current or past Queen Consort and occasionally former prime ministers.

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During this time, members of the public are permitted to visit the deceased and pay their respects. Each corner of the platform is guarded at all times.

When the Queen Mother died in 2002, an estimated 250,000 people visited her during the lying-in-state.

A few days after the lying-in-state, a funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey.

The announcement

A major difference between monarchs who have come before Queen Elizabeth II is social media.

“News will travel much faster,” said Harris. “When King George VI passed, there was a delay of about four hours before the public was aware.” George was found by his valet at 7:30 a.m. local time, but the BBC didn’t broadcast the news until after 11:00 a.m..

In fact, news travelled so slowly that Queen Elizabeth, who was on tour in Kenya with her husband Prince Philip at the time, was one of the last to know about her father’s death.

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“[He] died in his sleep, so it took over the course of the next day for the knowledge to spread before it was officially announced by the BBC,” said Harris. “[This time], we will see the announcement take place much more quickly.”

For this reason, Harris also thinks the BBC won’t have as much of a monopoly on coverage of the death as it has in the past.

“There will be widespread retrospectives around the world, looking back at the Queen’s reign,” said Harris. “For many people, this is the only monarch that they remember… so there’s going to be a real outpouring of interest in the Queen’s life, reign and death.”

Prince Charles’s accession 

Charles, Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, will be declared King immediately after his mother’s passing is announced.

“The Accession Council will meet and various proclamations will be made,” said Harris. The Accession Council is comprised of the Privy Council, the Lord Mayor and Alderman of the city of London, as well as the High Commissioners of Realm Commonwealth countries.

According to the Royal Family, the Accession Council will meet with Charles at St. James’s Palace.

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After the proclamation is made, Charles reads a declaration and takes the oath to preserve the Church of Scotland. The public will first be informed of Charles’s accession by public proclamation at St. James’s Palace.

“One of the things that the public may be interested in is Camilla’s title,” said Harris. “He’s the Duke of Cornwall as well as the Prince of Wales… so technically, she’s entitled to use Princess of Wales, but doesn’t do that. She has been using the title of the Duchess of Cornwall, one of Charles’s other titles.”

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This is likely out of respect for Charles’s deceased ex-wife, Princess Diana.

“There will be immediate interest in whether Camilla is immediately described as Queen or as Princess Consort,” said Harris.

“The more time passes and the more that Camilla builds up a public profile within the Royal Family, the more likely it is that she will be proclaimed Queen.”

The Prince’s Vigil

When the Queen Mother passed in 2002, her four grandsons — Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Viscount Linley — stood vigil at the four corners of their grandmother’s coffin for 20 minutes.

The vigil is an unofficial tradition in the Royal Family. When King George V died in 1936, his four sons also held vigil in the same hall.

Harris said it’s likely there will be a vigil for Queen Elizabeth, comprised of “several members of the Royal Family… it may include female members of the Royal Family, as well.”

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Afterward, it will be time to bury Queen Elizabeth. Harris said this will happen at Windsor Castle.

“That’s where George VI and the Queen Mother are buried… as well as more recent British monarchs,” said Harris.

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5Jul

Prince George hits the tennis court with pro Roger Federer – National

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Prince George may only be five years old, but he’s already working on his tennis swing — and learning from the best.

Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer said he gave the young royal a private lesson recently when he visited Bucklebury Manor, the home of Kate Middleton’s parents.

Speaking to reporters at Wimbledon, 37-year-old Federer said that “cute” Prince George is already making progress, ATP Tour reported. Federer is reportedly the child’s favourite tennis star.

Prince George departs from Hamburg airport on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017.

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“At that stage, it’s all about just touching the ball; it’s already good. Same with my boys,” Federer said to the press.

“I think I have a little advantage that I actually spent some time with him. I’m the only player he’s ever met. Then you have a little head start in who your favourite player is.”

The Duchess of Cambridge attended Wimbledon earlier this week to watch Federer play and take in a match between British player Harriet Dart and American Christina McHale.

Swiss Roger Federer celebrates after winning the tennis ATP final against Belgium David Goffin in Halle, Germany, Sunday, June 23, 2019.

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While attending Wimbledon in 2018, Price William told tennis star Novak Djokovic that he’s trying to encourage his children to get into sports and get a “tennis racket in their hand — and a football.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not the only royals who love tennis.

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Meghan Markle attended Wimbledon to watch her friend Serena Williams play against 18-year-old Kaja Juvan on Thursday.

Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian are friends of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and attended their wedding in 2018.

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4Jul

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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2Jul

Everything we know about Archie Harrison’s christening – National

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The Royal Family welcomed baby Archie Harrison on May 6, and now he’s ready to be christened.

According to CNN, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will host a small ceremony at the private chapel at Windsor Castle on July 6 — two months to the day since Archie was born.


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Prince Harry, Meghan share new photo of baby Archie for Father’s Day

Windsor Castle holds much significance for Prince Harry in particular.

He was christened in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 1984, and it was also where he married Markle in May 2018.

The couple now resides in Frogmore Cottage on the grounds at Windsor Castle.

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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.

The royal christening gown

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.

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

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 George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, all wore the replica at their respective christenings.

The top picks for Archie’s godparents

Archie’s godparents have not yet been announced, but royal expert Victoria Arbiter says the group will likely be a mix of “close friends of Harry and Meghan, close friends of Diana and her family and, perhaps, close friends of Prince Charles, too.”

For a royal child, the role of a godparent is a very serious one, meant to offer friendship and guidance throughout the child’s “spiritual journey.”

Arbiter believes a clear front-runner is Markle’s close friend (and Canadian) Jessica Mulroney.

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“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,” Arbiter said.

She also thinks Harry’s cousin, Eugenie, is a possibility.

“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.”

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(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.

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

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

Although godparents to the family have historically been European royalty or members of the extended family, Arbiter says this is no longer the case.

“I think we’ll see a cross-section in terms of generations and we’ll see people who have been deeply loyal to the couple,” Arbiter said.

Archie’s place in the line of succession

Archie is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild and Prince Charles’ fourth grandchild.

He’s also seventh in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince Harry.

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The child’s rank could fall further if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have more children. Prince Harry himself has fallen three spots since the birth of his nephews and niece.

The line to the throne was changed in recent years, following amendments made to the Succession to the Crown Act in 2013. The act applies to babies born after October 2011.

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Prior to those changes, male additions to the Royal Family outranked their female counterparts — even if they were younger.

Beyond the more immediate Royal Family, the line for the throne is quite extensive. It’s followed by the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. It then moves on to the Queen’s third son, Prince Edward, and his children.

—With files from Maham Abedi and Laura Hensley

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25Jun

Kate Middleton’s brother, James, opens up about ‘crippling depression’ – National

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The younger brother of Kate Middleton is opening up about his personal struggles with mental health.

James Middleton, 32, recently told Tatler magazine that after his sister married Prince William in 2011, he was thrust into the limelight and struggled with fame. His battles with anxiety and depression — which he described as crippling — heightened, and he eventually “shut” out his family.

“Suddenly, and very publicly, I was being judged about whether I was a success or a failure,” he told the outlet in an article published on Monday.

“That does put pressure on you. Because in my mind, I’m doing this irrespective of my family and events that have happened.”

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Middleton, who was 23 years old when Kate married the Duke of Cambridge, said he struggled with dyslexia at school. As he became more famous, his personalized gift business, Boomf, became under public scrutiny and he questioned his career abilities.

The entrepreneur said being famous wasn’t the reason he developed depression, and explained that he felt guilty for even struggling when he had so much.

“[Depression] is what keeps you in bed, while anxiety makes you feel guilty for being there,” he said.

“I thought, ‘What do I have to be depressed about?’ I’ve been so lucky with my upbringing, I had all the things I wanted. It’s not that I wanted more, but there was something that wasn’t always there… And the more I ignored it, the more it was taking over.”

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As his mental health worsened, Middleton said his family grew concerned but he didn’t want them “anywhere near” him. Middleton is the youngest child behind Kate and Pippa Middleton.

“I shut myself off, I didn’t communicate with my family at all,” he said. “But there’s only so long you can hold your breath.”

Prince William’s brother-in-law finally got help in 2017 when he called his doctor, unable to go to work. His doctor referred him to a specialist and he began intensive therapy.

This isn’t the first time Middleton has opened up about his mental health issues.

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In January, Middleton wrote an essay in the Daily Mail about his depression which he called a “cancer of the mind.” He also discussed his Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD), which he was diagnosed with in 2018.

He said that his depression, at times, was so debilitating he could hardly complete daily tasks.

“I barely functioned, stopped talking to my friends, went through the motions of living and working but achieved nothing at all,” he wrote.

“I came very close to shutting my company down. And still my heart was thudding as if it was straining to leap out of my body.”

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Middleton said that depression can be hard to understand in people who seemingly have so much, and live luxurious lives.

“I know I’m richly blessed and live a privileged life. But it did not make me immune to depression,” he wrote. “It is tricky to describe the condition. It is not merely sadness. It is an illness, a cancer of the mind.”

He said he was inspired to speak out after seeking treatment and realizing he has a platform to help others. Middleton credits cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and his dogs for helping him get through his hard time.

“The stigma attached to mental illness is lessening,” he wrote.

“If I could leave you with just one thought, it would be this: ‘It’s OK not to be OK.’ That is the mantra that gave me the strength to speak out. Having done so here, it feels as if a great weight has been lifted.”

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.

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20Jun

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry split from joint charity with Prince William, Kate Middleton – National

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have formally parted ways from the charity foundation they shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Royal Foundation announced on Thursday that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will form their own charity organization, and Prince William and Kate Middleton will stay on as the foundation’s leads.

“These changes are designed to best complement the work and responsibilities of Their Royal Highnesses as they prepare for their future roles, and to better align their charitable activity with their new households,” the foundation said in a statement.

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Even though they’re parting ways, the foundation said that both couples will “continue to work together on projects in the future, including on The Foundation’s mental health programme, Heads Together.”

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation,” the foundation said.

“They are especially proud to have established a charity that has had, and will continue to have, significant long-lasting impact, changing lives for the better.”

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The Royal Foundation was created by Prince Harry and Prince William in 2009. Middleton joined the foundation after marrying into the Royal Family, as did Markle.

The charity champions for causes including mental health, environmental conservation, youth and social empowerment.

The decision to split charitable efforts comes after Markle and Prince Harry created their own household in March, breaking away from Prince William and Middleton’s headquarters.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s primary residence is Frogmore Cottage, and have an office at Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have their office at Kensington Palace.

The couples were most recently seen together earlier this month to celebrate the Queen’s birthday at the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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