Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seem intent on ushering the royal family into a new era. According to the Sunday Times, the couple attempted to gain autonomy from Buckingham Palace, but their efforts were thwarted by none other than Queen Elizabeth herself.
“They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no,” a source told the newspaper. “There is an institutional structure that doesn’t allow that kind of independence. The feeling is that it’s good to have the Sussexes under the jurisdiction of Buckingham Palace, so they can’t just go off and do their own thing.” Prince Charles was also said to be against the move.
According to the report, the impetus for Meghan and Harry’s request was to help further a global “Sussex brand” that would allow them to pursue their humanitarian and philanthropic efforts on their own accord.
Rumors of the Queen’s veto comes after Thursday’s official announcement that the houses of Sussex and Cambridge would be separating in the spring, giving Meghan and Harry their own office and communications staff in Buckingham Palace. Kate and WIlliam’s office will reportedly remain in Kensington Palace, where they currently reside with their three kids.
According to a family friend, the split comes at a time when William and Harry are seeking to solidify their individual identities separate from one another. “They have always been different, they are very different characters,” the source told People. “They drew great comfort from each other when their mother died, and as they’ve grown up together. But they need to be separate. Now Meghan has arrived it is the right time to make that break.”
“The time has come,” the source added. “They are in their 30s and can’t be treated as young unmarried men any more. Now, they are spreading their wings. William more than Harry as he has his three children – but Harry is now starting his own – and it is time to move on.”
Nearly two weeks after the release of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, Paris Jackson is clapping back at people who have shamed her for not publicly coming to the defense of her father Michael Jackson.
The daughter of the late pop star firmly explained in a tweet on Friday that it was “not her role” to defend Michael in the wake of the sexual molestation allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the bombshell documentary.
Paris, 20, also commended her cousin Taj Jackson for standing up for her father and said that all she was trying to do was keep the peace amid the controversy.
“there’s nothing i can say that hasn’t already been said in regards to defense. taj is doing a perfect job on his own,” she tweeted. “and i support him. but that’s not my role.”
“i’m just tryna get everyone to chill out and go with the flow, be mellow and think about the bigger picture. that’s me,” she added.
On deleting Instagram after one month: “I realized early on that social media was not good for me; I personally didn’t find the joy in it.”
She didn’t grow up with money: “My mom was an actress, and we never had the money for things that weren’t purely functional. I remember when I bought my first magazine; it was a window into a world that seemed very far away from mine…. I did a lot of high street and secondhand shopping. I loved having someone ask me where I got something, and I would say, ‘I got it at H&M.’