Welcome back, faithful Royal watchers! Pour yourself a cuppa and grab a plate of biscuits–it’s time for another Royal Roundup. Here’s what you might have missed this week.
Harry and Meghan Join in Facebook Boycott
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are still figuring out their roles after leaving the Royal Family. They’ve stepped up to do a handful of meaningful charity events, but we’re still waiting to see what their foundation, Archewell, will be about. In the meantime, they’ve joined a surprising anti-Facebook protest.
This July, non-profits and corporations are banding together to put pressure on Facebook in the “Stop Hate For Profit” campaign. The ad blackout is intended to force Mark Zuckerberg to reconsider his hands-off stance on hate speech. Now we know that Harry and Meghan are quietly backing the protest.
According to a report from Omid Scobie (the journo who cowrote Finding Freedom), “The Sussexes are throwing their weight behind the movement and have been working to encourage CEOs to stand in solidarity with the coalition of U.S. civil rights groups behind it.”
Prince Charles Knew Meghan Would Cause ‘Problems’
Royal biographers tend to have strong opinions about the monarchy. In a way, they’re not that different from being a huge K-Pop fan with a strong preference for their favorite idol. (Jungkook, obvs.)
Nigel Cawthorne believes that Meghan was doomed from the start when she tried to join the Royal Family. He claims that Charles knew instantly that “there’s only room for one strong royal woman – the Queen.”
Cawthorne thinks Charles did his best to help the Sussexes. However, “there wasn’t a lot he could do apart from offering moral support.”
Duchess Kate Plants a Garden for Sick Kids
Continuing her habit of rolling two or three interests into one engagement, Duchess Kate brought her love of gardening and children’s welfare out this week. She helped establish a new sensory garden for a children’s hospice.
It turns out that Kate used plants she picked up at the Fakenham Garden Centre last week. That was her first public appearance in three months, and it seemed a little odd that she was stocking up on flats of herbs. Now those plants are in a sensory garden for ill children, which will allow them to enjoy the sights, smells, and textures (and, yes, tastes) of plants at the Nook hospice.
It’s worth noting that none of the volunteers, including the duchess, wore masks. Kate also kept her sapphire engagement ring on while digging through potting soil without gloves.
“The care and the nurture that you provide children and families in the most unimaginable circumstances is just awe inspiring,” Kate wrote in a letter to mark Children’s Hospice Week 2020.
“I’d also like to pay tribute to all those families out there who are caring for and looking after a child with a life limiting illness. You do the most extraordinary job and I know it’s particularly hard at the moment so my thoughts go out to you all.”