Meghan Markle news – Netflix Pearl humiliation 'leaves Meg with NOTHING' as Sussexes face 'complete disaster'

MEGHAN Markle has been left with "nothing" after Netflix chose to axe Pearl leaving the Sussexes facing "complete disaster", an expert says.

Pearl – which followed the story of a 12-year-old girl exploring famous women in history – was set to be the streaming giant's first animated series.

But the show, created by the Duchess of Sussex and in its development stage, was canned by Netflix last weekend due to a series of cutbacks at the streaming service.

And one critic says the "disaster" proves Meghan and Harry "are only good at moaning about the Royal Family".

Commentator Rafe Heydel-Mankoo told GB News: “Well it’s a complete disaster for Harry and Meghan.

“As you know, Netflix is having big problems with a dip in subscriber numbers, falling revenues, plummeting share prices and having spent too much on other problems, and is cutting back – particularly on animated series.

“So while Harry’s Invictus documentary is carrying on, there is nothing for Meghan to show for it and it’s really calling into question whether they can walk the walk. They’re good at talking the talk.

“They signed up to Spotify but have only produced one podcast so far, the Netflix deal has been in place for over a year now and there’s very little to show for it.

“It looks as if, you know, apart from moaning about the royals there’s not much that they’re able to do.”

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  • Louis Allwood

    'A complete disaster' for Meghan and Harry

    Netflix's decision to axe Pearl, has been described as a "disaster" for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    The streaming giant made the decision to cut the animation series recently after experiencing a dip in subscriber numbers.

    Commentator Rafe Heydel-Mankoo said: "So whilst Prince Harry's Invictus documentary is carrying on, there is nothing for Meghan to show for it and it's really calling into question whether they can walk the walk – they're good at talking the talk."

  • Louis Allwood

    Meg’s ‘misunderstanding’

    A royal author has claimed that Meghan Markle has a fundamental sense of ‘misunderstanding’ when joining the Royal Family.

    Tina Brown, Princess Diana’s biographer, said the Duchess of Sussex didn’t like suppressing her opinions.

    She added: “She saw the palaces and Diana as this global humanitarian superstar, but forgot that for 16 or 17 years Diana worked like a dog within the royal family doing a great deal of humdrum assignments.”

    Speaking on the Duke and Duchess’s 2018 tour of Australia, Ms Brown claimed Meghan “didn’t like it at all”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate and William’s next joint engagement confirmed

    Kate Middleton and Prince William look set to attend a poignant event next week.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Manchester on May 10 to officially open the Glade of Light Memorial.

    The memorial has been built to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack that took place at Manchester Arena on May 22 2017.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan left humiliated

    MEGHAN Markle has been left humiliated after her “woke bubble” was “burst” by Netflix axing her series, a writer has sensationally claimed.

    Over the weekend it was announced Meghan’s upcoming animated series Pearl was quietly dumped by Netflix.

    Prince Harry‘s wife served as executive producer on the show, working with a number of bigwigs including David Furnish, Elton John‘s husband.

    But writing for The Telegraph, Matthew Lynn said the Duchess’ “dire-sounding Pearl was a perfect example” of how Netflix’ has “been captured by a brand of preachy, politically correct, woke programming that is at risk of driving away audiences”.

    He suggests Pearl’s drop from Netflix demonstrates how streaming companies “are starting to work out that sanctimonious woke programming doesn’t pull in the viewers.”

    Lynn continued: “Dull, worthy, preachy, and sermonising (what were the chances that the inspiring female leaders featured would include an animated Mrs Thatcher discussing the importance of controlling inflation, or indeed a CGI Queen Elizabeth I on the making of the modern world in Tudor England? I am just taking a wild guess here, but possibly not very high), it embodied the worst of Woke-flix.

    “But it goes a lot deeper than that. Very soon the entertainment industry will have to get back to being what it should have always remained: an entertainment industry.

    “Its values should be neither right or left of centre, and with a few obvious boundaries such as preventing racism or sexism, it shouldn’t promote any political agenda.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Desmond’s actor expresses joy as he picks up CBE

    Actor and musician Ram John Holder, 88, also collected his CBE at the ceremony today.

    The 88-year-old, who is best known for playing Porkpie in the TV series Desmond’s, said: “It is just beyond one’s dreams of what one can achieve – professionally I’m talking about – and of course the award, the accolade.

    “I couldn’t have pictured it better.”

    The actor later added: “I’m an old person now but it would be fantastic to dig up my parents’ grave and say: ‘Mummy and Daddy, look what’s happened to your boy.’

    “It’s a lifetime achievement. It means a sort of cap – not an end because I still have a few more years and work to do – but it has meant total fulfilment for the work that we have done and the recognition and I’m very, very happy.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Great British sizzler forecast for Queen’s Jubilee

    Forecasters are predicting a 30C sizzler for the Queen’s Jubilee, with temperatures potentially reaching highs of 30C.

    Heatwave conditions will also hit in the run up to the four-day Bank Holiday bonanza, helping sun-starved Brits celebrate the Queen’s mighty achievement in style.

    Weather maps show the UK burning a deep orange over the celebratory period – and meteorologists reckon the mercury could top 30C in some parts.

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    Queen won’t attend any of the Buckingham Palace garden parties this year 

    THE Queen will not be attending any of the garden parties this year, Buckingham Palace has announced.

    No reason has yet been given as to why Her Majesty won't greet guests at events in May and June, although she has recently had issues with her mobility.

    Four parties will take place in the coming weeks. The format of the events means that the Queen would have had to stand for more than an hour and move down the lines greeting visitors.

    A statement released this morning reads: "Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the Royal Family at this year’s Garden Parties, with details on attendance to be confirmed in due course. 

    "The Queen has given permission for the Not Forgotten Association Annual Garden Party to be hosted by the Princess Royal, as the charity’s patron, in the Buckingham Palace Garden on Thursday, May 12."

    The Not Forgotten Association provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Diana’s famous Panorama interview will feature in Netflix’s The Crown

    WHEN Netflix chose an actor to play Martin Bashir in The Crown, insiders told me bosses intended to recreate Princess Diana’s controversial Panorama interview.

    Now a member of the cast has said for the first time how the 1995 BBC chat will play out in series five.

    Marcus Brigstocke revealed he has filmed scenes in a hospital alongside the actor playing Hasnat Khan — the heart surgeon who had a love affair with Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki.

    Prasanna Puwanarajah has the role of journalist Bashir.

    Marcus said: “We’re in hospital and watching the interview that she gave to Martin Bashir.

    “I’m with the surgeon. I didn’t have lines in the scene and I was told by the director, ‘Could you say a bit while we’re watching it to kind of needle the guy?’.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen’s hopes of Jubilee Epsom Derby glory dashed

    The Queen’s hopes of winning the Epsom Derby during her Platinum Jubilee year have ended after her horse Reach For The Moon, who was among the favourites, and two others were withdrawn.

    The head of state is a passionate horse owner and breeder and would have been looking forward to seeing her horses take on the best in the world in the famous classic.

    Thoroughbreds owned by the Queen have won four out of the five flat racing classics – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger – with only the Derby eluding her.

    Reach For The Moon was returning from injury, but John Gosden – the horse’s joint trainer – said the Derby had come too soon for the thoroughbred, the Racing Post reported.

    Mr Gosden told the publication: “Following a setback last autumn, Reach For The Moon has been given all the time and care he requires in his training programme.

    “We had planned to run him in the Dante Stakes at York next week. However, in the best interests of horse we have decided that this race is coming too soon for him.

    “Consequently, he will not run in the Derby and will be pointed towards Royal Ascot.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Charles presents honours top musical talent in ceremony

    The Prince of Wales has honoured some of the top musical talents at a ceremony held by the Royal College of Music (RCM).

    Charles, in his role as president of the RCM, made his annual visit to the London conservatoire where he handed out awards to artists including Grammy-nominated saxophonist Amy Dickson and composer Anna Meredith.

    He also met with students of the RCM's junior department and young musicians who have been learning instruments through RCM Sparks, the college's outreach programme.

    RCM director Professor Colin Lawson said: "The president's visit is always a significant moment in the Royal College of Music's calendar and this year we honour the contribution made by exceptional musicians from across the world, many of whom are Royal College of Music alumni.

    "To produce world-leading musicians there needs to be better access to high-quality music education for all, and ongoing support for young people as they progress."

  • Joseph Gamp

    William jokes with Mel B as she picks up MBE

    AS he handed Mel B her MBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday, Prince William joked: "Now can you get the Spice Girls back together?"

    But Mel, 46, stressed the gong was awarded for her work as patron of domestic violence charity Women's Aid, not music.

    The singer started with the charity after walking out of her abusive ten year marriage to TV producer Stephen Belafonte, 46, in 2017.

    After receiving her MBE yesterday, she told The Sun: "William told me, 'I'm so delighted that it's me giving you this'.

    "And he asked, 'Will you get the Spice Girls back together?'.

    "I told him I was having dinner with Victoria that evening and he said, 'Oh good, I'll work on David then'."

    Mel was accompanied to the palace by her proud mum Andrea and the pair both wore dresses by Spice Girl turned designer Victoria Beckham.

    Mel's former bandmate even flew back from Miami so she could personally handpick their outfits.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Expert claims Kate and Anne take ‘different approaches’ to royal commitments

    While both royals are committed to their duties, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams highlighted how the Princess Royal takes a more understated approach to engagements, doing more under the radar patronages.

    Meanwhile, Fitzwilliams notes that Kate takes on less duties but becomes more involved in them.

    Mr Fitzwilliams noted: “It’s very interesting because they have different approaches. The Princess Royal does vast numbers of engagements.

    “Catherine fewer but she concentrates, this is what the Cambridges seem to be doing, not quite so many patronages but doing more for the ones they take on.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan ‘hated every second’ of Australia trip

    Meghan Markle “hated every second” of her 2018 tour of Australia with Prince Harry, branding the trip “silly”, a royal source has claimed.

    According to former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, a Palace worker said: “So, Meghan must have been thrilled with it all … right? No. She apparently hated every second of it.

    “She didn’t understand why things were set up in that way.

    “Instead of being excited when thousands of people showed up at the Opera House, it was very much like, ‘What’s the purpose? I don’t understand this’.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen’s hopes of Jubilee Epsom Derby glory dashed

    The Queen’s hopes of winning the Epsom Derby during her Platinum Jubilee year have ended after her horse Reach For The Moon, who was among the favourites, and two others were withdrawn.

    The head of state is a passionate horse owner and breeder and would have been looking forward to seeing her horses take on the best in the world in the famous classic.

    Thoroughbreds owned by the Queen have won four out of the five flat racing classics – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger – with only the Derby eluding her.

    Reach For The Moon was returning from injury, but John Gosden – the horse’s joint trainer – said the Derby had come too soon for the thoroughbred, the Racing Post reported.

    Mr Gosden told the publication: “Following a setback last autumn, Reach For The Moon has been given all the time and care he requires in his training programme.

    “We had planned to run him in the Dante Stakes at York next week. However, in the best interests of horse we have decided that this race is coming too soon for him.

    “Consequently, he will not run in the Derby and will be pointed towards Royal Ascot.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Big Windsor Lunch hopes to break record for the world’s longest-ever picnic table

    Everyone is invited to bring their table along to the Big Windsor Lunch as organisers hope to break the world record for the longest ever picnic table.

    Nearer the time there will also be the option to reserve spaces on the long table. Once the tables are full, picnic-goers will be encouraged to add their own tables or picnic blankets to the surrounding area.

    Aside from the record attempt, the Big Windsor Lunch aims to allow people from different communities and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the Queen’s jubilee together in a unique and exciting atmosphere.

    People living locally to Windsor are encouraged to bring their own picnic tables or blankets, and to and to watch the national Platinum Pageant together on the big screens.

    Bunting and Union Jack flags are also encouraged for those attending the Big Windsor Lunch, as well as picnic food favourites.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Queen needs protecting from HARRY’

    A royal expert has blasted Prince Harry for hurling “hand grenades” at his family and claims the Queen needs “protecting” from him.

    The Duke of Sussex ruffled feathers by stating he wants to ensure his grandmother has the “right people” around her – despite living across the pond.

    His concern for Her Majesty’s well-being was slammed by critics after it appeared to be another sly dig against The Firm.

    Now former Vanity Fair editor and royal author Tina Brown has hit out at the 37-year-old for adding another snarky comment to his long list of public remarks.

    The author told the Daily Mail: “Right now it’s not going to happen. 

    “And it’s not going to happen largely because Harry keeps lobbing these fresh hand grenades at the family, just when they’re beginning to think, ‘Well, can we re-establish some trust with the House of Sussex’. 

    “There’s yet another fusillade from an American talk show and everybody in the family thinks, ‘Well, what was that about?’

    “The most recent comments by Harry about, you know, he came to make sure the Queen was protected – a lot of people I think in the family thought, ‘Well actually she needs protecting from you, Harry’.

    “So that isn’t helpful.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Racing world to pay tribute to Queen on Derby Day

    The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be marked by a special tribute from the world of racing – past and present jockeys who have ridden for the monarch forming a guard of honour on Derby day.

    Leading rider Frankie Dettori and Willie Carson – who has ridden some of the Queen’s most memorable winners – are expected to line part of the Epsom Derby course with up to 40 others when the head of state arrives.

    Organisers hope the Queen, who has been experiencing mobility issues, will attend the Derby with her family.

    The Jockey Club has previously announced a few days before the Derby is run the Queen’s Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse will also be renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Stand in recognition of the monarch’s contribution to horseracing and her long association with the Derby.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen’s hopes of Jubilee Epsom Derby glory dashed

    The Queen’s hopes of winning the Epsom Derby during her Platinum Jubilee year have ended after her horse Reach For The Moon, who was among the favourites, and two others were withdrawn.

    The head of state is a passionate horse owner and breeder and would have been looking forward to seeing her horses take on the best in the world in the famous classic.

    Thoroughbreds owned by the Queen have won four out of the five flat racing classics – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger – with only the Derby eluding her.

    Reach For The Moon was returning from injury, but John Gosden – the horse’s joint trainer – said the Derby had come too soon for the thoroughbred, the Racing Post reported.

    Mr Gosden told the publication: “Following a setback last autumn, Reach For The Moon has been given all the time and care he requires in his training programme.

    “We had planned to run him in the Dante Stakes at York next week. However, in the best interests of horse we have decided that this race is coming too soon for him.

    “Consequently, he will not run in the Derby and will be pointed towards Royal Ascot.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    William and Kate to attend opening of memorial to Manchester Arena bomb victims

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to attend the official opening of the memorial to the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

    William and Kate will gather at a service at the Glade of Light – a white marble “halo” bearing the names of those killed in the May 2017 outrage – on May 10, just ahead of the fifth anniversary of the atrocity.

    The duke will speak at the short ceremony and Kate will lay flowers.

    The couple will also join a private reception inside Manchester Cathedral afterwards to speak to some of the bereaved families and those involved in the response effort, Kensington Palace said.

    The tribute, which opened to the public in January, is located alongside the cathedral and was designed following an international competition.

    Personalised memory capsules, filled with memories and mementoes of those killed provided by their loved ones, have been embedded within the stone.

    It is conceived as a living memorial – a peaceful garden space for remembrance and reflection, featuring plants which grow naturally in the UK countryside selected to provide year-round colour and echo the changing seasons.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan left humiliated

    MEGHAN Markle has been left humiliated after her “woke bubble” was “burst” by Netflix axing her series, a writer has sensationally claimed.

    Over the weekend it was announced Meghan’s upcoming animated series Pearl was quietly dumped by Netflix.

    Prince Harry‘s wife served as executive producer on the show, working with a number of bigwigs including David Furnish, Elton John‘s husband.

    But writing for The Telegraph, Matthew Lynn said the Duchess’ “dire-sounding Pearl was a perfect example” of how Netflix’ has “been captured by a brand of preachy, politically correct, woke programming that is at risk of driving away audiences”.

    He suggests Pearl’s drop from Netflix demonstrates how streaming companies “are starting to work out that sanctimonious woke programming doesn’t pull in the viewers.”

    Lynn continued: “Dull, worthy, preachy, and sermonising (what were the chances that the inspiring female leaders featured would include an animated Mrs Thatcher discussing the importance of controlling inflation, or indeed a CGI Queen Elizabeth I on the making of the modern world in Tudor England? I am just taking a wild guess here, but possibly not very high), it embodied the worst of Woke-flix.

    “But it goes a lot deeper than that. Very soon the entertainment industry will have to get back to being what it should have always remained: an entertainment industry.

    “Its values should be neither right or left of centre, and with a few obvious boundaries such as preventing racism or sexism, it shouldn’t promote any political agenda.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Royal Family could launch ‘effort to reel’ Sussexes back in

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4, royal expert Tina Brown said: “Harry and Meghan leaving was definitely a blow for the monarchy.

    “They did represent a more modern, dare I use the word, more relatable, modern royal couple who could be deployed to connect more, essentially, with the younger generation.

    “So losing them was actually quite a blow”.

    Ms Brown, added: “I think that there will be an effort to somehow reel them back in at a certain point.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate and William ‘at war’

    PRINCE William and Kate Middleton are effectively at war with Andrew for the Adelaide Cottage, a property located on the Queen’s Windsor estate.

    It is the first choice of properties on the estate for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their young family.

    Reports suggest that Prince Andrew, who lives nearby at Royal Lodge, has long had his eye on it for his younger daughter, Princess Eugenie.

    Sources close to the Mail have said that Eugenie “had been trying to secure Adelaide Cottage for a while [ready] for when she moves out of Frogmore.”

    They added: “Before Andrew’s most recent scandal it was definitely a property he was [also] trying to secure for his daughter.”

    According to reports Prince William and Kate have been planning a move to Berkshire since last year and have enrolled Prince George in a new school there, where he is expected to be joined this September by his siblings Charlotte and Louis.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate and William’s next joint engagement confirmed

    Kate Middleton and Prince William look set to attend a poignant event next week.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Manchester on May 10 to officially open the Glade of Light Memorial.

    The memorial has been built to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack that took place at Manchester Arena on May 22 2017.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Charles tries his hand at American Football during charity visit

    The Prince of Wales tried his hand at American football when he visited a charity which aims to end youth violence by supporting the development of teenagers across the capital.

    Charles gave his best impression of American quarterback Tom Brady and threw a football after he was coached by a volunteer from the Bigkid Foundation, which has ambitious plans for its home in Brixton, south London.

    The organisation runs a number of initiatives, from its American Flag Football programme that uses sport to create a positive sense of self-worth, to the Breaking Barriers Leadership programme engaging with pupils at risk of exclusion.

    Jonathan Mbanefo, 18, a volunteer coach with the charity, watched his new pupil Charles throw the football twice and said: "He did really well, I think he liked it. He got the hang of it really quickly – some people don't get it but he did."

    Bigkid was founded by its chief executive Shaninga Marasha and owes its origins to a mentoring project he started in 2000, when a sixth form student, to help youngsters who appeared destined to be expelled from school.

    He developed the idea with a group of friends while studying at university and they initially used music, but it developed into a leadership programme with other initiatives.

    Prince Charles prepares to throw an American football ball during a visit at the Dexters Adventure Playground in BrixtonCredit: AFP
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    Desmond's actor expresses joy as he picks up CBE

    Actor and musician Ram John Holder, 88, also collected his CBE at the ceremony today.

    The 88-year-old, who is best known for playing Porkpie in the TV series Desmond's, said: "It is just beyond one's dreams of what one can achieve – professionally I'm talking about – and of course the award, the accolade.

    "I couldn't have pictured it better."

    The actor later added: "I'm an old person now but it would be fantastic to dig up my parents' grave and say: 'Mummy and Daddy, look what's happened to your boy.'

    "It's a lifetime achievement. It means a sort of cap – not an end because I still have a few more years and work to do – but it has meant total fulfilment for the work that we have done and the recognition and I'm very, very happy."

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