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Royal Family Is In Chaos Following Meghan Markle’s Revealing Interview On ITV

For the first time since Meghan Markle became a mother, she and her husband, Prince Harry, offer a series of candid interviews in a new ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.” The newlyweds open up about their mental health challenges as a result of “unfair” British tabloids while they embarked on a tour of southern Africa on behalf of the United Kingdom. On the last day of their tour, the world learned of the royal couple’s legal action against the British press. Meghan has sued the Mail over allegedly unlawfully publishing a private letter written to her father.

Since the documentary has aired, supporters have rallied to Markle’s side, demanding that the British press ‘leave her alone’. The documentary seems to have also invited further criticism from the Royal family.

The criticism seems so harsh, Meghan Markle was touched to even be asked how she’s doing.

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“Not many people have asked if I’m okay,” she told journalist Tom Bradby. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.” In the video, she goes on to say, “Look, any woman when they’re — especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed.”

In hindsight, Markle feels she was “naive” about how her choice to marry Prince Harry would invite so much destruction in her life.

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“I had no idea,” she recalls. “Which probably sounds difficult to understand here, but when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’ I didn’t get it.”

But the tabloid commentators aren’t letting up.

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“I’m frankly astonished that Meghan is surprised by scrutiny from the tabloids and that she claims there aren’t any tabloids in the US,” royal commentator Phil Dampier told The Daily Mail. “She has been an actress for many years and must’ve had all sorts of publicity, good and bad. I can’t believe she would be that naive. Also, surely Harry, who is so desperate to protect her, would have warned her right from the start what she was letting herself in for.  And they both said as much in their engagement interview.” 

Dampier continues to blame the couple for the bad press, citing that “lecturing people about climate change while using private jets themselves” doesn’t gain any favors with the public. Dampier also went on to effectively say that the tax dollars that pay for their lives entitle the public to pictures of baby Archie’s christening, and the names of his godparents.

The Queen is reportedly “very worried” that the couple is seeking to be “divisive” rather than constructive by airing their grievances against the press.

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Critics are continuing to presume that the Queen is unhappy with the couple’s choice to be candid, something that Princess Diana received a lot of pushback for. Queen Elizabeth certainly kept her emotional world a secret to the public. Prince William, Harry’s older brother, is also reportedly “worried” that the couple was “in a fragile place” after seeing the documentary. 

But women of color aren’t having any of the royal families’ criticisms.

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“The British Press literally destroyed Princess Diana,” Evette sub-tweeted. “I am unsure why the Royal Family assumed Meghan Markle, a mixed-race woman from the United States, would be treated any better. If anything, they should’ve anticipated she’d be treated worse and insulated her better.”

For Prince Harry, protecting his family from the tabloids has been a matter of life-or-death.

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Prince Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, to a car crash in Paris in 1997 while she attempted to escape pursuit from the paparazzi. “I will always protect my family, and now I have a family to protect,” Prince Harry said when asked if he was worried that his wife would experience the same pressure his mother did. “So everything that she [Diana] went through, and what happened to her, is incredibly important every single day, and that is not me being paranoid — that is just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”

For now, the Internet seems to be #TeamMeghan, and are coming to her defense.

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Famed journalist Katie Couric took to Twitter to say, “I so admire #MeghanMarkle for being honest, open and vulnerable about the struggles she’s faced as a new mother and very public figure. #WeLoveYouMeghan.”

Roxanne Gay, author of “Bad Feminist”, tweeted her support, “I am very moved by that video of Meghan Markle. The pain in her eyes. I feel so much empathy for her and just want to reach out in friendship. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to deal with the British press and the monarchy while just trying to live.”

Here Are The Remarks Meghan Markle Made About Preferring To Be Heard Than Loved That Have Sparked Debate

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Here Are The Remarks Meghan Markle Made About Preferring To Be Heard Than Loved That Have Sparked Debate

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According to the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle it is better to be heard and not loved. 

There’s no denying that Meghan Markle, a woman of color, who quickly rose and fell in the face of British public opinion since her early days of courtship with Prince Harry has been harsh. The new Royal family member faced a brief stint of adoration amongst the public before they quickly turned on her, lighting her up for criticisms related to her race and family. Still, amidst the scrutiny, Markle is proving that it’s better to keep your chin up than let your shoulders sag.

In a new interview published by the British news outlet the Telegraph, the former “Suits” actress expressed that she will not seek special treatment or expect an outpour of love from the world that is watching her.

According to The Telegraph, the Duchess simply wants to be heard, particularly when it comes to her newfound platform which she hopes to use to advance the causes with which she is most concerned

The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon spoke to Markle during a recent visit and reported that she is living in a world where she lives “in the solution, not the problem.”

“She told me that she didn’t want people to love her—she just wanted them to be able to hear her,” Gordon reported in her article for The Telegraph.

According to her essay, Gordon attended the opening of the second branch of Luminary Bakery, a UK-based charity and training center which offers disadvantaged women professional baking lessons and skills, alongside Markle. There the two women spoke about Markle’s role in the Royal family and the former actress also gave a speech to attendees.

Speaking at the event, Godron says Markle adressed the women in the audience saying that “One of the things I have realized since being here is that people have an expectation when I’m coming somewhere, so I’m like, let’s just be really relaxed, keep everyone nice and chilled, because at the end of the day we’re all just women… We all have a story to tell, and I feel honoured that I am getting to hear yours.”

Lately, Markle’s experience as a newly minted member of the Royal family has gained even more attention born out of her own openness and honesty with reporters.

In an ITV documentary called “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” which aired in the United States on Oct. 23, Markle admitted to struggling under the intense public scrutiny of her role as a new wife and mother.

Speaking to the film’s host Tom Bradby, Markle claimed that while she had been warned by British friends to not pursue a serious relationship with Harry because of the British tabloids, Markle did not think it would be quiet as bad as they had claimed.

But it wasn’t until Bradby asked Markle how she was holding up amidst the new changes in her life that began to tear up and she was granted more sympathy.

“Thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes,” Markle replied through stifled tears during the interview. “I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a ‘stiff upper lip.’ I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging. I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair. And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.”

In the same documentary, Markle’s husband Prince Harry admitted that public scrutiny of his wife brought back the trauma of his late mother, Princess Diana’s, 1997 death.

In response to Markle’s heartbreaking interview, fans of the duchess offered their support with the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan.

The interview quickly sparked a discussion about Tabloid culture and the unfair treatment of women. 

Others pointed out how the good that Markle has done so far in her short term as a duchess has been remarkably overlooked.

“Duchess Meghan has done so much good for the UK economy, tourism, charities, etc. that has benefited the country in less than 2 years. So it’s about time those in the government support her against the racism, lies, & misogyny she’s faced from the British press. #WeLoveYouMeghan,”  Twitter user ERikk_the_Dane replied.

In support of Markle, the twitter account Meghanpedia commented that “#DuchessMeghan has American values of redemption and second chances. Where you can overcome obstacles & rise above your circumstances. She is bringing her optimism; hope & CAN DO ATTITUDE; helping to build confidence in women who need a hand held.”

There’s no denying that Markle’s work has, so far, generated quite a bit of good.

Before her very public relationship with her current husband, the 38-year-old former actress worked as a counselor for the international charity One Young World and spoke out against gender inequality and modern-day slavery.  As a duchess, Markle has inserted herself into the royal family’s various foundations and worked with the Hubb Community Kitchen, which was founded by the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. In support, she helped to publish a cookbook for funding called Together: Our Community Cookbook, which became her first charity project as Duchess of Sussex.

David Ortiz, Aka Big Papi, Was Shot And People Are Still Trying To Use Him For His Money

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David Ortiz, Aka Big Papi, Was Shot And People Are Still Trying To Use Him For His Money

David Ortiz, better known by the very Latino monicker of “Big Papi”, is a former professional baseball player helming out of the Dominican Republic, and who is famous for being part of the Boston Red Sox. His larger-than-life persona, charming smile and big bear physique has made him a much loved and admired player in Boston, a city that lives and breaths baseball. 

Life has been tough for David Ortiz, Big Papi, since June 9, when he was shot.

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Big Papi’s life has not been easy in recent months: he was shot on June 9 while at a bar in the Dominican Republic. He underwent a six hour operation and is on the mend. Life circumstances have made him question the nature of fame and the intentions of some of those who approach him. 

So who is Big Papi? (if you are a hardcore baseball fan you should know!)

Just look at that smile! You would not think that this man had such a rough upbringing. David Américo Ortiz Arias was born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In his hometown, he had to survive the tough streets to make something out of himself. Like many Dominican youth, he turned to baseball as a way to get self-discipline and burn some testosterone. The Boston Globe reports: “Before he turned 10, David Ortiz saw a man stabbed to death. Growing up in a dangerous corner of Santo Domingo, Ortiz was accustomed to rat-a-tat gunfire and drug-dealing gangs that ruled the rutted roads around his home.”

Bostonians and Red Sox fans adore him.

Ortiz first played for the Minnesota Twins, but it was in Boston that he built a career that is the stuff of legends. During his 14 seasons with the Red Sox from 2003 all the way to 2016, he was a ten-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion, and a seven-time Silver Slugger winner. Big Papi also holds Boston’s single-season record for home runs: he scored  54 during the 2006 season. The Boston Globe explains the adoration that Big Papi inspires among Bostonians and Latinos: “Ortiz is widely adored from the Dominican barrios to American boardrooms. He has attained the image of a big-hearted force for good, whether glad-handing strangers on the streets, raising money for desperately ill children in both countries, or exhorting a traumatized city to unite in strength after the Boston Marathon bombings”.

Some have taken their fandom of Big Papi to the extreme.

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This tattoo is an example of the level of admiration that Big Papi sparks. Can you imagine seeing his face every single day? His life story and generous spirit is certainly something to strive for. 

The curse of fame: money comes at a price.

As reported by The Boston Globe: “But his ascent to stardom also made Ortiz, like other multimillionaire athletes in the Caribbean and beyond, a prime target for hustlers, criminals, and opportunists, and vulnerable to random crime”. 

A story that tends to repeat itself: leeches are por todos lados.

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Like has happened with many other Latino sportsmen (we can think of Panamanian boxing icon Roberto Duran, for example), soon money and fame bring unwanted guests to the party. That is why Ortiz has felt used during most of the peak of his professional success. It must be hard specially for someone who has been a generous celebrity who thinks how his fame can bring joy to others. 

The beginning of the debacle: 2012 nightclub incident.

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What a nightmare. As The Boston Globe recalls: “One case in which Big Papi found himself victimized dates to the fall of 2012 in Boston, when Ortiz became the extortion target of a Dominican-American ex-convict with a history of violence, according to court records and an investigator who worked undercover on the case. For reasons that remain unclear, Ortiz and the ex-convict, Felix A. Paulino, were together in a private back room at the Venu nightclub one night in the Theatre District. Paulino videotaped Ortiz chatting with several women. Even though the video allegedly showed Ortiz doing nothing more than playfully flirting with the women, Paulino phoned Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza, and threatened to sell the recording to the celebrity gossip site TMZ unless Ortiz paid him $20,000”. What a terrible human being! 

The attempt on his life nearly cost him his life. Authorities say it was a case of mistaken identity: but how can you misidentify one of the better known faces in the country?

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On June 19, 2019, Big Papi was shot in the back at close range. He nearly died from traumatic injuries to his liver, intestines, and gall bladder, which was taken out. The Dominican police claims that it could have been a case of mistaken identity, but this is highly improbable. After all, how can you mistake Big Papi for someone else? It would be like mistaking Michael Jordan for another dude! According to reports, this is what Ortiz told the police who attended to the shooting: “Please don’t let me die, I’m a good man.”

Boston totally rallied behind him after the shooting.

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As reported by CNN: “‘David Ortiz is probably the most beloved and one of the most important players in our history, leading us to multiple World Series championships, and an active member in the community,’ said Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy. ‘I would be hard-pressed to think of anyone more beloved than David.'”

The Latino baseball community is following every step of his recuperación.

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David underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic following the incident, but was then transferred to the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remains under observation. His wife has been by his side all this time. 

And people are just wondering how come someone as beloved as Big Papi was even shot!

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Some celebrities live and die with a “bad boy” reputation and while physical harm is never condoned, sometimes it comes as no surprise. Big Papi is different, however. 

Other hyper famous sports figures are wishing him the best.

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Besides the Red Sox, the New England Patriots are the most beloved team in the Boston area (well, maybe the Celtics too, but they haven’t been that successful as of late). Fans will love the fact that Big Papi and Tom Brady are good pals and the quarterback was one of the first to wish David a speedy recovery. 

This is the guy who gives so much of his life to charitable causes, no manchen.

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Through the David Ortiz Children’s Fund he helps minors in Boston and the Dominican Republic. The fund’s mission is as critical as it comes, as it “provides essential support for children in the Dominican Republic and in New England who cannot afford the critical cardiac services they need. We are proud to partner with CEDIMAT Hospital in Santo Domingo and the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children to fulfill this mission. Through outreach, education, and support for medical care, we’re committed to enhancing the health and well-being of children who require life-saving heart surgeries”. What a fantastic, practical cause. By the way, you can donate here: https://www.davidortizchildrensfund.org/donate-2-2-2/