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The Duchess of Sussex: Family and Background

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Old 06-04-2018, 05:49 PM
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This is a nice story to share:

Meghan Markle's ancestors: cross-dressing Jazz Age great and baseball player who faced Babe Ruth | Daily Mail Online

DM ran this.before but I wish this was given more prominence. Meghan has a family history to be proud of, and not solely defined by the Markles.
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What a cool story! Thanks for posting it.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:46 AM
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Well that answers that. Charles and Camilla arrived today for a 2 day visit. Guess we’ll see if the rumors pan out for Harry and Meghan next month.

Also Oprah talks about spending time with Doria. They is no interview. She said it out of her own mouth. If that isn't good enough for some then nothing will convince you.

https://www.etonline.com/oprah-winfr...mpression=true
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https://www.today.com/popculture/opr...-s-mom-t130766


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"Meghan's mom had come to my house and she left laden with gifts," Winfrey recalled. "You know what the gifts were? First, she's great at yoga, so I said 'Bring your yoga mat and your sneaks in case we just want to do yoga on the lawn.'"
The pair also snacked on a dessert made from very locally-sourced kumquats. "She said, 'I love kumquats,' and I said, 'I have a kumquat tree!'" said Oprah, which makes sense: we imagine she has one of every kind of fruit-bearing tree.
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:36 PM
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"Meghan's mom had come to my house and she left laden with gifts," Winfrey recalled. "You know what the gifts were? First, she's great at yoga, so I said 'Bring your yoga mat and your sneaks in case we just want to do yoga on the lawn.'"
The pair also snacked on a dessert made from very locally-sourced kumquats. "She said, 'I love kumquats,' and I said, 'I have a kumquat tree!'" said Oprah, which makes sense: we imagine she has one of every kind of fruit-bearing tree.
Love that O straightened out everything.
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Thomas Markle Snr is currently on Good Morning Britain talking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

Piers is asking questions about pregnancy rumours, Thomas' personal life, whether Thomas has met other members of the RF.

Thomas is quite obviously very nervous, whether he has chosen to do this or someone has forced him to do it it's unclear but i don't think he wants to do it.

Thomas is talking about his early career, how he met Doria and fell in love, how the marriage didn't work. He is talking with such emotion about Meghan. He's apparently looking forward to coming to London soon. Thomas had worked on a speech for the wedding, he feels bad that Meghan put all the working and he didn't. Apparently in an instagram post Meghan thanked her father (assuming this is not this year), for a lot including giving her the Markle nose!

Ha! Thomas says that when Rachel Zane left Suits it ruined the show for him!

This is a long interview!

He sends his love to them both, he's not in a mexican hideaway, he couldn't be more proud of them and he loves them dearly. Piers calls him a very decent guy. In Thomas' first conversation with Henry they had an argument about Donald Trump which Henry tried to calm him down over. Thomas "thinks" Henry is open to the experiment of Brexit but this came from a push question by Piers.

Thomas Markle says Donald Trump has had his chance, and now he's done.

Piers is being a bit silly now, as he's asking Thomas is opinion on Henry between the two of us, when they're both on live television.

Thomas has nothing but praise for Henry and Meghan. The staged photos were a serious mistake, and he's hurting from the decision he made to stay away from the wedding. He has to pay for that decision for the rest of his life.

Thomas Markle expresses regret at not giving Meghan away and thanks 'handsome' Prince Charles | Daily Mail Online

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Thomas Markle Snr is currently on Good Morning Britain talking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

Piers is asking questions about pregnancy rumours, Thomas' personal life, whether Thomas has met other members of the RF.

Thomas is quite obviously very nervous, whether he has chosen to do this or someone has forced him to do it it's unclear but i don't think he wants to do it.
Tom talking about Harry's views on Trump and Brexit makes me think there isn't going to be a quiet breakfast neither at Nottingham cottage nor at Windsor this morning.
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Harry's supposed answers on Trump and Brexit were very non-committal and vague. I mean these conversations would have happened after both Brexit and the Election in the US so what was Harry supposed to say? I am sure he has been raised since birth to be as vague as possible when talking politics to someone who he didn't know at this point.

The media will absolutely run with that though. It is going to be a rough week for KP. I honestly may take a break from Royal watching for a few days. Whenever Markle Sr pops up, ugly drama ensues.
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The media will absolutely run with that though. It is going to be a rough week for KP. I honestly may take a break from Royal watching for a few days. Whenever Markle Sr pops up, ugly drama ensues.
It's Mette-Marit and her father all over again but on an international stage and hopefully without the strippers...
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I am guessing, and could be wrong, that KP didn't know about this ahead of time which means Meghan is waking up to this like the rest of us.

Sigh, you would think Tom would have learned...
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Count me as one who doesn’t think that Mr. Markle is obliged to keep his mouth shut for the rest of his days. He’s an American citizen who doesn’t have to keep his opinions to himself lest he upset the grey men of BP or KP. Besides that, what he said was pretty anodyne.
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Thanks Lumutqueen!

Well, talking to Piers Morgan isn't actually very wise of him, is it.

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Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely blaming the media here.
It's Mette-Marit and her father all over again but on an international stage and hopefully without the strippers...
Don't even remind me of it.

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I am guessing, and could be wrong, that KP didn't know about this ahead of time which means Meghan is waking up to this like the rest of us.

Sigh, you would think Tom would have learned...
I would be very surprised if they knew about it, because then they would have done everything they could to stop it (I mean, it's Piers Morgan).
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What a sweet man. Such a human story, so simple and graceful. A decent man, like Piers said, a good man. It was hard to watch his discomfort. I wonder why he did the interview? Do Harry and Meghan know?

It sounds like he expects to be coming to London to meet 'the family'. Can't see a man like him making up stories. Will be interesting to see how this shakes down. Doria manages to stay silent, wonder why he decided to talk.
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How can people say that this is sweet or misguided. He basically implied that Harry might abuse Meghan amongst other things.Did y’all even watch this interview?? It was terrible.
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Count me as one who doesn’t think that Mr. Markle is obliged to keep his mouth shut for the rest of his days. He’s an American citizen who doesn’t have to keep his opinions to himself lest he upset the grey men of BP or KP. Besides that, what he said was pretty anodyne.
How about keeping his mouth shut lest he upset his daughter? Meghan's coming off a great solo engagement with HMQ and now kicks off the week with this dumpster fire. Thomas Markle can talk about his own opinions and feelings all day long (though I wish he wouldn't) but it's past time for him to keep H&M's names out of his mouth. Saying anything, positive or negative, just makes it harder for Meghan.
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How can people say that this is sweet or misguided. He basically implied that Harry might abuse Meghan amongst other things.Did y’all even watch this interview?? It was terrible.
He did WHAT?
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Sweet man? Far from it. Poor Meghan. I suspect whatever relationship they had is officially over. If I were her I would completely cut him out of my life.

He wants to come to London? What a joke. Anyone notice how he keeps mentioning how upset he is that he is not part of history. And how uncomfortable was his comment that the 1st thing he said to Harry was "don't raise hand to her." Sheesh.

It all makes sense why she delayed telling him. He kept repeating how Meghan and Harry stressed to him to NOT talk to the press and here he is doing it anyways. And all he could say to it was that he felt he needed to clear the air and he hopes they will forgive him.

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the 1st thing he said to Harry was "don't raise hand to her."
A remark that says more about Mr Markle, than about Harry IMO.. Why would he EVEN think that a possibility about someone he doesn't know and seems not to have yet met [unless it's in his own repertoire] ???
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Kensington Palace is refusing to comment on Thomas Markle’s claims that Prince Harry told him to “give Trump a chance” and that the sixth in line to the throne was open to Brexit.

FWIW royal sources were at pains to stress that Harry and Meghan had spoken to Mr Markle several times in the week of the wedding after KP was criticised for not bringing him into the fold and giving him greater support.

Via Richard Palmer Twitter
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