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Royal Family Hurt As Prince Harry And Meghan Begin Next Chapter

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The Royal Family have described as hurtful the announcement made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their plan to step back as senior royals.

On Wednesday, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan announced they intend “to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family”, an announcement the queen, Queen Elizabeth II, is reportedly disappointed about.

In a report on Thursday by BBC, without naming sources the media said that the royal family was “hurt” by the decision. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not consult any senior royal before making the statement.

Harry and Meghan in a statement described as “a personal message from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said “after many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.”

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support,” it read.

 

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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In a response to the statement, Buckingham Palace stated that “discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

Meghan, an actress and a human rights activist made no secret that the transition to being a global celebrity and part of Britain’s royal family was difficult.

Earlier, during an ITV documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” which followed the royal couple on their autumn tour of Southern Africa, they revealed their struggles with the media. Both said they had struggled with the spotlight and that much of what was printed about them is untrue.

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Joe Biden Announces All-Female Media Team At His White House

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US President-elect Joe Biden has on Sunday announced an all-female senior White House communications team led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield who served as communications director for Biden while he was vice president.

Ahead of January 20 swearing-in, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have sought to inject diversity in their appointments and nominations so far.

The latest move to announce the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women in what the office called a first in the country’s history would see three veterans of the Obama administration take up key positions.

Jen Psaki served as a White House communications director and a spokesperson at the state department; and Neera Tanden served as a senior adviser to the-then health and human services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.

Biden said in a statement that “these qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”

Other appointees include Ashley Etienne as communications director for Harris and Symone Sanders as Harris’s senior adviser and chief spokesperson.

Pili Tobar was named deputy White House communications director and Karine Jean-Pierre will be principal deputy press secretary.

Elizabeth Alexander was named communications director for incoming First Lady Jill Biden.

Unlike most cabinet-level positions, these appointments do not require Senate confirmation.

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UK Cuts Overseas Aid After Worst Recession In Over 300 Years

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The British government is facing so much criticism over its decision to cut overseas aid and divert the funds to finance other spending priorities in the wake of what it described as the deepest recession in more than three centuries.

Treasury chief, Rishi Sunak, says the move is widely expected to free up at least five and a half billion dollars for the conservative government to use for other concerns.

Sunak says government needed to make tough choices at a time of unprecedented crisis.

He said the government aims to return to the target introduced by the labour government of Tony Blair around two decades ago, but that even with the new target, the U.K. Will still be the second biggest aid spender among the group of seven leading industrial nations.

Critics from inside the political spectrum indicate the decision goes against the government’s promise in last year’s general election to maintain the aid target.

Chief executive of the non-governmental organization, save the children, Kevin Watkins, says the NGO is deeply disappointed by the cut, and that, the UK had “broken a promise” to the world’s neediest people that could lead to “100,000 lives not saved by immunization.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the world’s Anglican communion, Justin Welby, said the cut “is shameful and wrong,” and against the teaching of Jesus Christ.

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Turkey Jails Hundreds For Life Over 2016 Failed Coup Attempt

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A Turkish court has jailed for life, three hundred thirty-seven former pilots and other suspects over an unsuccessful plot to overthrow president Recep Tayyip Erdogan four years ago.

475 defendants were accused of carrying out the attempt to overthrow the government in 2016, from an airbase near the capital Ankara.

More than 250 persons were killed in the attempt as rogue soldiers commandeered warplanes, helicopters and tanks in a bid to take control of key state institutions.

Of the 337 life sentences given, 291 were aggravated life sentences, the most severe punishment in Turkish courts. This means there is no possibility of parole.

State news agency, Anadolu, and other sources, said at least 25 F-16 pilots were given aggravated life sentences.

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