It is devastating news for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that neither they nor their children Archie and Lilibet were reportedly invited by King Charles to commemorate the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death.
Given that Harry and Meghan’s only currency is being members of the royal family, the snub has to be particularly bitter. It also suggests that the king has finally found his courage.
We were all distraught that the royals hadn’t fought back after Harry and Meghan made extraordinary allegations against them during the late Queen’s lifetime.
Now it’s time to cash out. And for that, we should all shout Cheers to the King!
The message is clear: you are not welcome here. That’s entirely true too – the cancellation means the couple won’t be able to use the most poignant royal ceremonies since the Queen’s death for their self-serving documentaries next month.
Scenes from the fifth episode of the Netflix documentary Harry and Meghan
To make matters worse, even the disgraced Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah are invited to the family reunion in Balmoral on September 8th.
And Harry and Meghan can’t claim their absence was due to conflicting appointments as they will be a stone’s throw from the UK in Dusseldorf the next day, where the Invictus Games opens. They’ve already left Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – which means they no longer have a home in the UK.
Now they are publicly shunned by the royals. They must realize that a bleak future may lie ahead. Perhaps this explains why we took a very different view of Harry and Meghan in their recent public appearances together.
They used to hold hands and look into each other’s eyes.
But in their boastful video this week, in which they thank the winners of a youth tech prize they sponsor, they never made eye contact or touched each other.
And in pictures celebrating Meghan’s 42nd birthday in Montecito on Wednesday, she walks out of the restaurant right in front of a miserable looking Harry.
No hand holding, no back rubbing. Is the royal show over for the Sussexes?
Millions of us very much hope so.
Amanda’s fast-paced revenge
There was outrage when Amanda Holden was mother-shamed by misogynistic influencer Andrew Tate on Twitter after posting a picture of herself in a bikini.
Tate said: “You’re a wife and a mother and you’re past your teens.” Amanda, 52, then shared this even more racist image – while still awaiting trial on human trafficking charges (despite being released from house arrest yesterday).
Revenge is sometimes a dish best served hot.
There was widespread outrage when Amanda Holden was mother-shamed on Twitter by misogynistic influencer Andrew Tate
When TikTok celebrity chef Thomas Straker proudly posted a photo of the predominantly young staff at his successful London restaurant, Straker’s, he was met with a spate of abuse online for being all white, male and lacking in diversity.
Crikey, when did young hard-working white guys with jobs become the butt of ridicule?
Ken is the greatest
Readers may think I am writing my column and listening to Rachmaninoff and other lofty BBC tunes. I’m sorry to break you the news, but I’m a Ken Bruce fan and – along with a million others – left the Beeb and followed him to Greatest Hits Radio.
Craig Crouch was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the murder of his 10-month-old stepson Jacob.
The baby’s mother, Gemma Barton, was found not guilty of her son’s murder but received 10 years in prison for causing or allowing his death.
Half of the sentence is being served on license, so she will only serve five years in prison. I wonder why the mother, whose duty it is to protect her child, so often gets away with a lesser fee in such cases?
Craig Crouch was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the murder of his 10-month-old stepson Jacob
Singer Lizzo is fighting a lawsuit filed by three of her ex-dancers alleging sexual harassment, bullying and fat shaming. She denies the claims, saying they’re “sweeping” — apt phrase considering she’s known to be plus size.
English cricketer Stuart Broad is in talks to join Strictly Come Dancing. Famed for his white headband and intoxicating manhood, the 1.80m ace scored a six on his last bat and took a wicket on his last ball in his final Test before retiring.
I can’t wait to see Broad in cropped, sequined pants and a fitted, open-to-the-navel shirt. Pass on the smelling salts!
am barbie . . not the friend
A new TikTok trend is encouraging young women to dump their boyfriends if, after seeing the Barbie movie, men don’t embrace the core messages of women’s empowerment and the ills of patriarchy.
Only a Barbie brain can be that stupid. As for the abandoned friends, I’d say it’s a happy escape.
A new TikTok trend is encouraging young women to dump their boyfriends if, after seeing the Barbie movie, men don’t embrace the core messages of women’s empowerment and the ills of patriarchy
Meanwhile, the website Bairbie.me – which turns real people into their Barbie or Ken likeness – produces this Ken version of “No”, not by Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling or Jude Law, but by Boris Johnson.
Who said Barbie didn’t have a sense of humor?
Strict judge Shirley Ballas posts pictures from her sun vacation in Portugal, where she enjoys “four juices a day, colonic irrigation, yoga, long hikes, spin classes and gym workouts.”
As her colleague Craig Revel Horwood would say, that sounds “absolutely disastrous, darling” — and the kind of vacation I wouldn’t get points for.
Freddie Mercury’s longtime girlfriend Mary Austin has auctioned off his prized possessions, including a cat vest with his favorite cats on it.
Freddie wore it in his last video with Queen.
I had to explain to my little darling Ted that for £30,000 it’s up to the cat’s whiskers and someone else bites the dust when it comes to what he wants.
Residents are “very upset” that Rishi Sunak blames their strikes for the increase in waiting lists, which have now risen to 7.47 million.
Still, it’s hard to deny the facts when NHS England’s own figures show that more than 600,000 hospital appointments have already been impacted as a result of their walkouts.
Surely it’s time to review the legal system, given that lawyers for the man who murdered Tory MP Sir David Amess in front of witnesses at his constituency practice have been awarded £100,000 in legal aid – despite the avowed jihadist admitting that he stabbed that lovely man to death.
How come it took police officers two hours to even notice that Greenpeace protesters had broken into the Prime Minister’s home in Yorkshire and another five hours to arrest intruders? Doesn’t it have security? Have lazy cops been caught napping?
Had it been the US, they would have been arrested immediately – or possibly shot.
Residents are “very upset” that Rishi Sunak blames their strikes for the increase in waiting lists, which have now risen to 7.47 million
Melania Trump is nowhere to be seen when The Donald appears in court again, nor was she seen campaigning with him.
Meanwhile, outside the courtroom, his loyal legal spokesman, Alina Habba, staunchly defends him.
Melania must surely be glad to see her husband in such safe hands – as any devoted wife would.