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    Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November, 2021. A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley quoted the Caribbean island nation's first premier Errol Barrow's warning against 'loitering on colonial premises'. Buckingham Palace has said Barbados' intention to remove the Queen as head of state and become a republic is a 'matter' for the Caribbean nation.   The Queen pictured with Governor-General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason at Windsor Castle in 2018 The Queen inspects a guard of honour upon arrival in Barbados in 1977  Prince Charles attends a wreath laying ceremony in Bridgetown in March 2019  Reading the speech, Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason said:...
    Virginia has gone dark blue. For years, decades even, the commonwealth — “the Birthplace of Presidents,” as it is sometimes called — was a Republican stronghold (even former Sen. Bob Dole won the state as Bill Clinton won in a landslide in 1996). Until the past few elections, the last time a Democrat won the commonwealth was Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Even this century, Republicans controlled the state: George W. Bush thumped Al Gore there in 2000, then hammered Sen. John Kerry four years later. But things have been changing ever since. Barack Obama crushed Sen. John McCain in 2008, then won again in 2012, beating Mitt Romney by three points. And Hillary Clinton won the state by more than...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have allegedly been attempting to build bridges between themselves and the monarchy after realizing that “they need the royal family more than it needs them.” According to The Mirror, the first step that the couple has undertaken to try to foster a better relationship with the House of Windsor is to heap praise on the Commonwealth, which is one of Queen Elizabeth’s most valued organizations. “The Queen is fiercely protective of the Commonwealth,” revealed a source. “She wants her work to carry on through younger family members when she’s gone. It feels like Harry and Meghan are finally trying to build bridges,” the insider continued. Prince Harry and Meghan’s new admiration for the association appears...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are 'trying to build bridges with the Queen' by gushing about the Commonwealth, a royal source told Sunday People.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly trying to make amends with the monarch after Harry, 35, appeared to take a swipe at the British Empire last month by saying the history of the Commonwealth 'must be acknowledged' even if it's 'uncomfortable'. The claim comes after the pair heaped praise on Harry's grandmother this week, insisting it is an 'honour' to be continuing Her Majesty's legacy and that the Queen has succeeded in what she set out to do with the Commonwealth.  According to the insider, it's 'dawned' on Harry and Meghan, 39, that 'they need the Royal...
    MEGHAN Markle "have Prince Harry the confidence to drive through Megxit" and they are now "stronger than ever", a royal author has claimed. Speaking to Ok! magazine, Omid Scobie - who co-authored the bombshell biography Finding Freedom - claimed Prince Harry was the driving force behind their decision to step down as senior working members of the Royal Family. 2Meghan and Harry appeared on video call from their new Santa Barbara home yesterdayCredit: The Queen's Commonwealth Trust/Youtube "I think once Meghan is committed to something, there is no turning back," Omid argued. "And if Harry had said, 'We’re sticking it out for another year,' then Meghan would have definitely ridden it out longer if he'd wanted to." Although the royal...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took part in a video call with young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust today to discuss how social media can be a 'force for good'. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the discussion from their mansion in Santa Barbara, California, on Monday, which was shared on the QCT YouTube channel today.  This discussion brought to life the reality of online communities for good and the profound difference they can make to lives over generations in the future. This was the second QCT online discussion attended by Sussexes, who are President and Vice-President of QCT respectively.  In their last public conversation with the QCT, the couple faced criticism after they appeared to take a swipe...
    Queen Elizabeth II has led commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, which signalled the end of World War Two. Britain’s monarch said in a statement released on Saturday: “Today we mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, which brought victory for the Allies and finally marked the end of the Second World War. “Those of us who remember the conclusion of the Far East campaign, whether on active service overseas, or waiting for news at home, will never forget the jubilant scenes and overwhelming sense of relief. Amongst the joy at the end of the conflict, we also remembered, as we do today, the terrible devastation that it brought, and the cost borne by so...
    The Duke of Sussex insists it would take 'every single person on the planet' to defeat racism in a candid new virtual interview for a civil rights organisation.  Prince Harry, 35, who is currently living in Tyler Perry's $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills with Meghan Markle, 38, and their son Archie, one, having stepped back from royal duty in March, is set to speak about the topic in a new interview for the Colour of Change initiative. In a clip released of the interview on Instagram, Prince Harry praised the younger generation for 'acting, rather than just saying'. Speaking with US civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, the royal continued: 'As we've discussed before, it is going to take every single...
    Boston housing market: Trends & prices Hertz will pay lenders $650 million to resolve dispute over fleet reduction The Queen attends virtual portrait unveiling via videocall Queen Elizabeth II has become the first member of the British royal family to witness a portrait of themselves being unveiled virtually. © Royal Family/Foreign Commonwealth Office The queen appeared pleased by Escofet's painting, which was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. With the UK's government still recommending remote working and social distancing, the 94-year-old monarch joined a video call with artist Miriam Escofet, who appeared to gain approval from her royal model after revealing the artwork. "I'm glad I've had the chance to see it," the Queen told Escofet on the...
    WASHINGTON — Get the Led, and a glass, out! WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and James Beard Award nominee Greg Engert to talk about Commonwealth Kashmir Double IPA for the latest edition of WTOP’s Beer of the Week. Quick facts: Brewery: Commonwealth Brewing Co., Virginia Beach, Va Description: A double IPA brewed with Cashmere hops, featuring hints of melon and tangerine with a smooth finishing bitterness ABV: 8.5% Greg’s pairing suggestions: Charcuterie with pickles, olives and marinated artichokes, salty cheeses like parmesan and feta, tomato dishes of all kinds such as chilled gazpacho and fresh house-made salsa, spicy grilled shrimp
    THE Walking Dead's season 11 Commonwealth plot has been confirmed as Margot Bingham returns as Eugene’s love interest Stephanie. The New Amsterdam actress had voiced the role in the AMC zombie series in season 10 episodes Bonds and Morning Star, speaking to Eugene (Josh McDermitt) via radio. 4The Walking Dead's season 11 Commonwealth plot has been confirmed as Margot Bingham returns as Eugene’s love interest StephanieCredit: Getty Images - Getty While the network hasn't confirmed Margot will play Stephanie, it seems the likeliest option considering her links to the show so far. The season 10 finale has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is due to air in the autumn. Showrunner Angela Kang previously revealed to Deadline...
    When The Walking Dead finally kicks off its 11th season, it will have a brand new actor among the cast. Margot Bingham was officially added on Monday according to Anthony D’Alessandro of Deadline and he thinks she’s going to play a key character in the upcoming storyline. Neither The Walking Dead showrunners nor AMC representatives are talking about who the actor will portray but Allesandro thinks she’ll play Stephanie. That character is one the actor has already played as an offscreen voice that Josh McDermitt’s Eugene Porter forms a bond with via mysterious conversations over the radio. If Bingham is indeed going to be Stephanie, it’s said it would underline what The Walking Dead showrunners have said will be a...
    THE Walking Dead is famed for killing off some of its most beloved characters, but it seems a reprieve is on the horizon. Robert Kirkman, who created the acclaimed comics upon which the AMC series is based, has spoken out about the fates of Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt). 4The Walking Dead's boss has hinted Michonne WILL return to screens after season 10 – in the Rick Grimes movie trilogy Fans will remember that Michonne made her exit in season 10, but is expected to return in the upcoming Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) movie trilogy. Meanwhile Eugene is spearheading the voyage out to The Commonwealth after making contact with Stephanie over the radio. In the comics the pair...
    A Royal photographer who has snapped Prince Harry all through his life says that following his marriage to Meghan Markle, “he has merely misplaced the plot.” Veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards, 79, stated of Harry’s criticism of the British Commonwealth, “To criticize the one factor the queen cherishes above all issues, which is preserving the Commonwealth, is an insult to her — it doesn’t matter what the palace might say formally. “Any nation can look again and discover faults, however we study from historical past and transfer on. Harry ought to cease listening to his spouse, who is clearly filling him full of those concepts.” The Commonwealth is a voluntary membership “household of countries” of 54 nations which grew...
    A Royal photographer who has snapped Prince Harry throughout his life says that following his marriage to Meghan Markle, “he has simply lost the plot.” Veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards, 79, said of Harry’s criticism of the British Commonwealth, “To criticize the one thing the queen cherishes above all things, which is preserving the Commonwealth, is an insult to her — no matter what the palace may say officially. “Any country can look back and find faults, but we learn from history and move on. Harry should stop listening to his wife, who is obviously filling him full of these ideas.” The Commonwealth is a voluntary membership “family of nations” of 54 countries which grew out of the British...
    Meghan Markle married Prince Harry with 'no intention' of living in the UK, a royal photographer has claimed.  London-based veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards, 79, said that staying in the UK was not in Meghan Markle's 'plans' - despite spending £2.4million of taxpayers' money to refurbish Frogmore Cottage. He also claimed that Prince Harry, 35, reportedly went 'completely sour' following his union with the Duchess of Sussex, 38. Speaking on TalkRadio, he explained: 'All that house refurbishment at Frogmore and the money that they spent on that, she had no intention of staying here. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry with 'no intention' of living in the UK, royal photographer Arthur Edwards has claimed. Pictured, leaving St. George's Chapel in...
    Meghan Markle has ditched her vibrant outfits in favour of all-white ensembles in recent days to show solidarity with anti-racist causes, according to a stylist, and is even influencing Prince Harry to do the same. The Duchess of Sussex, 38, who is currently living with the Duke, 35, and their son Archie, one, in LA, wowed fans with her colourful wardrobe during her last few engagements in the UK before officially stepping back from royal duties in March. But in recent appearances, the former actress and her husband, Harry have ditched vibrant ensembles and instead opted for white garments in a sign of unity, stylist Susie Hasler tells FEMAIL. She says: 'Of course, Meghan is well aware of the symbolism of...
    A young leader who took part in the video phone call with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust discussion on justice and equal rights earlier this week, has admitted her initial hesitance in joining the call. Alicia Wallace, the director of Equality Bahamas, gave an insider's view of the phone call, during which she admitted to at first feeling uncomfortable about joining Prince Harry, 35, and  Meghan Markle, 38, for the talk, due to the Royal Family's history of colonisation.  She admitted that choosing to be part of the conversation was 'complicated', as she feared being branded hypocritical by 'sitting with people whose titles are symbols of a legacy from which we need to...
    Prince Harry's criticism of the Commonwealth shows he has 'lost the plot' and 'should stop listening to his wife', a royal photographer has claimed.  Earlier this week the Duke of Sussex, 35, faced criticism after he appeared to take a swipe at the British Empire by saying the history of the Commonwealth 'must be acknowledged', even if it's 'uncomfortable'.   Harry made the comment as he joined wife Meghan Markle, 38, for a video call from their Los Angeles home with young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust last week that was made public on Monday. As part of the discussion on 'justice and equal rights', Harry said the Commonwealth - of which his grandmother is head - needs to follow others...
    PRINCE Harry is entitled to his views. But in criticising the Commonwealth – the organisation closest to his grandmother’s heart – he has simply lost the plot. One of the Queen’s greatest achievements has been keeping together 54 countries in this “family of nations”, which grew out of the end of the British Empire. 10Arthur Edwards says Prince Harry criticising the Commonwealth is an insult to the QueenCredit: Getty 10Yesterday Harry and Meghan said we must acknowledge the ‘uncomfortable’ past of the CommonwealthCredit: queens_commonwealth_trust She treats every single one of these countries, large and small — from India, Canada and Australia to tiny island states such as Tuvalu, Malta and Cyprus — as equals. Harry knows just how important the...
    THE vision of the Commonwealth is one of nations cooperating on equal terms in order to help each other. This idea of togetherness, which is at the heart of an institution that covers 54 countries in six continents and 2.2billion people, is a positive one. 1Harry, the President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, has been taking aim at it saying an acknowledgement of the past is 'not going to be comfortable'Credit: AP:Associated Press While Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, is the head of the Commonwealth, she does not rule it. In fact, the Commonwealth’s Secretary-General is a black woman, Patricia Scotland, and unlike the European Union, this is not a trading block where rules are imposed. Economically it is beneficial, with...
    4 SHE'S far too measured and calm to do this, but the Queen should now strip Harry and Meghan of their royal titles. Their brazen and outrageous attack on the Commonwealth in their role as president and vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is a step too far. Harry and Meghan discuss fairness and justice during The Queen's Commonwealth Trust conversation Harry is making a direct public challenge to his 94-year-old grandmother at a time of great stress and I think he should feel ashamed. “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past,” he said in the hostage-like video, with an American actress by his side...
    PIERS Morgan went on a furious rant about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "attacking the Queen" during today's episode of Good Morning Britain. The 55-year-old presenter even accused Harry, 35, of "looking like a hostage" as he and 38-year-old Meghan took part in the Queen's Commonwealth Trust video call - one of the network's weekly sessions set up in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. 9Piers lashed out at Harry and Meghan during today's GMB The couple enraged royalists as they declared we must acknowledge the Commonwealth's "uncomfortable" past as they spoke out about equality. And Piers has claimed that the comments will spark a "political fight" with Harry's grandmother, the Queen. He moaned during today's GMB: "I'm trying...
    PRINCE Harry has spoken out about the “challenges of digging deep to find resilience” during the coronavirus outbreak, from the garden of his £15million LA mansion.  The Duke of Sussex, 35, recorded a new video message for his charity Sentebale, following stepping back as a senior royal in March.  7Prince Harry has recorded a special message for his charity Sentebale for the Opening Ceremony of the AIDS 2020 Conference The video was posted on the Sentebale Twitter page for the Opening Ceremony of the AIDS 2020 Conference.  Harry said: “This year’s theme is resilience, something all of us around the globe have understood, specifically in recent months.  “For many, digging deep to find that resilience has been a challenging experience.”...
    The speaking opportunities appear to be coming in thick and fast for Meghan Markle, as it was announced today that the Duchess will appear as a special guest at a summit for the Girl Up campaign next week.  The campaign organisation, which has the motto 'uniting girls to change the world', revealed that the royal will appear at its virtual 2020 Global Leadership Summit, alongside other big-ticket names including Michelle Obama and Priyanka Chopra. The 38-year-old royal is a keynote speaker at the online event, which is taking place from July 13th to 15th, the Girl Up campaign said in a post across its social media platforms. It is the latest in a series of public steps taken by Prince...
    Prince Harry looked 'awkward' and 'trapped' during the video call in which he called on the Commonwealth to 'acknowledge' its past wrongs, a body language expert has revealed.  The Duke of Sussex, 35, made the divisive comments during a virtual meeting with Meghan Markle, 38, and global young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust last week, which was made public yesterday. Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, Prince Harry said the Commonwealth, which is headed by his grandmother the Queen, needs to follow others who have 'acknowledged the past' and are 'trying to right their wrongs'. Analysing footage of the discussion for FEMAIL, body language expert Judi James noted Prince Harry looked 'awkward' and 'spoke down to the floor'...
    Jamaica's High Commissioner has joined Prince Harry's call for an 'open discussion' on Britain's role in the slave trade, saying Commonwealth countries 'needs to address the elephant in the room'. Seth George Ramocan said that while today's generation is not responsible for 'dehumanizing' people taken into slavery from Africa and the Caribbean, the same mindset 'still exists in a more subtle form'. He told the Today programme: 'This really should be a matter of open discussion and acknowledgement of what the wrongs were, particularly through the slave trade and how we come to a common understanding about this.' It comes a day after the Duke faced criticism for an apparent swipe at the British Empire by saying the history...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are a 'solid couple' with mutual 'appreciation and respect' and 'physical connection as well as an emotional one,' a body language expert has claimed.  The 35-year-old royal and his wife, 38, made a rare public appearance since their move to LA, speaking out together with young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust in a video call last week which was made public today. Speaking to DailyMail.com, body language expert Blanca Cobb analyzed the couple's physical presence with one another in the video, saying that Meghan shows vulnerability toward Harry and he shows a tendency to support her — and that Meghan is very much the center of Harry's world. On camera: Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38,...
    Speaking at a session of the Queen’s Commonwealth Have confidence in on Wednesday, Harry explained persons must “admit the earlier,” even when doing so is awkward. “When you seem across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can transfer ahead unless of course we admit the past,” he claimed. “So several people have finished these kinds of an remarkable occupation of acknowledging the past and striving to appropriate all those wrongs, but I imagine we all accept there is so significantly far more nevertheless to do.” “It’s not going to be effortless and in some circumstances it’s not going to be comfortable but it requirements to be completed, for the reason that guess what: Everyone gains,” the Prince additional....
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined young leaders to discuss fairness, justice and equal rights, with Harry telling them: 'There is no turning back now, everything is coming to a head.' Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, both took part in the Queen's Commonwealth Trust video call which formed one of the network's weekly sessions set up in response to the growing Black Lives Matter movement. The duke, who last week outlined his personal commitment to tackling institutional racism, warned that past wrongs needed to be acknowledged across the Commonwealth in order to move forward, while Meghan said people needed to push through an 'uncomfortable' phase towards equality. The couple, who were speaking from LA, joined Chrisann...
    London (CNN)Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have encouraged Britain to reckon with its colonial past, highlighting the "wrongs" of its historic involvement in the countries that now make up the Commonwealth.Speaking at a session of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust on Wednesday, Harry said people must "acknowledge the past," even when doing so is uncomfortable."When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past," he said. "So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.""It's not going to be easy and in some cases it's...
    WASHINGTON D.C. could be on its way to becoming the 51st state after a historic vote by House Democrats on Friday. The bill members will be voting on would refer to the District of Columbia as "Washington, Douglas Commonwealth." 3 Washington D.C. could be on its way to becoming the 51st state after a historic vote FridayCredit: Getty - Contributor The new name would no longer refer to the Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus but abolitionist Frederick Douglass. According to Daily Mail, Douglass was chosen because he was from Maryland. The new state name also refers to George Washington, a Virginian. 3 As a state, the District of Columbia would be referred to as "Washington, Douglas Commonwealth"Credit: Getty Images - Getty...
    House Democrats made history Friday by voting in favor of making Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state.  The vote was 232 to 180, with no Republicans voting in favor of the move and Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota also saying nay. Peterson famously voted against President Trump's impeachment as well. Independent Rep. Justin Amash also voted no.  The bill now moves to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will let it die. President Trump has also shown no interest in allowing D.C. to become a state, as the left-leaning District would likely elect two Democratic senators.  The bill, HR 51, would rename Washington the 'District of Columbia,' Washington 'Douglass Commonwealth' - swapping out Italian explorer Christopher Columbus for...
    House Democrats are poised to approve Washington, D.C., becoming the nation's 51st state in a historic vote scheduled for Friday.  Washington the 'District of Columbia' would be no longer, the bill's language says, as the new state would be referred to as 'Washington, Douglass Commonwealth' - swapping out Italian explorer Christopher Columbus for Maryland-born abolitionist  Frederick Douglass.  'And what an appropriate name: George Washington and Frederick Douglass, joined together in support of citizenship, what an appropriate name it seems to me for the capital of America,' remarked Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House's No. 2 Democrat who represents nearby Maryland. 'To honor two of its citizens: one white, one black, both committed to the union and committed to citizenship.'  House...
    Geri Horner, the former "Ginger Spice" of the Spice Girls, was recently appointed as one of the first-ever ambassadors for the Royal Commonwealth Society. Horner announced the honor on social media. "'I am delighted to have become an inaugural Ambassador of the Royal Commonwealth Society," she wrote in a post on her Instagram page. The Royal Commonwealth Society “champions the importance of literacy, equality and inclusion, the environment and connected communities across the Commonwealth’s 54 member nations,” according to the network’s website. MEL B SAYS SHE WANTS TO 'KILL' GINGER SPICE, VICTORIA BECKHAM IN 'BOOZY' Q&A SHOW: REPORT Horner, 47, expressed gratitude in her Instagram post, writing, “Throughout my life, I have been a big believer in the power of coming together...
    LONDON (AP) — The Commonwealth Games has joined a growing list of sports bodies allowing athletes to protest against racism without fear of repercussions. Organizations such as FIFA and the NFL reacted similarly following the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck in Minneapolis. “People say, ‘Aren’t you opening up the Pandora’s box?’ Well no, I think we’re respecting people’s rights to voice their opinions,” David Grevemberg, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said in a conference call Thursday. Athletes can take a knee, for example, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, although Grevemberg said it would be “presumptuous of me to say, this...