Meghan and Harry in Hollywood

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  1. Benn98

    Benn98 Well-Known Member

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    Meghan Markle may have to sponsor Prince Harry to live in US

    By Sara Nathan
    April 1, 2020 | 1:27pm

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    Meghan Markle may have to sponsor Prince Harry so he can live and work in the US permanently, a top immigration attorney told Page Six.

    As of Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer working royals and are officially embarking on their new “financially independent” life in Los Angeles.

    While the Queen’s grandson, 35, would have been able to work while the couple was living in Canada for the past few months as it’s part of the Commonwealth, the rules are completely different in the States, a top New York immigration attorney said.

    Harry has three options to get a green card — he can either sponsor himself in the extraordinary ability category — or Markle, 38, can sponsor him as a U.S. citizen or a U.S. entity can sponsor him.

    He would get a temporary work and travel permit after an initial approval like any regular applicant, the process to get a green card can currently take more than a year. After three years on a green card, Harry would be eligible to become a U.S. citizen. However, this means he would have to renounce his royal title as sixth in line to the throne, so that would be highly unlikely, the attorney said.

    After their move to LA late last month, Harry could either be on a B1/B2 visa, which is a regular tourist visa, or possibly an A1 diplomatic visa, which are for government officials and diplomats. He can’t work on either of these visas, other than in a government or diplomatic capacity on an A1 visa.

    However, following President Trump’s sour tweet this weekend where he declared he would refuse to pay for their multi-million security bill, an A1 may not last too long. Harry could also be on or apply for an O-1 visa should he have potential contracts here or as someone with extraordinary ability.

    The attorney said: “I would probably have Harry and Meghan’s nonprofit org sponsor him based on his history of high profile philanthropy and public works and activism. If the org is not established in the US they would need a US entity of the org as well.

    “The org could also sponsor him for permanent residence under the EB1A extraordinary ability category as well, but currently things are faster and easier through spousal sponsorship.”

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    A decisive cutting of ties: Buckingham Palace distances itself from Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview


    ‘The Duke and Duchess are no longer working members of the Royal Family and therefore any decisions they take with regard to media commitments are matters for them’

    HOPE COKE
    TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2021

    Between Meghan’s privacy claim win against Associated Newspapers and the weekend’s pregnancy announcement, it’s been a big month for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. But they show no sign of slowing down, having now agreed to a revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    The news was confirmed on Monday 15 February, after which Buckingham Palace issued a statement clearly distancing the Royal Family from Meghan and Harry’s decision. The Daily Mail’s Royal Editor, Rebecca English, Tweeted: ‘Re Oprah interview, BP say: “The Duke and Duchess are no longer working members of the Royal Family and therefore any decisions they take with regard to media commitments are matters for them. As non working MRF they are under no obligation to inform the Royal Household of such plans.’

    Daily Mail reports that the couple’s decision has promoted the royal household to initiate a decisive cutting of ties between the pair and their former royal life. English alleges that Harry and Meghan are set to lose all their remaining royal patronages, as it’s thought the Queen will ask them to give up their links to any organisations passed to them through the Royal Family.

    For the Duke, this could mean losing his three remaining honorary military titles and perhaps his patronages with the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football League and the London Marathon. The Duchess, meanwhile, would have to relinquish her role as patron of the National Theatre, unless she takes on another position with them in an independent capacity. The patronage was bestowed on Meghan in 2019, interpreted as a warm gesture from the Queen, who had previously served in the role for 45 years. It remains unclear whether the couple’s links with the Commonwealth will also be severed, although English cites sources as stating that this appears likely.


    Sky News reported that US network CBS will broadcast the interview on 7 March. CBS said in a statement: ‘Winfrey will speak with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure. Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.’ The 90-minute show, entitled Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, is the couple’s first major interview post-Megxit, with the Daily Mail alleging that it’s thought the programme has already been recorded,

    English quotes a source as describing the interview as ‘one of the most inevitable and, sadly, predictable consequences’ of Megxit, with another adding that it was hoped the appearance would give Harry and Meghan the opportunity to ‘get whatever it is they want to say off their chests and move on’. Others stated that the12-month review period included in the initial terms of the couple’s departure from royal life was intended as a safety net, were they to move abroad and find that they ‘didn’t get a dime in the bank’. Since embarking on their new life in California, however, the couple have pursued a number of independent career ventures; from announcing deals with Netflix and Spotify to investing in a ‘wellness’ latte brand.


    One source states that it is commercial projects such as these that have removed the possibility of the couple having ongoing ties to the Royal Family, commenting: ‘You can’t have one of the head of state’s representatives flogging cups of coffee, it’s as simple as that.’ Another added: ‘The interview has clearly come about because there is an understanding [with the Duke and Duchess] that all remaining formal links with organisations will cease to exist.’


    ITV News previously speculated that the Duchess was set to sit down with the TV star. It’s thought that Meghan could address questions about her and Prince Harry’s departure from the Royal Family – something neither has given an interview about since Megxit. It’s not yet known whether the Duchess has set out any parameters around the interview and whether she will discuss particulars about the Royal Family. ITV News adds that Meghan may well have stipulated some ‘no go’ areas, but that it’s thought she will discuss her experiences of being in the media spotlight since her relationship with Harry came to light. It’s an issue that continues to loom large in the public consciousness, particularly given Meghan’s victory in her privacy case against the Mail on Sunday last week.

    It was thought likely that Meghan would choose Oprah for her first interview since the Duke and Duchess’s move to the US, as someone who she trusts and feels comfortable with. The two women are long-running friends, with the TV host among the guests at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 Royal Wedding. They met through a mutual friend, the CBS breakfast show host Gayle King, and now live close to each other in Santa Barbara. Oprah recently thanked Meghan on Instagram for sending her samples from the latte brand the Duchess has invested in, affectionately referring to her as ‘my neighbour “M”.’

    Indeed Oprah is herself sometimes dubbed ‘American royalty’, as a much loved and powerful public figure and the boss of her own cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Jointly owned by Discovery Inc. and Harpo Studios, the multinational channel bills itself as the ‘first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader’. The Duke has also previously agreed to work with Oprah and Apple TV, on a series about mental health. Plus Oprah has prior experience of interviewing royal figures, having spoken to Sarah, Duchess of York for a televised conversation in 2010.

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  3. Benn98

    Benn98 Well-Known Member

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    I thought Harry and Becky Sharp left the royal family because they didn't want all the public scrutiny and intrigue? But to then go to Hollywood, and sit down for an interview with Oprah? Explain this to me, please.
     
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    She is no Grace of Monaco! Even with all the publicity of marrying a prince and moving to Hollywood, I doubt if she will ever be able to boost her acting career in the future! If it's not that case, I have no clue about what she really want to do in the U.S.
     
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    My ranty take on this as a non-British person is that the British tabloids are f*cking insufferable. Maybe there's just a very thirsty market for it because they seem relentless and will not back down from the most intimate details of any person in the public eye, especially the royal family. This may seem normal for someone British, or maybe even fair trade since they pay for their lifestyle after all, but the level of intrusion seems wildly excessive to me and actually quite... confusing... if the British love their monarchy and take pride on them, why are they okay with this obsessive coverage about their private life done in a manner that is clearly not remotely dignified, the trashier, more humiliating and vulgar, the better?.. or maybe the respect is exclusively reserved to the Queen and the rest are seen as parasites that should be treated accordingly?..

    Add to that equation above the oh-so-sanctimonious Buckingham Palace, the strict protocols and tight grip on the lives of those close to the throne as if these people were first monarchy and then citizens of a democratic society and not the other way around.

    So I understand why someone would want to escape that, the world does not start or end with the UK, there's plenty of world out there :lol:.. with less obnoxious media and no "palace" to answer to. It does not necessarily mean they want to escape power and the platform they have secured from a life in the public eye... it has potential and they can continue to do what they actually enjoy doing (activism... apparently?) without having to respond to some archaic institution or being criticized just for sitting or breathing in a certain way.

    I don't know.. to me they're just.. a couple in their 30s, done with the micro-drama of their UK life, who just moved to a new country to try to raise a family and are, right now, unable to work in what they have trained (acting and military stuff) so they have to do the second thing they know best (pursue lucrative deals and use the voice and attention they have acquired after years of being in the public eye), it's really not a big deal, they have about 8 years (if lucky) before all attention is snatched by Prince George's good looks and love interests.

    Anyway, Oprah has always annoyed me.. but I guess that's really.. the best interviewer out there? Charlie Rose is in my opinion the best interviewer in the US but um yeah they would never recover.. :rofl:

    eta: just because it's bothering me lol, they're in Montecito, it's not even close to Hollywood.. like suggesting you're so starved to make it in the London scene just because you moved to... Brighton.
     
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    Pretty much took the words right out of my mouth!

    Also speaking as a non British person, I've always found it quite fascinating, to be honest, just how vicious the British tabloids have treated their own. It's another level of cruelty...even reading headlines on things Meghan did vs. the same things Kate did, was shocking to me and it became glaringly obvious they just did not care for her.

    For me, you hit the nail on the head about the respect being exclusively reserved for the Queen, especially nowadays. I cannot recall reading anything negative about her, recently anyway. Everyone else does seem to be fair game.

    I don't find Harry leaving to be that surprising to be honest. He's always seemed to be a bit rebellious, and he met someone he loves and wasn't being treated properly, by his own family nor by the country he represents, so why stay? Why be miserable the rest of your life? Again, I suppose because I am not British, the news of them defecting didn't shock me the way it may have some Brits, nor did I find it disrespectful.

    I found myself chuckling a bit when I would read anonymous sources saying things like, 'You just don't answer back the Queen. It has never been done.' Except they did, and lived to tell about it...so there is that.
     
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    I find it unconscionable that all of a sudden everyone's respect for the Queen's is being called into question. What a reach. :lol: You have the world's oldest monarch who has dedicated her life to public service, and to the UK. Who at a very early age understood the importance of her platform and had a sense of duty. Forget about keeping her name out of the tabloids, actual public service. That alone is reason enough to be exalted to sainthood. I feel like this is (should?) not necessarily specific to Brits, it's WORLD history. God knows your very own tabloids don't seem to miss a beat, reporting on the most minute of details about the royal family.

    People always make it seem as if UK tabloids only have it out for Meghan and Harry, that's simply not true. Everyone's fair game to them, they've even written nasty stories about the Queen in the past. It is only over the last 5 or so years when some sort of code has been established where they basically only report praise about her or nothing at all.
    Meghan and Harry's fraught relationship with the tabloids started with the way she got introduced to the public at large. On the cover of a celebrity magazine. A magazine that would never have given her the time of the day had it not been for her association with Harry. If she's such a self-made, independent thinking woman, why co-sign on that, why agree to a magazine cover reducing yourself as merely the girlfriend of a prince? That alone gave trashy rags like The Sun carte blanche to write of her as they wished because she was not only a public figure but a public figure who sent a message that she's happy to put herself right in the middle of the spotlight. How come Harry didn't warn her that such a move would be PR suicide considering the number of scandals he got himself into over the years? How intense media scrutiny was in the UK?

    Despite all this, the couple still enjoyed a lot of support from the general public at large and that's important to note because it would be the very public support (and public outrage over the negative press) for them which imo led to tabloids softening their tone. Her style was closely followed and as we know her UK Vogue made record sales in the UK. And then news of her lawsuit against the Daily Mail dropped and all the tabloids went back on the offense.

    The way I see it, Meghan's crutch was the fact that she came from a country or a system where celebrities and their PR control their own narratives with an iron fist. Face it, American press is basically gagged when it comes to reportage on celebrities. Because it's Hollywood (and I refer to this as a system, Mulletproof, not a geographical area) and so this arrangement is accepted by the press because it feeds into the capitalistic film industry which indirectly keeps the press alive. All very incestuous. It doesnt work like that in the UK. Unless it's outright lies or if it gets murky like The Mail soliciting her father to share an intimate letter, the press is still entitled to air their opinions, favourable or not.

    I actually agree with you lot, but only to a certain extent. If Meghan and Harry want to move elsewhere and pursue activism on their own terms, fine. But why still try and benefit from a system that they claimed terrorised them? They still maintain PR in the UK for instance. PR who as recently as a few days ago, wait for this, lifted their ban on Daily Mail and allowed the rag to use their image for a news purpose. And the Daily Mail in return exposed the fact that the palace was yet again kept in the dark about her pregnancy news. The Daily Mail also made it known that there's still no statement from the Cambridges, further alluding to the rift. If you had to sue a newspaper that overstepped the line countless times, and won that lawsuit, why lift the ban and allow them to write more crap about you?

    Honestly, they're really better off in America with all its rose-tinted People and US Weekly exclusives and Oprah interviews where celebrities go to rehabilitate their public image.
     
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