Archie news just in via Ellen DeGeneres! Ellen and her wife Portia headed to Frogmore Cottage to visit the Sussexes during their recent August UK trip.
Ellen and Portia’s royal visit
Ellen was there to talk about the conservation work Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been focusing on, because Ellen has her own gorilla sanctuary in Rwanda, and apparently they all wanted to work on a project together.
In a promo for an upcoming Ellen episode, the popular TV personality spilled the beans on her royal visit.
“Here’s a sentence I thought I’d never say, but I spent the afternoon with Prince Harry and Meghan,” Ellen reveals, noting that as delightful as the new royal parents are, it was really all about Archie for her.
“I can’t tell you how sweet they are, but the most important thing is I got to hold Archie, little Archie. I fed Archie, I held Archie.”
“He weighs 15 pounds, which is, the exchange rate, is $17 here,” she quipped. “He looks like Harry — and he had more hair than I did at the time.”
Naw cute. From the scant photos we’ve seen, we thought he looked a lot like his daddy too!
It’s such a relief to hear some kind and gentle commentary about this little family. It’s clear that there’s a real push to shift the tone of chatter surrounding Meghan and Harry, in the wake of the constant – and pretty disgusting and racist – criticism the pair are facing.
High profile pals of the pair are speaking out in defence of them, and the royal social media accounts are this week sharing images of the princes with their much-loved mum Princess Diana, perhaps in the hopes that ‘invoking Diana’ might shock some sense into the critics and trolls. Or as a reminder of how wrong things can go when the press and critics hound the royals.
It’s clear that all this nastiness is taking a toll. Meghan popped back to the US for a bolstering visit with her friends late last week. She was photographed – and criticised – watching her friend Serena Williams play in the US Open and apparently even managed a yoga session (with the general public).
“How high the underprivileged have soared”
Meanwhile, in the press, things have gone from bad to worse for new mama Meg.
UK magazine Tatler named her as the world’s “Top Social Riser” in what was really a thinly-veiled take-down, which extended to a much-commented on and very nasty Instagram post (now deleted).
“Just cast an eye on today’s Society and you’ll soon see how high the underprivileged have soared,” the snotty jerks at Tatler wrote in a piece which also dubs Jerry Hall and Robbie Williams’ six-year-old daughter social risers.
“The pinnacle of the greasy pole,” Tatler writes in reference to Duchess Meghan. “Not quite a rags to riches tale (she was privately educated and her scapegrace father won an Emmy for lighting direction)” referring to the Duchess as a “tungsten toughie”.
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Meghan Markle is supporting her good friend Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Finals. ❤️ The royal mom is all smiles in Williams’ box, where she is watching her friend play against Bianca Andreescu in the final. Tap the bio link for more on her special outing. 🎾 | 📷: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
“Down to earth”
Ellen is doing her part to stick up for Harry and Meg, explaining that they are lovely and really don’t deserve the treatment they’re getting. (And actually who would?!)
“I just want to say it was an honour for them to meet me. Seriously, they are so amazing – the cutest couple and so down to earth,” Ellen said recently on Twitter.
“I hate it – I see them get attacked and it’s not fair. They are two of the most down-to-earth compassionate people, they’re doing so much good for the world.”
“Portia and I talked to them about all the conservation they are doing for wildlife,” she continued.
“They are doing all this work in Botswana for elephants and I love that, and they like what I’m doing for the gorillas in Rwanda so we’re gonna all do something together.”
“Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better …”
Who can blame this couple if they DO decide to do what the press is reporting – to move to the US, far away from the British media’s constant scathing commentary.
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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert