Time’s Up Just Launched A Mentorship Program That Could Help Make Hollywood More Inclusive

Time’s Up’s latest initiative could change the creative landscape of Hollywood for the better in a major way. On Friday, Dec. 14, Time’s Up Entertainment announced a new mentorship program that will focus on increasing the presence of people of color, as well as those from other underrepresented groups, at the executive and production levels in the entertainment industry. The program is called "Who’s in the Room," and it’s being funded by a $5,000 grant from CBS, according to the Los Angeles Times. The first group will consist of 10 mentees who will be in the program for nine months.

In a press release, Executive Director of Time’s Up Entertainment Nithya Raman explained, "The fact is that young people are dropping out of the industry because they are not being provided the support to succeed — this program provides them that targeted support. We thank CBS for funding this important program and feel extraordinarily grateful to have such a committed and talented group of industry leaders lending their time and talent to shape this program."

The program will focus on people in entry level positions and assistants who have the potential to transition into executive roles. While this is far from the first mentorship program in Hollywood, "Who’s in the Room" aims to be a hands on experience that will include weekly check-ins and monthly teaching events on subjects ranging from industry topics to financial management. Additionally, mentees will each have access to a $10,000 fund designed to help them with business projects, basic needs, and emergencies.

Having such a comprehensive mentorship program in place could lead to a more inclusive version of Hollywood, where the people in charge of greenlighting films and TV series will come from a variety of backgrounds with unique voices. "There is nothing short of an urgent need at the moment to have the people who buy, create and promote entertainment content be more representative of the people we serve,” said Jenno Topping, the President of Film and Television at Chernin, in Time’s Up’s release.

By committing to making sure more people have the tools necessary to succeed within the industry, Time’s Up Entertainment is also betting on a trickle down effect that will lead to projects that speak to people from all walks of life. The more inclusive the entertainment industry is at an executive level, the more creative the projects coming out of Hollywood have the potential to be in the long run.

"Who’s in the Room" is just one more example of how much good Time’s Up has done since it’s launch on Jan. 1. The initiative has also launched the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund — which is helping women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those from disadvantaged economic backgrounds fight against sexual harassment and discrimination in the work place — and fundamentally changed the conversation about equality and representation in Hollywood.

Throughout 2018, the passionate group of activists and entertainers who came together to form Time’s Up have made sure their initiative hasn’t lot any momentum, and with the announcement of this new mentorship program, it seems clear that they’re going to continue to fight for industry change in 2019, as well.

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Unseen portrait of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spotted by fans now emerges

Everyone knows that the royals love a good portrait, they’re good for posterity.

Eagle-eyed fans previously noticed one of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in pride of place in none other than the Queen’s room earlier this year – and it’s now emerged.

The cute snap was one of many portraits taken of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during their engagement shot, but there was one keen difference.

This one was a special secret, as it hadn’t been seen before except on the Queen’s table.

But now, thanks to what must be some sort of Photoshop genius, we can now see the photo in all its glory – albeit slightly pixelated.

It was first spotted by fans in the background of a snap of the Queen when she met Australia’s High Commissioner George Brandis at Buckingham Palace earlier this year – and people were desperate to see it in full-size.

The photo has now appeared on Instagram fan account Meghanmania, and royal family fans are delighted.

One commented: "Beautiful photo!"

The stunning picture shows Prince Harry, in a navy suit, and Meghan Markle, in a light blue dress looking loved up as always.

In the photo, the Duchess of Sussex is wearing the Cromford Top and Arreton Skirt in light blue, by designer Rolan Mouret.

Her engagement ring is front and centre, of course.

Fans noticed another key detail when the snap first appeared on the Queen’s side table: it was actually replacing a photo of some other royals.

Rhe image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared to have replaced one of Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Lawrence.

The portrait of the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne and Timothy dressed in Navy uniforms was last seen in April to the right hand side of the lamp. Awkward.

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There's Video of Prince William's Awkward Interview Post-Breakup from Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton and Prince William are undeniably a royal power couple, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing. Despite the picture perfect facade that comes with being a royal, they do, in fact, have rough patches like every other human on Earth.

One such time was when they broke up entirely after a family holiday gone wrong. A fan account resurfaced a video from that period this week to remind us all that even future kings and queens have faults, and we’re not going to lie, it’s pretty awkward.

In the clip — which was filmed in 2007 after Kate and Will’s brief breakup — Prince William and Prince Harry are fielding questions alongside singer Joss Stone during a press conference. The cringey part? One reporter didn’t get the split memo, and asked directly about Kate.

“How are things going with Kate?” they asked. Cue three tense faces.

“Uh, well, uh,” William began, as Harry dissolved into giggles. “I’ve got lots of friends coming,” Will said. “So, you know, everyone’s going to be here tonight, and it’s going to be a great night.”

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Harry seemed to delight in the momentary discomfort. “Very well avoided, William,” he cheekily said.

Will laughed, adding “Very diplomatic.”

As we all know, things between Kate and Will eventually worked out in the end. All’s well that ends well?

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How do we discern potential perpetrators from the average good bloke?

It is to my great shame that when a girlfriend told a group of us her on-off boyfriend had hit her some twenty years ago, I just couldn’t – make that didn’t want to – believe her.

I had known this man quite well and one of the women in the group hearing this confession had also been out with him prior. She described him as being the charming, gentle and funny man we all believed him to be. But people are not as they always seem. We had been fooled in the worst way.

Luke Munday arrives at Camden Local Court on Thursday.Credit:AAP

I heard this same man was charged several years later with assault on his then-wife. And despite knowing his history, I was still shocked to hear it. He just didn’t seem the type – still.

Then there was the guilt. Could I have said something, done something? But there is no doubt he was indeed a nasty piece of work. Where he is now, I have no idea – and that’s worrying.

I have been reminded of this incident this week while watching the footage of 26 year-old Luke Munday allegedly hitting his wife after she asked him to stop playing the video game Fortnite last weekend. The alleged assault was not captured on the game's livestream but off screen his partner could be heard crying and screaming and saying she had been hit in the face.

I got to thinking how Munday’s mates must be shocked and appalled by this turn of events. I bet they too are thinking “no, not him,” as I did so long ago.

I reckon they too will be wondering how someone like him, a man described as a computer nerd who is slightly built and far from tall, could be alleged to have assault his pregnant partner. They must be thinking "he just isn’t the type".

Munday isn’t the singlet-wearing, hard-drinking, macho, short-fuses stereotype. Then again, neither are the majority of men who are charged with perpetrating violence against women.

Instead they are everyblokes – lovers, fathers, friends, colleagues, neighbours and family members. They are men we trust, like and embrace. And tragically, there are a hell of a lot of them.

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in this country and one in three have experienced violence by an intimate partner or ex. So, how do we discern potential perpetrators from the average bloke?

The Australian Institute Criminology cites studies that show male perpetrators of domestic violence generally exhibit low self-esteem, poor communication skills, immaturity, insecurity, an incapacity to differentiate emotions, an unwillingness to acknowledge emotions, and excessive dependency upon their wives. Should I think about it, some of these traits are familiar in a lot of men – and it must be said, women – I know.

But what about the men who are genuinely remorseful, who have had “brain snaps” or found themselves “pushed over the edge?” and vow to never do it again? The men so many women give a second and too many other chances to.

Well, apologies by perpetrators are sadly no indicator of real remorse. The AIC studies show abusing men usually recognise violence as "wrong", but tend justify it to themselves when they practise it in their own home, claiming it was warranted or out of their control.

Importantly, the studies note that to those outside the family, perpetrators are often seen as presentable, affable and responsible people.

“In line with their understanding of what it means to be a man and a partner, perpetrators expect strength, dependability and control of themselves.

"In reality, perpetrators tend to be none of these things and they attempt to control others in the only place where they have the full confidence to do so – in the family home – and in the only way that they can rely on through superior physical strength.”

So, in reality, the guy you think has got his act together, the one who outwardly seems just fine, who would never hot a woman actually can – and do. It can be the bloke we may have socialised with, shared a meal or even a bed. No one knows what happens behind closed doors or in a relationship. Which is why we must give women the benefit of doubt. Always.

One of the most important factors in the success of the hit series and book, Big Little Lies, is the depiction of domestic violence that occurs at its heart. The couple captured in its terrifying spiral of abuse are good looking, rich and successful. The kind of couple you think of as perfect. Enviable even.

I made that mistake once. Never again.

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You Need To See Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell’s Funny Christmas Gift From Another Celeb Couple

The season of giving has arrived, and to celebrate, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis gave Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell a Christmas gift they’ll never forget. On Friday, Dec. 14, Shepard shared a photo on Instagram of himself and Kutcher proudly holding up a shower curtain featuring a picture of Kutcher and Kunis cuddling. The super practical gift is not only useful, it’s one that will make sure that the Kunis-Kutcher family is never far from Shepard and Bell’s minds. And hey, the holidays are all about treasuring the people you love the most — and it’s hard not to treasure someone when you see their face on a shower curtain every day.

Shepard captioned the hilarious photo,

According to E! Online, the photo appears to have been taken at Shepard and Bell’s guest house (the attic above their garage), where he records his podcast, Armchair Expert. If this is the case, then the show’s future guests are going to be in for a treat when they stop by for a chat. After all, it’s not every day that a person gets to hang out with Shepard and come face-to-face with a life-size portrait of Kutcher and Kunis on a shower curtain.

Kutcher and Kunis’ gift may also double as a sly inside joke. In July, Shepard tweeted that while she was a guest on his podcast, the That ’70s Show star became the "first female guest to make use of our open-floor plan-bathroom." If the curtain doesn’t end up gracing a shower, then it looks like Shepard and Bell just found the perfect substitute for a bathroom door.

Given the fact that Kutcher and Shepard have known each other since they worked together on MTV’s Punk’d way back in 2003, this gift feels weirdly perfect. If anyone is going to excel at giving joke gifts, it’s these two. Now, the question the world needs answered is what will Shepard and Bell give Kutcher and Kunis that could possibly top this genius present?

The internet may never know, but one thing that you can be certain of is just how sweet the friendship between these couples is. Not only did Shepard recently join the cast of Kutcher’s Netflix show, The Ranch, Kunis and Bell star in the Bad Moms franchise together. The women even debuted what the dubbed their "friendship haircuts" on Instagram in 2017.

In addition to their working relationships, the couples also know how much pressure comes with being part of a celebrity duo. Add in the part where Shepard and Bell have two young children, as do Kunis and Kutcher, and it becomes clear that these four have lots in common — including an amazing sense of humor, it seems.

Got any last minute gifts left to buy? Then go ahead and channel Kunis and Kutcher’s genius, and find a present that will make your loved one laugh, while also showing them that you care about their open-concept bathroom needs.

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Thousands claim Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer

Thousands of women with ovarian cancer are claiming Johnson & Johnson (J&J) baby talcum powder caused their disease, it is reported.

According to the news agency Reuters, J&J knew for decades that there was asbestos in baby talcum powder.

Their report told how after successfully defending a lawsuit over asbestos in 1999, J&J have now been compelled to hand over thousands of pages of company memos, internal reports and other confidential documents.

These are being shared with lawyers for some of the 11,700 plaintiffs now claiming that the company’s talc caused their cancers – including thousands of women with ovarian cancer.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson fell 10 percent today and were on track to post their biggest percentage drop in more than 16 years after the report.

But J&J have denied the claims, releasing a statement today hitting out at the Reuters report.

Their statement said: "The Reuters article is one-sided, false and inflammatory. Simply put, the Reuters story is an absurd conspiracy theory, in that it apparently has spanned over 40 years, orchestrated among generations of global regulators, the world’s foremost scientists and universities, leading independent labs, and J&J employees themselves.

"Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is safe and asbestos-free. Studies of more than 100,000 men and women show that talc does not cause cancer or asbestos-related disease.

"Thousands of independent tests by regulators and the world’s leading labs prove our baby powder has never contained asbestos."

J&J’s effort to protect its iconic Baby Powder franchise by shaping research was led by physician and scientist executives.

Reuters said an examination of many documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.

Not just that but that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.

The World Health Organization and other authorities recognize no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

While most people exposed never develop cancer, for some, even small amounts of asbestos are enough to trigger the disease years later. Just how small hasn’t been established.

In July J&J were ordered to pay more than £3.5 billion to 22 women who claim the firm’s talc gave them cancer.

Many plaintiffs allege that the amounts they inhaled when they dusted themselves with tainted talcum powder were enough.

The evidence has surfaced after people who suspected that talc caused their cancers hired lawyers experienced in the decades-long deluge of litigation involving workers exposed to asbestos.

Some of the lawyers knew from those earlier cases that talc producers tested for asbestos, and they began demanding J&J’s testing documentation.

What J&J produced in response to those demands has allowed plaintiffs’ lawyers to refine their argument: The culprit wasn’t necessarily talc itself, but also asbestos in the talc.

Talc, the world’s softest rock, is a mineral closely linked to asbestos and the two substances can appear in close proximity in the earth.

Plaintiffs claim the two can become intermingled in the mining process, making it impossible to remove the carcinogenic substance.

J&J denies those allegations, saying rigorous testing and purification processes ensure its talc is clean.

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Massachusetts Firefighter Dresses as Buddy the Elf and Challenges People to Friendly Pillow Fights

A Massachusetts firefighter spread some holiday cheer last week when he dressed as Buddy, the beloved character from the 2003 Christmas movie Elf — and challenged more than two dozen people to pillow fights!

Brendan Edwards, a 27-year-old firefighter paramedic in Natick, tells PEOPLE that he and his brothers have always loved making funny videos. So, when they were planning their latest stunt last week, Edwards decided to pull out the Buddy the elf costume he had tucked away in his closet.

“We thought, ‘Why don’t we bring [Buddy] out into public, we’ve never done that before. Let’s see what happens,’ ” Edwards recalls to PEOPLE. “So we made a list of possible ideas and pillow fighting really stuck out to me. I told my brother, ‘I have a good feeling about this.’ “

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So, Edwards slipped into the costume and enlisted the help of his girlfriend Hayley O’Loughlin, who dressed as Elf character Jovie. Together they went around Boston’s Faneuil Hall with four large pillows, challenging people at random.

“It went too well. The first person loved it and people around him were laughing,” Edwards tells PEOPLE. “We went like 30 feet and I did it again and the same response, everybody was just laughing and smiling. It became instead of shooting a video we were just making people laugh and getting footage at the same time.”

He shared the video on Facebook on Dec. 4, where it has been viewed 294,000 times. The video showed several people shocked as Edwards threw them a pillow, then sporting wide smiles as they engaged in the friendly battle.

“We’d just run up to them and yell ‘Pillow fight!’ and toss them a pillow. Nobody got hurt thankfully. I got pretty beat up with the pillows, though,” he says. “We tried to keep the children out of it. I did pass out candy canes, because what kid isn’t gonna run up to an elf?”

Edwards says he and his brothers have been sharing their funny videos online for about six years, and he was shocked that the most recent clip went viral.

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“I’ve always wanted that big hit; that big viral video and it took six years and the Internet liked this one,” he says. “It’s crazy.”

As for his decision to dress as Buddy the elf, played by Will Ferrell, Edwards says it was a simple choice.

“Will Ferrell is like my favorite actor ever. He’s so funny to me. His humor hits me the right way. His character, Buddy the elf, is just so iconic,” he tells PEOPLE. “Plus I already had the costume at home.”

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You Need To Watch Oprah’s Response To *That* Viral Video Of Her Eating Unseasoned Chicken

If you’ve been on Twitter in the past week, chances are good that you’ve seen a vintage video of Oprah Winfrey making the rounds. In the clip from 2006, Oprah tries an award-winning chicken recipe, only to appear dismayed at the lack of seasoning. Now, Oprah has responded to the viral chicken video — and it sounds like she stands by her original reaction.

The now-infamous chicken video was originally posted by BuzzFeed writer and community manager Spencer Althouse on Saturday. And after the tweet brought in more than 63,000 retweets and 202,000 likes, Oprah made an Instagram video about the old clip. O, the Oprah Magazine published a video of Oprah addressing Spencer directly, and she explains what she was really thinking about that unseasoned chicken. She starts off the Instagram video by saying,

Oprah’s next statement suggests that her "truth" includes not leaving your chicken bland. She continues in the video,

If there was any doubt that Oprah was not a fan of this apparently prize-winning chicken, well, it sounds like the actor and talk show host really didn’t enjoy that on-camera taste test.

As BuzzFeed explains, the original video features a guest appearance from Anna Ginsberg on a 2006 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Ginsberg had apparently submitted a chicken recipe to a Pillsbury contest, and she won a $1 million prize. In the full clip, Oprah explains that the recipe was for "chicken and spinach stuffing."

If you watch the full clip, you’ll see that the most surprising thing isn’t even the chicken’s lack of seasoning. It’s that the recipe also features Pillsbury’s "Dunkables Waffle Sticks." The frozen waffle sticks, which come with a dipping cup of maple syrup, aren’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of chicken recipes — but then again, that innovation might have been what won Ginsberg the prize.

The waffle sticks weren’t totally out of nowhere, though — Ginsberg explained that contestants had to use two Green Giant or Pillsbury products in their recipes, and she chose frozen spinach and the waffle sticks. Still, Oprah couldn’t hide her surprise that the frozen treat was a part of the recipe.

And while the chicken may have been lacking in dry seasonings, Ginsberg did create an inventive glaze for it. She mixed the waffle sticks’ syrup packets with Worcestershire sauce and peach preserves before coating two chicken breasts in it. (The frozen waffle sticks themselves, meanwhile, are used in her spinach stuffing mix, which she prepared while the chicken breasts were baking. And the stuffing mix did include several seasonings, including poultry seasoning and sage.)

It’s also worth noting that Ginsberg did say she added a bit of salt and pepper to the raw chicken breasts before coating them with the glaze, and you can see the pepper flecks on the chicken at the 1:50 mark in the above video. Confusingly, though, she later says at the 6:00 mark that "there’s no salt and pepper" in the recipe.

Either way, if the viral clip has taught home chefs anything, it’s that you really can’t go wrong with adding more seasoning. Oprah evidently thought there should have been more salt and pepper added to the chicken, at least in its final stages.

As for his part, Althouse told BuzzFeed’s Krystie Lee Yandoli that he was "ecstatic that Oprah responded" to his tweet. "It’s good to know she enjoys her chicken seasoned, as people should," he joked. If this story proves anything, it’s that if you tweet something about a celebrity, they really might see it and respond to it. And hopefully, Oprah has enjoyed plenty of seasoned chicken in the 12 years since this video was filmed.

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Michael Lynch and Chrissy Sharp: ‘We can easily ignite each other’

Sydney Community Foundation chair Michael Lynch, 67, and Sydney Writers' Festival chief executive Chrissy Sharp, 67, have been dynamos of the arts for decades, and married – often arguing – for almost as long.

“Michael and I fight like crazy about everything, and we don’t even notice. It’s how we are.”Credit:Louise Kennerley

MICHAEL: Chrissy and I have always been very close, despite some people's perceptions of us as a volatile couple. Neither of us holds back, and we can easily ignite each other. She hates the bullshit factor in me, and she calls me out on it.

We first met in 1987, over the phone. I was a casting director, she was an agent, and I wanted to cast one of her actors. I found her combative, robust, feisty and highly intelligent. Later, I met her at Kinselas bar in Sydney and was starstruck: she had dark hair, green eyes and an exquisite face. I was completely won over. At the end of the night she asked me to go home with her. It was a tempestuous but very passionate relationship from the start.

In 2002 I took a job in London as chief executive of the Southbank Centre [the UK's largest arts centre]. That was tough for Chrissy as she had left behind her two sons [Christopher, now 39, and Edward, 36, from a previous marriage] and a job she loved doing as the Sydney Festival's general manager. Once she got the job running Sadler's Wells Theatre, the next few years were bliss for us. We became even closer, because it was just the two of us against the world, both managing similar institutions.

After seven years, I persuaded Chrissy to return to Australia. She was pissed off but landed a great job as director of Melbourne's Wheeler Centre. Two years later I was offered a job in Hong Kong as CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Chrissy was resistant, but eventually agreed to come with me.

These overseas postings were hard on Chrissy, but there were some upsides. In 2007 we reopened Royal Festival Hall in London, and I was the Queen's escort. When the Queen and I walked in, the audience rose to its feet and, together with three orchestras and a choir of 1000, sang God Save the Queen. I looked around and I could see this extraordinary grin on Chrissy's face.

In 2014 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was horrible. She'd always been so accepting of my physical frailties [Lynch had polio as a child] and so unbelievably strong and capable. Suddenly she went from being superwoman, my paragon of beauty, to someone who didn't know what was going to happen. The chemo was brutal; I'd never seen her fragile before. Our relationship changed; it had been so tempestuous. I've benefited hugely from her wisdom, her knowledge, her intelligence and her ability to call me out on bad behaviour.

In moments of stress or anger, we've always been there for each other. And we still love each other's company, which is pretty awesome after 31 years.

CHRISSY: Michael and I fight like crazy about everything, and we don't even notice. It must be hard on everyone else, but it's how we are. We agree absolutely about all the important stuff: family, politics. A friend once said to me after a dinner party, "You two say things to each other at dinner parties that most folks only say in the car on the way home." I said, "We have very harmonious trips home."

It has always been like that. When we met, he wanted an actor I represented to feature in a movie he was making. He was so bossy and overbearing, I just really couldn't cope with him. A few months later we met at Kinselas. I thought he was funny and kind, completely different from the man on the phone. A few weeks later, at a film industry ball, I realised it was more than a fling. We danced, and he was the craziest dancer; he's got one bad leg. I remember thinking, "You're pretty nice." It all developed very swiftly after that.

After we got married in 1990, my sons lived with us and so did Michael's daughter [Ella, now 36]. We both had demanding jobs but somehow managed. Michael was not much help around the house; women's lib has had a big philosophical effect on him, but not a practical effect.

When Michael was offered the job in London, I left work I adored. In London I was missing the boys, and I couldn't find work. That was tough, but we pushed through, probably because Michael is such an optimist. Once I got a job, we had a fantastic time.

In Hong Kong it was deadly dull for me because I couldn't work, then I was diagnosed with cancer. I had to have surgery then chemo. Chemo is tough on anyone, and tough also on the person who is watching you go through it. But Michael and I have always been incredibly close, and I couldn't have imagined going through it without him.

Both of us working in the arts has been great. We're always on the same page and we can talk about our passion in a way that we both understand. When we were in London, there was a nasty piece in the paper accusing us of an unhealthy alliance because we were both running big arts companies. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We do help each other, but we are also very careful. When I was at the Actors Equity union and he was running Sydney Theatre Company, there was a long-running dispute between actors and theatre producers. We managed to maintain Chinese walls at home, until one morning, he blew his top about the "bloody union" and stormed out of the house. That was when I knew my side had won.

He is tremendously supportive of me. I know that he has a high opinion of me, and that he would do anything to make me happy. I couldn't imagine my life without him.

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Meghan Markle Has Reportedly Vowed To Never Speak To Her Father Again, ‘Us Weekly’ Reports

Meghan Markle is done with her father, Thomas Markle. At least that’s according to an article published by Us Weekly, which cites an alleged royal source close to the Duchess of Sussex. The mom-to-be is reportedly fed up with the fact that he’s still talking to the press about the state of their relationship.

“It keeps getting worse and worse, he won’t stop,” the source said. “The best thing he could have done since the day it fell apart would be to go away, and stay silent and he’s done everything but. There is no relationship change. Any other interviews are just an eye roll.”

In Thomas Markle’s recent interview with the Daily Mail, he disclosed that there is a “wall of silence” between him and his daughter. He said that he has now tried to contact Duchess Meghan multiple times to no avail.

“They (Harry and Meghan) have done what they once told me not to do – they are believing everything negative that has been written about me. So I am reaching out to them, once again, to try to correct the lies and get the truth out there,” he added.

Markle went on to say that he’s been advised to stop talking to the press about his very famous daughter but he seems determined to keep on ignoring that advice.

“I’ve been accused of every terrible thing you can think of,” he continued. “In one magazine they had an awful story about Prince Charles right beside one about me. But no one is shunning Prince Charles.”

Markle also sought to debunk the rumor that he faked the heart attack before the royal wedding which prevented him from walking his youngest daughter down the aisle.

According to the Daily Mail, he offered his medical records to prove that he was hospitalized days before Meghan’s nuptials. The British tabloid reports that the records include bills, medications for his condition, and a letter from the hospital that stipulates he was there because of “heart failure.” Markle clarified that he had two heart attacks and that he almost died because of one so severe that it’s called the “widow maker.”

Thomas Markle also debunked the rumor that he didn’t attend Meghan’s first wedding to producer Trevor Engelson in 2011. He also disclosed that couple gave out bags of marijuana to their guests, which may have been a nod to the fact that the ceremony was held in Jamaica.

Markle did not seem too hopeful that he’d ever see his daughter again. When asked about a possible reunion, he shrugged and said maybe.

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