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How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry lost black Britain



How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry lost black Britain

The loyal subjects of Queen Elizabeth II won’t get to see the full broadcast of Oprah Winfrey’s two-hour interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry until Monday evening UK time — 19 hours after it airs in the US. But many of them, it seems, won’t even bother.

A recent poll by The Sun newspaper found that 50 percent of Britons won’t tune in. Meanwhile, a survey by YouGov revealed that 46 percent think it’s inappropriate of the couple to do a bombshell tell-all less than a year after the official “Megxit” date of April 1, 2020.

“I won’t watch. It’s blatant disrespect to the monarchy and, as Meghan has just confirmed, it’s always been in the cards for her,” one mixed-race woman from Manchester, England, told The Post. (She asked to withhold her name for fear of being trolled online by Meghan supporters.) “It’s pre-planned from years ago and it’s her end game.” She’s referring to the duchess’s recollection, in one of the released clips, of telling Oprah in February or March 2018 that she might later consider a recorded conversation with the media maven at “the right time.”

The will-you-watch surveys were carried out before news broke that Harry’s 99-year-old grandfather, Prince Philip, had undergone heart surgery Wednesday at a London hospital — another reason why Brits think the timing is inappropriate. (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the Daily Mail that it is up to CBS, not them, when to air the special.)

“The British public are horrified by the interview,” Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of “Majesty” magazine, told The Post. “The mere thought of these two incredibly privileged people sitting in the California sunshine moaning about their lot does not appeal.

“People have been dying, Britain is in lockdown and we’re in the worst financial crisis we’ve ever had.  It’s really so much better to say nothing if you’re dissatisfied.”

In other words, follow the monarchy’s famous old-school motto: “Never complain, never explain.”

Seward is not the only prominent royal commentator to hold that opinion. Her views are shared by Wesley Kerr, a former BBC court correspondent and the first black reporter to be hired by the corporation.

Noting that Meghan and Harry are “launching themselves on the West Coast celeb circuit, which is their right,” he told The Post: “I suppose they need to differentiate their untested brand.”

Kerr added: “There are other, more enduring values on this side of the pond. I’m not sure that what’s claimed in California is always central to the British national conversation.”

Journalists like him aside, there are plenty of other people of color in Blighty who have issues with the Sussex clan — especially when they call Britons out for being racist.

The anonymous Mancunian said that around 70 percent of her black friends “started off loving [Harry and Meghan], but got tired of the drama very quickly.”

A self-described “royal watcher,” she enthusiastically watched the pair’s May 2018 wedding with her mom and sister on TV, throwing what she described as an “afternoon tea-themed party” during the nuptials.

“I was so excited about a woman of color joining the royal family,” said the healthcare worker. “I thought she’d add something different and was looking forward to her taking on patronages to do with the BAME communities as Prince Charles has done.” (BAME, or black Asian minority ethnic, is commonly used in the UK.)

Her hopes were dashed, however, when Meghan, who suffered a culture shock, “handled it totally wrong,” leaving her job as a working member of “The Firm” — the nickname for the Buckingham Palace machine — less than two years in.

“Instead of trying it the royal way, she wanted to branch out and change the way the monarchy worked,” said the Mancunian. “She wanted to do things her way — not exactly a bad thing — but forgot it is an old institution which can’t be changed overnight.”

The 26-year-old now believes the duke and duchess have “betrayed” the royal family by attacking them, “giving out personal details from talks with the queen,” and sending out “very harmful and bitter statements.”

Worst of all is the upcoming interview with Oprah.

As for racism, the woman — who belongs to the social media group #TeamRoyalty — is concerned that the rest of the world, especially America, might perceive the UK as “wholly racist” due to the harassment claims by Harry and Meghan.

“Britain has race issues, 100 percent, and that’s not going to go away any time soon. But every country in the world has race issues,” she said. “But the issue with Meghan and Harry isn’t wholly a racism problem. They’ve over-simplified it into one box and that box is a hot topic right now.”

“Meghan, who doesn’t have any emotional links to the monarchy, will walk away without any regret,” the woman said. “Harry will be the bearer of the guilt.”

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Hester Ford, oldest person in America, dead at 116




Hester Ford, oldest person in America, dead at 116

America’s oldest person has died, but she left behind quite a legacy — not the least of which are some 120 great-great-grandchildren.

Hester Ford, of Charlotte, North Carolina, died at the age of 116, according to WBTV.

Born in 1904 in Lancaster, South Carolina, Ford grew up working on a farm, planting and picking cotton and plowing the fields, the local station said.

In addition to her legion of great-greats, the matriarch had 12 children, 48 grandchildren and 108 great-grandchildren, according to the report.

Her precise age was unclear. One set of census records shows her birth as Aug. 15, 1904, but another set shows she was born in 1905. However, last year the Gerontology Research Group reportedly declared she was the oldest person in the US.

She died peacefully at home surrounded by family, her great-granddaughter said, according to the station.

“Her light shined beyond her local area and she lived beyond a century with memories containing real-life experience of over 100 years,” Tanisha Patterson-Powe reportedly said. 

“She not only represented the advancement of our family but of the Black African American race and culture in our country. She was a reminder of how far we have come as people on this earth. She has been celebrated all over the world by local governments, community leaders, social media, foreign dignities and presidents as a cherished jewel of society for holding the honor of being the oldest living person in America.”

Ford’s husband of 45 years died in 1963, a half-century ago, according to the report.

COVID-19 was not the church-going woman’s first pandemic; she also lived through the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Ford ate half of a banana for breakfast every day, and when asked to the secret of her longevity last year, she said: “I just live right, all I know.”

Local county commissioners declared Sept. 1 as Mother Hester McCardell Ford Day in Mecklenburg County, in her honor last year.

“We are honored and we just thank God for the opportunity to celebrate her,” Mary Hill, one of Hester Ford’s 68 grandchildren said, according to the local station.

“She just continues to be a blessing to us. And she tells us all the time. You are here to be a blessing to someone else.”

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Gina Tron’s ‘Employment’ turns the 9-5 grind into poetry




Gina Tron's 'Employment' turns the 9-5 grind into poetry

Gina Tron has held plenty of jobs. She has worked at a Walmart, a PetSmart, and a small-town newspaper. She has been a waitress; she has worked at a CBS affiliate, Lifetime, and a media job at a TV station that was owned by the Catholic Church. These days, she writes, primarily about murder, for Oxygen. 

So it’s entirely fitting that her most recent book — her sixth — is a collection of poems called “Employment.” “Nobody wants to grind for the man, but most of us have to,” read the press materials. “Gina Tron has clocked into a lot of nonsense which has luckily led to undeniably relatable poems recalling the details of making other people money in order to survive.” 

The poems touch on the dark side of many of the jobs she has held; of sexism and corruption, sexual harassment, boredom, and plain old poor management. (The book’s dedication page calls out all the “sh–ty a– bosses I had” while also thanking the ones who were cool and supportive.) 

“I also make reference to the arrest of my boss for child pornography while working at the Diocese of Brooklyn television station, which occurred when I was there and the hypocritical reactions to that,” she says. (“Emergency meeting is called/and the big, big-big He/who owns us/yet is still part of the flock, above most/He is being arrested on child porn distribution charges /after those Thai trips.”) 

For someone who has done a lot of longform reporting, poetry is a refreshing change in format. 

“Poetry really lets you address stuff that is less complicated than journalism or memoir. It’s more abstract and you don’t worry as much about consequences,” she says. “With this, I can go wild.” 

Of her job at a CBS affiliate: “He uses a clipboard as a paddle/upon my rear end/I say to myself, it didn’t end in the fifties/this is real and now/I didn’t think/I guess I do now/fine I get it/this isn’t a show/He says, don’t worry I didn’t enjoy it/when I order Him to stop” 

And murder reporting? 

“I love it,” she says. “It’s not for everyone, but I’ve been fascinated with true crime. I try my best to make it a bit more victim focused, and not as much about the killers.”

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Sheriff and his beloved K9 die on same day




Sheriff and his beloved K9 die on same day

A retired Ohio sheriff and his tiny, crime-fighting, K-9 partner will be buried together after dying on the same day.

Former Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland, 67, and Midge, 16 — a drug-sniffing Chihuahua-rat terrier mix certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s smallest police dog in 2006 — both died on Wednesday.

Midge passed away at home, possibly of a broken heart, just hours after McClelland lost his battle with cancer at the hospital.

The dynamic duo were inseparable, whether they were collaring suspects or out on the town at parades and police functions.

Midge was remembered paws-humously as a rock star who would delight everyone she met — except the drug dealers the terrier-mix terrorized.

When the top cop was doing paperwork, Midge would sleep in a miniature dog bed next to his desk, making his office a very popular spot on school field trips.

Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand recalled escorting the crime-fighting team in a golf cart at the county fair. It was a slow ride, as people flocked to the petit police pooch.

“He used to joke that people would see him in a parade in a car and would say, ‘Hey, there’s Midge and whatshisname,’” Hildenbrand told the Associated Press. “I think she was more popular than him.”

“It was like bringing Elvis Presley to the midway,” retired Lt. John Hiscox agreed.

It was McClelland, a 44 year veteran of the force, who decided that Midge would make an unlikely, but ideal, drug-sniffing dog.

Unlike large and aggressive canines like German shepherds or bloodhounds, Midge — the runt of her litter — could fit into tight spots like under vehicles, which she would search without tearing up upholstery or leaving muddy footprints.

The pair were guests on daytime talk shows and featured in magazines like Playboy until their joint retirement — when Midge would join McClelland and his wife on cross country road trips in an RV.

“He spent 44 years protecting people in this county and, quite frankly, he loved his job, every minute of it,” Hildenbrand said. “I thought he’d never retire.”

McClelland and Midge now have a new leash on the afterlife. They will be buried together, family members said.

With Post wires

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