GOOD MORNING DC: The Royal Fallout

Good Morning DC!  It’s a lively Monday morning and we have all the details from Oprah's interview with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry. 

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC! Wake up, wake up!  It’s a lively Monday morning and we have all the details from Oprah's interview with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry. 

Over the weekend, the Senate passed a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 Relief Bill, and the dealmakers somehow managed to cut unemployment benefits from $400 to $300 per week. The media reports Biden’s talking points of $300 unemployment “boost,” omitting the fact that the current supplement brokered by Trump was $400 per week through August 2021. Biden’s plan is taking $400 per month out of Americans’ pockets and it will all end in September. The first $10,200 of UI benefits will not be subject to tax for 2020, but the tax was already low. Follow the facts, truth is in the details. 

On the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the President made a video appearance at the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast. In his remarks, Biden honored the memories of civil rights leaders who were at the center of the marches including John Lewis.  

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry dropped the bomb on the Royal Family in last night’s Oprah Winfrey’s interview, a nuclear one. Hopefully, it was worth the whooping 7 million dollars CBS paid for the interview. 

While the royal couple was figuring out the details of the wedding, a story broke that Meghan made Kate cry. This story was, in Meghan’s words, “a turning point,’ claiming that such a narrative did not happen, instead “the reverse happened.”

Allegedly, the royal family (aka “The Firm”) knew that the rumors in the tabloid against Meghan were false, yet did nothing to stop them. Once they got married, Meghan said that not only was she not protected, but “they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family.”

Meghan kept repeating that she was not protected; when Oprah asked her to explain, she said that The Firm was considering stripping unborn Archie of his titles and access to security. 

Oprah then asked why Meghan thought her son would not receive a title, Meghan said that there were several "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born.” These conversations happened behind closed doors with Harry and then relayed to Meghan. Harry declined to say who brought up the racist concerns.

In Oprah’s interview, Meghan spoke of living an “unsurvivable” life. “I just did not see the solution,” she said. “I just did not want to be alive anymore,” she explained. Eventually, Meghan told Harry about her suicidal thoughts and admitted that she was afraid of what she could do to herself. She also said that the Royal Family refused her request to seek mental help.

"It was all happening just because I was breathing," Meghan said.

If Meghan knocked down the Royals in the tabloid-style news cycle with this interview, Harry put the final nail in the coffin. “I was trapped [within the system] without knowing that I am trapped,” he said. 

Near the end of the interview, Oprah asked if Meghan and Harry’s story was a happy one, and Meghan responded,“[it's] greater than any fairytale you've ever read." The couple is now expecting their second child this summer, and they revealed that it's a girl. 

After the interview ended, many prominent black women, including Amanda Gordon, Bernice King and Serena Williams, spoke out in solidarity with Meghan. Taking to social media, they praised her for her bravery in speaking out against racism. 

“Unclear if this will change the Royal family, but Meghan's strength will certainly redefine family everywhere,” Amanda Gordon, the show-stopping inaugural poet, said. “Think of the women who will be inspired to stand up for their lives, the partners who will be kinder & more courageous than the kin they were born into.”

Across the pond, Britain is reacting to Meghan and Harry and they are raising their voices, on and offline to defend and protect the Queen. 

Ahead of the interview, Piers Morgan made a promise for must-watch morning television, calling the couple’s interview the “Big Oprah royal whine-athon with Meghan and Harry.”

His comment after the interview? “They only trashed the family who they know can't publicly hit back.” Piers said “Let’s be clear: Prince Harry and his wife just spent two hours trashing everything the Queen stands for & has worked so hard to maintain, whilst pretending to support her.  And they did it while her 99yr-old husband Philip is seriously ill in hospital. It’s contemptible.”

He also said that "Harry wants America and the rest of the world to hate his own family, hate the Monarchy and hate his country. I suggest everyone waits for the victims of his wife’s rampage to have their say on her outlandish claims before they do so."

If someone in the media is an expert on the Royal Family, then, that’s Camilla Tominey.

“Forget hiding behind the sofa, the Royal family needed a bullet-proof vest as Harry and Meghan let rip,” she wrote in her article for The Telegraph. 

Nigel Farage said that "Prince Harry's public betrayal of his family is despicable."

What will Biden do today? Today, after his morning presidential briefing, president Biden will visit a veterans medical center that is administering COVID-19 vaccines with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The President will deliver remarks on International Women's Day. Biden will be joined by VP Harris, the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and two Combatant Commander nominees.

Heads-up:  

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Biden will visit a small business, recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program loan.

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Biden will host an event with the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Merck about their historic partnership to produce more COVID-19 vaccines.

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, Biden and Harris will receive an economic briefing from the Secretary of the Treasury. On the anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown, Biden will give a speech. 

Our reads

Gen Z was born into a dying world, and we’ve known it for years. For Ruthie Boyd, 23, the first signs came when the snow took longer to blanket the Colorado Mountains. Boyd was 9-years-old and confused as her elementary school teacher blamed global warming and told her that this could be the new normal. Before Boyd reached her pre-teen years, she was confronted by a rapidly changing world, and not for the better. Her sacred snow-coated ski town was facing a terrifyingly warm future.

Jenna Grace Piehl speaks to Gen Zers about how climate change affects their fear of the future

Seattle is a city where industry giants can build their business, yet there are people asking for money right in front of their corporate offices. There is space here for billionaires, yet longtime Seattle residents have been pushed to the streets as a reaction to the skyrocketing rent prices, which these billionaires’ have played a role in causing. Gen Z is left wondering about what can be done about the homelessness crisis in Seattle.

Lacey Robertson asks Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan what actions the city has taken to address it

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, March 8, 2021. Drake has a new music video, and it’s trending on Youtube. What’s Next? Everyone would like to know it, but until then, take one day at a time. What I discovered over the weekend is KINERGY, a fitness method that combines breathwork, dance, and meditation, and you can do it at home. Just because it’s a pandemic, it does not mean that we should not put our well-being first.  Good Morning DC will be here tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 



 

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