IS MEGHAN MARKLE PULLING THE STRINGS

IS MEGHAN MARKLE PULLING THE STRINGS

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As someone from a family who made their name from turning puppets into people, I feel I am somewhat qualified to comment on the accusations that are flying about the recent member of our Royal Family, Meghan Markle, who is being accused of turning her husband Prince Harry into a puppet.

I have just watched yet another damming comment on the Duchess from an aging presenter on breakfast television who in my book is hacked off because Meghan won’t play the media game with him, and yet accuses her of adopting a Kardashian type lifestyle – isn’t that a bit of a contradiction?

Don’t know about you, but I am horrified with the way this woman is attacked on every level and seemingly can’t get anything right!

Meghan’s heritage is certainly part of the problem with the older generation of traditionalists, as someone who has met employees from the Palace, know that they are more conscious of class and race than the Royals themselves.

I recently met another opponent who had been a strong contender for a high profile role similar to Meghan’s, and who will remain unnamed, but who criticised Meghan mercilessly for her influence on Prince Harry.  But as with all of her enemies, I feel that they all have their own agenda and just wish they were in her shoes.  It does seem significant that Meghan is now the same age as Princess Diana when she died, and so seems to be picking up the mantle and that includes the public reproach.

I was relieved to see Dame Helen Mirren had Meghan’s back in a recent interview and stated that the Duchess was playing out her difficult role with great dignity.  A statement I would wholeheartedly support, as she is on an impossible assignment, and one she is carrying out with enormous strength, despite constant criticism and attack from her opposition.

The fact that she is well into her pregnancy, she has had vile attack from her own family members, especially her invidious half-sister who looks more like an evil character from an aesop fable than a loving sibling, Meghan is still standing and persists in her quest to make a difference in the World.

If Prince Harry has matured and is now in love with a woman who shares the same values as he.  After all he has also been on the firing line in Afghanistan in a similar way to his wife, and understands how that feels when being attacked on all sides in an endeavour to wipe him out.

So it must be a joy for them both to share the same agenda and fight their oppressors together.  So whether it be climate change, the homeless or for the good of the Planet, it is true that the millennia generation are far more engaged and on a mission, and thankfully have Harry and Meghan as leaders to fight their cause.

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RESPECT FOR THE UNSUNG HERO – THE LIGHT SHINES ON NORMAN WISDOM

RESPECT FOR THE UNSUNG HERO – THE LIGHT SHINES ON NORMAN WISDOM

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A late dark day in December, an email pops up in an old email inbox from an unknown address inviting me to a lunch in Margate!   Margate?  Where is that exactly, somewhere on the South Coast I believe, think I may have visited with grandparents as a child, but not really sure.

On further investigation I discover it is from someone called Richard Selwyn-Barnett.  The name rings a vague bell, but I warily reply asking who he is and how he even got my email address, as it is an email I hardly ever use these days.  He replies he has had it since the late nineties when he was based at Pinewood Studios, as was I, when he was doing a project with Norman Wisdom.

The response comes that he is an ‘Introducer’, a natural matchmaker, although not in the romantic sense, who puts groups of people together who may have a mutual synergy and share common ground.  I am curious and dig a little deeper, he sends me his mobile number and I call it.

Quentin Tarantino & Richard

I have a surprisingly interesting conversation with this man, and he confirms that he is hosting a lunch in Margate, his home town the following month and that it will be attended by film producers, media artists and other industry heavyweights who are going to be there.  He names them, and I am impressed, oh what the hell I think, nothing ventured, and even if this guy isn’t for real, the very least I will have achieved is that I have checked out Margate, which is being heralded as ‘the new Shoreditch’. because of the new creative premises popping up, so I will have achieved something on the day.

The drive to Margate was a good one, albeit a little longer than I thought, but I arrived there early to check it out, it was still Winter so the sea gulls were in full voice, but the beaches were deserted.  I opted to warm myself up with a cup of hot chocolate in one of the small cafes still open for the locals off season, and eaves dropped on some pensioners taking their morning cuppa, and quickly decided that Margate wasn’t for me as it hadn’t quite ‘arrived’ as a creative hub.  Maybe in ten years time!

Richard had organised the lunch at the most exclusive hotel in Margate ‘The Sands’ which seemed strangely out of kilter with the rest of the sleepy English seaside town, with its trendy designer interior and upbeat vibe.  I got into conversation with a young bartender who looked equally out of place, as I ordered a drink before the group arrived.  He confirmed that the area was due for a major uplift as artists like Tracey Emin were moving back in, and the drab appearance of the old town would soon be history.

As the group arrived, so did Richard Selwyn-Barnett, and he was true to his word as he introduced me to an impressive group of industry achievers, Joan Lane, who developed the award winning King’s Speech film, Bruno Tilley, the first brand creative at Island Records and others who prefer to remain anonymous.

Richard & Justin Chadwick

It was an impressive lunch and afternoon, and really the start of something great.  Since this lunch two years ago, several projects have been started, numerous events attended and we have all been introduced to a variety of other industry members who have enhanced our lives.

I have just been told that a new category of Award has recently been created for ‘Best Introducer’ – guess who won it?  I think you know – but not before time, as Richard is a rare breed, and he does it for the pure passion of putting people together.  I am extremely grateful to him for contacting me after twenty years, and as he says when I try to thank him ‘just blame it on Norman Wisdom’.

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ROMANCE BLOOMS AT THE OSCARS

ROMANCE BLOOMS AT THE OSCARS

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We all know that relationships are a huge part of Hollywood dream, and how the paparazzi feed like hungry predators on the love lives of its icons.   But what makes Hollywood and the Oscars the ultimate aphrodisiac?  Is it the shared intimacy of performance between the creative forces that govern the silver screen, or just another attempt to evoke attention to its global stage.

We bore witness last night to some of the most amazing demonstrations of love at the Oscars in Hollywood.

The super passionate kiss from Rami Malek, as he was collecting his Oscar for Best Actor portraying Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, as a public display of his love for fellow Actor Lucy Boynton.

Then as Lady Gaga performed on stage beside her co-star from Star is Born, Bradley Cooper the entire Universe looked on as they exchanged the look of love between them at the end of their song.

As so many strive for fame and fortune, do they still believe that Hollywood spells happiness, in spite of the inevitable break up of relationships, with the rocky foundations of love affairs and the slippery slope to heartache.

Or do we just embrace the roller coaster of the rich and famous, as then we don’t have to share the pain, just revel in its glory as voyeurs for healthy escapism, and so that we don’t actually have to be personally entangled.

But we don’t want to rain on your parade, there is nothing wrong with the ultimate fantasy, Disney was built on it and has made it a universal phenomenon.    So for all its faults, we are all compelled to tune into the Oscars, and enjoy the ultimate sprinkling of fairy dust from our City of Dreams, so aptly named Tinseltown.

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YOUR FUTURE AWAITS WITH LYNNE FRANKS AND THE HUB AT NO 3

YOUR FUTURE AWAITS WITH LYNNE FRANKS AND THE HUB AT NO 3

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THE HUB AT NO 3 in Wincanton, Somerset, is a powerhouse of healing and alchemy, with Lynne Franks OBE as its heroic leader – heading up the unique fusion of magic and divine feminine, in true warrior fashion, within the DNA of its foundation.

Men are also very much a part of the picture, and both male visitors and mentors are welcomed to the Hub, as the male energy is equally respected as an essential ingredient of spiritual growth.

Lynne is famously known as the inspiration behind the dynamic but quirky PR guru Edina in Absolutely Fabulous played by Jennifer Saunders, but since her own fearless spiritual journey, Lynne has transformed into more of a Wise alchemist whose insight into each of her mentees is remarkable as she pinpoints their path and helps them rediscover their mission and self-worth.

I was determined to discover how accurate her reputation for personal growth had become and have recently returned from three days at The Hub in Wincanton, only to discover that Lynne really is a legend in her own lifetime, and that is quite separate from her Abs Fabs fame.

I arrived early to avoid the snow, and was welcomed with open arms by Lynne and her team who looked after me as soon as I arrived, but gave me the space to find time to meditate and soak up the healing atmosphere.  I also managed to chant my mantra of many years, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, with Lynne who is a confirmed Buddhist.

The two buildings of The Hub have been restored and transformed by the passion of Lynne herself over almost two years, with all the trials and tribulations that come with a project of this magnitude, and which also involved a great deal of spiritual healing and cleansing, as it had been an old pub and drinking house.  I also heard through the local grape vine, that Lynne had created a bit of a stir in the area, even offending some of the local church going community with her ‘holistic’ messages.  Lynne has remained steadfast throughout as I understand, still respecting the people of the area, but sticking to her guns which is admirable and maintaining her integrity as always.

I had booked for three nights, and on arrival was taken to Rose room which was a lovely tranquil space with a cosy bed adorned with a duvet of Alpaca feathers – totally healing in itself.  I had the best night’s sleep in a long time, and this apparently is a shared experience of all the guests.

I then decided to sample all of the holistic treatments available as well as a special one-to-one experience with Lynne herself, which I was really looking forward to.

They started with the lovely Saskia Marjoram who administered Flower aromatherapy and healing with her incredible insight into flower essences.  I have to confess I was a little dubious at first, but quickly understood the relevance of the remedies, as I had used Rescue Remedy over the years, and was reassured by Saskia’s knowledge and confidence.  She seemed to pick the remedies associated to me personally, so I quickly knew where it was heading.

I then had a massage and facial with Helen, who I discovered is also a Reiki healer and clairvoyant, and as if this is not enough, completely tuned into me and identified areas of my body and indeed my life that needed attention.  She also explained more about the Hub, saying that they felt that the ‘healers’ and ‘witches’ are congregating there, which I found mesmerising and awe inspiring.  I have to agree, as spookily on the last day, I realised that my lower back pain had completely disappeared which was definitely down to the Reiki and so would really recommend this treatment too.

The one-to-one with Lynne Franks was life changing, as she not only tuned into me, but channelled my inner world and guided me into where my focuses should be.   She was pragmatic and honest as well as being sensitive and nurturing, and I know I have changed an essential part of my own self-discovery and future passage.

There was only one other guest at the Hub, who was a beautiful young woman from the corporate world who was there to redress the balance, and she and I built our vision boards together under the enchanted eye of our mentor.  The results were extraordinary with the vision boards reflecting our inner souls rather than skin deep illusions.

We all connected as Lynne had predicted and in many extraordinary ways, with shared and similar life experiences to help heal each other, and it made me feel that the Goddess was working her magic to bring us all together.  The food is organic, healthy and delicious and all part of the collective collaboration at meal times.

I had heard that when you visit the Hub, it facilitates the beginning of a new life and way of being, and incredibly I found all of this to be true.  Having said that, you have to be ready to change your life, and be open to all possibilities, and if you are – be brave, face your fears and visit Lynne Franks and her healers at The Hub at No 3, where your future awaits.

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THE NEW PEOPLE’S PRINCESS – THE FAIRYTALE GOES ON

THE NEW PEOPLE’S PRINCESS – THE FAIRYTALE GOES ON

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THE NEW PEOPLE’S PRINCESS – THE FAIRYTALE GOES ON by Dee Anderson – Editor in Chief

If I had written the script it couldn’t seem more imagined, giving the illusion of a far stretched soap opera.

Prince meets young female aristocrat over thirty years ago, they have a fantasy Wedding which ends in disaster with her untimely death due to the incessant pursuit of the Paparazzi and the philandering of her husband who is still in love with his ex-lover.

Cut to present day, and the offspring heir of the Prince and young Princess meets the girl of his dreams who is a beautiful Hollywood screen Actress, and happens to be the same age as his mother when she died.

You really couldn’t write it as they say, but we have and it is a reality –  but closer to a reality TV show.  Perhaps this is why the World have gone Harry and Meghan crazy and why even luke-warm Royalists like myself are mesmerised by the couple and have hung on their every word since their engagement six months ago.

They certainly appear like a couple who have fallen deeply in love and so far Meghan has not put a foot wrong, in spite of the wicked half Brother and Sister who have tried to scupper her happiness at every turn.

See how the story is playing out, with echoes of Cinderella or any other ancient fable or fairytale.  It is all in there – and dare I say Doria, even echoing aspects of the Fairy Godmother (even though Meghan’s real Mother) who seemed to emerge to save the day at the end of a hellish week for poor Meghan, with her estranged family and friends trying to relegate her back into oblivion by denouncing her credibility.

The Father of the Prince, in the form of Prince Charles was even pardoned for his earlier in discrepancies as he escorted his new daughter-in-law down the aisle in place of her Father, who had been unfortunately ill advised (probably by the rival siblings) to sell his story to the media, and was recovering from heart surgery

Harry has certainly been the Prince is shining ‘amour’ gazing adoringly at her throughout the reading of their vows at their Wedding in the Chapel in Windsor, and we all wept and cheered as they were finally pronounced Man and Wife.

There were certainly similarities of Diana in the outpouring of emotion from the crowds outside the Chapel and how the Nation tuned in and lined the Streets to catch a glimpse of the romantic pair.  In spite of the former disappointment and the sins of their fathers, as a Nation we forgave and forgot and hope that the future will hold more happiness for the magical pair.

It certainly seems that the Prince and Meghan are well matched, with their maturity, interests and powerful love for each other as beautifully announced by the charismatic American Preacher, Michael Curry.  Harry and Meghan want to change the world, and we all feel that they are capable of doing just that.

So does the story end here in the Happily Ever After, I certainly hope not, and I for one will be waiting with bated breath to be glued to the next spellbinding Series.

 

relive the whole event here

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A Royal Wedding Whirlwind

A Royal Wedding Whirlwind

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Meghan Markle’s mother will meet the Queen today after a whirlwind 24 hours where she was introduced to Prince Charles and Camilla as well as William, Kate and their three children.

Doria Ragland, 61, is also supporting her daughter after an extraordinary week where her father Thomas pulled out and her estranged relatives landed en masse to cash in on her big day.

Ms Ragland has already enjoyed a ‘very jolly’ afternoon with Charles and Camilla this week with royal sources saying they got on famously.

Today Meghan’s yoga instructor mother, who is expected to walk her daughter down the aisle in her father’s absence, will meet her most esteemed new relative by marriage – the Queen – for tea at Windsor Castle, along with Harry and his fiancee.

The elegant 5* luxury country Cliveden House Hotel boasting 350 years of power, politics and parties at the Grade I listed stately home and the location of the notorious Profumo affair, one of the greatest scandals of the Cold War period – is where Meghan and her mother will stay tonight, along with a group of her closest girlfriends plus her dress designer and hairdresser. https://www.clivedenhouse.co.uk/

Harry, as is tradition, will say goodbye to wife-to-be and stay elsewhere with his best man, Prince William.

The princes have plumped for Coworth Park, a five-star country house a stone’s throw from Windsor and one that has been the venue for many a royal polo match and his first public kiss with Meghan. Quoted as being the scenic route to five-star bliss. Coworth Park offers idyllic relaxation in many guises, from a rural detox to an indulgent, romantic escape. Here you’ll find an experience to refresh every sense within the welcoming oasis of calm.  https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/ascot/coworth-park/

 

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