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Hi listeners - I am taking a break from podcasting as of June 2022. You can still catch up with my positive commentary about the lives and the work of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and their children Archie and Lili through my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ and through my twitter account @JeanetteSongolo - thank you all for your loyalty.....

Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle Jeanette Songolo

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Hi listeners - I am taking a break from podcasting as of June 2022. You can still catch up with my positive commentary about the lives and the work of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and their children Archie and Lili through my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ and through my twitter account @JeanetteSongolo - thank you all for your loyalty.....

    Podcast 142 – Sussex followers launch new fundraiser to honour the 2022 Birthdays of Archie and Lili

    Podcast 142 – Sussex followers launch new fundraiser to honour the 2022 Birthdays of Archie and Lili

    In honour of adorable Archie's 3rd Birthday and the forthcoming 1st Birthday of baby Lili,  Meghan and Harry supporters’ group, the Sussex Squad  - as well as other Sussex followers  - are raising money in support of Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen (WCK). WCK use the power of food to nourish communities in crises. WCK are currently doing wonders in feeding those living in or fleeing from the war in Ukraine. 
    World Central Kitchen has been a partner with the couple's Archewell Foundation since 2020. Archewell is funding 4 community relief centers that can be activated in times of crisis as emergency response kitchens or vaccination sites while standing as community gathering spaces, food distribution hubs, or clinics throughout the rest of the year. The first relief center has been completed in Dominica with construction underway on centers in Puerto Rico and Mumbai, India.
    In addition to the relief centers, Harry and Meghan have backed WCK's emergency response efforts in Haiti and Ukraine, as well as supporting women restaurant owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Sussex Squad have tweeted a link to the site set up with WCK to collect donations made in Harry and Meghan’s name. The site says “Like Harry and Meghan, their supporters always show up for communities in need." https://donate.wck.org/team/425216
    This is not the first time that Meghan and Harry followers, either the Sussex Squad or other groups or individuals,  have organized major fundraising events. There is now a tradition of marking key events in Meghan and Harry’s and now their two children’s lives,  with charitable fundraising events. Sometimes the fundraising has been kick started by a call to action by Meghan and Harry  themselves. At other times Sussex followers have taken the initiative.

    In this podcast I chat about some of the previous fundraising events over recent years.
    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili. Reach out to me through my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ and on twitter https://twitter.com/JeanetteSongolo

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    Podcast 141– The Pros & Cons of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry going to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

    Podcast 141– The Pros & Cons of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry going to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

    Today I am taking a look at a topic that everyone and their dog has an opinion on – the question as to whether Harry and Meghan should travel to the UK to participate in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations?

    It is not yet known whether or not Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili will make the trip over from California to attend all or some of the Jubilee Celebrations.  Whilst rumour has it that the Queen would like them to come, when asked recently if he would be coming Prince Harry did not commit.

    In this podcast I chat about some of the pro and cons that Meghan and Harry might consider when reaching their decision

    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili. Reach out to me through my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ and on twitter https://twitter.com/JeanetteSongolo

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    Podcast 140 – The 'take-aways' from Prince Harry’s April 2022 interview with Hoda Kotb.

    Podcast 140 – The 'take-aways' from Prince Harry’s April 2022 interview with Hoda Kotb.

    During the week of the Invictus Games at the Hague in Holland - Prince Harry did a fair few press interviews to promote the Games. In these interviews Harry,  for the most part,  kept the topic limited the Games and only answering the odd question about fatherhood and his children.  Not so when he sat down with NBC’s Hoda Kotb. This interview did explore Harry's private life. 

    This podcast is an overview of their interview, the reaction to it by the UK press, and my thoughts.

    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili. Reach out to me through my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ and on twitter https://twitter.com/JeanetteSongolo

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    Podcast 139 – Best parts so far of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle at The Invictus Games The Hague

    Podcast 139 – Best parts so far of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle at The Invictus Games The Hague

    As I mentioned before we don’t have live TV coverage of the Invictus Games The Hague here in Canada, but I have been trolling all over social media and news reports so as to keep up to date on how the Games are going.
    Amongst the many hard-hitting stories of the competition,  such as the fact that the Ukrainian team who despite the on-going war with Russia did manage to travel to Holland to take part, and also the serious part of the games for each of the 500 plus competitors who have either conquered a service-related or another injury, and who who may still be on their road to recovery,  some stories and events have, for me at least, stood out more than others.  This podcast has a few of those stories - including the story of 'the kiss.'

    Here is a link to Prince Harry's speech at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games The Hague -  https://mobile.twitter.com/WeAreInvictus/status/1515420737405960194

    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili. Reach out to me through my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ and on twitter https://twitter.com/JeanetteSongolo

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    Podcast 138 – Meghan Markle & Prince Harry slipped into England for an Easter visit with the Queen - right under the noses of the press

    Podcast 138 – Meghan Markle & Prince Harry slipped into England for an Easter visit with the Queen - right under the noses of the press

    On the Thursday evening before Good Friday many of us were knocking off work early so as to extend our Easter weekend as much as possible. As is my norm,  I was keeping one eye on the Twitter feeds about all things Meghan and Harry when a story popped up on the My Royalty Account  https://mobile.twitter.com/BurnerRoyalty a post by The UK Sun newspaper reporting that Meghan and Harry had been to visit with the Queen.
    Tweeter went ballistic when shortly thereafter a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry confirmed that yes, they had indeed visited with the Queen, having stopped off in England on their way to Holland and to the Invictus Games at The Hague. Also confirming that the couple had spent Thursday morning in Windsor, England with the Queen, their first joint visit with her after more than two years apart.
    So, what was all the fuss about you might say – nothing extra-ordinary about Harry visiting with his grandmother and taking his wife along?
    And that might have been the case but for the way that some UK and Australian news outlets and so called Royal Experts, had been pillaring Meghan and Harry firstly for not attending Prince Phillips memorial service, and secondly the media had been widely reporting that Meghan and Harry were not planning to visit with the Queen whilst they were in Europe, reporting that Meghan and Harry would be 'snubbing' the Queen.
    Even as Meghan and Harry were meeting with the Queen,  the UK Daily Express newspaper was reporting on-line that Meghan and Harry were definitely not coming to visit. Oops. 
    What is also amusing about the report of the visit by Meghan and Harry with the Queen was the source of the news? Did it come from a royal correspondent or one of those numerous palace sources? 
    No it did not.  News of Meghan and Harry’s visit would have gone completely unnoticed bar the fact that some sharp-eyed pensioners who happened to be at Windsor Castle that day to collect their Maundy Thursday gifts from Prince Charles and Camilla,  for their contributions to the community,  had spotted Meghan and Harry walking on the grounds of Windsor Castle while the pensioners were being transported away from the Maundy Thursday service by bus. 
    What is known,  is that the UK media were covering the Maundy Thursday event and so it is even more amusing that Meghan and Harry’s visit went unnoticed. 
    What the story also tells us is that far from being the attention seeking couple that the UK media like to portray, Meghan and Harry are able to keep things low key and secret from the press. Afterall, they managed to book an appointment with the Queen, fly to England, travel to Windsor Castle, meet with the Queen, fly out of England and arrive in Holland before anyone had got wind of the trip. But for the eagle eyes of the pensioners none of us would have been the wiser. 
    Catching a glimpse of Meghan and Harry as well as meeting with Prince Charles and Camilla certainly made these seniors day out even more special. A perfect start to their Easter weekend.
    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili. Reach out to me through my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ and on twitter https://twitter.com/JeanetteSongolo

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    Podcast 137 – Meghan Markle & Prince Harry make new grants to organizations working to improve our digital community

    Podcast 137 – Meghan Markle & Prince Harry make new grants to organizations working to improve our digital community

    At a time when we are constantly bombarded with hateful and polarized media and social media commentary and when it is becoming increasingly difficulty to sort out the real news from the fake, Meghan and Harry have issued a couple of new charitable grants, re-committing themselves "to convening, bridging, and accelerating leaders, ideas, and solutions for an online community rooted in equity, safety, participation, and belonging."
    In the statement released on their Archewell website Meghan and Harry admit that technology has changed how we all experience everyday life: connecting us and at times making our lives more productive. 
    Meghan and Harry also point out the down side of increased use of social media and other technologies, including our "lack of trust in the information we read and view, the safety and health of our kids being placed at risk, civil rights and human rights being threatened, and marginalized communities being targeted by a barrage of hate and vitriol."
    Meghan and Harry write that they feel that many of the underlying societal issues created by technology remain unaddressed. Hence their existing work with various organizations and academics working in the field such as the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2), Color Of Change and URL Media and now the new grants that Meghan and Harry announced this week to Cortico’s Local Voices Network  https://cortico.ai/  and the Institute for Rebooting Social Media at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society https://cyber.harvard.edu/programs/institute-rebooting-social-media
    Cortico Community Local Voices Network is an initiative that is working in cooperation with the MIT Center for Constructive Communication. What they do is record small-group conversations in various communities when the participants discuss their lives and experiences.  Think of what they do as a lot of separate interviews and discussions, say with local government or community groups and non-profits, similar to what you might have heard in the past on a local radio or TV show. Cortico collect and store these conversations on a searchable library using artificial intelligence (AI) tools that allow search by topic or key words or even by speaker. 
    The second new grant announced by Meghan and Harry is to the Institute for Rebooting Social Media at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Meghan and Harry are helping to fund a new three-year initiative, in work that is addressing urgent concerns surrounding social media, including hate speech and harassment,  misinformation and privacy. 
    Meghan and Harry are also supporting what is called the Rebooting Social Media Assembly Fellowship during the 2022-2023 academic year. The fellowship will bring together renowned experts and new innovators from diverse backgrounds to address the challenges and opportunities of social media. 
    Meghan and Harry have said before and they reiterate in this week’s statement, that they believe new innovations in technology and media "should strengthen our communities, empower families, restore trust in information, and ensure that all of us can experience a better and safer world online."
    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili. Reach out to me through my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ and on twitter https://twitter.com/JeanetteSongolo

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