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Listen in for positive commentary about the lives and the work of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (the Duke & Duchess of Sussex), their adorable son Archie, and their lovely daughter Lili. Let's see how their lives evolve as they live independently away from the British Royal Family. I will keep you informed about the causes that are important to Meghan and Harry. From time to time I will highlight issues arising in their media coverage. For Kate fans, check out my podcast Kind thoughts for Kate Middleton (The Duchess of Cambridge). Reach me through my blog, twitter, and on LinkedIn.

Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle Jeanette Songolo

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Listen in for positive commentary about the lives and the work of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (the Duke & Duchess of Sussex), their adorable son Archie, and their lovely daughter Lili. Let's see how their lives evolve as they live independently away from the British Royal Family. I will keep you informed about the causes that are important to Meghan and Harry. From time to time I will highlight issues arising in their media coverage. For Kate fans, check out my podcast Kind thoughts for Kate Middleton (The Duchess of Cambridge). Reach me through my blog, twitter, and on LinkedIn.

    Podcast 95 – Should Thomas Markle get Court ordered access to Archie and Lili?

    Podcast 95 – Should Thomas Markle get Court ordered access to Archie and Lili?

    In an interview with US Fox News this past week, Thomas said that he would be petitioning the Californian Courts for rights to see his grandchildren in the very near future. So do you think that Thomas should petition the Court for some access with his grandkids? And if he does, is he likely to be successful? 
    According to an article in US Weekly in the opinion of celebrity divorce attorney Mark Gross, Thomas would be unlikely to win his petition for visitation with Archie and Lili under Californian Law.  Mr. Gross told US weekly that whether or not the Californian Courts will grant Thomas visitation would depend of the closeness between the grandparent and their grandchild.  Mr. Gross argues, that without this established relationship between Thomas and his grandchildren his petition could be unsuccessful.
    Here in Ontario in Canada,  the best interest of the child is the overarching test when it comes to decisions affecting children. In terms of grandparent access the lower courts have developed two competing views:
    1       A pro-contact approach 
    2       A parental autonomy approach (this view has support from the Ontario Court of Appeal)
    The parental autonomy approach can be challenged. A grandparent can still ask a  Court to make an order for access in Ontario, even though the child’s parents are saying no. However, similar to the law in California, a grandparent would have to show the court that they have a positive and pre-existing relationship with the grandchild;  and the parent’s decision to deny access to the grandparent imperils this positive relationship;  and the parent has acted arbitrarily in denying access. 
    Under Ontario law Thomas’s own actions could be his downfall. Thomas's continued airing  of his grievances about Meghan and Harry and his denigration of their parenting skills before the world press,  would be unlikely to reassure an Ontario Court that Thomas is considering the children’s best interests ahead of his own.  Also, a Court might not want to grant access to a grandparent when when doing so could subject the child to conflict. Thomas has in the past thrown insults at both Harry and Meghan. Even in his Fox Interview this past week Thomas call Meghan and Harry ‘bad’ parents claiming that they had made mistakes in raising Archie and Lili.
    US Attorney Mark Gross told US Weekly that these issues are also problematic under Californian Law. 
    One can image a Court worrying that if they did grant access visits to Thomas would he then parade them on the TV or take photos and sell them to the world’s media?
    These cases are never easy and I am sure the judges hate having to decide them, especially those judges who are grandparents themselves. Many a judge has tried to persuade the parties in such cases into mediation or some sort of therapeutic counselling knowing that a Court case is really going to make an unfortunate situation much worse.
    Let me know what you think - Should Thomas be given Court ordered access to his grandkids?
    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili. You can reach out to me though my blog athttps://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/

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    Podcast 94 – Prince Harry’s memoir - an ideal 2022 Christmas Gift for Royal fans.

    Podcast 94 – Prince Harry’s memoir - an ideal 2022 Christmas Gift for Royal fans.

    I was just saying last time how quiet things were in terms of Meghan and Harry lives and then out of the blue came the news that Random House will be publishing Harry’s memoir, with the anticipated release date of the book in late 2022  - just in time for Christmas. 
    It seem that Harry and the publishers did not intend to release news of the book just yet. The announcement appears to have been forced upon them after The New York Post got wind of the project. 

    The book has already caused a stir,  with some newspapers reporting that this is Harry’s chance to tell his side of the story, and others already accusing Harry of preparing to drop more bombshells that will embarrass the UK Royal Family.
    For Harry’s part he released a news story through his and Meghan’s Archewell website under a heading "Prince Harry to Author Book Reflecting on Lessons Learned Throughout His Life." 
    Alongside a description of his book is a statement from Harry in which he says  “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story—the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned—I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
    The press releases did not say that Harry has written the book himself. Some news outlets are reporting that Harry is getting some help from J R Moehringer, a Pulitzer-winning former journalist with the LA Times and now author. This has not been confirmed nor denied at this time.
    Harry is taking heat for seemingly wanting to have privacy in his life but then being willing to tell us lots of intimate details. One Royal commentator, already fearing that Harry will release more bombshells in his book, has labelled Harry a traitor to the monarchy and to his family. 
    How intimate the book will be remains to be seen. What we do know is that between now and when the book is released the press will have a field day speculating about what will or won’t be in the book. And once it is published, every little bit of it will be micro-analysed. 
    It was good to hear proceeds from the book will be donated to charity. The press releases did not say that all of the proceeds will go to charity. However, even if only a fraction of the proceeds are donated, it is sure to net a tidy sum that non-profits and charities around the world so desperately need.

    Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast  and you can read other stories and reach out to me though my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/

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    Podcast 93 – Meghan & Harry continue to fulfil their promises

    Podcast 93 – Meghan & Harry continue to fulfil their promises

    It has been quiet in terms of Meghan and Harry and their charitable work. The pair had made it known that they intended to take an undisclosed amount of time off,  after the birth of Lili,  as parental leave allowing them to adapt to being a family of 4.  The gossip mill hasn’t stopped. As Meghan once said she can be nowhere yet everywhere. 
    We heard this past week that Meghan and Harry took another step in fulfilling their business contract with Netflix, with news that Meghan will Executively Produce, alongside Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish, an aminated series about a 12-year-old girl, who, as she faces life's daily challenges, is inspired by a variety of influential women from history. A very Meghan theme that will she her continuing to advocate for girl power and gender equity. 
    We also got to hear this past week that Meghan and Harry and their Archewell foundation took their first step in fulfilling their commitment made back in May of this year, to support in a practical way the Los Angeles based mother and baby charity Harvest Home. 
    This past May, Archewell Foundation announced that as part of Meghan and Harry’s mission to build a more equitable and just future for women, that in partnership with Procter & Gamble, Meghan and Harry would be working with organizations such as Girls Inc. and the National Women’s Law Center. And in honour of Mother’s Day, they made a commitment to purchase supplies for the second residence for Harvest Home LA, the homeless shelter specifically for expectant mothers.
    Procter & Gamble both through their community support program as well as in collaboration with other non-profits like Archewell are keen to be seen as a company that gives back.
    For their part Meghan and Harry whilst no longer working Royals, will want to ensure that the companies that they work with have high ethical standards. Rightly or wrongly,  Meghan and Harry will be held accountable in the media if they chose to work with dodgy people or organizations. Regardless of the amount of control that Meghan and Harry have over the actions of other people,  in the eyes of the world’s highly judgmental media, the blame for any unsavoury activities will be laid at the feet of Meghan and Harry. Meghan and Harry appear to have found a relatively safe partner in P & G
    P & G say they want to lead the charge in doing the right thing and use every opportunity, no matter how small, to set change in motion. To be a force for good and a force for growth. They have set up various campaigns around doing good deeds or Acts of Love  as they call them to support parents and children around the world. 
    P & G have also set themselves up as a company that is inclusive and one that supports gender equality. 

    Per the P & G 2020 Citizenship report P & G in the US has turned their attention to addressing systemic racism and inequality.
    In was in this context that as part of their on-going collaboration and fulfilling their Mother’s Day promise to support Harvest Home in practical ways, that this past week pallet loads of diapers were dropped off on behalf of P & G, Meghan and Harry,  and Archewell.  Harvest Home were extremely thankful for the 'pallets and pallets of diapers' and posted as much on their social media accounts. 

    Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast  and you can read other stories and reach out to me though my blog at   https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ 

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    Podcast 92 - William & Harry join to unveil their statue of mom - Diana, Princess of Wales.

    Podcast 92 - William & Harry join to unveil their statue of mom - Diana, Princess of Wales.

    In the spirit of unity and to honour what would have been the 60th Birthday of the late Diana, Princess of Wales,  this same episode covering the unveiling of William's  and Harry's statue in honour of their mother will air on both my Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle and Kind thoughts for Kate Middleton podcasts.

    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, and Harry and Kate and William and don't forget to rate and to subscribe to my podcasts!

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    Podcast 91 – Meghan & Harry – 2021, a recap on just a few of the Good things they've done so far

    Podcast 91 – Meghan & Harry – 2021, a recap on just a few of the Good things they've done so far

    Media outlets this past week were bombarding us all with a constant stream of negative "news" about Meghan & Harry.  Bucking this negative trend,  I am using this episode to recap on just a few of the many positive things that Meghan and Harry have done in the service of others during the first half of 2021.
    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie, and Lili.

    You can read other stories and reach out to me though my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/

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    Podcast 90 – Two organizations with Harry & Meghan connections, benefit from MacKenzie Scott’s latest multi-billion charitable gifts

    Podcast 90 – Two organizations with Harry & Meghan connections, benefit from MacKenzie Scott’s latest multi-billion charitable gifts

    MacKenzie Scott, author and the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos continues to donate the income generated from assets that she received as part of her divorce settlement to non-profit organizations. In 2020 Ms. Scott announced nearly $6 billion in gifts to some 500 non-profits; this past week MacKenzie gave another $2.7 billion to 286 groups around the world, working in the areas of  racial inequality, the arts and education. 
    Two of the organizations that are benefitting from Ms. Scott donations are US based Homeboy Industries and African based mothers2mothers, both of whom Meghan and Harry have supported in the recent past.

    I will tell you more about these two organizations and about their reactions to receiving generous gifts from MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett.
    Please keep listening for future podcasts on all things Meghan, Harry, Archie, and Lili. You can read other stories and reach out to me though my blog at https://www.kindthoughtsformeghanmarkle.com/ 

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