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Visiting AHA! Santa Barbara

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan rang in Mental Health Awareness Month by paying a visit to a youth group in Santa Barbara, California.

The couple met with AHA! Santa Barbara, a nonprofit that works with teenagers, families, and educators to provide kids with resources and tools to develop emotional intelligence. During their visit, Harry and Meghan got “to learn firsthand about this generation’s experiences with social media and societal pressures, and how it affects their mental well-being. The couple engaged with these amazing youth in candid conversation, working to find solutions together,” according to a statement released by Archewell, the organization Harry and Meghan founded in 2020.

Photos show the duke and duchess laughing and smiling next to each other as they sit amongst a circle of teens. Meghan looked sophisticated in a sleek all-black ensemble composed of a black ribbed sweater tucked into a black pencil skirt. She accessorized with a crystal pendant necklace, stacks of gold and diamond bracelets, and a few rings. Meanwhile, Harry cut a casual figure in a collared navy-blue long-sleeve, blue jeans, blue slip-ons, and a few beaded bracelets.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke with teens ages 14-18 about the opportunities social media can provide for connection and community, as well as the ways in which it also raises issues of insecurity, peer-pressure, and potential for self-harm, among other risks,” the statement continued. “These important perspectives and experiences help us understand how mental wellness intersects with the online world, and what it means to promote digital wellness in a digital age.”

The statement concludes: “[The Archewell Foundation] holds a core belief that mental health is of the utmost importance, and underpins all of our work. We are regularly meeting with young people, parents, and professionals to understand the challenges they may be facing while working together to drive towards long-term solutions on- and offline.”

Both Harry and Meghan have been outspoken about their personal struggles with mental health and have advocated for normalizing reaching out for help.

During a 2022 episode of her Spotify podcast, Archetypes, Meghan revealed that Harry helped her find a mental health professional when she was at her “worst point.”

“I called this woman. She didn’t know I was even calling her,” Meghan said. “And she was checking out at the grocery store. I could hear the little beep, beep, and I was like, ‘Hi,’ and I’m introducing myself and can literally hear her going, ‘Wait, sorry—I’m just—who is this?’ … And she could hear the dire state that I was in.”

Meghan continued, “But I think it’s for all of us to be really honest about what it is that you need and to not be afraid to make peace with that, to ask for it.”

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Meghan Markle Signs With WME

Meghan Markle is making her most recent tenure in Hollywood more permanent.

The Duchess of Sussex has signed with WME and will be repped by Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel, Brad Slater and Jill Smoller. Archewell, the media company that Markle heads with her husband, Prince Harry, will also be repped by the agency.

While she began her Hollywood career as an actress, most notably in the TV series Suits, acting will not be a focus for Markle at this point in her life. Film and TV series development and production, as well as business and brand partnerships, will remain the focus for Markle and Archewell.

When moving to California, after stepping down from their positions within the British royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex set up several lucrative partnerships under their Archewell banner. In September 2020, Archewell Productions signed a multiyear deal with Netflix, under which their docuseries Harry & Meghan was released. The Liz Garbus-directed series had the Duke and Duchess telling the story of their courtship and followed along as they made the decision to leave the royal family and move to California. According to Netflix, the series earned 81.55 million viewing hours globally within its first four days of release.

The banner’s next project to hit the service will be Heart of Invictus, a doc series following competing athletes as they prepare for Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. In recent cutbacks, the streamers stopped development on a planned animated children’s series, Pearl, from Markle and Archewell. Elsewhere, Archewell signed a partnership with Spotify in 2020, with Markle’s Archetypes podcast being released by the audio giant last year.


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Meghan Markle Receives Gracie Award for ‘Archetypes’ Podcast

Meghan Markle is being honored by the Gracie Awards.

PEOPLE exclusively reveals that the Duchess of Sussex, 41, has been named a digital media national winner for the 48th Annual Gracie Awards for her Spotify podcast Archetypes. Organized by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the Gracies celebrate exemplary programming and individual achievement created by, for and about women across all media in news and entertainment.

“Thank you to the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for this prestigious honor. This is a shared success for me and the team behind Archetypes — most of whom are women — and the inspiring guests who joined me each week,” Meghan said in a statement shared to the Archewell Foundation website.

The Duchess of Sussex is being recognized for her role as a podcast host, as is Katie Couric for her namesake show Next Question and Alex Cooper for Call Her Daddy. Stars being celebrated as television national winners include Christina Applegate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Faith Hill, Amanda Seyfried, Ava DuVernay and Ziwe (who appeared on Archetypes in the fall).

Other awardees in the TV category include The Drew Barrymore Show, Abbott Elementary and TODAY, while The First Lady starring Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson takes the prestigious Grand Award for exceptional production. The Grand Award signifies a distinct level of achievement, acknowledging the extraordinary talent, dedication and production involved in creating these exceptional pieces.

Winners of the 48th Annual Gracie Awards will be celebrated at a gala event at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on May 23, which will see a special tribute to women directors following a record number of submissions.

Meghan previously described Archetypes as “a labor of love” after the show won the People’s Choice Award for pop podcast of 2022.

“Thank you to all the supporters and fans of Archetypes who voted for us for this special People’s Choice Award,” she said in a statement on Archewell in December. “I loved digging my hands into the process, sitting up late at night in bed, working on the writing and creative. And I loved digging deep into meaningful conversation with my diverse and inspiring guests, laughing and learning with them, and with each of you listening.”

“It has been such a labor of love with an amazing team who were each instrumental in helping to bring this series to life,” she added, thanking producers who “worked hard to make each moment resonate.”

Meghan and Prince Harry first announced a “multi-year partnership” between Spotify and their production company Archewell Audio in 2020. According to its Spotify profile page, Archetypes intends to “investigate, dissect, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.”

Guests across the 12 episodes included Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, Mindy Kaling, Margaret Cho, Lisa Ling, Constance Wu, Paris Hilton, Issa Rae and Jameela Jamil for conversations on ambition, race, mental health and more.

Archetypes debuted in August and topped the Spotify charts in the process.

In related headlines, Meghan and Prince Harry were celebrated at the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award Gala in New York City in December. The couple received the prestigious Ripple of Hope Award for their work in racial justice, mental health and other social impact action through their Archewell Foundation.


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Meghan Markle Honors International Women’s Day with a Pop-Up Baby Boutique at Los Angeles Charity

Meghan Markle spent International Women’s Day supporting an organization that helps expectant mothers and their children.

The Duchess of Sussex and members of the Archewell Foundation, the organization founded by Meghan and Prince Harry in 2020 following their step back from royal life, visited Los Angeles-based charity Harvest Home on Wednesday.

They created a pop-up baby boutique, hosted lunch from a female-owned restaurant and made a donation to the charity, which helps provide housing, mental well-being support and classes to expectant mothers who have faced challenges such as domestic violence, substance use and homelessness. Since it was established in 1985, Harvest Home has supported over 600 women and their children.

Photos from the visit show Meghan, 41, with her arm around a woman wearing a Harvest Home t-shirt and smiling as she holds a baby outfit.

“Happy International Women’s day to all of you! Whether donating your time, funds or helping a woman in your community, let’s all celebrate the women in our lives today and every day!” said a message on the Archewell Foundation website.

Meghan and Prince Harry traditionally celebrate International Women’s Day with acts of service, from sending treats to the Hubb Community Kitchen (which Meghan worked with as they created a cookbook to raise funds following the Grenville Tower fire in 2017) to visiting a school for their special International Women’s Day assembly.

In 2019, while pregnant with her son Archie, Meghan participated in a panel discussion for International Women’s Day. During the event, she said, “We must be global feminists and include men and boys.”

Back in 2015, Meghan gave an impassioned speech at a UN Women’s conference in New York in which she talked about gender equality for International Women’s Day.

“I am proud to be a woman and a feminist, and this evening I am extremely proud to stand before you on this significant day, which serves as a reminder to all of us of how far we’ve come, but also amid celebration a reminder of the road ahead,” she said.

Meghan and the Archewell team also stepped out for a meal at Gracias Madre, a vegan restaurant in West Hollywood, on Wednesday. During the outing, the group was treated to a special delivery from Prince Harry: vegan cupcakes from Sprinkles.

“This is from my husband. He was asking for everyone,” Meghan was overheard saying by a fellow diner.

Prince Harry was in San Francisco on Wednesday for an appearance at BetterUp’s Uplift summit. The Duke of Sussex, who has served as Chief Impact Officer for the coaching platform since March 2021, answered audience questions alongside BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux in front of a live audience.

Wednesday’s outings marked the first for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after announced that the christening of their daughter, Princess Lilibet Diana, was held on March 3 at their home in California. While confirming the news, the couple referred to their children’s royal titles for the first time.

Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in September, Harry’s father became King Charles — and as grandchildren of the monarch, 3-year-old Archie and 1-year-old Lili were afforded the titles of prince and princess.

“The children’s titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch,” a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told PEOPLE. “This matter has been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace.”

On Thursday, the British royal family’s official website was updated to reflect Archie and Lili’s titles, Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex. They were previously styled as “Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor” and “Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.”

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Meghan and Harry’s Daughter Princess Lilibet Christened in Intimate California Ceremony

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are celebrating the christening of their daughter Princess Lilibet Diana.

PEOPLE exclusively confirms that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex held a christening for their 21-month-old daughter last Friday in a small and intimate ceremony at their home in Montecito, California.

When reached by PEOPLE, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.”

According to a source, Meghan, 41, and Harry, 38, extended an invite to King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton, but they were not in attendance. Continue reading Meghan and Harry’s Daughter Princess Lilibet Christened in Intimate California Ceremony

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Netflix Unveils ‘Harry & Meghan’ Launch Date & New Trailer

Netflix has unveiled a December 8 release date for Harry & Meghan, the tell-all documentary from the royal pair that looks set to generate plenty of headlines.

The show will launch on Thursday and is being billed as an “unprecedented and in-depth documentary series.” A new trailer was released today and can be seen below. The first three episodes will be available at launch, with the second three dropping a week later.

The show’s logline says it will see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex share the “other side of their high-profile love story.”

Across six episodes, the clandestine early days of the Prince and former Suits actress’ courtship will be explored, moving on to the challenges that led them to step away from royal duty and relocate to their new home in the U.S.

The pair were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in a similar tell-all last year and Harry is soon to publish a book on the subject.

Harry & Meghan is a Story Syndicate Production in association with Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Productions and Diamond Docs.

Liz Garbus is director and executive producers are Garbus, Erica Sashin, Mark Monroe, Dan Cogan, Ben Browning, Chanel Pysnik, Jon Bardin, Mala Chapple and Angus Wall.


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Netflix Releases First Trailer for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s New Docuseries

It’s Meghan Markle and Prince Harry like you’ve never seen them before.

On Thursday, Netflix released the first trailer for its upcoming documentary on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Titled Harry & Meghan, the docuseries will shed light on the highs and lows of the couple’s love story.

The intimate first look at the documentary series, which will premiere in December across six episodes, includes personal footage from the couple’s life together, including at their 2018 wedding reception, on a trip to Africa and while Meghan is pregnant. In addition to moments of joy, they also show the difficulties they faced in the royal spotlight. Meghan is seen wiping away tears in one shot and the couple is shown at the 2019 Commonwealth Day ceremony amid tensions with the royal family and the media.

They also shed light on why they decided to share their story for the first time.

“Why did you want to make this documentary?” the couple is asked in the promo.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Thank Elton John

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are thanking Sir Elton John!

The couple surprised concert-goers at one of Elton John’s farewell gigs in California by recording a special message. The video was played before the iconic singer’s concert at Dodger Stadium, which was recorded for Disney+.

In the personal message, Harry, 38, thanked the singer for being a friend, not only to his late mom Princess Diana but to him and his young children Archie, 3, and Lilibet Diana, 1, too.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also revealed that they attended one of Elton’s longrunning globe-trotting farewell tour shows.

“Hi Elton, we just wanted to say congratulations,” Meghan, 41, said at the start of the couple’s video message.

Harry then chimed in with his “congratulations” before Meghan added, “And we are just so proud of you. We’re so grateful that we were able to see you on your farewell tour also.”

“And thank you for entertaining everybody for so many decades,” Harry added. “Thank you for being the friend that you were for my mum, thank you for being our friend. Thank you for being friend to our kids and thank you for entertaining people right around the world.

“Even though this is officially your retirement, this will not be your last gig, we know that. But we love you and congratulations on an incredible career,” he concluded.

At the end of the video, Meghan lovingly rested her head on Harry’s shoulder.

Elton John performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018 (he was also a star turn at the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth in June) and hosted the couple at his home in the South of France in 2019.

Meghan and Harry weren’t alone in sharing their wishes for Elton amid his farewell tour. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and crooner Tony Bennett were among the prominent figures who paid tribute to the iconic singer. President Biden thanked him on behalf of the American people for his advocacy for AIDS and HIV campaigning and fundraising via his charity.


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Meghan Markle Lets Her Guard Down: On Grieving Queen Elizabeth, Producing With Harry and Returning to Hollywood

The Duchess of Sussex is in mourning. But we’ll get back to that. First, let’s go to the day we met, this past summer, at the venerated San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif. The ranch is a low-key old luxury resort with simple bungalows tucked into a mountainside overlooking the Pacific coast. It’s the kind of unpretentious but protected place wealthy locals and L.A. transplants come to be treated like royalty. On one witheringly hot day in late August, however, they got to mingle with the real thing.

That morning, the Duchess of Sussex, known more commonly by her maiden name, Meghan Markle, sped past a group of 60-something women who’d made the trek to Montecito to celebrate a milestone birthday. Teetering on the dusty cobblestone walkway in their wedges and kitten heels, the group stopped dead as Meghan waved and smiled from a golf cart delivering her to her Variety cover shoot. “Can you imagine?” said one of the women wistfully after the duchess had passed, perhaps talking about the life she has led thus far — an American woman meeting and marrying a handsome young prince beloved by all the world — or maybe, as we were there to discuss, the life she’s leading now.

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Meghan Markle at Queen’s Funeral Procession

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are mourning the royal family’s matriarch.

The Princess of Wales, 40, and the Duchess of Sussex, 41, were visibly emotional during the service saluting the arrival of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin at Westminster Hall Wednesday, where it will lie in state until her funeral next Monday.

Standing shoulder to shoulder with their husbands Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate and Meghan seemed to blink back tears before the monarch’s coffin, which was draped with the Royal Standard and raised on a catafalque.

There, they heard a blessing from Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and quietly reflected before joining the processional out of Westminster Hall, during which Meghan and Harry, 37, held hands.

Both Kate and Meghan honored their grandmother-in-law at the service by wearing jewelry she had given them with her go-to stone: pearls.

The women walked out of the medieval hall behind King Charles III and his wife Queen Camilla, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, 58 and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, with Anne’s son Peter Phillips and the Queen’s nephew David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, in their wake.

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Prince Harry and Meghan View Tributes Left to Queen Elizabeth

In a surprise moment on Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for a walkaround at Windsor Castle following the death of William and Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Dressed in black, the foursome were seen greeting onlookers and emotionally taking in the flowers and other memorial items left for the late monarch, who died on Thursday at age 96.

Kensington Palace says William, 40, invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join him and Kate, 40, who was recently named Princess of Wales alongside her husband’s new Prince of Wales title.

Prince William thought the walkabout to greet the crowds “was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family,” a royal source tells PEOPLE.

The reunion among William, Kate, Harry and Meghan is poignant, as relations have been strained between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and members of the royal family in recent years, including an ongoing estrangement from William and Kate.

Before the Queen’s death — which occurred while the U.S.-based Harry, 37, and Meghan, 41, were already in the U.K. for charity events — the couple were last in the nation in June to help celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, but there was no public interaction between the couple and William, Kate and the rest of Harry’s immediate family members.

They did, however, privately introduce Charles to his granddaughter Lilibet, 1, for the first time, which also gave him the chance to see his 3-year-old grandson Archie, PEOPLE learned at the time.

“It was a fantastic visit. The prince was delighted to see his grandson and meet his granddaughter for the first time,” a royal source said, adding that it was “wonderful” to have Harry and Meghan back in Britain.


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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Arrive Hand-in-Hand for 1-Year Countdown for Invictus Games in Germany

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are already fired up about next year’s Invictus Games!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out in Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday for the Invictus Games’ One Year to Go event.

Harry, 37, and Meghan, 41, walked a red carpet hand-in-hand and were greeted by local officials at city hall. The couple also made sure to give a few pets to a service dog named Loki, who was sporting an Invictus Games bandana — after all, the animal lovers have three dogs at home in California, including their newest member of the family, Mia.

The German hub was first announced as a future host city for the Invictus Games — Harry’s international adaptive sports competition for injured, sick and wounded service personnel and veterans — in 2020 with the event initially set for 2022. However, when the coronavirus pandemic delayed the 2020 Invictus Games in The Hague, the Netherlands until 2022, preparations for Düsseldorf were also bumped back.

Now, the Invictus Games are finally set to commence in the German city from September 9 to 16, 2023.

A cause close to his heart, Prince Harry launched the Paralympic-style sports tournament in 2014 after attending the 2013 Warrior Games in the U.S., inspired by the transformative physical, psychological and social powers of sports for those who have served.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Take the Stage at One Young World Summit amid Return to the U.K.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are back in the U.K.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared at the One Young World Summit in Manchester on Monday, their first joint working visit in England since stepping back from their senior royal roles in March 2020. After participating in a private round table on gender equality earlier in the day, Meghan and Harry were greeted with cheers as they stepped onto the stage. Meghan is set to deliver the keynote address at the event’s opening ceremony.

Meghan, 41, has been a One Young World Counsellor since 2014. In 2019, she attended the One Young World Opening Ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall and hosted a roundtable for gender equality activists at Windsor Castle, where Harry, 37, joined her.

During the opening remarks at The Bridgewater Hall this year, co-founder Kate Robertson told the delegates that the “innovation and positivity in this room” can “build the world that future generations deserve.” Onstage, she and the prince shared a hug.

Since launching in 2009, the One Young World community has grown to a network of over 13,700 ambassadors, and their projects have impacted 35.8 million people worldwide, according to the organization.

One Young World’s flagship event unites activists, humanitarians, world leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs, politicians and innovators to come together to confront the biggest challenges facing humanity.

The appearance kicks off a busy week for the couple, who relocated to Meghan’s home state of California in 2020 after stepping back from their roles as working members of the royal family. On Tuesday, they will travel to Germany for the Invictus Games’ “One Year to Go” countdown event. Meghan and Prince Harry will then head back to the U.K. to attend the WellChild Awards on Thursday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex “are delighted to visit with several charities close to their hearts in early September,” a spokesperson for the couple said after announcing the trip in August.