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Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle Resign from Official Royal Roles

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In a statement released on their website Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, have announced they are stepping away from their roles as “senior royals” in order to focus on their family and “the next chapter, including the launch of [their] new charitable entity.” 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have long discussed the challenges of living a life in the public eye. Harry, the queen’s grandson, lost his mother Princess Diana in 1997 in a car crash widely believed to be a result of the UK’s rabid press and paparazzi. “Every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back.” 

Meghan has also spoken about the difficulties of being a public figure, particularly as the first American royal and the first Black royal. When asked about the impact the pressure has had on her, Meghan spoke of feeling “really vulnerable” and thanked the interviewer for asking if she was ok because “not many people have.”

In their statement, the royal couple expressed a desire to become financially independent while maintaining residency in both Britain and North America. Reports have suggested their North American location will be in Canada, a commonwealth nation, while their British home will remain at Frogmore Cottage. “Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty The Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use [it] – with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen – as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom.

 

“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course… Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

The office of the queen, Buckingham Palace, released a brief and noticeably lukewarm statement in response to this unexpected announcement saying “discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

The Palace’s comment raises eyebrows as it frankly suggests that neither the queen nor Princes Charles and William – the two in line to the throne – were consulted prior to Harry and Meghan’s decision. While they are not the first royals to step away from their official duties, they are the highest in the line of succession. In November amid the fallout of his disastrous interview addressing his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew stepped down from his working duties. 

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Read Harry and Meghan’s full statement as well as Buckingham Palace’s statement below:

Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke, and Duchess of Sussex*

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year is starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

*While the above is the official statement from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the “Media” section of their website sussexroyal.com shares information regarding how their relationship with the media will evolve to reflect their new work roles. Visit sussexroyal.com/media/ for more details.

Statement on Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

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TIDAL and Dolby celebrated Meek Mill’s GRAMMY-nominated Championships album

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TIDAL and Dolby celebrated Meek Mill‘s GRAMMY nominated Championships album. Championships is now available to stream in Dolby Atmos exclusively on TIDAL.

Dolby, a leader in immersive entertainment experiences, and TIDAL, a global music and entertainment streaming platform, hosted a listening event that featured a live performance in Dolby Atmos by the chart-topping artist Meek Mill. The event celebrated Meek Mill’s latest album Championships, nominated for Best Rap Album of the year, which is available to stream in Dolby Atmos on TIDAL starting today. Songs performed included his hits 24/7, All Eyes on You and Going Bad

TIDAL will also release the exclusive performance on its service for fans to enjoy in Dolby Atmos in a few weeks.

Fans can now listen to Championships in Dolby Atmos sound quality here:  https://tidal.com/browse/album/128953992

(Note: Dolby Atmos is only available via select Android devices]

What is Dolby Atmos Music

Dolby Atmos lets listeners connect with music at its fullest capacity and creative potential – not the way most people hear music today, but a version that pulls you into a song to reveal what was lost with traditional recordings. Listeners can discover hidden details and subtleties with unparalleled clarity. Whether it’s a complex harmony of instruments placed around a listener, the unleashing of a legendary guitar solo, a massive bass drop that washes over you, or the subtle breath a singer takes, Dolby Atmos gives music more space and the freedom to unleash every detail and emotion as the artist intended.

How to experience Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL

To enjoy Dolby Atmos Music, TIDAL will automatically default to this experience if a Dolby Atmos mix is available. Tracks will be identified by a “Dolby logo” visual badge as well as through a “Dolby Atmos” identifier that will display once a song is selected. Users can also click on the “Dolby Atmos” menu option under the “Explore” tab on the TIDAL app to explore the library of tracks available in Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is now available to TIDAL members subscribing to the HiFi tier, which already features HiFi and Master quality audio. To learn more about Dolby Atmos Music or TIDAL HiFi, visit Music.Dolby.com and TIDAL.com/DolbyAtmos.

TIDAL members with compatible Android smartphones and tablets subscribing to TIDAL HiFi can enjoy Championships along with a growing library of music available in Dolby Atmos from Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. The includes songs from some of the world’s biggest artists such as The Weeknd, Blondie, Ariana Grande and more. TIDAL is also working closely with its artist-owners, including JAY-Z, to mix their catalogs in Dolby Atmos – which are expected to become available in 2020.

 

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Stormzy Talks Inspiration from Beyonce, Activism in the UK & More On TIDAL’s Rap Radar

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Ahead of his upcoming world tour, “Heavy Is The Head,” international rapper, Stormzy, joins TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast with Elliott Wilson and Brian “B. Dot” Miller at the World of McIntosh Townhouse in New York City. In the latest episode, the British star discusses being the voice of black youth, drawing inspiration from Beyoncé for his Glastonbury set, collaborating with Banksy for his performance outfit, working with Pharrell and more.

The “Rap Radar” podcast adds to TIDAL’s growing podcast network, which includes a variety of series hosted by some of the most trusted and influential names in music. 

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Wendy Reveals That NeNe Leakes is Leaving Real Housewives of Atlanta

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According to Wendy Williams, NeNe Leakes is quitting Real Housewives of Atlanta. Can’t say that we’re surprised after she’s been missing from several episodes this season. Wendy was in the middle of sitting down with Jerry O’Connell when she revealed that she received a text message from NeNe saying that she was quitting the show. Wendy says she received a text from NeNe that morning between commercials.

Wendy tried to hold back tears and said that NeNe has a big secret that she won’t reveal and that NeNe. The secret apparently would “melt their hearts” and is a huge thing. O’Connell asked if it had anything to do with Greg’s health, she replied that Greg was cured and that he was fine. She didn’t say much after that and tried to move on but you could see that it was bothering her.

It makes sense that NeNe would leave Real Housewives of Atlanta considering how many episodes she has missed this season. It was rumored that she would be suspended for 3 or 4 episodes after allegedly putting her hands-on production during last season’s episode. Take a look at the clips of the show below.

Do you think NeNe is leaving the show?

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