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'Brutal' Tabloids, an Early Scoop Impetus for Royals' Shocker? - Page 2

Plus Harry's pathway to US citizenship, an 'angry' queen, and how Meghan Markle could pay the bills
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2020 12:23 PM CST

  • Setting down roots: Rumors so far have the new parents considering Los Angeles, Toronto, or Canada's Vancouver for their new home. Of the three, however, only the latter would allow the two to "flee the tabs and live a more low-key life," writes John Mackie of the Vancouver Sun. In his hard pitch for the city, Mackie talks up its "booming film industry" (meaning Markle could easily find work); relative proximity to LA, where Markle's mom lives; and temperate climate. Plus, "Archie could grow up as a badass mountain biker or snowboarder on the North Shore."
  • 'Brutal' treatment: The Washington Post takes a look back at coverage of the royal pair in the British tabloids. It's not a pretty picture, with initial positive articles on Markle eventually morphing into slams against her being American, divorced, and black; one Daily Mail headline once read: "Harry's girl is (almost) straight outta Compton." "I think it had a significant impact," gossip columnist Elaine Lui says. "Harry has hated the royal [press pool] forever. ... He blames a lot on the media for what happened to his mother."
  • Racism gone rampant: Afua Hirsch of the New York Times, meanwhile, pays particular attention to Markle being a woman of color, proclaiming that "black Britons know why Meghan Markle wants out." Hirsch, herself a woman of color, notes that "many of us are also thinking about moving" out of the UK due to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "overtly racist" remarks, "a Brexit project linked to native nationalism, and a desire to rid Britain of large numbers of immigrants," among other things.
  • God save the queen: How does Elizabeth feel about all of this? No one really knows for sure, but based on a recent sighting, TMZ says she has "stress written all over her face."
(Read more Meghan Markle stories.)

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