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

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

(Newser) – Oprah Winfrey has a lot of pull—in Hollywood, in the media, maybe even in politics—but the talk show host, media exec, and philanthropist says she didn't have anything to do with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle deciding to ditch the UK and migrate across the pond, abandoning their key responsibilities to the royal family. Despite a source telling Page Six that Winfrey, who attended the couple's wedding in 2018, was in their ear to build their own brand, Miss O tells People she had nothing to do with any of this. "Meghan and Harry do not need my help figuring out what's best for them," Winfrey says. "I care about them both and support whatever decisions they make for their family." More on the royal hubbub from around the internet:

  • A pressure-filled early announcement? The BBC notes the royal couple may have gotten wind that the Sun tabloid was about to print a story on their still-secret plans to move overseas and felt their hand forced. Sources confirm this backstory to the New York Times, which notes their abrupt public bulletin "caught the palace off guard."
  • Working for a living: The Times also delves into how the pair will survive as they strive to be "financially independent" from the royal pocketbook. Some possibilities: Markle could go back to acting, they could strike book deals, or they could go on the lecture circuit.
  • Harry, our newest American? Even with his cachet, it wouldn't be an easy route for the prince to become a US citizen if they move here. An immigration attorney tells the Guardian that even though Markle could sponsor her spouse so he could get a green card, it's not an instant done deal, and citizenship takes place later on. Plus, with the current state of immigration under President Trump, immigration processes over the past year have become "longer ... more burdensome, [and] more administratively messed up."

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