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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to wed at Windsor Castle in May



Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle will marry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.  The couple, who are also planning the wedding, said it’s going to be a “small” wedding compared to the usual royal extravaganza.

The palace announced the news via a tweet, on Tuesday after Monday’s announcement that Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, were engaged and will be married sometime in the spring.

“Her Majesty the Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place in the Chapel,” the palace statement said. “The Royal Family will pay for the wedding.”

The palace statement ended with the usual palace advice to await for further details.

Ms. Markle, a protestant who attended a Catholic high school, will baptised and confirmed before the wedding. Markle intends to become a UK citizen after she marries Prince Harry.

The Royal family will pay for the wedding—including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception. Despite planning on a smaller, less extravagant wedding, the couple want a “fun” wedding to hopefully make each person feel involved in a ceremony that is likely to be televised.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will carry out their first official engagement together at an Aids charity in Nottingham on Friday according to reports. The couple are reportedly planning as many engagements around the UK as possible before the wedding.

This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom according to Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s communication’s secretary.

Knauf said Windsor was a “very special place” for Harry, and that he and Ms. Markle had spent time there together during their 16-month romance. He said the couple were delighted to be holding the wedding on the “beautiful grounds of Windsor, especially grateful for the warm wishes from the public.

“They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.

The couple also professed to Knauf that they want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family. Mr Knauf added: “We look forward to sharing these details with you in the months ahead as decisions are made.”

Inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle Credit: PA

While its original building dates back to the 13th century, the chapel as seen today began with King Edward IV in 1483, who started the building works before being buried with his wife, Elizabeth Woodville, in the north east corner.

The building program was continued by King Henry VI, who is also buried there.

The chapel was finally completed in 1528 during the reign of King Henry VIII, another incumbent. His sixth wife Catherine Parr is said to have watched his funeral from a wooden oriel window build on his instructions.

Other monarchs buried there are Charles I, George III, George IV, William IV, Edward VII, George V and George VI.

Meghan Markle shows off her engagement ring as she poses with Prince Harry in the grounds of Kensington Palace Credit: Karwai Tang

Prince Harry and Ms Markle received more well wishes on Tuesday from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

On a visit to the Foundling Museum in central London, the Duchess said she and William were “absolutely thrilled”, adding: “We wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.”

Harry revealed on Monday in a television interview to celebrate their engagement how “the stars were aligned” when he fell for the American actress.

The couple, who have been dating for just 16 months, told how they met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Former Suits star Ms Markle told how she could not wait to say “yes” to the Prince when Harry got down on one knee a few weeks ago as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

Indicating the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be, the prince said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect.”

“It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.”

A few months into the relationship, Harry said he had to have “some pretty frank conversations” with his girlfriend about how her life may change when she entered the royal family.”

He added: “But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we’ll always be us together as a team, so I think she’s capable … she’s capable of anything.”

The couple told the BBC’s Mishal Husain how Ms Markle had met the Queen twice, an individual she described as an “incredible woman”.

Ms Markle was also a big hit with the Queen’s beloved corgis, with the prince joking: “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing …”

Harry praised the support of the pair’s families and said he believed his bride-to be and mother Diana, Princess of Wales would have been “thick as thieves, without question.”

Ms Markle’s engagement ring features diamonds from Diana’s personal collection, and a stone from one of their favourite places, Botswana.

Meghan Markle’s ring was designed by Harry and includes two diamonds from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection.  (Reuters)

Ms Markle will become an HRH and a senior royal after marrying Harry and joining the Windsors. She is expected to become a duchess, as Kate Middleton did when she became the Duchess of Cambridge after saying her vows in 2011.

When asked about having children, Prince Harry said: “One step at a time and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”

Ms. Markle grew up in Los Angeles and attended a private primary school before studying at a girls’ Roman Catholic college. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Communication in Illinois, as her acting career was beginning.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was “absolutely delighted” at the engagement announcement and indicated the couple would have a church wedding.

Ms. Markle was previously married, but the Church of England agreed in 2002 that divorced people could be allowed to remarry in church.

By LeNora Millen    11-28-17

The Telegraph (UK) and the BBC (UK) contributed to this report


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Question Who You Are and Discover Your Purpose by Rose G. Shelton



From a kid, I was a wondering energy.  Confused about the contradictions in life I saw in the experiences of the beings around me.  The adults, politicians, community leaders, elders and religious heads that graced pulpits, stages and the television waves spoke one thing and lived lives opposing. Friends and neighbors holding onto religious ideologies and at the bottom of the food chain hoping for the truth to one day prove itself to be real and lift them up from the struggles of life.  Never seeing it happen, wishing for it in the bye and bye. And yet, these flawed philosophies were expected to inform me of my own belief system about me. I would find myself questioning humanity, religion, life itself.  The answers to my many questions, I could not find in the divergence of life playing out before my young eyes.  The antagonistic existence and inhumane norms I did not see change much throughout my life. 

So I allowed my mind to give me answers that made more sense than those given to me from the outside. When I say my mind, I mean my spirit.  Also known as God or the Universe.  He nor I care what it is called.  Names are limiting and worthless in context. I will leave the fight of naming to those seeking to be right in the fight of inconsistency. 

I studied this humanity I was a part.  Despite its established hierarchy, I was able to see greatness in the weak and weakness in the great.  I found love in those identified as unlovable and judgment in those considered full of love.  This confusion of this upside-down world led me to study further.  However, the hate and anger toward those that dared be different made me study in silence and not speak of what I assessed.  I did not believe my research findings as a child, would be pleasing to peers or adults alike.  The search outside of my mind for answers and lucidity ceased the older I got and the internal conversation intensified.  This is where I found freedom and my purpose. Inside of me.   No one was able to give it to me. No one was able to discover it for me. No one was able to touch it, no one but me.

I had a hard time accepting my eccentricity in a world that honored compliance and traditionalism.  I held that celebrating originality was not standard.  When discovered, there is always one looking for a way to destroy it in public view and quash all others fire. So, like many of you, I hid it and tried to live a conformed and normal life.  Whatever normal is.   The problem was when you are an idiosyncratic aware of your peculiar individuality; you become as contradictory and complex as everyone else around you.  You become what you are fearful of becoming.  Both you and the world; hiding, conforming, confused. Therefore, not living in authenticity.  Trapped in relationships with illustrious invalidity. 

I realized that I, as others, became defined by experiences, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, tradition and society.  I decided to forsake the game life handed to me and walk in my own identity.  I no longer desired humanities conscious effort to ignore itself and redefine me.  I did not want religion, culture, society, ideology and the like to define, conform or inform me.  I let go.  I instead questioned every part of me and dug through the rubble of my identity to find myself.

There is an intrinsic truth we all hold waiting to be uncovered.  If we allow it to rise to the top, our purpose will become obvious.  Sometimes, your purpose is as simple as I am the one that wipes the eyes of the blind. Maybe you help the lame to walk.  Possibly you are the one that questions man’s intention and action with discerning inquiring.  Despite this likelihood, that unique insatiable vibration that we hold within is killed to be accepted by the blind, the lame and the unquestioned.  While the world remains in constant wanting, waiting for us to arise and shine in the full knowing of who we are.    We fail them because we neglect to ask the question that I ask you to answer today – Man, who are you?

To help you answer this question, I will tell you one of the ways I allowed the answer to come to me.  I close my eyes and stand in the darkness of my mind.  In this secret place of my mind, I have no religion, no family, no country, no ideology.  There is nothing. I am nothing definable.  I am vibration, energy, a movement in the universe that holds an intention that is diminished by words.  Yet, I can detect my place in this vastness.  I examine my intrinsic nature that has remained constant and true despite experiences and life itself.  I apprehend that I am a questioner that questions all things, and yet, I am the holder of answers.  I question because questioning brings me answers that faith cannot clarify or quantify. 

Since I have recognized and accepted this concept of myself, my life has felt freer and has more value.  I am solid in who I am and my purpose.  We all have our place and part to play. Without you playing your part, I and others, cannot fully achieve on our path.  We benefit from your greatness. 

With that said, what are the 8 questions to ask yourself right now to help discover who you are and gain clarity of your purpose.

1.     What informs your definition of who you are? 

2.     Are you defined by life’s stories, traumas, tragedy, money, career, family, religion, race, ethnicity or something intangible? 

3.     Who do you say you are, what is your 15 second elevator pitch of you?

4.     Is your speech about what you do, what you look like or something deeper?

5.     What fear keeps you from being uniquely you? 

6.     What comfort is there in conformity that you believe is not present in arising and shinning as the diamond that you are?

7.     If you could do anything in life for free and money was not an issue, what would it be?

8.     What do you find yourself doing in every area of your life naturally?




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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’



TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17


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