Meghan Markle’s friends speak out, say Duchess of Sussex is being bullied

WORLD NEWS Meghan Markle's friends speak out, say Duchess of Sussex is being bullied

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) — Five people who claim to be Meghan Markle’s closest friends are speaking up in a rare interview to defend the Duchess of Sussex and stand up to what they call “global bullying.”

“Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” one of the friends, described as a former costar of Meghan’s, told People magazine.

“We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby,” the costar said of Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry this spring. ”It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”

Meghan, 37, has been dubbed “Duchess Difficult” by the British tabloids since marrying Prince Harry last May.

The friends of Meghan spoke to People magazine anonymously. They include a former colleague in addition to the former costar, according to the magazine.

“Meghan’s friends say she’s not like she’s been portrayed in the British press and that she is a really kind and selfless and caring individual, the sort of person who puts other people first all of the time,” Dan Wakeford, deputy editor of People, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “They feel she had been portrayed as an uncaring daughter, as somebody who was a demanding bride.”

One rumor circulated by the British press was that Meghan made her sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, cry at a bridesmaid’s fitting for Kate’s daughter, Princess Charlotte. Rumors have continued to swirl about a feud between Meghan and Kate, who is married to Prince William.

“What Meghan’s friends are saying about the so-called feud with Duchess Kate is of course it’s completely untrue,” said ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie. “In fact, these stories of really upset Meghan and have been quite difficult for her to sit back and watch play out in the public eye.”

Meghan’s friends would likely have not spoken out so publicly without her “subtle blessing,” according to Scobie. Kensington Palace declined to comment on People’s story to ABC News.

“No true friend of Meghan’s would ever speak out publicly without her subtle blessing,” he said. “Of course Meghan can’t speak for herself, but I’m sure she would have been very keen to put the real truth out there on some of these, many negative and untrue stories that have been written in the tabloids.”

“For her friends it will be a very satisfying time to finally stand up for their best friend and tell everyone who the real Meghan is,” Scobie added.

Meghan’s friends also opened up to People about her very public feud with her father, Thomas Markle, who infamously staged a photo shoot with paparazzi just days before her wedding. He later had a heart attack and missed Meghan and Harry’s wedding.

Meghan’s father-in-law, Prince Charles, walked her down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel instead.

The friends say Meghan, who remains close to her mom, Doria Ragland, wrote Thomas Markle a letter after the wedding, writing, “I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.”

In Markle’s reply to his daughter, he asked for a photo op with her, according to Meghan’s friends.

“I think she will always feel genuinely devastated by what he’s done,” said one friend.

Meghan’s friends also rejected the idea that she is a difficult boss, as British tabloids have claimed. They said Meghan stands for “supporting and empowering women.”

“When you see her at walkabouts, when she crouches down to talk to the kids and genuinely has real conversations with people, that’s Meg,” Meghan’s former costar told People. “That’s how she crouches down with our kids at home. That’s how she plays with them. That’s how she engages with people and how she always has.”

The friends also give a glimpse of Meghan’s life today as a member of Britain’s royal family. They say she “cooks for herself and Harry every single day.”

One friend described visiting Meghan in London and seeing her make tea and use towels to wipe down her dogs after they got muddy outside.

“I think what we’ve learned about Meghan through this article is some of the softer side,” Scobie said. “Her friends speak about how important her faith is, how important prayer is to her and has got her through some very difficult times.”

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Posted On 07 Feb 2019

I tried ‘exercise snacking’ for a week and here’s why I’m going to keep doing it


(NEW YORK) — Exercise snacking has nothing to do with eating chips during a SoulCycle class.

It simply means doing short bursts of exercise throughout the day. The extra movement may be as effective as taking a spin class or doing sprints on your own, some experts say.

As someone whose job requires sitting at a desk all day, the research caught my eye. I have found that even though I’m active after work (diligently attending a group fitness class daily) I have a hard time pulling myself away from my desk.

I’m answering emails, writing a story, on the phone and poof, the day is over and I realize (and my body tells me) that I have barely moved all day.

For one week I committed to climbing three flights of stairs three times a day at work, the same type of stair climbing examined in a headline-making study recently published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

The study found that its test group of sedentary adults who climbed a three-flight staircase three times a day – with a one- to four-hour break between each climb – were stronger and fitter at the end of the six-week study than the control group who did not climb stairs.

I started my exercise snacking routine on a Monday, a day I was not bounding in with energy to say the least.

Around 9 a.m., when I would have usually hopped in the elevator to go up three stories to the office café, I instead found myself in the stairwell, climbing three flights of stairs.

Even though I work out, I had to take a break about midway through and huffed and puffed way more than I would have liked. I climbed the three flights in one minute and 46 seconds.

After I reached the top though, I immediately felt better and proud of myself for doing it. I climbed down the three flights of stairs too.

The rest of the week went by much the same. I would think, “Do I really have to do this?” But, much like working out, once I got myself to the stairwell and climbed the stairs, I was always glad I did.

I never set an alarm to remind myself, but maybe I should have because I did miss a few climbs, particularly the third climb of the day as I was trying to finish my work.

What amazed me was the thought I had nearly every time: that I couldn’t possibly pull myself away from my desk. Climbing three sets of stairs takes less than two minutes and I always returned to my desk having not missed much.

That was my biggest takeaway from the wee — that taking these kinds of short breaks throughout the day did not impact my work but instead made me feel better physically and mentally which, in turn, made my work better.

I also noticed feeling more in control of my breath in my workout classes. My legs felt more sore, which I attributed to my workouts, but now realize I can put some of the blame, or credit, for that on exercise snacking too.

On Friday, after climbing more than 30 flights of stairs, I walked up another three sets of stairs at 9 a.m., the exact same time as Monday. This time I clocked in at one minute and one second, shaving a full 45 seconds off of my time.

I’ll definitely keep snacking

I am on board with the exercise snacking trend and have made stair climbing a habit.

I’ve found it actually adds to my productivity because I return to my desk more alert. It also breaks up my day and allows me to focus for a period of time on a task knowing that I’ll have this break coming up.

I’ll check my time occasionally to see how I’m progressing, but I’ve also tried to leave my phone at my desk so it gives me at least a minute or two away from a screen. A mini-meditation is how I’ve come to look at each “snack” break.

On days when I know I will be busy, I’ll set a timer for myself so I don’t forget to get up every few hours.

The six-week study that piqued my interest in exercise snacking found that stair-climbing “snacks” improved cardiorespiratory fitness (a measure of how well your body transports and absorbs oxygen) and strength.

Researchers said they want to keep looking into whether shorter breaks between “snacks” can improve cardiorespiratory fitness even more, and what the breaks can do to health factors like blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

If stairs are not an option for you at work, there are still ways to incorporate exercise snacks at a lesser intensity, whether it is a walk down the hall, squats or yoga moves at your desk or simply standing up and stretching for an energy boost.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/6/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 2/6/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

Brooklyn 135, Denver 130
Milwaukee 148, Washington 129
New Orleans 125, Chicago 120
Dallas 99, Charlotte 93
Utah 116, Phoenix 88
Houston 127, Sacramento 101
Golden State 141, San Antonio 102

Toronto 5, Ottawa 4
SO NY Rangers 4, Boston 3

(6) Nevada 98, Colorado St. 82
OT (14) Villanova 66, Creighton 59
(19) Wisconsin 56, Minnesota 51
OT (21) LSU 92, Mississippi St. 88
(24) Maryland 60, Nebraska 45

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Posted On 07 Feb 2019

Can you dig it? ‘Shaft’ trailer premieres on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Entertainment News  Can you dig it? 'Shaft' trailer premieres on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'


L-R: Jesse Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree; Kyle Kaplan/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — The official trailer for the new Shaft movie premiered Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Samuel L. Jackson, who played John Shaft in the 2000 remake, made a surprise appearance on Kimmel, flanked in matching outfits by the original 1970’s John Shaft, Richard Roundtree, and actor Jessie T. Usher, who plays John Shaft Jr. in the forthcoming sequel.

The trailer features a heavy dose of both action and comedy, with the cross-generational Shaft men teaming up for a yet to be determined investigation, set to the the iconic Isaac Hayes theme music.

Support the Girls star Regina Hall also shows up for the fun, playing Shaft Jr.’s mother and John Shaft’s apparently ex-wife.

The movie is directed by Ride Along director Tim Story and co-written by black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

Shaft opens June 14.

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Posted On 07 Feb 2019