Prince Harry’s speech is so full of love and I honestly hope he is able to carry out even more amazing charity work than before. People will still find something to blame Meghan Markle for from these words but whatever. #harryandmegan pic.twitter.com/QB6kERH16P
— Nola Thee Journalist (@NolaMarianna) January 19, 2020
-As the palace announced details of their new arrangement with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, he commented on it during his speech at a charity dinner last night, saying “I was born into this life, and it is a great honor to serve my country and the Queen. When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.”
–The Queen promised she was going to deliver a swift resolution to the situation — and she succeeded. The couple will remain HRH but will no longer use the titles, they’ll continue to work with their private patronages (but three of Harry’s military patronages will end, and he’ll no longer be the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador), and they’ll repay the $3 million taxpayer funds used to renovate Frogmore Cottage, which they will keep as their UK home base and start paying rent. Also, they plan to revisit the arrangement in 2021, which means this is all reversable should they/he decide to return to royal roles.
–Prince Harry was spotted at a London pub looking “happy” and “relaxed” in the days before the announcement.
-I don’t know about you, but I feel really icky about all the real-life shipping on my timeline surrounding those photos of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt meeting backstage at last night’s SAG Awards. Are we forgetting that he perpetuated the “sad, childless Jen” narrative (after allegedly leaving her for another woman)? Or that his last marriage ended when he did *something* on a plane so scary that the feds were called and he lost unsupervised access to his kids for years? Maybe he’s changed/evolved, but I still want less baggage for her.
-I also really, really didn’t love his line about “not getting on with his wife” in his (otherwise excellent) SAG speech. Like, why remind us of that? As Lainey summed it up: “What’s the lesson here? A beautiful man can say anything.”
-The cast of Parasite received a standing ovation at the SAG Awards when they presented an award. And later they won the big one! With this win and 1917 winning the Producers Guild and Golden Globe, those two have pulled ahead as the Oscar frontrunners. I would adore a Parasite win, but I’ll take 1917 if it means Joker doesn’t get it.
–John Boyega bought his mother and father a house and their reaction was stunned silence.
–Paul Rudd continues to be excellent.
–Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are back to presenting a united front.
–Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville play a longtime married couple struggling to cope with her breast cancer diagnosis in the trailer for Ordinary Love. Using that Magnetic Fields song feels like cheating, but ok.