The inspiring story of the princess across the pond

In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018 Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his US fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London on April 25, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 15 May 2018

The inspiring story of the princess across the pond

Author Andrew Morton was an overnight sensation due to his book, “Diana: Her True Story,” which was written with the help of the Princess of Wales. His recent, sensational biography of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, was the perfect introduction to the newly released book, “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.”

In the book, Morton tries hard to find out whether Meghan Markle, who is set to marry Britain’s Prince Harry on Saturday, as royal lineage. In a rather, he suggests that it is possible that she is loosely related to Robert I of Scotland, but the evidence is sparse and it turns out to be a rather far-fetched chapter of the book.

Morton goes on to draw parallels between Markle and the also divorced Wallis Simpson, who married Britain’s Edward VIII in 1937. According to the author, the British public is much more at ease with Markle due to changing attitudes toward divorce and her charming nature.Markle, he says, is perfectly at ease in public, always smiling and friendly.

According to the book, Prince Harry sees Meghan as an added member of the royal family, another team player. During an interview with the BBC’s Mishal Husain, he said, “The fact that she’ll be really unbelievably good at the job part of it is a huge relief to me. We’re a fantastic team.”

Long before she met Prince Harry, Markle wrote in her now defunct blog, The Tig, that her life shifts from refugee camps to red carpets, but these worlds can coexist. “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches, I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul and fuels my purpose,” she wrote.

Markle is an embodiment of the American Dream — she has worked hard to achieve success. Drawing on exclusive interviews with her family and closest friends, Morton familiarizes us with the real Meghan Markle. Her fans and admirers all over the world are waiting enthusiastically for the next chapter of this exciting royal adventure.

What We Are Watching Today: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 

Updated 21 May 2018

What We Are Watching Today: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 

In Venezuela, where elections took place on Sunday, the legacy of the late firebrand socialist leader Hugo Chavez still dominates the country.

President Nicolas Maduro was the hand-picked successor to Chavez and campaigns on a platform of continuing the “Chavismo” policies.

Those policies have plunged the country into a deep economic crisis, despite it having some of the world’s largest oil reserves.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a 2003 documentary, which was filmed by an Irish crew, in the buildup to and during an attempted coup against Chavez in 2002.

It focuses on the role of the private media and the coverage of violent protests.

While it has been accused of pro-Chavez bias, the filmmakers’ close proximity to the unfolding events gives an uncomfortable view of the political schisms that threaten to tear Venezuela apart.