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For Meghan Markle’s American Family, a Relentless U.K. Glare - The New York Times
Her parents divorced when she was young, and she is said to have been estranged from her father, Thomas Markle. But the two had reconciled, and, until this most recent development, he had planned to walk his daughter down the aisle.

Mr. Markle, reclusive and unskilled in the ways of the media, has been a favorite punching bag of the British tabloids, which have a knack for generating controversies and stirring up class-based discord — and then claiming to be shocked, shocked that the controversies have taken place.
may 2018 by lemeb
Can Meghan Markle modernise the monarchy? | 1843
During the first television interview that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave to the press in November 2017, they snuggled together on a sofa with wide smiles, like any loved-up couple. The American actor and British prince disclosed a few quotidian intimacies: they met on a blind date; he proposed to her while they were cooking a chicken; she immediately charmed his grandmother’s corgis, which bark relentlessly at him. How they behaved in the interview revealed more than what they said. Markle clasped Harry’s left hand proprietorially between hers. She appeared natural in front of the camera and spoke fluidly and buoyantly. He, justifiably chary of the press, mumbled and stuttered a bit. As she looked at the interviewer, he gazed at her. While she talked, he stroked her forefinger with his thumb. The balance of their relationship became apparent during the course of the conversation, and has been confirmed subsequently in their increasingly frequent public appearances around Britain. He watches her constantly, both in adoration and in search of approbation. Harry is the lover and she the loved.
On May 19th, the pair will wed at Windsor Castle. In doing so, Markle will not just cement her position as one of the most famous women in the world. She will also join an institution that holds an enduring global appeal and has survived against the odds into the democratic age – and which, as the 92-year-old Queen ages, is undergoing a destabilising transition.
As Walter Bagehot, author of “The English Constitution” (and The Economist’s most famous editor), wrote in 1867, “a princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind.” In that short sentence, he caught the essence of the royal family’s allure. More successfully than any other institution on the planet, the royals have combined medieval grandeur and constitutional significance with celebrity appeal. When they gain a new member, hundreds of thousands of people will line the route to enjoy that spectacle and hundreds of millions more will watch the extravaganza on TV. They will also be absorbed in that eternal, ubiquitous, source of joy: the union of two people, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, till death – or disillusion – them do part.
may 2018 by lemeb
Tax havens prepare to expose corrupt tycoons and oligarchs | News | The Times
Corrupt Russian oligarchs sheltering dirty money in Britain’s overseas territories will be exposed under laws set to be forced on Theresa May next week.

Tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have so far resisted moves to follow the UK’s lead and reveal to public view the identities of those benefiting from assets held under their jurisdictions.

one of the few examples of the uk actually using its powers to fight corruption and tax evasion
#$#cashstash  britannia 
april 2018 by lemeb

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