Amid the intense media scrutiny surrounding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s relationship, the Duchess of Sussex hopes that fans will one day just focus on the positive: the love the couple has for each other.
“I would hope that people, the world, will get to the point where they just see us as a couple who’s in love, because I don’t wake up every day and identify as being anything other than who I’ve always been,” the 38-year-old told host Tom Bradby in ITV’s new documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey” (via People magazine).
“It’s just, I’m Meghan and I’ve married this incredible man and this to me is just part of our love story,” she noted.
As previously reported, the upcoming special aims to give audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the couple’s recent royal tour of southern Africa.
In the documentary, the British journalist also asks Markle how she’s coping with the lack of privacy and ruthless tabloid rumors as a new parent, to which the former American actress replied she takes “each day as it comes.”
Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on Sep. 25, 2019. (Photo by Toby Melville – Pool/Getty Images)
“I think the grass is always greener,” explained the former “Suits” star. “You have no idea. It’s really hard to understand what it’s like. I know what it seems like it should be, but it’s a very different thing.”
Markle said she and Harry — who are parents to 5-month-old son Archie — have had conversations about being in the spotlight and all the negativity that comes with it.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will appear in ITV’s new documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” which aims to give audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the couple’s recent royal tour of southern Africa. (Getty)
“I have said for a long time to H, that’s what I call him, ‘It’s not enough to just survive something,’” said Markle. “’That’s not the point of life. You have to thrive. You have got to feel happy.’ I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a ‘stiff upper life.’ I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging.”
The royal went on to tell Bradby she would be more understanding about the scrutiny if it were fair.
BANDON — The Bite of Bandon will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Bandon Community Center/The Barn.
The Bite of Bandon is the Bandon Community Youth Center’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to help sustain and grow the youth programs. This 21-and-over event has both silent and live auctions, a raffle as well as 17-20 restaurants providing “bites” for attendees to try. Participants will be given tokens to vote for “Best Display”, “Best Savory Bite,” and “Best Sweet Bite.”
Participating restaurants and purveyors include: A Little Bite International Cuisine, Alloro Wine Bar & Restaurant, Broken Anchor, Edgewaters Restaurant, Farm & Sea on the Waterfront, Jen’s Joint, Lloyd’s Tavern and Smokehouse, Lord Bennett’s, Raven Saltwater Grille, Ray’s Food Place Deli, The Fam Productions Catering, The Fleet Deli, The Rolling Pin Bake and Brew and The Beverage Barn.
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“Mall developers are trying to use entertainment and restaurants as the new anchor tenants,” Randy White, CEO of consulting firm White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group told Curbed. “Today, it’s about real-life socialization. Potential shoppers can have all the digital entertainment experiences at home.”
One of the biggest examples of malls focusing on entertainment first and retail second is the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, N.J., Curbed reported.
The 3 million-square-foot mega-mall includes an indoor ski slope, an ice skating rink and a Nickelodeon theme park. It will also have outlet-style retailers and higher-end brands when it opens fully later this year, according to Curbed.
In Las Vegas, shopping center Area 15 will have — among other shops and entertainment centers — an immersive, interactive “experience” by Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment group based in Santa Fe, N.M.
The group, which started as an arts collective, previously transformed a Santa Fe bowling alley into an arts installation called House of Eternal Return with “neon plants, secret rooms, spider-like statues and non-linear storytelling” in 2016, Curbed reported.
On a smaller scale, malls have looked to attractions such as Legoland Discovery Center, Crayola Experience and Andretti Go Karting to bring in traffic — though that hasn’t always translated to more sales, according to Curbed.
Malls are looking more towards entertainment — rather than retail — to bring in more traffic, Curbed reported Tuesday.
The website reported that malls are also considering esports and virtual reality entertainment companies to fill the gaps.
According to Curbed, Allied Esports Entertainment has made deals with both Brookfield and Simon to open facilities for gamers with consoles, broadcast and streaming capabilities, according to a report from BisNow.
However, there is a danger in malls relying too heavily on entertainment centers for traffic — much like how food halls have become almost too prevalent, Curbed reported.
“Six years ago, we had 30 or 40 food halls across the country,” Naveen Jaggi, president of retail advisory services for JLL told Curbed. “We predict that by 2024, there will be roughly 450. There’s certainly a risk at that point of being overbuilt, leading to cannibalization.”
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban the use of exotic animals for entertainment purposes, effectively putting an end to traditional circuses and similar ventures within the city.
“The issue of wild, exotic animals being abused came to my doorstep four years ago, when a baby giraffe and elephant were being marched up the Hollywood Hills for a house party,” said Councilman David Ryu. “It is time that the city of Los Angeles makes absolutely clear that this abuse of animals is shameful, and we will not stand for it.”