People are creeping out of quarantine in some perhaps questionable trousers, but also some great shoes.
At Vanity Fair: What to Expect As Meghan and Harry Shift Their Focus to Black Lives Matter. Per the piece: “Sources close to the couple say that they are committed to taking action, and are in the process of working with a number of organizations to work out how they can help and put a spotlight on the movement that is gathering support around the world.” I think that’s great; I hope they’ll be visibly supported in this by Harry’s family to fullest extent. (And if you have some kind of diatribe about how you don’t think this is acceptable for some reason, please place it elsewhere. I cannot stress this enough.)
This is only marginally related to the royals, because she is (was?) one of Meghan’s best-known friends, but: Jessica Mulroney behaved absolutely shamefully to a Black influencer on Instagram over the weekend and has accordingly lost basically all of her jobs. That link goes to a Town & Country story; as of press time, Lainey, who works with Jessica’s husband Ben, hasn’t finished the piece she’s writing about this yet.
In Belgium, protestors have begun — correctly — to deface and remove statues of King Leopold II, who was a monster responsible for countless atrocities and genocide in Congo in the late nineteenth century. As of yet, the royal family hasn’t said anything about this officially. [The Independent]
At Lainey: Team Andrew on the Unfair Treatment of Prince Andrew. I truly wish Andrew would just go ahead and fall into a crevasse.
And on social media:
The Cambridges are doing a lot of Zoom calls:
I have concerns that Kate tried to cut her own bangs.
OMG THE QUEEN also did a Zoom call? Wow.
This is obviously an old pic, as Trudeau’s hair is not like this at the moment:
Let me paste the Google Translated (and sort of cleaned up for syntax by me) caption here:
“Today I attended a virtual meeting with Development Minister Rasmus Prehn and the Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Natalia Kanem, who was from New York. The last time we all gathered was (as you can see in the picture) on our trip to Indonesia in December 2019, [where] we visited a number of programs that worked to strengthen girls’ and women’s rights. And the month before – in November 2019 – we attended Nairobi [for] the ICPD25 conference hosted by Kenya, Denmark and UNFPA. The conference marked the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Cairo Declaration, which for the first time established that girls and women have the right to decide over their own bodies.
At today’s meeting, we discussed how to move forward with the important follow-up work on the more than 1250 national commitments made at the conference. And of course we also talked about the consequences of Covid19 in terms of sexual and reproductive health rights and the importance of ensuring that women’s and girls’ special needs are always seen as essential, even in crises. Women do not stop pregnant and give birth just because there is a crisis – it is vital that their special needs continue to be met.”