The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have hired Christine Shimmer as their new head of communications. The 42-year-old, who is from New York and has worked with Apple and Pinterest, will lead the couple’s new global PR team and help them launch their Archwell Foundation. But Ms. Shimmer already has a connection to Meghan as they both graduate from Northwestern University in Illinois.
The Duchess studied theater and international studies from 1999 to 2003, while Ms. Shimer studied journalism between 1996 and 2000.
“It is very likely that he and Christine crossed paths in the Northwest, at the very least the university gives them a shared bond,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.
A publicist who knows Ms. Shimmer calls her the “real deal”.
He said: “He is the most respected in the industry and the best and smartest.”
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“And through his work with Pinterest and other tech companies he is the perfect person to launch a global brand.”
Sussex also hired Toya Holness as its new press secretary.
She has worked for celebrity agency William Morris Endeavor, as well as the New York City Department of Education and video production company Deluxe.
Ms. Holnes and Ms. Shimmer will form a team of PR representatives including the Sunshine Sachs Agency in the US and James Holt in the UK.
The pair are believed to have been hired by Sussex after being accepted by Meghan and Harry was said to be “no longer a golden couple” and wanted to restore his image.
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Writing in her newly released biography, ‘Meghan Mistunderstood’, author Sean Smith described how the industry’s rejection of her started wearing her suit just before she started wearing it.
He explained: “Meghan was running empty and tired as she went from one audition to the next.”
He said: “It will take five years to build Meghan pilots, which have never been much.”
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Kensington Palace has shared an uplifting video of Kate thanking brave members of the public for documenting their unique experiences of the coronovirus epidemic.
The 38-year-old launched the Hold Still Project in May to capture “the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation”.
The project was launched in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery – of which Kate is a patron – and received more than 31,000 entries.
Kate said: “I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who submitted an image for Hold Still.
“I launched the project with the National Portrait Gallery in May because I wanted to find a way to allow everyone to share their stories and experiences of lockdown.
“We have been thrilled with the response to the project and I could not be more grateful to each of the 31,000 people who have presented the image.”
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The four, all wearing face masks, stood outside the 18th-century building for a socially distant photograph that is the principal official residence of the federal president of Germany.
9.47am update: Queen issued warning on Royal Family finances as 2021 could be even more terrible for Palace
According to a royal commentator, the queen and her courtiers are expected to raise money for the crown “in various ways” to avoid taking over from taxpayers.
This comes after the monarchy’s annual expenditure report revealed a major shortfall in the Royal Family’s finances this year.
Richard Fitzwilliams spoke to Express.co.uk about why there has been such a drop in income for the Palace.
He said: “Yes, there will be a huge shortage in Buckingham Palace accounts.
“The expectation is that according to their brief briefing, various ‘efforts and efficiency’ will be met, as far as possible.
“Broadly, it is estimated that the Palace will be some £ 35million smaller, but they will not ask for additional public money.
“Property rent and facility management are part of royal accounts that fetch £ 17.8 million.”
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According to Sean Smith’s latest biography ‘Meghan Mistunderstood’, when she was a teenager working at a frozen yogurt shop, her attitude towards her fans can be traced to a surprise encounter.
The author alleged: “Meghan was getting out of the box when she saw an off-duty Yasmine Blythe, famous for her portrayal of Carolyn Holden, one of the swimsuit-wearing girls in Baywatch – the most in female empowerment No further shows.
“Meghan, however, was star-struck.”
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Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that Prince Charles and Prince William would not receive the same support as Queen Elizabeth II’s monarchy role.
Mr Smith said: “It might be the idea for William to remove a leaf from his brother’s book and say the whole thing to Prince William.
“I’m not sure if the Queen has William or Charles to carry support.
“I don’t know if they are going to do the way the Queen wants them to act.”
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Psychologist and body language expert Bruce Durham described how the Duchess of Sussex shoes were unsuitable for the locality at Los Angeles National Cemetery.
She also suggested that the trip meant more to Harry than he did to her military service, and that Meghan tried her best to support her husband during an emotional moment.
The couple was criticized for hiring a private photographer for the event, which led some experts to serve as “PR stunts”.
Mr Durham told the Daily Mirror Meghan that there was an “enormous amount of effort” with Harry due to his thin heel in the cemetery.
He said: “If you look at the picture if you see both of them standing before the wreath – just look at how thin Meghan’s heel is.
“Then switch to a picture of her in the middle of a huge meadow – you know for a fact that those heels are going away the moment she steps on the grass, so she did it to get herself in that position. Killed himself. In the field for that shot… (…)
“You just couldn’t get in the middle of a meadow, going to the field without those heels, as every other woman in the world would know – she did a huge amount to get that picture. I have tried – just look at the amount of grass he has covered to get there. “