Feb 23, 2021
Duchess of Cornwall gives The Sun’s Jabs Army the royal seal of approval as she meets volunteers
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HER royal high-vis, the Duchess of Cornwall, gave our Jabs Army volunteers the royal seal of approval yesterday.
Camilla, wearing a high-visibility vest on a visit to a vaccination centre, told those helping out: “Thank goodness for volunteers.”
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The Duchess is president of the Royal Voluntary Service charity, with which The Sun teamed up to provide 50,000 stewards to help Britain’s amazing vaccine roll-out.
She watched the Jabs Army in action at Wembley vaccine centre, North West London, where 800 people a day get jabs and our volunteers have already completed hundreds of shifts.
Camilla, 73, told NHS staff and volunteers helping with the rollout, through which 18million Britons have had their first jabs: “No country does it better.”
The Duchess told furloughed sales worker Curtis Coleman she “is thankful so many volunteers had decided to help in a time of need”.
Curtis, 25, from Hounslow, West London, was on his fifth Jabs Army shift at Wembley.6Camilla told those helping out 'thank goodness for volunteers'Credit: www.philip-hartley.co.uk 6She watched the Jabs Army in actionCredit: www.philip-hartley.co.uk
He said: “It’s nice to help out and to be recognised for doing it.”
“The Duchess had one of the Royal Voluntary Service high-vis jackets on, so it looked like she was taking part with us.”
Medical student Liyann Ooi, 27, was doing her second stint.
She said: “It was exciting to turn up and meet royalty.
“It’s really fulfilling to be part of the vaccination programme.”6The Duchess is president of the Royal Voluntary Service CharityCredit: www.philip-hartley.co.uk 6Volunteers said it was nice to be recognised for their hard workCredit: www.philip-hartley.co.uk Most read in NewsLive BlogPOLITICS LIVESocial distancing laws to be SCRAPPED & we must live with virus, Hancock saysKNIFE TERRORKnifewoman whispered 'sorry princess' as she knifed pal tied to bed 18 times'HELLSTORM OF GRIEF'Mom's pain as girl, 4, accidentally hanged herself with unicorn helmetTV STAR SEARCHIbiza Weekender star, 21, found safe after going missing for 5 daysPicturedPAWNBROKER MURDERFamily 'devastated' as man, 21, knifed to death outside Cash ConvertersFIRM CHOICEThe Queen 'decided long ago' who she will give Harry and Meghan's titles to
Part-time dental receptionist Louise Jacobs, 63, also met the Duchess.
She said: “I have now done five shifts at Wembley and it is great to feel I’m doing my bit.”
Sam Ward, deputy chief executive of the Royal Voluntary Service, told The Sun: “Each and every volunteer who stepped forward to support the NHS and their community is a real hero in my eyes.”
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The Queen should APOLOGISE to Meghan for ‘racial hatred’ in UK, TV host Sunny Hostin claims as A-list pals rally round
THE Queen should apologise to Meghan Markle for the racial abuse she suffered in the UK, TV host Sunny Hostin has claimed as A-list pals rallied around the Duchess.
The View co-anchor Sunny Hostin, 52, said senior members of the Royal Family should be supporting the Duchess of Sussex instead of "dredging up allegations" about bullying.
???? Read our Meghan and Harry live blog for the latest news...The Queen has been urged to apologise for 'not protecting' Meghan Markle 8Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview will be aired in the US tomorrow and in the UK on MondayCredit: Handout - Getty 8The View co-anchor Sunny Hostin told her audience she thinks the timing of the news is suspiciousCredit: ABC
During her show on Thursday, the presenter discussed with a panel of female celebrities about the bullying allegations made against Meghan.
The claims were raised this week after a source told The Times that the Duchess drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third.
The Palace launched an investigation into the allegations, releasing a statement saying they were "very concerned" at the claims.
But the American anchor told her audience she thinks the timing of the news - just days before Harry and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah is set to be aired - is suspicious.
Speaking on The View panel, Sunny said: "I think they are that concerned – the Firm, the Palace, the Royal Family – about the Oprah interview to dredge up some allegations from two and a half years ago that she allegedly bullied staff by sending emails at 5am.'TERRIBLE RACIAL HATRED'
"My goodness, I sends emails at 1am, 2am, 5am – I would have had many cases against me by now if that's considered criminal behaviour."
She explained: "I’m really shocked that rather than trying to mend this rift, rather than supporting Meghan and Harry, who I think removed his wife and his family from England because of the terrible racial hatred that she was subjected to.
"And he didn’t want history to repeat itself after what happened to his mother with the media.
"I'm just surprised that they haven't tried to even apologise for not protecting her more, and instead do this.
"It says a lot, I think, about the workings of the Royal Family."8Jessica Mulroney, right, praised her friend Meghan Markle after bullying claimsCredit: Getty Images 8Jessica said she never saw Meghan 'waver from kindness, empathy and love'Credit: Instagram
Several friends - including Suits co-star Patrick Adams, producer Silver tree and CBS anchor Gayle Kind - have spoken out in support of Meghan after the bullying claims.
Yesterday, Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney praised her "kindness, empathy and love".
Jessica, 41, who met the Duchess of Sussex while filming Suits in Toronto, posted a photo of her and Meghan - both dressed in white - at a restaurant, with the caption: "I don’t know that anyone has ever had to deal with the pressure, the politics and the press like this woman.
"In the face of it all, I have never seen her waver from kindness, empathy and love."
Another friend who spoke out to show support for Meghan after the bullying claims was Silver Tree, who worked as a producer on Suits.
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She posted some photos of her and Meghan, writing on Twitter: "This is Meg. A real person - not a cover story. She is one of my very nearest and dearest. Like all her friends I love her madly.
"She is the friend who insists on always hearing the details of your life, your day, your kids life, your kids day, before hers. Always before hers."
Meghan's Suits co-star Patrick Adams also defended the Duchess and accused the Palace of "tormenting" her as he described the monarchy as "archaic and toxic" in a series of tweets.
Patrick, who starred as Meghan's on-screen love interest during her time on Suits, criticised the Palace for "promoting and amplifying" the bullying accusations.
He said Meghan was forced to "flee the UK" to protect her family and her mental health.8Patrick criticised the Palace for 'promoting and amplifying' the bullying accusationsCredit: Kobal Collection - Shutterstock
He added: "It’s OBSCENE that the Royal Family, whose newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of 'bullying' against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea the UK in order protect her family and her own mental health.
"IMO, this newest chapter and it’s timing is just another stunning example of the shamelessness of a institution that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency.
"Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league."
Piers Morgan branded the actor a "jumped-up twerp" after his comments about the Royal Family.
They prompted Piers to hit back with an equally fiery rant, writing: "Actually, what's 'OBSCENE' is your friend trashing her husband's family on global TV as the Queen's 99-yr-old husband lies in hospital.
"How dare you attack our Royal Family like this, you jumped-up little twerp."
The outspoken TV host added: "Meghan Markle's showbiz mates who flew over and grovelled up to the Royals at her wedding now publicly trashing the Monarchy - and suggesting it be abolished. Disgusting."8Gayle King also spoke out to show her support for MeghanCredit: CBS
CBS anchor Gayle King, 66, also spoke in support of the Duchess as she and her fellow presenters discussed a new teaser clip for the couple's highly anticipated Oprah interview.
Gayle, who is a close friend of Meghan, claimed that Meghan had been "vilified" and hinted that there were questions in the Oprah interview that the royals did not answer.
King, who is also friends with Oprah, added: "Vilified is the word for what has happened to Harry and Meghan. Meghan in particular.
"When I heard Oprah say it’s the best interview she’d ever done and I asked her what do you mean by that she said: ‘It wasn’t just me, it was to have people at that level who are going through it, so to speak’.
"They answered every question – 99.999. And any questions that they didn’t answer they explained why they didn’t answer, so you got a sense of that.
"There wasn’t any Jiu Jitsu, bobbing and weaving and trying to decide."'LATEST ATTACK'
It followed a report in The Times this week which claimed the Duchess is facing allegations that she bullied staff during her time at Kensington Palace.
After the investigation was launched, one of the sources who revealed the complaint told The Times: "We will finally be able to tell the truth. It’s not going to be easy, but this is very welcome and long overdue.
"We don’t have to be silent any more."
The investigation was the result of lengthy conversations between Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House, according to The Times.
The allegations came just days before Harry and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which is will be aired on CBS in the US on Sunday night, and then in the UK on ITV on Monday.MEGHAN MARKLE LATESTLive BlogSUIT YOURSELFMeghan's Suits co-star calls Royals ‘toxic’ amid Oprah interview fall-outSTANDING FIRMRoyals put on a united front in TV special hours before Meg & Harry interviewBRIDE WARSMeg & Harry 'insisted' wedding had 'inflation-adjusted budget' as Kate & WillsLOOK HEIR'The pre-wedding row with Meghan that left Kate sobbing'GAME ONMeghan's Oprah interview 'bigger than Super Bowl' - but US divided over who to backHEIR THIS'REAL reason' Harry raged 'what Meghan wants Meghan gets' in wedding tiara row
However, a spokesman for the Sussexes denied allegations of bullying, saying that Meghan is committed to supporting people who have experienced trauma and works to "build compassion around the world".
Meghan's spokesman said: "The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.
"She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good."8Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview will be aired on CBS in the US on Sunday night and in the UK on ITV on MondayCredit: Handout - Getty Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A Primetime Special - CBS releases first clip from interview