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Did Prince Andrew Reckon He’d Return To Royal Duties Like Nothing Happened?

Things have gone from bad to worse.

After years of allegations, the lid was blown on Prince Andrew’s relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein last year and the royal family member had his public duties suspended for the “forseeable future.” Now, it looks like the Prince may never make a return to his former life.

In November 2019, Prince Andrew appeared on BBC’s Newsnight for one of the most ill-advised tell-all interviews in history. During the viral interview, Andrew denied allegations of sexual abuse and claimed he had “no recollection of ever meeting” victim Virginia Giuffre, despite mounting evidence that suggested otherwise.

Missed the controversy? Get a rundown below:

Prince Andrew also played down his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. At one point during the interview, he admitted to staying at Epstein’s mansion in 2010 after Epstein had been convicted of sex offences against a minor, claiming the location was “a convenient place to stay.”

The interview was seemingly approved by the Queen, but it backfired and quickly became a PR nightmare for the royal family. Shortly after, Buckingham Palace announced Prince Andrew would be stepping down from his public duties and earlier this year, his security was downgraded, putting an end to his “round-the-clock police protection.” 

Things have gone from bad to worse for Prince Andrew over the past few months. In May, it was reported he and his ex-wife were in a legal dispute regarding $9M AUD of debt they were unable to pay. Later, a spokesperson for the Duke confirmed the Queen “will not be stepping in to settle the debt.” The same month, Prince Andrew’s Charitable Trust was investigated by the Charity Commission regarding almost $650,000 AUD in payments to his former secretary Amanda Thirsk. 

Fast-forward to this week and the bad news continues. The Sunday Times reports that Prince Andrew won’t ever resume official royal duties. A royal correspondent wrote, “The prince hoped his status change would be temporary, but those hopes have disappeared.” 

“The royal family has ‘no plans to review’ his position,” they added. 

Considering the insurmountable backlash Prince Andrew faced following his Newsnight interview let alone the very serious accusations of sexual abuse against him – it’s really no surprise he’s not heading back to royal life any time soon.

For victims like Virginia Giuffre, it must be some sort of small consolation – but is it really enough given the nature of these allegations?

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual abuse contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support.

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Here's How Aussies Can Actually Help With The Black Lives Matter Protests

It's up to all of us.

If you’ve turned on the TV, scrolled through social media, or spoken to anyone recently, you’d be well aware of the Black Lives Matter protests happening in the US right now. Hoards of people are taking to the streets to fight against police brutality and racism after the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed after being arrested by Minneapolis police last week. Listen below:

One of the four police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest has been charged with murder, and prosecutors have stated that more charges will follow.

Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images

It’s heartbreaking to see these events unfold, and it’s easy to feel helpless about the Black Lives Matter protests being on the other side of the world. However, there are plenty of ways we can help fight against these injustices.

Donate

One of the best ways you can help right now is by donating. George Floyd’s family has set up a GoFundMe memorial fund to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist his family.

There are also so many organisations working to protect protesters, combat racial injustice and raise awareness about police brutality:

Black Visions Collective 

Black Visions Collective is a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organisation and legal fund based in Minneapolis.

Reclaim the Block

Reclaim the Block is a coalition aimed at promoting healthier, safer and more diverse communities in Minneapolis.

The Bail Project

The Bail Project is a revolving fund that helps to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system.

Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative

Know Your Rights Camp legal defense initiative is Colin Kaepernick’s legal defense fund for Minneapolis protesters.

Advocate For Anti-Racism

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. You can advocate for anti-racism without being in the US right now by calling racism out when you witness it – whether it be in real life, or online. 

You can also advocate for anti-racism by recognising overt and covert white supremacy in everyday life, following organisations actively working against racial inequity and injustice, educating yourself about racism – past and present, and understanding stories that aren’t our own. 

Not being racist isn’t enough – we need to be actively anti-racist. 

Actively Support

Racial injustice is not an American problem, it’s a global issue happening a lot closer to home than many people realise. Indigenous Australians account for around 2% of the population, yet they make up more than 25% of the prison population. The Royal Commision into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ended in 1991, however more than 400 Indigenous Australians have died in custody since then. 

By educating yourself about issues affecting Australia’s indigenous community, you can actively support them. NITV and Instagram accounts like BlakBusiness are great sources of information and promote Indigenous artists and makers that we can all directly support. 

Educate Yourself & Share

It’s up to each of us, as individuals, to learn about racial injustice and the uncomfortable truth that led to this current situation. Use the Internet to find answers to your questions, read articles and books, watch documentaries, films and videos and listen to podcasts that discuss racism, racial inequity and injustice. Share posts and stories from people of colour to elevate their voices.

Michelle Obama recently spoke out on Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter protests, and said, “Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.”

“It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets.”

Together, we can fight against racial injustice in hopes of a brighter future where the brutal treatment and tragic death of George Floyd and so many others before him doesn’t happen again. 

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Activist Hacks Social Media, 'Exposes' Lana Del Rey To Highlight Black Lives Matter

Following the death of George Floyd.

Following the death of George Floyd involving the Minneapolis police last week, riots and protests have erupted across the US. Hoards of people are taking to the streets to fight against police brutality and racism. Just as many are using social media to fight against these injustices, including one activist who used the recent controversy surrounding Lana del Rey to draw attention to Black Lives Matter

Last night, Twitter user @alluregaga posted “EXPOSING LANA DEL REY;  a thread.” The tweet quickly picked up steam, and soon del Rey’s name was trending on the social media platform. However, when fans clicked in to read the thread, it had nothing to do with the singer.

In a genius move, @alluregaga used the thread to promote campaigns raising money for Black Lives Matter including the Minnesota Freedom Fund, the National Bail Fund Network and more.

Also featured in the thread are ways to help fight the cause, including signing petitions, texting or calling the District Attorney and donating to victims, protestors, black owned businesses and more. 

Perhaps the specific use of Lana del Rey’s name helped the Black Lives Matter thread go viral because she recently faced backlash for singling out primarily black female artists in an Instagram statement about accusations she ‘glamorises abuse.’

It’s an incredibly clever way to ‘hack’ social media and use the algorithm of trending topics to draw attention to an incredibly worthy cause. It’s also a sad state of affairs, that it takes a completely separate celebrity issue to force people to listen. 

Either way, it’s empowering to see so many people fighting for justice – not only for George Floyd, but for the countless victims of racism and police brutality. Together, we can fight against these injustices.

As Michelle Obama said in her own social media post, “It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets.

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