The Pregnant Mom of 3 Who Left Her Trader Joe's Job Due to Concerns for Her Baby: 'I Had to Make a Call for My Health'

Sarah is a mother of three young kids with another on the way. After being laid-off from her full-time position, she took a part-time job at Trader Joe’s – which she then voluntarily left amid the coronavirus pandemic to focus on the health of her family and herself. The 39-year-old mom, who was born in New Zealand but now lives in New Jersey, opens up about her experience of working at a grocery store when its employees are considered essential – and who are risking coronavirus exposure from crowds – and making the difficult decision of choosing health over income.

I’m 21 weeks pregnant and I have three young children, ages 12, 8 and 6.

I was working part-time hours at Trader Joe’s — I went in a few times at the start of all of this madness — and eventually, I felt really uncomfortable being in that environment. Working at Trader Joe’s, you have to rotate duties. Between being right in customers’ faces at the registers, to being out on the shop floor and helping people and back office, you’re in close contact with everyone.

The good thing was, throughout the day, they give you many opportunities to leave your post and go clean and do your sanitizing and take a break if you needed to. They were very good about all of that stuff, but in the end, looking through different articles about risk factors associated with the disease, I decided I just couldn’t be in front of people all day.

I went back and forth with management there about any way to make my duties a little bit different because of my high risk with pregnancy, and I also have Type 2 Diabetes. So, they gave me the leave of absence option, which they supported – but obviously, it’s unpaid.

Trader Joe’s is one of the best employers that I’ve ever worked for, and it was only a part-time job. They said I can come back whenever this calms down. So, I just had to make a call for my health. They said, “It’s more important that I’m out of harm’s way” because it is a very front-line position.

The company has been very supportive, though. They’ve called twice already, in two weeks, to check up on me and see how I’m doing.

But making the decision was hard. I wouldn’t call it lucky, but I was semi-lucky enough to be able to go on unemployment back in late January because I was laid off my regular full-time job. So, we were already taking a cut, losing full-time income for unemployment. Any extra money I was making was contributing to the house — that was our grocery money, our gas money, whatever it would be. I really had to talk to my husband, who works at a trucking repair agency, and say, “I know it’s not safe that we’ll be losing a couple of hundred dollars a week.” And it has been tougher. But the only good thing about it is, we’re not going anywhere or doing anything, so we only have the essential things to afford.

My husband, however, still goes to work but he is going into his own office. And when he comes home, he’s not to touch any of us, straight into the shower.

When I was working at Trader Joe’s, I found, in general, that the customers we dealt with were very patient and understanding. They understood that it’s an uncertain time. I never really came across a difficult customer. I actually was given a Dunkin Donuts gift card from a customer, thanking me for coming in.

So everyone was pretty orderly and Trader Joe’s does a really good job of controlling that environment.  But even if they had offered me a few extra dollars, I still probably would have bowed out because I think my health is more important.

And now, I’m at home. Trying to do distance learning with three children is difficult. I’m used to having some downtime and I don’t get that right now. But overall, everything is good.

We’ve been doing a reward system at home with the kids called “C” bucks, for corona-bucks. The kids collect dollars if they do their work, or if they’re not arguing, etc. And when things open, we’re looking forward to getting out with them and doing something social. It’ll be a treat for them.

As far as my pregnancy, I have regular appointments coming up. I do question going in for certain things but at the same time, I feel like things like maternal doctor’s appointments are pretty well policed.

I’m just hoping that they don’t implement the “no partners” delivery restrictions that I’m seeing in New York. [Editors’ Note: After hospitals initially barred partners from delivery rooms, New York state ordered that policy to be rolled back.] I am not due until August, but I am hoping they don’t. It’s awful for some people who have got a difficult delivery ahead of them.

And I’m supposed to have my mother come over from New Zealand. She’s there now and it’s a whole different ballgame, seeing how they’re approaching it over there. She wouldn’t come right now anyway, but I’m hoping later. I’m just hoping all of this goes away.

  • As told to Morgan Evans

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UFC 249: Date, location, UK start time, live stream, TV channel, prelims and coronavirus update after Khabib WITHDRAWS – The Sun

UFC 249 was all set to be a potential classic – but the UFC appear to have lost their main headline bout.

The biggest event of the evening was unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov putting his crown on the line against former interim title holder Tony Ferguson.

The pair have previously been scheduled to fight on FOUR separate occasions, but every one of those bouts has been cancelled before the fighters could settle things in the Octagon – and the curse has seemingly struck again.

When is UFC 249?

KHABIB vs Ferguson was originally set for a headline slot in Brooklyn, New York.

But UFC boss Dana White revealed that the location could change over coronavirus fears.

The current rule in the US has banned gatherings of more than 10 people inside, meaning the card is set to be held behind closed doors.

White has insisted the event will go ahead with “10 people in the room” and blasted “wimpiest” critics who have called for the fight to be axed amid the pandemic.

Fight night is on Sunday, April 19 with a UK start time of 12am BST.

Why has the headline bout been cancelled?

DESPITE White's best efforts, Khabib and Ferguson's bout looks set to be postponed for the FIFTH time.

Lightweight champ Khabib has ruled himself out of his title showdown as he remains in coronavirus lockdown.

Posting on Instagram, the Russian revealed: "Currently, I am in Dagestan and I am training and preparing every day, although I don't know what am I preparing for, because after we came to Russia we also learned that the borders are going to be locked.

"Same as the States, same in Europe, Emirates – everywhere. The whole world is in quarantine right now.

“So now I am hearing that they are looking to organise it with or without me. OK, go ahead.

“I am even hearing that they are looking for an opponent for Tony, because he is in the States and I am here in Russia. But I am here not on my own will."

It remains to be seen if the UFC draft in another opponent for Ferguson – or whether the entire card will be suspended.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

PROVIDED it goes ahead, fight fans on this side of the pond will be able to watch this bout on BT Sport.

Pay-per-view information is yet to be released from BT Sport Box Office.

Check back to SunSport for regular UFC updates and the very latest MMA news.

Who else is set to fight?

WITH the whole show now in jeapordy, here's how the updated fight card.

  • TBA vs Tony Ferguson (UFC lightweight Championship)
  • Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas (women's straw-weight)
  • Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar (featherweight)
  • Karl Roberson vs Makhmud Muradov (middleweight)
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs TBA (heavyweight)
  • Uriah Hall vs Ronaldo Sauza (middleweight)
  • Lyman Good vs Belal Muhammad (welterweight)
  • Ben Rothwell vs Gian Villante (heavyweight)
  • Khama Worthy vs Ottman Azaitar (lightweight)
  • Sijara Eubanks vs Sarah Moras (women's bantamweight)

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Fury as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi refuse to let children into supermarkets

Supermarkets have imposed social distancing rules in their supermarkets due to the coronavirus. Shops have imposed two metre rules and are only allowing a certain number of children in shops at a time.

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However, the stores now also seem to be refusing to let children into shops with their parents.

Even single parents have been told their young children would have to wait outside without them.

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi have all been accused of this on Twitter.

Sainsbury’s shoppers wrote: “So when did you decide to stop allowing children into your stores?

“Absolutely disgusted by the security staff and service at Charcot road nw9 store. I was refused entry with my son and security told me to leave my 7yr old outside ALONE! I am a single parent!”

Another said: “If it’s only 1 adult and no children in @asda and @sainsburys then how does my daughter as a single mother shop?”

One ASDA customer wrote: “Was at Asda with my 7y/o this week & was told by security guards that I would be “allowed in this time but next time I’d need to work something else out”! Unfortunately many of us do not have the privilege of leaving our children safe at home.”

“Asda are allowing 1 person only from each household.. I just got turned away with my son. Luckily I could leave him outside if I wanted as he’s old enough. Kinda concerned for the single parents with younger children and no family/support though,” another said.

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An Aldi shopper wrote: “A friend visited @AldiUK this morning & has been told that she has to leave her 4 kids at the front of the store whilst she does her essential food shop. She’s a single mom & has no choice but to take her kids shopping.”

Asda responded on Twitter to claim this was not a policy.

It wrote: “You may have seen posts being shared on social media suggesting that families with children won’t be allowed into our stores. This isn’t the case.”

The government recently provided a lifeline for vulnerable food delivery after many struggled to get their hands on groceries. 

A vulnerable man has shared the lifeline that enabled him to finally arrange a delivery.

The government has provided support via a link, and one vulnerable man claims he has finally got a delivery slot after filling in the online form.

After filling in a link on the government website, he found slots at all stores.

He told Express.co.uk: “The gov posted this link yesterday I filled it out last night this morning I was able to go on to all stores to put order in.”

Where are the earliest slots available for delivery in the UK? 

Asda has sold out on online delivery slots up until April 14. Slots for the following weeks have yet to be released.

The supermarket is urging those who can to come in to store and take up delivery slots others may need more.

Tesco’s next delivery slot is April 14. Like most other retailers is it asking those who are well to come into the store to leave delivery for the elderly, disabled and those more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

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Zoom removes code from app that was sending users' data to Facebook

Video calling service Zoom apologizes and removes code from its app that was sending user data to Facebook

  • Zoom has removed code from its app that was sending user data to Facebook
  • The app was transmitting device information, log-on times, and more
  • Zoom’s policy wasn’t clear about the data sharing practices
  • Users must update their Zoom apps to reap the new privacy measures 

Zoom is shifting course after its app was found to be covertly sending data to Facebook.

According to a blog post from the company’s CEO Eric S. Yuan, Zoom was ‘made aware on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that the Facebook SDK was collecting device information unnecessary for us to provide our services’ and has subsequently changed the app’s code.

‘Our customers’ privacy is incredibly important to us, and therefore we decided to remove the Facebook SDK in our iOS client and have reconfigured the feature so that users will still be able to log in with Facebook via their browser,’ wrote Yuan in the post.

Video calling app Zoom was sharing data with Facebook via its iOS app even if users have no account on the social media site, according to a report from Motherboard

Users will have to update their app in order to reap the privacy of Zoom’s update which went into effect on Friday.

The move comes after the app was found sharing sensitive data, including the time the Zoom app was opened, phone carrier, device specs, location and other analytic data that can be used to target ads. 

According to a prior report from Motherboard, the video conferencing app accesses the Facebook Graph API — short for ‘application programming interface’ — which connects Zoom to the social network’s vast dataset.

Although that process isn’t uncommon, Facebook’s terms of service mandate that programmers make users aware of their data sharing practices.

Zoom’s privacy policies, however, only make it clear that the app may collect and share data relating to their users’ Facebook profiles without stating the same might apply to users without an account on the social media platform.  

Data shared includes the time the Zoom app is opened, your phone carrier, device specs, your location and other analytic data that can be used to target adverts. Pictured, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, seen here at the firm’s IPO in New York last April

Zoom has been among the popular video-chatting services to see an uptick in usage as people across the world are forced to stay home during an ongoing epidemic of a novel coronavirus.

Namely, some professionals have flocked to the service in order to enable remote work and cope with the mass shutdown of offices everywhere. 

‘We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused, and remain firmly committed to the protection of our users’ privacy,’ Yuan wrote in the blog post. 

‘We are reviewing our process and protocols for implementing these features in the future to ensure this does not happen again.’

WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?

Social distancing is a term used by health authorities to help slow the spread of coronavirus by keeping an appropriate distance between people.

Australian health authorities recommend at least 1.5 metres between each person at all times.

This is because coronavirus can be transmitted by: 

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Being in the same space for a long period 
  • Touching the same surface 

Social distancing also refers to limiting physical contact with each other as much as possible which has led to authorities encouraging people to work from home, avoid crowded spaces and public transport as much as possible.

Source: Australian Department of Health

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Social Distancing Has Become Too Social

When the coronavirus rapidly began spreading in the U.S., the only thing comforting my sense of panic was the fact that as an introvert, socially distancing myself to keep others safe isn’t so different from my regular day-to-day, pre-COVID-19.

Ah yes, I thought. I can do this. As helpless as I feel sitting around in my Brooklyn studio apartment, I can at least do my part by doing what I do best: cutting down my social activities.

But two weeks into self-isolation, my social life somehow feels way busier than it was before we were all rendered housebound. All of a sudden, everyone wants to FaceTime and have Zoom parties, and Google Hangout sessions. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten on FaceTime with friends I haven’t spoken to in years and given a “tour” of my studio (which consists of me spinning in a circle with my phone in my hand, because again, it’s a studio). I’ve even managed to peel off the sticker on my laptop camera, which had been in place since 2015, when I started watching Mr. Robot and made a half-hearted attempt to protect myself from hackers.

For about a week or so, this was great. Fun, even. Isn’t it amazing how technology has made it so that we can feel connected, even during a time of isolation and extreme anxiety? I thought.

Now, as grateful as I am for the virtual happy hours, I’m also starting to feel… overwhelmed. Somehow, social distancing has become too social, with not enough distancing, and I’m starting to miss my quiet time. And it seems like I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Marni Amsellem, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Smart Health Psychology, attributes the uptick in virtual hangouts to a collective need to break out of complete isolation.

“Social isolation is really not healthy for us — I think a lot of people instinctively know that, and are making the effort to reach out,” she says. “It’s a time of forging connections, because your neighbor down the hall is pretty much the same distance as a friend who’s 3,000 miles away.”

Not to mention, Dr. Amsellem points out, many of us have seen drastic changes in our schedules. I’m fortunate enough to still have a job, but that isn’t the case for millions of people in the country right now. And for those who may have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise without work, that means a lot of free time they might be hoping to fill by getting in touch with friends and family. I’m also lucky to be socially isolating on my own, without roommates or family who would render alone time almost completely obsolete — and I don’t have to juggle my full-time job on top of taking on childcare (all my thoughts to introverted parents out there).

“Some people are much busier than usual, whereas others find their day has completely opened up,” Dr. Amsellem says. “It’s about recognizing that not everyone has the same constraints right now — some are feeling very overwhelmed by the schedule changes, others are turning that feeling into action by reaching out. While this is extremely healthy, it can also feel extremely overwhelming if this is more than we’re used to.”

In other words, it’s OK if you find yourself needing some alone time as a consequence of social distance, even if it feels weird to decide to take time off while in isolation. I 100% feel for extroverts who thrive off talking to people, who are now being forced to get creative with how they get their social interaction. But as an introvert, I need time alone to recharge so that I can be an actual empathetic person when I do interact with others, instead of getting snappy because I feel like my energy is all used up. “I have too many friends and family members who want to talk to me all the time” sounds like a privileged complaint, and in my case, it absolutely is — but it’s important to carve out downtime for yourself, even when it seems like all we have is extra time.

“It’s really about understanding what our own saturation levels are, and knowing that it’s OK to decline a call, and to sit out a virtual happy hour if you’re feeling exhausted,” Dr. Amsellem says. “It’s almost like if it were real-life events: You’re not going to go to every single happy hour that comes up, you pick and choose what works for your schedule and needs.”

Obviously, there are ways to decline Zoom hangouts without hurting other people’s feelings. Dr. Amsellem suggests considering the reason for the call. If a friend you haven’t spoken to in months wants to FaceTime but you’re exhausted, politely ask for a rain check for another day. If a group of friends is calling you into a Google Hangout that’s become a weekly occurrence, you can tell them you’re going to sit this one out and catch up with them next week. And if the intimacy of having someone see into your living space and all the dirty dishes you’ve racked up is too much for you, suggest a phone call instead of a video chat. Or, you know, suggest a nice sustained text conversation if that’s more your speed.

There’s a balance to everything, and as we’re all figuring out the best ways to stay connected to each other without driving each other crazy, be gentle with your friends and yourself.

“Keep in mind that most of these [virtual interactions] are going to be positive, so even if it means taking you out of your zone a little, it can definitely be a healthy thing,” Dr. Amsellem says. “Just know your own limits, and what works for you.”

Personally, I will be issuing a moratorium on any phone or video conversations after 9:30 p.m. to really maximize on the alone time that I spend not talking. But you do you — whatever's best for your health, emotionally and physically. 

 

The coronavirus pandemic is unfolding in real time, and guidelines change by the minute. We promise to give you the latest information at time of publishing, but please refer to the CDC and WHO for updates.

 

 

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Little People, Big World’s Amy Roloff Discusses Plans to Move Out: Watch

Doing what’s best. Little People, Big World star Amy Roloff openly speaks to son Zach Roloff and her fiancé, Chris Marek, about finding a new home in the season 20 premiere of the TLC series.

In Us Weekly’s exclusive sneak peek, Zach, 29, and Chris, 55, sit down with Amy, 55, to address her plans to move out to decrease tensions with her ex-husband, Matt Roloff. The clip opens with Amy sharing her timeline for when she aims to move out.

“I’m really hoping I’m not still here during the holidays,” she says, to which Zach responds, “Really? What’s your worst-case scenario?”

Amy admits, “I’m here during the holidays and I don’t find a house until March.” When Chris questions why it would be “bad” for her to not have a place of her own by the holidays, she notes that “it’s just time to move on.” In turn, she asks Zach how their family would feel if she continued to live with them despite being separated from Matt, 58.

“Oh, that would be terrible,” he shares. “Dad would throw the biggest fit. I couldn’t imagine.”

Chris then asks Zach if Matt’s “anxious” for Amy to “get out” of the house, in which Zach and Amy agree that it’s time.

In a confessional interview, Zach opens up about the transition within his family. “I think my dad, he would get mad if my mom’s still in the house in March,” he shares. “And it’s just like, ‘Wait a minute. How long has it been that you said you’re going to move out? … What’s your plan here? What are you doing?’”

Zach adds, “My mom’s got baggage with my dad too. It’s way healthier for her to move off quicker rather than later. So, I don’t know. I’m just saying that the tension’s going to grow between my dad and her.”

Meanwhile, Chris reveals toward the clip’s end that there is a “big and special surprise” he has organized for Amy to honor their third anniversary. “I’m planning on proposing on the night of our anniversary,” he says before smiling thereafter.

Amy was married to Matt from 1987 to 2016. The exes are the parents of four children:  Zach, Jeremy Roloff, 29, Molly Roloff, 26, Jacob Roloff, 23.

In September 2019, it was announced that Amy got engaged to Chris after her birthday.

Little People, Big World returns to TLC for season 20 on Tuesday, March 31, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Hand-Held Steamers Are the Easy Way to Keep Clothes Fresh & Wrinkle-Free

There are lots of reasons to break out a hand-held steamer: They’re less bulky (and lighter!) than a traditional steamer, and can be less damaging to clothes than an iron. They can be used on fabrics that can’t typically be ironed, like synthetics or tulle. And they’re a great way to freshen up clothing between washes or trips to the dry cleaner. Even better: Many models are small enough and portable enough and take with you when you travel.

So go ahead — keep your iron stashed in the linen closet and try a handheld steamer instead. Here are five models we recommend.

1. Magictec Travel Garment Steamer

The Magictec Travel Garment Steamer is not only compact, but also heats up quickly for continuous, powerful steam. It also has a nine-foot cord for mobility, a design that helps minimize spills and sputtering. Five vents in the nozzle keep the steam concentrated and directional. 

2. Polardo Portable Hand Held Steamer

While most handheld steamers are small and powerful, the design of the Polardo Portable Hand Held Steamer is especially sleek, making it even easier to pack. The shape is less stable on a tabletop, but the design allows it to be held or pointed at any angle without spilling. A switch also allows you to turn off continuous steam — which is good if you want to pause between steaming garments. It even allows for horizontal steaming on an ironing board.

3. BEAUTURAL 1200-Watt Steamer for Clothes

With a comfortable grip and a spill-and sputter-proof pump design, this steamer can be used at any angle, including horizontal. When held, the steam can be controlled by a trigger. Because it doesn’t have a continuous flow, you can pause between steaming jobs without wasting water. It also heats up extremely fast — in about 30 seconds. Attachments also allow you to steam pleats as well as remove lint and steam furniture.

4. Rowenta 2 in 1 Handheld Fabric Steamer and Steam Iron

If you anticipate needing to iron and steam clothes on a trip, this will take care of both jobs. A comfortable handle lets you hold the iron vertically as you steam clothes without needing an ironing board. However, you can still use it as an iron for bigger jobs. Like regular steam irons, you can set it on variable temperatures depending on your fabric. And as an added bonus, the larger reservoir allows for up to 15 minutes of continuous steam.


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The Bachelor's Michelle Money Reveals Daughter, 15, Is in 'ICU on Life Support' After Accident

Michelle Money is asking for support as her daughter is hospitalized after a tragic accident.

The former Bachelor contestant shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram Monday morning, posting a photograph of 15-year-old Brielle hooked up to various machines in a hospital bed and revealing that her daughter “was in terrible skateboarding accident and is in the ICU on life support.”

“She suffered a serious brain trauma and a fractured skull. She is in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure in her brain,” wrote Money, adding that Brielle “is in amazing hands up at Primary Children’s Hospital.”

“Please — I am asking for prayers. I believe in the power of communication with whatever God you believe in,” she continued. “The energy of your conscious focus to send healing to my daughter is real. In whatever form you commune with your Higher Power, please as a desperate mother, I am begging you to do so.”

“She needs support and healing right now,” added Money, 39. “And if you could send one up for me as well, I would appreciate it. This is the worst experience of my life.”

 

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Money also used her post to implore parents to “ALWAYS MAKE [your kids] WEAR THE HELMET. ALWAYS. EVEN WHEN THEY PUSH BACK.”

“Thank you to the neighbors who happened to be on a walk and found her and called 911. You will never understand. I would not have found her in time,” the former reality star wrote. “My heart is forever grateful. Thank you to all of you who have sent prayers and messages and love.”

“Brielle has been through so much already this year. She has proven how strong she is. I know she will pull through. #PrayForBrie,” Money concluded her post.

Money — who competed for Brad Womack‘s heart on season 15 of The Bachelor and went on to win the first season of Bachelor in Paradise — previously opened up to PEOPLE about both her daughter and the baby boy she placed for adoption after finding out she was pregnant at 15.

“Brielle has always told me that she wishes she had a big brother and in the back of my head I’ve always been like, ‘Gosh, that would be pretty magical if that ended up happening for her,’ ” she said during the August 2016 chat.

“When I told her, she was just really excited and was crying and emotional and couldn’t believe that she really does have a big brother,” Money added. “But I also had to be so careful not to give her false hopes. I had to remind her that he’s out there somewhere, but we might not ever meet him.”

“She needed to be okay with that — more than anything, I just want to make sure that I don’t get her hopes up for something that might not ever happen,” she said.

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Prince Harry Emailed Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth About the Megxit Plan, Royal Insider Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s announcement about leaving their royal duties behind may have come as a shock to many, but one insider claims that Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth knew about it in advance — through an email from Harry.

Prince Harry reportedly emailed details of the exit plan

Daily Mail’s royal editor Rebecca English shared how, when Prince Harry and Meghan took a six-week break from their royal duties around Thanksgiving, “Unknown to anyone, the couple had in fact been ‘plotting’ a life outside of Britain.”

She added, “They had assembled a team of US advisers andmanagers, many of whom had worked with Meghan as an actress.”

Before they returned from their break, “in early January,Harry contacted his grandmother and father by email to tell them he and Meghanwanted out,” English explained. “Both the Queen and Charles urged him not torush into anything.”

‘It was complicated’

English further notes that their request wasn’t so simple due to a host of considerations and decisions that needed to be made. The editor shares that according to a family source, “They understood that he and Meghan wanted something different and were willing to help but it was complicated.”

The insider continued, “There were issues like security andfunding, visas and tax, which neither of them had thought through. Harry wastold to put his request in writing and come up with some ideas.”

This timeline reportedly didn’t sit well with Prince Harry,as the source shared, “He thought his family were stonewalling and decided topush the nuclear button.”

Prince Harry was reportedly ‘stubborn’ about the decision

Prince Harry and Meghan returned to the UK after their break, where Harry met with his senior staff and, despite their warning to not make their plans public, another insider shared with English, “Unfortunately he was just too stubborn, blinkered and bitter to see sense.”

The couple then released a statement about their plan to take a step back, which many found disrespectful. One courtier told English, “Her Majesty was shocked. People were angry the queen had been so disrespected.”

The queen gave her blessing

In the end, the queen did sign off on Prince Harry and Meghan’s desire to leave their royal duties, though there were sacrifices they had to make. “Harry was devastated to lose his military and Commonwealth roles, but his biggest frustration was being ordered to walk away from their Sussex Royal brand,” English noted.

The queen remarked in a statement following the finalization of their decision that she supported their move.

“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life,” the statement shared.

The queen’s statement continued: “I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

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Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Jack Grealish CRASHES CAR in lockdown, Billy Joe Saunders BANNED for video, Barcelona pay cut – The Sun


JACK GREALISH crashed his £80,000 Range Rover – despite the country being in lockdown and having told fans just hours ago to "stay inside to save lives".

Billy Joe Saunders has been banned after a video emerged of him 'showing men how to beat women' during isolation, while upcoming bout Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin has been pushed to June.

Elsewhere, Serie A could cancel their season today due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and Lionel Messi has announced Barcelona's stars are taking a 70 per cent pay cut.

Follow all the latest news and updates as the sporting world deals with the threat of coronavirus…

  • WHYTE OUT

    Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin is OFF due to coronavirus, according to Eddie Hearn.

    The heavyweight clash was originally scheduled for May 2 but the Matchroom promoter confirmed the bout would have to be moved.

    Hearn also predicted boxing could return in June but would have to be behind closed doors.

    Asked by the BBC if the Whyte fight was going to be postponed, Hearn said: “We will make an announcement, but basically yes.”

    The Essex resident was then pressed on when he expected boxing to make a comeback.

  • PAY PER PHEW

    UEFA are planning to finish the season in August and have shortened competitions next term so they avoid losing billions in TV money, according to reports.

    An emergency working group at European football's governing body are working on restructuring the decimated sporting calendar.

    The decision to postpone Euro 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic has already cost chiefs millions of pounds.

    And The Times say that cancelling the season before it finishes “would cost both the European governing body and domestic competitions billions in lost TV revenue — £750 million for the Premier League alone.”

    Aleksander Ceferin, the Uefa president, reckons it would be possible to wait until August to complete the existing competitions.

    He told Italian paper La Repubblica: “There is the possibility of ending this season at the start of the next, which would then be delayed and begin later.”

  • MAN DOWN

    Man Utd's money-spinning pre-season tour – which is to include their first ever game in India – could be off due to coronavirus.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were set to pocket £16million from the five fixtures planned for July and early August. But The Mirror say the globe-trotting extravaganza is set to be just the latest sporting event to fall victim to the pandemic.

    United officials were close to putting pen to paper on a deal that would guarantee the games take place at a time players are normally building fitness levels back up. But with the future of football still up in the air – and Euro 2020 pushed back to 2021 – it looks like the plans might have to be shelved.

    United charge an appearance fee of around £3.25million for each first-team game, while additional expenses are set to push the figure up to £4million per match.

    A United spokesman said: “The proposed tour hasn't been ­cancelled, but it's on hold until we can determine a timeline for a return to playing football again.

    “Until we have clarity on when this season might finish and the next one starts, the tour remains under review. It may be that it will have to adapted, delayed or suspended, ­depending on what is decided by ­football's governing bodies – but we have definitely not scrapped it yet.”

  • AND IT'S OFF

    F1 bosses have been forced to scrap the sport's 70th birthday party due to the coronavirus.

    A huge event was being planned for London on May 16th but was being kept under wraps. The date was significant as it was the closest weekend to the anniversary of the first F1 race, held at Silverstone on May 13, 1950.

    F1's owners, Liberty Media, were hoping all 20 drivers would turn up at a public event in London to help promote the sport.

    It was going to be a similar event to the brilliant London Live in 2017 that was staged in Trafalgar Square but with some classic F1 cars too.

    A spokesperson for F1 said: “Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19 we have taken the decision not to proceed with Fan Festivals.

    “We have said we expect to start racing again in the summer and for us, the teams and our fans that is our focus.

    “We appreciate many fans were looking forward to celebrating our 70th anniversary celebrations in London but at this time it won't be possible as we have to ensure safety takes priority.”

  • YOU'RE NOT ALONA

    Lionel Messi has confirmed a 70 per cent pay cut for Barcelona players during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Funds will be directed to club staff throughout the crisis with a statement made on Monday following the club's enacting of the pay cut.

    Negotiations were reported as ongoing between the squad and board over the exact nature of the reduction, with a breakthrough now made.

    As well as taking a 70 per cut pay cut, stars will make additional contributions to ensure ordinary staff receive their salary in full during the suspension of football.

    A number of first-team players including Messi and Luis Suarez released the statement on their social media accounts on Monday.

    It read: “The time has come to announce that, aside from the reduction of 70 per cent of our salary during the state of emergency, we will also make contributions so that the club's employees can collect 100 percent of their salaries while this situation lasts.

    “Our desire has always been to take a pay cut, because we understand perfectly that this is an exceptional situation.”

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