Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip were not the royal family members who raised concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin might be, talk show host Oprah Winfrey clarified Monday morning after Sunday’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Winfrey followed up her exclusive interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with an appearance on CBS This Morning on Monday morning, where she revealed her reaction to the interview and clarified a few points.
Markle revealed Sunday that there were conversations within the royal family surrounding Meghan and Harry’s son Archie’s skin color.
“[Prince Harry] did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure that I knew and if I had an opportunity to share it that it was not his grandmother nor his grandfather that were apart of those conversations,” Winfrey said Monday.
“He did not tell me who were apart of those conversations, as you can see I tried to get that answers, on camera and off,” Winfrey added.
Prince Harry also set the facts straight regarding their exit from the royal family.
It had been reported that Prince Harry and Meghan blindsided the Queen with their exit.
“The stories about being blindsided – blindsiding the queen – were very, very damaging to them and also hurtful because they understood very clearly that there had been months and months of preparation before they actually moved to Canada,” Winfrey said.
“The details are very important,” Winfrey noted.
Winfrey went on to quote a statement made by the Queen on Jan. 18 in which she said, “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” Winfrey quoted of the Queen.
“The Queen on Jan. 18 actually said that there had been months of conversation, but in spite of that, there were still all of those stories about blindsiding the Queen,” Winfrey said. “That’s why the details are important.”
Winfrey said the couple was ready to do the interview because they had been “lied about for a series of years.”
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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