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Meghan Markle had “no idea” how difficult life as a royal would be, the Duchess of Sussex confessed this week in a TV documentary. Before she married Prince Harry, Markle says, she was giddy with excitement, but her friends in the U.K. warned her that “British tabloids will destroy your life.” She says she didn’t believe them, until she was subjected to relentless speculation about feuds with her new relatives while she was also adjusting to a new marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. “I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip,” says Markle, 38. But the American former actress says she concluded that the Brits’ stoic style “is probably really damaging.” She tells her hubby—“H,” as she calls him—“It is not enough to just survive.…You’ve got to thrive.” Harry, meanwhile, confirmed a rumored rift with his older brother, William, saying they’re “on different paths.”
Cuba Gooding Jr. faced an expanding cast of sexual assault accusers last week, as Manhattan prosecutors offered 12 new alleged victims to illustrate a pattern of unwanted groping by Gooding dating back to 2001. Gooding, 51, already pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault at New York nightclubs. One new accuser says the actor came up from behind at a Los Angeles hotel in 2001 and rubbed his groin against her. Another woman says Gooding reached inside her blouse in 2011 and squeezed her bare breast. Gooding lawyer Mark Heller said prosecutors are “pandering to the current hypersensitive climate,” likening the allegations to the criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden’s platonic kisses and shoulder rubs.
Miley Cyrus, who has repeatedly identified herself as queer and pansexual, said this week she’d finally found a good man, and advised other women, “You don’t have to be gay.” The singer, 26, said her new lover, Australian singer Cody Simpson, 22, has opened her eyes. “I just always thought I had to be gay because all guys were evil, but it’s not true,” said Cyrus, who recently broke up with husband Liam Hemsworth and then had a six-week relationship with Kaitlynn Carter. “There are good people out there that just happen to have [penises].” ■