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Prince Harry revealed during his first public appearance since stepping down from a senior role in the royal family that he has been in therapy for the past three years to overcome the trauma of losing his mother, Princess Diana, as a 12-year-old boy. Harry, the Duke of Sussex, made the disclosure during a paid speech in Miami to some of JPMorgan’s wealthiest clients during an “alternative investment” summit. Harry said he and Meghan Markle—who also briefly spoke—decided to leave the royal family because of “the trauma he suffered” and his fear that his wife and his son, Archie, could suffer the same hounding by the press, a source told PageSix.com. The Sun (U.K.) reported that JPMorgan paid the couple more than $1 million to speak and hobnob with guests. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II requested that the couple make what may be their final appearance as royals by attending the annual Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey on March 9.
CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King was flooded with death threats and had to hire a security team after the network promoted a piece from her interview with WNBA icon Lisa Leslie that referred to Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case. King, 65, said CBS had taken “the most salacious part” of a larger interview with Leslie “out of context” in an effort to generate viewer interest. During the 94-second clip, King repeatedly asks Leslie, a good friend of Bryant’s, whether the recently deceased NBA star’s legacy had been tainted by his 2003 arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel employee. “I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me, too,” King said.
Arch swindler Bernie Madoff has requested an early release from prison because he says he is dying of kidney failure. The convicted mastermind of a Ponzi scheme that conned $65 billion from thousands of people, many of whom lost their life savings, claimed in court papers that he uses a wheelchair, has cardiovascular disease and hypertension, and needs oxygen. Madoff has so far served 10½ years of a 150-year federal sentence at a prison in North Carolina. In his petition, Madoff’s lawyer asked the court “for a modicum of compassion.”
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