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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in Los Angeles hunting for a house, leading President Trump to warn this week that the U.S. won’t foot their security bill. The British royals, free of their official duties, had been living in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, but flew on a private jet with their 10-month-old son, Archie, to L.A., where Markle’s mother and many of her friends live, the Daily Mail (U.K.) reports. Disney gave Markle her first post-royal job: narrating a nature documentary on elephants. The couple’s spokesperson said they never asked the U.S. for security help and have “privately funded” arrangements in place; Prince Charles reportedly will contribute more than $2 million toward their annual expenses of about $8 million. Nonetheless, Trump tweeted that Harry and Meghan would get no federal help. “They must pay!” he said.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson returned to the U.S. last week after recovering from Covid-19 in Australia. The couple, among the first celebrities to reveal they had tested positive for coronavirus, self-quarantined at their home in Queensland, where Hanks, 63, had been shooting a since-postponed movie about Elvis Presley. They were hospitalized after Hanks said the two felt lethargic, with colds, body aches, and slight fevers. Wilson, also 63, called herself a “Covid-19 survivor,” noting that she returned to the U.S. exactly five years after being declared breast cancer–free following a bilateral mastectomy. “Many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us,” Hanks said.
The Fox Business network fired Trish Regan last week after the anchor described the Covid-19 pandemic as the “coronavirus impeachment scam” being used to “demonize and destroy the president.” During the March 9 opening monologue of Trish Regan Primetime, the host, 47, said the media’s coverage of coronavirus “is yet another attempt to impeach the president.” Several anchors on Fox Business and its sister network, Fox News, also have attacked the media and Democrats for raising the alarm about coronavirus, but Regan—who has a lower profile and is less valuable to Fox—was abruptly suspended and ultimately axed. ■