NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken give Q&A after splashdown in SpaceX Crew Dragon

Over 48 hours ago NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico inside SpaceX Dragon capsule and today the pair conducted a live Q&A.

The duo took a number questions about the splashdown experience, their first meal and revealed if their long-standing friendship lasted while on the International Space Station.

Once deorbit began, Behnken described seeing white clouds rushing by the window and heard the capsule pushing through the atmosphere, which he likened to that of an animal noise.

The pair dined on pizza when they were whisked away to NASA headquarters in Houston and Hurley happily shared that he and Behken are still close friends.

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Over 48 hours ago NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico inside SpaceX Dragon capsule and today the pair conducted a live Q&A

‘Flying Crew Dragon we didn’t have to say anything at time. It was telepathy between us,’ Hurley said.

‘I know that doesn’t always go into the selection process, but when we were selected to fly it gave us a distinct advantage over other crews.’

The astronauts took off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 and embarked on a two-month stay on the International Space Station.

The mission came to a close when the two splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, officially marking the return of spaceflight to American soil.

The pair dined on pizza when they were whisked away to NASA headquarters in Houston and Hurley happily shared that he and Behken are still close friends

The pair dined on pizza when they were whisked away to NASA headquarters in Houston and Hurley happily shared that he and Behken are still close friends

Once deorbit began, Behnken described seeing white clouds rushing by the window and heard the capsule pushing through the atmosphere, which he likened to that of an animal noise

Once deorbit began, Behnken described seeing white clouds rushing by the window and heard the capsule pushing through the atmosphere, which he likened to that of an animal noise

The press conference, held Tuesday, gave the spacefairing heroes an opportunity to share their once in a lifetime experience with the world.

Most importantly, they shared in detail the exciting return home.

Behnken described the deorbit as going smoothly, saying it was everything he and HUrley had expected.

‘As we descended through the atmosphere, I was surprised at how quickly all the events transpired,’ he said.

‘We didn’t have time to focus on the Earth for a long period of time, but we had a good feeling about how quickly it was moving.’

He continued to explain that his and Hurley’s bodies became attuned with the environment.

‘I recorded audio while we moved through the atmosphere and it doesn’t sound like a machine,’ Behnken said.

‘It sounds like an animal coming through the atmosphere.’

The sequenced toy, named Tremor, was first spotted in the capsule when the pair took off in May and quickly became a star. Both Hurley and Behnken have boys who are interested in dinosaurs, so both families collected all the dinosaurs in their homes and the children decided which one could make the trip to the ISS

The sequenced toy, named Tremor, was first spotted in the capsule when the pair took off in May and quickly became a star. Both Hurley and Behnken have boys who are interested in dinosaurs, so both families collected all the dinosaurs in their homes and the children decided which one could make the trip to the ISS

The astronauts took off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 and embarked on a two-month stay on the International Space Station. The mission came to a close when the two splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, officially marking the return of spaceflight to American soil

The astronauts took off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 and embarked on a two-month stay on the International Space Station. The mission came to a close when the two splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, officially marking the return of spaceflight to American soil

One popular character from the mission was also discussed – a plush dinosaur.

The sequenced toy, named Tremor, was first spotted in the capsule when the pair took off in May and quickly became a star. 

Both Hurley and Behnken have boys who are interested in dinosaurs, so both families collected all the dinosaurs in their homes and the children decided which one could make the trip to the ISS.

‘It is a unique way for Bob and I to share this with our sons,’ said Hurley.

‘I am glad we could take Tremor with us and we are happy to see the response to Tremor.’

The pair dined on pizza that was waiting for them in the helicopter after they were retrieved from the capsule. Hurley again touched on the prank calls the two made while waiting in the capsule

The pair dined on pizza that was waiting for them in the helicopter after they were retrieved from the capsule. Hurley again touched on the prank calls the two made while waiting in the capsule

One question many viewers may have had as they watched the capsule fall into the Gulf of Mexico is, what their first meal on Earth will be.

The pair dined on pizza that was waiting for them in the helicopter after they were retrieved from the capsule.

Hurley again touched on the prank calls the two made while waiting in the capsule.

They phoned their wives, who they said were thrilled to hear from them along with NASA flight director Anthony Vareha who shared the news on Twitter Sunday.

‘I received one of these calls at the flight director console. It started with an opening line like ‘Hi, it’s Doug and Bob, and we’re in the ocean.’ I think my response was, ‘Yeah, I can see that,’ he wrote in a tweet.

‘Space dads’ Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made prank calls in SpaceX’s Dragon capsule

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken spent an hour waiting inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule after splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico and to pass the time, the ‘space dads’ made a few prank calls.

Hurely revealed the mischievous endeavor during a press conference, saying the roller-coaster like trip home was ‘a lot to process’ and joked they were ‘making prank satellite phone calls’ – and suggested SpaceX CEO Elon Musk foot the bill for the calls.

Hurley and Behnken made their historic water landing at 2:48pm ET inside SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule – the first time this has been attempted in 45 years.

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Hurely revealed the mischievous endeavor during a press conference, saying the roller-coaster like trip home was ‘a lot to process’ and joked they were ‘making prank satellite phone calls’ using a satellite phone – and suggested SpaceX CEO Elon Musk foot the bill for the calls

‘Five hours ago, we were in a spaceship, bobbing around, making prank satellite phone calls to whoever we could get a hold of. Which was kind of fun, by the way,’ Hurley said during a welcome-home ceremony in Houston, where NASA’s astronaut corps is based.

Although the team did not elaborate on who they phoned while trapped in the capsule, NASA flight director Anthony Vareha shared he was pranked.

‘I received one of these calls at the flight director console. It started with an opening line like ‘Hi, it’s Doug and Bob, and we’re in the ocean.’ I think my response was, ‘Yeah, I can see that,’ he wrote in a tweet.

Behnken’s wife, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, also received a call from the newly returned Crew Dragon.

Although the team did not elaborate on who they phoned while trapped in the capsule, NASA flight director Anthony Vareha shared he was pranked

Although the team did not elaborate on who they phoned while trapped in the capsule, NASA flight director Anthony Vareha shared he was pranked

Varhea shared part of the conversation on his Twitter account

Varhea shared part of the conversation on his Twitter account

Hurley and Behnken made their historic water landing at 2:48pm ET inside SpaceX's Dragon Capsule – the first time this has been attempted in 45 years

Hurley and Behnken made their historic water landing at 2:48pm ET inside SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule – the first time this has been attempted in 45 years

On my phone it said ‘Spam Risk.’ Glad I answered anyway!’ McArthur tweeted yesterday.

Hurley and Behnken made their historic water landing at 2:48pm ET inside SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule – the first time this has been attempted in 45 years 

Although Hurley and Behnken joked when they landed back on Earth, the team took the mission very seriously. 

Behnken's wife, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, also received a call from the newly returned Crew Dragon

Behnken’s wife, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, also received a call from the newly returned Crew Dragon

The first launched from Cape Canaveral on May 30, which marked the first time NASA has sent astronauts to the International Space station aboard an American rocket from US soil in nine years.

The ride home in the capsule dubbed Endeavour was fast, bumpy and hot, at least on the outside.

The spacecraft went from a screaming orbital speed of 17,500 mph to 350 mph during atmospheric reentry, and finally to 15 mph at splashdown. 

The ride home in the capsule dubbed Endeavour was fast, bumpy and hot, at least on the outside. The spacecraft went from a screaming orbital speed of 17,500 mph to 350 mph during atmospheric reentry, and finally to 15 mph at splashdown

The ride home in the capsule dubbed Endeavour was fast, bumpy and hot, at least on the outside. The spacecraft went from a screaming orbital speed of 17,500 mph to 350 mph during atmospheric reentry, and finally to 15 mph at splashdown 

Within a half-hour of splashdown, the scorched and blistered 15-foot capsule was on board a SpaceX recovery ship with a staff of more than 40, including doctors and nurses

Within a half-hour of splashdown, the scorched and blistered 15-foot capsule was on board a SpaceX recovery ship with a staff of more than 40, including doctors and nurses

Peak heating during descent was 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

‘Welcome back to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX,’ Mission Control from SpaceX headquarters said, welcoming Hurley and Behnken back following the splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.

A visibly excited SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the mission heralded a new era.

‘We’re going to go to the Moon, we’re going to have a base on the Moon; we’re going to Mars,’ he said.

‘I’m not very religious but I prayed for this one.’

Within a half-hour of splashdown, the scorched and blistered 15-foot capsule was on board a SpaceX recovery ship with a staff of more than 40, including doctors and nurses.

To keep the returning astronauts safe during the pandemic, the recovery crew quarantined for two weeks and were tested for the coronavirus.

A visibly excited SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the mission heralded a new era. 'We're going to go to the Moon, we're going to have a base on the Moon; we're going to Mars,' he said. 'I'm not very religious but I prayed for this one'

A visibly excited SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the mission heralded a new era. ‘We’re going to go to the Moon, we’re going to have a base on the Moon; we’re going to Mars,’ he said. ‘I’m not very religious but I prayed for this one’

The opening of the hatch was held up briefly by extra checks for toxic rocket fumes outside the capsule. After medical exams, the astronauts were expected to fly to Houston for a reunion with their wives and sons.

Hurley offered final thanks just before he exited the capsule. ‘Anybody who’s touched Endeavour, you should take a moment to just cherish the day, especially given all the things that have happened this year.’

Hurley and Behnken spent a total of 63 days on the ISS in Earth orbit, participating in research and space walks on the massive station.

New docuseries claims DEA agent’s death ‘was partially conducted by a CIA agent’

Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, 37, was working for the US government in Mexico when he was abducted, tortured and killed by cartel members in February 1985. The lead investigator in his death believes a CIA agent was involved in his murder 

A new Amazon docuseries claims that a CIA agent was involved in the torture and death of DEA operative Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, 37. 

Camarena, 37, was working for the US government in Guadalajara, Mexico when he was abducted, tortured and killed by cartel members in February 1985. 

His disappearance made international headlines in February 1985, and sparked fury from the Reagan Administration, who effectively shut down the southern border in a bid to pressure Mexico to catch the culprits. 

But while several Mexican drug lords were eventually convicted over Camarena’s brutal slaying, the new docuseries – titled The Last Narc – contends that at least one US government official was also involved. 

The Last Narc features testimony from Hector Berrellez – the American man who led the investigation into Camarena’s killing. 

He sensationally claims that famous CIA agent Felix Rodriquez ‘partially conducted Camarena’s interrogation and torture because the US government feared that he was about to stumble on a much larger conspiracy’.

According to The Daily Beast, The Last Narc asserts that ‘the CIA was in bed with the cartels, moving guns, drugs and cash through them in order to covertly fund Nicaragua’s anti-communist Contras.’

Former CIA agent Felix Rodriquez is pictured. He has previously denied having anything to do with Camarena's torture or death

Former CIA agent Felix Rodriquez is pictured. He has previously denied having anything to do with Camarena’s torture or death

The Last Narc features testimony from Hector Berrellez - the American man who led the investigation into Camarena's killing. He sensationally claims that famous CIA agent Felix Rodriquez 'partially conducted Camarena's interrogation and torture because the US government feared that he was about to stumble on a much larger conspiracy'

The Last Narc features testimony from Hector Berrellez – the American man who led the investigation into Camarena’s killing. He sensationally claims that famous CIA agent Felix Rodriquez ‘partially conducted Camarena’s interrogation and torture because the US government feared that he was about to stumble on a much larger conspiracy’

Several other people also involved in the investigation into Camarena’s death also back up Berrellez’s claims in The Last Narc.

However, it’s not the first time Berrellez has claimed the US government was involved in the crime. 

Back in 2015, he told LA Weekly that one witness who was present during Camarena’s torture told him: ‘The whole case stinks, and if you don’t step away you’ll stink, too. Your own government killed him.’ 

At the time, a CIA spokesman responded to the claims, saying: ‘It’s ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U.S. federal agent.’ 

Rodriguez himself has also repeatedly denied having any involvement in Camarena’s death, according to Matter. 

However, 35 years on, rumors that the US government was complicit in the DEA agent’s death continue to persist. 

Camarena is pictured with wife Mika and two of their sons shortly before his death. In February, Mika told USA Today that she would not be surprised if a CIA employee had a hand in her husband's death

Camarena is pictured with wife Mika and two of their sons shortly before his death. In February, Mika told USA Today that she would not be surprised if a CIA employee had a hand in her husband’s death

The torture and murder of US DEA agent Kiki Camarena made international headlines and led to pronounced tensions between the US and Mexico

The torture and murder of US DEA agent Kiki Camarena made international headlines and led to pronounced tensions between the US and Mexico 

In February of this year, USA Today published a report claiming ‘US Justice Department agents and prosecutors have obtained statements from the witnesses implicating a CIA operative and a DEA official in the plot to torture and murder Camarena’.

The statements allegedly came from three men who worked as security guards for Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo – a drug lord who was eventually convicted of ordering Camarena’s death. 

Gallardo, known as ‘The Godfather’, remains behind bars for his role in the murder.  

Camarena’s widow and the mother of his three sons, Mika, told USA Today that she would not be surprised if a CIA employee had a hand in her husband’s death. 

‘I want the truth to be out. At this point, nothing would surprise me.’

Camarena's disappearance made worldwide headlines in February 1985, and sparked fury from the Reagan Administration

Camarena’s disappearance made worldwide headlines in February 1985, and sparked fury from the Reagan Administration

Mika Camarena is pictured meeting Ronald Reagan at the White House shortly after her husband's death

Mika Camarena is pictured meeting Ronald Reagan at the White House shortly after her husband’s death 

Camarena was abducted on February 7 1985, and his remains were discovered a month later following a massive manhunt.

Investigators later learned that he was brutally tortured for more than 30 hours. Camarena’s captors beat and burned him, before using a power tool to drill into his skull. He was likely injected with drugs to ensure he remained conscious throughout the ordeal. 

The search for Camarena’s killers was ‘the largest in DEA history’ and, eventually, Gallardo was indicted for his role in the murder.

Two associates, Ernesto ‘Don Neto’ Fonseca and Rafael Caro Quintero, were also convicted. 

But in 2013, Quintero was released from jail on a technicality, and is now on is now on the FBI’s most-wanted list, with authorities offering a $20 million reward for his capture.

Meanwhile, alleged henchmen Rene Verdugo and Juan Matta-Ballesteros were also jailed for their involvement, before a judge disputed forensic evidence and threw out their convictions in 2017. 

Camarena’s case recently received renewed interest after it became the center of the new Netflix series Narcos: Mexico, with Michael Pena playing the lead role. 

Camarena's case recently received renewed interest after it became the center of the new Netflix series Narcos: Mexico

Michael Pena is pictured playing the DEA Agent in Narcos

Camarena’s case recently received renewed interest after it became the center of the new Netflix series Narcos: Mexico. Camarena is pictured left. Michael Pena is pictured playing the DEA Agent at right

New docuseries claims DEA agent’s death ‘was partially conducted by a CIA agent’

Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, 37, was working for the US government in Mexico when he was abducted, tortured and killed by cartel members in February 1985. The lead investigator in his death believes a CIA agent was involved in his murder 

A new Amazon docuseries claims that a CIA agent was involved in the torture and death of DEA operative Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, 37. 

Camarena, 37, was working for the US government in Guadalajara, Mexico when he was abducted, tortured and killed by cartel members in February 1985. 

His disappearance made international headlines in February 1985, and sparked fury from the Reagan Administration, who effectively shut down the southern border in a bid to pressure Mexico to catch the culprits. 

But while several Mexican drug lords were eventually convicted over Camarena’s brutal slaying, the new docuseries – titled The Last Narc – contends that at least one US government official was also involved. 

The Last Narc features testimony from Hector Berrellez – the American man who led the investigation into Camarena’s killing. 

He sensationally claims that famous CIA agent Felix Rodriquez ‘partially conducted Camarena’s interrogation and torture because the US government feared that he was about to stumble on a much larger conspiracy’.

According to The Daily Beast, The Last Narc asserts that ‘the CIA was in bed with the cartels, moving guns, drugs and cash through them in order to covertly fund Nicaragua’s anti-communist Contras.’

Former CIA agent Felix Rodriquez is pictured. He has previously denied having anything to do with Camarena's torture or death

Former CIA agent Felix Rodriquez is pictured. He has previously denied having anything to do with Camarena’s torture or death

The Last Narc features testimony from Hector Berrellez - the American man who led the investigation into Camarena's killing. He sensationally claims that famous CIA agent Felix Rodriquez 'partially conducted Camarena's interrogation and torture because the US government feared that he was about to stumble on a much larger conspiracy'

The Last Narc features testimony from Hector Berrellez – the American man who led the investigation into Camarena’s killing. He sensationally claims that famous CIA agent Felix Rodriquez ‘partially conducted Camarena’s interrogation and torture because the US government feared that he was about to stumble on a much larger conspiracy’

Several other people also involved in the investigation into Camarena’s death also back up Berrellez’s claims in The Last Narc.

However, it’s not the first time Berrellez has claimed the US government was involved in the crime. 

Back in 2015, he told LA Weekly that one witness who was present during Camarena’s torture told him: ‘The whole case stinks, and if you don’t step away you’ll stink, too. Your own government killed him.’ 

At the time, a CIA spokesman responded to the claims, saying: ‘It’s ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U.S. federal agent.’ 

Rodriguez himself has also repeatedly denied having any involvement in Camarena’s death, according to Matter. 

However, 35 years on, rumors that the US government was complicit in the DEA agent’s death continue to persist. 

Camarena is pictured with wife Mika and two of their sons shortly before his death. In February, Mika told USA Today that she would not be surprised if a CIA employee had a hand in her husband's death

Camarena is pictured with wife Mika and two of their sons shortly before his death. In February, Mika told USA Today that she would not be surprised if a CIA employee had a hand in her husband’s death

The torture and murder of US DEA agent Kiki Camarena made international headlines and led to pronounced tensions between the US and Mexico

The torture and murder of US DEA agent Kiki Camarena made international headlines and led to pronounced tensions between the US and Mexico 

In February of this year, USA Today published a report claiming ‘US Justice Department agents and prosecutors have obtained statements from the witnesses implicating a CIA operative and a DEA official in the plot to torture and murder Camarena’.

The statements allegedly came from three men who worked as security guards for Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo – a drug lord who was eventually convicted of ordering Camarena’s death. 

Gallardo, known as ‘The Godfather’, remains behind bars for his role in the murder.  

Camarena’s widow and the mother of his three sons, Mika, told USA Today that she would not be surprised if a CIA employee had a hand in her husband’s death. 

‘I want the truth to be out. At this point, nothing would surprise me.’

Camarena's disappearance made worldwide headlines in February 1985, and sparked fury from the Reagan Administration

Camarena’s disappearance made worldwide headlines in February 1985, and sparked fury from the Reagan Administration

Mika Camarena is pictured meeting Ronald Reagan at the White House shortly after her husband's death

Mika Camarena is pictured meeting Ronald Reagan at the White House shortly after her husband’s death 

Camarena was abducted on February 7 1985, and his remains were discovered a month later following a massive manhunt.

Investigators later learned that he was brutally tortured for more than 30 hours. Camarena’s captors beat and burned him, before using a power tool to drill into his skull. He was likely injected with drugs to ensure he remained conscious throughout the ordeal. 

The search for Camarena’s killers was ‘the largest in DEA history’ and, eventually, Gallardo was indicted for his role in the murder.

Two associates, Ernesto ‘Don Neto’ Fonseca and Rafael Caro Quintero, were also convicted. 

But in 2013, Quintero was released from jail on a technicality, and is now on is now on the FBI’s most-wanted list, with authorities offering a $20 million reward for his capture.

Meanwhile, alleged henchmen Rene Verdugo and Juan Matta-Ballesteros were also jailed for their involvement, before a judge disputed forensic evidence and threw out their convictions in 2017. 

Camarena’s case recently received renewed interest after it became the center of the new Netflix series Narcos: Mexico, with Michael Pena playing the lead role. 

Camarena's case recently received renewed interest after it became the center of the new Netflix series Narcos: Mexico

Michael Pena is pictured playing the DEA Agent in Narcos

Camarena’s case recently received renewed interest after it became the center of the new Netflix series Narcos: Mexico. Camarena is pictured left. Michael Pena is pictured playing the DEA Agent at right

Man opens fire on pair for not social distancing in Miami hotel

Man opens fire on mother and son because they ‘weren’t social distancing’

  • Douglas Marks confronted Victoria Pena and her son, both visitors to Miami
  • They were in the Crystal Beach Suites hotel lobby when Marks fired several shots
  • According to the affidavit, Marks told them ‘You aren’t social distancing’
  • He has reportedly confessed to shooting, but claims it was because he was being followed, and that they were warning shots. No one was injured in the incident 

A man has been arrested for shooting at a mother and son in a Miami Beach hotel lobby after becoming upset over their lack of social distancing. 

Douglas Marks, 47,  confronted the woman and her son in the lobby of the Crystal Beach Suites in Miami Beach on Monday evening, according to reports

Veronica Pena and her son, both visiting Miami Beach from New Mexico, said they were in the lobby of the hotel when they first saw Marks.

According to the affidavit, seen by Local10.com, Marks, from Miami, told the pair: ‘You aren’t social distancing.’

Douglas Marks, pictured in this mugshot released by the Miami Dade Department of Corrections, allegedly fired ‘several’ several shots in a hotel lobby after telling a mother and son: ‘You aren’t social distancing’

He then reportedly told them that they needed to leave the hotel, before he retrieved a black firearm which he shot ‘several’ times in the lobby.

One witness was able to record the scenes after the incident, in which Marks was arrested by Miami Beach police.

No one was injured in the shooting.

One witness, who spoke to Local10 but chose to remain anonymous,  said that he tried to shield the tourists with his body.

‘He tried to shoot the girl and the kid,’ the unnamed witness told the news station. 

Marks has allegedly confessed to the shooting, but told detectives that he fired his weapon because he was being followed, and asked the front desk to call 911.

According to reports, Douglas Marks confronted a woman and her son in the lobby of the Crystal Beach Suites (pictured) on in Miami Beach on Monday evening

According to reports, Douglas Marks confronted a woman and her son in the lobby of the Crystal Beach Suites (pictured) on in Miami Beach on Monday evening 

He ‘subsequently firing four warning shots,’ police said.

Marks faces several charges following the incident, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in public.

As of Tuesday night, Marks remained in custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Local10 said.  

Thomas Markle slams Meghan and Prince Harry over bombshell biography


Thomas Markle has told his daughter Meghan and her husband Prince Harry that it is the ‘worst time in the world to be whining’, following the publication of an explosive biography into their relationship with the royal family. 

Speaking from his home in Rosario, Mexico, he criticised the Sussexes and said he doesn’t ‘really appreciate what Meghan has become’. 

The biography, Finding Freedom, has laid bare the friction and tensions that led to Megxit following a breakdown in the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family. 

Now, Mr Markle, 76, who was also mentioned in the book by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, has criticised his daughter and her husband on its release. 

Harry and Meghan have denied having anything to do with the biography, though questions about their participation have been raised by the high level of detail in the book. 

Responding to the new biography of daughter Meghan and Prince Harry, Thomas Markle said: ‘I love my daughter but I really don’t appreciate what she’s become right now’

The biography, Finding Freedom, has laid bare the friction and tensions that led to Megxit following a breakdown in the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family.

The biography, Finding Freedom, has laid bare the friction and tensions that led to Megxit following a breakdown in the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family.

Mr Markle told the Sun: ‘This is the worst time in the world for them to be whining and complaining about anything — because people everywhere are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘I love my daughter but I really don’t appreciate what she’s become right now.’

In an extract from the book published on Sunday, it claims that Harry and Meghan  had ‘rejected’ the idea of getting help to protect her father as coverage of their romance grew. 

Mr Markle said: ‘The fact the royals advised them to get me help and they refused to do it is incredible news.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography is already the bestselling book on Amazon UK, two weeks ahead of its release.

Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, is not released until August 11 but is already top of the media giant’s bestsellers list as royal fans rush to pre-order their copy. The book is at number 14 on the US chart at the time of writing.

Scobie and Duran they have spoken to more than 100 sources including ‘close friends of Harry and Meghan’s, royal aides and palace staff (past and present)’, with all the information in the book having ‘at least two sources.’

Extraordinary personal details littered throughout Finding Freedom include particulars of the moment the Meghan confessed she wrote her estranged father Thomas one final message while on FaceTime in a bathtub. 

Thomas Markle has criticised Meghan and Prince Harry for a bombshell new biography

Thomas Markle has criticised Meghan and Prince Harry for a bombshell new biography 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's biography is already a hit. Pictured, the couple in London in March

Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, is not released until August 11 but is already top of the media giant's bestsellers list as royal fans rush to pre-order their copy

Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, is not released until August 11 but is already top of the media giant’s bestsellers list as royal fans rush to pre-order their copy. The book is at number 14 on the US chart at the time of writing. Left, the couple in March

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's is already the bestselling book on Amazon UK, two weeks ahead of its release. Pictured, the current chart

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s is already the bestselling book on Amazon UK, two weeks ahead of its release. Pictured, the current chart

The book also claims that Meghan has not spoken to her father since he failed to attend her wedding. 

A heartbroken Meghan sent Mr Markle one final text on the night before her wedding, the book claims.

Mr Markle didn’t attend the wedding and was unable to walk her down the aisle. 

This was despite Meghan’s desperate attempts to persuade him to attend.   

She reportedly left dozens of frantic messages for her father, even telling him a car would take him to Los Angeles airport so he could fly to London for the ceremony.

But despite the ‘barrage of voicemails and texts’, he refused to get in the waiting vehicle.

Finding Freedom then says he stopped responding to messages after she called him ‘at least 20 times’.

Mr Markle eventually said the stress of dealing with the media had caused him to have a heart attack. 

Earlier, it was revealed that Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit, royal sources claimed.

The review was insisted upon by courtiers and other royals, with the Queen keen to let Harry know he could return to the fold if he changed his mind. 

However, the Duke of Sussex was keen to make a ‘clean break’ and had to be persuaded to agree to the trial period. 

A source said: ‘He was adamantly opposed to the review process.’

Harry is thought to have been against the idea because it came from ‘the institution’ and he feared that a review would lessen the impact of their departure, allowing the media to write they could return. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Queen

The Queen wanted to include a review period that would allow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to return to the royal family following Megxit – though Harry initially refused the offer

According to bombshell biography Finding Freedom, Harry believed the ‘old guard’ at Buckingham Palace disliked Meghan and wanted to make her life difficult. 

That belief is thought to have fuelled his desire to not include a review option in Megxit. 

The latest claims come after days of revelation from the Finding Freedom biography, which has laid bare Harry and Meghan’s increasingly fractious relationship with the palace.

The book has aired the divisions between Prince Harry and other royals, including his brother Prince William, with a source admitting: ‘People are aware that this does not look good for anyone.’

However, some have suggested that the revelations aren’t as bad as expected, according to the Times. 

The biography, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, also revealed Harry had 'grown frustrated' that he and Meghan 'often took a back seat to other family members,' including his father and brother. Pictured: The royal family after the annual Commonwealth Service in March

The biography, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, also revealed Harry had ‘grown frustrated’ that he and Meghan ‘often took a back seat to other family members,’ including his father and brother. Pictured: The royal family after the annual Commonwealth Service in March

It was reported that the book, which Harry and Meghan insisted had nothing to do with them, had ‘torpedoed’ their chances of returning to the royal family after the trial period. 

However, sources have now refuted the idea, pointing out that the Sussexes have shown no sign of wanting to return from California while revealing that Harry had been opposed to the review in the first place.  

One said that ‘under no circumstances would they ever admit ‘this was a big mistake’.’ 

However, a source close to Harry and Meghan said: ‘Do I rule out them taking on roles for the family in the future? Absolutely not.

‘But a full-scale return soon is not likely. That is not down to animosity or anything like that. They have not yet reached what they were seeking to do.’

They also insisted that Harry and William’s relationship isn’t as bad as portrayed by the book.  

Thomas Markle slams Meghan and Prince Harry over bombshell biography


Thomas Markle has told his daughter Meghan and her husband Prince Harry that it is the ‘worst time in the world to be whining’, following the publication of an explosive biography into their relationship with the royal family. 

Speaking from his home in Rosario, Mexico, he criticised the Sussexes and said he doesn’t ‘really appreciate what Meghan has become’. 

The biography, Finding Freedom, has laid bare the friction and tensions that led to Megxit following a breakdown in the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family. 

Now, Mr Markle, 76, who was also mentioned in the book by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, has criticised his daughter and her husband on its release. 

Harry and Meghan have denied having anything to do with the biography, though questions about their participation have been raised by the high level of detail in the book. 

Responding to the new biography of daughter Meghan and Prince Harry, Thomas Markle said: ‘I love my daughter but I really don’t appreciate what she’s become right now’

The biography, Finding Freedom, has laid bare the friction and tensions that led to Megxit following a breakdown in the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family.

The biography, Finding Freedom, has laid bare the friction and tensions that led to Megxit following a breakdown in the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family.

Mr Markle told the Sun: ‘This is the worst time in the world for them to be whining and complaining about anything — because people everywhere are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘I love my daughter but I really don’t appreciate what she’s become right now.’

In an extract from the book published on Sunday, it claims that Harry and Meghan  had ‘rejected’ the idea of getting help to protect her father as coverage of their romance grew. 

Mr Markle said: ‘The fact the royals advised them to get me help and they refused to do it is incredible news.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography is already the bestselling book on Amazon UK, two weeks ahead of its release.

Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, is not released until August 11 but is already top of the media giant’s bestsellers list as royal fans rush to pre-order their copy. The book is at number 14 on the US chart at the time of writing.

Scobie and Duran they have spoken to more than 100 sources including ‘close friends of Harry and Meghan’s, royal aides and palace staff (past and present)’, with all the information in the book having ‘at least two sources.’

Extraordinary personal details littered throughout Finding Freedom include particulars of the moment the Meghan confessed she wrote her estranged father Thomas one final message while on FaceTime in a bathtub. 

Thomas Markle has criticised Meghan and Prince Harry for a bombshell new biography

Thomas Markle has criticised Meghan and Prince Harry for a bombshell new biography 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's biography is already a hit. Pictured, the couple in London in March

Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, is not released until August 11 but is already top of the media giant's bestsellers list as royal fans rush to pre-order their copy

Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, is not released until August 11 but is already top of the media giant’s bestsellers list as royal fans rush to pre-order their copy. The book is at number 14 on the US chart at the time of writing. Left, the couple in March

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's is already the bestselling book on Amazon UK, two weeks ahead of its release. Pictured, the current chart

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s is already the bestselling book on Amazon UK, two weeks ahead of its release. Pictured, the current chart

The book also claims that Meghan has not spoken to her father since he failed to attend her wedding. 

A heartbroken Meghan sent Mr Markle one final text on the night before her wedding, the book claims.

Mr Markle didn’t attend the wedding and was unable to walk her down the aisle. 

This was despite Meghan’s desperate attempts to persuade him to attend.   

She reportedly left dozens of frantic messages for her father, even telling him a car would take him to Los Angeles airport so he could fly to London for the ceremony.

But despite the ‘barrage of voicemails and texts’, he refused to get in the waiting vehicle.

Finding Freedom then says he stopped responding to messages after she called him ‘at least 20 times’.

Mr Markle eventually said the stress of dealing with the media had caused him to have a heart attack. 

Earlier, it was revealed that Prince Harry was so keen on quitting the royal family that he initially refused the offer of a trial period which could have seen him and Meghan return to the UK after Megxit, royal sources claimed.

The review was insisted upon by courtiers and other royals, with the Queen keen to let Harry know he could return to the fold if he changed his mind. 

However, the Duke of Sussex was keen to make a ‘clean break’ and had to be persuaded to agree to the trial period. 

A source said: ‘He was adamantly opposed to the review process.’

Harry is thought to have been against the idea because it came from ‘the institution’ and he feared that a review would lessen the impact of their departure, allowing the media to write they could return. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Queen

The Queen wanted to include a review period that would allow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to return to the royal family following Megxit – though Harry initially refused the offer

According to bombshell biography Finding Freedom, Harry believed the ‘old guard’ at Buckingham Palace disliked Meghan and wanted to make her life difficult. 

That belief is thought to have fuelled his desire to not include a review option in Megxit. 

The latest claims come after days of revelation from the Finding Freedom biography, which has laid bare Harry and Meghan’s increasingly fractious relationship with the palace.

The book has aired the divisions between Prince Harry and other royals, including his brother Prince William, with a source admitting: ‘People are aware that this does not look good for anyone.’

However, some have suggested that the revelations aren’t as bad as expected, according to the Times. 

The biography, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, also revealed Harry had 'grown frustrated' that he and Meghan 'often took a back seat to other family members,' including his father and brother. Pictured: The royal family after the annual Commonwealth Service in March

The biography, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, also revealed Harry had ‘grown frustrated’ that he and Meghan ‘often took a back seat to other family members,’ including his father and brother. Pictured: The royal family after the annual Commonwealth Service in March

It was reported that the book, which Harry and Meghan insisted had nothing to do with them, had ‘torpedoed’ their chances of returning to the royal family after the trial period. 

However, sources have now refuted the idea, pointing out that the Sussexes have shown no sign of wanting to return from California while revealing that Harry had been opposed to the review in the first place.  

One said that ‘under no circumstances would they ever admit ‘this was a big mistake’.’ 

However, a source close to Harry and Meghan said: ‘Do I rule out them taking on roles for the family in the future? Absolutely not.

‘But a full-scale return soon is not likely. That is not down to animosity or anything like that. They have not yet reached what they were seeking to do.’

They also insisted that Harry and William’s relationship isn’t as bad as portrayed by the book.  

New COVID-19 cases hit fresh highs in more than a DOZEN states


New coronavirus cases have been hitting fresh highs in more than a dozen states as the head of the White House task force Dr Deborah Birx urged the regions with surging infections to close bars, cut back on indoor dining and mandate face masks. 

There has now been more than 4.2 million infections recorded across the United States and nearly 147,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. 

The number of cases in the current hard hit states of Texas, California, Arizona and Florida are now showing signs of plateauing after a month of record surges.

But the number of infections are now spiking, based on a seven-day average, in more than a dozen states, including Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii and Wyoming.

Meanwhile, Nevada, Texas and South Carolina have seen record highs in the number of deaths based on a seven-day average. 

Dr Birx, who is the head of the White House COVID-19 taskforce, said the surge in cases that has plagued Sunbelt states since Memorial Day is now being seen elsewhere, which is a sign that the virus is now spreading North. 

Missouri deaths

MISSOURI: There are currently 41,927 cases in Missouri and 1,197 deaths. Cases have been steadily increasing across the state since mid-June and deaths have not

Mississippi cases

Mississippi deaths

MISSISSIPPI: Cases have been rising steadily in Mississippi with that state now having 52,304 cases. There have been 1,495 deaths and the fatality rate is now showing signs of an uptick

Oklahoma cases

Oklahoma deaths

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma currently has 31,285 cases and 496 deaths. Both cases and deaths have been rising this month

The states with rising cases should be closing bars, cutting back on indoor restaurant capacity and limiting social gatherings to 10 people, Dr Birx warned. 

She also said all Americans should be wearing masks when out in public or around other people. 

‘We can see what is happening in the South moving North,’ Dr Birx said. ‘We do believe there are states that do need to close their bars.’ 

Oklahoma hit a record for new cases five times throughout July, with 1,204 new infections on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 31,285. 

In Missouri, infections surged to record daily highs on Saturday with 1,652 new cases. Infections across the state, which now has 41,927 cases, have been on an upward trajectory since late June. 

Mississippi’s cases have been spiking to near record highs in recent days with 1,610 infections reported on Friday, down from the record 1,904 on July 4. Infections have surged this month with the total now at 52,304. 

Florida on Sunday became the second state after California to overtake New York, the original epicenter of the US outbreak.  

Total COVID-19 cases in Florida rose by 9,300 to 423,855 on Sunday, just one place behind California, which now leads the country with 448,497 cases. New York is in third place with 415,827 cases. 

After New York, Texas has the most total coronavirus cases at 391,000. Arizona has 162,014 coronavirus cases.  

Wisconsin cases

Wisconsin deaths

WISCONSIN: Cases in Wisconsin surged to a single-day high of 1,161 on July 21. Cases across the state, which now total 52,680, have been trending upwards since mid-June. There has also been an uptick of deaths in the state with the death toll now at 899

New Mexico cases

New Mexico deaths

NEW MEXICO: New Mexico had a record 335 cases on Friday with the state’s total now at 18,788. Deaths are also on a slight upward trend with the death toll now at 607

Louisiana cases

Louisiana deaths

LOUISIANA: New cases surge in the southern state to record high of 3,840 on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 107,574. Cases have been trending upwards since late June. Deaths started trending upwards last week after initially declining in May

Still, New York has recorded the most deaths of any US state at more than 32,000 with Florida in eighth place with nearly 6,000 deaths.

On average, Florida has added more than 10,000 cases a day in July while California has been adding 8,300 cases a day and New York has been adding 700 cases. 

Dr Birx said last week that there were signs cases in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California were now plateauing. 

Dr Birx, who is the head of the White House COVID-19 taskforce, said the surge in cases that has plagued Sunbelt states since Memorial Day is now being seen elsewhere, which is a sign that the virus is now spreading North

Dr Birx, who is the head of the White House COVID-19 taskforce, said the surge in cases that has plagued Sunbelt states since Memorial Day is now being seen elsewhere, which is a sign that the virus is now spreading North

‘We’re already starting to see some plateauing in these critically four states that have really suffered under the last four weeks,’ Birx told NBC’s Today. 

‘This first wave that we see now across Florida, Texas, California and Arizona began with under 30 years olds – many of those who were asymptomatic. 

‘It’s very serious and it’s very real.’

She also warned last week that 11 major cities needed to take ‘aggressive’ steps to mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks. 

The 11 cities she mentioned include: Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and St Louis. 

‘Until you can see that explosion, it’s hard for people to understand how deeply you have to clamp down,’ Dr Birx said. 

‘That’s why we called out the next set of cities where we see early-warning signs, because if you make changes now, you won’t become a Phoenix.’  

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said people ‘stepping up to the plate’ is the reason for some of the ‘plateauing’ in coronavirus cases being seen in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. 

In an interview Monday on Fox News’ Fox and Friends, Azar said officials think ‘it’s due to the fact that people are actually wearing their masks.’  

There has now been more than 4.2 million infections recorded across the United States and nearly 147,000 Americans have died from COVID-19

There has now been more than 4.2 million infections recorded across the United States and nearly 147,000 Americans have died from COVID-19

He said they’re also social distancing and practicing good hygiene, and he complimented governors for closing bars, where it’s difficult to be socially distant and wear a mask. 

‘So people are stepping up to the plate and doing what we’re asking and what the governors are asking and we see it has an impact,’ Azar said. 

As the pandemic has spread from the early epicenter of New York to the South and West, federal, state and local officials have clashed over how to ease lockdowns imposed to curb the infection rate, including in some states whether to rollback reopenings. 

The ordering of face coverings, a common practice around the world and recommended by the federal government’s own health experts, has also become highly politicized, with some Republican governors particularly resistant.

Hostility to the idea now appears to be dwindling, including from the Republican administration of President Donald Trump, who once dismissed mask-wearing as an effort to be politically correct. 

Trump, who faces falling poll numbers over his handling of the health crisis ahead of the November election, has long refused to wear a mask in public but last week encouraged Americans to do so. 

Thomas Markle ‘lied to Meghan’ about staging pictures with a paparazzi photographer, book claims


Thomas Markle ‘lied to Meghan’ about staging pictures with a paparazzi photographer, book claims

  • Thomas Markle was pictured getting fitted for suit shortly before daughter’s wedding 
  • Mail on Sunday revealed he secretly worked with a paparazzi photographer
  • Book describes Meghan as being ‘devastated by her father’s deception’ 

Thomas Markle ‘lied to Meghan’ about collaborating with a paparazzi photographer, the new book claims.

Shortly before his daughter’s wedding, he was pictured getting fitted for a suit and flicking through a book about British history at a coffee shop.

Other images showed the 76-year-old reading about his daughter and Harry on a computer at an internet cafe near his home in Rosarito, Mexico.

But a week before he was due to walk his daughter down the aisle, the Mail on Sunday revealed Mr Markle had secretly worked with a paparazzi photographer for the pictures.

Shortly before his daughter’s wedding, Thomas Markle was pictured getting fitted for a suit

According to Finding Freedom, Meghan called her father when she found out the paper was planning to run the story.

The book claims she told her father: ‘Dad, we need to know if this is true or not, because my team is going to try to stop this story running – if you are telling me it’s fake.’ Meghan then allegedly asked: ‘You’re telling me you’re being victimised, right?’

The next passage of the book says: ‘He lied to Meghan. “Of course,” he promised, failing to admit he had participated in the staging of the photos.’

The book describes Meghan as being ‘devastated by her father’s deception’ and ‘also concerned for his welfare’.

‘Thomas hadn’t demonstrated the best judgment, to be sure,’ the authors wrote.

‘But the wedding was only a week away. She was desperate to get him to London, where he would be protected from the press by palace escorts and protection officers.’ A trusted confidant told the authors she called her father ‘at least 20 times’ – but he never replied.

The source is quoted in the book as saying: ‘Every single time she was calling him, she was like, “Dad, I love you. I just want you to know I love you. Everything is fine. Just get here. We’ll have the wedding. We’ll celebrate. Don’t worry about any of this stuff. Let’s just put it behind us”.’

According to the book, Meghan left a similar version of the same message every time she called but her father (pictured) did not respond to a single one

According to the book, Meghan left a similar version of the same message every time she called but her father (pictured) did not respond to a single one

The source continued: ‘I’ve heard her say, “My Dad never sought this out. I really believe that he’s the victim, and now I feel sad because I believe he’s been fully corrupted”.’

According to the book, Meghan left a similar version of the same message every time she called but her father did not respond to a single one.

Four days before the wedding, Meghan discovered he had suffered a heart attack and would be unable to attend.

She is said to have sent a text, saying: ‘I’ve been reaching out to you all weekend but you’re not taking any of our calls or replying to any texts… Very concerned about your health and safety and have taken every measure to protect you but not sure what more we can do if you don’t respond… Do you need help?’

That evening, Mr Markle allegedly sent a short response to say that he appreciated the offer of security but did not feel in any danger. Their relationship continued to deteriorate and earlier this year it emerged Mr Markle is preparing to give evidence against his daughter in a court case she has brought against the Mail on Sunday.

Messages between the pair, which emerged from court documents, reveal a different narrative to that in the book. The documents say that after Mr Markle messaged his daughter saying he could not come to her wedding on health grounds, he received a text that appeared to be from Prince Harry.

The message admonished him for talking to the press, accused him of causing hurt to his daughter and did not ask about his health. It left Mr Markle ‘deeply hurt’.

In return, Mr Markle wrote: ‘I’ve done nothing to hurt you Meghan or anyone else… I’m sorry my heart attack is… any inconvenience for you.’ 

The documents say that after Mr Markle messaged his daughter saying he could not come to her wedding on health grounds

The documents say that after Mr Markle messaged his daughter saying he could not come to her wedding on health grounds