With the NFL season more than halfway complete, it’s time to start thinking about the 2023 draft.
Here are The Baltimore Sun’s projections for the first round, which begins April 27 in Kansas City.
Note: Pick order is determined by ESPN’s Football Power Index, which simulates the remainder of the season 10,000 times.
1. Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
The only knock on Young is something out of his control: size. The 6-foot, 194-pound Crimson Tide star excels in just about every area, with the ability to scramble, scan the field and deliver accurate throws under pressure. With Davis Mills struggling in his second season as the starter, it’s time for Houston to draft its quarterback of the future.
2. Carolina Panthers: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
The last time the Panthers had the chance to take an Ohio State quarterback in the first round, they passed on Justin Fields. Carolina can’t make the same mistake twice. While the 6-3, 218-pound Stroud lacks some of the creativity and scrambling ability of his peers, he’s an exceptional pocket passer who avoids sacks and makes accurate throws downfield.
3. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos): Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Landing perhaps the best overall prospect in the draft as part of the Russell Wilson trade would be icing on the cake for Seattle. While Anderson isn’t physically imposing at 6-4, 243 pounds, he’s remarkably strong for his size and uses his leverage to push the pocket and defend the run.
4. Chicago Bears: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
The 6-3, 300-pound Carter has been slowed by a knee injury this season, but he’s a game-wrecking force when healthy and might have been the best defender on an all-time great national championship team in 2021. The Bears desperately need a physical presence in the middle of their defense.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
While T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith form a formidable duo at outside linebacker, the Steelers could use another big body on the defensive line. The 6-5, 275-pound Murphy, who leads the Tigers in tackles for loss (9) and sacks (5 1/2), is an exceptional athlete.
6. Las Vegas Raiders: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
Outside of star edge rusher Maxx Crosby, the Raiders’ defense has been disappointing, to say the least. At 6-5, 300 pounds, the former top overall high school prospect out of Damascus is as disruptive as they come.
7. Detroit Lions: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
The Lions’ top priority should be fixing one of the league’s worst defenses. The 6-2, 210-pound Ringo, who made the game-clinching pick-six in the 2021 national title game, plays with the kind of physicality coach Dan Campbell would love.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (via New Orleans Saints): Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern
The Eagles pride themselves on having one of the league’s best offensive lines and could need reinforcements this offseason. The 6-4, 315-pound Skoronski is putting together a dominant season, allowing just five pressures on 383 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
9. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams): Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
A running back hasn’t been drafted in the top 10 since Saquon Barkley in 2018, but Robinson could end that streak. The 6-foot, 220-pound Longhorns star would deliver the Lions one of the best groups of skill-position players in the league, making life easier for quarterback Jared Goff or his potential replacement.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
For quarterback Trevor Lawrence to reach his full potential, he needs a full complement of weapons around him. A strong run blocker and receiving threat, the 6-4, 265-pound Mayer is one of the best tight end prospects in years.
11. Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns): Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
The 6-4, 215-pound Johnston is dynamic in the open field, forcing 41 missed tackles on 97 career receptions, according to PFF. He’d deliver the Texans the outside threat they’ve been lacking since trading DeAndre Hopkins.
12. Atlanta Falcons: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
Atlanta found a nice pair of rookie pass rushers in Arnold Ebiketie and Deangelo Malone, but they shouldn’t stop there. While a season-ending pectoral injury could bump him down draft boards, the 6-3, 235-pound Smith has the speed and athleticism worth betting on.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
There’s a lot of blame to go around for the Cardinals’ struggles on offense, and the line deserves plenty of it. The 6-6, 310-pound Johnson moved from right guard to left tackle this season and has allowed only eight pressures on 286 pass-blocking snaps, according to PFF.
14. Indianapolis Colts: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
The Colts’ game of musical chairs with veteran quarterbacks needs to end at some point. While the 6-3, 232-pound Levis has taken a step back after a productive 2021 season, he still has the arm strength, size and rushing ability to become a star at the next level.
15. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Maybe this is finally the year the Packers take a wide receiver in the first round. What the 6-foot, 175-pound Addison lacks in size, he more than makes up for with the ability to separate downfield.
16. New England Patriots: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
The Patriots have always been willing to invest in defensive backs under coach Bill Belichick’s tenure. The 6-2, 194-pound Porter, the son of the former Steelers linebacker, has been a lockdown defender throughout his college career.
17. Washington Commanders: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
While quarterback remains the most obvious need, the Commanders would do well to upgrade a disappointing secondary. The 6-foot, 188-pound Smith is an aggressive man-to-man corner who’s allowed just nine catches on 22 targets this season, according to PFF.
18. Los Angeles Chargers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
The Chargers might be facing the age-old dilemma for their star quarterback: upgrade the offensive line around Justin Herbert, or deliver him more receiving talent? Given how infrequently Mike Williams and Keenan Allen see the field because of injuries, adding a wideout might make the most sense. The 6-1, 200-pound Smith-Njigba’s season has been derailed by a hamstring injury, but he’s an outstanding slot weapon when healthy.
19. Seattle Seahawks: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
Simpson isn’t your typical off-ball linebacker; the 6-3, 240-pound Clemson star is excellent in coverage and can even blitz off the edge. The Seahawks could use a rangy playmaker in the middle of their defense with 2020 first-round pick Jordyn Brooks struggling through his first three seasons.
20. Tennessee Titans: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
With left tackle Taylor Lewan’s long-term health in question after a season-ending knee injury and former top picks Nicholas Petit-Frere and Dillon Radunz struggling, the Titans need a cornerstone on the offensive line. The 6-6, 308-pound Fashanu has been a revelation this season, allowing no sacks, one hit and only six hurries on 299 pass-blocking snaps, according to PFF.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Brian Branch, DB, Alabama
Even if the Bengals bring back star safety Jessie Bates III, they could use an upgrade in the secondary. The 6-foot, 193-pound Branch can line up as a slot defender or free safety and would pair well with 2021 first-round pick Dax Hill in the back end of the defense.
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
Depending on where they pick and Tom Brady’s retirement plans, the Bucs could pick a quarterback in the first round. However, the abundance of defensive talent will be hard to pass up. The 6-6, 275-pound Wilson has racked up 47 pressures this season, according to PFF.
23. New York Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
With former top pick Mekhi Becton dealing with injuries and their other tackles struggling, the Jets need an upgrade on the offensive line. The 6-4, 310-pound Jones is a former top recruit who has grown into a dominant player at left tackle for the defending champion Bulldogs.
24. New York Giants: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
The Giants have their bookend tackles of the future in Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal; now it’s time to upgrade the interior of the offensive line. The 6-5, 347-pound Torrence has only improved against SEC competition after transferring from Louisiana.
25. Denver Broncos (via San Francisco 49ers): Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
After trading Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins, the Broncos have a clear need at edge rusher. The 6-5, 265-pound Foskey leads the Fighting Irish in tackles for loss (9) and sacks (7) this season and is a strong run defender.
26. Miami Dolphins (forfeited)
27. Baltimore Ravens: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
It’s not really draft season until Ravens fans start thinking about wide receivers, but there isn’t a first-round talent who makes sense in this range. With Marcus Peters entering free agency and rookies Damarion “Pepe” Williams and Jalyn Armour-Davis struggling in their first season, cornerback could become a big need rather quickly. The 6-2, 201-pound Gonzalez is the top-rated cornerback prospect according to The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, who says the Ducks star “is long, athletic and can run, which is a great foundation for a man-coverage corner in the NFL.”
28. Dallas Cowboys: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
With Dalton Schultz hitting free agency, the Cowboys might have a hole to fill at tight end. The 6-7, 270-pound Washington only has 41 catches in three seasons, but he’s made the most of his limited opportunities, averaging 17.4 yards per reception. He’s a dominant blocker and a huge mismatch against defensive backs, especially in the red zone.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
The only thing keeping the 5-10, 185-pound Phillips from being a first-round lock is his lack of size; he’s tied for the national lead with five interceptions, including two pick-sixes. With Patrick Peterson and Chandon Sullivan hitting free agency, the Vikings need another corner to pair with young building blocks Cameron Dantzler and Andrew Booth.
30. Buffalo Bills: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
The Bills’ desire for a running back has been well-documented. With Devin Singletary hitting free agency, they could pounce on one in the first round. With his vision and pass-catching ability, the 5-11, 200-pound Gibbs has drawn comparisons to Saints star Alvin Kamara, who Buffalo reportedly tried to acquire before the trade deadline.
31. Philadelphia Eagles: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
While the Eagles look Super Bowl-bound this season, several of their top players are set to hit the open market. That includes starting safeties Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps, among other key defenders. The 6-3, 195-pound Johnson is an instinctive player who can make plays near the line of scrimmage and cover deep.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
Outside of star tackle Chris Jones, the Chiefs’ defensive line has been underwhelming this season. The 6-3, 250-pound Ojulari has been a consistent pass rusher for LSU, using his speed and bend to rack up 117 pressures in three seasons, according to PFF.
On a recent afternoon, Evan Mock was trying to do laundry in his East Village condo, but something was wrong with the dryer. Perturbed beeps cut through the retro-soul music playing in the airy third-floor walk-up. The machine kept starting and stopping. He mentioned a theory, something about excessive lint accumulation and a defective filter.
Mr. Mock, 25, is probably best known for his role as the pink-haired, Park Avenue-raised, Tarkovsky-loving bisexual son of a right-wing media mogul on the HBO Max reboot of “Gossip Girl,” which returns for its second season on Dec. 1. But the downtown denizen has a lot of other things going on.
A king of the “collab,” he has worked with brands including the Danish jewelry manufacturer Pandora and the Italian footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti. He has modeled for designers including Paco Rabanne and Virgil Abloh. His skateboarding prowess has landed him a hefty sponsorship from Hurley and an elusive spot on the Instagram grid of Frank Ocean. A few months ago he started a fashion line, Wahine, with the stylist Donté McGuine.
He is a bona fide multi-hyphenate, a party-circuit fixture, an it boy, a man about town. Also, he has frosted tips now.
Despite the hyper résumé, Mr. Mock is laid-back. Serene. As the light streamed into his apartment, he reclined by a floor-to-ceiling corner window. “Sometimes it’s too much,” he said, referring to the intense sunlight. “But I’m not complaining.”
He took a swig of coconut water from a Tetra Pak. His feet were up. They were clad in last month’s limited release North Face x Paraboot shoes, the ones with the vulcanized rubber outsoles, matelassé full grain leather uppers and an elastic collar — a mule so exclusive that it was not even available for purchase. As the streetwear website Hypebeast reported: “Simply put, you cannot buy this.”
Growing up, Mr. Mock often went around barefoot. Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, his father put him on his first surfboard when he was 2 years old. “I caught my first wave before I could swim,” he said.
He was home-schooled into his teenage years to accommodate peak surf hours. Around age 11, he also got into skateboarding. (“Pretty late,” he said.) By 16, he was making more than $1,500 a month from skateboarding sponsorships. He then moved to California to pursue what he called his “skateboarding dreams.” (He did air quotes around the words “skateboarding dreams.”)
Hints of his modeling career were scattered throughout the tidy two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. On his kitchen counter sat a Louis Vuitton purse — a brand for which he walked the runway in 2019. In the corner of the living room, there was an overflowing Rimowa suitcase — the luxury German luggage maker for which he wrote, co-produced and starred in an online commercial last year. It shows Mr. Mock skateboarding through Manhattan donning a Rimowa cross-body messenger bag as he recounts, in a voice-over narrative, a whirlwind romance with a girl he met outside a club in Barcelona. Entranced by her beauty, he speaks of impulsively buying her a ticket to accompany him to Paris. But a lost passport, a brief stint in airport jail and six-hour flight delay put an end to the fling.
Across the room, by a stack of shoe boxes, what looked at first like a regular McDonald’s Happy Meal box, was, upon closer inspection, a box of Cactus Plant Flea Market x McDonald’s collectibles from the streetwear label’s limited-run release. The figurines (originally retailing around $10) were reportedly listed on eBay for over $25,000, though the prices have since dropped significantly.
Mr. Mock got up to clean his lint trap. “Let’s just get on some bikes,” he said.
He puts a lot of mileage on his VanMoof e-bike. The day before, he rode uptown for a “Gossip Girl” A.D.R. (automated dialogue replacement) session, then back down to the Lower East Side to check out a Japanese whiskey bar he might invest in on Chrystie Street.
“We could go to Curbs,” Mr. Mock said, referring to a section of Lafayette Street that has become popular among New York skateboarders for the many curbs afforded by its triangular layout.
He started to get changed, switching his white T-shirt for a vintage dark gray Number Nine T-shirt. Above the chest pocket it had a small graphic of a speech bubble containing the word “cigarettes.” “It’s a Japanese brand that was illest back in the day,” Mr. Mock said of Number Nine. “Everyone in Japan knows what’s up.”
He put on and then took off a hoodie of his own design, a boxy Wahine zip-up. On the front, the outline of a valentine heart surrounding a word that cannot be printed in The New York Times. “I drew it on my friend’s bathroom wall and then I took a picture of it,” he said of the design’s origin.
He completed the outfit with a pair of dark-wash Palace jeans, Ambush edition Nike Air Adjust Force sneakers, a silver bomber jacket, a Palace hat and Isabel Marant sunglasses. Outside, he glided through Alphabet City on his next-gen smart-tech bike. As the scenery swept by, he kept one hand in the pocket of the unzipped bomber.
Near the REI store, he swerved lithely across Houston Street to deliver a hello kiss to the photographer Gray Sorrenti, who happened to be passing by with the model-actress Blue Lindeberg. The chance encounter took place directly across from the 55-by-75-foot Calvin Klein billboard where, one year ago, Mr. Mock had appeared, smiling down at NoHo in nothing but black boxer briefs and thigh tattoos.
The next stop was Madhufalla, a juice and smoothie bar on Mulberry Street. Mr. Mock ordered his usual: a ginger shot and a wheatgrass shot. “Sweeter than you’d think,” he said. He downed both in the store and ordered an açai berry almond milk smoothie to go.
Around the corner, at Curbs, he fist-bumped a couple of acquaintances before taking a seat on a bench. Between sips of the smoothie, he talked about “Gossip Girl.” The original CW series, which ran from 2007 through 2012, was, he said, “before my time.” And when the showrunner of the HBO Max reboot, Joshua Safran, reached out to him about playing the part of Aki Menzies, Mr. Mock had never acted.
“There were a lot of different firsts,” he said. “When I first read the script, I thought there was nothing more opposite than my genuine life. In terms of living somewhere cold, going to a private school, all the drama.”
He paused. Then picked up again: “It’s funny, because I never actually went to school. But the character is basically me — besides being filthy rich, going to a private school and living uptown in New York.”
On his first day of filming, he had to take part in a sex scene with Emily Alyn Lind, the actress who plays his girlfriend. The inherently awkward situation had the added discomfort of taking place in September 2020. Between shots, the cast members wore K95 masks and plastic face coverings. During their downtime, the actors had to isolate in a room by themselves until they were called back to the set. “But, honestly, I’m kind of glad it happened like that, because we got the weird stuff out of the way,” Mr. Mock said. “Hopefully, everything from here on out will be a little bit quote-unquote normal.”
He watched a skateboarder wipe out in front of the bistro Jack’s Wife Freda. Ms. Lindeberg, the actress and model, walked by again. This is something Mr. Mock loves about New York: “You basically have no option but to see homies everywhere you go,” he said. As if on cue, another friend, the actor Nico Hiraga, rode up on a skateboard, joined shortly by another skateboarding friend, George Hemp.
“We could go play pool,” Mr. Mock suggested.
Soon Mr. Hiraga and Mr. Hemp got Citi Bikes, and the group headed north. All three biked almost exclusively one-handed. The ride was punctuated by more run-ins. On St. Marks Place, Mr. Mock pulled over to hug his brand-deal agent, Jenelle Phillip, who was outdoor-dining at Cafe Mogador. On East 10th Street, at the edge of Tompkins Square Park, he stopped to chat with the skateboarding documentarian Greg Hunt, who was out with his camera, trying to take advantage of the good light. Mr. Mock said he had spotted other familiar faces in the 12-block journey, but he couldn’t pull over for everyone.
It was early evening by the time he and his friends reached the Ace Bar on East Fifth Street. “Meet the Fockers” was playing on the TV screen above the Skee-Ball machine.
“I love this movie,” Mr. Hiraga said, smiling. “I’m in my saga era.”
A few feet from the pool table, a man stood contrapposto, beer in one hand, the other, adamantly on his hip. Mr. Mock said he tends to stand similarly, in a kind of half-akimbo pose. Skateboarders have a certain way of holding themselves — Mr. Mock offered the word “feminine” to describe it, but then agreed that it’s more about fluidity, or a specific grace that comes from being in a constant negotiation with gravity.
He added that he has broken each arm three times. In one spill, he broke four fingers. What happens, he explained, is that you learn how to fall.
“If you watch skaters fall, it looks like Bruce Lee fighting water,” Mr. Mock said. “Falling in the same certain type of way, you get reflexes after a while. You can save yourself most of the time, but sometimes you can’t.”
Is breaking bones scary?
“It just comes with it,” he said. “You expect it.”
He turned back to the pool table, adjusting his Palace jeans, which were more or less held up by a leather belt that he said he had gotten from “some random dude in Rome.”
The sun has had an active few months, developing Ellerman bombs and solar snakes on its surface.
Sunspot AR3140 was recently seen exploding its "bombs, and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Solar Orbiter probe spotted a cylinder of gases snaking through the sun's magnetic field in September.
Ellerman bombs occur in areas of the sun's surface with strong magnetic fields. Named after physicist Ferdinand Ellerman, who studied them in the 1900s, the bombs are magnetic explosions caused by opposite polarities colliding. While the explosions are one-millionth as powerful as normal solar flares, they are still immensely energetic, releasing as much energy as 100,000 World War II atomic bombs, according to SpaceWeather.com.
"These events are due to a combination of intense magnetic activity and pressure within the outer parts of the sun," Christopher Conselice, an astronomy professor at the University of Manchester, told Newsweek.
"The Ellerman bombs have been known about for over a century, but their origin is still being debated. We observe these as bright features on the surface of the sun, but their ultimate cause is still unknown," Conselice said.
Solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs)—high-energy releases of electromagnetic radiation and solar plasma, respectively—are also associated with areas of higher activity on the sun, so Ellerman bombs can represent a warning bell for more intense solar events.
"They are connected to other solar activity and can indicate that more intense solar flares and CMEs will occur," Conselice said. "The sun is a very active and ever-changing star, and we still don't know how to explain all of the physics behind the activity we see."
The solar snake that was spotted on September 5 by the Solar Orbiter is also an ejection of solar plasma, but it is suspended in a unique way by the sun's magnetic field.
"You're getting plasma flowing from one side to the other, but the magnetic field is really twisted. So you're getting this change in direction because we're looking down on a twisted structure," David Long, an astronomer at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at University College London, said in an ESA statement.
In the video, the extremely hot plasma—up to 1 million degrees Celsius—is snaking along a long filament of the sun's magnetic field. The ESA has estimated that the snake was traveling at around 170 kilometers per second, or roughly 380,000 mph.
The area that the snake emerged from later erupted in a CME, sending huge amounts of solar plasma into space. This suggests that solar snakes may also be a precursor to larger and more significant solar activities.
These solar events come as the sun inches toward its solar maximum, when it experiences more solar flares and CMEs, increasing in activity as it does. The solar activity follows approximately 11-year cycles, during the middle of which the sun reaches the solar maximum, when this activity is a lot higher than during its minimum.
The last solar minimum occurred in 2019, so our sun is ahead of schedule, being more active than it normally is at this stage in the cycle.
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THE Royal Family were “in a state of sadness” last night after Harry and Meghan launched a wave of astonishing attacks in their new Netflix series.
The Queen was mocked and Britain and royals branded racist in the show.
Prince William is understood to feel “betrayed” after his brother allowed deeply personal attacks on both him and wife Kate to be aired.
In a terrible slight on his father, the Duke of Sussex claimed he was “literally brought up by a group of friends in Africa”.
Harry also talked about the time he wore a Nazi uniform to a party, which featured on The Sun’s front page in 2005.
Royal commentator Michael Cole blasted the couple’s series last night. He said: “Where’s the substance?
“This is all sizzle and no steak. Where’s the beef?”
In one scene mocking Meghan exaggerates a curtsy to poke fun at the royals — and compares their traditions to a tacky US medieval restaurant chain.
Describing meeting the Queen, she stoops ridiculously low as hubby Harry looks on horrified.
Privacy-loving Meghan, 41, tells their new Netflix docu-series: “I mean it’s surreal.
"We were in the car and he’s like, ‘You know how to curtsy right?’. And I thought it was a joke.”
She adds: “Now I’m starting to realise, this is a big deal. I mean, Americans will understand this.
"We have Medieval Times — Dinner and Tournament. It was like that. I mean, I curtsied as if I was like…”
She then performs her exaggerated swoop.
At the attraction, found in several US states, visitors feast and raise a goblet to a queen while watching jousting.
Last night the Royal Family were said to be “in a state of sadness” after the couple’s latest barbs — but fear the worst is yet to come.
Tory MP Bob Seely raged: “Why should we allow him to keep his titles if he hates this country, the monarchy?
"If I had enough time I’d be bringing in a private member’s bill… if you want to hate the monarchy, you’re Mr Windsor. Jog on. Grow up.
“I don’t know what’s gone wrong in their lives. I think they’re this pathetic, narcissistic, self-indulgent pair. They’re dreadful.”
Netflix released three episodes yesterday morning, billing it as the couple’s love story.
Viewers soon cringed as the Sussexes turned their fire on the royals, Britain and the media.
Senior sources say there is no way back for the couple, who have an £88million deal with Netflix.
And it is clear they began a video diary after they agreed Megxit terms in early 2020.
The show kicks off with Harry, now 38, filming himself at Heathrow after finishing his last royal engagements that March.
He rails against a “level of hate” he claims has been stirred up against Meghan and son Archie, adding: “My job is to keep my family safe.”
He also says it is his duty to uncover the “exploitation and bribery” in the media.
Harry complains the royals could not cope with Meghan and believed the romance would not last.
And the couple attack the media, highlighting one news story headlined Harry’s girl is (almost) Straight Outta Compton.
Harry claims there is a huge amount of unconscious bias in the Family.
He claims Meghan was treated differently from other royal brides because of her skin colour.
And he attacks male royals such as William and Charles who “marry someone to fit the mould” rather than follow their hearts.
Harry says mum Diana was not protected and he did not want “history repeating” with Meghan.
In one episode, he talks of his shame at wearing a Nazi uniform at a party in 2005, calling it the “biggest mistake of my life”.
Bizarrely, the series also takes a dig at Britain’s colonial past.
Academic Afua Hirsch makes unchallenged claims that the free Commonwealth of 56 voluntary nations is Empire 2.0.
And ex-Palace spokesman James Holt, now executive director at the couple’s Archewell charity, calls Brexit the “perfect storm of jingoism and nationalism”.
Meghan adds: “At that time, I wasn’t thinking about how race played a part in any of this. I genuinely didn’t think about it.”
The whingeing couple also claim the Palace, which they say left them with only one communications officer to share with William and Kate, failed to defend them from the media and online abuse.
Harry apparently attacks William saying: “What people don't understand is, as far as a lot of the family were concerned, everything Meghan was being put through, they had been put through as well.
"So it was almost like a rite of passage. And some members of the family were like, ‘But my wife had to go through that, so why should your girlfriend be treated any differently?
"'Why should you get special treatment? Why should she be protected?’.
“And I said, ‘The difference is the race element’.”
Recalling a dinner party with Wills and Kate, Meghan says: “I was in ripped jeans and barefoot. Like, I was a hugger, always been a hugger.
"I didn't realise that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.
“I guess I’d started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.
"That there is a forward-facing way of being, and then you close the door, and you go, ‘Phew we can relax now’, but that formality carries through on both sides, and that was surprising to me.”
William is said to be saddened that Harry has “portrayed such distance between them” when they had been “so close, for so many years”.
All interviews were completed by August, weeks before the Queen died.
Buckingham and Kensington Palaces declined to comment.
WHINING Meg and Harry did not hold back as they took aim at individuals in the Royal Family, with Kate, William and King Charles all coming in for criticism from the complaining couple.
MEGHAN on meeting the Queen: “Now I’m starting to realise, this is a big deal.
“I mean, Americans will understand this, we have ‘Medieval Times — dinner and tournament’, it was like that. I mean, I curtsied as if I was like… (makes exaggerated bow).”
Wills and Kate
MEGHAN on meeting William and Kate: “Even when Wills and Kate came over, and I’d met her for the first time, and they came over for dinner, I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot.
“Like, I was a hugger, always been a hugger, I didn’t realise that is really jarring for a lot of Brits!
“I guess I’d started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.
“That there is a forward-facing way of being, and then you close the door, and you go, ‘Phew, great, we can relax now’.
But that formality carries through on both sides, and that was surprising to me.”
HARRY speaking about visiting Botswana: “I’ve got a second family out there, a group of friends that literally brought me up.
“For me, it’s always been quite special. So it was absolutely critical to share it with Meg.”
All male Royals
HARRY on Charles, William Edward and Philip: “I think for so many people in the family, especially the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit in the mould as opposed to somebody who you are perhaps destined to be with.
“A difference between making a decision with your head or your heart.
“My mum certainly made the most of her decision of not to make all of them with her heart and I am my mother’s son.”
FANS have trolled Kim Kardashian after an unedited photo emerged of her using face tape to lift her cheekbones.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum has faced backlash regarding her drastic measures to stay young.
Now Kim, 42, has shocked her followers after unedited photos surfaced of what appeared to be face tape lifting her cheekbones to keep her looking taut.
In two photos shared on Reddit, the platinum blonde smiled brightly in full glam makeup, showing off her complete left-side profile while on the red carpet.
Just above her ear, a shiny spot was illuminated, leaving fans to speculate the area was either scarring from a facelift or adhesive used to eliminate wrinkles and bagginess.
"Facelift scars still shiny through makeup," one captioned the post, opening up the conversation.
"I can't see any scars in this pic, normally though a facelift scar will be behind the ears, hidden by hair so not sure, prob tape or something. She's definitely had at least one though," a second claimed.
A third agreed: "I see face tape and maybe wig glue here," while a fourth speculated: "I'm pretty sure that's face tape."
"Those aren’t scars. That’s straight up some tape!!" a fifth ranted.
Kim has faced frequent backlash for her desperate attempts to remain young despite turning 42 this year.
Fans recently roasted the reality star as she flaunted her physique in teeny tiny crop tops in Miami, Florida, last week for Art Basel.
The TV personality and her sister Khloé caused a stir with their attire as fans said she looked "unnatural and disproportional" in her outfit choices.
Kim and Khloé stepped out during Art Basel, an art exhibit that highlights significant works by masters and emerging artists who create modern and contemporary art.
Kim wore baggy leather pants with an asymmetrical waistline and interesting detailing on the knee.
On the top, she wore an electric blue graphic t-shirt, and she rolled up the sleeves and the hem of the shirt, exposing her stomach.
Meanwhile, Khloé wore a black sheer bodysuit with oversized dark grey acid-washed denim cargo pants.
She completed her look with a half-up/half-down hairstyle, jet-black sunglasses, and gold jewelry.
Fans have been examining the snaps in great detail, and one person shared some of them on a popular Kardashians Reddit thread.
Someone commented: "It’s old ppl abs, not even in a rude way that’s just what it looks like when you hit forty have money too much lipo and personal training 6 days of the week."
Another Reddit user posted: "They look great but kim's stomach looks bizarre to me. that is just such an unnatural shape, and i don't just mean because she's so exaggeratedly hourglass like they all are. i can't put my finger on it, but that just isn't how waists work.
"I don't know that much about plastic surgery, does anyone know what they do to their waists? lipo i guess?" they added.
A different critic commented: "I like the vibe of both looks but something is off and I can’t figure it out idk. I feel like they’re just so disproportional now that I can’t look past* it. They’re beautiful just different than normal human beautiful lol."
Another claimed: "Kim paid dearly for that body so shes going to make sure errrbody sees it. Khloe looks really good!"
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KIM Kardashian has been mocked by fans for seemingly making her bodyguards conceal a picture of her on a ride at Disneyland.
The 42-year-old took great measures to avoid letting park guests see her unflattering photograph.
However, her efforts didn't go unnoticed as one park-goer spotted Kim's entourage appearing to hide the snap with a piece of paper.
The move came as a photo of Kim and a friend popped up on a screen following their ride on Space Mountain.
Certain attractions at the theme park have a camera inside that takes guests' photos while enjoying the ride.
Guests can then view and purchase their photos upon exiting the ride.
According to a video shared by a fan, one of Kim's bodyguards attempted to cover up the photo from others' view - a request presumably made by the reality star.
The clip was shared on a popular Kardashian forum with the caption: "Celebrity sighting at Disneyland- Kim K and family and all the body guards are covering her space mountain pictures."
The original poster started the conversation by calling Kim's request "sad" in their caption.
Others weighed in with their thoughts as one person wrote: "The body guards guarding the pic is a bit much."
Another stated: "If they didn’t want to be seen they wouldn’t be seen."
And a third defended Kim's actions, commenting: "I snark on them for a lot of things, but this I can understand. Otherwise some A hole would have taken a pic of the screen and try to sell it to the paps."
Kim has yet to post photos from the outing, though she has been sharing other sweet moments with her family.
Earlier this week, Kim shared photos from her and Kanye West's son Saint's seventh birthday party.
The family enjoyed a lavish celebration at the SoFi stadium, watching the Los Angeles Rams play in a private box.
She's also been sharing silly holiday photos as she gears up for Christmas with her children: Saint, North, nine; Chicago, four; and Pslam, three.
However, as the mom-of-four posted the happy pics, some fans accused her of trying to distract attention away from the recent Balenciaga scandal.
“We see you using your kids to make us forget about Balenci-evil's campaign... we will not forget Kim!” wrote one enraged commenter.
A second posted: “I love how the ‘celebrities’ forgot. Have some decency Kim.”
“Now you post your boys after being called out online about it,” chimed in a third.
Many others simply used the hashtag "#kancelkim."
Kim landed in hot water after being slow to respond to the outrage over Balenciaga's recent campaigns.
The Paris fashion label first caused a stir after one ad showed a child’s teddy bear wearing a bondage-style harness.
Online critics then noticed a page from the 2008 Supreme Court decision United States v Williams in the backdrop for another ad showcasing a $3,000 purse.
The ruling upheld part of a federal child pornography law that criminalized advertising, promoting, presenting or distributing such indecent material.
As one of the world's most famous faces of, Balenciaga, Kim received heavy criticism for not quickly speaking out against the shoot.
More than a week after the campaign's release, she finally responded via Twitter, saying she is "reevaluating" her relationship with the brand.
Construction waste has long been a bane of ecologically minded architects. So a trio of designers zeroed in on what they felt was a particularly egregious example: the “architectural mock-up.”
Created before construction starts on a large real estate development, a mock-up is a one- to three-story model of a facade, often including windows, part of a roof and other features. It is used to test a design before embarking on a project, but afterward, it often ends up in a garbage heap.
“These are brand-new, highly sophisticated, incredibly intelligent assemblages ready to have a new life,” said Ivi Diamantopoulou, an architect who, with her partner Jaffer Kolb, founded New Affiliates, a boutique design firm in Manhattan.
They teamed up with Samuel Stewart-Halevy, a doctoral student in architectural history at Columbia University, to repurpose the structures for practical purposes in community gardens around New York. Their program, called Testbeds, recently completed its pilot project — a jazzy new shelter in a garden on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens — and they hope the example will spur others to find new uses for mock-ups, thus diverting them from landfills.
But it remains to be seen whether Testbeds can be scaled up in a cost-effective program — and whether repurposing mock-ups can make a dent in the real estate industry’s mountain of waste.
“The problem is enormous,” said Felix Heisel, an assistant architecture professor at Cornell University and director of its Circular Construction Lab. “And one of the real problems is that very few people are aware of it.”
Across the country, 600 million tons of waste is generated in the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure, according to a 2018 estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency. New York State alone produced more than 15 million tons of the stuff in 2019, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. A 2003 report indicated that construction and demolition waste accounted for 60 percent of New York City’s waste stream.
“For every bag of garbage people put out on the curb, the construction industry is producing twice as much waste,” Mr. Heisel said.
But waste is generated at the beginning of a building’s life, too, and architectural mock-ups are a prime example of how valuable resources are squandered in the construction process, Mr. Heisel said, pointing to the labor that goes into making the materials, not to mention the climate-warming carbon produced in their manufacture and transport.
Mock-ups, which are a fraction of the size of the buildings they are made for, are often designed by architects and consultants and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, industry experts say.
There are two types. The first is a visual mock-up, which is made to try out custom finishes and features and get a sense of how everything will look together on the building; they are sometimes erected right on a construction site.
The second type, a performance mock-up, is built to see how a structure will hold up under use. At testing facilities, they are blasted with water and air to simulate harsh weather and subjected to other trials. In what’s sometimes called a mob test, they may be attacked with baseball bats. After tests are completed, they are often thrown out.
“Right at the moment they prove the building facade system will work, they’re rendered completely useless,” Mr. Stewart-Halevy said.
He and his colleagues are not the only ones who see reuse potential in mock-ups. In Senegal, one from a hospital project was repurposed into a grade school.
The Testbeds designers zeroed in on garden structures after noticing that the casitas and toolsheds in green spaces around New York were about the same size as mock-ups. In 2018, they pitched their reuse concept to the Department of Parks and Recreation’s GreenThumb program, which oversees more than 550 community gardens run by volunteers on city-owned lots throughout the five boroughs.
Carlos Martinez, GreenThumb’s director, was enthusiastic about the idea, which he said was “in the spirit of community gardens,” in which volunteers often cobble together makeshift benches, trellises and various types of structures with whatever materials are on hand.
The Testbeds team identified a facade fragment for the pilot project — a visual mock-up made for 30 Warren, a luxury condo in TriBeCa designed by François Leininger, Line Fontana and David Fagart. Measuring 21 feet by 10 feet, the mock-up incorporated panels of tinted high-performance concrete that had been poured into molds lined with corrugated cardboard for texture; the panels surrounded a big window set in a frame of Champagne-colored anodized aluminum.
The condo’s developer, Cape Advisors, had installed the mock-up in 30 Warren’s sales gallery to help prospective buyers visualize what the building would look like, said David Kronman, the firm’s president. Once the condo units were sold and the sales gallery closed, Cape Advisors helped arrange storage of the mock-up for Testbeds.
Mr. Martinez introduced the designers to organizers who had been working to start a community garden on a weedy vacant lot in the low-income neighborhood of Edgemere in the Rockaways.
“We wanted a greenhouse, a classroom, a space that could be used when the weather was bad,” said Alexis Smallwood-Foote, one of the garden organizers and a longtime resident of Far Rockaway.
Completed in August, the modernist structure consists of three rooms under a common roof that also shades outdoor space. The mock-up provided the facade for the largest room, its window bringing light to that space. The rest of the structure was built from off-the-shelf materials like pressure-treated lumber for framing and corrugated metal for the roof.
The project has garnered recognition — it will be part of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art — but there are financial hurdles to overcome before Testbeds can be rolled out more broadly.
The designers raised the $70,000 needed for the shelter through grants, private donations and in-kind contributions. They hope to secure a funding stream for future garden structures — one idea is to have the developer donating a mock-up pay for the entire conversion project. Because the size and design of future structures will depend on the needs of gardeners and site conditions, costs will vary.
On a recent morning in the Garden by the Bay, as the Edgemere garden is called — where sea gulls swooped and, farther overhead, planes ascended from nearby Kennedy International Airport — the volunteers greeted the designers with hugs and spoke to visitors of their plans.
Jackie Rogers, an Edgemere homeowner who has become the garden’s president, said the volunteers wanted to get electricity to the new building for cooking demonstrations with the produce they were growing, and they have envisioned putting on puppet shows using the large window opening from the mock-up for the stage.
Mr. Heisel of Cornell applauded the way the designers had turned something destined for the dump into a community asset. But he also said mock-ups themselves should be rethought. If they were designed to be broken down with their parts reused in the building to be constructed, the structures could reduce waste and provide a “trial run” for how the building could one day be disassembled.
“The mock-up can become a new tool that foresees a circular economy,” he said.
KARDASHIAN fans have mocked Khloé for heavily editing her latest Instagram photo which was taken at the 2022 People's Choice Awards.
Khloé, 38, attended the event in Santa Monica, California, with her momager Kris Jenner and ended up winning the award for Best Reality TV star.
The mom-of-two glammed up for the evening and wore a pair of chic black trousers and a matching strapless long-sleeved Jean Paul Gaultier, top that resembled a tuxedo jacket at the front.
Khloé accessorized her style with a pair of large gold hoop earrings and wore her hair down in a loose wave and with plenty of volume.
The day after the event, Khloé took to Instagram and shared several snaps of herself as she thanked fans for her win.
She captioned the post: "Screaming thank you for 5 years in a row winning the @peopleschoice!! Every year gets more and more special! Truly, thank you!
"This means so much to me. Also, a major major thank you for voting and having our TV show win as well! What an honor and a blessing! #thekardashians I love you guys," she added.
However, fans immediately noticed the differences between Khloe's photos and the pictures taken of her onstage at the ceremony.
Posting two snaps side-by-side on a popular Kardashians Reddit forum, someone wrote: "I mean…at least don’t deny the heavy filtering."
Others quickly commented on the thread as one person said: "Nah her whole face shape is diff."
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Another person claimed: "Does she think no one will see her in real life? These are two different people. She needs help."
A third Reddit user commented: "Holy. I feel bad for Khloe because she’s always been hated on but this editing is so out of hand!! She is unrecognizable."
And a fourth person added: "Her nose looks so crazy photoshopped."
However, others disagreed and defended Khloé and her latest post.
"I don’t think they’ve ever denied using filters. Everyone uses filters, celebs and normies," one person pointed out.
Another said: "She looks great regardless," while a third added: "One is posed, the other is in action. Yes there are filters and stuff but speaking as a photographer, someone who is posing vs candid in-action shots can look quite different."
Someone else claimed: "The right was very true to life, but I was there last night & I have to say, this is even in GOOD STAGE LIGHTING."
Khloé admitted to fans on Tuesday evening that she thinks she looked like a "freak" at the 2022 People's Choice Awards.
She took to her Instagram Stories and decided to explain why her hair looked disheveled when she rushed up onto the stage to join her mom Kris.
Addressing her 281million followers, Khloé said: "You guys, my hair looks really good now, I'm telling you!
"I don't know what happened on stage, my hair was f**ked up and then I was being called, my mom was onstage alone so I had to run over there and save her and I looked like a freak but you guys know what, champagne f**king problems okay!"
She then added: "I'm so grateful I won, I love you guys!"