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Hint about Harry, William’s future, Meghan blasted for business

The royals have put aside their differences to sign off the final design for a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, according to The Sun. It is the first indication William and Harry may be healing the deep rift, which was intensified by Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah. Concern has remained over whether the brothers will come together at the unveiling of the Diana statue at Kensington Palace on July 1, on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.The Sun reported that the sculptor has sent the art work “to be cast” following feedback from the princes. Royal sources previously claimed the chances of William, 38, and Harry, 36, reuniting at the unveiling were unthinkable but it’s now said to be happening despite their personal conflict.Meantime, The Sun revealed Zara Tindall and her husband Mike have been playing peacemakers between Harry and William over the past year.MEGHAN’S QUESTIONABLE ASSOCIATIONMeghan Markle’s money is behind a trendy instant coffee brand that she touts for its ethically sourced ingredients but the company has received thousands of kilos of oat milk powder from a Chinese state that has been accused of genocide, a new report claims.Clevr Blends’ oat milk supplier — Xinjiang Haiyan International Trade — is located just six kilometres of suspected detention centres, including an alleged re-education site, according to The New York Post.Markle announced the endeavour as her first investment in private life in December, as she and husband Prince Harry severed ties with Buckingham Palace.The Duchess of Sussex even enlisted Oprah Winfrey to help promote Clevr Blends, which makes powdered “superlatte” mixes, on her Instagram account.The California-based company bills itself as a “woman-led, mission-driven wellness company,” even though human rights groups have urged Western companies to cut ties with the Xinjiang region due to systematic rapes there and the detention of a million Muslims in re-education forced labour camps, according to the report.Fashion brands including H&M and Burberry have refused to source cotton from the Chinese state over forced-labour concerns, according to the article.Clevr received five large deliveries of oat milk powder from Xinjiang Haiyan between October and February, The Daily Mail reported.Although there is no evidence that Clevr uses forced labour, human rights activists reportedly said it is impossible to rule it out.“It’s virtually impossible to be sure that any workplace in the Uighur region is free from forced labour, so no responsible business should wish to trade with any organisation based there,” Chloe Cranston of Anti-Slavery International said.“Any investor – regardless of who they are – should hold their portfolio companies accountable on their ties to the Uighur region.”A representative for Clevr Blends told the newspaper it did not know about the questionable connection.“I personally have no awareness of this issue and feel convinced that Clevr would never intentionally hire companies with such practices. Thank you for bringing this to our awareness,” the spokesman said.Markle’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Mail. Sources close to the former actress told the paper she would not work with a company that doesn’t uphold the highest ethical standards and human rights protections.Xinjiang Haiyan did not respond to a request to comment from the paper.— with the New York Post

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