RICHARD JOHNSON: Christmas gifts for Prince Harry and Meghan and their attempted royal reconciliation

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will exchange Christmas gifts with Prince William and Princess Kate – but only for the children. The adults get nothing.

Not only did Meghan choose the gifts for Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, she said she wrapped them herself. They also sent Christmas cards with notes to William and Kate, but we don’t know if they contained a request for the apology they are looking for for the way they were treated.

The cash-pushing couple is doing everything they can to try and reconcile with King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla and the Prince and Princess of Wales before Charles’ coronation on May 6.

Insiders say Meghan has reached out to both King Charles and Prince William asking for them, to no avail.

Now they demand a meeting with the entire royal family to try to repair the fences they demolished with a bulldozer.

Royal sources say it is doubtful the family would agree to such a meeting as it would only give Harry and Meghan more content for their interviews and Meghan’s upcoming book.

Some of the palace courtiers advise King Charles to exclude them from the coronation rather than give them more gossip due to their constant and self-interested gossip.

The Prince and Princess of Wales sent the Sussex family gifts to put under their tree for their children Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.

Adults do not exchange gifts.


Leah Remini, the former Scientologist, was not invited to her friend Jennifer Lopez’s Christmas party with her new husband, Ben Affleck.

Leah Remini

It appears Lopez isn’t over the comments Remini made about Affleck when the two first got together last year.

Remini kept reminding Lopez of how much Affleck hurt her when their original engagement broke off years ago.

Seeing Remini seems to remind Lopez of a more miserable time in her life.


CBS quietly shut down its Watch magazine after 16 years, firing eight employees just before the holiday.

The luminary has been known for taking stars like Michael Weatherly, Christine Baranski, Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Johnny Galecki, and Simon Baker on all-expenses-paid trips to Paris, London, Australia, and even Bora Bora for a photo shoot.

Neil Patrick Harris was shot on the Orient Express.

“We have made the difficult decision to close Watch,” CBS said. “All of us here are very grateful to the talented staff and contributors for their amazing work on this first-rate publication.”

CBS sources blame the shutdown on network-wide cuts.

Since 2018, when CEO Leslie Moonves was ousted amid allegations of sexual assault, majority owner Shari Redstone and new CEO Bob Bakish have broken up the network.

CBS cast its BlackRock headquarters and its City TV studio group. Head of entertainment Kelly Kale, head of sales for 20 years JoAnn Ross and hundreds of other employees are also gone.

“It’s a fire sale,” said one insider. They sell everything, including furniture.

The magazine didn’t stand a chance.


President Biden surprised his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, at the first lady’s annual “Toys for Tots” event at the Henderson Gym in Washington, DC.

Biden also unveiled a New Yorker, Charles Fazzino, plaque created for the 75th anniversary of Toys for Tots that features a Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

The artwork was also used on the boxes in which the toys would be sent to children who might not otherwise get gifts.

The first couple even crawled on the gym floor to help the kids put presents in boxes.

Not to worry, the kids all took a quick COVID test before mingling with Biden.


Glamorous exhibition designer Isabelle Bashir opens “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Marjorie Strider at Gmorzynska Gallery on E 78th Street.

Isabelle Bashir

The exhibition displays the pinup artist’s paintings of 24 beautiful women.

One featured work is “Triptych II, Beach Girl” from 1963.


Skincare mogul Peter Thomas Roth came out to support supermodel Paulina Porizkova at her book signing for “No Filter: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful” at Barnes & Noble in Union Square.

The deeply personal and honest collection of essays chronicles her resurgence from tragedy, growing old gracefully, and newfound self-discovery.

Porizkova was married to Cars’ Ric Ocasek for 30 years but they divorced in 2017.

Peter Thomas Roth

After his death in 2019, it was revealed that she and her sons had been written out of the rocker’s will, but the estate finally settled with Paulina and the children.

Other famous fans of Peter Thomas Roth products including 24 karat gold eye patches include Iman, Taraji P. Henson, and Selena Gomez.


Alex Rodriguez has some kind. He loves athletic blondes who look like they live in the gym.

His current lover, Jacqueline Cordero, shows a striking resemblance to his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis.

Rodriguez, who loves the ladies and has a reputation for sexual prowess, has cut quite a range by dating Hollywood’s Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, and Madonna.


Artist Mark Kostabi threw his own birthday party at his home in Chelsea.

Mark Kostabi

Among the avalanches of Christmas presents that tumbled into Kostabi’s lap was an epic ode dedicated to him, written and performed by Robert C. Ford, backed by a trio led by drummer Jerry Brown.

Guests included pop star Aaron Paul, producer Steve Garen, John Block of Park West Galleries, freshman state assemblyman Tony Simon, and city councilman Eric Butcher, who sang and played guitar on a Christmas song dedicated to Kostabi.

Kostabi performed his own music with a band that included his brother, White Zombie guitarist Paul Kostabi.


Nebula’s “Tuesday Baby Tuesday,” which brought out 50 Cent last week, celebrated the Golden State Warriors licking their wounds after losing to the Knicks.

But that didn’t stop them from being petty…to each other.

Spies said the team was happy to see and sit with anyone during the party… except for teammate Draymond Green.

There may still be hard feelings over Haymaker Green landing on teammate Jordan Paul in pre-season.


Talia Reis is inspired by the miracle of Hanukkah, when the Jewish Maccabees rose up against the Greeks, burning oil in a temple lamp for eight days.

“So I’ve been reading this book about the Maccabees. Did you know that?” Reese said at Carlebach’s Shul’s Chanukah comedy show at Stand Up New York.

None of the Maccabees, including Judah, married. it’s the truth. Even then, Jewish girls only wanted to marry hedge fund managers! “

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