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It’s Official! Prince Harry and Prince William Split Royal Households

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan visit the Andalusian Gardens to hear about youth empowerment in Morocco from a number of young social entrepreneurs on February 25, 2019 in Rabat. Samir Hussein/WireImage.com On their own. Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, have officially split royal households from Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate, nearly…

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan visit the Andalusian Gardens to hear about youth empowerment in Morocco from a number of young social entrepreneurs on February 25, 2019 in Rabat. Samir Hussein/WireImage.com

On their own. Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, have officially split royal households from Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate, nearly one month after speculation of separation between the royals began.

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“[Queen Elizabeth II] has agreed to the creation of a new household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year,” Kensington Palace tells Us Weekly in a statement. “The household, which will be created with the support of the queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring”

The statement continued, “This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for the duke and duchess’ work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.”

Prince William and Duchess Kate attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 10, 2019 in London. Samir Hussein/WireImage.com

Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, also got permission from the queen, 92, to move their family office from London’s Kensington Palace, where Kate, 37, and William, 36, live, to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s residence.

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“Their Royal Highnesses will appoint new communications staff, who will form part of the Buckingham Palace communications team and report to The Queen’s Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe,” the statement added. “Kensington Palace will continue to support Their Royal Highnesses until that team is in place.”

Frogmore Cottage is located in Windsor, England, and served as the backdrop of Meghan and Harry’s engagement photos. The pair also hosted a private reception at the cottage after they tied the knot in May 2018.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for their part, will keep their office in Kensington Palace, where they live with their three children: Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 10 months.

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The move comes just weeks before the Suits alum (née Markle) is expected to give birth to her first child with the Duke of Sussex. The duchess previously revealed she is due in late April or early May and wants the child to be a feminist.

“I had seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy is, ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism,’” Meghan said during an International Women’s Day panel on Friday, March 8. “I loved that, so boy or girl, or whatever it is, we hope that’s the case.”

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Watch Netflix’s Boys in the Band cast gather for a fabulously epic Zoom roundtable

The Boys in the Band (2020 film) Redoing the classics is always risky. But 2018’s Ryan Murphy-backed Broadway production of The Boys in the Band — reviving Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking 1968 drama about a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party gone wrong — emerged as a Tony-winning success. Such a hit,…

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Redoing the classics is always risky. But 2018’s Ryan Murphy-backed Broadway production of The Boys in the Band — reviving Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking 1968 drama about a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party gone wrong — emerged as a Tony-winning success. Such a hit, in fact, that Murphy reunited all nine of its actors (Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Brian Hutchison, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Zachary Quinto, Tuc Watkins, and Michael Benjamin Washington) for a Netflix film, which hits the streamer on Sept. 30.

With the Boys zooming in from all corners, battling power outages and spotty signals, EW managed to gather all nine actors plus Mantello over Zoom for one long, fabulous Around the Table discussion. We touched on the experience of taking on the Boys story again for the screen, its enduring resonance (and controversy), working with Crowley before his death, at 84, in March, and much more. Below are select transcripts of the conversation (edited for clarity). And you can watch our full edited roundtable at the top of this post.

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On Deciding to Make the Movie

JOE MANTELLO (DIRECTOR): When Ryan first brought up the idea of doing the revival, he’d always imagined that [it] would be a new version of the [1970 film].

JIM PARSONS (MICHAEL): It had been such a wonderful experience that I worried it might lack the same impact [in] the movie version. But it turned into exactly the opposite. The Broadway run informed the process of making this movie in a way that, as Matt Bomer said, “I don’t want to ever do a movie now [if] I haven’t done a full Broadway run of the material beforehand.”

MATT BOMER (DONALD): We knew our characters. On any given take, we knew how to improvise and find new moments in a medium that’s inherently a lot more intimate.

On Reaching a Wider Audience

BOMER: It’s about a very specific group of men at a very specific time. There’s a fever pitch… [and] ugliness that comes with that. I’m excited for a wide swath of demographics to come to the film and experience it as the piece that it is.

PARSONS: Anybody who has resistance to this, they just need to give it more time and live with it longer, like I did in order to find what this was, where it came from. It’s a genius journey through humanity.

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On Reuniting

BRIAN HUTCHISON (ALAN): There’s a shorthand and a trust that we all had from doing the play.

ANDREW RANNELLS (LARRY): I don’t think any of us will ever have that experience again, where everyone was fully off-book for the entire film. [All laugh] There were no pages on the set! We just kind of got to launch back into what we did.
ZACHARY QUINTO (HAROLD): The film is so much [more] rooted in the period. The wardrobe process [showed me] just how much fun we were going to have. When [I saw] this bolt of green velvet for Harold’s suit, I was like, “Oh, okay, here we are.” There’s something so exciting about that, like playing with a new version of toys that we had known so well.

TUC WATKINS (HANK): When we started rehearsing, these guys brought in this nuance and this subtlety that theater doesn’t lend itself to, and the camera does. Some of the lines were taken away that were in the Broadway show, replaced with glances or nuances.
CHARLIE CARVER (COWBOY): That’s part of what was so fun about being on set, too. The first couple of days, being able to — when the coverage wasn’t on you and it was a close-up on somebody else — just appreciate each other’s work again, in a way that we weren’t able to see on stage.

On Getting a Second Take

ROBIN DE JESÚS (EMORY): It is totally bizarre! There’s one thing on set that Jim said to me.
PARSONS: Oh God.
DE JESÚS: I was a little frustrated [when] I thought of something fun to do for one of the takes but it was too late. You said to me, “Robin, it’s okay to learn in the middle of the process and have it be filmed.” But I think sometimes there’s that thing as an actor where you’re just like, “Oh God, it’s there forever.”

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On the Story’s Claustrophobia

QUINTO: We filmed chronologically. After all of the balcony scenes, where everybody runs in and slams the doors shut, we still had two and a half weeks of the shoot. The doors were all closed.

HUTCHISON: Everyone hates my character. So I definitely felt it.
WATKINS: It felt like we were all on a submarine.
DE JESÚS: I remember after a couple days being like, “Get me out!”
MICHAEL BENJAMIN WASHINGTON (BERNARD): The air we were sharing together, the oxygen we were breathing, it [got] very, very tense. But I trusted these men so much.

On the Story’s Continued Resonance

WATKINS: As the senior cast member, who’s almost twice as old as our youngest cast member, Charlie… it’s really important to see [that] it’s only 50 years, but a lot has changed. Being gay in 1968 was hell. We need to know and see our history.

RANNELLS: [Charlie’s] not that young!
PARSONS: No, he’s not. [Laughs]
CARVER: What’s so beautiful to me about this play is it speaks to the power of storytelling. The first half of this play is so fun and so full of joy that you can’t help but fall in love with these characters. The second half, you get in touch with their pain. It helps us empathize. So yeah, it’s powerful stuff.

On Mart Crowley

RANNELLS: Seeing him on stage, collecting his well-earned Tony award [and] getting that recognition, albeit 50 years later, was very, very powerful.

QUINTO: There was something so full-circle about this [film] experience. For him to see us making the movie, bringing him to the end of his life and us being adjacent to that.
MANTELLO: He really approached [his cameo] like he was the 10th cast member. He talked about his character being a professor at NYU! He took it so seriously. I love that he’s forever a part of this film.

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Meghan makes surprise ‘America’s Got Talent’ appearance

During the final, which aired Wednesday, host Terry Crews told Williams he had a message from a special fan before playing the clip in which Meghan said she was touched by his story.Williams spent decades in prison for a crime he did not commit.”I just wanted to let you know that we have been so…

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During the final, which aired Wednesday, host Terry Crews told Williams he had a message from a special fan before playing the clip in which Meghan said she was touched by his story.Williams spent decades in prison for a crime he did not commit.”I just wanted to let you know that we have been so moved by your story and we have been cheering you on every week and it’s not just because we are partial to the name,” said Meghan, making reference to her and Harry’s son who is also named Archie. “So a very special message to you that I’ll probably be saying all of my life but on this night, it is specifically for you. Archie, we are proud of you, and we are rooting for you, and we can’t wait to see what you do. We are in your corner. Have a good night,” said Meghan.The singer moved judges during his audition when he told them he had spent 36 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. He said he had watched “America’s Got Talent” while incarcerated and hoped to audition for the show one day.After Williams spent more than a decade in Louisiana State Penitentiary, a maximum security prison with a violent reputation, the Innocence Project took up his case.The legal nonprofit worked with Williams over the next 24 years and repeatedly requested DNA testing and fingerprint comparisons that could prove his innocence.Finally, in March 2019, he was cleared of the crime after his fingerprints were submitted into a powerful fingerprint ID system.Spoken-word artist Brandon Leake was eventually announced the winner of Wednesday’s show.Meghan’s message to Williams was her second recent broadcast appearance, as on Tuesday she briefly featured in the Time 100 broadcast special with her husband Harry.The couple, who now live in California, congratulated those named in this year’s Time 100 list of most influential people. Harry and Meghan also used the opportunity to send a message to voters before the upcoming US election. “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity. What we consume, what we are exposed to, and what we engage with online, has a real effect on all of us,” said Harry during the video.”Every four years, we’re told, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is,” said Meghan. “When we vote our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.”CNN’s Scottie Andrew contributed to this story.

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