Prince Harry and Meghan’s Christmas gifts

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

Meghan has not only chosen the gifts for Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, she says she wrapped them herself. They have also sent Christmas cards with notes to William and Kate, but we don’t know if they contained a demand for the apology they are seeking for the way they have been treated.

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

Insiders say Meghan has reached out to both King Charles and Prince William asking to parlay, but without success.

Now they are asking for a meeting with the entire Royal family to try to mend the fences they knocked down with a bulldozer.

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

Some palace courtiers are advising King Charles to exclude them from the coronation rather than give them more grist for their incessant and self-serving gossiping.

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

The adults are not exchanging gifts.

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

Leah Remini

It seems that Lopez is still not over the comments Remini made about Affleck when the two first reunited last year.

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

Seeing Remini apparently reminds Lopez of a more miserable time in her life.

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CBS quietly closed its Watch magazine after 16 years, and fired eight staffers right before the holidays.

The glossy was known for taking stars like Michael Weatherly, Christine Baranski, Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Johnny Galecki and Simon Baker on all-expense trips to Paris, London, Australia and even Bora Bora for photo shoots.

Neil Patrick Harris was shot on the Orient Express.

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

CBS sources blame the closure on network-wide cutbacks.

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

CBS has shed its storied Black Rock headquarters and its Television City studio lot. Also gone are Entertainment President Kelly Kahl, 20-year sales president JoAnn Ross and hundreds of other employees.

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

The magazine didn’t stand a chance.

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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

The Bidens also unveiled the painting New Yorker, Charles Fazzino, created for the 75th Anniversary of Toys for Tots that features the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

The artwork was also used on the boxes in which the toys will be sent to kids who otherwise might not get presents.

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

Not to worry, the children were all given a rapid COVID test before mingling with the Bidens.

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Glamorous gallerist Isabelle Bscher has opened “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Marjorie Strider at Galerie Gmurzynska on E. 78th St.

Isabelle Bscher

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

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

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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 and Noble in Union Square.

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

Porizkova was married to Ric Ocasek of the Cars for 30 years but 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 was finally settled with Paulina and the kids.

Other celebrity fans of Peter Thomas Roth’s products including his 24K Gold eye patches include Iman, Taraji P. Henson and Selena Gomez.

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Alex Rodriguez certainly has a type. He likes athletic blondes who look like they live at the gym.

His current paramour Jaclyn Cordeiro bears a striking resemblance to his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.

Rodriguez, who loves the ladies and has a reputation for sexual prowess, cut a large swath through Hollywood dating Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz and Madonna.

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Artist Mark Kostabi threw a lavishly catered birthday party for himself at his Chelsea townhouse.

Mark Kostabi

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

Among the guests were pop star Aaron Paul, producer Steve Garrin, John Block of Park West Galleries, new State Assemblyman Tony Simone and City Council member Erik Bottcher, 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.

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Nebula’s “Tuesday Baby Tuesday” party, which brought out 50 Cent last week, had 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 their teammate Draymond Green.

Maybe there are still hard feelings over the haymaker Green landed on teammate Jordan Poole in pre-season.

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

“So I was reading this book about the Maccabees. Did you know this?” Reese said at The Carlebach’s Shul’s Chanukah Comedy Show at Stand Up New York.

“None of the Maccabees, including Judah, got married. It’s true. Even back then the Jewish girls only wanted to marry hedge fund managers!”

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