Meghan Markle is taking it easy. The Duchess, who is on her first royal tour with Prince Harry, has “cut back her schedule slightly” to get some rest. She was noticeably absent from the Invictus Games’ cycling and sailing competitions on Sunday, but will rejoin her Prince for the rest of the week-and-a-half tour. They will be traveling to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Kensington Palace said the pregnant royal will pace herself the rest of the trip.
TMZ speculates about a member of the British Royal family becoming President. Since Meghan is an American, her child with Prince Harry is eligible for citizenship once she completes some paperwork — being born abroad, the child’s citizenship won’t be an immediate given. She’s working toward British citizenship herself right now. Meg and Harry have until the kid’s 18th birthday to sign the citizenship documents, meaning he or she could simultaneously be 7th in line for the Throne (as it stands) and eligible to be President of the United States.
Prince Harry is ecstatic to be a dad! He gushed about his newest (future) addition while speaking onstage at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House. Duchess Meghan beamed at her hubby from the front row, while cradling her tiny baby bump. The royal baby news was announced hours after the newlyweds landed at their first stop—Australia—on their first joint royal tour. Harry, who served in the British Army for 10 years, founded the Invictus Games—an international Paralympic-style sports competition for wounded and ill military personnel and vets—in 2014.
Samantha Markle just won’t stop talking. After saying that her father should have been included in the royal baby announcement and needs to be included in said baby’s life or else, she is apologizing…again. The Duchess’ half-sister wants to apologize to Meghan and Harry for “past tension”. She told DailyMailTV that “everybody really just needs to come together and realize this is really important and special for Meg, for Harry, for the child, for all of us.” Again, this is probably not the end of the Samantha Saga.
Her Royal Highness is “delighted for” the next chapter that her grandson and Meghan Markle are about to begin, as parents. The Queen was reportedly told the exciting news—with the rest of the royal family—at Princess Eugenie’s wedding last weekend. The other members of the royal family share in the sentiment. Meghan’s mom, Doria, is also “very happy” about becoming a grandma.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke royal protocol to snap a pic with Meghan’s Mini-Me. The couple, who is in Sydney, Australia on their first royal tour, was greeted by crowds of fans outside the Sydney Opera House. One young fan, in a “Girls Can Do Anything” t-shirt caught Prince Harry’s eye and he called the Duchess over to meet her. Meghan told the fan that she loved her shirt and Harry asked to take photo of them together; a royal no-no. Another fan noted the similarity in their looks and mentioned to Meghan how the little girl looks just like she did when she was younger, Meghan replied, “I was literally just about to say the same thing!” Typically taking photos and signing autographs is frowned upon for the royals, but some rules are meant to be broken.
Samantha Markle has commented on the royal baby news. The royal family stalker told The Sun that she wants “Meghan to be happy and calm and have peace.” Nice right? Samantha followed up her feel-good sentiment with quite the jab at the wording of the baby announcement, saying: “I would hope that—for the sake of the baby, the family, the world and my dad—that leaving him out of the statement was not intentional. It is in the best interests of the baby for my dad to be included.” Um…what? This is just a hunch, but she probably shouldn’t expect a baby shower invite.
Some royal fans are a bit peeved about the timing of the royal baby announcement. The news, confirmed by Kensington Palace on Monday October 15th, was also International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The day recognizes “pregnancy loss and infant death due to causes like SIDS, miscarriage, and stillbirth.” Some on Twitter felt the timing was a bit insensitive and thought the Royal Family should have waited a day to announce the news.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s child may or may not receive a royal title. Harry’s great-great-grandfather, King George V, “limited titles within the royal family in 1917” but the Queen can make exceptions to allow kids to receive His/Her Royal Highness titles.
MEANWHILE—Royal admirers are already making baby name predictions. Diana is clearly a favorite and front-runner, should it be a baby girl. If it is a boy, Alexander is leading the pack. Other names in the running include, Mary, Philip, Charles, Arthur, Edward and Elizabeth. However, Meghan isn’t one to stick to the strict tradition so maybe they will choose a more modern name.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made it to Australia, the first spot listed on their royal tour. The couple will also visit Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand from now through the end of the month. According to Kensington Palace, the trip will focus on “youth leadership, and projects being undertaken by young people to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the region.” The Invictus Games will also be a “major focus.” Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 and they will be held this year on October 20-28. It is a special event for the newlyweds, as it was at the Toronto games last year when they made their first public appearance as a couple.
Twitter-verse is convinced Meghan Markle is pregnant…because of a coat. The Duchess showed up to Princess Eugenie’s wedding in a navy-blue Givenchy coat, which she buttoned at the top, “creating a tent-like silhouette that hid her stomach.” Meghan never removed the coat, causing even more of a stir among royal Twitter followers. Speculation about when/if there will be a royal baby has been rampant since Meghan and Prince Harry exchanged “I Do’s”—which is to be expected when the duo can’t seem to keep their hands off one another.
Prince Andrew threw some major shade in Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s direction. During an interview before his daughter, Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday, Prince Andrew said there would be “more guests here today than Harry and Meghan had, but that is the nature of Eugenie and Jack, they have so many friends.” The quote follows many rumors that Prince Andrew’s goal was to make his daughter’s wedding “bigger and better” than Harry and Meghan’s.
Future King of England, Prince George and cousin Savannah Phillips once again stole the show. The duo, who were previously caught up to no good at the Trooping the Colour, shared a laugh before walking down the aisle at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s nuptials. Princess Charlotte stood near the giggling cousins and did not approve of the behavior, based on the side-eye she was giving them.
Meghan Markle’s ex-husband Trevor Engelson is married. Engelson, who was married to Markle from 2011 to 2013, exchanged vows with heiress Tracey Kurland this past weekend. According to The Daily Mail, the ceremony was held in Hidden Hills, California and was kept a “small, casual but intimate affair.” Kurland is a nutritionalist and an heiress to her mortgage lender father’s $200 million.
Meghan Markle’s family is continuing to capitalize on her royal status. Markle’s nephew, Tyler Dooley, will appear as part of the cast of MTV’s newest reality show, The Royal World. The premise of the show is to follow a group of royals and aristocrats who come together for a summer in the English countryside, to live like monarchs and the super elite. Dooley, who is the son of Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr, had been one of the few paternal family members not to cash in on the royal connection…until now. He is the only cast member from America. The Royal World is set to premiere on November 7th on MTV.
Samantha Markle quite possibly lives in some sort of alternate universe. She is back home in Florida after touring London, but is far from done talking about her half-sister, Meghan Markle. After publicly being turned away at the gates of Kensington Palace, Samantha is claiming that was not the case. In an interview with DailyMailTV, she said she is not the type to get “turned away”, that she was only there to hand deliver a letter to the Duchess. During the interview, she also had a message for her royal half-sister.
–QUOTABLE: “Let’s just cut through all the crap. You’re a woman. Life is short. I believe you have it in your heart to do the right thing here. You know dad loves you. You know he has been there for you more than anyone. So, don’t [believe] this public monster and misperception that he’s a sperm donor dad trying to be involved all of a sudden.”
Jack Brooksbanks will not receive a royal title when he marries Princess Eugenie. Royal historian, Marlene Eilers Koenig told Hello! Magazine that “Jack will not be getting any title from the Queen.” The reason Meghan Markle obtained the title of Duchess is because of Prince Harry’s higher status in the line of succession and Meghan carries out official duties on behalf of the royal family; this will not be the case for Jack. There was once a rumor that Prince Andrew, Eugenie’s dad, threw a royal fit about his future sons-in-law needing royal titles because if they didn’t, any future grandchildren would be…gasp…commoners, but it has since been denied by Prince Andrew himself.
Meghan Markle’s half-sister was denied access to Kensington Palace. Samantha Markle, who has been making her way around the London talk show circuit, was not able to get in direct contact with Meghan. Security turned her away at the gate, but not before she slipped them a letter to allegedly pass along to the Duchess. Satisfied with her half-hearted attempt, Samantha continued on her sightseeing adventure. The Mirror reported that paparazzi caught the whole exchange, so although she recently apologized, the visit may have just been another publicity stunt. No one can blame Meghan for the cold shoulder. She is probably not ready to forgive and forget being called “the duchASS” nor having her husband compared to a rodent.
Jack Brooksbank is “terrified” about his upcoming nuptials to Princess Eugenie. Jack opened up to the Daily Mail saying that he is going to “need to take a few minutes” before the speeches because he is “terrified”, also excited, but “nervous.” Maybe a shot or two of Casamigos would loosen him up. I’m sure his boss—George Clooney—wouldn’t mind the publicity of his tequila brand.
Meghan Markle’s dog is a feminist icon. While meeting with the Survivors’ Network, a group that supports survivors of sexual abuse, Meghan and Harry were gifted a unique piece of art. Director of the group, Jay Breslaw, gave the royals an illustration of Meghan’s rescued beagle, Guy. In the drawing the dog’s owner, who is not depicted, asks “Who’s a good boy?” to which Guy responds, “A boy who makes every effort to dismantle the patriarchy (whilst keeping in mind intersections with other forms of oppression)”. Now obviously, Guy, being a dog, he cannot make up his mind on where he stands on cultural issues, but the picture was “lovely” regardless.
As Meghan Markle gets ready for her debut trip with Prince Harry, her team of Royal aids is also getting ready. According to Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette, an expert on all things royal, the Duchess will have a team to “assist her in every way to prepare for her formal engagements”. Meier added that Markle will be “briefed ahead of each event” on how to greet and address the people she will be meeting. The team will also assist her on what to wear and what to say to show respect for the country they are visiting.
Kate Middleton embarked on her first royal engagement since giving birth. The mom of three visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and “went on a walk through the woods” and “helped children make leaf crowns”. The Duchess made a lasting impression on one little girl who opted for a hug instead of the formal handshake that was being offered. Of course, Kate took the gesture in stride and it made for a “royally” adorable moment.
Mindy Kaling is hoping Meghan Markle will be her new best friend. The Mindy Project alum recently told E! that she is moving to London and “looking for some friends to help throw her daughter’s first birthday party”; Katherine Kaling, will turn one in December. The actress joked that maybe Duchess Meghan would be her new friend and “throw the first birthday party”.
Prince Harry ran into an old flame while in Amsterdam. Dining at the new SoHo House with Duchess Meghan, the Prince had an awkward run in with “rumored” ex Jenna Coleman. A source told Vanity Fair that Harry and Jenna basically ignored one another, but he did have to walk past her to get to his table with Meghan. Jenna was reportedly dining with boyfriend Tom Hughes. Harry and Tom both pursued Jenna at one time, but she ultimately chose Tom because she felt “she had more in common with a fellow actor”.