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”.
Kate Middleton’s younger brother, James Middleton, has a new job. The youngest Middleton is now a tour guide at sister Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law’s Scotland resort—the Glen Affric Estates. It is—according to their website—one of the “most beautiful places in Scotland”. Known for its outdoorsy activities, James has been seen hanging out with guests and wearing hunting gear. He recently told a magazine that he is happiest in the countryside and will be moving his four dogs to Glen Affric. While some people recognize him for being a sibling to his famous sisters, James does not enjoy the spotlight. He gave an interview where he called the attention “frustrating” and that “at the end of the day”, he is “just James”.
The Queen has a fake hand. More specifically, Her Royal Majesty possesses a fake hand-waving machine. People reports that the gag gift was given to the Queen years ago when she visited a group of students in Australia. According to the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, “they gave her a stuffed glove on a wooden lever so that you could tweak the end of the lever and this hand went to and fro. Her Majesty was thrilled”. Is there anything better than a Queen with a good sense of humor?
Samantha Markle, who is in London, hoping for a sit down with half-sister Meghan—don’t hold thy breath—is now expressing her regret. Samantha sat down for an interview on the Jeremy Vine Show and issued a public—because she doesn’t do anything behind the scenes—apology to the Duchess. Samantha said everything “spun out of control” and that “everybody was hurt not being included or invited to the wedding”. She ended her speech with “I apologize and wish things could be different”. Not sure how sincere she is as it was only last month she referred to Meghan as a DuchASS. To be continued…
A petition is going around asking the “House of Commons to urge the Government to commit no public money [toward] the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, and to publish a report of all costs to taxpayers.” If the taxpayers get their way, the Royal Family would have to personally finance the “extravagant and pricey wedding”; security alone costs £2 Million (about $2.6 Million). As of Friday, the petition had 7,000 signatures. The wedding is set for October 12. There has been no comment from Kensington Palace.
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are keeping in touch with common folk. The royal pair were spotted leaving a train in Leicester earlier this week. Video of the royal couple holding hands and swarmed by security was posted to Twitter. This is on the heels of Meghan horrifying onlookers by closing her own car door after arriving to an event earlier this week. Royals … they’re just like us!
Samantha Markle can now add royal stalker to her crazy half-sister resume. Markle has been hanging out in Italy, with plans to fly to London, in hopes of getting a meeting with Duchess Megan; she shouldn’t hold her breath. A friend of Meghan’s told The Daily Mail that “there is not a chance in hell that Meghan is going to lower herself and meet with her half-sister”. According to Markle’s manager, she hopes to discuss their father’s failing health with the Duchess. What. A. Mess.
Prince William and Duchess Kate…disgustingly adorable, right? Their relationship hasn’t always been tiaras and crumbcakes though. In fact, the couple broke up for a brief time while in college. Two theories have emerged, according to Cosmo, as to why the break-up occurred. First, Kate accidently used the word “toilet” in front of the Queen, an alleged incident that was dubbed “toiletgate”—totally serious! Second—and probably the most likely reason—William moved to an army camp in Dorset while Kate stayed in London, putting a strain on their young relationship. Regardless of the reason, Kate totally won the break-up. She was seen “living her best life” in Ireland and the tabloids couldn’t get enough. The Daily Mail published an article about how Kate started dating William’s best friend Henry Ropner. William had previously dated one of Ropner’s exes which means the new couple was getting double revenge. But at last, a few weeks into the separation and William won back his Queen—I mean Duchess—and the rest is history.
Meghan Markle “slayed” at her first solo royal appearance–the opening of the Oceania exhibit at the Royal Academy. The Duchess got to view 200 pieces of art from New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and the Kingdom of Tonga; all countries Markle will be visiting with Prince Harry on their upcoming royal tour. While at the event, Markle proved she is just like the rest of us…sort of. The Duchess was seen shutting her own car door! This seems like a totally normal thing to do right? Not for the wife of a Prince. A person opened the door for Markle to exit the vehicle and before that same person could shut the door behind her, the Duchess did the deed herself. Proving her royal status has not gone to her head…yet.