In My Defence…

Thomas Markle spilled the beans to the DailyMail about missing his daughter’s wedding over the weekend, but it was just to clear his name, not do anything to damange Meghan’s reputation. Tom showed the paper medical records to prove he did indeed undergo surgery right before her wedding to Prince Harry, and that it wasn’t a stunt done out of ill will. One questionable quote came when he called Meghan “demanding but not rude” … though maybe that’s a good thing? A princess knows what she wants.

Royal Aide, Out

Meghan Markle is losing another aide.

Samantha Cohen—Meghan and Prince Harry’s private secretary—has stated that she does not intend to make her job permanent and “has let it be known that she intends to leave after Meghan’s baby is born next spring.”

Samantha has worked with the royal family for 17 years, starting  out as Queen Elizabeth’s former assistant private secretary.

The news of yet another of Meghan’s aide’s leaving, comes on the heels of reports that the Duchess is “difficult” to work for.

Meghan’s personal assistant, Melissa Touabti, quit her job after only six months, claiming that she and the Duchess had a difficult relationship.

Melissa played a key role in making Meghan and Harry’s wedding day as spectacular as it was.

Kensington Palace has not commented on Samantha’s departure or the negative reports about Meghan.

Royal Cottage’s Tragic History

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new cottage home has a super heart-breaking backstory. Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate—literally named after frogs—was home to Queen Victoria’s aide and close confidant Abdul Karim.

The story goes that members of the royal household were not fond of the bond between the royal and her aide, whether it was due to jealousy or racism is unclear. They also did not appreciate the pair’s regular correspondence via letters.

The morning after the Queen’s funeral, the royal family ordered a raid on the cottage and all of Abdul’s cherished letters from the Queen were taken and burned, right in front of him. A heartbreaking moment for Abdul and dark history in the royal family.

Following the raid, Abdul was sent back to India.

No Feud Here

The Kate Middleton-Meghan Markle feud appears to be Fake News. Amid mounting tabloid reports of tense moments between members of the Fab Four, Kensington Palace released a rare statement of denial.

In response to an article published by The Sun, Kensington Palace said an “explosive row” that allegedly happened between Kate and Meghan “never happened.”

Rumors of a feud began when Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan would be moving out of the palace complex and relocate to Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle.

Tabloids jumped on the news, saying the couple was moving away from Prince William and Duchess Kate instead of the truth—the newlyweds simply need more room for their growing family.

Clooneys In Running For Godparents

According to The Daily Mail, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already chosen godparents for their bun in the oven. The royal baby will be the godchild of…drum roll please…George & Amal Clooney! A source close to both couples said, “Amal and Meghan have been close for years, and Harry and George have become buddies because of that. They’re much closer than the headlines let on.” The same source also noted that George has “told a couple of people he has a strong hunch they’ll be asked.”

New Royal Style

Kate Middleton is stepping up her style game. According to royal sources, the Duchess is attending more events and paying more attention to her looks—wardrobe, hair, jewelry and make-up. The mom of 3 wants to be more visible now that Meghan Markle has been commanding the spotlight.

Kate’s style change comes on the heels of reports stating there is tension between her and Meghan as well as between Prince William and Prince Harry.

There has been no comment from Kensington Palace on the Duchess’ new look or the rumored feuds.

Sad History of New Royal’s Cottage

The cottage that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving into has a super heart-breaking backstory. Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate—literally named after frogs—was home to Queen Victoria’s aide and close confidant Abdul Karim.

The story goes that members of the royal household were not fond of the bond between the royal and her aide, whether it was due to jealousy or racism is unclear. They also did not appreciate the pair’s regular correspondence via letters.

The morning after the Queen’s funeral, the royal family ordered a raid on the cottage and all of Abdul’s cherished letters from the Queen were taken and burned, right in front of him. A heartbreaking moment for Abdul and dark history in the royal family.

Following the raid, Abdul was sent back to India.

Fab Four Feud

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moving out of Kensington Palace and into a cottage on the Windsor Estate, the internet sleuths have been digging for drama among the Fab Four. Reports of tension between the royal brothers have surfaced as well as speculation of a less than chummy relationship between the royal wives. The Telegraph reported that there was a tense moment before Meghan and Harry’s wedding that led to a rift between the Duchesses. According to two sources, Kate “left in tears following a bridesmaids dress fitting for Princess Charlotte.” While there is no mention of what caused the Duchess to get upset, she had just given birth to Prince Louis and could have just been extra emotional.

New Royal Digs

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are looking to move out of their 2-bedroom Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. According to the Daily Mail, the royal couple, their two dogs and baby on the way, simply need more space. While Harry and Meghan were offered a 21-room Kensington Palace apartment—located right next to Prince William’s family—a palace spokesperson said that the future parents did not want to live there, adding “Harry and Meghan want to move, and need more space, but they don’t want to live next door to William and Catherine.”

Meghan’s Haircut

Meghan Markle got a haircut and fans are wondering why they weren’t included in the decision. In the midst of being pregnant and her jam-packed November schedule, the Duchess got her locks trimmed; the new do was revealed at the Remembrance Day Sunday service last weekend. The mom-to-be may have picked up the idea of keeping the beauty decision a secret from something Prince Harry’s late mother used to do. Princess Diana was so scrutinized for every decision she made, that she would get her hair cut in discrete quarter-inch sections to avoid “being front-page news.”

Royal PDA

Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle may be rubbing off on his older brother. As of late, Prince William and Duchess Kate have been deviating from their usual no PDA rule. According to body language expert Judi James, the couple seems “altogether less formal than they did even a few months ago.” Just last month, Kate was seen placing her hand on her husband’s leg and William was spotted with his hand resting on his wife’s back. Judi believes that Meghan’s “determinedly tactile behavior with Harry” influences William and Kate. While some think the affection stems from just having their third child, Judi says oh no, “it’s a Meghan thing.”

Princes Need Their Dad

Despite previous reports of a tumultuous relationship, Prince William and Prince Harry would like to see more of their father. The royal brothers, who both appeared in a documentary about Prince Charles, said that they would like their father to spend more time at home, especially as he is getting older. William, 36, said that he would like his dad to “have more time with the children,” referring to his kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Even Charles’ wife, Duchess Camilla Parker-Bowles, agreed that that her royal husband should cut back a bit and that he is a “great grandfather when he’s around.” The Duchess is referring to the 69-year-old’s relationship with her four grandkids from her previous marriage. Charles, the heir to the throne, will turn 70 on November 14th.

Princes Pick Up Trash

In a documentary about Prince Charles, his sons opened up about their dad’s passion for cleaning up the planet. Prince William and Prince Harry shared a funny story about how they got teased at school for “picking up rubbish,” something instilled in them by their royal father. Harry said, “I didn’t go out consciously looking for it, but when you go for walks anywhere and you see something and it stands out, you pick it up.” William added that Charles would take the young boys “litter picking” and how they grew up thinking it was “perfectly normal, everyone must do it.”

Royal Snub

Prince Charles was snubbed by his son, Prince William and daughter-in-law, Duchess Kate. The heir to the throne reportedly invited the couple to join him on a summer holiday to the Castle of Mey in Scotland, but they declined. While Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were up for the trip, it is unclear why the other royals said no. According to a story by the Daily Beast–written earlier this summer–a royal source claimed that William just doesn’t “get on” with his father and they “are very different people.” While Kensington Palace denied the legitimacy of the story, maybe there is some truth to it.

Meghan Revealed

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially done with their royal tour, yet what Meghan wore on her final outing is just hitting social media. The Duchess stepped out to greet some fans wearing a Givenchy sweater and gorgeous skirt…which was completely see-through. It is not clear if seeing the Duchess’ body suit was intentional but either way fans are loving the look.

No Hands in Pockets

Meghan Markle is being scolded for a lack of royal etiquette. The Duchess has a habit of putting her hands in her pockets, which is apparently “too casual” and “a step too far” according to a royal etiquette expert. However, body language expert Judi James told OK! that the common gesture “signals a subliminal desire to hide, especially when the hands are shoved deep into the pockets.” Judi added that Prince Charles, Prince Harry and even Prince George have been photographed hiding their hands, but Meghan is notable because she is the first royal woman to do it regularly.

Give Her a Break

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have continued their royal tour to the island of Tongatapu in Tonga. A red carpet was rolled out for the royals upon arrival and they were even escorted by Tonga’s princess Angelika Latufuipeka, but all anyone commented on was the fact that the tag on Meghan’s dress was showing. The pregnant Duchess, who looks flawless every time she steps out in public, deserves a pass on this wardrobe faux pas.

Don’t Believe the Lies

The Markle family feud continues. Samantha Markle—who recently apologized to her half-sister and Prince Harry—is now calling Meghan a liar, for what she said in her speech at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Meghan addressed the crowd about the excitement of attending a university as well as the “challenges of being able to afford” that level of schooling. The Duchess said that through scholarships, financial aid and work-study, she was able to attend university. Samantha says this is not true; that their father Thomas Markle paid for all of Meghan’s university expenses. The spiteful sister tweeted that everyone needs to “stop the enabling” and “do not ever reward a lie.”

Security Risk in Fiji

Meghan Markle’s trip to the market in Fiji was cut short. The Duchess, who was scheduled to visit the Suva Municipal Market to discuss a United Nations project dedicated to female empowerment, was ushered out after only six minutes due to a security risk. Although Meghan was surrounded by security guards, Kensington Palace announced that “the large crowds were the main cause of her early departure from the market.” Meghan and Prince Harry arrived in Fiji after spending a week in Australia for their first joint royal tour.

Royal Visit On Hold

A royal visit to the U.S. has been put on hold because of the royal bun in the oven. Meghan Markle, who is due sometime next Spring, is pushing back the U.S. tour until next Fall. Meghan and Prince Harry want some time to adjust to being parents before embarking on trip across the ocean, according to royal sources. The good news is that as of now, they plan to travel with their new bundle; he or she would be about 6 months old by then.

Harry and the Speedos

Prince Harry was bombarded by speedos while down under. According to Australia’s ABC News report, an athlete asked the Prince to sign his “budgie smugglers” aka speedo, which Harry politely declined. Later in the day, another speedo was presented to the royal as a gift. Upon receiving the present, Harry said “Oh, look at those! Only in Australia would you ever find something like this. It’s so wrong, but it’s wonderful.” The Prince decided to try on his new clothing item and put it on right over his pants. A video of the entire event was taken by the ABC News affiliate.

Royal Rest

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.

President Windsor?

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.

Daddy Harry

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.