Baby Shower Shade

Queen Elizabeth’s former press spokesman threw major shade at Meghan Markle over her NYC baby shower. Dickie Arbiter told Us Weekly “Baby showers, it’s very much an American thing. We don’t do that here in the U.K. It was a bit over the top in terms of expense and the way she got there.” The expense being the $200k price tag, which Meg’s friend Serena Williams foot the bill for.

As for the Duchess’ rumored U.K. baby shower? Dickie reportedly said, “That’s something they have to answer. Meghan is American and she does things the American way.”

Kate’s Outing with the Queen

Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth stepped out together, for the first time since Kate married into the family in 2011, for a visit to King’s College. The mom of three accompanied the Queen as she officially opened Bush House—the latest education and learning facility on the Strand Campus. The duo took in a panoramic view from a rooftop terrace, watched a robotics demonstration and visited the virtual trading floor.

The Queen serves as patron for the university.

Feuding Princes

Another day, another story about drama among the royals. New reports have surfaced that the royal feud is actually between the brothers, not the sisters-in-law. Royal filmmaker Nick Bullen, who previously worked with the Prince of Wales, told Fox News that the feud started and has remained between Prince William and Prince Harry. Nick said that a “well-placed” source stated that “Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth are working incredibly hard to try and make sure everybody reunites.”

As to why everyone speculated the rift was between the Duchesses? Nick said it is a much “sexier story to have two duchesses at war. One British, one American. One an actress, one sort of an English rose. Let’s put them against each other.”

Prince Philip Surrenders License

Prince Philip is driving no more. The 97-year-old who was spotted driving just days after his car accident last month has heeded the wishes of his wife, Queen Elizabeth, and surrendered his driving license.

The Duke crashed his vehicle into an oncoming car that contained two women and a baby last month. One of those women, Emma Fairweather, made a big stink about how she felt “rejected” by the royals and never received an “I’m sorry.”

An apology note has since been released by Kensington Palace, on Philip’s behalf.

Pass the Crown, Charles

Queen Elizabeth has always been a favorite of the people, falling a little short last year to Meghan Markle, but still ranking high on the royal popularity list. Meanwhile, her son, the future King of England falls somewhere at the bottom of that list.

Prince Charles has always lacked the love and support of his people, although it is not exactly clear why. Some feel that it started when his marriage to Princess Diana failed or when he chose to marry Camilla, the woman he’d had an affair with.

Regardless of why, a recent survey conducted by Britain’s Independent showed that as much as 46% of the public thinks that Charles should pass the crown to his eldest son, Prince William. Since Charles is past the age of retirement and has not always been thrilled about the prospect of being King, passing the crown may be a realistic option.

Feuding Palaces

Meghan Markle has failed to take the advice of Queen Elizabeth when it comes to dealing with her family drama. While Thomas Markle continues to bash his royal daughter—yes even during the holiday season—Meghan has remained silent on the issue. Her Majesty feels that Meg should acknowledge and find some sort of resolution on the matter.

A source spilled the drama to Vanity Fair saying, “The Queen was very concerned that it was spiraling out of control, which it was. Buckingham Palace wanted to be able to do something and be proactive. But Kensington Palace was not singing from the same hymn sheet.” Now there is reportedly a stale mate amongst the couriers within the two royal households.

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.

Doria the Great

Queen Elizabeth will invite Meghan Markle’s mother Doria to join the Royal family at their Sandringham estate over Christmas. It’s an offer that has never gone to Kate Middleton’s family, but insiders say it’s the Queen’s way of acknowledging Meg doesn’t have family in the country. The Middletons have celebrated with the Royals, but never while staying in an official royal residence.

Lover’s Knot Tiara

Kate Middleton paid tribute to Princess Diana at a state dinner on Tuesday night. The Duchess wore one of Diana’s tiaras—the Lover’s Knot—at the event she attended with Prince William. Kate, who has worn this tiara to other royal functions, added pearl earrings that also belonged to the late Princess Di. People reports that the Lover’s Knot tiara is over 100-years-old and belongs to Queen Elizabeth, but originally was made for Queen Mary in 1914. Diana was gifted the tiara when she married Prince Charles and returned the crown to the Queen when the two separated.