I’m writing about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle again mainly due to my own laziness – quoting an outside article and adding a few comments is much less time consuming than writing other types of articles. So here’s a Richard Kay article about Meghan staying at Kensington Palace with Harry, and possibly being introduced to Harry’s entire family this weekend since they are all in London at the same time.
Exclusive pix: #PrinceHarry's girlfriend #MeghanMarkle spotted shopping as she stays with him at Kensington Palace. https://t.co/JMaXDaFgV2
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 10, 2016
I cut out a few lines for space and because they’re things we’ve read numerous times already.
“Over the years royal women have often shopped on Kensington High Street as it is just down the road from Kensington Palace. Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle is not – yet – a princess, of course, but yesterday the American-born actress was following this royal tradition. She is staying, I can reveal, with Harry at his bijou Kensington Palace home, Nottingham Cottage, which used to be occupied by Prince William and Kate. And after a shopping expedition among the organic produce at the three-storey Whole Foods store, the 35-year-old returned to the palace with two bulging shopping bags.
“Shoppers no doubt did a double-take on the by now familiar glamorous features of the girl Harry revealed this week he had been seeing for ‘a few months’ as she went around buying what, to them, may have looked like last night’s supper. Her staying with Harry in London is the clearest indication yet that the relationship between the divorcee and the fifth in line to the throne is ‘serious’. And the timing of Miss Markle’s visit is hugely significant, not least because it appears she was in the UK when Harry publicly declared his love for her.
“She is taking time off from filming her popular US television legal drama, Suits, to be with him, telling her producers she had ‘something important’ to do. Some reports yesterday suggested this may have been to see her lawyers after Harry’s extraordinary statement confirming their relationship catapulted her into the media spotlight – and of course maybe she did. It seems more likely, however, that it concerned her decision to fly to London to see her royal beau.
“Yesterday, entirely alone, she was dressed for the British winter looking nothing like the glossy red carpet performer with whom Harry became captivated only four months ago. In the chilly November air she was wearing a waxed jacket, leggings and very British navy blue Wellington boots. She wore a brown baseball cap that Harry often wears, pulled down low over her brunette hair. Unusually, she was not wearing dark glasses. Pointedly, a poppy was pinned to her lapel. At the time of her trip to the shops, Prince Harry, 32, was at a solemn ceremony at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey. […]
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are Harry’s near neighbours at the palace. Well-placed sources have told the Mail that contrary to speculation, the actress had not met William and Kate previously. But Harry’s brother is currently in residence as he undertakes official duties in London, meaning it is inevitable that the two will have been introduced. He is due to be joined by Kate to attend the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow night, followed by the official ceremony at the Cenotaph on Sunday. Prince Charles is flying back from Bahrain today and will be in London over the weekend with his wife Camilla. And, unusually, the Queen and Prince Philip will be in London for the next few days too. That means Harry could take the opportunity to introduce his girlfriend to his entire family.
“For someone who divides her time between her home in California and Toronto, where Suits is filmed, Meghan certainly looked as though she knew her way around the busy West London thoroughfare. This suggests it is not the first time she has stayed with him. In his strongly worded statement this week Harry accused the media of intrusion and lashed out at the ‘sexism and racism of social media trolls’. His message, via his communications secretary Jason Knauf, was that their relationship ‘is not a game – it is her life and his’. The statement added that Harry was ‘worried about Miss Markle’s safety’ and ‘deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.’ In the circumstances it is rather surprising that she was unaccompanied.
“The royal romance was revealed less than a fortnight ago after they were given away by matching friendship bracelets both have worn for months. Yesterday she was wearing the distinctive beaded bracelet as she strolled back to the palace with her purchases, which included a Whole Planet Foundation bag for life. The bracelet has often featured in photographs Miss Markle, who shares Harry’s fondness for Africa and humanitarian work, has posted on social media. […] Days before the story broke, Harry flew to Canada and reportedly stayed at her Toronto home.
“Last night royal insiders admitted that her presence at his home indicates that the relationship is serious. ‘To come and go at a royal home is a very concrete sign that they have become extremely close,’ said a courtier.”
The thing that surprises me most is that she went out alone instead of having a bodyguard with her. Jason literally just claimed that Harry “is worried about [her] safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her”, yet he let’s her go out shopping without any sort of protection? I don’t think she should have a royal protection officer with her, but what happened to the private security she had with her in Toronto?
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— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) November 10, 2016
Here are a couple photos and a video of Harry at the opening of the Field of Remembrance with Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey on November 10. Both Philip and Harry laid a Cross of Remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the Graves of Unknown British Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars.