Prince Harry & Meghan Markle are engaged

This is a quick update about the engagement announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Clarence House officially made the announcement this morning. I have covered the statements from the Prince of Wales, as well as from Meghan’s parents and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, over on Meghan Markle Review. The newly engaged couple will do a photo call and interview later today, which I will also cover over on the other blog.

285 Comments on Prince Harry & Meghan Markle are engaged

  1. Lovely Blossom
    November 27, 2017 at 5:52 am (3 weeks ago)

    I just read it.This is so exciting!
    Meghan will have no calm hour anymore from now on.
    Yay, a royal marriage!Something interesting to look forward to ! 😀

  2. MerryGirl
    November 27, 2017 at 6:14 am (3 weeks ago)

    Yaaaaayyyy! A Royal Wedding!

  3. Cathy
    November 27, 2017 at 6:44 am (3 weeks ago)

    I’m so excited OMG. I know people don’t like her but I like that they’re happy so sue me.

    • Carrie
      November 27, 2017 at 7:15 am (3 weeks ago)

      I am so happy too Cathy! Yippee! I like her and think she will be a great addition to the BRF. They are lucky to have her!

    • Lovely Blossom
      November 27, 2017 at 7:42 am (3 weeks ago)

      For me, it’s not that I don’t like her as a person.She seems to be a nice person, actually.
      I just always had a problem not knowing why she has charities.I think she loves to be in the spotlight(many actors do).It’s ok as an actor, but being royal is something different for me.
      She has more duties and she will have to do things even if she doesn’t always like them.
      It will be very interesting how she will live with this new life.

      • Fabulous
        November 27, 2017 at 10:52 am (3 weeks ago)

        Meghan has already dealt with those issues as an actress. Like most struggling actors, she’s had to take roles she didn’t like so could pay the bills.

        Her charity work is one of the things PR agencies have their clients do as a component of their clients’ image building. Maghan’s charity is one of Meghan’s PR agency’s partners.

        This is not to diminish Meghan’s charity work. Her choice of charity reveals her interests.

        • Lovely Blossom
          November 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm (3 weeks ago)

          I have to.say, I don’t always want to.be negative.I have to get to.know her better,we all have a good oppurtunity for it from now on.

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I so agree with your statement, Lovely Blossom. But as Herazeus has pointed out in the past, a big whitewash happens for every royal bride. So we can only know her through her behaviour, through her works, to get to know her better.

            Like you, I’m hoping she comes through, but then I think- she’s marrying a gilded slacker, and words are cheap.

        • marica
          November 29, 2017 at 5:05 am (3 weeks ago)

          No matter how your heart is greaving, if you keep on believing .. the dream that you wish .. will come true!!!!

          • marica
            November 29, 2017 at 8:16 am (3 weeks ago)

            I meant….. no matter how your heart is greaving
            ( for charities, of course), etc, etc,…..

      • MavenTheFirst
        November 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Meghan comes from a well-to-do family with connections in Hollywood. She was born into privilege. I doubt she struggled much or took real risks. I am sure that struggle will be her backstory though.

    • Cathy
      November 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Hi – is this the other Cathy? If so then, how are you? I haven’t seen you post for a while. I hope everything is going well in your life?

      I’m happy for them too 🙂

  4. MrsBBV
    November 27, 2017 at 6:55 am (3 weeks ago)

    I am so excited …..sad for Rhiannon but so happy for Harry! I adore this sparkley treasure he’s found! I hope she lives up to our expectations and I can’t wait to see the ring! Xxx

    • JET Texas
      November 27, 2017 at 10:59 am (3 weeks ago)

      Kate has set the expectation bar so low, Meghan would have to refuse to leave her house to do worse. But I hope for their sake, and the future of the monarchy, that they work harder than the Cambridges.

    • Cathy
      November 27, 2017 at 11:13 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I am sad for Rhiannon too, we did all have fun planning their wedding. Here’s hoping our girl has found someone gorgeous so she is just as happy. And if you haven’t yet – I’m putting that thought out to the Universe for you Rhiannon.

      Happy for Harry! Happy for Meghan too 🙂

      • jenny
        November 28, 2017 at 9:47 am (3 weeks ago)

        Cathy, I wish rhiannon so much happiness and the best of health, too. I miss her sane and thoughtful comments. Her life radiates goodness and she is missed here.
        I hope you are well and that those tremors in NZ were not in your neck of the woods, although, I am sure that when you live in earthquake country, you do get used to these things.

        Great news about Harry and Meghan.

        • Cathy
          November 28, 2017 at 10:18 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Hi Jenny

          I hope you and Miss Maddie (and the rest of your family ) are all well.

          Thanks for asking, no – I am not near where the last earthquakes were. I’m at the other end of the North Island, in Auckland. I was born in Wellington and lived there until I was 7 so did feel a few shakes in my time, and yes – you do get used to them but they aren’t that often. Even so we still had earthquake drills at school (drop, cover, hold) as well as fire drills!

          I’m feeling the love with Harry and Meghan and wish them to best. Here’s hoping that they come here as their first overseas tour? Can you guess who just might be sick that day?????

          Be well, and I hope it’s not getting too cold where you are?

    • St
      November 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm (3 weeks ago)

      What happened to Rhiannon? What’s there to be sad for her? I hope all is well

  5. Margareth
    November 27, 2017 at 7:05 am (3 weeks ago)

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM!I LOVE MEGHAN AND HARRY!JESUS BLESS AND PROTECT THEM!😍

  6. Marna
    November 27, 2017 at 7:07 am (3 weeks ago)

    Congratulations to them.
    I really hope that Meghan will announce which charities she will support today. Just so that we will know from the get go, will this woman work or not?
    KMR, on another note I want to add, how much I love your blogs. I always read, rarely comment, but a couple of new commenters raised my hackles when they asked why we review Kate so much. I love watching media and magazine, because the subtle messages are often stronger than their overt statements.
    Women like Kate who follow the traditional role are still portrayed as the perfect woman. I find it harmful, and as someone who has young nieces, have seen what a influence these type of messages have. I really appreciate your blog because they hold these royal women accountable and encourage substance over style. I have always started supporting some of these charities, because of your posts.
    Great job!
    I hope whoever helps manages these women, will do well to pay you a lot of attention.

    • Nic919
      November 27, 2017 at 9:45 am (3 weeks ago)

      I agree whole heartedly. Women like Kate who act like a throwback to Victorian mores where women are ornaments and don’t use their voice really irritate me. She has a public platform and should be doing more than just please her husband. It’s regressive and dangerous and I hope Meghan manages to continue speaking, as she did in her life up until now.

      • Stacey
        November 27, 2017 at 10:17 am (3 weeks ago)

        Even on prince Harry’s engagement day you manage to find a way to diss kate as for your young nieces Maria their role model should be their mother no a public figure they don’t no

        • Birdy
          November 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm (3 weeks ago)

          A mother is of course a role model but so are celebrities and royals and politicians..etc etc..oh and sports women !

          • Ulla
            November 27, 2017 at 9:02 pm (3 weeks ago)

            If anyone is paid lavishly by tax payers, those people are obligated to be role models, and show values, encourage support, and so forth. That places Kate and Meghan in the spotlight for that. Most people would embrace this opportunity to make the world a “better place”. Sadly, Kate’s history shows her value of chasing a Prince, and life stops there. Except for Botox. And popping children.
            Well, let’s hope Meghan is an inch astute.

      • Nic919
        November 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm (3 weeks ago)

        The press hold these public figures as role models, the same as actresses and athletes regardless of whether or not they should be doing so. When great privilege is given to someone they should use it for good and Kate has done very little. I will continue to critique someone who has privilege and fails to use it until they change their behaviour. Also try to use proper grammar and sentence structure because it comes off as illiterate.

        • graymatters
          November 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Just a quick reminder that not everyone online speaks English as a first language.

          I agree that Kate hasn’t been much of a role model so far, and that part of her job is, in fact, to be one. I had high hopes for Kate when she married, now I hold the same for Meghan.

          • Ulla
            November 27, 2017 at 9:04 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I had high hopes for Kate, too. But lo, and behold! I think I should hope Meghan would do better, but hey! Their husbands are both from the same block.

        • T
          December 1, 2017 at 7:12 pm (2 weeks ago)

          Also, it takes a comma. If you critique others take a while to check your own spelling!

  7. Red Tulip
    November 27, 2017 at 7:18 am (3 weeks ago)

    Congratulations to them both! After the dumpster fire the news has been in 2017 globally- it should be a nice, happy read of the BRF royal wedding. However, headlines and speculation will reach a fever pitch coming up to the wedding day- oh boy. Hope Meghan is ready- her life has changed forever from now on.

    So does this mean that Meghan will now be joining the royals at Sandringham this year?

    • Ellie
      November 27, 2017 at 7:30 am (3 weeks ago)

      Engaged usually doesn’t mean she’ll be joining, but HM could make an exception. Depends considering she has no family in the UK.

    • Lovely Blossom
      November 27, 2017 at 7:50 am (3 weeks ago)

      I think she has an invitation.They won’t let her celebrate Christmas alone.Especially not after this official statement of their engagement.

    • Lela14
      November 27, 2017 at 8:07 am (3 weeks ago)

      Kate wasn’t allowed until they were married, am I correct? Imagine her face if Meghan is invited before they get married!!

      • MrsBBV
        November 27, 2017 at 8:28 am (3 weeks ago)

        Kate wanted to spend her last single Christmas with her family but even if that wasn’t the actual story HMTQ and DoE are really slowing down now. They are not going to last forever and I expect HM wants Harry there rather than not which will mean with Meghan. Apparently the year Harry missed when he was on active service the place was like a morgue. No doubt about it, Harry is a life enhancer.

        • Em
          November 28, 2017 at 2:37 am (3 weeks ago)

          Wasn’t he the one who once gave the Queen a whoopie cushion?

          • Msthang
            November 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm (3 weeks ago)

            That was Andrew!

  8. MrsBBV
    November 27, 2017 at 8:04 am (3 weeks ago)

    So many permeatations now going forward especially with her parents divorced. I hear her Daddy is very low key and is not going to enjoy all this attention on him at all. Christmas in U.K. with Harry and the RF…….Christmas in U.K. with either parents if not invited to Sandringham which I have said all along is not likely given the age of Harry’s beloved Grandparents. Then of course she may go to either Mum or Dad with it without Harry.

    But it truth I still think she’ll be at Sandringham with Harry with either Mum or Dad flying in on Boxing Day or her flying out to them.

    I can’t wait for the interview which I will scrutinise for every bit of joy their happiness with exude. I am desperate to know how she sees her role unfolding but I think she’s going to give it 110% and be flipping marvellous.

    I so wish Diana was alive for this……Harry was her baby. Love and demonstration of love are what connect Harry to her memory more closely than anything. It’s a love match, no two ways about that.

    • Marion Cole
      November 27, 2017 at 8:27 am (3 weeks ago)

      I also think she is going to do a marvellous job! She will be enthusiastic, hard working, stylish but not outlandishly wasteful, friendly and open!
      Can’t wait to see the interview, and would honestly consider a trip to London if I thought there was the slightest chance of seeing anything on the big day!

      • MrsBBV
        November 27, 2017 at 8:32 am (3 weeks ago)

        Well maybe best decide when we hear where they are to marry. I still hope it’s St George’s at Windsor. Agree with all the attributes you mention but the only thing that concerns me is that she won’t go at it in such a way that she shows her sister in law up for what she is. I think she will be advised to be tactful not to show Kate up.

        I also dread the fact the Kate may act as some kind of personal mentor to her. God forbid.

        • MavenTheFirst
          November 27, 2017 at 9:23 am (3 weeks ago)

          I doubt Kate will ever let Meghan forget who is Queen B. Any ‘help’ she gives Meghan will be superficial, IMO. Combined with Harry’s deference to Willy, we may see a much more subdued Meghan in the future.

          • Danielle
            November 27, 2017 at 10:23 am (3 weeks ago)

            You don’t even know what type of relationship her and kate have the story of snubbing given her a lift was from lainey gossip who lies through her back teeth she’s the one who started the Gretchen mol Harvey Weinstein rumour which was false and destroyed her reputation she also dissed prince george you sound like a bitter betty you never seem to miss an opportunity to kick the boot into kate when the story isn’t even about her

          • DorothyZbornak
            November 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm (3 weeks ago)

            What is there to doubt? Kate would only be treating her the way she and every other married-in has been treated. Oh sure they’re cordial and casual, and married-ins can be honored and respected, and “work” like everyone else. But never forget that these people’s entire worldview and livelihood is based on the concept that a person from the right family, who exits the right uterus, at the right time, in the right order, is special and better than other people. The Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, Princess Michael of Kent, the reminders to Camilla and Kate of where they stand, (a memo that will surely rotate around again shortly after this wedding), etc., These people are all about breeding and the peaking order. Just because we don’t like or respect Kate it doesn’t make things any different either way. It doesn’t make the treatment ok. So let’s also not pretend that any of this is based on merit. (Anne pulled this sh*t with Diana!) OR act like Kate doesn’t, (and always will), outrank Meghan… Because she does. I mean… she does! Especially to those who buy into this crap. She does. Meghan will likely be firmly outranked by a baby and two toddlers by the time a wedding band is on her finger. Her royal life will peak on her wedding day. In a few years QEII will pass, Charles will be King (which will buy him 15 minutes dead center in the spotlight, like he’s always wanted. Which will end when…) William and Kate become the Waleses. Before you know it, in ten years, George and Charlotte will be teenagers and Meghan and Harry will be afterthoughts. And that’s before we have a new Princess Royal and G&C start to marry, and oh yeah, if the monarchy survives through this. Meghan will have 10 erratic years tops of even being Queen “B”. It happens to everyone. All young, “hot-ish” royals get their day in the sun, and their wedding, and then it’s all downhill from there. From the Kents, to Margaret, to Andrew, and hey, remember William? There is no reason for anyone in this family to pretend the soon-to-be sixth in line and his wife are more important than they are. And they never do. So I doubt they will. And I sincerely doubt Kate will be the one to change things. (Like, do you think Kate treats Sophie like her senior/superior? Equal at best, on a good day.) We’re talking about these people, right? https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2017_24/1222455/trooping-the-color-today-170617-tease-01_6b558dc2ff41beec25e48dfeb3102a59.today-inline-large.jpg And this was the first time they even let Charles into the center of the frame. Unless you believe The Trio’s “three-peas camped out on a beige couch in 1A watching Game of Thrones” rhetoric, Kate doesn’t even really have to concern herself with Meghan at all. (And hey maybe it is true nowadays. Perhaps that’s why Harry was too busy and comfortable to get a job like he said he would. But it definitely wasn’t true for as long as they’ve been pretending Kate and Harry are so close, before he left the military and before The Cambridges even lived at KP fulltime.) The Windsor’s are so dysfunctional, the Queen’s vacations and the dozen or so RF engagements are the only interactions they have with each in a year. So I’d be careful of what I wish for if you’re hoping The Trio becomes a quartet (and there’s no doubt in my mind that they formally, professionally, and publically will). Or if you think Kate would take Meghan under her wing… which would be genius of Ma Midds… that I’d love to see 🙂

            OT–I would just love to see the mental machinations if Kate and Meghan were attached at the hip, and had undeniable familial chemistry.* And they spent personal time together shopping, having dinner with Pippa and Ma. Fast-forward to Meghan and Kate sunglassed, yucking it up, fussing with their hair in the royal box at Wimbledon. Oh heads would explode. It’s like history repeating isn’t it? Some people never bought the hype around William and Kate. But it was The Cambridge’s refusal to work, peaking with them skipping out on the Paralympics that officially turned the tide. Now we have some people (mainly me and Maven I guess, lol) not drinking this Kool-Aid. Only this time Meghan and Harry will pay for the Cambridges’ sins. So if Harry keeps mirroring and mouthing William’s behavior and words (and he will, they enable and bring out the worst in each other*), and if Meghan fails to establish herself as anything much different from Kate, they won’t even have the same grace period that the DoLittle’s had, with the internet-active royal watchers I mean. Especially since so much of the Meghan fandom is actually just the inverse of Kate-hate, nothing would get them to turn on Meghan faster than if she and Kate became friendly. Just look at how people racked their brains trying to come up with reasons for why Harry would attend Pippa’s wedding. It’s everything except thinking Harry might be friends with her. It’s always everything except seeing these people share a philosophy, have intersecting goals–i.e., if you think William and Kate have a bad relationship. It doesn’t matter. Kate’s wants and needs help William achieve his needs—have similar ethics, and are basically all the same.

            * Again with the Kate-hate. Excuse the term, please. I don’t know what else to call it. But these people also need to be careful of what they wish for if they think Meghan’s going to usurp Kate or light a fire under her and William. You don’t want that! Look around here or even on Celebitchy. If Kate dresses nicely and seems enthused at an engagement we throw her a parade. If Kate and William improve even slightly they win. It’s a rigged game. In fact, maybe Meghan is the reason for the extra pep in Kate’s step and/or why the HG wasn’t as bad this time. Maybe Kate’s made a new friend or the games have already begun…
            ** People are constantly blaming William for Harry’s mistakes and character flaws without thinking it through to its logical conclusion. Being that Harry must also be mightily dumb, naïve, deferent, weak-willed, and amoral to be so easily led. And nothing will change that. No one (or no women) will come between them. And it will only get worse as Will gets more say and power in the family.

            BTW, @Maven a while ago you made a comment that there is no frenzy surrounding Meghan and Harry, and I agreed and I wrote a crazy long comment that I decided not to post and now I wish I had 😀 (It was stupid long, twice as long as this long-a** comment, and late too.) I literally went through the top tabloids and the top gossip sites and compared the last 12 months of Meghan/Harry coverage and the engagement watch to just Kate alone to back up your assertion. I picked Kate not for the obvious reason either. It’s because Kate from her wedding onward is second only to the Kardashians as an example of media coverage =/= actual interest or moving copy. Perhaps that’s a topic for another day as the media hype and palace pimping of this wedding kicks into high gear.

          • Jen
            November 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Maven, I don’t know about that… in the interview, a little snippet sent alarm bells ringing: the bit about doing charity work around the Commonwealth. Meghan brought up getting to know the Commonwealth after the interviewer mentioned charity work, and Harry said there was lots of work to do around the Commonwealth.

            This leads me to think the statement is a signal:
            1. That they intend spending a good deal of time outside the UK. Yet the UK, via Charles, is paying for their upkeep. This safely keeps them from being compared with the Cambridge’s dismal work ethic as well as keeping them away from the UK press to an extent. They can hide more easily.
            2. That the ‘younger’ (read hot-ish as Dorothy says, above) royals will be sent to the colonies, notably Canada and Australia, as a mechanism to quell Republican sentiments and gee up support for the monarchy in distant lands. It’s been done before to keep the colonies ‘interested’. And all so that the power stays with the monarchy. Once Canada and Australia peel off having a foreigner as Head of State, the case for monarchy is diminished.

            I’d say that Britain has plenty of work that Harry and Meghan can get stuck into if they actually want to do more than turn up for a photo op, which is the current idea of royal ‘work’. Harry and Meghan don’t have to travel far to see suffering… cough, Grenfell, cough. Travelling to exotic and sunny climes for expensive PR trips does.not.cut.it.

            Both Charles and William were mooted at various times (by UK establishment) to become Governor-General of Australia, a flawed idea, and rejected outright by Australian political leaders at the time who didn’t like being leaned on to accommodate posh men with nothing much to do and little ability to boot. I hope this idea won’t be re-visited in order to give Harry something to do as was the reason given for Charles and William.

            Time will tell how it pans out. Hoping the couple is true to their word about doing real work that counts for people less privileged. They could lead good lives if so. No-one needs the photo shoots.

          • Em
            November 28, 2017 at 2:47 am (3 weeks ago)

            @dorothy totally random but your comment about “the trio” and GofT made me remember that the director of The Crown found out that the Queen had indeed watched the series as, apparently, Edward and Sophie and the kids like to head up
            to Windsor on weekends to watch a movie. They cajoled her, and apparently Zara had too, into watching it. I wish I could find the interview where he shared it but he was pretty tickled. So apparently some of them do cuddle and watch tv. It made me really happy.

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Jen, I have the very same suspicions as you. I see much travel to exotic places in their future where they will be wined, dined and entertained. What I want to see is *real mucking in*.

            Also, Harry wants a fairly private wedding as if he were a minor prince and owes little to the taxpayers. And then the couple expect a grand tour on an opulent scale which treats them like major royalty. I think that’s called having your cake and eating it too.

            It’s time for Harry to become a Mister and save him and us a lot of grief. Make your kids commoners and stop being hypocritical..

        • Nic919
          November 27, 2017 at 9:48 am (3 weeks ago)

          Kate is not going to give her help. Don’t think Meghan forgot how Kate snubbed her and didn’t offer her a ride to go shopping to the same area. And what advice can Kate give really? She is still so bad at the job.

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 27, 2017 at 9:59 am (3 weeks ago)

            I can see Kate giving her “advice” meant to sabotage.

            Does Meghan have to curtsey to her now?

          • Em
            November 28, 2017 at 2:50 am (3 weeks ago)

            Yep. She’ll have to curtsy to everyone until… I don’t know. Even Charlotte will outrank her because she’s a blood royal.

          • Msthang
            November 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I read somewhere where Kate and Meghan don’t get on!!

    • Stacey
      November 27, 2017 at 10:19 am (3 weeks ago)

      I always feel sorry for the families of the people who marry into the royal family they never get a choice about their lives being splashed all over the papers

  9. MavenTheFirst
    November 27, 2017 at 8:48 am (3 weeks ago)

    Finally! Although it feels a bit anti-climactic to me. Just. Wow. This changes the dynamics of everything for us gossip mavens.

    I see they’re marrying in the spring not summer which is terrific- no waiting around. Will probably have babies soon after.

    Meanwhile, in Camp Middleton there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Let the games begin! Kate thinks she’s secure in her position but that’s not true in the public’s heart. She also perceives other women as competition.

    Biggest questions to me right now: the ring, and will she wear a tiara at the wedding.

    At last, our veil of boredom lifts.

    ETA: Whoever speculated that the facial or whatever of last week was a good indicator of an announcement- just amazing. Kudos.
    Divination by spa- who knew?

    • Megan
      November 27, 2017 at 9:46 am (3 weeks ago)

      I really hope that you’re wrong and there isn’t catty competition… I thought Will and Kate’s message was nice and seemed genuine, and I hope the foursome can get along and enjoy each other. I would love to see Kate and Meghan be close… Kate could learn much from Meghan and Meghan would have an automatic ally when joining the RF.

      • Nic919
        November 27, 2017 at 9:51 am (3 weeks ago)

        Kate showed her character in that blind when she didn’t offer Meghan a ride to go shopping. She would have known that Harry was serious about Meghan at that time. So I doubt Kate is going to change her behaviour. Meghan will be ok though. I bet she makes friends with Zara and maybe even Sophie or Autumn Phillips.

        • MavenTheFirst
          November 27, 2017 at 10:03 am (3 weeks ago)

          Kate ostensibly has no girlfriends, just her family. I wonder what Carole’s up to now with this news?

          Agreed. Meghan has friends, is sociable and knows how to network. She will fit in just fine with the other members of the RF, just not Kate and Willy. I’m also guessing babies are on the horizon given his broodiness and her age. I hope they have a girl that Charles can finally cuddle, spoil, and hang out with. Charles’ heart so deserves it.

          I can’t wait to see Meghan and Kate’s first appearance on the same stage. I wonder if Willy will continue his pigheaded tradition of a separate court at Christmas time.

        • Danielle
          November 27, 2017 at 10:28 am (3 weeks ago)

          Blind items are nortorisly untrue most of the time they are just an excuse for the author to be mysoginistic and often homophobic like when they claimed actress where sleeping with harvey weinstein fir parts when he was actually sexually assaultingand raping them they were written by the same person who wrote the car story

          • Nic919
            November 27, 2017 at 10:37 am (3 weeks ago)

            Lainey knows Jessica Mulroney who is friends with Meghan. It is highly unlikely that this one is untrue. And given that Kate really doesn’t seem to have any close female friends outside of her sister Pippa it certainly fits with what she has presented in the decade or so she has been covered by the press.

            And we need to stop tossing the word misogyny without basis. Saying Kate may have been rude to Meghan isn’t the same as someone being sexually assaulted. Some perspective is needed.

    • Lela14
      November 27, 2017 at 10:35 am (3 weeks ago)

      Now this may be nasty of me but now I can’t help but think Kate and will are having another baby just To try to stay in/keep the spotlight on them next spring.

      • Jennifer
        November 27, 2017 at 8:04 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Lela14 they are already pregnant with their third child due sometime in the first half of next year.

        • lela14
          November 28, 2017 at 9:45 pm (3 weeks ago)

          yes yes i know! was just speculating that maybe they planned it because Kate expecting an engagement/wedding soon and wanted to stay in the spotlight as well 😉

      • Ellie
        November 28, 2017 at 2:04 am (3 weeks ago)

        I think people here called it when it was announced Philip would be stepping down and W&K expected to step up. Then they released a long press release talking about how hard they’ll work–when Kate was already pregnant…

    • Julia
      November 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Yes, but Kate has a huge home advantage – I think this is as best as the Middletons could hope for – Meghan has no popularity to start with in Britain -she’s literally just arrived. She’s going to need to start from ground up – proceeding very carefully. (And learning not to interrupt Harry!) And I hate to say it, her interview accent is as fake as Kate’s has been accused of being. She is lovely though, and so very American , no matter what her voice sounds like.

      Now for the positive side of this. Royal households are usually competitive but Harry and William seem close – and I think there is a possibility for friendship simply because Kate won’t perceive Meghan as a threat as she might have done a younger aristocratic woman. And Meghan’s easy way should help that. Meghan can learn both from what Kate knows and where errors have been made. And that should be a huge help.

      • graymatters
        November 27, 2017 at 11:30 pm (3 weeks ago)

        How is her accent fake? It sounds like a typical west coast accent to me, but without the affected nasally tones women (in particular) sometimes develop. I thought she sounded particularly well-spoken because she didn’t rely on filler words as, um..like..you know..so.., too many of us do.

        • Leah
          November 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Yeah. Meghan’s accent is not fake. That is the same voice she has always had. Watch her interviews from the years she was on Suits.

          • Em
            November 28, 2017 at 2:54 am (3 weeks ago)

            She grew up in California and sounds like pretty much everyone else on the West Coast (I live in the Northwest).

          • Ellie
            November 28, 2017 at 3:26 am (3 weeks ago)

            My accent is identical to Meghan’s. Very generic West Coast USA.

      • Leah
        November 27, 2017 at 11:34 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I’m curious, what does “So very American” mean?

        • graymatters
          November 27, 2017 at 11:43 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Some of the columnists have commented on her confidence as being “American”.

          • Lizzie
            November 28, 2017 at 3:53 am (3 weeks ago)

            I also see it as willing to show some emotion, be open.

          • jenny
            November 28, 2017 at 9:51 am (3 weeks ago)

            I also think she sounds very American. Not fake and posh. She’s an actress, so her voice has been trained to be more generic to appeal to all when she is on camera, or on stage. She speaks beautifully and has tremendous poise. But, her kind and friendly demeanor always shines through, too.

          • Leah
            November 28, 2017 at 10:18 am (3 weeks ago)

            Is that a bad thing?

          • Lovely Blossom
            November 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm (3 weeks ago)

            graymatters,yes, this is very European.
            People here, no matter which country in Europe,tend to be on the one side fascinated by this “American confidence” and on the other side find it a bit silly.
            We Europeans are much more serious.That’s why I thought that it will not be that easy for Meghan, especially not in the British monarchy who is much more uptight than the common people.
            I hope she learns as much as possible about her new home country which is essential for representing it, but that she also gets accepted in the future if she shows good will.

          • jenny
            November 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Lovely Blossom, why would confidence be considered as silly? Meghan is not overly confident and boastful. I would refer to her as a poised woman. I’m afraid that I don’t understand this take on confidence. I think many overly confident people are very annoying, but when a person is poised, I find that a plus. I’m not negating what you wrote, just wondering why some Europeans would think confidence is silly. And, to be honest, I am not sure if confidence is an “American thing.”

          • Lovely Blossom
            November 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Jenny, I don’t mean it as a negative thing or an insult to American people.
            It’s just my observation as an European, a try to explain
            what graymatters said.
            The easiest way to explain it is probably how you see us Europeans.
            Harry,William and Kate are much more reserved, whereas Meghan seems much more open and bubbly.That’s what they mean with “American confidence”.
            It’s nothing bad.But some Europeans smile at this character trait as “typical american”.
            This is all generell, there are of course people of all character traits in every country.

          • Lovely Blossom
            November 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I bet Harry loves Meghan’s happy way. And her smile.
            It’s not something he often sees in his family.

      • Julia
        November 28, 2017 at 2:38 am (3 weeks ago)

        I compared her voice in the interview with her voice in that silly quiz – there’s quite a difference – she’s put on an attempted British inflection. (I’ve never seen the TV show so don”t know what she sounded like there.

        • Leah
          November 28, 2017 at 10:22 am (3 weeks ago)

          I am not talking about her voice in Suits, I am talking about Meghan doing interviews while she was on Suits and I watched the interview with Harry-there is absolutely no British inflection.

    • the spectator
      November 27, 2017 at 7:54 pm (3 weeks ago)

      “I really hope that you’re wrong and there isn’t catty competition… I thought Will and Kate’s message was nice and seemed genuine, and I hope the foursome can get along and enjoy each other. I would love to see Kate and Meghan be close… Kate could learn much from Meghan and Meghan would have an automatic ally when joining the RF.

      Megan +1

  10. Ellie
    November 27, 2017 at 8:49 am (3 weeks ago)

    Talk is they’ll marry in MARCH, before Kate has the baby. Man, will Kate be pissed if so!

    • MavenTheFirst
      November 27, 2017 at 8:58 am (3 weeks ago)

      Woo hoo! What will Kate do now to get the attention back on her?

      • Leah
        November 27, 2017 at 10:18 am (3 weeks ago)

        I find it amazing that Meghan and Harry will marry before Waity has that kid and can slim down. That was not the conventional wisdom. Everyone was like Meghan and Harry have to wait till after the kid is born. I bet Middletonland is livid.

        • MavenTheFirst
          November 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm (3 weeks ago)

          “Middletonland”. Ha! Seriously, Meghan is fabulous in public. So yeah, Kate’s got more status, but that seems to be it. I can see the Midds plotting now to keep Kate in the spotlight…unless they co-opt Meghan. Yikes, I just horrified myself.

          • Em
            November 28, 2017 at 2:59 am (3 weeks ago)

            Kate is going to have to be nice to her. It’ll be like when the new girl moves in and everyone likes her and the old queen bee suddenly jumps on board. She’ll be totally left in the cold if she doesn’t get on board the Meghan train.

    • Jessica
      November 27, 2017 at 9:15 am (3 weeks ago)

      I saw May not March.

      • Ellie
        November 27, 2017 at 9:20 am (3 weeks ago)

        I think May is more likely because Kate would have a cow about it being in March when she’s pregnant (yes, I believe she is that vapid and shallow indeed).

        I got married in May. It’s a great month!

        • Meghan
          November 27, 2017 at 11:16 am (3 weeks ago)

          Same here. If It’s in March then Kate can’t hide and do nothing for two months before Baby C3 arrives. But if they do manage it in March I will be here every single day with my popcorn.

        • Jessica
          November 27, 2017 at 11:46 am (3 weeks ago)

          I disagree that it has anything to do with Kate. May is just better weather and gives people more time to prepare.

          • MrsBBV
            November 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

            And Spring is symbolic of fresh, newness and hope for the year ahead having left Winter behind. I would be a Spring bride if I could do it again.

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I married at the beginning of April, in Canada. Almost spring. There’s an unadorned simplicity to that time and a guaranteed burgeoning future.

            To go with the spring theme, Mrs BBV, Meghan should wear orange blossoms in her hair. This is fun!

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Omigosh, graymatters, that is absolutely brilliant. And she could carry it off. Moreover that was a love match as well.

            What a shame she can’t have us as stylists.

          • MrsBBV
            November 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Maven…..we may not see Meghan through the same spectacles but I do adore you. Xxxx

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 28, 2017 at 10:37 am (3 weeks ago)

            Mrs BBV,

            Awww. Right back atcha. I hope you know that I am rooting for the happy fulfillment of your perspective on the monarchy which I find so pure and heartfelt. xx

    • Lovely Blossom
      November 27, 2017 at 9:15 am (3 weeks ago)

      They will marry when Kate is in the hospital.
      Haha, just a joke x)
      It will be so interesting to see the changes now.

    • Nic919
      November 27, 2017 at 9:53 am (3 weeks ago)

      I think that March makes sense too. No need to schedule their lives around Kate.

      • Meghan
        November 27, 2017 at 11:20 am (3 weeks ago)

        If only. Princess Donothing, Duchess of Dolittle, Countess Stayathome, Baroness Cantevenfakeit is spoiled beyond belief. So is her husband. I can’t see anyone not bending over backwards to accommodate their tantrums.

        • MavenTheFirst
          November 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Bwahahaha! That is all. 🙂

          I wouldn’t be surprised. I see Harry as a submissive, perhaps dependent personality. He’s deferred to Willy all his life and has taken on Willy’s attitudes and PR bushwah.

          • Julia
            November 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm (3 weeks ago)

            March is Lent – a marriage then would offend a lot of traditional people. It’s not forbidden but not ideal either. April is better.

          • Ellie
            November 28, 2017 at 2:02 am (3 weeks ago)

            Queen Victoria’s children married in Lent.

            Most people wouldn’t care. Britain is an areligious country nowadays. Weddings in Lent aren’t considered a bad thing these days even to the most traditional of Christians imo.

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 28, 2017 at 10:40 am (3 weeks ago)

            Julia,

            No one is calling out Willy for not being religious or even bothering to pretend he is and he is destined to be Head of the COE. So I doubt that Lent is a big deal to most people.

          • Snowflake
            November 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I saw a documentary a few years ago on the two brothers, and Harry’s answer to a question posed, is that he tries to help Will as much as possible because William will be However, now that Harry king someday and have a lot more to shoulder than he (Harry) will. That mindset may change now that Harry will be taking a wife.

      • Snowflake
        November 28, 2017 at 1:27 am (3 weeks ago)

        Oh, Beware the Ides of March!

        • Lovely Blossom
          November 28, 2017 at 3:12 am (3 weeks ago)

          That only counts for old Caesar 😉

          • Snowflake
            November 28, 2017 at 8:35 pm (3 weeks ago)

            @Lovely Blossom: Touche.
            Well, I’ll be jiggered — Harry has made a fool out of me. I thought he’d only go so far as the engagement, and then everything will fizzle. But I was so wrong. Goodluck to the happy couple!

    • jenny
      November 27, 2017 at 10:09 am (3 weeks ago)

      Have another baby very soon after Number Three makes his/her way into the world?

    • JET Texas
      November 27, 2017 at 11:28 am (3 weeks ago)

      It is rediculous that M&H should plan their reproductive lives around their sister-in-law. They should have babies on their schedule, and given their ages, the sooner the better.

      • Stephanie
        November 28, 2017 at 12:17 am (3 weeks ago)

        It would probably be more that William would be part of the wedding, and if his wife is in labour, he won’t be able to fulfill the role in the wedding.

        Edit: Oops sorry, I meant this is reference to when MH will plan their wedding date.

        • Laura
          November 28, 2017 at 5:58 am (3 weeks ago)

          William will probably be Harry’s supporter. Is that what it is called? I thought it was best man.

        • the spectator
          November 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm (3 weeks ago)

          William might be Harry’s best man.

    • Julia
      November 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm (3 weeks ago)

      March is Lent. I’ve having a very hard time seeing them marry during Lent – when church decorations are often kept subdued and weddings during that time aren’t considered to be the most lucky (neither traditionally is May.)

      I’m guessing the baby is due in March and they will marry in mid-April – past Charles and Camilla’s anniversary and before William and Kate’s.

      • Ray
        November 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm (2 weeks ago)

        Advent (Late November Christmas Day) is a somber season in the church as well. I love the quiet mystery of it and the hymns we sing during it. O come O come Emmanuel brings me to my knees (figuratively) in tears (literally) during the evening Advent services in a dark church lit only by flickering candlelight.

  11. Eleanor
    November 27, 2017 at 9:59 am (3 weeks ago)

    Congratulations to Prince Harry and Ms. Markle. I am very happy for them. She maybe a breath of fresh air for the BRF. I think she will have an uphill battle. The British press can be harsh and unforgiving. I really believe she will have to be on her A game. And not put a step out of place. Being an American and all. And becoming a member of a the Royal establishment. Hopefully her Princess Lesson will be better than Kate’s. On the plus side she has already worked in the professional world. So that is a plus. And has a work ethic. Even better.

    I am just surprised they are having a Spring wedding this coming year. I didn’t think anyone would dare try to upstage the third coming of a Cambridge. I wonder if it will be a small affair. St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor? Or are they going to go the route of the Duke of York and have an over the top state wedding. With that said, Andrew is the son of the ruling monarch. Where Prince Harry is the the grandson of a reigning monarch. We shall see. Either way it should be interesting.

    • Nic919
      November 27, 2017 at 10:16 am (3 weeks ago)

      I think they want to get going on babies and didn’t want to wait a year of being in a grey area. Also, they don’t have visa issues because she will be married within six months doing it this way.

      • Eleanor
        November 27, 2017 at 10:19 am (3 weeks ago)

        I do agree with you. Isn’t she thirty six? Not that is old. I had my daughter at thirty six. In the medical world is of advanced maternal age. I think Harry will make a wonderful father. And I think Charles will be over the moon. I think he would get to see Harry’s children a lot more. That is just an opinion I have.

        • Lovely Blossom
          November 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm (3 weeks ago)

          We can just hope that Charles sees Harry’s children more.
          I don’t know how often he sees his other grandchildren, but I guess he is happy to show them his gardens. I know that he said he showed George how to plant a tree.And when little George is grown up, so the tree will be.
          He is interested in his grandchildren and thoughtful, of what I can see.

      • MavenTheFirst
        November 27, 2017 at 10:21 am (3 weeks ago)

        Yes, I think babies are high on their priority list. The biological imperative can be overwhelming. Along with love, it’s a perfect and lovely storm.

        • Eleanor
          November 27, 2017 at 10:27 am (3 weeks ago)

          Any one else hear that Harry will choose one of Diana’s pieces of jewelry to be made into Meghan’s engagements ring?

          • Nic919
            November 27, 2017 at 10:31 am (3 weeks ago)

            They confirmed that two diamonds are taken from a brooch that Diana used to wear. Along with a diamond from Botswana. Harry put some thought into this ring.

          • Eleanor
            November 27, 2017 at 10:36 am (3 weeks ago)

            Very thoughtful indeed. He definitely is the more thoughtful of the two. Harry had more of Diana’s personality. Kate may be Big Blue, but I think Meghan will have a better ring.

          • Meghan
            November 27, 2017 at 11:23 am (3 weeks ago)

            The ring is gorgeous. Simple yet stunning. And unlike with the Ring of Doom, Meghan wasn’t shoving her hand at the camera for all to see. It was an adorable, tactile photocall.

          • katemiddletonreview
            November 27, 2017 at 11:27 am (3 weeks ago)

            I disagree on the showing of the ring. We all want to see the ring, and Meghan barely showed it to us.

          • Eleanor
            November 27, 2017 at 11:43 am (3 weeks ago)

            The ring is stunning. And what a great way to honor Diana. Just out of curiosity was the photo call in Diana Garden at Kensington Palace?

          • MrsBBV
            November 27, 2017 at 12:01 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Indeed it was…..not very White Garden at the moment but we do have our very own pictures of that garden where the engagement photocall was held. If KMR could humour me by choosing the most white one to put up aagin I would be thrilled.

            Maven I am going to take some credit for the pre engagement facial story along with Sarah. When we’re discussing whether it was going to be Friday last week or Monday / Tuesday this week we both agreed she was having the facial for being camera ready although Sarah got the recovery facial time down to 3/4 days and was closer to the actual announcement. But it was the final piece of the prediction that this was coming in November to enable Harry to be with Meghan at Christmas.

          • Sarah
            November 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Mrs bbv, here’s to us and knowing facial recovery time 😉=)

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 27, 2017 at 1:36 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Kudos to the spa diviners, Sarah and Mrs BBV. This is so out of my ken that I can only genuflect in awe. It’s like having 2 Shirley Holmses in our midst, keepin’ it elementary.

          • Julia
            November 27, 2017 at 3:44 pm (3 weeks ago)

            It’s a beautiful ring. A lovely romantic gesture on Harry’s part and suits Meghan.

  12. jenny
    November 27, 2017 at 10:07 am (3 weeks ago)

    Here’s to love! And to the happiness of this couple. What a nice way to start a Monday morning here in NY. Harry seems truly happy and I assume that Meghan is, too. I have mixed feelings about her, but this is not the time to vent. I wish them the very best that life can offer. It won’t be easy, so I hope they will always have each other’s backs and that love, good health and happiness will be with them. Wow, this is a nice bit of news!!!!!!!! I’m saying a May wedding. Maybe, the 26th? I don’t know what day of the week that is. Just came to me!

    • Susan
      November 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm (3 weeks ago)

      That’t about the time when I was thinking. Mark my words, the wedding will be either first Friday (May 4) or the last Friday (May 25) in May. Either one of these days will give the British public a four day weekend if the wedding is declared a bank holiday, just like how Will and Kate had a Friday wedding before a Monday bank holiday. Even most pro-republic/anti-royalist British citizens will get excited for a royal wedding if it meant a four day weekend.

      Lent (the Queen is rather religious) plus the risk of a same day wedding/birth means there is NO chance of a late March/early April wedding. It’s possible they would have a April 20th wedding, give the Charles/Camilla, Will/Kate, and Harry/Meghan anniversaries on consecutive weeks. But I think the Royal family will want Kate time to recover/slim down from her pregnancy. And it allows for more baby #3 press coverage.

      I can’t decide which May date I think it more likely. May 25th would give them a six month engagement, just like Will and Kate had. However, with a May 4th wedding date would probably have them back from their honeymoon in time for Trooping of the Colour.

      • Ellie
        November 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm (3 weeks ago)

        The government has said no bank holiday.

        People are suspecting a Saturday in March, pre Cambridge baby.

        • Susan
          November 28, 2017 at 7:01 am (3 weeks ago)

          You know until I read your reply, I had forgotten that it was never revealed when in April baby #3 is due. If she is due early April, then the risk is way too high to have a March wedding. If she’s due in late April, then there is still the matter of it being during Lent. The church really frowns upon weddings taking place during that time. Even if they aren’t religious, the Queen is and she is also head of the CofE. While she will probably give the couple free reign on much of the planning of the wedding, she will no doubt have a say in the date.

          In the media, there is equal speculation for a March and May wedding. However, those taking bets on the wedding think it’s more likely to happen in May.

          Since there won’t be a bank holiday, if I was placing a bet on the wedding day, I’d have to agree with Jenny and pick May 26th.

  13. Monika
    November 27, 2017 at 11:06 am (3 weeks ago)

    I am so happy for them. I think Megan is a wonderful addition to the royal family in that she could actually bring them into the modern age. She’s worked hard her whole life and is socially adept. And unlike kate, she didn’t have to hunt harry down. She got his attention by virtue of who she is.

    • MavenTheFirst
      November 28, 2017 at 10:43 am (3 weeks ago)

      Or she’ll be a good mouthpiece for their keen blather. Yeah, after thinking about that interview for a day, I figure it could go either way.

  14. Meghan
    November 27, 2017 at 11:25 am (3 weeks ago)

    I was so happy to wake up to that news this morning! I am over the moon for them. Finally, some excitement and a sense of hope again. I just hope she brought her work ethic over to the UK along with her dogs. Don’t let me down, Meghan. No giving us a bad name!

  15. MrsBBV
    November 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm (3 weeks ago)

    MrsBBV
    November 20, 2017 at 9:40 am (1 week ago)
    Anyone thinking that there might be an engagement announced this week or next?

    Do I win a prize? I’m going with May at St. George’s for no other reason that it’s what I would choose.

    • St
      November 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I guess you have some kind of vibes in you or some prophecy!!

      • MrsBBV
        November 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Well I have spoken to my Middleton connection today and she knows no more than what she reads in the paper. Not even a peep about the venue.

        • Em
          November 28, 2017 at 3:06 am (3 weeks ago)

          Well poop. I was hoping to know how things were going in Middletonland.

  16. Eleanor
    November 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm (3 weeks ago)

    If they are going to have a low key wedding. I’m going with St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor. This being Meghan’s second marriage. They may go that route. Yet if it’s a state wedding I’m thinking St. Paul’s Cathedral. Where Charles and Diana were married. I know William didn’t get it. Yet is is an heir to the a throne. So Westminster perhaps it had to be. I’m also going to throw out St. Mary Magdalene Church, at Sandringham. I’m going with May as well.

    • katemiddletonreview
      November 27, 2017 at 12:43 pm (3 weeks ago)

      The Sandringham church is way too small.

      • MrsBBV
        November 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I also wanted Guards but even that’s too small. I really hope the Obamas are invited. Apparently BO has met Harry recently in London. I love the fact that they find gravitas with Harry but BO struggled to make sensible conversation with William beyond nappy changing and sleepless nights. Says everything.

      • Eleanor
        November 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I know. Just figured I would throw it out there anyway. Also since Diana was baptized in that church.

        • Julia
          November 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm (3 weeks ago)

          I was hoping for St. Giles in Scotland and a lovely Scottish wedding but due to the time of year chosen, I would guess Windsor. A very nice choice.

          I think Meghan is going to have to be very careful as to politics and political connections – something that has made people uncomfortable about her.

          Corbyn spoke nicely but his supporters were jeering the couple. Do to the deadlines coming up, this is going to be a very sensitive time – it’s a whole new world for her – her whole way of speaking out and thinking is going to have to change. She’s gone from having a liberal way of thinking to needing to be a conservative with a slip of a ring on her finger.

    • Sarah
      November 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Whether big or small, I want Harry to wear his military uniform! He looks 😍😍in it! =)

      • Red Tulip
        November 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm (3 weeks ago)

        My only request for this wedding: please no Grace-Kelly-inspired wedding dresses! Heheheh. And yes to Harry in his military uniform.

        I had my own announcement to make today, to steal bit of thunder here: I am expecting my 2nd!

        • Sarah
          November 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Congrats to you and your upcoming little bundle

        • MavenTheFirst
          November 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm (3 weeks ago)

          May you, the babe, and your growing family be ever blessed, Red Tulip.

        • Ellie
          November 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Congrats Red Tulip!!

        • Jen
          November 27, 2017 at 2:13 pm (3 weeks ago)

          That’s wonderful news Red Tulip! Wonderful news. Stay well and happy.

        • MrsBBV
          November 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Wonderful news…..very, very happy for you. Xx

          • St
            November 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Congratulations Red Tulip!
            Great news! May u n Bebe be well.. Lots of energy to u..

          • Red Tulip
            November 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Than You all! I finally told ppl at my work today too- my colleagues were like, “yea we suspected a month ago, when you showed up to work in sweatpants,” lol. It wasn’t a shitty sweatpant either, it was a brand new Roots one…oh well

        • Birdy
          November 27, 2017 at 4:49 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Congrats, wonderful news, I hope you don’t suffer HG 😩😀

        • jenny
          November 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Congrats, Red Tulip! When are you due? Hope this is an easy pregnancy and that you will soon have another beautiful child to hold and love!

        • Fifi
          November 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Best wishes, what wonderful news.

          • Red Tulip
            November 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Thank you all kindly 😊 due at the end of May. It’s been a pretty good one so far minus the exhaustion after a full day of work and a child to look after. Still can’t stand the smell of fried onions, lol.

        • JET Texas
          November 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Congratulations!

        • Em
          November 28, 2017 at 3:08 am (3 weeks ago)

          Congratulations Red Tulip! For what it’s worth, we (and many people we know) had a much easier transition to two than we did adding # one.

          • Laura
            November 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

            A belated congratulations, Red Tulip. Best wishes for the new arrival.

        • Snowflake
          November 28, 2017 at 8:22 pm (3 weeks ago)

          That indeed is wonderful news. Congratulations and my good wishes for a healthy baby. You are blessed!

  17. St
    November 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Cheers to Prince Harry and Meghan!
    I’m loving her already… She’s out there and hard working.. And composed..
    Good luck to her for marrying into the royal family where protocol is huge and somewhat confining..
    But if she went in for it, I would hope she’s well informed.
    Can’t wait for the wedding!

    • MrsBBV
      November 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

      So adorable in the interview. I actually had a wobble when they talked about Diana.

      • Birdy
        November 27, 2017 at 4:50 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I just love the fact that they seem so genuinely in love….and they do know what ‘in love’ means. Very excited for them both.

        • Snowflake
          November 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Birdy:
          “I just love the fact that they seem so genuinely in love….and they do know what ‘in love’ means. Very excited for them both.”

          I think Charles was trying to be facetious. He has that British SOH, and sometimes his statements sound cold.

          I often wonder whether Diana was in love with the idea of being in love? For instance, in that same engagement interview wherein Diana answered the question of being in love and getting married (not verbatim) she said, …Yes, that’s what I wanted … That’s what I want …

      • Meghan
        November 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I hate that the press have to ask that question but I’m not surprised. I think they handled it amazingly well. The whole interview was energetic and lovely. So different from another interview that shall remain nameless.

        • Jennifer
          November 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Yes, definitely better than that interview. Meghan seems like a natural in front of the camera, i’m sure for the obvious reason of being an actress. That experience will really help her.

      • Debra Green
        November 28, 2017 at 4:24 am (3 weeks ago)

        I had a wobble when he said they choose each other and they’re a team , bless him he deserves some happiness. I wish them the best.

  18. the spectator
    November 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Well. I have watched the videos and read the transcripts.
    I didn’t know what to expect and am pleasantly surprised.
    Meghan seems to me, a gentle person.
    The comment from Harry about the corgis sitting on Meghan’s feet during tea I thought interesting. Animals know!
    And their body language on the sofa, I thought, spoke volumes.
    Very close and turned to each other. Gorgeous.
    On a very superficial note I loved Meghan’s frock.
    Very elegant.
    As for the ring. Big but not too big.
    I loved the setting and the choice of stones.
    I thought this interview most successful.

    • MrsBBV
      November 27, 2017 at 6:23 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Agreed with everything you said. Their proximity and intimacy was in huge contrast to what we’ve seen in other interviews. These two are totally captivated with each other. And yes dogs always know. I bet HMTQ fell in love with Meghan at that moment.

      • the spectator
        November 27, 2017 at 8:04 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Harry and Meghan are smitten.

        • bluhare
          November 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Oh yes. It is lovely to see

    • Fifi
      November 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm (3 weeks ago)

      +2

  19. Monika
    November 27, 2017 at 6:32 pm (3 weeks ago)

    The body language in the interview is very telling. They both look elated. Wills looks so stiff in his engagement interview, almost like he just wanted to get it over with. Waity looked smug. Harry and Meghan look genuinely happy.

    • Julia
      November 28, 2017 at 2:42 am (3 weeks ago)

      Actually, I thought Kate just looked happy, although clueless about future works plans. William looked reserved, Harry very nervous and chatty Meghan like the cat who got the cream. Just my opinion – we all see things different ways and national standards can be part of that.

  20. marica
    November 28, 2017 at 4:56 am (3 weeks ago)

    Who cares?

    • Em
      November 28, 2017 at 10:36 am (3 weeks ago)

      I think you might have stumbled onto the wrong blog if you’re wondering why we care that someone in The Royal family matters.

      • the spectator
        November 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm (3 weeks ago)

        lol Em.

      • marica
        November 29, 2017 at 8:48 am (3 weeks ago)

        I didn’t ask “why?” I asked “who?”

        • MrsBBV
          November 29, 2017 at 9:39 am (3 weeks ago)

          I care. Hugely relevant and important to my life.

        • T
          December 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm (2 weeks ago)

          Don’t be mean. It is just a bit of fun. We all have different ideas, but I’m sure if we met any of these individuals we would be polite and nice.

  21. Lovely Blossom
    November 28, 2017 at 7:11 am (3 weeks ago)

    Off topic, again, but I wanted to.ask you this question I asked myself.
    Do you think that Kate feels used subconsciously by her mother?
    It’s quite interesting.Perhaps,Kate isn’t aware of itherself,.
    She always did what her family wanted.They didn’t force her, but directed her way.
    She always needs a leading hand, like a child.She never could develop an own character.
    It’s easy to see now when you see Meghan who has her own strong character,standing on her own feet and loves her mother dearly which the Middletons always pride themselves in(the stromg family bond).
    The Middletons seem to thought that you have to.do.every little step for your children.
    Meghan worked her own way where she is now.
    Kate just went to.school for which her parents paid and found her rich husband there.

    • MrsBBV
      November 28, 2017 at 7:35 am (3 weeks ago)

      It’s very ironic you say this as my mum and I were discussing the events of the day and my mum said to me of course your Grandmother sees her as a ‘Pushy American’ based entirely on her vivacity, energy and something to say for herself but also your Grandmother can’t bear Kate as she’s a courtesan. (Forgive my GM people…..shes mid 80’s.)

      Now whereas I thought my GM would object to her Meghan’s career and being a divorcee and yes her ethenticity she loves all that, thinks it quite marvellous but ‘the girl’s just got too much to say for herself, like all Americans’. Honestly Granny but there you go.

      What she can’t understand is the modern, future Queen being so dull, unenquiring and like a 50’s throwback to what HMTQ was. Mrs Middleton has brought up a brittle girl with virtually no personality of her own who has modeled herself on her husband’s Grandmother as she was 50 years ago. Bought her a brilliant education but did she use it wisely or did she use it spectacularly to catch her main prize?

      Now is Kate cunningly presenting herself as the eminently suitable consort to a future king or is this Kate herself? I’m not sure whether she’s a Courtesan Kate more than Chameleon Kate and was it Carole who moulded her or her choice to present herself that way.

      • Herazeus
        November 29, 2017 at 6:55 am (3 weeks ago)

        This is such an interesting conversation, Mrs BBV.

        My older female relatives say exactly the same thing about Kate. Being strong feminists of the old school, and all the milestones they had to fight to get leaves them simultaneously furious and baffled by Kate.

        …but i come from a family of very strongwilled, opinionated females. I pity any man who would have dared to tell them what to do, what to think, and to model themselves into demure, silent, decorative ornament that is Kate. 6yrs in and still no glimpse of a personality no matter how hard the reporters try to sell us the fiction that there is one.

        And whilst it is never discussed in the MSM, Kate has managed to convey the idea that she can’t do or say anything without William’s input. As far as always ‘William and i’ in every public statement that manages to make it seem like it’s William’s idea and she would never dare say anything that was her own original thought or say it in a way that conveyed that it might ge her own original thought or washed through her own critical thought process.

        The public keeps projecting ideas that might explain why she behaves this way. Everything from social anxiety to shyness, but the woman is consistently showing us her lack of anything there. The reporters try to advance the idea that she is terrified of making the wrong move as if we are in Tudor England and her life dependent on a capricious mood of a capricious King. Oh wait…….🤔

        Richard Palmer tried to advance the idea that her silence at engagements or in private conversation actually made her a very good communicator which resulted in his being read the riot act by several commentors.

        The idea that silence means depth might be true of some people, but silenve can also mean the opposite, and Kate falls in the later version.

        And lacking any depth or interior life, she falls back on copying other royal figures and or idealised ideas of womanhood even if those ideas were actually regressive and harmful to woman.

    • St
      November 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Im starting to seriously pity Kate.. It’s such a stark contrast between the two of them. Meghan’s a natural when it comes to spotlight. And to mention how she and Prince Harry were literally smitten and enmeshed, at ease and the energy between them.
      Kate, on the other hand, is still so stiff, or purposely reserved. Maybe Meghan will knock some sense of self into her.
      She will need to shape up or ship out.
      I am pitying her, even though she cooked and chose her own soup.

      • Leah
        November 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Waity is beyond help at this point. She has no natural intelligence, warmth or interest in anything other than her family. She is just a waste of space and a disaster in her role. No life in her at all.

        • Birdy
          November 29, 2017 at 7:21 am (3 weeks ago)

          Leah, I really enjoy your posts, and personally am not offended by your use of the name Waity. But KMR/MMR have asked you to stop using that term. Please do stop, or she may ban you, and we would miss your take on all things Kate and Meghan, which is interesting, challenging and often amusing.

      • marica
        November 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm (3 weeks ago)

        They have different beckgrounds!!!!

  22. MrsBBV
    November 28, 2017 at 7:15 am (3 weeks ago)

    Interesting article today about a Cotswold Manor House that was taken off the market quite suddenly which I hope is true so that PoW gets grandchildren near him and means that Harry will be close to Zara & Mike, Peter & Autumn and all those adorable little ‘uns.

    I have always said I wanted Harry be the heir to Highrove, even though I was reminded it was technically unlikely, because Harry was so happy there as a child and clearly loves his cousins and is closer to his Father. Easy commute to London, Polo in the summer, gorgeous Cotswold stone properties. It’s a stunning part of U.K.

    I never understand the Cambridge choice of Norfolk logistically or personally. Apart from glorious beaches and shooting it’s not part of the family network…..maybe that was the attraction.

    • Birdy
      November 28, 2017 at 7:20 am (3 weeks ago)

      There was a big article in one of the Sunday papers a few weeks ago about all the possible Cotswold homes that Charles could buy Harry. I agree, I think Harry is much more invested in the wider family, and because he is so nervous about protecting his privacy having family around him will help – people he knows he can trust. It will also help Meghan, who will be used to being away from her family, but still the time difference will make things feel more distant. Hopefully the wider family will welcome and support her.

      • MrsBBV
        November 28, 2017 at 7:43 am (3 weeks ago)

        Yes I remember that article and I would adore that place…..much better than some imposing Stately home and much easier for Meghan to adjust to her new country and with her new family in a home like that, and it would be a home not a house.

      • Em
        November 28, 2017 at 10:47 am (3 weeks ago)

        This makes me feel so sad for William and Kate, because I don’t think they even know what they’re missing.

      • Ellie
        November 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I wonder if Charles will gift them Harewood Park which he had set up for William and Kate, who then told Charles to eff off and took Anmer when Anmer still had its occupants… so HM had to kick them out to please Willy boy.

        Harry seems close to his dad and it would be nice for them to be near Highgrove.

        I wonder about which house it was?

    • Lovely Blossom
      November 28, 2017 at 7:55 am (3 weeks ago)

      Do you think that Meghan’s mother will live in Great Britain in the near future?
      I could totally understand it, but I guess, there is too much family left in the US.
      If she stays in the US, they often have to fly back and forth the next decades.But I guess, it’s also hard to leave your home country if you like to live there.

      • MrsBBV
        November 28, 2017 at 8:02 am (3 weeks ago)

        I think Doria has too much about her and too much class to ride off her daughter. She has her own life. I think she’ll do what she’s always done and give Meghan the space to be Meghan but she’ll be a much loved mother in law, very welcome, who visits a lot.

        • Jessica
          November 28, 2017 at 8:53 am (3 weeks ago)

          Agreed; Doria is a very private person and is a social worker. She isn’t giving up her career to look over Meghan’s shoulder. Meghan can take care of herself and her mother will visit for the holidays.

      • Queen Lauri
        November 28, 2017 at 10:31 am (3 weeks ago)

        Maybe when M&H have kids. She’ll be around retirement age and might fancy a “new chapter” herself. That doesn’t mean that she’ll be living in Meghan’s back pocket, as I imagine she’d find her own things to do and her own friends, but she might enjoy being closer to any grandchildren.

        • the spectator
          November 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm (3 weeks ago)

          That’s possible.
          Sophie’s elderly father lives at Bagshot.
          I think he may have made the move after his wife died but I’m not sure.

    • Queen Lauri
      November 28, 2017 at 10:28 am (3 weeks ago)

      The Cotswold house is where Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth (Swoon) was filmed, at least the outside scenes.

      • Em
        November 28, 2017 at 10:49 am (3 weeks ago)

        Oh my gosh! I love that house!

      • Sarah
        November 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Love that house. When I was looking at moving to the U.K. I got on to a U.K. Real estate site and some part of one of the P & P property was up for sale. I think it was the pool that mr. Darcy dived into.

    • Julia
      November 28, 2017 at 11:24 am (3 weeks ago)

      Norfolk is the land of ‘turnip toffs’ William’s posh friends. It is outstanding for shooting, a main interest of William. (It is also a favourite place of Julia’s, although the Cotswold’s are delightful too.) William is also so determined on privacy, that the Sandringham estate is a good choice for him. Then too, the queen gave him the house (much too soon in my opinion) and it also fit in with his desired job.

      The Cotswolds choice for royals has been more about horses (Anne) and farming and gardening, and in the past, to some extent hunting (Charles and probably the Michaels who have since sold.) I haven’t seen a any interest in eventing on Harry’s part but polo could be a draw. I’ve not heard of either him or William going on hunts. Harry also has shown interest in gardening. So if he is to get Highgrove, it is possible he would choose to know that area. But as I recall, Charles doesn’t own Highgrove, the Duchy does, so it might be inherited by William as part of the Duchy when Charles takes the throne.

      I doubt that Harry is thinking of being close to Anne, although William at least is friendly with Peter Philips and Zara. Camilla amongst a pile of praise just sent a pointed remark at Meghan (I wonder how many will notice!) so somehow I don’t see Harry spending much time at Highgrove when she is present – he did not look happy sitting next to her in the carriage at the Trooping.)

      • Leah
        November 28, 2017 at 11:30 am (3 weeks ago)

        Julia, that was not a pointed remark if you mean Camilla saying America’s loss is their gain. You seem to constantly look for backhanded swipes at Meghan and to try to see something negative about Meghan, saying she needs to tone down, not be so outspoken.

        Harry likes her as is.

        • Julia
          November 28, 2017 at 10:39 pm (3 weeks ago)

          I was speaking of the ‘star’ remark.

      • Herazeus
        November 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm (3 weeks ago)

        William used to hunt as a teen. Here is a picture of him at at the beaufort fox hunt as a teen: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a1/1c/11/a11c1191ddf78f27c6ea611e3b5594ad.jpg

        Guy Pelly remains a keen hunter with them, which probably means so is William as they share alot of interests.

        What we know for sure is that William is a keen shooter and the Middletons have gone as far as arranging shoots for him.

        He also attends annual boar hunts in Spain. Ditto Harry. They were famously papped with Jecca at a Spanish airport a few years on their way to that year’s hunt.

        Due to his secrecy, it’s hard to know how much hunting he does, but stuff leaks out occassionally. And he travels for his hunting, not just in the UK.

        He once got into trouble for killing a protected bird in Kenya. The whole incident was hushed up, but you can still find reference to it in a few places: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1437907.stm

        • MavenTheFirst
          November 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Now here’s an irony: Meghan is an almost vegan, or vegetarian or something? I may be wrong here, but given that premise, what is she doing with someone who leaves behind a crimson tide of innocent, vulnerable creatures cheaply slaughtered for fun? Or is it more about being good to her body? Darn, I know so little about her.

          • Sarah
            November 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I guess it depends on why she’s a “part time vegan” and her limits. Is she just that as a means to watch her diet, for not wanting to eat animals or just doesn’t like the taste?
            As a vegetarian for not wanting/needing to eat an animal, I would never be with someone who hunts but dating an omnivore doesn’t really bother me. So what Harry does would make him a No

          • Jen
            November 28, 2017 at 6:46 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Vegetarian, vegan or meat eater, a man who hunts for fun would be given the heave-ho as far as I am concerned. Just no.

          • MavenTheFirst
            November 28, 2017 at 7:07 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Yeah. Bottom line, someone who murders helpless creatures for fun has a problem. She can confront him or silently accept the status quo. I would confront him. At 36, she no longer has an excuse.

            She wanted someone kind? What is kind about bloody slaughter?

  23. MrsBBV
    November 28, 2017 at 9:49 am (3 weeks ago)

    I’ve caught an interesting titbit today…..can’t remember where as I have read so much in the last 24 hours but apparently Zara, Sophie and Harry have all watched the Netflix production of The Crown and have loved it and insisted HMTQ watch it. Now whether she has or the gossip is true ……how lovely but I don’t think she’s going to enjoy season 2 much if the trailers are based on any kind of accuracy.

    But how weird sitting down and watching your life in a drama with this level of detail. I balled my eyes out on several occasions during Season 1 so imagine what it must to to the Royal Family watching an interpretion of themselves? Anyway 8th December is totally closed off in my diary. Carpet buffet planned…..chocolate by the slab, ten hours of binge watching Season 2 planned and a box of tissues at the ready.

    • Lovely Blossom
      November 28, 2017 at 10:19 am (3 weeks ago)

      Francis Ford Coppola,the director of “The Godfather” wondered back then if true Mafiosi watch this movie and find it amusing.
      I know that Queen Elizabeth also.saw “The Queen” with Helen Mirren and “Victoria” with Rupert Friend.She critizised that the British uniforms would look to.much like the German ones if I remember correctly. It’s interesting to know that they watch movies about themselves,also.quite funny.

    • Em
      November 28, 2017 at 10:50 am (3 weeks ago)

      That was me 🙂 I watched an interview with the director.

    • Ellie
      November 28, 2017 at 2:35 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I wish I could watch it with you!

      We should have some digital party with an open thread here to comment on the show as it goes@

    • Herazeus
      November 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I would never watch anything on my family.

      Actually, there are loads of films and books on my family and whilst i’m aware of them, i’ve never read or watched any of them.

      Knowing the family history from the real people is all the knowledge i need. It would be so strange to read a fictionalised version or some random person’s idea of the family history.

      And any inaccuracies would drive me mad. Just like inaccuracies about the royals drive me mad.

      • MrsBBV
        November 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm (3 weeks ago)

        What about reading about your family Hera? Would you be able to do that? Xx

        • Herazeus
          November 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Luckily, the family history isn’t on a school curriculum, so unlike the royals, i can pretend i don’t see the books or films, which are plenty, and seemingly sourced from newspaper articles.

      • MavenTheFirst
        November 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm (3 weeks ago)

        “Knowing the family history from the real people is all the knowledge i need. ”

        I think that’s wise, Hera. In my experience, in real life it is better to ignore gossip and stranger stories. It’s not that difficult, I find. Things then stay real. And good.

    • NutellaPot
      November 29, 2017 at 1:41 am (3 weeks ago)

      +1

  24. Mrs BBV
    November 28, 2017 at 10:33 am (3 weeks ago)

    Yes….Yes! May at St George’s! 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

    • Mrs BBV
      November 28, 2017 at 10:35 am (3 weeks ago)

      Feel free to have me predict your lottery numbers as clearly I am on a roll here!

      • Jessica
        November 28, 2017 at 10:46 am (3 weeks ago)

        Royal watchers are usually on the money; Nov engagement, May wedding, Windsor wedding, etc.

      • Sarah
        November 28, 2017 at 12:36 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Since you’re on a roll what duchy are you predicting! I’ve seen Sussex as a top contender

        • MrsBBV
          November 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm (3 weeks ago)

          I never really had Sussex down as I know of no ties to that part of U.K. on his part. I had rather thought Duke of Clarence myself.

          But I’m not a Royal watcher really Jessica. I don’t have anything like Hera’s knowledge in these matters. I just like people, gossip and International Royalty and I loved Diana, dearly.

        • BostonBrahmin
          November 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Kind of hoping it is not Duke and Duchess of Sussex, too many SSSSS’s and hard to pronounce smoothly. I rather like Connaught but doubt it will be used.

          • Lucy S
            November 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I doubt Connaught would be used either BostonBrahmin. It’s an Irish (Republic, not NI) province so it would be hugely controversial, I think.

        • the spectator
          November 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm (3 weeks ago)

          For what it’s worth, Dickie Arbiter seems to think Harry’s possible title may be Duke of Sussex.

          • MrsBBV
            November 28, 2017 at 2:48 pm (3 weeks ago)

            He’s more than likely right but I don’t think it’s announced until after HMTQ bestows it on the morning of the wedding.

            It’s also the bookies favourite too.

    • MavenTheFirst
      November 28, 2017 at 10:56 am (3 weeks ago)

      Is that announced? Or speculation?

    • MavenTheFirst
      November 28, 2017 at 11:04 am (3 weeks ago)

      Pls contact Mrs BBV@Oracledotcom for all your future royal needs.

      • MrsBBV
        November 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I rent out my crystal ball too. Xx

  25. Leah
    November 28, 2017 at 11:07 am (3 weeks ago)

    I love that their first engagment will be Friday. They are hitting the ground running. I hope it is formal and not casual, so we can see Meghan dolled up. I am not crazy about informal engagments and fear the younger royals have way too many of them.

    I am also curious to see the crowd size and how they will react.

    What I am not happy about is that Meghan will join the Royal Foundation. I see much opportunity of her to be thrown under the bus and for her own charity ambitions to be stifled.

    I hope she comes to realize that she and Harry need to do their own thing and get away as far as they from Waity and Whiny.

    • Queen Lauri
      November 28, 2017 at 11:25 am (3 weeks ago)

      Hi Leah, why won’t you respect KMR’s wishes and not call Kate “Waity”?

      • Leah
        November 28, 2017 at 11:32 am (3 weeks ago)

        Hi Lauri, can you stop sounding like a broken record? If me calling Waity, Waity bothers you so much, you have no life at all. There are more serious problems in the world, like climate change, elephant poaching, sex trafficking. Get hot and bothered over stuff that matters, not some child woman who can’t even talk in her own natural voice or deliver a proper speech.

        • Queen Lauri
          November 28, 2017 at 11:45 am (3 weeks ago)

          Why won’t you respect KMR’s wishes?

        • Stephanie
          November 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Erm Leah, isnt it you who is getting hot and bothered about some child woman? So much so that you reduce yourself to childish name-calling, despite the blog-owners wishes?

          • the spectator
            November 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Bravo Stephanie!

        • katemiddletonreview
          November 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Clearly I have no life at all because your use of “Waity” bothers me. Considering I own this blog, I ask you to please stop using that term.

          • Stephanie
            November 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Thanks KMR. I know this can’t be pleasant for you.
            I think some may forget that your intent for the blog is to create a warm, respectful atmosphere to review a royal that those here would generally want to do well, rather than be a spiteful hate blog.

        • MavenTheFirst
          November 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Hi Leah,

          I always enjoy your opinions and don’t care about your use of ‘Waity’ (and so many others still think it’s apt) but now KMR has put her foot down and is asking you to no longer use the ‘Waity’ moniker because it bothers *her*.

          I hope that you stop out of respect for her wishes and because I really want to hear your future opinions. You’re a lot of fun, you know. 🙂

          • Stephanie
            November 28, 2017 at 8:10 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I agree. Leah, I am on the same page as you most of the time, so I echo the above: I hope you can find respect for the owner of this blog, because I do like reading your opinions about Will and Kate and I know I am not alone.

  26. Leah
    November 28, 2017 at 11:09 am (3 weeks ago)

    But why not Westminster? Is this wedding being demoted to St. George’s due to Meghan being divorced. Good lord, I can hear Carole cackling now all the way from Bucklebury. I am sure Waity is smug too.

    • MavenTheFirst
      November 28, 2017 at 11:26 am (3 weeks ago)

      I bet it will be as private as Harry can make it and hence, the choice. There won’t be the London crowds either. So basically they are pretty far away from everything, especially the rabble. One would think he wasn’t a prince. Oh wait, he’s a ‘modern’ prince (what an oxymoron). Someone correct me on the crowds if I’m wrong.

      • Jessica
        November 28, 2017 at 11:32 am (3 weeks ago)

        Prince Edward got married at Windsor Castle and there was a small crowd there. The videos are on YouTube.

        • graymatters
          November 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Yes And their wedding was low-key because of the political/economic climate at the time. I suspect the reasoning is similar in this case. Also, the monarchy is not as popular now because of the cost of BP refurb and the Paradise papers, so I doubt they want another, hugely expensive security nightmare to potentially rile up the republicans.

        • MavenTheFirst
          November 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm (3 weeks ago)

          I still think that privacy is paramount. I doubt that Harry remotely has a finger on the pulse of economic trends.

          If you listen to their interview, what comes across over and over again is their hunkering down in the ‘cottage’, trying to roast chicken. IMO, Harry wants no eyes upon him but is not willing to give up the title, justifying it with the potential to do good works.

          Basically Harry wants to stay on royal welfare without giving much back. He’s still in the top 7 heirs, but acts like he’s entitled to the perks of a commoner.

    • Jessica
      November 28, 2017 at 11:31 am (3 weeks ago)

      Everything isn’t about Carole Middleton and her feelings. I believe Harry always wanted a smaller wedding and wanted to avoid Westminster and the balcony kiss.

      • the spectator
        November 28, 2017 at 2:05 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Jessica +1

      • Ellie
        November 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm (3 weeks ago)

        It sure is about Kate. This is why I think it’s May. Kate must be skinny again before showing up in public. She’s that vapid and vain, sadly.

        • Leah
          November 28, 2017 at 3:02 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Ellie for the win.

        • Jessica
          November 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm (3 weeks ago)

          @Ellie

          Agree to disagree; I’m pretty sure Harry and Meg would prefer a May wedding over a March one.

    • Julia
      November 28, 2017 at 11:32 am (3 weeks ago)

      Not much public interest in a big expensive wedding – at least, with no bank holiday attached – is the first reason. The statement said unusually the royal family will be paying for the wedding – they are very much taking the overall mood of the nation which is thinking of cost, especially at this time.

      Then despite all the comments, Meghan is divorced and that will matter to the queen if no one else. This fits where Charles and Camilla had their blessing.

      • Leah
        November 28, 2017 at 11:40 am (3 weeks ago)

        I still feel like the public and Meghan are getting gypped. I wanted a Westminster wedding and balcony kiss.

        If Meghan wasn’t divorced, I wonder if Westminster would have been the venue.

        • jenny
          November 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Question for people in the know regarding Royal information. The internet sites (some, anyway) are saying that HM will not attend the wedding, just the reception. That’s because Meghan is divorced. The sites claim HM did not attend Charles and Camilla’s wedding, either. Just their reception.

          True or false?

          I’m also wondering if Meghan will wear a gown and tiara, but not a veil. Or, will her wedding attire be less formal? Gosh, I want the whole nine yards. Gown, veil, tiara, and all in attendance!!

          • Sarah
            November 28, 2017 at 2:32 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I’m going to say false. She was at Anne’s second wedding. The (official) reason for her not attending Charles and Camilla’s ceremony was that it was a civil ceremony and not a religious one.
            So I’m going to say she’ll be at Harry’s.

          • MrsBBV
            November 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm (3 weeks ago)

            No way would she miss this. The CoE has sanctioned remarriage in a Church and her relationship with H. is exceptionally close.

          • jenny
            November 28, 2017 at 2:52 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Thanks, all. I just read on DM that HM will attend. Thankfully.

            Oh, I want to see that balcony kiss, too. Perhaps, a kiss on the steps of Windsor Castle will be our thrill!

          • MrsBBV
            November 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Apparently Meghan is on record as saying her most favourite wedding dress in history is Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s. I don’t think she’d go that slinky but I think that means we can rule out a traditional Royal style wedding gown. I’m thinking it will be very understated and pared back. I just pray it’s not Erdem.

            I would just love to see her in Elie Saab but I don’t know if she could get away with that.

          • Herazeus
            November 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm (3 weeks ago)

            The Queen wasn’t at Charles and Camilla’s civil wedding ceremony, but she was present at the religious church blessing and hosted the wedding reception.

          • the spectator
            November 28, 2017 at 4:34 pm (3 weeks ago)

            Re Meghan’s wedding dress – “I’m thinking it will be very understated and pared back.” Agreed. Understated and pared back seems to be Meghan’s style/aesthetic.

            Re – “I just pray it’s not Erdem.” That made me chuckle.

          • Julia
            November 28, 2017 at 10:48 pm (3 weeks ago)

            The queen didn’t attend the civil service of Charles and Camilla but she did attend the service of blessing for them at St. George’s.

            Many think that would be appropriate for Meghan and Harry too since Meghan is divorced. Since 2002, marrying divorced people in the church has been at the discretion of the vicar and many have been denied. There is feeling now a special exception is being made for Harry – technically not the case, but that’s the perception.

            Either way, a blessing, which as in the case of Charles, is still lovely, or a service, I’m sure the queen will attend.

            I doubt Westminster Abbey would have happened at the moment regardless or marital status – although the Abbey would have liked it – it draws tourists.

      • Ellie
        November 28, 2017 at 2:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I think Harry would never have wanted a big Westminster wedding anyway, he hates the press, the attention, and so on. I can imagine Meghan wanted it.

        St George’s is special to Harry as well, he was baptized and confirmed there.

        Could also be due to the fact that Meghan isn’t some homegrown royal bride, also about cost, and people not wanting another big to-do about it. And because her family seems a bit of a disaster outside her mother.

        • MrsBBV
          November 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm (3 weeks ago)

          I believe her father is very private and you also have to think how he’s going to cope with giving her away in front of such a congregation and worldwide audience.

    • Hazel
      November 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Let’s not forget Harry is 5th in line to the throne and once baby Cambridge 3 comes along he will be 6th in line by the time the wedding rolls around in May. Therefore all the guests that had to be invited to Prince William and Kate’s wedding don’t have to be invited to Prince Harry’s so they don’t need a wedding venue as big as Westminster Abbey.

  27. Lucy S
    November 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I’m putting this comment here because I can’t reply to DorothyZbornak and Maven’s comments further up for some reason (the comments about the royal pecking order and work ethic).

    I’m not a huge royal watcher, and certainly don’t know as much as many regular commenters, but I remember around the time of K&W’s wedding that there was talk of how the palace were going to work hard to ensure Kate wasn’t ‘another Diana’ and have past mistakes repeated. That was interpreted as meaning she would be looked after, and wouldn’t be isolated in the way Diana was.

    However, given that Kate’s workload has been so low, I’ve often wondered if it was more that the royals were determined not to have another ‘star’ on their hands, who would outshine her husband and rock the boat. Is it better for the institution for her to be dull, but uncontroversial, than a favourite with the public? Now, Kate’s doesn’t seem to have much of a work ethic of course, but could it be that that is not a problem for the palace so they don’t particularly push her to work hard?

    It’s just speculation on my part, of course, but it’s interesting given that Meghan appears more hard-working and charismatic so far.

    • Pris
      November 28, 2017 at 3:38 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Yes, you are right! But not just Kate, Sophie and Camilla do low numbers too for full time royals. Last years numbers were:

      Camilla: 221
      Sophie: 179
      Kate: 140

      Back in the day Diana would do over 300 engagements a year. The public and media blamed the royal family for putting too much pressure on Diana and not giving her any support. Things changed after that scandal. I think the Queen has done a complete 180 so she can’t be blamed for not supporting the wives.

      Camilla has been married for 12 years and has done only one solo overseas trip in that time. Sophie has been married for 18 years and isn’t required to do more than 200 engagements a year. Kate’s been married 6 years and is still a part-time royal. And the Queen has been completely okay with this.

      So it’s not just Kate who is allowed or kept to low numbers.

      I’m 90% sure Meghan is going to have the same amount of numbers too. Everyone expecting Meghan to be super hardworking is in for disappointment. And I don’t think it will be her fault, there’a just no way she will be allowed to do more engagements than everyone else.

      • the spectator
        November 28, 2017 at 4:38 pm (3 weeks ago)

        That’s an interesting analysis.
        Your speculation may very well be correct.
        Only time will tell.

    • Lovely Blossom
      November 28, 2017 at 3:45 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I’m afraid that they want to make a second Kate out of Meghan.
      Just smiling, waving, showing up, step behind your husband.
      On the other hand, she surely knew this before the engagement.

      • Jessica
        November 28, 2017 at 5:12 pm (3 weeks ago)

        They definitely don’t want Meghan to outshine the entire monarchy (which isn’t very hard). She’ll definitely have to dial it back which is what Catherine did after the wedding as well.

    • MavenTheFirst
      November 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Hands down, I believe that Meghan is a star and will be a star. Unless she is restrained/suppressed which is a real possibility.

      I think Harry would be perfectly fine and proud to let Meghan shine and wouldn’t mind being in her shadow in this respect as he’s had a lifetime of practice with big bro; it’s second nature to him.

      Harry in effect will marry someone akin to his mother. Willy, on the other hand, married someone who fakes being like his mother. That’s my theory.

      • Lisa (aust)
        November 28, 2017 at 8:38 pm (3 weeks ago)

        That’s very interesting. I agree, Kate is not authentic and that must be a big strain on her. Meghan is an actress, of course she’s a star. I remember reading how Princess Grace chafed at the lack of creative outlet once she became a princess. She eventually took up poetry and art, as they were suitably ladylike activities.

      • Rebecca
        November 28, 2017 at 11:42 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Hmm, I slightly disagree. I think Will always felt jealous about Diana putting other things before him – work, charities, men – and what he wants above all is someone who puts him first. That statement by Kate’s Jigsaw boss was very revealing, something like she needs to be on call for her boyfriend. I doubt Kate would be a workhorse if left to her own devices, but I am sure the key to keeping William happy is that he be the number one.

        With Harry and Meghan I am less sure. It could be that, being the second child, he was used to being more in the background. He seems to have found some fulfillment in his work and perhaps he can appreciate his Mother’s connection to her charities more than Will can.

    • Lucy S
      November 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Some interesting replies! I hope she does work hard, I did believe the hype at first and thought Kate would be a royal with a bit of substance, but she’s been a disappointment. As The Spectator says, time will tell!

      By the way, KMR, I just want to say thank you for the blogs. I lurk a lot but have only commented a handful of times, and I think your posts offer an intelligent critique of the royals without ever veering into being b***y or shallow. I also think you do very well in maintaining a largely courteous atmosphere in the comments that still allows for strong opinions. It must be very hard work. It’s one of the reasons I hope Meghan proves to have more about her than Kate, as you’ll have lots to write about, ha ha – Kate doesn’t give people much to discuss beyond her clothes.

    • MavenTheFirst
      November 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm (3 weeks ago)

      What do *you* make of this?

      “The wedding is likely to be televised with the public involved, possibly by ballot”

      I hope this isn’t true. It’s beyond offensive.

      • the spectator
        November 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm (3 weeks ago)

        What do I make of this?

        True or not, it is muckraking at it’s pitiful best.

        • Lisa (aust)
          November 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm (3 weeks ago)

          It is dreadful. Who hasn’t posed in front of Buckingham Palace?

          • the spectator
            November 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I think it safe to say Ninaki Priddy should not expect an invitation to the wedding.

          • Cathy
            November 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm (3 weeks ago)

            This person is horrible, and so are the Daily Mail for coming up with stories like this.

            All I can say is… guess who will not be invited to the wedding?

      • Ellie
        November 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm (3 weeks ago)

        DM is making that up with public joining them.

        Honestly I can see people liking that, being able to go to the wedding. Why not? St George’s only fits 800 people though. I can’t see Meghan’s family showing. They’re all a liability sans her parents really.

        • the spectator
          November 28, 2017 at 9:12 pm (3 weeks ago)

          “Honestly I can see people liking that, being able to go to the wedding. Why not?” I agree.

          • Ellie
            November 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm (3 weeks ago)

            I think it’s a stupid idea, and a lottery system or ballot is really dumb, but the concept of engaging people that way is kinda nice.

            TBH I want Harry to invite people who matter to him. The gal in Chicago whose name I forget who wrote to him about Full Effect in Nottingham (I know I got that story wrong but that is one amazing young lady). People whose lives he changed or who changed his life. Dave Henson and his family. Invictus folks who Harry adores and works hard for. Sentebale people. People who really matter to him in a public and private way instead of celebrities.

          • the spectator
            November 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm (3 weeks ago)

            There are some members of the public who would absolutely fall over themselves to attend a royal wedding.
            Perhaps those in charge thought a ballot the fairest way. I wouldn’t say it’s dumb but I do think it’s unusual, simply because I am not aware of it being done previously.

      • MrsBBV
        November 29, 2017 at 9:44 am (3 weeks ago)

        Bloody awful idea but I would apply. 😂

        • Sarah
          November 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm (3 weeks ago)

          Well considering the Middleton’s seemed to invite random peeps, it was kind of like a lotto system then too but just for the residents of bucklebury =)

  28. MrsBBV
    November 29, 2017 at 9:47 am (3 weeks ago)

    Gossip, gossip gossip……heard a rumour not by my friend in the know but another gossiper that Kate has invited Doria to stay at Amner this Christmas. So Sandringham is on, Kate & William and Harry & Meghan will be there.

    Now I’m not Kate’s biggest fan but what a jolly nice thing to do. (If true)