For centuries, the members of the British Royal Family prided themselves on their ability to maintain a "stiff upper lip" in the face of adversity.
Be it the death of Princess Diana or rumors of marital discord between Prince William and Kate Middleton, the royal response remained the same:
Any public display of grief was regarded as a sign of weakness; any acknowledgment of an unflattering rumor was seen as stooping to the level of the tabloid press.
This week, however, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have forever altered the relationship between the Royals and the global community.
Sunday night saw the premiere of Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, a documentary that chronicled the couple's recent 10-day trip to Africa.
As expected, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their thoughts on the ongoing humanitarian crises in Africa as well as the many cultural and geographical treasures the continent has to offer.
But what came as a surprise was the blunt fashion in which both Harry and Meghan opened up about their various personal struggles.
Speaking with journalist Tom Bradby, Meghan spoke candidly about her feelings of isolation and the difficulties she's faced in trying to assimilate to life as a member of the world's most famous family.
"I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip," Meghan said.
"I tried, I really tried. But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy."
For his part, Harry opened up about the challenges he's overcome in the past year, including reports that he's feuding with his brother, Prince William.
"Inevitably stuff happens. But we're brothers, we'll always be brothers," Harry remarked, somewhat cryptically.
"We're certainly on different paths at the moment. I'll always be there for him and as I know, he'll always be there for me. We don't see each other as much as we used to because we're so busy but I love him dearly."
This is not the sort of commentary British royals typically offer with regard to their private relationships.
So perhaps it's not surprising that Monday morning saw media reports that William was "furious" about the documentary.
Speaking with the BBC, a palace source downplayed those reports, but admitted that William is “worried” about Prince Harry and hopes he and Meghan “are alright.”
Harry and Meghan were likely well aware that their decision to speak so candidly would be met with a mixed reaction.
But it seems that after weighing the pros and cons, the Sussexes felt that they were left with little choice but to speak out.
Harry has made it quite clear, after all, that he regards this as nothing less than a matter of life and death.
The Sussexes' comments come on the heels of a lawsuit that Harry filed against a UK journalist whom he accuses of violating Meghan's privacy.
The suit was accompanied by public remarks in which Harry dressed down the British media for what he feels is relentless mistreatment of his wife.
Only time will tell what sort of difference Harry and Meghan made by speaking so bluntly about the poor treatment they've received from the press.
But they made one thing abundantly clear throughout the documentary -- they felt the need to clear the air so that they can devote the bulk of their time to what they see as their true calling:
"The rest of our lives, our life's work with be predominantly focused on Africa on conservation," Harry said.
"So there's a lot of things to be done, there's a lot of problems here, but also a lot of solutions."
We wish them all the best in those efforts.
Prince Harry has taken a step that is equal parts unusual and forceful.
But all parts admirable.
On Tuesday, the Duke of Sussex absolutely, positively, totally and completely WENT OFF on the media for the way it has treated his beloved wife, Meghan Markle.
Seriously: Harry came out swinging, you guys. Hard.
“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” Harry said in this rare statement.
The handsome Prince didn't just write down a bunch of words, either.
He and the Royal Family are suing The Daily Mail for publishing the content of a private letter written awhile back by Markle.
We believe the letter in question is one that Meghan wrote to her estranged father, although this has not yet been confirmed by the lawsuit or anyone associated with it.
Any regular celebrity gossip follower, however, must be aware overall of all the ways in which various tabloids have quoted anonymous sources that have torn into Markle on the reg.
"As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting," continued Harry in this open letter.
"We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more,"
Sounds like a not-so-subtle dig there against President Donald Trump.
But that isn't the point here at all. Not at the moment.
One can believe in the value of a free press and also believe in what Harry says next:
"There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.
"Because in today's digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe.
"One day's coverage is no longer tomorrow's chip-paper.
"Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations - something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis."
Talk about some brutal honesty from Harry.
"It is for this reason we are taking legal action, a process that has been many months in the making," he goes on.
"The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months;
"They have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave.
"She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you've seen on this Africa tour."
This is not the first time that Harry has come to Meghan’s defense.
Shortly after the couple went public with their relationship in 2016, the prince released a powerful statement, trashing what he called the racist and sexist abuse she had endured since her relationship with him was revealed.
We applauded him then and we're applauding him now.
For these select media this is a game, and one that we have been unwilling to play from the start. I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.
This particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behaviour by British tabloid media.
The contents of a private letter were published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question.
In addition to their unlawful publication of this private document, they purposely misled you by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year.
Harry, tragically, has seen first-hand what happens when a frenzied press goes too far.
His mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a 1997 car crash after the vehicle in which she was a passenger sped away from a number of intruding paparazzi members.
He invoked this awful incident in his statement on Tuesday.
"I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person," he wrote, adding:
"I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."
The Duke of Sussex's statement concluded:
"We thank you, the public, for your continued support. It is hugely appreciated. Although it may not seem like it, we really need it."
A legal spokesperson from Schillings, who are representing the Duchess of Sussex, added on Tuesday:
"We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband.
"Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda."
This legal case is being privately funded by Harry and Meghan.
Pending a court ruling, proceeds from any damages will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.
In 2018, Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in front of an international TV audience. Then they had a little baby boy.
Maybe you've heard about it at some point.
The 38-year-old former actress is the envy of millions of women these days, but the road to royalty wasn't an easy one.
Heck, it's still not exactly a walk in the park, based on the Duchess of Sussex's continued negative media coverage.
(Seriously, UK media. Lay off.)
But, to our original point, Meg got her start in Hollywood as most people do - by taking on gigs she'd rather forget now.
And we're not talking about Suits, which was actually a fun show and made it past the coveted 100-episode threshold.
Fortunately for all of us, the acting and modeling work Markle took on to pay the bills has yielded unforgettable images.
For us. And Harry, most likely.
Not convinced? Scroll down for some Meg career highlights ... before becoming a Duchess and mother of course.
1. Meghan at Age 22
2. The Role Suits Her
3. Meghan as Rachel
4. Showing Some Leg
5. Topless Meg
6. Nude on Suits
Prince Harry celebrated a pair of milestones on Sunday:
1. His 35th birthday.
2. His very first birthday as a father.
And beloved/beautiful/polarizing wife Meghan Markle was right there to shower her husband with figurative kisses in one of the sweetest tributes you'll read this month.
"Wishing a very happy birthday to His Royal Highness Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex!" opened a caption to the photo above, which was posted @sussexroyal Instagram account.
In the very bottom right of this collage, among many other personal and candid photos of Harry, we get a glimpse at a brand new snapshot of him, Markle and their son, Archie.
The new image depitcs a doting Harry crouching down to look at his child, who is on mom Meghan’s lap, during a special celebration back in the summer.
Elsewhere in the photograph collection?
- A few childhood pics of Harry, including one him as a baby with his late mother Princess Diana.
- Also one of Harry as a small boy with brother Prince William.
- There's also a gorgeous picture of of the Duke and Duchess kissing at their 2018 wedding.
- And, finally, pics of Harry in his military uniforms and meeting people on his Royal tours.
Wrote Markle herself as a message to Harry:
Your service to the causes you care so deeply for inspires me every day. You are the best husband and most amazing dad to our son.
We love you. Happiest birthday!
Next week, Meghan and Harry are scheduled to travel with young Archie to South Africa for what will mark the child's first Royal tour.
It ought to garner the family a great deal of attention, but today belongs to Harry, not his precious offspring.
"Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duke of Sussex today!" read a message on the Instagram page of Kensington Palace, which represents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside a photo of the brothers dressed in military uniforms and smiling at one another.
Perhaps this caption will put to rest rumors of a feud between Harry and William.
But probably not, knowing the media and all those supermarket tabloids, you know?
Harry’s father Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also sent their best to the birthday boy today, as did The Royal Family Instagram account, which represents Queen Elizabeth and other members of the family.
“Wishing a very Happy Birthday to The Duke of Sussex, who turns 35 today!” Charles and Camilla’s post read.
"Happy Birthday to The Duke of Sussex – 35 today! #HappyBirthdayHRH" the Queen's post read.
Harry and Meghan got married in May of 2018 and welcomed their son into the world in May of 2019.
We join all these others in sending our best birthday wishes to his adoring dad.
Back in May, Meghan Markle welcomed her first child.
But because she lives in a civilized nation where you can stop off for some bangers and mash without fear of some dodgy wanker blowing your bonce off, Meghan was able to take a full four months of maternity leave.
She probably could've taken even longer if she had wanted, but the temptation to burst through the double doors of her office and strike fear into the hearts of her staff by declaring, "The Duchess is back!" was probably too powerful to resist.
We kid, of course.
The real reason that Meg came back is that she famously loves her work.
Obviously, her philanthropic efforts are her main professional focus these days, and she's found a way to incorporate her skills as an artist and businesswomen into her calling as a humanitarian.
And so, Meghan is set to launch two exciting projects in as many weeks.
The first is that is a travel initiative called Travalyst that Meghan is launching in cooperation with Prince Harry.
The project is designed to help shift the travel industry toward more environmentally-friendly practices.
It was likely inspired by the recent controversy over Meghan and Harry's decision to take a private jet to Elton John's estate in the South of France.
But hey, regardless of what prompted the move, at least it's happening.
The second project that's got Meg's attention these days is a line of workwear for women that will benefit her Smart Works patronage, which aims to find jobs for women who are struggling financially.
All pretty great stuff.
Hard to imagine that anyone could find any fault with Meg this week, right?
Ha! We kid -- the British tabloid press is a well-oiled controversy-generating machine, and they've kept their Meg-hating streak going this week by claiming that the Duchess of Sussex snubbed the Queen by not visiting Balmoral as planned last weekend.
“Harry and Meghan had no plans to go to Balmoral this summer as they felt Archie was too young," a source close to the situation tells The Sun.
"It’s a bit odd, as his age didn’t stop them taking him to Ibiza for a week and then to see Elton John in France," the insider adds.
"If they want privacy or protection — which was Harry’s excuse for taking private jets — there is no more protected or private holiday destination than the Queen’s Scottish home."
The insider goes on to perpetuate the notion that Meghan is too much of a woke hippie to hang witht the rough-and-tumble Royals:
"It’s all very hunting, shooting, fishing up at Balmoral, so maybe that put Meghan off," says the source.
"She has never been to Balmoral and the Queen was disappointed they’re not going.”
Yes, we're sure Meg was kept away by the pheasant hunting, and not the fact that she has a 4-month-old baby at home and 18 business ventures in the works.
This has been your daily edition of Meghan Markle Literally Can Do Nothing Right In the Eyes of the British Tabloid Press.
Last month, we reported on the widespread allegations of hypocrisy leveled against Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The trouble started when the couple took a jaunt to the South of France to hang out at Elton John's palatial estate for a few days, as one does.
The problem wasn't with the trip itself, but with the fact that Harry and Meghan traveled on a private jet.
As you may know, Harry has been an outspoken environmental activist for much of his life.
As one of the world's leading spokesmen for the perils of climate change and the role that humans play in the growing crisis, boarding a private jet with his family was ... not a great look for Harry.
Elton immediately came to his guests' defense, tweeting:
“Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.
“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home.
"To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.”
But as the weeks went by, Harry and Meghan remained silent, while Prince William and Kate Middleton made a point of flying commercial, thus scoring points on their rumored rivals.
On Tuesday, Harry finally broke his silence during an event in Amsterdam, at which he explained his decision to temporarily throw carbon footprint concerns aside:
“I came here by commercial. I spend 99 percent of my life traveling the world by commercial,” Harry told the audience.
“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe and it’s genuinely as simple as that.”
It's important to note that 98% of terrorist attacks occur en route to Elton John's private estate in the South of France.
Obviously, we're joking -- taking the piss out of Harry, for you Brits.
The explanation rings a tad bullsh-tty, but we're sure Harry is usually responsible in his travel choices.
“We can all do better and while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact,” he added.
“The question is what we do to balance it out.”
From there, Harry announced a new venture -- Travalyst -- in which he and Meg will partner with online firms to "transform the travel industry.
That's great, bro -- but maybe start with saving the private jets for emergency situations, ya know?
Prince William and Kate Middleton have made it official:
They really despise Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Okay, maybe not. That may be an exaggeration.
But William and Kate have taken a major step in a direction away from their rumored rivals.
Just over a year since Markle joined her husband, Wiliam and Middleton's royal foundation, the organization's name has officially been changed to reflect Harry and Meghan's departure.
The charity -- which was previously known as The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- will be simply renamed as The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The change was reflected on Tuesday in documents published by Companies House.
Back on June 20, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were leaving The Royal Foundation and going off to form their own charity.
Read a statement from the official Palace spokesperson/account:
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has today announced the conclusions of a review into its structure, and how it will best support Their Royal Highnesses with future charitable activity.
Later this year The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from The Royal Foundation.
On its own, this change to a foundation (that most readers likely didn't even know existed previously) of this type would not be seen as a big deal.
And, you know what? It may not be a big deal in any way, shape or form.
But you're probably aware of the ongoing rumors of a riff between Kate/William and Harry/Meghan.
Just a few days ago, Markle and Harry were (stupidly) dragged for taking a private airplane, while William and Kate then flew commercial, seemingly as a jab at their relatives.
This followed several months of chatter over the status specifically of Kate's relationship with Meghan, which has never seemed like an especially close one.
The charity split, in fact, marked the second separation between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
In March, Kensington Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan had created a new royal household separate from William and Kate.
“[Queen Elizabeth II] has agreed to the creation of a new household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year,” the palace said in a statement at the time.
“The household, which will be created with the support of the queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.
"This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for the duke and duchess’ work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.”
Still, despite rumors of a constant rift between these Royals, the pair put on a united front when it came time to explains the news of their organizational break-up in June.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation," another statement read back then, concluding:
"They are especially proud to have established a charity that has had, and will continue to have, significant long-lasting impact, changing lives for the better."
The two most famous couples in the world met in London on Sunday night, July 14.
We're barely even exaggerating here, as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their red carpet debut at the European premiere of The Lion King remake this weekend.
And just who did they meet at this event?
None other than Beyonce and Jay-Z!!!!!!!!
Why were they in attendance?
Because Beyonce is the voice of Nala in this film and because the star-studded celebration was actually held in support of Harry’s ongoing conservation work and his service on behalf of communities near endangered wildlife in Africa.
But enough preamble, right?
Scroll down for a look at the epic introduction!
1. Bow Down, Folks
2. About Time, Right?
3. Meghan Hugs Beyonce!
4. What are They Saying?!?
5. The Ultimate Meeting
6. The Duke and the Queen
For Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, it's official.
And also so gosh darn precious.
On Saturday morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gathered their loved ones at Windsor Castle for a special religious event about two months in the making.
We're talking, of course, about the Christening of Royal son Archie, who was at the center of a blessed event that brought together friends, family members and even rumored foes.
Among the most notable attendees?
Doria Ragland, Markle's mother, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, Markle's supposed blood rivals.
As seen in a family portrait shared on Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account (above), Prince Charles and wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall were also there... along with Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
What an amazing image, right?
And the same can be said for the one of Meghan and Harry down below:
“This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world,” said a People Magazine source of Harry and Markle, who wore a white Dior dress to her son’s christening.
As for the official caption affiliated with these brand new family pictures?
This is what the Palace wrote of the Christening online:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son.
They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.
Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie.
Archie came into the world on May 6.
Two days later, he made his public debut when his famous parents strolled out in front of a select number of journalists and posed for a few gorgeous photographs.
Since this time, Markle has remained on maternity leave and the couple has mostly kept themselves and their son far away from the spotlight
... much to the irritation of some British citizens.
Meghan and Harry's desire for this privacy has been met with a great deal of criticism from those whose tax money helps fund their home and lifestyle.
The Duchess and Duke of Sussex have offered just a scant few glimpses of their son since his birth in May -- and the public has yet to see his full face.
The former actress and her red-headed soulmate also continue to break from recent royal tradition, in this case NOT publicly announcing the names of their son's godparents around the time of his Christening.
Moreover, Markle and Harry will soon whisk Archie off to Africa.
But, hey, at least we'll always have the snapshots above, right?
Archie Harrison is extremely cute and very loved.
This much we know.
But we now know something else about the first and, thus far only, child of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: His Christening date!
According to multiple sources, this major religious event will take place on Saturday, July 6.
Per People Magazine sources, the very young man - who turns two months old on this same date - will celebrate his milestone in Queen Elizabeth’s private chapel at Windsor Castle.
The location was chosen by the Duchess and Duke of Sussex because they “wanted an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty,” People writes.
It probably also helped that Meghan and Harry now reside at Frogmore Cottage... which is also on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
So there won't be any need to stuff Archie into a car seat.
What else do we know about the pending Royal Christening?
Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, will be by her daughter's side for the occasion, although Queen Elizabeth actually will NOT be due to a prior commitment.
Before you take this as a sign that the Queen clearly hates Markle, please consider/remember: both the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were absent for Prince Louis' Christening last year.
We can also confirm, via what we read on the Internet, that the gathering will be attended by approximately 25 family members and friends -- and that photos to be released the next day.
Both of these tidbits are typical of a Royal Christening.
The timing of the baptism also makes sense, considering Prince William and Kate Middleton's three kids - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - were all Christened within about three months of their birth.
Moreover, Charlotte and Louis were both christened in the month of July, just like Archie will be.
Or maybe just a coincidence.
“This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world,” an insider tells People Magazine.
Markle and Harry, meanwhile, have also announced that they'll be taking a tour of Africa in the near future ... with Archie in tow! It will mark the first time the baby leaves his native country.
During the Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit (an event honoring his late mother, Princess Diana), Harry delivered a speech this week in which he opened up about caring for his son.
"I'm struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn't realize that someone looks up to them, that -- for that person -- you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful," said Harry, adding:
"Perhaps it's the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps."
Added the handsome Royal:
"But it's not just my role as a father that shows me that; it's in the people I see every day that don't realize how inspirational they are to those watching.
"From small acts of kindness to large measures of character -- each move that we make matters, especially when we don't think anyone is watching. That is when our true character comes to light."
The following photo is too cute for words.
It's our job to write many words about things and people within the world of celebrity gossip, so we're gonna go ahead and give this a shot...
In honor of the very first time he can celebrate Father's Day for a personal and important reason, Prince Harry has gone ahead and shared a new picture of the person who has made this possible.
We're talking about the Royal Stud's only child to date, of course, Archie.
The latest member of Great Britain's most famous family entered the world back on May 6 and, aside from one public outing two days later, has mostly been kept out of the spotlight ever since.
Harry and polarizing wife Meghan Markle have been caring for the newborn away from London and all the cameras, onlookers, press, etc. over the past five weeks or so.
But Harry took a break from this hiatus on Father's Day.
“Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex,” reads the caption on Harry and Meghan's official Instagram account to the image above.
Really, does it get any more precious?!?
The snapshot features young Archie's tiny hand wrapped around the finger of his father.
And while the bottm half of Archie's face is covered up, this is actually the best look we've gotten so far of the brand new human's eyes and head.
Just over a month ago, meanwhile, Markle and Harry celebrated her very first Mother's Day as an actual mother by also sending an emotional message to her fans around the world.
They did so as a caption to another picture of their son.
“Paying tribute to all mothers today — past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you,” the Royals wrote along with a picture that showed Meghan tenderly touching her son’s tiny feet at the time.
This caption concluded:
“Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe.
"This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex.”
Harry is probably celebrating Father’s Day at the family’s cottage home in Windsor.
From what he's said in public so far, he seems to really be taking to parenthood.
Just days after Archie’s birth on May 6, Harry told journalists:
“It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.
“[We look forward to spending] precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up.”
Enjoy it while you can, man. Time really does fly.
Presideny Donald Trump touched down in Great Britain this week for a three-day, official state visit.
But he wasn't exactly given a hero's greeting upon his arrival.
At least not by one very prominent British citizen.
According to The Sun, Prince Harry attended a private lunch with the President and First Lady on Monday, but he didn't speak very much to the Commander-in-Chief.
This same group was then taken on a tour of Queen Elizabeth's private art collection, but Harry chose to hang back as much as possible at this point.
An insider says he made a point NOT to be photographed anywhere near the President.
This British publication explains that Harry walked in with the President’s daughter, Ivanka, during this showing -- but then left her to talk to the Lord Chamberlain while the Queen showed the Trumps around the Palace.
"Harry was the third most senior royal in the room after the Queen and his father, but didn’t seem to take any part in his royal duties," an onlooker tells The Sun.
Royal commentator Ingrid Seward, meanwhile, offered a similar account:
“Harry did look grumpy and as if he didn’t want to be there," she said, adding
"He appears to be behaving in a rather immature way and letting his personal animosity take over from his natural good manners.
"Whatever his personal feelings, it’s his duty to support the Queen regardless and take a tip from his grandmother who has never allowed her personal feelings to interfere with her duty.
"It’s bad manners and rude."
One might say, of course, that President Trump has exhibited nothing himself except for bad, very rude manners -- so why should he deserve anything but the same in return?
Just a few days ago, upon being told of negative comments Meghan Markle made about him three years ago, Trump slammed the Duchess as nasty.
He added at the time, speaking in general of Markle as a member of The Royal Family:
“I think it’s nice, and I’m sure she’ll do excellently. She’ll be very good.”
However, the damage had already been done.
Thankfully for Markle, though, she never had to pretend to make nice to the President.
She remains on maternity leave and is not attending any official events at the moment.
As soon as Harry’s official duties were over yesterday, The Sun reports, "he dashed off to his exclusive Chelsea gym KX, where he spent 90 minutes working out."
He probably had quite a bit of stress to get out after having to hold in his contempt for the American President for so long.
Harry then chose not take part in the official state banquet at the Palace last night, despite it being attended by Charles, Camilla, William and Kate.
Can anyone blame the guy?!?
It's a weird thing to be a member of a royal family in 2019.
We suppose it's always been a weird thing, but 500 years ago, it was all beheading your enemies, noshing on giant turkey legs, and other objectively awesome sh-t.
These days, it's got its ups and downs, as Meghan Markle learned shortly after marrying Prince Harry last year.
Sure, you're rich and famous, and you could probably still order a low-key beheading if someone really pissed you off.
But these days, being a royal is less about hoisting flagons of mead and more about public appearances and philanthropic work.
Which is why Harry went back to work just days after Meghan gave birth to the couple's first child.
Just two days after baby Archie entered the world, Harry was in Amsterdam to promote the upcoming Invictus Games.
Of course, that was just a day trip, and he was back at Frogmore Cottage in a matter of hours.
On Friday, however, Harry headed to Rome to participate in a charity polo event.
And it seems he'll be spending the night alone from Archie for the first time.
Now, Meghan and Harry have been catching hate from the British press for their parenting choices pretty much since the day Archie was born.
And we're sure Piers Morgan is already preparing one of his signature, jowl-quaking tirades, in which he'll accuse Harry of being an absentee dad.
But it's important to note that the event is a benefit for Harry's Sentebale charity, a Lesotho-based organization that serves victims of the African AIDS crisis.
So yeah, it's a very important cause, and since Harry is the main draw, there's really no event without him.
Thankfully, Harry likely won't be dignifying the criticism with a response, but his friend and partner Nacho Figeroa responded to a reporter who pointed out that "most fathers" don't spend nights away from home so soon after the birth of a child.
"I'm a father of four, and sometimes duty calls. This is 24 hours away from the house, and I think he's doing just fine," Figueroa said.
"He's a wonderful father and very present, and he's here for an amazing cause."
Maybe Harry should always keep Figueroa around to put the press in its place.
Having a buddy named Nacho to clap back on your behalf is almost as cool as an on-call guillotine squad.
From the Roayl Wedding to a new Royal Baby.
What a difference one year can make, huh?
Exactly 12 months after they exchanged vows and became very famous husband and wife at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated the occasion by dropping an awesome surprise on their fans and followers:
The couple has released brand new photos from their wedding day!
They did so, of course, two weeks after also welcoming a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into the world.
It really has been quite the 365 days for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
"Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world," Meghan and Harry said in their Instagram post. "Each of you made this day even more meaningful."
Check out the very cool and romantic pictures below!
1. Psalm West
2. Hello There, Wife
3. Wedding Beauties
4. Groom and Best Man
5. I Need a Ride!
6. Let's Do This, Shall We?
Fans of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are still getting over the joyful announcement of the royal baby name.
But Harry is back to work, and holding earnest conversations with people even as he beams with pride as a new father.
The prince has also spoken of how he misses his mother, the late great Princess Diana.
A veteran by the name of Dennis van der Stroon spoke to Prince Harry on Thursday during the new father's trip to the Netherlands.
Van der Stroon then spoke to Hello! about the exchange, in which they reflected upon both fatherhood and loss.
"Harry talked about how having a small child was his new focus and new goal," van der Stroon reveals.
He recalls: "and I told him how a couple of months ago, I was struggling with my mental health."
"But," van der Stroon told the prince. "My wife’s pregnancy has given me a goal."
Like Prince Harry, van der Stroon lost his mother when he was young and is also about to become a father.
"Above all," he comments. "He said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world."
It sounds like he's very pumped up by being a new father.
And he knows that he's not the only one.
van der Stroon adds: "and how his child has made a lot of people happy."
That is certainly true.
"He also told me he’s really happy that his son is so far very quiet," van der Stroon shares.
Hey, that's something that we didn't know about baby Archie.
"But," he continues. "He also told me not to make too many plans."
Ban der Stroon explains: "and that there’s no way you can plan for when the baby arrives."
That is absolutely true.
"I told Harry about my mother," van der Stroon shares, noting that they could relate to each other.
It has been more than 20 years since Princess Diana's tragic death.
"And," he reveals. "We talked about our shared experience of missing a mum."
That is heartbreaking for both of them.
"He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security," van der Stroon expresses.
Van der Stroon says that Harry spoke of "how you need that [security] as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother.”
He and his brother were then under a spotlight as never before while they mourned, which only compounded the trauma.
“He said he meets a lot of people in his work who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother, or relatives," van der Stroon shares.
Prince Harry is known for his charity work, following in his late mother's footsteps.
"And when he hears their story, as he heard my story," van der Stroon concludes. "He said he doesn’t feel so alone."
Harry and Meghan shared their happy news earlier this week.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” they shared on Instagram.
“This afternoon," the statement read. "Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle."
"The Duke of Edinburgh and the duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion," the post added.
As Harry told van der Stroon, the birth of baby Archie has brought joy to a lot of people who feel invested in Harry and Meghan.
Earlier today, several media outlets (including this one) reported that Meghan Markle might be in labor.
It remains to be seen if that was the really the case or if it was merely a false alarm originating in the British tabloids -- and it could be several weeks before we find out for sure, as Meghan and Harry have made it clear they plan to protect their newborn's privacy.
But if there's any truth to the rumors, and Meghan did welcome her first child, then she may have just completed the most productive week in the history of the British Royal Family.
(Yes, we're including the week in which Edmund the Penitent defeated the French at the Battle of Chesterfordshire just days before he resolved the Yorkford Grain Crisis of 1681 -- and yes, we just made all that up.)
Because in addition to bringing a new prince or princess into the world, Meghan might have also ended a rivalry that's been raging for at least the past year.
At first, it was reported as a feud between Kate and Meghan.
As more information became available, however, it began to look as though the bad blood was really between William and Harry.
Currently, it looks as though the brothers may have cut ties as a result of William's alleged affair with Rose Hansbury.
Sources say Harry was upset that Will was commenting on his marriage while cheating on his own wife, and the whole thing dredged up painful memories of their father cheating on their mother, etc.
Basically, the world's wildest soap opera is unfolding behind the walls of Buckingham Palace, and the Royals are looking to keep the whole thing to themselves. Stingy.
But now, the beef between the Cambridges and the Sussexes may have finally come to an end.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Harry and Kate were spotted hanging out, and now it looks as though the two couples recently spent time together at Harry and Meghan's new home, Frogmore Cottage.
According to Harper's Bazaar the unexpected visit happened on Easter Sunday.
“William and Catherine visited because Meghan was unable to attend the service,” a source tells the magazine.
“They wanted to be supportive and see how she is doing. It was a lovely afternoon.”
It was William and Kate's first visit to the quaintly-named estate, which Meg and Harry have apparently made very much their own.
“Meg and Harry are really settled in now,” a friend of the couple tells Bazaar.
“It’s truly a lovely home and they have done such a great job with the space.
"So much light and positive energy. I couldn’t think of a better place to start a family.”
So it remains to be seen if Meg really welcomed a child today, but if she did, it sounds like the royal tyke will be entering a very peaceful environment.
Meghan Markle is a real piece of work. She had the balls to marry Prince Harry and now she’s choosing not to splash her and Harry’s first born across every magazine in the UK and US. This bitch is trying to keep her baby private like some sort of human being with “agency” and “choice”. Reports say Markle has decided to not let 300 cameras give her baby a seizure on the hospital steps after she gives birth which has pissed off everyone in the media. Like, what right does she have to do this to us?
According to Brown, the press “have always believed the royal boys are theirs” and “felt very protective” of Prince William and Harry. “But again, these boys are not children anymore,” she said.
“Now they’ve got their own agency, and the press don’t like it. They want them to still be, you know, theirs,” Brown added.
I’m not sure who this “press” is but no one actually cares. Every time a celebrity baby is on the cover of PEOPLE they always look like the same misshapen potato as the last one. And why does anyone want this? Isn’t your Facebook feed of monthly baby announcements enough? Wait a couple of months and this chick’s IG feed will be so insufferable that you’ll have no choice but to mute it.
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Earlier this month, news of Prince William's alleged affair with Rose Hanbury shocked royal-watchers the world over.
This week, the dust has settled a bit, no doubt thanks in large part to William's efforts to bury the story.
In an almost unprecedented move, Will directed the full wrath of his legal team at UK media outlets who carried reports about the affair.
But while Will may have had some success with keeping the story out of the press, he's had less luck when it comes to mitigating the damage that this latest scandal has done to his family.
Insiders say the royals are reeling amidst a full-blown feud between William and Harry.
Already, Harry and Meghan have put a considerable amount of distance between themselves and the Cambridges by moving out of Kensington Palace and settling into Frogmore Cottage, nearly 25 miles away.
Now, it looks like the Sussexes may be planning to go to even greater lengths to separate themselves from Will and Kate and all the messiness that's currently throwing the London branch of the family into a state of disarray.
Shocking as it may seem that they would be content to live so far from Harry's family soon after welcoming their first child, it seems there actually might be some truth to reports of Harry and Meghan moving to Africa in 2020.
If they go through with the move, no doubt many will view it as a bold rejection of the hollowness of royal life in London.
When you live under the same roof as your brother, but you suddenly move 25 miles away before moving a continent away, there's really only one way to interpret it.
When all of that happens in the midst of an intense feud (Harry and William reportedly did not speak at all during this year's Easter celebrations.), the truth of the situation is abundantly evident.
But not surprisingly, the royals are already attempting to put a positive spin on the situation.
An insider tells People magazine that Harry and Meghan may soon be "dispatched" to a foreign territory, while Will and Kate remain at home in preparation of one day ascending to the throne.
“This is a 1000-year-old monarchy overseeing a Commonwealth of 54 territories. Lots of people depend on its existence and continued success,” a source tells the magazine.
“Eventually Harry and Meghan will be dispatched somewhere.”
The insider continues to pretend this is all part of the plan by claiming that Will and Kate are being kept home in London in order to prepare for life as king and queen.
“William and Kate are completely in transition as he prepares to take over as the Prince of Wales,” the source adds.
“Their life together is all about preparing to be in charge, which is a significant reason for the wall between them and Harry and Meghan.”
Right. Will's been "preparing to be in charge" his whole life, but it never impacted his relationship with Harry before. Just sayin'.
Last year, Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in front of an international TV audience. Now they're expecting a baby.
Maybe you've heard that at some point.
The 37-year-old former actress is the envy of millions of women these days, but the road to royalty wasn't an easy one.
But, to our original point, Meg got her start in Hollywood as most people do - by taking on gigs she'd rather forget now.
Fortunately for us, many of that acting and modeling work Markle took on to pay the bills yielded unforgettable images.
For us. And Harry, most likely.
Not convinced? Scroll down for some Meg career highlights ... before becoming a Duchess and mother-to-be of course.
1. Meghan at Age 22
2. The Role Suits Her
3. Meghan as Rachel
4. Showing Some Leg
5. Topless Meg
6. Nude on Suits
Former Nazi enthusiast Prince Harry has taken a bold stance on video games; burn the ones I deem harmful, like Fortnite. You know his grandfather’s favorite sisters were actual Nazis. Seriously. One of them literally hung out with Adolf Hitler.
It turns out that growing up being told that God chose your family to rule a country and having your every want catered to by a staff of servants while you never work a day in your life makes you grow up to be kind of an idiot. A few years of serving in the military’s 110th Photo-Op Corps just isn’t enough to correct for being the product of generations of Nazi inbreeding, I guess.
Here’s what Harry actually said, according to the Daily Express:
He said parents don’t know what to do about their children’s addiction to Fortnite.
The Duke said: “The game shouldn’t be allowed.
“Where is the benefit of having it in your household?
“It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.
It’s fine if you don’t want to let your kids play a game, but trying to have it banned is insane. You know what it leads to? Police going around arresting kids for playing a video game instead of policing actual crime? Don’t believe me? Well, after some dipshit 11-year-old asked India to ban Fortnite competitor PUBG, the Indian state of Gujarat actually did, and here’s what happened, via CNET:
Over 10 students were arrested in the city of Ahmedabad for playing the mobile shooter, with a further 16 people arrested in the city of Rajkot in the past week alone, reports the BBC.
That’s what Prince Harry wants for England. Because he’s an idiot. Twitter agrees.
Prince Harry is a bloody nincompoop. https://t.co/FTv6ty2ezE
— Erik Kain (@erikkain) April 4, 2019
No. its 2019. hes a prince.
— Dave “¡dis is sewious!" Terrasidio (@Terrasidius) April 4, 2019
Can't we just ban the Royal Family. Sell off all the Extravagant Palaces & Castles, Money raised could do wonders for the NHS, all the land they have would build some great social housing.
— Dave Harg ALL LADIES ARE SPECIAL (@DaveHargreave14) April 4, 2019
So proud of my 13 yr old son
“ I don’t think he is in charge of that and it’s a free game so he would have to ban every xbox360 and switch, go back to opening up Hospitals 2 days a month. “
— Rayosborn (@Raymondsborn) April 4, 2019
He's more of a Minecraft fanboy…. pic.twitter.com/l4zhk6vq94
— ᑕᕼᖇIᔕ ᔕEᗩᐯOᖇ (@conkerhimself) April 4, 2019
Yeah, that Nazi thing isn’t going to die easily.
Being lectured by a literal prince who was raised with a literal silver spoon in his mouth lmao… hard pass Harry.
— Brad Hall (@Brad7658) April 5, 2019
What would be nice : the English monarchy banned
— LCF/MTG (@ElCodigoDElena) April 4, 2019
Right…. but fox hunting is OK is it.
— Samuel Marc Zelley (@the_real_sMz) April 4, 2019
I don’t actually play Fortnite, but it’s just a video game. We’ve been doing this my entire life, like, literally before I was born. The first (somewhat successful, at the time) attempt to ban a violent video game was in 1976. From he National Coalition Against Censorship’s website:
First Controversial Video Game, “Death Race,” Pulled Off Store Shelves
The objective of the lo-fi black and white game that looks like a slightly more advanced version of Pong is to earn points by running over as many “gremlins” as possible within a given time frame. According to video game historian Steve L. Kent, “What got everyone upset about Death Race was that you heard this little ‘ahhhk’ when the person got hit, and a little gravestone came up.” Due to public outcry, Death Race’s manufacturer takes the game off the market.
That was 43 years ago. There are people in their 60s who were hearing about how violent video games were destroying society when they were teenagers. It’s enough. Someone invent holograms that will jack you off so we can debate the ethics of something else for a minute.
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The Duke and Duchess of Glam!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry turned Wednesday into a date night at the circus. The royal couple went to see the latest daredevil and acrobatic talents of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem show at the Royal Albert Hall, a short drive from their home at Kensington Palace, London.
The royal mom-to-be chose a sparkly navy dress with three-quarter length sleeves and a leg slit by Roland Mouret. She carried a clutch by Givenchy (her wedding dress designer!) and wore a gold bracelet that once belonged to Princess Diana. Meghan also traded her usual natural lip shade for a bold red lipstick.
Meanwhile, Harry stuck to a classic black suit and tie. Despite their glamorous looks, the couple skipped the event’s red carpet.
The performance will raise awareness and funds for the work it does with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa. The evening begun with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting representatives from the charity and members of the Totem cast.Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletterto get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!
It came after a day of public royal events hours which saw Meghan, 37, have a cute visit with pet charity Mayhew which she adopted last week, while sister-in-law Kate Middleton went to see how costumes are made for opera (and checked out some ballet, too). Harry and Meghan got into evening wear for the night on behalf of his charity Sentebale.
As the show began, a character named Valentino, played by John Monastero, delivered an introduction from the stage, telling the audience, “Not only is it our premiere, but we also celebrate the beginning of a new partnership between Cirque Du Soleil and Sentebale. Just by being here tonight, you are allowing Sentebale to provide young people with the tools, emotional support and the networks to lead healthy, hopeful and productive lives.”
The parents-to-be stood up to acknowledge the audience from the royal box, to applause from the hall.
Harry set up Sentebale with his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 and the charity works to support the mental health and wellbeing of children. It runs care and education programs to help the youngsters in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi have the tools and knowledge they need to be healthy and happy.
Johnny Hornby, chairman of Sentebale, told reporters, “At Sentebale, a large part of our educational work with children and adolescents has focused around engaging them through play, entertainment and music.”
He added, “We’re very grateful to everyone at Cirque du Soleil for giving us the opportunity to shine a light on the work that Sentebale does to help children and young adults affected by HIV to live happy, healthy and productive lives.”
— @Sentebale (@Sentebale) January 16, 2019
“We strive to make a difference in the lives of youths and encourage them to change the world,” saidDaniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group’s chief executive. “It is because both our organizations share these very values that we will proudly dedicate our Totem premiere to the Sentebale Nights, a
perfect way to allow us to raise significant funds and awareness together.”
Only last August, the couple enjoyed a gala evening out at the London production of Hamilton, which also raised money for Sentebale.
I’ve been having some mixed feelings when it comes to Meghan Markle. I was all for her in the beginning when she was first engaged to Prince Harry. She seemed like a breath of fresh air for the British monarchy as an American, a feminist, and a woman of color. Like a lot of people, I thought she would bring a unique perspective to the traditional and conservative monarchy.
But lately, there’s been a lot of, well….less than favorable press about Meghan, so it’s hard to say what the real story is right now. Ultimately though, it’s hard not to feel sorry for her.
The current report is that Meghan Markle has been “miserable” in her current role. A source said:
“Meghan has so much on her plate, between being pregnant and dealing with the public backlash and she’s finding the whole situation incredibly stressful.”
Of course, this is all speculation on the part of the press. But really, who could blame her? Despite being married to a prince, having a royal title, attending elegant affairs, and access to all the designer clothing and jewelry she could want, Meghan’s life has been far from a fairy tale.
Even after her wedding, she’s still having to deal with the nasty interviews being given by her trashy, fame-hungry family members, which she’s powerless to stop. Her every move is constantly scrutinized and reported on by the media, far more so now than when she was a Hollywood actress. She clearly was looking to modernize the monarchy, but her ideas are usually rejected by the palace. And on top of that, she’s pregnant. Yeah, I can safely say that I don’t envy Meghan’s position, tiaras or not.
All I can say is that if Markle is looking to make fundamental changes to the monarchy, yeah…that’s not gonna happen any time soon. Queen Elizabeth can be persuaded in some small areas such as not making her grandchildren marry their third cousins (and keeping the monarchy in the family), but she’s not going to suddenly get wild and crazy by letting the ladies go without pantyhose. Markle’s probably going to have to wait several years before she might even sniff changes.
But cheer up, Meghan. At least you know you won’t be pregnant forever. And as for the horror show family members, well, is there a chance you might have some connections as royalty? Someone who could do a quick job and clean up afterward? Maybe?
Earlier this year, Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in front of a massive international TV audience. Maybe you heard.
The 37-year-old former actress is the envy of millions of women these days, but the road to royalty wasn't an easy one.
She's spent most of her adult life paying her dues in Hollywood, a.k.a. taking on projects she'd probably prefer to forget.
Fortunately for us, many of those acting and modeling gigs Markle took on to pay the bills yielded unforgettable images.
Ones that make Harry the envy of millions as well.
Not convinced? Check out the pics below for some of Meg's career highlights ... before becoming a Duchess of course.
1. Meghan at Age 22
2. The Role Suits Her
3. Meghan as Rachel
4. Showing Some Leg
5. Topless Meg
6. Nude on Suits
The Royal Rivalry may be real, folks.
Then again, it may not be.
But there is a new reason to believe that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry truly do not get along well with Kate Middleton and Prince William -- and that reason is outlined below.
The expecting parents have confirmed that they're moving from their current residence at Nottingham Cottage in London to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, England.
The former cottage is where Markle and Harry hosted their wedding reception and where most assumed they would remain into parenthood.
However, this is what the official statement from the Royal Family reads on the matter:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child...
Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.
The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.
Why the residence switch, however?
Could it really be due to the strained relationship that reportedly exists between Markle and Middleton?
Just a few days before the move was announced, insiders alleged that the famous spouses did not get along because Kate thinks Meghan has been hogging the spotlight.
There's also been plenty of chatter of late about British people in general disliking Markle due to her clothing and attitude.
In many respects, it does seem as though the shine on Markle has dulled a bit in the eyes and minds of those around her.
However, The Sun writes that the issue may not be between Markle and Middleton...
... but between Harry and Williams.
"The initial plan was for Harry and Meghan to move out of their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace and into one of the main apartments," a source tells this newspaper, adding:
"But there has been a bit of tension between the brothers.
"Now Harry and Meghan don’t want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own."
To be clear, Frogmore Cottage has 10 bedrooms and is significantly bigger than Nottingham Cottage.
With a baby on the way, it's no surprise Markle and Harry would want to change digs, especially because Meghan's mother will be staying with them for awhile once the child is born.
But why move so far away?
We can't say for certain.
All we know is that many change are afoot for Harry and Meghan, just seven months or so after they became husband and wife.
The couple announced shortly after arriving in Australia for their 16-day royal tour in October that they're expecting.
They have not yet revealed the gender or the due date, although most think the baby will arrive in early May.
A source told Us Weekly last month that the couple planned to raise their little one outside city limits.
“No one bothers them there,” the palace source said at the time. “They’re excited to raise children in the country."
And that's all there is to this move, the same tabloid writes. There's no scandal at play here:
"This proves that Harry and Meghan really want to raise their children out of the public eye. They never loved living in London.
"They enjoy their time in the country much more than the city and feel most at home there."
There have been many rumors about Meghan Markle of late.
Some outlets have claimed she will soon pose nude.
Others have written that she's in the Queen's doghouse due to her fugly clothing.
We can't confirm or deny these pieces of chatter, but we do know the following...
... Meghan Markle is definitely pregnant!
We know this because the Duchess herself has confirmed it, of course.
But we also know it because we got a glimpse of Markle's midsection when she stepped out with Prince Harry at the Royal Variety Performance in London on Monday.
As you can see by the photos above and below, the Duchess is very much showing at this point, by which we mean:
HELLO THERE, BABY BUMP!!!!!
The aforementioned event happened to fall on Markle and Harry's six-month anniversary, making it extra special for the world to really get its first look here at the couple's growing child-to-be.
And Meghan obviously isn't hiding anything at this point, either, as she was spotted cradling her precious baby bump on multiple occasions while out and about.
Harry and his gorgeous wife attended the annual televised event to support the Royal Variety Charity, which benefits hundreds of UK entertainers in need of help and assistance due to old age, ill-health or difficult times.
It's an admirable cause.
The famous and beloved twosome recently wrapped up their first official tour as a married couple, capping it off with what many consider to be the most stunning maternity ever snapped by anyone ever.
You can see it HERE.
"Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference," Harry wrote as a caption to the aforementioned image.
He didn't say anything about the baby on board for him and Markle, but this has become the norm for most Royal Couples.
They announce the pregnancy through Kensington Palace and then try their hardest not to feed into the paparazzi frenzy surrounding the impending birth.
Like Prince William and Kate Middleton before them, Meghan and Harry are just trying to mostly lay low and prepare for parenthood at this point.
Back in mid-October, the Palace released a statement that read:
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.
Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.
We've heard the Royal Baby is due on May 2, but we don't know that for certain.
All we can say without any shadows of any doubts is this;
We can't wait to meet him or her!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are happily married and expecting, and the Royal Family has never looked so happy.
But Harry and Meghan aren't entirely content and are itching to leave their current residence.
Not only are their accommodations too small, but Harry wants to step out of his brother's shadow.
RadarOnline reports that Harry and Meghan are eager to move.
"Harry and Meghan want to move," an insider reveals.
They know that their family is growing, the source says, "and need more space."
We know that it's tempting to claim that they're being greedy or absurd by demanding more space.
But as we describe their current residence -- Nottingham Cottage, on the grounds of Kensington Palace -- you'll understand why.
"But," the insider says. "They don’t want to live next door to William and Catherine."
We so often tend to imagine the royal family living within a massive, spacious palace.
But Nottingham cottage is just that. From the description, it sounds like a starter home.
Harry and Meghan's current residence has only two bedrooms for a household that's about to have three people.
(Sure, newlyweds may share a bed, and many married couples continue to share a bed, but they'll want a guest room)
The cottage also has two reception rooms -- so, you know, normal rooms. That's fine.
RadarOnline describes the cottage as having one single bathroom.
That's barely enough for two people. They need to upgrade.
Another impetus for their upcoming move is so that Harry and William can take a step apart.
"They are planning a formal division of their joint royal household," the source notes. "Which is based at Kensington Palace."
"And," the insider continues, they are planning "the creation of separate courts to reflect their increasingly different responsibilities."
We've reported on this previously. The brothers have grown up and don't want to step on each other's toes.
"The brothers have leant on each other and looked after each other since their mother died," the source affirms.
"But now they have their own families," the insider explains. "They no longer rely on each other as before."
Now that William and Harry are adults, they don't need to be literal neighbors.
"They will soon have separate offices and separate lives," the source explains. "So it would make sense for them to live further afield."
And Harry and Meghan's options are broader than some might imagine.
"There is no reason why Prince Harry and Meghan’s London home has to be at Kensington Palace," the insider notes.
"There are plenty of other options," the source adds.
"Including," the insider says. "Using their own money to buy their own place."
Of course, some believe that it's really Meghan and Kate who are tearing the princes apart.
"Kate and Meghan live very different lives," the source notes.
Certainly. They're both Duchesses, but they are of course different people.
"And," the insider continues. "That is likely to become more marked over time."
In other words, Meghan and Kate socialize differently, focus upon different charitable endeavors, and otherwise spend their time differently.
There was a time when royal brides were permitted to do little save produce heirs.
Good for them for living their own lives.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are hot topics.
Unfortunately, some -- like Meghan's irredeemably vile sister, Samantha -- seem eager to cash in on that by painting Meghan as a monster.
Whether it's rumors of Meghan feuding with Kate or allegations about Meghan's diva behavior, people love to talk.
We know that some may be tempted to believe that Meghan is forcing Harry to change his lifestyle.
He's a grown man and a prince. He'll soon be a father.
We imagine that these two are making decisions together, like any expecting parents might.
Stodgy? Stoic? Serious?
More like... playful! Fun-loving! And totally adorable!
In a pair of candid new photos, the most prominent members of Great Britain's Royal Family aim to put to rest all rumors of them as very serious and even unusually cold and distant.
See what we mean right here:
This picture and the one we've also shared down below were snapped in the gardens of Clarence House by photographer Chris Jackson.
They were released in honor of Prince Charles‘ 70th birthday on Wednesday and they include pretty much everyone:
Charles, Duchess Camilla and grandkids Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on a wooden bench, comfortable and cozy.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle are standing behind them sharing a big hearty laugh... while Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton - who is cradling Prince Louis - are grinning at their side.
This really could be any family on any important occasion, couldn't it?
We've never seen this well-known group looking so candid and relaxed before.
Wrote Jackson as a message along with the images:
“I’ve travelled all over the world photographing the Prince of Wales for the last 15 years from Durbars in Nigeria to the Galapagos Islands, Pakistan, Japan and many more as well as covering numerous domestic Royal Engagements so I was delighted to have been asked to take these official portraits of The Prince surrounded by his family to celebrate the important milestone of his 70th Birthday.
"It was particularly special to capture such an informal and relaxed family portrait over a fun afternoon in the gardens of Clarence House.”
Amidst rumors that Markle is a diva and there's division within the Royal Ranks, these photographs could not have come out at a better time.
Charles turning 70 years old has placed the once-controversial prince (the dude cheated on Princess Diana!) squarely in the spotlight for the first time in years.
There's a new documentary coming out about him and a recent screen grab from the program gave us a rare glimpse at the youngest member of his family.
Hello there, Prince Louis!
The Duke of Wales tries to spend as much time as he can with his grandchildren, with his wife saying in the aforementioned documentary of Charles and the young ones around him:
"He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him.
"He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that."
William has also said his father is "brilliant" with George, and you can kind of see how close the two are in the first two photos featured here.
Of late, of course, all attention has turned from Kate and William's kids to the growing tiny person inside of Markle.
She is pregnant, in case you haven't had an Internet connection or access to a television in many weeks.
Although she and Prince Harry have not yet revealed Markle's due date, it is widely believed that she's expected to give birth in early May.
She may even welcome her son or daughter on May 2, which is Princess Charlotte's birthday, which would just be so darn cute all around.
We'll keep fans posted.
In the meantime, how about these glorious Royal Photos, huh?
Never thought we'd see the day where these famous and important folks looked so... normal, you know?
While rumors say that Kate Middleton resents Meghan Markle stealing her spotlight, it turns out that Meghan has gotten on the last nerve of others in the Palace.
Meghan and Harry lost three of their employees in a very short time.
A report says that Meghan may be causing this "stampede" with her insistence on following her own path instead of royal protocol.
According to a report by the Sunday Express, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's household has lost yet another staffer.
Samantha Cohen was the couple's private secretary.
She has now departed from the post.
She was preceded in that job by Edward Lane Fox, who also left that position by his own choice.
And on Saturday, someone walked out who worked even more closely with Meghan.
Meghan Markle's personal assistant was known only by "Melissa."
Melissa has spent the past six months at Kensington Palace with Meghan.
Among her duties was having a very direct role in key elements of preparing for the Royal Wedding in May of this year.
Well, Melissa has now reportedly resigned.
Some have interpreted the loss of three members of the Royal couple's staff as a sign that something is wrong.
According to how a source characterized matters to the Sunday Express, this is very unusual.
"To lose one member of the household could happen to anyone," the insider admits.
Two is happenstance. But three?
"To lose three in a few months is starting to look like a stampede," the source says.
Maybe that is a little dramatic, but that does seem like a lot of turnaround for one couple's household, right?
So ... what's sending these staffers running for the hills?
Allegedly, Meghan Markle's independent attitude is driving away the household staff.
As an actress, Meghan was a public figure long before she began dating Prince Harry.
And, like most humans, she has a personal sense of style.
She remains dedicated to that style even as a duchess, and is resistant to certain Royal traditions that would dictate how she should dress.
Meghan wants to dress like herself.
She doesn't feel a need to be dressed in outfits that are virtually identical to those worn by Duchess Kate.
We are meant to believe that Meghan's sense of autonomy is viewed as "tiresome" by household staffers.
In June, Meghan wore an off-the-shoulder blush colored Caroline Herrera gown to attend the Trooping of the Colour event.
(Gosh, Britain has goofy names for things)
She has also worn purses whose straps cross the body rather than a simple clutch.
Additionally, Meghan didn't wear pantyhose for the engagement announcement.
All of that is beautiful and even stylish, but flies in the face of stuffy Royal traditions.
We're not sure what to make of these reports.
Meghan seems to be a genuinely likeable person.
The narrative that she's "difficult" and resistant to conforming to expectations is tempting, because she's an American, but that doesn't mean that it's true.
And it's difficult to imagine that Meghan and Harry's secretaries are so personally offended that Meghan's formal attire isn't boring enough that they quit.
There can be real drama surrounding the Royal Family.
But that doesn't mean that every story has a scandal just beneath the surface.
Sometimes, people just quit.
During the final day of their royal tour, the couple went on their last public walkabout in Rotorua, New Zealand, where they were greeted by many fans.Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!
During the walkabout, the crowd began to chant Meghan’s name, and she excitedly turned around to say hello to a group of young girls who made a giant poster for the couple in a video posted by the Instagram fan account, @MrsKateCambridge.
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Meghan, who wore a blue sweater and matching multi-colored pleated skirt from Givenchy, also took time to greet one of her littlest fans in the crowd, an adorable young girl who held out her hands to the duchess.
“Walkabouts,” as the royal meet and greets are commonly referred to, have provided some of Meghan and Harry’s most candid moments of the royal tour. Shortly after arriving to New Zealand, Meghan comforted a sobbing teenage fan by holding her hands.
One young royal fan who was wearing a shirt that read “Girls Can Do Anything” caught Harry’s eye in Sydney — so much that he just had to call his wife over to meet her.
“We feel she looks a bit like you,” a person in the crowd is heard telling Meghan in a video posted by Harry Meghan Updates on Instagram.
The Duchess of Sussex replied, “I was literally about to say the same thing!”
Harry then took a fan’s phone to snap a photo of Meghan with her mini-me — a rare move for the prince, who usually adheres to the royal protocol of no autographs or selfies.
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Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, kicked off the final day of their royal tour with a formal pōwhiri and luncheon before naming two kiwi chicks.
They’ll wrap things up with a visit to the Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua, a long walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees.
Prince Harry showed a young boy in New Zealand that he’s not alone.
While greeting fans at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on Tuesday with Meghan Markle, Harry made a stop to talk to 6-year-old Otia Nante, whose grandmother told Harry that Otio had also lost his mother, according to News.com.au.
Harry comforted the child, telling him, “Life will always be alright. You know that? I’ve made it to 34 years old, and life is great. I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted. Don’t you worry about that.”
Although the Duke of Sussex normally adheres to the royal family’s rule to avoid selfies or signing autographs, Harry posed with Otia for a quick snap, which was shared by the Instagram fan account, Harry_Meghan_Updates.
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Prince Harry was only 12 when he tragically lost his mother Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris.
In a 2016 documentary for ITV focused on his charity work in Lesotho, Africa, the royal admitted that he spent a long time suppressing his feelings about his mother’s death.
“I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion,” Harry said. “For a huge part of my life I didn’t really want to think about it.”
He continued, “I now view life very differently from what it used to be. I used to bury my head in the sand, and let everything around you tear you to pieces.”
Prince Harry has found meaning — and a way to carry on his mother’s legacy — in his charity work. In May 2016, he spoke with PEOPLE about his ongoing charity work, saying, “all I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud.”
Meghan, 37, has also found ways to honor the mother-in-law she never got to meet during their royal tour. She wore a pair of butterfly earrings and a gold bracelet that also belonged to Diana on the first day of their tour in Sydney. In Tonga, Harry’s wife wore Diana’s aquamarine ring, which made its debut on Meghan as the couple headed to their wedding’s evening reception.
In addition, the Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring is made up of three diamonds, with one large stone in the center flanked by two smaller stones on the sides. The two side stones are from his late mother, Princess Diana’s personal collection, while the center stone is from Botswana, a country that is close to Harry’s heart.
“I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness is – and the inclusion of that and obviously not being able to meet his mom it’s so important to me to – to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Meghan said during the couple’s engagement interview.