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.
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'.
If you've been tracking the royal gossip these past few days, you know that Kensington Palace has been working hard to bury a story that simply refuses to go away.
It all started with reports of a feud between Kate Middleton and her former friend, Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley.
This developed into reports that William was having an affair with Hanbury.
And there's no greater indication that a piece of royal gossip has at least some basis in fact than a royal campaign to make sure it never sees the light of day.
In that sense, William shot himself in the foot when he appealed to his journalist friend Richard Kay to print a story denouncing the rumors.
In the week since, he may have made the situation worse by taking legal action against British media outlets who have continued to cover the affair.
The Daily Beast is reporting today that at least one UK publication has received a sternly-worded letter from William's preferred law firm of Harbottle and Lewis.
"In addition to being false and highly damaging, the publication of false speculation in respect of our clients’ private life also constitutes a breach of his privacy pursuant to Article 8 of the European Convention to Human Rights,” the letter reads, in part.
“The use of a legal letter by William as a future king is very much a move of last resort,” says Duncan Larcombe, former royal editor of the Sun.
“If the stories of Kate freezing Rose out are true then whatever caused the falling out must have been very serious."
In his comments to The Daily Beast, Larcombe adds:
"While traditionally, the British royal family would not take specific legal action -- he old saying was ‘never complain and never explain’ -- William and Harry are willing to do it in their own way.”
Further complicating the situation is the fact that the British tabloid press is apparently in the habit of using coded language so as to convey privileged information to those in the know, while at the same time protecting themselves from a legal standpoint.
“If you’ve been following the latest Kate Middleton hoo-hah but have been at a loss to understand what a ‘rural rivalry’ is, it’s Fleet Street’s way of hinting at the long-standing society rumor that Prince William has been caught [having an affair]," says a writer for Popbitch, which the Beast describes as "a showbiz industry newsletter."
Meanwhile, a report from Grazia claims that Kate is deeply upset to find her personal life the subject of continued gossip.
"Kate doesn’t do arguments. If you upset her she freezes you out," one insider claims.
"There are very few leaks about what really goes on in the Cambridge household or their marriage, other than to say it’s a solid and happy one," the source adds.
"All of the speculation about this alleged falling out between Rose and Kate will have been upsetting for Kate. She won’t like being the subject of gossip, and neither will William, who is a very private person."
The insider adds that Kate and Will were initially able to laugh at the rumors, but are now finding it difficult to do so.
"For the most part, Kate pays no attention to gossip and rumours and while I think they laughed it off at first, the fact this is still being talked about will, I imagine, unsettle them," says the source.
Another tipster adds that Will and Kate selected Norfolk -- home to Rose Hanbury and her much older husband -- as the center of their social circle specifically because it's "a very ungossipy place."
We think it's safe to say that's no longer the case.
Folks, we have reason to believe some very ugly business is taking place within the royal family these days.
As is so often the case with this sort of thing, the truth probably isn't as wild as some of the most over-the-top tabloid reports would have us believe -- but if even half of what we're hearing is accurate, Buckingham Palace had better brace itself for a generation-defining scandal.
As we reported last month, there's been talk of an affair between Prince William and Rose Hanbury, a socialite who, until recently, was a close friend of Kate Middelton's.
As the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (this is a very British scandal), Hanbury occupied the upper echelons of Norfolk high society -- until recently that is, when a falling out with Kate seems to have made her persona non grata in certain influential circles.
Prior to the rift, Rose and her much-older husband were Will and Kate's favorite double date duo.
Now, there's reportedly zero contact between any of them.
Given those circumstances, it's not hard to see how an affair rumor might have gotten started.
But until this week, most outlets were relying on hearsay from sources who had gleaned second- or third-hand information about Will's philandering.
Now, however, the whole royal mess is receiving the cover story treatment from In Touch Weekly, who claims to have spoken with an insider with direct knowledge of the prince's infidelity.
The tipster cites the fact that Will has contacted multiple journalists in hopes of covering the scandal up as evidence that there's really something to this story.
“The royals rarely let the press ruffle them and much worse stories have been written about them,” explains the source.
“So many royal watchers have speculated that their reaction means something is up.”
The informant says the consensus among insiders is that Will and Kate are in the midst of a worst-case scenario:
“There are rumors that William had an affair and could have cheated on Kate while she was pregnant,” he says.
The source notes that the first whispers of a cheating scandal began just months before Kate gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis, back in April of 2018.
“It’s not surprising the rumors about William and Rose finally leaked to the public – something as big as this can’t be kept a secret forever,” says the insider, adding that the whole ordeal is “Kate’s worst nightmare.”
The source adds that Kate was "humiliated" when she “was told William has carried a torch for Rose for years."
"He’s raised eyebrows with his comments about her grace and beauty and even confided to pals that she was ‘the one who got away,’" he adds.
"Kate immediately confronted him, demanding to know the truth about his relationship with Rose but he just laughed it off, saying there was nothing to it.
“Kate is suspicious when she thinks about him flirting with Rose, and envious.”
And it seems the scandal has already embroiled the entire royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly spoken to both Will and Kate separately about the matter.
It's even been rumored that the long-simmering feud between Kate and Meghan Markle is actually a feud between Will and Harry that was prompted by Harry's disgust over Will stepping out on his family.
The theory goes that Will cautioned Harry against marrying Meghan, which put a strain on their relationship that was exacerbated when Harry learned that all those dire warnings were issued by a man who was conducting an affair with his wife's best friend.
Can someone please start a petition to have the royals star in a 4h-reality show?
We'll continue to monitor this situation and keep you apprised of any new information.
Something tells us it's just getting started.
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?
Earlier this week, the royal parents of three hosted the Radio 1 Teen Heroes finalists at Kensington Palace ahead of this weekend’s Radio 1 Teen Awards ceremony, which will feature performances by Little Mix, Liam Payne and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Kate, 36, wore a red polka dot dress for the occasion, while William, 36, opted for a blue suit with a white button-up sans tie.
Each of the eight finalists have been recognized for their service to others — each in their own way. Lily, 14, is an advocate and wheelchair motocross competitor, while 14-year-old Junior is a dancer who campaigns against bullying. Siena, 16, supports students with autism and learning disabilities.
“To be recognized as making a difference to other people’s lives by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will inspire them to carry on the extraordinary work they already do,” Radio 1 DJ Greg James told the BBC.
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The royal couple have made some of their most candid confessions on BBC Radio 1. During a surprise interview in April 2017, they opened up about their life at home with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, including lounging in their “comfy clothes” while catching up on TV.
When DJ Scott Mills asked how the royal couple likes to relax, they revealed they order takeout and watch their favorite shows, including Homeland and Game of Thrones.
“Absolutely and curry — definitely!” Kate said, while William added that the order doesn’t get delivered to the palace.
“Normally someone goes and picks it up,” he said.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!
Last year, Prince William and Prince Harry were joined by singer Rita Ora to host the inspirational teens at Kensington Palace.
“See the biscuits lying around?” a smiling Prince William joked with the winners midway through the reception, before pointing to a pile of cookies in front of a signed photo of himself and Kate. “This plate is full behind you. That means you have not been trying hard enough!”
Simply put, photographs may not get any more adorable than this.
On Saturday afternoon, Prince William and Kate Middleton surprised their many millions of fans by sharing two new photos of their precious new bundle of joy.
In the first image, Prince Louis is being cradled and kissed by big sister Charlotte and the resulting image is nearly too cute to handle:
Little Louis, of course, came into the world on April 23.
Following months of excitement and even speculation that Middleton was pregnant with twins, the Royal Couple announced on a Monday morning that Charlotte and Prince George now have a brother.
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101 hrs,” read the official Kensington Palace statement at the time.
It then added two key pieces of information:
“The baby weighs 8 lbs 7 oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.”
Louis was born in Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London - where the couple’s other kids were also born - and is dressed in all white for his pair of new photos.
In the one below, Louis is on his own, giving social media users their first true and clear glimpse and his angelic face:
This second photo was reportedly snapped on April 26, when Louis was just three days old.
(And on which Charlotte turned three years old.)
In the past, William and Kate waited about a month before dropping similar professional pictures on the world of their children.
“Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank members of the public for all of the kind messages they have received following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday,” Kensington Palace announced this week.
Back in early June of 2015, Kate and William unveiled this snapshot of George and Charlotte in a similar pose.
Seriously, do these two know how to make beautiful babies or what?!?
In a brief statement to the media shortly after his second son was born, William said Louis is sleeping about as strongly as one could expect and that his mother was doing pretty "well."
We're so very glad to hear it.
Along other Royal lines, we recently learned that Pippa Middleton is also pregnant; while Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19.
It is unlikely that we will see Prince Louis in public until his christening, however.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the newborn royal will not be attending the royal wedding.”
Still: Wow, huh?
Talk about crazy and exciting times for all involved.
We wish the very, VERY best to Kate, William and their three kids.
"I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three. I’m going to be permanently tired," William has said prior to Louis' birth, echoing the sentiments of nearly every parent out there.
But if anyone can do it, we think he and Kate can pull this off.
And if they ever need babysitting help... hey, we're just a phone call away!
As you've likely heard by now, Kate Middleton welcomed her third child this morning.
The newest member of the royal family already made his big media debut, but thus far, Kate and Will have kept mum with regard to his royal moniker.
But that's not stopping the UK's most problematic gamblers from betting their paychecks on the little lads name!
Most of the wagering took place before today's delivery, but don't worry - it's not too late for you to get in on the ridiculous action!
Check out our full gambling guide in the gallery below:
1. Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
2. When Will the Announcement Take Place?
3. The Royal Precedent
4. No Jaden, Caden, or Braden
5. No Jack City
6. Arthur: 2/1
Feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton?
In honor of Christmas on Monday, the former USA Network actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walked to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
This marked the first time all four have been seen in public since Markle and Harry announced their engagement.
And we're got the photos to prove it!
1. Royal Foursome
2. Off to Church
3. A Very Happy Christmas
4. The Mark and the Midd
5. Fan Favorites
6. A Classic Couple
Perpetual rumor has turned into enthralling reality:
KATE MIDDLETON IS PREGNANT WITH HER THIRD CHILD!
No, really: KATE MIDDLETON IS PREGNANT WITH HER THIRD CHILD!
You've likely read that sentence so many times in the past that you started to doubt whether it would ever be legitimate.
But it wasn't a supermarket tabloid making the gigantic announcement on Monday morning... it was Kensington Palace!
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” the statement read, referring to Kate and Prince William and adding:
"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news."
Middleton once again is suffering from a condition that causes severe morning sickness, just as she did during her first two pregnancies.
As a result, she approved the reveal of this news early (Middleton is not even three months along) and was forced to cancel an appearance in England on Monday.
Explains The Palace:
“As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
"Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today.
"The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace."
We can't say for certain when Middleton or William will speak on the pregnancy themselves, but Prince Harry has officially become the first family member to do so.
"Fantastic, great, very, very happy for them," Harry said in a video shared by The Daily Express' royal correspondent several hours ago.
When asked how Kate is doing, Prince Harry responded as follows:
"I haven't seen her for a while but I think she's okay."
A Clarence House spokesman, meanwhile, has said that Prince Charles and Camilla are "delighted" with the news.
Kate and William are already parents to a precious four-year old named George and an adorable two-year old named Charlotte.
Despite the young ages of these children, fans have been wondering for months and months just when Middleton would get pregnant again.
The impending birth will relegate Prince Harry down to sixth in line to the throne.
But he doesn't seem too bothered over that fact, does he?
At this point, we do not know when Kate is due or whether she'll have a boy or girl.
We don't know whether the beloved couple will even find out the gender ahead of time or not.
And we definitely do not know the names Middleton and William are considering.
But do you have any suggestions? What about Clarence for a boy and Roxanne for a girl?
Share your ideas below!
How is THIS for an appropriate announcement on Labor Day?!?
Kate Middleton is pregnant with her third child!
Chatter over the state of Middleton's womb is incessant overseas and within the United States, of course.
There's been talk over whether or not she was expecting baby number-three pretty much since she gave birth to baby number-two.
But questions over whether or not Middleton was pregnant have grown stronger of late, with this being one of those rare occasions on which the tabloids got it right.
(After, like, 679 times of them getting it wrong.)
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the parents off four-year old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte have another bun in their beloved oven.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” the statement from reads, concluding:
"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news."
We don't know for certain just when Kate or William themselves will speak on the news.
During her first two pregnancies, the 35-year old dealt with acute morning sickness, also known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
She has this same condition now and therefore canceled an appearance scheduled for Monday morning.
“As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum," says The Palace.
"Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today,” the statement said.
"The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace."
Due to this illness, and how it may effect how often we see Middleton going forward, the Royal Family confirmed this big news early.
It is believed Kate is still in her first trimester.
One half of this cover claim is finally true!
She is due some time in the spring of 2018.
This must be an especially emotional time for Prince William, whose recently gave a number of interviews because his mother, Princess Diana, passed away 20 years ago late last week.
The birth will relegate Prince Harry down to sixth in line to the throne.
If the baby is a boy, he will actually NOT displace big sister Charlotte in the line of succession, due to a measure that passed just after Will and Kate’s 2011 wedding.
Up until this change, a younger son would usurp his older sister’s place when it comes to inheriting the throne.
But all that business is for another day...
... the important thing to announce here is that KATE MIDDLETON IS PREGNANT!
We are so very happy for her and we wish her nothing but the best.
We hope she rests up and we hope the press gives her and her loved ones some room to breathe over the next few months.
Hooray for the famous couple!
UPDATE: Talking to reporters on Monday, Prince Harry (who may soon be expecting his first marriage!) said the news was, “fantastic, great. Very, very happy for them.” Asked about Middleton, he added:
“I haven’t seen her for a while but I think I she’s okay.”
She's more than okay now, we bet!
Let's forget the silly rumors for a second, shall we?
Let's focus instead of something far more real and serious: The death of Princess Diana.
The Royal Studs sat down for an interview with BBC One as a part of the upcoming documentary Diana, 7 Days, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of this icon's tragic death on August 31, 1997.
About a month ago, for a different TV special, her sons opened up about their final conversation with their beloved mother.
In Diana, 7 Days, they think back to learning about her death for the first time.
"One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died. How you deal with that, I don’t know," Harry says in a released clip from the program, referring to his father, Prince Charles.
It was Charles who told his kids that Diana died in a car crash after he vehicle was chased down by members of the paparazzi.
"[Our dad] was there for us - he was the one out of two left, and he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after," Harry adds.
"But he was going through the same grieving process as well."
At the time of Diana's death, William was just 15 years old and Harry was 12.
The kids were on vacation with their father and grandparents at the family's Balmoral Estate in Scotland when the accident took place.
"At the time, my grandmother [Queen Elizabeth] wanted to protect her two grandsons and my father as well," says William, adding:
"Our grandmother deliberately removed the newspapers and things like that so there was nothing in the house to read.
"We didn’t know what was going on. Back then there were no smart phones and things like that, so you couldn’t get your news.
"Thankfully, we had the privacy to mourn and to try to collect our thoughts and have that space away from everybody.
"We had no idea the reaction to her death would be quite so huge."
Diana was killed in a car accident as she drove through the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris while being chased by the so-called "press."
It was later determined that her driver at the time was drunk.
"One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her while she was still dying in the backseat of her car," Harry says in the documentary teaser below.
"William and I know that. We've been told that numerous times by people that know that was the case."
"She had quite a severe head injury, but she was very much alive on the backseat, and those people that caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat.
"And then those photographs made their way back to news desks in this country."
William, meanwhile, has speaks in the special about how herefused to let his mother's death "break" him.
"When you have something so traumatic as the death of you mother at 15 - which sadly many people have experienced, and no one wants to experience - it will either make or break you. And I wouldn't let it break me," William says.
"I wanted her to be proud of the person I would become...
"I didn't want her worried, or her legacy to be that William or Harry were completely and utterly devastated by it, and that all the hard work and all love and all the energy she put into us when we were younger would go to waste."
Diana, 7 Days airs Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Note: Take a quick glance at the image below. You might just be looking at your soon-to-be King and Queen of England right there.
Note: You are indeed looking at a photo of a smiling Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, not a photo of Prince Charles.
Call it a historic change of plans ...
In a stunning turn of events, a palace source reports that Queen Elizabeth II has decided to pass down her royal duties to her grandson.
This marks a groundbreaking change in the line of succession, which would typically make her first-born son, Charles, the heir apparent.
Why would Her Royal Majesty - who has yet to make any sort of formal announcement to confirm this - make such a drastic decision?
According to the insider, the Queen believes installing a younger generation will be vital for the House of Windsor to continue to thrive.
That means Charles, who turns 69 this fall, is SOL.
“Her Majesty realized that William and Kate are the future,” said the palace insider, noting that her royal legacy hangs in the balance.
“She has spent 65 years making sure that the House of Windsor survives," which is what ultimately led HRM to this bold idea.
The long-ruling monarch "sees William and Kate as having the energy and star quality to do the job in a modern world."
It's not personal to her son, but "Queen Elizabeth will always do what is best for the long-term health of the monarchy.”
In a surprising admission, she also reportedly does not believe the monarchy has the “respect and power it once had.”
We would have to agree, but it's still surprising that she believes this - and is willing to go this far to change the trajectory.
“In her eyes," the royal family has lost a lot of influence, but "William and Kate are the two people who can turn that around.”
What's not surprising is that the 91-year-old Queen's alleged decision to pass the crown on to William has led to inner family turmoil.
William and Kate, both 35, are now enduring a strained relationship with his dad, who has already waited a lifetime to become king.
For Charles, it's a bitter pill to swallow.
"Things have been a bit strained between William and his father since the Queen’s decision ... but they are slowly getting used to it."
Interestingly, Charles' wife of 12 years, Camilla Parker Bowles, is taking it well. In fact, she's "secretly thrilled about the Queen’s decision."
"At 70, she’s had enough drama to last a lifetime. [But], it’s hard on Charles. He has been unlucky as the man with the longest wait for a job ever."
As for how this bombshell news will impact the lives of William and Kate's young kids Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2?
Middleton has some mixed feelings about it, to be sure:
"Kate wanted to keep a low profile for a few more years. She’s desperate to remain a hands-on mom and worries about being in the spotlight more."
"She’s concerned about the added pressure on her kids."
Apparently the royal shot-caller isn't concerned about anointing a former commoner to such a lofty position, though ... racy photos or not.
Luckily, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have time to process all of this, because Elizabeth isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Says the source of the Queen's future plans:
"It’s well-known that the Queen will never abdicate the throne, and at 91, she is in great health. She intends to live to at least 100!"
Here's hoping that intention comes true!
There's cute, like when dog owners turn their best friends into precious memes.
There's really cute, like when little kids express love in adorable, innocent fashion.
And then there's super duper extraordinarily so-very-endearing-we-just-want-to-scream-all-day-in-delight cute, like when Prince George turns four years old and his family releases the following photo in celebration:
Altogether now: AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!
The very sweet child, whose birthday is on July 22, is smiling from ear to ear in the picture above, while wearing a cute striped button-up shirt.
“The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's fourth birthday tomorrow,” Kensington Palace shared on Instagram on Friday afternoon.
Added the Royal Family in this statement:
“The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Chris Jackson.
The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George's fourth birthday, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton are parents to George and a two-year old daughter named Charlotte.
They have made a point to keep the children far away from the spotlight, rarely exposing them to a curious public and/or an irritating group of paparazzi.
Every now and then, however, around the holidays or around their birthdays, the beloved couple will unveil a new official portrait such as the one featured here.
George arrived in 2013 at 4:24 p.m. local time and weighed 8 lbs 6 oz at the time of his birth.
His proud parents carried him out to meet the press a day later for his first set of pictures, figuring they might as well get the deed over with on their own terms, lest anxious photographers try breaking down the gates of their home.
Shortly thereafter, as depicted below, the Royal Family posed for a set of memorable portraits as a unit, George included.
Later this year, George will start pre-kindergarten at a private school in London.
He had previously attended nursery school at Westacre Montessori School near his family's home in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England.
“George is very lively and Charlotte is very ladylike,” Prince William has said of his kids. “They’re both delightful of course."
As for whether or not William and Kate will soon add to their brood?
Give the rumors a rest, will ya, people?!?
Let's just focus on the precious kids they have right now!
It may seem like Kate Middleton never has a care in the world.
She's freakin' royalty, after all, which means she can snap her fingers and have you beheaded for showing up someplace wearing the same outfit as her.
According to the people who keep track of such things Kate and Prince William are lazy even by royal standards, which we assume means they refuse to lift their heads to make things a little easier for the people who feed them grapes for a living.
But toddlers are toddlers, and they care not for your titles, tiaras, or cozy relationships with the Illuminati lizard people who control the weather.
Which means that when it comes to disciplining 3-year-old Prince George, Kate has the same problems as every mom.
Well, maybe not every other mom.
She doesn't have to find someone to stay with her kids overnight because she got stuck working a double at whatever the UK equivalent of Wal Mart is, but you get the idea.
The first clear indication that George could possibly be anything other than the prim and proper offspring he's been depicted as came during Pippa Middleton's wedding last month.
Kate was spotted losing her temper with George and Princess Charlotte, and we imagine Kate Middleton getting pissed is either hilarious or pants-wettingly terrifying.
It was tough to tell from the photos.
Anyway, around this time Will and Kate lost their head housekeeper, reportedly because she quit over their excessive demands.
So there's a vacancy in the house of Windsor, and at least one of Will and Kate's two kids is turning out to be a royal pain.
What to do?
Why, this is England, so the answer is to bring in a proper nanny, of course.
And we're not talking some spoonful of sugar, flying umbrella type.
No, sources say Will and Kate shelled out 250,000 pounds (about $320,000 or 5 Chris Christies) for a so-called "supernanny" who' sworn to whip their kids into shape.
"The new nanny is a graduate of Bath’s prestigious Norland College," a source tells Grazia.
"She’s fluent in six languages and will speak to the children in French and Spanish, as well as using her skills as a qualified child behavioural specialist to help Kate and William deal with tantrums and other issues."
Yes, she may speak six languages, but she doesn't understand sass talk, ya hear?
Anyway, that's how we like to imagine her introductory speech to the kids going.
Naturally, they'll fight back with various hijinks, up to and including ingenious booby traps.
We basically stopped learning new things about the world around the time Home Alone came out.
Today in England, Prince William helped a gentlemen off the ground after he took a tumble.
It was like something out of a fairy tale (minus the dragon-slaying and riding in on a white horse).
William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge had arrived for a mental health event at Steward's Academy in Harlow, England, when Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jonathan Douglas-Hughes unknowingly backed up to a bollard and fell down.
What happens in the following photos is nothing any decent human wouldn't do, but the fact that it was a prince helping out makes it...so dreamy.
1. Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Down!
2. Ready, Steady, Up You Go
3. You Good, Bro?
4. Prince Williams Makes Sure Lord Lieutenant OK
5. Nothing A Pint Won't Fix
6. My Hero
34 years ago today, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England.
Details on how the Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her birthday are never made public by Kensington Palace, since it's a personal occasion.
However, in years past, Catherine has reportedly kept things low-key on her big day. For her 31st birthday, Catherine and Prince William were spotted watching Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall with friends and family.
This year will most likely be spent with her own growing family at Anmer Hall. And no, I don't imply any bun in the oven when I say "growing."
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The throne shalt not be occupied by any King Cue Ball!
'Tis the battle cry of Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth, who are positively beside themselves with humiliation over Prince William's ever-growing bald spot, according to Celeb Dirty Laundry.
The Duke of Cambridge endured a bit of ribbing about his hair loss from a former colleague during a visit to Anglesey earlier in the week.
"It was nice to see him again. He hasn't changed much apart from he's lost a bit more hair. Hey, we're all getting older!" said former Royal Air Force winchman Rik Maving.
Bold chap, he is, insulting a royal like that. Lucky for him the prince didn't order his beheading.
Apparently, Kate, who was with him at the time, was mortified, as was his grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
They are of the mind that the smooth-n-shiny look is not one befitting a future king and are spending $30,000 on a hair transplant to restore William's "royal mane."
"The future King must look younger and vibrant, and this will be achieved only if William has a full head of hair. Experts in hair transplantation have been dispatched to Kensington Palace – in secret of course Royal courtiers reveal."
We can hear Kate's voice now.
Care for a spot of tea, darling? And while we're at it, why not a spot of Rogaine? Oh, blimey, just get the bloody transplant surgery already!!!
I think its safe to say we're calling bollocks on this entire story.
While it's true that Will's scalp is revealing itself more and more, we're fairly certain Kate and the queen would rather have the prince bald than looking like Donald Trump.
Naturally, Prince William isn't the only one getting flak for his appearance. The duchess has also come under fire recently for her horrible eyebrows.
It's no wonder Kate wants to ditch royal life and move back to Wales. (Not really, but we'd totes understand.)
Kate Middleton, Prince William and their children pretty much make the perfect family ... but was their perfect Christmas portrait doctored?
Yes, this is a serious debate happening on social media.
Many Royal Family fans feel that Princess Charlotte, or at least her head, was somehow altered in the official photo released last week.
Charlotte's "recycled" ensemble in William and Kate's Christmas portrait was quickly noted, but whatever, all babies re-wear clothes.
However, people started "observing" that Charlotte’s head is clearly defined in the picture, yet the area around her head is a bit fuzzy.
Supposedly. The rumors began to swirl, in any event, and Elliot Wagland, Photo Editor of Huffington Post UK and AOL, weighed in.
“Something is wrong with this (photoshopped) picture of the royal family,” he wrote on Twitter, taking the "scandal" to a new level.
Then BuzzFeed did a whole story on this in BuzzFeed fashion. “We’re not the only ones to notice something is afoot," the site declared.
"Why is her head so clear and the area around it so blurry?”
The Christmas photo has been dissected, enlarged and analyzed countless times, and frankly, the "evidence" is flimsy at best.
For one, the supposed blurriness around the cutie's neck is only visible whilst zooming in so far that the whole image is blurry.
Secondly, there are other imperfections, if you will, such as Charlotte adorably losing a shoe and William not looking at the camera.
Any family of four - particularly ones who own humans under the age of three - know it's next to impossible to get everyone to look.
If they cared, they would choose a different picture, no?
Finally, even if there were airbrushing, filtering or Photoshop involved ... this distinguishes the royals from exactly no one in this era.
You don't even need Photoshop proper these days, as technology on every mobile device lets you enhance and edit photos in 20 seconds.
A Palace spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the royal family had no comment ... but reportedly laughed out loud when asked about it.
Today, Kensington Palace released two new photos of Princess Charlotte, who is now 6 1/2 months old.
The photos were taken by Catherine in mid-November, according to the palace's social media account, at the family home in Norfolk, England.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to be able to share two new photographs of Princess Charlotte," the palace said in a statement.
"The Duke and Duchess continue to receive warm messages about Princess Charlotte from all around the world and they hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."
William and Catherine did the same thing with Prince George last year, as a thank you to the British media for allowing their children to grow up out of the public eye.
Those photos were taken at Kensington Palace by photographer Jason Bell, who also shot the young prince's christening.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very grateful for the support they have received when it comes to their children and wanted to share these very charming pictures taken by the Duchess," a royal aide told the Daily Mail. "It is something they intend to continue to do."
Catherine is an amateur photographer, having taken photos of George and Charlotte about a month after the princess's birth.
The very foundation of a royal marriage - nay - any marriage is built on the time spent together between man and wife. So how the devil are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expected to keep their union strong if Her Majesty keeps filling up their calendar!
JK JK, this story is a bunch of crap;
OK! has it on
made up good authority that the Queen "has approved more romantic dates" for William and Catherine.
WAIT! Her Majesty isn't just going to hand over permission for alone time without demanding something in return. Do you think Ursula just gave Ariel human legs?
The Queen wants William to take over the couple's public speaking duties, since Catherine sucks at giving speeches.
Her Royal Highness "hasn't quite mastered the confidence necessary to properly represent the royals when speaking in public."
The Cambridges are so excited about their court-approved date nights that they're planning a vacation to Mustique in late November!
“[Kate and Wills] are determined to keep the romance alive and put their love first," a source told the magazine, according to Celebrity Dirty Laundry.
The story also alleges that the Queen can't stand Carole Middleton and wants her kept away from Prince George and Princess Charlotte ("there are plenty of nannies to help care" for them), and is popping antacid over news about Prince Harry's forthcoming love child.
Hokay, so even without speaking to any source from Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace, I can say with full confidence that this story is something out of a poorly-written Hallmark movie.
First of all, William has made it crystal clear with palace courtiers and his family alike that no one, but no one, is to meddle in his private affairs. Following the untimely death of his mother, the Princess of Wales, those in his inner circle have obeyed the Duke's requests.
It's been well documented that the Queen gives her grandson the amount of space he needs in order to build a successful marriage with Catherine. In 2012 William told biographer Robert Hardman that Her Majesty told him to forget whatever wedding invite list aides had drawn up (full of stuffy royal relatives and the like), start from scratch and invite his and Catherine's friends first.
Secondly, if there are any "fractures" in the royal marriage, then let's take a look at William and Catherine's body language at engagements. A friend of mine commented that they had "eye sex" during every engagement of their 2013 royal tour of New Zealand.
As someone who's made a living studying the British royal family, I am finding it very, very difficult to believe any of the quotes pulled from this story. The Cambridges may have spent a "romantic" minibreak in Dundee, Scotland, but they also had a day of events there on October 23rd. And with their alma mater, St. Andrews University about an hour away, it's very likely they spent the night.
As far as a vacation to Mustique, that's not likely to happen until January or February; for the past few years Catherine has joined her family on the island for a private holiday. No tropical vacations are believed to take place from now until the end of the year, since the royal diary is always jam-packed through the holidays.
The quote about "plenty of nannies" being able to care for George and Charlotte is false because they have one nanny, Maria Borrallo, who graduated from the prestigious Norland College.
As for Carole, what the Queen thinks of Catherine's mom is anyone's guess. The Middletons have been included in everything from the planning of the royal wedding to Christmas Day church service, so if the Queen is not in love with Carole, she's not showing it.
To summarize, the Queen is almost 90, and upon her death, Prince Charles becomes sovereign. All of these facts mean that William and Catherine will need to take on more royal responsibilities, leaving them with less time to lead a more private, normal life that they prefer.
This is likely where OK! started sniffing around for some sort of a "scoop."
Kensington Palace knows Prince George is adorable and everything.
But the higher-ups within the Royal Family have issued an open letter to those who continue to snap pictures of the famous cute toddler. And its message can be summed up in just a couple words:
Granted, the two-year may be very mature for his age. But that doesn't mean he's open game to the paparazzi.
As described by the BBC below, the Palace says the Prince is the "number one target" of so-called journalists around Great Britain, as they employ covert surveillance methods reminiscent of groups "intent on doing more than capturing images."
The Palace is happy to provide the occasional official Prince George photo, of course, yet this unfortunately isn't enough for those without "scruples."
Watch the following report and help the cause by refusing to purchase tabloids that print candid snapshot of George.
Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s second child has been christened!
At the St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Norfolk, Princess Charlotte was wheeled in by her mom in a royal pram, accompanied by her dad and big bro Prince George.
Guests included grandparents, great-grandparents, plus aunts and uncles on Kate’s side.
“The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte’s birth — many of them from local people in Norfolk — and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening,” Kensington Palace said.
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Prince George is gonna be mad his little sister keeps taking things from his closet!
Princess Charlotte's Christening took place on Sunday afternoon at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk, and her royal family members couldn't have looked cuter to celebrate her big day.
Prince William kept things traditional in a navy suit, but it's two-month-old Charlotte's big brother George who takes the cake in his adorable red-and-white frilled shorts and short sleeves number.
So what exactly did Charlotte wear for her Christening?
A replica of the same royal gown that has been in her family since 1841!
George himself wore the hand-stitched gown for his Christening in 2013 (below) while daddy William got the original for his in 1982!
So who else was in attendance to honor Charlotte?? Her five godparents, of course!
Kate and William selected five of their closest friends and family members to participate in the ceremony, including; William's cousin the Honourable Laura Fellowes, and longtime friends Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade, as well as Kate's cousin Adam Middleton and her friend Sophie Carter.
The rest of the attendees included Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton, her brother James Middleton and Pippa!
Sounds like a pretty great day to us!
It's an exciting thing when royals from different nations cross paths, and since Kim and Kanye were busy at Glastonbury over the weekend, the US sent it's next-classiest couple to hang with Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.
Yes, Brad and Angelina partied with Will and Kate, and by "partied," we mean enjoyed afternoon tea and "discussed their shared interest in combating the illegal wildlife trade," according to a source. Ya know, just like when you hang out with your friends!
For years, there's been talk of Kate being a closeted Brangeloonie, and it was even once rumored that Angelina would direct a biopic about Kate.
So obviously, this meeting has been a long time coming, but witnesses say Kate restrained herself from fangirling out when she shook hands with Angie.
The Jolie-Pitts reportedly brought a gift to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte, and Prince George himself even toddled in to make a cameo.
“Everyone got on splendidly,” a source tells Us Weekly. “Brad and Angelina spent much longer with the Duke and Duchess than planned. They ended up staying for almost a few hours.”
So we have one tabloid telling us that Brad and Angelina are headed for divorce, while another claims they spent the weekend chatting about underground tiger smuggling for hours on end. We tend to believe the latter.
Can you imagine sitting in on this?!
The royal families from both the United States and UK met for the first time on Friday, and we cannot imagine how magical the moment must have been.
The famous couples reportedly chatted about worldwide issues like illegal wildlife trade and poaching... so just some casual small talk.
And while their meet up was only supposed to be a quick cuppa, the double date apparently went so swimmingly, that they ended up hanging out for a couple of hours!
Brangelina is currently across the pond to gear up for Angie's lunch at the country's Foreign & Commonwealth Office to tackle more of her war zone sexual violence cause, so she's just getting it all done.
We wonder what they're gonna do for their second date??
[Image via Daniel Deme/WENN.]
When you hear the name “Charlotte,” sweet images of Prince William and Princess Kate‘s newest addition may come to mind, but Sarah Michelle Gellar isn’t about to let the new royal baby steal her princess’s spotlight.
In a cute Instagram post on Wednesday, the actress, 38, gave a sneak peek of her 5-year-old daughter‘s outfit for school — and it’s fit for a princess!
And Charlotte Grace shares more than just a name with Princess Charlotte.
The pair both have princes for fathers: Prince William and Freddie Prinze, Jr.!
Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty; Courtesy Sarah Michelle Gellar. Left: Princess Charlotte
And let’s not forget when Gellar slipped on Cinderella’s iconic blue gown for a royal rap battle against Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle.
Their moms and dads are longtime loves as well. Gellar and Prinze, Jr. have been married for more than a decade. The duo began dating after meeting on the set of 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. Will and Kate are college sweethearts, and met in 2001 when they were students at the Universtiy of St. Andrews.
These two famous Charlottes could rule the playground together!
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It's been just over a month since Kate Middleton gave birth to Princess Charlotte, but sources say the Duchess is already struggling to meet the demands of life as a both a royal and a mother of two.
Photos of Kate and Prince George at a polo match cover the new issue of People, and inside the magazine, insiders reveal that Kate is feeling the strain of her dual roles and "breaking with tradition" by recruiting extra outside help.
One source claims that George has been more demanding than ever in the weeks since Charlotte entered the world.
"George doesn't let her have a minute to herself," says one anonymous insider.
Considering she had reportedly planned on taking an "extended" maternity leave following Charlotte's birth, many were surprised to see Kate in attendance at last weekend's Trooping the Colour parade.
Naturally, Kate's unexpected appearance has sparked Queen Elizabeth II "forced" her to return to the spotlight, but there are other possibilities for why Kate chose to greet her adoring public ahead of schedule.
She and William recently hired a new nanny to take care of the household duties at Anmer Hall, and Kate might be relishing any opportunity to get gussied up and wave to the crowd from the balcony at Buckingham.
We're sure a lot of new moms would enjoy such a change of pace.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are packing up lil' Prince George and Princess Charlotte and moving to America this summer - specifically, the Hamptons!
At least if you believe this hilarious nonsense ...
Oh yes. The regal parents of two are said to be “renting a massive Hamptons Estate" and are scheduled to arrive here in the U.S. of A. come July.
The cover goes on to say that the family will be living next door to Steven Spielberg and Paul McCartney, and Kate just knows “that they will love it.”
They probably would ... but seriously, OK!?
Considering that they are, well, royalty, and their family and friends literally own private islands, the rumored Hamptons trip is pretty LOL-tastic.
The tabloid source even acknowledges:
"They've always wanted to have a home somewhere abroad, and have considered everything from Australia to small European islands.”
So they settled on ... Long Island?!
At least this part of the story is believable: “The Queen is not happy at all and that’s putting it mildly. She has all but forbidden this move."
All but forbidden? Call us crazy, but as one of the longest-reigning monarchs in the history of human civilization, she'd likely just forbid it.
In any case, Elizabeth II feels this is a pretty "low-class" idea, not to mention one in which they'd look like "traitors" to their UK subjects.
You know it! Because #MURICA.
Bottom line: This is an awesome article, which at least represents a departure from the normal Middleton fighting with the royal family fare.
Too bad this is bogus, really.
Kate Middleton bikini photos are a thing of beauty, and to bring them across the Atlantic would be a royal marvel worth bowing down to.