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(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, began their first official tour as a family Monday with their infant son, Archie, in South Africa, with Meghan declaring to cheers that “I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman…
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘s Royal Wedding was a stunning historical occasion enjoyed by people around the world.
The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family looked in their element as they celebrated with the happy couple at Windsor Castle.
But according to a report it was a very different story shortly afterwards, and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced disappointment when the Monarch rejected a request they made about their home.
According to the Sunday Times , the couple asked the Queen if they could live at Windsor Castle.
The report, written by Rosa Nikkah states:
“The couple are understood to have set their hearts at first on Windsor Castle, and are believed to have asked the Queen if living quarters could be made available after their marriage.”
But Harry’s granny said no and gave them Frogmore Cottage instead, which they have since spent an astounding £2.4million of taxpayers’ money refurbishing.
Hugo Vickers told the Express why the Queen may have decided to deny their request, saying it might not have been “entirely appropriate”.
“There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments within Windsor Castle which the Sussexes may have had their eye on, or perhaps some former living quarters in the castle grounds converted into other things.
“But I can see how it might not be entirely appropriate to have a young family living there.”
When they were dating Meghan moved into Prince Harry’s small two-bedroom cottage at Kensington Palace, which is just a few doors up from the Cambridge family.
However shortly before the birth of Archie Harrison the couple moved into their new home, later than expected due to delays with the renovation work.
List most things royal, most of the details about their new home have been kept secret – but there are a few things we do know.
The couple enlisted the help of designer Vicky Charles, who is behind the decor at their favourite hangouts Soho House, to turn the building into their dream home.
It’s understood to be filled with all the latest tech and it’s likely that they are able to control many different things from their phones.
A source told royal expert Katie Nicholl :
“They are going all out with the refurbishment of the house, and as Harry loves his gadgets, it’s going to be very cool.
“They’ll be able to control everything from their smart phones.”
It’s understood that one the couple are also had a £50,000 eco boiler installed, which means they will have access to hot water at all times.
Frogmore Cottage is just 200 metres from the Long Walk – which is open to the public – so there is obviously a lot of security, which is also funded by the taxpayer.
Other entrances to the grounds are further from their new home – some just 500 metres away – but are further from open scrutiny, leading to fears they could be easily accessed.
It’s likely that they will have built a separate annex for their Private Protection Officers who will guard them 24 hours a day.
A source close to the operation say planners have also discussed including as state of the art panic room.
Speaking before the move Ken Wharfe, former royal protection officer to Princess of Wales and the royal family, said:
“The costs of building and security arrangements could even balloon to £5million in the first year.
“There will have to be major reviews of the security surrounding that property because it is exposed on virtually every side.
“Whatever happens it will be a dramatic rise to the taxpayer which could have been avoided had they decided to stay at Kensington Palace.”
Prince Harry retraced his mother’s footsteps today as he put huge grins on poorly children’s faces at the same hospital Diana visited 30 years ago.
The Duke of Sussex was met with cheers as he arrived at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and stepped out of his car into the baking sunshine where throngs of people were waiting for him.
Once inside, the playful duke left youngsters in fits of giggles – including one who he had a tug of war competition with.
He was then seen looking lost in thought as he studied a book of photos showing mum Diana’s visit.
The Princess, dressed in red, is seen chatting to staff, as well as a mum and her young baby.
Harry smiled to himself as he flicked through the pages.
He then signed the same visitors’ book she wrote in on November 29, 1989.
The hospital visit is the first of three engagements in the city for the Duke today.
The 34-year-old is officially opening a new multi-million pound wing at the hospital and rolled up his shirt sleeves as he took a tour and met children on one of the new wards.
He looked happy and relaxed as he showed off his paternal side while chatting to the youngsters, including schoolboys Heath Keighley, 11, and Alfie.
Harry, who welcomed son Archie with wife Meghan Markle in May, couldn’t hide his delight as he spent time with Noah Nicholson and his mother.
He left the 23-month-old in fits of giggles as he put a blanket over the toddler’s head.
At one point, playful Noah – who was fascinated by Harry’s beard – was seen trying to put his finger in the Duke’s mouth, much to his amusement.
Harry then continued to pull a number of silly faces before even having a tug of war contest with Noah and the blanket.
He also clutched the toddler’s hand and tickled his stomach.
Outside the hospital, he spent time speaking to more children who he shook hands with and bent down to speak to.
After this stop, Harry visited Sheffield Hallam University to learn about their commitment to applied learning in teaching and research.
He saw a demonstration of a virtual reality rehabilitation project, which uses technology to make it easier for amputees to train themselves to use prosthetic limbs.
He also viewed a racing car built by engineering students and recently raced at Silverstone.
Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, will later visit the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.
He will watch the trials and meet athletes hoping to be selected for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.
There’s never a bad time to be a royal, but it’s certainly the best time when it’s your birthday.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s eldest son turned 6 on Monday, July 22, and siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince gave the Prince George the birthday presents he’s asked for.
Charlotte, 4, and Louis, 15 months, each gave their big brother handmade cards, according to a source for Us Weekly.
Charlotte drew her brother’s portrait on the inside of the card and worked with her parents on a second present for him. Prince George is big into “nature and building things,” said the source. “[He] has asked for a pair of binoculars for birdwatching and an electric kids’ car, which many of his school friends have.”
itionally, Kate has taken point on prepping George’s birthday party, even taking some pre-birthday photos of the little prince rocking his new missing tooth. The party is set to include all of George’s favorite foods, including pizza, pasta, sliders, “cupcakes, an ice cream machine and candy”, according to Us Weekly’s source. The whole thing will be capped off by a magician — the staple of any kid’s party.
The couple’s Instagram is incredibly George-centric right now in honor of his birthday, with three photos posted of the little boy “on holiday with the family.”
This continues the trend of showing off the close bonds between the royals. Just last week it was revealed that Princess Charlotte and Prince George are already doting on cousin, Archie, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
On Sunday, Beyonce and Meghan Markle shared a hug on the red carpet of the Lion King premiere in London – and now fans are learning what the pair talked about during their encounter.
“My princess,” Beyonce, wearing a shimmering gold gown, was recorded saying as she embraced Meghan, who donned a black frock with a semi-sheer top and sleeves.
The singer was also overheard telling the Duchess of Sussex “the baby, so beautiful,” referencing Meghan and Prince Harry’s 2-month-old son, Archie. Bey also said that she and JAY-Z, who was by her side, “love you guys,” according to multiple outlets.
Príncipe Harry e Meghan Markle falando com Beyoncé e Jay-Z. 🦁👑💛 #TheLionKingpic.twitter.com/DooJwCqM3e
— BEYONCÉ HARD (@Beyonce_Hard) July 14, 2019
When Harry finally joined the conversation, he reportedly told Beyonce, “you’ve been rather busy.” “Congrats on the birth of your baby,” the rapper told the prince.
Then Harry asked how Bey and JAY’s 2-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir are. Beyonce replied, “They are not here. They don’t come on every trip. We left them at home. They would love to have been here.”
JAY was also overheard telling the duke and duchess, “The best advice I can give you: always find some time for yourself.”
A source told ET on Monday that Meghan was expected to attend the Lion King London premiere, unless Archie kept her at home at the last minute.
Meghan has slowly been venturing out to public events in recent days, making a surprise appearance at Wimbledon to cheer on her good friend, Serena Williams, on July 4, and bringing Archie to the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club in Berkshire on July 10. Meghan watched Harry play in the polo match. By her side was Kate Middleton, who brought her three kids — 5-year-old George, 4-year-old Charlotte, and 1-year-old Louis — and watched Prince William play on the opposite team.
Then, on Saturday, Meghan returned to Wimbledon, with both Kate and Pippa Middleton, to once again watch Williams compete in the tournament; ultimately Williams was defeated.
It was a day of celebrating for the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were accompanied by Kate Middleton and Prince William, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at their son, Archie’s, christening on Saturday.
While the new parents were surrounded by their loved ones, including Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were noticeably absent.
The head of the British monarchy was not in attendance due to prior royal engagements. Royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET on Tuesday that “we don’t believe that the queen is going to be there because of a clash of prior engagements. And we don’t expect the Duke of Edinburgh to be there either.”
Baby Archie’s christening took place in a small, private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. Official photos of the little one’s special day taken by photographer Chris Allerton and were released after the ceremony. Archie’s godparents were not revealed.
The queen was also absent for Prince Louis’ christening in July of 2018. She bowed out of the event due to royal affairs as well. She did, however, attend Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings.
Meanwhile, ET learned earlier this week that Harry and Meghan are eager for Archie to have “as normal a life as possible.”
“I think the couple is determined for Archie to have as normal a life as possible,” Nicholl told ET. “Prince Harry grew up very much in the spotlight, never far away from the gaze of the cameras, and at points in his life, that’s been something he has resented. My understanding is that at Frogmore, they have essentially built a fortress. One of their closest friends told me it was their oasis — their sanctuary where they’re going to raise their child away from the spotlight.”
In honour of the Duke of Cambridge’s 37th birthday on Friday, Kensington Palace has released a throwback picture of the royal. The caption read: “Thank you everyone for your lovely wishes on The Duke of Cambridge’s birthday!” The lovely photo sees William smiling at the camera during a trip to Tanzania from October. The official royal family Twitter account also posted a collage of pictures with the Queen, and wrote: “Happy Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge! #HappyBirthdayHRH.” The message continued: “The Duke of Cambridge is second in line to the throne. His Royal Highness undertakes a number of charitable activities and projects, and carries out public and official duties in support of The Queen, in the UK and overseas, alongside The Duchess of Cambridge.”
Although it is yet to be revealed, it is likely that William will be spending the day with his wife Kate and their three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The celebration comes shortly after the royal couple put on a glamourous appearance at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. During the procession, the Duke and Duchess shared a carriage with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla. The two couples appeared to be in great and relaxed spirits as they happily chatted away during the day’s proceedings.
It was also announced earlier this week that Prince William and Kate have formally split from their joint charity with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Seen as the final step in the division of the couples’ public duties, Harry and Meghan are to break away from the Royal Foundation. William and Kate will remain with the original charity, which will be renamed the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Royal Foundation said the decision was made following the conclusion of a review into its structure. It said both couples will continue to work together in the future, including on the Heads Together mental health campaign.
The Queen will not attend baby Archie’s christening, it is claimed.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘s son will be christened next month, however, the monarch is not expected to be at the event.
Senior royals are said to be going to the ceremony, and Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, will also likely be in attendance.
However, the Queen will miss the occasion because of prior commitments, a report says.
The Palace confirmed that the Queen will be absent, according to the Daily Express .
The monarch also skipped last year’s christening for Prince Louis – William and Kate Middleton’s third child.
However, she was able to make the ceremony for Zara and Mike Tindall’s daughter Lena this year.
Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland is flying back to the UK to be at Archie’s christening.
She moved in with Harry and Meghan after the birth to help her daughter, however, she recently returned home to California, US.
The christening will take place at St George’s Chapel, where the royal couple wed, and is likely to be a traditional affair.
It is believed the religious ritual will be carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Dean of Windsor, David Conner.
Prince Charles, Harry’s father, is expected to attend, alongside his wife Camilla.
The Duke of Sussex’s brother, Prince William, and wife Kate Middleton will also be at the ceremony, potentially with their children George, Charlotte and Louis.
A very special visitor! Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s royal baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, met his grandfather, Prince Charles, on Thursday, May 16, Us Weekly can confirm.
The Prince of Wales, 70, recently returned from an overseas trip to Germany with Duchess Camilla.
Charles gushed over his grandson’s arrival to reporters in Berlin on May 7. “We couldn’t be more delighted at the news, and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return,” he said.
Two days prior to Charles’ visit, the little one was introduced to his uncle, Prince William, and aunt, Duchess Kate.
“Kate and William went over to Meghan and Harry’s to meet their new nephew in a private affair,” a source told Us exclusively.
The Duke, 34, and Duchess of Sussex, 37, welcomed their baby boy on May 6.
The first royal family member to meet Baby Sussex was Prince Philip on May 8, moments before the Suits alum and her husband posed for pics with their son for the first time.
“We just bumped into the duke as we were walking by, which was so nice,” the former actress told members of the press at her infant’s debut inside Windsor Castle. “So it will be nice to introduce the baby to the family.”
Harry added: “Another great-grandchild.”
Later that same day, he and Meghan revealed their son’s name with an Instagram post. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the couple captioned a black-and-white photo of the Los Angeles native introducing her son to Queen Elizabeth II while her husband, 97, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and Harry looked on with smiles.
“This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle,” the royal pair added. “The Duke of Edinburgh and the duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.”
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will only take three months of maternity leave after she gives birth to her first child.
The 37-year-old former actress is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry any day now, and although she has the opportunity to take a full year away from royal duties in order to care for her tot, sources say she’s planning just three months off before she heads back to work.
Meghan – who was known as Meghan Markle before joining the royal family in May last year – finished her official royal duties six weeks ago but continues to work behind the scenes with various charities, and reportedly wants to return to public life in time for Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday in June.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Meghan has made it very clear she wants to return to work as soon as possible. She has huge amounts of energy, is extremely determined and wants to be as hands-on as possible with her charities.
“Nothing has been written into her diary just yet, as she wants to wait and see how she feels after having the baby. She’s pencilled in three months, but she’ll most likely return to public life in six weeks – on the Queen’s official birthday, Trooping the Colour, in June.
“Three months’ maternity is standard in the US for American mums – they don’t normally get the six or even 12 months women get here in the UK. So this is totally normal for Meghan.”
Prince Harry, 34, is also planning on taking paternity leave, though it isn’t known how long he plans on being away from royal duties.
Meanwhile, it was recently claimed Meghan has been “nesting” with £60 scented candles from luxury brand Diptyque in her and Harry’s new home at Frogmore Cottage.
A source said: “Meghan has really been struck with the nesting impulse in the last few weeks. She loves the candles and the cottage smells divine.”
Serena Williams says it took “a lot of effort” to plan Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s baby shower.
The 37-year-old tennis star has been friends with the former actress – who was known as Meghan Markle before marrying Prince Harry last year – for several years and took on the task of planning her baby shower back in February for the tot she’s expecting any day now, and has now revealed the party was a lot more pressure than she’d first thought.
Speaking to Business of Fashion, she said: “Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect.'”
Serena – who has a 19-month-old daughter of her own named Alexis Olympia – threw Meghan’s shower at The Mark Hotel, where guests were treated to a flower-arranging class and plenty of delicious food.
The sporting superstar invited the likes of Amal Clooney, Gayle King, Jessica Mulroney, Misha Nonoo, and Abigail Spencer to the event.
Meanwhile, Serena recently insisted the Duchess will make a great mother when her first child is born in the near future.
She said: “She’ll be the best mom, for sure.”
And the star even shared some of her tips on coping with parenthood for the first time, saying she had to learn to “go with the flow” and adapt to living day-to-day without too much planning to avoid causing unnecessary stress.
Serena added: “Accept mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect. We put so much pressure on ourselves.
“I had all those high expectations and what I was going to do and then I had what I was going to do.
“I was gonna recover and I was gonna be great, and this is a time that everything is not going to go as planned.
“My whole life is so planned and this is the one time where it wasn’t. You just gotta go with the flow.”
That moment everyone’s been waiting for is almost here!
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child expected “any day” now, the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria Ragland, has arrived in London, two sources tell ET.
The couple recently moved to Frogmore Cottage, a scenic home near Windsor Castle, where they intend to raise their child. While moving amid a pregnancy — particularly the final days — is no doubt a serious undertaking, a source previously told ET that Meghan is “enjoying her pregnancy and anticipating the days ahead.”
“It is such a happy and exciting time for Meghan,” the insider added. “She looks absolutely radiant and is taking each day at a time. [She is] looking forward to becoming a mother.”
Though the birth could happen anytime now, royal fans won’t know exactly when Baby Sussex makes his or her arrival. Meghan and Harry recently announced that — unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton — they will not pose for photos with the newborn outside of the hospital immediately following the birth. Instead, they’ll share photos taken on the grounds of Windsor Castle at a later date.
“Meghan Markle does not want the pressure of having to pose on the steps for cameras so soon after childbirth,” a source recently told ET, adding that, while the couple is “extremely excited” for the birth of their first child, they intend to “enjoy the magic of childhood without any undue expectations.”
Markle’s mother’s arrival coincides with another important occasion — Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday on Sunday — which the couple celebrated with a very special Instagram post for the beloved matriarch.
“Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny,” the pair captioned a series of photos on Instagram documenting the Queen’s life, including her time with both of them. “Wishing you the most wonderful day! 🎈Harry & Meghan.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have installed an organic vegetable garden at their new home in Frogmore Cottage , sources claim.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be able to grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables at the Grade II-listed cottage.
The cottage was gifted by the Queen last year, with Kensington Palace confirming them to be the new residents, saying Windsor was a ‘very special place’ for the couple.
Meghan is said ‘very involved in the renovation project and wanted the final design to be perfect’, according to a royal source.
“Workers have been working around the clock since January to ensure that the cottage is completed to a very high standard with some rather interesting and unique features,” the source said.
Located near the Windsor Castle, the Queen’s residence, the royal couple will be able to live country life away from the hustle and bustle of London with their first child.
It’s said the cottage includes provision in the design to reduce outside noise and high-quality interior furnishings.
With the all-inclusive vegetable garden, the pair can easily cook home-grown produce.
The source said: “The Duchess also has a passion for cooking so it was suggested to include a small plot in the spacious garden where they can grow some of their own produce.
“The last minute design changes caused the Duke and Duchess’s move in date to be delayed.
“But they were extremely patient.”
Plans for the multi-million-pound renovation were approved by Royal Maidenhead and Windsor Borough Council in December after asking for permission for “internal and external works […] and associated landscaping”.
However, no further details have been revealed on the council’s planing page due to ‘sensitive information’ that cannot be made public.
Frogmore Cottage was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III.
Queen Charlotte used the property as a countryside retreat for herself and her unmarried daughters.
Queen Victoria had breakfast at the cottage in 1875 and said it was a place with an “immense number of frogs” which she found “quite disgusting”.
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Prince William reportedly “stepped in” and helped his younger brother Prince Harry during a dispute with their grandmother, the Queen.
A royal expert claims it was William who backed Harry and Meghan Markle’s wish to break from Kensington Palace so the Sussexes could establish their own court.
It emerged earlier this month that Meghan and Harry will soon have their own team separate from William and Kate’s.
Their official household will be based at Buckingham Palace where they will have a separate communications team from the Cambridges.
And royal commentator Omid Scobie has claimed Prince William was instrumental in securing the funding for Meghan and Harry to go out on their own.
Speaking on podcast On Heir, he said: “Charles and the Queen did not want the Sussexes to have their own individual household, and indeed how could they because the money has to come from somehwere.
“Prince Harry is not a direct heir to the throne, and only a direct heir to the throne can have their own household.
“They won’t be having their own exclusive team just for themselves and from what I understand their budget for the team wasn’t particularly big.”
He added that William understands how vital Meghan and Harry are to the royal family’s image and so was eager to help.
“It was actually Prince William who had to step in and fight to get Harry a little bit more money to spend on building a team because he understands what this means to Harry and how much he wants to achieve and also how important Harry and Meghan are for the image, the brand and the future of the royal family,” he said.
“As much as William is being set up for this statesmen-like role and William and Kate are the nation’s favourites, but on the global stage it is very much about the Sussexes, in their commonwealth roles, they’re very much global ambassadors for the royal family.”
Omid also revealed the couple’s new communications officer has worked in the UK and the US.
He said: “They’ve hired Sarah Latham who is a former PR director from the British PR company Freuds which is a big PR powerhouse but also has a massive background in politics.
“She’s America, dual heritage, very much in line with what the couple are all about and I think it helps having someone who understands both cultures.
“We have seen that over time the difference between US and UK work culture can cause some friction in the workplace.
“But a lot of their team will be shared amongst the Duke of York, Prince Edward, Princess Anne the same communication staff that are working across the general office there will also be at their disposal too.”
Kensington Palace said at the time of the split: “The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year.
“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’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage .”
The Sussexes are expecting their first child in the coming weeks and are due to move into the renovated Frogmore Cottage imminently.
A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said they did not wish to comment.
The Duchess of Sussex may have carried out her last official public engagement before the arrival of her baby, with no other appearances currently in the diary.
The Duchess, who is around eight months pregnant, joined the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, after visiting Canada House with the Duke.
There are currently no further engagements in her diary, although sources said they could not entirely rule out a hastily-arranged appearance if the right invitation came up and the Duchess was feeling well.
She will continue to hold private meetings.
On Wednesday, the Duchess held a meeting at Kensington Palace with the Royal National Theatre’s artistic director Rufus Norris and executive director Lisa Burger.
She is believed to be around six weeks away from the arrival of her first child, which she has said is due in late April or early May.
Meghan and Harry’s baby will be seventh in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s eighth great-grandchild.
Speaking about the impending arrival, Meghan told Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns last week when he asked about her pregnancy: “We’re nearly there.”
They met at a Buckingham Palace reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Prince of Wales’s investiture.
The Queen’s former footman has spoke out about the royal family again – and offered some advice for the Duchess of Sussex
The bride-to-be is expected to make a bold statement as she walks down the nave of the church without a chaperone.
The bride-to-be is expected to make a bold statement as she walks down the nave of the church without a chaperone.
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Thomas Markle will not attend the royal wedding on Saturday, with his daughter asking him to be allowed to focus on his health.