Let’s face the reality here, Queen Elizabeth is not getting any younger. The long-reigning monarch has served as Queen for 66 years, taking the throne after her father passed away in February of 1952.
But as she nears her 92nd birthday, a lot of people are wondering who will take her spot. Of course, next in line would be Prince Charles, her son, but a lot of people wonder if he might abdicate his throne to Prince William.
“[Charles] wants his son to have the chance of a family life before he takes up the burden of kingship – a King has no family life as it is so restricting,” Ingrid Seward, editor-in-cheif of Majesty says.
So before it’s time to name another ruler in England, let’s take a look at the current succession order, and what it means for our beloved Prince Harry.
Prince Harry has taken Meghan Markle to visit his beloved mother’s final resting place at her childhood home in Northants, England.
Princess Diana passed away on August 31, 1987 following a car accident in Paris, France. She was only 36 years old.
As expected, Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, took their mother’s death particularly hard. Before her death, a young Harry had skipped a phone call with his mother in favor of playing outside, something he regrets to this day.
“And I had to live with that for the rest of my life, knowing that I was that 12-year-old boy wanting to get off the phone and wanting to go and run around and play games rather than speak to my mum,” Harry told the BBC.
William cited his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, as being a rock for himself and Harry during the difficult time, despite facing public backlash for staying at Balmoral with her grandsons.
“I think it was a very hard decision for my grandmother to make. She felt very torn between being a grandmother to William and Harry and her Queen role,” William said in the same interview.
According to the Daily Star, the prince and Markle went to Althorp estate this past November, so he could “speak” to Diana and get her blessing to propose to his now bride-to-be.
Now music legend Elton John – who recently announced his farewell tour – has gotten on the bandwagon, and publicly revealed the story of when Harry told him he was in love with Markle.
John, who has known Harry since he was an infant (he was a close friend to the late Princess Diana), told Lorraine host, Lorraine Kelly, he could tell the prince was in love when they spent time together last summer in Sicily.
“He didn’t discuss it much, but he said ‘I’m in love,'” John said. “Both those boys seem to be ecstatically happy and that’s great. I’m happy for him and I hope he has a wonderful day.”
However, John was mum on if he’d be performing on the pair’s big day, as he said nothing had been decided yet.
“I’m playing in Vegas so I have no idea what’s going to happen,” John added.
The “Rocket Man” singer also said he thinks Harry’s mother would be incredibly proud of both of her sons.
If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in the royal household, then now is your chance. The royal family is currently looking for a Communications Assistant to help out the newly engaged couple. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a busy schedule of events over the next year, and they need someone to help them keep on track.
The job is currently listed online as a 12-month fixed-term contract that goes from April 2018 until April 2019. The person who gets this job will be responsible for working with the communications team which means that they will “organize coverage of set-piece Palace engagements including investitures and garden parties, and provide support as required for off-site engagements.”
Not only that, but the person who gets this job will also work on press releases, briefing notes, and also be responsible for social media updates.
Your office is going to be a lot fancier than other people’s, and the benefits actually sound pretty amazing.
Your wedding day is the most important 24 hours of your life, where you and your soul mate join together for the rest of your lives. It takes a lot of careful planning, but with enough time, there’s no reason why you can’t get almost everything you want!
Unfortunately, even members of the royal family have to put up with relatives interfering with their carefully laid plans.
When we heard about the latest royal engagement between Princess Eugenie and her beau, Jack Brooksbank, we were thrilled to have another darling couple to fawn over throughout 2018!
The pair have been dating for over seven years, and couldn’t have looked happier in their official engagement photos together.
But while the world was excited for their relationship, it seems that their wedding plans have been shuffled to accommodate the other royal couple in the headlines.
We all hoped that one day we would have a friend that would set us up with a prince. In Meghan Markle’s case, that hope actually came true.
Harry and Meghan admitted that meeting in 2016 was not by chance, but that they were introduced by a mutual friend. They kept this friend’s name anonymous to protect her privacy, until now.
Many people have speculated who this “secret friend” is. Some have presumed it was Meghan’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney, who is a stylist for many high-up clients. Others have suspected that it was fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who used to be married to one of Harry’s best friends. Another speculation was Markus Anderson, who accompanied Meghan and Harry during one of their first official outings together at the Invictus Games last September.
It is now confirmed that the not-so-secret matchmaker is Violet von Westenholz. Violet was one of Harry’s childhood best friends and their fathers were very close friends as well.
Violet knew that Harry was looking to find the right person, but was having trouble. That’s when she met Meghan. The two became friends through Violet’s PR work with the fashion house Ralph Lauren. Violet soon told Harry that she had the perfect girl for him.
Does it feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with your family? Imagine being the Queen of England and having to make time for eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
While Prince William and Prince Harry have hogged the spotlight lately, her other grandchildren deserve some recognition.
Let’s begin by getting to know the Queen’s grandchildren:
1. Peter Phillips
Peter is the son of the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, and her husband, Captain Mark Phillips. While he’s the 13th person in line for the throne, Peter and his younger sister Zara have no royal titles.
Peter and his wife, Canadian Autumn Phillips, have a pair of daughters together.
2. Zara Tindall
Zara is the second child of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, and the 16th in line for the throne. Like her mother, Zara was an Olympian in equestrian events.
Prince William’s younger brother and the youngest child of Charles and Diana, Prince Harry has distinguished himself in his military service, just like his older brother. He’s the fifth in line for the throne.
Every woman wants their wedding day to be just perfect. Surrounded by family and friends, it should be the happiest day of their life because they get to share it with the ones that they love.
This is probably why there has been so much talk about who gets to appear on the upcoming guest list for Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Now, we have another wedding to look forward to for 2018, and this one is also going to be turning heads, if only for the drama that may occur.
Princess Eugenie announced her engagement to Jack Brooksbank recently, and while they haven’t set a date, we already know there will be some interesting table talk when the future Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to take part in the ceremony.
This is thanks to one name in particular on the guest list, Cressida Bonas, a.k.a. Prince Harry’s former lover.
The engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seems to be all the world can talk about right now, and for good reason! It’s so exciting that an American woman will be marrying into the royal family, and the fact that she’s an actress we have all been watching for years is just the cherry on top!
We’ve all been keeping up with the engagement, and trying to see how Markle will adapt to the royal rules. So far, she’s already come under fire for breaking rules about her hairstyles, but apparently that hasn’t deterred her from continuing to be her own person.
The royal-to-be broke protocols that have been in place for decades, but it was all for a 10-year-old girl. Caitlin Clark was lucky enough to meet the engaged couple on January 18th, outside of the Cardiff Castle in Wales. Excited to meet Markle, she quickly asked for an autograph. While it may seem like a simple request, it is a strictly forbidden practice in the royal family.
The reason they don’t give autographs isn’t because they don’t want to appreciate their fans, but because of something a lot more serious.
Every wedding needs a wedding cake, even the royals. Of course, each couple has a different taste and vision of what they think the cake should look like. It could be as simple as a a three-tiered white cake, or as extravagant as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s cake, which was monstrous.
For royal wedding lovers, they remember there were actually two cakes. The traditional wedding cake was fruitcake, as is customary in the United Kingdom. The logic is that fruitcake lasts a long time while frozen, which means the top layer of the cake can be served at the christening of their first child.
“It’s a traditional cake but also quite delicate and modern,” cake maker Fiona Cairns said at the time. “All the tiers will have a different theme.”
But Prince William’s groom’s cake was a little different. His Royal Highness requested his favorite chocolate biscuit cake, with tea cookies, chocolate, and nuts.
Now, with another royal wedding quickly approaching, people are starting to wonder if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to stick with tradition or if they’re going to break royal protocol, as they’ve already done many times before.
It was widely reported that the couple wanted a banana cake, as they both love “anything with banana,” and also because it was the first image Markle posted after her relationship with the prince was confirmed.
The wedding isn’t until May, so they have some time to decide. But as the new couple begins their duties together as soon-to-be-newlyweds, they’re already sneaking in some cake tastings. It’s probably safe to say, though, that the one they tasted on Thursday won’t be making the cut.
With the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just four months away, we wonder how they are spending the free time they have before the entire world is watching their married lives together.
The 33-year-old Prince and 36-year-old American actress have now been spotted together in a few official public appearances, and if there is any take-away, it’s that this couple is pretty down to earth.
While the couple does enjoy dining out in London’s Soho neighborhood, many nights Harry and Meghan can be found in their Kensington home.
Their two bedroom home has been transformed since Meghan moved in. With lots of flowers, candles and cashmere throws, their home life is definitely a relaxing experience.
The couple is said to enjoy cooking together, with Harry being partial to fish pie and Meghan cooking up jerk chicken and spicy fish.
“They’re spending as much time as they can on their own together, with lots of casual suppers and TV,” a palace insider told the MailOnline.
While cooking and eating together is common for this couple, there is also one other past-time they enjoy that we can all relate to.
“It was fantastic. She really enjoyed it,” Harry said of their first Christmas together. “The family loved having her there.”
“I think we’ve got one the biggest families I know and every family is complex,” he added. “She has done an absolutely amazing job, just getting in there and it’s the family, I suppose, that she’s never had.”
While the public hasn’t been privy to all of the intimate details of the pair’s loved-up relationship, that’s soon about to change.
The young couple are truly a “modern romance” and it seems they have no qualms about breaking traditions to make the special day their own. Markle has already expressed her desire to have her mother walk her down the aisle instead of her estranged father.
“The day of the wedding itself will certainly hold a few unconventional surprises. Don’t expect a royal wedding by numbers,” a source close to the royal family has said. “They want to involve their friends and family as much in as much as possible throughout the day.”
Despite this, Prince William recently revealed in an interview that his younger brother has yet to offer him the role of best man in his wedding, even though William did the same at his wedding in 2011.
There’s one reason that Prince Harry might be holding out…
It seems like everyone has been celebrating the royal engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but apparently not everyone is as excited as you would think. While you would think that her family would be happy to spend some time with the royal family, they are instead using the announcement as an excuse for their problems.
Markle’s family has been raising some concerns over the last couple weeks. Her half-sister recently spoke out about Harry’s comments saying that the royal Christmas celebration was like “the family she never had.” She said, “Meg’s family(our family) is complete with sister, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and the glue of our family, our amazing completely self-sacrificing father. She always had this family…Marrying merely extends it.”
She also accused Markle of being “too busy” for her family, making sure to promote her new book she is writing called “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister”. But this isn’t the only family member who has been causing a commotion in the media. Recently Markle’s half-brother, Thomas, has been making headlines after his fiancee, Darlene Blount, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault.
But after the incident he has spoken out about how his sister’s engagement contributed to the assault.
Whether or not you believe in fate, you have to admit there’s something magical about Prince Harry’s whirlwind romance with actress Meghan Markle.
The couple have been together for less than two years, but they already seem deeply in love, especially whenever they’re spotted out in public stuck together at the hip.
Celebrity astrologer Debbie Frank has her own explanation for the famous couple’s close bond: she says that Markle’s presence was already written into the prince’s future when he was just six years old.
We’ve already analysed the newest royal couple’s relationship based on their star signs, but the predictions weren’t so rosy.
Miller warned the young couple “couldn’t be more different,”and said their “love affair is going to take some time to develop into a long-term success.”
But of course everything seems to be going well for the couple now, and Debbie Frank isn’t surprised. After meeting the late Princess Diana in 1989, the astrologer managed to chart the young prince’s future, and her predictions seem to be coming true.