Meghan Markle’s Family Wants To Repair The “Ongoing Rift” Now That Archie Is Born

I’ll be honest, I was kind of wondering when someone from Meghan Markle’s family would try to make the birth of baby Archie all about them, and it seems like Thomas Markle Jr. has decided he’ll be the one to do it. Meghan’s half-brother spoke with Access this past week, and said that he hopes the newborn baby will be able to repair the family’s tension.

“Anytime there’s an addition to the family, it’s a big thing,” Thomas, 52, told Access.“Hopefully in this case it will actually bring our family back together a little bit and tighten our little ongoing rift. … Meghan only has one family where she came from. She’s got two now, but we are her family and I’d like to bring a little awareness to that.”

“I would just hate to go through life and know that I had a hole in their family somewhere that I never met,” Thomas said. “So whatever we can do to avoid that situation would be good.”

“My dad’s been waiting for this for a long time. He’s very happy and he’s so looking forward to Meghan reaching out to him and bringing them together. My father wants to see his grandson more than anything.”

As for Thomas Markle Sr., Meghan’s dad, he’s been less vocal about the birth of Archie, besides from a sweet statement about his new grandson.

“I’m delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well,” he said in a statement at the time. “I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor. God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen.”

When the news of Meghan’s pregnancy broke, Thomas Sr. said he heard about it over the radio.

“I was sitting in line waiting to cross the border [between the U.S. and Mexico] when I heard the baby announcement on the radio,” Thomas said. “I thought, ‘My baby is having a baby.’ It was a very proud moment. I was filled with love, joy and happiness for both my beautiful daughter and my son-in-law. A new baby is a blessing and I look forward to seeing a little Meghan or a little Harry.”

“Meghan loves children and she and Harry have been talking about wanting a family from the start. I’m delighted for them both. She’s always been wonderful with children and most of her friends have families so she’s used to being around kids. She will make a fantastic mother.”

Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha, has been pleading with the Duchess to allow Archie and Thomas to have a relationship, saying the baby boy is missing out.

“It’s sad,” Samantha said. “He should have been involved. Being excluded is like a dagger through his heart. Poor Master Archie is not getting to know a creative, loving person. He is a doting granddad and he’s been great with all his other grandkids. He buys toys, plays creative games, he’s funny and nurturing and communicative with them.”

Samantha said that now, it’s up to Meghan to heal the family…even though it’s Samantha and her siblings that have been verbally attacking the Duchess since her relationship with Prince Harry went public.

“We always have been desperate to heal the rift, but it’s up to Meghan to reach out now,” Samantha said. “Life is short and precious so I hope having the baby will soften her feelings and she will do the right thing. [Archie] needs to get a wider sense of family – because he isn’t just a Mountbatten-Windsor child, he’s a Markle too. There’a a connection and we exist.”

To me, and I’m sure to the royal family, this is all just noise. If these people really wanted a relationship with Meghan, the would have made that effort before she became part of the royal family, and they certainly wouldn’t have cashed in on interviews to bash their sister over and over again.

Do you think this relationship will ever be resolved?

Palace Shares New Photos From Harry And Meghan’s Wedding

Can you believe it’s already been a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married? It feels like both the longest year ever as well as the quickest. The fact that the couple welcomed their first chid within that year kind of skews the time a bit, with little Archie coming to the world two weeks before their first anniversary.

In honour of their first anniversary, the palace released new photos from Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!

Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018.

The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day.

A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful.

Photo credit: Chris Allerton/Joe Short (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)

The images are really special, and we paired them with some of the sweetest quotes Harry and Meghan have said about each other.

“This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours.”

Meghan said this when asked about keeping her relationship with Prince Harry private.

“When did I know she was ‘The One?’ The very first time we met.”

Harry said this during his and Meghan’s engagement interview with BBC. We loved seeing a softer side of the often goofy prince.

“I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her.”

How cute is that? Harry was drawn to Meghan from the moment they met.

“I could barely let [him] finish proposing, like, ‘Can I say yes now?!'”

Meghan was so excited that Harry was proposing, she didn’t want to let him finish asking the question.

“The corgis took to her straight away … I spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing!”

The Queen’s dogs knew Meghan was a good fit, although we want to know why those dogs didn’t like Harry!

“It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic.”

Is it possible to love someone else’s life? Meghan made her proposal from Harry sound wonderful.

“They’d be thick as thieves, without question. And she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me.”

It’s sad to know that Princess Diana wasn’t alive to see Harry get married, but I’m glad he knows that his mom would approve of Meghan.

“We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”

Simple. Easy. Meghan knows how to keep it basic when it comes to love.

“This beautiful woman just literally tripped and fell into my life.”

I wonder if Meghan actually tripped and fell when they met!!

“I know that at the end of the day, she chooses me. I choose her. Whatever we have to tackle will be us together as a team.”

Teamwork is so important in a marriage, especially in a high-profile one. It sounds like they’ve got things figured out.

“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy.”

Motherhood looks wonderful on Meghan!

“The fact that she’ll be really, unbelievably good at the job part of it as well is obviously a huge relief to me, because she’ll be able to deal with everything else that comes with it.”

Marrying into the royal family is daunting, but Harry is sure that Meghan

“Personally, I love a great love story.”

Don’t we all, Meghan.

What do you think of these new pictures?

Prince William Opens Up About Losing Princess Diana

It’s hard to imagine losing your mother, especially at such a young age. For Prince William and Prince Harry, they unfortunately know this pain too well. When they were just 15 and 12 respectively, Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident. The boys had to grow up in the royal spotlight with no guidance from their mother, something that clearly affected them.

Harry has spoken about his anger towards the paparazzi in the past, saying he wishes they did something to help his mother.

“I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people that chased her into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying on the back seat of the car,” said Harry. “She’d had quite a severe head injury but she was very much still alive on the back seat. And those people that caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat.”

Prince William will often speak fondly of his mother, as well, but now he’s speaking out about the immense pain he felt after Diana’s untimely death. His Royal Highness is participating in a BBC special called A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health, which aims to take away the stigma of speaking about your emotions, especially among men.

“I think when you are bereaved at a very young age, anytime really, but particularly at a young age — I can resonate closely to that — you feel a pain like no other pain,” William says of Diana’s death. “And you know that in your life it’s going to be very difficult to come across something that is going to be an even worse pain than that.”

William also points out, however, that grief can bring people closer together as they try to heal.

“It also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved. So instantly, when you talk to someone else… You can almost see it in their eyes sometimes. They want to talk about it. But they want you to go first, they want you to say “it’s okay,” they want to have you permission.

The prince also acknowledges that British people often have a habit of holding in their emotions, but says needs to change.

“I think particularly in Britain as well we are nervous about our emotions,” he admitted. We are a bit embarrassed sometimes. The British stiff-upper-lip thing, that’s great and we need to have that sometimes when times are really hard, there has to be a moment for that. But otherwise, we’ve got to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions, because we’re not robots.”

Diana’s death has become a little more centric recently after the birth of Prince Harry’s first child with wife Meghan Markle. Dennis van der Stroom, a former soldier who met Prince Harry at the Invictus Games, says the prince is having a tough time grappling with raising a child without his mom, but takes comfort knowing he’s not alone.

“I told Harry about my mother and we talked about our shared experience of missing a mom,” van der Stroom said. “He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother. He said he meets a lot of people in his work who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or relatives and when he hears their story, as he heard my story, he said he doesn’t feel so alone.”

The BBC special will air Sunday, May 19th. It will be interesting to hear William speak on mental health issues, especially as part of one of (if not the) most powerful families in the world.

Will you check out this TV special?

There’s Already A Conspiracy About The Royal Baby, And It’s Sort Of Believable

It wouldn’t be the royal family if there wasn’t some type of controversy, now would it? The most recent conspiracy is revolving around the newest member, and it’s kind of interesting.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child, a boy, early last week…or so they want us to believe. That’s right, there’s a theory out there that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is actually two weeks old, not days old as the palace has wanted us to believe.

The first hint is that Meghan and Harry flat out told everyone they were going to keep the news of their baby’s birth a secret, saying they wanted their privacy.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.

The second hint has to do with the unveiling of little Archie on May 9th, three days after he was born, and what words the new parents used.

“Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks, so we’re sort of monitoring how this changing process happens over this next month really,” Harry said of his son. “But his looks are changing every single day so who knows.”

Meghan quickly shot him a look, making people wonder if perhaps Harry had just spilled the beans on a big secret.

Patti Wood, a body language expert and the author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, says those words weren’t forced, meaning there was probably some truth behind them.

“When he said ‘the last two weeks’ it came out very smoothly. Typically, when something is authentic, there’s a musicality to it, there’s a smoothness to it, there’s a naturalness to it,” Wood said. “If it’s been two days, you wouldn’t say that. You would say, he’s changed over the last two days, or he’s changed over the last 24-hour period. It’s word choice, it’s word emphasis.”

Wood also noted a change in Meghan’s physical appearance when Harry made those comments.

“The other thing that was really noticeable is her smile got crooked,” she said. “Her mouth went asymmetrical. That’s when you have to act one way but you’re feeling another way. Typically she has a very balanced smile, so that was not her baseline behavior.”

But, Wood also points out that the change in Meghan’s smile could have to do with being physically uncomfortable.

“She was obviously in physical pain,” Wood noted. “There was tension in her foot placement, her leg placement, how she was arching her back. There was pain on her face. It was extensive pain that was affecting all of her nonverbal [cues]. You always need to account for that and give a person grace for it.”

Wood is giving Meghan some grace, but the body language expert does admit there are some big hints.

“I am curious, because there was more than one indication,” she said. “There was initially her delivery, there was his statement; her extended look. Then it was him trying to fix it and ending up with another statement that made no sense in the context of two days.”

Another interesting comment was from new-mom Meghan, who commented on Archie’s temperament.

“It’s magic,” Meghan said. “It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy. He has the sweetest temperament. He’s really calm.”

Of course, what’s she going to say? That he’s crying a lot? It’s still a strange thing to say about a new baby.

The timeline can also be traced back to a few weeks ago, lining up with this theory. Meghan was oddly missing from Easter mass on April 21st, the same day her mother arrived for the birth of the baby. Plus, there was apparently a hospital spotted outside Frogmore Cottage on April 26, which is where Harry and Meghan live now. In addtion, the Queen made a visit to Frogmore cottage that same day, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, hinting that perhaps Archie was born a little earlier than we’re being led to believe.

There is one piece of evidence that is pretty damning against this conspiracy, though, and that’s the announcement from Meghan and Harry of Archie’s birth.

“We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019,” the announcement said. “Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.

It would be a pretty big deal if their royal highnesses flat-out lied about the birth of their son. Omitting the date would have been one thing, but I don’t think they could get away with providing the wrong date.

Of course, these are all just theories, and there’s truly no reason for Meghan and Harry to lie about Archie’s birth. But what’s life without a little fun?

What do you think of this conspiracy theory?  

We’ve Finally Got An Update On Harry And Meghan’s Baby

When it was announced that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, were having a baby, royal family fans went wild. The announcement was made on the Kensington Palace official Twitter account in October of 2018, and since then, there’s basically been a constant baby-watch on Markle.

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“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the announcement read. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

Meghan and Harry have been traveling almost non-stop since the announcement, and people have been keeping an eye on the royal couple to see if they’ll drop any hints. Once, a fan told Harry “I hope it’s a girl,” and he replied “So do I!”

Other than that, the couple has been tight-lipped about any news surrounding the pregnancy. It makes sense when you think about it. They have such little privacy as it is, and having a child (especially your first) is such a special time. For Harry and Meghan to want some time to enjoy this themselves, it’s really not that absurd.

Even though they’re keeping things quiet about the baby, fans were looking forward to Harry and Meghan taking the iconic picture, where the happy couple stands outside the hospital with their newborn baby. Prince William and Kate Middleton did it with all three of their children, following in the footsteps of Williamm’s parents Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

However, an announcement from Harry and Meghan makes it look as though we won’t be getting that picture at all. The palace released a statement on behalf of the couple, saying they’ll be celebrating the birth of their baby privately before sharing it with the public.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.

It’s a pretty shocking statement from the couple, especially considering the long-standing history of a royal baby’s birth being a highly-publicized event. One person pointed out, though, that Meghan is already scrutinized more than anyone else in the family, so there’s no wonder she doesn’t want to be in the public eye moments after giving birth.

“Perhaps the biggest question is this: why should we expect any woman, royal or otherwise, to stand in front of a bank of cameras just hours – or even days – after she has given birth?” wrote Chris Ship, a news editor for ITV. “You can see how Meghan looked at that prospect and thought, ‘thanks but no thanks’ …”

As for when the baby is due, that’s still a little bit of a mystery. In January, she told well-wishers that she was due late April or early May, but she never nailed down a specific date. This is probably to help keep things under wraps when the baby does arrive, because they can go to the hospital discreetly…or at least as discreetly as the royal family can!

Personally, I don’t mind Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep the birth of their baby private. Neither of them are in line to ever rule the country, so it’s not like we’re being denied the opportunity to see a future leader. We’re just being denied the opportunity to see a really cute baby which admittedly, it’s pretty upsetting!

What do you think of Harry and Meghan’s decision?

Doctors Use Science To Determine Most Attractive Female Royal

While some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, science proves that may not always be true.

It’s nice to believe your significant other is the most gorgeous person in the world, but there’s a formula to prove they are not.

Called the “golden ratio,” this mathematical equation is used to map out physical perfection of an individual based on the symmetry of their face. It was created by Ancient Greeks, and was used by Leonardo Da Vinci for Vitruvian Man, his famous portrayal of the perfect male body. While I wouldn’t recommend you try it on yourself, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it on your favorite celebrities.

Doctors used the golden radio to judge of the female British royals, which led to not-so-surprising results.

They used the faces of Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Zara Phillips, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and determined Prince Harry’s future bride had the most “perfect” face, with an 87.4% score.

But how did they calculate that?

Well, according to Harley Street surgeon, Dr. Julian De Silva, it all comes down to the position of your facial features, rated out of a 100 point scale.

“Meghan has beautiful facial symmetry and gets closer than any other princess to having what the Greeks considered the perfect face,” De Silva said.

“Meghan has an almost perfectly shaped nose with a 98.5% score, her eye position is exactly right and her gorgeous V-shaped chin is far more classically beautiful than Kate,” he added.

But how did the other royals stack up?

Kate Middleton Faces Serious Backlash For The Way She Dressed At The BAFTA Awards

This weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, hit the red carpet at the 71st British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.

His Royal Highness has been the president of the Academy since 2010, so it was not unusual for him and his wife to attend the show, which is the British equivalent of the Oscars.

To one’s surprise, in the weeks leading up to the big night, royal watchers began speculating about what Kate, who is seven months pregnant, would wear.

On Sunday, the Duchess showed up in a floor length dark green gown with a black sash right above her bump. Kate paired the Jenny Packham dress with emerald and diamond jewelry, suede Prada heels and a black clutch.

While Kate, as usual, looked beautiful and elegant beside William, who donned a black suit and a bow tie, not everyone was on board with her choice of dress.

Why? She did not wear black.

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Just like at the Golden Globes in January, celebrities were encouraged to wear black at the BAFTA Awards in support of Time’s Up, a movement and “legal defense fund” that “will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.”

The world’s most famous faces have been wearing black outfits to major events to get the point of the initiative across and start conversations around gender inequality, pay disparity, as well as sexual harassment and abuse.

As you can imagine, many people were disappointed to see that the Duchess did not honor the dress code.

“Disappointed in #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge not wearing black to the #EEBAFTAs It’s not a political thing. It’s a woman thing!” wrote one Twitter user.

Another tweeted: “Can someone please sit me down and explain why Kate Middleton couldn’t wear black for a few hours for an important cause?”

Well, there is actually a very good explanation for why Kate opted for green instead of black, and it’s something she really has no control over.

There’s One Family Member Prince Philip Will Be Avoiding At The Royal Wedding

Everyone has a black sheep in their family, and the British monarchy are no exception.

With the recent announcements of both Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie‘s upcoming nuptials, the royals will be jam packed with plenty of engagements, where there’ll be constantly be mingling with the same familiar faces.  

While family gatherings may often times become unbearable to some, Prince Philip’s peril is about to be taken to a whole new level.

According to The Daily Beast, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband has taken a severe disdain to Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson since her divorce from his son, Prince Andrew.

Arguably named as the outcast of the royal family, Fergie always seems to receive an onslaught of negative press whenever she’s depicted in the media.

Despite being married to Andrew from 1986 to 1996, reports of Fergie’s affair to her American financial adviser, John Bryan, circulated across the world in 1992. Pictures of the lovers’s romp in the French Riviera were exposed, which featured plenty of inappropriate kissing and touching. The incident is said to have humiliated the royal family and outraged the queen.

The affair was only the tip of the iceberg for Philip and the Duchess of York, as the former is said to still act cold towards his former daughter-in-law.  

“Philip has been unable to forgive Fergie for the damage he perceives she did to the family via her series of extramarital affairs and subsequent commercial work,” a source said.

But they may have to come face-to-face once again as Eugenie’s wedding draws near.

A Look At The Royal Succession Order, And Where Harry Falls On The List

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.

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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.

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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.

Kate Middleton Secretly Donates 7 Inches Of Hair To Children’s Charity

It’s hard to keep a secret when you’re a member of the royal family, but somehow Kate Middleton managed to do just that.

Despite being in her third trimester, the Duchess of Cambridge has been making several public appearances with a genuine smile plastered on her face.

This Tuesday, Middleton and her husband, Prince William, visited an outdoor ice-skating rink in the center of Stockholm, Sweden to play a game of bandy hockey and meet the local schoolchildren.

But that wasn’t the first time she’s met kids this year. On January 22, Middleton went to an elementary school in London to talk about the importance of taking care of your mental health.

“I see time and time again that there is so much to be gained from talking of mental health and taking the mental health of our children as seriously as we do their physical health,” Middleton said. “When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood.”

While the royal makes time in her busy schedule to bring awareness to causes close to her heart, she doesn’t always put her good deeds on display.

Prince Harry Takes Meghan Markle To Visit Princess Diana’s Grave

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.

The Truth About Prince Charles’s First Love, And How She Changed The Royal Family

It’s hard to think of Prince Charles without thinking of Princess Diana or Camilla Parker-Bowles, but as it turns out, the Prince of Wales has quite the intense romantic history. While everyone seems to think that Prince Harry was the royal playboy, his dad has actually had a lot of high-profile romances over the years.

In fact, Prince Charles’s first love was who he wanted to marry, but because of the royal rules he would be unable to do so. Her name was Lucia Santa Cruz, and she was the daughter of a Chilean ambassador to Britain.

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Santa Cruz had a short romance with the prince, one that was said to be filled with passion and love. They were introduced while studying at Cambridge University in 1969, but before they could get too serious he was reminded that they would never be allowed to marry.

Lucia Santa Cruz was restricted from marrying into the royal family because of her religion. She was a Roman Catholic, and law stated that Charles was only allowed to marry a Protestant. However, even though they couldn’t be together, she would have an enormous impact on the future of the royal family thanks to her connections.

Meghan Markle To Break British Protocol And Deliver Wedding Speech

With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding only less than four months away, the loved-up pair are making the final decisions on their ceremony.

They are set to wed in front of about 800 guests in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in front of 800 guests.

While the guest list has yet to be made public, there is speculation over what high-profile figures will be in attendance.

Markle, who has already been known to occasionally break royal protocol, is reported to make a speech at the couple’s wedding reception on May 19.

While it’s tradition in England for the groom, the father of the bride, and the best man to make speeches at the reception, it’s not unheard of for the bride to give her own address.

But what will Markle say in her speech?

10 Weirdest Royal Jobs That Actually Exist

It must be nice being royalty. There’s always someone at their beck and call.

Currently, the royal household employs approximately 1,200 people, but most of them hold typical jobs. Of course, there are some positions that are a little out of the ordinary…

Without further ado, here are the 10 weirdest royal jobs that actually exist to this day.

Remember, keep reading until the end of the article to read the weirdest, and probably most disgusting, job ever. We’ve kept the best for last!

The best thing about new shoes is that they’re new. The worst thing is that you have to break into your footwear attire before you get to feel really comfortable with them. Luckily for the Queen of England, one of her wardrobe staffers will do the burdensome task for her.

Also known as the Royal Horological Conservator, they are responsible for maintaining and setting over 1,000 clocks in Buckingham Palace and other royal residences. I suppose thousands of ticking clocks are still better than simple digital ones.

Did you really think the Queen would lift her long, heavy robe during ceremonial occasions? Of course there would be someone there to do it for her. The position is usually given to teenage sons of nobility or senior members of the royal household.

The first Astronomer Royal was appointed by King Charles II in 1675. The position was designed to have someone map out “the motions of the heavens.” This role is still as prestigious as it was back then, even with all the advancements in technology. Nowadays the Astronomer Royal is responsible for keeping the Queen up-to-date on astronomical matters.

The task of lowering and raising the royal standard flag seems like it would be pretty easy, but there’s more to it than that. The Union Flag is raised when the Queen is absent, and lowered when she’s at home. The hard part here is that the Flag Sergeant has to follow the Queen around all her residences, raising and lowering the flag upon her entrance and exit.

Keep reading to learn more about the strangest royal jobs!

25 Photos Of Queen Elizabeth II Through The Years That’ll Remind You How Much Things Have Changed

When a 25-year-old Elizabeth assumed the throne from her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, no one could’ve guessed that she’d one day become the longest reigning monarch.

In 2017, she celebrated a Sapphire Jubilee, which marked her 65th year on the throne. Her Majesty also had a number of other special occasions to commemorate last year, including her 70th wedding anniversary with Prince Philip, and her grandson, Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle.

This year will mark the monarch’s 92nd birthday, and although there’s still a lot of time until her birthday rolls around, it’s never too early to take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from her life:

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One-year-old Elizabeth makes one of her first appearances on the Buckingham Palace Balcony

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The future queen is pictured arriving at Olympia for the annual Royal Tournament.

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Elizabeth poses beside her younger sister, Margaret, who was born three years prior.

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The then-princess stands beside her mother on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the coronation of her father as King George VI.

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The future queen was just 14-years-old when she delivered one of her first public addresses.

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Elizabeth became a Girl Guide in 1937, and during the World War, she was tasked with boosting public morale.

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Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1945, and trained for weeks to polish her basic motor mechanic skills and learn how to drive a truck.

Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates Two Birthdays For A Very Selfless Reason

When you’re the head of one of the most powerful royal families in the world, you can do anything you please, including celebrating your birthday twice.

Queen Elizabeth II, who was born on April 12, 1926, celebrates her birthday two times a year, and as pompous as that may sound, there’s a very good reason behind it.

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For hundreds of years, it’s been a tradition of the British royal family to celebrate the birthday of the reigning monarch on two separate occasions – the day they were actually born and a day for the public to enjoy.

The public celebration often includes artillery gun salutes (a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park, and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London), and other celebratory activities, such as a military parade known as Trooping the Color. The entire family then gathers on the balcony of the Buckingham Palace where they watch a military fly-past.

The tradition is believed to have been started by King George II in 1748, but not many people know why.

Elton John Shares The Exact Moment Prince Harry Told Him He Was In Love With Meghan Markle

With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s fairytale wedding quickly approaching, royal watchers can’t get enough of the intimate details of their love story.

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.

You Can Spend The Next Year With Prince Harry And Meghan Markle, Here’s How

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.

Princess Eugenie Forced To Delay Wedding Because Of Prince Harry & Meghan

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.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Secret Matchmaker Has Finally Been Revealed

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.