2018 has been a whirlwind both for me personally and for the world at large — and I have to admit I’ve been absolutely awful at keeping up with this blog (a trend, it seems). But a LOT of people have been writing me asking for a breakdown of the rumored disputes ravaging headlines as of late. While I am extremely flattered by the assumption that I have any inside scoop, I must admit, I do not.
BUT, I do have some input regarding the feud that seems to be growing more each day…
A brief timeline
As I’m sure you know, every since the Royal Tour to Australia, the Royal Rumor Mill has been so hot I’m not sure how it hasn’t yet burst into flames. In the past few months we’ve had…
As these are just a sampling, it’s understandable that the general consensus is complicated. Is Meghan wreaking havoc? Is Will cold toward the Sussexes? Has the Queen thrown down the gauntlet?
First, let’s take a step back.
what’s in a story
As a university-trained journalist & working in advertising, I do have a few things to offer as consideration when it comes to reporting and the headline mania… here are a few things to ask yourself when you read an especially salacious headline:
Does the headline blow the actual contents of the story out of proportion?
When reading a news source, it’s pretty typical to notice whether they’re more liberal or conservative, despite their attempts at objectivity. It’s important to consider the network it belongs to, as well as who its owner might be connected to, i.e., Jeff Bezos owning The Washington Post & any reports on Amazon might be worth a little additional digging. And, though I’m not very well-versed in British politics, I do know that there are royalists and republicans and they’re catering to their readership. Unless you’re the Daily Mail, in which you just throw every thing out there and see what sticks… even if it’s garbage (which sadly sticks pretty well).
There are reputable royal reporters who have been on the beat for decades. They have strong relationships with palace insiders as well as the royals themselves. Katie Nicholl of Vanity Fair is known to be a solid source, as well as Dickie Arbiter, former Secretary to Queen Elizabeth, and his daughter, royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter. These are just a few examples, though there are loads more.
I recently read a report that cited a “close friend of the Cambridge’s” as their source, and this set off alarms. William & Kate are pros at keeping the press at bay, so I suspect it wasn’t a close friend of the Camrbridge’s, but maybe a friend of a friend of a friend. However, I wouldn’t balk at a source being a “close friend of the Sussexes'”, as they seem far more open and less experienced with the whole gossip protocol.
But most importantly, it should be noted that bloggers, just as myself, really are just working with all the information we’ve pieced together, a bit of a detective work and a lot of red string being pinned across stories as such — this is is not to say our research isn’t true nor reputable, just that I sit in an office in Hamburg and sadly do not have insider scoop to the name of Meghan & Harry’s upcoming baby! But I will happily speculate and write a dissertation on what my predictions are!
Which leaves me at a perfect stopping point for the this piece, but I do hope to write my own synopsis of what I think is going down with the ‘Fab Four’ in the next few days… as a cliffhanger: I think there’s a little bit of truth, and a whole lot of fit throwing.
[Editor’s note: Elizabeth Holmes, a fantastic journalist who used to work for the Wall Street Journal inspired the insider look of this article — I highly recommend you follow her on Instagram for her famous #SoManyThoughts and general greatness]
I suspect we’ve all been plagued with a passive aggressive break-up text or two in today’s day and age. I most definitely have. But unlike the following scenario, I doubt the guys in my life who chose such a cowardly approach to do it would thought more than 5 seconds about what to write.
Unlike… King Henry VIII who called a counsel to craft the perfect break-up letter. (And I’m not sure which is the worse of the two, calling a council or firing of a text with little to no thought at all.)
[The following takes place during the divorce of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.]
Catherine waited a few days; then, as more and more of the courtiers that remained rode off to join the King, she wrote her husband a letter. She was sorry she had not been roused before he left to bid him Godspeed. She would be happy to know that he was well.
Back came a curt and querulous reply. Little she cared about his health or peace of mind. Her obstinacy was destroying both. He was better when he did not see her.
Catherine wrote again, submissively, but with a dignified hint that if this was good-bye, at least their long life together made it only decent that good-bye should be spoken face to face.
This time Henry chose to treat his wife’s letter as a state document. He made it the subject of a council meeting which consumed several days in drafting a short, harsh answer, the gist of which was that the Queen’s disobedience in refusing the neutral court at Cambrai had so displeased the King that he did not wish to see her again.
When your brain is full of really obnoxiously random royal facts such as mine, it takes all I have not to scream when coming across headlines as those that were floating around yesterday after the Queen’s Young Leaders event.
No, no, the majority of headlines were not about the aforementioned young leaders, rather the fact that Meghan…
I was really surprised to read on twitter the other night that Harry is now being reported as being back together with Cressida. I mean, wasn’t it *just* reported that he was back with Chelsy? I can’t keep up. My head was spinning.
Naturally, I wanted answers. 😉
I must admit, the royal correspondents on twitter answer 99% of my tweets, even during the busy moments on tour. I’m really impressed and thankful for them taking their time to respond.
Let’s look at the varying reports:
US Weekly claims: Chelsy and Harry are back together.
The sexy redheaded royal and Davy, 29, have been secretly meeting up since a date in February, sources tell Us. For Harry’s 31st birthday, the bubbly corporate lawyer flew 8,500 miles to be by his side in London. (US Weekly.)
The Sun: Cressida and Harry are back together.
The 26-year-old actress joined him and close friends for the bash in a private room at a pub.
They were reunited on Tuesday night, just hours after The Sun revealed Cressida had split from her actor boyfriend.
Our exclusive pictures are the clearest indication that the pair want to give their relationship another go, as we had also reported. (The Sun.)
People magazine: Harry is unattached.
While he is clearly keeping close to his exes, the source tells PEOPLE he doesn’t have anyone special in his life at the moment. (Cue the confetti.) (People magazine.)
This Vanity Fair article delves even deeper into the latest reports.
So, now that you’ve read this weirdly long discourse on the love life of Prince Harry, you probably have even less of a sense of what is going on than before you read it! Is he still with Chelsy? Reconnected with Cressida? Romancing both of them simultaneously?!?! Or is he using the two as a distraction from his relationship with, like, Suki Waterhouse, or even, just maybe, a “commoner”? Maybe he’s dating Gwyneth Paltrow, and she’s the reason he’s been sporting the Chris Martin-y scruff! O.K., now we’re just blatantly making stuff up; all this uncertainty has us delirious. (Vanity Fair.)
First there was the wonderful news from Sweden about Crown Princess Victoria’s pregnancy. Now, there’re reports of Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy getting back together? What a great week for royal news!
A quick recap:
Chelsy Davy, lawyer and daughter of a Zimbabwean safari farmer, has had a an on-again, off-again relationship with Prince Harry since 2004. Chelsy officially called the relationship “quits” in 2011 on Facebook, as one does. She declared the royally life “not for her,” though she and Prince Harry have stayed friends, even attending the royal wedding in 2011.
2004: The pair first meet. Miss Davy, 19, is a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies College near Prince Charles’s Highgrove estate. They later go public with their relationship when they are spotted holidaying together in Argentina and Prince William says his younger brother is “madly in love”.
April 2006: Miss Davy is rumoured to be “livid” after Harry reportedly visited a lap-dancing club near Slough to celebrate the end of his training at Sandhurst.
September 2007: Miss Davy starts a degree in law at Leeds University.
October 2007: Newspapers report the couple’s split after Harry misses Miss Davy’s 22nd birthday party to go to the Rugby World Cup final in Paris. But the pair reconcile later that month.
May 2008: The couple attend Peter Phillips’s wedding to Autumn Kelly, Miss Davy’s first official outing as the Prince’s girlfriend at a formal royal family function.
January 2009: Friends discover the couple have broken up after Ms Davy changes her relationship status on Facebook to single. Harry is said to be “gutted”.
September 2009: The split does not last long with the couple getting back together a few months after.
June 2010: The pair are said to have broken up again.
February 2011: The couple are reported to have rekindled their relationship with a romantic meal at a London restaurant.
April 2011: Harry reportedly tells Miss Davy at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: “You’re next”. But the couple split again soon after the event.
November 2011: Miss Davy reportedly turns down a lucrative offer to write a kiss-and-tell book about her romance with Harry.
December 2013: The phone hacking trial heard how the News of the World’s former royal editor, Clive Goodman, described Ms Davy “blitzing” Prince Harry with “dozens of calls”.
September 2015: Reports suggest the pair are considering giving the relationship another try.
One thing is certain, Harry wants to find a wife. He has said so himself on several occasions, and twice publicly. And the endlessly fascinating subject of Harry’s love life appears unlikely to fade as a subject of tabloid obsession, especially after reports surfaced in the Sun newspaper claiming that while he was in Africa, Harry met up with his former girlfriend Chelsy Davy, and the two are now “openly discussing giving their relationship another go”.
Sources have long told the Royalist that Harry and Chelsy have continued to hold a candle for each other.
Chelsy, a Zimbabwean by birth, split up with her boyfriend, jeweler Charles Goode, in January. Chelsy and Harry have long been thought by many of their friends to be made for each other—they were both known for their love of wild partying when they dated between 2004 and 2010. It was widely rumored at the time that they had planned to marry, but that Chelsy took fright at the prospect of living in the royal goldfish bowl following the wedding of William and Kate.
A reunion would be welcomed by many of their set, but—if it does happen—any revived relationship would be conducted with the utmost clandestine secrecy. Only a handful of Harry’s closest friends would be let in on the secret. (The Daily Beast)
It’s no secret that I, too, have held a candle for this pair. I think they were a lovely match and that Chelsy is the independent, spunky type of gal the Royal Family certainly needs. I’m not sure if the reports are true, but I do think it’d be wonderful if they were.
(I firstly would like to apologize for putting this site on the back-burner as of late. Work has been super busy, and it turns out Northern Europe winters are far harder than I remembered (major props to those Scandinavian Royals!). But the sun is now staying out past 4 o’clock so I am feeling much more ambitious in my old hobbies after work. 😉 So let’s go!)
Duchess of ‘Does-a-lot’?
I have, of course, been following along with headlines of the royals here and there… and more than anything, I’ve been a bit surprised at the amount of ‘work’ Kate has been doing lately. I have a theory it’s because she a.) got a stern talking to after last year’s numbers came out, and b.) after this baby is born we won’t see her for approximately 2 years…
Also, when you go from doing 2 outings per month to a mere 4, is that really deserving of a pat on the back? I am conflicted.
The Daily Beast’s royal correspondent Tom Sykes wrote this very pro-Kate piece on the matter last week.
There seems little doubt that with this flurry of activity so late in her pregnancy—at eight months pregnant to show no sign of slowing down is admirable—is a carefully thought-out strategy. Kate is seeking to put an end to the ‘lazy Kate’ story that threatened to become a theme when, towards the end of last year, it was revealed that Kate had, as well as taking numerous foreign holidays—attended just 76 official engagements in 2014 while Philip, 93, showed up at over 200 and the Queen attended 375. Indeed, Kate had the lowest official appearance rate of all the senior members of the Royal Family in 2014.
While sources are cagey about appearing to endorse the ‘lazy Kate’ narrative even by refuting the allegations, one source says, “The fact is that Kate’s feeling great and determined to pack in as much as possible before the birth.”
Work ethic debate aside, I think Kate looks so beautiful lately, and cheers to her for no Marilyn Moments yet for 2015…
Last night upon seeing Kate’s latest look from her latest event, I tweeted without thinking. I tweeted it from my personal account, which I use for a lot of “thinking out loud,” as Twitter is seemingly designed for. More than anything, I wanted to highlight how fierce Queen Letizia is, and to bring my followers’/friends’ attention to it.
Then Regal Media was kind enough to retweet it. Which was pretty cool. And a few people agreed.
Well, apparently I really ruffled some feathers… Some people responded that I was just “jealous,” which, HELLO, OF COURSE I AM. And someone else replied that Kate shouldn’t follow the fashion advice of a royal of a “failing royal house…”
For what it’s worth, I do love Queen Letizia and show favor to her as of late opposed to Kate… She’s a fellow journalist and you can’t deny her sassiness. But is this a personal attack on Kate, in the words of aforementioned tweets, “nah.”
It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo can cause some people to run rampant with pregnancy rumors. BUNTE.de did just that yesterday after Crown princess Mette-Marit was snapped in a less than stunning photo (above) on Friday while presenting a 2014 Talent Award.
Do I think she’s pregnant, though? No. I think we all can point to a picture of ourselves we have untagged or deleted for being less than flattering. Unfortunately, Crown Princesses don’t get the chance to scrub their Facebook’s like we do.
And let’s be honest, BUNTE is always claiming somebody is pregnant. It’s beginning to be a bit “the tabloid who cried preggers” around that site…