13 ‘new’ facts: Vogue’s Insight to the British Royals

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With the new Prince Charles biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Lifewe’re sure to get some new information about the British Royals. Vogue gives us glimpse inside with 13 facts revealed by author Sally Bedell Smith. 

Here are three I found particularly interesting

After Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, the dynamics within the royal family changed
Besides Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip have three other children—Princess Royal Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. They’re a nuclear family, but since Prince William and Kate Middleton have added to the next generation in line for the throne, the royal family has become somewhat two-tiered. An example of this came during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee during a flotilla on the Thames. Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry joined the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles on their boat. Princess Anne, Princes Andrew and Edward, and their families rode down the river separately.

Prince Harry participated in at least one missile attack against the Taliban while he was deployed in Afghanistan
Prince Harry has done a fair amount of service, including being deployed to Afghanistan for a 4-month stretch. He was an Apache helicopter pilot and served as a copilot gunner in a missile attack on the Taliban.

The Queen’s death is now more of an open topic
A recent long-form article in The Guardian discussed the secret plan for what will happen when the Queen dies. But among the royal household and the royal family, the Queen apparently believes that an open discussion is “healthy and important.”

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Getting serious with Harry & Meghan

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As you all know, I love a good theory, especially when there are legitimate clues involved. So last night, while perusing the old Instagram, I decided to check Meghan’s. I was surprised to see her latest post about shutting down her blog, The Tig. What would normally be of little interest to me, this news actually piqued my interest. Because for me, this points to things getting serious for her and Harry. I know that many people expect her exit on Suits to be the ultimate sign — and which I expect to inevitably happen within the next year — but I think this is a sign as well.

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While I understand that running a blog is actually a lot of work, cough cough this blog is a prime example, I don’t think she was doing it all herself. And I have a sneaking suspicion she has  lot of down time while holed up at Harry’s Kensington Palace apartment. So why shut it down? Or why not just put it on a hiatus? Something bigger is at play here, and I for one really really hope we have news of an engagement soon because I am beyond intrigued to see how their relationship can bring some life to the British Royal Family. And because we all want Harry to be happy.

Though, of course, this will break my Harry + Chelsy-loving heart… le sigh.

What do you think? Am I reaching or is there something to be said about the shutting down of “The Tig”?

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle: A love match at last?

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I had no idea who Meghan Markle was until a few weeks ago when her name started popping up in headlines across the web. I googled her a bit, was stunned by her beauty, and found the fling to be rather believable. Emphasis on fling. Then the palace released a statement on Harry’s behalf pleading to leave his new lady in peace, and I knew she must really be something. (Side note: I also thought that must really irk Kate seeing as how she waited for William for ten years during which she was hounded by the press, only William hardly spoke up for her…)  And William just released his own statement on the matter…

Speaking of Kate, the Kate and Meghan comparisons are in full swing. And there’s already rumor aplenty that Kate is already feeling threatened by Meghan (to be taken with a grain of salt, of course).

It’s pretty incredible, to say the least, how far the royals have come in such a short time (relatively speaking), it was only 60 years ago that Princess Margaret was denied her love, Peter Townsend, something worth bringing up because Meghan is a divorcee as was Peter Townsend. But thankfully the Queen seems to have come around, seeing as how Prince Charles married not only a divorcee, but his mistress.

It will be interesting to see how this relationship continues to unfold, I for one hope it ends with the ring, as Harry does seem over the moon, and we’re all hoping Harry finds happiness at last.

What do you think? Should we dust off our fascinators and get ready for a royal wedding?

 

Chelsy Davy talks ‘regrets’ with Town & Country Magazine

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It’s no secret that I still hope Harry & Chelsy work things out; those kids have something special. So when I read this headline I wept a little inside. And I have a sneaking suspicion had Harry read it as well, he probably had a similar reaction…

Chelsy was interviewed for the print edition of Town & Country Magazine (UK edition), and had this to say upon being asked if she had any regrets about not becoming a princess:

“Oh, goodness! No, I’m very happy with that I’m doing right now,” she says fervently. “I’m very sure of who I am and what I want out of life.”

I mean, I’m not sure what they expected her to say? Then again, she does come off rather confident in her answer.

I was shocked to learn she was living back in Africa and not practicing law. Celebitchy explains:

After she graduated from law school, Chelsy worked for a few years in London, but she returned back to her homeland in Africa to start her own business. The business is called Aya Africa, and it’s all about non-conflict jewelry.

That seems pretty cool. And it sounds right up Harry’s alley.

I hope these crazy kids work things out.

Happy Mother’s Day! (A small update.)

Hi everyone!

I first want to apologize for having pretty much disappeared from the royal scene. I have been absurdly busy with work since the start of the year. (How is it almost June?!)

In any case, I have been following along on twitter and have had more than enough thoughts on all things royal; The India tour! Crown Princess Victoria’s new baby! Prince Carl Philip’s new baby! Princess Charlotte’s new photos! The Queen’s 90th birthday! I can hardly keep up.

But this blog has definitely been on my list of things to catch up on, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing this summer. I know, I know, I say that a lot. But this time I will put it as a higher priority as it is one of my favorite hobbies.

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In the meantime, I wish all of you mothers a wonderful Mother’s Day and leave you with this sweet interview with Prince Harry from People Magazine.

In an intimate interview, Prince Harry speaks to PEOPLE about wanting kids, bringing his Invictus Games to America and how his mother, Princess Diana, continues to inspire him.

He lost his mom, Princess Diana, at age 12, but now Prince Harry is opening up about her profound influence.

“All I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud,” he tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview in this week’s cover story. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”

Speaking in the Audience Room of Kensington Palace just before he set off for his Invictus Games in Orlando – on Wednesday he’ll make a stop in Palm Beach, Fla., for a charity polo match – the royal, 31, reflected on the ways in which his late mom continues to inspire him.

“When she died, there was a gaping hole, not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world,” he says. “If I can try and fill a very small part of that, then job done. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible. And so will William.” (People.)

 

A love straight out of a Harry tale…

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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. 😉

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.)

One thing is for certain, though…

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Relationship Status: It’s Complicated. Are Prince Harry & Chelsy Davy back together?

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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.

Here’s a great timeline from the NZ Herald:

A timeline of their on-off romance

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What’s your take?