Meghan Markle’s Friends are Psyched She’s Getting Her Happily Ever After

Earlier today royal fans and fairweather observers alike woke up to news that Prince Harry and his girlfriend of of 16 month, Meghan Markle, were engaged. The couple held a photocall at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden before sitting down with the BBC’s Mishal Husain.

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Markle, who until recently starred on USA Network’s “Suits,” has moved into Nottingham cottage, Harry’s two-bedroom abode at Kensington Palace. It was there that Harry proposed one evening while she was making them a roast chicken.  Continue reading

All The Terribly British Things That Happened Today at Royal Ascot

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It’s one of the most famous races in the world, and nothing was going to keep patrons from attending what is arguably the most British activity ever – Royal Ascot.

Also known as watching horses race while drinking champagne and wearing fancy hats.

Day one saw a downpour of UK proportions come down upon racegoers, who were decked out in their Ascot finest.

Things vastly improved and the sky somewhat cleared up once the royal family arrived in their horse-drawn carriages (as you do).

The whole day was very British, from the rain to the reactions.

  1. “F***ing British weather.”
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2.  “Feeling quite patriotic, actually.” 

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3. “This is just like in the movies!  Is Prince Harry coming in for a snog?”

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Prince Harry: When Will He Be Appointed To The Order of the Garter?

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In 2008, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton giggled as Prince William joined the procession of the Most Noble Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle.

What Harry and Catherine found so funny on that day in June was William’s uniform – a velvet robe and plumed hat that made him look a bit like a Shakespeare character.

 

Those two dopes (I use that term endearingly) failed to recognize that the Most Noble Order of the Garter is Britain’s oldest Order of Chivalry, and it only includes 24 members, plus the Sovereign.

Today, I wondered when (or perhaps even if) Harry would be invited into the order, which was started in 1348 by King Edward III.  Continue reading

You Can’t Take Prince Harry Anywhere (JK You Totally Can. And Should.)

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As the rest of the audience sat quietly (I think) in the rows of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Prince Harry made the Duchess of Cambridge giggle.

And it was great.

One thing to know about the royal family is that they love when things go wrong at formal events.

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Yes, they respect and acknowledge the hard work that has gone into said event, but when there’s a blip, there’s a giggle.

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On June 10th, Members of the royal family (53, to be exact) attended a national service of Thanksgiving in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Very Reverend David Ison commenced the service by praising Her Majesty for “faithful devotion, dutiful commitment, loving leadership, gentle constancy, royal dignity and kindly humanity.  Continue reading

Watch This Incredibly Moving Video From The Invictus Games

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As a royal watcher, it gives me great pleasure to see the Invictus Games enjoy so much success in its second year.

It was just three years ago when Prince Harry visited the Warrior Games in Colorado, which served as his inspiration for an international show of strength, bravery and sportsmanship.

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The Invictus Games have given the participants a sense of pride and confidence in themselves after suffering horrific injuries while serving their countries.

On May 11th, Harry present Sergeant Elizabeth Marks with a gold medal for winning the 100-meter freestyle,

Marks, handed it back to Harry, asking him to give it Papworth Hospital in England in thanks for saving her life in 2014.

Prior to the first Invictus Games in September of that year, Marks developed a lung condition that forced doctors to put her in a medically induced coma.

“I landed in London and became very ill very rapidly, I was in hospital in London and went into respiratory distress syndrome, they shipped a team down from Papworth who put me on to ECMO [extracorporeal membrane oxygenation] life support and that ultimately saved my life,” Marks told reporters at the games on Wednesday.

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“So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth.

“They absolutely saved my life and I can’t thank the UK enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me.”

The 25-year-old Arizona native has been in the military since she was 17, and suffered a hip injury in 2010 that left her with no feeling in her left leg.

Fortunately, Marks is still serves.

Related Story: Michelle Obama Teases Harry About Prince George

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It’s been fantastic to watch both the athletes and Harry immerse themselves 100% in the games, and I can’t wait for next year when the cinnamon prince (Vanity Fair’s nickname, not mine) takes the runaway hit to Toronto.

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Below is a brief video from Kensington Palace beautifully capturing the sprit of the games.  I encourage to watch it and dare you not to get a bit choked up.

 

The Closing Ceremonies will take place tonight in Walt Disney World, with performances by Rascal Flatts, Flo Rida, Rachel Platten, Phillip Phillips, Jordan Smith and Vetted.

“The Closing Ceremony will be an inspiring event that honors the Invictus spirit and recognizes our competitors,” Ken Fisher, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Invictus Games Orlando 2016, said in a statement last month.

“Stacked with incredible musical performances by internationally-renowned singers and songwriters, heartening stories of courage and triumph from servicemen and women, the ceremony will truly be the event of a lifetime.”

What was your favorite moment from this year’s Invictus Games?

Prince George Asks Uncle Harry Why He Was “So Quiet” Around Obamas

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Michelle Obama has become America’s latest national treasure, for she has divulged secrets of the royal family that her predecessors would have shrugged off as non-newsworthy soundbites.

The First Lady and Prince Harry gave a join interview to Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts from Orlando, Florida, where the second annual Invictus Games are underway.

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Roberts asked about the Obamas’ April 22nd dinner with Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, an evening that saw Prince George stay up past his bedtime in the name of socializing.

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Prince Harry Cleverly Promotes Invictus Games, The Queen Is Amused

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This might be the cutest vide you watch all day (aside from the royal wedding).

Prince Harry enlisted the Queen’s help in promoting next month’s Invictus Games in Orlando.

Ever the good sport, Her Majesty was game for making a short video that also starred President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who popped over to William and Catherine’s apartment in Kensington Palace for dinner last week.

The video shows Harry and his grandmother going over a pamphlet about the upcoming games, when he gets a text from FLOTUS (her ringtone is aptly set to “Hail To The Chief”).

“It’s from Michelle,” Harry said, opening up a video made by Michelle, Barack and a few members of  the armed forces.  Continue reading

Prince George Bids Obama Goodnight, Thanks Him For Popping By Kensington Palace

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Tonight, Nanny Maria allowed the President of the United States of America to have an audience with Prince George of Cambridge.

Though it was past her charge’s bedtime, Maria granted Mr. President 20 minutes with the heir to the British throne (Cameron usually gets zero).

And so, pleasantries were exchanged.  Prince George thanked Obama for the rocking horse he and Michelle sent over when he was born, even mounting it to show how much joy he gets out of the stationary object.  Continue reading