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Even though even Prince Charles knows Meghan Markle is cooler than Kate Middleton, both Duchesses and their Princely husbands are as thick as thieves.
But that may be about to change after Meghan gives birth.
Apparently, Prince Harry and Prince William are drawing up plans to divide their joint “court” and have separate offices.
Prince William and Prince Harry are very close, even for siblings, but they’re looking to create some distance.
According to The Sunday Times, William and Harry are considering separating their joint “court” at Kensington Palace.
They would instead go on and create two separate offices.
These alleged plans would only be implemented this spring or later, after Meghan Markle’s due date.
That is, of course, if they follow through with it at all.
We know that it’s always tempting for people to suspect some sort of secret family rift as the culprit.
That’s always interesting a juicy, but only rarely true.
The Princes have an actual purpose for dividing into separate offices, and it’s because they have different royal destinies.
William will one day be Prince of Wales. He is his father’s heir.
And it seems likely that William will one day be king, barring a bizarre set of circumstances.
Harry and Meghan will very naturally want to forge their own path, according ot insiders.
Sally Bedell Smith, author of Royals, spoke to People on the subject of this potential separation.
“The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way,” Smith reports.
That makes a lot of sense. Harry was the center of attention for something other than international thirst.
“It is inevitable and practical,” Smith says of the move for separate offices.
Smith says it will happen “because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities.”
Meghan is a passionate, caring person.
“Meghan has very strong views on what she is interested in,” Smith affirms.
“And,” Smith notes. “That may be what Harry shares.”
That wouldn’t be a surprise. They dated for a long time before they married.
It would only make sense for them to have a lot of shared passions.
“But,” Smith admits, Meghan and Harry’s charitable interests may be “not what William and Kate share.”
“They have brought many charities working in the same sector together to empower them and lend their positions,” Smith says of the Princes.
“But,” Smith continues. “They will increasingly follow their own respective interests.”
A report has claimed that Prince Harry’s friends don’t like Meghan’s Left-leaning views on topics such as animal welfare.
They allegedly consider such views “trendy,” which is exactly what you’d expect from terminally British aristocrats.
“I think it really is just a shift in priorities and interests,” Smith suggests.
“William is a husband and father of three and his focus is primarily on them,” Smith notes. “And Harry will soon be a father.”
In Sally Bedell Smith’s estimation, both Princes will more or less go on as they have.
“Each of them will continue [to be] the very strong representative of the Queen,” Smith says.
Smith says that they will do so “in carrying out tasks and assignments that she, and probably their father, wants them to do.”
Royal duties don’t go away, even when you’re a parent.
And separate offices won’t change that.
“They are going to be sharing in this diffusion of activities on behalf of the Queen,” Smith affirms.
That said, the palace had no official comment on this story. The princes may go in another direction.
Prince Harry may have a second career ahead of himself.
If the Royal ever gets sick of being a really handsome person who appears in public to raucous applause and excited stares, he could look into becoming a photographer.
The gorgeous father-to-be proved on a stop in New Zealand this week that he clearly has the talent for it.
While on the last stop of his well-received tour with pregnant wife Meghan Markle, Harry snapped a picture of his lovely Duchess at the Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua.
As you can see below, the snapshot is simply stunning.
It features Markle cradling her baby bump while standing among the massive 117-year-old Redwood tree all around her.
Shared by Kensington Palace on its official Instagram account, photo credit is given to the “Duke of Sussex,” making it evidence who was behind the camera.
Check out the viral image for yourself here:
“Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis,” reads a statement from the couple in the caption.
“Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference.”
The beloved couple also included a quote from Kate Sheppard, a prominent member of the women’s suffrage movement in New Zealand:
“The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops.”
For the most part, Harry and Meghan have enjoyed a wildly successful trip abroad over the past few weeks.
It actually kicked off right around the time they announced they were expecting.
Yes, at one point Meghan may have delivered a terrible curtsy while meeting a king and a queen.
At another point, she may have accidentally flashed her underwear.
But the Duke and Duchess mostly carried themselves very well and simply increased their impressive popularity around the globe.
Prince Harry, meanwhile, shared his first-ever Instagram story in New Zealand a few days before taking the special photo featured here.
We saw it wheb Kensington Palace posted a shot of Abel Tasman National Park from the sky.
Despite the gloomy weather, the beauty of the land was apparent in the image of a lake surrounded by mountains.
“Traveling to the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park,” read this caption, along with a helicopter emoji and a photo credit to the Duke of Sussex.
Seriously, the guy’s got skills.
Perhaps he ought to be hired to take his very own baby photos this spring.
Just an idea.
Happy news for fans of the Royal Family and of Suits alike: Meghan Markle is pregnant, for real.
But there is less happy news for the Duchess’ fans who live in the United States, because she and Prince Harry are delaying their visit.
The delay is because of her pregnancy. It will be worth the wait, however.
TMZ reports that Meghan’s royal pregnancy is putting the couple’s plans to visit their fans across the pond on hold.
As you may remember, the two of them were originally planning to visit America in the spring of 2019.
Spring starts about five months from now.
Well, Meghan Markle’s due date has been vaguely announced as being some time in the spring of 2019.
She’ll want to avoid flying immediately before, during, and after giving birth — for medical reasons but also for social reasons.
She may be the first American “princess,” but actually giving birth stateside might be a little much for the British public.
Meghan and Harry’s visit to the U.S. isn’t being canceled, however — merely postponed.
TMZ reports that the new plan has them hopping across tha Atlantic in the autumn of 2019.
It’s not really a surprise that they’re reconsidering plans.
Though Meghan and Harry went on their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji, they toned things down a little.
Of particular concern was Zika virus, which can be transferred via mosquito bites and cause devastating birth defects.
There is exciting news, however, because now, on their royal visit, they’ll be expected to have their baby in tow.
Next fall, this royal baby will not only be born, but they could be as old as six months old.
What’s more is that Meghan Markle is expected to still be an American citizen at that time.
She is still going through the process of becoming a British citizen.
Though there have been other Americans who have married into British nobility before, the process remains slow even for a Prince’s wife.
Meghan’s due date, though officially scheduled for the “spring,” is said to be some time in the viscinity of May 2.
As a general rule, you don’t want to fly within your first month after giving birth. These two are waiting longer than that for their journey.
But as eager as people are to see this very special royal baby, we hope that Meghan and Harry’s stateside fans will be willing to wait.
A royal baby is exciting, but newborns are generally kind of boring.
If we’re talking about a six-month old, though, fans could get to see a royal baby who is old enough to look around and understand a lot of what’s being said.
Of course, we imagine that a lot of their visit will be spent in Canada.
Canada still has official ties to the British Royal Family because Canada is part of the “Commonwealth of Nations.”
Visiting isn’t just a social call, it’s about affirming ties in part of one of the world’s oldest political associations between states.
(The United States would be in a similar position had it not been for the Revolutionary War)
This was also the reason for the couple’s visit to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.
Meghan and Harry’s visit to North America will be a big deal because of Meghan’s heritage.
Some, including TMZ, have pointed out that Meghan’s child could, in a very unlikely set of circumstances, become both British monarch and U.S. President.
Technically, this child will be in line to the throne.
Also technically, any American citizen — as this child is expected to be at birth — can become President.
But as entertaining as that idea may be, it would involve something unspeakably tragic happening to Prince William and all three of his children.
No one wants that.
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Male heirs are kind of a big deal in the history of the British crown.
In fact, you could say past members of the royal family have been known to really lose their heads over the matter.
But those days are long gone, and in the 21st century, beheadings are reserved for serious offenses such as wearing an ascot that clashes with the tablecloth at high tea.
We kid the Royals because we love them.
And we especially love Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who are infinitely more fun and interesting than their contemporaries within the Windsor clan.
(Yes, we’re looking at you, Will and Kate!)
As you’ve likely heard by now, Meghan is pregnant with her first child.
And, as is always the case with palace pregnancies, British tabloids and amateur royal watchers alike are desperate for any scrap of new information that might come their way.
Sources say Meghan just entered her second trimester, and the Royals tend to be quite secretive about matters such as this.
So it might be quite some time before we learn anything new regarding the baby’s name or gender.
But at least now we know whether Harry is hoping for a son or a daughter — and his answer says a lot about how things have changed in the royal family of the 21st century.
Harry and Meghan are on their first royal tour at the moment, and they spent the weekend in Sydney, Australia.
According to US Weekly, the couple was spotted strolling near the city’s famous opera house on Sunday.
Witnesses say a passerby shouted to Harry, “I hope it’s a girl.”
Harry reportedly paused for a moment before turning and replying, “So do I.”
So there you have it.
The Duke of Sussex is hoping for a daughter.
No word yet on whether Meghan is hoping for a girl or a boy, but insiders say she’s been so ecstatic lately it’s impossible to imagine her being disappointed with either outcome.
As for the royal moniker, sources say Harry and Meghan “have a long list of names” to choose from.
In the end, though, they’ll probably go with something boring like Anne or Thomas.
They’re still royalty, after all.
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We’re sure life as a member of a royal family consists of more positives than negatives.
But we also think it’s safe to say there are more downsides to palace living than most people realize.
Take Meghan Markle, for example.
Sure, she’s a global icon, and she’s so beloved that when she wears a dress to an event it sells out of stores the next day.
But her life isn’t all tiaras and photo-ops.
For one thing, there’s all that arcane royal protocol that Meghan has been forced to master.
We’re guessing that nonsense has left her longing for the comparatively simple life of a working actress.
But even worse than remembering a phone book’s worth of rules for the benefit of the half-dozen traditionalist snobs who actually pay attention to that crap is the fact that Meghan now lives her life in the world’s largest fishbowl.
We know all about the awful Markle family and if there’s ever even the slightest indication that Meg and Harry’s relationship is anything less than flawless it instantly becomes fodder for tabloid headlines all over the world.
Today, for example, it’s being widely claimed that Harry acted flirtatiously during a recent encounter with ex-girlfriend Jenna Coleman.
Yes, it’s not even one of his more recent exes, but still, the news that Harry’s eye might be wandering just a few months into married life was enough to trigger pearl-clutching all over the British Empire.
Here’s what we actually know:
There was a run-in between Harry and Jenna, who encountered one another during some recent rich people event in Amsterdam, but witnesses say it was anything but flirty.
“Harry had to walk straight past Jenna to get to his and Meghan’s table,” one onlooker tells Vanity Fair.
“It was pretty awkward and some of the other guests were commenting on it,” the source continues.
“Jenna looked down while Harry looked straight ahead, while Meghan didn’t seem to notice.”
The witness goes on to say that Harry did everything in his power to avoid Jenna:
“She sat through breakfast with a smile on her face, but Harry looked a bit uncomfortable,” claims the source.
“He’d been super friendly saying hi to everyone, but he didn’t even acknowledge Jenna.”
As you can tell, this is all pretty scandalous stuff.
Hopefully, Meg went into this thing with the knowledge that “news” like this will make the rounds pretty much every time her husband is in the company of another woman for the rest of his natural life.
Though we’ve heard that Prince Harry’s friends don’t like Meghan Markle because she’s a good person, Harry is still very much in love with her.
In fact, even months after their wedding, Harry is reportedly showering her with affection in various forms.
Meghan feels that he’s spoiling her rotten.
Some couples find that their romance dies shortly after moving in together or shortly after they get married, because they’re no longer actively courting.
But HollywoodLife reports that Harry and Meghan are still in their honeymoon phase.
“Harry has been pampering Meghan more than ever,” an insider reports.
And Meghan is apparently very appreciative.
“She’s been raving about how he’s only become more attentive and loving since they got married,” the source describes.
There is one display of affection in particular that seems to really make an impression.
“He has fresh flowers delivered every single week,” the insider reveals.
The source goes on to specify that these flowers are “usually her favorite peonies.”
Peonies are popular garden plants in temperate climates, but are a very appropriate favorite for Meghan — as they are native to both North America and to Europe.
The insider continues: “Meghan says that alone makes her feel so spoiled.”
Harry’s desire to treat Meghan like the duchess she is extends into their private lives, as well.
“And she says he gives her the most amazing foot rubs,” the source dishes.
The insider shares that these footrubs usually go down “when they stay in and watch their favorite TV shows.”
That is so sweet!
As the source says: “Meghan still can’t get over how incredibly lucky she is to have found this man.”
Flowers and footrubs are classic romantic gestures, and it’s great to hear about a couple where that sort of thing continues on days that aren’t anniversaries or birthdays.
“But probably the sweetest and most thoughtful thing he’s done so far,” the insider says. “Was arrange to have her mom come over.”
The source reveals: “It was his idea to invite her to come stay for as long as she wants.”
“Meghan and her mom are both very cautious not to be pushy,” the insider shares. “But Harry insisted on it, he wants Meghan to have her mom with her.”
As the source explains: “It’s his way of trying to make her happy after all the terrible drama with her father.”
That is so sweet and thoughtful of Harry to give Meghan that solace from her awful family by giving her some time with her mother.
As always, we’re a little cautious about buying into unconfirmed reports, especially about this particular royal couple.
But … this is really touching and easy to believe. Personalized romantic gestures mean so much, especially when someone is going through a rough time.
This should be one of the happiest times in Meghan’s life — and we hope that it is.
We just wish that this summer hadn’t been marred by Meghan’s father and siblings trying to tear down her happiness.