DM: Prince Harry wants to propose to Meghan Markle before his 33rd birthday

Prince Harry attends the Sky Try Rugby League Festival

Pippa Tip: When one finds oneself the subject of unwelcome (but entirely justified) criticism, it’s best to change the subject. That’s less of a Pippa Tip and more of a “Poor Jason Tip.” The long-suffering Kensington Palace press secretary Jason Knauf has finally worked out a way to get people to stop talking about Harry’s terrible Newsweek interview: talk about the upcoming engagement. Thus, “sources” tell the Daily Mail that Prince Harry will absolutely, positively, definitely propose to Meghan Markle before his birthday in mid-September. Great. Now Poor Jason has set up a countdown clock. Harry has two months to propose before he turns into a pumpkin!

Prince Harry has found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with and would like to pop the question to Meghan Markle before his birthday in the autumn, friends of the young royal have revealed. Despite their busy schedules, the US soap actress and the Prince have a pact never to go longer than a month apart and speak using FaceTime on their smartphones twice a day when they are separated.

Miss Markle has made herself at home in Nottingham Cottage, Harry’s Kensington Palace quarters and is so comfortable she keeps a wardrobe of clothes and a shelf of organic cookbooks in the kitchen, according to friends.

‘Harry has found the girl he wants to spend the rest of his life with,’ one of his friends reveals. ‘He is fuelling all the talk about the future.’

Miss Markle, 35, is said to be so familiar to the gatekeepers and police patrolling the area that she doesn’t need a security pass.

‘There’s no question they are madly in love,’ said another friend. ‘Harry is really happy, and from seeing them together I’d say it’s just a question of when, not if, he’s going to ask her to marry him.’

Harry would like to propose before his 33rd birthday on September 15, according to sources close to the Prince. If he does, the Invictus Games in Toronto a week later would be the perfect platform to introduce his new fiancée to the world. As for the wedding, Harry wouldn’t have such a say in the timing. As fifth in line to the throne, he would have to ask his grandmother The Queen to avoid clashes with other dates in the Royal calendar.

[From The Daily Mail]

I said months ago that I thought an engagement announcement would happen in late-summer. Is August a weird time to announce an engagement? I’ve never really thought about it, but I suppose it’s probably an odd time for a ROYAL engagement announcement, especially because the royals announce it with a photoshoot by the palace, and the bride-to-be should probably not wear shorts or be a sweaty mess. But maybe they’ll just do an indoor photoshoot. And say the formal announcement comes in September. When would the wedding be? Winter or spring 2018? See, this is just what Jason Knauf wanted us to talk about! He succeeded in changing the subject!


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  1. Jennifer says:

    I am convinced they are already privately engaged & plans are being made for the wedding. I predict a short engagement from whenever it’s announced & a winter 2017 wedding. November would be a lovely nod to the Queen & Philip as it’s their 70th anniversary.

    • Nyawira says:

      This. If DM is getting so ramped as to have four Meghan related posts in under two hours and then a Cressida and Chelsea post too, this is a roll out. They are engaged and probably walking the protocol stuff with his family.

    • Eldy says:

      I think exactly the same. He already proposed to her, she said yes and some media know it but cannot reveal it yet.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I’d lean towards them avoiding November if they are heading towards marriage. Philip is 96. Would they want want to jinx them making it to their 70th, and having a big royal event scheduled around that time? Possible Balmoral test this summer.

      • BeamMeUpScottie says:

        To your point. Could be their relationship is at a defining stage. Who knows with these things?

        For what it’s worth, there is a 24-page glossy ‘souvenir’ magazine in today’s DM. Title: ‘Harry and Meghan: The inside story of a very modern royal romance’.
        I am undestanding that a similar souvenir magazine was done for Will and Kate and the Middletions before their engagement was announced.

      • LAK says:

        BeamMeUpScottie: such sovenir copy was made for William and Kate and stores started putting up engagement merchandising only for the couple to break up very publicly.

        When the engagement was finally announced, 3yrs later, it came as a surprise to everyone. Media included.

        That said, these magazines are the media trying to force an engagement…look what a perfect princess X will be, propose to her fgs!!…happened with Diana and Charles, happened with William and Kate, and is happening with MM and Harry.

        We shall see if they bite.

      • BeamMeUpScottie says:

        @Lak, let’s see…

    • seesittellsit says:

      Agree. Harry’s behavior all indicate “groundwork”. It takes about 4-5 months to plan a Windsor wedding, so my guess would be an October announcement, not a late summer one, and a wedding somewhere between early April-early May.

      But that’s my assessment from watching Harry, not because I believe anything the DM or “friends” or “sources” allegedly say. They wouldn’t be his friends for long if they talked to the DM.

      • RoyalSparkle says:

        Meghan may have flew in – yes. to be together but maybe other princess serious prep- especially. this was the first trip to Harry that she was pap on and – yes the interview and trolls that they broke up coykd have been quieted.

    • Merritt says:

      I feel an announcement won’t be made until Meghan finishes filming this season of her show. Filming stops in November. So maybe a November or December announcement.

    • RoyalSparkle says:

      Totally agree.

      Est announcement will be before Invictus Gamez or birtbday.-

    • suze says:

      If by planning you mean engaging locations and developing invitation lists, that is doubtful. Those things are fairly public and would involve a lot of people.

      If by planning you mean discussion between the two of them and possibly other close family members, that is possible.

  2. Alison says:

    Ok what is up with her leg in that picture. There’s no way it’s that skinny

    • Alix says:

      More to the point, where can I get that handbag???

      • Olenna says:

        Don’t know if it’s still available, but it’s a Marc Jacobs Gotham Bauletto Tote.

    • magnoliarose says:

      She has tiny legs. Sort of like Angelina Jolie. I stared at it too. She has a broader upper body and wide hips for her size and then tiny legs. She dresses and poses to make it less noticeable. Her frame is small so any weight gain would exaggerate her figure flaws. Being thin
      makes it less noticeable but the tradeoff is little bird legs.

      • Imqrious2 says:

        My mom had the same build: boxy from shoulders to slim hips, and verrry thin (but shapely) legs. She could wear a blousy top, pencil skirt, and heels, and look aMAZing! 😊 Sadly, I did not inherit these traits, my sister did (lucky b***ch lol). I got my paternal grandfather’s thunder thighs and a$$ sigh 😂

      • BeamMeUpScottie says:

        Meghan likes her legs (she once said her blog, she was ‘totally at peace with her body’ :-) There are some gorgeous photo shoots of her in outfits which show off her legs for days (as I call them ).
        As someone who always wanted thin, shapely legs that could fit into designer thigh high boots, I am more than a bit envious :-)

      • RoyalSparkle says:


        She is petite – they say goid things comes in ….and with potential King Henry’s height – must be tons of fun …

    • seesittellsit says:

      @Alison, actually, it is that skinny. She is a bit spindly from the ankle to the knees and you’ll see it in other photos.

    • ravynrobyn says:


      ETA: Sorry, that was mean. i just never saw the contrast between her body and her legs in that way before, because, as magnoliarose said, she dresses and poses to make it less noticeable.

      I admire anyone who takes their body into consideration as to how they dress, unlike me who just throws on whatever is clean :)

  3. SoulSPA says:

    I’d like to see Harry engaging in more mental health activities for children and youth now that we have school holidays. Some royal camps around the whole of the UK and NI. But if the engagement news are true, he will be busy preparing for his wedding, while taking precious tips from Billie.

    Rest assured that I will not be distracted by the news of an engagement/marriage. I am still keeping tabs on Harry’s engagements, and the Donnots for that matter, on important issues like mental health for children and youths. There are still 5×10 weeks working days till mid-Sep, plus the weekends.

    In the event that a royal marriage takes place in November, there’ll be another half year of preparations, wedding, honeymoon, plus the time necessary for the wife to “adjust” for her new status and for the newly-weds to come up with their “objectives”. Then add foreign visits (holidays) to introduce Meghan, a pregnancy, time to take care of the new born etc. Another year wasted to indulge the new couple.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Seeing as the heir-to-the-heir and his wife still aren’t working full-time after 6 years of marriage?

      As long as whomever marries Harry doesn’t announce plans to be a full-time housewife (before kids arrived) for at least two years, they cannot do worse than W&K’s start. These two have been dating a year; she hasn’t put her life on hold and failed to work for a decade while waiting for a ring. Maybe they’ll marry, maybe they won’t. Either way, Meghan Markle already knows how to do charity work and give a speech well. If she were to become a working royal, the work itself wouldn’t be a big transition. Fitting in to strange family and political dynamics yes, but the work wouldn’t phase her.

      • SoulSPA says:

        I hear you but if Harry takes after Billie, the first in line of the two brothers who DOES NOT WORK ENOUGH, what can we expect from Harry? I agree that charity work and public speeches would not phase Meghan. But: (1) Kate Dolittle had a lot of time prior to marriage to learn, if only 4 years from 2007 to 2011 or 2011 to 2015. But a lot can be learned in 4 years – see length of university degrees (sometimes combined with work experience) so Kate Dolittle has no excuse for her lack of record. Meghan is long ahead her.

        Second, there is a high risk that Meghan, or she and Harry could outweigh either K or WK. That would make WK look a lot worse by comparison. Keen Kate will always see Meghan as competition no matter what. IMO things do not look good with Harry no matter his choice of wife. They will always be by default in WK Dolittles’ shadow.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’ve written before. The smartest thing any future spouse of Harry’s could do is start their own non-profit. Like Sentebale, like Childhood in Sweden. That becomes their main focus, they are publicly seen working there X days per week. That non-profit becomes something they pass to any kids, to give them something to do instead of hanging them out to dry (ie. Beatrice and Eugenie). Then the spouse remains “in the shadows” of those who are supposed to be working more (W&K), but has plenty of work to do and show outside of royal engagement totals.

      • PrincessK says:

        Why should they work full time they are Royals, they work full time at being royal, which is not like ordinary folk. I hate all this whingeing over how much work they do.

    • Addie says:

      Harry just doesn’t know enough about mental health or anything to lead such things. He’s there for the photo op and then off to shag, drink, play with elephants… whatever. Harry, like his carp brother, don’t want to do anything except things that give them pleasure. Spoiled, aimless, irrelevant. End of.

    • Sarah says:

      I just hope Meghan doesnt becoma a Do-Little Mooch like the rest of them. From the amount of time she spends “lounging” around Harry’s wee little cottage and gallivanting through the grounds of the palace, and the lack of charity work she has done since meeting him, I’m not hopeful.

      • RoyalSparkle says:

        She may have been rein in until proper royal ststus and protocol training can be used.

      • Olenna says:

        I had no idea, based on our only sources of news about her (DM, tabloids and entertainment mags) that she was spending lots of time lounging around and gallivanting. I guess perception really is everything.

  4. Bellagio DuPont says:

    I feel like the daily mail is absolutely determined to sabotage this relationship in two ways. First, by applying a huge amount of unrealistic pressure on them to get engaged/married asap. There’s no quicker way to kill romance than by setting and re-setting the clock on its progress. Second, I feel there’s also a huge effort from them to encourage British people to dislike her mainly by trashing her reputation and presenting her as an attention wh#re.

    They never directly state this, mind you (they know they could get sued)….but they know there’s no faster way to get brits to despise her than pumping out dozens of cheap, demeaning, repetitive stories, masquerading as “get to know” pieces (about 7 pieces on the past 24 hours alone). They sneakily highlight the jobs she did to survive and present them as her achievements; present her PG-approved Suits sex scenes as virtual porn; constantly re-introduce us to her trashy family; cascades of pictures in earlier photo shoots wearing inexpensive clothing; awkwardly posed pictures etc etc. Lather, rinse, repeat, day after day, drowning us in this stuff. Just deliberately and systematically poisoning the well for her as far as the U.K is concerned.

    Some people think this is their revenge for THAT STATEMENT put out by KP (followed with the press complaint they filed) asking the press and trolls to back off.

    If I could advice her personally, I would tell her to drop this relationship and run on the opposite direction UNLESS she was 100% sure this man was the love of her life. Because the DM agenda is a life long one. Ask Sarah Ferguson.

    • Lucy says:

      I don’t think it is just the letter they are seeking vengeance for but you can be certain the press will never get over that. I think in general press barons don’t like the royals beyond the Queen. Murdoch has already indicated that once the Queen passes he will show no mercy while airing their dirty laundry.

      100% agree, life as a modern royal is no fairytale. Unless you are absolutely ,madly, crazy in love with the PERSON, not the prince – than it will never live up to your expectation.

    • notasugarhere says:

      THAT STATEMENT is constantly being mis-quoted or mis-interpreted. It was a warning to stop the illegal activities (breaking and entering), harassment of family members, and for media outlets to control the rampant racists on their sites. Ultimately, blown out of proportion in many places. Since Harry isn’t the one who usually complains AND they aren’t getting what they want out of W&K, the press whine about it.

      W&K have played games with the press for years, and they’re winning to the detriment of a free press. Paps follow and photograph Princess Madeleine and their kids in London. The Swedish Royal Family deals with it and doesn’t complain. She publishes pictures of the kids on her social media as a way to decrease the value of pap photos while still allowing the Swedish people some access to the kids.

      Photograph W&K’s kids in a public place in London and lawsuits and complaints follow. Photograph them on tour, mention where they spent time (a zoo), and threats follow. Detente needs to be reached, but that would involve W&K getting over themselves which won’t happen. Harry becomes the best target, as he has been for years as they propped up William.

      The media likes what sells. Plenty of sycophantic royal reporters kowtow every time they are granted a secret viewing of the royal children. Most of them want to keep their jobs, which means keeping the royals in theirs.

      • seesittellsit says:

        @notasugar – on this we are in complete agreement. The Danish royals, ditto – loads of photos of kids on the official and social media sites, and Mary and Frederik with kids at events appropriate for the latter all the time. No one squawks. Unlike Waity, Mary Donaldson strikes me as someone who gets up every day and first thing says silently, “Thank you God Thank You God Thank you God Thank You God. . .” but then, her family was much closer to their middle-class roots than the pretentious Carole Middleton allowed Pippa and Kate to retain.

      • Imqrious2 says:

        What kills me is Will constantly spouting right now, especially (with Diana’s anniversary coming up) about how Diana wanted them to know life outside of palace walla, Taking him and Harry to amusement parks etc. are his favorite memories….and yet, total blackout on his kids. Does he not realise how hypocritical he sounds?

      • RoyalSparkle says:


      • PrincessK says:

        How many photos of the kids do we really want to see anyway?

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      I would bear in mind that the Fail is a Middleton mouth piece and that family has previous for trashing Harry’s GF’s via that rag to make Katie Keen look better – it was done with Chelsy and Cressida. Lets face it Meghan makes twit look bad without even trying, imagine if she did try.

      • seesittellsit says:

        @Unicorn – just remembered something Queen Margethe of Denmark once said on the occasion of one of her son’s marriages, as a delicately worded warning, and I’m paraphrasing a bit here: “Everyone who marries into the royal family does so in a shower of rose leaves; inevitably, eventually, thorns appear.” I thought it very sapient (I admire Qn. Margrethe, for what it’s worth). Believe me, Markle will experience the truth of this after awhile, just as Diana, Fergie, and Kate did.

    • RoyalSparkle says:

      Someone us feeding all this….

    • Disco Dancer says:

      This times a 100! Meghan if she is smart, will enjoy this relationship for however long it lasts and then should move on to a better catch and a more peaceful and less intrusive personal life.

      • seesittellsit says:

        @Merritt – right. Anyone who points to the obvious is a misogynist. The Windsor boys are all fabulous guys in their own right and all the women who wanted to land them wanted to do so because of their looks, charm, altruism, maturity, etc.

        Would it be misogynist to point out that Kate Middleton and her mother wouldn’t have spent nearly a decade strategizing to land the matrimonial catch of his generation if he weren’t?!

        So what makes you think that somehow Ms. Markle is immune to all that wealth, privilege, social deference, grand homes, jewels, working at a schedule she will set herself, nannies, servants, chauffeurs, etc.?!

        There’s a reason women chase these men. And it isn’t their personal charms.

    • PrincessK says:

      I totally agree with you. Many of these ‘sweet’ on the surface articles by DM are actually ‘poisionous’ beneath the surface,

  5. PettyRiperton says:

    I cooled on them after Harry’s interview. I think she should drop him, there are plenty rich handsome men out there she can do better. Unfortunately she seems steadfast on riding this wave.

    • Merritt says:

      Or she genuinely loves him.

      • magnoliarose says:

        There is that. lol

      • seesittellsit says:

        @Merritt – sorry to disagree, but I doubt that minus his titles and social prestige, MM wouldn’t have looked twice at Harry. If I were Harry, I’d tell her I’d changed my mind and was planning to resign my place in the line of succession, my HRH, rights and titles to royal properties and privileges, and take my millions in private inheritance and live as I damned well pleased as Mr. Harry Windsor. Let’s see if she’ll still have him, then.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Take away the title and he’s still a man who served in the military for 10 years including in war zones. Started a non-profit when he was 19, dedicates time to others in the military who didn’t get out physically or mentally unscathed. There is the strange possibility that underneath the royal thorns and one percenters existence, he is a good man at heart. Ship has sailed on me thinking that about William.

      • BeamMeUpScottie says:

        @Nota, Agreed, re Harry.

        He is privilged and entitled – everyone agrees on that. But I am with the group of people who can have that view and still note that he is a good man at heart, who is perhaps too honest and outspoken for the current times.

        Why anyone would be surprised that he has no great desire or urgency to be king is still a puzzle to a lot of us.

      • Merritt says:


        You have severe misogyny. And as a result you lack logic. A woman in Meghan’s position could easily find a guy with more money and less public scrutiny than Harry. Dating and potentially marrying a prince is not a great get anymore. As I have said in numerous posts, she has more to offer than he does.

      • RoyalSparkle says:


      • suze says:

        No one on here has a clue what Meghan sees in him. Maybe she is blinded by the princeyness. Maybe she has a deep and abiding love of his personal qualities and would follow him to the ends of the earth if he were a plumber. But we have not one clue what’s going on there.

        It’s the same with William and Kate. Would Kate have waited around for nine years for Bill the accountant?

        Personally I doubt it, but if it makes people happy to believe it, so be it.

      • Addie says:

        Who knows? The Wales boys have not much going for them beyond their status and wealth, both of which open doors of the kind that the rest of us could barely conceive.

        No need to diminish Harry’s military work. Great that he set up Sentebale, though it was a mess for a bit and Charles had to send his folks in to clean things up. It and IG are run by professionals on a day-to-day basis, so let’s not confuse hands-on work with being the public face from time to time for an organization.

        Does it matter if H+M get what they want out of each other? He may be a lazy man-boy, she a hustler. They may have each other’s number, maybe not. Personally, I think neither does as much altruistic work as their PR indicates. But it looks good to the uncritical masses and those desperate to believe in fairy tales. Are they worth revering? Nah. But it’s their lives. As long as I don’t have to pay for them, bow to them, hear them preach to me, who gives a flying f**k about them.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It was a mess because he didn’t know how to run an non-profit, but at least he did something. That does count even if you’d like to dismiss it. Sentebale is his main hands-on project. Since it often involves children orphaned by or dying of AIDS, it isn’t something lighthearted that most of us would take on easily. IG happens because of him, including his involvement. Yes other people do the day-to-day, like The Prince’s Trust, but that doesn’t diminish Charles creating The Prince’s Trust instead of doing nothing like his eldest son.

        They don’t deserve to be revered. They do deserve to be praised when they use their ridiculous position for good. For someone who doesn’t care about them, you’re on here commenting…

  6. Sixer says:

    “shelf of organic cookbooks”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Man, they need better – or less transparent, anyway – copywriters for this shiznit.

    On my tombstone, not that I’m having one, I want it written that my home was so homely that it contained a shelf of organic cookbooks. And then the final line will be: DISCLAIMER: NEITHER GOOP NOR MEGHAN LIES HERE.

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      Lol! Sixer, I rolled my eyes at that one too. What a delightfully droll little detail. Very Tig and Goop like.

      These “young” heading-towards-40 royals and their partners are given the breathless, precious treatment by the press. I can’t muster any enthusiasm for Harry and his “lady love,” another frilly phrase they use to describe this couple. It’s all silly and fatuous.

      • Sixer says:

        It’s both breathless/gushing and insidious/undermining. The Fail specialise in it, don’t they? But when you catch on to the rhetorical tricks they use, they stick out like a sore thumb.

        I’m into this purported wedding, but only for the flying Elvi.

      • frisbee says:

        I really think the flying Levi should be carrying ceremonial roast chickens they can lob into the peasants – no sorry – crowd during the procession in honour of Dame Sparkles “signature” dish.

      • Sixer says:

        I think this is a good addition. Fried not roast though, right? Cos that would fit better with the Elvi. To ensure high quality poultry, we could enlist that hilarious Pengest Munch guy to source the chicken.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Roast Chicken is Camilla’s signature dish, as it is the only thing she knows how to cook. See no reason to get up in arms about MM saying she roasts chicken; it was Good Housekeeping and best to keep it Simple Food for the intended audience.

        The Elvi probably couldn’t parachute with peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Messy.

      • frisbee says:

        Edit should have read Elvi not Levi I hate this Ipad

      • Indiana Joanna says:

        @Sixer. I’m embarrassed to ask but not even Google can’t give me a good definition of your use of the expression of flying Elvi (it should be a wiki, darn it all). Can you explain?

      • Jerusha says:

        Excuse my buttinsky, but here’s a quickie on the Elvi.

      • Sixer says:

        Indiana – it’s just a running joke between various Celebitches. We’re tackifying the putative wedding for lolz is all. We’re having all sorts, including flying Elvi (as in more than one Elvis impersonator). I honestly can’t remember how it started. We’ve also got um… St Martin in the Field, poinsettia, and various other gubbins.

      • frisbee says:

        OR even The Sixteen could turn up dressed as Elvi (I say this as a hugely fan of The Sixteen by the way)

      • bluhare says:

        You’ve totally ruined my wedding planning is what you’ve done!!

      • Sixer says:

        What’s wrong with chicken instead of confetti, bluhare?

      • notasugarhere says:

        I brought in the Flying Elvi because someone (Sixer?) wanted them getting married in Las Vegas by an Elvis Impersonator. I think Bluhare wanted St Martin’s at Christmas with swans and glass coaches; skydiving Flying Elvi were thrown in as part of the post-ceremony flyby

        Sixer, people might be injured by hurled chickens. Unless you want to make the roasted chickens honorary Flying Elvi and give them parachutes? Seeing as he was a helicopter pilot, the flyby could include Apaches flying low enough to drop the chickens safely. Then some in the crowd would end up with a good dinner out of the wedding hype. They could even be dressed up in paper bags with giant, sparkly collars and spangled Elvis belts as handles.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Lets not forget the themed dressing of the page boys and flower girls – am thinking beauty pageant type outfits with big big hair dancing down the aisle, twirling batons and throwing glitter at everyone while singing ‘I will always love yoooooooou’.

      • Indiana Joanna says:

        Sixer and Jerusha, thanks!

      • bluhare says:

        The swans are ice sculptures, not real ones!! And no glass coaches. Regular one with matched horses, though.

        Chickens???? I think I have to lie down.

      • LAK says:

        What?! what?! WHAT?!? no glass coaches!?! I REALLY need to lie down.

    • suze says:

      I love it. A whole shelf!

      Of course as long as she can whip up the royal wife roast chicken, she’ll fit right in. Oh, and chutney. And homemade soap for the royal gift exchange.

      I’m only in it for the Elvi, too, Sixer. And the opportunity for the American press to make asses of themselves.

    • CyncialCeleste says:

      Thank you!! I was scrolling all the way down just so I could ask – what the hell is an organic cookbook? Are the recipes somehow different for an organic tomato vs a plain old pesticidey one? Or is the cookbook itself organic and self-decomposes after ten years? so confused.

  7. Becks says:

    All I know about Meghan is what I read on this site, so if they are happy together, then good for them.

    But my goodness, I am so sick of the tidbits about her cooking and eating. She’s a master at roast chicken (isn’t that Kate’s specialty too apparently?) She loves the farmers market, and now – “a shelf of organic cookbooks!” I mean, come on. It could very well all be true. But is there nothing different to share with us about her?

    • notasugarhere says:

      When the tabloids are making stuff up because the couple isn’t revealing anything? All they can do is go with what they already know – she cooks healthy. They make the rest of the stories up from there.

    • Megan says:

      I love that red bag.

      ETA Posted in wrong spot but I still love it.

    • magnoliarose says:

      It is very heavy handed. They tried to push the Katie does Chutney routine but she couldn’t be bothered to see it through and no one was buying it. Why they try to convince the public that all of these women are really little housefraus baking and cooking cozy homemade meals is ridiculous. I could see Camilla only going into a kitchen to say she spent some time in the kitchen but not bothering to say she poked her head in to ask Cook when lunch would be ready.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Camilla and her son (the chef) have both admitted she doesn’t know how to cook. She doesn’t hide it.

    • PennyLane says:

      It’s advertising. Cooking a delicious roast chicken is the mark of a skilled home cook, so it’s their way of saying “Look at how home-oriented, yet glamorous I am!”.

    • suze says:

      God I hate that effing roast chicken and the royal wife saga. Kate used to make William’s favorite dinner “roast chicken”. Camilla can make one dish, “roast chicken”. Meghan just loves to make her favorite “roast chicken.”

      Some imagination here, people.

  8. Talie says:

    We’ll know soon enough…isn’t she close to done filming the latest season of Suits? I’m sure some tip will be leaked to Deadline or Hollywood Reporter saying that she is exiting.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I think filming ends in November. Not known yet whether it will be renewed for an 8th season. One of the creators thinks an 8th is possible (he has a contract through 2018), but in a May 2016 interview said the show was nearing its “endgame”.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      The new season starts here on Wednesday (US). As one who’s watched since the first episode, I am SO looking forward to it. Love the show (and the cast).

  9. Maria says:

    Maybe they will have a Christmas wedding. At St Martin’s, or at Windsor. The whole family goes to Windsor so why not have it there? Somehow though, I’m having trouble believing this story.
    Too soon after the Newsweek interview, in my opinion.

    • notasugarhere says:

      It is summer when royal news is slow. W&K not participating (much if at all) in the Spanish visit and dragging the kids to Germany and Poland will liven things up.

      • SoulSPA says:

        What Spanish visit? Can you give details? :)

      • Eldy says:

        @SoulSPA : The King & Queen of Spain are coming on a State visit to UK next week. Speculation about W&K’s participation is rife because they are not listed on the official schedule, while Harry is ( he’s going with Felipe & Letizia for a tour at Westminster Abbey). The Cambridges may be present at the State banquet but so far there is no official confirmation.

      • BeamMeUpScottie says:

        Queen Letiza and King Felipe come this week (11-14?) for a full royal visit and Harry will for the first time play a key role in a state visit by escorting Felipe to Westminister Abbey for weath laying. He will also for the first time attend the banquet.

        Interesting tidbit – he and Letiza share the same birthday (15/9)

      • notasugarhere says:

        BeamMeUpScottie, September 15 is also Prince Daniel of Sweden’s birthday.

      • BeamMeUpScottie says:

        @Nota, Royal b’days all round. :-)

        Birthdays are interesting: Meghan shares the same birthday as Barack Obama and the Queen Mother (4/8)

      • SoulSPA says:

        Thnx for the info. Then I guess the HK’s agenda is too full to mingle with the Spanish royals. Or they have child care problems and must stay in. Actually a Letizia vs Kate public opinion war is to be avoided by all costs. We shall see if they’ll show up at any point during the Spanish royal visit.

        And let’s not forget that Kannot must work hard preparing for the Germany and Poland state visits: she must polish those grins and hand gestures to arrange her hair while she talks to the German and Polish officials. Hopefully, she’s practicing to NOT touch her nose before shaking hands. Also, she must take very difficult decisions on what to wear, preferably something that will help show off her legs, and maybe buttocks. From deboarding the plane onwards. And let us not forget that the holidays are coming up. Busy taking care of wardrobe.

        Billie is busy on putting yet another blanket on reporting on their upcoming holiday. Also, unlike Kannot, he is might have a bit of substantial work to do. Say, a few speeches. Given his German heritage, instead of meeting the Spanish royals he’ll work hard with a German language teacher to say something intelligible in German to appease the German public and maybe score a bit of sympathy. I don’t see him trying Polish as the pronunciation in Polish is notably a lot more difficult than the German.

    • Olenna says:

      I hope the wedding is in St. Martin. I have fond memories of listening to the Academy’s music almost daily many years ago. I was stationed in an area where local public radio played its music, a lot (I think they had a really small budget). Anyway, when I finally made a trip to London, I visited the church on a whim and, to my surprise, the orchestra was playing. I sat there in a back pew listening, smiling like a fool and blinking tears from my eyes until they finished. So, yeah, St. Martin would be perfect, IMO.

      • Mel says:

        Olenna -

        that was lovely. Thank you.
        I don’t know about these two, and I don’t give a damn about them, but I hope YOU get all the beauty and joy you deserve.

        (N.B. Their rendition of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins is my favourite.)

      • suze says:

        Actually that would be a lovely place for a wedding and would make a nice change.

      • Olenna says:

        Mel, thanks for the kind wishes and the concerto recommendation, and many blessings to you, as well!

  10. notasugarhere says:

    @Kaiser, Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten’s engagement was announced in July, they married in November. Charles/Diana, February & July. Anne/Mark, May & November. Andrew/Sarah, March & July, Edward/Sophie, January & June. William/Kate, November & April.

    In fact, HM and PP’s engagement was announced 70 years ago today, July 9. 1947.

    • suze says:

      It’s usually five to six months from public announcement to wedding. Which is why I find it doubtful they will announce anything in August/September – it would be odd to have a royal wedding in January.

      But there’s always a chance.

  11. Megan says:

    I love that red bag.

    • LAK says:

      I’m not one for shorts, but i love that shorts suit. Infact i love entire outfit.

      • CynicalAnn says:

        Me too. I could never have pulled it off-I’m too tall. But she is petite and in great shape-looks fab.

      • BeamMeUpScottie says:

        @Megan @Lak, @CynicalAnn,

      • Elaine says:

        Me three @LAK. I look forward to seeing what she does with a Windsor HRH Princess budget. Drooling for future fashion.

      • CynicalAnn says:

        @Elaine-me too. She’s going to have great outfits. Meghan has a good fashion sense.

  12. Maria says:

    Maybe he will propose after the anniversary of Diana’s death and before his birthday. Beginning-mid Sept. And maybe he will give her Diana’s aquamarine ring. It’s beautiful. And maybe I’m just dreaming.

  13. Karen says:

    I like Meghan’s choice of clothing. She has a great stylist. I am sure she would not be caught in doily dresses, nude pumps and frumpy suits.

  14. lunchcoma says:

    Sounds like a fall proposal in the works, then a spring wedding…and then a year of “adjusting,” a baby, a couple more years of light work, another baby, and then the gradual realization that these royals aren’t any harder working than Will and Kate.

    I’ve never believed the theory that Harry is secretly more charitable than his brother and held back for fear of making him look bad. It seems like they’re close friends and cut from the same privileged, clueless cloth. As for Meghan, it’s not so much that she’s objectionable in her own right as that a hard-working woman of substance isn’t likely to see Harry as husband material. Anyone else he chose would be the same. She’ll enjoy her retirement from acting, and she’ll at least be a bit better than Kate at her duties, if not more prolific.

  15. magnoliarose says:

    I hope they do get married and she helps him get out of the ivory tower mentality. He needs a wife who is media savvy and understands the value of a good PR strategy. The BRF need glamour.
    While Katie tries to be a middle class girl pretending to be an aristocrat pretending to be an earthy country girl roaming around a rambling family estate, there is no one to really talk about. Carole’s grand plan for her rise in the world has serious flaws. Probably in her mind having the ring and title meant job done and it would be simple to be make the public love Katie.
    She skipped the part about actually helping her daughter develop character and a work ethic. Maybe she missed the Fergie years building her groundbreaking multi million dollar global enterprise Party Pieces. It is the rare genius who can take a simple balloon and a dream and turn into not only an empire but the face of Party Piecing around the world. Why, she was so close to getting the September 94 cover of Fortune magazine but at the last minute they decided to go with the Bill Gates interview. She had absolutely no time for silly things like paying attention to the antics of the Royal family.

    • Elaine says:

      Not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not…? But the reports of vast Carole Midd wealth are greatly exaggerated. Oh, no one’s going to starve. Just live mortgaged to the hilt and constantly borrowing designer clothes that may (fingers crossed!) or may not fit (sad face).

    • PennyLane says:

      “While Katie tries to be a middle class girl pretending to be an aristocrat pretending to be an earthy country girl roaming around a rambling family estate…”

      perfect description

    • RoyalSparkle says:

      The middleton Mafia had no milti million wealth – is all fiction as is the great common family togethermess PR nonsense they try to sell whle breaking up the wales family 😥 buckleberry belongs to the people through Lazy billnot use of Duchy funds status for funding and Rpo renovations add on for the 4 middleton kids.

    • xo says:

      Yes, Meghan’s ambition & social confidence could be a great resource for Harry. She’s comfortable in the limelight, has the drive to make an impact & has an instinctive understanding of how to use the limelight/press to good effect. I imagine that would be a great relief/support to someone in his position.

      I’m interested in two things:
      1. How prepared is the Royal Family for the change she represents? Is there resistance? How strong is it? Where is it coming from?
      2. H&M together have that elusive “it” factor. W&C clearly don’t. Tensions?

      I’m with those who think an announcement will come when Suits has finished filming, not before.

      Did anyone else see that Suits will no longer be airing in the UK? I thought that was an interesting pulling of strings.

      • PrincessK says:

        Good point, I never thought it could have been pulling strings, another indication things are getting serious.

  16. Livealot says:

    Like her. Hate the outfit.

  17. Rose says:

    My guess is August 4. MM shares a birthday with the Queen Mother, August 4.

  18. HoustonGrl says:

    I’m all for it, but I’ll believe it only when I see it.