Us Weekly: Meghan Markle & Harry will spend Christmas at Anmer Hall?

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Us Weekly put Meghan Markle on their cover this week, no surprise. Meghan is going to be big business for the American gossip press for years to come. I’ll enjoy it too! For years, Us Weekly and People Magazine have tried to gin up interest in all things Cambridge, only it often feels like their efforts are all for naught because nothing ever comes out of all of their keen promises. As we’ve seen in the past two weeks though, the keenness has really struck the Cambridges all of a sudden. It was a sense of competition, if you want to call it that – one part “don’t forget about meeee,” one part “oh, Meghan is surprisingly good at this from the start” and one part “well, I guess we should get our numbers up at the end of a lazy year.”

So what is Us Weekly’s scoop? They’ve been running a lot of stories about Harry and Meghan’s Christmas plans. They’ll definitely be at Sandringham for a very royal Christmas, at least that’s what everybody assumes. So will they actually stay at Sandringham, like in the main house? Or will poor Harry and Meg have to bunk with William and Kate at Anmer Hall?

Good tidings for all! Prince William and Duchess Kate will host Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their family’s home over the holiday season, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. After celebrating Christmas Eve at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham House, newly engaged Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, will join William and Kate, both 35, at their nearby Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, England. “They’ll be William and Kate’s guests and travel back and forth with them,” the source tells Us.

Come Christmas Day, the foursome will be served a traditional English breakfast, attend a mandatory 11 a.m. service at St. Mary Magdalene Church and then enjoy a lunch featuring two roast turkeys — a third is sent up to the nursery, where it’s carved up for William and Kate’s children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

The royals (and soon-to-be royal Markle) will later retire to the fire-lit saloon to listen to the queen’s 3 p.m. taped speech. “In this year’s address, she will congratulate Harry and Meghan,” a source tells Us. However, the Suits alum will bow out on Boxing Day to stay home with Kate, who is expecting her third child. “They’ve developed a friendship, and Meghan can turn to Kate for advice,” a source says.

[From Us Weekly]

It would be lovely to think that Meghan and Kate are already forming a friendship and that they will lean each other for years to come. I just don’t think that will happen. As for Meghan and Harry spending the holiday at Anmer… well, it could happen, I suppose. How big is the actual Sandringham main-house though? Why couldn’t Meg and Harry stay there? Especially since it’s clear that William and Kate are going to have a very Windsor Christmas, which means the Middletons will probably want to stay at Anmer Hall too. Carole will want to have a good look at Meghan, you know she will.

Meanwhile, did you see this? A source was talking about Harry and how he chose his bride, and the source basically makes it sound like Harry was aware enough to realize that an actress or celebrity might “fit” into royal life more than a non-celebrity. The source says: “It makes sense that he has ended up with a celebrity… he feels comfortable being with someone who has already come to terms with the price of fame in the way that his other girlfriends never could.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the BBC Studio's at Media City

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Nottingham Academy

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  1. Squiggisbig says:

    Probably don’t want to get much advice from
    Katie Keen. But that would be nice if they became friends. Kate doesn’t seem to have a ton of female friends.

    Not going to lie…those Christmas plans sound very unappealing. Seems sad that Meghan’s mom can’t come and that george and Charlotte (my fave royals) have to eat upstairs with the nanny.

    • notok says:

      But Kate has female friends. Emilia, Sophie, Trini, Laura and Mel to name a few. Emilia was one of the first to visit kate after the birth of charlotte. Emilia and Sophie were at Kate’s birthday in Norfolk. Sophie and Laura went with them on vacation skiing. Kate was last pictured walking with Trini in Kensington by bystanders when she was pregnant with George. She was made godmother to her uni friends mel’s son. They were also at Pippa’s wedding.

      I think because people don’t really see royals in their private life with all the new rules in the media they assume things about them. In fact i think people just see a really small part of their lifes.

      For example william talked about kate teaching him how to sail but you never saw a picture of that so people assume it doesn’t happen. Kate going on a hen party to france with Pippa. Harry in his engagement interview talking about visiting Meghan every two weeks, taking a vacation to botswana.

      Harry talked specifically in his engagement interview how amazing kate has been. Meghan said she has been wonderful. Personally i think kate will be happy that the attention will shift to Meghan. I think media tries to create a story between them so they can sell newspapers.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She has William’s female friends or women who date William’s friends, all of whom would choose William over her if it came to it. She stripped away everyone else in the 10 year pursuit. Unless we want to count the one who runs orgies and was arrested over racist gun threats on social media?

      • notok says:

        Not true. Emilia, Trini, Alicia are from before William. They made friends together at uni. William and Kate met when they were 19 years old. When they started dating were 21 years old. So it is normal that friends overlap.

        And what ten year pursuit? They were together for seven years when they got engaged. Before William she was in a relationship with rupert finch for about a year in her first year of uni.

        That friend you are talking about emma sayles she met her at that rowing challenge for charity. She was seen one time having lunch with her after their training. Not really a friend more a acquaintance.

      • Tina says:

        Seven years without working is a long time in my book. And Kate’s younger than I am.

      • notok says:

        @tina In those seven years were 2 years uni. First year after uni she didn’t work. She then worked part time for Jigshaw for about a year. She and her coll. were harassed by the media every day so she stopped. She then worked for her parents part time in berkshire. When those hacked emails were read in court william said i know you are at work but can you call me back…. So she worked. Those were hacked voice mails not something for pr because they didn’t know media were listening to their voice mails. She stopped when they got engaged. I am not saying she had a career but not everyone wants that or knows what they want to do. Maybe she also knew when she married william she had to give it up so why bother. Plus the fact her parents are rich and she could afford to work part time. Not everyone’s choice but it was her choice.

      • SoulSPA says:

        Kate left her part time job, with reduced hours from the part time job some time into the “job” at Jigsaw because she needed to be there for William. For the petulant manchild’s needs. That said, could anyone shed a light and say what qualifications had Kate to be an accessories buyer at Jigsaw? And what Kate was working at Party Pieces? Just curious. Honest question.

    • erni says:

      I almost have 0 girlfriends. Good thing bridesmaid wasn’t a thing here 10 years ago or I will almost end up with none since the only I got spits the idea of being one. In my experience, friendship with women is exhausting, lots of drama.

      • bettyrose says:

        Erni – Yes some people (both genders) bring too much drama. But if everyone in your life is too much drama, perhaps one ought to consider what the common element in all of those relationships is.

      • erni says:

        bettyrose – luckily, my boys are awesome but I will go to the corner nonetheless and consider the common element in all of my relationships is- as per your advise.

      • phaedra says:

        Erni, just want to say, keep your head up and don’t listen to the haters around here. I too have gone through phases in my life where I felt I was short of girlfriends: after transitions and traumas. You’ll find your tribe, male or female.

  2. Hh says:

    I was reading that story about Harry realizing he needed a celebrity and it annoyed me. It just felt like the point was Harry couldn’t pick from his normal posh circle, so he had to explore more and get outside the (preferred) box. It seemed like an odd undertone which made Meghan a consolation prize. Of all the press that has come out about this wedding, Meghan’s coworkers tweeting that Harry is lucky to have her is my favorite and the most heartwarming. It’s true. While some of things she said were a little too much, she’s no doubt a catch in her own right.

    Also, I’m looking forward to seeing Meghan and Kate interact. She’s always so lively with Harry, and Meghan seems to have the same lighthearted, warm personality. If Kate and Meghan interact the same, we’ll certainly know that Wills is a Debbie downer. Lol!

    • minx says:

      As far as looks go, Harry is extremely lucky to land her. She’s way out of his league IMO!

    • SoulSPA says:

      I don’t get the undertone about Meghan as a consolation prize. IMO Harry was fortunate to find someone for love, self-made and comfortable as much as possible with the media scrutiny and confident enough to face all that scrutiny.

      Any public interaction between Meghan and Kate will be analyzed heavily on both sides of the pond. No more empty stares from Kate. No fake expressions of being keen and interested. Only joy and sisterhood. Just wait to see all the articles praising Snowflake as a mentor and tutor and coach and sympathetic ear for Meghan.

    • Sushi says:

      there have never friends or sources. All invention of the tabloid.

    • dodgy says:

      The thing with Harry and William and the women they dated from aristocratic families- the Aristos already have the privileges, glitz and glamour without the world looking on and gawking (since that lot tend to keep their heads down and their deeds to themselves). Prince Harry has always said that he wanted a partner to help him with the job of the monarchy. So his choice of bride shows a good insight in terms of what he wanted and needed in a partner. Meghan Markle is a come up for him though, not a come down. Considering his rocking a Nazi uniform at twenty , plus him calling his darker skinned army people various names (like P****). I was surprised he decided to marry a non white woman, tbh. But Markle is no consolation prize at all. She knows what she’s about.

      • HH says:

        Exactly! Everything is all about she landed HIM. No, he landed HER. While she may not have been as famous, she’s certainly smart, driven, and beautiful. I’m sure she had no shortage of suitors. We just didn’t hear about her dating life.

      • Betsy says:

        I legit don’t know what a p***** is. I don’t need to, either, I’m just amused that there’s a word that can’t/shouldn’t be spelled out and I don’t know it.

      • frisbee says:

        @betsy, it’s a derogatory term for people of Packistani origin, a truncated version of the word itself. Not normally heard in polite conversation/ company.

      • Tina says:

        You’re lucky you don’t know it, Betsy. (In singular, it’s p***).

      • Princessk says:

        Harry was just trying to ‘fit in’ with his army mates when he used that unfortunate language. Quite clearly Harry is not the ‘type’ that uses such language.

    • Sophie2 says:

      What annoys me about this tale is that Meghan was not a celebrity who was well known. She walked the streets unrecognized and seems to have lived a normal life. Not a bash on her, just that she was never a real celebrity in the way the story implies: that she is used to the press following her, and watching her every move and criticizing everything she did. The press didn’t even know who she was, nor did most people in America. I never heard of her before she dated Harry.
      I don’t think her minor celebrity will have any relationship to what she is going to experience now. I think she is an extrovert, and that will help, but her ability to deal with all those make-believe fans who chased her down the street? Totally made up.

      • frisbee says:

        Is’nt it though, but then that’s the tabloid machine in action. Build her up now so they can destroy her later, the classic British tabloid rag M.O.

      • bettyrose says:

        It’s kinda the ideal level of success, though, isn’t it? A fun job, great pay, just the right amount of glamour without sacrificing anonymity. That’s actually a lot to give up, IMO.

  3. Birdix says:

    George and Charlotte get an entire turkey, that is carved up in their nursery? I’m picturing them swinging from the rafters each with a turkey leg in one hand and a half eaten turkey carcass on the play table.

    • Sixer says:

      That was my takeaway too!

      Pure Downton Abbey territory. SURELY, even this pair of twits have Christmas dinner WITH their kids?

      • aang says:

        and the poor nannies have to work christmas? can’t they take care of their own kids one day a year?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Main nanny Maria is single and has no children.

      • Jen says:

        When they’re at Sandringham with the Queen, they have to follow her rules. I believe this is one reason for them to sometimes spend Christmas on their own/with her family – so they can spend it with the kids more.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      They’ve left out that they’re with all of the cousins-including Princess Anne’s grandchildren. They’ll all be fighting over the wishbone.

    • Nic919 says:

      The kids table is always the more fun table. Not that I am speaking form experience or anything….

      • notasugarhere says:

        Raise your hand if you volunteer to be at the kids table for family events “to watch over things” as an excuse because the kids table is more fun (and 3-year-olds don’t discuss politics or religion)…

      • frisbee says:

        Hand duly raised (I find it easy to regress to a five year old, no surprise really 😉)

      • magnoliarose says:

        I don’t. I am the youngest by a gap, and they still treat me like I need to be carted around in a pram firmly swaddled under 23 layers of woolen blankets because I might break or something. No M’am. I fought long, and I fought hard for a seat at the big people table.
        My brother loves to be with the kids, and they love when he sits there. I figure all that weed smoking made him permanently mellow.
        That is for Thanksgiving but during Chanukah, we aren’t always all together but the tradition is to let the kids have the big table one night with Deda (my grandfather), and he tells stories, and we eat Russian kosher food. Then I am at the kid’s table.

      • AtlLady says:

        Fortunately, my family lived long and prospered but this fact led to my favorite Thanksgiving photo of all time. It shows me and my three cousins ages 25 to 35 along with our spouses still happily relegated to the kids table. Our own kids had been ensconced in another room to a subset kids table. While grateful to have our elders in our lives for such a long time, we did gripe just a bit that we never got to move up to the main table, which sat 14.

      • bluhare says:

        Totes!!! The youngest at the kids table at our place is now 25 and we still have a much better time than the adults!

      • bettyrose says:

        Magnolia: ITA!! At least at the adult’s table I can drink and drop the occasional f-bomb (so long as I look contrite after). If the dogs were granted a table, though, I’d be at that one. Dogs love liquor and profanity! 🙂

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      It just sounds lonely, as someone above commented – sending the 3rd bird up to the kids. This is such an antiquated custom. Victorian.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I can’t imagine that. But I think Chanukah is more child-centered. At least in my family and some others, I know. We tell stories, sing songs, play games and have a play. A little talent show. Of course the dreidel game.
        I have been to Christmas parties, but they are adult parties. Idk

  4. C says:

    Sorry, but I’m already tired of her. 😔

  5. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    A whole turkey? Heck of an appetite for a 4 and a 2yo. Impressive!

    Jokes aside, I don’t think that the children will be banished in the nursery. In fact, I think this whole piece was made up.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Sounds made up to me too. It goes against the PR image with the perfectly normal middle class family and their expensive new “family kitchen” at Amner. More like a mash-up written by someone who doesn’t know much about royals. They’d read about children eating separately for the big holidays meals at Sandringham House with HM, and assumed that is what W&K do.

    • Nic919 says:

      Hasn’t US Weekly been purchased by another company? I believe any contacts that used to exist with the Meghan camp have moved elsewhere.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Reports I find are it was sold to American Media (National Enquirer, Radar Online) in March. Puts it even more firmly in tabloid country with those relatives.

      • IlsaLund says:

        Yes….most of the US Weekly staff has moved on since being purchased by American Media (National Enquirer, etc). Anything published in US Weekly needs to be taken with a side eye….they’re about on the level of In Touch. This article is made up fantasy.

  6. Maria says:

    I read that Meghan will fly to LA and spend some time with her mother before Christmas.
    Kate to give duchessy lessons…mmm.

  7. Bobbymilly says:

    Meghan is a great choice for Harry. Already has the acting training and is confident.

    Hopefully the media will not pit Meghan and Kate against each other.

  8. SoulSPA says:

    Do I understand this will be organized just by WK? No other royals present? Because in this case Pippa will be there too. I kind of feel there will be no more articles on gummy bears or whatever Celebrations Pips wonderful Pippa has invented. And it will be not only Carole to check Meghan. Pippa and Mike too. Is Donna Air still in the picture? I’m wondering if James will be by himself. Maybe use Meghan to find him a suitable wife. Pun intended.
    I am wondering how the atmosphere will be like. And the topics of conversation. And the menu. Any ideas?

    • Maria says:

      No, Donna Air and Boomf are finito. Poor Boomf, lucky Donna.

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      LOL, this is making me hungry! Roasts and Christmas pudding (with custard!) And some fancy appetizers. I am obviously guessing!

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      Based on the photos at Pippa’s wedding, Boomf’s and DA’s body language to be precise, I don’t think they are **together**. It is possible to be together, but not be together. Should Boomf had appeared solo at the wedding or with another +1 it would have set the media off = negative attention and unnecessary gossip. Not that anyone should care.

    • Megan says:

      Since this is Pippa’s first Christmas as a married woman, I think the Ma, Pa, and James Midd will be at her house. It makes sense for Harry and Meghan to stay with William and Kate. I suspect the Queen does not like the optics of an unwed couple staying at her house.

    • magnoliarose says:

      What do you Britons eat for the holidays? Steak and kidney pie? I joke I joke. But I am curious. What are the best parts and a time-honored tradition? Spotty dick? Ok, what the heck is that dish? It scares me.

      • Tina says:

        Mince pies! Tonnes and tonnes of mince pies. Stuffing (made with sausage meat, not breadcrumbs). Many people enjoy bread sauce, but I despise it. Christmas pudding, Christmas cake. Quality Street or Celebrations, of course. I’m sure I am missing things…

        And spotted dick is a very stodgy traditional pudding (the “spots” are currants). It’s not especially Christmassy, more redolent of school dinners.

      • bluhare says:

        When I think of school dinners I think of blancmange.

        But for Christmas, mince pies (and my mom still makes jam and lemon tarts) plus she does a sausage stuffing and we have Christmas pudding for dessert. This year I’m making a buche de noel for the dinner table too. We always used to have turkey and all the trimmings but my mom grew up eating goose for Christmas dinner.

      • Princessk says:

        I love spotted dick, and I eat it all year round! Yum! Yum!

      • magnoliarose says:

        Lemon tarts!!!! I love them.
        Interesting. Spotted dick is good then.

      • Sophie2 says:

        Tina, don’t you have figgy pudding?? My kids loved a Christmas song in which they sang about the figgy pudding. I always wondered what that was!

      • Tina says:

        Hi Sophie2, I only know figgy pudding from We Wish You a Merry Christmas (the song your kids sing). T’internet tells me that it is a normal Christmas pudding made with figs. An alternative explanation is that in the West Country, “figgy pudding” means a raisin or plum pudding rather than one with figs. Sixer? Do you know?

      • Lady D says:

        What oh what is bread sauce and what do you do with it?

      • Bella Dupont says:

        What on earth is figgy pudding? Sounds lush. 😀

        At my house:

        Brussel sprouts, turkey with cranberry sauce, yorkshire pudding, pigs in blankets, parsnips, gravy (absolute must!), roasted chestnuts, brownies (with chopped snickers sneakily baked in)……..etc


      • Sophie2 says:

        Thanks, Tina!!! I’m off to find figgy pudding recipes!!

    • Tina says:

      @LadyD: here is Delia’s recipe for bread sauce: If she can’t make it palatable, no one can (which I strongly suspect is the case). You serve it on the side with turkey, but it is, in my opinion, rank.

  9. notasugarhere says:

    @Kaiser, Anmer is said to be 10 bedrooms. If the Middleton family descends en masse, I doubt H&M would stay there. I doubt they’d stay there anyway. I don’t see the insular Middletons welcoming Harry and his new fiancee into that fold.

    When everyone shows up for Christmas at Sandringham, staff temporarily move to new quarters and royals stay in staff quarters. Given Philip’s health, I’d expect this to be a big Christmas year. One example was 2011, detailed in this article from The Telegraph

    Royal guests ‘forced to sleep in servants’ quarters’ at Sandringham Christmas gathering
    The Telegraph, 19 Dec 2011

    Don’t know what they’ll do with Sarah Ferguson, who is usually hidden away at Wood Farm at Sandringham for Christmas. Apparently that is where Philip lives now.

    • Lady D says:

      Don’t Sarah and Phillip get along well? It could be the best of both worlds if she was there for him over the holidays.

      • CynicalAnn says:

        No-he loathes her and doesn’t want her in his sight. The Queen still has a soft spot for her-so she sees her, but not when Philip is present.

      • magnoliarose says:

        No! Not at all. I am not sure they talk about her in his presence.

      • A says:

        @CynicalAnn, ALL the more reason to squirrel away the two of them in Wood Farm, yes? I can see the headlines in the tabloids now.

    • AmyLue says:

      Question – If Amner is 10 bedrooms, you do not believe there would be room for H&M with W&K plus her family. I was trying to do a room count and it seemed like enough bedrooms even if I counted W&K sleeping in separate bedrooms… (I’m not saying they are just accounting for all possibilities)

      I could understand the argument that H&M do not care to stay there…But am confused by an argument of a lack of space but perhaps there is something I am missing…

      Do C&C stay in the main house or do they have a house on the property as well? Is it possible H&M would stay with them?

      I guess I imagine the main house being a might crowded with all the people.

    • Princessk says:

      I am hoping this will be the Xmas that Fergie will get a reprieve from Philip….is he going to carry this to his grave?

  10. KA says:

    Eh… I am not best friends with my in-laws, but I enjoy spending the holidays and other family occasions with them. Also, my sister is my best friend. Again- our husbands would never be friends outside of being related to us, but we spend a ton of time together and I like to think they at least enjoy each other’s company. I think it makes a lot of sense for them to stay with Will & Kate… and for their to be some sort of friendly relationship.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      Meghan seems pretty friendly-and I’m sure Kate is pleasant. I’m sure it’s all very civil. Meghan has plenty of other members of the BRF to get advice from too-she doesn’t need Kate for all that information.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She’d be better off getting advice from Sophie and Lady Sarah Chatto anyway.

      • Sophie2 says:

        I would imagine that Meghan is going to extend herself and ignore any snubs. As you said, she does seem friendly and much more outgoing than Kate.
        I can actually see Meghan getting along better with Pippa. Pippa gets beat up around here pretty good, but I like her and think she would have made a far better wife to Wills than Kate. Pippa and Meghan actually seem pretty similar to me. I can see them giggling together while Kate sits alone, drawing or watching. Kate seems like a real introvert except when excited about a sporting event. I think Meghan may exhaust her. I know my energy level exhausts introverts. But Pippa would probably find a similar soul in Meghan.

      • Nic919 says:

        There is footage of Kate giggling at some sort of fancy concert and William looking sour. She used to look more pleasant before marriage and I think a lot of that change has to do with being around sour William all the time.

      • Princessk says:

        @Sophie2….yes Meghan would exhaust Kate. When Kate first started dating William everyone was hinting that it was the wrong sister and that Pippa was more friendly and outgoing and would have been the better choice.
        @Nic919….yes, I always see Kate looking for approval from William and laughing at his very dry jokes but William always seems to ignore her.

  11. Nicole says:

    I don’t know if they will be best friends but Kate seems to be fine with Meghan and vice versa. Sounds like they had been meeting for months now. Out of everyone that will be annoyed or threatened by Meghan I actually don’t think its Kate. Its more her family.

    • SoulSPA says:

      Kate is known to rely on her mother for everything. Mother is also responsible for PR hacks to their mouthpiece DF as many posters have noticed. I think Harry is man enough to make sure that no Middleton drivel is published. After all, they are part of the BRF. My concern is about the Middleton’s heavy influence on William, not Kate.

      • notok says:

        By who is kate known to rely on her mother. Daily Mail? Nobody knows their relationships. So what about all those hate pieces Daily Mail does on Kate? Who plants those? So Harry himself says kate has been amazing but you say otherwise ….

      • SoulSPA says:

        @notok: all engagement interviews are PR, not PP pieces. Everyone talks beautifully of each other. There’s no way that either Meghan or Harry will say anything bad about Kate. Or William. With all the sh*** coming out about the BRF from inside the palace, there is no way everything is perfect. These are the early days.
        Catherine Middleton has done nothing worthy of her life so far other than having her kids. She’s always relied on and lived off someone else’s money. Of course she’s relied on her mother and father too to live an exclusive rich life without making a dime. Prior to the wedding. And it’s her parents’ house where she spent most of her married life not alone or with William in London. She’s always been dependent on someone for everything, even as an adult with a university degree.

      • the original spider says:

        Yes, Kate sees a lot of her mother and I think that is actually a good thing for her. In the past I can remember Mark Phillips’ mother say that after the wedding it was as if his family just ceased to exist. I actually think it is lovely that she, and William, spend time with the Middletons – just like families should do. And if W&K are expected to be/at around Sandringham every Christmas I don’t blame them for inviting her family to Anmer Hall. George and Charlotte are their grandchildren too.

      • notok says:

        She was living in her flat in london. She wasn’t with her parents. I get that you don’t like her according to your comments but you are making things up. So Harry says something but you dismiss it. Oke. LOL. You instead are repeating tabloids as truth. So what have harry and william done. Exactly the same as Kate.

      • SoulSPA says:

        Seeing her parents is not the issue. I don’t like lazy people especially a woman in the public eye being a doormat and who entered the British monarchy like Kate’s done. Someone who’s held at the highest standards of morals and ethic but is clearly not worth.
        She’s lived in her parent’s properties, not renting with money she’d earned through employment. Because she’s never worked. Used their money for everything living an enviable lifestyle of the 10%. But she was not making any. She was always available for William, that was her full time occupation. Shopping. Clubbing and pictured drunk. So much criticism before and after the wedding and no change. Full stop. This is not tabloid talk.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @notok SoulSPA is an equal opportunity critic of things she doesn’t like. Even if I disagree I appreciate it.

        Laziness is a huge pet peeve for me too. I have empathy for people who are ill mentally or physically or have limitations. That isn’t lazy, that is just self-care and doing your best, but a fully capable person who doesn’t work when they have contacts for great jobs is not something I can support.
        For some reason, it is accepted, and I have no idea why anyone thinks that it is ok.

      • Natalie S says:

        Notok, what do you think they do? Because you disagree with what others say they do, but based on what?

        Is your only standard for proof, what is literally said by Will and Kate?

      • Liberty says:

        Michael Middleton purchased the flat for Pippa, Kate, and James. It was an extension of her family home, but positioned so the work-shy could catch rich spouses.

    • minx says:

      My take on Kate/Meghan is similar. I have no idea what’s the truth, of course, but IMO Kate might be relieved to have some of the spotlight veer towards Meghan and Harry. Kate likes the perks of Royal life, but I don’t think she enjoys being on the hot seat. And as far as Kate being jealous of Meghan…Kate will be Queen, Meghan most likely won’t. Kate’s children are heirs to the throne, she has cemented her position. Again, just my feeling.

    • the original spider says:

      @notok +1 for both your posts. How Kate did before she lived on the public purse is her and her family’s business as long as it wasn’t illegal.

      Although I would love to know what wouldn’t happen if someone said “actually I think I’ll give church a miss this Christmas!”

    • Sophie2 says:

      We don’t really know. I think Meghan will be fine with Kate, but I don’t think Kate is going to welcome her into her life with open arms. I think she will be polite, but not warm. Why?
      First, I think Kate is an introvert and doesn’t make friends easily. Second, Kate has all the people she wants in her life already: her parents, Pippa, Wills and sometimes Harry. My husband’s brother’s wife is like this: every holiday, every vacation is with her family and we never see them or the kids. Just as well, they are racist a$$holes. 🙂 And third, I can’t imagine what they would have in common?? Kate hasn’t really worked and isn’t very interested in charity work.
      My fear is actually that the three lazies, Wills, Harry and Kate, will bring Meghan down to their level of work. How much has Harry worked this past week? Once? Disgraceful, all of them.

  12. aquarius64 says:

    Choosing someone who can adapt to royal life should be a wise consideration as well as marrying for love. It’s part of the reasons Chelsy and Cressida didn’t work out. That crowd at the Nottingham engagement – Harry would need a lady at his side to handle such a gathering.

    • Jayna says:

      Harry in his 20s was nowhere near ready to get married. Chelsy was his 20s girlfriend. He could have met Meghan in his 20s and still not been ready or appreciated her in the right way. He was too immature, and as with many guys, shouldn’t even consider marriage in their 20s.

      It’s not just finding the right person. It’s finding the right person at the right time in your life also. He’s in his 30s now and a far more mature Harry.

      • ickythump says:

        Yes, Harry seems to have grown up a lot since Invictus. He and Meghan look delightful together. I think Harry and William are very close and would expect their wives to get on well together so I’m sure Meghan and Kate will get on just fine, especially as Meghan gets to be Aunty to those two gorgeous children (and another little one on the way). Happy days.

    • Princessk says:

      @Aquarius….it was Meghan that attacked the huge crowd at Nottingham. Harry has a big following but not as big as at Nottingham, where the crowd was five deep. W&K never get that. It was every reminiscent of Diana. This may alarm the Palace, doubt if they will want similar scenes to Nottingham every time the couple go out.

      • Princessk says:

        I mean “attracted”.

      • Sophie2 says:

        Can we not compare? This is the first time Meghan was out in public. Of course there was curiosity.
        Let’s see how many people come out if Meghan adopts Harry’s work ethic? Give it a couple of years and then see .

    • Sophie2 says:

      I actually think Chelsy was the love of his life. I think Harry is in love now, obviously, but your first real love?? You never forget it. And she is the one who walked away.
      I wonder if they met when they were both older if Chelsy would have handled it better?
      And I never really thought Harry and Cressida were a good pair. She seems to be very cool tempered, not a passionate person at all.
      I liked Chelsy.

      • Princessk says:

        Yes, I do believe Harry loved Chelsy…but are you really sure she walked away? I think she was expecting to get back with Harry but I don’t think she was suitable for royal life, she really is just a rich party lovingly trust fund girl…the law thing was to try and make her more focused, rumour has it that Harry encouraged her to do it. I don’t think chain smoking hard drinking immature Chelsy would be good for Harry. Cressida also was too immature and Harry was never in love with her.

  13. Sansa says:

    The two brothers probably want to be together now that Harry has Megan they could want to hang out at Amber Hall and party informally with kids, do you really prefer the company stuffy 90 year olds and Charles , and Camellia. Better to stay there and go all together to grannies for tha main formal dinners etc. Makes sense to me it’s nice.

    • notasugarhere says:

      His 96-year-old grandfather looks like he’s at death’s door. His 91-year-old grandmother is pulling back on a lot of work and winding down. If I were H&M? I’d be spending as much time as possible with the family elders.

      BTW Camilla not Camellia. IMO one of the best royal engagements around this time is Camilla having kids with life-shortening conditions decorate Christmas trees at Clarence House.

      • IlsaLund says:

        Isn’t Phillip’s age one of the reasons for the May wedding? Not wanting to delay getting married because both grandparents are in their 90’s?

      • LAK says:

        I love Camilla’s christamas party. It looks such fun.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Love Camilla too. She seems so wonderful always in those pics of the children’s party at Clarence House.

      • Scarlett says:

        I’d rather hang with the older royals who won’t be around forever and are likely a heap more fun than W&K who have all the charm of boiled meat.

    • KiddVicious says:

      I would love to party with Camilla. You just know she’s the one dancing on the table with a lampshade over her head at the end of the night.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I know and telling bawdy jokes. I for one always understood what Charles liked about her.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Agree I TOTALLY see what Charles sees in Camilla and why he has been crazy about her for almost 50 years.

  14. Lainey says:

    I doubt they’ll be staying with the Cambridges. Why would they? Harry will have his suite of rooms that he always has when he stays there. I doubt Meghan’s gonna be demanding her own.
    Thought the most interesting part was the fact that the hands on parents don’t have dinner with their children. They’re sent upstairs with poor nanny maria who apparently can even get Christmas day off.

    • notok says:

      So you don’t believe the part of meghan and harry staying with them. But you believe the part of the kids eating with their nanny. LOL

      I think that whole story is made up. IMO

    • the original spider says:

      Perhaps it isn’t to done thing for unmarrieds to share a room at Sandringham whereas they can at Anmer?????

  15. YankLynn says:

    Do we know the Middletons are definitely going to Anmer ? They do have another married daughter now. They ~ could ~ spend in London with Pips and James. But oh, of course then there wouldn’t be a papped church walk for their annual visit to a church service if they were in London.

    • notok says:

      Or the middleton’s, including pippa, go to their daughter/sister because kate has to spent a part of christmas with the royals. Or Pippa goes to her husband’s family and her parents go to their other daughter. Simply you don’t know why….

      Why should they stay away because there are papparazi. Bizarre that some people find it strange that family wants to spend time together.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Must have the annual competing pap stroll from the family that never went to church before the W&K engagement. Wonder if there will be the separate “royal discount” Real Royal Family TM Boxing Day shoot this year too? Maybe TMW JMatthews will pay for it this time.

      • Nic919 says:

        Instead of the fake religiosity it would be far more meaningful if W and K and the Middletons took a few hours to serve food at a homeless shelter. That’s the true meaning of service and it would be a little thing compared to all the material wealth they are given.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The Middletons don’t “do” charity, do they? Another way they fell down in aping the aristocracy. iirc they’ve only ponied up once, and that was during the dating years when they were pretending KM was “working hard” to raise funds for Starlight.

        Christmas was never a church event for them until after the engagement was announced. Easter was always spent on a skiing holiday.

      • the original spider says:

        Perhaps they do charity on the quiet, some do.

      • Nic919 says:

        The recent Pippa visit covered by the DM doesn’t exactly suggest they do charitable endeavours on the down low.

      • SoulSPA says:

        @nota – Pippa’s had some attempts to do charity while Ma and Pa sponsored her lifestyle. While part of the package with Kate during the Waiting Years, Pippa actually showed up quite a few times at charity events. Not only pictures going to and leaving elitist clubs gleaming with joy at the paparazzi.
        The most recent attempt from Pippa is actually laughing her head off while visiting ill children in a hospital. Dumb. Just as if it were a self-promotion session but this time not on the beautiful streets of London’s best neighbourhoods.
        No info on Ma and Pa offering gifts for children from their “hugely and massively successful” business for children parties. That’s how much they care. It’d be more than appropriate but hey, maybe it’s the BRF’s fault. Also no charity from James with boomf products either, not the best thing since it’s his third failed attempt IIRC.

      • Megan says:

        @Soulspa Party Pieces raises funds for a select charity each year. There is plenty of news about it, it’s just not as sexy as gossip about the Midds.

      • the original spider says:

        Hey folks, try googling Pippa Middleton charity run

      • SoulSPA says:

        @Megan, I appreciate what you’re saying. But raising funds using the inherent royal connection is one thing. Good for the selected charity, but again, they are not royals. Giving back and lowering their profits even by writing the commercial value (of the goods donated) off their taxes is another thing.
        I think that Ma and Pa want a few lines in history books not only by the royal connection through the bloodline of their grandchildren but also through charity. Self made middle class charitable figures.
        I question their motives. And let us not forget that “gem” of Gary. Choice of metaphor and the initial letter of his name is purely coincidental. Or is it, I wonder, also because they have some sort of inferiority complex. The families of other married-in royals stay out of limelight. The Middletons could quietly do charity if they wish but everyone has to see.

      • Princessk says:

        It is quite amazing how the Middleton family are featuring so largely in all this and take up almost us much discussion as the actual RF. Other royal in laws are quietly in the background, we never hear about them, and here we are with the Middleton’s getting almost top billing with the RF over their plans for Xmas. The thing is their influence is likely to grow and grow :(.

      • Sophie2 says:

        Well, do any of them go to Church every week? Do Will and Kate? Harry? Meghan? It isn’t even her religion yet, but she may be papped walking to church.
        I am not a fan of Carole, but I don’t think she is the seed of Cain either. She may just go to Church on Christmas like millions of other Christians.

      • Megan says:

        @Soulspa You complain they don’t give to charity, you question their motives when they do give to charity. Can these people do anything you approve of short of giving away all of their money and living in the street in hair-shirts?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Never going to church – not even the Christmas or Easter events like many other non-practitioners UNTIL the engagement. KM not being confirmed until weeks before the wedding show how involved with any kind of church life their family is. Then it becomes an obvious competing pap stroll when they show up at Christmas services for the first time in a decade.

        I’ve always viewed Pippa’s efforts as trying to catch a husband; sporty charity pursuits as a means to an end, not for the charity itself.

      • Lady D says:

        It might be a means to an end, nota, but it’s a tough one. She biked across America as part of a team to raise money for charity. Her team (including bro James) biked over 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes. She deserves credit for that one. There have been fatalities in this competition. Just getting into shape to do the race is amazing, nevermind the actual race.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Agreed, the physicality of what she chose to do was not easy. How convenient she just happened to choose high-profile things that put her in royal company (like the skiing challenge Denmark’s CP Frederik also did).

      • Nic919 says:

        While no fan of Pippa, she at least did charity work before marriage, unlike Kate. And she also seemed to have worked more at Party Pieces.

      • SoulSPA says:

        @Nic919, it seems that Pippa wrote a monthly piece or newsletter for Party Pieces, I think. Wonderful, just wonderful use of her expensive education at public schools and Uni of E. In English literature. The big big flop of the Celebration book is a testament to that. Enter her former part time job as an event planner at a company called TableTalk IIRC. And her book failure was of epic proportions. She would have not got that deal if she had not has the royal connection. Nor the supermarket column.

  16. Sarah says:

    I just had a crazy thought…what if the anonymous female that set Harry and Meghan up on their first date was Michele Obama?! Wouldn’t that be amazing?! But sadly, I don’t know that Meghan and Michelle’s paths crossed in the right timeline for that to be real. Someone please tell me Meghan has met her before…and I’ll keep my theory alive!

    • lobbit says:

      That would be adorable, wouldn’t it? Meghan has had dinner at the White House in the past, so maybe she has met Michelle. But according to the Telegraph, Meghan and Harry were actually set up by Violet von Westenholz – she’s a very old family friend of Prince Harry’s and a friend to Meghan as well. When asked, she didn’t deny it, so I’m inclined to think that she was the matchmaker. Tbh I really like the idea of Prince Harry being set up by one of his oldest friends.

    • LAK says:

      Possible route to your fantasy meet cute. Michelle knows the *Trudeaus who know the *Mulroneys who know Meghan.

      Justin Trudeau and Ben Mulroney knowing each other due to both being progeny of Canadian PMs who served back to back and therefore in same circles.😉

      • magnoliarose says:

        So a 4 degrees of separation kind of situation. I buy it completely. That is how it happened. I am convinced of it. lol

    • Tourmaline says:

      DM had a supposed revelation of who the matchmaker was–Misha Nonoo, who is a designer and friends with that Markus/Soho guy, she is also the former wife of an Eton friend of Harry’s (Alexander Gilkes).

  17. Becks says:

    This story is somewhat confusing. I think its meant to imply they will spend the night at Anmer, breakfast with them, then travel to sandringham and go to church and eat dinner at Sandringham. That’s why the kids are “banished” – its with all the other young kids and I’m sure the dinner itself is very formal. No way are Will and Kate having two turkeys at their Christmas dinner if its just them, even if the Middletons show up as well. And then Meghan “bows out” on Boxing day to spend it with Kate, meaning skipping any royal happenings (don’t they go hunting or something?)

    So the comment about “the kids upstairs” refers to Sandringham, I think.

    And that all makes sense to me because I’m sure spending the night at Anmer is more fun than Sandringham and they still get Christmas with the royals. Considering Phillip’s health, and the sickness the queen had last year, I don’t think there’s any way Harry is going to skip Christmas at Sandringham to spend it completely at Anmer Hall.

    So basically – I don’t think this story is the bombshell Us Weekly is implying. Shocking, lol.

  18. LC says:

    I’m worried about this marriage, guys. It has nothing to do with Meghan being American and Bi-racial. I think that’s awesome. I just think they moved too fast. They haven’t even lived together that much. They’ve spent time together but not really lived together that long. How do they know what the other person is really like?

    I think they are very passionately in love but until you’ve lived together for a period of time, I don’t think you know if you can be married for life. Every couple I know who has rushed to the alter, has been divorced in under 5 years. Marriage is very different than dating. Plus throw the royal fishbowl into the mix. I’m rooting for them but I think there’s a good chance that it crashes and burns. I hope not since I really like both of them.

    Oh and I’ve heard that Sandringham is very small and cramped. Plus being around all of the other royals 24/7 at once would be overwhelming. I think staying near by with Will & Kate would probably give them the ability to meet everyone but not have to be that close to them. Plus who wouldn’t want to play with George and Charlotte!

    • magnoliarose says:

      I have known people who have lived together for a decade and then married and divorced a year later. There is no magic to it except the people involved and their commitment to their marriage.

      • Maria says:

        And Meghan herself is an example of that. Lived with Trevor for seven years, got married, two years later, it’s all over. Beatrice and her boyfriend Dave Clark were together for ten years, now he’s getting married a little over a year later. It’s a crapshoot this marriage business. Some of it has to do with what life throws at you: an illness, a disabled child. Money problems. Let’s hope that they don’t have too many hardships.

      • magnoliarose says:

        You are right Maria. If we knew the winning recipe for a great marriage, we would do it, but I just think some of it is luck too. I do wish them well.

    • Joannie says:

      I feel the same way. Not wishing unhappiness on anyone but I cant help but feel this has been rushed. Everyone starts out with good intentions but it doesnt always work out. I think couples need at least two years of dating to see the good,the bad, the ugly. There are always exceptions of course but MM isnt marrying a regular guy in a regular family either. Time will tell.

      • Connell says:

        It would have been a good idea for Meghan to live with Harry for six months before announcing the engagement. I think it was rushed because of Meghan’s age. However, I don’t think six months, here or there, will make much of a difference to Meghan. Many women still get pregnant easily at her age; if not, great infertility specialists are available to her.

      • notasugarhere says:

        If she had moved to London, without a job, with a visa that everyone would question, and lived with him full-time at KP without being employed? There would have been no end to the criticism.

      • Princessk says:

        @nota….I fully agree, no way could Meghan have lived full time with Harry without a ring. People had been suggesting this scenario for months and I knew it was rubbish. The criticism would have been intolerable…anyway she is 36 and needs to move on with Harry.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Rania and Abdullah married within a year of meeting, didn’t live together, 20+ years happily married.

      Letizia and Felipe married within a year of meeting, didn’t live together prior to engagement announcement, 12+ years happily.

      Depends on the people, where they are in their lives, and when they meet the right person.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think the length of time they’ve known each other is a problem. I think the media may be a problem though.

      • Sophie2 says:

        I think so, too. Meghan was a pretty obscure actress. Her experience in no way has prepared her for what she will be put through. Harry is smoking something funky if he thinks that it will.
        She does seem outgoing and like she likes people, so that will stand her in good stead. I think it depends on a lot of things: can she learn from criticism, like not walking in front of Harry (which is crazy, BTW, but it is what it is) without getting crushed by it?
        Time will tell.

      • Princessk says:

        @Sophia2 …the reason why she walked in front of Harry is because for the past 18 months of the relationship Harry has always treated her like a lady, which means she enters doors first and he stands behind her protectively.

  19. Starlight says:

    I am going with Megs and Harry either staying in ne of the cottages on the Estate or Amner as Amner is walking distance to Sandringham the way the weather is going it will probably be snowing

  20. Adele Dazeem says:

    Two words: FAN FIC.

  21. The dormouse says:

    “Carole will want to have a good look at Meghan, you know she will. …”

    Calling @Liberty, calling @Liberty – Emergency, come right away!

    • notok says:

      ummm They already met. Meghan went with Harry to Pippa’s wedding. You are so hoping that meghan and kate will have a catfight. And if it isn’t with kate her mother will do. LOL

      • Milla says:

        Whatever you think of mama Middleton, she and her husband made money by working. So, I’m sure ma Middleton will have more respect for Meghan than any royal member.

    • Liberty says:

      MM: – my goodness, can I help you?
      CM: Oi, I’ll need me stockings ironed, right sharp! The Queen her own self, I call her Lizzie of course, might possibly call for me to come to tea today or tomorrow! And dust me Hunters won’t you. I was checking the Sandringham windows for cracks, last night, can’t have me wee livestock catching a cold when they go up for prezzies!
      MM: I – well, actually, I am a guest as well, for the holidays — lovely isn’t it, and —
      CM: You don’t say? But why have they put you in the wiglet room, then? Right behind those doors, all my fine girl’s best cascades and pony bumps! No, you must be my dresser, so do my stockings, down to the kitchen with you — I like a sharp crease —
      MM: Well, I would be happy to find someone to help you in a minute, but as you can see, I am in a robe, about to take a bath. I am going with my dearest ginger stallion to discuss fattening our charity work diary with Her Majesty. You see, so I am — excuse me, why are you closing the door?
      CM: Listen and listen good, pet, i know who you are and I am here to make sure you know that the rightful next crowned head is mine! I mean, me little gal’s and not yours or that great blonde old horse of a nob’s wife, so you and that rust-topped pretender don’t get any ideas! No more of your fancy walkabouts, and no church on Christmas morning! I have been selling bloody birthday crackers for years to get this close and I won’t have your Canadian moosehair coat and your chomping great American smiles and natural crowd skills doing me out of what’s mine! Mine I say! I had me little gal leash-trained for this job for years and you two won’t change it with your luminous pair of bloody simpering auras! I have my eye on you two! I hear the crowds!
      MM: You know, you have such presence, you should really be in movies. I can arrange to have you sent to meetvan agent in Hollywood, shall I? You might have to move to LA, but I simply can’t stop thinking of how you could play Cate Blanchett’s sister…but if you’re really committed to this whole royal thing…so selfless of you…..even a year in LA…
      CM: …..Cate? … well, I never, I…. well, really? Perhaps I could just nip over the pond…it’s not like the little gal is having Bonus Bumpus anytime soon… I was a grand Lady Macbeth at school, and so was my Jamie….in the blood, acting,you know — LA, eh?
      MM: — just think about it. Later! Mwah!
      CM: Oi, you are delightful! I must tell my little gal to move you two out of the attic! Ta!

  22. carolind says:

    Why would the Queen have a problem with Harry and Meghan staying at Sandringham when she didn’t with unmarried Edward and Sophie living together for years in Buckingham Palace?

    Sandringham maybe is cramped but some of them don’t stay for long. I read Camilla leaves after lunch on Christmas Day to see her own family.

    Apart from old age and his past illnesses what exactly is wrong with Philip that you all seem to know about and I don’t? Do tell!

    Pippa does do a lot for charity not in the press. She did some sporting event near where I live and didn’t she and her brother climb a mountain in memory of James Matthew’s late brother? That’s just some.

  23. Princessk says:

    I am really hoping that Meghan is back in time to join them for the Star Wars premiere on Tuesday. The first public appearance of all four of them together may come sooner than we think.

  24. HoustonGrl says:

    oh, if only I had different castles to choose from for Christmas…