Did Duchess Meghan really announce her pregnancy during Eugenie’s wedding?

Pregnant Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive at the Sydney Opera House

For the past six months or so – even longer, really – it feels like the Duchess of Sussex can’t even breathe without everyone jumping down her throat about how she’s “breaking protocol” or “being rude” or “trying to get attention” or “having a mother with dreadlocks.” The Protocol Police are hyperactive when it comes to Meghan specifically, so of course they threw a party when Meghan’s pregnancy was announced on Monday. Many sites ran with the story – which seemed to originate at the Daily Mail – that Meghan and Harry told people about the pregnancy during Princess Eugenie’s Friday wedding. The Protocol Police shrieked and ripped out their hair: this is never done, they cried. No one but Awful Meghan would dare steal a bride’s thunder by… you know, looking pregnant when she is, and telling family members about it on a family occasion. Anyway, other sources have come along to say that no, it didn’t even happen like that.

While most royal watchers greeted the pregnancy proclamation with excitement and warm wishes for the couple, outlets including the Daily Mail reported that Harry and Meghan told their family the pregnancy news at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding. This prompted complaints that the Sussexes inappropriately overshadowed the newlyweds’ big day.

However, a source tells BAZAAR.com that Harry and Meghan did not break the news to their family at the wedding. The Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and Eugenie and Jack all knew about Meghan’s pregnancy before the wedding, but hadn’t seen the Sussexes in person until Friday—making the wedding the first time these members of the royal family could congratulate the couple in person. It’s unclear whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge knew ahead of time. But altogether, most people at the wedding didn’t know about Meghan’s pregnancy, the source says.

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

I think this is probably closer to the truth – my guess is that Doria Ragland and the Prince of Wales were told weeks ago. The rule is “wait until 12 weeks to tell people,” but most couples tell their close families before then. My guess is that the Queen was informed days before the wedding too. But my guess is also that Meghan was giving off such strong pregnancy vibes at Eugenie’s wedding that if someone did ask her about it, she would not have lied. Is that “poor form,” or does it just fall under “sh-t happens”? After all, everyone is yelling about how Pippa Middleton had every right to attend Eugenie’s wedding so close to her due date – what would the reaction have been if Pippa had gone into labor during the wedding? Would the Protocol Police be thoroughly disgusted that Pippa “stole Eugenie’s thunder” by making it all about Pippa?

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  1. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    Exactly and exactly. Meghan cant do anything without people getting up in arms about it. Including very clearly looking pregnant. Even all us knew it just from pictures! I can imagine how obvious it would be at an event like a wedding where she wasn’t drinking and took off the coat (!) and her little bump may have been poking out.

    • Renee says:

      But there is no baby bump. Did you see the pics from yesterday in the fitted white dress? Her belly is still flat. People are saying she was “clearly looking pregnant” at Eugenie’s wedding because she got all dramatic at the wedding wearing that huge jacket, of course that’s going to spark rumours.

      • Holly says:

        “Because she got all dramatic” seriously? … by wearing a coat in October to a wedding?

      • LW says:

        From the front, yes, but side shots of her in the white dress I think she had that tell-tale “thick” look to her tummy that a small-framed woman gets before she really pops. And the way people have been watching her abdomen EVERYONE would have noticed it in that white dress had they not announced it.

      • Swack says:

        You could see a little bit of a bump in the white dress yesterday. It was small enough that if you did not know she was pregnant you would have said it was from bloating. That coat was not huge nor was the white dress that fitted (IMO).

      • Renee says:

        That’s b/c you’re looking for it. She looked the same in her loose wedding dress. It was the original poster’s comment about “very clearly looking pregnant” that made me go ???

      • Nikki says:

        Renee, when I saw a sideways pic of her two days before or so, I said, “Wow, she really looks pregnant!” ANYWAY, this article debunks the whole fake story of them telling people at the wedding: it didn’t happen that way. What do you want to be angry with her about now?

      • Masamf says:

        Look @ Renee, if you know Meghan from before she and Harry met, you probably would be going on and on about this. Meghan his usually very very skinny, her tummy is very very flat. There is no way that bump is miss-able, absolutely none. People that know Meghan from before have been saying for weeks (Kaiser’s mother is a particular as Kaiser has been posting on here for quite some time how her mom is convince Meghan is pregnant) that Meghan is showing a bump, for weeks. People, me included, noticed Meg was showing a bump in the Jason Wu dress, when she launched the cookbook, and when she and her husband attended the coach core awards. compare those pics with when she attended other functions and the difference in the flatness of her belly is very very clear. I mean, its alright to criticize her for something thats reasonable, but criticizing a very skinny woman whose bump is clearly for showing and claiming that she should of kept quiet just so is just ridiculous.

      • Katie says:

        No.. there was obviously a baby bump especially from the side. She wouldn’t have been able to hide that without a speculation of whether or not she was pregnant overshadowing the entire tour.

      • Nikki says:

        Plus let’s not forget that between the bump and herclearly not drinking at the wedding, her begin preggers would be very very obvious to all present

    • Anna says:

      Racist undertones and overtones. I’m sick of it. Let her be glorious and let them be in love. The End.

  2. Franny Days says:

    Funny enough I have defended both Pippa AND Meghan. As a pregnant woman I am really sensitive to anyone criticizing another pregnant woman. I thought it was absolutely ridiculous people really thought Meghan was telling everyone at the wedding she was pregnant and thought it equally ridiculous people were calling Pippa thirsty for going to a wedding pregnant. How about we treat BOTH women with the respect they deserve.

    • ValiantlyVarnished says:

      I defended Pippa as well. I’m not about policing pregnant women. As long as they are not doing things that put them or their unborn child at risk (like smoking,drinking or doing drugs) it’s no one’s business. This idea that what a woman does or doesnt do suddenly becoming communal business when she’s pregnant bugs me. Same thing when people bash pregnant women for wearing heels. Are they your feet? Then don’t worry about it.

    • Nic919 says:

      There is still an undercurrent of pregnant women having to hide away from society as if once they get too big they can’t be seen. I don’t really like Pippa and find her generally useless, but the one thing she did better than her sister was to be visible while pregnant up until the end because pregnant bodies shouldn’t be hidden away.

      • Franny Days says:

        Lol I agree. Never did I except to see the day where I would be defending Pippa. I’m proud of Meghan and Pippa and any pregnant woman who has to deal with their pregnancy in the public eye (or really any pregnant woman haha). I can’t imagine dealing with the scrutiny and the pregnancy hormones all at the same time. 🙂

      • LW says:

        THIS!! I worked at a super conservative accounting firm during my first pregnancy and worked right up until the day I delivered. I was huge and waddle-y….lol. Though they were smart enough not to say anything outright, I could tell the conservative men at my firm wanted me on maternity leave already because I was “too pregnant” to be at work. Just little comments like “don’t you want to be home resting?”

      • Becks1 says:

        @LW lots of people told me I should be home on mat leave (I went a week late with my first and worked up until the Friday before I went into labor – which was a Sunday morning) and my response was always – “how much leave do you think I have that I can use it before the baby is born? I need to save every last bit for after the baby arrives.” It made people feel uncomfortable that I dared remind them that we have horrible maternity leave policies in this country.

      • Jb says:

        THIS!!!! Pippa looked great. Women rarely give birth fast with no signs (some do I get it).

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Nic919, great post, and I agree.

    • KEEKS says:

      How about women just stop criticizing other women in general.

      • Leanor, why don’t you start with Meghan since this thread is about her and she’s the entire internet’s punching bag?

        “But, if Meghan is so close to Charles and Camilla, as everyone declares here, why didn’t they seem them since they confirmed the pregnancy?? Something just doesn’t make sense here.”

        Huh?? Two married adults don’t spend every day with their parents?? How odd! Lol Peddle your faux conspiracy theories back at the Fail. And, feel free to defend your Kate in her own threads as I and others do. I hope that makes sense.

    • PrincessK says:

      Well Pippa must have been very determined to be seen within the the royal circle at the wedding given that she was 9 months pregnant. I would not have strayed too far from home if I was due to drop at any time.

      • Franny Days says:

        @princessk umm “princess” you must not be aware how women have babies. They simply do not “drop” out of you. She was not even far from home.

      • PrincessK says:

        Windsor is quite a long way from Chelsea in London, if you go into labour.

    • otaku fairy... says:

      +1. I’m not even a mom or pregnant, but pregnancy-policing just makes my teeth itch for some reason, no matter who the woman is.

    • Today says:

      Would you believe that American deplorables find fault with every move or perceived non-move. I work w a deplorable who is creepily critical with those icky dog whistle comments.

  3. Nic919 says:

    The Daily Mail really stirred the pot with that story. It’s obvious Charles and William and Kate knew prior to the wedding. And of course the Queen would be told. There were so many social media posts about this reception that had Harry grabbed the mike to announce this publicly, it would have been posted and in the news on Friday.

    There is an IG post from the Australian singer who spoke with Meghan at the reception and she says that Meghan is 4 months pregnant. If accurate, then this news has been known for a while.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      ITA that the Fail is stirring it and people are lapping it up – its the Fail FFS. Of course the main family knew beforehand and it seems that mostly likely the plan was always to announce it around the start of the tour esp as part of the itinerary was changed from the original. Plus she’s starting to show and on top of that the RF tend to announce pregnancies around the 4 month mark – i think they confirmed all of Katie Keen’s around that time.

      • Anitas says:

        To be fair, I read it on BBC’s website.

      • Chaine says:

        ITA, the DM is ridiculous speculation–in one of the DM articles there is a picture from the balcony at the Trouping of the Colors (sorry Brits if I am messing the name of it up) of Harry, Meghan, and Prince Charles talking and the caption says something ridiculous like “This is the moment they told Prince Charles about the pregnancy”–oh really, they told this very private news to their father/father-in-law on the royal balcony in the middle of a highly publicized/filmed/photographed event???

    • Nikki says:

      Ha, ha: my first thought was, “If she’s FOUR months pregnant, can we still refer to it as the Polo Baby?! 🙂

    • Mego says:

      Yeah William and Kate knew I’m sure as did other members of the family.

    • PrincessK says:

      The Sussexes did not ANNOUNCE anything but they were CONGRATULATED by people who knew and had not seen them in person, knowing full well they were going off on a long journey and tour. The public announcement was made at the best possible time, not before Eugenie’s wedding but just before they went on tour. There is no way this could have been announced mid tour. It also allows people to realise that Meghan may have to take things a bit more slowly if she wants to whilst on tour.

      As for overshadowing Eugenie, that would have happened with the tour anyway, baby or no baby, anything the Sussexes do will time and time again trump the Yorks.

      • Jasmine18 says:

        An announcement a week into the tour would have done the trick. A decent period of time after the wedding.

        It’s not like Harry and Meghan are starved of media attention.

        But in the end we will probably never know what happened and why. It’s just guesswork on our part.

  4. escondista says:

    Perhaps Eugenie said that they should tell people at her wedding. Not all of us are obsessed with it being “our day.” I would be thrilled if my relatives had happy news to share at my event where there would be lots of family and friends to tell in person.

    • ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

      This was my thought as well. Perhaps they ASKED Eugenie if it was okay beforehand. It’s not that common to have an entire family in one place except for big occasions like this. Personally I think it adds to the festivities to have other big announcements at family events. Receiving a round of congratulations is not stealing a bride’s thunder as long as the rest of the day is about the wedding.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      Good points, Eugenie has been a close cousin to Harry, especially these past few years. Yes, yes, with all the family finally together, it makes sense that people would share the good news and be happy for them. A wedding is a happy time, with time to catch up with extended family.

    • RoyalSparkle says:

      The POW Princess Royal/ HM all knew of The Sussex conceiving maybe the Doctors confirmation.

      The pregnancy seem to be announced in time for The Prince/Duke of Sussex Invictus Games -Royal Tour, in keeping with their public confirmation last year as a Royal Couple. What better time to announce The Royal Baby and to keep viewership for the Games at a max?!

      • Lady D says:

        Or they announced it now so all the attention next week is on the Invictus Games? If they had said nothing, speculation could have pulled focus from the Games.

    • Nikki says:

      People are so quick to condemn them, basically without knowing the full story at all. It does seem to me the perfect example of “haters gonna hate”!

    • Dixiebells says:

      I love this take. I’m finding all this supposed proper event scheduling and discussion kind of insane. In any family things overlap. When families are together at events they talk about… brace yourselves… family things. I mean at the people concerned about this handing out detailed schedules of what family members may discuss at what functions? It makes no sense. This is such a non issue. And Eugenie strikes me as a delightful girl who seemed mostly into Jack on her wedding day. Every picture they look adorable and happy. (Side note have people read about him keeping his glasses on to watch her walk down the aisle? He looked so cute for someone I thought was kind of bland lol) so it doesn’t feel far fetched to me that she either didn’t care or actively encouraged them to share in the festive mood. (Her thirsty parents on the other hand…)

    • BCity says:

      I had the exact same thought!! Eugenie really doesn’t strike me as the type who would get upset about the timing either. I could see her parents getting deep in their feelings about this, but that’s some pettiness for another day. The bride and groom looked crazy happy, so who cares? Heaven forbid there’s more cause to celebrate on a happy day!

  5. Originaltessa says:

    It’s just unfortunate timing. Meghan popped a bit recently. She can’t deny it anymore. The coat was probably a last minute decision. It all just happened at the wrong time for Eugenie. But she seems level headed and mature. I’m sure she half as fussed as her parents.

    • Franny Days says:

      Everyone was so critical about her coat but the first few months of pregnancy are so hard fashion wise. You’re all bloated but don’t have the prominent pregnant belly yet so sometimes you just want to wear something baggy and call it a day.

    • Eliza says:

      She really didn’t pop though. In the white dress she’s still a flat belly – she’s got a strong core. She could have easily buttoned all the buttons and the speculation would have been much much less. And if she took off the coat, i doubt anyone would have said OMG you’re pregnant because she’s still not showing.

      It’s really Eug and Jack who are the ones who can call this a foul though. If they don’t care, then it’s not a big deal.

  6. Starkiller says:

    Announce at the wedding? “Stealing thunder. Typical yank.” Show up at the wedding pregnant with no explanation? “Stealing thunder. Typical yank.” Don’t show up at all? “Rude. Typical yank.” Announce before the wedding? “Upstaging. Typical yank.” The reality is that this woman will be reviled as a “typical yank” for doing nothing other than drawing breath, so she might as well do what works best for her, whatever that may be.

    • Tina says:

      DM commenters’ hatred of Meghan is very clearly rooted in racism much more than nationality. They just hide behind her perceived gaucheness as they know they can’t actually be as explicit as they want.

  7. Kerfuffle says:

    Unless Meghan got up on a chair and called attention so she could tell everyone, she didn’t “announce” her pregnancy at the wedding. She’s pregnant. There’s only so much you can hide it, especially at a social function where 1) you can’t drink alcohol and 2) family members are congratulating you. Sheesh.

  8. launicaangelina says:

    I tried posting this comment yesterday, but it never appeared. My husband’s cousin “announced” her pregnancy at our wedding. We were thrilled for her and her husband. No one stole our thunder, which is ridiculous. It was another bit of joyous news on a happy day. Also, she did not snatch a mic and announce it on stage. She was directly telling family. I don’t see this as a protocol breach at all.

  9. gingersnaps says:

    Well, even the Telegraph is on it as well. She just can’t get a break, people will always find fault with her. Someone even commented that her outfit was better suited to a funeral and she was in the wrong event even though a lot of people were wearing similar colours as her. I’ve stopped visiting sites like the fail/heil and give clicks to articles with a similar tone in the telegraph and other rags.

  10. Dani says:

    How DARE Meghan look pregnant at another persons wedding?! HOW COULD SHE?!!!! GMAFB. This girl can’t even breathe without being yelled at.

    • ladida says:

      If she looks pregnant then I’m having a hamburger baby. All her oversized clothes in the weeks leading up to the announcement and then suddenly a tight white dress where she’s barely showing. It’s all a bit much.

  11. Aang says:

    Blah. Anyone can get married and 51% +/- can birth a child. So I don’t really see either as trumping the other or even being that big of a deal. Good for both of them.

  12. Case says:

    Not her fault that the 12-week mark fell right around the wedding. I’m sure their immediate family new beforehand and this is made-up drama.

    • ladida says:

      “not her fault” is correct but she could easily have waited another week or two. Leave the focus on Eugenie, the Invictus Games and all the charities they are visiting.

      • Original Jens says:

        I will say people will pay more attention to Invictus and their tour/charities now that she’s announced. Perfect timing for the tour.

      • Nikki says:

        Ladida, by your comments, you clearly think she drew attention to it with her clothing, and timed their announcement to steal Eugenie’s thunder. I disagree with you on both counts, enough that I think you just are looking for things to dislike. In the first place, the whole “announce at the wedding” was later found to be incorrect. They had told family members earlier, and those family members congratulated them at the wedding, since it was the first time they’d seen her in person. Second, look back through postings several days before the announcement, and plenty of Celebitchy readers thought she was pregnant, including me. Not from any artful machinations, but because we clearly saw a BUMP from sideways photos. I find it dismaying how many people’s narratives say “She” instead of “They”; in fact, no one here has proposed the very likely idea that Harry was the more eager of the two to share their news! Lastly, though, I think you must be a bit hard-hearted to want to find fault and shame at such a time for them. And for all you know, Eugenie is absolutely THRILLED they’re expecting, instead of in a harrumph because the spotlight is off her the day AFTER her wedding!

      • Lydia says:

        Yeah. All the focus on ‘her’ instead of ‘they’ is so sexist.

    • Original Jens says:

      I agree. I think it’s just the public that’s found out 2 days after Eugenie’s wedding. I’m sure most of the family knew way prior to the wedding, and for anyone finding out at the 2 day wedding event, it was probably a quick congratulations before moving on. Eugenie and Harry are close, this is a non-issue.

      Now, Andy and Fergie… I’d love to be a fly on the wall when they found out how close the baby news would be to the wedding. Maybe that’s why Andy was bragging out his daughter and the festivities being bigger and more intimate than Harry’s. He’s the worst.

  13. Vanessa says:

    It doesn’t matter to the people who don’t like meghan even if you come up with hard proof that she didn’t get up on stage announced I’m pregnant bitches. There will still be people who insist that Meghan stole eugenie thunder because if Meghan breathes it bothers them they don’t like her and reasoning with them won’t work. The daily mail has had out for meghan her being pregnancy won’t stop them for printing negative false stories about her they are catering to a audience that hated meghan. And of course, people won’t accused pippa of stealing Eugenie thunder because pippa is the sister of the future queen the Middleton are the picture perfect class of British Royalty its only meghan who gets accused of stuff

  14. Becks1 says:

    Yes, I am SURE Meghan did not see Eugenie at the champagne reception and said, “guess what! I’m preggers, so hahaha, no one will be talking about your wedding in two days!”

    I am sure everyone who needed to be told ahead of time was told.

  15. Va Va Kaboom says:

    And why is everyone so convinced Meghan was even the one “announcing” it? I know a woman whose husband spontaneously and against her wishes announced her pregnancy during a holiday toast because everyone was together.

    Harry has wanted to be a father for a long time and they were surrounded by his family at a relatively private event. While I think Meghan was on board with the decision, I can easily imagine Harry being as excited as a puppy to share the news with everyone.

  16. Snap Happy says:

    I really like Meghan, so I’m not knocking her. I just think this could have been announced a week before the wedding. Let everyone get excited and then let it cool off a little and have the wedding. Announcing it on Monday really sucked any momentum out of wedding news. I understand wanting to announce before the tour, but really this is the most news Eugenie will probably generate. Harry and Meghan are always going to have press attention, they should have given more time to Eugenie.

    • Tina says:

      There was no more happy wedding news. The UK papers ran fairly uniformly negative stories about Eugenie’s wedding all weekend. And Harry and Meghan’s tour was always going to overshadow the wedding 3 days after the fact, even without any pregnancy announcement.

    • Kerfuffle says:

      That would have been a terrible idea, then it truly would have moved the entire conversation toward Meghan’s midsection.

    • Belluga says:

      It wouldn’t have cooled off and she would absolutely have been vilified for upstaging if they’d announced beforehand.

    • Penny says:

      If she had announced it a week before the wedding, all of the attention would be on her…seeing her for the first time since the announcement would have been more of a big deal. And those saying her stomach is flat, it’s not. You can tell she’s pregnant and they have the right to share when they see fit. I’m a very recent mom so people feeling entitled to pregnancy news and how it’s shared is really making my blood boil. I had a miscarriage before having my son so I took my time telling people, which caused my sister in law to throw a hissy fit. We got into a fight and my brother still hasn’t seen my kid…4 months now…

    • lobbit says:

      I think if she’d done it a week before, the press would have treated Eugenie’s wedding as Meghan’s pregnancy coming out party. I can see the headlines now: “Meghan makes first appearance since announcing pregnancy!!”

    • Natalie S says:

      Why is there supposed to be momentum from the wedding? What are the Yorks trying to promote?

      We mocked the Middletons for the kind of thing and rightfully so, IMO, so what is supposed to be happening with the Yorks that people think Meghan should have made her own light smaller by hiding her pregnancy?

      And can we please stop pitting these women against each other. Does Eugenie even care or is it just thirsty Andrew and Fergie?

      Eugenie made a speech at the UN. She’s got lots of celebrity friends. She has her own spotlight without promoting her wedding in the press. Are people just using her as a prop to knock Meghan?

    • JadedBrit says:

      Momentum? She’s tenth in line, does nothing to represent the Firm, far lower in the pecking order than H&M and only a handful of “fans” turned up in Windsor. I know we have a progressively more egalitarian society, but the RF is very much about hierarchies – it has to be in order to work.
      If Meghan had announced it before the whole week would not have been about the wedding, I assure you. And then would have come the hysterical “trying to spoil the girl’s big day”. In Australia, as everyone is on “Bump Watch” (yuk) – “how tacky not to have told the royal family first”. She. Just. Can’t. Win. Racism through and through by 60-80 year olds who only use the Internet for anonymous commenting on tabloid trash and who grew up in a very different sort of world with very different hierarchies.

  17. minx says:

    I think Meghan is very courteous and would never steal a bride’s day.
    I also think Pippa had every right to attend the wedding.
    People need to calm down.

  18. CharlotteSometimes says:

    MM is an actress. She’s no shrinking violet. She loves attention. That much is a fact. The need to canonize her on this site is weird.

    • Tina says:

      This isn’t Fox News. Facts are not a matter of opinion or conjecture.

      • CharlotteSometimes says:

        Everything isn’t a political statement either. Comparing my comment to Fox News because you don’t like it isn’t very creative. 🙄

        Practically all the other ladies, besides Cara in her awesome coattails, despite the wind, wore a dress or two piece- sans coat. Meghan is PR savvy and certainly knew a oversized coat would fuel baby rumors and turn the focus to her. Just sayin’ 🤷🏻‍♀️

      • Tina says:

        I’m comparing your comment to Fox News because you made a statement that is clearly an opinion (MM “loves attention”) and described it as a fact, which is what they do. There’s nothing either political or creative about it – you’re just wrong.

      • ladida says:

        It’s a fact that Meghan doesn’t “dislike” attention. Not saying that like it’s a bad thing either. The woman knows where the cameras are and she chose to be a professional actress. It suits her well in her role as a Royal.

      • Lydia says:

        @charlottesometimes, I’m glad there’s a new royal who uses her skills and platform for improving the world with all kinds of projects. But I guess it’s more important to you what coat she wore…

    • lobbit says:

      The need to demonize her for having an extroverted personality is pretty weird, too.

      • Mich says:


      • CharlotteSometimes says:

        Nobody’s demonizing her. She had success as an actress, which is no small achievement. She’s a smart woman, she knows her best angles. She’s a player in the game. It’s naive to pretend otherwise.*

        *IMHO, lest I be compared to Sean Hannity for saying this

    • Natalie S says:

      The attention thing is super dumb because we all know that not all attention is the same. Meghan doesn’t indiscriminately like attention. Meghan receiving attention for her projects in no way translates to her wanting attention for anything else.

      I would say that she’s very adept at managing attention to meet her needs and that is a very useful skill for her current life. And part of that skill is avoiding attention when it doesn’t suit whatever she’s trying to do. She didn’t steal any thunder whatsoever at Eugenie’s wedding. She was criticized because people thought she was wearing an unflattering outfit.

      Meghan was going to receive attention for being pregnant no matter what and a ton of scrutiny leading up to it so at least now the tour is going to be a little easier for her because “bumpwatch” is over.

      • otaku fairy... says:

        Exactly. I think some of the ones crying ‘thirsty!’ and ‘stealing thunder!’ need to pause and ask themselves why they’re in such a catty, vindictive, paranoid state about the possibility of attention being on another woman. Why are people so quick to treat female existence as a competition against other women? I also wonder if they even realize that they’re basically implying that Eugenie’s marriage is supposed to basically be for attention, and that Meghan ruined it by not being silent and invisible about her pregnancy.

    • JadedBrit says:

      @CharlotteSometimes Because papers like the Daily Fail have created infinite false narratives as revenge for Harry having asked them to stop picking on his wife, the easily led are losing their collective hivemind over anything she says and does. The sheer level of vitriol, hate, vituperative insults, downright slander and true cruelty is shocking to see. It’s lovely that a site like CB supports her. She’s done absolutely nothing wrong – in fact, apart from some dubious styling choices, she’s done everything right, adores her husband, is eager to learn the ropes and has managed to remain dignified despite the transatlantic tomfoolery of her ghastly family. I think she deserves more credit, and even a gold star.

  19. violet says:

    Yes, I think she did and I think it was a bit shameless.

    That said, I’m just thrilled and I just so hope it’s a girl and they name it Diana! Does anyone else think it would be too burdensome for the little one as she grows up?

    Late to this party, weekends are impossible, but also want to say how fabulous I thought Meghan looked in the white Karen Gee dress – then just didn’t like the way the olive green dress fit up top. She looks sooooo wonderful in light colors I just want her to stop with the drab neutrals . . .

    And please Meghan, don’t go to Tonga or Fiji!

  20. MavenTheFirst says:

    If she did then it is beyond the pale. Mean, cruel. Self-absorbed. There are no excuses. What a heinous witch.

    The fact that Harry went along with it tells us everything about him.

    • lobbit says:

      See…this level of outrage doesn’t make sense to me. At the very worst, sharing pregnancy news with your in-laws at a family wedding is rude – it just doesn’t rise to the level of “heinous” or “cruel.”

      • violet says:

        @lobbit – ITA, a bit naughty, yes; cruel?! heinous witch?!

        Lordy, if we waste those kinds of terms on this bit of mischief, what on earth do we say about people like Kelly Conway?!

    • Tanya says:

      Take a breath and get over whatever issues you’re clearly projecting onto Meghan.

    • Mich says:

      You are commenting in a story that literally says she did not do it. Don’t let that stop your mean adjective party though.

    • Darkladi says:

      Jesus…Calm your t*ts!
      You don’t even know these people!

    • JadedBrit says:

      Mean? Cruel? Heinous witch? She didn’t boil puppies. The Royal family decided to share the news yesterday. And as the article you’ve JUST read says, she didn’t blurt out the news, she was congratulated. So the DM has made up another unpleasant rumour and you’ve swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
      Think you should change the M in your username to D, and practice it: it’ll make you calmer and objective, and your world a more peaceful place.

    • Olenna says:

      This comment is totally unhinged. I need no more proof that unchecked hate for a fellow human being that none of us even know has seriously lowered the common decency and intelligence quotients in these royal threads.

    • Lydia says:

      Maventhefirst is another sexist troll and so jealous that it will never receive even a percentage of the attention Meghan gets.

  21. ladida says:

    I think she loves the attention. It’s clear from her white dress that she could have waited. Not only did it steal Eugenie’s thunder (rude) but it is distracting from the people and organizations they are visiting in Australia.

    • CharlotteSometimes says:

      Agreed. She’s tiny, there would still be speculation, of course, but only speculation. She is digging the attention.

    • Harla says:


    • IlsaLund says:

      Or it could be an excellent PR move and actually call more attention to the people/organizations they’re visiting as well as the Invictus Games. There’s more media attention now because of the announcement.

    • Lumbina says:

      Except perhaps she and Harry think it’s much more obvious than it is to the outside world. When I was pregnant with my first I proudly wore a fitted maternity dress for the first time around 16 weeks or so to show off my bump, and my husband thought it looked huge. Yet nobody else could even tell I was pregnant, even good friends. At eight months with my second, I felt like a bus. But people still didn’t realise I was pregnant at all in certain clothes.

      My point being they may feel hugely pregnant when to the rest of the world an A line dress or some ruching would have completely avoided the need to disclose.

  22. Kathy says:

    My god, maybe Eugenie knew beforehand and even said something during the reception herself because she’s happy for her cousin – or another close family member. Maybe it was already common knowledge for close family members on that day and the news simply spread during the party. I really can’t believe someone stepped up with a micro and announced it like “hey eugenie! Congrats on the wedding. Nice husband. Since nobody cares about you, we’re telling something much bigger: Meghan is finally pregnant! Now, that is something to celebrate, no?” – please! I think, especially the younger generation likes each other. Why would there always be drama?

    On another note: Maybe E and her husband are happy now so they can start into their honeymoon without much attention?

    And I think they announced the pregnancy now because it’s very possible Meghan will skip out on some dates during the tight knitted tour (her feeling unwell etc.). Too avoid any possible speculation, they simply told the news now.

    I always thought it was horrible for Kate, that her pregnancies had to be announced so early because of her extreme sickness. I would want to keep that a secret for a while – at least until the 12 weeks mark but mostly just to enjoy it with my husband and the family – but since she had to skip a lot of appointments then, the news had to be announced very, very early.

    Personally, I think everyone was/is happy for them and nobody is handing a grudge.

  23. GoPlacidly says:

    There is no way Meghan and Harry were in charge of when the announcement was made public. Whether the timing was to piss off Andrew or it was thought to make the Australian tour more manageable, it was Charles et al who chose the timing. I am so heartsick and the horrible stuff being said about Meghan. Enough!

    • Harla says:

      Oh I think H&M both knew when the announcement was scheduled to be made and reasoned that the news came 3 days after J&E’s wedding so there was no more thunder to steal. I wonder how long did Andrew and Sarah expect folks to be thinking only about their daughter’s wedding? The world continues to spin and life goes on, no matter who gets married.

      • kacy says:

        Yes, they knew, but Charles and the palace would have weighed in on the protocol of the announcement. I do not see Harry or Meghan going around Charles to announce the pregnancy. He’s going to be in charge soon and will be calling the shots.

  24. TheOriginalMia says:

    Do people really think they announced their pregnancy to a room full of people, but the only news to come out about it was 3 days later when KP announced it? Come on. If that were remotely true, someone would have leaked it to the press before Monday. I think it’s more likely the family has known since the 10 week mark and they were able to privately congratulate Harry and Meghan at the wedding. No stealing Eugenie’s thunder or any such nonsense.

  25. TheMamma says:

    My sister in law announced her second pregnancy at my sons first birthday party, after telling me she wouldn’t. I was piiiissasssseeeeddddd

    • GoPlacidly says:

      I don’t remember ever being aware that events should belong to one person at a time. Maybe I’m too old or it is cultural (I’m Canadian) but the whole “my special day” ownership of all the attention isn’t something I’m used to. Certainly birthday boys and couples getting married should know that people care, but beyond that it seems odd.

    • PrincessK says:

      How on earth did that make you feel unhappy? I would be overjoyed if my sister had good news to share, and it would only add to the joyful celebration of the 1st birthday.

  26. JoJo says:

    It’s interesting how Meghan gets all the hate but Harry gets none.

    • Harla says:

      My thoughts exactly JoJo!!! Harry’s the one who was born royal so if something is done “not to protocol” then it’s on him not her. As I stated below, the media would have us believe that Harry (and most men) have no say whatsoever is their lives, marriages or families and just sit there like a bump on a log, while the women make every decision, speak every word and therefore should be responsible for every perceived wrong. If I had that much control over any man then no woman would be afraid to walk alone, no woman would suffer at the hands of an abuser and there certainly wouldn’t be any more wars, hunger or poverty. This narrative just pisses me off to no end!!!

      • JadedBrit says:

        @Harla Well said. *Applauds*. We also need to protect women, especially WOC, from the worst example of womanhood – the lower-middle racists. These are the ones who have fabricated all the nonsense rumours about Meghan’s past. These are the ones who hope she’ll lose the baby – smiley face. I hate that there are such people in our world.

  27. Harla says:

    What really pisses me off about the media coverage of Meghan is the presumption that Harry has no say what so ever in his life, marriage or family, it’s all Meghan this and Meghan that! Are we to believe that only Meghan announced the impending baby while Harry stood there like a lump? I’m so sick of the constant narratives, not only around H&M but other couples as well, that everything is always the woman’s fault. If the man has issues with alcohol/drugs, it’s somehow her fault; if her cheats, it’s her fault and on and on. If women really had that much control over men then why can’t we walk down a street at night without being afraid?

    • IlsaLund says:

      The misogyny is real and the saddest part is that so many women hate on other women.

      • Lydia says:

        It’s a sad type of woman who reacts like this. They’re without any skills or lovability, so they try to drag others to their low level. They can’t stand Meghan being so far above them in those regards.

    • Tracy says:

      This is the time I wish there was a Gif button. I would be giving you that Oscar standing ovation Gif

  28. ex-Mel says:

    “But my guess is also that Meghan was giving off such strong pregnancy vibes at Eugenie’s wedding that if someone did ask her about it, she would not have lied.”

    Huh? I cannot imagine ANYONE doing something as intrusive and indiscreet – especially since a “bump” like that is hardly noticeable (and very easy to conceal) – so I don’t think she would have had to lie about it.
    As for Pippa having been in danger of going into labour… Even if she did, I am sure she would have made her exit in such a way that nobody but those closest to her would notice. Not to mention that it would take a psychopath to resent a woman – and the baby! – going into labour.

    • Nic919 says:

      In pictures you can see James Middleton seated right at entrance of the chapel. Pippa and her husband would be sitting nearby so I wonder if those seats were selected in case of a potential need to leave quickly.

  29. CharlotteSometimes says:

    I missed the memo. Can somebody explain why Pippa is fair game but Meghan is above reproach? Why dragging one woman is encouraged but any criticism of the other warrants a comparison to reviled right wing rhetoric? Both women are privileged. And both are thirsty AF.

    • Vanessa says:

      Meghan is fair game around you don’t notice all the comments demonize her because the dail mail had said she told everyone she was pregnant at the royal wedding even though the palace is saying that did not happened at all. Every senior royal knew already they just were was wishing her and harry well at the reception because they will gone for the tour. I guess meghan being pregnant has bothered some people because you guys are just finding ways to attacked for no reason. Even though it’s stated in article that Meghan and harry didn’t announced at the wedding that they were expecting the senior royal already knew before hand. But guess reasoning and logic only works when it’s comes to kate and her family you really need to asks yourself what is it about Meghan that bothers you so much that a simple pregnancy announced has pushed you guys over the edge ?

      • Natalie S says:

        @Leonor. You’re peeved because there are people who like Meghan more than the Middletons and Kate? Why does that bother people so much?

        Btw, “homegrown bride,” eh? Is that why the British people were so pleased. How exactly was that a relevant point?

  30. Natalie S says:

    Conspiracy theory: Camilla didn’t go to the wedding because she was scandalized by Meghan’s dastardly plans to steal the spotlight from Eugenie by announcing the Monday after the wedding.

  31. Vanessa says:

    @ leonar meghan was called a famewhore people were saying she too old to have baby she was accused by someone on this site of having a sex tape being married more than once. She constant being accused of living her life as a white woman by some people on here. She being accused of stealing all the attention on Eugenie my favorite comment was the one when someone said on her pregnancy announced that if meghan didn’t let her kinky hair shown no one would have know she was pregnant. People make snarky comments at kate but it was never as bad as the meghan continue to get around here people I do believe that major of its has to do with Meghan races. What actually has meghan done that is so thirsty become a actresses oh my God the horrible she so thirst because she had career in entertainment field. The reason that people defend meghan so hard because she hasn’t done anything wrong that warrants the level of nastiness that people throw at her every time. She and harry announced their having a baby it has turn into character attacked on Meghan as person. Go back and check the difference between the tone kate and Meghan pregnancy announced where kate was meets with kindness and saying how adorable her kids are. Meghan being met with negative and nastiness

  32. BB says:

    I’ve been reading this site for over three years now and have commented on occasion. CB used to be one of the few sites where women uplifted other women and intelligent comments were the norm. Sadly, this is no longer true, it is disappointing to see how commentors now pit women against each other and have very little positive or well considered commentary to contribute – I guess it’s yet another sign of the times but I miss the days when this site was educational, light hearted and the antithesis of the Fail..

    • CharlotteSometimes says:

      ^^^^^^comment of the day

      • What's Inside says:

        What she said.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Don’t be a hypocrite @CharlotteSometimes. Your comments contribute to the problem.

      • CharlotteSometimes says:

        @beachdreams How, exactly? Because I acknowledge that MM was a successful actress well-versed in PR as opposed to say, a pediatric nurse or a freakin’ firefighter?! She knows what message she’s sending at all times! This is a post about Meghan Markle and I’m as entitled to my (pretty benign) opinion as anyone else.

      • otaku fairy... says:

        Accusing one woman of trying to upstage another just because she didn’t hide her pregnancy when the other was getting married is pretty much textbook ‘pitting women against each other’, and not the mark of someone who’s even secure enough for marriage.

      • Lydia says:

        @charlottesometimes, funny you say that, while you do exactly that.

  33. SWP says:

    As a poster said earlier….IF this did go down in the nefarious way it’s explained…why isn’t Harry held accountable? It’s brad Pitt 2.0. Blame the woman. Always. I cringe at how Harry’s bad behavior has been whitewashed.

  34. Vanessa says:

    @ beachhouse so true

  35. justwastingtime says:

    I think it’s fine. It’s quite different than my sister using my wedding date as the deadline for her five year relationship, as in “if I am not engaged at my sisters wedding, then we are off” So it was either going to be my sister (my maid of honor) announcing her engagement at my wedding or my sister crying in bathroom at my wedding and getting comforted by everyone… The latter in case you are interested.

  36. Suz says:

    At a wedding I went to last year, there was a DIY photo booth and a couple announced their pregnancy on it and used the wedding’s hashtag. Assholes.

  37. lia says:

    So true, poor Megan having to follow that dated protocol. She should be able to take all the benefits of being a royal but not have to follow any on the rules to get it. She is a pretty American actress after all, she shouldn’t be expected to cover her shoulders or cross her legs at the ankle for a life of total luxury that she “works” for by talking to people and wearing pretty clothes. The struggle is real.