Duchess Meghan is ‘shaking the cobwebbed corridors’ of all the royal palaces


Fiftieth anniversary of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales

I’ve seen the speculation on Twitter that Baby Sussex might already be here and that Harry and Meghan are just keeping everything quiet. I doubt it. I don’t think they could do that considering Harry’s position and the fact that the Queen has to be informed. I remember when people theorized the same thing about Kate’s baby deliveries too, and that was always bullsh-t as well. But yes, we’re waiting for the Sussex Baby. I have a witchy feeling that it will happen this week, before Easter, but who knows.

Apparently, there’s been a late surge of betting on the idea that Meghan will give birth to a baby girl. I was vibing on the idea of a Sussex girl months ago, but at some point, I just sort of changed my mind. I vibed on a Sussex Boy for a while, and at this point, I really don’t know. I think Harry wants a girl. Would he name a girl Diana? No, I feel strongly about this: Diana would be one of a Sussex girl’s middle names, but not the first name. I think they might go with a D-name though, for Doria and Diana.

Meanwhile, Keir Simmons had some thoughts about how Meghan has blown off the cobwebs of the stuffy old royals:

Meghan Markle was hailed as a breath of fresh air for the Royal Family when she became the first American to marry with a senior member of the Royal Family in May 2018. The Duchess of Sussex has however attracted the concerned attention of senior courtiers, concerned about how the new member of the Windsor family could affect the monarchy. Commentator Keir Simmons told Today: “I think she’s amazing. I don’t think she’s perfect. I think she is a very ambitious American woman who’ll be shaking the corridors – the cobwebbed corridors – of those Royal palaces. Keep in mind, she swooped into Britain and married the most eligible bachelor in Britain so there’s a lot of jealousy.”

Several insiders have claimed Meghan has “ruffled feathers” among senior courtiers and had them “recoil” because of her outspoken approach to her royal role. But Mr Simmons suggested Prince Harry has been an ally to his wife as she settled into her position as Duchess of Sussex.

Mr Simmons continued: “You marry into the Royal Family and then you just go to charity events and don’t talk too much. Harry is her biggest supporter. She’s lucky to have Harry because he’s stubborn and won’t have people tell him what to do. He knows those palaces very well and he knows what the dangers are.”

Ingrid Seward, one of the most prominent writers on the British Royal Family, warned last month senior staff had grown concerned with Meghan over fears her outspokenness could result in the Royal Family being criticised.

Ms Seward said: “Some of the more old-fashioned courtiers recoil when they see some of the things that Meghan says. It’s likely they feel they might get into trouble because she might be putting her feet into the political abyss. The Royal Family don’t talk about politics because they don’t want to get criticised for that. Meghan is walking a very tight rope there.”

[From The Express]

“I think she’s amazing. I don’t think she’s perfect.” This summarizes how I feel as well. I adore Meghan and I want all the good things for her. But she’s made a few mistakes and it’s okay to admit that too. And Simmons is right, Harry has been backing her this whole time. Harry is often painted as too lovesick to think properly, but I think of it another way – he knew this whole time, his entire life, that whoever he married would be treated poorly and he’d have to protect her. He’s been prepared for this fight and he’s fighting for Meghan.

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  1. OriginalLala says:

    The Sussexes just posted on Insta thanking people for their donations to charities and referenced Baby Sussex directly (and not in a “soon to be born baby sussex” way) I’m starting to suspect polo baby may already be here

    • jules says:

      I just checked the post and read this:

      “Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born.”

      So, no. Your description was misleading.

    • Cady says:

      Literally the first sentence says “UPCOMING ARRIVAL….”

    • Kittycat says:

      Thanks for letting us know the Sussexes posted.

      • OriginalLala says:

        Their caption was edited afterwards because that’s not what it said when I first read it – I can read, I swear lol.

        But thanks for jumping down my throat :)

    • Holly says:

      I saw the post and it specifically says “And Baby Sussex” although earlier saying “upcoming arrival” so I get what you’re saying, @originallala. I can see how it reads like Baby Sussex is present. I don’t think it is, but who knows. I’d try to hide it too if I was M & H; people are freaking way too rabid about seeing this baby.

  2. Lucia says:

    I actually think they could get away with not announcing the baby for a couple of weeks and may be why there’s no staff at Frogmore. I wouldn’t blame them if the baby showed up last week and hadn’t been announced yet.

  3. Becks1 says:

    Amazing but not perfect is a good way to describe how I feel about her too. She hasn’t made some mistakes, but whatever. She’s doing good work and handles herself with so much grace and class.

  4. Erinn says:

    As someone who’s felt at times that my husband wasn’t always in my corner when he should be I absolutely give credit to Harry for making that effort. It’s hard feeling like the outsider – and I can only imagine it’s unfathomably worse for Meghan with the size of the family and the intense expectations of her in-laws.

    Looking back, I can understand how hard it was for my husband at times – and he’s absolutely gotten better about it – and more confident in general. Family stuff is hard, especially when one family is very pack-mentality driven.

    • Ellaus says:

      Thank you for being so eloquent and writting what I wanted to say. I married an Englishman and him being con our side has been hard sometimes. I commend Harry for this.

    • Dee Kay says:

      My H doesn’t “stand up for me” openly in front of his family (well, the women in his family) but we mostly both sit at family functions just being quiet and still, and then buck each other up behind the scenes. I only need the support in private, and feel confident he sees my side of things and is *on* my side 100%. I don’t need big confrontations in front of the family, eeeesh that would only make whatever tensions there are worse. (Not saying anyone upthread was saying they like confrontations, just jotting down my thoughts in response to this discussion of Harry “fighting for Meghan” and what it means for one spouse to fight for another.)

      • Ellaus says:

        I married into a closed knitted (sorry for the spelling) family, and the dynamics are hard to transform. I don’t like confrontation, not breaking the long time traditions, but sometimes -specially when you are a foreigner -you would like your partner to stand forma your team.

    • SKF says:

      And for her it’s not just the in-laws, it’s the “grey men” that surround them – who are much, much worse. A lot of those courtiers are more invested in keeping the status quo than the Royals themselves. They often feel important because of their proximity to the royals and they believe in the Royals as an institution and are quite classist. So, to see a biracial, American actress with tacky extended family members enter the Royal Family is such an affront to them on so many levels. No wonder they are lashing out at her! I have no doubt that some stirrings came from the Cambridges; but I think that the vast majority of the sludge aimed at Megs is from courtiers and that, even if some of it started with the Cambridges, it was amplified and dirtied by the courtiers.

      On a personal note, good for your husband for learning how to better balance the family he grew up with, with the family he has created. I’m sure that was very hard for you when he wasn’t at that point.

  5. aquarius64 says:

    If the baby is here it was one to throw people off the scent and no crazies like tube Markles don’t show up.

  6. Loretta says:

    OMG Harry and Meghan just called the baby “Baby Sussex” on IG. So, so sweet

    • savu says:

      That account really feels like it’s Meg at LEAST directly ghost-editing, if not more, right?!

      • Dee Kay says:

        Agreed. She wrote that Baby Sussex post. It’s a warm, endearing, personal tone, very like her public speaking style.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I wish there was a cuter nickname. When Andrew and Sarah were expecting Beatrice, they called her the Yorklet.

      • Cleo17 says:

        I called my baby Cletus the fetus. Cletus turned out to be a girl (didn’t want to know if it would be a boy or a girl until she was born).

  7. savu says:

    And on top of that, it feels obvious Harry fell in love with her for her strong passions and independence. And her drive to improve the lives of girls and women. I just get this vibe that palace officials are so scared to be “political” and Meghan’s all “fighting for equality and championing women’s issues isn’t political”. Guys, Kier Simmons gets it!

    • Lorelei says:

      It’s ridiculous what the courtiers consider “political.” It’s not like Meghan is publicly giving her opinion on Brexit! She’s just trying to help people who need it, and so far she’s succeeding.

      I hope she keeps doing her own thing because she is the only interesting person in the BRF right now. She’s actually working and showing results quickly— such a refreshing change from W&K!

  8. Mumbles says:

    “he knew this whole time, his entire life, that whoever he married would be treated poorly and he’d have to protect her. He’s been prepared for this fight and he’s fighting for Meghan.”

    Not sure I agree with this 100 percent. Had he married Cressida, I think nobody would treat her poorly, due to her posh background. Chelsy – perhaps, she might have gotten some crap because she was noveau riche and had a real job at one point.

    • lanne says:

      Also Chelsy’s dad was in some seriously shady business in Zimbabwe, to the point where I remember people saying she was an unsuitable bride b/c of it (then again, now we have the example of Queen Maxima with shady dad, so maybe it would have worked out)

    • Jaded says:

      Chelsy still has a real job – she runs her own eco-friendly jewelry company that is sourced completely with local artisans and supplies that aren’t blasted out of mines.

    • Erinn says:

      I think it would have been limited to a sexist backlash – though nowhere near the level we’re at with Meghan. I think that no matter who those boys married there would be a negative treatment at least SOME of the time. Meghan sadly has gotten it so much worse than expected though, and it’s so sad. But I genuinely do think there would be plenty of stories putting Kate and whoever he married against each other, as well as stories making it look like Harry was being bossed around by whoever. But I think the stories would have been much less prevalent, and much less harsh.

    • notasugarhere says:

      His wife was always going to be portrayed as the new Fergie, and he knew that. What Meghan has faced has gone far, far beyond what anyone could have expected.

  9. Lucylee says:

    I think Harry woke up at some point, perhaps during a therapy session to realize how much of a scapegoat he has been for other people’s shenanigans. He may be royal and rich but is clear he was neglected at a time when he desperately needed help. Being the spare and the tag along to W and K only exacerbated his issues. His goofiness made K giggle, but was he really the court jester we all thought him to be? His comment to an interviewer stands out to me when he responded to a statement by saying “or so you think you know me.” So many people blame Meghan for the private birth plan but it’s Harry’s plan.

    • AryasMum says:

      I don’t know. I don’t see Harry going against Meghan’s wishes about how she gives birth.

      • Katherine says:

        I think He obviously is deferring to her on her physical birth plan but I could see him being more the point person of the announcement and management of the baby presentation. I think OP makes an interesting point it possible he’s had an F it moment with respect to his family and how things are done. And he’s going to navigate his (and his family’s) own way while still staying mostly in the fold. And she is perhaps more supporting him and his wishes to be a bit more… Maverick-y? I don’t know the right word. If this is the case it’s annoying though that she’s catching all the flack as the brassy American calling the shots.

  10. otaku fairy... says:

    I love the way they put that. “Shaking the cobwebbed corridors” of all the palaces.

  11. Jb says:

    here is the thing: if the baby is here *and* we see Harry we will know because he will be radiating joy *and* have sleep deprived eyes. So – does he have anything scheduled? That is my question….

    • Betsy says:

      Or they could have gotten insanely insanely lucky and have one of those newborns who sleeps in good chunks of time from the word go. They do happen occasionally (and they’re so, so lovely).

  12. Wendy says:

    Wondering if you are going to cover the story about Doria’s brother selling tons of private family photos of the family – incl baby photos – to the DM. So disappointing that more of the family are selling her out. The timing is terrible for M&H.