‘Things are better’ now that the Sussexes & Cambridges have ‘some space’


The Duke and duchess of Cambridge stand with the duke and Duchess of Sussex at W

People Magazine’s previous cover story is all about Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and how he’ll probably be the band-aid baby who will save the Cambridges and Sussexes’ relationship. As I said, I think that’s a lot of pressure to put on a baby, but I also think everything is going to be different now, hopefully. William will stop plotting to exile his brother and Harry and Meghan are just blissed out with the baby and not really thinking about anything else, probably. Thankfully, Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair has another “exclusive” about how everything has softened now that Archie is here. Some highlights:

No nanny: “There is no nanny, they are doing it themselves for the time being,” a royal source says, confirming that Harry has been busy changing diapers at Frogmore Cottage. “He’s doing it all. He’s completely head over heels in love.” The couple do, however, have the help of Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is staying with them in Windsor and has been “indispensable” to the couple.

Harry’s paternity leave: Meghan and Harry plan to hire a nanny when they go back to work full time, which will likely be in October, although there is every chance the couple will carry out occasional duties before then, including Trooping the Colour in June. Harry has already broken the record for taking the shortest paternity leave in royal history, having carried out several official engagements that were already in his diary before Archie was born. However, aides say he will be taking some time off over the coming weeks. [Meghan] is enjoying her maternity leave and not preparing to return to official engagements yet. “They have time to find the right nanny, who may well be an American, in time for when Meghan is back at work,” a source says.

The Cambridges’ visit: Kate and William visited the couple and spent over an hour with their newborn nephew. “They were itching to meet him,” says a source. The Cambridges plan to take their three children to meet Archie when he is a little older, and are said to be mindful of not intruding on the Sussexes’ private time.

An armistice in royal relations: Aides say that relations between the onetime “Fab Four“ have improved in recent weeks. and that both couples want the royal cousins to grow up to be close. “Things have been a lot better since Harry and Meghan moved out of KP, it has given them all some space,” says a source close to the brothers, referring to the couple’s decision to leave Kensington Palace for their house at Windsor Castle earlier this year.

[From Vanity Fair]

“Things have been a lot better since Harry and Meghan moved out of KP, it has given them all some space…” Why are people acting like their PROXIMITY was the issue? The issue wasn’t that the Sussexes and Cambridges lived too close to one another, it’s that they shared the same office, and that office was full of shady bitches who did nothing to protect Meghan. The reason why there’s “some space” is because Harry and Meghan got their own separate office. Another reason why there’s some space now is because William briefly stopped throwing his sister-in-law under the bus as a way to divert attention from the Rose Hanbury situation. Anyway!

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  1. MissyS. says:

    I’m rolling my eyes so hard at this fluff piece.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Vanity Fair has gone Straight-to-Hell since Graydon Carter left as editor on its coverage of politics & entertainment. There is little critical reporting or critical commentary left at this magazine as all profile pieces are nothing but pure puff.

      Go back to the Vanity Fair archive and re-read some of Tina Browns articles on the royal families of Europe and you will see what I mean.

      • anniefannie says:

        @ BTB IKR?!? VF used to be indespensibe to me. I loved it so much that if it hit store shelves before my subscript arrived I’d buy because I couldn’t wait! Now I don’t even bother. It’s an extreme case of fixing something that wasn’t broken.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @anniefannie, S.I Newhouse, Jr. died in 2017, the family took over Conde Nast and it became all about money….ie…maximizing profit margins.

  2. Eyeroll says:

    Poor kid. Under 2 weeks old and already responsible for the future relationship between his immediate and extended family. It’s cool Meghan and Harry are doing things themselves with Doria. If Doria wasn’t around though, I’m sure they’d get a nanny. Being new parents is exhausting and I would get a nanny if I could afford it.

    • Swack says:

      DM reporting that Doria is back in LA. But take that with a grain of salt as they have pictures of her walking her dog(s) and those could have been taken anytime.

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      I bet they have a nurse though. I notice that’s the trend, they get a nurse at the beginning that helps them out but are able to say they don’t have a nanny yet. And it’s not a knock, if I had ben able to hire one when I had my son, I would have. I have friends who did, and found them invaluable helping new parents just know what to do.

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    *eyeroll* I think this is code for now that Meghan is on mat leave, Big Willy and Katie Keen can now enjoy ALL the spotlight and that makes them happy. William is his fathers son in that he doesn’t like being outshone.

    • Seraphina says:

      digital unicorn: correct observation. But her maternity leave will only last so long. By then I’m sure Kate will soon announce her band aide baby arrival will set out of the spot light for a bit.

  4. KatieBo says:

    “Harry is changing diapers!”
    *slow clap and eye roll*
    Why does men taking care of their children always become literally news worthy?

    • Aims says:

      Totally. When our daughter was born, my husband was changing her diaper in our living room. My uncle says to him” you do that too?” Of course he changed diapers. He’s her father.

    • Rina says:

      I thought this type was view was held in developing countries. For his generation, my father sharing in child-raising was “modernized.” My mum was hailed as being a very lucky woman for having a husband who contributed to raising their children and sharing in household responsibilities.

  5. LORENA says:

    Proximity DOES matter! My brother used to live in the apt above me and we constantly bumped heads, he moved about 45 min away and its made a HUGE difference. I can’t even describe how much of a difference its made, I was getting to the point where any little thing annoyed me and I am sure the feeling was mutual. Idk but I think in some cases absence DOES make the heart grow fonder

  6. Wow says:

    I know nothing about the Royals, but that picture of kate and William makes them look like the villains from an 80′s movie.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      I know! I had a similar thought just now, looking at it. But the truth is, I think, that Kate looks massively unhappy in that shot.

      • Surly Gale says:

        me, too. I think Kate’s been unhappy for awhile….nd honestly? I thought Louis was the bandage baby…..Wm made it clear years ago he thought two kids to be enough. Kate always said she wanted 3…to go for 4 just shows EXACTLY where Britain is broken

      • L84Tea says:

        Which shot are you referring?

    • Sof says:

      My favourite of them is the one in which they are drinking beer (I think Guiness?) and looking straight into camera. They look like scheming villians for sure.

    • PlainJane says:

      1. Here for the header picture.

      2. @Surly Gale – YES (!!) to everything you said.

      3. I know there have been some predictions that Kate will get pregnant again by the end of this year. Given Turnipgate, it makes me wonder if there will be another bandaid baby so everyone can think House of Cambridge is fine, just fine, nothing to see here!

  7. Seraphina says:

    I was on the daily mail and one article stated that Wills/Kate don’t want to be over shadowed by Harry/Megs, and the letter doesn’t want to be sidelined. I so agree with that assessment.

    And in trying to come up with a combo name for Wills/Kate, i came up with Wate. How poetic is THAT!

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Hmmm….well, it sure beats the opposite approach: “Kills.”

    • Rina says:

      Wate Kills! lol

      • Seraphina says:

        Wow, wate kills. Or sucks the life right out of you. Same thing. Wow. Now that is irony for you.

    • Tourmaline says:

      I like Wate. As in, Wate, we are just about to get keen up here.

    • PrincessK says:

      That article was based on an interview given by Camilla Tolminey and the woman was talking BS. She is firmly inside the Cambridge camp. The idea that the Sussexes want to be relevant and don¿t want to be sidelined is ridiculous, they will always be hugely popular without trying. Visits or tours the Sussexes embark on will always be mega, amplified by the fact that they have a beautiful baby now. William and Kate will be King and Queen when they are in their late 50s or so, and they need to appeal to the younger generation right now. But where can they buy charisma?

  8. Vanessa says:

    The press Is really desperate to tried to make the separate of the Sussexs and Cambridge into some game of throne crap . First every thing was Meghan fault she cause the rift between the brothers and now the rift between the brothers is being blame on the fact that lived to close to together. I think the problem is old fashion jealousy snobbery for the courtiers thinking that they know what’s best .

  9. Becks1 says:

    I can believe there is no nanny right now, but I am sure they will get one before she goes back to work. Probably over the summer to start getting used to the whole thing, especially if Doria leaves anytime soon. (she can stay up to three months on her passport right? So maybe she’ll stay through July?)

    As for the Cambridges and Sussexes being closer -I can believe that distance – physical distance and working distance – has made things better, but it will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next few months.

    • Harla says:

      Doria’s already back in Los Angeles.

      • Becks1 says:

        Is she? then I’m sure Meghan and Harry will be able to muddle through on their own until they bring on a nanny.

      • olive says:

        @Becks1 yep, DM had pap photos of Doria walking her dogs in California yesterday

    • PrincessK says:

      A nurse would have visited daily or every other day during the first week. Since its private healthcare, I am sure Baby Archie and Meghan are being regularly checked on by health workers. I am sure that they have some form of ‘help’ and assistants around.

  10. intheknow says:

    Given that I think one of William’s issues with Meghan is that she is biracial (not an English Rose Bush), I think he must have been anxious to see how ‘black’ Archie. You KNOW these buggers were thinking this…

    I can just imagine William breathing a sigh of relief…”he’s not so black, he’s quite white in fact” or something similar. You know the Windsors are all waiting to see his colour.

    • NewKay says:

      @intheknow- I agree 100 percent. That has been a lot of the coded language. Even the reporter asking them to see the babies face. I also think Meghan was very intentional in playing her hand near his face not just to protect him but to intentionally show her shade in comparison to his.

      • intheknow says:

        Yup. That monkey picture from that ‘Comedian’..they are all thinking about it.

    • xdanix says:

      Oh come on. That’s not fair to say about anyone. I’m no huge fan of William or anything but I wouldn’t say that about him or anyone (well… Prince Philip… I could kinda believe it of him 🤦‍♀️) without actual reason to think it’s true, and we don’t have reason to think that.

    • Yemi says:

      “You KNOW these buggers were thinking this…”

      No. We don’t. You seem to be telling on yourself here. This is massive projection and seems to be based on nothing more than your personal bias. There is so much to talk, dissect or gossip about over about M&H and K&W so I really don’t see why we have to add such weirdly detailed fantasies to the mix.

    • Kylie says:

      We don’t know that. And William has met numerous biracial people over the years, so that doesn’t even make sense.

      • intheknow says:

        Meeting people and actually liking and respecting them are two very different things. What makes you think he is not prejudiced against the biracial people he’s met?? He was unwelcoming to Meghan..I don’t think it’s a stretch to feel he may also feel ‘something’ about the child and how the child looks.

        I believe they’ve all been thinking about what shade the child will be. You are free to have a different opinion on the issue. I am not here to change your mind nor am I interested in changing your mind. We can agree to disagree.

      • Kylie says:

        @intheknow

        The point is none of us know what he thinks. However the idea that he had to see the baby to check on the level of blackness is beyond silly. And frankly I think the idea reflects more on how you think than anything else.

      • Mash says:

        @KYLIE i SCREAMED laughing at the whole “Will has met numerous biracial people” i know your silly and white (possibly) just with statement.

        GIRL meeting and generally respecting and (a step further) looking out for a POC family member is ENSURING that KP and the tabloids dont railroad them in the a disregardful oblivion. WHICH will has NEVER done…

      • Andrea says:

        But does William (we know Kate doesn’t have very many friends) have any biracial or ethnic friends?

      • Kylie says:

        @Mash

        I’m actually biracial. But ok. Skin tone changes over time. My skin was very fair when I was born before eventually becoming a light tan.

      • PlainJane says:

        HAHAHAHA!! I’m sure, “some of Will’s best friends are biracial.” /s

      • Kylie says:

        @PlainJane

        Not at all what I said but again, ok. This projection is just revealing more about the people saying it than anything else.

      • Flying fish says:

        Meeting biracial people and having one in your family are two totally different things!

      • Kylie says:

        @Flying Fish

        I’m well aware of that since I live it every single day.

      • PlainJane says:

        @Kylie, if that’s true, then I apologize.

      • Kylie says:

        @Andrea

        Does Harry have friends that are POC? Because his inner circle has always been super white. I think people should avoid thinking that marrying Meghan made him somehow woke overnight. He has his own problematic history when it comes to POC and it should not be ignored now that he is married to a biracial woman and has a biracial child. History has shown us that it doesn’t work that way.

      • intheknow says:

        @kylie you said “I deal with bigots every day, since that is how it works for those of us who are biracial. Perhaps if you don’t know someone’s ethnicity, you should not assume they know nothing about bigotry”

        I believe you are a troll or simply lying. I DID NOT say anything about your ethnicity. I DID NOT say you do not know anything about bigotry. You telling me you are biracial changes nothing on my opinion of William and the Windsors about them being curious to see what shade the child will be.

        You are getting hysterical and making things up. Keep your argument or your lies straight.

        You are rather foolish and ignorant to believe that biracials are the only people that experience racism. POC, whether biracial, multiracial, etc experience bigotry. It is not special to you. WE (POC) experience bigotry every single day and yes, sometimes in my own family based on SKIN TONE…. So take a seat with your hysterics. I am a black Jewish woman. I get the bigotry from both sides. Since I am Canadian and in the dead of winter, my skin tone changes to Mulatto and in the summer I am like 3 shades darker..I know what I am talking about regarding what people think about mixed race women having kids with white men. I am not guessing…

        Your original comment that William doesn’t care what Archie’s skin tone is nor is he thinking about it because he has met many biracials and POC…is trollish. Or you are woefully ignorant.

        Telling me you are biracial to shut me up and my opinion wont work. I am black and it is well known within the black community of our own internal bigotry and light skin privileges.
        My original opinion about William and the Windsors stands.

      • Kylie says:

        @intheknow

        Your entire post is trying to get people who disagree with you to shut up. It is not trollish to point out the reality. None of us know what Prince William is thinking or what his feelings are about Archie. It is trollish to claim that you know.

        It is also ignorant to act like your interpretation of someone is the only correct way to think about them. Especially when you repeatedly and deliberately take what I said out of context.

        I guess I’m willing to give Meghan more credit that you are willing to do give her. If Meghan felt that William was a problem for her son, I don’t feel she would have been ok with him and Kate coming to visit her and her son. Meghan would have known before marrying Harry which relatives of his would be a problem because people don’t hide racist attitudes as well as they think they do. Everyone who has ever said or done something racist to me has revealed their true self to me long before they did or said anything overtly racist. Meghan is savvy enough to have picked up on anything concerning a long time ago.

        Also it is really gross that you are claiming that I am a liar when you can’t even keep straight what you think I’m lying about. And then you have the nerve to dive into sexist stereotypes and claim that I must be hysterical because I don’t agree with your opinion.

    • CooCooCatchoo says:

      I suspect that you’re correct. The media was quick to pronounce that Archie “looked just like his mom.” All from a partially-obscured side profile, underneath a hat and baby blanket. This baby was subjected to racism even before he was born, and you can bet that included members of his own family.

      • intheknow says:

        @kylie, you are free to think and believe what you want. I shall do the same.
        And my opinion STILL is, loads of bigots some of whom Archie is related to are very much thinking about what shade he is.

      • Kylie says:

        @inthenow

        I deal with bigots every day, since that is how it works for those of us who are biracial. Perhaps if you don’t know someone’s ethnicity, you should not assume they know nothing about bigotry.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Kylie & intheknow,

        As a person who is a WASP and as WASPy as you can be born, I thank you for your comments. It is from posters like you that I learn something worthy everyday and hope I can use it to become a better human being thru understanding another’s point of view about things I never really thought about.

    • delorb says:

      @intheknow, you start off by saying that you ‘think’ he has an issue with her. But you don’t know. You’re just supposing. Then you take off from that supposing to further the idea that he would also have an issue with his nephew. Jeez. That’s a long stretch to make. Then you further this crap by insinuating that your supposing is somehow real. Well, if that’s all it takes, then…

      I believe that William doesn’t have an issue with Meghan being biracial. I don’t think he thinks beyond whether or not his brother is happy. I also don’t believe what is said in the papers about the brothers being estranged or unhappy with each other. I don’t spend a lot of time with my family and no one would accuse us of being angry with one another. Life happens and you don’t see each other as much as you did when you were kids. Even if you live in the same city. End of.

      All this seems to be an effort to sell a few papers.

      • Leena says:

        @ delorb +1

        And it is also possible that when a couple of different ethnicities marry and are having a baby people will wonder who/what the baby will look like. It doesn’t mean to say they will actually mind what colour the baby is. Can just be natural curiosity without prejudice.

        Time to worry when the parents are both of the same colour and people start worrying what colour the baby will be!!!!!

      • intheknow says:

        @delorb you are absolutely free to believe what you want.I am not judging you for it. I am free to think and believe what I want. I don’t want you to change your mind and I am not interested in changing your mind. If we all felt alike think a like, the world would be terribly boring and no one would learn anything.

        I firmly believe William and others in the RF aren’t crazy about Meghan being biracial. William and Kate stood by while racists comments were posted on their instagram accounts, racist articles in various papers…

        Of course Meghan will be diplomatic to will and kate when they visit. Such is family life and dynamics. I’d love to banish some racist idiots in my family but for the sake of others, I have to tolerate them.

        As someone pointed, it is natural to be curious about what shade the child will be. Some people are curious because they are racist and some are curious because because it’s human nature. I certainly wondered what my kid was going to look like as did some members of my family..some more polite about it than others.

    • PrincessK says:

      I read somewhere that unlike Harry and his father, William lacks their ‘cultural adventure’ and sticks to ‘English Roses’.

  11. Kylie says:

    I don’t think sharing an office and staff was the issue either. Even after the office change, the new staff aren’t doing anything about the attacks on Meghan either. The strategy seems to be the same “never complain, never explain” that Royals usually go by. It is a lose-lose situation because if they address and dismiss rumors people will say the rumors are true and not addressing rumors also has people claiming the rumors must be true.

    • Toot says:

      I think sharing the office was the issue. The royal reporters always had “sources” in the palace talking to them about how terrible Meghan was, now there is no “sources” articles.

      • Kylie says:

        Except there have been sources for many of the new articles. Also “sources” is a vague term that reporters use to make their content seem more plausible.

  12. Sue Denim says:

    I really don’t like those suede nude shoes she wears all the time. I wish they were at least leather for summer…

  13. Mego says:

    Comprised of the turd covered marshmallows that Katie Nicholl farts out of her ass as usual.

  14. olive says:

    Doria was papped in LA yesterday, Katie Nicholl is clearly wrong in stating “they have Doria to help them.” they’re doing it themselves or have got a nanny in now.

  15. celialarson12 says:

    Article straight out of Katie Nichol`s imagination and shame on me for reading it. By the way Doria is back in the US. The days of RRs are numbered…. the lies, the fiction, the gossip mongering and articles with no substance. IF nothing else social Media will see most of these gossip mongers out.

  16. Yoyo says:

    Jessica Mulroney and her daughter left Canada yesterday for England (Frogmore Cottage).
    Doria probably took a month off, and since the baby was late, she still got to spend time with him.
    I like that Doria gives Harry and Meghan their space, she will be back for the christening.
    Some house guest, wear out their welcome, after a week you can’t wait for them to go, especially if they rearrange your kitchen.

  17. Lowrider says:

    KP didn’t want to look after Harry and Meghan. Too much baggage.

  18. Jen says:

    “The one-time Fab Four.” Please. Harry and Meghan were married for maybe 5 months before the rift rumors started?

  19. kerwood says:

    ‘Things are better now’ that Megan is safely at home taking care of a newborn and not constantly showing Kate up. Although I think that Kate will welcome Megan back with open arms. Kate hasn’t worked this hard in YEARS!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @kerwood, thanks for your point I never believed and still do mot believe that there was ever any type of major riff between Megs & Cathy. They will never be BFFs because they are so different but I do not see any type of major animosity between them.

  20. Cooper says:

    you can rearrange my kitchen anytime just do NOT touch my laundry!

  21. blunt talker says:

    There are some articles talking about Harry’s inner circle of friends not accepting Meghan. They feel she running the show and not being subservient to her husband. I think the vows they took did not have obey in them and they need to get back to their caves. Harry and Meghan have a child to raise now what his friends or pals think is way down the road of importance. Harry and Meghan are on the big worldwide stage now and Harry’s pals are far down the list of what they want or think about Meg. Friends like his can go jump in the lake because they weren’t true friends in the first place. They wanted to be in Harry’s circle simply because he is a prince and they want to be close to royalty. It was stated by some magazine back in the fall that Harry said if you talk about me or my wife in the press especially in a negative manner you are out of our orbit period. I think his friends would love to see him drinking and drugging and making a fool out of himself in the public. True friends indeed.

    • PrincessK says:

      The article is rubbish, the quote from Angela Levin was taken out of context and twisted as usual by DM.