Duchess Meghan, Abigail Spencer & Kelly McKee Zajfen were in Montecito last week

The British media have spent an entire week crying about the Duchess of Sussex’s jam. While they were screaming and obsessing over Meghan’s American Riviera Orchard gift baskets to friends, Meghan invited two of her friends to Montecito. Kelly McKee Zajfen (founder of Alliance of Moms) and Abigail Spencer were seemingly both at the Sussexes’ mansion last week, and they did multiple photoshoots. In one photoshoot, the three women modeled Alliance of Moms’ latest t-shirt (“Love Like a Mother”), the sales of which benefit Kelly’s organization. Abigail also did a photoshoot, seemingly on the Sussexes’ lawn, with her ARO gift basket and one of the Sussexes’ beagles. Abigail is so funny – she and Meghan have been friends for many years, and they really support each other through thick and thin. Of course she’s promoting Meghan’s jam.

What else? I wonder if Kelly and Abigail were in town because they’re set to appear in Meghan’s cooking show, which started filming last week in Montecito. Perhaps Abigail “stops by” to help Meghan bake something? It would make sense. The usual suspects have already traced the production to the Montecito home being rented out for filming – apparently, a crew of 50 are working just two miles from the Sussexes’ home, at a property owned by the Cipolla family.

Kelly also posted a jam video:

Photos courtesy of Instagram.

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  1. Cessily says:

    So far I am loving all the beautiful photos, I wonder if we will be seeing more of them. Everything about these photos radiates happiness.. Meghan certainly has earned it along with her friends that had to silently watch what was happening to her.

    • molly says:

      I really, REALLY love this for Meghan (and Harry). What a turn around from where things were headed just a few years ago. Good for them for making this life for themselves. I’m sure it wasn’t easy.

    • VoominVava says:

      Such joy and beauty in these posts 🙂

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Isn’t it!!! There is such joy, happiness, love, support and simply loving every bit of life as the sun rises each day, and every day after that!! I am incredibly happy for H&M, but mostly Meghan, as she has had to defy hatred shot her way at every moment and every day.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      ++@Cessily. So much love, joy and all the good things.

      My wish for the #1 jar of jam. Two sets of small hands with one pair of Dad hands spreading the jam and then a backward(shot?) video of them walking towards a pair of palm trees intertwined with The Troggs version of Love is All Around playing in the background. I love that song.

      2nd wish, a video of a funny friend doing a version of My Sweet Lord, only, My Sweet Jam.
      Heads would explode. Here for that.

  2. Bella says:

    She stays winning.

  3. Look at what Meg can do from home! She can support a charity just by taking a few photos for that charity. They all looked to be having a very happy time doing it.

    • Debbie says:

      No, no, no @Susan Collins. If you want to work-from-home, first you must make a big announcement to everyone, “Hey, look! Please pay attention to me. I will be working from home for the foreseeable future! That is all.” Then, you sit back and wait for praise for the announcement itself, which as we all know also counts as work. Apparently, that’s how it works.

  4. Joy Liluri says:

    Oh this is lovely. She looks so happy. She deserves every second and so much more.

    I’m so excited to see her show! I have been languishing in my dinners and just overall meal ideas and I’m sure she will spark me back to life!

  5. Nubia says:

    This is what Kate lacks in her life,some real girlfriends or even a couple of real friends to let her hair down with. She would be less stressed,paranoid and aloof.

    • LaraK says:

      Her problem is that she pushes away all women because she’s worried her husband will harass them.
      A few evenings hanging out with other women over a glass of wine, pizza, and Netflix woulf freaking change her life. Or Paramount+ in a pinch.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ @Larak. Too late, too bad, so sad. From what I have witnessed from Kate and Willy, they both appear to be beyond redemption. And please, it’s definitely not as simple as you are suggesting. Kate should never have married Willy if she was so worried about his wandering scepter. 🍆 So why did she marry him? Obviously, because of her own and her mother’s ambitions. Perhaps you are being sarcastic, though. Too much Paramount+ and Netflix streaming probably further buries the ability to confront personal issues requiring self-reflection and dedicated self-work to change. 🤪🍿📲 💻

    • Honey says:

      I would imagine photos with girlfriends aren’t allowed for women in the royal family. I may be wrong, but I’ve never seen any and it’s probably unbecoming and an unwritten policy.

      • Kingston says:


        I was just about to say this in response to both @LaraK and @Nubia.

        I will never forget hearing M tell Oprah in their intvw about those dark days when she was pregnant with Archie and was holed up in NottCott for 4 months without going out even once!

        It was also during the time when she was being written about every day, several times per day by the entire british shitmedia. The smear campaign was in full swing. And I recall her saying that some idjit member of the family (I get the feeling it was fergie), told her that she should lay low and not go out so much. And M had to inform this idjit THAT SHE HADNT LEFT HER HOUSE FOR 4 MONTHS!!!

        I also recall her telling Oprah that she had to ask if she could go out with some friends and was told NO.

        I guess it was only after she had expressed concerns about her mental health struggles and how dire it was and being told there was nothing the palace could do, that she was “allowed” to go to her baby shower in NY. I rmbr Abigail (who is pictured in the header of this thread) almost crying in the H&M neflix docu as she talked about some of what was happening in this period.

        So I say all that to say that I am not surprised that kittykat has no friends. If she had any before entering the RF, they have been fully purged by now. And with her “pick-me” attitude which she has had since she first met bully and her mother decided she would marry him, there is no way she has ever or will ever rock the boat by asking for what she wants. Because she knows she will never get it.

      • goofpuff says:

        Considering how cutthroat aristocracy can be, if you want to be at the top, they can only be frenemies. You have to be ready to move between friends groups to social climb. And once you’re on top, you can’t trust anyone else who will knock you down for their own benefit. In the past, it would mean losing your life if you trusted the wrong person. I bet that generational trauma runs deep.

      • BeanieBean says:

        There is truly nothing ‘unbecoming’ about being photographed with your female friends! Whether one is royal or not!

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Right @BeanieBean. There is nothing ‘unbecoming about being photographed with your female friends, UNLESS you’re doing something unbecoming like, let’s say, flashing your hooha, bum or Christmas Story Leg Lamp. The BRF/Firm/BM/royalists must have a different definition of ‘unbecoming’.

        Apparently, being photographed with people that genuinely love you is ‘unbecoming’ whilst frankenphotos & videos are acceptable.

        A 3rd wish: Tyler Perry/Madea sharing the jam and a complete mockery of RR’s.

        I’ll order double of the jam.

      • Magdalena says:

        This is nonsense. Princess Diana was photographed with her friends before, during and after marriage and no-one thought that it was unbecoming then. So was the Queen. And so have other royal women.

        Good Lord, The rules that people persist in making up for the black royal, versus the others. Before it became really obvious to more people that Kkkate was friendless, the tabloids used to print staged photographs of her with various members of staff claiming that they were her “pals” even though they knew full well who the women were.

  6. Jais says:

    The dog in the picture? Aww. Love the friend vibes. I got the last t-shirt that said community motherhood so I’ll prob get this one too. Maybe get my sisters for Mother’s Day.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I did too @ Jais!!! I ordered several to hand out too as well!!! It’s such an important and unique criteria that they have taken on which must have many, many needs. Plus I thought that the shirts were cute ❤️

  7. Jan says:

    What if it turns out that Meghan is not selling jam, but the bowl it is in.

    • QuiteContrary says:

      Why not both?

    • Kingston says:

      I keep telling folks: its not the jam thats being sold. Its the lifestyle.:
      “Good food, good friends, gardening, entertaining…….wining dining…….the American Riviera Orchard lifestyle. And you can get a taste of it all by purchasing the cookbook that will become available, plus the kitchen and gardening implements and related other tchotchkes.

      • aftershocks says:

        Yes @Kingston, it’s the lifestyle, for sure. But you don’t think she’s going to market the jams? You think Meg is only planning to demonstrate to her audience how she makes her jams? 🤔 I’m not sure that will be the case, as everything is possible. Yet, maybe you’re right. No jars of Meg jam for the masses. 😥 🍓🍊🍇 😭

  8. TheOriginalMia says:

    Abigail is gorgeous. So is Mia, the beagle. Kelly’s video has me eating toast and jam this morning.

    I’m jealous of those getting ASO jam. Meghan seems like the best gal pal ever.

    • aftershocks says:

      The beagle is definitely Mia. She has more lighter brown coloring and a longer body than Guy. And she’s younger than Guy, so probably more spry than he is these days.

      I always enjoyed Abigail’s character on Suits. It’s so nice that Meg and Abigail became lifelong friends. Abigail was a guest star on Suits in an intermittent role. Her character rarely, if ever, interacted with Meg’s ‘Rachel’ character. All the more remarkable that Meg and Abigail became fast bffs!

  9. Feeshalori says:

    Abigail got jam jar number 6. I had to look twice at the photos because she resembles Meghan in those sunglasses. What a lovely friendship and I love the beagle!

    • PotatoPuff says:

      They really do look like they could all be cousins. I am so here for these friendships! Gorgeous, gorgeous girls radiate happiness <3

  10. sevenblue says:

    Abigail and Meghan really look like sisters. They are both beautiful people inside and out. I am so glad Meghan got back a community around her who loves her and cherishes her company. It was so hard to watch her in UK. Everything was so gray there.

  11. Alex Can says:

    These photos remind me about what people hoped for Meghan and Kate at the beginning, for them to be great friends. But Kate is too stupid and competitive to have friendships like that. It does make me think it has a lot to do with William though. She’s never seemed secure in her relationship with him.

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ Umm, if Kate has never seemed ‘secure’ in her relationship with William, that’s likely because he has treated Kate like the nickname William’s friends called her: ‘The Mattress.’ It’s also well-known that Willy continued his relationship with Jecca Craig even while dating Kate. And let’s not forget that Kate was complicit with her mother, CarolE, in stalking Will at St. Andrews. Some relationships should never continue past college.

      I remember thinking in the beginning that Harry’s relatives must be so happy for him finding true love with Meghan. Especially Harry’s Pa, brother, and sister-in-law. But boy was I way off-base! 👀 I always felt that Willy and Kate are boring, but I never imagined the petty jealousy, insecurity, and bitterness they have both displayed against Harry & Meghan!

    • BeanieBean says:

      While I have no trouble seeing William as such a control-fiend he wouldn’t ‘allow’ his wife to have friends, I think an equal part is Kate. She’s just not a friend-friend.

  12. NikkiK says:

    People need to get a grip! It’s jam! Jam! LOL. And the Instagram rollout is just standrard influencer marketing – right down to the staging and aesthetics. Shoutout to DB for playing Carla Bruni in the background. I love her – Comme si de rien n’était is one of my favorites. I still have it in CD.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @NikkiK, the BM/RR’s/derangers need to get a grip. The they’re the ones losing their godforsaken minds about Meghan’s jam. Meghan’s famous friends sharing her ‘jam’ isn’t standard influencer marketing. At All. They are not simple Instagram influencers. These are well known, respected people. It’s so obvious when the British tabloids want to reduce Delfina Blaquier to a ‘socialite’. She is so much more than that. She works. On the other hand, the British tabloids are quite big on exhuming any story to aristos and how they’re snubbing the Sussexes. Like certain weddings coming up.

      Nacho & Delfina are pretty much Argentine Royalty, without the shackles.

      Angela Levin is squawking about not understanding why people are making a big deal about Meghan’s jam, and gets, lol, put off when challenged. B*tch has been spewing nonstop about Meghan’s jam. I’m a bit at the point where I want to thank her for talking about Meghan’s jam. free advertising I believe there are a lot of people that recognize that if Angela Levin is against it-it must be good. Just petty curious, what kind of sales did her Camz book deliver. As a royal “expert” that didn’t actually spend time with Harry for a book, and gets odd gigs for being an odious person, just wondering with faux concern.

      Angela, Max Clifford and Jimmy Savile, say thank you for your service to the BRF.

  13. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    Kelly’s video has me screaming, cryIng and throwing up! Jam Must be spread to all edges of the slice of bread!! It must never be plopped in the middle and left there!! Omg, someone grab my smelling salts, I’m going to faint!!

    Rant aside, I love seeing all the support Meghan receives from her sisters!!

    • SAS says:

      Omg I had the same reaction! I am not a bridezilla (influencer-zilla) type, but if my friend was helping to promote my product I would literally ask her to delete and re-post another attempt!!

  14. JJ says:

    Oooh I would love her cooking show to have guests! I wonder if it would be her and her friends hanging out and chatting and cooking or an interview-style talk show that is done while cooking? Either way, I am buying her jam and watching that show and I don’t even watch cooking shows!

  15. Mary Pester says:

    Problem is that bone spells F. R. I. E. N. D, as
    R. I. V. A. L.

    • PotatoPuff says:

      You’re right, Mary Pester, and I wish it hadn’t gone down that way.

      Kate could have been such a supporter and champion of Meghan. If things had happened differently, Meghan and Kate could have been serious disruptors within the institution and actually made some positive change together.

      But no…go go status quo. Look how that turned out for Kate. *shakes head*

  16. Reign says:

    I am shocked we haven’t had a mental breakdown from the usual suspects about the Duchess wearing her engagement ring again

  17. Over it says:

    Meghan being showered and guarded in love, life and happiness brings me such joy. Pray that this is all Meghan and Harry experience from here on out