Royalty Thread #8.....A Pregnant Pause

Lorac

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to honour Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day

Kate as always looking elegant in green - the article says emerald but I'm not in agreement - and the Duke is in full military attire as befits his rank as Colonel of the Irish Guards. Love the pictures of Kate with Domhnall, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound and mascot of the Irish Guards as she presents the traditional sprigs of shamrock.
 

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I don't know what shade of green that is but agree too dark for emerald. No matter, I like the outfit!

She does not look to happy though.

Megan's due date soon. It will be great to see what the baby looks like.
 

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I don't know what shade of green that is but agree too dark for emerald. No matter, I like the outfit!

She does not look to happy though.

Megan's due date soon. It will be great to see what the baby looks like.
Not sure which pictures you are looking at but Kate is positively beaming in those pictures. The one where she is serious is where the salute is being taken.

Well Meghan has apparently started her maternity leave so I would say the due date is within the next few weeks.
 

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I like the early look on Meghan, except for the hat. Her late day look though, the shoes! :swoon:
I thought the green coat with black embroidered accents would have worked better for Commonwealth Day Service, and the white outfit Meghan could have worn earlier in the day to Canada House, without that hat! Ah but, as has been pointed out in some quarters, Kate was wearing red to the church service, so Meghan in green and black might have clashed. I think Kate's hat was rather small, and the red coat dress sported way too many buttons, but she looked good overall.

In any case, I really didn't get the white outfit Meghan wore to the Commonwealth Day Service. The coat and dress (by Victoria Beckham) might have been okay without Meghan wearing what looked like a white nurse's hat rather than a Jackie Kennedy/ Audrey Hepburn vibe pillbox hat. It probably didn't help that my first view of this outfit on Meghan was via Gary Janetti's mean-George meme Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4MLpvnQPm/ :eek:

What was up with the chain-link pattern on Meghan's dress, and the textured fabric of the white coat, plus the coat being shorter than the dress? The all-over white in this style somehow washed her out, although that's not always the case for other white outfits she's worn. OTOH, Meghan is so gorgeous, she can pretty much carry off anything, but the only thing I liked was the color of her shoes, even though I'm still stumped how she's able to continue wearing such high heels in the advanced stages of pregnancy. Ouch!

Oh no. Janetti is moving into other European royalty territory... :yikes: :p
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvC4ccSHBWx/

I'm not exactly sure if this one is really all that funny, considering, but Janetti is relentless in his observations: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvAvxaxnko8/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu7Ee7FgYnu/ :drama:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4wJ17Hhea/ :lol:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4H55xlscJ/ Supportive bond captured between Charles & Meghan
 
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So we must be getting close to Meghan’s due date, right? I'm looking forward to pictures of the baby. :)
:) Meghan certainly looks ready to give birth already. Supposedly, it should be sometime in mid-April. But no one aside from those directly involved have exact knowledge of the due date. According to what Meghan mentioned on a walkabout in January, she may give birth mid-to-late April. Surely she and Harry are enjoying these last precious weeks of this first pregnancy.

Gary Janetti just can't help himself! And the comments of some people posting only reveal who they are, as opposed to those who are simply laughing because it's parody and meant to be funny! https://www.instagram.com/p/BvKJDelHNJZ/ I like the rejoinders: "Bet she's asking herself the same question" and "I guarantee she feels the same way" ;)

It will be interesting to see what the baby looks like at birth. Some babies of African heritage and/ or Native American heritage have heads full of hair at birth. And Meghan herself has naturally thick curly hair.
Meghan at age 3 or 4: https://peopledotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/meghan-markle-13.jpg
Meghan as a toddler; age 7 as a flower girl; age 14 middle school graduation photo with straightened hair: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/pQ71hiju1U4/maxresdefault.jpg

Hmmm, interesting observation even if coming from dedicated Meghan ubers:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvLO5qGlRo8/
 
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What is up with Charles’ ill fitting suits lately. He needs a new tailor pronto.
Oh, I think Prince Charles has a good tailor. He's just older and not as svelte as he once was. Actually, his body shape was never very lean and svelte, but he carried less weight in his younger years. He's seemingly fit for his age, and he certainly stays very busy, as detailed in the recent documentary, Prince Charles: Son & Heir.

Yes, an arrangement that has apparently been in the works for some time:
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celeb...arry-splitting-prince-william-kate-middleton/
Royal journalist Omid Scobie is usually on point and fair, and he has some insider sources. He had once interviewed Meghan for a U.S. publication well before she began dating Prince Harry.

In recent days, there are as usual negative slants abounding to counter anything straightforward and positive released about Meghan. E.g., stories claiming that M&H wished to set up their own independent court/household, but the request was nixed by the Queen & Prince Charles. Even if that's true in essence, the way it's being framed by some media accounts is typically OTT negative. It could simply be that the major royals were in discussion regarding how to manage the Wales brothers splitting their households. M&H may have made their preferences known, and then the Queen and Prince Charles ultimately offered this alternative. Or else, they are all viciously bickering and at war :lol: NOT. ;) Whatever the case may be, Meghan is very savvy, intelligent, hardworking and nobody's doormat.

What I am fascinated to learn is the fact that an American, Sara Latham (a former Hillary Clinton senior advisor), has been selected as the Duke & Duchess of Sussex's new Head of Communications, reporting to QE-II's Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe:
https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertai...-markle-head-communications-sara-latham.html/

Here's an old interview with Sara Latham, when she was working in Healthcare P.R.:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1vU7IaT5R8

I wonder how Latham got hooked up with the Sussexes? Latham also previously worked for President Obama, so there's another connection (in addition to the above article's revelations that Latham has professional ties to Tony Blair and to Bill Clinton's 1990s re-election campaign)! She definitely has solid credentials. :)

Meghan admires and supported Hillary Clinton for President, but I'm not sure she's ever met Hillary in person. Hillary was surely one of Meghan's role models growing up. At the age of 11, Meghan wrote to First Lady Hillary Clinton and Gloria Allred re concerns about the sexist scripting of the famous dish soap commercial (which as a result was later reworded). There's a Nickelodeon video on Youtube that documents this episode in young Meghan's life.

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Okay, the article on Latham suggests that George Clooney possibly introduced Latham to the Sussexes, who were impressed by her credentials, and by her 'firm but fair' approach. Although the connection could just as easily been via the Obamas, or someone in the U.K. government (as Latham has previous professional ties to the U.K. government).

George Clooney on Good Morning Britain, charmingly discusses his and Amal's recent attendance at BP, celebrating a Prince Charles charity. Clooney is such a cool dude: smart, engaging, witty, and a high-achiever too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXcGiSyQcRM
 
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I can't imagine what it's like to have to come up with gorgeous new outfits so often this late in pregnancy. Kate often recycles her clothes, but what are they supposed to do with all those huge dresses? And there have to be days when Meghan would rather throw on a pair of sweats and call it a day :)
 

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I can't imagine what it's like to have to come up with gorgeous new outfits so often this late in pregnancy. Kate often recycles her clothes, but what are they supposed to do with all those huge dresses? And there have to be days when Meghan would rather throw on a pair of sweats and call it a day :)
Late in pregnancy, I was wearing t-shirt dresses or maxi skirts and t-shirts with flip-flops. :lol: These women amaze me.
 

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I can't imagine what it's like to have to come up with gorgeous new outfits so often this late in pregnancy. Kate often recycles her clothes, but what are they supposed to do with all those huge dresses?
Keep them for future pregnancies and then hand them to other members of the family, maybe? Or maybe they can be made smaller?
 

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Late in pregnancy, I was wearing t-shirt dresses or maxi skirts and t-shirts with flip-flops. :lol: These women amaze me.
They gain privilege, luxury and wealth, in exchange for giving up their privacy to a large degree, being in the public spotlight and having to meet certain obligations, such as looking/dressing the right away. Costs and benefits.

It's not an exchange I would ever willingly agree to, but Kate knew the deal she was signing up for.
 

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