Meghan and Harry have done a lot to expose the inner workings of the British monarchy and show that life as a royal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But, if anything, this has only increased interest.
No detail was too small.
“In the corner closest to Meghan, the desk held a decorative tray bearing a plate of cookies and a teacup,” the Independent write-up added.
These tidbits may seem trivial but they’re part of a strategy used by royals (and celebrities, if we’re honest) to connect with their audience and find common ground. Do you share a home furnishing color palette with the Sussexes? Are you also a cookie monster? If so, you’re connected — there’s an unspoken bond.
Meghan has been in the spotlight long enough to know how the media and public will respond to moments like this. And critics may question why she allowed cameras into her home, given her well-publicized concerns about media privacy. But she’s also aware that it’s her profile that allows her voice to carry so far.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?
Kate’s portraits of Holocaust survivors.
Seeing the Queen sitting alone was the hardest part of Prince Philip’s funeral for family.
Teen’s design chosen as emblem for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Graphic design student Edward Roberts’ purple and white logo has been chosen to mark the nationwide party celebrating the Queen’s 70 years on the throne next summer. The competition to design the official emblem of the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee was run by the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum with Buckingham Palace. It will feature prominently at festivities as well as appearing on Jubilee publications, merchandise and online. Nineteen-year-old Roberts said he wanted to “give a modern twist to the iconic elements of St. Edward’s Crown” and opted for purple as a color synonymous with royalty.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester attends the Founder’s Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday in London. The event celebrates the establishment of the facility — which serves as a retirement and nursing home for British Army veterans — by King Charles II in 1692. The hospital’s residents, affectionately known as Chelsea Pensioners, attend the ceremony each year as does a member of the royal family. Richard is the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary and a paternal first cousin of the Queen.
FROM THE ROYAL VAULT
Prince Charles paid tribute to the Queen Mother on Wednesday, on what would have been her 121st birthday. His Instagram account posted a heartwarming black and white family snap with the caption: “On this day in 1900, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was born.”
The young prince, dressed smartly in a suit and tie, poses alongside his sister, Anne, while his late grandmother holds their younger sibling, Prince Andrew, on her lap.
Taken in the grounds of Clarence House — the Queen Mother’s residence at that time — in the 1960s, the family portrait also features one of the Queen’s corgis, sitting at the family matriarch’s feet.