Harry and Meghan Will Always Be Beloved

Updated: Mar 26, 2020


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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reunited Monday with Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Kate Middleton and other members of the royal family for Commonwealth Day services at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

This marked the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first public appearance with the rest of the royals in many months, as the two did not attend Christmas at Sandringham this year, when we normally would’ve seen them all together.

The service was a bit different this year, as the Cambridges and Sussexes were not a part of the royal procession with the queen, and were instead led to their seats before the service.

Harry and Meghan were seated alongside Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, one row behind Kate and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. When the Cambridges got to their seats, Harry said hello while Meghan said hello and waved.

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The Duchess of Sussex wore a bold, emerald Emilia Wickstead cape dress, which she accessorized with a hat by William Chambers, a chic mini bag by Gabriela Hearst, and nude stiletto pumps by Aquazzura.

Last Thursday night, it was all smiles as Harry and Meghan attended the Endeavour Awards. “One of the main thrusts of Harry’s work has been motivating injured ex-servicemen and women, and this is what the Endeavour Fund Awards are all about,” Junor said via email. In honor of International Women’s Day, the Duchess of Sussex visited Robert Clack School, to celebrate the women of the future, and also highlight the important role men and boys play in International Women’s Day. The Duchess asked a young student to come on stage and share his perspective on the importance of the day, and whilst much attention has been focused on his initial comment, what he shared beyond that was compelling and true. Please watch the full video and tag a man in your life, and have him share what #IWD means to him @sussexroyal

Courtesy of CBC, Hannah McKay/Reuters photo and by Janet Davison Royal Expert of CBC On Thursday night, it was all smiles as Harry and Meghan attended the Endeavour Awards. “One of the main thrusts of Harry’s work has been motivating injured ex-servicemen and women, and this is what the Endeavour Fund Awards are all about,” Junor said via email. “Interestingly, they were set up by the charitable foundation he and Meghan used to share with William and Kate, but from which they broke away before leaving royal work entirely.”

Prince Harry and Meghan visit Canada House in London on Jan. 7, in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during a recent stay in Canada. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images, The Associated Press.

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Soft diplomacy on display

PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCESS KATE by (Arthur Edwards/Getty Images)

William and Kate visited the Republic of Ireland, and will be at the heart of trips Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, make later this month to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan. All of this comes in the shadow of Brexit, which included much concern over what would happen with the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. And it was hard not to see the spectre of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union in the speech William made in Dublin on Wednesday night. “As we look ahead to some changes in our relationship, we must never forget how far we have come together in recent decades in transforming the relationships across our two islands,” he said. The Queen made a historic visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011, which Harris said “was seen as key to addressing the difficult historic relationship between Britain and Ireland.” Charles has also visited, including a 2015 trip to the site of the murder of his great uncle and mentor, Louis Mountbatten, at the hands of the Irish Republican Army. “There’s some evidence there’s a growing interest in Ireland in Irish unity, so certainly this is a delicate time for the members of the Royal Family to visit Ireland,” said Harris.

Royally quotable

"It is right that we continue to remember those who suffered as a consequence of our troubled past. And whilst many wrongs have been done, it is important that we are not bound by these."  —  Prince William speaks at the Museum of Literature in Dublin as he and his wife, Kate, visit Ireland.

Royals in Canada

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Harry and Meghan may be seeking a quieter life on Vancouver Island, but other Royals received a rousing welcome when they came for official visits to British Columbia. An estimated 15,000 people were on hand when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived in Victoria on March 8, 1983, the Globe and Mail reported. A “bathtub flotilla” and a crowd estimated at more than 10,000 welcomed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip when they arrived in Nanaimo a couple of days later. “The security all but vanished and children ignored rope cordons when nearly everyone who lives in this Vancouver Island city turned out yesterday to see the Queen,” the Globe reported. The four-day visit to British Columbia also took Elizabeth and Philip to Vancouver, Vernon, Kamloops and New Westminster, and came at the end of a month-long tour to the U.S. West Coast.

From the anticipation of Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby to how Meghan settles into her role as the Duchess of Sussex, I’ll bring you the latest in royal news every other week and go behind the headlines and tabloid gossip. I’ll unravel the spin and examine events through the lens of royal history and the politics of the House of Windsor today. The Fascinator will arrive in your inbox every other Friday. If there are high-profile royal events, we’ll have special features and extra tidbits to share.

Janet Davison

Royal Expert and CBC

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