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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WHEN HARRY MET MEGHAN!!!

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Corny, I know!  But forgive me!!   I love that movie – “When Harry Met Sally” – it was one of my favorites, way back when, with that famous line “I’ll have whatever she’s having…”   And funny enough, the movie starred a Meg. Meg Ryan.
It’s still a cute movie today, all these years later and Prince Harry and his Meg are just about as adorable as their Hollywood counterparts.



The world went crazy the day it was announced that Prince Harry was engaged to American actress Meghan Markle.  Twitter exploded with the news - it was as if everyone was so excited and so happy for the couple.  Who knew that Harry was so well liked?   But apparently, the Prince is one of the most beloved of all the Royals. 


As the younger brother to the future King of England, Harry was always a bit overshadowed by his older, more mature brother William. 


But the world fell in love with him when Diana died, and as just a young child, he walked the entire route behind her coffin, the image of grief, strength, and courage.

William and Harry took different paths in  adulthood.   William married his college sweetheart and quickly settled down, but Harry seemed to struggle.  He joined the military and did two stints in Afghanistan.  He played a lot of polo – he is said to be an incredibly talented athlete.  He was known to have a good time and he seemed to find trouble – a lot of it, especially when compared to William, who didn’t.  Lately, though, he has matured.  A few years ago Harry started the Invictus Games where injured vets compete in world wide sporting events.


And then, on the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, he and William gave a series of heart-wrenching interviews.  Harry confessed that he suffered greatly from his mother’s death – that he didn’t grieve properly and it wasn’t until he was an adult that he allowed himself to open his heart up to his loss, with the help of therapy.  

It was the first time that the Royal Family had revealed so much of their private life to the public and it solidified the love everyone had for the once little boy who had walked all those long miles behind his mother’s cortege.

 


Prince Harry was fixed up on a blind date with the L.A. born actress, Meghan, by a mutual friend, whom they refused to name.  Both hinted it was love at first sight.  After just a few dates they traveled to Botswana, camping out under the stars – and it was there that their relationship was sealed.  


The “tent” in Botswana where the couple “roughed it” under the stars.


The world didn’t know about the couple for six months – during which they spent the time mostly alone and at home, which further strengthened their new partnership.

 

 
During their courtship, Harry and Meghan mostly stayed under the radar, but they were spotted out together a few times.  Once was at a friend’s wedding in Jamaica last March, when the paparazzi caught them sharing some PDA.  But, it wasn’t until this past September at the Invictus Games that the couple made their first public appearance together.   They looked so cute and so in love – their happiness was infectious.


It was whispered that they couple would become engaged in November and so it wasn’t a huge surprise when it was announced they were to marry.

It’s hard to believe how much the royal family has changed in just a few generations.  King Edward was forced to give up his throne because he wanted to marry a divorcee!   The Queen Mother never accepted Edward’s wife, Wallis Simpson, and she hated her to the day Wallis finally died.  Later, Princess Margaret was forced to give up the love of her life because he was also divorced.  Years later, Margaret herself would become the divorcee.



Meghan will be the first American to marry into the royal family since Wallis Simpson.  And she is a divorcee.  She was married to Trevor Engelson for two years, having dated him for seven.  They divorced in 2013. 


Meghan and her ex husband, producer Trevor Engelson. 
Trevor is Jewish and there were reports that Meghan was also Jewish, which would make her the first Jew to marry into the Royal Family – but that rumor was proved not to be true.   Meghan is Protestant.  And, it was announced she will be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England before her marriage.


But who IS Rachel Meghan Markle?


At 36, Meghan is three years older than her intended, Prince Harry.  She was born in L.A. to a white father and a black mother.  An only child, her parents divorced when she was just two, but the three remained a close and loving unit.  Her father was the lighting director on Married With Children and Meghan says she grew up on that set.   Her mother is a free spirit who teaches yoga and is a travel agent.   Her father has other children by another woman – and some of those half siblings have been leaking photos and stories to the press.  One half sister is currently writing a tell-all book about Meghan.  Ouch!


Thomas Markle – Meghan’s father.


Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother.


Meghan as a cute little girl.


A foreshadowing of things to come?  Years ago, a 15 year old Meghan and her best friend pose in front of Buckingham Palace.

This friend shown here happens to be her life long best friend – from toddler to marriage.   The friends are now estranged and their breakup story isn’t a pretty one.  The friends parted ways after Meghan chose to divorce her husband.  Her former friend doesn’t speak highly of Meghan now and she sold her story to the tabloids.  It does make you stop and wonder –  they were best friends for almost 30 years, and the ex-friend has the photos to prove it. 


Meghan went to Northwestern and after she graduated, she worked as a calligrapher to help pay the bills between acting jobs.


She was a briefcase model on “Deal or No Deal,” believe it or not. 

Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” said that if Meghan Markle could fake so much enthusiasm for a suitcase filled with $25 – Harry might need to be suspicious.  Very funny,  Andy.

I was surprised to read that Meghan’s ex-husband produced the movie “Remember Me” starring Rob Pattinson and that she actually had a small part in the movie.  It is said that her ex is currently writing a movie about about an American marrying a prince.  Not sure if this is true or fake reporting.


It’s this show that brought Meghan all her fame, up until she met Harry that is.  For the past seven years, Meghan has starred on Suits – which recently filmed their 100th episode.  Now that she is engaged, Meghan will no longer be acting.  Suits filmed in Toronto and it was said that was probably the cause of her divorce.  Her husband stayed in L.A., while she lived mostly in Canada.   There were rumors of affairs.    For the past three years, Meghan wrote the popular lifestyle blog “The Tig” – something that she also recently gave up, along with  her once popular Instagram.


Last summer – Meghan wrote on her blog that she and good friend, fashion designer Misha Nonoo would be traveling to London and Spain for three weeks.  Misha’s ex husband, Alexander Gilkes, went to Eton with both Prince Harry and Prince William and the couple remained close friends with them.   At Harry and Meghan’s first televised interview, the couple confirmed a mutual friend had set them up on their blind date – but they refused to name the friend in order to protect her privacy.  It is thought that friend is Misha.  Their first and second dates were in July – right when Meghan and Misha were in London to see their other friend, Serena Williams play at Wimbledon.

At their engagement interview, Meghan said she knew nothing about Prince Harry before their blind date and asked only – “is he nice?” – but honestly, I found this strange and had trouble believing it.  What young girl doesn’t know who Prince Harry is?!?!?  I thought it sounded like a case of the lady doth protest too much.  Also, apparently Harry’s first cousins, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice both attended Misha’s wedding in 2012.   Misha was at Prince William and Kate’s wedding.  The royal connection gets even deeper:


Pippa Middleton & ex boyfriend:  Misha’s brother-in-law!

Kate’s sister Pippa actually stayed at Misha and her husband’s townhouse in NYC.  And Misha’s ex brother-in-law Charlie Gilkes once dated Pippa.  Later, Princess Eugenie worked for Misha’s husband’s art auction house in New York.


Meghan’s bestie Misha with Harry’s first cousin Princess Beatrice


In the engagement interview, Meghan says “I didn't know a lot about him, everything that I've learned about him, I learned through him as opposed to having grown up around different news stories or tabloids or whatever else... anything I've learned about him and his family was what he would share with me and vice versa, so for both of us it was just a really authentic and organic way to get to know each other.”

Hmmm….

Misha Gilkes and Meghan call each other “sisters”  - so it’s hard to reconcile what Meghan said about not knowing anything about Harry or the Royals before their blind date.  I’m not the only skeptical one – it’s being mentioned in the tabloids.   Perhaps Meghan should not have stressed that fact during her interview, it just doesn’t ring true.

But, it’s obvious who the matchmaker was, despite all the secrecy.    Misha has long been thought to be the matchmaker, but when asked to confirm it, Misha stays loyal and has said in the past “I really can’t answer that.”  

Meghan is equally loyal to Misha.  In fact, the white shirt Meghan wore to her first public appearance with Prince Harry was the “Husband” shirt from Misha Nonoo’s clothing line.


To see this shirt and more of Misha’s line, go HERE

It’s good that many of Meghan’s friends are loyal and discrete – she will need that now that she will be chased by the English tabloids, who can be brutal.

In fact, last year Harry issued a plea to the media to leave Meghan alone.  He mentioned the racial undertones of news articles and how Meghan and her mother had been stalked by photographers.  Other disturbing stories were not even been published,  because of threatened lawsuits.  Dating a royal can’t be worth all that, or can it? 

Now that the engagement has been announced, more news is coming daily.  Meghan, it was said, will become an English citizen and she will make her permanent home in England.  The couple are to be married next May, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.  Windsor was chosen because it is a place “close to the couple’s hearts.”  While they were secretly courting, Harry and Meghan spent a lot of time at Windsor and it was there that Harry was based with his Army regiment – the Blues and Royals.   Prince Charles and Camilla were blessed there after their own marriage and also in 1999, Harry’s uncle, Prince Edward, married his bride Sophie Rhys-Jones at St. George’s.  It was announced that the royal family would pay for the wedding, the music, the flowers, and the reception.   Nice. 

Meghan’s parents will attend the wedding, but it was not clear if her father will walk her down the aisle.  Harry has met her mother several times and she was with the couple at the Invictus Games.  Her father lives in Mexico and Harry has not yet met him. 

In their engagement interview, Meghan said that her charity work was something the couple had in common.  But, now that she will be in the royal family – she will no longer work with the United Nations as she had been doing.  Instead, Meghan will be doing charity work both with Harry and on her own.   Her first engagement was this week with the Prince at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham where the couple got a very enthusiastic welcome!

Her wedding ring was designed by Harry – with the main diamond from Botswana, where they cemented their love.  The other two diamonds were Diana’s. 

What Will Meghan’s Title Be?

Most likely she will be called - HRH the Duchess of Sussex – IF Queen Elizabeth bestows the Duke of Sussex title on Harry the morning of his wedding, as tradition has it.  But, that has not yet been announced and it won’t be until the wedding day. 

The Queen met Meghan at tea at Buckingham Palace in October.  Apparently she was a hit with her pack of corgi dogs.   They have been with William and Kate several times and both are very supportive of the match. 

The couple will remain living at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, or NottCott as it is popularly called.


To make their announcement, the couple left NottCott at Kensington Palace and walked through the private door to where all the photographers were waiting.


It’s a shame it was a dreary, wintry day and all the flowers and greenery was not at their prettiest, but no one seemed to notice.


The couple weren’t miked and it was hard to make out what they said, but their long, taped engagement interview was released right after this appearance.


After a few minutes,  they headed back to their cottage in Kensington.



I’ve written on Kensington Palace a few times, HERE and HERE, most notably.

But, here you can see the original Palace where Queen Victoria was born and lived at the far left, bottom.  The red circled A = William & Kate’s very large apartment.   B = Princess Diana’s/Now Office Space.   C = Harry & Megan’s Nottingham Cottage


This is another photo of Kensington Palace from a different direction.  The original palace is at the top left portion of the photo.  Behind the original palace is William & Kate’s apartment.  Princess Margaret had lived in that apartment until her death.  Across the courtyard is Diana’s apartment where William and Harry grew up.  Today that apartment has been remodeled and is used by the boys for their charity work and royal duties.  Most interviews take place at Diana’s old apartment, as do most of their receptions and events.

And across the driveway from Harry’s childhood home is the tiny Nottingham Cottage, where he now lives.


And one more view from the back side.  The original castle is at the top right.  A is William & Kate.  B is Diana/Office and C is Harry & Meghan.   One of the other smaller cottages by NottCott is Wren Cottage.


One of the very, very few photos of Nottingham Cottage – which looks absolutely adorable!  Pink roses grow up the red brick walls.  A white picket fence hides the tiny garden that comes with the cottage.  It looks like there is a room on the second floor.  Utterly charming.

But, as cute as it is,  the house will not be suitable for the family once Harry & Meghan have children.  It is too small.  

The sign at Nottingham Cottage also points the way to Kent Cottage


NottCott has had a few other famous tenants.  While their own extremely large apartment was being renovated, William & Kate lived here while in London. 

Other well known inhabitants of the cottage were Diana’s sister, Lady Jane and her husband Sir Robert Fellowes who at the time was the private secretary to the Queen.  Prince Philip’s private secretary, Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davis, and his wife Gay also lived in NottCott.

The cottage is said to have two bedrooms, two small reception rooms, a kitchen, and the small garden towards the front of the cottage.  Kate had the walls painted before she moved in there and she brought candles to get rid of its musty odor.    For the first five months that Harry and Meghan dated, when their relationship was a guarded secret,  they spent all their time at home at NottCott cooking, instead of going out to trendy nightspots which would have exposed their courtship to the world.  They were roasting a chicken at home on the night that Harry popped the question.   It is said one personal touch is the hammock that Harry has placed out in the garden.  Other reports say that it was William installed the hammock. 

One possible future move for the couple might be right next door to William and  Kate’s apartment – to 1A.  That 21 room apartment is said to be even larger than William and Kate’s 20 rooms.  But I doubt that Harry and Meghan’s living spaces will ever rival those of William whose apartment renovation has cost the taxpayers over 4.5 million pounds!!!!    After all,  William will be the King of England one day and after the new baby is born, Prince Harry will fall down to sixth in line to the throne.    Actually Nottingham  Cottage is a step up for Harry.  After he left Claridge House for good and went out on his own, he lived in a small one bedroom flat at Kensington Palace where he stayed for a year.   He has lived at NottCott for four years now. 

Joining the young royals at Kensington  Palace will be their cousin, Princess Eugenie, who is said to be moving into Ivy Cottage at Kensington.  While her engagement has not been announced, it is rumored that she and her longtime boyfriend are indeed engaged and she will be moving to KP from St. James Palace.  Ivy  Cottage needs extensive renovation and the problem of who will pay the bill has delayed Eugenie moving in.   There are reports that Prince Charles wants to curtail the royal duties of Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice.  Their father Prince Andrew was so aghast at this suggestion that he wrote a letter protesting this move and released it publically.   No wonder no one is hurrying to pay poor Eugenie’s renovation costs!

That’s not all that’s going on at Kensington Palace.  William and Kate are building a huge 2 story “iceberg” basement underneath the original 18th century Orangery.  This addition will be for 100 person staff and volunteers that work for Kensington  Palace.  It will also house the ceremonial dress collection.  Iceberg basements are no longer legal in the Kensington neighborhood, but apparently William received special permission!!

What Will Nottingham Cottage Look Like?

Unfortunately,  there are no photos at all of Nottingham Cottage’s interiors BUT we do have a few years worth of Instagram photos of Meghan’s own house in Toronto.

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It’s very cute, just like she is.  And it might give us an idea of how she will be decorating NottCott.  It is reported that while all her personal belongings have been shipped from Toronto, her furniture is being put into storage.

No idea who her decorator will be.  Will he/she be classic or contemporary?  It will be very interesting to see who they hire.

Here’s a look at Meghan’s personal style:


Meghan rented this townhouse in a trendy area of Toronto.  Two stories with a basement - a fashion designer who now lives in NYC owns the house.  It’s only 20’ wide, but it’s been valued at over $1 million.


There’s a cute backyard – that in the summer is so sunny, it must have reminded Meghan of L.A.   Meghan loves peonies and used the pastel flowers to further bring the Southern California vibe to Canada.


It’s hard to believe this is Toronto!


Well…..maybe not?   This is one of her two dogs. Both were adopted from shelters.  The internet went crazy when she announced that only her beagle is living with her in London.  Friends have adopted this dog - who she says is happier living in Toronto. 

Or so she says.  No one asked her dog if he would rather stay in Toronto or not!!!


White walls and light wood floors bring that California vibe inside.  Painted white stairs.  Along the back is the dining room where the wall is painted a trendy black.   The big antique gilt mirror is one piece that would probably look great in London!


To the right of the front door is this wood console with peonies, of course.


Later,  there were white flowers.



White slipcovered sectional covered with throws to keep the sofa clean from the dogs.

Boy can I relate!!   Behind the sofa is the black wall and antique mirror.

Meghan used Turkish throws to protect her sofas HERE.


I love all her throws and rugs. 




This is the lucky dog that made the cut and got to move to London!


Her coffee table is an old black trunk with a rattan tray on top.  And flowers.



Her table is a fabulous marble top oval Saarinen tulip table.  Stairs, up and down to the basement.  More peonies and Linda McCartney’s book.


The antique mirror on the black wall and white marble table.  This is a contemporary classic – marble tulip table,  black walls, antique gilt mirror, sheepskin throws.


A mix of trendy chairs with sheepskin.  At one time she had this Moroccan rug, but later she placed a white cowskin there.

Hanging on the wall is her prized photograph by Gray Malin.


Here is the photograph of the beach by Malin.  She also has another piece by Gray – from his Prada Marfa Collection.

To see more of Gray’s work,  go HERE.


Looking in the antique mirror.  You can see the new cowskin rug here.  Cute rattan accent chairs – another trendy item.   And near the front door is a cow skull hanging.


Similar chairs – HERE



Awww. The lucky one!


In the guest room,  Meghan happily announced the arrival of her newest art work.  Hotel styled sheets.


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And another bedroom with books arranged by color.


California Dreaming.

I have to say I love Meghan’s style.  It’s young and chic.  I like the mix of contemporary and antique and the layers of textiles.

But, will her style look good in Nottingham Cottage?


Meghan’s look is certainly nothing like Prince William and Kate’s.  Their Kensington Palace apartment is very traditional and very elegant.  I’m completely in love with their new apartment!!!

But, what kind of design style does Prince Harry have?


The only clue we have is from his room at Eton!!!   Well….I have to say, I do think this particular style will blend in with Meghan’s style judging from his hanging textile.


And then, there was this:

The most exciting news was right after the engagement announcement -

a certain estate was quietly taken off the market!!

A house in the Cotswold – very close to Prince Charles’ Highgrove – was for sale, the first time in over 70 years.


 

It’s in the heart of polo country and Harry loves to play.  Rumor is that it is not a coincidence that the house was pulled off the market just as the engagement was announced. 

The house is also located near Harry’s cousin, Zara Tindall who lives on her mother Princess Anne’s estate. 


Look at the map – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Zara Tindall and Harry’s rumored new house are all clustered together.  The other blue bullet on the right – way over there alone is William & Kate’s Anmer Hall which is near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.  But, I wonder why they wanted to live all the way over there where it’s so cold and windy? 


The house that Harry is rumored to have bought is 10.5 million dollars.  It’s a lot of house and property for the money, even though it’s a lot of money.  But I think about houses in Houston that cost 2 & 3 million which are on very small lots.   This house itself is almost 10,000 sq. ft.  so it’s very large – plus there are over five cottages on the property, and stables, and other buildings.

Harry can afford it.   When he turned 30, he inherited $13 million from his mother’s estate.  His father may have put up some money for the house or Meghan could.  She earned 1/2 million each season of Suits – she probably has a nice egg nest built up. 



The estate, Luckington Court, is found in Luckington Village.    The gravel drive leads up to the estate.  Notice the Cedar of Lebanon trees – the same kind found on nearby Highgrove.  The largest cedar is over 400 years old and it is said to be the widest specimen in England.


The house is Grade II Listed from the 11th Century.  Remodeling was done first in the 16th century and again in 1921 when the north service wing was added.  There are five buildings, including a 17th century dovecote, on the 157 acre estate, which has a stone fence that rings the property which sits on the River Avon.   The church is not part of the estate.



The main house has 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms – large enough for a growing family and lots and lots of weekend guests.


The front gate through the stone fence that surrounds the house.   Hmm.  The first thing I would do is paint that blue!!!     The area is known for the Battle of Hastings which was fought there and where King Harold II was killed in 1066.


A garden element.


The front door is actually at the side of the house, which faces the church across the courtyard.    At the front,  far left, you can see a loggia addition with French doors, that was added – probably to open access to the front garden from the house.


The addition – with the slate terrace – that overlooks the front garden.   This is an earlier photo – it looks like the house has recently been painted a more cream than yellow color.


The house at the turn of the century.  Before, the ivy was allowed to grow wildly on the façade.    You can see here, that the addition at the left front of the façade is missing.  Notice the urns at the corners of the roof are still visible today.

But, it’s the Jane Austen connection that has made the house a very popular tourist stop.


Luckington Court’s exterior and interiors were used in the 1995 BBC production of Sense and Sensibility.   It was a several episode series that starred Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.   The estate was used as the Bennett family home.    After the series, the house was modernized in 2003. 


This book was written about the filming of the six episodes of Pride & Prejudice.  If you are a fan of filming or Jane Austen – you might enjoy this little book.  I assume Meghan will buy a copy to keep on the house’s entry hall table!


The filming at the house.


Another earlier photo before it painted or perhaps a new skim coat of stucco was applied.    The Queen Anne portico is attributed to Grinling Gibbons.


Close up of the carved front door.  Love the lantern!


And in an opening scene – Luckington Court plays a huge part in this production of Pride & Prejudice.  It’s perfect as Longbourn – pretty, but not so excessively extravagant.   You believed that a gentleman owned the estate, but had trouble taking care of five daughters, all in need of suitable mates.  

The owner of the house had lived here for 40 years and she said that when filming was over, she truly missed the 70 person crew – they had become like family.    The saving grace was that she now had enough money to reroof the west wing.



Today, the house looks like this.  It could just be the photography, but the house looks much lighter here. 


The church across the lane was also used in the movie.



The floor plans show how large the house is.  I love the Loggia and the Study – two smaller rooms that were probably added on at a later date.



The foyer is large with limestone floor and a bolection moulded fireplace.    Beautiful antique screen.



The large Drawing Room has decorative woodwork, a stone open fireplace and doors through into the Music Room with a French door into the garden.

 

For Pride & Prejudice – the drawing room had antique Georgian styled furniture.  It was all rather sparse, as was intended by the director.



Next to the living room is the Music Room.  Next to the Music Room is the Loggia – the addition that overlooks the front yard and terrace.  No photos, though.  The cellar trap door is located here in the Music Room.


The Dining Room.   Such a pretty room.   It needs a wonderful interior designer – but it will be so pretty when Harry & Meghan move in!!!

 

Before, the dining room  was wallpapered.   When the owner died a few years ago, her daughter remodeled the house – stripping off the wallpaper and painting, which makes the house look so much nicer.   


And how it looked for Pride & Prejudice.


The kitchen is charming with Saltillo tile and a windowseat, Aga and large farm sink.


The master bedroom has paneled walls painted blue.  Again, it needs decorating.



The master bath was been remodeled and is quite nice with NO carpet!  Hooray!!!


This is my favorite room – the wide planked original wood floors are exposed and there is a darling corner fireplace.  This would make a cute nursery.


Besides the house, there is a tennis court and rose garden, fruit trees, a fountain and a 19th century stable block, which will be wonderful for Harry’s horses.  There is also a 17th century, Grade II listed Dovecote, an unused enclosed school, assorted farm buildings, and a Cotswold stone shed. 


The stables.



Plus there are these small cottages across from the stables and garden: 

The Rose Garden Cottage (a former potting shed with one bedroom and Cotswold stone, spiral staircase, rafters and large inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove – DARLING!!) the Dovecote is also shown above.

Plus these other cottages:

The Coach House (two bedrooms, Cotswold stone, beams, tiled roof.)

The Courtyard (4 bedrooms, Cotswold stone, staircase and garden)

The Studio (one bedroom, Cotswold stone, beams, kitchen, garden)

Court Farm Cottage (3 bedrooms, Cotswold stone, garden)



The stable block and garden.  The Rose Cottage is on the left, out of site.

The house is charming and beautiful – not too fancy.  It’s actually cozy and inviting for such a large place.  I hope they did buy it.


THE WEDDING:

The wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.   The chapel dates back  to the 14th century.


Windsor Castle is a huge complex – but it’s considered the Queen’s country home.  The Queen’s  quarters are at the very right of this photograph and they overlook the gardens – while the church is at the very left. 



The chapel is beautiful and very dramatic with its soaring  ceiling and black and white marble floor.


In 1863, the Prince of Wales (later, King Edward VII) married Princess Alexandra of Denmark captured in this famous painting.


Prince Charles and Camilla received the blessing of their marriage at St. George’s.



I love this photo showing Prince Harry giving his father the stink eye.  I’m sure there is no way he was thinking that “in 12 years, I will be back here – getting married myself!!!”

BTW, I loved Camilla’s coat and hat and thought she look beautiful here on her wedding day!

Soul mates.  They should have married each other first. 


Charles & Camilla leaving the church – there wasn’t much decoration here, not that you really need much.



Another Royal wedding at Windsor was The Duke and Duchess of Wessex, aka Prince Edward and Sophie.   I loved their wedding and thought she looked gorgeous in her jeweled veil and tiara and simple but elegant dress.   Sophie is a true beauty – she is often compared to Diana, but she is so beautiful in her own way.


Edward and Sophie decorated the steps leading from St. George – with accent trees and white flowers.  I love the red uniforms and the white horses.  Very beautiful.



My favorite though is the Queen’s grandson and Princess Anne’s son – Peter Phillips who married Autumn Kelly at St. George’s.   I loved her celadon theme and thought the flowers at the doors of the church were gorgeous and made such a statement.



They even had the greenery arrangements at the altar.


Notice the groomsmen who also wore green ties with their morning suits.

Their wedding was severely criticized in the British Tabloids because the couple sold the photo rights to Hello Magazine.  It was said that the Queen was furious!  I doubt that.  The Queen doesn’t get involved with petty family issues and I can’t imagine it was such a sin to sell the photos.  After all, Phillip probably needed the money to help him buy a house for his bride.

All eyes are going to be on Harry & Meghan’s wedding – even though it will not be a National Holiday in Britain.  People will be tuning in to watch the guests arrive and see who is wearing what.


These sisters will hopefully not cause as big a stir as they did at Prince William and Kate’s wedding when they both wore these horrid hats!   Beatrice’s hat probably is the all-time ugliest hat ever made.

I still don’t understand why Beatrice chose that hat!   !!!!!   Twitter erupted that day over her hat.  Princess Eugenie’s hat wasn’t much better, although it wasn’t quite as bad.


Recently, the tabloids praised Beatrice for hiring actress Emma Watson’s stylist.   The papers reported how beautiful Beatrice looked in this fabulous dress.  And I agree, she does look beautiful.   For some reason, I think she is just adorable!


These three cousins made quite the stir at William & Kate’s wedding.  They are the gorgeous blonde daughters of Diana’s brother Earl Spencer.   I hope all seven of the Earl’s children are at the wedding.   In fact, his youngest baby girl Lady Charlotte could even be a bridesmaid.


These two are definitely in the wedding – the cutest!

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte – they will steal the show for sure. 


Last Friday, the happy couple did their first charity work together.  They dressed like twins – both in navy wool coats.   Meghan can’t take a bad photograph – she is truly so beautiful.



Underneath she wore a darling khaki long skirt with a black turtleneck.  Much better than her engagement outfit which I didn’t think looked that good with the white coat.


Side note:  Meghan looks like just my niece!  It’s amazing how much she looks like Brooke (for those who know her!) 


OK.  That’s NOT Meghan.  It’s my niece Brooke and her darling daughter Blake Ivy.

I’m telling you the resemblance is amazing.


Critiquing the outfit!  Well – the coat was pretty, but I didn’t like that her green dress was peeking through.  Not sure how you handle that since we don’t really wear coats in Houston.    Also I think she has very tiny feet and her shoes looked a little big.  SOOOO critical!  I know!!  

But she has “big shoes” to fill – Kate is always impeccable and so is her mother-in-law Camilla – both always look perfect. 


Here is Kate wearing a white coat – no dress hanging out.

I think the trick is to wear a coat like a dress.


This is perfect.  Black hose, black turtleneck, fitted coat.


Again,  perfection.  Fitted blue coat, black suede boots.  Does this woman ever look bad?


And, a fun fur color on this coat dress.


Meghan will become a fashion icon soon enough.  Her white coat sold out right after she wore it.  On Friday, she took a large purse with her – a Strathberry – and it also sold out immediately.  Kate rarely takes large bags with her and this is something Meghan will probably not do in the future. 

To see more Strathberry purses, go HERE

I’m so excited about the wedding.   I was obsessed with Diana for her entire life and after she passed away, I was so upset, I just turned my back on everything royalty. 

But the younger ones have caught my attention again and I’m having so much fun following their babies, their homes and their fashions!

Meghan will be a great addition to the Royals.  I wish them all the best!!!

All that talk about coats made me look at some coats for sale, to see what I like and what I would wear if I was a Royal!  LOL!!!



Beautiful, long beige cashmere HERE


Military style coat.  Cute with tights or jeans.   HERE



Black double breasted HERE


I adore this one!   Pink coat HERE.



Darling with pants or jeans.  Short leopard coat HERE


Prefect Dress, long white coat HERE


Another cute one!  Long leopard coat HERE



Ralph Lauren double breasted long coat HERE



Eileen Fisher black velvet jacket HERE



AND here are some real furs, not expensive, but luxe looking.  I’m loving all the faux fur this season. 



Infinity Sable real fur HERE



Real Fox Stole – GORGEOUS!!!! HERE



Real fox wrap HERE