Thursday, 6 July 2017

Meghan Returns to Toronto & Meghan's Special Watch!

Following ten days at Kensington Palace with Prince Harry, Meghan returned to Toronto where she was photographed casually attired with a bodyguard earlier today.

Daily Express Twitter Feed

More from the Daily Express article:

'The actress, who has been dating Prince Harry for a year, had a bodyguard in tow. Her SUV was spotted at Toronto International in a high security zone reserved for the highest VIP's.The chic actress covered her hand with her face, pushing her sunglasses onto her nose as she was pictured stepping out of the SUV.
 Meghan also appeared to drop her phone onto her bodyguard’s foot when stepping out of the car, as she clutched a bottle of smart water. The actress had just arrived back from a visit to London to see her boyfriend, fifth in line to the British throne Prince Harry, who it is rumoured she will become engaged to soon.'

Meghan was casual in a stripe top and light blue boyfriend jeans for the outing. With thanks to Meghan's Fashion, it appears the top is the $78 Banana Republic Sailor Stripe Boat-Neck Pullover.

Meghan wore her gorgeous Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats in black and gold velvet. The $495 slip-on-style are described as "These embroidered cat-face flats are a modern take on your traditional gentleman's slipper".

Charlotte Olympia

More on the collection the Kitty flats are from from Charlotte Olympia's website:

'The philosophy behind the 'Encore' collection is to create a collection of Charlotte Olympia classic shoes which are available all year round. These include signature silhouettes such as the Dolly with its distinctive 'island' platform, the Kitty flat and satin fan detailed Paloma.'

Meghan debuted the distinctive flats on Instagram in February with the message "Sending good vibes - always in all ways. #NobadEnergy #BeTheChange".

Meghan carried her Goyard Tote.

And Meghan wore her trusty Cartier Tank Francaise Small Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.

Meghan spoke to Hello! Canada in 2015 about purchasing the two-tone version of the piece and her plan to one day give it to her daughter "I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch. When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version. I had it engraved on the back, “To M.M. From M.M.” and I plan to give it to my daughter one day. That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them." In an interview with Vogue, Meghan added she "had longed for the watch" since she was 15. I expect she added the stainless steel version to her collection at a later date, perhaps to celebrate the show making it to season 5 or 6? Coincidentally, the watch was worn with some frequency on Suits by Gina Torres.

I know it was hoped we would see a sighting of Meghan and Harry in London during the visit - it seems the couple are keeping a very low profile and enjoying cosy nights in at Kensington Palace. It is not known whether Meghan joined Harry and the Cambridges at Althorp for the service honouring the late Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 56th birthday. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Meghan to Reunite With Harry after Arriving in London!

Only yesterday we were chatting about appearances coming in spates when one least expects it and low and behold new images of Meghan have surfaced. Meghan was photographed flying out of Toronto late Sunday night, arriving in London in the early morning where she is now staying at Kensington Palace. Of course Harry is in Malawi for a brief trip where he's camping out at Liwonde National Park, assisting with the elephants. According to various reports he's due back tomorrow. E! News writes: '"She looked happy and pleased to be greeted by airport personnel," says a source at the airport, who adds that the actress didn't mention her boyfriend by name. "She carried her one bag and was accompanied by private security from the car to the gate."' You can view more photos here.

Meanwhile, E! News offers conflicting reports in their article as to whether Harry actually flew out to Toronto before heading to Africa.

'Multiple sources tell E! News exclusively that the 32-year-old prince flew out to Toronto June 17 to visit his 35-year-old girlfriend, who had been busy shooting the seventh season of USA's hit legal series Suits. "They hadn't been together for a while, so it was exciting for both to see each other," one of the sources says. "Harry had planned to fly out this time as he felt it was unfair for Meghan to always be the one flying around, and she'd just come back from the U.S."
According to the source, they "relaxed" at home, "cooking meals together and eating outside in the garden a lot. It's Meghan's favorite 'room' in the house. She calls it a room because it's the perfect patio space." Harry and Meghan wanted to fly under the radar, though they did occasionally pop out to "a couple of favorite spots where people don't immediately run to the press to say they're there," the source tells E! News. One of those places is the home of two close friends, whom the pair visited over the weekend. "Harry and Meghan spent time at Meghan's friend's home, who are now Harry's friends, too. Harry loves being part of her world in Toronto," the source says. "It's nice getting away from London every now and then—although they both love London, too."

The article includes this caveat:

(Another insider denies Harry flew to Toronto to see Meghan after attending Trooping the Colour, insisting that he "hasn't been to Toronto in a month" and was "100 percent" in Africa.)

We know for certain (thanks to photographic evidence Harry visited Toronto before Easter), however, the validity of claims he was there after Trooping the Colour is up in the air. E! News tend to grab Harry and Meghan scoops earlier than other news outlets and kudos to the writer for sharing the conflicting source.

E! News

The article continues to discuss the couple's potential plans for the future:

'In fact, a second insider says Meghan is prepared to move to the U.K. to be closer to Harry. The couple is "in an extremely solid and happy place at the moment," the insider adds. "They aren't rushing ahead at a ridiculous speed or making rash decisions. But, yes, they love each other very much and neither could imagine being without the other. They speak about the future a lot, whether it's getting each other's take on future career plans or where they'll be as a couple. They talk about living in London—Meghan really sees herself moving, and he really wants that."
Harry and Meghan are in a "solid, strong place" at the moment and are "very future focused," the insider tells E! News. "They talk about their future plans together all the time. There's no doubt that he won't propose before the year is out and it won't come as a surprise to Meghan."

It looks like the couple will be enjoying a nice visit together; as to how long Meghan will be staying, I imagine it depends entirely on filming commitments and when she has to return to Toronto. Interestingly, Wimbledon begins on 3 July; we know Meghan is a big fan of the sport and has previously attended matches at the prestigious tournament. It would be great to see her there this year.

Meghan opted for a casual, comfortable look with a sweater, loose fitting jeans and a baseball cap. With thanks to the talented ladies at Meghan's Mirror, it looks like Meghan wore The Cashmere Crew Sweater by Everlane. The piece is described as "Warm, soft, lightweight, and timeless—this cashmere crewneck is guaranteed to be a favorite." The piece retails for $100.

Meghan carried the $128 Patterned Raffia Tote by Hat Attack.

Perhaps we'll see a shot of the couple enjoying a romantic date in London :)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Latest Meghan Updates & Harry Reveals Meghan "Absolutely Did Not' Advise Him on Mental Health

All has been incredibly quiet on the Meghan front since the Suits star attended the ATX Television Festival in Austin earlier this month. Sightings do tend to come in spates, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if several photo sets emerge shortly. We have a brief post wrapping up latest sightings we haven't yet covered beginning with a look at promo shots of Meghan as Rachel Zane ahead of the Suits season seven premiere.

The black and white photos feature Meghan in a fitted sleeveless dress (with thanks to Meghan Markle Daily for sharing them).

A reminder for fans of the show: season seven begins on Wednesday, 12 July in the US.


Next, we're taking a look at the summery chic outfit Meghan wore when departing Austin. 

Meghan wore the very trendy peach Club Monaco Anree Shorts. They are described: "With a paper-bag waistband that features a self-tying belt, the Anree is proof that shorts can be sophisticated. They're crafted in a soft linen blend and finished with a cuffed hem for the perfect warm-weather alternative to dresses and denim."

Club Monaco

Meghan wore the Sarah Flint Saddle Gear Lace Up Sandals.

Meghan's gorgeous new bag is by British brand Burberry (she's become quite a fan of the brand recently). The £595 Baby Bridle Bag is described this way: "Our equestrian-inspired runway satchel in smooth bridle and grainy leathers. Reflecting traditional British saddlery, the soft practical shape is crafted with utilitarian clasps, a grooved border and burnished edges. The Italian-made bag has an internal and external pocket and a long adjustable strap to wear over the shoulder or across the body."

Meghan completed the look with Sama sunglasses.


And finally, whilst all is quiet on the Meghan front, there's been a media storm surrounding Prince Harry owing to a Newsweek interview he gave with a string of shocking quotes. Perhaps the most unexpected revelation came in the form of admitting he "wanted out" and considered turning his back on the Royal family to lead an ordinary life.

Mail on Sunday

'Speaking to journalist Angela Levin – who revealed last week that Harry believes ‘no one in the Royal Family wants to be King or Queen’ – the Prince gave an astonishing insight into how he once felt directionless, and sought an escape from the pomp and pageantry surrounding him. ‘I spent many years kicking my heels and I didn’t want to grow up,’ he admitted. Several years of partying, drinking and heavy smoking followed – which he has previously described as ‘total chaos’ – and Harry admitted coming ‘very close’ to a breakdown several times. 
And when he finally decided to be more constructive, he even questioned whether remaining a junior Royal would allow him to use his talents effectively – and considered life as a commoner instead. ‘I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself,’ he said, making it clear he was primarily motivated by his loyalty to the Queen. It was obvious his life in the ‘goldfish bowl’ had left its mark. He added: ‘We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good.’

When asked if anyone in the family wants to be king or queen, Harry replied: 'I don't think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.' Sky News reports:

'Interviewed by Newsweek magazine, Harry said: "Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be King or Queen? I don't think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time."
He also hinted at a lingering resentment about what he was asked to do at his mother Princess Diana's funeral in 1997, when he was just 12. "My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television," he said. "I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."

Harry remained tight-lipped about Meghan, apart from one point in the interview when he was asked if Meghan had in any way advised him on mental health issues:

'Absolutely she did not' 

The interview has caused quite a stir, with more revelations to come in documentaries filmed by ITV and the BBC marking Diana's 20th anniversary. One fact evidently speaks for itself - William and Harry are still very much grieving for their mother and with the anniversary approaching, not only do they wish to keep her memory alive but it would seem, in Harry particularly, he feels it is time to speak out. Reading his words on walking behind his mother's coffin is heartbreaking. Twenty years on, he is still very much wounded from the trauma of it all. He's clearly been very much at odds and has struggled with an inner conflict regarding his royal status too, and this is where speaking so openly has proven rather sticky - to say the least.

I think many of us have known for some time the Princes have struggled with their royal roles. The young royals continue to carry out a very lean schedule of duties, and given the current climate in Britain following a series of terrorist attacks and tragedies, hearing a man from one of the most privileged families in Britain essentially complaining about his lot may seem somewhat bewildering. Harry is one of the most personable, friendly and warm royals one could ever hope to meet and genuinely cares about causes close to his heart. Moving forward, I think it's important to tone down the interviews and really just get stuck into work. It's been a bizarre week for the House of Windsor with news of a Clarence House approved biography on Camilla coming out soon - so close to Diana's landmark anniversary, it's a dreadfully insensitive and ill advised move. Clarence House and Kensington Palace continue to carry out separate agendas rather than operating in harmony. The need for a unified monarchy rather than opposing royal houses will be crucial in the years to come.

We finish up on a lighter note from the interview:

Perhaps surprisingly, he also claimed to be an avid viewer – along with millions of commoners – of The Crown, the hugely popular Netflix drama about his grandmother and the House of Windsor. ‘It’s great but I wish they’d stopped at the end of the first series,’ Harry said. ‘They absolutely must not move on to the younger generation.’

Perhaps Harry and Meghan enjoyed the series together :)