Friday, 4 August 2017

Harry Whisks Meghan Away on African Safari to Celebrate Her Birthday!

Meghan Markle celebrated her 36th birthday today, and how did she spend it? Prince charming Harry whisked his girlfriend away to Africa to celebrate. The Sun exclusively obtained photos and broke the story with the article reading: "Prince Harry hugs Meghan Markle as the smiling couple start a romantic holiday. The royal draped a protective arm around the Suits actress as they arrived for the safari trip. She appeared to be carrying a gift from him - a picture swathed in bubble wrap."

The Sun
More from The Sun's article:

'The couple’s holiday destination — hugely popular for engagements and honeymoons — will only heighten speculation the prince, 32, is about to propose.
 A royal source said: “Harry has been planning this holiday for a long time. “He’s made the trip incredibly romantic. They’ll go on boats across the lake, walk in the bush at dawn and camp under the stars. “Who knows what will happen when they’re watching a sensational African sunset together? Maybe he’ll get down on one knee. Harry regards Africa as his spiritual home and has often talked of how he can get away from it all  there.
“Obviously he wants to show Meghan what an amazing place it is and create new memories together.” The source added: “Harry’s done a lot of conservation work in Africa with endangered el­e­phants and black rhinos and he’ll show them to the woman he wants to marry.'

It's all been rather quiet of late from the public's perspective, however, privately things are as serious as ever for the couple who have mastered keeping a low profile in London. Last week Meghan travelled from Toronto to spend time with Harry at Kensington Palace. She was spotted arriving at Waterloo Station wearing a chic white blazer. Perhaps most interestingly of all, Meghan's mother Doria accompanied her. I think we can all attest to spending more time with our partner's families as the seriousness of a relationship progresses. E! reported: '"Doria, of course, spent time with Harry and Meghan together," the source noted. "They've just been chilling at home, There's always someone watching or trying to get pics when they go out that they're pretty happy just staying in and doing nothing. They like to cook, watch movies and that kind of thing."'

E! News

There's more than a grain of truth in the old adage a picture tells a thousand words; a point evidently proven in the photo of Harry and Meghan arriving. They are obviously an incredibly happy couple, entirely relaxed and at ease in each other's company. By all accounts their relationship is going from strength to strength. The choice of Africa as a destination for the trip is an interesting one which will be closely analysed by royal watchers in the days to come I suspect. Firstly, Africa is enormously important to Harry. For an interview on time spent in Africa doing charity work and supporting his organisation, Lesotho, he said: "I have this love of Africa that will never disappear. And I hope it carries on with my children as well." Of course, Prince William, who also adores Africa, chose Kenya as the perfect location to propose to Kate in 2010... :)

Wishing Meghan a very Happy Birthday! Did you know she shares her birthday (4th of August) with the late Queen Mother who would be 117 today? Bluhare noted she also shares the date with President Barack Obama.

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 :)