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 :)

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 :)

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Meghan in Summery Club Monaco Dress for Suits Pilot Reading

Meghan Markle joined her Suits castmates for a special script reading of the pilot episode of the series to commemorate their upcoming 100th episode at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. The appearance has been billed as Meghan's return to the spotlight - she has been keeping an increasingly low profile of late.

Meghan makes a stylish entrance.

The cast including Gabriel Macht, Patrick J Adams, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman and Gina Torres gathered for the event.

More on the reading and panel "After six seasons of smooth-talking, case-closing twists and turns, USA Network and Universal Cable Productions’ hit legal drama SUITS is going back to the beginning with a live table read of the original pilot episode at the ATX Television Festival. Join executive producer and creator Aaron Korsh, alongside the full, original cast, as they reflect on the show’s key moments, tease what’s to come in Season 7 (premiering July 12th on USA Network) and celebrate their upcoming 100th episode milestone."

A look at the pilot script from the Suits Instagram Page.

ATX Television Festival is a four-day event that celebrates the television medium: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. The festival consists of panels, screenings, and events where attendees and leaders in the TV industry talk, watch, and experience television together as one community. The choice of shows is enormously varied with current hits such as This Is Us, Nashville, Fargo and The Son featured, there's also fan favourites Alias and Northern Exposure at the festival this year.

More on the content of the festival:

'Heading into our 6th Season, ATX focuses on TV’s past, current, and upcoming series through screening Q&As and panel discussions. This programming ranges from never picked up pilots, reunions, current series going into a new season, to premiering content from upfronts, summer, or online. Panel discussions can be 1:1 conversations, featuring a single show, or are focused on a topic that pulls professionals from a variety of shows and features such topics as the ratings system, series finales, and testing/focus groups. And with 50/50 split between fan and industry, ATX Television Festival is a unique festival event that stems from a true celebration of the medium.'

After the fun read, the cast answered questions about the show. Meghan recalled how the cast "became a family right out of the gate" and discussed the journey and growth of her character Rachel Zane. It was a very lighthearted panel with plenty of fun moments.

From People:

'She mostly stuck to the script, although there was one cute moment when she recognized material from her audition. “Oh my God, I remember this,” said Markle, breaking in a scene about her character struggling with the LSAT as a memory comes to mind. “I think this is my audition scene.” She then paused and motioned to creator Aaron Korsh, who was sitting next to her.'

The entire read can be viewed on the Suits Facebook Page.

Meghan looked lovely in the Club Monaco Sinthea Dress (with thanks to the team at Star Style). The dress is a feminine summery choice with a pleated skirt, structured bodice, delicate ladder stitching and a sweetheart neckline. The dress features a striking red French toile print which makes it an elegant and versatile piece.

Another look at the piece on Meghan.

The dress retails for $329 and is currently available at Club MonacoSpring,  Zalando and ShopBop.

Meghan's Style identified Meghan's shoes as the celebrity favourite - Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals. The $398 sandals can be seen at virtually every high profile event. They are a truly drool-worthy style!

Great to see the Suits cast together, Meghan looked impeccable in her summery chic look!

Meghan Arrives in Austin for ATX Festival

Meghan has touched down in Austin, Texas for the ATX Television Festival. Tomorrow, she will join her Suits co-stars for a special reading of the pilot episode and live panel discussion to mark the shows 100th episode milestone. It's the first time we've seen Meghan since we caught a glimpse of her and Harry at the wedding reception of Pippa and James Matthews three weeks ago.

Mail Online

Meghan was joined on the plane by close friend and castmate Sarah Rafferty who plays Donna Paulson on the show. You can view several photos here.

Just Jared Twitter Feed

More from the Mail Online:

'After exiting the airport, Meghan was ushered into a waiting black Chevrolet Suburban SUV before being driven away alone. After exiting the airport, Meghan was ushered into a waiting black Chevrolet Suburban SUV before being driven away alone. The actresses are in the Texan city for the ATX Television Festival, where both will take part in a script reading and panel discussion.
Also in town are fellow Suits stars Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, who jetted in on Friday and have already been taking part in fan events. The event, which is now in its sixth year, has already seen panel discussions and performances featuring Friends star Lisa Kudrow and funnyman Will Ferrell among others. Meghan, who is due on stage tomorrow, has been keeping a low profile since returning from her latest trip to London at the end of May.'

Questions regarding the royal romance have become par for the course for the Suits cast with Sarah Rafferty recently deflecting such queries with a simple "no comment". Patrick J. Adams chatted with Entertainment Tonight at the ATX Festival and revealed Meghan is "so happy". The article reports:

"Meghan and I have been such good friends for years now and to see her so happy is great. She's super excited," Adams said, explaining that he and his co-stars rarely open up about their personal lives at work. "I'm super happy for her and she's been such a pro in this season and it's going so well. I'm very, very happy for her," he sweetly added." 

Meghan opted for a relaxed casual look featuring a white shirt and ripped jeans. The hat Meghan is carrying as a piece she wore in Jamaica with Prince Harry. It is the Madewell x Baltimore Panama Hat.

More from the product description: 

'Eric Lynes, the man currently at the helm of this almost-century-old Canadian haberdashery, might be the world's foremost aficionado on gentlemen's hats. (Seriously, ask him anything.) So it's no surprise that when people go looking for an authentic old-school hat, this is where they end up. We're looking forward to wearing this stylish straw panama all season long.'

Meghan's very chic bag is the Chanel Gabrielle Bag.

Meghan carried her Stow Leather Zipper Tech Case.

Meghan has a fantastic collection of sunglasses - for the airport sighting she sported the J Crew Franny Sunglasses. She's a big fan of J Crew regularly opting for their tops and shirts for casual duty wear and on Suits.

For earrings, Meghan chose the $275 Jennifer Myer Long Bar Stud Earrings.

And Meghan's sandals are the Madewell Kana Lace Up Gladiator Sandals. They retail for $69.50 and are described as "Delicate straps lace up these refined Madewell gladiator sandals. Ankle ties. Crepe sole."

A special word of thanks to the talented ladies at Meghan's Mirror and the lovely Laura for their rapid ID work!

The post will be updated if additional pieces are identified. If you're just joining us, it's a two post day, earlier we looked at Meghan's fashion relationship with Roland Mouret. Click here to view that post!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Meet Meghan: Meghan & Roland Mouret!

When we think of many famous stars and royals who have become known as style icons they are often indelibly associated with one particular designer or fashion house who essentially helped to hone their signature image. Who could forget the style marriage of Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy, Jackie Kennedy and Oleg Cassini, and the recently famous partnership between the Duchess of Cambridge and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Meghan has quite eclectic taste, wearing myriad brands since she found fame as Rahcel Zane on Suits. Looking at her style it's interesting to note the fashion relationships she has already forged and to observe how said partnerships could serve her in good stead should she make the transition from Hollywood startlet to duchess. One designer she loves and counts as a friend is a man who is no stranger to working with royalty - the one and only Roland Mouret.

In April 2016, Meghan attended the Roland Mouret private dinner at Corkin Gallery in Toronto. From the photos it was clear the two got along famously and thoroughly enjoyed each other's company. Mouret's sophisticated, chic, sexy aesthetic works very well with Meghan's signature style.

How did the two become friends? Well, let's hear the story from Meghan who shared it with Fashion Magazine:

"Still, he gets a kick out of his anonymity, often using it to surprise customers such as Suits actress Meghan Markle. “I was in an hotel elevator in Istanbul, and this man in a bathrobe said, ‘I love to dress you,’ ” Markle said at an after-party dinner at the Jane Corkin Gallery. “I thought, ‘Whaaat?’ Then he told me who he was and we’ve been friends ever since."

Meghan embraced off-the-shoulder in the designer's sleek Barnabas Dress. The piece remains available at Matches where it is described: "A Roland Mouret dress is always cut to flatter. Made in the UK from smooth double-faced stretch-crepe, this dark-red and black Barnabas style is designed for an of-the-moment shoulder-baring silhouette, and finished with artful ruching to emphasise a slender waist."

An overview of the glamorous night from the designer's Instagram page. Click on the middle of the photo below to see the slideshow.

Looking back - a memorable occasion when Meghan selected a Roland Mouret gown was the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York in 2014.

The petrol blue gown was an excellent choice; Meghan's updo and minimal accessories allowed the folded neckline to be showcased to perfection. The hourglass design featured a fishtail hem to accentuate the waistline. The fishtail-style gown continues to feature in Mouret's collections today.

Rachel Zane is a big fan of Mr Mouret too opting for a selection of figure hugging pencil skirts by the designer for the show. Speaking about Rachel's style, Meghan said: "Rachel's clothes reflect how she's feeling, because that's what happens in real life, right? When she and Michael were falling in love, everything was a blush tone and it was creams and layers and she was happier, and when she was really stressed everything was darker and there were slate and black tones. And at the very beginning, she wore a lot of black, because I think that's what happens when you're younger and you want to be taken seriously - and then you lighten up, and your clothes reflect that."

Meghan shared this snap on Instagram of she and Roland Mouret enjoying lunch last October with the caption: "Because lunch with Roland Mouret is the very best kind of lunch."

In many ways a designer like Mouret would be an ideal choice for a more permanent fashion relationship in the future. He's worked with everyone from the Duchess of Cambridge to Princess Charlene and Princess Sofia. Meghan clearly adores his designs and he has a strong sense of her stylistic preferences already.

A glance over the Pre-Fall 2017 Collection offers a host of possibilities for Meghan.

I don't know about you, but I think these two could work together on some showstopping looks (and have quite a lot of fun along the way :)).

Don't forget, we'll see Meghan tomorrow when she joins the Suits cast at the Austin Television Festival for a reading of the pilot episode!