Friday, 13 October 2017

What Will Happen When Harry and Meghan Announce Their Engagement

Reports of the imminent engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been swirling all over the internet and news outlets for some time now. Of course, many of these stories are wishful thinking and entirely unsubstantiated. Others appear to contain more information and sources, such as The Sunday Times article which reported "the couple are expected to marry in summer 2018", and E! Online's stories which have consistently been a step ahead in their coverage of the royal relationship. They have reported an engagement announcement is "soon" and "she has a packed schedule between now and November with Suits, but after that will be an exciting time for them and a new chapter in their relationship". Many believe the couple are already engaged. It would make sense to me on a number of levels: Meghan's still completing filming on Suits season 7, so it would be impossible to go about her work routine with any normality if an announcement had been made. My own feeling is, Meghan will wrap up filming, move to London, where she and Harry are expected to reside at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace for the time being, and share the big news then! The most telling signs have come from the couple themselves. Meghan's words in Vanity Fair seemed rather telling, and I doubt such a statement would have been made were she and Harry not sure of their long-term plans: "I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell." Another telltale sign was Harry's open affection and kissing of Meghan at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony. That level of public affection at an official event is incredibly unusual within the Royal family. I took it as another sign of the seriousness of the engagement.

What will happen when the official engagement is announced? Well, the one and only way we will know for certain is when the Palace confirm it; keep an eye on the Kensington Palace Twitter Feed. Looking back at the way William and Kate's engagement announcement was handled offers us the best indication of the plan for Harry and Meghan.

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On the day of William and Kate's announcement, the Palace released this statement early in the day: 

'The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton. The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.' 

An announcement was also made by Mike and Carole Middleton. Meghan's parents will most likely do the same. Harry is said to be incredibly close to her mother Doria, I think we'll be seeing a lot more of her in London, in the months to come.

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As you can imagine social media was buzzing; it was an incredibly exciting day. Soon after the announcement was made, photographers and media were summoned to St James's Palace where William and Kate posed for a photocall. We had our first look at the happy couple and of course Kate's dazzling sapphire and diamond ring, belonging to her late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales.

Immediately afterwards they sat down with Tom Bradby for the all-important pre-engagement interview.

The interview is a staple for the Royal family. Below, we see Charles and Diana's in 1981. It turned out to be incredibly awkward when Diana was left shocked by Charles's response to the question about whether they were in love. Diana replied "of course" and Charles gave his famous response, "whatever in love means". Diana later said it traumatised her.

It's going to be simply fascinating to see Harry and Meghan's interview. It will be planned in advance with a journalist/presenter of their choosing at the helm and will cover an array of topics from how the couple met, to the progression of their relationship and the ring. Because Meghan is already a known face, I expect a portion of it to cover her career and existing philanthropic endeavours. There will also be discussion on Meghan's feeling about joining the Royal family and perhaps the role she sees for herself. The interview can prove a nerve-wracking experience, but dealing with the media is something Meghan is well accustomed to. I don't think it will daunt her at all. Diana and Kate chose blue dresses to match their rings; Meghan will likely complement her sparkler too.

From there, I believe a series of pre-wedding engagements around the UK will take place. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for Meghan to get experience 'on the royal beat' and it's the perfect way to introduce Prince Harry's soon-to-be wife to the British public. Below we see Princess Diana with Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (before they married) visiting HMS Brazen with an adorable Prince William. I could very easily see Harry and Meghan carrying out an appearance with William and Kate for instance, before the big day.

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Aside from official business, there will be a flurry of excitement and anticipation in the months before the big day. Who will design the dress? Meghan's parents and friends coming and going for fittings and rehearsals. If the rumours are true, and they are already engaged, I suspect they are taking a deep breath before the global spotlight shines firmly on them. When will they announce? Harry's schedule is incredibly busy at the moment, with official trips to Denmark and Chicago for the Obama Foundation Summit pencilled in for this month.

November/December would seem an apt time for the announcement, and as The Times suggested, a summer 2018 wedding would be perfect. :)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Meghan in Summery Red Erdem for Candid Sighting!

New candid photographs of Meghan Markle have emerged! The images show Meghan arriving at her Toronto home on Sunday, 24 September, the day after the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony. There are several images available on the Mail Online.

More from the Mail:

'Meghan, 36, was pictured getting out of a chauffeur-driven SUV and carrying a plastic bag of restaurant food. The new pictures of Meghan were actually taken on September 24, the day after she made her official public debut with Harry. That Saturday night, she joined Harry for the opening ceremonies for the Invictus Games, sitting several seats and rows away from him but nonetheless attending 'with' the royal.'

Below we see Meghan looking stylish the night before in the burgundy Mackage Baya Leather Jacket and a dress by Aritzia..

It's always fun to see the odd candid snap as it gives us an insight into Meghan's personal style. It came as no surprise to learn Meghan's feminine, pretty dress is by Canadian designer Erdem (another amazingly swift ID from the Meghan's Mirror team). Interestingly, Meghan recently spoke about her love of Erdem in the Vanity Fair interview. Writer Sam Kashner noted "Markle was wearing a red, knee-length floral dress (“Erdem, a designer I’ve been wearing for years”)". Could it be the same dress?

Made in England, the Erdem Sebla Convertine Crepe De Chine Dress features button front closures, a belted waist and ruffled trim. From the product description: "Bringing together an eye-catching print in red, white and black and on-trend ruffles, this silk dress from Erdem Moralioglu is the kind of modern feminine garment we'd wear with white plimsoles and sophisticated sandals alike."

The print is gorgeous, isn't it?

The Sebla dress is sold in the red print Meghan wore, but remains available in several sizes in black multi print at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Meghan teamed the dress with her trusty Sarah Flint Natalie Flats in 'saddle'.

We have one more fashion update to share and it concerns Meghan's stylish mother Doria. Lila F kindly messaged me to let know the chic top Doria wore to the Invictus Games Closing Cermeony is a Burberry piece - one of Meghan's favourite brands.

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The Bell-Sleeve Floral and Check Lace Top in 'pale ash rose' is formed from Italian-woven check lace and fine floral ribbons crafted on traditional looms in England. It was the perfect choice for the event.

I would think Burberry a potential contender to make Meghan's wedding dress when if a wedding takes place in 2018.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A Kiss from Her Prince at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony!

It's the romantic moment we've all been waiting for! A beaming Meghan is kissed by her Prince - a moment Harry knew would be photographed and wanted the world to see.

Over the past week, we have been privileged to witness a spectacle of inspiring competitors, fierce competition and incredible teamwork at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. Tonight, the achievements of the week were celebrated at the games' closing ceremony.

Meghan sat in the luxury box with her mother Doria. The two are incredibly close; it's a wonderful opportunity for Meghan to share the Invictus experience with her mother.

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Rebecca English said Doria flew in from L.A. for the event and to spend time with Harry. The photo below demonstrates how much they enjoyed the evening...a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Meghan's close friends Markus Anderson (who accompanied her to the opening ceremony) and stylist Jessica Mulroney were also in the box. Jessica is also a friend and style adviser for Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau who was also in attendance.

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It seemed entirely fitting for Meghan to be there tonight. This week has given her a first real taste of royal life, seeing Prince Harry in action and witnessing first-hand how a member of the Royal family can use their role to help others. The appearance is not only a show of support, but again demonstrates the seriousness of the relationship.

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During the opening ceremony, as Meghan watched on, Harry said: "In a world where so many have reasons to feel cynical and apathetic, I wanted to find a way for veterans to be a beacon of light, and show us all that we have a role to play; that we all win when we respect our friends, neighbours, and communities." We have seen that light shining brightly over the past week; Harry, the athletes, staff and volunteers should be immensely proud.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Harry reflected on the success of the games: “I’m so pleased with how it’s gone,” he said. “It’s been on another level — it’s been amazing. What’s great is how many kids have been getting into it and showing their support. That’s who we wanted to reach. What people don’t see behind the scenes is that there’s been loads of Invictus things going on in schools across Canada too. Hopefully there’s now a real momentum for next year. We’re in really great place for Sydney.”

Enjoying the performances. 

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A video from Chris Ship.

From there, Harry joined Meghan and Doria in the luxury box for a portion of the ceremony.

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And this happened (yes, we're sharing that photo again :))

Meghan and Harry enjoyed several private moments.

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They appeared very relaxed as they watched the event.

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To mark the conclusion of the games, an array of international headline music artists assembled to celebrate the achievements and drive of the competitors. The ceremony has been described as a "celebration of spirit", featuring powerhouse musical performances, world dignitaries and inspirational stories as the games are now passed on to Sydney, Australia, host of the 2018 Invictus Games. Performers included Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson and Bachman & Turner.

Mr Springsteen spoke about the games before he took to the stage:

"At the Invictus Games, it’s not just about the hurdles that competitors experienced during competition, but about overcoming the obstacles that life has presented them. The games are a remarkable opportunity for brothers and sisters in arms to join forces and demonstrate the true strength of their spirit.  It is an absolute honour and privilege to perform for them at the closing ceremony as a send-off to a week of competition in Toronto."

Onlookers said they appeared to particularly enjoy a three song set by 'The Boss'.

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A very special duet.

Kelly Clarkson on stage.

Harry was loving every moment as he cheered on athletes.

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Before his speech, Harry thanked and hugged Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams.

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To close the week, the CN tower shone in Invictus yellow.

What a week it's been! Momentum certainly didn't slow down as the week progressed. Yesterday, Prince Harry was joined by former US President Barack Obama, and former US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden, as they cheered on the Team USA wheelchair basketball team, all former US service personnel.

Talk quickly turned to Meghan. More from The Mirror:

'Student Hayley Stover, who found herself on the prince’s other side in the absence of LA-born actress Meghan, 36, told the Sunday People about the encounter.
“Obama asked about Meghan and Harry let him know she had been to watch the tennis with him,” said Hayley, 18. “He asked if she was enjoying the Games and Harry was really smiling as he said yes. He looked so happy. It was cute.'

A spokesman for Mr Obama said the former president wished to lend his support to American competitors "to once again express his gratitude for their service and his admiration for their courage and resilience".

The Telegraph reported:

'Among those who met the Prince and Mr Obama were three small children who approached the pair shyly for a photograph. Otis Harding-Withers, six, was lifted onto Prince Harry's lap after saying hello, while Jakob Israel, eight, and his seven-year-old sister Grace posed in front of Mr Obama.
Jakob and Grace are the children of Jason Israel, who has served three tours in Afghanistan with the Canadian forces and and competed in the track events after suffering an operational stress injury.
The emotional mother Amanda Israel, said she had used the moment to thank Prince Harry for setting up the Games. "I told him: thank you for giving me my husband back," she said. It was the first time we could share and say thank you to him. The fact Barack Obama was with him as well, incredible. Grace has been talking about him all week."
Heather Harding, mother of Otis, said her son has simply walked over towards the Prince just as he and Mr Obama settled into their front row bleacher seats. "Harry asked me if it was ok and put him on his lap," she said. He was as lovely as I thought he would be.'

Throughout the week, reporters continually noted how much time Harry made for everyone - especially the families of competitors.

Harry's passion for the games and the athletes was evident in each event he attended.

Cheering on the teams in the wheelchair basketball final earlier today.

Harry gave an interview to CTV News, in which he said "the legacy for me is these individuals". You can view it here.

Afterwards, Harry joined friends and families from all participating teams for a group photo.

Rebecca English reported:

"Prince Harry was hugged by a little boy on behalf of his father as he took part in an impromptu photocall with the families of Invictus Games competitors. Majka Popiel, six, ran over to the royal at the end of the event in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto and clung to his knees on Saturday. Majka's father, Mik Popiel, has been competing in the cycling events as part of the Canadian team. The soldier, who spent 22 years in the army, suffers from PTSD and other injuries. Asked why he hugged the prince, Majka said: 'I like him and wanted to say thanks for everything he has done for my dad. I felt very proud watching him."

I think you'll agree, Invictus has been a triumph again this year.

Well done, Harry! I have no doubt Her Majesty and the entire Royal family are enormously proud of everything the Prince has accomplished.

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Back to tonight, Harry closed with an inspiring speech.

'I want to start by saying thank you. Thank you to Michael Burns and his team, to all the amazing volunteers, to our friends and families, and to the people of Toronto. You have delivered the biggest Invictus Games yet, with the most incredible atmosphere, making our competitors feel like the stars they are. One week ago, I told you that you needed to be ready. But even I, could not have been ready for the scale of what we witnessed at these Games. I told you to be ready for some fierce competition. But I’m not sure any of us were ready for a group of men from Georgia - who until three years ago had never even played the game to battle all the way to gold in sitting volleyball.
I told you to be ready to see examples of determination, that would give you power in your own lives. But I’m not sure any of us were ready to see Mark Ormrod, with a medal round his neck, hoisting his son onto his shoulders, and capturing the imagination of the world. I told you to be ready to see the true meaning of teamwork. But who could have predicted how powerful it would be to see competitors from Ukraine, Denmark, Romania, and America, band together, to form Team Unconquered, and win a sitting volleyball game with people they just met. I told you to get ready to see role models that children would look up to. But who could have imagined that Randi Gavell, would compete on the track, on the court and in the pool, having battled back from emotional challenges, and while four and a half months pregnant. I think we all know who Randi’s little girl is going to look up to.
I told you to be ready to see lives change in front of your eyes. But I didn’t tell you that some of those lives, would be your own. I told you that anything is possible, if you have the will. But I didn’t tell you that when we saw triple amputee Mike Nicholson nail a 150 yard drive on the golf course, that our idea of what we thought was possible, would change forever. I told you, you would be inspired. But I didn’t say, that these games, might leave you questioning, if you are living to your own true potential. To the thousands who filled the stands this week, and the millions who watched at home, let me issue you a challenge. Don’t just move on from these games with happy memories. Instead, make an Invictus goal for yourselves. Let the examples of service and resilience that you have seen, inspire you to take action to improve something - big or small - in your life, for your family, or in your community. Let’s create a ripple effect of the Invictus spirit across our nations, that will be the real legacy of this extraordinary week.
As I did a week ago, I want to end by speaking directly to our competitors. Right now you’re on a high - at the summit of a mountain many of you thought was too high to climb. You have done it. This is the moment, right here, right now, shoulder to shoulder. You are Invictus. These Games are not about gold, silver or bronze medals. They never have been. They’re about the journey that you and your families have made to the start line. Now, going home, it might be tough, as the excitement fades, but you have faced much greater challenges before, it will be a breeze. As I have said many times, once you have served, you are always serving. On your return home, I want you to set a new Invictus goal.
Make a plan about how you are going to use the experience of this week, to help lift up all those around you. It might be something big, like starting a new project for young people. Or, it might be something small, like reconnecting with an old friend. It doesn’t matter how big or small your step is - just take it. Our world needs your dedication and passion like never before. And you never know, this may just be the missing piece of the puzzle to help you regain that satisfaction of serving others once again. And, I’d also ask for one more important favour. I bet you can all think of at least one person who would benefit from the Invictus Games, but has yet to find the motivation to make that first step.
When we gather in Sydney next year, I look forward to seeing familiar faces in competition. But, more than anything, I hope to meet those who have watched these games at home, who may still be struggling, but with your support will wear their nation’s flag on their chest once again as part of the 2018 Games. And I want to see those who have competed this year, back by their sides cheering them on, as others have done for you. The Invictus Games are not just for the already determined. These Games are for those who need it most. Please help us find them. It's gonna be Game On, Down Under. I’ll see you in Australia.' 

Meghan looked chic in a tan trench coat, skinny jeans, a v neck t-shirt and grey pumps.

The eagle-eyed team at Meghan's Mirror looked through numerous possibilities before determining Meghan's draped trench is from The Line's Spring 2016 Collection - she has favoured the brand in the past.

Meghan's jeans are by one of her favourite brands Everlane. The $68 High-Rise Skinny Jeans in indigo are described as "The perfect high-rise jean with a flattering crop. Made of premium Japanese denim with just a touch of stretch, this pair is designed with a holds-you-in high rise for a sleek fit."

For The Sunday Times, the always reliable Roya Nikkhah wrote:

'The Invictus Games, which Harry considers his greatest achievement, have given him the balance of both. “They have definitely changed my life”, he said this week.
A friend of Harry’s said: “He has come good and grown up. He is the happiest, most settled and confident he’s ever been — with his position, with his work and personally. With Invictus, he’s become a bit of an icon with the military, which means everything to him — as does sharing it with someone he loves who clearly makes him very happy.”
Markle’s first official appearances by Harry’s side this week, meticulously planned by Kensington Palace, have also been a clear statement by the prince that she will be part of his future. Markle, 36, currently lives and works in Toronto, where she stars in the television drama Suits. But with an engagement announcement anticipated, it is thought she may soon quit her role and relocate to London.
The couple are expected to marry next summer, after the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child in the spring.'

Next year's Invictus Games in Sydney could well be Harry and Meghan's first official overseas tour as a married couple.

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Royal watchers, I think we're in for quite a 2018!

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You can view a video (of the kiss) on the Mail Online. ITV also has a video here.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Harry and Meghan: Ten Stories from Their Whirlwind Week!

What a week it's been for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! We've seen the couple's first official public appearance, Meghan supporting her prince at the opening ceremony, a tireless week of royal work from Harry and headlines generated all over the world. Tonight, we're chatting about ten of the many stories we think you'd be interested in!

Harry Visited Meghan on the Set of Suits... Whilst Meghan has been busy supporting her boyfriend and seeing his royal role in action throughout his week in Toronto, Harry too was keen to see Meghan's workplace and paid a visit to the set of Suits last Wednesday before the games began. The visit was reportedly planned weeks in advance and much to the surprise of cast and crew he showed up to watch her filming scenes as Rachel Zane in season seven of the hit television series. A source told Hello!: "Meghan showed him around. Everyone was so excited."

Sky's royal reporter Rhiannon Mills also visited the set last week and shared this short video.

A Romantic Moment from the Opening Ceremony... Eagle-eyed reporter Patricia Treble was one of the first to tweet news Meghan was at the Opening Ceremony. She kept an eye on Harry and Meghan and noticed a very sweet moment :)

A Hotel Fit for Royalty... When the royals travel, it's always fun to take a peek inside where they are staying. It had been initially thought Harry would stay at Meghan's but given the intensity of his schedule and the need to liaise regularly with staff and hold private meetings, a centrally-located hotel seemed the most prudent option. That doesn't mean they haven't been spending time together; it's been reported both Harry and Meghan are staying in the stunning Fairmont Royal York - one of Canada's most prestigious hotels.

Opened on June 11, 1929, the Royal York was designed by Ross and Macdonald (with Sproatt and Rolph) and built by the Canadian Pacific Railway across the street from Toronto Union Station. With 28 floors, the Ch√Ęteau-style building was the tallest building in Toronto at that time, and the tallest building in the British Empire until the construction of Canadian Bank of Commerce tower on King Street the following year. The hotel has been the residence of choice for Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal family when in Toronto. The Queen usually has an entire floor reserved for her and her entourage, occupying the Royal Suite herself.

Like the Queen, Harry and Meghan are staying in the aptly named Royal Suite. The two-bedroom suite has a large living area featuring a wet bar and decorative non-functional fireplace. With a full dining room, this room can be used to easily entertain sixteen. Located on the 16th floor, it boasts a spectacular view of the city.

Take a look at the swimming pool...

Meghan Loves the Invictus Games... Meghan joined Harry courtside for the wheelchair tennis semi-final on Monday. Whilst chatting with cycling competitors he said: "She loves it. She's enjoying the games."

The 'Meghan Effect' Begins... We're seeing early signs of the 'Meghan Effect' in full swing following the global media attention the couple have received this week. Two friends, David Lochhead and Dane Butler who set up their own sunglasses brand Finlay & Co. have experienced the full force of the retail power of Meghan - selling over £20,000 worth of shades and experiencing several website crashes. Fans of the brand include Pippa Middleton, Zara Tindall and Rihanna. It's a brilliant boost for the business. Meghan's sunglasses remain available here.

Support from Competitors... There's been quite the talk on Meghan's appearance detracting from attention on the competitors during the Invictus Games. It would appear those participating certainly do not agree with that sentiment. Take a look at this report from ITV's Chris Ship...

A Hero Wins Silver at the Invictus Games... There are so many inspirational, courageous and incredibly brave competitors in Invictus. They have been through unspeakable times and overcome each hurdle they have faced with remarkable strength with true strength. One such man is triple amputee Mark Ormond, who claimed second place for Team UK's rowing event at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Mark, a former Royal Marine, was serving in Helmand Province on Christmas Eve in 2007 when he knelt on a bomb and the explosion ripped off both legs and his right arm. He is the UK's first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict. Speaking after winning, the father of three said he was "proud" of his performance and described Invictus as "truly phenomenal". Afterwards, Kensington Palace tweeted: "Prince Harry first met Mark in 2008 in Headley Court and tonight had the honour of awarding him a silver Invictus Games medal."

Harry Shows He's a Natural with Kids... A truly delightful event last night as Harry watched the volleyball and shared his popcorn with two-year-old Emily Henson, the daughter of a British Army veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan. Dave Henson is a former Royal Engineer and captained the UK team at the first Invictus Games in 2014. I think one can safely assume Harry is going to be one fun dad :)

A Powerful Speech... Speaking of Prince Harry's work in Toronto, it has extended beyond the Invictus Games. He gave a passionate speech to young people at WE Day celebrations in which he encouraged them to look up from their phones and stand up for what they believe in.

Harry said:

 "In today’s world too many people feel cynical and apathetic. I get that the challenges we face sometimes seem complex and even scary, especially when we don’t know who to turn to for answers. I know that while this generation of young people wants to make our world a better place, you often struggle to get your voices heard. I know that you, more than any previous generation, care deeply about the health and sustainability of the planet you're going to inherit. And I see that you’re frustrated - that entrenched mindsets - are not keeping pace with the urgency - of the threats to our environment. But today you are all saying no to pessimism and cynicism. Here in Toronto - with both WE day and the Invictus Games - we are saying yes to optimism, yes to hope, and yes to belief. And we are putting service and giving back at the heart of everything that we do." 
You know that differences of opinion, of circumstance, of race and religion - are to be respected and celebrated. You know that in a clickbait culture, we cannot waste time sharing and drawing attention to things that make us angry, or that we know to be false. You all know that it’s great to "like" things on social media, but that it’s more important to look up from our phones, to get out into our communities, and to take real action; to stand up for what you believe in."

Canada was a founder member of the Commonwealth in 1931 and the Royal family enjoys an enormously warm relationship with the country. Over the past week it has struck me how vital it is for the royals to foster that relationship; it's clear to see Harry doing just that in focusing on as many organisations and causes as he can throughout his stay. He has been greeted and welcomed with so much affection everywhere he has gone, it's been amazing to see how Canadians have embraced the younger generation of the Royal family. Given Meghan's close association with the country, I suspect the first port of call on their royal tour itineraries, should they marry, will be an easy decision to make.

Will We See Meghan at the Invictus Games Again?... We are certainly hoping for a surprise appearance tomorrow! I think Harry and Meghan have been carefully balancing their appearances whilst keeping the focus on the athletes. It would be great to see Meghan join Harry to view another event before the games wrap up. I think it quite likely she will attend Saturday night's closing ceremony. It promises to be a fantastic night with performances from Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and Kelly Clarkson.

With that, I would like to welcome our new readers and say a word of thanks to those who have contributed to the conversation. It's been one fun week for royal watchers and it's not over yet! :)

Monday, 25 September 2017

Meghan Wears 'the Husband Shirt' for First Official Appearance with Prince Harry!

It's the appearance we've been all been waiting for! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their official public debut as they arrived hand in hand to watch the Invictus Games wheelchair tennis semi-final at Nathan Phillips Square.

A video of their arrival.

It's a defining moment in Harry and Meghan's relationship - proving how serious the relationship is. Meghan attended the opening ceremony with her close friend Markus Anderson, but this is an entirely different ball game. It's the perfect venue for them to make their debut - Invictus is incredibly important to Harry, and Toronto has been a second home to Meghan for the past six years. The informal, relaxed feel at the Games offered the perfect backdrop. Both will know the world's media are watching.

The couple were all smiles and enjoyed talking and laughing as they cheered on the participating teams.

Harry and Meghan watched New Zealand take on Australia.

One of the most interesting aspects of the appearance is seeing them interacting together. One can say they are very much at ease and thoroughly enjoying each other's company.

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They are quite clearly a couple very much in love :)

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I don't know about you, but your trusty scribe thinks Ms Markle shall be wearing a sparkler before long :)

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The Telegraph reports:

'Ms Markle slotted into her public duties immediately, making conversation with children at the court side and applauding the tennis match in front of her.'

Meghan chatting with children involved in the games.

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The Invictus Games publicly thanked Meghan for supporting competitors participating in wheelchair tennis via the official Twitter account.

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Team New Zealand were victorious in the end. In the video below, a member of the winning team describes his Invictus experiences as "the best ride" he's ever been on.

Afterwards, Meghan joined Harry in congratulating participants and meeting those involved in the games.

Royal reporter Rebecca English noted the pair also left hand in hand: "Do you know the one thing that struck me as I watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle courtside today? Just how happy and relaxed they are. Perhaps she was quietly nervous, but hid it well. The buzz around her was like water off a duck's back".

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Emily Andrews added: "I also think it says a lot they're holding hands so publicly. They know they're going to be pictured: and that's the pic they want."

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Meghan opted for casual chic when choosing an outfit for today. The white shirt and jeans combo is very much a 'go to' staple of her style. The talented Laura quickly identified the shirt as a piece by Meghan's close friend Misha Nonoo.

The crisp cotton style is called...wait for it...'the Husband Shirt' and retails for $185. It's available at Spring, Farfetch and Misha Nonoo's website.

The shirt is described:

'Every brand claims to have “the perfect white shirt.” Not us. We know our crisp cotton poplin shirt is no angel. Sure, it looks prim and proper, peeking out from our black blazer, but don’t be fooled. This top has a wild side. It’s often spotted in the early morning hours of our Instagram feeds haphazardly tucked into our wide-leg pants, held together by only one metal shank. The closures are specifically designed to easily transition from day to play. Button them all the way up for work then unfasten three or four and you’re ready to hit the town. So no, this shirt isn’t perfect, but where’s the fun in perfect anyway.'

Born in Bahrain, raised in London, and educated in Paris, Misha Nonoo’s multicultural upbringing exposed her to a diverse collection of references. Her work showcases a unique outlook for the modern multifaceted woman. Offering versatile pieces at accessible price points, her collection is progressive yet classic, with both smart and sexy details that support women from 9am to 9pm. Misha won industry recognition when she became a finalist for the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 as well as one of Crain’s New York Business’ 40 under 40. Below we see Meghan and Misha with close friend Markus Anderson on holiday in Madrid last year.

Vogue reports Meghan's ripped jeans are by Mother Denim.

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Meghan also wore her Sarah Flint 'Natalie' flats in saddle. They retail for $495.

Meghan carried the Everlane Day Market tote bag in cognac (with thanks to What Meghan Wore). Made from Italian leather, the bag retails for $165.

Meghan accessorised with her Zofia Day Dash Ear Studs.

You might recall she sported the pretty pair on the cover of Vanity Fair.

A closer look at Meghan's bracelet and rings.

Meghan's Mirror discovered the sunglasses are the Finlay & Co Percy Tortoise with Grey Lens.

It was a wonderful first appearance, and hopefully not the last we'll see this week. Despite the attention they knew would be on them, they both appeared incredibly relaxed. It was lovely to see Meghan meeting competitors, and for her very much like a 'first royal engagement'. She's evidently a people person and that shone through in the photos. Without a doubt, I believe she would make a fantastic addition to the British Royal family.

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