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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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. 

Embed from Getty Images

A video from Chris Ship.

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

Embed from Getty Images

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


Meghan and Harry enjoyed several private moments.

Embed from Getty Images

They appeared very relaxed as they watched the event.

Embed from Getty Images

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'.

Embed from Getty Images

A very special duet.


Kelly Clarkson on stage.


Harry was loving every moment as he cheered on athletes.

Embed from Getty Images

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

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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

Embed from Getty Images

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

102 comments:

  1. Are you going to mention that She brought her mother with her? Which is adorable BTW.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello,

      Yes of course, it's just under the first photo.

      Delete
  2. Woohoo! Great news...so proud & happy for Harry :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for the quick post! Those last statements by Roya are quite bold. It's actually what I was thinking but wouldn't dare declare that. Let's hope for a summer wedding! So happy for them. And the statement about him being "settled and confident". You can see that so clearly. He is in his element. What a close resemblance to his mother in the extreme empathy and encouragement he is able to give to others. His mother made an incredible impact and it has been passed down to her children. I imagine this ability to connect so well with all walks of life will continue to be passed down to future generation. What a wonderful asset to the Royal Family! These military families need so much encouragement and I am so happy this has been created for them. God bless them all!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great post - thank you! Am a teensy bit sad we don't have another dress from Meghan but she still looks stunning! Could her coat be another Burberry?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello,

      Yes, I think it's possibly the Burberry from the polo.

      There's photos of Harry and Meghan together now :)

      Delete
    2. The coat is Badgley Mischka and on sale for $129 at Nordstrom:
      http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/badgley-mischka-faux-leather-trim-long-trench-coat/4597935?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=badgley+mischka

      Delete
    3. Thank you so much Beth, I've asked the style experts on Twitter to take a look. There are so many almost just right.

      Delete
  5. That Doris is by Meghan's side is just the best and Meghan's BFF's Markus and Jessica are there with her also. Way cool.This definitely speaks volumes and it is all good. Jessica is Meghan's stylist and First Lady Of Canada, Sophie's stylist according to The Tig, when she still had The Tig. Jessica, Sophie and Meghan are all friends. I hope Meghan got to meet Barack Obama, Joe and Jill Biden at some point. Although Barack asking about her during the game doesn't sound like it. Megan's mom looks so cute. Up to the minute lace, with some transparency and the bell sleeves. That color looks really good on her. She's just glowing. :). I still can't believe she is in Toronto with Meghan and Harry at the Invictus games. How cool is that? And what a ceremony to honor the veterans, their families and the people that put the Invictus Games together.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Technically Sophie Trudeau is Canada's third lady. According to precedence she follows the Queen, and the wife of the Governor General. Just a bit of trivia :)

      Delete
    2. The Dowager thinks that Harry could be named Governor General of Canada one of these years. Might be a nice fit.

      Delete
    3. Andrea, thanks. That is really nice to know that. :)

      Delete
  6. Just when we get something wonderful, something even better occurs!! To have her mom there is terrific. Mom is obviously casual, so I think Meghan dressed to suit. Harry has his own little family there already. And the games were an amazing event. Just the best week! Now maybe they can bring out the engagement ring??

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think Harry would definitely qualify for the Guinness Book of World Record's for giving the most hugs in a 7 day period. Diana would be proud. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Harry planning a pic with Meghan and her MOM says a lot. So many against her...I just don't get it when they both seem so happy. We need happiness in this life! Thanks for a great post!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Is the ceremony over? Did he make an announcement or propose????

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He didn't. Meghan's mother though! That's huge.

      Delete
    2. I think the kiss is an announcement. It's moving toward marriage! Not the announcement you were routing for though😁. It would have been fun for a proposal to happen but realistically she can't announce she is engaged until she stops Suits. Can you imagine the chaos she'd have to endure just getting to work? I think they need to wait until she's done on the show. I think they're probably secretly engaged though. We can now wait for a timely announcement. Happy that all is well! And btw, Meghan's mom is adorable. Don't know anything about her but you can tell by their countenances that she & Meghan have a good relationship. It speaks volumes that Harry would invite her. Looks like all is well & moving in the direction of marriage! Great week! Thanks so much, Charlotte! You have all the happy news to make our weekend😃

      Delete
    3. And thanks for keeping us laughing, Surfer Girl😅

      Delete
    4. You are right. That is huge, bluhare. And it is so sweet that he invited her. :)

      Delete
    5. Kay, you are welcome. :) my pleasure. :)

      (hope this isn't another duplicate post. I don't know where the other one went, lol.)

      Delete
  10. Charlotte. What time is it in London? Thanks for staying up to get this page and these photos to us, I hope you get some sleep. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Caffeine is a wonderful thing :)

      Delete
    2. Hi Charlotte:) Have been reading but haven't been able to reply. Thx so much for creating this new & amazingly positive blog for us to Celebrate Meghan & Harry! :) It's Fabulous & Wonderful! xoxo
      So sorry there's so much negative out there? Have seen some & am so sad about it! :( Thus the joy to be able to come here & enthuse with the group, even if I'm just only able to squeeze in some reading.
      You all crack me up with all the back & forth. I've truly enjoyed it so much & can't wait until I can jump back in again on a more regular basis. Surfer Girl....... It has to be said about you...... "This Girl Is On Fire"! :) xo Claudia it also sounds like you got the twitter off the ground? How do I find it? I've not seen the name? Would love to join in! xo
      Miss being a regular, but know I'm reading & smiling with you all! xo
      ooodles of Hugs,
      BeccaUSA

      Delete
    3. Hi Becca! We have a lot of fun discussing all things royal and disagree without being disagreeable :) It's @WayAheadUK - a play on the name of the group the royal family started in the 90's to discuss the future!

      Delete
    4. Becca. So good to hear from you. :)
      Yep. Lots of good news recently. And I have shown a little exuberance, BUT I am NOT the only one. lol
      So good to hear from you. :) Hugs to you too and I hope you will be joining us more regularly.

      Delete
    5. Disclaimer: I am in there too and I am most definitely disagreeable. Luckily my account is private and you won't see how disagreeable I really am unless you really want to follow me. :)

      Delete
    6. Wait, there is a twitter group? Is it private?

      Delete
    7. Oh You All Are A Riot! Believe Me I've Actually laughed out loud as I've been reading your back & forths! :) xoxo bluhare You have kept me laughing as you've been "agreeably disagreeable" lol :) xoxo I Will Definitely Join You All on Twitter :)
      Big Hugs,
      BeccaUSA

      Delete
  11. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)1 October 2017 at 03:23

    I. Cannot. Handle. This!!! It's all so wonderful! I'm so inexplicably giddy!
    First, as always, thank you for taking the time to create such a fabulous space for us! Well done, Charlotte--as usual! :)
    Now, on to the happy couple: can they be any cuter?! Both seem so incredibly happy. Love is such an amazing thing! And, Miss Doria attending the closing ceremony speaks volumes about this relationship. You guys, this is happening!! *squeals*
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Love your exuberance, Shantel. Can I relate or can I relate. YES. 🎉 lol

      Delete
  12. Here are some additional pics from this evening...

    http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/royal-family-markle-september-30-?excludenudity=false&family=editorial&phrase=royal%20family%20markle%20september%2030%20&sort=newest

    SG, I'm betting on an announcement Nov/Dec and a late spring/early summer wedding. (Similar to W&K's timeline.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, rf. I think you are right. I think a lot of us are beginning to think that. Even me. lol.

      Delete
  13. Forget Meghan, Bryans Adams is there! I love him...so much. Yep, I just had a fan girl moment.

    Meghan looked great. Polished and professional but not overdressed or like she was trying to 'play princess' if that makes sense. And I love the Harry is following William's example and is connecting and investing in a relationship with his potential in-laws.

    I also think they are engaged. I think they took to heart advice about not rushing anything. They have been dating for over a year and if Summer 2018 is a true wedding date, that's two years, which makes for solid foundation for a relationship(and yes, for some, all you need is 2 minutes, others, 20 years isn't enough but in general, a year or two is a good foundation).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gotta say, he did hold his own against Springsteen. I love Bruce Springsteen. He is such a story teller.

      Delete
  14. I am so glad that Harry is not as opposed to PDA as William. I love his shows of affection to Meghan. This is so exciting! Ever since that interview Harry gave in New Zealand about being ready for marriage and children I have been praying he would find the right girl. God gave him Meghan! God is good!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm so happy for them! so happy for Harry. They seem not only happy and in love but mature and calm and comfortable with each other. I feel Meghan will fit in well because she does'nt seem scared of it all. I loved the gesture of going up to where she was. I would have thought that a minder would bring her down to him. He supports her as much as she supports him.

    ReplyDelete
  16. These pics were the perfect way to end my night! So happy to see them so happy!

    And I must say, Prince Harry's closing speech was timely, touching, personal, and professional, tying in th theme of Heads Together. I'm super impressed.

    Now back to silly...That kiss!!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Yay, no ripped and frayed jeans. Well done Meghan. You are redeemed. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love Harry & Meghan together! Great Invictus games. Congrats to all of the athletes & their families. Cant wait for H & M engagement. Hopefully a November engagement.NLopez

    ReplyDelete
  19. I know this blog is about Megan, but can I take a minute to discuss how inspiring the Invictus Games are? And that speech! I'm currently in an airport waiting for (another!) delayed flight and trying my hardest to to start blubbering. I cannot wait for Invictus to come to Australia. I'm going to try my hardest for tickets to an event, and the closing ceremony. If I'm lucky, I will get the tix and see Harry in Megan in person!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true! so many wonderful stories and athletes. I was happy to hear that the athletes are happy for Harry and did not mind the media hysteria. Harry seamlessly balanced his personal and public life, he wanted Meghan to be by his side and see it all.

      Delete
    2. Mimi. He did blend it seamlessly. No body felt left out, including the public. It was phenomenal actually, in my, biased-fan-status, opinion. :)

      Delete
  20. Eve from Germany1 October 2017 at 08:35

    THIS IS AMAZING, UNBELIEVABLE AND JUST SIMPLY WONDERFUL!! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!
    I don´t know where to start!!
    I had an absolutely HORRIBLE Sunday morning, since the temperatures have fallen, I am being FLOODED with cigarette smoke 15-50 TIMES A DAY!!! The range hood in my open kitchen is the problem - it´s sucking the air in, especially smoke. My direct neighbour in the house next to us is smoking CONSTANTLY - and he´s at home even during daytime during the week. I am currently searching FRANTICALLY for a new appartment - because I simply CAN´T do this anymore. I have even "constructed" a "make-shift" cover for the outer part of the hood at 7am this morning, so that the air from the outside can´t get into the inside, I hope it will work until the mechanic comes in two weeks... Sorry about this TOTALLY off-topic rant, but I´m just SO HAPPY to see these pictures and have SOMETHING positive in my life to rejoice about!! I´m usually not THAT "moved" by royal news, but at the moment, I literally JUMP at ANYTHING that takes my mind of this fl*****g (excuse me my French) cigarette smoke!! SO please forgive me for my rant!!
    That kiss, her MOTHER being present - I mean WHAT MORE do we need????? (Ok, yes, surfer girl, A PROPOSAL AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY, OF COURSE!!) Let us forgive Harry that he didn´t want to steal the limelight from the veterans!!
    What an incredible show, though. I mean, look at the pictures and you think you see the closing ceremony of the Olypmic Games. This is what Harry has achieved in SUCH A SHORT TIME!! WOW, I can only say, WOW!!!!! My mum used to tell me as a child that the dead are sitting on the clouds and looking down at us, watching... Diana must be SO PROUD of Harry, sitting on her cloud!!!
    Oh, and surfer girl, you had me laughing out loud with your "lawyer" remark!! I actually had the "pleasure" to pass some legal exams during my business administration studies - it was a nightmare!! 90% of the time I was thinking "Why haven´t I gotten into trouble with the law yet - when I obviously just don´t get how it works???? The only exception was "public rights" - I scored pretty high there - a coincidence? ;-))))
    Oh thank you, Meghan and Harry - and our dear Charlotte! - for giving me another opportunity to dance on my sofa, clapping my hands and cheering (without making noises, as my daughter is still fast asleep... ;-)) ), YAYYYYY!!!! I am beyond myself!!! A royal baby, a royal marriage - and HOPEFULLY a smoke-free appartment for yours truly - what a year 2018 is looking to be!!!! YAYYYY!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it was so exciting!! Mothers and kisses!! And the Boss. Of course one wears jeans to hear the Boss. Can't wait until Meghan can move to the UK.

      Delete
    2. Eve, I sincerely hope that find relief in the very near future. The situation you describe would feel like an invasion of my space and what a horrible feeling to feel so turned off in your own home. Good luck to you... :)

      Delete
  21. The joy of seeing 2 people in love ❤️❤️❤️
    Look at Harry and Meghan - from 2 different worlds and they've met and fallen in love - that's destiny !!!

    Charlotte what r ur predictions on engagement and wedding now that baby Cambridge is on the way ?
    Will the wedding happen after the baby or before ?

    ReplyDelete
  22. The coat/duster/trench could be the Badgley Mischka faux leather trim long trench coat in the Fog colour - http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/badgley-mischka-faux-leather-trim-long-trench-coat/4597935

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi,I am a new friend of this fantastic blog for Meghan,I am so happy for them,They looks so relaxed and in love,I hope they stay together for ever!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Mr D, United Kingdom1 October 2017 at 13:35

    Harry is flourishing as a Prince, figure head and an inspiration to many. How like Diana, he's starting to flourish and inspire and be compassionate and relevant. And now he's got Meghan at his side. These two are going to be - hopefully - a lovely force to be reckoned with in the world we so badly need.

    So excited for any announcement now!! I think it will come before Christmas and a wedding after Kate's baby, in late summer.

    Thanks Charlotte for staying up late and drinking the coffee. That Kiss was worth it !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eve from Germany1 October 2017 at 14:08

      Mr. D, I agree wholeheartedly. I´ve just watched Harry´s speech - and it left ME speechless! WOW. What a man. No script, not even some notes in his hand, powerful messages, it just went "BAM, BAM, BAM".. What a difference to all the royal speeches we´ve heard in our lives... I´ve been saying it for quite some time, Meghan and Harry - that´s going to be a true power couple. I wish them all the very best for wherever life is taking them! Go for it!

      Delete
    2. I love your first line Mr. D "flourishing as a Prince" it's really fantastic. I agree with you and Eve.

      And it reminds me so much of Diana a few years before she died, when she started diving in to some very serious issues. She said "I've got all the press following me, let's take them places where the cameras might be able to do some good" And isn't that exactly what Harry is doing?

      So much was made (by critics) of Meghan's brief appearances, but I thought, people you're missing the forest for the trees! Harry had the British and global press sitting watching these games and seeing what they were all about, getting a new perspective on the fate of wounded veterans. It was the classic, you scratch mine, I'll scratch yours strategy.

      From one article - yes Harry was the "glitz" that brought the attention, but the athletes were the force that held and rewarded that attention. Everyone was awed and inspired by them.

      Being a modern royal isn't about turning your back on traditional events, it's about figuring out how best to champion those older events, and any newer ones you take on. Harry seems to have figured that out. I hope he continues with many causes. I'm very excited after this week.

      Delete
    3. Eve, It just dawned on me when you pointed that out. Harry did not use notes or a teleprompter to give his speeches. That IS epic. THAT is straight from his heart. And, from the videos I have watched where Meghan is speaking and from reading many of her quoted comments from printed interviews, I think I detected a little of Meghan in his speech. There is no doubt in my mind that he rehearsed his speeches with her. (Some reports said she seemed to be speaking some of his speech to herself as he was speaking.) So she may have helped with the fabrication of them also. Great teamwork. Great team.
      My prayers will be with you, dear Eve, that you and your daughter find the best place ever. Harry would love to know how the games inspired you. Not to be bossy. but I hope that after you have moved you will write a letter to your former building owner, letting them know why you moved. And, a letter to the mayor and city council might be a good idea also. All accompanied with a clear outline of the health hazards of secondary cigarette smoke. :) I hope your search is easy and quickly successful.X

      Delete
    4. P.S. Eve. Maybe even a letter (with photos of you and your daughter as he probably has a big bulletin board of photos of thankful people started already) to Harry. :) It would warm his heart to hear how he and the games played a real part in you bettering you and your daughter's living environment and also sow a seed, into his mileu, about the predicament of second hand cigarette smoke and what a huge problem that is in your area (and throughout a lot of Europe). Someone started the process here somehow and it was probably a grassroots effort to begin with but now we have very stringent regulations about second hand cigarette smoke and about cigarette smoking in public areas in general.
      (you have no doubt thought of ALL my suggestions already. lol)

      Delete
    5. Harry's gift is that he is a actual speaker…not a reader. While we've had some excellent speeches delivered by the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, they have all been read…not spoken. Very few are able to do this. Harry ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Delete
    6. Eve from Germany1 October 2017 at 19:11

      Surfer girl: as my British boss used to say "Oh, wonderful, our minds are harmonized now!" (that was when I brought him a cup of coffee without him asking for it, haha!). See below and you see I had the same idea (with the letter).... so nice!! :-))) I send lots of hugs over "the pond" to you!!

      Delete
    7. Eve. lol. clever and comical boss. nice when you can find them. :)
      I will be thinking of you as you hit the real estate trail. :)
      Hugs right back at cha. :)
      Please keep us apprised.

      Delete
    8. Eve i hope you get sorted with your flat x

      Delete
  25. The entire event just helped me to see how happy Prince Harry is. He really seems to have found his match.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Eve from Germany1 October 2017 at 14:20

    I was incredibly inspired by Harry´s speech, so I´ve set myself an "Invictus goal": finding a new appartment for myself, where I can enjoy life again and, above all, be MYSELF again: a cheerful, life-loving, fun-loving, smiling-all-over-her-face, incredibly positive and joyous woman who loves "opening her windows" - literally and figuratively speaking!! Where´s a will there´s a way!
    Thank you Harry, you are truly inspiring! Your country can be proud of you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eve I'm so sorry you've had such a rough time, but I love this comment! And Harry would love it, it was the key message of the final days of the games.

      The talented Chris Ship put it like this at the end of his piece:

      "I’ve written how it (the games) has given purpose to lives when all purpose was lost - and helped many others climb mountains they never thought they could reach.

      But there is one more achievement.

      The power of TV means the images from the Invictus Games are breaking down barriers and smashing prejudices about the injured and the disabled.

      Once you see what can be achieved against these sorts of odds, you suddenly look at your own life - and wonder why you can't take it that little bit further yourself.

      If these men and women can, we all can."


      So best of luck to you Eve! I know you can do it!
      X

      Delete
    2. I think that is a great idea. I was thinking what goal I could set for myself.

      I'm just back after a weekend dog sitting so my friend could go to a family wedding. She smokes, although not in the house thank god. Her husband doesn't smoke. But she does smoke occasionally in her car. She probably thinks it's pristine, but it isn't. It's not that bad, but you can tell! I feel for you with chimneys for neighbors, Eve.

      Delete
    3. Good for you Eve, and the best to you in finding a new home. You shouldn't be forced to breathe in that unhealthy second hand smoke.

      Delete
  27. What a lovely post Charlotte. Thank you. Happy to see Meghan and her mother, this speaks volumes of his commitment to her. I also enjoyed the pictures of President Obama and the Bidens. What a wonderful week. Harry should be proud, his mother certainly would be.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Couldn't agree more Tedi :)

      Delete
    2. Zora from Prague2 October 2017 at 21:41

      Am I the only one thinking that Meghan's Mum looks quite young? Or is it the pictures? (I haven't seen any videos.)

      Delete
    3. Zora, you're not the only one! I saw a pic of Doria in a black bikini & it made me want to take up yoga again...she looks amazing! I can see where Meghan gets her flawless looks from :) (Apparently, she gets the cute, upturned "Markle" nose from her father)

      Delete
    4. Zora from Prague3 October 2017 at 19:24

      Thanks, Kiwi Gal - after reading your comment, I looked up a picture of Meghan's father and I believe you are right! I also came across pictures of Meghan as a schoolgirl... cute!

      Delete
  28. What an inspirational speech, Prince Harry! You make your nation proud! As an American, my only regret was that the games were not televised here in the US. Shame on you ESPN and other networks. These warriors deserve our attention & support! Maybe we need to start a grass roots campaign to get the 2018 games shown in the US - at least some highlights??

    As for the Meghan sighting, they look so very happy. Harry seems in a really good place in his life and I hope has found a partner that will share in his goals and be willing to share the fishbowl existence too. I wish you all the best!!

    Thank you Charlotte for your hard work. Though I do not comment often, I thoroughly enjoy your blogs and the classiness in which they are written. Keep up the good work!!

    -Texan Reader

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agree Texan Reader. It would have been nice if ESPN had done the recap they did nightly last year.

      Delete
  29. Tammy from California1 October 2017 at 17:03

    A few things here:

    1) The cynicism of people is always surprising to me. The talk about Meghan's appearance being a "distraction" to the games is selfish and ungrateful. Without Prince Harry, there would be no Invictus Games. None. This type of person will never be satisfied, no matter what they are given, therefore for me, their perspective means NOTHING. The gentleman who was interviewed saying that Prince Harry can interrupt him anytime "preferably with " his girlfriend was very sweet and probably shared the sentiment with many.

    2) The story about the silver medalist with no legs and one arm is JUST INSPIRING to say the very least. What a show of the human spirit to carry on.

    3) There is someone close to me who has shared stories of bringing home soldiers on a plane. Many young men with many limbs missing. Many who he is just trying to get home to be able to die surrounded by their families in their own country. This doesn't account for the many who suffer the horrors of their minds. The death, loss and blood they have seen. For these stories, a thank you beyond thank you to Prince Harry. He has given some of these men and women a reason to go on, a reason to hope, a reason for being and something to look forward to.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can see why people would say Meghan being there was a distraction. The only thing I heard about that event was Meghan and Harry and their interactions.

      BUT I think that was very calculated. Meghan came(early in the games), she saw, she was seen, and she conquered. Then she strategically stayed out of sight for the rest of the games which allowed the focus to remain on the athletes and their stories and triumphs. Her appearance laid to rest any potential 'she isn't there, they are breaking up rumors', her ease and comfort showed that her time in the spotlight as an actress will be an asset to her transition into the RF, and then she stepped back and understood that is what needed to happen to make the event shine.

      All in all, people who say she was a distraction can suck it.

      Delete
    2. I also think that Meghan is very smart and allowed just enough exposure of herself so that the games received more coverage. It's never about her and she doesn't overdress---she supports, like Obama and the Bidens did. And like Springsteen and Clarkson. I'm so glad Harry has someone who is not running scared of the media and cameras. I just think she's terrific and I hope we see a ring and wedding plans before the new year. Maybe her mother was there to help plan a wedding? They need to get going while his grandparents are healthy and so they can have kids. :)

      Delete
  30. Thank you for this uplifting post. And what an inspiring speech by Prince Harry! I loved his opening remarks and did not think he could top that, but he did. He brought the Invictus spirit to every single person listening - in Toronto and far beyond.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Eve from Germany1 October 2017 at 18:27

    Surfer girl and Claudia: thank you SO MUCH for your support!!! It means the world to me....
    I have two "flat viewings" tomorrow, keep your fingers crossed for me that one is "the one"....
    And surfer girl: Believe me, I´ve already written that letter to my landlord - ready to accompany my notice once I´ve found my new home. He won´t be happy with those smokers as he´s got to find new tenants (and pay for the company doing the search for him), plus, he really likes us...
    Surfer girl and Claudia: I was actually thinking about writing Harry a letter once I´ve found my new home - to let him know how inspiring his message really is....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eve. Reminder. or okay I'm going to nag you...., lol.
      Please send pictures of you two. I think it will have even more import that way. (Harry will recognize you then when we're at their wedding, thinking hummm I remember her. this is a lady of thoughtfulness and action. I think I'll introduce her to my friend). Voila'. :)

      Delete
    2. Good luck with your flat hunting, Eve!

      Delete
  32. Charlotte, daily mail has a video in which Harry and Megan really kiss, it is in this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4938888/Prince-Harry-kisses-Meghan-lips-Invictus-Games.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Tinneke, I will add it the post right away :)

      Delete
    2. You're welcome :-)!

      Delete
  33. I read somewhere (I've been looking for the article) that said that Kensington Palace had been a part of planning Meghan's visits to the Invictus games. That's significant and I can't believe I didn't make a note as to what article that was. Did anyone else read that?
    Makes sense when you think about it. Harry isn't going to plan every detail himself. He has a secretary at Kensington Palace, right? He would have to have security choreographed. It was an official event.
    Still, Kensington Palace involvement is no small potatoes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yes, is private secretary organised the seats for the tennis match, she was seen arranging it just before they arrived, that is how the press know she would arrive with Harry

      Delete
    2. Upon reflection, that may have just been part of the standard Kensington Palace guest courtesy arrangements afforded to all the guests, Bruce, Bryan, Kelly, Markus, Jessica, Meghan, et al.

      Delete
  34. "Look Who's Getting Along Famously With The Other Woman He Has To Win Over", David Jones, Daily Mail, 10/1/17, has some biographical info on Meghan's upbringing. Interesting read.
    Apparently, Doria, like Meghan, has two dogs. 🐾

    ReplyDelete
  35. How are those jean identified as Everlane? You can barely see them

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. very good question, 14:53. (not doubting. Just amazed.). :)

      Delete
    2. Her stylist may be communicating with this website, as this site is positive publicity for Meghan.

      Delete
  36. Jessica Mulroney shared in the article listed below that Trudeau's office was contacted days prior to William and Kate's Canadian tour arrival as to what colors Kate would be wearing. Apparently they do try to coordinate colors as much as possible for photo ops. (and bouquet colors also) Thankfully. Nice how she and Sophie purposefully decided to use Soohie's wardrobe to champion Canadian designers, new and old.

    Bethan Holt, The Telegraph, "Meet Jessica Mulroney, Meghan Markle's Best Friend....", October 2.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I can’t wait for the announcement. They’re a beautiful couple who I hope enjoy a lifetime of happiness together!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Eve from Germany2 October 2017 at 17:50

    My friends! Thank you so much again for you all showing me support - it means the world to me... The two viewings today were rather positive (fresh air - people greeting you really friendly out of their windows while you are just passing by - was I in "dreamland"?...) They both have their pros and cons, but I´ve found a third one which also looks quite promising... So, either way, something will happen - and soon, I feel it.... And fresh air won´t be a problem anymore, that one is certain...
    How sad that once again, we have to listen to bad news.. Another senseless killing of totally innocent people who were just enjoying themselves... I am shocked and horrified... My thoughts and prayers go out to Las Vegas, to all the people affected by this horrible attack...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eve, I was completely shocked by the events in Las Vegas. What a horrific day, it's hard to believe so many lost their lives and hundreds wounded at the hands of one man. Thoughts and prayers with all those hurt and the grieving families.

      By the way, I am so pleased your viewings went well. I wish you every happiness in your new home :)

      Delete
    2. Zora from Prague2 October 2017 at 21:36

      I share your thoughts, Eve, Charlotte and so many more, as to Las Vegas... So totally horrific.
      Eve, it is so good to hear there has been progress with your flat. I hope you can find peace and fresh air before long! So nice that you found inspiration - and courage - in Harry's initiative.

      Delete
    3. I am with you Eve too. Absolutely senseless and appalling attack on innocent people. Sometimes I feel, our society and world is doomed.

      Thoughts and prayers with those who affected.:(

      Delete
    4. Anett, sadly, I agree with you...it makes you wonder what has society come to?? :'(
      Very sad & shocking...my thoughts & prayers are also with the victims & their loved ones.

      Delete
  39. So alarmed, saddened, angry, frustrated, perplexed about the senseless and tragic loss of lives. May fervent and sincere prayers go out to all who are suffering fear, discouragement and loss from this. There has to be an answer, a solution. Pray for wisdom (and miracles). ❤️

    ReplyDelete
  40. I am so very proud of you Eve. ❤️

    ReplyDelete
  41. I think it is highly likely that MM and harry are engaged. "We" are always the last to know. I don't think he would have kissed her in public otherwise. I think the question to Prince William about the vellum permission from the Queen was funny because it has already been approved. i don't think we'll see a ring until MM has finished Suits and can leave foe the UK and be fully protected.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Reading your comments about the Las Vegas shooting, just to reply from the US, thank you but the US has even bigger problems, like millions of US citizens trying to stay alive in Puerto Rico while the president dedicates a golf trophy to them, 10 million low-income children whose health care program (CHIP) has just been allowed to time out by Congress, and people running for Congress who "used" to belong to the KKK. I promise to stay on subject from now on,but it's been a hard day listening to news report after news report about Las Vegas and nothing about the larger crises. Thanks. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eve from Germany4 October 2017 at 15:58

      Allison, I understand your feelings and feel with you.... what you are describing (and what I read during my daily "Washington Post" and "New York Times" - "Fix") is indeed appalling.. As much as I was "allowed" to "go off subject" by mentioning Las Vegas, your comments are equally welcomed and "allowed". Thank you for your valid input, honestly, it´s what makes this blog so interesting (and over at the Duchess Kate blog). It IS the direct input of people who are actually living "there" (wherever and whatever we are talking about) or living "it" that makes all the difference!! So THANK YOU!! Hugs from Germany!

      Delete