Monday, 10 December 2018

Duchess Meghan Honours "Incredibly Kind" Clare Waight Keller at British Fashion Awards

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the 2018 British Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall to present a very special award.


Meghan was thrilled to present Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller with the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award.

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Gone Girl actress and fellow Givenchy fan Rosamund Pike introduced Meghan on stage much to the delight of the designer and audience.

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As Meghan walked on stage to cheering applause, she said: "It is such a pleasure to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the UK. It's so nice to see so many familiar faces; many of you I've known for quite a while and a lot of you I've been able to meet in the past year, so thank you for the warm welcome."

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Meghan continued: "As all of you in this room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear. Sometimes it's very personal, sometimes it's emotional. But for me this connection is rooted in really being able to understand that it's about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women." The Duchess noted she recently read an article which said "the culture of fashion is shifting from where it was cool to be cruel to where it's cool to be kind. To that point, I feel especially proud to announce tonight's winner, who yes is a British designer leading on the global stage with vision and creativity, but also in incredible kindness, which is why when I met her for the first time eleven months ago, I knew that we'd be working very closely together".


Clare Waight Keller was completely taken aback admitting she was "shocked". She said: "I just saw her last week." The designer added she was "thrilled and honoured" before turning to Meghan and saying: "As part of my speech, you were in it. This woman is amazing and I got to know Meghan on such a personal level, and to have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honour, and I can't thank you enough."

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Born in Birmingham, the designer studied at Ravensbourne College of Art, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in fashion, followed by a master's degree at the Royal College of Art. She started at Calvin Klein in New York as a stylist for the women's ready-to-wear line, then at Ralph Lauren. Ms Waight Keller last year became the first female artistic director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.


It's been quite the year for both the Duchess and the talented designer. Their collaborative journey began in January when Meghan selected Waight Keller to design her wedding gown. "It was an extraordinary moment when she told me. Of course it's an incredible thing to be part of such a historic moment. I think she had very much seen my work and knew what I did. I think she loved the fact that I was a British designer, and working in a house such as Givenchy which has its roots in a very classical, beautiful style.


Ms Waight Keller said over time they quickly got to a point where the Duchess felt she knew exactly what she wanted after various meetings and trials. This meant that the designer got to know her, and she said of the new Duchess of Sussex: "She's exactly what you see on TV. She's just so genuine and warm and radiant. She's just glowing. She's a strong woman. She knows what she wants, and it was really an absolute joy working with her." She revealed the groom was more than pleased with the results: "He came straight up to me and he said 'oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning'. So I think for the both of them, they were just radiant at that time."

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Ahead of the Windsor Royal Wedding exhibition, Meghan recalled the process and the reasons she chose Waight Keller "I had a very clear vision of what I wanted for the day, and what I wanted the dress to look like, and so what was amazing in working with Clare is that sometimes you’ll find designers try to push you in a different direction. But she just completely respected what I wanted to see for the day, and she wanted to bring that to life for me. So I knew at the onset I wanted a bateau neckline, I wanted a cropped sleeve, I wanted a very timeless, classic feeling and, obviously with respect to the environment we were in and St George’s Chapel, being really modest in what it would look like, I knew that the tailoring was so key, because the dress itself would be so covered up."

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Meghan says in the commentary she had followed Clare Waight Keller’s career for a long time and she ticked “all the boxes” from being British, to reflect the duchess’ new home, and a woman, to working for Givenchy as artistic director, a global fashion house which added an international dimension to the big day."


The annual celebration of creativity and innovation shines a spotlight on exceptional individuals and influential businesses that have made significant contributions to the global fashion industry over the past twelve months. The Fashion Awards are a fundraiser for the BFC charities and focus on celebrating excellence in the fashion industry and supporting the future pipeline of creative talent. The BFC is a not-for-profit organisation, whose aim is to support sustainable growth for the sector, with wide-ranging activities which include charitable initiatives that support educational programmes and scholarships through to financial and mentoring awards for emerging talent.

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Meghan, Clare and Rosamund.



The star-studded night saw the biggest names in British and International fashion gather in London. Below David and Victoria Beckham arriving.


Penelope Cruz on the red carpet.


Actress Uma Thurman in a black embellished gown.


The Duchess looked stunning in a black velvet one-shoulder, asymmetric gown by Clare Waight Keller.


The fit of the dress is exquisite; it's a gorgeous maternity choice too. It was complemented by a sleek updo, minimal make-up, dark nail polish and gold accessories. Meghan and Clare have struck up a very special partnership which has delivered understated chic looks time and time again. Tonight's gown is one of my favourites.

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Laura shared a photo of a similar Givenchy design.


Meghan wore the $550 Tamara Mellon gold Karat sandals. They are available in most sizes at Orchard Mile.


The Duchess accessorised with gold jewellery by Canadian jeweller Pippa Small, including the Omeen Bangle and Wajiha Bangle. Every piece is hand made in Kabul by the artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation. Training and employing young people in meaningful, creative jobs is vitally important now in Afghanistan where the young desperately need hope and a sense of purpose in a beautiful country tragically caught up in violence and conflict. With thanks to Meghan Maven and Meghan's Fashion.


Monique Jessen reports:

'The charity was founded at the request of Prince Charles to regenerate the traditional arts and craft industries in war-torn Afghanistan.'

Meghan's £50 gold stud earrings are also made by artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation.

From Pippa Small.


It was a lovely surprise to see Meghan supporting Clare Waight Keller tonight. I expect the two will enjoy an enduring relationship. 

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In other news, Harry and Meghan attended a private Royal Foundation Christmas reception on Thursday.


And the Duchess has been shortlisted for Time Magazine's person of the year 2018. Click here to read the full article.

245 comments:

  1. Wow! Va va voom. Love the statement bracelet and dark nail polish.

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  2. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher10 December 2018 at 22:07

    Gorgeous!!

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  3. WOWZA! She looks like a goddess. Swoon. What an exciting surprise. I hope we get more pictures.

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    1. My ist pregnancy mi daughter was always moving up under my ribs and it was uncomfortable I rested my hands the same way Meghan did last night to settle down my daughter for comfort reasons It's quite disappointing to see so many women going at her Let her be please !

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  4. Yay! She has popped! Meg looks stunning and glowing. I’m sure the haters will complain she is wearing black. But it is a lovely dress with elegant, clean lines. Her bun is also sleek and no messy tendrils. So perhaps that will please some. She looks radiant and glowing. She is such a class act, no sign of stress amid all the ridiculous press about feuds and her Dad continuing to blab about their estrangement. I hope she is able to enjoy this time as a new little family during the holiday season. I still think she is a lovely breath of fresh air. I like both Kate and her. They are different people and both of their roles and styles can be celebrated equally. Love love love!
    Allison in Vegas

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    1. Allison, I agree with you on everything. Sadly, I think Meghan will be criticized for lovingly having her hand protectively on her belly.

      I think she looks fantastically elegant. Good for her.

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    2. Anonymous 23:02 Well, I'm not going to criticize her for having her hands on her stomach, but I will say that I don't get it. I've never been pregnant, so maybe it's unconscious and women don't know they're doing it and they can't help it. But it seems so...."Hey! Look at my belly bump!" Meghan, herself, looks beautiful.

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    3. I watched the video and I think the baby was moving or kicking. Her face is not focused like normal listening to someone speak would be , her hands are moving a little. Its almost impossible to not hold your belly when the movement is going on. ESP if it’s early days of movement. Erininnyc

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    4. I think it's cute but am also wondering if it is common. I think she's used to holding her hands together in the front, so it could be a natural extension. I think she's so thrilled to be pregnant that she includes baby Sussex in her activities. :)

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    5. @Anonymous at 00:11 -- I've never been pregnant either so don't personally know, but I've read other women say that it can be either the baby moving a lot (which can be uncomfortable at times, kicking ribs or organs) or the skin gets really itchy (from being stretched) and the touching is an effort to relieve the itch. Lots of women also commented that they weren't even aware they were doing it.

      Even though I think it looks a bit odd when women frame the belly like that, I give her a pass because it's her first baby and I think part of it is that she is over the moon excited. The other part IMO, is I'd guess that she isn't even aware she's doing it. She is so used to being "on" when cameras are rolling or while at work (i.e. back when she was on Suits) that I think she'd be able to control awkward or random movements/expressions/body adjustments, so this makes me feel like it's completely unconscious.

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    6. Anonymous^ 00:11 - I've also never been pregnant and don't know what to make of the bump cradle. It's cute though. Meghan looked radiant (love the whole ensemble, especially the shoes) made another great speech. I feel like she's the only BRF who doesn't use notes to speak? Correct me if I'm wrong! Thanks for the background on the bracelets, Charlotte!
      --OP

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    7. I don't think she does it for show. I am covinced she has emotional connection to the up coming baby and it had become an automatic reflex. That one photo by Getty Images in the current photo holding the baby's head and toes will be an image to be long remembered in the child's entire life what ever his/her destiny will be. It is special. I hope she will have similar image during pregnancy in a colorful cloth may be in Spring day light sunshine

      Beyond that, I hope she will discontinue to make such repeated getures during public appearances. It just seems a bit too much.

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    8. I’ve never had a baby but I imagine she’s just so excited and proud. Every experience is brand new with your first child. Maybe it’s a little much to some but I think it’s sweet and endearing.

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    9. Having a baby, among our many personal choices, is perhaps the ultimate of innate nurturing. Caressing my baby within the womb, holding with both hands the beautiful rounded form, are certainly special ways to include my baby when I am in public; I see this as a communication with my baby.
      To witness Meghan doing just that, warms my heart. It takes a strong personality to be oneself, in a culture that demands 'protocol behaviour'.
      Celebrating, here in Canada, the Duchess of Sussex; she has given me a mentor of strength, in a world where 'fitting in' will not only drive one crazy but, destroys the unique jewel that is potentially each one of us.

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    10. Having a baby, among our many personal choices, is perhaps the ultimate of innate nurturing. Caressing my baby within the womb, holding with both hands the beautiful rounded form, are certainly special ways to include my baby when I am in public; I see this as a communication with my baby.
      To witness Meghan doing just that, warms my heart. It takes a strong personality to be oneself, in a culture that demands 'protocol behaviour'.
      Celebrating, here in Canada, the Duchess of Sussex; she has given me a mentor of strength, in a world where 'fitting in' will not only drive one crazy but, destroys the unique jewel that is potentially each one of us.
      Bebi, Canada.

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    11. I’ve been pregnant twice, and I still cringe when I see people do that. I never did that, not only because I thought it was unnecessary and weird, but also because it does make the person look like they want people’s attention. It’s just kind of awkward, lol. I love Meghan, but I don’t like it when ANYONE touches, rubs, or cradles their stomach, lol.

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    12. I've been pregnant and I'll say that the belly touching wasn't a conscious thing. Having your belly stretch can be itchy, it can strain your muscles and when baby kicks it can poke in weird ways. Without even thinking about it I found myself absently touching or rubbing my belly to relieve some of the discomfort. Also, my body was suddenly an unexpected shape (it isn't THAT sudden, but it feels that way...) and gestures or poses that I previously unconsciously adopted didn't actually work. So if you often clasp your hands together in front of you, suddenly you're cradling a bump.

      I see what you're saying -- in photos it sort of looks like a pose, and maybe in some moments it is, but I also think a lot of it isn't a conscious thing.

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    13. I am about as pregnant as Meghan and I have never put both my hands on my belly like that. Some times, in professional environments, you want to be recognized for being you, not the pregnant you. And even if the baby's kicking or something, I only put one hand only, never two. She really does this to accentuate it, I believe. Of course, maybe she did this for just 5 seconds with lots of photographs taken...

      But of course, that's up to her, and she should be proud of it. It's lovely to see a belly image, as I get comments too that my belly is growing a lot.

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    14. Anonymous 00:11 I’ve never had a child either, but from speaking to expectant mothers having their hands on their tummy is due to the baby kicking and moving.

      Perhaps, someone who has had children can share their thoughts.

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    15. I've been pregnant three times. Putting your hands on your belly is very natural, both for physical and psychological reasons. As I spent most of my pregnancies at home (I was a stay-at-home mum) I can't remember how much I touched/cradled my "well-protected babies inside" in the public but I think I subconsciously tried not to overdo it. Not because I didn't want the other people to notice that I'm pregnant (that would have been a useless effort anyway! πŸ˜„) but because it was something rather intimate. I'm sure though that I often did it with one hand when my belly hurt or when the babies were kicking a lot - simply to relieve the discomfort (I'm now speaking about the last trimester).
      I don't know - it seems to me that less might be more but it's really very personal and up to everyone's taste, personality etc.
      I'd like to add one comment about DM. I often wonder: why do people read their articles and then get upset?? We all know very well what kind of articles DM brings; is there anything easier than not reading them? To me, reading them and then getting upset and complaining is a waste of time and energy. Life is short πŸ˜‰

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    16. The baby kicks now and then, and typicaly it is felt on the side ( may be after completion of second trimester)- / she is probably not even there yet. The head is South and the feet is North ( upper part of the body for the woman). MM holds the head from the bottom, and the feet from the top. She literaly hags the baby during engagements including during Australian tour. If she was my sister, I will make sure I get her out of the habit. I have been pregnant twice and been around families and friends different of different nationalities and background, never saw a woman cradle an unborn baby constantly at various stages like that in my entire life.

      Regardless, pregnancy agrees her and she looks happy, lively and beautifuly elegant.

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    17. I too have been pregnant twice and I am totally sure I never framed my growing belly like that. It is true that your skin feels itchy and the baby’s kicks can be a little uncomfortable at times but, first of all, they happen mostly in the third trimester (before that the baby is still too small for strong kicks and the womb walls are still thick enough to “amortize” any impact), and second, you don’t need both hands to scratch or comfort the baby, you just instinctively put one hand on the one spot that feels itchy or uncomfortable, you certainly don’t need to touch both the top and the bottom of the belly at the same time for the simple reason that the baby cannot possibly be kicking in two different directions at the same time :-) I am with those who find this gesture exaggerated, pretty much a call for attention. And if you watch the video, she is doing it for almost the entire time she was on stage, it was not a 5 second thing which, again, makes me even more convinced that it was a conscious act. Lastly, I know that comparing Meghan and Kate is not necessary in many instances, but again, have you ever seen Kate strike a pose cradling her pregnant belly with both her hands?? And she is definitely one that loves her hands crossed in front of her clutching her clutch when she is not pregnant but yet she never did that in her three pregnancies- I leave you draw your own conclusions....

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    18. I’ve been pregnant three times. We all have our own ways. I think Meghan looks awkward framing her belly like that especially on stage and especially when her friend is giving a speech. It didn’t seem unconscious to me. She is standing in front of a crowd she must be aware of her actions. Dress is pretty. Love the meaningful jewelry.

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    19. I've been pregnant twice and I don't get the hands on the stomach either. I'm a litigator and I would never argue in court with my hands on my stomach regardless of what my babies were doing -- I think it is unprofessional because it draws the attention to the pregnancy rather than the job I am doing. I would say the same for the DoS. I recognize that at walkabouts and other less structured engagements she may touch her stomach fleetingly and a picture may be snapped then -- that is inadvertent. This is different because she is on a stage and it is reasonable to expect her to focus on her presentation while she is on a stage.

      Other than that, this is probably my favorite outfit she had ever worn and I think the dark nails are perfect for an evening event.

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    20. As someone who touched my belly often and was accused of being pregnant but wasn't (I had painful tumors and cysts that caused frequent pain and made me rub my belly in comfort) I find "she's touching her belly!" so ugly. She's a woman it's her body. She's not fondling or exposing herself. This isn't the 1800's when "expecting" women were expected to stay at home forever. And plus, you don't know what's happening with her body.

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    21. She seems to do that with all her photos at the moment. Started in Oz. She's an actress so I'm sure she's aware of it. She's super gorgeous .. looks very good in dark colours. I wish the press wouldn't fuel negatives.

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    22. I normally don’t mind the belly touching. I know I did it all the time. It was part unconsciously, part to loving to feel it and the baby. It’s just that one of the pictures looks too posed to me. But apart from that I say, let her touch her belly as much as she wants.
      The whole look is a total win. I don’t like her style most of the times so this is a happy day for me. She looks ravishing.
      C.

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    23. I just watched the video and yeah it seems odd that she's standing cradling her belly for that long. It wouldn't be as awkward looking if it was one hand- I also often rubbed my belly with one hand but that was in the last 5 or so weeks when it was getting uncomfortable- itchy. Other than that yes I did have a good rub each night before bed/ while relaxing at home/ waking up/ in the shower or bath but I found it to be intimate bonding time with my baby. In public/ while I was at work I may have had a few rubs when I felt a kick, but fleetingly and never a cradle.

      I really like Meghan and think she's amazing and such an inspiration but this reminds me of the banana Instagram post ☹️

      Maybe she's trying to remind the media that she's pregnant so they lay off her a bit? Trying to give them good shots of the belly so they have something else to report? I don't know but it is definitely odd- even more so (as I said above) when it comes to that Instagram picture.

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  5. On my! Absolutely gorgeous from head to toe! Justwonderful to see the Duchess looking so happy and healthy.

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  6. *screaming* This is such a LOOK! I can just hear the naysayers, but this is amazing!

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    1. Suuuuuch a look. She looks incredible. And, really, Kate has worn a black strapless velvet dress as well, so I agree, the naysayers can stuff it. The level of vitriol and criticism that Meghan has received has been just disgusting. I hope that this glamorous look and the glowing, happy Duchess means that she is ignoring the noise and will continue to work hard on behalf of the queen.

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    2. While the Duchess does look very happy and beautiful and has the glow that most women experience when they are expecting (and as she should have), she is not "working hard on behalf of the queen tonight". This is a personal appearance by the Duchess in support of a designer and community to which she has ties. This is definitely more social in nature than royal.

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  7. Her speech was spot on as well!

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    1. Where did you find her speech?

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    2. Just player the video above. I'll bet you've already found it!

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  8. OH MY GOD. My jaw dropped when I saw the pictures. She is positively glowing!
    The dress, the hair, the gold bangles, the DARK NAILS, her beautiful face and smile! She looks amazing. LOVE.

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  9. Wow what a surpide i love she glowing and she looks she make me swoon and i love her dark nails all over i love the look from head to toe

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  10. How perfect. Absolutely gorgeous. Clare Waight Keller must be delighted to see how lovely HRH looks in her designs. I say again, Meghan is a great addition to the family. Love this.

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    1. I am so hoping she has twins I wish her continuous health,strength and happiness I am eagerly awaiting the picture of her and Harry with the baby

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  11. Beautiful! So chic and elegant! And I loved the nail polish.

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  12. Truly beautifully elegant this evening! She looks stunning! I will not be surprised if baby Sussex makes his/her appearance before the obscure, possible due date of April 2019. I'm guessing more like March.

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    1. I don’t know Laura, when Kate was pregnant with Louis People were saying that she will have her baby sooner, but Louis arrived right on time or later.

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    2. Well they said spring 2019 so it could be March.

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  13. The only negative comments I see here are from people bringing up the non-existent "haters" and "naysayers." It seems almost as if we are being warned against making any criticism by the Meghan fans bringing up the criticisms themselves. Isn't it possible to compliment her without automatically putting down any commenters who might disagree?
    I doubt Charlotte would put up with hateful remarks or vitriol here. (it's right at the bottom in the comment policy) For that reason I don't understand the need to bring this element into the discussion other than to cause dissention or to intimidate others from giving their honest opinions.

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    1. I'm assuming this was directed at me? If so, I didn't mean here, I meant generally speaking throughout the world of royal "reporters" and UK media, as well as other forums/twitter/instagram. I'd be willing to bet you $100 that we'll see lots of articles tomorrow criticizing Meghan for wearing a one-shouldered dress (as we've seen before, even though lots of other royals - including the queen - have worn one-shouldered/strapless dresses), or a black dress (again, as other royals have done), or for wearing colored nail polish, or touching her belly, or for myriad other reasons. Constructive criticism is one thing, but when she gets slammed for things that other royals get a pass on - or even praised for! - it makes me angry.

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    2. I agree inthekitchen, I've already seen the stupid hateful articles criticising her. Luckily she has shown she pays this pathetic fantasy protocol rubbish no mind and just lives her life. I really don't know what is wrong with some people.

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    3. I could not agree more. Meghan doesn't get slammed in this forum but the British press are unrelenting. My hope is that she is not reading any of it. What bothers me most is when they slam her around for touching her "baby bump". To Meghan this is not a bump, it is her BABY. The baby is moving around, kicking, sucking his/her thumb, etc. Unless the baby is sleeping, It's rolling around and moving. My favorite picture is of Meghan with her hands wrapped around the baby with a huge smile on her face.

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    4. Again, hate does not happen here. Perhaps you could save these remarks for forums that do so. It might help decrease the destructive idle chatter on those sites..Twitter, a few royal reporters, the celebrity gossip sites. If those who dislike what is going on would state their dislike and then refuse to click on those sites again--if enough did that, it might help what I hear is an epidemic of unkindness and sometimes outright lies. If you paid attention to Meghan's words both tonight and at the church memorial ( to which she wore a really plunging neckline, by the way) you will get her pleas for understanding, kindness, and acceptance.
      I make my next remark as an admirer of Meghan's aspirations for future charity involvement as well as her beauty and potential value for the British monarchy and the Commonwealth. Sometimes I think she may purposefully exhibit behavior that is known to be controversial in her new environment. The word iconoclastic comes to mind. ( if that IS a word) She apparently does not wish to compromise her self-image; however, there will be consequences for doing perhaps the right thing in the wrong place. I think criticism can be kindly and well-intentioned. It doesn't need to be character assassination.

      You weren't the only one here who made those remarks. I understand your frustration perfectly as I used to be called a "Kate-lover" and various other names for simply supporting her. However, it did seem as if all critical remarks about this appearance were being "headed off at the pass." Maybe I didn't agree with 100% of her stage appearance but I am a little hesitant to express any but the most glowing remarks after the "hater" and "naysayer "comments. Since every aspect of her appearance was essentially placed on the unapproved criticism list, I felt a bit muzzled.

      However, since you brought the issue of criticism up..
      It isn't just a single item of apparel being judged on its own. It is a matter of context. Of course other royals have worn various items. Yes, HM, Catherine, and others have worn revealing necklines for evening dress appearances; but not at a church event nor during a balcony appearance. Especially not when sitting next to the head of her new country in the front pew during a church service. Yes, other royals have crossed their legs. Princess Anne at the Braemar games. You will not see other senior royals crossing their legs above the knee or otherwise in the front row of an official portrait. I can't recall an instance, but I imagine a royal woman has touched her pregnant belly before. However, never in an official photo standing next to government officials. And not nearly continually and to the point of holding both the upper and lower portion of her pregnant abdomen as she did on stage tonight. I think she has adapted to the hosiery custom.

      It is a matter of appropriateness and degree. Some items and behavior are appropriate for a BRF senior royal for certain events and circumstances that would be inappropriate in others.

      Perhaps the Queen and other royals could use some up-dating. I just don't think it is a good idea for a newcomer to initiate the changes. Baby steps. Michelle knows what she is talking about.

      Meanwhile, tonight was an evening event. A fashion/award ceremony to boot. Nothing wrong with black, bare-shoulder, dark-nailed --what was the other thing? But seriously, the belly fondling has to be reserved for private, at-home moments.

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    5. Anonymous 23:29, the haters and naysayers are hardly "non-existent." They are everywhere and very vocal. The comments I see here regarding them are actually things I had thought of myself as fodder for those looking for something to criticize, i.e., black dress again, dark nail polish, showing some skin, etc. Never did I think it was a warning to other commenters not to criticize. This is a very civilized blog. Most of the regulars are clearly fans but I think we are all mature enough to feel comfortable commenting on or reading a comment that involves criticism of Meghan. It can actually make for a more interesting read. It's not even constructive criticism since she is hardly likely to see such comments and benefit from them. It's just our little community having a harmless diversion from life by following the fascinating life of someone we will never, ever know and few of us will ever even get to meet.

      So, that being said, I love the dress and the shoes and think she looks great from head to toe. She is obviously very proud of her bump but it is very odd to cradle it like this in public. The black and white picture of her with Clare W-K and Rosamund Pike is a bit much, in my opinion. Lots of pregnant women rest a hand there but the cradling seems excessive and not very Royal. I hope that this observation will not offend anyone. I am neither a hater nor a naysayer; just a reader cringing at some pictures.

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    6. I think inthekitchen was referring to the naysayers out there who exist in full force (the tabloids, the trolls, etc). S/he was not referring to those who comment here on this blog.

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    7. @ anon 2:58 I think it’s becoming somewhat apparent that Meghan just doesn’t care. And I don’t mean that flippantly or disrespectfully. But I think she is happy and secure in her marriage and sees a lot of good work she could do in her role. And at the end of the day many of these royal rules are not truly rules but rather preferences. Meghan has one of the more unique backgrounds for a married in royal in that she has plenty of experience being in the public eye and managing her image. So I think she is fairly astute in playing the long game in how she wants to present herself and while I think she may listen to advice or suggestions And take them into consideration she is still going to make her own choice. It very much seems to me that other royals who married in are a bit awed and nervous by the grandeur of the queen and all it represents, so almost over compensate by not placing a foot wrong but I just don’t think that is Meghan’s situation.

      Now Don’t misunderstand I’m sure she respects and admires the queen enormously, and does defer when needed (curtsying etc) but she just isn’t going to alter things she naturally does like nail color or leg crossing. And they are a bit silly and trivial when you think of it and I would argue don’t actually contribute all that much to the Royal family’s image and importance. I also don’t think Meghan is difficult or demanding about this, I think she just is comfortable to make her own choices and knows she has her husband’s support.

      I won’t fault her belly holding. Pregnancy does a number on the body and having experienced it twice I know things like this are so subconscious. Your belly itches or the baby moves or it’s just where your hands end up while standing neutrally.

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    8. Well said 02:58. You have stated well why people can both love Meghan and not like some of ways she has conducted herself as a member of the royal family. And I agree with your perception of the embracing of her belly. Just a bit much for my taste. Having been pregnant, it is common to subconciously rub a spot that is itchy or where the baby is stretching. It is even common to rest your hand on top of your belly—it gets increasingly difficult to hold them in front of you! But I’ve not done (nor have a really seen) anyone hug their belly (hand over top and bottom) unless they are intending to show off how the baby has grown. Connecting with your growing baby is beautiful—but some actions are more private than others.

      I would like to say for those in general who are saying that discussion is welcome here—I have not really found that to be true. I am more of a lurker than a commentator, and I have enjoyed following the royal family from a distance since the days of Diana and Sarah. While it is true there have been some awful attacks directed toward Meghan in the media at large, people who have commented here have not been guilty of that. Charlotte does a wonderful job not letting that kind of hate directed at Meghan come through. However, I am sad to say that I have seen people treated very poorly by other commentators on this site for expressing a dislike of something Meghan has worn or done or for having a concern for how she is adapting to her role as a duchess in the royal family—a women who represents the nation of England, not herself. I find it sad to see that reasonable criticisms or differences have been labeled as racist, mean-spirited, or told to stuff it among other things. These are not ways that allow open and free conversation, or ways that allow for different opinions or perspectives. I have seen may people who have commented for years on other sites (and with whom I do not always agree, but have always enjoyed hearing thier perspectives) try to participate here only to be shut down and run off. It is very sad to me. Maybe we can all work at listening to different opinions (and accepting that people can accept and respect Meghan without having to adore everything that she says or does) instead of “shutting down” any level of critique. Just my two cents on that issue.

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    9. T -- exactly right. I often don't feel like I can express things here because of the labels that start flying now. -AZ

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    10. Without resorting to name-calling, I would like to point out that my point exactly was that hate does not exist Here BECAUSE of Charlotte's scrupulous editing. If hate is seen here it must be in the eye of the beholder because it simply is not allowed here. I can't imagine Charlotte approving a hateful comment. If it does not appear, it is therefore non-existent here. My point.


      Someone above made a comment that lends itself to a useful guide in making critical comments about the behavior of BRF members in public: some consider the royal should be evaluated as how the person reflects his own self-image and others feel a British royal should be evaluated by standards of traditional BRF behavior. Some feel the royal should exhibit certain behavior whenever there is a possibility of a photograph. Others feel that private time should be private- that it is not the royal's fault if paps invade that privacy. These attitudes are behind various criticisms. Since these attitudes represent opinions that are polar-opposite to each other, there will likely be a stand-off rather than any hope of agreement.

      The best we can hope for if we are to continue such discussions is to respect this dichotomy. Instead of making proving a point or discrediting another commenter the goal...share an opinion or idea. Allow the other person to make a remark without attempts to stifle further comment. If necessary, politely disagree. Politeness never allows for name calling or personal attacks on either the duchesses or fellow commenters.

      In the current climate of internet communication I realise putting this in practice will be difficult at times. I enjoy a good debate. We just need to ask ourselves whether our motive is sharing our own idea or destroying another's. Some of us are more competitive than others; it will take practice and time. I have to stifle myself at times when a perfect retort comes to mind. It is a habit and a bad one. Anon 02:58

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    11. While we can debate the dress and her mannerisms, let’s not overlook what Meghan has done. In the midst of a media frenzy of criticism of “ an (alleged) upidity woman of color,” she has stood tall & beautifully on a run way. She supported another strong, successful woman who befriended her. She speaks for a new “kindness” in an industry more often seen as “cruel.” By her actions, Meghan supports efforts to empower women , especially but not only women of color who are struggling.
      Really so impressive how she uses her podium. Dresses and mannerisms pale before those messages.
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    12. While we can debate the dress and her mannerisms, let’s not overlook what Meghan has done. In the midst of a media frenzy of criticism of “ an (alleged) upidity woman of color,” she has stood tall & beautifully on a run way. She supported another strong, successful woman who befriended her. She speaks for a new “kindness” in an industry more often seen as “cruel.” By her actions, Meghan supports efforts to empower women , especially but not only women of color who are struggling.
      Really so impressive how she uses her podium. Dresses and mannerisms pale before those messages.
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    13. I agree 2:58 and 13:54.

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    14. 18:54, you said it perfectly. I agree with you " some consider the royal should be evaluated as how the person reflects his own self-image and others feel a British royal should be evaluated by standards of traditional BRF behavior". I fall in the second category.

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  14. Wow - what a look! Glamour, poise, confidence, kindness - she radiates it all. It's not meant in the spirit of comparison, but this Claire Waight Keller gown is for Meghan what the black strappless velvet McQueen is for Kate - one of those show-stopper pieces that will be remembered!

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  15. Meghan looks so glamorous and sophisticated.

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  16. Fabulous! The best revenge ie being HAPPY! This girl is GLOWING from head to to toe!

    I LOVE EVERYTHING!

    Sussex bump is GORGEOUS!

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  17. She looks very positively Hollywood in these pictures!! Super WOW!XOXO
    Sidhhii

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  18. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is sparkling. It is good to see her looking soooo beautiful and happy. Thanks, Charlotte. I’ll check back with you for the full post.

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  19. I'm loving dark polish, slick hair, fitted dress, strappy sandals....and oh yeah, big smile

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  20. Gorgeous!!!!! I have never seen a member of the BRF wear dark nail polish, and I love it!

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  21. Anonymous @22:52. The speech is on the video.

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  22. Wow, the Duchess looks radiant! I have been a long time silent reader, enjoying all the posts and comments, but this is my first time contributing. I have a theory and I would like to know what you all think. I am a big fan of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate, and all the negative press surrounding the Sussexes decision to move is very frustrating. I think we all agree that Harry and Meghan need a bigger home when they welcome their child. I believe that their choice to move to Windsor has nothing to do with feuding family members. When making the decision on when to bring their baby home too, the peace and tranquility of Windsor Park had to be appealing. I also believe that the larger picture was taken into account, and this is just the first phase of a bigger plan. I believe when Prince Charles ascends the throne, Harry and Meghan will move into Clarence House. If they were to renovate and redecorate a large apartment at KP, and then move to Clarence House, the British public would criticize them for wasting money. By moving to Frogmore Cottage now, they avoid this potential problem. What do you think?

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    1. Hey Carrie!
      Your theory makes sense except I think I read that frogmore needs extensive renovations before they are able to live there.
      I think it's more they love Windsor and want to live where they are known to have said that they spent the early times of their relationship and fell in love.

      Meghan looks gorgeous tonight, one thing though- I think maybe she shouldn't have posed for the backstage moving photo that's on Instagram, cradling her bump and well...posing.
      She's making the transition to royal duchess, and I believe, trying to move away from the Hollywood label- but this is oozing actress Hollywood glam. Not that this is a bad thing in general BUT it's an opening for people to attack her as they have been already. I think the outfit, dark nails and her radiant appearance tonight would have spoken enough :) :)

      Lastly I love the shoes and wish I could afford them HAHA

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    2. Hey Carrie - interesting theory. I love the idea and think that would be great for Harry and Meghan...but I think Charles has long hinted that he would like to stay at Clarence House as king and open up BP to the public for more/all of the year. I'm not sure if he'd be "allowed" to do that (i.e. whether the monarch must live and work out of BP). But, if he is able to stay in CH, then obviously that would preclude Harry and Meghan from moving into CH. I think the Sussexes were offered/selected Frogmore Cottage because they have a deep attachment to Windsor. That's where Harry was christened, the engagement photos, the wedding (of course), and they said (engagement interview?) that they spent a lot of time there privately, during the courtship getting to know each other and building their relationship. So I think it just holds a special and sentimental place in their hearts. I'm about 99.9% sure that babies Sussex (yes, I think she's having twins) will be christened there as well.

      My theory about 'the next phase of things' is that after H&M move to Frogmore Cottage, they will also split off their admin, PR staff and social media accounts (after all, no other royal siblings share admin/PR offices, do they?). Both brothers are now adults with families of their own. They are also both now "full-time" royals and married to women who are also "full-time" royals so it makes sense that they have dedicated staffers who can spend their full energy managing the schedules/PR/social media of each the Sussex and Cambridge couples and their families. The Cambridges and Sussexes will also have different focuses going forward, with Sussexes focused on Commonwealth countries and Cambridges focused on EU countries so their energies will also be diverging somewhat (although, of course, all four will have their UK charities and efforts as well). I do think that the Sussexes will get a larger London base (NottCott being too small), but I'm not sure exactly where. Once they (as I believe) split their admin offices off from KP, then I don't think they'd have their London base in KP. But, whether that ends up being Clarence House, I'm not sure.

      So, lol, TL;DR: I'm not sure if I think they will move into Clarence House because I think Charles would prefer to stay there. But I do think they will separate (business-wise) from the Cambridges as both families move into the future.

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    3. Carrie---I agree. I think a general shift is in the works and renovating a 21-bedroom (is that right) apartment when you want to be elsewhere is just a waste of time and money.

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    4. On looking again, I really love those shoes! It would have been easy to wear black, but the gold are just so decadent, in a good way.

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    5. Yours is an interesting theory! But I see Harry and Meghan preferring to remain in Windsor and Charles at Clarence House with Buckingham Palace just being the working, business, official palace.

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    6. Frogmore Cottage needs big renovation too... So I do not agree your point here.

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    7. Maybe, but I had thought that Charles is keen to stay on at Clarence House even after he becomes King, and that Buckingham Palace will no longer be the Monarch’s home.

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    8. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher11 December 2018 at 02:38

      That is a nice potential grand plan Carrie from So Cal. It is however a possibility that Prince Charles and Camilla might use BP as their office only (with adjacent overnight apartments) and continue living at Clarence House. It would make it easier to renovate BP and to make it open for visitors all year around, a great source of income. Not to say, Prince Harry and Meghan won't have a place in London also, when that time comes. It might even be KP, who knows..

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    9. Hi Carrie! Interesting theory about the decision of the Sussex's to move to Frogmore Cottage before moving to Clarence House. I don't think that will be happening though for a couple of reason:
      1) Clarence House is to Charles, what Windsor Castle is to the Queen, an escape from BP. In the past much has been made of Charles' desire to have BP as a workplace, not a place where he, the Monarch, will live. If that comes about I believe he'll work out of BP but live at CH.
      2) Charles might not ascend the throne for another 10+ years, with William possibly waiting another 20 years to ascend the throne. By that time George, Charlotte and Louis will be grown up, possibly with spouses/families of their own. And while it's difficult to believe now, Harry and Meghan's popularity will wane as the younger, more glamorous royals come to the forefront.

      I believe that H&M will stay in Windsor, maybe not at Frogmore Cottage but at least on the estate. I don't think that this will happen due to any silly feud but because as the Cambridge children grow up Harry & Meghan will occupy a place that Edward & Sophie or Ann and Andrew now occupy, continuing with their duties but not front page news anymore.

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    10. Carrie, I believe that Frogmore needs far more work than the large apartment at Kensington Palace. After all the Duke and Duchess o Gloucester have been living at KP. Their place would not be a dump. Whereas Frogmore has been broken up into five small apartments for staff. It will cost plenty to eliminate those smaller apartments and then restore the house. As for a move to Clarence House when Charles is King. It has been said that Charles does not want to live at Buckingham Palace and use BP just for offices. If this is the case then Charles will not leave Clarence House.

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    11. It’s an interesting theory. I think Clarence House has only been used for the most senior royals, but maybe that will change.
      -Duch

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    12. This is a great theory that seems very logical. Wanting to raise your kids in the country is pretty normal (William did too), and having a London home that comes a bit later on is the progression his older brother also took. Of course - no one would ever say 'Well they'll use Clarence House later on' because to do so would be to discuss the passing of HM, and that's in such bad taste that I almost couldn't bring myself to type it there! But who else would use Clarence House if not the Sussexes? I'm sure the Cambridges aren't interested in moving house within London again, especially given all the money that was sunk into their KP apartment. And it would give the two families just a bit of space but still nice proximity when they're both in London (though I'm sure they'll both spend a lot of time out of London in their respective country homes).

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    13. I assumed that K and W would shuffle up -- Clarence House being a logical residence for the Prince of Wales, which William will become. Then maybe the Sussexes would move into KP. After all, given the longevity of the family it seems likely that William will be Prince of Wales for quite awhile, and both the Queen and Charles have lived their prior to their own ascensions. Clarence house is its own little court, not part of the bigger apartment sort of feel of Kensington, which feels like the home of lower royals. But who knows, really?

      I doubt the move has anything to do with a feud. Even if there has been recent friction (which, who knows) this move was planned a long time ago. The plans were filed months ago which meant it had to have been discussed even before then. Perhaps they also want their own space if Doria comes for extended stays or even moves.

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    14. That is certainly sound reasoning with regard to the money issue, however, Charles has expressed a desire to stay on at Clarence House when he becomes King and to turn Buckingham Palace into a museum. Whether or not he caves to pressure from those who insist that the Monarch live at BP remains to be seen. Andrew, Anne, and Edward never had a splendid London home like Clarence House or KP while their mother was Queen. They have rooms in BP while in London, so who knows? The whole Frogmore Cottage move is a mystery to me. Although it is only a few miles from London, anyone who has ever driven it knows that the commute takes nearly an hour and a half. Somehow I picture Harry and Meghan preferring the hustle and bustle of the city instead of the isolation of Windsor.

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    15. Who knows if this is accurate, but I think I read Prince Charles likes Clarence House and would like to stay there when he is King. He wants the palace to be for state occasions.

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    16. I've seen the overhead shots of KP. Despite its name it's not exactly a very appealing place. It's more a large, impersonal apartment building than anything else. I can totally understand wanting to stay in the cozier Frogmore Cottage (which, by the way, is not a cottage -- it's more a mini-mansion).

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    17. I also have a suspicion that H&M might use Clarence House at some point. Yes Charles has indicated that he would prefer to stay at CH and use BP only for official functions, but so did the queen only to be told in no uncertain terms that it would not be happening. Especially in light of the extensive renovations BP needs to undergo in the next couple of years. There will be a public outcry if the taxpayer foot the bill for the renovations and then it doesn’t get used as the monarch residence.
      A side note on the offices. The press office at BP handles Anne, Andrew and the Wessexes. They have their own private secretaries but it all fall under BP (and gets paid for by the Sovereign’s Grant)
      The exception is the two Wales boys having their own KP office. And while I do think they will split the KP office at some point (before Charles becomes king) I am not sure the Sussexes will be setting up their own office. More likely they will hang on for now and fall under BP when Charles becomes king.

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    18. Inthekitchen,
      If she is having twins wouldn’t they have said it. I don’t think they will lie to the public and just say baby. But it got me thinking,in Australia when he first referenced the baby he kinda pauses and said ehhhh... baby, maybe he was being careful not to say babies?

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  23. Meghan looks absolutely stunning. Her dress is perfection and accessories are spot on. Congratulations to Clare on a well deserved honour.

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  24. Love the dress. Looks great on her. Hair and jewelry look great with the dress. Pass on the shoes and do not know how much she does it, but not a fan of women "holding" their "bump" looks odd to me with one hand on top and one below, unless done for a planned still photo.

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  25. I do have to admit she looks stunning but the Instagram photo really feels like she’s trying to bring attention to her bump more like pre royal family Meghan. I hope I’m wrong and love the dress love many of her speeches.

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  26. WOW, when Meghan gets it right she gets it totally right. She looks beautiful head to toe. Just glowing!

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  27. WOW, Meghan is beautiful and glowing. When she gets it right she gets it totally right. She looks wonderful from head to toe!

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  28. From what I’ve read, Charles has zero interest in moving to Buckingham Palace one he is King. I think he loves Clarence House and plans on staying there. We shall see

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  29. Duchess Meghan looks so beautiful! Head to toe stunning! I love the ethical sourced jewellery, think I might have to treat myself to a piece. Meghan has the most gorgeous smile too. It’s wonderful to see her hold her baby. The baby can hear & feel, I’m surprised to see that so many are unaware of this priceless gift a mother & signicant others can give to a baby in utero.

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  30. She owns that stage. Such a confident stride, and she looks flawless. Amazing dress and style. And a speech without looking at her notes.

    If the news and her family is getting to her you would not know it. Damn, shes showing everyone how it's done.

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    1. She certainly is an inspiration! Being happy is the best revenge against those who would have you be miserable.

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  31. I can’t tell much about the dress because it blends into the background a bit as the background is very dark in many pics. All I can see is her head and her arms wrapped around her body. But she looks nice.

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  32. Wow! Meghan looks absolutely amazing! It’s really speaks to what a great partnership she has with CWK at Givenchy thst she came to present that award. She is so smart, polished and seems like someone I would love to be friends with. Hope the DaikyMail and other British press lay off her and let her be happy.

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  33. BEST SHE EVER LOOKED WOW WOW WOW ! Her hair is lovely and so is her dress and her baby bump.

    thanks Charlotte

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  34. Facebook already has negative comments on her clutching her unborn child.
    I missed out on ever being pregnant, but I imagine that in moments of emotion, you’re wanting to hug this little person to be, who will forever transform your life. I would have done.
    In fairness, people have carped about Kate touching her abdomen over the years. I suppose Meghan simply have to get used to this ugliness.

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  35. Meghan looks stunning from head to toe and looks so happy! She definitely has the glow of an expectant mama. It was wonderful of her to present this award to her wedding dress designer, too.

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  36. She’s goreous. If I remember correctly, the press was also vicious towards Kate after the honeymoon. Also lots of horrible things which were untrue were written about William and Kate living at Amner Hall. What’s interesting to
    Me is that all siblings of Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, were given homes outside the city, when they martied and have lived there ever since. Why would it be any different for Harry and Meghan. I think the intrigue created by the press, is just yo sell tradhy papers.

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    1. Thank You!! I guess we are "Masters of the obvious!!" :)

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  37. I think the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are moving to Frogmore for the same reasons the Cambridges lived in Anmer Hall when Prince George was born: it is outside of London; provides more privacy and security, and more open space for children to play. Also, more privacy for Ms Ragland, the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, who will be visiting more often, I’m sure, after the baby is born.

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    1. Makes all the sense in the world to me!!!! Imagine if the sequence was in reverse & W&K were the second couple to marry...... they would have been jumped on for all the same reasons! Yet, because it did happen the way it did, we know they moved to Amner as their "out of london" home for all the correct & natural reasons. Likely just the same for H&M! xx

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  38. Amazeballs! She looks effing fantastic. Let's bookend her fashion this year with her white wedding dress and this fantastic black one! Pregnancy definitely suits her-- let's hope she and Harry have a few more!!! Love the whole look.....

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  39. Wonder blog!! Our Duchess made Top 10 TIME Person of the Year 2018: See the Shortlist | Time
    http://time.com/5475133/time-person-of-the-year-2018-shortlist/

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  40. Meghan's eloquent words are only boastered by her eloquent look. What a winning combination!

    And it just dawned on me why she maybe receiving negative press. Meghan is a highly functional, adult woman who is self assured and motivated. She strikes me as someone who doesn't need handlers, only guidance. I find this refreshing, but I can see that in royal circles how this can be misconstrued as demanding and difficult. I don't think she's difficult, only that she is focused and knows what direction she wants to go with her role within the BRF. I just hope that she can surround herself with others who have that same shared vision and will allow her to be more than what has been expected of royal wives in the past. Being an independent woman can be a blessing, but it maybe a curse in the royal family, especially if you're swimming upstream.

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  41. Sorry, my last post was in response to Anonymous @00:09.

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  42. Charlotte, thanks for all the information, and for posting pictures of some of those who attended the awards show. I have enjoyed it.

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  43. This is amazing from head to toe. She looks modern (the jewelry and nails), chic (the sleek bun and those gold sandals) to pure classic (that gorgeous gown). Black was the right color for this event and for a presenter. Claire states that she just saw Meghan last week - have to assume that was the dress fitting. What a thrill for Claire to see her walk out onto stage in that dress. They both seemed happy for each other and so genuine.

    Lastly, Charlotte, the picture you included of Meghan under that spotlight is definitely a keeper - hope someone frames it and send it to Harry. Meghan's smile is authentic and holding her baby bump is priceless! Well done!

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  44. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher11 December 2018 at 02:27

    Wow! I finally managed to get that youtube clip of Meghan's speech and presentation to work. I am blown away. We already knew that Meghan was an amazingly talented public speaker, and this speech really put in a nutshell what she is rising above on a daily basis. I teared up when she said "it used to be cool to be cruel, now it is cool to be kind". I know she related it back to Clare Waight Keller, but it covered so much more than that. I have nothing but admiration for Meghan, and I both anticipate and expect that we can see extraordinary things come from her and Harry in the future.

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    1. Royal Watcher you are one of the few that have zoomed in on the quote She have been been dropping little nuggets The poem recently along with last night Smart young lady,let's hope the masses can and will learn to be kind and allow her to shine

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      Thank you, Anon 14:07. “When they go low, we go high” (Michelle Obama).

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  45. Wow!!! Meghan looks outstanding! Sleek and sexy, trendy and classic and basically knocking it out of the park! Such a fun event for her to be a part of!

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  46. Meghan is shorter in the waist; baby has nowhere to go but forward. That happens.

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  47. Audrey in NY: She looks stunning! Love Claire Waight Keller! ...gotta say she loooves cradling her babies lol...her appearance knocked her father off the news cycle...now it’s back to the usual “she broke protocol, her nails are black, she’s touching her stomach “ Love it!
    When they go low, go high Meghan and Harry! Soar!

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  48. -Time Magazine person of the year short list, Meghan is on it not surprisingly. If they want one of a first kind of USA and British history, they may select her. Most likely, not yet. She may need more accomplishments within her new role.

    -Mueller's investigation is still in process.

    -The Suadi-Westerner journalist in Turky is also stilll under investigation.

    -The movie Black Panther is in the arts; though popular, most likly not.

    -Putin is in association with politics in process, and not neccessarily this year.
    -Dr. Ford had some effect, but the Suprem Court justice was appointed. The "me too" movement had made it on TM cover in recent times.

    There is a fine line on this website not to discuss politics. Simply, after three years of an infanous election slogan, and a year before US election, Time Magazine, may select " Families aapart" for 2018. Timing and several other factors matter IMHO.

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  49. Omg wow she looks gorgeous! I love the dress, and that is how you do maternity wear! Stretchy velvet fabric allows for the baby bump to show and look natural. She looks great and pregnancy suits her. Before she got pregnant I thought she was so thin. The fuller face, figure, everything ... looks so great and womanly. Love it.

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  50. This - to me - is the epitome of a timeless look. There are enough details (the dark nail polish, the textured gold jewelry) that will identify this as a 20-teens look that stands the test of time and looks beautiful to people who look at it in 30 years. I feel like sometimes we say that someone has 'timeless' style that will never look 'out of fashion' but that's because the outfits they wear never were 'in fashion!' To me, that isn't classic and it won't be interesting in 30 years - it'll just be an unidentifiable blah dress. I REALLY love watching Meghan's fashion because she mixes trends with beautiful classic aspects in such a fascinating way. Stunning.

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  51. So lovely to see an obvious friendship between these two women, who will no doubt continue to see a lot of each other in the years ahead. Very special that HRH could present the award.

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  52. Guys... I don't get it. Can someone please explain to me how it is possible that poor Meghan is bashed and criticized FOR EVERYTHING she does in the comments of Daily Mail? This was such an amazing event, she did so beautifully. It makes me so sad and I hope that she will never read what people write about her. It must be so hard to be in her position.

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    1. Same people bashed Kate before.

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    2. They just want someone to pick on, they said horrible things about Kate prior to Meghan coming along, criticizing her clothing, motives etc. I'm older and Princess Di went through very much the same. Meghan will rise above it just as Diana and Kate did!

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    3. This was my first thought: the designer who is the favorite of the DoS wins a prestigious award seems a little suspect. She does look darling though.

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    4. Tip from a long time royal watcher - read the DM only for their pictures, they have the best and the widest variety, remember that they don’t have royal fact checkers so don’t believe what they write but above all never, ever read the DM comments.

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    5. And I also think that Daily Mail attracts sertain crowd by printing more roumors than facts. Honestly, some comments over there make me question the sanity of the commentators. Who would spend so much energy and time hating a person they don't even know?

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    6. So we are not to believe the Daily Mail mid-wife story? I think that outlet prints just enough favorable stories aboutH&M to keep on the good side of those who provide leaks for royal stories. If their articles were only unfavorable, the royal/palace- source well would soon dry up.

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  53. I must agree...I don't understand why Meghan is holding her belly. I have never seen anyone do this before?
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    1. Let me see.... she is holding her belly because she wants to; because she is an excited first time mother; because a number of online commentators said she was too old to get pregnant and she is over the moon that it happened; because other commentators are happy and excited for her and want to see her belly.

      I think we need to learn as human beings to be kind and stop projecting our personal preferences and prejudices onto other people.

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    2. I am with you Anon. 11:42. My sister has a Ph.D in psychology and did a two year post-doctoral fellowship. She always states happy people are nice people. This must be a joyous time for Meghan and Harry. We should be happy for them.

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    3. Why can't she? It might just be a nervous habit or self-consciousness; she's had a very flat stomach for 37 years until now!

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    4. I don't see people do this often either but let's look at her. She is 37 years old. Never had a baby. Wasn't married until last year so marriage or baby were not certain in her future. She is a very warm, expressive person. All that adds up to she must be overjoyed and bursting with happiness (physically and emotionally). I was older but just a few years younger than her and you really can't believe the miracle growing inside you. The baby is probably wiggling around too. All that said... I think she should be given grace with this. Let's all just be happy for her. (or stop looking at her pictures and do something else with your time.) I'm delighted for both her and her husband!

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    5. Oh my....you never saw a pregnant woman holding her belly? I can think of few just on TV.

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  54. Absolutely stunning! On an unrelated note i tried Meghan's zucchini pasta recipe but i had to substitute in ridge gourd. It was delicious!

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    1. Oh, good to know. I'm probably asking for the cookbook for Christmas. A question for those who bought it: Are there any dairy-free, gluten-free recipes (or easily adaptable to that)? Unfortunately, I'm on this very restricted diet but would like to get the cookbook if there would be some recipes I could eat. Any help with this is appreciated!

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  55. Exquisite πŸ‘Œ

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  56. Just flawless. One of her best looks yet! Also, it's so heartwarming to see Baby Sussex grow so beautifully. May God continue to bless and protect their little family.

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  57. she definitely looks beautiful! but i can't get on board with this clutching her belly all the time, beautiful pose for a pregnancy photo shoot... but I guess it's the first- time -pregnant thing, where every woman (including myself) believes she's the first pregnant woman ever ;)

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  58. It's so hard to make judgments from pictures because you don't know what happened before the picture was taken. Regarding the picture of Meghan holding her belly, I imagine right before the picture was snapped, someone said something about her pregnancy, whether it was congratulations or whatever, prompting her to cradle the baby and the picture was taken.

    Although, when I was pregnant I was constantly touching my belly, which was how I transferred poison ivy from my hands to my belly.

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    1. It's seems odd to me that she touches her belly so often when in public (there is more than one pic from this event, in diferent moments where she is rubbing her belly). I believe this leads many people wonder if she isn't do it on purpose and leads to many negative comments... I don't appreciate the gesture. I find it nice and sweet and warm of course, but in private or just now and then. She is doing it way too much, in my opinion

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    2. Oh no Marianne!! Gosh that must have been horrible :(

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    3. I don’t think she is doing it too much. It’s her body, her baby and anyone who thinks she is doing it as some kind of manipulation tactic is not with worrying about( I’m not saying you believe that MB).

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  59. I think she looks really beautiful and she does really well in public with a commanding presence and she's a confident and eloquent speaker. The dress is gorgeous.

    I think the difficulty with the belly holding poses are that it definitely comes across as a celebrity move instead of projecting elegant royalty. But this is a very minor thing and doesn't detract from the positive work she is doing. She'll be a royal for years to come and she won't be pregnant for very much of it when you take the long view!

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  60. My God she was beautiful despite everything that happens to her she remains dignified and full of confidence. It's really one of my favorite outfits. I love her friendship and the surprise she made to Clare, the room made him a nice welcome even David Beckam lol. I do not understand the criticism on her baby bumv even it is the same who criticize when she touches her hair hold the hand of Harry or laughs. Meghan continues to be happy and caress your belly people will do with that !!

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  61. She looks beautiful. Love the gown. I don’t understand why she has to constantly cradle her bump. It just doesn’t seem very royal.

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  62. I personally hate referencing the baby as a bump, is this a British thing I wonder....because it’s not a common American saying as least not here in the south... we don’t reference the stomach at all. My parents also taught me that the word belly was rude that animals had belly’s and humans have stomachs. A common phrase where I am from is wow you’re showing! I never said anything but always hated when people referred to Kate’s bump- quite ignorant if you ask me!

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    1. I live in the US Southeast too and "bump" is not a common reference for pregnancy, but I hear it used more than it once was. As a young mother myself and someone who is an Anglophile too, I will admit that I dislike some of the British descriptions/words used when discussing pregnancy, such as "heavily" pregnant or "she has fallen" pregnant. I also dislike the statement made after a royal baby is born..."She was safely delivered of a child". I understand the history/tradition and context of that statement, but the mother is the one delivering and giving birth to the baby. The work of labor is not being done for her. She is the one actively giving birth and the statement should reflect that. There is also one particular pregnancy expression here in the US that is infuriating to me and that is the reference health insurance companies make to those women who give birth at the age of 35 and older. Our pregnancies are called "geriatric or elderly". I am 36 and am currently pregnant with my third child, and that phrase "geriatric pregnancy" is on form after form. It was also used on my medical forms when I had my second child at the age of 33. There are certainly better, kinder words that could be used if that sort of label is absolutely necessary for a medical form.

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    2. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher12 December 2018 at 01:10

      Hi Indigoisle,
      I don't like the word "bump" either, but it is becoming more commonly used these days for some reason. I never discussed my "bump" when I was pregnant, rather people just referred to it as "the baby" in conversation, which is really what it is. A growing baby. It is a nice way to talk to a pregnant Mother, without underlying tones of "you're getting fat". haha.
      I don't like the word "belly" either, it does sound like something that I would potentially like to eat. May I suggest using the word "abdomen" instead, as it refers to the entire anatomical region ("The body space between the thorax - chest - and the pelvis"). The word "stomach" actually pertains to the muscular organ of digestion and is located upper left in the abdominal region :-)
      I don't mean to sound smart, but I get annoyed when words, names and places get muddled!!! I successfully taught my children the correct anatomical names for everything, and it really does de-mystify many things!
      I hope you don't mind me saying this, no offence meant xxx

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  63. It was nice to see Meghan out again and looking so happy and, of course, radiant. She is a stunning woman and pregnancy just enhances that fact. Her dress was beautiful. I can't fault her for cradling her baby, she's a first time pregnant woman and the flutters and kicks are always a pleasant surprise but a strange new feeling. I hope she doesn't get called on the carpet for the dark nail polish, it just added the right touch to black velvet and gold. Although, according to the British press she's damned if she does and if she doesn't. So I was glad to see her so happy, to see the audience loving her and to see all the rumors and trash stories have not diminished her sparkle. Can't wait to see her at Christmas time with Harry.

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  64. I think the photo of Meghan, Claire and Rosamunde is very "tongue and cheek", it's too bad that a lot of people won't get it.

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  65. My God she was beautiful despite everything that happens to her she remains dignified and full of confidence. It's really one of my favorite outfits. I love her friendship and the surprise she made to Clare, the room made him a nice welcome even David Beckam lol. I do not understand the criticism on her baby bumv even it is the same who criticize when she touches her hair hold the hand of Harry or laughs. Meghan continues to be happy and caress your belly people will do with that

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  66. SDR@02:07, you are on point. Next, my response to comments re negative press of the Duchess: As a former actress, the Duchess of Sussex knows how to handle negativity and flattery. One minute, you are praised and the next minute, you are torn to pieces with speculations about “any little thing” that has an angle and can be amplified. The media makes a living by selling papers and they will use whatever strategy it takes to sell papers, get online hits bcuz it is how they pay the bills. It was the Duchess of Cambridge who cautioned a lady during an engagement, “don’t believe everything you read”. Both Duchesses have had some bad press and will continue, from time to time, to experience some negative press. Even if it’s not true, the HEADINGS and SPECULATIONS draw public interest.

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  67. Love, love, love Meghan's look tonight!! With this outfit, her glow and her wonderful speech she just gave the middle finger to all those who keep trying to put her down, to put her "in her place", to make her feel less than. Good on you Meg!!

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  68. It seems like she is constantly holding her baby. However, after years of seeing only sour looks on Prince Beatrice, I tried some other, more friendly sites just to check and found tons of happy smiles. Meaning that if MM took that pose 5 times during the hours she was there, only those photos would be printed. I think she had a very fun time last night. She certainly deserves it, and she no doubt doesn't care who doesn't like it. I keep thinking of what Camilla said, that Meghan was a star. I believe some of the hostility in the print is because she is so intelligent and doesn't seem to need other people to function. Kate did get a lot of criticism for being Kate, and it was a big deal at the time that she was going to retain her family connections. That seems so far away now. There also were lots of fake stories about fights with Camilla. Meghan will retain all her connections in addition to her mom, which is a step further into reality.

    I think the media started separating pregnant women into "the woman" and "the bump." "She dressed her bump in..." I guess I've reluctantly gotten used to it. It's likely that Meghan knows the baby's sex by now and feels very close to her daughter or son to be. And the baby moves and Meghan is trying to cuddle him/her. Very sweet and loving. A very personal thing, like holding your child's hand.

    I appreciate her popping out to some event or other just when we need a new sighting!!

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  69. I am loving her look even more now seeing it full screen vs. on my phone. She looks lovely. Bump, no bump. Cradle no cradle the baby. Who cares? Anyone who thinks it's rude to say bump or belly should read some of the hateful comments made about her daily...MIND BLOWING! I'm loving the work she has embraced and happy Kate gets some of the pressure off of her shoulders at the same time. I wish we as a group would stop saying 'I love her look, but the trolls will (fill in the blanks)'. Let's stop thinking/worrying about them and comment only on Meghan and the work she is doing...and the clothes she is wearing!

    Just my 2 cents

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  70. Meant to add that her dress looks so much "blacker" than other black dresses/blouses---is that because it is velvet? (And I'm glad she got to be a star surrounded by all those Hollywood names.)

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  71. She put her hand on her belly on early stage from pregnancy so I m not surprised to see her from now her belly is more big 😊

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  72. OMG she's gorgeous. The outfit is a total win for me - wish she wore her hair that way at her wedding. But...that cradling move not cool.

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  73. Good news -- there is a reason that MM cradles her baby. There appears to be research behind it according to this midwife and is especially good in noisy situations.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6482975/The-reason-Meghan-cradles-bump-revealed-positive-effect-unborn-child.html

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  74. A surprisingly interesting reasoning for choosing MM for Time's shortlist. Worth taking the time to read.

    http://time.com/person-of-the-year-2018-meghan-markle-runner-up/

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  75. I did comment late USA time last evening but it has not appeared...But, on another note in speaking about her "bump" agree a very strange terms not often used in the US I think it is good to remember that a photo is just a quick snap in time. I do not think Meghan stood positioning herself for any other reason then to cross or clasp her hands then Baby Sussex comes into play and gets in the way. I'm beginning to think this girl (Meghan) just can't win. Glad she really doesn't care in my opinion. U go girl!

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    1. USA Granny, it seems like we claim to like her because of her differences yet we attack her whenever she does anything---I was going to say "un-Kate-like" but it doesn't even matter if Kate did it. I think some people want a Stepford Wives duchess.

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  76. WOWWW Meghan looks AMAZING. She seems so relaxed and happy. I don't know how she can stay so calm with all the negative press flying about constantly (it really makes me sick), but perhaps not reading it really does help. Me, I'd be full of anxiety just knowing how many people were hating on me.

    I honestly never thought a woman holding her stomach when pregnant could spark such controversy. I can see how it comes off as "hey, look at me!" but I also think it's mostly done subconsciously and/or out of joy. It is her first kid, after all.

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  77. From Audrey: I think she cradles her stomach as a way to include her baby in whatever she is doing...also let's not forget that it's reported that she's very tactile and likes to hug etc...I predict that when she has the baby she'll have a baby carrier and swaddle the baby about on her chest...now that will raise eyebrows lol

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  78. Thank you Charlotte for the post. Meghan looked very glamorous and A-list. I felt far more at home at this event than some other events. It worries me that we might have a Lord Snowden situation building. He became rapidly bored with royal life returned to his photography career and we all know how that ended. I wasn’t surprised at Frogmore. After all Prince Andrew and Sarah were given a home at Windsor as well on their marriage and never had a London home. I would also have expected split staff. Prince Charles and his siblings never shared administration staff. I expect some shared projects but also the devolvement of the brothers lives. They have vastly different lives ahead of them. What I am so pleased about is that the need for a role and career path for Harry has been recognised and is developing. Prince Andrew was not so fortunate. And then a final comment on the media. They are businesses whose income in the main is derrived from advertising. The more traffic the better price for the advertising. Meghan has a massive fan base who are Meghanists rather than royalists and from the media point of view guaranteed to generate high volume site traffic so as long as that is the case I would expect the current slant to continue. Modern media is opinion based not fact based so a good saleable story will always trump fact. And we read the stories and buy the magazines and perpetuate the cycle so at the end of the day we are responsible.

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  79. meghan looks terrific here. i really want to like her. i love the idea of someone from a diverse background in the royal family but i just wish as someone who is supposedly a grown articulate woman she would stop with the girly giggly gestures. maybe its an american thing but it comes across as affected as does the baby holding in public. my other concern is that while she is an articulate speaker in terms of delivery when you analyse what she says its all a little silly and doesnt actually say anything of substance. hopefully she will grow out of the actress posing and grow into her role

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    1. I also don't like the giggling poises but her friends call her a "girly girl," so I suppose that is part of her personality.

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    2. She is very attractive and seems nice but I agree with your take on the general mannerisms and what she says. None of BRF tends to truly say much in their speeches so that is pretty par for the role. Her mannerisms are not an "American thing".

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  80. What i wondered is why there were so many unannounced or last minute engagements for Meghan over the last couple of months (really ever since they came back from their tour). It feels nothing like Meghan's attitude so far, always doing lots of things. This is no criticism, she obviously is still extremely busy, but i cannot help but wonder why the secrecy over her recent engagements?! Do you all think it might have to do with the terrible news reports of late?

    Cheers, Lily

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  81. I know this is cliche, but Meghan is a glowing pregnant woman! Not that she wasn't stunning before, but she was shining in these photos! And that she's on the Time's Person of the Year list! It keeps getting better.

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  82. She looks radiant and healthy and so happy for that! Love her confidence and poise. Who cares if she cradles her bump. Had I waited until 37 to have children I may never stop cradling my precious bump.

    I am not a fan of this dress or ensemble. I know she favors clean lines and minimal frill but the whole look to me is severe and boring. At a fashion awards show I would have expected more kapow!

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  84. Brits must love the Beckham’s, sorry, I am just not a fan... please someone tell me why are they everywhere the royals are? What is their draw? I know Victoria is a fashion designer... but when I read she wouldn’t ever flash a big smile because she doesn’t want wrinkles, that did it for me...sorry but failing to recognize that aging is part of the way God made us.... is way out of style....and just wrong on so many levels.

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  85. I love love this whole ensemble. Meghan looks lovely. Confident and poised.

    As for folks who have never seen pregnant women holding their baby bump, well here is a great example. She’s clearly is happy and that happiness shows. As for the black nails, holding baby bump, family feud, hosiery or not, etc., these photos and pieces are good click bait stories. The more people take side, opine, and troll, the more $$$ these media sites get. It’s a business and it isn’t news. These so call royal reporters have to gin stories daily- hence the use of unknown, unverifiable “palace source”. (I’m old enough to remember when many of these tabloid reporters were investigated for hacking people’s private phones.). BTW, this is how Russian disinformation works.

    On a happy note, my Canadian-American family is thrilled to see Meghan in the Royal Family. Except for Diana, we didn’t pay much attention to the monarchy as much of the ‘news’ was salacious gossip or dull. I watched Diana’s wedding with my mom and my daughter watched Meghan’s with me. It’s a lovely circle. (And no, that is not a diss to Kate’s wedding as my daughter was only 2 at the time). As for the Commonwealth, I think Meghan and Harry did energize interest in the monarchy again. I don’t know how sustainable or relevant the monarchy will continue to be outside the UK as much of its role depends on UK politics (Brexit) and UK’s international standing.

    The world is changing quickly, the monarchy needs to be nimble and adapt to make itself relevant. We readers should do the same. To see fellow women bicker over nail polish, baby bump holding, royal protocol, or hosiery only add to the stereotype and denigration of women. We are better than this.


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  86. Holding her baby/stomach so often last night and particularly when posing for a picture with another is distracting for me. No matter how many times I've gone back again and again to see the photos and videos and try to take it all in with as much objectivity and perspective as I can, I still think it is very distracting. I've seen many many women do it, including myself and royal ladies, but doing it as often as she did and during certain times is the distracting thing for me. I have not seen anyone do it that often before and so my eyes aren't used to it.

    I also see nothing wrong with saying I don't like it. We say often that we don't/do like this or that however I could never agree with a personal, over-the-top seeming attack on her. That is unfair, it is cyber bullying, and it is a huge problem right now for the human race in my opinion.

    I believe my issue with it is because it is just not something I'm used to seeing to that degree and frequency. Being a royal follower since 1980 I've gotten used to how the Queen, and somewhat Kate, move, behave, act, and react, sit, stand, interact, etc so when someone does it differently than what I'm used to seeing it takes some getting used to by me.

    Meghan is clearly choosing to change some things about herself (clothing, manners, body movement, deference, keeping opinions quite in order to support British royalty and honor their ways) but she seems unwilling to change everything. She is a great example of strength and poise in this way and considering she is nowhere close to the "top job" she does have more leeway to be herself.

    There are consequences to every choice and I think there will be some good and some bad. For instance, the consequence of not "behaving" as the Queen would or Kate to some degree sort of takes the magic out of royalty for me. I don't follow celebrities at all but I follow the royal family (mainly the Queen) because they do behave so differently than what I am used to seeing - almost unnaturally but that is part of my draw to them personally I believe. So, when a "senior royal" moves differently, dresses differently, etc it may turn some away. I say, just don't look then. Lol.

    Just because I feel this way, just because this happens to be my feelings right now about last night, doesn't mean Meghan is wrong or that I should get my knickers bunched up about it. Which brings me to one of the good consequences of her choice to hold her baby/stomach so very often last night, she is being herself which is a vital example that so many women don't have. In addition, it occurred to me that considering how passionate she is about helping women in countries where they are shamed for even menstruating what a wonderful beacon she was last night in showing the world to never be ashamed for being pregnant. While I assume most who will read this are from countries who no longer shame pregnancy there are many many places that still do. If her image holding her baby/stomach makes it to some of these places think of the positive message it sends about being pregnant.

    What I tell myself is "listen, Sarah, she may distract you sometimes because she isn't what you're used to seeing behavior-wise, etc but enjoy her differences and take inspiration from her strength. You want "traditional ways" from your royals? You've still got the Queen and Camilla to go to for that. Enjoy Meghan for exactly who she is and take that lesson into your own life." Yes, I have conversatiins with myself....lol :) ❤

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      FLORIDA GIRL! Thank you for saying EXACTLY what my current thoughts about Meghan are in every single one of your paragraphs!! To clarify, I've been a devoted Meghan supporter since the beginning (since news of the engagement). I've been a Kate supporter since her engagement...I still remember reading about it whilst on vacation in Cabo in 2010 lol. I really do admire both duchesses.

      But ever since the tour down under...Meghan's made me pause and go hmmmm and question what's behind the actions. Like you said Florida Girl, it's not bad, she's not wrong, nothing offensive. Just wondering if it's for attention? It's...jarring? I'm a pretty un-jarrable person ha. But like your last paragraph says, I think I just need to realize that Meghan's different from the traditional members of the royals.

      Anyway, THANK YOU again for articulating my thoughts about the past few weeks. Now I can sleep at night ;-)

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  87. As a woman who was pregnant twice but never got to the stage where Meghan now is, I say she can cradle that baby as much as possible! You never know what might happen. And a baby really cannot have too much cradling, publicly and privately.

    On the fashion side, this is a stunningly beautiful look, every detail just right.

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    1. Thank you Marci for some much-needed perspective on the baby cradling debate. And I am very sorry for your losses ❤️

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  89. I was reading an article at DailyMail where a midwive explained that holding and stroking the bump is fortunate for the baby and mum. It calms down and this helps especially under stress, in noisy and exciting situations as the Award ceremony has been. So Meghan is just doing the best for her baby and herself! It has nothing to do with showing of the bump. It is protecting the health of her baby.

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  90. I know I'm in the minority, but I really don't like this look. The only thing I like, ironically, are the dark nails. LOL. The hair might be the problem for me. Having it so severely slicked back is unflattering, IMO. -AZ

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  91. The noise during their public walkabouts and other events is substantial and it is claimed that the baby is soothed during such times by being touched. Now that I know the reason behind the cradling, I'll just keep thinking how lucky that baby is. :)

    I know this is a job/position but it's not worth changing a person to be something she isn't beyond the usual changes like having to wear a hat.

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  92. And I wonder now, after reading the news article with the midwife's explanation, and Meghan cradling top and bottom if she is having twins. Wouldn't that be something! I'm also hoping that we see her attending the Queen's Christmas luncheon. I'm sure the unannounced appearances make it harder for Charlotte to keep up with I am liking this nice almost daily surprise of seeing Meghan somewhere being a poised, confident, strong, and happy young woman. Personally, I think it's Harry's way of trying to protect his wife and child. And I cannot fault the man for that. OK, here's hoping we see her in something red, lush and festive really soon.

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  93. As always, Meghan looked lovely in her gown. As a fan of jewelry myself, I always hope she wears more statement earrings, while still maintaining her simplistic and elegant style.

    Question: Did I miss the royal tour poll of favorite outfits? Are you planning to do a recap with a poll?

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  94. I just saw a really sweet video on twitter which shows that Meghan was touching her bump as a reaction to the baby kicking. Hopefully this link works: pic.twitter.com/6LdcJjvpJU

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  95. She looks absolutely lovely. However she cradles her stomach is perfectly fine. This is her first pregnancy so everything is new and unknown. My first pregnancy was with twins and I'm 5'2". I was usually chasing one out of my ribs while chasing the other off my bladder. She has expanding ligaments and muscles that will give her a "hello" to let her know they are stretching as well as feet and hands poking out. A little rubbing gets the appendage back in a suitable and comfortable place but that comes with experience. I was much more prepared when my daughter was born. Give her time. None of us were experts the first time.

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