Monday, 23 May 2022

A Kiss for Her Prince: Meghan Exudes Old Hollywood Glamour at Afternoon of Polo

In the early hours of this morning, it was a lovely surprise to see a selection of images and videos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Santa Barbara Polo Club.

Yesterday, several eagle-eyed observers on social media spotted an invitation a guest shared for a special polo event held in aid of local charities by Harry and Meghan. Prince Harry has been actively participating in the polo season as part of the Los Padres team for charitable causes close to his heart. The Prince has been cheered on by his wife on several occasions, but to date we've seen primarily pap photos of Meghan's attendance.

I wasn't expecting much today either, so it was a treat to see so many guests and those involved with the day sharing snaps.

The invitation.

It was a day to catch up with old friends, including Meghan's long-time pal Abigail Spencer. The pair co-starred on Suits and have been incredibly close since. During a 2018 performance of Hamilton, Meghan told Lin-Manuel Miranda that Abigail loves the show: "We were born on the same day, same year, so we are so close."

There was plenty of time spent with polo players and their families. 

This little one caught Meghan's eye :)

Rebel Wilson was one of several well-known faces (also neighbour Orlando Bloom and Mariska Hargitay), and shared she was 'Team Harry' for the event.

Local charities benefitting from the event included FoodBank Santa Barbara County, Heal the Ocean and CALM4kids.

The Evening Standard reports:

'The Duchess of Sussex sent crowds wild at a charity polo match in the US after giving Prince Harry a kiss as she presented a trophy on Sunday.

Meghan was cheered by well-wishers at the Los Padres charity polo match in Santa Barbara after pecking each team member on the cheek - before kissing her husband.'

As you can see, Harry's team won.

The Duchess was on hand to present the trophy.

A celebratory kiss was in order :)

Meghan exuded Old Hollywood glamour. The look was timeless perfection and quite easily makes the cut as one of her most iconic ensembles to date. The styling, choice of hat, accessories and bold pop of lipstick worked perfectly. It definitely felt like a throwback to iconic looks from Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

Vogue notes Meghan has 'revived' Pretty Woman style at the polo:

'The Duchess turned out to support her husband Prince Harry, a keen polo player, at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, where his Los Padres team took home the Lisle Nixon Memorial trophy on Sunday, and her chosen outfit had more than a dash of Pretty Woman about it. Her breezy blouse with tie-front detail featured a polka-dot print – just like the dress Vivian wears to stomp the divots in the classic rom-com. 

Meghan added high-waisted tailored shorts like those that were central to Julia’s ’90s power wardrobe in the film, once she’d relieved the boutiques of Rodeo Drive of much of their stock.'

Meghan teamed a polka dot blouse with a black wide-brim hat and a pair of white Khaite Isabelle High-Rise shorts.

Meghan accessorised with her Kahite Bella leather belt. It's currently available at Nordstrom and 24s.

Meghan wore her black suede Aquazzura 'Savoy' pumps.

The Duchess accessorised with Diana's Cartier Tank watch

We saw Meghan's trusty Cartier Love bracelet.

It very much looks like Meghan wore her Lorraine Schwartz earrings and Valentino sunglasses -- with many thanks to Meghan's Closet Chronicles for ID's.

A fantastic day for the polo and a treat to see Harry and Meghan having a wonderful time!

Friday, 6 May 2022

Happy Birthday, Archie, a Special Fundraiser, the Sussexes to Attend Jubilee & Harry Back in the Saddle

Hello hello, dear readers,

We have several topics to chat about today (including news on the Jubilee), but first, I know you'll all join me in wishing Archie a very happy third birthday. Harry and Meghan's son is celebrating the day with his parents, sister Lili, and I'm sure grandmother Doria and close friends, too.

As with previous birthdays, a number of supporters of the Sussexes have been working behind the scenes to create a fundraiser marking both Archie's and Lili's birthdays in support of World Central Kitchen. Archewell works closely with the organization, and amid the ongoing devastation in Ukraine, their work on the ground has never been more necessary or appreciated.

More from the fundraising page on World Central Kitchen's fundraising site:

 'We're celebrating! Join our month long party to mark Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's 3rd birthday on May 6 and Lili Diana Mountbatten-Windsor's 1st birthday on June 4.

In honor of these special little ones, we're raising money in support of World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization using the power of food to nourish communities in crisis and strengthen economies around the world. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Chef Relief Team mobilizes to the front lines with the urgency of now to start cooking and provide meals to people in need.

"I love them. I have been able to spend time with them, working with them and they are very hands-on and highly knowledgeable of what's happening in the world, what the issues are, and what the needs are. For me, it is a pleasure to call them friends." - Chef JosΓ© AndrΓ©s'

To give you a glimpse into the horrific scenes in Ukraine and the vital role WCK are playing -- just yesterday morning a missile was fired in Kramatorsk leaving a huge crater in its wake. The team were not only there with hot meals, but also bandaged the wounded, helped get people to safety, and offered support in any way they could.

The fundraiser began today, and quite incredibly (as of publishing) has already surpassed $27,000 in donations. Please click here if you would like to offer your support.

I think it's very special indeed to see this legacy of supporting others most in need continuing alongside Archie (and now Lili's) birthdays. To celebrate the birthday of a child by helping another such as three-year-old Katya from Mykolaiv, living with their families in unimaginable circumstances, is the greatest and kindest gift one can give.


We are now less than a month away from the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed they, along with Archie and Lili, are "excited and honoured" to attend the celebrations in June. I felt personally for some time that Harry and Meghan would want to attend to mark the historic occasion in Her Majesty's reign. Equally, and sadly, there's been a sharp decline in the Queen's health and mobility over the past six months and it's another important opportunity to spend time with her and of course for Her Majesty to see Archie and meet namesake Lilibet. Indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a christening during the week. Following a brief return to Windsor before the Invictus Games, a conversation on the jubilee was obviously had, and it's long been said it's the Queen's wish to have the entire family there. The security issue was at the crux of obstacles, but I expect that has been remedied for the visit next month. The visit will mark the first UK public appearances the Duke and Duchess have made jointly since the Commonwealth Day service in March 2020.

The Jubilee weekend kicks off on Thursday, 2 June with Trooping the Colour. We will not see the Sussexes attend this one as the Queen has decided only "currently working royals" will appear. A Palace spokesperson said: "After careful consideration, the Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday, 2nd June will be limited to Her Majesty and those members of the Royal family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen."

When will we see the Duke and Duchess? Below, are a selection of events we're going to see immediate and extended family, working and non-working royals, attend, so I would pencil in the following as very likely:

Friday, 3 June - St Paul’s Cathedral will hold a historic Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign on the morning of Friday, 3rd June. The Service will include Bible readings, anthems, prayers and congregational hymns, expressing thankfulness for the Queen’s reign, faith and service; desire to foster unity and peace amongst all peoples; and commitment to care for God’s creation. The Service will include a new anthem by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, that sets to music words from the third chapter of the Book of Proverbs.

Saturday, 4 June - The Queen and members of the Royal family are due to attend the Derby at Epsom Downs. It's important to say it's possible Her Majesty may not be able to attend all of the events. I imagine contingencies are ready if that's the case and a large gathering of family members will be at each event.

That evening, the Platinum Party at the Palace: hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will lead live coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace and air live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and across the BBC network from 8.00pm to 10.30pm. The celebration will see famous faces from the world of entertainment brought together to perform for a night of musical tributes to celebrate the Jubilee. Below, a first look at staging for the event.

Sunday, 5 June - The day will kick off with the Big Jubilee Lunches and over 60K people registered to host street parties, BBQs and get togethers to celebrate the occasion. Buckingham Palace said: "Over ten million people across the UK are expected to be joining the celebrations to share friendship, food and fun at Big Jubilee Lunches as part of this nationwide act of community friendship. People across the world are also joining in with over 600 international Big Jubilee Lunches being planned throughout the Commonwealth and beyond - from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland."

Finally, the weekend will culminate with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. The Gold State Carriage, led by the Sovereign’s Escort, will lead the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, embracing the latest in digital technology to evoke the excitement and majesty of her journey to be crowned 70 years ago. The Pageant, which starts at 2.30pm and finishes with a finale at the Queen Victoria Memorial ending at 5pm, will serve as an opportunity to gather and pay tribute to Her Majesty. It will culminate with the singing of the national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’, by a gospel choir to the sounds of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. The Pageant will bring to life iconic moments from the Queen’s reign as well as showcasing our changing society over the past 70 years. 10,000 people are involved, including the military, over 6,000 volunteers, performers, key workers and 2,500 members of the general public. A "fabulous surprise" has been promised for the event.

The Queen's health permitting, it has been widely rumoured for some time a second balcony appearance or large family gathering with all members of the family will take place after the pageant.

To visit the Queen's Platinum Jubilee website, please click here. I can see visits to Smart Works and Well Child on the agenda too, and as I said, potentially Lili's christening.


Finally, Prince Harry is back in the white trousers for the polo season in Santa Barbara. Harry made his debut with his Los Padres teammates, including Nacho Figueras, in aid of causes close to their hearts last weekend.

Meghan was on hand to cheer for Harry, surrounded by friends including Markus Anderson.

Meghan wore Everlane's Silky Cotton Relaxed shirt (with thanks to Meghan's Closet Chronicles). It's available in multiple colours on Everlane's website.

The Duchess wore her Madewell x Biltmore Panama hat.

And Diana's Cartier Tank watch and Chanel flats.