Dinner in Mayfair... Meghan reportedly enjoyed dinner last night in Mayfair's cool private members club Little House. The club is part of conglomerate Soho House - one of Meghan's closest friends Markus Anderson serves as director. Markus accompanied Meghan to the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony in Toronto in September.
Little House is described as "a house on a quiet corner in London’s Mayfair, with Restaurant, Drawing Room, Salon Bar, art collection featuring works by Taryn Simon and Jenny Holzer and a programme of members’ events".
The dress code at the club is described as "subversively casual" with alumni including Keira Knightley and James Corden.
Members enjoy live music in the Drawing Room.
Their menu for the Christmas season offers Roast Cauliflower Soup, Beef Tartare served with Clarence Court egg and Sourdough. Mains included Breaded Veal, Turkey, Roast Potatoes and Cranberry and Wild Sea Bass. Sticky toffee pudding and treacle tart are on the dessert menu. The restaurant boasts an impressive wine list too. Meghan adores a good glass of red and once revealed she'd "replace dessert for a 'big, beautiful red any day".
Meghan even named her defunct blog The Tig, after Tignanello red wine. "Tignanello is a full-bodied red wine that I tried about seven years ago," she said. "In wine circles, it is nicknamed 'Tig'. It was my first moment of getting it — I finally understood what people meant by the body, structure, finish, legs of wine. The TIG is my nickname for me getting it. Not just wine, but everything."
Meghan was spotted dining with restauranteurs Richard Caring and Nick Jones by staff from Square Meal. Entrepeneur Nick Jones is the Chief Executive of Soho House.
Woman of the Year... Hello! Magazine has crowned Meghan their Woman of the Year for 2017. "As 2017 draws to a close there is one person this year belongs to and as Meghan Markle reflects on her transformation from TV actress to the star of her very own Christmas fairy tale, HELLO! names her as our Woman of the Year. Not only has Meghan, 36, captured the heart of husband-to-be Prince Harry, but she has also won the approval of fans around the world as she prepares to join the royal family and take her humanitarian work to a whole new level."
Wedding Dress Designer Sketches... A story very much doing the rounds in recent days has been news Israeli designer Inbal Dror has been asked to submit sketches for Meghan's wedding gown.
The Telegraph reports "preliminary sketches submitted by Miss Dror have already emerged, and if they are anything to go by, Miss Markel’s bridal gown is likely to be a marriage of tradition and modernity. The 41 year-old is known for the long trains on her dresses - and if she incorporates one into the actresses’ outfit it will no doubt be interpreted as recalling the long train worn by Harry’s mother Diana, when she married Prince Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral in July 1981. A spokeswoman for Dror told The Telegraph she was asked last week by a representative of the royal family to submit a sketch for a wedding dress for Miss Markle. 'She was asked to do a sketch last week by the royal family. Unfortunately it’s a secret and I can’t give more details about it,' she said, adding that the sketches seen so far may not be the final drafts that Miss Dror actually submitted to the palace. 'It is important to say that these are just preliminary sketches and weren't distributed by her. She has no idea how they made it to the world media.'" Below, a look at the early sketches.
I would safely imagine dozens of designers have been asked to submit sketches for both the wedding gown and Meghan's dress for the reception. Speaking to the media this early on would very likely rule out any possibility Meghan will select a piece by the designer. It is interesting to know wedding planning is in full swing. We'll be looking at possibilities for the dress and potential designers in a new series of posts focused on the 'Royal Wedding' in the New Year. :)
Fashion Updates... I know there's been much interest in the restocking of Meghan's Joseph Laurel Skirt. Meghan Markle Style notes the piece is now back in stock on the Joseph website. It's also available in one or two sizes at Net-A-Porter.
One item in Meghan's wardrobe that will not be selling out is the Misha Nonoo Husband Shirt she wore for the Invictus Games.
People spoke with the designer:
'When Meghan Markle made her first public appearance with then-boyfriend Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in September, she wore a white button-down and ripped jeans. The jeans sold out near instantly, but the shirt didn’t — but that’s not due to a lack of demand.
Designer Misha Nonoo, who is behind Meghan’s go-to oversized white shirt and is close friends with the soon-to-be royal, manufactures her styles on demand, meaning that no item is made until an order is placed.
“I decided to change my manufacturing process to be on-demand last November,” Nonoo tells PEOPLE. “It’s been a great success.” This sustainable switch was a big undertaking for Nonoo, she says. “It took eight solid months of quality testing, logistical training and software improvement to say with confidence that I could offer my customers sustainable luxury fashion cut, sewn and delivered in less than a week.”
The shirt can be ordered in sizes XS - XL on Misha Nonoo's website.
An Important Appointment for Prince Harry... We close with news Prince Harry will assume the role of Captain General Royal Marines in succession to his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired in August. The Duke's association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to 2nd June 1953, when he was appointed Captain General in succession to the late King George VI.
'It’s a fitting transition for Harry to take over for Philip. Though Harry never served in the Royal Navy as his grandpa did in the years before Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne — he was in the Army for 10 years — he’s long proven his dedication to service members and veterans. Since 2014, he’s spearheaded the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style competition for wounded and recovering veterans. The passing of the position onto his grandson is just another milestone in what’s been a year full of them for Prince Philip: Beyond his retirement, he and Queen Elizabeth also celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November.'
Prince Harry accompanied Prince Philip in his final duty as Captain General today, as Their Royal Highnesses received the incoming and outgoing Commandants General at Buckingham Palace. It is a significant appointment and a further sign of Harry's increasing royal role.
See you tomorrow! :)