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Meghan Markle will face her toughest royal test yet when the Queen hosts the biggest gathering of heads of state ever to be held in the UK during a Commonwealth summit – and Meghan and Prince Harry are poised to take on roles usually reserved for Prince William and Kate.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, known as CHOGM, takes place in London in April and will have added significance this year because of Brexit.
The Government is hoping to use the summit of 52 Commonwealth countries, which is being held at venues including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, as a platform to kick-start free trade talks with non EU countries in preparation for Britain’s exit from the bloc on March 29, 2019.
The Royal Family will be central to the week-long event, with the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla and younger royals including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry all expected to take part.
Meghan, 36, expressed a desire to find out more about the Commonwealth during an interview with Harry following their engagement last November. It is thought she will accompany Harry, 33, on a number of appointments – with speculation the couple may even need to step in for William and Kate because their third baby is due around the time of the conference, which starts on April 16.
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First and foremost, the Suits actress has picked her wedding dress designer!
A royal insider confirmed to E! News that Meghan enlisted the help of her bestie and Canadian bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney to help her with the process of picking the right gown.
“This was Meghan’s first fitting with the designer and a chance for her and Jessica to look through a number of different designs,” the insider tells us, noting the fitting was top-secret and the designer is only known by about five people.
“During the appointment, Meghan was able to narrow down what she liked and disliked,” our source explained. “Some of their favorite design elements includes embroidery and sleeves.”
In fact, royal reporter Omid Scobie told Good Morning America, “Meghan expressed the desire to wear something simple and classy and very elegant. They’ve tried on a number of different designs and are currently whittling it down to pick the best design for the day.”
And Harry has made sure to give his soon-to-be wife plenty of space as she picks her dress.
“Harry made himself scarce, giving the girls plenty of private time to kind of have their meetings with the designers and, of course, choose other wedding elements,” the royal reporter dished. “Harry’s kind of made it clear that he wants to make this about Meghan.”
But Jessica’s time with Meghan has been spent on more than just her dress.
“Alongside dress planning, Jessica is guiding Meghan through a number of wedding day details, helping pull together ideas and resources from her impressive contacts book,” our insider tells us.
Scobie paralleled that note, telling GMA, “Jessica Mulroney has a rich history when it comes to…wedding planning and bridal styling. It’s not just the dress she’s involved in. She’s actually helping with a number of elements for the big day and I think Meghan is really relying heavily on her expertise and a lot of the decision she has to make, and there are many.”
In fact, the royal reporter says Jessica’s daughter, Ivy, will be the flower girl in the wedding. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, is also reportedly set to be a flower girl, while their son, Prince George, will be a page boy.
As for the guests, GMA reports the high-profile list could include: Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and first lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau as well as some of Meghan’s celebrity friends like Priyanka Chopra, designer Misha Nonoo and tennis GOAT Serena Williams.
Harry has also reportedly put Ed Sheeran at the top of his list to perform at the wedding after-party.
Prince Harry and Meghan are set to wed on May 19 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and we’re told Meghan is “incredibly excited” that everything is coming together.
But the American bride-to-be – who is said to be ‘very hands-on’ with the wedding plans – also intends to surprise their guests with some ‘quirky’ elements, according to royal sources.
The Duchess of Cambridge installed an ice cream van and burger stalls at Buckingham Palace for her evening reception in 2011.
Her sister, Pippa Middleton, brought in table tennis tables for her nuptials last year, and played a match with tennis star Roger Federer, who then took on Kate, William and Harry.
Now Harry, 33, and divorcee Meghan, 36, want to have some surprises of their own at Windsor Castle on May 19, although it is not known what they will be.
A palace insider said: ‘Miss Markle has described it as reflecting a fairytale wedding, which, of course, is really what it is.
‘Staff have been struck by how unbelievably happy they are together.
‘They are having huge fun planning this. No one has ever seen Prince Harry quite like it.’
When it comes to food, Harry is following in the footsteps of his father, Prince Charles, with a ‘best of British’ theme.
Charles has long championed home-grown, organic, seasonal produce – which helped him to bond with self-confessed foodie Meghan.
The source added: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if the menu eventually reflects some of Meghan’s Los Angeles heritage.’
Harry and Meghan have been more involved in the planning of their wedding than most royal couples.
They have made it clear to royal staff that while normal protocol will be respected in terms of seating, invitations and the guest list, they want their nuptials to be a ‘toned-down affair’ rather than one of starchy formality.
The couple are said to want their wedding to mirror their own tastes and personalities instead of the institution of the Royal Family.
One insider said: ‘They want it to be fun and reflective of themselves as a couple and of their family and friends that will be there.
‘It will still very much be a royal wedding – just not a traditional one.’
The Lord Chamberlain’s Office, which is responsible for organising any events on the Queen’s programme that involve such ceremonies, would normally be responsible for a royal wedding, in conjunction with The Master of the Household’s Department, which handles official and private entertaining across all the royal residences.
But Harry and Meghan are also bringing in a team of their own wedding planners, as well as the society caterers Table Talk.
One source told how Miss Markle was taking a ‘very hands-on role with the organising process’, adding: ‘In fact, Harry insisted on it.
‘She’s a woman of great style and taste, a real foodie and, of course, used to run a lifestyle blog, The Tig.
‘She has a very clear idea of what she wants.
‘When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married, Kate knew what she wanted when it came to things such as flowers, cakes decoration and the like.
‘But, overall, she would defer to what the palace wanted in terms of the big picture.
‘Meghan and Harry are very different.’
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Magazine Scans > People – January 8 2018
As 2017 wraps up, the changing of the guard is clear in royal circles as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle toss out the traditional play book. With the release of three stunning new photos on Dec. 21 that look more like Hollywood movie stills than official palace portraits, the engaged couple demonstrated yet again that they are writing their own rules. Harry, a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, is “cock-a-hoop” at the prospect of their life together. (Translation: Deliriously happy.)
As they plan their May 19 wedding, Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, are “leading the planning process for all aspects,” their spokesman says — with their own unique touch.
The pair are set to wed at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle with the blessing of Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. That would have been unthinkable in the past: Elizabeth’s uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson. (Like Simpson, Markle is also American and divorced.)
“We are a very much multi-cultural, multi-colored, multi-faith society these days,” says Penny Junor, Harry’s biographer. “Lots of people in Britain were born in other countries and having a royal family reflect that is very helpful. The fact that she is mixed race, a divorcée, a career woman and not a member of the British aristocracy is all very positive for the future of the monarchy, and for it to be seen to be relevant to society today.”
Palace courtiers who have met Meghan (including at the annual staff party at Windsor Castle) note she has lots of new ideas. “She is smart and well-liked,” one staffer tells PEOPLE.
On Christmas Day, the couple delighted the crowds outside church. (And Meghan even proved a pro with her first curtsy before the Queen!)
Early in the new year, the couple will continue planning for their big day, including Meghan’s baptism into the Church of England. Earlier this month, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the couple has a “profound sense of commitment” about their life together.
Merry Christmas, everyone! Today (December 25, 2017) Meghan Markle joined The Queen and the rest of The Royal Family for Christmas Day Service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham for the first time. Meghan’s appearance breaks tradition by being the first non member of the royal family to join the Christmas festivities. At the moment I have added 80 high quality photos to the gallery, enjoy!
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2017 > December 25 | Christmas Day Church Service At Sandringham
Today, (December 21, 2017) Kensington Palace released two official photographs of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from their formal engagement shoot. Shortly afterwards “as a way to say thank you” The Palace released one candid photo. The photographs were taken in Windsor, on the grounds of Frogmore House, an area the couple has previously stated as ‘a very special’ for the two of them. The photos were taken by fashion and celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski who said “It was an incredible honour to be asked to document this wonderful event, but also a great privilege to be invited to share and be a witness to this young couple’s love for one another. I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took of them, such was their happiness together.” You can now view the photos in the gallery. Enjoy!
Photoshoots & Official Portraits > Official Portraits > Official Engagement Photos – December 2017
Every year, on the Wednesday before Christmas, the Queen holds a pre-Christmas lunch at the palace, and it’s one of the more entertaining of the traditional royal events because, instead of seeing posed photos from inside the event, we only get a bunch of paparazzi shots of the various royals in their cars making their way into the palace. It’s sort of like the royal version of those photos taken of people as they careen down the track on an amusement park ride.
And this year’s photos are even more notable than they have been other years, as the event was attended by Meghan Markle. Markle, who is set to marry Prince Harry in May, presumably met many of the extended-family royals for the first time today, as more than 50 royals lunched with the Queen.
Markle wore a “high-necked lace dress” from the label Self-Portrait. She accompanied the look with some diamond drop earrings.
Engagements Christmas Lunch At Buckingham Palace – December 20 2017
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Christmas with the future in-laws may not seem out of the ordinary, but for the royal family, it’s a total break in tradition.
This holiday season, Meghan Markle will become the first royal fiancée to spend Christmas Day with the royal family — making her the exception to traditional protocol. Prince William and Kate Middleton, for example, spent Christmas apart, despite announcing their engagement in November 2010.
But what Harry asks, the Queen is likely to grant. A family friend has told PEOPLE, “If Harry asks for something, the Queen would say yes as she adores him.”
From hand-holding to private meetings with the Queen, Meghan has blazed her own path since entering Prince Harry’s world last year. While there’s no official rule restricting PDA, royals usually refrain from holding hands while on official engagements. But Meghan and Harry don’t hold back when it comes to showing their affection for one another.