The Queen Will Give Her Role at the National Theatre to Meghan Markle
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The Queen Will Give Her Role at the National Theatre to Meghan Markle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will begin the new year with an away day to the north west of England, Kensington Palace said on Monday. After taking a short break to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, the couple is back in London and will resume work with a visit to the town of Birkenhead, Merseyside.

According to the itinerary released this afternoon by Kensington Palace, Harry and Meghan will meet veterans and unveil a plaque in the town’s Hamilton Square before visiting an organization that supports vulnerable women and the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone where they will take part in workshops.

As Vanity Fair revealed last year, Meghan, who is feeling well during the third trimester of her pregnancy, has asked aides to fill her diary right up to her due date and the couple is likely to carry out many more engagements over the coming months. Last year, Meghan and Harry clocked up an impressive 289 engagements in the U.K. and overseas, and plans are being drawn up for a tour to Canada and the U.S. this autumn. Continue reading The Queen Will Give Her Role at the National Theatre to Meghan Markle

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Meghan Markle in 2018: Why the Duchess of Success Is Just Getting Started
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Meghan Markle in 2018: Why the Duchess of Success Is Just Getting Started

Ms. Markle is looking forward to hitting the ground running,” were the famous words uttered by a Kensington Palace spokesman to a room full of journalists, including this one, during a briefing just over a year ago.

After months of speculation about Meghan’s potential as a member of the royal family, a November 28, 2017 press conference in Buckingham Palace, just a day after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced, offered a glimpse of what was to come.

Having already used the small platform she created while on Suits to spread the word of women’s rights in India and female empowerment for the UN, it was clear Meghan had big plans for her life as a duchess. But even those with the highest of expectations didn’t imagine she would be closing out 2018 with 105 royal engagements under her belt, a four-country tour completed, and a New York Times bestseller. Hit the ground running indeed.

In all honesty, Meghan needn’t have lifted a finger to leave so many impressed this year. Her May wedding to Prince Harry carried powerful cultural meaning, with its sensitive mix of African-American worship tradition and Windsor custom showing us the monarchy was more open to change than we once believed. And to those watching around the world? I’d like to think their marriage has helped further shape how people perceive interracial relationships. Continue reading Meghan Markle in 2018: Why the Duchess of Success Is Just Getting Started

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Why 2018 was the year of Meghan Markle
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Why 2018 was the year of Meghan Markle

She started the year as Meghan Markle but is ending it as The Duchess of Sussex and soon-to-be mother to the seventh in line to the throne. It has been a whirlwind 12 months for the former actress whose arrival into the royal family has captivated the world.

From Brixton to Bondi Beach, Nottingham to Nuku’alofa, crowds have cheered, chanted and even cried after meeting Meghan, who officially took her place in the history books when she married Prince Harry in May.

For the second year running her name was the most searched on google.co.uk, while “Royal Wedding” and “Royal Baby” topped the charts for news event trends.

It would be difficult to think of another person who has generated such global interest throughout the whole of 2018, and Meghan’s star is not showing any signs of fading as she prepares for a future in the spotlight.

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Photos: December 25 – Christmas Day Church Service At Sandringham
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Photos: December 25 – Christmas Day Church Service At Sandringham

Merry Christmas, everyone! Today (December 25, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for the royal family’s annual walk to church services in the English countryside on Tuesday morning. And just like last year, Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, walked to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene alongside William and Kate.

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The night Meghan Markle broke the internet
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The night Meghan Markle broke the internet

Photographed at London’s Fashion Awards on 10 December, a pregnant Meghan Markle was rendered beatific, but within hours the image caused the internet to enter meltdown. Pandora Sykes speaks to the photographer who captured the image and explains why the Duchess Of Sussex is one of the greatest influencers of our time.

It must be a sad month in the Kardashian-West household. Kim’s bottom, once pronounced to have broken the internet, is no longer the tumulus at the centre of cultural commentary. For there is a new controversial curve in town: the Duchess Of Sussex’s stomach.

Photographed at London’s Fashion Awards on 10 December, a pregnant Meghan Markle was rendered beatific, in a beam of light. Her smile at full wattage, with both arms encircling her prominent, pregnant belly, Markle appeared on stage in a simple black, one-shouldered gown, to present Givenchy artistic director and designer of her wedding dress Clare Waight-Keller with an award for Best British Designer. And within hours, this image had caused the internet to descend into clamorous debate. Continue reading The night Meghan Markle broke the internet

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December 19 – Queens’s Christmas Lunch At Buckingham Palace
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December 19 – Queens’s Christmas Lunch At Buckingham Palace

Today, (December 19, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen and other members of The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace for the Queens’s Christmas Lunch. As usual this is a private family event so the only photos we will see are from the arrivals and departures. Thanks so much to Holly at Connie-Britton.Com for donating some of the photos.

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December 18 – The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Brinsworth House
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December 18 – The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Brinsworth House

Today, (December 18, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex visited Brinsworth House, a residential and nursing retirement home for theatre and entertainment professionals in Staines Road, Twickenham, west London, England. The Duchess expressed the desire to visit the home after seeing footage of it at the end of this years’s Royal Variety Performance which she attended back in November with Prince Harry. Emily Nash reported that Meghan revealed she use to visit something similar when she lived in L.A. During her visit The Duchess received a tour of the facilities and met with staff before joining residents in a few Christmas themed activities including an arts and crafts session with which she added her own contribution to their Christmas artwork and viewed a musical performance. Before her departure Meghan signed the guest book and unveiled a plaque marking her visit.

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December 10 – The Duchess Of Sussex Attends The Fashion Awards
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December 10 – The Duchess Of Sussex Attends The Fashion Awards

Last night, (December 10, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance to The Fashion Awards where she presented the British Designer of the Year – Womenswear to Clare Waight Keller who designed her wedding dress and other already memorable pieces for Meghan this year. The award recognised Clare Waight Keller’s formidable contribution as a British fashion designer to the industry, and was decided by a panel of over 2,000 international industry experts.

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December 05 – Visiting The Association of Commonwealth Universities
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December 05 – Visiting The Association of Commonwealth Universities

Today, (December 05, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex had an unannounced engagement where she visited The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The ACU posted:

University leaders, academics, and international scholarship students came together at an ACU event on Wednesday 5 December to explore how higher education can help build a better world.

Hosted by King’s College London, the event was an opportunity to discuss the role of universities in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.

HRH The Duchess of Sussex attended the event and took part in discussions, following her first official speech to students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in October 2018.

This fits perfectly with the reports that Meghan’s public work and patronages will be aimed toward helping women in developing countries by using higher education.

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December 04 –  The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Funds Christmas Carol Service
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December 04 – The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Funds Christmas Carol Service

Last night, (December 04, 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Funds Christmas Carol Service at St Luke’s Church, London, UK. The event supports The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund which aims to fight poverty in Uganda through education by investing in buildings and providing hygienic and educational resources. They form partnerships with schools to ensure that even the poorest children have access to high quality education. You can read more about this charity here. Prince William and Prince Harry have been Patrons of this charity since 2009. The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund was set up in memory of childhood friend of the Princes’ who died in 2002. At this year’s event Harry and Meghan both participated, with Meghan reportedly reading a poem and Harry giving an appeal on behalf of the charity. This is usually a pretty private event, but photos of The Duke and Duchess exiting out of a side door have been added to the gallery.

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Meghan Markle and Her Growing Belly Steal the Show at the British Fashion Awards
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Meghan Markle and Her Growing Belly Steal the Show at the British Fashion Awards

Meghan Markle was at the British Fashion Awards in London on Monday night to present Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller—the designer of her wedding gown— with the British Designer Womenswear Award. Meghan also had no choice but to make headlines with her belly at this stage in her pregnancy, and she stood in a way that showcased it in her formfitting, one-shouldered Givenchy gown.

Keller said in her speech that she “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 honor, and I can’t thank you enough because it was just the most beautiful moment. Thank you.”

Introducing Keller, Meghan acknowledged the “familiar faces” she’s gotten to know since she has lived in England. “As all of you in this room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear,” she said, as she introduced Keller. “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 women.”

Since she and Prince Harry announced the news of their new arrival in mid-October, Meghan has been seen out on many public outings, including their trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga. But at several engagements, including a recent visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen, Meghan has dressed in a way that deliberately de-emphasized her stomach. Tonight’s Givenchy gown marks a change in strategy—or perhaps, at what’s reportedly the six-month mark of her pregnancy, a recognition that it will be impossible to hide from here on out.

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Meghan Markle holds private talks with Michelle Obama after hearing her speak on women, race and royal protocol
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Meghan Markle holds private talks with Michelle Obama after hearing her speak on women, race and royal protocol

The Duchess of Sussex has held private talks with Michelle Obama after watching her speak on female empowerment, royal protocol and the challenges facing black women in the public eye.

The Duchess, whose public work is expected to focus heavily on advocacy for women, watched Mrs Obama speak at the South Bank Centre in London on Monday night, joining an audience of 2,700 people to hear the former First Lady’s advice about life.

Afterwards, the pair met privately backstage for a convivial conversation: the first time they have spoken directly despite their shared professional interests.

The Duchess, who attended the event with staff rather than her husband the Duke, was spotted by members of the public during the evening, and is understood to have enjoyed a warm personal discussion with Mrs Obama afterwards.

The meeting is likely to have been particularly appreciated by the Duchess, who has faced a difficult few weeks in the public eye fuelled by news that the Sussexes are moving away from their in-laws at Kensington Palace.

The pair share a common interest in women’s empowerment, with their husbands already firm friends after working together to promote the Invictus Games.

The Duchess will announce her next projects for her work in the Royal Family, as well as her first charity patronages, in the new year.

Last week, Mrs Obama offered advice to the Duchess in a magazine interview, recommending that she “take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything”.

At the live event at the South Bank, publicising her autobiography,

Mrs Obama spoke on topics from the Queen’s alleged dismissal of royal protocol as “rubbish” to her disdain for fashion designers who “treat their staff badly”.

In an on-stage interview, Mrs Obama may inadvertently offered words of comfort to the Duchess who has faced criticism for “breaching protocol” with some of her fashion choices since joining the Royal Family.

The American speaker said of her visit to the Queen in 2016, where she was ushered into a waiting car with Her Majesty and Prince Philip: “I had all this protocol buzzing in my head …and she [the Queen] says ‘Oh it’s all rubbish, just get in’.”

Mrs Obama also offered words of wisdom to newlyweds, admitting: “When I talk to young people just starting to get married, I say: there are going to be huge chunks of time where you want to push him out the window.”

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New documentary takes a closer look at Meghan Markle’s life as the Duchess of Sussex
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New documentary takes a closer look at Meghan Markle’s life as the Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle stepped into the spotlight as Prince Harry’s beautiful bride, and since their royal nuptials, the Duchess of Sussex has quickly adjusted into her new life, new role and new royal family.

ABC News takes an up-close look at Meghan Markle’s royal beginnings as the Duchess of Sussex in a prime-time special “Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries,”, which airs Thursday, Nov. 22 9:00 p.m. EST on ABC Television Network.

In the first six months of her marriage, Markle has become a formidable force.

ABC royal contributor Imogen Lloyd Webber said that Queen Elizabeth II already sees Markle as a catalyst for the future.

“The Queen is incredibly smart. The Queen sees Meghan as a very, I want to say, [a] useful tool in securing and symbolizing the future of the monarchy for decades to come,” she said.

In her short time as part of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex has already proved to be a natural at getting involved with the British people.

Duncan Lacrombe, a former UK based royal editor and author of “Prince Harry: The Inside Story,” said she’s just “what the British public needed.”

“Meghan’s exactly what not only Harry needed, not only what the Royal family needed, but what the British public needed and longed for as well,” he said. Continue reading New documentary takes a closer look at Meghan Markle’s life as the Duchess of Sussex

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Photos: November 21 – Visiting The Hubb Community Kitchen
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Photos: November 21 – Visiting The Hubb Community Kitchen

This morning, (November 21, 2018) Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex made a previously unannounced visit to The Hubb Community Kitchen. Meghan has been visiting the kitchen privately since January 2018. The Duchess’s visit to the kitchen today was to see how the proceeds of their cookbook Together has been helping the kitchen and local residents. Since the September release of the book it has raised 210,000 in the UK alone. With the help of those funds the women of The Hubb were able to renovate the kitchen and are able to prepare fresh meals seven days a week. During Meghan’s visit today, she toured the newly renovated kitchen and helped prepare the meals that would be sent out today before sitting down with the women to hear about their latest accomplishments and future goals.

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