Meghan Markle visits Mayhew Animal Home in London

Watch out for muddy paws! Meghan opts for head-to-toe cream on a visit to a London animal charity – as she shows off her legs and blossoming bump in a £24.99 H&M maternity dress (paired with a custom Armani coat and Stella McCartney handbag)

  • The Duchess of Sussex was announced last week as royal patron of The Mayhew Animal Home in London
  • On Wednesday afternoon Meghan, who is six months pregnant, made her first visit to the animal charity
  • Tonight, she and Prince Harry will join a Royal Albert Hall audience to watch Cirque du Soleil performers
  • The couple will be guests of honour for the evening premiere of the circus company’s production Totem
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The Duchess of Sussex wore head-to-toe cream as she arrived in northwest London to visit an animal welfare charity she is now supporting as patron.

Meghan, who is six months pregnant, wore an old Armani coat worth an estimated £2,000 for her second public engagement of the week at The Mayhew Animal Home on Wednesday.

The animal lover paired the custom coat with a Stella McCartney bag and £24.99 polo neck dress from high street store H&M’s maternity range. 

Meghan finished off her nude ensemble with a pair of towering suede slingbacks – just two days after she joked that she was navigating walking in heels with her bump ‘one day at a time’. 

During her visit she petted a pooch named Roobarb and met Wully, a formerly homeless Pet Refuge service user, who was there with his two dogs Azzy and Gallis. 

Bumping along nicely! The Duchess of Sussex, who is six months pregnant, wore an old Armani coat worth an estimated £2,000 for her second public engagement of the week at The Mayhew Animal Home on Wednesday

The Duchess of Sussex visits Mayhew to meet staff and volunteers, and hear more about the animal welfare charity’s various initiatives in Kensal Green, northwest London on Wednesday. She is expecting her first child in late April or early May and showed off her blossoming bump in a figure-hugging dress from H&M

Meghan beams as she cuddles one of the charity’s rescue dogs. The former actress had two rescue dogs, a beagle named Guy and a Labrador-shepherd mix called Bogart – who was sadly to old to travel to the UK with her in 2017

The Duchess of Sussex meets TheraPaws volunteer Claire Godwin (far right), and Roobarb the dog. Meghan, who is six months pregnant, wore an old Armani coat worth an estimated £2,000 for her second public engagement of the week

Meghan met staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and heard more about the charity’s various initiatives, from community engagement to international projects. 

She also learned about a number of projects run by the charity, designed to improve the lives of animals and people and to better communities both in London and internationally. 

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These initiatives include animal therapy visits, work with homeless people and their pets, animal welfare schemes such as the Trap, Neuter and Return programme, and international projects including dog rabies vaccinations in Kabul. 

Meghan will spend time touring the facilities, meeting members of the community and animals who have benefited directly from the work of the charity.

Before shutting down her social media accounts in 2017, animal lover Meghan, 37, often used Instagram to promote adopting dogs rather than buying puppies. 

Meghan turned to an old favourite today when she recycled a Armani coat. The animal lover paired the custom coat with a Stella McCartney bag and £24.99 polo neck dress from high street store H&M’s maternity range

Meghan arrives at Mayhew Animal Centre on Wednesday. She is there to meet staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and hear more about the charity’s various initiatives, from community engagement to international projects

Meghan, who paired the coat with an off-white polo neck dress and Stella McCartney bag, is there to meet staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and hear more about the charity’s various initiatives, including community engagement 

Marching on: Meghan finished off her nude ensemble with a pair of towering suede slingbacks – just days after she said she was navigating walking in heels with her bump ‘one day at a time’

The former actress had two rescue dogs, a beagle named Guy and a Labrador-shepherd mix called Bogart.

While Guy came to the UK with Meghan when she moved from Toronto to live with Harry – and has since been spotted riding with the Queen – Bogart was too old to travel and had to stay behind with friends.

Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child in the spring, also have another dog – a black labrador. 

Tonight, the couple will join a Royal Albert Hall audience to watch Cirque du Soleil performers displaying their acrobatic skills in aid of charity Sentebale.

The couple, who recently revealed their first child is due in ‘late April or May’, will tonight be guests of honour for the evening premiere of the Canadian circus company’s production Totem. 

Meghan is all smiles as she arrives at Mayhew today to learn more about the charity’s welfare work. The former actress had two rescue dogs, a beagle named Guy and a Labrador-shepherd mix called Bogart

 Meghan arrives at Mayhew. During her visit today, Meghan will see first-hand a number of projects run by the charity, designed to improve the lives of animals and people and to better communities both in London and internationally

Meghan wears head-to-toe cream at Mayhew animal charity today. Tonight, she and Prince Harry will join a Royal Albert Hall audience to watch Cirque du Soleil performers displaying their acrobatic skills in aid of charity Sentebale

What is The Mayhew Animal Home and what does it do?

Mayhew is a London-based animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and people in communities in London and internationally.

Set up in 1886, it looks for innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through proactive community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care.

It works with homelessness charities across London to ensure people and their dogs can be kept together, and runs a Pet Refuge programme to provide shelter and care for the pets of people in crisis for short periods of time.

It also educates young people about animal welfare and the importance of responsible pet ownership, and rehomes cats and dogs.

Mayhew International works with governments, local communities and charitable groups to help improve animal welfare overseas.

The event will raise awareness and vital funds for the duke’s charity, Sentebale, which helps young people in southern Africa affected by HIV.

The evening show will be the second in a series of Sentebale Nights, following on from a fundraising performance of the hit musical Hamilton last year which Meghan and Harry attended.

A 2004 gap year trip to the African nation of Lesotho inspired the duke to set up his Sentebale charity two years later with the country’s Prince Seeiso, younger brother of King Letsie III.

Their aim was to help youngsters in need and other children who had lost one or both parents to Aids or contracted the disease themselves.

The men established Sentebale in memory of their mothers, with the name of the charity meaning forget-me-not, which Harry later found out was his mother Diana, Princess of Wales’s favourite flower growing up.

In November 2015, Sentebale opened its £2 million Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho to scale up its Mamohato camps – a residential project providing psychological, social and practical support to children struggling to cope with being HIV positive. 

For her second royal engagement of the week, the Duchess of Sussex swapped her bun for a more relaxed wave. She paired her bargain H&M dress with high-end designer pieces from Armani and Stella McCartney

Meghan looked businesslike as she arrived at Mayhew today. The Duchess of Sussex will spend time touring the facilities, meeting members of the community and animals who have benefited directly from the work of the charity

That year the charity announced plans to expand into several southern African countries by 2020 and by December 2016, Sentebale launched the first few weeks of its camp in Botswana to 150 children.

Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group’s chief executive, said: ‘We strive to make a difference in the lives of youths and encourage them to change the world.

‘It is because both our organisations share these very values that we will proudly dedicate our Totem premiere to the Sentebale Nights, a perfect way to allow us to raise significant funds and awareness together.’

Johnny Hornby, chairman of Sentebale, said: ‘We’re very grateful to everyone at Cirque du Soleil for giving us the opportunity to shine a light on the work that Sentebale does to help children and young adults affected by HIV to live happy, healthy and productive lives.’

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Meghan Markle Loves This Coat So Much That She Has It In Two Colors

Monday may be here, but thanks to the Duchess of Sussex, the day is looking quite a bit brighter. Meghan Markle’s red coat and purple dress combo spiced up this Monday with some vibrant colors, and while the two colors may not sound like they’d work together, they totally do. In fact, even Markle’s shoes were red to go with the bright fashions. While the contrasting colors may have stolen the fashion show, there was one little detail that fans may have missed. Markle has actually worn this coat before in a different color.

According to InStyle, Markle and her husband Prince Harry were on their first royal outing together to view the new Wilfred Owen statue, an art piece dedicated to the World War I war-time poet. While Markle typically chooses to wear neutral tones, she stepped out wearing some serious color in a purple Aritzia midi dress that retails for only $138 — sorry fashion fans, it’s already sold out — and a bold red Sentaler coat. If the name of that coat sounds familiar, there’s a very good reason why. Markle has actually worn it before to an official royal outing.

As it turns out, the red Sentaler coat is the same one Markle wore to Christmas Mass in 2017 before she married Prince Harry. At the time, the soon-to-be Duchess of Sussex wore a beautiful cream version of the coat with camel colored Stuart Weitzman boots as well as camel gloves and matching fascinator. The look was elegant and understated making it perfect for her first Christmas with the royal family.

Now, however, as an official member of the British royal family, Markle seems a bit more daring with her style. After all, she did wear a Reformation maxi dress in Australia that featured a daring slit, and who could forget dark nail polish gate at the British Fashion Awards? While there doesn’t seem to be a rule about wearing too much color, the coat and dress combination were certainly different than what royal fashion fans have seen on the duchess before.

According to Sentaler, the coat’s red hue is new from their Fall/Winter 2019/2020 collection, and it seems that Markle loved the original cream coat so much that she wanted it in red, too.

The Sentaler coat is far from Markle’s first rewear, though. Like her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Sussex seems to have a few favorite brands and pieces in her wardrobe that she’s not afraid to wear more than once. In fact, Sentaler is not the only coat brand she’s reworn.

Back in January of 2018, Markle wore a classic black Stella McCartney coat with a silk tie waist. Apparently, she loved it so much, that she wore it again in November for the Festival of Remembrance.

Meghan Markle certainly seems to have some brand favorites in her wardrobe, and with such amazing fashions at her fingertips, you know she clearly cares for a brand if she’s choosing to rewear them. Markle’s red Senaler coat is just another in her line of rewears because as it turns out, maybe royals are more like us than you thought.

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Meghan Markle 'dramatically changed the contents of Prince Harry's fridge' filling it with 'green juice, carrots and chia seeds', claims royal biographer

Andrew Morton says the Duchess of Sussex, 37, “loves cooking” while the Royal Family “eat to live rather than live to eat”.

Writing in Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew said: “Meghan, though, comes from the other end of the foodie chain; she loves cooking, exploring new foods and experimenting with fresh flavours.”

He says Meghan – who regularly wrote about her love of food in her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig – changed what was in Harry’s fridge.

“Just as Meghan encouraged a helping of culinary adventure, so she dramatically changed the contents of Prince Harry’s fridge,” he said.

“Meghan never leaves home unless she has hummus, carrots, green juice, almonds and chia seed pudding in the fridge.

“When California met Kensington there was only going to be one victor in the dietary smack-down.

“As one observer noted: ‘Americans like to change their men in many small ways.’”

It comes as the former Suits star reportedly banned Harry from drinking booze and tea as part of a New Year health kick.

It is believed that Meghan's strict diet and exercise routine is having an influence on Harry, who is said to have ditched drink partly in sympathy of his pregnant wife.

One unnamed friend of Harry was quoted by the Daily Express saying: "Considering he's been a pretty brutal drinker since he was a young teenager, it's quite an achievement."
Another allegedly said: "Now his regime doesn't make him the most entertaining party guest in the world, but he's definitely more chilled and relaxed."

Reports also claimed that Meghan has resolved to stop biting her nails and swearing.

Kensington Palace has been approached for comment.

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This Video Of Meghan Markle Styling Women For Job Interviews Is Actually The Sweetest Thing Ever

For fans of the royal family, the winter may have seemed to drag as of late considering that Meghan Markle hasn’t been seen since Christmas Day. Now, that’s changed, and there’s even a video! Meghan Markle helped style women for job interviews in her latest royal outing, and honestly, it may just be the sweetest thing you’ll see today.

If you hadn’t heard yet, Markle announced her royal patronages this week. For the non-royal obsessed, this basically just means that she chose the causes and organizations that she’ll be focused on for now. According to Cosmopolitan, one of these new patronages is Smart Works, an organization that helps unemployed women build skills and get back into the workplace. Great, right?

Markle paid a surprised visit to Smart Works, and while there, she helped style one of the organizations clients in what may just be the cutest video fans of Markle’s have ever seen. Captured by report Rebecca English, the videos show the Duchess of Sussex pulling pieces to help compliment what Smart Works’ client, Patsy Wardally, is currently wearing. She pulls a pretty camel colored coat first and then compliments Wardally on the color of her dress and a bracelet she’s wearing. It’s heartwarming, tbh.

According to English, Wardally had nothing but nice things to say about working with Markle. She explained to English that thanks to Markle’s styling she feels "much more confident" going back out into the workforce.

In a video posted by InStyle, fan can see Markle moving through the racks of clothing to head to the handbags, and it’s clear that the Duchess wants to get hands-on with the organization. In fact, according to English’s Twitter, she spoke with Smart Works co-founder Juliet Hughes-Hallett who confirmed that Markle immediately wanted to get directly involved with the work that they do.

Seeing Markle invested in styling women shouldn’t come as a surprise to long-time fans, though. It’s something she has been doing long before she ever became a member of the royal family. During her time on the television show Suits, she also acted as a guest stylist on The Today Show where she helped show women the latest seasonal trends and styled models. Plus, fans of the actor turned duchess, are probably familiar with her former lifestyle and fashion website The Tig. The site ended following her engagement to Prince Harry, but it’s proof that she’s always had a passion for helping women use fashion to feel powerful.

As for what Markle herself wore to Smart Works, she was dressed in a chic and minimalist black maternity dress from brand HATCH, a camel coat, and maybe the best shoes she’s ever worn. The Duchess was rocking cow-print pumps. Yes, cow-print, and they totally work with the simple frock and coat.

Markle has clearly chosen Smart Works as her patronage because of her love of fashion, but seeing the Duchess actually work with clients is so sweet. Here’s hoping to more Markle stylings in the future.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's £2.5m Cotswolds love nest owned by David Cameron's property tycoon pal

The royal pair's country hideaway was revealed yesterday, after it was leased to them by millionaire Nicholas Johnston.

He rented out the four-bed converted farmhouse last year to the Duke and Duchess on a two-year lease, the Mail Online reports. 

And they have hosted a number of A-list pals including George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian plus Priyanka Chopra and her hubby Nick Jonas.

Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland has also visited the Grade II-listed country retreat, set in four acres of rolling Cotswolds hills.

Mr Johnston, an old Etonian who also bought an entire village in Devon a few years ago, reportedly upset locals with his redevelopment plans for his 4,000 estate.

A reported row over a nearby £130m motoring museum planned by an American philanthropist led to the businessman's renovations being stalled last year.

The Mail Online revealed some 250 objections over plans for 28 holiday lodges on the land were received before they were withdrawn.

Concerns over the lack of affordable homes on the proposed site caused criticism from locals such as Star Trek's Patrick Stewart.

Mr Johnston is said to have hoped the money from the project would fund an old manor house's restoration – the length of time taken to bring it back to life had caused upset with locals – but the plans were withdrawn.

Meghan and Harry are said to regard it as more of a home than Harry’s Nottingham Cottage bachelor pad in Kensington Palace.

A friend of the royal couple said of their countryside home: “It’s a fabulous place with stunning views and extraordinarily private.

“It’s set in a small bowl of beautiful countryside so is not overlooked in any way.

“Meghan adores the area. She and Harry love walking the dogs there, and they can entertain their friends in complete solitude.”

The farmhouse, which dates from the 18th century, has four bedrooms with one converted to a dressing room.

An attached converted barn includes an “upper kitchen” and “lower kitchen” plus a sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows.

There is a large dining room plus an outdoor seating area with patio heaters.

And the house comes with a two-bedroom cottage for guests or staff.

Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, will keep it for the time being even when they move from Kensington Palace to Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage — a switch revealed by The Sun last year.

Meghan is currently overseeing renovation work on the Windsor home and they hope to move in before the birth of their first baby, believed to be due in late March or early April.

The picture shows the farmhouse after renovation work was completed in 2011 and was published on a freely-accessible and public document.

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

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Meghan Markle made a 'conscious effort' to not dress like Kate Middleton, source claims

Palace denies report of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton argument

Kensington Palace has issued a rare statement about a recent alleged argument between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. A Palace spokesman denied the claim saying, ‘This never happened.’

Just weeks after Kensington Palace made a rare statement debunking tabloid rumors of “tension” between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, a reported royal insider has allegedly come forward to claim that the American former actress intentionally made a “conscious effort” not to dress like the demure Duchess of Cambridge after she married into the royal family last spring — though her intentions in doing so are said to be purely polite.

Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, right, arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein)

On Jan. 2, Elle reported that a "royal insider" exclusively revealed that Markle and her stylist, Jessica Mulrooney “knew that the Kate comparisons would be inevitable” regarding her wardrobe after she wed Prince Harry in May and took on the duties of a working member of the British royal family. Longtime friends Markle and Mulrooney reportedly made a "conscious effort" to select distinctly unique looks for the newly minted Duchess of Sussex as to "not be accused of copying Kate's style,” as per Elle.

Britain’s Prince William, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second left, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, right, arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein)


On the left, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017. On the right, Prince William and his then-fiancee Kate Middleton posed for the media at St. James’s Palace in London, after they announced their engagement on Nov. 16, 2010.

Duchess Meghan’s effort to blaze her own sartorial trail in 2018 proved successful, as the upbeat royal made headlines and held in her own in a slew of navy, black and neutrally toned looks, often sleek in design. For better or worse, the mom-to-be also made headlines as she sported messy buns and exposed shoulders, while occasionally forgoing pantyhose, putting her hands in her pockets, and going barefoot at royal engagements, too.

Future queen Kate, meanwhile, largely stuck to her tried-and-true proclivities for bright colors, full-skirted frocks and her go-to nude pumps by L.K. Bennet during official appearances through the last year.

Future queen Kate largely stuck to her tried-and-true proclivities for bright colors, full-skirted frocks and her go-to nude pumps by L.K. Bennet during official appearances through the last year.

From left to right: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.


Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton pictured here in September.

Nevertheless, Elle’s royal insider claimed that Markle was wise to take more than a few fashion cues from Middleton as she formally stepped into the spotlight, as Prince William’s wife “hasn’t put a foot wrong and is a great role model.”


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Where Meghan Markle ranks in the fashion moments of 2018

Meghan Markle wears Givenchy at the British Fashion Council awards.Credit:Joe Maher/BFC

If a week is a long time in politics, it's an eternity in fashion. This was never more true than in 2018, a year that continued the dominance of luxury streetwear and dressing for comfort over dressing for the male gaze.

It was a year that gave us the return of fluoro, an H&M "hoodie skirt" and the sudden death of much loved designer Kate Spade.  Here are some of the other moments that dominated the fashion conversation.

Golden Globes 'blackout'

The first awards show of the year saw women of Hollywood uniting in support of the Time's Up movement, which was established to support survivors of sexual abuse and harassment, by wearing black dresses on the red carpet.

Rihanna as the Pope

This year's religiously-themed Met Gala was always going to be controversial but Rihanna blew away the competition when she arrived dressed as a cardinal, wearing a hat borrowed from Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. Other best-dressed stars included Blake Lively, and the "holy trinity" of Jared Leto, Lana Del Rey and Gucci designer Alessandro Michele.

Meghan Markle becomes a royal

Meghan Markle's Givenchy wedding gown was the single most anticipated fashion item of 2018 – it was also one of the most divisive. Since joining the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex has become a global fashion force, with the "Meghan effect" changing the fortunes of designers she wears, such as Sydney's Karen Gee, whose dress Meghan wore on the opening day of her and Prince Harry's tour of Australia. This month, she made her final public appearance of the year at the British Fashion Council awards in a one-shoulder Givenchy gown that gave new meaning to the phrase "maternity chic".

Melania Trump's anorak

If one garment is worthy of the year's tone-deaf award, it is the US First Lady's $53 Zara anorak, which was emblazoned with, "I really don't care, do u?", which many interpreted as a commentary on the administration's immigration policy. What made it worse was Mrs Trump wore the jacket to visit children held in immigration detention in Texas. The gaffe prompted one of the biggest social media fashion debates of the year, after a White House spokeswoman tweeted the hashtag "#ItsJustAJacket".

Adut Akech wins Karl's (and the world's) heart

One of Australia's best modelling exports of the past decade, Sudanese-born Akech, whose family lives in Adelaide, made history when she became the first model of colour to wear the bridal gown in the finale of Chanel's Paris show. She also starred in Valentino's couture week show, as well as several glossy covers during 2018.

Julie Bishop's ruby slippers 

Lady in red: Julie Bishop’s now-famous red shoes.Credit:AAP

Always a fan of the statement shoe, the former foreign minister propelled a pair of red pumps to the front pages of the country's newspapers when she wore them to a press conference announcing her decision to stand down from cabinet after Scott Morrison's ascent to the prime ministership.

A swimwear runway set a new bar for diversity

It's not often that Australia leads the world in diversity but The Iconic's annual swim show proved to be the happiest, most realistic runway in our country's history by showing bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities, including international models Robyn Lawley and Zach Miko. It so happened the parade came on the heels of the Victoria's Secret show, which champions ethnic diversity but was still criticised for not casting any curvy or transgender models.

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Royal Snub! Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton Kept Apart Over Christmas Holidays

Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton will be separated at Christmas.

The two women ­­– who have reportedly been feuding ­– will be housed in different quarters as the Royal Family celebrate Christmas together.

Prince Harry and his pregnant wife will stay with 30 or more guests at the Sandringham Estate.

While Prince William and Kate will have their own Georgian abode just two miles down the road from Sandringham House.

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Interestingly, the couples stayed together last Christmas in the same pad William and his wife will occupy with their children.

Around thirty of the Royal Family will arrive at Sandringham Estate on Sunday ahead of Christmas Day.

William and Kate will reside at Anmer Hall, which has ten bedrooms, but they will not be sharing with his brother and his American wife.

They will be housed with the other guests, ‘packed in like sardines’, according to a source.

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Many will see this as a snub to Meghan Markle who has reportedly been difficult to deal with in recent weeks.

Sources say Meghan and Kate are ‘very different people’ and simply ‘don’t get on’.

It was revealed recently that Kate was left ‘in tears’ after a fitting for Princess Charlotte’sbridesmaid’s dress before Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May.

There will be a glimpse of the couples when they visit St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day.

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A royal source revealed: “It will all be friendly – there is no way that you are going to be unfriendly to someone on Christmas Day,’ said an insider.

“Especially when Meghan looks like she is about to have a baby at any minute. All will be smiles.”

“Everybody is on parade when they go to Sandringham. This is not a family sitting around having a jolly time relaxing. ”

It is understood that The Queen had invited Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland to celebrate Christmas with her daughter but she will not be travelling to Great Britain.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding choir was actually chosen by 'gospel fan' Prince Charles

But it turns out it was Prince Charles who is the real gospel fan.

The Kingdom Choir stole the show with their rendition of Stand By Me on the big day, but founder and conductor Karen Gibson has revealed it was Harry’s dad who found them.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said: “The call was not through Harry and Meghan.

“Everyone thinks it was but it was Prince Charles who loves gospel music and one of his members of staff is friends with an ex member of the choir. That’s where the connection is.”

Karen, who previously revealed the choir went through ten versions of the song before Meghan and Harry were happy, said she thought someone was playing a prank when a Kensington Palace staff member called her about the wedding.

She added: “I said ‘you’re joking, right?’ I didn’t believe them at all.

“Then they went silent and I said, ‘You’re not joking at all, are you?’”

GMB presenter Kate Garraway asked: “So you were happy to cancel your plans.”

Karen replied: “Yes, really happy.”

The choir, who performed Hark The Herald Angels on the show, have now released an Album called, not surprisingly,  Stand By Me.

They are also set to go on tour in April and they’ll mark Meghan and Harry’s first anniversary, on May 19, with a very special gig.

She said: “On May 19, the anniversary of the wedding we will be in the Royal Albert Hall.

“We are really looking forward to the whole tour.”

The choir, who were unknown before the wedding, recently bagged a £1m deal to star in Coca Cola's Christmas advert.

This week it was revealed that Meghan Markle's mum Doria Ragland 'stunned the Palace' by turning down a Christmas invitation.

Yesterday Meghan and Kate Middleton joined the Queen for her annual pre-Christmas lunch after rumours of a rift.


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Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton feud explained by two royal experts: ‘They don’t have to be the best of friends’

Palace denies report of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton argument

Kensington Palace has issued a rare statement about a recent alleged argument between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. A Palace spokesman denied the claim saying, ‘This never happened.’

Meghan Markle has been stirring headlines in recent weeks for allegedly feuding with Kate Middleton, her new sister in law. Royal experts consulted by Fox News believe the reports may be true — to a certain extent.

The first signs of distress came in November, when The Telegraph reported that Markle, 37, made Middleton, 36, cry over an argument involving bridesmaid dresses for the former “Suits” star’s wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, 34. The American actress said “I do” to Harry in a televised wedding ceremony in May of this year.

The alleged tension between the two duchesses has been widely rumored as the reason behind the announcement of Markle and Harry moving out of London’s Kensington Palace, where Middleton resides with her husband and Harry’s older brother, Prince William, 36.

Royal expert Leslie Carroll, who recently published a book titled “American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry,” told Fox News that while she doesn’t believe there is an ongoing war between Markle and Middleton, she isn’t surprised that the two women may clash at times.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton pictured here in September.

“I think they’re very different women,” said Carroll. “They seem to get along very well as professionals, as two duchesses who are going to be working together on charitable things. But they do have very different personalities. Kate is obviously very British. She’s very reserved and quiet. She’s going to be the future queen, so she’s doing everything she’s supposed to do. And in comes this whirlwind of an American who is ambitious and has a social conscience.”

Carroll pointed out that at the time of the purported bridesmaid dresses incident, Middleton was still recovering from giving birth to her third child, Prince Louis, on April 23. Therefore, she would have naturally been in a more emotional state while Markle was attempting to navigate her new life leading up to the royal wedding.

“Kate was postpartum at that time,” said Carroll. “She’s hormonal and sensitive. And the first thing anyone has ever said about Meghan was how kind she was. Her sorority sisters, her former teachers — the first word that came to anyone’s mind was ‘kind.’ So the fact that Meghan was not kind implies other things were going on… She had so much on her plate, it wouldn’t have been surprising if she did snap.”

Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, has been covering the royal family since 1980s and has written over 20 books on the subject. Her latest one, “My Husband and I,” analyzes the marriage of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. She said she agrees with Carroll’s analysis.

Meghan Markle and Kate share words during the foundation forum.

“People forget Meghan is an LA girl,” explained Seward. “It’s very different for her to suddenly come here and marry into the royal family. It’s very, very difficult. I think Meghan thought she had an ally in Kate. But everything happened so quickly. Kate was pregnant and unwell. And then she had a new baby. So she couldn’t give Meghan the attention she expected. And I think that’s when things started to sour.”

“I’m afraid there is [some] truth in these stories,” added Seward. “I don’t think it’s so much of a rivalry as much as these are two very different women that just don’t have to be the best of friends. Why should they?”

Both experts agree that Markle and Harry’s plans to live in Frogmore Cottage also has nothing to do with a so-called feud rocking the monarchy. They shared Harry has always yearned to leave London for quieter, more private pastures.

“I don’t think Harry moving out has anything to do about a fallout with his brother,” said Seward. “Kensington Palace is a huge enclave. It’s like a village. And Harry always felt very restrictive living there. He has said as much. And I think he wanted to be away from Kensington Palace and the royals there. Maybe he wasn’t getting on with his brother as he used to, but families are like that. You don’t have to get on with your sibling all the time.”

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex greet well-wishers during their visit to Chichester, southeast England, Oct. 3, 2018. 

Carroll said the move makes perfect sense for Markle and Harry, who are expecting their first child due in the spring.

“They really want to be outside of the public,” said Carroll. “Harry has always felt that he couldn’t protect his mother Princess Diana from the paparazzi so he’s trying to do that for Meghan.”

The intense scrutiny surrounding Markle, both royal experts say, is partly due to her father’s side of the family frequently speaking out to the press. Markle’s half-sister Samantha Markle, in particular, has publicly criticized her famous sibling on social media, insisting the royal has made zero attempts in reaching out to their father.

Carroll shared that while the palace is known for ignoring tabloids, this won’t stop Markle’s family from speaking out.

Thomas Markle, left, and Meghan Markle.

“I think it would be nice if Meghan did reach out to her father and have a quiet sit-down somewhere that’s not the palace and introduce him to his grandchild,” Samantha Markle said recently.

Seward said that the lack of communication between Markle and her father, 74-year-old Thomas Markle, who was noticeably absent on her wedding day, has only fueled more speculation, backfiring any attempts made by the palace to stay quiet.

“I think it’s sad for Meghan,” she said. “And I think the British people find it very difficult to understand that she doesn’t have any contact with her father. I think they also find it difficult to understand that she and Harry didn’t even go to meet the father before they got engaged. I think the trouble goes back there. Before any of these problems surfaced, why didn’t they go over there or get him to come over here, make him feel welcome, as you would with any in-law? Especially when it reflects badly on Meghan and Harry. No one comes out a winner in this situation.

“Remember, the father didn’t speak to the media initially. He kept very quiet… So he was not at fault. Had they made the effort to go visit him, these problems may not have risen. He’s never met Harry, which is quite odd. I don’t understand it,” said Seward.

Prince Charles with Meghan Markle
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Despite the negative publicity Markle has been receiving, Carroll noted she does have an ally in Prince Charles, Harry’s father. The 70-year-old, who is next in line to the throne, walked Markle down the aisle on her wedding day after her own father wasn’t able to make it after he reportedly needed heart surgery.

“Prince Charles said Meghan was the best thing that ever happened to Harry,” said Carroll. “Who would have thought Charles had this warm and fuzzy side to him? He’s got a framed photographed of him walking Meghan down the aisle. Obviously, he appreciates strong women. That’s the Camilla factor, the strong woman in his life.”

Both royal experts said the current reports of a rivalry between Markle and Middleton will eventually fade as the press focuses on the next hot gossip. However, both warn the intense scrutiny surrounding Markle will only intensify once she gives birth next year.

“The reason why we are obsessed with the royal family is that it is a 1,000-year-old soap opera,” said Carroll.

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