It's always fun to "meet the family" but there might be some nerves, too, when the family includes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the meeting place is Kensington Palace! This weekend, Emily Andrews is reporting that Harry introduced his girlfriend Meghan Markle to William and Kate, as well as Princess Charlotte! The Cambridges came to London and met Meghan at their cozy, Kensington Palace apartments.
According to Emily's article in the Sun:
“It went really well and Meghan was very excited about meeting her.”Harry and Meghan had just returned to London from their first romantic holiday to see the Northern Lights in Norway.Meghan, 35, had already met Prince William two months ago at Kensington Palacewhile Kate was still at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.But after celebrating her 35th birthday there on Monday, she travelled down to London on Tuesday for the meeting.
Meghan Markle sounds like the perfect guest, bringing along a little hostess/birthday gift for Kate. Emily Andrews reported that the stunning actress gifted Kate a beautifully bound "dream journal" in which Kate can jot down thoughts and keep notes.
I am very surprised to hear that the Cambridges left George in Norfolk. I wonder if they just travelled to London for the day and were home by bedtime. Of course, if it was just the day after Kate's birthday, then Grandma and Papa Middleton would have been at the house to give him special care and attention. George has had extended stays with his maternal grandparents in the past and is obviously very close to them both.
Speaking of George and school...the Sunday papers brought more interesting news. According to Camilla Tominey in the Express, the Cambridges might be switching up George's schooling. Rather than sending the little prince to the iconic Wetherby in Notting Hill, they may be planning to take advantage of a new shoot of the prestigious school. Wetherby has expanded to several locations over the years and their newest school will be opening in time for the September school session "just around the corner from Kensington Palace. "
As you can see from this handy map, "just around the corner" can be said in many ways, but the key is, it's close. What's even better, if Kate drives George to school via Queen's Gate they can roll right past some of Mummy's favorite event locations, including the Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall.
“The new school off Gloucester Road is preferable because it is much more intimate and less likely to attract photographers. Plus, it is just around the corner from Kensington Palace.”
The Cambridges will be high-profile enough to attract some attention, but it certainly is a more convenient location for George. It is even possible that since the school is under construction now, it will get some added security boosts to make sure the little heir to the throne is safer in an increasingly volatile 2017.
If George is going to go to Wetherby Kensington, you might well be wondering how the Cambridges will balance their country life with city commitments. That brings us to the final headline of the day, and it is from Roya Nikkhah in the Sunday Times. According to this final story, Roya reports that William has made the decision to be a full-time royal.
Interestingly, Nikkhah also says that the Cambridges considered trying to find a way to stay at Anmer, despite the fact that William will need to be in London as he takes up full-time royal duties and George will need to be in London to attend one of the Wetherby schools. Ultimately, it sounds as if they have dismissed this because it would necessitate too much time apart. As much as I wish they could remain at Anmer, where their life is more peaceful, I am very glad they won't be spending large periods of time apart. Doubtless, they determined that wasn't a good plan for their marriage or for their children and I heartily agree.
Finally, Kate has an event on the 24th of January, when we usually expect her to be slipping away to Mustique with her family. I wonder if they will give the islands another miss this year and hit the slopes instead. George really is getting to the age where I am sure Kate and William would like him in ski school. Apparently, Harry is prepping a Verbier getaway with Meghan Markle. Perhaps the Cambridges will make it a family affair?