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Is Prince Harry Dating Suits' Meghan Markle?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Royal watching circles have been buzzing with a story that is gaining momentum by the day, it seems. The word is that Prince Harry is dating Suits star Meghan Markle. I am always slow to lend credence to stories about Harry's purported romances, but by now more than one respected royal reporter has taken up the story, so I think it is time to give it a peek.





Markle is an American by birth, but lives in Toronto, Canada, where Suits is, apparently, filmed. A lot of the details about the romance are currently in conflict.
Markle's bio is one thing not in dispute. Emily Andrews has a good overview in The Sun:
After going to private school, she graduated from Northwestern University in Illinois, where she studied theatre and international relations, and spent years as a struggling actress — including a bit-part in CSI: NY in 2006 — before becoming a household name in Suits in 2011.
Besides starring as Rachel Zane in the legal drama, Meghan — who lives in Toronto, Canada — is a successful businesswoman, running her own food, fashion and travel website The Tig. She was recently appointed an Advocate for Women by the United Nations, joining fellow actresses and ambassadors Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson. She also visited Rwanda to work on a clean water project and has travelled to Afghanistan to support US armed forces.
Charity work, an interest in Africa, and familiarity with the limelight? You have to admit this sounds right up Harry's alley.  Also, apparently, Suits emphasizes fashion, so Markle is already used to her wardrobe being IDed and documented.



How the couple met and how serious they have become is not clear. One paper says the two met in May in Toronto when Harry was promoting the Invictus Games, another that Markle was in Mexico during that time period. Some sources say she has met William and Kate, another says obviously that hasn't happened.


I read somewhere, and now can't find the source, that Prince Harry follows Meghan on Instagram under a pseudonym. The brunette actress is a prolific poster, sharing snaps from the Suits set, inspirational quotes, editorial shots, pictures from her travel and charity work...and lots of flowers. It's actually a great Instagram. The vibe she has created is energetic, fun, and colorful.



It sounds like the rumors are reality and that Harry is dating, but whether this will prove to be a flash in the pan, a long-term romance, or the real-deal, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, in Kate land, the Duchess apparently accompanied the Duke to Scotland just last week when he travelled north to Sterling. She brought along George and Charlotte, too. I suspect they enjoyed a little break in the Highlands before the busy holiday season of royal engagements.

105 comments:

  1. She also has a clothing line at Canadian women's retailer, Reitman's http://www.reitmans.com/en/meghan_markle

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  2. It would be great if the rumors are true. I would be so happy for Harry if he has found his soulmate. So I am cautiously optimistic.

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  3. Good morning Jane by hanks for this piece. I wonder just how true this all is. Supposedly Harrybwas scheduled to fly to Canada to see her but at the last minute he was a no show. Reason stated was because of all the media attention this story has received.
    I hope if it is all true that Harry protects her like William tried with Kate. And it is nice to hear that Kste and kids was with William in Scotland. We haven't heard much about Kate lately. But we will see her on Thursday I think. But I wish we would see more joint engagements. Love when they are together.
    Hope all is well with you.

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  4. OMG I hope this is true! Meghan is stunning, a role model and people will love her so much. The Royal Family will get a huge boost in popularity with a girl like Meghan. - Fingers crossed that Harry founds his princess!

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  5. I'm not sure this will be the one for two reasons. First, I secretly wish for Harry and Chelsy to marry. After seeing them together I cannot imagine someone else who syncs with Harry that well. I sense this affair will be short lived, if this story is true.

    Second, I don't think queen or Charles will give permission to this marriage. British royal family is very conservative compared to other Western royal families. I don't think such a family will allow the prince to marry someone with a public history. I googled her and see so many photos in lingerie and such clothes and poses. I don't think queen will permit this

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    1. I don't think William or Harry give a flip about getting anyone's permission when they marry. BTW, that permission thing is a myth created to make the royals look grander and more mysterious than they are.

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    2. No, it isn't a myth at all. It is the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, however, it only applies to those under 25. Harry is 32.

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    3. IMO his relationship with Chelsey was more about hormones and never had the depth that true soul mates offer one another. A soul mate will love Harry and be prepared to accept him AND his role within the RF. Chelsey's devotion had clear limitations.

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    4. I don't think that's fair to Chelsey. How she felt about Harry himself (which by the way none of us actually know) is completely different than how she felt about Harry's *role* in the BRF or the very real and severe *restrictions* placed on a royal wife. They might well be soul mates even if they aren't spouses.

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  6. That picture of Kate and Harry is one of my favorites. They have great chemistry.

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  7. I honestly had never heard of her before this, though I've heard of the show Suits (never watched it, though)...find it funny to see one of the articles quoted describing her as a "household name."
    I'll believe it when I see it, but good for her if it's true. And for Harry, too, I imagine.
    -TMM

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    1. Suits is one of the most watched new series. The fact you haven't heard of it doesn't mean she isn't a household name. She is a very decent and remarkable young lady. I hope Harry's family will embrace her. That would give them a chance to understand what the real world is outside their circles. Beyond titles and entitlements, haughty attitudes built over centuries... kids living a life of abundance, going to private schools and high end universities. Coming from a mixed race family is a totally different experience. Hat off to Harry for seeing beyond the socialites and family friends. Always liked him. There is a reason he is the most popular British royal.

      Royal fan in Northern Ontario

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    2. Anon @ 9:20:

      Suits is not a new show - it's been on the air since 2011. And the ratings have been declining ever since the first season. The show is only watched by a few million people. It's hardly a household name show. And Meghan is not a household name here in the US.

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    3. I must admit I'd never heard of her or the programme.

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    4. I don't live under a rock and I've never heard of her or the show. A lot of the press is pretty nasty which makes me feel terribly for her and for Harry if true. No wonder the dude has trouble getting a date, who would want the press to start nosing around her family looking for salacious comments? Ugh. I think we should let him date in peace.

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  8. Ooooh, very interesting! I just peeked at a couple of articles about her and from this far of a remove they seem like a good match, interests-wise. Plus the fact she's used to a bit of a public life... hmmmmm...

    So what's the mystery Northern location you have blanked out????? ;-)

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  9. I've been reading the stories too, and I hope it's not true. I would love to see Harry find someone who is classy and stable (like Kate). This girl doesn't appear to me to be either of those. Fame does not equal class. I imagine I will be in the minority with my opinion, not for the first time.

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    1. Excuse me? She is en does more than Kate. She has a very good style! She is very talented and does a lot for charity and the UN. She is perfect for Harry!

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    2. Define class for me please. How do you judge without having a clue?

      I bet by your definition Harry doesn't have class either (coming from a divorced family with a cheater for a father, filmed naked, drunk, dressed like Hitler... should I keep going??)

      Maybe the thing to consider is the character and kindness. Have a look at Megan carefully before you judge on that. Then you can decide (luckily indeed, you are in a minuscule minority).

      Royal fan in Northern Ontario

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    3. 'coming from a divorced family with a cheater for a father' sorry did Harry choose his parents?! I'm fan from Meghan since day 1. So why do you think I didn't look at her before? She is an amazing girl. People complain about the sex scenes in Suites well sorry Kate walked in her underwear on a fashion show. Kate grew up in a rich and loving home. Meghan didn't but she maked it too the top! She struggled a lot. She uses her fame for charity work. She cares about people. And why do you judge Harry for things that he did YEARS ago. Yes he was a wildchild so what? I did stupid things when I was younger too. People GROW and LEARN from their mistakes! Look at him today with his Invictus Games and his live HIV test. I have a lot of respect for him. If Harry found his princess in her I'm very thrilled for them. Great couple!

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    4. the more you peel back the layers the more you see why they connect. I didn't know her at all before this story, never watched the show, but the more you read about her the more you think this could be Harry's perfect soulmate. both from broken homes, both struggled with failed relationships, both looking to make a big difference in life outside of themselves. good luck to them, they'll be quite the celebrity couple if this comes about.

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    5. If this girl loves Harry unconditionally and is firmly in his corner, then I say God bless. Obviously, time will tell....

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  10. While I am rooting for Harry's happiness, I think there are too many factors that the queen will not be happy with here. Then again, unlike William, Harry can step away from his royal role at any time and if William and Kate have one or more kids he won't have to ask for permission to marry.

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  11. Seems like a nice, down-to-earth caring girl. BUT...she's, what, 35 or 36?

    Call me old-fashioned, but I think you need to date someone for a few years and let the early passion and intense rush of emotions wear off before you start thinking about marriage, to make sure you're really compatible and want the same things in life. Unless they rush into things, which doesn't tend to work out too well for royals. Not to mention maintaining a long-distance romance is hard for anyone, let alone too famous people. So if they date for a few years, she's pushing 40 and that can make having a bunch of kids both more dangerous and harder (natural pregnancy AND IVF rates plummet at this age). She's also been divorced.

    I know Harry is anxious to settle down, but he really needs to think things through more before he dates women who either have zero interest in being princesses or who live across an ocean. Maybe he's just trying too hard.

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    1. I think he's looking for a girl outside of the British elite and rich. But that doesn't have to equal "Hollywood". Sigh, poor guy.
      And I agree, the divorce status doesn't bode well with her. How traditional the royal family tries to be. But I don't want to think poorly of her and that she can't make her second marriage the successful one that sticks and is "forever".
      ~ A

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    2. What's the problem with being divorced Am?

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    3. WOW, Am. Are you in 2016??? "She's 35/36... and divorced!" Oh, the scandal!

      Charles married a 20 year old virgin (supposedly, none of our business, btw) and it ended in heartbreak. Women are having children, without IVF, all the time in their 30s/40s. My grandmother had her last, very healthy, child at 44.

      Your comment is just stunning to me and so offensive.

      Maybe SHE won't want all the BS that comes with Harry's life?

      Hope you don't have any daughters!

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    4. It's also entirely possible that having numerous children of his own isn't at the top of Harry's list of priorities. He's not the heir so there's less pressure for him and his wife to have a large brood. At this point he may be happy just finding a woman who is willing to become a royal bride - so far it seems like the women he clicks with don't want that. I don't think Chesly is ever going to come back and o think that means Harry is going to miss out on his true happy ending.

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    5. Am I don't think that being across an ocean is a major issue. Harry has plenty of access to planes and travels the globe often.

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    6. I didn't say being older and divorced was a scandal. BUT, being older does make it harder to take the time to make sure you're compatible when you want children without rushing into marriage (which rarely works out for couples, royal or not - that's a FACT).

      Just because your grandmother naturally got pregnant in her 40's doesn't mean ALL women are that fertile. The chance of a natural pregnancy at that age is VERY low, and successful IVF rates are also much lower than all the celebrity stories would have you believe. Around %5 - %10 for both. Rates are much lower for women over 35 in general. It's something for men to think about. That's not an antiquated idea. It's science.

      Re: "all the BS that comes with Harry's life", I was referring to Chelsea and Cressida. Both of whom broke up with him because they didn't want to deal with the baggage/scrutiny/paps that come with being a BRF member. Again, this is a FACT. The comment about long distance was in reference to Ms. Markle.

      Also, regarding her being divorced, I don't care BUT the BRF does because the Queen is head of the Church of England. Do you not remember Charles and Camilla's wedding? They had a civil ceremony rather than a religious one and the prayer service that followed included an act of penitence because they'd both been divorced.

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    7. Am - that may be because Charles is the next Head of the Church of England, higher standards apply to him. Just as William is often scrutinized for his church attendance, or lack thereof. He's a future head of the church as well.
      Harry will have a lot more leeway, and if this streamlined monarchy thing really takes hold he'll be pushed further and further to the sides. Charles seems to think the public only wants the immediate heir and his family to support, who knows if he's right or not.

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    8. Just because the Queen's attendance at church is often a media event doesn't mean William isn't spiritual. We really have no way of knowing about his church attendance
      when at home on the Sandringham grounds. The locals seem as protective of the Cambridge's
      privacy as those in Berkshire. There is a church within walking distance.

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    9. Fair enough anon 1 but he will likely need to worship more publicly once he is head of the church of england

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    10. If divorce wasn't an issue for Charles then surely Harry will get a pass LOL.

      Regarding William... I'm sure he will worship as publicly as the queen does today. But let's also keep in mind that no matter how often he does or does not go to church, it has not prevented him from enjoying and giving his children a much healthier and warmer family life than previous generations of the Royal Family. Surely that counts for something!

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    11. I don't think that being a more modern parents gives him any excuse to shirk his duties as the head of the Church of England. But that's just my opinion.

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    12. It also depends how one perceives the position: as a role, a figurehead or as a calling from God. Is the motive for church attendance to put on a show only or
      is church attendance seen as part of a way of life, an attitude for living.

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    13. I imagine you will find a way to justify whatever William does as the "proper" thing

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  12. There must be some truth to these rumors as respected royal reporters have written on them. Looks like a fling to me - with no disrespect intended, the lady does not seem to fit the unspoken requirements for future Royal spouses. Like others, I am still thinking Chelsea or Cressida will show back up on his arm..

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    1. I loved Chelsy, truly, and I believe that she's his Camilla. But I don't think she's having it. She did not enjoy the scrutiny and apparently was spooked off for good by W&C's wedding. Also, I'm not sure that Harry was a great boyfriend to her. It would probably be hard for her to consider him as husband material.

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    2. Agreed. As much as I think Harry could forge his own path I think he loves his family, particularly the Cambridges, too much to walk away from them. However, he may want love to conquer all and after his singleness in recent years, he may not want to give up on this chance. Tough call; time will tell!
      ~ A

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  13. A while ago there was a rumor about Harry and Emma Watson and I was hoping that it would turn out to be the real thing. She's talented, beautiful,and an amazing activist. Alas, it was just a rumor.
    I don't know much about Meghan. She reminds me so much of Pippa (especially in the Wimbledon photos). I think she looks a bit like Kate too, but definitely more Pippa than Kate.

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  14. I don't think this would fly with the family as her becoming a royal wife. There are two many issues. The royal family has certainly loosened up but not that much and while she is very pretty, educated and socially active in the world with causes she also has baggage. Plus and please do not bash me on this comment. Let me first statw that I have no issue with this in my world at all and my own son has dated a biracial girl for 2 yrs now and we love and adore her....but I do not think Granny or Charles would approve. Mayne I am wrong but Harry is still too close to the throne. PLEASE DON'T attack me. I accept ppl as they are and have lived all over the world. Race is a no issue to me.

    I did see something on Twitter that said that when she was in London over the Summer he was not in the country so the whole she stayed at KP was shot. How true? Unknown.

    I just want him to find someone that makes him happy. He deserves that ams then some. He will be a terrific Dad!

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    1. Then again William married a commoner which not so long ago might have been unthinkable for a future king. So maybe times have changed? As a purely practical matter it will become increasingly difficult for the British monarch to justify being head of state of several commonwealth countries if at the same time the BRF explicitly (or implicitly through disapproval) rejects any non-100% white potential family members.

      Not disagreeing with you or attacking you - I think you accurately describe the current situation but it got me thinking so just musing.

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    2. It looks like there was an attempt to avoid meeting anywhere near London. I Can imagine them meeting the Cambridges during the Canada tour, however.

      Shoot-they could have met in Afghanistan.The two.
      Kate is accused of plotting to follow William. I can't imagine what could be said
      in these circumstances. Many points of potential meeting.
      Maybe she'll take some of the heat off Kate. Although, IF true, this Is Harry's
      romance. Maybe folks will be more compassionate and accepting than they were of Kate.

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  15. I've never heard of her before, but does she play an attorney on that show? Memories of Chelsea?
    Also, her clothes may be ID'd and documented, but I see no price tags.
    Some common interests but also a few red flags. Since three of four of her children have been
    divorced,as well as her sister, I doubt the queen could seriously object to that.

    I enjoyed the post. I had seen a headline and brushed it off as slow news day fluff.I do have
    that feeling I get when I look at pap photos of the babies-breach of privacy, but I cant help
    looking.
    This has been going on since May? Nobody knows anything for sure?
    Way to go, Harry. We're rootin for ya

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  16. She seems like a lovely girl, no idea if the story is true, but do not see it lasting. She appears to be very focused on her career and I think it would be difficult to juggle an entertainment career and the career with being part of any Royal Family. Harry would have to jump ship:):) Anything is possible, so who knows. FWIW I think being involved with anyone who is a serious performer is extremely difficult and usually the non performer spouse has to put their career on the back burner for it to work long term.

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  17. Based on the BRF my concerns are:
    - she's divorced
    - she's a Hollywood actress
    - she's older

    I want Harry to be happy, and I love hearing about her activism - that could really ramp up if she partnered with Harry on a lot of similar initiatives.

    ~ A

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  18. I was surprised to read this, not sure where this story came from, and I really have my doubts it's true. There are no facts to back it up--just like that other supposed crush that was reported some time ago and quietly forgotten. But both girls enjoy the media attention I'm sure.

    I would love for Harry to meet someone wonderful, but I'm afraid he's already met his soul mate, and it was Chelsy Davy...

    Meghan Markle is unknown to me too. Seems like a nice enough lady, she looks like she could be Catherine and Pippa's big sister! Reading the facts about her from wiki and imdb, there might be some issues--if this story is true:

    - She seems to be a free spirit, not likely to be assimilated very easily
    - She is older than Harry at 35 (the clock is ticking!)
    - She is divorced (probably not an issue as Charles, Andrew, and Anne are also)
    - She is a Catholic (self explanatory)
    - Her mother is black (should not matter, but we're talking Royal Family here...)

    Belle

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    1. Being a Catholic is no longer a bar to a marriage to a member of the Royal Family That changed at the same time as the order of precedence rules changed.

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  19. I hope this either isn't true or it's short lived. Like TMM (anon 11:42) I've heard of Suits but have never heard of her. I don't think, however, the BRF would do well with an American showbiz person in their ranks. I also don't think we'll see Chelsea or Cressida back with Harry no matter how much I'd like to see him with Chelsea. I know Harry is handsome, rich, and oh-so-eligible, but he needs to stop letting the show folk turn his head. Time to date someone who will put the focus on family, crown, and country. As we've seen in the past, too many skeletons in the closet come back to bite them in the backside.

    Does anyone else see how much the negative example of the married then divorced Charles marrying his married then divorced mistress has set the bar so low that it would be hard for him to "disapprove" of anything his kids do? HMTQ is another story, however, and this doesn't seem like something she would sanction.

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  20. For me there is one reason why I hope this isn't true/think this isn't going to work out: the way she is milking the situation with her insinuations on twitter - I doubt her discretion and that is going to put Harry is an awkward situation. Karin

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    1. Good point. Flaunting on social media does not equal a strong relationship. I can see how the posts are sending him a message, but she could also be milking the attention.

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    2. So when Diana called the press to altert them where she would be was that "milking" the attention?

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  21. This will get me into trouble - but she is not good enough for our Harry, in my opinion !!!!

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    1. Let's share the ire-, 7:31-I don't think Harry could have been a good match for Chelsea in
      some areas. From the outside looking in and through the media lens, and I'm struggling to put this diplomatically, Harry's interests seem to center more on action than thought. I don't think he hung much with the intellectual crowd. When they were mid-twnties, it may not have mattered as much; but, in time, such differences can divide a couple. Superficially, at least, Meghan and Harry seem better matched. My opinions, of course.


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    2. How on earth do you know that Meghan is not also part of the "intellectual crowd"?! Because she is an actress? Because her university is not elite enough? I'm honestly confused

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    3. Is she?
      Northwestern has an excellent reputation academically.
      There are some brilliant actresses.
      I was speaking of superficial commonalities. What we know of his activities and
      habits and hers from media and internet.
      We have no way of knowing any personal, deeply-felt connections.
      I did not say I "knew" anything. I clearly stated opinion only. As Kate critics do.

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    4. Harry's a lot of wonderful things, but intellectual isn't one of them. Meghan seems more focused that way than Harry. When she gives a speech about UN issues, she's probably writing a lot if it herself.

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    5. Perhaps they could complement each other. She may have a sort of quiet intelligence,
      which isn't worn like armour. Harry seems to have emotional intelligence, a wonderful gift. (not saying she doesn't-she likely does, judging from her activities)
      regarding UN- does she represent Canada or US?

      Meanwhile, let's not forget Grace Kelly, although she gave up her career. Her Prince was the monarch, or soon to be. I think a number of British aristocracy married dancers and actresses. Adèle Astaire?
      It would be great if Harry has found his soul mate.

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    6. I hear you anon 1, but in 2016 a lot of women don't give up their careers or separate identities. In the past these celeb women who married monarchs gave up a lot to take on their new roles. These days we may expect Harry's wife to want to continue her own endeavors. Kate is a modern woman who was willing to give up her career and public identity to assume the role of William's wife. William was very luck like that....supposedly some girls turned him down because they weren't willing to do that. I believe he and Kate are true love, but William really lucked out with the exception to the rule for these modern times.

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  22. I have to say I'm incredibly disappointed that people who I've enjoyed chatting with are making comments with such racially charged overtones.
    I'm a Black American, are we not allowed to marry British royals? Is there a ban against Italian Americans or Irish Americans as well that I should know about?
    And Robin, everything I've read is that Markle is very much focused on family and charity first, I'd say that's what turned his head more than her showbiz career. She herself says the thing she likes most about her job is that it lets her do so much humanitarian work.

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    2. Grace Kelly was literally several generations ago, she was married in 1956! And even Charles and Diana were 35 years ago at this point, times change and they have changed very rapidly in the last decade or two. Huge changes in social issues, society has amended more rapidly on some issues than ever before in history.
      Comments of "pedigree" and "unspoken requirements" for royal bride are just ridiculous and offensive in my opinion, and one Kate Middleton is the perfect case in point! The old rules have just flown out the window, and good riddance.
      Sure they may show some of her racy scenes or photos, ummm.. Kate Middleton experienced that too I think.
      And I don't think Meghan would flinch at that. This girl is older and tough enough to handle it. She will be the darling of the press. Stunning AND smart and more to talk about than just her clothes. The BRF needs some glamour and personality right now and Harry and Meghan would fit the bill to a tee.

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    3. Robin, I am sorry, but I said no more comments on the race issue and in fairness to everyone, I am being very strict with that. I didn't see, when I approved your comment, that there was a second paragraph addressing race, so I have removed your comment. This is just too volatile a topic. FBTB is not the appropriate venue.
      Thanks for understanding.

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    4. No one is the darling of the British press for very long. They will eventually find something to tear her down with. It has already started and the public is so quick to buy into everything reported.

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    5. No problem, Jane. I didn't see your comment until after I hit publish. I honestly hadn't read all of the other comments before writing what I said or I wouldn't have said anything.

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  23. I would encourage everyone to watch her speech from the UN Women's Conference. After seeing it I would say Harry is the lucky one.

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  24. Jennifer from the SouthNovember 2, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    I think the Queen would allow it if it made Harry happy and was a good match. I think that Harry is currently the star of the BRF and has done the most work, and the best work, for the BRF. He has represented the Queen flawlessly since his Vegas debacle. He has shown what he is made of and that he is more than willing to pitch in not only for his family and his duty, but also for the charities that are close to his heart. She may not be the ideal candidate for princess on paper (and apparently she - like Kate mind you - grew up adoring William and Harry and may be a bit of a social climber, but if she is willing to play the part (like Kate was willing to do) and Harry loves her - I think the Queen wants to see Harry happy and settled, and with George and Charlotte, and likely at least 1 more baby, between him and the Crown, I think the Queen will reward his hard work and loyalty with the choice of wife/private life that Harry wants. Remember that Harry and Cressida - and perhaps countless others that were Harry's type - ran for the hills when the publicity got to be too much because they were well connected and rich enough on their own not to NEED that boost. Kate needed/wanted the boost, so she played ball, and hard. I think this Megan girl wants it too. And she seems willing to play ball, and if she genuinely loves Harry and he loves her, then I see this going places. Only time will tell though.

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    1. Also remember in William's younger years, when he and Kate were a bit on and off, several girls ran for the hills too. These guys have more than compatibility and love and common goals etc in finding a mate. Tricky to be them.

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    2. I agree with some of your points, Jennifer, but we don't actually know why the relationship between Cressida and Harry (and others) didn't work out.

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    3. I think the kindest, most diplomatic reason to give would be the excessive media attention. Obviously, that excuse would not work in this current situation. No one
      would believe it.

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  25. I would like to wish Harry and Meghan all the very best and hope they can put aside all of this BS and take the time they need to discover each other. I find all of the speculation from all sources utterly distasteful. Back to Kate. Please.

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  26. Talk about convenient-the actress has recently released a new clothing line. It would be interesting to know how sales were going prior to this supposed leak of her relationship to Harry.
    A respectable news source has published a new story by a respected royal writer-using a headline that indicated a quote from the actress about her relationship to Harry. It got my attention. I thought I could depend on an accurate, reliable story from this source. There was no new interview about Harry or direct quote, apparently. The information seemed to have been gathered from the actress's past online/internet posts.The comment is likely a general one and not specific to Harry.
    Since her show will be on hiatus for several months, we may soon see either a public appearance/acknowledgement of the couple or a denial of serious involvement. It all reminds me a little of Letizia and her (then) prince. Television and public relations seem to be good careers for attracting a royal spouse.

    I have been wondering why Harry's travels have kept him away from home turf this past year.
    I don't mean to discount the reports of his very worthwhile activities, but it all makes more sense to me now. He has missed several big BRF functions in that time.
    If my suppositions are on the mark- it just seems a bit sad and unfair to me that the guy
    can't court in his own court.

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  27. I am hoping Harry settles down with a fellow servicewoman- doesn't matter which branch but if she has flying experience all the better. They'd have shared interests and she'd be used to a more regimented and scrutinized life. Or Chelsy....

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  28. Sophie from WembleyNovember 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Although I still have a bit of hope in me that Chelsy and Harry will end up together, I hope this is true and I am very happy for Harry. Meghan seems to be incredibly smart (graduated from Northwestern University) and she seems to have the same charitable interest as Harry. As someone who is biracial I am very excited about this and I would hope that people do no count her out just because she is half black. I am from Wembley (NW London) and from my experiences England has more of a class problem than race. I think although it may take people by surprise, I would not be something that would keep them from being together. I think her being American and an actress may have the most pushback. William and Kate may have more kids pushing Harry farther down the line so there should not be any worry of her "tainting" the royal blood line. She may not be like Kate, but I think she could bring a lot to the Royal family if the relationship does end up to be a permeant one.

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    1. I agree, and I say this as an American, that her being American and "Hollywood" are definitely two strikes against her.

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    2. Robin two strikes according to whom? That's just not the thinking anymore. And remember everyone, we're not talking about the direct heir to the throne.

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    3. Cannot imagine why being an American would be a bar to a marriage. We speak the same language( well sort of) and have similar values. She doesn't actually live in the US, so is presumably not upset by living in a different country.
      Some of the rather racy photos might be, until we remember they were acted.
      Harry's girl friends have always been blonde, so this young lady is different.
      Hope it works out for them---or at least if it does not, that it is their decision.

      However we don't even know if either of them is interested in a long term relationship

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    4. Not sure how "Hollywood" is a strike per se. Grace Kelly went straight from Hollywood to royalty. And part of what made Diana famous was her glamorous Hollywood-type sensibilities.

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    5. There is a difference between deliberately choosing, posing, and promoting "racy" photos oneself and having them
      taken surreptitiously or through unplanned exposure or in a place considered
      private.
      Good point about long-term relationship. Perhaps it's a royal slow-news tempest in a
      teapot. Signifying nothing. And none of our business, of course.
      But Harry has captured our hearts. We want him to be happy.Charles went through much the same scrutiny-without
      social media to contend with. Each possible pairing was news. I think Harry spoke recently about his thoughts about the attention on his romantic life. Didn't he say if he even stood next to someone he was assumed to be dating her.
      Charles eventually got his choice, but what an ordeal getting there.

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    6. I highly doubt Meghan has control over which "racy" photos of her are published. It is likely that at least a significant percentage of that is driven by publicists, etc. some celebrities don't even manage their own "personal" social media. There is probably a distinction between the public persona she needs to put forth for professional reasons and what she might do herself if she wasn't an actress. Even Kate has changed her public persona as she has shifted into her new role (doubt she would be modeling any see through dresses these days).

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    7. Kate was a coed, not a 35 year old veteran actress. She was more covered up than most beach goers and red carpet walkers. I saw nothing. What did you see?
      It's possible Ms. Merkel ah Markle has no idea of what she is wearing or what she is posing for on her internet sites
      and publicity photos, but I doubt it.
      She is obviously doing her own posting.Are you implying that the photos that appear are inappropriate (in conservative circles) but unknown to her and therefore excuseable? And surely she is present when she performs her scenes. Don't know how that can be explained away.I think this was the aspect of her life and resultant image that some
      commenters thought the historically staid BRF AND perhaps Whitehall would object to. Not some factor she has no control over, such as age or gender.She has chosen this pathway and image and may not give it up for Harry.If the fact that Kate chose one time at a very young age to wear a partially see-through outfit
      is still being flung back at her- years later, imagine what Meghan could face for
      doing it repeatedly in different venues over many years.As I have said, perhaps critics will be kinder to Harry's choice than they have been to William's.
      Maybe she and her show enjoy and welcome the publicity. We'll see when the new ratings come out.

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    8. Whitehall?! You made me laugh out loud anon 1.

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  29. Of course I respect their desire for privacy and at least a partial-life free of prying eyes, BUT....I wish we had a photo or two! They've been completely absent for weeks! This isn't August, isn't that usually the royal dead zone? I'd like to see more of George at school, or any outings with the Middletons. And where is Pippa? I'd also really love to see Eugenie and Beatrice more often - they seem like really good people and they are the future, so how come we don't see more photos from the royal family? Seems like Harry is really the only one who is really working hard and having a great attitude. He is such a merry soul! :)

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  30. I am very frustrated that blogger is not allowing me to respond under the proper comment, but I wanted to jump on immediately and address Anon 7:52. I have been careful to watch the comments regarding Meghan's mixed race, and I am happy to tell you and all my readers that I have received absolutely no racially insensitive comments. No offensive comments have been posted here. Pointing out that Meghan is part African-American is not racist, it's just a fact, and one I imagine she is proud of, as most of us are of our individual heritages. It is also true that the BRF doesn't have (to my knowledge) any mixed race royals at the moment. I don't think it is crazy to wonder if old taboos might still exist. I think it very unlikely. I think from the Queen to Princess Charlotte, race wouldn't be an issue at all, but it would be a first and I know (unfortunately) that some backward people would probably frown. I think in general, though, just like William marrying a commoner and breaking that barrier, this would probably be something rather historic. I just want to be clear that discussing her ancestry is not equivalent to a slur, and no one here has made any racist remark. I would be the first to ban that. It is one of her attributes, just like the fact that she is Catholic. (Also a people who have faced heavy persecution and also something that was a barrier for the BRF. You might recall that Autumn actually left the Catholic Church to marry Peter.) So, times change, thankfully where race is concerned, they have changed for the better. I just don't want a spark thrown into a place where no controversy up to now existed. I can assure you I won't tolerate any racism on this blog.

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    1. I hope you understand Jane that what sounds racially charged to black ears is very different to how it may sound to white ears. I hope you appreciate that.
      Something doesn't have to be out and out racism for there to be "overtones". Even suggesting in this day and age that dating a black woman is "taboo"? What year is this? And comments that she's not classy enough? On what basis? Her commitment to the UN? A woman who could be falling out of clubs with celebrities at night but instead spends her free time helping orphans in Africa?
      No one appreciated jibes about the Middleton family and you've blocked many comments here in the past and I applaud that 100%. But prejudice doesn't always knock loudly and announce itself at the door, it can be slyly subtle. "The greatest trick the Devil played was convincing the world he didn't exist."

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    2. Here's why the comments are racist, Jane.

      The other comments posted here are not pointing out how "historic" Meghan joining the royal family would be (only you are calling it that). Commenters are saying that it would never be acceptable because of her race. That's what makes it offensive.

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    3. Pointing it out doesn't mean the commenters agree with it - just that it's what has been in the past. I'm an American and I, personally, think they wouldn't take well to her being an American either. I'm not going to accuse anybody who points that out of being a bigot. It's just a fact.

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  31. Many times prejudices are wrapped up in "I don't care but so-and-so might..."

    These comments are here are HORRIBLE. Bringing up this poor girl's mother's race as a reason that could prevent their marriage?? She's "not fit"? I AM DONE.

    Kate Middleton would never speak like this.

    Susan
    I am married, never divorced, and white - FYI. I am also a socially moderate Republican.

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  32. No comments addressing race--from any perspective--will go live. I simply will not allow this section to devolve into a race row. It is my opinion that none of the comments here were offensive, certainly they were not offensive on their face. I respect and appreciate that there is a difference in how African Americans might hear these comments, and I profusely apologize to those who were offended, WITHOUT judging the initial comments, because to do so I would have to assume the intent behind the comments, and I have no evidence to do so. Nor, I might add, does anyone else, of any race, have that inside knowledge. What you suspect could be entirely wrong. You could be right, too. I don't know. Out of respect for EVERYONE, this topic is closed.

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    1. Thank you Jane for listening and for your response. Taking the time to understand something from someone else's perspective is one of the greatest gifts one person can give to another.

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    2. Agree! Thanks you Jane for moderating this comment section in such a fair and graceful manner.

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  33. She seems interesting and fun. If they're together, good luck to them.

    Some of the comments about her age are cringe-y. If it gets to that point, I'm sure they can sort out their reproductive lives on their own. That's not something we need to worry about!

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    1. Has anyone in the BRF ever adopted? Maybe history buffs might know - not necessarily in modern times but would adoption be legally complicated even though Harry is not heir to the throne?

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    2. Yes, the Duke and Duchess of Richmond adopted two girls, and as a side note they were both bi-racial actually.

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    3. Are they in line for the throne? I'm curious because I don't know how hereditary titles work (especially at the top of the top) when it comes to adoption versus blood lineage

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  34. Is Ms. Markle actually Catholic? I've seen more references to her being Jewish, although she attended a Catholic school.

    Also, let's all learn to spell Chelsy Davy's name right!

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  35. My comment on this story from yesterday never appeared. I'm assuming it got lost as I don't think I said anything offensive. But here is my revised comment.


    I don't know if Harry could get crown approval for marriage to Meghan because of her divorce (hypocritical yes, but possibly an issue) although his realistic distance from the throne ought to matter IMO. Plus more recent comments since my original submission have said since Harry is over 25 yrs old he doesn't have to seek permission anyway. 

    I somehow doubt anything will work out with either of Harry's previous "serious" girlfriends (Chelsy and Cressida). They seem to have moved on IMO. If Harry wants to have kids and he has been quoted as saying he does, I agree it is more risky later on and agree a woman's fertility can't be *assumed* to continue unabated into the late 30s, early 40s so Meghan's age could be an issue if this relationship is only in its early stages.  Fair? No, but realistic. And if it is thought necessary that he have a long-term relationship BEFORE marriage as some posters have said, it seems he better start dating women who are much younger than he is!

    I am also not sure that using W&K as evidence for the need for a long pre-marriage relationship for royals is valid. Theirs wasn't exactly a smooth "made in heaven courtship" and they haven't been married even 6 yrs yet. (We've all heard of the 7 yr itch) I personally think (and hope!) their marriage WILL last and think recent tabloid stories are totally ridiculous. Still, 6 yrs is hardly proof that ANY marriage will last forever.  

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  36. Some new tidbits from Emily Andrews, apparently Harry WAS in Toronto this weekend when the news broke, he flew out Thursday and back Tuesday. His security team was spotted around her apartment and she was at a Halloween party with a man who kept a mask on!

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  37. Well..between this post and the last ....there has been lots of interesting reading!! Really enjoy the comments.

    I am a big fan of SUITS and so am very familiar with Megan. Have watched every season. The story surrounds 6 main characters who all work at a law firm in different roles and some with deep and long relationships. I won't say any more in case any one wants to start watching. Megan's characters is a legal assistant who decides to go to law school at Columbia. Not only do I love the stories and the characters but the clothes the 3 women wear are drop dead gorgeous. Of course only on tv could a secretary wear a different pair of Louboutins each day to work...but that doesn't stop me from admiring them. :)

    From what I have read and seen of Meghan seems like a well educated, well spoken, compassionate, hard working and fun lady. I for one believe Charles is on the right path in thinking he needs to keep the monarchy relevant. Meghan would certainly do that. The bigger question in my mind is why would she take that on? The sacrifices would be huge. She in essences would give up her freedom - closing all doors to future dreams and opportunities and be committing herself to a life of service to a country, it's people and charitable work along with all the scrutiny, criticism and media (which can be devastingly mean) that comes with the job. No wonder Chelsy and Cresida ran the other way. It is a huge ask...and the fact that Kate made that choice is one of the reasons I admire her so.

    I wish Harry much happiness and if he finds it with Meghan I hope the monarchy will stand behind him!

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  38. Whether the rumours are true or not, just seeing the media furore that has erupted makes my hesrt go out to Harry. No wonder he has found it difficult to find someone to share his life. I can't imagine trying to develop a serious relationship under such scrutiny, let alone the constant attention that would follow forever. Maybe this lady, being a celebrity already, is better placed to cope with the media attention?

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  39. I was really pleased for Harry when I read about this lady and thought she was absolutely great. Now, I'm not so sure she is suitable as a possible bride for him. I watched her UN speech and was impressed, but when I began to watch it again on a subsequent day, I found it to be completely over-the-top and couldn't bear to watch it again. I feel concerned that she is now seeking out a role as Harry's wife, giving interviews saying that 'her cup runneth over' and posting a slightly suggestive banana photo etc. which has driven the media into a frenzy. (And she has called herself a 'brash American') I contrast it with the self-effacing approach of Chelsy and Cressida....

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