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Royals En Route to Windsor! Kate in Michael Kors + How to Watch the Royal Wedding

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The royals are on their way to Windsor for the rehearsal! Meghan and Harry were pictured arriving at the castle today, and the Cambridges were snapped as they motored out of Kensington Palace. But, more on that in a minute.


By now you all have likely heard that the pictures we'd been seeing of Thomas Markle (paging though guidebooks of Britain, being measured for a suit, reading T&C's coverage of the royal wedding at an internet cafe) were staged by him and a professional pap photographer. The ensuing drama has consumed the past 48 hours as Meghan's father yo-yoed back and forth on whether he'd attend the wedding and walk Meghan down the aisle. This morning, Kensington Palace released a statement from Meghan confirming that Thomas Markle won't be at her wedding:



The sensible statement finally put to rest a story that has made the wedding prep something of a circus for several days. After the Palace released the news, Harry and Meghan put the drama behind them as they were pictured smiling on their way to Windsor Castle where they will rehearse for the wedding and oversee final preparations.



Meghan is wearing bridal white and has her hair styled loosely. I think she looks fabulous and wish we'd get a few full length pictures. These past few days must have been miserable for her, but with her mom and friends in town, and the question of her dad's presence settled, she can turn and focus on the excitement of her wedding. As can fans and the media. 


Kate is wearing a red, white, and blue floral dress by American designer Michael Kors. Huge hat tip to HeavenLM who tracked this down very quickly. Kate has worn Michael Kors a number of times, but I think today she is sporting the label (and the color scheme) with deliberate intent to pay tribute to Meghan's nationality. It's a sweet gesture! 




This dress looked oddly familiar to me, but I didn't place it until Katy A. pointed out on Twitter that Gina Haspel (brand new DCI [Director of the Central Intelligence Agency]) wore it!


Town & Country put together a handy guide for those of you planning to watch the royal wedding live. This will give you the timings and the channels airing the event. There are a lot of options!



88 comments:

  1. She looks so beautiful and so happy!

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  2. Poor Harry and Meghan! The last few days have been such a fiasco. I agree with many commentators that this situation would have developed very differently were Diana still alive. I have also reflected on the invaluable asset a close, loving family can be (the Middletons!). I'm sure Kate and William will be a support to H and M on the big day. Kate looks lovely!

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    1. We have no idea how this situation would ha e developed if Diana had still been alive. What sort of person she would have become, how she would have dealt with the arrival of younger, prettier members of her family? Diana had the “common touch “ but at heart she was an aristocrat who became a Princess. This trashy bunch of Americans (MM’s mom aside) would have left her as bemused as the rest of us.

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  3. I am so excited for all of this! I have been putting off my own wedding because I am in a sympathetic position as regards my family. Seeing Meghan confront this same beast, and watching Harry support her, has been an unexpected parallel to my own life. Seeing her in these photos(I love those bold earrings, they're so fantastically bridal.) has officially made me excited for the first time in three years to actually have a wedding. She's so lovely and I cannot wait to see her get right to work. She is thriving!

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  4. Meghan looks lovely and I feel truly awful for her. It's not just the drama with her father: her brother and sister have both behaved appallingly badly, the media has been having a field day with the fact that her siblings are wreaking havoc, and there have been endless articles in the British press about whether or not Kensington Palace and Harry himself have mishandled her longstanding estrangement from her some of her family members. I think Saturday will be a lovely day but personally, I don't think they're going to be able to put this drama behind them for awhile, particularly given that her siblings have the potential to continue creating problematic and embarrassing situations on an ongoing basis...

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    1. Agreed, half brother & sis are totally out of control courting all this media attention and creating drama. But I highly doubt there's anything KP or Harry or Meghan could have said or done to keep them quiet. They obviously have no love or care for their little half-sis.

      To me, their behavior only justifies Meghan's Estrangement from them. No doubt she's been dealing with their jealous, critical, demanding behavior all of her life.

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    2. I disagree, I think they could have invited at least *some* of her family members. Only inviting your mom and dad, really? And why didn't they come over sooner to get acclimated?!

      Not all of her family has been talking badly about her. I get the feeling Ms. Markle and her "my life is a picture-perfect lifestyle blog" mentality led to this. A wedding should include extended family members, because they're your family whether or not you think they're good enough for your new fancy life. Everyone has a crazy uncle or loopy aunt or two (or more). She could've invited them to the wedding to prevent a lot of this bad blood - it's not like she'd ever really have to see them again after it. Mishandled, BADLY. A one-time olive branch would've worked wonders. Instead, they all got publicly embarrassed in front of the entire world by the press splashing their lack of invites everywhere (I'm talking about the ones who didn't say anything, obviously the awful sister isn't deserving).

      Same with not inviting a lot of the extended royal family! How rude. They have space for 200 more guests at the ceremony. More of the Gloucesters and Kents should've been included.

      I liked her initially but now I'm starting to get the impression this is a role she's playing and poor Harry's going to get his heart broken when reality sets in. Hope I'm proven wrong, for his sake.

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    3. Mmm, I hope you're proven wrong as well Am but I'm feeling the same way. I'm sure she has more family than just the badly behaving ones who could, and should, have been invited. Harry and Meghan are supposed to have the "common touch" but this is beginning to look like a snooty affair. It started off so well with people from Harry's charities being invited onto the grounds but it's gone a bit south from there.

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    4. I strongly disagree with the argument that a wedding "should" include extended family automatically. The only thing a wedding "should" do is celebrate love, including those who have loved and supported a couple. An invitation to any wedding, let alone one with a massive global media presence, isn't an "olive branch" - its a placation for bad behavior. In this case - it started years and years before M met H. I know many have family drama, and I strongly believe that one doesn't get to treat someone poorly for years, but then expect to be invited to such events.

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    5. I agree with some of your points, Am. While I can understand Meghan not wanting her half siblings around. I feel like things could have been handled better with her father. Yes, he posed for goofy photos and talked to TMZ but it was rather harmless. I'm sure there are elements of this story that we just don't know but I feel that TM has been so out of his element in this situation and was largely left to fend for himself, and as it turns out, been very ill. I have a lot of sympathy for him, and I think the wording of MM's most recent statement regarding her dad sucked, frankly. It sounds as if it were written by an aloof personal assistant.

      I've been on the fence about MM since the beginning, as I didn't admire how certain things transpired. I want this marriage to work for Harry's sake but the more I see, the more I'm left with the feeling that she isn't genuine. I get the impression that she has built this charmed life, picture perfect life for herself and has alienated a lot of her past in the process.

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    6. I am with you 100% Anon 4:29!!

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    7. I would actually think less of Meghan if she hadnt chosen to be estranged from those people. Drawing boundaries around unhealthy behavior and trying to build a positive life is a good thing! It's also something that many people involved in the charities supported by WK&H have to do in their own lives...

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    8. I have to agree with you, Faith, about Meghan's statement regarding her dad. "Cared for" doesn't exactly sound like a loving daughter giving a ringing endorsement for really wishing he could be there. With their resources and influence doesn't it seem strange that Harry has still never met the man? He's in the hospital (for which is, quite frankly, an outpatient procedure or an overnight stay at best - both my parents have had the same procedures) and she hasn't spoken to him? I'm thinking this girl is completely estranged from her father and the PR machine surrounding their relationship has spun completely out of control. If they had all just been honest from the beginning instead of trying to paint this pretty little picture of Markle family life then none of this would be an issue at this point. How hard is it? "Yes, my father lives in Mexico. I am estranged from the Markle side of the family for personal reasons." Done. The media would have dug a little for a couple of months and moved on. The way it stands gives her the air of being completely disingenuous. I really hope Harry hasn't made a big mistake for his sake and that they will be happy for the rest of their lives. It certainly isn't a great start though.

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    9. RobinfromCA, I remember there was a mention of two uncles who have never done anything wrong by her. In fact, one used his connections to get her a diplomatic-related job in Argentina before she got into acting. But he didn't get an invite either. Really?!...

      I want to like her, but I really feel like she's just salivating over the idea of becoming a Grace-Kelly-Meets-Princess-Diana. She said in her interview she knew nothing about the royals, yet friends say she had Diana's autobiography in her bookshelf. And someone who brags that charity work fuels their soul just comes across a bit disingenuous to me. Are you really lacking ulterior motives for the good you do if you're broadcasting it to everyone?

      Not to mention, she needs to have kids soon or she'll miss that boat. Harry's there, he's besotted with her, she can be more famous than she's ever been or would be as an actress, etc. It just doesn't ring true to me. (And the fact they got engaged after having mostly a long-distance relationship doesn't bode well either.)

      I think she sees this as her greatest role yet. I really hope it's genuine, for Harry's sake.

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    10. I agree with your feelings about Meghan. I almost wish I hadn’t seen the engagement interview because her comment about knowing much about the royal family did not strike me as truthful. She’s obviously very bright, has British friends, had visited Buckingham Palace and has the Diana book. Of course she knew about Harry! Kind of annoying as I would like to be really excited about her.

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    11. The one thing I find odd about the wedding invite list, if what has been reported is true is the number of celebrities and yet excluding some of Harrys' relatives. On the fence with Meghans' "Uncles", even if one helped with a job they may still not have any relation so do you invite someone to a wedding that will cost them a bit of money to attend just so they can be there for someone they may have met only a few times over almost forty years. None of them came to her first wedding and I suspect did not give it a second thought, so do you only invite them cause they think it might be a fun wedding to attend? Not sure how they came up with the list.

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    12. Agree Ali - how do you invite the Spice Girls and the Beckhams, but not all the Gloucesters and Kents??? It makes it look like they just want a fancy wedding with all the "right" people there. It just seems so...staged, you know? Like she forgets she's not still blogging, this is her actual life (and Harry's). Families aren't always picture-perfect. She could invite the rest of the BRF and some of her own uncles as well. If they can't afford it, then they wouldn't come but would still appreciate being thought of.

      I'm also a bit curious why she still calls him Harry instead of William in official statements. Kate and Wills immediately started using Catherine and William once they got engaged. Will Harry revert to Henry? I guess we'll see.

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    13. I disagree he only thing a wedding "should" do is celebrate love. Not the kind of wedding that is going to take place on Saturday. It is more than just 2 people in love, or why are we interested in it?

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    14. Totally agree, Robin. From a PR standpoint, this hasn't been handled well at all. I think Meghan has been trying to rewrite her own history but reality keeps rearing up.

      Am, I feel the same way actually. The whole thing has happened so fast. It will be interesting to see if Meghan can adapt to the reality of royal life day in and day out, year after year.

      Anon 8:26, the interview left me cold too. I mean, how obviously untrue was that statement, and whats worse is that Harry buys it. Also, didn't like that she outed their relationship on social media and did that very public walk to Whole Foods to say, "Here I am!".

      Ali, agree with you on the reputed guest list. So heavy on the celebrity factor while leaving out so many royal second cousins of the younger generation that William and Harry grew up with. They are usually a staple at BRF weddings. Reminds me of Andrew and Sarah's wedding.

      On the positive side, I think Meghan is gorgeous and I love watching what she wears. I will be happy to be wrong about her.

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    15. You nailed it, Anonymous 5:42 - a Royal Wedding is about SO much more than the couple!

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    16. Oh, and also re: the guest list (which also apparently includes the Clooneys, really, we're supposed to believe they're best buds with them?!): I'm a little mystified about the double-standard when it comes to who can and can't talk about Meghan.

      Markles who HAVEN'T spoken about her or who only had nice things to say: not invited, not a single one (and I'm not totally buying that her dad was invited all along, since she supposedly had always planned to walk herself to the Quire then have Charles walk her to the altar after that - KP said this latter part today).

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      Friends who HAVE spoken about her, quite frequently (think Priyanka Chopra and her near-daily Meghan interview comments, Meghan's castmates from Suits during a Today interview, etc.): invited, never disinvited for talking about her, M & H are totally fine with it.

      Bit puzzling, imho. And furthermore, if the Gloucesters are supposedly giving up their Kensington Palace apartment for Harry & Megs, the least they could do would be to invite more of their family members.

      The more I think about it, the more it's hard to believe the good things people have said about Meghan instead of the bad. And it's a bit flashy for two people who supposedly just want to keep to themselves...

      I really hope Harry made the right choice!

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    17. KP confirmed that Charles was always going to walk Meghan down the aisle?

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    18. Not that I know of Anon 7:34. The printed program for the service released today says her father will walk her. I think what HAS been confirmed is that she was always planning to walk to a certain point alone (as a "feminist" statement, I guess.) All that has changed is that Charles will meet her at that point, instead of her father. Personally, I'm not sure how long ago her father was asked to participate and I do find that odd. At the same time I don't buy the idea it was always going to be Charles and her father's absence is some sort of royal plot.

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    19. Am, I agree. The good and the bad are mixed, difficult to ignore one part of the narrative. On the positive part, she is absolutely gorgeous. The wedding will be fun to watch. But I don't believe she is the kind of role model young girls should be given!

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    20. I think more information concerning the situation with the father will be forth-coming, once the glow of the wedding has worn off. anon1

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  5. Good to see Kate and look forward to seeing her and George and Charlotte on Saturday. There's also a pap photo out of Kate With Charlotte, Louis in his pram and nanny Teresa in the park at KP a few days ago.

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    1. where did you see that photo? I just saw some articles about it, but none included a photo ...

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    2. Oh where can I see it

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    3. I just posted it here on the blog. Hit the header and it will take you to the main page and the new post.

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    4. I don't believe there was a photo. Just a tweet from Katie Nicholl, who just happened to be in Kensington Park. If she lives in the area, it is understandable. Otherwise, it is stalking, in my opinion. anon1
      One questions why a news hound like Katie didn't capture a photo, as she obviously had her phone in hand for tweeting.
      I suspected Nanny would have been having some time off yesterday before the weekend festivities where she will be in demand. Obviously someone was looking after Louis today with Catherine and William at rehearsals. Perhaps Granny Carole. The Nanny may have traveled in a separate car with George and Charlotte as they are in the wedding party, along with William. I imagine that explains Kate's presence.
      It is difficult for me to put much credence in the park sighting happening this way.
      If there is a photo, I will have to restrain myself from looking, as I enjoy those Cambridge children pictures. I assume the other royal writers and paps were stationed around the airports, Windsor, KP itself. Katie was walking in the park?

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  6. It's a lovely dress but there's nothing exciting about it since Kate has been favouring this style for quite a while now. More importantly, it's really good to see her out again
    - Soha

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  7. Lovely to see Kate again, I have missed her. She looks beautiful and I love her choice of designer and color. Wishing Meghan and Harry peace and joy.

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    1. I agree with you and Jane, Tedi. If there ever was a Kate fashion nod, this was it. Michael Kors plus red, white, and blue? Not a coincidence. Since royals are limited in giving opinions on personal matters, this is Kate saying, "We're with you, Meghan!" anon1

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    2. Kate spoke to the cameras the day the engagement news broke to send her best wishes to Meghan. She's also most certainly very supportive of her soon to be sister in law in private too. I think its just silly to suggest this dress is a tribute to Meghan and her nationality when really Meghan would either have to have an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion or be a clairvoyant in order to get this supposed gesture. Its also worth mentioning that theres way more to Meghan than her nationality...

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    3. This gesture was following "The Week That Was." It has a different significance than a few obligatory remarks with the engagement announcement.
      Wearing a dress by an American designer could be a coincidence. However, I suspect she wears British much more often and the American designers are often worn for specific occasions. Add to the choice of an American designer, the choice of a red, white, blue color scheme..I'd like to see some odds on that occurring randomly. It is in the context of the American theme established by the designer that the colors refer to the USA, not the Union Jack. If she had worn those colors with a British made outfit, and she has, the meaning would be different. Add to the designer and the color scheme the fact that her soon sister-in-law is American, which has been criticised by some in the UK, and not only is she American, but one whose integrity and peace of mind have been dealt a recent blow...I really don't see coincidence in this.
      Context is everything.
      I do think Kate gives a fashion nod a lot less frequently than some imagine, but

      I am with Jane on this. This was purposeful. anon1


      PS--Silly? Really no need for name-calling. But, OK...
      One would have to be particularly dense to miss the connection between Kate's dress and Meghan. Meghan is not dense. She got it.

      Yes. there is more to Meghan than being American; however, most of her history and attributes would be difficult to represent in clothing. Should Kate have dressed like Rachel on Suits? Worn a native African outfit to represent the water project? Dressed as a Suffragette to honor Meghan's interest in female assertiveness?

      Catherine did not have a microphone shoved in her face. She was seen by the public briefly and incompletely through a car window. (Meghan would have seen her for several hours, with the rehearsal and the greeting Doria activities.) With that limited public platform, Kate could not have commented on her feelings about this week's events and Meghan's family in general. I am sure she is supportive of Meghan in private. This was a public statement of support in keeping with both Kate's previous actions and royal protocol as surely as Charles's landing of a helicopter on KP grounds at the height of the turmoil. (when do we ever see candid photos of Charles? Not often)

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    4. Perhaps anon1. Maybe I'm in the minority here (won't be the first time :) but personally I just don't think about whether a person I'm meeting is intentionally sending me subtle messages through the colors and patterns of his/her clothing choices (well, except for in some very limited non-public romantic situations ;) Maybe Meghan saw Kate's dress as supporting her but it seems like a huge stretch to me. I've also thought on other occasions some of the symbolic meanings supposedly behind Kate's outfits might have not have been (immediately or ever) perceived by the "target" audience. On the blog we have the luxury of still photos and internet searches to look up her clothing details. But folks interacting with her in real life situations are meeting her, greeting her, talking to her and so forth, not looking up the meaning of a particular flower, color or lace motif on her dress.

      Does make me wonder though whether I should check my clothes for hidden symbolism.
      Gee, maybe that flower on my favorite blouse is saying something I don't always mean!

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    5. lizzie, you have the freedom and luxury of publically stating verbally and in writing your opinions, thoughts, and personal preferences and do so here, quite succinctly. Catherine and the other female royals do not. The times a few male royals have spoken up in such a way they have been soundly criticised, while also evoking a hearty guffaw from others.anon1
      I don't think most of us need be concerned about subtle messages from others expressed by attire because most of us have friends and family who are free to verbalise their personal opinion and most of us don't have an international presence. I wouldn't worry about missing one...unless someone wears a pretzel hat to one's wedding.
      Yes, I had to haul out that memory that is forever seared on my brain Just when I think it has faded, the media refresh the image.
      Did you notice her hat today at this wedding? Pretzels obviously a one-time show and not her go-to style for weddings.

      As I indicated above, I think a number of "Kate Things" are the product of a highly active, creative, non-Kate imagination; but let's not dismiss out of hand an obvious one when we see it.

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  8. I do agree that Kate is good at dressing to the occasion but England's colors are also red, white, and blue. Not sure this is a reflection on Meghan and her home country but maybe just a patriotic dress all the way around. Love the dress though. Very Kate.

    As long as I'm being a Negative Nelly here I'm going to put this out there: Meghan's family is an absolute nightmare but I am noticing also that it has been said all along - almost since the engagement - that her mother would walk her down the aisle and her father wouldn't be there. Now, as if it occurred overnight, guess what's happening. It just seems a little too convenient to me. I think her mother may be a little bit of an engineer steering this train wreck. It's been said she loathes the Markle side of the family (apparently with good reason but, hey, she married this guy) and now they are all on the outside looking in. Doria has quit her job as a "Yoga teacher and sometimes social worker" to "fulfill her dream" of opening her "own practice" working with the elderly. Yep, now that the whole world knows who she is and she can trade on her daughter's fortuitous marriage. Frankly, I think the Windsors are being jolly good sports about this whole thing and I'm not sure they're so much in support of Meghan as of Harry. This is who he's chosen and they will support him through to the end. I just wonder if there haven't been a couple of "Are you absolutely sure?" talks between he and his brother and/or father. Yes, they've had their share of family drama but this family makes the Windsors look like The Brady Bunch. Maybe it's a good thing Philip has retired and has been recuperating out of site because he usually says something highly inappropriate about stuff like this.

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    1. I agree the Markles seem a bit of a nightmare, but I highly doubt Doria has “engineered” it. More likely the tabloids just poured gasoline on what was already likely a smoldering mess. It is also entirely possible that Meghan’s mother made the career switch (if that report is in fact accurate) because her new lack of anonymity could affect her ability to continue performing her previous role - depending on what type of social work she was doing it could be bad for the clients to have paps hanging around (think of the visits Kate has done that have been embargoed for that reason). It really doesn’t seem fair to hold Meghan or her mother for the behavior of a bunch of adults they are estranged from.

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    2. I wish this blog had a "like" button, RobinfromCA!

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    3. Re her mother profiting from Meghan marrying into the royal family: Please do remind me again which meaningful job position Pippa has ever held.

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    4. This comment seems a bit unfair. How in the world would Doria "engineer" this mess? She's kept quiet this whole time. And how exactly is opening up a practice as a social worker to work with the elderly cashing in on her daughter? I would never think as social work to involve "cashing in" on connections. Is this like when Pippa cashed in her status to write her book?

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    5. Kirsten, you're right. Pippa did sell a party planning book and in the introduction she acknowledges that she is "only known for her bottom." She spent time writing free lance articles and working for her parents the same as Kate did. Family owned and operated businesses tend to be like that. I never thought it "lazy" of Kate to work for her parents either as some did. Other than that Pippa's taken on a lot of charity work and is involved in a lot of sport. She and her brother get coverage because they're Kate's siblings but they live the lives of your average well-to-do British socialites who run in aristocratic circles. Now she's married to someone she knew pre-fame and who is likely far wealthier than W&K. Doria, on the other hand, is now besties with Oprah who wants to do a sit-down interview with her. And people complained the Middletons were in the spotlight too much! They've never once given an interview to anybody let alone the queen of blah, blah, blah on a chat show. BP will almost certainly green-light the interview because Oprah says she wants to talk about racism and it would create a PR nightmare for HM if she said no.

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    6. This Negative Nelly comment is really out of line. I'm just going to say that I think this week was what a lot of people against Meghan from the very beginning were waiting for. Since the day the engagement was announced, Harry, Meghan, and even Doria, have done their respective jobs. They've worked and toured the country, planned a wedding, and in the case of Doria, been the silent, familiar support system for her daughter that she needed to be. Much like Carole is to Kate (although, lets be honest, Carole was instrumental in a lot of things that got Kate the Ring, and if you can't admit that, you've got blinders on.) They have not put a single bad step forward, and there was utterly no reason for anyone to say this wedding shouldn't happen. Alas, there were people, who felt from the beginning, that perhaps Harry couldn't/shouldn't be sure about his choice. I'm sure, such people, with those "are you sure" thoughts, were waiting with baited breathe until this week happened, for this one bad week to happen, so that those thoughts could be shared out loud.

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    7. Robin do you honestly believe that Puppa hasn't gotten a social boost because her sister is the future queen? There is no way the Middletons would be in the "aristocratic circles" without Kate's marriage (or are you forgetting the snarky comments about Kate's class when she and William were dating). You don't like Oprah? Fine. You don't think Doria should ever socialize with someone she didn't know as of the date Meghan met Harry? Fine. You are entitled to your opinion but don't make up false stories about the Middletons to make your point.

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    8. I certainly wasn't hoping this "one bad week" would happen. And since I'm the Negative Nelly I'm assuming you're trying to tell me how I felt. I also never said this wedding shouldn't happen I've just never been overly comfortable about how they've skirted around answering straight forward questions from the beginning. "How long have you been seeing each other?" They can't pin it down any closer than "a year and a half or two years" in the interview? She admitted on her blog before they started dating that she was a complete anglophile. In the interview "Because I'm from the States I didn't know much about him." Stuff like that. However, if you feel that way about Carole and you don't see the things surrounding Doria then who has the blinders on?

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    9. It’s disappointing to see so many negative comments directed towards Meghan based on her estranged family members behavior. She hadn’t had contact with her half sister and half brother for 10 years, so why would their awful behavior be a reflection on Meghan’s character? Why would Harry need to rethink about marrying Meghan because of her estranged family members behavior? She’s had no relationship with them for a decade, so it doesn’t make sense to blame her for the fiasco they’ve been determined to cause.

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    10. Robin, unfortunately Harry didn’t end up with an aristocratic Brit like some had hoped (maybe even some hoped it would be Pippa). Alas, he fell in love with an American divorcĂ©e who also happens to be an actress and biracial. You’re right, how did he miss all the signs (her blog posts, her fame-hungry mother, etc)? The best course of action would be to continue to attack Meghan for perceived lime-seeking tendencies and wish that Harry sees the light someday. Or we can wish Harry and Meghan the best and not try to turn her every word and action into an affront.

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    11. Meghan is as responsible for her estranged relatives as Kate is for her uncle Gary Goldsmith.

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    12. This whole conversation is like the blind leading the blind. People accusing others of racism where none has been shown. People claiming things have been made up about the Middletons and then try to prove it with things that aren't any more factual than what was said. I'm not taking sides here but I didn't read anything robinfrmca said that accused Meghan of being responsible for her family's estrangement, just that she should have just admitted it from the beginning. Kate - yay! Meghan - yay! Stop drinking the Daily Mail Koolaid everyone!

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    13. This is almost ridiculous. Do all the posters that use Kate's family to come in defence of Meghan believe everything surrounding Kate is perfect and the standard of good conduct? Of course uncle Gary is an embarrassment. Of course James and Pippa have been rather too much in the press to be though perfectly genteel (as in Jane Austen). Nobody disputes that. Carole may or not be a scheming social climber. But even those negative things about Kate family, which were used against her and were not what the RF needed, even her uncle Gary are absolutely innocuous compared with the awful family, the awful family dynamics and all the trash and ugliness of Meghan's family.
      It seems that people on this blog have decided to support Meghan and will stand by her no matter what. I did not know anything about her one year ago. I am not related to her, she is not my friend. If what I read about her gives me a good opinion of her, I will have a good opinion. If not, well not. I don't think her family is nice, I don't think her relationship with her father is great. And I do feel she lacks the experience of stability and commitment in her personal life. She has also lived a superficial and self-centered professional life. IMO if this marriage is a success, it will be in spite of her baggage not because of it.

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    14. Hi all, this conversation and several others have gotten a little heated, and i have received a few emails and comments that people submitted asking not to be posted, but to complain. I'd ask everyone to keep charity in mind when commenting, but also remember that everyone is entitled to an opinion. This past week has seen some things that give rise to people's speculation and opinion. I'd like to ask everyone to be polite to fellow readers and respect that we all have different opinions about Meghan and Harry or Kate and William, and those opinions can be voiced. That's what the comment section is for, to have the chats we'd have if we were gathered in someone's living room.

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    15. I do find it a bit odd no one else from Meghan's family was invited. I don't think comparing who was invited to this wedding vs her last one makes sense as I seriously doubt 600 people were invited to the last one. Maybe MM felt comfortable asking her paternal uncle to use his diplomatic connections to get her a job during college but didn't feel close to him? Hmm. I'm also not sure though where the story that there has been no relationship between any of the Markles and Doria since the separation comes from. I know Doria separated from TM when MM was 2 & they later divorced. But in interviews MM has talked about going on vacations later on with both parents together. She's also talked about "growing up" on the set of Married With Children where her dad worked when she was a preteen & adolescent. There are also reports TM was the main parent for many yrs while Doria "found herself". I don't know if those reports are true but I've heard nothing to contradict them.

      Unlike some folks, I don't think MM's father set out to do her in this week. I think he was overwhelmed by the media attention (especially with the British group of reporters living next door for months) & ill-equipped to cope. Not only had he been living a reclusive lifestyle, but if he needed three stents, he likely was also suffering from oxygen deprivation which can cloud thinking. I think KP could and should have done some things earlier to help as were done for Doria. Perhaps help was offered and refused but I don't get that feeling. I also wonder why Harry had not met him, at least since the engagement was announced.

      Very odd too to see the list of royals not invited to the ceremony. (I do understand the evening reception can accommodate only 200 but the chapel isn't even filled) I find it difficult to blame Meghan for that...sounds more likely to be Harry's decision. While I've been rooting for H&M I admit I do have a growing sense of unease.

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    16. Sorry Robin but it looks like Doria’s “engineering” skills aren’t up to snuff because Charles is walking her down the aisle. Or maybe you just shouldn’t believe every rumor you see in a tabloid.

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    17. Oh, I'm totally with you on this! There's NOTHING more lucrative than the coveted "elderly royal-watchers in need of yoga and/or social workers" market. No doubt Doria has engineered the whole thing with just this end game in mind.

      ...eyeroll...

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    18. Agree with all your points, Lizzie.

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  9. The media should stop giving her sister and brother any space. That would very soon put a stop to their crap. They all want their fifteen minutes
    . Dont give it to them dont report this shit

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  10. One of the things that have made your blog so lovely is your commitment to not deal with politics, especially polarizing figures. I will say it's disappointing that you chose to include a reference to such a polarizing (and for good reason) political figure whose wardrobe coincided with the Duchess's. I know it keeps me and many others from wanting to pitch in. Obviously, it's your blog and I can go to where the sun don't shine but just wanted to offer some polite and well-intentioned feedback, for whatever it's worth. Sylvia.

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    1. I (American) didn't see it as a political comment - it was a statement of fact. I too thought the print looked familiar and appreciated the update. I did see that print before (because I read the news)!

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    2. This wasn’t a political comment. Kate happened to wear the same dress as a potential Trump appointee. We can’t be so needing of our “safe space” that a simple comment like that can’t be pointed out? And btw, I’m no fan of our current president but even I don’t see how Jane’s comment is political at all.

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    3. Exactly, anon 9:07 - didn’t see anything “political” about the statement but I’m not American ;)
      Like several posters, I’ve always felt uncertain about Meghan and whether she’ll actually fit in. I’m most afraid of Harry being hurt; however, am trying to be positive. Someone stated that a wedding is all about love but it’s really so much than that: tradition, bringing family together, joining two families - a major life milestone. To invite. By inviting celebrities & leaving out family is, IMHO, a mistake by H&M.

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    4. Exactly, anon 9:07 - didn’t see anything “political” about the statement but I’m not American ;)
      Like several posters, I’ve always felt uncertain about Meghan and whether she’ll actually fit in. I’m most afraid of Harry being hurt; however, am trying to be positive. Someone stated that a wedding is all about love but it’s really so much than that: tradition, bringing family together, joining two families - a major life milestone. To invite. By inviting celebrities & leaving out family is, IMHO, a mistake by H&M.

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    5. Political because a woman who has been in the news wore the same dress and Jane noticed it? This just proves how oversensitive people are if any tiny little thing might in some minuscule way point to something they dislike. Just like the conversation above. It's ok to attack the Middletons but nobody can say anything about the Markles. You can't have it both ways ladies.

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    6. I'm an American, and I didn't see anything political about the mention of Ms. Haspel wearing the same dress. To me it read as just a reminder on where else we would have seen the dress in the public eye recently. There was no commentary pro or con on the current US President or his CIA appointee. I personally think its mention on this page to be totally appropriate.

      But, of course, my opinion is my own and your mileage may vary. LOL.

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    7. I didn't get the political side either! I had never heard of the woman wearing this dress , and reading the post, I though she was possibly some US celebrity.

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    8. I don't see the "as seen on TV" dress connection to be political at all.

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    9. As a long time reader and sometimes poster of this blog, I can tell you that it is one of my favorite websites to visit. But, I was taken aback when I saw the photo of Gina. It is political. If you look at the source tweet, it's far-right. In the past Jane has mentioned Ivanka and I do recall a tweet about the Trump Hotel. With these things in mind, I do suspect that Jane has political leanings and that's okay with me. I may not share those political views, but it's Jane's blog and she's not overtly putting her beliefs and opinions out there.

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    10. CIA should never be political. I'm sorry it is viewed by some as such. I agree that certain DCIs are more political than others. We all know Mike Pompeo's politics--he would be political. Had Kellyanne Conway worn the dress or Kamala Harris, that would have been a pretty polarizing mention and I wouldn't have brought it up on the blog. But Haspel is a thirty year veteran of the CIA and I couldn't tell you her politics if I had to. I doubt anyone here could, either. She is the new DCI because she has risen within the Agency based on experience and competence. I'm sorry if it made anyone uncomfortable. I have been pretty excited to see the first female DCI in history. I didn't notice that the source tweet was "far right." It popped into my feed and I linked to the girl who mentioned it. I am impressed Anon 8:10. :) I did end up at the same Oral Arguments at SCOTUS as Ivanka attended last year, and I worked right down the street from Trump Hotel for quite a while, so I passed it all the time, although I didn't realize I mentioned that on Twitter. Whatever my leanings, this will continue to be a politics free zone, so we can all enjoy royal watching together. :)

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    11. Oh, Jane, I guess you can't win for losing. I can't see this as political in any way. It's just a dress.

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  11. I think Kate looks really wonderful. I like this dress and love the deep v neckline, helps make it less fussy. I hope everyone has a fun weekend celebrating. Oh, do you think the Queen hosts William and Kate at Windsor or do you think they are all staying up at one of the hotels with the kids and Nanny Maria?

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    1. I can`t imagine that they are up at a hotel. Just think of all the security needed, the lack of privacy, etc., etc. Besides those hotels are probably all booked full for the wedding (that is what I would think anyway.) Also if Kate is feeding Louis, it is much easier to have him at the castle so I would wager a big bet that that is where they all are (unless they drive from Kensington Palace on Saturday morning like they did for Pippa`s wedding. I mean, 40ish minutes to an hour isn`t terribly long of a drive.)

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    2. How far is Kate's parents' estate from Windsor? Any chance they're there?

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    3. Driving up that day is possible but when they did that for Pippa's wedding I expect they didn't drive back to London that night. And PG & PC had to be somewhere during the evening reception as is also the case with this wedding. With Kate likely nursing, I can't believe they'd be staying anywhere but Windsor.

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  12. You know what I am going to do - watch the wedding, love the music, cry for the youth and beauty, accept that maybe they aren't right for each other and then move right on along back to the music and pretty dresses and the lovely Spring day. And that we are alive to witness this moment, in the story of a family that can take us back in history over 1000 years....and never mind the haters and the judgers and the analysts. I chose happiness.

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    1. I hope Meghan and Harry prove your wrong. How is excepting they might not be right for each other choosing happiness? They sound a like a hater.

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  13. ENOUGH with the negative Meghan comments. Ugh. I was so dissappointed to read some of this negative stuff.
    Complicated family = bizzare wedding complications? Nothing new for this (American) bride (married now). Fortunate for me (and many others, everywhere) we didn't have the Daily Mail tracking down family members to photograph or giving "air time" to estranged weirdos. I imagine Meghan and her Dad have their own sort of relationship, and adding a media circus following her to Mexico (should she run to see him or whatever) would only further harm what seems to be a very reclusive, shy man.
    It's their wedding, they get to invite who they want. They seem happy, she's accomplished and articulate - I'm excited to see her in Duchess action.
    Kate's dress is ever the sartorial win. I miss her too! Can't wait to see what she wears to the wedding... And little George & Charlotte!

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    1. I say stop the scolding, Anon 7:54. People are entitled to their opinions and we all have choice whether we read posts. Can’t wait for the wedding!

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  14. Here is the real question . . . has anybody else heard both Yanny and Laurel at different times? Did anyone else ever see the gold dress sometimes and the black dress other times? I've done both for both.

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    1. For some reason I never got around to looking at that dress, Robin. But yes to the other. I've heard both Yanny and Laurel (but not at the same time.) I'd hear Yanny on X recording, Laurel on Y recording. Both recordings I heard on the same sound system through my TV. Heck if I know the reason but I'm pretty sure it's not a matter of hearing what one expects to hear!

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    2. ??? You speak in riddles!

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  15. All I can say is the RF have been wonderful in all this. Admirable.

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  16. I just want to say that picture of the Queen with Meghan's dog had my heart. My love for this family has gone immensely in just 24 hours.

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  17. Wow; I've just visited the blog after a short absence. A little intense at times.
    I do have one question: Do we know whether Meghan's half brother and sister (or even her father) attended the wedding ceremony of her first marriage?
    If not, then really, it is quite logical that they would not be attending this one.
    I have seen some footage in the last few days where her half brother seems to have modified his behaviour. Good on him.

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  18. Jane, I’m lost without you. I have been looking for weeks for a definitive schedule for us here in the states. That little image is it. I am finally ready to go.

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  19. Fabulous photos as always, Jane. Loved the wedding, loved Kate's outfit. I do think it's a recycle and perhaps has had a bit of tailoring, but definitely something we've seen before.

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