And just like Wallis, who refurbished royal homes from Primrose Hill and Windsor to Paris to her exacting tastes, Meghan has been hard at work with the decorator, too. It was revealed this week that Harry and Meghan have spent over €2.6 million renovating Frogmore Cottage, a once-humble abode that the Queen gifted to the couple. Among the property's new features are an eco-heating system, a 'floating' kitchen floor and complete redecoration. What were once five separate houses has now become one large building. Still, officials have insisted that outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long-term future of the property. Yet even before Prince Harry uttered the immortal words 'what Meghan wants, Meghan gets', tales of the Duchess of Sussex's luxuriant tastes are legion. She famously wanted to spray fragrance in St George's Chapel at Windsor to mask the 'musty' smell for her wedding (in the end, Dyptique revealed they 'scented' the wedding). There was also the … [Read more...] about Is Meghan Markle counting the cost of her expensive taste?
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Ever since Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, talk has been rife about how the 'Meghan effect' would rival that of Kate Middleton's longstanding 'Kate effect'. Now, two years on, Lyst has analysed more than 20 million search queries over the past two years to reveal that Meghan has in fact now surpassed Kate to become the top royal fashion influencer. The global fashion search platform discovered that on average Kate's outfits lead to a 119 per cent increase in online searches in the week following a public appearance. Meghan's demand, on the other hand, was more than double, with an average of 216 per cent. However, each duchess boosts online searches in two very different ways. Kate, known for her love of mixing affordable high street brands, such as L. K. Bennett and Hobbs, with high end labels like Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen, predominantly boosts demand for specific designers. … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle overtakes Kate Middleton as top royal style icon
Meghan Markle is making her first public engagement since giving birth as she joins the rest of the royal family at Trooping the Colour today. Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Queen have also been pictured at the event. The ceremony sees 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians parade central London to celebrate the monarch’s birthday. It's always been in the first half of June every year since its conception in 1748, when King Edward VII didn’t want his official birthday celebration in November as the weather was too cold. And despite today's dreary weather, The Mall, Whitehall and other streets are lined with crowds waving flags. The display concludes with an RAF fly-past, watched by members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony. A 41-gun salute is also fired in Green Park to mark the occasion. Key Events Meghan wearing third ring 12:10 Royal women stun in stylish outfits 11:42 The military pomp and pageantry 11:23 … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle appears at Queen’s Trooping the Colour parade
With Meghan Markle expected to give birth to the couple's first baby in the coming days - late April or early May - she was not in attendance. The couple recently issued a statement saying that they would be keeping the plans around the arrival of their baby private and would first take time to celebrate privately as a new family before sharing the news with the public. However, Harry (34) took time away today to accompany his grandmother, The Queen, to the service on what is also her 93rd birthday. They were also joined by members of her family at St George's Chapel. Following an hour-long service, the Queen was presented with two posies - one yellow and one white - by two little boys, before being treated to a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' as she emerged outside. As the well-wishers completed three cheers, the Queen waved to them as she got into her waiting car. Royal family members who attended the service included the Princess Royal, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, … [Read more...] about Prince Harry attends Easter Sunday service without heavily-pregnant Meghan Markle
Who will be chosen as the godparents of Harry and Meghan's baby? Royal family members traditionally have a larger than average set of godparents. For example, Prince Louis has six godparents, Princess Charlotte has five, and Prince George has seven. Royals typically choose close friends for godparents instead of family members, which is why Prince Harry isn’t a godfather to his niece and nephews. We’ve rounded up our top contenders from most likely (the Mulroneys) to least (we'd love to see Nick Jonas as a royal godfather, but we're realistic). The inner circle: Jessica and Ben Mulroney Jessica and Ben Mulroney are a top choice for godparents. Close friend Jessica has been styling Meghan for years and helped out during her royal tour of Australia. Her husband, Ben Mulroney, is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, so the couple have a suitably powerful pedigree too. The confidantes: Jake and Zoe … [Read more...] about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby: Who will be the royal baby’s godparents?