Well hello everyone and welcome back to another Royal Round-Up (which I’ve finally finished writing at 1am)! Sorry about the delay: as some of you may have seen on Instagram, I got hit by COVID late last weekend, so have been a little out of action.
There has been quite a lot going on in royal world and apologies if one or two items are a couple of weeks old now, but I wanted to pick up on these, so without further ado…
William’s Earthshot prize in NYC
So it has been announced that William, The Prince of Wales, will journey to New York in September for the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit; this is where the 2023 finalists of the environmental awards will be announced.
It comes after William was unable to attend last September’s summit, with the royal family in a period of mourning, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Joining the summit via video link last year in the days following his grandmother’s death, William told attendees:
Protecting the environment was a cause close to my grandmother’s heart, and I know she would have been delighted to hear about this event and the support you’re all giving our Earthshot finalists, the next generation of environmental pioneers.The Prince of Wales
It was a touching tribute from William to his grandmother, as he made it clear just how much his granny cared about this initiative.
But it is said that during his time in New York City, William will also undertake a variety of engagements that are related to Earthshot, hoping to bring awareness to the awards scheme.
But what of the Princess of Wales? Kate’s last visit to The Big Apple was back in late 2014 when the pair visited on a whirlwind royal visit. It is not believed she is joining him on this particular trip, but you never know…
But if Catherine doesn’t join him on the NYC trip in September, she will apparently be travelling to Singapore with William in November for the Earthshot Prize Ceremony itself.
Speaking ahead of the summit, William was seen to be discussing just how pivotal the next decade is for humans to act and save our planet before time runs out– reminding us that the power is in our hands to make a change.
You do have to wonder what Harry and Meghan will attempt to pull in order to overshadow this event (provided they’re still married by then). I mean, it is on US soil which Meghan very much sees as her turf. Harry may not show his face, but I’m sure Meghan would charter her own private jet to pop over for a visit.
I’m sure she’ll release a photo of Lilibet’s foot to try and steal the limelight closer to the time, but you never know– she might stay quiet.
And speaking of Harry and Meghan…
Meghan and Harry want to move to Malibu
Yep… It has been reported in the last week or so that
broke Harry and Meghan are eyeing up a move to Malibu!
After telling us all that they apparently do not have any money, they have been seen viewing properties in one of the wealthiest parts of California.
Keen to be closer to central Los Angeles, the non-royal duo have been scouting out some homes in the area as Meghan feels that Montecito is ‘too remote’ and ‘far removed’ from things.
I really feel that it was more the case here that Harry and Meghan, realising their reputation had well and truly tanked, felt it was time to thrust themselves back in the spotlight– and Montecito just wasn’t quite cutting it. But might it come at a non-financial price for the family as well?
This comes as it was recently reported the pair were giving a ‘trial separation’ a go– and in light of that, their PR team is clearly doing overtime as they try and convince us otherwise in order to preserve the ‘happy couple’ image– which I never bought to begin with anyway.
This is clearly damage control and there is no actual proof Harry is going anywhere near Malibu. I still feel this is Meghan’s last-gasp attempt to drill what she can out of him before anything is announced.
I do wonder what will be announced next week to pretend all is well at Chez Sussex; perhaps they’ll renew their vows on a Californian beach or have another kid?
They have really burnt some serious bridges with both the media and their little showbiz pals– which apparently includes David and Victoria Beckham.
Yep, it has been reported over the last week that Harry and Meghan have royally pissed off the Beckhams with their claims that they had a ‘leak’ in the camp and apparently hinted it was them.
Despite initially bonding with David and Victoria and calling them ‘some of their closest friends’, it appears football star David and his wife have been ‘Markled’.
Firstly, no matter what my opinion is of them, the Beckhams are pretty global in their superstardom and I highly doubt they have any need to discuss Harry and Meghan outside of their own circle.
It is said that David Beckham especially is ‘absolutely furious’ with the claims they discussed the Sussexes– although what they are meant to have said, I do not know; Harry and Meghan ensure we hear about it every time they go to the toilet, so what they’ve kept personal, I’ve no idea.
Real talk, has Meghan ever considered the fact that negative stories are being printed about her not because David and Victoria Beckham are behind them, but because… she’s an arsehole and everyone can see it?
I mean, I don’t rate Vicky B, but I’m sure she has better things to do than sit around reporting on Meghan bloody Markle all day.
In any cases, I do feel that if Harry and Meghan show their faces anywhere near David and Victoria again, there’s gonna be some sort of showdown. I doubt the Beckhams have taken too kindly to these ridiculous claims.
Well, it’s not really surprising that they’ve alienated yet more people from their circle and still want to claim everyone else is the problem other than them.
Can’t wait to see what happens here…
The Sandringham Flower Show
And now with a bit of a break to see what the King and Queen have been up to..
This past week, it was the Sandringham Flower Show out in Norfolk, where King Charles and Queen Camilla were in attendance.
It was the 140th Sandringham Flower show and also the last engagement before the summer break for the King and Queen, who have now headed over to Scotland to spend some down time there, as the monarch usually does over the summer months.
Arriving in a horse-drawn carriage, the pair disembarked and headed out immediately to greet their royal subjects who had waited some time for the monarch and consort’s arrival.
But it was one lucky baker, Jackie Marshall, who found herself at the centre of attention with her ‘King Charles pie’ that she had made– trying her hardest to get a true likeness of the monarch.
Camilla appeared to see the funny side– telling Jackie “that does look like my husband!” with a giggle. Let’s only hope His Majesty The King thought it was amusing too?
Although just a one-day event, the flower show attracts over 20,000 people for it and centers competitions around not just flowers, but also fruit and vegetables.
All in all, it seemed like the King and Queen enjoyed their day out at the flower show and will surely be back next year to see what else is on offer.
Will William have to pay for Archie and Lili?
So the question was raised this week that if Harry and Meghan do indeed decide to return to the UK with their children, who is it that will foot the bill?
It does appear that Harry ‘tested the waters’ with Prince William for a possible return to the UK, to see just how exactly it would all work financially for the couple who stuck two fingers up at the nation to come back and…. ask for us to pay for their keep… again.
If he did indeed reach out to William, I can only imagine how that must have gone. After all that has happened, I cannot imagine Wills was overly impressed to have his brother panhandling on the phone.
In all honesty, I’ve no idea why they would want to return to the UK anyway. What exactly would be here for them? They made it clear they didn’t want to be working royals, so what are they planning on doing here? I think Malibu is more likely than this crap, to be honest. Can you really see Her Ladyship moving back to England?
Nah, England doesn’t hold the calibre of people that Meghan wants to be rubbing shoulders with– especially if she still wants to get into politics (which I wouldn’t recommend).
In the event of a divorce, I can’t see Meghan handing the kids over to Harry to live back in the UK anyway.
And if William did pay, this would surely eat into the Duchy grant, which would have a impact on his own family. I can’t see Mrs. Wales being too happy about that one in the long run.
In any case, I can’t see it happening; even if Harry and Meghan do divorce, she’ll hold those kids as ransom and Harry will be back here on his own and probably having to fund his own security, so all’s well that ends well.
Harry & Meghan’s Archewell Calls and Meghan’s 42nd Birthday
Speaking of bedrooms, it is quite clear Harry and Meghan are now in separate ones, given their strained appearance during a video taping of a series of phone calls they made last week.
The pair, sat in what is presumably their garden in Montecito but looks more like a public park, phoned a group of young leaders to congratulate them on the progress they had made on improving the digital world.
In a weird comment, Harry told one young leader that he and Meghan’s kids were ‘incredibly grateful for all the team had achieved’– even though they are 4 and 2 and can probably just about shit in a potty without missing, let alone recognise what these people are supposed to have done.
Meghan, clearly realising what her husband had said was rather stupid, quickly jumped in and told the young leader that “they don’t know it yet, but they will be!”– a correction which was probably code for:
I cannot be the only one to see it; their demeanor towards each other was a lot different than what it has been previously. They were far less tactile, never bothered to look at one another and Meghan’s pained expression was getting more worrisome by the minute.
As well as some form of damage control, this was yet another opportunity for The Sussexes to include as many clips as possible of these young pioneers losing their shit over having talked on the phone to The Harry and Meghan.
There were several clips of these girls squealing as they put the phone down like they’d just had a beyond-the-grave chat on Facetime with Marilyn Monroe. I mean really, how narcissistic do you have to be?
But whatever they were trying to achieve, it fell a little flat. Most people saw through their bullshit ‘united front’ charade in an instant and realised just how awkward the two of them were. It was rather clear they would have preferred to be pretty much anywhere else.
But they weren’t done there!
Yes, Friday was Meghan’s 42nd birthday (still hate that we are both August babies) and the celebrations for this would not be complete without a pap walk as they left a restaurant– with it being described as a ‘toned down’ event.
sort of couple were seen leaving Italian eatery Tre Lune, which is unsurprisingly a favourite celeb hotspot– which I’m sure Madam Googled beforehand.
Not doing much to quash split rumours, especially after the Archewell debacle, Harry was left trailing behind his wife following the dinner, looking like he had just spent the entire evening sat on broken glass– while Meghan stormed ahead, doing her best impression of a skunk.
I actually didn’t even notice Harry first in some of the photos; he is so far behind her, I mistook him for security detail or Meghan’s bag holder, which I suspect he now is.
I say this seriously, but Harry looks like a shadow of his former self– and if Meghan has finally (and abruptly) stopped hanging off him like she has done constantly for the last seven years, there is definitely trouble in paradise. I mean, since when did she learn to walk and stand on her own?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen her walk unaided since she got with Harry… Even he looked surprised!
But the fact that the Royal Family didn’t acknowledge Meghan’s birthday did not go unnoticed by eagle-eyed royal fans. While the royal Instagram pages have typically wished Harry, Meghan and their kids a happy birthday over the years, they appear to have stopped now in the last year or two.
And honestly– can you blame them? Imagine shitting all over your family and still expecting them to pay public homage to you on your bday, like:
I love the subtle way the Royal Family have snubbed them by totally erasing them from their acknowledgements. If I were them yesterday, I’d have been like:
Anyway– that’s it from me this week!
There are other small bits and pieces I will cover off next week when I have slightly more energy, and I’m sure there will be other things that crop up in the meantime too.
Until then, stay safe and well, don’t catch the plague like I have and have a lovely rest of the weekend!