We are back with several updates we hope you will like, beginning with the news that there is now an official Duke and Duchess of Sussex Instagram page.
The official Royal Family account on Instagram also posted.
As anticipated, the new account is very popular, hitting 1,000,000 followers in less than six hours. As of 9pm the follower number has grown to 1,700,000.
The actual post from Sussex Royal had the following message:
“Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues. We thank you for your support, and welcome you to @sussexroyal. – Harry & Meghan.”
The post also included several photos of the couple. (You can scroll through them all in the embedded image below.)
More on the topic from Hannah Furness, writing in The Telegraph:
The decision gives the Sussexes and their staff much greater control over the public’s interaction with their posts, with Instagram – unlike other social media platforms – granting the ability to filter and delete unsuitable or unwanted comments.
Not only did royal fans follow the account, friends and celebrities also followed Sussex Royal. More from Hello!
The Duchess’ BFF and unofficial stylist Jessica Mulroney, who met Meghan when she was based in Toronto for Suits, was one of the first stars to follow the new royal account. Daniel Martin, the makeup artist behind Meghan’s wedding day look and her close friend, was another and even wrote on his own Instagram: “Follow my peeps cuz #sharingiscaring @sussexroyal…” Fellow actress Priyanka Chopra, who was one of the Hollywood guests at the royal wedding last May, also followed the @SussexRoyal account, as did Prince Harry’s good friend and charity supporter, David Beckham.
If curious who Sussex Royal is following, here is a graphic showing the 23 accounts (as of 5pm Tuesday, April 5). As you would expect, the majority are charities they are involved with, and the other official royal accounts, including the verified pages for Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie..
For an update on whether we will see other social media accounts, we return to The Telegraph piece:
It is understood that the couple have chosen to use only the picture-driven format of Instagram for now, with no Twitter or Facebook account planned for the immediate future.
Also today, sad news from Australia. Many will remember Daphne Dunne, the 98-year-old ‘superfan’ the Duke and Duchess saw when in Australia last year.
Prince Harry had already met Mrs Dunne on two other occasions before the October tour, and very much wanted to introduce Meghan to her. More in this story from ITV’s Chris Ship.
This is the moment Harry introduced his ‘other woman’ Daphne Dunne to Meghan on their tour of Australia last year. He’d met her on each of his last 3 trips to Oz.
Daphne has just died, aged 99 pic.twitter.com/cmBKDDY8NJ
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) April 2, 2019
More on their first meeting in 2015 from Sydney’s Daily Telegraph:
AMID the chaos of Prince Harry’s visit to the Sydney Opera House yesterday, for a moment they were just two war veterans sharing a private conversation…
Here you see Prince Harry at that initial encounter in 2015.
Back to The Telegraph’s article.
She told him how her first husband Lieutenant Albert Chowne died aged 25 in 1945 — just a year after they married — in a heroic attack on a Japanese machinegun post in Papua New Guinea.
The red roses that Lt Chowne had arranged to be sent to his young bride on her birthday arrived just before the news he had been killed. Lt Chowne also won a military medal in 1943.
It was just last week that Daphne celebrated her 99th birthday. The day included a personal message from the Duke and Duchess:
“Dear Daphne, My wife and I send our warmest wishes to you on the occasion of your 99th birthday on Friday. We hope you have a wonderful celebration surrounded by family and friends and that you’ve managed to escape hospital.”
“Congratulations on reaching this important and impressive milestone before your centenary year next year. Happy birthday, Daphne.”
More from People’s story:
Harry and wife Meghan Markle are planning to write to Dunne’s family, a royal source tells PEOPLE. The couple is “deeply saddened by the news and they are thinking of Daphne’s family at this time,” the source says.
On a more upbeat note, we have the latest about an online baby shower honoring Baby Sussex. The idea was launched on Twitter last week.
The organizers suggested people make donations to three charities Meghan and Harry are affiliated with: WellChild, the British children’s charity, The Mayhew animal rescue and education service, and Camfed, the campaign for Female Education. They encouraged people to tweet about their donations using the hashtag #GlobalSussexBabyShower.
The campaign officially launched on Mothering Sunday, Mother’s Day in the UK.
The idea took off, with charities receiving thousands of dollars in donations. Below, reaction from The Mayhew.
Below, Meghan visiting the Mayhew.
As of yesterday, Camfed had received enough donations to fund another year of school for girls in Africa.
Reaction from Camfed via a Bazaar story about the online baby shower. “Camfed executive director Angie Murimirwa tells BAZAAR that she has been blown away by the efforts made by fans to support the organization…”
WellChild also had a big uptick in donations.
Meghan and Harry at a WellChild event in October.
More from the Bazaar story:
“We felt the values of compassion and kindness that the Duke and Duchess display during their engagements was being overshadowed by negativity in the press and some factions online,” 32-year-old Harris tells BAZAAR.com. “We wanted to create a space where we could talk further about their charitable endeavors and also about the Duchess’s impact. She is the thread that brought us together as royal watchers.”
The organizers encouraged people to donate to charities of their choice if they wanted or to give locally if so inclined, and also to give of their time if possible.
The effort has been incredibly successful and it has been noticed by Palace officials. More from the Bazaar article:
The efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by the Royal Household, which has been bowled over by the selfless gestures of fans. “The charities have all been in touch to share the news with Kensington Palace, who are hugely warmed by the fundraising efforts,” an aide tells BAZAAR. “It’s an incredibly thoughtful way to mark a special occasion.”
More than £22000 has been raised thus far. (I think the amount is significantly higher, it’s just hard to locate an updated total.) The fundraiser runs through April 30th, so there’s still plenty of time to take part!
One final bit of healthy and fun information. Meghan and Harry were out and about on Friday for a visit to Ilapothecary in London.
The organic shop offers products infused with all natural ingredients such as British herbs – Borage and Thyme and Rose Geranium, a medicinal flower. Items include skin and body care, fragrances, as well as candles and other home items.
Meghan was dressed casual in a new yet ‘old-school’ graphic t-shirt, the ‘Jake-Ryan’ women’s relaxed fit tee ($25.61).
The ‘Jake-Ryan’ graphic is a scene from the famous John Hughes movie, Sixteen Candles (WMW –Susan Courter’s all-time favorite movie!).
Those familiar with the scene will recall Jake, the leading heart-throb of the film, standing in front of his 1983 Porsche 944 waiting for his girl, Samantha Baker, to appear out on the steps of the church after her sister’s wedding.
The Duchess was also wearing Harry’s green army jacket. Our thanks to Meghan’s Mirror for the jacket ID.
Meghan also had on a pair of denim maternity jeans. This pair of Rag & Bone Maternity jeans in Bedford ($225) is a close match to the pair Meghan is wearing.
We have not yet found an exact ID for Meghan’s tennis shoes. They appear to be an off-white canvas pair with a rubber toe cap edge.
After much searching, Meghan’s tennis shoes appear to by Spring Court. They are the G2 Washed-Out Vintage Heavy Twill in Off White, $82.00.
From the Spring Court story:
The Spring Court is the first tennis shoe designed for play on clay.”
And she had on her Mummy necklace by jeweler Jennifer Meyer.
And our graphic look at the ensemble.
For more information on the outing, you can visit PopSugar for their article.