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MAY 18: THE LATEST BUZZ IS NOW IN LIVE COVERAGE MODE 

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1:00 PM – Harry and William are doing a walkabout.

12:10 PM – Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will officiate at tomorrow’s wedding, and Bishop Michael Curry of Chicago, who will deliver the sermon.

10:45 AM EDT – Victoria Howard of the Crown Chronicles shared this photo of flowers arriving at Windsor Castle, noting there were roses, peonies and foxglove.

Victoria Howard, The Crown Chronicles (Click image to visit Twitter feed)

10:00 AM EDT – Meghan and Harry have arrived at Windsor Castle.

9:30 AM EDT – Meghan and Harry are on the way to Windsor for final rehearsals and tea with HM, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.

9:00 AM EDT – Kensington Palace announced this morning that Prince Charles will be walking Meghan down the aisle tomorrow. Here is the official statement from KP.

9:00 AM EDT – The Royal Family released a video showing the carriage route Meghan and Harry will take tomorrow.

MAY 17: 

  • The Mirror reports Meghan and Harry “have left Windsor Castle after their wedding rehearsal.”
  • Meghan & Harry, Kate & William, and the Queen are now at Windsor as tweeted by Emily Nash of Hello!
  • This afternoon Meghan and Harry left Kensington Palace along with William and Kate, and drove to Windsor. The couple could be seen smiling in the back seat of their Range Rover.

  • Official wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirksi has arrived; he tweeted that he landed in the UK.
  • There were full-scale military rehearsals in Windsor today.

  • Meghan has released a statement about her father through the Palace press office.

MAY 16:

      • Kensington Palace has released the list of bridesmaids and pageboys for Saturday’s wedding. The Palace also said “Details about the Bridesmaids’ dresses and the Page Boys’ uniforms will be made available on the wedding day.”
        • Here are the bridesmaids:
          • Princess Charlotte (age 3)
          • Florence van Cutsem (age 3); Harry’s goddaughter, daughter of Mrs. Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem
          • Remi Litt (age 6); Meghan’s goddaughter, daughter of Mrs. Benita Litt and Mr. Darren Litt
          • Rylan Litt (age 7); Meghan’s goddaughter, daughter of Mrs. Benita Litt and Mr. Darren Litt
          • Ivy Mulroney (age 4): daughter of Jessica and Benedict Mulroney
          • Zalie Warren (age 2); Harry’s goddaughter, daughter of Zoe and Jake Warren
        • And now the page boys:
          • Prince George (age 4)
          • Jasper Dyer (age 6) Prince Harry’s godson, son of Amanda Dyer and Mark Dyer M.V.O. Mr. Dyer is a former Welsh Guards officer who was a mentor to Harry after the death of his mother; he continues to play a role in Harry’s life.
          • Twins Brian & John Mulroney (age 7); sons of Jessica and Benedict Mulroney, grandsons of Brian Mulroney, Canada’s Prime Minister from 1984 – 1993.

We have photos of some of the children; below, Prince George & Charlotte at Pippa Middleton’s wedding.Below left you see Jessica Mulroney with daughter Ivy and sons Brian and John. On the right the Litt family, including bridesmaids Remi and Rylan. (Our thanks to People for posting the Instagram pix.)

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Guests and friends of the bride/groom are arriving ahead of Saturday’s wedding. Below, a Tweet from The Sun shows the Mulroneys at Heathrow airport today.

Also arriving at Heathrow today, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. There has been quite a bit of chatter about the Burberry garment bag Ms. Ragland is carrying.

She is both the heroine of a fairy tale come true — American meets prince! — and a spark for a debate about the role of race in society. And it is that topic, those who know Markle say, that is far more central to the story she would tell about her own life.

  • The BBC has a nifty piece titled How to Dress Harry? on its Instagram feed. The story offers a look inside the factory where Prince William’s uniform was made for his wedding, as well as insight from the tailors who made the uniform.

 

MAY 15:

  • UPDATE 6:15 pm EDT: The latest news regarding the presence of Meghan’s father at the couple’s wedding comes via TMZ. Apparently Mr. Markle has told TMZ that he is having heart surgery tomorrow and will be unable to go to Windsor for the wedding.
  • Updating the situation with Meghan’s father, apparently he does want to be part of Saturday’s events, according to this story published by TMZ.
  • Maclean’s has an interesting graphic showing viewership for previous royal weddings with a whopping estimate for Meghan and Harry’s nuptials.

MAY 14:

  • We have a new post up with the latest information on Meghan’s father, as well as oodles of other updates.
  • As many of you may have heard, it appears Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, will not be coming to the wedding or walking Meghan down the aisle. We’ll have more in today’s post. Until then, from The Telegraph’s coverage:

Thomas Markle, 73, said he would no longer be attending his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, where he was supposed to be taking a starring role to support her.

Mr Markle told American website TMZ that he had suffered a heart attack six days ago, but had checked himself out of hospital and had been intending to fly to Britain.

  • Kensington Palace has announced Meghan and Harry’s first official engagement as a married couple: next Tuesday (the 22nd) they will attend the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday patronage celebration in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
  • How Meghan Markle Will Use Her Royal Voice is an interesting piece from Max Foster of CNN that I think you will enjoy.
Wherever I am in the world and I speak to a member of the public after they have met a royal, their most common response is: “They’re so normal!” As if they aren’t real until you actually come face-to-face with one.
That’s why Markle is such a star. She was normal and now she isn’t. She’s part of the fantasy. If you look into her trolls online many just come across as jealous.
  • The Royal Mail has created a commemorative set of stamps featuring two of Meghan and Harry’s engagement photos. The stamps go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, May 15). They are available in a mix of quantities and presentations; some also come packaged in tandem with the Royal Wedding Uncirculated Coin Cover.

  • Kensington Palace has published a new feature on the Royal Wedding site; it gives reader a look inside the kitchens at Windsor Castle. Below you see Head Chef Mark Flanagan. (Note: these photos do not show food being prepared for Saturday’s wedding reception; they are background/atmosphere shots.)

MAY 13:

  • Meghan and Harry may be making a trip to The Netherlands in addition to the expected tour of Australia and New Zealand or the Pacific Islands tied to the Sydney Invictus Games in October. That info comes via this story in The Telegraph from Hannah Furness:

Later this year, they are expected to make their first visit to the Netherlands, with as-yet-unconfirmed proposals for a trip to Dublin too.

A trip to the Netherlands, currently under discussion, would likely see the couple meet King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and their family, as well as visit key sights and charities reflecting causes including conservation, mental health and the Dutch Invictus Games team.

  • The Telegraph looks at the “No Ring, No Bring” challenge facing the wedding planners and guests, a dilemma many of us have encountered when managing invitations for an event with limited seating. From the story by Hannah Furness:

“When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed on Saturday, millions will watch on their televisions at home. A lucky few will have an exclusive invite to the chapel, while others may gather to watch an outdoor screen at a public party.A select handful will have a rather different experience: watching from their iPads in a farm shop carpark.

  • We have a new post up covering several items, including news about the first female State Trumpeter taking part in the wedding.

MAY 12:

MAY 11:

  • It’s Tiara Thursday over at The Royal Order of Splendor; you can guess know what that means: discussion of Meghan, the wedding, and most importantly, some serious tiara talk, oh my! Here is a graphic ROS put together showing the more likely candidates available to Meghan. The post is titled Tiara Thursday: Place Your Meghan Tiara Bets and I think you will enjoy it.
The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor (Click photo to visit site)
  • The Royal Wedding Visitor Guide from the Royal Borough Of Windsor/Maidenhead has been released. It’s a 17-page PDF filled with info and tips for those planning to be in Windsor for the big day, or those just interested in reading about the event.

  • Richard Palmer of The Express makes a good point about the way Harry is referenced in the Court Circular.   
  • The Royal Family Instagram has a quick rundown of previous royal weddings at Windsor.

MAY 10: We have loads of stories to share from the last 24 hours.

  • UPDATE MAY 11: Rebecca English of The Daily Mail reports Meghan’s mother is not yet in London. Kensington Palace confirmed this information to The Express. 
    • Omid Scobie reports that Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, has arrived in London and is staying with Meghan and Harry at Kensington Palace. Among other things, they will be able to enjoy Mother’s Day together.
  • The Fug Girls have penned a piece for W magazine about the challenges of dealing with difficult family members.
  • People has a slideshow on the receptions with good photos inside St George’s Hall.
  • Meghan’s close friend Jessica Mulroney is expanding her role with Hudson’s Bay and will be the spokesperson for a new brand at the department store called CORE Life.

  • The Household Cavalry had a press day yesterday. This is Harry’s former regiment, and they will line the steps fo St. George’s Chapel and also provide an escort for the carriage ride.
  • Reporter Tracy Swartz of the Chicago Tribune contacted “140 of Meghan Markle’s sorority sisters” to get their impressions of Meghan; she was “…surprised at the breadth of media silence from her classmates” at Northwestern. Here is her story about Meghan’s college years.

MAY 9:

  • Our friends Jessica and Heather, aka The Fug Girls, have done a splendid piece with Getty Images I think you will enjoy, Meghan Markle: Redefining Royalty.
  • Jezebel has a fun story looking at possibilities for Meghan’s dress; it also engages in one of our favorite pastimes – a little tiara talk! (You may recognize two of the people interviewed for the story!)
  • There is more on the tiara topic in “What tiara will Meghan Markle wear?” fromThe Daily Mirror, including a list of three tiaras Meghan is unlikely to wear.
  • This is a nifty video from ITV News with soldiers from Harry’s former regiment talking about how proud they are to have a role in the wedding.

  • This article asks Which Meghan Markle TV Special is Right For You? (If you’re looking for a listing of all the wedding-related special programing, you can always check our TV/Online Coverage page here on the site.)
  • Madame Tussauds London has released a photo of the new Meghan figure that will be joining the Prince Harry figure at the London Museum.

MAY 8: (Today’s Buzz is written by Susan K.)

  • THE DRESS: Wedding dress speculation continues. I think we can safely say that it is escalating. A few stories that may be of interest:
    • Us Weekly reports Meghan’s dress is “safely hidden away” in Windsor, and Meghan will be showing it to Her Majesty before the wedding.
    • USA Today’s story includes input from a few industry insiders I’d not seen before.
    • In this Elle piece there is a photo showing what Meghan wore in her first wedding; it is a better shot than I remember seeing previously.
  • People has a fun article by Simon Perry featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who is officiating at the wedding. Among other things, the Archbishop references a song from UK rapper Stormzy when explaining his thoughts about the big day.
  • There are several other commoners who have married into the British Royal Family; this Global News article covers some of them.
  • Sky News has posted a 1:30 video on Twitter showcasing Meghan’s activist efforts back when she was just twelve years old.

  • The Daily Mail has a lengthy piece on Meghan’s wardrobe, especially her shoe collection, but also covering her British handbags and some of her jewelry.
  • Life behind palace walls can be a challenge for those unfamiliar with it, especially those rules about curtsies; this article from the Straits Times quotes a former butler to Prince Charles and Harry.
  • INVITES:
    • The Hollywood Reporter has a good list of those attending from the entertainment world.
    • This TIME story also covers the guest list. A heads-up, you are likely to be aware of most of the people in the article, I didn’t see it breaking any new ground. And it does show the Spice Girls going, I thought invites for them turned out not to be happening….?
  • The Royal Family YouTube channel has a number of quick videos about the wedding
  • And finally, today, a corgi wedding. Because, well….because they could. We’re talking about Lifetime TV ‘s promotional event in honor of this Sunday’s showing of the movie, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance. You can see a video of the event on the network’s Facebook page.

MAY 7:

  • We have updated our guide on how you can watch the wedding on broadcast tv, via a livestream, or on the big screen at your local theater. We’ve added new info on E!’s plans as well as what HBO is doing.
  • It looks like Meghan and Harry could be moving into a newly renovated Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace, according to this report in The Mail. The 21-room space would put them next door to William and Kate in Apartment 1A.
  • This is not a new video but it’s one we’ve not linked to here on the page. Watch Bobbi Brown and Meghan as Meghan retouches her makeup in the back seat of cab.

MAY 6: 

  • Meghan was seen out in London going to (or from, I have seen it described both ways) yoga class. We do not have a licensed photo to share, but in all candor, if we did, neither of us would be comfortable running it, the pictures just felt invasive. Here is a look at what Meghan wore:

MAY 4: (Today’s Buzz is written by Susan K.)

  • Today we learned all sorts of details about the wedding, including the schedule/timeline, who is walking Meghan down the aisle, how Princess Diana is being remembered in the ceremony, and more. It’s all covered in this post; you can also get caught up via the quick list on our Wedding Central – The Details page.
  • In a story for The Daily Mail Rebecca English is reporting that Meghan’s dress will be by Ralph and Russo. In terms of context, I cannot think of a time when Rebecca has been wrong on a story; that is one reason we’re sharing the info here on the site. It’s always possible this won’t turn out to be the dress; we just won’t know until we see Meghan on the 19th.

There is a thoughtful piece in the Los Angeles Times that I very much enjoyed and can recommend, ”For Meghan Markle, royal fashion carries some risks. Is this L.A. girl up to it?

  • Tiara Watch continues. (Tiara Watch attempts to track and share the better stories on what tiara Meghan might wear, if she elects to wear one.) Today’s story comes courtesy of this article from TIME magazine, “Analyzing Every Tiara Meghan Markle Could Wear at the Royal Wedding“.
  • Cosmopolitan has a fun story titled, “I dressed like Meghan Markle for a week and this is how it changed me”
  • Have you ever wondered who Harry and Meghan’s neighbors are in Kensington Palace, other than William and Kate? This Telegraph article has you covered, including details on Princess Eugenie’s move to KP just a few weeks ago.
  • TIME has a wonderful photo piece on “25 Classic Royal Wedding Dresses That Could Inspire Meghan Markle,” I loved it, there are some gorgeous dresses shown in the piece. -sek.
  • Meghan was seen out in London this past week with a Royal Protection Officer. She was wearing a J. Crew Excursion vest in black (currently unavailable), Adidas Supernova Climacool mesh-paneled stretch legging in navy, Ray-ban Avaiator sunglasses, Nike Classic Cortez sneakers in white and red, Babaton Mendieta Slouchy Hat from Aritzia.

MAY 3: 

  • Yesterday we posted about Georgetown Cupcake’s Royal Wedding Dozen. Last night WMW friend Autumn Brewington popped into Georgetown Cupcake and scooped up some of the goodies. How were the cupcakes? Autumn shared her reaction with us: “The flavor started out light and citrusy, because of the lemon, and then came the tang of the elderflower. Ordinarily I am not a big fan of icing, but this buttercream frosting was sweet without being cloying. The combination of flavors made me think about spring. And the overall taste was so light I didn’t feel guilty about eating it in a few quick bites.” Below, Autumn’s photo of her cupcakes (l) and the Georgetown Cupcake Royal Dozen (r).

  • So, all those stories about Amal Clooney’s stylist doing Meghan’s hair for the wedding….? It’s not exactly happening. Actually, it’s not happening at all. It turns out the person making the comments is an imposter. Miguel Perez never made the statements attributed to him, and was very clear in saying he is *not* doing Meghan’s hair. Mr. Perez posted on his Instagram that the stories were not true, and he’s not even met Meghan. Thank you the ever-stellar Mad About Meghan blog for the tip.
Via Instagram (click photo to visit page)

 

MAY 2:

  • Will Meghan wear a tiara? If so, which one? This IBT story addresses those questions and discusses a theory that both Susans ascribe to: Meghan may well wear a new tiara made especially for the occasion.
  • Harry and Meghan will use an Ascot Landau carriage for their ride through Windsor. You’ll recognize the style, the carriages (there are 5 Landaus) are used frequently for events like Royal Ascot and at other big occasions, including royal weddings. According to KP Meghan and Harry visited the Royal Mews and selected the carriage they wanted to use. Should there be rain on the 19th they will use the Scottish State Coach. Below, Pippa Middleton and some of the flower girls in an Ascot Landau at Kate and William’s wedding. More in this Vanity Fair story, or this Daily Mail piece.    
  • Australia’s Sunrise show introduces us to the Australian chosen as the lead rider in the carriage procession, with thanks to the Royal Editor for the tip.

  • Georgetown Cupcake, featured in DC Cupcakes on TLC, has put together a special dozen cupcakes in honor of the wedding. Flavors included in the special mix: Lemon Elderflower Rose, Red Velvet, Chocolate & Buttercream, and Vanilla & Buttercream. You can order the Royal Wedding Dozen here ($36), available May 1 – May 21.

MAY 1: 

  • A story from The NY Times says that “Britain’s Wedding-Mad Tabloids Feel a Cold Royal Shoulder,” with input from longtime royal photographer Arthur Edwards. This one is well worth reading.
  • The Sun has a piece on Miguel Perez, the hair stylist who says he is doing Meghan’s hair for the wedding. He is also Amal Clooney’s stylist.
  • The Royal Mint has released its Royal Wedding commemorative coins. There are four different pieces ranging in price from £13 to £1980.

The Thames Valley Police shared a look at their special uniforms for the Royal Wedding.

APRIL 30: 

  • We continue to update our Wedding Central TV/Online Coverage page here on the site. Today we added info from BritBox about their plans to stream ITV’s coverage live.
  • The Mirror reports the Queen may be giving Harry and Meghan their own home on the Sandringham estate; the article says it would most likely be York Cottage. From the story: “Following their wedding in 1893, York Cottage was the home of King George V and Queen Mary, and lies in close proximity to Anmer Hall.” Here you see the house in a 2007 photograph by Len Williams.

APRIL 29:

  • Jessica Mulroney was in London this weekend for a dress fitting, a stop at St George’s Chapel and other activities; Emily Andrews has the story in The Sun
  • The Evening Standard shows how to “Recreate Meghan’s Messy Bun at Home
  • CTV covers the way Canadian designers are getting a “boost from Meghan’s style”. 
  • Suhani Jalota, founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, will be a guest at the wedding. The charity is one of seven organizations suggested as recipients for anyone wishing to make a donation as a wedding gift. This is the charity Meghan visited in India that empowers women and works to eliminate the taboos associated with menstruation. After visiting the charity last year Meghan wrote a TIME guest editorial about the issue. Below, Meghan visiting the visiting.

APRIL 28:

  • The Sun has a wonderful piece sharing some of the behind the scenes info on royal wedding preps, explaining things like the way Harry also destroyed William’s cake made of McVitie’s biscuits and chocolate.
  • In this Harpers Bazaar story Vera Wang confirms she is *not* doing the dress (no surprise there) and shares ideas on what she thinks would work in a dress for Meghan in
  • ABC has a fun story on ways to get a Taste of the Royal Wedding
  • In an article in The Express Caroline Castigliano, a luxury and bespoke bridal designer, talks about what she thinks we’ll see Meghan wearing and also shares a sketch

APRIL 27: 

  • UPDATE MAY 2: Miguel Perez says all of the statements made about him doing Meghan’s hair are false, that thy were made by an impostor.  The Daily Mail reports that Miguel Perez will do Meghan’s hair on the big day; he apparently does Meghan’s hair in London and is also Amal Clooney’s stylist. (You will need to scroll way down the page for the story.) You can read more about Miguel Perez in this piece from Hello! as well as in this Us Weekly story.
  • Another overview of the three different venues for the wedding and two receptions comes via Harper’s Bazaar; there are some outstanding photos of St George’s Chapel and St George’s Hall.
  • In this Telegraph piece Bethan Holt makes a case why Stella McCartney would be an ideal ‘go to’ brand for Meghan, much as Jenny Packham and Catherine Walker are for Kate.
  • A Cosmopolitan feature says Meghan is “obsessed” with the color green. We’re not convinced.
  • In honor of the upcoming nuptials Town and Country takes a look at the 30 Best Hats & Fascinators, a mix of styles ranging from pieces by royal milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan to a fascinator at ASOS.
  • Vanity Fair’s May issue is out and guess who is on the cover? It’s a special issue focused on “Love and Royals”!
Vanity Fair – click photo to visit VF site

APRIL 26: 

  • As expected, Kensington Palace has announced that Prince William will be Prince Harry’s best man
  • It sounds like Serena Williams may not be able to come to the wedding because of the French Open. Priyanka Chopra confirms she is attending but is not a bridesmaid; read more in this Evening Standard article.
  • CNN has an interesting piece titled Harry, Meghan and the finely tuned royal wedding PR machine
  • Ireland’s Independent looks at Meghan’s close circle of friends in this story
  • Wednesday night was Meghan’s final episode of Suits, the broadcast in which she is married. There is a photo gallery here with scenes from last night’s 2-hour finale.

APRIL 25: 

Kensington Palace released information today on the music we’ll hear during the service. Among the details:

You will be able to buy/stream some/all of the music from the wedding! Billboard reports “Decca Records is to record the May 19 wedding ceremony live and release it direct to streaming services worldwide the same day….”.

APRIL 20: 

APRIL 19:

  • There is a lot of chatter about Meghan wearing two dresses on the big day. This is something both Susan C and Susan K have long thought would be the case; in fact, we both think she will wear pieces from two different designers.
  • Hello! has put together a video showcasing “Meghan’s Toronto,” covering some of her favorite places, an interview with her trainer and other details.  
  • Here is a look from Racked at not just the latest odds from British bookmakers on who is making Meghan’s wedding dress, but an explainer on how they even arrive at such info
  • Will Meghan wear a tiara for the wedding? Canoe looks into that question and offers some interesting background on tiaras

APRIL 18: 

  • A number of engagements have been added to Meghan’s calendar, be sure to check our Meg Events page. There is now an engagement tomorrow (Thursday), two on Saturday the 21st, one on Monday the 23rd, and two on Wednesday the 25th (those both are for Anzac Day).
  • PopSugar has a list of 25 Reasons Why We’re Excited for Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Wedding
  • Fashionista says the “Meghan Markle Effect is already all over the spring bridal runways.’
  • Hello Giggles takes a look at 12 odd jobs Meghan has held over the years
  • Paula Patton reminisces in this Us Weekly story about Meghan doing calligraphy for her wedding
  • The Telegraph says second weddings are becoming bigger than the first, calling it the Markle Effect
  • Here’s an interesting story about Windsor Castle, “a look at Meghan & Harry’s (relatively) low-key wedding site.”

APRIL 17: 

APRIL 16:

  • Prince Harry gave Meghan a shout-out in his first speech as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador today, as the weeklong Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings got underway in London. According to The Telegraph, Harry “said he was “incredibly grateful” that the “woman I am about to marry” will be joining him in his new job.”
  • CNN has some surprising names in its piece pondering who is still in the running to make Meghan’s wedding dress
  • The Telegraph also offers this story: “The Meghan Markle Effect: how second weddings are becoming bigger than the first”
  • The Chicago Tribune takes a look at Windsor, “Harry and Meghan’s (relatively) low key wedding site”
  • In this Town & Country story, Lady Julie Montagu offers her tips for Meghan; she is an American who married into the British aristocracy.
  • There is an interesting feature in the Daily Mail about a plus size couple matching Meghan and Harry’s style, what some might call “repli-Meghaning.”

  • Our final item, the darling collection Cath Kidston is offering in honor of the wedding. There are some fun, cute pieces.

APRIL 15: We have oodles of tidbits to share today, with apologies for missing yesterday’s updates. (Susan K’s desktop died, taking all data with it until Apple and the Spousal Unit performed a brief and miraculous resuscitation.)

  • The Guardian has an interesting piece looking at ‘Team Meghan,’ those at the palace and elsewhere working with Meghan to help plan and implement the many decisions facing the royal-to-be in her new life.
  • The conventional wisdom on Meghan and Harry’s future titles has been titled toward the Queen making them the Duke & Duchess of Sussex. The Independent suggests another possibility, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught.
  • This Architectural Digest story takes a look inside Frogmore House, where the early wedding reception will be held.
  • The Express offers a story on Meghan’s Ghurka Kilburn suitcase/holdall.
  • Marie Claire covers some of the hairstyles people have actually had at royal weddings.
  • A nut company hired a US artist to carve nuts into the Royal Wedding party, from the Queen to the corgis. More in this story.

APRIL 13:

  • The list of “likely dress designers” is getting shorter. Victoria Beckham told James Corden that she is *not* doing the dress. Our thanks to ABC’s Carolyn Durand for the info!
  • Meghan and Harry are clearly delighted with their engagement photographs. Kensington Palace announced this morning the photographer who took those shots, Alexi Lubomirski, has been retained to take the wedding pictures as well.

APRIL 12: 

  • Meghan is in Chicago for the weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune. The paper reports “Markle landed at the airport at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a second source, who also said that she will be leaving town early Sunday evening. Chicago police provided physical security for her but not an actual escort, the source said.”
  • Be sure to check the Meg Events page on the site, it has details on the three occasions next week when we expect toes Meghan.
  • The Associated Press has a new story by Danica Kirk looking at Meghan’s impact on the economy, you can read it here at the New York Times. (Susan K is included in the story and feeling very giddy about being in the piece!)

APRIL 11:

  • French Vogue takes a look at the “8 designers in the running” to make Meghan’s wedding dress
  • The Daily Mirror offers a list of likely celebrity guests in this story.
  • Tatler takes a look at the Meghan Effect and its impact on business in this piece, saying Meghan “is a goldmine”.

APRIL 10:

  • There will not be any political guests at the wedding according to a statement released today by Kensington Palace. Michelle and Barack Obama will not be attending, nor the Trumps; even PM Theresa May will not be in attendance. As explained by Richard Palmer of The Express, “Essentially, it’s been decided that there’s no need for official guests, as Prince Harry is not likely to be a future King. Everyone inside the chapel will know Harry and Meghan personally.” More details can be seen in this Daily Mirror story.
  • We do know that Alex Lubomirski, who shot Meghan and Harry’s engagement photos, will be at the wedding. The photographer told E! News that he and his wife, Giada Lubomirski, have been invited to the wedding. Read the photographer’s description of what the engagement photo shoot was like in the E! News story.
  • Apparently Meghan’s decision to wear the Ralph & Russo gown seen in the engagement photos was not set in stone, nor even as planned out as many of us thought. That’s according to an interview Alex Lubomirski did with Entertainment Tonight.
  • Kensington Palace has released the names and background stories of some of the 1200 members of the public who are attending the wedding. They include 12-year-old Amelia Thompson, a survivor of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester; Reuben Litherland of Derby, who was born deaf and started teaching lunchtime sign language lessons at his school; Pamela Anomneze, manager of Studio 306 Collective, a program using creative arts to help people recover from mental health issues; and Philip Gillespie, who lost his right leg in an IED incident in Afghanistan and works raising awareness and funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
  • If you’ve wondered just who Meghan’s closest friends are, this Us Weekly piece has the answers.
  • Here is a piece of memorabilia you probably won’t see everywhere: a commemorative Royal Wedding Plate showing Meghan and….Ed Sheeran. The company making the place says that was not a mistake, they did it on purpose. It is being sold for $36.50 at etsy; from the amount of publicity the plate has received, I think it may well have been a deliberate decision by the seller. More in this Evening Standard story.

APRIL 9: Meghan and Harry have released a statement asking that people who are considering sending a wedding gift instead donate to one of seven charities. Here are links to the charities and their associated social media accounts:

APRIL 8: 

APRIL 7: As speculation continues that Ralph & Russo are designing Meghan’s gown, London’s Financial Times asks Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo point blank: “So, Tamara and Michael, are you designing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress?” Seated across from me on a silvery satin chaise longue, the pair “politely decline” to comment, and I’m forced to draw my conclusions from their body language. Russo crosses his arms defensively and grits his teeth, while Ralph gives a nervous laugh and awkwardly swishes her long, treacle-coloured ponytail. I have no industry intelligence about it, but based on their reactions, if Ladbrokes hadn’t closed bets then mine would be on this duo.”

APRIL 6:

APRIL 5:

  • Town & Country’s etiquette expert explains why some wedding invitations only include half a couple; it turns out there is a reason plus-ones have not been included.
  • Erdem continues to be touted as the likely designer of Meghan’s wedding dress. Many think a move the company announced this week is just another sign pointing to the likelihood he is “the one.” Elle has more in this story.
  • However…Ralph and Russo made a similar move this week. People has more on this development. (If needing to do a speed read, scroll down to the 5th paragraph for the salient section.)
  • Metro has a piece looking at dress designers, with “all of the potentials from Ralph & Russo to Sarah Burton.”
  • An old Tostitos commercial featuring Meghan has surfaced; click here to watch the spot, shot in 2009.
  • If planning to have a proper tea while you watch the wedding, you might want to consider today’s wedding whimsy, the Royal Wedding Biscuit Tin from England’s Biscuiteers. The cookies are handmade and decorated, they retail for £45, that’s about $63.

APRIL 4: 

  • Omid Scobie, who has accurately broken a number of stories about Meghan and the wedding, tweeted that Meghan appears to have been in Los Angeles for the weekend. Click here for the Twitter thread.
  • Metro has an article on one of the first members of the public who has received an invitation
  • Unrelated to Meghan and Harry, but a fun read: the Daily Mirror’s piece looking at possible wedding gown designers for Princess Beatrice.
  • It’s another People cover for Meghan! The accompanying story is titled How Love Changed Harry

APRIL 3:

APRIL 2: Meghan and Harry have selected a florist and chosen the kind of flowers they will use for their wedding. Here are some links: florist Philippa Craddock’s website is here (where you can see her work at weddings she has done); the Kensington Palace news release is here; a Vogue story is here; SkyNews story is here; a BBC piece is here; the Daily Mail’s article is here. 

APRIL 1: Meghan is getting her own figure at Madame Tussaud’s; this Hello! story has more.

MARCH 30:

  • The Sunday Times Magazine’s cover story this weekend is an exclusive by author Andrew Morton titled “Meghan: her true story“.  Meghan is also featured on the cover of Tatler’s May issue. Susan C notes both magazines use previously seen photos; Meghan did not pose for either cover.

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MARCH 15:

  • Click here for People’s story titled “Meghan Markle’s Royal Wardrobe: Here’s Who Pays for It, and Why She Can’t Accept Free Clothes”
  • A HuffPo UK story on Meghan’s new assistant, Amy Pickerill, may be read here
  • Lyst’s annual Wedding Report with The Meghan Effect at #3 may be seen here

MAR 14:

  • From Ellie Krupnick at Racked we offer “Meghan Markle Is Really Good at Pants, Truly the Pants Princess
  • Click here for People’s “How Meghan Markle Has Mastered Palace Protocol—at Record Speed!”
  • Newsweek’s piece is here “Meghan Markle Kidnapped by Special Forces in Royal Terror Training”
  • The Telegraph looks at the “No Ring, No Bring” challenge facing the wedding planners and guests, a dilemma many of us have encountered when managing invitations for an event with limited seating. From the story by Hannah Furness: