We are back with a couple of news bites to share.
The first involves the Queen’s official consent for Meghan and Harry’s marriage, announced today.
As Max Foster of CNN pointed out, there is more paperwork than usual when one is marrying into the Royal Family. There were quite a few comments on social media referencing the delight many had in seeing HM refer to Harry as “My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson.” That is also how the Queen referred to William in the consent for his marriage.
More about the process from Robert Jobson’s Evening Standard story:
For hundreds of years, the Royal Marriages Act 1772 meant descendants of George II had to obtain the sovereign’s consent before they wed, otherwise their marriage was deemed invalid.
The story explains that law was replaced by the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act. Back to the article:
…the new Act still required fifth-in-line Harry to obtain the Queen’s permission.
It restricted the consent to the first six people in the line of succession: now the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry and the Duke of York.
I have posted the full length decree at the bottom of the post (after the magazine covers) for anyone who would like to read it in its entirety.
Also today, news that Prince Harry and Meghan visited traumatized war veterans at the North Essex Veterans Mental Health Network at some point in the last few weeks. Rebecca English of The Daily Mail reports:
“The announcement comes as it was revealed Prince Harry took Meghan Markle to a secret meeting with traumatised war veterans that he says ‘shocked us to our core’.
A few weeks ago he took Meghan, 36, to meet other former service men and women trying to get care for crippling mental health problems, as he was keen to introduce her to a side of his public work that held such enormous personal resonance.
Harry spoke about the experience today at the Veterans’ Mental Health Conference in London, where he delivered the keynote address.
More from Victoria Murphy’s Daily Mirror piece:
His comments – at the Veterans Mental Health Conference at Kings College London – came as he insisted “military service is enriching and good for society”.
Meghan has been holding private meetings with charities as she prepares to carve out her own role in “The Firm”.
But Harry wanted to show her an area of his own work that is close to his heart after his own time serving in Afghanistan.
Harry was an Army officer for ten years, and knows of what he speaks.
More from Victoria’s story:
The project Harry and Meghan went to see in Essex is designed to give veterans all the help they need in one place.
It is part of a partnership called TILS, the Transition, Intervention and Liaison Services, which brings various health bodies together
under one roof.
You can watch the full 11-minute speech here or on You Tube.
We have a couple of quick notes from our Retail Roundup page that may be of interest. The Tipped Topcoat in navy and white that Meghan wore in Birmingham is available for preordering ($298) at J. Crew. Email help@JCrew or call 800-562-0258; you could always try an online chat, although that’s not one of Crew’s recommended ways to pre-order the coat.
Meghan’s LINE the Label coat worn for her engagement photo call is available, renamed ‘The Meghan.’ The piece is 100% wool in the ‘winter white’ color way, and is available at Farfetch ($739) and also at Shoptique ($795 / £595). (It has already sold out at Shopbop). A big thank you to Carly of Meghan Markle Style for the tip on this!
Our final tidbit involves Meghan’s first dedicated staff member, Amy Pickerill. She is Meghan’s new private assistant secretary; previously she was a communications officer at Kensington Palace, so she brings experience to the position. There is a People profile here; you may enjoy this HuffPo UK piece. Below you see her on the left during the Birmingham visit last week.
This is not hot-off-the-presses-news, the announcement came at the end of January. But we thought the appointment merited coverage, as we will probably see Ms. Pickerill quite a bit going forward.
We’ll close with two terrific covers for Meghan.
For those interested in the consent process here is the full document.