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Royal Christmas for Meghan Markle as She Joins the Queen and Family at Sandringham Church

 

PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREW PARSONS

Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle arrived arm in arm at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk this morning, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who is pregnant with their third child.

Prince Philip – the Duke of Edinburgh, who arrived in a car with the Queen and the Prince of Wales, was seen leading the two couples to the estate’s St. Mary Magdalene Church.

(PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREW PARSONS / I-IMAGES) 
(PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREW PARSONS / I-IMAGES)

The royal fiancée – soon-to-be royal wife of Prince Harry – was wearing a stylish camel-color Sentaler wrap coat (£986), dark brown hat with matching Stuart Weitzman boots and Chloe shoulder bag.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked no less attractive in her £2,665 red and green checked Miu Miu coat.

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Queen Elizabeth II looked elegant and in the pink of health as she acknowledged the crowd with a wave and a smile.

Last year, a “heavy cold” had kept the Queen from attending the annual Christmas day celebration, which she had never missed ever since she began celebrating Christmas at Sandringham in 1988.

Hundreds of admirers of the royal family turned out in the relatively mild weather for a glimpse of their favorite royals and to shout out their Christmas greetings as the royals passed by.

Prince Harry and Markle even stopped to chat up some of the crowd members on their way back to Sandringham House after the service.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Karen Anvil@Anvilius)
(PHOTO CREDIT: Karen Anvil@Anvilius)

Markle looked pretty much at ease as she walked arm in arm with her prince charming at her side, smiling and chatting with Kate who was walking alongside the engaged couple with her own prince at her side.

While it is confirmed that the engaged couple will stay at Nottingham Cottage, for Christmas they will be the guests of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, England.

Having Markle at the royal Christmas celebration, who is not yet Prince Harry’s wife, is a shift from tradition –a clear deviation from royal protocol – agreed to by none other than the Queen herself.

Royal watcher Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk last month that, “In 2010 Kate was not invited after her engagement to William nor was Mike Tindall after his to Zara Phillips. Only spouses and close family are usually invited. However, Harry and Meghan will be living together at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace and her family are in the United States. The monarchy relies heavily on precedent and tradition but it also makes its own.”

“Given that Meghan doesn’t have family in the U.K., it’s only right that she spends Christmas with Harry and his,” an Us Magazine source had informed the weekly a few days ago. “Harry asked the queen for permission last month and she is delighted to have Harry bring his fiancée. It is a family occasion, after all, and Meghan is very much family now”

After more than a year of dating, Prince Harry and Markle made their engagement official last month through a Clarence House statement which said:

“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.”

The royal statement also confirmed that the wedding will take place in the spring of 2018 and that the couple will live in Nottingham Cottage, Kensington Palace.

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Princess Diana’s Memory and Legacy Lives On – Glimpses of Upcoming Documentary on Her Life & Times by Princes William and Harry

The trailer of a documentary, “Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” was released Saturday in the UK and, within no time, has generated immense interest, not only within the country but among all her fans across the globe. The show, due to air sometime later this month, promises to give a first-time insight into the relationship between the Princess and her sons, Princes William and Harry.

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“This is the first time that the two of us have ever spoken about her as a mother,” Prince Harry is heard saying in the teaser, in addition to some other fond memories of her that he shares, “she was one of the naughtiest parents,” and “she was our mum, she still is our mum, ….she was the best mum in the world.”

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The trailer opens with Prince William holding a childhood picture of himself, in the arms of a pregnant Princess Diana, saying: “Believe it or not, you and I are both in this photograph, you’re in the tummy’” drawing a chuckle from the younger Prince.

Prince William fondly recalls his mother’s love of fun and frolic which was a reflection of her understanding of life beyond the confines of Royalty.

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“She was very informal and really enjoyed the laughter and the fun,” recalls the older Prince. “She understood that there was a real life outside of Palace walls.”

Back in April, the two Royal brothers had publicly accepted their failure to communicate enough with each other after their mother’s tragic death in 1997, leading to some psychological issues with the younger Prince.

According to Prince Harry, it was older brother William who convinced him to seek professional help to cope with his struggle against coming to terms with his mother’s untimely and tragic death at a rather delicate phase in his life – when he was on the verge of entering his teens.

Coming back to the new documentary, ITV’s Jo Clinton-Davis said:

“This new ITV film will offer viewers a fresh and revealing insight into Princess Diana through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and of her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken before, to bring together a definitive portrait of a unique person who touched the lives of millions.”

And this is what Executive Producer, Nick Kent had to say: “This film will show Princess Diana in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best.”

The documentary commemorates the violent death of Princess Diana in a high-speed car crash 20 years ago which sent shock waves across the world.

The driver of the car carrying the Princess and her lover Dodi Fayed was trying to outrun the chasing paparazzi when he lost control resulting in the fatal crash – at least, that’s what the official version was until the honourable court saw it differently after an eighteen-month French judicial investigation revealed that the crash was caused by the driver who lost control of the car at high speed while under the influence.

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I Sought Counselling After 20 Years of Not Thinking About the Death of My Mother – Prince Harry

The Prince says in an interview with The Telegraph that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades after losing his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, despite his brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help.

“I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said.

As a coping strategy, he advises taking up a hobby or sport, instead of trying to take things out of your life. He said that boxing “really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone.”

“My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?” he said.

“I thought it’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back. So from an emotional side, I was like ‘right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything.’

He added: “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything is coming to you from every angle.”

The interview is part of the publicity for Heads Together, the charity the prince has set up along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to promote positive mental wellbeing. Heads Together is the charity of the year for the London Marathon on April 23.

Prince Harry, who spent 10 years in the British armed forces and served two tours in Afghanistan, said in the interview that his struggles had consumed much of his 20s. (He was 27 in 2012, when tabloids published images of him naked while partying in Las Vegas, which prompted him to apologize for having “let my family down).

This year, Prince Harry and Prince William announced that they had commissioned a statue at Kensington Palace of their mother to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death.