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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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Royals Speak About the Stigma and Silence Attached to Mental Health Issues

Prince William – Duke of Cambridge, his wife Kate Middleton – Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry – the Duke’s brother were candid about their concerns on the silence on mental health issues at an event held in central London to promote their “Heads Together” mental health charity.

As mentioned on the official website of the charity, “Heads Together” is the Charity of the Year for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. We want to make it an opportunity to get the country talking about mental health and our runners are leading the way.”

They were at the event to encourage people to openly speak out about their psychological problems and other mental health issues.

The trio leading the “Heads Together” initiative of removing the stigma attached to mental illnesses and the resultant silence on the matter gave speeches at the promotional event.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke about the silent suffering of too many people over long periods of time and not opening up about their conditions mainly due to the stigma attached to mental health.

The Royal Trio at a briefing to outlne the next phase of heads together campaign in London
The Royal Trio at a briefing to outline the next phase of Heads Together Campaign in London.

“The effects of this can be devastating,” he said about the silence on mental issues. “The three of us are really optimistic that things are changing. We believe that 2017 can mark a tipping point for mental health — a moment when more and more people no longer feel they have to bear the weight alone for fear of judgment.”

In her speech, the Duchess stressed upon the importance of reaching out to others for help instead of suffering in silence which is the cause of further progression of mental illnesses.

“The challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help,” the Duchess explained.

“Admitting that they are not coping. Fear, or reticence, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence, allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked,” the Duchess said to the audience.

Prince Harry, in his speech, stressed upon the need to be candid about one’s condition. He hoped that their mission to end the stigma and taboo attached to psychological issues would encourage people not have any apprehensions about discussing their condition with others. Helping one another was the important thing to do.

“The truth is we can all help each other. You don’t need any qualifications to help your mate out, simply listen to what they have to say. At the heart of this campaign is our hope that no one should be afraid to ask for help, and no one should worry about knowing how to help,” added Prince Harry.

The mental charity marathon set for April this year will not see the “Heads Together” trio run in the marathon, most likely, for security reasons; however, they will certainly make an appearance to cheer the marathon participants from the sidelines.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte Attend the First Christmas Day Church Service

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, in a conspicuous shift from tradition, decided to spend Christmas with Catherine’s family, the Middletons, and together attended the Christmas Day church service at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

The Cambridge family arriving for Christma service in Berkshire s
The Cambridge family arriving for Christmas service in Berkshire

Meanwhile, as usual, other members of the Royal family attended the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham and the absence of the Queen of England did not go unnoticed – she was rather unwell to attend the traditional church service according to Buckingham Palace sources.

“Her Majesty the Queen will not attend church at Sandringham this morning.

“The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery. Her Majesty will participate in the royal family Christmas celebrations during the day,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.

Kate Middleton & her adorable daughter Princess Charlotte on the way to church service.
Kate Middleton & her adorable daughter Princess Charlotte on the way to church service.

Coming back to the St. Mark’ church service, the young Prince George, his sister Princess Charlotte accompanied by parents, William and Catherine, maternal grandparents, Michael and Carol Middleton, and other members of the Middleton family including Kate’s brother James Middleton, her sister Pippa Middleton and her fiancé James Matthews were a delight for photograph hunters.

In one such picture, which demands a second look, the three-year-old prince is seen sucking on a lollipop holding his father’s hand – rather cute!

This happened to be the first time Prince William and Kate took their children to a Christmas Day church service, which one hopes, continues for many more Christmases.

The service was led by Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones who opened with a rendition “Joy of the World” after which the congregation went through the Holy Communion ritual. The service lasted for an hour, or thereabouts.

Christmas Day at the Middleton House is believed to be a less formal fun day when compared to the highly traditional Sandringham Christmas day where almost everything is done according to preset timetables.

The Royals love candy canes just like the rest of us!
The Royals love candy canes just like the rest of us!

As far as questions about style and attire of the St Mark’s Church gathering are concerned, the pictures we have included are pretty much self-explanatory.