Kate Middleton, 36, is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her third child, Prince Louis who is currently three months old.
The Duchess of Cambridge travels frequently with Prince William, 36, to promote good relationships between countries on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. Kate has been spotted with a number of Globetrotter suitcases and bags that are also used by other Royal Family members. She also appears to travel with a particular medical item on her person. The Duchess of Cambridge is often caught wearing plasters on her hands when in public. What has caused the injuries remains unknown with some of the plasters spotted on the back of her hand and around her fingers. One of the cuts was presumed to be after meeting a cat that starred in A Street Cat Named Bob, which could have been caused by a scratch.
Buckingham Palace has never confirmed why her fingers are seen with plasters on them. It goes as far back as 2009 when Kate was spotted in a taxi with one around her finger. As a mother of three, she most likely carries many items such as plasters when looking after her children. Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, have both been spotted falling over before so would most likely need some help from their mother. The newest royal family member Meghan Markle will have to learn to call them plasters, not the American version of band-aids. While at an event in London with Prince Harry, he was heard joking to her that she would have to call them plasters in the UK. Meghan has a number of items she also travels with according to her ex-lifestyle blog The Tig. She carried hand sanitiser with her when travelling commercially to wipe the plane seats down, despite admitting to getting odd looks from her fellow passengers.
Meghan also admitted to taking the rather unusual time of dryer sheets with her. She explained that they help keep clothes smelling fresh when travelling long haul. Other items included tea tree oil and a scarf to stave off the cold on long-haul flights. She shut down her blog shortly before it was confirmed she was dating Prince Harry.
Ever since Meghan Markle was romantically linked to Prince Harry, people have been extremely interested in her life – and her family. The Markles have taken a controversial approach to the media, opening up and sharing personal details rather than staying quiet and following royal protocol.
The Duchess of Sussex’s dad Thomas Markle has embarked on a complicated relationship with the press, and he’s been photographed out and about on several occasions. Pictures of him carrying McDonald’s and other takeaway food bags, along with cans of beer, have appeared in newspapers and online news sites around the world. But Thomas, 74, claims he isn’t a “schlubby dad living in a shack in Mexico drinking beer and eating McDonald’s” – and says there’s actually a very different reason he goes to McDonald’s. Meghan’s dad claims he’s sticking to a healthy diet since his heart attack
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he said: “I eat mostly a fish-based diet. “I go to McDonald’s because when you’re my age after a two-hour drive it is a good place to go and pee.” He also revealed that when he goes to the fast-food giant he normally orders fish. Thomas Markle says he’s lost 40lb since his heart attack and is sticking to a 2,000 calorie a day diet. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now In the interview, which he claims will be his last, Thomas also revealed what he wrote inside Meghan’s card for her 37th birthday last week.
The card, addressed to Duchess Meghan, said: “I didn’t fake the heart attack. I really wanted to be with you. Love, Daddy.” He’s eating a fish-based diet. He also sent a second card with singing animals which read: “Happy Birthday, love Daddy.” He also said he revealed details of the cute story he wanted to tell in his wedding speech on Meghan and Harry’s big day but claims his daughter says there wasn’t time.
RoyalCentral’s James Brookes James Brookes, director of broadcasting and communications at the RoyalCentral website, made his prediction after Princess Madeleine of Sweden, who is married to American financier Chris O’Neill, announced her decision to relocate to Florida with her young family. Mr Brookes did not rule out the possibility of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following suit. He said: “As it stands, and as far as we’re aware, Meghan’s still a US citizen although she’s going through the process of becoming a UK citizen. “As such, if she chooses to keep her US credentials and she and Harry have children, the children will be eligible for US citizenship too.
“I can’t see why this would be a problem – yes, it’s not something we’ve seen from the Royals before but, depending on whether their children go on to have royal roles or forge their own career paths, it could actually be beneficial for them if they want to move in the future.” Mr Brookes said a lot depended on whether Meghan opts to keep her US citizenship herself. The US requires residents to submit tax information, even when living abroad, which could potentially be a problem given that as a member of the Royal Family she would prefer to keep her finances out of the public domain. He added: “So, it might be for this reason that Meghan chooses to relinquish her US passport when she becomes a naturalised UK citizen. “However, she is, quite rightly, very fond and proud of her US roots so I’m sure there’ll be some serious thinking and decision making to be had on that point. If Meghan retains her passport any children she and Harry had would also be entitled to one
“With regards to a move over the pond, personally I think it’s unlikely. “Yes, Harry is keen on the States but with their royal roles and the amount of work they’ll be doing for the Royal Foundation and Commonwealth, it would make things logistically difficult and Harry’s very aware of the sense of duty that being a royal carries. “I would have thought he’ll want to stay close to the heart of the action, and family, as he can here in the UK. “That’s not to say they won’t visit the States though. Indeed, I think that – when things have calmed down around the whole Markle family saga – they’ll make trips to see Meghan’s mum Doria (potentially her father’s side of the family too, if they reconcile) and also her friends there. Swedish’s Princess Madeleine is moving to Florida with husband Chris O’Neill and their children
“Marriage is, after all, a two way street and for all the compromises Meghan’s had to make, I would think she’ll want to have a bit of freedom to still engage with her old way of life when/where she can.” Unlike her compatriot Mr O’Neill, Meghan opted to accept a Royal title when she married Prince Harry earlier this year. Mr Brookes said: “I don’t think it will have weighed too heavily on her mind though and, if anything, she’ll have seen it as a nice way of recognising her partnership with her husband and starting her new life. “Aside from the obvious stresses she’s had to contend with from her family and their recent comments, I think Meghan will be more concerned with getting stuck in to her new royal role and trying to make a difference rather than being obsessed with her title.” RoyalCentral’s Brittani Barger says Princess Madeleine will be able to devote more time to charity
Comparing the situations, Mr Brooke’s Royal Central colleague, Europe Editor Brittani Barger, said it was no surprise that Mr O’Neill decided not to accept a Swedish Royal title.She explained: “Chris chose not to accept a title because he wanted to keep working and remain a private citizen. “He also did not want to give up his US/UK citizenship. He’s very independent and hardworking and loves what he does. “He didn’t want to give up doing what he loves, and with Madeleine being so far down the line of succession, it wasn’t a situation to where he had to take a title. “The family already has a home in Florida, and they have travelled there numerous times for holiday. Meghan Markle was made Duchess of Sussex after marrying Prince Harry earlier this year
“Florida provides anonymity that neither London or Stockholm can give. “In the US, really the only royal family that gets any attention and that the average American has heard of is the British. So she really has no worry of going out with her kids or family in Florida and being recognised. “Princess Madeleine is not a full time working royal, and Chris makes enough money to support her and the children. “Even though they will be further from Stockholm, Madeleine will be able to be more involved with the World Childhood Foundation which has an office in the US; Madeleine has been very passionate about the organisation, and the lack of an office in London meant that a lot of her work was behind the scenes. “I think those in Sweden are surprised, as well as those outside Sweden who follow the Swedish Royal Family. “They originally moved from New York to London to be closer to Sweden and Madeleine’s family, and now they are moving even further away. “Additionally, Swedish law states that for Madeleine and Chris’ children to remain in the line of succession to the throne, they must be raised primarily in Sweden and educated there. “Their eldest, four-year-old Princess Leonore (who has dual US/Swedish citizenship due to being born in New York) only has a couple more years before she must start compulsory education in Sweden (which begins at the age of seven). “Both she and Prince Nicolas, three, have attended nursery and pre-school in Sweden when they have been there during the summers. “So a decision will have to be made by the time Leonore turns seven regarding her schooling and ultimately her title.”
Meghan Markle seems to be fitting into royal life very smoothly, but she’s had to deal with some troubles along the way thanks to her family. Her half-sister Samantha Grant, who recently changed her surname to Markle, and her father Thomas have both given interviews about the Duchess of Sussex since she married Prince Harry. Samantha has made several nasty remarks, including calling her Witchity Poo and comparing her to Cruella de Vil, while her dad has claimed Meghan is ‘terrified’ and wearing a ‘painted smile’. But one person who has stayed quiet through everything is Meghan’s ex-husband Trevor Engelson, but her sister believes that could all be about to change.
Meghan’s sister Samantha Markle has spoken about out several times. Meghan married movie producer Trevor, best known for his movie Remember Me starring Robert Pattinson, back in 2011. But their marriage ended in August 2013 via a no-fault divorce, on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences”. Speaking to the Sun, Samantha claims Trevor is extremely unhappy with his ex-wife and believes he could still speak out. She said: “He said he was devastated, that he felt like a piece of gum at the bottom of his shoe. He slammed Meg.” The couple weren’t married long
She believes he avoided speaking out before the wedding because he was worried it would cause backlash in Hollywood. There were reports he was planning a comedy show based on Meghan’s life, but it is believed she’s since convinced him to abandon plans. Samantha told the Sun she didn’t believe Trevor would stand down on the idea.
She said: “It’s not directly about her and she doesn’t have a copyright on all things royal.” Meghan and Trevor started dating in 2004, and got engaged in 2010. They tied the knot on September 10, 2011 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in front of more than 100 family and friends.
What do you think happened that not a single family member, friend or ex-husband have a nice thing to say about Meghan?
Living with her mother in a dark and dingy second-floor apartment at the back of a nondescript street in the heart of Los Angeles, no one imagined Meghan Markle would become royalty in the House of Windsor almost three decades later.
These are the modest childhood homes of the Duchess of Sussex as she was pushed from pillar to post by her mother Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle before and after their divorce. The modest housing is in stark contrast to her grand abode now in Kensington Palace, where she and Prince Harry live in a two-bedroom cottage.
Her humble beginnings started on Providencia Street, in Woodland Hills, where she lived with her parents and half-siblings Thomas Jr and Samantha. Both her brother and sister have recently spoken out vehemently against ‘Princess Pushy’ for allegedly turning her back on the dysfunctional family. Humble beginnings: Meghan Markle lived in a modest two-bedroom home in the Woodland Hills neighbourhood of Los Angeles with both her parents and half-siblings Thomas Jr and Samantha until 1983, when she was two years old This is the house pictured in 2018. Opposite a country club, it was the biggest and ‘flashiest’ home that Meghan lived in during her youth. However, the inside was fraught with problems and was where Thomas Jr allegedly smoked weed all day, while dad Thomas Sr worked night and day The Duchess of Sussex, here on her birthday August 4, lived in multiple modest homes before finding fame with her role in Suits and marrying Prince Harry Meghan lived on the property until she was two years old and it was the biggest and ‘flashiest’ home she lived in during her youth. It was located opposite a country club – but the inside was fraught with problems, according to acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton, who wrote the book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. Thomas Jr smoked weed all day and even her mother would share a joint with a neighbour, while TV lighting director Thomas worked night and day, and wild teen Samantha would be out clubbing. Doria and Thomas had married at the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple on Sunset Blvd, in a ‘hippie wedding’ in December 1979. They divorced four years later and Meghan went to live with her mother in a top-floor apartment on S. Cloverdale Ave, Mid-Wilshire. It was once the garage and loft space for the main front property. This was recently renovated and is currently for rent at $3,950 a month, ten times what her mother would have been paying over 30 years previously. Although Meghan lived in modest homes, she attended a prestigious private nursery and kindergarten called Little Red Schoolhouse which starts at $18,800 a year for kindergarten and $22,600 year for sixth-grade. After her parents divorced in 1983, Meghan and her mother Doria moved into a top-floor apartment (pictured) in the Mid-Wilshire neighbourhood of LA. The apartment previously served as the garage and loft space of the main front property. The Duchess of Sussex split her time here and at her father’s home until she graduated high school in 1999 Meghan and Doria lived behind this two-bedroom, one bathroom house (pictured) on South Cloverdale Avenue. Their home was a short walk from Sunset Gower Studios where her father worked and where she spent time after school. The school was a short walk from Sunset Gower Studios where her Emmy-winning father worked on the set of Married With Children and where she would spend her days after school.
Her mother Doria, 62, had a less glamorous location for her line of business, which was still only a stone’s throw away from the school – now called the Hollywood Schoolhouse. She owned a gift shop called Distant Treasures and a clothing store called A Change of a Dress – both at the same location on N. La Brea St in Hancock Park for 14 years – until she went bankrupt in 2009. As can be seen in our photos, the run-down shopping precinct is now home to a liquor store, kosher market, and an aquarium, which is where Doria’s shop was situated.
When Meghan moved on to the $15,900-a-year Immaculate Heart High School, which she attended from 1991 to 1999, she lived with her dad on Vista Del Mar Avenue, a shabby street behind the Hollywood strip, only a few hundred yards from one of Scientology’s most important buildings, founder L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition. This is where Thomas recently said in an interview that he’d warned his daughter off the controversial religion after catching her lingering outside the building.
Her father’s apartment was on the ground floor and had two tiny bedrooms with bars across the windows. She lived there until she was 17. Now the place has been renovated, as photos show the kitchen, living room and two bedrooms that she shared with her dad throughout her teenage years. Meghan’s mother Doria, 62, previously owned a gift shop called Distant Treasures and a clothing store called A Change of a Dress – both at the same location on N. La Brea Ave in Hancock Park – just a few blocks away from Meghan’s elementary school for 14 years – until she went bankrupt in 2009.
The run-down shopping precinct is now home to a liquor store, kosher market, and an aquarium which is where Doria’s shop was situated. Meghan began splitting her time between her mom’s house and her dad’s Hollywood apartment when she was 11 until she left for college in 1999. Thomas Sr was living in a two bedroom ground floor flat on Vista Del Mar Avenue, a shabby street behind the Hollywood strip, only a few hundred yards from one of Scientology’s most important buildings, founder L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition Thomas Sr’s apartment, pictured above with bars across the window, was a short distance to Meghan’s high school. According to a biography on the duchess, ‘it made sense for her to live with her father during the week,’ however, as she got older, there was friction between the two since she felt she was the one who was mothering her father Not so shabby: The home has since been renovated; the kitchen, living room and two bedrooms that she shared with her dad throughout her teenage years. Pictured above is the large living space of the Hollywood home.
The two-bedroom, two bath home located in the heart of Hollywood is now listed for rent. Pictured left is a renovated kitchen, while the right shows an upgraded living space with hardwood floors According to Morton’s book, ‘it made sense for her to live with her father during the week.’ ‘It was a decision that would have far-reaching implications for the way she was seen by her new teachers and classmates…The older she became, the more she felt she was the one who was mothering her father. It was a source of friction, especially when she started dating,’ the book states. Meghan also had various part-time jobs and volunteer work including bussing tables and serving food at the Hippie Kitchen in Downtown Los Angeles, a Catholic set up to help the homeless living in the notorious Skid Row. She was an assistant at the Paper Store in Beverly Hills, where she also taught calligraphy, and served frozen yogurt at Humphrey Yogart, in Sherman Oaks.
When she left high school to attend Northwestern University in Illinois she met film producer Trevor Engelson in a bar on one of her visits back home in LA. ‘When Meghan first met him on that night out in West Hollywood, she liked what she saw and was attracted to his passion, drive, and ambition. He was a guy with an aphorism for every occasion. ‘Hope is the greatest currency we have in this business,’ he told the wide-eyed wannabe.’ True or not, it’s a great pick-up line,’ Morton wrote. The pair lived behind Whisky A Go-Go, a notorious club on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, where Engelson still lives today and Meghan resided there until getting her big break in Suits and relocating to Toronto for filming in 2011, divorcing the 41-year-old two years later. Meghan lived in different humble abodes growing up but received a private education from kindergarten until high school. She attended Immaculate Heart High School on Franklin Ave in Los Angeles from the age of 11 up to 18. Tuition is now $15,900 a year She attended a prestigious private nursery and kindergarten school called Little Red Schoolhouse, pictured, which cost $18,800 a year for kindergarten. It is now called Hollywood Schoolhouse. This is where Meghan and her first husband Trevor Engleson lived – behind Whisky A Go-Go, a notorious club on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood on Hilldale Ave during their marriage until they split in 2013. Engelson reportedly still lives there today Yet it was her childhood that defined Meghan, the aspiring actress and now adored royal. ‘While her childhood experiences were the crucible that set her on the path to activism,’ says Morton. ‘Her mother believes that she was hardwired from birth to try to make the world a better and more equal place. In short, she had a moral compass.’
Despite wanting to be a Hollywood star, it was her faith that was equally important and the central pillar for Meghan and Doria. So much so, that we can disclose she was once a youth minister for the Agape International Spiritual Center, which her mum is still a member today, along with TV host Oprah Winfrey. Sharon Fox, now an executive producer at California Motion Picture Company, was also a member and told her Facebook followers about bumping into the duchess and her husband Prince Harry in Dublin earlier this month. ‘It was such a nice surprise to bump into them when I went to Dublin to view the Book of Kells. Meghan was very sweet and I had a short chat with her during her stop on the walkabout regarding our church, the Agape International Spiritual Center, and our mutual minister, Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith… Meghan was a youth minister at my church, Agape, in LA years ago when I used to volunteer with the babies and toddlers on Church Sunday at Agape… I can not recall if I ever met her back then but it is clear she radiates that Agape spirit where ever she goes.’
Meghan’s childhood homes are a far cry from her new home in Kensington Palace (pictured) Meghan and Harry moved into Nottingham Cottage, opposite Princess Diana’s former home
The Duchess of Sussex is prone to be spoiled by her new husband, Prince Harry, on August four because the pair are anticipated to rejoice privately at their Kensington residence. It comes after Harry, 33, whisked Meghan off for a romantic getaway to rejoice her birthday final yr, a yr after they began courting. A smitten Harry is alleged to have organised a shock BBQ beneath the celebs for his new girlfriend. And this yr, the duke is prone to pull out all of the stops to make his spouse’s first birthday as a royal one to recollect. Earlier than Meghan Markle turned a member of the agency, the duchess wrote candid messages on her now closed down way of life weblog The Tig yearly to mark her birthday. As she turned 33, the duchess opened up about how comfortable she felt to be in her 30s. She stated: ”My 20s have been brutal – a continuing battle with myself, judging my weight, my fashion, my need to be as cool/as hip/as sensible/as ‘no matter’ as everybody else.” And in a birthday put up, believed to be written earlier than she made it official along with her prince, she stated: “Once I shut my eyes and consider what I want for, I give you a clean. A giant previous comfortable clean. “I’m feeling so extremely joyful proper now, so grateful and content material that each one I may want for is extra of the identical.” Writing about what she desired for the following yr forward, the duchess added: “Extra surprises, extra journey, extra alternatives to develop, extra days crammed with giggles and cheeky jokes, extra scrumptious meals, and extra inspiration. “All the time extra inspiration.” Royal knowledgeable Richard Fitzwilliams advised Specific.co.uk he believed Meghan’s birthday celebrations this yr can be low key because of her royal duties. He stated: “I wouldn’t anticipate something in any respect spectacular, we might nicely by no means be advised how she celebrates. “Meghan has a severe picture as a humanitarian activist and that is what she and Harry are concentrating on.”
MEGHAN Markle met Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter as she and Prince Harry paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon at an exhibition devoted to his unimaginable life. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex checked out art work and met particular friends together with Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela on the Southbank Centre in central London in a single day. Meghan appeared traditional in a blush-pink sleeveless trench coat and matching heels. Ms Dlamini-Mandela, 39, a designer and entrepreneur, shook arms and spoke with the Duchess, who appeared radiant in a blush pink sleeveless jacket costume by Home of Nonie teamed with matching nude court docket footwear. MORE: Barack Obama delivers Donald Trump rebuke at Nelson Mandela birthday anniversary Harry wore a gray go well with as he attended the free exhibition depicting the lifetime of Mr Mandela — who met Princess Diana throughout a non-public go to to South Africa in 1997 simply months earlier than her tragic loss of life. The exhibit, which opens to the general public right this moment, charts Mr Mandela’s profession from activist to president by six themes — character, comrade, chief, prisoner, negotiator and statesman. It commemorates the hundredth 12 months of his start and is the primary time the exhibition has been proven within the UK after profitable runs world wide. Harry and Meghan have been attributable to meet friends together with Thembi Tambo, South Africa’s Excessive Commissioner to the UK and daughter of anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo, who was an in depth colleague of Mr Mandela. One of many gadgets on show is a letter of thanks from the statesman to the British public written on April 16, 1990 — the day Mr Mandela attended the Wembley live performance held in his honour. In it, he thanks the British public for his or her “overwhelming generosity”. Different gadgets embody a Collected Works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled onto Robben Island and options annotations made by Mr Mandela and his contemporaries. Main former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain, who’s chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, welcomed the royal help. He mentioned: “The Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Queen Elizabeth Corridor, Southbank Centre, which is free to guests from 17 July — 19 August, will depict the anti-apartheid freedom battle and Mandela’s imaginative and prescient of a non-racial rainbow democracy based mostly upon justice, equality and human rights. “We’re delighted the duke and duchess can be supporting it.” Prince Harry visited Mandela’s cell the place he spent 18 years imprisoned by the apartheid regime on a 2015 journey to South Africa’s Robben Island. He additionally toured the statesman’s places of work and met his widow, Graca Machel, on the identical journey. Additionally in a single day, former US President Barack Obama paid tribute to Mandela in a speech to mark 100 years for the reason that anti-apartheid icon’s start. Mr Obama opened his speech in South Africa by saying that “every day’s information cycle is bringing extra head-spinning and disturbing headlines.” Whereas in a roundabout way mentioning his successor, US President Donald Trump, Mr Obama’s speech in South Africa countered a lot of Mr Trump’s insurance policies, rallying individuals to maintain alive the concepts that Mandela labored for together with democracy, range and good training for all.