The summer does not officially start until Friday, but the overwhelming heat is already striking the royal family.
At least the real time should be only 66 degrees.
Despite all the happy steps …Prince Harry and Meghan Markle become parents, the celebration of the 93rd birthday of the queen, Prince Philip turning 98, Duchess Camilla become viral with an epic wink – things that are not quite right (or at least not as expected) continue to monopolize headlines.
No wonder Buckingham Palace is on the market for a new social media communicator.
Nowadays, there are more moving elements than ever when it is time to develop and spread the right message – and for the British Royal Family it is a message of optimism, modernity, empathy, foresight, stoicism and, ideally, unity.
This last piece is one that has been lost in the mail more frequently lately as the royal watchers prepare for an official announcement expected from Harry and Prince WilliamThe Royal United States Foundation will no longer be the philanthropic vehicle of the two brothers. They launched their organization in 2009 and were joined first by Kate Middleton and, more recently, Meghan Markle in their businesses.
The United Kingdom Sunday Times Magazine "Expects the separation, announced a few weeks ago, to be announced at a meeting of the board of directors on Wednesday.
Harry and William have already divided their homes, with William and Kate remaining at Kensington Palace and Harry and Meghan moving their offices to Buckingham Palace and themselves to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
according to the Time, included in Frogmore Cottage's recent $ 2.4 million renovation (located on Frogmore's 33-acre estate) increased by $ 60,000 in soundproofing, as the roar of aircraft landing Heathrow Airport is heard hours ago.
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Many experienced royal experts have argued that there is nothing wrong with Harry and William separating professionally, especially since Harry has his own family and he and Meghan will have their own priorities. charities and a shared vision of how to get things done.
"I think it would be a lie to say that things are not unequal with William and Harry at one point, but to call it a quarrel, to call it a consequence, is far too extreme," commented the Royal commentator Omid Scobie. said on Yahoo UK The royal box earlier this month.
"I think the best thing for them to do now is to live in their separate homes, to work separately, to be able to get together for special family moments and social occasions."
But historically, the focus has always been on the sons of prince Charles and the end Princess Dianaworking together, and since William, Kate and Harry have already joined forces successfully as part of major initiatives such as the Heads Together mental health awareness program, the question of Why the two couples could not reorganize some objects under the same roof which remains urgent.
And the fascinating explanations are not lacking.
There is one about Queen Elizabeth IIThe office wants to keep an eye on Harry and Meghan. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already denied the opportunity to leave alone, so their seat was transferred to Grandma's house.
"The intention is to make sure what they do is coordinated with the rest of the family, so that you do not get an independent state of Frogmore," said one source. the newspaper Time. (The palace was quick to insist last month that the Duchess of Sussex had absolutely nothing to say about the May CBS channel special. Meghan and Harry Plus One, which featured interviews with a handful of Meghan's friends.)
Then there's the one on the bad temper that is still simmering because William has expressed reservations to Harry before his little brother proposes it to Meghan in 2017. Ask "Are you sure?" does not really seem very shocking, but maybe it was in the tone. (Although it's not like he's saying to Harry, "We go out with actresses, we do not marry them," as Prince Philip claims.)
according to The temperature, the fraternal grudge could go back even further, until Harry may be rejecting the Middleton family when Kate and William became serious – which sounds suspicious now, because Harry has always been known for adore Kate, but if it's an isolated comment made years ago really pack that much of a punch for this family, everything is possible.
But with all that Harry and William went through, including seeing their parents parting in disorder and then losing their mother, would not it make more sense if were all in each other's business, wanting to make sure that the other did not make bad decisions?
"Fortunately, tensions have always been natural between brothers," said a member of their team to Penny Junor, biographer of royalty in 2014, while Harry was simply a devoted uncle of a single nephew, Prince George. "And unlike a lot of brothers, they can go out for a beer together and say," Okay, you do conservation, I'll do the veterans. "It's literally how it's settled.
"Jealousy is not a word in Prince Harry's lexicon: he's not jealous, he's remarkable like that."
Moreover, nowadays, with the pressure exerted on royalty to preserve its heritage and open up new inspiring tracks that keep the monarchy relevant for future generations, young people can not let small fights influence their long-term plans. If they've learned anything from the queen, that's how to play long game.
"… I think that there is a real danger that they will both settle in five years, working side by side as young members of the royal family and cutting a lot of ribbons, they will die of trouble soon after and I do not think that is the case the public interest either, "said a friend of Harry to Junor before he really settled down.
"Of course, one can take a slightly godly view and say that they have so many privileges that they should pay them back.Of course, but I would not want their life and no one to go back to it. other than I do not know. "
But in the end, it's William who has the future on his shoulders.
"William always knew he had to take the leading role," Sir David Manning, a former British ambassador to the United States, told Junor. "He must be prepared or preparing – even if not consciously all the time – in a very clear final state, Harry has the freedom to choose, he can do all kinds of things."
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There was a report recently that Harry and Meghan could move to Africa to get away from the British daily, but also to open the royal equivalent of a satellite office in order to develop charity action that would Harry has been in the country for years. continent.
Although it seems related to the rumor dispute, it had been a question for years before Harry met Meghan about his possible move to Africa.
"He will not live in Happy Valley, Kenya, and had a good time," said this friend to Junor. "His commitment to Sentebale [supporting the mental health of children and young people affected by HIV in Botswana and Lesotha] seems pretty serious; I think that he really thinks that this is his future, or a very big part of it; therefore, if he associates a work of charity that interests him very much and a continent that is close to his heart, perhaps he will never go there officially but will spend more and more time … "
Insiders quickly pointed out that there would be no permanent move to Africa.
"Great Britain is their homeland and they want to raise their families," a friend from Sussex told BAZAAR.com. "If they have to work abroad, it will be a short stay."
More recently, ITV announced that Harry and Meghan are planning an official tour in several African countries in October. (They will definitely have their son come in. Diana started the tradition with a royal baby during a trip abroad, when she insisted on bringing to Australia an 8 month old boy in Australia with him. rather than leaving it for weeks.).
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But before they go anywhere, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be baptized – always an event that brings closer families together. (And even if it is not the case, there is no reason to panic: the queen has missed her great-grandson Prince Louis& # 39; Baptism last year because she had already had a commitment, and we are already told that she will not be at Archie.)
Just like the birth of Archie, official baptism plans are kept secret except that it will be in July. the Daily Express reports that this will take place at St. George's Chapel, where Harry and Meghan were married last year – and where Harry was baptized in 1984.
When at that time Archie, 2 months old, will be baptized in the Church of England, he will probably wear the Honiton baptismal dress, a replica of the one made for Queen VictoriaThe oldest child, including 62 royal babies have already worn the version, including the first cousins of Archie, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Harry and Meghan were at Louis's baptism last July and it certainly would not do any good to the family if William and Kate were not to be at Archie's – but we're actually expecting them to be there.
The four men were gathered earlier this month for the annual Trooping the Color marching band officially marking the Queen's birthday, which was also Meghan's first public appearance since Archie's presentation to the world on May 8, two days after his birth.
Kate and Meghan were very chatty during the Buckingham Palace carriage ride at the Horse Guards Parade, a source told E! News, noting that once the sisters-in-law arrived, Meghan was watching Kate closely to make sure that her own royal protocol – tilting her head at the right time, and so on.
The source also said last week that most of Archie's little cousins, including Kate and William's children and Zara and Mike Tindallgirls MIA and Lena, had the chance to meet him.
Meghan is on maternity leave and, although Harry has returned immediately to work, he has limited his schedule to activities that only take him a few hours a day at most for him. can spend as much time as possible with his wife. and child.
According to some sources, they would have hired a nanny, but she does not live in Frogmore full time and we are told that they are likely to wait to hire full-time help for a few months yet .
"Family life could not be more perfect for [Harry and Meghan], "a close friend of the couple said Harper's Bazaar. "Since Archie has arrived, they have not stopped smiling, the sleepless nights are worth it."
Although it's unclear whether she wrote it before or since she became a mother, Meghan wrote the foreword to Mayhew's annual report published this week, the association said. charity for the shelter and rescue of animals as part of his new clientele as a member of the royal family.
"She's a workaholic," said a source recently People about the duchess. "She will work during her maternity leave, I know her and I know it will happen!"
The sun reported last week that Meghan would also be photographed at home and serve as guest editor at the September issue of British vogueBut the palace did not comment on this commitment.
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Kate Middleton, meanwhile, pounding the sidewalk as spring turns into summer, designing a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show; make an appearance on the BBC children's show Blue Peter announce a sculpture design contest; attend a dinner with Stones that roll guitarist Ronnie Wood for Action on Addiction, a charity she attends; appear Monday at the service of the Order of the Keeper; and writing an open letter for Together for Short Lives Children's Hospice Week, another patronage.
Not all back, but most in heels.
Kate and William were also present at the state dinner that the Queen hosted this month for the President. Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, Which went very well but followed Trump by saying "I did not know she was nasty", when an interviewer informed him that Meghan had indicated a few years ago that she was not a fan.
That turned into a whole (to be fair, it really seemed to refer to the comments that she made, not to her as a person) and it seemed to some that Harry had kept his distance at a reception, although he and Trump met at one point and the president called the prince "a great guy".
After the tumult, Trump told ITV, "I think she's very nice, I honestly do not know her, so I have to be honest, I do not know her, she was mean to me." it does not matter to her, it's not good for me to be mean to her and I was not. "
With both jobs and three children at home, William and Kate have to plan their own time. They went for tea at Ullswater Inn on the Lake Inn for two last week, a short break from the day. commitments in Cumbria.
Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are a relatively unrequited couple for two international celebrities, they have not remained totally unscathed with regard to the more salacious titles that tend to afflict the famous.
Although it did not have any reliable impact, tabloid rumors announced at the beginning of the year that William was supposed to be unfaithful – nothing bad enough to deny the palace issue publicly, but enough for the story to spread in the pond. The Daily Beast also reported that at least one British publication had received a legal warning, which young royals are more likely to take than the previous generation, more inclined to try to wait for a scandal.
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"Kate finds the hurtful rumors, of course, and hates the idea that someday her kids will be able to read information about them online," said a friend of the Middleton family. We weekly recently. At the same time, the story "forced her and William to sit down and examine their relationship, which they realized they should have done more often".
So, when inspecting the building, they wisely decided to focus on the foundations.
William and Kate, who have been together for over a decade, celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary on April 29th.
"It's not unusual to have some failures in a wedding, especially after eight years, and Kate and William are no different," said another insider. We. "They always go strong, regardless of their ups and downs, they love each other a lot and their children are the most important thing in their lives."
Harry and Meghan are not the only couple to hope for a peaceful summer, except for the noise of planes.
The opening of a communication post at Buckingham Palace (daily lunch included!) Seems to involve work for Harry and Meghan, as well as for the Queen and Prince Philip, as the job description mentioned trips abroad , which His Majesty seems to leave to the United States. young together these days.
"You will handle press inquiries, prepare the content of the editorial website, as well as manage the media for royal commitments and official events in the UK and abroad," the statement said. (This is funny as the "queries" make these sassy questions so much more enjoyable.)
"You will support the official functions of a number of different members of the royal family," the statement said. "The reaction to our work is therefore always visible and the reputation and impact will be at the forefront of everything you do."
This could be a job description for the royal family themselves.