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The day that royal enthusiasts have waited for over the past months has finally arrived. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are tying the knot today in Windsor. This Royal Wedding seems to have people even more excited than the masses were for Harry’s brother and the Duchess of Cambridge’s big day back in 2011. But why?

Perhaps it’s because Prince Harry is known as the more rebellious royal. Let’s face it, drama did surround Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s youngest for a number of years. For some reason, everyone loves a bit of a rebel. I know I do.

It’s also undeniable that Meghan Markle’s own family drama makes the former Suits star much more identifiable to commoners like me.  She was born into a middle class American family and is a divorcee. The royal family previously would have had an issue allowing a divorcee to marry into the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II bent the rules for her own son, when he married Camilla Bowles and that trend is carrying on for her grandson. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that it’s fantastic to see a more modern attitude from the long-reigning Queen.

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Meghan’s drama and intrigue does not only come down to a divorce and her middle -class upbringing. She also has a half sister threatening to write an unflattering tell-all book about her and her father, sadly, was caught up in a staged paparazzi scandal, which means he has opted out of attending the royal occasion. As heartbreaking as that all sounds, it somehow amplifies Markle’s likeability.

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She’s stunning, has a strong tie to Toronto, has a fashion sense that begs to be showcased, has ongoing drama in her life like everyone else, AND she snagged one of the most eligible bachelors on the planet while inspiring the royal family to be more open-minded? No wonder everyone is getting fascinators adjusted and tea parties organized, ready to tune in for today’s big event and to celebrate these two!

Here at Women’s Post, we are just as excited about the wedding of the year, and, dare I say, the Royal Wedding of the decade, as everyone else seems to be. Just the other day, I was talking to my lovely colleague about Meghan and how she used to wander the streets of Toronto as a relative unknown and frequent a favourite restaurant of mine on College Street. Now the stunner has gone and become royalty, covering pretty well every magazine around the globe. Ladies and gentlemen, fairy tales really can come true.

Don’t forget to follow @womenspost on social media for updates about Meghan and Harry’s big day today!

 

The taurus prince, oh baby!

I have to admit I was on edge like much of the world and other royal enthusiasts, while awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s third child. The day has arrived. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just welcomed a healthy baby boy – weighing 8 lbs 7 ounces-at St. Mary’s Hospital in London this morning.

Brits have already begun celebration for St. George’s Day and now the newest little royal has encouraged more. The baby’s name is not known at this time. The town crier announced the birth this morning and the London Eye is set to be lit up this evening with colours of the Union Jack to mark the royal’s birth.

The royal couple’s third is a Taurus, which means he’s definitely going to have a personality that makes an impression and will easily make any home his castle, as evidence from today’s horoscope.

Kate and William’s third child is now 5th in line for the British throne, which means that Prince Harry is bumped down to 6th.  Princess Charlotte remains 4th in line for the throne after British rules were changed two years ago, allowing female children to be regarded equally. In previous years, Charlotte would be 6th in line for the throne behind her uncle, Prince Harry. Prince William’s younger brother has always doted on his niece and nephew and will likely be overjoyed for his brother and sister-in-law. Harry is also getting ready for an exciting day in May.

He and Suits star Meghan Markle will wed in mid-May at Windsor Castle. Kate and William’s two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will reportedly be a part of the wedding party. The new royal baby will likely be in attendance with the Duke and Duchess at the event.

Royal wedding news: Here’s the scoop

It seems like I can’t turn on the television or browse the magazine rack  without seeing images of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, The couple are certainly captivating and have everyone antsy to learn the details of their upcoming May wedding. I have to admit, I’m giddy with anticipation for the big day.
It wasn’t quite a rags to riches fairy tale for Markle, who spent years as a Toronto resident.  The former Suits star was  far from the household name she is at this point, prior to starting her romance with Harry. Now the couple are set to marry in mid-May while royal enthusiasts and Markle fans sit on edge anticipating images and information about the dress, the guest list, the honeymoon and everything in between. Here are the few, vague details that are known at this point:
 The venue
 The wedding between Meghan and Harry will take place on May 19, 2018 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. After their vows at 1 pm, the married pair will  take a carriage ride through the town of Windsor,
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The dress
Anyone who thinks the dress designer will be shared ahead of the big day, is off their rocker. It’s now confirmed that Meghan has selected and her Canadian pal, Jessica Mulroney- stylist and wedding consultant- was in London assisting Meghan with the process. Only a handful of people actually know who the dress designer is. Judging by Markle’s fashion selections lately, the dress is sure to be a showstopper.
The wedding party
The only confirmed members of the wedding party are Prince William and Duchess Kate’s two little ones, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It’s also being rumored that Jessica Mulroney’s daughter Ivy may be the flower girl.
The guest list
 It was announced that  2,640 members of the public were invited to the wedding. Aside from that, little is known about celebrities and other members of the royal family who will attend. It is likely that Prince William and Duchess Kate will be there, along with William and Harry’s immediate family. Markle’s own relatives -including her half sister and half brother- have caused a bit of drama.
Meghan’s half brother,Thomas Markle, was involved in a drunken New Year’s brawl which apparently embarrassed the future royal. Her half sister,  Samantha Grant, has been threatening to release a tell-all book revealing supposed negative details about Meghan. It’s unlikely that the two will be invited. Meghan’s mother and father are reported to be attending, seeing as they are close with the actress. Oh, and the Spice Girls may also make an appearance!

From small screen starlet to British royalty, Meghan Markle has certainly put her name on the map, while also carrying on with humanitarian endeavors- much like Harry- benefiting young girls and women in impoverished nations.
She and Prince Harry were once considered an odd couple and unlikely match, but the two are now one of the most adored couples around the globe. Their wedding is sure to be one spectacular event.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to marry next May

As news broke early yesterday morning of Prince Harry’s royal engagement to American actress, Meghan Markle, hearts of girls around the world broke as they realized they had minuscule hope of becoming the next princess. Personally, I was rooting for Prince Harry and Meghan since the media started speculating about their relationship in 2015.

The two have been dating for a year and a half and it was announced Tuesday morning they are set to marry next May at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The two are reportedly planning the ceremony themselves. Prince Harry has always been the more ‘bad-boy royal’ so to say, especially compared to his older brother, Prince William. Harry was known for his bachelor’s lifestyle, dating a string of beautiful women when he was younger and often getting in trouble with the press.

Eventually, Prince Harry matured and paid keen attention to his charitable work, including the support of 22 different charities and over 25 different causes worldwide. Before settling down with Meghan Markle, the prince’s long time on and off girlfriend of seven years was Chelsy Davy. Davy reportedly ended their relationship after she allegedly struggled with the pressure of dating a royal. Davy was last seen publically with Harry as she attended Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton back in 2011.

It has been reported by Harry and Meghan that the pair met through a female friend that set them up on a blind date. In fact, Harry claims to have never seen Markle on her most known television role in the show, Suits, before meeting. The two sat down for an intimate interview with a BBC reporter shortly after announcing to the public their official engagement. They giggled behind the scenes and acted very much like a couple that’s down to earth and in love. As Prince Harry remarked in the interview, Meghan Markle was ‘the one” from the very first time they met.

It sounds like the story of fairy-tales. Markle remarked that she excitedly replied yes to Harry’s proposal before he could even put the ring on her finger, as they spent a cozy evening at home roasting chicken. I am beyond thrilled for this next royal couple and considering these two have a lot in common, including their love for charity, it is hopeful they can live a relatively normal life, at least as normal as it can get for for such a well-known member of the Royal Family.

The British family has changed quite a lot over the years, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ignored any negative feedback from the public. As Harry is fifth in line to the crown, it doesn’t seem there is any rush for him to conform to the pressure of being a ‘King’, while living in such a modern society. Markle, who is a divorced, American actress, will now allegedly become HRH Duchess of Sussex, or as she will be in our hearts: Princess Meghan, the one that stole Harry’s heart.

Congratulations to this happy and beautiful couple.

Sorry ladies, Prince Harry is officially off the market

Late Sunday or early Monday (depending on your time zone) it was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged. The wedding is being planned for Spring 2018.

Rumours have been circulating the last few months over when the Prince would pop the question. The two have been dating for about a year and a half, and have stolen much of North America’s hearts in the process. Markle, an American actress known for her role in the television show Suits, met the Prince through friends in London. They dated quietly for a few months before the press caught wind of their romantic affairs.

The couple was first spotted together in London last Christmas when they were shopping for Christmas Trees. On numerous occasions, the Prince has made detours on his travels to visit Markle in Toronto, where she now lives. There relationship was officially announced on Nov. 8, 2016, when Kensington Palace made a statement pleading for the press to leave his girlfriend alone. The statement condemned a “eave of abuse and harassment” against Markle, going even further to say that ““Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”

In September of this year, the couple was spotted holding hands at the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured, or sick armed service personnel and veterans created by the Prince. While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, usually members of the Royal Family does not engage in public acts of affection prior to their marriage.

It was the first indication this relationship was getting serious.

The couple have a lot in common, including their philanthropic ventures. Markle is a global ambassador for World Vision Canada and campaigns for gender equality as a woman advocate for the United Nations. The Prince is known for his charitable work. he has founded a number of events and charitable organizations such as the Invictus Games and Sentebale, a charity to help orphans in Lesotho, southern Africa.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh both said they were “delighted” for the couple, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were “very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.” Prince Charles says he is “thrilled” and “very happy indeed”. 

While it is rare for a member of the Royal Family to marry an American and a divorcee — it is not unheard of! The last time it happened was in 1936, when Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. As the times have changed, there is no indication Prince Harry’s marriage to Markle will influence his standing within the Royal Family. In fact, the rest of the Royals seem to have welcomed Markle into the family.

Who doesn’t love a good fairy-tale ending?