Engagement Rumors Are Flying Thanks To One Detail Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Recent Vacation

Royal watchers have been in a tizzy since they discovered where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to take their most recent vacation.

The 36-year-old American actress and humanitarian was spotted with her Royal British boyfriend, Prince Harry, deplaning in the South African country of Botswana.

Earlier last week, news stations reported that Harry, fifth in line to the throne, has whisked Markle away on a romantic African holiday.

The Daily Mail reported that the couple had flown to Botswana to celebrate the actress’ 36th birthday, but new rumors circulating have many people wondering if they would soon be celebrating something else…

Keen-eyed royal watchers have been closely following the romance between the 32-year-old prince and his American girlfriend.

The couple has been dating for just over a year and half, so the timing of their trip and their new destination has fans buzzing with what this could potentially mean for the couple.

Fans practically lost their minds when they noticed Meghan Markle wearing a gold band on her right hand. Rumors flew across the internet that it might have been a special gift from Prince Harry.

Unfortunately, it was not THAT kind of ring.

Now, rumors about the Prince and Markle’s possible visit to Victoria Falls in Zambia. The stunning cascade and profound gorges of Victoria Falls make it a stunning sight to see.

It is the largest waterfall on earth and is counted as one of the seven natural wonders of the world!

So, why are royal watchers abuzz about this particular trip?

It has flavors of another royal proposal – that of Prince William and the then-Kate Middleton. The prince popped the question while on vacationed in Kenya, atop Mount Kenya.

Only time will tell whether or not Prince Harry has asked Meghan Markle to marry him.

While the couple’s romantic vacation will come to an end on Wednesday, don’t expect to see an engagement ring on her finger when they land in London, England.

It’s very likely that Harry’s engagement will follow similar protocol to his older brother’s engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010.

The Duchess of Cambridge didn’t wear her engagement ring until after the palace made the official announcement in a press release. The official announcement wasn’t made until a full month after Prince William asked her to marry him.

If Harry does ask Meghan Markle to be his wife this week, we likely won’t hear any confirmation of it until October.

Could she be ‘the one’? Only time will tell!

[h/t Inquisitr / People / Daily Mail]

5 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Royalty

Everybody loves to imagine what it would be like to be part of a royal family; to have that dynasty that goes back for generations (and the riches and perks that go along with it probably don’t help either). As it turns out, a few very, VERY prolific people are just a little more royal than you might have thought, and the stories behind them are fascinating.

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Few actresses are as emblematic of their time as Grace Kelly. Deciding to pursue acting despite the disapproval of her parents, the young actress soon rose to the top of Hollywood’s elite, thanks to leading roles in smash-hits like High Noon, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, and Country Girl, which earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

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However, in a story that could only come from Hollywood, Kelly quit acting at the age of 26 thanks to a chance meeting with Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the principality’s sovereign. The two hit it off, and were soon married, making Kelly the Princess of Monaco!

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Unable to continue acting due to her duties as royalty, she threw herself into philanthropic and diplomatic work, which she continued until her timely death in 1982, due to suffering a stroke while driving.

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The late, great Sir Christopher Lee was a man of many talents, and many passions. We all know him as a veteran actor of stage and screen, thanks to his booming voice and immense presence he brought to movies like The Man With The Golden Gun, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and of course, Hammer Films’s Dracula series.

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There’s also his time with the British Commandos in World War II, where he took on clandestine missions that sound like something straight out of Inglourious Basterds (his division was apparently dropped behind enemy lines and instructed by Churchill himself to “set Europe ablaze”).

Suffice it to say, the man has one heck of a story. It doesn’t end there though! Turns out, Lee is actually a descendant of Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, one of the most famous Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire! Lee was very proud of this fact; so much so that he recorded a heavy metal album about Charlemagne himself!

The next few celebrities are ones you probably won’t believe are actually royalty…

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It’s not surprising that the former Disney starlet has only gotten more regal with age (seriously, she avoided so many traps that other former child stars have fallen into). However, what IS surprising is that she’s actually, according to some genealogists at least, “America’s most royal celebrity.”

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No, you didn’t read that wrong. As Josh Taylor, a genealogist for FindMyPast, has noted, Duff is Queen Elizabeth II’s 18th cousin, as both share an ancestor in Edward III. While that doesn’t sound like much, it’s the closest relation that anyone in the United States has to the monarch, hence the title!

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a Hollywood actress with numerous, critically-acclaimed roles under her belt, meets a member of a foreign country’s aristocracy, falls in love, and gets married to them, cementing herself as a new member of said aristocracy.

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In a move that could almost be called “pulling a Grace Kelly,” Jessica Chastain, star of movies like Zero Dark Thirty, Crimson Peak, and The Martian, has recently found herself married to royalty! More specifically, her now-husband, Gian Luca Pasi De Preposulo, is a Count and member of one of Italy’s oldest aristocratic families; their lineage traces all the way back to the year 973!

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Yeah, we’d all like to forget the Twilight franchise was ever a thing, but it turns out that casting Pattinson as lead sparkly vampire Edward Cullen might have actually been a more interesting choice than people probably gave it credit for.

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It just so happens that Pattinson is able to trace his ancestry back to a rather prolific ruler of the Romanian province of Wallachia: Count Vlad Tepes, AKA Vlad The Impaler. Why is this hilariously appropriate you might ask? Well, Tepes served as the main inspiration for the most prolific vampire in literary history; Dracula. In fact, Dracula’s name is based off Tepes’ adopted title of “Dracul,” or “Son of the Dragon.”

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So yes, the vampire from Twilight is legitimately related to Dracula. Go figure eh?

Which of these surprised you the most?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Officially Engaged

Following months of speculation, on November 27, Clarence House confirmed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement.

The couple, who started dating in 2016, met in Toronto, Canada while Harry was promoting the Invictus Games. The details of how they were introduced are unclear, but according to sources close to both Harry and Meghan, they “fitted in right away.” The pair kept their relationship under wraps for a while before making it known to the public.

“We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception,” the actress told Vanity Fair.

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Unfortunately, not everyone was supportive of their relationship, and six months into it, the Palace and Prince Harry were forced to release a statement to address the hostile and racist comments.

“Some of [the drama] has been hidden from the public—the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life,” read the statement.

“It is not right, that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” it continued. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game—it is her life and his.”

Thankfully, Harry and Meghan weathered through the storm, and were spotted together at a friend’s wedding in Jamaica a few months later. They were also photographed while on vacation in the South African country of Botswana this past August, but it wasn’t until September that the couple made their first official public appearance as a couple. The lovebirds showed up hand in hand to one of the events at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

Now, a little over two months since they made their official debut as a couple, Harry and Meghan are planning a wedding and it will happen sooner than expected, according to the official statement.

“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle,” read the statement issued by Clarence House.

Prince Harry and Meghan got engaged in London earlier this month, but only their family members knew.

“Prince Harry has informed The Queen and other close members of The Royal Family,” the statement continued. “Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.”

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The wedding is set to take place in spring 2018, and the couple will make Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace their home.

Kensington Palace also released a statement on behalf of Meghan’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland. It reads:

“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”

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Shortly after, statements from The Queen and Prince Philip, as well as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, were also shared.

“We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together,” said William and Kate.

The Queen and Prince Philip said they are “delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”

The newly engaged couple are scheduled to appear for a photo call later this afternoon, and they will also take part in a broadcast interview in the evening. Stay tuned for updates!

Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

Newly Engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Make Their First Official Appearance (Photos)

On November 27, the world awoke to the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement.

The pair met in Toronto, Canada and had been dating for almost two years before making the decision to tie the knot. After receiving blessings from The Queen and Meghan’s parents, Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in London earlier this month.

Clarence House confirmed the joyous occasion in a statement this morning.

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

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“Prince Harry has informed The Queen and other close members of The Royal Family,” the statement continued. “Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.”

Their family members, including The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan’s parents, also shared some sweet words about the couple’s engagement.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip said they are “delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”

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“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together,” read a statement from Meghan’s parents.

Prince William and Kate added, “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

It was also revealed that the pair will wed in Spring 2018, and will make Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace their home.

Just a few hours after the happy news broke, Prince Harry and Meghan made their first official appearance as an engaged couple. They stepped out at Kensington Palace, posed for photographs and gave short statements.

Prince Harry wore a navy suit while Meghan donned a white coat over a knee-length dress, and of course her brand new ring.

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Meghan’s stunning ring was designed by Harry, and includes a diamond from Botswana and two more from one of Princess Diana’s brooches, according to sources.

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The pair didn’t speak much, but Meghan said she was feeling “so happy,” while Harry was “thrilled” and “glad it’s not raining.”

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When asked about the proposal, Meghan described it as “very romantic,” but when they were pressed for details, Harry said “That will come later.” However, he did make everyone swoon when he said that he knew Meghan was The One “the very first time we met.”

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The couple will pose for their official engagement portraits later today, but for now here’s the clip from their first appearance as groom and bride-to-be:

10 Facts About The Queen Even Most Knights Don’t Know

Queen Elizabeth II has been the Queen of the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 1952. She’s also the Head of the Commonwealth, so she’s the queen of a dozen other countries that have become independent, such as Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Papua New Guinea.

Elizabeth’s life hasn’t been much of a secret because of her worldwide fame. We’ve kept tabs on all stage of her life, through the thick and the thin, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows every single detail about her.

Here are 10 facts you may not have known about the daughter of King George VI.

10. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history.

She is currently 91-years-old, and has been Queen since she was 25.  

9. She celebrates her birthday twice a year.

The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, but her official birthday is celebrated in June because the weather is nicer for a parade.

8. She never went to school.

The Queen was home-schooled by private tutors.

7.  The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign.

She currently has two corgis.

6. Her childhood nickname was “Lilibet”.

These next facts are royally amazing.

5. The Queen is estimated to be worth $414.7 million.

4. She sent a message to the moon in 1969.

Her Majesty was invited to write “messages of goodwill”, which has been transferred onto disc and placed under the American flag on the moon.

She wrote, “On behalf of the British people I salute the skill and courage which have brought man to the moon. May this endeavour increase the knowledge and wellbeing of mankind.”

3. She drinks champagne every night before bed.

Is that her secret to longevity?

2. She pays her taxes every year, even though she doesn’t have to.

The Queen has been voluntarily doing so since 1993.

1. She doesn’t need a passport to travel.

The Queen has visited more than 116 countries during her 64-year reign without ever having to prove her identity. However, other members of the royal family are required to carry a passport when traveling.

She’s also the only person in the UK who can drive without a license. It’s not like there’s any shortage of chauffeurs anyway.

Which fact about Queen Elizabeth II surprised you the most? Let us know!

Meghan Markle Being Prepped For Hostage Situation

When Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle, it meant he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Of course, Markle accepted. The idea of another royal wedding got most people excited, especially due to the nature of it. His Royal Highness is breaking all kinds of barriers, marrying an American divorcée who is mixed race and a Hollywood actress.

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Couple that with Harry being everyone’s favorite royal family member, and it’s safe to say they’re going to get twice the coverage Will and Kate ever did. Because it’s so high-profile, we’re getting a glimpse into the newest royal relationship, and we’re learning things we never knew!

For example, unless you’re a close member of the family, you don’t get invited to Christmas dinner. In 2010, Kate Middleton was not invited, even though she and William had gotten engaged one month before. However, this rule can be broken, as Markle will be a guest at this year’s dinner.

“In 2010 Kate was not invited to do so after her engagement to William nor was Mike Tindall after his to the Princess Royal’s daughter Zara Phillips and only spouses and close family are usually invited,” royal family expert, Richard Fitzwilliams, explained. “However Harry and Meghan will be living together at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace and her family are in the United States.”

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Not everything is that simple, though. Markle is also being prepared for life-threatening situations.

Prince Harry is a trained military combatant, retiring from duty in 2015 after 10 years of service.

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Despite his training, he won’t always be with future-wife to protect her. That’s why the actress will undergo military training from the British Special Air Service, which is standard for royals-to-be.

Kate and Diana underwent the same training, which focuses on how to deal with a hostage situation. According to Scott Jones, director of a security firm in London, the training will last about a week. It will train her how to deliver distress signals if she’s held hostage and is forced to record a video. These signals include keywords, micro-expressions, and other behaviors to signify to law enforcement that she is in distress. Markle will also learn some basic psychological techniques to deal with potential captors.

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A source from the British Armed Forces says the training won’t involve weapons or combat, and will primarily be focused on “facilitating a rescue.”

It’s unclear as to when the training will take place, but it will most likely be as soon as possible.

Do you think all political figures should have to go through this type of training?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Officially Have A Wedding Date

On November 27, Clarence House put all speculation about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship status to an end by confirming their engagement.

This news came a little over a year since the pair started dating after meeting in Toronto, Canada. Meghan was filming Suits at the time, and Harry was in town to promote the Invictus Games.

“We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception,” the actress told Vanity Fair.

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Six months into their relationship, the palace confirmed that the pair were together in a statement that addressed the hostile and racist comments that were being made about the couple.

“It is not right, that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the statement read. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game—it is her life and his.”

The lovebirds made their official debut as a couple at this year’s Invictus Games, and about two months later, it was announced that they’re planning a wedding for next spring.

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Now, Kensington Palace has released a statement with more details about Harry and Meghan’s upcoming nuptials, including the date.

When news of Harry and Meghan’s engagement broke, details about their upcoming wedding were sparse. All the public knew was that it would take place next spring, and the couple will then make Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace their home.

After a few weeks of anticipation, Kensington Palace has finally given us what we’ve been waiting for: a wedding date!

The royal nuptials are officially scheduled to take place at St. Geroge’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19th.

In true Harry and Meghan fashion, the date, which falls on a Saturday, breaks tradition as royal weddings usually take place on weekdays. The Queen married Prince Philip on a Thursday and Prince William wed Kate on a Friday. The Queen and William’s nuptials were declared bank holidays, but that seems to not be the case for Harry’s wedding.

It is highly likely that the date chosen with Kate’s due date in mind. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April.

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According to BBC, the royal family will be paying for the wedding, including the reception, flowers, service, and music.

In preparation for the big day, Meghan, who is a protestant, will be baptized and confirmed into the Church of England. She is also being trained in how to handle life-threatening situations. The actress will undergo military training from the British Special Air Service, which is standard for royals-to-be.

The week-long training, which Kate and Diana also underwent, will teach Meghan how to act during a hostage situation as well as basic training to enable her to “facilitating a rescue.”

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Although not officially confirmed, the Queen will most likely hand Prince Harry the title of Duke of Sussex on his wedding day, just like she did for Prince William back in 2011. This means that instead of being referred to as a “Princess,” Meghan will hold the title of “Duchess,” just like Kate. However, knowing how spontaneous the young couple can be, nothing is ever really set in stone.

“Unless they create a new title for them, I think the Duke of Sussex is the most likely title,” says Joe Little of Majesty magazine. “Otherwise, Meghan would be known as Princess Henry of Wales and people would not understand that these days. But they may surprise us.”

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Harry is already giving Meghan a taste of what’s to come when she officially becomes a member of the monarchy.

The pair will spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham Castle, a perk that no other unmarried partner of a royal has ever been given. They have also made a couple of joint official appearances in the last few weeks.

Will you be tuning in to watch the royal wedding next year? Let us know!

Kate Middleton Gave The Queen The Sweetest Homemade Christmas Gift

Unlike Suits actress and Prince Harry’s fiance Meghan Markle, Kate wasn’t invited to join in on the Christmas festivities back when she was engaged to Prince William.

So while Kate did not have to worry about giving the Queen a gift that year, she did eventually get married into the royal family, and wanted to do something special for the monarch one Christmas.

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Last Christmas, the Duchess of Cambridge decided to do something extra special for her grandmother-in-law. Kate knew she had to think of out the box if she wanted to impress a “woman who has everything.”

“I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents,” Kate explained to Harper’s Bazaar UK. “I thought ‘I’ll make her something, which could have gone horribly wrong.'”

She went through with her plan anyway, and it turned out to be quite a  success.

So what did the Duchess gift the the Queen?

Just like the average person when picking out a gift for an in-law, Kate admitted that she “was slightly worried about it. However, the Queen seemed to have loved the thoughtful homemade gift.

“I noticed the next day that it was on the table,” she told the magazine.

Turns out, Kate gifted the Queen a “marrow chutney” made with her beloved grandmother’s recipe.

“I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody,” Kate explained.

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Well, it looks like Meghan will have some big shoes to fill in when she celebrates Christmas with Harry, the Queen, and the rest of the royal family members.

Beside the gift, she will be taking part in some interesting traditions, including a Christmas Eve tea, exchanging gag gifts, multiple church services, a black-tie dinner, and playing charades.

We look forward to hearing what Kate and Meghan will give the Queen this year.

Expert Reveals What Prince William And Kate’s Body Language Says About Their Relationship

Prince William and Kate Middleton have been married for nearly seven years, and are about to welcome their third child. But, for some reason, when she touched her husband’s knee (a rare behavior from the Duchess) during a recent interview with the BBC this week, it made headlines.

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People began to make the assumption that perhaps Will and Kate were inspired by Harry and Meghan’s relationship. Body language experts also weighed in on the couple’s behavior towards each other, not just in the interview, but during their previous public appearances as well.

“They may be more reserved [than other couples] in their public displays of affection, but that doesn’t meant they love each other any less or aren’t excited about each other,” North Carolina-based body language expert Blanca Cobb told Cosmopolitan.

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Turns out, Kate tapping Will’s knee isn’t even about affection, according to Cobb. She interprets the gesture as Kate’s way of saying, “Hey, we can both relate.”

“Through touch you connect with your partner,” Cobb explains. “You let them know that they’re important to you. Gentle touches, playful moments, and sincere smiles show that they enjoy each other’s company and have fun together.”

Cobb then analyzed a few more of the couple’s public encounters and explained what their mannerisms say about their relationship.

Starting with their wedding and the balcony kiss seen around the world, Cobb thinks Will and Kate could’ve appeared more intimate, but the couple may have been nervous about displaying affection in front of thousands of people.

“It was their wedding day! They should have been touching and embracing heart-to-heart,” Cobb explained. “I also get the sense she’s a little shy, embarrassed, or unsure, since she giggles right afterward, and raises her shoulders — it’s a nervous moment for her.”

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However, since the wedding, there have been plenty of instances where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have publicly displayed affection for each other.

She recalled the time when Will wrapped his arms around Kate at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“You can get a temperature reading of how hot a couple is for one another by their physical proximity and the level of touch,” Cobb said. “They’re seizing the moment with physical closeness that brings them closer emotionally.”

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The expert also pointed out the time when Will placed his hand on Kate’s lower back, and another time when the couple walked arm-in-arm to draw attention to the fact that “they are in tune with each other.” She added that Kate walking in front of William may mean that she is the “dominant force” in the relationship.

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“Couples who love each other want to touch each other, since it can convey your love without you having to say a word,” Cobb added. “The back placement is a nice, intimate compromise, since if he goes any lower, he goes near the tush, and the shoulder seems too formal.”

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In short, Cobb is convinced that Will and Kate’s relationship is not like a “typical couple.” This is mainly because they have strict “rules to follow on public decorum,” but it doesn’t mean they don’t deeply love or care for each other.  

“I think what happens behind closed doors can be very different from what you see in public,” Cobb concluded.

When compared to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s mannerisms, experts agree that while the two couples are happy and in love, they couldn’t be more different from one another.

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It was revealed that Harry and Meghan are comfortable with each other as proven by how closely they sat together during their first interview. They held hands for almost the entire interview, which was interpreted as a sign of reassurance during a stressful time, like a royal engagement and the media frenzy surrounding them.

The couple looked at each other longingly and maintained long, steady eye contact, a gesture which suggests they’re very honest with each other.

“Clearly, they’re not hiding anything from each other, or trying to hide emotions from us,” body language expert Traci Brown told Good Housekeeping.

Being second in line for the throne is a huge responsibility so we can’t blame Will and Kate for trying to maintain a certain appearance while in public. Harry has always been the rule-breaker, so it is definitely not out of the ordinary that he would appear a lot more relaxed when spotted with his fiancee in public.

What do you think of Cobb’s analysis? Let us know!

Experts Reveal What Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Body Language Says About Their Relationship

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and apparently so does body language. Experts who have studied human behavior are able to interpret what certain gestures mean, and there’s a lot to be learned about a person this way.

More recently, there’s been a focus on the way the newly-engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interact with each other whenever they’re spotted in public.

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Although there is no doubt that the couple, who have been together for over a year, are madly in love with each other, experts are convinced there’s a lot more we can uncover about their relationship by looking at their body language.

When the news of their engagement first broke, body language experts began to compare how the younger Prince and his actress fiancee with William and Kate.

It was revealed that Harry and Meghan are comfortable with each other as proven by how closely they sat together during their first interview. They held hands for almost the entire interview, which was interpreted as a sign of reassurance during a stressful time, like a royal engagement and the media frenzy surrounding them.

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The couple looked at each other longingly and maintained long, steady eye contact, a gesture which suggests they’re very honest with each other.

The Kensington Palace recently shared Harry and Meghan’s new official engagement photos, and experts are once again decoding what their poses say about them as a couple.

While it’s very clear that the couple are a lot more glamorous than Will and Kate, they’re also a lot more comfortable with “being openly romantic,” according to Traci Brown, body language expert and author of Persuasion Point: Body Language and Speech for Influence.

The palace shared three photos in total, each one revealing something we never knew about the couple.

Brown believes that Meghan has a “need for connection” which is why she is often seen holding onto Harry’s arms and hands, but she says that “this isn’t a bad thing.”

“If it’s too clingy, so be it — Harry doesn’t seem to mind!” Brown adds.

The placement of Meghan’s left hand in the first photo also suggests that Meghan could be the dominant partner in the relationship, or maybe she was simply instructed by the photographer to position it over Harry’s.

Blanca Cobb, a North Carolina-based body language expert, also shared some of her analysis. She believes that the way Prince Harry’s legs are positioned means he “uses his legs as a shield around his lady and sends a silent message that he’ll protect her from the world.”

In the second photo, the couple didn’t hold back from displaying more intimacy than ever before. Just one look at it and you definitely feel the love they have for each other.  

“Meghan is touching Prince Harry’s chin, which signifies an emotional closeness that you’d expect between lovers,” Cobb explains. “With their eyes closed, they’re blocking out the world and enjoying their special moment,” she adds.

As for the final photo, which was released “as a way to say thank you” to their well-wishers, the couple appear a lot more candid, but it still packs a lot of significance.

“By holding his arm and having interlacing fingers, Meghan is seizing the opportunity to draw Prince Harry closer to her,” Cobb says. She even argues that Prince Harry’s lean means something important. “By leaning toward Meghan as they walk, Prince Harry is silently saying that she’s his support,” Cobb adds.

As mentioned earlier, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle couldn’t be more different from Will and Kate as a couple, in public that is. While Harry’s older brother and his wife are a lot more guarded about public displays of affection, the younger couple aren’t afraid to be vulnerable and let their love for one another show every chance they get.

Regardless of what their body languages say, one thing is for sure – both couple’s are adorable and very much in love.

[H/T: Goodhousekeeping]

Meghan Markle Opens Up About Her And Harry’s “Secret” Relationship

In August, Prince Harry and Suits star Meghan Markle were spotted exiting a plane in Botswana, South Africa.

Immediately, engagement rumors began to fly, as Royal watchers made the connection to a similar “engagement vacation” taken by Prince William and Kate Middleton 10 years earlier.

Now, in an interview with Vanity Fair, the 35-year-old actress opens up about details of their romance and their relationship she calls a “great love story.”

The couple, who first met in July 2016, now divide their time between Toronto, Ontario, Canada and London, England.

But the couple have a secret they haven’t told anyone…

When news first broke that Britain’s beloved younger Prince Harry was dating a Hollywood actress, the press was not kind.

In fact, the early coverage of their relationship was so offensive, that Prince Harry himself issued a statement defending the actress and activist.

In the beginning, Meghan Markle largely ignored the media storm speculating on their relationship. But, now, the 36-year-old American actress has opened up to Vanity Fair about the details of her sweeping romance with Britain’s most eligible bachelor.

Markle is three years older than the rebellious Prince Harry, but that doesn’t seem to phase the beauty. In fact, Vanity fair reports that she “is the calm in the center of the media storm” that has blown around the couple’s yearlong relationship.

In fact, before the media got wind of their romance, Markle admits that she and the prince had been “quietly dating for about six months” before they went public with their relationship.

She told Vanity Fair: “We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception.

While she admits that dating a royal comes with its own set of challenges, their time together is truly their own:

“This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story… I think it’s really simple.

“We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” she says.

Could this mean that wedding bells are in the future for this unofficial royal couple? We’ll have to wait and see!

[h/t Vanity Fair / Her]

Princess Diana’s Hairstylist Shares The Story Behind Her Iconic Haircut

When you’re a member of the British royal family, there are certain aspects of your life that are, for the most part, out of your control. They’re expected to behave according to strict traditional rules that have been around for decades.

For instance, royal women are only permitted to wear natural nail polish colors when attending official events. This is why you never see Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge or Queen Elizabeth II wear bright-colored polish. In fact, the Queen has been wearing Essie’s Ballet Slippers shade since 1989, and according to the company, “it’s the only color Her Majesty would wear.”

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Other aspects of their appearance, such as hairstyle, are also under constant watch, which is probably why you never see a royal with an unnatural hair color. Perhaps, this is the reason why everyone goes bananas whenever Kate switches up her hairdo.

However, she’s far from being the only royal who has opted for a drastic change. Her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, also chopped off her locks back in 1990, and caused quite the stir when she debuted her rebellious new look.

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The people’s princess’s former hairstylist, Sam McKnight, recently penned a book titled Hair by Sam McKnight, and in one of the chapters, he reveals the real story behind Diana’s iconic short hair cut.

According to McKnight, the late princess got her hair cut in the moments after her 1990 Vogue cover photo shoot.

During the shoot, McKnight gave Diana a faux crop by tucking her medium length hair around her tiara. Little did the stylist know that the princess was falling in love with the shorter look.

“I made her hair look short in the tiara for the shoot and she decided she liked it,” McKnight wrote.

McKnight continued, “As she was leaving, Diana asked what would I do to her hair if I had free rein…. I suggested cutting it short…”

Without hesitation, Diana agreed, and “we did it there and then,” recalled McKnight. The pair took a series of photos afterwards, which McKnight included in his book.

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Apparently, Diana was fearless when it came to trying new things, and according to her former makeup artist, Mary Greenwell, “she loved makeup and loved experimenting. It was just much more about really getting her to look absolutely beautiful all the time.”

She, however, knew where to draw the line and made sure she still abided by the royal codes.

“She was someone who was in the public eye presenting herself all the time to the public,” Greenwell said. “It isn’t particularly appropriate to go on changing your look every five seconds. She did change her makeup a bit. It’s just that it wasn’t changed dramatically.”

McKnight’s story shows us a totally different side of Diana we did not have the chance to see very often.

Woman Breaks Into Prince George’s School

Security has amped-up its coverage and is under review after a 40-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, just days after Prince George started at the school, a 40-year-old woman was arrested after she broke into Thomas’ Battersea School in west London.

London’s littlest prince was at school on the day of the break in…

A Met Police spokesperson confirmed that they would be working closely with the school to identify exactly how the woman was able to gain access to the grounds.

“We are working with the school, which is attended by His Royal Highness Prince George, to review its security arrangements after the incident,” the spokesperson said.

“Police are part of the protective security arrangements for the Prince and we will continue to work closely with the school, which is responsible for building security on its site.”

About 560 children between the ages of four and 13 attend the private school where feeds start at about £17,604 a year ($20,927.46 USD).

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace confirmed with the Mirror that “Prince George was at Thomas’ Battersea School at the time of the arrest at 2:15 p.m.”

While he was at school at the time of the incident, the palace confirms that he will continue attending school as normal.

The unidentified 40-year-old woman was taken to a South London police station where she remains in custody.

This story is developing. We will update you with more as it unfolds – stay tuned!

[h/t Mirror / Daily Mail / BBC ]

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Romance To Become LifeTime Movie

It’s been a whirlwind romance for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle since they became a couple in the summer of 2016.

Months after becoming engulfed in never-ending media attention, the couple announced their plans to wed, to the excitement of royal watchers from across the globe.

Since the news of their upcoming nuptials was released, Meghan has been spotted spending plenty of time with her soon-to-be family, and it appears she’s fitting right in.

“It was fantastic. She really enjoyed it,” Harry said of their first Christmas together. “The family loved having her there.”

“I think we’ve got one the biggest families I know and every family is complex,” he added. “She has done an absolutely amazing job, just getting in there and it’s the family, I suppose, that she’s never had.”

While the public hasn’t been privy to all of the intimate details of the pair’s loved-up relationship, that’s soon about to change.

Since Kensington Palace announced Meghan and Harry’s engagement, fans have become enthralled with the couple’s love affair.

While the public has been informed with some of the details surrounding the twosome’s romance, they’re about to see it firsthand for themselves.

LifeTime TV has announced its plan to air a movie based on their love story, titled Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story, Deadline reports. It will chronicle the couple’s first date (which was set up by a mutual friend), and all the way up to their engagement.

This isn’t the first time LifeTime has made a movie based on the royal family. The cable channel previously released William & Kate: The Movie, depicting the romance between Prince Harry’s older brother, Prince William, and his future bride, Kate Middleton.

The film is set to be directed by Menhaj Huda, whose credentials include working on the British monarchy-based series, The Royals.

While LifeTime has yet to announce the film’s release date, fans can likely expect it prior to Meghan and Harry’s May 19th nuptials, just like William and Kate’s movie released just nine days before their April 2011 wedding.

Who would you like to see cast as Meghan and Harry?

Lifetime Announces The Stars Of Its Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Movie

There’s no denying that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s real-life fairy tale romance is one for the books, but apparently, it’s also for the small screen.

The pair, who got engaged in November, met on a blind date in Toronto, Canada after a mutual friend set them up, but they kept their relationship private for the first six months.

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After nearly a year of speculation, Harry and Meghan finally made their first official public appearance as a couple at the 2017 Invictus Games in the city where their love story began.

Their lives have been at the center of media attention ever since, and with their upcoming nuptials, the hype isn’t about to die anytime soon.

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Back in January, it was revealed that Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle’s fairytale romance will be the subject of a Lifetime movie titled Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story.

Now, Lifetime TV has announced the stars who will be portraying the Prince and the royal-to-be in the upcoming biopic.

The film will chronicle Harry and Meghan’s love story, from their first date all the way up to their engagement.

Harry & Meghan chronicles the courtship and love story between a beloved prince and his new fiancée,” read the sypnosis on Deadline.com. “The film will examine the history of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the moment they met after being set up by friends, through their initial courtship when they were able to keep their romance under wraps, and ultimately the intense global media attention surrounding their relationship and Meghan’s life as a divorced American actress.”

Considering how private the couple has been when it comes to the details of their relationship, it will be interesting to see how the movie plays out.

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The film, which is set to premiere sometime this spring, has finally announced its two leads, but we’re unsure how we feel about one of their choices.

Actors Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser have been picked to play Meghan and Harry, respectively.

Fitz-Henley, 41, is probably most recognizable for playing the role of Reva, in the Marvel Netflix series Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. She also had a recurring role on the British mini-series The Loch, and appeared on the royal-themed PBS series Victoria.

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When it comes to Harry’s small screen counterpart, Fraser, the British-born actor also plays a major role in The Loch as the police officer, PC Jason Denny. Fraser is also set to guest star on VIctoria as a Scotsman named Ewan.

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As far as resemblances go, Fitz-Henley appears to be a very good choice to play Meghan, but Fraser, while handsome, just doesn’t seem to look anything like the prince.

Filming is scheduled to begin this month, so it’s only a matter of time until we get a premiere date. It is highly likely that the movie will make its debut shortly before the couple’s May wedding.

This isn’t the first time that a royal couple’s story has gotten the Lifetime treatment. They have previously released a film, William & Kate: The Movie, depicting the romance between Prince Harry’s older brother, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton.

What do you think of Lifetime’s casting choice? Let us know in the comments!

From Fairy Tales To Fallouts, A Look Back At Past Royal Engagements

The world was stunned Monday morning by the news of Prince Harry and Meaghan Markle’s engagement. The young couple have been dating for nearly two years and their relationship has been the epitome of a modern fairy-tale.

Meghan is an American actress who had previously been married, and is known not just for her role on the hit TV series Suits, but also for her charity work with World Vision. Prince Harry has spent 10 years in the British army, and has performed many diplomatic duties across the world on behalf of the royal family.

The couple met in Toronto, Canada and kept their introduction hidden from the media while they began to develop feelings for one another. Their secret love made it all the more romantic when the rest of the world discovered it six months after it began in 2016.

It was only two months ago in September that the young bride-to-be finally met her future mother-in-law. The meeting must have been nerve-wracking for Meghan, especially since it appears this is when Prince Harry asked for his Queen’s (and more importantly, his grandmother’s) permission to marry the love of his life.

Now that the upcoming nuptials have been announced, let’s take a look back at some of the other exciting engagements between our favorite royal couples of the past!

The two closest in line to the throne of England also had a beautiful start to their story. They met at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as students, and dated periodically for many years before the time came for the big question.

Prince William also made sure to ask his grandmother’s permission as well as his wife’s father, who both gave it gladly. To make the proposal even more intimate, the prince gave his betrothed the brilliant blue sapphire ring that belonged to his mother, the late Princess Diana.

The summer wedding of 2011 was broadcast all over the world to audiences eager to welcome Kate into Buckingham Palace. More royals were welcomed there over the years, as the two newly-weds have begun building their family with a beautiful boy and girl, with a third on the way!

Let’s take a look back at the engagements of the past…

The third child of Queen Elizabeth got to know his one-time wife Sarah Ferguson throughout his childhood where they would chat and play sports such as polo together. It was at a party held at Windsor Castle that their adult relationship began however, and the dashing prince made sure her ruby ring matched her glowing red hair.

The two of them were the new and exciting match of the media world and her quirky personality and his military posture made for some wonderful headline images. Unfortunately, due to the pressures of their separate lives, the couple eventually broke off the marriage.

Perhaps the most famous romance and ultimate tragedy of the 20th century was the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Di, and her eventual untimely death.

Prince Charles was originally dating Diana’s older sister, but the two of them quickly fell in love together. They met only 13 times before deciding to wed with Diana at the young age of 19.

They spent 14 years together before troubles at home became too much to bear, and the couple next in line for the throne divorced. This was followed by a terrible car accident that robbed the world of Diana. Her two sons William and Harry would definitely have made her proud!

Of course, the most important union happened much earlier than these…

Their tale of romance and courtship would definitely turn heads should it have happened in our modern times, but it led to a long and happy marriage between two of the strongest and compassionate leaders of the empire.

The pair met when Elizabeth was only 13-years-old, when Phillip was attending the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England. He acted as an escort to Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret. The two of them became immediately smitten, and began exchanging letters quite often.

It appeared that the two of them were well on their way to matrimony, as King George approached Phillip to let him know that there would be no marriage until his daughter’s 21st birthday, because of the complicated diplomatic circumstances between the two royal families.

However, there would be no stopping the young man with love in his heart. The year after, Phillip relinquished his titles of Danish and Greek royalty in order to become a naturalized British citizen. The couple announced their engagement July 10th, 1947 and they wed later that year, with Elizabeth famously collecting ration cards in order to save for her wedding dress.

The two of them have shared 70 years of marriage together, and recently celebrated their platinum anniversary.

Which is your favorite royal couple engagement story? Let us know in the comments!

Queen Elizabeth Owns A McDonald’s And Of Course It’s Fancier Than All The Rest

Apparently even the royal family loves fast food! The Queen of England owns a McDonald’s and it’s not just like any other fast food restaurant. The McDonald’s is located right outside of London at the Banbury Gateway Shopping Park.

The franchise is owned by the Crown Estate so any and all profits go to the Treasury, but it has been changed to fit more of the royal tastes. It is the fanciest McDonald’s you could possibly go to!

You might think that McDonald’s isn’t the best fit for the royal family, but in the United Kingdom McDonald’s has a modified menu that includes a few more interesting options. The facility itself is also top of the line.

What kinds of things can you eat there?

At the Queen’s McDonald’s you can enjoy a “proper English breakfast”, which includes bacon rolls, hash browns and tea. While the Queen normally sticks with toast or cereal, if she ever were going to turn up in the McDonald’s she owns she could at least have a cup of tea.

The food isn’t the only fancy thing about it. There is also quite a few amenities that other McDonald’s locations aren’t equipped with. There is free WiFi in the building, which seems pretty normal these days, but each table is also equipped with a Samsung tablet to use.

There are also stations to charge your cell phone, digital menus, and the ordering kiosks if you didn’t want to talk to the staff. The one thing that is different than any other McDonald’s is that they offer table services, so you could get your Big Mac and McNuggets brought right to your seat!

So if you ever head out to England make sure you stop at the Queen’s McDonald’s and see just how fancy it really is!

Kate Middleton Faces Serious Backlash For The Way She Dressed At The BAFTA Awards

This weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, hit the red carpet at the 71st British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.

His Royal Highness has been the president of the Academy since 2010, so it was not unusual for him and his wife to attend the show, which is the British equivalent of the Oscars.

To one’s surprise, in the weeks leading up to the big night, royal watchers began speculating about what Kate, who is seven months pregnant, would wear.

On Sunday, the Duchess showed up in a floor length dark green gown with a black sash right above her bump. Kate paired the Jenny Packham dress with emerald and diamond jewelry, suede Prada heels and a black clutch.

While Kate, as usual, looked beautiful and elegant beside William, who donned a black suit and a bow tie, not everyone was on board with her choice of dress.

Why? She did not wear black.

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Just like at the Golden Globes in January, celebrities were encouraged to wear black at the BAFTA Awards in support of Time’s Up, a movement and “legal defense fund” that “will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.”

The world’s most famous faces have been wearing black outfits to major events to get the point of the initiative across and start conversations around gender inequality, pay disparity, as well as sexual harassment and abuse.

As you can imagine, many people were disappointed to see that the Duchess did not honor the dress code.

“Disappointed in #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge not wearing black to the #EEBAFTAs It’s not a political thing. It’s a woman thing!” wrote one Twitter user.

Another tweeted: “Can someone please sit me down and explain why Kate Middleton couldn’t wear black for a few hours for an important cause?”

Well, there is actually a very good explanation for why Kate opted for green instead of black, and it’s something she really has no control over.

Since marrying into the royal family, Kate has been an outspoken advocate for mental health and women’s issues. She has even opened up about her own personal challenges with being a woman and a mother, especially when the whole world is watching.

“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience,” she said during a speech at a Heads Together event. “However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.”

Still, her hands are tied when it comes to making certain statements, like dressing in black for a somewhat politically-charged movement. Yes, the Time’s Up initiative isn’t linked to any political party, but it has stirred-up a lot of controversy, making it the type of issue the royals tend to distance themselves from.

As a governing family, the royals try to remain neutral when it comes to political matters.

“Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election,” read a statement on the U.K. government website. “As Head of State, The Queen has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, unable to vote or stand for election.”

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This unwritten rule isn’t just followed by the Queen, but by all members of the family, including Kate and William. They’ve all relinquished their rights to vote or publicly take a stand on issues that may be considered controversial by some.

Among the sea of backlash, were a number of people who came to Kate’s defense by explaining that she indeed did show her support in a subtle and tasteful way. Not only did she wear a dark-colored dress, she also wore a black sash.

“To the people criticizing the Duchess for her decision not to wear black, note the ribbon around her waist,” tweeted Sarah Burr. “She OBVIOUSLY supports the cause and did so tastefully within her role as a Royal. Stop trying to drag her through the mud.”

Others pointed out that by shaming Kate for not wearing black, they’re contributing to the problem.

“I support all guests at @BAFTA choosing to wear black in support of  and .  I also support the Duchess of Cambridge in choosing not to do so. Telling a pregnant women how to dress in any other situation would be seen as part of the problem! s,”  wrote one user.

Frankly, they’re right. Women should be allowed to do as they wish, and when that happens, it should be met with support, not scrutiny. Everyone can choose to show support however they please, so it’s unfair to judge Kate due to the color of her dress.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!