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Let’s do a royal roundup for the week. This is going to talk about the things that I personally think are interesting. You can find a full list in about 65 other places online. I’m looking at the funny/juicy/absurd/interesting stuff.
- Will and Kate and their kids baked poppy cupcakes and sent them to residents at a legion care home. It was very cute. It also didn’t involve any pictures of George, Charlotte or Louis. (Hint hint, Meghan and Harry, there is a way to promote causes and also not have your children be in the press).
Remembrance Day is one of the most important times on the royal calendar because of the family’s associations with the military, army, navy, and veterans groups. Things will be different this year because of COVID, so expect to see a lot more things like this from the Windsors – baked goods, cards, videos, and other ways of remembering the sacrifices made for Britain without necessarily being in person with active service members or veterans. Remember, veterans are generally older and COVID could be catastrophic if they were to get it. Additionally, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declared a severe COVID lockdown starting imminently, so that will also put a wrench in the royals’ usual Remembrance Day plans. It’s going to be all about supporting the cause while staying safe.
- Meghan won the right to delay her case against Associated Newspapers for another year. This means that it’ll be scheduled for Fall 2021. Before then, Meghan’s lawyers will put forward an argument that the judge should rule in favour of Meghan against AN. This argument will be made in January 2021, around the original start date of the actual trial. I doubt that the judge will rule in Meghan’s favour on this, but we will see. I could also see Meghan dropping the case for “personal reasons” if it looks like things aren’t going to go her way.
- The rumour I heard about the delay of case until Fall 2021 is that it was granted for this length of time because Meghan is pregnant. A year would give her time to go through pregnancy and birth before needing to fly halfway across the globe to London to testify. We will see if this turns out to be true.
- A royal biographer did the rounds this week and said that Queen Elizabeth is planning to abdicate the throne this April when she turns 95. This could be for a number of reasons, the most likely one being her and Prince Philip’s advanced ages, and wanting Charles to get a taste of being king before he’s truly an old man. Most of her most strenuous duties have been delegated to Charles, Camilla, Will, and Kate anyway, so I suppose it makes sense. But I’ll believe it only when I see it and not a moment sooner. I don’t think Elizabeth is the kind of person to abdicate. I think she will see the job through to the end. Stranger things have happened, though.
- Will and Kate celebrated frontline workers on ITV’s Pride of Britain Awards. Kate wore a blue blouse with rainbows on it, a nod to the campaign to support NHS workers during coronavirus. We don’t often see Will and Kate speaking together as equals. Real king and queen in training vibes.
The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy, though they will look different from previous years. The Windsors will be out in force to support active service members and veterans for the next two weeks. The question is whether Harry will make any statements in support of Remembrance Day and its various affiliated organizations. If he doesn’t, it will be seen as a slap in the face to the service members whom Harry supported for years both in active duty and after his time in the army. It could be a real make or break moment, depending on what is/isn’t done in Montecito.
Next week will be mostly swallowed up by the American presidential election. They will never say this, but the Windsors are praying for a Trump defeat. They will thank their lucky stars if they never have to deal with 45 again. It will be a return to tradition, to normalcy, to the things the family runs on. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a fist pump somewhere in Kensington Palace or Windsor Castle.
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