Weekly Royal Roundup

Goodness gracious. A lot to talk about, so let’s get to it.

Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom

Today (Sunday, March 14) is Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, in the United Kingdom. (Mother’s Day in Canada and the United States is in May). Royals marked the occasion with posts on social media, per usual. Here is a very cute pic of Kate giving Princess Charlotte a piggyback ride:

The Cambridges published two posts today, one about cards that their children wrote to their “Granny Diana”, and another wishing Kate and Kate’s mother Carole a Happy Mother’s Day.

The posts are very sweet and the Cambridges continue to correctly reflect the mood of the nation: remembering those we have lost, and celebrating those we hold dear. Here are some very quick thoughts about both of the Cambridge posts:

  • The cards from Will and Kate’s children to Granny Diana were very sweet and moving. A lot of my Instagram followers noted that they do similar things to remember their loved ones who are no longer with them.
  • Just because the posts were moving does not mean that they were not carefully thought out. The sentiment can be sincere while also acknowledging that it will play extremely well with the press and people in the UK.
  • I personally think that the Diana cards are a subtle way for Will and Kate to tell people that, contrary to what people have heard from the Sussexes, they take mental health very seriously and are open to therapy and processing grief and trauma in a healthy way. (Writing cards/making art to remember a bereaved person is very common advice from therapists and bereavement specialists.)
  • The kids can really write! Look at Charlotte coming in with the cursive! Even Louis writing his name at not yet 3 is very impressive.
  • That cake is adorable. I love the use of pipe cleaners. However, putting jam on a cake should be outlawed. Just my personal opinion :).
  • Not putting up a current/candid pic of Kate was very deliberate. She doesn’t want to give people or the press any ammunition for stories about “hitting back at Meghan” in some way. A typical thought out, reserved choice from Kate. Instead of lighting fires, she tries to put them out.

Prince Harry arranged for flowers to be laid at his mother, Princess Diana’s grave at the Althorp estate in England.

Princess Eugenie showed a picture of baby August! I particularly like his whale pyjamas. I could have done without the tribute to Eugenie’s mother, but you can’t have everything.

The Royal Family Instagram and Twitter accounts posted a picture of a then-Princess Elizabeth with her mother, Queen Elizabeth.

And Clarence House posted pictures of Charles and Camilla with their mothers.

Kate laid flowers at Sarah Everard’s vigil

This was extremely moving. Kate went to Clapham Common to lay flowers that she had picked from the Kensington Palace gardens. Sarah Everard, 33, was walking home from a friend’s house in London earlier this month when she was abducted and murdered by a serving Metropolitan Police officer. Questions of safety of women in London and across the world have been asked, as have questions of what portion of the blame lies not on women, but on the men who inflict violence upon them.

It’s important to remember that Kate didn’t marry Will and receive royal protection until she was almost 30 years old. She had a flat in London and used to walk down its streets at night. Kate also deliberately did not cause a fuss at the memorial – she went with under the radar security who kept their distance, she didn’t wear makeup, and she dressed in black pants, boots, and a Barbour coat. We only know about it from a couple of grainy images of it.

Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview fallout continued

In response to the allegations levelled at the BRF in their interview with Oprah Winfrey, Buckingham Palace released the following statement on behalf of the Queen:

In response to this statement, Meghan’s good friend Janina Gavankar was authorized by Meghan to speak on British television and state that “While their recollections may vary, ours don’t.” She also indicated that there are text messages and emails that refute Buckingham Palace’s statement about recollections varying. Later in the week, Meghan-friendly reporter Omid Scobie released what he says is part of an email that Meghan sent to BuckPal staff, asking if they could please go on the record to say that she didn’t make Kate cry. This leads to the question of how Omid got a copy of an email meant for Buckingham and Kensington Palace staff (three guesses!).

Buckingham Palace hired a third-party firm to investigate Meghan bullying claims

This was reported in the British papers this week. Along with this reporting were “sources” who said that what has been alleged against Meghan is just the tip of the iceberg and that as-yet unreleased stories of her behaviour are “harrowing”. If you’d like a sober, nuanced explanation of the Meghan bullying claims and how they relate to the Oprah interview, you should check out this Times podcast episode on it, in which the reporter who broke the bullying claims is interviewed.

Prince Philip remains in hospital

We haven’t received an update on HRH since he was successfully transported back to the King Edward VII Hospital in London after his successful heart procedure. Hoping His Royal Highness is doing well and recovering.

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Royal Roundup

  1. Hi, so I didn’t read this until just a moment ago and I’m a week behind, so I will only say 2 things.
    Some critized Kate for going to the memorial, in part for not wearing a mask (which I get, even if it was an open air event), but others because they said it was opportunistic and to wash face because of what Meghan said, and that bothered me because I think the gesture is what counts and for all the talk about women’s empowerment, where was Meghan’s statement about this particular murder or about violence against women in general? The Sussexes did announce support for some charities and I think at least one was related to women but they didn’t say anything about this case directly or indirectly.
    The second thing is the evidence the Sussexes camp said they have. They are welcome to show it, in fact the sooner the better. Accusations like these should be done all the way and not in a half-assed way, which is what H and M have done. Some of us are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one, but in order to truly make their case, they must go full in and show the evidence, not just talk about it without showing it, down the road is not a good look.

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