Royal Roundup: Cyber-Bullying, Playdates & Meghan [UPDATED]

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…But not necessarily in that order. So, there’s a few things to catch up on from this past week that didn’t make it into other blog posts. First off, let’s touch base on Meghan Markle, on whose potential move to London we covered on Wednesday. Since then, there’s only been more confirmation that Meghan is indeed leaving her hit television show, including the image above which was shared by the actress’s body double with a caption that essentially wished her well.

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Royal Roundup: Paradise Papers & Prince Philip’s Retirement

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So, the Paradise Papers. In case you missed it, these are 13.4 million confidential documents leaked to a German newspaper last week, which contain sensitive financial information for a number of high-profile people regarding offshore investments they’ve made. Unfortunately for the British Royal Family, they’ve been wrapped up in the narrative and speculative conversations about their finances rarely stem from or lead to good things.

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Let’s Catch Up With the Danish Royal Family

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Not too long ago there was some furor (which we briefly covered here) when Queen Margrethe II’s husband, Prince Henrik, announced his decision to forgo burial next to his wife in the traditional resting place of the Danish Royal Family. Instead, he made it clear that his decision was directly tied to the fact he had never been made king, which he viewed as unfair given that female consorts are named queen. A few weeks later it was made clear that Henrik is suffering from dementia and perhaps those strongly-worded statements can be attributed to his health.

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Royal Roundup: Autumn is for Scandinavia

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Just a few days after the Duchess of Cambridge re-emerged post-baby announcement, royal reporter Emily Andrews tweeted that, Kate’s health permitting, the Cambridges are expected to visit Sweden and Norway in November. News of a potential abroad trip was first announced in late August, but the location had never been identified. Confirmation, dates and specifics are still pending from Kensington Palace.

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Royal Roundup: Malta, Brunei & Definitely Not Myanmar

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A week out from the Invictus Games, the Royal Family has racked up a fair bit of international news thanks to the international travel of the Queen’s children. Let’s start with the Prince of Wales’s visit to Malta for the 75th anniversary of the George Cross, with which the island was awarded in 1942 by George VI for Malta’s heroism and service during the Siege of Malta from 1940-1942.

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Harry & an Invictus Games Roundup

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After the excitement of the Invictus Games opening ceremony and the appearance of Meghan Markle at a tennis match on Monday, I was half expecting news coming out of the rest of the week’s events to die down and have been pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t. Harry has been greeted like a rockstar everywhere he’s gone, former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden made a stop, and one toddler briefly became internet famous thanks to stealing Harry’s popcorn. Let’s get into it.

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Royal Roundup: Kate to Appear on Oct. 10, the Invictus Games & Meghan Moving to London

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Kensington Palace announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will host a reception at Buckingham Palace in honor of World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10). Recognizing the work of mental health advocates and organizations across the UK, the event is very much in line with the trio’s work on behalf of Heads Together. It will also mark Kate’s first public appearance since the announcement that she is pregnant with her and William’s third child and is suffering from HG.

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Royal Roundup: The Preschool Break-In, Meghan & the Queen

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Things may have quieted down this past week in comparison with last which saw the Cambridges’ baby announcement, Meghan Markle’s Vanity Fair cover and Prince George’s first day of school, but that didn’t mean the Duke of Cambridge wasn’t out and about, delivering on the promise that he would be doubling down on his public duties. Even so, the biggest news from this week was undoubtedly the fact that there was a break-in at George’s preschool, Thomas’s Battersea.

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Royal Roundup: It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Autumn

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Finally, the slow royal month of August is almost over. Kensington Palace tweeted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were due to begin a busy autumn, focusing on their charity work and continuing their advocacy on mental health issues. We expected September to be a big month for the younger trio, particularly in light of William and Kate’s “move” to London, but I was still half-surprised to see KP double down on this point so literally.

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