Princess Charlotte officially started “big school” this morning at Thomas’s Battersea. The four-year-old princess was escorted to her first day by big brother Prince George and her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, while the family was greeted at a side entrance by the same teacher who met William and George two years ago.
I thought we’d have received a slew of engagement announcements from Kensington Palace by now, but instead we’re making do with a hodgepodge of news. From new initiatives to Hollywood firms, the British Royal Family has clearly made the most of summer’s last days, so let’s catch up 😉
Happy Friday, everyone! I promise we are returning to history (in fact, there are two posts on Richard III scheduled for Saturday and Sunday), but in the meantime I wanted to wrap up some smaller news items from the last few days.
You can tell it’s August because I’m not sure this issue would generally rise to the level of its own post here, let alone several actual news stories…but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are under fire for their use of private planes in the last couple of weeks. Members of the Royal Family flying private to travel, including in their personal time, is nothing new, but Harry recently made some controversial statements in Meghan’s September edition of British Vogue on sustainability and climate change that have now drawn accusations of hypocrisy.
And now some major celebs have stepped in.
We just did a roundup on Monday, but in the interest of covering off on the week with a few stray stories (none of which really warrant their own post), I thought I’d do another before the weekend. We left off with the Prince of Wales and Duke of York both visiting the Queen at Balmoral last weekend, but since then the Queen’s second son departed Scotland for a holiday in Malaga with his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.
In case you missed yesterday’s post, today we’re going to cover reactions to the Duchess of Sussex’s guest-edited issue of British Vogue. For the actual content of the magazine, you can catch up here, because I’m only going to be paraphrasing and referencing in the below.
So, first things first, happy birthday to Meghan, who is 38 today. Second, I would like to say upfront that I’m not 100% sure where this post is going to end up. I’ve spent the week reading reactions to the Vogue issue via Twitter and various opinion pieces, some of which gained more traction than others. They also run the gamut of thinking Meghan didn’t go far enough to thinking she went way, way too far. I have an idea of what I’d like to say, but I tend to think through writing, so shrug emoji. Let’s see where this takes us.
Well, well, well…confirmation that the Duchess of Sussex guest edited this year’s September issue of British Vogue has created quite the fire storm. I’m breaking this up into two parts, the first of which will cover some (but definitely not all) of the substance that’s come out of the actual magazine, and a second that will get into some of the controversy. Let’s begin, shall we?
Yesterday the Palace confirmed a rumor that’s been circulating for weeks – the Duchess of Sussex guest-edited British Vogue’s September Issue, using the platform to highlight causes she’s passionate about. According to the Sussexes’ Instagram post, the issue is called “Forces for Change” and includes such features as an interview between Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, a conversation between the Duke of Sussex and Dr. Jane Goodall, and essays from people like Brené Brown and Jameela Jamil.
Last night the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the London premier of The Lion King, and in a moment made for the cameras, the couple came face-to-face with a different kind of royalty – Beyonce and Jay-Z. Meghan’s presence last night was long-expected despite still being on maternity leave, and last week it was confirmed. Given Beyonce’s work in the film, it was widely expected these two would finally meet, which was hotly anticipated given not only their mutual celebrity, but the fact that Beyonce and Jay-Z have long made clear their support for the new duchess.
I think a few of us were hoping that this would happen! To the delight of onlookers, the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex joined their husbands at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in Berkshire with their children. This is the first time Archie Mountbatten-Windsor has been photographed alongside his Cambridge cousins, and in fact it marks his first “appearance” outside of his formal presentation and christening. Even more, it was a nice and much-needed display of family unity following several months of negative reporting.