On Sunday, following the previous evening’s Festival of Remembrance, the British Royal Family turned out for the Remembrance service at The Cenotaph. This annual event is not only a hallmark of the royal calendar, but one that convenes the UK’s veterans, senior politicians, and members of the public for a somber recognition of those who lost their lives in service to the nation. Frankly, there are few countries who mark this occasion better.
On Saturday night, the Royal Family congregated at Royal Albert Hall for this year’s Festival of Remembrance, the prelude to Sunday’s formal ceremony. Like Trooping the Colour, it’s an event that nearly always draws the entire family, so high is its significance on the royal calendar.
Ok, it’s time to catch up a bit on November. I’m going to back-date this post to last week so as to cover two engagements that the Cambridges and Sussexes carried out, and then we’ll turn back to this past weekend for the actual Remembrance Day events later today.
Well. We’re 10 days out from the Cambridges’ Pakistan tour and quite a bit has happened, none of it good. Before we dive in, apologies if you stumbled upon a partially-written post on the Richard III series over the weekend. I had high hopes for having it completed, but last week got away from me and I forgot to change its publication date on the back end of the site. So, cringe. Hopefully by next weekend we’ll be back on it.
As for our current Royal Family, they’ve really been giving the Plantagenets a run for their money of late. The biggest missile to launch was the broadcast of a documentary covering the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour of Africa, of which the biggest takeaways have nothing to do with their work and everything to do with their role within the BRF.
In early September last year, at that point married for less than four months, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the WellChild awards, an organization of which Harry has been patron for over a decade. He noted in his remarks that it was his honor to be joined by his wife for the first time. The appearance also sparked the first serious whispering that Meghan might be pregnant, a rumor finally confirmed that October.
Well, we’ve come full circle, because the Sussexes attended the same event last night and Harry noted in his remarks that the couple had indeed found out that they were expecting Baby Archie shortly before their 2018 attendance. The memory of it briefly moved Harry to tears while he delivered his speech, unsurprising given that the organization is focused on supporting caretakers of seriously ill children.
Well. Where to begin? For those who have missed the last 24 hours, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing a letter sent by Meghan to her father this past February. I’ve avoided mentioning the ongoing Markle family drama since the wedding, but it was a thing and yet another installment in Mr. Markle’s public lamenting that his daughter has cut off contact.
The suit itself is even more dramatic because it was accompanied by an emotional statement from Harry calling out British tabloids for their recent negative coverage of his wife and comparing her treatment to that which his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales received. The statement was made public on a new landing site, Sussex Official, and you can read it here.
The big news is the lawsuit the public became aware of yesterday via a rather dramatic announcement from the Duke of Sussex. The Sussexes are suing the Mail on Sunday for the publication of a private letter the Duchess wrote her father, and which was published without her permission in February. Harry offered context for the suit with a personal and emotional statement that called out the British tabloids writ large for unnecessarily attacking his wife.
We’re going to get there, but first I do want to finish wrapping up the rest of the South Africa tour, as well as the Cambridges’ engagement in London, so keep an eye out later today for a deeper dive into this issue. And for the sake of not writing 1,000 posts today, I’m going to combine all the Sussexes’ Johannesburg engagements into one post 🙂
Oookay, I had been planning on breaking this up into at least two different posts, but this past weekend got away from me, so a one long roundup will have to suffice. Hey, at least we got some history up, no? Let’s start with the Africa tour and then we’ll segue on over to Balmoral and London.
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor made his first tour appearance in South Africa today when he joined his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe.
The third and final joint engagement of the day saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at the British High Commission this evening. Before we get to it, a quick housekeeping item from the afternoon – Meghan’s dress was for Bo-Kaap was ID’d as STAUD. I’ve updated the last post accordingly in case you missed it 🙂