The big royal news is, of course, that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged to be married in May at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The wedding will be paid for by the Royal Family, the hefty security bill will be paid for by the taxpayer. Alas, not all taxpayers are thrilled with all of the #RoyalEngagement details.
The engagement interview that aired on Monday showed Meghan to be poised, confident and well spoken, certainly capable of handling the royal spotlight. Both Prince Harry and Meghan appeared relaxed and enamored with one another in stark contrast to Prince William and Kate’s engagement interview which seemed a bit awkward and forced.
For some questions, though, Prince Harry and Meghan appeared to give answers that better suited the fairytale, probably decided by committee based on what tested highest in focus groups even though they hopefully didn’t need to “No, it was the Levi’s guy” this thing too much.
Unlike Prince William, Prince Harry did let others in on the engagement news which might be why it was a better interview and perhaps why the engagement happened to be announced when Harry was getting bashed around in the press for being a “spoiled brat”.
The origin story of their relationship in the BBC interview was a bit vague on details but according to their answers was the result of a blind date that happened in May or June of 2016. Likely Prince Harry and Meghan didn’t give specifics because according to The Telegraph, Meghan was living with chef Cory Vitiello when she met Prince Harry. Meghan’s ex-boyfriend has gone the no comment route on whether or not Prince Harry, who was in Toronto in May, was the cause of their break-up.
Meghan Markle: Oh it would be a year and a half, a little bit more than that?
Prince Harry: No just about – it would be about a year and a half yeah.
Meghan Markle: I don’t think that I would call it a whirlwind in terms of our relationship, obviously there have been layers attached to how public it has become after we had a good five, six months almost with just privacy, which was amazing.
Okay, Meghan possibly already being in a committed relationship doesn’t make for the most romantic of How I Met Your Mother scenarios but even if there was overlap, we don’t know what Meghan’s relationship with Cory Vitiello was like. I think the important thing to remember is that there is a single attractive man out there who can cook. If you ask me, Meghan traded down. Prince Harry proposed when they were “trying to roast a chicken”. If it were the chef proposing, that chicken would have already been roasted.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks:
During the interview Meghan claimed, “Given that I didn’t know a lot about him, everything that I have learned about him, I learnt through him as opposed to having grown up around different news stories and tabloids whatever else.”
As an American I want the make and model number of that BRF-free bubble because that sounds like a magical place in which to live. Considering accusations made by family and friends that she has been plotting to marry into the British Royal Family because she wants to be the Second Coming of Princess Diana, you can sort of see why Meghan would deny the virtual inescapability of royal news here in the US. Meghan’s childhood friend Ninaki Priddy is the latest to claim Meghan connived her way into Harry’s heart and the British Royal Family, telling the Daily Mail, “It’s like she has been planning this all her life. She gets exactly what she wants and Harry has fallen for her play. She was always fascinated by the Royal Family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0. She will play her role ably, but my advice to him is to tread cautiously.” Either Meghan’s family and friends are out to get her or she’s boiled a few bunnies along the way. The stereotype of the femme fatale leading men to their ruin is sooo 2016, though. And if Meghan really does fancy herself Diana 2.0, that means she’ll highlight good causes while finishing off the monarchy in spectacular fashion. I’d watch that show.
The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks:
When Meghan made the innocuous comment that Princess Diana was with them, Prince Harry jumped in with a “somewhere else” comment so fast that I’ve never been more sure that rumors about Princess Diana’s ghost popping up around her sons are all true. The “somewhere else” distinction makes it seem like Harry was implying, ‘Obviously she’s in heaven or some other plane, but definitely not in our kitchen making butter levitate and questioning Meghan’s footwear choices, that would be crazy… hee hee crazy. CRAAAAZY!’
Meghan Markle: She’s with us.
Prince Harry: I’m sure she’s with us yeah, you know, jumping up and down somewhere else.
If you thought your in-laws were bad, imagine one that can’t be ducked by not answering the phones and who doesn’t need a key to get in. I’m going to comb through that engagement interview frame by frame to see if I can spot Princess Diana’s ghost making bunny ears behind Meghan’s head just because I suspect Princess Diana wouldn’t have thought any woman was good enough for her sons.
The one thing that gives me pause about Meghan is her leaving her rescue dog, Bogart, behind in the US. The reason provided by Jason Knauf is that Bogart is too old to fly but according to Meghan’s own social media posts, he’s five, that’s like saying Meghan is too old to fly.
Even if Bogart can’t fly, the voyage by sea would only take a few days. I can’t imagine giving Nightwing up for any reason, we are a non-negotiable package deal. In fact I’m presently not speaking with my mother because she suggested Nightwing isn’t really my son. Not to go all canine conspiracy theory, but I wonder if the “friends” Bogart is staying with is really her chef ex-boyfriend who wanted Bogart in exchange for not selling his story to the press? I’m trying not to judge Meghan and grant her the same grace period I gave Kate in which to disappoint me, but isn’t willingness to give up a rescue dog when you fall in love with a prince one of the signs of being a serial killer? Hopefully there’s a plan to reunite Meghan and Guy with Bogart. It just doesn’t feel like Meghan’s happiness could be complete without her furbaby.
On Friday, Meghan will be doing her first royal engagement with Prince Harry so she’s pretty much already in danger of surpassing Kate’s annual engagement total.
And I know this is just another Daily Mail typo, but how awesome does Thor Christmas sound?
I think we should live every day like Thor Christmas is about to happen.