I’m always amazed when I make it to the end of another week, but here we are again! In the slideshow, thank god we’ve got a tiara.
We got some logistical info about Baby Sussex and, in short, it seems like we’re not getting a post-birth photocall, but just some pictures later, which doesn’t really surprise me. The statement from Buckingham Palace said, in full, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.” We also still don’t have any intel about titles and whatnot, although Patricia Treble at Maclean’s thinks they’re not going to use prince or princess. I’d just like to take this moment to ask the Sussexes to try to announce their joyous news at, say….2pm PST on a weekday, if they can swing it. Thanks, guys, that’d be great for me. [Harper’s Bazaar]
Lainey said there will be a private photo-call/presser with the baby and one PA reporter/camera (which was how they did the wedding, as you remember) and although that’s not how I interpreted the official statement, I just read that this is what is actually going to happen (one of the tabloids leaked it). Honestly, my feeling about this is: It’s your baby, do whatever you want! (As much as I always loved seeing the wee Cambridges right off the bat and appreciate Wills and Kate for doing that song and dance.) Also: My guess is that the baby will be here in…10 days-two weeks-ish? WE WILL SEE. I am just in it for a new mug for my collection. (Actually…I still need to get a mug for Louis. I feel like the Prince Louis Mug Marketplace was really lacking, possibly because Great Britain’s Commemorative Mug Makers were distracted by the Harry/Meghan nuptials. [I’m on a real tangent now but I just went down a wormhole looking for a Eugenie and Jack mug and THERE IS ONE AND IT’S A RIDE. Do I need this?!! Don’t feel bad about that, though, because the Official One is actually REALLY pretty.])
Our friends at What Kate Wore have some updates about whether or not Kate has a new stylist. The answer seems to be “??????.” FWIW, I think Natasha Archer is probably coming back to full-time work shortly, because her husband (the Getty photog Chris Jackson) recently Instagrammed a pic of her at her laptop where he said she was working, and the alleged “new stylist” Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey was just filling in for some bits and bobs. (Having said that, Kate doesn’t really have anything on the docket at the mo — I think she’s laying low in the wake of recent rumors, and I cannot blame her for not wanting to deal with people at the moment, plus I think the kidlets are on spring vacation. My guess is we will see the adult Cambridges at Easter, though.)
So, People’s cover story this week is about the alleged Wills/Harry feud. When People is running a Feuding Royals story, you know shit has gotten real. (The crux of it is basically what a lot of us have theorized: That Wills thought Meghan and Harry were moving too fast, and Harry didn’t appreciate it, and then things snowballed. To be honest, I can see where both of them are coming from in that scenario.)
I thought this was super interesting: On his granny’s secret service: Prince William interns at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. If I were in Wills’s shoes, this is totally what I would do. LET ME SEE YOUR SPY LOGISTICS. [The Guardian]
NEWS ALERT!!! Prince William and Kate Middleton Plant a 950-Foot Hedge at Kensington Palace to Protect Their Privacy. All the headlines about this kind of made me laugh. No shit, they don’t want randoms being able to peer into their garden! I salute all the headline writers who were able to resist writing: SHOCKER: COUPLE DOES SOME LANDSCAPING OVER THE WEEKEND. [Marie Claire]
Prince Harry and Oprah are making an Apple TV series about mental health; this is an interesting piece in The Daily Beast about Oprah’s track record of working with questionable medical experts.
You know I love logistics, because I just said so; Macleans ran a piece about Baby Sussex’s US tax implications, and those of other royals, and it’s really interesting.
Speaking of logistics! At Town & County: What It’s Really Like to Work for the Royal Family
This is quite a tale: A 40-Carat Diamond Ring with Ties to the French Royal Family Was Just Recovered by Police in Paris. Maybe…don’t leave your 40-caret ring IN THE CAR? (I also feel like there’s a lot more to this story than we know.) [T&C]
The Crown has its Lady Diana Spencer. I continue to hold out hope that when they need to age her up a bit, we get Elizabeth Debicki. [Socialite Life]
And, on social:
Prince Andrew is in China:
Good for Euj, dude.
Look at this good doggie:
I like how irked everyone at this meeting appears to be: