In which we’ve got lots of Grumpy Baby Faces and at least one good dress.
If you missed it, we had a lot of royals coverage this week:
– Kate re-wore her floral Alexander McQueen gown with NEW SLEEVES in a post that has literally the closest non-Fug Madness poll I think we’ve ever had. (As I type this, it’s LITERALLY tied, like exact same vote count.)
– She also wore a Gucci blouse backwards to an event, so Kate had a lot going on this week.
– Wills and Kate and Meghan and Harry (and the rest of the royals) went to a Commonwealth Day event at Westminster Abbey (and Harry and Meghan did an event earlier, so this post has two Meghan looks in it).
And Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, so come back over the weekend to see what green coat Kate wears!
Elsewhere on the internet:
– This is bonkers, via The Telegraph: It seems like a fair amount of the social media accounts that have been so intense about Kate/Meghan lately may be…Russian bots. (I did go over to one of these that I’d had a weird interaction with in the past few months, and this person — despite purporting to be British-born — was typing in English with accented vowels, which is not the way native English speakers communicate. You guys, I think it’s very possible the internet is bad.)
– Interesting, at Maclean’s: The rehabilitation of Prince Charles’s reputation.
– This is so fascinating, at the New York Times: The 87-Year-Old Hobbyist Who Measures the Royal Family’s Workload. (This guy’s work is VERY useful to anyone who covers the royals, including us. I did not realize he was quite that old!)
– At Town & Country: Meghan’s officially on maternity leave, and also Prince Charles’s gardens at Highgrove are opening to the public. I want to go!
– Vanity Fair claims (and I believe this) that Meghan and Kate are getting along just fine and that Kate in particular wants to make it clear that she’s got no beef with Meghan. (I always ALWAYS thought whatever was awry between the Sussexes and Cambridges, it originated with the boys.)
– Apparently, Team Sussex has hired Sara Latham as their new head of comms. She was previously a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton and worked on her presidential campaign, and worked for the Obama administration, so she is VERY QUALIFIED; she’s also got dual US/Uk citizenship. I’m not sure if this means the previous press dude is out, or if he just has a new boss, but it does say to me that they think they need big deal, high-level messaging professionals and I’ll be interested to see how this pans out; this news coincides with the news that the Sussexes and Cambridges will have separate “households” in the royal family — ie, they’ll be breaking away from Wills and Kate in terms of teams/social media, etc. This, to me, makes sense — it’s going to have to happen at some point, since eventually Wills will be Prince of Wales (and then King). It feels natural to do it now. (They probably should have done it when Harry and Meghan got married but no time like the present.)
And, on social media:
Sophie is in New York this week, but we didn’t get any pics of it, really:
Here’s a bow!
Mette-Marit is looking great! I hope she’s feeling well.
And, finally, Crown Princess Mary has been in Austin for SXSW! Lots of coverage on their Insta, which feels apt: