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Old 08-29-2017, 03:33 PM
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I for one, am so happy for the fact that Prince Harry is no longer melancholy in love and in life. He's a sweet guy who has matured quite wonderfully before our eyes. And he's met a gorgeous, fun-spirited, classy, stylish and down-to-earth, love-giving and lively-spirited young lady to share his life with. May they live long and prosper!

May they also continue taking their time and enjoying their privacy. I'm definitely curious and I'd like to know more, and I wish them well, but I'm not interested in devouring them whole.

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Old 08-29-2017, 04:02 PM
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I've noticed that [particularly] American posters here are positively 'frothing at the mouth' at the prospect of Harry marrying Meghan, whereas the British posters seem markedly less excited ?
Personally i'm ambivalent , it being Harry's [and Meghan's] choice not mine, but nowhere [beyond the papers or internet] do I detect any interest at all [I work in a busy London office where much talking is done,] and i've never heard the relationship mentioned [even in passing].
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:12 PM
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I've noticed that [particularly] American posters here are positively 'frothing at the mouth' at the prospect of Harry marrying Meghan, whereas the British posters seem markedly less excited ?
Personally i'm ambivalent , it being Harry's [and Meghan's] choice not mine, but nowhere [beyond the papers or internet] do I detect any interest at all [I work in a busy London office where much talking is done,] and i've never heard the relationship mentioned [even in passing].
The same here in America. It all changes when there's some official news though. That's when you can't stop hearing about them.

It's a bit embarrassing for many to even bring up the royals. Movie and music stars are talked about more.
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:17 PM
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Meghan is not publicly engaged to Harry, and she certainly will not be accompanying Harry at this kind of event in honor of his mother (with Diana's former charities represented). When the time is right (after an engagement announcement), Meghan and Harry will appear side-by-side at an appropriate public event (likely it will not be a very high-profile formal event that initiates such a debut).

It is up to Harry and Meghan regarding how they strategize appearing in public together @Dman. But I also feel that Harry is going to be listening to advice from mentors and royal staffers regarding a smooth roll-out strategy re an engagement announcement and subsequent official public appearances with Meghan.

Above all, Harry has shown that he's going to be protective of Meghan in order to ensure she is not subjected to the OTT Diana-like hounding by the media that his mother endured. H&M will continue to pull back and protect their privacy at the slightest overstepping of boundaries by tabloid/paps and by mainstream media.

While I do not expect Meghan to join Harry, I would not completely rule it out either. It is a possibility given that both Catherine and Chelsy showed up at the Diana memorial event (concert) 10 years ago (as girlfriends; not fiancées).

However, given the frenzy that most likely would result of such an appearance and the way they have gone about their relationship so far, they most likely have decided against it - as you pointed out in the subsequent paragraphs.
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:18 PM
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The same here in America. It all changes when there's some official news though. That's when you can't stop hearing about them.

It's a bit embarrassing for many to even bring up the royals. Movie and music stars are talked about more.
Here in England (or at least in my particular neck of the woods), it's usually the older generations who aren't afraid of sharing their interest in the RF; however I'm a student and my friends and I do talk about the RF from time to time, but that's usually only when they've been in the news. However, I was quite pleasantly surprised when one of my friends openly expressed their love for the Romanovs - I think it just depends on whether or not the individual thinks royalty is embarrassing to discuss or not.
But generally though; people over here pay more attention to celebrities and TV personalities too.
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I've noticed that [particularly] American posters here are positively 'frothing at the mouth' at the prospect of Harry marrying Meghan, whereas the British posters seem markedly less excited ?
Personally i'm ambivalent , it being Harry's [and Meghan's] choice not mine, but nowhere [beyond the papers or internet] do I detect any interest at all [I work in a busy London office where much talking is done,] and i've never heard the relationship mentioned [even in passing].
One of our posters who is frequently in the U.K. hears Royal gossip and harsh criticism wherever he/she goes. Maybe you work in a very polite and businesslike office!
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:01 PM
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I've never heard anyone talk about Harry and Meghan, Diana, Charles or Camilla (and her being Queen consort or not) if I don't ask them first. And my feeling is that Harry (mostly because he has never been criticised by the media in recent years) is generally liked by those who care.

But friends and family members of mine (as I wrote in the general news thread in June) reacted with anger when I asked them about the don't ''wants to be King or Queen'' interview and that without even having read it.
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:13 PM
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Any sign of Camilla, Kate, or Sophie attending official engagements prior to the wedding?
Sophie attended the decommissioning of the Britannia before she and Edward were even engaged, as I recall.

I think Harry and Meghan make a great couple, but I think it would be a good idea to be seen in public at perhaps a semi-official event so she can see what it would be like; she's not been brought up in Britain and perhaps needs to know about potentially being in the British Royal Family. JMO.
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Old 08-29-2017, 10:57 PM
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I think it so cute they were using their phones to 'talk' to each other....very smart!

I think the next chance we have of seeing them together is at the Invictus games...very very unlikely she will be there tomorrow (well today in UK time).


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Old 08-30-2017, 03:46 PM
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Here's the latest in the media, repetitious mostly of the Lainey Gossip report:

https://www.yahoo.com/style/meghan-m...215004429.html

https://es.vida-estilo.yahoo.com/pri...151835605.html

An E-news report quotes a source saying that Harry and Meghan will be visiting Birkhall and perhaps Balmoral before she departs for Toronto. Apparently, Meghan was invited to a Balmoral hunting party last September where she met Prince Charles for the first time. So Scottish sojourns must be traditional this time of year for the royals.

Last October, Prince Harry reportedly took Meghan on a trip to the Cotswolds prior to news of their dating relationship breaking wide open.
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Old 08-30-2017, 03:55 PM
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I just saw something about upcoming events ...seems like William and Kate will be going out of the country for a tour...and Harry is going to be traveling as well if I read it right...starting in Sept I believe....sounds like a busy couple months ahead.

So perhaps any relaxed and casual 'off time' will be done now as opposed to later...so the trip to Brikhall/Balmoral would be going on now if it happens.



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Old 08-30-2017, 04:37 PM
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I just came across the news (which was probably discussed on TRF in Queen Elizabeth section) that earlier this summer the Queen hired the first black equerry (of Ghanian descent) as her personal assistant and security officer. Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah.

I only mention that news here in order to point out that perhaps with the fact of Prince Harry dating and likely soon marrying an American of 'mixed' heritage, perhaps the older royals are more sensitive to solidly demonstrating in other ways (besides approving H&M's relationship) that the royal family is inclusive.

Major Twumasi-Ankrah of the Household Cavalry, is a 48-year-old Afghanistan veteran who studied at the Royal Military Academy. Among other distinguished duties, he served as an escort commander at the royal wedding of William & Kate in 2011.

Queen appoints first black equerry Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah | Life | Life & Style | Express.co.uk
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Great post!

1. Yes, that has been disgussed in the ''The Royal Household'' thread.

2. The Queen has in fact talked about different religions and heritages in many of her speeches through the years, so I don't think that has anything to do with Meghan

3. He is not her security officer, he is her equerry, and HM (acording to the Times) is understood to have personally selected Twumasi-Ankrah from several candidates. His duties will include close attendance to the Queen in public, personally assisting her with official engagements and welcoming guests to royal residences etc. He replaced Wing Commander Sam Fletcher in July.

4. And I don't think that the royal family needs to be demonstrating that they are inclusive, because this 2017, and most people in their right mind would not have a problem with Meghan being from mixed heritage.
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:18 PM
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...He is not her security officer, he is her equerry, and HM (according to the Times) is understood to have personally selected Twumasi-Ankrah from several candidates... And I don't think that the royal family needs to be demonstrating that they are inclusive, because this 2017, and most people in their right mind would not have a problem with Meghan being from mixed heritage.
Well, 'security guard' is likely not the appropriate official designation, but I did get it from the article I linked: "The position of equerry was traditionally meant for looking after the cavalry's horses, but in modern times, it's more of an assistant/security guard for the queen, required to be... at the queen's side at nearly all times."

I will take any further discussion re the new equerry to the appropriate thread.

Meanwhile, please note that all articles reporting on the recent appointment referenced the selection as part of 'moving forward' and leaving any hint of 'discrimination in the past.'

Sadly, Prince Harry's plea to the press last November to stop 'harassing' his girlfriend and writing 'insensitive' articles would not have been necessary if "most people in their right mind [don't] have a problem with Meghan's background."

I bring this all up as a positive because I feel that the Meghan and Harry romance is fortuitously an opportunity for healing in so many ways and on so many levels for the British royal family. A healing from the pain of the past: Diana's death; Charles & Diana marriage difficulties and breakup; issues of divorce preventing royals from marrying who they love and ending up tragically heartbroken; H&M's union will be in many respects a symbol of inclusiveness by one of the most high profile families in the world.

You don't have to see it the way I do. But I think my perspective has some resonance.
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I've noticed that [particularly] American posters here are positively 'frothing at the mouth' at the prospect of Harry marrying Meghan, whereas the British posters seem markedly less excited ?
Personally i'm ambivalent , it being Harry's [and Meghan's] choice not mine, but nowhere [beyond the papers or internet] do I detect any interest at all [I work in a busy London office where much talking is done,] and i've never heard the relationship mentioned [even in passing].
When they are engaged then married, things will get back to normal to not caring as much in the US. It's exciting to me that she is American and half black at that. That is significant. A few Brits told me that Harry doing all that is happening now was unlikely (prior to him meeting and now dating Meghan). And now it's all happening.
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:32 PM
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I've yet to see anyone foaming at the mouth about it. Of course there is a lot of interest from the Americans here, (I assure you the majority of Americans haven't a clue about Meghan and Harry nor do they care about their relationships), it's not like you hear every day about a member of the BRF dating an American.

Frankly I was skeptical at first however as they have gone along I have come to like them as a couple. If they marry it will be really neat to see how their life together unfolds.


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Old 08-30-2017, 11:14 PM
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Right, not a lot of people are really following the romance in the U.S., nor even know who Meghan is, unless they happen to watch Suits or follow a lot of actors/celebrities.

I've mentioned the relationship to members of my family, and they were clueless, but have since looked up Meghan so are now aware. Everyone of course, knows who Harry is, because they remember his mother, Diana. She's known throughout the world.

It's of passing interest to most people who don't closely follow the royals. The acting and fashion industries have some fascination because persons in those fields are familiar with Meghan or have met Meghan (and some actors aside from the Suits cast have worked with her previously, or may have known her when she was married to Engelson, who is a director with notable credentials in Hollywood).

The celebrity press and tabloids are of course more than passing interested because of the clickbait and gossip value. When an engagement is announced, more people will find out and become intrigued, and the interest will ratchet up in the lead-up to the royal wedding. But things will as a matter of course settle down again.

In any case, Harry and Meghan are clearly not interested in being a 'hot' news item. They are purposely shying away from press overexposure, which unfortunately does not keep most of the tabloids from making up non-stories picked up by other news outlets.

As usual, there are some 'crazies foaming at the mouth' and livid with jealousy on Internet sites and on the comment sections of some online reports. And a number of royal commenters/'reporters' have had rather negative and/or snobby things to say, particularly in the beginning. Such as constantly referencing the relationship as 'a fling,' etc.
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I've yet to see anyone foaming at the mouth about it. Of course there is a lot of interest from the Americans here, (I assure you the majority of Americans haven't a clue about Meghan and Harry nor do they care about their relationships), it's not like you hear every day about a member of the BRF dating an American.

Frankly I was skeptical at first however as they have gone along I have come to like them as a couple. If they marry it will be really neat to see how their life together unfolds.


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Why do some Brits think Americans "froth at the mouth" about Royalty, much less Harry and Meghan??!

I can assure anyone who believes this that you are wildly off the mark. Only the handful of Americans on online Royal boards even know or care who Harry dates.

We comprise only a very, very tiny fraction of the population I assure you!
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MAYBE .01 percent of the population...and that might be over estimated! LOL

In my circle of friends/family in real life...I am the only person who cares anything about any royal families. 1 or 2 of them actually even know the names of the major figures ..and they won't even know all the main members of BRF royal family.

On my online groups (not on FB) I know of 1 other American who knows....on FB a few more but they are Europeans.


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Hoping for some little exciting months ahead!!!!
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