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Old 11-08-2016, 10:36 AM
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I loved! Congratulations to the couple! I hope it ends in marriage, I I liked this girl
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:40 AM
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Well...that pretty much says it all doesn't it?

I hope the people who are attacking her for things she has no control over i.e. her ethnicity and the fact she is a middle class American, realize that the only thing it's accomplishing is perhaps driving them closer and not further apart. Every real man worthy of anything wants to protect the woman he cares about.

Harry doesn't seem like the type to turn tail and throw his girlfriend to the wolves if the heat gets too hot in the kitchen.

Good for him.
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:44 AM
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The election and the KP statement is the two biggest stories right now.

In the US, the KP statement won't be come this evening. Most average Americans don't care. I am Royal watcher and if I wasn't stuck at home waiting for the painters to come I would be busy at work right now.


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Old 11-08-2016, 10:51 AM
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Exactly.

I work for a huge Fortune 500 company and this morning at the water cooler absolutely no one was talking about this Royal relationship and I don't want to speculate if anyone would even care if they did know.
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:51 AM
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In the US, the KP statement won't be come this evening. Most average Americans don't care. I am Royal watcher and if I wasn't stuck at home waiting for the painters to come I would be busy at work right now.


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Yeah, I should've pointed out that this statement isn't in out mainstream media. The election is the most important thing, but this KP Statement is trending online all over the place.

I just hope the safety and privacy of this young lady will be respected and this couple will be allowed some personal space to continue on into the future. I wish the couple lots of luck.

Folks, Harry is no longer single. The media and people online no longer have to play matchmaker.
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Old 11-08-2016, 11:03 AM
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The media and people online won't be playing matchmaker but wedding planner now 😉


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Old 11-08-2016, 11:35 AM
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Kensington Palace confirming rumors that have been circulating for several days about the 5th in line's dating life should not knock the US presidential election off the front page or even compete with it, but it is a huge story in the human interest and celebrity media segments which are the segments that typically run stories about the royals.

There are well over 250 people viewing his thread, and over the past week there would often be well over 50 people viewing this thread. There is a lot of interest in Harry and Meghan, and even if it diminishes somewhat, I suspect that, for the foreseeable future, the interest will remain quite high.

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I know that this is akin to an "according to sources" claim, but the following is from the Sky News article:

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While some may suggest Prince Harry should expect, and be used to this level of interest in his private life, I understand he has expressed concern that he has never seen this level of attention focused on any of his previous relationships.
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Old 11-08-2016, 11:43 AM
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I am sure the media pack will soon be panting for an engagement announcement, the ring, the interview, then the wedding, but it might be wise not to get ahead of themselves.
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Old 11-08-2016, 11:46 AM
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Interesting article from Sky News

Why Prince Harry acted over attacks on girlfriend Meghan Markle

She brings up the point about Harry being concerned about level of attention focused on this relationship compared to previous ones. With Chelsy, you still had William and Kate dating/engaged to take the attention away. Cressida had royal baby fever to take the attention away. Now William and Kate are boring with their 2 kids and happy marriage.

Then comes an American actress with open social media accounts, a screen history, a ex husband, a family that talked to the media. It's a press jackpot for the media. It's a big juicy steak in front a hungry pack of wolves. Would there be this much interest in 2 weeks of coverage if Harry was dating a Sophie Wessex type who was middle class, no online profile and family didn't respond to media?


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Yes, now that Harry is receiving full-on attention for his relationship he must have a lot more respect/sympathy for what William and Catherine went through during their courtship. They definitely provided Harry some buffer in the past. It's similar to what happened with Beatrice and Eugenie. The press was so busy analyzing and commenting on Beatrice and Dave's relationship, that Eugenie and Jack were largely left under the radar. Once Beatrice became single, suddenly the spotlight completely switched to Eugenie and Jack. Eugenie and Jack have received more media interest in the last 3 months than in all of their previous 6 1/2 years combined.

I also agree with your second point about an American actress vs. a Sophie Wessex type. I still remember when the American media went insane in 2002 because of Gwyneth Paltrow and Prince Felipe. And that's with the Spanish Royal Family being a lot less famous than the BRF in the USA.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:02 PM
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Meghan is an actress and has open social media accounts and regularly updates her followers on her fantastical jet-setting life.

Now the press will argue (and I'm seeing it already) that Meghan was already a public figure and was fair game from the start. It's not like she was working behind the counter at Waitrose.

I do think the British press will calm down a bit but not the American.

Now that they're officially a couple, Harry should just get it over with and be photographed with her. It may help dampen down demand for pics.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:03 PM
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I think Chelsy Davy received an enormous amount of harassment during the time that she and Harry were going out together. There was an awful lot of attention directed at her by paps and British tabloid press.

When she was still a teenager there was an incident in which she was chased in her car in South Africa and then run to earth by a journalist from a London tabloid who, it seems, when she denied she was Harry's girlfriend, waved a photo under her nose of the two of them together. She then naively perhaps, admitted it. So Harry has a long history of his girlfriends being harassed from his teen years and knows all about it.

The difference is that the interest in Chelsy and in Kate built up over a number of years. There wasn't a fire-storm over a period of a week, which IMO, forced Harry and the KP press office to act as they have.

The difference with Meghan is she is already known and will draw future interest from not just the British media but from the Canadian media, and to a certain extent, US media as well.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:08 PM
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I'm wondering if the KP statement is, as some have suggested, a prelude to an engagement announcement?
Press reports say that Meghan will visit Harry over the holidays, and while she is in the UK perhaps there will be a meeting with the Queen and the rest of the RF?
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:11 PM
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I agree. That is why we have to be serious and making sure we aren't giving the media fuel to go on and on with their ridiculous and racial articles on this young lady and her family. Let's just be respectful.
Agreed this sounds serious. Well, this is exciting. This is going to be a change in the BRF. I'm so curious to see the cultural shift.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:13 PM
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I am sure the media pack will soon be panting for an engagement announcement, the ring, the interview, then the wedding, but it might be wise not to get ahead of themselves.
Of course they will, and you got to throw in babies as well. They are going to run Harry and Meghan stories as long as they get the clicks, what really needs to happen is for Harry and Meghan to not feel pressure to get engaged or make other major life decisions because of media pressure. The media wants loved up pictures, engagement interviews and wedding processionals RIGHT NOW but my observation has been that the best royal relationships are the ones where the couple dates for years before determining whether or not they should get married. On my end I am willing to accelerate it a bit because they are in their 30s but my sage advise is that 2019 should be the earliest date for an engagement announcement.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:23 PM
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Well... if the supposedly serious relationship in question ends in divorce later, it will not be surprising, and the British royal house is experienced in nasty divorces.

European royals continue tainting their bloodlines.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:28 PM
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I think the Ancient Egyptian dynasties felt that tainting the bloodlines was a bad idea. In consequence there were apparently many brother/sister unions and the like.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:42 PM
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I'm wondering if the KP statement is, as some have suggested, a prelude to an engagement announcement?
Press reports say that Meghan will visit Harry over the holidays, and while she is in the UK perhaps there will be a meeting with the Queen and the rest of the RF?
I will fall over in shock if an engagement announcement is in the near future. The BRF are known for their long courtships since the late '80s. Whirlwind romances have been a disaster; Charles-Diana, Andrew-Sarah, and Anne-Mark all married after only about a year together. Hot mess.

Especially when you take into account extending factors, that his relationship with Meghan has been long distance with barely any in-person interaction. Also the fact that she's divorced. Stats and psychologists all say divorcees are much, much, more likely to get divorced a second time, than never-marrieds are likely to get divorced a first time. She would need a while to make sure she can really commit to Harry for the rest of her life, she can't get an easy divorce like her first one.

I also don't think Harry will be introducing Meghan to his family all that soon, with the exception of the Yorks and maybe Zara.

Catherine didn't meet The Queen until she had been William's girlfriend for 5 1/2 years, Chelsy 4 1/2 years. And in his 2 years with Cressida there is no evidence she ever met The Queen, heck there's no evidence she ever met Catherine. There's a chance she might have met William at the Percy-vS wedding, but he was only photographed with Chelsy there, so who knows.


Also, all these political posts in this thread remind me of when PM Tony Blair commented on then girlfriend Catherine Middleton and all the press harassment she was receiving. Thankfully, Chelsy and Cressida never had the indignity of a leader of a country chatting about their love-life with the press. Though, if it's true Meghan is friends with PM Justin Trudeau maybe he will make a comment about her romance, that would make everything go full-circle.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:50 PM
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I could not agree MORE with all you have written above... Over speedy commitment would pretty much ensure disaster at a later date, and no-one [except perhaps the press] whats that for either of these young people.

For the Lady it would mean [within a matter of a few months] PERMANENT relocation across the Atlantic and separation from her family/friends. NO further participation in Social Media, and the definitive end to the Career she has built, before even considering her 'new life' as a Royal Duchess in the most scrutinised Family 'firm' on the Planet...
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I read on a different forum where a user who is friends with someone that went to high school with Meghan and the press has been contacting her to get dirt on Meghan...

I mean, that is just astonishing. There is a witch hunt going on right now.
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