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Hmmm...are you by chance in the real estate business?
I wish! Were I so inclined. The real estate prices here are through the roof!

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Those are lovely ideas Lady Nimue. All I know is that if one of my kids offered to buy a large, rambling house, I would turn it down right quick. Both Doria and Tom are single and living on their own and probably would balk at all that room (especially thinking about cleaning it).
I am thinking along the lines of a large rambling house divided into separate living quarters. Very do-able. I am acquainted with such arrangements. It works.

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I'm all for SoCal though. Perthaps a gated condo community for Doria with room for grandkids. Tom, though, I think from what I know of him, would stand his ground in Mexico and keep on keeping on as he's always done.
I know it would be the first thing I would want to do for parents being intruded upon the way they are. Doria might be okay with such an arrangement. Tom may want to stay put in Mexico but I'd still try to convince him to move to a gated community situation. They need to be protected. I'd be adamant.

Anyway, I will not be surprised if Harry and Meghan do eventually get themselves a house in SoCal. If they don't, okay, but it seems to me Meghan would want her children to experience something of the American ambiance in their childhood. I would.
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:44 PM
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The fact that the TV channel has not announced Samantha is their guest for the wedding makes me question the truth of this Sun report. The Fail hasn't run this claim that Sam will be at Windsor, just not invited; and other outlets are repeating the Sun's story. I still think if true, the TV channel is afraid of a boycott of the station if they announce Samantha or the palace will block access.
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Great idea! I agree, I think Meghan would want her children to spend time with their grandmother in Southern California in which case Harry & Meghan (or her mother) would definitely need a house that would give them the necessary privacy & security.
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The fact that the TV channel has not announced Samantha is their guest for the wedding makes me question the truth of this Sun report. The Fail hasn't run this claim that Sam will be at Windsor, just not invited; and other outlets are repeating the Sun's story. I still think if true, the TV channel is afraid of a boycott of the station if they announce Samantha or the palace will block access.
Yes, you're right, the Sun isn't exactly a credible source and so far there aren't any other independent sources reporting this story.

One would hope Samantha has too much dignity & pride to travel all the way to Windsor to appear on TV and comment on the sister's wedding she famously wasn't invited to.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:40 PM
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Great idea! I agree, I think Meghan would want her children to spend time with their grandmother in Southern California in which case Harry & Meghan (or her mother) would definitely need a house that would give them the necessary privacy & security.
Might it be easier for Meghan and Harry to find Doria a nearby house/apartment near their main residence where she can stay for visits.

I say this because with school and official duties it might be more practical for Doria to come to the UK more often then Meghan and Harry coming to California. Plus then when she visits she can also have her own space (particularly if Harry and Meghan have kids I'd imagine Doria would stay by them for a bit, maybe last month of pregnancy to the christening, to help Meghan the same way Carole did for Kate).

We also don't know if Doria will stay in California long term. Doria's not too far away from being able to collect SS and retire if she so desires. She might decide to retire to the UK so she can see Meghan more frequently, in which case a soCal house becomes less necessary (I don't know the procedural on this, so if I'm wrong please feel free to correct me).
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:02 PM
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I hope Meghan will bring her children to where she grew up rather than just leaving them in the royal world. She had a life before Harry and hopefully any kids she has will be exposed to it.
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Not everyone is enamored with where they grew up. Southern California has itís fans, but there are downsides, like the traffic, the smog, the mind numbing sameness of never ending tract homes interspersed with near identical shopping venues, the lack of seasons. Iím reminded of Gertrude Steinís description of Oakland whenever Iíve spent time down there (Iím a native of northern CA) Ďthere is no there there.í
I think itís telling that Meghan doesnít seem to have returned to SoCal very often after she moved to Toronto for Suits.
Itíll be interesting to see what the couple does for the holidays going forward, unlike the Middletons, Meghanís parents donít have living situations that would easily accommodate Meghan, Harry, their children and the RPOs.
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:51 PM
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Great idea! I agree, I think Meghan would want her children to spend time with their grandmother in Southern California in which case Harry & Meghan (or her mother) would definitely need a house that would give them the necessary privacy & security.
That's what I think!

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Might it be easier for Meghan and Harry to find Doria a nearby house/apartment near their main residence where she can stay for visits.
I don't think she'd live in the UK. It makes more sense for Harry and Meghan to have a sufficiently large house to accommodate guests. Makes no sense for Doria to be housed extraneous to the couple when she visits. JMO.

Of course if Harry and Meghan wind up having a house on an estate maybe there would be one of those 'cottages' one hears tell about that could accommodate Doria when she visits.

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I say this because with school and official duties it might be more practical for Doria to come to the UK more often then Meghan and Harry coming to California.
Yes, but Meghan may want her children to experience the world outside of the royal bubble, have a taste of American sensibilities, and what better place than where she grew up? It's a possibility Meghan is not that attached to SoCal. Maybe. We'll find out.

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Plus then when she visits she can also have her own space (particularly if Harry and Meghan have kids I'd imagine Doria would stay by them for a bit, maybe last month of pregnancy to the christening, to help Meghan the same way Carole did for Kate).
Not sure Meghan will need that kind of mothering as Kate needed/wanted, but really Kate's family is wholly different, no comparison. Totally different family culture, etc.

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We also don't know if Doria will stay in California long term. Doria's not too far away from being able to collect SS and retire if she so desires. She might decide to retire to the UK so she can see Meghan more frequently, in which case a soCal house becomes less necessary (I don't know the procedural on this, so if I'm wrong please feel free to correct me).
I'd be very surprised if Doria made the decision to hop countries but who knows? Though I can't see a sun-lover choosing to live in the northern climes in their olding years, but maybe she will opt for that.

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I hope Meghan will bring her children to where she grew up rather than just leaving them in the royal world. She had a life before Harry and hopefully any kids she has will be exposed to it.
That's how I see it, too. Plus it will open up the children's options as adults. Much like CP Mary of Denmark with her brood: they vacation in Australia every other year at Christmas time. It makes sense to do that imo.
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:15 AM
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Now, sndral, it is not that bad.

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Not everyone is enamored with where they grew up.
So true and I know many who have 'escaped' SoCal precisely because of that feeling.

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Southern California has itís fans, but there are downsides, like the traffic, the smog, the mind numbing sameness of never ending tract homes interspersed with near identical shopping venues, the lack of seasons.
I can't agree with all that you list, especially given that Harry and Meghan will be living in a well-to-do area, not so? But I disagree about the 'sameness'. LA is chockfull of neighborhoods, all unique. It might be an acquired taste for sure but there are so many possibilities, and all quite beautiful (imo). If they came during summer break there are endless beaches, and deserts, and mountains to explore. Sailing off the coast. And there are seasons, albeit subtle. Northern and southern California both are marvels of diversity both in landscapes and people.

Some years back Harry spent time on a motorcycle touring the American Southwest. At one point he was spotted at Venice Beach eating out with friends, and even then I had a vague hunch he might like living in the LA area. Just a random thought at the time. It's very expansive here, and very creative. I could see them having a very interesting social life if they settled part of the year here.

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Iím reminded of Gertrude Steinís description of Oakland whenever Iíve spent time down there (Iím a native of northern CA) Ďthere is no there there.í
Yes, many there are who cannot appreciate what California offers.

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I think itís telling that Meghan doesnít seem to have returned to SoCal very often after she moved to Toronto for Suits.
How do we know that? Besides which, it's not all that easy to go bopping across a continent (that's 4,000 km). It just isn't. Meghan strikes me as a home-body. It makes sense that she would nest where she lives. But how do we know she didn't go back to SoCal at least once a year? Once a year is plenty enough imo.

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Itíll be interesting to see what the couple does for the holidays going forward, unlike the Middletons, Meghanís parents donít have living situations that would easily accommodate Meghan, Harry, their children and the RPOs.
Well that's the whole point. Even the Middletons purchased a larger house/estate to accommodate Kate and her family. It seems just the same for Harry and Meghan except complicated because in a different country.

It will be interesting to see how they handle this going forward.
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Old 03-26-2018, 02:32 AM
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Actually, Meghan went home to LA a lot. Her instagram was full of pics from trips home to LA. Plus she ID's very strongly with being a SoCal in interviews, her old blog, Instagram, etc

Also, LA's neighborhoods are diverse and interesting...but due to racial politics and such some people see the more diverse and interesting neighborhoods as "unsafe." Their loss IMO.
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Old 03-26-2018, 02:52 AM
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Actually, Meghan went home to LA a lot. Her instagram was full of pics from trips home to LA. Plus she ID's very strongly with being a SoCal in interviews, her old blog, Instagram, etc

Also, LA's neighborhoods are diverse and interesting...but due to racial politics and such some people see the more diverse and interesting neighborhoods as "unsafe." Their loss IMO.
Totally agree! The greater Los Angeles area is a vast rambling place with endlessly interesting places to see and things to do. The cultural offerings are right up there with the best of any city, and the cultural diversity is impressive. It is true, in terms of physical lay-out and aesthetics it can jar European sensibilities accustomed to well-manicured and well-tended centrality but that's the wild and wooly west for you. Then there is Arizona and New Mexico and Nevada and so it goes.

The Sussex children would be lucky indeed to have such an exposure across their childhoods. JMO.
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Old 03-26-2018, 02:57 AM
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No problem with diversity in London or Birmingham. I think the school Prince George attends the students speak over 19 languages.

The Sussex children certainly won’t grow up only see white kids.
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Old 03-26-2018, 04:45 AM
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Regarding buying a “rambling” home abroad for people M&H are going to have to be extra careful and mindful of public sensibilities. They are both sensible good natured people at heart but they can’t just go off buying properties abroad. The optics just wouldn’t look right for the British public especially and considering the current atmosphere with the country dealing with austerity. Yes, even if it is just the one ‘rambling house in sunny California’. Just because Harry is royalty, that doesn’t exactly translate into him rolling in the dosh or having access to liquid cash. Meghan worked hard but her funds are also very limited I’m sure. They have to the think of the future, their future children. And invest in that. No one knows what tomorrow holds, particularly for any future offspring.

Meghan’s mum Doria does just fine. She already lives in a decent area, has a stable job she loves and wouldn’t dream of burdening her only child & soon-to-be son in law, royalty or not. And she’s doing well fending off the onslaught of media, press attention as hard as it is with it often being right in her face. Tom has his pensions and now lives quietly we are told on a sunny beachfront in Mexico a favourite destination for many American expats, apparently. I’m sure he’d avoid anything that could be perceived as exploiting his daughter’s marriage into royalty, too.

The point is Meghan’s parents are proud people. They lead their own individual lives as they see fit. They shouldn’t have to change just because of who their daughter is married to. If Doria, a yoga instructor/ therapist and Social Worker who works with the elderly wants to continue to do big item washing at a laundromat. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Her daughter marrying royalty doesn’t change a thing.

I’m sure the right arrangements for visits with Meghan & Harry’s close family will be sorted out in their own way. And that is a private matter for them to deal with.

H&M will represent and work for Queen and Country as well as indulge their joint & individual passions for philanthropy. Their public lives will be under much scrutiny as it is. Again, they are going to have to be very mindful of public perception however unfair that may seem. I mean we already have large sections of the tabloid press ripping them apart almost on a daily basis for virtually anything and seeking fault with them everywhere. Plus those two also have their own set of rabid detractors online who present nothing but extreme negativity towards them. We get the absurd gnashing of teeth over taxpayers funding every aspect of their lifestyles. Which is just untrue. Certain people online and tabloids make stuff up about them no matter how ludicrous.
Those two are going to have to tread even more carefully in comparison to other members of the BRF. That’s just an unfortunate fact.

The overall general public here in the UK either like them and bear the couple goodwill, or are indifferent to them. But that could change in an instant. So they will have to think about how it would come across, purchasing a home abroad.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:23 AM
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I don't see them buying a home in the U.S. they will most likely only use once or twice a year. Much easier to rent something for that time period they would be visiting. Plus as pointed out they would have to deal with the fallout of buying a home here.


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Old 03-26-2018, 06:46 AM
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This is definitely an area where Meghan's lifestyle changes drastically. Never again can she just pop in and stay overnight with her mom and visit with friends relatively undisturbed. As she marries and has children, where the family goes, so does the security detail for each and every member of the family. As the RPOs work in shifts, that's several RPOs for each family member.

I also don't think they'll actually buy property in the US. even when they're not there, there will still be maintenance and upkeep that needs to be maintained. Amner Hall isn't left vacant when Will and Kate are living at Kensington Palace. Its costly and for a short time each year, extravagant. They could, however, plan a visit to Doria in advance and rent a place for a week or so that the RPOs deem as "secure" and it would cost much less.

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Old 03-26-2018, 07:30 AM
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Daily Mail is reporting Meghan's nephew and mom ( Tom Jr's ex wife) have not received invitations to the wedding, but they will be guests of Good Morning Britain at Windsor. The comments are none too kind and I think the public see the Markles as opportunists. Rightfully so.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:56 AM
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Perhaps I should call around to the TV stations and offer my services as correspondent. I'm sure if I dug hard and long enough, somewhere in my ancestral family tree I'm related to Meghan somehow.

I seriously don't think any TV station worth their salt that will be covering the wedding find any of the Markle estranged family worth talking to. I also, for the life of me, can't see all these TV stations having their correspondents right smack dab there in Windsor. I can, however, see them bringing in these little known bit players into a time slot that is either done in the studio or even by a video feed from the comfort of their own homes.

All I know is that if *any* TV station is looking at these people, they're scraping the bottom of the barrel and wasting their money.

OH! I just had a thought. Perhaps the media in financing and paying for Markle rejects on the invitation list are bringing them to Windsor and setting them all up in their own little section just to broadcast the "rejected family" to the world. Wouldn't put it past the tabloids. What do rejects wear to a royal wedding anyhow?
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Old 03-26-2018, 08:24 AM
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A new angle - 2000 + of the public are invited but not her family? Well selling pictures of Meghan to the tabloids is a disqualifer and they are too dense to see it.
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Might it be easier for Meghan and Harry to find Doria a nearby house/apartment near their main residence where she can stay for visits.

I say this because with school and official duties it might be more practical for Doria to come to the UK more often then Meghan and Harry coming to California. Plus then when she visits she can also have her own space (particularly if Harry and Meghan have kids I'd imagine Doria would stay by them for a bit, maybe last month of pregnancy to the christening, to help Meghan the same way Carole did for Kate).

We also don't know if Doria will stay in California long term. Doria's not too far away from being able to collect SS and retire if she so desires. She might decide to retire to the UK so she can see Meghan more frequently, in which case a soCal house becomes less necessary (I don't know the procedural on this, so if I'm wrong please feel free to correct me).
I think this is a more viable option given the relationship between mother & daughter and they do seem very close from quite a few pictures I have seen of Meghan AS AN ADULT together with her mum.

I doubt there will many changes to her present relationships with either of her parents.
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Old 03-26-2018, 08:37 AM
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Let's face it. From almost day one in their lives, both William and Harry have put considerable effort into what they deem their "circle of trust". Break that trust by talking to the press or disrespecting their privacy meant instant on the outs with the princes. They quickly found out who their real friends were this way and have established life long relationships that endure.

As Meghan got to know her prince, she probably quickly learned the advantages of maintaining her own "circle of trust" including those that are close to her and real friends that are almost like family to her.

Anyone, and I mean anyone regardless of familial ties that broke the rules they put in place to maintain their "circle of trust" were quickly ousted far, far away from their lives. As I see it, the 2,000 members of the public that are invited to attend the wedding while the "Markle Misbehaviors" aren't is because the public hasn't done anything to either Harry or Meghan to warrant them not being invited whereas the "relatives" have sold Meghan out whenever and wherever they could for fame and profit.

Its simple logic. You reap what you sow.
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