(London, England) – The future of the Monarchy was on display today as the Queen of England and her family attended church service on Christmas Day. William and Kate led the group as Meghan Markle was also invited and held onto Harry the entire way. It’s the first time Kate and Meghan have been photographed together. And it was also the first time Meghan was photoed curtsying before the Queen.
Bless her heart. Meghan seemed a little nervous as she took everything in. I’m sure her curtsy will smooth out a little as she continues to get used to royal behavior :). Harry looked pleased to have his future wife by his side as William and Kate looked to be giving her pointers along the way. Kate is pregnant with the 5th in line to the throne. Harry and Meghan will tie the knot in May.
(London, England) – In what should be a happy period for Prince Harry’s future wife, Meghan Markle, the soon to be newest member of Britain’s Royal Family has faced a few obstacles this past week.
From criticism for wearing a sheer top in their official engagement photos to a Royal family member wearing a blackamoor brooch and her beloved dog breaking two legs, it’s been rough few days for the future Duchess. After Buckingham Palace released the official engagement photos, Meghan was criticized for not only wearing a $75,000 thousand dollar gown but for the top of it being lace. After that, it was time for the Christmas Lunch with Queen Elizabeth. To which many noticed the Princess Michael of Kent showing up with a blackamoor brooch pinned to her coat. Why was the brooch deemed offensive? Blackamoor is a slang word that refers to dark skinned people. Some like the collection pieces or sculptures for there beauty, history and decorative appeal. But the truth of the matter is Moor was a type of black African that was captured and sold into slavery. Mostly on the European market and very heavily in Italy. They were Muslims and some were even found in Spain. They were often referred to as,”Nubian Slaves.”
Some of the pieces even depict a blackamoor holding a tray.
(SL)– The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got into the holiday spirit by releasing their family Christmas card.
Kate was chic as usual as Charlotte’s expression had everyone comparing her to the Queen. Like father like son, Prince George’s navy shorts were in sync with William’s suit to complete an adorable photo full of cuteness.
William and Kate are expecting their third child. It was also recently announced that Charlotte will begin nursery school in January at the Willcocks Nursery School in London.
1. Maha Vajiralongkorn, King of Thailand — $35 billion
Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, was the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, after seven decades, with an estimated wealth of $35 billion in 2016, according to Business Spectator and Forbes. King Bhumibol’s wealth is managed by the Crown Property Bureau. Following his death, his only son Prince Vajiralongkorn became King.
His wealth includes includes over 3,000 acres of land in central Bangkok and shares in Siam Cement and Siam Commercial Bank. He also owns the 545-carat Golden Jubilee Diamond, the largest cut and faceted diamond in the world.
2. Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi — $23 billion
Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir of Abu Dhabi, had an estimated wealth of $15 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. Sheikh Khalifa has amassed a fortune as chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which manages the UAE’s excess oil reserves, estimated to be worth up to half a trillion dollars. He is also known for his philanthropy, contributing to state-of-the-art medical facilities and relief organizations.
3. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Former King of Saudi Arabia — $21 billion
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the late King of Saudia Arabia, had an estimated wealth of $18 billion in 2011, according him to Forbes, making him the third richest royal in the world before his death on Jan. 23, 2015. When Abdullah took the throne in 2005, the oil-rich country soon began a $26 billion construction project of a city named in his honor.
4. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei — $20 billion
Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, had an estimated wealth of $20 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. His wealth is a result of oil and gas development in Brunei, and he is known for lavish spending: the Sultan reportedly owns more than 600 Rolls-Royces, and his residence — Istana Nurul Iman, the world’s largest palace — cost over $350 million.
5. Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Emir Sheikh of Dubai — $4 billion
Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir Sheikh of Dubai, had an estimated wealth of $4 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. Sheikh Mohammed is known for his charitable donations, including a gift of $10 billion in 2007 to set up the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, which aims to empower future generations to develop sustainable solutions in the Arab world.
(SL) – Princess Martha Louise’s ex husband Ari Behn says he too was violated by Hollywood heavy weight Kevin Spacey. Reportedly it happened during the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Olso, Norway.
The former husband of Norwegian King Harald’s daughter says the actor, who was co-hosting the even, groped.Behn told Norwegian radio that Spacey, who sat next to him, suddenly said “‘hey, let’s go out and have a cigarette,'” before “he touched me” on the genitals. He said Wednesday that he declined Spacey’s approach by saying “maybe later.”
Behn, 45, married Martha Louise, fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, in 2002. He is an author and playwright. Last year, they decided to split but share custody of their three daughters.
This is just one of numerous sexual misconduct and assault allegations levied at Spacey.
(SL)– The news most were expecting has finally been announced. Prince Harry has found his Princess in Meghan Markle.
The story broke early Monday morning to nobody’s surprise outside of the naysayers. Some were skeptical because Markle is a divorcee and the world knows how strict the rules can be within the Royal Family but it appears the Queen of England is delighted to welcome Meghan to the family.
The hints have been apparent lately following pictures of Harry talking to Meghan’s mother, Doria Radlan, a yoga instructor and social worker who works for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in California at the Invictus games.
Doria divorced Meghan’s father Thomas (Hollywood Cameraman and Lighting Director) when she was six. A couple of months ago there was speculation that Markle had met Queen Elizabeth which was even more telling of the status of their relationship.
But the engagement appeared to be imminent when Markle quit her role on the TV series ‘Suits’ and closed down her blog The Tig and ended her partnership with Canadian retailer Reitmans.
(SL) – Prince Harry’s romance with biracial actress Meghan Markle comes as a shock to well….no one. How can you not be attracted to either of them? The gorgeous couple is rumored to make their first official appearance together in Canada for the Invictus Games being held September 22nd to September 30th, but we’ve already seen enough of these two to conclude that there’s something serious going on.
Harry and Meghan recently traveled together to Botswana, and Markle spoke about their “love” in October’s Vanity Fair cover story, which has led many to believe an engagement announcement is imminent. No rush guys…but a royal wedding is just what we need at a time like this with so much going on in the world. Give us something to smile about.
Adding to the engagement rumors, word has it that Meghan recently met the Queen while Harry was visiting his father. Now, we all know if it isn’t serious the Queen of England is not wasting her time. It is a telling privilege if a girlfriend meets the Queen right? Harry and Meghan have been going strong for about a year and she has accompanied him to a friend’s wedding and the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister’s wedding reception.
Could plans for their own wedding be in the making? And if so, will Meghan become the Duchess of Sussex or Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales?!
(SL) – Delightful news for the Royal Family as it has been revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their child. The boy or girl will be fifth in line to the British throne.
Kensington Palace made the announcement today. As with all of her pregnancies, Kate is suffering from an extreme form of morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum,
The Duchess canceled her appearance at a children’s hospital in London and is under strict care at the palace.
It’s believed Kate is three months along. The newest edition will join Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two. Where does this leave Harry…sixth in line, unless Will and Kate have more children.
(SL) – The Daily Mail reports, Pippa and James Matthews’ spared no expense when it came to their lavish wedding reception and guests ate £40,000 Russian caviar, sipped magnums of expensive Champagne and some even enjoyed a game of ping-pong with seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.
However, photos of the society wedding of the year were not plastered all over the internet as guests were banned from using their mobile phones. It was held at St Mark’s Church in Englefield.
The newly-weds even employed ‘phone police’ no enforce the rule and ensure not a single snap appeared in social media, reports the Mirror.
Federer was reportedly among the hundreds of guests who enjoyed a game of table tennis at the reception at the Middletons’ £6m family estate in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
But, putting on the party of the year doesn’t come cheap – with Pippa’s nuptials estimated to have cost £700,000. Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle wasn’t in attendance at the wedding, but was spotted heading to the reception.