In 1999, Australia held a referendum on whether to become a republic, deciding whether to chuck out Queen Elizabeth II as their technical head of state in favor of an elected official. It failed, but the country is chugging along toward another try. And I know how this koala will be voting!
LONDON, ENGLAND–A combination of the dark arts, monarch worship, and the twisted minds of Madame Tussaud’s House of Horrors has conjured this: a gallery of images of Harry and Meghan on date day, at once both totes adorbs and reminiscent of memento mori.
The Harry and Meghan content onslaught continues, with the announcement of “Meghan and Harry: The First 100 Days,” from the newly launched streaming service TrueRoyalty.tv. The important part of this news is that there is now a streaming service for royalty obsessives.
Every fairy tale has its peasants; the existence of royalty demands the existence of subjects. Princes and princesses, kings and queens, put you in the position of watching, assigning you the role of witness to their power. Spectacle is one of the most powerful tools left to the Windsors, and they wield it expertly.
Windsor—What does it take to get the perfect shot of the newly married Harry and Meghan from the cheap seats? Turns out it’s a £25 fleece Union Jack blanket, three pairs of socks, four cups of wildly overpriced coffee, and the kindness of several royal enthusiast strangers.
Windsor—I’d been in Windsor less than 30 minutes on Thursday morning when I spotted Hoda Kotb, host of the Today Show, ambling around in a light pink coat. Moments later, CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King passed by, calling out: “Hoda, you have fun!”
Windsor—London doesn’t feel particularly electrified by the looming royal wedding, so much as—with the U.K.’s trademark stoicism—casually interested. Windsor, on the other hand, is wrapped in bunting and waiting with open arms, positively overflowing with souvenirs.
Even if you don’t know a duchess from a duvet cover, you cannot have missed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married this weekend. And so we have helpfully provided answers to questions you might have—or perhaps didn’t know you had.
London—As somebody whose long-running fascinations include fairy tales, romance novels, and the stubborn persistence of monarchy, how could I possibly miss the opportunity to get as close as possible to that rarest of birds: a real, live American princess?
The spectacle of a royal wedding may seem archaic, even to those who aren’t dyed-in-the-wool anti-monarchists. But many aspects of the show we know today are a relatively recent invention. If we lived in the 15th century, say, the marital prospects of the monarch and their children really would have mattered to our…
As May 19 approaches, the royal wedding news cycle is accelerating as relentlessly as the Gravitron at a county fair, its centrifugal force damn near flinging my brains onto the ceiling. Today we learn that Meghan Markle is related to a man alleged to be Jack the Ripper, and also that her father may not be attending…
Kensington Palace has announced that Meghan Markle will not have a maid of honor, declining to pick a favorite from among her friends. Leaves more room for her small herd of young bridesmaids and page boys, which is fantastic news for fans of hilarious bridal fashions for kids—which I assume is everyone.
Harry and Meghan will include the public in their wedding by inviting 1,200 specially selected worthies to the grounds of Windsor Castle to greet the newly married couple as they emerge from St. George’s Chapel. But much like a Greyhound bus trip, they should plan to pack a PB&J.
Harry and Meghan continue tightening their vise-like grip on the entertainment ecosystem, with the announcement that classical label Decca Records will be releasing their royal wedding on vinyl, as well as CD and streaming platforms. What, no Tidal exclusive?
In keeping with a long and proud institutional tradition of being all over the Windsors, for May Vanity Fair has rolled out a whole “Love and Royals” edition of the magazine that goes very, very hard on the royals generally and the royal wedding specifically.
Just when I think I’m getting accustomed to the idea that an American actress is marrying Prince Harry, something reminds me that the Windsors have gone full mid-2000s basic cable movie. Today it’s these nearly decade-old images of Meghan Markle from a gifting suite.
Americans are fascinated by the royal family of the United Kingdom. As visitors to this very website so often ask in the comments: Why? Didn’t we fight a war to get away from these people?
Very sorry to inform all of you die-hard royalists that you will not be able to pitch your custom tent emblazoned with the Union Jack and faces of various royal family members along the procession route for Harry and Meghan’s upcoming nuptials.
There’s a lot of rogue merchandising coming out ahead of the upcoming royal wedding—I can’t imagine the Queen approves of these Prince Harry & Meghan Markle-themed condoms, for instance, or maybe she’s progressive. But my favorite off-brand souvenir apparently comes courtesy of Markle’s own family, with the Daily Mail …
Like Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte before her, Meghan Markle is fast becoming an international business phenomenon. Fashion companies around the world are eager to get their hands on the hottest lottery ticket imaginable—a shot at appearing on any part of Markle’s body during one of her public strolls.