Royal News Roundup: Meghan & Harry’s Tell-All Book, Camilla’s Massive Engagement Ring & Eugenie’s Makeup-Free Selfies
Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of April 30, 2020.
- This week, the royal family released a complete list of the hundreds—we repeat, hundreds—of gifts that were accepted by Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and even baby Archie while carrying out official duties in 2019. Wait, we thought they weren’t allowed to accept those?!
- Speaking of Archie, in a statement to the Sunday Times, a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry revealed that in honor of their son’s first birthday, May 6, they will be sharing a never-before-seen photo of the birthday boy, “You can expect to see him.”
- But prepping for the big day isn’t all the couple has been up to. According to a new report, the duo has opened up to two reporters who are writing a book about their time as senior members of the royal family. A tell-all book? We’re not sure how the rest of the royal fam is going to like that.
- Over the weekend, Princess Eugenie celebrated her tenth dating anniversary with her husband, Jack Brooksbank, by sharing candid photos on her personal Instagram account. The 30-year-old royal posted two makeup-free selfies, and damn, self-isolation is treating her well.
Camilla Parker Bowles is continuing her royal duties from home—her home in Scotland, that is. And while taking part in a phone call with one of her patronages, Silver Line, the Duchess of Cornwall showed off her seriously impressive engagement ring (she also made sure to show off a photo of her five grandchildren).
- On Monday, Prince Harry officially launched his first project since stepping back from his royal duties. Well, it's actually been in the works for years, but it still counts. The Duke of Sussex released the new initiative called HeadFIT for Life, an online platform designed to help army personnel and veterans to stay mentally fit at work and at home.
- The U.K. is currently in the midst of celebrating National Gardening Week (meanwhile we can’t manage to keep any of our plants alive). And in honor of the spring-themed celebrations, Queen Elizabeth’s most trusted gardener has been giving followers a rare glimpse into the foliage of Buckingham Palace. He’s also asking for individuals to reach out with any garden-related questions they may have for a special Q&A.
- Sorry, Meghan, but it looks like there’s room on the small screen for Harry, too. After their recent choice to step down as senior members of the royal family and their subsequent move to Los Angeles, it seems Harry's already landed his first gig: introducing a special 75th anniversary episode of Thomas and Friends called "Thomas and the Royal Engine.”
- We can’t believe it’s been almost a decade since Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot at Westminster Abbey. But it’s true—the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated nine years of marriage this week. And they honored the major milestone as we plebeians would—with a throwback photo on Instagram.
?It?s been such an honour to meet and learn from so many talented women in the Smart Works network over the years, and recently to see the amazing work they?re doing to adapt their programs to the reality of this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/5PegGOg7AB? Smart Works Charity (@SmartWorksHQ) April 29, 2020
- On Wednesday, Smart Works, which aims to provide underprivileged women with interview-appropriate clothing and prepare them for the job market, revealed that the Duchess of Sussex recently spoke with one of their clients. The topic of conversation? Just a casual pep talk before the client’s big interview.
- On May 8, 2020, Queen Elizabeth will give a rare speech via the BBC, just as her father King George VI did three-quarters of a century ago on May 8, 1945, celebrating the Allies' formal acceptance of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender.
- Earlier this week, Camilla Parker Bowles was unveiled as vice-patron of the Royal Academy of Dance and took part in a video chat with important members of the dance community. In honor of her new role, she revealed her secret to staying in shape—dance classes with friends. And of course, the Duchess of Cornwall continued the virtual tour around her Birkhall estate, this time giving a glimpse of her living room.
- Princess Anne followed in the footsteps of her famous relatives Prince Charles and Prince William by virtually opening a new emergency field hospital in Glasgow. The new NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital, which was constructed in 20 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak, was officially declared open by Anne via video chat from her home.