Royal News Roundup: The Anniversary of the Queen’s Passing, Meghan and Harry in Germany & More
Plus, the Prince and Princess of Wales made a rare podcast appearance
Here’s all the royal news you need to know for the week of September 14, 2023.
- On September 8, the royal family marked one year since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in her home at Balmoral Castle at the age of 96.
- To honor the late monarch’s memory, the royal family shared an exquisite portrait of her on Instagram, while King Charles III penned an emotional letter.
- Royal expert and author Tina Brown explained that Queen Elizabeth wanted to spend her final days at Balmoral, and her passing was “beautifully choreographed” like every other aspect of her reign.
- With one year since Queen Elizabeth's death, her eldest son also marked one year since his accession to the throne, which he noted with an Instagram post.
- Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated the queen with a heartfelt IG note and a special service at St Davids Cathedral.
- After the bittersweet anniversary, royal life trucked on, and Prince William and Princess Catherine made a surprise appearance on The Good The Bad & The Rugby podcast, alongside Princess Anne, where the three talked all things sports.
- On the pod, Prince William revealed that the one time he cried watching a sport was when his cousin, Zara Tindall, won an individual gold medal at the European Eventing Championship in Blenheim in 2005.
- Queen Camilla used social media to send her well wishes to The Maiden Factor, while Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, celebrated a service dog, named Piper, by hosting the pup at her home in Bagshot Park, Berkshire.
- King Charles visited the Discovery Centre in the village of Tomintoul and then later used social media to reminisce on meeting Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney for an episode of Welcome to Wrexham.
- Princess Catherine watched England and Argentina face off in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, where she sported a glamorous new hairdo.
- Prince Harry made a rare trip to the U.K., where he spoke at the WellChild Awards (looking happy as ever surrounded by kids).
- This appearance occurred mere days before the Duke of Sussex’s 6th Invictus Games took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he was joined by his wife, Meghan Markle.
- At the games, Markle turned heads in a stunning J. Crew cardigan ($158) and later, a Banana Republic shirtdress (that’s currently on sale for $70).
- Then, the Duchess of Sussex was given a brand-new nickname by Team Nigeria: “Amira Ngozi Lolo.” Apparently, Amira is the name of a warrior princess from a Nigerian legend, while Ngozi means “blessed” and Lolo means “royal wife.”
- Markle’s wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller, also grabbed headlines when her new, affordable line of “chic casual” clothing was teased at Uniqlo.
- In other royal news, LeSportsac launched a line of products inspired by Princess Diana’s iconic sheep sweater.
- Speaking of the sheep sweater, the original one worn by Diana sold for over $1 million at an auction at Sotheby's in New York City.
- Princess Diana's younger brother, Charles Spencer, announced an exciting new project on the horizon—his next book.
- Oh, and three dresses that formerly belonged to Lady Di sold for $1.62 million (£1.3 million) at auction.
- Markle’s legal drama Suits has continued to trend on Netflix, where it broke a record by becoming the first show to garner 3 billion minutes viewed for seven weeks straight on the platform. The duchess’s former co-star, Patrick J. Adams, also gave her a cheeky shoutout in his Instagram bio.
- Finally, royal expert Tina Brown stopped by the Royally Obsessed podcast, where she offered all kinds of juicy tidbits, from saying 8-year-old Princess Charlotte is “an absolute star,” to explaining why Prince William and Prince Harry need each other.
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