Royal News Roundup: Meghan & Harry’s Surprise, the Queen's Big Return & Another Royal Birth
Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of April 1, 2021.
- Last week, Princess Eugenie shared a slideshow of photos on her personal Instagram account, featuring candid snaps of herself, her baby and her husband, Jack Brooksbank. In the first photo, Princess Eugenie is cradling the newborn against her chest, while she and Jack Brooksbank candidly gaze at one another. August is wearing a cozy white sweater, which is embroidered on the back with his name. The second photo shows the baby staring at the camera as he snuggles into his dad’s neck.
Congratulations are in order for Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. The couple welcomed their third child together, a baby boy, last week. The Swedish royal family announced the exciting news in a statement. “We are so happy and grateful to be able to welcome our third son to our family,” Prince Carl Philip said.
- Days later, the Swedish royal family shared a never-before-seen photo of the baby on their official Instagram account (@kungahuset). Thanks to the caption, we can confirm that his name is Prince Julian. The pic shows Prince Julian laying on a bed of comfy white sheets as he stares off into the distance. The newborn is wearing a cream-colored onesie, which features ruffle details along the neckline and sleeves.
- Over the weekend, Kate Middleton announced her latest foray into publishing as part of her initiative, Hold Still. She said, “Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals’ stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic. C.”
- The message was accompanied by a candid new image of Middleton holding a camera outside of her country home in Norfolk. And while we love to get a glimpse at her gorgeous yard, it was a few other details that really held a special meaning. For the occasion, the mother of three opted for a red sweater over a white pie-crust collar (a look Princess Di often rocked throughout the ’80s). She also included one major detail in the image that was a nod to her years as a photography major in college—a camera.
- Meghan Markle recently collaborated with the World Central Kitchen as a part of their COVID-19 response in Chicago, where she baked a cake to thank the workers who are leading the efforts. The facility shared a photo of Markle's creation on Twitter and wrote: "Dessert was a lemon olive oil cake baked by The Duchess—with lemons from her garden!"
- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently surprised one very lucky girl with a private mentoring session. In honor of Women's History Month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently signed up to mentor a teenage girl looking to pursue higher education. After the session was over, the duke and duchess even sent the young woman a bouquet of sunflowers (after they noticed the flower in the background of her room).
- This week, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke out about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s nuptials confirming that the legal wedding was, in fact, the one we all saw on May 19. But he also seemed to confirm Markle's report of a previous private get-together. He told La Republic, “If any of you ever talk to a priest, you expect them to keep that talk confidential. It doesn't matter who I'm talking to,” Welby started. “I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the duke and duchess before the wedding. The legal wedding was on the Saturday.”
- On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth attended her first public engagement of the year to mark the Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force. According to the Royal Family’s official Instagram account, Her Majesty visited the CWGC Air Forces Memorial in Surrey. For the occasion, the 94-year-old monarch looked ready for spring in a light green coat and a matching wide-brimmed hat decorated with yellow tulips.
- Later that day, the Duke of Cambridge shared a special video message to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force. In the clip, which was posted by the RAF account on Twitter, the 39-year-old royal looked dashing in his military uniform. “We’ve received a special message from London,” the caption read.
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