Royal News Roundup: a Wedding Engagement, Another Royal Moves to the U.S. & More
Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of April 8, 2021.
- Queen Elizabeth is set to have some new horseback riding companions: her great-grandchildren. Last week, the Times reported that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and even Prince Louis have picked up this new hobby while spending the last year at their country home in Norfolk. Per the report, the Cambridge children even have their own ponies which they are required to help care for by their parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, who famously delivered a sermon at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding ceremony, recently down with Today to discuss the royal couple's interview with Oprah Winfrey, which highlighted challenges Markle faced, as well as questions that were raised regarding Archie's skin color. He stated, “You know what, I invite everybody to pray for the two of them, pray for their family, pray for the U.K., pray for us all that we find a way to deal with past harms, to heal, to forgive, to reconcile.”
- Queen Elizabeth and Charles were spotted in not just one, but *two* rare pics together, walking around the Frogmore Estate to celebrate the Easter weekend. One of the images was posted on the @clarencehouse account, where they said, "The Queen and The Prince of Wales enjoy a walk in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor. This image is one of two released to mark the Easter weekend. Head over to @theroyalfamily to see the second photograph.”
- Princess Beatrice rarely shows us the inside of St. James's Palace, but, this week, we got treated to a special shot of her royal living space. The recently-deemed contessa shared a video in honor of World Book Day, where she read from Kate Griggs's book Xtraordinary People. The children's story highlights the many strengths that come with being dyslexic.
- Queen Elizabeth is no stranger to writing letters. However, a brand-new ITV documentary revealed that the 94-year-old monarch doesn’t only write on behalf of herself, but her corgis as well. In one part of the documentary (called The Queen and her Cousins), English actor Alexander Armstrong opened up about the time he discovered these handwritten letters in the bathroom of one of Her Majesty’s former officers, Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.
Princess Diana’s old London apartment (yes, the one depicted on The Crown) is getting a major addition: an English Heritage blue plaque. Last week, it was announced that Lady Di’s plaque, which commemorates locations where historically significant people lived or worked, will be placed at her Coleherne Court flat. Diana shared the apartment with three pals, Carolyn Bartholomew, Virginia Pitman and Ann Bolton, before getting engaged to Prince Charles.
Another European royal is making a not-so-surprising move across the pond. Princess Martha Louise of Norway just revealed that she’s planning on moving to the United States in the near future. The 49-year-old royal dropped the major bombshell during an interview with VG magazine, while discussing where she sees herself in a few years’ time. “Right now, it is COVID and difficult to plan, but we plan to move with time,” she said.
- Sorry, ladies and gents, but Prince Louis of Luxembourg is officially off the market (again). On Tuesday, the Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg revealed that the 34-year-old royal is engaged to Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue. The royal family announced the exciting news in a statement and shared three never-before-seen photos of the couple.
Princess Eugenie’s son, August Philip Hawke, celebrated his very first Easter. And the Princess of York made sure to share a sweet snap in honor of the holiday. On Monday, the 31-year-old royal shared a new family photo featuring herself, her husband, Jack Brooksbank, and their newborn son, August, posed under a massive tree. (Seriously, we almost had to squint to see Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter and her family.)
- We’re finally getting some details about Meghan and Harry’s first Netflix project: a docuseries about the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games. The best part? Harry will appear in front of the camera. The program has announced a multi-episode series, Heart of Invictus, in a press release on its website. According to the release, the doc will follow the competitors “as they train and reveal powerful stories of resilience and hope.”
- On Tuesday, Kensington Palace shared a video montage on Instagram featuring clips of NHS workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The video also included bits and pieces from Prince William’s personal conversations with healthcare staff. “To the medical staff, porters, cleaners, volunteers, pharmacists, administrators and all those working across the NHS—thank you for everything that you do,” part of the caption read. The clip also gave fans a glimpse into Will’s home office.
- Princess Diana’s stylist, Sam McKnight, is opening up about how the Princess of Wales got her signature look. McKnight recently sat down for a video interview with British Vogue and YouTube U.K. During the clip, he discussed meeting Princess Diana when he styled the young royal for her official portraits. McKnight also revealed that afterward, Lady Di asked how he would style her hair if had the option to do “whatever he wanted.” Her response? She told him to “cut it off now.”
- The British public has spoken. And it seems that if they had the option they would want Prince William to take the throne when Queen Elizabeth’s reign comes to an end. According to a new survey from DeltaPoll, 47 percent of those polled said they would prefer the Duke of Cambridge to become king—bypassing his father, Prince Charles—directly after the 94-year-old monarch.