Royal News Roundup: Meghan Markle’s Call to Parliament, Prince Charles’s Documentary & More

Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of October 31, 2019.  

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  • ITV recently released part one of a two-part documentary, titled Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall. The documentary is in honor of Prince Charles’s 50th anniversary as the Duke of Cornwall, which includes overseeing the Duchy of Cornwall. Part two airs tonight, October 31. 
  • Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday, that Prince Harry will travel to Japan to attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa next Saturday, November 2. The Duke of Sussex will make the trip as part of his role as patron of the Rugby Football Union.
  • The royal family also announced that Prince Charles will be adding one more major stop to his New Zealand tour: India. According to Clarence House, Prince Charles’ two-day upcoming visit to India will include engagements in New Delhi on November 13 and 14, and focus on “sustainable markets, climate change and social finance.”
  • This week Prince Harry greeted the British team for the next Invictus Games at the Honorable Artillery Company in London. However, it was one of Britain's competitors who made headlines for an unintentional reason. Linsey Kelly was trying to put her arm around the Duke of Sussex's waist for a selfie when she accidentally brushed against his butt instead. Luckily, the duke joked about the awkward encounter. Another athlete decided to have some fun and throw up bunny ears behind Prince Harry's head.
  • Princess Elisabeth of Belgium celebrated her 18th trip around the sun with a majestic birthday party at the Royal Palace in Brussels. According to People magazine, the event was attended by relatives, politicians and 80 teenagers who were all born in 2001, just like Princess Elisabeth.
  • Angela Kelly (the queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser) opened up about Queen Elizabeth’s James Bond sketch from the 2012 Olympics, in her all-new memoir, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe. “I asked then if she would like a speaking part,” Kelly wrote. “Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: ‘Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.’”
  • In another part of her memoir, Kelly discussed the Queen’s desire to pose for a photograph with her hands in her pockets. Kelly recalled the day it finally happened, writing, “Her Majesty took her position in front of the lens and started striking a series of poses, slipping her hands in and out of her pockets and placing them onto her hips, mimicking the stance of a professional model. I stood in disbelief, the queen was a natural.”
  • On Wednesday, 72 female British lawmakers signed an open letter in support of Meghan Markle as she takes a stand “against the often distasteful and misleading” stories written by the British press. The letter clearly had an impact on the duchess, because she reached out the next day with a personal phone call to MP Holly Lynch, who organized the letter. 
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Where We'll See Them Next:

Prince Harry will travel to Japan to attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday, November 2.

Queen Elizabeth will visit the Royal British Legion Industries Centenary village, Victory House on November 6. 

Prince Charles will travel to India for a two-day visit in New Delhi on November 13 and 14.