Back in January, there were press reports that Prince Harry had taken Meghan Markle to Norway for a vacation, and then there were internet rumors that they had broken up instead. It was all very confusing and the arguments around it were pointless, and in my head I started referring to Meghan as “Schrödinger’s Meghan”, because she both was and wasn’t dating Harry until we got photo evidence. Well, I’ve got that feeling again, because the reporting around Meghan’s attendance at Pippa’s wedding has been all over the place.
On Saturday, The Sun had a photo and a story about how Harry drove all the way back to KP after the church service to get Meghan, who was waiting at KP. But now the Daily Mail is saying that Meghan was waiting at Engelfield House, not KP.
“Harry, 33, and his 35-year-old girlfriend drove down to Berkshire early on Saturday morning and immediately headed for Engelfield House, the grand privately owned Elizabethan home where the wedding breakfast would be taking place. According to well-placed sources, he and Meghan were given a private suite in the sprawling country house in which to refresh and change (contrary to reports which suggested that the prince made a 100-mile dash to London later in the afternoon to collect her from Kensington Palace).
“Harry then made his way to the wedding ceremony at St Mark’s Church, also situated on the Engelfield estate, with his brother, Prince William, who had joined him along with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their two children. The couple were reunited afterward the wedding breakfast – which the prince attended on his own – but arrived together for the evening reception at the Middleton family home shortly after it started at 7pm, with Harry driving them himself.
“According to one onlooker Harry and Meghan stayed until the early hours of the morning by which time many members of the wedding party were drunk. The prince, however, was on his best behaviour. ‘I’ve seen Harry pretty smashed at more parties than I care to remember,’ said one source, ‘but this time he appeared to be on his best behaviour. Surprisingly Harry didn’t drink that much as he was very gentlemanly around his girlfriend. It looked like he wanted to make a good impression on her.’ Harry and Meghan returned to Kensington Palace in the early hours of the morning together.”
Who to believe? How about Richard Palmer, and by that I mean none of the reports about anything involving the follow up to Pippa’s wedding because the press doesn’t truly know much of anything. Palmer, a royal reporter, wrote on Twitter:
“I’d be interested to hear what PRs thought of Pippa and James’s wedding. Great images but did refusing to give info to reporters help? The couple’s decision to employ an obstructive and unhelpful showbiz PR meant papers had to be more resourceful. P & J lost control imho. Being unable to even confirm the name of the best man from official sources made it difficult but I think most papers got around it. Today is a good day to buy a paper and read edited coverage rather than the scatter gun, often contradictory pieces online, I feel.”
So all the reports about Harry and Meghan, all the reports about the best man speech, all the reports about the groom’s speech – including the one where he said Kate did a really good drawing of the church – yeah most of that is probably crap and even if their sources are real, the sources may be lying. Palmer says a Middleton source lied about who the best man was: “A Middleton family member said Spencer was bm but he said not and we, like others, know Justin gave a best man’s speech.”
So yeah. Hopefully there will be no more Pippa’s wedding coverage ever again.
I do want to end with a blog update. I was able to get time over this past weekend to work on the blog and fix some things.
- I figured out the email problems. It turns out it was a plugin issue. I’ve gotten a new email plugin, so everyone should be receiving emails if you sign up for the email subscription. Everyone who signed up previously should also be receiving the emails. Please check the spam folder if you should be receiving emails but they are not in your inbox. If you are still not receiving emails, please let me know.
- A link to the comment section of each post from the main page was asked for. I was able to hack together a link for that, so you can now click to the comments section from the main page without having to scroll through the post.
- A way to subscribe to comments without posting a comment was asked for. I fixed that with a plugin. There is now a checkbox above the “Post Comment” button that says “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail”, and next to that is a link to subscribe without commenting.
There are some issues which were brought up that I have not been able to fix with a plugin or a code hack. These things are theme issues which I cannot edit with the theme I have, and will need a different theme to fix/add.
- People have been having issues with the placement of the reply button.
- Adding a “time since posted” next to the date and time of each comment.
Those things are a theme issues that I cannot edit easily. I’ve looked at other themes, but haven’t found one that I like that gives me what I want, and right now I don’t have time to make my own (since I started a new job recently). So for now, those things won’t be fixed.
If it helps, the reply button is at the top of each comment, four comments deep – the fifth comment in a chain cannot be replied to.
I also got asked about a way to sort comments by date. It is a known request, but I haven’t been able to look into it fully to figure out how to do that.
Hopefully some of the bigger issues have gotten fixed. Let me know if you are still not receiving emails – also check your spam folder because the emails may end up in there, then select the email as “not spam” so the emails then go to your inbox.