The PR/press surrounding Meghan Markle and her relationship with Prince Harry is fascinating and quite humorous. The Daily Mail has gone Harry & Meghan crazy this weekend, but I’ll get to that in a bit. I want to first talk about the story of Meghan trying on wedding dresses, because she really wants you to know that totally didn’t happen.
Meghan Markle tries on wedding dresses fuelling speculation about Prince Harry engagement https://t.co/Os8NpPOoMT
— KateMiddletonReview (@KateMiddReview) July 8, 2017
Yesterday, The Sun published an article about how Meghan went shopping and tried on various wedding dresses (above). Well now that page 404s and the URL has been moved from under
news to under
legal-removal. I didn’t copy the text before the story was pulled, but it quoted a friend saying Meghan tried on various wedding dresses and liked a strapless one, and said Meghan was talking about having a wedding at Westminster Abbey even though they aren’t engaged yet.
When I read the article, my first thought was wondering if Harry would bolt if he read that Meghan was trying on wedding dresses prior to an engagement because we all know how much the Wales boys (and some men in general) dislike women dropping hints about marriage, especially to the press. The funny thing is, now Gossip Cop has a story debunking the Sun story, and the Sun story was pulled. Gossip Cop doesn’t print things unless they have a confirmation from the celeb’s camp, so Meghan really wants everyone to know that she didn’t try on wedding dresses.
Per Gossip Cop: “‘Meghan hasn’t tried any white dresses of any kind. She also hasn’t been shopping at all,’ an impeccable contact tells Gossip Cop exclusively.”
Yeah, Meghan called up Gossip Cop to debunk the wedding dress story. The press prints garbage stories all the time, so it’s fascinating to me which stories the celeb/royal chooses to debunk. Like, Meghan is cool with all the other speculation and false stories, but she really wants you (and Harry?) to know she wasn’t trying on wedding dresses.
Shifting gears, apparently this weekend is the 1 year anniversary of Harry and Meghan’s relationship, because the Daily Mail did a “24-page colour magazine to mark the first anniversary of the couple’s relationship this weekend”. So they have lots and lots of stories Harry & Meghan today. Most of them I don’t care about, but some have interesting information and are by Katie Nicholl.
This article gives quite a bit of detail about how Harry and Meghan met at the London Soho House in June 2016 and the beginning of their relationship:
“It says much about the power balance in their relationship that it was the Prince rather than the actress who was star-struck when they first met in a dining room at Soho House, the London private members’ club, in June 2016. Though he’d had a long-distance crush on her for a couple of years, as they shared a bottle of well-chilled rosé with friends, it became clear that her allure was more than just physical. Harry listened intently while Meghan spoke about Rwanda, where she had been campaigning for clean water. He was captivated by her altruism, and from the moment they said their goodbyes, he bombarded her with texts asking to see her again. Meghan, who was staying in London for most of the summer, agreed. They went out again with friends, including the man who had introduced them, Markus Anderson, a consultant for Soho House, and then just as a twosome on their first proper date.
“By the end of July, they had fallen for each other. Meghan flew back to Toronto, where Suits is filmed, and Harry went to South Africa to work on a conservation project. They were reunited for a country break at the Soho Farmhouse members’ club in the Cotswolds. The world then knew nothing of their clandestine romance. Harry had told just a handful of close friends about his dazzling new girlfriend, while Meghan’s discretion saw her pass another critical Royal test. Her appearance at a shooting weekend at Balmoral in September to celebrate Harry’s 32nd birthday said all that was needed – this was the start of a serious relationship.”
This other article has some details about their relationship which I find funny given that Harry this week gave a speech where he basically told the youngins to get off his lawn about their use of cell phones:
“Prince Harry has found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with and would like to pop the question to Meghan Markle before his birthday in the autumn, friends of the young royal have revealed. Despite their busy schedules, the US soap actress and the Prince have a pact never to go longer than a month apart and speak using FaceTime on their smartphones twice a day when they are separated. Miss Markle has made herself at home in Nottingham Cottage, Harry’s Kensington Palace quarters and is so comfortable she keeps a wardrobe of clothes and a shelf of organic cookbooks in the kitchen, according to friends. […]
“‘Harry has found the girl he wants to spend the rest of his life with,’ one of his friends reveals. ‘He is fuelling all the talk about the future.’… ‘There’s no question they are madly in love,’ said another friend. ‘Harry is really happy, and from seeing them together I’d say it’s just a question of when, not if, he’s going to ask her to marry him.’
“Harry would like to propose before his 33rd birthday on September 15, according to sources close to the Prince. If he does, the Invictus Games in Toronto a week later would be the perfect platform to introduce his new fiancée to the world. As for the wedding, Harry wouldn’t have such a say in the timing. As fifth in line to the throne, he would have to ask his grandmother The Queen to avoid clashes with other dates in the Royal calendar.”
I wonder if anyone will call up Gossip Cop about these stories.
If Meghan and Harry get engaged, I’d love the reporter who does their engagement interview to ask them to give an accurate timeframe of when they met and when they started officially dating, because there have been so many different reports about it that it’s hard to keep up.
Also, there still aren’t any good photos of Harry and Meghan together, so the DM had to fake one.