Meghan

Be my maid of hon­our, Kate!

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

When royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle de­liv­ered a spe­cial gift and a touch­ing re­quest to her fu­ture sis­ter-in-law’s bed­side at Kens­ing­ton Palace last week, the Duchess of Cam­bridge couldn’t stop smil­ing.

De­spite her joy at fall­ing preg­nant for the third time with twins, Kate has had a dif­fi­cult few weeks as she bat­tles in­tense morn­ing sick­ness, also known as hy­per­eme­sis gravi­darum, the con­di­tion that plagued her pre­vi­ous preg­nan­cies.

Inside the pack­age from Meghan was a gor­geous rose gold soli­taire di­a­mond bracelet from Tif­fany & Co. worth close to $2000. And ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ex­trav­a­gant gift was a sweet note ask­ing Kate, 35, to be Meghan’s maid of hon­our at her up­com­ing wed­ding to Prince Harry.

It’s no sur­prise Meghan, 36, would reach out to Kate with such a spe­cial re­quest ahead of the day she’s long been dream­ing of – the princes are very close.

Since Prince Wil­liam mar­ried Kate in 2011, Harry has been a reg­u­lar visi­tor to the cou­ple’s house­hold. He of­ten drops in for cosy chats and fam­ily meals. Ac­cord­ing to palace in­sid­ers, Kate’s roast chicken is 33-year-old Harry’s favourite!

Not only that, Kate and Harry have formed an even stronger bond from work­ing to­gether, along­side Wil­liam, 35, on the Heads To­gether cam­paign to bring aware­ness to – and dis­pel the stigma around – men­tal health. It’s a project all three young royals are pas­sion­ate about.

ROYALS WORK­ING TO­GETHER

The cam­paign prompted Harry, for the first time, to open up about the grief he felt fol­low­ing the loss of his beloved mother, Princess Diana. And cer­tainly Harry is said to have leaned on Kate, as last month marked the 20th an­niver­sary of her death.

“I’ve got to know Cather­ine pretty well. To have a big sis­ter is very, very nice,” Harry

says of the close re­la­tion­ship he has with his brother’s wife. With Harry also en­joy­ing his role as an un­cle to Ge­orge, four, and Char­lotte, two, Meghan was even more de­ter­mined for Kate to play a spe­cial role in the cer­e­mony when she be­comes an of­fi­cial mem­ber of the royal fam­ily next year. As Woman’s Day re­vealed last week, a smit­ten Harry and Meghan have set their wed­ding date for April 20 after first seek­ing Queen El­iz­a­beth’s ap­proval. With Kate ex­pected to give birth in March, Meghan hopes the tim­ing will be per­fect for her hus­band-to-be’s “big sis­ter” to be a part of the royal nup­tials.

PUB­LIC AP­PEAR­ANCE

It was re­ported last week that Meghan and Harry will be mak­ing their first of­fi­cial ap­pear­ance to­gether this com­ing week­end at the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto, Canada. It’s an event that holds a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for both of them. They met through a mu­tual friend last year when Harry was pro­mot­ing the In­vic­tus Games. Their shared love of phi­lan­thropy has brought the cou­ple to­gether and has been a keystone in their re­la­tion­ship, as they con­tinue prepa­ra­tions for their wed­ding. Last week, palace in­sid­ers re­vealed the fi­nal steps are be­ing put in place for Meghan to join the monar­chy, in­clud­ing a re­cent meet­ing with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corn­wall in Scot­land, where Harry whisked his bride-to-be ear­lier this month for a royal pow­wow. And plans for Harry and Meghan’s new apart­ment at Kens­ing­ton Palace, where they’ll move after the wed­ding, are also un­der­way.

Ac­cord­ing to royal in­sid­ers, draw­ings have been ap­proved for a huge three-floor ren­o­va­tion. Two of the floors will be be­neath Kens­ing­ton Palace’s Grade I-listed Orangery build­ing and one floor above the ground.

It’s thought the new con­struc­tion will be the cou­ple’s liv­ing quar­ters after their wed­ding. And once that’s fin­ished and they’ve set­tled in, per­haps Kate will be the one pop­ping by for chats and fam­ily din­ners with her brother and sis­ter-in-law!

Draw­ings have been ap­proved for a huge three-floor ren­o­va­tion

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