Be my maid of honour, Kate!
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.
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