A ROYAL CEL­E­BRA­TION

Bea­cons­field mom crazy about Harry

Montreal Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BREN­DAN KELLY bkelly@post­media.com twit­ter.com/ bren­dan­show­biz

Al­lisun Dalzell-Ranaldi, who is throw­ing a ma­jor bash at her Bea­cons­field home early Satur­day to cel­e­brate Prince Harry’s mar­riage to Meghan Markle, is a big Harry fan. Al­ways has been.

“I love the royal fam­ily,” said Dalzell-Ranaldi. “Harry is ac­tu­ally, I would say, my favourite of all of them. He’s al­ways been. Just be­cause he’s spunky. Just be­cause he’s got spirit and he’s got red hair.

“I (felt) for both of them when they lost their mom, but es­pe­cially Harry was lit­tle (when he lost her). He just gets into trou­ble. He just does his own thing and I love that about him. So I’m re­ally ex­cited for him, that he’s found his girl and he’s get­ting mar­ried, and go­ing to live hap­pily ever af­ter.”

Dalzell-Ranaldi orig­i­nally planned to travel to Lon­don to be there for the wed­ding on Satur­day, but in the end, she de­cided to hold a party at her place. She’s in­vited 25 to 30 fe­male friends to come by her house just af­ter 7 a.m. on Satur­day to watch Harry tie the knot with Markle, a for­mer ac­tress best known for play­ing Rachel Zane in the pop­u­lar TV se­ries Suits.

She’s asked her friends to dress up for the oc­ca­sion, and she’ll be serv­ing ap­pro­pri­ate fare for the oc­ca­sion, in­clud­ing tea, English scones, crum­pets and muffins, straw­ber­ries and English cream, mini le­mon cakes (in a trib­ute to the le­mon and el­der­flower wed­ding cake be­ing pre­pared by Royal baker Claire Ptak), and, of course, bangers and mash.

Dalzell-Ranaldi’s house is chock full of framed por­traits of mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily. There are Union Jack flags, and she even has life-size card­board cut-outs of Harry, Wil­liam and the Queen.

She ad­mits she’s been col­lect­ing these items for three years “in the hopes that Harry would ac­tu­ally get mar­ried.”

She ad­mits her son, 20, and two teenage daugh­ters think she’s, well, crazy.

“My hus­band is OK (with it),” said Dalzell-Ranaldi, a writer/ed­i­tor at the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion in Mon­treal.

“He’s will­ing to help . ... The kids how­ever, that’s a whole other story. ... They told me I was nuts.”

But Dalzell-Ranaldi is mak­ing no apolo­gies for her love of the royals.

“I find them great role mod­els for kids nowa­days,” she said. “They ’re great role mod­els for us, just in how re­spect­ful they are.

“And as much as it’s about them, there’s also an­other part of me . ... I like to throw a good party, and if you’re go­ing to do it, do it well and fo­cus on the de­tails and make peo­ple ex­cited. When there’s a theme, I think peo­ple get caught up in it. ... There are peo­ple who watch sports. There are peo­ple who are all caught up in the hockey. Just have some­thing. It’s en­ter­tain­ing. It makes life fun. It’s a big deal. Clearly it’s a big deal. All over the world they’re talk­ing about it.”

And she’s to­tally into the fact that Markle has a back­ground that’s far re­moved from the Royal Fam­ily’s mi­lieu.

“I ac­tu­ally love the fact that she’s not your typ­i­cal royal princess,” said Dalzell-Ranaldi.

“I love the fact that she comes from a dif­fer­ent cul­ture. I love the fact that the royals are em­brac­ing her dif­fer­ences.”

(Harry) just does his own thing and I love that about him. So I’m re­ally ex­cited for him, that he’s found his girl and he’s get­ting mar­ried, and go­ing to live hap­pily ever af­ter.

Not ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing her own chil­dren, agree with Dalzell-Ranaldi’s Royal Fam­ily fas­ci­na­tion. But she’s OK with that.

S I D AWAY PHO­TOS: DAVE

“Harry is ac­tu­ally, I would say, my favourite of all of them,” says Al­lisun Dalzell-Ranaldi, left, who is un­apolo­getic about her fas­ci­na­tion with the Royal Fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly Prince Harry and his bride to be, Meghan Markle. Dalzell-Ranaldi will serve a tra­di­tional Bri­tish menu when she hosts 25 to 30 friends for her wed­ding party on Satur­day morn­ing.

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