Fans camp out of Windsor Castle ahead of royal wedding
admin • May 18, 2018 • 2871
People pose for pictures and selfies with models of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ahead of their wedding, in Windsor, Britain May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Royal super fans camped outside Windsor Castle for another night, as the massive security operation stepped up days before the royal wedding between Prince Harry and his American actress fiancee Meghan Markle.
“We’ve all been waiting for Harry. If his mom was alive now Diana, she really would be proud of the pair. For me, Harry is different. He is more upfront. He does what he wants. Even the duke, you know, can’t call the card on him. He actually does what he does,” said Terry Hutt, a royal fan from Western-super-Mare.
Also making sure they will have a good view of the couple, television crews from all over the world were seen early morning setting up positions.
On Windsor’s streets, decorated with swathes of red, white and blue “union jack” flags, hundreds of tourists and journalists mingled with dedicated royal fans – some draped with UK flags and holding photographs of Harry and Markle – while armed police patrolled.
“It’s colorful, seeing so many people come together from all walks of life, different countries even people who live locally that don’t come here that often. Even they’re coming here more and more every day. It’s quite nice to have everyone come together,” said Amaad Akbal, a local resident.
More than 100,000 people are expected to descend on the town on Saturday.
Local police said royal fans coming to Windsor to witness the wedding will experience tight security, even though there is no known threat to the event. — Giselle Bonifacio | UNTV News & Rescue
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan appeared together at an official engagement on Thursday (March 5) for the first time since January’s announcement that they would step away from their royal duties.
The appearance by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and Meghan are officially known, at a London awards ceremony for wounded service personnel is one of their last before they quit as working members of the royal family.
The couple will stop their royal duties at the end of the month as they seek to carve out “a progressive new role”, mainly based in North America, which they aim to finance themselves.
While Harry remains a prince, they have agreed not to use the HRH titles – His or Her Royal Highness – and will not use “royal” in their branding, even though they said there was no jurisdiction by the monarchy or the government to stop them using the word overseas.
The couple have spent most of their time in Canada since January’s shock announcement.
On Thursday, they attended the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House which acknowledges the achievements of wounded or sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges.
Next week, Harry, 35 and Meghan, 38, will carry out what is expected to be their last official appearance alongside other senior royals including the 93-year-old queen, Harry’s father and heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, and his brother Prince William at the annual Commonwealth Service at London’s Westminster Abbey. (Reuters)
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London – Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex, better known as Crown Prince Charles’ younger son Harry and his wife Meghan, have decided to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent,” the royal couple said in a statement on Wednesday.
For the year-and-a-half since their wedding at Windsor Castle – which was a gigantic media event – the 35-year-old Harry and former US actress Meghan Markle, 38, have been embroiled in controversy regarding their relationship with the rest of the royal family and subjected to intense media pressure.
Now the parents of an eight-month-old boy, Archie, the couple announced Wednesday that they will continue to fulfill their royal obligations vis-a-vis Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother, the British Commonwealth and the foundations in which they are involved, but they will not be spending all their time in the British Isles.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter,” the pair said in their joint communique.
They went on to say in their statement on their Instagram account, that they intend to “launch … our new charitable entity,” about which they will provide more details in the future.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the royal pair said, referring to the monarchy.
Harry and Meghan communicated their plans shortly after returning from a lengthy trip to Canada, where Meghan lived for seven years while she was filming the TV series “Suits,” their stay there forcing them to distance themselves from their royal commitments for about two months.
A few weeks before Christmas, the couple’s problems dealing with the pressure of being in the bright media spotlight all the time were highlighted in a documentary aired on Britain’s ITV television channel.
In that documentary, Prince Harry said that he refused to be forced into playing the game that “killed my mother,” referring to Princess Diana, who died in August 1997 in Paris in an automobile accident as she was being pursued by paparazzi.
In that same documentary, Meghan was almost moved to tears while talking with the journalist interviewing her, leading the British press to compare that moment with Diana’s famous 1995 interview in which she spoke openly for the first time about her relationship with Crown Prince Charles.
Harry’s remarks in the documentary, however, reportedly made his older brother William “furious,” according to sources within Buckingham Palace, reviving speculation about friction between the brothers.
Prince Harry, however, took pains to try and publicly downplay any tension between them.
Last October, Meghan launched legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company for publishing a private letter and having undertaken an alleged campaign of “fake” news against her.
Meghan, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, has chosen to feature 15 women she considers “Forces for change” on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue that she guest edited, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday (July 28).
The Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth to her first child in May, spent seven months working with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful on the issue.
The former actress, 37, said in a statement she had sought to steer the focus of the September issue – usually the year’s most read – to “the values, causes and people making impact in the world today”.
The cover of the magazine, which will be available on Aug. 2, features women including teenage climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, boxer Ramla Ali and actress and women’s rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault.
Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, and model and former refugee Adut Akech are among others featured in a list that also includes mental health and diversity campaigners.
“Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light,” Meghan said in the statement.
“I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages.”
The issue also features a “candid conversation” between Meghan and former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, and an interview with veteran primatologist Jane Goodall. (REUTERS)
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