While royal watchers all over the globe are rejoicing about the official announcement from Kensington Palace that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child, my sources tell me there is a lot of hard feelings among certain members of the Royal Family about how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke the news that “Baby Sussex” is expected some time in the spring of 2019. According to the Daily Mail, the expectant parents broke the news to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as well as Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Charles, during Princess Eugenie‘s wedding.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to announce their pregnancy to family and friends at Princess Eugenie’s wedding has been branded a “faux pas” by Britain’s leading etiquette expert. Harry and Meghan are reported to have confided in their nearest and dearest after Eugenie married her long term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on Friday - prompting mixed reactions on social media. Etiquette expert William Hanson said: “Whether they are royal or not, they committed a faux pas. They did slightly upstage the bride and that is a complete no-no. "I’m quite surprised as Harry and Eugenie are supposed to be quite close. Perhaps she realised what was going to happen and was relaxed about it on the day but many will think that the timing was off. “From a strict etiquette point of view, they should not have done it, regardless of the convenience of having all the family under one roof.” Etiquette expert William Hanson Credit: S Meddle /Rex Mr Hanson, who is a tutor for the international protocol and hospitality consultancy firm The English Manner and works with The Ritz, said it would have been better if the couple had spread their baby news at the evening reception rather than at the ceremony at St George’s chapel or immediately afterwards. However, as the Sunday Telegraph exclusively reported, Harry and Meghan did not attend the black tie dinner at Royal Lodge, the York family home in Windsor Great Park, meaning the couple most likely informed relatives at the earlier champagne reception at St George’s Hall, hosted by the Queen. Mr Hanson added: “The best worst option would have been to tell everyone in the evening when the main events of the day were over.” A source close to Eugenie told the Telegraph she was “a little bit upset” that Harry and Meghan could not make the evening reception but she “understood they have got a lot on.” The couple flew to Sydney late on Saturday afternoon ahead of their 16 day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, which starts tomorrow (Tuesday). Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, smiles as she waits for the bridal procession at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Credit: Alastair Grant/AP Meghan’s choice of wedding outfit immediately fuelled pregnancy speculation online after she appeared in a buttoned-up navy blue Givenchy coat - designed to hide a baby bump - and wasted no time in heading straight into the historic 15th century church without stopping to speak to wellwishers. News that the couple had broken the news at the wedding receive a mixed reaction on Twitter with some accusing them of “poor form” and “thunder stealing” and others congratulating them on the timing.
On Monday morning, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant, and that she and Prince Harry are expecting a baby due in the spring of 2019. Much like how the couple's wedding was a bright spot in a year ruled by an exhausting news cycle, the news of a new Royal baby comes as a welcome salve for many people (especially on the heels of the truly devastating report that Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande have split).
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