Bethany Montgomery, Managing Editor
It’s no secret that the British Royal Family has captivated the hearts of many Brits and Americans alike—especially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two adorable children Prince George (4) and Princess Charlotte (2). This year however, the family is looking forward to new members. In September of 2017, the Duke and Duchess announced their third pregnancy. Although Princess Kate has suffered acute morning sickness during the first trimester of all three of her pregnancies, she has recently made a recovery and has been making appearances at social and charity events, like those at Birmingham and for the Children’s Global Media Summit. This third addition to Prince William and Princess Kate’s family has bumped Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales, down to sixth in line for the throne.
On Jan. 8, the Royal Family released portraits of Princess Charlotte taken by her mother of her first day at Willcocks Nursery School in west London. Prince George also began school this past September at Thomas’s Battersea elementary school in London. Although Prince George and Princess Charlotte are attending high-end private schools to prepare them for their roles as royals, both are planning to interact with the other students as their peers, going by their first names and not their royal titles.
Outside of the Cambridge’s, the Royal Family has another upcoming change that has the whole world in a frenzy. On Nov. 27, Prince Harry announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. The couple met through a blind date in July 2016 and officially began dating that October. The couple struggled to keep their romantic and personal lives private, receiving criticism for their public appearances and lack-there-of, but in September, Markle reassured the public in an interview with Vogue that their love story would not be kept a secret forever. “I’m sure there will be a time when we have to come forward and present ourselves, and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
The engagement itself took place several weeks before the official announcement, following Markle’s sudden resignation from her hit show “Suits” and long visit to Kensington Palace. The ring, designed by Cleave and Co., features two diamonds from the late Princess Diana’s personal collection and a diamond center piece from Botswana, a country that the couple spent a portion of time in together. According to ABC News, Markle was touched by the by both the beauty and significance of the ring in relation to Prince Harry’s late mother. “I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Diana’s stones] and, obviously, not being able to meet his mom —it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Markle described, “It’s incredibly special to be able to have this, which sort of links where [Harry comes] from and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.”
The rest of The Royal Family expressed their joy over the engagement, Prince William in particular gave an amusing statement of his happiness for his brother. “For me personally, I hope it means he stays out of my fridge and will stop scrounging my food, which he’s done for the last few years,” he told the media.
Both the Royal Family the rest of the world anxiously await the birth of the new prince or princess and the wedding this spring. Although Markle will not be given the title of princess, she has already earned her place in the hearts of many as royalty with her humanitarian efforts and elegant manor.