Sometimes, all you need is for a dog to snuggle up to you and lick the tears from your face. When you’ve been dumped. When you’re homesick. When your rebellious grandson and his wife defy your orders and upend the billion-dollar institution to which you’ve dedicated your entire life. On Friday, the Queen was photographed driving outside Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, and while it’s the first time she’s been seen in public since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released that statement and all hell broke loose, I want to draw your attention to something more important: The dog in her backseat.
You see, the Queen, who famously owned and bred corgis her entire life, is no longer a corgi owner. In fact, it caused quite a stir in 2018 when her final corgi, Whisper, passed away: « 8 Decades of British Royal Corgis Reportedly at an End, » blared the New York Times. In 2015, the Queen had stopped taking on new corgis because she didn’t want to leave any behind when she passed away. So when this coy corgi lookalike was spotted in her backseat, fans of both dogs and royalty (me) took notice. We (I) wondered: Could the stress of the past week have driven the Queen to renounce her no-corgis pledge?
Here’s the Queen on Friday:
I took the liberty of zooming in.
Here’s what else is interesting: The Queen is wearing a cream silk scarf with dogs on it. Could the Queen, who has been known to strategically communicate via brooches in the past, be sending a message through her styling choices?
Further deepening the mystery, the headscarf appears to be a print of…beagles. At this point, I broke from my investigation to try to find a similar scarf that I could buy, because investigating issues of international importance can be tiring and self-care is paramount. The one the Queen is wearing is by Hermès and is vintage and is called the MONARCH scarf, which is actually perfection. There are a few available on eBay if you’re so inclined!Vintage Hermès ScarfHermèsebay.com$650.00shop itHermès Silk ScarfHermèsebay.ie$599.00shop it
You know which member of the royal family owns a beagle?
Guy the beagle, who Meghan rescued in 2015, in a now-deleted shot from her old Instagram.Instagram
Meghan’s beagle is such a big deal, in fact, that Guy the Beagle even has his own book.His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle: The Rebarkable True Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue DogSimon & Schusteramazon.com$17.99 $13.45 (25% off)shop it
So, uh, yeah. I see what you did there, Liz.
But back to the dog in the backseat. I would understand if the Queen had panic-adopted a corgi to get her through the trying times ahead, a.k.a. the « days, not weeks » of four-way calls and people being « incandescent with rage. » If I were the head of a historic institution that was being sapped of its very lifeblood, its two most popular members, and I had no dogs, well. I wouldn’t make it!
However. It emerges that the Queen quietly holds on to two « dorgis, » which are corgi mixes considered basically inferior but fine. Vulcan and Candy aren’t often photographed, probably because of said inferiority complex, but they did make a cameo on the Queen’s 2016 Vanity Fair cover. You can tell which ones are the dorgis because they look sad about not being considered « real » corgis.
And following further investigation, I have determined an uncanny similarity between this dog, which is either Vulcan or Candy but, either way, is my forever mood:
And this dog, who still looks sad about being considered a second-class citizen five years later:
Plus, the Queen has also had several hunting dogs over the years, which are bred at Sandringham Estate. And since this was a hunting expedition, it’s also possible that this very good boy is Turnip or Tom or whatever these very nice pups that don’t appear on Vanity Fair covers are called.
This concludes my investigation. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
On Monday, the much-anticipated Sandringham Summit between the royal households—Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Harry, and Prince William, with Meghan calling in from Vancouver Island—took place, and according to the Queen, the conversation was « constructive. » In a statement released by the Queen’s office immediately following the summit, the monarch said: « Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK. »
The full statement:
Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.
My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.
Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.
Interestingly, the statement is the first about Harry and Meghan to not use their titles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, suggesting that it’s possible that they may not keep their titles under the new structure. What isn’t clear from this statement is where Harry, Meghan, and Archie will live, given that the Queen noted that they will only split their time between Canada and the U.K. during this period of « transition. » Even though Meghan and Harry’s dogs have already been flown to Canada, which feels like a big deal.
The Queen’s statement comes less than a week after the bombshell announcement by Harry and Meghan that they are essentially leaving the royal family and becoming financially independent. Almost immediately after the duo’s statement last Wednesday, which was seemingly announced without much warning to the rest of the royal family, the Queen had responded with a statement of her own: « We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through. » In other words: Not so fast, Harry and Meghan.
In the days between the shock announcement and the Sandringham Summit, sources close to the remaining senior members of the royal family made clear that everybody was deeply disappointed in both Meghan and Harry’s decision and how they had chosen to go about it. Sources close to Harry and Meghan, however, made clear that the duo had tried hard to give the royal family appropriate notice; that the couple had been miserable for some time; and that the rift between William and Harry dated back to Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
One report that claimed William had « bullied » Harry and Meghan was met with a stern response by both Harry and William, who said in a joint statement: « For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful. »
Meanwhile, Meghan flew back to Vancouver Island in Canada on Friday to be with son Archie—the couple had left their son in Vancouver Island to make the announcement alone in London, with Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney helping out with childcare—while Harry remained in the U.K. to handle the fallout. The Queen was photographed in Sandringham on Friday, where she’s remained during the drama.
Stay tuned for those « final decisions » alluded to in the statements.
In their bombshell announcement this week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed their decision to step back from their work as senior members of the royal family.
One of the biggest implications of this decision is that it means the couple will no longer receive money from the Sovereign Grant, which funds the lives of working royals.
Financial expert Trish Regan explained to People that Harry and Meghan shouldn’t struggle when it comes to money, as she estimates they will be able to earn « hundreds of millions » of dollars on their own.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle blew things up in a big way this week when they announced their decision to step back from their roles as working royals.
This will mean a lot of changes for the Sussex family. In a statement announcing the move, Harry and Meghan explained that they and their son, Archie Harrison, will be splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America. They’ll also be working toward financial independence.
If that last part made you scratch your head, then you’re not alone. Royal finances are a complicated beast, which is why Harry and Meghan included a detailed explainer on the subject on their new website.
Now that they are stepping back from their roles as senior royals, Harry and Meghan will no longer receive money from the Sovereign Grant (« the annual funding mechanism of the monarchy that covers the work of the Royal Family in support of HM The Queen including expenses to maintain official residences and workspaces, » as the Sussexes explain on their website).
So, how will these two former working royals forge their financial independence? They have several options, it turns out, and actually stand to make « hundreds of millions » as private citizens, according to financial expert Trish Regan, host of Trish Regan Primetime on Fox Business.
In an interview with People, Regan broke down everything you need to know about Harry and Meghan’s financial situation, from their next steps to their income opportunities going forward. Here are some highlights of what she had to say:
On the « obvious » possibilities:
« The possibilities right now are endless for them. They need to think about what it is that they like, what they identify with and whether there’s a market for that. Obvious things might include a book deal if they can really provide insight into what life is like as a royal. I think there’s a lot of Americans and people throughout the world that would be very interested in that, so that would be a value. Another obvious thing might be something like a talk show. »
On the value of their brand:
« They have a solid brand. It’s important that they keep their brand intact. Opportunities that I think would be perhaps more long-lasting for them would be the creation of a brand or endorsing a certain product, or if they license their name to certain products. You can look at the success, for example, of the Kardashians, a different kind of brand, and you can look at the success of a Jessica Alba and the Honest Company. »
On Meghan’s opportunities:
« There will be people that want to work with [Meghan]. There will be investors that want to work with her that will want to be able to help her cash in on that brand. Look at even Chelsea Clinton. She just revealed that she made millions of dollars as a board member on a company because she got stock in the company. There will be boards that want [Meghan and Harry] to join and in exchange, they may get equity value stock in a company.
« There’s tons of money in businesses that are not acting. And I think that she’s smart and savvy enough to be looking around and saying, there’s more that I can do. And her husband clearly supports her. »
The bottom line:
“I think that it adds up. Just off the top of my head, I would think it would be in the millions. They have a certain lifestyle that they’ll want to replicate. They’re going to need to make somewh ere within the vicinity of 10 million a year just knowing that a lot of that is going to go to taxes. »
Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped a bombshell when they revealed their decision to distance themselves from the royal family—both professionally and geographically.
Prince William has confided in friends that he’s saddened by the announcement. « I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities, » Will said.
Queen Elizabeth‘s grandson, Peter Phillips, offered an update on how the monarch is doing in the wake of the news, telling crowds outside church in Sandringham that the Queen is doing « alright. »
If you’ve been going through a grieving process in the wake of news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are distancing themselves from the royal family, you’re definitely not alone. Harry’s older brother, Prince William, is, understandably, more broken up about the news than anyone—and he’s leaning on friends to talk it out.
According to the Sunday Times, the Duke of Cambridge has been talking to confidants about Harry and Meghan’s bombshell announcement. The royal reportedly told one friend that he wants to find a way to « support them » going into the so-called « Sandringham Summit » (a meeting among senior royals to discuss the Sussexes’ decision and the logistics of their step back from royal life) taking place on Monday.
« I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities, » William said of how he’s processing the news. « I’m sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the same team. »
Will isn’t the only royal who’s working to process the news, of course. Many royal fans have been particularly worried for Harry’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, both of whom are in their 90s, in the wake of the controversial announcement.
The Daily Mail‘s royal correspondent, Rebecca English, took to Twitter on Sunday to share an update about the Queen, courtesy of another of her grandchildren—Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips.
« Peter Phillips walked to church with a dozen house guests at Sandringham today, » English wrote. « Asked how the #Queen was bearing up and he said ‘alright.’ Desperately sad it should come to this for her and the Duke of Edinburgh, both in their 90s. »
Peter Phillips, attending church in Sandringham with the Queen on Sunday, January 12.Max Mumby/IndigoGetty Images
Spoilers for The Bachelor ahead. Peter Weber, a.k.a. Pilot Peter, a.k.a. the Windmill Hookup Guy, a.k.a. the man that Bachelor Nation is calling « the perfect guy, » is our new Bachelor. (He’s actually our second pilot, after Jake Pavelka, but will hopefully have a less nutty season.) Signs are looking good so far—Weber has a strong connection to his family (fun fact: his brother and dad are pilots and his mom was a stewardess) and boasts a smart, low-key, empathetic energy. Weber came in a close third on Hannah Brown’s season, and Brown admitted that he was a terrific guy after their time together ended. (Brown also makes an appearance in Peter’s season, which you can learn more about here. Again, spoilers!)
Also, since he’s so low-key, you know that the producers are stacking his contestants with dramatic women. Thanks to some early spoilers, it already sounds unbelievably intense. So what do we know about the drama and spoilers of his season so far?
The end was, apparently, not « normal. »
Last month, Reality Steve dropped a massive bombshell on us in a podcast. « On November 17 [the date that the finale was filmed] there was not: Hannah [Ann] shows up, Madison shows up, he dumps one and gets engaged to the other. Did not happen. » So, in other words, this season’s ending is not « normal, » with two contestants and one selection. Whaaat?!
He later clarified in a spoilery post: No, he still doesn’t know the ending. Peter Weber has said, on record, that this is going to be the first unspoiled season in a long time. Chris Harrison has teased that Weber’s season might not be over yet. Steve believes that the reason the ending can’t be spoiled yet is because the ending hasn’t happened yet. In other words, it’s potentially still playing out now post-show, with Weber…potentially still in the process of making his decision?
Speculation has varied from: he dumps them both! to he wants to date them both! to he goes off to be with Hannah! to he quits the show! to he doesn’t want to get engaged! Unfortunately, there’s nothing definitive yet, so we all need to stay tuned with baited breath. That Hannah thing, though—has the show been giving us clues that Weber isn’t over Brown and he’s about to bail on the show? Is that what we’re being set up for??
We already know more important plot points.
We know the final two women, Hannah Ann Sluss and Madison Prewett, but we have a few more important deets about what actually goes down. Madison is apparently a virgin, and it’s a plot point in the show. There are some very out-there entrance intros and a ton of things happening in the premiere, so be ready for that. We also know a little more about Brown’s appearance at the rose ceremony:
And how important her presence is to the show—more, even, than initially expected:
We also know that in the first episode there’s a flash-forward to the end rose ceremony with Harrison telling Weber something important. Weber freaks out, there’s some footage, of his season, his mom tells him « Don’t let her go, » (who’s « her »?)…and that’s all we get.
A flash-forward is unusual for the show, and as with Colton Underwood’s fence jump, it essentially sets the stage for a nutty season to come. Also, since we still don’t know the ending, it’s a teaser to end all teasers. Can’t wait!
Weber’s worried about women taking advantage of him.
Entertainment Tonight‘s Bachelor expert Lauren Zima had a behind-the-scenes interview with Weber before his season officially started at the mansion. When asked about his biggest fear for his season, Weber responded that « the respect that I’m gonna show the women is not reciprocated, in regards to how seriously I’m taking this. »
« I know it’s a fun opportunity. It’s a crazy experience, once in a lifetime, » Weber said. « But I could be fooled in a certain way. » Zima reminded Weber about the Hannah Brown-Jed Wyatt situation from The Bachelorette, and how she got fooled into believing Wyatt was interested in a long-term relationship. Weber looked down at the ground (uh oh) and replied, « It is what it is. Hopefully, it won’t [happen to me]. »
What’s particularly interesting is what we know about his season—namely, that this season’s « villain » Victoria F. (more info on her below) did, allegedly, have some less-than-awesome pre-show behavior and gets called out on it during the show. So that’s a little bit of (potentially unintentional) foreshadowing, right there.
The show drama became next-level.
Well well well. The dramatic ladies have not disappointed this season: We already knew there were a lot of pageant contestants (which is usually a synonym for « cattiness, » unfortunately, although not always). We already knew that there was infighting, much more than Caelynn and Hannah B. of 2019’s The Bachelor—more on that below. And now we know that the craziness extends way, way beyond that. The drama was so intense during filming that there were apparently full cliques within the house. They even had names, the fighting was so bad:
Oh god. This feels particularly bad, even by Bachelor standards.
We know Weber’s top four.
One of them, Victoria Fuller, has apparently stirred up some controversy because of her behavior before the show. It isn’t just limited to her singer ex, Chase Rice (who showed up on her one-on-one—more on that below), but to apparently the fact that she has dated several married men in the past and even broken up marriages with close friends, thanks to some Reality Steve spoilery sources. The narrative of the show will apparently dive headfirst into this, with someone potentially confronting Fuller about her behavior and Weber’s choices coming down to a « bad » contestant vs. « good » contestants:
Oh, and Weier and Sluss apparently have had beef throughout the show, so a SECOND dimension to Weber’s top four could/will be the two frenemies at war with each other. The top four have maximum drama, is what I’m saying.
Someone came back after their elimination.
Alayah Benavidez apparently was fully ensconced in the craziness this season, because apparently it’s the reason she’s sent home. She subsequently comes back, pleads her case with Weber because apparently another contestant (Victoria Paul) lied about her to Peter. It doesn’t work, and he sends her home:
Ironically, Paul ends up getting sent home eventually as well, so it doesn’t end up working out for her either.
Weber had a major accident.
As reported first by Radar Online, Weber apparently was playing golf when he split his face open by hitting his head on two cocktail glasses he was carrying. He needed 22 stitches to the face. Let me repeat that. TO THE FACE. Producers must have screamed. Was it caught on camera??
Host Chris Harrison explained, « Peter suffered a freak accident. He got a cut on his head, he did get stitches but he’s 100% OK and production is already back underway. He’s still the dashing, handsome pilot we’ve all dreamed of. » It hasn’t stopped filming, although how they’re going to handle a massive cut to the face, I have no idea.
Weber got down to his top 15 quickly.
Wow that was fast. So here are the women to watch out for when we ultimately do get the show on our TV screens in January:
Hannah Sluss (first impression rose recipient)
Kelley Flanagan (met Weber pre-show)
Sydney Hightower (went to school with Bachelorette Hannah Brown)
Noticeably absent is Sarah Coffin (a rumored early frontrunner) and Alayah Benavidez, who was also rumored to do well. Jade Gilliland, Megan Hops—the two flight attendants—and Alexis Thind, a fellow pilot, are also out, which means no one from the aviation profession is left. Thus far, I am mildly surprised by Weber’s choices. It should make for a season that’s less predictable and fun to watch, fingers crossed.
He had several one-on-ones, and one was super awkward.
Weber’s already had a couple more group dates (an « epic » pillow fight hosted by Demi Burnett, a fashion show in which two contestants, Sluss and Weier, apparently had beef) and a couple one-on-ones with Kelsey Weier, Kelley Flanagan, Victoria Paul, and Victoria Fuller. The date with Fuller was unbelievably awkward, as the musical act accompanying the one-on-one was—likely deliberately—Chase Rice, Fuller’s ex. And yes, both Weber and Fuller had to go talk to him afterwards. GAH.
We know all the locations.
This season’s production officially started on September 20, and the first few dates (episodes 2 and 3, maybe 4) will take place in L.A.—a very media-savvy city with thousands of camera phones. Thus, early spoilery pics are comin’, people, so get excited. We also now know that episode 4 will be in Cleveland, Ohio, and will involve the football team there:
Reality Steve also spoiled that the international dates (episodes 5-7) will take place in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, but it’s unknown what the order will be at the moment. Episode 8, hometowns, will be…wherever the girls live. Overnights and final rose take place in Australia—the first time for the series, ever. Apparently the show has wanted to do it for a long time, but I also wonder if it has to do with the show also hoping to avoid spoilers by being far away from the U.S. I doubt that’ll stop any of us (lol).
When the field starts to narrow, we’ll get more insight about exactly which hometowns are happening, and where the show’s going. Again, none of this has happened yet, so a lot of it is speculation.
Weber was ID’d as the potential lead months in advance.
Whispers of Pilot Peter started as soon as fans learned that he wasn’t Hannah’s final pick (he made it to overnights, then ended up being sent home straight after). He had a terrific exit, and his family was brought on for his post-show interview with Chris Harrison. Then, Reality Steve confirmed that the tight race between him and Mike Johnson had ended in Weber being selected as the final pick—not a surprising or a challenging pick for the producers.
Later this week, on Thursday, January 9, Kate Middleton will celebrate her 38th birthday.
To mark the occasion, Kate and her husband, Prince William are hosting some of their closest friends at their home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk this weekend.
The group included Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, Will’s lifelong friend Tom van Straubenzee and his fiancée Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, and the couples’ friends James Meade and his wife Laura and David and Rose, Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, who were at the center of rumored drama with the Cambridges last year.
Kate Middleton is starting her birthday celebrations a little early this year.
The Duchess of Cambridge turns 38 this Thursday, but she and Prince William are already celebrating. The royal couple are hosting some of their closest friends at their home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk this weekend to mark the occasion.
According to People, the guest list for the weekend included Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton. Will’s lifelong friend Tom van Straubenzee and his fiancée Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe (who also happens to be a teacher at Thomas’s Battersea, the school Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend) and the couple’s friends James Meade and his wife Laura were also there.
The most surprising names on the guest list though were definitely David and Rose, Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Royal fans will probably remember that David and Rose were rumored to have been involved in infidelity-related drama with the royal couple last year.
As royal writer Elizabeth Holmes noted on Instagram, this very public outing seems clearly meant to put those rumors to rest.
On Sunday, Will and Kate’s party guests joined Queen Elizabeth at St. Mary Magdalene church on her Sandringham estate for Sunday morning service. Kate wore a festive, birthday fedora for the occasion.
Kris Jenner shared a whole series of Instagram Stories videos last night—she deemed Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, whom she’d invited over in the hopes Teigen would show her how to cook something, the « worst dinner guests ever. » Let me explain, because it’s the funniest thing.
So the video (which, btw, is totally staged—Jenner’s friends with the couple and even showed up on their Legendary Christmas Special last year) is shot with Jenner in the background while the other guests hang out. She starts with Teigen and Legend sitting on the couch with her kids. « She came over tonight and I thought she would teach me something, » she whispers, sounding mock irritated. « There she is, on the couch, not paying any attention to me at all. »
Then, Teigen’s just rifling through their stockings, reaching in, discarding tissue paper, and admiring the gifts inside. « She’s stealing stuff out of our stockings! » whispers an « outraged » Jenner. « If they end up in her car I’m gonna be pissed. »
Teigen also obsessed over Jenner’s wax statue from the Hollywood Wax Museum. « Does it have nipples? » she wonders as Jenner giggles. Later, at the dinner table, Jenner pans down to a beautiful piece of pie: « Do you think she’d look at me, look at the cookbooks? She’s not gonna help in the kitchen! » Teigen deliberately ignores her while Legend laughs at their ridiculousness.
Later, Teigen’s shown having Legend take off her shoes on the couch. « They’re making themselves way too comfortable… » says Jenner. Then, Teigen and Legend make out on her bed. « Worst dinner guests ever, » whispers Jenner with a laugh. Cut to: Teigen and Legend rolling around in Jenner’s walk-in closet and cozying up in her tub. Oh and then they’re chased by security as they leave the house with bags and bags of stolen gifts. You guys. I need this trio to make movies together more often.
Reported in multiple outlets, there’s a petition on the Brighton and Hove City Council website—Brighten and Hove is a city in Sussex—that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry be stripped of their « Sussex » title.
It reads, in part, « As residents of Brighton and Hove we call on Brighton and Hove Council to not refer to these individuals by such titles which we believe to be entirely non democratic and symbolic of the oppression of the general public by the wealthy elite. »
In the latest news I’m filing under « really, really stupid, » campaigner Charles Ross started a petition on the Brighton and Hove City Council website in July 2019, about removing the « Sussex » title from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It’s been signed by 3,700 people, and insultingly reads like this:
We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to reject the usage of the titles « Duke of Sussex » and « Duchess of Sussex » by the individuals Henry (« Harry ») Windsor and Rachel Meghan Markle as morally wrong and disrespectful to the county of East Sussex. As residents of Brighton and Hove we call on Brighton and Hove Council to not refer to these individuals by such titles which we believe to be entirely non democratic and symbolic of the oppression of the general public by the wealthy elite. Neither will Brighton Council invite or entertain these individuals nor afford them any hospitality or courtesies above and beyond that of an ordinary member of the public.
The Council is set to vote on it, but is unlikely to back it—also, they apparently have no say in the matter anyways, as the Queen would be the one to confer or take away the title. The Sussexes, who may already be in the United States with Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland to celebrate the holidays, did not comment. Which, good for them, TBH. The Sussex account, instead of highlighting the news, has instead chosen to share quotes of love and tolerance:
Also, the petition was slammed by Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, founder of the British Monarchists Society. « We are utterly dismayed that said petition has been signed by so many…Such a petition shows utter disdain and contempt for The Crown, not to mention copious amounts of disrespect to, and for, the Royal Family which undertakes thousands of engagements per year on behalf of the nation, in right of Her Majesty as The Crown. »
The couple’s photos are being banned from popular wedding sites including Pinterest and The Knot as part of a larger decision to no longer highlight photos of plantation weddings, E! Online reports. Blake and Ryan wed at the Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston in 2012.
Plantations have become popular wedding venues in recent years, but, beautiful as they may be, they have a problematic history.
« Plantations are physical reminders of one of the most horrific human rights abuses the world has ever seen, » civil rights group Color of Change said in a letter to Knot Worldwide executives, as well as Pinterest, according to Buzzfeed News. « The decision to glorify plantations as nostalgic sites of celebration is not an empowering one for the Black women and justice-minded people who use your site. The wedding industry routinely denies the violent conditions Black people faced under chattel slavery by promoting plantations as romantic places to marry. »
While the Knot’s new policy will prohibit « language that glorifies, celebrates, or romanticizes Southern plantation history, » Pinterest is going further and taking steps to remove previously-posted photos of plantation weddings from the site.
« Weddings should be a symbol of love and unity, » a Pinterest spokesperson said, according to E! Online. « Plantations represent none of those things. We are working to limit the distribution of this content and accounts across our platform, and continue to not accept advertisements for them. »
Looking back on her time on the show, Meghan once revealed that she was secretly desperate for contestants to pick her case so she could leave the stage and give her aching feet a break.
« I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down, » she said of her time on the NBC series.
Meghan joined the game show, hosted by Howie Mandel, in 2006, during the show’s second season, and stayed just one year before leaving to focus on more traditional acting roles in 2007. Meghan landed the role of Rachel Zane on Suits and starred on the USA series from 2011 until 2018, when she married her Prince Charming, Harry, and retired from acting to focus on life as a working royal.
Now, however, one royal fanatic will have a chance to own a piece of Meghan’s pre-royal history because Cast 24 is for sale.
The auction, which will also include other pieces of Hollywood history like Judy Garland’s blue and white jumper from The Wizard of Oz and the letter Marty McFly leaves behind to warn Doc Brown of his fate in Back to the Future, will be held over the course of three days later this month, on December 17, 18 and 19.