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When Did Kate Middleton Get Security?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

On Saturday night, Meghan Markle attended the Opening Ceremony of Prince Harry's Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, (and she was at tennis yesterday with Harry!). Royal correspondents reported that it appeared the Hollywood star had been given a PPO. Rebecca English pointed out that one of Harry's Scotland Yard detail stood in the stairwell by Meghan's seat and accompanied her out of the VIP section when she was ready to leave. This has sparked a lot of questions about whether Meghan and Harry are already secretly engaged, because traditionally, you don't get a PPO until the ring is on the finger. It also has raised questions about when Kate got her PPO, so let's look back quickly to find out. 


Many speculate Harry and Meghan are already secretly engaged, but Kate Middleton had a secret engagement of her own. The princess-to-be was on holiday with William in Kenya in October of 2010 when the Prince, who had been carrying the ring around the entire trip in his rucksack, popped the question. Although the death of Kate's grandfather prevented the couple from announcing their engagement as soon as they had initially planned, the couple did wait until November 16, 2010, to announce their very exciting news to the world.


On that chilly November day, Kate Middleton woke up the royal-girlfriend, but as soon as the news was released, her life changed in many ways. One dramatic shift was her security situation; she was immediately assigned her own security detail. Although Kate was pictured in December, her first big debut sans William came on January 8, 2011, when she attended the wedding of friends Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Sarah Louise Stourton in North Yorkshire. The glowing bride-to-be arrived in a chauffeured Range Rover and trailed by watchful PPOs. 


Prince Harry was also at this wedding, but this was Kate's own security team, and it was our first real taste of the future in which Kate would be afforded full royal privileges. 


Kate did a lot of last minute shopping before the wedding and honeymoon, and we got to see a little more of her new lifestyle. Below is one such sighting. Kate had been shopping at Whistles on Kings Road and was snapped making her way to a waiting Range Rover with her PPO next to her and several more were by the car. 


I have looked around for old news articles on this, but didn't find any. But, I can tell you from recollection that there was talk that William wanted to give Kate security when they were dating, particularly after she was photographed on her 25th birthday.


Of course, that would have created quite the stir, and to my knowledge, Kate never got tax-paid protection. I did hear that her parents had the London apartment they owned, and which Kate and Pippa shared, given a complete security upgrade, and there was talk of privately financing security for Kate, but if they did hire private protection, it wasn't visible.


So where does this leave us with Meghan Markle? Kate was never given tax-paid security before she not only got engaged, but before that engagement was announced to the public. If Meghan had a security officer assigned to her for the night, it would not be indicative of her status. As Harry's very high-profile girlfriend, it was be entirely reasonable to appoint a security officer for her on the night of such a big event when she was expected to turn up and support Harry. I don't think it confirms anything to have had security on that occasion. 

Meghan Markle and Harry Hold Hands at Tennis

Monday, September 25, 2017

Well, we thought we'd see these two together, and here they are! Prince Harry and his beautiful girlfriend Meghan Markle were hand-in-hand today to watch the wheelchair tennis competition at the Invictus Games:


Meghan is looking chic and relaxed in skinny jeans, a crisp white blouse and matching leather flats and bag. According to What Meghan Wore, the bag is from Everlane. 


They look so comfy and in love and proud of each other. These two are rooting for tennis, and we are rooting for them. :)


Meghan Markle Supports Harry at Invictus Games Opening Ceremony

Saturday, September 23, 2017

We've been waiting all day to see if Meghan Markle would attend the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games tonight. California-girl Meghan has been living in Toronto for years now, since she has been filming her popular television series Suits. Given how serious Harry and Meghan are, it was hard to imagine that she would not show up to support her boyfriend's successful initiative. And we were not disappointed. 


Meghan was close to where Harry was seated with the dignitaries. This picture from Patricia Treble shows the Prince's section illuminated:

Patricia Treble
Prince Harry was seated next to the First Lady Melania Trump, whom he met earlier in the day at a photo-call. Melania is wearing a houndstooth suit from French giant Dior. 


Of course, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie are also present as their nation proudly hosts the Games. 


We can't see Meghan's whole outfit, but she is wearing an aubergine dress with a deep v-neck and a leather jacket in a matching hue. When she stood to clap (below) more of the dress was visible, as well as a velvet clutch. I am sure most of these pieces will be ID'd. [Update: readers on Facebook have told me that Meghan is sitting with Markus Anderson, the mutual friend who set her up with Harry.]


This shot gives a better look at her dress and the velvet clutch she was carrying. The big news of the night was that one of Harry's PPOs was looking after Meghan throughout the night. Rebecca English reported that a Scotland Yard PPO stood in the stairwell by Meghan's seat, and she was escorted out by them when she left. Because the royals' PPOs are taxpayer funded, this is generally a perk you only get once you are engaged. 




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Could Kate Be Returning October 10th?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Based on previous patterns, I have been projecting that Kate will return to the spotlight in late October, but it turns out she might be back in action a little earlier than I had thought!


A gentleman on Twitter today shared the invitation he has received to a reception at Buckingham Palace on October 10th. The invitation lists Kate as a royal attendee along with Prince Harry and Prince William. 

@SamCarvalho


When pregnant with Princess Charlotte, Kate didn't return until late October, and she appeared to still be a little delicate. You probably recall that after the welcoming ceremony and procession down the Mall, she skipped the luncheon in honor of the President of Singapore, although she did need to get ready for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards held later that night. 


Because this October 10th event is on the earlier side, if Kate does go, I think we will see a slower return to engagements, similar to the way she eased back after her HG with George, but I do think we could see her on the 10th! Fingers crossed she is feeling much better, even if not 100%, and that she comes on out!