If you’ve been walking around listlessly wondering, ‘Who does Queen Elizabeth like more, Kate or Meghan’, then today – Friday the 16th of March 2018 – is the day of answers.
It’s not yet clear if the Queen intended to wreak almighty havoc when she penned a declaration of consent for the holy matrimony between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. All I know is that she did, and am currently imagining the halls of Buckingham Palace being thrown into a right tizzy.
So this is the letter:
For those who can’t read mice font, here’s what it says:
I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.
“My most dearly beloved grandson.” Sigh.
It is, indeed, a lovely letter. A letter that is full of love and happiness and blessings and adoration and… and…
You see, this is what the Queen wrote in her blessing of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s impending nuptials: ”Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.”
Yep. While both men were described almost identically (although Harry might want to check if everything’s cool between him and Prince Philip – what happened to “our”?) it wasn’t exactly the same with the women. On one hand we had “Trusty and well-beloved Catherine” and on the other “Rachel Meghan Markle”.
Kate is TRUSTY and BELOVED. Rachel is just… Rachel.
Curiouser and curiouser, particularly when you consider that these letters aren’t exactly written on the fly; there are teams of staff that would not only have William’s letter filed away safely for reference, but to ensure both letters are fair to the Queen’s grandsons.
Meghan might not be the Queen’s favourite, but we’re bloody in love with her. Post continues.
And yet, the difference, you guys. The. Difference.
We have three plausible explanations:
- Queen Elizabeth is just a royal shade-thrower who, at 91 years of age, no longer has any interest in pretending to like Meghan as much as Kate.
- Despite appearances, Queen Elizabeth likes to live fast and loose and forgot to check her old handiwork.
- The difference in descriptions is simply royal strategy at work; Kate will one day be Queen, so should always be kept in slightly higher esteem than Meghan, who probably won’t ever assume such a title.
The drama-seeker in me is going for 1 – a sliver of brutal grandma honesty is always refreshing – but the feminist in me thinks it’s 3. The Queen isn’t about to pit two women against each other unless royal protocol demands it, right?
H/T: Lainey Gossip.