Monday, May 21, 2018

Dear Gossips,

I’m not over the Royal Wedding yet, are you? 

Today is a holiday in Canada – it’s Victoria Day, honouring Queen Victoria, which always lands on the Monday preceding her birthday, May 25th. This seems fitting. A statue of Queen Victoria stands on Castle Hill in Windsor, at the entrance to Windsor Castle which, of course, is where Prince Harry married Meghan Markle on Saturday. 

Details about wedding day are coming to me in bits and pieces. Here’s something I haven’t addressed yet in any of my articles on Saturday: as mentioned, I was part of a small group of media that toured St George’s Chapel that morning, just half an hour before the first guests were scheduled to arrive. After the week that was, there was no sign of any of the drama around Thomas Markle and all the sh-t that was started by Samantha Markle, even though all of it had taken Kensington Palace totally by surprise. The announcement on Friday morning, that Prince Charles would be walking Meghan down the aisle in the quire, was a major public relations win, and it completely turned the situation around so that by the time everyone had gathered at Windsor Castle on wedding morning, there was no stress. I was stressed. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get past the check points because the crowd was already huge by the time I walked over from Eton and I was stressed about finding the right meeting place inside the castle, but all that went away as soon as I got on site. None of the members of the royal press team were pressed. The mood was completely chill. And this is not, usually, the Hollywood experience. In Hollywood, publicists and wranglers almost always have a face on. They walk around with headsets and the closer you get to show time, the quicker they are to snap at you. That was my first observation – no one on the royal communications team was wearing a headset. They have phones, sure, and they use them. But there’s no pushing buttons on a pack strapped to their waist, calling to one other about this and that. Because it’s not a good look but also because when you’re wearing a headset, you attract attention to the fact that you’re still managing whatever it is that needs to have been handled. It’s not exactly discreet. 

That said, it didn’t seem at all like there was anything that still needed to be handled. The tone was light, relaxed, and not forced. For example, the press officers were actually joking with several members of the royal rota. And when we were inside the chapel and they were walking us through how the ceremony would unfold, with Meghan walking alone and the children following behind her, they made a joke about how, while that was the plan, given that there were 10 kids involved in the situation, things might not go down exactly how they’d described it. 

But then… of course it did. Like, exactly. Or even better. The children were perfect. The vision of Meghan coming up the west steps, with Brian and John Mulroney holding the veil, was perfect. Brian breaking out into a joyful, gap-toothed grin as soon as he heard the music swell up was the perfect joy of a child experiencing a perfect moment. And what came after, the sermon, the music, was perfect in execution. Looking back now, I get it. I get why they weren’t worried. I get it now why there was not even a hint of nervousness. They knew, they f-cking knew, that there was no way this would go south as soon as the worldwide audience saw what was about to happen. Windsor brought the magic. 

And as I wrote on Saturday about the carriage ride, Windsor is really the ideal location for a fairy tale wedding. Part of it is the castle itself but another part of it is the town and how intimate it was for the people there.  Here’s where I was during the procession:

 

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See how close that feels? It was 2018. But you could imagine it being 1918 or even 1818. 

Here’s another advantage that Windsor will give you: a reverse shot of the kiss. We never got a reverse shot of William and Catherine’s kiss on the Buckingham Palace balcony – a sight that, no doubt, cannot be beat for majesty, but you also can’t get a camera in there behind them for a reverse. That’s not the case at St George’s Chapel.

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But God this too is a great shot with the staircase party and the cascading hedgerow, isn’t it? 

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We’re going to post a few more thoughts on the wedding today on the blog and we’ll post the Royal Wedding Episode of Show Your Work that Duana and I recorded last night when I got off the plane and Kathleen’s taking over the Billboard Music Awards coverage and then we’re going to try to cut out a bit earlier so that I can sit in my backyard and do nothing.  

Thanks so much for following along here and on Twitter and Instagram this weekend! We look forward to hearing more of your thoughts!

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dear Gossips,

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. That’s one mystery solved. One major mystery to go. Good morning! Welcome to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day! We’ll post photos of the arrivals and the dress and the moments of the day as soon as we can get them downloaded and uploaded.  Read Full Intro

The Royal Carriage Ride

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 19, 2018 13:43:21 May 19, 2018 13:43:21
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I was assigned to cover William and Catherine’s wedding in 2011. My position was along the Mall, by the Duke of York. It was definitely a sight to see, the carriage approaching Buckingham Palace and thousands of people lining the road, majestic and grand. That said, now that I’ve seen Harry and Meghan’s procession, if you asked me to choose what I would want if - please - I had the option, I would go with St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle. Full Story

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Just Royally Married!

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 19, 2018 13:13:16 May 19, 2018 13:13:16
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Holy f-ck, Duana and I are going to Show Your Work the sh-t out of this wedding. There’s a lot to break down. And we will. But today, let’s have some fun with it. Because that was too good. And my heart hasn’t recovered from the way Harry looked at Meghan. How he couldn’t stop looking at Meghan. Full Story

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A Princess is made

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 19, 2018 12:05:26 May 19, 2018 12:05:26
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Meghan Markle omg.   I loooove this look. I don’t love this dress. But I do love that this look was designed for the moment. On the stairs and at this venue.  You don’t choose the west steps without doing it as dramatically as possible. With twins carrying your cathedral length veil. Full Story

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Harry and William in uniform

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 19, 2018 10:59:43 May 19, 2018 10:59:43
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I don’t have the time to look back and call out that dude who said Harry for sure wouldn’t be in uniform because COME ON. It has to be uniform.   Goddamn they look hot together in uniform side by side right??! And Harry knows it too. That was a WALK. That was a swagger. He stomped up to St George’s Chapel today like it was a runway. Full Story

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GOAT at the wedding

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 19, 2018 10:45:16 May 19, 2018 10:45:16
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Really enjoying seeing the celebrities in the outer chamber of St George’s. Serena Williams and Alex Ohanian are hanging out with the Beckhams and the Clooneys and Idris Elba. Well. They were. Now it’s quiet because the royals are on the way.  But Serena threw it down with that fascinator, didn’t she? It’s high. Full Story

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Amal & George at the Royal Wedding

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 19, 2018 10:16:10 May 19, 2018 10:16:10
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Amal Clooney is GOING for it. This is the most standout look we’ve seen today. Not that, um, she has much competition. This is not the Met Gala. But there are more eyeballs on this than the Met Gala. And clearly Amal wanted to be seen. How could you miss her? If not the colour than the hat.  The Beckhams are talking to the Clooneys inside. Full Story

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Oprah and Idris at the Royal Wedding

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 19, 2018 09:31:15 May 19, 2018 09:31:15
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We were told this morning on an embargo until they arrived that Oprah would be showing up. There have been rumours that Oprah is doing an interview with Doria Ragland. Those rumours haven’t been confirmed but, clearly, there’s some kind of relationship.  Note Oprah and Idris’s arrival time. Full Story

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Dear Gossips,

They’re calling for a pretty perfect day weather-wise tomorrow in Windsor – no rain in the forecast, lots of sunshine, cool in the morning and warming up right when it matters, around noon, when Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle at St George’s Chapel to marry Prince Harry.  Read Full Intro

What Else? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 18, 2018 19:11:00 May 18, 2018 19:11:00
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We’ve been shooting etalk all day from Windsor – check out our show tonight at 7pm. We’re also prepping our prime time one-hour special that will air tomorrow night, on CTV, at 7pm, recapping all the best moments from the royal wedding. Full Story

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