Remember Tuesday morning? And waking up to Prince Harry’s Love Shield? It seemed like such a promising day.

Yeah, well, so check out Harry today in London at the Field Of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey with Prince Philip, back to work on official duty for the first time since it was revealed that he’s dating Meghan Markle and he brandished his Love Shield to protect her. That might be the first time I’ve ever used the word “brandish” on this site. But I feel like it needs that theatrical description, non?

As always, Harry was great on the job. Look at these shots of him being adorable with a young boy in line to meet him:

What’s he doing here? Dancing? Jousting?

Whatever. It’s Harry at his best, and he’s been his family’s best representative the last few years, continuing to accumulate those bonus points so that he can cash them in with the Queen when the right moment comes along. Now? With Meghan Markle?

According to Page Six, in the aftermath of the brandishing of the Love Shield, Meghan’s taking a break from work:

Insiders say the beauty has told her bosses that she needs to skip filming for her USA Network show “Suits” in Toronto this week because she has “something important to do.”

The reason for the absence is being kept a closely guarded secret, but insiders speculate that Markle is meeting with lawyers to help manage her turbulent and sudden rise to international fame.

Meeting with lawyers? Come on. What you’re really thinking is that they’re spending time together. It’s the bubble thing. Their relationship has been generating so much heat, and so much controversy, it’s added to the intensity of their connection. Like, clearly, he was already super into her (what with the Love Shield and introducing her to family members and all) and something like this just adds to the drama of it, deepens the passion – let’s hang on tighter, it’s us against the world. Harry, in particular, has been described to me as someone who becomes even more entrenched and resolved when he’s challenged. The kind of person who if you criticise he’ll only do it more. The more the British press are attacking – and they’ve dialed it up even more ever since the Love Shield, calling his letter “preposterous” and barely stopping short of characterising Meghan as a famewhore – the more Harry digs in.

Interestingly enough though, a source told me just today that while Harry’s Love Shield didn’t bother his grandmother, there is a high-ranking royal who didn’t much care for it: his father, Prince Charles. I’m told that while Charles has met Meghan and is happy that Harry is so happy with her, he wasn’t into how Harry handled the situation, with the public statement and all those feels put into words. Charles is old school that way. It isn’t his style. Which is another reason why Harry’s move was so unprecedented. People in his position just don’t emote so publicly like that. There’s also the timing of it all. Charles and Camilla have been on tour in the Middle East. And I hear that he wasn’t exactly thrilled that Harry’s Love Shield kinda cockblocked his press coverage. Given what we’ve known of Charles over the decades, and his ego, it’s not hard to believe that he’d be irritated about someone else usurping his spotlight, even if it’s one of his sons. Who regularly usurp his spotlight. Will and Kate have been doing it for years. Big G started doing it from birth. And now Harry’s got a celebrity girlfriend and this story is our new fascination. Charles isn’t getting much column space.

Sharp turn…

You know how for years I’ve been telling you about my magic skin lady, Lorinda Zimmerman, who gives me a double blast of microderm abrasion and cold gel laser and it’s been the best thing ever for my face? I’ve been seeing Lorinda for several years, starting when I lived in Vancouver and now at her clinic, W Skin Care, in Toronto. Well Meghan was just asked by VOGUE Germany about her go-to beauty tips in different cities. And she listed W Skin Care as one of them. I mean, if you don’t want to listen to me, maybe you’ll listen to her?