Another year, another royal wedding.
Though they’ve been working hard to detach themselves from the monarchy, one cannot help but wonder if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might still attend their cousin Princess Beatrice‘s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, which the royal family has just announced will take place on May 29, 2020 at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace.
An interesting fact about St. James’s Palace: it’s actually the most senior royal palace in the entire country, more senior than St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which is where Meghan and Harry were wed back when Harry was still a more senior royal to his cousin.
So, Princess Beatrice having her wedding at the most senior royal palace in the U.K. could be confirmation of the theory that she (and her sister) might actually replace Meghan and Harry in the royal hierarchy.
Hopefully, the reluctant royals will still get an invite to the ceremony. After all, it was reportedly Princess Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie, who met Meghan first and called the couple “a perfect match.” With Queen Elizabeth II insisting they’re all still one big happy family it’s hard to imagine they won’t get the nod—or at least be asked to the private after party, which will be thrown by the Queen in the Buckingham Palace gardens.
But the question of whether or not Meghan and Harry would show up is another matter. Last summer, you couldn’t go two whole days without a micro-update on where in the world they were traveling, but ever since this Megxit saga began, they’ve kept their lives immensely private.
The only recent widely viewed photos of the two were spread by the paparazzi in Canada (which they threatened to sue). And though rumors that they have been shopping for a home in Los Angeles have begun to circulate, the couple had not made any official public appearances—until last night, when they were spotted at the 1 Hotel in Miami. Apparently they were the keynote speakers at a JPMorgan event.
To hear that they were giving tips to JPMorgan executives in South Beach may come as a shock, but you have to remember that part of the deal that Meghan and Harry made when they announced they’d relinquish their senior royal titles included not accepting public funds for royal duties and moving out of their recently renovated Frogmore Cottage. Now they have to make money other ways.
On top of that, a video clip of Prince Harry telling Disney CEO Bob Iger that his wife is “really interested” in doing voiceover work while at the premiere of The Lion King went viral, confirming the theory that after Megxit, they have to work for a living. (They should be fine considering one of them has experience as an actress and the other has been co-producing a documentary series for Apple TV+ with Oprah Winfrey.)
They’re also on the hunt for a new CEO of the Sussex Royal charity that they started, so maybe this paid speaking engagement also doubled as a meet and greet for a potential new leader of the foundation.
Meghan and Harry haven’t fully unplugged from the royal family just yet, but these latest updates might hint at the monarchy’s post-Megxit future.
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