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The Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Pay $14M For Santa Barbara, CA Estate

TRH Duke & Duchess Of Sussex

Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan have purchased a home in Santa Barbara, California.

The couple moved into their home last month and paid $14,650,000 on the 18,000-square-foot home which sits on 5 acres. It has 9 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms.

A representative for the couple told CNN that they moved into the home last month.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year. They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors, as well as for them as a family.”

We wish the Sussexes well and finally some privacy.

Prince Albert of Monaco Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Prince Albert II

(MONTE CARLO, Monaco) — The palace of Monaco says its ruler, Prince Albert II, has tested positive for the coronavirus, but his health “is not worrying at all,” according to the statement.

“His Serene Highness urges the people of Monaco to respect the measures of confinement and to limit contact with others to a minimum. Only the strict observance of these confinement measures will make it possible to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Princes Albert, 62, appeared to be the first head of state who has publicly said he contracted the virus.

In a statement Thursday, the palace said he is being treated by doctors from the Princess Grace Hospital, named after his U.S. actress mother. It says Albert is continuing to work from his home office in the palace and is in constant contact with members of his government.

The prince is Monaco’s head of state, and one of the world’s wealthiest royals. He was formally invested as the country’s leader in 2005.

Karl von Habsburg, the Archduke of Austria, was the first known royal to test positive for coronavirus. The 59-year-old head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine called into Austrian TV channel oe24, revealing he experienced flu-like symptoms more than a week ago.

Karl von Habsburg, Archduke of Austria

“It’s annoying, but I’m fine. It’s not the Black Plague. I thought it was the usual flu. When a friend called me that he had a positive test at a congress in Switzerland, I was also tested,” von Habsburg said.

Princess Madeleine & Prince Carl Philip Of Sweden’s Children’s Royal Status Has Been Removed By The King

Five infant grandchildren of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden have been stripped of their royal status and will not be expected to perform public duties when they grow up, the Swedish royal palace announced today. ⁣

The five youngsters, aged between one and five, are the offspring of the King’s two younger children, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine, and their respective spouses. ⁣

This means they are not directly in line to the throne. ⁣

Crown Princess Victoria, King Carl XVI Gustaf Victoria & Princess Estelle

⁣The five children will still be members of the royal family, but will not be referred to as His or Her Royal Highness and will not have access to taxpayer funds. ⁣

Both Princess Madeleine & Prince Carl Philip released statements. ⁣

Princess Madeleine: “Earlier today, the court announced that Leonore, Nicolas and Adrienne will no longer belong to the royal house. This change has been planned for a long time. Chris and I think it’s good that our children are now getting a greater opportunity to shape their own lives as private individuals in the future.”⁣

Prince Carl Philip: “Today, the King announced the decision that our children no longer hold the Royal Highness position. We see this as positive as Alexander and Gabriel will have freer choices in life.”⁣

“They will retain their prince titles and their duchies, Södermanland and Dalarna, which we value and are proud of. Our family has strong connections to both landscapes and we maintain our commitment there.⁣”

“We will continue to focus on our heart issues and commitment. We will also continue to support the King and Crown Princess our future head of state and participate in the King’s House activities as we wish.”

Princess Märtha Louise Of Norway Makes Relationship With Boyfriend Official

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway has confirmed she is in a new relationship, almost three years after her divorce from Ari Behn was finalised.

On Sunday, the Princess shared a picture with her new American boyfriend, Shaman Durek, who describes himself as an “evolutionary innovator” and “women’s empowerment leader”.

The 47-year-old Princess captioned the picture:
“When you meet your twin flame, you know. I have been lucky enough to have met mine. @shamandurek has changed my life, like he does with so many. He has made me realize that unconditional love actually exists here on this planet. He embraces all of me without question or fear. He makes me laugh more than anyone, has the most profound wisdom to share and all the bits in between from the diversity of his being. I feel so happy and blessed that he is my boyfriend. Thank you my love, for including me so generously into your family. I love you from this eternity to the next.”

“And to those of you who feel the need to criticize: Hold your horses. It is not up to you to choose for me or to judge me. I don’t choose my man to satisfy any of you or the norms or boxes you have chosen in your mind for me to be in. I don’t thrive there, nor do I exist in your illusion about me. I choose from love. And that’s it. Shaman Durek is merely a man I love spending my time with and who fulfills me. So thank you for respecting my actions and my choice of partner. All I know at this moment is that we love each other and I am super happy. Have a wonderful, loving Sunday and Mother’s Day(for the USA).”

The Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Have Named Their Son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex just announced that they have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Archie is 7th in line to the throne, behind his father.

Since Harry is the younger son of the Prince of Wales, his son is not automatically a prince of the United Kingdom or Royal Highness, and is expected to be styled “like the children of any other duke”.

Archie is therefore expected to be known as Earl of Dumbarton, being entitled to use one of his father’s subsidiary titles as a courtesy title. Should his paternal grandfather become king, he would then be entitled to the style of Royal Highness.

HRH Prince Henry Of Wales, 33, Marries Rachel Meghan Markle, 36

Britain’s Prince Harry Of Wales, 33, is a married man.

He has married a divorced American, Rachel Meghan Markle, 36.

The bride looked radiant in white she wore a gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller, from Birmingham, the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy to design her dress after meeting in early 2018.

  • Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The veil is held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893.

The bespoke creation is estimated to have cost £200,000, including £78,000 for custom-made fabric and £4,000 for fittings.

Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.

Both Prince Harry and The Duke of Cambridge will wear the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.

Her Majesty The Queen gave her permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform.

Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.

The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. She is styled as “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex”. She is also Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.

Meghan is not really a proper Princess and so it is totally incorrect to refer to her as ‘Princess Meghan’ American media take note. Referring to her as ‘Duchess Meghan’ would also be incorrect.

The style ‘Princess First Name’ is only used for blood-royalty, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Meghan has technically become a Princess, but not in her own right. She is, correctly, ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Henry, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Dumbarton and Kilkeel’.

But for ease Meghan will be referred to as ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex’.

More pictures of the Royal Family at the wedding can be viewed here.

Source: Royal.uk, Daily Mail

The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Announced They Are Expecting Their Third Child

Their Royal Highnesses William, Duke Of Cambridge and his wife, Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge announced the Duchess is expecting their third child. Kensington Palace announced this morning. Catherine is also suffering from a severe case of Hyperemesis gravidarum as she did with her previous pregnancies.

Congratulations to William and Catherine and we wish Catherine a healthy pregnancy and delivery.