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12 Dec 18
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12 Dec 18
She has no filter

There are extroverts, there are introverts…but what if you’re somewhere in the middle? Here are the signs that you are an extroverted introvert

12 Dec 18
The Sun
POUNDLAND is continuing to roll out more flavours of its Toblerone copycat bar – and this week it is launching a fruit, nut and nougat flavour. The new Twin Peaks bar can already be found in some stores, but the budget supermarket told The Sun they’ll be rolled out nationwide on Friday. Chocolate fans can pick up the new Twin Peaks flavour this week Poundland is already selling milk chocolate and white chocolate flavours, and as you might expect, the new edition weighs exactly the same at 180g. All three bars can be picked up by shoppers for £1 each, but Poundland has earlier said it’s looking to add more expensive products to its range. The bars were first spotted by Instagram account Instafoodietwins, which said the flavour is worth a try. The account commented: “Not tried this one but the original and white choc are very good indeed.” Another positive follower said: “Definitely worth a try then when the real ones are so expensive.” Toblerone is also doing a fruit and nut flavour but they currently cost £3 for 360g at Asda and Tesco, which is the cheapest price around among the major supermarkets. In other words, Poundland’s version of the bars offers more bang for your buck. The budget supermarket lost a legal battle with Toblerone makers Mondelēz last year as the shape was ruled to be too similar to the more expensive bars. The revamped Twin Peaks now come in a sloped rather than a pointed shaped, which Poundland says is more like the differing heights of Shropshire’s Wrekin and Ercall hills. Since the chocolate bars launched this autumn, total sales of the treats have totalled more than £1.15million, the supermarket says. [article-rail-topic title=”More on food” term_id=”13097″ posts_number=”6″ /] In time for Christmas, Poundland has also launched a range of Jo Malone candle dupes – but they’re £45 cheaper than the designer versions. For Halloween, the supermarket pulled its pumpkins from shelves following outrage over the use of plastic over actual pumpkin – and they were also branded a fire risk by a council. Earlier this year, Britain’s first £5 shop opened and it’ll take on Poundland, B&M and Wilko. [bc_video video_id=”5812132649001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”YouTuber lives off Poundland products for 24 hours only… and the foundation is a total disaster”] We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Money team? Email us at money@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 78 24516. Don’t forget to join the Sun Money’s Facebook group for the latest bargains and money-saving advice.
12 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
POUNDLAND is continuing to roll out more flavours of its Toblerone copycat bar – and this week it is launching a fruit, nut and nougat flavour. The new Twin Peaks bar can already be found in some stores, but the budget supermarket told The Sun they’ll be rolled out nationwide on Friday. Chocolate fans can pick up the new Twin Peaks flavour this week Poundland is already selling milk chocolate and white chocolate flavours, and as you might expect, the new edition weighs exactly the same at 180g. All three bars can be picked up by shoppers for £1 each, but Poundland has earlier said it’s looking to add more expensive products to its range. The bars were first spotted by Instagram account Instafoodietwins, which said the flavour is worth a try. The account commented: “Not tried this one but the original and white choc are very good indeed.” Another positive follower said: “Definitely worth a try then when the real ones are so expensive.” Toblerone is also doing a fruit and nut flavour but they currently cost £3 for 360g at Asda and Tesco, which is the cheapest price around among the major supermarkets. In other words, Poundland’s version of the bars offers more bang for your buck. The budget supermarket lost a legal battle with Toblerone makers Mondelēz last year as the shape was ruled to be too similar to the more expensive bars. The revamped Twin Peaks now come in a sloped rather than a pointed shaped, which Poundland says is more like the differing heights of Shropshire’s Wrekin and Ercall hills. Since the chocolate bars launched this autumn, total sales of the treats have totalled more than £1.15million, the supermarket says. [article-rail-topic title=”More on food” term_id=”13097″ posts_number=”6″ /] In time for Christmas, Poundland has also launched a range of Jo Malone candle dupes – but they’re £45 cheaper than the designer versions. For Halloween, the supermarket pulled its pumpkins from shelves following outrage over the use of plastic over actual pumpkin – and they were also branded a fire risk by a council. Earlier this year, Britain’s first £5 shop opened and it’ll take on Poundland, B&M and Wilko. [bc_video video_id=”5812132649001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”YouTuber lives off Poundland products for 24 hours only… and the foundation is a total disaster”] We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Money team? Email us at money@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 78 24516. Don’t forget to join the Sun Money’s Facebook group for the latest bargains and money-saving advice.
12 Dec 18
Deadline

Hugh Grant, Jodie Whittaker and Letitia Wright are among 386 new BAFTA members. The 2018 intake span the film, games and TV industries across eleven countries. Scroll down for the full list of new members. Among new members are BAFTA-winner Grant, Doctor Who star Whittaker, BAFTA-nominee Willem Dafoe, Black Panther star Letitia Wright, La La Land producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger, Mad Max: […]

12 Dec 18
Frequent Miler

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12 Dec 18
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11 Dec 18
FashionForRoyals

Holiday season is finally here, and while it brings with it the promise of all things fun – parties, presents and playful time – it can also bring some stress when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for the ones we love and care for. But don’t worry – if you’re stuck in a rut when […]

11 Dec 18
Santa Cruz Sentinel
In the recent onslaught of reports about feuds, tensions and tears in the British royal family, stories about Meghan Markle wanting to use air fresheners at her May 19 wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle may seem like ancient history. But like tiara-gate, air-freshener-gate has been repeatedly trotted out over the past two weeks as an example of how the U.S.-born former TV actress was especially “demanding” and “bridezilla”-like in the lead-up to her marriage to Prince Harry. Orange blossom candles reportedly burned as Prince William placed a wedding ring on the hand of Kate Middleton, at Westminster Abbey, in 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan, Pool) Then again, perhaps this is a case of a royal newcomer facing a double standard; Kate Middleton was allowed to apply her favorite orange blossom scent to her 2011 wedding to Prince William in Westminster Abbey. This is no doubt among the many big and small controversies raging around Meghan and Kate and brothers Harry and William these days. Not surprisingly, the pregnant Duchess of Sussex, a Hollywood pro, didn’t at all let on that she was concerned about the negative headlines about her when she, and her growing baby bump, “stole the show” at the British Fashion Awards on Monday night, Vanity Fair reported: When you're a pregnant duchess wearing high fashion, it's hard not to steal the spotlight. https://t.co/5L51bE5GGH — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 10, 2018 As for air-freshener-gate, it stems from a Daily Mail report in late November that Meghan had asked for air-freshening atomizers to be sprayed in the 550-year-old St. George’s Chapel. This request was seen to be especially excessive, “ridiculous” and even insulting to the royal family’s own judgment about what odors are tolerable during church services, a source explained to the Daily Mail. “Apparently Meghan didn’t like the smell of the chapel, which, as you would expect, is a little musty,” the source told The Daily Mail. “It’s not unpleasant at all, though.” “It just smells how you would expect an old building to smell. And that’s something the royal family are particularly used to.” This air-freshener story came out about the same time that other reports emerged, including one from the Sun, purporting to offer new evidence of the alleged feud between Meghan and Kate. The report had to with an incident that supposedly took place sometime before the globally televised wedding when tensions no doubt ran high amongst everyone involved. According to the Sun, Kate admonished Meghan after the bride “berated” someone on her staff. Kate is said to have told her future sister-in-law: “That’s unacceptable; they’re my staff, and I speak to them.” CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device #gallery-2405973-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2405973-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2405973-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2405973-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen’s 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II’s annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images) This is an 1879 portrait of Queen Victoria. The Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India, was born at Kensington Palace, London, on May 24, 1819. (AP Photo) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club for a Foundation Polo Challenge that benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry on July 9, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. The newly married Royal Couple are on the first day of their first joint overseas tour to the USA. They arrived yesterday after spending 9 days in Canada. The couple started off their tour of North America by joining millions of Canadians in taking part in Canada Day celebrations which mark Canada’s 144th Birthday. King George V as a baby circa 1865 on the back of his mother, the late Queen Alexandra, shown Dec. 28, 1934. (AP Photo) Edward VII, center is shown with his son and grandson, George V, left, and Edward VIII, aboard the royal yacht, 1910. This is one of the very few photographs showing the three together. (AP Photo) King George V and Queen Mary with the late Queen Victoria during their honeymoon in London in 1893. He was not to ascend the throne until 17 years later. (AP Photo) Procession of the Knights of the Garter at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on June 14, 1913. King George V and Queen Mary, followed by four train bearers, entering cloisters for the chapel ceremony. (AP Photo) Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh kneel before the altar as they are blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, following their wedding service in Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947. Holding the bridal train are Prince Michael of Kent and Prince William of Gloucester, and directly behind them is Princess Margaret, the bride’s sister. Front seats from right to left; King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, the bride’s parents and Queen Mary. (AP Photo) With a 25-foot (7.6 meter) sweeping train, The Princess of Wales, former Lady Diana Spencer, leaves St. Paul’s Cathedral arm in arm with Prince Charles at the end of their wedding ceremony in London, July 29, 1981. (AP Photo) Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by her husband, Prince Philip, left, and her son, Prince Charles, both on horeseback, as she returns to London’s Buckingham Palace, Saturday, June 16, 2001, following the annual Trooping of the Color ceremony. The parade, in which regiments are reviewed by the monarch, marks the official celebration of the birthday of the Queen who turned 75 on April 21. (AP Photo/Richard Lewis) Britain’s Prince Edward and his future wife Sophie Rhys-Jones watch from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, Saturday June 12, 1999, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking the official birthday of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The couple are to wed at Windsor on June 19.(AP Photo/John Stillwell/pool) Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is seen at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, May 30, 1977 where she attended a Silver Jubilee performance of opera and ballet. (AP Photo/PA) Britain’s Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester and his bride Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester formally Lady Alice Scott, both waving, with Queen Mary, right, Princess Elizabeth, far left, Princess Margaret Rose, and King George V on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London after the Royal Wedding on Nov. 6, 1935. (AP Photo/Staff/Puttnam) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace, following their coronation on May 12, 1937. (AP Photo) Princess Margaret, her new husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones and Royal Family shown on balcony of Buckingham Palace following wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alice, are seen on their wedding day at Buckingham Palace, London, Nov. 6, 1935. From left to right back row, Miss Calre Phipps, Lady Elizabeth Scott, Queen Mary, the bridegroom, the bride, King George V, Lady Angela Scott and Miss Moyra Scott. Front row, Lady Mary Cambridge, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret Rose and Miss Anne Hawlins. (AP Photo). Great Britain Princess Margaret with husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones shown with best man Roger Oilliat and bridesmaids after their wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Prince Charles and his new bride Diana, Princess of Wales, pose for a family portrait with other members of the royal family, in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, on their wedding day July 29, 1981. (AP Photo) Prince William, right, and his father Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, pose during a photocall at Highgrove in Gloucestershire 29 September 2000. The media were invited to the photocall, at the Prince of Wales’s residence, to mark the next part of Prince Wiliam’s gap year before he starts university next Autumn. It was also a thank you to the media who have respected Prince William’s privacy while he attended Eton college. (Adrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse) Britain’s Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and his bride-to-be, Sophie Rhys-Jones, are seen in this Wednesday, January 6, 1999, file photo in the garden of St James’s Palace, London, after their engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace. Miss Rhys-Jones was reported to feel “utterley betrayed” by the publication in a British tabloid newspaper Wednesday, May 26, 1999, of an 11-year-old photograph of her with a breast exposed. (AP Photo/Toby Melville) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is shown with her husband, King George VI, and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth, center, and Princess Margaret, in 1937. (AP Photo) PHOTO: Diana and Charles hold their 6-month-old son, Prince William [970907 SS 7AA 3] The Prince and Princess of Wales are seen with their 6-month-old son, Prince William, during a photo session at Kensington Palace in London Dec. 22, 1982. (AP Photo/David Caulkin) The queen, as princess Elizabeth, pulls her stockings up as she arrives at Olympia station, London, May 1933. (AP-Photo) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh meet performers who worked in a 3D demonstation they saw during a visit to Pinewood Studios on July 5, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on an eight day tour of Canada starting in Halifax and finishing in Toronto. The trip is to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Navy and to mark Canada Day. On July 6th The royal couple will make their way to New York where the Queen will address the UN and visit Ground Zero. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images) Queen Victoria is pictured with her great-grandchildren, 1900. At left is the Prince of Wales Edward VIII, the Princess Royal Mary, and Prince Edward VIII. Queen Victoria holds infant Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. (AP Photo) Bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George, center, and Princess Charlotte, left, wave as they leave after the wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Toby Melville, Pool via AP) King George V and Queen Mary of England pass the Royal Scots and the Royal Air Force guard of honor at Olympia, England on June 1, 1933, during the review and exercises held there. (AP Photo/Len Puttnam) Britain’s King George V reads his opening speech when he opened the new buildings of the Science Museum, London, March 20, 1928, accompanied by his wife Queen Mary. (AP Photo) Britain’s King Edward VIII, left, arrived in Bulgaria and was welcomed by King Boris III outside Wranja Palee Station, Sofia, on Sept. 9, 1936. Prince Kiril, brother of King Boris, stands just behind the King. Edward VIII succeeded his father George V to the throne. (AP Photo) The Prince of Wales is seen with soldiers during World War I, 1917. He later abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. This led to his brother, George VI, to take the throne. George VI was Queen Elizabeth II’s father. (AP Photo) King George, left, with president Franklin Delano Roosevelt after services at St. James Episcopal Church at Hyde Park, N.Y., June 11, 1939. The King, along with Queen Elizabeth and Roosevelt family members, had all attended services together. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, second from left, is seen in this Sept. 11, 1940, file photo standing alongside her husband, King George VI as they view the damage to their London home, Buckingham Palace caused by a bomb during WWII. (AP Photo) Queen Mother Elizabeth, left, steps over the debris left by the bombing of a corner of Buckingham Palace in this Sept. 10, 1940, file photo and is followed by King George VI who surveys the wreckage. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, now known as the Queen Mother, with her husband King George VI tours bombed areas during WWII in this 1940 file photo. (AP Photo/files) Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh are seen leaving Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947, following their wedding service. (AP Photo) This official picture of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth, heir presumptive to the British throne and her fiance, Lieut. Philip Mountbatten, was made on July 10, 1947 in London. The Princess’ engagement ring can be seen on her finger. (AP Photo) Scene in Westminster Abbey during wedding ceremony of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones on May 6, 1960. Royal Family in pews left, Queen Mother Elizabeth in yellow and white. (AP Photo) Princess Margaret facing altar with Anthony Armstrong Jones during marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Mr. Antony Armstrong Jones, Earl of Snowdon, photographer husband of Princess Margaret of England, escorts the Countess Madeleine Bernadotte of Sweden, a freelance newswoman for Aahlen and Aakerlund Foerlag, from the country church at Asker, Norway on Jan. 12, 1961, after they had attended the royal wedding of Princess Astrid of Norway and Mr. Johan Martin Ferner. (AP Photo) Great Britain Princess Margaret with Anthony Armstrong Jones at Buckingham Palace after their wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, pictured with U.S. President Richard Nixon, right, and Britain’s Prime Minister Edward Heath at Chequers, Buckinghamshire, in 1970. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd whilst travelling to a theatre in London, May 3, 1957. (AP Photo) Queen Elizabeth II, who this year is celebrating her silver jubilee, is pictured during a tree planting ceremony at Westminster in 1977. The Queen later departed London on the first stage of her first jubilee tour to include visits to Australia and New Zealand. (AP-Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured sheltering under an umbrella during her visit to Singapore in February 1972 as part of her tour of Asian countries. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are seen during their visit to the island of Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands, Feb. 23, 1966. (AP Photo) Handout photograph made available Sunday Sept.12, 2004, of Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (center) with his two sons Prince Harry, left, and Prince William. The photograph has been made available to mark Prince Harry’s 20th birthday on Wednesday Sept.15 2004. (AP Photo /PA, Mario Testino / Handout) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT ONLY TO BE USED FOR ONE MONTH FROM DATE OF RELEASE (SEPT.12.2004) ** ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for the wedding ceremony of Pippa Middleton to James Matthews at St Mark’s Church as the bridesmaids and pageboys walk ahead on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images) Great Britains Princesses Margaret Rose, left, and Elizabeth, center, appeared in new hats at the Yugoslav exhibition at Burlington House, and were shown about by Queen Marie, left, of Yugoslavia, Jan. 31, 1944, London, England. (AP Photo) Princess Elizabeth, left, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, sit in the royal box watching the jumping at the Pony Show, March, 1938, London, England. (AP Photo) Britain’s Princes William (R) and Harry, sons of the late Princess Diana, greet guests as they arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Diana at the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London, August 31, 2007. Hundreds of mourners gathered in Paris and London on Friday to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, an object of enduring fascination around the world. (Reuters/Pool/Lewis Whyld/WPA/PA Wire) Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at the Cavalry Old Comrades Association Annual Parade in Hyde Park on May 13, 2007 in London, England. This is the 83rd Anniversary Of The Unveiling And Dedication Of The Memorial in Hyde Park. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Britain’s Prince Harry laughs with Spice Girls pop singers, from left, Mel B., Emma and Victoria in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday when he accompanied his dad, Prince Charles, to a concert. (AP Photo/Adil Bradlow) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet the public on a walkabout at Rotorua Government Gardens, New Zealand, on October 31, 2018. The royal couple retraced the steps of former Royal visitors, including Prince Harrys grandmother, The Queen, who has graced the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, four times. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand) Maoris of the northern part of the South Island reverted to traditional costume to welcome Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, on Sunday, March 15, 1970. Ship Cove was Captain Cook’s favourite anchorage in New Zealand waters and the Royal occasion saw an enactment of a landing by Cook and an exchange between him and Maoris of the area. (AP Photo) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a formal powhiri welcome at Te Papaiouru Marae in on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. After the official welcome, the royal couple were guests at a luncheon in the Wharekai dining house and went behind the scenes to visit the kitchen staff. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex recieving jade necklace in Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Rotorua’s Redwoods Treewalk on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth, right, and Margaret Rose arriving at Victoria by car in London, on July 26, 1938, to go to Portsmouth to embark on the yacht Victoria and Albert. (AP Photo) TOPSHOT – Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen’s Birthday Parade, ‘Trooping the Colour’ on Horseguards parade in London on June 9, 2018. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign’s official birthday, although the Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April. / AFP PHOTO / Niklas HALLENNIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images FILE — Under new succession rules reversing centuries of tradition, the British monarch’s first-born child will ascend the throne regardless of gender, according to rules approved by Commonwealth nations, Oct. 28, 2011. Commonwealth leaders also agreed to lift a ban on monarchs marrying Roman Catholics. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, en route to Buckingham Palace following their wedding, April 29, 2011. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times) Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. [970901 FR 16A 2] This is July 29, 1981 filer of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day, in London, England. (AP Photo/File) In the recent onslaught of reports about feuds, tensions and tears in the British royal family, stories about Meghan Markle wanting to use air fresheners at her May 19 wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle may seem like ancient history. But like tiara-gate, air-freshener-gate has been repeatedly trotted out over the past two […] Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England on May 19, 2018. (Ben Birchhall/pool photo via AP) Britain’s Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis arrive for the christening service of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP) Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive for the the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP) Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby son as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London. It is announced on Friday April 27, 2018, William and Kate’s new son is named Louis Arthur Charles. (John Stillwell/Pool photo via AP) Now it appears that the Duchess of Cambridge was a silent, background figure in Meghan’s air freshener controversy. Vanity Fair writers Josh Duboff and Julie Miller noted in their latest In the Limelight podcast that Meghan isn’t the only royal bride to have wanted to add a pleasant scent to her wedding ceremony. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images) Indeed, they unearthed a 2017 report from Hello that says Kate asked to have orange blossom candles burning in Westminster Abbey when she married William in 2011. The candles came from the London-based Jo Malone perfume and candle brand. Kate is said to be particularly fond of Jo Malone’s orange blossom candles, which retail for about $67 at Nordstrom and other stores. In its report, Hello said, “The crisp, fresh orange scent created a luxurious and opulent atmosphere inside the venue as William and Kate exchanged their vows.” Hello added that the Jo Malone candles have been used by a number of brides since Kate popularized this scented-ceremony trend. But apparently there is one bride who couldn’t apply her favorite scent to her wedding venue: Meghan Markle. Despite Harry’s reported statement, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,” Meghan didn’t get what she wanted in this regard, just like she couldn’t get the emerald-studded tiara she reportedly wanted to wear. But is there a double standard at work? Is it unfair to Meghan if no one objected to Kate wanting to fill Westminster Abbey with the “garden oasis” aroma promised by the orange blossom candles? Certainly, there probably was more of an ancient, musty smell the royals seem to like at Westminster Abbey in London, which dates back about 1,000 years. Perhaps Kate was given preferential treatment on the scent issue because she was marrying William, who is the future king. Or perhaps the royal family liked her more at the time of her wedding, because they had known her for a number of years  — unlike Meghan, who married into the family after what’s been described as a whirlwind romance with Harry. Then again, perhaps Kate wasn’t pushy in the way she asked for the candles as Meghan could have been in requesting the air fresheners. The royal source described to the Daily Mail the “over-the-top” nature of Meghan’s air freshener request. “Meghan wanted staff to go around with these atomizers, like spritzer guns, and spray the chapel with scent before anyone arrived,” the source said. While the source acknowledged that spraying the chapel wouldn’t have damaged the building or furnishings, it sounds as though Meghan’s demand could have required more staff time and been more obtrusive than just lighting some orange blossom candles. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5753244,5750009,5732790,5728387,5687302″] Ultimately, Queen Elizabeth II’s courtiers had final say on the issue, and told the bride no. “Royal Household staff stepped in and told her office politely, but firmly, that this was the Queen’s Chapel and it simply wasn’t appropriate,” the source said. “This is a place that has held royal weddings, funerals and even contains the Royal Vault. I don’t believe a request of that nature had been made before.”
11 Dec 18
East Bay Times
In the recent onslaught of reports about feuds, tensions and tears in the British royal family, stories about Meghan Markle wanting to use air fresheners at her May 19 wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle may seem like ancient history. But like tiara-gate, air-freshener-gate has been repeatedly trotted out over the past two weeks as an example of how the U.S.-born former TV actress was especially “demanding” and “bridezilla”-like in the lead-up to her marriage to Prince Harry. Orange blossom candles reportedly burned as Prince William placed a wedding ring on the hand of Kate Middleton, at Westminster Abbey, in 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan, Pool) Then again, perhaps this is a case of a royal newcomer facing a double standard; Kate Middleton was allowed to apply her favorite orange blossom scent to her 2011 wedding to Prince William in Westminster Abbey. This is no doubt among the many big and small controversies raging around Meghan and Kate and brothers Harry and William these days. Not surprisingly, the pregnant Duchess of Sussex, a Hollywood pro, didn’t at all let on that she was concerned about the negative headlines about her when she, and her growing baby bump, “stole the show” at the British Fashion Awards on Monday night, Vanity Fair reported: When you're a pregnant duchess wearing high fashion, it's hard not to steal the spotlight. https://t.co/5L51bE5GGH — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 10, 2018 As for air-freshener-gate, it stems from a Daily Mail report in late November that Meghan had asked for air-freshening atomizers to be sprayed in the 550-year-old St. George’s Chapel. This request was seen to be especially excessive, “ridiculous” and even insulting to the royal family’s own judgment about what odors are tolerable during church services, a source explained to the Daily Mail. “Apparently Meghan didn’t like the smell of the chapel, which, as you would expect, is a little musty,” the source told The Daily Mail. “It’s not unpleasant at all, though.” “It just smells how you would expect an old building to smell. And that’s something the royal family are particularly used to.” This air-freshener story came out about the same time that other reports emerged, including one from the Sun, purporting to offer new evidence of the alleged feud between Meghan and Kate. The report had to with an incident that supposedly took place sometime before the globally televised wedding when tensions no doubt ran high amongst everyone involved. According to the Sun, Kate admonished Meghan after the bride “berated” someone on her staff. Kate is said to have told her future sister-in-law: “That’s unacceptable; they’re my staff, and I speak to them.” CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device #gallery-5871827-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-5871827-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-5871827-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-5871827-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen’s 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II’s annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images) This is an 1879 portrait of Queen Victoria. The Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India, was born at Kensington Palace, London, on May 24, 1819. (AP Photo) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club for a Foundation Polo Challenge that benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry on July 9, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. The newly married Royal Couple are on the first day of their first joint overseas tour to the USA. They arrived yesterday after spending 9 days in Canada. The couple started off their tour of North America by joining millions of Canadians in taking part in Canada Day celebrations which mark Canada’s 144th Birthday. King George V as a baby circa 1865 on the back of his mother, the late Queen Alexandra, shown Dec. 28, 1934. (AP Photo) Edward VII, center is shown with his son and grandson, George V, left, and Edward VIII, aboard the royal yacht, 1910. This is one of the very few photographs showing the three together. (AP Photo) King George V and Queen Mary with the late Queen Victoria during their honeymoon in London in 1893. He was not to ascend the throne until 17 years later. (AP Photo) Procession of the Knights of the Garter at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on June 14, 1913. King George V and Queen Mary, followed by four train bearers, entering cloisters for the chapel ceremony. (AP Photo) Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh kneel before the altar as they are blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, following their wedding service in Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947. Holding the bridal train are Prince Michael of Kent and Prince William of Gloucester, and directly behind them is Princess Margaret, the bride’s sister. Front seats from right to left; King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, the bride’s parents and Queen Mary. (AP Photo) With a 25-foot (7.6 meter) sweeping train, The Princess of Wales, former Lady Diana Spencer, leaves St. Paul’s Cathedral arm in arm with Prince Charles at the end of their wedding ceremony in London, July 29, 1981. (AP Photo) Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by her husband, Prince Philip, left, and her son, Prince Charles, both on horeseback, as she returns to London’s Buckingham Palace, Saturday, June 16, 2001, following the annual Trooping of the Color ceremony. The parade, in which regiments are reviewed by the monarch, marks the official celebration of the birthday of the Queen who turned 75 on April 21. (AP Photo/Richard Lewis) Britain’s Prince Edward and his future wife Sophie Rhys-Jones watch from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, Saturday June 12, 1999, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking the official birthday of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The couple are to wed at Windsor on June 19.(AP Photo/John Stillwell/pool) Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is seen at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, May 30, 1977 where she attended a Silver Jubilee performance of opera and ballet. (AP Photo/PA) Britain’s Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester and his bride Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester formally Lady Alice Scott, both waving, with Queen Mary, right, Princess Elizabeth, far left, Princess Margaret Rose, and King George V on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London after the Royal Wedding on Nov. 6, 1935. (AP Photo/Staff/Puttnam) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace, following their coronation on May 12, 1937. (AP Photo) Princess Margaret, her new husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones and Royal Family shown on balcony of Buckingham Palace following wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alice, are seen on their wedding day at Buckingham Palace, London, Nov. 6, 1935. From left to right back row, Miss Calre Phipps, Lady Elizabeth Scott, Queen Mary, the bridegroom, the bride, King George V, Lady Angela Scott and Miss Moyra Scott. Front row, Lady Mary Cambridge, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret Rose and Miss Anne Hawlins. (AP Photo). Great Britain Princess Margaret with husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones shown with best man Roger Oilliat and bridesmaids after their wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Prince Charles and his new bride Diana, Princess of Wales, pose for a family portrait with other members of the royal family, in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, on their wedding day July 29, 1981. (AP Photo) Prince William, right, and his father Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, pose during a photocall at Highgrove in Gloucestershire 29 September 2000. The media were invited to the photocall, at the Prince of Wales’s residence, to mark the next part of Prince Wiliam’s gap year before he starts university next Autumn. It was also a thank you to the media who have respected Prince William’s privacy while he attended Eton college. (Adrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse) Britain’s Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and his bride-to-be, Sophie Rhys-Jones, are seen in this Wednesday, January 6, 1999, file photo in the garden of St James’s Palace, London, after their engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace. Miss Rhys-Jones was reported to feel “utterley betrayed” by the publication in a British tabloid newspaper Wednesday, May 26, 1999, of an 11-year-old photograph of her with a breast exposed. (AP Photo/Toby Melville) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is shown with her husband, King George VI, and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth, center, and Princess Margaret, in 1937. (AP Photo) PHOTO: Diana and Charles hold their 6-month-old son, Prince William [970907 SS 7AA 3] The Prince and Princess of Wales are seen with their 6-month-old son, Prince William, during a photo session at Kensington Palace in London Dec. 22, 1982. (AP Photo/David Caulkin) The queen, as princess Elizabeth, pulls her stockings up as she arrives at Olympia station, London, May 1933. (AP-Photo) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh meet performers who worked in a 3D demonstation they saw during a visit to Pinewood Studios on July 5, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on an eight day tour of Canada starting in Halifax and finishing in Toronto. The trip is to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Navy and to mark Canada Day. On July 6th The royal couple will make their way to New York where the Queen will address the UN and visit Ground Zero. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images) Queen Victoria is pictured with her great-grandchildren, 1900. At left is the Prince of Wales Edward VIII, the Princess Royal Mary, and Prince Edward VIII. Queen Victoria holds infant Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. (AP Photo) Bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George, center, and Princess Charlotte, left, wave as they leave after the wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Toby Melville, Pool via AP) King George V and Queen Mary of England pass the Royal Scots and the Royal Air Force guard of honor at Olympia, England on June 1, 1933, during the review and exercises held there. (AP Photo/Len Puttnam) Britain’s King George V reads his opening speech when he opened the new buildings of the Science Museum, London, March 20, 1928, accompanied by his wife Queen Mary. (AP Photo) Britain’s King Edward VIII, left, arrived in Bulgaria and was welcomed by King Boris III outside Wranja Palee Station, Sofia, on Sept. 9, 1936. Prince Kiril, brother of King Boris, stands just behind the King. Edward VIII succeeded his father George V to the throne. (AP Photo) The Prince of Wales is seen with soldiers during World War I, 1917. He later abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. This led to his brother, George VI, to take the throne. George VI was Queen Elizabeth II’s father. (AP Photo) King George, left, with president Franklin Delano Roosevelt after services at St. James Episcopal Church at Hyde Park, N.Y., June 11, 1939. The King, along with Queen Elizabeth and Roosevelt family members, had all attended services together. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, second from left, is seen in this Sept. 11, 1940, file photo standing alongside her husband, King George VI as they view the damage to their London home, Buckingham Palace caused by a bomb during WWII. (AP Photo) Queen Mother Elizabeth, left, steps over the debris left by the bombing of a corner of Buckingham Palace in this Sept. 10, 1940, file photo and is followed by King George VI who surveys the wreckage. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, now known as the Queen Mother, with her husband King George VI tours bombed areas during WWII in this 1940 file photo. (AP Photo/files) Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh are seen leaving Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947, following their wedding service. (AP Photo) This official picture of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth, heir presumptive to the British throne and her fiance, Lieut. Philip Mountbatten, was made on July 10, 1947 in London. The Princess’ engagement ring can be seen on her finger. (AP Photo) Scene in Westminster Abbey during wedding ceremony of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones on May 6, 1960. Royal Family in pews left, Queen Mother Elizabeth in yellow and white. (AP Photo) Princess Margaret facing altar with Anthony Armstrong Jones during marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Mr. Antony Armstrong Jones, Earl of Snowdon, photographer husband of Princess Margaret of England, escorts the Countess Madeleine Bernadotte of Sweden, a freelance newswoman for Aahlen and Aakerlund Foerlag, from the country church at Asker, Norway on Jan. 12, 1961, after they had attended the royal wedding of Princess Astrid of Norway and Mr. Johan Martin Ferner. (AP Photo) Great Britain Princess Margaret with Anthony Armstrong Jones at Buckingham Palace after their wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, pictured with U.S. President Richard Nixon, right, and Britain’s Prime Minister Edward Heath at Chequers, Buckinghamshire, in 1970. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd whilst travelling to a theatre in London, May 3, 1957. (AP Photo) Queen Elizabeth II, who this year is celebrating her silver jubilee, is pictured during a tree planting ceremony at Westminster in 1977. The Queen later departed London on the first stage of her first jubilee tour to include visits to Australia and New Zealand. (AP-Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured sheltering under an umbrella during her visit to Singapore in February 1972 as part of her tour of Asian countries. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are seen during their visit to the island of Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands, Feb. 23, 1966. (AP Photo) Handout photograph made available Sunday Sept.12, 2004, of Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (center) with his two sons Prince Harry, left, and Prince William. The photograph has been made available to mark Prince Harry’s 20th birthday on Wednesday Sept.15 2004. (AP Photo /PA, Mario Testino / Handout) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT ONLY TO BE USED FOR ONE MONTH FROM DATE OF RELEASE (SEPT.12.2004) ** ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for the wedding ceremony of Pippa Middleton to James Matthews at St Mark’s Church as the bridesmaids and pageboys walk ahead on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images) Great Britains Princesses Margaret Rose, left, and Elizabeth, center, appeared in new hats at the Yugoslav exhibition at Burlington House, and were shown about by Queen Marie, left, of Yugoslavia, Jan. 31, 1944, London, England. (AP Photo) Princess Elizabeth, left, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, sit in the royal box watching the jumping at the Pony Show, March, 1938, London, England. (AP Photo) Britain’s Princes William (R) and Harry, sons of the late Princess Diana, greet guests as they arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Diana at the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London, August 31, 2007. Hundreds of mourners gathered in Paris and London on Friday to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, an object of enduring fascination around the world. (Reuters/Pool/Lewis Whyld/WPA/PA Wire) Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at the Cavalry Old Comrades Association Annual Parade in Hyde Park on May 13, 2007 in London, England. This is the 83rd Anniversary Of The Unveiling And Dedication Of The Memorial in Hyde Park. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Britain’s Prince Harry laughs with Spice Girls pop singers, from left, Mel B., Emma and Victoria in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday when he accompanied his dad, Prince Charles, to a concert. (AP Photo/Adil Bradlow) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet the public on a walkabout at Rotorua Government Gardens, New Zealand, on October 31, 2018. The royal couple retraced the steps of former Royal visitors, including Prince Harrys grandmother, The Queen, who has graced the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, four times. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand) Maoris of the northern part of the South Island reverted to traditional costume to welcome Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, on Sunday, March 15, 1970. Ship Cove was Captain Cook’s favourite anchorage in New Zealand waters and the Royal occasion saw an enactment of a landing by Cook and an exchange between him and Maoris of the area. (AP Photo) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a formal powhiri welcome at Te Papaiouru Marae in on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. After the official welcome, the royal couple were guests at a luncheon in the Wharekai dining house and went behind the scenes to visit the kitchen staff. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex recieving jade necklace in Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Rotorua’s Redwoods Treewalk on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth, right, and Margaret Rose arriving at Victoria by car in London, on July 26, 1938, to go to Portsmouth to embark on the yacht Victoria and Albert. (AP Photo) TOPSHOT – Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen’s Birthday Parade, ‘Trooping the Colour’ on Horseguards parade in London on June 9, 2018. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign’s official birthday, although the Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April. / AFP PHOTO / Niklas HALLENNIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images FILE — Under new succession rules reversing centuries of tradition, the British monarch’s first-born child will ascend the throne regardless of gender, according to rules approved by Commonwealth nations, Oct. 28, 2011. Commonwealth leaders also agreed to lift a ban on monarchs marrying Roman Catholics. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, en route to Buckingham Palace following their wedding, April 29, 2011. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times) Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. [970901 FR 16A 2] This is July 29, 1981 filer of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day, in London, England. (AP Photo/File) In the recent onslaught of reports about feuds, tensions and tears in the British royal family, stories about Meghan Markle wanting to use air fresheners at her May 19 wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle may seem like ancient history. But like tiara-gate, air-freshener-gate has been repeatedly trotted out over the past two […] Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England on May 19, 2018. (Ben Birchhall/pool photo via AP) Britain’s Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis arrive for the christening service of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP) Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive for the the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP) Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby son as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London. It is announced on Friday April 27, 2018, William and Kate’s new son is named Louis Arthur Charles. (John Stillwell/Pool photo via AP) Now it appears that the Duchess of Cambridge was a silent, background figure in Meghan’s air freshener controversy. Vanity Fair writers Josh Duboff and Julie Miller noted in their latest In the Limelight podcast that Meghan isn’t the only royal bride to have wanted to add a pleasant scent to her wedding ceremony. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images) Indeed, they unearthed a 2017 report from Hello that says Kate asked to have orange blossom candles burning in Westminster Abbey when she married William in 2011. The candles came from the London-based Jo Malone perfume and candle brand. Kate is said to be particularly fond of Jo Malone’s orange blossom candles, which retail for about $67 at Nordstrom and other stores. In its report, Hello said, “The crisp, fresh orange scent created a luxurious and opulent atmosphere inside the venue as William and Kate exchanged their vows.” Hello added that the Jo Malone candles have been used by a number of brides since Kate popularized this scented-ceremony trend. But apparently there is one bride who couldn’t apply her favorite scent to her wedding venue: Meghan Markle. Despite Harry’s reported statement, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,” Meghan didn’t get what she wanted in this regard, just like she couldn’t get the emerald-studded tiara she reportedly wanted to wear. But is there a double standard at work? Is it unfair to Meghan if no one objected to Kate wanting to fill Westminster Abbey with the “garden oasis” aroma promised by the orange blossom candles? Certainly, there probably was more of an ancient, musty smell the royals seem to like at Westminster Abbey in London, which dates back about 1,000 years. Perhaps Kate was given preferential treatment on the scent issue because she was marrying William, who is the future king. Or perhaps the royal family liked her more at the time of her wedding, because they had known her for a number of years  — unlike Meghan, who married into the family after what’s been described as a whirlwind romance with Harry. Then again, perhaps Kate wasn’t pushy in the way she asked for the candles as Meghan could have been in requesting the air fresheners. The royal source described to the Daily Mail the “over-the-top” nature of Meghan’s air freshener request. “Meghan wanted staff to go around with these atomizers, like spritzer guns, and spray the chapel with scent before anyone arrived,” the source said. While the source acknowledged that spraying the chapel wouldn’t have damaged the building or furnishings, it sounds as though Meghan’s demand could have required more staff time and been more obtrusive than just lighting some orange blossom candles. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5753244,5750009,5732790,5728387,5687302″] Ultimately, Queen Elizabeth II’s courtiers had final say on the issue, and told the bride no. “Royal Household staff stepped in and told her office politely, but firmly, that this was the Queen’s Chapel and it simply wasn’t appropriate,” the source said. “This is a place that has held royal weddings, funerals and even contains the Royal Vault. I don’t believe a request of that nature had been made before.”
11 Dec 18
The Mercury News
In the recent onslaught of reports about feuds, tensions and tears in the British royal family, stories about Meghan Markle wanting to use air fresheners at her May 19 wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle may seem like ancient history. But like tiara-gate, air-freshener-gate has been repeatedly trotted out over the past two weeks as an example of how the U.S.-born former TV actress was especially “demanding” and “bridezilla”-like in the lead-up to her marriage to Prince Harry. Orange blossom candles reportedly burned as Prince William placed a wedding ring on the hand of Kate Middleton, at Westminster Abbey, in 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan, Pool) Then again, perhaps this is a case of a royal newcomer facing a double standard; Kate Middleton was allowed to apply her favorite orange blossom scent to her 2011 wedding to Prince William in Westminster Abbey. This is no doubt among the many big and small controversies raging around Meghan and Kate and brothers Harry and William these days. Not surprisingly, the pregnant Duchess of Sussex, a Hollywood pro, didn’t at all let on that she was concerned about the negative headlines about her when she, and her growing baby bump, “stole the show” at the British Fashion Awards on Monday night, Vanity Fair reported: When you're a pregnant duchess wearing high fashion, it's hard not to steal the spotlight. https://t.co/5L51bE5GGH — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 10, 2018 As for air-freshener-gate, it stems from a Daily Mail report in late November that Meghan had asked for air-freshening atomizers to be sprayed in the 550-year-old St. George’s Chapel. This request was seen to be especially excessive, “ridiculous” and even insulting to the royal family’s own judgment about what odors are tolerable during church services, a source explained to the Daily Mail. “Apparently Meghan didn’t like the smell of the chapel, which, as you would expect, is a little musty,” the source told The Daily Mail. “It’s not unpleasant at all, though.” “It just smells how you would expect an old building to smell. And that’s something the royal family are particularly used to.” This air-freshener story came out about the same time that other reports emerged, including one from the Sun, purporting to offer new evidence of the alleged feud between Meghan and Kate. The report had to with an incident that supposedly took place sometime before the globally televised wedding when tensions no doubt ran high amongst everyone involved. According to the Sun, Kate admonished Meghan after the bride “berated” someone on her staff. Kate is said to have told her future sister-in-law: “That’s unacceptable; they’re my staff, and I speak to them.” CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device #gallery-5755948-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-5755948-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-5755948-5 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-5755948-5 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen’s 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II’s annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images) This is an 1879 portrait of Queen Victoria. The Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India, was born at Kensington Palace, London, on May 24, 1819. (AP Photo) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club for a Foundation Polo Challenge that benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry on July 9, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. The newly married Royal Couple are on the first day of their first joint overseas tour to the USA. They arrived yesterday after spending 9 days in Canada. The couple started off their tour of North America by joining millions of Canadians in taking part in Canada Day celebrations which mark Canada’s 144th Birthday. King George V as a baby circa 1865 on the back of his mother, the late Queen Alexandra, shown Dec. 28, 1934. (AP Photo) Edward VII, center is shown with his son and grandson, George V, left, and Edward VIII, aboard the royal yacht, 1910. This is one of the very few photographs showing the three together. (AP Photo) King George V and Queen Mary with the late Queen Victoria during their honeymoon in London in 1893. He was not to ascend the throne until 17 years later. (AP Photo) Procession of the Knights of the Garter at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on June 14, 1913. King George V and Queen Mary, followed by four train bearers, entering cloisters for the chapel ceremony. (AP Photo) Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh kneel before the altar as they are blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, following their wedding service in Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947. Holding the bridal train are Prince Michael of Kent and Prince William of Gloucester, and directly behind them is Princess Margaret, the bride’s sister. Front seats from right to left; King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, the bride’s parents and Queen Mary. (AP Photo) With a 25-foot (7.6 meter) sweeping train, The Princess of Wales, former Lady Diana Spencer, leaves St. Paul’s Cathedral arm in arm with Prince Charles at the end of their wedding ceremony in London, July 29, 1981. (AP Photo) Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by her husband, Prince Philip, left, and her son, Prince Charles, both on horeseback, as she returns to London’s Buckingham Palace, Saturday, June 16, 2001, following the annual Trooping of the Color ceremony. The parade, in which regiments are reviewed by the monarch, marks the official celebration of the birthday of the Queen who turned 75 on April 21. (AP Photo/Richard Lewis) Britain’s Prince Edward and his future wife Sophie Rhys-Jones watch from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, Saturday June 12, 1999, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking the official birthday of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The couple are to wed at Windsor on June 19.(AP Photo/John Stillwell/pool) Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is seen at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, May 30, 1977 where she attended a Silver Jubilee performance of opera and ballet. (AP Photo/PA) Britain’s Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester and his bride Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester formally Lady Alice Scott, both waving, with Queen Mary, right, Princess Elizabeth, far left, Princess Margaret Rose, and King George V on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London after the Royal Wedding on Nov. 6, 1935. (AP Photo/Staff/Puttnam) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace, following their coronation on May 12, 1937. (AP Photo) Princess Margaret, her new husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones and Royal Family shown on balcony of Buckingham Palace following wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alice, are seen on their wedding day at Buckingham Palace, London, Nov. 6, 1935. From left to right back row, Miss Calre Phipps, Lady Elizabeth Scott, Queen Mary, the bridegroom, the bride, King George V, Lady Angela Scott and Miss Moyra Scott. Front row, Lady Mary Cambridge, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret Rose and Miss Anne Hawlins. (AP Photo). Great Britain Princess Margaret with husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones shown with best man Roger Oilliat and bridesmaids after their wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Prince Charles and his new bride Diana, Princess of Wales, pose for a family portrait with other members of the royal family, in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, on their wedding day July 29, 1981. (AP Photo) Prince William, right, and his father Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, pose during a photocall at Highgrove in Gloucestershire 29 September 2000. The media were invited to the photocall, at the Prince of Wales’s residence, to mark the next part of Prince Wiliam’s gap year before he starts university next Autumn. It was also a thank you to the media who have respected Prince William’s privacy while he attended Eton college. (Adrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse) Britain’s Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and his bride-to-be, Sophie Rhys-Jones, are seen in this Wednesday, January 6, 1999, file photo in the garden of St James’s Palace, London, after their engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace. Miss Rhys-Jones was reported to feel “utterley betrayed” by the publication in a British tabloid newspaper Wednesday, May 26, 1999, of an 11-year-old photograph of her with a breast exposed. (AP Photo/Toby Melville) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is shown with her husband, King George VI, and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth, center, and Princess Margaret, in 1937. (AP Photo) PHOTO: Diana and Charles hold their 6-month-old son, Prince William [970907 SS 7AA 3] The Prince and Princess of Wales are seen with their 6-month-old son, Prince William, during a photo session at Kensington Palace in London Dec. 22, 1982. (AP Photo/David Caulkin) The queen, as princess Elizabeth, pulls her stockings up as she arrives at Olympia station, London, May 1933. (AP-Photo) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh meet performers who worked in a 3D demonstation they saw during a visit to Pinewood Studios on July 5, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on an eight day tour of Canada starting in Halifax and finishing in Toronto. The trip is to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Navy and to mark Canada Day. On July 6th The royal couple will make their way to New York where the Queen will address the UN and visit Ground Zero. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images) Queen Victoria is pictured with her great-grandchildren, 1900. At left is the Prince of Wales Edward VIII, the Princess Royal Mary, and Prince Edward VIII. Queen Victoria holds infant Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. (AP Photo) Bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George, center, and Princess Charlotte, left, wave as they leave after the wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Toby Melville, Pool via AP) King George V and Queen Mary of England pass the Royal Scots and the Royal Air Force guard of honor at Olympia, England on June 1, 1933, during the review and exercises held there. (AP Photo/Len Puttnam) Britain’s King George V reads his opening speech when he opened the new buildings of the Science Museum, London, March 20, 1928, accompanied by his wife Queen Mary. (AP Photo) Britain’s King Edward VIII, left, arrived in Bulgaria and was welcomed by King Boris III outside Wranja Palee Station, Sofia, on Sept. 9, 1936. Prince Kiril, brother of King Boris, stands just behind the King. Edward VIII succeeded his father George V to the throne. (AP Photo) The Prince of Wales is seen with soldiers during World War I, 1917. He later abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. This led to his brother, George VI, to take the throne. George VI was Queen Elizabeth II’s father. (AP Photo) King George, left, with president Franklin Delano Roosevelt after services at St. James Episcopal Church at Hyde Park, N.Y., June 11, 1939. The King, along with Queen Elizabeth and Roosevelt family members, had all attended services together. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, second from left, is seen in this Sept. 11, 1940, file photo standing alongside her husband, King George VI as they view the damage to their London home, Buckingham Palace caused by a bomb during WWII. (AP Photo) Queen Mother Elizabeth, left, steps over the debris left by the bombing of a corner of Buckingham Palace in this Sept. 10, 1940, file photo and is followed by King George VI who surveys the wreckage. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, now known as the Queen Mother, with her husband King George VI tours bombed areas during WWII in this 1940 file photo. (AP Photo/files) Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh are seen leaving Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947, following their wedding service. (AP Photo) This official picture of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth, heir presumptive to the British throne and her fiance, Lieut. Philip Mountbatten, was made on July 10, 1947 in London. The Princess’ engagement ring can be seen on her finger. (AP Photo) Scene in Westminster Abbey during wedding ceremony of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones on May 6, 1960. Royal Family in pews left, Queen Mother Elizabeth in yellow and white. (AP Photo) Princess Margaret facing altar with Anthony Armstrong Jones during marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Mr. Antony Armstrong Jones, Earl of Snowdon, photographer husband of Princess Margaret of England, escorts the Countess Madeleine Bernadotte of Sweden, a freelance newswoman for Aahlen and Aakerlund Foerlag, from the country church at Asker, Norway on Jan. 12, 1961, after they had attended the royal wedding of Princess Astrid of Norway and Mr. Johan Martin Ferner. (AP Photo) Great Britain Princess Margaret with Anthony Armstrong Jones at Buckingham Palace after their wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, pictured with U.S. President Richard Nixon, right, and Britain’s Prime Minister Edward Heath at Chequers, Buckinghamshire, in 1970. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd whilst travelling to a theatre in London, May 3, 1957. (AP Photo) Queen Elizabeth II, who this year is celebrating her silver jubilee, is pictured during a tree planting ceremony at Westminster in 1977. The Queen later departed London on the first stage of her first jubilee tour to include visits to Australia and New Zealand. (AP-Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured sheltering under an umbrella during her visit to Singapore in February 1972 as part of her tour of Asian countries. (AP Photo) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are seen during their visit to the island of Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands, Feb. 23, 1966. (AP Photo) Handout photograph made available Sunday Sept.12, 2004, of Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (center) with his two sons Prince Harry, left, and Prince William. The photograph has been made available to mark Prince Harry’s 20th birthday on Wednesday Sept.15 2004. (AP Photo /PA, Mario Testino / Handout) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT ONLY TO BE USED FOR ONE MONTH FROM DATE OF RELEASE (SEPT.12.2004) ** ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for the wedding ceremony of Pippa Middleton to James Matthews at St Mark’s Church as the bridesmaids and pageboys walk ahead on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images) Great Britains Princesses Margaret Rose, left, and Elizabeth, center, appeared in new hats at the Yugoslav exhibition at Burlington House, and were shown about by Queen Marie, left, of Yugoslavia, Jan. 31, 1944, London, England. (AP Photo) Princess Elizabeth, left, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, sit in the royal box watching the jumping at the Pony Show, March, 1938, London, England. (AP Photo) Britain’s Princes William (R) and Harry, sons of the late Princess Diana, greet guests as they arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Diana at the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London, August 31, 2007. Hundreds of mourners gathered in Paris and London on Friday to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, an object of enduring fascination around the world. (Reuters/Pool/Lewis Whyld/WPA/PA Wire) Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at the Cavalry Old Comrades Association Annual Parade in Hyde Park on May 13, 2007 in London, England. This is the 83rd Anniversary Of The Unveiling And Dedication Of The Memorial in Hyde Park. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Britain’s Prince Harry laughs with Spice Girls pop singers, from left, Mel B., Emma and Victoria in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday when he accompanied his dad, Prince Charles, to a concert. (AP Photo/Adil Bradlow) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet the public on a walkabout at Rotorua Government Gardens, New Zealand, on October 31, 2018. The royal couple retraced the steps of former Royal visitors, including Prince Harrys grandmother, The Queen, who has graced the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, four times. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand) Maoris of the northern part of the South Island reverted to traditional costume to welcome Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, on Sunday, March 15, 1970. Ship Cove was Captain Cook’s favourite anchorage in New Zealand waters and the Royal occasion saw an enactment of a landing by Cook and an exchange between him and Maoris of the area. (AP Photo) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a formal powhiri welcome at Te Papaiouru Marae in on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. After the official welcome, the royal couple were guests at a luncheon in the Wharekai dining house and went behind the scenes to visit the kitchen staff. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex recieving jade necklace in Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Rotorua’s Redwoods Treewalk on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth, right, and Margaret Rose arriving at Victoria by car in London, on July 26, 1938, to go to Portsmouth to embark on the yacht Victoria and Albert. (AP Photo) TOPSHOT – Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen’s Birthday Parade, ‘Trooping the Colour’ on Horseguards parade in London on June 9, 2018. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign’s official birthday, although the Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April. / AFP PHOTO / Niklas HALLENNIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images FILE — Under new succession rules reversing centuries of tradition, the British monarch’s first-born child will ascend the throne regardless of gender, according to rules approved by Commonwealth nations, Oct. 28, 2011. Commonwealth leaders also agreed to lift a ban on monarchs marrying Roman Catholics. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, en route to Buckingham Palace following their wedding, April 29, 2011. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times) Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. [970901 FR 16A 2] This is July 29, 1981 filer of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day, in London, England. (AP Photo/File) Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England on May 19, 2018. (Ben Birchhall/pool photo via AP) Britain’s Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis arrive for the christening service of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP) Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive for the the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP) Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby son as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London. It is announced on Friday April 27, 2018, William and Kate’s new son is named Louis Arthur Charles. (John Stillwell/Pool photo via AP) Now it appears that the Duchess of Cambridge was a silent, background figure in Meghan’s air freshener controversy. Vanity Fair writers Josh Duboff and Julie Miller noted in their latest In the Limelight podcast that Meghan isn’t the only royal bride to have wanted to add a pleasant scent to her wedding ceremony. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images) Indeed, they unearthed a 2017 report from Hello that says Kate asked to have orange blossom candles burning in Westminster Abbey when she married William in 2011. The candles came from the London-based Jo Malone perfume and candle brand. Kate is said to be particularly fond of Jo Malone’s orange blossom candles, which retail for about $67 at Nordstrom and other stores. In its report, Hello said, “The crisp, fresh orange scent created a luxurious and opulent atmosphere inside the venue as William and Kate exchanged their vows.” Hello added that the Jo Malone candles have been used by a number of brides since Kate popularized this scented-ceremony trend. But apparently there is one bride who couldn’t apply her favorite scent to her wedding venue: Meghan Markle. Despite Harry’s reported statement, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,” Meghan didn’t get what she wanted in this regard, just like she couldn’t get the emerald-studded tiara she reportedly wanted to wear. But is there a double standard at work? Is it unfair to Meghan if no one objected to Kate wanting to fill Westminster Abbey with the “garden oasis” aroma promised by the orange blossom candles? Certainly, there probably was more of an ancient, musty smell the royals seem to like at Westminster Abbey in London, which dates back about 1,000 years. Perhaps Kate was given preferential treatment on the scent issue because she was marrying William, who is the future king. Or perhaps the royal family liked her more at the time of her wedding, because they had known her for a number of years  — unlike Meghan, who married into the family after what’s been described as a whirlwind romance with Harry. Then again, perhaps Kate wasn’t pushy in the way she asked for the candles as Meghan could have been in requesting the air fresheners. The royal source described to the Daily Mail the “over-the-top” nature of Meghan’s air freshener request. “Meghan wanted staff to go around with these atomizers, like spritzer guns, and spray the chapel with scent before anyone arrived,” the source said. While the source acknowledged that spraying the chapel wouldn’t have damaged the building or furnishings, it sounds as though Meghan’s demand could have required more staff time and been more obtrusive than just lighting some orange blossom candles. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5753244,5750009,5732790,5728387,5687302″] Ultimately, Queen Elizabeth II’s courtiers had final say on the issue, and told the bride no. “Royal Household staff stepped in and told her office politely, but firmly, that this was the Queen’s Chapel and it simply wasn’t appropriate,” the source said. “This is a place that has held royal weddings, funerals and even contains the Royal Vault. I don’t believe a request of that nature had been made before.”