A purported “palace planner” for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did not “tell all” about their upcoming wedding, despite a new tabloid cover story. This deceptive report is actually made-up. Gossip Cop can bust it.
Life & Style is claiming to have “all the ‘I do’ details” roughly two months before the couple ties the knot. But there’s a telltale sign right in the very first paragraph that the gossip magazine is full of it. A so-called “source” is quoted as saying, “Invitations are being sent out close to the ceremony because Harry and Meghan want to keep details as private as possible.” That contention belies the article’s whole premise, which is about leaking alleged “details” about the nuptials weeks in advance.
And far from having an actual “palace planner” on the record for this story, the outlet actually based its report on “a source, who’s gotten details from a palace insider helping to plan the wedding.” In other words, no “palace planner” actually told “all” to the publication. At best, this is third-hand information (from the planner to the source to Life & Style), if this “source” even really exists at all.
So what alleged insight does the tabloid actually offer? First, there’s this “source” statement that anyone would rationally conclude: Markle is “involved in every aspect of the planning, from the flowers to the table decor.” Well, it’s not like it was expected she’d have no opinion at all. Then, the alleged tipster gives what amounts to another “duh” remark: “She’s keeping the designer of her wedding dress secret.” Still, it’s claimed the actress is “leaning toward” Ralph & Russo. That isn’t a new scoop, however. It was speculated earlier this month that Markle may have chosen a Ralph & Russo wedding dress, and oddsmakers even suspended betting this week as the buzz increased.
The supposed snitch goes on to contend Queen Elizabeth has “offered to loan her a priceless tiara.” That’s not a revelation, either. Kate Middleton wore a tiara lent by the queen for her wedding in 2011. There’s been no reason to think Markle wouldn’t be afforded the same opportunity. Meanwhile, the magazine actually admits it’s a “no-brainer” that Middleton’s kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will likely have roles in the bridal party. Given that Middleton and Prince William had young relatives in their own wedding party, and considering that George and Charlotte were part of Pippa Middleton’s special day last year, it’s been expected that they’d be involved with Markle and Prince Harry’s nuptials, too. This isn’t unique insight.
And then comes another red flag. While reasonably guessing that Middleton may be making her first postpartum appearance at the May nuptials, since she is due to give birth in April, the magazine repeats the untrue claim that she’s expecting “twin girls.” The outlet’s “source” even asserts Markle has told her soon-to-be sister-in-law that she’s “welcome to bring her newborns, but Kate might want to leave the babies at home.” As Gossip Cop has repeatedly reported, and Kensington Palace has confirmed, there won’t be “newborns” plural. Middleton is expecting just one baby, and any genuine “source” would know that.
There also appears to be a contradiction as the article goes on. Despite contending in the first paragraph that invitations haven’t gone out because the couple wants to keep things “private,” the publication nonetheless claims to know who has made the guest list. But some of those named, such as Elton John and the Spice Girls, have already publicly indicated that they may be at the historic event. So that’s also not particularly insightful.
Then, the tabloid claims Markle is “reportedly planning to give a speech during the reception.” Well, if the magazine really has a “source” who has spoken to a “palace planner,” shouldn’t this contention be confirmed or denied, instead of couched with “reportedly”? Of course, Gossip Cop doesn’t expect an outlet that alleged almost exactly a year ago that Markle and Prince Harry were going to have a Christmas wedding in the Caribbean to actually have real inside knowledge. Between that awful track record and the points made above, it’s quite obvious no one is really telling “all” to this publication.
UPDATE: Further proving this cover story inauthentic and inaccurate, Kensington Palace announced on Twitter on Thursday that invitations for the wedding have been distributed, contrary to the tabloid’s claim that they wouldn’t be sent out until “close to the ceremony.”
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.