Royal Romance

Our blogger Claudia Joseph, bring us the latest news from Kensington Palace in the run up to Valentine’s Day. Claudia, who is a journalist at the Mail on Sunday, has written three books about the Duchess of Cambridge: Kate: The Making of a Princess; William and Kate’s Britain; and How to Dress Like a Princess: The Secrets of Kate’s Wardrobe. She is also a TV commentator. You can read her previous article here on her birthday celebration and here on how to dress like a princess.

This year promises to be a romantic year for the Windsors as we are now expecting two Royal brides (as well as two Royal babies!). As I’ve already blogged, Prince Harry is getting married to Meghan Markle in May at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Now Princess Eugenie has got engaged to her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, a nightclub manager, not only beating her older sister down the aisle but sparking a Battle of the Windsor Brides as they too will marry at Windsor in the autumn.

But, firstly, all eyes will be on the happy couples as they celebrate Valentine’s Day. If romance runs in the blood, then you may get hints from the way the Duke of Cambridge treated his wife on their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. Although they spent February 14, 2012, more than 7,900 miles apart (William was in the Falklands while Kate spent her first full ‘away day’ on public engagements in Liverpool), they still managed to mark the occasion. To the shame of men across the country, William sent Kate BOTH flowers AND a card from the other side of the world.

However, Harry may have to be even more ingenious, if he wants to stay in Meghan’s good books. In a Valentine’s wish list, she posted on her lifestyle website The Tig, named after her favourite Tignanello wine and recently closed down), she revealed high expectations. Not only did she say she was a ‘sucker for Valentine’s Day’ hoping that every February 14 ‘to be dipped into a kiss’, but she gushed on her blog about ‘the season for heart-shaped chocolates, red roses and lovey-dovey greeting cards’. ‘In terms of gifts, be it breakfast in bed, a sweet love note, or a single flower,’ she added, ‘it really is the thought that counts. She even made a few suggestions for the man in your life: a customisable throw pillow; argyle socks; fancy headphones; a poker chip set and even a beer-making kit.

Last year Meghan and Harry had a low-key celebration at Nottingham Cottage but presumably he fulfilled her expectations as they are now engaged! Equally Eugenie and Jack have rarely been spotted out and about on the most romantic day of the year – a few years ago they were on the slopes in Verbier with Prince Harry so perhaps we can expect a romantic foursome this year?

However, not everyone, will have found the one this Valentine’s Day so I thought I would end with a few tips from Meghan herself about how to spoil yourself and be your ‘own funny Valentine’. ‘I think you need to cook that beautiful dinner even when it’s just you, wear your favourite outfit, buy yourself some flowers,’ she wrote before she met Harry. ‘And celebrate the self love that often gets muddled when we focus on what we don’t have.

‘This Valentine’s Day I will be with friends, running amok through the streets of New York, likely imbibing some cocktail that’s oddly pink, and jumping over icy mounds in my new shoes through the salted snowy streets of the West Villages.’

Great idea Meghan. And Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to Dress Like a Princess: The Secrets of Kate’s Wardrobe is available at and all leading book sellers. The perfect Valentine’s gift?