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The Important Work Meghan Markle Was Doing While Pregnant {New Photos}

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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was quite busy making history while pregnant with her first child, son Archie, with husband Prince Harry.

The American Royal, starting at 5-months pregnant, became the first ever “guest editor’ of British Vogue, for its coveted September issue, the most important edition in magazines’ yearly calendar.

Rather than be the cover model, the former Suits star chose to instead spotlight the work of 15 change maker women who are doing big things for other women in the world including Jane Goodall (who was interviewed by her husband) and former US First Lady Michelle Obama (interviewed by Meghan), Laverne Cox, Greta Thunberg, Jacinda Ardern, Adwoa Aboah and Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi and others shot by legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh.

She also started working on a line of women’s wear with designer Misha Nonoo that will benefit her patronage project called Smart Works, an organization that provides job training and clothing for underprivileged women.

The group gives client one-on-one interview prep and an interview outfit. Once they land the job, the women can come back and collect 5 additional pieces of clothing to get them thru their first paycheck!

Love Love it!!

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“The reason why I was drawn to Smart Works is that it reframed the idea of charity as community…..it’s a network of women supporting and empowering other women in their professional pursuits,” Markle wrote in the magazine of her interest in that organization.

Yesterday, the Duchess released via the @SussexRoyal Instagram page a series of behind the scenes photo from her work with the organization, helping women select pieces of clothing for their job while herself donned a fierce tweed Gucci suit.

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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview. As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel 💯 as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market. The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal

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Celeb Moms of Singles, Twins & Triplets At London’s The Lion King Premiere

A mom of one, a mom of twins and a mom of triplets met in London.

All three previously covered “Bellyitch Bumpwatch” alumsMeghan Markle, Beyonce Knowles Carter, and Pharelle Williams‘ wife Helen Lasichanh (who gave birth to the couple’s triplets in 2017) gathered at the European premiere of the live action remake of the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King on Sunday.

The event took place at London’s Odeon Leicester Square where the celebs walked the “yellow carpet” which also featured black lion paw prints during its star-studded arrivals.

Beyonce, who voices Nala greeted the former Meghan Markle for the first time since Duchess of Sussex presented her and her hubby Jay Z with the 2018 Brit Awards for Best International Group.

The power couple accepted via video acceptance while standing in front of a portrait of the Duchess wearing a crown, back in December before the Duchess gave birth to her first child, son Archie, with husband Prince Harry.

The two celeb moms greeted each other warmly, with Markle in a black A line tea length Jason Wu Collection Mesh Panel Fit and Flare Dress with sheer sleeves and bodice and Beyonce, dressed in a thigh high slit draped yellow gown.

“Hello my Princess” Beyonce can be seen mouthing before a very warm hug, followed by a friendly hug from Jay Z.

“The baby, so beautiful,” Beyonce then remarked, according to Royal reporter Rebecca English had the scoop on the conversation . “We love you guys.”

At that point, Markle then turned to introduce her husband, who was decked out in a tux. The Prince greeted Beyonce with a kiss on each cheek and Jay-Z with a handshake.

Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle meet Beyoncé & JAY-Z. 🦁👑💛 pic.twitter.com/SveJX9kDez— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) July 14, 2019

“You’ve been rather busy,” Harry told Beyoncé.

The 444 rapper responded with, “Congratulations on the birth of your baby,” while nodding towards Meghan.

“And how are the twins?” the Prince asked, referencing the superstars’ twins, daughter Rumi and son Sir, born in 2017.

‘”They are not here. They don’t come on every trip,” Bey replied. “We left them at home. They would loved to have been here.”

The Royal couple then greeted Sir Elton John, his husband David Furnish and the Disney president before being introduced to Pharrell Williams who worked on the music in the film.

His wife Helen stayed in the back row but was acknowledged.

“It’s just incredible, you’re in for a great night,” John added.

Harry was humored by Pharrell William’s signature shots tuxedo and his curtsy he did as a joke, I hope.

“I love the look,” Harry said with smile. “It’s phenomenal, seriously. It is just amazing,.”

Also in the line up were actors Billy Eichner, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Florence Kasumba.

As part of the film’s rollout, Disney Studios is supporting Protect the Pride, a campaign focused on protecting and revitalizing the lion population. 

Specific beneficiaries include the Lion Recovery Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Network.

Celebrity Dads Celebrating First Father’s Day

A few celebrity dads covered on the blog this past year had their first Father’s Day this year.

They include:

Andy Cohen

On February 5, Andy Cohen welcomed his first son Benjamin Allen Cohen via surrogate.

Trey Songz

The R&B crooner, real name Tremaine Aldon Neverson, had long wanted to be a dad and just this May, the artist surprised fans with the news that he became one when he posted a photo of his baby on Instagram with the caption, “My son Noah. We are blessed and overjoyed. Peace.” He has so far kept the identify of Noah’s mother private.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry and wife Duchess Meghan (neeMarkle) welcomed their first child on May 6th, 2019. The baby boy is named Archie.

Jerry Ferrara baby
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Jerry Ferrara

Famous for his role on Entourage and POWER, actor Jerry Ferrara welcomed Jacob born in early May 2019 with his wife Breanne. The couple had previously experienced a pregnancy loss via miscarriage.

Congrats and Happy Father’ Day to all the new dads!

My Two Wrong Predictions About Baby West and Baby Sussex

Wrong and Wrong.

I speculated that perhaps Duchess Meghan of Sussex had given birth at home because she was not captured by photographers leaving her home or arriving.

However, last week, Kensington Palace revealed that the Suits actress, formerly Meghan Markle, gave birth.

Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor  was born at Portland Hospital, a private hospital on Great Portland Street in London, a copy of the baby’s birth certificate revealed.

With the baby overdue and her somewhat advance maternal age at 36, a hospital was probably better in case of an emergency.

Also, I was wrong about the name Kim Kardashian and Kanye West would have given their newest child, a son, born via surrogate last week.

I and other speculators the baby would be named Robert for two reasons. One, Kim showed an image of the name Robert during a Snapchat and during a recent episode of her reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashian a psychic in Bali told Kim and Khloe Kardashian their dad, Robert Kardashian, would be reincarnated in her son.

The couple named the newest arrival Psalm which is a Hebrew word for song and is the name of one of the books in the Bible. A source to E! News told the site that Kanye chose the name “and is a representation of their spirituality.”

The sources explained, “it was a very important to him, and Kim wanted the name to have a significance that held a true representation of their family, so she agreed on the name.”

Nice!

Well, you can’t win them all!

20 Moms Celebrating Mother’s Day For First Time {2019}

Happy Mother’s Day to all the new first time moms, including the celebrity women’s whose pregnancies we “bumpwatched” this past year.

Celebrating their first Mother’s Day are:

Cardi B who welcomed her first child, daughter Kulture Kiari, with husband Offset from the rap group The Migos on July 10th.

Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria who welcomed son Santiago Enrique with husband Jose Bastón  on June 19, 2018.

On Nov. 7, 2018, Gabrielle Union and her husband NBA star hubby Dwayne Wade who welcomed their first child together via surrogate, daughter Kaavia James after years of infertility and struggles.

Comedic actress Amy Schumer who is the latest to the new moms club after she and husband Chris Fischer welcomed their first child together son,  Gene Attell Fischer, on Sunday, May 5.

Parks and Recreation alum Rashida Jones who gave birth to her first child, a son, Isiah Jones Koenig , with her longtime beau Ezra Koenig last August 22, 2018.

One Thing” singer Amerie who welcomed her first child son River Rowe Charles L. Nicholson with husband Lenny “LG” Nicholson  last December.

US Olympic track star Allyson Felix and her husband Kenneth Ferguson who welcomed daughter Camryn last December 2018.

America Ferrera who had her first child, son Sebastian “Baz” Piers Williams in late May with husband Ryan Piers Williams after Mother’s Day so this is her first.

Supermodel Chanel Iman who became a mom on Aug. 10, 2018 when she and her New York Giants wide receiver husband, Sterling Shepard, welcomed son Cali Clay.

Another Model Kate Upton and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher, Justin Verlander who became parents to daughter Genevieve on Nov. 7, 2018.

The Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle and her husband, the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who welcomed their first child together on May 6 announcing the news on their official Instagram account. They named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

A relative of a Royal, Pippa Middleton, the little sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, and her husband James Matthews who also welcomed a son, Arthur, on October 15, 2018.

Former Reality TV star of Real Housewives of Atlanta Kenya Moore and her restaurateur husband Marc Daly who welcomed a daughter, Brooklyn Doris Daly, together on November 4, 2018.

Current housewife of that Bravo TV franchise Porsha Williams who also had a daughter Pilar Jhena with fiance restaurateur Dennis McKinley.

Tattoo artist and makeup mogul Kat Von D who became a mom in late 2018 to son Leafar Von D Reyes with hubby Rafael Reyes.

Former TODAY show anchor Tamron Hall and her husband Steve Greener who welcomed their first child, a son named Moses on April 25th.

On September 30, 2018, Shahs of Sunset alum Lilly Ghalicchi Mir and her husband Dara Mir, who welcomed their first child, daughter Alara Mir.

Current Shahs star Mercedes “MJ” Javid Feight and her husband Tommy Feight who welcomed their first child, son Shams Francis Feight, on April 17th

Singer Kehlani and her partner partner Javie Young-White who welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Adeya Nomi, in late March.

Former Destiny’s Child performer, actress and Singer LeToya Luckett and her Tommicus Walker who welcomed their first child on January 4th this year, a daughter they named Gianna Iman.

Congrats and Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Yay! Amy Schumer Gave Birth to Her Own Royal Baby Boy

Overshadowed by the birth of the Royal Baby, Comedian Amy Schumer gave birth to her first born child, a son she and hubby Chris, named Gene Attell Fischer.

“10.55pm last night. Our royal baby was born,” the actress wrote Monday on Instagram, sharing a postpartum photo of herself, husband Chris Fischer and their new baby boy.

In a subsequent Instagram share of Fischer holding the baby, she told her fans and followers the baby’s name.

Before this week, Schumer suffered with extreme morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum,throughout her pregnancy, a condition that gained wide public attention when another Royal Kate Middleton suffered with it during her pregnancies.

The I Feel Pretty star had talked about being overshadowed by a Royal pregnancy.

“I’ll tell you who it’s not fun to be pregnant at the exact same time as: Meghan Markle,” Schumer said in her recent Netflix stand-up special, Growing.

Congrats!

Meghan Markle On Why She Doesn’t Do Social Media…Or any Media!

Last week was International Women’s Day and also an important week for the former Meghan Markle who was appointed by Queen Elizabeth, the Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trus t on Friday.

The organization supports young leaders promoting social change, bettering their communities and providing work opportunities and hope for others across the globe.

Prince Harry is the president.

As part of her new role, the Duchess of Sussex will spotlight the work of the Trust with young leaders across the Commonwealth, in particular, the work of those supporting women and girls.

Perfect for this Women’s History Month!

To celebrate the new appointment and International Women’s Day, the duchess also spoke on a panel of female thought-leaders and activists at King’s College London.

“If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice, and there is an inequality, then someone needs to say something” she stated on the panel while wearing the Azzura Swirl Printed Shift dress by Reiss ($345) under a black Alexander McQueen Leaf Crepe blazer ( $1995), black Manolo Blahnik suede ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pumps ($625) while carrying a leather with gold accent Stella McCartney Shaggy Deer Faux Leather Crossbody Bag and diamond pearl drop earrings by Caroline Parr with her hair in a messy bun.

Among several things she revealed during that panel is that she has canceled social media, explaining that she doesn’t engage with social media much as a personal choice, in an effort to avoid “getting muddled” by the “noise,” the UK’s Press Association (PA) news agency reports.

The response came after the former Suits TV star was asked how she felt about headlines that called her feminism “trendy.”

She replied: “I don’t read anything, it’s much safer that way, but equally that’s just my own personal preference, because I think positive or negative, it can all sort of just feel like noise to a certain extent these days, as opposed to getting muddled with that to focus on the real cause.”

She cotinued: “So for me, “I think the idea of making the word ‘feminism’ trendy, that doesn’t make any sense to me personally, right? This is something that is going to be part of the conversation forever.”

When asked later if she looked at Twitter, she replied: “No, sorry, no. For me that’s my personal preference.”

Good for her!

Kate Middleton is Planning Meghan Markle’s UK Baby Shower

Although the concept of Baby Showers is pretty foreign to the British, insiders report that Kate Middleton is planning a version of a shower for her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle.

The baby is due in late April, a few days before their first wedding anniversary, and the Duchess of Cambridge will be hosting the intimate event with family and close staff, likely in her home at Kensington Palace.

Even though the royal couple previously said they were keeping the sex of the baby a surprise, according to recent reports, Meghan is apparently expecting a boy.

This would be the Duchess of Sussex’s second shower because he had a nice intimate one thrown by her American celeb friends Serena Williams, Amal Clooney and her Suits co-star last month.

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The Hate Meghan Markle Gets

This week, I was in awe to see all of the British and American press making a big deal over the fact that Serena Williams, Amal Clooney and Gayle King threw Meghan Markle a baby shower which some are estimating cost close to a $500,000, when you consider the security and private jet to NYC from the UK and back.

Some are discussing whether it was too lavish.

My thoughts: first, no one knows if that estimated number of the cost is entirely accurate.

Second: So what?

I’ve been covering celebrity baby showers for as long as this blog has existed, which is over 10 years, and I do not recall anytime that news and gossip outlets discussed the cost of a celebrity baby shower.

Granted, I do understand that baby showers are uncommon among the British, so any shower at any cost may seem exorbitant. However, Kensington Palace had to come out and state that Markle paid for the cost of travel and her stay herself.

They may have pointed out how lavish they were but none reported on the cost, to my recollection.

Let’s take a look at other celeb showers because, what does one expect from people who are rich and/or wealthy and have resources and funds to throw lavish affairs?

For example, Cardi B‘s shower featured a 16-foot topiary floral wall, room entrance ways that resembled a 6-car subway train, and several rooms draped in 26,000 pink and white flowers.

Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant‘s shower featured a floral wall.

In June 2016, Nicky Hilton had a baby shower at The Towers at the top of  the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. 

Kim Kardashian had what looks like a dozen cherry blossom trees in her baby shower venue for baby Chicago and her sister Kylie Jenner had an elaborate outdoor baby shower for baby Stormi.

Khloe Kardashian had tons of pink roses, topiary and florals at her shower.

Here are some snaps from baby showers Other celebs had:

Ciara

Naya Riviera

Adrienne Bosh

Tia Mowry Hardrict

Tamera Mowry-Housley

Jessica Simpson

Andy Cohen

Honestly, I think this young woman is getting more criticism than her predecessor non-royal wife, Duchess Catherine, Kate Middleton.

It reminds me of the criticism Michelle Obama received to the cost of her clothing, hullabaloo which was not similarly made over the cost of Barabara or Nancy Bush or Hillary Clinton‘s First Lady clothing prior.

All the Meghan Markle Pregnancy Conspiracy Theories: Twins, Fake Bump, Deliberate Bump Flexing

From rumors of her being pregnant with twin girls to psycho trolls convinced she is faking her pregnancy, Meghan Markle is the latest royal and celebrity mom-to-be plagued with silly rumors.

I thought I had heard and read it all until I bumped into a few blogs and reputable news sites’ entertainment pages (I won’t call them out by name) claiming that Duchess of Sussex makes specific and deliberate hand gestures and clothing placements to make sure her bump is center stage.

*deep long sigh*

I don’t know if these people have ever been pregnant or not but when a woman, any woman, is 6 to 8 months along in a pregnancy, she really doesn’t have to go out of her way to make sure she looks it!

One “body language expert” quoted said, the former Suits actress is purposefully wearing bump hugging clothing and intentionally opting for coats so the baby bump would peek through. Another said she “flicks” them open for this purpose.

Wow! That sounds so ludicrous to me.

I don’t know, she could wear what’s out there, most of which are bump hugging, or wear a muu muu.

I do know of some who carry small all pregnancy and who crave that popped look, but that is a fraction of women like Amal Clooney.

Also, as to the conspicuous hand placement on her belly, it is a very common and subconscious maternal practice of expecting woman to place her hands on her pregnant belly when pregnant. It’s not being done to cause attention by any means, I don’t believe.

Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child later this month.

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