Great Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales applauds during the trophy ceremony after the final men’s singles tennis match between Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on the final day of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 16. , 2023. (Photo by Glyn KIRK/AFP) / RESTRICTED FOR EDITORIAL USE (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Ariana Grande, Emma Watson and Hugh Jackman were among the celebrities who watched Carlos Alcaraz defeat Novak Djokovic in the thrilling Wimbledon men’s final on Sunday.
But the star power of these A-listers was no match for Catherine, Princess of Wales, who, as royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, presented the trophy to 20-year-old Alcaraz. old spanish feeling. The Queen’s husband-in-waiting Prince William and their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte also took center stage at the party, with Pitt, Craig, Weisz, Grande, Watson, Jackman and the rest taking over. supporting roles.
Headlines also focused on how Charlotte was making her Wimbledon debut, being escorted to the royal box by her mother, dressed in a striking emerald green Roland Mouret gown.
The British royal family has not had it easy in recent years, with the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, the outpouring of negative attention generated by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the lukewarm response to King Charles’ ascension to the throne III. , and the scandals associated with Prince Andrew and the investigation of cash for honors of the close assistant of Charles.
But as much as critics say that the royal family has no relevance in the 21st century, or that it lost its real stars when Harry and Meghan left for America and after the queen’s death, the fact remains that you can’t deny the actual brand. In recent months, Kate has proven to be a power behind the brand, as one of the most popular members of the royal family.
At Wimbledon, some very important people clearly liked being at the All England Club in the presence of her and her family for the final matches on Saturday and Sunday. It’s similar to the way other major celebrities (Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, and Kim Kardashian) liked being seen attending the White Party in the Hamptons, one of the social events of the anus. the weekend of July 3 by billionaire Michael Rubin.
Some celebrities who attended Wimbledon over the weekend also seemed quite happy to be sitting in or around the royal box. That includes Craig and Weisz, who sat a few rows behind Kate, William and the kids on Sunday. The day before, Priyanka Chopra, who was long said to be a good friend of Meghan’s, showed that she was very happy to be in the royal box with Kate, Meghan’s sister-in-law. Kate was there on Saturday to present the trophy to Marketa Vondrousova after defeating Ons Jaber.
Chopra’s husband, Nick Jonas, shared a selfie of the two of them in the royal box. “Lovely day at tennis with my (heart emoji),” Jonas captioned the photo, which he shared with his 35 million Instagram followers. “It’s an honor to sit in the royal box and watch @marketavondrousova win her first Grand Slam.”
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Other celebrities in attendance for Sunday’s finale included Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba (who had been a guest at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding), Andrew Garfield and Lily James. It’s unknown if these stars mingled with Kate and William, but they probably wouldn’t have minded taking photos with them.
Since Carlos’ accession to the throne, much attention has been focused on how his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren represent the future of the monarchy, if there is to be a future. The Daily Beast reported that respect for the monarchy could wane as long as Charles and Camilla remain on the throne, creating the “not-so-secret hope” that the two would abdicate in favor of William and Kate, “while they are young enough to make a difference”. .”
A new chapter in a book on the monarchy by London Times royal correspondent Valentine Low also outlined how Kate has become a behind-the-scenes power player who is fiercely dedicated to the longevity of the monarchy. Low’s episode of bestseller “Courtiers” described how Kate insisted that the famous line “memories may vary” was left in Buckingham Palace’s official response to claims of racial insensitivity made by Harry and Meghan in their interview. March 2021 with Oprah Winfrey.
After the queen watched the interview when it was shown on British television, “serious negotiations” began over a response, Low reported, according to an excerpt that appeared in the late Jane’s Times. Low said William and Kate considered a draft statement together that did not yet include the phrase “some memories may vary.”
A source told Low: “He had a much softer version. The debate was, do you completely rise above that and offer the olive branch to (Harry and Meghan being) ‘much loved members of the family’? Or is there a point where you have to step in and offer a view?
At some point, one of the royal helpers came up with the phrase “memories may vary.” Low said some senior officials were against including her, “because they feared she would irritate Harry and Meghan.” But Kate, then Duchess of Cambridge, “pressed the argument that she should stay,” Low wrote.
A source quoted Kate as saying: “History will judge this statement and unless this sentence or a similar sentence is included, everything they have said will be taken as true.”