King Charles and Queen Camilla carry out first royal engagement since coronation

King Charles and Queen Camilla have carried out their first official royal engagement together since the coronation.

The royal couple joined traders and members of the public at Covent Garden’s Apple Market on Wednesday (17.05.23) morning and waved at the large crowd that gathered at the London location.

The King, 74, and Queen, 75, were crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6 and attended the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle the next day.

They marked their first joint public work since that weekend, initially kicking off the day at St. Paul’s Church – also known as the Actors’ Church – where they met schoolchildren as part of its 390th anniversary.

Inside, the couple – who were wearing matching blue outfits – spoke to local actors and members of the Covent Garden Community Association.

Camilla also met the church’s Drama for Healing Group, which was set up in 2019 to support women who have experienced domestic abuse.

Members of the group told her how drama classes have helped women heal after horrific experiences by allowing them to become part of a community.

Charles and Camilla then made their way to the Apple Market, and met chorus members Amanda Baldwin and Luke Price at the Royal Opera House, along with other starts and staff from the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera, the orchestra of the Royal Opera House and students at the Royal Ballet School.

Amanda and Luke were representing the recent historical first ever collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet at the Coronation Concert where they came together to perform ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story.

In the meantime Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Involved in Dangerous Car Chase.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, what started as a picturesque night celebrating women’s philanthropy at the 2023 Women of Vision Awards on May 16 quickly turned into a nightmare where history could’ve repeated itself.

At the Ms. Foundation For Women’s 50th annual Women of Vision Awards, Prince Harry and Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, were both in attendance to see Markle receive with one of the night’s honors. The happy family smiled for cameras and were filmed looking cheerful as they left the New York City ceremony. However, things went south: a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed in a statement that paparazzi chased the family relentlessly after the event.

“Last night, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Ragland were involved in a near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi,” the Sussex spokesperson said “This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers. While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety. Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all in involved.” Reps for the Sussexes did not immediately respond to MarkMeets’s request for comment.

“Despite being confronted by uniformed police multiple times, the paparazzi’s cars continued their pursuit in trying to follow the Sussexes and Doria to the private residence they were staying at. Traffic violations by the drivers include driving on a sidewalk, going through red lights, reversing down a one way street, driving while photographing and illegally blocking a moving vehicle. Photos of the couple that came as a result from the two-hour chase briefly appeared but have since been removed.” He noted that a source close to the Sussexes said Harry, Markle, and Ragland are “understandably shaken but thankful everyone’s safe.”

Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997 while attempting to evade the aggressive pursuit of paparazzi in Paris. As a result, Prince Harry is passionate about stopping the invasive, unlawful, and dangerous tactics some news media resort to in order to obtain their scoops. He’s currently suing the UK’s Associated Newspapers in this pursuit of change.

Today Paul Burrell has taken aim at Prince Harry again, this time claiming he has ‘gone off the rails’, whilst saying he wished comparisons to Princess Diana would stop.

The former royal butler, 63, worked for Diana for a decade up until her death, and has been vocal in the past about his distaste for Harry’s decision-making in recent years.

Now he has again made his opinion known after it was claimed Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were involved in a ‘near catastrophic’ car chase after being followed by paparazzi.

The reports emerged after the couple attended an awards ceremony in New York City on Tuesday, however their version of events have been questioned after the New York Police Department said that while photographers made the transport ‘challenging’, there were ‘no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests.’

Paul didn’t hold back. ‘I’m finding it difficult to compute all the different statements,’ he said.

‘I think this is a case of recollections may very.’

He then added he thought the incident had been ‘hyped up’ and labelled it a ‘celebrity storm in a teacup’.

When questioned on whether he had personally spoken to Harry recently Paul admitted they had not, but he still ‘loved and cared’ for Prince’s Harry and William.

However, he said that he believed Harry had ‘gone off the rails’.

‘I wish he wouldn’t keep making comparisons to what’s happened to him and Meghan to Diana, because this car chase through Manhattan wasn’t in any way, shape or form, linked to Diana’s death in Paris,’ he continued.

‘Princess Diana was avoiding the press on the night she died.

‘Meghan and Harry were actually courting the press.’

Later in the segment Paul said he believed that as non-working royals it was up to the couple to pay for their own security that would ‘keep them out of this mess’.

He added: ‘Why are they always in a situation creating a drama?’

Earlier this year Paul found himself in the firing line after branding Harry a ‘hypocrite’.

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