Friday, August 12, 2022

Gossip: Kylie Jenner May Be Planning A NSFW Maternity Photo Shoot; Meghan Markle Is Going To Have To Curtsey To Duchess Kate

Word has it the 20-year-old to has something big up her sleeves for her baby bump’s big reveal. After spending months flying under the radar and dodging the paparazzi, the Life of Kylie star is planning to confirm the baby news with a photo shoot that’s sure to break the internet.

An insider tells Radar Online Kylie — who’s rumored to have been struggling with her weight since becoming pregnant — is finally comfortable enough to announce she’s expecting her first child with Travis Scott, saying the mom-to-be plans on taking nude maternity portraits with her budding baby bump in the center of attention.

The source claims Kylie will unveil the NSFW pictures on her Instagram. Though she’ll be naked in almost all of them, the informant says they’ll be more “tasteful” than raunchy.

In the past, the Kardashians have used their baby news to further their other projects. Most famously, Kris Jenner was able to get thousands of viewers to tune into her now-defunct daytime talk show when she debuted the first exclusive photo of granddaughter North West in 2013. Recently, Kim Kardashian only confirmed she’s having a third child — a girl — with Kanye West via surrogate on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

As the most-followed person on Snapchat, it’s speculated that Kylie will release her baby bump photos on social media and her official app.

“She doesn’t want to do a magazine shoot — even though her mom keeps trying to push her in that direction because there’s more money in it,” an insider spills. “She wants to share it with her loyal social media followers instead.”

Kylie already stripped down for a nude photo shoot this year when she went naked for V magazine. The risqué snaps were released this August on the Kylie Cosmetics founder’s birthday as a way to celebrate her bidding farewell to her teenage years. At the time, she describe the project as her “first super nude shoot.”

“I always post sexy pictures, but have never really gone nude,” she told the publication.

Meghan Markle Is Going To Have To Curtsey To Duchess Kate

The Daily Mail did a lengthy and detailed piece with a royal etiquette expert who tried to explain the hierarchy of the curtsey.

Curtseying, within the confines of the royal court, is not only a physical act but a political one, too. The rules and the pecking order can change, and they bear little relation to the order of succession. Meghan will be expected to become swiftly au fait with who’s above, and who’s beneath, her and Harry. For his part, as guide and mentor, Harry will need to take her painstakingly through the protocol. So does she curtsey to her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge? Yes.

Does she, a complete newcomer to the royal pack, curtsey to Sophie, Countess of Wessex — a one-time commoner but a royal since 1999? No, she doesn’t. Except if Prince Edward, Sophie’s husband, is in the room. In which case, she needs to flex those knees. As out-dated as it sounds, it’s the presence of the royal husband that ‘validates’ the status of the wife. A curtsey to Princess Anne? Yes. She’s the daughter of the Sovereign. Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice? Yes. But not if Harry’s in the room when they should curtsey to her.

What if the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, wanders by? Now aged 80, she’s considered more regal than the Queen, boasting two royals for parents (Prince George of Kent, fourth son of George V, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark) rather than just the one. She still curtseys to Her Majesty, and to Anne (Sovereign’s daughter). But that’s all: Meghan, and everybody else, must pay obeisance to her. Then there’s Alexandra’s sister-in-law, Princess Michael of Kent, of whom legend has it the Queen, on being informed of her European royal credentials, remarked that ‘she sounds a bit too grand for us’. Grand or not, Meghan will never have to bob before her.

The current rules on who-curtseys-to-who come from a document drawn up by the Queen’s private secretary in 2005 and circulated among the family and courtiers only. Entitled ‘Precedence Of The Royal Family To Be Observed At Court’, its purpose was to clarify Camilla’s place in the firm following her marriage to Charles. As the new wife of the Prince of Wales, Camilla ought to have come second in order of precedence after the Queen — the position Diana occupied as Princess of Wales. However, owing to the circumstances and evolution of her relationship with Charles, Camilla was moved down a peg or two.

‘This was done at the behest of Princess Anne and Princess Alexandra, both of whom had given their adult lives to royal service,’ a former courtier told me. ‘They saw no reason to make obeisance to this — at the time — highly unpopular woman. Anne in particular made it clear she had no intention of curtseying to her ever.’

Its effect was to put Princesses Anne, Alexandra, Beatrice and Eugenie ahead of Camilla — but not Sophie Wessex. Her nose was said to have been put severely out of joint when told she would not have the same seniority as the others. ‘She didn’t like that one bit,’ the courtier said. In 2012, the rules were updated to include the Duchess of Cambridge and her place in the order of precedence is behind the blood royal Anne, Alexandra, Beatrice and Eugenie (although when William is by her side she is not expected to curtsey to the last two). Without William, Kate would curtsey to Camilla; with him, she would not. That’s unless Prince Charles is present, in which case she would.

 

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