When something incredible happens to you and your family, all you want to do is shout it from the rooftops. However after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly blurted out their own happy news – namely that they were expecting a new addition to the family – at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, the internet wasn’t too jazzed. While the couple waited until the Monday morning afterwards to make an official public announcement, they reportedly spilled the beans to royal guests at Eugenie’s wedding and some read that as a bit of a faux pas – slightly upstaging Jack and Eugenie on one of the happiest days of their lives.
That said, it seems like Princess Eugenie really doesn’t have a problem with her. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that she’s something of a fan as Eugenie was spotted on a Meghan Markle fanpage on Instagram.
In a post by the unofficial account called @_duchess_of_sussex, it was revealed that Princess Eugenie had actually liked an image of the former Suits actress. Not entirely ‘I resent you’ territory TBH.
Unsurprisingly, the royal fanpage immediately spotted Princess Eugenie’s like and shared a screenshot of the surprise appearance by Eugenie.
The post itself was a cute one of Meghan in side profile, taken from the second day of her tour across Australia.
The account, which identifies different fashion pieces that the royal wears, revealed what earrings the royal was wearing and if Eugenie’s like was anything to go by – she definitely approves of the Duchess’ style choices. And hey, if you’re interested, these are the earrings in question below.
Princess Eugenie is one of the rare royals that is actually allowed her own personal Instagram account, as she’s not technically a working royal. (That said, she does however do a lot of charity work – particularly towards raising awareness about scoliosis and supporting relevant treatment centres.) Her account is a lovely little behind the scenes of what happens in a royal’s daily life and we’re interested to see who else she’s following on the ‘gram.
As for whether or not Meghan and Harry actually upstaged Princess Eugenie on her big day? The jury’s out on that one as Harper’s Bazaar revealed that Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank as well as Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla were apparently all told prior to Eugenie’s nuptials. On the other hand, a source told PEOPLE that ‘it was a happy family event, and that’s where news gets shared’.
In any case, the secret’s out now and royal baby fever has officially taken over the globe. It’s a pretty joyous year for the royals – what with two weddings, Prince Louis’ arrival and this baby announcement – so here’s hoping there’s nothing but happiness in store for all of them over the coming months.
Great British Bake Off is a staple of British TV, with the nation spending weeks speculating as to who is going to be crowned baker.
This year as we approach the semi-final, it’s between Ruby, Kim-Joy, Briony and of course the nation’s sweetheart, Rahul.
At this point in the competition, any one of the talented bakers could take home the trophy, with fans counting down the days till the final episode.
In some very surprising Bake Off news however, it seems that the winner has already been revealed.
According to reports, GBBO semi-finalist Ruby Bhogal was tricked into revealing the winner by a fake Sandi Toksvig account, who texted the 29-year-old posing as the presenter.
In the messages, Ruby is reported to have accidentally revealed the winner, before explaining that she was ‘very happy’ for the victor.
‘It’s actually pretty easy to do really,’ the anonymous imposter told The Sun. ‘You just make a fake profile of one of their friends and then they follow you. You then change your name and message them and they have no clue.’
The fake account has been suspended but the real surprise is that the imposter has chosen not to share the name of the winner publicly.
This is of course not the first time the Great British Bake Off winner has been announced prematurely, with new judge restauranteur Prue Leith accidentally revealing last year’s crowned baker ahead of the final due to a scheduled Twitter mishap.
You know you’ve made it when even your PJs are monogrammed.
We blame Sarah-Jessica Parker, Cara Delevingne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Palermo. Because ever since they wore THAT monogrammed Burberry cape (circa 2014, you know the one) the fashion world has gone slightly mad for personalisation.
It’s official, having your name or initials on an item of clothing has never been so cool (it’s really come full circle since those primary school days, hasn’t it?).
It comes in many forms too. For a subtle approach, it’s always good to start with jewellery, whether that’s a statement initial necklace by Alex Monroe or Celine (though you’ll be lucky to get your hands on the latter) or a bracelet with your name engraved on it by Monica Vinader.
Personalised bags are a bit of a hero item that’s well worth adding to your wardrobe. Go with a classic The Cambridge Satchel Company or Manu Atelier bag embossed with your initials, but for a bolder look, we just love personalising a classic piece with a fun sticker.
It’s not just about bags either, even small leather accessories are getting the custom treatment, and we can’t think of a better way to suffer through passport control than with Aspinal of London’s gold initial case.
Then, once you’ve dipped your toes into the trend and are ready to go next level with it, there are slippers, slides, jumpers, clutch bags and totes, all entirely personalisable, thanks to a few fashion-forward brands.
We’re also obsessed with Desmond & Dempsey pyjamas, because they’re something very decadent about having your initials printed on your PJs, and naturally, no selfie experience would be complete without a personalised phone case.
Scroll down to shop our edit of the best personalised fashion gifts. For yourself. Because YOLO.
The past month has been a whirlwind of Disney-related nostalgia as the brand’s iconic mouse is turning 90 this year. From super cool Vans’ collaborations through to an omega nostalgic 90s Flashback line, music lovers are the next to get their much-needed dose of nostalgia with a pair of sick headphones. Audiophiles, steel yourselves — Beats by Dre have just launched the ultimate pair of headphones for Disney lovers and we’re totally in love.
The new headphones have been created especially for Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary and unsurprisingly, he’s plastered all over the wireless headphones. Designed in a cool grey and with big comfy cushioned ear muffs, you’ll find Mickey striking a pose across the band looking ready to bust a move as you bust out some tunes.
The headphones also come with a cute anniversary pin, sticker and a sleek felt case (because something this adorable needs to be protected). You also don’t have to worry about any fiddly cables getting in the way as it’s totally wireless, meaning you can leave your phone on the table and go about your business in the house without lugging your tech around. And you know what that means: impromptu vacuuming dance party.
The headphones aren’t available just yet, but you’ll be able to snag a pair of your very own on November 11. You’re going to have to pay top dollar though, as they’re priced at £279.95 and will be available through the Apple store and online on Disney.com. Potential Christmas present? (‘Tis the season for expensive gifts, after all.)
The number of vegans in Britain has risen by more than 360 per cent over the past decade, with more and more people switching to either a full on vegan diet or plant-based way of life. Along the way, this spike in vegan converts has sparked a fair few debates including discussion around whether a vegan diet is more, or less healthy, what counts as veganism (are eggs included or not?) and so on.
So, to help dispel fact from fiction, we have put together a helpful guide to equip you with all the info you need before you decide to embark on a new way of eating. And have asked Go Vegan World’s founder Sandra Higgins and nutrition expert, Luciano Venezia, Co-Founder of EDO – an app designed to help vegans with their daily choices – to talk further about veganism so that we can uncover the myths from the facts.
What is veganism?
Sandra says: ‘Veganism means non-violence. It describes a way of living in alignment with the value of justice that avoids causing unnecessary harm to all sentient life. There is no ingredient in the lives or bodies of other animals that humans need for their health or wellbeing. Therefore, we use other animals for reasons of taste, pleasure, convenience and tradition.
Every year 7 billion humans breed and kill 70 billion land animals and kill trillions of fish for food. Therefore, while veganism is not a diet, how we eat greatly affects other animals. Vegans avoid participating in unnecessary violence by not using or viewing other animals as food, clothing, entertainment, research tools or objects.
The greatest problem on earth today is the notion that some lives matter less than others. We imagine that non-human lives hardly matter at all. We live as though our difference from other species entitles us to use them and that they exist for our benefit. This view is not only inaccurate, it is unethical.’
Luciano takes a similar stance, ‘Put simply, being a vegan means eating only plant based foods, excluding all animal products such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and even honey.
There are a number of different types of ‘vegan’ and of course a number of different reasons why an individual would choose to follow a vegan diet. Some choose to go vegan to avoid the exploitation of animals, others are concerned about the environmental impact of the dairy industry, while others prefer a vegan diet for health reasons.’
How healthy is a vegan diet?
Sandra explains, ‘All the major world nutrition and dietetics associations declare that a plant diet, devoid of any animal products, can meet all our nutritional requirements, and help prevent and treat some of the most significant burdens of disease in the Western World including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
A growing body of clinical evidence is demonstrating that animal foods contribute to human disease and premature mortality and that a plant diet confers significant health benefits. The meat, egg, fish and dairy industries have been promoting their products to us as healthy foods because they profit from doing so. It is our human right to be aware that these products contribute very significantly to our risk of developing disease and decreasing our lifespan.
In practice, a plant diet contains foods ranging from the everyday lasagne, shepherd’s pie and pizza to the luxurious gourmet plant cheeses, ice creams, and chocolates. There is a delicious alternative to every animal product including flesh, fish, dairy and eggs.’
Luciano adds, ‘Those who follow a plant-based diet typically have lower levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, a lower body mass index, and reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer.
However it is important to note that when following a vegan diet it can be more difficult to supply your body with the right amount of nutrients each day. Therefore those who choose to go vegan should carefully plan their meals each day and include a wide variety of highly nourishing foods.
Particularly, as a vegan, there are three crucial areas to be aware of day-to-day:
When following a plant-based diet you may find that at first you struggle to get enough protein. The good news is that there is plenty vegan protein sources such as natural soy, lentils, beans, quinoa, and seitan.
The NIH recommends that adults between the ages of 19 and 50 get a minimum of 1,000 mg of calcium a day. For vegans to be able to achieve this the key is eating a variety of naturally calcium-rich foods such as kale, bok choy, almonds, soy beans and figs as well as calcium-fortified foods such as cereals, plant-based milks, and tofu.
Iron deficiency is common among vegans, because they are not swapping red meat with other foods which provide the mineral. The best way to prevent the deficiency is by eating plenty of whole grains and legumes, as these are packed with Iron. It’s also sensible to consume foods with sources of Vitamin C, such as strawberries, citrus fruits, cabbage and leafy greens, as this dramatically improves the rate at which your body absorbs iron.’
One simple way to help achieve this balance is by switching to an oat m*lk that not only helps limit your impact on the planet (without meat and dairy consumption, we would collectively need 3.1 billion hectares *less* farmland to produce our food – an area equivalent to the U.S., Chine, the EU and Australia combined!) but will also help you get your daily intake of fibre, zinc, folate, iron and magnesium. However, not all oat milks are created euqal, so be sure to go for one that isn’t laden with sugar and other unnecessary additives. We love Plenish Organic Oat M*ilk, £2.00, which has only three ingredients (oats, filtered water and a pich of sea salt) and tastes amazing.
To really see the effects of dairy consumption, try their online carbon calculator , where you can calculate the environmental impacts of Plenish milks compared to the average milk consumed in the UK. It really is eye-opening…
Luciano gives his insight, ‘Following a strict vegan diet can be very challenging. For example, the additive E1105 is Lysozyme (found in many common foods) is almost always extracted from eggs; and not many vegans recognise this when making food choices. There are also lots of non-vegan wines and beers on the shops shelves which are made using processed animal products.
Today, there are lots of amazing websites, devices and apps which can support and guide vegans with their food choices.
For instance, the EDO app carefully evaluates food labels using a unique algorithm, to provide users with information about food which is tailored to their dietary preferences, intolerances, and allergies. So, by using EDO, vegans can easily discover if a product is 100% vegan – and, if not, find out which are the ingredients that have caused the incompatibility. The app therefore takes the work out of eating well for vegans, and helps to guide them to make healthier food choices.’
Sandra shares her tips, ‘Just because you’re vegan, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a fantastic meal. There’s free access to thousands of recipes online and there are some excellent vegan cookbooks on the market. Go Vegan World has its own free downloadable guide, which contains recipes and a weekly meal plan. It also includes tips on how to substitute animal foods and choose other products such as clothing and cosmetics.’
Luciano also adds, ‘Contrary to popular belief a vegan diet doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless! There are many amazing recipes that I’ve tried, including Vegan Shepard’s Pie, Chickpea Curry and Vegan Vanilla Fudge Cupcakes.
Whenever I’m looking for inspiration, one of my all-time favourite vegan recipe sources is Jamie Oliver’s website.’
EDO is available to download on iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play). Used by over 400,000 people in Italy, it starts at £30 for a yearly subscription.
The couple appeared to be one of the strongest in Hollywood, but decided to call time on their relationship in April after almost nine years of marriage, insisting that they would remain ‘best friends’ and continue to be a loving family unit for their five-year-old daughter, Everly.
But it’s inevitable that they would both eventually move on with other people.
And last week the rumour mill began whirring when Channing was reportedly spotted out and about with former The Voice coach Jessie J.
Onlookers claim he was in the audience during two of her concerts, and they were also reportedly spotted enjoying a game of mini golf together in Seattle over the weekend.
But what does Jenna make of it all? According to E! Online, the Step Up star has moved on, too.
A source said: ‘Jenna knew that Channing was dating and it wasn’t a surprise. A friend had told her what was going on.
‘She doesn’t really care what Channing does as long as he’s being there for Everly. Jenna’s dating too and they are both moving on with their lives.’
US Weekly reports that Jenna is ‘seeing someone new’ who is not ‘well known’.
At the time of their split, Jenna and Channing released a statement reading: ‘We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together.
‘Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision – just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible.’
Welcome back to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor
Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and I’m back with my next column as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will de-bunk skin myths, let you in on skincare secrets and tell you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.
In the world of skincare, ingredients that have “acid” in the name shouldn’t be considered scary. Decades of research has shown that regular use of acidic ingredients like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid make a remarkable difference for common skincare concerns like acne, wrinkles, dryness, oiliness, and clogged pores.
There are many special, skin-compatible acids used in skincare products, but these are the ones with the most established research. Once you understand what they can do and begin using them, you will notice a change for the better in your skin, possibly overnight.
Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Among the AHAs, it’s considered the gold standard because it has the most research and the best track record of impressive results for all ages and skin types.
What makes glycolic acid so special is its size and ability to penetrate the uppermost layers of built-up skin to reveal the fresh new skin hiding beneath. It also has a natural ability to hydrate skin, “teaching” it to become better at retaining its own moisture.
Glycolic acid, at concentrations of 5% and above, helps enhance skin’s firmness and resilience while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Generally, a leave-on exfoliant with glycolic acid is best for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin. It can be a trickier choice for those with extra-sensitive skin.
Lactic acid does everything glycolic acid does, but just a bit slower because it’s a larger molecule. Lactic acid in concentrations of 2% and above can hydrate skin; it begins working as an exfoliant at a 5% concentration, with amounts between 5% and 10% considered ideal for skincare products meant to exfoliate.
Just as with glycolic acid, lactic acid is best for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin. Those with extra-sensitive skin may find lactic acid stings upon application, but many formulas contain soothing ingredients to counter this.
Salicylic acid, also known as beta hydroxy acid or BHA, works on the uppermost layers of skin’s surface and inside the pore lining, making it ideal for those with normal to oily, clog-prone or milia-prone skin of any age.
Salicylic acid also has natural anti-inflammatory properties due to its relationship to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). This makes BHA preferred for sensitive, redness-prone skin, including rosacea.
Salicylic acid is also mildly antibacterial, another reason it’s perfect for acne-prone skin, both teenage and adult acne.
A 2% concentration of salicylic acid is considered ideal for routine exfoliation.
This is a unique type of acid that can work wonders on all skin types in concentration of 10% or more. Researchers aren’t quite sure how azelaic acid works; they suspect it has radar-like ability to target various pathways in skin that correct brown patches, post-blemish marks, dull skin tone, and redness. Misbehaving elements in skin “hear” the message azelaic acid sends and respond favorably, so skin looks remarkably better.
Although azelaic acid can exfoliate skin when properly formulated, it doesn’t exfoliate the same way or with the same level of effectiveness as glycolic, lactic or salicylic acids.
On the other hand, azelaic acid offers benefits these ingredients lack, like improving a markedly uneven skin tone and brown spots. I recommend using both if you’re struggling with breakouts and discolorations.
The royal tour is officially off to a great start and even though we’re only a few days in, it’s delivered for any stans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. There’s been a few total movie moments so far and the latest one melted the internet’s hearts: namely, when they shared an umbrella in the pouring rain as they stared deeply into one another’s eyes. Their PDA is off the charts and with a couple more weeks to go of the royal tour, we don’t know if our hearts are going to be able to take it.
We’ve put together a gallery of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s cutest moments over the royal tour, which will have you believing in true love. We’re just going to take a minute, we’re feeling a little emotional RN.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Umbrella Moment
Does anybody else hear Rihanna’s Umbrella? This super cute Meghan Markle and Prince Harry umbrella picture on the third day of their tour quickly went viral. Get you a man who looks at you the same way Prince Harry does.
Meghan also kindly held the brolly over their heads as he delivered a speech, which is just supportive couple goals AF.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hug
After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met little Luke Vincent, their cute encounter melted hearts all over the world. Five year old Luke tottered over to greet them hello, handed them a couple of bouquets and gave both the Duke and Duchess the biggest hugs.
Nicholas Dole, a journalist for ABC news, caught the adorable moment on camera and you can see it below.
He also snuck in a cheeky beard scratch and patted Prince Harry’s head. The principal of his school revealed to The Daily Mail Harry’s facial foliage because reminded Luke of his favourite person: good ol’ Saint Nick.
She said, ‘[Luke] got a hug from Meghan and then Harry bent down to speak to him and Luke didn’t give him any choice! Luke’s favourite person in the world is Santa Claus, who has a beard. So he rubbed Harry’s beard.’
Given that Meghan Markle’s pregnancy was announced on literally day one of their tour, their Aussie hosts hopped to it and made sure their little one would have some appropriate gifts. Harry’s face is literally everything.
Prince Harry with His Biggest Fan
Back in 2015, Prince Harry met Daphne Dunne — his biggest Australian fan. Photos of him laughing with the nonagenarian quickly spread and it was the sweetest thing ever, so it only makes sense that they’d reconnect when he dropped in to town. They were reunited in Sydney and he introduced her to his next biggest fan, Meghan Markle.
Here’s a photo of the first time Prince Harry and Daphne Dunne met, which will put the biggest smile on your face.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry PDA
This royal tour has been a bounty of Markle x Harry PDA. The pair are just so lovely to watch together and their body language speaks miles about how in love they are with one another.
Whether it’s a hand on a knee or instinctively reaching for one another’s hands, they don’t seem to be able to keep their hands off one another.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Kids
Given that Meghan and Harry have a little one of their own on the way, it’s been pretty heartwarming to see a glimpse of what they’d be like as parents. Prince Harry’s always gotten on really well with children and the two of them are just dreamy to watch, stooping down to say hello with a big grin prepared.
One of the BEST moments of the tour IMO was when Prince Harry broke royal protocol for a young Meghan Markle lookalike. After spotting the little girl in the crowd proudly displaying a feminist tee which read ‘Girls Can Do Anything’, he waved the Duchess over to say hello.
After chatting with her and her family, he broke the royals’ no selfie rule and helped take a picture of them all together. The moment was super heartwarming and the Instagram account @harry_meghan_updates captured it below:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the Beach
Forget the engagement photoshoot. The photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on South Melbourne Beach look straight out of a magazine. I need a poster ASAP.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Laughing
My momma always told me to marry a man who makes you laugh and these two have me believing her advice. The pair always seem to have time for a quick joke and a giggle.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Animals
On literally day one, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took the quintessential Australian tourist photo. The pair were introduced to a pair of koalas in Taronga Zoo, Ruby and her baby — who was named after the Duchess of Sussex.
They also said hello to this little guy, who really didn’t seem all that thrilled to meet them.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s past year has undoubtedly been busier than most and she has had a lot on her plate.
Giving birth to a baby prince and introducing him to the world hours later in heels and perfect make up would be enough. But she has also had her wedding anniversary, the Queen’s two birthdays and not one but two royal weddings to prepare for.
Not to mention, her sister Pippa Middleton’s pregnancy, with the 35-year-old giving birth to a baby boy just this week.
It’s hardly surprising therefore that the Duchess of Sussex and her nephew haven’t yet met.
Because, well, she’s very busy.
Since coming back from maternity leave this month, Kate has had function after function, in and out of meeting with charity initiatives, as well as looking after her three children – including a newborn.
And with Pippa still residing in the Lindo Wing where she gave birth to the currently unnamed newborn on Monday, it makes sense that Kate would wait a couple of days to pay her sister and nephew a visit.
We can’t wait to see the family photos when she does – and hear the baby name!