Kate Middleton at one point annoyed her household staff for this wholesome reason

Kate Middleton at one point annoyed her household staff for this wholesome reason


‘She does more for herself than anyone else in her position before.’

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All of us like our house to be a certain way, from the way the kitchen cupboards are arranged to the way we fold our clothing. The same apparently goes for the royals, but unsurprisingly, the royals have a number of household staff to help keep things pristine. It makes sense, because could you imagine trying to clean Buckingham Palace on your own? Apparently Kate Middleton however shook things up a little, as she ‘desired the privacy of not having servants’ around according to Express.

The outlet said that in a 2016 documentary, journalist Ashley Pearson claimed that, ‘Kate had broken precedent in the sense that she does more for herself than anyone else in her position before.’

She also went onto reveal that Kate and Prince William’s married head housekeeper and head gardener both wound up quitting, as they had ‘worked for the Queen previously and then came over to work for Prince William and Kate’.

Pearson alleged, ‘There was a lot of speculation at the time that [Kate’s mother] Carole Middleton had been interfering in the housekeeper’s duties, that Kate was doing a lot for herself and that didn’t sit too well with the staff.’

TBH if your entire job was to look after the royals, we guess it makes sense that you’d be frustrated if you essentially had nothing to do. Express continued that Kate ‘loved to cook herself’ and ‘didn’t grow up with household staff’, so it sounds like it must have been a big adjustment.

This isn’t the first time that Kate’s tried to keep things low-key as a royal, as the keen photographer has also opted to take her children’s official portraits in the past – rather than turning to one of the Palace’s professionals. In fact, she snapped a few birthday pictures of her children and made our hearts melt with Princess Charlotte’s first day of school photograph below.

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We stan an independent gal and if anybody has a problem with that, we’d like to have a word.

That said, we hope Kate knows it’s okay to ask for help when she needs it. With her ever growing list of royal duties and three little rascals to look after, we doubt we’d ever get anything done if we were in her shoes.

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This is how Meghan Markle reacted to all the negative headlines

This is how Meghan Markle reacted to all the negative headlines


‘She’s always been so independent, her entire life, and that’s all been taken away from her.’

Meghan Markle Effect

Meghan Markle was the most Googled person of 2018, and while she was a star in her own right before she started dating Prince Harry, interest in the former Suits star has only grown since the couple got engaged, married and announced that they are expecting their first child – all in the space of a year.

But Meghan has been the subject of many negative headlines over the last few weeks. Despite the fact that the Duchess of Sussex is believed to be around six months pregnant, she has been working hard to advance girls’ education behind the scenes, even meeting up with Michelle Obama to see how they can both work towards the worthy cause.

However, she has also been mummy-shamed for cradling her bump ‘too much’, slammed for breaking royal protocol at the British Fashion Awards, and let’s not forget the alleged ‘feud’ between herself and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

She was even given a chilling warning from her sister, Samantha Markle, who made a rather bizarre reference to Anne Boleyn’s ghost ‘walking the tower with her head in her hands’. Right.

But how has Meghan reacted to all the rumours and criticisms? While she has not addressed any of the rumours or speculation directly, according to a new report she is frustrated that she cannot stand up for herself.

A royal insider spoke to Us Weekly: ‘She’s always relied on her own voice to stand up for others, and for herself. So not being able to say anything is a debilitating feeling.

‘She’s always been so independent, her entire life, and that’s all been taken away from her. She’s always been able to clap back on social media and now she can’t.’

If this is the case, it’s completely understandable – however, considering she is due to welcome her little one in a few months we’re sure the Duchess has more important things to be worrying about than tabloid gossip.

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Chris Pratt just revealed who his new girlfriend is

Chris Pratt just revealed who his new girlfriend is


We wouldn’t mess with her dad though.

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Sound the alarms, we have a new couple alert. Although it’s been rumoured for a while that Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger (yes, that Schwarzenegger) have been dating, they’ve finally stepped into the social media spotlight. Just a few hours ago, Chris Pratt posted an adorable birthday message to his new beau on Instagram – complete with a photo collage just to show how much she meant to him.

He wrote, ‘Happy Birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together.’

Pratt, who is a devout Christian according to Huffington Post, also included a photo of Katherine holding up a plaque with Jesus carved into it. He continued in his caption, ‘Thrilled God put you in my life.’

He also included a bunch of other cute relationship moments from the pair, including a little peck on the cheek, Katharine laughing and smiling and the biggest giveaway: a picture of the pair wearing animal-themed face masks together. You don’t face mask with just anybody, come on.

According to People, a source revealed Schwarzenegger’s mother Maria Shriver set the pair up. They continued that they were ‘spending every day together and Katherine has met Jack several times’; Jack being Chris Pratt’s son with his ex-wife Anna Faris. E! News also claimed that they have also spent Sunday morning ‘churchgoing’ together and were spotted having a very Los Angeles date ‘cruising aboard a pair of Bird scooters’.

Pratt also introduced her to his brother Cully, who shared a snap of their ‘day-cation’ to a Napa Valley winery called Round Pond Estate.

The winery also shared a picture of the get together and wrote that the pair were ‘every bit as warm and hilarious as you’d think’.

Chris Pratt was previously married actress Anna Faris in 2009 according to the Daily Mail, however they later announced they were parting ways in August 2017. Their divorce was made official earlier this October according to TMZ and they share ‘joint custody of their 6-year-old son Jack’.

Chris Pratt isn’t the only one who seems to have moved on, as Anna Faris has recently been linked to cinematographer Michael Barrett who has worked on the likes of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang according to the Daily Mail. He also worked on the set of her upcoming film Overboard. Things seem to be getting pretty serious between the pair, as Faris even took Barrett on a family holiday with Jack to Portofino in Italy. Barrett was photographed by the outlet giving him a piggyback and splashing about in the water, which melted our hearts a little.

Breaking up is never easy, but we’re just glad that Faris and Pratt are finding love in other places. All the happiness to them.

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Miley Cyrus calls Liam Hemsworth her ‘survival partner’, not her fiancé

Miley Cyrus calls Liam Hemsworth her ‘survival partner’, not her fiancé


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Since Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth reunited in 2016, rumours that they’ve wed in secret have been rife.

But the former Disney star decided to open up about her relationship during a recent interview with Howard Stern.

During an interview on the Howard Stern Show, Miley said that she had come up with a new name for Liam following the devastating LA wildfires earlier this year. The Wrecking Ball singer revealed that Liam had helped to save all of the animals from their Malibu home before the fires reached them.

She started: ‘So actually, Liam, I’ve never loved him more for this—’

‘This is your boyfriend? Fiancé?’ Stern asked.

‘Yeah, kind of-ish,’ Miley replied. ‘My partner, I call him my survival partner now. He thinks it’s not romantic, but I learned that it is.

‘That is why you pair up with someone, for survival, and he was so incredible. He got all the animals out in his truck.’

Miley went on to joke: ‘He got a lot of action for saving the animals. Yeah, he got a lot of action. We had to make sure he knew I was very, very grateful.’

The couple ‘travel around together’, according to Miley, who explained: ‘You know, usually we live in Malibu, but right now we live in Nashville and [are] adjusting.

‘I think the hardest thing for both of us right now is to go back. A lot of people are starting to get back to their homes, people that didn’t lose their homes, but Malibu isn’t the same for right now. The air quality, the water, he surfs everyday…’

Other than that, they live a ‘really regular life’, with Miley boasting that Liam is a ‘really amazing cook.’

Oh, these two <3

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Everything you need to know about Brooklyn Beckham’s new girlfriend

Everything you need to know about Brooklyn Beckham’s new girlfriend


Sorry ladies but it seems that Brooklyn Beckham has been snatched up once again; the young photographer has been spotted out and about, with a new girl on his arm. Who is she?

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Sorry ladies but it seems that Brooklyn Beckham has been snatched up once again, and not by any of us.

The young photographer has been spotted out and about, with a new girl on his arm. But who is she?

We’re used to seeing Brooklyn with his ex girlfriend Chloe Moretz, but it seems that the former couple are officially off, with this week seeing not only Brooklyn and his new GF, but also Chloe moving on too with a playboy model.

The name of Brooklyn’s new girlfriend? Hana Cross.

But who is she? Here’s everything we know…

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Birthday: 7th September: aged 21
Star sign: Virgo
Occupation: Model, signed to the likes of Select, Premium Models, the Lions LA. First making her modelling debut with high-street brands like Asos, Nastygal and Topshop, then got the attention of major fashion house Fendi which sees Cross in one of their latest campaigns.
Height: 5’8
Hometown: Chipping Campden, a small market town in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire.

How the lovebirds met: Hana is close friends with Brooklyn’s cousin, Libby Adams, as seen on many Instagram stories of the two. Libby Adams is the daughter of Victoria’s sister, Louise Adams.

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The young couple has made a string of appearances over the past few months, some less informal like Winter Wonderland and the Mumford and Sons gig last month. However they seemed to up it a notch by attending The British Fashion awards together, on the 10th December, hosted at The Royal Albert Hall.

And while Hana was photographed on the red carpet alongside Brooklyn and his parents, there are reports that they spent time together during the event, even attending an after party in Belsize Park together.

Now, the question that’s on everybody’s lips – has she met the parents?

Yes she has. Hana Cross and David Beckham were spotted at his launch party for Haig Whiskey just a few weeks ago – surely that’s saying something!

What’s in store for Brooklyn and Hana? Only time will tell.

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Are people unfairly attacking Meghan Markle for cradling her baby bump?

Are people unfairly attacking Meghan Markle for cradling her baby bump?


Is it justified or has it all gone a bit far?

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Meghan Markle is one of the most talked about people in the world, something that has both its advantages and disadvantages.

Sure, she has the power to turn independent brands into world-renowned labels by just wearing their clothes (the Meghan Markle effect), and she gets to live in a castle and travel the globe meeting world leaders.

But on the flip side, she is a point of focus when it comes to the dreaded rumour mill and online negativity – something that Prince harry reportedly feels ‘powerless’ about when trying to protect her.

From speculation around the intimate details of her family life to racist comments, Meghan is a constant conversation topic.

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This week, the hatred centred around her attentiveness to her baby bump, with the now Duchess of Sussex seeming to hold her bump with both hands at all times.

This especially came to attention at the British Fashion Awards when the Duchess took to the stage to present the gong for British Womenswear Designer of the Year to Clare Waight Keller, the designer behind her Givenchy wedding dress.

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‘Attention seeking’, ‘lapping it up’ and ‘Why does she think she’s so special?’, were some of the most common remarks circling the internet after her on-stage appearance, with a lot of people mocking the future mother for cradling her bump so obviously, using both hands to do so.

Yes, it got pretty divisive.

But mothers came out in their hundreds to defend the royal, pointing out that it could not only be a technique for easing pain, but that this is also her firstborn, and wanting to cradle and protect your bump is natural.

‘Cradling a baby bump is a natural gesture with women. They can choose to touch, love and cradle. It’s also known to ease pressure/pain,’ one fan posted to Twitter. ‘The irony between supporting women and tearing them down.’

Another seemed to agree, posting: ‘Meghan Markle graduated with a degree from northwestern, was a UN women’s advocate, involved in numerous charities and this is all pre-royalty and what she should be recognized for yet the media wants to drag her for wearing nail polish and holding her baby bump? Unbelievable.’

And they’re right. Mum shaming is an epidemic, but maybe it has spread so far that it is starting before the baby in question is even born.

If we’ve got to the point where a woman holding her growing baby bump is labelled ‘attention seeking’, then something about our society drastically needs to change.

Keep cradling that baby bump, Megs! Don’t let the haters stop you from doing your thang.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William apparently once had a very dramatic Christmas

Kate Middleton and Prince William apparently once had a very dramatic Christmas


Royals – they’re just like us!

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are two of the most talked about people in the world, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now synonymous with couple goals.

There was the time they pressed the Game of Thrones cast for spoilers, the time Kate Middleton caught Prince William laughing in church and of course any time they are out and about with their three adorable children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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In fact it’s hard to remember a time when the two weren’t together, but of course they did have a famously on and off again relationship for a few years before William proposed.

According to a biography by royal expert Katie Nicholl, Prince William once left Kate ‘tearful’ when he cancelled his plans to visit her family in Christmas 2006.

The now Duke of Cambridge reportedly cancelled their festive plans together, with Nicholl explaining: ‘At the last minute William had a change of heart and decided to stay with his own family instead.’

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She went on to explain how he ‘informed a tearful Kate during a late-night conversation on Boxing Day.’

Cutting it fine there, Wills.

Apparently Kate didn’t take the news well, seeing it as a ‘sign of something more sinister to come’, but to William it was ‘no big deal’.

Well, either way, they lived happily ever after in a palace with three beautiful children, so that gives us some hope!

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Why the Queen was concerned about William and Kate’s engagement

Why the Queen was concerned about William and Kate’s engagement


Oh dear.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are one of the nation’s favourite couples. Since Kate became a member of the royal family, she has become one of the most famous women in the world – the Kate Middleton effect is real, and still going strong years later.

However, it seems that not everyone was quite convinced that their engagement came at the right time – despite the fact that by this point they had been dating since their university days, minus their temporary split.

The Express reports that the Queen ‘had grave concerns and believed that Kate needed to have a job and an identity in her own right before an engagement was announced,’ which is something that the 2011 book The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl talks about.

A source reportedly told the author: ‘It is Her Majesty’s opinion that if Kate is one day going to be William’s consort, then she needs a proper job.’

They added: ‘Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen.’

Ouch.

It is alleged that following her ‘concerns’, the Queen suggested that Kate should do more charity work, and she began working with Starlight, a charity for terminally ill children, and started the Heads Together campaign encouraging people to talk about their mental health. She has also been made Patron of Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

So all in all, we think it’s fair to say that Kate’s doing her bit.

Go Duchess.

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Taylor Swift used facial recognition technology to avoid stalkers

Taylor Swift used facial recognition technology to avoid stalkers


The future is now

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Your opinions may vary on Taylor Swift, but we can all agree that, over the years, she has been through hell at the hands of stalkers. From breaking into her house to attempting to rob a bank to impress her, Taylor has had a terrible time.

So, it’s understandable that the star cranked up the security at her LA show in May of this year.

What’s slightly less understandable is that it is alleged that Taylor used facial recognition technology to do so.

It may sound like something out of James Bond – but that’s because it basically is. According to Rolling Stone, unsuspecting fans who thought they were simply watching Taylor’s rehearsal footage at a kiosk in the venue’s lobby, were in fact having their faces scanned… to check if they were one of Taylor’s ‘hundreds’ of stalkers.

Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues including New York’s Madison Square Garden, attended the concert as a guest of the company who manufactured the kiosks. He gave the lowdown on the technology, saying , ‘Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working.’

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So what was done with the footage? According to Downing, the images were whizzed back to a Swift ‘command post’ in Nashville  (where else?), and were cross-examined against a list of known stalkers. Rolling Stone went on to add that Swift’s representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

Could this be the future of safety for pop stars at their gigs? Or is this just a misguided attempt at personal security, which instead violates personal privacy?

Critics of Taylor’s technique have cited the fact that fans did not know the images were being captured, never mind the fact that no information has been given with regards to how long the images are stored, where they are stored and who is doing the data analysis.

While we cannot condone invasion of privacy, the reality of stalking is still hideous. Stay safe, Taylor.

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Miley Cyrus’ latest career move has surprised everyone

Miley Cyrus’ latest career move has surprised everyone


Wait, WHAT?

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Miley Cyrus is one of the most talked about women in the world, and from her Hannah Montana days and her high profile relationship with Liam Hemsworth to her viral pop career and charity work, she is rarely out of the spotlight.

This week, Miley sent shockwaves across the internet as it was revealed that the 26-year-old was changing career path, with a rumoured appearance in – wait for it – Black Mirror.

While Miley has of course acted onscreen before – hello The Last Song and Hannah Montana – it has been a long time since she has showed off her acting chops, and Black Mirror is different to her previous work.

The satirical British TV series is an Emmy award-winning show, written and directed by Charlie Brooker and boasting a growing band of loyal followers over the years.

Set in a twisted high-tech world and exploring techno-paranoia, the show has gone viral for highlighting the relatable uneasiness of modern life, reflected in the sinister-sounding name, Black Mirror. 

And now, as if it couldn’t get any more surreal, Miley Cyrus is appearing on it, well at least we think, with the singer seeming to nonverbally confirm the news on Sirius XM’s Howard Stern show.

‘If you guess it, then I will shake my head “yes,”‘ she announced when asked, with Howard Stern then confirming to listeners that she had ‘shook yes’ when asked if she was appearing on the Netflix show.

Well that’s that. We officially cannot wait.

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