In fact, we’ve hardly seen the Duchess of Cambridge this year, with Kate taking a maternity leave after the birth of Prince Louis, returning to royal duties just this month.
But given the attention on other members of the royal family, Kate and William managed to throw a secret party in Kensington Palace this week, with the public and press only finding out after the occasion.
The event in question was work-related – a surprise reception for the finalists of this year’s BBC Radio One’s Teen Hero Awards at their Kensington Palace home.
The couple reportedly welcomed teenage finalists to the reception, talking to them about their work as Teen Heroes of 2018.
‘It was such an honour and privilege to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace,’ one of the winners, Siena Castellon, explained to HELLO!. ‘They were both genuinely interested in my website, www.QLMentoring.com, which I created to support and mentor autistic students and students with learning disabilities.’
She continued: ’The Duchess was especially interested in addressing autism stereotypes and was saddened to hear about the severity of the disability-related bullying I have experienced. She congratulated me for being a Diana Award holder and for currently serving on the National Youth Board, a role that has given me a national platform through which to share my disability-based bullying experience. They were both incredibly warm, supportive and encouraging. Meeting them was an awesome experience! They have inspired me continue to make a positive difference in my community.’
The BBC Radio One Teen Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, hosted by Greg James.
Love or hate the series, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have become one of the world’s most recognisable faces thanks to the success of 50 Shades of Grey. The steamy and sometimes eye-rolling escapades of their characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey have become pretty infamous, though there’s one adaptation I need to see immediately. It turns out that off-camera, Jamie Dornan played out the series’ intimate scenes while separated from his co-star with an unexpected celeb – Peter Dinklage. Yes, that Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage.
While promoting his and Jamie Dornan’s new film My Dinner with Hervé, Peter Dinklage revealed that Jamie actually had to juggle filming with 50 Shades reshoots. As any good pal would, Peter decided to step in and help Jamie prep in a pretty unusual way.
Peter said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, ‘I read some of the [50 Shades Freed] screenplay through in our dressing room.’
‘I went in, [Jamie] had to do some reshoots for 50 Shades and I – uh – would help him out learning lines,’ he revealed.
Now, you can probably guess where this is going. And to be honest, the rest of the audience did too as people erupted into fits of giggles.
He continued, ‘I would read the Dakota Johnson parts…I was just helping a friend learn lines.’
We need to see a spin-off film with Tyrion Lannister and Christian Grey whispering sweet nothings to one another ASAP. We don’t know who we need to talk to in order to make this happen, but if the gods and goddesses of cinema are listening – please, please make this a reality.
As for whether Peter Dinklage gave Dakota a run for his money? Well, he had a lot to say for himself.
He said, ‘I nailed it. I really did.’
We don’t doubt it. We mean, look at how enamoured Jamie Dornan is with him.
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Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan will be starring in a dedidedly less sexy film coming out on HBO called My Dinner with Hervé, which centres around the last interview the actor Hervé Villechaize ever gave.
It is set to premiere on Sky Atlantic on October 22 at 9pm.
Hopefully her dance partner Joe Sugg will be a shoulder for her to lean on.
It hasn’t been a great couple of weeks for romances on the Strictly Come Dancing circuit, as fresh off Rebecca Humphries’ split from contestant Seann Walsh – another person on the show has called time on their relationship. They say it takes two to tango, but Strictly pro Dianne Buswell has chosen to go it alone after splitting with her on-off boyfriend Anthony Quinlan of Emmerdale.
According to Her.ie, a spokesperson for Dianne confirmed the split. They elaborated, ‘Due to their busy schedules and distance they have split but still remain really close friends.’
According to The Evening Standard, their ‘struggles with long-distance’ also contributed to the downfall of their relationship In fact, The Sun reported that they actually took a break earlier this year for that very same reason and while they did eventually get back together, they ‘decided to end things after 10 months of dating‘.
Many outlets have previously reported on the ‘Strictly curse’, as celebs and pros on the reality TV show sadly have a tendency to split with their partners while filming. In fact, it’s already affected this year’s cycle as comedian Seann Walsh was spotted cheating on his then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries with his partner Katya Jones – prompting Rebecca to break up with him and release a powerful statement. On the other hand, Katya Jones said on It Takes Two that she and her husband Neil Jones ‘are fine’.
Prior to filming this series, it was also announced that one of Strictly’s favourite pro couples Karen and Kevin Clifton would be separating. Sadly, the reason their marriage was on the rocks was pretty similar to Dianne’s own predicament as their demanding Strictly schedules took a major toll – even though they were technically working together.
Karen said to The Daily Mail, ‘We were working from 6am until 11pm and by the time we got home there would be no time to do anything. There was no opportunity for us to connect and we started going in completely different directions.’
In Dianne’s case, a few have started speculating that perhaps she and her current Strictly partner Joe Sugg might be thinking about pursuing a relationship. (Give the woman a break man, she literally just broke up with her boyfriend.) The Sun in particular claimed that a source told them how everyone on set had been ‘discussing how close [Joe and Dianne] had become’.
Whether there’s something there or not, she and the famous YouTuber do seem to be growing closer and get on like a house on fire.
Besides absolutely nailing their dance routines week after week, they feature quite prominently on one another’s social media – in fact, she could have a budding YouTube career of her own as she’s starred in many of his vlogs.
Given that the pair seem to be pretty great friends, here’s hoping Joe and the rest of the Strictly crew will be able to help keep her mind off the breakup.
The next episode of Strictly Come Dancing will air tomorrow at 6.45pm on BBC One.
This week however, the First Lady hit the headlines for a different reason as it was reported that there had been an incident onboard her plane.
The airplane carrying the first lady to Washington was forced to turn back on Wednesday 15 minutes into the journey, with journalists onboard reporting smoke appearing in the cabin and the smell of burning.
According to CNN, the passengers were instructed to hold wet towels over their faces if it got worse, with the plane returning to Joint Base Andrews, an air force facility used by the White House.
While Melania Trump did not speak about the incident, her rep, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed it to USA TODAY, explaining that there had been a ‘minor mechanical issue’ onboard the Boeing C-32A. ‘Everything is fine and everyone is safe’.
Donald Trump later spoke about the unscheduled landing of his wife’s plane in a conversation with the Fox Business Network.
‘They came back. She got in another plane,’ he explained. ‘I said, “I hope this plane’s better than the first one”’.
The Duchess declined to try one thing during a lunch in Melbourne
Earlier this week, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan Markle is pregnant and all eyes have been on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ever since.
The newlyweds are preparing to welcome their first child, and while the gender of the royal baby will be a closely guarded secret, Harry has already revealed which girl’s name he likes. Meghan has also opened up about her pregnancy, revealing that she is ‘feeling pretty good’ and ‘running on adrenaline’.
The news came as Harry and Meghan touched down in Sydney, Australia as part of a 16-day royal tour, and so far they have been spotted looking loved-up under umbrellas and strolling along the beach (seriously, just look at their cutest moments – the pictures will melt your heart).
And while we know that Meghan has been making banana bread for her hosts, there is one thing that she refused to eat during a trip to Melbourne.
On Thursday, Harry and Meghan visited a restaurant called Charcoal Lane to try some native Australian foods and were given a ‘touch, taste, smell’ experience.
Apprentice chef Brooke Warr revealed that there was something that the Duchess was reluctant to try.
She told News.com.au: ‘With the finger limes, they’re like little caviars. When you eat it in your mouth it pops and the flavour is beautiful.
‘It was optional if they wanted to taste it. Harry did but Meghan didn’t. She was smelling it, but that’s understandable because she’s pregnant and being cautious.’
Program manager Troy Crellin also admitted that Harry declined to try something on the menu, too.
He said: ‘Harry tried some [of the ingredients] but he wasn’t game to try the pepper leaf, which is what we tend to give to the naughty kids anyway. It’s a little bit hot.’
All eyes were on Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at their nuptials last week and with good reason: the pair were absolutely adorable. From Jack Brooksbank putting on his glasses, just to see her in all her beauty gliding down the aisle, to the powerful statement she made sharing her scoliosis scars with the world, they were absolutely lovely to watch.
Now that time has passed however, keen royalists have pored over the footage and uncovered a little gem we hadn’t previously noticed before. One Twitter account honed in on Kate Middleton’s reaction to her children walking down the aisle and honestly, it made our hearts melt.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were both given the important task of being in Princess Eugenie’s bridal party. Decked out in stylish threads and bumbling behind the bride, it was impossible not to smile the moment they stepped into the church.
We weren’t the only ones however as Kate was the proudest mum ever, breaking out into a massive grin and leaning forwards to get a good look at them. A Twitter account called RoyalSourceFR luckily caught the moment and we’ve been playing the GIF on repeat since we spotted it.
We’re here for this lovely, wholesome content. We’re also totally here for the way Prince Harry snaps right to her with a big old grin on his own face as well, proving he’s just as proud of his niece and nephew as she is.
There’s a few other gems in the GIF, including the way that Princess Beatrice sticks a couple of big thumbs up at the bridal party as they trail along behind Eugenie.
And then there’s also Prince William’s reaction – or rather, his total non-reaction – which we find pretty hilarious.
We get it, Wills. Eugenie and Jack were beautiful to watch and we found it hard to look away too.
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.
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.’
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.