Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will share a joint duty at Ascot this year

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will share a joint duty at Ascot this year

Strong hat game, everybody.

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Meghan Markle has quickly settled into her royal duties as a new member of the family, from going on a solo trip with the Queen to Cheshire and now a presentation ceremony with her new husband Prince Harry. The newlyweds arrived at the Royal Ascot just an hour ago looking every inch the part though it won’t all be fun and games, as both she and Prince Harry will be presenting an award at the famed horse race.

According to the Ascot programme, they’ll be presenting the St James’ Palace Stakes trophy at 4.20pm. It’s the first time the couple has attended the Ascot together and they’re definitely moving much faster than Prince William and Kate Middleton did – it took five years for Kate to make an appearance with him at the race.

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Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in a carriage, joined by Queen Elizabeth and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex. They all looked dressed the part and although Meghan may have broken a royal fashion rule at Trooping the Colour, she was very much on point for Ascot’s notoriously strict dress code.

She returned to Givenchy, her wedding dress designer, for her all-white ensemble and also donned a sophisticated Philip Treacy hat (one of Kate Middleton’s favourite fashion designers). Prince Harry came dressed in a top hat and tails, along with a Royal Ascot name tag – one of those funny conventions that doesn’t make too much sense, given that you’d be hard-pressed not to recognise who he is.

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As they rode into the grounds, people cheered the carriage on and Meghan waved to the crowd – clearly growing more comfortable with the spotlight.

They did the traditional procession around the parade ring as other carriages carrying Prince Charles, Camilla, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie trotted on ahead of them. Prince William and Kate Middleton unfortunately aren’t around for the races, but for a good reason – Wills is up in Liverpool on another engagement while Kate is still currently on maternity leave.

Here’s hoping that after the work’s all done that Prince Harry and Meghan get a chance to actually kick back, enjoy the races and make use of that Royal Box.

(We desperately want to know what it’s like in there.)

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Here’s why Harry and Meghan haven’t been to visit her father yet

Here’s why Harry and Meghan haven’t been to visit her father yet

It makes a lot of sense

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It feels like forever ago now, but Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding day was only a month ago.

Taking place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, everyone from Kate Middleton to Prince Charles and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland was in attendance.

But sadly, the father of the bride, Thomas Markle, had to miss the ceremony due to undergoing heart surgery shortly before the big day. Instead, Prince Charles escorted Meghan up the aisle.

Following the nuptials, it was thought that both she and Prince Harry would soon be going to Mexico to pay a visit to her father.

However, Mr Markle has since confirmed they won’t be paying him a visit any time soon – and the reason why is a pretty good one.

‘I told them I thought it was fabulous and she looked beautiful, and they talked about coming to see me,’ he told Good Morning Britain. ‘I said it’s a bad idea especially as the press would eat everyone alive.

‘I said I’m healing and I would wish they would go on a honeymoon,’ he added. ‘They should get away from everybody for while.’

While we’re excited to hear all about the royal couple’s honeymoon, we hope for Meghan’s sake that she gets to see her dad again soon!

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Brie Larson wasn’t sure playing Captain Marvel ‘was the right thing’ for a totally understandable reason

Brie Larson wasn’t sure playing Captain Marvel ‘was the right thing’ for a totally understandable reason

‘It’s a big change for everybody and I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing for me.’

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Playing a superhero in the DC or Marvel universe is basically a surefire catapult into worldwide success, a pool of money and hopefully a lucrative multi-film contract – however the level of fame is something that can be daunting to take on. Marvel newcomer Brie Larson revealed that that was initially a reason why she was nervous about taking on Captain Marvel, as she didn’t want to ‘burden’ anybody around her.

She told Associated Press, ‘There was a lot about [playing Captain Marvel] that felt like a big decision. And it’s not just a decision for myself, it’s a big decision for my family and my partner and my friends. It’s a big change for everybody and I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing for me.’

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Although Brie has been around Hollywood for a little while and starred in films like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street and Trainwreck, she’s been able to fly relatively under the radar. Even with an Oscar for Room under her belt, she’s always kept a low profile and while she’s currently been a vocal advocate for diverse representation in Hollywood – her personal life has mostly stayed out of it.

She continued, ‘I never want to make artistic decisions that will feel like a burden or would take me away from the parts of my life that I find fulfilling. So Marvel was super patient and allowed me a lot of time to think it over.’

Given that there’s a huge theory that Brie’s Marvel character will star in the next Avengers film, it seems like she’s going to be a major player in the universe. (If you haven’t seen it yet: skip onto the next paragraph as we’re about to launch into spoiler territory.) Basically at the end of Infinity War after half the world gets dusted, Nick Fury is caught sending a message on a pager that’s decorated in Captain Marvel’s iconic costume colours. The prevailing theory is that he’s sent a message back in time to her so that she can help stop the events of Infinity War from unfolding. Which, would be a total trip.

However, Marvel is notoriously strict on keeping any spoilers about the franchise from leaking. In fact, when Mark Ruffalo spoiled Infinity War last year, it seemed like both he and Don Cheadle were nervously looking round for a red dot and sniper to take them out before they could say anything further.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who’s a deft hand at keeping spoilers out of the press after his time on Sherlock and The Hobbit, also seems to have been deemed Tom Holland’s caretaker on the press circuit – hilariously shouting over young Spidey when he’s about to blurt something important.

Brie had another tactic however, as she said, ‘I sort of told Marvel that I wanna know as little as possible, so when friends ask, I don’t feel like I have to lie. I can just be like: I don’t know, I have no idea.’

Good plan, Brie. You can’t spoil what you don’t know.

Captain Marvel will be released in the US on March 18, 2019, however a British date has yet to be announced.

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Prince Charles has a very sweet nickname for Meghan Markle

Prince Charles has a very sweet nickname for Meghan Markle

And it’s too much.

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Meghan Markle has officially been a royal for one month, with her and Prince Harry receiving a royal title from the Queen as a wedding gift, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Since the nuptials however, the public has been far more concerned with what Meghan gets called in private, with the 36-year-old seeming to have a catalogue of nicknames.

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While Harry calls her ‘Meg’ and mum Doria refers to her as ‘Flower’ – yet another reason to love Doria Ragland, Prince Charles’ nickname for the Duchess might just be our favourite yet.

Yes, that’s right.

We knew Meghan had a close relationship with her father-in-law, with the future King even walking her down the aisle in the place of her own dad, but we didn’t know just quite how fond of Meghan Prince Charles was until we heard his nickname for her.


The name? Tungsten.

While it might seem strange that she’s been named after a strong metal, according to the Mail, there’s a very sweet explanation behind it.

‘Prince Charles admires Meghan for her strength and the backbone she gives Harry, who needs a tungsten-type figure in his life as he can be a bit of a softy,’ a source reportedly told the tabloid.

It looks like Meghan is well and truly settled in the royal family then.

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The one bizarre accessory Kate Middleton has to wear at Royal Ascot

The one bizarre accessory Kate Middleton has to wear at Royal Ascot

You know, in case somebody doesn’t know who she is.

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Race day is fast approaching and the Royal Ascot buzz has started up again. For those keen on joining in the fun, figuring out what to wear to Ascot can be a little daunting as it has a super strict dress code that not even the royal family is exempt from. In fact, even Kate Middleton has to adhere to one surprising rule: a compulsory name tag.

You’d think that as one of the most recognisable faces in the world she’d be given a pass. However Kate and Wills had to run around last year wearing matching tags that read HRH The Duke/Duchess of Cambridge respectively. However there’s actually a hidden meaning behind the labels, as the type of name tag you have actually denotes what access tier you have at the event.

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So for example, Kate, William and Princess Anne have all previously been photographed wearing a Royal Box tag – while Lady Gabriella Windsor has a Royal Enclosure tag. Naturally, as immediate members of the Royal Family, it’s not surprising that they’d be granted one of the highest levels of access.

After taking a little peek at the Queen’s previous Ascot photographs though, it seems like she doesn’t need a tag. I mean, that would be a bit much.



Ascot is notorious for the fashion police roaming the grounds, ready to tell off somebody for an exposed shoulder or inappropriate fascinator at a moment’s notice. It gets even stricter if you’re in one of the royal areas, as the brim of your hat has to be above a certain width – though the Duchess has made it work with her vast array of Kate Middleton hats.

As Kate’s technically still on maternity leave, we don’t know if she’ll actually be in attendance this year. Hopefully the new mumma gets a rare chance to let her hair down and party on with Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

(We’re sure they can find someone to watch the kids for the day.)

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This is why Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weren’t at the Order of the Garter

This is why Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weren’t at the Order of the Garter

Maybe next year, Harry.

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One of the grandest events in the British royal calendar took place yesterday: the Order of the Garter ceremony. As Prince William, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth rolled out in their best navy velvet, elaborate feathered caps and gold finery, people quickly noticed that three popular royals weren’t in attendance. So, where were Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Well, the answer isn’t as complicated as you’d think. Kate Middleton is technically on maternity leave and wasn’t obligated to go, however she’s previously attended the the event to support her husband.

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Prince William is officially a member of the Order of the Garter – an exclusive group modelled after King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table handpicked by the Queen – which is why he was all suited and booted alongside fellow member and his father Prince Charles.

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And that brings us onto Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Duke of Sussex isn’t actually a member of the garter just yet, so he didn’t need to go along and therefore the pressure was off Meghan too to attend.

In all honesty, it might be a little while till he’s inducted into the club. According to Harper’s Bazaar, a royal expert revealed that it was a little out of the ordinary that Prince William joined the Garter at such a young age. However as second-in-line to the throne, it could be ‘one reason why the Queen named him, despite him being [so] young’. For reference, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward had to wait until their 40s to don the feathered caps.

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The expert also said, ‘The Duke of Sussex is not a Knight of the Garter and will probably not be invested until his father is King. The Duchess of Sussex has never attended and will probably not attend until Harry is named.’

Although the newlyweds weren’t in attendance on Monday, they were snapped attending another wedding over the weekend for Princess Diana’s niece. It was an emotional one, as it was one of the first times that Princess Diana’s iconic Spencer tiara was worn in public since her death.

Meghan also gave Princess Diana a lovely nod in a blue and white porcelain Oscar de la Renta dress, which was the spitting image of a similar one the late royal had worn previously.

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Zayn Malik feels he doesn’t ‘need to put a label on’ his relationship with Gigi Hadid

Zayn Malik feels he doesn’t ‘need to put a label on’ his relationship with Gigi Hadid

‘We have horses.’

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Forget those heartbreaking Instagram notes and claims that Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have broken up. Since splitting in March, they’ve been spotted hooking up in New York and he spoke about their non-relationship and non-romance very carefully in an interview. Namely, he insinuated that something was definitely going on but that they ‘don’t need to put a label on it’.

After explaining that the two were still very much a fixture in each other’s lives (‘We have horses’, he explained – because that’s a normal thing for couples to do), he revealed to GQ in his cover profile that, ‘We’re adults. We don’t need to put a label on it, make it something for people’s expectations.’

He also believed that Gigi Hadid had changed the way he viewed the world and said that he was ‘really thankful’ to have met her.

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He explained, ‘I had a very negative outlook on things. That might have been adolescence or testosterone or whatever the fuck was running through my body at the tim. She’s helped me to look at things from a positive angle.’

Apparently, she’s the complete opposite of him in the best of ways: ‘hyper-organized, clear-headed, and positive’ according to the profile. She’s especially good with ‘dates’ he explains, though his interview Carrie Battan misheard him say ‘debts’.

He corrected her, ‘No, no. Dates. She doesn’t handle my finances yet.’

Then, if we had any doubt about just how serious the two of them are, he said, ‘We’ll get to that eventually.’

Well, then. It seems like the Hadid-Malik connection is still alive and well – and potentially more serious than we thought. If an ex-One Directioner is trusting you with their bank account, you know you’re in the good books.

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Turns out Rihanna has a seriously bad habit we knew nothing about

Turns out Rihanna has a seriously bad habit we knew nothing about

‘My mom is gonna see this. Sorry, Mom.’

Just when you think you know Rihanna, she reveals something totally surprising about herself.

The Fenty Beauty mogul appeared on The Graham Norton Show along with her fellow Ocean’s 8 cast members, during which host Graham Norton revealed a pretty unusual bad habit she has.

Numerous paparazzi shots of Ri Ri out and about show that she has a bit of a stealing problem – of wine glasses, in particular.

Norton proceeded to show a slideshow of pictures of Rihanna leaving various venues, glass in hand, and it certainly seems to happens on the regular.

‘That might have been one that I took to the club,’ she said of one of them, and ‘I took that back to the hotel that I took it from’ about another.

In fairness, her intentions don’t seem to have anything to do with the glasses themselves. Girl’s just gotta finish her drink.

Watch the full clip from last Friday’s episode below.

While we love the idea of her being a secret thief, it doesn’t exactly look like Rihanna was trying to smuggle the goods out – the hotels and restaurants probably had no qualms about a Grammy-winning artist taking one of their glasses.

In fact, the only thing the star seemed bothered about was the fact her mum was going to see the interview…

Oh Ri-Ri. What are you like.

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Sophie Turner has drawn parallels between Game of Thrones and the #MeToo movement

Sophie Turner has drawn parallels between Game of Thrones and the #MeToo movement

‘[My storyline] is kind of mirroring what’s happening in real life, in every industry right now.’

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The women of Game of Thrones battle no end of horror in the fantasy epic, fighting sexual harassment, sexism and political machinations to find their place in Westeros. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not the only one who’s noticed as cast member Sophie Turner has drawn parallels between Game of Thrones and the #MeToo movement.

In an interview with Screen Daily, the actress delved into her character Sansa Stark’s harrowing and sometimes difficult-to-watch storyline which includes her rape at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, frequent imprisonment and political relationships. While she started as one of the show’s weakest characters, she’s now become a fully fledged avenging angel ready to take her place on the world’s stage.

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‘It’s funny the way [my storyline] is kind of mirroring what’s happening in real life, in every industry right now,’ Sophie said. ‘It’s really interesting how all of these women who were subjected to a lot of horror and oppression are taking a stand against the people who have done this to them. I think that’s why I connected with the #MeToo movement so much. Not just because of being a woman and obviously being a feminist, but also that character.’

Sophie Turner is a staunch supporter of the TIMES UP and #MeToo movement, as she previously helped fundraise for TIMES UP’s legal defense fund on Instagram and posted a message ahead of the all-black Golden Globes to show her solidarity with those affected. (She wasn’t actually in attendance, however.)

Sophie reflected on her character’s arc, saying, ‘It’s a really powerful message, the fact that she went through all of those things and she’s come out the other side. She’s used everything she’s learnt up until now to her benefit. She endured so much horror and really was a prisoner season-by-season. She took all of that, and now she has become stronger for it.’

The #MeToo movement has fiercely raged on, with this year’s recent Cannes festival led by Cate Blanchett becoming one of the most political yet and actors like Frances McDormand and Brie Larson calling for greater diversity in the industry. As women and their allies shine a light on the dark parts of Hollywood, Sophie also feels that entertainment needs to both respond to and also be a getaway from reality.

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She said, ‘Our role as filmmakers is to hold a mirror up to society. At the same time, I think it’s very important to have that escapism. That’s why Game Of Thrones is such a wonderful show. It provides both of those things.’

The next series of Game of Thrones will be its final run, with just six episodes to wrap up the mammoth story. While a release date hasn’t been formally been announced, the series has finished filming and will be screened at some point next year.

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The cutest and most hilarious celebrity Father’s Day messages

The cutest and most hilarious celebrity Father’s Day messages

Happy belated Father’s Day everyone!

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We’re sure your Facebook and Instagram feeds were flooded with tributes for Father’s Day yesterday, something that started off adorable and then kind of became a little annoying while we were digging through to find a funny meme.

Well, even the celebrities weren’t immune to the charms of a Father’s Day social media message and we shared a few of our favourites below from Chrissy Teigen through to the Stranger Things cast’s hilarious video card.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Chrissy Teigen celebrated her partner in parenting crime with a heartwarming (yet tongue-in-cheek) message on Instagram. The couple have two children together, Luna and Miles.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Happy Father’s Day cajm, you are a ray of sunshine ☀.

A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:10am PDT

Happy Father’s Day @bradfalchuk You are extraordinary.

A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:12am PDT

Although Gwyneth and Coldplay frontman Chris may have divorced a little while ago, they’ve made co-parenting a thing and seem to still be a big fixture in each other’s lives. She dedicated a post to him of the singre with their children Apple and Moses, as well as a later one to her new man producer Brad Falchuk with his children.

Victoria Beckham and David Beckham

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad in the world. Love you so much ❤ @davidbeckham

A post shared by bb (@brooklynbeckham) on Jun 17, 2018 at 3:36am PDT

The Beckhams seemed utterly loved up on Instagram, as Victoria shared a picture of David surrounded by Father’s Day gifts and cards on the Sunday. She also shared a sweet picture of herself as a baby at her christening, where he rocked a ‘major tache’. Brooklyn Beckham also put his photography skills to work, sharing a moody pic of the couple.


Do I look like a Dad here? 🏋️‍♀️. Wishing myself a Happy Father’s Day! 🎉🎉🎉 #momdad

A post shared by Madonna (@madonna) on Jun 17, 2018 at 7:09am PDT

Madonna got a little shady this father’s day, posting a picture of her father Silvio Ciccone celebrating ‘all the Dads who really show up!’ She also left it on a cryptic note, saying ‘You know who you are’. She also took the time to wish herself a happy Father’s Day, as she currently is raising six children as a single mother and that’s a mission WELL WORTH celebrating.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian posted not one, but two father’s day tributes on Sunday. The first was amoving memorial dedicated to her late father Robert Kardashian and the latter a post to the new father in her life, her husband Kanye West.

Cardi B and Offset

New momma-to-be Cardi B shared a picture with her fiance Offset on Instagram. The couple, who can be seen flipping off the camera in the photo, will be expecting their new child soon and she wrote, ‘You gonna teach me how to change diapers!!!’

The Stranger Things cast

The Stranger Things cast left quite possibly our favourite Father’s Day tribute to an unexpected person: Steve Harrington. Steve, a teenager who winds up essentially playing dad to the younger Stranger Things characters last season, and his actor Joe Keery is well beloved by the cast and they all left little video tributes. Finn, who plays Mike Wheeler, left a particularly backhanded compliment saying, ‘I gotta say I thought you were gonna be my future brother-in-law. But after Nancy dumped you…you know, you’re still part of the family.’

Neil Patrick Harris

NPH and his partner David Burtka have always been couple goals and his heartfelt message merely cemented that, as he called him ‘a bright beacon of love’.

Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid

Gigi Hadid posted a sweet throwback picture of her with her father Mohamed Hadid, thanking him for her ‘greatest gifts’ – a.k.a. her fabulous siblings. One of them, Bella, also shared a lovely message dedicated to the man with ‘the biggest, most generous heart in the world’.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon posted a cute photograph of her fiance Jim Toth with her son. They have a son together, Tennessee James Toth (pictured), as well as her two children from a previous marriage Ava Elizabeth Phillippe and Deacon Reese Phillippe.

Gal Gadot

The Wonder Woman star wrote a lovely message to both her own father and the father of her two children in her Instagram gallery. Click the arrow for the next picture, it’s a cute family portrait (though her children’s faces have been blurred out).

Justin Bieber

Justin posted the biggest throwback ever – namely, a picture of him with his father when he looked to be only a few days old.

Emily Ratajkowski

Happy Father’s Day, Papa.

A post shared by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on Jun 17, 2018 at 10:19am PDT

The model posted an adorable throwback pic of herself with her father, writing, ‘Happy Father’s Day, Papa.’

Bindi Irwin

I miss you. ❤

A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on Jun 17, 2018 at 4:18am PDT

Bindi Irwin, the daughter of everybody’s favourite alligator wrangle Steve Irwin, had us all reaching for tissues with this adorable photograph and simple message. BRB, we’re watching her Dancing with the Stars season again.

Happy Father’s Day, everybody!

Hope you spent it surrounded by people you love.

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