Serena Williams found out this tragic news before her recent defeat

Serena Williams found out this tragic news before her recent defeat


Our thoughts are with Serena and her family.

Serena Williams was knocked out of the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic, San Jose, this month by Johanna Konta in what is being called one of the biggest defeats of her career.

The match was over in 53 minutes, with Johanna emerging victorious in a stunning 6-1 6-0 victory, something Serena has since explained in a recent interview with Time Magazine.

Explaining the heavily-discussed match, Serena opened up about the extenuating circumstances that led to her ‘underperformance’.

The 36-year-old recalled how she found out that her sister’s killer had been released from prison just minutes before the match, reportedly seeing the news on Instagram.

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Serena and Venus’ half-sister, Yetunde Price, was shot dead in a 2003 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles by Robert Maxfield, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Minutes before taking to the court, Serena discovered that Maxfield had been released on parole three years early, due to good behaviour’ – something that she admitted distracted her from the match.

‘I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,’ Serena explained in her interview with Time. ‘It was hard because all I think about is her kids  – what they meant to me and how much I love them.’

She continued: ‘No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behaviour. It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me.’

When asked if she has forgiven her sister’s killer, she replied: ‘I’m not there yet. I would like to practice what I preach, and teach Olympia that as well. I want to forgive. I have to get there. I’ll be there.’

Our thoughts are with Serena and her family.

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Kate Middleton could make Prince George’s very big day after missing it last year

Kate Middleton could make Prince George’s very big day after missing it last year


And we already know it’ll be adorable.

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As the summer holidays draw to an en, children all over the nation are all gearing up for their first day of school as parents heave a great sigh of relief that they no longer have to come up with dramatic ways to keep them occupied. (There’s only so many times you can watch Frozen before your mind melts to mush.) One famous family in the same boat is Prince William and Kate Middleton’s brood, as Prince George will be returning to school on September 6.

There was a lot of hullabaloo over Prince George’s first day of school last year, as it was his first in a new school and his mother Kate Middleton unfortunately couldn’t be there to see him off. She was pregnant with Prince Louis and struggling with pretty extreme morning sickness, something that’s she’s had to contend with throughout all her pregnancies. However his dad Prince William came along to do the school drop off, walking him in as he trotted along in a slick navy uniform.

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Ben Thomas, the former headmaster of his school, said at the time, ‘Our aim for [Prince George], as well as for all of our pupils, is to provide a safe and secure and happy environment where he feels supported by a kind and loving community. That’s something we will be trying to achieve for him.’

As for how Prince George feels about school? Apparently, he’s kind of over it.

Louise Smith, another parent with a child at the school, told Express, ‘It was really exciting meeting William. He told me he’d just dropped Prince George off at school and he didn’t want to go. Sounds a bit like mine really.’

TBH, we were too at that age. This year though, Kate Middleton might actually be able to join her husband and Prince George (who goes by ‘George Cambridge’ at school) for the first day of school drop off on September 6. We’re already excited for the cute photographs.

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Meghan Markle is planning to hand down THIS special heirloom to her daughter

Meghan Markle is planning to hand down THIS special heirloom to her daughter


It has a special meaning.

Words by Rebecca Fearn.

Meghan Markle has recently revealed the special item she plans to hand down to her daughter one day: her Cartier Tank watch.

Speaking to Hello! magazine back in 2015, Meghan explained how the watch, which she bought herself, had a special significance:

“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch. When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.”

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The Duchess also revealed the watch was engraved with a unique message, which reads “To M.M. From M.M.”

“I plan to give it to my daughter one day”, Meghan told the magazine. “That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them”.

It’s worth noting that Princess Diana had her own Cartier Tank watch, which could have inspired Meghan prior to her joining the royal family herself.

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Forbes’ highest earning actress wasn’t even in the top ten last year

Forbes’ highest earning actress wasn’t even in the top ten last year


Surprised?

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Forbes has just released its annual top earning actress list and surprisingly, the number one spot has gone to a star who didn’t even make the top ten last year.

Scarlett Johansson raked in a mind-blowing $40.5 million, largely thanks to her role as Black Widow in the Avengers series. She has quadrupled her 2017 earnings to take the number one position.

Other top earners who made the list include Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis and Gal Gadot. A number of last year’s top ten did not make this year’s, such as Emma Stone (she owed her number one spot last year mainly to her La La Land success), Emma Watson and Amy Adams.

The list takes into account not only the actresses’ movie payouts, but things like endorsement deals which can boost earnings significantly.

Take a look at the 2018 top earning actresses here:

10. Gal Gadot ($10 million)
9. Melissa McCarthy ($12 million)
8. Cate Blanchett ($12.5 million)
7. Julia Roberts ($13 million)
6. Mila Kunis ($16 million)
5. Reese Witherspoon ($16.5 million)
4. Jennifer Lawrence ($18 million)
3. Jennifer Aniston ($19.5 million)
2. Angelina Jolie ($28 million)
1. Scarlett Johansson ($40.5 million)

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Donald Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Aretha Franklin has not gone down well

Donald Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Aretha Franklin has not gone down well


‘She worked for me on numerous occasions’

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Donald Trump never fails to be controversial, and from his greeting the Queen with a handshake to making friends with Putin, the past few months have been no exception.

This week the 72-year-old caused a storm, after he paid a controversial tribute to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who it was announced had tragically died this week.

The Respect singer was the embodiment of 60s female empowerment. A mother at 12 and Queen of Soul by the time she was 24, she belted out powerful inspirational lyrics about feminism, while proudly telling it how it is. She was an icon – even going on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Aretha Franklin

But when Donald Trump came to make his tribute to the late feminist icon, he seemed to focus on something else, crediting the late Queen of Soul for ‘working for him on numerous occasions’.

Yes, that’s right. Donald Trump thanked the legend that is Aretha Franklin for working for him – and no one’s happy about it.

‘I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific – Aretha Franklin – on her passing,’ Trump reportedly opened a White House cabinet meeting.

He then continued: ‘She’s brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God – her voice, and she used it well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.’

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

‘In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,’ Aretha’s family announced in a statement, released to CNN. ‘We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.’

The statement continued: ‘We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.’

Our thoughts are with Aretha Franklin’s loved ones.

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This is the special reason why Meghan Markle kept her bridal bouquet

This is the special reason why Meghan Markle kept her bridal bouquet


And it’s lovely.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot earlier this year in a star-studded ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

But three months later, it’s not the A-list royal wedding guests that were in attendance or the official royal wedding photographs that still have everyone talking, instead it’s Meghan’s bridal bouquet.

The now Duchess of Sussex carried scented sweet peas, lily of the valley and jasmine in her bouquet, adding forget-me-nots and white roses in a nod to Princess Diana, and sprigs of myrtle to comply with royal tradition.

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But who caught the stunning bouquet? Well, actually no one.

While most weddings involve the famous bouquet toss, determining who is going to be the next to walk down the aisle, royal weddings are a little different, with the bride actually keeping her flowers for a special reason.

Royal brides always leave a bouquet at the grave of an Unknown warrior in London’s Westminster Abbey – a tradition started by the Queen Mother, so even though the royal couple wed in Windsor, Meghan’s bouquet was driven to London where it was laid as a tribute.

It’s important to remember however that royal brides carry two bouquets – just in case one gets lost after personal experience from the Queen – so provided Meghan didn’t lose her original bouquet, she might have kept her spare flowers.

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Thomas Markle is launching a clothing line and we don’t know what to do

Thomas Markle is launching a clothing line and we don’t know what to do


Is this real life?

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Meghan Markle has a difficult relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, something that has plagued her first few months as a royal.

The Markles as a whole have created a lot of drama around the now Duchess of Sussex, from estranged nephew Tyler Dooley naming his cannabis business after her to estranged half sister Samantha Grant rumoured to be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.

But it is Meghan’s dad that has caused the most drama, with it even reported this week that the royal family is considering an ‘aggressive strategy’ to stop his constant involvement with the press.

There was the ongoing drama of whether he would be walking her down the aisle, his staged photographs for the press, and of course the multiple TV appearances, even talking about Princess Diana in some controversial comments this month, announcing it would be his last ever interview.

Thomas even opened up this week about a heated phone call with Prince Harry, telling The Mail on Sunday how he ended up hanging up on the 33-year-old, telling the couple that they probably wanted him dead.

We all were hoping that someone might have a private word with the 74-year-old, but let’s just say that if they have, it doesn’t seem to have sunk in.

It was reported today in fact that he is launching a clothing line.

Yes, Thomas Markle is launching a menswear clothing line, according to his daughter and Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Grant.

‘So excited about my father’s new clothing line for men! Will keep you posted,’ Samantha posted to her personal Twitter account, previously announcing that he should ‘start his own line of hoodies for older men’.

The palace has yet to respond to the announcement, but it’s unlikely that the royals will be too pleased.

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We all missed the sweet moment Kate Middleton handed Meghan Markle her wedding bouquet

We all missed the sweet moment Kate Middleton handed Meghan Markle her wedding bouquet


And it’s lovely.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot three months ago, saying their ‘I Dos’ in a star-studded ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

From Meghan’s iconic Givenchy dress and the (very) eventful after-party to the A-list royal wedding guests and royal wedding photographs, there was plenty to talk about, but it wasn’t any of these that had the world buzzing this week.

Instead, the royal wedding was on everyone’s lips today because of a previously unseen clip of the royal wedding, capturing a sweet moment between sisters-in-law, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Yes, three months after the wedding and we all managed to miss quite possibly the sweetest moment at the ceremony.

After rewatching the BBC footage, eagle-eyed viewers spotted a woman looking suspiciously like Kate handing Meghan her bridal bouquet as she made her grand entrance into St George’s Chapel, and before she walked herself down the aisle.

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Yes – obviously the internet went into meltdown, hypothesising that Kate Middleton was a secret maid of honour, tasked with the important duty.

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The two women are known to be close, with Kate taking Meghan under her wing – especially amid the Markle family drama – but if this clip is correct, it proves that the Duchess duo were just as tight before the wedding.

It is important to note however that the mysterious bouquet-giver might not be the Duchess, with it being just a theory.

But we love it – so we really hope it’s true.

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Meghan Markle name-dropped Kate Middleton and a ‘childhood fantasy’ of being a princess in a super old blog post

Meghan Markle name-dropped Kate Middleton and a ‘childhood fantasy’ of being a princess in a super old blog post


There’s only one explanation for this. She’s a wizard.

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It devastates us constantly that Meghan Markle shut down her blog The Tig back in 2017, but nothing is ever truly dead on the internet. It turns out that apparently one of the old posts has resurfaced and it’s kind of eerie, since in it she talks at length about princesses, her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton and the ‘childhood fantasy’ of having a royal wedding. WILD.

The 2014 piece, which can still be found on a web archive here, was part of her interview series called TIG Talk and focused on exiled royal Princess Alia Al-Senussi, who works for Art Basel and promotes conservation efforts in Libya. (Meghan called the interview a ‘“pinch-myself-I’m-emailing-with-a-princess” moment’.) While the princess’s answers made up the bulk of the piece, it was Meghan’s snappy introduction that caught a lot of attention.

The piece – and we swear we’re not making this up – literally starts, ‘Little girls dream of being princesses.’

Well, OKAY.

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Instead of waxing lyrical about Princess Ariel and all the other popular Disney royals, she talked about her unexpected favourite – She-Ra. We didn’t think we could love her more.

She wrote, ‘I, for one, was all about She-Ra, Princess of Power.’

Knowing what we now know about the Duchess of Sussex – namely that she identifies strongly as a feminist and has been fighting for gender equality from a young age – it makes total sense. However, even she wasn’t impervious to the charms of royalty and even specifically name-dropped her future sister-in-law.

‘Grown women seem to retain this childhood fantasy [of being a princess],’ Meghan continued, ‘Just look at the pomp and circumstance surrounding the royal wedding and endless conversation about Princess Kate.’

Little did the Suits actress know that she would just a few years later be stepping into Kate’s shoes, becoming a household name globally with her grandiose royal wedding to Prince Harry shown on every news channel. The world works in mysterious ways.

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Meghan closed down The Tig back in April 2017, with a blog post titled Farewell, Darling. In the heartfelt goodbye, she wrote, ‘What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy…Above all, don’t ever forget your worth – as I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough.’

There’s that saying that if you put something out into the universe, you never know what you’re going to get back. And TBH after seeing how things have played out for Meghan Markle, I’m going to make an effort to write and talk constantly about being mysteriously gifted a London penthouse, my future six figure salary and a walk in wardrobe. A GIRL CAN DREAM.

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Victoria’s Secret models get bra fittings on camera – and all are wearing wrong sized bras

Victoria’s Secret models get bra fittings on camera – and all are wearing wrong sized bras


We’re off for a bra fitting.

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Words by Rebecca Fearn.

It’s a commonly-known fact that a huge amount of women are actually wearing the wrong sized bra (80%, in fact). But a recent video by Victoria’s Secret revealed even top models can get it wrong when it comes to their sizings.

Victoria’s Secret models Barbara Palvin, Alexina Graham, Josephine Skriver and and Lais Ribeiro all feature in the brand’s latest video that shows them being fitted for new bras. Surprisingly, the expert fitting them reveals they are actually all wearing the wrong sized bras.

Each model tells the camera at the beginning what size they think they are and what they are currently wearing. Alexina says 32B, Josephine 32C and Barbara 32B. Lais admits she is unsure as she’s never had a fitting.

The experts then examine their current bras and take measurements. From underwires incorrectly laying flat under the breasts to cups digging in at the top and ‘spillage’ on the sides, the experts found plenty of issues with the women’s current bras.

The women’s new measurements are revealed at the end of the video, and they have all changed. Alexina went up from a 32B to a 32D, Josephine from a 32C to a 32D, Barbara from a 32B to a 32C, and Lais was advised to wear a 32DD.

Although we’re fully aware this is a promotional video for Victoria’s Secret and their range of underwear, it’s a gentle reminder to get fitted regularly to ensure you’re getting the right daily support.

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