Thomas Markle has now opened up about phone calls he shared with Prince Harry ahead of the wedding – including what he said when asked for permission to marry his daughter.
‘Harry asked for her hand over the phone and I said, “you are a gentleman; promise me you will never raise a hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission,’ he told Good Morning Britain.
Meghan’s father added that the pair had even discussed Trump and Brexit over the phone.
‘The speech actually had the phone calls that I talked about… and how Meghan introduced him as this nice guy from England, this prince. And then I went on to thank the royal family for opening up to my child. That would have been the speech.’
Mr Markle said that in the end he watched the wedding on a small TV in a hotel room while recovering from his operation.
‘Watching it was difficult for me because I wasn’t there, but at the same time I’m watching my daughter being watched by the entire world and I couldn’t have been more proud.
‘And, like I said, Charles – how could I have asked for a better replacement? I was thrilled to tears that he was doing that for me.
‘I just wish it had been my hand holding my daughter, not his.’
‘Whatever I did to her hair became front page news.’
Princess Diana’s signature hairstyle inspired many women to chop off their own locks way back when, but maintaining it was a total mission. Richard Dalton, her personal hairdresser for years, explained that even the slightest change could be ‘front page news’ and so they needed a sneaky tactic to get around it.
In an interview with Town & Country, Richard opened up about working with the late Princess for over a decade and how he was ‘with her every day for 12 years’.
He said, ‘Whatever I did to her hair became front page news. We had to be very careful.’
Princess Diana’s elegant feathered hairstyle was actually the work of his co-worker Kevin Shanley at Fenwick of Bond’s Street, who also worked with Diana on her wedding day. When it came to the day to day however, he was in charge of her tresses.
Even the smallest of changes would attract media attention, so sorting out a trim was a bit of a nightmare. Richard explained, ‘We had to do it one-fourth of an inch at a time over several weeks.’
Richard was also the man who gave Prince Harry and William their first haircuts, which we find absolutely adorable. Even though Richard might not have had a hand with Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, he couldn’t resist gushing over Meghan’s sophisticated updo.
He said, ‘Her hair looked very elegant. It not only complemented the gown, but also balanced the tiara and veil.’
Richard continued, sharing some interesting royal insight, ‘What people don’t realize is the magnitude of that monarch length veil and the significance of the tiara. It’s a crown jewel, and must be respected and protected. You have to be extremely careful and gentle with it, and absolutely no hairspray or styling product can touch the stones.’
While Meghan Markle was initially rumoured to wear Princess Diana’s favourite piece on her big day, the Spencer tiara, she wound up wearing Queen Mary’s Filigree tiara. However, the Spencer tiara was pulled out of the cupboard and dusted off for the wedding of Princess Diana’s niece who wore it over the weekend.
‘I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him.’
As the inner workings of Hollywood have slowly come to light with the Me Too movement out in full force and more minority representation trickling onscreen, things seem to be gradually changing for the better. From Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins smashing box office records to Get Out becoming the most profitable film last year and even an Arab female director scholarship raising POC voices, Brie Larson has highlighted one overlooked area that needs to be worked on next.
Namely, the mainly white and male industry of film journalism.
Brie was honoured with a Crystal Award for Excellence in Film the other night and used her speech to draw attention to the issue. She quoted a recent study of review site Rotten Tomatoes, saying, ‘67 percent of the top critics reviewing the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2017 were white males; less than a quarter were white women; less than ten percent were underrepresented men. Only 2.5 percent of those top critics were women of colour.’
But you might be wondering, why does that matter? Well, given that the US population is much more diverse than that (‘30 percent white men, 30 percent white women, 20 percent men of colour and 20 percent women of colour’) and it’s impossible not to have your own upbringing/identity affect your reviews in some way – it only make sense that we need more diverse voices speaking about films. Especially when they’re films especially aimed at minorities, as Brie pointed out.
Using the recent film Wrinkle in Time directed by black female director Ava DuVernay, she explained, ‘I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him. I want to know what that film meant to women of colour, to biracial women, to teen women of colour, to teens that are biracial. These are just facts these are not my emotions. I want to know what my work means to the world, not a narrow view.’
Brie was very careful to bring up not once, but three times that she wasn’t saying that white male critics shouldn’t have a voice as she said repeatedly, ‘Am I saying I hate white dudes? No I’m not.’
She continued, ‘What I am saying is that if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of colour, there is an insanely low chance a woman of colour will have the chance to see your movie and review your movie. We need to be conscious of our bias and make sure that everyone is in the room.’
The entire room apparently broke out into rapturous applause, according to Deadline. Brie also explained that this was a really crucial issue for her, because it was basically off the back of favourable reviews of her film Room that her career exploded.
‘Good reviews out of festivals give small independent films a fighting chance to be bought and seen,’ Brie said. ‘Good reviews help films gross money. Good reviews slingshot films into awards contenders. A good review can change your life. It changed mine.’
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Brie (and Sundance Film Festival and TIFF through her) dropped the mic however when she revealed that the two festivals would be committing ‘at least 20 percent of their top level press passes’ to ‘underrepresented critics’.
She then called on other films to do the same in their press screenings and coverage by reaching out to three underrepresented males, three white females and three underrepresented females so that the ‘average critic pool would match the US population in just five years’.
She ended, ‘Female and underrepresented critics can’t review what they don’t see. Many are denied accreditation or access to press screenings. Please make sure that these invites and credentials find their way to more underrepresented journalists and critics, many of whom are freelancers.’
The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby may have won over the hearts of Netflix users, but there’s been a few rumours regarding whether or not she’s also won over her co-star Tom Cruise. They both met on the set of Mission: Impossible – Fallout when she starred as his love interest, though she finally addressed the gossip when she was confronted about their offscreen relationship.
It was a hot news item last year while they were filming together, however Vanessa (who’s been dating her Queen and Country co-star Callum Turner for over two years by the way) found the reports pretty ridiculous.
While chatting to the ladies on The View, Vanessa revealed, ‘No! Well, you know what, I don’t know where [the rumours] came out but I had met him once in a room full of people. And I was like, ‘Oh well, I move fast.’ And they were reporting that we were dating and that I was lining up to be wife number four.’
As to whether or not Tom and Vanessa ever discussed the goss?
Vanessa said, ‘Neither of us talked about it, but I just felt embarrassed that you would even think that that’s…it was just embarrassing, most of all for him probably.’
That said, it did make working together a little awkward.
She said, ‘We were filming on the riverbank in Paris and we had to kiss and the paparazzi were there taking photographs.’
Yikes. Vanessa had to curb these rumours last year, as apparently some people were genuinely asking her when a Cruise-Kirby wedding would happen and others even messaged her boyfriend to check in on him and see if he was okay.
While they may not be together in real life, you’ll be able to check out Vanessa and Tom’s onscreen chemistry in Mission Impossible – Fallout on July 27. Bring on the Ethan Hunt beat ‘em up fest – it’s been too long since the last one.
While the wedding run up was full-on, with Harry and Meghan keeping the public updated on all details of their nuptials, the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been more private since becoming man and wife.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,’ Kensington Royal captioned an Instagram of the newlyweds in an official statement. ‘They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding’.
But while the couple have made official appearances together – with the Queen’s Trooping of the Colour being the most recent – they have yet to open up about their first few weeks of marriage.
That is, until this week, when Meghan spoke out about her husband on her first royal outing with the Queen, with the pair journeying up to Cheshire on the royal train.
While greeting the crowds, Meghan could be heard talking to a female fan about Harry, after being asked how she was enjoying married life.
‘It is wonderful, I’m really enjoying it,’ the 36-year-old Duchess announced, and when fans told her to give their love to Harry, she replied, ‘I will do. That means an awful lot to us. He’s the best husband ever.’
To say that the adorable photographs of them living their best lives together went viral would be a huge understatement.
While Queen Elizabeth has always made a noticeable effort with Meghan, making a lot of exceptions to welcome her into the royal fold, it was her actions this week that spoke the loudest on her admiration of Meghan.
Queen Liz invited Meghan to accompany her on her personal train – the royal train – to Cheshire, an honour usually reserved for senior titles. Even Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are yet to receive an invite.
And never missing a detail, the Queen even gave Meghan a touching gift to commemorate the event – a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings that Meghan wore on the tour.
The pearl and diamond earrings matched her grandmother-in-law’s, with The Sun reporting that the jewels were a gift from the Queen herself.
It is unknown whether the earrings were bought especially for the occasion or whether they were from the Queen’s personal collection, but judging by Princess Diana’s frequent wearing of similar jewels, we would guess the latter.s
Meghan teamed her new jewels with a light beige pencil dress with a caped top by Givenchy, whilst the Queen opted for a lime green Stewart Parvin suit and a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat.
An invite on the royal train AND pearl earrings? It looks like the Queen is a fan of Meghan.
Earlier this year, actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish revealed in an interview with GQ that, at a recent party she had attended with the Beyoncé, someone bit Beyoncé on the face.
Yes, you read that right – here’s Tiffany describing it in her own words, ‘There was this actress there. That’s just, like, doing the mostest. One of the most things she did? She bit Beyoncé in the face.’
Of course, this anecdote broke the Internet, with every commentator suddenly morphing into a pop-culture Poirot and rushing to work out who it could have been:
Some unsubstantiated guesses were made, but for a while it seemed like the real culprit would remain a mystery… until Haddish herself decided to apparently confirm the culprit yesterday.
So who is the alleged biter? Apparently, it’s none other than Tony-nominated actress Sanaa Lathan, who is best known for her lead role in the award-winning movie Love & Basketball in 2000. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, after the interviewer had mentioned that Lathan was rumoured to be the culprit, Haddish replied: ‘I’m super good friends with her stepmom and her dad [Stan, a producer-director], and they were mad at me.’
She went on, ‘They were like, “Why would you do this to the family? You know, black actresses, you guys have to stick together, it’s so hard for you guys to get work as it is, why would you try to ruin her career?”‘
However, Tiffany Haddish argues that this isn’t how she saw it. Presumably referring to the fact that Beyoncé stopped her from confronting the biter, she added, ‘But I didn’t try to ruin her career. I never said her name! I was just trying to say how Beyoncé kept me from goin’ to jail that night. I coulda just shut my whole career down.’
Lathan has not responded to these latest allegations but took to Twitter in March when the story first emerged:
We’d be pretty excited to be in a room with Beyoncé, but we draw the line at biting, okay?
Love Island series 4 is only in its second week, and we’re already obsessed.
Will Adam win Rosie over again? Are Dani and Jack in it for the long haul? And will Megan wake up and choose Alex?
There are so many burning questions already.
The main public support however has surrounded Alex and Samira, the unlikely friendship who are coupled up to save each other and help each other find love.
There are even bets going that Alex and Samira will win Love Island 2018.
But while Samira is definitely proving popular on the island, it’s safe to say that the 22-year-old has rustled a few feathers on the outside.
In fact, according to recent reports, Samira is being sued for entering the villa.
Confused? We’ll talk you through it.
While Samira was quick to tell the islanders of her cool credits as a dancer in Dream Girls, it looks like she may have failed to disclose the hurry with which she left in, reportedly quitting the West End show for the ITV2 programme.
Samira, who was a member of the ensemble in the Savoy Theatre’s Dream Girls reportedly quit with just one day’s notice after receiving the Love Island offer, with Sonia Friedman Productions as a result deeming her ‘totally unprofessional’.
Not only this, Sonia Friedman Productions are also reportedly demanding £3,000 in compensation from the 22-year-old, and judging by the amount that Love Island stars are actually paid, this could be problematic!
It looks like Samira and Alex might have to win after all!