Kate Middleton’s old flat is officially on the market – and it’s incredible

Kate Middleton’s old flat is officially on the market – and it’s incredible

Better start saving…

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Pippa Middleton and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
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Words by Zeinab Batchelor

Looking for the perfect present amongst all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season? Well, look no further: Kate Middleton‘s old flat, the one she shared with her sister Pippa in Chelsea, is officially on the market.

This is not a drill. We repeat. This is not a drill.

The West London property is on sale, pricing at £1,950,000 ($2.5 million) and, according to The Sunday Times, is set to turn a profit of £1.2 million ($1.5million), if sold at the asking price.

The three-storey property showcases large windows across the interior, letting in floods of natural light, but that’s not all. The flat boasts three bedrooms, one of those being a master bedroom with en-suite, as well as an additional family sized bathroom, a large living room and a stylish marbled kitchen.

Prior to the unforgettable royal wedding in 2011, which saw Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge, the Middleton sisters resided in the three-storey townhouse on Old Church Street, which their parents Michael and Carole Middleton bought in 2002 for £780,000. There is no indication yet as to why they are selling it.

Of course, nowadays neither sister has any need for what was once their bachelorette pad: Pippa and James Matthews and son Arthur spend their time getting cosy in their newly renovated £17 million mansion, while the Duke and Duchess, alongside children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and newborn Prince Louis, spend their days in their luxurious twenty-room Kensington Palace.

But their loss is someone else’s gain. The question now is, who is going to move in?

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Who could replace Theresa May as UK Prime Minister?

Who could replace Theresa May as UK Prime Minister?

From Amber Rudd and Boris Johnson to Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt…

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Ever since Theresa May stepped into the role of Prime Minister following the divisive 2016 Brexit vote, it has been a turbulent ride.

Two years later and there are accusations of little progress made, with this Brexit appearing to be softer and slower than anyone could have predicted.

But today, after more than 48 letters of complaint sent to Graham Brady, it was announced that Theresa’s days at No.10 could be numbered as Tory MPs have requested a vote of no confidence in their leader.

‘Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has received 48 letters from Conservative MPs so there will now be a vote of confidence in my leadership of the Conservative party,’ Theresa May announced this morning. ‘I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got.’

She continued: ‘A change of leadership in the Conservative party now will put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it. A new leader wouldn’t be in place by the 21st January legal deadline, so a leadership election risks handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs in parliament.’

‘The new leader wouldn’t have time to renegotiate a withdrawal agreement and get the legislation through parliament by 29 March – so one of their first acts would have to be extending or rescinding article 50, delaying – or even stopping – Brexit when people want us to get on with it.’

‘Delivering the Brexit people voted for. Building a country that works for everyone. I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister,’ May concluded. ‘And I stand ready to finish the job.’

The vote taking place tonight between 6pm and 8pm will see Tory MPs reveal their trust in their leader, with the result potentially triggering May’s departure, and a new leadership contest.

But who is likely to replace Theresa May as Tory leader and Prime Minister?

These are apparently the most probable candidates…

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Former Foreign Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Leave


Dominic Raab

Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
OG Brexit slant: Leave


Sajid Javid

Home Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Remain


Michael Gove

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
OG Brexit slant: Leave


Amber Rudd

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
OG Brexit slant: Remain


Jeremy Hunt

Foreign Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Remain

We’ll have to tune in tonight to see if Theresa May will be keeping her position, with the results expected to be announced an after after the vote.

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Even the Duchess of Cambridge had staff dramas in her first year as a royal

Even the Duchess of Cambridge had staff dramas in her first year as a royal

Don’t worry, Megs!

Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, is undoubtedly 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 she also makes viral news for anything involving her life, with the whole world talking about her this month for the wrong reasons.

That’s right. It wasn’t her future baby or her feminist speeches that has got the world talking recently. Instead, it was the departure of her personal assistant, with two of her royal aides reportedly quit unexpectedly.

According to the Daily Mail, ‘Melissa’ quit only six months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding – an event she reportedly played a ‘pivotal role’ in, and something that apparently came to the royal family as ‘a real shock’.

There is no word yet as to why Meghan’s personal assistant reportedly quit and Kensington Palace has reportedly declined to respond, but predictably speculation has been spreading that she’s difficult to work with.

It has been pointed out however that Meghan’s sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, was faced with the same drama when she first became a royal.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

According to William & Kate: The Journey, Kate’s desire to do a lot of the housework and look after her family herself ruffled some feathers among her royal staff, and her break with protocol reportedly led to her head housekeeper and head gardener quitting.

So it looks like it happens to everyone.

Also – can we just circle back to the fact that Meghan Markle might be hiring…

Be right back – off to update our CVs!

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Jennifer Aniston says the thought of having children is ‘frightening’

Jennifer Aniston says the thought of having children is ‘frightening’

‘I don’t feel a void.’

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For years, Jennifer Aniston has been hounded about her personal life. She has been endlessly questioned about her marriage breakdowns and her decision not to start a family, and while she owes no explanation for her choices she has decided to open up in her latest interview.

During an chat with Elle, the Friends actress talked candidly about her relationships and how she feels about having children.

‘I don’t feel a void,’ she said. ‘I really don’t. My marriages [to Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux], they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion.

‘And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore.’

She continued: ‘We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children. That’s a fairy tale. That’s the mould we’re slowly trying to break out of.’

Touching on the endless headlines around whether or not she wants to have children, she said she finds the thought of starting a family ‘quite honestly, kind of frightening,’ and states: ‘Some people are just built to be wives and have babies. I don’t know how naturally that comes to me.’

Despite the fact that she is a successful actress, Jen admitted that people ‘diminish everything she’s succeeded at’ when they bypass her achievements in order to focus on her personal life.

‘It’s such a shallow lens that people look through,’ she says. ‘It’s the only place to point a finger at me as though it’s my damage—like it’s some sort of a scarlet letter on me that I haven’t yet procreated, or maybe won’t ever procreate.’

She finished by revealing that she’s not looking for a ‘happy ending’ and has no desire to live by an ‘ideal that was created in the fifties’.

Yas queen.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry use their wedding rings to send out this signal

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry use their wedding rings to send out this signal

This is too much.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are probably the most talked about couple in the world, with the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex now synonymous with couple goals.

From their iconic royal tour of Australasia (possibly the most successful tour of all time), and Meghan’s groundbreaking speeches, to their public love of dogs and excitement at welcoming their Spring baby – referred to by Harry as ‘our little bump’.

This week, the Duke and Duchess melted the nation’s hearts once more, with some eagle eyed royal fans spotting a comfort technique both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle use when they miss each other.

Spoiler alert – it is ridiculously sweet.

The two royals seem to play with their wedding rings when the other is not there, with multiple viewers spotting Meghan nervously twiddling her wedding band as she stood solo on-stage at the British Fashion Awards to present Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller with the gong for British Womenswear Designer of the Year.

And it’s not just Meghan, with Harry spotted doing the exact same thing at an event he attended without Meghan.

Why the constant ring playing? It is most probably a subconscious comfort mechanism, with the Duke and Duchess missing having their other half and back up with them.

Well, that’s just lovely.

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Meghan Markle’s appearance at the British Fashion Awards broke royal protocol

Meghan Markle’s appearance at the British Fashion Awards broke royal protocol

She broke the rules

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Once upon a time, we thought that Prince William and Kate Middleton were the most rebellious royals. They have ripped up the royal rule book on several occasions, from their decision to write their own wedding guest list to living outside of London for a few years.

However, then Meghan Markle came along. The former Hollywood actress has broken royal protocol many times since she started dating Prince Harry in 2016, and everyone loves her for it. She opens and closes her own car door, she wears trousers, and she talks openly about feminism.

But her arrival at the British Fashion Awards caught the world’s attention – not only because it was kept under wraps until she appeared on the stage, but because she broke royal protocol yet again.

The Duchess of Sussex attended the awards ceremony alongside the likes of Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner to present the British Women’s Wear Designer of The Year Award to Clare Waight Keller – the woman behind her beautiful Givenchy wedding dress.

According to Hello!, when presenting the award Meghan told the audience: ‘When you chose to wear a certain designer, we’re not just a reflection of their creativity and their vision but we’re also an extension of their values, of something in the fabric so to speak that is much more meaningful.’

Clare gushed: ‘This woman is so amazing. I got to know Meghan on such a personal level, and to have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honour and I can’t thank you enough.’

While pictures of the Duchess’ cradling her bump have saturated the internet today, eagle eyed fans noticed that Meghan was actually wearing dark nail varnish, which is usually against the rules for royals because the Queen allegedly finds coloured varnishes ‘vulgar’.

Meghan, you rebel.

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Sophia Bush opens up about the ‘ugly’ aftermath of her split from Chad Michael Murray

Sophia Bush opens up about the ‘ugly’ aftermath of her split from Chad Michael Murray


Sophia Bush

Any millennial will remember Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush’s heartbreaking divorce, separating just five months after their 2005 marriage, calling an end to one of our favourite onscreen couples from the noughties, One Tree Hill‘s Lucas and Brooke.

But it wasn’t their age that led to their short-lived marriage, with Sophia being 22 and Chad being just 23 when they tied the knot. Instead it was their relationship, with Sophia, now 35, revealing in an interview earlier this year that she felt pressured into marrying her ex husband.

‘It was not a thing I actually really wanted to do,’ Sophia explained of marrying Chad, in an interview with Andy Cohen on Sirius CM Radio Andy, going on to explain why she went through with it. ‘Because how do you let everybody down?’ she explained. ‘When you have bosses telling you that you’re the only person who gets a person to work on time and 200 people either get to see their kids at night or they don’t because our days start on time?’

Chad shouted down the claims as ‘ludicrous’, with his new wife Sarah Roemer getting involved, but now Sophia has spoken out once more about their relationship, this time opening up about the ‘ugly’ aftermath.

During a recent episode of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, the split came up in conversation – something that Sophia was clearly hesitant to discuss.

‘Are we really going to discuss this one?’ She asked. ‘The reason why I don’t talk about it, A. is because everyone’s been 21 and stupid, but if you’re in our job, for some reason, people want to talk to you about like, when you’re fully-fledged adults who’ve done really amazing shit with your lives, they want to talk to you about the dumb thing you did in college basically, which doesn’t make sense to me, ’cause like, in any other realm, if a CEO is having a meeting, no one’s gonna ask about the time they went to a kegger in college.’

She continued: ‘What’s complex about this issue for me is the person I was 21 and stupid with is also an actor. And I got asked about this on a radio show back in the summer, and I talked about my experience. I don’t speak my ex’s name, I’m not talking about anybody else’s experience but my own, and what it was blown up into, and what it was made into … It was made into this story that everybody serviced for his opinion, and not for mine. All I’m doing is talking about my experience.’

Going on to talk about the aftermath of their split, Sophia explained: ‘[The producers] were really deeply inappropriate to both of us about it. They ran like TV ads about it. It was really ugly. They made practice of taking advantage of people’s personal lives — and not just for me and for my ex, for other actors on the show who would share deeply personal things that were happening in their lives. They would wind up in storylines. It wasn’t OK. I imagine that was hard for [Chad] as well. It was a very ugly situation, on their part.’

Well that’s that.

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These royals are influencing the top baby name predictions of 2019

These royals are influencing the top baby name predictions of 2019


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There are a few things we’re excited about at the moment – Christmas (obviously), the fact that the cottage from The Holiday is up for sale, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby news.

Baby Sussex will be born in the Spring, but so far we have no idea whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a boy or a girl (although Harry admitted that this is what he’s hoping for).

And despite the fact that the baby’s gender is being kept under wraps, many are already speculating about royal baby names. At the moment, the bookies favourites are Alice and Arthur, but some are predicting that Harry and Meghan will go rogue and opt for something more unusual. Or will they pick one from the list of the most popular British royal baby names of the last 200 years?

But when it comes to our own choices, what names are people picking for their little ones? We know that some baby names are going to go extinct (sorry, Arnold), and that in ten years these will be the most popular monikers, but it has recently been suggested that a handful of royals will actually be influencing our choices in 2019.

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According to baby naming website BabyCentre, we’ll be taking inspiration from the royal of the year – Meghan. No surprises there, then. The name has apparently seen a 49% rise in search this year, and interest is only going to grow.

Next up is Louis. The little prince is a real little cutie – and you’ll be hearing the name a lot more next year, with searches of his name going up by 17% since his birth in April.

But the most surprising name to make the 2019 predictions list is Eugenie. The princess piqued the public’s interest when she got married earlier this year, and now her name is set to become big news in the next twelve months.

We’re here for it.

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How to end dragging conversations, according to the Queen

How to end dragging conversations, according to the Queen

If she’s twisting her ring, you know you’re in trouble…

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The Queen at 90

There’s always one of those people at the party – the person who backs you into a corner and then drones on at you for hours, leaving you with no way of escape.

You might already have a special S.O.S. worked out with your mates, like a special wink or a key word. But let’s face it, working ‘pineapple’ into a conversation isn’t always the easiest.

So why not take a few top tips from the real master of secret signs – the Queen.

You might not know it, but HRH Queen Elizabeth II is well known for her use of subtle signals to call staff to her rescue when a conversation is dragging. And with all those royal engagements to attend, you can bet it happens a lot.

Here are her Maj’s favourite fool-proof tactics for getting out of a sticky social situation…

The bag swap

More than just a favourite accessory, the handbag is the Queen’s first port of call when she wants to signal that her current conversation needs to come to a close.

Involving nothing more than a simple moving it from one arm to another, it’s subtle enough to be barely noticeable to anyone but her staff who know it means they need to come and intervene on the Queen’s behalf. Now that’s what we mean by impactful accessories…

The ring twist

If the bag swap has gone unnoticed, it’s time to step it up a notch and start ‘the ring twist’. A more dramatic gesture, royal aides know when they see this that they need to step in ASAP and move the conversation along.

Cue an immediate interruption and a polite aide saying, ‘Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would like to meet you’ as the bore in question is gently directed away towards some poor, unsuspecting fresh meat.

The bag drop

Oooh, the bag drop – BURN! This is the signal which really means business.

The final weapon in her signing arsenal, placing the royal handbag on the floor is basically the Queen’s way of saying ‘Get me out of here NOW!’. Or whatever the more regal equivalent of that is. Either way, her aides know that then her handbag touches the ground, they need to get her out of the situation pronto.

The secret buzzer

But what about when there’s no escape? What about the enemy is literally within your own walls?

Ever the pragmatist, the Queen already has this one covered thanks to a secret buzzer. So if an official meeting is dragging, all she needs to do is discreetly reach and press the buzzer and the staff outside will open the doors and usher her galling guest out.

Ok, this might not be one you can emulate yourself, but if we ever ridiculously rich and famous, we’re definitely getting one installed.

And of course if the buzzer fails? Well there’s always the corgis to set lose…

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Thomas Markle’s latest claim about the royal wedding is shocking

Thomas Markle’s latest claim about the royal wedding is shocking

What does it all mean?

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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 and choosing Meghan’s due date to release a tell-all book about her half-sister.

It is Meghan’s dad however, who has caused the most drama, with it even reported that the royal family has been forced to consider 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. Then of course he opened up about a heated phone call with Prince Harry and reportedly launched a clothing line.

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Unsurprisingly, this week he spoke out again, and this time it was to talk about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May wedding – an event he didn’t even attend.

Apparently Thomas alleged that the couple’s wedding favours that were handed out to guests each contained a ‘baggy’ of cannabis – a pretty controversial claim.

Yes, really.

‘It’s illegal, but it’s no big deal in Jamaica,’ Thomas reportedly told the Daily Mail in an interview. ‘It’s almost customary down there. I don’t smoke weed and to the best of my knowledge, nor does Meghan. I don’t know what I did with mine. I think I gave it away.’

This interview has surfaced at the same time as it has been reported that Meghan has given her father an ultimatum – she would reportedly like to rebuild a relationship if he stays away from the press.

Will he comply? Only time will tell.

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