Prince Louis’ birthday portrait is VERY different to his brother and sister’s photos

Prince Louis’ birthday portrait is VERY different to his brother and sister’s photos


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Words by Maisie Bovingdon

Prince Louis celebrated his first birthday on the 23rd of April, and to mark the milestone Kensington Palace released adorable portraits of him ahead of his big day, and boy were they cute!

Kate Middleton and Prince William gave fans a special treat over the weekend as they shared a trio of images of their youngest child on Kensington Palace’s social media accounts, and our hearts well and truly melted.

The three images included one of Louis in a blue knitted jumper with a dog emblazoned on the front – which we believe could be a tribute to the Queen’s late corgi – and another two of him sporting a berry red knitted jumper and pair of chinos, as he beams with happiness at the camera and shows off his toothy grin.

These photos are very different to the first birthday pictures of his siblings – but did you notice why?

Back in 2014, three photos were shared of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first born, Prince George. Two images saw the little prince in his element playing with his mum and dad, at the Sensational Butterflies exhibition in the Natural History Museum.

A separate photograph saw him walking around the London hotspot wearing a pair of blue striped dungarees, a blue polo top and matching blue shoes. Though he ambled around the grounds solo he still seemed very poised and pristine.

Similar to Louis, George was distracted in the shots and did not look directly at the camera, but Louis was left entirely to his own devices to play in the grounds, reach for the camera, and giggle to his heart’s content as he rolled around in the grass on the day of the shoot (adorable!)

Two years after George in 2016, images of Princess Charlotte, looking pretty in pink playing inside at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, were released ahead of her May birthday.

Charlotte’s images bucked the trend as she posed inside the royal residence, whereas George and Louis’ pictures were both taken outdoors. Louis and Charlotte’s pictures were taken at the same location in Norfolk, while George’s took place in London.

In some images Charlotte plays with her toys, but unlike her brothers, she looked straight faced as she gazed down the lens like a true pro.

Charlotte started something; the solo shot. For Charlotte and Louis’ first birthday pictures they were not accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, although George was for a few of the takes.

The main difference between the three is that Louis looks like he is in his element and is in a less formal set-up, with not a care in the world. His jumper is covered in strands of grass, which, alongside the massive open smile on his face, hints Louis was giving free rein to do what he wanted without anyone cleaning up after him or giving orders (although they may have done and he just didn’t listen #idol).

However, the first birthday pictures of his older brother and sister appeared more staged and less like the relaxed and playful environment Louis found himself in.

Eagle-eyed fans will notice some similarities in their appearance in the photographs, as all three children have their hair swept over to one side, all wore the same navy strap shoes as well as blue garments.

Regardless, we love them all and are eagerly waiting for pictures to be released of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s little one, who is tipped to arrive any time this month… Eek!

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Meghan Markle’s mum Doria Ragland rushes to UK ahead of due date – is it time?

Meghan Markle’s mum Doria Ragland rushes to UK ahead of due date – is it time?


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Meghan Markle has set tongues wagging that she could go into labour at any moment, because her mother, Doria Ragland, has arrived in the UK to be by her daughter’s side.

The former Suits actress has everyone across the globe on tenterhooks waiting for the news she has welcomed her first child with husband Prince Harry, especially as she has refused to follow royal protocol and stand outside the Lindo Wing to pose with her newborn when the little one has arrived. 

In the past few weeks Prince Charles, Serena Williams, and make-up artist Daniel Martin have hinted to Meghan’s due date and the sex of her baby, but the ultimate clue Meghan and Harry will become parents imminently comes with the arrival of Doria.

On Easter Sunday Doria – who is yoga instructor and social worker – made the journey from Los Angeles to London, Entertainment Tonight has reported, in time to meet her first grandchild.

Meghan has a very close relationship with her mum.  Doria was the only member of her side of the family to attend the royal wedding last year, as her father Thomas Markle was absent from her special day, which meant Prince Charles stood in to walk the 37 year old down the aisle.

Despite claims Doria was going to move into the parents-to-be’s home at Frogmore Cottage, an insider has told PEOPLE she will not be a live-in grandmother for her daughter and son-in-law, instead the pair are planning on hiring a ‘manny‘ (male nanny) to help out.

We can’t wait to meet the little one!

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Are Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the royal baby really moving to Africa?

Are Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the royal baby really moving to Africa?


Surely not?

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could be set to up sticks and jet off to Africa for good.

The couple have only recently moved to Frogmore Cottage, before the arrival of the royal baby this month, but once the little one arrives the trio could be relocating across the pond very soon.

The Sunday Times has reported the couple may be moving to Africa to pursue their charity work, as Meghan works closely with the charity World Vision, and to promote Britain as part of their royal duties.

The publication has claimed the Duke of Sussex’s advisers are drawing up a ‘bespoke’ role for the pair, which will combine their roles as Commonwealth, and British, representatives, with humanitarian work.

The Sunday Times reported Sir David Manning – the former British ambassador to America – is planning the new roles for the parents-to-be, which will see a ‘more international position that could build on their work for the Commonwealth’.

However, a statement released by Buckingham Palace has denied these reports and insisted the potential move is ‘speculative’ at present.

The announcement read: ‘Any future plans for The Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles.’

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But a separate source has insisted a move is certainly on the cards for the former Suits actress and her partner for 2020, because Harry is President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, while Meghan is Vice President.

An insider told PEOPLE: ‘This is a 1000-year-old monarchy overseeing a Commonwealth of 54 territories. Lots of people depend on its existence and continued success. Eventually Harry and Meghan will be dispatched somewhere.’

While The Sunday Times has claimed the duo’s move to Africa will see them out there for two to three years, ITV has reported it will only be for a few months.

Either way, we imagine the move will be welcomed by Meghan and Harry who hold a soft spot for Africa, in particular Botswana, where they spent some time in the early stages of their romance.

Harry is currently the President of African Parks, as well as the patron of the Rhino Conservation Botswana, while Meghan has been the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada.

Prince William’s younger brother has previously admitted Botswana is where he feels most comfortable.

Speaking previously to Town and Country magazine, he said: ‘This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world.’

We don’t think our hearts can handle the distance – just saying!

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This never-before-seen footage of Meghan Markle is going viral

This never-before-seen footage of Meghan Markle is going viral


And it was BEFORE she became part of the royal family

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Words by Maisie Bovingdon

If you thought you couldn’t love pregnant Meghan Markle any more, along came this video proving she is everything we want to be, and more.

We knew the Duchess of Sussex carried out humanitarian work prior to getting her royal title when she married Prince Harry last year, but a video of her in action has since gone viral.

ITV has released a video of the former Suits actress on a trip to Delhi and Mumbai in 2017 with the charity World Vision, to campaign for gender equality.

In the never before seen footage Meghan painted a sign with young girls in the area, before she planted and watered a flower.

The 37-year-old royal – who is set to give birth to her and Prince Harry’s baby any day now – changed from her khaki jacket into a lime green and blue sari as she took part in a discussion with a group of women.

The clip also sees Meghan clap along as a group of girls perfected a dance performance, before she ends the video saying ‘girl power’.

In one segment Meghan talks directly to the camera to speak out about the positive impact sanitation had on their female students’ attendance.

She said: ‘What we found is that the enrolment at this school went at three times as much once the latrines were build so that girls had access to clean hygiene and bathroom facilities while they’re at school.’

The video has attracted a LOT of attention, and has received over 30,000 views within days of being posted to Twitter.

Could we love her anymore?

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This is the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga news that we didn’t want to hear

This is the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga news that we didn’t want to hear


Say it isn’t so!

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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were undoubtedly the talk of award season, with the two not only raking in the nominations and wins for their acclaimed film, A Star Is Born, but also achieving all the co-star goals, making their admiration for each other known.

From Bradley voicing his fears at singing live with such a talent as Gaga to the 32-year-old singer being turned into a meme for her ‘100 people in a room’ compliment about her co-star, these two clearly had a lot of time for each other.

And while fans started to ‘ship’ the co-stars, dubbing them the next ‘Brangelina’, the two insisted that they were simply the closest of friends.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that people were sad at a revelation this week, as it was was reported that Bradley Cooper ‘hasn’t spent any time with Lady Gaga’ since award season.

Yes. really.

According to People, the actor and director has devoted his time to his girlfriend Irina Shayk and their daughter, Lea De Seine, since award season, and as a result Bradley and Gaga are rumoured to have lost touch.

‘Since the awards season ended, Bradley spends every day with his family,’ a source told People. ‘Most days, Bradley and Irina take Lea out for activities together. Sometimes they just stroll on the beach. Bradley and Irina seem great.’

The source continued: ‘It seems Bradley hasn’t spent any time with Lady Gaga. He has been all about his family.’

What does it all mean?

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Did Kate Middleton and Prince William snub Meghan Markle in this photo?

Did Kate Middleton and Prince William snub Meghan Markle in this photo?


The internet seems to think so…

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Kate Middleton and Prince William have sparked a lot of speculation around their relationship with Meghan Markle this week and the internet isn’t happy.

Rumours of a feud between the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex have been circling for months, although this was put to bed when it was claimed brothers William and Prince Harry were actually the ones at loggerheads.

But now claims have reemerged that the Fab Four aren’t so chummy.

Here’s why…

As a tribute to Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her official birthday on April 21, Kensington Palace shared a sweet picture of the couple with the 93-year-old monarch on their Instagram account, which Harry and Meghan have recently split from and created their own site Sussex Royal (that Meghan is said to be secretly running).

The post read: ‘Wishing a very happy 93rd birthday to Her Majesty The Queen!’

But it was the photo of choice that sparked uproar amongst fans.

The image saw Kate, holding Princess Charlotte, stood beside husband William and their son Prince George, as well as Harry, Prince Philip and the Queen at Trooping the Colour, but the former Suits actress was nowhere to be seen.

This didn’t go unnoticed, as eagle eyed fans wrote: ‘I just noticed Meghan isn’t here’, while another commented: ‘Why deliberately leave Meghan out?’

However, the image was from the 2016 ceremony, which Meghan did not attend.

Plus, Meghan is not the only one absent from the shot, as Prince Louis isn’t there – as he was only born last year, as well as Duchess Camilla. While Prince Charles has been cropped out of the Instagram post, he can be seen on their Twitter upload.

Fans of the Cambridges jumped to their defence, writing: ‘People complaining that MM is not on the picture, Prince Louis is not on the picture either!! It’s an old picture, why the drama?! #LoveMore #complainless’.

Amen to that!

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Vanessa Hudgens talking about leaning on Zac Efron is making us nostalgic

Vanessa Hudgens talking about leaning on Zac Efron is making us nostalgic


We’re all in this together.

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Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens will always go down as one of the most popular A-list couples of the noughties, with High School Musical fans still hoping for a Troy and Gabriella reunion.

Since their split in 2010 however, both Vanessa and Zac have remained relatively tight-lipped about the relationship, something that changed this week as the HSM actress got candid about her former love during a recent appearance on the Awards Chatter podcast.

‘It started off really organically,’ Vanessa explained. ‘I could not have been more grateful to have that relationship at the time.’

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Speaking about the rollercoaster that was High School Musical, she continued: ‘It was this massive phenomenon and [all] eyes were on me. And it’s just a really weird foreign thing to go through. And by being in a relationship, it kind of kept me stabilized and grounded, and I had someone to lean on who was going through it as well.’

‘I pride myself on being a professional,’ Vanessa concluded. ‘So I was like that aside we are going to move forward and do what we need to do. And we sorted it all out. I think because I was so young, I think that relationship stabilized me.’

We love Zac and Vanessa but we guess they ‘had to go their own way’.

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Prince Louis’ first birthday portraits are the sweetest things you’ll see all day

Prince Louis’ first birthday portraits are the sweetest things you’ll see all day


Too much.

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The Cambridges are one of the most talked-about families in the world, but while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend the most time in front of the cameras, it’s their children that really steal the limelight.

From Princess Charlotte’s signature sass and Prince George’s cheeky grin to their royal waves when meeting their brother, Prince Louis, these toddlers never fail to make news. And it looks like Prince Louis is following after his royal siblings.

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Last year, Kate and Wills gave us the most hilarious baby update that Prince Louis was ‘a fast crawler’ and ever since, we have bene longing for updates.

Luckily, the youngest Cambridge melted hearts this weekend as they released an early portrait of their royal son ahead of his first birthday.

‘Happy Birthday Prince Louis!’ Read the caption alongside a very smiley snap of the prince. ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share this new photograph of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow.’

While the early photos were a lovely surprise, prince Louis’ happy demeanour was expected, with the royal’s christening photos quite possibly being the happiest on record.

There’s no news on how Prince Louis will be celebrating his birthday but we hope he and the Cambridges have a very special day!

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Everything we’ve learned about Beyoncé’s Coachella performance from watching her Netflix-documentary ‘Homecoming’

Everything we’ve learned about Beyoncé’s Coachella performance from watching her Netflix-documentary ‘Homecoming’


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Only a week after the trailer dropped, Netflix released Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé. The highly anticipated (at least for the last seven days or so, as this is how long we’ve had to process the news) documentary offers fans an intimate, in-depth look at what really went on in the months leading up to her incredible 2018 Coachella performance.

The Formation singer – who made history as the first female black artist to headline the annual music festival in California – wrote, directed and produced the film and like anything Beyoncé Knowles-Carter does, the documentary does not disappoint.

For about 2.5 hours, Homecoming explores everything from the three sound stages for rehearsals to the design of the costumes (did we mention they’re custom Balmain), whilst finally showing footage of her jaw-dropping performance. In brief, there’s a lot to get into, so here are the most important takeaways.

‘Homecoming’ is a celebration of black creativity

It was really important for Beyoncé to have a black orchestra. Her ‘Homecoming’-themed set was inspired by HBCU traditions and included roughly 200 musicians, background singers and dancers, all recruited from historically black colleges and universities.

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‘I wanted different characters; I didn’t want us all doing the same thing,’ she states in her documentary. ‘The things that these young people can do with their bodies and the music they can play, and the drumrolls, and the haircuts, and the bodies. It’s just so much damn swag. It’s just gorgeous, and it makes me proud.’

The performance took months of preparation

‘When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella,’ she explains. ‘There was a four-month period of rehearsals with Derek [Pixie] and the band before we started the four months of dance rehearsals. The music and those vocal rehearsals – that’s the heartbeat of the show.’

She handpicked every single detail of the set

Beyoncé personally selected all the details. From each dancer and every light, to the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid and even the material on the steps.

Talking about the incredible costumes (the entire crew had two completely different sets of outfits for each weekend of Coachella), she reveals: ‘every tiny detail had an intention. There were so many meetings with Olivier [Rousteing].’

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Beyoncé was supposed to headline in 2017

Beyoncé was originally set to headline at Coachella the year prior, but she got pregnant unexpectedly. ‘It ended up being twins, which was even more of a surprise. My body went through more that I knew it could,’ she shares openly.

‘I had an extremely difficult pregnancy. I had high blood pressure. I developed toxaemia, preeclampsia and, in the womb, one of my babies’ heartbeat paused a few times so I had to get an emergency C-section.’ 

She followed a very strict diet to get into shape

This performance was the singer’s first time back on the stage after giving birth to Rumi and Sir Carter, and she struggled to get back into shape. ‘I’m creating my own homecoming. And it’s hard,’ Beyoncé admits.

‘There were days that I thought I’d never be the same. I’d never be the same physically; my strength and endurance would never be the same. She shares that she had to rebuild her body: ‘It me a while to feel confident enough to freak [the performance] and give it my own personality.’

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Beyoncé was dedicated – cutting out bread, carbs, sugar, dairy, meat, fish and alcohol, in order for her to meet her goal. ‘I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could,’ she says, ‘and I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. I will never push myself that far again.’

Even Queen B struggles to balance her work and personal life

Taking on a performance like this when you’ve just given birth to twins, isn’t an easy task. Beyoncé is very honest about how, when they first started rehearsing, her mind was not there, but with her children. ‘What people don’t see is the sacrifice,’ she says. ‘I would dance, a go off to the trailer and breastfeed the babies.’

‘It was a lot to juggle,’ she confesses. ‘Just trying to figure out how to balance being a mother of a six-year-old and of twins that need me, and giving myself creatively and physically. It’s not like before when I could rehearse 15 hours straight. I have children. I have a husband. I have to take care of my body.’

To quote Netflix (or should we say Beyflix, as the streaming service changed its name for a day to celebrate the premier of the documentary), what a time to be alive. Homecoming is incredible film, and Beyoncé is an incredible artist. That’s something every music fan, whether or not you’re part of the Beyhive, will have to admit after watching this groundbreaking performance.

So sit back and enjoy.

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Here are all the ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken protocol with their royal baby

Here are all the ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken protocol with their royal baby


From water births to baby showers…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together any day now, with the royal baby due this month.

The future arrival, referred to as the couple’s ‘little bump’, is already one of the most talked-about people in the world, with the public already speculating about everything from baby name predictions and god parent choices to nursery colour palettes.

However, Baby Sussex is most talked about for having rule-breaking parents, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex proving unafraid to rip up the royal rulebook for the sake of their little one.

Here are all the ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are breaking protocol with the royal baby…

The privacy:

While most royal couples have held a sense of privacy when it has come to royal babies, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken tradition in how guarded they have been – and understandably so.

The royal couple have faced more online backlash and speculation than most, with Meghan in particular getting vilified during her pregnancy. It was hardly surprising therefore when the royal family announced that the couple would be celebrating in private.

‘Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,’ the statement read. ‘The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.’

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The baby shower:

Meghan Markle’s New York baby shower made news for various reasons – partially for the star-studded guest list, but mostly for its break from royal tradition.

The 37-year-old’s ‘extravagant’ baby shower saw A-listers from Serena Williams to Amal Clooney congregate in The Mark hotel’s penthouse suite, something that the Queen was rumoured to have disapproved of. But while sources have insisted that the monarch wasn’t fazed, royal expert Victoria Arbiter among others explained that baby showers are ‘inappropriate’ for members of ‘The Firm’.

The babymoon:

It’s hardly surprising that a lot of the couple’s breaks from tradition are americanisms, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following a modern US trend this year, taking a babymoon before their arrival.

The couple reportedly had a lavish three-night babymoon at Hampshire’s Heckfield Place, spending some quality time together in the Georgian manor house.

‘Meghan is only a couple of weeks away from giving birth, so Harry really wanted to treat her,’ a friend told The Sun, going on to explain that their break was filled with eating Michelin starred food as a two and going for long walks through the 400 surrounding acres.

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The delivery team:

It has been reported that the former Suits actress is breaking tradition with her delivery team, opting out of using the Queen’s doctors, not wanting ‘men in suits’ delivering her baby, with royal gynaecologists, Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston having to take a backseat.

‘Meghan said she doesn’t want the men in suits. She was adamant that she wanted her own people,’ a source told the Daily Mail. ‘It did leave a few of us a little baffled’. Another source reportedly added: ‘It is slightly surprising. These people are the best of the best, and when it comes down to it, their role would actually be very limited in the birth itself, assuming all goes to plan.’

Meghan is reportedly opting out of having the two male gynaecologists leading her delivery team, apparently going for a woman instead, though it is not known who she is.

The home birth:

While home births used to be the royal tradition, the protocol for the past four decades has been a hospital birth, with Princess Diana starting the current tradition of posing for a photo post-birth on the Lindo Wing steps of the hospital.

Meghan however is set to break the tradition, with sources close to Vanity Fair claiming that the Duchess of Sussex is considering a home birth. And that’s not all, with Meghan said to be additionally considering a natural birth, with her mother Doria Ragland said to be involved in the birthing plan.

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The water birth:

Not only is Meghan apparently parting with four decades of tradition to have the royal baby at home, it has also been reported that she is planning on having a water birth, which would be a royal first.

‘Obviously Meg’s into all the homeopathy, so none of us were shocked when we found out she’d been talking about a water birth,’ a friend of Prince Harry reportedly told the Daily Star Sunday. ‘Apparently she wants it to be as natural as possible: no drugs, no caesareans and so on. It’s the next logical step from all her yoga, meditation and so on. Obviously when she goes into labour she might end up, medically speaking, having to go the more conventional route. But for now a water birth is absolutely her plan, is what they’re saying.’

The paternity leave:

Prince Harry is breaking tradition once more, following a modern post-birth approach rather than a traditional royal one. The Duke of Sussex is reportedly taking paternity leave to support his wife and spend some quality time with his newborn.

‘He doesn’t need to take paternity leave because he doesn’t work in the way most people do,’ a friend of Prince Harry’s told The Express. ‘But he thinks it’s a very modern Dad thing to do.’

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The manny:

While nannies are customary for royal babies, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are apparently going against tradition with their choices. According to The Express, the royal couple are taking a ‘modern American approach’ to the nanny they hire, reportedly opting for a ‘manny‘.

‘Hiring a “manny” is far more common in the U.S. — a nation that Meghan is more in tune with — than in the U.K. She’s keen to introduce the royal family to what she considers a more enlightened, modern American approach,’ a source explained. ‘[Prince Harry] and Meghan have discussed nannies and both have an open mind to a male nanny. They will definitely try to shortlist one.’

Congratulations again to these two royal rule breakers!

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