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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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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Aldi is selling the best Christmas present for Harry Potter fans

Aldi is selling the best Christmas present for Harry Potter fans


Accio

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The Harry Potter movies are a Christmas countdown staple. Now that it’s December, it’s officially time to get into the festive spirit – we’ve got Harry Potter baubles on the tree, we’ve booked to go to this Harry Potter bar and we’re ordering wrapping paper with Hermione’s face on it because we really are that extra.

But for anyone who is also fond of the books, you’ll have thumbed through your copies so many times that the ink is starting to rub off. And if you’re one of those people who properly cracks the spine and folds the corners of the pages (shudder), then you’re definitely in need of a new set.

Most importantly, you need to ensure your copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is in top condition because it’s the best one. No wait, maybe it’s Half Blood Prince. Actually we’re going to go with Deathly Hallows.

Okay, fine, they’re all great and we can’t actually choose.

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But we’ve got some great news. Aldi is now selling the entire collection for less than £30. And it’s worth considering that reading Harry Potter apparently makes you a better person according to science, so reading the books multiple times surely makes you an even better person – no?

You can get your hands on all seven instalments for just £29.99, making each one just over £4. Bargain or what?

While it’s been 21 years since the first book was released (yes, really), our love for these magical stories is not dying down with Bloomsbury revealing that sales of the series have exceeded 500 million worldwide. Pretty impressive, but we can’t say we’re too surprised – they are still our absolute favourites.

The book set is available from Aldi both online and in stores, but once they’re gone they’re gone so get down to your nearest store and accio that set, pronto.

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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


Sob.

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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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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The cottage from The Holiday is up for sale and it’s a dream

The cottage from The Holiday is up for sale and it’s a dream


Where do we sign?

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Credit: Universal Pictures

Since The Holiday arrived on Netflix last week we’ve watched it approximately 18 times. Don’t judge us.

We just can’t help it – how can you not love Jude Law and his adorable offspring? Who can watch it without tearing up at Kate Winslet getting pied off by Jasper Bloom? And who can resist ‘awwing’ when Amanda runs back to a weeping Graham?

It’s the perfect Christmas and rom-com combination, and fierce competition for Love Actually.

So if you love the film and it has you wishing you lived in a quaint little cottage covered in snow, your dreams could be about to come true.

The house that inspired Iris’ home – Rosehill Cottage – is up for sale, and it’s up to you if you want to put in an offer. Honeysuckle Cottage in the village of Holmbury St Mary, near Dorking, was the house that producer Nancy Meyers had in mind when creating the set for The Holiday.

the holiday

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The exterior of the movie house was purpose built and all inside scenes were filmed on a set, but if you look at the two properties you can see how Myers used Honeysuckle Cottage as inspiration for Rosehill Cottage.

However, the interior looks completely different – but is just as charming, with exposed beams and a fireplace perfect for those chilly winter nights.

And let’s not ignore the beautiful kitchen.

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It’s currently open to offers on Rightmove.

The sale description reads: ‘A stunning extended period cottage with ironstone galleting and brick quoins under a tiled roof complemented by leaded light windows.

‘The property retains many character features including an inglenook fireplace with Jotul log burner and exposed timbers.

‘Features of particular note include the bespoke craftsmen-built hand-painted kitchen with oil fired AGA, underfloor heating to the ground floor and an extensive use of oak joinery throughout.

‘The property enjoys delightful landscaped gardens which incorporates an extensive area of flagstone laid terrace with lovely views.’

If you want to get your hands on the three-bedroom home it’ll set you back £650,000 – but can you put a price on living in a famous movie (kind of) house?

Fingers crossed there’s a real-life Graham nearby.

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This is the reason why Prince William has never worn a wedding ring

This is the reason why Prince William has never worn a wedding ring


And Kate doesn’t seem to mind.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

You may not have noticed this before but Prince William does not and never has worn a wedding ring.

The Duke of Cambrdige, who married Kate Middleton in 2011,

But William has chosen not to wear a wedding band for one very simple reason, and it’s completely understandable.

Why has he forgone the bling? To put it plainly, he just doesn’t want to wear one. Simple.

While the royal couple announced that he would be going ring-free ahead of their wedding eight years ago, people are just starting to notice that he doesn’t wear the traditional piece of jewellery.

‘He’s not one for jewellery,’ explained a Palace aide. ‘He’s never worn any. He decided he didn’t want to wear one now. It’s all down to personal preference.’

We don’t know how we missed the announcement but it has divided the internet with lots of people taking to Twitter to voice their sadness on the subject.

Prince William’s decision, however, is not an uncommon one with more and more men choosing to go wedding ring-free.

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The Royal Family

In fact, it turns out that it’s a common decision in the royal family with William’s grandfather, Prince Philip, also opting out of wearing one. However, Prince Harry has broken the royal tradition by wearing a simple platinum band on his left hand, made by the Cleave and Company, the same jeweller behind Meghan Markle’s engagement ring.

We doubt Kate is worried about Will’s decision, though – it seems highly unlikely that Prince William will have to remind anyone that he is a married man with 26 million viewers tuning in to watch their Royal Wedding.

Plus, luckily she has enough bling for the two of them, never seen without Princess Diana’s 12-carat blue Ceylon sapphire engagement ring on her finger.

Now there’s a ring we’d also wear every day…

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Is this the reason why Prince George always wears shorts?

Is this the reason why Prince George always wears shorts?


There’s a reason why you always see Prince George in shorts, apparently

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Prince George on his 3rd birthday. The adorable tot is pictured here with the family dog, Lupo.

Whether it’s ecstatically blowing bubbles or pushing his face up against a plane window as he comes home from Canada, there’s one thing we can all agree on – Prince George is ridiculously cute.

And while it may well be a combination of those golden locks and chubby cheeks, Prince George’s super cute dress sense is definitely a factor. Most often spotted sporting sweet little shorts and adorable knee high socks, George’s outfits have influenced a generation’s dress sense as people rush to replicate his look. Just like his mother, Kate Middleton, Prince George has the ability to sell out a piece of clothing instantly.

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Prince George in his signature blue shorts

In fact, Prince George’s continual appearance in shorts hasn’t gone unnoticed. Experts in royal etiquette have speculated that it comes down class, arguing that it is only the middle classes who dress their boys in trousers and citing Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, who all similarly wore shorts until there were around eight, as examples of royal tradition.

But according to Dr Ed Owens, historian at the University of Lincoln and expert in the monarchy’s relationship with the media, this sartorial choice might be far more calculated than you think.

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Here he is in a cute pale blue pair for a public appearance

‘Shorts symbolise the idealisation and innocence of childhood,’ explains Dr Owens. ‘This boy will one day be king, so it’s key that he’s seems to be as ‘ordinary’ as possible before he assumes his role as king, which the media always characterises as burdensome and difficult.

‘This change in portrayal from carefree child to burden adult has characterised the royal family’s image since the 1930s, and is integral to generating public empathy for them.’

To put it simply, Prince George’s shorts have a more important role than simply making out hearts melt – they’re pivotal for continuing public support for the royals.

If only we had a wardrobe which was half as powerful.

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This is apparently why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands in public, but William and Kate don’t

This is apparently why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands in public, but William and Kate don’t


It makes complete sense when you think about it

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are undoubtedly the world’s most closely-watched couple, with people across the globe arguably paying more attention to the royal relationship than their own. Especially now that they’re expecting – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have everyone talking about them and their upcoming baby.

Even we have to admit that we can’t draw our eyes away from their public displays of affection (they look so happy, always).

But while Harry and Meghan have no reservations when it comes to hand-holding in public, our other favourite Royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, seem to avoid affection altogether.

While it would make sense to think that their choice to avoid PDA is down to Royal protocol, there are no official rules against them making physical contact in public.

So, why is there such a marked difference between the two royal couples?

Body language expert, Robert Kermode, explained to the Daily Mail why the couple choose not to hold hands in public. It’s all because of the Queen.

Kate and William holding hands

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, despite being married for almost 70 years, are rarely seen holding hands, their personal choice setting a precedent that the rest of the royal family are following.

‘Because Meghan isn’t a member of the Royal Family, she wasn’t attending the Invictus Games for business reasons,’ The Sun reports. And Prince Harry, although on official duties, was technically not representing the Royals so the couple were free to be publicly affectionate.

Queen Elizabeth style

There are of course times when Prince William and Kate Middleton do surprise us with a public display of affection, their most famous being on the day of the Royal wedding where they gave the cheering crowd outside of Buckingham Palace TWO kisses from the balcony.

Let’s just revisit that for a second.

The cutest.

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot, things appear to have been significantly more affectionate between William and Kate when they’ve been out and about in the public domain.

They were spotted looking very sweet at a recent royal visit, and were caught briefly holding hands at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

Maybe Harry and Meghan’s PDAs are rubbing off on the couple?

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Prince William used to have the most hilarious nickname for the Queen

Prince William used to have the most hilarious nickname for the Queen


We genuinely could never have predicted this one…

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The Queen is a woman of many names, addressed in formal settings as ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Ma’am’. In private she’s been Lizzie, Liz, even Shirley Temple – an affectionate nickname by King Edward.

One of her most common names, however, is said to be ‘Granny’ a nickname used by Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and a lot of the rest of the royal family.

Columnist Richard Kay recently revealed that unlike his cousins, Prince William used a different (and very special) name for his grandmother, and it’s hilarious.

Recalling a moment from William’s childhood, Kay wrote in an article for the Daily Mail:

‘After a fall at Buckingham Palace, the Prince cried out for “Gary, Gary.” When a guest asked who Gary was, the Queen stepped in and explained: “I’m Gary. He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.”’

We wish more than anything that the nickname had stuck, passed down to Prince George to keep up the tradition, but according to the Duchess of Cambridge, George has his own nickname for his great-grandmother, calling her ‘Gan-Gan’.

The Cambridges arrive in Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge has previously spoken about what a loving great-grandmother the Queen is, explaining in the ITV documentary, Our Queen at 90, ‘the Queen is very fond of Charlotte and takes an interest in what she gets up to. Every time we stay with her, she leaves a little gift for George and Charlotte in their rooms. I think that just goes to show her love for [the children] and for the family.’

Prince William also can’t sing his grandmother’s (or Gary’s) praises enough, stating, ‘She’s been a very strong female influence and having lost my mother at a young age, it’s been particularly important to me that I’ve had somebody like the Queen to look up to.

He continued: ‘[She’s someone] who’s been there and who has understood some of the more, um, complex issues when you lose a loved one. She’s been so incredibly supportive and I really appreciated her guidance.’

We just hope more than anything that Prince William still calls The Queen ‘Gary’ from time to time.

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