The royal protocol on tattoos is not what you would expect

The royal protocol on tattoos is not what you would expect


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Being a royal entitles you to certain privileges – a designer wardrobe, personal chefs and if you’re the Queen, staff members employed to break in your shoes.

But it doesn’t come without its downsides, subjecting members to a life of obligation and rules, with an extremely large royal rulebook to follow.

From when Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis should start bowing to the Queen to a ban on talking politics and no shellfish while on royal tours, there are too many to keep track of. It even emerged this week that Meghan Markle still struggles to understand one, with female members of the family not permitted to wear trousers in front of the Queen.

You would think therefore that the royal protocol on tattoos would be similarly restricted, so when the royal take on it was unearthed this week, the public was very surprised.

Zara Tindall recently opened up about the royal take on tattoos during an interview with Saga Magazine, explaining how it wasn’t up to anyone but the person in question whether or not they would be inked.

‘He absolutely hasn’t got a tattoo,’ Zara explained to the publication when asked if her husband Mike Tindall had any body art of his own. ‘I’d also rather one of my daughters came home with a piercing than a tattoo because at least a stud can be removed. I wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if they did though.’

So royals can have tattoos, and more than that, they might already have some.

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Here’s why everyone’s talking about Emma Watson and Tom Felton

Here’s why everyone’s talking about Emma Watson and Tom Felton


This is lovely.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may have come out over a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve moved on from the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

In fact, us millennials are probably still as hooked as we were when the series was actually still going.

Too many of us own wands, chocolate frogs and clothes emblazoned with our Hogwarts House crest (we’re ALL Gryffindor, OK?) and we can all admit to having debated Harry Potter theories deep into the night.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that the actors are still the talk of the town, but an unlikely couple made news this week, with the internet seeing a Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy reunion.

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Quick learner x

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Yes, really. Tom Felton and Emma Watson seem to be holidaying in South Africa together, and the internet can’t contain itself.

Taking to his Instagram, Tom posted a cosy photograph of him giving Emma a guitar lesson in their PJs in South Africa, captioning the post: ‘Quick learner x’.

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Women do it better 📷EW

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He later posted a photograph of himself – presumably still in South Africa – on the beach in a t-shirt captioned ‘Women do it better’, crediting Emma Watson as the photographer.

We love this friendship so much.

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Elton John has stepped in to defend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over the recent controversy

Elton John has stepped in to defend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over the recent controversy


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made news this weekend as they were photographed jetting off to France for a holiday with baby Archie, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex selecting Nice as their destination.

Coming just days after their controversial trip to Ibiza however, the couple are now receiving backlash, with followers accusing them of being hypocrites for championing eco causes yet taking private planes on multiple holidays in such a short time frame.

This week the backlash against the Duke and Duchess got so loud that a family friend of the couple, Elton John, was forced to get involved, publicly defending Harry and Meghan.

‘I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week,’ Elton John posted to his Twitter account.

‘Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.

‘After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.

‘To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.’

Concluding his post, he tweeted: ‘I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis. Elton’

Well, that’s that.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired a very high profile person to join their team

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired a very high profile person to join their team


Here’s everything to know…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had a very busy year, from welcoming their newborn son Archie Harrison to moving into their newly renovated Frogmore Cottage home.

But it was staffing matters that made the most noise around the Sussex family this past year, with the royal couple reported to have lost multiple employees – something that has only fuelled rumours that the couple has become difficult to work with.

In November last year, Meghan Markle’s personal assistant Melissa Touabti resigned from her post after six months in the job, with the couple’s private secretary Samantha Cohen following suit just weeks later, after having worked for the royal family for 17 years. Meghan Markle’s female bodyguard then quit her role in January after just six months.

Today however, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had positive staff news to share as they have reportedly officially hired their new private secretary – and she’s pretty high profile.

Fiona Mcilwham is set to join the royal household next month in the role, heading up the Sussex family team, but who is she?

According to The Mail on Sunday, the 45-year-old who on Twitter refers to herself as a ‘diplomat and wannabe supermum’ is a former top-level diplomat, becoming one of the UK’s youngest ambassadors in 2009 when she was posted to Albania.

Fiona is set to start next week and one of her key jobs is supposed to be joining the Sussex family on their tour of South Africa, Angola, Botswana and Malawi.

Good luck to Fiona with her dream job!

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This new detail to Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus' split is heartbreaking

This new detail to Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus' split is heartbreaking


The actor reportedly isn’t ready to head back to Los Angeles

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Last week, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth announced they are going their separate ways after less than a year of marriage. ‘Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers,’ a representative for the 26-year-old singer confirmed.

Amid the breakup news, Miley Cyrus – who recently told ELLE that she is ‘still sexually attracted to women’ – was photographed kissing a woman on a yacht in Italy only days before she released a new song titled Slide Away, which seems to address her unexpected split from Killerman actor.

Meanwhile, Liam Hemsworth has been laying low in Australia, although he did briefly address the separation via Instagram. ‘This is a private matter and I have not made, nor will I be making, any comments to any journalists or media outlets. Any reported quotes attributed to me are false,’ he wrote.

The actor is apparently taking some time off to process the split from his long-time partner – the two had been dating on and off for ten years, after meeting on the set on The Last Song in 2009 – with sources reporting that he isn’t ready to head back to Los Angeles just yet.

‘He is not coming to LA for Killerman anymore even though he had told the film executives that he loved the movie and wanted to go full force into promoting it,’ an insider told the Daily Mail.

‘There was even a plan for Liam to appear on the late night talk shows to promote the film. Instead, he has been focusing on his personal life than promoting his film,’ the source added. ‘He is now not in the right head space to step back into the limelight to do any promotion as he knows Miley’s name will come up.’

We’re sending our thoughts to Liam and Miley

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Here's why the internet is angry at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Here's why the internet is angry at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle


Oh dear.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are one of the most talked-about couples in the world, recently moving into their newly renovated Frogmore Cottage home with their newborn baby, Archie Harrison.

But while most fans are happy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, there are some who like to find fault with them, with the couple facing a constant onslaught of online abuse since making their relationship official.

From body shaming Meghan for losing her baby weight to mum shaming the Duchess for how she carries her child, the criticism was reaching breaking point, with recent news about their holiday plans pushing criticism to a new level.

It was reported this week by The Daily Star that Harry and Meghan had been on holiday in secret, getting a private jet to Ibiza just after Meghan’s birthday.

But it wasn’t their destination choice that divided the public but rather their decision to opt for a private jet, something that caused users to post about online.

‘Its a joke them using planes like we use cars and lecturing us on climate change,’ one user posted to Twitter. ‘To them we are peasants that should cut back so they can indulge in their gold plated lifestyles.’

‘I can’t believe Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are being such hypocrites,’ posted another. ‘I’m really disappointed’.

The palace has yet to respond.

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So this is apparently Kate Middleton and her children's favourite London spot

So this is apparently Kate Middleton and her children's favourite London spot


If you’ll excuse us we’re ALL off there now!

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Kate Middleton is one of the most talked about women in the world, from her relationship with Prince William to their three Cambridge children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – entertaining the world on the regular.

But it wasn’t Princess Charlotte’s signature sass (we’re still laughing at that viral tongue sticking out video) or Prince Louis’ royal wave that got the world talking this week. Instead, it was Kate herself, whose favourite London spot was recently revealed. And apparently it’s her children’s top London spot too.

What is the location in question? No, it’s not Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace or even Balmoral, where the family of five are reported to be travelling to this summer.

According to reports, it’s actually Fulham-based private members club, The Hurlingham Club.

Yes, really.

‘Kate has been at Hurlingham a lot over the summer,’ a source told HELLO!. ‘She takes all the kids. There’s a gorgeous playground they all love, and George and Charlotte have tennis lessons.’

The source continued: ‘They all pile into the clubhouse afterwards for lunch or tea and they’re never bothered, they’re just like any normal family. They all seem to really love it there.’

Well, that’s just lovely.

Is anyone else considering getting a Hurlingham Club membership now?

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Here’s why Kate Middleton reportedly asked everyone to call her Catherine

Here’s why Kate Middleton reportedly asked everyone to call her Catherine


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Kate Middleton is one of the most talked about women in the world, from her relationship with Prince William to their three Cambridge children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – entertaining the world on the regular.

But it wasn’t Princess Charlotte’s signature sass (we’re still laughing at that viral tongue sticking out video) or Prince Louis’ royal wave that got the world talking this week. Instead, it was Kate herself, and more specifically her name.

Kate has many names – Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and (according to her passport) Princess, but it’s the name ‘Catherine’ that has confused people over the years, with William and other royal family members often referring to her by the moniker.

Is she Kate or Catherine, and why?

This question resurfaced this week, with a source explaining that the Duchess of Cambridge actually made the conscious decision to change her name from one to the other.

Yes, according to royal expert Adam Helliker, Kate reportedly asked her friends to start calling her ‘Catherine’ while she was in a relationship with Prince William, just in case they got married and a royal life awaited her.

‘I hear that in the past few weeks, the former accessories buyer has quietly informed friends that she would like to drop the informal “Kate” and in future wishes to be known by her full name: “Catherine”’, Helliker explained in a 2008 Sunday Express column that has recently been resurfaced by The Sun.

Going on to explain, he reportedly claimed that she was ’preparing for her future role.’

Some royal sources have reportedly disputed the claims.

Either way, both Kate and Catherine sound pretty regal to us.

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This photograph of Meghan Markle posing with a Kate Middleton tabloid is going viral

This photograph of Meghan Markle posing with a Kate Middleton tabloid is going viral


Where did that come from?

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Meghan Markle is one of the most talked about women in the world, with the now Duchess of Sussex spending some quality time with husband Prince Harry and her new baby Archie in their freshly renovated Frogmore Cottage home.

But it wasn’t nursery colour palettes or their reported LA-style organic vegetable garden that made news this week. Instead, it was Meghan’s pre-royal life, with a photo resurfacing of Meghan posing with a tabloid with Kate Middleton on the cover.

Yes, really.

In 2014, Meghan was featured in U Magazine, posing with the issue.

Just two years after the photo was taken, Meghan met Harry and two years later, Kate and Meghan were sisters-in-law.

And this isn’t the first time Meghan has referred to Kate in pre-royal life, with the former Suits actress blogging about Kate back in the day in a 2014 post of her now defunct blog, The Tig.

‘Little girls dream of being princesses. I, for one, was all about She-Ra, Princess of Power,’ Meghan wrote in the 2014 post. ‘For those of you unfamiliar with the ’80s cartoon reference, She-Ra is the twin sister of He-Man, and a sword-wielding royal rebel known for her strength. We’re definitely not talking about Cinderella here.’

She continued: ‘Grown women seem to retain this childhood fantasy. Just look at the pomp and circumstance surrounding the royal wedding and endless conversation about Princess Kate.’

It looks like Meghan was destined to be a royal and she and Kate were destined to be friends.

Well there we have it.

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Bebe Rexha just sent a powerful message to music execs about ageism

Bebe Rexha just sent a powerful message to music execs about ageism


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Bebe Rexha is anything but ‘too old’ and her latest Instagram proves it.

In a post uploaded on Monday, the 29-year-old, called out sexism in the music industry, writing a lengthy statement to caption a black and white photo of her in her underwear.

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I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was “confusing.” Because… I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I’m 29. I’m fed up with being put in a box. I make my own rules. I’m tired of women getting labeled as “hags” when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age. Anyways, I’m turning 30 on August 30 and you know what, I’m not running away from it. I’m not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound “younger.” I’m gonna celebrate my age because you know what, I’m wiser, I’m stronger and TRUST ME I’m a much better lover than I was 10 years ago.

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In the caption she wrote, ‘I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was “confusing.” Because…I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially my age. I’m 29.

‘I’m fed up with being put in a box. I make my own rules. I’m tired of women getting labelled as “hags” when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age.’ She explained.

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Rexha, who is turning 30 at the end of this month, let us know she is embracing her age, stating ‘You know what, I’m not running away from it.’

She finished the post by saying, ‘I’m gonna celebrate my age because you know what, I’m wiser, I’m stronger and TRUST ME I’m a much better lover than I was 10 years ago.’

She posted a longer version of the caption on Twitter and asked the male executive, ‘Is this too sexy for you?’

Celebrities, such as Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Leomie Anderson, have shown their support in the comments.

Taylor, who’s also 29, commented, ‘DRAG THEM. 29 YEAR OLDS UNITE’ followed by several pink heart emojis.

This isn’t the first time Bebe Rexha has called out someone on social media. Back in January, she called out a fashion designer who didn’t want to dress her for the Grammy’s because she wasn’t sample size.

We’re forever bowing down to you, Bebe.

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