The past few months however have been dominated by their future arrival, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex expecting their first child this Spring, with fans speculating about an ‘April’ due date.
Fans are already making predictions on god parents, names and genders, but it’s the nursery preparations that have got everyone’s attention this week.
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Royal watchers have been waitings for details, and finally royal correspondent Katie Nicholl is giving some answers.
‘According to sources who are helping with [their new home] renovations, the nursery itself is going to be very modern,’ Katie reportedly told Entertainment Tonight. ’Don’t expect to see any baby pink or baby blue.’
She continued: ‘Apparently, it’s going to be a monochrome palette — whites and greys, I’m told, will be the colour theme for baby Sussex’s nursery.
‘They’ve decided not to find out the sex,’ she then went on to explain.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
This isn’t the first surprising move for the royals with regards to their baby, with Harry and Meghan also reportedly opting against welcoming their new arrival in the traditional Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital.
As for the rest of the details around the future royal baby, it looks like we’ll have to wait and see.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s wellbeing has been a point of concern over the past year, wth the 97-year-old admitted to hospital in 2018 to have surgery, making a speedy recovery to appear at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May wedding.
His wellbeing came up again this week as news emerged that Prince Philip had been involved in a car crash near the Queen’s Sandringham estate, something that was confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
Despite the collision leaving the royal’s Land Rover overturned, Philip is reported to have left the accident unharmed.
According to the BBC, the Duke of Edinburgh was driving himself, with witnesses reporting that the royal was ‘conscious but very, very shocked and shaken’.
Norfolk police confirmed that officers were called to the scene just before 3pm after a Land Rover and a Kia were involved in a collision.
Two women in the other car are reported to have needed hospital treatment, but have since been discharged.
Buckingham Palace are yet to give an update on the royal’s condition but he is said to be doing well, having been checked over by a doctor as merely a precaution.
Netflix teen drama Riverdale is in its third season and we’re completely hooked.
It’s hardly surprising therefore that the show’s hiatus, ending today, has been tough – going on for what feels like an eternity.
But Riverdale is officially back, and we want answers. Now.
Are Veronica and Reggie going to get together? Is there more to the Gargoyle King than Betty thinks? And what on earth is going on with the creepy farm group?
We need to know!!
But it wasn’t these questions that got the internet talking today after the airing of the show’s newest episode, ‘No Exit’. Instead, it was the morbid cliffhanger, with the show’s main character Archie Andrews appearing to die.
Yes, it looks like Archie Andrews is dead – and we don’t know what to do.
But how has he seemingly died? A bear attack.
Yes, this is not a drill. The gorgeous redhead survived the black hood and juvenile detention centre – he even managed to escape with a gaping stab wound – but he got killed by a bear.
Like most Riverdale shock plots, there are of course a lot of conspiracy theories out there, with some believing that he’s not actually dead, presuming that he has faked his own death to get Hiram off the scent.
Only time will tell though, so we’re going to have to wait till next week to find out the fate of the lovely Archie Andrews.
The blatant violation, involving filming up someone’s clothing without their permission, will now be punishable by up to two years in prison. But my God, has it taken a long time.
The criminalisation of the offence is a done deal – having finally been approved in the House of Lords and now just awaiting the formality of Royal Assent. The issue is that the campaign was started in 2017.
My question – why has it taken so long to be made illegal?
Surely something as intrusive as filming up someone’s clothing in a public space without their permission deserves to be made a crime, right? Not to some it seems, and if it wasn’t for the determination of Gina Martin, it would have fallen at the first hurdle.
Gina introduced us to the term, Upskirting, after starting a viral online campaign to get it criminalised. She had discovered that it wasn’t a specific offence in UK law after being victim to it herself at a festival and being unable to progress her claims, with police telling her there was nothing they could do. She later petitioned to reopen her claim, and then went ever further, lobbying to change the law.
Gina’s aim? To have upskirting recognised in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and to thereby make it punishable by law.
Gina Martin. Credit: REX
But while it garnered a lot of celebrity support and was brought to parliament by Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, its progress was halted by Conservative MP Christopher Chope in June 2018 who did his very best to disrupt the policy’s development – the proposal’s sole objector.
This week however the House of Lords chose to back the bill, and when the criminalisation was confirmed, Gina exclaimed that she was ‘over the moon’.
‘After becoming a victim and recognising a gap in the law, I partnered with Ryan Whelan of Gibson Dunn and began 18 months of exhaustive, emotional and life-changing work,’ she announced. ‘Now? We have changed the law! I always thought politics was impenetrable but with the right help and willpower you can do it. We did it. We made upskirting a sexual offence! I am exhausted and so so happy!’
So now England and Wales are joining the many countries that already have laws on upskirting, with serious offenders even to be named on the sex offenders register.
This is huge progress, but I’m still angry.
Upskirting being made illegal is obviously an incredible thing. I just think it’s a shame that it has taken so long to criminalise something that is so obviously not OK.
Scotland has had laws against upskirting for almost a decade, so why were we behind the curb?
Let’s make sure the next unspecified offence doesn’t take as long to criminalise. We need to do better, and if we we see something that isn’t right, we need to be a Gina Martin and make change.
This week he even made a very sexist joke at his wife’s expense as he ‘bantered’ to some footballers visiting the White House that he spared them from Melania whipping up some little salads.
The most recent Donald Trump news to spread across the internet however relates to his 2017 inauguration.
No this isn’t about how big the crowd was, with only the president seeming to insist that it was ‘huge’. Instead it was to do with the appearance of Donald and his aides, with Trump reportedly spending a whopping $10,000 on make-up.
According to The New York Times, the inauguration cost a whopping $102 million, at least twice as much as was spent on Barack Obama and George W. Bush’s inaugurations.
Judging by the fact that the Trump Inauguration committee spent $10,000 on make-up for 20 aides at the evening event alone, it’s hardly surprising.
‘Guarding a member of the Royal Family is never easy.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle always make an effort to speak to well-wishers while on royal duty. The couple talk candidly to the fans that they meet; only recently Meghan told a Birkenhead local her due date.
But what we don’t see when the royals are out and about on business is the immense amount of work that goes into keeping them safe. While Meghan likes to be in the thick of it when it comes to meeting members of the public, one royal insider has issued a stark warning to the Duchess of Sussex.
Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s former bodyguard, spoke about the pressures of protecting the royal family in his Daily Mail column. The 69-year-old was Diana’s body guard for eight years, and has also worked for Prince William and Prince Harry.
He explained that while people believe the job is all glitz and glamour, it’s a huge responsibility.
‘To an outsider, the life of a Royal protection officer must seem impossibly glamorous – jetting off to exotic locations, rubbing shoulders with famous names and having the safety of one of the most recognised people on the planet in your hands,’ he explains.
‘But while aspects of that are true, guarding a member of the Royal Family is never easy. The demands are immense and you can’t relax for a moment.’
And while Diana was known as ‘the people’s princess’ thanks to her willingness to mingle with the public, Ken explains that it made his job very difficult.
‘Diana was hardly the easiest boss,’ he admitted.
‘Like Meghan, she wanted to get close to people and to lead as ordinary a life as she could.’
Being part of a huge film or TV franchise is something we’ve all dreamt about, from the cast becoming a second family to the behind-the-scenes fun.
But according to the actors and actresses that have been there, it also has its disadvantages.
Emma Watson has explained that while playing Hermione in the eight Harry Potter films, she wasn’t allowed to cut her hair, and HP‘s Rupert Grint (Ron) admitted that none of them were allowed to go skiing or do anything dangerous, so as to ensure continuity in the series.
But it was Game of Thrones’Sophie Turner who opened up about the ties that come with filming an iconic series this week, explaining that she and other members of the GoT cast weren’t allowed to wash their hair.
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Yes, this is not a drill. Sophie Turner wasn’t allowed to wash her hair during Game of Thrones.
‘For the first few seasons I was allowed to wash my hair because I was an aristocratic young girl,’ Sophie explained in an interview with InStyle.
‘Towards season 5 they started asking me to not wash my hair and it was really disgusting,’ she went on to admit. ‘Now I wear I wig so I can wash my hair whenever I want, which is nice. But yes, for a couple of years I was living with pretty greasy hair.’
When asked if it was itchy, the 22-year-old replied, ‘Really itchy! Also, we would have the snow machines going so we would have little snow paper particles that would get stuck in the grease. It was disgusting.’
We still think it’s worth it to star in Game of Thrones to be honest.
There’s no surprise however, with Bradley Cooper’s directional debut receiving an extremely positive reaction, from Lady Gaga and Bradley’s beautiful love story as Ally and Jackson to their writing and singing the songs live.
In a featurette released this week, The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born, Gaga, Bradley and the rest of the cast and crew reminisced about the filming experience, and one moment in particular has shaken the internet.
Lady Gaga revealed that the final scene of A Star Is Born was just as emotional behind the scenes as it was on-camera, as she recalled being given tragic news before her final performance.
The 32-year-old was told the news that one of her best friends and managing director of Haus of Gaga, Sonja Durham, had sadly lost her battle with stage four breast, brain and lung cancer, on the final day of filming.
‘I remember that day very unfondly, in a way,’ she explained of the filming of the performance of Never Love Again. ‘I actually left the set.’
She then recalled how Bradley and the cast and crew decided to delay the shoot, but after speaking to Sonja’s husband, Gaga decided to go on, as it is what Sonja would have wanted her to do.
In order to get through the performance, she recalled how she asked the audience of extras for their help, explaining why the day was difficult for her.
‘If you could help me today, and really think of not just Sonja but how it feels to lose someone, think of her husband maybe, for me,’ she recalled telling the audience. ‘I think that energy will penetrate this room. I think she’ll hear it.’