Serena Williams found out this tragic news before her recent defeat

Serena Williams found out this tragic news before her recent defeat


Our thoughts are with Serena and her family.

Serena Williams was knocked out of the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic, San Jose, this month by Johanna Konta in what is being called one of the biggest defeats of her career.

The match was over in 53 minutes, with Johanna emerging victorious in a stunning 6-1 6-0 victory, something Serena has since explained in a recent interview with Time Magazine.

Explaining the heavily-discussed match, Serena opened up about the extenuating circumstances that led to her ‘underperformance’.

The 36-year-old recalled how she found out that her sister’s killer had been released from prison just minutes before the match, reportedly seeing the news on Instagram.

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Serena and Venus’ half-sister, Yetunde Price, was shot dead in a 2003 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles by Robert Maxfield, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Minutes before taking to the court, Serena discovered that Maxfield had been released on parole three years early, due to good behaviour’ – something that she admitted distracted her from the match.

‘I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,’ Serena explained in her interview with Time. ‘It was hard because all I think about is her kids  – what they meant to me and how much I love them.’

She continued: ‘No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behaviour. It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me.’

When asked if she has forgiven her sister’s killer, she replied: ‘I’m not there yet. I would like to practice what I preach, and teach Olympia that as well. I want to forgive. I have to get there. I’ll be there.’

Our thoughts are with Serena and her family.

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Kate Middleton could make Prince George’s very big day after missing it last year

Kate Middleton could make Prince George’s very big day after missing it last year


And we already know it’ll be adorable.

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As the summer holidays draw to an en, children all over the nation are all gearing up for their first day of school as parents heave a great sigh of relief that they no longer have to come up with dramatic ways to keep them occupied. (There’s only so many times you can watch Frozen before your mind melts to mush.) One famous family in the same boat is Prince William and Kate Middleton’s brood, as Prince George will be returning to school on September 6.

There was a lot of hullabaloo over Prince George’s first day of school last year, as it was his first in a new school and his mother Kate Middleton unfortunately couldn’t be there to see him off. She was pregnant with Prince Louis and struggling with pretty extreme morning sickness, something that’s she’s had to contend with throughout all her pregnancies. However his dad Prince William came along to do the school drop off, walking him in as he trotted along in a slick navy uniform.

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Ben Thomas, the former headmaster of his school, said at the time, ‘Our aim for [Prince George], as well as for all of our pupils, is to provide a safe and secure and happy environment where he feels supported by a kind and loving community. That’s something we will be trying to achieve for him.’

As for how Prince George feels about school? Apparently, he’s kind of over it.

Louise Smith, another parent with a child at the school, told Express, ‘It was really exciting meeting William. He told me he’d just dropped Prince George off at school and he didn’t want to go. Sounds a bit like mine really.’

TBH, we were too at that age. This year though, Kate Middleton might actually be able to join her husband and Prince George (who goes by ‘George Cambridge’ at school) for the first day of school drop off on September 6. We’re already excited for the cute photographs.

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Meghan Markle is planning to hand down THIS special heirloom to her daughter

Meghan Markle is planning to hand down THIS special heirloom to her daughter


It has a special meaning.

Words by Rebecca Fearn.

Meghan Markle has recently revealed the special item she plans to hand down to her daughter one day: her Cartier Tank watch.

Speaking to Hello! magazine back in 2015, Meghan explained how the watch, which she bought herself, had a special significance:

“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch. When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.”

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The Duchess also revealed the watch was engraved with a unique message, which reads “To M.M. From M.M.”

“I plan to give it to my daughter one day”, Meghan told the magazine. “That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them”.

It’s worth noting that Princess Diana had her own Cartier Tank watch, which could have inspired Meghan prior to her joining the royal family herself.

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Forbes’ highest earning actress wasn’t even in the top ten last year

Forbes’ highest earning actress wasn’t even in the top ten last year


Surprised?

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Forbes has just released its annual top earning actress list and surprisingly, the number one spot has gone to a star who didn’t even make the top ten last year.

Scarlett Johansson raked in a mind-blowing $40.5 million, largely thanks to her role as Black Widow in the Avengers series. She has quadrupled her 2017 earnings to take the number one position.

Other top earners who made the list include Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis and Gal Gadot. A number of last year’s top ten did not make this year’s, such as Emma Stone (she owed her number one spot last year mainly to her La La Land success), Emma Watson and Amy Adams.

The list takes into account not only the actresses’ movie payouts, but things like endorsement deals which can boost earnings significantly.

Take a look at the 2018 top earning actresses here:

10. Gal Gadot ($10 million)
9. Melissa McCarthy ($12 million)
8. Cate Blanchett ($12.5 million)
7. Julia Roberts ($13 million)
6. Mila Kunis ($16 million)
5. Reese Witherspoon ($16.5 million)
4. Jennifer Lawrence ($18 million)
3. Jennifer Aniston ($19.5 million)
2. Angelina Jolie ($28 million)
1. Scarlett Johansson ($40.5 million)

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Donald Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Aretha Franklin has not gone down well

Donald Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Aretha Franklin has not gone down well


‘She worked for me on numerous occasions’

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Donald Trump never fails to be controversial, and from his greeting the Queen with a handshake to making friends with Putin, the past few months have been no exception.

This week the 72-year-old caused a storm, after he paid a controversial tribute to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who it was announced had tragically died this week.

The Respect singer was the embodiment of 60s female empowerment. A mother at 12 and Queen of Soul by the time she was 24, she belted out powerful inspirational lyrics about feminism, while proudly telling it how it is. She was an icon – even going on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

But when Donald Trump came to make his tribute to the late feminist icon, he seemed to focus on something else, crediting the late Queen of Soul for ‘working for him on numerous occasions’.

Yes, that’s right. Donald Trump thanked the legend that is Aretha Franklin for working for him – and no one’s happy about it.

‘I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific – Aretha Franklin – on her passing,’ Trump reportedly opened a White House cabinet meeting.

He then continued: ‘She’s brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God – her voice, and she used it well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.’

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

‘In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,’ Aretha’s family announced in a statement, released to CNN. ‘We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.’

The statement continued: ‘We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.’

Our thoughts are with Aretha Franklin’s loved ones.

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This is the special reason why Meghan Markle kept her bridal bouquet

This is the special reason why Meghan Markle kept her bridal bouquet


And it’s lovely.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot earlier this year in a star-studded ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

But three months later, it’s not the A-list royal wedding guests that were in attendance or the official royal wedding photographs that still have everyone talking, instead it’s Meghan’s bridal bouquet.

The now Duchess of Sussex carried scented sweet peas, lily of the valley and jasmine in her bouquet, adding forget-me-nots and white roses in a nod to Princess Diana, and sprigs of myrtle to comply with royal tradition.

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But who caught the stunning bouquet? Well, actually no one.

While most weddings involve the famous bouquet toss, determining who is going to be the next to walk down the aisle, royal weddings are a little different, with the bride actually keeping her flowers for a special reason.

Royal brides always leave a bouquet at the grave of an Unknown warrior in London’s Westminster Abbey – a tradition started by the Queen Mother, so even though the royal couple wed in Windsor, Meghan’s bouquet was driven to London where it was laid as a tribute.

It’s important to remember however that royal brides carry two bouquets – just in case one gets lost after personal experience from the Queen – so provided Meghan didn’t lose her original bouquet, she might have kept her spare flowers.

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Thomas Markle is launching a clothing line and we don’t know what to do

Thomas Markle is launching a clothing line and we don’t know what to do


Is this real life?

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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.

But it is Meghan’s dad that has caused the most drama, with it even reported this week that the royal family is considering 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.

Thomas even opened up this week about a heated phone call with Prince Harry, telling The Mail on Sunday how he ended up hanging up on the 33-year-old, telling the couple that they probably wanted him dead.

We all were hoping that someone might have a private word with the 74-year-old, but let’s just say that if they have, it doesn’t seem to have sunk in.

It was reported today in fact that he is launching a clothing line.

Yes, Thomas Markle is launching a menswear clothing line, according to his daughter and Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Grant.

‘So excited about my father’s new clothing line for men! Will keep you posted,’ Samantha posted to her personal Twitter account, previously announcing that he should ‘start his own line of hoodies for older men’.

The palace has yet to respond to the announcement, but it’s unlikely that the royals will be too pleased.

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This is why Kate Middleton always takes her children’s official photographs

This is why Kate Middleton always takes her children’s official photographs


It all makes sense.

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We’ve all seen the adorable photos of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, with Kate Middleton and Prince William releasing official portraits to mark milestone moments in their children’s lives.

It’s pretty hard to stop your heart melting a little bit when you see the snap of Princess Charlotte waving or Prince Louis’ first official portrait.

But you might not know that, contrary to royal tradition, Kensington Palace previously revealed that it is often Kate behind the camera.

Yes that’s right, not only did she do the school run the day after giving birth to Prince Louis, she’s also basically a professional photographer.

Kate reportedly has a real love for photography but that’s not the only reason she opts to take the snaps herself instead of hiring a photographer.

Will and Kate have an understanding with the British media that lets them share portraits of these special moments in exchange for general privacy for their children day to day.

‘Nothing is a given, but in terms of managing to keep a good relationship with the British media, it’s in William and Kate’s interest to release photos’, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Cosmopolitan.

Meanwhile, we’re just wondering if there’s anything she can’t do.

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The Queen is hiring – and the jobs include accommodation in Buckingham Palace

The Queen is hiring – and the jobs include accommodation in Buckingham Palace


Time to update our LinkedIn profile

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If you always had the ambition to cook and serve the Queen, then this might be your chance. The Royal Household – a must-follow if you’re interested in working for the British royal family – is currently recruiting a Sous Chef and a Kitchen Porter and both roles offer the option of live-in accommodation at Buckingham Palace.

That’s right. You would live in the Palace.

The positions of Sous Chef and Kitchen Porter are both full time, but on different levels. For the latter ‘previous experience is not necessary, but you will be interested in working as part of a professional hospitality operation,’ according to the printed vacancy. Your tasks will include: maintaining the kitchen and clear-up areas, as well as assisting with food preparation.

To qualify for the position as Sous Chef, a background in premier catering and knowledge of the classical French cuisine are required. Working alongside the Head Chef, you will be developing menu items for events, managing stock levels and ensuring the day-to-day smooth running of kitchen operations.

If you’re thinking of applying, don’t forget that the Royal family has a protocol when it comes to food. According to Darren McGrady, the Queen’s former personal chef, she cuts back on carbs such as pasta, rice and potatoes, as well as shellfish and garlic.

Practical information, in case you get that interview.

May the odds be ever in your favour!

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We all missed the sweet moment Kate Middleton handed Meghan Markle her wedding bouquet

We all missed the sweet moment Kate Middleton handed Meghan Markle her wedding bouquet


And it’s lovely.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot three months ago, saying their ‘I Dos’ in a star-studded ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

From Meghan’s iconic Givenchy dress and the (very) eventful after-party to the A-list royal wedding guests and royal wedding photographs, there was plenty to talk about, but it wasn’t any of these that had the world buzzing this week.

Instead, the royal wedding was on everyone’s lips today because of a previously unseen clip of the royal wedding, capturing a sweet moment between sisters-in-law, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Yes, three months after the wedding and we all managed to miss quite possibly the sweetest moment at the ceremony.

After rewatching the BBC footage, eagle-eyed viewers spotted a woman looking suspiciously like Kate handing Meghan her bridal bouquet as she made her grand entrance into St George’s Chapel, and before she walked herself down the aisle.

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Yes – obviously the internet went into meltdown, hypothesising that Kate Middleton was a secret maid of honour, tasked with the important duty.

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The two women are known to be close, with Kate taking Meghan under her wing – especially amid the Markle family drama – but if this clip is correct, it proves that the Duchess duo were just as tight before the wedding.

It is important to note however that the mysterious bouquet-giver might not be the Duchess, with it being just a theory.

But we love it – so we really hope it’s true.

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