Why the Queen was concerned about William and Kate’s engagement

Why the Queen was concerned about William and Kate’s engagement


Oh dear.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are one of the nation’s favourite couples. Since Kate became a member of the royal family, she has become one of the most famous women in the world – the Kate Middleton effect is real, and still going strong years later.

However, it seems that not everyone was quite convinced that their engagement came at the right time – despite the fact that by this point they had been dating since their university days, minus their temporary split.

The Express reports that the Queen ‘had grave concerns and believed that Kate needed to have a job and an identity in her own right before an engagement was announced,’ which is something that the 2011 book The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl talks about.

A source reportedly told the author: ‘It is Her Majesty’s opinion that if Kate is one day going to be William’s consort, then she needs a proper job.’

They added: ‘Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen.’

Ouch.

It is alleged that following her ‘concerns’, the Queen suggested that Kate should do more charity work, and she began working with Starlight, a charity for terminally ill children, and started the Heads Together campaign encouraging people to talk about their mental health. She has also been made Patron of Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

So all in all, we think it’s fair to say that Kate’s doing her bit.

Go Duchess.

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The surprising top 10 beauty trends for 2019, according to Pinterest

The surprising top 10 beauty trends for 2019, according to Pinterest


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By Rebecca Fearn.

Pinterest has released its annual Pinterest 100, which highlights the platform’s take on upcoming trends for the new year, according to search levels. Naturally, our eyes darted toward the beauty trends, which look as exciting as ever.

Pinterest declare 2019 to be the year of gloss and colour; certainly, the top ten trends seem to reflect this, with bold hair colour choices (lilac hues and natural greys) topping the list, and glossy lips and lids still as popular as ever.

Other trends include the return of spot-busting witch hazel, ‘baby bangs’ (short fringes) and a continuation in popularity of liquid exfoliants.

Check out the full list of the top ten here:

  • Grey hair: With searches for ‘going gray’ up 879%, we’re starting to embrace our natural greys and are interested in how to style the look.
  • Baby bangs: Searches for ‘cropped bangs’ is up 51%, so embrace the bold look and cut your fringe short.
  • Powder dip nails: Using a pigmented powder to lock in colour on the nails, powder dip is rapidly taking over from shellac and gels. As a search term, it’s up a whopping 442%.
  • Natural lash lifts: LVL has been huge this year, but beauty fans are finding ways to do natural lash lifts (up 52% in search) using ingredients such as grapeseed oil and aloe vera.
  • Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is up 305% in search, showing we’re turning back to the old-school skincare solution for spots and other woes.
  • Glossy makeup: From lips to lids, searches for glossy makeup are up 89%.
  • Bold lipstick: Searches for standout lip colour is up an incredible 467%, so embrace your fiery red lipstick.
  • Almond nails: Almond nails are up 97%, and are therefore the chosen nail shape of 2019.
  • Liquid Exfoliator: Up 58%, it’s clear liquid exfoliators are here to stay for the new year.
  • Lilac locks: The most incredible search increase in beauty goes to lilac hair, which is up 1077%. Hair dye at the ready…

In short, it’s time to embrace bold hair looks, glossy lashes, lips and lids, and old school skincare solutions. Happy 2019!

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Miley Cyrus’ latest career move has surprised everyone

Miley Cyrus’ latest career move has surprised everyone


Wait, WHAT?

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Miley Cyrus is one of the most talked about women in the world, and from her Hannah Montana days and her high profile relationship with Liam Hemsworth to her viral pop career and charity work, she is rarely out of the spotlight.

This week, Miley sent shockwaves across the internet as it was revealed that the 26-year-old was changing career path, with a rumoured appearance in – wait for it – Black Mirror.

While Miley has of course acted onscreen before – hello The Last Song and Hannah Montana – it has been a long time since she has showed off her acting chops, and Black Mirror is different to her previous work.

The satirical British TV series is an Emmy award-winning show, written and directed by Charlie Brooker and boasting a growing band of loyal followers over the years.

Set in a twisted high-tech world and exploring techno-paranoia, the show has gone viral for highlighting the relatable uneasiness of modern life, reflected in the sinister-sounding name, Black Mirror. 

And now, as if it couldn’t get any more surreal, Miley Cyrus is appearing on it, well at least we think, with the singer seeming to nonverbally confirm the news on Sirius XM’s Howard Stern show.

‘If you guess it, then I will shake my head “yes,”‘ she announced when asked, with Howard Stern then confirming to listeners that she had ‘shook yes’ when asked if she was appearing on the Netflix show.

Well that’s that. We officially cannot wait.

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Theresa May survived the confidence vote and will continue as Prime Minister

Theresa May survived the confidence vote and will continue as Prime Minister


Here’s everything to know…

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Ever since Theresa May stepped into the role of Prime Minister following the divisive 2016 Brexit vote, it has been a turbulent ride.

Two years later and there are accusations of little progress made, with this Brexit appearing to be softer and slower than anyone could have predicted.

But today, after more than 48 letters of complaint sent to Graham Brady, it was announced that Theresa’s days at No.10 could be numbered as Tory MPs requested a vote of confidence in their leader, with a potential no confidence vote triggering a new leadership competition.

But the results are officially in, and May has survived the confidence vote.

The Prime Minister needed 159 votes to remain leader, something she succeeded, getting 200 votes, with 117 MPs voting against her.

‘Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has received 48 letters from Conservative MPs so there will now be a vote of confidence in my leadership of the Conservative party,’ Theresa May announced this morning. ‘I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got.’

‘Delivering the Brexit people voted for. Building a country that works for everyone. I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister,’ May concluded. ‘And I stand ready to finish the job.’

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The vote took place tonight between 6pm and 8pm, seeing Tory MPs reveal their trust in their leader.

Before the vote, Theresa reportedly told MPs that she would not fight the next election, and would step down before it.

The Prime Minister is now immune from leadership challenges for the next year.

We will continue to update this story.

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Who could replace Theresa May as UK Prime Minister?

Who could replace Theresa May as UK Prime Minister?


From Amber Rudd and Boris Johnson to Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt…

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Ever since Theresa May stepped into the role of Prime Minister following the divisive 2016 Brexit vote, it has been a turbulent ride.

Two years later and there are accusations of little progress made, with this Brexit appearing to be softer and slower than anyone could have predicted.

But today, after more than 48 letters of complaint sent to Graham Brady, it was announced that Theresa’s days at No.10 could be numbered as Tory MPs have requested a vote of no confidence in their leader.

‘Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has received 48 letters from Conservative MPs so there will now be a vote of confidence in my leadership of the Conservative party,’ Theresa May announced this morning. ‘I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got.’

She continued: ‘A change of leadership in the Conservative party now will put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it. A new leader wouldn’t be in place by the 21st January legal deadline, so a leadership election risks handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs in parliament.’

‘The new leader wouldn’t have time to renegotiate a withdrawal agreement and get the legislation through parliament by 29 March – so one of their first acts would have to be extending or rescinding article 50, delaying – or even stopping – Brexit when people want us to get on with it.’

‘Delivering the Brexit people voted for. Building a country that works for everyone. I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister,’ May concluded. ‘And I stand ready to finish the job.’

The vote taking place tonight between 6pm and 8pm will see Tory MPs reveal their trust in their leader, with the result potentially triggering May’s departure, and a new leadership contest.

But who is likely to replace Theresa May as Tory leader and Prime Minister?

These are apparently the most probable candidates…

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Former Foreign Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Leave

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Dominic Raab

Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
OG Brexit slant: Leave

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Sajid Javid

Home Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Remain

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Michael Gove

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
OG Brexit slant: Leave

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Amber Rudd

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
OG Brexit slant: Remain

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Jeremy Hunt

Foreign Secretary
OG Brexit slant: Remain

We’ll have to tune in tonight to see if Theresa May will be keeping her position, with the results expected to be announced an after after the vote.

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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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Jennifer Aniston says the thought of having children is ‘frightening’

Jennifer Aniston says the thought of having children is ‘frightening’


‘I don’t feel a void.’

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For years, Jennifer Aniston has been hounded about her personal life. She has been endlessly questioned about her marriage breakdowns and her decision not to start a family, and while she owes no explanation for her choices she has decided to open up in her latest interview.

During an chat with Elle, the Friends actress talked candidly about her relationships and how she feels about having children.

‘I don’t feel a void,’ she said. ‘I really don’t. My marriages [to Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux], they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion.

‘And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore.’

She continued: ‘We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children. That’s a fairy tale. That’s the mould we’re slowly trying to break out of.’

Touching on the endless headlines around whether or not she wants to have children, she said she finds the thought of starting a family ‘quite honestly, kind of frightening,’ and states: ‘Some people are just built to be wives and have babies. I don’t know how naturally that comes to me.’

Despite the fact that she is a successful actress, Jen admitted that people ‘diminish everything she’s succeeded at’ when they bypass her achievements in order to focus on her personal life.

‘It’s such a shallow lens that people look through,’ she says. ‘It’s the only place to point a finger at me as though it’s my damage—like it’s some sort of a scarlet letter on me that I haven’t yet procreated, or maybe won’t ever procreate.’

She finished by revealing that she’s not looking for a ‘happy ending’ and has no desire to live by an ‘ideal that was created in the fifties’.

Yas queen.

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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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Meghan Markle’s appearance at the British Fashion Awards broke royal protocol

Meghan Markle’s appearance at the British Fashion Awards broke royal protocol


She broke the rules

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Once upon a time, we thought that Prince William and Kate Middleton were the most rebellious royals. They have ripped up the royal rule book on several occasions, from their decision to write their own wedding guest list to living outside of London for a few years.

However, then Meghan Markle came along. The former Hollywood actress has broken royal protocol many times since she started dating Prince Harry in 2016, and everyone loves her for it. She opens and closes her own car door, she wears trousers, and she talks openly about feminism.

But her arrival at the British Fashion Awards caught the world’s attention – not only because it was kept under wraps until she appeared on the stage, but because she broke royal protocol yet again.

The Duchess of Sussex attended the awards ceremony alongside the likes of Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner to present the British Women’s Wear Designer of The Year Award to Clare Waight Keller – the woman behind her beautiful Givenchy wedding dress.

According to Hello!, when presenting the award Meghan told the audience: ‘When you chose to wear a certain designer, we’re not just a reflection of their creativity and their vision but we’re also an extension of their values, of something in the fabric so to speak that is much more meaningful.’

Clare gushed: ‘This woman is so amazing. I got to know Meghan on such a personal level, and to have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honour and I can’t thank you enough.’

While pictures of the Duchess’ cradling her bump have saturated the internet today, eagle eyed fans noticed that Meghan was actually wearing dark nail varnish, which is usually against the rules for royals because the Queen allegedly finds coloured varnishes ‘vulgar’.

Meghan, you rebel.

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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.

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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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