Meghan Markle name-dropped Kate Middleton and a ‘childhood fantasy’ of being a princess in a super old blog post

Meghan Markle name-dropped Kate Middleton and a ‘childhood fantasy’ of being a princess in a super old blog post


There’s only one explanation for this. She’s a wizard.

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It devastates us constantly that Meghan Markle shut down her blog The Tig back in 2017, but nothing is ever truly dead on the internet. It turns out that apparently one of the old posts has resurfaced and it’s kind of eerie, since in it she talks at length about princesses, her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton and the ‘childhood fantasy’ of having a royal wedding. WILD.

The 2014 piece, which can still be found on a web archive here, was part of her interview series called TIG Talk and focused on exiled royal Princess Alia Al-Senussi, who works for Art Basel and promotes conservation efforts in Libya. (Meghan called the interview a ‘“pinch-myself-I’m-emailing-with-a-princess” moment’.) While the princess’s answers made up the bulk of the piece, it was Meghan’s snappy introduction that caught a lot of attention.

The piece – and we swear we’re not making this up – literally starts, ‘Little girls dream of being princesses.’

Well, OKAY.

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Instead of waxing lyrical about Princess Ariel and all the other popular Disney royals, she talked about her unexpected favourite – She-Ra. We didn’t think we could love her more.

She wrote, ‘I, for one, was all about She-Ra, Princess of Power.’

Knowing what we now know about the Duchess of Sussex – namely that she identifies strongly as a feminist and has been fighting for gender equality from a young age – it makes total sense. However, even she wasn’t impervious to the charms of royalty and even specifically name-dropped her future sister-in-law.

‘Grown women seem to retain this childhood fantasy [of being a princess],’ Meghan continued, ‘Just look at the pomp and circumstance surrounding the royal wedding and endless conversation about Princess Kate.’

Little did the Suits actress know that she would just a few years later be stepping into Kate’s shoes, becoming a household name globally with her grandiose royal wedding to Prince Harry shown on every news channel. The world works in mysterious ways.

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Meghan closed down The Tig back in April 2017, with a blog post titled Farewell, Darling. In the heartfelt goodbye, she wrote, ‘What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy…Above all, don’t ever forget your worth – as I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough.’

There’s that saying that if you put something out into the universe, you never know what you’re going to get back. And TBH after seeing how things have played out for Meghan Markle, I’m going to make an effort to write and talk constantly about being mysteriously gifted a London penthouse, my future six figure salary and a walk in wardrobe. A GIRL CAN DREAM.

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Victoria’s Secret models get bra fittings on camera – and all are wearing wrong sized bras

Victoria’s Secret models get bra fittings on camera – and all are wearing wrong sized bras


We’re off for a bra fitting.

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Words by Rebecca Fearn.

It’s a commonly-known fact that a huge amount of women are actually wearing the wrong sized bra (80%, in fact). But a recent video by Victoria’s Secret revealed even top models can get it wrong when it comes to their sizings.

Victoria’s Secret models Barbara Palvin, Alexina Graham, Josephine Skriver and and Lais Ribeiro all feature in the brand’s latest video that shows them being fitted for new bras. Surprisingly, the expert fitting them reveals they are actually all wearing the wrong sized bras.

Each model tells the camera at the beginning what size they think they are and what they are currently wearing. Alexina says 32B, Josephine 32C and Barbara 32B. Lais admits she is unsure as she’s never had a fitting.

The experts then examine their current bras and take measurements. From underwires incorrectly laying flat under the breasts to cups digging in at the top and ‘spillage’ on the sides, the experts found plenty of issues with the women’s current bras.

The women’s new measurements are revealed at the end of the video, and they have all changed. Alexina went up from a 32B to a 32D, Josephine from a 32C to a 32D, Barbara from a 32B to a 32C, and Lais was advised to wear a 32DD.

Although we’re fully aware this is a promotional video for Victoria’s Secret and their range of underwear, it’s a gentle reminder to get fitted regularly to ensure you’re getting the right daily support.

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Amal and George Clooney might be going to two royal weddings this year

Amal and George Clooney might be going to two royal weddings this year


Wait, what?

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2018 is undoubtedly the year of royal weddings, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tying the knot in May and Princess Eugenie set to wed her partner Jack Brooksbank in October.

While the millennial couples are reported to be very close – living just a stone’s throw from each other in Kensington Palace, sharing a wedding year is undoubtedly making them even closer, with Princess Eugenie reportedly taking a few leaves out of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s book.

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Both weddings share St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, as a venue and both incorporate environmentally friendly details, but it’s the guest list that really shows their similarities, with both couples inviting members of the public to attend inside the Precints of Windsor Castle.

And it doesn’t stop there – both weddings are set to be A-list, with Harry and Meghan’s going down as one of the most star-studded in history.

So who are the famous faces we can expect to see in the pews at Eugenie and Jack’s October wedding?

Well, James Blunt, Pippa Middleton, Jack Whitehall, Jimmy Carr and Cara Delevingne to name a few. There were even rumours at one point that Ellie Goulding might be a bridesmaid.

But it’s Amal and George Clooney that everyone has been talking about this week, with the previous attendees at Harry and Meghan’s wedding rumoured to be making a return to St George’s Chapel for Eugenie’s nuptials.

But how do the A-list couple know the royals? Well, it’s actually Groom-to-be Jack Brooksbank that boasts the celebrity connection.

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Jack is actually an ambassador for George and Rande Gerber’s company, Casamigos Tequila, in the UK.

The best news? You might actually be able to attend alongside Amal and George.

So if you missed an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, here’s hoping you’re in luck with Princess Eugenie’s.

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The best hair salons in London that we 100% approve of

The best hair salons in London that we 100% approve of


We’ve done all the groundwork, so you don’t have to

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Whether you’re after a simple trim, balayage or a complete colour and style transformation, these are the best hair salons in London, approved by Team Marie Claire.

The best hair salons in London – All over

1. Bleach London

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Why is it so brilliant? 

Because they can make you look like a mermaid if you really wanted them to. Or give you the blondest hair you’ve ever clapped eyes on. Or they could even put 10 different colours into your hair and you’d still leave with locks so soft you want to constantly stroke them. Because that’s the thing about Bleach – yes they know colour, but by god they know how to take care of hair that’s coloured. When you go in for a consultation, they don’t just do a patch test behind your ear to make sure you don’t react to the dye; they also snip the tiniest weeniest bit of hair from the back of your head and apply dye to it, to make sure that your hair can handle the chemicals and colour.

Pop onto their Instagram and you’re sure to find some styles that aren’t for you – red and black stripes don’t suit everyone, we know that (as do they) – but Bleach employs the best and most adventurous colourists, who know what it means to work with every colour. If you’re considering going blonder, dark purple or just want to have a temporary wash of pink then we really must insist that you look no further and pop along to one of Bleach’s three salons.

Where is it?

There are three to choose from – Brixton (195 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9), Soho (2 Berwick St, Soho, London W1) and the original outpost in Dalston (420 Kingsland Rd, London E8)

www.bleachlondon.co.uk

2. Blue Tit London

Why is it so brilliant?

Disclaimer: this reviewer loathes getting her hair cut. Dentist? Fine, get her in the chair. Blood test? Cool, bottle up her blood. But hairdressers? Well, hairdressers are her downfall (you can thank their industry standard metric system whereby an inch really isn’t an inch at all for that).

But, BUT… she liked the guys over at Blue Tit! Her time in the Crouch Hill salon was nothing short of joyous. The salon is cool, but not pretentious – think laid back Brooklyn loft vibes. She was handed tea on arrival (served in these stone mugs from Trouva that she immediately purchased afterwards for her house), plus a soothing head massage that put her at ease ready for The Big Trim.

Luckily, Blue Tit Crouch Hill manager and partner Chris knows what an inch really means, so in-between reveling in their shared love of the early noughties Milton Keynes punk scene (niche), she got an actual TRIM. Not a newly acquired bob. Also, he’s thinking about getting a salon dog very soon. So if that’s not a reason to go back, she doesn’t know what is.

Where is it?

Or should we say, where isn’t it? Thankfully, these boutique salons can be found across London, from Dalston to Portobello to Topshop Oxford Circus. Find your closest one here: https://www.bluetitlondon.com/salons/.

Call them up, or they have a handy ‘last minute booking’ button on the website, that lets you check availability for same day appointments.

3. Taylor Taylor London

Why is it so brilliant?

The flagship Shoreditch salon is well known for being, well, nothing short of awesome, really. Most of the senior stylists and colourists have been there for yonks and will always recognise you and say hi, so you’ll always feel part of the club. Loads of celebs are regulars here, so you might even spot an A-lister while you’re sipping away at your bar-grade espresso martini’s – on tap BTW. The main washroom is one of the most tranquil places you’ll ever have your head washed (and massaged). It’s a moody, bouji, golden palace of dreams and you may well find yourself drifting into a snooze, as it’s that zen. Their chic sister salon lies West in Portobello and is known for perfecting polished glossy styles K-middy would seriously approve of. For top-ups and brilliant blow-dries, you’ll want to swing by their Soho spot – on the 3rd floor in Liberty. All complete with complimentary cocktail bars. DREAMY.

Where is it?

Shoreditch (137 Commercial St, London E1), Notting Hill (309 Portobello Rd, London W10) and in Liberty (Regent St, Soho, London W1B)

www.taylortaylorlondon.com

Best hair salons in London – Central

4. Hershesons

Why is it so brilliant?

Well to put it simply, it’s so much more than a place to go and get your hair cut. The 5,000 sqft space on London’s Berners Street is the ultimate beauty destination. The hair gurus have paired up with some standout beauty brands, like Sunday Riley – offering facials, DryBy nail bar – THE people to see for subtle nail art and long-lasting manis and pedis, Ministry of Waxing, Dr Barbara Sturm, The Light Salon and Suman Brows, to offer their customers a completely 360° approach to the salon-experience. Why stop at a blow dry, when you can get everything done all under one roof?

The new space is quite different from their old salon on Conduit Street, which they were based at for 26 years. Gone are the muted marble tiles, separate sections for colour and cuts and simple ‘Daniel Hersheson’ lettering above the door. This time there are hints of jade green and turquoise, seats dotted allover and a neon lit up ‘Hershesons’ sign on the glass door. It’s industrial chic meets Elle Decor. It’s #interiorgoals at every corner. Even the staff have had a slight upgrade, they’ve swapped their starch black uniforms for Reebok trainers and J.Brand tops.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a seriously tasty cafe where you can either grab lunch or if you’re a freelancer, while away hours on your laptop. There are little nooks everywhere, where you can grab a magazine – there’s a full, and very varied range available – and just take some for yourself.

Essentially, what we have here people is a really cool and smart hangout that you’ll walk into and won’t want to leave.

Where is it?

29 Berners St, London W1

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5. SALON64

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Why is it so brilliant? 

Salon 64 is slick. It looks more like a cocktail bar than it does a salon. Which is why we highly recommend you go and hang out there and while away a couple of hours, getting ready for a night out. There’s actually is a cocktail bar – which serves their own branded coffee during the day and harder drinks at night – so you’re always be suitably refreshed. (You can even just pop in and get a coffee before work – no blow-dry necessary.) The workstations are in a circle formation that surround these insane fire pits that make you feel like you’re at Hollywood party in the 70s. In the best possible way. You’ll struggle to spot the back washes, as they’re hidden behind panel doors, out of the way of the aching cool bar area. Each styling table has it’s own lift up mirror and charge point, so you’ll never be caught short before heading out.

Once your hair is done, there are a set of bar stools and more workstations by the door, which have smaller mirrors and area to do your make-up. There’s even a secret VIP room, with it’s own entrance. If that doesn’t make you want to go there, we don’t know what will.

The salon very much falls into the emerging breed of salons, which offer so much more than your standard cut and blow-dry. You can actually hire the whole thing for a big event too. Hen party heaven.

Where is it?

Slap bang in the middle of Soho at 14 Bateman Street, W1

www.salon64.co.uk/book/

Best hair salons in London – East

6. Ralph & Rice

Why is so brilliant?

In 2018’s woke climate, more and more customers are demanding eco services and products. So it’s no surprise that Anita Rice & Dan Ralph saw a gap in the market for a sustainable hair salon that offers both. Stocking only Davines – a brand that prides itself on it’s green approach to haircare (it uses natural renewable energy to power its offices and plants and uses as little plastic as possible), the salon also steer clear of using towels (which would use too much water for their liking) and instead have chosen to use recycled and recyclable paper towels, as well as offering customers a discount if they bring back their plastic packaging for refills of products

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the treatments don’t deliver though – they have an SPF treatment that protects and restore hair back to it’s former bouncy, hydrated glory.

Where is it?

Tucked down a cobbled street just off Brick Lane. It surrounded by really cool boutiques that you’re sure to pop into on your way back to Shoreditch High Street Overground station.

12 Cheshire Street, London, E2

www.ralphandrice.com

The best hair salons in London – South

7. Paul Edmonds at Battersea

Why is it so brilliant?

It’s difficult to decide which bit of Paul Edmonds new Battersea Power Station outpost we like the best. It could be the incredible stylists, who’ll do exactly what you knew you wanted, but weren’t exactly sure how to describe it. It could be the horizontal backwash beds, which are quite frankly the best in London. We’ve never, ever, had a comfier hair wash. Why hasn’t anyone else got these?! It might even be the rose gold loos that are so wonderfully fabulous, that you deem it appropriate to consider it for your master bathroom at home? Or could it be possibly the Champagne bar that also acts as the reception? Because you never know when you might want to quaff a few glasses? In all honestly, it doesn’t matter which bit is our favourite, because there are so many incredible parts to it that you’ll coming here.

Where is it?

Battersea Power Station. Well not technically inside it, but right next to it in the new schnazzy complex.

Battersea Power Station, 3 Circus Road West, London SW11

www.pauledmonds.com

The best hair salons in London – West

8. Larry King

Why is it so brilliant?

The Larry King salon has plenty of features that sets it apart – an Instagram-ready powder room with a mountain photo backdrop, a rose gold cocktail station and a strictly Dyson-only hairdryer policy – something Larry tells me he’ll never ever go back on. And let’s not forget the selfie hot seat with perfect lighting and the Huawei 360 degree hair selfie option, allowing you to film your treatment and learn to perfect your own styling techniques.

The salon’s real unique selling point however has to be its vibe, with friendship at its core. From celebrity regulars (Zayn Malik, Jamie Dornan and Poppy Delevingne to name a few) to Kensington locals, everyone is in on the action, bringing along dogs, partners and friends to sit and enjoy the homemade signature strawberry tarts while waiting for highlights to develop. It’s like one long, relaxed and inclusive drinks party – hosted of course by Larry who circles the room, giving everyone a bit of love.

Where is it?

The salon is in South Kensington – just a stone’s throw from the tube station, but don’t worry it’s also an Uber hotspot if you need a car home to protect your freshly styled locks.

34-36 Harrington Road, London SW7 3ND

www.larryking.co.uk

 

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This is apparently the one person who might be able to reason with Thomas Markle

This is apparently the one person who might be able to reason with Thomas Markle


But will she do it?

Meghan Markle has only been a Duchess for three months, but she has already endured more drama than most royals will face in a lifetime. And unfortunately for the Duchess of Sussex, most of it is coming from the Markles, more specifically, Thomas Markle.

That’s right. 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’s her father who is causing the most noise, with his repeated involvement with the press, from TV appearances to staged photographs.

The royal family has remained tightlipped amid the Markle drama, but after the 74-year-old divulged details of a heated phone call with Prince Harry to the Mail on Sunday this weekend, recalling how he hung up on the 33-year-old prince, it seem that enough is enough.

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‘The Palace, who normally takes a firm policy of not commenting on personal matters, is now considering a more aggressive strategy to deal with the situation with both her father and her sister,’ a source close to the royals reportedly told Entertainment Tonight. ‘No one wants to see this continue.’

The source continued: ‘She has gone through periods of difficulty with her father in the past, but she does love him. That’s what’s been so difficult about this.’

It seems however that there could be another option, with sources believing that one person might be able to get through to Meghan’s father.

Who? Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland.

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Meghan and her father are reported to be not speaking to each other at the moment, with Doria therefore hoped to act as a go-between to unite the father and daughter.

‘The only reason Meghan hasn’t spoken to her father yet is because she’s yet to hear from him in a respectful manner,’ a source close to Meghan reportedly told the Mail. ‘Thomas is speaking to the press more than he’s reached out and spoken to his own daughter.’

The source continued: ‘If Thomas truly wanted to speak with Meghan, he could easily have sent a letter to her mother and asked her to pass it along. Unfortunately that wouldn’t sell papers or fit into his fabricated and salacious narrative.’

Here’s hoping Thomas starts to take the advice onboard and tries to contact his daughter privately through Doria. Given how close Meghan is to her mother, who is even reported to be moving to England to be closer to the now Duchess, we’re sure she would help.

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This Lush employee has gone viral for looking EXACTLY like Leonardo DiCaprio

This Lush employee has gone viral for looking EXACTLY like Leonardo DiCaprio


Woah

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Words by Rebecca Fearn.

It’s official: the internet has found Leonardo DiCaprio‘s doppelgänger.

Followers of Lush Cosmetics‘ Instagram page have gone wild for a photo of their in-house photographer Willie due to his Leo lookey-likey features.

Lush posted a photo of their employee to show off their ‘Dirty’ hair product, writing alongside the photo:

“Best hair product I’ve ever used. Dirty is the best mix of a bit of hold without it looking like anything is in my hair.” – Brian from Cambridge, MA

“Dirty Styling Cream is back in shops! Visit your nearest Lush to find out what the buzz is all about. 💁‍♂️💜

However, it’s pretty clear from the buzz around this post that it’s not the hair product fans are looking at. With his blue eyes, facial hair and slight pout, Willie is a dead ringer for our favourite Titanic star.

According to The Cut, Willie – through Lush’s PR – said of the attention:

“I’ve had quite a few people at Lush HQ call me Leo, but I was pretty surprised to see the response from our Lushies”.

We can see Willie making a side hustle out of this…!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be delaying having a baby for this reason

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be delaying having a baby for this reason


And we kind of get it.

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Ever since Prince Harry showed off his parenting skills, jokily scolding a little boy for pulling his wife’s hair and then catching two-year-old Emily Henson stealing his popcorn at last year’s Invictus Games, fans have been waiting for the 33-year-old prince to become a father himself – and it seemed like it wasn’t far off.

Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle explained in their engagement interview last year that they were taking ‘one step at a time’ on the family front, with Harry explaining, ‘Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future’.

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But how long in the near future? Well, people thought it could be right now with Prince Harry fuelling baby rumours that the Sussex family was about to grow, after he put his car up for sale.

Yes, the 33-year-old may have owned his Audi RS6 Avant for just over a year, but he has already put it up for sale, with rumours that he might be upgrading his sports car for a more family-friendly model.

But it looks like we can all calm down, as it has reported that we probably won’t be seeing any Meghan-Harry babies for a while, with the couple thought to be delaying having a baby.

Why? Well, it’s all to do with their impending tour.

According to a source, the newlyweds are waiting to expand their family until after the tour, hoping to avoid a difficult trip around Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and The Kingdom of Tonga.

A royal tour sounds like hard enough work anyway, but throw in morning sickness and a long list of dietary requirements and nutritional no-nos that come with pregnancy, and it’s virtually impossible.

Hopefully it won’t be too long to wait until we hear the pitter patter of tiny Sussex feet however, with royal correspondent Katie Nicholl reporting to Entertainment Tonight that it’s only a matter or time.

‘My sources are saying that Prince Harry, particularly, is very keen to start a family, pretty soon after the royal wedding,’ Nicholl explained. ‘He’s made no secret about wanting children.’

She continued: ’I think that moment [for Harry] really kicked in when his brother, Prince William, of course, settled down with Kate Middleton. That has definitely gotten Prince Harry pretty broody.’

‘The reason he wanted Meghan to meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte was so she could see that — this would be hopefully replicated by them, that they would go on to have children. That you marry into the royal family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a regular family with cute children, and here are George and Charlotte to show that that can happen. That was really important to him.’

It looks like the Duke and Duchess are going to have a busy year.

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The palace is reportedly considering an ‘aggressive strategy’ for dealing with Thomas Markle

The palace is reportedly considering an ‘aggressive strategy’ for dealing with Thomas Markle


And everyone gets it.

Meghan Markle has only been a Duchess for three months, but she has already endured more drama than most royals will face in a lifetime. And unfortunately for the Duchess of Sussex, it all surrounds one side of her family – the Markles.

That’s right. 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 let’s not forget about her father, Thomas Markle, and his repeated involvement with the press.

From TV appearances to staged photographs, the Markles never seem to miss an opportunity to shut down the 37-year-old royal, even involving Prince Harry, the Queen and most recently, Princess Diana, in their rants.

The royal family has kept relatively silent amid the Markle drama, but after Thomas Markle recently divulged details of a heated phone call with Prince Harry to the Mail on Sunday, recalling how he hung up on the 33-year-old prince, it seem that enough is enough.

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‘The Palace, who normally takes a firm policy of not commenting on personal matters, is now considering a more aggressive strategy to deal with the situation with both her father and her sister,’ a source close to the royals reportedly told Entertainment Tonight. ‘No one wants to see this continue.’

The source continued: ‘She has gone through periods of difficulty with her father in the past, but she does love him. That’s what’s been so difficult about this.’

The royals better act fast though, with increasing numbers of the Markle family speaking out against the Duchess.

Even the former Suits actress’ half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. spoke up this week, with the 52-year-old making it clear that he is on their father’s side.

‘Throughout our lives, dad always put Meg first, above me and my sister, but if what he is saying is true it appears she is abusing his love for her’, Markle Jr. reportedly explained in a recent interview with The Mirror. ’It’s selfish, cruel even. He gave her everything and now she is giving him nothing but hurt back.’

He continued: ‘They say blood is thicker than water, but perhaps the blue blood of the royals now runs through Meg’s veins. It’s heartbreaking to see how this has changed her and the devastation it has caused to my family. Anyone who saw Meg when she was growing up knew her and my dad were inseparable. Now it looks as though they may never speak again.’

Yikes.

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Superdrug launches controversial in-store botox and fillers services

Superdrug launches controversial in-store botox and fillers services


The Love Island effect?

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Words by Rebecca Fearn

Superdrug has launched its own botox and filler services at flagship stores.

Following the announcement of its in-store piercings, the retailer has taken it one step further with these new  cosmetic services. It is the first high street pharmacy chain to hire in-store nurses to provide cosmetic procedures, following a spike in demand many are linking to Love Island. The services will be available from today at The Strand store, and if successful, will roll out to other stores.

Over 25-year-olds will be able to ring ahead to book an appointment with a nurse, who will carry out a medical assessment prior to treatment. Prices will start at £99 per treatment.

Caris Newson of Superdrug, commented: “This is the first time that we’re launching our own service with our highly qualified Superdrug nurse practitioners”.

“We’re launching this service in response to customer demand for anti-wrinkle and skin rejuvenation treatments”, she continued. “People are telling us they want the reassurance that treatments will be given by nurse practitioners trained to the highest standards.”

However, there is concern this move will normalise cosmetic procedures and experts are reminding patients to be careful when undergoing these services: “While Superdrug may be hiring medically trained nurses, it is crucial members of the public do not treat having Botox and dermal fillers as casual beauty treatments, like brow threading or waxing”, commented a consultant plastic surgeon and spokesperson for BAAPs (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons).

“Administering an injection of any kind is a very serious procedure and requires an experienced and qualified health professional”, they continued.

Would you go to a high street chain for fillers or botox?

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Questionable birth control app Natural cycles just got FDA approval

Questionable birth control app Natural cycles just got FDA approval


But how reliable is it?

Words by Rebecca Fearn

The FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) in America has approved natural birth control app Natural Cycles.

In a surprising move, the notoriously strict FDA has given marketing approval to the app, which is currently under investigation in the U.K. and in Sweden after several claims of unwanted pregnancies were reported by users. This approval means the app is allowed to market itself as a contraceptive.

Terri Cornelison, assistant director for the health of women in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement: “Consumers are increasingly using digital health technologies to inform their everyday health decisions, and this new app can provide an effective method of contraception if it’s used carefully and correctly”.

“But women should know that no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device.”

The app, which has over 900,000 users and bills itself as ‘digital birth control’ takes your temperature daily with its accompanying thermometer and uses an algorithm to predict which days you’re most likely to be fertile based on body temperature and menstrual cycle information. The Swedish brand claims the app is typically 93% effective when used as birth control, but 99% effective if used following exact directions.

However, these types of apps have come under scrutiny recently after many users have experienced unwanted pregnancies while using Natural Cycles as contraception. The app has been under investigation in the U.K. by the Advertising Standards Authority after receiving complaints about its paid advertising on Facebook, while in Sweden, 37 cases of unwanted pregnancies from users of the app were reported. The Family Planning Association in the U.K. also expressed concern about the app being able to bill itself as contraceptive when speaking to The Guardian.

Would you trust a digital app as contraception?

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