Kate Middleton's engagement ring was actually meant for Meghan Markle

Kate Middleton's engagement ring was actually meant for Meghan Markle


Wait, what?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot last year in a star-studded ceremony, getting engaged just months after making their relationship public.

But it wasn’t the speedy proposal that made the most news, but rather the ring, with Prince Harry paying tribute to his mother, using diamonds from her collection as well as two from Africa to create Meghan’s very own sparkler.

It has recently emerged however that Meghan was originally supposed to have Princess Diana’s ring, the iconic 12-carat Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds that Prince William used to proposed to Kate Middleton.

‘After Diana died, the boys both chose a keepsake from Kensington Palace when they moved to Charles’ rooms in St James’s Palace,’ a source reportedly told the Daily Star.

‘Prince William picked his mum’s Cartier watch, and Harry picked her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. But they had an agreement that whoever got engaged first would have Diana’s ring – and of course that was William and Kate.’

In a recent Amazon Prime documentary, The Diana Story, the Princess of Wales’ former butler Paul Burrell opened up more about the moment, saying that Harry’s ‘selfless’ act was something Princess Diana would have done.

‘Harry said to him: “Wouldn’t it be fitting if she had mummy’s ring?”‘, Paul said of Harry giving the ring to his brother. ‘Then one day that ring will be sat on the throne of England. Harry gave up his precious treasure.’

Paul continued: ‘His one thing he kept from his mother, he gave to his brother. That’s selfless, kind and exactly who Diana was.’

Well, that’s lovely.

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Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod are going into business together

Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod are going into business together


Yes, really.

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Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod are one of the most talked-about couples in the world, with the two A-listers recently confirming their engagement after two years ago.

‘She said yes’, read A-Rod’s Instagram caption alongside a photograph of J-Lo’s sparkling engagement ring.

And ever since, the loved-up duo have been public about their love for each other, moving through the relationship milestones.

This week, their latest milestone was revealed – and it’s a big one.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are going into business together.

Yes, really.

The couple have teamed up with Fitplan, collaborating with the app to offer fitness coaching, something they both do a lot of anyway on their own social channels.

The news was announced by A. Rod Corp, via an Instagram video giving a preview alongside the caption, ‘Excited to announce our partnership with @fitplan_app. Get ready to workout with @arod & @jlo. More to come.’

‘We’re really happy,’ Jennifer explained in an interview with People since their engagement. ‘Everything that we do, we do together. He knows my dreams and I know his dreams, and together we feel like we’re stronger.’

She continued: ‘We’re constantly supporting each other in our individual endeavours and thinking about all the things that we can build together.’

A-Rod certainly seemed to agree, adding: ‘We have [an] appreciation for where we are in our lives today, and that’s what we’re enjoying the most.’

Going into business, raising a family and planning a wedding together while both leading high-flying lives – is there nothing this power couple can’t do?

We’re so ready for this app to drop.

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This main character was almost written out of Friends

This main character was almost written out of Friends


Could we BE any more relieved?

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After ten years of being there for us, Friends left our screens in 2004 – leaving a Central Perk shaped hole in our hearts – and we’re still not over it. Yes it may have been 15 years since Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe and Joey made their last appearances but it still feels like it was just yesterday.

We’re still deeply invested in Rachel and Ross’ tumultuous relationship, we’ve never given up hope on Parker (Alec Baldwin) coming back into our lives, and we can’t believe how quickly the Friends children have grown up. Are we the only ones confused by our feelings for Ben now that he’s grown up and starring in Riverdale?

But it wasn’t Cole Sprouse or the news that a former employee of Robert De Niro’s company was getting sued for binge-watching the show in company time that made all the noise this week. Instead, it was the revelation that one of the core six characters was almost written out of the show.

The ‘Friend’ in question? Rachel Green.

Yes, this is not a drill. Jennifer Aniston was very nearly written out.

It wasn’t down to bad blood however, but instead scheduling conflicts, with it reported that Jen had filmed episodes for another new comedy show, Muddling Through, for a rival network.

Friends bosses were reportedly worried therefore that if Muddling Through got picked up, they would lose Jennifer as Rachel, leading to either a recasting or being written out.

Instead, according to Generation Friends, the sitcom’s network chose to ‘kill’ off the rival show, scheduling popular films against it to lessen its audience.

A Friends without Rachel Green or Jennifer Aniston? We can’t even picture it.

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Robert De Niro’s company is suing a former employee for binge-watching Friends at work

Robert De Niro’s company is suing a former employee for binge-watching Friends at work


Wait, what?

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After ten years of being there for us, Friends left our screens in 2004 – leaving a Central Perk shaped hole in our hearts – and we’re still not over it. Yes it may have been 15 years since Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe and Joey made their last appearances but it still feels like it was just yesterday.

And while we do quote our favourite six in the office as well as in our own homes, we do draw the line at binge-watching Friends episodes at our desks, something that has caused a former employee of Robert De Niro’s company to come under fire.

The actor’s Canal Productions has reportedly filed a $6 million lawsuit against one of their ex employees, Chase Robinson, and according to Variety, one of the reasons is for binge-watching Friends in company time.

Yes, the lawsuit reportedly alleged that she binge-watched Netflix, reportedly watching 55 episodes of Friends in four days, and 20 episodes of Arrested Development and 10 episodes of Schitt’s Creek in a separate four days.

‘Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment and, on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work,’ the suit alleges.

There are however other reasons for the lawsuit, with Variety reporting that the lawsuit also accuses the former assistant turned Vice President of production and finance of embezzling money.

According to the lawsuit, filed in New York state court over the weekend, Robinson – who is reported to have had a six figure salary – racked up significant hotel, restaurant and travel costs on her company card. And according to The New York Post, her expenses far surpassed necessities, reportedly including a Louis Vuitton bag, dog sitters and a $1,311 flower arrangement for her birthday.

It has also been reported that Robinson allegedly transferred 5 million frequent flyer miles from Robert De Niro’s account to her own for her holidays.

Chase Robinson reportedly resigned from the company in April this year, with the lawsuit alleging that she drafted her own recommendation letter from the company, something Robert De Niro is said to have refused to sign.

Robert De Niro has not yet made a comment.

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The latest update about Brad Pitt's relationship with his children is heartbreaking

The latest update about Brad Pitt's relationship with his children is heartbreaking


Here’s everything to know…

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Despite filing for divorce three years ago, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s separation has been a messy one, with the couple finally announced to be single this year after choosing to ‘bifurcate’ their marriage.

The couple will now both have a ‘single’ status while continuing with divorce proceedings, rather than remain to be legally bound as they have been these past three years.

Brad and Angelina have now reportedly set a co-parenting schedule, enabling their children to spend their summer across two cities, New Mexico where Ange is filming her new movie and LA where Brad lives.

But it wasn’t the 50-50 custody that the two are reportedly working to have, or the fact that their six children will reportedly keep their hyphenated names that is making news today.

Instead, it’s Brad’s relationship with his son Maddox that has become a conversation topic.

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According to Us Weekly, Brad and his eldest son aren’t as close as they used to be, with reports that Maddox has distanced himself from his father.

According to a source via the publication, ’Maddox doesn’t really see himself as Brad’s son.’

And while one source reported that Maddox ‘is very close with Angie’, who adopted him in 2002, a source via Us Weekly has reported that Maddox has ‘some simmering resentment’ towards Brad.

In fact, the publication went on to report that Brad had found out about his son’s decision to move to South Korea to study at Yonsei University in Seoul, just before it was in the news.

This comes after Brad reportedly got into an altercation with Maddox in 2016, something that is said to have prompted Angelina Jolie to file for divorce.

Concluding their opinion, Us Weekly’s source added: ‘Brad’s hopeful that as his son gets older, they’ll become close again.’

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The Queen and Prince Philip were forced to interrupt their holiday for a very important reason

The Queen and Prince Philip were forced to interrupt their holiday for a very important reason


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The Queen is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about people in the world, with the monarch famed for her sharp wit, sweet bonds with family members and her Queen-worthy perks (from having someone to wear in her shoes to banning this food from her kitchen).

This week however it wasn’t her extra perks and privileges that got the world talking, but instead her holiday plans, with Queen Elizabeth known to summer in her Balmoral holiday home each year.

Balmoral this year has been a constant source of conversation, from the reports that Prince William and Kate Middleton might be delaying their visit to avoid Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to the revelation that the Queen’s reported favourite holiday activity has been cancelled.

This week, Balmoral made news once more, as the Queen and Prince Philip interrupted their holiday to bestow a very important and rare honour.

Yes, really. The two royals honoured former member of the royal household, Paul Hughes, who worked as the chief clerk and accountant of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Household in 2009.

The honour in question was the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, a privilege that is reportedly extremely rare.

But what is the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order? Well, according to the royal family’s official website, it’s a personal gift of the Sovereign, given only ‘to those who have served The Queen or the monarchy in a particular way.’

Congratulations to Mr Hughes, and we hope that the Queen and Prince Philip continue to have a relaxing holiday!

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Here's how Pinterest played a huge role in Meghan's royal wedding prep

Here's how Pinterest played a huge role in Meghan's royal wedding prep


We get it.

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Planning a wedding is an extremely stressful ordeal nowadays. Should you go for roses or lilies? Band or DJ? Salmon or chicken? And let’s not even get started on the selection of bridesmaids – and actually managing to keep them as friends afterwards.

There is an unbelievable pressure on everything to be perfect and to keep up with the most recent wedding trends – how could there not be with a couple of hundred guests rocking up to judge it.

Now let’s elevate the stress and prep to Meghan Markle’s scale, with her royal wedding raking in 1.9 billion viewers last year. That’s a lot of pressure.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that she reportedly got into Pinterest to prep for the big day, with the now Duchess of Sussex apparently using the platform to pick her make up look.

Celebrity make up artist (and close friend of Meghan), Daniel Martin, recently opened up about helping the royal select her beauty look for the big day, and then carry it out.

‘I didn’t have a makeup trial with her because we couldn’t make the time,’ he explained on a recent episode of Gloss Angeles, going on to tell the beauty podcast: ‘I knew what she liked and didn’t like. We exchanged a Pinterest pictures over text.’

Going on to talk about wedding make up in general, he continued: ‘I feel like you can’t stray too far from who you want to be and who you are because the last thing you want to do is look at these pictures and think, “I was not comfortable looking like that.” You still have to have a sense of who you are.’

When going back to talk about doing Meghan’s wedding make up, Daniel explained that it was ‘like a friend asking [him] to do her wedding’, recalling how they didn’t realise quite how iconic the moment was until they saw the crowds afterwards.

‘We had our phones off,’ he explained. ‘We didn’t know what was happening outside. It was a moment in time that I’m always going to have. But I have to be honest, it’s kind of a blur because so much happened in that 15 hours.’

And how was Meghan to work with? According to Daniel, ‘the most chill person’, going on explain, ‘that morning was just easy. Nothing phased us. She’s still the same person.’

Well, that’s that.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new nanny

Here’s everything you need to know about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new nanny


Welcome to the Sussex family!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were already the most talked-about couple in the world before baby Archie’s arrival, but since they welcomed their newborn, the noise has grown even louder.

From nursery colour palettes and luxurious baby brands to Godparent choices and future schools, this miniature royal has to be the most talked about baby of 2019.

One of the most talked-about aspects of baby Archie’s life is his nannies, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hiring a nanny, as well as understandably getting some help from Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland who has reportedly been on hand.

But with the couple reportedly letting their first nanny go and their second nanny only working nights, the couple – according to sources – has hired their third nanny in three months, and she’s a keeper.

A royal insider told The Sun that ‘Meghan is a very hands-on mum but the new nanny is a godsend’, going on to explain that ‘she is extremely professional, with a number of nannying years under her belt, and has fitted into the family really well.’

The source continued: ‘She’s great with little Archie and just adores him. Harry and Meghan are very happy with her.’

Congratulations to the whole Sussex family!

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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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