Are people unfairly attacking Meghan Markle for cradling her baby bump?

Are people unfairly attacking Meghan Markle for cradling her baby bump?


Is it justified or has it all gone a bit far?

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Meghan Markle is 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 on the flip side, she is a point of focus when it comes to the dreaded rumour mill and online negativity – something that Prince harry reportedly feels ‘powerless’ about when trying to protect her.

From speculation around the intimate details of her family life to racist comments, Meghan is a constant conversation topic.

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This week, the hatred centred around her attentiveness to her baby bump, with the now Duchess of Sussex seeming to hold her bump with both hands at all times.

This especially came to attention at the British Fashion Awards when the Duchess took to the stage to present the gong for British Womenswear Designer of the Year to Clare Waight Keller, the designer behind her Givenchy wedding dress.

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‘Attention seeking’, ‘lapping it up’ and ‘Why does she think she’s so special?’, were some of the most common remarks circling the internet after her on-stage appearance, with a lot of people mocking the future mother for cradling her bump so obviously, using both hands to do so.

Yes, it got pretty divisive.

But mothers came out in their hundreds to defend the royal, pointing out that it could not only be a technique for easing pain, but that this is also her firstborn, and wanting to cradle and protect your bump is natural.

‘Cradling a baby bump is a natural gesture with women. They can choose to touch, love and cradle. It’s also known to ease pressure/pain,’ one fan posted to Twitter. ‘The irony between supporting women and tearing them down.’

Another seemed to agree, posting: ‘Meghan Markle graduated with a degree from northwestern, was a UN women’s advocate, involved in numerous charities and this is all pre-royalty and what she should be recognized for yet the media wants to drag her for wearing nail polish and holding her baby bump? Unbelievable.’

And they’re right. Mum shaming is an epidemic, but maybe it has spread so far that it is starting before the baby in question is even born.

If we’ve got to the point where a woman holding her growing baby bump is labelled ‘attention seeking’, then something about our society drastically needs to change.

Keep cradling that baby bump, Megs! Don’t let the haters stop you from doing your thang.

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This is apparently why Donald Trump avoids holding Melania’s hand in public

This is apparently why Donald Trump avoids holding Melania’s hand in public


And no, it’s not what you’d expect…

Since becoming President, the world has been analysing Donald Trump’s every move, searching for any clues about his personal life and what’s going on behind the White House walls.

His cryptic twitter history can be incredibly telling, but recently people have instead been looking at the President’s body language for answers. They have, for example, picked up on the fact that Donald Trump seems to avoid holding Melania’s hand in public.

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Despite being married to the Slovenian former model for over 12 years, Trump can be seen gently patting his wife’s outstretched hand away on various occasions, most recently yesterday when Melania made her first public appearance as First Lady since Trump’s inauguration.

As the couple walked along the tarmac together after disembarking Air Force One at Palm Beach International airport in Florida, Melania can be seen on camera to reach out her hand to her husband only to have him drop it instantly to greet fans instead.

According to a body language expert, this behaviour is incredibly telling of their relationship and could all be down to one very simple reason: Donald’s want to be seen as an alpha male and leader.

Donald Trump body language

‘Typically a hand-hold shows a couple as a unit’, body language expert Patti Wood told the Mail Online. ‘But to me, I think he’s saying “I want to be seen as the president on my own”, which is very much alpha. “I want to be just the powerful me.” And it’s clear that that that’s his choice.’

It’s a stark contrast to the previous Potus-Flotus body language, with Barack sharing every moment of his presidency with his wife Michelle, crediting her with a lot of his success.

Donald Trump body language

When asked about Trump’s avoidance to hold his wife’s hand, Patti Wood explained, ‘He doesn’t want to do it in public. It’s very clear that she does, she would like that. That would make her feel connected and she would get some of that power and confidence, and he’s saying “No, not in public.”’

Aside from seemingly not being a fan of the hand hold, it looks like Trump does make exceptions when he descends steps – something that Theresa May found out the hard way when he grabbed hers.

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11 celebrities open up about their experiences with cheating

11 celebrities open up about their experiences with cheating


‘I was blinded by being a romantic person’

Words by Hannah Butters

Infidelity is a painful enough experience for a normal relationship, but combined with fame and the whole world knowing your business, getting cheated on is bound to put you off dating for life.

These 11 celebrities get very real about their experiences with cheating and explain how they have come out stronger on the other side…

1. Sienna Miller

‘What makes me sad is that there was a loss of innocence on my part. I was blinded by being a romantic person. I sort of feel like, “What if I never love that vulnerably and that openly again?” But I feel like I’m really strong. I feel like I grew up.’

2. Eva Longoria

‘It wasn’t about who he chose. I had moments of like: “Okay, I’m not sexy enough? I’m not pretty enough? Am I not smart enough?” Then I immediately stopped. “No, no, no — don’t start doing that.” Because you can get stuck in that cycle and you can carry that onto other things.’

3. Taylor Swift

‘I can’t deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you. It’s a conscious thing; it’s a common-sense thing.’

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4. Alanis Morissette 

‘Infidelity is a deal breaker for me. I’ve broken up with people over it. You can’t do monogamy 90 percent of the time.’

5. Angelina Jolie

‘I’ve told Billy if I ever caught him cheating, I wouldn’t kill him because I love his children and they need a dad. But I would beat him up. I know where all of his sports injuries are.’

6. Sophia Bush

‘I can’t say there are no hard feelings… I feel hurt, humiliated and broken-hearted.’

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7. Dita Von Teese

‘I left with nothing. I knew that there was an inappropriate relationship going on in my home, and I didn’t want any part of it around to remind me. I didn’t want that sofa. I didn’t want that bed.’

8. Demi Moore

‘As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.’

9. Kristen Stewart

‘This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.’

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10. Britney Spears

‘The best thing about being cheated on is I get to go on more first dates.’

11. Fergie

‘It was difficult. When you go through difficult times it really makes you stronger as a unit. As a partnership. It does for us anyways. Our love today is a deeper love. We’re strong today because of anything difficult that’s happened with us. We deal with it. We communicate. Communicating’s the most important thing.’

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Kate Middleton and Prince William apparently once had a very dramatic Christmas

Kate Middleton and Prince William apparently once had a very dramatic Christmas


Royals – they’re just like us!

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are two of the most talked about people in the world, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now synonymous with couple goals.

There was the time they pressed the Game of Thrones cast for spoilers, the time Kate Middleton caught Prince William laughing in church and of course any time they are out and about with their three adorable children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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In fact it’s hard to remember a time when the two weren’t together, but of course they did have a famously on and off again relationship for a few years before William proposed.

According to a biography by royal expert Katie Nicholl, Prince William once left Kate ‘tearful’ when he cancelled his plans to visit her family in Christmas 2006.

The now Duke of Cambridge reportedly cancelled their festive plans together, with Nicholl explaining: ‘At the last minute William had a change of heart and decided to stay with his own family instead.’

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She went on to explain how he ‘informed a tearful Kate during a late-night conversation on Boxing Day.’

Cutting it fine there, Wills.

Apparently Kate didn’t take the news well, seeing it as a ‘sign of something more sinister to come’, but to William it was ‘no big deal’.

Well, either way, they lived happily ever after in a palace with three beautiful children, so that gives us some hope!

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Taylor Swift used facial recognition technology to avoid stalkers

Taylor Swift used facial recognition technology to avoid stalkers


The future is now

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Your opinions may vary on Taylor Swift, but we can all agree that, over the years, she has been through hell at the hands of stalkers. From breaking into her house to attempting to rob a bank to impress her, Taylor has had a terrible time.

So, it’s understandable that the star cranked up the security at her LA show in May of this year.

What’s slightly less understandable is that it is alleged that Taylor used facial recognition technology to do so.

It may sound like something out of James Bond – but that’s because it basically is. According to Rolling Stone, unsuspecting fans who thought they were simply watching Taylor’s rehearsal footage at a kiosk in the venue’s lobby, were in fact having their faces scanned… to check if they were one of Taylor’s ‘hundreds’ of stalkers.

Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues including New York’s Madison Square Garden, attended the concert as a guest of the company who manufactured the kiosks. He gave the lowdown on the technology, saying , ‘Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working.’

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Taylor performing at the Ally Coalition’s 5th Annual Talent Show last week. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock

So what was done with the footage? According to Downing, the images were whizzed back to a Swift ‘command post’ in Nashville  (where else?), and were cross-examined against a list of known stalkers. Rolling Stone went on to add that Swift’s representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

Could this be the future of safety for pop stars at their gigs? Or is this just a misguided attempt at personal security, which instead violates personal privacy?

Critics of Taylor’s technique have cited the fact that fans did not know the images were being captured, never mind the fact that no information has been given with regards to how long the images are stored, where they are stored and who is doing the data analysis.

While we cannot condone invasion of privacy, the reality of stalking is still hideous. Stay safe, Taylor.

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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

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Former Foreign Secretary
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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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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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