Donald Trump has been making controversial decisions left, right and centre, and no one is remotely surprised.
But who often bears the brunt of it? First Lady Melania Trump and his daughter and political advisor, Ivanka Trump, who repeatedly support the president’s policies when quite frankly, they really should be questioning them.
But how do the two women get along? There has long been speculation of a ‘complicated relationship’ between them, but according to Donald’s ex wife and Ivanka’s mother, Ivana, the two women get along ‘fine’.
In a profile of Ivanka for The Atlantic, her mother weighed in, explaining how there was no bad blood between step-daughter and step-mother Ivanka and Melania, for the simple reason that the current FLOTUS had nothing to do with Donald and Ivana’s split.
‘She likes her fine, because she didn’t cause me to break up the marriage like the other one — I don’t even want to pronounce her name,’ Ivana explained, referring to Marla Maples, Donald’s second wife and Tiffany Trump’s mother, who Donald had an affair with whilst married to Ivana.
A spokesperson for Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, also weighed in on Melania and Ivanka’s relationship, telling The Atlantic that the two women ‘always shared a close relationship and still do today.’
This week the letters that emerged however might just be the most wholesome from the Duchess of Sussex yet.
The recipients? Every student in Dolphins class of a Stratford-Upon-Avon school.
One teacher, Miss Davis, reportedly taught her class the importance of letter writing when she instructed each student to write a letter to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, congratulating them on their future arrival, with a royal baby due any day now.
She wasn’t expecting their response however, with the surprised school teacher taking to social media to share the royal post she received this week – a letter of thanks from the royal couple, accompanied by personalised individual letters from the Duke and Duchess for every student in the class.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked me to thank you for your very kind letter enclosing the letters from the children in Dolphins Class,’ the letter addressed to Miss Davis wrote.
‘Their Royal Highnesses were immensely touched that you took the trouble to write, as well as organise the children to write such lovely letters. Please find enclosed individual replies for each child and I would be most grateful if you could distribute them on my behalf.’
The letter concluded: ‘This letter comes with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s warmest thanks and very best wishes.’
Yet more proof that these two will make incredible parents.
You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, especially in recent months. The US Democratic politician was made Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district in January this year but the millennial is nothing like her predecessors.
The activist known best by her initials, AOC, wears Zara, serves up razor-sharp comebacks and until recently worked in a bar while launching her campaign. Oh and did we mention that she’s 29 years old?
Yes, AOC is one huge breath of fresh air, and with a political system in desperate need of a shake up – she couldn’t have come at a better time.
This week, she made news for publicly congratulating and championing the scientist behind the first ever photo of a black hole, telling her to ‘take her rightful seat in history’.
Katie Bouman, a 29-year-old computer scientist was key in developing a computer programme that was responsible for the first ever photo of a black hole, an image that has spread across the globe.
While everyone has been raving about the photo, AOC instead was quick to credit the woman behind it.
‘Take your rightful seat in history, Dr. Bouman!,’ AOC tweeted out. ‘Congratulations and thank you for your enormous contribution to the advancements of science and mankind. Here’s to #WomenInSTEM!’.
Women championing women. Like we needed another reason to love AOC.
The video starts with two guys boxing on glorious Santa Monica beach, the place where seemingly every celebrity goes on casual family strolls.
Bradley Cooper strolls into the frame (three dogs in tow), to the cameraman Clay Pickler’s delight, exclaiming ‘Shut the fuck up! What’s up, bro? How you doin’ man?’. Bradley was gracious, declining the two men’s offer to join them in their boxing sesh.
We’re glad he said no, you wouldn’t want to be known as that guy that accidentally punched an Oscar nominee in the face.
Cameraman Pickler was still in giddy disbelief, whispering ‘What the fuck?’ as Cooper’s Russian girlfriend then walked into the shot, holding hands with their two year old daughter.
We can relate – we couldn’t have played it cool either.
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The celebrity couple have been together for four years and retained their privacy throughout, only accompanying each other to a handful of red carpet events, and never divulging personal information about their relationship.
But this video confirms that the couple are still going strong.
Fame is the true test of a relationship and we’re happy to see the couple out enjoying the California sun with their daughter. We’d definitely up our boxing game too if Bradley was invited.
And while their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, will go down as one of the most touching in royal history, it was their reception party at Frogmore House that gave us the most FOMO.
The Tiki-themed party boasting guests from the Beckhams and the Clooneys to Elton John and Serena Williams, featured frozen strawberry sparklers, apache shooters, an ice luge and a huge firework display.
Drinks-wise, there was the ‘When Harry Met Meghan’ cocktail, reportedly a mix of ginger and rum, and in terms of food we’re talking South African wagyu beef, dirty burgers, candy floss and ice creams.
Basically, it was an unmissable event – putting Frogmore House on the map.
It’s hardly surprising therefore that when it was announced that the venue was opening its doors to the public, there was a lot of excitement.
Frogmore House opens every year for a few days, with the tickets raising money for multiple charities – the National Garden Scheme, the British Heart Foundation and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
Exploring the prestigious wedding venue and giving to charity – that’s two birds with one stone. Not to mention, you might get a peek of the royal newlyweds too, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently relocating to the neighbouring Frogmore Cottage.
You may not want her representing you, but Kim Kardashian’s next venture into criminal defence actually makes a lot of sense.
Words by Olivia Edwardes
Kim Kardashian has always been a talking point, but this week she made even more conversation as she announced her plans to venture into law.
Yes, this week Kim announced that she has been secretly training to be a Criminal Defence Lawyer since last summer and plans to be a licensed attorney by 2022.
Though we wish Kim was trekking to uni everyday (imagine that season of KUWTK), her native state of California allows someone to take their exams without attending law school if they complete a four year apprenticeship at a law firm. Leave it to the reality star (makeup mogul, Kanye’s spouse, recording artist, TV star) to find a loophole.
She will be logging 18 hours each week for a minimum of 48 weeks to receive credit for one year of study. After she has completed the equivalent hours and passes a string of notoriously difficult exams (E channel can’t cheat her out of that one), Kim will gain her license to become a practicing solicitor in the state of California.
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She is being mentored by Van Jones and Jessica Jackson Sloan, two highly prestigious lawyers, so she’s clearly in good hands.
Before you shake your head, Kim and her family have been heavily involved in American politics for the past year, with Kim in avid protest of the US extreme prison reform policies. Last June, she was essentially responsible for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, an American woman with a life prison sentence for unjust situational cocaine trafficking.
Kim even met with President Trump to discuss changing the prison sentences for incarcerated women, an experience she said she was ‘willing to do what it takes to fight for what’s right’.
‘The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency, and I’m sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, shit. I need to know more,’ she told Vogue in their latest issue.
‘I’ve always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.’
Amen, Kim, we can’t argue with that. She’s used her massive platform to do good before, and having knowledge of the law can only propel her to help more people.
She’s following in her late lawyer father’s footsteps, only with extreme contour and a camera crew chronicling every study session.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially split from Kate Middleton and Prince William to start their own royal household, something that has prompted rumours of feuds and fallouts, with the public fearing for the future of the Fab Four, and particularly, Harry and William’s relationship.
The two brothers were rumoured to have had a falling out recently, all stemming from a reported hesitance to accept Harry and Meghan’s fast-paced relationship, from William’s side.
The speculation only grew louder when the two royal couples split from each other on Instagram this month, something that millennials in particular took to mean that there had been a serious falling out.
Thankfully, it has been reported this week that the household split is actually a natural progression in the royal family, down to nothing more than succession. Both princes have to separate in order to prepare for their very different imminent royal roles, with William in line to become King. In fact, they went so far as to say that a royal four could never have worked.
’This is a future-proofing exercise’, a royal insider told People, explaining how William must now follow in his grandmother’s footsteps whereas Harry can have more freedom, moving out to Windsor with Meghan to prepare for their royal baby.
‘It was only going to work until they married — and it went on a while longer than perhaps was originally thought,’ the palace insider reportedly continued.
‘There was power in that unity and great strength in the foursome, but I see why [the divide] is happening, There is always that tension: trying to do the PR thing and then realising that they are just real people. They want their own place and their own things.’
Prince Harry has been a long time advocate for mental health, previously teaming up with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to launch the Heads Together campaign.
From opening up about the struggle to come to terms with the grief following his mother’s death to his work on the Invictus Games, Prince Harry has been at the forefront of de-stigmatising mental health.
It was announced today that he was going one step further, launching a mental health series on Apple with the help of one of his wife Meghan Markle’s close friends, Oprah Winfrey.
Yes, really. Prince Harry and Oprah are partners, co-creators and executive producers on the forthcoming mental health series, launching in 2020 – and we’re here for it.
According to the SussexRoyal Instagram announcement, the duo have been developing the project for the past few months and are ‘looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform’.
‘The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive,’ the royal announcement read.
‘This commitment builds on The Duke of Sussex’s long-standing work on issues and initiatives regarding mental health, where he has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve.’
‘I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self,’ Prince Harry announced. ‘It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times.’
He continued: ‘Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.’
From baby names and god parents to whether we’ve got a prince or princess on our hands, speculation has been rising around every aspect of Baby Sussex. So has the birth, with royal fans even betting on whether Meghan will give birth at home or visit the Lindo Wing in Kate’s footsteps.
The news was expected to be broken on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new Instagram profile, SussexRoyal, but following a statement today, it seems unlikely that an announcement will be made at all.
The royal couple, who have remained fairly tight-lipped about their ‘little bump’ made an official statement today about how they would be announcing the news, and it turns out they will instead be celebrating ‘privately as a new family’.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,’ the couple announced today in a statement.
‘Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,’ the statement continued. ‘The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.’
Well, that’s that.
Congratulations to Harry and Meghan for whenever baby Sussex arrives!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially split from Kate Middleton and Prince William to start their own royal household, something that has prompted rumours of feuds and fallouts, with the public fearing for the future of the Fab Four.
The speculation only rose this week when Meghan and Harry and Kate and Wills split from each other on Instagram, something that any millennial will know, is serious. But as it turns out, the household split is reportedly down to succession, with both princes having to separate to prepare for their future royal roles, with William in line to become King.
While royal fans have been expressing their sadness at the end of the Fab Four, palace insiders have explained that it never could have worked in the long run, opening up recently to People.
Another source continued: ‘There was power in that unity and great strength in the foursome, but I see why [the divide] is happening, There is always that tension: trying to do the PR thing and then realizing that they are just real people. They want their own place and their own things.’
No matter what, something that all sources have agreed on is that there’s no cause for concern around Harry and William’s relationship in the long run.
‘There is never any doubt that they will be there for each other 100 percent and support each other when it matters,’ the source reassured. ‘Maybe they’ll come back together a little later. It’s another stage in the growing up. Sometimes you have to break away in order to come back.’