Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made news earlier this year as they announced that they were planning on stepping down from their roles as ‘senior’ members of the royal family, hoping to become financially independent.
It was then announced by Buckingham Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be losing their HRH titles following a new deal, and repaying ‘Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage’. Releasing an official statement, Buckingham Palace announced: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.’
The royal couple have since relocated to Canada, living a peaceful month with baby Archie, returning in the next weeks to carry out their final duties as senior royal family members.
While the couple will reportedly retain their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it has been announced that they will lose their royal status and the right to use their current brand name, Sussex Royal.
There is no word yet as to what the Sussexes will be changing their family brand name to, but it definitely doesn’t seem to be damaging their Instagram money-making prospects.
According to Inzpire.me, an influencer marketing platform and The Sun, the Sussex Royal Instagram account (boasting over 11 million followers) could be extremely lucrative, with predictions that Harry and Meghan could make up to £85k per sponsored post.
There are multiple money-making routes that Harry and Meghan can go down though, from book deals to keynote speeches. So, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
The past few years have been a watershed moment for women, prompted by the New York Times’ investigation of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, seeing over 70 women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.
The multiple reports of not only harassing female employees, but also paying off his accusers for decades, are said to date back 30 years, with the revelations leading to Weinstein getting fired from his own company and a third of its all-male board resigning – not to mention, prompting the global #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Two years later and the waves created by #MeToo are still in motion, with the Harvey Weinstein name now regarded synonymous with the mistreatment of women.
It was announced on Monday that Harvey Weinstein would be facing up to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of attacks on two women in the first trial of the #MeToo era.
The New York City jury found Weinstein guilty of a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
‘Today is a powerful day and a huge step forward in collective healing,’ actress Rose McGowan and one of Harvey Weinstein’s earliest accusers announced following the verdict. ‘Twenty years ago I decided to come after Weinstein because I’d heard about him doing this to someone else, and then I heard him doing it to someone else, and someone else.
Rose continued: ‘Every one of us who has come forward, we have a name, we have a history, we have a life, we are more than Weinstein. But today, because of the brave women, who bared their deepest hurt for the world to see, he’s in Rikers Island. For once he won’t be sitting comfortably. For once he will know what it’s like to have power wrapped around his neck.’
She concluded: ‘Today is not a referendum on #MeToo, this is taking out the trash.’
‘This is what he has created for himself, prison, lack of remorse, lack of accountability,’ Ashley Judd, the first actress to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct told the New York Times.
Dawn Dunning, former actress and a supporting witness during the trial, also opened up to the New York Times about the verdict.
‘I did it for all of us. I did it for the women who couldn’t testify. I couldn’t not do it,’ Dunning told the publication. ‘My biggest fear was him being found not guilty. I’m very relieved. But he wasn’t found guilty on all of the counts, so I feel like it was a victory, but not a complete victory.
‘This verdict made it real for people watching from afar that you will be held accountable for your actions. You can’t take advantage of people just because you have power and money.’
According to the New York Times, Harvey Weinstein has been taken into custody
As a NHS midwife in Scotland Leah Hazard has seen it all. After giving up a career in television she qualified in 2013, wrote a best-selling book last year and now she’s here to reveal more
I’d know The Look anywhere. I could be passing time at the bus stop, chatting to an old woman while we wait for the number 44. Or maybe I’m at the salon, making small talk with a new hairdresser while she paints colour onto my roots. ‘What do you do?’ they say, and when I answer, ‘I’m a midwife,’ there it is – the wide eyes and raised brows, the mixed titillation and fascination – it’s The Look.
I should be grateful, I guess, that people are so fascinated by midwives. For almost as long as the job has existed (and that’s just about as long as humans have been having babies), many cultures have believed that midwives possess some supernatural secret wisdom. In darker times, midwives have even been tried and killed as witches – their knowledge of natural remedies and womanly ways so powerful as to be dangerously subversive.
Nowadays, NHS midwives like me are more familiar with tablets and injections than we are with homemade potions and prayers, and we’re more likely to be seen on a hospital ward than on a broomstick, but some things never change: we’re still privy to the female body’s most wonderful secrets, and our knowledge is a source of public fascination – hence, The Look.
There are some things I can’t possibly explain to you, like how it feels to catch a baby when it slides out of its mother’s body, or what it’s like to comfort a woman as she’s told that her baby will never survive to draw breath, or how nightshift hilarity kicks in at 3am when your colleagues are high on caffeine, jelly babies and the buzz of new life. These are all ‘you had to be there’ moments – experiences you’ll never have unless you walk a mile in my (battered and blood-stained) shoes. But I can let you in on a few secrets of the labour ward – you might not be able to bluff your way as a midwife, but share these gems and you might be rewarded with The Look.
Leah Hazard’s Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story (Arrow) is out now
You might poo… and you might not
OK, OK, let’s start with the question that’s always first to be asked in antenatal classes. In the final stage of labour, your baby’s head descends onto your pelvic floor (the sling of muscles and tissue that basically holds all your lower organs in place) and presses your bowel like a tube of toothpaste. And just like a tube of toothpaste, if you press it hard enough, whatever’s in there must come out. The good news is that you probably won’t even be aware of a poo or two (let’s just say you’ll have other things on your mind), and your midwife will get very excited at this surefire sign that a baby’s head can’t be far away.
There are no prizes for bravery
You may or may not have written a birth plan, and while it’s fantastic to be able to make informed choices, I often say that planning your birth is a bit like packing for a trip to the moon – you won’t really know what you’ll need or want until you get there. Whether you’re adamantly drug-free, or your idea of heaven is an effective epidural, there are no rules and no prizes. Just you do you. Your midwife is there to be your guide, advocate, cheerleader and counsellor. She has no agenda or preference other than to keep you and your baby happy and healthy; it’s not witchcraft, but it is kind of magical.
Women are awesome
Does this qualify as a ‘secret of the labour ward’? I think it does. Our modern culture pays plenty of lip service to girl power, feminism, body positivity – call it what you will, and hashtag it to your heart’s content. But until you’ve seen the countless ways that women meet the challenge of childbirth head-on, you haven’t really, truly seen what the female body – and mind – can do. Midwives know that however a woman births, she is capable of untold acts of heroism, strength, beauty and grace. That’s why if you ever hang around outside a hospital at the end of a shift, you just might see a few midwives wandering towards their cars, keys in hand, eyes still glazed with The Look.
* Leah Hazard’s Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story (Arrow) is out now
Aka, the perfect way to take your sex to the next level, according to Fifty Shades Darker…
Have you heard of jiggle balls? You have E. L. James to thank for that.
The exploits of Ana Steele and Christian Grey – her dominant, bondage-loving, on-and-off-again squillionaire boyfriend – in Fifty Shades of Grey brought ‘jiggle balls’ to the masses, so we asked Sophie Morgan, author of Diary of a Submissive, to try out one of the most-talked about sex toys of the moment – jiggle balls.
If you’ve seen the film Fifty Shades Darker, then you know the scene we’re on about already. But if you haven’t… you’re in for a treat. Keep reading.
What are jiggle balls?
Small, round weights designed to strengthen your pelvic floor and the muscles of the vagina. Although they classify as a sex toy, they’re slightly different to the others on the market as, although they’ll enhance your orgasms in the long run, they’re ultimately designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. This, in turn, is said to intensify your orgasms.
Also referred too as kegel balls, toner balls and pleasure balls sometimes, they’re a simple and subtle way to tighten your vagina and make sex that bit more enjoyable.
How do you use jiggle balls?
Simple, really—buy online or in store, pop up your vagina, and go about your daily business. Yes, really. Whilst inserting jiggle balls into your vagina may feel funny at first—did we mention that, as per the name, they jiggle?–but you soon get used to it.
The logic behind using jiggle balls? Encouraging you to more actively use the clenching motions so essential to strengthening your pelvic floor without having to constantly think about it (your body instinctively holds the weights in for you without you having to consciously think about it).
Stronger muscles means stronger sensations down there, and using the balls just prior to sex has been found to increase not just sexual stimulation, but blood circulation and vaginal lubrication, too. Winner, winner.
As above, strengthening your pelvic floor helps in the sex department, but the benefits don’t stop there. Experts have found that having a strong pelvic floor is essential for maintaining continence, alleviating symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, and even reducing lower back pain. In short, it’s a really important group of muscles that shouldn’t be ignored.
What happened when one Marie Claire staffer tried jiggle balls…
‘The four beads that make up jiggle balls come in two different weights. You can either wear one alone or connect two together with a silicone string. They’re sturdy and surprisingly heavy, ranging in weight between 28g and 37g – and the movement as I rolled one on my hand was oddly reminiscent of an executive stress toy. Thankfully, it felt different once I was wearing it.’
‘I started slowly with the lighter 36mm set. Putting them in was straightforward, although it took a while walking round my flat before I felt ready to go out, partly because I was paranoid there was an audible thudding sound of the weights shifting within the balls as I moved and partly because I wanted to ensure I wasn’t walking like either a cowboy or a duck. In the end I felt reassured on both counts and headed out tentatively to meet a friend a short train ride away for coffee.’
What is wearing jiggle balls like?
‘Wearing them was surprisingly fun. The first thing to note is that while they cause a lovely flutter of sensation it’s not so intense you’re going to be doing a Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally in the queue for a cappuccino. Where they move around it stimulates your g-spot and apparently over time will help with improving muscle tone for your pelvic floor muscles, making for more intense orgasms..
Do jiggle balls work for strengthening your pelvic floor?
‘Obviously I can’t confirm that after a few hours’ use, but what I found interesting about wearing them out was how at points (mostly when I was sat at my laptop, or with my friend) I completely forgot I was wearing them at all, but at other points they were a noticeable diversion – on the train, and while I was trying to concentrate on an important phone call for work about a feature I’m doing.’
‘They did make me feel more sexually aware, although I’d hesitate to say aroused – a delayed commute in the heat just doesn’t do it for me. In the right mindset though that could change – and one thing I’ve realised is they needn’t be for solo shenanigans.’
‘My boyfriend was definitely intrigued about me using them and sent a few texts while I was out asking how I was enjoying them. I have no exhibitionist tendencies whatsoever, but the idea of telling him I’m wearing them while we’re out and then having the anticipation build between us until we get home is something I’d like to try. In fact we’re off to the cinema at the weekend, so I might surprise him then. Perhaps Ana and Christian were onto something…’
Nestled into the east corner of Hyde Park, from the minute I arrived at The Dorchester I felt myself relax. Despite being at the hotel for work the team and I all shared how welcomed and calm we felt there. The incredible concierge team assisted and coordinated everything with ease and the kind of knowledge, you knew you would be able to call upon, to assist you with everything from securing a last minute theatre booking to a private gallery viewing.
Favoured by royalty and Hollywood’s A-list, The Dorchester has hosted numerous state banquets and legendary parties. Steeped in London’s history and a destination in itself the iconic five star hotel is grade-II listed. With 250 rooms and three penthouse suites to choose from, a luxurious spa and 3 Michelin starred Alain Ducasse restaurant to indulge in there’s never been a better time to treat yourself (and a loved one) to a weekend getaway.
From Deluxe Queen Rooms to palatial suites (overlooking their historic namesake The Mayfair Suites are available from £1,7650) and extraordinary penthouse suites (The Harlequin’s clean lines, colour pops and clever use of glass provide glamour and celebrity intrigue) each feature handmade Vispring beds, combining the finest materials (with individually pocketed springs) to ensure you have a great night’s sleep in ultimate comfort. Ideal for a suite escape.
115 of the 250 rooms have views across to Hyde Park. Adorned in an eclectic mix of opulent, chintzy decor with traditional features celebrated by decadent palettes. Comfort levels are high with the gorgeous marble and chrome bathrooms a real highlight – the deep baths are considered among the best in London.
Since The Dorchester’s grand opening in 1931 the Afternoon Tea at The Promenade has been part of the heart of the hotel. Hosted in the drawing room of the Mayfair it’s a decadent experience full of tradition, indulgence and the hotels delicious cakes. Ideal for a celebration of a loved one, generations have fallen in love with the grandeur and indulgence – it’s the true definition of a day well spent in London that you’ll always remember.
With The Grill at The Dorchester relaunched in November of last year under one of London’s finest young chefs, Tom Booton leading his personal (and coveted) interpretation of modern-day British grill with signature dishes from homemade stout bread to prawn Scotch eggs and lobster thermidor tart. The delicious ‘Pudding Bar’ a firm favourite amongst guests for a truly indulgent experience you can reserve a spot for two (click here) to enjoy a final course of delectable desserts in new surroundings at the countertop with the opportunity to interact with Tom and his chefs as they create your pudding in front of you.
A glamorous art deco pampering destination, you’re likely to have seen the luxurious setting of The Dorchester Spa on your Instagram feed. Offering a wide range of treatments from award-winning international facialist Adeela Crown’s high-performance facials, available only at The Dorchester Spa, to champagne manicures.
The Dorchester Rose:
Seven years in the making, the entire hotel was transformed to celebrate the arrival of ‘The Dorchester Rose’ and the opening of ‘Florist at The Dorchester’. Internationally renowned for his floral arrangements which adorn the hotel florist Philip Hammond showcases the new variety of rose in the most spectacular displays.
Designed to complement the interior tones of The Dorchester the shape and hue of the pale blush rose is entirely unique, with the pink tones developing as the rose opens. With the rose set to be celebrated throughout the year – Philip estimates that around 50,000 stems will be used to create displays. in the public areas, rooms and suites.
From the writers of Succession and The Descendants, DOWNHILL manages to be both hilarious and poignant at the same time. It tells the story of a family’s close encounter with an avalanche, which sends the dad running, leaving his wife and children to fend for themselves. The script expertly captures the highs and lows of family life as they are forced to reckon with their true feelings for one another.
It’s got a stellar cast…
Starring the inimitable Will Ferrell as husband Pete and the brilliant Julia Louis-Dreyfus as wife Billie, the film marks the first time the stars have been together on screen. It’s a comic duo that doesn’t disappoint. But beyond this, there’s a particular vulnerable quality to Billie’s character that underpins the film’s dark comedic tone. Whether it’s her cutting one-liners or her gut-wrenching confession in front of an unsuspecting couple, Louis-Dreyfus explores her role as the ‘mother’ in a refreshingly authentic and heartfelt way.
The family tension is spot-on…
Who hasn’t had a family rift on holiday? The dinner table arguments, the faking happy families in front of guests and the ensued tension that prevails throughout the trip – we’ve all been there. DOWNHILL captures these all too relatable moments with enormous hilarity.
You’ll find the characters totally relatable…
As well as relatable family moments, the characters themselves are wonderfully in tune with life’s everyday struggles. Be it scenes depicting teenagers trying to find their place in the world or parents being caught up in midlife crises, the film is a hilarious portrayal of human behaviour. Prepare to find yourself questioning if you look at your phone a little too much.
You’ll leave wanting to talk it over with your girl friend…
A unique take on relationship and family dynamics, it’s as funny as it is forthright about family life. Grab your closest group of girl friends, or husband (if you’re brave enough) and go see it. Either way, you’re going to need a debrief after watching.
Welcome to Beauty Bytes: a place where I chat to celebrities about all things beauty – from their favourite products, to their biggest beauty disasters. Plus I grill them on everything from their social media habits to their all-time favourite meals. You know, all the important and essential things that we need to know about.
We all remember her days in The Saturdays, but now Mollie King is most famous for presenting The Radio 1Breakfast Show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with Matt Edmondson. We at Marie Claire see her as a walking definition of ‘cool girl blonde’, so we sat down with her to talk all things beauty (and everything else in between).
LA: So how are you, Mollie? You’ve had a pretty busy week kidnapping Greg James.
MK: Yes, I have had a busy week! It was good to get him out of the box, he was in there for 39 hours I think. We had so much fun doing it, it gained so much momentum. It was so good, everyone who was listening got on board.
MK: The worst beauty trend? Gosh. I know that I made this mistake a lot, I think it was over fake tanning. It’s not a good look, I think it’s really ageing. Obviously, real sunlight can be really damaging, so it’s better than that. A spray tan is a lot better. But it’s about finding that colour that works for you. We’ve all had those fake tans where we’re like, ooh I’m slightly orange here, and it’s just not a good look.
LA: Quite luminous.
MK: You would be really fluorescent and smelling of biscuits. Not a good look, but we’ve all been there.
LA: Delish. What’s the best beauty advice you’ve been given, from anyone in your life?
MK: To not do a strong eye and a strong lip at the same time. I think it’s way more effective to just do the one. At the moment I’m really liking having a pop of colour on my lip and keeping the eye really simple, whether it’s mascara with quite a sheeny eyelid, or doing the opposite and have a nice heavy, 60s flick and keeping everything else nude and natural.
LA: What about the best product recommendation – is there something someone has put into your hand and you’ve thought, ‘I can never live without this again?’
MK: I love all the Kérastase hair treatments and stuff, I think they’ve really got it down. The shampoos are really good, the conditioner is really good at taking out any brassy tones. So I love Kérastase. With make-up I love the Estée Lauder under eye concealer and illuminator. I’m also using their day cream at the moment, which is really good.
LA: What else is in your make-up bag in the minute?
MK: A lot of Tilbury, especially when it comes to the lipsticks. I love Pillow Talk. There’s an Illamsqua contouring set, which I really like. It’s a sort of dull brown, which is really good for contouring. There’s Maybelline mascara. It stays on throughout the day and it’s not half way down your face at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. I’ve got this thing at the moment with my cheeks, if I’m using a peachy lipstick then I’ll put that on my cheeks as well. It’s good for a bit of sheen, I’m trying to be really dewy but it’s that fine line between dewy and shiny. It’s hard to get the right mix.
LA: You always see those memes, ‘I’m oily so I’m putting powder but then I need to be dewy so, highlighter’. What about the best make-up tips from a professional make-up artist?
MK: I think it’s about really understanding and knowing your own skin tone. There are obviously so many amazing foundations out there, but it’s about finding the right one for you. I’m quite yellowy-skinned as opposed to pinky undertones or anything like that. I think it’s about finding a foundation that is really your colour. Also, to never test a foundation on your hand which seems to be what you’re taught when you’re younger! You’ve got to actually test it on your face.
LA: And how do you take care of your skin? Do you have a day and night time routine?
MK: I actually quite like mixing up my products. I probably stick to one regime for about six months and then I move onto something else. At the moment I’m using the Estée Lauder day cream in the morning and then their night serum in the evening and their eye cream and stuff. I also love Murad skincare. I do like to keep it simple, you can get a bit bogged down with all the products and what goes where. But if they’re good products, I don’t think you need to go overboard and pile them all on. I mostly stick to moisturiser in the morning, an SPF, and then in the evening a night cream, maybe a serum and an eye cream as well.
LA: It’s good to keep it simple. The seven step routine is great if you enjoy the seven steps. It doesn’t need to be a stress.
MK: It can all just be a bit overwhelming. My bathroom wouldn’t be able to cope!
LA: What would you say your three favourite beauty brands are?
MK: I love L’Oréal. I know they look after so many brands and products that I like. I like the Elnett hairspray, I love the Kérastase shampoo and then probably Charlotte Tilbury for make-up. The lipsticks are so good, there are so many shades and I love with Pillow Talk how there’s a matching lip liner. It’s great and it just makes you feel like you can actually do it and understand it.
LA: There’s now a Pillow Talk Medium that I would recommend. Slightly darker, it’s so nice.
MK: Oh I saw this, is it nice? How similar is it?
LA: Darker, but not too dark that you wouldn’t want to wear it during the day. A bit moodier.
MK: Oh, nice!
LA: How do you look after your hair?
MK: So, the Kérastase Blond Absolu range, what else do I do? I don’t do masks often as my hair is quite fine. I think the best thing to do is not wash it every day, but I’m quite bad at doing that. I’m good at using heat protecting spray and I’ll sometimes put an oil in that helps keep it soft.
LA: I know Patrick Wilson does your hair sometimes too which always looks amazing.
MK: Oh thank you, he’s so good isn’t he!
LA: How often do you workout? No judgement if the answer is, ‘not at all’.
MK: It really varies, I try to do something about three times a week. At the moment I’ve got one of those Peloton bikes, it’s so good, I’m in love with it. I’ve found that exercise is something that’s more for my mind. If I’m feeling a bit anxious, having an adrenaline rush in an anxious way, then I just go to the Peloton. The instructors are really inspiring and give out really positive messages out in the classes, and for me that’s just been really life-changing and helped me if I’m having an anxious moment. I try to do some boxing if I can with a guy called Mati Parks and then I go to the gym as much as I can. It’s quite hard to fit it in, but I’m finding that I’m just hopping on to the Peloton at the moment. They’ve got weight classes and yoga too, so it doesn’t mean that every day you’re on the bike.
LA: What about fragrance, do you have a signature scent or a few go-tos?
MK: I love Tom Ford Black Orchid. I love Sì Giorgio Armani. There’s one other by Miller Harris, Leather Rouge I think it’s called. It’s a nice evening one.
LA: How does your beauty regime change when you’re on holiday? Do you pare things down?
MK: In the summer when I’m going away I try not to take loads of products away with me. But in winter when I know that I’m going to be hibernating I actually use that as a chance to use different products. I think that if I have a bad reaction it doesn’t matter because I’m just seeing my family and friends. Like if I break out in loads of spots then it’s okay. If I go away on a summer holiday I try and go really stripped back makeup wise. I go for likes sunscreen and maybe a BB cream or something.
LA: So basting yourself in SPF 50.
MK: Exactly that.
LA: What are your three most-used emojis?
MK: The crying with laughter face, classic one. I also use the one with the girl where she’s lifting her hands up like ‘I don’t know?’, and obviously I’ve made her blonde
LA: Oh yes, the shrug? Good sentence finisher.
MK: Yeah the kind of, I don’t know, whatever one. I use a lot of the hearts to be honest, and I quite like the bulging bicep.
LA: Do you have a favourite book? Are you a reader?
MK: I’m not hugely because I’m dyslexic, so I find it a bit of a mission to sit down and read a book. But what have I read recently… I do love reading The Secret, I just think it inspires me and it’s a nice read.
LA: What about your last meal?
MK: I would go for Indian food. I just absolutely love it. I love all the different curries, the naan, the poppadoms.
LA: It’s just a great excuse to eat loads of bread really, isn’t it. ‘Oh no, I have all this sauce left…’
MK: Yes, I’m going to have to mop it up with this naan.
LA: What’s the weirdest pick up line you’ve ever heard?
MK: That’s really hard! I’ll get back to you.
LA: Favourite TV show to binge watch? Are you a Netflix-er?
MK: I’m loving Love Is Blind, that dating show. I’m well and truly in the hole, it’s just so good. You don’t realise how many you’ve got through, you know how they start automatically? But this is really fast paced and you just fly through it, it’s just so good.
LA: And then Netflix is like, ‘are you still watching?’
MK: Yeah, you’re like, err, unfortunately I am! I feel like there’s a bit of judgment there.
LA: Shamed by Netflix. Favourite movie?
MK: That is Father of the Bride. Bit of a cheesy one, but I just love it.
LA: Favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?
MK: I love interior design ones. This one girl Becki Owens who just does the most amazing interior design. I also love a blogger called Leonie Hanne, I think she just dresses really well. Who else? I like looking at Hayley Bieber as well, that’s a good account.
LA: There’s an account called Apartment Therapy that I feel would be right up your street.
MK: Oooh, I need that! I literally love those accounts.
LA: What’s the first thing you bought with your first pay cheque? Did you have a real treat yo’self moment?
MK: When I was in the band, maybe three years in, I bought a Nissan Figaro. It was made in the 80s but it’s designed to look like a 1950s car and oh my god, it’s my absolute dream. I’ve wanted one since I was about 15.
LA: What does the word ‘wellness’ mean to you?
MK: I think an overall wellbeing in your mind, your body and your lifestyle. I think that there is a lot of focus on going to the gym and keeping your body sane but I think you need to be putting a lot of work into your mind in being sane, happy and healthy. It’s a mixture of all the above really.
LA: Is there anything specific you do when you really need some time to yourself?
MK: I will run a bath and light some candles, maybe just put something on Netflix. Have my laptop out in the hallway. Or, I’ll take my dog out on a walk. If i’m feeling a bit stressed, sitting in my flat is not the best so taking him out and getting some air. He’s a toy poodle. He’s a cutie, I’m obsessed with him.
LA: So cute! My mum has a cockapoo, she is very poodle in personality. They’re great.
MK: Oh I love cockapoos! They have so much energy, don’t they?
LA: A lot. Dogs just crack you up don’t they, they’re brilliant.
MK: Yeah, to just snuggle. He’s a cutie, I’m obsessed with him.
LA: Do you have any tattoos?
MK: No, I don’t.
LA: Then I won’t ask you to talk me through them! Who were you most starstruck meeting?
MK: Maybe J-Lo. I met her back in the band and I literally did not know what to say. I think it was the first time that all of us in the band were literally silent. She stepped into the lift and we all went dead silent. She must have thought, what is going on here?
The CBD tampons are the first foray into consumer products from Daye, a female health research company. After almost three years of research, trials and testing, they’re now purchase to buy on the Daye website. Prices range from £7 to £16 for a box (FYI, they’re priced depending on the choice of tampons).
Wondering what’s so special about a CBD tampon, anyway? Well, the Daye tampons promise to offer a natural alternative to medication for women who frequently experience painful periods, thanks to the CBD. Plus, they’re both dye and pesticide-free, built from absorbent fibres and lab-tested to hold them to the highest standard.
For those of you who are wondering what CBD is, CBD stands for ‘cannabidiol’, a type of cannabinoid chemical which is found naturally in the cannabis plant. CBD won’t get you high or intoxicate you (another cannabinoid, THC, does that).
Daye’s products contain a concentrated 30% whole plant hemp extract, plus a naturally occuring 100mg of cannabidiol per tampon. They say that yes, this is enough to offer pain relief, but no, not anything that could to get you high or show up on a drug test. Fun fact: although Daye’s tampons are yet to be tested by outside labs or non-affiliated scientists as far as Marie Claire is aware, their own clinical trials show the products to be as effective as anti-inflammatories.
According to the company, they’ve currently got 20,000 people on the waitlist, with 200 women trying the product on first release last year.
When asked about the motivation behind creating the company and product, Valentina Milanova, Daye’s founder, said: ‘The vision is to create a global consensus that the research and innovation gap in women’s health products and services is a thing of the past. We want to contribute to a world where every woman with a smartphone can understand, monitor and improve her menstrual, sexual and reproductive health.’
‘The first gender gap that we want to close is the gender pain-gap. Over-the-counter painkillers have never been tested on the female physiology and carry a plethora of side-effects (like gastrointestinal inflammation), so at Daye we have spent time researching and developing the patented CBD tampon to provide a safe and effective alternative.’
According to their website, Daye works closely with doctors and researchers to carry out research, but more information and details on the specifics of this can be found on their website.
The statement outlined how the couple will be financially independent from the royal family and how they will no longer carry out ‘official duties’, although Harry will remain sixth in line for the throne.
But people are detecting some shade in the way that Harry and Meghan have hinted their annoyance at not being allowed to call themselves ‘royals’ anymore.
The part of the statement in question reads: ‘While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place.’
Most notably included in the category of ‘other titled members of the Royal Family’ who keep jobs outside royal duties are Harry’s cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. And the people are calling shade.
A royal source told The Mirror: ‘It’s pretty clear they are referencing minor royals such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, which is an odd association to make for two people whose associates were once claiming they had single-handedly modernised the monarchy.’
Neither Beatrice or Eugenie are considered ‘working’ members of the royal family, meaning they do not perform public engagements on behalf of The Queen full-time. Like Harry and Meghan’s new status, the sisters are privately funded and do not receive funding from the Sovereign Grant.
According to Prince Andrew’s official website, ‘Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are both pursuing full time careers. Princess Beatrice works full time in business and Princess Eugenie is developing a career in the art world.’ So it’s not hard to see why Harry and Meghan’s noses might be out of joint about their newly de-royaled brand name.
But despite the drama surrounding yesterday’s statement, Harry and Meghan are reportedly enjoying the quiet life in Canada, royal title or no royal title.
First, we brought you the news that Aldi are launching booze-infused chocolate Easter eggs in time for the big day; now, Lindt are making dreams come true with their latest launch.
Drum roll, please: white chocolate Lindt bunnies are coming this Easter and we can’t wait to get out mitts on one (or four).
The limited edition white chocolate bunnies are priced at £2.99, made from 100g of creamy white chocolate and wrapped in gold foil, with signature red ribbon bell round their necks, to boot. Fancy a bigger treat? Waitrose are stocking a bunny for £4.99 that’s double the size, at 200g. Head in stores at Waitrose, Tesco or Asda to buy your own.
Easter is a riot of a time for supermarkets and chocolate brands, with egg and bunny-shaped products popping up left, right and centre. From the now annual influx of Malteser bunnies (just as reindeers leave the stores), to Creme eggs (remember the mania about the white chocolate Creme eggs last year?), to mini eggs, you can’t move for novelty Easter products.
Not a white chocolate kind of person? There’s reportedly a hazelnut Lindt alternative hitting stores, too. Keep your eyes peeled.
News of the new release dropped on Top Foods UK’s Instagram channel last week, where they shared a photo of the bunnies after spotting them in a Tesco store. They captioned the post: ‘@lindtuk Bunnies Hazelnut, White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate! I’m trying my best to hold back on buying these until it’s closer to Easter however, I really cannot wait to try the Hazelnut and White Chocolate ’
Lindt are one of the oldest chocolatiers in the world, first launching their chocolate bars in 1845. Did you know? Prior to that, chocolate had mainly been manufactured in a liquid form as a drink. In an attempt to mix things up a little, the founders set about making a solid product and Lindt was born, made by blending cacao over the course of hours (sometimes even days).
Now the hunt to find our own white choc Lindt bunny begins. Easter can’t come quick enough.