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"Hurtful": Bride shares aunts furious wedding RSVP

<p>A bride has revealed the furious RSVP she received from her aunt after not inviting her partner of two years to the wedding.</p> <p>Taking to Reddit, the woman shared the "rude" response, explaining she had to cut down on her guest list due to the pandemic, but her aunt didn't take it well.</p> <p>"Most rude and hurtful," Aunt Edith scrawled across the invitation sent back in the mail.</p> <p>She added her partner's name 'Uncle Danny' and wrote a cross alongside 'Declines with regret'.</p> <p>Before adding: "Family shouldn't separate family. You shouldn't have sent one at all.</p> <p>The bride continued to explain that Uncle Dany wasn't very well-liked among the rest of the family and she had only met him a handful of times.</p> <p>Many agreed with the bride's right to invite who she wanted to, with one person telling the aunt to "harden up".</p> <p>"That‘s a quick way to quit being invited to family gatherings ever again," one person wrote.</p> <p>There were a few who thought the couple was actually rude for not inviting the partner, given they had been a couple for two years.</p> <p>"It's possible to think the couple was rude for not inviting a guest's long-term partner while also thinking the aunt's reaction was over the top," was one response.</p> <p>While others agree with that point, though stressed Covid changed the situation.</p> <p>"I think Covid makes a very big difference though. Without Covid, you should invite partners. With Covid, guests lists are very restricted," one person wrote.</p>

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REVEALED: What William told Kate when she met him at the altar

<p>The public have been hungry for every detail they could get surrounding the marriage ceremony of Prince William and Duchess Kate.</p> <p>While the wedding was back in 2011, there were still conversations, details, and particulars that royal fans have not been privy to – however professional lip readers have managed to decipher what William had whispered to his then-fiancé when they met each other to say their “I do’s.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840640/oatlands-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/27c9fc8673ab40908779b190110b77d6" /></p> <p>Surprisingly enough, they even figured out what Prince Harry had remarked to his big brother when Kate entered Westminster Abbey.</p> <p>Peering over William’s shoulder as he watched Kate slowly make her way down the aisle, he told William: “Right, she is here now… Well, she looks beautiful, I can tell you that.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840639/oatlands-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d738fe118f544f30912442a7cb1c437c" /></p> <p>A CBS’ news lip reader also caught Pippa Middleton telling her sister that she looked “amazing”.</p> <p>It was a similar sentiment to William who lovingly told his to-be fine: “You look beautiful”.</p> <p>Later on during the day, the couple were awed by the massive crowds that greeted them as they stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Kate remarked: “Wow, that’s amazing… That’s a lot of people.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840641/oatlands.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b1e57f876c16414da2a91148af761b9b" /></p> <p>William turned to her a little later on, and told her: "Go on, a little kiss, go on."</p> <p>The moment that followed resulted in photographs that were deemed some of the most iconic of 2011.</p> <p>Just seconds later, William was believed to have said: "Let's give them another one. I love you. One more kiss, one more kiss. OK?"</p>

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Prince Philip dies aged 99

<p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Prince Philip has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Born on June 10, 1921 in Greece, the Duke of Edinburgh was just months away from celebrating his 100th birthday.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">At noon London time, the Royal Family released a statement.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, his Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Further announcements will be made soon.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. <br /><br />His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. <a href="https://t.co/XOIDQqlFPn">pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1380475865323212800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 9, 2021</a></blockquote> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Governor-general David Hurley said it was a “sad and historic day”. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been informed.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“As we mourn, we should also reflect and give thanks for His Royal Highness’ lifetime of service, devotion and commitment,” said the governor-general.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“And commitment to the Commonwealth and the many hundreds of organisations – including many here in Australia – of which he served as Patron and for whom he was a passionate advocate and supporter.”</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Mr Hurley said Prince Philip had visited Australia 21 times.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“He was a popular, engaged and welcome visitor to our shores.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“His impact was profound – not least on the more than 775,000 young Australians who have participated in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award since it began here in 1959.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“As we reflect and remember, we think especially of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, who have lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“On behalf of the Australian people, I extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty and family, the people of the Commonwealth and to all those who share in this sad news.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“We give thanks for the Duke of Edinburgh’s service, his loyal and loving devotion to Her Majesty and his commitment to Australia, The Commonwealth and all her people.</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">“May he Rest in Peace.”</span></p> <p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2">Royal advisers will meet tomorrow to finalise details of the funeral service, which will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, rather than at Westminster Abbey.</span></p>

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"Blue and lifeless": Mum urges others to learn CPR after rescuing baby from ESKY

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Jacci Hutchinson has urged everyone she can to learn infant CPR after she rescued her best friends 8-month-old child from an esky.</p> <p>Jacci had been visiting her best friend Raewyn's house and all of their kids were playing together until Hutchinson realised that 8-month-old Bailey was missing.</p> <p>She realised there was an esky by the door and peered inside, only to find Bailey submerged in the water.</p> <p>"I thought it was a doll submerged in the water," Jacci tells<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-health/mums-chilling-warning-after-saving-baby-from-drowning-in-an-esky-i-thought-it-was-a-doll-20210406-h1uyxm?utm_source=nine&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=homepage" target="_blank"><em>Essential Baby</em></a><em>.</em><span> </span>"I went into shock. I don't think my brain could actually believe what I was seeing."</p> <p>"I put my hand in and touched his leg and felt his cold, wet skin," she recalls. "That's when I finally snapped. I realised... he was real and he was there in the water."</p> <p>After realising that Bailey was in the water, Jacci sprang into action.</p> <p>"I pulled Bailey out. I held him downwards to try and clear his airways. And I screamed for help," she continues.</p> <p>"I laid him on the carpet and looked up for a second and saw my friend calling an ambulance. Panic set into the house."</p> <p>"After that, I don't remember anything else except his little face. He was blue and lifeless."</p> <p>Luckily, Hutchinson was fully trained in CPR and immediately sprang into action to rescue Bailey.</p> <p>"I performed CPR for what felt like forever, but was only a short amount of time before his colouring started to improve," she recalls.</p> <p>"That's when I rolled him over and rubbed him on his back, and he arched his back and let out a cry. I rolled him back over and his eyes started to open, but he was very disoriented and drowsy."</p> <p>"So I monitored him pretty closely, wrapped him in a blanket and it was at that moment, the ambulance arrived."</p> <p>Bailey was rushed to hospital after paramedics arrived and returned home a short time later to his devastated but relieved mother.</p> <p>"She (Raewyn) just kept hugging me and saying, 'I don't know what I would have done if you weren't here," Jacci recalled.</p> <p>Bailey is now 14 years old, but the incident is something everyone else remembers, despite it happening in 2007.</p> <p>It also <span>prompted Jacci to change career paths into infant aquatics and water safety.</span></p> <p>She has since completed her certificate IV in ambulance care and works as a swim instructor trying to raise awareness about CPR.</p> <p>"It is easy to learn, and having the confidence to respond and react in an emergency could make all the difference," Jacci explained.</p> <p>"I would encourage every single parent or caregiver to learn CPR.</p> <p>"Kids are drawn to water, and it only takes a very small amount.</p> <p>"I still get a chill every time I see an esky."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The truth about Princess Diana’s iconic hair

<p><span>Princess Diana has always been considered an icon in her own right – and this includes the royal’s hair.</span><br /><br /><span>However, a style choice that made history has actually been revealed by Diana’s personal hair stylist as a “split-second” decision.</span><br /><br /><span>Sam McKnight, who worked with Diana from 1990 right up until her death in 1997, told British Vogue that there was a moment that led to the iconic cut.</span><br /><br /><span>"This leggy blonde comes bouncing up the stairs, smiled and made us all melt, and it was Princess Diana," he said.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEjCaRyHnTE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEjCaRyHnTE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sam McKnight Personal (@sammcknight1)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>He revealed that while playing with the royal's hair as she posed for British Vogue, McKnight saw a look for Diana that was much different to her usual style.</span><br /><br /><span>"I made it look short under the tiara — I faked it a bit," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>When the photoshoot ended, McKnight told Diana he would style her hair however she wanted if she gave him free reign.</span><br /><br /><span>"I said, 'I would cut it all off and just start again,'" he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"It was the beginning of the '90s and it was at the time that I was doing lots of shows and covers and a lot of the girls had short hair, and we were moving from the big frou-frou '80s into the sharp, more androgynous, business chic of the '90s."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_y93PIAPDx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_y93PIAPDx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Anita Shemon (@justbecauseitsbeauty)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Diana told him to do it immediately, to McKnight’s surprise.</span><br /><br /><span>"So I cut it off then and we never looked back," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Princess Diana would go on to praise McKnight for shaping her personal view of herself in the 90s.</span></p>

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Rare footage shows Queen Elizabeth like you’ve never seen her

<p><span>Extraordinary footage of Queen Elizabeth in her younger years has resurfaced.</span><br /><br /><span>The footage shows the young Queen and her husband off duty during Christmas in 1953.</span><br /><br /><span>Shot by Patricia Norrie, the wife of the then Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Willoughby Norrie – the clips show moments of a time gone by.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair can be seen relaxing during their gruelling seven-month Commonwealth tour, and has been shown in a fascinating new documentary to mark the royal’s 95th birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>The monarch had only been cornered a year before, and it was apparent that during the time the clips were taken, the royals were eager for a little downtime.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple’s daughter, Sarah Stevenson said it was “terribly exciting” to have the royal party staying at their home.</span><br /><br /><span>In the clips, Father Christmas could be seen delivering presents from them to take home to their young children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.</span><br /><br /><span>Sir Willoughby and his wife even gave the Queen and Philip a stocking each which contained a dog's lead for the Queen and a blue and white Wedgwood ashtray for Philip.</span><br /><br /><span>After lunch, the couple went to the private pool along with the Queen equerry at the time, Johnny Spencer, later Earl Spencer and father of Princess Diana.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Stevenson said Philip was wearing tiny dark “budgie smuggler” swimming shorts.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen didn't join in on swimming, but happily watched her husband from the patio.</span><br /><br /><span>ITV's <em>The Queen Unseen</em>, shows the monarch throughout the decades.</span><br /><br /><span>With almost 70 years of trotting around the globe under her belt, she is one of the world's most experienced travellers.</span></p>

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"Hits you like a jolt": Politician shares warning signs she ignored before heartbreaking diagnosis

<p>New Zealand’s minister for Emergency Management made a stark confession just weeks after addressing the nation in the face of a major tsunami and earthquake threat.</p> <p>Not many saw or knew of Kiri Allen’s personal struggles, that is until she revealed she had been diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer in a raw and emotional Facebook post.</p> <p>Addressing her 20,000 followers, the politician admitted that just a day before the earthquakes, her doctors told her they had found a 3cm growth.</p> <p>"I found myself managing the earthquakes early morning, then headed to the hospital for another ultra sound at about 8am, just before the large evacuation notice. Poor timing," she wrote.</p> <p>"This was a longer ultra-scan then the previous day and they took a number of smears and biopsies as well. They found the growth was approximately 6cm but likely benign."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840579/kiri-allen-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6ff79e4478cd48929338659687ef0e07" /></p> <p>The Labor MP said she’d had a consistent pain in her back, stomach and legs that concerned her to begin with.</p> <p>"I put it down to lots of driving, working long hours and the general stress of campaigns etc - so, I got my partner to give me a few mirimiri and forgot about it," she wrote.</p> <p>"Earlier this year, I realised I was finding it hard to sit for a lengthy period of time. Always in a bit of pain. I started running to try and move the lower back area a little bit. Nothing seemed to take the pain away. In late January I started menstruating and it didn't stop."</p> <p>The politician admitted to taking a "see no evil, hear no evil" approach to pap smears.</p> <p>"In hindsight, there were lots of opportunities to go touch base with a doctor. But I didn't. I put it down to work, and was on the go, and 'that stuff usually sorts itself out'," she wrote.</p> <p>However, after Allen revealed her situation to Ayesha Verrall, a colleague, friend and doctor, about whether the bleeding was "a little odd", she was hit with a serious reality check.</p> <p>"She asked a few more questions and I told her about the pain. She urged me, pleaded with me, 'Kiri, please, please, please prioritise this and go to the doctor tomorrow'.</p> <p>“She made some recommendations and the next day I found myself having an ultrasound'," Allan wrote.</p> <p>Allan said a week later, she received a call telling her that the pap smear had shown an abnormal result and she required a colposcopy.</p> <p>"It sounded OK, my cousin had had one and it was just a precautionary thing I thought. I told my family and they called the Dr to ask a few questions. She was amazing and took my family's call to explain the process," Allan wrote.</p> <p>She found out a few days later the lifechanging news.</p> <p>"I called back, going down the escalator stairs and the sound was rubbish. I skirted off to a corner to take the call properly, expecting good news," Allan wrote.</p> <p>"However, my kind doctor, who had been so incredible and taken calls from my family in the evenings, called to say the colposcopy had revealed I had cervical cancer.</p> <p>"The 'C' word hits you like a jolt I had never experienced. I gripped the wall in the airport."</p> <p>Allan told readers that she had confided in her parents over the phone while on the way to an event.</p> <p>"I lost it. In the car. On the way to the event. Huia's intuition kicked in, cancelling the event while I fell apart in the car. I was dropped at my parents place," Allan wrote.</p> <p>She spent the night surrounded by family and her partner, crying and watching TV.</p> <p>Allan said she cried telling New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about her diagnosis.</p> <p>"Her words were profound. I'll always have so much respect for the way she's dealt with me over this past couple of weeks or so. A text away – always," Allan wrote.</p> <p>Ardern said she was left "gutted" by Allan's news, but was “also so heartened by the character, the person that Kiri is.</p> <p>"Right from the outset, she's shown a level of determination to focus on her health and wellbeing. But to ultimately come back and be a part of the team again.</p> <p>"Our focus now, as her colleagues and friends, are to make sure she looks after herself first and foremost, and that we're here ready and waiting when she's able to return."</p> <p>Allan revealed that she would be taking medical leave to focus on her health.</p> <p>"I've told a few folks by now, and often the question is, 'is there anything I can do?' My answer now is yes," Allan wrote.</p> <p>"Please, please, please - encourage your sisters, your mothers, your daughters, your friends - please #SmearYourMea - it may save your life - and we need you right here."</p>

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce first Netflix project

<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared the details of their latest Netflix project that their production company Archewell Productions landed.</p> <p>It's a documentary series called<span> </span><em>Heart of Invictus</em><span> </span>that follows Invictus Games competitors as they prepare for the 2022 event in the Hague.</p> <p>Prince Harry will serve as an executive producer as well as appearing on camera during the series.</p> <p>"Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve," the Duke of Sussex said in a statement announcing the project.</p> <p>"This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year.</p> <p>"As Archewell Productions' first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn't be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Marking the announcement of the postponement of the next Games, our Patron The Duke of Sussex joins <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InvictusGames?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InvictusGames</a> competitors past and present in a message of resilience in looking ahead to when the Games can happen again. <a href="https://t.co/Q9Wh9nlEEG">pic.twitter.com/Q9Wh9nlEEG</a></p> — Invictus Games Foundation 💛🖤+💙 (@WeAreInvictus) <a href="https://twitter.com/WeAreInvictus/status/1356499602099359744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Invictus Games Foundation chief executive Dominic Reid is thrilled about the project.</p> <p>"We're very excited about the opportunity to shine the global spotlight of Netflix on the men and women that we work with, in order to ensure that even more people can be inspired by their determination and fortitude in working towards their recovery.</p> <p>"This partnership will also bring in significant funding to the charity. We are extremely grateful to our Founding Patron for his continued efforts to support the military community, and for making this partnership happen."</p>

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"Tacky and tasteless": Piers Morgan addresses Meghan Markle controversy

<p>Piers Morgan has slammed the Duchess of Sussex in his first interview after being dumped from ITV's<span> </span><em>Good Morning Britain</em><span> </span>after comments he made about Markle's mental health.</p> <p>He appeared on US streaming service Fox Nation and spoke with host Tucker Carlson about his departure that came after Markle formally complained about his on-air behaviour.</p> <p>"I still don't believe what they were saying," Morgan told Carlson during the interview.</p> <p>"And in particular, I don't believe what Meghan Markle said. Seventeen different claims by the pair of them have now been proven to be either completely untrue or massively exaggerated or unproveable.</p> <p>"I didn't believe Meghan Markle, a huge furore erupted through the day - I was an outrage. I wasn't allowed to have an opinion, that I didn't believe what she was saying even though it was clear to me in real time as I was watching the interview that there were a number of things which just couldn't be true."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNS9cRBl0tv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNS9cRBl0tv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Tucker Carlson Tonight (@tuckercarlsontonight)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Morgan used the interview, which ran for more than an hour, to clarify some of the statements he made on-air.</p> <p>He said that his issue with Markle's interview with Oprah was that two royal aides rejected her requests for help.</p> <p>"I was told that you have got to believe Meghan Markle," Morgan said.</p> <p>"And if you don't believe what she's saying you are a racist.</p> <p>"I find that impossible to believe, you would have two people in the palace who will be that callus to a woman telling them that she was suicidal."</p> <p>Morgan also explained that there was "a lot of anger" in the UK over the timing of the Oprah interview which coincided with Prince Philip spending a month in hospital.</p> <p>"(There was) A lot of anger building in Britain towards the very ugly smearing of our Queen, particularly at a time when her husband Prince Philip, who's 99, was fighting for his life in hospital.</p> <p>"Everything about this was tacky, tasteless, disingenuous and I'm afraid, I believe, in some cases, downright lying on a global scale."</p>

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Police reveal cause of horrific Tiger Woods car crash

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Authorities have revealed that golf star Tiger Woods was driving at an "unsafe" speed nearly double the 70km/h speed limit when he crashed in California in February.</p> <p>The SUV was travelling up to 140km/h before it veered off the road and rolled several times, leaving Woods with a shattered right leg.</p> <p>“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” said Alex Villanueva.</p> <p>“Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour (135-140km/h).”</p> <p>There were “no signs of impairment” or evidence of any “distracted driving”, and Woods voluntarily allowed the results of the investigation to be made public, officials said.</p> <p>Fans have complained that Woods hasn't been charged for speeding, but police said as there were no witnesses or police present, he won't be charged.</p> <p>The crash would have been investigated further “if there was a significant injury or fatality” and had involved another person, said Captain James Powers.</p> <p>Woods himself doesn't recall the incident, but investigators did not check his phone or test his bloodwork as there was "no evidence of any impairment or intoxication", according to Powers.</p> <p>Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed this in a Facebook Q&amp;A with reporters.</p> <p>“He was lucid, no odour of alcohol, no evidence of any medication, narcotics or anything like that,” Villanueva said. “That was not a concern so no field sobriety test and no drug expert needed to respond. This is what it is — an accident.</p> <p>“We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash.</p> <p>“This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime, they do happen unfortunately.</p> <p>“The Deputy on the scene assessed the condition of Tiger Woods and there was no evidence of any impairment whatsoever.</p> <p>“He was not drunk … we can throw that one out.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Family devastated by death of "vanlife" travel star

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Young woman Lee Macmillan, who was known for her road trips alongside Aussie ex-partner Max Bidstrup, took her own life last week.</p> <p>Her devastated loved ones have launched hashtag #speakupforlee to raise awareness about depression and mental illness in her honour.</p> <p>The news was announced by their popular Instagram page @maxandlee_, who had more than 74,000 followers watching their "vanlife" trips.</p> <p>Announcing on Instagram they were going “their separate ways”, the pair admitted it was “incredibly difficult for us to talk about on here”.</p> <p>The post on Wednesday revealed Lee had suffered from depression for a long time.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNEjvGAhzEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNEjvGAhzEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Max &amp; Lee + Occy | Vanlife (@maxandlee_)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“After living an extraordinary life, and fighting a brave battle with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee took her life on Friday,” the post reads.</p> <p>“She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature and was loved by so so many.</p> <p>“If we can do one thing for Lee now, in the midst of this soul-crushing loss, it’s to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health.</p> <p>“And that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince Charles and Camilla touch down in Greece for first international tour of 2021

<p>Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have travelled all the way down to Greece, marking their first foreign royal tour of 2021.</p> <p>The 72-year-old and 73-year-old are in Athens to celebrate the nation’s Bicentenary Independence Day celebrations.</p> <p>The two-day visit comes at the request of the British Government.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840445/charles-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/52675413252344df9d5537f873e828ec" /></p> <p>The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are not immune from the virus however and are required to abide by extremely strict health guidelines while they carry out their overseas tour.</p> <p>This includes wearing face masks, and Camila chose a fitting design on hers – one emblazoned with the official emblem of her husband.</p> <p>The Prince of Wales Feathers dates back to the 14th century.</p> <p>Charles opted to wear a less elaborate mask, but at just $12, it still carried an important meaning.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840447/charles.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9979d2f0d7194f199783e681337561ae" /></p> <p>The silk patterned face covering was made by seamstresses in Myanmar as part of the Turquoise Mountain Textiles program.</p> <p>Charles and Camilla were last in Greece back in May of 2018, and the country has remained a special destination for the entirety of the royal family as it where Prince Philip was born.</p>

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New "Polar Bear Hotel" in China sparks outrage

<p>A hotel that bills itself as the world's first "polar bear hotel" has opened in China's far northeastern Heilongjiang province, drawing both guests and criticism for its central feature: live polar bears.</p> <p>The Polar Bear Hotel, part of the Harbin Polarland theme park, opened its doors on Friday with the promise of round-the-clock polar bear viewing from all 21 guest rooms.</p> <p>“Whether you’re eating, playing or sleeping, polar bears will keep you company,” Harbin Polarland’s official WeChat account said in a post dated March 11.</p> <p>Yang Liu, a spokeswoman for Harbin Polarland spoke to Reuters and revealed the bears remain indoors and are let outside when temperature and air quality permit.</p> <p>She said interest in staying at the hotel was "very high", saying it is fully booked through a trial period.</p> <p>Conservationists criticised the hotel.</p> <p>“Polar bears belong in the Arctic, not in zoos or glass boxes in aquariums - and certainly not in hotels,” Jason Baker, senior vice president at animal rights group PETA, told Reuters.</p> <p>“Polar bears are active for up to 18 hours a day in nature, roaming home ranges that can span thousands of miles, where they enjoy a real life.”</p> <p>“It is shocking and heartbreaking to see an enclosure like this, in this time and age, that houses polar bears in such appalling environments purely for entertainment,” ACRES co-CEO Anbarasi Boopal said.</p>

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"I'm not judging you": Stranger leaves heartwarming note for mums camping in caravan park

<p>A heartwarming note posted in a caravan park in Victoria has welcomed mums during the school holidays.</p> <p>The letter, posted to Facebook page<span> </span><em>Mum Central</em>, was addressed to "all the mums" and has since been liked over 1,200 times.</p> <p>“To all of the mums, when I look at you or are in ears reach of you trying to discipline or comfort your child I want you to know I am not judging you,” the note reads.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMumCentralAU%2Fposts%2F1901262980032974&amp;width=500&amp;show_text=true&amp;height=609&amp;appId" width="500" height="609" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p>“I admire you, your strength, patience and the pure determination you have to try to give your family beautiful memories is priceless.</p> <p>“Love and respect to you all! Happy Easter.”</p> <p>Mums of course loved the note and shared their joy at the understanding note leaver.</p> <p>“Think we would have appreciated this note that time we camped at Shoal Bay,” one person said.</p> <p>“I’ve had a retired couple say that to us in Mildura, it was so lovely to hear and talk about when they’d travelled with their three kids. Kids and camping can be mayhem(but worth it),“ another added.</p> <p>“I wish all campers thought like this. Taking children camping is sometimes difficult,” a third chimed in.</p>

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Family of Captain Sir Tom Moore announce fundraising event to mark 101st birthday

<p>Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family is continuing his legacy by announcing a new fundraising event on what would have been his 101st<br />birthday.</p> <p>The WWII veteran made global headlines when he spent his quarantine days walking 100 laps around his back garden ahead of his 100th<br />birthday.</p> <p>He ended up raising £33 million (AUD $60 million) for the National Health Service (NHS) – breaking the Just Giving record for the largest sum of money raised through a single campaign.</p> <p>To mark his birthday on April 30, the family have launched The Captain Tom 100.</p> <p>"We want people to go crazy and create their own 100 - a challenge around the number 100," his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-56641436" target="_blank" title="BBC"><em>BBC</em></a>.</p> <p>"Because he was 100 and he was so proud to be 100."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840582/captain-tom-moore.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c862a02d993b46b9a734736412a8be4d" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>Ms Ingram-Moore went on to say: "I really hope people see this [100 challenge] for what it is, which is an absolute chance to bring joy, put money back into charities and support the Captain Tom Foundation, which after all is the legacy of hope that he's left us."</p> <p>The family is encouraging people to get out and raise money by doing 100 of something, whether it is baking 100 cupcakes or climbing 100 steps.</p> <p>"It is probably my deepest regret that he is not here but I can do nothing about that. What we can do is deliver something sensational on his birthday," Ms Ingram-Moore told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14550471/captain-tom-moore-100-challenge-charity/" target="_blank" title="The Sun"><em>The Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>"My father was so proud to have made it to 100 and so much happened in that year that he was one hundred. It's a great number, so we felt compelled to keep it.</p> <p>"One hundred is synonymous with him around the world so it had to be 100."</p> <p>Captain Tom Moore died on February 2 due to COVID-19 complications – the very cause he raised money for.</p>

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Heartbreaking reason for two-year-old's constipation

<p>A two-year-old boy in the UK has been diagnosed with stomach cancer after suffering from constipation for over a week.</p> <p>Kodie-Joe was rushed to hospital on February 15th in the UK after suffering from constipation for eight days.</p> <p>Multiple tests were conducted as well as a biopsy which revealed that the little boy had a "high grade" neuroblastoma in his stomach.</p> <p>Cancer had spread quickly into his bone marrow and the two-year-old Kodie-Joe not begins an intensive round of treatment which includes radiotherapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and stem cell therapy.</p> <p>He is also undergoing surgery as well as multiple blood transfusions.</p> <p>His aunt, Shae Robson, has shared the story on a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.gofundme.com/f/kodiejoes-cancer-journey" target="_blank">GoFundMe page</a><span> </span>for the family as they struggle to cover the costs of his treatment as well as plan to go on a holiday this year.</p> <p>The diagnosis is a "worst nightmare" scenario for the family as it only gives Kodie-Joe a 50-50 chance of survival.</p> <p>“We’ve been told he has a 50 per cent chance of survival and if he survives then there’s a 50 per cent chance it’ll come back,” Ms Robson wrote.</p> <p>“We are absolutely devastated.”</p> <p>“I’d like to raise as much money as possible, half of the total to help out with the costs of travelling to and from the hospital every day, the costs of staying in hospital for multiple weeks as well as caring for their baby at home to take as much financial stress away from us as a family at this already awful time,” Ms Robson wrote.</p> <p>“The other half of the total raised will go towards paying off their caravan holiday they have booked for September so that they have something to look forward to without the worry of paying it off and to give us all a well-deserved break.”</p> <p>The GoFundMe page has currently hit its goal.</p>

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Huge blow for Prince Charles' royal future

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A new <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/public-want-prince-william-king-23864734" target="_blank">poll</a> has shown that almost half of British people polled want the Duke of Cambridge to be the next monarch instead of Prince Charles, with him polling at a sad 27 per cent.</p> <p>Those aged between 18 and 24 were keen to see Prince Harry on the throne, despite him being sixth in line.</p> <p>Others were more interested in the crown skipping Prince Charles completely and going to his son Prince William instead.</p> <p>47 per cent would rather see this happen despite an intense two-decade campaign to change Prince Charles' image after his divorce from Princess Diana.</p> <p>However, 18 per cent said that Britain should no longer have a monarch, based on a survey Deltapoll took by interviewing 1,590 adults.</p> <p>The poll revealed other interesting ideas, as more than 40 per cent think that the Queen should remain in her position until she dies.</p> <p>In news that isn't surprising to hardcore monarchy fans, more than half of Brits (51 per cent polled) believe that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have damaged the reputation of the monarchy.</p> <p>This opinion comes after their shocking tell-all interview with Oprah, where Markle and Prince Harry made a series of astonishing claims, including that an unnamed member of the royal family was racist towards baby Archie.</p> <p>Prince Harry discussed his relationship with Prince William, saying that he loved him "to bits" but the brothers were on "different paths".</p> <p>He also claimed that Prince William and Prince Charles are "trapped" by the monarchy.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Bindi Irwin shares adorable baby update

<p>Even though she's busy on mum duty, Bindi Irwin is still finding time to share baby updates with her excited fans.</p> <p>And it goes without saying, the latest snap of Grace bears a striking resemblance to one particular wildlife warrior.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram late last night, Bindi shared an adorable close up shot of her new Bub, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.</p> <p>The little one was copied up in a sweet white onesie with an ever-appropriate flora design.</p> <p>To caption the post, Bindi wrote: "Our beautiful girl, always dreaming."</p> <p>There's no denying baby Grace shares a striking resemblance to her mum Bindi when she was a bub.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNUNvUlBAM6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNUNvUlBAM6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bindi and Chandler welcomed their first daughter Grace into the world on March 25th, which just so happens to be the couple's wedding anniversary.</p> <p>"March 25, 2021. Celebrating the two loves of my life. Happy first wedding anniversary to my sweetheart husband and day of birth to our beautiful daughter. ❤️" Bindi penned on Instagram</p> <p>"Grace Warrior Irwin Powell. Our graceful warrior is the most beautiful light. Grace is named after my great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler’s family dating back to the 1700s.</p> <p>"Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior. Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad. There are no words to describe the infinite amount of love in our hearts for our sweet baby girl. She chose the perfect day to be born and we feel tremendously blessed."</p>

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Princess Eugenie shares sweet new snap of baby August

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Princess Eugenie has shared the fourth official photo of her newborn son August as she celebrates her first Easter as a mum.</p> <p>She took to Instagram this morning to share a sweet snap with her family of three.</p> <p>Eugenie summed the beautiful image up perfectly: "Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and a blossoming Spring."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNTCrkzF55b/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNTCrkzF55b/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans were excited to see baby August as it's the fourth time they've seen him since his birth in February.</p> <p>"You're such a lovely family. Happy Easter and spring for you," wrote an excited fan.</p> <p>"Thank you for sharing! Hope the first Easter was wonderful!" Another added.</p> <p>The post was a hit with fans as it has more than 73,000 likes.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Queen’s “favourite” grandson questioned by police in bizarre 740km lockdown trip

<p><span>Cops turned up on the doorstep of a married woman in Scotland after a complaint that the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips had driven 740 km to see her.</span><br /><br /><span>Police were forced to “issue advice” to Mr Phillips, 43, who currently resides 460 miles (740 kilometres) away in Gloucestershire.</span><br /><br /><span>The grandson of Her Majesty lives at his mum, Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.</span><br /><br /><span>But locals had little patience for the royal when he turned up in the village of St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire.</span><br /><br /><span>Police called on him and the 40-year-old mum of two at her £475,000 ($860,000) home.</span><br /><br /><span>It was quickly discovered Phillips was not in breach of any COVID-19 lockdown rules after he explained he was on a business trip.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman — who is separated from her husband — is a pal of Peter’s sister Zara Phillips after their days at private school Gordonstoun in Moray, Scotland.</span><br /><br /><span>She attended Zara’s wedding to rugby star Mike Tindall in 2011.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman and Peter met again at a school reunion.</span><br /><br /><span>The father-of-two split from his wife, 41-year-old Autumn, in a public announcement in February of 2020.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840489/peter-phillips.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/462147d9d43d403882d55ccecdf044c4" /><br /><br /><span>“It seems wrong he has travelled here from England, whatever the circumstances,” one local source said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Scotland is closed and if you flew here you would have to quarantine for 10 days.”</span><br /><br /><span>A spokesman for Mr Phillips said the royal had travelled on business with his company XL Medical, which provides rapid COVID-19 tests.</span><br /><br /><span>“We do not comment on ­details or circumstances of Mr Phillips’ accommodation when travelling on ­business,” he said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840487/peter-phillips-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/19e41b2b78014e838769ef45cc1e858b" /><br /><br /><span>A Police Scotland spokeswoman said, “At around 6.40 pm on Friday March 26, 2021, police received a report of a potential breach of coronavirus regulations at a property in St Cyrus, Montrose. Officers attended, spoke to the occupants and found no breaches of ­legislation.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mainland Scotland is in lockdown with travel only permitted for “essential purposes”.</span><br /><br /><span>Peter and Autumn have daughters Savannah, 10, and Isla, eight.</span><br /><br /><span>Peter is 17th in line to the throne, as he is the son of Princess Anne and her ex-husband Captain Mark Phillips.</span></p>

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What happens when you free unemployed Australians from ‘mutual obligations’ and boost their benefits? We just found out

<div class="grid-ten large-grid-nine grid-last content-body content entry-content instapaper_body inline-promos"> <p>During COVID-19 the government ran what turned out to be a giant real-world experiment into what happens when you boost someone’s unemployment benefits and free them of the “mutual obligation” to apply for jobs.</p> <p>On April 27 2020 the government as good as doubled the $565.70 per fortnight JobSeeker payment, lifting it by $550 per fortnight for what turned out to be six months. In September the boost dropped to $250 per fortnight, and in December to $150 per fortnight.</p> <p>Next Thursday the boost vanishes, although the base rate of JobSeeker will climb by a less-than substantial $50 a fortnight, leaving recipients $100 a fortnight worse off than they have been, $500 per fortnight worse off than back when JobSeeker doubled and back well below the poverty line.</p> <p>From Thursday April 1 they will also be subject to much more demanding work tests, having to show they have applied for a minimum of 15 jobs a month, climbing to 20 jobs a month from July 1.</p> <p>On top of that the government has announced:</p> <ul> <li> <p>a return to compulsory face-to-face meetings with Jobactive providers</p> </li> <li> <p>work-for-the-dole after six months of unemployment</p> </li> <li> <p>a dob-in line for employers to report jobseekers who seem not to be genuine</p> </li> <li> <p>increased auditing of job applications to ensure they are legitimate</p> </li> </ul> <p>They are the sort of “mutual obligations” that were scrapped while JobSeeker was doubled.</p> <p>Yet the government’s natural experiment where they doubled benefits and freed recipients of “mutual obligations” provides us with an opportunity to examine how a more generous approach affected recipients and whether, as the government says, a tougher approach is needed in order to compel people to work.</p> <p>During last year’s more generous approach, we conducted an online survey of JobSeeker recipients and found that (contrary to what appears to be the government’s expectation), it was helping get people into work.</p> <p>Freed of “mutual obligations”, many were able to devote time to reengaging with the workforce.</p> <p>As one respondent said,</p> <blockquote> <p>I was able to focus on getting myself back into the workforce. Yes, mutual obligation activities PREVENT people from being able to start a new business or re-enter the workforce as an employee</p> </blockquote> <p>And the extra income freed recipients to do things that would advance their employment prospects; either through study, through properly looking for work, or buying the tools needed to get work.</p> <p>One said</p> <blockquote> <p>I could buy things that helped me with employment — equipment for online work, a bicycle for travel, a proper phone"</p> </blockquote> <p>An Australia Institute review of unemployment payments and work incentives in 33 OECD countries found something similar — that higher payments correlate to lower unemployment.</p> <p>Another respondent said the suspended mutual obligation requirements made it easier to care for an elderly parent during pandemic and their recovery from major surgery.</p> <p>Another said she had been able to focus on her health needs and her children.</p> <p>People on social security are often accused of being dependent on welfare, but it’s often the economy and society that are dependent on their unpaid labour.</p> <p>Yet (except for during the worst of the pandemic) these people have been denied a safety net that ensures their survival.</p> <span class="attribution"><span class="source"></span></span> <p>The inadequacy of payments goes to a major and enduring flaw in the Australian social security system — its inability to recognise all of the productive activities people undertake, including unpaid care  largely undertaken by women.</p> <p>The decisions the government took during 2020 made a major difference to the lives of people outside the formal workforce.</p> <p>They enabled them to turn their attention away from day-to-day survival towards envisioning and realising a more financially and emotionally sustainable future for themselves and their dependants.</p> <p>The flow-on benefits, to all of us, ought to be substantial.</p> <p>The government ought to be very interested.</p> <p>If it was, it would examine the findings further, but they don’t seem to be on its radar.</p> </div> <div class="grid-ten grid-prepend-two large-grid-nine grid-last content-topics topic-list"> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Elise Klein, Kay Cook and Susan Maury. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/what-happens-when-you-free-unemployed-australians-from-mutual-obligations-and-boost-their-benefits-we-just-found-out-157506">The Conversation</a>.</em></p> </div>

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Piers Morgan slams Harry and Meghan: "Princess Diana would be horrified"

<p><span>Piers Morgan has said that Princess Diana would be horrified to see Prince Harry “smearing” the Queen after claiming that he knew the late royal well.</span><br /><br /><span>He also said that Harry’s split from Prince William would also have broken his mother’s heart.</span><br /><br /><span>While speaking to US TV host Tucker Carlson in his first interview since he resigned from his gig as co-host of Good Morning Britain, Morgan slammed Harry and Meghan.</span><br /><br /><span>"I knew Princess Diana well," he told Carlson during <em>Tucker Carlson Today,</em> which aired on Monday night.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840574/piers-morgan-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f2a751eebcb04953b52f076a01637e77" /><br /><br /><span>"I think she would be horrified by the split between Harry and his brother, by the schism now between Harry and the royal family generally, by the appalling smearing of the Queen, which is already causing damage in some of the Commonwealth countries, who are buying into this outrageous lie that the Queen is somehow racist, presiding over a racist institution."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan quit his hosting role on <em>Good Morning Britain</em> after one too many remarks about the Duchess of Sussex.</span><br /><br /><span>The show received a number of complaints from viewers, and even Meghan herself.</span><br /><br /><span>However, leaving the show hasn’t made him change his tune, telling Carlson he still doesn't believe Harry and Meghan's claims.</span><br /><br /><span>"Seventeen different claims by the pair of them have now been proven to be either completely untrue or massively exaggerated or unproveable," Morgan said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I was an outrage. I wasn't allowed to have an opinion ... I was told that you have got to believe Meghan Markle, and if you don't believe what she's saying you are a racist."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan also slammed Meghan’s mental health comment, and said it was "impossible to believe" two people in the palace had denied her the help she needed.</span><br /><br /><span>"You're accusing two people in the palace of being unspeakably cruel simply to protect the brand of the Royal family," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"If that is true, let's have the names of these people and let's go to them and ask them if this is true - 'did you tell a suicidal woman, who told you she was suicidal, not to get help?'</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840575/piers-morgan-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c532fd05105b421c80a2d24ba4bc4010" /><br /><br /><span>"I find that impossible to believe. You wouldn't have two people in the palace who will be that callous to a woman telling them that she was suicidal."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan said there was "a lot of anger" building over the interview in the UK over "the very ugly smearing of our Queen".</span><br /><br /><span>"Particularly at a time when her husband Prince Philip, who's 99, was fighting for his life up in hospital," he added.</span><br /><br /><span>"Everything about this was tacky, tasteless, disingenuous and, I'm afraid, I believe in some cases downright lying on a global scale."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan has claimed in the past that Meghan “ghosted” him as a friend after she met Harry in 2016.</span><br /><br /><span>He said he had previously met up with the then-Suits star in London after connecting with her on social media.</span></p>

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Duchess Kate’s exciting new venture

<p><span>The Duchess of Cambridge launched her Hold Still photography project in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery last year.</span><br /><br /><span>The endeavour aimed to encourage those in the UK to document their experiences during the pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.”</span><br /><br /><span>The heartfelt project is now turning into a photography book called Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>Inside, it will feature 100 portraits from the project, along with accompanying stories, and a foreword from the Duchess herself.</span><br /><br /><span>“When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers,” the royal wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal.</span><br /><br /><span>“Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals' stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic,” she continues.</span><br /><br /><span>“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an image – your stories are the most crucial part of this project. I hope that the final 100 images showcase the experiences and emotions borne during this extraordinary moment in history, pay tribute to the awe-inspiring efforts of all who have worked to protect those around them, and provide a space for us to pause and reflect upon this unparalleled period.”</span><br /><br /><span>The new book will be available both online and in bookstores in the UK starting May 7.</span><br /><br /><span>The sales will be split between the mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.</span></p>

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Thomas Markle hand delivers letter to Oprah

<p>Thomas Markle has hand delivered a letter to Oprah Winfrey, asking her to interview him about his relationship with estranged daughter Meghan.</p> <p>The 76-year-old drove up to the talk show host's $117 million estate in Montecito, California, on Thursday and handed the note to a security guard outside.</p> <p>It is reported that he hopes to tell his side of the story to Oprah after her explosive interview with Meghan, in which the Duchess spoke of her father's "betrayal".</p> <p>A source told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14468921/meghan-markle-dad-thomas-letter-oprah-interview/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>this weekend: “Thomas delivered a letter to Oprah asking her to contact him so he could tell his side of the story.</p> <p>“This was not a note to Meghan and Harry, it was meant for Oprah.</p> <p>“Thomas watched the interview she did with them and feels he deserves a chance to have his say.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CM5g74dHtVD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CM5g74dHtVD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mci (@mycelebrityandi)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In January last year, Thomas revealed to The Sun he was thinking of sending a letter to Oprah.</p> <p>Knowing she was friends with his daughter, he said: “I was going to write Oprah a letter asking her to let me have an opportunity to speak.”</p> <p>Thomas had a falling out with his daughter in the lead up to their wedding in 2018, when he lied about posing for paparazzi pictures.</p> <p>Meghan told Oprah: “When I said we won’t be able to protect our own kids one day and I said: ‘So I just need you to tell me and if you tell me the truth, we can help’.</p> <p>“He wasn’t able to do that. And that for me has really resonated, especially now as a mother.</p> <p>“I look at Archie, I think about this child, and I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child.”</p>

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Woody Allen addresses allegations in first interview in 30 years

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Woody Allen has spoken out for the first time in 30 years about the allegations against him as well as his relationship with his wife Soon-Yi Previn.</p> <p>Allen, 85, spoke with<span> </span><em>CBS Sunday Morning</em><span> </span>for his first in-depth on-camera interview in three decades.</p> <p>He addresses the allegations brought against him by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow who claims that Allen molested her when she was seven years old.</p> <p>Allen denied there being truth to the claims but he doesn't think Dylan is lying either.</p> <p>“I believe she thinks it,” Allen says (via<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://deadline.com/2021/03/woody-allen-cbs-sunday-morning-dylan-farrow-allegations-interview-1234723415/" target="_blank"><em>Deadline</em></a>). “She was a good kid. I do not believe that she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that.”</p> <p>Allen has implied in the past that Dylan has been misled to believe something happened when Allen says it didn't as the claims came out during a heated custody battle with his ex Mia Farrow in 1992.</p> <p>“It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained,” Allen says in the interview.</p> <p>“And they still prefer to cling to, if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her.</p> <p>“Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.”</p> <p>He continues: “There was no logic to it, on the face of it. Why would a guy who’s 57 years old and never accused of anything in my life, I’m suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia’s country home (with) a 7-year-old girl. It just – on the surface, I didn’t think it required any investigation, even.”</p> <p>The interview also discussed his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, which has been controversial since it began. The pair met when Soon-Yi was the adoptive daughter of Mia Farrow and the pair began a relationship despite their 35-year age difference.</p> <p>“I would say, the many women I’ve dated in my life — many women — they were all what the appropriate police would call appropriate, age-appropriate,” he explained.</p> <p>“Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, (second wife), Louise Lasser, my first wife … until Soon-Yi, which is unusual for me.</p> <p>“If you had told me that I was going to wind up married — happily married — to an Asian woman, much younger than me, not in show business, I would have said, ‘Well, the odds of that are very slim. I don’t think you’re going to be right.’ But that’s what happened.”</p> <p>He addressed that the way they met was unusual but said that they came together in a less scandalous way than people think.</p> <p>“I never slept at Mia’s house in all the years I went out with her,” Allen told Cowan.</p> <p>“We had a relationship but there was never gonna be a marital relationship … It got to be a relationship of convenience after a while.”</p> <p>He noted that “the last thing in the world that anybody wanted was to hurt anybody’s feelings.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Rod Stewart's "hidden track" inside his Beverly Hills home

<p>He has long been known as a railway enthusiast, even if at times he chose not to talk about it. But Sir Rod Stewart's legendary choo-choo layout -–26 years in the making – just has to be seen to be believed.</p> <p>The rocker's astonishingly detailed 124ft long x 23ft wide model depicting an American city and its industrial hinterland in the 1940s contains hundreds of buildings, from trackside switchman shanties to vast factories and skyscrapers.</p> <p>Called Grand Street And Three Rivers City, it also features a railway station crossed by numerous bridges at rush hour.</p> <p>Also featured in the landscape are period cars and lorries, driving alongside the train tracks.</p> <p>Everything is dramatically lit in the colours of late afternoon sunshine.</p> <p>Sir Rod told<span> </span><em>Railway Modeller</em><span> </span>magazine that scenery and structure modelling, rather than locomotives, trackwork or electrics, are his forte.</p> <p>"It's the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn't be any unsightly gaps or pavements that are too clean," he said.</p> <p>Sir Rod was inspired by American Railways because that is where we has living when he began creating the model in 1993.</p> <p>At the time, he had recently built a new house in Los Angeles and included an attic room specifically for the layout.</p> <p>While Sir Rod acknowledged it took a while for him to publicly admit he was a railway enthusiast, he agreed in his interview with the magazine that attitudes now appear to be changing towards model railway making.</p> <p>But he added that he was still wary about answering questions on TV about it because "it's hard to talk about something so all-encompassing" if he was meant to be discussing his music.</p> <p>His passion was first inflamed when he was "eight or nine" on a family holiday in Bognor Regis where he saw a "marvellous" railway layout in a model shop.</p> <p>He said his father had once given him the advice that "every man needs a hobby".</p> <p>"Mine's model railway," said Sir Rod, who had a toy railway as a child. When he wanted a station for it, his dad bought him a guitar instead, which many might think turned out to be a shrewd move.</p> <p>His fortune stands at £190 million, according to the Sunday Times' UK Musicians' Rich List, and he has had nine No 1 albums and 62 hit singles in the UK.</p> <p>Sir Rod said guests are stunned by his magnificent model railway when he runs it for them at his LA home. He said: 'When I take on something creative like this, I have to give it 110 per cent. For me, it's addictive. I started, so I just had to finish.</p> <p>"I'm lucky I had the room. If I'd realised at the start it would have taken so long, I'd have probably said No! No! Nah!"</p> <p><span>Photos: Facebook and Model Railroader Magazine</span></p>

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Why Greg Norman is moving home to Australia

<p><span>Gold legend Greg Norman is leaving the United States permanently and coming back to Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>He and his wife, Kiki, have found a buyer for their $52 million (AUD) Colorado ranch.</span><br /><br /><span>This follows after the sale of their $77 million Florida compound was finalised, and now the pair will finally relocate back to Norman’s hometown.</span><br /><br /><span>The Seven Lakes Lodge was originally purchased in 2004 for $12 million.</span><br /><br /><span>He put the home on the market for $71 million in 2016, but dropped the price significantly — by $19 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The 11,900 acre lot is made up of eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms and has been described as “one of the finest trophy big game hunting and fishing ranches in Colorado”.</span><br /><br /><span>Norman farewelled the property in an emotional Instagram post, writing “Sunday snow. A beautiful send off after two decades of owning 7L,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“This ranch has been an extraordinary magnificent journey of mountain life. It has been a pleasure sharing the incredible diversity this ranch with my family and friends.</span><br /><br /><span>“Each have their own memory, but collectively the memories will never leave us due to the uniqueness of the offering. I am confident the new owner and his family and friends will enjoy the same journey we did.”</span><br /><br /><span>It follows after the legendary golfer sold his South Florida compound only two weeks after it was listed for sale.</span><br /><br /><span>It was quickly snapped up by billionaire Leslie Wexner after 14 years of reconstruction.</span><br /><br /><span>“My wife and I feel it is time to move on after 30 years here,” Norman told the Miami Herald.</span><br /><br /><span>“COVID-19 and the whole pandemic experience, with social distancing and being isolated from our families — most of whom live overseas — this past year has made us realise how short life truly is and has caused us to re-evaluate how and where we want to spend the rest of our lives.”</span><br /><br /><span>Kirsten made it clear that they would be returning to Australia when farewelling their Florida home in an Instagram post.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our beloved Shark Shack. Boy will we miss it. Hope to recreate it some day soon in Oz!” she wrote in the caption.</span><br /><br /><span>In a January column for Stellar magazine, Norman revealed he was ready to return to his Queensland home.</span><br /><br /><span>“I miss Australia. I miss the way it sounds. Not long ago, I was on the phone with my parents and the sounds of the bird life in the background was something else,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the smell of Australia … it’s so clean and fresh. I love the coffee and I miss the people; they’re so easy going … I want to get back to Australia as soon as I can. To tell you the truth, I think about coming home every second day.”</span><br /><br /><span>In 2019, he admitted to The Daily Telegraph he was on the hunt for a new home in Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>“Yes we are (looking). I’d prefer not to say where we are looking and no we have not bought anything.”</span></p>

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Inside Tom Cruise’s $51 million ranch

<p>Tom Cruise is living like a king out in Colorado in his sprawling estate – and you can too for the price tag of $51 million.</p> <p>The Hollywood megastar has become a great among giants for his numerous acting roles, and now after living the high life in his AUD$51 million mansion, he is deciding to let it go.</p> <p>Cruise first quietly put the Telluride estate listing up for AUD$76.1 million 7 years ago but listing agent Eric Lavey told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/tom-cruises-action-packed-colorado-estate-lists-for-39-5-million-11615480236" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a></em><span> </span>it was done under hush-hush circumstances.</p> <p>“I’m not sure [Cruise] was ready to sell it yet,” Lavey, from LIV Sotheby’s International Realty told the <em>WSJ.</em></p> <p>The home is nestled perfectly into the mountains and has remained a secluded oasis for those with high-profile lives looking to get away from it all.</p> <p>Spanning over 320 acres, Cruise reportedly spent many years collecting the land to form the massive estate but now reportedly no longer spends much of his time there and is looking to pass the home on to someone else.</p> <p>The property boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms and features plenty of incredible features like mountain views in every single direction and a number of outdoor activities to choose from including skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. In the warmer months, the option of golf, horseback riding, hiking, and biking is available.</p> <p>With over 10,000 square-feet of room to use in the main house, there is also a three-bedroom guest lodge that could also be very useful.</p> <p>Tom Cruise reportedly spent several years designing the stone-and-cedar home, and completed the massive built in 1994.</p>

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Serena Williams selling up and moving closer to Meghan

<p><span>Serena Williams has listed her luxurious Beverly Hills mansion for $9.7 million (US$7.5 million), shortly after her defeat at the Australian Open.</span><br /><br /><span>The 39-year-old tennis legend purchased the home in October 2017 for US$6.7 million but is now ready to let it go.</span><br /><br /><span>The sprawling property has over five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and is located in the upscale Beverly Hills Post Office neighbourhood.</span><br /><br /><span>The three-storey home, built only four years ago, offers a contemporary Spanish style and unbelievably picturesque city views across the valley.</span><br /><br /><span>The outdoor space is nothing short of extraordinary, with a built-in Wolf barbecue and refrigerator located on the patio, a Baja style pool and a stunning lawn perfect for entertaining.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams’ decision to list the home follows shortly after her loss at the Australian Open, when she lost 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-final round against Naomi Osaka.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams was asked whether this would be the last time fans would get to see her compete, which resulted in her walking away.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams failed to make the finals at the US Open in September.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports suggest she and her Reddit founder husband, Alexis Ohanian, are looking for a home in the Montecito region, which is where her friend Meghan Markle currently lives with Prince Harry.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams and Ohanian share a 3-year-old daughter, Alexis Jr.</span></p>

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