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Prince Harry’s first new job since quitting royal family

<p>Prince Harry has officially arrived in California.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex has joined Silicon Valley startup BetterUp as its chief impact officer, the company revealed to CNN Business of Tuesday.</p> <p>A spokesperson for Harry also confirmed the new role.</p> <p>BetterUp provides mental health services to clients. According to the website, Harry is part of its leadership team, describing him as a "humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate, and environmentalist."</p> <p>Harry is expected to have input into product strategy decisions and charitable contributions, and also be a mental health advocate the Wall Street Journal reported.</p> <p>BetterUp has refused to disclose how much Harry would be paid.</p> <p>"It's a meaningful and meaty role," CEO Alexi Robichaux told the Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>The prince expanded on his reasons for joining BetterUp in a company blog post, saying he recognised a "shared passion" for helping people in Robichaux.</p> <p>"What caught my attention about BetterUp was that the company's mission to unlock the potential in people everywhere necessitates innovation, impact, and integrity. Their team has been delivering on that work for years," said Harry.</p> <p>Harry also said he had personally benefited from coaching provided by BetterUp.</p> <p>"I've personally found working with a BetterUp coach to be invaluable. I was matched with a truly awesome coach who has given me sound advice and a fresh perspective," Harry said in the blog post.</p>

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Just how much did Princess Diana leave to Prince Harry?

<p>Prince Harry claimed he was financially cut off by the Royal Family when he stepped back from royal duty in 2020.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey he and wife Meghan Markle relied on the money he inherited from his mother, Princess Diana.</p> <p>Harry told Oprah: “I’ve got what my mum left me and without that we wouldn’t have been able to do this.</p> <p>“It’s like she saw it coming and she’s been with us through this whole process.”</p> <p>While he did not reveal the amount during the chat, it is understood Harry was left around $11 million when his mother died 23 years ago.</p> <p>On his 30th birthday, the amount increased to $18 million after the original amount was invested and gathered interest.</p> <p>The money came from Diana's divorce from Prince Charles, as well as shares, jewellery, cash and other personal items.</p> <p>Harry and Meghan have also scored lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix, and Harry received a multimillion-dollar inheritance from his great-grandmother the Queen Mother.</p> <p>Meghan also earned approximately $9 million for her stint on the American legal drama<span> </span><em>Suits</em>, and other side projects.</p> <p>Diana, Princess of Wales, also left $11 million to her other son Prince William.</p> <p>Diana had an estimated net worth of about $41 million when she died in 1997.</p> <p>Much of that came from the settlement she received from divorcing Prince Charles.</p>

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Woman’s unbelievable $357k discovery

<p><span>A woman cannot believe her luck after she found what is believed to be a piece of expensive ambergris washed up near her beach house.</span><br /><br /><span>Siriporn Niamrin, 49, revealed she was walking along the sand after a rainstorm when she noticed the bizarre mass in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thailand, on February 23.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Niamrin investigated the substance and found it had a fishy smell.</span><br /><br /><span>She dragged it back to her house about 500 metres away in hopes that it could be something she could sell.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman asked her neighbours for help and was shocked when they informed her that it could be ambergris, also known as whale vomit.</span><br /><br /><span>Ambergris is a result of sperm whales bile ducts in the gastrointestinal tract making secretions to ease the passage of large or sharp objects.</span><br /><br /><span>The whale vomits the mucilage, which solidifies and floats on the surface of the ocean.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840103/daily-13.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/be514a4bab2f46bba0bbea982437552f" /></p> <p><em>Image: ViralPress</em><br /><br /><span>The solid chunk has a terrible smell at first but after the mucilage dries out, it develops a sweet and fragrance that lasts a long time – making it a deeply sought-after ingredient in the perfume industry.</span><br /><br /><span>They are now waiting for experts to visit her house to confirm that the lump is genuine ambergris.</span><br /><br /><span>The oval-shaped lump weighed in at 7kg and was around 30cms wide and 60cms long.</span><br /><br /><span>The weight gives the chunk of ambergris an estimated value of around A$357,000, based on previous sales.</span><br /><br /><span>"If I really have the genuine ambergris, I can help my community once I find a buyer for it," Siriporn said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I feel lucky to have found such a large piece. I hope it will bring me money.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm keeping it safe in my house and I have asked the local council to visit to check it."</span></p>

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Restaurant staff blown away by enormous tip left by generous customer

<p>A group of restaurant workers was left shocked and amazed when a regular diner left them a hefty tip, then disappeared before they could say thank you.</p> <p>The employees at Eggs Up Grill in South Carolina, USA, said this particular diner always tips well and has been generous even during the pandemic.</p> <p>But they were certainly not expecting his generosity after a meal.</p> <p>After dining at the restaurant, the man left an envelope containing the tip for his $10 meal (AUD $13).</p> <p>Inside was a note, and over $2,000 cash (AUD $2,575), which he wrote should be split among all the staff working.</p> <p>"The gentleman that left the tip is a regular who comes in at least 6 days a week," Eggs Up Grill Managing Partner Adam Bair told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/south-carolina-restaurant-staff-2k-cash-tip-note-regular-customer" target="_blank">Fox News</a><span> </span>via email.</p> <p>"The gentleman paid for his $10 meal and left the envelope with the money and the note without waiting around for his server to open the envelope. We tried to catch him in the parking lot to thank him, but he had already left."</p> <p>The note revealed four servers at the restaurant received $400 (AUD $515), with the rest of the cash split between other staff based on the hours worked.</p> <p>While staff considered him a generous customer, no one was expecting the enormous tip he had left.</p> <p>"It was very surprising. It made a huge impact on all of us above the monetary value," Bair wrote.</p> <p>"It made the servers feel appreciated during a very turbulent time with COVID. Their tips have gone down tremendously and I know the money was very much needed. It was perfect timing."</p> <p>The tip was allegedly left as part of the 'Just Be Nice Challenge' which encourages diners to leave large tips for their servers.</p> <p>Now, staff are keen to see the man again to say thank you.</p> <p>Waitress Selene Montalvo told WYFF4: "He paid most of my bills this month, and that's why I can't wait to see him to really thank him."</p>

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Rare opportunity: Queen Elizabeth is hiring a new staff member

<p><span>The Queen’s royal household is hiring!</span><br /><br /><span>It is not all that often the Queen hires new employees, but a new vacancy has been made on behalf of the royal household.</span><br /><br /><span>The royal family is hoping to hire a Design and Development Assistant for the Royal Collection Trust shop at their Stoke-on-Trent office, where the China and Glassware products are made.</span><br /><br /><span>The Royal Collection Trust's Retail team operate shops at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.</span><br /><br /><span>They also have a growing online presence.</span><br /><br /><span>The role involves support, design, development and planning of the production of items.</span><br /><br /><span>The website also states the role will also require the hire to be "providing vital admin and logistical support to the team, help place and oversee regular orders of stock, packaging and gift boxes, bringing all the components of a product together, ready to send out to the shops".</span><br /><br /><span>The position is on a permanent contract, with interviews taking place till the end of the month.</span><br /><br /><span>The royal household is looking for a person “confident working with numbers” and someone who has “strong IT skills and can use MS Office programs and database systems”.</span><br /><br /><span>"With a keen eye for detail and excellent administration skills, you'll be able to process large volumes of work with complete accuracy,” the site states.</span><br /><br /><span>“You'll also be highly organised, able to plan and prioritise your time effectively to meet multiple deadlines. As a good communicator, you’ll build a good rapport with colleagues and customers alike."</span><br /><br /><span>The successful candidate could earn up to £23,000 a year depending on his or her experience.</span></p>

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Man takes back tip from rude waitress

<p>One man's dining experience has ended in an altercation, with a waitress not providing good customer service as promised.</p> <p>Taking to Reddit, an anonymous man wrote about his experience of dining at a local Chinese restaurant with a friend.</p> <p>He explained that while the food was "great", he and his friend had "almost no interactions" with wait staff during the evening due to coronavirus precautions.</p> <p>"The bill came out to be just about $30, and I tipped just a little above 15 per cent, giving $5," he said.</p> <p>The waitress took the bill from the table, but she returned just before the man and his friend left to question their tip.</p> <p>"She returned with the $5 bill we left to cover the tip and in a passive-aggressive tone [said] 'Was something wrong with the food? Where's the rest of the tip?'" he said.</p> <p>He says the interaction left him feeling "shocked and confused".</p> <p>"I recall it being the very first time I was confronted for not tipping enough, as my usual 15 per cent tip suffices in past restaurant experiences," he explained.</p> <p>He decided to take back the $5 tip without speaking to the waitress, and walked out of the restaurant with his friend, even though she attempted to call them out as they did.</p> <p>"In the moment, we both agreed that it was an insane thing for the waitress to do, acting as if we didn't tip at all," he said.</p> <p>"The waitress that had confronted us had been someone we had close to almost no contact with the entire time, as she had only been to our table once to give our food."</p> <p>He asked other Redditors to share what they would have done in the situation.</p> <p>"Ignore her request to tip more and leave the $5 bill as it was, or give a larger tip as she asked just to get the situation over with?" he asked.</p> <p>Commenters widely sided with the man.</p> <p>"Fifteen per cent is enough and you gave more. Taking the tip away from an entitled waitress is totally justified," one wrote.</p> <p>Another said they were "glad" he took the $5 note back, adding, "She's lucky you didn't get her fired, which she deserved."</p>

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Doctor's incredible $800,000 gesture to cancer patients

<p>A doctor from the US has helped out 200 of his former patients by forgiving their medical debts, as he plans to close his practice this year.</p> <p>Oncologist Dr Omar Atiq plans to shut his practice, The Arkansas Cancer Clinic, down in March this year, after serving the community for close to 29 years.</p> <p>After closing up shop, Dr Atiq tried to collect payments from some of his former patients but didn't get very far.</p> <p>Speaking to Good Morning America, he revealed some people were unable to cover their debts, so after a discussion with his wife, they decided to forgive the debts of some 200 of his former clients.</p> <p>"We saw that we could do it and then just went ahead and did it," he said.</p> <p>Dr Atiq's patients received a greeting card the week of Christmas, explaining their debt had been paid for and that the Arkansas Cancer Clinic "was proud to serve you as a patient".</p> <p>“Although various health insurances pay most of the bills for majority of patients, even the deductibles and co-pays can be burdensome,” the card said.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, that is the way our health care system currently works. Arkansas Cancer Clinic is closing its practice after over 29 years of dedicated service to the community.</p> <p>“The clinic has decided to forego all balances owed to the clinic by its patients.”</p> <p>In the end, Dr Atiq ended up erasing US$650,000, or roughly AU$842,000, of his patient's debt and explained ever since he opened up his practice, the thought of his sick patients worrying about money made him uneasy.</p> <p>"I saw patients over the years who just didn’t have anything or who went bankrupt trying to pay for their treatment," he told Good Morning America.</p> <p>"In many ways it seems like a totally unfair situation."</p> <p>Good Morning America reported Dr Atiq is now working at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.</p>

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"Disgusting": Woolworths shopper likens store policy to the Holocaust

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A furious Woolworths customer has been slammed online after they compared a standard store policy to the Holocaust.</p> <p>The customer ranted on the supermarket's Facebook page to complain after a worker had called the store manager to approve $1,300 worth of gift cards being purchased.</p> <p>The woman visited the supermarket in Leura with her husband to purchase the vouchers for his clients when they were questioned by the staff.</p> <p>“We told her it was none of her business at first then told her the reason. She told us it was due to some scam, what scam I’m paying for the cards to give as gifts as part of promoting the business!” the woman wrote.</p> <p>“Last time we checked we live in a democracy but it appears communists run Woolworths,” she added.</p> <p>“The lady said she was just doing her job just what the Germans said during the Holocaust.”</p> <p>The post has been slammed by hundreds, with many calling the woman "disgusting" for the "offensive" comparison.</p> <p>“How dare you compare this situation to the holocaust!!! “ one woman wrote, adding, “the staff were looking out FOR YOU, in case YOU were being scammed.”</p> <p>“Did you really just compare information sharing at the point of sale to the holocaust?! Yikes,” another customer said.</p> <p>A Woolworths spokesperson confirmed to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/woolworths/disgusting-woolworths-shopper-slammed-for-likening-store-policy-to-the-holocaust-c-1759974" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS.com.au</em></a><span> </span>that the policy was introduced after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission raised concerns about scammers targeting individuals with demands for payments via gift cards.</p> <p>“As a responsible retailer, we want to play our part in reducing harm to consumers from scams,” the spokeswoman said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Elderly woman’s $10 million surprise for her neighbours

<p><span>A senior German woman who passed away in late 2019 has shocked her community after it was revealed she bequeathed her entire $10 million stock and property portfolio to them.</span><br /><br /><span>Renate Wedel died aged 81 in the Weiperfelden district of Waldsolms in Hesse, where she had lived since 1975 with her stockbroker husband, Alfred, who died in 2014 at 88.</span><br /><br /><span>Following her death, the district was informed Wedel had left it and its six villages the couple’s bank balance, shares and valuables.</span><br /><br /><span>Wedel’s sister was the original heir but she had sadly already passed.</span><br /><br /><span>“I thought at first, this is simply not possible, I thought a comma had slipped, something is not quite right,” local mayor Bernd Heine said while speaking to local media outlet Hessenschau.</span><br /><br /><span>The community plans to use the $10 million for community infrastructure and facilities.</span><br /><br /><span>Heine said the community is considering spending it on a kindergarten, cycling paths and buildings.</span><br /><br /><span>An outdoor pool and public transport is also being considered.</span><br /><br /><span>“The community of Waldsolms posthumously thanks the Wedel couple for this important inheritance,” the community said.</span><br /><br /><span>“We will deal with it very responsibly, develop our community for the good of all and keep an honourable memory of both.”</span></p>

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Hugh Jackman scores big as iconic brand comes home to Australia

<p>Hugh Jackman is set to pocket a whopping $10 million after mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has purchased the iconic Australian bootmaker RM Williams.</p> <p>Dr Forrest's investment fund Tattarang has bought 100 per cent of the company, and it includes Jackman’s five per cent ownership as a minority shareholders.</p> <p>It is reported that the sale price was less than half the original asking price for $190 million.</p> <p>RM Williams had been up for sale for almost 18 months after its Louis Vuitton owned parent company, L Catteron, began seeking buyers.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838322/rm-williams.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/70076b780deb4555a34dc86144ebddc4" /></p> <p><em>Andrew Tiggy Forrest and wife Nicola Forrest.</em></p> <p>The Western Australian-based mining magnate said he is proud and humbled to be taking the iconic brand back in Australian hands.  </p> <p>“R.M. Williams is a quintessential Aussie brand with a long and proud history of high-quality Australian craftsmanship,” Dr Forrest said in a statement.</p> <p>“By bringing R.M. Williams back into Australian hands, we will ensure the Australian craftmanship continues to be loved and worn all around the world.</p> <p>“I've never forgotten the first time I pulled on a pair of RMs. To wear RMs is to wear the boots of the countless hard-working Australians that have come before us.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838320/hugh-jackman-rm-williams.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a9d5e496eaf4498b9b1d4e016134513" /></p> <p>His wife Nicola Forrest added “Andrew and I want to continue the legacy of this great company, and that means continuing to employ and support the Australians that have built and grown the brand.”</p> <p>RM Williams chief executive Raju Vuppalapati said he hoped the business would grow under Dr Forrest's ownership.</p> <p>“The RM Williams team and I look forward to Andrew and Nicola's stewardship as we enter the next exciting phase of surprising and delighting our consumers with hand-crafted products made in Australia,” he said.   </p> <p>RM Williams was founded in Adelaide in 1932 by bushman and entrepreneur Reginald Murray 'RM' Williams.</p> <p>The iconic boots are a popular item both locally and overseas, and the brand has stores in New York, London, New Zealand, and Scandinavia.</p> <p>Jackman will remain involved with RM Williams as an ambassador.</p>

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Exactly how much is each British royal actually worth?

<p>Whether you admire them for their established birthrights or myriad of leadership qualities, the esteemed British family is revered throughout countless nations.</p> <p>Royals seem to have it all – power, prestige and perhaps most importantly, money.</p> <p>From gargantuan oil supplies to significant charitable donations, the wealth of the British royal family is quite substantial.</p> <p>Surprisingly, most of the money used to fund the British monarchy doesn’t actually come from the taxpayer – members of the royal family are all wealthy on their own.</p> <p>With the combined sums of inheritances, crown estates and allowances, these royals are able to spare no expense when it comes to enjoying the better things in life.</p> <p>Although we can’t directly indulge ourselves in the abundant realm of high jewellery, impeccable art and acres of land that comprise their lifestyle, we can revel in their considerable net worths to a cup of herbal tea – with our pinkies raised in the air of course.</p> <p><strong>Meghan Markle’s Net Worth</strong></p> <p><strong>Net worth: $5 million</strong></p> <p>In the weeks before her wedding to Prince Harry, there was much speculation about whether the American actress was actually worth more than her then-fiancé. Spoiler: She’s not, though that wasn’t even close to the strangest conspiracy theory about Meghan and Harry. But she still had quite the net worth when she entered the Royal family at around $5 million, <em>Newsweek</em> reports.</p> <p>She reportedly made $50,000 per episode portraying Rachel Zane on the TV show <em>Suits</em>, which she starred in for seven seasons. In addition, she had roles in several other shows and movies, like <em>90210</em>, <em>Remember Me</em>, and <em>The Candidate</em>.</p> <p>Acting wasn’t her only source of income; the Duchess of Sussex also released two clothing lines through the Canadian retailer Reitmans, promoted sponsored content on Instagram and her lifestyle website, The Tig, and worked as a freelance calligrapher early in her career.</p> <p>Recently inked deals with Netflix may also have pushed this figure considerably northwards.</p> <p><strong>Kate Middleton’s Net Worth</strong></p> <p><strong>Net worth: $7-10 million</strong></p> <p>Middleton’s story has often been overplayed as a rags-to-riches ascent to royalty, but that’s actually far from the case; her family held substantial holdings with a collective net worth of $50 million.</p> <p>Most of this derives from an online party supply business called Party Pieces, which Breakthrough Branding has dubbed “the UK’s leading online and catalogue party company.”</p> <p>Prince Charles also covers her official staff and wardrobe expenses, and some of her travel costs are often funded by the countries she visits, which means she gets to keep most of her personal money in the bank – one of the many benefits of having a prince for a husband, we assume.</p> <p>Although her net worth has been reported to be between $7 million to $10 million in terms of savings, her national worth with clothing sales and tourism revenue is rumoured to be much higher.</p> <p>In any case, her combined wealth with husband Prince William is said to increase once Prince Charles ascends to the throne.</p> <p><strong>Prince Philip’s Net Worth</strong></p> <p><strong>Net worth: $30 million</strong></p> <p>Although he never took on the title of king due to strict monarchy regulations, royalty still pumps through his blood and his net worth is estimated at $30 million.</p> <p>Despite having retired from his Royal duties, Prince Philip still receives an annual Parliamentary annuity of £359,000 from the Sovereign Grant just for his royal title.</p> <p>According to a UK Government site, Prince Philip “still requires office support for non-public official duties.”</p> <p><strong>Prince William and Prince Harry’s Net Worth</strong></p> <p><strong>Net worth: $40 million each</strong></p> <p>According to <em>Town &amp; Country</em>, Prince William and his younger brother Prince Harry gathered most of their wealth on their 30th birthdays through an inheritance – about $13m in trust and estate from their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.</p> <p>At the age of 21, the two sons gained access to a lavish $450,000 per year investment profit. They also receive an “allowance” from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is managed by their father. This isn’t the typical allowance we remember from our parents, however; it was reported to be a total $4.6 million in 2015. This grand sum covers most of their staff, travel, and wardrobe expenses.</p> <p>Even before Harry stepped down from royal duties to make his own way, both princes were already cranking out their own paychecks as well.</p> <p>Prince William also works as a helicopter pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance but donates his entire $62,000 annual salary to charity.</p> <p>Prince Harry earnt his own salary as an officer in the Army Air Corps until his departure from the service – as captain, he was said to earn an additional $45,000 a year.</p> <p><strong>Prince Charles’s Net Worth</strong></p> <p><strong>Net worth: $100 million</strong></p> <p>As the next in line to the English throne, Prince Charles reigns over the highest British royal family net worth after Queen Elizabeth: $100 million.</p> <p>According to CNN, a significant bulk of this stems also from the Duchy of Cornwall, a private estate that owns and operates land in rural and urban areas, as well as various islands and cottages in Wales and Cornwall.</p> <p>The Duchy of Cornwall was established in 1937 to ensure that the heir to the throne would have a steady income.</p> <p>Although he doesn’t actually own the colossal real estate portfolio, Prince Charles’s royal position enables him to receive income from it as the land’s sole beneficiary.</p> <p>In 2018, the estate paid Charles and Camilla $28 million. The couple also receives a portion of the Queen’s Sovereign Grant.</p> <p><strong>Queen Elizabeth II’s Net Worth</strong></p> <p><strong>Net worth: $550 million</strong></p> <p>Much of this handsome number derives from owning property holdings like the $140 million Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, the $65 million Sandringham House, stud and fruit farms, marine land throughout the UK, and one of the world’s largest stamp collections built by her grandfather.</p> <p>The estates she owns were inherited from her father, the late King George VI. The assets belonging to the Crown Estate are not included in her net worth, but she does get to enjoy them too as one of the many perks of being queen. This encompasses $10 billion worth of real estate, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Art collection.</p> <p>The Queen also receives an annual government stipend and because this wealth is tied to her position, she could never sell the royal assets.</p> <p>This stipend does include a bit of taxpayers’ money (the Sovereign Grant which paid her $105 million for the 2019-2020 year), combined with the Duchy of Lancaster, another collection of properties (separate from the Crown Estate) used to generate the Queen’s private income.</p> <p>According to <em>Newsweek</em>, this estate is estimated to generate around $26 million a year and is used to cover the costs the Sovereign Grant does not.</p> <p>And it doesn’t end there. The Queen also has private collections of valuable furniture and jewellery, which Forbes estimates at $110 million.</p> <p><strong>Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s Net Worth</strong></p> <p><strong>Net worth: $3.6 billion, $5 billion</strong></p> <p>Apparently, being a youngster in the royal monarchy comes with some pretty big bucks. Prince George is estimated at a net worth of $3 billion, but Princess Charlotte takes the cake from the entire family with a whopping $5 billion.</p> <p>The reason for Charlotte’s incredibly high value is in large part due to her fashion influence; taking off closely after her mother, the stylish tot has eyes on her style all over the nation.</p> <p>Deemed as the “Charlotte effect,” a yellow pastel patterned cardigan worn by the princess from a popular British department store sold out in 24 hours, according to Moneyish.</p> <p>Regardless, their substantial value doesn’t mean the royal children can go around flashing their Amex cards whenever they want. Since the royal children haven’t physically received inheritances (or worked a day in their life), their net worths are calculated by their value to the UK economy.</p> <p>Because they believe the children have the potential to drive billions in sales, their net worths have been determined as so.</p> <p><strong>Image:</strong> Getty Images</p> <p><em>Written by Hana Hong. This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/culture/this-is-how-much-each-person-in-the-british-royal-family-is-actually-worth" target="_blank">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a rel="noopener" href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe" target="_blank">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p>

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Quirky items that fetched millions at auction

<p>They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that certainly rings true for people who have spent tonnes of cash on some really odd things. Here, we round up the weirdest, and a few of the coolest, things people have paid big money for. Have a look and see if you would have done the same!</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837652/01-art-basel-miami-usa-05-dec-2019-770.jpg" alt="A banana duct-taped to a wall" data-udi="umb://media/6062a14a239c4842b72dc1dec910f3f8" /></p> <ol> <li><strong> A banana duct-taped to a wall</strong></li> </ol> <p>It’s hard to say what is art anymore. One may think of the <em>Mona Lisa</em>, while another might value, say, a banana duct-taped to a wall. We’re not being cute. That is literally what someone bought at the Art Basel art fair in Miami recently.</p> <p>Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s controversial piece, titled <em>Comedian</em>, sold for a whopping $120,000. The point of the piece, said the gallerist who sold the pricey fruit, was to question what “art” is. Looks like someone found the piece rather a-peeling, after all.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837651/02-violin-played-as-titanic-sank-sells-for-900000-wiltshire-britain-20-oct-2013-770.jpg" alt="The last violin played on the Titanic" data-udi="umb://media/5b3a386ddaa14a29804c079b3c90a397" /></p> <ol start="2"> <li><strong> The last violin played on the <em>Titanic</em></strong></li> </ol> <p>One of the most memorable tales from the tragic sinking of the Titanic is the eight-piece band that played until the end. Led by English musician Wallace Hartley, the band played their instruments as the ship sank into the frozen waters of the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to help soothe scared passengers.</p> <p>According to CNN, “Hartley’s body was reportedly pulled from the water days after the April 1912 sinking with his violin case still strapped to his back.”</p> <p>More than a century later, in 2013, Hartley’s damaged violin was sold at an auction for $1.7 million in less than 10 minutes. It is the most expensive artefact linked to the doomed ship.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837653/04-john-lennon-shutterstock-524008o-e1578497425466-770.jpg" alt="John Lennon’s toilet" data-udi="umb://media/2cdaff7d7bfa4c66bf34c5341a391711" /></p> <ol start="3"> <li><strong> John Lennon’s toilet</strong></li> </ol> <p>Imagine all the ways you can spend your money…and then think about this. One Beatles fan spent nearly $15,000 on a flowered porcelain toilet once owned by John Lennon.</p> <p>The luxe loo came from an English estate owned by Lennon and Yoko Ono. When Lennon had the toilet replaced, he told the builders “to put some flowers in it or something,” according to the auction catalogue.</p> <p>The estate, Tittenhurst Park, was where Lennon recorded his legendary <em>Imagine</em> album and film. Hopefully, the toilet was as inspiring to its new owner!</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837654/05-queen-victorias-undies-7039790b-770.jpg" alt="Queen Victoria’s undies" data-udi="umb://media/a3bba379744946149c046f6fb712e919" /></p> <ol start="4"> <li><strong> Queen Victoria’s undies</strong></li> </ol> <p>And speaking of bathroom inspiration, cotton knickers owned by Queen Victoria (Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother) sold in 2015 for $16,300.</p> <p>Embroidered with her royal initials, “VR” for Victoria Regina, the undies were in pristine shape, having been wrapped in tissue and kept in a temperature-controlled room.</p> <p>There was something unique about these roomy drawers, which boasted a 114cm drawstring waist.</p> <p>“On these particular knickers, there is a chevron section, which is where they were taken up slightly as Queen Victoria got older and essentially she shrunk in stature,” auctioneer Richard Edmonds told People.com.</p> <p>“That element got the collectors really excited, because you can then date them quite specifically to the last 10 years of her life.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837655/06-elvis-presleys-hair-music-icons-auction-by-juliens-los-angeles-america-22-jun-2012-770.jpg" alt="A lock of Elvis Presley’s hair" data-udi="umb://media/e50824ffb48c4fb6af997aa80226b918" /></p> <ol start="5"> <li><strong> A lock of Elvis Presley’s hair</strong></li> </ol> <p>A hunka, chunka hair from the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, sold for $115,000 to an eager fan back in 2002.</p> <p>Saved from his barber, who also used to dye his sandy-blonde hair jet black, the trimmings had been kept in a plastic bag since the singer’s death in 1977, until they were sold for a king’s ransom.</p> <p>Other big-ticket Elvis items that sold at auction include his 24-carat gold-leaf grand piano; his peacock jumpsuit; and one of his very first recordings of a song called “My Happiness,” which was bought by White Stripes musician Jack White.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837656/07-white-dress-worn-by-marilyn-monroe-in-film-the-seven-year-itch-sells-for-4-6million-los-angeles-america-jun-2011-770.jpg" alt="Marilyn Monroe’s white dress" data-udi="umb://media/501546eb4f3c468a94cb5d294bfe098e" /></p> <ol start="6"> <li><strong> Marilyn Monroe’s white dress</strong></li> </ol> <p>It was the dress that launched a thousand gasps. Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white halter dress, which she wore in <em>The Seven Year Itch</em>, sold in 2011 for a whopping $4.6 million.</p> <p>The dress – which was famously blown up while she stood over a subway grate – made Monroe a certified sex symbol. It also made actress Debbie Reynolds some major bucks when she sold it.</p> <p>Reynolds, the iconic star of <em>Singing in the Rain</em> (and also Carrie Fisher’s mum), was a huge collector of vintage Hollywood gowns, and Marilyn’s made her a pretty penny.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837657/08-songwriters-hall-of-fame-annual-induction-and-awards-gala-arrivals-marriott-marquis-hotel-new-york-usa-13-jun-2019-770.jpg" alt="Justin Timberlake’s leftover French toast" data-udi="umb://media/44029608333c496b9ac50a08bcd82f73" /></p> <ol start="7"> <li><strong> Justin Timberlake’s leftover French toast</strong></li> </ol> <p>Twenty years ago, a young band member from NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, was interviewed by the Z100 morning show in New York City when he left some of his uneaten French toast behind. The station’s DJ jokingly put two slices of it for sale on eBay, where it was sold to a teenage girl named Kathy Summers for $1,025.</p> <p>When asked what she would do with the leftover and slightly burned toast, the teen fan said, “I’ll probably freeze-dry it, then seal it…then put it on my dresser.”</p> <p>Mmmm… a wise investment, indeed.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837658/09-damien-hirst-exhibition-tate-modern-london-britain-02-apr-2012-770.jpg" alt="A dead shark in formaldehyde" data-udi="umb://media/92f6a7d11ab04a1691ee03df6da5a728" /></p> <ol start="8"> <li><strong> A dead shark in formaldehyde</strong></li> </ol> <p>Weird art always seems to sell well and big. (See item one on this list.) But a piece by British contemporary artist Damien Hirst really takes the shark.</p> <p>Hirst is known for his obsession with death, seen in his high-priced and macabre styles of art. In 2004, he sold a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde, titled <em>The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living</em>, for a reported $8 million.</p> <p>The 22-tonne shark, which is obviously dead but kept scarily preserved, embodies life, death and just what its title aptly describes.</p> <p> <img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837662/01-albert-einstein-gettyimages-544750041-o60.jpg" alt="Albert Einstein’s theory on happiness" data-udi="umb://media/b55dbd43f1d4478fb402c48e324e1077" /></p> <ol start="9"> <li><strong> Albert Einstein’s theory on happiness</strong></li> </ol> <p>A Japanese bellboy received the tip of a lifetime when he made a delivery to physicist Albert Einstein in 1922.</p> <p>Einstein was in Tokyo on a book tour when he found out he’d won the Nobel Prize. Overwhelmed by the honour and attention, Einstein put some of his thoughts to paper, which he gave the bellboy when he couldn’t find change for a tip.</p> <p>“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” Einstein wrote in German on a piece of hotel stationery, according to the <em>New York Times</em>.</p> <p>On the second paper, he wrote, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”</p> <p>The two papers, his take on happiness, sold at a 2017 auction in Israel for $1.56 million and $250,000, respectively.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837659/11-auction-jeff-koons-new-york-usa-03-may-2019-770.jpg" alt="A giant steel rabbit" data-udi="umb://media/7d20e9bfc8a74e468e1fe1ddff23e3fc" /></p> <ol start="10"> <li><strong> A giant steel rabbit</strong></li> </ol> <p>And we’re back with some really expensive art. A 90cm stainless steel rabbit created by the artist Jeff Koons in 1986 sold at auction in 2019 for the breathtaking price of $91 million.</p> <p>It went to Robert E. Mnuchin, an art dealer and the father of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and it set the world-record price for a work by a living artist.</p> <p>The rabbit is considered one of the most iconic works of art of the 20th century, and a blow-up version of it appeared in the Macy’s Day parade in 2007.</p> <p>The work has influenced generations of artists, even the aforementioned Damien Hirst. And on a funny side note, when Koons was deciding on what animal to sculpt a likeness of, he almost chose a pig. It seems like the bunny paid off.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837660/12-truman-capote-shutterstock-6651421a-770.jpg" alt="Truman Capote’s ashes" data-udi="umb://media/ea15b52150ef4978b69cc65f0e3e97af" /></p> <ol start="9"> <li><strong> Truman Capote’s ashes</strong></li> </ol> <p>The author of <em>Breakfast at Tiffany’s</em> and <em>In Cold Blood</em> certainly did love an adventure, and so maybe it’s not that big of a surprise that his ashes continue to have a life of their own.</p> <p>Housed in a Japanese wooden box, the writer’s remains belonged to Capote’s longtime friend Joanne Carson – ex-wife of the famed late-night talk-show host Johnny Carson – until her death in 2015. (Capote died in 1984.)</p> <p>The ashes have had quite a ride, having been stolen once before and luckily returned, until they were finally sold for $45,000 in 2016, to an anonymous buyer who promised: “that Truman will continue his adventures.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837661/13-leonardo-s-exhibit-new-york-usa-770.jpg" alt="Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester" data-udi="umb://media/a999ec5f51ae449d9028a43ffcd4c3fa" /></p> <ol start="10"> <li><strong> Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester</strong></li> </ol> <p>While most people associate Leonardo da Vinci with his paintings, like <em>The Mona Lisa</em> and <em>The Last Supper</em>, da Vinci was also a scientist and engineer whose notes about inventions and thoughts on the planet (its origin and end) were captured in a journal titled the “Codex Leicester.”</p> <p>In 1994, Bill Gates purchased the journal for $30.8 million at auction, a price that made it one of the most expensive books ever sold.</p> <p>Da Vinci’s ideas and musings in the Codex are written in his famous mirrored cursive writing, and it’s currently on loan to museums and schools across the United States.</p> <p><strong>Images:</strong> Shutterstock / Getty Images</p> <p><em>Written by Robyn Moreno. This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/culture/13-quirkiest-items-that-sold-for-millions-at-auctions" target="_blank">Reader’s Digest</a>. 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Karen for hire! Company looking to hire the ultimate “Karen” to review products

<p><span>A new job listing on an American site is asking for the perfect Karen to review products online for a whopping $65/hour. Read more:</span><br /><br /><span>A job listing by US site DehumidifierCritic.com is copping criticism for seeking someone “hypercritical and opinionated” to write three product reviews per week, while answering and maintaining a “Call-a-Karen” service.</span><br /><br /><span>The job listing says that “the right ‘Karen’ will start off with a three-month contract with the intention to extend if the service becomes popular.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are recruiting a woman to write three (honest) reviews a week for our website, as well as be the voice and authority behind our Call-A-Karen service, which will see potential customers call for advice and recommendations on (dehumidifier) products,” the listing reads.</span><br /><br /><span>The name “Karen” has been used in the past to describe an “angry, entitled” white woman of privilege who will often want to ”speak to the manager” to complain about the tiniest inconveniences.</span><br /><br /><span>“Being a ‘Karen’ in 2020 probably means you’re going to have a hard time, but I wonder how many people stop and think about the potential benefits of being or knowing a ‘Karen’”, said Oliver Perryman, founder of DehumidifierCritic.com.</span><br /><br /><span>“We want to utilise a ‘Karen’s’ best assets and use it to ensure that we are not only providing the best experience onsite, but also helping members of the public to find the best product for them.”</span><br /><br /><span>The company is offering a remote position, with the potential Karen working with a company phone and “flexible hours”.</span><br /><br /><span>The site states that any applicants need to be over the age of 21, must speak English and have a professional phone manner for the Call-a-Karen service.</span><br /><br /><span>Applications close on Monday, August 31.</span></p>

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Luxury jewellery company designs $2 million face mask

<p>Face masks are quickly becoming an essential part of people's daily uniforms when they step outside, with some choosing to have a more luxurious face mask to protect them from coronavirus.</p> <p>Luxury Israeli jewellery brand Yvel has created a custom-made white gold 18-karat face mask with more than 3,600 white and black diamonds.</p> <p>The mask doesn't come cheap, with the white gold and diamond-encrusted face mask having a whopping price tag of $USD 1.5 million ($NZD 2.27 million).</p> <p>The buyer of the mask requested to remain anonymous but urged the jewellery brand to complete the mask by the end of the year.</p> <p>The mask will weigh 270g and is being fitted with N99 filters at the request of the client.</p> <p>“Money maybe doesn’t buy everything, but if it can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and get the attention, he should be happy with that,” the designer of the mask Isaac Levy explained.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837341/facemask-jewelerry-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/38e6dcfb24724539bef19df7452b2230" /></p> <div class="body_text "> <p>While Levy said he would not wear the mask himself, he is grateful his company was given the opportunity to create it.</p> <p>“I am happy that this mask gave us enough work for our employees to be able to provide their jobs in very challenging times like these times right now,” he said.</p> <p>The request for the expensive mask came from a businessman in America, and will "not be delayed" for its due date of 31st of December.</p> <p>“In these tumultuous days, every order we receive helps to preserve the company’s day-to-day operations on the one hand, and brings foreign currency into a country that needs all the help from us industrialists on the other,” Levy added.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gq.com.au/style/news/this-jewelery-company-has-designed-a-2-million-face-mask/image-gallery/c73646fbf49811739d9e89473c0fe2a0" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">GQ</a></em></p> </div>

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5 ways restaurants trick you into spending more money

<p>While “do you want fries with that?” seems like an obvious sales pitch, restaurants use more subtle hints to get you to spend a little extra. Here are five subtle tactics that companies use to get you to spend, and eat, more than you intend on a night out.</p> <p><strong>1. Remove the $ sign</strong></p> <p>Menus have a subtle art to them, which involve psychology, art and sales pitches. Not even a small detail like the dollar sign is too insignificant. Dollar signs remind you of money, so when you see them, you think your food looks more expensive. Removing the dollar sign makes everything on the menu seem cheaper.</p> <p><strong>2. Using evocative descriptions</strong></p> <p>Words in menus matter, and using language techniques to paint a picture of your dish is an effective way to make a fairly standard meal sound special. The better the picture painted, the more value is creating around the dish, and the less it costs in your head.</p> <p><strong>3. Product placement at the register</strong></p> <p>The closer you are to something, the more likely you are to make an impulse buy. This is why registers are crowded with extras. If you walk into Gloria Jeans for a coffee, the café can push up the value of your transaction by getting you to buy a packaged cookie with your coffee. You didn’t go in specifically for the cookie, but you bought it anyway.</p> <p>At fancier restaurants, this method works with the dessert cart. At Seasons 52, servers bring out a tray of mini-desserts to show diners. These are pitched as “mini indulgences” and presenting them like that pushed dessert sales higher than those of most other restaurants.</p> <p>McDonald’s keep their apple pie dispensers behind the registers where customers can see them. Jeff Stratton, former president of McDonald’s USA, said that pie sales would fall dramatically if the dispenser was kept back in the kitchen.</p> <p><strong>4. Control your choices</strong></p> <p>Adding more choices will sometimes push people to spend more. For example, upselling drinks and fries to a larger size for a small amount, like 50 cents or a dollar. It seems like a no-brainer to take the bigger amount when it’s so cheap, even when you would have been fine with a smaller meal size anyway.</p> <p>Adding choices doesn’t just work for fast-food, or main meals, it can also push up sales of extras, like entrees or desserts. Having more entrees on the menu might entice people to buy more.</p> <p><strong>5. Tailored marketing</strong></p> <p>Starbucks already sends email offers to customers who have their apps based on past purchases. In the future, we can expect to see more of this as more people experiment with developing tailored digital menu boards based on your particular preferences and past purchases.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/finance/money/2015/02/how-to-get-things-for-free/">Clever ways to get things for free</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/finance/money/2014/12/extending-the-life-of-your-car/">Top tips for extending the life of your car</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/finance/money/2015/01/supermarket-savings/">Six strategies to save money at the supermarket</a></strong></em></span></p>

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Coronavirus survivor hit with $1.1 million hospital bill

<p>A COVID-19 patient who was dubbed “the miracle child” after spending weeks in an induced coma has received a US$1.1 million (NZ$1.71 million) bill for his hospital treatment.</p> <p>Michael Flor spent 62 days in an intensive care unit at Swedish Medical Centre in the city of Issaquah in Washington, United States, where he came so close to death from the coronavirus.</p> <p>But the 70-year-old man said it was still “heart-stopping” to receive the hospital bill for $1,122,501.04.</p> <p>“I had to look at it a number of times… to see if I was seeing it right,” Flor told <em><a href="https://time.com/5853392/million-dollars-covid-19-treatment-seattle/">TIME</a></em>.</p> <p>The 181-page bill included almost 3,000 itemised charges, <em><a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/inspiring-story-of-seattle-mans-coronavirus-survival-comes-with-a-1-1-million-dollar-hospital-bill/">The Seattle Times</a> </em>reported. Flor was charged $9,736 for every day he spent in an isolation chamber and an additional $2,835 for each day he was put on a mechanical ventilator. A two-day period when his heart, kidneys and lungs were failing cost close to $100,000.</p> <p>Flor said he will likely foot little of his bill because he is insured by Medicare and Medicare Advantage through Kaiser Permanente. According to the <em>Times</em>, he may not have to pay anything due to the special policies applied to hospitals and insurance companies for COVID-19.</p> <p>However, Flor said he still felt guilt while going through the numbers.</p> <p>“I feel guilty about surviving,” he told the <em>Times</em>.</p> <p>“There’s a sense of ‘why me?’ Why did I deserve all this? Looking at the incredible cost of it all definitely adds to that survivor’s guilt.”</p> <p>Flor is now recovering in his West Seattle home.   </p>

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