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Prince William and Duchess Kate give rare look into work life at home

<p>For millions across the world, working from home has become a better part of our reality while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>As the government and businesses are urging working people around the globe to take up their work operations from the comfort of their lounge room or dining table in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, even royals are embracing work from home life.</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-B7Tu8FpS7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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-B7Tu8FpS7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Mar 22, 2020 at 2:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to social media on the weekend to show how they work from the comfort of the home by sharing their offices with royal watchers.</p> <p>The images posted by Kensington Palace provide an extremely rare glimpse into the home of Prince William and Duchess Kate, and through their spaces we can know just that little bit more about the royal couple.</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/B9Ly3uqldVG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/B9Ly3uqldVG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Mar 1, 2020 at 12:27am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>From what has been shown to us, it is clear the Duke and Duchess always keep things professional. Prince William was snapped in his and his family’s Kensington Palace apartment wearing a navy two-piece while Duchess Kate kept things sweet yet chic with a dusty pink Mark and Spencer pantsuit.</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-S_MnclCSg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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-S_MnclCSg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Mar 28, 2020 at 5:01pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The way the couple’s design their work space is also quite similar to their personality’s as the duchess of Cambridge kept a selection of gorgeous novels atop her workspace while the Duke kept things neat and practical by keeping a printer on his desk and an ornamental lamp.</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-Tqso7nyIx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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-Tqso7nyIx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kate's Closet (@katesclosetau)</a> on Mar 28, 2020 at 11:21pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Interestingly enough, royal fans were unable to spot any mementos in honour of their three children, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4 and Prince Louis, 1 – although there is sure to be a sweet unseen photograph of the couple’s gorgeous kids.</p>

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Sarah Ferguson’s poignant message on coronavirus

<p>Sarah Ferguson has taken to social media to share a spring-themed message that has hit home with her followers.</p> <p>Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Duchess of York shared a picture of a tree in blossom, writing Mother Nature has taken back control and sent us to our rooms like spoilt children.</p> <p>“She gave us time and she gave us warnings. She was so patient with us. She gave us fire and floods, she tried to warn us but in the end she took back control. </p> <p>“She has sent us to our rooms and when she is finished clearing up our mess. She will let us out to play again. How will we use this time?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms.. like the spoilt children we are. She gave us time and she gave us warnings. She was so patient with us. She gave us fire and floods, she tried to warn us but in the end she took back control. <a href="https://t.co/vOg1dZvj8E">pic.twitter.com/vOg1dZvj8E</a></p> — Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahTheDuchess/status/1242563967991586820?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>It is not known where the gorgeous picture was snapped but we can assume it most likely would have been at the Duchess’ residence with Prince Andrew at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.</p> <p>“Exactly my thoughts ..." one follower wrote in agreement. "I said a few months back that Mother Nature was tired ...... and something was in the air , a strange feeling.”</p> <p>Another went on to say: “Went outside for the first time in 12 days after being ill, cut the lawn and marvelled at the bees, frogs and all of their spawn and a couple of butterflies. Spring has sprung!!!”</p> <p>“Maybe the only positive to all this - letting Mother Nature get a gasp of fresh air,” another follower added.</p> <p>The 60-year-old Duchess is thought to be in isolation with her ex-husband Prince Andrew at their royal residence.</p>

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How to stay fit and active at home during the coronavirus self-isolation

<p>The extensive social distancing policies put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 mean most people will have to spend much, if not all, their time at home.</p> <p>Self-isolation means far fewer opportunities to be physically active if you are used to walking or cycling for transportation and doing leisure time sports.</p> <p>But equally worryingly, the home environment also offers abundant opportunity to be sedentary (sitting or reclining).</p> <p>While self-isolation measures are necessary, our bodies and minds still need exercise to function well, prevent weight gain and <a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/more-evidence-that-exercise-can-boost-mood">keep the spirits up</a> during these challenging times.</p> <p>Exercise can help keep our immune system become strong, <a href="https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/45/12/987">less susceptible to infections</a> and their most <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743519300775?via%3Dihub">severe consequences</a>, and better able to recover from them.</p> <p>Even before the restrictive conditions were announced, physical inactivity cost <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12)61031-9/fulltext">5.3 million</a> lives a year globally.</p> <p>So we should consider ways to limit the effects of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as its wider impact of contributing to the long-term chronic disease crisis.</p> <p><strong>How much physical activity?</strong></p> <p>Global recommendations are for all <a href="https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_adults/en/">adults</a> to accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, as well as muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.</p> <p>Any activity is better than none, and more activity provides more physical and mental health benefits.</p> <p>As several countries are <a href="https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-which-countries-are-under-lockdown-and-who-s-next">already under lockdown</a>, it is uncertain for how long you can go outside for a walk, run or cycle. The key question is how can people meet these guidelines when restricted to the home environment?</p> <p><strong>Sitting, standing and movement</strong></p> <p>Take <a href="https://www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/5-simple-ways-to-reduce-sedentary-time">regular breaks</a> from continuous sitting in front of your computer, tablet, or smartphone every 20 to 30 minutes.</p> <p>For example, you could take a few minutes break to walk around the house, take some fresh air on the balcony, in the garden or yard, or play with your dog for a few moments.</p> <p>Alternate periods of standing while working/studying with sitting by creating your own stand-up desk area.</p> <p><strong>Make stairs your best friend</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6627027/">Using the stairs</a> is an extremely <a href="https://theconversation.com/dont-have-time-to-exercise-heres-a-regimen-everyone-can-squeeze-in-111600">time-efficient</a> way to maintain fitness. As little as three 20-second fast stair climbs a day <a href="https://nrc-prod.literatumonline.com/doi/10.1139/apnm-2018-0675">can improve fitness</a> in only six weeks.</p> <p>If you live in an apartment, avoid uncomfortable lift encounters with other self-isolating neighbours by using the staircase for any necessary outdoor journeys. Take care to avoid much contact with handrails.</p> <p>Internal stairs also offer more stairclimbing and <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/7-quick-stair-exercises-to-do-at-home/art-20390063">strength exercise</a> opportunities.</p> <p><strong>Use your own bodyweight</strong></p> <p>A <a href="https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/187/5/1102/4582884">2017 British study</a> found home based strength exercises that utilise your own bodyweight – such as press-ups, sit-ups and planks – are <a href="https://theconversation.com/strength-training-can-have-unique-health-benefits-and-it-doesnt-have-to-happen-in-a-gym-84904">as important for health</a> as aerobic exercise.</p> <p>There are many great resources for such <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/7-quick-stair-exercises-to-do-at-home/art-20390063">indoor</a> bodyweight exercises for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ">people of all ages</a> <a href="https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/strength-exercises/">online</a>.</p> <p>Aim for at least <a href="https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_adults/en/">a couple of own bodyweight sessions per week</a>, with <a href="https://insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=21694556">each session involving</a> two to four sets of eight to 15 repetitions of each strength-promoting exercise. Make sure you take a two to three minutes rest between sets.</p> <p><strong>Dance the COVID-19 blues away!</strong></p> <p>An increasing number of live <a href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams">concerts</a> are streamed online. Use the <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17437199.2019.1627897">stress-releasing</a> magic of music and dance at home like nobody’s watching (which is not unlikely).</p> <p>Dance alone like no one is watching.</p> <p>Dancing is an excellent way to <a href="https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(16)00030-1/abstract">protect the heart</a> and maintain fitness as it can reach <a href="https://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/Fulltext/2000/09001/Compendium_of_Physical_Activities__an_update_of.9.aspx">moderate and vigorous intensity</a> and can even imitate high-intensity interval training.</p> <p>Dancing also has established <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0197455613001676">mental health</a> benefits to help us cope with the coronavirus-imposed solitude.</p> <p>Whether it’s electronic beats, rock or traditional Irish music that floats your boat, it will not be difficult to turn up the volume of your stereo a little higher and turn your lounge or kitchen into a little dance hall every now and again.</p> <p><strong>Give them the play time they’ve always wanted</strong></p> <p>Social-distancing is a good opportunity to bond more with the little two and four legged members of your family through active play. Both children and dogs will love you replacing some of your online media and sitting time with playing in and around the house with them.</p> <p>Dogs thrive on human attention and, given the opportunity, they would keep you on your feet 24/7. Take advantage of the extra time you will be in and around the house. There are many <a href="https://www.puppyleaks.com/easy-ways-to-keep-your-dog-busy-indoors/">great indoor games</a> to keep you active and improve your dog’s well-being.</p> <p>No matter <a href="https://activeforlife.com/49-fun-physical-activities-to-do-with-kids-aged-2-to-4/">how young or how old your children</a> are, there are <a href="https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities">many fun activities</a> you can do together indoors and in the garden.</p> <p><strong>Just do something!</strong></p> <p>Left unattended, the self-isolation imposed by COVID-19 will likely skyrocket sedentary time and will drastically reduce the physical activity levels for many. Our suggestions are only a few examples of ideas that need no special equipment and can be done within limited space.</p> <p>For more ideas take a look at the online resources of reputable organisations such as the <a href="http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/stay-physically-active-during-self-quarantine/_recache">World Health Organisation</a>, the <a href="https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/support_page.php/stories/?b=892">American College of Sports Medicine</a>, <a href="https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home">Sport England</a> and the <a href="https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/getting-active/25-ways-to-get-moving-at-home-infographic">American Heart Association</a>.</p> <p>The end goal during self-isolation is to prevent long term physical and mental health damage by sitting less, moving as often as possible, and aiming to maintain fitness by huffing and puffing a few times a day.</p> <p><em>Written by Emmanuel Stamatakis, Dr Andrew Murray, Fiona Bull and Kate Edwards. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-to-stay-fit-and-active-at-home-during-the-coronavirus-self-isolation-134044">The Conversation.</a></em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Her Majesty the Queen set to deliver historic address

<p>Queen Elizabeth II is set to give a rare special address to the nation for only the fourth time in her nearly 70-year reign.</p> <p>The 93-year-old monarch is preparing to give a televised speech to the United Kingdom, which will focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>The Queen has not made a similar special address since her mother’s death in 2002. She also addressed the nation after the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and during the Gulf War in 1991.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-queen-plans-national-address-as-royals-leave-london-s2qc9kkxg">The Times</a></em>, the monarch is likely to share words of encouragement.</p> <p>“The value of an address by the Queen is that it is so rare – it’s a case of when is the optimum time to do it. The Queen wants to get it right,” a source told the outlet.</p> <p>The address is expected to be delivered over the coming weeks.</p> <p>The Queen released a special statement about the new coronavirus last week, encouraging the British public to do their part in limiting the spread.</p> <p>“At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal,” she said in the statement.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A message from Her Majesty The Queen.<a href="https://t.co/xVJmB7aU40">https://t.co/xVJmB7aU40</a> <a href="https://t.co/HLHqRnZGIP">pic.twitter.com/HLHqRnZGIP</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1240677957657677824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 19, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“Many of us will have to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain that we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”</p> <p>She also relocated from London to Windsor Castle around the same time with husband Prince Philip and minimal staff, <em><a href="https://people.com/royals/queen-elizabeth-preparing-to-address-the-nation-as-shes-never-done-before-amid-coronavirus-crisis/">PEOPLE</a> </em>reported.</p>

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What's next for Meghan and Harry?

<p>While royal watchers are slowly being fed details about the life of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after stepping down as senior royals, there is still a lot of information we just don’t know.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace has confirmed Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will cease using their HRH titles from the beginning of Spring 2020, adding that as a part of the new agreement, the couple “understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7830114/meghan-harry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e85705396e074b218541790f9e1f87af" /></p> <p>“With the Queen's blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.</p> <p>“The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”</p> <p>The Queen also confirmed before fleeing Kensington Palace that the couple’s plan to spend their time away from the UK would result in them bunkering down in Canada.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7831150/meghan-harry-south-africa-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b1bf3bcd0c32447b9648c6bf90b51240" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Duke of Duchess of Sussex in South Africa.</em></p> <p>Harry and Meghan will remain members of the royal family but they are no longer “working” members. So, this means the line of succession will not affect Prince Harry as he is still the sixth in line, while his son Archie is seventh.</p> <p>To support themselves, the couple will rely on financial support from Prince Charles for a year as they transition into becoming “regular” working people.</p> <p>“The substantial cash injection is expected to come from his own private investment income rather than revenue generated by the Duchy of Cornwall estate which has traditionally funded the heir to the throne and his two sons,” <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2020/01/19/prince-charles-fund-prince-harry-meghan-year/" target="_blank">The Telegraph's Victoria Ward wrote.</a></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 280.9070958302853px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7833771/meghan-harry-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ee91f638116b4bd1911444bf0d4d5613" /></p> <p>“However, a source close to the Prince of Wales suggested that this was not an inexhaustible source of funds,” she added.</p> <p>Royal biographer Robert Lacey has <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://nypost.com/2018/11/17/the-obamas-are-becoming-a-billion-dollar-brand/" target="_blank">told the </a><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://nypost.com/2018/11/17/the-obamas-are-becoming-a-billion-dollar-brand/" target="_blank">Times </a>that their achievements could mean a lot of success for the couple: “They will have success in America. And that success will redound to the benefit of the royal family. The fact remains that Harry is bringing British royal qualities and aptitudes to a new frontier. I believe there is cause for optimism.”</p> <p>The clock continues to tick down in anticipation for the Prince Harry and Meghan’s independence that comes on April 1.</p>

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Cindy Crawford’s daughter gets creative while quarantining

<p><span>Social distancing measures have led many to stay cooped at home in an effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. </span></p> <p><span>But it does not stop Cindy Crawford’s model daughter from having fun and getting creative.</span></p> <p><span>Kaia Gerber, 18, is currently under self-quarantine in LA with her friends, including actor Tommy Dorfman – and they are making the most out of the homestay with beauty and dance challenges.</span></p> <p><span>Dorfman took to Instagram on Tuesday to share pictures of the two friends after doing each other’s makeup.</span></p> <p><span>“Getting decent at makeup during this time! Good to have hobbies and loved ones and family while quarantining,” Dorfman wrote.</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/B9z2et3DwBE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9z2et3DwBE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">getting decent at makeup during this time! good to have hobbies and loved ones and family while quarantining. also add me on tik tok. (kaia did my beat, i did hers)</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tommy.dorfman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> tommy dorfman</a> (@tommy.dorfman) on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:48pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“Kaia did my beat, I did hers.”</span></p> <p><span>Dorfman and Gerber also carried out a dance challenge to King Princess’ song <em>Hit the Back</em>.</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/B947fSVDH0r/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B947fSVDH0r/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">HIT THE BACK @tiktok CHALLENGE @kingprincess69 ✌🏻#kaiagerber #tiktok #socialdistancing #quarentine</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tommy.dorfman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> tommy dorfman</a> (@tommy.dorfman) on Mar 18, 2020 at 2:09pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Meanwhile, Gerber’s mother Crawford said she is working from home amid the pandemic.</span></p> <p><span>The 54-year-old mother-of-two shared some snaps from her home office on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span>“Working from home on Instagram vs. working from home IRL...” Crawford wrote on the caption.</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/B9zbZuQlsA_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9zbZuQlsA_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Working from home on Instagram vs. working from home IRL... Hope everyone is staying healthy, and staying calm. It’s important we take it seriously and work together, so that we can keep others - especially people who are at risk and vulnerable - from getting sick ❤️</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/cindycrawford/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Cindy Crawford</a> (@cindycrawford) on Mar 16, 2020 at 10:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“Hope everyone is staying healthy, and staying calm. It’s important we take it seriously and work together, so that we can keep others - especially people who are at risk and vulnerable - from getting sick.”</span></p>

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Why the Queen may not attend Princess Beatrice’s wedding

<p>Queen Elizabeth might not be able to attend her granddaughter Princess Beatrice's wedding due to Coronavirus fears.<br /><br />With just 11 weeks to go until Beatrice weds property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, at St James Palace in London, the UK is struggling to navigate in a world plagued by a pandemic.<br /><br />While the country is grappling with the COVID-19 health crisis, there is talk Her Majesty may have no choice but to skip out on attending her granddaughter’s nuptials for the sake of her health.<br /><br />As of Tuesday morning, 1391 people have been tested positive with the virus, and 35 have lost their lives as a result.</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/B9zYXTHp5kE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/B9zYXTHp5kE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Celebrities LifeStyle (@celebritieslifestyle_)</a> on Mar 16, 2020 at 10:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br />The 93-year-old monarch announced last week she would be cancelling all meetings and public engagements within the seven days due to the outbreak.<br /><br />“As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to the Queen’s diary commitments in the coming weeks,” a statement from Buckingham Palace revealed.<br /><br />“In consultation with the medical household and government, Her Majesty’s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled,” the Palace statement continued. “Audiences will continue as usual.”<br /><br />To make matters worst, there are several reports believing the Queen may take another precaution and ask her granddaughter to cancel the wedding. </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/B9vvTwbB9pN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/B9vvTwbB9pN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Anasalwa مجلة أنا سلوى (@anasalwa.magazine)</a> on Mar 15, 2020 at 12:28am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>While it would definitely cheer up royal family members to watch one of their own be wed, there is only disaster clouding the nuptials in the wake of COVID-19. </p> <p>It wouldn't be the only royal engagement not being seen through to the end however as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, announced that they would be pulling out of a tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Cyprus and Jordan.</p> <p>The British government is attempting to limit the number of infected patients in the coming days and weeks, by introducing new measures. This may include demands for elderly people to self-isolate.<br /><br />This means Her Majesty and her husband Prince Philip may be forced to self-quarantine in Windsor Castle or even Sandringham, as they are in their nineties and are of high risk.<br /><br />England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said in a statement that the virus outbreak will have a peak in approximately 10 to 14 weeks, and with Beatrice's wedding just a mere 11 weeks away, this could spell disaster.<br /><br />Queen Elizabeth’s cancelled visits included a trip to the Camden area of London and to Cheshire in northwest England.</p>

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Duchess Meghan's secret engagement before bidding goodbye to royal life

<p>Since returning to the UK, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s last royal engagements have been highly publicised and closely followed by media and royal watchers.</p> <p>However, there was one final hurrah that the Duchess of Sussex managed to sneak in after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.</p> <p>At Buckingham Palace, the royal met with a group of students from 11 Commonwealth countries – Malawi, India, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.</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/B9nDemBpDaT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9nDemBpDaT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex, in her role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), met with the bright minds from across the Commonwealth to hear about their commitment to tackling the global challenges we all face. The Duchess spoke with Scholars studying and researching important areas surrounding; cleaning up plastic pollution in our oceans, helping to build more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth. Paving the way as the next generation of leaders, these inspirational scholars, are spread far across the Commonwealth from Malawi to Malaysia, Ghana to Sri Lanka – all of whom will use the skills and knowledge they gain while studying in the UK to make a difference when they return to their home countries. The Duchess, who also attended university with support of a scholarship, is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. As the Royal Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official) since January 2019, The Duchess has met and engaged with students, academics, and staff from ACU member universities across the Commonwealth to learn more about the vital work they do to address global challenges. As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Mar 11, 2020 at 3:33pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It was there the group discussed the importance of sustainability and climate change and was a meeting that lasted around 30 minutes according to reports.</p> <p>The visit was kept private and intimate as it was not mentioned on the Court Circular and any details surrounding the secret meeting did not emerge until days later.</p> <p>A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2020031186167/meghan-markle-meets-commonwealth-scholars-before-leaving-uk" target="_blank">Hello!</a><span> </span>that the Duchess “was thrilled to have the chance to meet inspirational scholars doing ground breaking work in the fields of climate change and the environment, sustainable cities, health and innovation and technology.”</p> <p>“As a university graduate who also benefited from attending with support from a scholarship, the Duchess of Sussex is a strong advocate of accessible education for all,” the spokesperson added.</p> <p>It is reported the students were delighted by her interest and participation for their causes.</p> <p>The video shared to the Sussex Royal Instagram account featured Duchess Meghan alternating between talking to the group appearing animated and excited, to attentive and interested in the student’s words.</p> <p>Meghan is reported to have returned to her son Archie in their home back in Canada.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Duchess Meghan's colourful outfits.</p>

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Queen Elizabeth honours Prince Edward’s 56th birthday with sweet throwback pic​

<p>Queen Elizabeth has shared a sweet photograph for Prince Edward’s 56th birthday.</p> <p>The image is a throwback one with her youngest child in 1972 – taken when he was just eight years old.</p> <p>The Earl of Wessex is listening carefully as Her Majesty speaks to him in the photograph and was snapped during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Happy birthday to The Earl of Wessex, who celebrates his 56th birthday today. 🎈🎉<br /><br />📸 The Earl of Wessex (then Prince Edward) with The Queen during Trooping of the Colour in 1972. <a href="https://t.co/r9kzhBnYsK">pic.twitter.com/r9kzhBnYsK</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1237278653286924288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 10, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The Queen paid tribute to her son on all of the royal family social media accounts, with the caption: “Happy birthday to the Earl of Wessex, who celebrates his 56th birthday today.</p> <p>“The Earl of Wessex (then Prince Edward) with the Queen during the Trooping of the Colour in 1972.”</p> <p>Another post snapped of the royal showed him cutting a birthday cake as his wife, Sophie watched on in delight.</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/B9i3sMAH7Sm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/B9i3sMAH7Sm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a> on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:32am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Later in the day, the Duke and Countess of Wessex travelled to Essex where they meet with locals and schoolchildren as well as members of the community at the Mersea Island Community Centre.</p> <p>Prince Edward has been a busy-working royal since 2017, when he took on more public engagements as his father Prince Philip retired.</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/B9kJnFuHFoZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9kJnFuHFoZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Essex today, where they met schoolchildren and members of the community at the Mersea Island Community Centre. Thank you to the children from Mersea Island Primary School for coming out to say hello! 👋 . At Wilkin and Sons, @tiptreephotos, The Earl and Countess learned about farm to factory production. 🚜🍊Wilkins have farmed in Tiptree for almost 300 years: the estate produces unusual fruits such as medlars, mulberries and quince – as well as strawberries, raspberries, cherries and plums. These fruits are then made into preserves and jams in the factory.</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:27pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Duke has succeeded Prince Philip as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation and has been vice-patron since 2006. He has also taken over his father's role in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.</p>

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Is the dress green or red? Planet-friendly couture won’t be for everyone but it can lead the way

<p>Hollywood legend Jane Fonda hit the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony stage this week in a beaded red dress by Elie Saab – a gown she had <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/jane-fonda-wore-the-same-oscar-dress-she-wore-7-ye">previously worn at Cannes in 2014</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bafta.org/film/news/ee-rising-star-award-in-2020">Rising star</a> Kaitlyn Dever walked the Oscars red carpet in a deep scarlet Louis Vuitton dress she told reporters was “<a href="https://www.teenvogue.com/story/kaitlyn-dever-oscars-2020">completely sustainable</a>” thanks to fibre technology.</p> <p>Two very different fashion approaches towards saving the planet – but how effective are they at mitigating the environmental impact of fashion? The first comes from an activist trying to be more sustainable, the second from a designer label making production changes.</p> <p><strong>Size of the problem</strong></p> <p>The fashion industry creates in <a href="https://truecostmovie.com/learn-more/environmental-impact">excess of 80 billion pieces</a> of clothing a year and is responsible for <a href="https://www.unece.org/info/media/presscurrent-press-h/forestry-and-timber/2018/un-alliance-aims-to-put-fashion-on-path-to-sustainability/doc.html">10% of global carbon emissions</a>.</p> <p>Chemical dyes in fashion create <a href="https://www.unece.org/info/media/presscurrent-press-h/forestry-and-timber/2018/un-alliance-aims-to-put-fashion-on-path-to-sustainability/doc.html">20% of global waste water</a> and crops such as cotton use <a href="https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/forestry-and-timber/2018/fashion-is-an-environmental-and-social-emergency-but-can-also-drive-progress-towards-the-sustainable-development-goals/doc.html">24% of global insecticides</a>.</p> <p>Microfibers and micro plastics from laundered garments have contaminated our <a href="https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es201811s">beaches</a>, <a href="https://orbmedia.org/stories/Invisibles_plastics">bottled drinking water</a>, and <a href="https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Microplastics-in-aquatic-food-chain-%3A-sources%2C-and-Hollman-Bouwmeester/e4eb91427fafd7953d17ad6fca9352ae362039f1">aquatic food chain</a>.</p> <p>Fast fashion promotes the reckless over-production and over-consumption of cheaply made clothing, and is reliant on <a href="https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/un-alliance-sustainable-fashion-addresses-damage-fast-fashion">exploiting inexpensive labour</a>.</p> <p>Less than 1% of fabrics can be <a href="https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/assets/downloads/A-New-Textiles-Economy.pdf">recycled</a> and fibre-to-fibre recycling technology is still in its infancy, without the infrastructure to address the vast amount of garments produced.</p> <p><strong>A ‘completely sustainable’ dress?</strong></p> <p>Dever’s dress was made from a material called “Tencel Luxe”, with lyocell fibre created from sustainably-grown trees. The wood is cut into tiny pieces, dissolved in a solvent and extruded into a soft cellulose fibre.</p> <p>This process was first developed in 1972 to create a cheap cotton substitute, often blended into cotton and polyester in inexpensive fabrics. Over time, lyocell improved to make a fabric more appropriate for luxury products.</p> <p>The sustainability of the fabric has also improved significantly. Today, 99% of the solvent used in the manufacturing process is recyclable. The fabric itself has the same challenges as cotton when <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B978008102041800007X">it comes to recycling</a>. The length of the fibres break down and shortens over time, lowering the quality when recycled into new fabrics – unless virgin material is added.</p> <p>Indeed, lyocell fabric is far from perfect, and requires a large amount of energy in its production. Just substituting one material for another does not solve sustainability problems.</p> <p>Dever’s dress was made over <a href="https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-09/oscars-2020-red-carpet-green-dress?_amp=true">1,900 hours</a> by a team of artisans with 14,400 Swarovski crystals and glass beads. A gown this opulent uses so much material, energy and labour that its carbon footprint becomes excessive.</p> <p>The sustainability measure of a garment must include how it is recycled after its life. At present, some cutting edge <a href="https://www.blocktexx.com/News/Recycling-International">fibre-to-fibre recycling</a> technologies exist but Louis Vuitton is yet to offer recycling services.</p> <p>The Louis Vuitton group hosts the <a href="https://vivatechnology.com/partners/lvmh/">Viva Tech Conference</a> for exhibitors working on sustainable concepts to showcase their developments. It is encouraging that the company’s chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault <a href="https://r.lvmh-static.com/uploads/2019/09/lvmh__ra_environnement_2018_gb-1.pdf">believes</a>“sustainable, globalised growth is possible” and a priority for the company.</p> <p><strong>A second outing</strong></p> <p>With her commitment to climate change activism, Fonda has said she will <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-jane-fonda-keeps-wearing-red-coat-getting-arrested-1252315">no longer buy new clothing</a>.</p> <p>In a world that demands novelty, Fonda’s bold act of choosing an old gown that tastefully fits into today’s trends truly brings “vintage” clothing to the red carpet.</p> <p>Fonda used her celebrity influence to turn a dress on the red carpet into a political symbol.</p> <p>Her <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com.au/jane-fonda-fire-drill-fridays-explained">vow</a> not to buy new clothing was <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/dec/06/jane-fonda-joining-climate-fight-greta-thunberg-trump">inspired</a> by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who Fonda said showed that we can’t just “go about our business” in the face of a climate emergency.</p> <p>No stranger to being <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/dec/06/jane-fonda-joining-climate-fight-greta-thunberg-trump">arrested</a>, Fonda’s real world activism is the type needed to change government policies in ways that reign in the fashion industry.</p> <p>Activists can petition governments, watch over corporations and form grassroots community groups to organise change. Celebrities who straddle the red carpet and the picket line such as Jane Fonda (or Emma Thompson for Extinction Rebellion) are key to a sustainable fashion industry.</p> <p><strong>Think before you shop</strong></p> <p>It is inspiring to see these two stars’ dresses become talking points.</p> <p>It shows the public’s growing awareness of climate change and their willingness to change their behaviour to make a difference. The fashion industry will determine significant aspects of the future of our environment and the lives of over 40 million workers around the world.</p> <p>From developing new green technology to changing consumer consumption behaviour and outlawing exploitative labour practices that make fast fashion possible, we are still a long way from a “completely sustainable” industry.</p> <p>Corporations will need to evolve and adapt to customers who demand sustainability. They will have to offer services that recycle garments after they have been used, and embrace recycled materials. Celebrities bring these issues to the public and give them steps they can take right now.</p> <p>When asked by a reporter about what people could do right now to be more sustainable, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W70vbDdC2cc">Dever said</a>, “it’s just a matter of letting it be a part of your lifestyle”.</p> <p><em>With fashion, I think you can think a little before you buy something brand new, and I think can also support vintage – I think that’s really, really important. And also look into the brands you’re supporting.</em></p> <p>This is a great starting point which hopefully continues into a deeper conversation about how far we yet have to go.</p> <p><em>Written by Mark Liu. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/is-the-dress-green-or-red-planet-friendly-couture-wont-be-for-everyone-but-it-can-lead-the-way-131469"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p> </p>

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Want to sound like the Queen? Here's how in three easy steps

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>According to cultural expert Claire Larkin, becoming posh is easier than many people think.</p> <p>Humans make snap judgements on other people’s accents in as few as seven words and favour those we perceive to be “posh” or “high class” says a recent<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.inverse.com/article/60299-pronunciation-class-study" target="_blank">study</a>.</p> <p>Larkin told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7674233/Can-posh-Language-expert-reveals-exactly-mimic-Queens-English.html" target="_blank">Femail</a></em><span> </span>about why the British royal family are considered “high class”.</p> <p>“Even today, important figures from across society – particularly the royals – use British Received Pronunciation, and it's still regarded by many as the "proper" way of speaking, and a marker of prestige and ability.”</p> <p>You can easily fool people into thinking that you’re posh by using phrases from the hit show on Netflix<span> </span><em>The Crown</em>.</p> <p>She defines a posh accent as having three elements involved.</p> <ol> <li>A clear pronunciation of the letter H at the beginning of words such as “hat” or “hamper”</li> <li>Making the letter R inaudible in words such as “car” or “heart”</li> <li>Using long vowels which require an incredibly high palate</li> </ol> <p>Some of the key phrases to mimic a posh accent include:</p> <p><strong>“Who we are is not what we wear or what glitters. It’s the spirit that defines us”.</strong></p> <p>This line, delivered by Philip Mountbatten in Season 2 is a good sentence to practice, according to Larkin.</p> <p>“It's a sentence to use when practicing your long vowels, and skipping your 'r's.”</p> <p><strong>“It is better to be patient and get what you desire in the right time, than have high office thrust upon you when you are not ready.”</strong></p> <p>“This quote, from Season 1, will allow you to really practice that 'ah' sound, and to emphasise your 't's,” explains Larkin.</p> <p>“This will help you to sound and feel like a royal as you philosophise about your regal duty and understand what it means to wear the weight of the Crown.”</p> <p><strong>“Look, I'm strong. You know that. And I can cope with the truth. I just demand to know the truth. It's when people don't tell me the truth that I can't bear it.”  <br /></strong></p> <p>“This dramatic statement, delivered by Queen Elizabeth in Season 2, is the perfect way to practice your high 'oo' sound in the word truth, which should sound more like 'trooth' in this sentence,” said Larkin.</p> <p>'You can also practice skipping your 'r's and sharpening your 't's, to sound like a very well-spoken truth-seeker.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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High school student apologises to Prince Harry for “cuddling” Duchess Meghan

<p>A British high school student made news around the world after he hugged the Duchess of Sussex during the royal’s visit to a school on Friday.</p> <p>Now 16-year-old Aker Okoye has apologised to Prince Harry for embracing his wife.</p> <p>Okoye, head boy at Robert Clack School in east London, came up on stage after Duchess Meghan invited a “brave young man” to volunteer to discuss the importance of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8.</p> <p>Okoye leaned in for a kiss on the cheek before telling his classmates, “She really is beautiful, innit.”</p> <p>The Duchess gave him a hug after he made his comments about the day. “Incredible confidence, don’t you all agree,” she said after Okoye left the stage.</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/tv/B9eqhs3J2uP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/B9eqhs3J2uP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The Duchess of Sussex visited Robert Clack School, to celebrate the women of the future, and also highlight the important role men and boys play in International Women’s Day. The Duchess asked a young student to come on stage and share his perspective on the importance of the day, and whilst much attention has been focused on his initial comment, what he shared beyond that was compelling and true. Please watch the full video and tag a man in your life, and have him share what #IWD means to him</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Mar 8, 2020 at 9:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In a written letter to the Duke of Sussex published on <em>The Sun</em>, Okoye said he hoped his actions weren’t out of line.</p> <p>“I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife,” he wrote, noting he was “just overwhelmed and shocked to see her arrive at my school”.</p> <p>Okoye said it was “a pleasure to hear [Meghan’s] speech and to speak in front of her as well. She is truly inspirational”.</p> <p>In an interview with <em>Good Morning Britain</em>, the student told host Piers Morgan: “It was one of those moments which I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”</p> <p>The Duchess’ surprise visit to the school was her last solo official engagement as a senior royal before she and Harry step down on March 31.</p>

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Meghan Markle adopts new styling trick from Kate during her final appearances

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has adopted a styling trick used by Kate Middleton on royal tours by wearing the national colours of the British Flag during her final official appearances.</p> <p>Markle has paid her respects to the country as she has stepped out in red, white and blue outfits over the last few days.</p> <p>After wearing a turquoise Victoria Beckham dress for her first appearance in the UK, Markle has since opted for chic white and cream pieces while visiting patronages and stood out in a bold red gown for the Mountbatten Festival of Music.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835015/body-meghan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fabb348eaf894e1b92dbb507d72424ef" /></p> <p>Many royal fans believe she is following the lead of the Duchess of Cambridge after opting for a series of green outfits and shamrock charm jewellery after her royal tour in Ireland.</p> <p>She also adopted a similar tactic ahead of the Cambridges’ royal tour Pakistan and wore their national colours while visiting the Aga Khan Centre in London.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835017/kate-green.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/deeb92d6b61647108faafb2b9b3d61d0" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The appearances over the last week have marked the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ first official trip to the UK. The couple have a number of appearances scheduled which will finish tomorrow as they join the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Day service in London.</p> <p>Their royal roles officially come to an end on March 31st.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Bride outraged after mother-in-law buys ivory lace gown for wedding

<p>A bride-to-be has shared her mother-in-law’s gown on social media, saying that she was “a little hurt” when she first laid eyes on the ivory and lace-covered design.</p> <p>The woman, whose location is unknown, took to a Facebook wedding shaming group about the dress, asking others whether they would be upset if they were faced with the same issue.</p> <p>“My future mother-in-law sent me this picture of the dress she is considering wearing to our wedding,” she said.</p> <p>“I’m not okay with it and honestly felt a little hurt when I saw the picture. Ideas?”</p> <p>The question sparked a debate with some defending the choice of dress, saying it looks nothing like a wedding dress.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 326.46755921730175px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834930/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b5622e8c6f5e45a2b70e16a9cf4d6be5" /></p> <p>“As far as mother-in-laws go, this could be so much worse. It’s a pretty dress and not going to be mistaken for bridal,” said one woman.</p> <p>“It’s ugly but aside from that what is the issue? It’s not white, it’s cream,” said another.</p> <p>A third added: “I mean it’s not cute but it’s not bridal either”.</p> <p>But others showed sympathy, saying they understood why she was upset.</p> <p>“This is a 9th grade semi formal dance dress and totally disrespectful,” said one lady.</p> <p>“Why are we all pretending this isn’t a classic monster in law move,” said another.</p> <p>Many agreed that the poster needs to speak to her future mother-in-law about the white-looking dress, especially if it was going to upset her on the day.</p>

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Burnt is out, ‘skinscreen’ is in: How sunscreen got a beauty makeover

<p>Under Australia’s harsh sun, we’ve long slapped on sunscreen to protect ourselves from skin damage and cancer.</p> <p>Now the product, once known for protecting skin against harmful UV rays, is becoming part of beauty routines. Sunscreen products are described as <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8xsloAFPbi/">rich</a>, <a href="https://www.mecca.com.au/mecca-cosmetica/to-save-face-spf50-superscreen-75g/I-020875.html">luxe</a>or <a href="https://www.sephora.com.au/products/fresh-sugar-lip-treatment-sunscreen-spf-15/v/icon">nourishing</a>.</p> <p>When did the cultural perception of sunscreen as a health imperative shift towards a lifestyle “must have”? And will this new pitch work to keep us sun safe?</p> <p><strong>Campaigns of old</strong></p> <p>Sun safety promotions work to combat dangerous tanning behaviour.</p> <p>The iconic <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/videos/past-tv-campaigns/slip-slop-slap-original-sunsmart-campaign.html">Slip, Slop, Slap campaign</a> paved the way for how we see sun protection today. In the 1980s, it was instrumental in educating Australians about sun exposure and skin cancer.</p> <p>Sid the Seagull in full flight.</p> <p>The campaign’s mascot, Sid the Seagull, sang and danced on our screens, encouraging us to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.</p> <p>The slogan was extended to <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/videos/current-tv-campaigns/slip-slop-slap-seek-slide-sid-seagull.html">Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide</a> in 2007, adding two more tips to preventing sun damage: seeking shade and sliding on sunglasses.</p> <p>These campaigns aimed to refocus Australians’ attitudes to sun protection as a necessity, despite our traditionally sun-drenched lifestyle.</p> <p>In the 1990s, advertisements shifted their tone from catchy jingles to sexual appeals. The <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/videos/past-tv-campaigns/leave-your-hat-on1.html">Leave Your Hat On</a> campaign took inspiration from a striptease scene in the film <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091635/">9/12 Weeks</a>, reversing it with a couple putting on sunscreen, clothes, hats and sunglasses.</p> <p>Take it all off – no wait, put it back on again!</p> <p>The campaign targeted young men, as they were most at risk of developing skin cancer. However, the messages of these advertisements did not stick in the minds of Australians. The <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310537900_Australian_young_adults'_tanning_behaviour_The_role_of_ideal_skin_tone_and_sociocultural_norms">cultural norm of tanning</a> remained steadfast.</p> <p><strong>Education through fear</strong></p> <p>When sex didn’t work to implement sun safety practices, campaigns used scare tactics instead. In the summer of 2003, skin cancer was branded as <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrenZCKMgjc&amp;feature=youtu.be">killer body art</a>and the effects of sunburn, even if only mild, were portrayed as creating a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=witly6zMCVw&amp;feature=youtu.be">timebomb</a> under the skin.</p> <p>These “<a href="https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-45596-9_17">slice of death narratives</a>” – where the advertisement’s focus is on the negative consequences of poor decisions – highlighted the potentially fatal results of sun exposure. In 2007, <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/videos/past-tv-campaigns/clare-oliver-no-tan-is-worth-dying-for.html">Clare Oliver</a>, battling end-stage melanoma, shared her story to highlight the dangers of solariums and the cultural ideal of tanning.</p> <p>The true story of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1P1po6bH3w&amp;feature=youtu.be">Wes Bonny</a>, told by the relatives of a 26-year-old man who died from melanoma in 2010, spoke volumes about skin cancer affecting an everyday “Aussie guy”.</p> <p>In 2016, Melbourne mother <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/about/media-campaigns/current-campaigns/belindas-story">Belinda</a> shared her story before her death from melanoma.</p> <p>Melbourne mother Belinda urged others to learn from her story.</p> <p>The campaigns were created to increase people’s vigilance with sun protection, and sunscreen became a product critical to protecting one’s health.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25794474">Evidently</a>, these messages were effective. Research showed <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4732951/">lower sunburn rates</a>across the population, and sun protective behaviours improved.</p> <p>Moreover, research into the investment into such campaigns <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0147665">found</a> every A$1 invested brought a return of A$3.85 by lowering treatment costs and increasing productivity. The campaigns reduced the rates of illness and death and the economic burden of skin cancer.</p> <p><strong>A new beauty product?</strong></p> <p>As consumer demand bloomed, the perception and branding of sun protection products changed.</p> <p>The Australian sunscreen market is expected to tip <a href="https://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/Asia_Pacific_Australia_Sun_Care_Market_Report_2017/128516">A$159.3 million this year</a>. By marketing sunscreen as a key step in a daily skincare routine, brands are repositioning sunscreen as a beauty essential.</p> <p>The new buzzword “<a href="https://www.whyhellobeauty.com.au/2019/06/20/sunscreen-or-skinscreen/">skinscreen</a>” has been coined for products that combine skincare and sunscreen. To persuade women to add skinscreens in their beauty regimes, products are marketed with appealing fragrances and textures, and are encouraged to be worn under makeup.</p> <p>Beauty influencers on social media have jumped on-board the skinscreen craze. It is now marketed to highlight its anti-ageing <a href="https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/1691733/sunscreen-prevention-skin-aging-randomized-trial">benefits</a>: preventing age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.</p> <p>There are pros and cons to luxe skinscreen messaging. It may encourage frequent sunscreen application, but it also suggests women’s beauty and youth are inextricably linked and women’s value lies chiefly in their appearance.</p> <p>Despite sunscreen’s new home in the beauty aisle, health messaging has not completely disappeared. The social media initiative <a href="https://www.calltimeonmelanoma.com.au/">Call Time on Melanoma</a> aims to spread awareness about skin cancers and protecting skin from harmful rays.</p> <p>With more than 21,000 Instagram followers, the account encourages people to wear sunscreen everyday, get regular skin checks and debunks myths about sunscreen. The initiative builds awareness by sharing the story of Natalie Fornasier, a woman who was diagnosed with stage III melanoma at age 20.</p> <p>Skincare brand La Roche-Posay was an <a href="https://www.laroche-posay.com.au/article/la-roche-posay-the-official-sunscreen-partner-of-australian-open-2019/a36405.aspx">official sunscreen partner</a> for the 2020 Australian Open. They offered a UV Experience to educate tennis fans about sunscreen protection and ran a campaign to raise awareness of the daily UV index.</p> <p>Although important questions should be asked about the re-branding of sunscreen creating additional appearance-based pressures and “beauty work” for women, sunscreen appears to be more popular than ever. Sunsmart campaigns may have laid the health messaging groundwork, but today’s skincare brands continue to build awareness. This is a welcome step towards keeping Australians sun safe.</p> <p><em>Written by Lauren Gurrieri. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/burnt-is-out-skinscreen-is-in-how-sunscreen-got-a-beauty-makeover-131292">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Kate Middleton shows off athletic skills at the London Stadium

<p><span>The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her sporty side as she visited a SportsAid event at the London Stadium on Wednesday morning.</span></p> <p><span>The 38-year-old stepped out in trainers for the public engagement, where she spoke with young athletes and their parents to hear about their experiences, the challenges they face, and the support they receive from the charity.</span></p> <p><span>She tried her hand at track and field starts as well as Taekwondo alongside the athletes.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The Duchess packs a punch <a href="https://t.co/mNeEyXoQCT">pic.twitter.com/mNeEyXoQCT</a></p> — Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter/status/1232640017073364993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad, who taught the Duchess moves, said her performance was “a lot better than expected”, <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/gallery/2020022685373/kate-middleton-jessica-ennis-hill-sports-aid-london-stadium/1/" target="_blank">HELLO</a> </em>reported<a href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/gallery/2020022685373/kate-middleton-jessica-ennis-hill-sports-aid-london-stadium/1/"></a>.</span></p> <p><span>“She did well actually,” Muhammad said. “Her right hand is mean. I hope she never has to use it for self-defence but at least she’s got some skills now.”</span></p> <p><span>Duchess Kate became the patron of SportsAid in 2013, a year after she took on the role of ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics.</span></p> <p><span>She and husband Prince William are set to embark on a royal tour of Ireland next week.</span></p>

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5 places you can surprisingly get skin cancer that aren’t on your skin

<p>Skin cancer is highly treatable if caught early so make sure you’re checking these surprising spots and symptoms of skin cancer.</p> <p><strong>1. Hidden in a tattoo</strong></p> <p>People with tattoos understandably like to show them off, which usually means plenty of sun exposure. There’s a popular myth that big tattoos can act as a sunscreen but not only is that untrue, some ink colour – particularly white – can actually intensify sun damage. In addition, the ink can mask common symptoms of skin cancer like moles that change colour or a bumpy lesion. So if you want to make sure all your skin stays as pretty as (your) pictures, make sure to pay close attention to your skin under the tattoos and always wear sunscreen.</p> <p><strong>2. Between your toes</strong></p> <p>Eeeny, meeny, miney, moe, catch a cancer on your toe? People often forget to put sunscreen on their feet, even when they’re in sandals all summer. And while a mole gone rogue on the top of your foot would likely catch your eye, many people don’t think to look in places like between your toes and on the soles of your feet. Moles on the feet need to be evaluated just like moles on any other part of your body, Dr. Stahr says, using the ABCDE method: Asymmetry, irregular Border, uneven or multiple Colours, Diameter bigger than a pencil eraser, Evolving or changing. Your scalp and ears are other critical spots you forget to put sunscreen on too.</p> <p><strong>3. Your anus</strong></p> <p>It’s rare, but there have been cases of melanoma around the anus, inside the anus, and even inside the gastrointestinal tract, says Dr. Awadalla. Since it’s hard to check places where the sun literally never shines, it’s important to be on the lookout for other symptoms like blood in your faeces, pain during evacuation, or persistent changes in your bowel movements.</p> <p><strong>4. Your hair</strong></p> <p>Skin cancer on the scalp is a double whammy: Not only is it one of the most common places to get the disease but thanks to your hair it’s often missed, ignored, or mistaken for something else like dandruff. “If anything is growing, itching, burning, or bleeding, it should be evaluated by a physician,” Dr. Stahr says. Even if it turns out to be something like psoriasis, dandruff, or ringworm, dermatologists are well-equipped to deal with those conditions too. In addition, it’s a good idea to make friends with your hairdresser as they are often the first notice new or changes moles on the scalp.</p> <p><strong>5. Under your tongue</strong></p> <p>Ever wonder why your dentist lifts up your tongue and gives it a good look underneath and around the sides? One reason is that it is possible to get melanoma on your tongue. Even though you likely aren’t getting much sun exposure in your mouth, it is possible if the cancer has metastasised. And odds of getting any kind of cancer on your tongue or inside your mouth greatly increases if you smoke. So make sure you’re keeping up with your dental check-ups and ditch the cigarettes.</p> <p><em>Written by</em> <em>Charlotte Hilton Andersen. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/10-sneaky-places-you-can-get-skin-cancer-(that-aren%E2%80%99t-on-your-skin).aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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5 tips on how to look younger and brighter

<p>There are so many upsides to getting older: wisdom, life experiences, richer relationships and more free time to explore your interests. As for those wrinkles and other pesky signs of ageing? Not so ideal – especially when you still feel like your younger self inside! Thankfully, there are plenty of natural anti-ageing strategies that actually work. Here are our pick of the best.</p> <p><strong>1. Invest in shapewear</strong></p> <p>Shapewear sculpts and smooths your figure, instantly transforming you into a more youthful, toned-looking version of yourself. “You need to consider your shape and having the right foundation garments before you even think about clothes,” advises Mel Brady, 54-year-old model and stylist. “It’s incredible what shapewear will do, even with clothes that you already have in your wardrobe.” Brady, who owns a suitcase full of shapewear, advises getting properly fitted for a bra and shapewear in a department store, then using these garments as the base for figure-flattering ensembles.</p> <p><strong>2. Move more</strong></p> <p>As well as the worthy disease-prevention benefits of exercise, there’s a compelling cosmetic one – it can reverse skin ageing. Research from Canada’s McMaster University reveals that people over 40 who exercise regularly have healthier skin that’s closer in composition to that of 20 and 30-year-olds. What’s more, even sedentary people who start exercising at age 65 or older can reverse-age their skin.</p> <p><strong>3. Eat your super nutrients</strong></p> <p>Forget expensive procedures or ‘miracle’ creams. An antioxidant-rich diet that includes plenty of fresh produce, combined with fish oil supplements, is the trick to helping skin look smoother and younger. In a UK study, post-menopausal women who took omega-3 supplements and a drink containing the antioxidants lycopene, vitamin C and E plus soy isoflavones daily for 14 weeks enjoyed a significant reduction in the depth of their facial wrinkles. The nutrients also stimulated collagen production, linked to younger, plumper-looking skin.</p> <p><strong>4. Tame stray hairs</strong></p> <p>For men, thick, lustrous hair is a plus - unless it’s sprouting from your nose or ears, that is! It’s an unfortunate fact that hair tends to grow more from these unwanted places as we age. “Don’t just pretend it’s not there, take a bit of pride in tending to your grooming,” encourages stylist Mel Brady. You can buy an ear and nose trimmer at good pharmacies and electronic stores – they are quick and easy to use and will help trim (pun intended) a few years off your appearance.</p> <p><strong>5. Get good sleep!</strong></p> <p>It turns out, shut-eye is called beauty sleep for a good reason. A Swedish study found that people are perceived by others as healthier and more attractive after a single night of good sleep, compared to after a night of poor sleep. Other research shows that skimping on sleep accelerates skin ageing, leading to more fine lines, uneven pigmentation, slackening of skin and reduced elasticity. Poor sleepers are also more likely to have a higher BMI – another ageing factor.</p> <p><em>Written by Bonnie Bayley. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/15-ways-to-look-10-years-younger/page/1">wyza.com.au.</a></em></p> <p> </p>

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