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Prince Charles withdraws "financial support" from Prince Harry and Meghan

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Harry and Meghan are being forced to find new arrangements for any mail sent to them after Prince Charles and Clarence House withdrew "financial support" from the couple.</p> <p>The<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2021/02/27/prince-harry-meghan-hunt-new-uk-mail-address-clarence-house/" target="_blank"><em>UK Telegraph</em></a><span> </span>has reported that all professional ties, including the Sussex's mail service in the UK, is being severed by the end of next month.</p> <p>Members of the royal family can receive thousands of letters and cards per month and the Correspondence Section at Clarence House was previously responsible for the Sussex family.</p> <p>Instead, the pair will need to make new arrangements to receive their mail in the US.</p> <p>What is said to have tipped Prince Charles' decision is the new 90-minute documentary that Harry and Meghan are doing with Oprah to discuss why they quit being working royals.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were stripped of their titles in mid-February after they decided to renounce their duties and step away from public service for good.</p> <p>A statement by Buckingham Palace said at the time they are "saddened by their decision" but said Meghan and Harry "remain much loved members of the family."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Here we go again”: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot’s baby number three

<p>Gal Gadot has spilled major baby news, revealing baby number three is on the way!</p> <p>The <em>Wonder Woman</em> star announced the blissful news on Monday through a social media post.</p> <p>"Here we go again," Gadot wrote alongside a family photo of her, husband Yaron Varsano and their two daughters: Alma, nine, and Maya, three.</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/CL4gL66BkgF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CL4gL66BkgF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Gal Gadot (@gal_gadot)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Gal does not let her family into the public very often, she is not shy from gushing about her two girls in interviews and even let them feature in a special scene for <em>Wonder Woman 1984.</em></p> <p>Her husband Varsano, along with Alma and Maya appeared right at the end of the film where during the Christmas scene you can see Gadot’s oldest throwing a snowball and accidentally hitting Diana.</p> <p>A few minutes later, viewers got to see the actress’ husband standing next to their two-year-old daughter while she rides a merry-go-round.</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/CJc4cJJB-8T/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJc4cJJB-8T/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Gal Gadot (@gal_gadot)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"It meant a lot, especially in that very special scene," Gadot said.</p> <p>"To have them captured in the film with me, because they are a part of it, meant a lot, and it's an amazing, amazing souvenir that we will forever cherish."</p> <p>Gadot and Varsano married in 2008.</p>

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Meghan and Harry’s subtle hint for baby’s gender

<p>Eagle-eyed fans have spotted a tiny detail that they believe may be linked to the gender of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby.</p> <p>While the couple have been notoriously private and kept majority of their pregnancy under wraps, royal fans pointed out a large pink sapphire ring worn by Duchess Meghan during a recent video appearance.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840048/meghan-sapphire-ring-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/69c09e4ff9104b93ada4b8c1d5eb57df" /></p> <p>The large ring from is from the jewellery brand Ecksand and features an ethically sourced 6.000 carat stone with a recycled 18k gold band with 0.20 diamond pave.</p> <p>"Is the 'pink' ring an 'indication/hint' that it might be a little girl?" one fan speculated on Instagram.</p> <p>"Could this be a clue about baby Sussex????! Praying for a safe, healthy delivery and birth for mother and baby, whether it's a girl or a boy!" another said.</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/CLe6Ez8DKWd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLe6Ez8DKWd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan Markle (@meghan_update)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The ring normally retails for $1790 but is currently on sale for $1522.</p> <p>“It’s been a rough few weeks for the queen, that’s for sure,” a royal insider told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/prince-harry-meghan-markles-distance-is-challenging-for-queen/" target="_blank"><em>Us Weekly.</em></a></p> <p>“The situation with Harry and Meghan has been challenging, and on top of that, she’s distraught over her beloved husband’s health setback.”</p>

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"Beacon of hope": Captain Sir Thomas Moore's daughter speaks out

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The daughter of Sir Captain Thomas Moore has spoken out about her father and how he was a "beacon of hope" to many.</p> <p>Hannah Ingram-Moore said that it has been "really difficult" since the death of her father, who passed away from COVID-19 on the 2nd of February.</p> <p>"I mean what a journey we've been on and what a beacon of hope and light he has been to the world," she told show hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. "We miss him terribly but we know his legacy lives on."</p> <p>Sir Thomas shot to worldwide fame after raising more than $42 million for health services and charities in the UK and was even knighted by the Queen for his efforts.</p> <p>Piers spoke about being contacted by Sir Tom on Twitter.</p> <p>"It really touched me as it touched everybody in the country," Morgan continued.</p> <p>"Did you ever imagine Hannah that you'd end up with your dad not just raising nearly £40million for the NHS but also being knighted having a number one pop record, being a GQ cover star, a man of the year, winning a Pride of Britain award... I mean he achieved more in nine months than most people do in their entire lifetime."</p> <p>Hannah described the experience as "almost indescribable".</p> <p>"We were just an ordinary family, just like everybody else. But yes, we sat here thinking what can we do to help fight the pandemic in those very early days, raise a thousand pounds? And that was it, there was nothing more to it."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">‘What a beacon of hope and light he became to the world.’<br /><br />‘We miss him terribly.’<br /><br />Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral will be held on Saturday. <br /><br />His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore speaks to <a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@piersmorgan</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/susannareid100?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@susannareid100</a> about losing her father. <a href="https://t.co/zWM1zcRxn4">pic.twitter.com/zWM1zcRxn4</a></p> — Good Morning Britain (@GMB) <a href="https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1364128077685653506?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>She also mentioned that her father left specific instructions for his funeral.</p> <p>"He was very clear he wanted us to eat Victoria sponge cake and sandwiches afterwards," she said, adding that he wants his tombstone to read: "I told you I was old."</p> <p>She laughed when explaining the tombstone.</p> <p>Hannah also asked the British public that even though many will want to pay their respects, they are asking people to stay away due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Good Morning Britain</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Terri Irwin says family found "meaning of life" after Steve's passing

<p>A 2019 interview has resurfaced about how close the Irwin family are and how the passing of father Steve, 44, brought them closer together.</p> <p>Terri, 56, revealed that the tragic death of her husband made the bonds between the family even stronger and built the foundation for a family tie that is incredibly close.</p> <p>"We are a family who works together, lives together and holidays together – we spend almost every moment in each other's company, whether it's at Australia Zoo or on one of our conservation properties here in Australia or making a documentary somewhere in Africa, so it's vitally important that we have great relationships – and we do," says Terri to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/celeb-news/terri-irwin-steve-irwin-death-53777" target="_blank"><em>Now To Love</em></a>.</p> <p>"We communicate well, and I think it's a natural effect of losing Steve. I think we became closer and stronger as a family and we have developed this awareness that allows us to truly value the people closest to us even more than we already did.</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/CLARU85BvCU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLARU85BvCU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"It's sad that it takes a tragedy such as Steve's death to amp that up in your life, but it does make you want to live every day to the fullest and appreciate the people you love. I'm the first to admit that I can be a little overwhelming sometimes, but I have a saying that I think is very true. It's that the meaning of life is unconditional love and that's what we have for each other."</p> <p>The bonds between Bindi, 22 and her 17-year-old brother Robert have only become stronger as Bindi announced she was expecting with husband Chandler Powell.</p> <p>The couple recently said that they are waiting to meet their daughter before they name her.</p> <p>"We are waiting to meet her before we decide on a name. We want to hold her and make sure the name that we choose fits her perfectly,” she said.</p> <p>“We have been looking through family history on both my side and Chandler’s side for family name inspiration.</p> <p>“Once she arrives I think we’ll know exactly what to name her.”</p>

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Prince William "genuinely shocked" at Meghan and Harry's response to the Queen

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Prince William is said to be "really sad and genuinely shocked" by his brother's behaviour towards the Queen after she confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would not be returning as working royals.</p> <p>This is according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/william-sad-and-shocked-at-harry-pv002r9pn" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Times</em></a>, who have heard from insiders that Prince William believes that Harry and Meghan have been "insulting and disrespectful" to the Queen and are "very upset by what has happened".</p> <p>The Palace statement said that Her Majesty had informed the Duke and Duchess that it was "not possible" to continue with a life of public service after stepping back from duty and would be stripped of helping out their royal patronages.</p> <p>"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family," the statement read.</p> <p>"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.</p> <p>"The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."</p> <p>In response, Harry and Meghan released a statement, saying that they would offer "continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role," and that "we can all live a life of service" as "service is universal".</p> <p>It's said that Prince William struggled to adjust to the loss of his brother during the trial separation.</p> <p>"Once he got over the anger of how things happened, he was left with the absence of his brother," one insider said.</p> <p>"They had shared everything about their lives, an office, a foundation, meetings together most days and there was a lot of fun along the way. He'll miss it forever."</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/B2bEgz2FVHY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2bEgz2FVHY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Despite the current bad blood, Prince William is hopeful for reconciliation between himself and his brother.</p> <p>Sources close to the Prince believe that if issues over official duties are no longer a sore point, it can pave the way for a happier relationship between the pair.</p> <p>The news of the resignation also came as no surprise to the Duke of Cambridge.</p> <p>"Removing work as the thing to cause tension between them will hopefully allow a relationship of brothers to re-build, but there's a long way to go. This interview coming up will hopefully not make it harder," an insider told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/prince-william-still-hopes-to-repair-rift-with-harry-zsxbt6bxs" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a>.</p> <p>The interview the insider is referring to is the one that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have agreed to, which is a tell-all sit down with Oprah Winfrey.</p> <p>Unfortunately, aides inside Buckingham Palace won't be able to rest easy until it airs on the 7th of March as there are worries it'll show that Harry and Meghan aren't "moving on".</p> <p>"Everyone wishes they could focus on their future and be happy. The worry is that the Oprah interview is a sign they are struggling to move on."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Brings such joy": Fergie opens up about becoming a grandmother

<p>Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York is elated to be a grandmother.</p> <p>Taking to social media, the first time grandma wrote: "As Grandparents, The Duke and I are thrilled and blessed at the arrival of our grandson August Philip Hawke Brooksbank."</p> <p>"He is a beautiful blessing and a bringer of such love and joy to all our Family," she continued. "I am so proud of Jack and Eugenie, they are and will be wonderful parents."</p> <p>The Duchess also told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/20210220107323/sarah-ferguson-exclusive-princess-eugenie-baby-name/" target="_blank"><em>Hello</em></a><span> </span>she's "so excited" about her new grandmother status.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">As Grandparents, The Duke and I are thrilled and blessed at the arrival of our grandson August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. He is a beautiful blessing and a bringer of such love and joy to all our Family. I am so proud of Jack and Eugenie, they are and will be wonderful parents <a href="https://t.co/vgfvBbBKS1">pic.twitter.com/vgfvBbBKS1</a></p> — Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahTheDuchess/status/1363092420435533827?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, a wonderful grandson and he brings such joy, smiles and love to all our family," she told the publication.</p> <p>Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank confirmed the name of their son 11 days after his birth, after welcoming baby August on February 9, 2021.</p> <p>The couple took to Instagram to reveal the baby's name, a day after the Duke of York's 61st birthday.</p>

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Bindi Irwin shares how Steve Irwin inspired her baby's nickname

<p>Bindi Irwin is keeping her father's legacy alive, 15 years after his tragic death.</p> <p>Speaking to The Bump, the pregnant wildlife conservationist shared how her dad, Steve Irwin, inspired her and her husband Chandler Powell to nickname their daughter Baby Wildlife Warrior, ahead of her arrival.</p> <p>"My dad would have been the best grandfather," 22-year-old Irwin said. "I always joke that if he was still here, we'd never see our baby because he'd take her on all kinds of adventures! I want to make sure our baby girl gets to know my dad and thankfully, we have many documentaries and photos we can share with her. I think she'll love getting to watch footage of Dad working with all kinds of animals and learning about his legacy.</p> <p>"My dad was the first person to create the term 'Wildlife Warrior.' Being a Wildlife Warrior means to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. We've been referring to our daughter as our Baby Wildlife Warrior. I know in my heart that she will forge her own path to make our planet a better place."</p> <p>Steve tragically died in 2006 at 44 years of age after being pierced in the chest by a stingray in the Great Barrier Reef.</p> <p>But Bindi and Powell's baby-on-the-way isn't the only one who has been given a nickname, as mother Terri Irwin has been given a special moniker as a future grandmother.</p> <p>"My extraordinary mama is my best friend and I know that she is going to be such an amazing grandmother," Bindi gushed. "We spent a long time searching for grandma names that also had an animal link. We decided that she's going to be called 'Bunny.'"</p>

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British royal family "delighted" by Sussex baby number two

<p>The Prince of Wales is delighted to be a grandpa for the fifth time as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they are expecting their second child together.</p> <p>“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child,” a spokesperson for the couple said.</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/CLSL_aqARfv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLSL_aqARfv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Misan Harriman (@misanharriman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow," Harriman<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLSL_aqARfv/" target="_blank">wrote</a><span> </span>on Instagram. "Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!"</p> <p>The Queen is also delighted to meet her 10th great-grandchild.</p> <p>"Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and entire family [are] ‘delighted’ and wish them well," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson tells<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a35502136/queen-elizabeth-meghan-markle-prince-harry-second-baby-pregnant-reaction/" target="_blank"><em>T&amp;C</em></a>.</p>

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Terri Irwin gives big clue on Bindi’s baby name

<p>Terri Irwin has given fans a major “clue” on Bindi’s baby name.</p> <p>As the world waits in anticipation for more details about the wildlife conservationist’s first child with husband Chandler Powell, Terri has given a big clue.</p> <p>In a new interview with <em>The Morning Show,</em> the grandmother to-be revealed that Bindi and Chandler are likely to name their first child after someone in the family.</p> <p>“I do have a bit of a scoop, which is that they are looking at family tree names,” Terri said.</p> <p>She said that Bindi and her husband were looking at “some of the names within my side of the family and Chandler’s side of the family to get ideas”.</p> <p>“You know how people go to baby names online - they’re looking at the family tree.</p> <p>“So there’s a clue for all of us.”</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/CKhUpvmhDc6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKhUpvmhDc6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 56-year-old also revealed what she would like Bindi’s baby to call her.</p> <p>“In Europe they often call grandmothers bunny, so I’m going to be ‘grandma bunny.’</p> <p>“I thought that was really cute.</p> <p>Bindi’s brother, Robert Irwin, said his big sister and her husband were yet to settle on a name for their impending bundle of joy.</p> <p>“I think they’ve got ideas, but they really want to see the little one, that’s what Bindi and Chandler are saying,” he explained.</p> <p>“They want to see this beautiful little girl, hold her and then come up with a name.”</p>

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"Such wonderful news": Queen thrilled at birth of ninth great-grandchild

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Queen has expressed her delight at the birth of her ninth great-grandchild as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child, a boy, overnight.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace released the following statement on behalf of the Queen herself.</p> <p>"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news," it reads.</p> <p>"This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York's first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."</p> <p>Princess Eugenie made the announcement with a sweet post on her Instagram.</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/CLFEI96lHW1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLFEI96lHW1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Princess Eugenie's parents, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York are yet to publicly comment about the arrival of their first grandchild, but Ferguson liked the official announcement on social media.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to have privately congratulated the couple, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice are yet to comment publicly on the birth.</p> <p>There is no word yet as to what the baby will be named, as the royal family typically wait two days before publicly sharing a baby's name to the media.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Rude" note about barking dog divides internet

<p>An aggressive note from a "fed up" neighbour has gone viral as people argue the right and wrong way to alert others about a barking dog.</p> <p>The note was posted on Reddit, which has since gone viral due to the nature of the note.</p> <p>“Next time you leave your dog locked in a room while you’re gone, we’re calling animal control,” the note said.</p> <p>“P***** off annoyed neighbours.”</p> <p><img style="width: 375.1465416178195px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839855/7d910ff54c6d297417f5ba8a61edf3072d1ab168.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e76f69bc0a0c4f209c23bb51386ef3bc" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The dog owners wanted the note leaver to come forward.</p> <p>“If you live in Stone Oak and left this note on our (door) let’s talk this out like adults,” the dog owner’s Reddit post said.</p> <p>“We went to the vet for our other dog and were gone for 2 hours.</p> <p>“I’d love to explain since clearly it bothers you to hear noise at 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon.”</p> <p>Commenters were divided, as many had been in the note leavers shoes before.</p> <p>“This is def an overreaction from the note person but I will also say no one wants to listen to your dog lose its s*** For 2 hours. So maybe you’re also culpable,” another added.</p> <p>“It’s incredibly inconsiderate to subject your neighbours to noise like that for 2 damn hours,” one agreed.</p> <p>Others fought back, saying two hours wasn't that long.</p> <p>“What do you want them to do when they aren’t home? They can’t control the dog. My dog barked when we first moved into our apartment,” one person said.</p> <p>“Dogs bark and as long as they’re safe, with water, animal control isn’t going to do anything about it. Also 2 hours is nothing, 12 hours you have a big problem,” another replied.</p> <p>At the time of writing, the note leaver has not come forward.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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It's a boy! Princess Eugenie's bundle of joy arrives

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are celebrating the safe arrival of their first child.</p> <p>He was born on February 9th at the Portland Hospital in London.</p> <p>"Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital," a statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed.</p> <p>"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."</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/CLFEI96lHW1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLFEI96lHW1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>A name has not yet been announced for the boy, and royal fans are speculating as to what the baby will be called.</p> <p>As it is the Queen's ninth great-grandchild, there are rumours that Eugenie will choose a name that keeps with royal tradition as she is incredibly close to her grandparents.</p> <p>Royal baby name expert Jennifer Moss said that while the Queen has final say over the child's name, she is unlikely to veto any names chosen.</p> <p>"Traditionally, this process took much longer with Queen Elizabeth waiting around a month to announce Prince Charles' name," she said. "However, names are now announced publicly much sooner, with Prince Charles and Lady Diana taking a week to announce Prince William's name.</p> <p>"Prince Harry's name was announced on the very same day."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Man tragically killed at a baby shower

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A US man has died after being struck by metal shrapnel during an explosion at a baby shower.</p> <p>Family and friends gathered to celebrate the baby's pending arrival when the homeowner fired a small cannon device.</p> <p>The device blew up, causing shrapnel to strike three parked vehicles and the man who was standing nearby.</p> <p>Evan Thomas Silva, 26, was the only person struck by the device.</p> <p>“The cannon is designed to create a big flash, a loud noise and create smoke,” Michigan State Police said in a statement.</p> <p>“The cannon did not contain any projectiles, but it is suspected that the gun powder loaded into the device caused the cannon to fracture, resulting in shrapnel being spread in the area.”</p> <p>Evan was taken to hospital, where he later died from his injuries.</p> <p>His brother Phil Silva posted a touching tribute on Facebook.</p> <p>“Yesterday evening, Evan Silva was in a fatal accident,” Phil wrote.</p> <p>“He has left behind a loving family, countless friends and memories in all of our hearts. Further details are to come, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.”</p> <p>“I’m still expecting a call, a text, snap. I want it to not be true,” a friend posted online.</p> <p>“You were such a fun, happy, uplifting kinda attitude guy ... my condolences to all the family,” another wrote.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Meghan Markle releases rare statement about Archie

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Meghan Markle has given a blunt response to reports that she erased her first names from Archie's birth certificate.</p> <p>Reports circulated yesterday that Prince Harry and Meghan secretly removed her birth names "Rachel Meghan" on birth papers, leaving "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex".</p> <p>Meghan slammed these claims and blamed the Palace for the name changes, with a spokesperson claiming to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://pagesix.com/2021/01/31/meghan-markle-says-palace-is-behind-change-archies-birth-certificate/?_ga=2.70802320.1235363737.1612127817-906536480.1602537093" target="_blank"><em>Page Six</em></a><em>:</em><span> </span>“The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials. This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex.”</p> <p>British media speculated that the move was a snub to the Cambridges, who include Duchess Kate's names on her children's birth certificates.</p> <p>It was also speculated that Prince Harry could have been following his mother Princess Diana's trend who always used "Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales".</p> <p>Lady Colin Campbell, who spotted the amendment, said: “It is extraordinary and raises all kinds of questions about what the Sussexes were thinking.”</p> <p>Expert Ingrid Seward said: “For a royal to change a birth certificate is unprecedented but to remove forenames is remarkable.</p> <p>“Perhaps this is another sign they were desperate to do something different to the Cambridges.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Bindi Irwin shows off nursery ahead of baby's birth

<p>It's getting closer and closer to Bindi Irwin's due date, and the Australian conservationist has thrilled fans with a look inside her daughter's nursery.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Bindi who is gearing up to welcome her first child with husband Chandler Powell, showed off the adorable nursery.</p> <p>The 22-year-old shared a sweet message filled with gratitude over the support she has received from fans and family throughout her pregnancy.</p> <p>“Sharing our deepest gratitude to YOU reading this message as we get ready for our daughter to arrive,” Bindi wrote on Instagram.</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/CKhUpvmhDc6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKhUpvmhDc6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“The support we have received from your kind comments, Chandler’s family in Florida, mine in Oregon, friends across the globe, our amazing Australia Zoo family – it means the world to us.”</p> <p>She continued: “Baby Wildlife Warrior is already so loved and we are eternally grateful. With all my heart, thank you.”</p> <p>Alongside the caption was a stunning photo showing off the baby's room, decorated with delicate illustrations on the wall.</p> <p>The daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin announced her pregnancy in August last year, revealing later that month that she was expecting a girl.</p>

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New deadly tick-borne dog disease is on the move

<p class="p1">While we continue to be occupied with the COVID pandemic, another life-threatening disease has emerged in northern Australia, one that's cause for considerable alarm for the millions of dog owners around the country.</p> <p class="p1">This disease — canine ehrlichiosis — is transmitted through the bite of a bacterium-carrying parasite called the "brown dog tick". This vector parasite is widespread in warm and humid areas of Australia, and its bite can be potentially fatal for dogs.</p> <p class="p1">Until the first cases were recently discovered <a href="https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/ehrlichiosis"><span class="s1">last May</span></a>, Australia was considered free of the disease. However, <a href="https://www.outbreak.gov.au/current-responses-to-outbreaks/ehrlichiosis-dogs"><span class="s1">more than 300 dogs</span></a> in Western Australian and the Northern Territory have now <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-12-22/northern-territory-exotic-tick-borne-disease-ehrlichiosis-dogs/12997140"><span class="s1">tested positive</span></a> for it. There have also been reports, from veterinary workers in the field, of dogs dying without being tested or treated.</p> <p class="p1">And it's spreading — infected ticks that carry the deadly bacteria have been detected in South Australia, according to Mark Schipp, Australia's chief veterinary officer. If you own a dog, it's vital you take precautions to protect it, as the outbreak is unlikely to be controlled any time soon.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Fever, lethargy and uncontrollable bleeding</strong></p> <p class="p1">Canine ehrlichiosis is caused by a bacterium called Ehrlichia canis (E. canis) carried by the tick. It first came to the attention of veterinary scientists in the 1960-1970s after affecting scores of military working dogs, often German Shepherds, in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.</p> <p class="p1">In Australia today, the disease appears most prevalent in regional areas and remote communities in WA and NT, where the ability to test dogs is restricted for logistical reasons. In some areas, such as communities in the Roper Gulf Shire, testing and treating dogs can be impossible during the wet season as <a href="https://ropergulf.nt.gov.au/our-communities/ngukurr/"><span class="s1">severe flooding</span></a> can prevent veterinarians from accessing the region.</p> <p class="p1">However, with the detection of ticks in South Australia, veterinarians are concerned they could travel to more populous areas.</p> <p class="p1">When an infected tick bites a dog, the bacterium enters white blood cells and multiplies rapidly, causing signs of illness the owner will only first notice about two weeks after transmission.</p> <p class="p1">The disease is characterised by fever, decreased appetite, lethargy and bleeding (such as nose bleeds). Some dogs develop severe and rapid weight loss, swollen limbs, difficulty in breathing and blindness.</p> <p class="p1">One of the most serious effects of this disease is on the bone marrow, which can be fatal. Some dogs die of septicaemia as they can no longer fight off even the most innocuous of infections, or they bleed uncontrollably, which can also lead to death.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Ticks expanding southward</strong></p> <p class="p1">Every pet owner who has travelled into Australia with their dogs would know about the stringent testing procedures in place to ensure their canine companions do not bring canine ehrlichiosis into the country. This is especially important since the brown dog tick (the vector) has been in northern Australia for many years, but not with this particular infection.</p> <p class="p1">As with other serious animal diseases screened by biosecurity authorities, such as <a href="https://www.agriculture.gov.au/pests-diseases-weeds/animal/asf"><span class="s1">African Swine Fever</span></a> and <a href="https://www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/disease-surveillance/screw-worm-fly/"><span class="s1">Screw Worm Fly</span></a>, the bacterium E. canis is highly prevalent in tropical regions, including our closest northern neighbours (Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea) and the Pacific Islands.</p> <p class="p1">However, our <a href="https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13071-016-1480-y"><span class="s1">2016 research</span></a> shows a southwards expansion of the brown dog tick's geographical range. The reasons why aren't fully understood, but may include increased pet travel around the country and possibly also climate change.</p> <p class="p1">Worse, the tick is also well adapted to indoor living and readily establishes within kennels or homes, and even in cooler climates. These conditions mean E. canis can spread to most parts of Australia.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Protecting your best friend</strong></p> <p class="p1">Just as our health authorities have been with COVID-19, the response from the state and federal veterinary authorities to this outbreak of canine ehrlichiosis <a href="https://www.outbreak.gov.au/current-responses-to-outbreaks/ehrlichiosis-dogs"><span class="s1">has been swift</span></a>.</p> <p class="p1">Most dogs will improve from treatment with antibiotics and other supportive measures. However, some may develop a chronic infection, which usually has a terminal outcome.</p> <p class="p1">The disease isn't contagious; only dogs bitten by the ticks will contract it. So it's vital animal owners are proactive with the application of parasite prevention.</p> <p class="p1">Owners should seek advice from their veterinarian about which <a href="https://www.amrric.org/resources/view/tick-prevention-for-dogs-and-cats/"><span class="s1">products</span></a> will protect their dogs from contracting this disease. <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23774841/"><span class="s1">Research</span></a> has shown those that repel ticks and stop them attaching in the first place, such as effective tick collars, are the best way to prevent canine ehrlichiosis.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="width: 353.77358490566036px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839675/1-2021-01-29t102743566.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a0ff0d8d188241d6b197e8f8a2d98624" /></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Important questions remain</strong></p> <p class="p1">Since the first Australian cases of canine ehrlichiosis were diagnosed, veterinary practitioners have raised questions about how the disease arrived (considering our border controls), as well as how it's likely to play out in the future.</p> <p class="p1">Was the infection carried into Australia by a dog travelling from an endemic country, or was there an undetected incursion of the contaminated tick itself? If this were the case, there are implications for other, potentially far more serious diseases, such as rabies, entering the continent in a similar manner.</p> <p class="p1">And when exactly did the infection arrive? To be so widespread now would seem to imply its presence for quite some time, possibly several years.</p> <p class="p1">Finally, what are the implications of this disease spilling over to other animals — and humans — in Australia? It would seem our native marsupials are in no danger from this disease; however, the potential impact on dingoes is unknown.</p> <p class="p1">A similar, rare disease in humans — called "human monocytic ehrlichiosis" (HME) — is caused by a different, closely related bacterium (Ehrlichia chaffeensis) and is characterised by fever, chill, headache, nausea and weight loss. However, one <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17114689/"><span class="s1">study</span></a> in Venezuela revealed 30 per cent of humans with HME were infected with a strain of E. canis.</p> <p class="p1">HME isn't known to occur in Australia, and the potential for E. canis to cause illness in humans here is currently unknown.</p> <p class="p1">The discovery of E. canis in Australia reminds us of the importance of quarantine measures to protect our pets, just as we take such measures seriously for the protection of humans.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Peter Irwin is an emeritus professor, Amanda Barbosa is a post-doctoral research fellow and Charlotte Oskam is a senior lecturer at Murdoch University. This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/protect-your-dog-from-this-new-deadly-disease-outbreak-we-still-dont-know-how-it-got-here-153794"><span class="s1">The Conversation</span></a>.</em></p>

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"Cruel" new mum slammed after giving child wrong name

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A woman started off with good intentions to name her child but has been slammed as "cruel" for accidentally picking the wrong name.</p> <p>She wanted to name her son after the doctor who saved her life after she had severe birth complications, but was so stressed after childbirth that she gave him the wrong name.</p> <p>"I had no problem figuring out the father, who was my best friend (now boyfriend), because he's the only guy I've ever slept with," she wrote on Reddit.</p> <p>"I was completely freaking out when I found out because I wasn't ready at all, and I didn't tell him because his mother was fighting COVID so I didn't want to put him through any more stress."</p> <p>"Without any support system, I was so stressed I never bothered with naming," she admitted. "I didn't even think about it."</p> <p>She decided to name her child after the only person that was by her side during delivery, which was a doctor.</p> <p>"I decided I would name my son after her albeit in a variant or middle name sort of way, like Christina to Christian or something," she said. "Her name was Audrey, and I distinctly remembered that—although its less common—Audrey can be used as a boy's name, and I actually thought it was very cute, so that's what I named my son."</p> <p>However, when she broke the news to her family, they were disgusted.</p> <p>"I told them it was a less known fact, but Audrey can be a boy's name," she said. "We looked it up, and apparently I was thinking of AUBREY."</p> <p>"I feel like an idiot," the new mum confessed, saying her boyfriend loves the name and doesn't want to change it.</p> <p>"He says it's stupid that one letter can change the gender of the name and says it's just a bunch of letters anyway and has no inherent gender," she continued. "He says he can't picture him as anything but Audrey."</p> <p>"Reactions from friends are very mixed, but many are telling me we're pre-emptively ruining Audrey's life," the woman said, before asking Reddit users if she's 'ruining' her child's life with her name choice.</p> <p>People warned her about her naming choice, saying that "kids are really cruel".</p> <p>'While I agree that the convention of gendered names is a silly one, but it doesn't make it not a thing," one user pointed out. "You are setting up your son for being bullied and teased."</p> <p>"I hope you know kids are really cruel and he most likely would be teased with this name," said another.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Michael Douglas sees his one-month-old grandson for the first time

<p>Michael Douglas has finally gotten the opportunity to meet his one-month-old grandson for the first time - and the doting grandpa shared a beautiful photo of the touching moment.</p> <p>The 76-year-old and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones announced last month that he had become a grandfather once again after his son Cameron Douglas welcomed his first son Ryder.</p> <p>In the heartwarming photograph, Michael is seen cradling his tiny grandson with a bottle in one hand and a burp cloth draped over his shoulder.</p> <p>“First time I’ve seen my month old grandson, Ryder!” he captioned the black and white photo.</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/CKOnQNyMT_D/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKOnQNyMT_D/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Michael Douglas (@michaelkirkdouglas)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This is Michael's second grandchild.</p> <p>Catherine took to her own Instagram to share the happy news, posting a beautiful family photo of Cameron, his girlfriend Viviane Thibes - who had their newborn son Ryder in her arms - and their three-year-old daughter Lua.</p> <p>"And a new Douglas is born!!!!! Welcome to the world Ryder T Douglas," she captioned the image on her Instagram Story.</p> <p>Michael and Catherine shared some funny comments under Cameron's post of the same image.</p> <p>Pointing out how unamused little Lua appears in the family photo over her little brother's arrival, Catherine wrote: "Lua's Face! Like......'whatever.......' Hilarious! Congrats!!" Michael added: "So happy for Vivian and you. Don’t think Lua is sure about this yet! What a holiday present."</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/CJHWr74nA1X/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJHWr74nA1X/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Cameron Douglas (@cameronmorrelldouglas)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Cameron is 76-year-old Michael's only child with his first wife Diandra Luker; the former couple was married from 1977 until 1995.</p> <p>He has two half-siblings – Dylan Michael, 20, and Carys Zeta, 17, from Michael's marriage to Catherine.</p>

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Prince Harry “heartbroken” over family divide

<p><span>Prince Harry may be happy and loved up with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie, in California – but reports say the family is reportedly “heartbroken” over family tensions that have raised since the pair decided to step down as senior members of the royal family.</span><br /><br /><span>A friend of the couple, journalist Tom Bradby — who toured southern Africa with the Sussexes for their documentary, Harry &amp; Meghan: An African Journey — shared his own personal thoughts on the move during Sunday’s episode of ITV’s Love Your Weekend.</span><br /><br /><span>When asked if he believes the pair are happier in California, he said: “I think they are feeling better, yes … So are they unhappy? No, I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by.”</span><br /><br /><span>“I think he is heartbroken by the situation with his family. You don’t necessarily need to have knowledge to know that, but I think it is true.”</span><br /><br /><span>Bradby went on to say, “The situation with the family clearly isn’t ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all, but are they unhappy out there? No, I don’t think that’s right, I think they are pretty happy actually, but I think they wrestle with their position in life, I think they all do. I think William does too, I don’t think he finds it easy.”</span><br /><br /><span>“There were phone and video calls over the Christmas and New Year holiday and the Sussexes sent presents to the Cambridges and vice versa,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET. “Things are a lot better between William and Harry. If you go back a year at that stage, these brothers were barely on talking terms.”</span></p>

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