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Prince George's godmother opens up in incredibly rare interview

<p><span>Prince George's godmother, Julia Samuel, has made a rare statement about the little royal in a new interview about his family and life at home.</span></p> <p><span>While appearing on a guest podcast, the 60-year-old spoke about her glorious role as a godmother to Prince George, who she proudly took under her wing after decades of friendship with the Royal family.</span></p> <p><span>Julia was a dear friend of Princess Diana after meeting her in 1987.</span></p> <p><span>When George was welcomed to the world back in 2013, fans were delighted to hear that Julia would take on such a permanent role in George's life, given her closeness to his late grandmother.</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/CCJ6YFKniA7/?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/CCJ6YFKniA7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Prince George will be seven years old in 20 days now (on July 22nd 2020)🎈💙 -July 2nd 2020. . Photo : Prince George of Cambridge, taken by his mother, The Duchess of Cambridge, poses for an official portrait (earlier in 2019) to celebrate Christmas 2019 at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England 🎄 -December 25th 2019. . Handsome George 🧒🏼🥰💙. . 📷 : The Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace -@kensingtonpalace. . #royalfamily #katemiddleton #PrinceWilliam #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #DukeofCambridge #DuchessofCambridge #London #monarchy #england #english #british #britishmonarchy #britishroyalfamily #photooftheday #love #l4l #happy #cute #gorgeous #amazing #beautiful #lovely #pretty #bestcouple #instadaily #baby #instapic</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/thecambridges_family/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges 🇬🇧👑🎀</a> (@thecambridges_family) on Jul 2, 2020 at 2:31pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Speaking on popular podcast How to Fail by British writer Elizabeth Day, Julia made some rare comments about the royals.</span></p> <p><span>When asked about George, she said: "He is amazing. He's funny and feisty and cheeky and God she (Diana) would have loved him so much. That is heartbreaking for all of them."</span></p> <p><span>She also spoke of a silly family tradition they still keep doing, and have done since Diana was alive.</span></p> <p><span>According to Julia, the family have a knack for giving each other presents which take "days to put together".</span></p> <p><span>"So I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys which are really noisy [and] take a lot of making."</span></p> <p><span>She said the sweet joke often involves a few days of struggle from Prince William.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBtmEa1gSuB/?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/CBtmEa1gSuB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Cambridges 🇬🇧👑🎀 (@thecambridges_family)</a> on Jun 21, 2020 at 2:35pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I come in slightly tipped by the size of the present that William then has to spend days putting together," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"And then put all the machinery together and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that.</span></p> <p><span>"That makes me laugh and it makes George laugh."</span></p> <p><span>Prince George has seven godparents in total.</span></p> <p><span>Julia is joined by a close school friend of his Duchess Catherine, Emilia Jardine-Paterson.</span></p> <p><span>Others include a respected team member from William's side, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton along with Oliver Baker, who attended St Andrew's alongside the two royal parents.</span></p> <p><span>One of William's oldest friends, William van Cutsem, is also a godfather.</span></p> <p><span>Zara Tindall is also a godmother as well.</span></p>

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89-year-old Formula 1 mogul becomes dad for fourth time

<p>Ex-Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has become a dad for the fourth time at the age of 89. His 44-year-old wife Fabiana Flosi gave birth to a baby boy called Ace in just 25 minutes of labour on Thursday.</p> <p>Grandfather-of-five Ecclestone confirmed the news, saying "We have a son named Ace. I am so proud."</p> <p>Fabiana said that the birth was "easy".</p> <p>“It was all so easy. The birth was over after 25 minutes. I thank god.”</p> <p>The boy is the businessman's first son after having three daughters with his previous partners.</p> <p>His eldest daughter, Deborah is 65, who was born to his first wife Ivy Bamford. Ecclestone also has two other daughters, who are Tamara, 35 and Petra, 31 with his second wife Slavica Radic. </p> <p>Bernie met his third wife, Fabiana Flosi, through the World Motor Sport Council in 2009 and the pair were married in 2012.</p> <p>“Like all parents, we have only one wish: the child must be born healthy.</p> <p>“Hopefully he will never express any interest in doing something in Formula 1!”</p> <p>Ecclestone has embroiled in a row over racist comments he made during a TV interview, as he said that "black people are more racist than white people".</p> <p>Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Ecclestone said: “‘I am not anti black people. Quite the opposite. I have always been very much in favour. In fact, Lewis’s dad wanted to go into business with me.</p> <p>“He made some nice rowing machines. I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black. If the project had been right, I would have done it.</p> <p>“It’s not my fault I am white, or that I am a little shorter than the next man. I was called Titch at school. I realised I had to do something about it. Black people should look after themselves.</p> <p>“When I lost my driving licence, I had a black driver, not because he was black, but because I didn’t care whether he was black or white. Now it’s suddenly fashionable to talk about diversity.”</p>

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Eight lives left: Oscar the cat survives washing machine ordeal

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Oscar the two-year-old Burmese has eight of his nine lives left after surviving a hot 12-minute cycle in the washing machine after his owner didn't check if he was in there.<br />Oscar's owner, Amanda Meredith, heard a strange meowing sound coming from the washing machine after her husband put the bedsheets in the washing machine.</p> <p>She thought it was coming from the cupboard and hung out another load of washing before realising Oscar was in the machine.</p> <p>"The poor little cat had his hands on the glass as he was doing the rotations and he was looking at me," she said.</p> <p>"It was tragic."</p> <p>It took two minutes for the machine to drain and turn off before the machine door could be opened and Oscar could be free.</p> <p>Meredith phoned her vet immediately who warned her that the first six hours would be "touch and go".</p> <p>Dan Capps from Beachside Veterinary Surgery said that Oscar emerged from the machine battered and bruised from the hard fins in the machine but was alive.</p> <p>Oscar was given anti-inflammatories and stayed in the practice for 24 hours before being allowed to go home.</p> <p>"He's a very lucky but strong little fellow," Dr Capps said.</p> <p>"This is not the first time this has happened.</p> <p>"During the cooler weather it is the perfect place for feline friends to try and hide for a warm nap."</p> <p>Upon returning, Meredith said that Oscar slept solidly for the next seven days.</p> <p>After a weeks' recovery, Oscar is fine.</p> <p>"There was no damage," Meredith said.</p> <p>She estimated that Oscar had used up "three of his nine lives".</p> <p>She's able to laugh about the incident three weeks later but said that the initial time was "traumatic".</p> <p>"Waiting the two minutes [for the washing machine's door to release] was traumatic to say the least," she said.</p> <p>As for Oscar's interest in the washing machine? The ordeal has not turned him off.</p> <p>"He sits there and watches it tumble-turn all the time," Meredith said.</p> <p>"Maybe he has PTSD or something — he has to sit at the door watching the wash cycle."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-02/cat-in-washing-machine-has-lucky-escape/12412364" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">ABC</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Why owning a dog will benefit your grandkids when they’re at home

<p>If you’re a parent, you might be feeling a little crazy having been cooped up with your kids during lockdown… And now the school holidays are around the corner! </p> <p>More so than ever, now is a great time to get a dog. You’ll not only be offering a home to a pup who needs one, but you may be surprised at the benefits having a dog can offer to your child - especially when they’re stuck at home. </p> <p>Here’s why owning a dog will benefit your kids (and you) while you’re at home. </p> <p><strong>Dogs get the kids outdoors </strong></p> <p>Especially in today’s world, it can be easy to sit in front of a screen for days on end without even realising it. A dog, however, needs to spend some time outdoors. They’re also less likely to fight with you when you tell them to go outside! </p> <p>Owning a dog will help your kids spend some much-needed time in the yard, getting physical exercise without even knowing they’re doing it. </p> <p>Encourage them to walk the dog daily (even if it is around the yard), spend some time throwing a ball, playing tug-of-war, or wrestling. All of these are just fun and games to your child and your pet, but your kid will be getting some Vitamin D and fresh air instead of being hypnotised by the laptop or TV. </p> <p><strong>Having a dog teaches valuable skills </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong>A nice side effect of getting your child to walk and play with the dog is that it teaches them some responsibility. Make it clear to your child that by spending time with their pup, they’re taking care of the dog’s needs. First-time dog owners must take keen care to their pet, even if they are only kids, they can have a shared responsibility for parenting their newest companion. You could also get them involved in feeding, bathing, and taking the pooch to the vet. </p> <p>As well as giving your child a chance to learn to be responsible, owning a <a href="https://www.first5la.org/parenting/articles/raise-your-childs-eq-with-a-pet/">dog will help increase EQ</a> and develop compassion, empathy, and patience. A fluffy, furry, bundle of love and licks somehow manages to teach these lessons better than the human parents - and that is just true for all of us! </p> <p><strong>Dogs can actually boost the immune system </strong></p> <p>Vitamin-Pup can make a bigger difference to your child’s health than you may believe! Living with a pooch exposes you to bacteria that you may otherwise never come into contact with. </p> <p>This “bacteria-sharing” can build the immune system and help prevent allergies, strengthen the respiratory system, and keep your kiddies’ body security cells on their toes. </p> <p>For kids who have no siblings, their dog can become their best friend. This is especially important in today’s climate, where social distancing and quarantining have become the norm. Owning a dog can keep your kid’s mental health up, as well as their physical health! </p> <p><strong>Kid-friendly breeds </strong></p> <p>Although it’s easy to fall in love with doggy eyes regardless of what breed they are, some breeds’ disposition makes them better with kids than others. While every dog has the potential to be gentle and lovable, it may make you feel safer choosing a breed that’s known to be great with kids. Here are some wonderful choices of gentle dogs: </p> <ul> <li>Golden Retriever. </li> <li>Staffordshire Terrier. </li> </ul> <p>As well as some more boisterous but still lovely family pets: </p> <ul> <li>Australian Shepherd (that fur!). </li> <li>Jack Russell. </li> <li>Border Collie. </li> </ul> <p>It’s also important to teach your kids to treat their pup right from the start. A dog that’s treated well will naturally have less inclination to be aggressive or too over-protective. A happy pup decreases the chance of a bad experience! </p> <p><strong>Adopt or buy? </strong></p> <p>If you’ve decided to buy or <a href="https://www.dogembassy.com/adopt-a-dog/">adopt a dog</a>, congrats! I can guarantee you have many happy times ahead (and many amazing photo opportunities with kid and dog!). Your child’s immune system should improve, and you may notice they’re spending more time outdoors - without you even having to tell them to! </p> <p>So, should you adopt from a shelter or should you buy from a breeder? There are some advantages and disadvantages to each. </p> <p><strong>Buy: </strong></p> <ul> <li>You can trace your pup’s lineage. </li> <li>Your pooch should come with papers. </li> <li>Vaccinations should be up to date. </li> <li>It’s helpful for purebreds, to know they truly are pure. </li> </ul> <p>Buying from a breeder is more expensive. </p> <p>Some breeders use “puppy mills” - check carefully! </p> <p><strong>Adopt: </strong></p> <ul> <li>You could quite possibly be saving a life. </li> <li>It’s more affordable than a breeder. </li> <li>Variety of breeds to choose from. </li> <li>The shelter should vaccinate them for you. </li> <li>The pup may already be spayed or neutered. </li> </ul> <p>There’s no way to tell what behavioural issues may come up as a result of their past experience. </p> <p>If you choose to buy, make sure you select a reputable breeder. If adopting, choose a shelter or rescue center that has a solid reputation and looks after their animals properly. </p> <p>Every kid should have a dog, and every dog should have a kid- they are both <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/the-loyalty-of-dogs-told-through-20-incredible-stories">loyal to each other</a>. Apart from the sheer joy you’ll see when they interact, there are some real benefits to owning a dog during the lockdown, school holidays, or pretty much any time - for you, your kids, and the pup! </p> <p><em>Written by Mike Powell.</em></p>

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Meghan "embarrassed" Prince Harry by committing faux pas

<p>Meghan Markle "embarrassed" Prince Harry by announcing that she was pregnant on Princess Eugenie's wedding day in new claims in this fiery book.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex allegedly told the Royal Family that she was pregnant with the pair's first child at the wedding in October 2018, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11984341/meghan-markle-embarrassed-prince-harry-by-announcing-pregnancy/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>The Sun</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>The Duke of Sussex was reportedly left reeling when his wife announced the pregnancy at the wedding.</p> <p>In the new book <em>Royals at War</em>, authors Andy Tillett and Dylan Howard claimed that Eugenie and her mother Sarah Ferguson were "furious" at Meghan's decision.</p> <p>“Meghan put her foot in it when she decided that it would be the ideal moment to announce that she and Harry were expecting their first child,” the pair wrote.</p> <p>“This was a huge social gaffe, even if you were not a royal – stealing the limelight from Eugenie, who was furious, as was her mother, Sarah.”</p> <p>Royal insiders have previously denied this claim.</p> <p>According to <em>Bazaar.com</em>, The Sussex's told the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank before the wedding.</p> <p>However, the public announcement of Meghan's pregnancy on social media as Twitter users noticed that Sarah Ferguson posted a picture of Eugenie's wedding at the same time.</p> <p>The book also claims that Prince Harry is "secretly tortured" over his decision to leave the Royal Family, with his feelings made worse as his father, Prince Charles, tested positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>“On top of it all, he’s got cabin fever," an insider claimed.</p> <p>“It was far from an ideal situation. Harry’s gone from feeling excited about the move to feeling secretly tortured.”</p>

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“His eyes were open, but he wasn’t there”: Mother recounts baby loss

<p>Lindsay Paulsen was on her way back from work when she noticed a missed call from her son Declan’s daycare centre.</p> <p>The American mum thought her 11-months-old baby had a runny nose or bumped his head – but when she called back, she was instead “greeted with the worst words of my life”.</p> <p>“‘Declan was taking a nap and didn’t wake up’, his carer told me,” Lindsay wrote in a piece on <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/my-son-went-to-daycare-and-never-came-home-a-mums-heartbreaking-story-c-1118066">7News</a></em>.</p> <p>Lindsay, who was pregnant, called her husband Cody and rushed to the hospital where Declan was being taken to.</p> <p>“I tried to talk myself down. Declan would be fine. I was pregnant and the hormones must be making me dramatic.”</p> <p>When she arrived at the hospital, Cody was kneeling on the floor outside the emergency room while Declan was “surrounded by a dozen doctors and nurses trying to start his heart”.</p> <p>She sat in a chair waiting as her husband paced and yelled, “Come on buddy, come on.”</p> <p>Finally, a doctor came up to deliver the harrowing news.</p> <p>“‘I’m sorry we did everything we could’ was all the doctor could say, like some line from a movie,” Lindsay wrote.</p> <p>The shock and grief didn’t hit her until the medical staff stopped their resuscitation efforts, wrapped Declan in a sheet and put him in her arms.</p> <p>“His eyes were open, but he wasn’t there,” she wrote.</p> <p>“That sparkle that made him ‘him’, was gone.</p> <p>“I cried all over my boy and, at the same time, I was trying to memorise every inch of his face, the weight of him in my arms.”</p> <p>Lindsay was later told her son experienced sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.</p> <p>“I found out later SIDS is most likely during a child’s first year,” she wrote. “Declan was just weeks away from that milestone.”</p> <p>That day – March 19, 2018 – marked the last time she saw and held her son.</p> <p>Years after Declan’s death, Lindsay still speaks of him as an active member of her family.</p> <p>“I gladly take the uncomfortable silence and looks I get when a stranger asks me how many kids I have and I mention my son Declan,” she wrote on <em><a href="https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/i-received-a-missed-call-from-daycare-declan-was-taking-a-nap-and-never-woke-up-sids-grief-loss-healing/">Love What Matters</a></em>.</p> <p>“I know my answer is not typical because young people don’t die. Babies shouldn’t die, but they do, and if there was more acceptance of ‘the bad stuff’ in life, mothers like me wouldn’t feel so isolated.”</p>

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Jacinda Ardern’s special celebration for daughter’s second birthday

<p>Jacinda Ardern has marked her daughter’s second birthday with a special homemade birthday cake.</p> <p>The New Zealand Prime Minister celebrated the milestone occasion with her daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, at their family’s Wellington home on Sunday.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the 39-year-old shared a picture of the child’s piano-themed birthday cake, which was based on a recipe from the <em>Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book</em>.</p> <p>“Cake making lesson number two – don’t focus on making the cake look in proportion with little to no attention on structural integrity...” she wrote in the caption.</p> <p>“There is a jar of lentils propping this thing up.</p> <p>“Happy Birthday Neve! Thanks for ignoring all of the imperfections in life and just being a joy.”</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/CBrHIObgHNq/?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/CBrHIObgHNq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Cake making lesson number two- don’t focus on making the cake look in proportion with little to no attention on structural integrity....there is a jar of lentils propping this thing up. Happy Birthday Neve! Thanks for ignoring all of the imperfections in life and just being a joy #PianoCake #australianwomensweeklybirthdaycakebook</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/jacindaardern/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jacinda Ardern</a> (@jacindaardern) on Jun 20, 2020 at 3:26pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This was Ardern’s second time baking a cake for her daughter’s special day. Last year, the mother-of-one shared her attempt at making a rabbit-shaped cake for Neve’s first birthday.</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/By_4s3VA8FM/?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/By_4s3VA8FM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I may be smiling but about an hour earlier I was not enjoying the first birthday cake making experience (like just about every parent I know!) I recommend cakes that you can legitimately cover in coconut - it hides almost everything. Happy Birthday wee Neve!</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/jacindaardern/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jacinda Ardern</a> (@jacindaardern) on Jun 21, 2019 at 9:13pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford welcomed their first child on June 21, 2018 in Auckland. The pair became engaged over Easter in 2019.</p>

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Woman shot dead over argument about dog poo

<p><span>A 21-year-old woman has died after a neighbour allegedly shot at her and her boyfriend while they were walking their dog.</span></p> <p><span>Isabella Thallas and Darian Simon were strolling through Downtown Denver, in the US state of Colorado, on June 10 when Michael Close allegedly became furious as their dog relieved itself.</span></p> <p><span>The shooting took place after a man began to yell at Simon for commanding the dog “to poop,” said police. Close was arrested and taken into custody in Park County.</span></p> <p><span>Ms Thallas died at the scene and Mr Simon is currently recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg and butt, according to authorities.</span></p> <p><span>A GoFundMe page has been set up for Thallas family because her mother, Ana Thallas, has been on furlough and unable to work.</span></p> <p><span>“The family needs our help with funeral and living expenses,” the GoFundMe, set up by a friend of the family, says.</span></p> <p><span>“A mother should never have to bury her child and especially for such a violent reason.”</span></p> <p><span>“She was such a beautiful, innocent soul,” her mother Ana Thallas said according to the Associated Press.</span><br /><span>Her father, Josh Thallas, said his heart was broken.</span></p> <p><span>“I’ve never gone to sleep crying and woke up crying in my life. I’ve been through a lot,” Mr Thallas said.</span><br /><span>“I can’t replace what was taken today.”</span></p> <p><span>Ms Thallas had turned 21 just days before her death.</span></p> <p><span>A GoFundMe has also been set up to help Mr Simon, who is the co-founder and co-owner of Be A Good Person, a brand “developed based on a passion for positivity and a brighter future that we foresee within our society”.</span></p> <p><span>His team is “completely shattered”, according to the statement posted on the website.</span></p> <p><span>On June 12, Be A Good Person announced their store would be closed temporarily, while thanking the Denver community for its support.</span></p> <p><span>“We are overwhelmed in the face of tragedy. But we see you rallying in support, we hear you sending love, and we thank you,” the post said.</span></p> <p><span>“Our deepest condolences go out to the Thallas family. A beautiful soul was lost too soon. We are hurting with you.”</span></p> <p><span>The Thallas family has said they are seeking to convert the spot where Isabella Thallas died into a dog park.</span></p> <p><span>More than 100 people showed up for a vigil to remember Ms Thallas, while Mr Simon watched the vigil from his hospital bed through Facetime, according to ABC7.</span></p> <p><span>According to ABC7, police allegedly found an AR-15 and a handgun Close’s vehicle. He is facing first-degree murder and attempted murder charges.</span></p>

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Florida man goes head to head with five-metre python in terrifying battle

<p>A man who wrangled with a five-metre python has come out bruised and battered, but clearly proud of winning the battle against the serpent “monster.”</p> <p>Burmese Pythons are considered invasive species in Florida as they eat indigenous animals. </p> <p>Mr Kimmel says he went in search of “an invasive man eater” on June 7 to Martin County Trapping &amp; Wildlife Rescue, but quickly realised “she wasn’t coming without a fight” after finding one in a swamp.</p> <p>“I noticed her almost immediately as soon as we crossed paths, I could barely contain my excitement,” he wrote in a heartyFacebook post.</p> <p>“She definitely was not afraid of me and started to slowly cruise through the vegetation as I carefully walked next to her trying to gauge exactly how large she was because of all the grass and weeds it was hard to tell but I could tell she was an absolute monster.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836543/burmese-python-man.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/45e85b14e9384e98a8e28e37ae2d462b" /></p> <p><em>Image: Facebook</em></p> <p>He wrote she was tangled in vegetation making her capture difficult and described the animal as 68kg of “solid muscle”.</p> <p>“I knew going for her head first would be the easiest and safest capture method but I couldn’t turn down the chance to grab her by the tail and dance with the devil herself,” he wrote.</p> <p>“As soon as I grabbed a hold of her I sealed my fate. No turning back now, she was coming for me. </p> <p>“She immediately started to battle it out, taking strikes and pulling me into some tall grass with her, making it difficult to dodge her strikes. She was able to successfully get a bite on me.”</p> <p>Mr Kimmel’s arm went to explain he was punctured by her fangs, “piercing an artery and hitting some nerves”. </p> <p>Despite the damage, the pair continued to battle. </p> <p>Embed image </p> <p>“After losing about a gallon of blood I was able to tire her out and get her under control,” he wrote.</p> <p>“I then used a snake bag I had on my waist to tourniquet my arm because I was getting worried about how much blood I was losing, better safe than sorry. </p> <p>“I then had to drag all 150lbs (68kg) of her alive, working to control my breathing so I didn’t pass out from blood loss and the extreme heat that day, I would have been screwed.”</p> <p>The snake catcher says once he got the snake back to his boat, he euthanised her.</p> <p>It hasn’t officially been measured, but Mr Kimmel claims the snake was five-metres long and included a photo of it draped over his shoulders.</p>

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Kmart mum shocked with what was in a kid’s painting set

<p>A concerned Queensland mum got the “fright of her life” as her toddler approached her holding a rusty knife.</p> <p>Sally Barnden says he found it in a toy purchased from Kmart in a “Paint Your Own Pets” toy kit last week which had been bought by a family friend.</p> <p>Sally’s partner Renee King told<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/horror-find-in-gympie-childs-toy/4035799/" target="_blank"><span> </span>The Gympie Times</a><span> </span>that they opened the toy to play with it and made the shocking discovery.</p> <p>“We got given a paint and dog set and I half pulled out the plastic inside, grabbed the ceramics to paint with Mackinlee (6) and then shoved the plastic moulding back in,” she said.</p> <p>“I left it on the table because it was rubbish and Mackinlee and I were going to paint and then Henley has grabbed the box and then the knife thing has fallen out and he has walked over to Sally.”</p> <p>Sally shared the incident on Facebook to warn other parents about the potential dangers.</p> <p>“Someone had to take out the plaster animals and paints before putting this on the bottom of the box,” Sally wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“Surely someone saw something.</p> <p>“And if the box was purchased and returned, shouldn’t every return be checked before placing it on the shelf again for sale?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836500/kamrt-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8c201d07a0a5445794116fa945f17195" /></p> <div class="body_text "> <p><span>She called to complain about the knife being found but was told by the store that “this kind of thing happened a lot” and offered a refund.</span></p> <p>“I am sorry but a refund would not be cutting it, if Henley had cut himself on this very sharp, and very rusty blade!?!!?!” she wrote. </p> <p>Sally explained that she is “grateful and blessed” her son brought the knife to her straight away and no damage was done.</p> <p>“I can’t even imagine what would have happened with another family,” she said.</p> <p>“Imagine kids discovering this, and thinking it was a toy considering it came from a kid’s art set.”</p> <p>Kmart Australia has been contacted for comment.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook, Sally Barnden</em></p> </div>

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Purrfectly hidden kitten drives the internet crazy

<p><span>Cats are crafty little critters, and they seem to have an uncanny ability to cram themselves in the most unlikely spaces. </span></p> <p><span>A photograph of one feline winning a game of hide and seek went viral this week on Twitter. </span></p> <p><span>On Sunday, Kate Hinds, newsroom planning editor at WNYC public radio, shared a photo of her impressive bookcase at her Manhattan home, captioning it “Today in find the cat.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Today in find the cat <a href="https://t.co/P6soGOv8k1">pic.twitter.com/P6soGOv8k1</a></p> — Kate Hinds (@katehinds) <a href="https://twitter.com/katehinds/status/1269697161329082370?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>"My cat's name is Norah, although in my family no one agrees on whether there should be an 'h' on the end," Hinds told cnet in an email. "We adopted her a little over ten years ago from a local rescue group."</span></p> <p><span>Hind said she knows her family knows most of the places the kitty tends to hide in, and the spot she’s sought out in the photo is one of Norah’s favourite summer hiding spots.</span></p> <p><span>Twitter users were left stumped.</span></p> <p><span>"I can't find the cat but I love your bookcase," wrote one.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">There's an actual cat in this pic?? Or a figurine or something? 🧐</p> — Nicole J. Butler aka "She-Shed Cheryl" 🏚🔥👩🏾‍🚒 (@NicoleJButler) <a href="https://twitter.com/NicoleJButler/status/1269709061575991296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">I can’t find the cat but I love your bookcase.</p> — IslandMaven (@LisaAguiar8) <a href="https://twitter.com/LisaAguiar8/status/1269707563416731648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Give up? Hinds posted a closeup of the image showing Norah’s paw sticking out from under the TV.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">The Power Nap Broker <a href="https://t.co/EEWraGhM6i">pic.twitter.com/EEWraGhM6i</a></p> — Kate Hinds (@katehinds) <a href="https://twitter.com/katehinds/status/1269698103361318914?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>"For some reason, she goes behind the TV in the summer," Hinds told me. "She prefers to bed down with the winter hats/scarves in the colder months."</span></p>

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Archie reaches massive milestone

<p><span>Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son has just started talking and already has his first four words down pat.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3UZH5CFWBt/?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/B3UZH5CFWBt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (@archiewindsor)</a> on Oct 7, 2019 at 6:27am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><br /><span>A royal insider told Us Weekly, "He’s saying a few words, like 'Dada,' 'Mama,' 'book,' and 'dog.'"</span><br /><br /><span>The source also let us in on a few of the tiny royal's preferred pastimes: "He loves playing hide-and-seek and using building blocks." Again: very cute!</span><br /><br /><span>It is no wonder Arch already knows, "Mama" and "Dada", but "book" and "dog" make a lot of sense for baby Archie, too.</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/CBG3_NDHG8_/?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/CBG3_NDHG8_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Ya hace un mes 🤧💕 . . . . . #meghanmarkle #princeharry #sussexsquad #duchessmeghan #archie #dukeanduchessofsussex #duchessofsussex#meghan #dukeofsussex#babyarchie #babysussex#style#royalbaby #outfit#archieharrison #lfl#royalwedding#sussexes #harryandmeghan#princessdiana</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/marklespics/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> ᴍᴇɢʜᴀɴ, ᴅᴜᴄʜᴇss ᴏғ sᴜᴄᴄᴇss ♡</a> (@marklespics) on Jun 6, 2020 at 1:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>It is no surprise the toddler is already on his way to becoming a wiz at words, judging from Meghan reading her son Duck! Rabbit! during quarantine.</span><br /><br /><span>“Dog” appears to be a word already in Archie’s vocabulary as he adores his family pets, Guy the beagle and a black Labrador whose name has not been made public.</span></p>

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The craziest conspiracy theories about the royal family

<p>Former BBC presenter David Icke has revealed himself as a conspiracy theorist, and one of his kookiest theories has to do with the royal family. Icke and others claim the royal family of the United Kingdom and all other countries are part of the Illuminati, and all of them earned their power because their human ancestor mated with reptilian aliens. He claims the theory explains why royal families are obsessed with keeping their bloodlines “clean” with other royals, and insists he’s talked to people who have seen people in power change into reptiles and back again.</p> <p><strong>Charles and Diana had a secret daughter</strong></p> <p>Diana admitted she had to visit a gynaecologist before marrying Prince Charles to make sure she could bear children, but some people took that fact and ran. The Globe ran an article in 2014 claiming that during the examination, the doctor took some of Diana’s eggs and used in vitro fertilisation to combine it with Charles’ sperm. Without permission, one doctor snuck one of the embryos for his wife to carry, and the “royal baby Sarah” was born just after the royal wedding in 1981 – even before William – and the royal family kept it hush-hush. Strangely close similarities between Diana and her supposed daughter (right down to eyeliner colour), not to mention Sarah’s conspicuous silence, has led people to believe the photos of her are computer-generated images the Globe made based on photos of the late princess. It seems the publication based the story on a novel by Nancy Ryan, which had a similar storyline about the couple’s fictional long-lost daughter, Olivia.</p> <p><strong>The royal family killed Princess Diana</strong></p> <p>Leading up to her death, Princess Diana did seem to have some eerie premonitions. After she and Charles divorced and before he remarried, Diana wrote a letter that she felt in danger because someone was “planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for Charles to marry.” Despite Diana’s suspicions, though, evidence has consistently pointed to her driver’s drinking as the cause of the accident.</p> <p><strong>Princess Diana was pregnant with another baby</strong></p> <p>Clearing Charles for remarriage isn’t the only motivation conspiracy theorists claim for the royal family wanting to off Diana. Egyptian businessman Mohamed al-Fayed, father of Diana’s boyfriend, spread rumours that Diana was pregnant with his son’s child and that Prince Philip couldn’t stand the fact that his grandson would have an Egyptian Muslim as a stepfather. But post-mortem examinations didn’t find any evidence that Diana was pregnant.</p> <p><strong>Kate Middleton used a surrogate</strong></p> <p>After Kate Middleton gave birth to Charlotte, rumours flew that she’d never actually carried the baby. Some claimed her belly didn’t seem big enough for a post-baby bump, while others said, “there is no special maternal look in her eyes.” Neither signs seem at all convincing.</p> <p><strong>Queen Elizabeth I was a man</strong></p> <p>In the 16th century, King Henry VIII sent his young daughter, Elizabeth Tudor, to a small village to avoid the plague. Supposedly, she died while there, and her governess was terrified to tell the king (known for killing off his wives) that they’d failed to keep his daughter safe. Instead of fessing up, they tried to find a girl her age to take his place, but the small village didn’t have anyone suitable. Instead, they asked a farm boy named Neville to be the decoy. The plan worked, and the child swap explains why the Virgin Queen never married, according to conspiracy theorists. Sounds outlandish, but the theory had one famous supporter: <em>Dracula</em> author Bram Stoker, who popularised the idea in his “nonfiction” book <em>Famous Imposters</em>.</p> <p><strong>Prince Harry isn’t Prince Charles’s son</strong></p> <p>What royal family is complete without rumours of illegitimate children? For years, people have suspected that Prince Harry is actually the son of James Hewitt, who had an affair with Princess Diana. Though some say the affair didn’t start until after Harry was born, playwright Jon Conway claims Hewitt admitted it started 18 months before his birth. Conway even wrote a play about the fatherhood question that premiered in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Princess Margaret had a love child</strong></p> <p>A man named Robert Brown spent £100,000 trying to prove he was the child of Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth II’s late sister) and her former flame Group Captain Peter Townsend. Brown claimed Margaret had given birth to him in January 1955 but kept the pregnancy a secret using body doubles, then sent the baby to Kenya to be raised by high-society parents. As an adult, he even won a lawsuit allowing him to see his supposed mum’s will, but it didn’t reveal the adoption like he’d hoped.</p> <p><strong>Prince Charles is a vampire</strong></p> <p>Prince Charles really is related to Vlad the Impaler, the 15th-century ruler who might have inspired the story of Dracula and even has a house in Transylvania. Of course, despite the headlines claiming Charles is Dracula’s heir, the vampire never really existed.</p> <p><strong>Prince Charles will never be King</strong></p> <p>He’s the least favourite royal, and rumours abound that he’ll never be King, but don’t count the Prince of Wales out of donning the crown when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passes on. According to Royal Household’s official website, successions are governed by Parliamentary acts (the latest from just 2013!), and one must be: Protestant; descended from Princess Sophia (Electress of Hanover and granddaughter of James I); in communion with the Church of England (and swear to preserve it and that of Scotland); eldest in line. Prince Charles meets all these requirements, and the royal website goes so far as to identify the next in line!</p> <p><strong>Prince Charles will be denied the crown anyway</strong></p> <p>The rumours may be persistent, but Parliament won’t deny the throne to a “next-in-line” unless the heir is found guilty of “misgovernance.” There are no allegations against Prince Charles. He’s also a stickler for maintaining the best possible public image.</p> <p><strong>Duchess Camilla is Catholic</strong></p> <p>Camilla has been Prince Charles’s wife since 2005. Prior to that, she had been married to Andrew Parker Bowles, who was Catholic, and their children were raised as Catholics. She, however, is not Catholic, and her marriage to the Prince was made official in the Anglican church. But none of this even matters because the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 overturned any previous law by which a next-in-line would be disqualified for having married a Roman Catholic. So, Prince Charles’s claim to the throne would stand regardless of Camilla’s religious affiliation.</p> <p><strong>Duchess Camilla will never be Queen</strong></p> <p>The vast majority of Britain doesn’t want Camilla as their queen. The naysayers may have been relieved when Prince Charles announced on his website that Camilla would be known as “HRH The Princess Consort.” However: The announcement is gone from the Prince’s website, and commentator on the royals, Richard Fitzwilliams, told Express.co.uk that it is the Prince’s intention to make Camilla his Queen. While some continue to insist this will never happen, the final decision must come from Charles within one day of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing.</p> <p><strong>Meghan Markle is a political ploy</strong></p> <p>One theory that once made the rounds is that the marriage of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry is a political gambit that will allow the United Kingdom to reabsorb the United States. Because Prince Harry’s kids will be Americans as well as Brits, one could grow up to be president and king. “They want America back, and this is how they’ll do it,” according to a viral tweet reported on by TIME. Well, Harry and Meghan’s recent stepping down as senior royals has certainly put the kybosh on that plan.</p> <p><strong>The Queen is just a figurehead</strong></p> <p>Apologies to all the conspiracy theorists who insist that the British monarchy is powerless: The Queen (for starters) has a full set of powers, as well as rights and duties. For example, she can declare war. She can suspend or summon Parliament. She can override an act of Parliament. She can even overrule the election of a Prime Minister.</p> <p><strong>Prince Charles is the son of a foreign con artist</strong></p> <p>You can blame Netflix for this one. In the series <em>The Crown</em>, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, is portrayed as a foreign outsider who weaseled his way inside the palace walls. However, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are not only distantly related to each other, but Prince Philip’s mother was even born at Windsor Castle.</p> <p><strong>The Queen doesn't pay taxes</strong></p> <p>It’s true that the Crown, itself, enjoys tax-exempt status, but the Queen must pay income taxes on her private income, as well as income from the Privy Purse – it refers to income that mostly comes from the Duchy of Lancaster.</p> <p><strong>The British Royal Family never worked a day in their lives</strong></p> <p>Actually, they’re pretty busy: The British royal family has duties that keep them very busy, such as attending thousands of engagements a year while leading charities, working in art galleries, and even making films. You probably know that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) are college grads, but did you know the Queen is a trained mechanic? And Prince Charles is a filmmaker? And his sister, Princess Anne, attended 640 engagements in 2016 (more than any other royal) and also competed in the Olympics as an equestrian? Learn more about all the jobs the royal family has held throughout the years.</p> <p>Written by Lauren Cahn and Marissa Laliberte. 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Adorable new photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge delighted fans as she shared an adorable new photo of Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in celebration of Volunteers’ Week in the United Kingdom.</p> <p>“As we approach the end of #VolunteersWeek The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photo taken by The Duchess as they played their own part in the national volunteering effort,” the caption reads.</p> <p>“In April, The Duke and Duchess and their family visited the Sandringham Estate where they packed up and delivered food parcels to isolated pensioners in the local area.”</p> <p>The post then invites followers to view the Queen’s Instagram page to read her own statement about the success of Volunteers’ Week.</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/CBGDKerFQlH/?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/CBGDKerFQlH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Jun 6, 2020 at 5:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans loved the new post.</p> <p>“This is such a heart-warming photograph, The Duchess’ talent in photography keeps getting better,” one fan commented.</p> <p>Another said that they were surprised at how big George was.</p> <p>“George is a little man already! Looking so much like his father recently and very tall too,” they said.</p> <p>The Queen’s post said that it was “inspiring to reflect” on volunteers and their generosity.</p> <p>“As Volunteers’ Week draws to a close, it is inspiring to reflect on the many thousands of people, who through their acts of generosity and kindness, have achieved so much for the greater good,” the post reads.</p> <p>“I have been following with interest how men and women from around the world, including my own family, have been helping and recognizing the vital role of the volunteer. I send my best wishes to all those who give themselves so freely and selflessly in the service of others.”</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/CBGDZHQnpYr/?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/CBGDZHQnpYr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">💌 The Queen’s message for #VolunteersWeek. . “I send my best wishes to all those who give themselves so freely and selflessly in the service of others.”</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 Jun 6, 2020 at 6:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince William has also surprised fans by mentioning that he was using his limited free time to volunteer with text messaging helpline Shout 85258, which offers support to people in personal crisis.</p> <p>He revealed he had been answering messages after being trained by the mental health charity.</p> <p>"I'm going to share a little secret with you guys, but I'm actually on the platform volunteering,” Prince William said in a video call.</p> <p>However, those texting the service would not know that they are talking with Prince William as he uses a pseudonym on the platform.</p>

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<p>A woman has sparked an online debate after revealing that she breastfed her sister’s baby.</p> <p>In a post on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AmItheAsshole/comments/gvqkpx/aita_for_breastfeeding_my_sisters_baby_while_he/" target="_blank">Reddit</a>, the woman said she breastfed her sister’s five-month-old son while he was in her care.</p> <p>The sisters had their babies months apart, and both were still breastfeeding.</p> <p>“My sister had to go to an appointment in the hospital and because of all the Covid she didn’t want to take [her son] so she asked if I could care for him,” the woman said.</p> <p>She explained that her sister expressed a day’s worth of milk ahead of her appointment so that the baby could be bottle-fed.</p> <p>But she found a problem. “I fed sister’s baby the amount she said he could eat at each time, and he always seemed hungry still afterwards,” she said.</p> <p>“I tried my best to make the milk last but I was down to 6oz [177 mL] left and I wasn’t expecting my sister back for another 5 hours.”</p> <p>She decided her sister’s baby “just needed another nibble” and fed him from her breast.</p> <p>“I was feeding my baby already so I just put sister’s baby on my other boob,” she said. “Sister’s baby drank a little bit then fell asleep. The same thing happened a couple of hours later and again, I ran out of milk. My sister had been delayed with her procedure and wasn’t back yet so I just fed sister’s baby from the breast.”</p> <p>Her sister was enraged to learn about the breastfeeding upon her return home, describing the woman’s action as “disrespectful” and “crossing a line”.</p> <p>“She said it was so disrespectful and I should have given formula if it wasn’t enough. I would never give my kid formula if I could help it and I don’t have any in the house,” the woman reasoned.</p> <p>“I can see why she is upset, it’s a very personal thing to feed your baby, but I’m not a stranger, sister’s baby is my nephew and he was hungry.”</p> <p>Some criticised the woman in the comment section, saying the woman overstepped her sister’s boundaries.</p> <p>“You should have asked her permission first since you understand that it’s a very personal thing to do and went ahead with it anyway,” one wrote.</p> <p>Another user claiming to be a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse commented: “A baby fed slightly less than it can take is not starving, and won’t be harmed. In fact, babies can be very poor judges of how much food they can take without spitting. As long as this baby was being given adequate fluid and calories across the span of the day, he was in no danger, and was far from starving.”</p> <p>However, others were more supportive of the woman, saying the infant needed to be fed.</p> <p>“If your sister didn’t express enough milk you can’t be expected to let the baby go hungry, that would be cruel. I think asking first would be better but women donate milk for premature babies all the time,” one chimed in.</p> <p>“She didn’t give you enough milk and no supplemental formula. What were you supposed to do... take two infants to the grocery store in the middle of a pandemic?” another added.</p>

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Queen Elizabeth makes her first appearance since leaving the public eye

<p><span>It has been a long while since fans have been able to see Her Majesty, but the royal has been spotted in public for the first time since coronavirus lockdown restrictions began in the United Kingdom. </span></p> <p><span>The Queen was photographed riding her 14-year-old Fell Pony, Balmoral Fern, within the grounds of her Windsor Castle residence. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">🐴 The Queen is pictured riding Fern - a 14 year old Fell Pony - in Windsor Home Park this weekend. <a href="https://t.co/z9DUnW9yB3">pic.twitter.com/z9DUnW9yB3</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1267207217515806729?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>The Windsor Grounds have long been a personal favourite of the Queen, who has been a passionate horse keeper and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses for many decades. </span></p> <p><span>A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Her Majesty has enjoyed riding since childhood and has been actively involved with the welfare of the horses she owns for breeding, riding and racing.</span></p> <p><span>Her Majesty has not been spotted in public since when she was driven from Buckingham Palace in London to her Windsor Castle property. </span></p> <p><span>The royal has delayed all of her official duties but has been keeping up with her weekly audiences with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson via phone call. </span></p> <p><span>The Queen has also made two televised addresses to the public to address concerns over the new virus lockdown.</span></p>

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Father's reason for leaving little Willow Dunn to die in her cot

<p>A man accused of leaving his four-year-old daughter to starve to death, has told police why he left his little girl in her bed for so long she had developed sores that went right to the bone. </p> <p>Little Willow Dunn's body was found malnourished and decomposing in her bed at her Brisbane home on Monday.</p> <p>Reports say her face was partially eaten away by rats.</p> <p>Her father, Mark James Dunn, 43, has since been charged with murder after he allegedly found the toddler dead on Saturday and didn't call emergency services.</p> <p>“We just can't wait to meet her,” Ms Dunn had written to a friend who had commented on how heavily pregnant she was in photos from a party.</p> <p>Instead of Ms Dunn being able to meet her baby, she died in childbirth - which Dunn says sent him into a spiral.</p> <p>Dunn allegedly told police after his arrest he couldn't handle his daughter’s condition - Down Syndrome - and was depressed about the death of his wife.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836269/willow-dunn-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/65a5fc93ee6b44e4859effad6c7ee5b7" /><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span></p> <p>Reports say Willow was sent to live with relatives when she was born.</p> <p>It is also understood the toddler had Down Syndrome.</p> <p>A year later, Dunn took his daughter and her brother, who is now seven, back to live with him despite relatives attempting to take custody of both children.</p> <p>He allegedly left the helpless toddler lying in her bed long enough for her to have infected sores on her hips that went right down to the bone.</p> <p>Her body was reportedly found in a back bedroom inside the Brisbane home on Bent Street in Cannon Hill, where she lived with her father, stepmother and stepsister.</p> <p>Willow's stepmother and stepsister are not facing charges. There is no suggestion there was any wrongdoing.</p> <p>Ms Dunn also had an adult son and daughter from a previous relationship, who mourned their baby half-sister on Facebook.</p> <p>“Rest in Peace Willow. It's so heartbreaking things have turned out this way, but you will forever be in our hearts. Fly high with mum,” her son wrote.</p> <p>Neighbours began leaving flowers for the sweet toddler on Tuesday, with many saying they had never seen the little girl themselves despite the family moving in over a year ago.</p> <p>“They’ve been there for that long and we didn’t know a little girl lived there,” one neighbour said.</p> <p>“That’s the big take-home for me. I can’t believe it.”</p> <p>Dunn is being charged under a new definition of murder in Queensland which targets child-killers who showed a “reckless indifference to human life”.</p> <p>The case has been adjourned until July 20 after it was briefly mentioned in Brisbane magistrates court on Tuesday, although Dunn did not appear in person.</p> <p>Queensland’s tough new law was introduced on May 1, 2019 and permits that a person can be charged with murder if death is caused by a “reckless indifference to human life”.</p> <p>To be found guilty under the new law would mean the accused doing an act has foresight that death will likely arise from the act.</p> <p>Child Safety Minister Di Farmer has given no detail over the department's contact with the family.</p> <p>“The death of any child is a tragedy,” she said in a statement.</p> <p>“I know the death of this little girl has had a profound impact on our community and my deepest sympathies go to those who knew and loved this child.”</p> <p>One neighbour, Kathy Cowell spoke with 10 News while after laying flowers outside the house in honour of Willow.</p> <p>”It's just a sad way for a little girl to go,” she told 10 News.</p> <p>“I’ve got grandchildren, it's just very, very sad. No four-year-old deserves to pass like that.”</p>

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The one ingredient Queen Elizabeth refuses to eat

<p>Queen Elizabeth’s former chef, Darren McGrady has revealed the one ingredient he wasn’t allowed to use in his cooking at Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>The chef spoke about his time cooking for the head of the monarch during an online Q&amp;A on his YouTube channel.</p> <p>"The Queen doesn't like garlic; we could never use it at Buckingham Palace," he said after a viewer question about which foods the royals dislike.</p> <p>"There're foods the Queen does love though and it's all the produce off their estate, especially Balmoral Castle," he added.</p> <p>McGrady expanded on his answer on what Her Majesty enjoys eating, saying she loves Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps – a dish she usually eats on toast.</p> <p>"They're little brown shrimp harvested from Morecambe [in Lancashire] and they're cooked and marinated in this secret spicy butter.</p> <p>"The Queen would have it with warm toast and when you spread it the butter melts and you have this beautiful shrimp as well. You need to look them up to try them."</p> <p>The Royal Chef (self styled), also cooked for Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry, admitting it took months of cooking for the staff before he was allowed to cook for the royals.</p> <p>When asked how different cooking for the royals is compared to working in restaurants, the cookbook author who trained at the Savoy in London admitted, "It was more about cooking dishes that the Queen liked".</p> <p>"You could do a Beef Stroganoff – if she didn't like paprika in there, then suddenly Beef Stroganoff became a dish that didn't have paprika in.</p> <p>"You're just cooking for that one person, whereas in a hotel you're cooking your food for all the difference clients coming in."</p>

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Family thrilled with genius toddler who has IQ of 154

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Izaak Miller isn’t like normal toddlers. The incredibly intelligent boy has an IQ of 154 and already knows all 50 American states and the alphabet in three different languages.</p> <p>He has also passed the Mensa admission test at the age of three and has earned his place in the intelligence club.</p> <p>Izaak knows how to write the English, Greek and Arabic alphabet, despite not having any Greek or Arabic heritage. He also taught himself to read books by the age of two.</p> <p>His mum, Michelle Nelson, is beyond proud of her son, saying that “he just loves language”.</p> <p>“Izaak is my only child so going through the process of parenting I was shocked that one day he could just read,” she explained.</p> <p>“It was more from being outside with him and him reading signs on the bus and the underground, reading names of stations and reading instructions on posters like ‘please sit down take a seat’.</p> <p>“People were looking at him and asking whether he was at school because they couldn’t believe a child that young could read.</p> <p>“Every time I walk out the house someone compliments him.”</p> <p>Getting into Mensa was a battle, as the tests can not be applied to children under the age of ten. In order to be accepted, Izaak had to submit a prior-evidence application with an IQ test taken with an educational psychologist.</p> <p>He took the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence test with educational psychologist Dr Peter Congdon. Dr Congdon recommended Izaak get tested in two to four years to see how his IQ improves, but said he was “a child of very superior general intelligence and scholastic attainments to match”.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/genius-toddler-with-iq-of-154-joins-mensa-aged-four-and-can-speak-three-languages/ar-BB14D7uL?li=AAaeSy5" target="_blank"><em>SWNS</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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