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Just like mum! Prince Louis' uncanny resemblance to Duchess Kate in childhood photo

<p>In honour of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, the palace has released a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/art/family-first-prince-charles-celebrates-70th-birthday-with-heartwarming-new-portraits" target="_blank">series of news photographs</a> giving a rare glimpse at the relationship between the three different generations of royals – including the youngest, Prince Louis.</p> <p>Taken in the gardens of Clarence House in September, the portrait features Charles sitting amongst his family which includes his wife Camilla, his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, their wives the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex and the future king's three grandchildren.</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/BqIvobkHrkB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/BqIvobkHrkB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This new photograph of The Prince of Wales and his family has been released to celebrate His Royal Highness’ 70th birthday. The photograph was taken by @chrisjacksongetty in the garden of @clarencehouse</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_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:04pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <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/BqIv49HHm2k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/BqIv49HHm2k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This second photograph of The Prince of Wales and his family has also been released by @clarencehouse to celebrate HRH’s 70th birthday. The photos were taken by @chrisjacksongetty in the garden of Clarence House.</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_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The royal family, which are known for their strict protocol, seemed visibly relaxed in the photos with Prince George, 5, sitting on his grandfather's knee and everyone around them beaming with joy.</p> <p>But people were quick to notice the uncanny resemblance between Prince Louis and the Duchess of Cambridge, as the new photos gave a rare glimpse at the baby Prince.</p> <p>The photo below shows the youngest royal at 5 months old next to a photo of his mother, who was also roughly the same age during the time of the photograph.</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/BqLKJakFW9_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/BqLKJakFW9_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">We see who Prince Louis Arthur Charles looks like! #PrinceLouis #CatherineMiddleton #britishroyalfamily</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/royalchildrenofcambridge/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Olivia Page</a> (@royalchildrenofcambridge) on Nov 14, 2018 at 12:35pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Only a few days before, an adorable photo of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/art/adorable-new-portrait-of-prince-louis-released" target="_blank">Prince Charles playing with his youngest grandchild</a> was released by the palace, offering a rare insight into the relationship between the 70-year-old royal and his grandchildren.</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/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A new photo of Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis by royal photographer Chris Jackson. . SO CUTE AWWW! ♡ . #katemiddleton #duchessofcambridge #princecharles #princelouis #princegeorge #princesscharlotte</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/thecambridgespage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges.</a> (@thecambridgespage) on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the new documentary <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70</em>, Prince William shares his sentiments on Prince Charles as a grandfather and hopes he will be able to spend more time with his grandchildren before he becomes King.</p> <p>“It’s something I’m working on heavily. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children,” said the Duke of Cambridge.</p> <p>“Having more time with him at home would be lovely – and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he’s brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible.”</p> <p>What do you think of the uncanny resemblance between Prince Louis and his mother Duchess Kate? Do you think they look alike? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. </p>

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Jamie Oliver reveals the one thing in his marriage he has no control over

<p>Jamie Oliver may be one of the most renowned chefs in the world with food fanatics hanging onto his every word, but unfortunately for him, his reign ends in front of his wife Jools.</p> <p>Especially when it comes to deciding if the pair should have more children.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, Jools mentioned how she’s hoping for another child to join their family, which currently consists of Poppy, 16, Daisy, 15, Petal, nine, Buddy, eight, and River, two. But Jamie isn’t exactly keen on the idea.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821924/jamiekids.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0a86ffe42d2140668ab769144d4e2e01" /></p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/jamie-oliver-jools-oliver-family-52374" target="_blank"><em>TV WEEK</em></a>, the 43-year-old said: “I don’t have much say in that department. I’ve tried to put the brakes on a few times and it didn’t work. Women are very powerful, and I’m not very good at restraint of control.</p> <p>“I can give you a strong answer, like, ‘Look, five is enough. I’m struggling already to get them in the car. I can’t even have a car anymore. I drive a f*ing bus. We don’t need anymore kids.’ But you would be under the idea that I have control of this situation. So, we’ll see.”</p> <p>After dating throughout their teenage years, Jamie and Jools tied the knot in 2000, as soon as Jamie’s TV career began to skyrocket. Now, 18 years later, Jools remains Jamie’s biggest supporter.</p> <p>And with the couple celebrating their 20th anniversary in two years’ time, another of Jamie’s biggest milestones is soon to reach 20 as well: His debut TV show, <em>The Naked Chef</em>.</p> <p>Looking back at the young chef, Jamie reminisces about everything <em>The Naked Chef </em>managed to accomplish.</p> <p>“I think I had really big lips before my face grew into them,” he says with a laugh.</p> <p>“I think my fashion sense was highly questionable. My haircuts have been extraordinarily challenged.”</p> <p>But while he pokes fun of himself, he also highlights the discussion the television show managed to start.</p> <p>“Twenty years ago, in Britain, cooking was for girls,” he said.</p> <p>“It was kind of a moment, <em>The Naked Chef</em>. It was about telling the boys that they’ve got to do their bit. But also, that cooking wasn’t for girls, that cooking could get you girls.”</p>

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Pippa Middleton pays tribute to family members as baby name is finally revealed

<p>The secret’s out, as the name of the baby boy welcomed by Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews has been released.</p> <p>And there’s a touching story behind it, as according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7712444/pippa-middleton-baby-name-arthur-michael-william-matthews/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, the couple chose to pay homage to many family members – including Pippa’s brother-in-law Prince William.</p> <p>Pippa chose to give birth at the same location as her famous sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, as her little boy was born at the prestigious Lindo Wing in St Mary’s Hospital, London. The same place her royal niece and nephews were born.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/mailonsunday/index.html" target="_blank"><em>The Mail on Sunday</em></a>, the one-month old boy has been named Arthur Michael William Matthews.</p> <p>While the name William sounds familiar, the first middle name is considered to be named after Pippa’s father Michael.</p> <p>Michael is also the name of James’ brother who tragically passed away at the age of 23 during his journey to climb Mount Everest in 1999.</p> <p>The couple announced that they were expecting their first child in June of this year.</p> <p>The little boy is already well connected, as he’s the cousin of Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>When the news was announced, Kensington Palace responded with a statement saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James.”</p> <p>Do you like the name Pippa and James gave their son? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The reason Prince George and Princess Charlotte won’t open presents on Christmas Day

<p>The two eldest children of Prince William and Duchess Kate lead very different lives to most children.</p> <p>And it turns out, their Christmas traditions also differ from other kids around the world.</p> <p>When Christmas morning arrives, Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, will not be able to open their gifts.</p> <p>This is because the adorable young royals and their baby brother, Prince Louis, will instead open their presents on Christmas Eve.</p> <p>Speaking to the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Express</em>, former royal chef Darren McGrady said: “The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations.”</p> <p> "After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition."</p> <p>The royal family’s website confirms McGrady, saying: “On Christmas Eve, The Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime."</p> <p>This is a tradition that Prince Harry’s new wife, Duchess Meghan, will have to adjust to now that she is a member of the royal family.</p> <p>The American former actress will be enjoying her Christmas as an official member of the royal family this year and her mum, Doria Ragland, has <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/news/news/the-queen-breaks-major-royal-protocol-for-duchess-meghans-mum/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>reportedly been invited too</strong></span></a>.</p> <p>On Christmas Day, the royal family spend their morning attending two church services with the Queen.</p> <p>The first service, at 9am, is a private one so the Queen can take communion.</p> <p>The royals then return home and change outfits in time for the 11am service at St Mary Magdalene Church.</p> <p>Children of the royal family don’t attend the services until they turn five, which means George may be in attendance for the first time.</p> <p>What are your Christmas traditions? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Mum outraged as niece gives baby same name as her own 4-week-old daughter

<p>A new mum has taken to the internet forum <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3413436-niece-has-named-her-daughter-the-same-name-as-my-daughter?pg=1" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a> </em>to express her disappointment after her niece gave her baby the same name as the poster's four-week-old daughter.</p> <p>The “hurt” mum caused quite a stir after she asked users if she has the right to be annoyed at her niece.</p> <p>The poster, who goes by the username GreyEyed, wrote: “My daughter was born 4 weeks ago (still in hospital) as she arrived premature.</p> <p>“Niece gave birth yesterday morning and named her the same name (although I’m putting a long version on the BC [birth certificate]).</p> <p>“I’m a bit hurt tbh [to be honest]. AIBU? [Am I being unreasonable?]”</p> <p>Her question garnered a mixed response, as many agreed with the mother and said that she has every right to feel upset, while others told her to get over it.</p> <p>“This would absolutely irritate me. Yes of course no one owns a name blah blah but seriously where’s the originality in using a very new baby’s name who will see you frequently. Also, a baby who is still in hospital. A bit off I think,” said one poster.</p> <p>Another commented saying: “It’s a ridiculous thing to do. I’d be really cross. Make sure your dd [darling daughter] isn’t dumped with the rubbish version so they can be told apart.”</p> <p>But others felt differently, as they advised the original poster to let it go.</p> <p>“If your daughter was prem then your niece would have probably used the name before you if your daughter was born term and had probably picked it out ages ago."</p> <p>“Maybe it was you that stole ‘her’ baby name op? Just a thought,” said a user.</p> <p>One poster questioned whether or not her niece was aware of the situation, as they asked: “Did she know in advance what you were naming your child? If she had a name picked for AGES and only just found out 4 days ago that you had the same one, then you can’t really blame her for going with it.”</p> <p>Do you think the mother has the right to be upset? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s adorable name for their grandfather Prince Charles

<p>While Prince Charles has many important duties to tend to, one of his most treasured roles is being the grandfather to his grandchildren – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and soon-to-be Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's child. </p> <p>And just like all families, a grandparent must decide what they want their grandchildren to call them.</p> <p>However, unlike most families, the heir to the British throne has many more options to choose from and must also consider ‘royal protocol’.</p> <p>Luckily, five-year-old George and three-year-old Charlotte don’t have to refer to their grandfather as “His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales”, as it would be quite a mouthful for them.</p> <p>Referring to him as “Your Royal Highness” would also be quite formal for the sweet young royals.</p> <p>So, what do George and Charlotte call their grandfather?</p> <p>It turns out Prince William and Kate’s two oldest children refer to Prince Charles as ‘Grandpa Wales’, reported <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>The Daily Mail.</u></em></strong></a></p> <p>While the name is an obvious nod to Charles’ title as the Prince of Wales, the name also holds some family history.</p> <p>The name stems back to Queen Elizabeth II’s name for her grandfather King George V, which was “Grandpa England”.</p> <p>It is also believed that George and Charlotte refer to Camilla Parker Bowles as “Ga-Ga” and their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II as “Gan-Gan”.</p> <p>Prince Charles and Camilla have a soft spot for their grandchildren, with the couple reportedly hosting an annual garden party for their grandchildren and their friends every June.</p> <p>"In 2016 there were about 90 children tucking into sandwiches, cakes and jellies, and roaring around the garden at Clarence House, having tugs of war and watching spellbound as magicians did tricks and entertainers made them laugh," reported <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Good Housekeeping.</em></p> <p>What do your grandchildren call you? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The royal baby name rule Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan must follow

<p>As Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan prepare to welcome the birth of their first child in spring next year, the newlyweds are brushing up on the royal protocol they must follow as they become parents.</p> <p>However, the royal couple will have fewer restrictions on the name they choose for their baby because the Duke of Sussex is not in direct succession to the throne.</p> <p>Unlike his brother Prince William, Harry doesn’t have to name his offspring after past kinds of other royal ancestors.</p> <p>Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also got to enjoy the freedom of choosing untraditional names, like Beatrice and Eugenie.</p> <p>“The further down the line of succession, the more likely you are to have a more unique or untraditional name,” Carolyn Harris, author of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting</em>, told <strong><a href="https://www.vogue.com.au/culture/features/how-royal-babies-are-named/news-story/941612a79f823b24517e59bd435c4bb0"><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Vogue Australia</em></a></strong>.</p> <p>“We see, from the diversity of names among the Queen’s descendants, that the Queen does seem willing to allow the descendants to choose their own names.”</p> <p>But there is one protocol that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be expected to follow – waiting several days to publicly announce their newborn’s name so they can tell the Queen and other family members first.</p> <p>Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said this protocol provides the necessary time for the royal family to celebrate in private and check that the name is suitable.</p> <p>“Royals, however, also have to consider the great responsibility in naming a new member of the family and I expect they want to be a hundred per cent certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby’s place in history,” Arbiter told <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a19726070/why-royal-baby-name-not-immediately-announced/"><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Town and Country.</em></a></strong></span></p> <p>Despite the relaxed rules regarding their baby name, many royal spectators predict that Harry and Meghan will choose a traditional name.</p> <p>Victoria, Arthur, Albert and Diana are favourites among fans, while Elizabeth and Philip are frontrunners in honour of Harry’s grandparents.</p> <p>What name do you think Harry and Meghan will choose? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Prince William’s reaction to Princess Diana’s tell-all interview

<p>In 1995, Princess Diana famously revealed during a TV interview that there were “three people” in her marriage, referring to herself, Prince Charles and his now-wife Camilla Parker Bowles.</p> <p>Now, a new documentary claims that the People’s Princess eldest son, Prince William, was furious after the interview.</p> <p>In the documentary <em style="font-weight: inherit;">William and Harry: Brother in Arms</em>, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Vanity Fair</em> Royal Correspondent Katie Nicholl said: “William was exposed to everything from the interview and called his mother in a fury and a rage.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">On this day in 1995, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MartinBashir?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MartinBashir</a>'s famously candid interview with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Diana?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Diana</a> Princess of Wales was first shown on BBC's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Panorama?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Panorama</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/90s?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#90s</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OnThisDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OnThisDay</a> <a href="https://t.co/pGAZUaYsZ4">pic.twitter.com/pGAZUaYsZ4</a></p> — Cryptolord (@cryptoyears) <a href="https://twitter.com/cryptoyears/status/932492141267423232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <p>Ms Nicholl explained that Diana’s close friend, Simone Simmons, shared with her William’s conversation to his mother.</p> <p>"[She told me] it was the one time William turned on his mother and said that he would never forgive Diana for what she'd done."</p> <p>Twenty years after his mother’s death, William addressed the claim, saying in hindsight he now understands why his mother chose to go public.</p> <p>Speaking on the BBC documentary <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Diana, 7 Days</em> he said: "I can understand – having sometimes been in those situations, you feel incredibly desperate and it is very unfair that things are being said that are untrue.“</p> <p>"The easiest thing to do is just say or go to the media yourself. Open that door. [But] once you've opened it you can ever close it again."</p> <p>Two years after the interview, Diana died in a Paris car crash.</p> <p>It is estimated that her funeral was viewed by over two billion people. </p>

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Grandmother refuses to meet newborn grandson because she wasn’t at birth

<p>A first-time mum has opened up on an online parenting forum to share how her mother is refusing to meet her newborn grandchild because she wasn’t present at the birth.</p> <p>The unknown mum explained her story on <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Mumsnet,</em> revealing that her mother has described her as “evil” for not allowing her to be in the delivery room during labour.</p> <p>The mum wrote: “Mum hates me because she wasn't at the birth.”</p> <p>She said she tried to be “polite” about not inviting her mum to the hospital as it was a sensitive topic.</p> <p>However, shortly after her son’s birth, her mum bombarded her with angry messages and is refusing to see her grandchild.</p> <p>"So I had my little boy in August. In the run up my mum kept demanding she was at the birth because 'I won't cope' and I need her there (I'm 24 and married)," she explained.</p> <p>"I tried to tell her politely that if I need her I'll send my husband to pick her up straight away and that I'd be fine. I was fine and I felt I coped really well with the birth. </p> <p>"The same day my son was born I text her that he'd arrived and that I can't wait to introduce them and when I was home probably the next day she can come and visit," she added. </p> <p>"She didn't ask me how I was or say congratulations just bombarded me with questions like why didn't I get my husband to pick her up, telling me I'm evil and not normal for depriving a grandmother of the experience ... Should I feel guilty?</p> <p>"The experience of the birth was amazing and I'm glad it was only myself and my husband there."</p> <p>The offended new grandmother has since called her daughter “mentally unstable” and said her family can “go to hell”.</p> <p>Users on the forum quickly jumped to the young mum's defence, saying she should not feel guilty about her decision.</p> <p>One mum wrote: "Your mum sounds really controlling and I have to agree with your husband that she sounds unstable. I would leave her to it, unless she comes to you with a very good reason for her behaviour. Concentrate on your baby and husband, but please don't waste any guilt on your mum. Congratulations by the way!"</p> <p>Another said that she made the same decision when her child was born.</p> <p>"I love my mum to bits but no way did I want her there when I gave birth!" she wrote.</p> <p>But some disagreed, saying that the grandmother had every right to feel upset.</p> <p>"I kind of feel sorry for your mum," one wrote.</p> <p>"No disrespect to you but she sounds so disappointed and upset. I can’t blame her to be honest, receiving a text after her grandchild was born is so impersonal."</p> <p>Who do you think is in the wrong? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Top 5 reasons pets keep you happy and healthy

<p>Did you know that pets can help us heal emotionally, physically and mentally?<br /><br />Scientists have discovered that cats and dogs can help fight disease and assist us in coping with chronic conditions. In fact, pets have a biochemical impact on an owners’ body chemistry and here are the top five reasons why our furry friends help keep us happy and healthy – enjoy!</p> <p><strong>1. Pain relief</strong></p> <p>Pets can alleviate pain such as chronic migraines or arthritis. Spending time with a pet is likely to reduce anxiety and therefore people who use pet therapy while recovering from surgery may need significantly less pain medication than those who do not.</p> <p><strong>2. Paw off the blues</strong></p> <p>The antics of our furry friends are sure to bring us a laugh even during tough times. In fact, a survey has shown that pet owners with a chronic illness were less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. Coming home to a pet that loves you unconditionally and gives you affection no matter how bad a day you’ve had really does lighten your mood.</p> <p><strong>3. Exercise</strong><br />While this one mainly applies to dog owners, it’s a big one. Rain, hail or shine, you know the weather doesn’t stop your pooch from needing a run in the park. By forcing you outside, your dog is dramatically improving your health by helping you get fresh air, natural light and cardiovascular exercise. It's a win-win situation!</p> <p><strong>4. Socialising</strong><br />This one often goes hand-in-hand with exercising. If you’re out and about with your dog you are very likely to run in to like-minded pet lovers and if you are new to a community, this is a great way to meet people and – get the latest gossip too.</p> <p><strong>5. Heart health</strong><br />If you’re stressed you could be producing harmful chemicals like cortisol and norepinephrine that can negatively affect the immune system. Studies show a link between these chemicals and plaque build-up in arteries which can signal the beginning of heart disease. Combat stress with some one-on-one time with a pet and enjoy the elevated levels of serotonin and dopamine; nerve transmitters that are known to have pleasurable and calming properties.</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> Before purchasing a pet seriously consider how much spare time you currently have in your life and if you are willing to make some compromises. At the end of the day, animals are social beings and require you to take good care of them.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/pets/how-pets-keep-you-happy-and-healthy.aspx"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Wyza.com.au</strong></span>.</a></span> </em></p>

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Prince Charles' rare comment about grandson Prince George — and his surprise gift for him

<p>It is no secret that grandparents know how to spoil their grandchildren, whether that be in an excess amount of hugs, attention or presents.</p> <p>And despite being heir to the throne and living a very unique life, Prince Charles’ affection for his grandchildren is no different.</p> <p>In an upcoming documentary, titled <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70,</em>the Prince of Wales reveals a special present that he has prepared for his eldest grandson, 5-year-old Prince George.</p> <p>The royal revealed that after George’s birth in July 2013, he planted dozens of trees at his Scottish home of Birkhall in honour of his grandson.</p> <p>In the documentary, Charles gestures to the line of trees and says: “This is George’s wood.”</p> <p>Charles, who is vocal about his commitment to conservation and the environment, said: “As I get older, all I really long for is to plant trees.”</p> <p>“I hope it will be quite amusing for George, as they grow up, and he grows up.”</p> <p>Charles’ wife, Camilla, also appears in the documentary and added: “You can’t believe how much it’s grown. It was tiny when it was all planted. The next thing you know, you’re being dwarfed by it.”</p> <p>Recently, Prince Harry commended his father for bringing attention to environmental issues for so many years.</p> <p>While in Sydney on his royal tour, Harry gave a speech at the Australian Geographic Awards, referring to speeches made by his father over the past 50 years.</p> <p>“My father and others have been speaking about the environment for decades – not basing it on fallacy or new-age hypothesis, but rooted in science and facts, and the sobering awareness of our environmental vulnerability,” said Harry.</p> <p>“And while those speeches would sometimes fall on deaf ears, he and others were unrelenting in their commitment to preserve the most valuable resource we have – our planet.”</p> <p>Charles will soon become a grandfather for the fourth time as Harry and Meghan prepare to welcome their firstborn into the world next year.</p> <p>Charles is already a proud grandfather to George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.</p> <p>Following Louis’ birth in April, Charles released a happy statement on behalf of himself and Camilla.</p> <p>“We are both so pleased at the news,” he said.</p> <p>“It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”</p>

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Why Duchess Kate hasn't met Pippa's baby yet

<p>On Monday, Duchess Kate’s younger sister Pippa Middleton gave birth to her first child at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.</p> <p>Kate’s other sibling, James Middleton, was quick to visit his new nephew, however, the Duchess of Cambridge was nowhere to be seen.</p> <p>While royal reporter Richard Palmer said Prince William and Kate were “thrilled” for Pippa and her husband James Matthews, it is likely the royals will be unable to visit their family while they remain in the Lindo Wing at the hospital.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Pippa Middleton has given birth to a boy, born on Monday at 1.58pm and weighing 8lb and 9oz. Kensington Palace says: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James."<br /><br />......</p> — Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter/status/1052210305667919872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Kensington Palace confirmed that Kate’s schedule was unfortunately already booked on Tuesday as she took part in an unannounced charity engagement.</p> <p>The court circular, which documents the engagements of the royal family, explained what the meeting was about.</p> <p>“The Duchess of Cambridge this morning held a meeting of experts convened by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to inform Her Royal Highness’s charitable ‘Early Years’ initiative,” it said.</p> <p>According to the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Express</em>, Kate will wait until Pippa comes home to meet her new nephew in order to avoid a media circus.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 358.66666666666663px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821422/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/97b8f4a5de6248bfa6d409ba30d25f8f" /></p> <p>Pippa also didn’t visit Kate in hospital after she gave birth to any of her three children.</p> <p>Although the sisters share a close relationship and both acted as each other’s matron’s of honour, the pair choose to catch up behind closed doors, rarely being seen together in public.</p> <p><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/more-baby-joy-pippa-middleton-welcomes-her-first-child"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Pippa’s baby boy</strong> </span></a>was born on Monday at 1.58 pm after a three-hour labour, weighing 3.88kg.</p> <p>The newborn is the cousin of future king Prince George, 5, his sister Princess Charlotte, 3, and their baby brother Prince Louis, who is five months old. </p>

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More baby joy! Pippa Middleton welcomes her first child

<p>Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, has welcomed her first child with husband James Matthews.</p> <p>The new mother gave birth to a baby boy, weighing 3.88kg, at the same hospital her sister famously gave birth in – the Lindo Wing in West London.</p> <p>Earlier on Tuesday, photos of Pippa arriving at the hospital circulated as people prepared themselves for the happy news.</p> <p>The ward – which is the place of birth of her nephews Prince George and Prince Louis and niece Princess Charlotte – clearly treated the 35-year-old well as she was seen smiling and happy.</p> <p>According to the the <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/"><em>Daily Express</em></a> royal reporter, Richard Palmer, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the new parents.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Pippa Middleton has given birth to a boy, born on Monday at 1.58pm and weighing 8lb and 9oz. Kensington Palace says: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James."<br /><br />......</p> — Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter/status/1052210305667919872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Only a day before Pippa gave birth, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex announced that they are expecting their first child as they landed in Australia to kick start their tour for the Invictus Games.</p> <p>Pippa, who caused speculation about her pregnancy earlier in the year, confirmed the news when speaking to British supermarket chain Waitrose in their fitness column.</p> <p>Her sister, Kate, suffered many problems throughout her pregnancies as she dealt with hyperemesis gravidarum, but for Pippa, it’s been a smooth ride.</p> <p>“I was lucky to pass the 12-week scan without suffering from morning sickness,” Pippa said. “That meant that I was able to carry on as normal and continue my sports.”</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Sun</a> </em>reported that the Duchess of Cambridge “could not have been more delighted” once she discovered the news that her sister was pregnant.</p>

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The royal rule for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's baby

<p>Now that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s big baby news has been revealed, speculation has already turned to what title it will carry when it arrives in the northern hemisphere spring in 2019.</p> <p>You may think being bestowed the HRH (His or Her Royal Highness) title would be a mere formality in the Royal family, but just over 100 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II’s father King George V limited the use of the titles, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/how-a-royal-rule-will-determine-if-meghan-and-harrys-baby-is-a-prince-or-princess/news-story/3b3f8ad43ef31c69b5d013c5e36db809" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>. Only the Monarch, the Monarch’s children and grandchildren, and the Monarch’s eldest child’s first grandson could receive HRH status.</p> <p>The rule, and Queen Elizabeth II’s discretion, will decide if the upcoming baby will be a Prince or Princess. If they are not bestowed that title they will known as a Lord or Lady with the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>If Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have a son, he will be given the title of Earl of Dumbarton, one of the titles the Queen gave her grandson on his wedding day, according to peerage guide, Debrett’s.</p> <p>But if the bouncing baby is a girl, she will carry the name</p> <p>Lady Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons, Lord Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>So technically, under King George V’s decree, none of the couple’s children could legally be a Prince or Princess. It’s only Prince William and Duchess Kate’s first born son Prince George who legitimately fits the rule. Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would otherwise be known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>But it all comes down to their great-grandmother’s discretion. The Queen made the decision to bestow the HRH titles to all of Prince William and Kate’s children in 2012. Prince George was born in 2013.</p> <p>It’s a good bet that the Queen will offer the same courtesy to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s children. They’ll probably have the surname Sussex after the title bestowed on their parents.</p> <p>The happy couple’s first born will be the seventh in line to the throne, Prince Harry is the sixth.</p> <p>Would you like Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s baby to be given an HRH title? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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6 tips to help your dog live longer

<p>Our furry friends are more like family than just mates, and it pains us terribly when they age – sometimes ungracefully.<br /><br />Tim Norris, dog healer and founder of canine myofunctional therapy (canine massage), acupuncture and dog rehabilitation service <u><a href="http://bothendsofthelead.com.au/">Both Ends of The Lead</a>,</u> walks us through how to care for an older dog to guarantee them a long and pain-free life.</p> <p><strong>1. Do not overfeed your dog</strong></p> <p>This can lead to heart disease and joint problems. Feed your dog a nutritious diet to keep them at a healthy weight.</p> <p>These are two ways you can do a ‘self-check’ on your dog to see if they are not overweight.</p> <ol> <li>Stand so that you have a view of your dog from above or over them. You should see there is an obvious waistline just behind their ribcage.</li> <li>If you are unsure, run your hands lightly down the side of your dog’s body and you should be able to feel their ribs.</li> </ol> <p>If you are still not sure if you are overfeeding your dog after doing the checks, then you should speak to your vet and get their advice.</p> <p>There are many variables that determine how much to feed your dog. If you feed them a kibble diet, then the recommended amount to feed is usually stated on the packaging.</p> <p>If you have bought your food from your local vet, then they will normally recommend how much to feed specifically for your dog.</p> <p>We are now starting to see more people feeding a natural raw diet to their dog.</p> <p>If you do decide this suits your dog better, it’s recommended you seek out a certified animal nutritionist to guide you on how much to feed and also how to balance the meals appropriately for your dog specifically.</p> <p>As your dog ages and becomes less active (just like people), it’s likely you will need to feed them a little less, otherwise you risk a range of joint issues like arthritis through overfeeding.</p> <p>If you have a dog that appears underweight, then it is advisable to check with your vet to see if there are any conditions your dog may have that is stopping them from putting on weight.</p> <p>Most pet food brands have a senior range, which will usually include more omega 3, 6 and 9 for bones and joints. Try these ideas on <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/how-care-your-ageing-pet">how to care for an ageing pet</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>2. Don't exercise your dog too much or too little</strong></p> <p>Many breeds of dogs are classed as a senior dog once they reach seven years of age, so it’s important to adapt the way you exercise them to minimise the impact on their joints and help them age more safely.</p> <p>High intensity chase games like throwing a ball can increase the risk of injury and joint problems like arthritis for senior dogs.</p> <p>The jumping, twisting and turning can put a great deal of excess strain on an older dog’s body and although many senior dogs will still enjoy chasing a ball, you should consider if this really is the most appropriate and safest way to exercise a senior dog.</p> <p><strong>3. If your dog is old, don't throw a ball too much</strong></p> <p>If you do still throw a ball for your senior dog, it’s good to spend at least five minutes warming up their muscles first.</p> <p>This can help reduce the risk of an injury for them.</p> <p>You can do this by just letting them walk at their normal speed until they are warmed up and then throw the ball along the ground, so there is no jumping or twisting for them.</p> <p>If you ever see your dog uncomfortable or slowing down when chasing the ball, this is a good time to stop.</p> <p>If they are sore after chasing a ball or stiff the next day, then it would be wise to stop throwing the ball for them and find a different way to exercise them.</p> <p><strong>4. Make sure your home is safe</strong></p> <p>If you have floor surfaces like floorboards, vinyl or tiles, these can be very slippery for an older dog, making it easy for them to fall and injure themselves.</p> <p>Placing non-slip surfaces down in areas that your dog uses heavily can help make the floors safer for your dog.</p> <p><strong>5. Use a step if your dog jumps on and off furniture</strong></p> <p>If your senior dog likes to jump up on the couch or bed, think about having a halfway step so they can get up and down easier. This will help to reduce the impact on their joints and the injury risk.</p> <p>I have treated many dogs who have damaged muscles and ligaments jumping off a bed or couch. They are very avoidable injuries, so using a halfway step or not letting them up on the furniture would certainly have helped in these situations.</p> <p>I have recently helped a 15-year-old poodle called Cino who has arthritis and damaged his leg jumping off the couch. Cino responded very well to acupuncture and massage. I also showed his owner how to massage Cino’s muscles and use a heat pack for his arthritis. The good news is that Cino is no longer in pain and his owner now has a ramp to help him get up and down off the couch.</p> <p>Another dog I worked with recently was a 10-year-old English staffy called Alfie. He tore knee ligaments jumping off the bed and I was able to help rehabilitate Alfie without the need for surgery.</p> <p>A crucial part of Alfie’s rehabilitation was the personalised home care programme I developed for Alfie’s owners to follow. This helped Alfie recover faster and get back to running the house again... but no more jumping off the bed!</p> <p>The personalised face-to-face or online home care programmes are an important service I offer. Having the owner actively involved in the process of helping rehabilitate their dog can make a huge difference to the outcome... just like it did for Alfie.</p> <p><strong>6. A calm, relaxed home can help your dog feel less stressed</strong></p> <p>Stress can affect our dogs in very similar ways to how it affects us. We can all recognise the impact stress can have on our own health. Our dogs are like sponges and will often show signs of stress when they see that their owners are stressed.</p> <p>Many dog owners testify that their dogs recognise and respond to their emotional states. So, doing all we can to minimise our own levels of stress is a great starting point to help keep our dogs calm and healthier.</p> <p>Being mindful of what your dog is exposed to in the home environment is important. Be aware of what the triggers are that stress your dog and then do all you can to minimise the impact of them if they are exposed to them.</p> <p>The key to a relaxed home environment for your dog always starts with a relaxed dog owner.</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><span><em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/6-tips-help-your-dog-live-longer?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></em></span><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><strong><em><u><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S">here’s our best subscription offer</a></u></em></strong><em>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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What Prince Philip is really like as a grandfather

<p>Queen Elizabeth II may be the head of the Commonwealth, but it’s her husband, Prince Philip who has remained the family’s strongest support.</p> <p>While it is rare to see the Prince interacting with his grandchildren in a public setting, especially after his retirement, that is not to say that his relationship with his family members isn’t strong. It is said that Prince Philip values his role as a father, grandfather and now great-grandfather above anything else.</p> <p>Matt Smith, who famously played the role of Prince Philip in the highly acclaimed Netflix series <em>The Crown</em> said that upon meeting Prince William and asking for advice on playing his grandfather, the Duke of Cambridge responded with very few words, saying: “Just one word – legend.”</p> <p>The royal couple share eight grandchildren together: Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.</p> <p>And while Prince William made his admiration for his grandfather known, he is not the only one to praise him, as Philip’s other grandchildren have also expressed their love for him.</p> <p>“I think Grandpa is incredible,” said Princess Eugenie in a 2016 documentary, <em>Our Queen at Ninety</em>. </p> <p>“He really is strong and consistent. He’s been there for all these years, and I think he’s the rock, you know, for all of us.”</p> <p>Author of <em>The Diana Chronicles</em>, Tina Brown wrote in her book: “A member of the Balmoral staff noted that Prince Philip, who had effectively lost his own mother at the age of 10 when she was committed for three years to an asylum in Switzerland, was brilliantly effective with his grandsons, offering them gruff tenderness and outdoor activities like stalking and hiking to tire them out.”</p> <p>She also looked back at the time of Princess Diana’s death, and said Prince Philip played a crucial role in the healing of Prince William and Prince Harry in 1997.</p> <p>According to Brown, Prince William was not in the right emotional state of mind to walk in the cortege at his mother’s funeral, but with the support of his grandfather, he changed his mind.</p> <p>It is reported that Philip said to William, “If I walk, will you walk with me?” and he did.</p> <p>In a recent display of affection, Prince Philip decided to attend his grandson, Prince Harry’s wedding to the now Duchess of Sussex in May, even though he went through a hip replacement surgery only a few weeks prior to the occasion.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/celebrities/news/a22736656/prince-philip-relationship-with-grandchildren/" target="_blank"><em>Harper’s Bazaar</em></a> spoke to a former royal reporter, Philip Dampier, who said: “He has taught them [his grandchildren] many things from his own experiences, telling them not to worry about the press too much as ‘it will be tomorrow’s fish and chip paper’.”</p> <p>“Philip has made more than 5000 speeches in his royal career and he has tips on how to do them. His door is always open if any of his grandchildren want advice on any subject.”</p>

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The life-changing lesson Turia Pitt has learnt since becoming a mum

<p>Turia Pitt is known to never slow down. As a woman driven by the thought of making her next move better than her last, a life changing event has taught her to take each day as it comes.</p> <p>She’s a survivor, after making it through the terrifying fire that caused severe burns across 65 per cent of her body and which didn’t change her outlook on life. Then there was competing in different marathons across the country – even while pregnant.</p> <p>But the athlete recently welcomed a baby boy into the world, her 10-month-old son Hakavai, and now that he’s her priority, Pitt has rethought her philosophy.</p> <p>“I no longer have any desire to do an Ironman,” Pitt told lifestyle magazine<span> </span><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/how-turia-pitt-is-back-on-track-after-giving-birth/news-story/8646541de13b0fe05c6c998282507cc8"><em>Stellar</em></a>. “Having a baby has changed me and when you become a mum you quickly realise your whole life fits in around your kids.”</p> <p>She became famous after she was labelled an inspiration for her strength through the tragedy that occurred while running an ultra-marathon in 2011. And while she is known for her resilience, she says that motherhood hasn’t reduced her passion or drive but has repurposed it.</p> <p>“I don’t want to be out running for five hours straight,” she said. “I know how precious life is and I’d rather be with my son.”</p> <p>But with Pitt, she’s always looking for a new challenge and this time round it’s the New Zealand Kathmandu Coast to Coast race next February which she is also an ambassador for. This will be the first race she will be competing in after giving birth, which is why she will be taking it slowly by competing in the 30km mountain run section.</p> <p>She hopes, that through the race, she gives women the message that any goal, regardless of how small, is important and motivating.</p> <p>“I don’t want to achieve anything crazy, I just want to get my fitness back and finish with a smile on my face,” she says. “These sorts of events are good for mums who are going through the motions of going to work, coming home, cooking dinner and doing the washing. It can be monotonous if there’s not something exciting happening or something to work towards and look forward to.”</p> <p>Pitt, 31, admits to being delusional as she assumed her son would be easy to raise. Instead he turned out like every other child who needs constant care and attention.</p> <p>“I thought I could live my life and spend time with Hakavai, but he is my life at the moment. I had no idea.”</p>

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Woman catches mother-in-law doing unthinkable – but her husband doesn't agree

<p>Mother-in-laws, you either love em’ or you hate em’.</p> <p>This story is of the latter, after one woman took to parenting forum <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mumsnet.com/" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a> to air her grievances, and it’s received quite the reaction.</p> <p>The poster had suspicions that her MIL had been snooping through her things when alone in her and her husband’s home.</p> <p>And it turns out, she was correct, and understandably, very annoyed.</p> <p>But her husband didn’t share the same sentiments. Instead, he was upset that his wife had “set traps” to catch his mother out.</p> <p>“I’m fuming but feel validated,” the post began.</p> <p>“MIL and I don’t get on.”</p> <p>“Husband asked her to come and check on our fish when away for a long weekend. I have previously suspected MIL has looked through my things when she’s been here but had no proof,” the woman wrote.</p> <p>After setting up her chest of drawers in a way that only she would know had been tampered with, the woman’s suspicions were proven.</p> <p>“Came home to find that they have been completely moved around, all documents out of their order, content of files all over the place, etc.</p> <p>“I’m fuming but feel validated that I’m not paranoid!”</p> <p>After approaching her husband on the matter, the woman said he did not agree with her suggestion of confronting his mother about her actions and was instead disappointed in his wife for “setting traps.”</p> <p>“I said I did it because she has blatantly been through our things and needed proof, which I have,” she said.</p> <p>Users on the forum agreed with the poster, saying that her husband should “grow a backbone and confront his mother,” but there were also many suggestions on how to mess with his mother the next time she goes rifling through drawers.</p> <p>Some suggested leaving notes telling her to “f*ck off” in her usual snooping spots, while one suggested leaving immigration papers around to “give her something to worry about.”</p> <p>Do you think the woman has the right to be angry? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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“Berserk” reason mum banned from son’s wedding

<p>A wedding is a momentous celebration, highlighting two people's love for each other, but it can also be a horribly toxic experience when some people start to make ridiculous demands in the hopes to make their big day perfect.</p> <p>Turning to online parenting forum <a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3375869-Uninvited-from-sons-wedding-AIBU?pg=1" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a>, a woman recounts the story of how she is now uninvited to her son’s wedding.</p> <p>“My only son has met, got engaged to and then moved in with a girl he met through work,” she began.</p> <p>“At first she was OK and stayed at ours,” she continued, adding that her future daughter-in-law was “not very sociable” but she respected his choice and is happy, as long as he is.</p> <p>“I went out bought a new dress, and all the works ready for it, then he turns up and says no-one can wear certain colours as that’s what she wants,” wrote the woman.</p> <p>“Fine, except one of those was the base colour of my new outfit,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Obviously I wouldn’t wear plain white or cream, but it has a cream underlay and the rest is pink and grey floral.”</p> <p>She said her son asked her not to wear it.</p> <p>The situation has gotten so out of hand that the son will constantly call her throughout the week to ask if she’s found another dress yet. “I reply not yet – still looking, which I am and it’s still over a month away,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I agreed not to wear it after hearing her throw a tantrum whilst on the phone to him and thought that it should be fine.</p> <p>"Now she's gone bezerk, and yesterday she sent a text telling me not to turn up as I will not be allowed in."</p> <p>The mother of the groom said the situation is making her incredibly upset and asked fellow users for advice on whether she should attend the wedding anyway.</p> <p>The majority of users were on the mother’s side, as they failed to understand how not yet finding a replacement dress is enough to uninvite the mother of the groom.</p> <p>“Since when did brides tell their husbands to be family what to wear? She’s batsh*t!” wrote one person.</p> <p>Another said, "Someone who is so rude and stroppy about a dress, is not going to turn into a reasonable and polite person the minute the wedding is over. There will be tantrums over everything, and everyone having to walk on eggshells around this very volatile young woman."</p> <p><img width="367" height="550" src="/media/7820343/e79cea4da2831ab6267dbaff58b3cc58.jpg" alt="E 79cea 4da 2831ab 6267dbaff 58b 3cc 58"/></p> <p>Others commented that there must be more to the story, but the woman made it very clear that she agreed not to wear the dress the first time she was asked. She even shared a photo of her dress for those who doubted her, and once users saw the photo, they couldn’t understand what the issue was.</p> <p>"God, I hope a load of guests ignore the colour rules lol will she have bouncers on the door kicking people out," said one user.</p> <p>One said at this point she would text her son the following: "I wish you a happy marriage and wedding, but I don’t support it and won’t be attending. My door is always open to you both but I’m stepping away until you both behave I’m a more adult and reasonable way."</p> <p>Others advised her to be the bigger person for the sake of maintaining a relationship with her son.</p> <p>"I would look at keeping the peace and get a new dress. However, are u still invited to the wedding?"</p> <p>What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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