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Baby breaks records after being born at age 27

<p>Molly Gibson may only be one month old, but she could have been born at any point during the last 27 years.</p> <p>Her embryo was frozen in October 1992 and remained frozen until earlier this year in February, when Tina and Ben Gibson of Tennessee adopted her embryo.</p> <p>Tina gave birth to Molly in late October, almost 27 years after her embryo was frozen.</p> <p>Her birth has set a new record, one that was previously held by her older sister Emma, for the longest-frozen embryo known to have resulted in a birth.</p> <p>But the records don’t matter to the Gibsons.</p> <p>“With Emma, we were just so smitten to have a baby,” Tina Gibson said.</p> <p>“With Molly, we’re the same way. It’s just kind of funny - here we go again with another world record.”</p> <p>Tina was assisted by the National Embryo Donation Centre when trying to fall pregnant, a faith-based nonprofit in Knoxville that stores frozen embryos in vitro fertilisation patients have decided not to use.</p> <p>Families are able to adopt those unused embryos, which are then transferred to an adoptive parent’s uterus.</p> <p>Her first-born’s embryo was frozen for 24 years until Tina gave birth to her in November 2017, and according to the centre, held the previous record for the longest-frozen embryo known to have resulted in a birth.</p> <p>Hers was frozen for 24 years.</p> <p>Before the two sisters broke records, not much was known about the viability of older embryos.</p> <p>And when Tina discovered just how old her embryos were, she was concerned the age would lessen her chances of becoming pregnant.</p> <p>But according to Dr Jeffrey Keenan, the centre’s president and medical director, the age has no impact on the outcome.</p> <p>He said in a release both Emma and Molly’s births are proof that embryos shouldn’t be discarded because they’re “old.”</p> <p>“This definitely reflects on the technology used all those years ago and its ability to preserve the embryos for future use under an indefinite time frame,” said Carol Sommerfelt, the centre’s lab director and embryologist, in a release.</p> <p>Approximately 75 per cent of donated embryos survive the thawing and transfer process, and between 25 and 30 per cent of all implants are successful, according to Sommerfelt, who spoke to CNN when Emma was born.</p>

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Bindi Irwin shares emotional tribute to Robert on his 17th birthday

<p>Robert Irwin is celebrating his 17th birthday, and his older sister Bindi has paid homage to the teen croc hunter the best way she knows how.</p> <p>While Bindi has reached the halfway milestone in her pregnancy, it didn’t stop her from penning an emotional tribute to her brother on his special day.</p> <p>"Happy birthday to my amazing brother! Your kind heart and fantastic sense of humour makes my every day," she wrote alongside some photos of Robert walking her down the aisle at her wedding in March.</p> <p>"Our baby girl is going to love her 'funcle' [fun uncle] so very much. You're one of the brightest lights the world has ever seen. I'll always be here for you. Love you!"</p> <p>Robert replied to his sister's message in the comments section writing, "Bindi!! Thank you so much, I am so lucky to be your brother and about to be a funcle. love you heaps!"</p> <p>Bindi's husband Chander Powell also wrote his own sweet message to his brother-in-law.</p> <p>"Wishing a happy 17th birthday to my awesome brother-in-law," he wrote.</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/CIOhx3EhKqW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIOhx3EhKqW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chandler Powell (@chandlerpowell)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Whether it's going for a surf, feeding a crocodile or late night spotlighting I'm always grateful for all of the adventures we have! Can't wait to celebrate with you today, Robert."</p> <p>Terri Irwin changed it up slightly and took to Twitter to share her own message alongside a photo of Robert at four-years-old.</p> <p>"I remember the hollow tree that was your castle when you were four. Today you are seventeen," she captioned two images of Robert at four and seventeen.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I remember the hollow tree that was your castle when you were four. Today you are seventeen. May the simple things in life always bring you happiness. Every day you make me happy. And proud. And I will love you beyond forever. <a href="https://t.co/yDVnhFIOVD">pic.twitter.com/yDVnhFIOVD</a></p> — Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) <a href="https://twitter.com/TerriIrwin/status/1333502588050833410?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"May the simple things in life always bring you happiness. Every day you make me happy. And proud. And I will love you beyond forever."</p>

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Reese Witherspoon shares stunning family photo with three children

<p>Reese Witherspoon has given fans a beautiful portrait of her husband Jim Toth, and three children, Ava, Deacon and Tennessee, to mark a special occasion.</p> <p>The 44-year-old <em>Legally Blonde</em> actress took to social media to give thanks to medical workers and frontline employees who have been working throughout the pandemic to care for others.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838995/reese-witherspoon-family-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a81f7a5f5c7b4531a922b8019de19eb4" /></p> <p>"Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Feeling very grateful for all the frontline workers, medical workers and people who are caring for others today," Reese wrote, noting the significance of their work through the US holiday.</p> <p>She then added: "And I’m deeply grateful for ALL of you! Sending my LOVE."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838994/reese-witherspoon-family-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a33585d238f4473ab742674011c664c8" /></p> <p>Reese got to work on her Thanksgiving feast as early as Wednesday, sharing that she had already begun baking for her family.</p> <p>The beloved celebrity is extremely close to her family and previously opened up to Entertainment Daily on raising her children at different stages during her life.</p> <p>She said: "When [you're a young mother], you're like, 'Oh, they're going to be fine!'</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838992/rylee-rose-10.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d3f5a29670f1494cb556d03c402cb493" /></p> <p>"As you get older, it's, 'Am I taking them to the ballet?' When you get past survival, I think that's what's so interesting… about motherhood.</p> <p>“It's about what you think you're creating for your children, when it's really just an artifice."</p>

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Grandparents' genius trick to "visit" family safely

<p>Thanksgiving is approaching in the USA, and with many opting not to travel to spend the holidays with their families due to COVID-19, the holiday will look slightly different this year.</p> <p>Missy and Billy Buchanan from Texas knew travelling wasn’t an option for them due to being in the high risk category.</p> <p>So they came up with the perfect idea to make sure their family didn’t miss their presence, by sending them life-sized cardboard cutouts.</p> <p>Between them, Missy and Billy have four grandchildren that range in age from three to 12, and still wanted to be present in the annual family dinner.</p> <p>"As COVID19 numbers continue to rise, we wanted to show that you can have fun and help keep everyone safe, too," Buchanan said on a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10220993189732428&amp;set=a.1183512640954" target="_blank">Facebook post.</a></p> <p>"I have so many friends who have been impacted by COVID19. For us, it's an act of love. And our kids and grandkids are having such fun with 'us'".</p> <p>The cut outs stand at six feet tall, and gave their kids a shock when they arrived in the mail.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmissy.buchanan.5%2Fposts%2F10220993219733178&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=702&amp;appId" width="552" height="702" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p>And while some of the grandkids were a little terrified at first, they ended up thinking it was hilarious.</p> <p>"My daughter got hers first. She texted, 'Omg!' and called and said, 'This is the funniest thing we've ever seen,'" Buchanan told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/family/story/grandparents-send-cardboard-cutouts-grandkids-place-thanksgiving-74375764?cid=social_fb_abcn&amp;fbclid=IwAR2MaBadeXyNx7RcuD5rYWI5aPny5gwWNyM8oMKgNE8TlqNAuF2JXJYpP-Q" target="_blank"><em>Good Morning America,</em></a><span> </span>adding they've been having fun putting them in different parts of the house.</p> <p>"The kids get to pass them as they go to bed every night and say goodnight to Ama and Poppi," the Buchanan's son Matthew told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/parents/grandparents-send-cardboard-cutouts-thanksgiving-2020-t200477" target="_blank"><em>TODAY.</em></a></p> <p>The Buchanan's said they hope their fun solution can show other families that you can still be safe and have fun celebrating, even from a distance.</p> <p>"Grandparents can lead the way on this," she said. "I think they're having more fun with the cut-outs than they would have had we been there in person!"</p>

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Deborra-Lee Furness opens up about parenting with Hugh Jackman

<p><span>Deborra-Lee Furness and husband Hugh Jackman have long been advocates for adoption, but have largely kept their two children away from the spotlight.</span><br /><br /><span>We often don't hear from the 64-year-old about her own two kids, 20-year-old Oscar and 15-year-old Ava, whom she adopted with Hugh.</span><br /><br /><span>In a rare interview with People, Deborra has spoken about parenting their two kids and maintaining a dynamic that explores their diversity.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's so interesting being a parent, and they've both made me smarter than I think I ever could have been on my own," Deborra revealed.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838963/hugh-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/03bfbd9cfd1d43f2af9f0c55d46c7355" /><br /><br /><span>"But when you're a parent, you can't lie to them or yourself. They will shine a light on every one of your flaws, your Achilles heel, whatever. You've got to look at yourself."</span><br /><br /><span>Oscar has Bosnian heritage and Ava has Mexican lineage, so Deborra says she has taken a special interest in "epigenetics" - the study of how your behaviours and environment can impact the way your genes work.</span><br /><br /><span>"What I'm very interested in is epigenetics, and it's even more so when you have adopted children because I'm coming from my lineage of my mother, how she parented me, how her mother parented her, and I'm translating that to my children."</span><br /><br /><span>"But my children also have a separate lineage. So it's almost like we have more players at the table."</span><br /><br /><span>The mother-of-two says she has made a conscious effort to open both Oscar and Ava up to their cultural traits.</span><br /><br /><span>"When my son was younger, he found out he was part Bosnian, so we went and got this Croatian/Bosnian cookbook and he was very proud to carry that around when he was 7 years old."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838964/hugh.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4bdf004262284206813b3a5470ec7a15" /><br /><br /><span>"My daughter has a Mexican lineage, so we've been to Mexico."</span><br /><br /><span>She then went on to say: "We completely embrace the ancestors and the extended family; they're family to us. And it's in there, even though it's generational. It may be subtle, but it's in there."</span><br /><br /><span>In a recent interview with the Herald Sun, Hugh spoke of his unwavering love for his children.</span><br /><br /><span>"I don't think of them as adopted – they're our children. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn't the way we were meant to have children."</span><br /><br /><span>"Now, as we go through life together, sure there are challenges, but everyone's in the right place with the right people. It sounds airy-fairy, but it's something we feel very deeply."</span></p>

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"I don't want this": School photo fail brings unlikely joy

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>One mum left the internet in stitches after she shared her 'mum fail' on the internet, summarising 2020 in one sentence: "I DON'T WANT THIS".</p> <p>Brittany Kinley was excited when she learned her son Mason, whose in kindergarten, was able to physically attend school to get a school photo.</p> <p>After Brittany filled out the online form for the photo, the form gave her an option to have her son's name underneath the photo.</p> <p>She decided against this, and wrote 'I do not want this' in the section where his name was as it wouldn't let her leave that section blank on the form.</p> <p>Brittany got the surprise of her life when she received her son's photos back, with "I DON'T WANT THIS" in capital letters underneath a sweet snap of her son.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbrittkinley%2Fposts%2F10124125803358564&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=685&amp;appId" width="552" height="685" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe> <p>She shared the incident on Facebook, where it quickly racked up more than 15,000 likes and 5,600 comments.</p> <p>"I’m sure everyone needs a good laugh these days so thanks to my latest mom fail...you’re welcome in advance haha," she wrote.</p> <p>"Mason got his kindergarten pictures and I didn’t want his name on the bottom so I typed in “I don’t want this” and they freaking printed this..."</p> <p>She's glad people were able to sympathise with it.</p> <p>"I've gotten so many messages from people saying they haven't laughed this hard all year and that it made their day," she told TODAY parents</p> <p>"I never thought it would have that effect but I'm so glad we can spread laughter in a crazy time like this."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Favourite time of year": Cambridge kids have already written letters to Santa

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children are so excited for Christmas that they've already sent letters off to Santa.</p> <p>According to an insider, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis "can't wait for Christmas" and want their parents to put up decorations already.</p> <p>"It's their favourite time of the year... in fact, they've already written their list for Santa and are nagging William and Kate to put up the Christmas tree," the insider tells<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/prince-william-duchess-kates-3-kids-cant-wait-for-christmas/" target="_blank">Us Weekly magazine.</a></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/B6eXqjIlOvk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B6eXqjIlOvk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This could be because grandmother Carole Middleton has already promised the trio that they could decorate her tree via video call.</p> <p>“We may not be able to get together but, after a year like 2020, we need to remember what’s really important this Christmas,"<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/tag/kate-middleton/" target="_blank">Kate Middleton's</a><span> </span>mom, who is also grandmother to 2-year-old<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/pippa-middleton-reveals-her-saving-grace-while-raising-11-month-old-son-arthur/" target="_blank">Arthur</a>, her daughter Pippa's son, wrote in a new Instagram post for her Party Pieces company.</p> <p>“For me, what really matters is that my family feels connected," wrote Carole, 65. "I normally let my grandchildren help me decorate the tree. This year, I’ll ask them by video call to decide which decoration should go where. It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!”</p> <p>The trio also get a tree each to decorate in each of their rooms at grandmother Carole's house.</p> <p>Space isn't an issue as she lives in a manor house with her husband Michael.</p> <p>Explaining her reasoning, Carole shared it’s “so that they can decorate it themselves.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince William and Duchess Kate share heartbreak after family tragedy

<p>Kate Middleton and Prince William have opened up about their heartbreak after their beloved dog Lupo died.</p> <p>The couple took to Instagram to share the devastating news.</p> <p>In the caption, the couple wrote: “Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away. He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. – W &amp; C.”</p> <p>The English cocker spaniel has often been photographed alongside the family, and in particular with Prince George.</p> <p>He was bred from a dog owned by Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton and was gifted to the couple as an early Christmas present in 2011.</p> <p>Lupo was so important to the family that Prince William referenced the pet in his first official interview after becoming a father in 2013.</p> <p>He said: “For me, Catherine, and now little George, are my priorities. And Lupo.</p> <p>“He’s coping all right, actually.</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/CH5l8xeF219/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CH5l8xeF219/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“As a lot of people know who have got dogs and are bringing a newborn back, they take a little bit of time to adapt, but no, he’s been all right so far.”</p> <p>The name Lupo is from the Italian word for wolf, and it is said that Kate named the pet after the family of her paternal great-grandfather, Olive Christiana Middleton nee Lupton.</p> <p>In 2013, Tatler named the pet the 50th most fascinating person in Britain.</p> <p>Thousands of people – including actor Jennifer Garner – have already shared their condolences with the family.</p> <p>One wrote: “So sorry for your loss … animals are not pets, they become family,” while another said: “Rest in peace lovely Lupo.”</p> <p>Kate’s brother James has also paid tribute to the dog, writing on Instagram: “Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a dog.</p> <p>“For those who have never had a dog, it might be hard to understand the loss.</p> <p>“However for those who have loved a dog know the truth: A dog is not just a pet; it is a member of the family, a best friend, a loyal companion, a teacher and a therapist.”</p>

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The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary

<p>To celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary, The Queen and Prince Philip have released a new photo.</p> <p>In what has been a whirlwind journey, the two have stood by each other's side through thick and thin.</p> <p>Which is why the never-before-seen photo seems to be especially special when you realise what the couple are looking at.</p> <p>The image which was taken by Chris Jackson in the Oak Room of Windsor Castle earlier this week, shows the Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen looking at an anniversary card made especially for them by three of their great-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/CHydDgpnJW9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHydDgpnJW9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis made the adorable card for their great grandparents and it seems that they loved it.</p> <p>The card also sits alongside a series of other letters and well wishes from royal followers.</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/CHz2EbrnJQJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHz2EbrnJQJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Palace shared the sweet pic to its Instagram page with a congratulatory note to the royals.</p> <p>Fans flocked to the image, sharing their own well wishes.</p> <p>"So glad to see the Duke looking well. They are amazing. Best wishes to them," wrote one.</p> <p>Another said: "Wishing a happy wedding anniversary to your majesty."</p>

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Prince William breaks silence over investigation into Princess Diana’s famous interview

<p>A “raw” Prince William will not rest until Princess Diana’s controversial Panorama interview is investigated properly, according to a royal expert.</p> <p>The Duke of Cambridge has broken his silence and issued an official statement, after the BBC announced it would look into claims saying journalist Martin Bashir falsified documents to scare the royal into the chat. </p> <p>William said the decision is a “step in the right direction” in what royal editor at The Mirror Russell Myers branded an “extraordinary turn of events”.</p> <p>Myers said the probe is something William will watch very closely.</p> <p>"This is something that is very raw for Prince William," Myers told Today.</p> <p>"It set in play a range of scenarios, where the Queen actually ordered the divorce for Charles and Diana - eventually it led to the tragic death of his mother several years later.</p> <p>"I think you can see that in this statement, him saying that they need to get to the truth of this matter. I don't think he is going to let this lie."</p> <p>In the interview, Diana famously gave an insight into her tumultuous marriage to Prince Charles, and claimed there were “three of us” in the union, referring to Camilla Parker-Bowles.</p> <p>22 million people tuned in to watch the interview when it aired 25 years ago, and it is still considered to be one of the most influential royal chats in history.</p> <p>"(It) set the world on fire when it came out," Myers said.</p> <p>"We are still talking about it 25 years later."</p> <p>The royal expert said the “pressure is really on” the broadcasting company to investigate the interview correctly, as other senior royals will demand a thorough examination.</p> <p>"Harry is watching this very, very closely indeed, along with other members of the royal family," he claimed. "The Queen and Prince Charles are said to be watching with interest.</p> <p>"If the BBC doesn't get its house in order you will see political pressure and pressure from the royal family to really get down to what actually happened all those years ago."</p>

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"I couldn't feel my bump anymore": Woman in COVID coma wakes to newborn twins

<p>A UK woman who was pregnant in a coronavirus coma woke up to a surprise as she had given birth.</p> <p>Perpetual Uke was six months pregnant when she fell ill with the virus in March, and feared she would be unable to safely deliver her children.</p> <p>She was put in an induced coma for almost a month.</p> <p>Doctors quickly decided that it would be safer to deliver her twins via a premature caesarean and brought the children into the world on April 10th, while Perpetual remained unconscious.</p> <p>When she woke from her coma 16 days later, she was convinced she had "lost" her pregnancy.</p> <p>"I was pregnant at 24 to 25 weeks, at that stage, and by the time I woke up, I was so disorientated," she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://news.sky.com/story/covid-hit-mother-wakes-up-from-coma-to-find-she-has-given-birth-to-twins-12135663" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Sky News.</a></p> <p>"I thought I'd lost my pregnancy because I couldn't see my bump any more. I was really worried and disorientated."</p> <p>Her twins Sochika Palmer and Osinachi Pasal were cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit for 116 days.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838880/baby-twins.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9883a890880c4dd58b39e8541d6a9b65" /></p> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Uke's husband Matthew told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-54986070" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">BBC</a>, "Every passing day I was hoping my wife was not among those who are dead."</p> <p>"We are a team, the idea she might not be there was really difficult to accept."</p> <p>Perpetual was "very emotional" when she met her twins for the first time.</p> <p> "I was happy that we were all alive, but obviously concerned about their severe prematurity which has its own risks," she said to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.expressandstar.com/news/health/coronavirus-covid19/2020/11/17/twins-delivered-by-caesarean-while-mother-in-covid-coma/" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>The Express and Star</em></a>.</p> <p>After the coma, she was "so confused" that the children were hers.</p> <p>"When they showed me the pictures, they were so tiny, they didn't look like human beings, I couldn't believe they were mine," she said.</p> <p>The happy family are "getting better" each day after an intense almost three months in the ICU.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-54986070" target="_blank">BBC</a></em></p> </div>

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Princess Mary’s heartbreaking confession

<p>Princess Mary has given a heartbreaking speech at the 20th Anniversary of the Children, Youth and Grief Network.</p> <p>Speaking about her own experience of loss, as well as the universal heartache that comes with the death of a loved one, the Danish Crown Princess opened up in what is considered to be a rare occasion for a royal.</p> <p>Taking to the Danish royal family's Instagram page to share her emotional words alongside photos from her speech, Mary reflected on how loss shapes us.</p> <p>"It is difficult, if not impossible, to find meaning in losing someone you love. But what makes sense, and something that can not be taken from us, is all we had with that person," the caption reads in Danish.</p> <p>"With those words, I began my speech at Children, Youth and Grief's 20th Anniversary yesterday. Of course, for me it was one of the harder talks to hold.</p> <p>"But to my own surprise, I was more moved than I would have thought. And so it is with grief, it can strike at any time."</p> <p>The royal has experienced her fair share of loss throughout the years.</p> <p>Her mother, Henrietta Donaldson died from a heart condition on November 20, 1997, when Mary was just 25 years old.</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/CHhvOM8gkdR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHhvOM8gkdR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS 🇩🇰 (@detdanskekongehus)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mary has confessed before that she battled with loneliness after her mother's passing, telling Danish TV and radio station DR: "I felt alone in my pain.</p> <p>"As if nobody understood what I was going through and I had come to a standstill while the whole world around me kept moving forwards."</p> <p>Most recently, Mary lost her father-in-law Prince Henrik of Denmark in 2018.</p> <p>Mary continued in the Instagram caption: "Yesterday was not 'anytime', it was the mark of an organisation that works to help children and young people through their grief and with the belief that life can become whole again, but… in a new way.</p> <p>"What touched me on the podium yesterday is a little hard to explain. It was not so much about my own loss, but more about the fact that many of us in the room had something special in common.</p> <p>"We were common about having lost and I could feel the common understanding that loss provides. It does not require words, it is just there."</p> <p>She went on to say that "hope is the focal point" of the work Children, Young People and Grief does, adding that the volunteers find "meaning in the meaningless".</p> <p>The royal concluded by saying that she had learned something about hope herself, and how important it is after suffering a deep loss.</p> <p>"The hope that you can learn to live with the grief as part of life and take the one you have lost with you," she wrote.</p>

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"But how?!" Chris Hemsworth shares stunning photo of ageless mum

<p>Chris and Liam Hemsworth celebrated their mum Leonie’s 60th birthday with a relaxed family get-together over the weekend. </p> <p>And proving that they are perhaps the most genetically blessed family in Australia, Chris took to Instagram to share a few photos of his mum, surprising fans after they learnt she was 60.</p> <p>In the snaps, Leonie looked younger than ever as she wore a flower crown and stood alongside her movie star son.</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/CHmjO87pU-0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHmjO87pU-0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Chris called Leonie “the greatest mum on earth” in the accompanying caption – and she scored a lot more compliments in the comments underneath, as dozens of fans expressed disbelief at her age, many saying she looked more like his sister.</p> <p>"But how??" wrote one person.</p> <p>“Are you kidding me?? … she is 60! No way … she seems to be your younger sis … omg,” commented another.</p> <p>“Wait what?! She’s 60?? She looks so damn young!!” said a shocked fan.</p> <p><span>This isn’t the first time the English teacher’s appearance has caused a stir among fans, as her appearance at a football game in 2018 had fans stunned at the good looks of the two senior Hemsworths.</span></p> <p>Earlier this year, Chris opened up about what prompted he and wife Elsa Pataky’s big move from LA to blissful Byron Bay six years ago.</p> <p>“You’re a little bit too much in the eye of the storm when you’re living in Hollywood,” he told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gq.com.au/?utm_source=SEM&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIktKypq2c6QIVijgrCh1CtAOSEAAYASAAEgIVefD_BwE" target="_blank">GQ</a> of the move.</p> <p>“Living in Australia, it’s also easier to detach myself from work – and you get a bit more leeway to let a few emails and phone calls slide on by.”</p> <p>He’d earlier admitted to feeling “suffocated” by his career while still living in Los Angeles.</p> <p>“When you’re suffocated by the work, every conversation that you’re having and every billboard you’re seeing is to do with a movie or whatever around the industry. You lose perspective,”<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=DTWEB_WRE170_a&amp;dest=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.dailytelegraph.com.au%252Fentertainment%252Fmovies%252Fchris-hemsworth-is-australias-new-action-hero%252Fnews-story%252F3b56e85aea96ef1e5e8f738acedcd411&amp;memtype=anonymous&amp;mode=premium" target="_blank"> he said</a>.</p>

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Grandma gives birth to own granddaughter

<p>Julie Loving just gave 29-year-old daughter the gift of life for a second time. The 51-year-old delivered her granddaughter as the gestational carrier on November 2.</p> <p>New mum Breanna Lockwood took to Instagram to share the exciting news along with her daughter’s name - Briar Juliette Lockwood - an ode to her own mother.</p> <p>“My mom was an absolute rockstar through a difficult delivery,” Lockwood wrote in the post. “The sacrifices she took to bring this little slice of heaven into our world takes my breath away. Holding my daughter in my arms my heart is bursting. The feeling of how I would do absolutely anything needed for this child is radiating through me when I look at her, and reflects back on what my mom did for me.”</p> <p>Well wishers have flocked to the comments as they congratulated the new mum after following her story since she first posted about it.</p> <p>“The love between a mother and daughter is unbreakable — can’t wait to see a pic of three generations of STRONG women with you, your mama &amp; baby Briar!” one follower wrote, while others celebrated Briar’s long-awaited arrival via emoji.</p> <p>The mother-daughter duo spoke to Today Parents last month when Loving was 35 weeks pregnant.</p> <p>“It’s been a textbook pregnancy,” Loving told Today Parents. “Everything’s been perfect.”</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/CBEt0mJBa2S/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CBEt0mJBa2S/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">They say, “It takes a village to raise a child”, but for some it can take a village to HAVE a child... ⠀ ⠀ We are happy to announce, finally, ...⠀ BABY LOCKWOOD IS ON THE WAY! ⠀ ⠀ Made with a lot of love, and a little bit of science...⠀ Baby Lockwood will be brought into this world via GESTATIONAL CARRIER, and this little miracle’s carrier is quite a special one. ⠀ ⠀ MY MOM.⠀ My mom will be carrying and delivering our baby!⠀ ⠀ The biggest supporter in my life is giving us our biggest blessing. My beautiful mama is carrying her first grandchild, Aaron and my biological child, as a gestational carrier!⠀ ⠀ Aaron and I had our reproductive DNA taken, fertilized, tested, and frozen via IVF, as my mom breezed through every preliminary test she took, to be able to give us this gift. Defying the odds at 51 years old, she’s pushing reproductive science out of the box, as ONE of only a handful of surrogates NATIONWIDE to deliver their grandchild via gestational surrogacy!⠀ ⠀ The trials and tribulations of infertility was undoubtedly the hardest venture we have had to face in our lives. ⠀ ⠀ In short that included...⠀ ⠀ 1311 days⠀ 476 injections⠀ 64 blood draws⠀ 7 surgical procedures ⠀ 3 rounds of harvesting eggs⠀ 19 frozen embryos ⠀ 8 IVF frozen embryo transfers total⠀ 4 failed embryo transfers⠀ 1 singleton miscarriage⠀ 1 twin miscarriage ⠀ 1 ectopic pregnancy ⠀ Countless tears⠀ ⠀ Sharing this adventure with my mom has been the most unique and amazing experience. Surrogacy is truly the most selfless gift. She is the pure example of “you would do anything for your kids”, and if i can even be half of the mother she is, I know i’m doing something right...⠀ ⠀ I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Kaplan with @fertilitycentersofillinois for his compassion and care in this field.⠀ ⠀ Baby Lockwood we can’t wait to meet you...⠀ See you in November!</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/ivf.surrogacy.diary/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Breanna Lockwood</a> (@ivf.surrogacy.diary) on Jun 5, 2020 at 5:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Lockwood, had struggled with infertility for years, experiencing four failed embryo transfers, two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy. After a dilation and curettage (D&amp;C) procedure left Lockwood with problematic scar tissue in her uterus, she and her husband Aaron turned to the idea of using a gestational carrier.</p> <p>“Most Americans cannot afford a gestational carrier,” said Lockwood’s fertility specialist, Dr. Brian Kaplan of Fertility Centers of Illinois. “It’s over $100,000.”</p> <p>Loving offered to be daughter’s surrogate, but Kaplan wasn’t convinced.</p> <p>“My immediate reaction was, ‘This is not a good thing,’” said Kaplan, who has done more than 20,000 in vitro fertilisation procedures in the span of his 29-year career. “Normally a gestational carrier should be under 40 years, but in medicine you have to look at an individual and personalise it.”</p> <p>After a series of intense testing, Loving was given the green light.</p> <p>“Fortunately she got pregnant the very first time with the very first embryo,” Kaplan shared. “I’ve been with Breanna for years with so much trauma and intensity — the resilience was mind-boggling. If she did not have her mom, she wouldn’t have a baby.”</p> <p>In the second post since baby Briar’s arrival, Lockwood shared she is “Just living in new mama bliss!” and updated followers that her mum is recovering and enjoying her rest.</p>

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Princess Diana’s brother gives rare glimpse into childhood life

<p>Charles Spencer has posted a rare throwback photograph with his sister, Princess Diana, on to Twitter</p> <p>The siblings were shot standing side by side, with a much taller Diana wrapping her arm around her brother.</p> <p>Earl Spencer, 56, shared the sweet photo with no caption and royal fans swarmed the comment to praise the royal.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/lpZXrQNsid">pic.twitter.com/lpZXrQNsid</a></p> — Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) <a href="https://twitter.com/cspencer1508/status/1325016523073875969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"Her legacy and influence remains and in fact gets stronger and stronger as years go by. It's unbelievable how much she is still loved," one Twitter user wrote.</p> <p>"She showed the way, and she is dearly missed by charities. She could move mountains."</p> <p>Another wrote: "Such a lovely photo! No one will ever replace Diana, she was unique, as your [funeral] speech at Westminster Abbey expressed so well.”</p> <p>The photo has been shared following the Earl's public accusations that the BBC sent him a "piecemeal apology" for using fake documents to secure Diana's famous Panorama TV Interview 25 years ago.</p> <p>The interview is what launched journalist Martin Bashir to fame, as it is where Diana famously said there were "three of us" in her marriage to Prince Charles ­– a reference to his mistress Camilla Parker Bowles.</p> <p>Spencer has been vocal on Twitter about the ordeal.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">1/2 Many people are, quite understandably, asking why I’ve waited till now to come forward with the truth about how the <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCPanorama?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BBCPanorama</a> with my sister came about. While I knew that Martin Bashir used fake bank statements and other dishonesty to get my sister to do the interview,...</p> — Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) <a href="https://twitter.com/cspencer1508/status/1325369386648154113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"Many people are, quite understandably, asking why I've waited till now to come forward with the truth about how the @BBCPanorama with my sister came about," he wrote.</p> <p>"While I knew that Martin Bashir used fake bank statements and other dishonesty to get my sister to do the interview … what I only found out 2 weeks ago, thanks to journalist Andy Webb's persistent use of the Freedom of Information Act, is that the BBC also knew. Not only knew about it, but that they covered it up."</p> <p>The Sunday Times revealed in October that Bashir created fake bank statements in an orchestrated effort to convince Spencer and Princess Diana that staff were leaking information about her.</p> <p>A 1996 BBC internal investigation said the documents had "no bearing" on the prospect of the interview, but Spencer accused the network of "sheer dishonesty".</p> <p>A family friend of the family labelled Bashir "awful", and told The Sunday Times that the forged bank statements were key to the interview taking place.</p> <p>"Without Spencer, Bashir wouldn't have got to her," they said</p> <p>BBC Director-General Tim Davie has reportedly issued an apology to the Earl.</p> <p>After new claims about these documents came to light the BBC released the following statement:</p> <p>"Martin Bashir is seriously unwell so we are unable to put these questions to him. We would urge you to consider carefully the implications of running a story where the central figure concerned is unable to provide a right of reply.</p> <p>"BBC records from the period indicate that Martin had explained to the BBC that the documents had been shown to Earl Spencer, and that they were not shown to the Princess of Wales. They indicate that Martin had met the Princess of Wales before the mocked-up documentation existed."</p> <p>Bashir is reportedly battling COVID-19.</p>

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The 10 cuddliest and most affectionate dog breeds

<p>Like humans, dogs are each individual with distinctive personality traits, but some breeds are notoriously more affectionate and love to cuddle up next to their humans. Many dogs crave connection just as people do, so chances are if they want to sleep next to you at night, they are looking to create that special bond (or maybe they just want an extra treat). These pups will make the perfect snuggle buddies, adventure partner, and overall best friend.</p> <p><strong>1. Great Dane</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838697/01-great-dane-dog-and-child-shutterstock_230355919-770.jpg" alt="Great Dane" data-udi="umb://media/20b5f08148e34a328e62141007800c91" /></strong></p> <p>“It may seem counterintuitive, but Great Danes love to cuddle,” said editor Bobbie Abdallah. Originally known as the gentle giant, they adore snuggling up to the people that they love and don’t handle being alone very well. As Great Danes tower over other dogs and most humans on their hind legs, just the sight of them may make people cower, but they are one of the most patient and friendly pups around.</p> <p><strong>2. Pug</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838698/02pug-dog-and-woman-shutterstock_1439709107-770.jpg" alt="Pug" data-udi="umb://media/fee38206b6b9436aaf4c561fd18e2678" /></p> <p>“Pugs have earned the nickname ‘velcro pugs’ because they stick to their humans like velcro,” says writer Candy Pilar Godoy. “They follow their owners from room to room and have zero notion of personal space.” Originally bred for Chinese royalty, these tiny pups were intended to be lap dogs making them extremely affectionate towards humans. They love to be the centre of attention, and generally like to stick close to the people they love.</p> <p><strong>3. Golden Retriever</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838699/03golden-retriever-dog-and-girl-shutterstock_1036133830-770.jpg" alt="Golden Retriever" data-udi="umb://media/05923dcf4e78423ab285fc337fec189b" /></p> <p>This one comes as no surprise to most of us. Retrievers, both Golden and Labrador, are known to be one of the most loving dog breeds. They are intelligent, easy to train, and the top dog for families. “I’ve personally seen young children playing with these breeds for long periods of time where other breeds would run off. Retrievers will lie down and soak up the attention and give just as much affection back,” claimed Wesley Oaks, founder of Oddly Cute Pets.</p> <p><strong>4. Dachshund</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838700/04-daschund-dog-and-child-shutterstock_201032174-770.jpg" alt="Dachshund" data-udi="umb://media/97da12ecd1f244db87cd49ec5aa3928b" /></p> <p>Known for their tiny frame and oddly striking features, these small dogs love to snuggle up next to their human. “Dachshunds are known for their loving and tender personality and will happily spoon with you on the floor, burrow under your bed sheets at night, and be rocked like a baby in your arms if it means they get more time with their favourite person,” said Steph Wiggins, founder of dog gear company DJANGO.</p> <p><strong>5. Alaskan Klee Kai</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838701/05alaskan-klee-kai-dog-and-child-shutterstock_39704326-770.jpg" alt="Alaskan Klee Kai" data-udi="umb://media/a42a04989a584252a6d26f12fca9058d" /></p> <p>“I would say Alaskan Klee Kai are among the most affectionate breeds that I’ve encountered,” said Kieran Beckles. According to the Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, this breed of dog can become very attached to their owners and that’s certainly the case with my dogs, says Beckles. These small dogs have large personalities and love to be around their human at all times.</p> <p><strong>6. Boxer</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838702/06boxer-dog-and-man-shutterstock_159463067-770.jpg" alt="Boxer" data-udi="umb://media/0fc432f30e7b4a439dc79d15e59514e6" /></p> <p>Boxer’s are known to be on the quieter side, but they remain extremely dedicated to their human and love to show them through snuggling. They are often referred to as ‘shadows’ as they will follow you around the house. They mature faster than other dogs, slowing down around the age of three or four. Boxers will happily lay next to you and will fully embrace your cuddles after a long day of exercise which this breed needs a lot of.</p> <p><strong>7. Rottweiler</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838703/07rottweiler-dog-and-child-shutterstock_1303858480-770.jpg" alt="Rottweiler" data-udi="umb://media/884dd714d6e541b788120e7df2d5616b" /></p> <p>“I personally own a Rottweiler and she’s a 50kg lovebug,” explains dog trainer Danielle Mühlenberg. Rottweilers are known to be overly suspicious of strangers and are often touted in the media as dogs that should be feared, but these dogs love cuddling just as much as retrievers.</p> <p><strong>8. Newfoundland</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838704/08newfoundland-dog-and-child-shutterstock_1205526541-770.jpg" alt="Newfoundland" data-udi="umb://media/c9f66e4869b64a56b89c3a13edfb4311" /></p> <p>The Newfoundland is another gentle giant like the Great Dane. They are friendly and very calm, any if trained properly will show affection towards children. “Because they require an active lifestyle and enjoy being outdoors, they’re perfect for dog owners that hike and exercise by day and lounge around by night,” said Mühlenberg. “Newfoundlands are the big teddy bears of dogs, making them the ultimate cuddle partner once it’s time to kick back.” These gentle giants will also not show aggression through biting.</p> <p><strong>9. Bichon Frise</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838705/09bichon-frise-dog-and-woman-shutterstock_579843883-770.jpg" alt="Bichon Frise" data-udi="umb://media/47616fe3dae24352b2cae009f2a55307" /></p> <p>Bichon Frise are miniature bundles of energy and affection. People are drawn to them because of their fluffy, cottonball appearance, and they are just as huggable as they look. They love to cuddle as much as they love to play so after a long day at the park, they will happily snuggle up next to you on the couch. Because the Bichon Frise is so affectionate, they thrive in households where they have company most of the time.</p> <p><strong>10. Staffy</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838706/10banjo-staffy-lily_770.jpg" alt="Staffy" data-udi="umb://media/89b6d244cb3c449c838e4e77f5a5dd54" /></p> <p>Often misunderstood, Staffordshire bull terriers (whether English or American) are extremely loyal, warm and very goofy pups. “Even though they usually get a bad rap, many of these dogs love to cuddle,” says veterinary consultant Sara Ochoa. As with any dog, proper socialisation, training, and some TLC will make staffys the best companions.</p> <p>Images: Shutterstock</p> <p><em>Written by Emma Taubenfeld. This article first appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/food-home-garden/pets/11-most-affectionate-dog-breeds-that-love-to-cuddle" target="_blank">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a rel="noopener" href="https://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB" target="_blank">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p>

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Most likely names for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s baby

<p><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span></p> <p>Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child in early 2021, and already speculation is intensifying on what they will name their baby.</p> <p>According to betting odds released by BetVictor in the UK, there are three names people are stuck on for the little royal!</p> <p>They are Alice for a girl and Arthur or Henry at equal odds for a boy.</p> <p>All three are at 9/1 odds.</p> <p>This has changed since the pregnancy was announced when Victoria and Arthur were the frontrunners.</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/CFjXPhpFPpJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFjXPhpFPpJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a> on Sep 25, 2020 at 1:18am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Eugenie and Jack's pregnancy announcement is the good news that royal fans have been desperate to hear all year," Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes said at the time.</p> <p>"The early betting suggests they may opt for Arthur or Victoria, but we can't rule out a slightly more left-field royal name."</p> <p>Alice is believed to have special meaning to Eugenie as it was the name of Prince Philip’s mother.</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/BxAA9otl5c9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxAA9otl5c9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a> on May 3, 2019 at 5:22am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The names Arthur and Henry are both of special significance to the royal family considering Arthur is the middle name of three royals - Prince William, Prince Charles, and Prince Louis.</p> <p>Henry is the real name of Prince Harry and has strong ties with the British Royal Family.</p> <p>Other votes for a girl include Grace at 14/1, Victoria at 14/1, Alexandra at 14/1, Diana at 18/1 and Isabella at 22/1.</p> <p>If the baby is a boy other suggested names include Thomas at 12/1, Godfrey at 14/1, George at 18/1 and Charles at 20/1.</p> <p>Eugenie and Jack may opt for an unusual name as the world saw with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who chose to name their first child Archie.</p>

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Prince Charles sad over missing out on watching Archie grow up

<p>The royal family have expressed sadness over not being able to watch little Archie grow up.</p> <p>According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8901171/Prince-Charles-sad-not-seeing-grandson-Archie-year.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>, Prince Charles has spoken of his sadness at “not seeing Archie for a year” after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left the UK in late 2019.</p> <p>An insider told the publication: “The Prince of Wales enjoyed popping into Frogmore Cottage to see his youngest grandchild and is sad that he hasn’t seen him for so long.</p> <p>“He has missed much of his development since he is now growing up in the USA.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 290.234375px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838596/archie-charles-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a493029098f24bef8bfa5b83fb68e91a" /></p> <p>In November of 2019, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the UK for a six-week break in Canada.</p> <p>While they did return to the UK twice, little Archie was not in tow with them.</p> <p>Reports claim that Archie’s granddad Prince Charles isn’t the only member sad at missing seeing Archie grow up.</p> <p> “Everyone really misses Archie – they feel it’s particularly sad for the Queen and Prince Philip,” the insider went on to say</p> <p>“Harry always said he looked forward to raising his family with William’s – which of course is not now happening.”</p> <p>LA-based Meghan and Harry are expected to return to the UK in January but may choose not to attend due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p>

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