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Michelle Obama’s surprising marriage confession

<p>The former First Lady of the United States has revealed that her and husband Barack Obama, who many look at as the pinnacle of a stable relationship, went through marriage counselling in a candid interview.</p> <p>The 54-year-old sat down with <em>Good Morning America</em> and said that her relationship with Barack is like any other marriage.</p> <p>“I know too many young couples who struggle and think there’s something wrong with them and I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and love each other, we work on our marriage,” she said to interviewer Robin Roberts.</p> <p>Michelle and Barack, who met for the first time at a law practice they were both working at, credit marriage counselling for teaching them ways to take care of themselves and each other.</p> <p>“Marriage counselling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences. What I learnt about myself was my happiness was up to me,” she told Roberts.</p> <p>The full interview aired on Tuesday this week on <em>Good Morning America</em> and was the same day Michelle’s first book, <em>Becoming</em>, was released.</p> <p>The memoir is an inside look into the life of the former First Lady as she shares her struggles and triumphs throughout her life.</p> <p>One particular struggle was the difficulty she faced when trying to conceive before welcoming her two daughters Malia and Sasha.</p> <p>“We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well,” she writes in her book, according to <em>The Associated Press</em>.</p> <p>“We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt.”</p> <p>But the couple soon had Malia and Sasha with the help of IVF.</p> <p>Are you keen to read Michelle Obama's new book<span> </span><em>Becoming</em>? Let us know in the comments below.  </p>

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The one person stopping Fergie and Prince Andrew from remarrying

<p>Although Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson split in 1996, the couple still continue to live together at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.</p> <p>Despite their past, the duo continue to display an amicable relationship in public and have afternoon tea together with their daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.</p> <p>Now, the Duchess of York has addressed the longstanding rumour that the only thing stopping them from remarrying is Prince Philip.</p> <p>According to W Magazine, Philip bears a "long-standing hatred" toward Fergie for the infamous photos that captured American businessman John Bryan sucking her toes.</p> <p>"We know he would oppose any remarriage, that’s why we all say it can only happen after he has gone," said a friend of the couple.</p> <p>Speaking to the <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Daily Mail</u></em></strong></a>, Fergie responded to the age-old question – will they remarry?</p> <p>“So many people have asked me that, but we’re so happy with the way we are right now," she said.</p> <p>“We enjoy each other’s company; we allow each other to blossom. I know it sounds like a fairytale but that’s the way we are.”</p> <p>Fergie praised Prince Andrew for his work for his country.</p> <p>“My duty is to him. I am so proud of him. I stand by him and always will. The way we are is our fairytale,” she gushed.</p> <p>“Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other. The Yorks are a united family. We’ve shown it. You saw it at the wedding.</p> <p>“We stand up for each other, fight for each other. We’re totally respectful of each other’s position and thoughts and we listen to each other. Our children listen to us, too.</p> <p>“And we sit round the table and have afternoon tea together. It’s a very important part of our lives.”</p> <p>The duo’s relationship continues to baffle royal spectators 22 years after their high-profile split.</p> <p>“We’re the happiest divorced couple in the world. We’re divorced to each other, not from each other.”</p> <p>In the interview, Fergie also opened up about the heartbreak of not having her “best friend” Princess Diana present at Eugenie’s wedding last month.</p> <p>“I thought of absent friends and family; of Diana — but she’s with me all the time,” the 59-year-old said.</p> <p>“What I miss most is her tinkling laughter.”</p> <p>Diana and Fergie grew up together, with the duo being distantly related and their parents going to school together.</p> <p>“Diana was my best friend and the funniest person I knew. She had such timing and wit.”</p> <p>“It was a total joy to be with her because we just laughed and enjoyed life so much, and I know she would have loved the wedding.”</p> <p>Eugenie married James Brooksbank on October 12 at Windsor Castle. </p>

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The best way for adult children and parents to communicate

<p><strong><em>Susan Krauss Whitbourne is a professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She writes the Fulfilment at Any Age blog for Psychology Today.</em></strong></p> <p>When I speak with other <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/parenting">parents</a></span> of adult children, I often wonder if I am being a negligent parent. Since sending our children off to college, to jobs, or <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/marriage">marriage</a></span>, some of my friends talk to and text their children endlessly. I, on the other hand, do not. I notice disbelief on their faces when I report not speaking to my married son for two-week stretches at a time.</p> <p>Adult children – particularly daughters as I learned from the research for my book <span><a href="http://amzn.to/1R7szpy">Nobody’s Baby Now: Reinventing Your Adult Relationship with Your Mother and Father</a></span> – report speaking with a parent two, three or more times a day in conversations that range from important to trivial. Mobile phones and texting have made sharing information inexpensive, easy and more immediate. But, is keeping in close or constant touch – in any mode of communication – beneficial for parents?</p> <p>Current forms of communication can be frustrating for parents. Many adult children don’t answer their mobile phones; they keep the voicemail boxes full; and if you can leave a message, it’s doubtful they listen to it. Emails don’t get read unless you send a text to alert them to read your email.</p> <p>However as one study reveals, parental feelings after contact with grown children are varied; they can be quite uplifting or upsetting in different circumstances. In short, it may be a mixed blessing that you can’t reach your adult child.</p> <p><strong>How contact with grown children affects parents’ mood</strong></p> <p>Calling and texting grown children – versus face-to-face interaction – may not be the emotionally best choice for parents. In the study, “The Ties That Bind: <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/mid-life">Midlife</a></span> Parents’ Daily Experiences With Grown Children,” lead author Karen Fingerman at the University of Texas, Austin, found that 96 percent of the sampled 247 parents with children over the age of 18 spoke with, texted or saw them in person during a one-week period.  A surprising number had daily contact.</p> <p>But researchers wanted to know whether the mode of communication was influenced by the quality of the parent-child relationship, and if the encounters had a significant impact on the mood and wellbeing of the parent.</p> <p><strong>A mixed bag of reactions</strong></p> <p>“Pleasant and stressful experiences with grown children were associated with parents’ positive and negative daily moods,” the study found.</p> <p>Fingerman and her <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/teamwork">team</a></span> used daily diaries for parents to report their contact intervals and whether their interaction was pleasant or negative. Of the many parents that communicated with their children in the study week, 88 percent spoke on the phone, three-fourths saw them in person and two thirds texted. “Nearly all” subjects laughed or had a pleasant interaction.</p> <p>But, more than 50 percent had stressful experiences, such as a child “getting on nerves,” or having thoughts of <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/anxiety">anxiety </a></span>over children. Most parents experienced either an overall positive or an overall negative communication, with few having neutral interactions.</p> <p><strong>The most rewarding ways to stay in touch</strong></p> <p>The quality of the parent-child relationship does matter; both the frequency of contact and its <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/environment">nature</a></span> hinge on it. Parents who had more positive relationships with their adult children were more likely to report daily contact using all three modes of communication (phone, text, in person). Those who rated their overall relationship as positive were almost one and a half times likelier to see their children in person.</p> <p>Also notable is that parents reported more negative relationship quality when they communicated with children via phone or text message. By contrast, in-person parent-child contact was not significantly associated with more negative relationships.</p> <p>One aspect of the study questioned what kinds of relationships were more rife with parental worry; researchers questioned whether positive relationships had more parents worrying about children – wondering about their wellbeing, for example. The opposite was found: “Stressful thoughts were more likely to occur regarding offspring with whom parents had less positive relationship qualities.”</p> <p><strong>Positive chats heal negative interactions</strong></p> <p>A positive <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/therapy-types/parent-child-interaction-therapy-pcit">parent-child interaction</a></span> appeared to “mitigate the effects” of a negative one no matter which adult child caused the initial parental upset on a given day:</p> <p>“A grown child may call with a problem, upsetting the parent. Later that day, the same child or a different child may call and share a joke at work or a funny story about how his or her toddler sings the ABCs to fall asleep. The amusing story may alleviate the distress over the problem.”</p> <p>How do you communicate with your adult children? How often? Do they ignore your phone calls, texts and emails? Are in-person visits less upsetting than your electronic connections? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by Susan Krauss Whitbourne. Republished with permission of <strong><u><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com">Psychology Today</a>. </u></strong></em></p>

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Man set to marry 9th wife two days after they met

<p><span>Ron Shepard, 70, is Britain’s most famous monogamist and is set to marry a 32-year-old after his latest fiancé, 28-year-old Cristel Lalec, dumped him in November 2017. </span></p> <p><span>Ron, who has been married eight times – with his relationships spanning a variation of lengths, ranging from 11 years to just 8 months – admitted, “I have been lonely over the last 10 months and I just want to be with someone who I can love and trust.”</span></p> <p><span>The 70-year-old was married to his seventh wife Wan when he met a young 15-year-old Cristel for the first time – a mutual friend of Wan’s – whilst on holiday in Thailand with a group of friends.</span></p> <p><span>Shortly after his next marriage to wife number 8, Weng, ended, Ron proposed to Cristel.</span></p> <p><span>Cristel, who is planning to be wife number 9, initiated the relationship with Ron on an online adult dating site, reports <em><u>The Sun</u></em>. </span></p> <p><span>“She messaged me on Friday and we’ve spoken loads since and she said she doesn’t want to speak to anyone else,” Ron informed <em>The Sun</em>.</span></p> <p><span>Meanwhile, Ron continues to boast about his female pursuers, claiming, “It’s been incredible. I’ve got 60 pages of notifications from women of all ages, including married ones who want to have a fling.”</span></p> <p><span>Ron is a father to eight children from his previous marriages, and admitted, “People have said if I keep going I’ll end up with a football team. I think it’s a case of just wait and see.”</span></p> <p><strong><span>Ron’s previous marriages:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li><span>Margaret – 1966, married for 2 years with three children before divorcing in 1968.</span></li> <li><span>Jeanette – 1973, married for one year.</span></li> <li><span>Lesley – 1976, Lesley and Ron had two sons together before he walked out in 1981.</span></li> <li><span>Kathy – 1982, married for four years with one daughter before splitting.</span></li> <li><span>Sue – 1986, Sue and Ron shared 11 years of marriage and had two sons. She eventually threw him out in 1997.</span></li> <li><span>Usha – 1999, married four years.</span></li> <li><span>Wan – 2003, moved home to Bangkok after 8 months of marriage.</span></li> <li><span>Weng – 2004, parted ways in 2015</span></li> </ol> <p><span> What do you think of Ron marrying for a 9th time? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. </span></p>

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Roger Federer reveals the one thing he refuses to do without his wife

<p>He is widely considered to be the greatest male tennis player of all time and now, fans have gotten a glimpse into the romantic side of Roger Federer.</p> <p>The 37-year-old Swiss champion has confessed that he refuses to sleep in a bed without his wife of nine years by his side.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/"><strong style="font-style: inherit;"><em><u>The Sunday Times</u></em></strong></a>, Federer explained that his wife, Mirka, and their children travel everywhere with him when he is on tour.</p> <p>The couple’s four children – twin girls Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, 9, and twin boys Lenny and Leo, 4 – are home-schooled so they can travel across the world with their parents.</p> <p>Federer admitted that he has had to change “a ton” of nappies between matches but there is one thing that he will never compromise.</p> <p>“I refuse to leave the bed with my wife. We always wanted to have kids, but my dream was to be with [her] and not in another bedroom on another floor,” he said. </p> <p>“I'd rather sleep with kids screaming than away from my wife,” he added.</p> <p>Although he’s currently accompanied by his children’s nanny and teacher when he tours, the World No 3 said he will enroll his children into a mainstream school in Switzerland when he retires.</p> <p>However, the tennis legend refused to reveal whether he had any plans to walk away from playing competitively.</p> <p>Federer said that all he cared about were his “wife, children and friends”, and if he won more tournaments “fantastic” but if not “it’s all good”.</p> <p>Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male player. </p>

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7 ways you're jinxing your own happiness

<p><strong><em>Susan Krauss Whitbourne is a professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She writes the Fulfilment at Any Age blog for Psychology Today.</em></strong></p> <p>Your next vacation is months away, and as you make your hotel and air reservations, a small and annoying thought creeps into your consciousness. What if someone in your group gets sick, and you’re not able to go? Or maybe you’re planning to visit a part of the world that’s prone to storms and/or earthquakes. What if one of those calamities strikes? You would definitely feel bad for the people whose lives are disrupted by these horrific events, but you couldn't help but feel cheated out of a good time by factors outside of your control should these occur.</p> <p>Thinking ahead to an event that should be enjoyable with these annoying feelings of trepidation can undoubtedly detract from the pleasure of the experience altogether. Part of the fun of such pleasant events as going on vacation, attending a wedding (or having your own), or seeing a concert or play is the thrill you get of counting down as the big day gets closer and closer. By the same token, after the event is over, you can now think back on it with pleasure, as you recall its high points, or you can focus on all the things that went wrong. Even worse, while in the midst of what should be a pleasurable occasion, you find it impossible not to think that it will soon end.</p> <p>These types of ruminations fall into the category of common mindset traps in your “mental time travel”. As noted by University of Exeter (in the United Kingdom) psychologist Barnaby Dunn and colleagues (2018), “much of our conscious life” is taken up by this type of thinking (p. 19). The authors note that when the mental time travel takes on a negative cast, people will not work as hard to get the rewards associated with pleasant events, nor will they learn from their experiences. Their “affect as information” perspective proposes that “the actions we take are in large part shaped by the information conveyed by our affective experience” (p. 20). To be able to regulate your <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/motivation">motivation</a></span>, they argue, you should be able to “anticipate, experience and remember positive affect” (p. 20). If you can’t, those events you so eagerly await and remember will lose their ability to enhance your <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/happiness">happiness</a></span>.</p> <p>The tendency to dwell on the negative in imagining the future or remembering the past, as Dunn et al. point out, is a hallmark of <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/depression">depression</a></span>. By using a “dampening appraisal” of your experiences, you'll feel less of the hedonic pleasure that gives so much zest to life. While you’re in the middle of an enjoyable experience, if you have these thoughts, you’re bound to miss out on whatever good things are legitimately happening to you.</p> <p>Across two studies of undergraduate participants, the Exeter psychologists contrasted the impact of remembering a past event and anticipating one in the future with either “amplifying” or “dampening” instructions. The amplifying instructions encouraged a positive mood state by telling participants to think about their positive feelings “as the start of good things to come,” “about how you are living up to your potential”, and “how happy you feel”. In the dampening condition, participants were told to “think about why the feelings of positivity … are too good to last, why you don’t deserve these positive feelings and what things could go wrong as a result of these positive feelings” (p. 23).</p> <p>As the authors expected, participants experienced stronger feelings of sadness after the dampening instructions, even though the events they were either anticipating or recalling were inherently positive. The instructions to amplify their positive emotions had no impact on feelings of happiness among the participants. In other words, telling a person to “think positive” has less of an impact than telling a person not to “think negative.” In fact, as shown by a more detailed analysis of the findings, it seems that the dampening instructions actually magnify whatever dampening appraisals people ordinarily make of their life experiences.</p> <p>Let’s take a look, then, at what those dampening appraisals consist of. In a supplemental paper, the authors show which specific thoughts lead people to focus on the negative when thinking forward or backward about their experiences. See how much you agree with these 7 statements with regard to the way you feel about a positive event in your life:</p> <ol> <li><strong> You think about things that could go wrong.</strong></li> <li><strong> You think, “I don’t deserve this.”</strong></li> <li><strong> You think, “My streak of luck is going to end soon.”</strong></li> <li><strong> You remind yourself that these feelings won’t last.</strong></li> <li><strong> You think about the things that have not gone well for you.</strong></li> <li><strong> You think about how hard it is to concentrate.</strong></li> <li><strong> You think, “People will think I am bragging.”</strong></li> </ol> <p>If you’re agreeing more than you’re disagreeing with these statements, it means that you will have trouble finding joy in your experiences. As the Dunn et al. study showed, furthermore, these thoughts don’t just impair your <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/memory">memories</a></span> for the past. When you dredge up these thoughts as you plan an event such as a vacation, party or night on the town, you’re <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/priming">priming</a></span> yourself to let your thoughts wander in a pessimistic direction. In the words of the authors, “If an individual engages in dampening appraisals, recalling a positive memory and anticipating a positive future event turns into an active negative mood induction (rather than simply a less effective positive mood induction).” It becomes hard to escape this negative mood induction once it’s activated.</p> <p>The British findings have interesting implications for the treatment of people with a depressive disorder. If you’re trying to encourage these individuals to focus on the positive, your efforts to counteract the feelings of sadness would either be ineffective or perhaps even backfire. Instead, you’d have better luck by having them identify and then try to lessen those thoughts that would most likely jinx their happiness.</p> <p>We don’t know exactly why people who engage in negative prognostication or recall allow their dampening appraisals to take over. Perhaps you’re planning a vacation for only some, but not all, of your family, or perhaps you’re a little worried that you can’t afford the expense. <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/basics/guilt">Guilt </a></span>about enjoying yourself under these circumstances could lead you to twist positive into negative anticipation. Similarly, remembering an experience in which you had fun, but not everyone else did, could prime the guilt pump.</p> <p>Fulfillment in your day-to-day experiences involves getting the most out of them, both before and after they occur. By learning to avoid the jinx trap, yours will be that much more enjoyable.</p> <p><em>Written by Susan Krauss Whitbourne. Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Psychology Today</strong></span></a>. </em></p>

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Heartbreaking twist after wedding ring lost 20 years ago is found

<p>After nearly two decades of being lost, a wedding ring has been found and returned to its rightful owners.</p> <p>On Monday, a group of treasure hunters from Canada’s Calgary Metal Detecting Club were tracking something that led one member named Paul into a lake.</p> <p>After searching deep within the lake, Paul emerged with a wedding band that had become buried at the bottom, engraved with the names “Karl” and “Palma”.</p> <p>Paul immediately took the ring to a local business, so they could help him track down the owners of the valuable item.</p> <p>An employee of the business, named Karin, contacted a popular Calgary blog called <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Crackmacs</em>, which posted a photo of the ring on social media to find who it belonged to.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCrackmacs%2Fphotos%2Fa.1021486787866426%2F2403234163025008%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="502" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Crackmacs wrote: “She simply asked that if whoever owns the ring could give her the date, she’ll return it, easy peasy. A long shot but who knows, right?”</p> <p>Thanks to the post going viral, the couple was identified within an hour.</p> <p>However, the discovery came through a 2012 obituary announcing Palma’s death, “predeceased by her husband Karl”.</p> <p>The clue helped Karin track down the couple’s son and granddaughter online, and she was able to arrange with them a time to return the family’s lost ring.</p> <p>Karin later learned that the family had been at the beach having a picnic 20 years ago when Karl’s ring fell off in the water.</p> <p>He and his sons searched the water and nearby area for hours, with sadly no luck.</p> <p>The loss of his wedding band continued to devastate Karl, particularly after he suffered from a stroke, which kept bringing back memories of losing the ring.</p> <p>Karl’s son revealed that his heartbreak over losing his wedding ring continued to resurface until he died at the age of 67.</p> <p>When Karin returned the ring to Karl’s family 20 years after it first went missing, his loved ones placed it on Karl’s gravestone.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10156920437414664%26set%3Da.45314294663%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="248" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The reunion between the family and the ring also coincided with the sixth anniversary of Palma’s passing, making the visit even more poignant with emotion.</p> <p>Karin and Paul met the family at the cemetery for the special reunion, thankful that the wedding band had finally made it home.</p> <p>Have you or someone you know ever lost your wedding ring? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The sweet nickname Duchess Meghan is called in the palace

<p>Princess Diana was famously known as the “People’s Princess” and now, with Duchess Meghan stealing the hearts of royalists around the world, the palace has given her a nickname previously belonging to her late mother-in-law.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/10/meghan-markle-princess-diana-nickname/amp?__twitter_impression=true" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a></em>, an insider close to the royal family said, “I’ve heard the Duchess is referred to as Di 2, because of the similarities to Harry’s mother. It’s meant affectionately, and I think it’s quite true – they are rather alike.”</p> <p>Regardless of who Prince Harry chose as his wife, it’s inevitable that she would be compared to the royal’s late mother, who left behind a legacy and is considered the woman who broke down the royal walls and chose to bond with everyday citizens.</p> <p>But despite that, Duchess Meghan has already proven to not only embody Diana through her wardrobe, as she chooses to wear her jewellery and similar dresses, but also through her kindness and her desire to bring change to the world.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821655/meghandi1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d915cb2e199e4b91891dae0ddba68676" /></p> <p>Her rebellious nature is reminding the world of Princess Diana, who had a penchant to break protocol.</p> <p>“I’m often reminded of Diana when I photograph Meghan,” said royal photographer Mark Stewart to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/10/meghan-markle-princess-diana-nickname/amp?__twitter_impression=true" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a></em>. “Their wardrobes are quite similar; Meghan loves great tailoring and block of colour, just like Diana did.</p> <p>“I remember photographing Diana in Japan, when she stepped out in a red and white spotted outfit. Meghan’s wardrobe choices on this tour really reminded me of Diana’s, like the red dress she wore when she arrived in Tonga. It was pure Diana, honouring the national colours of the island before Meghan had even said a word.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821656/meghandi2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3e8f6dceea9b490aa777694750be3012" /></p> <p>Throughout the Duke and Duchess’s 16-day tour, the Duchess of Sussex has been spotted <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/lifestyle/beauty-style/duchess-meghan-dazzles-in-princess-diana-s-jewels-on-royal-tour">wearing jewellery from Diana’s collection</a>, such as the butterfly earrings she wore in Sydney and the beautiful aquamarine ring in Tonga.</p> <p>“I don’t think we’ve seen a royal like Diana until now,” said Stewart about Meghan.</p> <p>And while Meghan has a lot to live up to, the Duchess of Sussex may soon be titled the “People’s Duchess”. </p>

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan reveal the one thing that didn’t go to plan at their wedding

<p>When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan tied the knot on May 19, it was estimated that 2 billion people across the globe tuned in to watch their ceremony.</p> <p>Despite the pressure of fans tuning in from all over the world, many helping hands on deck and months of intricate planning, even the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s big day faced some last minute hiccups.</p> <p>In a series of interviews recorded for an exhibit currently on display at Windsor Castle, titled ‘A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, the couple shared one mishap they faced on the morning of their wedding.</p> <p>After the royal wedding, Kensington Palace informed fans that Harry personally picked the forget-me-nots that featured in his bride's bouquet.</p> <p>“We have a very small garden here that we had been planting things in the fall for and what was really special, I think, was that the morning of the wedding Harry went in and he picked some flowers to go into my bouquet, which was really beautiful and something that makes it sentimental and really meaningful,” says Meghan in one of the interviews, reported <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/10/harry-meghan-reveal-wedding-details"><em>Vanity Fair</em>.</a></strong></span></p> <p>However, the flowers, which were reportedly Princess Diana’s favourite, caused some issues for the 34-year-old groom.</p> <p>Harry explained: "We didn’t have as many flowers in our little garden as we had hoped for because I think it snowed at Easter! That kind of ruined the whole thing!”</p> <p>In the end, Meghan’s bouquet looked beautiful, containing a mix of sweet pea, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia as well as myrtle.</p> <p>The 37-year-old former actress is not the only royal who had some issues with her wedding bouquet.</p> <p>When the Queen got married in 1947, the then-Princess Elizabeth managed to lose her flowers.</p> <p>David Longman, who designed Princess Diana’s bouquet, revealed during an interview: “It got lost. So in the middle of their honeymoon, they had to get dressed up again in their wedding clothes and my father had to provide another bouquet for those photographs."</p> <p>Longman added, “Now we make two bouquets so that doesn’t happen again.”</p> <p>Did you encounter any mishaps on your wedding day? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Palace divided: Why Prince William and Prince Harry are planning to go their separate ways

<p>Prince William and Prince Harry’s brotherly bond is one that has flourished in front of the world, despite the many pressures and hardships they have faced together.</p> <p>It is common for the young generation of royals – William, Kate, Harry and Meghan – to be spotted together at various engagements, with some even dubbing them the royal version of the Fab Four.</p> <p>However, there are reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning a formal division of their joint household, Kensington Palace.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk"><em><strong><u>The Sunday Times</u></strong></em></a>’ royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah, the dynamic will change after Harry and Meghan welcome their first child into the world.</p> <p>"The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex are preparing to go their separate ways," says Nikkhah. </p> <p>"William and Harry are considering plans to split the Kensington Palace household and create two separate courts as their future roles with Kate and Meghan diverge," she adds.  </p> <p>The royal residence of Kensington Palace comprises of a main palace and additional homes on the grounds.</p> <p>It also operates as management of the young royals and their duties.</p> <p>Harry and Meghan currently reside in a cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds but it is expected they will move into an apartment in the main palace as they await the birth of their baby.</p> <p>In the future, William’s responsibilities will continue to increase as he prepares to become king, while Harry will branch out into a different set of responsibilities.</p> <p>“There is a gulf in the style and approach to the type of work that William and Kate will increasingly do as future head of state and consort, and Harry and Meghan, who have more of a blank canvas with their roles," says a royal insider at <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Sunday Times</em>.</p> <p>"[The] William and Harry double-act has naturally been supplanted by the two couples and their families," <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Times</em>’ insider continues.</p> <p>They add: "When William becomes the Prince of Wales, he will take on a lot of extra responsibility, including the Duchy of Cornwall and all that entails. Harry and Meghan have none of that, and seem ambitious about forging their own paths."</p> <p>Harry and Meghan will continue to focus on their work for mental health, disability, veterans and youth.</p> <p>While the brothers won’t live too far away from each other, splitting Kensington Palace will accommodate their growing families.</p> <p>The much-loved brothers will continue to delight fans with their close-knit relationship but will have different levels of management to support their evolving royal roles.</p> <p>“The brothers have leant on each other and looked after each other since their mother died. But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before," confirmed <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Sunday Times</em> insider.</p> <p> "They have become different people with different outlooks on life. Splitting the household is the obvious thing to do."</p>

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Bindi Irwin opens up about marrying Chandler Powell

<p>Since going public with her relationship to Chandler Powell, Bindi Irwin has been plagued with several engagement rumours.</p> <p>Now, Bindi has set the record straight about her future with her American boyfriend of five years.</p> <p>The 20-year-old daughter of Steve Irwin confirmed that she is not yet engaged to her American boyfriend but hinted that it’s on the horizon.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://people.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>People</strong></em></span></a> magazine, Bindi said: “Four years, 10 months. We’re almost at our five-year mark. And it’s really exciting. We are taking things slow and we’re just enjoying life and the adventure.”</p> <p>“It’s interesting, as human beings we’re always so rushed with things, so you know, ‘When are you going to start dating?’ ‘When are you going to get married?’ ‘When are you going to have kids?’ When are you going to have another kid?’ Every single step.</p> <p>“And so I think we all need to just revel in the now.”</p> <p>However, the Aussie wildlife conservationist light-heartedly joked about what would happen when Chandler does pop the question.</p> <p>“I promise you I will call you the second we get engaged,” she joked.</p> <p>“It’s really exciting. And we have so many years ahead of us to enjoy the adventure of life together.”</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/Bl94UcinyRO/?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/Bl94UcinyRO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Your smile is sunshine and you light up my life. 💛</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/bindisueirwin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Bindi Irwin</a> (@bindisueirwin) on Aug 1, 2018 at 11:43pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bindi started dating the 21-year-old pro wakeboarder in 2013, after meeting when Chandler made a visit to Australia Zoo, which is owned by the Irwin family.</p> <p>In January, Chandler moved to Australia from America to be with his long-distance girlfriend.</p> <p>Recently, Bindi confessed that she believes her late father, who sadly died in 2006 after he was pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming, would have approved of her man.</p> <p>"It’s funny how that works. I’m lucky I have found the one, the person I want to spend all my time with,” she said.</p> <p>“Mum and Robert and I have talked about that a lot. We all think dad would have loved Chandler.”</p> <p>In a recent interview with US Weekly to promote the <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-irwin-family-announce-exciting-news"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>family’s new TV show</strong></span></a>, mum Terri Irwin shared her approval for Bindi’s partner.</p> <p>"I really think that this is a long-term situation. I mean, Chandler is perfect as well. I've never heard him swear. He doesn't drink. He's just awesome. He's the kind of man you hope for your daughter, so I think I'm lucky."</p>

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The heartbreaking story behind this note found by the side of a lake

<p>A school rowing club has shared the heartbreaking story behind a mystery note the team discovered at a lake.</p> <p>Earlier this week, a school rowing club from Sutton Coldfield in the UK went down to their local lake for a training session when they made the unexpected discovery.</p> <p>Tied to the gate was an emotional note from an anonymous woman who had visited the lake, asking for a very important favour.</p> <p><span style="font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit !important;">"This note was left on the gate at the water this afternoon," Bishop Vesey's Grammar School Rowing Club wrote on Twitter.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This note was left on the gate at the water this afternoon. No name or number left but whoever you are, rest assured your rose is in place in the middle of the lake. <a href="https://t.co/GAQcbQRSZJ">pic.twitter.com/GAQcbQRSZJ</a></p> — BVGS Rowing (@BVGSRowing) <a href="https://twitter.com/BVGSRowing/status/1052911464456081410?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The note read: "Please can someone throw this into the lake for me? My late husband’s ashes are in the lake and I can’t get to the lakeside in my wheelchair anymore and gates are locked – have to drive back up north tonight. Thank you x."</p> <p>Alongside the note, the widow left a single red rose.</p> <p>After reading the heartbreaking message, the rowing club made sure they fulfilled the woman’s wishes.</p> <p>"No name or number left but whoever you are, rest assured your rose is in place in the middle of the lake," the rowing club tweeted, sharing a photo of the rose in the middle of the water.</p> <p>Since sharing the woman’s emotional story, the rowing team’s tweet has received over 162,000 ‘likes’ and over 46,000 retweets.</p> <p>The story has been impactful for many users, with one even saying it has “restored their faith in humanity”.</p> <p>"I really hope karma exists, because you guys only deserve the very best," wrote one user.</p> <p>Another wrote: "It touched my old heart. Just a wonderful thing to do for someone you'll never know and I hope whomever this lady was she somehow finds out."</p> <p>Another added: "There are some wonderful, caring people in the world, if you can't find one, be one.” </p>

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The one thing Prince Harry has given up for his pregnant wife

<p>Prince Harry has given up his love of alcohol by not consuming the beverage for the last three months, all to support his wife, the Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>The royal, who was known for his wild antics and his partying ways, reportedly stopped drinking alcohol the moment he discovered Meghan was pregnant.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/7502079/prince-harry-gives-up-alcohol-support-meghan-pregnancy/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, a royal insider claimed, “Meghan obviously cannot drink during her pregnancy and Harry wants to be there to support here.</p> <p>“When they are in London, they have been spending more nights in together as he cannot go out drinking with friends like he used to.”</p> <p>The last time the famous couple were spotted drinking was in July, at an event in Dublin where they shared a glass of champagne together. The Duke and Duchess also caused a few whispers when they chose to skip Princess Eugenie’s wedding reception, an occasion where the alcohol was being served by the dozen.</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/Bo_QEK5nLor/?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/Bo_QEK5nLor/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Established in 1916, @TarongaZoo is Australia's oldest zoological park – their commitment to conservation science has culminated in the development of the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, whose work in forensic science has helped put controls in place to reduce illegal wildlife laundering. The new Institute, which will offer never-before seen learning opportunities for Australian students, was opened by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Sydney</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/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 16, 2018 at 2:04am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Taking to social media on Monday, Kensington Palace made the official announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together, with the baby news causing a frenzy worldwide.</span></p> <p>The post, which was shared via Twitter and Instagram, shows a photo of the happy couple and was released a few short hours after the pair landed in Sydney for their two-week tour and to host the Invictus Games.</p> <p>In his younger days, Prince Harry was infamous for going rogue as he learnt to adjust to life in the spotlight. A tabloid regular, the young royal was often photographed stumbling drunk out of bars and night clubs.</p> <p>In 2012, images of a naked Prince Harry were released to the public, after he was spotted at a Las Vegas hotel drinking heavily.</p> <p>But it’s safe to say that his rowdy partying lifestyle is now behind him, as he prioritises his royal duties and his devotion to be a good husband and an even better father above anything else.</p> <p>Meghan has previously spoken about her love for alcohol and a glass of wine, revealing in a 2015 interview, “It’s delicious and I enjoy it.”</p> <p>Before adding, “Do the things you enjoy within reason. Know your body and what works for you and you’ll be fine.”</p> <p>The Duchess also previously touched on her health and diet mantra in an interview with Best Health, where she admitted that she never wanted to feel “deprived” of the things she enjoys, because once you start placing restrictions on yourself, you start to “binge”.</p> <p>Instead, she believes in balance as she encourages “lifestyle eating”, not dieting.</p>

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Hillary Clinton's surprising comment about Bill’s affair with Monica Lewinsky

<p>While speaking about her husband’s presidential affair with then-22-year-old Monic Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton provided an unexpected answer.</p> <p>During an interview with <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sunday Morning</em> in the US, Mrs Clinton claimed that Bill Clinton’s affair wasn’t an abuse of power because Lewinsky “was an adult”.</p> <p>The response of the former First Lady was surprising considering her passion for championing gender equality and that her 2016 presidential campaign focused on her becoming the first female president if elected.</p> <p>When asked if her husband should’ve resigned the presidency after the affair was exposed, Mrs Clinton replied: “Absolutely not”.</p> <p>Pressed on whether it had been an abuse of power, as the president couldn’t have a consensual relationship with an intern, Mrs Clinton held her stance, reiterating that Lewinsky was old enough at the time.</p> <p>Mr Clinton was 49 years old when the affair took place.</p> <p>Mrs Clinton then focused on President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexually assaulting several women before the 2016 election.</p> <p>“Let me ask you this: Where’s the investigation of the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made and which he dismisses, denies and ridicules?” Mrs Clinton said.</p> <p>Regarding her husband’s affair, she said: “So there was an investigation, and it — as I believe — came out in the right place.”</p> <p>The US House voted to impeach Mr Clinton for an obstruction of justice and lying under oath, however, the US Senate later acquitted him and he remained as president.</p> <p>Despite the spotlight that has been placed on sexual misconduct with campaigns such as #MeToo, Mrs Clinton believes sexism is still rampant in politics.</p> <p>Mrs Clinton believes sexism, as well as the investigation into her e-mails and Russian election meddling, were the reasons for her loss to Mr Trump.</p> <p>“If you watched the way Trump debated me, it was just imbued with sexism. Making fun of me for preparing. Well, you know, that’s the old, like, ‘Oh, yeah, the girl in the class who’s always prepared. I don’t need to be prepared,’” Mrs Clinton said.</p> <p>During the 2016 election, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Access Hollywood </em>leaked a damning video where Mr Trump could be heard bragging about grabbing women’s genitalia.</p> <p>Mr Trump responded to the footage by holding a press conference with several women who accused Mr Clinton of sexual misconduct and accused Mrs Clinton of trying to silence them.</p> <p>However, Mrs Clinton said she played “no role” in silencing the women who accused her husband.</p> <p>“No role,” Mrs Clinton said. “I take responsibility for my life and my actions.”</p>

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Meet Princess Eugenie's huge bridal party

<p>Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have announced who will be in their very sizeable bridal party for their rapidly approaching wedding.</p> <p>It’s perhaps no surprise that Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie’s sister, has been given the role of maid of honour, and standing beside Brooksbank as he no-doubt nervously awaits his bride, will be his brother Thomas. The Princess’ cousin Zara Tindall and her husband Mike will also be part of the bridal party.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the next generation of royals feature heavily as bridesmaids and pageboys at the wedding that will take place at St George’s Chapel, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/royal-weddings/princess-eugenie-has-announced-who-will-be-in-her-bridal-party/news-story/98a8e7547a79788530f7923f86260eef" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>. Prince William and Duchess Kate’s two eldest children, George, 5, and Charlotte, 3, will take part, their second wedding party of the year after Prince Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.</p> <p><img style="width: 378.333px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821297/kate-george-charlotte.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f1095c16947a48f7b9d1bd0f9ed1863a" /></p> <p>They’ll be joined by Savannah Phillips, 7, and Isla, 6, daughter of Eugenie’s cousin Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn. Mia Tindall, 4, will also take part, daughter of the Tindalls.</p> <p>And there will be some slighter older family members to keep them in line as “special attendants” – Princess Eugenie’s cousins Lady Louise, 14, and James, Viscount Severn, 10. They’re the children of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie.</p> <p>Other notable bridesmaids and pageboys include Princess Eugenie’s goddaughter Maud Windsor, 5, who is the daughter of Lady Frederick and Lord Frederick Windsor, who attends St Thomas’s Battersea, Prince George’s school.</p> <p>Taking up the coveted role of pageboy alongside Prince George will be Louis de Givenchy, 6, the son of Olivier De Givenchy, a JP Morgan investment banker, and his wife Zoe.</p> <p>And finally, a celebrity offspring add some more razzle dazzle as a bridesmaid - Theodora Williams, 6, the daughter of Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field.</p> <p>Will you be watching Princess Eugenie's wedding on TV? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Princess Eugenie and her fiancé are actually related – here's how

<p>Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s October 12 wedding is fast approaching.</p> <p>And now, it has been revealed that the lovebirds are actually distant cousins, sharing an ancestor on Eugenie’s mum Fergie’s side of the family.</p> <p>Eugenie and Jack share an ancestor who was the 2nd Earl of Leicester, 19th century aristocrat Thomas William Coke.</p> <p>The connection makes the couple third cousins once removed.</p> <p>Their family history was first uncovered by <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-princess-eugenie-and-new-fiance-jack-brooksbank-are-related-2018-1?r=UK&amp;IR=T"><strong><em><u>Business Insider</u></em></strong></a> on ancestry site Peerage.com.</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/BgHOiXAgsVJ/?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/BgHOiXAgsVJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Think Jack said something funny!</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/princesseugenie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Princess Eugenie</a> (@princesseugenie) on Mar 9, 2018 at 10:42am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On Eugenie’s mum’s side of the family, the Earl is her great-great-great-great grandfather.</p> <p>However, the Earl is also Jack’s great-great grandfather, from his second marriage to Georgina Caroline Cavendish.</p> <p>As Jack is a descendant from the Earl’s second marriage, there are fewer generations in between.</p> <p>Although the connection between the two may sound a bit strange, it is not the first time that a royal married a distant relative.</p> <p>The Queen and Prince Philip are third cousins via Queen Victoria.</p> <p>Eugenie, who is the Queen’s granddaughter and ninth-in-line to the throne, will say “I do” to Jack in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.  </p> <p>Will you be watching Princess Eugenie's wedding on Friday night? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Royal wedding countdown: Princess Eugenie’s fiancé admits he’s “terrified”

<p>Later this week on October 12, Princess Eugenie will say “I do” to her fiancé Jack Brooksbank in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>Although the Queen’s granddaughter revealed that she was “not stressed” about her big day, her fiancé has admitted that he feels otherwise.</p> <p>Speaking to the <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Daily Mail</span></em></strong></a>, Jack admitted that he was “feeling anxious” about his looming nuptials.</p> <p>“I’ll need to take a few minutes for myself before the speeches because I’m terrified. It’s very exciting but I’m a little bit nervous,” he confessed.</p> <p>During an interview with <em style="font-weight: inherit;">British Vogue</em>, Eugenie played down any nervousness and said she was nothing but excited for her wedding.</p> <p>“I’m not stressed at all,” she said in the magazine’s September issue.</p> <p>“It’s very nerve-racking because you want it to be perfect but then you realise that you’re going to be with the person you love forever and nothing else really matters.”</p> <p>And while Eugenie didn’t reveal any details of her ceremony, Jack revealed how he assisted his wife-to-be in the planning process.</p> <p>The 32-year-old liquor distributor, who is currently the UK ambassador for George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s tequila brand, said: “I’ve not been kept out of all the planning. I get to decide some things. I’m in charge of drinks and we’ll be serving Casamigos.”</p> <p>However, despite his close working relationship with the famous actor, he was not allowed to confirm if Clooney would be attending their big day.</p> <p>“I can’t say if George Clooney is coming,” Brooksbank told the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Daily Mai</em>l.</p> <p>In the lead-up to their wedding, the Royal Collection Trust released an ornate <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/the-missing-detail-from-princess-eugenie-s-wedding-china-that-s-baffling-everybody/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>china set</strong></span></a> which included a miniature teacup and saucer, pillbox, tankard and coaster.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/RCT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RCT</a> has released a new line of items to celebrate Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank. <br />You will notice Eugenie’s solo monogram features a crown, as she is an HRH. But the couple’s joint monogram &amp; Jack’s solo monogram doesn’t have a crown. <a href="https://t.co/cZwcvdsJl0">pic.twitter.com/cZwcvdsJl0</a></p> — Gert's Royals (@Gertsroyals) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gertsroyals/status/1045631831935242240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In addition to the couple’s intertwined monogram, Eugenie and Jack also have cups which feature their individual initials.</p> <p>Eugenie’s cup features the letter “E” with a golden crown or an “HRH”, standing for “Her Royal Highness”.</p> <p>Jack’s cup features the letter “J” without a crown.</p> <p>The monogram hints that Jack will not receive a royal after the wedding, while Eugenie will continue to carry her current title. </p>

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The special tiara Princess Eugenie will wear on her wedding day

<p>Before Princess Eugenie says “I do” to fiancé Jack Brooksbank on October 12, the Queen’s granddaughter must choose which tiara she will wear when she walks down the aisle.</p> <p>Royal experts suspect Eugenie will choose to wear the same headpiece her mother Sarah Ferguson wore on her wedding day, the York Tiara.</p> <p>When Fergie married Prince Andrew in 1986, she received the impressive tiara as a wedding gift from the Queen.</p> <p>The tiara, which was designed by luxury jeweller Garrard, has been worn by Fergie for multiple black tie events since her nuptials.</p> <p>The tiara features a five-carat diamond surrounded by an ornate swirling pattern of jewels.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821171/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/12960fd58c484b78bde0cfab02b9069b" /></p> <p>The impressive headpiece is also part of a set that includes a necklace, bracelet and earrings that were all worn by Fergie on her big day.</p> <p>Fergie’s tiara is just one of the many royal headpieces that had been passed down through the generations.</p> <p>When tying the knot with Prince Harry earlier this year, Meghan wore a headpiece that belonged to the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 335px;" src="/media/7821168/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9c0812a33fea431b8d9d69116f5adb4c" /></p> <p>The tiara was gifted to Elizabeth when Queen Mary died in 1953 and features a centrepiece made of 10 diamonds.</p> <p>It is believed that the Duchess of Sussex visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace to choose what tiara she would wear for her special day.</p> <p>When Kate married Prince William in 2011, she borrowed the Cartier Halo Tiara from the Queen.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 332.9166666666667px;" src="/media/7821169/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1dead125a6894aab8f2664085acd8a08" /></p> <p>The headpiece was gifted to the Queen Mother from her husband King George VI in 1936. </p>

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The missing detail from Princess Eugenie’s wedding china that’s baffling everybody

<p>With Princess Eugenie’s wedding right around the corner, a set of collectable wedding china has been designed for the public just like it was for her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry.</p> <p>Photos released by the Royal Collection Trust show plates, teacups and mugs embellished with ivy, forget-me-nots, bluebells and white roses.</p> <p><img width="460" height="460" src="/media/7820358/101655_a.jpg" alt="101655_a"/></p> <p>But royal fans were quick to notice a missing detail in the Princess of York’s wedding memorabilia – the groom’s initial is missing.</p> <p>Where Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s china featured the initials “HM” – Princess Eugenie’s simply features “E”, unaccompanied by her husband-to-be Jack Brooksbank’s initial.</p> <p><img width="500" height="500" src="/media/7820359/101424_500x500.jpg" alt="101424"/></p> <p>While the 32-year-old wine merchant’s name does appear on the inside rim of the cup and underside of the plate, many people find it strange that his initial isn’t sitting alongside his fiancée’s.</p> <p>“Where’s the groom?” one social media user asked.</p> <p>But according to UK newspaper the <em><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/" target="_blank">Daily Express</a> </em>it all comes down to royal protocol, which is the explanation behind the absence of the groom’s initial.</p> <p>The crown symbol on the memorabilia, known as a royal coronet, cannot appear above the name of a man marrying a female member of the royal family – but it can for a woman marrying a Prince, as the case was for Meghan and Kate.</p> <p>Profits from the commemorative collection – which includes a $45 mini teacup and saucer – will go to the Royal Collection Trust charity, which preserves the royal family’s art and artefacts. </p>

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14 essentials for a successful relationship

<p><strong><em>Susan Krauss Whitbourne is a professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She writes the Fulfilment at Any Age blog for Psychology Today.</em></strong></p> <p>With the number of theories about relationships proposed by psychologists, not to mention poets, philosophers, and playwrights, it may seem impossible to come up with anything approaching a reasonable number. Boldly going where few psychologists may venture, Northwestern University’s Eli Finkel and colleagues have done just that by proposing that there are 14 basic principles underlying all of psychology's relationship theories. The 14 gets reduced further, actually, because they fall into four categories of questions concerning different aspects of relationships, from their formation to their end. </p> <p>The underlying basis for this work is <strong>relationship science</strong>, which the authors refer to as “an interdisciplinary field that employs diverse empirical methods to understand the initiation, development, maintenance, and dissolution of interpersonal relationships." These aren’t just any relationships, but the ones people consider their closest. Yours is most likely to be the one with your romantic partner, or the person you’re in a committed relationship with.</p> <p>Finkel and his collaborators approached the classification of relationship principles as they would a “culinary” task in which “each theory is a dish (e.g., a curry) composed of discrete ingredients (e.g., a grain, a protein, a vegetable, several spices).” They set for themselves “the task of extracting the core principles" — the basic ingredients — and then determining which principles cut across theories.</p> <p>As you consider these 14 principles, try applying them to your own close relationships, particularly those that have meant the most to you over the course of your life. We’ll look at these principles according to the set into which they fit in the Finkel et al. scheme:</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Set 1: What is a relationship?</span></strong></p> <ol> <li><strong> Uniqueness: </strong>A close relationship isn’t just a combination of the qualities that each partner possesses; it reflects the special interaction that occurs when you’re with your partner. You behave differently with your partner than you do with other people, and so does your partner. Perhaps you’re rather quiet and a bit of an <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/introversion">introvert</a></span>, and so is your partner, but when the two of you are together, you can talk nonstop about the slightest thing. Your relationship reflects, then, something special that happens when you’re in each other’s presence.</li> <li><strong> Integration:</strong>Your sense of self is deeply embedded in that of your partner. Each of you has your own <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/identity">identity</a></span>, but sometimes it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. People think of you as a couple, and it’s hard for anyone, including yourselves, to imagine you not being together.</li> <li><strong> Trajectory: </strong>Your relationship with your partner has a history that has evolved over your time together, so that it’s not the same as it was when it started. On a day-to-day basis, you may not notice those changes, but when you think back on even a couple of years ago, you realise it’s developed from there. The chances are good, as well, that your relationship will continue to evolve in the future. Relationship theories have at times proposed that there are fixed stages, such as those that occur with the birth and development of children, but many theories propose instead a more fluid set of dynamic changes.</li> </ol> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Set 2: How do relationships operate?</span></strong></p> <ol start="4"> <li><strong> Evaluation:</strong>You and your partner often think about how you feel about both your relationship and each other. Some theories divide these feelings into simple positive and negative dimensions, but others propose a more complex set of evaluations, such as the <em>triangular theory of love</em>, which suggests that relationships vary according to <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/relationships">intimacy</a></span>, passion, and commitment. In any case, you bring these evaluative lenses to your relationship, whether you realise it or not.</li> <li><strong> Responsiveness:</strong>The way you respond to your partner influences the relationship quality that both of you feel. Is your partner sensitive to your needs and feelings? How do you respond to your partner’s? The more this occurs, Finkel et al. propose, the better your relationship will function.</li> <li><strong> Resolution:</strong>How do you and your partner resolve conflict? It’s well-known from research on couple conflict that there are constructive and destructive patterns of getting through difficulties. The constructive ones, as the term implies, promote or at least don’t detract from the relationship; the destructive ones condemn it to a less positive fate.</li> <li><strong> Maintenance:</strong>A long-term close relationship is one that both partners want to see continue. You will therefore work with your partner to keep it alive, even if it has problems. Sometimes outsiders look at a couple and wonder how it is that they remain together, but from <em>inside</em>the relationship, these problems don’t seem all that significant.</li> </ol> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Set 3: What tendencies do people bring to their relationships?</span></strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li><strong> Predisposition:</strong>You and your partner each have personalities that lead you to behave in certain ways within your relationship. <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/attachment">Attachment</a></span>theory, for example, proposes that people’s early <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/child-development">childhood</a></span> experiences shape the views of close relationships that they carry into adulthood. Those with an insecure attachment style will be clingy or perhaps dismissive, and those more securely attached will be able to relate in a more even-keeled manner.</li> <li><strong> Instrumentality:</strong>You and your partner each have <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/motivation">goals</a></span>that you wish to pursue, and in an ideal world, you are both able to fulfil those goals. At times, you may rely on your partner to help you achieve your personal goals. Perhaps you wish to adopt a healthier lifestyle, eating fewer carbs or exercising more. Does your partner work with you to help achieve these changes or fight you every step of the way by, say, bringing home fresh bread every night? At a deeper level, everyone has a need for intimacy and connection, and your partner can also help you fulfil this basic goal.</li> <li><strong> Standards:</strong>Everyone has a certain set of standards or values that they hold about what a relationship should be and provide. You may expect, for example, that a close relationship involves you and your partner being faithful to each other. You might also have a certain standard about how smart, attractive, and successful a good partner should be. Relationship theories propose that you constantly monitor the reality against your standards, and when they come close to each other, you’re more satisfied, all other things being equal. However, if your relationship is gratifying in general, you’ll be willing to adapt your standards to meet your partner’s reality.</li> </ol> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Set 4: How does context affect relationships?</span></strong></p> <ol start="11"> <li><strong> Diagnosticity:</strong>Some situations will give you a very clear view of your partner and your relationship. A number of theories in social psychology examine the way we make attributions about others. If you see someone cheating, stealing, or <span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/deception">lying</a></span>, you’ll think less of that person, unless you know about mitigating circumstances. In a relationship, you’ll also see your partner in a variety of situations. The critical ones allow you to see your partner’s true qualities: For example, when you really need your partner to be there for you, will your partner rise to the occasion? If so, this willingness of your partner to act on your behalf will help cement your relationship.</li> <li><strong> Alternatives: </strong>Is there someone else who presents an attractive option to your current partner? Or might you rather not be in a relationship at all? The existence of these alternatives will threaten the quality of your relationship, or perhaps lead to its demise.</li> <li><span><strong><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/stress">Stress</a></strong></span><strong>:</strong>When a situation challenges your ability to cope, you’ll experience stress. In a relationship, couples must cope together with situations that test their resources. How well do you and your partner handle these exigencies? If you do it well, that is a sign of a healthy relationship.</li> <li><strong>Culture: </strong>Looking more broadly outside the relationship, the social context of your family, cultural traditions, and beliefs help shape who you and your partner are and how you relate to each other. Some of these are theoretically quite obvious, such as celebrating holidays and getting together for reunions. Others might not be so apparent, such as the state of the economy, social attitudes toward monogamy, or historical trends in <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/divorce">divorce</a>rates, employment of women outside the home, and even needs for <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/art-therapy">self-expression</a>. You don’t usually pay attention to these factors, but they influence your relationship nevertheless.</li> </ol> <p>Now answer the question of how well you thought your relationship stacked up when evaluated according to each principle. There’s no such thing as a perfect relationship but seeing whether yours has the 14 “ingredients” may be just what’s needed to help yours be as fulfilling as possible over time.</p> <p><em>Written by Susan Krauss Whitbourne. Republished with permission of <strong><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/">Psychology Today.</a> </strong></em></p>

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