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40 funny marriage quotes that might actually be true

<p>“Getting married is like trading the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one.”— Mae West</p> <p>“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”— Ogden Nash</p> <p>“Before I got married, I had six theories about raising children; now I have six children and no theories.”— John Wilmot</p> <p>“I married for love but the obvious side benefit of having someone around to find my glasses cannot be ignored.”— Cameron Esposito</p> <p>“The definition of eternity is two people and a ham.”— Dorothy Parker</p> <p>“Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?”— Groucho Marx</p> <p>“Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should just live next door and visit now and then.”— Katherine Hepburn</p> <p>“An archeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”— Agatha Christie</p> <p>“By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”— Socrates</p> <p>“One of the keys to a successful marriage is separate bathrooms. When he enters my bathroom sometimes, I’m like, ‘Why are you in here?’ And he’s like, ‘I live here. Can I enjoy my bathroom too?’”— Michelle Obama</p> <p>“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”— Benjamin Franklin</p> <p>“Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.”— Will Ferrell</p> <p>“Marriage is the bond between a person who never remembers anniversaries and another who never forgets them.”—Ogden Nash</p> <p>“Marriage is not just spiritual communion; it is also remembering to take out the trash.”— Joyce Brothers</p> <p>“Never get married in college; it’s hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you’ve already made one mistake.”— Elbert Hubbard</p> <p>“The most important four words for a successful marriage: ‘I’ll do the dishes.’”— Anonymous</p> <p>“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”— Rita Rudner</p> <p>“The best thing to ever happen to marriage is the pause-live-TV button.” —Rick Reilly</p> <p>“Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn’t even have when you were on your own.”— Eddie Cantor</p> <p>“Husband secretly lowers the thermostat and I secretly turn it back up. We both vehemently deny touching it. Marriage is fun.”— Stephanie Ortiz</p> <p>“A man’s main job is to protect his woman from her desire to ‘get bangs’ every other month.”— Dax Shepard</p> <p>“I’d like to publicly thank my husband [Dax Shepard] for changing half the diapers in our house. I hope he changes all of mine one day…”— Kristen Bell</p> <p>“Just found out the wife is writing a book about our honeymoon, called ’50 Shades of Just O.K.’”— Conan O’Brien</p> <p>“When you see a married couple walking down the street, the one that’s a few steps ahead is the one that’s mad.”― Helen Rowland</p> <p>“My husband and I have never considered divorce… murder sometimes, but never divorce.”— Dr Joyce Brothers</p> <p>“Never ever discount the idea of marriage. Sure, someone might tell you that marriage is just a piece of paper. Well, so is money, and what’s more life-affirming than cold, hard cash?”— Dennis Miller</p> <p>“Husbands and wives are irritating. But without them, who would we blame for misplacing our socks?” — Janet Periat</p> <p>“I now pronounce you man and wife. You may now change your Facebook status.” — Anonymous</p> <p>“Marriage is like vitamins: we supplement each other’s minimum daily requirements.” — Kathy Mohnke</p> <p>“If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question.” — Lily Tomlin</p> <p>“I love you no matter what you do, but do you have to do so much of it?” — Jean Illsley Clarke</p> <p>“My wife is a psychologist… Not only does she know when I’m being a jerk, but she knows exactly what type of jerk I’m being.” — Lee Judge</p> <p>“Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.” — George Bernard Shaw</p> <p>“Why do married people live longer than single people? I think it’s because married people make a special effort to live longer than their partner — just so they can have the last word.” — Janet Periat</p> <p>“Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings … and lawyers.” — Richard Pryor</p> <p>“I’m going to get married again because I’m more mature now, and I need some kitchen stuff.” — Wendy Liebman</p> <p>“Marriage: sometimes soulmates, sometimes cellmates.” — Rory Elder</p> <p>“Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn’t work out, you haven’t wasted the whole day.” — Mickey Rooney</p> <p>“When you’re in love, it’s the most glorious two-and-a-half days of your life.” — Richard Lewis</p> <p>“Some mornings I wake up grouchy. Other mornings I just let him sleep.” — Unknown</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Beth Dreher and Emma Taubenfeld. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/40-funny-marriage-quotes-that-might-actually-be-true"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Dannii Minogue opens up about being “pitted” against Kylie

<p><span>In a candid interview, Dannii Minogue has revealed just what it was like to be the little sister of one of the biggest pop stars in the world, admitting it was anything but easy.</span><br /><br /><span>When the sisters first started out and Kylie blew up into stardom, Dannii told You magazine she felt a lot of judgement when she moved home to Australia from the UK in the 90s.</span><br /><br /><span>The Masked Singer judge said that during that era, supermodels such as Kate Moss were the norm on magazine covers and that “wasn’t her”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was definitely pitted against my sister: ‘She’s thin and perfect and you’re not, you’re fat and…’ – I’ve had every word said to me. It was difficult,” Dannii said.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAtlZISFcOJ/?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/CAtlZISFcOJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by danniiminogue (@danniiminogue)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Aussie singer said she and her big sisters were forced to discuss their issues as she didn’t want it to consume all of their time together.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii also touched on being a mentor on shows such as X Factor in the UK, revealing it taught her a lot about herself and being a mother.</span><br /><br /><span>“My sister had always said she definitely wanted to have kids, whereas I never thought I would. At all. So then it’s weird that I have a son and she doesn’t have kids – you just never know how it’s going to turn out,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii has a 10-year-old son Ethan, who she shares with British model Kris Smith.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii now lives in Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>Her return home caused uproar after it was revealed she and her son quarantined at a Gold Coast residence instead of at a government-mandated hotel.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840108/danni-minogue-kylie-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f7ad7c04fdd44dd197afa1ab08edbe1e" /></p> <p><em>Image Source: Instagram</em><br /><br /><span>Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed on ABC radio that Dannii was in isolation at a private home with Ethan.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair returned from the United States, but were not forced to stay in a hotel for 14 days.</span><br /><br /><span>It is believed she was granted permission by the Queensland government to head straight to the Gold Coast property.</span><br /><br /><span>She admitted to TV Week that homeschooling her son was “the hardest” part of lockdown.</span><br /><br /><span>"Seriously, I would do live TV any day of the week rather than try to be a teacher for my son,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm Googling non-stop.</span><br /><br /><span>“I even called his teacher to ask how she does that each day and then go home to two kids, but she reassured me it's always harder to teach her own kids."</span></p>

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Calls for Prince Harry to be cut from line of succession

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>As news spread about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being stripped of their remaining patronages after their permanent split from the royal family, attention turned to his place in line to the throne.</p> <p>Prince Harry, 36, is currently sixth in line to the British Throne, which has not been impacted by his permanent exit from the royal family.</p> <p>A poll, conducted by<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/explore/public_figure/Prince_Harry" target="_blank">YouGov</a>, found that 49 per cent of British people believe he should lose his place.</p> <p>Meghan and Harry were once the most popular royals, but many aren't happy with the couple's decision to leave the royal family and profit off commercial duties.</p> <p>This was also the case when<span> </span><em>Express UK</em><span> </span>did a poll that asked "Has your opinion of Meghan and Harry changed one year after Megxit?"</p> <p>79 per cent of the 25,816 voters said "yes, for the worst", which is 20,342 voters.</p> <p>People who voted no took to the comments to explain why.</p> <p>"Yes my opinion of them has changed, now I see them for the fame hungry, money grabbing grifters that they are," one reader explained.</p> <p>"Yes, yes it has, my opinion of them is even lower than it was then, and believe me it was already pretty low then," another agreed.</p> <p>"We never had a good opinion of her. Love is blind, everyone else isn't," a third said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Disbelief and disgust”: Serena Williams' feud deepens

<p><span>Serena Williams' husband has copped a lashing online after he came for a tennis star on Tuesday night.</span><br /><br /><span>Williams' has fought tooth and nail to get into the Australian Open semi-finals with a sensational straight sets win over Simona Halep.</span><br /><br /><span>Alexis Ohanian — who co-founded popular online forum Reddit — took to Twitter to call out Romanian Olympic tennis star, tournament organised and billionaire businessman Ion Tirac.</span><br /><br /><span>After he said Williams' should quit because of her age and weight, Ohanian wrote: “Good thing no one listens to that racist sexist (clown emoji) Ion Tiriac.”</span><br /><br /><span>“This is my wife. I have a platform. I have privilege. If I can use my platform + privilege to make a billionaire even a little uncomfortable about racist + sexist statements he’s made, it’s a win. Bonus is that other people will see it and reflect on it.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839938/serena-williams-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d44c55689fda4b37bffd1b7cec59e5b8" /><br /><br /><span>Earlier this year Tiriac said of Williams: “At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as she did 15 years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>“Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire.”</span><br /><br /><span>Tiriac has attacked Williams multiple times, including in 2018 when he was asked about her, saying: “With all due respect, 36 years old and 90kg …”</span><br /><br /><span>At the time, the 23-time grand slam champion hit back saying: “It’s an ignorant comment and it’s a sexist comment. Maybe he’s an ignorant man.”</span><br /><br /><span>But Tiriac’s son Alexandru didn’t take kindly to Ohanian’s insult on Tuesday night.</span><br /><br /><span>He took to social media to share an open letter he wrote to the tech guru.</span><br /><br /><span>“To Mrs Williams’ husband, I read your tweet with a mix of disbelief and disgust,” Alexandru wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“The name Tiriac has a 70-year tradition in the world of sports and the gentleman you are referring to has written a few important chapters that have contributed to the book of tennis along these decades.</span><br /><br /><span>“From the player, to the coach, to the manager, to the tournament promoter, the respected person you are bad wording in these derogatory terms has (been) and still is, at the age of 82, one of the strongest advocates of this sport.</span><br /><br /><span>“The respect he has (Ion Tiriac) for Mrs. Williams is tremendous, as it should be.</span></p> <p><span>Alexandru Tiriac continued by saying: “She is and will remain in history as one of the best 20-25 players who have highly contributed to this sport.</span><br /><br /><span>“She has a personality that has opened many doors for young generations of athletes, in all fields of sports and in all social walks of life. For that, we are very grateful to her.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mr Williams', the only reason I reply to your unnecessary tweet is that words are misused and misinterpreted in today’s world through the various platforms in existence.</span><br /><br /><span>“Free speech should not be wrongly replaced with inappropriate slander.</span><br /><br /><span>“As Mrs Williams’ husband, you can no longer only represent your own views when you talk about sports, but also the voice of an icon.</span><br /><br /><span>“It would be a real shame to cast an erroneous image on her legacy through emotional baseless tweets.”</span></p>

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7 silent signs stress is hurting your relationship

<p>Is stress affecting your relationship?<br />Between the demands of parenting, financial woes and the everyday drudgery of maintaining a household, stress is unavoidable in a long-term relationship. But it doesn’t have to ruin it. Look out for these warning signs that stress could be affecting life with your nearest and dearest.</p> <p>You feel like you don’t have any time to yourself<br />Sometimes, it’s too easy to get so caught up in your daily routine that you forget to make room for some me-time. If you find that you become overwhelmed too easily and don’t have time to do the things you want, that’s a clear sign you’re stressed. “Don’t let the weight of everyday issues overshadow the connection with your partner,” says licensed mental health counsellor Aniesa Schneberger. She suggests scheduling breaks throughout the week that are reserved just for you. Whether it’s a few minutes of sitting quietly, calling a friend, taking a walk, or anything else that you enjoy doing, be sure to do it. Not having enough me-time can get in the way of couple time.</p> <p>You’re not having sex as often as you did earlier on in your relationship<br />An ongoing preference to go to bed early instead of enjoying time between the sheets – especially when you both used to feel more frisky more frequently – can be an indication that stress is hurting your relationship. Although it’s not uncommon for the sexual energy that was once extremely common during the romantic phase of your relationship to wane, every couple still carries with them those initial memories of romantic bonding, says Julia Breur, PhD, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Even if you’re not in the mood for sex, look for little ways to touch each other: Hug and kiss every day or hold hands when you’re watching TV on the sofa. Make date night a priority and that spark will rekindle in time.</p> <p>You’re not as interested in what your partner has to say<br />If you find yourself offering a lot of “uh-huh’s” and “that’s nice” comments whenever your partner tells you about their day or an idea they have, that’s a telltale sign that stress is taking over. Don’t let thoughts of tomorrow’s meeting or mounting bills disrupt your communication. Instead, Schneberger says that eye-contact as well as active listening between both parties is key, and can help foster enhanced communication. Do your best to lock eyes with your partner and focus on what they are saying.</p> <p>Your partner spends more time with other family members than you<br />It’s not unusual to call or visit family members, but when it becomes an escapist behaviour in which your partner interacts more with them than you, that’s a red flag. Breur explains that a host of assumptions enter the picture in this case, including the feeling that your partner is more comfortable talking for long periods of time about topics that should be reserved for the two of you. Similarly, your partner may opt to spend more time with your children or pet than you. The fix, Breur says, is to specifically convey to your partner how this makes you feel, while offering a compromise at the same time. For example, suggest that your partner still speak with their sibling, but tell them that talking for two hours daily is bothersome for you. Then, suggest reducing phone time and use the extra time to spend together.</p> <p>Your partner would rather check their Facebook status than look at your face<br />Sure, animal videos and banal updates on the lives of people you haven’t talked to since high school are interesting, but when your partner – or you – start scrolling though endless pages of internet happenings, that’s not doing your relationship any favours. “We truly have become a mobile world,” Dr Breur says. “And with all the information and social media available 24/7, we have become a society that does not make communicating face to face a priority.” Her recommendation is to discuss this with your partner and come up with a tech-free solution you both agree on. One example might include not using the phone in the bedroom or while eating meals. Enjoying more personal interaction in a phone or computer-free environment will likely bring you closer.</p> <p>You’re easily bothered by their voice pattern, cough, or sneeze<br />Feel like you’d rather drag your nails down a blackboard than hear your partner sneeze? If the sound of common habits, like a cough or sniffle start to irk you like no tomorrow, stress could be the culprit. Breur says that this is likely the stress you put on yourself manifesting in such a way that you become agitated with every little thing. She says to “be real about yourself” by assessing everything from whether you’re burning the candle at both ends at work to possible feelings that no one acknowledges your efforts. Next, ask your partner for help. After all, Breur explains, “Your partner is not a mind reader and needs to know your needs and even your life dreams.”</p> <p>You or your partner are drinking too much alcohol<br />A couple of glasses of wine on occasion is one thing, but if you’ve started having that same amount of wine or hard alcohol on a daily basis, it could be indicative of an unhealthy stress management behaviour. “Many couples excuse these behaviours when they are dating and then act surprised that the behaviour continues into cohabitation or marriage,” Dr Breur says. Alcohol abuse is mentally and physically destructive to the relationship, not to mention the person doing the drinking. Breur advises you to cut back on drinking or, if necessary, considering seeking out a support group or talking to your doctor.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Jennifer Lea Reynolds. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/7-silent-signs-stress-is-hurting-your-relationship"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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14 Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world

<p>Germany<br />You won’t find cute little heart-shaped cards in German classrooms. “In Germany, Valentine’s Day is aimed toward adults only,” says Sharon Schweitzer, cross-cultural trainer and founder of Protocol &amp; Etiquette Worldwide. “It’s strictly a ‘mature’ subject.” You’ll also be surprised to find pigs aplenty on the day for romance since the animal is a symbol of luck and lust. Couples will give each other pig figurines and pictures, and even chocolate pigs. While chocolate is a popular dessert of choice on Valentine’s Day, Germans nibble on heart-shaped ginger cookies with romantic messages written in icing.</p> <p>South Korea<br />Men traditionally do most of the gift-giving on Valentine’s Day in Western countries, but the opposite is true in South Korea, where women give chocolate to the men in their lives. A month later, on White Day, men return the favour by giving candy. But that’s not the end of it – single friends sometimes get together on Black Day on April 14 to eat black noodles.</p> <p>Japan<br />Women give the chocolate on Valentine’s Day in Japan too. There are a few more nuances though. Colleagues and classmates expect ‘obligation chocolate’ (giri choco), but women save ‘true feeling’ chocolate (honmei choco), which is more expensive and often homemade, for their sweethearts. Not that the women miss out on the goodies. If they don’t want to wait a month for the men to reciprocate on White Day, they’ll treat themselves to jibun choco on February 14.</p> <p>Italy<br />Italy celebrates Valentine’s Day as a lovers-only holiday, says Schweitzer. Baci Perugina chocolates, which have a romantic message written inside the foil, make for a popular gift. “‘Baci’ means ‘kiss’ in Italian,” says Schweitzer. “When they exchange the Baci Perugina – a little box of those small hazelnut chocolates – they’re exchanging kisses.”</p> <p>Denmark<br />Instead of red roses, snowdrops are a popular flower choice on Valentine’s Day in Denmark. Danish men also sometimes send women funny poems called gaekkebrev, signed anonymously with a series of dots. If the receiver can guess who sent the letter, he’ll give her an Easter egg later in the year.</p> <p>France<br />As the city of love, Paris is a popular destination for couples on Valentine’s Day. “Some people think it is the world’s capital for Valentine’s Day,” says Schweitzer. Couples used to attach a padlock on the Pont des Arts ‘love lock bridge’ and throw the key in the River Seine. The locks were removed in 2015, with the bridge railings replaced with ones hard to attach a lock to, but lovers still attach locks to other bridges around Paris. But Paris isn’t the only French destination for romance, says Schweitzer. The village of St Valentin gets decked out in flowers every year for its Valentine’s Day festival, she says. Activities of the day include weddings, vow renewals and planting trees to commemorate love. French couples also exchange beautiful love notes called cartes d’amities, says Schweitzer.</p> <p>Mexico<br />February 14 isn’t just for couples in Mexico, where it is known as the Day of Love and Friendship, says Schweitzer. Balloons, flowers, stuffed animals and cards show appreciation for romantic interests and platonic friends alike.</p> <p>China<br />Valentine’s Day is getting more popular in China, but the Qixi Festival is often called ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day.’ Celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month in the Chinese calendar – which usually falls in August – women traditionally prayed to find good husbands or gain great sewing skills. Now, though, it’s more similar to Western Valentine’s Day.</p> <p>Finland and Estonia<br />Single people don’t need to feel lonely in Finland and Estonia, where Valentine’s Day is called ‘Friend’s Day.’ Cards and gifts express that a person values the friendship, but romantic love has a place too. In Estonia, riding a ‘love bus’ gives single people a chance to find romance.</p> <p>Slovenia<br />Things aren’t all lovey dovey in Slovenia, where St Valentine is known as the patron saint of spring. With plants starting to grow, people can get back to work in the fields. With mating season starting, tradition also says the birds of the fields ‘marry’ on February 14. Anyone who wants to watch needs to walk barefoot through the fields, where the ground is usually still frozen. But love isn’t lost – St Gregory’s Day on March 12 gives couples a chance to celebrate their romance.</p> <p>Peru<br />Instead of roses, Peruvians typically exchange orchids, which are native to Peru, on Valentine’s Day.</p> <p>Czech Republic<br />Valentine’s Day usually involves the typical romantic dinners, and gifts of roses and chocolates in the Czech Republic. But the country’s main Day of Love is on May 1, when lovers kiss under cherry trees for happiness and good health, says Schweitzer.</p> <p>Israel<br />February 14 isn’t a big deal in Israel, but the ancient Jewish ceremony of Tu B’av feels like Valentine’s Day, says Schweitzer. Celebrated in the summer, “it’s about love and rebirth,” she says. Israelis celebrate romantic love with flowers and heart-shaped treats.</p> <p>Brazil<br />Instead of celebrating St Valentine, Brazilians honour St Anthony, the patron saint of marriage and matchmaking, on June 12. The night before, single women will write men’s names on pieces of paper then fold them up. In the morning, they pick a slip to reveal their future husbands.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Marissa Laliberte. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/culture/14-valentines-day-traditions-from-around-the-world?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Big news for Kylie Minogue

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Kylie Minogue and her boyfriend Paul Solomon have had their engagement confirmed by their "thrilled" stepmother, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-9223677/Kylie-Minogues-engagement-Paul-Solomon-CONFIRMED.html" target="_blank"><em>MailOnline</em></a>.</p> <p>Minogue has been dating the GQ boss since 2018 and has been keeping quiet over questions as to their future wedding plans.</p> <p>However, Paul's stepmum Gloria said that she was "thrilled" and "excited" to confirm the engagement.</p> <p>"It's very exciting. But, I'm sorry, I cannot tell you any more because I've been told not to. I respect my son and I respect Kylie too much to say any more."</p> <p>Paul's brother-in-law Ivor Jones said that he and his wife Nivola had met Kylie.</p> <p>"She is absolutely lovely," said builder Mr. Jones.</p> <p>He added: "Give me a million and we can say something."</p> <p>Kylie has been thrilled about the relationship, saying that they "met at the right time".</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/BpmsmIXAMyx/?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/BpmsmIXAMyx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Paul Solomons (@paulsolomonsgq)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Yeah I did [get a magical feeling] actually. Maybe not quite like a romance novel, where there are butterflies and stars start shooting through the air! But yeah, definitely.</p> <p>"All my friends said to me, 'You were acting different.' And that's when I knew that there was something. Because I thought I was acting cool but maybe I wasn't."</p> <p>A representative for Kylie has denied the engagement rumours, saying that the news was "not true" and the couple are "happy as they are".</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Princess Diana’s twin! Charles Spencer shares rare photo

<p><span>Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, has shared a photo of his mother – showing just how much she looked like Diana.</span><br /><br /><span>Royal fans could not help but point out the uncanny resemblance of Princess Di and her mother, Frances Shand Kydd.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles Spencer, Diana's younger brother, took to Instagram to share a stunning portrait of his late mother to mark her birthday on January 20.</span><br /><br /><span>The resurfaced image depicts a young Frances, with a blonde wavy bob, rosy cheeks and blue eyes.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKQuAVOFVAD/?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/CKQuAVOFVAD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"My mother - on this, her 85th birthday. She was born in Sandringham, Norfolk, on the very same day that King George V died - in the same parish," Charles wrote in the caption.</span><br /><br /><span>"She died 3 days after the 50th anniversary of her marriage to my father. This portrait is to be found in the Library at @althorphouse."</span><br /><br /><span>Charles is the 9th Earl Spencer and currently resides at Althorp House where the portrait is hung.</span><br /><br /><span>Fans were quick the point out how alike the mother and daughter looked.</span><br /><br /><span>"Looks just like the little one. The eyes are always the giveaway. Spencer genes are strong," one fan commented.</span><br /><br /><span>"So beautiful. You and Princess Diana look like her. ♥️" another said.</span><br /><br /><span>"'Beautiful, I can see where Diana got her stunning looks from," a third added.</span><br /><br /><span>Frances wed Earl Spencer Johnnie at just 18 years of age in 1954.</span><br /><br /><span>However the marriage did not last and the couple divorced in 1969.</span><br /><br /><span>She passed away at age 68 in her home in Scotland.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839594/diana-mother-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ad07461f5d46448e8d7010683ee524ea" /><br /><br /><span>Charles was candid about his relationship with his sister in the two-part ABC television event, The Story of Diana.</span><br /><br /><span>The 53-year-old discussed his state of mind following his sister's untimely passing, admitting he partly blamed himself.</span><br /><br /><span>"I was furious, I wasn't just angry," he said. "[I thought] what could I have done.</span><br /><br /><span>“But you always think, God, I wish I could've protected her. It was just…it was devastating."</span><br /><br /><span>He then added: "I always felt…intensely protective towards her."</span></p>

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11 daily habits of couples in healthy relationships

<p>The secrets of healthy relationships<br />Do you expect your partner to take out the bins every week without ever being thanked? Can you recall the last time you paid your partner a compliment? Find out the secrets of people in a happy and healthy relationship.</p> <p>They Netflix and chill together<br />There are many little ways to boost your marriage – and chief among them is simple companionship. Even if you’re couch surfing, do it together. Spending time with one another is one of the highlights of a healthy relationship. If he’s reading a book, grab one and cuddle up next to him. Bring him a drink while he’s mowing the lawn. Does washing the car bore you to tears? Then simply stand nearby and chat while he suds it up. “In the beginning, couples go out of their way to impress each other and create new ‘first memories’ together,” says Julie Spira, an online dating expert, CEO of Cyber-Dating Expert and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating. “After a while, just being together rises to the top of the relationship totem pole.” And there’s nothing wrong with a good binge-watch. One study found a direct link between media consumption while together and relationship satisfaction.</p> <p>They compliment one another<br />Here’s how to have a healthy relationship: Tell him how hot he is. Or that he smells delicious. Give her rear a smack in those jeans you adore. Happy couples know how to give a sincere compliment in the moment. In fact, a study found that receiving a compliment has the same positive effect as receiving cash. “Compliments are the quickest way to put a smile on your partner’s face,” says Spira. “Find something appealing about the other and never forget what attracted you to him in the first place. If it’s her ability to fill in the Sunday crossword puzzle or his ability to take charge when you need it, let each other know.”</p> <p>They say those three little words<br />If you’re looking to build a stronger relationship, you’re going to need to say “I love you.” Happy couples say it throughout the day – when they wake up, when they’re eating lunch, when they go to sleep. “Saying I love you to your partner, whether it’s first thing in the morning or at bedtime, is important,” says Bonnie Winston, a celebrity matchmaker and relationship expert. “And saying it with a shared kiss makes it extra special.” She says for variation to try other meaningful three-word phrases like “You amaze me,” “You enthrall me,” “I adore you,” or “You’re my everything.” They slip it into conversation whenever they can. Just be sure that you say these words genuinely. “Those three little words are great to say, as long as you say them with intent and not just purely out of habit,” says Alexis Meads, a professional dating coach.</p> <p>They say thank you<br />One of the best ways to make your spouse feel loved is to show graciousness – even for something as seemingly trivial as picking up the kids from a playdate or grabbing a carton of milk at the supermarket. “Appreciation for all the good your partner contributes to your life is vital,” says Gilda Carle, PhD, relationship expert and author of Ask for What You Want AND GET IT. “Thank-yous go a long way to continuing wedded bliss.” In fact, a study in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased an athlete’s self-esteem, which is a component of an optimal performance. For the sake of your relationship, it’s important to express your appreciation for what your significant other does for you. “No one wants to feel taken for granted,” says Antonia Hall, MA, a psychologist and relationship expert. “By finding things each day for which you’re grateful and expressing it to your sweetie, you foster positive connectivity with him. It will make him feel appreciated and often sparks his desire to want to please you all the more.”</p> <p>They show PDA<br />Public displays of affection aren’t just for teenagers. Happy couples aren’t afraid to show their affection for one in another – even in public. “Intimacy and touch keeps you connected with your partner,” says Hall. “It fosters a connectedness that supports a strong and happy relationship.” Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a full-on make-out session in front of your in-laws. But you can keep your love alive by holding hands at the mall or snuggling at the kids’ sports game. A little PDA goes a long way. “Just touching your partner will help you feel more connected, both physically, emotionally and intellectually,” says Spira. “Plus, it’s a great form of foreplay.” Not to mention that it shows that you’re vulnerable. “When vulnerability is shown and nurtured, then trust in your relationship has the ability to grow,” says Kristie Overstreet, a licensed professional clinical counselor, certified sex therapist and author of Fix Yourself First: 25 Tips to Stop Ruining Your Relationship.</p> <p><br />They check in with one another<br />You don’t have to speak on the phone or text 24/7, but couples in healthy relationships call or text – to show the dog’s latest mess, a funny street sign, or for no reason at all. “Checking in with one another boosts feelings of ardour and security,” Winston says. Dr Carle adds, “People who check in with one another during their busy days are letting their partner know they’re thinking of them, despite all the other things going on.”</p> <p>They go to bed at the same time<br />“This doesn’t mean that you both have to fall asleep. But at least wind the night down and get into the bed at the same time,” says Overstreet. “This gives you the opportunity to close the day together, which is very important.” Research shows that 75 percent of couples don’t go to bed at the same time, usually because one person is surfing the web, working or watching TV. Happy couples do their best not to stay up late cleaning the kitchen or folding laundry while the other catches some shuteye. Save the chores for another time. “In my experience as a relationship therapist, couples that go to bed at the same time have a more trusting relationship than those who don’t,” says Overstreet. Bedtime is an opportunity to talk about the day ahead and maybe have a quickie before you hit the hay too.</p> <p>They laugh together<br />Soccer is at 4pm; doctor’s appointment is at 5:30pm.; remember to pick up a pizza on the way home. It’s easy to get into the habit of talking only about the logistics of life and kids. Healthy couples make it a habit to laugh together – often. It keeps the joy and spirit alive in your relationship. A new paper from US professor Jeffrey Hall gives data-backed validity to something you may have figured for yourself: couples who laugh together, stay together. “Find a way to make each other laugh,” says Spira. “Whether it’s watching a funny television show together or doing some playful teasing, laughter and happiness go hand-in-hand.”</p> <p>They share a hobby<br />Tennis anyone? How about writing music? Happy couples take up a hobby that they can do together. Even if they don’t have common interests, happy couples will develop them. Maybe they try new restaurants together or volunteer at the local soup kitchen side by side once a week. “By no means do you need to do everything together,” says Meads. “However, couples who stay together have fun doing some of the same things.” When couples see their relationship as full of fun, they’re more likely to be happier over the long term. “Adding your mutual hobby to your schedule gives you something to look forward to and a memory to look back upon,” says Spira. And living a stimulating life outside the bedroom will lead to a stimulating life inside it.</p> <p>They ask for what they need<br />Happy couples ask for what they need and listen to each other’s requests. “Healthy relationships encourage people to be authentic in their feelings so they can genuinely express themselves,” says Dr Carle. You’re doomed if you just hope that your partner will be a mind reader and “just know” what you’re thinking. Happy couples openly talk about their needs and understand their differences. “When your significant other does something you like, tell him so,” says Winston. “This will give him a feeling of validation and he’ll continue to want to please you.”</p> <p>They’re a team<br />“With a team mentality, couples lift each other up and are stronger together,” says Hall. “They make sacrifices to benefit the long-term partnership.” They make decisions together – one person doesn’t call all the shots. It can be small issues like deciding what to watch on the TV to bigger issues like figuring out where you want to raise a family. “Knowing your partner has your back and vice versa is a great source of comfort in the game of love,” says Spira. You function as a unit and think in terms of “we” instead of “I.” Remember that you’re on the same team, says relationship expert Andrea Syrtash, author of Cheat on Your Husband (with Your Husband). “It doesn’t make sense to have a winner and a loser in an argument,” Syrtash says. “You’re more likely to fight more fairly when you consider this.”</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by <span>Stacey Feintuch</span>. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/11-daily-habits-of-couples-in-healthy-relationships?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Bindi Irwin shares adorable new baby update

<p><span>Bindi Irwin has given the world an adorable new snap of herself with her husband Chandler Powell as the pair prepare for the birth of their first baby.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKCitgRhRAL/?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/CKCitgRhRAL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The 22-year-old uploaded a photo of the couple cradling Bindi’s baby bump.</span><br /><br /><span>“All the love in the world,” the post read.</span><br /><br /><span>Bindi revealed in December of 2019 that she was excited 26 weeks into her pregnancy after announcing it in late August.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJHPpithBsr/?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/CJHPpithBsr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>While she has not confirmed her due date, she is thought to be set for an April delivery.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our beautiful daughter is the light of our lives,” Bindi shared to social media in November.</span><br /><br /><span>“Beyond thankful that she chose us to be her parents. I can’t wait for her to be here next year.”</span></p>

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High school sweethearts tie the knot after 70 years apart

<p>High school sweethearts who were separated close to seven decades ago reunited during the coronavirus pandemic and are now married.</p> <p>Their love story began 68 years ago, when Fred Paul and Florence Harvey first laid eyes on each other.</p> <p>The couple met when they were teenagers in Wandsworth, a small town in Newfoundland and Labrador province, Canada. They spent all their free time together, going for walks after church, stealing kisses in between classes, and attending concerts.</p> <p>Every night during the two years they were together, Paul, 84, would flicker his porch light before going to bed. It was his way of telling Harvey, who lived across the bay, good night and that he loved her.</p> <p>"She was my first love. My first girlfriend and my first true love."</p> <p>But when Paul turned 18, and Harvey was 15, the two ended up going their separate ways. Paul relocated to Toronto for work. A year later, when he came back to look for her, Harvey had moved to another town.</p> <p>Eventually, they both married other people and started families.</p> <p>Come 2017, Harvey was single once again after she had lost her husband of 57 years to cancer. The couple were happily married and had five children together.</p> <p>Two years later, Paul's wife of nearly 60 years, also passed away. They had two children together.</p> <p>It was the shared grief over losing their spouses that brought them back together.</p> <p>Harvey reached out to Paul after hearing the tragic news, to reassure him that things would get better.</p> <p>During that first conversation which took place after Valentine's Day, they spoke about their lives, their children and grandchildren and celebrated each other's happy moments.</p> <p>"I never thought it would go past that," Harvey, 81, told CNN. "But we went from talking once a week, to twice, to three times, to every day for hours. We had really reconnected even though we hadn't seen each other in all those years. I knew this was it."</p> <p>"When I found out she was in town and was coming to me, it was 10:30 at night. I ran out of bed and got dressed and wrote 'Welcome Florence' in chalk on the driveway and when she arrived, I walked to the car, gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and I held her hand and I knew right away that she had taken my heart," Paul said.</p> <p>Just three days after reuniting, the couple made the decision to get married</p> <p>Despite their family questioning it, Paul and Harvey knew exactly what they wanted.</p> <p>Paul was also one month away from starting treatment for stomach cancer, but Harvey was committed to being by his side throughout the good and the bad, no matter what that meant.</p> <p>On August 8, Paul and Harvey exchanged vows in front of family and close friends at Norval United Church in Georgetown, Ontario.</p> <p>"You were the first young man to walk me home in my teens," Harvey told Paul during the ceremony. "I guess you'll be the last man to walk me home."</p> <p>Now, the couple plan to go back in time and retrace the first half of their love story by visiting the childhood town where they met and fell in love all those years ago.</p>

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "expected to join Queen" at 95th birthday

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Queen has invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to her 95th birthday celebration in the first royal reunion since the pair left the British royal family.</p> <p>The Queen, 94, is set to get "back to business" after being forced to cancel a range of royal engagements due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>She invited the pair to join her for Trooping The Colour on June 12th to mark her official birthday, according to<span> </span><em>The Sunday Times</em>.</p> <p>Royal aides told the newspaper as the event is both an official and a “family occasion”, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to join the Queen at the event.</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/Byc2TbYHm1g/?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/Byc2TbYHm1g/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Last year's Trooping the Colour ceremony was a laidback affair and for the first time in 125 years, the ceremony took place at Windsor Castle where she continues to isolate with Prince Philip.</p> <p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were due to meet the Queen in March for their 12-month review, but this meeting was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.</p> <p>It is currently unclear whether the current meeting will go ahead due to coronavirus cases spiking in the UK, with 3 million citizens tested and 81,000 deaths due to the virus.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Woman gets proposed to while fast asleep

<p dir="ltr">A woman was woken up to the surprise of her life after her partner slipped an engagement ring on her finger.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jamila Williams slept soundly, and while doing so, Michael Mayorga held a ring box up to the camera and posed for a photo next to her.</p> <p dir="ltr">Taking to Facebook, Mayorga announced that he had slipped a ring on his assumed-to-be fiance at 5 am while she slept.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It's 5:00AM. For weeks now I have been planning on how to pop the question.... you know all my moves and you are one very hard woman to surprise," he wrote in the Facebook post.</p> <p dir="ltr">"But the joke's on you because now you're going to wake up with three surprises!"</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839253/sleeping-proposal-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2808660ad16a43729abbe0e8c187aa2b" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Mayorga said she would wake up to the surprise of a "phone full of congratulations notifications and texts," the engagement ring, and most hilarious of all, a picture of her sleeping that she wouldn't want "all over the internet."</p> <p dir="ltr">"Surprise!!" he exclaimed in the post.</p> <p dir="ltr">He promised to let everyone know his partner’s "verdict when she wakes up."</p> <p dir="ltr">The proposal story has gained more than 330,000 likes on Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr">"The fact I've checked her page like 4 times to see if she woke up yet and I never met this lady a day in my life lol. Let us know how you feel Jamilah!" wrote one user.</p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/MikeDaSituation/posts/10221004679060165" data-show-text="true" data-width=""> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>Jamilah Williams You're an answered prayer 🙏 💝</p> Posted by <a href="#">Michael Mayorga</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MikeDaSituation/posts/10221004679060165">Monday, October 12, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p dir="ltr">"What a surprise to wake up to LOL this is so beautiful congrats you guys...." another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">Finally, Williams woke up and delivered a resounding "yes".</p> <p dir="ltr">"I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! When a man finds a good thing you won't have to beg for ANYTHING!" Williams wrote in a post on her own personal Facebook account.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It's his loyalty, commitment, Respect, and genuine LOVE for ME! I am overwhelmed with so much love and joy!"</p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/MikeDaSituation/posts/10221392281669988" data-show-text="true" data-width=""> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>It's 5:00AM 😩 for weeks now I been planning on how to pop the question.... you know all my moves and you are one very...</p> Posted by <a href="#">Michael Mayorga</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MikeDaSituation/posts/10221392281669988">Wednesday, December 9, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p dir="ltr">"Thank you to everyone for your love and support. We are overwhelmed and words can't express how truly blessed we are. This is only the beginning to the lifetime of blessings straight from God."</p>

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Prince Charles haunted by past as The Crown blasts affair

<p><span>The Prince of Wales is not the most popular royal member, and season four of <em>The Crown</em> has only plummeted his approval rating even further.</span><br /><br /><span>While popular with only 47 per cent of Briton, Prince William and Her Majesty sits at 73 per cent.</span><br /><br /><span>The duchess of Cornwall is liked by only 34 per cent of the population.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles has the Netflix series, <em>The Crown</em>, to thank for that – a program watched by more viewers than William's 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.</span></p> <p><img id="__mcenew" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839171/queen-prince-william-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fcad4d5d3e0648fb920577da9920d79d" /><br /><span>The current season portrays him as emotionally abusive toward his now-deceased ex-wife, Princess Diana.</span><br /><br /><span>The wave of backlash against the 72-year-old heir has been so intense that the pair have disabled comments on their official Clarence House Instagram account.</span><br /><br /><span>There have also been demands for the royal to stand down as the next King of England.</span><br /><br /><span>"Charles experienced extreme hate when his affair with Camilla was outed, and when Diana was killed – but it was never as bad as this," a source for Woman’s Day said.</span><br /><br /><span>"The public is reliving those moments now – though obviously in a dramatised way – only this time everyone has a social media account through which to spout their vitriol.</span><br /><br /><span>“Clarence House is scrambling to contain it, but not many of his PR flunkies truly believe his reputation can recover from this."</span><br /><br /><span>There are rumours that The Queen may give in to demands to have Prince Charles step down.</span><br /><br /><span>"For the Queen, the monarchy comes above all else – even her own son," says an insider.</span><br /><br /><span>"At the rate things are going with everyone turning on Charles, Prince Andrew in hot water for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Harry leaving the family, she feels she can really only trust leaving her empire in Prince William's hands.</span><br /><br /><span>“He and Catherine have proved themselves to be a steady ship time and time again."</span><br /><br /><span>"At 94, the Queen should be enjoying her twilight years. Instead, the spectre of her son's failed marriage is back to bite them all.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's going to be huge if one of her final acts is to cast Charles and Camilla aside and declare that <em>the crown</em> will go to William."</span></p>

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Furious bride's epic response to sold ring goes viral

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A scorned bride-to-be has won over thousands after she explained why she's selling her engagement ring.</p> <p>UK single mum Lisa placed an ad selling her engagement ring, offering it for sale at £500 ($AUD $900) ($NZD 947) and accepted "reasonable offers".</p> <p>Lisa explained it had been worn for 9 months and was purchased from a popular store.</p> <p>When another Facebook user asked why she was selling the ring, she got more than she bargained for after a 600-word-long reply from the seller.</p> <p>Lisa, a nurse, also said she was going to use the money from selling her ring to have a “banging Christmas dinner”.</p> <p>“Well, Pam, I met this bloke about three years ago and thought he was really nice - a big soft giant, been hurt and cheated on blah blah blah [who] was going to make me happy and all that bollocks.</p> <p>“So I thought I’d give it a try being the naive, vulnerable person I am and not realising everything he was saying had happened to him is actually what he had done to his ex wife - and before that, the mother of his children.</p> <p>“I am a mug, Pam. I really am.</p> <p>“Anyway, get back to the story. So I meet this bloke, don’t find him physically attractive that much but a nice person (again, wrong).</p> <p>“So fast forward a year and he proposes to me on a holiday to Egypt which was really nice and all but I knew then it wouldn’t ever happen cos he repulsed me more than attracted me. I’d actually said to my daughter the day before that I’d die if he proposed on this holiday and **** my life, he did it.</p> <p>“Anyway, I had to say yes cos we were in a restaurant full of people, all tables decorated and about 10 Egyptians stood round the table waiting to do this traditional Egyptian dance thing.</p> <p>“The ring’s already inside a glass of champers which I wish I’d taken the risk of choking on to be honest. And it’s all too late, I’m in too deep, Pam.</p> <p>“My daughter’s white [with shock], my other daughter’s crying, I’m crying through despair not happiness - little did they know and it’s all gone too far, Pam, I couldn’t say no then could I?</p> <p>“Anyway, fast forward again a few months and he’s already had seven birds behind my back - well tried - six turned him down and one was a prozzy (prostitute). So I can’t say he did actually cheat, but he did try.</p> <p>“So by now I’m really not feeling it all so [I’m] thinking just get past Christmas, then next thing ******* boom! We’ve booked a New York trip and I’m trapped again. At least he can’t propose on this one though.</p> <p>“So a week before New York, we have a massive row and the horrible fat bastard strangles me on the bed mid-way through an argument. Oh and he’s just admitted to stealing over $50k out of his dad’s bank account, who’s got dementia so bad that the poor old sod doesn’t even know what a bank account is any more!</p> <p>“So I’m at the end of the road by then, Pam, I really am! Proper had enough babe.</p> <p>“Anyway, fast forward again to four weeks ago and I won in court for the trying to kill me blip and got him a nice electronic ankle bracelet to wear. And I thought you know what, now it is definitely over now and I’ve still got that f****** ring I wish I’d choked on.</p> <p>“It’s Christmas and I’m a single mum, I work part time as a nurse and I’m skint so let’s sell this little beauty!</p> <p>“I mean it was only an investment for him really as women are just there to feed and pay his bills so I might as well get some dollar back and have a banging Christmas dinner, Pam!</p> <p>“Might even buy me a nice pair of shoes too so I can walk away from the next fat bastard who tries to ruin my life.</p> <p>“He’s moved on too, Pam. Got a new bill pair now so it’s definitely not needed.</p> <p>“So that’s why I’m getting rid Pam, hope that answers your question.”</p> <p>People were shocked by the reply, saying it was a "wild ride".</p> <p>“No multi-billion dollar Hollywood blockbuster has ever been nearly as entertaining as this roller coaster,” said one.</p> <p>Wrote one more: “Oh, I love Lisa. She’s honestly great. I hope she has a great Christmas.”</p> <p>Said a third: “I thought the ‘I’m a mug Pam, I really am’ part was the funniest, but it really only got better from there!”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Couple puts cancelled wedding deposit to good use

<p>Most brides and grooms-to-be have been forced to scale back wedding plans due to the coronavirus pandemic, with shorter guest lists, cancelled venues and smaller receptions.</p> <p>But US couple Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis had an idea to turn around their wedding celebrations for the greater good - by giving back to others.</p> <p>The Chicago couple had been planning a large wedding reception for family and friends, but with the pandemic getting worse in the US, they realised their big day wouldn’t go ahead as planned.</p> <p>The couple ended up getting married last month in a small city hall ceremony, with only a photographer.</p> <p>The couple were left with a $5,000 catering deposit, so they asked their caterer if they could turn the wedding food into donated Thanksgiving dinners for those in need.</p> <p>The newlyweds and the catering company helped serve 200 meals to people with serious mental illnesses and substance use conditions.</p> <p>"In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn't the worst thing that could happen," said Bugg in a statement. "We're happy to be married, and we're so happy that we could help Thresholds' clients feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding cancellation."</p> <p>"They said, 'Is there any way we could do something good with our deposit?'" recalled caterer Heidi Moorman Coudal, who owns Chicago-based company Big Delicious Planet. She said most couples ask for their money back, or they simply think of the time and resources caterers put into planning their wedding menu as another sunk cost.</p> <p>"For them to think about doing something for the greater good is just really heartwarming," Coudal told CNN.</p> <p>"Everybody was really excited because they knew this food was going to a really good cause. I think of Big Delicious Planet as a company that gives a lot back to the community -- we donate our time, our food resources, our locations and community garden, so I was happy to get on board with this."</p> <p>Bugg is an outreach worker at Thresholds, a nonprofit mental health provider in Chicago that helps people with conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression.</p>

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Grieving mother of stillborn baby shocked by friend’s insensitive request

<p>A mother who recently suffered a stillbirth at just 29 weeks has shared her horrifying story to the<span> </span>Choosing Beggars Subreddit.</p> <p>“I didn’t want to put this out here, but I have no choice,” the woman wrote on her Facebook page.</p> <p>“(Name crossed out) bought me some beautiful gifts for Benjamin for when he was born.</p> <p>“A soft fleece blanket, cuddly elephant, booties, some clothes and a singing toy.</p> <p>“I didn’t ask for these things; as I said, they were gifts.”</p> <p>The poster went on to explain her son Benjamin came into this world stillborn.</p> <p>“A week later (Name crossed out) messages me asking if Benjamin used or touched the things she bought because if not … she wanted them back!” the woman said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839056/mother-stillborn-sad-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7655a5d4ab3e423ab9141b3da884cc8d" /></p> <p>The screenshots of the messages were provided by the woman, clearly in disbelief.</p> <p>“Hey, hun just wondering if u used the bits n bobs I got for the baby?” she wrote. “If not I can give them to Laura’s little one. Hope your [sic] OK and resting up hun?”</p> <p>She then followed up with another message.</p> <p>“Let me know hun before I buy more stuff, save a bit of money before Xmas, you know how it is.”</p> <p>Finally, the grieving mother responded.</p> <p>“I’m not doing OK,” she replies.</p> <p>“I’m heartbroken.”</p> <p>“I can’t believe you’re asking me at the moment, but yes I still have the things except for the blanket, he will be buried with it because it is warm and I thought it was stunning. I mean … I hope that’s OK for you?!?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839057/mother-stillborn-sad-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5ee618fed9964347bb13692f9d10aa12" /></p> <p>While many would have stopped while they were ahead, the friend clearly did not get the message.</p> <p>“Aww hun, sorry I know its [sic] a tough time, I’m sorry,” she wrote. “I just needed to know before I spend anymore, is there a chance you have another blanky for him babe?</p> <p>“Like you said its [sic] nice and warm and Laura’s baby can have use of that.”</p> <p>“I’ve been having a tough time myself lately so I’m here online and on my phone all the time for u if you need to chat,” she then added.</p> <p>“Let me know though about the blanket quickly though.”</p> <p>While the woman ignored the message from her friend, the texts would not stop.</p> <p>“What if I popped round tomorrow?” she wrote. “I can pick it up then babe.”</p> <p>This finally provoked a response from the poor mother.</p> <p>“No! Don’t come here, please,” she wrote. “The blanket is in with Benjamin!</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839058/mother-stillborn-sad.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9ba7a5144e7e4806a68d8388f04985b7" /></p> <p>“You can have the rest (of the things) I’ll drop them off at yours, don’t even think of coming here. My husband is fuming with these messages you are sending me a week after I lose my baby.</p> <p>“They’re packed in a bag … I’ll leave them at yours. The blanket is with Benjamin he is having ‘use’ out of it thank you very much.”</p> <p>The friend responded again, this time defending herself.</p> <p>Reddit users took to the comments to bash the “friend” who had wanted the items returned.</p> <p>“Imagine harassing a grieving mother over stuff that amounts to pocket change,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“I hope the woman blocks her out of her life entirely,” another aid.</p> <p>“Wow … what a garbage human.”</p> <p>The poster informed the reddit chain she has since cut the friend off completely.</p>

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The conspiracy to keep Charles and Camilla apart

<p>It was one of the last century’s most iconic “remember-where-you-were-when” moments: On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles wed Lady Diana Spencer in a fairy tale wedding watched by 750 million people, according to the BBC. It was, as Diana later said, the worst day of her life.</p> <p>“I can’t marry him,” she told her sisters during a pre-wedding lunch. But she did. Of course, we all know the ending to that story. The unhappy, scandal-wrought marriage ended in divorce in 1996, but not before Prince Charles’s enduring love for Camilla Parker Bowles had become common knowledge.</p> <p>In 2005, Prince Charles finally wed Camilla, and by all accounts, they’re as happy together as Diana, who died in that tragic car crash in 1997, always suspected they’d be. Today, with Prince Charles as the next in line for the throne, the question most often asked about Prince Charles and his second wife is whether she will ever be queen? But Charles and Camilla’s love, which has endured since they first began dating in 1972, begs another question …</p> <p>Why didn’t Charles marry Camilla back then?<br />The question was tackled in Sally Bedell Smith’s biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. According to Bedell Smith, right from the start, Charles adored the then-Camilla Shand, who’s close in age to Charles (Diana was 13 years younger) and has always treated him as an equal rather than as someone she idolised. However, the royal family wasn’t interested in having Camilla as its princess. For one thing, she was perceived as an “experienced” woman, which was a nonstarter for the royal family back then in terms of their notion of a suitable spouse for Prince Charles. For another, she wasn’t perceived as “aristocratic” enough to be a princess, according to a report by the Daily Mail on another biography of Prince Charles.</p> <p>“Lovely for you two to have a fling, but this absolutely cannot end in marriage,” Prince Charles’s great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, advised him, according to the UK’s Express. Soon after, Charles was called away on naval business overseas (convenient, eh?), and used the time to put distance between himself and Camilla. Camilla soothed herself by reconnecting with her former beau, Andrew Parker Bowles. And that’s precisely where Bedell Smith theorises that a scheme was hatched to get Camilla married off to Andrew.</p> <p>The forcing of Andrew’s “hand”<br />It’s rumoured that Camilla’s father planted a fake Camilla-Andrew engagement notice in The Times, apparently forcing Andrew’s hand. Literally. Prince Charles returned home to news of Camilla and Andrew’s engagement. According to Bedell Smith, in the absence of the fake engagement announcement that led to Andrew’s actual proposal to Camilla, Charles might have married Camilla, despite his family’s objections.</p> <p>Instead, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973, and Charles went on to date a number of “suitable” women until he met Diana Spencer in 1980. But all the while, Camilla remained in his heart, and occasionally in his plans, as Charles, himself admitted. By the end of 1995, the Parker Bowles couple was divorced, the Prince and Princess were on their way to a divorce, and Diana had famously told television interviewer Martin Bashir that “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”</p> <p>The happy ending for the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall<br />Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles got their long-awaited happy ending in 2005 when they married in a civil ceremony, which his mother, the Queen, did not attend (although she did turn up at the reception). Camilla was given the title, “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.” Today, they’re still happily married.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Lauren Cahn. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/culture/the-conspiracy-to-keep-charles-and-camilla-apart"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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