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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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Prince Harry mourns sudden loss

<p>Prince Harry has lost his godmother, Lady Celia Vestey, at 71-years-old.</p> <p>She was close to both the Queen and Prince Charles, and is reported to have “died suddenly, but peacefully”, a UK newspaper has written.</p> <p>"Celia Elizabeth SRN BA. Died suddenly, but peacefully, on Saturday 28th November, aged 71 years," the dedication in the UK's <a rel="noopener" href="https://go.lnkam.com/link/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Fobituaries%2F&amp;campaign_id=b7YMMAqMdAL7wyzNe5m3wz&amp;source=h3xqamgzbty0is" target="_blank" title="Daily Telegraph">Telegraph</a> announced.</p> <p>"Adored wife of Sam. Much loved mother of William, Arthur and Mary and loving Granny of Ella, Frankie, Sam and Cosima. Private family funeral. Memorial service later. Family flowers only please, but donations gratefully received in Celia's memory to Ebony Horse Club."</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839022/celia-vestey-prince-harry-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5414ddd3cc1d459b9a8a30f10f8c9ac2" /></p> <p>Lady Vestey had been seen a number of times in the royal box at Cheltenham and was part of the Queen's "racing circle".</p> <p>Her husband, Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey, was the Royal Household's Master of the Horse from 1999 to 2018, and in 2019 became one of Her Majesty's Lords-in-Waiting.</p> <p>Following the birthday Harry, the close family friend was made godmother to the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana alongside others including, Prince Andrew, Lady Sarah Chatto, Bryan Organ, Gerald Ward and Carolyn Bartholomew, Princess Diana's former flatmate.</p> <p>Lady Vestey has been a present force throughout the entirety of Harry’s major milestones including his confirmation day at Eton's school chapel and also at St George's Chapel for his wedding in 2018.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex has privately reached out to Lady Vestey's children, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/20201201101846/prince-harry-godmother-lady-celia-vestey-dies-suddenly/" target="_blank" title="Hello!">Hello!</a> magazine.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839021/celia-vestey-prince-harry-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3ebfe8de975048e68d84651a0a20165b" /></p> <p>The sad news follows after a heartbreaking revelation from Meghan Markle who announced in a sorrowful but beautiful written admission that she had suffered a miscarriage in July.</p> <p>The couple's private pain was made public in an op-ed for the New York Times, which reflected on Thanksgiving and being more mindful for the struggle of others.</p>

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Nicole Kidman said husband Keith Urban saved her from the "great killer" of loneliness

<p>Nicole Kidman has praised her husband Keith Urban from keeping her from loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Undoing</em><span> </span>actress praised him in a recent interview with<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_160617672419810&amp;key=e5200498106ac69367fbfbf8b5361be3&amp;libId=khv6vh6e0102kn81000DAbbr2cdm6ros2&amp;loc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etonline.com%2Fnicole-kidman-on-parenting-in-lockdown-and-how-keith-urban-saved-her-from-the-great-killer-of%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Dfeed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%253A%2BETTopStories%2B%2528Entertainment%2BTonight%253A%2BBreaking%2BNews%2529&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.glamourmagazine.co.uk%2Farticle%2Fnicole-kidman-glamour-cover-interview-2020https%3A%2F%2Fwww.glamourmagazine.co.uk%2Farticle%2Fnicole-kidman-glamour-cover-interview-2020&amp;title=Nicole%20Kidman%20on%20Parenting%20in%20Lockdown%20%26%20How%20Keith%20Urban%20Saved%20Her%20From%20the%20%E2%80%98Great%20Killer%E2%80%99%20of%20Loneliness%20%7C%20Entertainment%20Tonight&amp;txt=Glamour" target="_blank"><em>Glamour</em></a>.</p> <p>"I have a very good relationship. It is a very soothing, comforting place for me to go, and he's a very strong, warm, kind man," she said.</p> <p>"I'm very fortunate to have that in my life because it's a really strong place to be able to go and curl up."</p> <p>The pair have been married since 2006 and share daughters Rose, 12 and Faith Margaret, 9.</p> <p>"And, this is a lonely world, right?" she said. "That's an extraordinary thing to have found, particularly later in my life. But it saved me, as well, which is a beautiful thing to have."</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/CHdzh1KHS1c/?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/CHdzh1KHS1c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Kidman referred to loneliness as a global "epidemic" and that she doesn't take her husband's unconditional love for granted.</p> <p>"They say loneliness is the great killer," she said. "It causes so much pain and I've been lonely, and it is very, very, very hard. You see it in older people. You see it in young people. You see it now in this world. We can't even hug anymore. Loneliness is an epidemic. So, I am very fortunate to come home to him. My heart goes out to the people who don't have a person to go to now."</p> <p>She said her family keeps her grounded.</p> <p>"I said once, 'I prefer children to adults.' I like adults more now — not more than kids, though," she said. "I love being around children and we've got five kids living with me now because Keith had to go [to Nashville] to release his album. So, my sister moved in to help me while I'm filming, and we have three of her younger kids — she has six — living with us."</p> <p>"Our kids — because we travel, and we won't be apart — are used to having to learn online," she said. "But the social distance has been very difficult for them. They are working through the emotions. For a 12-year-old, it's about not being able to access friends easily. That's a whole thing which every parent will be going through."</p>

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Jacinda Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford jokes he's "punching above his weight"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Clarke Gayford has joked that he is "punching above his weight" in his relationship with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.</p> <p>Gayford hosts fishing program<span> </span><em>Fish of the Day</em><span> </span>and shared some insight into his relationship with Ardern.</p> <p>He answered a question about how their relationship began on Australian radio station Nova 96.9.</p> <p>"I thought you were about to accuse me of punching [above my weight], and, well, you would be right!" he joked.</p> <p>Gayford explained to hosts Fitzy and Wippa that he met his now-fiancee through official channels.</p> <p>"This is slightly embarrassing, I had a constituency issue and I emailed my local MP and I got some really good advice," he laughed.</p> <p>The pair briefly met for the first time at an awards show in 2012, with Gayford reaching out to Ardern to discuss his concerns over a proposed bill.</p> <p>The pair's relationship became more high-profile in August 2017 as Ardern became the leader of New Zealand's Labour Party. Just seven weeks later, she was elected to the office of Prime Minister.</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/CDGQlyUMOkS/?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/CDGQlyUMOkS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarke Gayford (@clarkegayford)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Gayford remembers that moment vividly.</p> <p>"As I was about to go down underwater I turned my phone off, like 'I don't want to know about this'," he told Nova's Fitzy and Wippa.</p> <p>"When I came back up the guy on the boat said, 'Yeah, mate, you might want to call back home. Your missus has had a promotion'."</p> <p>Gayford was diving in Queensland and was filming the new Discovery Channel documentary<span> </span><em>Shark Lockdown</em><span> </span>when Ardern was made Prime Minister.</p> <p>The pair are now engaged after having their first child, daughter Neve Te Aroha in June 2018.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The shocking reality about Charles and Diana’s honeymoon

<p><strong>They honeymooned on board the royal yacht Britannia</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s “wedding of the century” at St Paul’s Cathedral in July 1981, the royal pair set off for Gibraltar on Spain’s south coast, where they boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia. The yacht cruised around the Mediterranean, including the Greek islands, for 14 days. The couple ended their getaway at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. It was a luxurious itinerary – but what really went down during those first few days of the couple’s doomed marriage? Turns out, a lot more drama than you might think.</span></p> <p><strong>Diana was still reeling over this engagement comment</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While most people head out on their honeymoon with the impression that their partner is totally in love with them, Diana wasn’t so sure. Her insecurity stemmed from an awkward interview at the time of her and Charles’ engagement. “We had this ghastly interview the day we announced our engagement,” she told her speech coach on a tape that was later used for the Channel 4 documentary </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Diana: In Her Own Words</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “And this ridiculous [news] man said, ‘Are you in love?’ “I thought, what a thick question. So I said, ‘Yes, of course, we are,’ and Charles turned round and said, ‘Whatever love means.’ And that threw me completely. I thought, what a strange answer. It traumatised me.”</span></p> <p><strong>Charles called Camilla every chance he got</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although Charles’ former flame Camilla Parker Bowles had already been married to her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, for eight years, Charles still found a way to call her from the Mediterranean. “The Prince simply had to be in constant contact with Camilla or he couldn’t function properly,” his valet Stephen Barry said in the book </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Diana Chronicles</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “If he went without his daily phone call, he would become tetchy and ill-tempered.”</span></p> <p><strong>The pair didn’t enjoy their first night together</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That first night was nothing special,” Charles told a friend, according to Tina Brown’s The Diana Chronicles. “It was pleasant enough, of course. But she really was painfully naive.” According to Brown, “Charles had enjoyed women who led him, mastered him, and mothered him. He was used to being served, not required to seduce.”</span></p> <p><strong>Charles wore a gift from Camilla on the honeymoon</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As if calling Camilla wasn’t bad enough, Charles also received a gift from her. “On our honeymoon, cufflinks arrive on his wrists,” Diana said on the Channel 4 tapes. “Two C’s entwined like the Chanel ‘C’. Got it. One knew exactly. So I said, ‘Camilla gave you those, didn’t she?’ He said ‘Yes, so what’s wrong? They’re a present from a friend.’ And boy, did we have a row. Jealousy, total jealousy. And it was such a good idea – the two ‘C’s – but it wasn’t that clever.”</span></p> <p><strong>The couple’s incompatibility became extremely apparent</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 12-year age gap had always been known, but never was it more apparent than aboard the Brittania. The 32-year-old prince envisioned spending his honeymoon sunning, swimming, reading, painting, and writing thank-you letters. “He’d taken along his watercolours, some canvases and a pile of books by the Afrikaner mystic and writer Laurens van der Post, which he’d hoped he and Diana might share and then discuss in the evenings,” wrote Penny Junor in her book </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duchess</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>.</em> “Diana, however, was no great reader. She hated his wretched books and was offended that he might prefer to bury his head in one of them rather than sit and talk to her. She resented him sitting for hours at his easel, too, and they had many blazing rows. One day, when Charles was painting on the veranda deck of Britannia, he went off to look at something for half an hour. He came back to find she’d destroyed his painting and all his materials.”</span></p> <p><strong>Diana’s bulimia spiralled out of control</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Diana had been struggling with bulimia for months by the time her honeymoon came around. “[During our engagement], my husband put his hand on my waistline and said: ‘Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?’ and that triggered off something in me,” she told her biographer Andrew Morton. “And the Camilla thing. I was desperate, desperate. I remember the first time I made myself sick. I was so thrilled because I thought this was the release of tension.” The disorder only got worse aboard the Britannia.</span></p> <p><strong>Diana felt hopeless about the marriage by day two</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the world watched the prince and princess in awe, Diana began to feel despair. She told her biographer Andrew Morton that her “tremendous hope was slashed by day two.” At one point, she wrote “I feel so small, so lonely, so out of my depth,” according to Tina Brown’s book. The couple announced their separation in 1992 and divorced in 1996.</span></p> <p><strong>IMAGE:</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Shutterstock</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Juliana LaBianca</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. This article first appeared on </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/culture/the-shocking-reality-about-charles-and-dianas-honeymoon" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reader’s Digest</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>here’s our best</em> subscription offer</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

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"Do it again!": The worst way to find out your diamond ring is fake

<p>A Florida teacher and her student have gone viral across the globe after an innocent school experiment revealed her engagement ring isn’t real.</p> <p>A group of high school students used a diamond tester and went from class to class testing their teacher's rings.</p> <p>In the video that was shared to popular teen app TikTok, the students are seen approaching a teacher wearing an engagement ring with a large rock.</p> <p>The clip heard the woman saying she had proudly worn the ring for 20 years since her husband proposed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Yo this kid goes around testing his teacher’s wedding rings &amp; I’m screaming because most of them are fake 😭😭😭😭😭 <a href="https://t.co/tG3zWkDmDw">pic.twitter.com/tG3zWkDmDw</a></p> — I put sugar on my grits (@thismyburner8) <a href="https://twitter.com/thismyburner8/status/1321550282161971201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"I can test it to see if it's real?" a student asks the teacher.</p> <p>She tells him to "come on in" and places her hand on the table.</p> <p>The student commented about how large the diamond is, to which the teacher responded, "It's going to be big, we've been married over 20 years."</p> <p>However the diamond tester went on to beep, indicating the rock is not a diamond at all.</p> <p>"You say you've been married 20 years? Not going to lie I don't think it's real," the student tells her.</p> <p>The clearly agitated teacher demands the student test it again, saying: "Do it again. This thing is real. So what you telling me?"</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“Wym you don’t think it’s real?” 💀💀💀 <a href="https://t.co/1ZbdI3K3bg">pic.twitter.com/1ZbdI3K3bg</a></p> — I put sugar on my grits (@thismyburner8) <a href="https://twitter.com/thismyburner8/status/1321569964508078080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Once again, the diamond tester beeps to indicate the rock is fake.</p> <p>The footage then cut to the teacher calling her husband and taking the ring off.</p> <p>"You knew it wasn't real?” she can be heard saying over the phone.  </p> <p>“And you still gave it to me after 20 years? So this is what I'm going to get?</p> <p>"Okay, you know what, you thought it was going to be me and you tonight, guess what? It ain't. It's not going to be."</p>

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Brutal moment husband exposes wife at baby shower: “This isn’t my child”

<p>Video footage has captured the brutal moment a husband exposed his pregnant wife for carrying another man’s baby in front of family and friends at their baby shower. </p> <p>The clip was taken during what was meant to be a glorious occasion. </p> <p>The video was shared on Reddit although its authenticity has not yet been verified.</p> <p>According to a Reddit translation, the Spanish speaking husband addresses the crowd and says, “This is my lawyer. We have over here a document.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838634/baby-shower-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ab74751a523443c59f26c9ffc6a5f8e3" /></p> <p>“You guys all know that I’m expecting a boy. Here, look, I have the pregnancy test, you guys know I’m gonna (sic) be a dad. But you know what, you guys overlooked an important detail.</p> <p>“Here is proof that she isn’t four months pregnant but in fact she is six months pregnant.”</p> <p>The mum-to-be becomes more agitated as she begs her husband to discuss the matter with her outside, however he persists. </p> <p>A lawyer went on to show the crowd footage of the wife appearing to get hot and heavy with her love, who sat at the baby shower just a few tables away.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838635/baby-shower-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ddb688d35b844f968f75729483f7dd8a" /></p> <p>“That isn’t my child; this party is for these two” the man adds.</p> <p>As the baby shower begins to descend into chaos he says, “This party is not for me, but for them and I will leave it at that.”</p> <p>The woman’s father also can be heard on the footage turning to his daughter and asking,“What is your husband talking about?” to which she responds, “It’s a misunderstanding, Dad.”</p> <p>The chaotic event ended in a scuffle as the husband left with his wife chasing after him. </p> <p>The video was shared on the subreddit r/Trashy.</p> <p>The group has over 2.2 million members and is described as a place for “trashy stories, trashy glamour, all things fake, plastic and downright trashy”.</p> <p><em>Watch the video h<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/trashy/comments/jmid6h/husband_provides_proof_that_the_child_is_not_his/" target="_blank">ere.</a></em></p>

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"It was what he wanted": Sean Connery widow reflects on final moments

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Micheline Roquebrune, the grieving widow of movie legend Sir Sean Connery revealed that the star wanted to "slip away quietly" after a long battle with dementia.</p> <p>The pair were married for 45 years and Micheline took the time to reflect on her "wonderful life" with her husband who died in his sleep overnight.</p> <p>“It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself latterly,” Micheline told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8901151/Sean-Connerys-widow-Micheline-reveals-final-moments-Bond-star-died-aged-90.html" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>She added: “At least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful. I was with him all the time and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted.”</p> <p>Micheline, 91, said that his condition had quickly deteriorated.</p> <p>“He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his final wish to slip away without any fuss.”</p> <p>She also reflected on life without the star, saying it was "going to be very hard without him".</p> <p>“He was gorgeous and we had a wonderful life together. He was a model of a man. It is going to be very hard without him, I know that. But it could not last for ever and he went peacefully.”</p> <p>The pair first met in 1970 at a golf tournament, with Micheline not knowing who he was initially.</p> <p>“I saw this man from the back, and of course, he had a fine physique” she told <em>The Sun</em> of the 6ft 2 actor.</p> <p>“But that first day I didn’t know who he was or anything about him.</p> <p>“Then I dreamed I saw this man. I was in his arms. And I thought ‘At last, peace’.</p> <p>“The next day I went back to the tournament and that was that!”.</p> <p>Their connection was so strong that the couple didn't even need to speak the same language.</p> <p>“Oh we had no problem communicating — body language!”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Hugh Grant opens up on Notting Hill sequel with Julia Roberts

<p><span>Hugh Grant has revealed he is willing to do a Notting Hill sequel – but stressed that fans could not expect a happily ever after.</span><br /><br /><span>The British actor took to Twitter where he participated in a Q&amp;A session for his new HBO miniseries The Undoing.</span><br /><br /><span>The 60-year-old explained what it would take for him to revisit the romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts, 52.</span><br /><br /><span>“I would like to do a sequel to one of my own romantic comedies that shows what happened after one of those films ended,” he explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“Really, to prove the terrible lie that they all were, that it was a happy ending.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’d like to do me and Julia and the hideous divorce that’s ensued with really expensive lawyers, children involved in (a) tug of love, flood of tears.</span><br /><br /><span>“Psychologically scarred forever. I’d love to do that film.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Do you have a favorite character that you’ve played in your career? <a href="https://t.co/FVeW4fWOwW">pic.twitter.com/FVeW4fWOwW</a></p> — HBO (@HBO) <a href="https://twitter.com/HBO/status/1320547232437813248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>The 1999 film follows London bookstore owner William Thacker (Grant) who, by a stroke of luck, meets famous movie star Anna Scott (Roberts).</span><br /><br /><span>The two develop an unlikely romance that involves tabloid drama.</span><br /><br /><span>Roberts’ lead character would also go on to say the iconic line: “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”</span><br /><br /><span>In the end, the couple ends up married, in love and with a baby on the way.</span><br /><br /><span>Grant has famously starred in a number of iconic romantic comedies during the ‘90s and early ‘00s including Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Nine Months (1995), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Love Actually (2003).</span><br /><br /><span>In his new show with Australian starlet, The Undoing, he plays Jonathan Fraser, who is accused of murder.</span><br /><br /><span>In January, Grant admitted it was freeing to take on a completely different role.</span><br /><br /><span>“Christ, it’s such a relief (to play bad guys),” he explained to TVGuide.com at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“I can’t tell you. Richard Curtis, who wrote all of those romantic comedies did a lot of – it always used to make him laugh that people thought I was that nice, public, Englishman because he knew that exactly the reverse was true.”</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s very nice to be closer to home,” he added.</span><br /><br /><span>Grant does not want anyone to get confused though - he does not regret any of his famous rom-com movie roles.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was being paid tons of money,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was very lucky. And most of those romantic comedies I can look squarely in the face – one or two are shockers, but on the whole, I can look them in the face and people like them.”</span></p>

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Pope Francis shows support for same-sex marriage for the first time

<p>Pope Francis has defended the right of gay couples to enter into a legally recognised civil union in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.</p> <p>In the film, Fransesco by Evgeny Afineevsky, the religious leader says that gay people have the right to be in a family.</p> <p>“These are children of God, they have the right to a family,” Francis says in the film, speaking in Spanish.</p> <p>“What we have to create is a law of civil union, they have the right to be legally protected. I have defended that.”</p> <p>According to biographer Austen Ivereigh, the future pope backed civil unions for gay couples while he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires and known as Jorge Bergoglio.</p> <p>But Francis has been vocal about his stance of gay marriage in the past, saying that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.</p> <p>“‘Marriage’ is a historic word,” he told French sociologist Dominique Wolton in a 2017 book of interviews. “Always among human beings, and not only in the Church, it has been between a man and a woman. You can’t just change that like that.”</p> <p>“Since the beginning of the pontificate the Pope has spoken of respect for homosexuals and has been against their discrimination,” Vatican expert Vania de Luca told RaiNews.</p> <p>“The novelty today is that he defends as pope a law for civil unions.”</p> <p>After becoming pope in 2013, Francis welcomed homosexuals with his now famous phrase, “Who am I to judge?” and has invited gay couples to the Vatican on multiple occasions.</p> <p>The two-hour documentary looks back at the last seven years pf his pontificate and travels.</p> <p>One of the most heartfelt moments in the film os when the Pope called a gay couple, parents of three young children, after they sent him a letter saying they felt ashamed to bring their children to the parish.</p> <p>Francis invited them over regardless, saying to not be concerned of other people’s judgements.</p> <p>In the past, he has regularly said gay people should be accepted in their parishes and urged parents not to reject their gay children.</p> <p>Chilean Juan Carlos Cruz, an activist against sexual abuse within the Church, accompanied the director to the film screening on Wednesday.</p> <p>“When I met Pope Francis he told me he was very sorry about what happened. Juan, it is God who made you gay and he loves you anyway. God loves you and the Pope loves you too,” says Cruz in the film.</p>

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Royal snub: Prince Charles' quiet decision against Prince Harry

<p>Christmas is approaching and Prince Harry has been served the ultimate royal snub by his father Prince Charles.</p> <p>Each year, the royal family releases Christmas teddy bears that are named after members of The Firm.</p> <p>However, Harry is nowhere to be found on the website this year.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838341/prince-harry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c0a04e8d080a4650ab628eb06a7ab02c" /></p> <p>It follows after an intense year for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who announced their intention to resign as senior royal members at the beginning of the year.</p> <p>The couple are now perched in their California mansion with their son, Archie, as they pursue their own career paths.</p> <p>The teddy bears are sold through the Highgrove Gardens store along with other products.</p> <p>All funds raised going towards the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund.</p> <p>The 'William' and 'Louis' teddy bears are selling for £125 (AUD$227) and are made of alpaca hair and feature a gold-embroidered Highgrove emblem on its paw.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838339/prince-harry-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4bfcfb9ac42541ce8df3bb72580046b0" /></p> <p>The 'William' bear is described as: "Handmade by Merrythought, the last remaining British teddy bear manufacturer, William is a classically designed teddy bear crafted from the highest-quality pale gold alpaca hair.</p> <p>"Featuring a gold embroidered Highgrove emblem on his sandy-beige silk paw, he has honeyed coloured eyes, a beautifully simple smile and is wonderfully soft and cuddly.</p> <p>"His look is complete with a large green and gold satin bow – a perfect accessory for a grand looking bear.</p> <p>"An ideal companion for anyone who loves bears, William arrives in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity.</p> <p>"William Bear is an exquisite piece of British heritage and a loyal companion to both adults and children alike."</p> <p>Only 200 William bears have been made and each comes in an easy-to-wrap presentation box.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838339/prince-harry-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4bfcfb9ac42541ce8df3bb72580046b0" /></p> <p>In 2019, a limited edition 'Harry' bear made from mohair from goats was withdrawn from sale after concerns were raised about animal cruelty.</p> <p>The gift shop told The Mirror: "We will no longer be selling products manufactured using mohair once current stocks have sold out."</p> <p>Since then though, a more ethical version of the 'Harry' bear has not been produced.</p> <p>All items relating to Prince Andrew have been entirely pulled from the gift shop.</p> <p>Prince Andrew has stepped down from royal duties after his friendship with deceased convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was made public.</p> <p>Prince Harry memorabilia is still on sale at Balmoral.</p>

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Woman raids wedding of man she is already married to

<p>A woman has raided the wedding of a man who she claims she is already married to after he reportedly told his wife he was heading out of town for work.</p> <p>Video footage of Abraham Muyunda, from Zambia, shows the father-of-three about to wed his loved before his hysterical wife stormed the church and demanded the ceremony to abruptly end.</p> <p>His bold plan was exposed after his wife caught wind of his secret ceremony by one of his neighbours, the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.zambianobserver.com/video-angry-wife-storms-husbands-wedding-disrupts-ceremony/" target="_blank">Zambian Observer </a></em>reported.</p> <p>His wife then rushes to the church with video footage showing her trying to halt the ceremony.</p> <p>“This wedding can’t go on … this man here is my husband,” she says while marching up the aisle.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838269/wedding-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f484d1633fbb40bc9959500aacc5a83f" /></p> <p>Guests can be heard gasping in the background as the groom looks on with his hand on his chin.</p> <p>The footage showed no reaction from the new bride while Mr Muyunda’s alleged wife attempts to approach the couple before being stopped by the bridal party.</p> <p>“This man is my husband. We haven’t divorced,” she told him.</p> <p>She added: “we never quarrelled … I don’t know what is happening here”.</p> <p>She was seen carrying a baby in a papoose strapped to her back.</p> <p>She also reportedly had her other children in tow as she stormed into a Roman Catholic church in Chainda, an area of the capital Lusaka.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838268/wedding-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/246ea1709c0d4d54a983ab7cb7bbc57f" /></p> <p>Local media write that Mr Muyunda was taken to a police station, with his bride allegedly aware he was married.</p> <p>Reports claim Mr Muyunda could be charged with bigamy, and face up to seven years in jail.</p> <p>The UN states that Zambia has two different marriage systems.</p> <p>One system is based on customary law and the other on modern statute law.</p> <p>The latter does not allow for polygamy, and anyone who tries to get married under statute law when they already have a husband or wife is liable to prosecution.</p>

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Bride blinded by her own wedding flowers

<p>After picking wildflowers from her Nebraska, US, property for her upcoming wedding day, Christine Jo Miller had a reaction that sent her entire Big Day spinning into chaos.</p> <p>In a series of TikTok videos, Christine explained how those wildflowers caused a violent poisonous reaction on her wedding day. She thought it would be romantic to use the beautiful flowers, so in the days leading up to the wedding she picked enough to fill an entire truck – completely unware of how poisonous that type of Snow-on-the-mountain wildflower can be.</p> <p>The night before the wedding, the bride and her girlfriends spent the evening arranging the wildflowers with white roses and baby’s breath. And when Christine woke up on the wedding day, she found her face covered in a dreadful rash caused by the sap residue.</p> <p>Posting a photo of herself lying on the floor, she wrote: “I started feeling sick and feverish from the pain. So I did the cucumber trick and slept while I got my hair done.”</p> <p>But while she’d covered her eyes in slices of cucumber, Christine was horrified when she realised she’d lost her vision because her face was so swollen.</p> <p>After being rushed to the nearest emergency room, matters only got worse for Christine as it was Labour Day weekend and the ER wasn’t open. Despite receiving no treatment for the allergic reaction, Christine was determined to go ahead and walk down the aisle.</p> <p> “I wasn’t dying,” she wrote, “So I thought I just needed to suck it up. Tried to do make-up – was in too much pain so I ended up sleeping until my mum said it was time to put my dress on.”</p> <p>Once the vows were complete, Christine was immediately taken to hospital and given eye drops, pain medication and a steroid shot. Later at the reception, Christine admitted: “We didn’t want to do a first dance because I didn’t want to be the centre of attention out of embarrassment.”</p> <p>When a guest tried to get her to dance, Christine screamed in pain and said she spent most of the rest of the day under a table to avoid any attention.</p> <p>A week later after the swelling went down, the photographer arranged a surprise wedding reception for the couple where they were able to get the shots they wanted – and finally have that all-important dance.</p> <p><strong>Images:</strong> @christinejomiller/TikTok</p>

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12 rude conversation habits you need to stop ASAP

<p><strong>Interrupting people</strong></p> <p>It happens to everyone who likes chitchatting. Something pops into your head while your friend is speaking, and you interrupt them to blurt it out. Although this might happen occasionally, it’s definitely more of a rude conversation habit for many people. Emilie Dulles, who has more than 29 years of experience in traditional etiquette, says interrupting people is the most common rude conversation habit she encounters. Interrupting not only expresses a lack of interest or respect for the speaker, but it also stops people from sharing the punchline or pearl of wisdom that might come at the end of their story, according to Dulles. So always let others finish their thoughts completely unless what you have to say is extremely urgent or related to an emergency, adds Bonnie Tsai, the founder and director of Beyond Etiquette.</p> <p><strong>Overusing sarcasm</strong></p> <p>Sarcasm is a hit or miss in most conversations, especially if people don’t already know your sense of humour, according to Tsai. So always be mindful of your audience and determine if it’s the right time or place. “If you have to ask whether or not it’s appropriate, it’s most likely not,” says Tsai.</p> <p><strong>Only talking about yourself</strong></p> <p>Strictly talking about yourself while speaking with others makes you appear narcissistic and inconsiderate of other people and their feelings. “Everyone’s experience and feelings are just as important as yours,” says Tsai. “They want to be able to share their stories just like you want to share yours.” Not only is talking exclusively about yourself pompous but Julia Esteve Boyd, an international etiquette consultant based in Switzerland who travels globally, says that monopolising the conversation is just plain irritating and boring.</p> <p><strong>Scrolling while speaking</strong></p> <p>Being distracted by your phone is one of the rude conversation habits that are more popular than ever before, according to Tsai. “Our phones are great for connecting with those who are far away, however, it takes time away from those who we are with in the moment,” says Tsai. If you use your phone during a conversation, it might signal boredom, that you’d rather be elsewhere, or that whatever is happening on your phone is more essential. “The message won’t go away, but the person we are conversing with might,” says Boyd. Using your phone during a conversation is the “height of rudeness,” according to Boyd.</p> <p><strong>Always needing to be “right”</strong></p> <p>If the conversation takes turns into more of a debate, don’t worry about being “right.” Insisting on winning an argument doesn’t mean you win the fight since this kind of behaviour is rude, says Tsai. “The important thing isn’t about being right or wrong, but understanding where each other is coming from and the ability to empathise with one another without judgment,” says Tsai. “That’s how we can have more productive conversations to help us move forward and learn about one another.”</p> <p><strong>One-upping the other person</strong></p> <p>So your friend just mentioned their first-ever international trip to Italy – and all you want is to chatter away about your semester abroad in Milan. It might be a good idea to hold off. “Someone else sharing their experience with you doesn’t require you to counter with your own,” says Tsai. “They are simply sharing a personal experience with you rather than hear about how you recently had the same experience or something even better.”</p> <p><strong>Prepping your response before the end of a story</strong></p> <p>Too many people these days aren’t actually listening to a conversation intentionally. Instead, “they are waiting for their turn to speak, or in the worst cases, interrupting to get to speak right now,” says Dulles. Instead of preparing what you want to say next, Dulles suggests taking a deep breath and taking in what the other person says. After a few seconds pass, it’s your turn to speak.</p> <p><strong>Turning every conversation into gossip</strong></p> <p>Dulles says that gossip is at a new level in conversation today, thanks to social media. Not only is there less time to process information, but this also leads to comparison and envy – turning spectators into critics and gossipers in no time, according to Dulles. Whether you converse via phone or in person, the old adage holds true: If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.</p> <p><strong>Asking probing questions</strong></p> <p>Some questions are just too personal for casual or group conversations. And Boyd has to correct her clients for asking these questions that are too personal. Instead, keep all conversational topics neutral. “Talk about your culture, another culture, food, travel, wine, hobbies, local news and general family questions,” says Boyd. If other people start in with intrusive questions, you can answer them without making things awkward. For people who ask how much money you make say, “Not enough!” Or if your cousin won’t stop asking when you’re having kids say, “I don’t know, but I may need a babysitter one day, can I count on you?”</p> <p><strong>Making inappropriate comments</strong></p> <p>It’s key to be respectful of other people’s boundaries and sensitivities, regardless of gender or culture. “If you accidentally let an inappropriate comment slip, apologise, take responsibility, and use it as a teaching moment for yourself and others,” says Tsai.</p> <p><strong>Not reading the room</strong></p> <p>If there’s one thing you take away from this list of rude conversation habits, it’s the importance of reading the room. This expression is popular because it speaks to the need for self-awareness as well as the awareness of others, according to Dulles. “Your conversation topics, tone and volume need to be streamlined to the setting and the people around you,” says Dulles.</p> <p><strong>Assuming you’re a good conversationalist</strong></p> <p>There’s always room for improvement, even if you don’t think you’re guilty of these rude conversation habits. “Conversation etiquette ultimately stems from having respect and consideration for others,” says Tsai. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have any conversation habits that come off as rude, ask your close friends and family to help you out. “They can help you be aware of any quirks or habits you have when you’re spending time with others that can be perceived as inappropriate,” says Tsai. More importantly, once you know these things, you can work on them and become an even better conversationalist.</p> <p><em>Written by Emily DiNuzzo</em><em>. This article first appeared on </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/12-rude-conversation-habits-you-need-to-stop-asap?pages=1"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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“He’s not my dad”: Couple with 29-year age gap leaves onlookers stunned

<p>A couple who has a 29-year age gap have revealed they are constantly confused for being a father and daughter duo, and insist they are happier together.</p> <p>Kayla Caudill, 23, from Georgia, US, met her 51-year-old boyfriend Stephen Dunn in May 2019 while he did her belly button piercing.</p> <p>Kayla says that while both she and Stephen were in relationships at the time, they exchanged conversation and formed a friendship.</p> <p>“We definitely didn't have love at first sight, but there was something special there,” Kayla said.</p> <p>“Neither one of us were in the position to pursue a relationship at that time. He was with someone and I was married. It was strictly a friendship in the beginning.</p> <p> “I thought he was so charismatic, handsome, and attentive. He thought I was kind and liked how I listened when he spoke. There was no denying our connection.”</p> <p>The pair confirmed that neither of them were happy or fulfilled in their previous relationships but found solace in each other as communication came easy and sparks flew.</p> <p>In 2019, Kayla says they took a chance on each other and began a relationship.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838161/couple.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/93ba909d2cbb457bbafce3fced46d98b" /></p> <p>“We both left everything we knew, everything we had built in our separate lives, for each other. It was crazy. I knew I had to have him. He was everything I had wanted in someone,” she said.</p> <p>“We have a gap in maturity obviously. I don't have as much life experience as him but I have been through a lot. He teaches me about life and I learn.</p> <p>“I'm more mature than my age labels me as and it works to my advantage. If I acted my age, we would not be together. I label myself as a forty-three-year-old in a twenty-three-year-old’s body.”</p> <p>The couple’s 29-year age difference has caused a divide with their families – Kayla has said her own father has disowned her.</p> <p>Additionally, Stephen’s ex-partner doesn’t want Kayla to be involved with his children - which she respects.</p> <p>For the most part, the pair’s families are happy to see them happy.</p> <p>“The longer we are together the more people start to see that we are just like any other couple who love and care for each other deeply,” Kayla revealed</p> <p>“We make each other laugh. We get another chance to really experience what love is supposed to be like. We help each other heal from past trauma in relationships and we have lots of sex.</p> <p>“It sounds crazy but it was something we've both lacked in previous relationships.”</p> <p> She says the most difficult thing is other people.</p> <p>“We understand that there are those that won't be understanding, those that are angry and hurt from our choice to be together, but at the end of the day we chose each other and we'd do it over and over again,” she said.</p> <p>“We get asked, ‘Is that your daughter?’ We love making others stare leaving them confused,” she added.</p> <p>“It's like comedic relief for us. We honestly need our own reality tv show because I think others would love some mindless entertainment that we call everyday life.”</p>

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Jon Bon Jovi reveals secret behind 31 years of successful marriage with high school sweetheart

<p>Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Bongiovi are madly in love, just as they were when they first began dating back in high school.</p> <p>The couple opened up to <em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://people.com/music/jon-bon-jovi-wife-dorothea-40-year-love-story/" target="_blank" title="people.com">People</a></em><span> </span>magazine on Wednesday and admitted the secret recipe to cook up a bond like the one they have shared for over 40 years.</p> <p>“Mutual respect,” Bon Jovi told the outlet.</p> <p>“Having grown up together and grown together. And we really like each other. We want to hang out.”</p> <p>The pair, both 58, have four children: Stephanie, 27, Jesse, 25, Jacob, 18, and Romeo, 16.</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/CFfZ-LJsYAh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFfZ-LJsYAh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by BON GIOVI FAMILY🤍✨ (@bongiovi.family)</a> on Sep 23, 2020 at 12:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The <em>Livin’ On A Prayer</em> singer also admitted that in spire of the endless fame and fortune, Dorothea has always remained “without a doubt” his rock.</p> <p>“We work hard at it, but we enjoy each other and we never fell for the trappings of what celebrity can do,” he said.</p> <p>“We’ve witnessed that happen over the years to people that were close to us and people that we knew from afar. It’s just what I do, it’s not who I am. I write songs.</p> <p>“I happen to be very good at performing them. That’s it.”</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/CFxFnj7s58A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFxFnj7s58A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bongiovi kids ( Fan Account ) (@bongiovi_kids)</a> on Sep 30, 2020 at 9:14am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The couple have also been outspoken on giving their kids a normal upbringing.</p> <p>Together the pair launched the Soul Foundation in 2006, and together alongside their family and the organisation, they aim to tackle homelessness and hunger in the United States.</p> <p>“It’s a partnership,” Dorothea told the outlet.</p> <p>“When we see injustice or people suffering, you want to help. We’re very blessed, and we have the ability to do that.”</p> <p>“I’m happiest if I like what I do for a living, I’m doing right by my family and I’m making the world just a little bit better,” Bon Jovi said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838138/bon-jovi.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/363c63675a9c41dbbd7514c7e6cd9df6" /></p> <p>The couple met at Sayreville War Memorial High School in their New Jersey hometown.</p> <p>In 1989, at the height of Bon Jovi’s success, the couple eloped to Las Vegas.</p> <p>Bon Jovi admitted he is not saint, and found a sanctuary in his marriage.</p> <p>“She’s the glue,” he said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838136/bon-jovi-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/42c1458918954fdeb1ad99d76a87b3e8" /></p> <p>“I’m the crazy visionary with all kinds of things flying, and the seams are all splitting. She’s the one following me with the glue and the thread and needle, keeping it all together.</p> <p>“Somehow I became the poster boy for a long-married rock star.</p> <p>“But I’ll accept the mantle because I’m so happy.”</p>

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Woman's family betrayal after waking up from coma

<p>A woman in Brazil has been left devastated after fighting her way through a coma only to discover her husband was cheating on her with her own mother.</p> <p>Kamylla Wanessa Cordeiro de Melo, 25, claims she met the man of her dreams, who was 10 years older than her and they "fell in love".</p> <p>They married in 2013 and she gave birth to a son after a "complicated pregnancy".</p> <p>Things fell apart later as she suffered a stroke four years later after bariatric surgery.</p> <p>“At the end of 2017, I needed to have bariatric surgery,” Kamylla told Brazilian news outlet <em>No Amazonas é assim</em>.</p> <p>“The idea was not to lose weight but to take care of my hormonal rates. After operating, I had a stroke and needed to be hospitalised again.”</p> <p>After the surgery, she fell into a coma for 78 days.</p> <p>Instead of her family rallying around her, Kamylla claims that her mother stole her husband and then married him.</p> <p>“During this period, my mother – I swear I can’t call her a mother anymore – went to my house to help my husband take care of my son who at the time, was four years old,” Kamylla told <em>Marie Claire</em>, according to <em>The Sun.</em></p> <p>“Only later did I learn that in the four months I spent in the hospital, much of the time between life and death, my ex had only visited me twice and my mother, none.”</p> <p>After she woke, Kamylla's father picked her up from the hospital and said his wife was having an affair with her husband.</p> <p>“It looked like he was being stabbed in the chest, a mixture of disappointment and disbelief,” Kamylla said of her father when he told her what happened.</p> <p>She claimed that the relationship with her mother had always been "rocky", claiming that her mother started "competing" with her when she was a teenager.</p> <p>“As a teenager, around 13, 14 years old, my mother started to compete with me,” she said.</p> <p>“(She) said that my clothes were better suited to her, that her food was better … Nothing I did was good enough.”</p> <p>To add insult to injury, her mum and ex-husband don't even try to hide their relationship and proudly flaunt it.</p> <p>“I recently learned that my mother is keen to celebrate their relationship anniversary on March 2, without even disguising that she started going out with my then-husband while I was in the hospital,” Kamylla said.</p> <p>However, the mother and son have been able to move on and live happy lives despite the "toxic" situation.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/man-cheats-on-wife-with-her-mum-while-she-was-in-a-coma/news-story/d609f0e9be6bf082cba32eabb9191001" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em></p>

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Dad’s shocking encounter in Westfield parents’ room

<p>A New Zealand father has been asked to leave the parents’ room as he was taking care of his five-month-old daughter.</p> <p>Josh Anderson was shopping at a Westfield in Manukau, Auckland when he entered the parents’ room to change his daughter’s nappy and feed her.</p> <p>He also used the bathroom himself while he was there so he could park his daughter’s pram into the cubicle with him, but when he came out he was confronted by an angry woman who told him men weren’t welcome in the room.</p> <p>The woman then pointed to the sign on the parents’ room door which showed a female figure with a child, and proceeded to tell him he should have taken his daughter to the men’s bathroom.</p> <p> “You're not allowed to use this facility because it's for women only. Can you not see the sign? You have no right!” the woman allegedly said.</p> <p>Mr Anderson then asked the woman if she believed he should change his daughter in the men’s room, and she responded: “that’s what all the men are supposed to do.”</p> <p>The child’s mum Kori Anderson said she was livid when she found out about her husband’s experience.</p> <p>“It’s called a PARENTS’ room for a reason,” Mrs Anderson wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“Parents’ rooms in malls are not just for mums - dads and caregivers are welcome too. If you aren’t aware of this then please take the time to educate yourself and your family,” she added.</p> <p>Mrs Anderson said a men’s public bathroom isn’t a suitable place to change a baby and her husband has the right to use the parents’ room when with children.</p> <p>“There are no change tables in the men’s room, let alone anywhere clean or suitable to tend to a baby. There’s also nowhere to leave a pram with a baby safely whilst the father uses the cubicle and for slightly older female children I would consider the men’s room an inappropriate place for them to be,” Mrs Anderson told Yahoo News Australia</p> <p>A spokesperson for Manukau City Westfield released a statement saying the room was open for all caregivers.</p> <p>"Parents’ rooms are provided for the use of all parents, carers and guardians,” the spokesperson said.</p>

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