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Buckingham Palace confirms royal couple have divorced

<p>Buckingham Palace has confirmed Lady Davina Windsor and husband, a New Zealand native, Gary Lewis, have divorced after 14 years of marriage.</p> <p>Quipped as an unlikely match, the split breaks apart the great-granddaughter of King George V and the first New Zealander to marry into the royal family.</p> <p>Lady Davina is daughter to the Queen’s first cousin, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and is 30th in line to the throne.</p> <p>“It’s very sad, but their differences were just too great in the end,” a friend of the couple told the<a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6815659/EDEN-CONFIDENTIAL-Lady-Davina-Windsors-14-year-marriage-Maori-sheep-shearer-husband-ends.html"> <em>Daily Mail</em>.</a></p> <p>Gary was the first person of Māori descent to marry into the British royal family.</p> <p>Hopeful royal onlookers used the pair’s union as “proof” that marriages between royalty and commoners were not at all impossible.</p> <p>Lady Davina and Gary, a carpenter by trade, met while on holiday in Bali in 2000. They married in the private chapel at Kensington Palace four years later in 2004.</p> <p>The royal couple moved to a working-class suburb in Auckland before eventually trailing back to Britain.</p> <p>The couple lived a relatively private life, although appearing at the Trooping the Colour ceremony as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding ceremony.</p> <p>As children, Prince William was often pictured running around Buckingham Palace with his older cousin, Lady Davina and her sister Lady Rose Windsor.</p> <p>The couple share two children, Senna Kowhai, eight, and Tane Mahuta, six. Gary also has a 26-year-old son from a previous relationship.</p> <p>“Gazza”, Lewis is allegedly known to friends as, is the son of a champion sheep-shearer.</p> <p>While the reason behind the divorce remains unknown, both Lady Davina and now-ex-husband are both said to remain “actively involved in the upbringing of their children.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the royal couple.</p>

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Julianne Moore opens up about her 16-year marriage to Bart Freundlich

<p>Many Hollywood couples haven’t stood the test of time, however, Julianne Moore’s 16-year marriage to filmmaker and director Bart Freundlich, 49, is a shining example of a famous long-lasting relationship.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the 58-year-old veteran actress revealed the dynamics of her family life in an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/movies/julianne-moore-what-makes-her-16-year-marriage-work/" target="_blank"><em>People</em>.</a></p> <p>The couple have two children together, 21-year-old Caleb and 16-year-old Liv throughout their long marriage. In the revealing interview, Moore explained her excellent relationship with Freundlich has been the result of years of hard work.</p> <p>“We have this narrative in our culture that if you want a career, you have to work hard, go to school, look for a job, you have to apply yourself, but love is supposed to just happen to you,” explained the Oscar winner.</p> <p>“One day you’re going to meet someone and get hit over the head and boom! That happens in romantic comedies but in real life you have to make time.</p> <p>“When you find a person, you have to invest in them and that relationship. And that’s what love is.”</p> <p>The Hollywood couple married in 2003 after meeting in 1996 on the set of <em>The Myth of Fingerprints</em>, which the 49-year-old film maker directed.</p> <p>“It was pretty unexpected,” she said of their relationship.</p> <p>“It kept going, and now we have this huge history together.”</p> <p>The <em>Still Alice</em> star compared her strong marriage to a “container” and explained her and her husband’s container is “pretty good. It’s not airtight but it’s pretty good.”</p> <p>She also added marriage is: “a container for a family and that’s why legal marriage is important — that everyone be allowed to be married, every couple, because it’s a way of saying to the world, ‘I’m legally committed to this person and I’m going to make this container for the two of us, and then our children, and our life together'.”</p> <p>With one of their children close to finishing college while their youngest is prepping for her last years of high school – for Moore, life couldn’t get any better.  </p> <p>“'You think, ‘Wow we did it!’ We are intact and we are happy.”</p> <p>Both Moore and Freundlich currently reside in New York.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich through their 16 years of marriage.</p>

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New letters from Princess Margaret reveal her true feelings about Prince Charles

<p>A series of letters have been discovered which were written by none other than Princess Margaret.</p> <p>The letters were written when Princess Margaret was a teenager, and they shed some light on how she was feeling about becoming a first-time aunt.</p> <p>The notes were written to Sharman Douglas, who was Princess Margaret’s close friend. Douglas was an American socialite and the duo attended parties and dinners together, forging a close bond.</p> <p>In one letter dated 1st April 1979, Margaret writes:</p> <p>"Thank you very much for my delightful evening on Wednesday. I did love every minute of it.</p> <p>"In that last fleeting moment in the 400 [the 400 Club in Leicester] you said you'd like to come and see my heavenly nephew.</p> <p>"I don't know quite when you stop work but if you'd like to drop in about 5.30 on either Wed or Thurs next week, whichever suits, I would adore to show him to you."</p> <p>There’s a series of ten letters that are now up for auction by Ewbanks in London.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo credit: EW Bank Auctions</em><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7824861/nr011215-2_1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7425a5eb02d94bffb2990c2c62a00b76" /></p> <p>Each letter, which includes the envelope and the instructions for the notes to be delivered “by hand” are estimated to sell for $184 to $277 a piece.</p> <p>In another letter dated 12 July 1949, Princess Margaret thanks Douglas for a magnificent time.</p> <p>"I was feeling so very excited by the time our Can Can was due that I could hardly breathe but the audience was superb, and I have never enjoyed myself so much.</p> <p>"Mummie came in this morning to my room and I was so ecstatic … that I had to dress up and do the whole thing for her!"</p> <p>The series of letters are going on auction on the 22nd of March 2019.</p>

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Sarah Ferguson’s incredibly touching tribute to “dear Diana”

<p>Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, made an incredible touching honour to the late Princess Diana, her close friend and confidante before her death in 1997.</p> <p>In a social media post, Ferguson shared a collection of photographs of some of the “strong women” in her life, including her late mother and her two daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.</p> <p>"Thinking of some of the strong women who've been part of my life – my late mother, my dear departed friends Diana and Carolyn Cotterell and of course my fierce, beautiful, loving daughters who make me proud every day," she captioned the images.</p> <p>Included in the series of photographs was a younger Princess Di and Fergie in their royal days, smiling happily.</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/Buwp9LgF4_4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Buwp9LgF4_4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Thinking of some of the strong women who've been part of my life - my late mother, my dear, departed friends Diana and Carolyn Cotterell and of course my fierce, beautiful, loving daughters Beatrice and Eugenie who make me proud every day #InternationalWomensDay #BalanceforBetter #girlpower</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sarahferguson15/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Sarah Ferguson</a> (@sarahferguson15) on Mar 8, 2019 at 12:10pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The post was in tribute of International Women’s Day on March 8 – a global movement celebrating the achievements of women in society as well as a movement which calls for gender equality.</p> <p>Fans showed their delight with the touching tribute.</p> <p>“You are truly an amazing woman yourself you are strong and beautiful and have a wonderful family. Thank you for remembering Diana,” wrote one Instagram user.</p> <p>“Lovely photos! Thanks for honouring Diana! You and your daughters are wonderful women! Happy International Women’s Day!” added another.</p> <p>Sarah has explained that the negative coverage framing her and Diana as rivals was untrue as the duo were extremely close and found comfort in each other during their royal days.  </p> <p>"Women, in particular, are constantly pitted against and compared with each other in a way that reminds me of how people tried to portray Diana and me all the time as rivals, which is something neither of us ever really felt," she wrote in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/healthandbeauty/health-and-fitness/2019021167679/sarah-ferguson-online-bullying-hello-to-kindness-exclusive/" target="_blank" title="Hello! Magazine."><em>Hello! Magazine</em>.</a></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823807/diana-and-fergie.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a72ba6b5b3f547599a27d8268c2d0136" /></p> <p>Both and Sarah and Princess Di had in fact known each other years before they were both married into the royal family – Diana playing a massive role in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/the-role-princess-diana-played-in-prince-andrew-and-fergie-s-romance" target="_blank">Fergie’s and Prince Andrew's whirlwind romance.</a></p> <p>The duo leaned on each other during tough times, especially when both marriages were facing increasing difficulty.</p> <p>“We burned the phone wires into the night, trading secrets and jokes that no-one else would understand,” Fergie wrote in her autobiography.</p> <p>However, despite their close relationship, the two had their own personal reservations with each other – Diana cut off ties with her dear friend in 1996.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823811/diana-and-fergie-gallery-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/48eaeb590234402482356243e4c2015b" /></p> <p>The Duchess has said that she had no idea why their relationship came to an end, but royal insiders believe it had something to do with what was written about <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/fergies-heartbreaking-confession-what-i-miss-about-princess-diana-the-most" target="_blank">Princess Diana in Sarah’s book.</a></p> <p>“We were like siblings … we rowed. And the saddest thing, at the end, we hadn’t spoken for a year,” Ferguson revealed to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/news/a730/sarah-ferguson-divorce-interview/" target="_blank"><em>Harper’s Bazaar</em>.</a></p> <p>“I tried, wrote letters, thinking whatever happened didn't matter, let's sort it out. And I knew she'd come back.</p> <p>“In fact, the day before she died, she rang a friend of mine and said, 'Where's that Red? I want to talk to her.'”</p>

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Why we stay in unhappy relationships

<p>Breaking off a relationship is difficult, no matter the circumstances. However, some of us might still feel hesitant to end things, even when they have become unfulfilling. If you find yourself staying in an unhappy romantic relationship, these studies might explain why.</p> <p>Researchers at the University of Toronto found that people who are afraid of being single are less likely to dump their partner.</p> <p>“Those with stronger fears about being single are willing to settle for less in their relationships,” said Dr Stephanie Spielmann, postdoctoral researcher and co-author of the studies published in the <a href="http://www.individual.utoronto.ca/sspielmann/Spielmann_et_al_inpress_JPSP.pdf"><em>Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</em></a>.</p> <p>“Now we understand that people’s anxieties about being single seem to play a key role in these types of unhealthy relationship behaviours.”</p> <p>The studies, which involved thousands of adult participants from the US and Canada, found that concerns over being single are universal.</p> <p>“In our results we see men and women having similar concerns about being single, which lead to similar coping behaviours, contradicting the idea that only women struggle with a fear of being single,” said co-author Dr Geoff MacDonald.</p> <p>“Loneliness is a painful experience for both men and women, so it’s not surprising that the fear of being single seems not to discriminate on the basis of gender.”</p> <p>Apart from aversion to being alone, the researchers also found that people could stay in unsatisfying relationships for a more altruistic reason. The findings revealed that partners who seem dependent on or committed to a relationship might discourage people from calling it quits.</p> <p>“People stay in relationships for the sake of their partners, even if they feel unappreciated by them,” said associate professor of psychology Emily Impett.</p> <p>Across two <a href="https://www.utoronto.ca/news/why-do-we-stay-unhappy-relationships-u-t-research-has-some-answers">studies</a>, the researchers found that respondents who stayed after contemplating split-ups did so because “they felt that a breakup would be distressing to their partners”.</p> <p>Impett said the next step research-wise would be to investigate whether the other partner would indeed be significantly affected by the potential breakup.</p> <p>“Also, if you’re staying in a relationship and you’re unhappy and your partner is able to pick up on that, that’s got to have an effect on the partner,” Impett added.</p> <p>Have you ever stayed in an unhappy relationship? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.</p>

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Why your relationship may be better than you think

<p>There’s an old saying, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” In other words, before you give up, take matters into your own hands and try a little harder.</p> <p>As a psychology researcher, I believe this adage applies to relationships, too. Before you let go, look for the “knots” that might save you from accidentally letting a great relationship slip from your grasp. Relationship science suggests that the problem is that people tend to overemphasize the negative and underappreciate the positive when looking at their romantic partners.</p> <p>If you could build the perfect relationship, what would it look like? Perhaps more importantly, how does your current relationship stack up? Expectations for today’s relationships are <a href="https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721415569274">higher than ever</a>. Now that relationships are a choice, mediocrity isn’t acceptable. It’s all or nothing, and no one <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0034628">wants to settle</a>.</p> <p>The secret to avoiding settling seems simple: have high standards and demand only the very best. Researchers refer to people who are pickier than others and always want the absolute best possible option as <a href="http://www.sjdm.org/%7Ebaron/journal/jdm7830.pdf">maximisers</a>. Their counterparts are satisficers – those satisfied once quality surpasses a minimum threshold of acceptability. For them, “good enough” is perfectly fine. As long as their relationship exceeds their predetermined benchmarks for “high quality,” satisficers are content.</p> <p>Maximiser personalities will tend to exhaust all options and explore many possibilities to secure the flawless partner. You might think that sounds ideal, even noble, almost like common sense. But there are hidden downsides. Call it the myth of maximisation, because the research reveals that maximisers <a href="https://doi.org/10.1037//0022-3514.83.5.1178">report more regret and depression and feel threatened</a> by others whom they perceive as doing better. Maximisers also experience lower self-esteem and less optimism, happiness and life satisfaction. And they <a href="https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550615595271">prefer reversible decisions or outcomes</a> that are not absolute or final.</p> <p>See the problem? In long-term relationships, people tend to prefer more of a “‘til death do us part” approach rather than a “'til I find something better” tactic. Overall, the implication for your relationship is clear: The continuous pursuit of perfection could be fine for a car, but in your relationship it may result in failing to recognise the truly great relationship that’s right in front of you for what it is. Impossibly high standards can make an excellent relationship seem average.</p> <p>You may also undervalue your relationship by being too quick to identify imperfections, notice the negatives and find problems. Blame what psychologists call the negativity bias, which is a <a href="https://doi.org/10.1207/S15327957PSPR0504_2">tendency to pay attention to the bad or negative</a> aspects of an experience.</p> <p>In other words, when your relationship is going well, it doesn’t register. You take it for granted. But problems? They capture your attention. The bickering, insensitive comments, forgotten chores, the messes and the inconveniences – all stand out because they deviate from the easily overlooked happy status quo.</p> <p>This tendency is so pronounced that when a relationship doesn’t have any major issues, research suggests that <a href="https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aap8731">people inflate small problems into bigger ones</a>. Rather than be thankful for the relative calm, people manufacture problems where none previously existed. You could be your own worst enemy without even realizing it.</p> <p>Time to recalibrate. The key is separating the critical from the inconsequential in order to distinguish minor issues from real problems. Identifying the true dealbreakers will allow you to save your energy for real problems, and allow the minor stuff to simply fade away.</p> <p>Data from a representative sample of over 5,000 Americans, ranging in age from 21 to over 76, identified the <a href="https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167215609064">top 10 relationship dealbreakers</a>:</p> <ol> <li>Disheveled or unclean appearance</li> <li>Lazy</li> <li>Too needy</li> <li>Lacks a sense of humour</li> <li>Lives more than three hours away</li> <li>Bad sex</li> <li>Lacks self-confidence</li> <li>Too much TV/video games</li> <li>Low sex drive</li> <li>Stubborn</li> </ol> <p>Beyond that list, there are certainly annoyances that can become dealbreakers in otherwise generally healthy relationships. And if your partner disrespects, hurts or abuses you, those are behaviours that shouldn’t be ignored and should rightly end your relationship.</p> <p>In a follow-up study, researchers asked participants to consider both dealbreakers and dealmakers – that is, qualities that are especially appealing. When determining whether a relationship was viable, it turned out the dealbreakers carried more weight. The negativity bias strikes again. The fact that people tend to focus more on the breakers than the makers is further evidence that we’re not giving some aspects of our relationship enough credit.</p> <p>To help you better appreciate your partner’s good qualities, consider the <a href="https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6494.1997.tb00531.x">qualities individuals find most desirable</a> in a marriage partner.</p> <p><iframe id="0D15d" class="tc-infographic-datawrapper" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/0D15d/3/" height="400px" width="100%" style="border: none;" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>What have you been missing in your relationship? Surely there are boxes that your partner checks that you’ve neglected to notice. Start giving credit where credit is due.</p> <p>In fact, some studies suggest you should give your partner even more credit than she or he might deserve. Instead of being realistic, give your partner the benefit of the doubt, with an overly generous appraisal. Would you be lying to yourself? Sure, a little bit. But research shows that these types of <a href="https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167297236003">positive illusions help the relationship</a> by decreasing conflict while increasing satisfaction, love and trust.</p> <p>Holding overly optimistic views of your partner convinces you of their value, which reflects well on you – you’re the one who has such a great partner, after all. Your rose-coloured opinions also make your partner feel good and give them a good reputation to live up to. They won’t want to let you down so they’ll try to fulfil your positive prophecy. All of which benefits your relationship.</p> <p>It’s time to stop being overly critical of your relationship. Instead find the knots, the parts of your relationship you’ve been taking for granted that will help you hold on. If you know where to look and what to appreciate, you may just realise there are a lot more reasons to happily hold onto your relationship than you thought.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/111152/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. More info: http://theconversation.com/republishing-guidelines --></p> <p><em>Written by <span>Gary W. 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The guide to regifting

<p>We all have that dilemma of unwanted gifts. Perhaps the item isn’t to your taste, or you simply have no use for it. When this happens, finding the present a new home instead of letting it gather dust in your home sounds sensible – but the idea of giving a gift that you received from somebody else can indeed feel wrong and inconsiderate.</p> <p>There are a few etiquette rules that you should consider when it comes to regifting. Here are some things to take into account before you upcycle your gifts.</p> <p><strong>Failsafes and no-gos</strong></p> <p>Some items are generally good to repurpose, while others should never be regifted. Wine, liquor, gift cards and generic gift baskets that are still in their packaging would be appropriate.</p> <p>On the other hand, stray away from regifting anything that is handmade (including food), sentimental, monogrammed or high-end – these gifts likely take a lot of time and effort on the part of the giver.</p> <p>Receiving expensive luxury gifts can feel quite uncomfortable, as it puts pressure on you to return the favour in some ways. However, instead of passing them on to somebody else, it would be more respectful to return it with a polite admission.</p> <p><strong>Basic principles</strong></p> <p>Regift outside of the circle who gave it to you to avoid hurt feelings and misunderstandings.</p> <p>Try to understand the intentions behind the present for a thoughtful regifting – for example, that succulent pot you got from a colleague might thrive better under the care of your plant-loving sister.</p> <p>If you receive something that is not in your size – clothes, shoes, jewellery – it might be a better idea to talk to the giver and see if the item could be exchanged.</p> <p>Take out all the evidence that the gift was once given to you – these include notes, cards and marked gift bags. Rewrap the gift as a courtesy, as well as to add a personal touch.</p> <p>In most situations, only brand-new items should be regifted. Anything broken, worn down or noticeably used are usually out of the question. Some items – such as rare books or historical heirlooms – could pass an exception, depending on the intended receiver, but always err on caution’s side when in doubt.</p> <p>When you’re caught recycling a gift, simply be honest and reiterate how the item can benefit another person more.</p> <p>Have you ever regifted a present? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Prince Philip’s life-changing promise to the Queen

<p><span>When a 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth crossed paths with Philip Mountbatten she knew immediately that he was the one she was going to marry. Then, fast forward to 1947, the pair tied the knot with the entire nation listening in via radio.</span></p> <p><span>Marriage is about compromise and sacrifice, and as Prince Philip prepared for his new royal lifestyle, there was one thing he gave up for his wife – smoking cigarettes.</span></p> <p><span>Royal author and historian Sally Bedell Smith revealed that the Prince made the decision on the day of their wedding and is a promise he has kept till this day.</span></p> <p><span>“The morning of the wedding, Philip gave up smoking, a habit that had kept his valet, John Dean, ‘busy refilling the cigarette boxes’,” wrote Bedell Smith.</span></p> <p><span>“But Philip knew how anguished Elizabeth was by her father’s addiction to cigarettes, so he stopped, according to Dean, ‘suddenly and apparently without difficulty’."</span></p> <p><span>The now 97-year-old most likely has the ditching of the bad habit to thank for his long life. Similar to his grandfather, Prince Harry also reportedly gave up his habit of smoking before marrying the Duchess of Sussex.</span></p> <p><span>However, despite the royals slowly freeing themselves from the life-threatening addiction, the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret was a lifelong smoker. </span></p> <p><span>Excessive smoking would ultimately take her life in 2002, as she would suffer from cardiac complications.</span></p> <p><span>The Queen has never been a smoker, with former staff members revealing that the practice did not hold her interest. Speaking to the BBC in 2016, the Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: “People smoked a lot more when the Queen was younger.”</span></p> <p><span>“Both her father and her sister smoked, but it never attracted her. It was something that just didn’t appeal.”</span></p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery above to see Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip over the years.</span></p>

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“This is the ugliest cake I’ve seen”: Bride-to-be slams celebrity baker

<p>A bride-to-be has slammed a celebrity baker for creating “the ugliest cake” she has ever seen.</p> <p>New Zealand baker Jordan Rondel, also known as ‘The Caker’, might have achieved success with multiple cookbooks, brand partnerships and celebrity fans such as Lorde. However, she is still not immune to customer criticism.</p> <p>On Thursday, New Zealand baker Jordan Rondel shared an email from a customer who had asked to be refunded for her cake order.</p> <p>“I don’t know how I’ve paid for the simplest cake with minimal decorations and paid the amount I have just because it’s “the Caker”,” the unnamed customer wrote.</p> <p>“This is the ugliest cake I’ve seen. I want a full refund.”</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/BuZ9llUjZVA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuZ9llUjZVA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Apparently this is the ugliest cake this customer has ever seen, so ugly it won’t be served at the wedding tomorrow 🤔 We had no other option than to refund them in full. I personally loved the look of this cake, which we felt fitted what the customer asked for, and ultimately we would never send out something we weren’t happy with...so I’m completely shook. Anyone else running a business who puts in their best efforts and ends up losing out? 🤯 #thecaker #cake</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thecaker/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Jordan Rondel, The Caker</a> (@thecaker) on Feb 27, 2019 at 4:39pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Rondel, who also included a picture of the cake on the Instagram post, wrote: “Apparently this is the ugliest cake this customer has ever seen, so ugly it won’t be served at the wedding tomorrow.”</p> <p>She said as there was “no other option”, the customer was refunded in full.</p> <p>“I personally loved the look of this cake, which we felt fitted what the customer asked for, and ultimately we would never send out something we weren’t happy with... so I’m completely shook. Anyone else running a business who puts in their best efforts and ends up losing out?”</p> <p>The comments section was filled with expressions of support for Rondel.</p> <p>“I think it’s absolutely beautiful! People can be so harsh sometimes,” one wrote.</p> <p>Another added, “Your cake is lovely, minimalist and elegant. Refund the money and put it in the back of your mind – I’m so sorry this has happened to you!”</p> <p>Some people could understand the customer’s disappointment with the wedding cake, but still blasted her demand for a refund.</p> <p>“It's lovely!” one commented. “Would I have it as a wedding cake? Personally, no. But it's certainly an occasion cake. Clearly the bride was after a freebie.”</p> <p>“It's not my style but certainly still a pretty cake,” another chimed in. “Be interesting to know her brief to you, and the price she paid, as this may have a lot to do with her reaction... Not to excuse her approach though, which was downright rude!”</p> <p>What do you think of the wedding cake? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.</p>

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Age gap love: The 25-year-old woman who is in love with a 62-year-old man

<p>A mother of two has fallen in love again. After being burned by her last relationship, Laura Wright, 25, wasn’t looking for love until she boarded a bus in Plymouth, southwest England.</p> <p>It was here she met Steve Churchward, 62, as she was travelling with her six-year-old son, Brayden.</p> <p>She was taking her son to kindergarten when she struck up a conversation with Steve in 2015.</p> <p>Steve was a bus driver for Plymouth, and it was coincidentally the bus that Wright had hopped onto. He asked for her name and then sent her a friend request on Facebook.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10216924835783521%26set%3Da.1518115363212%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="502" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>A month later, the pair admitted to having feelings for each other.</p> <p>They moved in together in November 2015 and the pair were engaged in December 2017.</p> <p>There are plans to marry this year.</p> <p>According to Laura, they’ve never noticed the 37-year age gap.</p> <p>“Steve’s age has never bothered us in the slightest, and it’s not something I notice,” she said.</p> <p>“I feel so lucky to have him by my side. He’s everything I’ve ever wanted.”</p> <p>Although it sounds sweet now, it wasn’t all roses at the beginning.</p> <p>“He was bald and wrinkly with a beer belly. He wasn’t my usual type, and I didn’t find him attractive at first,” she said.</p> <p>Despite the age gap, Laura maintains she can’t keep up with Steve, saying their sex life is “certainly busy”.</p> <p>“That’s despite the age gap,” she laughs.</p> <p>“And you’d never know Steve is in his 60s, I can’t keep up with him.”</p> <p>The relationship blossomed, although there were bumps with family members.</p> <p>“I discovered Steve was then 59 and had three children who were more than five years older than I was,” Laura said.</p> <p>“My dad is 10 years younger than Steve, so I worried they’d be upset,</p> <p>“But when I told them I loved him they were happy for us, and when they finally met Steve, they loved him too.”</p> <p>Steve is a loving father to Laura’s two children.</p> <p>“Steve would cook dinner for me and the kids or get them ready for school,” she said.</p> <p>“He treated them like his own children. Braydon even calls Steve ‘Daddy’.”</p> <p>With the wedding planned for June this year, Laura can’t wait.</p> <p>“It was the biggest shock. Now we’re planning our wedding day, and I can’t wait for us to be a proper family."</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D538898689806765%26set%3Dp.538898689806765%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="285" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>What do you think about age gap romances? Is there a big age gap between you and your partner? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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The sad reality of Prince Philip’s relationship with Prince Charles

<p>The father-son relationship that has existed between Prince Philip and his first-born, Prince Charles, has always been strained, according to reports.</p> <p>Prince Charles once described his father as “hectoring” and “harsh” and while his father might agree – Prince Philip has his own reasons behind their indifferences.</p> <p>Their personalities are polar opposites and Prince Philip confirmed this, telling royal biographer Gyles Brandreth in 2016 that his son is a “romantic and I’m a pragmatist".</p> <p>“That means we do see things differently. And because I don’t see things a romantic would, I’m unfeeling.”</p> <p>Experts suggest the fractured relationship exists based on Prince Philip's absence in his son’s life at a young age.</p> <p>Charles was only four when his mother ascended the throne and because of what the role required – she and Prince Philip spent a lot of time away from their eldest child.</p> <p>Reports suggest the prince spent a lot of time with his grandmother, the Queen Mother, as Prince Philip was duly glued to the Queen’s side.</p> <p>In a documentary, <em>Prince Philip – A King Among Princes, </em>royal correspondent Robert Johnson remarks that Prince Charles was a “handicap” to his father as he didn’t have any “serious role models when growing up".</p> <p>“Maybe he always found Prince Charles slightly exasperating.</p> <p>“And the fact that he wasn’t able to make more of a go of his marriage to Princess Diana was at least as much his son's fault as his daughter-in-law’s.”</p> <p>Christopher Wilson, a royal biographer and journalist, claims a young and single Charles was desperate as pressure began to increase from his father to find a suitable partner. His now wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, was married to another man, so the royal family urged him to move on.</p> <p>“Charles was a desperate man, there was huge downward pressure on him from Prince Philip, from the Queen and the whole court to sort out his life, to stop running around and try and find someone,” Wilson explained to the <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1033989/princess-diana-prince-charles-marriage-divorce-royal-family-news"><em>Express</em>.</a></p> <p>After meeting Diana at Petworth House while attending a party – their romance begin to blossom and reportedly the pair were urged to wed by Prince Charles' father or move on.</p> <p>The young prince however faced a tremendous amount of disappointment from his father, who expressed his concerns in a letter to Princess Diana.</p> <p>The letter read: “I can only repeat what I have said before. If invited I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability, but I am quite ready to concede that I have no talent as a marriage counsellor. </p> <p>“We don’t approve of either of you having affairs. Charles was silly to risk everything for Camilla for a man of his position.”</p> <p>While Prince Charles and Prince Philip's relationship appears to be strong today, there is no doubt the father and son have faced trials. </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince Philip and Prince Charles together throughout the years. </p> <p> </p>

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Online dating for seniors: Tips from a professional matchmaker

<p>More and more Australians are looking to find love on the Internet – and it's easy to understand why, with the plethora of dating services available on the market today and the convenience they offer of finding potential new partners in the comfort of your home.</p> <p>However, this doesn't change the daunting nature of dating. Filtering through numerous profiles, creating first impressions and navigating conversations could be quite overwhelming, especially for those looking for romance later in life.</p> <p>Holly Bartter knows this struggle all too well. Bartter, who founded the online dating service <span><a href="https://www.matchsmith.com/">Matchsmith</a></span>, specialises in dating ‘outsourcing’ where she manages clients’ dating profiles, from bio makeovers to matching and messaging the right candidates.</p> <p>Bartter started her business after finding out she had a knack for setting up her friends, family and colleagues on dates.</p> <p>Her clientele, mostly women, range across generations, including individuals over 60 seeking a suitable partner.</p> <p>Bartter said her older clients tend to have a better idea of what they are looking for in a partner.</p> <p>"My younger clients may have more insecurities about themselves and what kind of person they want to be with," she told <em>Over60</em>. "They are still getting to know who they are and perhaps haven't had a significant long-term relationship yet.</p> <p>"Individuals over 60 have real life experience and a sense of self and identity – they understand what is really meaningful to them in a relationship and what they want."</p> <p>However, this does not mean that seniors have no pitfalls in online dating. According to Bartter, low screen time could disrupt the momentum with potential love interests. “Often my clients won't be online much, with other things occupying their days, so they can miss opportunities to connect and reply – and a match can be lost!”</p> <p>Another risk was romance scam. Last year, nearly 4,000 Australians reported losing money to dating scammers, with people aged 45 to 64 being the most affected. "Seniors can also be too trusting online at times and should be wary of stock photos online in place of actual headshots," said Bartter.</p> <p>"Luckily online platforms like RSVP and eHarmony are really screening against this.</p> <p>"But the moral of the story always is that if someone refuses to share more photos, other details or won't meet for a coffee or call you, they may not be who they say they are!"</p> <p>Bartter has a few words of advice to share for a thriving online dating life. For a smooth-flowing conversation, she said three things are the key: consistency and personalisation.</p> <p>"Make the online conversation tailored to that person," advised Bartter. "Really review the profiles of your matches and find something you'd like to learn more about."</p> <p>She also suggested to keep the chat light. "Have fun and be light-hearted. There is time for more serious conversation over the phone, but online just focus on being friendly and learning about the personality of your match – are they respectful? Do they answer your questions? Are they replying regularly?" she said.</p> <p>While you may be excited to talk further with that promising person, "always send just one introductory message," Bartter said. "Never message more than once until they have replied."</p> <p>Bartter said while online dating is indeed a numbers' game, it should still be an enjoyable experience. "There is someone out there for everyone at all ages, but you have to be in it to win it," she said. "And dating should always be fun – if you're not having a good time, pause and revisit later, and never feel obligated to meet someone if you don't enjoy their conversation."</p> <p>Are you on any online dating apps or websites at the moment? Share your stories in the comments.</p>

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Who is Rupert Finch? The man Kate Middleton dated before Prince William

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Before dating Prince William back in her university dates, it has been revealed Kate dated someone else before William. </p> <p>His name was Rupert Finch.</p> <p>She met both men whilst she was studying at St Andrews University in 2001, which is when Finch was studying his final year of law. The pair dated for less than a year before she met Prince William and the rest is history as we know it.</p> <p>Prince William and Duchess Kate were friends for a year before deciding to date, as the duo lived doors apart in student accommodation at St Andrews.</p> <p>Don’t feel too bad for Finch though, he’s happily married to the Marquess of Reading’s daughter, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs. He’s also a solicitor.</p> <p><img style="width: 281.25px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823864/rupert-finch.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d2f34ab742784ea8b0093430802af6c9" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Rupert Finch and Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs</em></p> <p>When Duchess Kate and Prince William tied the knot in 2011, there was an invitation extended to Finch and his then-girlfriend Lady Natasha, but it’s unclear whether or not the duo attended the wedding according to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/8441320/Kate-Middletons-wayward-uncle-will-go-to-reception-at-the-Palace-after-all.html" target="_blank"><em>UK Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs is the co-founder of luxury fashion brand Beulah London, which Duchess Kate is regularly seen wearing. The brand is a socially conscious brand that helps vulnerable women gain employment through the profits of their clothing.</p> <p>Rufus shared a photo of Duchess Kate wearing an olive-green midi-dress from the company, proving there’s no bad blood between the couples at all.</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/Bs8EsUcAAC3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/Bs8EsUcAAC3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nats Rufus Isaacs (@nrufusisaacs)</a> on Jan 22, 2019 at 5:33am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Do you have any ex’s that you’re still friends with? Let us know in the comments.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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“You have to show up”: Serena Williams' husband shares the secret to their happy marriage

<p>Known to be the brains behind discussion website Reddit and the husband of Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian penned a letter, revealing the secrets behind his marriage and how he supports his tennis legend wife.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.glamour.com/story/alexis-ohanian-serena-williams-successful-marriage" target="_blank"><em>Glamour</em></a>, journalist Samantha Leach asked the 35-year-old entrepreneur on how he learnt to be the perfect husband.</p> <p>This is what he had to say:</p> <p>Glamour<em> asked me to talk about “going big” when it comes to romance. I’ve done a few things that you may have seen on social media – things that have gotten me plenty of teasing from my friends, as well as other husbands on the Internet who’ve said I’m making them look bad. It started when I put up some billboards for my wife, a.k.a. the GMOAT (greatest mom of all time), to celebrate her first tournament after having our daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. I made a video showcasing her journey returning to tennis around the U.S. Open. And then there was that trip to Italy – she had a craving, so I delivered her to Venice.</em></p> <p><em>I get it; these are pretty extravagant gestures. But I think if you were to ask my wife, or many other people in relationships, it’s often the simpler things that are the most important. You have to show up. You have to be supportive. These are the things that matter.</em></p> <p><em>I credit my parents with a lot of what I’ve learned about partnership and relationships. My father, who’s Armenian, and my mother, who came from what was then West Germany, met in Ireland and spent a whirlwind two weeks together. Even though my dad didn’t speak any German and my mom spoke only basic English, they fell in love. She followed my father to America and worked as an au pair, ultimately overstaying her visa and actually living in the U.S. undocumented for a while until they got married. My mom had to hit reset on her whole life. In Germany she was almost credentialed to be a pharmacist. Here in the U.S. she had to start over and get her GED while working a ton of service and restaurant jobs. Then she opted to work nights as a pharmacy technician – not a pharmacist – just so she’d be able to be around when I came home from school. Meanwhile, my father logged long hours to put food on the table and give us the best life he possibly could.</em></p> <p><em>It wasn’t always easy, but my parents were partners in the truest sense. By watching them up close, I learned what it means to be supportive, how to make compromises without sacrificing yourself, and how to show up in the ways that matter. Whether it was being proud parents at my football games or organising family road trips for weekend getaways to Civil War battlefields or antiquing (the former was my dad’s favourite, the latter my mom’s; at the time I found them boring, but I appreciate those memories now). In short, I got the cheat code for partnership early on.</em></p> <p><em>When you’re married to the GOAT, the logistics alone can make the act of physically “showing up” a challenge. Serena’s tennis schedule takes her all over the world, and my career also requires being on the road, whether it’s travelling to meet with founders, speaking at industry events, or spending time at my venture capital firm Initialised home office in San Francisco. Comparing calendars isn’t romantic, but at the start of every year, Serena and I map out our schedules so that, ideally, there isn’t more than a week that we go without seeing each other. I brought Google Calendar into her world so we could see each other’s schedules at any time, which would also make it easier to plan an impromptu call if we’re away from each other – a day without FaceTime is rough when you’ve been away from each other for two weeks.</em></p> <p><em>My understanding of showing up and being present for my wife was taken to a whole new level when Olympia was born. I was able to take 16 weeks of paid leave from Reddit, and it was one of the most important decisions I’ve made. It helped that I was a founder and didn’t have to worry about what people might say about my “commitment” to the company, but it was incredible to be able to spend quality time with Olympia. And it was perhaps even more meaningful to be there for my wife and to adjust to this new life we created together – especially after all the complications she had during and after the birth. There is a lot of research about the benefits of taking leave, not only for the cognitive and emotional development of the child but for the couple. However, many fathers in this country are not afforded the privilege of parental leave. And even when they are, there is often a stigma that prevents them from doing so. I see taking leave as one of the most fundamental ways to “show up” for your partner and your family, and I cherished all 16 weeks I was able to take.</em></p> <p><em>Since I came back from leave, I’m less “full-time dad” and more what I like to call “business dad". When Serena has an intense day of training or a photo shoot, I’ll spend the day with Olympia. I’m fortunate to be my own boss, which comes with the freedoms of doing things like bringing my daughter into the office or working remotely from virtually anywhere Serena competes. My partners at Initialised are used to seeing Olympia jump on camera – along with her doll Qai Qai – or hearing her babbling on a call. I tell them with pride, “Olympia’s at work today!” And I’ll post some photos on Instagram or Twitter so my followers can see it too.</em></p> <p><em>The more we normalise this, on social media and in real life, the better, because I know this kind of dynamic makes a lot of men uncomfortable (and selfishly I want Olympia to hear me talking about start-ups!). Research shows that men are happy to have successful wives – until it interferes with their own work. A full 50 per cent of men expect their career to take precedence over their wife’s. I know this is real, because I’ve seen the tweets and comments about how being less successful (or doing what is traditionally considered “women’s work” and caring for your kids) can be “emasculating". To me, that says more about the guy than anything else. If you need to make more money than your partner to have confidence, then I think there’s something more going on under the hood. If that’s where your swagger’s has to come from, then it’s probably not real.</em></p> <p><em>I know I’ve been successful in my career, but I’m not the one racking up the trophies. It helps that my wife and I both know what it takes to be successful and bring that mutual understanding, drive and relentlessness to the table. But at the end of the day, sometimes her career really does have to come first. I try to be the most supportive partner I can be and to have conversations with her about her career goals and what she can do to reach them. Most of my talks with Serena about her career have come from a place of “What do you want to be doing?” or “Where do you want to be?” and that’s not only in sport but in life. She does the same with me. I’m far from perfect, but I try to get behind her and let her know I’m there for her and our daughter, no matter what.</em></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/BjxErpTFqpw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjxErpTFqpw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Family day yesterday. @olympiaohanian was not having it though. @serena collection top.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/serenawilliams/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Serena Williams</a> (@serenawilliams) on Jun 8, 2018 at 7:18am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><em>While I don’t have anything extravagant planned at the moment (or if I did, I wouldn’t tell you!), I will always try to show my wife how much I appreciate and support her. As an entrepreneur, one of my big mantras is to surprise and delight. I guess I’ve applied that in some way to romance, and if I can think of a way to top myself, I’ll keep pulling out the stops.</em></p> <p><em>But the real scoop on “going big” for my wife would never go viral – it’s our simple Sunday tradition. When I was growing up, my dad would make pancakes every Sunday. They were delicious, but it wasn’t just about the food. It was about being together. So, on Sunday mornings I make breakfast for the family and it doesn’t cost me a thing, except for gluten-free flour (I had to modify Dad’s recipe a bit), some eggs, almond milk, a secret ingredient, and berries (Olympia loves raspberries). There are no phones, just conversation. And we’ll spend the day together lounging around the house, or playing hide-and-seek, or going for a swim in the pool. Just being a family on those days means so much to both of us – more than a billboard, a video montage or a whirlwind trip to Italy. And before you ask: No, I won’t tell you my pancake recipe.</em></p> <p>What is your secret to a successful marriage? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The role Princess Diana played in Prince Andrew and Fergie’s romance

<p>In the summer of 1985, the start of a turbulent love affair between Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson began.</p> <p>As old family friends, they had fallen out of touch for years before reconnecting as adults while attending Royal Ascot.</p> <p>“He was utterly charmed by her, she was nothing the Royal Family has ever seen before,” 9Honey's royal columnist, Victoria Arbiter said.</p> <p>"Fergie was funny, and boisterous and brash and she approached life with such a zest for life and enthusiasm and that in the beginning was utterly charming but ultimately, that led to her downfall."</p> <p>It was Princess Diana though that re-introduced the two to each other by inviting her fourth cousin and very good friend, Fergie to the event.</p> <p>In what was a friendly chat where Prince Andrew refused to take no for an answer when she said no to chocolate profiteroles (she was on a diet, she claimed) turned into a rollercoaster relationship for the two.</p> <p>Just nine months later, the couple announced their engagement in 1986.</p> <p>"She and Prince Andrew fell in love very quickly," Victoria explains.</p> <p>The Prince was so enamoured by Fergie’s sparkling red hair that he chose a ring featuring 10 diamonds around a Burmese ruby which complimented her locks perfectly.</p> <p>In an official engagement interview, the besotted Fergie pointed to Princess Diana in pulling the two lovebirds together and navigating her marriage into the Royal Family.</p> <p>"The Princess of Wales and I are extremely good friends and we naturally talk about lots of different subjects," she said, adding: "We're very, very good friends."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823673/gettyimages-1041846330.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b6cb9ae25d264670bba2962db39b3c93" /></p> <p>After they wed at Westminster Abbey, the two became Duke and Duchess of York.</p> <p>They welcomed two beautiful daughters, Princess Beatrice in 1988 and Princess Eugenie in 1990.</p> <p>However just two years after the birth of the youngest princess, Eugenie – the couple announced their heartbreaking divorce.</p> <p>The legal separation of the two was announced in March 1992, and the divorce was finalised in 1996 – following this, Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorce was finalised also.</p> <p>Rumours continue to circulate the Duke and Duchess of York about getting back together as a couple because they remain close friends and still live in the same home.</p> <p>Do you think Fergie and Prince Andrew will get back together romantically? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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13 normal fights even happy couples have

<p>Every couple fights and the ones who don't fess up to it are lying. Here’s how to stop getting stuck in the same old arguments.</p> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>1. "We never have sex anymore!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>It's a myth that well-matched couples have equally well-matched libidos, says Kimberly Hershenson, LCSW and couples therapist.</p> <p>And even if you were in sync the day you got married, kids, stress, illness, and other life events have a way of changing things.</p> <p>This means it's inevitable you'll have disagreements about sex.</p> <p>"There are other ways to feel connected if sex isn't happening as frequently as someone would like," she says.</p> <p>"Physical intimacy is obviously important in a marriage but many of my clients don’t realise the importance of having an emotional connection to their partner first."</p> <p>Once you are working as a team, you can troubleshoot bedroom strategies together.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>2. "Why did you like all your ex’s pictures on Facebook?!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Modern technology has lead to some uniquely modern relationship fights, especially when it comes to social media.</p> <p>"These days we see a lot of 'cyber-straying' which means sneakily looking up and even reconnecting with old flames, despite being with someone else," says Wendy L. Patrick, JD, PhD, behavioral expert and author of <em>Red Flags</em>.</p> <p>Then, when the partner inevitably finds out, they feel hurt and betrayed, she adds. The fix to this fight? Squelch that curiosity.</p> <p>"Curiosity compromises trust and secrets are relationship saboteurs," she says. "Ex-relationships are in the past for a reason."</p> <p>If you do want to maintain a connection with an ex, make sure your partner is in on all communications. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>3. "You love your phone more than you love me!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Smartphones and tablets are awesome but they are also a huge distraction, ready to interrupt your precious time with your partner at any second, Patrick says.</p> <p>Think checking a text or answering a quick email is not a big deal? Imagine if it was an actual person grabbing your attention every time a notification goes off.</p> <p>They'd quickly be the most annoying person in the room, right? So it's understandable how phones can become a major source of fights, she says.</p> <p>The solution is simple: Put away your phones and decide on tech rules you can both follow.</p> <p>"The impersonal nature of this communication often builds barriers, not bridges," she explains.</p> <p>"Remember, your partner is your lifeline. Uplifting, encouraging conversations infused with real emotion will revitalise your relationship in a way that no amount of emoticons could ever do."<a rel="noopener" href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/10-mobile-phone-etiquette-rules-you-should-be-following-but-arent" target="_blank" title="" data-original-title=""></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>4. "Why am I the only one who does dishes around here?!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Couples have been fighting over chores, well, since chores were invented. This is because it's not really about who washes dishes or vacuums more, it's really about feeling like things are fair, says Fran Walfish, PhD., a relationship psychotherapist, author, and consultant on <em>The Doctors</em> TV show.</p> <p>"What you need to realise is there is no such thing as a 50-50 split of responsibility in a great marriage. There will be times each of you will have to give 100 percent," she explains.</p> <p>"Great couples learn to sacrifice willingly for one another without expecting something in return." Easier said than done, right?</p> <p>"Cultivate this mentality by finding little ways to serve your spouse every day," she adds.<a rel="noopener" href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/how-put-honeymoon-level-excitement-back-your-marriage" target="_blank" title="" data-original-title=""></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>5. "Stop humming, it makes me want to rip my ears off!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Call it the lesson of your freshman college roommate: Live with someone long enough and you will find something about them that drives you absolutely insane.</p> <p>In long-term relationships, those little annoyances can fester into full-on warfare, especially if you use these quirks to intentionally trigger each other.</p> <p>"This is totally normal, even with the people we love the most," Walfish says.</p> <p>"Instead of creating a mental list of all the things your partner does that annoy you, try and put them in perspective and make a list of all the things they do well. Then extend grace for minor annoyances, knowing that your partner likely does the same for you."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>6. "Aren't you using the note system I created?"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Just like your partner has little habits that drive you nuts, they also likely have aspects of their personality that you wish were different.</p> <p>In the beginning of your relationship, it's easy to brush them off as cute quirks with the expectation you can change your partner later… and this is how you start a never-ending fight, says Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, a licensed therapist and founder of Relationup.</p> <p>"You complain and even overtly show your disdain, hoping that this will get your partner to change, however it only makes the problem worse," she explains.</p> <p>"Instead, learn how to accept and even find ways to appreciate the idiosyncrasies in your beloved."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>7. “Why don’t you just divorce me if you’re this unhappy?”</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Fighting over someone’s motives for staying in the relationship and even dropping the “D” word is surprisingly common, even in happy marriages, says Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, licensed clinical professional counsellor and co-founder of The Marriage Restoration Project.</p> <p>The problem with this argument isn't that you're fighting, it's that you automatically assume that fighting means divorce.</p> <p>"The truth is that all couples argue," he says. "Instead of wondering if you made the wrong choice, remember all the reasons you thought this person was the right choice - you will find that you’ve picked someone who will uniquely challenge you but will also help you achieve ultimate personal growth and healing." </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>8. "I feel like you don’t even know me anymore!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Just because two people are in a stable relationship doesn't mean they stop growing and changing - but it can be all too easy for couples to miss these milestones when they’re focused on kids, work, and all the other minutiae of daily life.</p> <p>This can lead to some very frustrating (but very normal) blowups, says Lesli Doares, couples' consultant and coach, author and host of <em>Happily Ever After is Just the Beginning</em>.</p> <p>"When we first meet and get married, there is a lot of conversation and sharing about who we each are but as the years go by, we think we know each other and continue to act as if neither has changed," she says.</p> <p>"The way to fix this fight is to keep asking each other questions and don't assume you know the answers."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>9. "I picked up the kids five days this week, you owe me!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Humans have an innate desire for equality and fairness so if you feel like you're consistently getting the short end of the stick, it can lead to major resentment and spark a serious argument.</p> <p>But scorecards are for golf, not relationships, so stop tallying up everything you do and comparing it to your spouse, Doares says.</p> <p>"If one of you isn't happy with the way things are going, the relationship cannot be happy and the way to stop this argument is to make decisions together," she says.</p> <p>"Learning how to reach an agreement that you both can support and implement is critical."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>10. "You take me for granted!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Is there any worse feeling than feeling like the (unpaid) maid, chauffeur, mechanic, nanny, or chef? Being taken for granted is a major - and understandable - source of fights between couples, says Allen W. Barton, PhD, a research scientist at the University of Georgia’s Centre for Family Research and founder of LiveYourVows.</p> <p>Thankfully the solution is as simple as these two little words: Thank you.</p> <p>"It’s such a simple thing that it often gets overlooked but expressing appreciation to your partner for things they have done for the relationship and family is key to stopping contention," he says.</p> <p>"Make it a practice to thank your spouse every day for something."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>11. "Are you hiding something?"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>The short answer to this question is usually "yes".</p> <p>It’s not because we necessarily want to lie to our partners or that we’re inherently dishonest but rather that we think telling little white lies, or withholding the truth, will prevent a huge fight.</p> <p>Unfortunately, people can often tell when you're being less than truthful and the fight soon becomes about that.</p> <p>"Based on my research we’ve found that many people tell white lies to their partner and while the majority of people say that white lies are not okay they still find excuses to say them," says Jason B. Whiting, Ph.D, LMFT, professor of marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech University and author of <em>Love Me True: Overcoming the Surprising Ways We Deceive in Relationships</em>. </p> <p>The antidote? Honesty.</p> <p>"Telling the truth, even if it's hard in the moment, will strengthen trust and make you closer in the long run," he says.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>12. The silent treatment</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>The silent treatment - rare is the couple that hasn't had this fight-pretending-not-to-be-a-fight. But even though you're not yelling at each other, or even saying a harsh word, this fight can be just as damaging.</p> <p>This is because the silent treatment allows resentments to build and fester, says Erika Boissiere, licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of The Relationship Institute of San Francisco. </p> <p>"Silence is a wedge that will drive more distance between you the longer it goes on," she says.</p> <p>"If you need something from your partner, you must request it. Your partner cannot mind-read your unspoken expectations. It is your job to ask for what you need in a kind, compassionate way."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-slides"> <div class="field-content"> <div class="field-collection-view clearfix view-mode-full field-collection-view-final"> <div class="entity entity-field-collection-item field-collection-item-field-slides clearfix"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>13. "Stop throwing the past in my face!"</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-content field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>It’s normal to look for patterns in behaviour, it can help you learn what to expect from others, yet constantly bringing up past mistakes is a sore spot for many couples.</p> <p>How do you decide when to forgive and forget and when it's important to remember?</p> <p>"You can't expect that when one person does something reckless, threatening, or destructive that their partner will just get over it," says Wendy Brown, clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and author of Why Love Succeeds.</p> <p>"Their worries, trauma, and concerns must be addressed before you can move on."</p> <p>This doesn't mean that this fight has to be an endless round robin of accusation, hurt, apology, and resentment though.</p> <p>"You need to look for ways to openly discuss the past in a calm way—a therapist can be an impartial third party to help you do this," she says.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Charlotte Hilton Andersen</span>. This article first appeared in </em><span><em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/drama/13-normal-fights-even-happy-couples-have">Reader’s Digest</a></em></span><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><span><em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Meet the world's most eligible royals who are yet to marry

<p>Even though Prince Harry has officially been off the market for a while now, since marrying his forever love Duchess Meghan in May last year, there are still plenty of eligible royals that have not yet tied the knot yet – including Princess Margaret's grandson Arthur Chatto and Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer. </p> <p>These eligible royals are still bachelors and bachelorettes and looking for their prince or princess. From the attractive prince who just landed a modelling contract to the newly-single princess looking for love, we reveal the most eligible royal members who haven’t walked down the aisle yet.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the world’s most eligible royals.</p> <p><strong>Prince Nikolai</strong></p> <p>Prince Nikolai of Denmark is the eldest son of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.</p> <p>He is the nephew of beloved Princess Mary and is the sixth-in-line to the Danish throne.</p> <p>In 2018, the 19-year-old was signed with a modelling agency and has shown his skills by walking the catwalk for Dior and Burberry.</p> <p><strong>Lady Amelia Windsor</strong></p> <p>Lady Amelia Winsor, from the UK, is 23 years old and is a distant cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry. She is the granddaughter of the Queen's cousin who is the Duke of Kent, Prince Edward.</p> <p>The royal is the 37th-in-line to the British throne and on occasion works for Dolce &amp; Gabbana as a model. She was once deemed the “most beautiful royal” by <em>Tatler</em>, a British tabloid, and it’s not hard to see why.</p> <p><strong>Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor </strong></p> <p>Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor is 26 years old and is the eldest sister of Lady Amelia. She is not included in the line of succession for the throne as she is Roman Catholic.</p> <p><strong>Prince Abdul Mateen</strong></p> <p>The prince is the fourth son of the Sultan of Brunei and the 27-year-old is certainly one of the world's most eligible bachelors.</p> <p>He is currently doing a master’s degree in international diplomacy at SOAS University of London and has an Instagram account with over 1 million followers.</p> <p><strong>Crown prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II</strong><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnIos_yFZZV/"></a></p> <p>The crown prince is the eldest child of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, and he is the first in line to the Jordanian throne.</p> <p>The 24-year-old prince shares images to his Instagram account which has amassed over 1.8 million followers. In June 2018, he made headlines around the world after posting a picture of himself and Prince William watching the World Cup from his bachelor pad in his palace in Jordan.</p> <p><strong>Princess Iman and Princess Salma </strong></p> <p>18-year-old Princess Salma recently celebrated her completion of a commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which her brother, the Crown Prince attended.</p> <p>Her older sister, Princess Iman bint Abdullah, is the second child and eldest daughter of the king of Jordan, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania. She is 22 and is currently studying at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.</p> <p><strong>Viscount Althorp</strong></p> <p>Louis Spencer, who holds the official title Viscount Althorp, is the eldest son and fourth child of Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer, and his first wife Victoria Lockwood</p> <p>He is the first cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry and is Prince Diana’s nephew.</p> <p>Louis, 24, will inherit the Althorp estate as his oldest sister, Lady Kitty Spencer, is unable to due to British primogeniture law.</p> <p><strong>Lady Kitty Spencer</strong></p> <p>Lady Kitty Spencer, 28, is the named UK ambassador for the luxury jewellery brand Bulgari. She has modelled for a number of fashion magazines and walked down the runway for Dolce &amp; Gabbana.</p> <p>She is the eldest child of Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer and his first wife, Victoria Lockwood. The royal is regularly seen attending events, including Prince Harry’s wedding to the Duchess Meghan in May 2018.</p> <p><strong>Hamdan bin Mohammed</strong></p> <p>Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the heir to the Dubai throne and 36 years old.</p> <p>The Crown Prince is an intellectual political figure and is known to mingle with his ‘people’ frequently by dining at local restaurants and driving his own car through the streets of Dubai.</p> <p><strong>Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana</strong></p> <p>The 32-year-old princess is the daughter of the current ruler of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn.</p> <p>Princess Sirivannavari is a fashion designer and attends some of the world's biggest fashion shows regularly.</p> <p>She famously played professional badminton winning gold with her team at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.</p> <p><strong>Princess Elisabeth</strong></p> <p>Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis is a member of Germany’s defunct nobility and has been a style editor-at-large for <em>Vogue</em> in the UK since 2012.</p> <p>She usually goes by the nickname TNT.</p> <p><strong>Albert con Thurn und Taxis</strong></p> <p>Albert von Thurn und Taxis is the 12th prince in his family line. Although Germany no longer rules under a monarchy, the noble families continue to use and pass on their titles.</p> <p>His family is worth an estimated US$1.6 billion and is a champion race car driver.</p> <p><strong>Arthur Chatto</strong></p> <p>Arthur Chatto has made headlines for his topless Instagram posts, constantly posing shirtless as he travels the world.</p> <p>He is the 20-year-old grandson of the late Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s sister. He is the son of Princess Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel Chatto.</p> <p><strong>Princess Alexandra of Luxemborg</strong></p> <p>Princess Alexandra from Luxembourg is from one of the most prominently wealthy royal families in the world. The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg is worth an estimate of US$4 billion.</p> <p>She is 24 years old and is the only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. For now, she is the fifth-in-line to the throne – just behind her two older brothers and her niece and nephew.</p> <p><strong>Prince Constantine-Alexios.</strong></p> <p>Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece is 20 years old and currently attends Georgetown University in Washington D.C. The prince’s grandfather, Constantine II – the last King of Greece – is a close friend and second cousin to Prince Charles. King Constantine II is Prince William’s godfather.</p> <p>Prince Constantine-Alexios is the son of Crown Prince Pavlos Greece and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal. </p> <p>Do you recognise any of these royal members? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Prince Charles’ surprising admission: Prince Andrew “wants to be me”

<p>Prince Charles has revealed that Prince Andrew “wants to be him” in a new documentary on Channel 5 in the UK. The documentary with Jeremy Paxman talks about the early lives of the Queen’s children, which includes sibling rivalry.</p> <p>The <em>Daily Mail</em>’s Richard Kay has described Andrew’s place in the royal family as the “spare part”, which is a sentiment reinforced in the documentary.</p> <p>When asked about how Prince Charles feels about his brother, Kay is able to recall a past incident and shares with Paxman:</p> <p>“Charles said, ‘The trouble with my brother Andrew is that he wants to be me.’”</p> <p>Kay continues to explain the sibling dynamic, saying that Prince Andrew is a “curious” position.</p> <p>“Andrew was the spare, for a good bit of his life he was very important.</p> <p>“He was the number two, the Queen's second son and if anything had happened to Charles, it was going to be Andrew who took over.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823509/prince-andrew-prince-charles.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a2b67d9a48a8478a8d1dfad47e9bcae6" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Prince Charles and Prince Andrew with their mother, Queen Elizabeth II</em></p> <p>However, due to the birth of Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the birth of William’s three children, this bumped Prince Andrew down to seventh-in-line for the throne.</p> <p>His biographer, Ingrid Stewart, also confirmed the dynamic between the two brothers.</p> <p>“Charles is 16 years older than Edward and they weren't close,” Stewart admitted.</p> <p>Stewart can also remember a time where Prince Charles seemed to pull rank amongst the siblings.</p> <p>“On one of those occasions Prince Edward went upstairs and found some of the Duke of Windsor's old kilts which of course were all the tartans that The Prince of Wales is entitled to wear, and he thought, 'Ooh those look rather fun.' So, he put one on, and it fitted.</p> <p>“He went down to dinner in a tartan which was that of the Duke of Rothesay, and as he went into the dining room Charles went apoplectic and said, ‘What are you doing wearing that? I am the only one entitled to wear that kilt. It is a kilt for the Prince of Wales. Go upstairs and take it off.’”</p> <p>“Edward being such a calm person just went, 'OK', went upstairs and took it off and never mentioned it again.”</p> <p>Are you surprised by this sibling rivalry between Prince Charles and Prince Andrew? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Why Prince Philip has such a special bond with Princess Anne

<p>A father’s bond with his children is eternal, and for Prince Philip it is much the same. However, the relationship he shares with his only daughter, Princess Anne, has always been special.</p> <p>Victoria Arbiter, the <a href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2019/02/05/15/29/prince-philip-princess-anne-special-bond">royal columnist for 9Honey</a>, says Philip struggled with being a father when first stepping into parenthood.</p> <p>“He’s not a terribly patient man, he’s a very practical man but he – I think he struggled with Prince Charles in some ways because Prince Charles is so different,” the expert explained.</p> <p>However, his relationship with Princess Anne was always special because of their “likeness".</p> <p>Reportedly, Prince Philip told everyone his only daughter was “the sweetest girl,” after she was born.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823433/gettyimages-808690802.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2508d5f3d1854874b791d54032632964" /></p> <p>Unlike Prince Charles who was a mirror of his mother, sensitive and patient, Princess Anne closely resembled her father.</p> <p>“Princess Anne was rough and tumble,” Arbiter says of the Queen's daughter.</p> <p>“She was up for anything, so Philip and Anne really have always shared a lovely relationship.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823431/gettyimages-149467260.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/595052c33ef94fadb67792a845ebf695" /></p> <p>Her love of horses growing up bonded the father-daughter duo even more so, with Prince Philip going out of his way to support his daughter’s equestrian passions, which eventually transformed into a professional career for her.</p> <p>“If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested,” Philip once joked about Princess Anne’s love of horses.</p> <p>However, Philip and Anne’s closeness goes far past the similarity of their personalities. The Princess’ formal duties began at just 18 years old and since then she has remained one of the most diligent members of the royal family for the last five decades.</p> <p>“She’s no nonsense, she’s very much like her father in that regard and Anne just gets on with it,” Arbiter explained about Princess Anne who is now 68.</p> <p>In 2018, she was named the hardest working royal in 2018.</p>

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Bride-to-be blasted for slamming sentimental ring: "Hope that guy takes it back and runs"

<p>A woman has been labelled “trashy” after she made fun of an engagement ring given to her by her partner.</p> <p>The unnamed bride-to-be posted her complaints on Facebook, which was later shared on Reddit.</p> <p>“My boyfriend finally asked me to marry him and this is really what he gives me,” she wrote, including two pictures of her wearing the ring.</p> <p>“He pulled it out of his pocket and it took just about everything in me to not laugh and question whether this was real life or not.”<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/trashy"></a></p> <p><img style="width: 306.22px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823402/ringreddit.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3c475e6a942446d3858b62b84d71132e" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The woman's post as shared on <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/trashy/comments/anfmu0/making_fun_of_your_engagement_ring_on_social_media/">Reddit</a></em></p> <p>She said while she was getting used to the jewellery after a few days, she still wished for something different. “It was his grandmother’s and the pearl is my birthstone and I think that’s the only reason I’ve been able to tolerate it.”</p> <p>However, the backlash to her post was immediate.</p> <p>“Hope that guy takes the ring back and runs,” a user commented.</p> <p>Many people agreed that the pearl piece may not be suitable as an engagement ring.</p> <p>“As someone who worked in the jewelry industry for years, if you're going to go with an alternative stone instead of diamond, the pearl is the LAST stone you want in an everyday engagement ring,” one commenter wrote.</p> <p>“They are porous and are easily damaged. Pearls are meant to be worn occasionally, and then kept in a bag away from moisture.”</p> <p>Others were also not a fan of the piece, with many describing it as “hideous”, “ugly” and “upsetting”.</p> <p>However, most agreed that the ring was not the main issue with the woman’s gripe.</p> <p>“That ring is pretty ugly in my opinion, it’s okay to be disappointed with something you’ll have to theoretically wear forever. Posting it all over social media however...” one posted.</p> <p>“The trashiness comes from the Facebook post, not the ring itself. She can hate the ring and talk to him about it. Instead she broadcasted her feelings to the world at his expense.”</p> <p>What do you think of the bride-to-be’s post? Share your thoughts in the comments.</p>

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