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BBC issues apology to Prince Harry over “seriously offensive” neo-Nazi image

<p>The BBC has issued an apology to Prince Harry after they published a confronting image of him from a neo-Nazi social media group without warning.</p> <p>The news outlet came under fire after they released an image showing the royal with a gun to his head, with text calling him a “race traitor”. Shortly after, a complaint was lodged amid safety concerns for the royal family.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/au" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>, a spokesperson raised “serious security concerns” for the Duke and “caused his family great distress specifically while his wife was nearly five months pregnant”.</p> <p>The image was shared on a far-right platform, and showed blood splattered over the father-of-one. The creator placed a swastika over the 35-year-old and captioned it: “See ya later race traitor. #racetraitor.”</p> <p>The BBC originally rejected the complaint, justifying the use of the image as public interest. But they’ve now changed their tune, issuing an apology for failing to warn the Duke and Duchess of Sussex before the report was published.</p> <p>The media corporation said it should have considered the impact of publishing “seriously offensive material”.</p> <p>“We need to be vigilant in balancing the impact on individuals against the wider good which may be served by publication,” read the statement.</p> <p>Addressing a letter to Harry, the BBC said it was working to strengthen its guidance on the use of possibly offensive content.</p> <p>Harry’s spokesperson responded: “His Royal Highness welcomes the letter from the BBC relation to the shocking image published by<span> </span><em>BBC News</em><span> </span>last year as part of a report on the activities of a British new-Nazi group with links in the US.</p> <p>“His Royal Highness raised the issue with Ofcom about the rebroadcasting of this racist image due to his concerns that hateful and dangerous propaganda had been spread globally by the world’s most important public service broadcaster. Due to the credibility of the BBC, their choice to publicise this material created an open door for all other media to reproduce it.”</p> <p>The statement then went on to say that Harry was completely against the decision of the image being published in the first place.</p>

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"US Navy has officially acknowledged that UFOs are real": Leaked footage goes viral

<p>A Navy official has confirmed videos of unidentified flying objects as real, however the footage was not authorised to be released to be public. </p> <p>Spokesman for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, Joseph Gradisher told<span> </span><a href="https://time.com/5680192/navy-confirms-ufo-videos-real/"><em>TIME</em><span> </span></a>the three widely-shared footage captured “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”. </p> <p>Gradisher told also confirmed the information to<span> </span><a href="https://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/u-s-navy-confirms-videos-depict-unidentified-aerial-phenomena-not-cleared-for-public-release/?fbclid=IwAR3L18F_eN0aPwb2WKXLr3Zj7j2-XVqJXjCeA8xuCtEeUIBOcSWNTLsCoLE"><em>The Black Vault,</em></a><em><span> </span></em>a website dedicated to declassified government documents in the United States. </p> <p>“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena,” Gradisher said. </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tf1uLwUTDA0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>“The reason why I’m talking about it is to drive home the seriousness of this issue,” Gradisher says. “The more I talk, the more our aviators and all services are more willing to come forward.”</p> <p>The spokesman hopes conversation sparked will lead to UAP’s being “destigmatised”. </p> <p>The viral footage caused a sensation online after<span> </span><em>The Washington Post<span> </span></em>and<span> </span><em>The New York Times<span> </span></em>reported on three videos obtained and released by the<span> </span><em>To The Stars Academy Of Arts And Science</em>. </p> <p>In one video, two navy pilots are recorded tracking an unidentified object flying off the East Coast in 2015. </p> <p>“Wow! What is that, man? Look at that flying!” one of the pilots can be heard saying. </p> <p>Former military intelligence official Luis Elizondo said there is more information the public does not have access to. </p> <p>“My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” Elizondo, who is now part of the TTS Academy, said to<span> </span><em>CNN<span> </span></em>in 2017. </p> <p><em>To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science<span> </span></em>is a self-described “public benefit corporation: co-founded by vocalist and guitarist for rock band, Blink-182, Tom Delonge. </p>

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The identity of baby Archie's godmother has finally been revealed

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been determined to do things differently since the beginning of their marriage, and that includes keeping their four-month-old Archie as far away from the public eye as possible.</p> <p>However, despite their best efforts, they can’t seem to beat the nosy public, as a royal correspondent has figured out Archie’s godmother.</p> <p>The godparents of Archie were another detail that was kept private, but a royal correspondent says she figured out who was Archie’s godmother at the launch of the mother-of-one's clothing line for Smart Works in September.</p> <p>"I was there at the launch and spotted in the audience Isabel May," Katie Nicholl told <em>Entertainment Tonight</em>. "Who is in fact Archie's Godmother although that's been kept very, very quiet.</p> <p>"She's a great friend of the Duchess' and of course she would have known all about this launch," she continued.</p> <p>A source told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7460293/Is-Isabel-Archies-godmother.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a> that they keep their relationship “very quiet”.</p> <p>"Izzy is one of Meghan's closest and dearest friends and she values her friendship so very much," they said. "She helped Meghan adjust to life in London when she moved here, and Meghan relied on her a lot. They totally support each other and, like any other female friends, enjoy social activities together."</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Archie’s godmother as well as pictures of baby Archie.</p>

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Duchess Meghan releases never-before-seen Archie photo in sweet birthday message to Prince Harry

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has posted a heartfelt tribute to mark Prince Harry’s 35th birthday.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram to shower praise upon her husband on his special day, she said the royal was “the best husband and most amazing dad”.</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/B2bDdAMlxgY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/B2bDdAMlxgY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Wishing a very happy birthday to His Royal Highness Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex! ••••••••••••••• A birthday message from The Duchess of Sussex: • “Your service to the causes you care so deeply for inspires me every day. You are the best husband and most amazing dad to our son. We love you ❤️Happiest birthday!” • Colour Photos © PA Images BW photo: Chris Allerton © SussexRoyal</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/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Sep 15, 2019 at 12:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 37-year-old posted a collage of the Prince, featuring a photograph with his mum, Princess Diana. The message read: “Wishing a very happy birthday to His Royal Highness Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex!</p> <p>“A birthday message from The Duchess of Sussex: ‘Your service to the causes you care so deeply for inspires me every day.</p> <p>“You are the best husband and most amazing dad to our son. We love you.</p> <p>“Happiest birthday!”</p> <p>The collage also included a never-before-seen photograph of the doting parents at baby Archie’s christening.</p> <p>When it was Meghan’s birthday last month, Prince Harry posted an equally touching message.</p> <p>“Happy Birthday to my amazing wife. Thank you for joining me on this adventure! – Love, H,” it read.</p>

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“I was uncomfortable”: Zara Tindall explains her strange demeanour at Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s wedding

<p>Over tens of millions tuned in around the world to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2019. </p> <p>However, there is one royal who said she felt “uncomfortable” while sitting on the sidelines watching her cousin wed. </p> <p>Photos of Zara Tindall, the Queen’s eldest grandchild and Princess Anne’s daughter,  painted her looking slightly uneasy during the special service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last year. </p> <p>Zara explained the obvious discomfort on her face while talking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/parenting/zara-tindall-going-back-work-8-weeks-has-made-better-happier/" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph. </em></a></p> <p>"I was uncomfortable! My bum sort of slid over either side [of the pew] and Lena kicked the hell out of me for an hour," she said of her youngest daughter who was born in June 2018. </p> <p>"It just wasn't comfy at all, and it probably showed on my face."</p> <p>Tindall said she found it particularly difficult to be at ease while during Bishop Michael Curry’s speech, which lasted a little over 13 minutes. </p> <p>"It was just the general amount of time everything was taking," she said.</p> <p>"I think my face was probably caught the point when I thought, 'Right he's going to finish now' and then he went off on another little story and it was like, "Really?'"</p> <p>The royal and her husband welcomed their second daughter a month after the royal wedding, on June 18. </p> <p>Their eldest daughter, Mia, is five and Lena is now 15 months old.</p> <p>The couple sadly suffered two miscarriages before successfully welcoming their second daughter to the world. </p> <p>Zara Phillips is an equestrian and has competed in the Olympics - going on to win silver in 2012. She and former footballer Mike Tindall married in 2011.</p> <p>At birth, Zara was sixth in line to the British throne and is now 18th.</p>

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Back to work! Duchess Meghan steps out in style after wrapping up maternity leave

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has officially returned to work after maternity leave.</p> <p>On Thursday, four months after giving birth to her and Prince Harry’s first child Archie Harrison, the Duchess attended her first engagement in London as she launched her work wear line.</p> <p>The Smart Set capsule collection was created in collaboration with Smart Works, a charity which provides unemployed women with free clothes and job interview training. The collection features apparels from fashion brands and designers such as John Lewis &amp; Partners, Marks &amp; Spencer, Jigsaw and Misha Nonoo.</p> <p>For every item sold from the collection, one will be donated to the charity.</p> <p>Speaking outside the John Lewis department store, Duchess Meghan said the initiative was the “kind of work I’ve been doing for a very long time”.</p> <p>She said, “A big piece of this is trying to transform the idea of charity to community … You don’t go through your closet and just toss in a box whatever you don’t care about anymore. That’s charity, as we know it today.</p> <p>“Community is going through your closet and saying, this is the blazer that I wore when I nailed my first job interview and got my dream job. And I don’t need that anymore, because I am where I want to be.</p> <p>“But if I’m able to share that blazer and be part of another woman’s success story, then that’s community.”</p> <p>According to a source, the Duchess will be wearing pieces from the capsule collection on her upcoming tour of South Africa later this month. “She’s planning to take a working wardrobe over anything too glamorous so I am sure we’ll be seeing more of Meghan in the Smart Set collection,” the source said.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Duchess Meghan's stunning style. </p>

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“I’m seeing someone else”: Dame Edna claims she's dating Thomas Markle

<p>Dame Edna is a classic Australian icon, and it’s safe to say that this title does not come without controversy.</p> <p>As Dame Edna is promoting her new tour, she’s announced to the press that she’s got a new man in her life.</p> <p>“I’ve had many years of widowhood, but I’m seeing someone else,” Dame Edna said, before dropping clues about her new lover.</p> <p>“An older man. He’s not well known. He was in the limelight because of his daughter’s marriage. He lives in America. He sometimes lives in Mexico. His name is Thomas Markle,” she said, as the room erupted in laughter.</p> <p>Although they’re getting “very, very close”, nothing serious has happened yet.</p> <p>“He is the father of little Meghan and he’s such a lovely man,” she continued. “We’re getting very, very close. We haven’t committed acts of immodesty yet.”</p> <p>After doing some quick math, Dame Edna realised that she would be in line to the throne if her and Tommy tied the knot.</p> <p>“Do you realise that if I do tie the knot with Tommy, I will be 17th in line for the throne,” she said.</p> <p>“So he suggested we go down to his local jeweller and have our heads measured for crowns, just in case. Queen Edna and King Thomas, it sounds good, doesn’t it?”</p> <p>This isn’t the first time that Dame Edna has had a brush with the royal family, as she recently posted a video on her Instagram page of her with Prince Charles and Camilla at the Royal Variety Show.</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/B2Nih1dHV_K/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/B2Nih1dHV_K/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Me with Prince Charles and Camilla at the Royal Variety Show. I absolutely ADORE them! 😘 #royalfamily #royal #royalty #royals #britishroyalfamily #katemiddleton #queenelizabeth #princewilliam #britishroyals #duchessofcambridge #princeharry #meghanmarkle #princegeorge #queen #princesscharlotte #princelouis #royalwedding #monarchy #princess #dukeofcambridge #london #duchessofsussex #princessdiana #love #windsor #houseofwindsor #royalfamilynews #hermajesty #thequeen#dameedna</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/dameednaeverage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Dame Edna Everage</a> (@dameednaeverage) on Sep 9, 2019 at 6:06pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p>

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“We’re working our way through it”: The Chase star opens up about wife after cheating scandal

<p>The Chase’s Mark Labbett revealed he is trying to patch things up with his wife Katie, despite her allegedly cheating on him. </p> <p>The 53-year-old genius TV star, best known as The Beast, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/9901866/the-chase-star-mark-labbett-wife-katie-reunion/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a> he and his 26-year-old partner were “working through a rough patch”. </p> <p>This news comes just a mere four months after Katie confirmed the couple had split after she began dating another man.</p> <p>New reports said she had been having an affair with a 28-year-old metal worker. </p> <p>However, on Tuesday, despite the debacle surrounding the couple, Mark said on the British talk show <em>Loose Women</em> they were trying to make things work. </p> <p>“Like a lot of relationships, you go through a rough patch. We’re working our way through it,” he said.</p> <p>“A newspaper offered us a sum of money and we kindly denied. We’re quite private, there’s no pictures of our son online and I’m not going to name him until he’s old enough to make the decision.”</p> <p>After photographs were uncovered of Katie with her secret beau, she came forward to say her and Mark have been “drifting for a while”. </p> <p>“Mark and I had been talking about separating for some time — we have been drifting for a while.</p> <p>“He works away a lot and that’s been hard. A lot of people think it’s the age difference but we don’t see that as the factor.</p> <p>“It’s more that we don’t have mutual friends, and our lives are just very different.</p> <p>“I met Scott by accident, on a night out, and we just clicked. It wasn’t intentional, it just happened. But Mark always knew — straight from the off I was honest.</p> <p>“He knew I was going out and who I was seeing. He was incredibly understanding. If it was anybody else it wouldn’t matter, but because Mark’s in the limelight people have been gossiping. It’s frustrating.</p> <p>“We remain good friends and he is happy for me that I’ve met Scott — and I’d be fine if he met someone else.</p> <p>“So I just want to set the record straight now as I’m sick of all the speculation. I want us all to be able to get on with our lives.”</p> <p>Mark met Katie after they began chatting on Facebook, and eventually their friendship grew into a serious relationship. </p> <p>Katie moved from Dubai to be with The Chase TV star and they went on to marry in 2014 at Arundel Castle in West Sussex. </p> <p>Interestingly enough, it turns out the couple are second cousins - a fact they didn’t know until after they wed.</p>

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Prince William reveals Princess Charlotte’s latest obsession

<p>As the British royal family is in the spotlight, it can be easy to forget that they are just normal people.</p> <p>This is especially the case for young four-year-old Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>However, her father, Prince William, has brought everyone back down to earth with a very sweet confession about what his daughter is obsessed with.</p> <p>William took part in an art therapy session whilst visiting Harcombe House in Devon on Monday as it was Emergency Services Day in the UK.</p> <p>It was as he walked past a collection of artworks made by local firefighter’s children that he saw something that reminded him of his daughter.</p> <p>There was an artwork of a unicorn, that was made with colourful balls.</p> <p>"My daughter loves unicorns," he revealed to the group taking part in the art therapy session.</p> <p>"Loves them. Very cool."</p> <p>Princess Charlotte has also shown her fondness for unicorns with a sweet keyring attached to her school bag as she heads off to “big school” at Thomas’ Battersea school.</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/B2BgKtVo9fp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/B2BgKtVo9fp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">#NEW First day of school for Charlotte, I love them so much #williamofcambridge #katemkddleton #georgeofcambridge #charlotteofcambridge #ilovethem #thebest ❤❤💕</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/_princess__charlotte/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Princess Charlotte</a> (@_princess__charlotte) on Sep 5, 2019 at 1:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The keyring is made out of sequins and is the perfect addition to her bag as she heads off into kindergarten.</p> <p>Charlotte was also seen carrying a cute unicorn purse at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day.</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; 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Why Bob Irwin hasn't spoken to granddaughter Bindi in 10 years

<p>When Bindi Irwin will finally say her vows to fiance Chandler Powell, at Australia Zoo in 2020, her grandfather Bob Irwin will not be there to celebrate with her. </p> <p>While talking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/qweekend/setting-the-record-straight-wildlife-warrior-bob-irwin-breaks-his-silence-on-terri-bindi-robert-and-tells-of-life-after-steve/news-story/8ce8756236cfd0dd0c1aca999c101ade" target="_blank"><em>The Courier Mail</em></a><em>, </em>the 80-year-old environmentalist and conservationist said so far, he and his wife Judy had not been invited to his granddaughter's wedding. </p> <p>They don’t expect to either however, as they have not seen each other in over ten years. </p> <p>The father of Steve Irwin still insists there is no rift between him and his son’s family, despite the “upsetting rumours”. </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/B1w0rxdBKnt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1w0rxdBKnt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Aug 29, 2019 at 2:24pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mr Irwin referenced a particularly accusatory article that was published after the couple announced their engagement that interpreted his “no comment” as a sign of a deep split. </p> <p>“Although a lot of untruths and rubbish and absolute garbage have been written by scumbags in the past, you reach a point where you’ve had enough. It’s important everybody knows the truth, not just Bob and Bindi,” he told the publication.</p> <p>“No, I haven’t had an invite to the wedding and, to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t expect to be invited to the wedding.”</p> <p>Rumours surrounding the relationship between Bob and his grandchildren intensified in 2015, weeks after then 17-year-old Bindi won the US <em>Dancing With the Stars. </em></p> <p>Bob told the <em>Herald Sun </em>he was “so proud of her and what she’s achieved”. </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/B1pPJ5mhcHS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1pPJ5mhcHS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Aug 26, 2019 at 3:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“She seems to be able to take on everything that life throws at her — she’s definitely got an amazing future ahead of her,” he said.</p> <p>The 80-year-old admitted that he and Bindi were not in touch. </p> <p>“She seems to be able to take on everything that life throws at her — she’s definitely got an amazing future ahead of her,” he said.</p> <p>“It’s sad but it’s just the way things are.”</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/B2FfGq3hhuM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/B2FfGq3hhuM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Pioneering Herpetologist and Animal Conservationist Bob Irwin Snr at home on his property near Kingaroy. Straight shooting, no nonsense, wonderfully caring man. Shot for @qweekend @couriermail . . . . . #wildlife #conservation #animals #portrait #people #australian #queenslander #reptiles #bobirwin #canonaustralia #queensland #australia #environment #earth</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/lachiemillardphoto/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lachie Millard</a> (@lachiemillardphoto) on Sep 6, 2019 at 2:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bob was last photographed with his daughter-in-law and grandchildren in 2007, according to Getty Images, at the Steve Irwin Memorial Day at Australia Zoo. </p> <p>Rumours of a family rift began when Bob resigned from his position at Australia Zoo, due to differences in opinion when it came to operating the national attraction. </p> <p>Now he lives with his wide in Kingaroy, Queensland and says he just wants what is best for his grand kids. </p> <p>“I want (Bindi and Robert, 15) to be able to do what they want from day to day, enjoy life, enjoy the animals, achieve things, without worrying about things that should never be presented to them (like that article),” he said.</p> <p>“Much the same as any other parent or grandparent, I would wish (Bindi and Chandler) all the best — which I do — and hope things go really, really well.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Bindi Irwin with her fiance, Chandler. </p>

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Rafael Nadal breaks down after "emotional" US Open win

<p>Rafael Nadal has claimed his 19th Grand Slam championship and was overcome with emotion after realising what he has achieved.</p> <p>The 33-year-old was playing in his 27th major final but 23-year-old Medvedev fought him every step of the way.</p> <p>The match went for a shocking five hours, but eventually Nadal was able to nab the victory.</p> <p>The emotion of the occasion was too much for the tennis legend to bear as a highlight reel of his slam wins played inside the stadium after he claimed match point. Tears rolled down his face as Nadal gracefully thanked the crowd.</p> <p>“It has to be one of the most emotional nights of my tennis career,” Nadal said. “This victory means a lot and especially with the way the match became so difficult, so tough ... it has been a crazy match, no? I’m just emotional.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Witnessing history, from 1 to 19....<a href="https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RafaelNadal</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/33kDYn4kwf">pic.twitter.com/33kDYn4kwf</a></p> — US Open Tennis (@usopen) <a href="https://twitter.com/usopen/status/1170879712006148096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">9 September 2019</a></blockquote> <p>It was a tough match for Nadal after the crowd booed him in the fifth set after the New York crowd thought that the star was wasting time as he went to get a new racquet while Medvedev was serving.</p> <p>However, he didn’t flinch and went on to take the victory.</p> <p>It’s clear that Nadal had his eye on the prize, as his other opponents from this past fortnight have struggled to find the words to describe Nadal’s technique.</p> <p>Diego Schwartzman suggested Nadal was “like a lion in the middle of the jungle” while Matteo Berrettini called him “the greatest fighter ever in this sport.”</p> <p>“It’s tough to find words,” added Medvedev. “He’s one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport. He’s just a machine, a beast on the court.”</p>

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“Not ashamed”: Israel Folau speaks out after quiet streak

<p>Former Rugby player has declared he is “not ashamed” of his actions or views in the wake of the controversial scandal which cost him his lucrative Australian Rugby Union contract. </p> <p>The disgraced NSW Rugby player has surfaced to support Australian Christian Lobby chief Martyn Iles and announced he will be speaking at the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Not Ashamed </em>conference on October 19 in Sydney. </p> <p>Folau, who was last pictured watching his wife Maria play netball in July has stated in a youtube video he would be a keynote speaker at the lobby’s national conference. </p> <p>“Hey guys, it’s Israel Folau here, looking forward to being at the Not Ashamed conference on the 19th of October, see you all there,” he said.</p> <p>A statement of the event details stated the message of the conference would be focussing on the need to “speak truth against lies.”</p> <p>“Not Ashamed is an event to equip Christians in this generation to grow in our knowledge of the truth, especially in its application to this changing world around us,” the website reads.</p> <p>“We live in times when once again we must boldly, unashamedly, shine the light in dark places and speak truth against lies. It is time to stand firm.</p> <p>“This conviction, boldness, and confidence in the truth fuelled the efforts of the early Church, spreading the Christian faith like wildfire through a pagan world.</p> <p>“As our own culture changes, truth is stumbling in the public squares, and the light of the Gospel itself is growing dim.</p> <p>“Our desire is to recover that same conviction, boldness, and confidence that Paul spoke of when he declared he was not ashamed to share God’s truth and the Gospel.”</p> <p>The lobby has stated Folau will be sharing his “story in person.”</p> <p>While his unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia is still underway and scheduled to go to court in February 2020, the former rugby player will be unable to publicly comment on the dispute. </p> <p>The unfair dismissal case will center around his sacking after he took aim at homosexuals and the LGBTQ community, where he stated “the devil is trying to instil” homosexuality and gender fluidity into the world. </p> <p>Folau’s contract was officially terminated by Rugby Australia in May after he took to social media to post an image which stated homosexuals, adulterers and others would go to hell. </p> <p>It was not his first outlandish post or statement on his social profiles, he also stated homosexuals would go to “hell, if they do not repent.”</p> <p>Rugby Australia also said the post he made breached its professional players code of conduct, a decision that was upheld by an independent tribunal.</p> <p> </p>

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Loch Ness monster: DNA analysis brings new theory to light

<p><span>The mystery creatures behind the thousand sightings of the fabled Loch Ness Monster may be giant eels, a group of scientists said.</span></p> <p><span>The legend of the giant sea monster has persisted throughout the decades, with some theorising that the creature could be a Jurassic-era reptile, a huge fish, circus elephants, or dinosaurs suspected of surviving extinction such as plesiosaur or elasmosaurus.</span></p> <p><span>Following an analysis of 250 water samples from Loch Ness in Scotland, a team of environmental DNA experts found no evidence for prehistoric reptiles, otters, seals, sharks, catifsh or huge fish such as sturgeons.</span></p> <p><span>However, they discovered a lot of genetic material from eels. </span></p> <p><span>“Is there a plesiosaur in Loch Ness? No. There is absolutely no evidence of any reptilian sequences,” said Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist from University of Otago and the study’s leader.</span></p> <p><span>“So I think we can be fairly sure that there is probably not a giant scaly reptile swimming around in Loch Ness.”</span></p> <p><span>Gemmell said the “very significant amount” of eel DNA suggests that the ray-finned fish might be the creature people have been seeing.</span></p> <p><span>“The sheer quantity of the material says that we can’t discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness. Therefore we can’t discount the possibility that what people see and believe is the Loch Ness Monster might be a giant eel.”</span></p> <p><span>The Loch Ness Monster has continued to remain as Scotland’s most enduring myths.</span></p> <p><span>The most famous picture of Nessie, taken by British surgeon Robert Wilson in 1934, was later revealed to be a hoax that used a wood putty model on a toy submarine. However, that does not stop people from attempting to track down the beast in the years since.</span></p> <p><span>Steve Feltham, the world record holder for the longest continuous Loch Ness Monster vigil, said he is not convinced the researchers have identified the monster.</span></p> <p><span>“A 12-year-old boy could tell you there are eels in Loch Ness,” he told <em><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49495145">BBC</a>.</em> “I caught eels in the loch when I was a 12-year-old boy.”</span></p>

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He’s done it again! Steve Smith leads Australia to another “peerless” victory

<p>Cricketer Steve Smith has earnt another incredible achievement by leading Australia to another glorious victory. </p> <p>While his team and opponents have been scrambling for every run they could this summer, Smith has been scoring hundreds with ease. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">... Steve Smith 😳!!! Whatever you may think of him.. What a player he is!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvsAUS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvsAUS</a></p> — Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ian_Bell/status/1169580634471378944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The Aussie Sportsman scored his third century in four innings this Ashes series, and went on to score 211 for a third time in his monumental career. </p> <p>Smith said he felt it was England’s dropped catch and costly no-ball that made it easy to dominate at Old Trafford. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">COMPLICATED TECHNIQUE but an ORGANIZED MINDSET is what sets <a href="https://twitter.com/stevesmith49?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@stevesmith49</a> apart. Incredible comeback!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvsAUS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvsAUS</a> <a href="https://t.co/02MNGkYQ7y">pic.twitter.com/02MNGkYQ7y</a></p> — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) <a href="https://twitter.com/sachin_rt/status/1169610022445170690?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"To go as short as they did, and as early as they did with the new ball, (it) softened that ball up and played into our hands," Smith said.</p> <p>"If they bowl a lot at my head then they're not bowling at my stumps and trying to get me out lbw and caught behind.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A freak of nature. We’ve never seen anyone like <a href="https://twitter.com/stevesmith49?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@stevesmith49</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ashes2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ashes2019</a> <a href="https://t.co/6gYbG5XKdR">https://t.co/6gYbG5XKdR</a></p> — Ano Navaratnam (@navarat84) <a href="https://twitter.com/navarat84/status/1169697522912153600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"When Stuart Broad came on with the new ball, he bowled some really nice lengths and beat my bat ... I got an inside edge.</p> <p>"He was quite challenging when he hit that length."</p> <p>The world has rallied behind Smith, labelling him a “freak of nature”. </p> <p>“Champion block! Champion cricketer,” one person wrote. </p> <p>Another added: “Steve Smith is a god amongst men”.</p> <p>Australia has a golden opportunity to retain the Ashes at Old Trafford, however they will need to bring a hard, aggressive form of cricket for day three.</p>

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Steve Smith breaks his own record on Day 1 of fourth Ashes Test

<p><span>Cricketer Steve Smith has been a saving grace once again for Australia, this time in the fourth Ashes Test.</span></p> <p><span>In spite of England bowlers and the miserable Manchester weather having winds too ferocious that only 44 overs were bowled, Smith proved to be a force to be reckoned with. </span></p> <p><span>The outstanding Ashes form saw Australia reach 170 for three after an opener dud. </span></p> <p><span>Smith and Marnus Labuschagne put on 116 for the third wicket before Craig Overton delivered a beautiful bowl at 67. </span></p> <p><span>Smiths most outrageous shot was when he played to reach 50 with a boundary through the off side.</span></p> <p><span>Australian fans of the beloved sport took to social media to congratulate Smith on the monumental achievement. </span><a rel="noopener" class="twitter-tweet"></a></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Eight consecutive Ashes 50+ scores for Steve Smith. What a phenomenon</p> — Tim (@timwig) <a href="https://twitter.com/timwig/status/1169280700614348800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Steve Smith is an absolute legend. He is the best Test batsman in the world and will end up as one of the greatest of all time. The way he keeps churning runs at this format is phenomenal. It will be great to see how far he can take his Test average to. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvAUS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvAUS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvsAUS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvsAUS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ashes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ashes</a></p> — Giri Subramanian (Off Work) (@giri26) <a href="https://twitter.com/giri26/status/1169364150327234560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Another solid innings from <a href="https://twitter.com/stevesmith49?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@stevesmith49</a> overnight. Cannot really say a 'Captain's knock' but leading with the bat nevertheless ! Hopefully a Wyong Cup win for him tomorrow as well 🏏🏇 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ashes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ashes</a></p> — Ros Ovington (@RosOvington) <a href="https://twitter.com/RosOvington/status/1169354916961255424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span>“The best batsman we’ve seen in a long while,” one person said.</span></p> <p><span>“Steve Smith is world class,” another added.</span></p> <p><span>One fan wrote: “You have to have nothing but admiration when watching Steve Smith bat.”</span></p> <p><span>Australian will resume on 170 for three on Thursday evening, having won the toss and decided to bat. </span><span></span></p> <p> </p>

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“I’m not mad at this:” Naomi Osaka loses world No. 1 rank to Aussie star

<p>New York title winner Naomi Osaka has crashed out of the US Open with a stunning defeat to Belinda Bencic. </p> <p>The 21-year-old lost for the third time to Bencic in one hour and 26 minutes under the closrd roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium on a rainy Monday. </p> <p>"The challenge cannot be bigger playing Naomi," Bencic said. "She has a lot of power, me not so much. I play like chess and anticipate."</p> <p>Osaka broke to love in the fifth game of the second set on a double fault from the Japense. </p> <p>The Title holder’s defeat has slipped her to fourth in the rankings, according to the WTA with French Open champion Ash Barty returning to the top of the ladder ahead of Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep despite all being out already in New York. </p> <p>Osaka’s elimination paints an interesting picture with the top seeds being out of the quarter-finals for the first time in Open era. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Big results fo Belinda Bencic, 22, and Donna Vekic,23. Two teenage prodigies - Bencic made QF here as a 17yo was Top 10 at 18, Vekic was Top 100 at 16yo - who have had to fight through a lot to get to this stage. Both in the midst of standout seasons. Both good friends. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/Mc4C0SnkWO">pic.twitter.com/Mc4C0SnkWO</a></p> — WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) <a href="https://twitter.com/WTA_insider/status/1168586115919556609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The former No. 1 told reporters the loss stung a lot less than her first-week exits at Roland Garros and Wimbledon over the summer. </p> <p>"Right now I have this feeling of sadness, but I also feel like I have learned so much during this tournament," Osaka said. </p> <p>"Honestly, of course I wanted to defend this tournament.</p> <p>"I feel like the steps that I have taken as a person have been much greater than I would imagine at this point. </p> <p>"So I hope that I can keep growing. I know that if I keep working hard, then of course I'll have better results."</p> <p>"I mean, in Wimbledon I walked out on you guys," Osaka teareully explained, referring to a tearful end to her press conference after losing in the firsts round to Yulia Putintseva. </p> <p>"In Roland Garros, I came straight from the match, so I was all gross and I just wanted to get out of there.</p> <p>In true Osaka fashion, the 21-year-old has maintained her composure and hoped to bounce back in future games. </p> <p>"Honestly, I'm not that mad at this," Osaka said. "Of course I can look at this and be very disappointed and mad, but I'm not mad at it. Of course I would like to reach higher, like rounds. That's definitely what I'll aim for in Australia.</p> <p>"But for right now, I think the level of tennis that I was playing in Europe was not that great. Coming here: two quarterfinals, Round of 16. </p> <p>"Hopefully I'll do well in Japan because I always do well in Japan, and just keep building off of it to end the season."</p>

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“Devastated”: Why Duchess Meghan broke down after watching Princess Diana’s funeral

<p>Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is said to have broken down in tears when she watched Princess Diana’s funeral on TV back in 1997.</p> <p>This is according to royal biographer Andrew Morton who has penned a new book about the Duchess called<span> </span><em>Meghan: A Hollywood Princess</em>.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex is said to have been extremely moved as she watched Diana’s coffin travel through the streets.</p> <p>Morton said “tears coursed down their [Meghan and her friends] cheeks” when an envelope with the word “mummy” was placed next to the coffin.</p> <p>Morton has also said that Meghan became captivated by Diana after her death.</p> <p>“As friend Ninaki Priddy observed: ‘She was always fascinated by the royal family. She wanted to be Diana 2.0.’”</p> <p>Prince Harry has previously revealed that he believes that his mum would have approved of Meghan and said that the pair would be “best friends”.</p> <p>The news surrounding the book comes as Elton John shared a moving tribute to Diana saying that he misses her on the 22nd anniversary of her death.</p> <p>The caption says “Miss you so much #PrincessDiana”.</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/B13SJBlDP3R/" 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/B13SJBlDP3R/" target="_blank">Miss you so much 😢❤️ #PrincessDiana @richardyoung110</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/eltonjohn/" target="_blank"> Elton John</a> (@eltonjohn) on Sep 1, 2019 at 2:36am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The pair became instant friends after meeting in 1981 at Prince Andrew’s birthday party at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>Speaking to the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/9840074/elton-john-emotional-tribute-princess-diana-misses-her-22nd-anniversary-death/" target="_blank">Vancouver Sun</a><span> </span></em>in 2000, John said: “When I arrived, there was no one there but the dance band and Princess Diana. We danced the Charleston alone on the floor for 20 minutes.”</p> <p>John rewrote<span> </span><em>Candle in the Wind</em><span> </span>and performed<span> </span><em>Goodbye England’s Rose</em><span> </span>at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 and spoke about how moving it was.</p> <p>“Me playing at the funeral was one of the most surreal things I have ever done. What was going through my mind was, ‘Don’t sing a wrong note. Be stoic,’” he told the <em>Telegraph</em> in the UK.</p> <p>“Don’t break down and just do it to the best you can possibly do it without showing any emotion whatsoever.”</p> <p>It’s clear that the performance had an impact on those attending, with Prince Harry saying that it was “incredibly emotional”.</p> <p>“That was part of this whole trigger system, which nearly brought me to the point of crying in public, which I didn’t do,” he said in the documentary<span> </span><em>Diana, 7 Days</em>.</p>

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“What the hell” Ash Barty shook to the core over US Open drama

<p>Tennis star Ash Barty’s preparation for the fourth round US Open has been called into question after she was hit in the face with a shock to lower-ranking Chinese opponent, Qiang Wang. </p> <p>The Australian world no. 2 was far from her best on Sunday when she crashed out of the singles in a shocking 6-2, 6-4 loss. </p> <p>Barty hit 39 unforced errors and went on a 0/9 break point opportunities - just one day after playing a lengthy 150 minute doubles match while her opponent rested up. </p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7830255/ash-barty-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d11e4719c9ee4a2fae8c06fe2caf1c1a" /></p> <p>Her love for doubles has been undeniable and it skyrocketed her into the eye of the public after reaching the finals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon back in 2013. </p> <p>The stunning defeat has resulted in a heap of criticism from a number of fans and experts with critics questioning whether her preparation for her big match against Wang let her down. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Barty played 2.5 hrs of doubles yesterday, looked flat today. Maybe rethink strategy</p> — steven gardner (@supersteveg61) <a href="https://twitter.com/supersteveg61/status/1168200952442052608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Ash Barty clearly out of sorts.. those doubles matches must be wearing on her <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USOpen</a></p> — Karthik K (@agentscorpion) <a href="https://twitter.com/agentscorpion/status/1168186376233390081?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I think the long doubles match that Ash Barty played yesterday is weighing heavy on her today. Down a set and a break to Wang Qiang.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USOpen</a></p> — Uday...💖💥 (@UdaySinghBhati6) <a href="https://twitter.com/UdaySinghBhati6/status/1168191925494546432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>&gt;</p> <p>Barty is hoping to win this year’s US Open women’s double title with Victoria Azarenka as she did last year alongside Coco Vandeweghe. </p> <p>Barty and Victoria Azarenka won their doubles clash 12-10 in a nail biting third set tiebreaker, but viewers suggested she would have been better off resting</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Am also 😳. Maybe Barty got tired from her doubles match so she couldn't play her best.</p> — mavymay (@mavvymay) <a href="https://twitter.com/mavvymay/status/1168220099192545280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>target="_</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Apparently Barty had a long doubles match yesterday. Maybe not feeling 100%</p> — Kirby Barkalot (@jrdn54) <a href="https://twitter.com/jrdn54/status/1168194657316036608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, in typical Barty style, the Australian did not dwell on the difficult loss and instead reflected on an incredible grand slam season. </p> <p>"It's been incredible. Yeah, I mean, it's a tough day at the office today, but it's been a year where we've hit our goals. Obviously I would have loved to have kept going here in singles, but we've got an opportunity to do that in doubles," Barty said.</p> <p>"Knowing what it was like last year to be able to lift the trophy in doubles was really cool. To be able to have another opportunity to do that now, still being able to play in doubles, is a bonus.</p> <p>"We've had a great season in grand slams for singles. We've made the second week every single one, which has been really special.</p> <p>"Now we'll sit back, reflect, and look forward to a big couple months to finish off the year."</p>

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Revealed: Details of Princess Charlotte’s first day of big school

<p>Princess Charlotte is gearing up to start “big school” next week and we are sure she could not be more excited. </p> <p>However, there will be a few key differences from Prince George’s, 6, big day in 2017 to little Charlotte’s. </p> <p>When the four-year-old’s big brother first started at Thomas;s Battersea, he walked in with his hand wrapped around his dad’s, Prince William. </p> <p>At the time, Duchess Kate was sick with hyperemesis gravidarum while in the early stages of her pregnancy with 16-month-old Prince Louis. At this stage though, it has been announced Princess Charlotte will be dropped off by her mum as well for her very first stay. </p> <p>Kensington Palace shared the exciting new details of the little royal’s big day, including that both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be there to comfort their only daughter’s first day jitters. </p> <p>"Princess Charlotte, accompanied by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, will attend her first day of school at Thomas's Battersea on Thursday 5th September," they said in a statement.</p> <p>It was noted only one photographer and one camera person would be permitted to capture snaps of the royal’s big day, just as it was allowed for Prince George. </p> <p>Reports suggest we may get a few portraits of the royal in a happy, cheeky mood - unlike her brother was on her first day as she is “so excited” to follow in his footsteps. </p> <p>"She can't wait to be with George at big school," a royal insider told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/princess-charlotte-excited-start-school-prince-george/" target="_blank">People Magazine. </a></p> <p>"They are close in age, and they spend so much time together."</p> <p>Princess Charlotte started Willcocks nursery School in January 2018. </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Princess Charlotte over the last four years. </p>

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