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Donald Trump Leaves Wife Melania Out in the Rain While He Uses an Umbrella

Apparently First Lady Melania Trump cannot stand under her husbands umbrella.

On Monday, President Donald Trump, 72, was caught on camera holding an umbrella over his own head, while his wife, 48, stood nearby, uncovered, in the rain. The moment took place as the Trumps exited the White House to visit hurricane-torn Florida and Georgia.

After his wife joined him under the umbrella he was carrying, the president darted off to talk to a group of reporters about his wifes ABC News interview and his 60 Minutes interview, leaving his wife out in the rain. She did a great job on television the other night, Trump told reporters in footage captured by ABC News. And I didnt do so bad either. But she did a great job on television.
Partway through their walk to the waiting helicopter, Trump shifted the umbrella to also cover his wifes head.



Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Cuddling in the Rain Will Make You Feel the Warmth
Can we stand under their umbrella? Rain or shine, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry continued on with their tour schedule in Dubbo, Australia on Wednesday, October 17.

The pair visited the Clontarf Foundation and Girls Academy Dubbo Senior College, followed by a stop by Victoria Park where a picnic was scheduled. However, the rain foiled much of the scheduled activities, prompting Prince Harry to gallantly hold an umbrella for his wife.

There was also a moment when they both held separate umbrellas, but remained coordinated enough to hold hands as they walked to their next destination.
(Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)
(Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)

When the Duke of Sussex was called to the stage, Harry handed his umbrella to Markle to shield her from the rain. However, the pregnant former actressin an adorably supportive gesturefollowed her husband up to the stage and shielded him from the rain during his speech.

The Mayor of Dubbo then offered up his umbrella to Prince Harry, which prompted the Duke of Sussex to reply: Its all right. Ive got my wife.
Prince Harry addresses the crowd as Meghan Duchess of Sussex holds an umbrella for him during a Dubbo community BBQ in Victoria ParkPrince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex tour of Australia 17 Oct 2018The Duke and Duchess travel to Victoria Park to join people from Dubbo and the surrounding areas for a BBQ picnic in the park to celebrate community spirit within the region. His Royal Highness gave an address as well. (Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)

Other images from the day showed the pair cuddling and gazing adoringly at each other as heavy rain swept the region. Prior to the couples arrival, the city of Dubbo was stricken by a drought. Fifteen minutes later, heavy rain poured throughout the region.

After attending Princess Eugenies wedding to Jack Brooksbank this weekend, the couple announced their expectant baby news while in Australia on October 15.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019, the palace statement read. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.

Prince Harry hug Luke Vincent, aged 5 from Buninyong Public School, at Dubbo Airport
Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex tour of Australia 17 Oct 2018 (Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock)

Prince Harry hug Luke Vincent, aged 5 from Buninyong Public School, at Dubbo Airport
Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex tour of Australia 17 Oct 2018 (Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock)



Meghan Markle Plays Australian Football While Wearing Heels: Pics
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Greeting crowds, making banana bread, and tossing a football, theres nothing Meghan Markle cant do in heels!

The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex was persuaded to get in on some sporty fun during her third day of her and Prince Harry's royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga on Wednesday.

Meghan, who announced her pregnancy on Monday, was attending a reception in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and a few met women from the organization This Girl Can VIC.

The group of 150 ladies were practicing sporting drills outdoors as the Duchess watched them. Clad in a navy Dion Lee dress and matching heels Manolo Blahnik heels, Meghan looked stunning, albeit not entirely ready for a workout in the ensemble

That didnt stop one of the women in the program from offering to toss her a handball, used in Australian Rules football. The Duchess caught the toss and successfully hit it back over, prompting cheers from the crowd.

Meghans no stranger to getting active at official events. Last month, she had some fun at the Coach Core Awards, tossing around a ball with some athletes while once again wearing heels.

Prince Harry is known for playing soccer at official events, and Meghans sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, has been photographed several times participating in sporting activities while wearing heels or her signature wedges.

Meghan Markle Looked Lovely in a Navy Dion Lee Dress on Tour in Australia Today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just touched down in Melbourne for the third day of their royal tour of Australia. Meghan and Harry will reportedly spend only four hours in the city, but the trip is jam-packed with events.

First up? A walkabout where the royal couple can greet the public followed by an official welcome reception at Government House.

Later on, Harry and Meghan will take a tram to South Melbourne beach. They'll also visit a café with a social enterprise mission, and spend time at a local primary school.

For the full day of engagements, Meghan chose a navy blue dress by Dion Lee, with trench coat and pumps. She opted to wear her hair down today, after yesterday's ponytail.

See the full ensemble here:
Overall, her outfit is decidedly more formal that yesterday's casual ensemble. For her rain-filled visit to Dubbo on Tuesday, she paired a gray plaid blazer by her close friend Serena Williams with black skinny jeans and a white button-down shirt.

It has already been quite busy week for Meghan-on Monday, she announced that she is expecting her first child with Prince Harry, but her pregnancy doesn't seem to be slowing her down at all. Yesterday, the Duchess said she's currently "running on adrenaline" but is feeling "pretty well, so far."

At this point, she is reportedly planning to keep the full schedule of planned engagements on this grueling 16-day tour, so tomorrow, we'll see her head to back to Sydney for a visit to Bondi Beach, and meetings with Prime Minister and leader of the opposition.



Meghan Markle criticized for summery dress: So inappropriate for someone representing the Queen

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The Duchess of Sussex showed an ample amount of leg while on tour with Prince Harry which some found very inappropriate.

Meghan Markle broke royal protocol with a thigh-high slit in Australia

It may be nearing freezing temperatures on the East Coast, but it's almost

It may be nearing freezing temperatures on the East Coast, but it's almost summer in Australia!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were quick to welcome the hot sun and breeze on Australia's Fraser Island over the weekend, just a few days after the palace announced that mom-to-be Meghan would be "slowing down" during the next few days of the couple's royal tour.

After taking the day off to rest, Meghan reunited with Prince Harry on Monday for a royal walkabout, sporting a flirty linen dress by sustainable American brand Reformation, her go-to Sarah Flint sandals and oversized Karen Walker sunglasses. 

With its thigh-high slit, the dress was a bold look, even for protocol-pushing Meghan. Consequently, many on Twitter were quick to call out the revealing look. "Did someone forget to tell Meghan the royal dress code?" wrote one user.

However, many royal fans were just happy to see Meghan well-rested and happy.



Pippa Middleton and James Matthews welcomed their first child last week

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are the proud parents of a baby son following his arrival last week. And on Sunday, the couple were pictured for the first time walking their newborn around west London, as well as their two pet dogs. In the photos obtained by Mail Online, Pippa looked stylish dressed in a polka dot print dress by Kate Spade, which she teamed with a pair of white trainers and a navy cardigan, completing her look with some oversized shades. James, meanwhile, looked smart in a checked shirt and chinos as he pushed his baby boy in his pram, while linking arms with his wife.

The couple's baby has yet to be named, but he has been settling in nicely to his family home since leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on Tuesday. The new bundle of joy a baby cousin for Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, was born on Monday. A spokesperson told HELLO!: "James and Pippa have had a baby boy. He was born Monday 15th October at 1.58pm, weighing 8lb and 9oz. Everyone is delighted and mother and baby are doing well."

The day after the birth, Pippa, 35, received her first visitor in hospital, her younger brother James Middleton. The proud uncle was photographed walking through the famous hospital doors where his other sister, Kate, has posed on three different occasions after welcoming her children, most recently Louis in April this year. James was dressed down in jeans, a gilet and trainers and smiled as he made his way inside. On Friday, meanwhile, grandmother Carole Middleton was spotted visiting her daughter's house, in pictures posted by Mail Online. Carole was seen walking into Pippa's home and picking up parcels that were left outside.



Meghan Markle makes major fashion faux pas in Tonga but she still looks amazing

Meghan Markle epitomized elegance when she arrived for an official dinner with the king and queen of Tonga on Thursday night. With Prince Harry by her side, the 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex stepped out in a white floor-length gown with cap sleeves by Theia.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive for an official dinner with the king and queen of Tonga on Thursday night. (Photo: AAP)

She paired the dress with her favorite Aquazzura Deneuve pumps and a Givenchy clutch.

As the royal couple arrived at the Consular House in central Nukualofa, the John Lennon classic Imagine played in the background ahead of an evening that featured some traditional Tongan entertainment.

Meghan paired the dress with a Aquazzura Deneuve pumps and a Givenchy clutch. (Photo: AAP)

Earlier in the day, the couple arrived in Tonga, and all eyes were on Meghan when she accidentally made a fashion faux pas. As she stepped off the plane in a stunning scarlet $515 Self-Portrait dress, eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed she still had the tag swinging off the frocks midi-length hem.

Aside from the hanging label, the long-sleeve dress beautifully showed off the duchesss growing baby bump. She paired it with black stilettos and a matching clutch.
Meghan and Harry arrive in Tonga on Thursday. (Photo: Getty Images)

In the morning, Harry and Meghan kicked off their third and final day in Fiji during their 16-day royal tour with a visit to the city of Nadi for the unveiling of a statue to a hero sergeant. The Duchess of Sussex looked content and calm hours after having to leave a Suva market early on Wednesday afternoon due to a crowd-control related security risk.

She was visiting Suva Municipal Market to meet some of the female vendors who have been involved in the U.N. Womens project Markets for Change. Meghan was supposed to spend about 20 minutes mingling with the locals, but her visit ended abruptly after six minutes, with Meghan escorted out of the building by officials.

A tag was still showing on Meghans dress when she arrived in Tonga. (Photo: Reuters)

According to numerous reports, Kensington Palace came to the conclusion that the crowds were too big and decided to pull the plug early on the scheduled appearance. Meghans protection officer could be seen in the photos putting her hands out in front of the pregnant royal and trying to keep people back.

Meghan also wore a $1,695 crepe sheath dress by Jason Wu for an engagement at Nadi airport on Thursday, worn with a pair of black heels and gold, leaf-shaped drop earrings. She watched as husband Harry delivered a moving speech at the unveiling of the statue, which commemorates Sgt. Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian solider who died during battle.

Harry and Meghan kick off their third and final day in Fiji during their 16-day royal tour with a visit to the city of Nadi for the unveiling of a statue to a hero sergeant. (Photo: AAP)

Among the guests greeted by the royals were senior members of the armed forces, politicians, and the president of Fiji. The ceremony was the couples last engagement in Fiji before heading to Tonga.
Among the guests greeted by the royals were senior members of the armed forces, politicians, and the president of Fiji.
(Photo: AAP)



Samantha Markle calls Meghan 'delusional' and a 'liar' after her Fiji speech

The Duchess of Sussex said a few words about the importance of education at the University of the South Pacific yesterday. Photo: Getty Images

Words by Sarah Carty.

Shes previously called her half-sister a self-obsessed social climber and a pushy princess and now Samantha Markle has lashed again after Meghan  gave her first speech on her royal tour.

The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex visited the University of the South Pacific yesterday with her husband, where she said a few words about the importance of education.

However, her half sister Markle has taken issue with one thing in particular from Meghans speech, and took to her Twitter account to rant about it.

Her half sister Samantha Markle has taken issue with one thing in particular from Meghans speech. Photo: Getty Images

During the speech, Meghan touched on her own experience at Northwestern University in Illinois, claiming she paid for her tuition and got some help from financial grants.

I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included, Meghan said.

It was with scholarships, financial aid programs, and work study from my earnings from a job on campus that went directly towards my tuition that I was able to attend university, and without question it was worth every effort.

Samantha now claims that Meghans speech is not true and that their dad, Thomas Markle, paid for her university fees.

Samantha claims their father, Thomas Markle, paid for Meghans education. Photo: ITV

Meghan and Prince Harry are in Fiji on their royal tour. Photo: Getty Images

Dad paid her college tuition! She forgot the most important part of her speech and there are receipts to prove it, Samantha said on Twitter.

I love my sister but this is ridiculous. You cant lie like this, Meg! Delusionally absurd

Samantha went on to say that Thomas not only paid for her Northwestern University education, but also her time at the The Little Red School House and Immaculate Heart.

Samanthas outburst comes just weeks after she publicly apologised to Meghan on UK chat show, Jeremy Vine.

She touched on her why she and her father have spoken out in public interviews since Meghan and Harry tied the knot in May.

I thought in the beginning, when we spoke publicly, I thought we were being open-hearted and even favourable and that fell on deaf ears and the media turned it into something its not, she said.

I apologise and I wish things could be different.



French President Macron regrets Belgium choosing Lockheed jets

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during a news conference
with his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska at the Presidential Palace in Bratislava,
Slovakia October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

BRATISLAVA/PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that he regretted Belgium's decision to choose Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth jets over the Eurofighter Typhoon planes.

"It's a decision that was the result of a process which I greatly respect and which was linked to political constraints specific to Belgium, which are not for me to comment upon, but strategically it goes against European interests," said Macron at a news conference held with Slovakia President Andrej Kiska.

"For my part, I regret the choice that was made."

On Thursday, Belgium announced its decision to go with the Lockheed Martin planes to replace its ageing F-16s in a 4 billion euro ($4.5 billion) deal, saying the decision came down to price.

The decision is a setback for Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, who are behind the Eurofighter program, and also means the rejection of an informal French offer to sell Belgium the Rafale fighter built by Dassault Aviation.



Macron accuses Hungarian, Polish leaders of 'lying' about EU

French President Emmanuel Macron said that Hungarian and Polish leaders "
comparing Brussels with Moscow at the ancient (Soviet) times"
is "crazy and unacceptable" (AFP Photo/BERTRAND GUAY)

Bratislava (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday went from measured criticism against Hungary and Poland to anger, accusing their leaders "lying" to their people about the European Union.

"In Hungary and Poland, some of their leaders played with an unacceptable idea. When I listen to leaders comparing Brussels with Moscow at the ancient (Soviet) times, this is crazy and unacceptable," Macron told a pro-European audience at a public meeting during a visit to the Slovak capital Bratislava.

"They are lying to their people," Macron fumed, speaking in English.

"When I see big billboards saying 'No Brussels' or 'Stop Brussels'. What are they doing?" Macron said, insisting that the political success of eurosceptic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his nationalist Fidesz party is rooted in the prosperity that EU structural subsidies brought to Hungary after the ex-communist state joined the bloc in 2004.

"What are these leaders doing with these crazy spirits and lying to their people like those who promoted the Brexit and left the country right after they won," he added.

In an interview published in Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak media earlier on Friday, the French leader adopted a more measured tone warning eastern EU members not to fall out of step with the bloc's principles, singling out Hungary and Poland whose nationalist governments have clashed with Brussels.

Macron also insisted that "Europe is not a supermarket", driving home a point he made previously that eastern states could not pick and choose among the bloc's fundamental values.

- 'Reciprocal commitment' -

Seven months ahead of elections to the European Parliament, Macron said he expected the campaign ahead of the vote to be a duel between "progressives" and nationalists.

During a two-day visit to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Macron also warned that any moves by member states to reduce their payments into the common budget could serve to undermine EU unity, including its single market.

"We cannot try to reduce our contribution to the European budget without understanding what the single market brings. If we want to kill Europe, we should continue like this," Macron said.

"Europe isn't a one-way street: it is a reciprocal commitment," he added.

Turning to Poland's controversial judicial reforms, Macron said he hoped that "the Polish government will take the necessary steps to address the concerns of the (European) Commission and its partners."

Its nationalist government has put Poland on a collision course with the European Union by introducing a string of controversial judicial reforms that the bloc has warned pose a threat to judicial independence, the rule of law and ultimately to democracy.

The French leader also noted that "the situation of the rule of law in Hungary is undergoing worrying developments", and pointed to threats to the division of powers and the independence of non-governmental organisations.

He also condemned the February murder of a journalist in Slovakia, insisting that "threatening, attacking or killing journalists undermines the foundations of our democracies".



Belgian purchase of US jets 'against European interests': Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron criticised Belgium's choice of American F-35 fighter jets
during a visit to Bratislava, Slovakia, on Friday (AFP Photo/Bertrand GUAY)

Bratislava (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday criticised Belgium's decision to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets instead of European planes, saying that "strategically it goes against European interests".

The Belgian government announced Thursday that it would replace a fleet of ageing F-16 jets with the F-35 made by Lockheed Martin, rejecting rival offers to buy Eurofighter Typhoons or Rafales from the French group Dassault.

"The decision was linked to a Belgian procedure and the country's political constraints, but strategically it goes against European interests," Macron told journalists during a visit to Bratislava.

"Europe won't be strong unless it is truly sovereign and knows how to protect itself," he said, citing a need to develop "a genuine European defence capacity".

"I will do everything possible to promote European offers in future contracts," Macron added.

Critics said the choice of Lockheed would leave Belgium dependent on maintenance and operational systems firmly in US control, while also assailing a blow to Europe's efforts to unify its defence capacities.

Belgium justified the decision by saying the F-35s offered better value for money while best allowing it to meet its NATO commitments.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said his country would be purchasing equipment from both US and European suppliers as it bolstered defence spending.

On Friday, the French defence ministry announced that Belgium had confirmed an order for 442 Griffon and Jaguar armoured vehicles for around 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion).

The deal had been expected, but the announcement appeared timed to allay tensions between the two NATO allies.

- 'Lost opportunity' -

Last year the European Union launched its "permanent structured cooperation on defence", or PESCO, aimed at unifying defence strategies across the bloc and rationalising a fragmented approach to buying and developing military equipment.

The EU itself is planning to vastly expand its defence budget starting in 2021, allocating some 13 billion euros over seven years to research and develop new equipment -- up from less than 600 million euros in the current budget.

Most countries see no problem allowing non-EU firms to compete for contracts under the PESCO cooperation, but France is leading a handful which want to restrict their participation.

But Washington has warned that excluding US companies could undermine NATO at a time when tensions are running high with Russia and new threats such as cyber attacks are emerging.

On Friday the European aerospace consortium Airbus also said it took note of Belgium's decision not to choose the Eurofighter Typhoon with "sincere regret".

"It is a lost opportunity to strengthen European industrial cooperation in times when the EU is called upon to increase its joint defence efforts," the company said.

It added that in buying Typhoons, Belgium could have eventually joined the French-German Future Combat Air System, aimed at developing next-generation jets to start replacing current Eurofighter and Rafale jets starting in 2035.

Airbus is one of the partners in the Eurofighter consortium, which also includes companies from Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Macron, speaking at the start of a two-day visit to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, also called on people to reject leaders who seek to "divide Europe".

"I will fight wherever they are trying to roll back justice, the ability of journalists to work freely, the role of universities, all which makes us European," he said.

Macron is hoping to counter a surge in support for populist parties and leaders in many European countries ahead of European Parliament elections next May.
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Prince Harry Suits Up as He and Wife Meghan Markle Say Farewell to Tonga

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have said goodbye to Tonga.

After a busy day in the Polynesian country, which included meeting with the prime minister, seeing an exhibit of Tongan crafts and a trip to Tupou College, the royal couple paid a final visit to His Majesty King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace.

The Victorian-style palace, which is located in the northwest of the capital, Nuku?alofa, was built in 1867 and is the official residence of the Tongan king.
For the occasion, Meghan, 37, kept on the sky blue Cary shirt dress by Veronica Beard she wore at the previous outings and Harry, 34, wore a gray suit and tie.

While Meghan has been wowing in multiple looks during their tour, this time it was Harry who swapped up his style, as earlier in the day he had worn a more casual look of khaki trousers and a blue shirt.

After spending time with the King and his wife, Queen Nanasipau?u Tuku?aho, Meghan and Harry posed for a photo on the palace porch with the Tongan royals. In the background, locals could be heard singing traditional songs of the country.

Meanwhile, over by the tarmac, locals gathered along the striking traditional-printed fabric carpet that was rolled out on the grass for the royal couple ahead of their departure.

Bidding Meghan and Harry farewell at Fuaamotu International Airport was Princess Angelika Latufuipeka, who first welcomed the pair when they arrived at Tonga on Thursday morning.

The jet-setting royal couple then waved goodbye to locals as they boarded their plane to head back to Sydney for the next leg of their royal tour.



Trump hosts young blacks, marvels at Kanye's impact

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking
at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit in the East Room of the White House,
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump told young black conservatives Friday that his approval ratings among black voters shot up after Kanye West's recent visit to the White House, saying the rapper "may be the most powerful man in all of politics."

The president played host at an East Room "summit" of black young adults that felt more like a political rally, with many of those in attendance wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and chanting "We want Trump! We want Trump!"

Ten days before the midterm elections, Trump listed ways his administration was working to make life better for African Americans. He recalled with nostalgia how, when he was running for president, he asked black voters to support him because "What the hell do you have to lose?"

He repeated his claim that black communities have gotten "nothing" from Democrats, and said they were "nervous" about the midterms.

"For decades, policies advanced by Democrats have eliminated opportunity and wiped out good paying jobs and even great paying jobs for the black community, you know that," Trump said.

"Think of it. Their policies are absolutely adverse to the black community."

Trump said the unemployment rate for African American blacks had fallen to the lowest level in history under his watch. Government statistics show that it has fallen to single digits from a high of more than 21 percent in early 1983, but it's still nearly double the overall national unemployment rate.

He told his audience they could be picky now about what jobs they work.

"The nice thing is, see, now you have the choice," he said. "Before, people had to hold onto their job. ... Now, you can really go look at seven jobs, 10 jobs. You pick the one, and if you don't like it, you go to another one."

As for West, Trump earlier in the month had welcomed the rapper to the Oval Office, where West delivered a rambling, expletive-filled discourse that heaped praise on the president. Trump said his poll numbers among black Americans shot up after that, but he did allow of West, "He's a little different."



This Is What Princess Diana Could Have Lost If She Got Remarried


After a tumultuous 15-year marriage filled with scandal, Princess Diana and Prince Charles broke their wedding vows and divorced in August 1996. Fortunately, the divorce did not strip Diana entirely of her fortune and status. Under the divorce agreement, she shared parental custody with Prince Charles raising their two sons, had full access to the royal family jets, and could keep her Kensington Palace apartment as long as the Queen agreed, along with all of the jewelry she obtained during her royal marriage. It was also reported by London newspapers that Diana would get $600,000 a year to maintain her new private offices in Kensington Palace, in addition to $22.5 million in cash, but official details of the financial settlement remained under wraps. Here are the rare photos of Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day.

Even though it sounds like Diana had a pretty cushy divorce settlement compared to most divorced spouses, there may have been one catch to some of the terms of the agreement her marital status. In fact, royal family experts believed she may have had to relinquish many of her divorce settlement benefits if she were to remarry. She reportedly could have lost her home in Kensington Palace, the financing of her office, and possibly her title as "Princess of Wales" if she said "I do" again. One thing she did lose upon her divorce? Her "Royal Highness" style, which was the one thing she wanted to remain intact. A royal behavior expert told the New York Times in 1996 that stripping the "Royal Highness" from Diana's name was "without historical precedent." Don't miss the 9 other things Princess Diana lost after she divorced Prince Charles.

As for what would have happened to Diana's royal standing if the "people's princess" had wed for the second time, unfortunately, none of us will sadly ever know, since her tragic death came a year after her divorce was finalized. Next, check out the secrets about Princess Diana no one knew until after her death.



All For Love: Japans Princess Ayako Weds Kei Moriya

Japans Princess Ayako wed her longtime love, Kei Moriya, today in Tokyo at the citys historic Meiji Shrine, originally built as an homage to the princesss great grandfather.

The story of Ayako and Moriya has been closely followed around the world since they first became engaged. Unlike his bride, Moriya, an employee of a major shipping company, is not a royal, and Japans Imperial House Law mandates that female members of the royal family must surrender their title, fortune, and place in the imperial family should they choose to marry a commoner.

The princesss decision was announced this summer, with many noting that Ayako follows in the footsteps of her cousin, Princess Mako, who is engaged to her (also not-royal) college sweetheart, and will wed in 2020.

Despite it all, Ayako was brimming with joy on her special day. I am filled with happiness, she told reporters of her union to Moriya, shortly after the ceremony.

The wedding itself was a private affair for close friends and family, with proceedings consisting of several Shinto-style marriage rituals, a few of which included exchanging nuptial sake cups and offering a sacred Tamagushi tree branch to the gods. The princess donned two looks for the occasion, beginning first with a pale yellow uchiki kimonoan outer robeand a plum hakama, or wide-legged pleated trousers that fall to the ankles, just beneath for her arrival at the temple. For the indoor ceremony, she changed into a more formal kouchiki, or small cloak, that featured brightly hued floral accents embroidered over a brilliant red silk and fell to the ground behind her, flowing into a long train. Both pieces have been worn by Japanese nobility since the Heian era, which lasted from 794 to 1185.


Japan's Princess Ayako of Takamado weds Kei Moriya
Princess Ayako and her groom, Kei Moriya.
Photo: AP Images

For his part, Moriya wore a grey pinstripe tuxedo and carried with him a silk top hat that once belonged to his brides late father. I would like to support [Princess Ayako] firmly and, hand in hand, build a happy family with lots of laughter, he told reporters after the festivities. Smiling, he also remarked that she looked beautiful.

The marriage comes at an interesting time for the worlds oldest monarchy which has upheld its traditions, largely unchanged, over the years. Next spring, for the first time in the countrys history, Emperor Akihito, now 84, will abdicate his throne instead of finishing out his remaining days as Japans ruler. The weddings of his two granddaughters have also stirred conversation around whether or not Japan should change imperial law to allow women members to ascend the throne.

Despite her formal departure as a member of the royal family, Ayako has said she will remain close with her relatives, taking a modern view of the situation. I will leave the imperial family today, but I will remain unchanged in my support for his majesty and her majesty, she said, instating her support of her family and their shared love. I am awed by how blessed I am.



Duke and Duchess of Sussex told to 'chill out' during tour of New Zealand
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were asked to chill out on Monday and enjoy the hospitality of the Maori people of Abel Tasman, as Prince Harry spoke of his joy at bringing their little bump to visit.

The Duke and Duchess, who spent around an hour and a half at the spectacular coast on New Zealands South Island, were welcomed by songs, prayers, countless hongis and a banquet of food from their new friends.

Told to take time out from their tour to relax, they took a short stroll on the beach front accompanied by a ranger to tell them about conservation projects to protect the Abel Tasman National Park.




Princess Beatrice Dressed Up for Halloween and Her Costume Was...Um...Interesting

From Cosmopolitan

She might be fresh off the exhausting whirlwind that was her sister's royal wedding, but that didn't stop Princess Beatrice from hitting up a Halloween party like the rest of us mere mortals! HRH was spotted getting her spooky on at Annabel's in London last night, and yeah, she dressed up as a unicorn. Or rather, she "dressed up" as a unicorn.

Wow, Princess Beatrice is fully that girl who forgets to come up with a cool costume idea for Halloween, panics, and then ends up wearing a purple wig and a horn on her head. In other words, Princess Beatrice is me.

Truly, nothing but respect for MY future Queen of England. Now we just have to see the rest of the royal family's costumes....



Prince Harry and Prince Williams Royal Courts Could Turn Them Into Rivals

When Prince Charles brutally elbowed his brothers, Andrew and Edward, out of the embrace of the inner circle of the royal family, he did so on the basis that the new slimmed down monarchy over which he would preside when his mother dies only had room for a limited number of cast members. The direct line of succession, Charles argued, was all the public could be persuaded to give their time and money to, so, he declared, from now on, the limelight of royal attention would focus on Her Majesty, Charles and his children. There was always a significant contradiction inherent in Charless position: although he argued his brothers should be excluded from the new streamlined monarchy, he saw no reason why Williams brother, his second son Harry, should not be included. ...

It always looked like a not-very well disguised ploy to simply get rid of his brothers whom he considered (with some justification) embarrassments, and now this anomaly looks set to be exposed for the fig leaf it always was with the news, revealed this week by British newspaper The Sunday Times, that Harry and Meghan are expected to set up their own court, distinct from his brother Williams operation, after Meghan gives birth.

Both brothers are expected to remain headquartered at Kensington Palace for now, and there will be no imminent change to the structure of their umbrella foundation.

However, when the queen dies Charles and Camilla will almost certainly move into Buckingham Palace, freeing up Clarence House, Charles current opulent residence, as a potential new base for William and Kate who will then be Prince and Princess of Wales.

Its overdue really, said Robert Lacey, the royal historian and consultant for the Netflix series The Crown, of the move to establish separate courts.

It makes sense because although they will act as a team in future, the functions of the team members will change. Harry and Meghan will have the opportunity to be more discursive and creative and to try new thingsof which the Invictus Games is a perfect examplebut William will have a more traditional role.

If one considers Williams ultimate destiny as king, the need to establish a separate court for Harry and Meghan becomes plainly evident.

The weight of responsibility when William becomes monarch will be enormous, and separating the houses of Sussex and Cambridge will allow the different personalities and responsibilities of the two brothers and their spouses (and, in due course, children) to flourish.

Even in the first stage of that progression, as Prince of Wales, William will have a massive extra layer of responsibility when it comes to running the Duchy of Cornwall, the vast private estate that holds hundreds of millions of pounds worth of investments and land which is the personal property of the Prince of Wales (and currently funds Kensington Palace).

But having a glamorous and international couple as back up will be invaluable for William, especially as Lacey points out, there will never be any sense of second best if visiting foreign dignitaries get assigned tea with Meghan and Harry instead of Kate and William.

No matter how much the principals understand and trust each other, those around the principals, from private secretaries to press officers, will forever be jockeying for position. Let us hope it is healthy competition

It does, however, seem almost inevitable that the two courts will to some extent become rivals.

Lacey said, Its the nature of court to be rivalrous and competitive and that is a risk ahead. No matter how much the principals understand and trust each other, those around the principals, from private secretaries to press officers, will forever be jockeying for position. Let us hope it is healthy competition. Its a hazard on the road ahead, but a manageable hazard.

Until now, William and Harry have been a positive anomaly. Never before have royal brothers got on this well and collaborated so closely.

Ever since George Duke of Clarence was drowned in a butt of wine on the orders of his brother, the future Richard III, royal brothers have feared and loathed each other.

William and Harrys extraordinary bond is a testament both to Diana's distinctly un-Windsor-like approach to child-rearing, and the tragedy of her death that forged such powerful dependency on each other.

The writer Christopher Andersen, author of the best-selling Dianas Boys, said that the split is about the brothers grasping the nettle: Williams the heirand Harrys not even the spare any more.   

The split really reflects the reality of the succession, says Andersen.

William is second in line to the throne and with the birth of every royal baby Harry is pushed farther on down the line. Right now he is sixth behind Louis. So obviously Harry and Meghan must carve out a role for themselves that is very different from that of William and Kate.   

I don't believe this move is a result of rivalry between Kate and Meghan, but I do think Meghan is pushing for Harry to step farther out of his brother's shadow as they prepare to start their own family. 

Do I think Meghan a lot to do with this decision? Yes, of course. She wants her husband to have more freedom and autonomy and to run his own showall of which makes perfect sense as we move toward the reign of Charles III. She has urged Harry to take matters into his own hands, and he has wisely heeded her advice.

What is undeniable is that Harry and Meghan establishing their own court is an intriguing inflection point in the incredible story of these two brothers. It will be fascinating to watch where they diverge, and where, by contrast, they remain brothers-in-arms.



The Duchess and the Prince of Wales began their nine-day tour of west Africa on Wednesday. They are visiting The Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana on behalf of the British government.

Camilla and Prince Charles were joined at the state dinner at the Coco Ocean Hotel, by President Adama Barrow and his wife.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with President Adama Barrow and his wife arrive at the state dinner (PA)

Camilla has been wowing with her jewellery collection (PA)

According to the Queen Jewels Vault, Camilla was first spotted wearing the jewels back in 2012 and she has sported them for several evening engagements, including the Queens 92nd birthday celebrations in April.

The Duchess and the Prince of Wales began their nine-day tour of west Africa on Wednesday. They are visiting The Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana on behalf of the British government.

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra earrings (Vancleefarpels.com)

Its been a busy year for the royals, with the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges third child Prince Louis in April, Harry and Meghans wedding in May and their baby announcement.

The Royal Family are also preparing to celebrate Prince Charles 70th birthday on November 14.

Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex finished their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, where Meghans wardrobe choices and jewellery collection were also a talking point.

Camilla wore the earrings for the Queens 92nd birthday celebrations in April (PA)




The Queen Just Broke Another Major Royal Protocol for Meghan's Mom, Doria Ragland

Last year, Meghan became the first non-royal to score an invitation to the Queen's annual Christmas celebration at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where the Windsor clan always spend the Christmas holidays. This year, it looks like Elizabeth is breaking royal tradition again for another member of Meghan's family: Her mother, Doria Ragland.

According to The Sun, a "senior royal source" says Her Majesty has invited Doria to spend the holidays with the royal family. This is a huge deal since royal in-laws aren't usually invited to do, well, much of anything important with the royal family. Sure, they're invited to weddings and christenings, but they can't call dibs on Christmas or Easter or even necessarily tag along for the royals' celebrations.

So why is an exception being made for Doria?

"Its a mark of the Queens respect for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesnt have any other relations in this country-unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family," the senior source told Daily Express.

It probably doesn't hurt that Doria and the Queen have reportedly bonded as well. Clearly, it pays to be on the good side of the woman who single-handed approves the guest list.



Meghan Markle's Personal Assistant Quits After Just Six Months Working For The Dutchess

There's reportedly some drama in Kensington Palace this week, and no, it's not still about the Queen's tiaras. According to the Daily Mail, Meghan Markle's personal assistant has quit only six months after her wedding to Prince Harry, which came as "a real shock" according to a source.

Apparently Meghan's assistant, referred to as "Melissa," played a "pivotal role" in the royal wedding, and, yes, was one of the people who had to deal with the Thomas Markle drama at the time (as a reminder, Thomas was blabbing to the press and decided not to come to the royal wedding just a few days before the event, so it sounds like Melissa had her hands full.)

There's no word on why one of Meg's key staff members decided to quit, and Kensington Palace has declined to comment on the departure of the PA. That said, if you've always wanted to meet Meghan Markle and Prince Harry/work for them, now might be an ideal time to send in your resume...


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