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The sentimental meaning behind Prince Harry’s bracelet

<p>You may have noticed a recurring feature in Prince Harry’s attire as he tours Australia with wife Duchess Meghan. It’s popped up in images of the Duke of Sussex for years, and it has a very poignant backstory attached to it.</p> <p>Prince Harry wears the silver bracelet in memory of his late mother Princess Diana, and, movingly, it can be seen on his wrist in his wedding photos with Meghan. The 34-year-old has worn it for some 20 years.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821449/harry-wedding-bracelett.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c321e2da2f49436685868139135d5635" /></p> <p>It’s thought that Prince Harry got the bracelet in Africa on a trip with his father Prince Charles, and brother Prince William, after the tragic death in August 1997 of his mother Princess Diana, reports <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/why-harrys-worn-the-same-sentimental-bracelet-for-20-years/news-story/7faa443393f0cba77cde39fdfdf9d1e8" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>"I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a8954/prince-harry-african-parks/" target="_blank">Town &amp; Country</a></em> last year on an animal conservation effort in the country.</p> <p>“My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags – we were going to Africa to get away from it all.”</p> <p>The Prince developed an affinity for Africa finding solace there, describing his visits as "like being plugged into the earth. You leave this place with a real appreciation of what it means to be alive".</p> <p>"This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I wish I could spend more time in Africa. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here. To not get recognised, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down-to-earth people on the planet.”</p> <p>Of course, Africa also holds a special place in Prince Harry’s heart as <span>it was in Botswana that he and Duchess Meghan enjoyed a romantic holiday together, just four weeks after their first date.</span></p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex has also paid tribute to Princess Diana with jewellery on the couple’s Australian tour, according to <em>news.com.au</em>. She wore some of the late royal’s most prized pieces at Admiralty House in Sydney on their first official engagement, wearing Princess Diana’s butterfly earrings and matching bracelet.</p>

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Police announce new road rule

<p>While all Aussie drivers already know about speed cameras, red light cameras and mobile phone cameras, there could soon be another camera catching out negligent drivers on the road.</p> <p>New technology could soon allow police to detect when drivers are too tired to be operating a vehicle.</p> <p>According to the <em>Herald Sun</em>, high-tech cameras are being tested to see if they can scan motorists’ pupils and accurately detect their level of fatigue.</p> <p>The device would be used by police to assess Aussie motorists who they’ve pulled over for driving in an unsafe manner.</p> <p>Victoria Police have shared their support for the technology that will scan drivers while they are in their car, however, the research by VicRoads and Monash University is not yet complete.</p> <p>Before the cameras are used on Victorian roads, a year-long trial will take place to test the results of Australia’s first ever roadside fatigue detection test.</p> <p>The trial will assess the fatigue levels of drivers who have been awake for 32 hours before and after taking part in a two-hour monitored drive.</p> <p>The participants will drive a duel control vehicle and be accompanied by a qualified driving instructor.</p> <p>In Victoria, 20 per cent of road crashes were caused by drivers who were fatigued.</p> <p>Roger Chao, a vehicle access director, believes the new technology could have the capability to save lives.</p> <p>“Roadside tests for drugs and alcohol have helped take impaired drivers off our roads – we want to see if a roadside fatigue test could have similar results and help keep all road users safe,” he said. </p> <p>Will you be happy to see police officers use this new camera? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The mind-boggling optical illusions on the new $50 note

<p>While the new Australian $50 note, just released by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), may look similar to the old one, it may just blow your mind. The freshly minted banknote has some very clever optical illusions built into it, designed to prevent forgery.</p> <p>Don’t be surprised if you find yourself, or see others, holding the new note in the air, titling it, and waving it from side to side, transfixed.</p> <p>Look closely at the vertical clear panel. If you tilt the note, it looks as if a black swan is taking flight.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821444/flying-swan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ac7321e563a34d65a05b3f069a15c8b6" /></p> <p>Below the swan sits a church with the number 50 embossed on it. Move it side to side, and the number reverses.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821445/reversing-50.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4cbb9158776a4c83ab8a2802557015ab" /></p> <p>There are also two floral patches with a “rolling colour effect” – they change colour as you tilt them up and down.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821446/rollinig-colour.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e03a8877f6784610960d724c83990bdb" /></p> <p>You can see a visual demonstration here:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_BdQfwNQ4Zk" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p>Apart from being fun optical illusions to play with before you hand over your brand spanking new $50 note, the additions will make it “very difficult for counterfeiters” to reproduce, says RBA Assistant Governor Lindsay Boulton, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/australias-new-50-banknote-revealed/news-story/41af319c2b7e419dbaed5b25291bf284" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.  </p> <p>The new banknote follows on from the new $5 (released in 2016) and $10 note (released in 2017) with the inclusion of a tactile feature for the vision impaired. The $5 note has one dot, the $10 has two, and now the $50 has four (presumably the upcoming $20 will have four), to help those affected differentiate between denominations.</p> <p>It’s an important addition given the $50 note is Australia’s most widely circulated banknote (46 per cent of all banknotes) and the one most dispensed by ATMs.</p> <p>Chris Edwards, who lost his eyesight in his teens, told the website the innovation would make a huge impact on his life.</p> <p>“When you go to your ATM, the $50 is the note that often gets spit out. While I’ve been confident using a $5 or $10 note to buy a coffee, now I feel much more confident in paying with cash for a meal for the family or a round of drinks for my friends,” he said.</p> <p>The introduction of the tactile feature has an inspiring backstory. Connor McLeod of NSW, who is blind, decided to take action when he realised that he couldn’t count the money his grandmother had given him. The 13-year-old started a petition, signed by tens of thousands of people, taking his idea to the Human Rights Commission and Vision Australia.</p> <p>The new $50 note is in circulation from today, with the new $20 and $100 notes due in 2019 and 2020.</p> <p>Will you be trying out the optical illusions on the new $50 note? Tell us in the comment section below.</p>

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Can you guess this TV judge from this 1980s throwback pic?

<p>You may know him from a hit TV show on Channel Nine, but back in the '80s this star looked a lot different to the man he is now.</p> <p>Wearing a white T-shirt, jeans, a black scarf and rocking a full head of dark curly hair, the TV personality is seen sitting on his bed in a photo that was uploaded to his Instagram on Tuesday.</p> <p>“What Barbra Streisand had, I had to have. That’s how I rolled,” wrote the TV star in the caption.</p> <p>He proceeded to make fun of himself with a string of hashtags that included “#curlyperm #unidays #proofs #badhairday #university #1980 #studentlife #eyebrows #warwickuniversity”.</p> <p>Have you guessed who it is yet?</p> <p>The mysterious man in the photo is none other than The Block judge and interior designer Neale Whitaker.</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/Bo8cQEclO6C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo8cQEclO6C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">What Barbra Streisand had, I had to have. That’s how I rolled 😉😂 #curlyperm #unidays #proof #badhairday #university #1980 #studentlife #1980s #eyebrows #warwickuniversity</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/nealewhitaker/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Neale Whitaker</a> (@nealewhitaker) on Oct 14, 2018 at 11:53pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>These days, Neale is now almost always seen donning a suave outfit, and t<span>he design guru is best known for his gig on The Block, where he critiques and praises teams' home makeovers and designs.</span></p> <p>Neale also features on Love it Or List It Australia on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel, starring alongside Selling Houses Australia's Andrew Winter.</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/BmxW_rRgPdF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmxW_rRgPdF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">So @haydenandsara @theblock you’ve thrown down the gauntlet. This is how I looked in the 1980s. Do I still dress like this now? 😉😂😂 #vintage #headshots #1980s #80sstyle #londonstyle</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/nealewhitaker/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Neale Whitaker</a> (@nealewhitaker) on Aug 21, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And this isn’t the first time the TV judge has shared a flashback from the past. In August he posted an image to his Instagram showcasing four photos of himself from the '80s wearing rather questionable attire.</p> <p>“This is how I looked in the 1980s. Do I still dress like this now?” Neale captioned the image. </p>

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Woman receives massive fine for breaking three road rules at once

<p>Reckless road behaviour has seen a young mother cop a huge fine for breaking three road laws at once. The 32-year-old woman from Kilkenny in Adelaide’s inner-west, was allegedly texting on her mobile phone while driving yesterday morning, and ran a red light at the same time at a busy intersection in Adelaide’s CBD. In the back seat, her three-year-old child was unrestrained.</p> <p>According to a South Australia Police<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa-police-news-assets/front-page-news/child-unrestrained-and-driver-using-mobile-while-disobeying-traffic-light#.W8fCdmIzZTZ" target="_blank">statement</a>, the woman was issued three fines on the spot, amounting to a whopping $1,341, and scored a total of nine demerit points. This included $394 for using a mobile while driving, $524 for disobeying a traffic light, and $423 for failing to have her child in an approved child restraint.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A young mum has racked up $1,341 in fines today, in a motoring trifecta which could’ve had fatal consequences <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIVEaaNews?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIVEaaNews</a> <a href="https://t.co/8P8CJLjxnX">pic.twitter.com/8P8CJLjxnX</a></p> — Matthew Pantelis 🎙 (@MatthewPantelis) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewPantelis/status/1052424497259827201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“This incident occurred at a major city intersection, at peak hour and not only put the life of the child and driver at risk but other road users,” said Superintendent Craig Wall, Officer in Charge, Eastern District.</p> <p>“To say Police are extremely disappointed in this driving behaviour is an understatement and is one of the reasons police facilitate traffic operations and actively target this type of driving behaviour."</p> <p>Over a nine day period in March, around 30 South Australian drivers a day were pulled over during the state police’s seatbelt safety blitz<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa-police-news-assets/traffic/operation-belt-up-results#.W8fQJmIzaqA" target="_blank">Operation Belt Up</a>.</p>

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Buckingham Palace left red-faced after Princess Eugenie blunder

<p>On Friday, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank said “I do” in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>While the wedding was quickly overshadowed with the announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child, a mistake by Buckingham Palace has added to the insult.</p> <p>The official Instagram account of The Royal Family made one disastrous blunder while announcing the sale of commemorative mugs marking last Friday’s nuptials.</p> <p>The post, which informed followers that the limited edition mugs were available “only till Saturday”, mistakenly referred to Princess Beatrice, rather than Eugenie.</p> <p>“This exclusive mug issued in commemoration of the wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank is now available for purchase by following the link in the description,” the caption said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 313px; height: 418px;" src="/media/7821438/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5e178aa9c1e4366a095fb6c1e229f37" /></p> <p>Princess Beatrice is Eugenie’s older sister and was chosen to be her maid of honour on her wedding day.</p> <p>The post was quickly deleted and has been uploaded again with the correct details.</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/BpBd3i5DdWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpBd3i5DdWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Available only till Saturday! This exclusive mug issued in commemoration of the Wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank is now available for purchase by following the link in the description! #RoyalWedding Purchase yours today!</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/buckinghamroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@buckinghamroyal) on Oct 16, 2018 at 10:43pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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The healthiest supermarket foods in Australia revealed

<p>Many products on supermarket shelves claim to be “nutritional”, which can make it difficult to discern which items are worth the buy.</p> <p>But now, the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Healthy Food Guide </em>has revealed the winners of their annual top health food picks.</p> <p>“Our team of dietitians have closely analysed hundreds of brands across 10 major food categories to discover the most nutritious and best value for money,” the experts wrote.</p> <p>Here are the winners of each category.</p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">1. Bread</strong></p> <p>The winner of the bread category was Burgen Wholemeal &amp; Seeds as it is packed with a high level of fibre and has a low number of carbohydrates.</p> <p>Other standout entrants included Helga’s Square Loaf and Mission Foods’ low-carb wraps which can be used as a bread substitute.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821427/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2153280cc3b24bd085efdd34f4c30e79" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">2. Lunch box snacks</strong></p> <p>Parents looking to reduce lunch box prep time without compromising nutrition should consider Woolworths’ Perfection Fresh Qukes Baby Cucumbers.</p> <p>The snack, which comes in packets of five, was named the winner for the category.</p> <p>All of the lunch box finalists were low in sugar and contained less than 144 calories.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821428/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/66935432c9814bbd81520810acc59243" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">3. Pantry staples</strong></p> <p>The winner of the pantry staple category was Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This product made the top spot for its ability to make “healthy cooking a breeze” as well as its nutritional benefits.</p> <p>Coming in behind the popular olive oil was San Remo’s CousCous and microwaveable Quick Cups by SunRice.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 306px; height:306px;" src="/media/7821429/3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3993e33b7e374d37878b89cc6fc6152f" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">4. Best cereal</strong></p> <p>Shoppers are flooded with a choice of breakfast cereals in the supermarket, with many having labels that are hard to decipher.</p> <p>The cereal which came in first was a porridge by Freedom Foods which comes in sachets and contains more wholegrains than many of its competitors.</p> <p>Other contenders for the spot were Woolworth’s home brand muesli, as well as other porridge and granola-based breakfasts.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821430/4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3423c10c783d44bb9bb0879a6432a45d" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">5. Vegetarian food</strong></p> <p>In recent years, supermarkets have expanded their selection of vegetarian options. Impressively, a burger took the title for this category as it contains six grams of both protein and fibre, in addition to being gluten-free. Coles’ homebrand Southern Smoked Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers were named the winners.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 305px; height:305px;" src="/media/7821431/5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce3e33bf25694cc4be87e4f1ffaa5690" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">6. Yoghurts</strong></p> <p>According to the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Healthy Food Guide</em>, nine out of ten Australian’s aren’t consuming enough dairy.</p> <p>The magazine recommends shoppers look to increase their intake by purchasing Rokeby Farms’ Whole Protein Style Quark, which was named the best yoghurt for its high level of protein.</p> <p>However, if the strong flavour is too much, shoppers can also choose Danone’s YoPro, which packs 15g of protein compared to Rokeby’s 17g.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:489.74763406940065px;" src="/media/7821432/6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/aeb860f77893451db6966d6d5c043604" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">7. Ready meals</strong></p> <p>While some ready meals lack in taste and nutritional value, the magazine highlighted their top pick. Michelle Bridges and Woolwoths’ Beef and Tomato Casserole contains three servings of vegetables per meal. Super Nature bowls was also a top contender for the category.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821433/7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/344fc376213b40af9f9cbdeca8d31c87" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">8. Best allergy-friendly snack</strong></p> <p>The winner for the best allergy-friendly snack was Carman’s Super Seed &amp; Grain Crackers in the Ancient Grain and Cracked Pepper flavour.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 450px; height:323px;" src="/media/7821434/0.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9c93aa0512034e2b9158b05ecd95cd20" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">9. Best packaged savoury snack</strong></p> <p>The experts at the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Healthy Food Guide</em> magazine voted The Happy Snack Company Roasted Chic Peas (Lightly Salted) as the winner in this category.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 450px; height:323px;" src="/media/7821435/00.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7704f4b66a7347ce9daa25cba080f0d1" /></p> <p><strong style="font-style: inherit;">10. Best packaged sweet snack</strong></p> <p>The brand which took home the title as the best packaged sweet snack was Emma &amp; Tom’s Milk No Added Sugar in Espresso. The brand's products are free from preservatives, concentrates and artificial flavours.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 450px; height:323px;" src="/media/7821436/000.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1819b2ecc6a0429aadd0d7da4c1e2e6f" /></p> <p>Do you buy any of these products? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Duchess Meghan reveals her “life changing” banana bread recipe

<p>It is a widely known tradition to never rock up to a country home empty handed, and the Duchess of Sussex took that literally when she arrived at Dubbo on Wednesday with homemade banana bread, baked by the royal herself.</p> <p>Meghan, 37, prepared the delicious loaf in the kitchen of the Admiralty House, the place the Duke and Duchess are temporarily calling home in Sydney.</p> <p>She brought it with her as she visited Mountain View Farm where her and husband Prince Harry discussed the plight of farmers and the affect the drought has had on the residents in the region.</p> <p>The bread, which was a combination of chocolate chips and a hint of ginger, proved to be a huge success, as those who were lucky enough to try it praised it endlessly.</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/BpC-NGKFLiV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpC-NGKFLiV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duchess Of Sussex Baked A Loaf Of Banana Bread For The Picnic They Attended In Dubbo #DubboAustralia #Picnic #DuchessOfSussex #MeghansBananaBread #MeghanMarkle #RoyalBaby #Delicious #Ginger #ChocolateChips #BananaBread</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/the_kensington_royals/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Kensington Royals</a> (@the_kensington_royals) on Oct 17, 2018 at 12:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And it wasn’t the first time Meghan had dipped her hands into baking the bread.</p> <p>In her now-defunct lifestyle blog, <em>The Tig</em>, she shared the recipe for the “Life Changing Bread".</p> <p>The blogpost claims that the bread, although delicious, is also healthy as it’s a low-carb gluten and grain-free loaf.</p> <p>The recipe was passed down from the Duchess’s friend and stylist Talia Brown.</p> <p>An aide had a few words to share about the royal, saying: “She loves baking and just decided to take something along with her on the spur of the moment.”</p> <p>Benita Woodley, who is the daughter of Scott and Elaine, the farmers who are responsible for Mountain View Property where the Duke and Duchess shared a meal, said the bread was delicious.</p> <p>“It was such a nice and thoughtful thing for her to do. We are really touched.”</p> <p>After the news of Meghan’s banana bread hit social media, users began praising the Duchess, with some asking: “Is there anything this woman can’t do?”</p> <p>Marilyn Hulslander from Over60's cookbook, <em>The Way Mum Made It</em>, has been making this special banana bread for the last 40 years, and it's as close to the Duchess's as you're going to get.</p> <p>So, from the Duchess’s kitchen to yours, try the recipe yourself:</p> <p><em>Banana Bread just like Duchess Meghan's:</em></p> <p><strong><span>Serves:</span></strong> 8–10</p> <p><strong><span>Ingredients:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>125 g unsalted butter, chopped</li> <li>1 cup caster sugar</li> <li>1 teaspoon vanilla extract</li> <li>2 large eggs</li> <li>¾ cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2)</li> <li>1¼ cups self-raising flour</li> <li>¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda</li> <li>1 teaspoon salt</li> </ul> <p><strong><span>Method:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and flour a loaf tin.</li> <li>Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar thoroughly, adding the vanilla while mixing.</li> <li>Add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add the banana and beat on low speed.</li> <li>In a separate bowl, combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt and add to the banana mixture. Continue mixing on low speed until combined, then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.</li> <li>Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then cut around the sides and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Note:</strong><span> </span>This basic recipe can be enhanced by adding ½ cup of chopped walnuts, shaken with a little bit of flour, and stirred into the mixture after you’ve finished beating. You can also add a teaspoon of ground ginger if you like.</p> <p><span>Will you be trying out this delicious banana bread recipe? Let us know in the comments below.</span></p>

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Prince Harry’s emotional “personal” message to struggling Aussie farmers

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span>The Duke of Sussex gave an emotionally powered speech to the residents of Dubbo yesterday after he touched upon the stigma of mental health and the importance of asking for help when needed. The Prince highlighted the hard work farmers do to help run the nation, describing them as the “backbone of this country”, and while times are tough due to the drought, if they all stick together then can push forward.</p> <p>Here is his speech in full:</p> <p><em>Thank you to the mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Shields, the Honourable Mr Grant, distinguished guests and to you all for welcoming me and my wife so warmly and wet today.</em></p> <p><em>And thank you the Tubbagah ­people from the Wiradjuri nation for welcoming us to their country.</em></p> <p><em>Sixty-four years ago, my grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were right here visiting the war memorial. So, it’s a great pleasure to be able to visit this area now and be able to report back how much life has changed in the Great Western Plains region since then.</em></p> <p><em>Today we are here to meet as many of you as possible and to get an insight into some of the challenges and rewards of life in this thriving ­regional centre.</em></p> <p><em>Coming out here brings back memories of 2003 when I spent some time jackarooing on a small 16,000ha property near Roma in Queensland.</em></p> <p><em>From chasing cows through the bush and getting chased by countless bulls, it was a fantastic experience and I certainly perfected the great Aussie salute.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 328.05555555555554px;" src="/media/7821424/gettyimages-124147773.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/504bf813feed40d6aa3893bbd500e3e7" /></p> <p><em>But the best part about visiting country Australia is the people.</em></p> <p><em>You are the salt of the earth.</em></p> <p><em>Honest, hard-working and as tough as they come and that ­resilience, sense of humour and commitment to the land are the qualities that make you unique. You are the backbone of this country. We were told that there are about 80,000 farm businesses in Australia employing around 310,000 people.</em></p> <p><em>Australian farmers produce almost 93 per cent of Australia’s daily domestic food supply.</em></p> <p><em>So, you are vital to this country and in a very practical way. The rich traditions of the Australian outback are legendary.</em></p> <p><em>You have a lot to be proud of.</em></p> <p><em>But I know that life has not been easy. You have just lived through two years of drought.</em></p> <p><em>And despite recent welcome rain it is going to take a lot more and a long time to recover.</em></p> <p><em>It must be hard not to lose hope when you endure so many dry months end on end knowing that you are powerless to do anything about it.</em></p> <p><em>This morning we visited Mountain View farm and learned about the ­reality of trying to feed your sheep and livestock when the hay is coming from interstate.</em></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpByb_7nK7X/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0px; text-align: left;"></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; text-align: left;">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/BpByb_7nK7X/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Meeting the Woodley Family at Mountain View Farm, who have been running a livestock and crop farm for over five generations since 1887. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the family to feed their cattle, and learned more about the impact of drought and adaptation strategies in Dubbo and across New South Wales. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Dubbo</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/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><em>We have learned about the knock-on effect of drought on the community and families, livestock and crop losses, financial hardship, job losses, intergenerational issues, concerns over the future and the lack of time for rest and relaxation can take a huge mental and emotional toll on farmers and their families.</em></p> <p><em>People in many farming communities generally don’t seek the support they need for multiple reasons because they are often more isolated, their social networks are smaller and there is still a stigma surrounding mental health.</em></p> <p><em>We know that suicide rates in rural and remote areas are greater than in urban populations and this may be ­especially true among young men in remote regions.</em></p> <p><em>But outside all of that, here’s what I also know: You are one huge ­community.</em></p> <p><em>And with that comes an unparalleled level of internal support and understanding.</em></p> <p><em>All you need to do is to ask for it and your neighbour, your peer, your fellow farmer is literally right around the corner.</em></p> <p><em>Chances are they may well be suffering too and will relish the opportunity to either listen or talk themselves.</em></p> <p><em>And as I said earlier, you are all the toughest people out there.</em></p> <p><em>The most persistent, the ones who can weather the storm or the drought.</em></p> <p><em>But you need to know that part of being strong and tough is having the courage to ask for help when you need it.</em></p> <p><em>You must not silently suffer.</em></p> <p><em>You are all in this together.</em></p> <p><em>And if I may speak personally we are all in this together because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I ever made.</em></p> <p><em>You will be continually amazed how life changes for the better. You will continually be amazed how your life changes for the ­better once you put your hand up. It’s not easy and there are no quick fixes.</em></p> <p><em>But it’s about being the best version of yourself for you and for those around you.</em></p> <p><em>Initiatives and support services such as the Australian Men’s Shed Association, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which we visited this morning, and Headspace are working hard to help those who are struggling.</em></p> <p><em>Your culture of mateship and reputation for looking out for each other ensures that when people are ready to ask for help they will be heard.</em></p> <p><em>Hardship also brings out the best in people and we have been ­impressed and inspired by the stories of farming communities and the wider Australian community rallying to support each other through this challenging time.</em></p> <p><em>And there’s a lot to celebrate here in the city of smiles. Dubbo, I am told, is now a popular tourist destination ­renowned for its zoo festivals, boutique wineries and the old Dubbo jail.</em></p> <p><em>After lunch we’ll be kicking a football and shooting some hoops with the boys and girls from the Clontarf and Girls academies.</em></p> <p><em>The quality of life and shared values of people here in rural and ­regional Australia are very special.</em></p> <p><em>Meghan and I would like to thank you, Dubbo, for inviting us here today and for sharing your ­stories.</em></p> <p><em>And the rain was a gift.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince Harry gives the sweetest speech about Meghan’s pregnancy on Aussie tour

<p>Prince Harry has taken a moment in his busy tour schedule to acknowledge the happy news of his “upcoming baby” with wife Meghan.</p> <p>The speech marked the first time Harry has spoken publicly about Meghan’s pregnancy, which was confirmed by Kensington Palace on Monday.</p> <p>Whilst addressing guests during a reception at Admiralty House, the Duke of Sussex said the couple were overjoyed to announce the happy news while in Australia.</p> <p>"We genuinely couldn't think of a better place to announce the, err, upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl, so thank you very, very much," he said.</p> <p>While the 34-year-old prince has been to Australia several times, the tour is Meghan’s first time Down Under.</p> <p>"I'm very excited to show her this incredible country of yours," he said.</p> <p>Harry also managed to showcase his knowledge of Aussie culture during the speech by kickstarting his message with “g’day” and referencing drop bears.</p> <p>"We started off well today with some sleeping koalas, or 'drop bears' as some of you know them," Harry quipped.</p> <p>"We're both absolutely delighted to be here, and really impressed to see you serving beer and tea at an afternoon reception in true Aussie style."</p> <p>Harry also thanked the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove for allowing them to stay at Admiralty House.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex joked that he and Meghan had been “inviting all [their] mates over”.</p> <p>The afternoon reception gave the royal newlyweds the chance to meet with Australians from various sectors, including charity, entertainment and sport.</p> <p>Meghan wore an olive green dress by US designer Brandon Maxwell for the engagement and chatted with singer Missy Higgins, who was accompanied by her baby daughter, Luna.</p> <p>The former actress also met teacher and TV personality Eddie Woo, who offered some parenting advice to the 37-year-old.</p> <p>Eddie told Meghan that raising his three children required “a lot of energy”.</p> <p>Reportedly, Meghan responded: “We’re ready! We’re excited to join the club.”</p>

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Prince Harry and Meghan’s touching moment with Aussie war widow: “He’s a wonderful friend”

<p>It was a gorgeous moment when loyal fan of Prince Harry and war widow Daphne Dunne met the Duke of Sussex today for the third time, as he and his wife Duchess Meghan visit Australia. Prince Harry was photographed in Sydney kneeling in front of the 98-year-old war widow and clasping her hands.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 372.333px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821385/harry-hands.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/241dfcda6d41413980927b0284f5bd52" /></p> <p>Dunne was delighted to chat with Prince Harry, who is known for being generous with his time with fans, once more. She first met him in 2015 and then again last year during the royal's previous visits to Australia, and news.com.au reports, she’s known as Prince Harry’s “favourite Aussie.”</p> <p>“I’m excited to see Harry. He’s a wonderful friend … That’s how I feel about him,” said Dunne. “He’s my favourite royal and so good-looking too. I’m sorry he’s taken.”</p> <p>Speaking with Today’s Sylvia Jeffreys in Sydney, the ardent fan of the Prince said, “He’s a natural,” and “he just loves what he’s doing.</p> <p>“I’m very happy for him. I’m glad he’s got a wife now, and soon have a b-b-bubba. I was stuttering there purposely,” Dunn quipped.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">On two occasions 98-year-old Daphne Dunne stole Prince Harry's heart! Now she's looking to get a third kiss from the royal as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex begin their official tour. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/ocFKkKsLIH">pic.twitter.com/ocFKkKsLIH</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1051949386165448704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Dunne got to meet Duchess Meghan when Prince Harry stopped for a chat and introduced his wife. The Duchess of Sussex shared a touching moment with Dunne who gave her flowers and cards.</p> <p>“Hopefully next time we see you we’ll have a little one with us,” said the mum-to-be.</p> <p>“I’m so happy to finally meet you. I’ve heard so much about you – all good things,” the Duchess told Dunne.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 372.667px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821386/meghan-arms-outstretched.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f96ab0da008e46e399f40c06dd51cf74" /></p> <p>Dunne told news.com.au before the reunion how happy she was that her favourite royal was to be a father.</p> <p>“I think it’s wonderful … it’s what he’s always wanted. He will be a marvellous dad,” she said. “He won’t let anything stand in his way and he will be so gentle and loving. This should be an Australian baby.”</p> <p>She said she thought that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were “beautiful together,” and wanted to wish them happiness.</p> <p>“I think that’s more important than any gift. I think it’s a gift on its own, to wish them happiness,” said Dunne.</p> <p>It was the Victoria Cross that the war widow was wearing that led to her first meeting with Prince Harry. Her husband, Lieutenant Albert Chowne, died during WW2 in 1945, and was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. Dunne remarried 10 years later to another war hero Corporal John Dunne.</p> <p>"He said, ‘That’s what attracted me over here,’” she told Jeffreys.</p> <p>“He said, ‘I’m glad I came over.’ We were just chatting for a little while and then they kept saying to him, ‘We’ve got to go. We’ve got to go.’ But he didn’t worry about that. He just continued on with what he was doing, which was talking to me and then when he started to go he gave me a kiss on the cheek.”</p> <p>Dunne received another kiss in 2017 on the other cheek, joking, “because I was lopsided”.</p>

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Duchess Meghan's mother Doria reacts to exciting baby news

<p>After weeks of speculation and Meghan’s sly concealment of her stomach during recent engagements, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are expecting their first child.</p> <p>While the world is overjoyed that Prince Harry and wife Meghan will soon be welcoming a baby into the world, there is one person who is particularly excited.</p> <p>Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, issued a sweet statement via Kensington Place following the news that she will be a grandmother for the first time.</p> <p>The statement said Ms Ragland was “very happy at this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild”. </p> <p>According to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Sun</em>, royal sources suggest that Meghan’s mother will migrate from the United States to London to help the newlyweds with the baby.</p> <p>It is believed that the former actress will rely on the help of her mum, instead of hiring staff or a nanny.</p> <p>The royal family revealed on Twitter that Harry and Meghan’s baby is due in the Spring of 2019.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">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. <a href="https://t.co/Ut9C0RagLk">pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1051739344887848960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In the UK, Spring begins on March 20 and lasts until June 21.</p> <p>The baby announcement comes nearly five months after the couple said “I do” at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.</p> <p>British media are reporting the Queen and other royals learned about the pregnancy on Friday, when they were all gathered for Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.</p> <p>Meghan and Harry’s pregnancy announcement comes hours after they landed in Australia for their first royal tour.</p>

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Prince Harry and Meghan’s heartfelt moment as 5-year-old steals the show

<p>Today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a visit to Dubbo as part of their Australian royal tour.</p> <p>Prince Harry and Meghan were greeted by local politicians and school children at Dubbo airport, including one 5-year-old who gave the newlyweds a very special welcome.</p> <p>Young royal fan Luke Vincent managed to wriggle his way past security and cameras to meet the couple face-to-face.</p> <p>After giving Harry a hug, the Buninyong Public school student reached out and touched Harry’s beard.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7821410/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bbb7037aea5b4ce2b0089c0c9388b2ba" /></p> <p>Luke, who has Down Syndrome, then gifted Meghan a bouquet of flowers and embraced her as well.</p> <p>The youngster’s school principal, Anne Van Dartel, told <em>7 News</em> that little Luke loves beards.</p> <p>“Luke’s favourite person is Santa Claus … and now it’s Prince Harry,” she said.</p> <p>“Luke waited beautifully today and waited for Prince Harry and Princess Meghan to come to us. And he even brought her flowers.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7821412/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2e6053eb217d4aa691d0efe955ca5051" /></p> <p>Ms Van Dartel explained that when Luke first reached out to Harry she was nervous because they had been instructed that there was to be “no touching”.</p> <p>“I was very concerned when he started rubbing Prince Harry’s face and his hair, but Prince Harry was completely gracious and was so polite and realised what was happening and his infatuation with his beard,” she said.</p> <p>“We can only thank him so much for treating Luke with such respect who didn’t understand the situation. The way that Prince Harry and Princess Meghan interacted with him was just delightful.”</p> <p>Ms Van Dartel, who went to Dubbo airport with some of her school students to give the royals a warm welcome, said Luke’s moment with the couple was very special.</p> <p>“He’s often the star of the show at school, and now he’s the star of the show all around the world,” she said.</p>

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Under the spell of The Ghan

<p><em>Justine Tyerman boards The Ghan, the famous transcontinental train, from Darwin to Adelaide. Here is the first of a four-part series about her journey.</em></p> <p>The sleek silver Ghan, with the twin bright red diesel-electric locomotives throbbing at her prow, was a magnificent sight at Darwin’s Berrimah Railway Station as coaches and taxis arrived with 285 excited passengers ready to embark on our great train adventure from Darwin to Adelaide. We were about to travel through the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia, a 2979km journey spread over four days and three nights.</p> <p>The sheer size, length and spectacle of the 903m, 38-carriage, 1700 tonne train set my heart pounding. I instantly fell under the spell of this iconic train originally named the Afghan Express after the 19th century Afghan cameleers who helped blaze a trail through the country’s remote interior.</p> <p>Although construction began in 1878, it wasn't until 2004 that the last section of the railway track from Alice Springs to Darwin was finally completed. The locomotives and the carriages all proudly bear the emblem of an Afghan riding a camel.</p> <p>My Gold Service cabin with ensuite bathroom was mid-ships so the walk with my small wheelie case was manageable in the tropical heat but those at the extremities of the train were shuttled in style.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 375px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821396/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7c7198d49e814601b592acf4840077e3" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>My ensuite bathroom with lovely Appelles bath and body products.</em></p> <p>My hospitality attendant Aaron greeted me with a beaming smile and soon after appeared in my cabin to chat about what excursions I wanted to do during the days ahead.</p> <p>“All of them,” I said, unable to choose from the fabulous selection available each day. Having done the excursions, Aaron helped me come to a decision in no time.</p> <p>Train manager Bruce then welcomed us all aboard via the in-cabin radio which also broadcast an excellent commentary and a series of stories about the places, events and people along the route.</p> <p>Restaurant manager Nick popped by to discuss my preferred dining times in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. The cuisine on The Ghan and her sister The Indian Pacific, a trip I completed in June, is as legendary as the history of these great train journeys. Not to mention the beverages …</p> <p>A glass of champagne mysteriously found its way into my hand as the massive train slid so smoothly from the station, I was only aware we were moving by watching the people waving on the platform slowly disappear from view. A toast to The Ghan seemed a fitting way to celebrate the departure of such a majestic train on another epic journey across the continent. The Ghan has a presence, history and grandeur like no other and to be finally embarking on the trip sent bubbles of excitement through my veins. They matched the effervescence in my glass.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 333.3333333333333px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821395/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bfe4305a9cd6419fa6045699e220b978" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>A toast to The Ghan seems a fitting way to celebrate the departure of such a majestic train on our epic journey across the continent.</em></p> <p>“This is the life,” I thought as I settled into my super-comfortable cabin and watched the Northern Territory countryside flicker by. Tall termite mounds like cylindrical chimneys scattered the bushy terrain which had been recently scorched in a controlled burn-off. The ant-like insects build amazingly clever dwellings for themselves with a central vent for air-conditioning. They devour an enormous quality of matter and return all the nutrients to the earth. The structures are aligned north-south to catch the sun. You learn all sorts of fascinating things by listening to the commentary on The Ghan.</p> <p>Soon after, we crossed the broad Elizabeth River and it was lunchtime.</p> <p>I dined in the ornate Queen Adelaide Restaurant on tropical chicken salad with fresh mango, flat beans, red onion, bamboo shoots, macadamia, lotus root, coriander and mesclun with lime pepper dressing, followed by a divine mango parfait with wild berry salsa. White tablecloths, fine china, waiters, wine … and that was just a light lunch.</p> <p>Travelling solo, Nick seated me with a variety of different people at every meal. On this occasion I lunched with three highly-entertaining Australian widows, one of whom knew a family from my hometown of Gisborne, New Zealand. Such a coincidence.</p> <p>As we chatted, we travelled through sparsely-vegetated hilly terrain cut by dry river beds, and rocky outcrops as though it had rained massive boulders.</p> <p>Unlike the Indian Pacific where there were hours of on-train time to daydream and relax, the daily excursions on The Ghan Expedition took up the bulk of the daytime hours. Early afternoon, we arrived at the Northern Territory town of Katherine to be met by coaches waiting to take us on a variety of excursions. Following Aaron’s advice, I chose a cruise and hike in two of the 13 gorges on the Katherine River in the 292,000-hectare Nitmiluk National Park.</p> <p>We boarded barges and cruised slowly up a spectacular steep-sided, rocky sandstone gorge carved by the Katherine River over millions of years. The commentary of our skipper-guide Sam added wonderful layers of meaning and history to the experience.</p> <p>Nitmiluk means ‘cicada country’ to the indigenous Jawoyn people, she said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9a899824b5844b6381ffc5b4cb074710" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821397/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9a899824b5844b6381ffc5b4cb074710" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Cruising the Katherine River in the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. </em></p> <p>“Listen and you’ll hear the buzzing sound, especially in the evening,” Sam explained.</p> <p>She also pointed out huge gashes in the rocks on both sides of the river indicating fault lines, and trees like the paperbark with uses such as cooking foil and the larruk with anti-inflammatory and insect repellent properties.</p> <p>The white sandy beaches alongside the river looked like idyllic spots for picnics and swims until Sam drew our attention to the signs: “Crocodile nesting area – do not enter.”</p> <p>They’re mainly freshwater crocs here, not the monster ‘salties’ I’d seen in Darwin, but you still wouldn’t want to get anywhere near them. Thereafter I imagined I saw many crocodiles submerged in the river, but they were “probably rockodiles” according to Sam.</p> <p>The kayakers we passed on the river must have been incredibly brave or foolhardy – I couldn’t decide which.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821398/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/050daa96945643b9a174632cd393abda" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Kayakers on the Katherine River near a croc nesting beach.</em></p> <p>Turning my attention upwards while keeping my arms well clear of the water, I was transfixed by the staggering height of the sheer cliffs on either side of our barge, reaching 60 to 100m high, depending on the depth of the river. The Katherine rises up to 9-10 metres during times of flood – the extreme sideways lean of the trees are an indication of the strength of the current.</p> <p>Today the river was so low we had to hike between the two gorges, boarding another barge on the other side.</p> <p>Between the gorges, Sam pointed out aboriginal paintings etched in the rock walls high above us, still intact after thousands of years. Some indigenous art in the region dates back 40,000 years, the oldest known art forms on the planet.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 333.3333333333333px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821399/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/65609f519a0f409b9cdcff88e5259132" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Aboriginal paintings etched in the rock walls are still intact after thousands of years.</em></p> <p>As we neared a deep pool in the upper reaches of the second gorge, Sam told us a Dreamtime story of the Jawoyn people.</p> <p>“According to legend, Bolung, the rainbow serpent, carved the gorge in his own image then laid to rest in the 40m deep pool right below us.</p> <p>“There’s a whirlpool here and Jawoyn people won’t swim, fish or drink water from the pool for fear of a flood or other calamity.</p> <p>“The serpent is one of few common threads in aboriginal culture. Indigenous people in the Flinders Ranges area have a similar story.”</p> <p>Sam also explained the kinship system of the aboriginal people whereby a skin name is handed down by your mother meaning those of the same name cannot marry. The penalties for breaking the rules are severe – a spear to the back of the legs.</p> <p>We passed by an impressive towering rock known as Jedda Rock after the 1955 Australian-made movie of the same name, the first feature film to star aboriginal actors.</p> <p>The rocks in the Katherine Gorge are around 1.6 billion years old, Sam explained.</p> <p>As we neared the end of the cruise, I spotted a large cage on the water’s edge.</p> <p>“It’s a croc trap,” said Sam just in case we had forgotten we were in crocodile country.</p> <p>Jay, a cheery Jawoyn lad with a huge smile shouted “Boh boh” to us as he tethered the barge to the jetty and we disembarked.</p> <p>The Jawoyn don’t say “Goodbye”, they say “Boh boh – See ya later”.</p> <p>A huge plume of smoke threatened to obliterate the sunset as we bused back to the train. A controlled burn was taking place somewhere in the distance, turning the sun into a fiery red ball in the western sky.</p> <p>Later, as I emerged wet and drippy from the shower, I discovered we were actually travelling right through the fire, hot and red and fiery with flames leaping up trees and lots of smoke. It was really dramatic. Travelling through an Aussie bush fire, courtesy of The Ghan.<br /><br />That evening, I just had to try the crocodile sausage entrée with a lemon aspen sauce on the dinner menu. Having been warned by my Aussie mates that croc was bland, I found it surprisingly tasty.</p> <p>Sticking with exotic, I had an excellent chickpea saffron dahl served with pickled okra and basmati rice as a main course, and yummy ginger and macadamia nut pudding with caramel sauce and coconut ice-cream for dessert.</p> <p>As I snuggled into my comfy bed ­ beautifully-made by Aaron with crisp white linen ­ in the air-conditioned comfort of my cosy cabin, I looked back over the photos I’d taken that day.  <br />The grandeur of the Katherine Gorge was quite overwhelming. The deeply-furrowed, weathered old faces of the rocks towering above the river gave me a powerful sense of the ancientness and dignity of the land. Truly one of the Australia’s most stunning natural wonders.</p> <p>FACTBOX:</p> <p><em>Justine travelled courtesy of Rail Plus and Great Southern Rail.</em></p> <p><em>This is the fourth trip I’ve booked with international rail specialists Rail Plus.</em></p> <p><em>* Visit <span><a href="https://www.railplus.com.au/australia-by-rail/australias-great-train-journeys/the-ghan-expedition/ghan-expedition-prices-book.htm">https://www.railplus.com.au/australia-by-rail/australias-great-train-journeys/the-ghan-expedition/ghan-expedition-prices-book.htm</a></span> </em><em>for more information on this and other epic train adventures around the world, or phone 09 377 5420 from New Zealand.</em></p> <p><em>*A veteran of many rail journeys organised through Rail Plus, I’ve also travelled on the Indian Pacific (see my series of four stories <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/domestic-travel/what-it-s-like-travelling-across-australia-on-board-the-indian-pacific">here</a>); the <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/on-the-unesco-world-heritage-bernina-express-from-switzerland-to-italy"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Bernina Express</strong></span></a>; and the TranzAlpine</em></p> <p><em>Rail Plus has a dedicated team of experts to advise you on Great Train Journeys all around the world including the famous Eastern and <a href="https://www.railplus.com.au/great-train-journeys/eastern-oriental-express/prices-book.htm"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Oriental Express</strong></span></a>, next on my list.</em></p>

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The new stress-free way to travel

<p>Jetting off around the world is one of the most rewarding experiences but isn’t always without hassle. Endless hours can be spent comparing the best deals, organising your itinerary and selecting affordable accommodation -  it’s enough to flip a fun holiday into a scarring experience!</p> <p>However, savvy travellers are flocking to a new category of touring that takes away the burden of organising the logistics of your trip but also allows you the freedom to set your own itinerary at your own pace.</p> <p>Cosmos Lite is offering the world’s first <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://goo.gl/MuroYf">à la carte tour style</a></strong></span>, which combines the essential features of their award-winning Cosmos tours with a personalised and independent approach to daily itineraries.  </p> <p>Travellers will be able to choose a holiday package that includes city-to-city transportation, comfortable hotels and daily breakfasts.</p> <p>So, how does it allow travellers to go overseas without the headache?</p> <p><strong>1. Explore on your own when necessary</strong></p> <p>While it is a great bonding experience to travel with a group, sometimes it is valuable to also spend some time alone. Having the opportunity to take breaks from your tour group and schedule in your own enjoyment will give you the perfect opportunity to recharge and reflect on all the fun you will be having. Travelling with <a href="https://goo.gl/MuroYf"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Cosmos Lite</strong></span></a> will allow you to have the perks of travelling with a group, such as meeting new people and greater security, but then also give you the opportunity to explore at your own pace. Breaking away from the group will give you the chance to learn how to enjoy your own company in a foreign place and also force you to get out of your comfort zone. And if you ever get a bit lonely when going solo, you can return to your tour group.</p> <p><strong>2. Freedom to tailor itineraries</strong></p> <p>Cosmos Lite provides a blank canvas for travellers at each destination so that they can customise their experience. Your Tour Director will point out the best sightseeing, dining and entertainment options at each location, so you will never be without a good recommendation.</p> <p>Those who are looking to find trusted local information will also have access to the CosmosGO mobile app at their fingertips. For those who are wanting to spontaneously spend their time completing more activities than they originally thought, they will be able to purchase them on the go with optional excursions.</p> <p>Cosmos Lite excursions typically start later than normal tours, so you can choose to spend your morning however you like – whether you want to get some extra hours of shut eye or set out for an adventure. You can also select solo or group outings, depending on your personal preference.</p> <p><strong>3. Don’t worry about the stressful details</strong></p> <p>One of the painpoints of travelling is making sure you are doing sufficient research to get your hands on the best bargain and avoid getting scammed. Cosmos Lite takes care of city-to-city transport, hotels and daily breakfasts, so you can spend your time and energy on planning the more exciting aspects of your holiday.</p> <p>Cosmos Lite offers travellers transport in private deluxe motorcoaches between destinations with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The tour will include clean, comfortable and attractive hotels that offer customers the most for their money.</p> <p>Travellers will also have the most important meal of the day covered in the tour price so that you can start every morning energised with a full stomach.</p> <p>What are your tips for stress-free travel? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p>THIS IS SPONSORED CONTENT BROUGHT TO YOU IN CONJUNCTION WITH <a href="https://goo.gl/MuroYf"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>COSMOS.</strong></span></a></p>

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The big change coming to Medicare that will affect you

<p>The Government has announced that Medicare rebates for knee MRIs ordered by GPs for anyone over the age of 50 will cease from November 1 of this year.</p> <p>This means the patient will be hit in the hip pocket for $500 per scan, or have to wait months to see a specialist, reported <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/there-will-be-no-medicare-rebates-when-gps-order-knee-mris-for-the-over-50s-from-november-1/news-story/7722858e2037b8aafc94a5cc6277573d?utm_content=SocialFlow&amp;login=1" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>.</p> <p>The cost of knee MRIs to tax payers had increased dramatically according to a Medicare review conducted by the Government, more than doubling from $16 million to $38 million over five years. It found that knee MRIs had tripled in that time.</p> <p>Lobby group National Seniors has called the coming change “ageist”.</p> <p>“The idea of picking on people that are 50 does seem to be ageist to me,” Ian Henschke, National Seniors chief advocate told the publication.</p> <p>“How fair is it that a 49-year-old can get a rebate but a 50-year-old can’t?”</p> <p>Some prominent athletes have spoken out in agreement, saying that scrapping the rebate discriminates, and makes no sense at a time when older Australians are being encouraged to keep fit to stave off medical issues.</p> <p>“Like millions of Australians I do everything I can to keep fit as I get older, so it makes me angry that the Government is penalising me because of my age,” said former basketball champion Rachel Sporn, a three-time Olympic medallist who is 50 years old.</p> <p>“It seems completely contradictory that we’re constantly encouraging older Australians to stay healthy while, at the same time, we’re making access to critical healthcare harder and more expensive. It doesn’t make sense.”</p> <p>Wayne Schwass, the former Sydney Swan and North Melbourne premiership player, will celebrate his 50th milestone in November and has called the changes “ridiculous” and “farcical”.</p> <p>But those in regional areas could be hit the hardest, said Dr Siavash Eshaghi, president of the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association, who has called the removal of the Medicare MRI rebate “like an ageing tax for over 50s”.</p> <p>“It will be worse for people in regional areas who will be forced to wait in pain for an MRI until the next available appointment with the visiting specialist in their town or travel long distances at their own cost to get an appointment,” he said.</p> <p>But Dr Harry Nespolon, president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, says that GPs may actually be ordering too many MRIs, but banning them for the over-50s would mean that GPs wouldn’t be able to order the tests for some who may need it most, like those who have injuries from an accident or sport.</p> <p>Furthermore, patients will be hit with two expensive visits to a specialist – for a referral and a review of their scan.</p> <p>“The impact of the measure should be reviewed to see if there are groups in the community who are adversely affected by the decision," Dr Nespolon said.</p> <p>The Medicare MRI ban for over-50s will affect around 80,000 Australians a year.</p> <p>Meanwhile over 9,400 Australians have signed a petition protesting the changes.</p> <p>What do you think about this Medicare rebate change? Let us know in the comments section.  </p>

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Woman's touching act of kindness for stranger after losing baby

<p>A US supermarket employee has told of a moving encounter he had with a customer, posting about the experience on Facebook, which has drawn an emotional response from users of the platform.</p> <p>Nick DeClemente was working at Publix supermarket in Jacksonville, Florida, when a woman approached him at the bakery counter.</p> <p>“A lady just came up to the bakery counter and asked if we had any 1st birthday cakes on order for Saturday or Sunday. She said she wanted to pay for one,” he wrote in his post.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnick.declemente%2Fposts%2F1849337795163510&amp;width=500" width="500" height="530" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>But the cake was for someone else, a complete stranger she may never meet. The woman had had a stillborn baby boy a year ago, and wanted to make a tribute to him in his memory. She wanted to pay for the cake anonymously.</p> <p>“I asked what the customer name was, thinking she was paying for a specific person,” wrote DeClemente. “She then started to tear up and tell me that she had a stillborn child a year ago and in tribute to him she wanted to pay for someone else's cake.”</p> <p>On Facebook, DeClemente posted an order form for a Sesame Street “smash cake” for a 1st birthday that he chose for the woman to buy. Beside it is a receipt for $US33 ($AU46).</p> <p>“She told me thank you and appreciated that I let her do this,” he said. “It was probably one of the most touching things I've seen in all my years working in retail.”</p> <p>DeClemente’s post provoked some heart-warming comments from Facebook users.</p> <p>“Speechless and teary-eyed!” wrote one person.</p> <p>And this from another, “Wow. As a momma to three miscarriage angels, this both warms my heart and breaks it at the same time. Sending her all the love and prayers in the world.”</p> <p>DeClemente said he hoped the stranger’s act of kindness would prove cathartic for her.</p> <p>“I hope that this lady finds peace through this tribute and that the customer receiving this gift will, if nothing else, pay it forward,” he wrote.</p> <p>What acts of kindness have you witnessed? Let us know in the comments section.</p>

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Body language experts analyse Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal wedding

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Boy, were we in for a treat this year, as not only was there one royal wedding to celebrate, but two. While everyone made sure to tune in to watch Prince Harry marry the now Duchess of Sussex in May, it was a pleasant surprise when the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie announced her wedding for the month of October.</p> <p>Marrying Jack Brooksbank in the iconic St. George’s chapel, Princess Eugenie looked radiant and positively glowing as she stood in front of family and friends, ready to say her vows while the world watched on.  </p> <p>She stunned in a beautiful Peter Pilotto gown and accessorised it in true royal fashion, with a tiara. But while these were all obvious to the eye, what you may not have noticed is the loved-up couple’s body language.</p> <p>“This couple is completely enveloped in one another,” said human behavioural expert and author Susan Constantine to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/a23739200/princess-eugenie-jack-brooksbanks-royal-wedding-body-language/" target="_blank"><em>Goodhousekeeping.com</em>.</a> “From start to finish, you can tell this is a solid couple who actively listens – and respects – one another.”</p> <p>Throughout the ceremony, Jack seemed visibly nervous, as he prepared himself to wed the Princess in front of millions.</p> <p>“He’s sporting a sombre look,” body language expert Patti Wood told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/a23739200/princess-eugenie-jack-brooksbanks-royal-wedding-body-language/" target="_blank">GoodHousekeeping.com</a></em>.</p> <p>“He’s holding all of his tension in his mouth without letting it get the best of him.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821407/gettyimages-1051952738.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2629d10370e44d6bad62e36b93474200" /></p> <p>But despite her fiancé’s anxiousness, Eugenie is completely enthralled with her husband-to-be. “Although her mouth is also tightly closed, she’s looking at him like he’s delicious,” says Wood. “It’s a look you’ll typically see when someone spots someone new and attractive, which makes it rare – and extra-special – on their big day.”</p> <p>During the vow and ring exchange, which is the most important part of the entire ceremony, the couple is seen rubbing each other’s fingers. “This is their way of playing and comforting one another,” Wood explains.</p> <p>While the ring exchange didn’t go smoothly for Jack, Constantine points out Eugenie’s reaction to the moment. “When he’s having a hard time with the ring, Eugenie maintains her stance and is very patient with him. She doesn’t try to step in or adjust the ring herself but lets him take charge.”</p> <p>Once the formalities were done and dusted, the newlyweds made their way outside where they shared a kiss in front of a doting crowd.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821408/gettyimages-1051954184.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1225d00a12df4dfb9aca3ca60e066017" /></p> <p>“There’s a special tenderness and sweetness in this highly publicised moment,” Wood explains. “Her light handhold, his check in before the kiss, and the mutual gaze are all good signs, especially on a couple’s wedding day.”</p> <p>As Jack holds on to Eugenie during the kiss, his hand is placed firmly on her lower back, while the Princess has a much gentler touch, and according to Wood, this shows his deep level of respect for his new wife.</p> <p>“This couple has a strong, unbreakable love for one another, which you can see through their mutual gaze and full smiles,” Wood says.</p> <p>Did you watch Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding? Let us know in the comments below.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Test yourself: Can you spot the hidden book?

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">A new brainteaser is putting people’s perception skills to the test, challenging viewers to spot a hidden book in under 20 seconds.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The image, which contains images of various electronic gadgets, was inspired by the increasing dominance of technology in our lives.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The illustration was done by London-based educational company Edu Prints Plus.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The creators have found that the hidden item can be located within five seconds, but how long will it take you?</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Can you find the hidden book?</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: center; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821403/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1b6fc8b4ce454170b82e05146893a2ef" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Observant puzzlers will spot that the book is hiding towards the top right corner of the picture with the book mark hanging out.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Speaking of his love of books, Edu Prints Plus founder Faisal Naisim said: “I love a brain teaser like this - something that helps you keep your vision sharp and puts your perception skills to the test.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“And in a world where it feels like technology is taking over absolutely everything, I get real joy out of picking up a physical book and casting aside my phone or tablet for an hour or two. That's really the inspiration around this puzzle.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: center; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821404/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4368a1152ce04d03a955b2c514aa6d1c" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Did you spot the hidden book? If so, how many seconds did it take you? Let us know in the comments below.</span></p>

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Why Duchess Kate hasn't met Pippa's baby yet

<p>On Monday, Duchess Kate’s younger sister Pippa Middleton gave birth to her first child at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.</p> <p>Kate’s other sibling, James Middleton, was quick to visit his new nephew, however, the Duchess of Cambridge was nowhere to be seen.</p> <p>While royal reporter Richard Palmer said Prince William and Kate were “thrilled” for Pippa and her husband James Matthews, it is likely the royals will be unable to visit their family while they remain in the Lindo Wing at the hospital.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Pippa Middleton has given birth to a boy, born on Monday at 1.58pm and weighing 8lb and 9oz. Kensington Palace says: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James."<br /><br />......</p> — Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter/status/1052210305667919872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Kensington Palace confirmed that Kate’s schedule was unfortunately already booked on Tuesday as she took part in an unannounced charity engagement.</p> <p>The court circular, which documents the engagements of the royal family, explained what the meeting was about.</p> <p>“The Duchess of Cambridge this morning held a meeting of experts convened by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to inform Her Royal Highness’s charitable ‘Early Years’ initiative,” it said.</p> <p>According to the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Express</em>, Kate will wait until Pippa comes home to meet her new nephew in order to avoid a media circus.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 358.66666666666663px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821422/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/97b8f4a5de6248bfa6d409ba30d25f8f" /></p> <p>Pippa also didn’t visit Kate in hospital after she gave birth to any of her three children.</p> <p>Although the sisters share a close relationship and both acted as each other’s matron’s of honour, the pair choose to catch up behind closed doors, rarely being seen together in public.</p> <p><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/more-baby-joy-pippa-middleton-welcomes-her-first-child"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Pippa’s baby boy</strong> </span></a>was born on Monday at 1.58 pm after a three-hour labour, weighing 3.88kg.</p> <p>The newborn is the cousin of future king Prince George, 5, his sister Princess Charlotte, 3, and their baby brother Prince Louis, who is five months old. </p>

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The one thing Prince Harry has given up for his pregnant wife

<p>Prince Harry has given up his love of alcohol by not consuming the beverage for the last three months, all to support his wife, the Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>The royal, who was known for his wild antics and his partying ways, reportedly stopped drinking alcohol the moment he discovered Meghan was pregnant.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/7502079/prince-harry-gives-up-alcohol-support-meghan-pregnancy/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, a royal insider claimed, “Meghan obviously cannot drink during her pregnancy and Harry wants to be there to support here.</p> <p>“When they are in London, they have been spending more nights in together as he cannot go out drinking with friends like he used to.”</p> <p>The last time the famous couple were spotted drinking was in July, at an event in Dublin where they shared a glass of champagne together. The Duke and Duchess also caused a few whispers when they chose to skip Princess Eugenie’s wedding reception, an occasion where the alcohol was being served by the dozen.</p> <p><span>Taking to social media on Monday, Kensington Palace made the official announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together, with the baby news causing a frenzy worldwide.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_QEK5nLor/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_QEK5nLor/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Established in 1916, @TarongaZoo is Australia's oldest zoological park – their commitment to conservation science has culminated in the development of the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, whose work in forensic science has helped put controls in place to reduce illegal wildlife laundering. The new Institute, which will offer never-before seen learning opportunities for Australian students, was opened by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Sydney</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/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Oct 16, 2018 at 2:04am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The post, which was shared via Twitter and Instagram, shows a photo of the happy couple and was released a few short hours after the pair landed in Sydney for their two-week tour and to host the Invictus Games.</p> <p>In his younger days, Prince Harry was infamous for going rogue as he learnt to adjust to life in the spotlight. A tabloid regular, the young royal was often photographed stumbling drunk out of bars and night clubs.</p> <p>In 2012, images of a naked Prince Harry were released to the public, after he was spotted at a Las Vegas hotel drinking heavily.</p> <p>But it’s safe to say that his rowdy partying lifestyle is now behind him, as he prioritises his royal duties and his devotion to be a good husband and an even better father above anything else.</p> <p>Meghan has previously spoken about her love for alcohol and a glass of wine, revealing in a 2015 interview, “It’s delicious and I enjoy it.”</p> <p>Before adding, “Do the things you enjoy within reason. Know your body and what works for you and you’ll be fine.”</p> <p>The Duchess also previously touched on her health and diet mantra in an interview with Best Health, where she admitted that she never wanted to feel “deprived” of the things she enjoys, because once you start placing restrictions on yourself, you start to “binge”.</p> <p>Instead, she believes in balance as she encourages “lifestyle eating”, not dieting.</p>

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More baby joy! Pippa Middleton welcomes her first child

<p>Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, has welcomed her first child with husband James Matthews.</p> <p>The new mother gave birth to a baby boy, weighing 3.88kg, at the same hospital her sister famously gave birth in – the Lindo Wing in West London, just before 1 am (AESDT).</p> <p>Earlier on Tuesday, photos of Pippa arriving at the hospital circulated as people prepared themselves for the happy news.</p> <p>The ward – which is the place of birth of her nephews Prince George and Prince Louis and niece Princess Charlotte – clearly treated the 35-year-old well as she was seen smiling and happy.</p> <p>According to the the <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/"><em>Daily Express</em></a> royal reporter, Richard Palmer, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the new parents.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Pippa Middleton has given birth to a boy, born on Monday at 1.58pm and weighing 8lb and 9oz. Kensington Palace says: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James."<br /><br />......</p> — Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter/status/1052210305667919872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Only a day before Pippa gave birth, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex announced that they are expecting their first child as they landed in Australia to kick start their tour for the Invictus Games.</p> <p>Pippa, who caused speculation about her pregnancy earlier in the year, confirmed the news when speaking to British supermarket chain Waitrose in their fitness column.</p> <p>Her sister, Kate, suffered many problems throughout her pregnancies as she dealt with hyperemesis gravidarum, but for Pippa, it’s been a smooth ride.</p> <p>“I was lucky to pass the 12-week scan without suffering from morning sickness,” Pippa said. “That meant that I was able to carry on as normal and continue my sports.”</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Sun</a> </em>reported that the Duchess of Cambridge “could not have been more delighted” once she discovered the news that her sister was pregnant.</p>

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Duchess Meghan’s heartfelt tribute to Princess Diana after pregnancy announcement

<p>Yesterday, the Royal Family announced the exciting news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child.</p> <p>Following the happy news, Meghan has made a sweet tribute to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, as she welcomes in her next chapter with Prince Harry.</p> <p>To kickstart her first day of royal engagements with Harry for their tour Down Under, Meghan wore one of Princess Diana’s much-loved jewellery pieces.</p> <p>The 37-year-old former actress was spotted wearing Diana’s butterfly earrings and matching bracelet while out and about in Sydney.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821381/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/79a0e1d9defc4d28802f94648e8df2fc" /></p> <p>Diana wore the set during a trip to Canada with Prince Charles in May 1986.</p> <p>The tour took place a year and a half after Diana gave birth to Prince Harry.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Meghan?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Meghan</a> wearing Princess Diana’s gold and diamond butterfly earrings and bracelet on her first day of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoyalTourAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoyalTourAustralia</a> <a href="https://t.co/2InKbM8dHW">pic.twitter.com/2InKbM8dHW</a></p> — Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) <a href="https://twitter.com/byEmilyAndrews/status/1051992918641205248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>For her first day of engagements, which included visiting Admiralty House and visiting Taronga Zoo, Meghan wore a $1800 white dress by Australian designer Karen Gee.</p> <p>The designer’s website crashed at 9.20 am as photos of the Duchess wearing the dress surfaced online.</p> <p>During their visit to Admiralty House to meet with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Lynne Cosgrove, Harry and Meghan were gifted a plush animal kangaroo with a baby joey in its pouch.</p> <p>They also received a tiny pair of baby Ugg boots for their newborn to wear next year.</p> <p>While holding onto the gift, Meghan said: “Out first baby gift!”</p> <p>The newlyweds will spend much of their time in Australia focusing on the 2018 Invictus Games, a foundation which Prince Harry founded in 2014. </p>

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Gold-digger grandma steals $300,000 from Centrelink

<p style="text-align: left;">A grandmother from Geelong in Victoria has admitted to the crime of stealing close to $300,000 in taxpayers' money in the hopes to secure her dead partner's multi-million-dollar assets.</p> <p>76-year-old Noel Newling was proven guilty after discovering she had been giving false information to Centrelink regarding her relationship status.</p> <p>Since 1997, Newling had accumulated up to $287,000 from taxpayers while she was in a relationship with a wealthy man.</p> <p>Newling had no intention to admit to the crime, but after her deceased partner's will stated to give the majority of his $4 million assets to charity, Newling had no other choice as she hoped to overturn the legal document, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/a-current-affair/2018/extras/latest/181017/great-granny-gold-digger?ocid=social-9ACA" target="_blank"><em>A Current Affair</em></a>.</p> <p>The government was under the impression that Newling had been single for the past decade, but the truth was far from it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" width="698" height="573" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1784460.html"></iframe></p> <p>The 76-year-old had been in a relationship with a man named Michael Stansfield, who happened to have accumulated quite a bit of money throughout his years.</p> <p>Mr Stansfield was a share trader and passed away in 2016. Newling’s late partner left her with $50,000, a $185,000 property and a $34,000 car.</p> <p>He then proceeded to distribute the rest of his wealth to different charities.</p> <p>Newling claims she was unaware of Mr Stansfield wealth, but once his earnings came to light, she attempted to challenge the will to obtain the money for herself.</p> <p>In order to do that, Newling had to admit to fraudulent behaviour in the Geelong County Court, otherwise her chance of acquiring the money was close to zero.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/crime-court/geelong-court-leopold-greatgrandmother-noel-jennifer-newling-jailed-for-centrelink-rort/news-story/2874acc65c3489c39c5e2b11fe84604a" target="_blank"><em>The Geelong Advertiser</em></a> reported that, Judge Susan Cohen issued a sentence for Newling, and gave her two years and 10 months in prison but would be released in four months with a two-and-a-half-year good behaviour bond.</p> <p>Newling was faced with an influx of reporters outside court, where she said that she knew that her behaviour was wrong but gave the excuse that she “had to live".</p> <p>She has now been asked to repay the government for all the money she has taken over the years, something that Newling says can only be paid back once she has her late partner's estate.</p>

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New recall: Target removes popular item from shelves

<p>Popular discount department store Target has issued a warning to parents after a popular children’s toy has been considered a potential “choking risk”.</p> <p>The Young Ones Light and Sound Guitar sold at Target Australia, Target Country and their online store from July 2014 to September 2018 has been recalled after the item was deemed too dangerous for children to play with.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 353.3969010727056px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821367/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cb32d3c1236e4c1394bcdf61d2182727" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Photo: <a href="https://www.target.com.au/">Target Australia</a></p> <p>The company made the decision after a discovery where a small part of the toy could “detach with applied force”, which “may pose a choking risk to small children".</p> <p>Due to the findings, the company has made the decision to remove the item from its shelves and has advised those who have purchased the item to “stop using the product” and return it to their closest Target store “as soon as possible".</p> <p>Those who have purchased the item will receive a full refund from the company, regardless of having a receipt or not.</p> <p>For further information, contact Target’s Customer Support Centre on 1300 753 567 or visit the company’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/war-widow-daphne-dunne-wants-another-kiss-from-prince-harry/news-story/e019948991de6276e09aae94dc7b9933" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>

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Coles and Woolworths under fire for drought-relief milk scheme

<p>Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud has slammed supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and ALDI after he claims that shoppers are being misled into thinking they’re supporting farmers when they pay the 30c surcharge on store branded milk.</p> <p>Littleproud, who made the comments yesterday, claimed all three of the grocery stores were running a “half baked” scheme.</p> <p>According to Littleproud, the supermarkets failed to keep up with their promise when it was said that the 10-cent-a-litre levy on all brands of milk would go directly to the dairy farmers in Australia.</p> <p>But his main gripe was with Coles, as he said that the store only agreed to the initiative after fierce rival Woolworths announced it was taking part.</p> <p>“The result is a half-baked policy which only applies to Coles’ three-litre variety of their own milk brand – and may not even go back to the farmers who supply that tiny portion of drinking milk,” he said.</p> <p>After introducing a 30-cent surcharge on all its three-litre home brand milk range, Coles promises to collect a levy on the items until the end of the year.</p> <p>Then once funds are raised, all proceeds will be shared with the Dairy Drought Relief fund and distributed to farmers affected by the drought. Those who receive the funding should expect to see the amount in their account by January 2019.</p> <p>But there is a catch. In order to be eligible for the funding, farmers must fill in an application form, and that’s where Littleproud said the scheme is a “farce” because many victims are not guaranteed payment.</p> <p>“I was initially prepared to give the benefit of the doubt, but it hasn’t been followed up with good policy work – it’s an empty media stunt. The result is a half-baked policy which only applies to Coles’ three-litre-variety of their own milk brand,” he said.</p> <p>Littleproud is advising shoppers to purchase branded milk instead of home branded items as the money will actually go to the farmers.</p> <p>He unleashed on Coles this morning saying that they’re “either lazy or at best being slippery” and by forcing farmers to apply for funding, they are adding a layer of “bureaucracy”.</p> <p>“They’ve asked the farmer to apply for it,” he told the ABC. “What Woolworths did, was they’ve handed it back to the process sorts, because they pick up the milk, they know where it comes from. This shows that Coles are either lazy or at best being slippery.”</p> <p>But Coles has responded to the criticism, saying: <span>“It is disappointing that the Minister has chosen to criticise Coles – which has already committed over $12 million for drought relief – before becoming familiar with the facts,” a spokesman said.</span></p> <p>“Coles established the Dairy Drought Relief Fund to ensure 100 per cent of the funds raised from this 30c increase on the price of Coles' own brand three-litre milk will be donated directly to dairy farmers affected by the drought.”</p> <p>To ensure the funds are going to the right people, Coles appointed PwC as an auditor, who is responsible for overseeing the application administration process.</p> <p>The agriculture minister also fired up on companies such as Woolworths and ALDI, saying that Woolworths has only put the levy in place for their own branded milk while ALDI has chosen not to take part at all.</p> <p>“The big German can go and take a running jump if they can’t be bothered to support Australian dairy farmers,” Littleproud said.</p> <p>“The best thing shoppers can do is buy branded milk, not supermarket brand milk or better still, shop at independent groceries.”</p>

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ALDI hits out at rivals Coles and Woolworths

<p>Discount supermarket chain ALDI has attacked rivals Coles and Woolworths, saying their loyalty programs are manipulative and compared them to car salesman. The German retailers says the programs could be costing consumers up to $1,500 a year to gain enough points for products like a toaster.</p> <p>ALDI also claims Coles and Woolworths delay the receipt of rewards products such as vouchers and appliances to customers for years, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/aldi-slams-loyalty-programs-of-rivals-as-schemes-that-benefit-shareholders-not-shoppers/news-story/583c3cc6aa5f8b026c15865f44bacc52" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>An advertising campaign has been launched which attacks Woolworths’ Rewards programs and Coles’ Flybuys.</p> <p>[Aldi ad embed]</p> <p>But Coles and Woolworths have hit back saying that consumers can actually earn rewards much quicker than ALDI has claimed, and reiterated that customers receive points each time they shop.</p> <p>In a damning assessment, Adrian Christie, head of customer service at ALDI, has said that a family would have to buy $1,500 worth of groceries at Coles, and wait one year and seven months to accrue the points to buy a Tefal frying pan that retails at $60. And if you’re saving your points for a 13-inch laptop using Flybuys, you’d be purchasing over $380,000 in groceries and be waiting for 42 years for it.</p> <p>“It’s not a mistake that the words ‘loyalty’ and ‘scheme’ are used together as they are a scheme; there is some sort of manipulation going on,” Mr Christie told news.com.au.</p> <p> </p> <p>Christie questions who loyalty programs are really for.</p> <p>“A loyalty program is great for insights that can manipulate and can help shape the market. But in terms of value, is that value for the customer or for the shareholder?” he said.</p> <p>It appears that Australians love loyalty programs with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.finder.com.au/" target="_blank">Finder.com.au </a>revealing that nine out of 10 consumers are part of one, and 60% say it influences where they shop, with 36 per cent saying they spend more to earn more.</p> <p>“Loyalty schemes entice you to spend more, so customers need to realise what they are giving up for the rewards,” Mr Christie said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, ALDI has unveiled a “loyalty calculator” so consumers can work out how much they’d need to spend and how long it would take to reap the benefits of these loyalty programs.</p>

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Channel Nine confirms Karl Stefanovic's future on Today show

<p>After speculation surrounding the future of Karl Stefanovic on the<span> </span>Today<span> </span>show, it has been announced that the breakfast show host will be returning in 2019.</p> <p>The network confirmed that the TV personality will continue his role alongside his co-host Georgie Gardner.</p> <p>“The nation wakes up with<span> </span>Today, hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Georgie Gardner,” Nine announced through a press release.</p> <p>“In 2019, Australia’s longest running breakfast television program will continue to bring viewers up-to-the-minute news, current affairs, sport, politics, entertainment, fashion, health and lifestyle from Australia and around the world.”</p> <p>The news comes after Nine Network’s CEO Hugh Marks blamed Stefanovic’s personal life for the dip in ratings for the once popular morning show.</p> <p>“No doubt the constant publicity surrounding issues with his personal life have had an impact on Karl, his colleagues and on the show. We can’t hide from that,” Hugh said.</p> <p><span>“Clearly, it’s been a tough and challenging year for Karl and Today,” he added.</span></p> <p>Stefanovic’s tumultuous marriage to Cassandra Thorburn was a tabloid favourite as the pair had a rocky relationship ever since they announced their split in 2016.</p> <p>To make matters worse, Stefanovic’s relationship with fashion designer Jasmine Yarbrough did not sit well with fans as she is nine years his junior.</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/BkXZNsXlRLD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkXZNsXlRLD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Football on. Kids in bed. Double denim. Doesn’t get any better. 👖👖</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/karlstefanovic_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> karl stefanovic</a> (@karlstefanovic_) on Jun 23, 2018 at 4:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>What once was one of the most popular breakfast shows in the country is now struggling to stay afloat. Only last month ratings showed that<span> </span>Today<span> </span>hit a 12-year low.</p> <p>With the 44-year-old hosting the program since 2005, entertainment reporter Peter Ford predicted Stefanovic’s downfall over a year ago.</p> <p>“The<span> </span>Today<span> </span>show ratings are bad … they’ve done private market research at Nine into Karl and it’s coming up that women have turned on him,” Ford said back in April 2017. </p>

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Nicole Kidman's surprising admission about ex-husband Tom Cruise

<p><span>Nicole Kidman has opened up for the first time about the immense power of her former husband Tom Cruise in Hollywood, and in a rare comment about their relationship, the star spoke of her “love” for him in the revealing interview. </span><br /><br /><span>The Oscar winner said she was reluctant to talk about her first marriage out of respect for her current husband, country singer Keith Urban. (The loved-up pair recently released a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/music/nicole-kidman-sings-emotional-duet-with-husband-keith-urban" target="_blank" title="video">video</a> which showed them performing an emotional duet together.)</span><br /><br /><span>"Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I'm always reluctant to talk about, because I'm married now to the man who is my great love [Keith Urban], and it almost feels disrespectful," the star told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thecut.com/2018/10/women-and-power-nicole-kidman.html" target="_blank" title="New York Magazine"><em>New York Magazine</em></a>.</span><br /><br /><span>Kidman admitted her union with Cruise was first and foremost about love, but the relationship afforded her “protection” from predatory behaviour in Hollywood as a young actress in the industry.</span><br /><br /><span>“I got married very young, but it definitely wasn't power for me – it was protection,” she said. “I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed.”</span><br /><br /><span>The star added, "I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. So when I came out of [the marriage] at 32, 33, it's almost like I had to grow up.”</span><br /><br /><span>In light of the #MeToo era, and the sexual harassment and abuse that had been rampant in Hollywood for years, Cruise’s immense sway in Tinseltown can be seen in a whole new light. </span><br /><br /><span>That said, the Aussie actress admitted that she’d had her share of “#MeToo moments” throughout her life.</span><br /><br /><span>“But do I want to expose them in an article? No. Do they come out in my work? Absolutely. I’m open and raw. I want to have my well of experience and emotion tapped into, used — and I’m not just talking about sexual harassment. I’m talking about loss, death, the full array of life,” said the 51-year-old.</span><br /><br /><span>Kidman and Cruise became a power couple after meeting in 1990 as co-stars of <em>Days of Thunder</em>, marrying that same year. They would go on to star together in <em>Far and Away</em> two years later, and in the controversial <em>Eyes Wide Shut</em> in 1999. They adopted two children, Isabella, who is now 25, and son Connor, now 23. The marriage ended in 2001 amid speculation Kidman wanted to have no part in Scientology, of which Cruise is a devoted disciple. </span><br /><br /><span>The actress is set to appear in a movie about the Fox News sexual harassment scandal playing Gretchen Carlson, the former news anchor who was the first woman to file a sexual harassment suit against the now-disgraced Fox News chief Roger Ailes. </span></p>

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Pauline Hanson blows up during interview on Today: “Stupid fool”

<p>During an interview on Channel 9’s Today show this morning, Pauline Hanson lashed out at the government and her fellow crossbenchers.  </p> <p>Yesterday, the One Nation leader’s “It’s OK to be white” Senate motion was narrowly defeated 31-28, with the government supporting it.</p> <p>After receiving strong backlash for the controversial motion which denounced “anti-white racism” and “attacks on Western civilisation”, Hanson defended her use of the divisive phrase.</p> <p>Following the strong criticism, the Coalition said an “administrative process failure” had led it to vote the wrong way by mistake.</p> <p>However, the explanation came too late with critics accusing the government of endorsing “the words used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis”.</p> <p>While speaking to Karl Stefanovic, Hanson responded to the outrage her motion received.</p> <p>“Nice to see your smiling face this morning. Plenty of journalists were drawing parallels between your words and white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements in the US. Just setting the record straight this morning, are you a white supremacist?” Stefanovic asked.</p> <p>“Definitely not. I think it’s so funny. It’s absolutely ridiculous to connect me with that, and that’s what they want to do, all this PC brigade out there, they want to connect me with that. What a load of hogwash. Rubbish,” Hanson said.</p> <p>Stefanovic asked: “What do you think of those who voted for your motion and then, shockingly, took it back?”</p> <p>“They’re absolute fools. They really are. The way the Liberal Party and National Party have acted over this is ridiculous. They should have let it go. They should not have said anything about it, and there wouldn’t have been a problem with it,” she responded.</p> <p>But Hanson saved her strongest criticism for the Senate’s crossbenchers.</p> <p>“They were spooked by the Labor Party and the PCs and the Greens. You should have seen (Greens leader Richard) Di Natale, he was frothing at the mouth. The spittle was coming out. There was so much hatred."</p> <p>“And the stupid fool Derryn Hinch, when he got up and said — he only gets up and says anything or wants to be anywhere beside me just for the headlines, just to get publicity. It’s absolutely ridiculous what has gone on in this parliament.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">"I think it's so funny." <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulineHansonOz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PaulineHansonOZ</a> on being compared to white supremacists. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/6WOVi6uh64">pic.twitter.com/6WOVi6uh64</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1052288941313773568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Rather than targeting Hanson, Stefanovic directed his attention to the government, calling its response to the backlash “woeful”.</p> <p>“Let’s not sugar coat this. The only thing worse than the vote was the excuse, it was seriously pathetic,” he said.</p> <p>“It was pathetic. Absolutely pathetic,” Ms Hanson agreed.</p> <p>She continued, “Let’s take it word for word. What I said is that the deplorable rise of racism towards the whites, white society, plus also protecting Western civilisation, and it’s OK to be white. If I’d got up and said, on the floor of parliament, it’s OK to be black, there wouldn’t have been one word about it.</p> <p>“As I’ve said all along, I believe everyone should be treated equally, and I will go back to 22, 23 years ago I was saying that.</p> <p>“People out there are pushing this feeling pity, sorry for what the whites have done to people in this nation. I think it’s disgusting. And I think that we’re all Australians together. And I’m fed up with it and so is the majority of Australians.”</p> <p>Stefanovic responded, “I guess the problem is that you saying that and you debating it is more divisive than inclusive.”</p> <p>Ms Hanson replied, “If we don’t say anything then they are suppressing us and our views and our thoughts. It’s like climate change. If you say anything about climate change or are anti their agenda, you are held down and criticised."</p> <p>She added, “Political correctness in this country is ridiculous. People have a right to have an opinion and have a say. That’s what our society, our democracy and our Western civilisation gives us. If we don’t speak up against this they will actually suppress us. I won’t let it happen.”</p> <p>Stefanovic said the government spent a lot of time focusing on social issues rather than the economy.</p> <p>“They’re terrified, they’re trying to keep up with the Greens and Labor,” Ms Hanson said.</p> <p>“They’re terrified of you,” he interjected.</p> <p>“Well good. I hope they are, and they should be, because I’m trying to represent the conservative values, people who have been forgotten,” she said.</p> <p>Members from Labor and The Greens slammed the idea that the “It’s OK to be white” slogan had been misinterpreted yesterday.</p> <p>“There is nothing innocent, nothing unknown, nothing hidden about this phrase. Frankly, the claim that somehow the government didn’t understand it or didn’t know about it is not believable,” Labor Senator Penny Wong said.</p> <p>“We are supposed to believe that no one in the government paid attention and some junior staffer ticked it off, and then government senators just filed in and sat behind Senator Hanson oblivious to the fact that they were endorsing a racist motion designed to promote Nazis, the Klan and other white supremacist groups.”</p> <p>The slogan “It’s OK to be white” first appeared on 4chan’s “politically incorrect” image board.</p> <p>The original post in the online forum called for people to put up posters with the phrase on university campuses in the hope of making the media go “completely bersek”.</p> <p>Canadian alt-right activist Lauren Southern also wore a shirt bearing the catchphrase when she touched down in Brisbane earlier this year.</p>

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Little Princess Charlotte steals the show in candid photo from Princess Eugenie’s wedding

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>For the first time since her wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday, Princess Eugenie has taken to Instagram to post a charmingly candid wedding photo to her 526,000 followers.</p> <p>But it’s not the bride or the groom who are the centre of attention, but playful Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>In the photograph, Princess Eugenie and her new husband are surrounded by their bridesmaids and page boys including Isla Phillips, Maud Windsor, Theodora Williams, Louis De Givenchy and Prince George in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.</p> <p> </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/Bo__xuAgO9w/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo__xuAgO9w/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Jack and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making our day so special and for all the wonderful wishes as we start married life laughing together. @alexbramall</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/princesseugenie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Princess Eugenie</a> (@princesseugenie) on Oct 16, 2018 at 9:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Isla’s older sister, seven-year-old Savanah Phillips, embraces the bride who looks lovingly at her little second cousin Princess Charlotte, who is cheekily pulling a face. Both the bride and groom look highly amused, in this joyous behind-the-scenes shot.</p> <p>Fittingly with the image, which has been liked almost 160,000 times, Princess Eugenie included the caption: “Jack and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making our day so special and for all the wonderful wishes as we start married life laughing together.”</p> <p>In a throwback to their earlier collaboration, wedding photographer Alex Bramall shared some stunning black and white portraits of Princess Eugenie, taken for a <em>Harper's Bazaar</em> US shoot in 2016.</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/Bo_gPzPB-pq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_gPzPB-pq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This is where it all started. Thank you to @princesseugenie @theroyalfamily @hrhthedukeofyork @harpersbazaarus @laurabrown99 @hayley_caine @attractabeauty @kenorourke1 @mfurlonger @john_munro @bencrawford__</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/alexbramall/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> A L E X B R A M A L L</a> (@alexbramall) on Oct 16, 2018 at 4:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>He wrote: “This is where it all started.”</p> <p>What is your favourite photo from Princess Eugenie's wedding? Let us know in the comments section below.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p>

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