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The 10 best romance novels of all time

<p>Books in which man meets woman, man woos woman (or woman woos man), and man and woman live happily ever after are a dime a dozen. Enjoyable, for sure, but not what you'd call memorable. So, Reader’s Digest have come up with a list of 10 of the best romance novels that tell favourite, and timeless, love stories, each of which goes above and beyond basic romance.</p> <p>Whether it’s glimpsing 19th-century Russia in <em>Anna Karenina</em> or witnessing endless family drama on the Australian outback in <em>The Thorn Birds</em>, each of these fabulous books has something special.</p> <p>“These are much more than love stories; they are life stories,” says US Select Editions editor-in-chief Laura Kelly.<br /><br />“If you like a good love story, books are so much more satisfying than movies,” she continues.<br /><br />“Books take you into the minds of all the characters, where their hopes and dreams will really fire up your own imagination.”</p> <p><strong>1. <em>The Thorn Birds</em> by Colleen McCullough (1977)</strong></p> <p>Set in 1915 Australia, this remarkable saga chronicles the forbidden love between a beautiful, headstrong young girl and a priest.</p> <p>You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll stay up way too late reading this fabulous story.</p> <p><strong>2.<em> Jane Eyre</em> by Charlotte Brontë (1847)</strong></p> <p>“Reader, I married him.” Charlotte Brontë’s gothic masterpiece, with its unyielding heroine, dashing love interest Mr. Rochester, creepy manor house, and foggy English countryside, has become synonymous with 19th-century romance.</p> <p>And writing love stories ran in the Brontë family – Charlotte’s sister Emily’s classic <em>Wuthering Heights</em> is also a strong contender for this list of best romance novels.</p> <p><strong>3. <em>This Is How You Lose Her</em> by Junot Díaz (2013)</strong></p> <p>Technically a collection of short stories, <em>This Is How You Lose Her</em> counts as a novel because the stories all somehow connect back to the same one character’s life.</p> <p>The impressive way the Pulitzer Prize-winning Díaz weaves together multiple love stories – happy and sad, fleeting and lasting – from all around the world makes this one of the best romance novels of the 21st century.</p> <p><strong>4. <em>The Notebook</em> by Nicholas Sparks (1996)</strong></p> <p>Nicholas Sparks has made a name for himself as the writer of some of the best romance novels in recent years.</p> <p>Though he’s written more than 20 books, his first has stood the test of time for a reason.</p> <p>Noah and Allie’s tear-jerking, decade-spanning story remains the wonderfully escapist romantic read it was 20 years ago.</p> <p><strong>5.<em> Call Me By Your Name</em> by André Aciman (2007)</strong></p> <p>Even if you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film, this enchanting story of first love and self-discovery is still more than worth a read.</p> <p>Prepare to fall just as in love with the magnificent Italian setting as with the story of summer romance and intoxicating attraction.</p> <p><strong>6.<em> The French Lieutenant’s Woman</em> by John Fowles (1969)</strong></p> <p>A Victorian gentleman is engaged to a wealthy and suitable woman, but when he encounters a beautiful, mysterious woman rumoured to be the forsaken lover of a French lieutenant, he becomes utterly smitten.</p> <p>Truly magnificent entertainment.</p> <p><strong>7. <em>Beautiful Disaster </em>by Jamie McGuire (2012)</strong></p> <p>With an edgy, modern twist on the good-girl-meets-bad-boy theme, <em>Beautiful Disaster</em> has topped must-read romance lists for a reason.</p> <p>After reinventing herself just before college, Abby finds herself involved in a tantalising bet with her school’s resident tattooed player.</p> <p>Neither of them is prepared for the results.</p> <p><strong>8.<em> The Time Traveler’s Wife</em> by Audrey Niffenegger (2003)</strong></p> <p>Every love has its challenges, and while your husband being an unwitting time traveller may not be one you’re familiar with, this four-hanky tale will still tug on your heartstrings.</p> <p><strong>9. <em>Anna Karenina </em>by Leo Tolstoy (1877)</strong></p> <p>Trapped in a loveless marriage, Anna Karenina succumbs to temptation and embarks on a dangerous affair with the handsome Vronsky.</p> <p>Tragedy unfolds amid the canvas of 19th-century Russia, in the most famous of doomed love stories.</p> <p>A memorable and enduring classic.</p> <p><strong>10. <em>Outlander </em>by Diana Gabaldon (1991)</strong></p> <p>A powerhouse time-travel romance, this is the first in Gabaldon’s hugely successful series.</p> <p>Strong, beautiful Claire Randall leads a double life, married to a man in one century, with a lover in another century.</p> <p>Filled with humour, passion, wit and wonderful Scottish scenery, this is one fast read for a 600-plus page book.</p> <p>Enjoy the wallow!</p> <p><em>Written by Reader’s Digest Editors. 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Harsh new $337 road rule you need to know

<p>Harsh new laws that were introduced yesterday could see drivers being fined hundreds of dollars and possibly lose their license if they are caught touching their phone when driving.</p> <p>The new laws introduced across New South Wales on September 17 mean drivers will now lose five demerit points rather than four if they are caught using their phones.</p> <p>NSW motorists will also receive a $337 fine, making the state the strictest in the country for the offence.</p> <p>During double demerit periods, including public holidays and long weekends, those who touch their phone while driving can be penalised up to 10 demerit points.</p> <p>Drivers or motorcyclists with a Learner, P1 or P2 licence cannot use their phone under any circumstances while on the road.</p> <p>“These drivers may only use a mobile phone if their vehicle is parked,” a spokesperson for Transport NSW said.</p> <p>Under the stricter new laws, if a Learner or P1 is caught using their phone they will automatically incur a three-month driving suspension as they only have a threshold of four demerit points.</p> <p>P2 drivers will have three demerit points remaining if they are caught illegally using a mobile phone on the road.</p> <p>When NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey announced the increased penalties in July, she said a government survey showed that 74 per cent of the community supported further limiting in-car mobile use.</p> <p>“We all see it and the community has had enough,” Ms Pavey said.</p> <p>NSW motorists are only legally allowed to use their phone while driving for calls, music and navigation if it is secure in a cradle fixed to the car and doesn’t obscure a driver’s vision.</p> <p>Drivers can also only use their phones for the same purposes if they can activate it without touching it, such as through Bluetooth or voice activation.</p> <p>The only time a motorist can hold a phone is if they are passing it across to a passenger.</p> <p>A spokesperson for Transport NSW warned that using your phone legally can still be risky.</p> <p>“Drivers are reminded that using a mobile phone legally can still be distracting and should always consider the current road conditions before using a mobile phone while driving.”</p>

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Duchess Meghan's touching gesture after tragedy

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has started a very touching project in the wake of London’s tragic Grenfell Tower fire disaster which killed 71 people.</p> <p>In her first solo royal project, Duchess Meghan has lent her support for a charitable cookbook that contains recipes from women who were affected by the tragedy.</p> <p>The idea for the <em>Together</em> cookbook came from a group of women who started gathering in a communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural heritage Centre in West London last summer to prepare food for their loved ones.</p> <p>The women’s gathering quickly formed into the Hubb Community Kitchen.</p> <p>Last night, photos were released of Meghan cooking in the kitchen with mainly Muslim women who were affected by the fire.</p> <p>The Duchess first visited the kitchen in January this year and returns regularly for private visits.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 419.2176870748299px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7820863/kensingtonpalace.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/17e92b3dd9cb458d8eaf24d3ccea79da" /></p> <p>Meghan’s passion for food is no secret and the former-actress used to write about food on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, <em>The Tig.</em></p> <p>Meghan’s character in <em>Suits</em>, the legal drama which first made her famous, was also tweaked to mirror her food enthusiasm.</p> <p>Kensington Palace said Meghan believed in the powerful project and wanted to support the community kitchen so it could continue changing lives.</p> <p>The proceeds from the book will fund the Hubb to stay open seven days a week and welcome more people through its doors.</p> <p>The book, which has a forward written by Meghan, contains personal recipes by women from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.</p> <p>In her foreword, Meghan wrote: “I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.</p> <p>“Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy — in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy — something we can all relate to.</p> <p>“Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.”</p> <p>A good friend of Meghan’s, tennis star Serena Williams, tweeted her support of the project.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project “Together” a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together. I could not be more excited about it and proud of you. <br />It’s beautiful - diversity, inclusivity, coming together in grief or joy <a href="https://t.co/RkB2O35qmG">pic.twitter.com/RkB2O35qmG</a></p> — Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) <a href="https://twitter.com/serenawilliams/status/1041669645844078599?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The cookbook will be published by Penguin Random House and supported by The Royal Foundation.</p> <p>Penguin Random House chair Baroness Rebuck said the company was captivated by the vision of the cookbook.</p> <p>“Every woman who has contributed a recipe to this book has also contributed a fragment of their lives and memories,” he said.</p> <p>“Each dish tells a story of culture, family and a sense of home.</p> <p>“But most of all <em>Together</em> is a homage to life and friendship and we hope it will act as a symbol to all communities and encourage cooking together for life and joy.”</p> <p>The Royal Foundation will administer the transfer of funds from the sale of the cookbook to the Hubb Community Kitchen and related projects. </p>

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6 things you should do when reading with your grandkids

<p><em><strong>Ameneh Shahaeian is a Research Fellow in Developmental and Educational Psychology at the Australian Catholic University.</strong></em></p> <p>There is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them as children, and we loved them. Imaginary adventures set in faraway places. Tales about how the dishwasher isn’t working. It doesn’t matter! Whether made up by parents or read from books, kids love to hear stories.</p> <p>Our <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10888438.2018.1482901">recent work</a> showed reading to children positively impacts long-term academic achievement more than many other activity (including playing music with them, or doing craft). We found the more frequently parents read to their children, the better their children’s NAPLAN scores in different areas.</p> <p>In our most recent study, we asked parents to read a wordless storybook to their three to five-year-old children titled <em>The Wolf and Seven Little Goats</em>. We also tested children in many areas of their important cognitive skills, such as language proficiency, memory, self-control, and friendship skills.</p> <p>Through examining the different ways parents tell stories, we have pinpointed which elements of shared reading are most beneficial for children’s <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272775714000156">cognitive development</a></span>.</p> <p><strong>1. Tune in to your child</strong></p> <p>Perhaps the most important aspect of reading to children is to tune in to your child. Listen to your child’s cues. Do they like the story? Do they know the vocabulary? Are they paying attention to the pictures more, or the text?</p> <p>Try to coach your child, not to instruct them. Instead of saying: “Look they are going to cook some food, maybe they are hungry”, you can ask “What are they doing?” or “Why do you think they’re doing that?”</p> <p>Be sensitive about whether they are listening and engaged or uninterested and disengaged. If they are disengaged, are there questions you can ask to make them more interested? Do you think they’ll like a different type of story better? The best books for your child are the ones they <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/181204/110118.pdf">enjoy</a></span> most.</p> <p><strong>2. Ask questions</strong></p> <p>Parents who ask lots of questions engage in a more fun and informative way with their children. Ask them if they know the vocabulary, if they can guess what the characters are going to do next, and why they’ve done what they’ve done.</p> <p>These questions are not only helpful because they help children gain new knowledge and ways of thinking, it also <a href="https://theconversation.com/reading-to-your-child-the-difference-it-makes-57473">helps strengthen</a> the emotional bond between parent and child. Children <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4337405/">like to feel</a> they’re a part of the task, not that they’re being told how to do things.</p> <p><strong>3. Go beyond describing images or reading text</strong></p> <p>In our study, we gave parents a wordless picture book. An important difference we observed between parents was some only describe what they see. Some go beyond the picture.</p> <p>For example, when the mother goat in the picture book comes home and sees the door to the house open, one parent said:</p> <p><em>When their mother came home and was looking forward to seeing her children and hugging them and telling them a story, she suddenly saw that the door is open. She was shocked!</em></p> <p>Another parent said:</p> <p><em>The mother came home and saw the door is open; she went inside and looked for the children.</em></p> <p>This parent is only describing the picture.</p> <p>The first parent is imagining what is beyond the picture and text. This is a richer way to tell a story to children, and ultimately leads to better cognitive developmental outcomes for children. This is because it teaches abstract thinking, which is the basis for many of the <a href="https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351236898/chapters/10.4324%2F9781351236904-7">higher order cognitive abilities</a> such as problem solving and critical analysis.</p> <p><strong>4. Make logical links between different parts of the story</strong></p> <p>Another element that has a strong link to the development of children’s cognitive skills is the way parents build logical links between different parts of the story.</p> <p>Often the events in books unfold very quickly. One minute, the wolf eats the little goats, and the next minute he is found by the mother. Some parents try to make the sequence of events more logical than others.</p> <p>For example, in this picture, when the wolf is coming to knock on the door, one parent said:</p> <p><em>The wolf, who realised the mother is not home, came and knocked on the door.</em></p> <p>This sentence is lacking logical links. How did the wolf know the mother is not home? Why should he come and knock on the door? What did he want?</p> <p>Another parent said:</p> <p><em>The wolf, who was sunbathing in the bush, saw that the mother is going to get some food. He thought, ‘Oh, the little goats are alone at home, and it’s a good time for me to go and trick them and maybe get a good lunch!’</em></p> <p>The parent here is clearly providing logical links between these different parts of the story.</p> <p><strong>5. Add relevant details</strong></p> <p>We also found most parents add many details to the story to make it more interesting or comprehensive. But <em>relevant </em>details are the most useful in terms of improving children’s learning. Relevant details are the kind of details that help make the story easier to understand.</p> <p>For example, one parent said:</p> <p><em>The little goat, who was wearing the yellow shirt and was the smallest said: ‘We shouldn’t open the door! How do we know this is our mother? She has just left.’</em></p> <p>Here, wearing a yellow shirt is a descriptive detail, but it doesn’t add much to the story.</p> <p>Another mother said:</p> <p><em>The smallest one, who was also the cleverest and very careful, said…</em></p> <p>This second parent is clearly adding a detail (that the smaller one is also the cleverest and careful) that makes the story more meaningful and easier to follow.</p> <p><strong>6. Talk about mental and emotional concepts</strong></p> <p>We found parents who not only describe the events of a story but also discuss <a href="https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00506/full">abstract concepts</a> related to emotions, desires and thoughts tend to have children who are better cognitively skilled. These children develop a better understanding of others’ emotions, better friendship skills, and even improved memory and higher order cognitive skills that are useful in later life. These lead to <a href="https://books.google.com.au/books?hl=en&amp;lr=&amp;id=cvLWDQAAQBAJ&amp;oi=fnd&amp;pg=PP1&amp;dq=abstract+concepts+children+better+cognitive+ability&amp;ots=DtILotRFSV&amp;sig=FftCKFka4vA-j2mpu3iY8UxDopY#v=onepage&amp;q=abstract%20concepts%20children%20better%20cognitive%20ability&amp;f=false">academic success</a> as well as better skills to build friendships and perform well in social relationships.</p> <p><em>Written by Ameneh Shahaeian. Republished with permission of <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.theconversation.com" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Conversation.</span><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/99637/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /></strong></a></em></p>

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Why Camilla didn't want Prince William to marry Kate

<p>An author reveals that Prince William and Duchess Kate were nearly “broken up by Camilla".</p> <p>It is said that the Duchess of Cornwall wanted her eldest step-son to end all ties with “pretty but dim” Kate, partly due to her “lowly” roots, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7219341/camilla-william-marry-pretty-but-dim-kate-prince-charles-split-them-up/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>The claims were made by author Christopher Anderson in his book: <em>Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, And the Throne</em>.</p> <p>According to Anderson, Camilla did not approve of Prince William’s relationship with the now Duchess, and the two women failed to see eye to eye.</p> <p>She allegedly also disapproved of Kate’s non-royal background, which made her “too lowly” to marry into the family.</p> <p>While they seem to share a good relationship now, it is said that in the past, Camilla thought Kate to be “pretty, but rather dim".</p> <p>The rivalry went so far that Camilla allegedly is said to have asked Prince Charles to convince his son to end things with Kate.</p> <p>Anderson also claims that Camilla was jealous of Kate and felt threatened by her growing popularity and had concerns that the young couple would overshadow her and Charles.</p> <p>While Prince William and Duchess Kate did go through a brief break-up while at university, whether it has something to do with Camilla is yet to be confirmed.</p> <p>The two women seem to get along well now as they are regularly seen attending events together. </p>

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Cassandra Thorburn opens up about divorce from Karl Stefanovic in first TV interview

<p>Karl Stefanovic’s ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn has opened up about life after divorce in her first TV interview this morning.</p> <p>Cassandra, who is promoting her first children’s book <em>Leo Lion’s Big Bed</em>, appeared on Channel 7’s <em>The Morning Show</em> with Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur.</p> <p>She described writing her children’s book as a “passion project” to help other women, and children, going through the breakdown of a relationship.</p> <p>All profits of the book will go to <strong><u><a href="https://www.relationships.org.au/">Relationships Australia</a></u></strong>, a resource she used during her high-profile breakup from her <em>Today</em> show host husband.</p> <p>She said of Relationships Australia: “They prioritise children in the separation process. It was a perfect thing for us to put all profits there because it important to me, it is part of what me and my children have been through that led to me writing a children’s book.</p> <p>“I’m stepping out to say be comfortable in yourself and be comfortable in your skin and pursue the things that you want to pursue regardless of what is going on the sidelines.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Cassandra Thorburn has released her very first children's book, with the profits helping families going through separation. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TMS7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TMS7</a> <a href="https://t.co/ES46wdOL1e">pic.twitter.com/ES46wdOL1e</a></p> — The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/morningshowon7/status/1036399967714201600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 2, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Cassandra and Karl announced their split in 2016 after 21 years of marriage. A few months after their split, Karl met shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough. The pair are engaged to marry later this year.</p> <p>Speaking of her public divorce, Cassandra said: “I think everyone knows separating and divorce is particularly challenging for the children especially.</p> <p>“And it being so public probably wasn’t perfect.”</p> <p>But right now, Cassandra is focused on looking ahead.</p> <p>“Hopefully more books but I’m not focused that far ahead in my life at the moment,” she said.</p> <p>“I don’t feel the need to look that far ahead. I want to focus on my children and making sure that we are all happy and well and looking that far ahead and focusing on myself is not something that I am wanting to do right now.”</p>

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Barnaby Joyce reveals why he lied to the media about being the father of his new child

<p>When journalists asked Barnaby Joyce whether he was the father of Vikki Campion’s unborn child, the former deputy prime minister struggled to give an answer, saying it was a “grey area”.</p> <p>The ambiguous answer caused even more controversy for the scandal-ridden politician, who later had to backtrack his denial and clarify that Sebastian was his son.</p> <p>Now, Mr Joyce has explained the thinking behind his bizarre answer in his new book <em>Weatherboard and Iron: Politics, the Bush and Me</em>.  </p> <p>The politician said his “terrible mistake” was made because he didn’t want to give the media any further details about the affair.</p> <p>“Somehow I thought that creating doubt by not having all the details might switch this frenzy off,” he wrote.</p> <p>“You are not logical when under intense pressure for weeks.”</p> <p>The “grey area” comments made by Mr Joyce opened him up to further ridicule, including from his New England rival Tony Windsor.</p> <p>Mr Windsor tweeted at the time: “If anyone had doubts about Joyce’s character I think they now have a clear picture of this grub, will sacrifice others on his blundering self-centred path. How many more women does he have to damage?”</p> <p>Mr Joyce also revealed in the book that he wanted to go away and die following the scandal that ruined his marriage and career.</p> <p>“When you stop thinking about how sad it will be when you have gone, to thinking, I have hurt so many that I want to go without anybody knowing,” he wrote.</p> <p>In an interview with the <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sydney Morning Herald</em></strong></span></a>, Mr Joyce said he had to receive help from a psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with depression.</p> <p>In his book, he describes how he grew apart from his now estranged wife, Natalie, as he drank heavily and pursued other women in Canberra for years.</p> <p>“When I was at home I was a lie, and when I was in Canberra I was ashamed,” he wrote.</p> <p>“Winston Churchill had his black dog: mine was a half-crazed cattle dog, biting everything that came near the yard.</p> <p>“But the downside comes as well, when you get sad in the afternoon because it’s the afternoon and there are not enough clouds in the sky …</p> <p>“When you stop thinking about how sad it will be when you have gone, to thinking, I have hurt so many that I want to go without anybody knowing.”</p> <p>Mr Joyce dedicated the book to his “beloved daughters and son” and wrote to them: “I wish I could have given you a life outside the spotlight I turned on.”</p> <p>“I wanted the best for you but was blinded in the glare of the exertion.”</p> <p>He also describes Ms Campion as “my at times, typist, editor, critic and ever-patient partner, sitting tortured behind her keyboard trying to make sense of me.”</p> <p>It is believed Ms Campion became pregnant around July or August last year, a time in which she transferred from Resource Minister Matt Canavan’s office into a newly created role for Nationals MP Damian Dunn.</p> <p>During the transition, she did return to Mr Joyce’s office for a number of weeks.</p>

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Palace releases official photo album of Prince Louis’ christening

<p>It has nearly been a week since Prince Louis was christened at The Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace, and now the royal family have released the official portraits from the day.</p> <p>The photos were taken by Matt Holyoak in the Morning Room at Clarence House following the christening.</p> <p>The official portraits show the 11-week-old royal being photographed with various members of his family.</p> <p>The photoshoot included three group shots and one shot of the Duchess Catherine cradling her son in the gardens of Clarence House.</p> <p>The photographer behind the royal snaps talked about what an honour it was to take the photos.</p> <p>"I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event,” he said.</p> <p>"Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure. I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs."</p> <p>Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge was baptised into the Church of England on July 9.</p> <p>The christening was an intimate gathering, with only 30 people attending the ceremony.</p> <p>Among the guests were Louis’ grandfather Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla, uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, and his brother and sister Prince George and Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>Also attending the service was the Middleton family, which included Carole Middleton, Michael Middleton, James Middleton and Pippa Middleton.</p> <p>Sadly, the Queen and Prince Philip did not attend the christening.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the beautiful official christening portraits of Price Louis and his family. </p>

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Prince Harry’s incredibly rare $15,000 christening gift for Prince Louis

<p>To celebrate his nephew’s christening, Prince Harry has forked out $15,000 for a very thoughtful gift for three-month-old Prince Louis.</p> <p>According to reports, the Duke of Sussex bought a rare first-edition copy of A.A. Milne’s <em>Winnie-the-Pooh</em>, which dates back to 1926.</p> <p>Harry is believed to have purchased the book from Peter Harrington, a rare book store in London.</p> <p>It is understood that Harry has decided to build up a library for his two nephews and niece, in memory of his mum, the late Princess Diana.</p> <p>“One of Harry’s happiest childhood memories was being read a bedtime story by his mother,” a palace insider revealed to <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6727671/prince-harry-louis-winnie-the-pooh-christening/" target="_blank"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Sun</span></em></strong></a><em>.</em></p> <p>“She loved all the old classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions for Louis, Charlotte and George to enjoy as they get older.”</p> <p>According to the palace source, Harry originally planned to buy a copy of Lewis Carol’s <em>Through The Looking Glass</em> to mark the occasion – which would’ve set him back $46,490 – but he decided <em>Winnie-the-Pooh</em> was more age appropriate.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among just 30 guests invited to the intimate christening.</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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlBAyMPHpOK/" target="_blank">Members of the Royal Family arrive at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace for the christening of Prince Louis.</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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jul 9, 2018 at 8:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Meghan wore an olive Ralph Lauren dress with a Stephen Jones fascinator to the ceremony.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Prior to the christening, Meghan was seen laughing with the Most Reverend Justin Welby, who also baptised her before her wedding to Prince Harry in May.</p> <p>The couple were seen <a href="http://www.oversixty.co.nz/entertainment/art/2018/07/first-pictures-of-prince-louis-christening-at-st-james-palace/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">holding hands</span></strong></a> as they walked behind Prince William and Kate, before entering Chapel Royal and St James’s Palace in London. </p>

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“Enough is enough!”: Karl Stefanovic slams “hurtful” magazine stories

<p>Karl Stefanovic has taken aim at Australian women’s magazine <em>Woman’s Day</em> for publishing false stories about him on the cover of their latest edition.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the Today host slammed the publication, writing: “Another week another BS cover. Enough is enough,” alongside an image of their latest cover, featuring him and fiance Jasmine Yarbrough.</p> <p>The weekly magazine claimed that Stefanovic’s bosses at Channel 9 banned Yarbrough from walking the Logies red carpet with him.</p> <p>Stefanovic responding, writing: “Jas was invited to the Logies and the red carpet by Nine. We had a wonderful time. These mags are bullies, hurtful and always wrong. Pls stop [sic].”</p> <p><img width="449" height="645" src="/media/7819684/capture_449x645.jpg" alt="Capture (13)" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>Yarbrough attended the 60th annual Logies celebrations at the Gold Coast with Stefanovic but did not walk the red carpet with him.</p> <p>The TV personality is no stranger to calling out the tabloids.</p> <p>Just last week, Stefanovic took to Instagram to chastise <em>New Idea</em> magazine for publishing photos of himself and his fiancée supposedly looking tense while playing a game of tennis.</p> <p><img width="445" height="627" src="/media/7819685/2_445x627.jpg" alt="2 (6)" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>"Another day another cover from No idea. Just for the record the only thing broken in this photo was my serve," he wrote, alongside a picture of him holding up the cover which reads in bold, yellow letters: “Karl at breaking point”.</p>

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A letter written by teenage Meghan Markle reveals her true personality

<p>An old letter written by a teenage Meghan Markle sheds light on the personality of the newest member of the royal family.</p> <p>In 1993, Meghan wrote a letter to a fellow classmate who was “very shy” and a “bit of a loner”, according to her former teachers.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex’s former headmistress, Christine Knudsen, at Immaculate Heart High School in California said she received the letter from one of the student’s in Markle’s group.</p> <p>“Meghan wrote her the most wonderful loving note,” says Ms Knudsen in a new documentary How to Bag a Prince that aired on Britain’s Channel 5. “Even though Meghan was not her close friend at all. It just shows the depth of [Markle’s] heart.”</p> <p>The letter reads: “Dear Michelle, You are so strong and so wonderful — your courage in strength in times of hardships is as admirable as your optimism and friendly nature.</p> <p>“I am so lucky to have you in my group and to be able to lead you on this adventure. Never stop sharing your beautiful spirit and always remember how special you are. I am here if you ever need me. I love you, Meghan.”</p> <p>Meghan’s kindness also extended beyond a friend in need.</p> <p>According to her religious studies teacher at Immaculate Heart, young Meghan approached her about how to help the local homeless people.</p> <p>Maria Pollia told the show’s producers: “One day, after class, Meghan approached me and said, ‘So tell me more about serving on Skid Row.’</p> <p>“And so I suggested she continued to volunteer at this soup kitchen in her senior year. Meghan always took it a step further, not just distributing food but learning people’s names, learning their stories.”</p> <p> </p>

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A letter written by teenage Meghan Markle reveals her true personality

<p>An old letter written by a teenage Meghan Markle sheds light on the personality of the newest member of the royal family.</p> <p>In 1993, Meghan wrote a letter to a fellow classmate who was “very shy” and a “bit of a loner”, according to her former teachers.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex’s former headmistress, Christine Knudsen, at Immaculate Heart High School in California said she received the letter from one of the student’s in Markle’s group.</p> <p>“Meghan wrote her the most wonderful loving note,” says Ms Knudsen in a new documentary How to Bag a Prince that aired on Britain’s Channel 5. “Even though Meghan was not her close friend at all. It just shows the depth of [Markle’s] heart.”</p> <p>The letter reads: “Dear Michelle, You are so strong and so wonderful — your courage in strength in times of hardships is as admirable as your optimism and friendly nature.</p> <p>“I am so lucky to have you in my group and to be able to lead you on this adventure. Never stop sharing your beautiful spirit and always remember how special you are. I am here if you ever need me. I love you, Meghan.”</p> <p>Meghan’s kindness also extended beyond a friend in need.</p> <p>According to her religious studies teacher at Immaculate Heart, young Meghan approached her about how to help the local homeless people.</p> <p>Maria Pollia told the show’s producers: “One day, after class, Meghan approached me and said, ‘So tell me more about serving on Skid Row.’</p> <p>“And so I suggested she continued to volunteer at this soup kitchen in her senior year. Meghan always took it a step further, not just distributing food but learning people’s names, learning their stories.”</p> <p> </p>

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Ada Nicodemou reveals astonishing weight loss in bikini magazine cover

<p><em>Home and Away</em> star Ada Nicodemou has revealed the results of an eight-week diet and exercise plan that’s helped her become the fittest she’s ever been in her life.</p> <p>The 41-year-old showed off her abs and lean physique in a bikini in the latest issue of <strong> <a href="https://www.who.com.au/" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Who</span></em></a></strong>.</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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkzWitmAUbv/" target="_blank">A post shared by Ada Nicodemou (@adanicodemou)</a> on Jul 4, 2018 at 1:04am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The actress achieved her new figure by working out at least five times a week with boyfriend Adam Rigby and following a strict “Keto Diet” – which meant Nicodemou cut out carbs, fruit and alcohol and replaced them with meats, fats and vegetables.</p> <p>Nicodemou had the<em> Who </em>shoot booked at the end of her health kick, and although she dropped 5kg to hit 47kg by the time she posed for the pictures, she didn’t focus on weight loss.</p> <p>Her goal was to replace body fat with muscle for strength and toning.</p> <p>“I’m so proud of myself,” she told <em>Who</em>. </p> <p>“I’ve got the best body I’ve ever had, but I’ve worked really hard and it wasn’t easy.”</p> <p>On Instagram the star wrote: “A ton of hard work, self-discipline around diet and alcohol and belief can get you amazing results regardless of how old you are! A huge thank you to @fitmejones for going above and beyond and Adam for supporting me along the way, and sorry for being grumpy when I was tired and craving carbs.”</p> <p>Now, that she has reached the end goal of her strict diet, Nicodemou admitted that she will relax her diet and adopt a 80/20 approach to treating herself.</p> <p>“Life is to be enjoyed,” she told <em>Who</em>.</p> <p>Nicodemou is mum to her 5-year-old son Johnas, with her ex-husband Chrys Xipolitas.</p> <p>In 2014, the couple also suffered a stillbirth son, Harrison.</p> <p>Now, Nicodemou is eighteen-months into her relationship with Rigby, she said she has “made a decision to be happy”.</p> <p>“I’m choosing to enjoy my life a lot more.”</p>

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Mum discovers bittersweet handwritten note in second-hand book

<p>A Melbourne mum and her daughters are on the search to return a second-hand book to its previous owner, after finding an emotional message inside. </p> <p>Natalie Coleman purchased a second-hand book for her daughter, Leni, from a pre-loved bookshop in Melbourne.</p> <p>When the St Kilda mum brought the 5 Minute Princess Stories book home, she discovered a message written inside the front cover of the book.</p> <p>The letter was from a man named Barry and addressed to his daughter, Alexis.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftrudie.coleman.5%2Fposts%2F1676760875771486&amp;width=500" width="500" height="688" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Dear Alexis. If you’re getting this without me, it’s because unfortunately my circumstances got too grim for me to give it to you yourself,” the note read.</p> <p>“You need to know I always loved you with all my heart.</p> <p>“You were the first thing I thought about when I woke up in the morning and the last thing I thought about at night.</p> <p>“Love Dad (Barry).”</p> <p>After reading the emotional message and knowing the meaning that must be attached to it, Natalie is now determined to track down Alexis and reunite her with her special book.</p> <p>The mum shared images of the book on social media, in the hope that it could help her track down Alexis.</p> <p>“I recently picked up this book from a St Kilda Op-shop for my daughter,” she explained in her post.</p> <p>“The message just breaks my heart… if you know Alexis (Dad named Barry) I would love to return your book.”</p> <p>The post has been shared in several Facebook groups but Alexis has not yet been found.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>“As much as we love the book, we’d like to see it returned to the little girl whose dad wrote the letter,” Natalie told the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/mum-finds-tragic-handwritten-note-left-in-secondhand-book/news-story/ecf779feaad23ba2dc354ae95e5105f5" target="_blank">Herald Sun</a></em></strong></span>.</p> <p>“Any young person would treasure these words from their father.”</p>

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Barnaby Joyce set to release “warts and all” book

<p>It has been confirmed that former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is publishing a tell-all book that will be released in August.</p> <p>Yesterday, the politician disclosed on the register of interests his publishing deal with New Holland for his tell-all book called <em>Weatherboard and Iron</em>, reported <em><a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/margin-call/august-release-for-warts-and-all-barnaby-joyce-book/news-story/c6fcbcf739b80032deb814f827dafe4c" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The Australian</strong></span></a>.</em></p> <p>A New Holland spokesman confirmed the book will be released in August and will share Joyce’s account of the most controversial moments of his political and personal life.</p> <p>“The book will be a ‘warts and all’ account of his personal story and commitment to people in the bush, as well as his public stoush with actor Johnny Depp, his citizenship crisis, his resignation as the leader of the National Party (and as deputy prime minister), the inside story of the media frenzy concerning his personal life and the joy of welcoming baby Sebastian,” the publisher said.</p> <p>Joyce also dedicates a few words to his love for ‘the bush’ and other matters close to his heart.</p> <p>“I think this book gives Barnaby the chance to answer what is important to him as a politician, man, father and partner,” Joyce’s publisher Alan Whiticker said.</p> <p>“What comes through is his love of ‘the bush’, his passion for his job and yes, his concern for those closest to him. I believe his story will surprise those people who think they ‘know’ what he stands for. He’s a very good writer with a larrikin sense of humour.”</p> <p>His disclosure on the publishing deal was dated June 5 but was only processed in Parliament House yesterday.</p> <p>Earlier this month, Joyce and Vikki Campion reportedly received $150,0000 for their TV interview with Alex Cullen on Channel Seven's Sunday Night.</p> <p>Shortly after the interview aired, Joyce caught a photographer hiding in the bushes and took to Twitter to call for a tort of privacy.</p> <p>"We certainly wouldn't have done the interview if we thought it was just going to continue on, obviously it is," Joyce told Seven after the incident. </p>

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Sylvia Jeffreys blasts magazine for “marriage woes” claim

<p>Today show newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys has criticised an Australian magazine for publishing a fake story about her personal life.</p> <p>Jeffreys slammed New Idea for an article which claims she and husband Peter Stefanovic are having marriage troubles.</p> <p>"Today’s offering from the 'Fabricated Stories Based on Unflattering Papparazzi Photos' file. Why no byline?" Jeffreys wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>The 32-year-old also included the ‘poo’ emoji with her comment.</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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj39NgWgaBV/" target="_blank">A post shared by Sylvia Jeffreys (@sylviajeffreys)</a> on Jun 10, 2018 at 11:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Jeffreys also shared the paparazzi photo New Idea used in the article, which shows her and Stefanovic looking serious as they walk in public.</p> <p>The magazine’s headline reads “New Relationship Hell”, adding that the couple is “far from the throes of newlywed bliss”.</p> <p>Jeffrey’s post has received over 8,000 likes, with many fans and colleagues also poking fun at the article.</p> <p>Channel Nine’s Leila McKinnon wrote, “Youse look fab to me, soz about the marriage though.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Nine news presenter Wendy Kingston also used the poo emoji and wrote, “but the sunnies look fab xx”.</p> <p>Karl Stefanovic’s girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough also commented on the post writing: “Hahaha it’s so bad!! Don’t worry love. Our marriage is apparently off as well. Maybe we should move in together?"</p> <p>Jeffreys and Stefanovic wed last year in April during an intimate ceremony in the Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales.</p>

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Carrie Fisher’s brother reveals her one big regret

<p>Shortly before her death in December 2016, Carrie Fisher revealed for the first time in her memoir that she had a <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/2016/11/carrie-fisher-reveals-affair-with-harrison-ford-on-star-wars/">brief on-set affair with Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford</a></span>.</strong></p> <p>Carrie’s brother, Todd, has now revealed in his new book, <em>My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie</em>, that Carrie rued the day she told the public about her three-month fling, which she detailed in her own autobiography, <em>The Princess Diarist.</em></p> <p>In the book, Todd writes that his and Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, didn’t know about Carrie’s affair with Ford when she was a single 19-year-old and he was a married 33-year-old father of two.</p> <p>Todd says that Reynolds disapproved of both the affair and of Carrie’s decision to make it public.</p> <p>Carrie eventually told Reynolds: “You’re right. I shouldn’t have told that story.”</p> <p>At the time of her memoir’s release, Carrie describe their first intimate experience as clumsy.</p> <p> "I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him. He was kind," she said.</p> <p>"It was so intense," <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://people.com/movies/carrie-fisher-reveals-affair-with-harrison-ford-star-wars/?xid=socialflow_twitter_peoplemag">Fisher told People</a></strong></span> during an interview to promote the book.</p> <p>"It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."</p> <p>Carrie died in December 2016 of cardiac arrest, with Debbie passing away just a day later.</p> <p>In his book, Todd explains how he saw what happened: “The common theory about Mum’s passing was that, after losing Carrie, Debbie Reynolds died of a broken heart. Take it from the son who was there, who knew her better than anyone else on earth — that’s simply not true. Debbie Reynolds willed herself right off this planet to personally see to it that Carrie would never be alone.”</p>

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