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Who keeps the dog? Why “pet-nups” are on the rise

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With more than </span><a href="https://piaa.net.au/australian-pet-ownership-statistics/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">62 per cent of Aussie households owning pets</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, lawyers have said that it’s becoming increasingly common for couples to sign pet prenups or “pet-nups” to avoid fights over who gets to keep their shared animal if the couple break up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We see this daily </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">– </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and I'm not exaggerating," Nicholas Stewart, partner at Dowson Turco Lawyers told </span><a href="https://10daily.com.au/lifestyle/life/a190418vei/aussie-couples-are-signing-petnups-to-avoid-fights-over-who-gets-to-keep-fur-babies-20190419"><span style="font-weight: 400;">10 daily</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Pets play a significant role in our lives and when a relationship breaks down all hell can break loose. I've seen really protracted and expensive legal fights over pets wherein both parties claim a special connection with the animal," he added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Australia, a prenuptial agreement is technically called a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) according to the Family Law Act. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is a legally binding financial agreement between two people who intend to marry or live together in a de facto relationship.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As much as people love their pets, they’re still considered as property under Australian pet laws and in a BFA are included with things such as clothing and furniture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In NSW, a pet can only have one registered owner and according to Stewart, those are the ones who are likely to be awarded “primary rights” to the animal, whether they want them or not.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, amending the law to give pets equal standing to children isn’t the answer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"That would clog up the courts and be an expensive cost to society," Stewart said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">People are looking to get BFA’s to ensure their pet goes to the right person, despite the cost. A BFA costs $5,000 to $10,000, but fighting out pet custody in court will cost more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I have seen people go to great monetary lengths to keep their pets," Stewart said.</span></p>

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How the royal births have changed throughout the years

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Giving birth is an intimate, personal and life-changing event, but it wasn’t always that way for members of the Royal family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the United Kingdom’s oldest institution have lived by rules, regulations and protocols that members of the Royal Family are expected to follow rigorously, including from how you speak, how you dress, even down to how you wave, it should come as no surprise that there are protocols for giving birth as well.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The world has seen many interesting royal traditions come and go when it surrounds the Royal family. Here are just a few.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Queen Victoria, who hated being pregnant and that “an ugly baby is a very nasty object – and the prettiest is frightful when undressed,” according to </span><a href="https://www.historyextra.com/period/victorian/queen-victorias-children/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">History Extra</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was about to change everything surrounding childbirth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Queen Victoria gave birth to her first child, she wasn’t allowed anaesthetics (ouch!). She also gave birth in a room that was packed full of witnesses, including ladies-in-waiting, midwives, servants and doctors, according to </span><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/royals/british-royal-family/royal-births-55065"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Guardian</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, after giving birth to her second and third child, Queen Victoria made sure that she was administered a form of drug called chloroform to lessen the pain. She also ruled that just the Home Secretary be required as a witness at the birth of a royal heir instead of Ministers and Privy Counsellors attending the birth. This was done in 1894.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The tradition carried on until the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. When Queen Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles, she was in labour for 30 hours, which ended in a caesarean. Following tradition, the Queen opted for a home birth, which is how all four children were delivered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Charles and Princess Diana announced the arrival of Prince William, Diana decided to forgo the traditional homebirth and deliver in a hospital. She was also induced due to the widespread interest of the baby, which is definitely a long way from not being able to have drugs whilst giving birth like Queen Victoria.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Diana was also the first Princess to make a new royal tradition, which was the royal baby photo call. As she stepped outside of the Lindo Wing with husband Prince Charles, this was the photo that birthed a new tradition. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Duchess Catherine gave birth in 2013 and welcomed Prince George into the world, she followed in her late mother-in-law’s  footsteps with the traditional photo out the front of St Mary’s Lindo Wing. Duchess Catherine and Prince William would do the same for the birth of their other two children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duchess of Sussex completely forgoed tradition, and chose to keep the birth of Baby Archie private until they, as a family, spent time with the new bub. Choosing to reveal their first-born within the walls of Windsor Castle.</span></p>

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The heartwarming moment the internet reunites a woman with her dying mother

<p>Reddit is an internet forum where people are able to post questions and reply anonymously via a username.</p> <p>Here is where beautiful things happen.</p> <p>Alex West replied to a Reddit thread where people were asked to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/bgpq3j/whats_the_most_personal_thing_youre_willing_to/" target="_blank">share a personal story.</a></p> <p>Many were quick to reply, detailing their lives and deep personal secrets that they felt like they couldn’t share with anyone else.</p> <p>Alex shared her story, revealing that her mother, Barbara “Bobbi” West was suffering from renal cancer and was in her final days. However, Alex was unable to go see her as she couldn’t afford it.</p> <p>“My mum is dying in hospice care and I feel guilty every day I’m not sitting there by her side,” West explained on the thread.</p> <p>“But I have $1.32 in my account and can’t afford to be with her (I live 13 hours away).”</p> <p>Alex also explained that she was unable to hear her mother’s voice and talk to her on the phone as there was no phone in Barbara’s hospice room. Due to her condition, Barbara is unable to leave her bed to reach a phone in a wheelchair.</p> <p>“So I’m kind of just waiting around for the phone call and get a sinking feeling in my heart whenever my phone rings,” Alex added.</p> <p>Fellow forum users, or Redditors, left messages of support on Alex’s post, with some offering to help out with money to pay for her flight to see her mother.</p> <p>The flight and dates just happened to coincide with Mother’s Day.</p> <p>Due to the overwhelming generosity of strangers, Alex received $1,325 USD from users, and she was able to book a flight from Colorado, where she lives, to St. Louis in Missouri to visit her mother.</p> <p>The money was also used to cover the cost of a rental car, hotel and food.</p> <p>Alex spoke about the generosity to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/fernandoalfonso/2019/05/11/reddit-just-helped-a-woman-spend-one-last-mothers-day-with-her-dying-mom/#1eaece6e69a7" target="_blank">Forbes</a>.</em></p> <p>"I think this says a lot about the kindness and the humanity in the reddit community,” she explained. “Yes, there will always be negative people.</p> <p>"But the good far outweighs the bad and without this platform, I wouldn't have been able to be reunited with my mother before she passed.</p> <p>“I am forever grateful to this community and it will always have a special place in my heart."</p>

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Prince Harry gushes over baby Archie: “Can’t imagine life” without him

<p>Prince Harry has revealed what life as a father has been like since the arrival of his first-born Archie.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex paid a visit to local residents at the Barton Neighbourhood Centre in Oxford, where he said that he can’t imagine a life without his son.</p> <p>The 34-year-old was met with plenty of well-wishers, all eager to know more about the newborn.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2019051473024/prince-harry-gives-meghan-markle-mum-update/" target="_blank"><em>Hello!</em></a>, Mrs Sheikh said that she asked the Prince about his son.</p> <p>“I asked him how Archie was, and he said he is doing well,” she said. “I asked him if Meghan was well and he said, ‘Yes, she is fine.'”</p> <p>Others were told of the sleepless nights he was facing from Harry himself.</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/Bxcqa2dJHEO/" 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/Bxcqa2dJHEO/" target="_blank">Today, The Duke of Sussex visited Oxford to highlight the positive work being done in the city for young children, disabled people and the community at large. The Duke started his day meeting young patients at the Oxford Children’s Hospital. In 2016 at the @WellChild Awards, The Duke promised awardee Mikayla Beames he would visit her at hospital. Today, HRH was able to fulfill that promise and spend time with Mikayla and other patients and their families, along with the some of the extraordinary staff and teachers in the Hospital School who are on hand to support the young patients as they continue their studies whilst in hospital. Afterwards, The Duke of Sussex, in celebration of its 30th year, re-opened the OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, a facility first opened by his mother, Diana Princess of Wales in 1989. His Royal Highness felt honoured to pay tribute to her work and meet some of the people his mother met 30 years ago. This centre supports people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise – an area The Duke is particularly passionate about. HRH has seen the transformative effect sports, teamwork and exercise can have on people, not just physically but also for their mental fitness. The Duke’s final stop was at Barton Neighbourhood Centre to see the work of Thrive Teams, an initiative that supports at risk youth with access to education and employment. The Barton Centre includes a cafe, doctor’s office, sports hall, local police centre and food bank. The team there save nearly one tonne of food per day from being wasted and whip up some incredible meals for those that can’t afford to sustain themselves. Serving as a hub for this close-knit community, where 1 in 4 grow up in child poverty, this centre truly is a lifeline for its roughly 5,000 residents, but also an example of what can be achieved when we all come together.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on May 14, 2019 at 8:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>When presented with posters from school children, the royal said that he looks forward to reading them at “4 o’clock in the morning” when his son is wide awake.</p> <p>The Duke also took a trip to Oxford Children’s Hospital and spoke to Amy Scullard, a mother-of-two, who was cradling her 10-week-old daughter.</p> <p>Presumably looking for advice from someone experienced, Harry had asked if her daughter was over her grumpy period which occurs throughout the first 10 weeks.</p> <p>“He said he’s getting used to the baby and how Archie has fitted into family life,” said Ms Scullard. “He said he just feels part of the family and he can’t imagine life without his son.”</p> <p>Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6.</p>

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The pet combinations that are most likely to hate each other

<p>These animal behaviour experts know which animals won't pair up and how to help the ones that can live peacefully in your animal kingdom.</p> <p><strong>Predator-prey relationships</strong></p> <p>Caring for the goldfish your kid won at the school carnival is fairly easy unless you have a curious cat waiting with a jar of tarter sauce nearby. It's not the cat's fault.</p> <p>But you should definitely keep natural instincts in mind before pairing up different species of pets.</p> <p>“Typically, in pairing we commonly stress predator-prey relationships in multi-species pairings. However, this is not always a factor,” states Brian W. Ogle, assistant professor and program coordinator, Anthrozoology at Beacon College Leesburg, Florida.</p> <p>“Early exposure during an animal's critical development period can greatly impact their ability to socialize.”</p> <p>For example, Dr. Ogle has two cats that live harmoniously with a rabbit.</p> <p>“This is only successful because my cats were exposed to rabbits as kittens and have grown up with them. Reinforcement of positive behaviors were critical.”</p> <p><strong>Different breeds of fish</strong></p> <p>That cute goldfish prefers a specific habitat that may not jibe with another type of fish.</p> <p>An animals' habitat plays a huge role in determining if animals can co-exist, especially in the case of fish and reptiles.</p> <p>Habitats aren't just about who gets the bigger rock to hide under, but things like natural history, eating patterns, and food types.</p> <p>For example, the cichlid fish should only be housed in cichlid communities, and you must know where the little guy comes from before introducing him to another cichlid.</p> <p>“For example, Lake Tanganyika cichlids can only be housed with other cichlids of the same area of origin. The different varieties of these cichlids each have their own unique habitat requirement,” says Dr. Ogle.</p> <p>Look for fish labeled 'community' for your aquarium as they do well in groups.</p> <p>However, caution is advised when joining fish that are labeled 'aggressive' or 'semi-aggressive' labelled fish.</p> <p><strong>Different breeds of bird</strong></p> <p>Some animals have distinctions that aren't easily detectable at first glance.</p> <p>Birds, for example, seem very similar, with the exception of their colorful plumage.</p> <p>Yet, each species has different habitats and unless you're an experienced bird owner and have the space and capability, Dr. Ogle says don't mix birds of different feathers.</p> <p>Yes, Polly does want a cracker but he's not sharing it with a canary.</p> <p><strong>Farm animals</strong></p> <p>Farm living often renders bucolic images of foals frolicking and cows grazing peacefully in lush green meadows.</p> <p>That's because farmer Mc Donald knows that some species don't play nice in the barnyard.</p> <p>“A surprising combination that does not work well together for most pet owners are ducks and chickens,” says Dr. Ogle.</p> <p>“They require vastly different habitats and physical needs.” </p> <p>Another odd couple is the rooster and drake (male duck). They can be aggressive in a flock.</p> <p>“Turkeys and chickens also have to be managed carefully. The main concern here is a parasitic infection known as blackhead disease,” says Dr. Ogle.</p> <p>As far as livestock goes, donkeys aren't too keen on dogs and need to be introduced to each other carefully. </p> <p><strong>Reptiles and amphibians</strong></p> <p>Reptiles and amphibians are in the herps family but not all should share a table at the family reunion.</p> <p>Some reptiles carry bacterial diseases that are usually harmless to them but could be harmful to another species.</p> <p>“This is especially true for animals that come from very different areas of the world and live in very different climates,” says Dr. Ogle.</p> <p>“It is not recommended mixing animals that do not naturally exist in the wild or share similar requirements in regard to climate, space and nutrition.”</p> <p>Reptiles have a difficult time communicating with other animals that don't share their communication methods.</p> <p>This results in unnecessary stress for both animals trying to coexist.</p> <p>“For example, you could not easily house an iguana with a desert tortoise due to their vastly different environmental needs. The same would go for a bearded dragon and tree frogs.”</p> <p><strong>Toxic animals</strong></p> <p>Some popular amphibians like the fire-belly toad and fire salamander produce a toxin that can be harmful to other amphibians or reptiles.</p> <p>“Even if the other animal does not attempt to eat their roommates, the build-up of toxins in the habitat can impact the other animal,” warns Dr. Ogle.</p> <p>Toxins from other animals isn't your only worry. Your backyard could contain toxins harmful to dogs as well.</p> <p><strong>Choose wisely</strong></p> <p>“When choosing to pair pets together in the same home, or as I like to call it 'building your pack' it's important to develop a strong understanding of your pets' personality traits such as focus characteristics, social style and experience level,” says Jessica O'Neill, canine behavior specialist and inventor of the JWalker dog harness. </p> <p>O'Neil recommends starting with one pet and creating a clear profile of that pet.</p> <p>Of course, that will take a bit of time so you can observe how your pet lives in his or her environment. Is your pet focused on their environment, the pack, you, social interaction, or a combination of these things? What is their social style? Are they high-strung, rough, calm, nervous, distant, etc.? What is your pet's experiences with other animals been like? There's a lot of information to collect.</p> <p>Some animals just can't be roommates based on natural factors but if you are thinking of pairing a cat and a dog, for example, certain skills and styles will complement each other and some will be a bad match.</p> <p>“For instance, pairing an introvert, environment-focused cat with a social, rough playing dog will not likely be an easy combination. Whereas a pairing a tolerant, owner-focused dog with balanced social skills and a young social dog with a rough play style may help prove to be an excellent combination,” says O'Neill.</p> <p>Even if the two animals become best buds, they will still require their own 'safe' place to retreat from each other.</p> <p>“Treat each pet as an individual as well as a member of the pack,” advises O'Neill.</p> <p><strong>Introducing your pets</strong></p> <p>Introducing unfamiliar animals to each other isn't something that should be done hastily.</p> <p>In fact, the animals shouldn't even meet face-to-face until they accustomed to each other's scents.</p> <p>“Keep the animals in separate rooms where they can smell one another, but cannot make physical contact. Once they feel comfortable in the space for some time, switch the two animals,” says Dr. Ogle.</p> <p>Now, the animals can become more familiar with the other animals scent without making physical contact. Do this as many times as possible. The goal is for the animals to appear nonreactive to the other animal's presence. Next step, is to introduce them through a barrier. A closed bathroom door allows the animals to smell each other and interact with limitations. If that process goes well, use a gate or cage, depending on the size of the animal.</p> <p>“Once the two animals have successfully been introduced, it is important to redirect any negative or aggressive behaviors and continuously reward positive behaviors,” instructs Dr. Ogle.</p> <p>“Your home should also be designed in a way that each of the animals have their own space that is theirs alone. This will allow them to retreat when necessary, but engage with the others on their own terms.”</p> <p><em>Written by Lisa Marie Conklin. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/pet-combinations-are-most-likely-hate-each-other"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. 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Here’s what dogs see when they watch television

<p>Dog owners often notice their pets watching televisions, computer screens and tablets. But what is going on in their pooch’s head? Indeed, by tracking their vision using similar methods used on humans, research has found that domestic dogs do prefer certain images and videos.</p> <p>This research indicates that dogs have a preference towards watching other canines – but our studies have also discovered that sound often initially attracts dogs towards television and other devices. Favoured sounds include dogs barking and whining, people giving dog-friendly commands and praise, and the noise of toys squeaking.</p> <p>How dogs watch TV is very different to the way humans do, however. Instead of sitting still, dogs will often approach the screen to get a closer look, and walk repeatedly between their owner and the television. They are essentially fidgety, interactive viewers.</p> <p>What dogs can see on the screen is also different to humans. Dogs have dichromatic vision – they have two types of colour receptor cells and see colour within two spectrums of light: blue and yellow. The use of colour within media is very important for dogs and explains why canine TV channel, DogTV prioritises these colours in its programming. Dogs’ eyes are also more sensitive to movement and vets suspect that the improved flicker rate that has come from the shift from standard to high definition television has allowed dogs to better perceive media shown on TV.</p> <p><strong>But do they enjoy it?</strong></p> <p>Multiple screens have also been used in research to see whether dogs can pick what to watch. Early research has shown that when presented with three screens, dogs are unable to decide, instead preferring to watch one screen no matter what is on it. This has still to be tested with two screens, and possibly more than three.</p> <p>While science has shown that dogs can engage with television and that they prefer certain programmes, it has yet to delve into the complex question of whether they actually enjoy it. We as humans will often watch distressing footage or videos that make us feel a range of emotions, from distress to anger and horror. It’s not always because it makes us feel good. We just don’t know whether similar factors motivate dogs to watch.</p> <p>What a dog does engage with, however, differs from dog to dog, depending on their personality, experience and preference. This is speculated to be influenced by what their owner watches, with dogs <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982211013935">following their human’s gaze</a> and other communication signals, such as gestures and head turns.</p> <p>Dogs, unlike humans, will also often have very <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1071581916300611">short interactions, often under three seconds</a>, with the media, preferring to glance at the TV rather than focus on it like humans. Research has found that even with media specifically designed for dogs, they will still <a href="http://bit.ly/2bXeDkX">spend the majority of their time watching nothing at all</a>. The ideal television for dogs, therefore, should contain lots of snippets rather than long storytelling scenarios.</p> <p>But while dogs have their own TV channel, and have been shown to prefer to watch other dogs through short interactions with specially coloured programmes, many mysteries remain. Nevertheless, technology has the potential to provide entertainment for domestic canines, improving the welfare of dogs left home alone and in kennels. Just don’t expect a doggie version of the Radio Times just yet.</p> <p><em>Written by Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/heres-what-dogs-see-when-they-watch-television-65000"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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The new ingredient in peanut butter that could be deadly to your dogs

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Peanut butter has been a long-time treat for dogs around the world, but a new ingredient located in some brands of peanut butter could put a stop to this.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As dogs are clever and know that you’re trying to give them tablets, peanut butter is often used to disguise medication that they often need to take.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The surge in popularity of high-protein, low-sugar “health” products has seen a rise in artificial ingredients being used. One ingredient is xylitol, which is a natural sweetener lower in calories than sugar.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sydney-based vet Bill Ilkin told </span><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/new-peanut-butter-ingredient-prove-deadly-dogs-062247137.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yahoo News</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that while this ingredient might be good for those watching their waistlines, it could prove fatal for your dogs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Excessive amounts are deadly, but most people aren’t feeding their dogs excessive amounts of peanut butter,” Dr Ilkin said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Some people will wrap the dogs pills in peanut butter but they normally use a small amount.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Jade Norris, veterinarian at RSPCA NSW, has agreed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Xylitol can kill dogs and therefore pet owners must ensure dogs do not have access to xylitol or xylitol-containing products,” Dr Norris said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Xylitol is a sweetener found in some products such as some sugar-free chewing gum, lollies, baking goods, peanut butter, toothpaste and many other products.”</span></p> <p><strong>What to do if your dog eats xylitol</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If your pet dog has ingested xylitol or you just suspect they may have ingested xylitol take them to your veterinarian immediately as xylitol ingestion is a life-threatening emergency. Just a small amount of xylitol can kill a dog.” Dr Norris explained.</span></p>

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Whoops! Did Prince George reveal royal baby Archie's name months ago?

<p>Prince George is known for being cheeky, but when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed the name of their newborn baby boy, it had people thinking back.</p> <p>After all, the Prince had given away that name months ago.</p> <p>Baby Sussex’s name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, but Prince George claimed that as a nickname for himself a few months ago in January.</p> <p>All the way back in January, a woman revealed to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6636903/Im-called-Archie-Playful-Prince-George-reveals-nickname-stunned-dogwalker.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a> about how she ran into Prince George while walking her dog, where he revealed that he has a nickname for himself. It just so happened to be Archie.</p> <p>"Just to be friendly, I engaged in a bit of small talk, and I asked George what his name was, even though obviously I knew it," the woman told the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p>"To my astonishment, he said, 'I'm called Archie,' with a big smile on his face. I don't know why he calls himself Archie, but kids often play with their names, and I think it's lovely."</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/BuDyzTEBtHo/" 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/BuDyzTEBtHo/" target="_blank">I was reminded of this engagement at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2016 yesterday - So sweet! Swipe right to see what they are looking at.....Clue; at the time his Dad used to fly one! #RAF #Dukeofcambridge #princegeorge #modernmonarchy #royal</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/chrisjacksongetty/" target="_blank"> Chris Jackson</a> (@chrisjacksongetty) on Feb 19, 2019 at 2:02am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>There were murmurs that Harry and Meghan knew the gender of their baby before the 37-year-old gave birth. </span></p> <p>Maybe Prince George heard the Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussing baby names in the lead-up to their new son arriving?</p> <p><span>With Archie making his debut to the world, he’s definitely fitting into the land of the royals.</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/BxNBHHchfUM/" 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/BxNBHHchfUM/" target="_blank">Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on May 8, 2019 at 6:34am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Prince Harry and Meghan share first pics of Baby Sussex – and his adorable name!

<p>It’s the moment everyone has been eagerly waiting for: The first pics and name of newborn Baby Sussex.</p> <p>Ever since news broke in October that Duchess Meghan was pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s first child, bets on the gender and potential name started taking place.</p> <p>The royal couple chose a somewhat unconventional name for a royal offspring, naming their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>The pair took to Instagram to introduce baby Archie to the world, followed by a heartwarming photograph of great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, looking positively ecstatic as they met the two-day-old baby boy.</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/BxNBHHchfUM/" 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/BxNBHHchfUM/" target="_blank">Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on May 8, 2019 at 6:34am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The name took the world by surprise, as British oddsmakers’ were expecting a more traditional moniker such as Arthur, James, Philip or Albert.</p> <p>But despite the contemporary name, it’s clear the new parents took their time to think about their decision, as Archie is a shortened version of Archibald, which means genuine and bold. Using a nickname as the child’s first name paid tribute to Meghan’s American roots, as it’s more casual and laidback.</p> <p>The baby’s middle name, Harrison, dates back to the Middle Ages and simply means “son of Harry”.</p> <p>The surname Mountbatten-Windsor is the family surname and belongs to all children and descendants of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their first-born to the world on Wednesday in St. George’s Hall. Harry cradled his son while Meghan beamed beside him, wearing a white sleeveless dress by British designer Grace Wales Bonner.</p> <p>“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” said Meghan.</p> <p>“He has the sweetest temperament,” she went on to say. “He’s really calm”.</p> <p>Harry then cheekily added: “I don’t know where he gets that from!”</p> <p>When asked who the baby takes after, the 37-year-old said: “We’re still trying to figure that out.”</p> <p>Harry then said: “Everyone says babies change so much over two weeks. We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month, really. His looks are changing every single day, so who knows?”</p> <p>And when it comes to parenting, Harry said: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”</p> <p>Meghan concluded the special moment by saying: “Thank you everyone for all the well wishes and the kindness. It means so much.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the heartwarming photos of the Sussex family.</p>

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Roger Federer's surprising family confession: "They really test me"

<p>The Swiss champion is known to remain cool and collected even in the worst of times, but Roger Federer has revealed the one thing that makes him angry.</p> <p>“My children. They really test me. I handle it well because I am a player, sportsman, but I cannot have a poker face as if nothing happened,” he said in an interview to <em>El Pais</em>.</p> <p>“You care about them and when you care about someone, emotions get involved. For the good and bad, there is no boring time with children.”</p> <p>And when it comes to popularity, the 37-year-old has kept his head firmly on his shoulders, making sure the love doesn’t get to his head.</p> <p>"It's not our fault,” he said.</p> <p>“It depends on who you are and where you come from. It's important to know what your roots are, who are your real friends, and while you go through the process you can make mistakes especially if you are young. You suddenly see yourself being surrounded by agents, sponsor's agreements, money.</p> <p>“That may influence your character and your relationship with family and friends. It's a complicated stage and the best thing is to get good advice. But we live a bit in a bubble. It's important to recognize that all this is a bit unreal but sometimes it's real and for me, it's nice to go out there."</p> <p>He also touched on receiving compliments, with many praising the athlete for his elegant form when on the court.</p> <p>"In the sports, we love the adjectives, but it's nothing new. You accept them with a smile. I think that keeping the one-handed backhand helps a lot on this aspect,” he said.</p> <p>“If you speak of one-handed backhand players, you say they are elegant, and if it adds the success I had, I would say that I am one of the most elegant guys between the one-handed backhands. The elegance can become a style that you represent on tour, also off the court, your way to speak...</p> <p>“If they think that I am elegant, that's a big achievement, because I try to be a good ambassador of the sport. I try to be a good father, husband, citizen; I try to do well with my foundation, help others, being an inspiration and motivation.</p> <p>“If you reflect deeper on the word, that means much more. I look back at it and I see myself as a bridge between the old and new generation. It's luck for me. I am the only one who was in the 1999 French Open draw and this year I will be back there, 20 years after."</p>

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The first Australian state to make gender optional on birth certificates

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tasmania has made history and become the first Australian jurisdiction to make gender optional on birth certificates.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The controversial reforms were passed after the casting vote of Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey, who crossed the floor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is not a win for any political party, rather it grants dignity to the transgender community,” Ms Hickey said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The laws remove the requirement for transgender people to have sexual reassignment surgery in order to have a new gender recognised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The state government initially opposed the bill when it was first put forward by Labor and the Greens in 2018, saying that it would have unintended consequences.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Premier Will Hodgman said in a statement: </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This legislation has ignored the views of Tasmanians and eminent legal stakeholders who have raised concerns and pointed out that there has been no opportunity to undertake a full review of what is being proposed and how it impacts on other statutes,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is highly likely the parliament will need to fix up problems with the legislation.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Australian Christian Lobby said that the removal of gender on birth certificates was ignoring biological truths and Prime Minister Scott Morrison last year labelled the push to remove gender from birth certificates as “ridiculous”.</span></p>

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The unearthed interview that reveals the Duchess of Sussex’s true intentions

<p>Royal fans all over the world are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child together.</p> <p>Excitingly enough, an unearthed interview has resurfaced which suggests we can expect a lot more Sussex tots trailing around Frogmore Cottage in the coming years.</p> <p>In 2014, Duchess Meghan, when she was simply Meghan Markle, told in an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.thebrew.me/be-inspired-meghan-markle/" target="_blank"><em>The Brew</em></a> that she wanted to have several children.</p> <p>“I dream of being a mom [sic] with wee ones running around my house,” she said.</p> <p>At the time of the interview, the 37-year-old Duchess had just split from her first husband, Trevor Engelson.</p> <p>However, the heartache that comes with breakups certainly did not deter the royal member for hoping for a big family.</p> <p>While we all wait for the impending baby announcement from the royal family in our frantic impatience, royal insiders say the Duchess is feeling “comfortable and content” in her and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage home.</p> <p>An alleged friend of the glowing mum-to-be told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a27357805/meghan-markle-royal-baby-wait/" target="_blank"><em>BAZAAR.com</em></a> that although the royal baby is overdue, she has “got this” and is enjoying every moment she has of her pregnancy.</p> <p>“Meg is with the most important people in her life … she’s calm,” the insider shared.</p> <p>The last few months of the Duchess’ pregnancy has been a whirlwind, with many rumours suggesting she has already given birth to the first Sussex baby.</p> <p>Last month, ahead of the arrival of the tiny tot, the couple announced they would be keeping the first moments of baby's arrival private.</p> <p>Royal fans all over have flocked to the gates of Windsor, waiting to welcome the royal baby for themselves.</p>

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Study reveals 1 in 5 Aussies miss their pets over their children when on holiday

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">from their beloved pets and found that nearly one in 10 Aussies have cried whilst being away from their pets because they miss them so much.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The survey was conducted by house and pet sitting service </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">TrustedHousesitters</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, who also found out that nearly one in five parents miss their animals more than their own children when they’re away from home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nearly 50 per cent of pet owners worry about their pets missing them when they’re away, and one in three are concerned that their pet isn’t getting enough love or attention when they’re gone.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tim Lyons, CEO of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">TrustedHousesitters</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, said that the parental guilt of leaving pets behind is a factor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a sad fact that many Aussie pet owners struggle to switch off because they worry about their pet. No pet owner should have to feel guilty about enjoying the cultural and culinary experiences travel affords us because their pet can’t join the fun,” said Tim. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While it is hard not to worry about an animal that is essentially part of the family, having a caring and trusted sitter taking care of the pets in their own home can help people feel less guilty.” </span></p>

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Surprising new frontrunner: The unexpected name for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's baby

<p>The first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is arriving anytime now, and the speculation surrounding the royal baby’s name has been heating up as an unexpected candidate emerges as a frontrunner.</p> <p>In recent weeks, names such as Diana, Elizabeth and Alice (after Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Alice) have dominated betting lists around the world. However, a new unexpected name has quickly climbed up to the top: Grace.</p> <p>The name is popularised by the late Princess of Monaco and former actress Grace Kelly, whose journey to royalty mirrored that of Duchess Meghan.</p> <p>While the gender of the baby is yet to be confirmed, betting sites such as Sportsbet.com.au have seen more gamblers backing girls’ names than boys’ names.</p> <p>Another unconventional name among the frontrunners is Allegra, which is Italian for “cheerful” or “joyous”.</p> <p>Alex Apati of Ladbrokes told <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-prince-harry-royal-baby-name-allegra/?did=372870-20190430&amp;utm_campaign=people-news_newsletter&amp;utm_source=people.com&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=043019&amp;cid=372870&amp;mid=20606968105" target="_blank"><em>PEOPLE</em></a> that he also found the rising popularity of the name to be unexpected. </p> <p>“We’re scratching our heads as to why we’ve seen so much interest in Allegra, but the bets are coming in thick and fast and it’s been by far the most popular pick of the month with punters,” he said.</p> <p>According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6972341/Meghan-Harry-baby-Italian-Allegra.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>, Allegra was a favourite of the late Princess Diana, who wanted to use the name on her own child if she had given birth to a girl.</p> <p>However, Diana remains the most popular choice among bookers with the odds being as low as 4-1.</p> <p>For the most popular boys’ name, Arthur takes the top spot, followed by Edward, James and Charles.</p> <p>While observers expect Baby Sussex to arrive soon, the birth plans have been kept private. “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,” a statement released by Buckingham Palace read.</p> <p>“The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”</p>

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RSPCA’S rehoming program gives peace of mind to worried pet parents

<p>For Susan Koleda and her husband, their West Highland Terriers are more than dogs. They consider the two of them, Bonnie and Chloe, their “fur children”. </p> <p>But they’re reaching a time in life where they need to think about the future, about all those uncertainties that tend to accompany getting older. What will happen to their home? Their belongings? Their dogs?</p> <p>“My biggest fear is that if something happens to us, they won’t be looked after in the way that they are used to,” Susan told RSPCA NSW.</p> <p>So, in order to dispel that worry, Susan signed up for the RSPCA NSW Home Ever After program.</p> <p>The program aims to rehome the pets of people who have passed away or become permanently incapacitated, ensuring they’re looked after and cared for well into the future.</p> <p>The Home Ever After process begins with a preliminary interview with the owner to create a pet profile. Our team endeavours to learn everything there is to know – which toys are their favourite, preferred treats, sleeping habits, whether they like to be scratched behind the ear – all the things only a doting parent would know after years of love and care. </p> <p>Then, in the event that the owner is no longer able to care for their pets, the Home Ever After team springs into action. They collect the pets and take them into the care of RSPCA NSW. They are then rehomed with an appropriate family using all the information provided by the owner, ensuring the pets retain all the things they are accustomed to. The Home Ever After team also keeps in touch with the adoptive family to make sure everything is running smoothly.</p> <p>“<u>W</u>hen pet owners enrol in the program, they are safeguarding their pet’s future by creating their next forever home with the knowledge of the person who knows them best,” Home Ever After Coordinator Maria Natera said. “The program may never be needed but it’s so important to be prepared just in case it ever is.”</p> <p>The RSPCA doesn’t ask for payment for this service but asks supporters to consider leaving a gift in their Will, so they can continue its vital work helping animals in need around the state.</p> <p>“You know their vet history and their special personalities,” Susan said. “It just gives me great peace of mind knowing that I now have a plan in place, and my girls will be placed in a loving home if I am no longer able to look after them.”</p> <p>If you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “If something happens to me, what will happen to my pet?”, <a href="https://www.rspcansw.org.au/what-we-do/home-ever-after/">Home Ever After</a> is able to provide an answer.</p>

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Prince Harry surprises fans and leaves BIG clue about Baby Sussex's arrival

<p>Prince Harry has surprised fans with an appearance at the London Marathon.</p> <p>Many thought that he would be at home with Duchess Meghan, awaiting the arrival of Baby Sussex, but were delighted by the popular royal's appearance.</p> <p>The Prince couldn’t contain his joy as he attended the marathon, which was a surprise even to him as to whether he could attend.</p> <p>A spokesperson from the Palace told <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/prince-harry-cheers-on-london-marathon-runners-meghan-markle-due-date-imminent/" target="_blank">People</a>:</p> <p>“He had always planned to go but with the birth of his child due it was not announced in advance in case he was no longer able to attend. He was pleased he was able to attend.”</p> <p>The appearance of Prince Harry at the London Marathon confirms one thing to eager fans: Baby Sussex still hasn't made their debut into the world.</p> <p>Prince Harry took to the Sussex Royal Instagram account to share some of the best photos from the day, with the caption explaining how he has been personally involved with the London Marathon since 2012 as he believes “mental fitness is absolutely crucial to… wellbeing”.</p> <p>He also congratulated those who entered the marathon, saying:</p> <p>“These runners not only set a goal for themselves personally and emotionally, but the majority of runners choose to raise money for charity.</p> <p>“It’s the perfect fusion of doing something good for yourself while doing good for others.”</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/BwzO282BOyY/" 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/BwzO282BOyY/" target="_blank">Today, The Duke of Sussex, Patron of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, attended the 2019 @LondonMarathon where he cheered on runners, thanked volunteers for their selfless support, and congratulated the winners. The Duke has been Patron of the Trust since 2012 because he believes that mental fitness is absolutely crucial to our wellbeing. These runners not only set a goal for themselves personally and emotionally, but the majority of runners choose to raise money for charity. It’s the perfect fusion of doing something good for yourself while doing good for others. The joyful atmosphere created by locals, tourists, families and friends speaks to the spirit of what community is all about - supporting one another, even complete strangers. The @LondonMarathon is the biggest one-day fundraising event on the planet. This year’s Marathon will see the total raised for charity surpass a record-breaking £1 billion. So for every runner, volunteer, sponsor and member of the public that has played a part in making today a success - thanks a billion! Photo cred: PA</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Apr 28, 2019 at 6:14am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Whilst the Prince couldn’t contain his joy at attending the event, this was a sentiment felt by many who attended the marathon.</p> <p>"The joyful atmosphere created by locals, tourists, families and friends speaks to the spirit of what community is all about – supporting one another, even complete strangers," the palace statement on the Instagram post read.</p> <p>Are you excited for Baby Sussex's arrival? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The weird reality of what Baby Sussex's life will be like

<p>With the world waiting with bated breath for the announcement of Baby Sussex's arrival, who is due any day now, many have started to wonder what kind of life the newest member of the royal family will lead.</p> <p>As it’s Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first child, many are curious as to whether or not the baby will live the same life as its cousins, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 1.</p> <p>However, there are many differences between Baby Sussex and his/her royal cousins.</p> <p><strong>Non-working royal</strong></p> <p>It’s likely Baby Sussex will be in the spotlight of heavy media attention but won’t have a job working full-time for the Queen.</p> <p>This is the case for Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice. Prince Harry works full-time for the Queen, whereas Princess Beatrice is close to the throne, but not close enough for full-time jobs with the Queen.</p> <p>Beatrice’s sister Eugenie explained to <a href="https://www.teenvogue.com/story/princess-eugenie-princess-beatrice-first-joint-interview-vogue-uk"><em>Vogue</em></a><span> </span>magazine how difficult it is being a “working royal”.</p> <p>“There is no precedent, there is no protocol,” Eugenie told <em>Vogue</em> back in 2018. “We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses and doing all of this in the public eye.”</p> <p>Not being close enough to the throne to have a full-time job with the Queen could be a blessing in disguise. Royal commentator Victoria Murphy told <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8920405/eight-ways-meghan-markles-baby-different-life-george-charlotte-louis/"><em>The Sun</em></a> that Baby Sussex will have more freedom:</p> <p>“There’s no chance (Harry and Meghan’s baby) will ever be king or queen — this baby has so much more freedom than William and Kate’s children do,” she said.</p> <p>She also added they “will not be expected when they get older to carry out full-time royal duties”, meaning they can potentially “carve their own path”.</p> <p>The same can’t be said for George, Charlotte and Louis, as they will be expected to work as full-time royals throughout their lives.</p> <p><strong>Social media</strong></p> <p>Baby Sussex could have a personalised Instagram, as the same restrictions that were posed to Meghan before she was engaged to Prince Harry are unlikely to be forced on her child.</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/BwR0wNFB1KI/?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/BwR0wNFB1KI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe - from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Apr 15, 2019 at 6:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>Royal title   </strong></p> <p>Baby Sussex also won’t be born into a title, despite Prince Harry’s status as a “prince”.</p> <p>According to King George V’s 1917 decree, only the oldest son of the Prince of Wales’ oldest son (Prince William's son Prince George) was entitled to be called his royal highness (HRH) and a prince.</p> <p>In late 2012, the Queen amended the rule, declaring all of Prince William and Kate’s children would be titled HRH and either prince or princess.</p> <p>The rule currently doesn’t apply to Baby Sussex, so unless it is amended before the birth, Baby Sussex’s title will be “Lord Mountbatten-Windsor” or “Lady Mountbatten-Windsor”.</p> <p>As Prince Harry has indicated that he wants his children to live as normal lives as possible, it’s unlikely that the rule will be amended.</p>

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<p>With the world waiting with bated breath for the announcement of Baby Sussex's arrival, who is due any day now, many have started to wonder what kind of life the newest member of the royal family will lead.</p> <p>As it’s Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first child, many are curious as to whether or not the baby will live the same life as its cousins, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 1.</p> <p>However, there are many differences between Baby Sussex and his/her royal cousins.</p> <p><strong>Non-working royal</strong></p> <p>It’s likely Baby Sussex will be in the spotlight of heavy media attention but won’t have a job working full-time for the Queen.</p> <p>This is the case for Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice. Prince Harry works full-time for the Queen, whereas Princess Beatrice is close to the throne, but not close enough for full-time jobs with the Queen.</p> <p>Beatrice’s sister Eugenie explained to <a href="https://www.teenvogue.com/story/princess-eugenie-princess-beatrice-first-joint-interview-vogue-uk"><em>Vogue</em></a><span> </span>magazine how difficult it is being a “working royal”.</p> <p>“There is no precedent, there is no protocol,” Eugenie told <em>Vogue</em> back in 2018. “We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses and doing all of this in the public eye.”</p> <p>Not being close enough to the throne to have a full-time job with the Queen could be a blessing in disguise. Royal commentator Victoria Murphy told <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8920405/eight-ways-meghan-markles-baby-different-life-george-charlotte-louis/"><em>The Sun</em></a> that Baby Sussex will have more freedom:</p> <p>“There’s no chance (Harry and Meghan’s baby) will ever be king or queen — this baby has so much more freedom than William and Kate’s children do,” she said.</p> <p>She also added they “will not be expected when they get older to carry out full-time royal duties”, meaning they can potentially “carve their own path”.</p> <p>The same can’t be said for George, Charlotte and Louis, as they will be expected to work as full-time royals throughout their lives.</p> <p><strong>Social media</strong></p> <p>Baby Sussex could have a personalised Instagram, as the same restrictions that were posed to Meghan before she was engaged to Prince Harry are unlikely to be forced on her child.</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/BwR0wNFB1KI/?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/BwR0wNFB1KI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe - from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Apr 15, 2019 at 6:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>Royal title   </strong></p> <p>Baby Sussex also won’t be born into a title, despite Prince Harry’s status as a “prince”.</p> <p>According to King George V’s 1917 decree, only the oldest son of the Prince of Wales’ oldest son (Prince William's son Prince George) was entitled to be called his royal highness (HRH) and a prince.</p> <p>In late 2012, the Queen amended the rule, declaring all of Prince William and Kate’s children would be titled HRH and either prince or princess.</p> <p>The rule currently doesn’t apply to Baby Sussex, so unless it is amended before the birth, Baby Sussex’s title will be “Lord Mountbatten-Windsor” or “Lady Mountbatten-Windsor”.</p> <p>As Prince Harry has indicated that he wants his children to live as normal lives as possible, it’s unlikely that the rule will be amended.</p>

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