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

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

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More baby joy! Pippa Middleton welcomes her first child

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

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The royal rule for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's baby

<p>Now that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s big baby news has been revealed, speculation has already turned to what title it will carry when it arrives in the northern hemisphere spring in 2019.</p> <p>You may think being bestowed the HRH (His or Her Royal Highness) title would be a mere formality in the Royal family, but just over 100 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II’s father King George V limited the use of the titles, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/how-a-royal-rule-will-determine-if-meghan-and-harrys-baby-is-a-prince-or-princess/news-story/3b3f8ad43ef31c69b5d013c5e36db809" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>. Only the Monarch, the Monarch’s children and grandchildren, and the Monarch’s eldest child’s first grandson could receive HRH status.</p> <p>The rule, and Queen Elizabeth II’s discretion, will decide if the upcoming baby will be a Prince or Princess. If they are not bestowed that title they will known as a Lord or Lady with the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>If Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have a son, he will be given the title of Earl of Dumbarton, one of the titles the Queen gave her grandson on his wedding day, according to peerage guide, Debrett’s.</p> <p>But if the bouncing baby is a girl, she will carry the name</p> <p>Lady Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons, Lord Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>So technically, under King George V’s decree, none of the couple’s children could legally be a Prince or Princess. It’s only Prince William and Duchess Kate’s first born son Prince George who legitimately fits the rule. Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would otherwise be known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>But it all comes down to their great-grandmother’s discretion. The Queen made the decision to bestow the HRH titles to all of Prince William and Kate’s children in 2012. Prince George was born in 2013.</p> <p>It’s a good bet that the Queen will offer the same courtesy to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s children. They’ll probably have the surname Sussex after the title bestowed on their parents.</p> <p>The happy couple’s first born will be the seventh in line to the throne, Prince Harry is the sixth.</p> <p>Would you like Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s baby to be given an HRH title? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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6 tips to help your dog live longer

<p>Our furry friends are more like family than just mates, and it pains us terribly when they age – sometimes ungracefully.<br /><br />Tim Norris, dog healer and founder of canine myofunctional therapy (canine massage), acupuncture and dog rehabilitation service <u><a href="http://bothendsofthelead.com.au/">Both Ends of The Lead</a>,</u> walks us through how to care for an older dog to guarantee them a long and pain-free life.</p> <p><strong>1. Do not overfeed your dog</strong></p> <p>This can lead to heart disease and joint problems. Feed your dog a nutritious diet to keep them at a healthy weight.</p> <p>These are two ways you can do a ‘self-check’ on your dog to see if they are not overweight.</p> <ol> <li>Stand so that you have a view of your dog from above or over them. You should see there is an obvious waistline just behind their ribcage.</li> <li>If you are unsure, run your hands lightly down the side of your dog’s body and you should be able to feel their ribs.</li> </ol> <p>If you are still not sure if you are overfeeding your dog after doing the checks, then you should speak to your vet and get their advice.</p> <p>There are many variables that determine how much to feed your dog. If you feed them a kibble diet, then the recommended amount to feed is usually stated on the packaging.</p> <p>If you have bought your food from your local vet, then they will normally recommend how much to feed specifically for your dog.</p> <p>We are now starting to see more people feeding a natural raw diet to their dog.</p> <p>If you do decide this suits your dog better, it’s recommended you seek out a certified animal nutritionist to guide you on how much to feed and also how to balance the meals appropriately for your dog specifically.</p> <p>As your dog ages and becomes less active (just like people), it’s likely you will need to feed them a little less, otherwise you risk a range of joint issues like arthritis through overfeeding.</p> <p>If you have a dog that appears underweight, then it is advisable to check with your vet to see if there are any conditions your dog may have that is stopping them from putting on weight.</p> <p>Most pet food brands have a senior range, which will usually include more omega 3, 6 and 9 for bones and joints. Try these ideas on <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/how-care-your-ageing-pet">how to care for an ageing pet</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>2. Don't exercise your dog too much or too little</strong></p> <p>Many breeds of dogs are classed as a senior dog once they reach seven years of age, so it’s important to adapt the way you exercise them to minimise the impact on their joints and help them age more safely.</p> <p>High intensity chase games like throwing a ball can increase the risk of injury and joint problems like arthritis for senior dogs.</p> <p>The jumping, twisting and turning can put a great deal of excess strain on an older dog’s body and although many senior dogs will still enjoy chasing a ball, you should consider if this really is the most appropriate and safest way to exercise a senior dog.</p> <p><strong>3. If your dog is old, don't throw a ball too much</strong></p> <p>If you do still throw a ball for your senior dog, it’s good to spend at least five minutes warming up their muscles first.</p> <p>This can help reduce the risk of an injury for them.</p> <p>You can do this by just letting them walk at their normal speed until they are warmed up and then throw the ball along the ground, so there is no jumping or twisting for them.</p> <p>If you ever see your dog uncomfortable or slowing down when chasing the ball, this is a good time to stop.</p> <p>If they are sore after chasing a ball or stiff the next day, then it would be wise to stop throwing the ball for them and find a different way to exercise them.</p> <p><strong>4. Make sure your home is safe</strong></p> <p>If you have floor surfaces like floorboards, vinyl or tiles, these can be very slippery for an older dog, making it easy for them to fall and injure themselves.</p> <p>Placing non-slip surfaces down in areas that your dog uses heavily can help make the floors safer for your dog.</p> <p><strong>5. Use a step if your dog jumps on and off furniture</strong></p> <p>If your senior dog likes to jump up on the couch or bed, think about having a halfway step so they can get up and down easier. This will help to reduce the impact on their joints and the injury risk.</p> <p>I have treated many dogs who have damaged muscles and ligaments jumping off a bed or couch. They are very avoidable injuries, so using a halfway step or not letting them up on the furniture would certainly have helped in these situations.</p> <p>I have recently helped a 15-year-old poodle called Cino who has arthritis and damaged his leg jumping off the couch. Cino responded very well to acupuncture and massage. I also showed his owner how to massage Cino’s muscles and use a heat pack for his arthritis. The good news is that Cino is no longer in pain and his owner now has a ramp to help him get up and down off the couch.</p> <p>Another dog I worked with recently was a 10-year-old English staffy called Alfie. He tore knee ligaments jumping off the bed and I was able to help rehabilitate Alfie without the need for surgery.</p> <p>A crucial part of Alfie’s rehabilitation was the personalised home care programme I developed for Alfie’s owners to follow. This helped Alfie recover faster and get back to running the house again... but no more jumping off the bed!</p> <p>The personalised face-to-face or online home care programmes are an important service I offer. Having the owner actively involved in the process of helping rehabilitate their dog can make a huge difference to the outcome... just like it did for Alfie.</p> <p><strong>6. A calm, relaxed home can help your dog feel less stressed</strong></p> <p>Stress can affect our dogs in very similar ways to how it affects us. We can all recognise the impact stress can have on our own health. Our dogs are like sponges and will often show signs of stress when they see that their owners are stressed.</p> <p>Many dog owners testify that their dogs recognise and respond to their emotional states. So, doing all we can to minimise our own levels of stress is a great starting point to help keep our dogs calm and healthier.</p> <p>Being mindful of what your dog is exposed to in the home environment is important. Be aware of what the triggers are that stress your dog and then do all you can to minimise the impact of them if they are exposed to them.</p> <p>The key to a relaxed home environment for your dog always starts with a relaxed dog owner.</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><span><em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/6-tips-help-your-dog-live-longer?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></em></span><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><strong><em><u><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S">here’s our best subscription offer</a></u></em></strong><em>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Inside the outrageously expensive hospital where Pippa Middleton will give birth

<p>It’s the royal birth hospital of choice, and now Duchess Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews, who she married in 2017, have been spotted visiting the St Mary’s Hospital Lindo Wing, in London, reports <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a23620740/pippa-middleton-pregnant-arrives-to-hospital/" target="_blank">Harpers Bazaar</a></em>.</p> <p>Middleton, who is reportedly due to give birth to her first child this month, will follow in the footsteps of her sister who gave birth to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis there. The Lindo wing was also the place of birth for some of the most loved royals including Prince William, Prince Harry and their cousin Zara Tindall.</p> <p><img style="width: 400px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821257/pregnant-pippa-small.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ba3c614c221b4aa4869228fe2b7d7bba" /></p> <p>And with that heritage, it’s perhaps no surprise that 24 hours in a suite of the maternity wing costs a princely sum, starting at almost $AU11,000, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mamamia.com.au/pippa-middleton-baby-news/" target="_blank">MamaMia</a></em>, which compares it to a five-star resort.</p> <p>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://imperialprivatehealthcare.co.uk/our-hospitals/lindo-maternity/" target="_blank">website</a> for the Lindo wing, which opened in 1937, describes its ambience as “modern” and “homely”, with deluxe rooms and suites available “for patients who would like to take advantage of a larger space.” No doubt that will include Middleton.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/949487/Kate-Middleton-delighted-after-Pippa-Middleton-pregnant-news-Duchess-of-Cambridge-royal" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Express</em></a> reported on Middleton’s pregnancy in April, just prior to Duchess Kate giving birth to Prince Louis, with a friend saying: <span>“When Pippa found out she was pregnant, she was obviously thrilled and utterly overjoyed.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 340.667px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821254/wills-and-kate-medium.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eec58b7eb7094d298d0b880cad767c8a" /></span></p> <p>“Naturally, big sister Kate and parents, Carole and Michael were the first people she told — [husband] James aside — and they could not have been more delighted.”</p> <p>Middleton kept mum until June, according to <em>Harpers Bazaar</em>, confirming the couple’s happy news, writing about the effect exercise has had on her pregnancy in a column for <em>Waitrose Weekend.</em></p> <p>"I've noticed my body change but through exercise I feel it's being strengthened," she wrote.</p> <p>The expectant mum has reportedly chosen not to find out the sex of the baby, with her brother-in-law Spencer Matthews saying the couple are “extremely private and honestly, we know nothing."</p> <p>What would you do with $11,000? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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What Prince Philip is really like as a grandfather

<p>Queen Elizabeth II may be the head of the Commonwealth, but it’s her husband, Prince Philip who has remained the family’s strongest support.</p> <p>While it is rare to see the Prince interacting with his grandchildren in a public setting, especially after his retirement, that is not to say that his relationship with his family members isn’t strong. It is said that Prince Philip values his role as a father, grandfather and now great-grandfather above anything else.</p> <p>Matt Smith, who famously played the role of Prince Philip in the highly acclaimed Netflix series <em>The Crown</em> said that upon meeting Prince William and asking for advice on playing his grandfather, the Duke of Cambridge responded with very few words, saying: “Just one word – legend.”</p> <p>The royal couple share eight grandchildren together: Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.</p> <p>And while Prince William made his admiration for his grandfather known, he is not the only one to praise him, as Philip’s other grandchildren have also expressed their love for him.</p> <p>“I think Grandpa is incredible,” said Princess Eugenie in a 2016 documentary, <em>Our Queen at Ninety</em>. </p> <p>“He really is strong and consistent. He’s been there for all these years, and I think he’s the rock, you know, for all of us.”</p> <p>Author of <em>The Diana Chronicles</em>, Tina Brown wrote in her book: “A member of the Balmoral staff noted that Prince Philip, who had effectively lost his own mother at the age of 10 when she was committed for three years to an asylum in Switzerland, was brilliantly effective with his grandsons, offering them gruff tenderness and outdoor activities like stalking and hiking to tire them out.”</p> <p>She also looked back at the time of Princess Diana’s death, and said Prince Philip played a crucial role in the healing of Prince William and Prince Harry in 1997.</p> <p>According to Brown, Prince William was not in the right emotional state of mind to walk in the cortege at his mother’s funeral, but with the support of his grandfather, he changed his mind.</p> <p>It is reported that Philip said to William, “If I walk, will you walk with me?” and he did.</p> <p>In a recent display of affection, Prince Philip decided to attend his grandson, Prince Harry’s wedding to the now Duchess of Sussex in May, even though he went through a hip replacement surgery only a few weeks prior to the occasion.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/celebrities/news/a22736656/prince-philip-relationship-with-grandchildren/" target="_blank"><em>Harper’s Bazaar</em></a> spoke to a former royal reporter, Philip Dampier, who said: “He has taught them [his grandchildren] many things from his own experiences, telling them not to worry about the press too much as ‘it will be tomorrow’s fish and chip paper’.”</p> <p>“Philip has made more than 5000 speeches in his royal career and he has tips on how to do them. His door is always open if any of his grandchildren want advice on any subject.”</p>

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The life-changing lesson Turia Pitt has learnt since becoming a mum

<p>Turia Pitt is known to never slow down. As a woman driven by the thought of making her next move better than her last, a life changing event has taught her to take each day as it comes.</p> <p>She’s a survivor, after making it through the terrifying fire that caused severe burns across 65 per cent of her body and which didn’t change her outlook on life. Then there was competing in different marathons across the country – even while pregnant.</p> <p>But the athlete recently welcomed a baby boy into the world, her 10-month-old son Hakavai, and now that he’s her priority, Pitt has rethought her philosophy.</p> <p>“I no longer have any desire to do an Ironman,” Pitt told lifestyle magazine<span> </span><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/how-turia-pitt-is-back-on-track-after-giving-birth/news-story/8646541de13b0fe05c6c998282507cc8"><em>Stellar</em></a>. “Having a baby has changed me and when you become a mum you quickly realise your whole life fits in around your kids.”</p> <p>She became famous after she was labelled an inspiration for her strength through the tragedy that occurred while running an ultra-marathon in 2011. And while she is known for her resilience, she says that motherhood hasn’t reduced her passion or drive but has repurposed it.</p> <p>“I don’t want to be out running for five hours straight,” she said. “I know how precious life is and I’d rather be with my son.”</p> <p>But with Pitt, she’s always looking for a new challenge and this time round it’s the New Zealand Kathmandu Coast to Coast race next February which she is also an ambassador for. This will be the first race she will be competing in after giving birth, which is why she will be taking it slowly by competing in the 30km mountain run section.</p> <p>She hopes, that through the race, she gives women the message that any goal, regardless of how small, is important and motivating.</p> <p>“I don’t want to achieve anything crazy, I just want to get my fitness back and finish with a smile on my face,” she says. “These sorts of events are good for mums who are going through the motions of going to work, coming home, cooking dinner and doing the washing. It can be monotonous if there’s not something exciting happening or something to work towards and look forward to.”</p> <p>Pitt, 31, admits to being delusional as she assumed her son would be easy to raise. Instead he turned out like every other child who needs constant care and attention.</p> <p>“I thought I could live my life and spend time with Hakavai, but he is my life at the moment. I had no idea.”</p>

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Woman catches mother-in-law doing unthinkable – but her husband doesn't agree

<p>Mother-in-laws, you either love em’ or you hate em’.</p> <p>This story is of the latter, after one woman took to parenting forum<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mumsnet.com/" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a><span> </span>to air her grievances, and it’s received quite the reaction.</p> <p>The poster had suspicions that her MIL had been snooping through her things when alone in her and her husband’s home.</p> <p>And it turns out, she was correct, and understandably,<span> </span>very<span> </span>annoyed.</p> <p>But her husband didn’t share the same sentiments. Instead, he was upset that his wife had “set traps” to catch his mother out.</p> <p>“I’m fuming but feel validated,” the post began.</p> <p>“MIL and I don’t get on.”</p> <p>“Husband asked her to come and check on our fish when away for a long weekend. I have previously suspected MIL has looked through my things when she’s been here but had no proof,” the woman wrote.</p> <p>After setting up her chest of drawers in a way that only she would know had been tampered with, the woman’s suspicions were proven.</p> <p>“Came home to find that they have been completely moved around, all documents out of their order, content of files all over the place, etc.</p> <p>“I’m fuming but feel validated that I’m not paranoid!”</p> <p>After approaching her husband on the matter, the woman said he did not agree with her suggestion of confronting his mother about her actions and was instead disappointed in his wife for “setting traps.”</p> <p>“I said I did it because she has blatantly been through our things and needed proof, which I have,” she said.</p> <p>Users on the forum agreed with the poster, saying that her husband should “grow a backbone and confront his mother,” but there were also many suggestions on how to mess with his mother the next time she goes rifling through drawers.</p> <p>Some suggested leaving notes telling her to “f*ck off” in her usual snooping spots, while one suggested leaving immigration papers around to “give her something to worry about.”</p> <p>Do you think the woman has the right to be angry? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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“Berserk” reason mum banned from son’s wedding

<p>A wedding is a momentous celebration, highlighting two people's love for each other, but it can also be a horribly toxic experience when some people start to make ridiculous demands in the hopes to make their big day perfect.</p> <p>Turning to online parenting forum <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3375869-Uninvited-from-sons-wedding-AIBU?pg=1" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a></em>, a woman recounts the story of how she is now uninvited to her son’s wedding.</p> <p>“My only son has met, got engaged to and then moved in with a girl he met through work,” she began.</p> <p>“At first she was OK and stayed at ours,” she continued, adding that her future daughter-in-law was “not very sociable” but she respected his choice and is happy, as long as he is.</p> <p>“I went out bought a new dress, and all the works ready for it, then he turns up and says no-one can wear certain colours as that’s what she wants,” wrote the woman.</p> <p>“Fine, except one of those was the base colour of my new outfit,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Obviously I wouldn’t wear plain white or cream, but it has a cream underlay and the rest is pink and grey floral.”</p> <p>She said her son asked her not to wear it.</p> <p>The situation has gotten so out of hand that the son will constantly call her throughout the week to ask if she’s found another dress yet. “I reply not yet – still looking, which I am and it’s still over a month away,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I agreed not to wear it after hearing her throw a tantrum whilst on the phone to him and thought that it should be fine.</p> <p>"Now she's gone bezerk, and yesterday she sent a text telling me not to turn up as I will not be allowed in."</p> <p>The mother of the groom said the situation is making her incredibly upset and asked fellow users for advice on whether she should attend the wedding anyway.</p> <p>The majority of users were on the mother’s side, as they failed to understand how not yet finding a replacement dress is enough to uninvite the mother of the groom.</p> <p>“Since when did brides tell their husbands to be family what to wear? She’s batsh*t!” wrote one person.</p> <p>Another said, "Someone who is so rude and stroppy about a dress, is not going to turn into a reasonable and polite person the minute the wedding is over. There will be tantrums over everything, and everyone having to walk on eggshells around this very volatile young woman."</p> <p><img style="width: 333.6363636363636px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821039/e79cea4da2831ab6267dbaff58b3cc58.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/08817b22599549bcadf5c91dc51aff48" /></p> <p>Others commented that there must be more to the story, but the woman made it very clear that she agreed not to wear the dress the first time she was asked. She even shared a photo of her dress for those who doubted her, and once users saw the photo, they couldn’t understand what the issue was.</p> <p>"God, I hope a load of guests ignore the colour rules lol will she have bouncers on the door kicking people out," said one user.</p> <p>One said at this point she would text her son the following: "I wish you a happy marriage and wedding, but I don’t support it and won’t be attending. My door is always open to you both but I’m stepping away until you both behave I’m a more adult and reasonable way."</p> <p>Others advised her to be the bigger person for the sake of maintaining a relationship with her son.</p> <p>"I would look at keeping the peace and get a new dress. However, are u still invited to the wedding?"</p> <p>What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Princess Margaret’s grandson is in love!

<p>Now that Prince Harry is well and truly off the market after marrying Meghan in May this year, there were hopes that Princess Margaret’s grandson Arthur Chatto would be the next in line to take the crown for the most eligible royal bachelor.</p> <p>However, the son of Lady Sarah Chatto, who is 23<sup>rd</sup> in line to the throne, seems to already have found love, after he shared a sweet photo of himself with girlfriend Lizzie Friend for the first time on Instagram.</p> <p>The 19-year-old, who is the Queen’s great-nephew, is seen with Lizzie perched on his knee and her arm draped around his shoulder.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn8iGjAAhmU/?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="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn8iGjAAhmU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Arthur Chatto (@artchatto)</a> on Sep 20, 2018 at 4:13am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>A royal insider previously told <em>Daily Mail </em>about the couple's budding romance, “They hit it off straight away. She’s really sweet and they make a very nice couple. He took her to Royal Ascot this summer as his date.”</p> <p>It appears Arthur’s followers on Instagram are not so happy the royal is no longer an eligible bachelor, with one writing “broken heart”.</p> <p>Apart from being a royal, there is no doubt Arthur is popular on social media thanks to his cheeky Instagram photos, not to mention his collection of shirtless selfies showing off his muscular physique.</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/BnBu1wRAVVx/?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/BnBu1wRAVVx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">There are worse places to have glandular fever</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/artchatto/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Arthur Chatto</a> (@artchatto) on Aug 28, 2018 at 8:09am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Following in the footsteps of his cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, Arthur graduated from Eton this summer, where he was in the Combined Cadet Force learning various military skills. He has now continued on to Edinburgh University, where his older brother Sam studies.</p>

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Prince George has a new obsession and he cannot stop talking about it

<p>The innocence and inquisitive nature of a child is something we all wish we still had, and Prince George has proven that while he may be the future King, he’s no different to any other five-year-old.</p> <p>During a visit to the Acorn Children’s Hospice on Tuesday, Prince William told a group of children about little George’s new obsession, because the kids were taking part in an activity based around it.</p> <p>The children in the room were making and painting dinosaurs, so Prince William told them: “George is obsessed with dinosaurs. We’ve been learning all about them.”</p> <p>William may be busy with his royal duties, but the Prince still manages to find time for his children, proving his devotion to his kids. Speaking previously about his daughter, Princess Charlotte, he revealed that she is “obsessed” with fashion, “mad about pink” and “loves dancing".</p> <p>The Duke of Cambridge has also shared a personal insight into his own life, as he revealed his and Duchess Kate’s favourite food is sushi.</p> <p>After a Japanese chef gifted the royal a Bento Box, William responded by saying: “Thank you very much. My wife and I love sushi. We might have to come down here for lunch when no one else is in.”</p> <p>William’s visit to the Acorn Children’s Hospice was one that remains close to his heart, as his late mother Princess Diana opened it.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2018091862477/prince-george-teaching-prince-william-kate-middleton-about-dinosaurs/" target="_blank"><em>Hello!</em></a> reported the hospice’s President Kay Alexander shared a few touching words dedicated to Diana and her involvement with the hospice, telling the audience she was “going to get tearful".</p> <p>William replied: “Don’t, you’ll start me off as well.”</p> <p>Kay had nothing but kind words to say about the Duke as she praised his caring nature.</p> <p>“The fact that he can come round like that and just chat to anyone is the biggest, best thing that could happen to those parents. He is a star.”</p>

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The bizarre thing Prince Andrew is trying to do for Princess Eugenie’s wedding

<p>Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s October 12th wedding is fast approaching and the royal’s father, Prince Andrew, is doing all he can to put his daughter’s big day in the limelight.</p> <p>According to the Mail On Sunday, Prince Andrew is working hard to get one of the British TV channels to buy the rights to air his daughter’s wedding ceremony.</p> <p>The report claims that the BBC rejected the offer over fears the royal wedding wouldn’t receive enough ratings but Prince Andrew now has his sights on a different network.</p> <p>After the 58-year-old’s deal with the BBC was a flop, he put his efforts on securing UK channel ITV.</p> <p>"From the outset, the instruction from the very top was that Eugenie's wedding must be televised," a palace insider explained to the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6172149/Will-ITV-rescue-Eugenie-ratings-flop-wedding-BBC-snub.html"><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Mail on Sunday</em>.</a></strong></span></p> <p>"The <em style="font-weight: inherit;">BBC</em> was approached because they have a special relationship with Buckingham Palace and a formula that works.</p> <p>"But they turned it down because they don't think enough people will tune in and that there isn't enough support for the Yorks.</p> <p>"The feeling at the Palace is that the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">BBC</em> has dropped the ball. At the end of the day, this is going to be a huge Royal Wedding, with all the senior members of the Royal Family in attendance. But nobody wants to take the risk and spend the money it would cost to put it on air," the insider added.</p> <p>So far, Sky News is the only British channel covering the event with the station believed to be playing highlight clips throughout the day.</p> <p>As well as senior royal members attending their nuptials, Eugenie and Jack’s star-studded guest list will include George and Amal Clooney, Ellie Goulding, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber.</p> <p>The lavish celebration is expected to have all the fine trimmings of a true royal wedding with experts expecting the day to cost a huge $AUD3.6 million.</p> <p>It has not been confirmed if ITV has since agreed to film the ceremony.</p> <p>Do you think Princess Eugenie's wedding should be televised? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Heated online debate as mum asks: "Is it OK for my child to watch me give birth?"

<p>A mother has created an online debate after asking people to share their thoughts on her allowing her eight-year-old daughter to watch on as she gives birth to her new baby at home.</p> <p>The divisive question was discussed on parenting forum <a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>Mumsnet</em></strong></span></a>, where members shared their opinions on the topic.</p> <p>"I'm pregnant and my eldest has expressed that she would like to be there for the delivery," the mum wrote.</p> <p>The mum explained that her previous labours have been smooth, saying that she always coped well with the pain and was planning to do her next birth at home.</p> <p>She said that if her daughter found the experience overwhelming, she could retreat to her bedroom to read.</p> <p>Although the midwives told the mum they had no opposition to an older sibling being present during the birth, she admitted that the family was still struggling to make a decision.</p> <p>"I'm not sure if the idea is entirely crazy, or a wonderful thing to do," she wrote.</p> <p>This is the mum’s last pregnancy and will be the only chance for her eight-year-old daughter to witness a sibling being born – making the decision even more difficult.</p> <p>A debate quickly sparked over the mum’s dilemma, with some believing a birth could be “frightening” for an eight-year-old child.</p> <p>"Sorry but I think this is a bad idea," commented one person. "How well do you honestly think an 8-year-old would cope seeing her mother like that?"</p> <p>Another person agreed, saying: “I hope everything will go well for you, but what if it doesn't? That would be very frightening for a child her age."</p> <p>“Even if you have the most straightforward birth ever, and the most predictable 8-year-old ever, they could still be alarmed by a normal birth,” another chimed in. “Blood, a newborn screeching – or not screeching quick enough – tears. Or any kind of discussion of needing resuscitation or a trip to the hospital. Any of that could really frighten a child.”</p> <p>However, others believed that if the child was properly supported, it could be a wonderful experience.</p> <p>"Absolutely just make sure she understands it all first and has someone there that can be in the room or outside if she needs to get out. What a wonderful bond they would have," wrote one supporter.</p> <p>"Maybe watch some birth videos beforehand, and talk about what she may see/hear, and if she changes her mind she can leave then I genuinely don't see an issue,” another commented.</p> <p>One mum, who allowed her seven-year-old daughter to watch her give birth, also shared her thoughts on the experience.</p> <p>Assuring the undecided mother that it was a beautiful experience, she explained that her daughter was “allowed to pop in and out and my sister was there to look after her".</p> <p>"She was asleep for most of the labour as it was during the night but was there for the last hour or so. She was fascinated, if anything and was really mature about the situation, we'd talked a lot about it beforehand so she knew what to expect.</p> <p>"Some people might think it's a bit odd but it was an amazing moment to have shared as a family.”</p> <p>In 2016, it was revealed that Jamie Oliver’s two eldest daughters, Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo, witnessed the birth of their baby brother River Rocket.</p> <p>Jamie’s wife, Jools, said the girls were the ones who cut his cord.</p> <p>The celebrity chef described the experience as “amazing to witness” and “very, very emotional”.</p> <p>Do you think children should watch their mothers give birth? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Can you guess who these famous siblings are?

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica; color: black;">Can you work out who the famous siblings are in this throwback photo?</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica; color: black;">Recently shared online with 321,000 followers on Instagram, the famous sisters might be hard to recognise from this childhood throwback pic, but once you find out the answer, it is so obvious! </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica; color: black;">Here are some hints: One of the young girls in the photo is set to wed in the coming weeks, and her cousin married the love of his life just a few months ago. </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica; color: black;">If you guessed Princess Eugenie, you would be right! The 28-year-old shared the adorable photo from 1994 of herself on her first day of school with big sister Princess Beatrice in their school uniforms. </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/BnZAsc2A4K2/?utm_source=ig_embed_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/BnZAsc2A4K2/?utm_source=ig_embed_loading" target="_blank">Throwback to school days. Clearly I was more excited than Beatrice! #throwbackthursday</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/princesseugenie/?utm_source=ig_embed_loading" target="_blank"> Princess Eugenie</a> (@princesseugenie) on Sep 6, 2018 at 9:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica; color: black;">Eugenie accompanied the photo with a funny caption, writing: “Throwback to school days. Clearly I was more excited than Beatrice! “throwbackthursday.” </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica; color: black;">It’s well-known the royal sisters share a close bond, revealing in a rare interview with British <em>Vogue</em> in August that they are each other’s “rocks”.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica; color: black;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7820761/1-eugenie-beatrice.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fdb9cd0d79884334abd1db0f742299e4" /></span></p>

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Carrie Bickmore reveals how to explain death to a three-year-old

<p><em>The Project</em> co-host, Carrie Bickmore, has opened up about the hard questions she has been asked about life recently.</p> <p>The first difficult question came during an appearance of <em>Anh’s Brush with Fame.</em></p> <p>While painting the TV and radio host, Anh Do asked Carrie: “What is life all about, Carrie?”</p> <p>Admitting that she was attempting to dodge the hard question, Carrie responded: “I am someone who is always on the move, hurtling from one thing to the next, never stopping to ponder what it all means.”</p> <p>However, a few weeks later, Carrie’s three-year-old daughter Evie presented her with some more difficult questions to answer.</p> <p><span style="font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit !important;">The most recent difficult conversation with her daughter came about after the family attended the funeral of a friend’s mother.</span></p> <p>“Where does the grandma go now she is dead?”</p> <p>Reflecting on what she chose to say, Carrie shared in <em>Stellar</em> magazine, “I tried to remember what I had been told as a child: all my dead relatives went to heaven and were protectively looking down on me. Interestingly that idea brought me a strange level of comfort as a child, but Chris, who lost his brother growing up, wished people hadn’t told him that.</p> <p>“So we opted for the biological answer ...</p> <p>“We said the grandma had died now and her time on Earth was done, and sadly she won’t come back and her body would be buried in the ground.”</p> <p>Evie then asked Carrie: “Won’t she get dirty?”</p> <p>“She can’t feel dirty, sweetie. She doesn’t hurt anymore. She doesn’t feel love anymore. She doesn’t feel anything anymore.”</p> <p>Reflecting on the experience, Carrie explained: “I am still wondering if we told little Evie the right thing.”</p> <p>“There is clearly no right or wrong and I am fully aware the tough questions will keep on coming.</p> <p>“However, Evie’s incessant probing did help me get closer to my answer for Anh.</p> <p>“Maybe life is simply about working out life’s imponderables with the people you love.</p> <p>“It’s about feeling deeply, hurting deeply, loving deeply and getting dirty until you no longer can.”</p> <p><span style="font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit !important;">Just two weeks earlier, while Carrie was in the bathroom rubbing oil on her pregnant belly, Evie popped her head in to observe her mum.</span></p> <p>“Mama, how did the baby get in there?”</p> <p>Thrown off guard by her daughter’s curiosity, Carried slowly replied: “Well … I can tell you how the baby comes out.”</p> <p>In an open-ed for <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Stellar</strong></em></span></a> Carrie recalled of the experience: “I went on to explain how babies are born, which led to more awkward questions about the size of the hole it comes out of.”</p> <p>“Phew,” I thought, “dodged that one.”</p> <p>But then, Evie asked how the baby gets in there in the first place.</p> <p>She ushered her daughter onto her husband, Chris, but three days later she was back again with the same question.</p> <p>“I toyed with using the idea of a stork (or taxi, as my friend told her kids) dropping the babies off fully formed, but fortunately I was rushing out the door, so I cowardly washed my hands of that parental responsibility,” Carrie explained.</p> <p>Carrie admitted that Chris rose to the occasion and gave a very honest answer to her questions.</p> <p>“Daddy’s p**** and mummy’s v***** make the babies.”</p> <p>Evie took in the information and then proceeded to ask: “What about Mummy’s butt?”</p> <p>“Not as helpful,” replied Chris.</p>

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“I’m failing as a mum”: Studio 10 star Sarah Harris’ emotional meltdown

<p>Being a working mother is no easy feat, just ask <em>Studio 10</em> star Sarah Harris, who – while raising two young boys – is juggling her commitments with Channel Ten.</p> <p>The 37-year-old admitted to <em><a href="https://www.who.com.au/">WHO</a> </em>magazine that she recently suffered a “meltdown” as she struggled to find the balance between work and parenting.</p> <p>Sarah said that she felt like she was “failing as a mum” and things were becoming “too much” for her.</p> <p>“You reach a point where you feel like you’re failing at everything and sometimes it all gets too much,” Sarah said.</p> <p>“You think, ‘I’m just failing as a mum at the moment.’”</p> <p>Speaking to the magazine, Sarah mentioned that she had a meltdown two months ago when she and her husband Tom Ward were living to work and pay off their mortgage.</p> <p>She said she desperately needed a break.</p> <p>She told Tom: “What happens if one of us gets sick or one of us dies tomorrow – what have we got to show for it?”</p> <p>But the couple is in a much better place now, as the pair have booked a family trip to Queensland for a well-deserved break.</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/BnDeE3MgufB/?utm_source=ig_embed_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/BnDeE3MgufB/?utm_source=ig_embed_loading" target="_blank">Happy chaps 🤗</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/whatsarahsnapped/?utm_source=ig_embed_loading" target="_blank"> Sarah Harris 📺🌮</a> (@whatsarahsnapped) on Aug 29, 2018 at 12:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sarah and Tom have two sons together – Harry who is eight months and Paul who is three years old.</p> <p>Sarah sat down with <em><a href="http://www.kiis1065.com.au/shows/kyle-jackie-o/">KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O</a></em> and revealed how she was shamed after her son Paul locked himself inside a confessional box at church, and firefighters were called to get him out.</p> <p>“He was stuck in there for 10 minutes and by all reports, it was like he was channelling Damien from <em>The Omen</em>,” she said.</p> <p>“He was losing his mind because he was in this teeny, tiny dark room with no window. They called the firies [fire brigade] and the police to come and break the door down to get him out.</p> <p>“Everyone was trying to calm him down and kind of ‘talk him off the ledge’.</p> <p>“They used an axe to break the door down.”</p> <p>She went on to say: “When the firies came and they knocked the door down they were making all these completely inappropriate but hilarious jokes like, ‘Well this is probably the first time anyone has come out of the closet in this place, am I right guys?’”</p> <p>Sarah admitted to facing criticism due to the incident.</p> <p>“I've already had people ringing up saying I should control my kids and that I'm an absent mother, and if I was home more this wouldn't happen,” she said.</p>

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Michelle Bridges’ beautiful tribute to her single mum

<p>Michelle Bridges has opened up about her childhood hardship and credits her single mum Maureen for the woman she is today.</p> <p>"Back in those days, bosses were really unsupportive of single parents," the personal trainer tells <strong><em><u><a href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2018/09/02/21/32/michelle-bridges-mother">9Honey</a></u></em></strong>. "Mum's boss would say to her that if she had to leave work to look after sick kids, then she shouldn't bother coming back at all.</p> <p>"I mean, can you imagine a boss trying to pull that now," Michelle says. "Plus, when she wasn’t at work, she was then cleaning the house and mowing the lawns (somehow Mum managed to save enough, along with a helping hand from my grandparents, which she paid back with interest).</p> <p>"She was very house proud and there were always things to do."</p> <p>But times were tough for the family of three – Maureen, Michelle and Michelle’s sister.</p> <p>"We were poor but she always managed to have us looking neat, get us presents on our birthdays and at Christmas, and really taught us the value of working hard and saving for things," she says.</p> <p>"She worked so hard so that we could have as good a life as possible."</p> <p>These days, Michelle is still very close to her mother.</p> <p>"She bought up a very independent girl and then woman, probably a bit to her demise, in so far as I’ve been out there in the world absolutely going for it and not spent a lot of time at home," Michelle says.</p> <p>"I know that the family part of my life has had some sacrifices to be where I am today, and bless my mum, she’s so behind me in it all, even if it means she doesn’t see me as much as we’d both like.”</p> <p>"She's never really hung around saying 'woe is me'," Michelle says. "She might give herself a day to lick her wounds, and then the next day she’s up and at ‘em! She’s also extremely organised which is something I wish I could be more of."</p> <p>Michelle says her mum adores being a grandmother to her son Axel, two, as well as her partner Steve 'Commando' Willis’ children from his previous relationship.</p> <p>"She absolutely loves coming to spend time with Axel, and all her step-grandchildren," Michelle says.</p> <p>"She spoils Axel to bits and he just loves his Nanna," the fitness guru continues. "It's so wonderful to see them together because mum has the time now to really enjoy Axel as a wee bubba and as he grows.</p> <p>"When she was a mum, she missed out on being able to really relax and just enjoy that time with my sister and I, because she was always working to put food in our mouths and clothes on our backs," she says.</p> <p>Enjoying more time with her mother now, Michelle is grateful for the lessons her mum instilled in her growing up.</p> <p>"No matter what life's circumstances are, you must accept that this is the way it is right now and if you want it to change, you need to put your head down and work like the clappers to build a better life for yourself," she says of what she’s learnt most from her mum.</p> <p>"That principle of focusing forward and working your butt off is absolutely how I've lived my life and the successes I've had are very much based on that foundation handed down from mum," she says.</p>

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Prince Harry and Meghan’s adorable new dog's name is a tribute to Australia

<p>Last week, it was confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex adopted a black Labrador.</p> <p>The royal couple, who married on May 19, welcomed the newest addition to their family into their Kensington Palace home.</p> <p>Now, royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith has confirmed to <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>The Sun</strong></em></span></a> that the name of their dog is ‘Oz’.</p> <p>The pet is reportedly settling nicely into the couple’s Nottingham Cottage inside the palace.</p> <p>A source said: “The dog is already happily ensconced at their cottage."</p> <p>“Like the Sussexes, the dog will divide its time between the palace and their country home in the Cotswolds.”</p> <p>Meghan is a proud dog-lover and was devastated last year when she had to leave her Labrador-German Shepherd, Bogart, in Toronto when she moved to England.</p> <p>While she was able to bring her beagle named Guy with her, Bogart was reportedly too old to make the long plane journey.<img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/umbraco/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/52f20da38e674020b886e794eee08864" /></p> <p>Bogart was then entrusted to one of Meghan’s close friends, to look after him while Meghan fulfils her royal duties on the other side of the world.</p> <p>It is likely Oz is a rescue dog just like Meghan’s first two dogs, who she discovered in a rescue centre in Los Angeles.</p> <p>There is no doubt that Oz will be well looked after by his new owners as it is believed that Guy has his own Union-Jack coat, eats only organic food and is taken on regular walks in the grounds of Kensington Palace.</p>

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Mum sparks furore after asking for ‘upper class’ baby name suggestions

<p>While it's unclear if the person who started the 'upper class' baby names thread on the <span><a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/baby_names/3322256-upper-class-baby-names?messages=100&amp;pg=1">Mumsnet forums</a></span> was doing so for suggestions for her own little poppet-to-be, what is clear is the contentiousness of such a request.</p> <p>User lovetpwonder seemed to think it would make a good topic for discussion, and it certainly proved to be, just not necessarily in the way she might have envisaged.</p> <p>After referencing prior threads as her inspiration, she posted: "Hit me with your upper class/well to do baby girl names that are still used today!"</p> <p>It became an all-in verbal brawl - reasonably civil of course - about what names upper class people actually use, versus the stereotype.</p> <p>One poster isn't shy about leaping straight in.</p> <p>"Why does this matter to you? If you were upper class, you would call your child what you like and not give a hoot."</p> <p>Another gave some creative suggestions.</p> <p>"Jocasta le plume puffball."</p> <p>"Henrietta Dubois phlange a rillo."</p> <p>"Cosima Urqhuart Upwardly Smytherooni."</p> <p>"Cordelia Phwar Phwar Rha Oiks erson"</p> <p>We guess a thread like this in the class-conscious UK was always going to attract more than a few raised brows and barbed humour.</p> <p>There were some productive comments, however, with responders giving more reasonable replies.</p> <p>"Something like Victoria but then never call them that, use an hilarious nickname like Tory or Tocky or Bumble."</p> <p>And this, which seems to support the above comment.</p> <p>"I have taught Bunny, Clementine, Ophelia, Wren, Rupert, Peregrine, Caleb, Winter, Alexander, Hugo.... when I remember more will add. These were all at a private boarding school so more likely to have money than not."</p> <p>Of note, was an online tussle between two former private school and Cambridge University students, debating the semantics of names among the upper crust.</p> <p>User 1wanda1 addressed the assertion of another, that those 'silly' upper class nicknames like Bunny, Tick and Bumble, don't last into adulthood.</p> <p>"In my 10 years in boarding schools and then four at Cambridge, I got to know a lot of old money wealthy kids. As adults they all use their nicknames. Don't be so dismissive of other people's lived experience."</p> <p>The comment received a prompt reply from TatianaLarina, in a privilege standoff.</p> <p>"I am a wealthy old money kid and only about four people I know still use their nn unless they're with old school friends. Was at Cambridge too - so what?"</p> <p>1wanda1 issued a swift smackdown in reply.</p> <p>"To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher: if you have to tell people you're "wealthy old money", you're not."</p> <p>Ouch.</p> <p>There were other responders who took the challenge seriously, so if you're after a name with a British 'old money' edge, then <span><a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/baby_names/3322256-upper-class-baby-names?messages=100&amp;pg=1">consult the thread</a></span> for suggestions.</p> <p>Do you agree with the responses? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by Suzi Catchpole. Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz"><strong><u>Stuff.co.nz. </u></strong></a></em></p>

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