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Bindi Irwin shares adorable new baby update

<p><span>Bindi Irwin has given the world an adorable new snap of herself with her husband Chandler Powell as the pair prepare for the birth of their first baby.</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKCitgRhRAL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CKCitgRhRAL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The 22-year-old uploaded a photo of the couple cradling Bindi’s baby bump.</span><br /><br /><span>“All the love in the world,” the post read.</span><br /><br /><span>Bindi revealed in December of 2019 that she was excited 26 weeks into her pregnancy after announcing it in late August.</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJHPpithBsr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CJHPpithBsr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>While she has not confirmed her due date, she is thought to be set for an April delivery.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our beautiful daughter is the light of our lives,” Bindi shared to social media in November.</span><br /><br /><span>“Beyond thankful that she chose us to be her parents. I can’t wait for her to be here next year.”</span></p>

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High school sweethearts tie the knot after 70 years apart

<p>High school sweethearts who were separated close to seven decades ago reunited during the coronavirus pandemic and are now married.</p> <p>Their love story began 68 years ago, when Fred Paul and Florence Harvey first laid eyes on each other.</p> <p>The couple met when they were teenagers in Wandsworth, a small town in Newfoundland and Labrador province, Canada. They spent all their free time together, going for walks after church, stealing kisses in between classes, and attending concerts.</p> <p>Every night during the two years they were together, Paul, 84, would flicker his porch light before going to bed. It was his way of telling Harvey, who lived across the bay, good night and that he loved her.</p> <p>"She was my first love. My first girlfriend and my first true love."</p> <p>But when Paul turned 18, and Harvey was 15, the two ended up going their separate ways. Paul relocated to Toronto for work. A year later, when he came back to look for her, Harvey had moved to another town.</p> <p>Eventually, they both married other people and started families.</p> <p>Come 2017, Harvey was single once again after she had lost her husband of 57 years to cancer. The couple were happily married and had five children together.</p> <p>Two years later, Paul's wife of nearly 60 years, also passed away. They had two children together.</p> <p>It was the shared grief over losing their spouses that brought them back together.</p> <p>Harvey reached out to Paul after hearing the tragic news, to reassure him that things would get better.</p> <p>During that first conversation which took place after Valentine's Day, they spoke about their lives, their children and grandchildren and celebrated each other's happy moments.</p> <p>"I never thought it would go past that," Harvey, 81, told CNN. "But we went from talking once a week, to twice, to three times, to every day for hours. We had really reconnected even though we hadn't seen each other in all those years. I knew this was it."</p> <p>"When I found out she was in town and was coming to me, it was 10:30 at night. I ran out of bed and got dressed and wrote 'Welcome Florence' in chalk on the driveway and when she arrived, I walked to the car, gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and I held her hand and I knew right away that she had taken my heart," Paul said.</p> <p>Just three days after reuniting, the couple made the decision to get married</p> <p>Despite their family questioning it, Paul and Harvey knew exactly what they wanted.</p> <p>Paul was also one month away from starting treatment for stomach cancer, but Harvey was committed to being by his side throughout the good and the bad, no matter what that meant.</p> <p>On August 8, Paul and Harvey exchanged vows in front of family and close friends at Norval United Church in Georgetown, Ontario.</p> <p>"You were the first young man to walk me home in my teens," Harvey told Paul during the ceremony. "I guess you'll be the last man to walk me home."</p> <p>Now, the couple plan to go back in time and retrace the first half of their love story by visiting the childhood town where they met and fell in love all those years ago.</p>

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "expected to join Queen" at 95th birthday

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Queen has invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to her 95th birthday celebration in the first royal reunion since the pair left the British royal family.</p> <p>The Queen, 94, is set to get "back to business" after being forced to cancel a range of royal engagements due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>She invited the pair to join her for Trooping The Colour on June 12th to mark her official birthday, according to<span> </span><em>The Sunday Times</em>.</p> <p>Royal aides told the newspaper as the event is both an official and a “family occasion”, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to join the Queen at the event.</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/Byc2TbYHm1g/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/Byc2TbYHm1g/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Last year's Trooping the Colour ceremony was a laidback affair and for the first time in 125 years, the ceremony took place at Windsor Castle where she continues to isolate with Prince Philip.</p> <p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were due to meet the Queen in March for their 12-month review, but this meeting was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.</p> <p>It is currently unclear whether the current meeting will go ahead due to coronavirus cases spiking in the UK, with 3 million citizens tested and 81,000 deaths due to the virus.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"></div> </div> </div>

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Samantha Armytage shows off dance skills in never before seen wedding photo

<p><span><em>Sunrise</em> host Samantha Armytage started 2021 married to the love of her life, after tying the knot with Richard Lavender in an intimate wedding on New Years Eve.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair said their “I do’s” on Richard’s stunning 40-hectare property located in Bowral NSW.</span><br /><br /><span>The 44-year-old has only released a handful of photographs from the day, but now another has been shared with fans which shows her holding a glass of champagne and dances with a friend’s young daughter.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839380/sam-armytage.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b2a0549c16d045059db94ad5971a15a3" /><br /><br /><span>The journalist looked glowing and radiant in a Carla Zampatti satin high-neck dress, featuring long sleeves and an below-the-knee hemline.</span><br /><br /><span>The special moment was captured and shared on social media by Sam's good friend, Adene Cassidy, who wrote: "Congratulations Mrs Lavender ~ just the best way to kick 2020 to the curb. Thanks for coming to the rescue (again) @kashayaco 😘💐."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839378/sam-armytage-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/89378889950a45209674253a586376ee" /><br /><br /><span>Sam and Richard wed in front of a small group of immediate family and friends at midday on Thursday, December 31st.</span></p>

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Sunrise star opens up on "cringe" marriage proposal

<p>Weekend Sunrise co-host Matt Doran has revealed how his perfect proposal plans quickly turned into a disaster.</p> <p>Over the weekend, the Channel 7 star popped the question to his girlfriend of one year, Kendall Bora.</p> <p>And while it may look like it was a picture-perfect proposal by the photo on his Instagram, the 37-year-old revealed it was anything but.</p> <p>He said "half an island was involved" in the big moment, right before COVID-19 caused chaos and borders began shutting down throughout the country, which ended up foiling the plan two days out.</p> <p>He then said his Plan B when down the drain due to a "combo of leeches, blizzards, car crashes and a 'gourmet' picnic that was, in fact, canned Spam".</p> <p>But he was certain that Plan C was "foolproof".</p> <p>“A tech crisis created unspeakable cringe,” he wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“Despite it all, she still said yes, and I’m now the luckiest man in the cosmos,” Doran added of his 30-year-old fiancee.</p> <p>Discussing the disastrous attempts on<em><span> </span>Sunrise</em><span> </span>today, Doran said he was “trying to go overboard”.</p> <p>“I think some blokes think you have to do that, but then you end up being cringe,” he said.</p> <p>“I’ve been told I’ll have nothing to do with the wedding plans because I couldn’t even organise the proposal.”</p> <p>The news comes after Sunrise host, Samantha Armytage tied the knot on New Year's Eve.</p>

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Woman gets proposed to while fast asleep

<p dir="ltr">A woman was woken up to the surprise of her life after her partner slipped an engagement ring on her finger.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jamila Williams slept soundly, and while doing so, Michael Mayorga held a ring box up to the camera and posed for a photo next to her.</p> <p dir="ltr">Taking to Facebook, Mayorga announced that he had slipped a ring on his assumed-to-be fiance at 5 am while she slept.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It's 5:00AM. For weeks now I have been planning on how to pop the question.... you know all my moves and you are one very hard woman to surprise," he wrote in the Facebook post.</p> <p dir="ltr">"But the joke's on you because now you're going to wake up with three surprises!"</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839253/sleeping-proposal-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2808660ad16a43729abbe0e8c187aa2b" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Mayorga said she would wake up to the surprise of a "phone full of congratulations notifications and texts," the engagement ring, and most hilarious of all, a picture of her sleeping that she wouldn't want "all over the internet."</p> <p dir="ltr">"Surprise!!" he exclaimed in the post.</p> <p dir="ltr">He promised to let everyone know his partner’s "verdict when she wakes up."</p> <p dir="ltr">The proposal story has gained more than 330,000 likes on Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr">"The fact I've checked her page like 4 times to see if she woke up yet and I never met this lady a day in my life lol. Let us know how you feel Jamilah!" wrote one user.</p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/MikeDaSituation/posts/10221004679060165" data-show-text="true" data-width=""> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>Jamilah Williams You're an answered prayer 🙏 💝</p> Posted by <a href="#">Michael Mayorga</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MikeDaSituation/posts/10221004679060165">Monday, October 12, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p dir="ltr">"What a surprise to wake up to LOL this is so beautiful congrats you guys...." another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">Finally, Williams woke up and delivered a resounding "yes".</p> <p dir="ltr">"I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! When a man finds a good thing you won't have to beg for ANYTHING!" Williams wrote in a post on her own personal Facebook account.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It's his loyalty, commitment, Respect, and genuine LOVE for ME! I am overwhelmed with so much love and joy!"</p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/MikeDaSituation/posts/10221392281669988" data-show-text="true" data-width=""> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>It's 5:00AM 😩 for weeks now I been planning on how to pop the question.... you know all my moves and you are one very...</p> Posted by <a href="#">Michael Mayorga</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MikeDaSituation/posts/10221392281669988">Wednesday, December 9, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p dir="ltr">"Thank you to everyone for your love and support. We are overwhelmed and words can't express how truly blessed we are. This is only the beginning to the lifetime of blessings straight from God."</p>

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Prince Charles haunted by past as The Crown blasts affair

<p><span>The Prince of Wales is not the most popular royal member, and season four of <em>The Crown</em> has only plummeted his approval rating even further.</span><br /><br /><span>While popular with only 47 per cent of Briton, Prince William and Her Majesty sits at 73 per cent.</span><br /><br /><span>The duchess of Cornwall is liked by only 34 per cent of the population.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles has the Netflix series, <em>The Crown</em>, to thank for that – a program watched by more viewers than William's 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.</span></p> <p><img id="__mcenew" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839171/queen-prince-william-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fcad4d5d3e0648fb920577da9920d79d" /><br /><span>The current season portrays him as emotionally abusive toward his now-deceased ex-wife, Princess Diana.</span><br /><br /><span>The wave of backlash against the 72-year-old heir has been so intense that the pair have disabled comments on their official Clarence House Instagram account.</span><br /><br /><span>There have also been demands for the royal to stand down as the next King of England.</span><br /><br /><span>"Charles experienced extreme hate when his affair with Camilla was outed, and when Diana was killed – but it was never as bad as this," a source for Woman’s Day said.</span><br /><br /><span>"The public is reliving those moments now – though obviously in a dramatised way – only this time everyone has a social media account through which to spout their vitriol.</span><br /><br /><span>“Clarence House is scrambling to contain it, but not many of his PR flunkies truly believe his reputation can recover from this."</span><br /><br /><span>There are rumours that The Queen may give in to demands to have Prince Charles step down.</span><br /><br /><span>"For the Queen, the monarchy comes above all else – even her own son," says an insider.</span><br /><br /><span>"At the rate things are going with everyone turning on Charles, Prince Andrew in hot water for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Harry leaving the family, she feels she can really only trust leaving her empire in Prince William's hands.</span><br /><br /><span>“He and Catherine have proved themselves to be a steady ship time and time again."</span><br /><br /><span>"At 94, the Queen should be enjoying her twilight years. Instead, the spectre of her son's failed marriage is back to bite them all.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's going to be huge if one of her final acts is to cast Charles and Camilla aside and declare that <em>the crown</em> will go to William."</span></p>

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Furious bride's epic response to sold ring goes viral

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A scorned bride-to-be has won over thousands after she explained why she's selling her engagement ring.</p> <p>UK single mum Lisa placed an ad selling her engagement ring, offering it for sale at £500 ($AUD $900) ($NZD 947) and accepted "reasonable offers".</p> <p>Lisa explained it had been worn for 9 months and was purchased from a popular store.</p> <p>When another Facebook user asked why she was selling the ring, she got more than she bargained for after a 600-word-long reply from the seller.</p> <p>Lisa, a nurse, also said she was going to use the money from selling her ring to have a “banging Christmas dinner”.</p> <p>“Well, Pam, I met this bloke about three years ago and thought he was really nice - a big soft giant, been hurt and cheated on blah blah blah [who] was going to make me happy and all that bollocks.</p> <p>“So I thought I’d give it a try being the naive, vulnerable person I am and not realising everything he was saying had happened to him is actually what he had done to his ex wife - and before that, the mother of his children.</p> <p>“I am a mug, Pam. I really am.</p> <p>“Anyway, get back to the story. So I meet this bloke, don’t find him physically attractive that much but a nice person (again, wrong).</p> <p>“So fast forward a year and he proposes to me on a holiday to Egypt which was really nice and all but I knew then it wouldn’t ever happen cos he repulsed me more than attracted me. I’d actually said to my daughter the day before that I’d die if he proposed on this holiday and **** my life, he did it.</p> <p>“Anyway, I had to say yes cos we were in a restaurant full of people, all tables decorated and about 10 Egyptians stood round the table waiting to do this traditional Egyptian dance thing.</p> <p>“The ring’s already inside a glass of champers which I wish I’d taken the risk of choking on to be honest. And it’s all too late, I’m in too deep, Pam.</p> <p>“My daughter’s white [with shock], my other daughter’s crying, I’m crying through despair not happiness - little did they know and it’s all gone too far, Pam, I couldn’t say no then could I?</p> <p>“Anyway, fast forward again a few months and he’s already had seven birds behind my back - well tried - six turned him down and one was a prozzy (prostitute). So I can’t say he did actually cheat, but he did try.</p> <p>“So by now I’m really not feeling it all so [I’m] thinking just get past Christmas, then next thing ******* boom! We’ve booked a New York trip and I’m trapped again. At least he can’t propose on this one though.</p> <p>“So a week before New York, we have a massive row and the horrible fat bastard strangles me on the bed mid-way through an argument. Oh and he’s just admitted to stealing over $50k out of his dad’s bank account, who’s got dementia so bad that the poor old sod doesn’t even know what a bank account is any more!</p> <p>“So I’m at the end of the road by then, Pam, I really am! Proper had enough babe.</p> <p>“Anyway, fast forward again to four weeks ago and I won in court for the trying to kill me blip and got him a nice electronic ankle bracelet to wear. And I thought you know what, now it is definitely over now and I’ve still got that f****** ring I wish I’d choked on.</p> <p>“It’s Christmas and I’m a single mum, I work part time as a nurse and I’m skint so let’s sell this little beauty!</p> <p>“I mean it was only an investment for him really as women are just there to feed and pay his bills so I might as well get some dollar back and have a banging Christmas dinner, Pam!</p> <p>“Might even buy me a nice pair of shoes too so I can walk away from the next fat bastard who tries to ruin my life.</p> <p>“He’s moved on too, Pam. Got a new bill pair now so it’s definitely not needed.</p> <p>“So that’s why I’m getting rid Pam, hope that answers your question.”</p> <p>People were shocked by the reply, saying it was a "wild ride".</p> <p>“No multi-billion dollar Hollywood blockbuster has ever been nearly as entertaining as this roller coaster,” said one.</p> <p>Wrote one more: “Oh, I love Lisa. She’s honestly great. I hope she has a great Christmas.”</p> <p>Said a third: “I thought the ‘I’m a mug Pam, I really am’ part was the funniest, but it really only got better from there!”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Couple puts cancelled wedding deposit to good use

<p>Most brides and grooms-to-be have been forced to scale back wedding plans due to the coronavirus pandemic, with shorter guest lists, cancelled venues and smaller receptions.</p> <p>But US couple Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis had an idea to turn around their wedding celebrations for the greater good - by giving back to others.</p> <p>The Chicago couple had been planning a large wedding reception for family and friends, but with the pandemic getting worse in the US, they realised their big day wouldn’t go ahead as planned.</p> <p>The couple ended up getting married last month in a small city hall ceremony, with only a photographer.</p> <p>The couple were left with a $5,000 catering deposit, so they asked their caterer if they could turn the wedding food into donated Thanksgiving dinners for those in need.</p> <p>The newlyweds and the catering company helped serve 200 meals to people with serious mental illnesses and substance use conditions.</p> <p>"In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn't the worst thing that could happen," said Bugg in a statement. "We're happy to be married, and we're so happy that we could help Thresholds' clients feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding cancellation."</p> <p>"They said, 'Is there any way we could do something good with our deposit?'" recalled caterer Heidi Moorman Coudal, who owns Chicago-based company Big Delicious Planet. She said most couples ask for their money back, or they simply think of the time and resources caterers put into planning their wedding menu as another sunk cost.</p> <p>"For them to think about doing something for the greater good is just really heartwarming," Coudal told CNN.</p> <p>"Everybody was really excited because they knew this food was going to a really good cause. I think of Big Delicious Planet as a company that gives a lot back to the community -- we donate our time, our food resources, our locations and community garden, so I was happy to get on board with this."</p> <p>Bugg is an outreach worker at Thresholds, a nonprofit mental health provider in Chicago that helps people with conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression.</p>

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Grieving mother of stillborn baby shocked by friend’s insensitive request

<p>A mother who recently suffered a stillbirth at just 29 weeks has shared her horrifying story to the<span> </span>Choosing Beggars Subreddit.</p> <p>“I didn’t want to put this out here, but I have no choice,” the woman wrote on her Facebook page.</p> <p>“(Name crossed out) bought me some beautiful gifts for Benjamin for when he was born.</p> <p>“A soft fleece blanket, cuddly elephant, booties, some clothes and a singing toy.</p> <p>“I didn’t ask for these things; as I said, they were gifts.”</p> <p>The poster went on to explain her son Benjamin came into this world stillborn.</p> <p>“A week later (Name crossed out) messages me asking if Benjamin used or touched the things she bought because if not … she wanted them back!” the woman said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839056/mother-stillborn-sad-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7655a5d4ab3e423ab9141b3da884cc8d" /></p> <p>The screenshots of the messages were provided by the woman, clearly in disbelief.</p> <p>“Hey, hun just wondering if u used the bits n bobs I got for the baby?” she wrote. “If not I can give them to Laura’s little one. Hope your [sic] OK and resting up hun?”</p> <p>She then followed up with another message.</p> <p>“Let me know hun before I buy more stuff, save a bit of money before Xmas, you know how it is.”</p> <p>Finally, the grieving mother responded.</p> <p>“I’m not doing OK,” she replies.</p> <p>“I’m heartbroken.”</p> <p>“I can’t believe you’re asking me at the moment, but yes I still have the things except for the blanket, he will be buried with it because it is warm and I thought it was stunning. I mean … I hope that’s OK for you?!?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839057/mother-stillborn-sad-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5ee618fed9964347bb13692f9d10aa12" /></p> <p>While many would have stopped while they were ahead, the friend clearly did not get the message.</p> <p>“Aww hun, sorry I know its [sic] a tough time, I’m sorry,” she wrote. “I just needed to know before I spend anymore, is there a chance you have another blanky for him babe?</p> <p>“Like you said its [sic] nice and warm and Laura’s baby can have use of that.”</p> <p>“I’ve been having a tough time myself lately so I’m here online and on my phone all the time for u if you need to chat,” she then added.</p> <p>“Let me know though about the blanket quickly though.”</p> <p>While the woman ignored the message from her friend, the texts would not stop.</p> <p>“What if I popped round tomorrow?” she wrote. “I can pick it up then babe.”</p> <p>This finally provoked a response from the poor mother.</p> <p>“No! Don’t come here, please,” she wrote. “The blanket is in with Benjamin!</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839058/mother-stillborn-sad.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9ba7a5144e7e4806a68d8388f04985b7" /></p> <p>“You can have the rest (of the things) I’ll drop them off at yours, don’t even think of coming here. My husband is fuming with these messages you are sending me a week after I lose my baby.</p> <p>“They’re packed in a bag … I’ll leave them at yours. The blanket is with Benjamin he is having ‘use’ out of it thank you very much.”</p> <p>The friend responded again, this time defending herself.</p> <p>Reddit users took to the comments to bash the “friend” who had wanted the items returned.</p> <p>“Imagine harassing a grieving mother over stuff that amounts to pocket change,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“I hope the woman blocks her out of her life entirely,” another aid.</p> <p>“Wow … what a garbage human.”</p> <p>The poster informed the reddit chain she has since cut the friend off completely.</p>

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Prince Harry mourns sudden loss

<p>Prince Harry has lost his godmother, Lady Celia Vestey, at 71-years-old.</p> <p>She was close to both the Queen and Prince Charles, and is reported to have “died suddenly, but peacefully”, a UK newspaper has written.</p> <p>"Celia Elizabeth SRN BA. Died suddenly, but peacefully, on Saturday 28th November, aged 71 years," the dedication in the UK's <a rel="noopener" href="https://go.lnkam.com/link/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Fobituaries%2F&amp;campaign_id=b7YMMAqMdAL7wyzNe5m3wz&amp;source=h3xqamgzbty0is" target="_blank" title="Daily Telegraph">Telegraph</a> announced.</p> <p>"Adored wife of Sam. Much loved mother of William, Arthur and Mary and loving Granny of Ella, Frankie, Sam and Cosima. Private family funeral. Memorial service later. Family flowers only please, but donations gratefully received in Celia's memory to Ebony Horse Club."</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839022/celia-vestey-prince-harry-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5414ddd3cc1d459b9a8a30f10f8c9ac2" /></p> <p>Lady Vestey had been seen a number of times in the royal box at Cheltenham and was part of the Queen's "racing circle".</p> <p>Her husband, Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey, was the Royal Household's Master of the Horse from 1999 to 2018, and in 2019 became one of Her Majesty's Lords-in-Waiting.</p> <p>Following the birthday Harry, the close family friend was made godmother to the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana alongside others including, Prince Andrew, Lady Sarah Chatto, Bryan Organ, Gerald Ward and Carolyn Bartholomew, Princess Diana's former flatmate.</p> <p>Lady Vestey has been a present force throughout the entirety of Harry’s major milestones including his confirmation day at Eton's school chapel and also at St George's Chapel for his wedding in 2018.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex has privately reached out to Lady Vestey's children, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/20201201101846/prince-harry-godmother-lady-celia-vestey-dies-suddenly/" target="_blank" title="Hello!">Hello!</a> magazine.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839021/celia-vestey-prince-harry-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3ebfe8de975048e68d84651a0a20165b" /></p> <p>The sad news follows after a heartbreaking revelation from Meghan Markle who announced in a sorrowful but beautiful written admission that she had suffered a miscarriage in July.</p> <p>The couple's private pain was made public in an op-ed for the New York Times, which reflected on Thanksgiving and being more mindful for the struggle of others.</p>

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The conspiracy to keep Charles and Camilla apart

<p>It was one of the last century’s most iconic “remember-where-you-were-when” moments: On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles wed Lady Diana Spencer in a fairy tale wedding watched by 750 million people, according to the BBC. It was, as Diana later said, the worst day of her life.</p> <p>“I can’t marry him,” she told her sisters during a pre-wedding lunch. But she did. Of course, we all know the ending to that story. The unhappy, scandal-wrought marriage ended in divorce in 1996, but not before Prince Charles’s enduring love for Camilla Parker Bowles had become common knowledge.</p> <p>In 2005, Prince Charles finally wed Camilla, and by all accounts, they’re as happy together as Diana, who died in that tragic car crash in 1997, always suspected they’d be. Today, with Prince Charles as the next in line for the throne, the question most often asked about Prince Charles and his second wife is whether she will ever be queen? But Charles and Camilla’s love, which has endured since they first began dating in 1972, begs another question …</p> <p>Why didn’t Charles marry Camilla back then?<br />The question was tackled in Sally Bedell Smith’s biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. According to Bedell Smith, right from the start, Charles adored the then-Camilla Shand, who’s close in age to Charles (Diana was 13 years younger) and has always treated him as an equal rather than as someone she idolised. However, the royal family wasn’t interested in having Camilla as its princess. For one thing, she was perceived as an “experienced” woman, which was a nonstarter for the royal family back then in terms of their notion of a suitable spouse for Prince Charles. For another, she wasn’t perceived as “aristocratic” enough to be a princess, according to a report by the Daily Mail on another biography of Prince Charles.</p> <p>“Lovely for you two to have a fling, but this absolutely cannot end in marriage,” Prince Charles’s great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, advised him, according to the UK’s Express. Soon after, Charles was called away on naval business overseas (convenient, eh?), and used the time to put distance between himself and Camilla. Camilla soothed herself by reconnecting with her former beau, Andrew Parker Bowles. And that’s precisely where Bedell Smith theorises that a scheme was hatched to get Camilla married off to Andrew.</p> <p>The forcing of Andrew’s “hand”<br />It’s rumoured that Camilla’s father planted a fake Camilla-Andrew engagement notice in The Times, apparently forcing Andrew’s hand. Literally. Prince Charles returned home to news of Camilla and Andrew’s engagement. According to Bedell Smith, in the absence of the fake engagement announcement that led to Andrew’s actual proposal to Camilla, Charles might have married Camilla, despite his family’s objections.</p> <p>Instead, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973, and Charles went on to date a number of “suitable” women until he met Diana Spencer in 1980. But all the while, Camilla remained in his heart, and occasionally in his plans, as Charles, himself admitted. By the end of 1995, the Parker Bowles couple was divorced, the Prince and Princess were on their way to a divorce, and Diana had famously told television interviewer Martin Bashir that “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”</p> <p>The happy ending for the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall<br />Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles got their long-awaited happy ending in 2005 when they married in a civil ceremony, which his mother, the Queen, did not attend (although she did turn up at the reception). Camilla was given the title, “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.” Today, they’re still happily married.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Lauren Cahn. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/the-conspiracy-to-keep-charles-and-camilla-apart"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Ungrateful” bride’s frustration after receiving $10 Kmart wedding gift

<p>A bride who took to social media to complain about the $10 Kmart gift her best friend gave her, has had the attention backfire.</p> <p>The unidentified woman from Brisbane took to Facebook to vent her frustration saying she and her husband were “hurt” to have received two $5 towels as gifts for attending their “exclusive” ceremony and reception.</p> <p>A screenshot of her post soon made its way onto Reddit and despite her asking for suggestions on how to deal with the situation, she was instead met with criticism with people calling her “ungrateful”.</p> <p>“Hey everyone, has anyone received any wedding gifts in the past that were a slap in the face?” she began the post.</p> <p>“How do you deal with it? My partner and I had a very exclusive wedding, all inclusive and the focus were our guests.</p> <p>“Our best friend, husband and kids know this and they gifted us 2 Kmart towels, a total worth about $10. This hurt us a lot, as it was a slap in the face. we don’t know how to deal with it. suggestions?”</p> <p>However, it was far from the sympathetic response she had hoped for with social media users branding her “shallow” and “mean”.</p> <p>“Maybe it's all they can afford? Be thankful they wanted to be there to celebrate your special day and focus on the qualities in their personalities rather than the material items they may or may not have given you,” one member of the Facebook group responded.</p> <p>“Are you serious?” another asked, adding, “it’s not about what you get out of it.”</p> <p>Another Aussie bride gave her two cents, saying she would be happy if her wedding could even go ahead in August next year.</p> <p>“Those people who only care about getting gifts really frustrate the hell out of me,” she wrote.</p> <p>“At this rate, my wedding will be the first time I see my parents in two years (by that stage), my sister in about three years and my best friends in five years … all because of this freaking virus.”</p> <p>Another person said there was nothing wrong with receiving a Kmart towel as a wedding present.</p> <p>“Kmart towels are an awesome gift. Who cares how much they cost. What a shallow person,” the person wrote.</p> <p>“Any suggestions?” Yes, say thank you then shut up,” another person demanded.</p>

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Nicole Kidman said husband Keith Urban saved her from the "great killer" of loneliness

<p>Nicole Kidman has praised her husband Keith Urban from keeping her from loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Undoing</em><span> </span>actress praised him in a recent interview with<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_160617672419810&amp;key=e5200498106ac69367fbfbf8b5361be3&amp;libId=khv6vh6e0102kn81000DAbbr2cdm6ros2&amp;loc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etonline.com%2Fnicole-kidman-on-parenting-in-lockdown-and-how-keith-urban-saved-her-from-the-great-killer-of%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Dfeed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%253A%2BETTopStories%2B%2528Entertainment%2BTonight%253A%2BBreaking%2BNews%2529&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.glamourmagazine.co.uk%2Farticle%2Fnicole-kidman-glamour-cover-interview-2020https%3A%2F%2Fwww.glamourmagazine.co.uk%2Farticle%2Fnicole-kidman-glamour-cover-interview-2020&amp;title=Nicole%20Kidman%20on%20Parenting%20in%20Lockdown%20%26%20How%20Keith%20Urban%20Saved%20Her%20From%20the%20%E2%80%98Great%20Killer%E2%80%99%20of%20Loneliness%20%7C%20Entertainment%20Tonight&amp;txt=Glamour" target="_blank"><em>Glamour</em></a>.</p> <p>"I have a very good relationship. It is a very soothing, comforting place for me to go, and he's a very strong, warm, kind man," she said.</p> <p>"I'm very fortunate to have that in my life because it's a really strong place to be able to go and curl up."</p> <p>The pair have been married since 2006 and share daughters Rose, 12 and Faith Margaret, 9.</p> <p>"And, this is a lonely world, right?" she said. "That's an extraordinary thing to have found, particularly later in my life. But it saved me, as well, which is a beautiful thing to have."</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/CHdzh1KHS1c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CHdzh1KHS1c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Kidman referred to loneliness as a global "epidemic" and that she doesn't take her husband's unconditional love for granted.</p> <p>"They say loneliness is the great killer," she said. "It causes so much pain and I've been lonely, and it is very, very, very hard. You see it in older people. You see it in young people. You see it now in this world. We can't even hug anymore. Loneliness is an epidemic. So, I am very fortunate to come home to him. My heart goes out to the people who don't have a person to go to now."</p> <p>She said her family keeps her grounded.</p> <p>"I said once, 'I prefer children to adults.' I like adults more now — not more than kids, though," she said. "I love being around children and we've got five kids living with me now because Keith had to go [to Nashville] to release his album. So, my sister moved in to help me while I'm filming, and we have three of her younger kids — she has six — living with us."</p> <p>"Our kids — because we travel, and we won't be apart — are used to having to learn online," she said. "But the social distance has been very difficult for them. They are working through the emotions. For a 12-year-old, it's about not being able to access friends easily. That's a whole thing which every parent will be going through."</p>

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Lisa Wilkinson sweetly reveals how she met husband Peter FitzSimons

<p>TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson has shared the lovely story of how she met her husband of almost three decades and it's all thanks to her fellow reporter Liz Hayes.</p> <p>Wilkinson shared a sweet snap of herself and husband Peter FitzSimons in front of the Channel 9 studio buildings, which is where they met almost 30 years ago.</p> <p>"Well this is one for the grandkids (which we don't have yet, by the way)...but I digress.," she began her caption.</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/CH2XLizFmTd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CH2XLizFmTd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She then goes on to explain how the duo met.</p> <p>"It wasn't much more than a brief introduction and a handshake – we were both charmed, but also in separate relationships," she wrote. "Eighteen months later, and both now single, a special someone (thank you @thelizhayes) decided to play matchmaker and nine months after that, we were walking down the aisle."</p> <p>The happy couple married in 1992 and now share three kids in their 20s, sons Jake and Louis and daughter Billi.</p> <p>"Three kids, four changes of address, five animals, the occasional disagreement, and a million good times later, the marriage has survived," Wilkinson wrote.</p> <p>Wilkinson explained her reason for sharing the touching story, as the building where they met is going to be demolished and redeveloped into an apartment building.</p> <p>"So of course, we raced over today for a selfie out the front of the place that started it all for us. Sweet memories of another time."</p> <p>She ended the story by thanking the photographer.</p> <p>"A big thank you to the lovely young film student called Josh who was also there marking the occasion by taking photos (and kindly took ours), and who told us of his big dream of one day making it in the industry. We really hope you do, Josh."</p>

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Jacinda Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford jokes he's "punching above his weight"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Clarke Gayford has joked that he is "punching above his weight" in his relationship with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.</p> <p>Gayford hosts fishing program<span> </span><em>Fish of the Day</em><span> </span>and shared some insight into his relationship with Ardern.</p> <p>He answered a question about how their relationship began on Australian radio station Nova 96.9.</p> <p>"I thought you were about to accuse me of punching [above my weight], and, well, you would be right!" he joked.</p> <p>Gayford explained to hosts Fitzy and Wippa that he met his now-fiancee through official channels.</p> <p>"This is slightly embarrassing, I had a constituency issue and I emailed my local MP and I got some really good advice," he laughed.</p> <p>The pair briefly met for the first time at an awards show in 2012, with Gayford reaching out to Ardern to discuss his concerns over a proposed bill.</p> <p>The pair's relationship became more high-profile in August 2017 as Ardern became the leader of New Zealand's Labour Party. Just seven weeks later, she was elected to the office of Prime Minister.</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/CDGQlyUMOkS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CDGQlyUMOkS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarke Gayford (@clarkegayford)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Gayford remembers that moment vividly.</p> <p>"As I was about to go down underwater I turned my phone off, like 'I don't want to know about this'," he told Nova's Fitzy and Wippa.</p> <p>"When I came back up the guy on the boat said, 'Yeah, mate, you might want to call back home. Your missus has had a promotion'."</p> <p>Gayford was diving in Queensland and was filming the new Discovery Channel documentary<span> </span><em>Shark Lockdown</em><span> </span>when Ardern was made Prime Minister.</p> <p>The pair are now engaged after having their first child, daughter Neve Te Aroha in June 2018.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Ben Fordham rescues Sydney bride's wedding

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>2GB's Ben Fordham came to the rescue of a stressed-out Sydney bride who was facing the prospect of getting married without her beloved brother attending the wedding as well as being two bridesmaids down.</p> <p>"Oh my God, it's been the most ridiculous 24 hours or even longer," Cassie Brien, 30, tells <a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/latest/2gbs-ben-fordham-comes-to-the-rescue-of-sydney-bride/c77ea54b-597e-4f2e-924a-5d56bff9f4ed" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>9Honey</em></a>. "I'm exhausted just from this morning, but I'm over the moon after what's happened today."</p> <p>Cassie's brother Patrick and his partner Madeline are residents of NSW but were stranded in Victoria during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>With restrictions lifting, the couple has been applying to enter NSW in time for the wedding, but unfortunately have been unsuccessful. </p> <p>To add to the wedding stress, two of Cassie's bridesmaids were unable to make it either due to one living in Canada and the other living in South Australia.</p> <p>Cassie and Patrick were devastated at the prospect of him not being able to attend but had to accept it was the case.</p> <p>"We got so close," she says. "We had tried everything but just had to come to terms with it."</p> <p>Cassie's best friend Brittany Jarachowicz wasn't about to take that lying down and contacted 2GB Live host Ben Fordham for help, explaining the heartbreaking situation.</p> <p>Brittany thought that was that, but got the surprise of her life when she was contacted by NSW Health.</p> <p>NSW Health had been contacted by Fordham to help bring Cassie's brother Patrick to Sydney in time for the wedding.</p> <p>"NSW Health rang me and told us it had been organised and Cass is beyond ecstatic," she says. "Then Ben Fordham rang her brother and now Patrick has a written letter of approval for both of them."</p> <p>Brittany is so grateful to Fordham for his help.</p> <p>"I always listen to 2GB and my friends laugh at me about it but I learn so much from talk back and he's so easy to listen to. I'm just super-grateful to Ben and NSW Health, they are absolute legends."</p> <p>Cassie is overjoyed with the news.</p> <p>"He's a dead set legend," Cassie says of Fordham. "He's so genuine. He even rang Britt a couple of times after it was all sorted. He's a beautiful human and the health minister is amazing that they can do this for us after such a crazy year."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/latest/2gbs-ben-fordham-comes-to-the-rescue-of-sydney-bride/c77ea54b-597e-4f2e-924a-5d56bff9f4ed" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">9Honey</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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The shocking reality about Charles and Diana’s honeymoon

<p><strong>They honeymooned on board the royal yacht Britannia</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s “wedding of the century” at St Paul’s Cathedral in July 1981, the royal pair set off for Gibraltar on Spain’s south coast, where they boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia. The yacht cruised around the Mediterranean, including the Greek islands, for 14 days. The couple ended their getaway at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. It was a luxurious itinerary – but what really went down during those first few days of the couple’s doomed marriage? Turns out, a lot more drama than you might think.</span></p> <p><strong>Diana was still reeling over this engagement comment</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While most people head out on their honeymoon with the impression that their partner is totally in love with them, Diana wasn’t so sure. Her insecurity stemmed from an awkward interview at the time of her and Charles’ engagement. “We had this ghastly interview the day we announced our engagement,” she told her speech coach on a tape that was later used for the Channel 4 documentary </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Diana: In Her Own Words</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “And this ridiculous [news] man said, ‘Are you in love?’ “I thought, what a thick question. So I said, ‘Yes, of course, we are,’ and Charles turned round and said, ‘Whatever love means.’ And that threw me completely. I thought, what a strange answer. It traumatised me.”</span></p> <p><strong>Charles called Camilla every chance he got</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although Charles’ former flame Camilla Parker Bowles had already been married to her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, for eight years, Charles still found a way to call her from the Mediterranean. “The Prince simply had to be in constant contact with Camilla or he couldn’t function properly,” his valet Stephen Barry said in the book </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Diana Chronicles</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “If he went without his daily phone call, he would become tetchy and ill-tempered.”</span></p> <p><strong>The pair didn’t enjoy their first night together</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That first night was nothing special,” Charles told a friend, according to Tina Brown’s The Diana Chronicles. “It was pleasant enough, of course. But she really was painfully naive.” According to Brown, “Charles had enjoyed women who led him, mastered him, and mothered him. He was used to being served, not required to seduce.”</span></p> <p><strong>Charles wore a gift from Camilla on the honeymoon</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As if calling Camilla wasn’t bad enough, Charles also received a gift from her. “On our honeymoon, cufflinks arrive on his wrists,” Diana said on the Channel 4 tapes. “Two C’s entwined like the Chanel ‘C’. Got it. One knew exactly. So I said, ‘Camilla gave you those, didn’t she?’ He said ‘Yes, so what’s wrong? They’re a present from a friend.’ And boy, did we have a row. Jealousy, total jealousy. And it was such a good idea – the two ‘C’s – but it wasn’t that clever.”</span></p> <p><strong>The couple’s incompatibility became extremely apparent</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 12-year age gap had always been known, but never was it more apparent than aboard the Brittania. The 32-year-old prince envisioned spending his honeymoon sunning, swimming, reading, painting, and writing thank-you letters. “He’d taken along his watercolours, some canvases and a pile of books by the Afrikaner mystic and writer Laurens van der Post, which he’d hoped he and Diana might share and then discuss in the evenings,” wrote Penny Junor in her book </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duchess</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>.</em> “Diana, however, was no great reader. She hated his wretched books and was offended that he might prefer to bury his head in one of them rather than sit and talk to her. She resented him sitting for hours at his easel, too, and they had many blazing rows. One day, when Charles was painting on the veranda deck of Britannia, he went off to look at something for half an hour. He came back to find she’d destroyed his painting and all his materials.”</span></p> <p><strong>Diana’s bulimia spiralled out of control</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Diana had been struggling with bulimia for months by the time her honeymoon came around. “[During our engagement], my husband put his hand on my waistline and said: ‘Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?’ and that triggered off something in me,” she told her biographer Andrew Morton. “And the Camilla thing. I was desperate, desperate. I remember the first time I made myself sick. I was so thrilled because I thought this was the release of tension.” The disorder only got worse aboard the Britannia.</span></p> <p><strong>Diana felt hopeless about the marriage by day two</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the world watched the prince and princess in awe, Diana began to feel despair. She told her biographer Andrew Morton that her “tremendous hope was slashed by day two.” At one point, she wrote “I feel so small, so lonely, so out of my depth,” according to Tina Brown’s book. The couple announced their separation in 1992 and divorced in 1996.</span></p> <p><strong>IMAGE:</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Shutterstock</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Juliana LaBianca</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. This article first appeared on </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/the-shocking-reality-about-charles-and-dianas-honeymoon" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reader’s Digest</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>here’s our best</em> subscription offer</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

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Belinda Emmett’s mum marks 14th anniversary since tragic death with emotional post

<p>The late Belinda Emmett’s mother has honoured the anniversary of her death with an emotional tribute.<span> </span><br /><br />The world lost Belinda over 14 years ago from breast cancer on November 11, 2006.<br /><br />Taking to Instagram, Laraine Emmett shared a photo of the former Home And Away star surrounded by angels, along with the caption: "Forever Young!"<br /><br />"Miss you so much Belle ... 14 long years since I have been able to hear your infectious laugh, a smile that would light up any room you walked into and the most caring person anyone would meet ... An Angel walking on earth," Laraine added.<br /><br />Belinda died after a long battle with breast cancer at the age of 32.</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/CHbbHiWB0yh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CHbbHiWB0yh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Laraine (@larainetoni)</a> on Nov 10, 2020 at 3:21pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span> </span><br /><br />It was just eighteen months after she married her TV host beau Rove McManus, who liked Laraine's post on Wednesday.<br /><br />The blonde beauty won the hearts of television viewers as Rebecca Fisher on Home and Away. </p> <p><span>It was the role that would go on to earn her a Gold Logie nomination in 1999.</span></p> <p>In an interview with New Idea last year, Laraine and husband Michael revealed they are still in touch with Rove.<span> </span><br /><br />"Rove's got his own wife and we respect that, but we stay close," Michael said.</p> <p>"It's nice to have the little ones around ... It's lovely to have [Ruby] in our lives as well. It's not in a huge way, but it's pretty wonderful."<br /><br />Rove is now remarried to actress Tasma Walton and together they share a seven-year-old daughter, Ruby.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838763/belinda-emmett-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e8830fecd28d460b8aa617fc84ce3807" /><br /><br />Belinda and Rove would have celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in January since the pair tied the knot at the Mary Immaculate Church in Waverley on January 29th, 2005.<br /><br />While McManus has chosen to remain private about his first wife, he did write a short but meaningful tweet back in 2009, on the second anniversary of her death that still resonates with friends and family.<span> </span><br /><br />It was short, sweet, and pure, reading: “thinking of Belinda today. And smiling xxx”.</p>

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"We have endured and survived": Jess Rowe gets candid about family life

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Jessica Rowe and her husband, Nine news presenter Peter Overton, have been working hard over the last few years to create a peaceful family environment for their daughters Allegra, 13, and Giselle, 11.</p> <p>However, the doting parents aren't able to get their kids to cook just yet.</p> <p>"It would be amazing if they would cook dinner but I'm not holding my breath," she says of her daughters. "I don't love to cook so it would be a miracle if my daughters suddenly wanted to cook, because they're not learning it from me.</p> <p>"My youngest Giselle, she inherited my sweet tooth and she does bake a really good packet cake and packet brownies, biscuits, cupcakes, she enjoys doing that."</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/CEyNqnmjlkF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CEyNqnmjlkF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Rowe (@jessjrowe)</a> on Sep 5, 2020 at 11:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Rowe is also delighted that she's able to cook a roast chook after showcasing her limited cooking abilities on her Crap Wife Instagram.</p> <p>"I can do a roast chook now," she says. "My beautiful friend Denise Drysdale taught me how to roast a chook. Her parents owned a chicken shop in Melbourne.</p> <p>"You baste the chook in peanut oil, add salt and pepper, shove a lemon inside the chook and cook it on high heat at 220 degrees for an hour, depending on the size of the chook," she says.</p> <p>"It's so good and that is a bit of a weekly regular now. The other thing I can do is a pavlova. That'll come out on special occasions."</p> <p>Rowe is also accepting her limitations as a chef.</p> <p>"Look, I'm never going to be an amazing cook and I'm not interested," she says. "I don't want to be a gourmet chef. But I've learned really good shortcuts and tips that make life a little bit easier and that's all we want."</p> <p>She's also been enjoying the downtime with her children due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is sad about her popular RSL show with Denise Drysdale put on pause due to COVID-19.</p> <p>"I suppose for me now it is being with my girls and being a family with my darling husband and finding meaningful work," she says. </p> <p>"I love writing and I love connecting with people and talking with people. I miss terribly this year the audiences and public speaking and I was doing this crazy show at various RSL clubs with Denise Drysdale. I miss all of that.</p> <p>"What I'm hopeful for is that whatever is ahead is going to involve audiences and connection with people and travel and it's going to involve having a laugh because family is laughing is what makes my heart sing."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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