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The last time you picked through the closet for something to wear, did you discover that it’s prime time for a new personal look? Keep in mind that the move into a new style is about more than just clothing. Think about skincare, fitness, nails, hair, and every visible part of your body. Some opt for a limited makeover and decide to focus on fashion, while others choose to hone in on improving physical fitness and other aspects of their outward appearance.

The secret to getting started and getting the job done is to make an honest inventory of the things you think should be changed. Decide how you’ll cover the cost of the project, and don’t forget to get professional advice to make up for blind spots and miscues. The pillars of the project include clothing, hair, nails, and fitness. Everyone has a different strategy for reaching their goals, so be sure to review the following general guidelines before you begin.

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Make a Plan and Budget

Total transformations, and even limited ones, can be a costly endeavor. That’s why it makes sense to develop a list of everything you plan to do and make a ballpark estimate of the total cost. When you apply for a personal loan to come up with the funds, you don’t want to be too far off-base with the amount of money you will need for the project. If you realize that clothing will be your largest expense, check with online retailers to find current price levels. Plus, it’s easy to check spa and salon websites to figure out what a makeover will set you back.

Get Professional Advice

Personal makeover consultants are busier than ever these days. Most work independently and can even go shopping with you. Choose wisely after interviewing a few consultants and find one with reasonable rates and who has a good idea of what someone your age wants in terms of a new look. Avoid hiring someone who specializes in clients who are much older or younger than you are.

Clothing

For some, clothes are the centerpiece of a general look. They couldn’t care less about hairstyles or anything else. Indeed, there are those lucky individuals who seem to have a perfect sense of what looks good in terms of hair, accessories, shoes, and jewelry. But, when clothing is the number one priority, consider focusing on comfortable, casual workwear that is versatile and durable. Shoes can be the icing on the cake, so be sure to wear one of your favorite outfits when you go shoe shopping.

Hair and Nails

Colorists who work for salons are skilled at helping clients coordinate hairstyles, skincare regimens, and nails. If you don’t currently have a favorite salon, ask friends for recommendations and let them know you’re in the process of doing a makeover and want a high-quality provider.

Exercise and Fitness

Always speak with your physician before taking up a new exercise routine or fitness regimen. If you get the green light from the doc, consider using a personal trainer who can offer targeted workouts and meal plans to help you get in good physical shape. Avoid overdoing workouts in order to avoid injury and psychological burnout.

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Hoodies are more popular than ever, and this is in no small part thanks to customization. According to Printful, many people want something unique, especially when it comes to clothing.

Customizing your clothes used to be expensive and difficult. But today, thanks to technology, the ability to make your own clothes is accessible to everyone. Anyone can create their own custom hoodies from the comfort of their homes.

All they need is a bit of creativity to get the measurements right. However, there are other reasons why customized hoodies are trendy today.

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The Advantages of Customized Hoodies

Both individuals and businesses use customized hoodies for marketing purposes and to showcase their personalities. With a personalized hoodie, you can promote a brand name or gift them to friends, customers, or employees to express your friendship, promote customer loyalty, or make employees happy.

Anyone would love a new and original hoodie in their wardrobe, especially one that’s been customized. Many people opt to put meaningful texts, images, or artworks on their hoodies.

They want to express themselves or give their clothes a little more personality. The advantage of customized hoodies is that you can opt for embroidery printing or digital/screen printing.

With embroidery printing, you can give a classic look to any hoodie. It will stand the test of time, especially since hoodies and embroidery are durable, thanks to their thick fabrics. With digital/screen printing, you can play with the design in many different ways.

Some people choose to express their opinion about something, support a cause, or just put something funny on their clothing. Whatever the case, custom hoodies have the advantage that anyone can wear them.

Advantages From a Business Perspective

Since customized hoodies can be worn by practically all age groups, you can even start your own business selling them. With embroidered customized hoodies, you can target a more refined audience, while you can sell a digital/screen printed customized hoodie to children, adolescents, or young adults.

No matter what you choose, hoodies are warm and comfy, and everyone wears them. There is also a great advantage of wearing them if you exercise regularly. Hoodies can make you sweat, essentially helping you do some detox.

From a business perspective, you can customize your hoodie with the help of various printing websites. You can create your own designs, ask a friend to help you out, hire a designer, or buy already popular designs.

What’s more, you can opt for print-on-demand services. This way, you can collaborate with a printing website to sell your hoodies without the need to have them in-store. You should, however, create your own online store to maximize your profits.

With print-on-demand services, any customer that places an order will be taken care of by your provider. This means that you don’t have to invest too much time taking care of the orders, and you won’t need an inventory. When an order is made, the printing begins, and your provider will take care of the shipping.

Final Words

Customized hoodies are among the most cherished pieces of clothing because anyone can wear them, enrich them with their own designs, promote their style, brand, or views, and even make a business out of them.

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If you are someone who wears a lot of jewelry, you might be interested in functional accessories that serve multiple purposes. Accessorizing with multipurpose jewelry is useful – and looks great. Whether you are on the go and want to keep items handy, looking for a tech savvy smartwatch, or feel like splurging on a new way to protect your spiritual energy, we’ve got you covered. Here are 3 ideas of jewelry that serve a greater purpose, while still looking great with other accessories.

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  1.  Smart Jewelry

What  started as clunky wristbands that monitored daily steps has transformed into clean, elegant pieces that appear to be normal jewelry but can be used to track wellness information, send texts, and even utilize apps like mobile games and social media. The advantages to smart jewelry are endless – they are difficult to lose or damage since they are attached to your body during use, and they can be used on the go in situations or scenarios where using a phone would not be allowed or appropriate.

  1. Energy Jewelry

While some might be skeptical of energy jewelry and its many functions, these pieces can be used to increase energy and raise vibrations. Some pieces, like EMF bracelets, offer protection for your health and inner sense of harmony. Not to mention, these pieces are beautiful and often come in a variety of styles.

  1. Secret Storage Jewelry

A surprisingly helpful  style of jewelry is pieces that can discreetly offer minimal storage, such as necklaces that hold or attach to your keys, or fabric bracelets that can hold items like lip balm. These pieces specifically are  a great option for anyone traveling or  attending major events such as concerts or festivals where large bags or other storage items are prohibited or  personal  items are at risk of being lost. Keeping these items handy is useful, and storing them in a way that does not look obnoxious (or even noticeable) is a game changer for many people on the go.

If you are looking to add some new jewelry to your wardrobe, why not opt for a few pieces that are functional as well as beautiful? Whether you’re looking to track your daily steps, protect or improve your natural energy, or store personal items on the go, these 3 multipurpose accessories are a perfect place to start.

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A V-neck is one of the most popular men’s garments. However, it has a rocky history and has often received criticism from both fashion experts and the public. 

What started as a collarless undershirt has turned into a piece worn on its own for many occasions, yet still, some people claim that nobody looks good in a V-neck. 

So let’s take and look and make a final decision about whether v-necks look good on men. Check out some of the main things you must know about these tees and why do they even exist.

History in a nutshell 

V-necks were invented after the traditional crewnecks, and the reason was that many guys didn’t like the crew’s collar peeking from under their jumpers and shirts. 

Besides that, the fashion industry was looking for a way to “spice things up” and offer men something new and more exciting. 

It took some time for guys to adopt this style and start wearing it on its own, and the peak of popularity was reached in the 2000s when pretty much every guy had one. After a short dip, the V-necks are now back, and the choice of colors, fabrics, and styles is wider than ever.

The arguments against 

But why do many people dislike V-necks? Well, one of the main reasons is that they think that deep V cuts look tacky and remind everyone of the infamous Jersey-shore type guys. 

We get it – when the cut is deep, it may expose too much chest and chest hair which is undesirable. 

Another thing that makes V-necks look tacky is a bad fit. If the tee is too big or too tight, there’s just no way around it! 

Lastly, many guys dislike the fact that the V cut gets stretched out too fast, and they need to toss the tee to avoid looking sloppy. 

Why do V-necks look good

Yes, these are all valid reasons, but they’re very avoidable. Want a V-neck? Just don’t make any of these mistakes! 

Now let’s get to the reasons why do V-necks look good and why you should stock up on at least a few pieces! 

More stylish and put-together

We admit that style and taste are personal, but V-necks are considered a more fashionable choice than your classic crews in the fashion world. 

You will look more put together even if you wear it with simple jeans or basic chinos, and a V-neck is definitely a better choice to wear under your blazers or suits. 

One key thing to remember is choosing the right V cut because a too deep cut will give an opposite effect. Opt for thees with a cut no lower than 2-3 inches below the collarbone, and you’re safe! 

Flatters and elongates the body

Let’s get real. Almost all guys would have nothing against a couple of extra inches in height! You should definitely consider wearing a men’s black v-neck tee if you’re one of them because it has an elongating effect. 

Yep, you will look taller and slimmer, and that’s an undeniable win. 

V-necks are also great if you’ve spent a lot of time at the gym and now want to show off a little as they usually hug the figure nice and tight. 

Layering MVP 

V-necks are excellent as the layering base from pretty much anything from cardings to jumpers to leather and denim jackets. 

The tee seamlessly fits the body and doesn’t overshadow your main piece, e.g., a nice chunky cardigan. 

We recommend having at least a few V-necks in different base colors so you can create more great looks—stock up on black, white, grey, navy, olive, and burgundy pieces.  

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Let’s be honest. When it comes to running, there’s almost nothing worse for your motivation than running in temperatures that make you want to crawl back in bed. In fact, for most of us during the cooler months, it can be easy to forego our training plans entirely in favor of staying cozy indoors. And while there’s always a time and place for cozy relaxing, when it comes to hitting our training goals, there’s nothing worse than breaking the promises we make to ourselves.

Thankfully, the Olympian-founded, ethically produced activewear brand, Boathouse Sports, has lots of great options for runners looking to upgrade their sportswear and seek new inspiration in order to reach their fitness goals this winter.

We have outlined some of our favorite items that are sure to help add motivation behind those chilly runs:

True North Unisex Waterproof Helium Ultra-Light Jacket

This jacket is the perfect addition to your runner’s uniform. The ultra-lightweight, packable, and reflective jacket provides waterproof and wind protection and features an adjustable hood with a cord lock. The Helium fabric also allows for a breathable, 2-say comfort stretch fit, making it the perfect final layer for your fit. It comes in a hi-vis yellow, which is great for staying safe during that early morning or late-night run.

Quarter-Zip Compression Top ($74)

If you’re looking for a non-bulky layer that provides maximal warmth, this compression top fits nicely under the Helium Ultra-Light Jacket or your preferred running jacket. The Quarter-Zip Compression Top, which is available for men and women, is made with form-fitting fabric that provides gentle compression that still allows for flexible movement, while wicking away moisture to keep you dry and warm.

Tailwind Hoodie ($98).
This Tailwind Hoodie has been a Boathouse classic for years, according to our sources. With a new year comes a new style, and this staple now comes with a fun navy swirl accent inside the hood. Whether you’re on a long run, in frigid temperatures, or need something cozy for active recovery, this piece is your catch all. The stretch-lite performance fabric is engineered to provide you with the flexibility and durability to meet all your training demands. And, when the wind gets bad, the raised neckline and Scuba hoodie provide unrestricting, 360-degree range of motion so you are able to take in all of your surroundings.

Boathouse Demin Wash Accel II Rowing Trou ($42),

Last but not least on the list is the iconic Trou, which comes in a fun denim wash – perfect to pair with the Tailwind Hoodie and that navy swirl hoodie. Trou may sound counter intuitive to the cold weather, but hear us out. If you are a runner, you know your glutes are one of the most valuable muscle groups in your body. It’s where the bulk of your power resides. Cold glutes can lead to slower pace and even worse, injury. Trou are one of my favorite layering hacks to protect my glutes during runs on colder days.  If you want to up your training game, add these to your running attire to perfect your training goals.

The best thing about Boathouse Sports apparel is that it is made by athletes for athletes, so you know you are getting a product that is designed to meet your fitness needs.

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Nino Cerruti, one of the great Italian designers and fashion entrepreneurs, has died at the age 91.

According to local reports, Nino Cerruti passed away in hospital in Piedmont where he had checked in for a hip operation.

The fashion pioneer always insisted on trying on his own creations first. Many of them were kept at the textile factory his grandfather founded in the town of Biella in 1881.

“I have always dressed the same person, myself,” Nini Cerruti once said, according to AFP news agency.

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With his experience in producing excellent fabrics at his family’s textile mill, Cerruti went into the clothing business in the late 1950s.

He opened his first boutique in Paris in 1967.

When he asked male and female models to walk down the catwalk in the same clothes, Nino Cerruti revolutionized fashion, AFP notes.

In the ’80s, Nino Cerruti branched out into Hollywood, designing clothes for stars including Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks.

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Lola Tillyaeva is a committed environmental activist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Her wide-ranging passions have allowed her to find success in a number of disciplines. She has founded two philanthropic foundations, as well as the Uzbek Federation of Gymnastics. She was a long-serving ambassador to UNESCO and has produced films and published books. You might say she is a modern-day Renaissance woman.

Lola Tillyaeva’s projects

Founded in 2016, The Harmonist is a perfume house like no other. Lola Tillyaeva (Till) melds her lifelong passion for fragrance with the timeless philosophy of feng shui to, “render balance and harmony through the power of scent.”

As a child, Lola Tillyaeva grew up in Uzbekistan, a nation filled with scents dating back to the spice trade along the ancient Silk Road – jasmine, cinnamon and cumin – which even today have the power to trigger strong memories. “Smells act like time capsules and our childhood memories have a lasting impression staying with us throughout our life, affecting our perfume preferences,” says Lola.

With The Harmonist, Lola Tillyaeva aims to centre mind, body and spirit through carefully crafted fragrances. The role of feng shui is to reflect the “dual nature of Yin and Yang, the traditional Chinese concept of empowering your inner self and your whole body by bringing it into harmony with the world around you.” With such an ambitious goal Lola Tillyaeva goes to the ends of the Earth in search of ingredients.

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. At the last Fragrance Foundation Awards – known as the oscars of the perfume world – two of The Harmonist´s fragrances were finalists in the luxury category. This was no mean feat considering that Lola´s perfume house was up against some of the biggest brands in the business including Gucci, Chanel and Armani.

In her time as Uzbekistan´s delegate to UNESCO Lola Tillyaeva never tired of seeing how Uzbek art and culture entranced first-time visitors. Opening La Maison de l’Ouzbekistan in downtown Paris was one way of continuing this work. As Lola Tillyaeva sees it, her boutique is “a cultural bridge between Europe and Central Asia, providing a singular portal to Uzbekistan right in the heart of Paris – a means of introducing Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage to a European audience.” The gallery stocks a gorgeous selection of hand-crafted homewares, hand-woven silk fabrics, timber furniture and unique ceramic pieces. It´s almost like a museum, but one where visitors can take precious pieces home with them. Staff from Galerie Joseph in Paris who visited the gallery recently described its unique aura:

          “Just push the door of ‘La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan’ in the heart of the French capital to be transported to a fascinating country. An open window to this country’s rich culture and artisanal ways, the Central Asian gem offers a total change of scenery through the objects and books it offers.”

Lola Tillyaeva has also recently published a new book: Be Your Own Harmonist: Awakening Your Inner Wisdom for Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing. Drawing on both her unique life experience and years of research, Lola Tillyaeva outlines a strategy for achieving a healthy life balance – what she calls “a merging of science and spirituality… an all-encompassing solution for unlocking your intuition and living to your greatest potential.” If one thing holds all of Lola’s diverse activities together, it is this constant desire to embody and create harmony.

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The summer, sadly, is drawing to a close for most of us and that means it’s time to re-think your wardrobe for the fall and beyond. Trying to stay one step ahead of the fashion curve can always be something of a chore and that’s why we are here to give you some helpful tips.

The importance of a good accessory or two should never be overlooked. Your overall outfit may be on point but the addition of a good bit of extra detailing can be just what is needed to make you stand out from the crowd.

Conversely, sometimes a dour or basic outfit can be saved and accentuated, in a good way, by the selection of one or two great accessories that can turn your wardrobe into an inspiration and will make heads turn in your direction.

Here’s a list of ten great accessories for this coming fall.

Hobo Bags

These come hot on the heels of the massive tote bags that everyone was joyfully wearing over the summer. Again size is key, go with a large comfortable shape and don’t be afraid to push it with bright colors. This is a great trend for those who can’t leave the house without taking all their belongings with them.

Initial Necklaces

Personalized jewelry is quite literally a gift that keeps giving. Over the summer these were all the rage and we strongly suggest that you get yourself a nice initial necklace, you can find great ones here, and look to be playful with these and try to get those that work well with a number of outfits. These delightful necklaces can be classy or fun, sometimes both, and therefore are versatile enough to be worn during the work day or on a night out.

Padded Sandals

As fall, hopefully, will not see an instant drop in temperature, you should still be able to leave your feet bare and padded sandals are very much ‘in’ at the moment. The comfier and more quilted you can get, the better. Jet black is a good color to go with and these are good for day time walks when it’s still fresh and breezy outside.

Kerchiefs

These follow on nicely from the peak summer trend of the silk scarves that were all the rage this year. Again, much like with the silk scarves, these are very adaptable and can be worn in a million ways. Either as bandanas, or high on the head as kerchiefs or even as scarves when it gets a little chilly. These are part of the ‘grandma’ trend that won’t seem to leave us.

Big Sunglasses

Big is beautiful and with sunglasses this is doubly true. Look to get oversized shades and ones that are really blingy, dark in color with additional detailing to really make them pop. These are really good for those fall days where the sun is still bright, albeit with the temperature a few degrees lower than we’d like.

Arm Warmers

Of the trendy accessories we are listing here, this one is perhaps the most daring. If you are courageous enough, or confident in your fashion choice, these can be both chic and functional. Pair them with your tank tops and try to go for muted colors, as there’s no need to be too brash with the items. Most main street stores are selling these by the bucketload, so go try some out.

Scrunchies

These are a trend that has pushed right through the summer to the fall and we are very pleased about that too. Again, as in the summer, the trendy accessories of 2021 are very with a nod to comfort and informality. Whereas the summer was all about bright garish colored scrunchies, you might want to tone down the color and style choices with your fall scrunchy selection.

Boat Hats

Much like the arm warmers, these are a fairly courageous choice and one that isn’t for everyone. Tightly woven straw Boat hats are very eye-catching and you should consider getting one and wearing them on occasions where you want to be noticed out there.

Big Statement Bows

Very much a nod to the 80s, these are deliberately showy and a fun way to accessorise. The bigger the bow the better. Try for black bows and ones that are paired nicely with the rest of your look. Think about wearing these with a statement belt for that truly retro vibe. Clearly if you have big hair then this will be an even more suitable option to consider.

Super Sized Earrings

If the summer was about function over form then think of the fall being a little bit of a move in the opposite direction. Here the key is to go for super sized earrings, the style of which should be in keeping with your overall outfit, and these should be truly ‘out there’ and perfectly coupled with an evening look. Again this requires you being self-assured enough to pull off the fashion trend.

Have Fun With It!

2021 is something of an improvement on 2020, for most of us anyway, and fashion gives us the chance to outwardly project how we feel and the statement we are trying to make to the world. The accessories are the details that can really make that statement sing, so have fun with it!

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When it comes to accessories, some are more than just a fashion statement. Many accessories complete an outfit, but some are helpful for everyday life while still being stylish. Many of these accessories are multi-purpose.

When transitioning from winter to summer, wearing a light scarf as a hair tie or belt will add to the summer look, and wearing prescription glasses will block out the sun’s UV rays. Anyone can use a backpack for storage and a smartwatch to track fitness. These are just some of the many multi-purpose accessories that make life much easier and more convenient.

1. Light Scarf

Wearing a scarf doesn’t end with winter, as they are the perfect multi-purpose fashion accessory that anyone can wear during the summer. Anyone can wear a light scarf as a hair tie, a belt, a head wrap, a necktie, and even a top. The easiest way to turn a scarf into a cute summer top is by folding it into a triangle and tying it around the back, creating a crop for all summer occasions.

2. Prescription Sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses are the best accessory for anyone who needs prescription glasses but wants to spend most of the summer outside. Prescription sunglasses are incredibly functional, as they allow the wearer to see while protecting their eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. The best part is that anyone can buy prescription sunglasses online for added convenience. Before buying, it’s important to have a copy of the needed prescription, as some online retailers will request this. On the other hand, some retailers will offer free tools to read the person’s current prescription by analyzing their glasses.

3. Backpack

Backpacks are one of the most convenient inventions to date, especially since they come in all shapes and sizes. Wearing a backpack is one of the easiest ways to carry personal items and essentials in one place—especially for those that want to travel during summer. Backpacks are also convenient because they take the weight off your arms and don’t hurt your back, so there’s a lesser chance of injury. The convenience of a backpack ensures that the person won’t lose items, making it an enjoyable experience when traveling.

4. Smartwatch

Smartwatches are one of the most advanced pieces of technology. A smartwatch is multi-functional as it can track fitness goals, let the wearer make calls, and send texts, all while telling the time. Smartwatches also allow the wearer to sync them with their mobile device to listen to music, play games, and watch videos as conveniently as possible. Syncing the watch also lets the wearer receive notifications and social media updates.

5. Hats

Hats are another fashion accessory that offers multi-purpose use. Not only can the wearer pair them with any outfit and create a complete look with them, but they also keep the sun out of the wearer’s eyes and protect them from getting sunburnt.

Some other benefits of wearing a hat include:

  • Protecting eyes from sun brightness
  • Prevents skin cancer and sun damage
  • Protects the head, face, and ears during the colder weather
  • Helps to regulate body temperature
  • Protects hair and scalp from sun damage and color fading

6. Phone Cases

A phone case is such a convenient accessory to protect a mobile device. Phone cases come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and prints and are perfect for protecting a phone while making it look cute and accessorized. Some phone cases have pockets that can hold credit cards and licenses.

Some people even put polaroid photos in the back of clear phone cases for a more customized look. Many online retailers let people customize their very own phone case, where there’s the option to add different images, colors, and even text to make it more personable. Phone cases offer an aesthetic appeal while being durable, heat and dust resistant, tight-fitting, and anti-slip for the ultimate phone protection.

Accessories are More Than Just Fashion Statements

Accessories aren’t always about making a fashion statement. Some accessories are useful in many ways and come as multi-purpose items. People can get creative and make a scarf top or purchase prescription sunglasses for a summer holiday. There are endless options to show off your style while also remaining functional.

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Britney Spears launched her debut collection of lingerie and sleepwear

An LA court has denied Britney Spears’ request to remove her father from his role overseeing her conservatorship.

Britney Spears’ lawyer asked to end Jamie Spears control of the singer’s estate, in November 2020.

They said Britney was “afraid of her father” and wanted him removed as her sole conservator – a role he has carried out since 2008.

Although the request has been denied, the ruling is not a response to Britney Spears’ explosive testimony in court last week.

Speaking for 23 minutes, she said she had been drugged, forced to perform against her will and prevented from having children.

“I just want my life back,” the star said, via phone, as she asked the court to end her conservatorship.

However, the judge cannot make a ruling based on Britney Spears’ statement until she files a formal petition to terminate the arrangement.

The documents filed on June 30 refer only to the November request, in which Spears asked for the private wealth management firm the Bessemer Trust to be appointed as her “sole conservator”.

Although Judge Brenda Penny refused to remove Jamie Spears from his position, she did agree to the Bessemer Trust’s role as co-conservator of Britney’s multi-million dollar estate.

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In a separate development, Jamie Spears’ lawyers have asked the court to investigate Britney’s claims of abuse.

The LA court system has also ended a scheme allowing members of the press to listen to court proceedings remotely, after audio of Spears testimony was recorded and leaked online.

The move comes a week after Britney Spears delivered a blistering attack on the “abusive” conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years.

She told a judge she was traumatized and cried every day, adding: “I deserve to have a life.”

Britney Spears also said she had been denied the right to have more children and was put on the psychiatric drug lithium against her wishes.

The mother of two said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have another baby, but the conservatorship would not allow her to. She claimed she was prevented from having a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) removed so she could get pregnant.

Dozens of fans gathered outside court, holding signs that read “Free Britney now!” and “Get out of Britney’s life!”

Jamie Spears’ lawyers have denied he was responsible for the restrictions apparently placed on his daughter’s private life.

While the 68-year-old has overseen her estate for 13 years, he has not actually been in charge of her personal affairs since September 2019, when he stepped down from that role due to ill health.

He was replaced on a temporary basis by Jodi Montgomery, the singer’s care-giver.

On June 29, Jamie Spears’ lawyers requested an inquiry into his daughter’s testimony.

His lawyers said he had no intention of returning as Britney’s personal conservator, but said he was “concerned ” about her well-being.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

According to Buckingham Palace, the Queen is “delighted” after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the announcement.

Princes Charles and William also congratulated the couple on social media.

Queen Elizabeth’s 11th great-grandchild was born on June 4 at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

Lilibet was the Queen’s nickname when she was a child.

Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

Prince William and the Duchess and Cambridge said: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.”

Lilibet was born at 11:40 AM local time, weighing 7 lbs 11oz.

She is eighth in line to the throne – meaning Prince Andrew, who was born as second in line in 1960, moves down to ninth place.

Lilibet – the Queen’s family nickname – was coined when then-Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and could not pronounce her name properly.

Her grandfather, King George V, would affectionately call her Lilibet, imitating her own attempts to say her name. It soon stuck and she became Lilibet to her family from then on.

Prince Harry and Meghan said their baby’s middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her “beloved late grandmother”, the Princess of Wales.

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In a message of thanks on the couple’s Archewell website, they said: “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.

“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.

“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

The message adds that anyone wishing to send gifts is asked to “support or learn more about” organizations working for women and girls.

They have not released any photos of their daughter.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit their roles as senior working royals in March 2020. Speaking last month, the duke said moving to the US had not been part of the plan, but he felt he had to put his family and mental health first.

As a result of the move, Lilibet is the most senior royal in the current line of succession to be born overseas.

Like her older brother Archie and most of the Queen’s great-grandchildren, Lilibet is not eligible to have a royal title.

Under rules laid out more than 100 years ago, Lilibet would not be allowed to be a princess nor an HRH until Prince Charles becomes king.

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Ariana Grande has married her fiancé Dalton Gomez in a “tiny and intimate” wedding.

The 27-year-old pos star tied the knot in front of fewer than 20 people over the weekend, the PA reported.

Ariana Grande announced in December she was engaged to the 25-year-old Los Angeles estate agent.

According to reports, their wedding took place at her home in California.

A representative for Ariana grande told PA: “They got married. It was tiny and intimate – [fewer] than 20 people.

“The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

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According to the TMZ website, the ceremony took place at Ariana Grande’s property in Montecito, a celebrity hotspot in southern California where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also live.

Who is Dalton Gomez?

Dalton Gomez was raised in southern California and has been working in the luxury real estate market for five years, according to his biography on the AKG website.

Ariana Grande shared news of their engagement just before Christmas on Instagram, showing a pearl and diamond ring on her left hand.

“Forever n then some,” the singer captioned the post.

Ariana Grande has been dating Dalton Gomez for just over a year.

In February 2020, the singer was spotted by the press kissing her new love interest, Dalton Gomez, at a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Then in May, they made their first public appearance together as a couple in the lockdown music video to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s collaboration, Stuck With U.

The following month, she posted a picture of them in each other’s arms on Instagram.

In October 2020, Ariana Grande released her sixth album, Positions, which topped the US charts.

Ariana Grande was previously engaged to comedian and actor Pete Davidson, but they called off their high-profile relationship two years ago.

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Billionaire couple Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, saying “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”.

The pair tweeted: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”

They first met in the 1980s when Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm.

Bill and Melinda Gates have three children and jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The foundation has spent billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children.

The Gates – along with investor Warren Buffett – are behind the Giving Pledge, which calls on billionaires to commit to giving away the majority of their wealth to good causes.

Bill Gates is the fourth wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes, and is worth $124 billion.

He made his money through the company he co-founded in the 1970s, Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company.

Bill and Melinda both posted the statement announcing their divorce on Twitter.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” the statement read.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

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Melinda Gates, now 56, joined Bill’s Microsoft as a product manager in 1987, and the two sat together at a business dinner that year in New York.

They began dating, but as Bill Gates told a Netflix documentary: “We cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married.”

Melinda said she found Bill Gates – methodical it seems even in matters of the heart – writing a list on a whiteboard with the “pros and the cons of getting married”.

Bill and Melinda Gates got married in 1994 on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, reportedly hiring all the local helicopters to stop unwanted guests flying over.

Bill Gates, 65, stepped down from Microsoft’s board last year to focus on his philanthropic activities.

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Caitlyn Jenner has announced she is running for California governor.

The former Olympic athlete and reality TV star will run as a Republican in the Democratic stronghold state.

A recall election in California could be confirmed this month after a petition against current governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, reached the number required to trigger a vote.

Voters would be asked if they want Gavin Newsom to stay or another candidate.

According to the Axios news site, Caitlyn Jenner has put together a team that includes some of former President Donald Trump’s advisers.

“Californians want better and deserve better from the governor,” a statement from Caitlyn Jenner said, confirming the news on her Twitter account on April 23.

“For too long, career politicians have over-promised and under-delivered. We need a leader with the vision and resolve to see it through,” she added.

Caitlyn Jenner promised that her campaign will be one of “solutions” and provide a “roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around”.

She added that she will formally launch her campaign at a later date.

Should the recall election go ahead, it would be the fourth governor recall in US history.

Gavin Newsom has faced criticism for his handling of the pandemic. As infections started to fall, he came under criticism from business owners for still enforcing restrictions.

Caitlyn Jenner described herself as a “proven winner” in her statement, adding that she is the “only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as a governor”.

The former athlete, previously known as Bruce Jenner, has been described as the highest-profile American to come out as transgender.

Bruce Jenner came out as transgender in 2015 in an interview with broadcaster Diane Sawyer on ABC, and said the star said she had been wrestling with her gender since childhood.

The former athlete won a gold medal at the Montreal Games in 1976.

Before transitioning, Bruce Jenner was married to Kris Jenner and the pair had two daughters, Kendall and Kylie. The family were stars of the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Caitlyn Jenner said her step-daughter Kim Kardashian had been a big supporter of her transitioning.

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California is not a stranger to celebrities running for governor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger won the 2003 recall election, beating Mary Carey and former child actor Gary Coleman.

If she won, Caitlyn Jenner would be one of a small group of transgender Americans to hold such a high-profile role.

In 2020, Sarah McBride became the first transgender state senator in the US after she won her race in Delaware during the 2020 elections. And she was not the only transgender candidate to make history during last year’s election.

Vermont’s Taylor Small, 26, was elected to the House of Representatives, while, in Kansas. Stephanie Byers became the first trans person of color to be elected to a state legislature.

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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband for 73 years, has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

A statement issued by the palace just after midday spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle on April 9.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband,” the palace said.

“The Royal Family joins with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor on March 16 after a month in hospital.

PM Boris Johnson said he “inspired the lives of countless young people”.

Speaking at Downing Street, Boris Johnson said that Prince Philip had “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world”.

Meanwhile, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said he “consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service”.

The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast and a notice was posted on the gates following the announcement of Prince Philip’s death.

Bunches of daffodils, tulips, roses and lilies were among floral tributes placed by people outside the palace, while crowds began to gather at Windsor Castle.

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Prince Philip married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen.

The duke and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Their first son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1950, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960 and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 1964.

Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June, 10, 1921.

His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, a younger son of King George I of the Hellenes.

His mother, Princess Alice, was a daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

In March, the duke left King Edward VII’s hospital in central London after a month-long stay for treatment.

Prince Philip underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital – St Bartholomew’s.

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Kim Kardashian has joined the elite club of the super-rich by achieving billionaire status.

The reality star’s net worth reached $1 billion thanks to her cosmetics and clothing interests as well as income from TV, endorsement deals and investments, Forbes business magazine says.

Kim Kardashian, 40, is now one of the 2,755 figures on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos leads the pack with a net worth of $177 billion.

Other Americans added over the past year include Bumble dating app founder Whitney Wolfe Herd ($1.3 billion), filmmaker Tyler Perry ($1 billion) and Miriam Adelson ($38.2 billion), widow of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

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Kim Kardashian’s estranged husband Kanye West is already on the list ($1.8 billion) but her half-sister, Kylie Jenner, was removed last May by Forbes. The magazine alleged her family had inflated the value of her cosmetics business.

Forbes calculated that Kim Kardashian’s worth had risen to $1 billion from $780 million in October 2020 thanks especially to her stakes in the KKW Beauty cosmetics business and the Skims shapewear company.

KKW Beauty was launched in 2017 and Skims just two years ago after the initial brand name Kimono was dropped following accusations of cultural appropriation.

Kim Kardashian sold 20% of KKW Beauty to cosmetics giant Coty last year for $200 million, in a deal valuing the business at $1 billion.

Her most recent project Skims offers underwear and loungewear in the founder’s signature minimalist style, and has proven successful during the work-from-home era.

Kim Kardashian has used her huge social media presence (213 million followers on Instagram; 69.7 million followers on Twitter) during the coronavirus lockdowns to promote Skims loungewear.

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Bobby Brown Jr., the son of R&B singer Bobby Brown, died of an overdose of alcohol, cocaine and the powerful opioid fentanyl, according to a coroner’s report.

The 28-year-old died at his Los Angeles home on November 18, 2020.

Bobby Brown Jr. was found unresponsive in his bedroom by his girlfriend. She called paramedics, who declared him dead. No foul play was suspected.

An autopsy report released on March 22 referred to his death as an accident.

The musician had a history of drug and alcohol use, the report said.

The night before his death, Bobby Brown Jr. had consumed tequila and cocaine, and “snorted” the painkiller Percocet, a witness told police.

The family said the musician was experiencing flu-like symptoms at the time, but had not tested positive for Covid-19.

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Bobby Brown Jr. was one of two children from his father’s 11-year relationship with Kim Ward, which ended in 1991.

His death came eight years after his stepmother Whitney Houston accidentally drowned in a bath, and five years after his 22-year-old half-sister Bobbi Kristina died in similar circumstances.

Last November, Bobby Brown said his son’s death had “devastated my family,” adding: “There are no words to explain the pain.”

Bobby Brown Jr.’s brother, Landon, paid tribute by sharing a black-and-white photo of his late sibling on Instagram, alongside the caption: “I love you forever King.”

His girlfriend, Anna Reed, tweeted: “The heavens gained an angel but I lost my soulmate.”

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Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, has published the names of LA County police officerswho she said shared graphic photos of the scene of her husband’s death in a helicopter crash last year.

The 38-year-old is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for negligence and invasion of privacy.

“We will refrain from trying this case in the media,” the sheriff said in response.

Kobe Bryant died with his daughter and seven others in the crash.

On March 17, Vanessa Bryant posted on Instagram the names of four sheriff’s deputies.

She says they took graphic pictures of the nine people who died in the crash close to Calabasas, California, in January 2020.

She alleges that one of the officers shared with a bartender photos of Kobe Bryant’s body and the others distributed “gratuitous photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches”.

The Los Angeles Times reported in February 2020 that an internal police investigation found officers shared photos of victims’ remains.

Vanessa Bryant claims the pictures, including those of her 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were taken and shared “for no reason other than morbid gossip”.

Last week a judge rejected an attempt to stop publication of the officer’s names, allowing Vanessa Bryant to disclose them.

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LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva responded on Twitter to Vanessa Bryant’s post, saying that the department would wait for a court to decide the outcome of the case.

The widow of Kobe Bryant alleges that at least eight officers took pictures of the crash site for their personal use, and claims that one took between 25 and 100 photos.

Last month, safety investigators said the helicopter pilot, Ara Zobayan, may have become disoriented in fog before the aircraft smashed into a hillside.

The NTSFB said the main cause of the crash was most likely the pilot’s decision to keep flying in inclement conditions “which resulted in the pilot’s spatial disorientation and loss of control”.

As well as Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the pilot, those killed included two of Gianna’s basketball teammates, their relatives and a coach. The group were on their way to a tournament in Thousand Oaks where Kobe Bryant had been set to coach.

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We all dream of that moment. The man of our dreams gets down to one knee, pulls a small square box from the inside of his suit jacket and opens it up with nothing but those four magical words: will you marry me? No matter what is inside that box, we know that our love will last forever. It’s is one of the most emotional and magical days for both partners of the relationship, and nothing could change that. But wouldn’t it be nice if that ring inside the box is your dream ring too?

Buying an engagement ring is tough, so we cannot fault our partners if they don’t get it right, but maybe there’s something we can do to nudge them in the right direction. After all, if you’re going to wear this ring every day for the rest of your life, it should suit you, no?

Watch Matchmaking Show Together

This trick only works if your boyfriend is a good listener and observer, but it can be the most foolproof way to let him know what you like in a ring. Sit down and watch a show together like The Bachelor or The 12 Dates of Christmas. In the final episode when one partner gets to pick out the ring they are going to give their soon to be fiancé, start talking. “Oh I love that ring. A Princess cut is so beautiful and rose gold is so classy.” And “Eww, that other one is gross. Too many sidestones are taking away from such a lovely center stone.” Tell him exactly what you want by commenting on the show.

Have a Friend Slip Some Hints

Another great way to get the message to the man who is picking out your engagement ring is to get your friends or sibling involved. You can tell your best friends exactly what you want in an engagement ring and then trust them to get that message across to your boyfriend. In many cases, a boyfriend will ask for help from your closest confidants anyway, so it would be a win-win.

Tell Him…

This may be a bit less traditional, but you can always just talk about it. There’s no rule that says you need to leave this completely to surprise. In fact, you can even engagement ring shop together. It’s 2021 and that is becoming more popular than ever. If your ring is something that you really care about getting exact, why leave it to chance? Talk to your man before you end up hating what he puts on your finger.

These are just a few of our tips. What about you? How would you make sure you get the perfect ring?

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Prince William has said the royals are “very much not a racist family” in his first comments after accusations by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke of Cambridge also said he had not yet spoken to his brother but would do so.

Meghan and Prince Harry said a royal had expressed concern over “how dark” their son Archie’s skin might be.

Buckingham Palace previously said the claim was “concerning” but it would be addressed privately.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said “recollections may vary” but that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would “always be much loved family members”.

During a visit to a school in Stratford, east London, on March 11, Prince William was asked by a reporter: “Is the Royal Family a racist family, sir?”

The prince replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”

Asked whether he had spoken to Prince Harry since the Oprah interview, the Duke of Cambridge said: “No, I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do.”

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Prince William’s visit is not the first appearance by a senior royal since the interview aired – Prince Charles carried out an engagement earlier this week.

In the TV interview, Meghan told Oprah there were “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he was born”.

Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle refused to say who made the comment – but Harry later clarified to Oprah that it was not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh.

During the interview Prince Harry also said it hurt him that his family never spoke out about the “colonial undertones” of news headlines and articles.

Asked by Oprah if the couple left the UK because of racism from the tabloid media, Prince Harry replied: “It was a large part of it.”

In the interview, Prince Harry also spoke about his relationship with his family – especially with his father, the Prince of Wales, and brother Prince William.

At one point after stepping back as senior royals, Prince Harry said Prince Charles “stopped taking my calls”.

And of William, Prince Harry said: “The relationship is ‘space’ at the moment. And time heals all things, hopefully.”

Buckingham Palace issued a response to the interview earlier this week following crisis meetings involving senior royals.

Figures from CBS suggest that nearly 50 million people around the world have watched Oprah’s interview with the couple.

The fallout from the interview has also seen broadcaster Piers Morgan leave his role as host of Good Morning Britain, after his comments about Meghan Markle attracted 41,000 complaints.

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Meghan Markle has said she found life within the British Royal Family so difficult that at times she “didn’t want to be alive any more”.

In a deeply personal TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex said that she did not get help when she asked for it.

She also said a low point was when Prince Harry was asked by an unnamed family member “how dark” their son Archie’s skin might be.

Harry also revealed that his father, Prince Charles, stopped taking his calls when he wanted to step back.

The highly-anticipated interview with Oprah, which Meghan and Harry were not paid for, aired overnight in the US.

During the two-hour CBS special, to be screened in the UK on ITV at 21:00 GMT on March 8 and on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS, the couple covered a range of topics, including racism, mental health, their relationship with the media and Royal Family dynamics.

The couple announced their second child, which is due in the summer, is a girl.

They also revealed that they exchanged vows in a ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury in their “backyard” three days before they were legally married at their public wedding in May 2018.

Prince Harry said his brother and father were “trapped within the system” of the Royal Family

He said his family cut him off financially at the beginning of last year.

However, Harry said he loved his brother “to bits” and wanted to heal his relationship with both him and his father.

Meghan revealed that she phoned the Queen after Prince Philip went into hospital last month.

The couple moved to California after formally stepping down from royal duties in March 2020, and it was announced last month that they would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

Meghan Markle said that she started to feel lonely when limits were placed on what she could do, revealing that at one point she did not leave the house for months.

At one point the Duchess of Sussex thought she “could not feel lonelier”, she told Oprah Winfrey.

Asked by Oprah if she was thinking of self-harm and having suicidal thoughts at some stage, Meghan Markle, 39, replied: “Yes. This was very, very clear. Very clear and very scary. I didn’t know who to turn to in that.”

The duchess said that she felt “haunted” by a photograph from an official event she attended with Prince Harry at the Royal Albert Hall while she was pregnant.

She said that she attended the event with Harry that night because she felt she could not be “left alone” and recalled Harry gripping her hand tightly while in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Oprah also asked Meghan why she thought the Royal Family did not make her son Archie a prince – which Meghan said she wanted so that he would get police protection.

The couple’s children do not automatically become princes or princesses because of a rule that has been in place since 1917 – unless the Queen steps in.

She said the remarks about skin color were made to Prince Harry and he relayed them to her.

Asked by Oprah whether there were concerns that her child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, Meghan said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”

When pressed, the duchess refused to reveal who the individual was, saying: “I think that would be very damaging to them.”

Prince Harry also refused to give further details, saying: “That conversation, I am never going to share.”

“At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked,” he added.

Prince Harry, 36, said that none of his relatives spoke out in support of Meghan following the racism he said his wife faced from the media.

“No-one from my family ever said anything over those three years. That hurts,” Harry said.

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During the interview, the Royal Family were also accused of failing to protect the duke and duchess, with Meghan saying the situation “started to really worsen” after the couple married in May 2018.

Meghan was referencing rumors that she had made Kate Middleton cry during a disagreement about flower girl dresses – a story that prompted a flurry of tabloid stories.

She said the opposite happened. She added that Kate later apologized, bringing flowers and a note to make amends.

Joining Meghan and Oprah for the second half of the interview, Prince Harry talked about his relationship with the rest of his family.

He said his relationship with his grandmother, the Queen, was “really good” and that the two of them speak often.

However, his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, has suffered.

Prince Harry said that he feels “really let down” by his father. He added that he will always love him, but “there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened”.

He described his father and his brother as “trapped within the system” of the Royal Family.

“They don’t get to leave,” he added.

Of Prince William, he said they were on “different paths”.

Prince Harry also revealed that his family had cut him off financially at the beginning of last year, after the couple announced their intention to step back as senior royals.

The prince said deals with Netflix and Spotify were “never part of the plan” but they needed them to pay for security staff.

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In a teaser clip of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex had been asked how she felt about the palace hearing her “speak your truth today”.

She has said Buckingham Palace could not expect her and Prince Harry to be silent if it was “perpetuating falsehoods about us”.

Meghan also said: “If that comes with risk of losing things, I mean… there is a lot that has been lost already.”

Buckingham Palace is investigating claims Meghan Markle bullied royal staff.

The allegations of bullying leveled at Meghan were published after the interview with Oprah was recorded.

The interview with Oprah, which will air in the US on March 7 and in the UK on March 8, is expected to detail Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s short period as working royals together before they stepped down for a life in the US.

In the 30-second teaser clip released by CBS, Oprah Winfrey asks Meghan: “How do you feel about the palace hearing you speak your truth today?”

The duchess replies: “I don’t know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit their roles as senior working royals in March 2020, and now live in California.

A report in the Times on March 3 claimed the duchess faced a complaint made in October 2018, while the duke and duchess were living at Kensington Palace after their marriage in May of that year.

A leaked email sent from a staff member, which was published by the newspaper, alleges that Meghan Markle drove two personal assistants out of the household. The report claims the duchess undermined the confidence of a third member of staff.

In a statement later, Buckingham Palace – which is responsible for the hiring of royal staff – said it was “clearly very concerned about allegations in the Times” and its HR team would look into the circumstances outlined in the article.

The statement said: “The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”

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Past and present royal employees are to be invited to speak in confidence about their experiences of working for Meghan Markle as part of the investigation.

The bullying allegations are denied by Meghan and Prince Harry.

A statement issued by Meghan Markle’s spokesman in response to the newspaper’s story said: “The duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.

“She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”

Meghan and Prince Harry’s TV interview with Oprah will be aired on CBS in the US on the evening of Sunday, March 7.

CBS has said Meghan will be interviewed about “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood” and “how she is handling life under intense public pressure”.

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According to recent reports, Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kanye West.

The reality star and the rapper have been married for almost seven years and have four children together.

The news was broken by celebrity news website TMZ after months of rumors of marital difficulties.

According to media reports, Kim Kardashian, 40, has requested joint legal and physical custody of their children. Neither has publicly commented.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are among the most recognizable stars in the world and are both hugely successful in their own right.

She first found fame in 2007 as the star of an E! Television reality series about her family. Keeping up with the Kardashians has remained hugely popular since, with its 21st and final series due to air in 2022.

Kim Kardashian has found success in many other areas of business, from mobile apps to make-up, and Forbes magazine estimates her personal wealth to be about $780 million.

Known for huge international hits like Gold Digger, Kanye West has been one of the biggest names in rap music for over 15 years. The Grammy-winning musician has also found success as a fashion designer.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were friends for years before they got together and the rapper first appeared on her family’s reality show in 2010.

Their first daughter, North, was born in June 2013.

Kanye West famously hired the San Francisco Giants’ baseball stadium and an orchestra to propose to Kim Kardashian in front of her family, and their show’s cameras, later that year.

The couple got married in Italy in May 2014 and a photograph of them kissing on their wedding day became, at the time, Instagram’s most liked post ever. By this point Kim Kardashian and her sisters had turned social media into an art form, with their online followings propelling their business success and fame ever further.

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Kim Kardashian gave birth to the couple’s first son, Saint West, in 2015. They went on to have two other children, Chicago and Psalm, through a surrogate after the reality star suffered from health complications during her previous pregnancies.

They have rarely been away from tabloid headlines since, most notably when Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in 2016.

In 2020, Kanye West unsuccessfully ran for president. During his campaign, a series of erratic public appearances and online postings by the musician sparked concern and led Kim Kardashian to speak out.

She said her husband had bipolar disorder, was a “brilliant but complicated person” and called for greater empathy surrounding his mental health from the public and the media.

Rumors of their divorce have been around for months amid speculation Kim Kardashian had hired well-known lawyer Laura Wasser.

Page Six reported the filing was imminent in January, claiming Kanye West spent the festive season away from the California-based family at his Wyoming ranch.

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Victims of a romance scam are tricked into ‘false’ relationships by criminals who want to steal their personal information or money. Typically, this crime is perpetrated by fraudsters who create fake profiles on dating sites. An obvious sign you’re being duped is if you perform a reverse image search of a picture on someone’s profile and it emerges to be someone else’s, or you run a background check only to find they gave you a fake name.

It’s not always this easy to expose a scammer. Romance and dating scams usually take place through dating apps, but criminals might also use email or social networks to find victims. Sometimes, they will even call the victim to introduce themselves, then move communication to another medium. By knowing the warning signs, you’ll learn how to avoid a romance scam.

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The Signs

Typically, scammers will pretend to be trusted people such as aid workers, military personnel, or professionals working remotely. Often, they claim to be working or traveling overseas. They will attempt to get close to people in a brief period of time, expressing powerful emotions for them in the process. They don’t have time to waste, after all. Suggesting to move communication to a private channel is typical of them. If you met them on a dating site, they’ll ask to move the relationship to IM, email, or phone.

Romance scammers will shower you with compliments, send gifts, share personal information, or otherwise attempt to provoke interest and gain trust. They might even pretend to book a flight so you can meet in person. Of course, you never actually end up seeing them.

Once they’ve succeeded in lowering your defenses, they’ll get to the point: asking for gifts, money, or bank account info, be it subtly or directly. They might ask you to send intimate photos or videos of yourself, which they’ll later use to blackmail you.

They’ll say they need the money for an emergency: being mugged, a failed business, or a loved one who needs surgery urgently. They want to visit you but don’t have enough money to buy a plane ticket or cover other travel expenses.

Expensive Gifts

Scammers sometimes send their victims mobile phones, laptops, or other valuable items “as a gift” but then ask them to resend these. They’ll always give a good reason why they need you to do this. Of course, it’s only an issue of concealing criminal activity. They might transfer money to your account and ask you to transfer it elsewhere or ask you to buy something expensive and send it to someone.

There’s no end to their tales, which could put Shahrazad herself to shame. By knowing the signs, you’ll be able to protect yourself. By running a background check, you might catch them red-handed. Be wary of people who ask a lot of personal questions and try to establish a bond fast. Don’t trust people who say things along the lines of, “I’ve never been so attracted to someone as I am to you.”

If you refuse to send them money, their calls or messages become more direct, persistent, or desperate. If you do send money, they keep asking for more. They always have an excuse for why they need more funds or why they can’t travel to meet you in real life.

Inconsistent Stories

Be alert to inconsistencies in stories and vague responses to personal questions. Watch for major spelling and grammar mistakes, especially if they claim to have a university degree or to be native speakers of English. Someone who was born in a country where English is the official language will know how to spell.

If their camera never works when you want a video call, it might mean they don’t want to be recognized. Be cautious about sharing videos or photos of yourself with a prospective partner, particularly if you haven’t met them in person. Tell friends or family where you’re going if you agree to meet.

Final Thoughts

You need to be extra careful because romance scams are on the rise during the pandemic. It appears their frequency will continue to increase in its wake.

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The 28-year-old pop star says in a new documentary trailer: “My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes.”

Demi Lovato also told reporters she had been “left with brain damage and I still feel the effects of that”.

Those effects include blurry vision that means she can’t drive and made reading difficult, she revealed.

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In the trailer for her new YouTube documentary series Dancing With The Devil, Demi Lovato says: “I’ve had a lot of lives, like a cat. I’m on my ninth life.”

Speaking to journalists on February 17, the pop star revealed the lasting effects.

“I don’t drive a car because I have blind spots in my vision,” she said.

“For a long time, I had a really hard time reading. It was a big deal when I was able to read a book, which was like two months later, because my vision was so blurry.”

Demi Lovato said she was releasing the documentary “to help people who have been on the same path as I have”, adding: “I wanted to set the record straight, and I wanted to reveal it all for my fans.”

She was a child actor on Barney and Friends and found wider fame on the Disney Channel as a teenager. She starred in its hugely popular Camp Rock film series before launching a successful solo music career.

Demi Lovato has released six studio albums and has appeared as a judge on the US version of The X Factor. Her hits include Sorry Not Sorry and Skyscraper.

The following month, she released a song titled Sober, in which she revealed: “I’m not sober any more.”

The overdose came weeks later.

Demi Lovato has been open about her struggles with mental health and addiction throughout her career.