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Christmas is getting closer and we’re a little bit too excited about it. We’re more than ready to spend quality time with our nearest and dearest, eat nothing but turkey sandwiches and selection boxes and watch Love Actually every other day.

Most of our plans for the holiday season revolve around spending time in our pyjamas but we’ll obviously be spending time with the family too, just like The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The couple will be celebrating their first Christmas as parents and they’ve got some major plans in the diary for December.

Apparently, Harry and Meghan are planning on stepping away from their royal duties for a few weeks so they can visit Meghan’s mum in America.

It is believed the parents will fly out to the USA for Thanksgiving and plan on extending their break until after Christmas.

They have paused their royal duties for six weeks so they certainly will have plenty of time to enjoy Meghan’s homeland.

The royals tend to gather at Sandringham for Christmas, but reports claim Harry and Meghan may decline this year’s invitation.

Prince Harry has spent every Christmas with his grandmother and family, apart from 2012 as he was in Afghanistan.

The Sun claims that the couple wants to ‘recharge their batteries’ after a turbulent few months.

“They need some time away to recharge and decide their plans for next year,” a source told the publication.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to spend Christmas in Sandringham with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall and their extended family.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked as chic as ever as she arrived at the Troubadour White City Theatre this morning.

Kate joined her husband, Prince William for a very special engagement to help raise awareness about Shout, a text support service for people in crisis.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mum-of-three wore a grey checked Smythe blazer, burgundy trousers from Joseph and a plain-white top. She topped the look with black heels, a black belt and wore her hair in bouncy waves.

She also wore her stunning Mappin and Webb white and gold diamond earrings and matching necklace.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This morning’s event celebrated the work of Shout’s many volunteers. The organisation, which was launched by the Cambridges and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aims to provide 24/7 support to people in the UK.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a host of royal engagements lined up for the coming weeks. The parents appear to be busier than ever as we inch closer to the Christmas holidays.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kate and William will attend the Tusk Awards on Thursday, November 21. For almost 30 years Tusk has pioneered successful conservation action in Africa by protecting wildlife, empowering communities and working in the fight to end wildlife crime.

The parents recently attended the Remembrance Day Service, alongside Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in one of her most divine outfits of the season today.

Kate joined her husband Prince William at the launch of the National Emergency Trust, which is an independent charity that will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kate looked as classy as ever as she arrived at the event with The Duke of Cambridge. The mum-of-three wore a stunning royal blue dress and the colour is perfect on her.

The dress, which falls just above the knee, is perfect for an autumn engagement. The long-sleeved dress is by Emilia Wickstead, one of Kate’s favourite designers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mum-of-three teamed the dress with a classic pair of black heels, a black clutch and Princess Diana’s special diamond earrings.

The surprise appearance delighted fans of the Cambriges who stepped away from royal duties last week. The parents took the week off from work to spend quality time with their children in Norfolk.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte had a full week off school so Kate and William took their family away to the countryside for the break.

Kate was even spotted in the local Sainburys where she bought Halloween costumes for the children. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With George and Charlotte back in school, the parents have returned to work and have plenty of royal engagements lined up over the next few weeks.

Kate and William will attend the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre, London on Monday, November 18, held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity.

They will also join The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

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Baby Archie Harrison is officially six-months-old today. The adorable little royal is still a tiny tot but apparently he’s already reaching major milestones.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son is already trying to talk. A source told US Weekly that Archie is the best baby.

They said, “He’s a strong baby and you can tell he’s super smart. He can sit up without support and roll over, and he’s almost crawling. 

“He can’t talk yet, but he’s trying!” they revealed.

Just when you thought little Archie couldn’t get any cuter, he does. Prince Harry’s son adores both his parents but it sounds like he’s got a soft spot for his dear dad.

The source continued, “When Harry walks into the room, Archie gets so excited, he puts his arms out—his way of saying, ‘Pick me up!’ You can tell Archie’s going to be a social butterfly. He’s at his happiest when he’s around people.”

“He takes a keen interest in his surroundings and is already engaging and interacting with people. He loves to be entertained. And he isn’t a needy baby—he’ll happily go to Harry and Meghan’s friends without kicking up a fuss,” they added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so lucky to have such a wonderful and well-behaved baby boy.

Meghan gave birth to Archie on May 6. He is the Sussex’s first child.

The parents are determined to ensure their son lives a normal and happy life and have stressed that they will continue to keep him out of the spotlight as he grows up.

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The Cambridges and Sussexes are set to reunite for a very important occasion this weekend.

The royals haven’t been seen together in public since the summertime so fans are going to be thrilled to see the ‘fab four’ reunite.

The royals were last spotted at a charity polo match in July.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

On Sunday, the couples will also attend a Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

Prince Harry and Prince William have both been hit with waves of rumours about their troubled relationship. Reports of arguments have been circulating for months, but The Duke of Sussex stressed that they will always love one another.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He spoke about William in ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey.

“The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days." 

He continued: "We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me. We don't see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly."

Remembrance Sunday is one of the most poignant days for the Royal Family.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their first Halloween as parents yesterday. Harry and Meghan posted a sweet Halloween messages on their Instagram account on All Hallows Eve and their new nickname for Archie is his cutest yet.

The royal couple wrote, “Happy Halloween! Wishing you all a safe and fun Halloween from our family (and our little pumpkin) to yours!” 

Our little pumpkin- how adorable!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Sussex’s posted a photo from their royal tour in New Zealand to mark the holiday. 

“This time last year The Duke and Duchess attended a special effects workshop while on their royal tour in New Zealand!” the caption read.

Fans were disappointed that they didn’t share a photo of Archie in his Halloween costume, but the parents have always vowed to keep their son out of the spotlight.

Prince Harry has always said that he wants to protect his family from the media and the public, especially his son. The dad stressed that he wants his five-month-old son to live a normal and safe life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Duke recently gave a rare update on his baby boy during a royal engagement in Luton.

According to People, a member of the public asked, “Prince Harry. How is everything going with Archie?” Prince Harry replied, “He’s really well, thank you and he is getting so big.”

We’re sure little Archie looked as cute as pie in his Halloween costume last night.

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The third season of The Crown sees a new guard sweep into Downing Street, as Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family struggle to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing Britain.

From cold-war paranoia, through to the jet-set and the space age – the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s – Elizabeth and the Royals must adapt to a new, more liberated, but also more turbulent world.

Written by Peter Morgan, The Crown also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.

The Crown Season 3 launches globally on Sunday, November 17.

Watch the full trailer below:

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There were mixed responses to last night’s ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about the struggles they have faced in the past few years, which many found endearing but others claimed it was attention seeking.

However, the documentary proved something that many people have failed to realise; the Sussex’s are real people with real emotions and their royal titles change nothing about that.

Meghan has been ridiculed by the British tabloid press and public in recent months. Lies and accusations have been thrown her way, even during her pregnancy, and it has most certainly taken its toll on the new mum.

The former actress fell head over heels for Prince Harry, but her friends warned her about marrying into the royal family.

She said, “It’s hard. I don’t think anybody could understand that, but in all fairness I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand … but when I first met my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life’."

Meghan said she always tells Harry that it’s not enough to just survive something, that’s not the point of life. 

“You have got to thrive. You have got to feel happy, and I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried, but I think what that does internally is probably really damaging, and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy but I thought it would be fair, and that is the part that is hard to reconcile but (I) just take each day as it comes,” the Duchess said.

Meghan added, “When people are saying things that are just untrue, and they are being told they are untrue but they are allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world who would feel that’s OK and that is different from just scrutiny. 

“I think the grass is always greener. You have no idea. It is really hard to understand what it’s like. ‘The good thing is that I have got my baby and I have got my husband and they are the best.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The documentary may not have won everyone over, but Harry and Meghan’s honesty was a breath of fresh air.

The couple have given the public a new perspective on Britain’s most famous family.

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The Duchess of Sussex has achieved so much in the past year. She made history by becoming the first ever guest editor of British Vogue’s September issue. She worked with incredible charities and welcomed her baby boy, Archie.

However, instead of celebrating Meghan’s achievements, people have chosen to belittle the new mum yet again and it just has to stop.

Meghan has gone from being adored by the British press to swiftly becoming the ‘bratty’ member of the royal family whose feminist and left-of-centre views are too much for the red tops to handle. 

They have slated the new mum in every way possible in recent months. She was branded a diva and accused of treating her staff poorly. She was slated for looking tired despite the fact that she had just welcomed a baby. She was pitted against the Duchess of Cambridge and rumours about the pair’s supposed feud were inescapable.

Meghan was mum-shamed within moments of making her first public appearance with baby Archie. They complain when she doesn’t attend events and accuse her of being attention seeking when she does. 

It seems like the former Suits actress simply cannot win, no matter what she does.

Would it have been easier for Meghan to don an overpriced dress and grin for the cover of British Vogue’s September issue? Yes, but instead the mum curated an issue, alongside Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful and his team, that has made history, days before it’s publication date.

Meghan was offered to appear on the cover of the renowned fashion magazine, but politely declined, admitting that she felt it would be too boastful. Instead she gave 15 iconic women who will undoubtedly inspire the readers of one of Britain’s most iconic publications.

All of these women have important and empowering stories to share and the Duchess of Sussex generously gave them the opportunity to grace the cover and share their stories amongst the pages of the glossy magazine.

The Forces for Change issue has given these women a voice in a world that so quickly silences women for being different, especially women like Meghan Markle.

The Duchess stepped aside and let them share their words of wisdom. She was selfless, encouraging and incredibly kind in this act, so why do people feel the need to call her attention seeking, arrogant and stuck up?

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Why do people fail to appreciate and acknowledge all of the momentous things she has achieved since joining the royal family?

Do these people just prefer to hate, criticise and downplay every single thing Meghan does? Does it make them feel better? Do they get a kick out of belittling a woman who has given up her privacy, and any ounce of normality for love?

The never-ending hatred aimed at the Duchess of Sussex needs to stop, because regardless of her royal title, she is still a human.

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The Duchess of Sussex has created a heartfelt video for International Day of the Girl and it’ll bring a tear to your eye.

The video, which was shared on the SussexRoyal Instagram account, features clips of young women all around the world, as well as footage of the Duchess when she was a young girl.

In the video, Meghan says;

“Today is International Day of the Girl.

“Every girl has potential, she has promise, she has the right to learn, the right to be heard, the right to play and to discover. The right to be exactly who she is.

“It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“If you see something that you don’t like or that you’re offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people and you can really make a difference, for not just yourself but for lots of other people.

"So to each one of you, keep asking questions, keep pushing forward, keep shining brightly. Know your worth and know that we are behind you, every step of the way.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meghan has been a long time advocate for women’s and girl’s rights, even before she became a member of the royal family.

The Duchess campaigned against a sexist advert at the mere age of 11.

“HRH recently shared a quote during a speech in Cape Town: “Visualize your highest self, and show up as her.

“To all the young girls reading this today on International Day of the Girl, that quote is for you,” Meghan wrote alongside the video.

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Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran have teamed up for a special World Mental Health Day video. The prince and the popstar hope the video will help beat the stigma surrounding mental health.

The hilarious clip, which was filmed in Kensington Palace, sees Ed arrive at Harry’s home.

Harry joked that it was like looking in a mirror when he answered the door to the Shape of You singer.

They both sit down to discuss what they can do to help raise awareness about mental health, but it looks like Ed has the completely wrong idea.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“This for me, is a subject and a conversation that is just not talked about often enough, I think people all over the world are really suffering,” says Harry.

Ed explains that he is planning on writing a song to help raise awareness, but not about the issue Harry had in mind.

The singer quips, “That’s exactly what I’m trying to do, people just don’t understand what it's like for people like us. With the jokes, the snide comments, I just feel like it’s time that we stood up and we’re not going to take this anymore. We’re ginger and we’re going to fight.”

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Harry replies, “Okay, that’s slightly awkward. There might have been a miscommunication but this is about World Mental Health Day.”

The Perfect singer then erases the words ‘gingers unite’ from the word document on his laptop.

The video ends with Harry and Ed urging people to talk and to listen to those suffering with their mental health.

The witty video is the perfect way to remind people of World Mental Health Day. “Both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today but every day, you look after yourself, your friends and those around you.

“There’s no need to suffer in silence – share how you’re feeling, ask how someone is doing and listen for the answer. Be willing to ask for help when you need it and know that we are all in this together,” the caption read.

They also added numerous mental health charities and resources that people can reach out to.

 

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Season three of The Crown hasn’t even landed on Netflix yet, but the cast has already started filming the fourth installment of the drama series inspired by Britain’s royal family.

The fourth season will focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship. Josh O’ Connor will play Prince Charles and Emma Corin stars as Princess Diana. The actors were recently spotted filming an episode of the Netflix series and the resemblance is simply uncanny.

The couple’s 1983 Australia Tour is set to feature in the fourth season after the cast were spotted filming in Almería, Spain this week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Emma Corin looked every inch of Princess Diana with her signature blonde hair and a sleek white dress, similar to the one Diana herself wore during their 1983 visit.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charles, Diana and their son, Prince William, who was only nine-months-old at the time, embarked on a month and a half long tour of Australia in 1983.

This was the first time 22-year-old Princess Diana travelled outside the United Kingdom.

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Emma Corin will take on the iconic role of Princess Diana in season four of The Crown and she is more than ready for the part.

She commented, “Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity ad I will strive to do her justice.”

We may have to wait over a year to see Emma’s portrayal, but we do have season three to look forward to. The Crown returns to Netflix on November 17.

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