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Prince Harry Leaves For The South Pole on Sunday

Trekking 20km per day, the teams will endure temperatures as low as -45°C and 50mph winds as they pull their sleds to the southernmost point on the globe.

 He's spent a day in a frost tank in preparation, and this Sunday, Prince Harry will join one of three teams of wounded servicemen and women attempting to trek to the geographic South Pole for the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge. 

Prince Harry in Norway

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Kensington Palace confirmed the final details of the adventure this morning.

The challenge will consist of three seven-man teams from the UK, Commonwealth and USA – each with four wounded team members.

Was Kate Hacked Too?

Was Kate Phone-Hacked?

A court in London heard testimony that Kate Middleton's name appeared on a handwritten note by a private investigator who hacked phones for the News of the World.

Kate Middleton's name was found in a handwritten note by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator allegedly working for the News of the World who hacked phones of public figures and celebrities, the Old Bailey was told today by the prosecution, according to reports in The Guardian and other newspaper websites.



It has long been known that the royals were among the most enthusiastically targeted celebrities by the hackers, but today's revelation that Middleton's name was on a note seized from Mulcaire's premises in 2006 titled "Target evaluation," is the first time her name has been directly linked with the scandal.

In August 2006, the News of the World's royal editor, Clive Goodman and a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, were arrested by the Metropolitan Police, and later charged with hacking the telephones of members of the royal family. Both Goodman and Mulcaire pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced to four and six months imprisonment respectively.

Irish schoolkid less impressed by Kate Middleton's enevelopes than Michael Flatley's

Ever the diplomat, Kate Middleton has refused to name her favorite piece of clothing when asked to do so by a 12-year-old Irish school girl for a school project, saying it was impossible to choose one piece over another.


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Still, Molly Parmeter couldn't believe it when a thick embossed letter from Saint James's Palace arrived on her doormat.

Molly had written a letter to the princess asking her to describe her favourite item of clothing.

Prince leaves heartfelt note to departed comrades

Prince William laid a wreath to remember war dead yesterday that made special mention of two friends of his who have given their lives in battle, on a note which read,  ‘For Jo, Lex and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.’


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Joanna Dyer, a 2nd lieutenant who trained alongside him, and Major Alexis Roberts, who was his platoon commander and mentor at Sandhurst were both killed by IEDs on tours of duty.


Kate Twirls Hair at Vet Ceremony

Unlucky for Kate, she was photographed smiling and twirling her ringlets at a sombre veteran's memorial in London

Its an old rule of celebrity that you never allow a smile to cross your lips at a funeral, and one that the future Queen of England will no doubt be learning the hard way this morning.

For Kate Middleton rarely puts a foot wrong when it comes to the tricky art of the public appearance but yesterday's appearance at the annual remembrance ceremony was a rare fail, thanks to couple of unfortunate pictures.


How not to be photographed on Veteran's day (Max Mumby/Indigo)

For this morning's photograph's on the front pages all show photos of Kate absent-mindedly twirling her hair and smiling at Princess Sophie.

Party Time!

Kate's Dad Dances The Conga

Michael Middleton proves he still has plenty of party spirit

Well, he does run a party supplies business, you know.

Still it comes as something of a surprise to see this picture of Kate's dad, Michael Middleton, joining in a conga at a Red Cross charity event on Thursday night in Belgravia, London.

Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton dancing at The British Red Cross International Fundraising Committee Ambassadors' Gala at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London on November, 7, 2013. (Richard Young/Rex)

Mr Middleton and his wife Carole began the night with a £350-per-head dinner at the home of one of the foreign ambassadors who hosted simultaneous dinners across London before the guests descended on the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel for the evening's entertainment, which incuded this conga line, according to a report in the Telegraph.

For obvious reasons (see picture below) the Taj Mahal is out of bounds for Camilla Parker Bowles, so the royal couple today had to make do with a visit to the Akshardham temple during their Indian tour.


Chris Jackson

The temple, opened in 2005, is one of the largest structures in the world and is  built from Rajasthani pink sandstone and is covered with elaborately carved details of dancers, musicians and deities.


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Scary Thought

Kate Middleton Reveals She Is learning To Fly

Kensington Palace won't be drawn on today's reports that Kate is learning to fly

Maybe this accounts for the gray hairs.

Kate Middleton told a group of army pilots yesterday that she's learning to fly a plane - which has prompted the terrifying speculation that she may be being taught by Prince Harry.

Kate told a group of RAF officers during her London Poppy Day walkabout yesterday that she had been taking flying lessons, specifying that she had been learning in a fixed-wing aircraft, which her brother-in-law Harry knows how to fly.



William is solely a helicopter pilot, but rules would anyway prevent the two of them being in a plane at the same time.

Even Kate's Not Getting Any Younger

Is Kate Going Gray?

Like many new moms, Kate is having to contend with the first gray hairs of motherhood.

Alarming evidence has reached the Royalist that Kate Middleton may in fact be a mere mortal after all, after her second post-natal appearance yesterday revealed a shocking truth – Kate’s going gray.

For amidst all the excitement about Kate’s mumzy new hair-do as revealed on yesterday's London poppy-day walkabout, complete with a Farrah Fawcettish 70s wave, an (admittedly uncharitable) zoom-in on her new hair-do reveals the shocking truth; a little cluster of gray roots all too visible around the new centre-parting.

Somebody send that colorist to the tower.

Personally I started going gray within about two days of having my first child, a fact that is now all–too visible without the benefit of high definition zoom lenses followign me every time I went outside and journalists enlarging photos of me, so I do feel for the girl. As a man, I couldn’t even blame it on the hormones. But I do know there’s nothing like that first sign of mortality to really ruin your week.

"Go on, what's she having?"

How Dominic West Got Into Trouble With Prince Harry

Actor will walk to South Pole with Harry later this month

Actor Dominic West, aka McNulty from the Wire, has been talking to the Daily Telegraph ahead of his Walking With The Wounded trip to the South Pole with Prince Harry later this month. We love this detail

Dominic West

Dominic West. (Walking With The Wounded)

West says there was no evidence of the "bad boy" image of Prince Harry that sometimes pops up in media coverage. In fact the pair chatted about new births – at the time West's wife Catherine was expecting the couple's fourth child while Harry was about to become an uncle. The only frosty point came when West asked what sex the Royal Baby was – Harry's steely look left the question unanswered.

Charles In India

Charles In India: Day 2

Prince Charles looks rather spiffy, we feel sure you will agree, as he shares a light moment with Lieutenant General Manvender Singh (right) during a visit to The Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun today.


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Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the military academy on the first full day of their Indian tour which began with garlands and a blessing beside the River Ganges yesterday, in the northern city of Rishikesh, where The Beatles learnt transcendental meditation in the Sixties.


You'll Never Guess Who I Saw On The Bus

Windsor Love Fest As Will and Kate Meet Barbara on London Bus

Will and Kate out in force for veteran's appeal

Gawd love 'em!

It was Windsors all round today as William and Kate boarded a classic 1960’s open-backed Routemaster London bus today with none other than everyone's favorite caricature of the British working class spirit, the Carry On and EastEnders’ actress Barbara 'Babs' Windsor.



If all of the above means nothing to you then you need to spend more time watching BBC America.

Prince of Wales

William and Kate's Secret Plan

Couple said to be fed up of their nosy royal neighbours at Kensington Palace alread

We'll file this one in the 'maybe' section.

Richard Kay, veteran diarist of the Daily Mail, reports today that William and Kate are "hankering after their beloved hideaway on Anglesey" and have been making "discreet inquiries about returning" to the secluded  farmhouse they rented for £750 a month during William’s three-year posting as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at nearby RAF Valley.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge start The Ring O'Fire Anglesey Coastal Ultra Marathon on August 30, 2013 in Holyhead, Wales. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press, via Getty)

Kay reports: ‘After the relative freedom of living pretty undisturbed as a couple in Wales, William dislikes the proximity of so many neighbours at Kensington Palace,’ I am told. ‘A bolthole in a place they know so well has definite appeal.’

Let It Rock!

Jovi To Rock Kensington Palace!

King of slush rock to headline Kensington Palace charity gig

William and Kate are to host the first ever rock concert to be held at Kensington Palace later this month, in aid of the homelessness charity Centrepoint.

And the headline act? None other than Mr Jon Bon Jovi! So he's definitely not dead then

Jon Bon Jovi and Prince William

(Left) Jon Bon Jovi performs in concert with his band Bon Jovi on Nov. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Right) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits the head office of the St Giles Trust in Camberwell on November 6, 2013 in London. (Pool photo by David Crump; Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

I know! What year are we in? Prince William was only four when Slippery When Wet came out in ...1986.


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Dissecting Cressida's Style

Dissecting Cressida's Style

Prince Harry’s girlfriend is the opposite of Kate Middleton in every way. Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.

Sibling Rivalry

Mad About Pippa

Not A Stretch

Kate Flashes Tummy on First Solo Engagement Since Birth