Charlene calls reports she tried to flee Monaco 'categorical lies'
Princess Charlene of Monaco has said, in an interview with the London Times, that reports of her attempting to flee the principality before her wedding were 'categorical lies'.
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Earlier this year, the Times was forced to publish an apology and retracted a story they had run which repeated the claims, first made in a French newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche, which claimed that the distraught bride-to-be had sought refuge at the South African embassy in Paris, and that less than a week before the wedding, she was stopped from boarding a helicopter as officials coerced her to stay.
Pictures of her weeping during the marriage ceremony, and an awkward-lloking kiss, fanned the flames of the fire.
What will Kate and William name the royal tot?
What will the royal baby be called?
Royal baby names have always been an object of fascination, and guessing the name of the forthcoming Windsor tot has turned into Britain's most compelling parlour game with which the nation is collectively whiling away the last few days of Kate's pregnancy before the birth, expected any day now.
The bookies are still favouring a female baby with the hot favourite name now Alexandra, at 11/8 (meaning if you put on £8 you would get £11 back). Then it's Charlotte at 6/1 (put on £1 and get £6 back) followed by Victoria and Elizabeth (both at 7/1) then Diana (8/1).
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Man remains in a serious condition, police say
A worker at the Queen's Norfolk estate, Sandringham, is in a critical condition in hospital today after falling off a ride-on mower and being trapped underwater at the estate.
Norfolk police today told the Daily Beast that the man is still in a critical condition. He was "underwater for a number of minutes" and the accident is being investigated by the Police and the Health and Safety Executive, police said.
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The accident happened at about 1:30pm, just hours after the Queen had held a garden reception for fellow corgi owners.
Pippa is facing renewed pressure from the palace to quieten down and behave like a good girl. They could be in for one hell of a fight, says Tom Sykes
What are the Royals going to do about Miss Philippa Middleton?
Ever since the fateful day when she walked down the aisle behind her big sister, Kate, and comprehensively stole the limelight at the wedding of the century, Pippa has been an object of fascination.
But she occupies an odd space in the national conversation about the British Royal Family, as no one, least of all herself, seems to have the faintest idea what her role is.
A few decades ago, the fate of a pretty sister-in-law of the future king would have been fairly simple—marry a rich earl and spend the rest of her days hosting shooting parties.
Zara is expecting
No, it's not naughty Prince Harry.
But there is to be another royal baby next year, as Buckingham Palace announced today that Zara Philips is due to give birth in the new year.
The palace issued a statement this morning, using Zara's married name, reading:
"Mr and Mrs Mike Tindall are very pleased to announce that Zara Tindall is expecting a baby in the New Year.
Are Pippa and Nico next to walk down the aisle?
Pippa Middleton and her new boyfriend, Nico Jackson, are planning to get engaged as soon as Britain’s royal baby mania has abated, according to reports.
The Mail on Sunday quotes a friend as saying:
"An engagement is definitely on the cards. The last time Nico spoke about Pippa to his friends back home in Folkestone, he was totally buzzing about her. He is in his element right now.
Does anyone else feel Pippa Middleton's profile quietly sneaking back up again? Well, William and Kate obviously do, and now, the younger sister of the future Queen has once again been told to tone it down by the palace.
Pippa Middleton has been quietly asked by Kate and Prince William to scale back her public appearances, according to a report in The Mail.
Pippa and James Middleton watch a Wimbledon men's singles match. (Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)
Pippa has started writing for The Spectator, is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and has a monthly column in Waitrose Food Illustrated.
Bookies give latest odds
The Royal Baby has become the first person to get a wikipedia page before it is born. My apologies if the tenses in the preceeding sentence are grammatically incorrect.
The page, "Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge" states cinfidently that the baby is due to be born on 13 July (although this is unconfirmed) and reports that the Washington Post has described the unborn infant as "the world’s most famous baby" and adds, "According to officials, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen not to find out the sex of their baby prior to the birth".
So, it's fact now, right?
Snappers ready for for Kate Middleton baby birth
Sometime between right now and the end of the month, there is going to be one very big photo-op, and the jockeying for position has begun.
The photos of William and Kate leaving hospital with their new baby will be among the most shared images ever to have existed on earth, and photographers have already begun setting up at St. Mary's Hospital, claiming their spaces for the all-important shot of the happy parents.
Parking has also been suspended to allow the royal vehicles unfettered access.
Why is William hiding out four hours from London flying helicopters? Could it be that he doesn’t want to be there when his child and heir is born?
What can be Prince William’s excuse—sorry, reason—for staying on at work at his search-and-rescue base in a remote corner of Wales, 300 miles from Kate and a four-and-a-half-hour drive (on a good day) to the London hospital in which she will give birth? Sources say that he simply wants to be treated equally to his fellows, and military rules mean he gets just two weeks’ paternity leave. He wants to have all that time off after the birth, to get maximum bonding time with his child and heir.
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There are of course compelling reasons that might force a man not to be at his wife’s side during the painful last few weeks and days of pregnancy. If your work involves, for example, negotiating for hostages in Sudan or towing oil rigs around the South Arctic seas, then it might be acceptable not to be present for the tricky last moments. You might even be forced to miss the birth itself.
Harry and girlfriend at British pop festival
Prince Harry was at the Glastonbury music festival over the weekend with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas.
Festival organiser Michael Eavis, 77, told The Telegraph: “Prince Harry was great actually. I recommended that he should go on into the night, because the nightlife is what Glastonbury is all about.
Cressida at Glastonbury over the weekend (Danny Martindale / Wire Image / Getty Images)
"At three o'clock in the afternoon, you don't get it. I told him to get his taxi driver to come back at five o'clock in the morning and do you know what? He lasted until four in the morning. His friends were all having a great time. He didn't want to make a formal thing of being here."
Kate and William's rejuvenation of the British monarchy depends on making us think they are just like us. Occasionally, the mask slips.
Some bizarre pictures appeared in the Daily Mail this week, of William and Kate walking away from a helicopter on a London airfield. It turned out that the pictures had been taken over a month ago, apparently by plane spotters who had not realized they had photographed William and Kate (and Lupo) until they downloaded the pictures a few weeks later.
The palace issued a terse, off-the-record response to the Mail, telling the journalist that the helicopter was owned by a friend, that the trip was neither "chartered" nor '"paid for" and that the trip was simply a "gift" from a friend.
The chopper belongs to Shoreham-based Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, whose managing director, Simon Oliphant-Hope, is a friend of the couple. Mr. Oliphant Hope, 49, said: "I know the couple and occasionally, when I am routing past North Wales, I give them a lift if it is convenient to all parties."
Nice friend, eh?
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.