New book claims that Queen Victoria's daughter Louise had a secret child with her tutor
Admittedly not the sort of breaking news and gossip in which the Royalist usually trades, but the intriguing story of Princess Louise, the sixth child of Queen Victoria, is the subject of a new book, "The Mystery of Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter", by biographer and art historian Lucinda Hawksley, who makes the startling claim in her book that Louise had an illegitimate child in her late teens.
Lucinda took a few moments to chat with the Daily Beast this Thanksgiving Day.
What is the story of Princess Louise?
Times contradicts its own editorial in another editorial on where Richard should be buried
Part of the point about newspaper 'leader' editorials is that whoever writes them, they speak with one voice, the voice of the paper.
So, embarrassment for the Times today, which has a prominent leader saying that Richard III's remains should be buried at Leicester Cathedral - but just a year ago was arguing in another leader that the last Plantagenet King they should be buried at Westminster Cathedral.
The complete skeleton of King Richard III showing the curvature of the spine. (University of Leicester/Corbis)
Then the Thunderer declared, "With apologies to the two princes in the Tower, he must be reburied in Westminster Abbey, but today, they say: "Richard III was a real villain, not a pantomime one, yet a pantomime is what the arrangements for his burial are becoming. On legal and archeological precedent, his remains ought to be interred in Leicester Cathedral."
Tracy Bell made £750 selling stories about the brothers
A pharmacy assistant who worked at a medical centre at Sandhurst military academy was lucky to be spared jail today when she was given a nine-month suspended sentence for selling stories about William and Harry to a newspaper, and sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.
Tracy Bell, 35, from Barnsley in Yorkshire, received £750 for five articles about the royal princes between October 2005 and July 2006, according to a report in today's Guardian, and pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct in public office.
Prince Harry at Sandhurst (Dylan Martinez, Pool / AP Photo)
The court heard that Bell had "made use of her position and the presence of members of the royal family at Sandhurst to make a profit out of selling information about them" but that the information that she supplied "was relatively low grade and its disclosure has not caused significant damage to any public interest".
Prince William proves he really is the ‘karaoke kid’ as he gets up on stage and sings the ‘80s classic ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’
Prince William channeled his inner frat boy last night, taking to the stage with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift to deliver a rousing chorus to the New Jerseyman's rock classic, Livin' On A Prayer.
Few guests could have guessed what was about to happen as Jon Bon Jovi stood on the stage strumming his guitar, teasing William, saying, "Just maybe, the karaoke kid could come up and sing along [a reference to the fact that William sung Livin' On A Prayer at his cousin Zara's wedding?] ...You don't have to do it your Majesty, I understand, I can't fly helicopters or ride motorcycles like you do. That's cool, that's cool. A couple of words..."
To the amazement of the 600 guests, who included British rapper Tinie Tempah, singer-songwriter James Blunt and the actor Colin Firth, William was led up to the stage by singer Taylor Swift as Jon Bon kicked off an acoustic version of the college classic, telling william, "Take that long, long walk up here."
He nervously adjusted his bow tie as the rocker went through the chorus, but when the verse came, leaned in to the mic and bellowed like any good freshman about the importance of holding on to what he had got before reflecting that it didn't really matter if he and his lady made it or not (although the Queen might have other ideas).
Prince Harry has bedecked his face with fur as he battles Arctic weather
Prince Harry has a beard!
Yes, the Prince has finally confirmed that he is the anti-William by showcasing his new man-hair, grown whilst he prepares to embark on the final stage of his walk to the South Pole, which is the actual walk bit.
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So far, the charity team that Harry is part of have been stuck at a base station, awaiting a break in the weather, so they can get their trek underway.
Elizabeth and David Emmanuel argue over who took Diana's call.
There’s nothing like a bit of reality TV for enlivening a 32-year old feud, especially when its an argument about Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding dress.
The gown was designed by the husband and wife team Elizabeth and David Emmanuel, who divorced in 1990, and are now arguing about WHO TOOK THE CALL from Diana.
David is currently a contestant on the jungle reality show, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, and has been chatting about making Diana’s dress over the campfire.
David told a fellow contestant, “I picked up a call in the studio and she said: ‘It's me.’ She never said 'Lady Diana.' …She said, ‘I'm just wondering, would you do the honor of designing my wedding gown?’”
Harry teases William from the South Pole
Prince Harry has given a video interview from the South Pole to UK media saying that his brother Prince William is 'quite jealous' of his Antarctica expedition, but only because it means he doesn't have to endure "a screaming child".
Good to see that the brothers are not done with ribbing each other as publicly as possible.
He also described breaking his toe in the run-up to the trip as 'a massive fail' but said he got little sympathy from his teammates - all of whom are missing limbs as a result of military action.
Wagner celebration held at Buckingham Palace
Getting a pop star to play at your birthday party is an old trick for multimillionaires these days - but few people could get an orchestra to entertain their guests.
However, as patron of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Prince Charles was presumably able to call in few favours, and celebrated his birthday with a Wagner concert at Buckingham Palace, with the event costing a cool $800,000 according to reports.
The Duke of Rothesay, as he is known in Scotland, arrives at Waverly Station on May 8, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)
According to a report in The Telegraph today, the bill for the event last week was paid for by Cyrus Vandrevala, an Indian private equity tycoon and philanthropist, and his wife, Priya.
Now mild temperatures threaten trek
Having faced polar storms, it is now mild conditions making for difficult skiing that is the latest threat to the South Pole trek that Harry is part of.
From right to left: Prince Harry, Kate Philp, Guy Disney, Richard Eyre, Ibrar Ali and Duncan Slater of Team UK in the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge expedition (2013 WWTW)
The teams of disabled servicemen and their celebrity mascots – Prince Harry, Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard – finally arrived at the Antartic base of Novo yesterday, after being delayed by a polar storm, but dreadful conditions are still threatening the ambitious attempt to walk to the South Pole.
A coroner’s court in London heard that intern Mortiz Erhardt, who died after working for 72 hours straight, had an epileptic fit that may or may not have been triggered by fatigue.
Moritz Erhardt, the 21-year old Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern who fatally collapsed after working for 72 hours straight, died as a result of an epileptic fit that may have been triggered by stress and fatigue, a coroner's court in London heard today.
However, the coroner says he was also told by a pathologist that while fatigue could have been a trigger, there was no proof of this, and it was possible the seizure was something that “just happened.”
The coroner recorded a verdict of death by natural causes. According to UK paper The Mirror, the coroner said, "Unfortunately, although many people live with epilepsy and go on to live to old age, sometimes it still causes death very suddenly in this way and sometimes that happens even with a person as young and as fit as Moritz was…One of the triggers for epilepsy is exhaustion and it may be that because Moritz had been working so hard his fatigue was a trigger for the seizure that killed him.
"But that's only a possibility and I don't want his family to go away with the thought that it was something that Moritz did that causes his death…He was a young man living life to the full and he was clearly enjoying his time in London and, whilst it's possible that fatigue brought about the fatal seizure, it is also possible that it just happened. And it is something that does just happen."
Delayed trip to Antartica is finally underway
The good news is that Prince Harry is finally on his way to Antartica after the polar storm that had forced a delay on the teams attempting to trek to the South Pole abated.
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The bad news is that the longer than expected stay in South Africa has completely messed up the acclimatization schedule, with South Africa a very pleasant 70F and the teams' starting point in Antarctica, a chilly -40F, according to Walking With The Wounded.
A spokesman for the charity said that while this "has not given the desired start for their acclimatization" the teams had "thoroughly enjoyed the additional time spent in Cape Town before embarking on this challenge" and had trekked up Table Mountain.
Queen comments that St Paul's looks 'quite small' from top of London's tallest building
The Queen asked to see the spot from where her son, Andrew, abseiled down the side of the UK's tallest biuilding, the Shard, in London this afternoon.
Dressed in a purple coat and hat, the Queen, accompaniedby her husband with whom she yesterday celebrated her 66th wedding anniversary, remarked that St Paul's Cathedral looked "quite small" as she walked around the 360 degree gallery, known as The View.
"It's interesting, the different views and how people can see their houses," she said.
Speaking after the royal visit, member of staff Mark Layden told teh Press Association: "I was stood by the telescope and she asked, 'are you going to show me Buckingham Palace?'
"She liked how much you can zoom in. She seemed quite interested in a plane flying past on its way to City airport as well."
Cornish villagers unwilling to accept that Prince Charles has the right to mine underneath their houses
Feudal times for villagers in Cornwall who woke up to find letters from the Duchy of Cornwall informing them that Prince Charles was restating a 600 year-old claim to the land beneath their houses, and telling them that he has the right to mine under their homes.
The Duchy says it has effectively owned the soil beneath the 130,000-acre estate since its creation in 1337 and is “simply registering its existing rights”, according to a report in the Telegraph today.
One problem - the residents of Stoke Climsland are no longer humble peasantry prepared to take this kind of nonsense lying down.
Kate maybe needs to get some weights stitched into her hemlines to protect her modesty.
I think we have mentioned previously that a princess needs to invest in some curtain weights to ensure no wardrobe malfunctions on windy days.
However, it is advice Kate Middleton clearly continues to ignore, and she experienced a new petticoat-flashing incident when she visited anti-bullying charity Place2Be in London today.
Kate was earing a smart dark blue Max Mara jacket, over an Orla Kiely dress with suede court shoes, a matching clutch bag and navy gloves.
Walking With The Wounded teams delayed due to bad weather at the pole
Prince Harry and his disabled army veteran team mates who are attempting to walk to the South Pole are "getting frustrated" as they are still stuck in Cape Town, with exceptionally bad weather in Antartica delaying their departure.
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Expedition manager Victoria Nicholson said today that very strong winds and heavy snowfall meant visibility was down to about three meters at the Novo station on the edge of the pole.
Nicholson sent an audio update on behalf of all the teams in Cape Town, who have been held in South Africa a bit longer than planned due to bad weather conditions in Antarctica, and very strong winds that made it impossible to fly to Novo.
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.