They have chosen to spend baby Archie’s first festive season away from Sandringham. The Sussexes could stay at home in Windsor or travel abroad to be with Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland. RELATED: Harry and Meghan honour war heroes at Field of Remembrance RELATED: Windsors at war: Hidden truth behind Meghan Markle’s new interview A source said the couple — parents to six-month-old Archie — “needed to recharge their batteries”. The new parents plan to spend their Christmas relaxing as a family. Picture: AFP.Source:AFP But their decision will do little to heal the rifts that have opened up with the rest of the Royal Family. The couple are taking a six-week break after Sunday when Harry, 35, attends a Royal Albert Hall event. It was thought they would spend Thanksgiving in the US with Doria, 63, and return for Christmas at Sandringham. But they informed Her Majesty, 93, they will not be joining her and Prince Philip, 98. A royal source said: … [Read more...] about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie will spend Christmas alone
It's been a whole year since Kate Middleton and Prince William stood on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, cradling their third baby in their arms. Little Prince Louis is celebrating his first birthday today and messages of love and warm wishes have flooded in from people all over the world - including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Meghan Markle , 37, and Prince Harry , 35, who are currently expecting their first child, shared a sweet message for the adorable royal on social media, but you'd be forgiven if you missed it. Instagram That's because the couple didn't share a cute photo or video of the tot on their own page to mark the occasion. Instead they shared a comment on a post by KensingtonRoyal, the official Instagram account of the Cambridges. The photo, was a new image of Prince Louis, taken by mum Kate, at the family's home in Norfolk. Underneath the post, Meghan and Harry wrote: "Happy Birthday Louis! Sending lots of love from both of us, … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s sweet message for Louis on his first birthday
The People's Vote campaign has named 100 candidates it says could tip the balance of power into a second EU referendum as it launches a tactical voting website.The campaign, which has faced recent public controversy after one of the directors tried to sack two senior staff members, has put people like Dominic Grieve, the now independent former attorney general, at the forefront of a push to get more MPs who support its cause into the Commons.The group campaigns for a second referendum on leaving the EU.It will back the 112 candidates in the hope of engineering a Conservative defeat to force another referendum.As well as Mr Grieve, who recently confirmed he would stand again in his Beaconsfield seat, having lost the Conservative whip, the list includes Rosie Duffield, the Labour candidate for Canterbury. Advertisement Last night, her Lib Dem opponent Tim Walker dropped out of the race, in fear of splitting the vote. But the party said they would replace him.Former Labour MP … [Read more...] about General election: People’s Vote announce 100 key seats – is yours on the list?
Julia has a system to survive. Every month, she maxes out her overdraft: £1,000 in the red to pay for utility bills, council tax, mortgage, and food for herself and her daughter. Then the 49-year-old’s salary puts her back in the black – and she does it all over again. This is the definition of precarious living: a life where, in Julia’s words, “everyday needs pile up”. The overdraft isn’t enough to keep her head above water. In the past nine months, she’s fallen into £5,000 worth of credit card debt. As we talk, Julia writes it all out – listing basic family costs, item by item: replacing broken furniture (“It was falling apart,” she says); buying her daughter shoes and a uniform for secondary school, and a bike to get there; hiring a plumber to unblock the toilet. She can’t remember the last time she went out with friends or bought something as a treat. “I have holes in my clothes,” she says. You … [Read more...] about For Julia every month is a desperate fight to pay the bills. She’s a teacher
A two-bedroom property remains a firm favourite for many of Britain's home buyers, whether it is a flat or a house. This is because they combine the flexibility of a second bedroom, alongside a (usually) cheaper price tag than larger homes. But depending on where the property is, that price tag can vary enormously, as our quiz below shows. This two-bedroom terrace house in Brighton, East Sussex, is currently for sale (find out the correct price in the quiz below) A two-bedroom home can be the answer for many of those stepping onto the property ladder, couples, people wanting to perhaps rent out a second room to help pay the mortgage, or for those downsizing once their children have left the nest. They are also ideal for those starting a family or simply wanting a spare room for friends and family to visit. Jeremy Leaf, north London estate agent and a former Rics residential chairman, said: 'The appeal of a two-bedroom property is enduring because it is a much more flexible space for … [Read more...] about How much does a two-bedroom home cost? Take our tricky quiz to see if you can guess the price of 10 properties across Britain