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Sussex silence

A lot has been said by the British media on their feelings about the Duchess of Sussex. But Meghan and Harry soldier on, do what they can to ignore the noise and continue doing their thing. Which is, you know, general awesomeness for those around them and for the causes they are most passionate about. But according to journalist (and “deputy church warden,” according to his Twitter bio) Quentin Letts, when it comes to the Sussexes, don’t mention them to the Queen.

So if you ever get a chance to sip tea with HRH and want to ask about Meghan’s work with charity Smart Works, or know more about Harry’s favourite Invictus Games moment, or find out if Archie likes tummy time or is more comfortable on his back, don’t bother. Because Her Maj has no time for that nonsense.

Now, whether or not Quentin source is reliable is up for debate. But given a chance to say anything to the Queen, the Sussexes would probably be the last thing on our minds. In all honesty, we just want to know how she keeps herself in such tip-top shape. Because tea can’t be the only reason she’s the longest-reigning British monarch in history and still going strong. Royal Highness, what’s your secret?

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William’s classmates used to tease him about Princess Diana’s topless photos

In 1996, photos of Princess Diana soaking up the sun sans bikini were published for all to see. Not only were they embarrassing for her but her children as well. And according to a new memoir, Prince William was teased quite a bit because of them.

In The Glossy Years, Nicholas Coleridge wrote that during a lunch conversation, Diana mentioned that the then-14-year-old called her up from Eton College to inform her that he was getting all kinds of teased, thanks to the topless pics that were taken while she vacationed in Spain.

“William rang me from Eton. Poor boy, he’s only 14. He was upset,” Coleridge alleges Diana told him, according to the Daily Mail. “He said some of the other boys were teasing him, saying my tits are too small.”

But she was less concerned about the pics and more concerned with how the pics looked, according to Coleridge. “Are my breasts too small, do you think?” He recalled going “breathless and as red as a guardsman’s tunic,” before reassuring her that breasts were “perfect” and “told her not to worry.”

It wouldn’t be the last time Will had to deal with topless photos. While vacationing with his wife in the South of France, Duchess Kate was photographed tanning topless as well. Most of the media respected the royals’ privacy and didn’t buy and publish the photos but French Closer magazine did and it and two of its staffers were promptly sued by William and eventually ordered to pay the couple £181,000 in damages.

St. James’ Palace released a statement in 2012, likening what happened to Kate to her late mother-in-law. “Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them,” it read. “The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so.”

Sam Smith will now use them/they pronouns

Earlier this year, Sam Smith spoke to British GQ and came out as non-binary, though they admitted that they were still learning about it and, at the time, they would continue to use male pronouns. Well, a few months have gone by and the singer is opting to go with they/them pronouns going forward.

 

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Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you. P.s. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open. If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight everyday. These are activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding. @tomglitter @munroebergdorf @transnormativity @alokvmenon @katemoross @glamrou @travisalabanza @twyrent @chellaman @jvn @lavernecox @stonewalluk @glaad @humanrightscampaign @mermaidsgender Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x

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Sam admitted that while this is their choice, they in no way feel ready to “eloquently speak at length about what it means” and for now, wants to be “visible and open.” Perfect.

Gigi Hadid handled her runway wardrobe malfunction with ease

It takes a true boss to take a wardrobe malfunction and run with it. And that’s exactly what Gigi Hadid did during New York Fashion Week. She was strutting in the Marc Jacobs Spring 2020 runway show when her heel broke. Instead of faking a non broken heel, they sent Gigi back out for the finale shoeless, and she still rocked it.

Marc Jacobs stylist Katie Grand further explained exactly what happened in her own Instagram post and how, in fact, going barefoot worked in the look’s favour.

Whoa, Jessica Biel and Beverley Mitchell did not like each other during 7th Heaven

They played sisters on 7th Heaven so it shouldn’t be too surprising that off-screen, Jessica Biel and Beverley Mitchell didn’t always get along.

“We used to butt heads and she used to drive me fricking nuts and we used to literally want to battle,” Mitchell told Us Weekly. “There were times where I just remember going home, because we would carpool home [from the 7th Heaven set], and we would just yell at each other all the time.”

They eventually bonded and now Mitchell calls Biel her “sister” and “one of the most talented, strong and amazing women.” She added: “I don’t have brothers and sisters, so she has always been that type of relationship for me because I’m an only child. I adopted her, whether she likes it or not. She doesn’t have a choice.” Said like a true sibling.

 

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Happy birthday to one of the greatest! @jessicabiel you truly are a unicorn!!! Thank you for sticking with me ALL these years! For teaching me to accept someone who thinks differently than me, I know I was a slow learner but I got there. Thank you for always being the first to push me out of my comfort zone, sometimes way out, but always there to hug me when I needed it most! I have shared my highest highs with you and my lowest lows! Thank you for always being my rock! My love for you is beyond! You truly are the sister I always wanted (well most of the time)! You inspire me, you make me better! You do it all with such grace, you are a phenomenal mother, wife, sister, friend, all around badass and I thank my lucky stars everyday to call you family!! And thank you for being the best Auntie! We love you so very much and hope you are being spoiled rotten with love because girl you deserve it all!!!! 😘💖🌈🦄🎁🎂💥 #happybirthday #maryandlucy #sisters #7thheaven #mygirl #bestfriend #family #love #forever

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Beverley also recalled how Jessica helped her through her miscarriage last year, saying, “Jessie was a strong supporter when I miscarried, and she would just call and leave me messages and just check in just because. I didn’t call her back because I wasn’t in a place for that, but she also knew me well enough to know that like I don’t have to call back, but just knowing that she was thinking of me was so meaningful and I think that I’m very blessed with that type of friendship.” Friends. Sisters. Sometimes? Same difference.