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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 20:  Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Prince Harry Goes Public over Meghan Markle ‘Press Attacks’

Prince Harry, 30, has issued an unprecedented statement confirming the identity of her new girlfriend, U.S. actress Meghan Markle and condemning her treatment following intense media coverage of their fledgling romance. He said the past week had “seen a line crossed”. Saturated coverage of his burgeoning romance had indeed filled the tabloid press, online news websites and social media. In the press release issued by his communications secretary Jason Knauf, Kensington Palace acknowledged the prince’s well-documented tensions with the press stating: “He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.” He has had a history of unflattering tabloid coverage when he dressed as a Nazi captain at a fancy dress party and in 2012 when he was photographed naked during a debauched party in Las Vegas. There has also been various skirmishes outside popular night spots with paparazzi in the intervening years. …

Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends the formal unveiling of the new logo for Crossrail, which is to be named the Elizabeth line, at the construction site of the Bond Street station in central London, February 23, 2016.   REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool - RTX286VG

Lizzie’s Line: Queen’s Roundel Trip

Purple patch: Scroll either way to see the Queen ride the Piccadilly line to open Heathrow extension in 1977 and unveiling the new Elizabeth line at Bond Street in 2016 Queen Elizabeth II seemed genuinely pleased at getting her name on the iconic London Underground roundel as the new multibillion-pound Crossrail line was named after her. Her Majesty, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch visited the under-construction Crossrail station at Bond Street as the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced that the new railway will be known as the Elizabeth line in her honour. A carefully-kept secret for such a long-running project which surprisingly did not leak, a feat in itself. The Elizabeth line with its royal purple livery is expected to transform travel across the city and will see 24 trains per hour running in each direction when the central section of the Transport for London (TfL) run railway opens in 2018. The Queen was presented with a commemorative Elizabeth roundel, and met a wide range of people involved in the construction of Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. This marks the …

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Cambridges Reveal Charlotte & George First Christmas Portrait

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte have appeared in their first Christmas portrait together with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. The Cambridges also announced the nursery Prince George will be attending. The new picture shows the family in the garden at Kensington Palace and was taken in late October by photographer Chris Jelf. Mr Jelf said: “I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don’t have long when there are two young children involved! “I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honoured that the duke and duchess have decided to share it with the public.” Kensington Palace said that the royal couple were “very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four” and “hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year”. Two-year-old Prince George will go to the £33-a-day Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk from January. A nursery spokesman said: “We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery.” The …

Legal tussle: Kensington's Candy-stripe house has generated a lot of media interest and has now ended in court

Kensington Candy Stripes Home Repaint Ruling Set for 2016

A woman who painted her Kensington townhouse in candy stripes has to wait till next year to know if she will have to restore it back to its original colour after the council ordered her to do so. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, had been accused by neighbours in the affluent enclave in South End of trying to “get her own back” after failing to win planning permission for a mega basement construction. Her previous appeal for the redevelopment had been thrown out after the council brought in stringent rules for basement makeovers in the borough. Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard the red stripes had been painted on to the house on March 2 this year in “about five-and-a-half hours”. Giving evidence Ms Lisle-Mainwaring claimed the planning order forcing her to repaint the house was “a response by the council to a press campaign”. Andrew Parkinson, representing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, disagreed saying: ‘There is nothing at all to suggest that the press campaign played any part in the council’s actions.” He added: ‘The council would have …

A restorer applying gilt and finishing touches to the Kensington Palace gates | Photograph: Bolaji Babafemi

The Diana Gate: A Brief History

Eighteen years after the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Kensington Palace gates unofficially named after her is almost unrecognisable from the wrought iron gates that bore hundreds of floral tributes which spilled into the surrounding gardens in 1997. But it still remains the focal point where her memory continues to be honoured on the anniversary of the Paris crash.

Meteors, streak past stars in the night sky near Amman, in the early hours of August 12, 2004. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, and was clearly visible to the naked eye

Perseid Meteor: Where to See the Shooting Stars

E ven city dwellers can see this year’s meteorological phenomenon from their back gardens as it reaches its peak tonight (12 August 2015) according to scientists. The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus as it appears to originate at the same point in the sky as the constellation. Meteors are bright streaks of light that shoot across the sky so fast they can be seen in the blink of an eye. Commonly known as shooting stars, they can sometimes turn into bright fireballs that can last a few seconds. The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor. The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies. By the 10 August up to 15 meteors an hour can be seen on a clear sky. The peak dates to see the Perseid meteor shower are between the 12-13 August when up to 100 meteors an hour can be seen! There will also be good rates between 11-12 August and 13-14 August, although to …

Let the Youths Roam Free: Bear Grylls’ Summer Manifesto

Bear Grylls has urged all young people to banish boredom and computer games at the start of the summer holidays by spending a night under the stars or go on a wild adventure on water or in the air. The celebrity adventurer and UK’s chief scout himself took to the skies in an helicopter to spread the message about his Kids’ Summer Manifesto. “The summer holidays are a massive opportunity for fun, challenge and adventure. It’s a time when kids can get outdoors, build dens, learn skills, make friends and have the freedom to discover who they are. That’s why I’m challenging every child to accept my Super Six Challenge. The manifesto which celebrates all things adventure will also see Grylls known for his all-action TV series Man v. Wild embark on a whirlwind helicopter tour of Scout summer camps, meeting thousands of Scouts. It follows the ethos of the Scouts whose famous motto is, Be prepared. But the bid to lure Britain’s children out of their comfort zones will be a challenging one with various …