Britain's Prince William is "thrilled" at the prospect of becoming a father for the second time and is adamant his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge is "okay" as she battles severe morning sickness.
The royal couple announced on Monday (08Sep14) they are expecting a second child, following the birth of son Prince George in July last year (13).
In a statement, they confirmed the duchess is also suffering from the debilitating illness that blighted her first pregnancy, but the prince has now spoken out to assure fans his wife is bearing up.
Speaking in Oxford, England after the announcement on Monday, Prince William said, "She is feeling okay, thanks. It's been a tricky few days - a week or so - but obviously we are mostly thrilled. It's great news. Early days but we are hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better."
British socialite Pippa Middleton felt "embarrassed" by the attention she received for wearing a body-hugging bridesmaid dress on the day her elder sister married Prince William. Kate Middleton became Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge when she married the British royal in London in 2011, and her younger sibling became a sensation as she escorted her sister down the aisle in front of TV viewers across the globe.
Pippa has now given her first TV interview and spoken of the magical wedding which captured the imagination of millions, insisting she had no idea her sister's big day would be such a huge event.
She tells America's Today show, "It sounds funny to say, but we saw it, as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn't realise, perhaps, the scale of it until afterwards. We all took on the the roles as any family would."
Prince William's sister-in-law also admits she felt embarrassed by the attention her now-famous Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress received, "It was completely unexpected... I think the plan was not really for it to be a significant dress. Really just to sort of blend in with the (wedding dress) train.. (it was) embarrassing, definitely... it wasn't planned."
She adds of the dress, "It's actually still in my wardrobe at home. I haven't worn it since. But I think I'll just keep it there... I think it's the sort of thing that I'm sure I'll bring out if someone wanted to see it or my children one day want to see it. Then I'll show them."
Pippa goes on to reveal she has felt "publicly bullied" when she reads stories about herself which are not true, but she is adamant joining the royal family has not affected her relationship with her sister, insisting, "We spend a lot of time together. We still do a lot together as a family. We have a very normal, sisterly relationship. We're very close."
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton and their brother James are to cycle across the U.S. for charity. The socialite and her sibling will ride from Oceanside in California, to Annapolis, Maryland as part of a team to bring in money for good causes. The ride begins on Saturday (15Jun14).
British singer Cheryl Cole has slammed bosses of a celebrity-themed weighing scales company for using her face on the product. The scales feature the faces of well-known stars and their weight details in place of numbers, but Cole is furious her image is used to represent the lighter end - at 112 pounds (51 kilograms) - while actress Melissa McCarthy is placed at the heavier end, at 252 pounds (114 kilograms).
Now the former Girls Aloud star has spoken out to voice her opposition to the product, insisting she is angry her fame is being used to encourage fans to shed the pounds.
She posted a picture of a news article on Twitter.com, declaring she was "shocked" by the product, before writing, "Pls (please) do not include me on your scale. Girls should be worried about the number on their exam page not a weight scale ffs (for f**ks sake)."
Other celebrities featured on the weighing device include British singers Adele and Ellie Goulding, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and rapper/actress Queen Latifah.
Idris Elba shared a "surreal" moment with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge at the screening of his Nelson Mandela biopic when news filtered through that the civil rights icon had died. The Luther actor was joined by the royal couple for the London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in London on 5 December (13), the night the former South African president passed away in Johannesburg.
Elba has recalled how he was alerted to the news by the Duchess, who looked visibly shaken several seats away.
He tells BBC Radio 2, "Literally halfway through the film Mandela had passed and there was sort of a slight buzz around the auditorium. Interestingly, the Duchess, Kate, sort of turned to me and looked at me as she had her phone and I wondered what was wrong with her because she looked quite emotional, but the film's very emotional.
"And my girlfriend looked at me and handed the phone and I looked down and Mandela had passed and it was on a website. It was just the most surreal moment. I looked back at Kate and Prince William and they were just in tears with me. It was just odd. Very odd.
"There's a moment in the film and I play older Mandela and he says this one line and it is 'Just open the gate and let me free' - and I kid you not, that that was the one line when we heard the news that was on the screen."
Following the screening, the producers of the film decided to break the news to guests.
Elba adds, "It only felt appropriate to say what had happened and honestly there was an audible gasp in the auditorium. Some people didn't know, they had their phones off. It was just surreal.
"It was very odd, after seeing the credits and I walk on stage. They were giving me a nice round of applause but it was just this moment where I had to say please sit down, and announcing the official speech from President (Jacob) Zuma of South Africa. It was just weird."
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge's socialite sister Pippa Middleton is engaged to be married, according to a U.S. report. The event planner, who came to the attention of the global public at her sister's high-profile wedding to Prince William in 2011, has reportedly accepted a proposal from her boyfriend of 15 months, Nico Jackson.
The banker popped the question during a vacation in India earlier this month (Dec13), according to Usmagazine.com.
A representative for Middleton has yet to comment on the report.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Outspoken rocker Morrissey has a new target in his sights - Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge's younger sister Pippa Middleton. The former The Smiths frontman is a long-term animal rights campaigner and he has launched a savage attack on the sister-in-law of the U.K.'s Prince William over her love of hunting, branding her a "thickwit" and insisting she is "the sick face of modern Britain".
The Suedehead hitmaker was infuriated by photographs printed in a British tabloid last month (Oct13) showing Middleton posing with 50 dead birds at her feet following a pheasant shoot in Scotland.
In a statement, he writes, "On October 5, the Daily Mail newspaper gave us all an 'amusing' report of thickwit Pippa Middleton laughing as she stood over 50 birds shot dead by her friends and herself after a 'busy day's shooting'. We are reminded by the Daily Mail that Middleton is a 'socialite', which tells us that she is privileged and can more-or-less kill whatever she likes - and, therefore she does.
"The sick face of modern Britain, Pippa Middleton will kill deer, boar, birds - any animal struggling to live, or that gets in her socialite way. This is because her sister is, of course, Kate, who herself became 'royal' simply by answering the telephone at the right time..."
Middleton caught the world's attention with her figure-hugging frock at her sister's wedding to Britain's second-in-line to the throne in 2011.
British royal Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge has reportedly taken flying lessons. The Duchess was taking a bus ride through London with her husband Prince William and members of military charity The Royal British Legion on Thursday (07Nov13) in honour of Remembrance Day this weekend (10-11Nov13), when she made the revelation.
The royal, whose grandfather Peter Middleton was a Royal Air Force pilot, said, "My grandfather flew planes... I've had a few lessons on fixed wing (aircraft)."
Newborn royal Prince George's official christening photos have made history by bringing together four generations of present and future British monarchs for a portrait for the first time in over a century. In the main family shot, taken by fashion photographer Jason Bell, proud great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, sits surrounded by her three future kings - George, Prince William and her son Prince Charles, the current heir to the throne.
The Duke of Edinburgh, George's mum Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, uncles Prince Harry of Wales and James Middleton, aunt Pippa Middleton, grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton and step-grandmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are also featured in the happy family portrait, which was taken in the morning room at Clarence House in London following the young prince's christening at the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace on Wednesday (23Oct13).