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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Admit to a 'Saddening' Aspect of Their Exit from Royal Life

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are sharing new details about their transition as they prepare to step down as senior members of the Royal Family next month.

The update, released on Harry and Meghan’s website, Sussex Royal, on Friday outlines the couple’s plan to launch a non-profit organization.

“As shared in early January on this website, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not plan to start a ‘foundation,’ but rather intend to develop a new way to effect change and complement the efforts made by so many excellent foundations globally,” the website states.

Additionally, Harry and Meghan hope “the creation of this non-profit entity will be in addition to their cause driven work that they remain deeply committed to.”

Due to the rules surrounding the use of the word “royal” following their transition, Meghan and Harry will not “utilize the name ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of ‘Royal'” in their non-profit’s name.

Because of this, the trademark applications that had been filed for Sussex royal have since been removed.

“While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020,” the website states.

Also in the update, it is revealed that Harry and Meghan will continue to require effective security “to protect them and their son.”

“This is based on The Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born into The Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess’ own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level documented specifically over the last few years,” the statement reads.

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As previously reported by PEOPLE, a review is still set to follow after 12 months, at which point the royal family will revisit the agreement.

“While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place,” the website states.

“Per the agreement The Duke and Duchess of Sussex understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties and not undertake representative duties on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.”

Harry will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader during this 12-month period, however, his honorary military positions will not be used. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the 12-month review of the new arrangements is completed.

Harry will also remain sixth in line to the throne.

Despite looking forward to their new chapter, Harry and Meghan have found the transition to be “saddening” when it comes to letting go of their staff.

“Based on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to have a reduced role as members of The Royal Family, it was decided in January that their Institutional Office would have to be closed, given the primary funding mechanism for this official office at Buckingham Palace is from HRH The Prince of Wales. The Duke and Duchess shared this news with their team personally in January once they knew of the decision, and have worked closely with their staff to ensure a smooth transition for each of them,” the website states.

“Over the last month and a half, The Duke and Duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has understandably been saddening for The Duke and Duchess and their loyal staff, given the closeness of Their Royal Highnesses and their dedicated team.”

The update concludes with a note encouraging the public to use their website for “factual information.”

“In Spring 2020, their digital channels will be refreshed as they introduce the next exciting phase to you.”

Meghan and Harry will also be traveling to the U.K. to carry out several engagements over the next few months.

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The prince will attend the Invictus Games Choir Visit on Feb. 28 alongside singer Jon Bon Jovi, as well as the Silverstone Experience opening with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton on March 6.

The pair will also attend Endeavour Fund Awards on March 5, which acknowledges the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans who used sports as part of their journey to recovery, and they will also be at the Mountbatten Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall on March 7.

They will also attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day on March 9 alongside the rest of the royal family. Additionally, Meghan will mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

Harry will be present at the London Marathon on April 26 and the couple will take part in Harry’s Invictus Games held in The Hague, Netherlands in May. In 2017, the Invictus Games was where the couple made their first public appearance together.

Harry and Meghan first announced their bombshell decision to take a step back in January.


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Lindsey Lagestee dead at 25 after Dixie Crush singer is hit by car on her way to concert

DIXIE Crush singer Lindsey Lagestee has died aged 25, after being struck by a car.

The country singer was making her way to a concert in Chicago on February 14 when she struck by the vehicle.

Chicagoland native Lindsey was taken to hospital but succumbed to her injuries on Monday, as confirmed by her band on Facebook.

The statement read: "To our Dixie Crush family, aka the #CrushCrew, thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support these past few days.

"Some of you may have already heard the terrible news, but It is with the heaviest of hearts, we sadly share that Lindsey Renee passed away on Monday due to complications from the accident last Friday.

"Our hearts are broken over this senseless tragedy. Information about services is posted below."

It continued: "Lindsey was a founding member of Dixie Crush back in 2015. From the very beginning, everyone knew she was something special. Her Uncle Tony described her best as a supernova.

"Above and beyond her beautiful voice, Lindsey just had a way of connecting with every audience leaving an indelible impression. Not only would she give an amazing performance, but after every show, Lindsey would come offstage, take time to meet anyone who wanted to say hi, take pictures, and build friendships."

The band added: "We in the band and Lindsey’s family are moved and comforted by all the beautiful stories and encounters that you have shared.

"We've received texts and posts from dozens of musicians and soundmen from Chicago to Nashville and beyond who had the chance to work with Lindsey over the years.

"We received notes, texts, emails, and posts from literally hundreds of friends and fans sharing stories and expressing their sympathy and condolences.

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"The common thread was love. If you have a Lindsey story, please post it and tag Dixie Crush."

The statement concluded: "Above and beyond being an incredible performer, great friend, and the best bandmate, Lindsey was a loving daughter to Linda and Vaughn, compassionate sister to Lauren, Carrie, and Samantha, adoring aunt to Andrew, Colin, Danielle, Alexander, and Amber, and wonderful girlfriend to Kevin.

"Lindsey, you will forever be in our hearts!"

The band then drew attention to a GoFundMe set up for Lindsey’s family to help with expenses.

While they also shared information for services and funeral arrangements.

 

Speaking to Taste of Country, band member Jim Nonneman confirmed the tragic accident took place as she was heading to Firewater Saloon.

As well as being a musician, Lindsey was also a published pharmacist and graduated with a doctorate from Midwestern University with a PharmD degree.

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A ‘Friends’ Cast Reunion Special Is Officially Coming To HBO Max

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a million Friends fans screaming "Oh. My. God," in unison, because a Friends cast reunion special is officially in the works at HBO Max. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the six main stars, as well as the show’s creators, are on board. Could I be any more pumped?

This news has been a long time coming. Fans have been desperate for new Friends content basically since the series aired its finale way back in 2004. For years, the show’s creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, have been adamant they wouldn’t revive the beloved show in any way, but now it appears they’ve changed their mind at least a little.

According to Variety, stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will all come together to the original Friends soundstage on the Warner Bros. Studio lot for an *unscripted* special in honor of their hit show; Crane and Kauffman will be there too. The reunion will reportedly serve as a kickoff for the new HBO Max streaming service, which will host not only the special but also all 10 seasons of the hit show, which left Netflix at the start of 2020.

All six main cast members took to Instagram to announce the news — though in true Joey fashion, LeBlanc’s IG features a photo of the cast of the oldie show M*A*S*H, rather than the same Friends cast pic his former co-stars shared. All their captions, though, are the same: "It’s happening…"

There have been a lot of signs indicating this reunion would happen, not least of which being everyone from the Friends cast finally getting on Instagram, which led to a ton of top-notch throwback pics (and Aniston’s casual breakage of the internet for a hot sec). Then, of course, there was the big one in November, when reports that a reunion special was in works really got fans fired up.

There’s not much information about what, exactly, the reunion will entail, but since it’s unscripted, it’s possible it will focus on the cast and creators reminiscing on their time on the show (and hopefully revealing some juicy set secrets). As for how long fans will be holding their breath for the special to actually happen, Deadline reports the special — as well as all 236 episodes of Friends — will be available when HBO Max launches in May.

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Why is Bleu Landau leaving EastEnders as Dennis dies?

In shocking scenes to close out EastEnders’ 35th anniversary week, Dennis Rickman Jr (Bleu Landau) has died.

After so much speculating, Denny has finally been revealed as the promised boat party casualty.

Poor Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) will have to mourn her son’s death as she welcomes a new baby boy into the world, 15 years after Dennis Rickman – Dennis Jr’s father – faced his own untimely demise.

As we continue to reel from the shock, here’s what we know about why it was actor Bleu Landau who ended up having his character killed off tonight.

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On the subject of why Dennis was chosen to be the casualty of the week, producer Jon Sen said: ‘When we discussed this – and it’s true of any soap or drama – you want consequence.

‘That is the main thing that comes out of the death we are seeing. It is where it goes, it’s the people who are left behind and the story that it generates. It is very well thought out.

‘There is something almost Greek about this particular person as it could be argued that it’s been set up for quite some time.’

Dennis’ father, Dennis Rickman, was stabbed to death in the New Year’s Eve episode of EastEnders in 2005, when Sharon was just three months pregnant, so it certainly has a sense of history repeating itself.

Sen added: ‘We discussed it in depth and actually had a lot of arguments about it. The story conference room is a vibrant place.

‘We discussed lots of different options but we knew in our hearts that this was the story that would really power us through months and months and months of future stories which we are really excited about.’

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As for the aftermath of Dennis’ death, show boss Kate Oats has teased that the consequences of Denny’s passing will be ‘severe’.

She said: ‘Much changed for some as obviously the consequences are going to be so severe. A disaster of this magnitude has a big impact and it has long-standing consequences – I think people are going to remember this for a long time to come.

‘The narratives drive on for months and months. In some cases, there will be consequences to this story in a year to come.’

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Fans had already been fearing the worst for Dennis as the teen had previously been seen trapped in a room below deck on the party boat.

Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) was the one who locked him in there in the first place after rocking up to the boat to confront him over the dangerous Islamophobic abuse Bobby (Clay Milner Russell) faced as a result of Dennis’ online antics.

Even though Ian was able to get Dennis out of the room, Dennis still tragically drowned in the Thames.

Will the guilt Ian feels at having an admittedly unintentional hand in Denny’s death cause him to come clean to Sharon, and will his friend ever find it in her heart to forgive him?

It certainly

EastEnders continues Monday at 8pm on BBC One.

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Scott Disick Is a ‘Better Man’ Thanks to Sofia Richie

Better together! Scott Disick and Sofia Richie build each other up and are continuing to grow as a couple, despite breakup rumors.

“Sofia and Scott are great together,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Scott has become such a better man through being in a mature relationship with her.”

The insider explains that Disick, 36, is still “the ‘same old Scott’ in certain ways, but he’s definitely grown up a lot and embraced being more responsible in all areas of his life.”

The couple, who have been together for more than two years, “have a lot of fun together” and “could very well get engaged,” the source adds.

Although the two are public figures, the Flip It Like Disick star likes to keep his relationship under the radar with Richie, 21.

“Sofia and Scott like to do their own thing and be private,” a second source tells Us. “Scott can be grouchy at times, but Sofia doesn’t really mind and likes to take care of him.”

The lovebirds have their ups and downs, but the pair always have each other’s backs.

“He is supportive of her, but likes to show it in his own way,” the insider adds. “Often times if Sofia has a project that she is celebrating, they will do their own private dinner to celebrate as a couple without a ton of people around.”

Us previously reported that the father of three attended his girlfriend’s launch party for her denim line on Thursday, February 20, amid rumors that they were taking a break.

“Scott looked much happier and more comfortable at the event once he saw [Sofia],” a source told Us about Disick and Richie’s interaction at the L.A. event. “Sofia looked very happy to see Scott and they were smiling and joking around together.”

Despite speculation that the duo was putting a pause on their relationship, the model and Talentless founder were seen getting cozy during the party. After Richie’s father, Lionel Richie, left the bash, Sofia was spotted sitting on Disick’s lap and looked “super smiley.”

The two shared a kiss, took selfies and at one point the reality TV star “kissed [Sofia’s] forehead and put his arms around her waist.”

The couple’s night out comes after rumors began to circulate that the lovebirds were calling it quits. Fans first started to question if the two were still an item when Sofia unfollowed — and later refollowed — Disick’s ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian on Instagram.

A source told Us on February 12, however, that the couple were “totally fine” and still together.

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Bon Jovi Detail New Album, 'Bon Jovi 2020'

Bon Jovi have revealed details about their aptly named upcoming album, Bon Jovi 2020. The follow-up to 2016’s This House Is Not for Sale is set for release on May 15th.

On Friday, the band shared a music video for the album’s lead single, “Limitless,” in which Bon Jovi soundtrack a revolution from daily monotonous life.

In a press release for Bon Jovi 2020, the band stated that it will address “tough topics such as gun control, veterans’ issues, politics, the meaning of family, and much more.”

Jon Bon Jovi stated, “It encompasses life, love, and loss.”

The band will tour the record this summer, kicking off June 10th in Tacoma, Washington, and ending with a two-night residency at Madison Square Garden in New York on July 27th and 28th. Bryan Adams will open for Bon Jovi on most dates.

Last November, Bon Jovi released a new song, “Unbroken,” which the band wrote for Josh Aronson’s documentary, To Be of Service, about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who are paired with service dogs. Proceeds from downloads of the single benefited the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation. Earlier this year, Jon Bon Jovi appeared onstage with Billy Joel at his Madison Square Garden show to perform “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and “Big Shot.”

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Zoo Gorillas Obsessed with Michael Bublé's Christmas Album Get Private Concert from the Crooner

At the Werribee Open Range Zoo near Victoria, Australia it’s Christmas all year round — at least for the zoo’s gorillas.

According to Zoos Victoria, which operates the safari-inspired zoo, Werribee’s gorilla residents — Ganyeka, Yakini, and Motaba — love listening to the Michael Bublé album Christmas, which is packed with the crooner singing classic carols, every month of the year.

“When we play Michael Bublé’s CDs, the boys will instantly start pleasure grumbling, and sit nice and calm and relaxed,” Ben Gulli, a gorilla keeper at Werribee, says in the video above about the singer’s power over the primates.

“The beautiful low tones that he sings with kind of mimics their pleasure grumble,” the keeper adds.

Word of Bublé’s gorilla fanbase got back to the singer, and he decided to visit the Werribee gorillas and give them a private concert.

In a video of the intimate show, Bublé croons a version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” adjusted to be a little more relevant to his animal listeners, and all of the gorillas stop and turn towards Bublé to take in the singer’s velvety voice.

“The reaction was amazing,” Bublé says in the clip.

 


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Wheel of Fortune fans slam contestants for guessing rarely-used ‘Q’ and losing luxury trip – The Sun

TWO Wheel Of Fortune contestants missed out on a trip to Costa Rica after guessing the letter 'q' incorrectly.

During the frustrating moment, many fans of the show took to social media to question why the contestant would choose such a rarely-used letter.

Nancy and Marlena seemed to be on a roll when they were competing for a free trip to Costa Rica, but things quickly soured when Marlena confidently called out the letter "Q" which quickly won her the failing whistle.

The camera quickly zoomed in on the pair as Marlena awkwardly nudged a stunned Nancy and whispered: "I'm sorry."

Her friend, who was trying her best to stay calm after her friend's mess up, simply smiled and said: "That's alright."


The two contestants next to them, Pauline and Emily, shouted that they could solve the puzzle and they quickly solved the puzzle which read "Exotic and Colorful Birds."

Rarely enough, Wheel of Fortune host, Pat Sajak, didn't comment on the ladies' fatal error.

Nancy wasn't the only one who was stunned by her friend's answer with many fans of the show expressing their opinion on social media.

One viewer tweeted out: "Exactly what word was she thinking of when she called a Q."




Another one quickly followed and wrote: "Q? Q?! I bet those two aren't friends anymore after that game."

And another fan of the show dramatically wrote: "The only time you would guess 'Q' is when a blood vessel bursts in your brain and it's the last thing you say before you collapse and die."


Another watcher said: "This is weird. Contestants on Wheel of Fortune guessed the letter 'Q' to solve a puzzle … which was wrong. It really made no sense for them to do.

"Wonder why they chose that letter?"

And one other person wrote: "Uh, the letter Q is asked for only when you know it is there and you need a correct choice to move along.

"Only an idiot would ever choose Q."

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Hollyoaks fans heartbroken as Jordan targets Ollie in devastating drugs twist

Hollyoaks youngster Ollie Morgan (Aedan Duckworth) was left heartbroken during last night's first look episode on E4 as his newborn baby was taken away by his adoptive parents.

Ollie's girlfriend Brooke Hathaway (Talia Grant) decided she didn't want to be a young mother and agreed to put her child up for adoption despite Ollie wanting to bring up their son.

In tonight's first look episode on E4, Ollie pinned for his baby boy and flicked through the memory book he made his son, which the adoptive parents left behind.

Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy) comforted his son and encouraged him to become carefree again.

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He gave Luke some cash to go to the cinema, but when Imran wasn't free, Ollie made arrangements with newcomer Sid instead and they went to The Loft.

Bad lad Jordan Price (Connor Calland) set his sights on a vulnerable, drunk Ollie and gave him drugs.

Fans of the Channel 4 soap have taken to their keyboards to air their views on Jordan's "evil" plan. to groom Ollie into his dark world of drug dealing.

One viewer penned: "I can't stand Jordan. He gives me the creeps."

Another added: "No Ollie don't take the ketamine."

A third fan said: "Ollie's dark path begins. Don't do it."

A fourth tweeted: "Really shouldn't have done that Ollie."

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The Channel 4 soap first hinted at this dark storyline in its New Year's Eve flash-forward episode, when it showed a distraught Ollie (Aeden Duckworth) with a bag of drugs to end 2020.

As the County Lines drug dealing storyline continues, Ollie actor Aeden Duckworth told Digital Spy that there is a rough road ahead for his troubled character.

He told the publication: "Ollie has done what quite a few people do when they go through a hard time.

"He's turned to drugs, which is devastating, to say the least.

It's upsetting to see, because he's such a nice lad and we know he's been through so much already.

"It's going to be a good storyline and we're going to tell it to the best of our ability.

"Hopefully the year after this one will be when Ollie sorts himself out."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to stop using ‘Sussex Royal’ name from Spring 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they will no longer use the name “Sussex Royal” for their new foundation.

Reports had suggested earlier this week that the Queen had told the Duke and Duchess of Sussex not to use the name after their decision to step back from the family earlier this year.

A statement from a spokesperson for the couple confirmed on Friday evening that trademark applications for the name have been removed.

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“While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal’, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘SussexRoyal’ in any territory post Spring 2020.

“Therefore the trademark applications that were filed as protective measures, acting on advice from and following the same model for The Royal Foundation, have been removed,” the spokesperson said.


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It comes after further details about Harry and Meghan’s duties were announced earlier this week as they begin their new life away from the royal family.

After the couple announced earlier this year that they will step back from royal life, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the changes will come into effect on March 31 with a one year review following.

Before then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will appear at six engagements in the UK, after spending the last month in Canada.

Harry will attend an engagement on February 28 with Jon Bon Jovi at a recording session for his song Unbroken, which will be released in aid of the Invictus Foundation.

On March 5 the couple will attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London.

Meghan will then join Harry for another event at the Royal Albert Hall on March 8 to mark International Women's Day.

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The couple will then join the Queen and the Royal Family for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9.

Harry and Meghan will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace from April onwards.

Buckingham Palace also released details of Harry’s military role.

“Prince Harry will retain ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader, however, during this 12-month period his honorary military positions will not be used. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the review is completed,” they said in a statement.

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