The reason Harry and Meghan aren’t fazed by Trump’s security cost claims

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly moved to Los Angeles from Canada in March 2020, a development that inspired a very pointed tweet from President Donald Trump about the cost of their security. “It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection,” he tweeted. “They must pay!”

Although it’s not the most welcoming tweet ever, some might argue Trump raised a fair point. With Meghan and Harry stepping down as members of the royal family on March 31, 2020, as their spokesperson confirmed, the cost of their security must fall to someone, and no political leader is necessarily obligated to shoulder the financial burden.

Had they remained working members of the royal family, the Home Office, part of Her Majesty’s Government, would have covered their security bill, but since the couple has chosen to step down, that’s no longer the United Kingdom’s responsibility, according to the Sovereign Grant Act. And when Meghan and Harry moved to Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police provided protection, a service that ended March 31, according to CBC News.

Despite all the drama surrounding the situation, Harry and Meghan aren’t fazed by Trump’s security cost claims due to a very logical reason.

Did Trump cause drama for nothing?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex probably aren’t bothered by President Donald Trump’s tweet because they have the funds to cover their security costs, and this dough will likely come from their sizable net worths. Meghan Markle, for instance, is reportedly worth $5 million thanks to her acting career and other projects, while Prince Harry supposedly has $25 million in the bank. Not only does the dad benefit from a trust Princess Diana set up, but he also earned money during his time in the army, according to the Daily Mail. The Queen also left an inheritance and some of her jewels to the royal, and it’s rumored Prince Charles will provide the couple “private financial support” for a year, per People

These figures appear to back up a statement from the couple’s rep regarding Trump’s security claim, which makes this whole drama seem very silly. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources,” they told Fox News. “Privately funded security arrangements have been made.”

Your move, Trump.

Reactions to Trump's tweet were mixed

It’s fair to argue Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been plagued by negativity ever since 2016 when they became a couple. President Donald Trump’s recent tweet and the subsequent comments to his claim revealed that, sadly, little has changed.

“The same Meghan [Markle] that said she would leave the US if Trump was elected is the same girl that now wants our President Trump to sign off on making the taxpayers pay for her security bill?” one person tweeted. “Bye girl.” Someone else commented, “Mr. President is right The US should NOT have to pay for these freeloaders. Well done!!”

However, there isn’t any public evidence that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex planned on asking for support. It’s also reasonable to point out the odd timing of Trump’s ire, as one person noted on Twitter, “Trump tweeting about Meghan Markle and her husband like we’re not in a pandemic?? Like what??” Another fan chimed in, “You’re welcome in California.”

The final word on this spat? We don’t think it will be resolved anytime soon.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are too busy for nonsense

Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have money of their own, their cost of living will be very expensive, especially where it concerns private security. It’s possible “day-to-day security for a year could cost $1 million,” including “$570,000 for residential security, $245,000 for a driver, and $150,000 for an advance agent,” per Town & CountryHowever, CBC News estimates the cost of their private security could be anywhere between “$10 to $30 million a year.” Yikes! Of course, those figures are based on speculation.

Security costs aside, it’s clear the couple will be busy with their various projects. Together, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will “launch a non-profit organization for their charitable activities in areas including youth empowerment, mental health, conservation, gender equality, and education,” while “Harry will also continue to oversee the Invictus Games, the Olympics-style competition he founded for wounded troops,” as TIME noted. Markle also has a new job with Disney, working as the narrator for the documentary Elephant. 

Translation: It’s an exciting new chapter for Meghan and Harry, and it’s probably safe to say they’re too busy to be fazed by President Donald Trump’s nonsense. 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Lifestyle Will Change Now That They Are No Longer Senior Royals

In just three months, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s lives have changed drastically. The couple decided that after braving the British press and public for years, they wanted a more peaceful and private life away from the constant scrutiny. Therefore in January 2020, they announced Megxit, setting the stage to step down as senior working members of the British royal family.

Though the pair finished up their final royal engagements in early March 2020, there have only been whispers about what they will do next. The pair have spoken openly about their desire to become financially independent, and various companies have expressed their interest in working with the Sussexes, but that is going to take some time.

Currently, the duo is in self-quarantine with their young son, Archie Harrison in Los Angeles, California. However, their lifestyle is about to become drastically different.

Prince Charles is supporting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

From sheer star power alone, Prince Harry and Meghan will be able to garner major payments for their various work and projects. However, they do need to be strategic about which projects they want to take on, as to not embarrass the British royal family.

Until they can truly become finically independent, especially considering their massive security bill, Prince Charles has stepped in for financial assistance. “It is agreed that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son,” their site read. And following their recent move to California, a spokeswoman for the couple stated, “Privately funded security arrangements have been made.” 

“Prince Charles will still continue to offer private financial support to Meghan, Harry, and Archie,”’s Royal Editor At Large, Omid Scobie, reported on Twitter. The pair also have a $30 million net worth together, and they reportedly cashed a lucrative $1 million check back in February, for a speech and appearance at a JP Morgan event in Miami.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are interested in an $18 million mansion in Malibu

The Sussexes compound is just temporary. The pair are eyeing a 10-bedroom Malibu mansion as their permanent American residence. The mansion, called Petra Manor is a 12,249-sq ft mansion in Malibu’s Serra Retreat community.

According to estate agent Tracy Tutor, the home is a European-style mansion in a secure gated community with 10 bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It also includes a swimming pool and cabana, jacuzzi, outdoor entertainment spaces, a state-of-the-art kitchen, tennis courts, a wine cellar, a tasting room, a theatre room, and a large dance studio.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit (link in bio) Image © PA

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will need millions to maintain their lifestyle

From their potential new home, security, and lavish wardrobes, the Sussexes will need millions in order to keep their current lifestyle. It is thought that they will emulate their good friends, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

“The Obamas are a great model for how to make money and keep it classy. They could find projects that are moving and sometimes Meghan could be in them. If it’s a documentary, maybe Harry could narrate it,” said veteran Hollywood public relations strategist Howard Bragman.

The duchess has already narrated a film, Disneynature’s Elephant. More projects like this will continue that will certainly put money in their pockets. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend the next few months focusing on their family and continuing to do what they can, safely and privately, to support and work with their pre-existing charitable commitments while developing their future nonprofit organization,” the couple’s team said in Monday’s statement. 

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Ex-Chelsea starlet and friend jailed after horrific knife attack

Pictured: Ex-Chelsea starlet, 19, and friend, 17, moments before horrific knife attack which left victim, 21, in vegetative state as pair are jailed for a total of 24 years

  • Douglas Sepouo was ambushed by Keiano Gooden-Josephs and a teenager
  • Devastating internal wounds to Mr Sepouo’s chest left him brain dead 
  • Court heard how Sepouo is now in isolation having contracted coronavirus
  • Gooden-Josephs and the teenager were jailed for a total of 24 years today 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A young entrepreneur left in a ‘vegetative state’ after a machete attack by a former Chelsea FC star and his friend has contracted the coronavirus.

Douglas Sepouo, 21, was ambushed by 19-year-old Keiano Gooden-Josephs and a teenager when he was walking through Preston Park in Wembley on July 9 last year. 

Ex-Chelsea prodigy Gooden-Josephs and the 17-year-old pounced on him hacking him with a machete as he tried to fend them off in a dispute over drugs.

CCTV of Keiano Gooden-Josephs and a teenager who can’t be named for legal reasons following the victim who they went on to attack with a machete as he tried to fend them off in a dispute over drugs 

Members of the public witnessed the attack and ran over to help after Gooden-Josephs and the boy who cannot be named, ran off, throwing away the blade and sheath.

Devastating internal wounds to Mr Sepouo’s chest left him brain dead after paramedics did all they could to save him.

He was rushed to Northwick Hospital in Harrow, where he remains and has since been placed into isolation having contracted coronavirus, the court was told today.

An Old Bailey jury convicted Gooden-Josephs and his friend of wounding with intent in January of this year.

Judge Sarah Munro QC jailing them for 24 years today and said: ‘The two of you have a long-standing fascination with machete and other lethal knives as was demonstrated by the video on the youth’s phone.

Mobile phone picture of the attackers of Douglas Sepouo fleeing the scene in Preston Park in Wembley on July 9

‘The two of you attacked Douglas in broad daylight in full view of members of the public. You stabbed him twice. The attacked ceased when a brave member of the public intervened and shouted at you to stop.

‘This case is rightly described as a tragedy. The harm could not be greater. There is a very high chance Douglas will die and no realistic chance of a recovery.’

Both attackers have a previous conviction for possession of a blade while Gooden-Josephs threw away his bloodstained clothes and his phone after the stabbing.

They appeared on video-link at the Old Bailey today wearing tracksuits.

Mr Sepouo had plans to open a business with is friends after studying plumbing.

Alistair Richardson prosecuting said: ‘The latest information is that Douglas remains in the same state.

‘The significant change is he has since contracted coronavirus and as a result is now in isolation and receiving treatment for that.’

Summarising the victim impact statement of the mother, Mr Richardson added: ‘He wasn’t someone who liked to go out partying and liked to spend time at home.

Keiano Gooden-Josephs who was sentenced  to 13 years in a young offenders’ institution along with a 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, at the Old Bailey, London

‘He had hopes for a business with his friends offering different services. She [the mother] refused to give up hope.

‘The hospital told her she was not entitled to make decisions on his behalf.

‘She had to contact lawyers in order to get the intervention of the court to prevent them from ending the treatment with ventilation. She successfully obtained the intervention of the court.

‘He remains on a ventilator and is fed through a breathing tube. He is now able to open his eyes but does not interact or communicate.

‘He remains in a persistent vegetative state, from which he is highly unlikely to ever recover.’

Mr Sepouo has spent nine months in his current state as the court heard his mother has recently contracted the virus as well as the grandfather of Gooden-Josephs.

Mr Richardson added: ‘On 9 July 2019, Douglas Sepouo was the victim of a serious assault.

‘At about 2.40pm these two defendants followed Douglas Sepouo into Preston Park. They were both armed with machetes or similar knives.

‘Having followed Douglas Sepouo, they attacked him as he desperately tried to defend himself, and screamed for help; they, in the words of one witness, ‘hacked’ at him.

‘Together, they hacked at him, one of them stabbing him in the chest with a machete. He was stabbed a number of times.

‘This was a joint attack: an attack they committed together. When members of the public intervened, both ran off, disposing of their weapons as they fled.

‘They left Douglas Sepouo for dead. His injuries were devastating, and he is unlikely to ever recover.

‘Let us be clear at the outset, it would appear too, that Douglas Sepouo was armed.

‘Paramedics found on him a machete sheath, which could fit a machete found nearby in the park.

‘But that does not provide an excuse for these two defendants, armed with machetes, to follow Douglas Sepouo into Preston Park, and attack him, leaving him with life threatening injuries from which he is unlikely to ever recover.’

Gooden-Josephs, of south London was convicted of wounding with intent and possession of the machete.

He was detained for 13 years for wounding and 18 months concurrently for having a knife.

The youth was convicted of wounding with intent was sentenced to 11 years detention and no separate penalty for having a machete.

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Universal Credit and benefits payments to rise tomorrow – how it affects you – The Sun

UNIVERSAL Credit and benefits payments including jobseeker's allowance and child tax credit will rise from tomorrow ending a five year freeze.

The 1.7 per cent rise will see 2.5million households on Universal Credit and legacy benefits better off, according to the government.

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The rise was announced back in October, following the release of September's inflation figures which are used to calculate benefits increases that will come into effect from April 1.

Extra coronavirus measures aimed at helping struggling families stay afloat during the lockdown are also due to come into effect from April 6.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak laid out a number of temporary measures as part of his Budget earlier this month and will see another £20 a week added to payments on top of the previously announced rise.

Here, we take you through how your benefits will change from tomorrow.


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What benefits are rising from tomorrow?

All working age benefits will be going up from tomorrow, including Universal Credit and legacy payments.

It will mark the end of a five year benefit freeze on certain legacy payments that haven't seen a rise since 2015 despite the cost of living going up.

Legacy benefits are the welfare payments struggling households received before Universal Credit was rolled out.

These types of payments include jobseeker's allowance (JSA), employment and support allowance (ESA), housing benefit, child tax credits, working tax credits and child benefit.

While you can't apply for them any more, those who haven't yet been moved onto Universal Credit will still be claiming them.

Even payments that weren't part of the freeze will also go up, including maternity and disability payments.

As well as a rise linked to inflation, housing benefit will also be affected by a change in the way it is calculated, as it goes up by the 30th percentile of market rents from tomorrow.

What this means is that from tomorrow, the DWP will include more expensive homes when they work out what to set the limit as for private renters who claim benefits.

How much will they go up by?

Working age benefits will go up by 1.7 per cent from tomorrow – how much this will add to your payment depends on what you're entitled to every month.

For example, someone who gets £100 a month will see the payment rise by £1.70.

What to do if you have problems claiming Universal Credit

IF you're experiencing trouble applying for your Universal Credit, or the payments just don't cover costs, here are your options:

Apply for an advance – Claimants are able to get some cash within five days rather than waiting weeks for their first payment. But it's a loan which means the repayments will be automatically deducted from your future Universal Credit payout.
Alternative Payment Arrangements – If you're falling behind on rent, you or your landlord may be able to apply for an APA which will get your payment sent directly to your landlord. You might also be able to change your payments to get them more frequently, or you can split the payments if you're part of a couple.
Budgeting Advance – You may be able to get help from the Government to help with emergency household costs of up to £348 if you're single, £464 if you're part of a couple or £812 if you have children. These are only in cases like your cooker breaking down or for help getting a job. You'll have to repay the advance through your regular Universal Credit payments. You'll still have to repay the loan, even if you stop claiming for Universal Credit.
Cut your Council Tax – You might be able to get a discount on your Council Tax or be entitled to Discretionary Housing Payments if your existing ones aren't enough to cover your rent.
Foodbanks – If you're really hard up and struggling to buy food and toiletries, you can find your local foodbank who will provide you with help for free. You can find your nearest one on the Trussell Trust website.

Households that receive £500 will see payments go up by £8.50 and those who get £1,000 Universal Credit will see an extra £17 added to payouts.

Exactly what impact lifting the freeze on Local Housing Allowance – the way housing benefit is calculated – will have on your finances depends on where you live and what the average rents are in your area.

The government says that it will see a £120 a year boost to one million households in the UK.

But the Resolution Foundation has warned that even with April's rises, families will be £580 a year worse off because it doesn't reflect how much household bills have gone up by over the same period.

What other benefits are rising?

From April 6, there are a number of other changes to the benefits system that may affect your payments that come into effect from tomorrow or early next week.

These include a handful of temporary ones to help vulnerable households through the coronavirus lockdowns:

State pensions

Retired workers claiming the state pension will see payments go up from tomorrow too – by twice as much as those on working age benefits from April 6.

The state pension will rise by 3.9 per cent. This is because it’s calculated using the so-called “triple lock” arrangement, which means it rises by the greater of earnings, inflation, or 2.5 per cent.

In reality, this will see the new state pension rise by up to £6.60 a week from a maximum of £168.60 a week to £175.20 a week at the start of the 2020/21 financial year.

Standard allowance and working tax credits

To help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, the standard allowance – the amount that everyone is entitled to if they're accepted on Universal Credit – will rise by £20 a week for the next 12 months adding £1,000 over the year.

Single claimant over 25 will see their payments go up from £395.20 a month to £481.85, and joint claimants will see payments rise from £489.89 a month to £576.55.

Working tax credit is being raised by the same amount, on top of the increase linked to inflation.

The basic amount for working tax credit is currently up to £1,960 a year but will rise to £2,960 for the next 12 months.

You may be entitled to additional extra payments on top of these, known as "elements" depending on whether you're in a couple, have children, a disability, and how many hours you work.

Minimum Income Floor (MIF)

Temporarily removing the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor (MIF) will help self-employed workers who will lose income either due to self-isolating or as a result of the lockdown.

Universal Credit is calculated for self-employed workers whose business has been running for more than 12 months by predicting what they may earn. This is known as the MIF.
It's worked out by multiplying the national minimum wage with the number of hours you agreed to work.

If you fail to earn the MIF your welfare payments won't be topped up, meaning you may have to work more to increase your income.

Removing it will take the pressure off those who aren't otherwise entitled to sick pay and feel they have to work through the sickness or against a government ban in order to be able to pay the bills.

The government says that this measure will help four million vulnerable families.

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Cops raid sex and drugs party packed with naked women for flouting coronavirus lockdown in Thailand

THIS is the moment cops in Thailand busted a secret sex and drugs orgy being held in the middle of a coronavirus lockdown.

Furious neighbours called the police after horny locals partied non-stop for 48 hours in Chiang Rai, in the north of the country.

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Officers then raided a luxury bungalow and found 19 half-naked young men and women cavorting next to a swimming pool.

Three others were found romping naked on a bed in a nearby room, say reports from Thailand.

When officers searched the property they found multiple bottles of booze, boxes of condoms, methamphetamine, ketamine and marijuana.

They also found and confiscated a bag stuffed with more than £5,000 in cash during the lockdown raid.

Ten men and 12 women were taken into custody for questioning and almost all tested positive for drugs.

On Monday we reported on claims the King of Thailand has gone into 'isolation' during the outbreak with 20 of his girlfriends.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn –  also known as Rama X – was said to have checked into a posh German hotel with a harem of beautiful royal concubines.

German tabloid Bild claimed the 67-year-old booked out all of the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria after getting the green light from local officials.

Thailand today reported 127 new coronavirus cases and one death, a health official said.


The latest number raise the total number of confirmed infections in Thailand to 1,651 cases and 10 deaths since the country’s first case was reported in January.

Bangkok topped the list of confirmed cases with 796, followed by Nonthaburi (79), Phuket (55) and Yala (48).

Among those infected are 27 Bangkok police officers and at least 19 medical personnel.

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Carer is beaten and spat at as attacker yells 'You've got corona'

Carer is beaten over the head, kicked and spat on by thug who told her ‘You have got corona’ because she was wearing nursing home uniform

  • A nursing home carer was hit over the head, kicked and spat on by a thug in a vicious attack 
  • The carer believes she was targeted for wearing her nursing home uniform when heading home 
  • The attacker said ‘you have got corona’ before knocking her to the ground and assaulting her 
  • This comes after NHS nurses are told to hide their ID badges as people accuse them of ‘spreading coronavirus’ 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A nursing home carer was assaulted as she walked home, with her attacker spitting in her face and telling her: ‘You have got corona’.

The carer believes she was targeted for wearing her nursing home uniform after a spate of attacks on NHS health workers.

The woman was hit on the head and knocked to the ground before being kicked repeatedly and spat on.

A nursing home carer from Poole was assaulted as she walked home from a shift last week. Dorset Police have branded the attack as ‘truly despicable,’ as the carer feels she was targeted for wearing her uniform. Stock picture

Two teenagers approached the carer on bikes and the first teenager assaulted her. The second boy told the other to stop during the attack.

This comes after NHS nurses are advised not to wear their uniform outside work and hide their ID badges as people accuse them of ‘spreading coronavirus’.

NHS nurse Sama Shari, 33, was spat on by a yob in Withington, south Manchester, after a ten-hour shift.

Thieves have also been stealing vital equipment from ambulances, putting lives at risk during the coronavirus epidemic.

Nurses are being called ‘disease spreaders’ and are being intimidated by muggers.

The teenager who assaulted the carer is described as between 16 and 18 years old with pale skin and possibly light brown hair.

He was wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood up, had a blue bag and was riding a blue bike.

Dorset Police said the attack took place on March 27 in Canford Heath, Poole.

Nurses, doctors and other health care workers are being advised not to travel to and from work in their uniform and to hide their ID badges, as a crime wave targets NHS staff. Stock picture

Police community support investigator Chris Hardy said: ‘This was a truly despicable assault and the victim believes she was targeted because she was dressed for her work at a nursing home.

‘We are committed to supporting those who are helping our communities at this difficult time. We are determined to identify those involved and are carrying out a detailed investigation into the incident.

‘I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information about the identity of the offender, to please contact police.’


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Makeup and lighting tips to look great on Zoom and Houseparty

If you’re working from home at the moment, you’ll likely be familiar with Zoom and Houseparty, as well as other video calling apps.

You’ll also probably be familiar with that WTF feeling as you look at yourself on the screen, confused at the fact that the way you looked in the bathroom mirror this morning is most definitely not what you look like to your coworkers right now.

It’s a mix of lighting and the fact that everyone looks different through a camera, but you don’t need to resign yourself to feeling like a potato and spending your meetings distracted by your three apparent new chins.

We’ve spoken to some of the UK’s top makeup artists who’ve worked for YouTubers, presenters, and TV personalities, and have their top tips on how to look great for your video calls.

Who knows, you might even pluck up the courage for a Houseparty date?

SJ Froom, International Makeup Artist

SJ works as bareMinerals International Makeup Artist, and regularly appears as a presenter on QVC. She’s also done the makeup of huge names like Naomi Osaka.

To avoid looking ‘pale and washed out to viewers’ as well as ‘fine lines, wrinkles, and open pores’ looking extra visible on camera, she recommends a five-step plan.

Her first step is to ‘make sure that you always use a good moisturiser and massage well into skin.

‘This will even out the appearance of imperfections and give your skin a burst of hydration.’

Not only will it help your skin look better, but it can also help with the damaging effects of blue light from your devices. SJ recommends Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect, saying that the ‘Theobroma Cocoa Seed Extract in Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect specifically provides protection against blue light.’

For step two, SJ tells, ‘As far as looking good on screen. Invest in a good foundation. 

‘I would recommend Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturising Makeup SPF45 by Estee Lauder.  This foundation covers imperfections and evens out your skin tone whilst giving your skin an instant radiant glow so you won’t look flat on camera (and its 12-hour wear means you will still look great for online meetings in the afternoon without having to top up)’

The next step is to add colour, specifically focusing on the lips and cheeks.

‘I love Bobbi Brown Multi-Tasking Pot Rouge for Cheeks and Lips,’ says SJ.

‘It comes in lots of lovely shades to suit all skin tones. Just pop a little on the apple of the cheek and onto the lips and blend.  It will brighten up even the dullest of complexions. 

‘Plus, you can top this up before each call if you feel you need a little more.’ 

Next is all about definition, with mascara being the key here. SJ says Benefit Roller Lash is her hero product for a product that lengthens and never clumps.

And finally, get your lighting right.

‘Place your Laptop in front of good lighting i.e. sit with your face toward the light (the back of your laptop screen towards the light) so the light is on your face,’ advises SJ.

‘This will be much more flattering on your features. If you want to go all out invest in a NEEWER ring light. You can even attach your phone to it if you are doing calls from your mobile. It sits in the ring light itself so you are hands-free and looking your best!’

Pablo Rodriguez, Director of Artistry at Illamasqua.

Illamasqua is a brand that began for performers, and has now extended to help us normies make ourselves look just as good.

Pablo Rodriguez, the company’s Director of Artistry, tells ‘I would recommend applying your make-up using as much daylight as possible, set up your make-up products and mirror facing a window to ensure the natural light illuminates your face.

‘If you own a ring light, check the lighting to ensure it’s not too warm or too blue. Use natural lighting to your advantage!’

His top tip if you don’t have a ring light is to ‘use a white towel when applying makeup, place it on either your table or floor, as the light will bounce from the towel onto your face to enhance and lift your features.’

Pablo says this will ‘allow you to blend makeup accurately and not cake too much on leaving you with that healthy glow’. 

Pablo’s desert island products (or desert bedroom makeup bag) include Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer for a healthy-looking, balanced finish, Illamasqua Skin Base Concealer, which he says is ‘perfect to cover up any dark circles or blemishes, without putting on a full face of foundation’, and Illamasqua Colour Veil Blusher to add a pop of brightness to your cheeks.

Finish off with a slick of clear gloss.

Liss Lacão, makeup artist and educator

Liss, who runs Dolled Up Makeup and Facepainting, tells us, ‘I find “normal makeup” looks different on screen is because studio makeup is sooo much heavier

‘The camera only sees in 2D so my job as a makeup artist is to enhance someone’s face, and help it look more 3D with contouring, and even moreso on camera.

‘By applying heavier makeup and more layers, It helps the face look less “flat” and enhances someone’s features. Also, with on-screen, camera lighting really does help. It can really showcase the makeup.’

Her hero product here is Pro Filt’r Foundation, and Liss then sets her products with a pigmented powder.

She says, though, ‘to give a little glow and make your skin look more vibrant for video calls I would recommend using a highlighter on the nose, cheekbones and cupids bow. I particularly like the highlighting palette from BPerfect as it has a range of different shades suitable for all skin tones.’

For those who like a more bare look, Liss uses Rosalique 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula (which can be used under foundation or on its own).

Liss says, ‘it’s moisturiser that gives coverage so it’s perfect for women working from home who probably don’t want to put a full face of foundation but do want some coverage just for a call.’

Cat Corderoy, make up artist for film and TV

Cat has worked on all sorts of shows and shoots, including doing the makeup for The Crown, Good Karma Hospital and Responsible Child.

‘Lighting is generally the reason makeup can look so different,’ Cat tells

‘If you have hard bright light you will need to make the makeup stronger and perhaps add more warmth to the skin tone. Soft light tends to be more flattering and will reduce the appearance of lines.’

In final set checks, Cat assesses how the makeup looks in the light they’re going to use. She suggests you do this, too, right before your call, and make any tweaks if you want to.

Her top picks product wise are By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Primer or Murad Hydro Dynamic Quenching Essence as a primer. Foundation-wise, she hat-tips Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder and The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Before you even think about makeup, though, Cat highlights the importance of a good skin routine, saying that’s ‘even more important than buying expensive products.’

‘Always remove your makeup at night thoroughly (double cleanse with a flannel or muslin cloth) and use a good moisturiser,’ she continues.

For a quick fix, ‘hydrating sheet masks are a dream for instantly brighter skin. I love the Patchology ones or Body Shop are slightly cheaper.’

Jennifer Jane, Bridal Makeup Academy Director and Course Leader

As a former model, and after spending years doing makeup for the camera flashes of weddings, Jennifer Jane knows plenty about makeup for different lights.

She tells, ‘Contrast and colour can often be diminished by cameras so it’s best to apply a little more makeup than you are used to wearing, without going over the top.

‘What looks natural face to face and what looks natural on-screen are quite different, so you need to bridge the gap between the two.’

Jeniffer advises using a ‘lightweight, matte foundation such as Clinique Stay Matte’ and says that ‘a translucent face powder is a must as it reduces oiliness and shine.’ Her top pick is Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Lighting-wise, she says: ‘Avoid sitting under spotlights, set yourself up in natural daylight facing a window.

‘Make sure you have set the camera/laptop up at the right height so you are not looking down which causes shadows on your face.

‘Always wear foundation and conceal under the eyes! Blush is a must on the cheeks as well as a slick of lippy, frame the face by lightly filling in the eyebrows and apply two coats of mascara.’

It could be many more weeks of being indoors and having meetings via these methods, so we might as well feel our best while we do it.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Officially Turned Off Their Instagram Comments — Might Not Come Back

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been fighting a fierce battle with the press and the public since the two started dating back in 2016. And now that they’ve left the family, things have not become any easier. This is because critics have taken to the couple’s social media page to bash anything and everything they can. And it’s finally driven the two to turn off their Instagram comments altogether.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had a tough time with the public

Ever since Harry and Meghan started dating, thing haven’tgone as well for the soon-to-be ex royals as they’d hoped. Meghan, primarily,was at the center of a media storm. The press practically refused to writeanything positive about her, which made it very difficult for her to develop arelationship with the public.

In a shocking documentary that was released late last year, Meghan revealed that she’s been struggling greatly with the impact that becoming a royal has had on her quality of life. And finally, in January 2020, Harry and Meghan decided to permanently leave the royal family.

Critics have written unpleasant words about the couple on Instagram

Ever since the couple’s announcement, their Instagram commentssection has taken the brunt of thepublic’s distaste for the couple’s departure. Countless comments havecompared Meghan with Kate Middleton, and nearly all of the top comments ontheir last few photos were seriously harsh.

“You are irrelevant,” one person wrote under the couple’s Mother’s Day post. “Please remove this Instagram and go underground and remain in your privy world,” someone else added. In the couple’s last several posts, nearly every top comment (liked by thousands of people) was bashing the duke and duchess.

The negativity has driven Harry and Meghan to disable their comments section — and shut it down

Harry and Meghan recently posted a photo with a message in their signature blue background. It was a thank you message to their community for the support and commitment to “the good in the world.” But, interestingly, the couple disabled comments under the post.

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As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise. What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic. As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute. While you may not see us here, the work continues. Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great! Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another. Harry and Meghan

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This doesn’t come as a surprise, since they’ve been berated with negativity in the comments section. But it is shocking, since royals (though they’re technically not as of March 31) are supposed to always be open with the public. However, two people can only endure so much negativity thrown their way, and it might have been time for Harry and Meghan to go even more underground.

The two seemed to hint with the phrase “you may not see us here” that they’ve decided to shut down their page altogether. Time will tell if (or when) the couple re-emerges. For now, though, they probably just need a break.

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Spoilers: Felix and Warren face-off in Hollyoaks but will violence ensue?

Conflict may have ensued between Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) and newcomer Felix Westwood (Richard Blackwood) during tonight’s episode of Hollyoaks, but the two come face-to-face again during the next instalment, but what exactly will transpire this time?

With Warren having convinced Sienna (Anna Passey) that he meant no harm, the pair of them set off to go and visit Sebastian in the children’s ward of Dee Valley hospital.

However, as he exited his ex’s flat, he came face-to-face with old nemesis Felix in the hallway, and — with animosity aplenty between the two — Warren lashed out and punched Felix across the face.

Felix seemingly doesn’t dwell too much on what’s happened, as he’s hellbent on getting to know son Mitchell (Imran Adams), and therefore he arrives at Diane’s (Alex Fletcher) flat during the next episode with breakfast in tow.

They arrange to meet up when Mitchell finishes work at the hospital, but — later — Felix comes face-to-face with Warren once more.

Will violence ensue again?

There’s clearly a lot of old wounds and pent-up anger between the two, so Warren may be unable to contain his emotions.

Hollyoaks continues Tuesday 31 March at 7pm on E4.

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Tom Hanks reveals he and wife Rita Wilson are 'sheltering in place'

Tom Hanks reveals he and wife Rita Wilson are ‘sheltering in place’ as he updates fans after returning home following COVID-19 diagnosis

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Tom Hanks is sheltering-in-place at home in the US with wife Rita Wilson, after returning from Australia following their COVID-19 diagnosis.

The actor, 63, updated fans on their current situation via Twitter on Saturday, several weeks after revealing both he and Rita had tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia.

‘Hey, Foks… We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on sheltering in place and social distancing. Many, any thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. 

Doing their part: Tom Hanks is sheltering-in-place with wife Rita Wilson in America, after returning from Australia following their COVID-19 diagnosis

Stay safe: The actor, 63, updated fans on their current situation via Twitter on Saturday

‘Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx.’

Hanks and his wife were pictured touching down into the United States via private jet on Friday.

The pair, who were the first celebrities to go public with their battle with COVID-19 on March 11, were pictured driving in LA following their flight home.

Hanks and Wilson were on lock-down while recovering in Australia, where Hanks was filming a movie about Elvis Presley. He is playing Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager, in the film directed by Baz Luhrmann. Production is currently suspended.

Homeward bound: The pair were pictured driving in LA following their flight home on Friday

Going public: The couple were the first celebrities to go public with their battle with COVID-19 on March 11 (pictured February 2020)

The couple shared numerous updates with their fans during their self-quarantine.

On March 23, Hanks tweeted an update to his fans that read: ‘Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better. 

‘Sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone -You don’t get it from anyone. Common sense, no? Going to take awhile, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts…this, too, shall pass. We can figure this out. Hanx.’ 

Keeping active: Meanwhile, Hanks’ son Colin Hanks was seen bike riding through Toluca Lake in Los Angeles with his children in tow

Now they’re back home in the United States, the high-profile couple will have to comply with California’s ‘shelter at home’ order.

The A-list couple make up just a small fraction of celebrities and world leaders who have contracted the virus, including Idris Elba and Colton Underwood. 

Meanwhile, Hanks’ son Colin Hanks was seen bike riding through Toluca Lake Los Angeles with his children in tow.

His daughters Olivia, nine, and Charlotte, six, wore helmets as they pedaled through a quiet neighborhood alongside their famous father on Saturday. 

Safety first: The girls wore helmets as they pedaled through a quiet neighborhood alongside their famous father on Saturday



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