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The Duchess of Sussex had her nearest and dearest with her this week as she celebrated her baby shower in New York, but there was one famous face who was missing from the event - the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate was noticeably absent from her sister-in-law's celebrations but with good reason; her elder children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on their half-term break and it's believed the Cambridges are enjoying a low-key school holiday, away from the spotlight.There have been whispers that Prince William and Kate have taken the family, including baby Prince Louis, skiing. The youngsters broke up from school last Friday and won't go back until Monday 25 February.Guests arrive at Meghan's baby shower:Loading the player...In 2016, the Cambridges took George and Charlotte to the French Alps for a long weekend, when the children experienced their first taste of snow. Charlotte was just ten months old and given that Louis is around the same age, it wouldn't be a surprise if William and Kate decided to take their baby boy on his first ski holiday.MORE: Strictly's Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec share update on baby plansMeanwhile, across the pond in New York, the cameras were trained on The Mark hotel where Meghan held her intimate baby shower. Her close friend and tennis champion Serena Williams is believed to have hosted the affair, renting out the £60,000-per-night penthouse suite that features five bedrooms, four fireplaces, six bathrooms and two powder rooms.Meghan left New York on Wednesday eveningMeghan's loved ones were spotted arriving at the hotel on Wednesday afternoon, including Amal Clooney who looked fabulous in a red jumpsuit, Meghan's former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer who carried gifts with her, and the Duchess' best friend Jessica Mulroney who looked chic as she battled the New York snow. Pilates instructor Taryn Toomey, fashion designer Misha Nonoo and Meghan's royal wedding makeup artist Daniel Martin were also on the guest list.MORE: Denise Welch pays emotional tribute to son who won at the BRITsThe Duchess is reportedly having a second baby shower in the UK, when it's likely that Kate will attend alongside Meghan's mum Doria Ragland who will fly over from Los Angeles.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.News Evening Standard
The drone attack which brought chaos to thousands of Christmas travellers at Gatwick Airport was reportedly an inside job, a source has claimed. A disgruntled employee is suspected to be the person responsible for flying the drone, bringing misery to passengers at the Sussex airport. Sussex Police were initially criticised for their handling of the drone attack, after wrongly arresting a couple and then suggesting there may not have been a drone at all.Style Hello!
Cheeky Gorka Marquez wasn't afraid to poke fun at his pregnant girlfriend Gemma Atkinson at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday night! While Gemma was showing off her gorgeous bump in her chic black dress, he couldn't resist mimicking her stance - but she didn't seem to mind, responding by giggling at him. The couple looked happy as ever as they appeared for the first time at a red carpet event since announcing their baby news. Gorka also shared videos on his Instagram Stories, which showed the pair getting ready to go to the awards - with the Strictly dancer gushing over how beautiful Gemma looked. Agreed!Gorka joked around on the red carpet! Image: GettyEarlier this month, Gemma gave fans a first glimpse of her pregnancy belly in an adorable photograph on Instagram. The star posted a picture of her pet dog closely guarding her tummy, and captioned it: "Guarding his new pack member... Dogs are just wonderful."VIDEO: Beyonce and Jay Z's surprising tribute to Meghan Markle at the Brit AwardsLoading the player...She has since opened up about her growing bump and changing body, saying she had a "big belly". Gemma explained: "Loads of you have been asking about my fitness and stuff. What we've been focusing on mainly is my posterior chain, so basically the back of my body… my traps, my delts, my glutes, my hamstrings. Because I've got quite a big belly, it's kind of pulling me forward and my posture's not really how it should be… I'm just basically trying to strengthen the back of my body just to give me a bit more support."Gemma stunned in her black midi dressWhen Gemma first announced her pregnancy in January, Gorka shared his own emotional post, writing: "@glouiseatkinson Thank you for the greatest gift in life. Myself and Gem are beyond thrilled to be welcoming our new family member later this year! Baby Marquez. Norm and Ollie can’t wait to start their big brother duties."The BRIT Awards 2019: The red carpet looks everyone's talking aboutHouse Beautiful
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LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union on Thursday played down the chances of clinching an immediate Brexit divorce deal but diplomats said they were edging closer to a legal compromise that Prime Minister Theresa May hopes will win over the British parliament. If she fails, May will have to decide whether to delay Brexit or endanger the world's fifth largest economy by leaving without a deal on March 29. May's finance minister, Philip Hammond, raised hopes that a revised deal was on the cards by saying lawmakers could get an opportunity as early as next week to vote on a revised deal.