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An eagle-eyed royal watcher said she saw The Duchess of Cambridge enjoying a stroll near Kensington Palace this week. The journalist and fan posted a tweet on Friday revealing that she had been enjoying afternoon tea at luxurious dining spot Kensington Palace Pavilion the previous day when she spotted the Duchess - and she had a couple of other royals in tow! Not only was she with her youngest child, Prince Louis, 19 months, but they were joined by the family's beloved dog Lupo, an English Cocker Spaniel who kept Kate company while Prince William was away in the Falkland Islands earlier in their relationship.The Duchess spent time with families helped by charity Family Action this weekThe tweet read: "Was treated to afternoon tea at Kensington Palace Pavilion by the bestie yesterday. Midway through, my beady journo eye spotted Kate Middleton, baby Louis and their dog Lupo heading out for a lunchtime stroll in the park. Didn’t take pics but Prince Louis is so cute." Her followers were overwhelmingly glad that she hadn't taken photographs of the royals, commenting: "Wow that’s awesome," "I love that you didn’t take a picture. Good on you! That’s a true fan," and: "Thanks for this nice info, and appreciate you giving them their “alone” time this time by not taking pictures. You’re a great gal!"MORE: Best highlights from Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal tour of Pakistan - watch videoThe mother-of-three clearly loves spending time with childrenOne follower did express their envy at missing out on a glimpse of Prince Louis, however, to which the journalist gave a little insight into how he looked, responding: "He's getting so big!" Kate spoke fondly about her youngest son herself on Wednesday when she visited families who had been supported by charity Family Action, of which she is the new royal patron. While talking to a group of children, the Duchess began laughing at a young boy who tried to get her attention by waving his hand in the air and shouting, "Me, me." Kate told him: "You remind me of my little Louis, he keeps saying 'Me, me, me,' and he wants to come everywhere with me."RELATED: Royal Style Watch: this week's best outfits from Kate Middleton, Queen Letizia and more regal ladiesMake 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.
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During an interview with Nigel Farage, Andrew Neil managed to destroy Boris Johnson - who wasn't even there
Andrew Neil is the Liverpool FC of British journalism - he never loses a match. Boris Johnson’s so scared of him that he won’t even turn up to the studio, despite Neil’s “martini” offer - to meet the prime minister anytime, any place, anywhere.
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Caitlyn Jenner stuns I'm a Celebrity fans after revealing Robert Kardashian knew truth about OJ Simpson
Caitlyn Jenner has left fans gobsmacked after telling her fellow I'm a Celebrity campmates that Robert Kardashian knew the truth about OJ Simpson's infamous murder trial. Speaking to Jacqueline Jossa and Kate Garraway, the former athlete revealed that not only did she believe that Robert knew the truth about Nicole Simpson's fate, but that she and ex-wife Kris Jenner had spent time with Nicole just days before the model was discovered dead.After Kate asked: "It was the first time that anybody saw anything like it, you were at the heart of it weren’t you?" The 70-year-old star explained: "I saw Nicole two days before she was murdered. It was Kris’ best friend, we were right in the middle of it. [Kris'] ex-husband Robert - OJ was the best man at their wedding. It was a bad time for everybody, very difficult. We knew what happened and this trial was a joke and when the verdict came down Kris just turned around to me and goes: 'We should have listened to Nicole from the beginning, she was right.'"Caitlyn has spoken about the Kardashians during her time in the jungle Caitlyn also opened up about her stepdaughters' reactions, saying that when Kim and Kourtney Kardashian returned home from school on the day that the trial reached a verdict, Kourtney seemed glad that OJ had been found innocent. The Olympian added: "That night the verdict came in Kourtney and Kimberly were in school and obviously they loved their father - and they should - and they’d been following this for a year and a half.MORE: I'm a Celebrity's Caitlyn Jenner reveals how much money Kylie spends on security a monthCaitlyn and the Kardashian clan MORE: Caitlyn Jenner talks about her children and why she doesn't see them much"And when they walked in the door, I think it was Kourtney who said: 'Well I told you he didn’t do it.' And I just said to the girls: 'Just because he got a not guilty didn’t mean he didn’t do it and I don’t want his name ever mentioned in this house again.'" It was then that Jacqueline asked Caitlyn whether Robert knew the truth about Nicole's fate, to which the father of Kendall and Kylie Jenner replied: "I mean… there's no way he didn't know."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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Boris Johnson has been accused of thinking he is “above accountability” after refusing to attend his own constituency hustings - despite locals rearranging the event to make it easier for him to be held up to public scrutiny.The prime minister has faced criticism for declining interviews from both the BBC’s Andrew Neil and ITV’s Julie Etchingham after Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn featured on the programmes of both.
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The best anecdote I ever heard about a first lady involved Laura Bush. Early in her relationship with George W. Bush, she was taken to his family’s compound in Maine, where Bush kin busied themselves with preppie jock activities like boating or tennis or touch football. “And what do you do, Laura?” asked Bush’s grandmother. “I read, I smoke, and I watch,” replied the retiring Laura.Laura Bush seems never to have cared much for the spotlight she was forced to share with her husband, but as the wife of a governor and then president, she gritted her teeth and did her best impersonation of a political wife. I interviewed her once, on the eve of the first national book fair, of which she was a sponsor (she had been one of the founders of the highly successful Texas book fair, and reading was truly a passion). In the few minutes I was allotted, I tried with no success whatsoever to get her off-script, to say anything spontaneous, but she had her talking points and would not be diverted. I remember us sitting there outside the Library of Congress, and I remember wishing I were anywhere else and thinking she probably felt the same. I often thought of Laura Bush while reading Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography, Kate Bennett’s thoughtful life of Melania Trump. Like Bush, Melania is no fan of the spotlight, her wardrobe choices to the contrary notwithstanding. She is, in fact, so intensely private that, as Bennett notes, she has been called the Greta Garbo of the East Wing. She does what she has to do as first lady but clearly takes little joy in the role. Melania’s Stilettos, Donald’s Khakis: The Trumps Are Indoor PeopleThe big difference between Laura Bush and Melania Trump is that Bush had years of experience as a politician’s wife before she entered the White House. So, private and shy though she may have been, she had at least an inkling of the fishbowl existence she would endure in Washington. Mrs. Trump not so much. As a former model and the wife of a rich man and reality TV star, she knew her way around a runway and red carpet, but the judgy, prying looky-loo culture of politics was foreign ground.So, naturally, she’s stumbled more than once, as when she donned a pith helmet (colonialism!) on a trip to Africa. Or in her poorly focused first lady initiative Be Best. Or in her speech to the 2016 GOP convention when she plagiarized Michelle Obama (as Bennett points out, Melania did not write the speech but neither she nor her speechwriter, or anyone else in the Trump campaign’s usual gang thought to vet the text; this, though, was for Melania the most important teachable moment and one, judging by subsequent events, that she took to heart: Madam, you are on your own).But the takeaway from Bennett’s book is how little her subject has stumbled. If you come to this biography hoping for dirt or salacious revelation (and surely Bennett’s publisher hoped you will by calling this book “unauthorized”), you’ll be disappointed. The only gossipy facts I gleaned from this bio are that Melania has a tough time putting up with “Look at me!” Ivanka and doesn’t get on too well with Karen Pence. Oh, and Donald Trump insists on having a lock on his bedroom door in the White House, which begs the question, who does the most protected man on the planet think is going to barge in on him in the middle of the night? Oh, one more great fact: what’s the most famous National Park that almost no one knows is a National Park? The White House.Unlike all the other Trumps, Melania loathes nearly all publicity and certainly any that she can’t totally micromanage. Also unlike all other Trumps, she thinks before she opens her mouth and then says as little as possible. Through no fault of Bennett’s, there is not one noteworthy Melania quote in this book, not one. Melania entered the White House as a mystery to the American people, and if she has her way, that’s how she will leave. Not for nothing did Maureen Dowd dub her the “Slovenian Sphinx.”Melania’s first priority upon entering the White House was to protect her privacy and that of her son, Barron, and that she has done relentlessly. Only this week she angrily tweeted at a House impeachment witness for making a joke about Barron’s name, even though the joke was not at Barron’s expense but his father’s. The message was clear: You so much as mention my son in public discourse and I’ll come after you. A journalist for CNN, Bennett is the sole reporter who covers Melania exclusively, and she knows her subject well. She even admires her, and what she admires most is Melania’s resolute refusal to play the hypocritical game of political wife. After the Stormy Daniels/Karen McDougal news broke, Melania took a separate car to the State of the Union address and wore a white pants suit, even though everyone knows her husband hates pants suits. When the president forgot his wife on the runway in Israel and then bumblingly, belatedly tried to grab her hand, she swatted it away. She made opposing cyberbullying part of her Be Best platform over the protestations of her husband and ignored him again during the fallout over separating children from their parents at the border: he begged her not to go to Texas to see the damage for herself; she went anyway.More than that, Bennett argues, Melania is not a victim nor, in all likelihood, pining for the day when she can divorce her boorish husband. She knows their marriage is transactional, and she’s comfortable with that. When someone once crassly asked if she would have married Donald Trump if he weren’t rich, she replied by asking if her questioner if he thought Trump would have married her if she weren’t beautiful. By all accounts, the Trumps depend on each other, and she is the only person who can give him hell for things he says and does and not only get away with it but make him listen.Bennett concludes: “Whatever you think of Melania-insipid trophy wife, clotheshorse, tone-deaf Marie Antoinette, enabler of one of the most divisive presidents in recent history, or a woman who spent her childhood and formative years in a poor communist country, who speaks five languages, who privately spends her time visiting sick children, who is a fierce protector of her child and keeps a noble grace and silence-Melania Trump is impossible to ignore. Say what you will about her, what is clear is that Melania Trump is unlike any other first lady.”All I know is, thanks to Kate Bennett, every time I see a picture of Donald and Melania Trump, I’ll be thinking, lady, you deserve better.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.