Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer has spoken about what it was like to have a privileged upbringing – and how his nephews Princes William and Harry have turned out to be the kind, compassionate and ambitious adults that they are.
Diana, Charles and their two other siblings Sarah and Jane were born into an aristocratic family with royal ancestry. The late Diana became styled as Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975, while Charles is known as the 9th Earl Spencer.
Speaking to Oprah in a televised interview, Charles, 50, discussed the challenge of raising a royal child, such as his nephews William and Harry. "We want them to find their own way," he said. "And you don't want to disable them by giving them too much."
The broadcaster opened up about his and Diana's background, saying: "My mother always knew what was coming my way and she said 'You have to work, you'll never be happy if you don't work.' "My father didn't work but I don't blame him for that, because it would have been very odd if he had [because of the attitude of the time]. If he had been going into the City of London as a banker or something, people might have thought, 'Well, has he fallen on hard times?' It was a face-saving thing."
They're one of the most private couples in showbiz, but Donna Air gave fans a little glimpse into her relationship with James Middleton on Friday, posting a sweet snap of the two hiking. Their morning selfie showed James holding Donna close to him as the pair smiled at the camera. "Hiking in the hills. #morning #sunrise #LA #breakfast" Donna captioned the picture, which was posted on social media site Instagram.
Fans of the pair commented with adoring messages, including "Gorgeous couple" and "Stunning", while others joked that James's beard was a little wild, adding: "That beard is out of control!" James, 27, who is the younger brother to the Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton, reportedly met 35-year-old Donna in 2013 at Robin Birley's private member's club, 5 Hertford Street, before they went public with their romance in April of that year.
Donna, who found fame in Byker Grove, was previously in a long-term relationship with casino owner and conservationist Damian Aspinall, who is the father to her 11-year-old daughter Freya. The sweet couple are understandably discreet when it comes to their romance, but they occasionally let their guard leaving onlookers in no doubt just how besotted they are.
In a rare interview in 2013, Donna opened up about her then-blossoming relationship with James, admitting to The Mail on Sunday's You magazine: "James is wonderful, and I enjoy our time together very much." She continued: "I am very happy. It is early days but you just never know what the future has in store. "And yes…there is also the bonus that he brings something I have always searched for, and will always need in my life... cake!"
So Pippa Middleton tasted “smoked whale carpaccio” while on holiday in Norway. Why should we care? Because with an issue as controversial as whaling, eating it – or not eating it – is making a statement. The fact is, Middleton is normalising the killing and eating of whales, a practice most of us feel is morally unacceptable. Middleton didn’t have to eat whale meat. And she certainly didn’t have to broadcast the fact in a national newspaper. Her actions are particularly salient because her brother in law, the Duke of Cambridge, is so outspoken about conservation and wildlife crime.
We don’t think of Norway as a country that endangers its wildlife. But Norway continues to whale as a result of its “objection” to the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium – as do Iceland, and Japan, which practises so-called “scientific” whaling (the whales from the hunt are then sold and consumed).
Middleton ate minke during her meal. While the species isn’t listed as endangered, one of the problems is that this is not a well-studied species; we still know far too little about them, and whaling can deplete sub-populations, affecting their viability. In 2014, Norwegian whalers killed 736 minke whales, the only whale species currently being hunted in Norwegian waters. The demand for whale meat in the country is steadily declining, but unfortunately there is still a strong political lobby behind the industry. A big marketing campaign is trying to increase interest in whale products among the Norwegian people and tourists alike.
First, through the International Whaling Commission, where countries debate and determine the types and volume of whaling. However, the IWC is increasingly becoming a forum for conservation as much as a convention for regulating whaling. Secondly, through example. Australia and the UK, to name but two nation members of the IWC, have long histories of whaling. However, governed by emerging science, research and an appreciation of wildlife and the natural world, those two and many other countries have decided that there is no place, or need, for whaling in modern culture.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden is spending some mother-daughter bonding time with Princess Leonore ahead of the arrival of her second child. The Princess, who is set to welcome another baby in June, shared a picture of her one-year-old daughter on her official Facebook page on Friday.
"Spring is finally here!" she captioned the photo, which shows the toddler gazing intently at some bluebells in the garden. The sweet snap attracted almost 30,000 likes within hours of being shared to the social networking site, with many royal fans commenting on how "adorable" the young Princess looked.
It is the first picture Madeleine has shared of her daughter since she celebrated her first birthday in February. The Princess marked the occasion on 20 February by posting another photo to Facebook that showed the tot grinning happily in a chair and clutching a teddy bear. "Leonore, our little sunshine turns 1 year old today," Madeleine, 32, captioned the picture.
The youngster will soon have a little brother or sister to play with, as her mum and dad – British-American banker Chris O'Neill – announced in December that they are expecting their second baby together. Madeleine and Chris' second child will be born in Sweden, whereas Leonore was welcomed into the world in New York – where the royal couple were living at the time.
A historic week for royal baby watchers continues with Sunday's baptism of Monaco's royal twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. The ceremony comes exactly five months after the December 10 birth of the twins to Prince Albert and Princess Charlene. And in a history-making first, it will be broadcast live on television and shared worldwide on social media (with replay available for those unable to make a pre-dawn wakeup call!).
"The day is being planned as a family celebration," a source tells PEOPLE. "The prince's family – including Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie, the Wittstocks and their families will be out in force." "But Monaco is a family of 8,000 people, and this is an opportunity to celebrate that," the source adds.
Royals fans will be able to enjoy every minute of the celebration as it will be televised on Monaco Info, streamed on Monaco Channel and promoted on the palace's Facebook page. Crowds can also view the morning service from a giant screen in the palace's main square.
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco beamed with pride at the christening of their twins on Sunday. The royals held on tight to their 5-month-old babies, Jacques and Gabriella, in front of the crowd outside the Cathedral of Monaco in Monte Carlo. Charlene and the children all coordinated in Dior — while Jacques and Gabriella wore white gowns, Charlene stunned in off-white couture pieces. The rare public appearance gives us a glimpse of just how much the babies have grown since Albert and Charlene introduced them to the world in January. The month before, the royals shared Jacques and Gabriella's first pictures.