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Again? Kate and Will release second lacklustre picture

- March 29th, 2014

The latest portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, 8-month-old Prince George. (Photo: Handout/Jason Bell/REUTERS)

First it was the photo the Duchess of Cambridge’s dad took of his daughter, Prince William and their son Prince George – our first “official” portrait that was less than exciting.

Now, this.


I first saw the photo on the front of the Daily Mail (they tweeted out their front page for the Sunday paper) and thought it looked like a painting. The black background made it look like one of those velvet paintings. Kate’s hair just disappeared into the background.

Then there’s the dog looking at Prince George who is looking at the dog. It just doesn’t look real.

Then I saw the full photo – and my impression wasn’t much improved, but it was improved. I do like the photo itself – it’s a neat family photo. Interesting. Different.

But something about it just doesn’t seem right. There is a lost of post-production to that shot. Plus it has an Instagram feel to it, which annoys me to no end.

But who knows. Maybe I’m wrong. You tell me.

Wanna marry Harry?

- March 27th, 2014

Close enough? Matthew Hicks, left, is going to fool 12 American women into thinking he is Prince Harry, right, in a new reality dating show. (Photo of Hicks: Facebook, Photo of Prince Harry:

A new U.S. reality TV show recently duped 12 women into thinking they were on a Bachelor-like show vying for the love of Prince Harry and soon, we’ll all get to see how that turned out.

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Prince Harry criticized for Kazakhstan ski vacation

- March 26th, 2014

Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas, seen here at a rugby match earlier in March, recently went skiing in Kazakhstan. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/REUTERS)

Amnesty International says Prince Harry could have chosen a better location to take his girlfriend on a ski vacation.

Harry and Cressida Bonas went to Kazakhstan recently for a weekend ski trip and were reportedly the guests of a businessman from the country.

Amnesty International spokesman Allan Hogarth told the Daily Mail there’s no law against Harry going to Kazakhstan, “but he might want to spare a thought for the people who aren’t going to be sharing the slopes with him. These include jailed dissidents and tortured oil workers.”

Hogarth added, “Kazakhstan is a repressive country where torture is rife and political opposition is crushed.”

The Daily Mail reported the couple were given a luxury chalet at the resort, which is partiaally owned by Serzhan Zhumashov, a close friend of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Cressida not ready to be royal bride

- March 18th, 2014

Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry at a recent rugby game. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/REUTERS)

Apparently if someone asks Cressida Bonas about her relationship with Prince Harry, she reportedly gets “quite cross and says, ‘I don’t want to get married yet.’”

Good for her.

The 25-year-old and her 29-year-old royal boyfriend have been under intense scrutiny by the world’s media who want to know when they will get engaged.

But Gordon Rayner from the Telegraph says Cressida hasn’t even met the Queen yet, so she’s not on the verge of becoming engaged.

He also reported Cressida has been debating internally a very important question: Career or professional royal?

Harry, to his credit, has apparently told Cressida he will wait for her to decide and is not pressuring her. Which is a very smart move.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

- March 17th, 2014

To celebrate, here are some photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge working this morning, making a visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards for a St Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, southern England.


Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend a St. Patrick’s Day military parade. Prince William attended the parade as Colonel of the Regiment, and Kate presented the traditional sprigs of shamrocks to the officers and guardsmen of the regiment. (Photo: Luke MacGregor/REUTERS)

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