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Prince Harry engaged to American actress Meghan Markle

Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged, according to an announcement Monday.

Markle is best known for her role as Rachel Zane on USA Network’s “Suits.”

Set up on a blind date in July 2016, Markle knew little about the prince, she said, during a joint engagement interview, and he had never watched “Suits.” But they hit it off right away.

Not long after their second date, Prince Harry and Markle left for a trip to Botswana, where they roughed it together in a tent for five days.

“We were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other,” Harry said, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

It was not long before the prince began introducing Markle to the royal family and she has had several teas and meetings with Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Markle is the only child of Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, who divorced when she was a child. Her father, an Emmy-winning lighting director, has Dutch-Irish roots, while her mother, a Yoga instructor, is African-American.

Markle and Prince Harry downplay her mixed-race heritage — a topic being hotly discussed in the tabloids.

“It’s a shame that that is the climate in this world today,” Markle said. “At the end of the day, I’m just really proud of who I am and where I come from. [Harry and I] have never put any focus on that. We’ve just focused on who we are as a couple.”

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Meghan and Prince Harry ‘frustrated ‘ with her dad

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting frustrated with the former Suits star’s father because he keeps talking to tabloids and taking payments for interviews.

According to ET, Thomas recently sat down with the outlet for his second-ever on-camera interview, in which he said he thinks his 36-year-old daughter is “terrified” of her new life as a royal.

“I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile,” he explained. “I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now. This one isn’t even a stage smile-this is a pained smile.”

“It really worries me,” he continued. “I think she’s under too much pressure. There’s a high price to pay to be married to that family.”

Later in the interview, Thomas also claimed he has been unable to reach Meghan by phone.

“Since the first interview with Good Morning Britain, the phone number that I call doesn’t work anymore,” he said. “The, I guess, liaison with the royal family never answers back, and there’s no address I can write to, so I have no way of contacting my daughter.”

“My message to her would be, ‘I love you, I miss you, I’m sorry for anything that went wrong,'” he added. “And I want to be her child’s grandfather and I want to be near them. I want to be a part of their life. I’d like to put our differences behind us and get together. I miss you very much.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s honeymoon: Where could they be?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to be on their honeymoon, but no one seems to know their exact location. According to ABC News, the couple is rumored to be spending time in Africa.

“It is believed they are spending some time in Africa, possibly Namibia, and probably taking another trip after that as part of the honeymoon,” said Roya Nikkhah, an ABC News royal contributor.

Four weeks after the two first met on a blind date in London last July, Harry, 33, whisked Meghan, 36, to Africa. “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out with each other under the stars,” Harry said in his post-engagement interview with Markle last November. “She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”

Harry also included Botswana in Meghan’s engagement ring. The main stone in Meghan’s ring is sourced from Botswana, while the diamonds surrounding it are from the jewelry collection of Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

Last year, Harry said that Botswana will always have sentimental value to him. “I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died,” he said. “My dad told my brother and me we were going to Africa to get away from it all.”

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Meghan Markle’s half-sister slams her for denying father a coat of arms: ‘It’s a huge insult’

Samantha Markle Grant, Meghan’s half-sister has called out the royal family for not issuing her father a coat of arms just like the Middleton family was.

“To deny him of a coat of arms is really stripping him of an honor and it’s a huge insult,” Samantha said, the Telegraph UK reported.

Kate Middleton’s father, Michael, was given his own coat of arms after his daughter married Prince William in 2011 and became the Duchess of Cambridge. Not only is she entitled to use his coat, her siblings and her brother’s children can use it as well.

Samantha went further to bash Meghan’s coat of arms saying “Extremely improper that my father was not named on the coat of arms, and quite frankly it looks like it was drawn by someone in a kindergarten classroom.”

According to Fox News, the Queen deemed the process this time around too “complicated,” as one must prove they have an ancestor who was a subject of the Crown to qualify for a heraldic coat of arms.

Instead, the new Duchess of Sussex, Markle, 36, was given her own coat of arms, which does not apply to the rest of her American family, the Daily Mail reported.

But Samantha still considers this a royal snub.

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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend their first week as a married couple

Finally, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially husband and wife. The two exchanged marriage vows in front of millions of viewers both in London and around the world on Saturday, May 19. Now, everyone wants to know how they will spend their first week as a married couple.

According to E! News, the couple has been very quiet on whether they will embark on honeymoon and the location of their escapade.

But on Tuesday, they are expected to attend a party at the Buckingham Palace in honor of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebration. This will mark the beginning of a new life for the Duchess, who has already spoken of her desire to “hit the ground running” in her role as a full-time member of the Royal family.

On Monday, the Duke and Duchess thanked everyone who took part in the wedding celebrations as they released three official photographs.

In one of the wedding photographs taken by Alexi Lubomirski, the newlyweds are shown in a romantic pose on the east terrace of Windsor Castle still basking in the excitement of their wedding.

In another image Harry and Meghan are pictured with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the bride’s mother Doria Ragland and the young bridesmaids and pageboys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Prince Harry not wearing a suit for royal wedding, source says

It is predicted Prince Harry will not wear a suit on his wedding day.

Next week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will say “I do.” For their wedding, the husband-to-be is likely to wear his military uniform, according to International Business Times.

“As a nod of respect to the Queen, I think Harry will wear his traditional uniform,” Caroline Castigliano, a British bridal designer told Marie Claire. “It is likely he will wear the uniform of the Captain General Royal Marines, which is a role he recently took over from his grandfather, Prince Phillip.”

When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, he wore a Colonel of the Irish Guards uniform. The coat was designed with special heat-absorbing material to make sure he would not faint on live television.

“He said he didn’t want to faint, so we made some minor adjustments to ensure his comfort and save his blushes,” Russel Kashket who helped tailor the coat recalled. “Everybody worries about what the bride will wear, but no one seems to think that the groom also wants to look his best on the day. Men can get just as emotional as girls.”

The Palace has not yet confirmed who is designing Markle’s wedding dress. However, according to reports, the future royal has chosen Ralph & Russo to work on her wedding gown.

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First official photos of Prince Louis (taken by mom)

One photograph was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, his mother, when he was just 3 days old.

The other was taken on the third birthday of his older sister, Princess Charlotte.

He is Prince Louis Arthur Charles, fifth in line to the British throne, son of Prince William and great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Kensington Palace released the first two official photographs of the newborn on Sunday, and there were enough details about the images to satiate the appetite of royal fans.

One picture shows Princess Charlotte, the Prince Louis’ sister, kissing his brow while he is sound asleep. That image was taken on Wednesday, the palace said, the day she turned 3.

She is wearing what the news outlets called a royal hand-me-down: a blue and white cardigan worn by her older brother, Prince George, 4, for a family portrait marking the queen’s 90th birthday in April 2016.

In the other photograph, a wide-eyed Prince Louis, looking calm, is clad in a white jumper previously worn by Charlotte soon after she was born, according to The New York Times. He is lying on top of a cushion and a blanket embroidered with a rose. That image was taken on April 26, three days after he was born, the palace said.

The Duchess, an art history graduate, has released pictures to mark other milestones in her children’s lives, including George and Charlotte’s first days at nursery school.

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Bluesmart ends sales in response to FAA smart luggage battery ban

Smart luggage bag maker Bluesmart has concluded its manufacturing and sales production amid concerns over batteries in checked luggage. The company has sold its intellectual property and is ending refunds, sales and warranty support.

Bluesmart’s successful production initiatives reveal $4.1 million in crowdfunding since its first campaign in 2014. The latest Series 2 carry-on bags and suitcases, which had apparently sold out, included free 3G and GPS connectivity that enabled baggage tracking with cell reception.

The bags included a charger for devices, weight sensors, and an auto-locking mechanism.

Most major United States airlines enacted a policy in January, which forces travelers to remove lithium-ion batteries from checked smart luggage and power down in-cabin bags to reduce the risk of fire. Similar concerns had previously led the FAA to consider a ban on laptops in hold luggage.

While Bluesmart provided instructions on how to extract its “non-removable” batteries, which are integrated into the bags’ electronics, the airlines’ policy effectively rendered the smart functions useless while traveling. The firm was placed “in an irreversibly difficult financial and business situation,” as reported in a statement by Bluesmart.

The company has sold its technology, designs, branding, and IP to Travelpro, a luggage maker geared towards flight crews and frequent fliers. While committing to provide troubleshooting advice and how-to information, Bluesmart has ceased warranty support. Consumers seeking refunds and other claims must file a claim through a third-party liquidator.

Servers and apps will remain functional for several months, though service quality or functionality “will be reduced in the future,” the company said.

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Happy birthday to the adorable royal: Princess Charlotte turns 3

Princess Charlotte is now 3-year-old. The royal cutie celebrated her 3rd birthday on May 2 and it seems like the toddler is getting more adorable with each passing year.

According to Hollywood Life, not only has the cutie grow a lot, she also had quite a life-changing year in many other ways. For starters, the princess made history back in April following the birth of her baby brother. For the first time ever, in spite of welcoming a younger male into the family; Charlotte maintained her place of being fourth in line for the throne. The new rule is in line with the Succession to the Crown Act, 2013, stating that birth order determines who becomes the next king or queen of the UK, regardless of gender.

Clearly, it’s been an exciting year for Charlotte, but not only is she still fourth in line for the crown; she also gained a new sibling in the process! The newest royal baby was born on April 23. And as Prince William, 35, took her and brother Prince George, 4, to meet their newborn brother, Charlotte once again impressed the world with her adorableness, grace, and even fashion. In fact, a few hours after Charlotte was photographed walking up the hospital steps, her Little Alice London dress sold out, completely!

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Mao’s iconic sedan revived through electric-vehicle technology partnership

China’s carmaker FAW Group Corp., developer of the Red Flag limousine for Chairman Mao Zedong, announced its commitment to recover the sixty-year-old brand in partnership with a local electric-car company led by former BMW AG managers.

FAW Group will be further announcing, this Friday, an investment in Nanjing-based Byton, the startup formerly known as Future Mobility Corp., according to a statement by Byton founder Daniel Kirchert. The founder also explained the companies are discussing plans to cooperate in product development, manufacturing, sales, and supply-chain management.

The carmaker launched a new round of efforts to recover the brand after Xu Liuping took over as chairman of the company in 2017. Kirchert also reported Xu’s intentions to increase sales of the Red Flag brand one-hundred times by 2025 to approximately three-hundred thousand units annually.

Byton unveiled a $45,000 electric SUV in January at the CES in Las Vegas and has been seeking a production permit from the Chinese government. The National Development and Reform Commission, which oversees new investments in the auto sector, ceased the activities of a licensing program in 2017 to rein in an excessive capacity expansion. The collaboration would support Byton’s initiatives towards meeting its own targets of starting automobile production in 2018.

Additionally, Kirchert reveals that Byton is appointing Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. for battery supply, and is working with Baidu Inc. on areas such as voice recognition and mapping.