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Chrissy Teigen arrives at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

It’s not a surprise to me that People Magazine put Prince William and Prince Harry’s reunion on this week’s cover. What is a surprise: the lukewarm tea offered in the cover story. People Mag continues to not really know how to handle their royal coverage these days. They obviously want to stay on Harry and Meghan’s good side so they can get all of the exclusives American readers want. But People Mag is heavily invested in the “Princess Kate” sugar too. So that means there’s nary a mention of the fact that William and Harry did not walk shoulder-to-shoulder at Prince Philip’s funeral by William’s request. William the Work-Shy placed demands on his widowed grandmother and refused to even stand next to his brother during the funeral procession.

After more than a year apart, Prince Harry and Prince William came together to honor their grandfather. The world was watching as the brothers reunited at Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday. The two walked in the procession behind their grandfather’s coffin separated by their close cousin Peter Phillips, but William and Harry chatted together casually as the family exited the chapel following the service.

“The procession choreography, in retrospect, was a mistake,” historian Robert Lacey, author of the bestselling biography Battle of Brothers, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “As we saw, they could have walked side-by-side quite happily after all. What pleased me afterward was that it all seemed so totally natural, and they drifted to each other like the old days.”

Harry, 36, and William, 38, were seen chatting alongside William’s wife Kate Middleton as they left St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The siblings continued speaking as they walked away from the church, as Kate stepped back to talk with Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Prince William and Prince Harry not walking together in the funeral procession or into the church was “a practical change rather than sending a signal,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said ahead of the funeral. “This is a funeral and we are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama. The arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty’s wishes.”

Despite tension within the royal family due to Prince Harry and Meghan’s step down from royal life followed by their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired last month, Prince Philip’s death was a time to put family drama aside. “It has been a very difficult time,” a well-connected royal insider says of the past year. “The Duke was the head of the family, and if there were any time they were going to come together, it’s now.”

[From People]

Yeah, it’s all rather vague. It’s been pretty vague in the British press too, with different contradictory versions of what went down post-funeral and all of that. What’s clear – even if People won’t say it – is that Harry came back to the UK to pay respect to the grandfather he loved. Harry was not making any demands or putting up a fuss about military uniforms or procession choreography, Andrew and William were. It feels noteworthy.

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Chrissy Teigen arrives at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

Intro for April 21, 2021

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Dear Gossips,This is the tweet that I’ve been thinking about since Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd yesterday:  The immediate reaction from many people in the Black community was relief. But that relief was preceded by anxiety and a tempering of expectations, for some it was …

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Morrissey has been awful and racist for years. We’ve covered some of the terrible things he’s said, but there’s so much more. I’m not going to get into the details except to say that he’s anti-immigrant, backs a white nationalist party, and has said openly racist things. Junkee has an overview of how problematic Morrissey is, told from the perspective of someone who loved his music. (I’m an 80s/90s new wave fan, but I was never that into The Smiths or Morrissey’s solo music and preferred New Order, Depeche Mode and Siouxsie and The Banshees. The Smiths were too depressing for me.)

You’ve surely heard this story as it’s been out a couple of days and we’re only paying attention to it now. The new episode of The Simpsons Sunday featured an 80s British new wave musician, Quilloughby, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch(!) and widely assumed to be parodying Morrissey. The episode is called “Panic on The Streets of Springfield,” similar to the Smith’s hit song “Panic,” and Quilloughby’s band is called the Snuffs. Of course the character does a lot of stupid sh-t, because Morrissey has done a lot of stupid sh-t and it’s The Simpsons. Instead of laughing it off, Morrissey’s manager, Peter Katsis, wrote a long screed on Facebook against The Simpsons, stating that they’re the real racists for showing Morrissey with a gut or something. He then went on to refute the different plot points where the musician gives up veganism and goes on tour just to make money.

Although Simpsons scriptwriter and avowed post-punk fan Tim Long insisted ahead of Sunday’s broadcast that Quilloughby was a fictionalized composite of various ‘80s U.K. icons, including the Cure’s Robert Smith and Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, it was clear to any Gen X indie fan from the episode’s Queen Is Dead-stylized green and pink poster, or from comedy-song snippets like “Hamburger Homicide” (sample lyric: “The flesh that you cover with cheese is proof of your moral disease”), that Quilloughby was based on the Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder” frontman Morrissey.

Morrissey’s handlers themselves were apparently aware of the seeming homage, even posting a teaser of the episode on the singer’s official Facebook page. However, when the episode finally aired and turned out to be quite unflattering, Moz was none too pleased, according to a new statement posted on his Facebook, which is run by his management company, Deckstar.

“Poking fun at subjects is one thing. Other shows like SNL still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire. But when a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here. Even worse — calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing. It only serves to insult the artist. They should take that mirror and hold it up to themselves. Simpsons actor [and former voice of Indian character Apu] Hank Azaria’s recent apology to the whole country of India for his role in upholding ‘structural racism’ says it all. By suggesting all of the above in this episode… the Simpsons’ hypocritical approach to their storyline says it all,” read the irate statement.

Sunday’s Simpsons episode climaxed with Lisa and the imaginary, frozen-in-time Quilloughby attending Springfield’s Bummershoot Festival to see the reunited Snuffs perform for the first time in more than 30 years. In the most damning scene, both Lisa and the young Quilloughby were horrified when the bloated, nasty, circa-2021 Quilloughby admitted onstage that the Snuffs’ reunion was just a “cash grab” because “I lost my fortune suing people for saying things about me… that were completely true,” followed by his denouncement of veganism because it “was invented by foreigners, of whom there are far too many on this planet!”

Quilloughby then shouted to the jeering crowd while firing off a meat-gun, “That’s right, I hate the foreign! Coming to this country and taking our jobs! Sleeping with our men!” Eventually a riot broke out as Quilloughby performed a new track from his solo album, Refugees? Again?, while the young, imaginary Quilloughby cried out, “Is this what I turned into? I’m greedy, I’m hateful, and my face looks like a syphilitic moon!”

The above-mentioned jabs were clear references to, among other things, Morrissey’s libel suit against British music paper the NME over a 2007 profile that he claimed characterized him as racist, and the increasingly alarming xenophobic and anti-immigration comments he has made in the years since (much to the dismay of his liberal fanbase). It remains to be seen if Long’s liberties with the Quilloughby character, and Long’s denial that the character was entirely Morrissey-inspired, will prevent Moz from filing yet another lawsuit.

[From Yahoo! Entertainment]

Given all the evidence that Morrissey did those things, you would think his people would learn to shut up, but those type of people rarely do. The next day Katsis went off on Benedict Cumberbatch for voicing the character, stating that he must be hard up for money and wondering whether he is “as big an a-hole as the people on The Simpson’s writing team.” What is going on with these white British celebrities who do and say racist things and then get so mad when they’re rightfully called racists? Morrissey, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne should all go out to dinner together and cry into their martinis about how they’re finally getting called out after decades of being awful. Bill Maher can join them to complain about “cancel culture” in the US.

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I was quite pleased with the trailer for Those Who Wish Me Dead, which is Angelina Jolie’s new movie, directed by Taylor Sheridan. It actually looks like the kind of thing which could have easily been a Liam Neeson vehicle, which makes it interesting that Angelina is leaning hard into the action-star vibe post-Pitt. To promote the film (which is on HBO Max on May 14), Jolie chatted with Entertainment Weekly about why she took the role, why she hasn’t directed anything recently and why it was hard working with a child actor (Finn Little, who plays Connor). Some highlights:

The hardest part of the shoot: The 45-year-old actress stars in Taylor Sheridan’s survival thriller as Hannah, a brusque, no-nonsense firefighter tasked with protecting a shell-shocked 12-year-old (Finn Little). As Hannah reluctantly guides the young boy through the Montana wilderness, Jolie — herself a mom of six — found it difficult to suppress her own parental instincts. “My character is not maternal by nature,” Jolie tells EW with a laugh. “Sometimes Taylor would correct me because my behavior towards a child was different from [Hannah’s] behavior towards a child. It took me a little bit to treat [Little] badly, but I got there!”

Why she’s taking more acting roles: “I love directing, but I had a change in my family situation that’s not made it possible for me to direct for a few years,” says the star, who has been in divorce proceedings with Brad Pitt and custody battles over their children since 2016. “I needed to just do shorter jobs and be home more, so I kind of went back to doing a few acting jobs. That’s really the truth of it.”

Working with Taylor Sheridan: “He has a unique voice when it comes to characters within America, which had not been a prior focus of my work. I wanted to be in this world with him.”

Directing has changed the way she views acting: “In very technical terms, I’m more aware of what the director needs, and what other challenges they’re facing, and how many different pieces are moving,” she explains. For Those Who Wish Me Dead, that meant a heightened respect — and patience — for the film’s complicated set pieces. “Maybe when you’re younger and you’re having a huge day where you have to be cold and wet and emotional and crying, you’re thinking about those things,” Jolie adds. “Now you’ve directed and you’re older, and you realize that while you are going to be freezing and crying, there’s also pyrotechnics going on, or multiple other situations. It pulls you out of yourself.”

Jolie met with her “smoke jumpers”: Smoke jumpers are firefighters who parachute into forest fires. Jolie met with several of them for insight into the perilous world of smoke jumping. “The first day we were in the fire, [I noticed] the heat and how quickly the winds would change and how quickly the fire would suddenly take to a tree that you weren’t expecting,” she says. “Our respect just grew day after day for these people on the front lines and how difficult this work is.”

She loves that her character is grounded in realism: “There’s nothing about this character that trained in martial arts or did anything special. I get pretty beaten up through this.”

[From EW]

EW also quotes from Finn Little, the child actor, who seems to adore Jolie. Finn says: “She sort of walked me through it and made sure I was safe.She went out of her way to make me feel really accepted.” Give Angelina a family drama where she plays a harried mom, come on. She clearly loves working with kids! As for Angelina talking about why she’s taking more acting roles… I get it. She probably saw herself just being a director-only in her 40s, but she needed the work and she needed the money. I’m really glad she’s back to acting, even if it’s just out of necessity for her. And I’m glad those parts were there for her!

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The Funeral Of Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh Is Held In Windsor

In case you didn’t notice, the royals are back to their regularly scheduled programming, and that means an endless amount of sugary embiggening for the Duchess of Cambridge in particular. Prince William and Kate celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary on April 29th, and before Prince Philip passed away, the Keens were set to spend the entire month on their Future King and Future Queen embiggening project. We’re back to that, and they’ve even added Kate’s keen performance at Philip’s funeral as further evidence of Kate’s future-queen vibes. The thing is, the way they keep going on and on about the way Kate behaved at the funeral, it does feel like Kate is just exploiting another dead person, much like she did with Sarah Everard.

Kate Middleton is set to ‘step up’ and ‘take on the role of future Queen’ following the death of Prince Philip, a royal expert has claimed. Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, royal biographer Phil Dampier said Kate is ‘maturing rapidly in her role’ as she approaches her 10 year anniversary of marrying Prince William and becoming a royal.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is said to have played peacemaker between Prince William and Harry at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last week, because ‘like the Queen she doesn’t hold grudges or seek revenge’.

‘At Prince Philip’s funeral Kate really came of age,’ Phil told FEMAIL. ‘She comforted Prince Charles with an affectionate kiss and hug, brought William and Harry together, and very much gave a quiet dignity to proceedings. She reportedly took part in a chat at Frogmore Cottage, along with Charles and William, to heal the wounds with Harry. That must have been hard after what Harry and Meghan said about her in the Oprah Winfrey interview, but Kate is maturing rapidly and wants to do what’s best for the royal family.’

Following the loss, Phil said that the royal is set to take on more responsibility within the firm. ‘She has picked up many of the Queen’s qualities of tolerance and pragmatism, not overreacting to situations but trying to decide what is best in the long run,’ he said. ‘Like the Queen she doesn’t hold grudges or seek revenge. Kate realises that the Queen needs her and William more than ever and she will do all she can to support her,’ he added.

Phil also explained that the royal is likely to take on a bigger role as the Queen, Charles, Camilla and Anne age. ‘I expect to see her alongside the Queen on public engagements in future, as well as other members of the family. ‘With the Queen now 95, Charles, Camilla and Anne in their seventies, a lot is resting on William and Kate. They have enjoyed long periods of family life in Norfolk, trying to give their children the most normal upbringing as possible. But now they will have to step up to the plate as a future king and queen and Kate looks ready to play her part.’

[From The Daily Mail]

“They have enjoyed long periods of family life in Norfolk…But now they will have to step up to the plate…” Ruh-roh. The embiggeners giveth and the embiggeners taketh away. Someone is going to be incandescent with the suggestion that he and Kate need to step up and do more! And that’s all that will happen too – there will be calls for Will and Kate to do more, Baldemort will fly into a rage and nothing will happen. Rinse and repeat. I would “worry” about the fate of the monarchy with the Keens in charge, except they are both too lazy to really do much.

Also, this is like the third time a royal commentator has used the word “revenge” re: Kate’s behavior at the funeral. It’s always “Kate could have sought revenge but she didn’t, which makes her a true future queen.” And I just have to ask a few things about that. One, what kind of revenge would Kate have sought AT A FUNERAL? Was she fighting the urge to trip Harry during the funeral procession? The idea that “revenge” keeps coming up in these stories makes me feel like this is a new Keen narrative, that Kate in particular is so special and she wants credit for not being a petty, punitive, vengeful a–hole. When… she IS a petty, punitive, vengeful a–hole. So is William. The Keens are telling on themselves, and the royal commentators are telling on ‘em too.

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Now that vaccines are available for everyone over 16, I truly hope that everyone who is medically able to will get one. However the pandemic is not slowing down, especially among young people. Last week saw the highest global raise in cases since it began, with 5.2 million new infections. The good news is that there are some new tools coming to hopefully help stem infections. Walgreens, Walmart and CVS will have rapid at-home tests available for about $24 starting as soon as this week. The company, Abbott, got emergency authorization for their BinaxNOW test, which gives results in just 15 minutes. There’s another test coming too, at a higher price point of $39. Neither test requires a prescription.

Consumers will be able to buy rapid coronavirus tests without a prescription this week at three national chain retailers, an expansion that comes as the nation’s vaccination effort accelerates and states relax distancing requirements and mask mandates.

Abbott Laboratories’ BinaxNOW coronavirus self-test kits will be shipped to CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens and Walmart locations, and also will be sold online. The two-test kit, which last month received Food and Drug Administration emergency-use authorization for serial screening, will cost $23.99, the company said.

Another rapid test made by Australia-based Ellume will be sold at CVS stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for $38.99. It also can be purchased online or at most CVS stores in other states by the end of May.

These retail tests eliminate another barrier for people who want to test themselves without visiting a doctor or a telehealth provider. Both tests deliver results in about 15 minutes and don’t require a lab.

Both Abbott’s and Ellume’s tests are antigen screenings that are considered less sensitive than lab-based PCR tests. But some studies suggest frequent antigen testing can accurately detect when a person is infectious and most likely to pass the COVID-19 virus to others.

[From USA Today via People]

We’ve had at-home coronavirus tests for some time. I took one a few months ago from a company called Lets Get Checked, but I had to mail it in and it cost over $100. Those tests are more sensitive but obviously they take a few days. I tried to figure out how accurate the BinaxNow test is and results vary. It’s apparently better at detecting symptomatic cases than asymptomatic ones, and can miss up to 2/3 of asymptomatic cases. So if someone has been exposed to another person with covid, the best thing to do is to isolate even if an at-home test comes up negative. This should just be a first step in getting a diagnosis, and people should confirm their result with a doctor. It looks like schools have been using these tests for some time to ensure that students are safe. Now that they’re commercially available, I hope they are not misused by unvaccinated people to party and hang out in groups. People who are still doing that usually don’t care enough to get tested first though.

I truly hope we won’t need these type of tests within a few months, and that we’ll have enough people vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. The fact that half of all adults have received at least one dose in the US is promising. However I know that’s unlikely, especially given all the people who are refusing to get vaccinated or wear masks. My mom told me they’re wearing their stupidity right on their faces, so I’m trying to think of it that way. Also that I’m vaccinated now and I need to chill.

Here’s how the test works. It looks pretty easy.

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The Funeral Of Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh Is Held In Windsor

To be clear, the Windsor clan knew that they screwed up pretty quickly last year. Once the Sussexit was formalized and it was clear that Prince Harry and Meghan would begin to build their new life in California, the sense of panic and dread crept into Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace. So many carefully laid plans all got blown up and they had no one but themselves to blame. It’s not that Harry and Meghan were the future of the monarchy, it’s that H&M represented the modern monarchy, an image the Windsors could have milked for decades, if not for the Windsors’ jealousy, racism and pettiness. Which is why Buckingham Palace tried to “rebrand” the still-working Windsors as the “Magnificent Seven” last December. By March of this year, the Magnificent Seven seemed to be dead already. And so here we are: Prince Charles and Prince William will be holding a series of meetings to discuss the post-Sussexit, post-Philip future of the monarchy.

Princes Charles and William will meet to discuss the future of the monarchy after the death of Prince Philip, reports say. The two heirs will reportedly plan with the Queen which members of ‘The Firm’ will be working Royals and what they should do. It comes after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on April 9 raised questions over if his hundreds of patronages should be passed down.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure complicated matters by reducing the number of people available to help the monarch in high-profile roles. Sources told the Telegraph official and personal duties cannot be decided separately because they are too closely linked. Prince Charles is said to be taking the lead in the talks due to him becoming king first and because any immediate decisions will impact his reign. But he is understood to have wanted his son the Duke of Cambridge involved every step of the way for major policies that affect him when he inherits the throne.

Meanwhile Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are believed to be stepping into the void left by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit. They are expected to take on bigger roles despite already fulfilling 544 duties as of the last year before the coronavirus lockdown. Harry and Meghan did 558 jobs between them in 2019, meaning the Royals have to review how these will be redistributed.

Prince Andrew, who stepped back from duties after his Newsnight interview over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, also has roles that may need to be dished out. The Duke of York, Prince Philip and Prince Harry have hundreds of patronages and military titles that now need to be taken on. The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge are expected to decide over the next few weeks and months how they will tackle the issues. They are said to have rocketed in importance for the Queen and Charles after Harry and Meghan’s review period ended last month. But the decline in the Duke of Edinburgh’s health followed by his death just over a week ago shifted the focus.

Prince Charles had wanted a smaller monarchy made up of the Queen, Prince Philip, himself, his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridges and Prince Harry. In these plans the Duke of Sussex was expected to help out until William and Kate’s children George, Charlotte and Louis grew up and took on roles.

Insiders revealed Charles, William and the Queen will need to discuss whether to continue with thousands of engagements annually or cut them down. A source said: ‘The question is whether you start off by deciding how many patronages and engagements there should be, and then work out how many people are needed to achieve them, or whether you decide how many people there should be, which will dictate how many engagements and patronages they can take on.’

[From The Daily Mail]

First of all, surely Prince Philip’s massive list of patronages had already been distributed to other people when he retired in 2017? Damn, Philip was still technically patron of a lot of charities when he passed? That’s odd. And they’re so f–king mad that Harry didn’t come crawling back to them. They put everything on hold with the hope that Harry’s California experiment would fail and he would beg them to come back. Nope! Too bad Charles, the Queen and William were too bloody short-sighted to take Harry and Meghan up on their offer to remain half-in. H&M would have taken on dozens of patronages.

As for the rest of this… it’s absolutely CLASSIC that the closer William gets to power, the more he lowers expectations. William’s current list of patronages is so weak, and he could and should take on so much of his father’s work and grandfather’s work. But these meetings are going to be William saying “I’m not doing that!” and then everyone will have to agree that the Windsors should be doing less because William is such a lazy ass.

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Prince Philip’s funeral was on Saturday, and the Sunday Times devoted a lot of ink to memorializing Philip and summarizing what happened at the funeral. On the front page of the Sunday Times’ print edition, something completely awful was printed in the third paragraph. The paper described Philip as “an often crotchety figure, offending people with gaffes about slitty eyes, even if secretly we rather enjoyed them.” It should be noted that the Times pulled that part for their online edition. Only people who picked up a print copy of the newspaper would get to see that. A photo of the print edition made the rounds online, and Gemma Chan – a wonderful and talented British actress of Chinese descent – was one of many people noting how f–king terrible it was.

Gemma Chan is bringing attention to a piece of journalism she feels lacks integrity, especially amid the recent surge of hate crimes against people of Asian descent. In a Monday Instagram post, the Crazy Rich Asians star re-shared a clip from British newspaper The Sunday Times’ report on Prince Philip’s recent funeral — specifically, a passage that called the late royal “an often crotchety figure, offending people with gaffes about slitty eyes, even if secretly we rather enjoyed them.”

“This was written by a journalist who should know better, approved by editors and sent to print,” Chan captioned the post. “To trivialize casual racism in the most widely read Sunday broadsheet at a point when the Asian diaspora is experiencing a surge of attacks is deeply irresponsible.”

“We need more people of color in newsrooms,” added the English actress, 38, concluding by asking readers to sign a petition requesting “a retraction and an apology” from the newspaper.

On Tuesday, the editor of The Sunday Times, Emma Tucker, issued a statement apologizing for the outlet’s wording. “This so-called ‘gaffe’ made by Prince Philip was a well-known aspect of his life story,” she said, according to The Guardian. While Tucker insisted that the paper “did not intend to condone” Prince Philip’s comment, she added, “It was noted by us on Saturday night that the sentence was offensive and it was not published in digital editions.”

“Christina Lamb has spent her whole career reporting on discrimination and injustices against people in every part of the world and never intended to make light of his remark in any way,” Tucker concluded of the paper’s chief foreign correspondent, who wrote the piece.

[From People]

“Did not intend to condone”??? And why do they think that citing Christina Lamb’s reporting on discrimination and injustice will make this better? If anything, it makes it WORSE. That a reporter with a background in covering discrimination thought it was A-OK to write that “secretly we rather enjoyed” when Philip was racist as hell? Anyway, I love Gemma Chan and I love that she’s calling these a–holes to account.

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The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre

The Cambridge kids’ Easter holiday is finally over, I think, which means that the Cambridges went from Norfolk to Windsor to London in the past week. From what I could tell, William and Kate didn’t travel to Windsor from Norfolk until last Friday or maybe even Saturday morning for the funeral. It also sounds like Will and Kate did not stick around Windsor for very long, and they were immediately back in London with the kids. On Monday, Kate was seen out with the kids for a timely appearance:

Kate Middleton is teaching her kids about budgeting! On the last day of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s Easter break on Monday, Kate brought her to eldest children to a London store for some shopping, according to shop owner Alexa on Twitter.

“I’ve always been a Kate Middleton fan… today she was in one of my stores on the Kings Road with George and Charlotte, what the team told me about how she was with them and how the kids were with each other makes me like her even more!” Alexa wrote.

She added in replies to the original tweet that workers said George, 7, and Charlotte, 5, “had a budget that they stuck to and paid for their own things with their own money.”

“Just normal well brought up children and a normal parent trying to do the right thing and that’s just lovely!” Alexa said.

[From People]

My parents did that with me, trying to teach me the value of money, how much things cost and how to set a small budget. Most parents do that. It’s what Prince Charles should try to do with Kate, honestly. “Here’s a clothing allowance, you have to stick to it and you don’t need any more button-slathered blue coatdresses or keen Sgt. Pepper military-inspired looks.”

I wonder what Louis was doing? Just hanging out, bashing into candy displays? Speaking of, Louis’s third birthday is coming up on Friday, so I imagine we’ll get some new photos of the baby who looks the most like Kate. Kate and William are definitely going to be leaning into showing off their kids constantly now. Especially when Meghan has her baby girl. I imagine the keen clownshow will be super-extra the week Meghan gives birth Lil’ Montecito.

Royal visit to The Palladium

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The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre
The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre
The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre
The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre
The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre
The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre
The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre
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It’s no secret around here that I’m a fan of any Jane Austen adaptation. I will watch any film, miniseries or TV movie based on Jane Austen’s books. The Pride and Prejudice adaptations are probably the best known, but Sense and Sensibility has also gotten some great adaptations, as has Emma. But I honestly feel like Persuasion is perhaps Austen’s underrated gem. The story is complicated, especially with all of the Elliot family drama and the weird cousin who shows up mid-book, but at its heart, it’s a great story about a woman who is “past her prime” (for that period!!) getting a second chance to win the heart of a man she rejected when she was a dumb kid. Frederick Wentworth isn’t Darcy or Knightley, but a great actor can make a meal out of Wentworth, just as Anne Elliot is a wonderful role for an actress who is past her ingenue days. Well, Dakota Johnson has just been cast as Anne!! WHAT.

Dakota Johnson is set to star in Netflix’s retelling of Jane Austen’s novel “Persuasion.” Carrie Cracknell, known for directing Jake Gyllenhaal in “Sea Wall/ A Life” on Broadway, is stepping behind the camera in her feature directorial debut. Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow have adapted the screenplay.

Described as a “modern, witty approach” to a beloved story, “Persuasion” tells the story of Anne Elliot, an unconforming woman living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy. Unmarried and 27-years-old, Anne reconnects with a man she was once persuaded to reject and faces a second chance at love. “Persuasion” was the last novel written by Austen, the author of literary classics like “Sense and Sensibility,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Emma,” prior to her death in 1817. The property has been adapted for the screen numerous times, including the 2007 TV movie starring Sally Hawkins.

A separate production of “Persuasion” — starring “Succession” actor Sarah Snook — is currently in the works at Searchlight Pictures. That version, announced in September 2020, is being directed by Mahalia Belo and written by Jessica Swale (“Summerland”).

[From Variety]

The Sally Hawkins version of Persuasion is SO GOOD. Rupert Penry-Jones is Wentworth and he broods very, very well. Great romantic lead! The Susan Fleetwood version with Ciaran Hinds as Wentworth is also a good version, but I’d recommend the Sally Hawkins version more. As for this Dakota Johnson casting… she’s too young and hot! It won’t work!! Because in the year 2021, 27-year-old women don’t worry about losing their one chance at love seven years beforehand. I’m against this modernization and I’m against Dakota’s casting! She’s too pretty and young.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red and Backgrid.

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