Weeks before Royal Wedding, Prince Harry appointed Commonwealth Youth Ambassador
“In this new role, Prince Harry will highlight and support the work and aspirations of young people across the Commonwealth,” the Royal Family said in a release.
"I know that serving as an ambassador to young people I am going to have to try to keep up with you," Harry said in his remarks at the forum. "I am working now to plan my first year in this role. And my hope is to convene young leaders from across The Commonwealth to discuss how best we can make Commonwealth platforms work for you, and to ensure maximum impact."
According to a statement by Kensington Palace, more than 60 percent of the Commonwealth's 2.4 billion people are under the age of 30.
"Prince Harry will create links between young people and encourage them to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of their generation,” in his new role, according to the statement.
"Both here in the U.K. and as I travel, my job will be to listen to you," Harry said Monday. "My duty will be to ensure that your ideas, concerns, thoughts and hopes are heard. And my commitment will be to work with you to build better platforms for your leadership, and to help you collaborate and form partnerships with your peers across nations."
Harry will begin his new post as the days dwindle down to his long-anticipated wedding to Markle. The anticipation for the big day, which will take place at Windsor Castle in England, has been building -- with Kensington Palace announcing wedding and reception details, including which florist the couple will use, when the invitations were issued, and who will bake the wedding cake.
"In my new role, I will work to support the Queen, my father The Prince of Wales, and my brother William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today. I am also incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in."
April 16, 2018
Sources: ABC News
ng hands with his big sister, Prince Charlotte, at the baby boy's christening last week. </p><p> The photographs were taken by Matt Holyoak in the Morning Room and the garden at Clarence House, immediately following Prince Louis's baptism. </p><p> "I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event," Holyoak said. "Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure. I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs." </p><p> Also in attendance were both William’s father, Charles, the prince of Wales and stepmother Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip did not attend the christening, which marked the first time William and Kate were seen as a family of five publicly. </p><p> The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress by designer Alexander McQueen, the same designer she's worn for each of her children's christenings, and a hat by Jane Taylor. </p><p> Duchess Meghan chose an olive Ralph Lauren dress and a hat by Stephen Jones for the christening, which was her first as a member of the royal family. </p><p> Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall wore a Fiona Clare dress and Locke hat. </p><p> In addition to the royal family, members of Kate's family -- including her parents, Michael and Carole, brother, James, and sister, Pippa -- also attended the christening. Kate's younger sister, Pippa Middleton, is pregnant with her first child with her husband, James Matthews. </p><p> The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, presided over Louis's christening, just as he did for George and Charlotte's christenings. </p>
ntly separated from Liam Payne - although the song was recorded well before they parted ways.</p><p>“The track is a huge pop song and a strong contender to be the lead single for Cheryl’s comeback,” a source told The Sun on Sunday.</p><p>“Although the lyrics are about a painful split, it was written before she separated from Liam, but it’s obviously something she can relate to from past relationships.</p><p>“There are a lot more deeply personal songs on the album, which has been co-penned with her former Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts.”</p><p>"Nicola and I wrote every track together,” she told The Sun.</p><p>“It's been great working with one of my best friends, but I'm really proud of the album and excited for people to hear the new music.</p><p>"It's pretty much finished. At this stage we're deciding what will be the first single.</p><p>“We're choosing between about three songs, but that's quite a nice problem to have.”</p><p>She added: "Thankfully I'm not looking at it, saying, 'Oh God, all this work and we don't have a hit record'. I think we do.”</p><p>Cheryl has five solo number one singles to her name - Fight For This Love, Promise This, Call My Name, Crazy Stupid Love and I Don’t Care - and also achieved 20 consecutive Top 10 singles as part of Girls Aloud.</p><p>She was also a judge on The X Factor and helped mentor acts such as Rebecca Ferguson, Alexandra Burke, Diana Vickers and Cher Lloyd.</p><p>She gave birth to her first child, Bear, last year.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
Again, she told People why she’s not involved and it’s “not schedules”.</p><p>“My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be far-fetched to bring her back,” she explained.</p><p>“I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was simply no space for Rose.”</p><p>But she added: “I spoke to Laura [Carmichael] not long ago and was texting Michelle [Dockery] about Love Island and it’s going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back.</p><p>“I’m so excited for it — I’m going to be front row.”</p><p>James plays the young Donna in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again; the character made famous by Meryl Streep.</p><p>“Some people sing from the bottom of their feet, right up. She shakes the rafters, she’s amazing.”</p><p>James recalled: “When I found out I would be part of the sequel, i was terrified and very excited.</p><p>“Donna is a character so beloved and Meryl Streep is the best actress of all time.”</p><p>“Lily has a great energy,” Streep added. “And her spirit is what young Donna was. She’s just perfect.”</p><p>James joins the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Cher in the cast.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
lawmakers were pranked into backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners how to use guns to defend themselves in school shootings.</p><p>The British comedian adopted different personas as he satirized the era of President Donald Trump for a seven-episode Showtime series that launched Sunday.</p><p>In the first episode of "Who is America?", Baron Cohen posed as an Israeli anti-terror expert who gets two U.S. congressmen to voice support for a fake "Kinderguardians" scheme for children as young as three.</p><p>It included a spoof instructional video featuring "gunimals" — weapons adorned with soft toys — that would purportedly help kids confront the school shootings that have plagued the United States for the past decade.</p><p>Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, along with former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, who is now a lobbyist at a Washington law firm, are shown enthusiastically backing the idea, alongside gun rights advocates and a former congressman-turned-talk radio host, Joe Walsh.</p><p>Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen both declined to comment on the series. Those shown endorsing the fake scheme, including the politicians, had not seen the finished show ahead of its Sunday premiere. Rohrabacher, Wilson and Lott did not immediately reply to requests for comment late Saturday.</p><p>Walsh told CNN that he was tricked into reading words off a teleprompter but that he is a fan of Baron Cohen. "He's a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things."</p><p>The show marks Baron Cohen's first television project in a decade after he launched his comedy career with the character of white British rapper Ali G., whose interviewees included Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich. His 2006 faux documentary film "Borat" ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.</p><p>In "Who is America?", Baron Cohen also takes aim at the media and political correctness, with the comedian posing as a pony-tailed liberal radio reporter on a post-2016 election cycling tour, and a man in a disability scooter who purports to investigate fake news.</p>
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Bruce Willis ends long debate over 'Die Hard.' (Reuters) </p><p>We finally have a definitive answer to the age-old question over whether the 1988 action classic “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie.</p><p>Given that Bruce Willis’ character John McClane visits his estranged wife and two daughters during Christmas Eve at a party at his wife’s workplace, a debate has centered on whether “Die Hard” is actually a Christmas movie.</p><p>“’Die Hard’ is not a Christmas movie!” he declared ending the show.</p><p>The roast of Willis is set to air on July 29 on Comedy Central.</p><p>Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was there as well. He reportedly fumbled with most of his prepared material, he drew boos from the crowd when he brought up his friend, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
;s solid facsimile of Glyndebourne’s famous organ room complete with portraits of the Christie family.</p><p>Debussy’s one opera, inspired by symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck’s play, is a tale of the imagination.</p><p>Scenes flit from forest pool to sea cave and watery dungeon, all evoked in the flowing music.</p><p>Prince Golaud, grandson of King Arkel in the mythical kingdom of Allemonde, comes across a traumatised girl weeping by a fountain while out hunting.</p><p>Eventually, they marry but when she is drawn to his brother Pelléas, Golaud becomes suspicious as to the innocence of their relationship.</p><p>Insanely jealous, he kills Pelléas and wounds Mélisande, who dies after giving birth to a baby girl.</p><p>Herheim transforms a dream-like play into a claustrophobic domestic drama but his interpretation is relevant.</p><p>Maeterlinck’s tale was always a disguised account of a hideously dysfunctional family, such as would have given Freud or Jung – around at the time – much to work on.</p><p>However, the symbolic references the director throws in puzzle rather than enlighten and visual images are gnomic.</p><p>The scene where Golaud forces his young son Yniold to spy on Mélisande and Pelléas gets extremely nasty, as Herheim has Golaud sexually assault the boy while he is watching the pair (Yniold is played by mezzosoprano Chloé Briot).</p><p>The excellent cast includes promising young Austrian soprano Christina Gansch as a lustrous and ethereal Mélisande, while baritone John Chest looks and sounds attractive as Pelléas.</p><p>But why was Christopher Purves’s Golaud made so repellent in appearance, and why so violent almost from the start?</p><p>The role of repressive grandfather Arkel was sung by Richard Wiegold while Brindley Sherratt, suffering a throat infection, walked the part.</p><p>There was superb playing by London Philharmonic Orchestra under Glyndebourne’s music director Robin Ticciati.</p><p>Kasper Holten’s Rubik’s Cube staging of Don Giovanni has returned with even more technical wizardry than I remember from the 2014 premiere.</p><p>Es Devlin’s revolving block of a palazzo swirls with video designer Luke Halls’s kaleidoscope of colours.</p><p>It’s not the first production I’ve seen where, at the start, Donna Anna seems reluctant to let her would-be rapist escape.</p><p>But then for her to slide off into Don Giovanni’s bedroom after he has murdered her father, and while her fiancé Don Ottavio is singing his heart out downstairs, seems gratuitously cynical.</p><p>American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen is a stunning Donna Anna, statuesque in Anya Vang Kragh’s glittering costumes, and rather eclipses the other seducee, Hrachuhi Bassenz’s Donna Elvira.</p><p>Mariusz Kwiecien is in lethal form as the Don, with a new Leporello in Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.</p><p>Bass Willard W White lurks as the ghost of the avenging Commendatore but there’s no hellfire ending – Don Giovanni simply expires to thundering brass and percussion from the orchestra under conductor Marc Minkowski.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
together, back in 2008.</p><p>Their relationship didn’t last, and Seyfried is now happily married to Tom Sadoski - with whom she has a child.</p><p>She admitted in a new interview that Sadoski was “jealous” of her on-screen relationship with Cooper, but it’s nothing to worry about.</p><p>“I think he has the same kind of issues that I would have if we were hanging out with his ex-girlfriend from long ago,” she told The Mirror.</p><p>“I think it’s always like, ‘I’m so in love with this person, so that person must be so in love with her too’.</p><p>“I assume everyone’s in love with Tommy because I’m in love with him. I assume that everybody sees him the way I do.”</p><p>She added: “I’d guess he assumed Dominic is in love with me the way he’s in love with me. And it’s just not the case.</p><p>“It’s sweet. I’d rather he be jealous than completely fine with it. He’s been great.</p><p>“He’s very supportive and he loves this movie, and [he and Dominic] got along absolutely fine when we were shooting.”</p><p>Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again also brings back Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth.</p><p>“When I read the script, I was so taken aback by how original it was, to take this original story and do a sequel and you see the maturation of these characters that we’ve come to know,” she said. “They’ve been informed by loss and things have happened in their lives – big things.</p><p>“[To] see them coming together with a new emotional depth and then the brilliance of taking it back in time with six drop dead talented sexy young performers doing all of those sexy rock and roll songs…</p><p>“It’s really just a genius construct. Everybody waited ten years to make sure it was going to be exactly right and I really think they got it dead right.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
a parent or two who asks tough questions, and this time around, it seems that person may be Colton's father. </p><p> A sneak peek obtained by "Good Morning America" reveals that in tonight's episode, Colton's dad expresses concern that while his son has been nothing but straightforward with Becca, he's unsure if she's reciprocated the same openness. </p><p> His concern, he added, is that she may not be as ready for a long-term relationship and that Colton could end up brokenhearted. </p><p> "Are you OK with the honesty that he's told you about Tia?" he asked Becca, who responded that she is. "He seems to have explained himself but, yet, has the love and the engagement between you and Arie been addressed with him?" </p><p> In last week's episode, Becca and Colton enjoyed a one-on-one date in the Bahamas, during which he confessed to her that he's a virgin. She told him she'd never judge his lifestyle and gave him a rose. In the end, she also gave roses to Jason, Blake, and Garrett, all of whom will also have the opportunity to introduce Becca to their parents. </p><p> Tonight's episode of "The Bachelorette" airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.</p>
d on Reddit overnight, Kevin Feige indicated that the current storylines within the MCU will be tied up very finally in the sequel to Infinity War, due next April.</p><p>Speaking to the Toronto Sun, he said: “It’s a world I hope continues far into the future in the same way all of these storylines have continued in the comics.</p><p>“We’re one decade in. In the comics, some of these heroes are five, six, seven decades in. So I do hope they continue for a long time.</p><p>“But, storylines can come to an end. The best stories do come to an end. Return of the Jedi was an ending for a long time and as a 10-year-old in 1983 that carried me through 30 years until there was a sequel.</p><p>“That hasn’t happened before in the superhero genre. A new actor comes in and a new storyline starts right away.</p><p>“We wanted to do it this way because we think that the best stories have a definitive ending to a storyline. That’s certainly what’s going to happen next year with Avengers 4.”</p><p>He added: “The Universe, the world, many of the characters we’ve introduced will continue onward in unexpected ways, some of which I don’t even know yet.</p><p>“But bringing a definitive conclusion at the 22-film mark, and just over 10 years, seemed like the right thing to do.”</p><p>The Guardians of the Galaxy also have a new film in the pipeline, which should go into production next year.</p><p>Prior to Avengers 4, UK fans are still waiting for Ant-Man and the Wasp (due August 2) after its successful launch in the US earlier this month.</p><p>Captain Marvel will then introduce Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, before she appears in a key role in Avengers 4.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
h chat show and before any judgment is made about the wisdom of that decision, you have to admire the sheer perseverance of not only the host but also his so-called guests.</p><p> The first episode — the only one Showtime allowed journalists to talk about — follows Baron Cohen's tested formula: Create a bunch of off-the-wall characters with prosthetics and accents then set them loose on the unsuspecting public, either wing-tipped or rednecked. Truth be told, the second episode of "Who Is America?" is better than the first, with the upcoming humiliations of some public figures absolutely astounding.</p><p> On "Da Ali G Show" from 2000-2004, Baron Cohen played a dim, wannabe gangster; an anti-Semitic correspondent from Kazakhstan; and a gay Austrian reporter. This time, his characters include a far right-wing moron; a gung-ho Israeli anti-terrorism teacher; an ultra-liberal who cycles around in a ponytail and an NPR T-shirt; and an ex-con skinhead with a biker beard.</p><p> Over two episodes, the show proves uneven — best when it toys with those in power and less so when it goes for a cheap laugh from the frivolous. A trip by his left-wing character to a fancy candlelit dinner with staunch conservatives in South Carolina felt flat in comparison to the sheer mischief Baron Cohen gets into as the Israeli character when trying to get gun-rights advocates to endorse his notion of arming preschoolers.</p><p> That's always been the genius of Baron Cohen's format: seeing how far he can coax someone down the rabbit hole. This time, he gets grown, intelligent — and sometimes elected — men to back a fictional program called Kindergardians, in which kids as young as 4 are trained to shoot guns decorated as stuffed animals (like the "Uzi-corn" or the "Dino-gun").</p><p> So we get the sight of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, former Rep. Joe Walsh and the twin gun rights activists Larry Pratt, of Gun Owners of America, and Philip Van Cleave, of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, duped into parroting prepared text on a teleprompter that "first-graders make good first-grenaders" and aiming a gun at the screen while singing a twisted version of the nursery song, namely "Head, Shoulders, Not the Toes, Not the Toes."</p><p> Showtime has been tight-lipped about the seven-episode series, to the point of asking journalists who see the show to sign non-disclosure agreements and place their phones in locked cases. Security guards scanned the room with night-vision goggles during a recent screening. (Showtime might embrace free speech but they're happy to limit it, too.)</p><p> Yet in a reminder that even the best laid corporate plans unravel, the network's own promotional department has revealed that former Vice President Dick Cheney features in a future episode, somehow convinced to add his friendly autograph to a jug used for waterboarding.</p><p> And we know that Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, admits that she too was duped, saying on Facebook she had fallen victim to Baron Cohen's "evil, exploitive, sick 'humor.'" Add defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore to that list; he was enticed to a sit-down with the promise of an award for being a friend of Israel.</p><p> It's remarkable that anyone still falls for this bait-and-switch and so give credit to Baron Cohen's team for still beguiling politicians — some, admittedly, not so relevant any more — to their doom. Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe has to smuggle his cameras in, but Baron Cohen uses his as a lure. They keep coming despite the baton he dropped being taken up by the likes of "Daily Show" and "Full Frontal" correspondents. Why anyone sits for a TV interview anymore is a mystery.</p><p> Baron Cohen and his team are like those weird fish in the deep dark that dangle a light to attract prey. They play to vanity but end up with something truly grotesque. His victims often try to ingratiate themselves with the host's racist jokes or play into his stereotypes a little too easily. It's a honed technique: Baron Cohen was trolling people before trolling was a daily thing. He was creating "fake news" before that was in vogue.</p><p> "Who Is America?" — like his previous show — offers no moments of truth when the hunted, led to the extremes by a stranger with funny facial hair, finally realize that they are in a logical pretzel and suddenly comprehend the consequences of their thinking.</p><p> No, Baron Cohen isn't interested in confronting his subjects head-on or breaking them like "60 Minutes," only mining the absurdist humor of those who are absolutely certain they are right.</p><p> Many of his targets will forever rue the day they agreed to sit down with this shape-shifter, this tempter who brings out their worst side under the camera's glare. But, they have only themselves to blame. He was, after all, hiding in plain sight.</p><p> Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits </p>