UK’s Harry and Meghan pick fashion favorite for wedding flowers

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle have chosen a London florist beloved of the fashion industry to arrange the flower decorations for their wedding in late spring, Kensington Palace said on Sunday.

Britain’s Prince Harry, and his fiancee Meghan Markle, leave after a visit to the Titanic tourist attraction in Belfast, Northern Ireland March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Philippa Craddock, whose client list includes designer Alexander McQueen and British Vogue magazine, will use seasonal blooms from around Windsor to decorate the ceremony venue, including white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.

The May 19 wedding of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, star of the U.S. TV legal drama “Suits”, will be held at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The florist will also use branches of beech, birch and hornbeam from the surrounding parkland and the couple themselves helped select the foliage.

“Working with them has been an absolute pleasure,” Craddock said. “The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Catalyst Inc science park in Belfast, Northern Ireland March 23, 2018. Niall Carson/Pool via REUTERS

“The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront.”

After the wedding, the flowers will be distributed to charities.

Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, have invited 600 guests to their wedding, although the names of the guests are still secret.

More than 2,500 members of the public and figures from charities the couple support are invited to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom and their guests, and to see them depart on a carriage procession around Windsor after the ceremony.

Writing by Elisabeth O’Leary

Harry and Meghan Just Revealed Their Wedding Flowers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s floral arrangements at their upcoming wedding will be full of locally-sourced flowers and plants!

The royal couple have chosen floral designer Philippa Craddock to create and design the church flowers for their May 19 nuptials, according to Kensington Palace.

Craddock — whose client list includes Kensington Palace, British Vogue and fashion houses Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior — will be in charge of creating the displays at St. George’s Chapel, where the actual ceremony will be held, and at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, where the Queen will host a luncheon for the newly married couple.

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The floral designer, who specializes in utilizing seasonal flowers in her work, will be creating the floral displays mostly using foliage from the gardens and parklands of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, according to the palace.

Philippa Craddock

Philippa Craddock

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And when possible, Craddock will also be using flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, which will include branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.

While the exact designs have yet to be revealed, according to the press release the arrangements will reflect the natural landscapes from which the flowers, plants and branches were taken from.

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“I am excited and honored to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to create and design their wedding flowers,” Craddock said in a press release.

Philippa Craddock

Philippa Craddock

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“Working with them has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront,” she added.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Additionally, according to the press release, the floral designs will include a very sustainable inclusion from the Royal Parks — pollinator-friendly plants, which provide a wonderful habitat for bees.

After the pair tie the knot, Harry and Meghan have arranged for the arrangements to be distributes to various charitable organizations.

Donald Trump Jr. Hits the Gym & Cuts ‘Mullet’ After Divorce News

Donald Trump Jr. took some time out of his post-divorce news Mar-a-Lago stay to concentrate on himself.

While enjoying his time at the private Florida resort — where a Mar-a-Lago club source previously told PEOPLE that Trump Jr. and his estranged wife Vanessa were spending time together alongside their five children — the president’s eldest son, 40, worked on his physique before deciding it was time to say goodbye to his “mullet.”

“Nothing like #crossfit in 100% humidity,” he wrote alongside a picture of himself soaked in sweat on Saturday morning. “Hit it hard today.”

Hours later, he shared that it was “time to chop the mullet off.”

Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr.

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Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr.

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Although Vanessa filed for divorce earlier this month, the pair remain dedicated to raising their five children together — Kai Madison, 10, Donald III, 9, Tristan, 6, Spencer, 5, and Chloe, 3.

The Mar-a-Lago club source added that while the pair were mostly spending time with the kids “separately” during their Florida trip, “there are times that [Trump Jr. and Vanessa] are together with the kids.”

“I have not seen anything unpleasant at all,” the insider added.

Another club source told PEOPLE the pair appeared to be amiably co-parenting and that Trump Jr. and Vanessa had been seen “smiling at each other and talking pleasantly while they were with their kids.”

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump

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Shortly after Page Six broke the news that Vanessa had filed for divorce from Trump Jr. after more than 12 years of marriage, the outlet reported that Trump Jr. had allegedly had an affair with Aubrey O’Day, a former Celebrity Apprentice contestant and singer in the girl group Danity Kane.

A source who worked with Celebrity Apprentice, previously told PEOPLE that “the affair ended” after Vanessa discovered “sexy” text messages between the pair while her husband was in the shower.

Although O’Day, 34, has not commented on the alleged affair, in a clip from the show, the singer confessed that “Don Jr. makes me nervous because his opinion means a lot. He’s done this for a very long time. And also I have a very big crush on him, so I don’t want to disappoint him.”

 

Tinsley Mortimer Debuts Shortened Hairstyle: ‘I Chopped My Hair’

Tinsley Mortimer is trying something new with her hair.

On Saturday, the 42-year-old Real Housewives of New York City star announced that she had done something she previously said would never happen: she cut her hair.

“In honor of the new season of #RHONY…I chopped my hair!! 💇‍♀️🍎 Thanks Ludmilla @oscarblandisalon,” she wrote alongside a picture of her new, shortened ‘do.

Mortimer’s haircut comes as a big surprise for RHONY fans.

In an episode from season 9 of the series, fellow New York City Housewife Carole Radziwill suggested Mortimer chop her hair to help the public forget about Mortimer’s headline-making mugshot, which was taken when the former socialite was arrested in 2016 for trespassing at an ex-boyfriend’s home.

But the idea of changing her hair sent Mortimer into panic mode. “I would never. I’ve always had long hair. Stop. I’m like sweating right now, having a nervous breakdown!” she said.

“I don’t feel comfortable with it. The way that I wear my fake eyelashes and curl my hair, it’s because I feel comfortable that way. That’s me,” Mortimer added. “I’m not cutting my hair, Carole. It’s not happening.”

Persisting, Radziwill insisted that Mortimer needed to reinvent herself. “If I was coming back to New York having been the ‘It’ girl, I would totally reinvent myself. Cut my hair, put some low lights in it. You can’t have the same curls you had when you were 28 and date the same boys and live the same lifestyle. You have to reinvent yourself,” she said.

But Mortimer wasn’t budging. “I’m not changing my look,” she later told the audience during a confessional. “I’ve had enough change in my life, especially last year. I’m not changing it. I like my curls, I like my lashes, I like my party dresses, I like my blonde hair, I like my long hair. I’m not changing.”

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Tinsley Mortimer

Tinsley Mortimer

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But there is one thing about Mortimer’s hairstyle that likely won’t change — her hair color.

“I haven’t seen my natural hair color in 20 years,” the reality star told The New York Times in 2017, crediting her stylist Kylie White for her trademark color, which he described to the newspaper as “multitonal — a soft baby blond with a golden blond base; she has icy and buttery pieces.”

“Being blond just makes me feel happier, like when the sun’s hitting you,” Mortimer added. “The blond pops. It’s cheerful.”

The Real Housewives of New York City’s 10th anniversary season premieres April 4 (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Will Cost a Lot—Like, a Lot—of Money

When it comes to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, we gotta be honest: No one was really expecting DIY mason-jar vases. But it turns out it’s going to be more extravagant than any of us could’ve imagined. My proof? The reported total cost of the big day, which has me completely shook.

According to Bridebook, a huge British wedding-planning website that used industry figures to estimate the cost of Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, the big day is estimated to cost around $2,760,974. That’s a lot, no? But that doesn’t factor in the biggest expense of the day: security for all the royals who will be there. That comes in at about—wait for it—$42.1 million, bringing the total cost of the wedding up to about $45 million.

Yep.

The security measures aren’t just guards, either: We’re talking snipers on rooftops, and “the latest military technology,” which apparently involves million-dollar-plus budgets for a counter-UAV system to “deactivate” paparazzi drones and for a “Drone Destroyer,” which kinda sounds awesome.

But—and yes, there is a “but” here—the wedding is also expected to bring in a ton of money for the U.K (specifically, an estimated $680 million). So while this wedding definitely isn’t a business, and the royal family largely serves a symbolic function for the country and all of that, it’s still a lot of money being injected into the country’s economy for a (relatively) small cost.

Interestingly enough, Bridebook also estimates Meghan’s dress at $420,000 to $560,000—which means all signs point to it being freaking gorgeous. In the meantime, we’ll just be keeping our eyes out for any and every detail because we. Cannot. Wait.

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s rental of condo from energy lobbyist’s wife under scrutiny

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is facing questions about his housing arrangement after he reportedly rented a residence partially owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist.

ABC News first reported that Pruitt, who has already been the subject of a controversy relating to his travel expenses, lived in the condo in Washington D.C., for six months in 2017 when he first arrived in the capital. On Friday ABC reported that his adult daughter used a second room in the condo.

Bloomberg News reported that Pruitt paid $6,100 over six months — $50 a night for the nights he slept there — in what a source told the outlet was consistent with an Airbnb-style arrangement. 

The condo is co-owned by Vicki Hart, whose husband, J. Steven Hart, is chairman of a firm that lobbies for environmental and energy clients. The Associated Press reported that his firm’s clients include Exxon Mobil and Cheniere Energy.

While ethics rules normally prohibit employees in the executive branch from receiving gifts, the EPA denied that it was, in fact, an example of a gift.

“As EPA career ethics officials stated in a memo, Administrator Pruitt’s housing arrangement for both himself and family was not a gift and the lease was consistent with federal ethics regulations,” an EPA spokesman told Fox News.

Hart told The AP that Pruitt is a casual friend, and that they have had no contact with himt for months, except for a brief exchange at the National Prayer Breakfast last month.

“Pruitt signed a market-based, short-term lease for a condo owned partially by my wife,” Hart said, according to a statement. “Pruitt paid all rent owed as agreed to in the lease. My wife does not, and has not ever, lobbied the EPA on any matters.”

Pruitt has been a strong proponent of rolling back a number of EPA regulations and has slashed some regulations opposed by  industry, angering environmentalist groups.

“Scott Pruitt, who is supposed to protect our families from pollution, literally lived in a fossil fuel lobbyist’s house,” Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, told The AP. “The administrator of the EPA should stand up to corporate polluters, not live in their homes while pushing their agenda at every turn.”

“Scott Pruitt, who is supposed to protect our families from pollution, literally lived in a fossil fuel lobbyist’s house.”

– Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club

The controversy is the latest to hit Pruitt, who is under scrutiny over his travel practices. The House Oversight Committee is investigating, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that his international trips and a number of chartered and military flights mean his travel costs have exceeded $150,000.

Pruitt has said he needed to occupy first-class seating due to security concerns.

The controversies could place Pruitt under more scrutiny from President Donald Trump, who this week replaced Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

Shulkin had been under fire over a trip to Europe. According to an internal watchdog, he improperly accepted tennis tickets, and his then-chief of staff doctored emails to justify his wife traveling to Europe with him at taxpayer expense.

Fox News’ Jennifer Bowman, Matt Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

 

Adam Shaw is a Politics Reporter and occasional Opinion writer for FoxNews.com. He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

See Pictures of Padma Lakshmi’s Insane Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Padma Lakshmi isn’t fooling around when it comes to Easter decorations!

One day before the springtime holiday, Lakshmi, 47, shared a few photos of her elevated — and easy to make — take on Easter eggs.

“🐰💕Hoppy Holidays!🐣 I made these imitation gold-leaf Easter eggs and they were super easy. No Pinterest fails here, honey,” she wrote, before telling her fans they could find a link in her bio to the Little Inspiration blog, where they could learn how to make the decadent-looking craft for themselves.

Although Lakshmi didn’t walk her fans through the step-by-step process on making the Easter eggs on her social media account, she did include pictures of what they looked like before and after she added the gold foil decorations — including one of the Top Chef host getting her hands dirty.

In the comments section, Lakshmi also told fans that it didn’t really matter what kind of gold foil they used to make the craft.

“You can get it wherever you want. I got mine at @davinciartistsupply :)” she wrote.

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi/Instagram

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The Top Chef host and bestselling author previously told PeopleStyle that her secret to looking youthful had a lot to do with the way she ate during her 20s.

“My secret is my diet,” Lakshmi said. “I think the reason people don’t believe I am the age that I am is because I always ate well in my 20s.”

“What you eat shows up on your skin, on your hair, on your nails [and] on the whites of your eyes,” she continued. “And people don’t realize that!”

Lakshmi also credited her youthful glow to the fact that she’s serious about applying sunblock.

“I really didn’t take sun or at least, not without a lot of sunblock. And I eat 50 percent fruits and vegetables, fruits and vegetables of all colors. That really, really makes a difference,” she continued.

Kim Kardashian and Millie Bobby Brown Finally Met, and It Was Incredible

Kim Kardashian has amassed quite the following of A-list celebrities: Jennifer Lawrence famously so (Lawrence had Keeping Up With the Kardashians going constantly in a “Kardashian Tent” to help her decompress between shooting the intense scenes in mother!), as well as Stranger ThingsMillie Bobby Brown. And now, Millie and one of the family’s leading representatives have finally crossed paths.

“I love them,” Millie said of the Kardashians on The Tonight Show in November. “I’m obsessed with them. I follow them on social media. I just think they’re really great.” In February, she tweeted, “Guys. come on now… I feel like I’m all of you guys honestly!” in response to Kim’s tweet promoting a “Which Kardashian Sister Are You?” quiz on her app. Millie’s appearance on the Tonight Show also kicked off a love-fest between her and Khloé: “It’s a mutual love fest!! I LOVE you @milliebbrown! #Okurrrrttt this video made me smile from ear to ear BIBLE,” Kardashian tweeted at her, along with a clip of her interview.

Millie’s obsession with the Kardashians went to the next level on Friday, however, when she finally met Kim for real. Millie posted a few shots of the two together in what looks like a makeup studio (exciting, whatever this might mean), looking like she was having the time of her life.

“You guys, look who I’m hanging out with on this Good Friday,” Kim says in a video of the two. Millie looks insanely happy, and understandably so. She’s meeting one of her favorite people on the planet. We’re thrilled for her.

Never stop fangirling, Millie.

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Pregnant Khloé Kardashian Reveals She Misses Working Out

Khloé Kardashian is already looking forward to hitting the gym again.

Although the 33-year-old, who’s expecting her first child — a daughter — with boyfriend Tristan Thompson, kept up her impressive workouts throughout most of her pregnancy, as she’s gotten closer and closer to her due date, the reality star has had to limit her exercise to activities like walking on a treadmill.

“Random thoughts but I can NOT WAIT to f— up the gym when it’s time lol,” Kardashian announced on Friday night. “BEAST MODE is dying to return!!”

Although the 33-year-old admitted that returning to the gym post-pregnancy “won’t be easy,” she revealed she was “excited for the challenge.”

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Khloé Kardashian

Khloé Kardashian

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The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star also responded to a fan who suggested that season 3 of the 33-year-old’s Revenge Body series could be dedicated to moms trying to lose the baby weight.

“Random, but Season 3 of Revenge Body MOMS edition would be Cool! Just a thought LOL” the social media user wrote.

“Very cool!!!!” Kardashian enthusiastically replied.

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson

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Though the Good American designer has revealed that she expects her parenting style will be most similar to sister Kim Kardashian West‘s, the 33-year-old may be looking to navigate parenthood in her own way.

“Khloé mostly wants to do things herself when the baby arrives. She will have some help for sure but she plans to be extremely hands-on,” an insider recently told PEOPLE, adding, “Khloé also wants to navigate motherhood in her own way and isn’t really looking for other people to butt in.”

“She’s been very involved as an aunt since the beginning. She’s changed diapers and has gotten peed on plenty of times, and she’s also had her sisters’ kids stay with her for days on end,” the source continued. “Khloé was born to be a mother.”

Ryan Reynolds Responds to Blake Lively Marriage Rumors

Ryan Reynolds is spending plenty of time with his wife Blake Lively, despite what tabloids might say. In fact, maybe too much!

The 41-year-old Deadpool star responded to rumors about his marriage on Saturday, quoting a headline that he and Lively are “struggling to spend quality time together.”

“I wish,” Reynolds wrote on Twitter. “I could use a little ‘me time.’ ”

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Reynolds’ joke comes a week after he and Lively, 30, walked the red carpet together at the New York City premiere of Final Portrait together, their first since the October screening of Lively’s All I See is You.

The busy working parents of two — to daughters James, 3, and Ines, 17 months — cozied up for the cameras and gazed into each other’s eyes while wearing matching black and white outfits.

They palled around there with fellow Hollywood couple Emily Blunt and John Krazinski, who also came out to support the biographical dramedy written and directed by Stanley Tucci.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Reynolds and Lively’s date night at N.Y.C.’s Guggenheim Museum came the same day that the trailer for Deadpool 2 dropped, in which Reynolds pokes fun at his wife by joking, “That is why Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is pure pornography.” (Lively starred as Bridget in both big-screen versions of Ann Brashares’ believed book series.

The two constantly tease one another on social media, cropping the other out of pictures, posting unflattering paparazzi shots or quipping with sarcastic captions. The latest jab came on Valentine’s Day when Reynolds posted a picture of a heart-shaped cake with the caption, “I baked this cake for my wife. The icing is glue, ‘cause I’m not a scientist.”