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Prince Harry asks to be introduced as just 'Harry' at final event as senior royal

The Duke of Sussex has been introduced at an event in Edinburgh without any of his official titles. On Wednesday, Prince Harry spoke on stage at the sustainable tourism conference. But prior to walking on, host Ayesha Hazarika, a former Labour adviser and broadcaster, told the crowd: “He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry, so ladies and gentlemen, let’s → Read More

Alex Jones regrets ‘ridiculous’ decision to return to The One Show so soon after giving birth

Alex Jones has said she regrets returning to work so soon after the birth of her first child. The One Show presenter gave birth to her son, Teddy, in January 2017 and had returned to host the programme by April that same year. → Read More

Slough named best place to work in the UK

Slough has been named the best place to work in the UK for the third year running in an annual report. Each year, employment website Glassdoor lists the country’s best towns or cities to find jobs based on the number of available opportunities, the cost of living, average wages and job satisfaction rates. The Berkshire town was chosen thanks to a large number of job vacancies → Read More

Cynthia Nixon praised for viral video about impossible standards of being a woman today

Cynthia Nixon has been praised for fronting a powerful video about the immense pressures women face in society today. The short film was produced for Girls. Girls. Girls. magazine and sees the Sex and the City actor recite a blog written by Camille Rainville in 2017 titled “Be a lady, they said”. → Read More

Keith Lemon criticises websites selling fake Caroline Flack charity T-shirts

Keith Lemon has criticised online retailers for selling fake versions of the T-shirts he created for charity in the wake of Caroline Flack‘s death. Last week, the comedian – whose real name is Leigh Francis – unveiled his design of a black T-shirt with a print of Flack’s face on it above the words: “be kind!” → Read More

Queer man in Durex condom advert says he is being the person his 12-year-old self ‘needed to see’

A queer man from Belfast who is starring in an advertisement for Durex with his real-life partner has posted a touching message on Instagram about the campaign. The billboard features a photograph of Michael Allsopp kissing Sean Somal alongside the tagline: “Challenge the norms”. In the post, Allsop shared a series of photographs of himself and Somal posing in front of the → Read More

‘Woke’ gender-neutral toilets should be scrapped says Tory peer

Gender-neutral bathrooms should be scrapped because they make women feel "uncomfortable", a Conservative peer has claimed. Speaking at a House of Lords debate on Monday, Lord Lucas argued that single-sex facilities were safer for women and described the unisex lavatories in the Department for Education’s Westminster offices as “deeply unpleasant”. → Read More

Ozzy Osbourne says Parkinson's battle has been 'f***ing hell'

Ozzy Osbourne has opened up about his battle with Parkinson’s disease, describing the last year as “hell”. The musician revealed he was diagnosed with a form of the illness – Parkin’s II – in January that affects the nerves in his body. → Read More

Paris Hilton says calling off engagement to Chris Zylka was 'best decision' of her life

Paris Hilton has said calling off her engagement to Chris Zylka was the “best decision” of her life. The hotel heiress dated the actor for two years and announced their engagement in January 2018 during a ski trip to Aspen, Colarado. Hilton shared photographs of the proposal on Instagram at the time, revealing Zylka had given her a 20-carat engagement ring thought to be worth → Read More

Pete Davidson knew Ariana Grande relationship was 'over' after her ex Mac Miller died

Pete Davidson has opened up about his split from Ariana Grande in 2018, explaining that he knew the relationship was “over” when Grande’s ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, died. The couple got engaged in June that same year after two months of dating. → Read More

Love Island finale: Where was Laura Whitmore's heart-shaped outfit from?

Laura Whitmore‘s Love Island wardrobe has prompted almost as much excitement as the show itself, with the host’s outfits often prompting frenzied Google searches and causing items to quickly sell out. → Read More

Raf Simons x Prada: Everything we know about fashion's most exciting partnership

The fashion world let out a universal yelp of excitement on Sunday when it was revealed that Belgian designer Raf Simons would be joining Prada as co-creative director with Miuccia Prada. According to a statement released on behalf of the Italian brand, Simons and Prada will have “equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making” in a move set to take effect on 1 → Read More

Jameela Jamil says online bullying has triggered her to ‘point of near death’

Jameela Jamil has said online bullying she has faced in recent weeks has “triggered” her “to a point of near death”. The Good Place star has been criticised on Twitter regarding her chronic health conditions, with some people suggesting she suffers from Munchausen’s syndrome, a psychological disorder where someone pretends to be ill. → Read More

Jameela Jamil calls Piers Morgan ‘bullying parasite’ for sharing private Caroline Flack messages

Jameela Jamil has criticised Piers Morgan for sharing a private exchange between him and Caroline Flack about Jamil. On Sunday, the Good Morning Britain host shared a screenshot of a direct message Flack allegedly sent to him in October. It read: “Please have pictures... I’m struggling with Jameela..the hate she aims at me.” → Read More

20 pledges for 2020: Renting clothes could be the trick to help me curb my fast fashion habits

William Shakespeare once wrote, “All that glitters is not gold”, which is how I tend to think of fast fashion. On the surface, that Missguided slogan top might look trendy and say “FEMINIST” in sequins, but deep down, it’s part of a systemic problem in the clothing industry that harms the planet and makes you look like a virtue-signalling chump unless the profits benefit → Read More

London Fashion Week: What happened when The Independent’s fashion team put clothing rental websites to the test

Instead of buying new clothes, Harriet Hall, Olivia Petter and Sarah Young joined the sustainable fashion movement by hiring their outfits for the star-studded event → Read More

London Fashion Week AW20: Burberry, Erdem and Christopher Kane among final highlights

They say you should always save the best till last. Well, London Fashion Week has once again followed that mantra by scheduling all of the most anticipated shows of the season within hours of one another, with industry juggernauts like Burberry and Christopher Kane on the line-up and celebrity models like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner making their first appearances of the → Read More

London Fashion Week AW20: The Beckhams come out in support for Victoria while Roland Mouret champions ‘values not trends’

Nothing can rain on London Fashion Week’s parade – not even a sprightly storm named Dennis. The downpour might have raged on as editors, celebrities and buyers darted between shows in Westminster and Whitechapel, but designers including Margaret Howell and Roland Mouret ensured nobody’s spirits were dampened, with autumn/winter 2020 collections that enlivened and brightened in → Read More

Caroline Flack death: Lewis Burton pays emotional tribute to ex-Love Island host

Lewis Burton has shared an emotional tribute to Caroline Flack following news of her death. The tennis player had been in a relationship with the former Love Island host. On Saturday, Flack was found dead at her London home, her family said. → Read More

Caroline Flack: Laura Whitmore pays emotional tribute to former Love Island host after death

Laura Whitmore has paid tribute to Caroline Flack following news of the former Love Island host’s death. On 15 February, a lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Flack took her own life and was found in her east London flat. → Read More