When the Duchess of Cornwall first spoke boldly in this newspaper about the horrors of domestic violence more than a year ago, I doubt I was alone and wondered: what could she possibly understand about it?
Yet, through her calm and diligent work as the patron of the SafeLives charity, Camilla has done more than anyone to highlight the plight of abused women.
Yesterday, when she wrote in The Guardian, she pointed out that the lockdown has greatly increased the agony of those trapped in these relationships.
"Offenders work from home," SafeLives warns coolly. There is nothing self-aggrandizing to support this cause. Domestic violence is cruel and hideous: one of the least glamorous topics any king could advocate.
Still, it could save lives: and Camilla is clearly sincere when she begs people to “step in” when they suspect someone is a victim and not wait for them to come forward. Needless to say, there are no multi-million pound TV deals in this industry.
Camilla (left) has done more than anyone to highlight the plight of abused women. Right picture: Meghan Markle
In her dogged way, Camilla follows a long tradition of royal women – the Queen, Princesses Diana and Anne, Duchesses of Wessex and Cambridge – who do charitable work that is largely invisible and unsung.
How different is the path chosen by the woman who still calls herself the "Duchess of Sussex" and served the royal family for two years before moving to Los Angeles.
As Meghan and unhappy husband Harry revealed in a toe-wake statement, their new multi-million pound contract with Netflix will shed light on people and concerns around the world. . . Create content that informs, but also gives hope ”.
The truth is, Meghan knows she could have done all of these things if she had stayed with the royal family.
But maybe there wasn't such an enormous wage package to be the self-proclaimed savior of the universe. This former "briefcase girl" at Deal Or No Deal has now become a greedy, international ridicule.
Meg's "friends" claim she must flee the UK because it is a terribly racist country that has never appreciated her talents as a brave activist.
How I wish Meghan had taken the time to learn from Camilla who was once the UK's most maligned woman. Yet through hard work, duty and, dare I suggest, a sense of humor and a level of self-esteem Meghan can only dream of, Camilla has gradually transformed into someone that most of us respect and admire.
Is it too late for Meghan to do the same?
Katy Perry is celebrated by young mothers after posting pictures of herself in a breast milk pump bra and large pants after motherhood
Katy, a natural mother
Katy Perry is hailed by young mothers after posting pictures of herself in a breast milk pump bra and large pants after motherhood after giving birth to her first child, Daisy Dove.
Others shrink back and say: Too much information Katy! Wouldn't we prefer a natural woman showing off what a new motherhood really is, rather than celebs pictured with a perfect workout body a month after giving birth?
Actor John Boyega accuses Disney of using him as a black man while promoting the 2015 Star Wars hit The Force Awakens. In the next two films he could not develop his character as a leading actor because he was not white. It's a great movie as far as I can remember, but I wonder what nuance of "Bit Part, Rebel Stormtrooper" Boyega failed to understand when he read the original script and even accepted the role.
Amanda Holden wears another sexy outfit and is promoting her new single With You, a tribute to her stillborn son Theo. She is perfect for BGT. Scarce clothing, a harrowing backstory, can't sing, can't dance – but a triumph of tenacity and tears over talent. It is certainly a "YES" from me.
Amanda Holden wears another sexy outfit and is promoting her new single With You, a tribute to her stillborn son Theo
Batty Covid conspiracy theorists rejoiced when filming of the latest Batman film had to be halted after star Robert Pattinson discovered the virus. Proof that it is really spread by bats!
The latest advice to doctors dealing with obese patients who cost the NHS billions is never to refer to them as "fat", "plump", or "oversized" as it hurts their feelings. Instead, they should refer to their BMI values. Fear they might be mistaken for the urge to devour a few Big Macs as soon as they leave the office.
Westminster Wars …
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock rightly took on the rape for the government's disastrous handling of Covid-19. But can he really be responsible for everything that went wrong? Surely Dominic Cummings must be the man responsible for the great idea of getting people to travel 100 miles for a coronavirus test.
- Had they consulted him, Barry Humphries could have warned the government that the appointment of a former Australian Prime Minister as trade advisor – one known for booze, bigotry, and budgie smugglers and modeled on Sir Les Patterson – will end in tears.
- Boris fans are wondering: what does the prime minister shed faster, his stomach or his barnet? The gruesome shotback in PMQs reveals a comb worthy of Arthur Scargill, despite the fact that Bozzie combs his way out from the back of his head. Is he taking hairdressing tips from that other bald denier, Donald Trump?
You're already a winner, Nic
Boxing champ Nicola Adams believes she will break barriers as the first gay woman to work with another woman on Strictly. Well done, but loving pictures of Nicola and her friend Ella Baig on vacation, hugging and kissing in a pool in Greece, says it all – fortunately these barriers have already been broken.
Boxing champ Nicola Adams believes she will break barriers as the first gay woman to work with another woman on Strictly
Civil rights groups say the arrest of around 300 Extinction Rebellion protesters trying to bring the nation to a standstill is in violation of their right to protest. Isn't it pathetic when a bunch of Greta eco-warriors are trying to bring London to a standstill when Covid-19 has already done so?
Oh fuck it, Harry
Prince Harry, as patron of the Rugby Football League, zooms his support from his LA mansion to say he's "incredibly lucky to have some outdoor space" – 5.4 acres to be precise – to Teaching son Archie the joys of the game.
Crikey, the child is 16 months old: this is a "place".
Fortunately, Archie is too young to hear his juicy father's last words: “Our little man is our top priority. Our job is our second. . . to make the world a better place "
England's New Zealand rugby opponents will set off in their hakas with uncontrolled laughter.
Men marvel at pictures of Charles Dance (73), who romps around with a much, much younger blonde in the sea in Venice, where he is promoting his new film The Book Of Vision.
You emerge from the waves with his wonderfully tanned body and ask how he does it.
As someone who briefly dated him, I can show Charlie swims in the slimy, spinach-colored medicinal waters of a London pond most mornings.
Even so, it is enough to make any man over 60 green with envy.
Pride and Prejudice
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the BBC's production of Pride And Prejudice, cake designer Michelle Wibowo created a 6-foot replica of Colin Firth's legendary Mr. Darcy.
She says he tops the list of the most delicious celebs she's ever made.
Indeed, although we may not have been a little enthusiastic in the pants department, Ms. Wibowo? As Ms. Bennet would have said: "Oh my poor nerves!"
New research on types of cat owners shows that I am a "conscientious caretaker" concerned about the damage my moggy's impact on wildlife. Ted made it easy for me as he never killed anything and tries to be around squirrels and birds in the garden. Even though he had befriended a tiny toad once – and almost licked it to death.
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