According to Andrew Morton’s ‘Diana – Her True Story: In her own words’, the Princess of Wales would describe her childhood at her father’s home with her stepmother as “very unhappy”, and “very unstable, the whole thing”.
This reportedly took place in 1989 when Raine was hosting Diana’s brother’s wedding at Althorp.
She felt her stepmother was not paying enough attention to her mother Frances, which infuriated her and resulted in her flying into a rage.
During the Smithsonian Channel’s 2017 documentary, ‘Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother’ Raine’s personal assistant Sue Howe added: “[Raine] was badly bruised and dreadfully upset.”
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are different in many ways. One is British and the other is from the USA. One has been associated with the royals for many years, while the other has worked as an actress for a decade.
But while this might seem rather patriarchal and old fashion, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The expert went on: “It can also be performed on visits like this for a very positive reason though: As a status-lowering technique it can break down barriers by helping to make the people they are visiting feel less intimidated by their own royal status.
“When we splay our feet and spread the body weight evenly on both feet, we project confidence and power, but to create an impression of empathy as a royal the leg crossing can help boost the confidence of the people they’re greeting.
“When the legs are very emphatically crossed at the ankle it can also be a pseudo-infantile remotivational technique.
“It looks cute and rather vulnerable, which is an infant-mimicking body language ritual an animal will perform when it feels threatened by a stronger animal and wants to avoid attack.
“Not something either Kate or Meghan would be needing, but the air of sweet vulnerability shown by it might possibly be a bid to ward off criticism and be liked.”
Another expert analysed the two Duchesses for Express.co.uk when it comes to another aspect of their lives.
Both nearing 40, the royal women look great for their age.
Aesthetics Doctor & Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Lucy Glancey revealed exclusively to Express.co.uk neither British Duchess has had plastic surgery, in her professional opinion.
She said: “I don’t believe Meghan has had any work done at the moment.”
However, Dr Lucy didn’t rule out some dental work.
She said Meghan has “possible composite veneers and teeth whitening and maybe very subtle cheek augmentation but unlikely.”
Apple is the undisputed champion when it comes to tablets. The iPad has just turned 10 with the US technology firm recently confirming it has sold a staggering 500 million of them since the first device was revealed back in 2010.
The iPad range continues to reign supreme and is easily the best tablet you can buy and now there’s a refreshed entry-level model which gets a significant boost to its performance.
Express.co.uk has been trying out this new iPad 2020 and here are our thoughts on this latest device to arrive in Apple Stores.
If you’re thinking the new iPad looks pretty similar to last year’s model then you’re certainly not wrong. The 2020 design is identical to its predecessor which means you get that classic iPad styling with a chunky forehead and thick chin housing the ever-reliable Touch ID fingerprint scanner which continues to unlock the screen in a flash.
We have to be honest and say this design is looking pretty dated and it’s certainly not that exciting when you pull it from the box.
There’s nothing physically wrong with the styling of this device and Apple has sold enough of these gadgets to prove that consumers clearly aren’t worried about its looks but it would have been nice to see some subtle changes included in this latest refresh.
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That extra grunt helps it keep pace with the latest apps and games which continue to get ever more hungry for memory. Browsing the web, checking emails and streaming movies also feels silky smooth and we can’t honestly imagine anything it won’t cope with.
Along with that extra power, there’s also some pretty decent battery life. We put the iPad through an epic movie binge with it lasting around 7-hours when streaming a movie with the screen at full brightness. However, download your boxset binge and dim the screen slightly and you should get closer to 10-hours which means it will easily last the longest of long-haul flights.
When things do run dry It’s worth noting that, unlike the new Apple Watch which ships without a power adapter, the new iPad gets a 20W charger in the box. This is one of the new power bricks that features USB-C to Lightning and also includes the pop-up pins making it easier to pop in your bag.
As before, this base-level machine is compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard case (£159) and older Apple Pencil (£89) which allows you to scribble on the screen without using your finger.
It won’t, however, connect with the brilliant Magic Keyboard or new Apple Pencil which offers that improved wireless charging and more precise feel. One final thing to note is that Apple hasn’t upped the internal storage which means the £329 model only comes with a measly 32GB of memory. That won’t be much use for those wanting to store endless movies and music on their device and to add more it will cost you. The 128GB iPad costs £429 but is definitely worth considering if you’re a power user.
APPLE iPAD 2020 VERDICT
PROS • Much faster A12 Bionic processor • Lower price • iPad still reigns supreme if you want a tablet • Good battery life • Pin-sharp Retina display CONS • Design looks very dated • Only starts with 32GB of storage • If you can afford it wait for the new iPad Air
If you’re after a new iPad for the family or are buying a tablet for the first time the 2020 tablet from Apple is a solid purchase. It’s now faster, has a decent Retina screen, long battery life and all for £329 – that’s £20 cheaper than last year’s model.
However, before you rush to the shops there is one very important thing to be aware of. Apple has also announced an all-new iPad Air which will go on sale in the coming weeks and this is one mighty upgrade.
The latest Air gets a totally new design with a 10.9-inch screen which pushes closer to the edge of the case. There’s also an improved camera and a new A14 Bionic processor which could make this the most powerful tablet Apple has ever made.
The improved Apple Pencil also works with this new Air and it’s compatible with the clever Magic Keyboard which turns this iPad into a mini laptop complete with backlit keys and a trackpad.
So here’s the dilemma. The new iPad Air will start from £579 which is clearly far more expensive than the entry-level tablet. It’s also not out yet with Apple expected to begin shipping it next month.
If you can afford the extra cash and don’t mind waiting we really don’t think you should consider the basic iPad as the Air is set to offer a supremely improved experience.
That said, if you’re desperate for a new tablet today and simply don’t want to spend over £550 then the entry-level iPad really won’t let you down.
Long life expectancy could be achieved with the addition of celery juice in your diet. Celery juice has gained ‘superfood’ status in recent years with claims it can help combat a range of ailments, from high blood pressure to high cholesterol. So how could celery juice help you live longer?
While there are few studies demonstrating the exact benefits of drinking celery juice, a lot of research points to how celery and its seeds can promote healthy living.
A study published in 2013 investigated whether the chemical 3-n-butylphthalide (3nB) in celery seed extract has antihypertensive properties.
Thirty participants with high blood pressure took part, and each consumed a capsule containing 75 milligrams of celery seed extract, twice a day for six weeks.
After this time, the participants experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure.
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High blood pressure can lead to serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
But according to the researchers, 3nB may lower blood pressure by reducing the buildup of fatty deposits within the arteries and increasing the elasticity of artery walls.
Celery may also benefit a person’s cholesterol levels.
High cholesterol is when a person has too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in their blood.
Too much cholesterol can block the blood vessels and make a person more likely to have heart problems or a stroke.
But a 2014 study investigated the effects of celery leaf extract on the cholesterol levels of rats fed a high-fat diet.
The rats were fed celery leaf extract for 30 days, after which they showed a significant decrease in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad’ cholesterol when compared to rats that didn’t receive the extract.
Celery contains some beneficial antioxidants, one being luteolin.
The researchers found rats that were continuously treated with luteolin had reduced brain cell damage and improved learning and memory.
A different review published in 2015 looked at the effect of different plant chemicals on rodents with Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers found apigenin, another antioxidant found in celery, limits damage to a variety of brain processes.
This could delay and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
High blood pressure has no clear cause, but several things have been shown to increase a person’s risk of developing the condition. One of these is eating a high amount of salt in your food. The more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure.
The “salty six” are common foods where high amounts of sodium may be lurking.
Breads and rolls
Cold cuts and cured meats
As well as being aware of these foods, Blood Pressure UK offers some handy tips for eating less salt.
The first is to not add salt when cooking. It advises: “Try adding different flavours and allow a little time for your taste buds to adjust.”
Secondly, avoid very salty flavourings. It explains: “Ready-made sauces, soy sauce, stock cubes and gravy granules can all be very salty, look out for low salt options or try some new flavourings.”
Adding herbs, spices and seasonings like chilli, pepper, ginger, lemon or lime juice may help.
Thirdly, the charity advises taking the salt shaker off the table, “so you’re less likely to be tempted”.
Other ways to lower blood pressure
Alongside a healthy diet, regular exercise can help lower blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition.
The NHS advises: “Regular exercise can also help you lose weight, which will also help lower your blood pressure.
“Adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week.
“Physical activity can include anything from sport to walking and gardening.”
Limiting your alcohol intake, cutting down on caffeine and stopping smoking can also help keep your blood pressure in check.
According to Professor Spector, who developed the COVID-19 symptoms tracker app, children with a runny nose don’t have the COVID-19 virus and shouldn’t be getting tested.
He also revealed children under the age of 18 with a cough or congestion would almost certainly be suffering from the common cold, which famously sweeps through schools at this time of year.
In an effort to release some of the strain on the testing system, Professor Spector said parents should be aware of the symptoms specifically attributed to children before taking them out of school and trying to get their hands on a test.
“Kids really don’t seem to lose that sense of smell and they also don’t seem to get the cough and shortness of breath as much either,” he told The Telegraph.
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With its latest wireless headphones, Samsung has packed flagship features into a £199 pair of cans (Image: SAMSUNG • GETTY)
On paper, the features packed into the AKG Y600NC wireless headphones can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM4, Bose QuietComfort 35 II, and Bose 700 series. But then check the prices of all of these noise-cancelling cans and you’ll realise there’s really no competition at all.
That’s because the AKG Y600NCs start from £199 – well below the £350 price tag for the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700. Even the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, which launched back in the heady days of 2017, still command a £275 asking price from Bose right now.
Of course, the AKG Y600NC don’t have quite the same refined design as some of these costlier counterparts. And Sony has added a few additional smart features that you won’t find in the AKG model… but these are minuscule differences. And the £150 price difference is far from minuscule.
The AKG Y600NC have a sturdy design with enough flex in the headband that they’ll probably survive being accidentally sat on a fair few times. In the box, there’s a lightweight carry pouch to save the plastic from scratches in your bag. But if you’re concerned about stuffing these headphones into the bottom of your rucksack every day – and to be clear, we really don’t think there’s any need for concern – you’ll have to cough-up for a separate hard-plastic travel case.
Available in Black, Gold and Silver, audio brand AKG hasn’t skimped on the materials for the earcups. The AKG Y600NCs use a generous amount of memory foam to ensure they’re always comfortable – even after a long train journey – and protein leather, which should be as durable as the rest of the design.
The overall design is pretty understated, which we really like. However, if you’re coming from an eye-spanking “Club Yellow” pair of Beats Solo3s, you find these cans a little underwhelming. If we have one nitpick with the design, it’s the headband itself, which could do with some of the memory foam found in the earcups to reduce some of the pressure on the top of your head after a few hours. On daily commutes, you won’t even notice it, but trust us, these aren’t the headphones you want to pack for a flight to Australia.
The noise-cancellation isn’t market-leading, but will make flights a dream (Image: SAMSUNG)
Twisting the earcup feels really intuitive and works tremendously well (Image: SAMSUNG)
There are plenty of controls on each earcup to handle skipping, play/pause and volume. All of these are really intuitive, so there’s never any need to pull your smartphone out of your pocket to do any of these common tasks.
In fact, the volume controls – handled by twisting the left earcup clockwise and anti-clockwise is particularly satisfying. And unlike the twitchy touch-sensitive areas found on some rival wireless headphones – these work every single time.
Finally, the AKG Y600NCs will automatically pause whenever you take them off. This is something Apple pioneered with its AirPods and is a phenomenally useful feature. In fact, it’s something that Sony only recently added with its Sony WH-1000XM4 – the Sony WH-1000XM3, which Sony still sells on its website for a princely sum of £329, don’t have this capability.
But all of the above would be useless if the AKG Y600NCs didn’t sound the part. Thankfully, that’s not the case.
Like the JBL CLUB ONEs, another recent pair of headphones launched by Samsung-owned brand Harman Kardon, the AKG Y600NCs have a really expansive soundscape. Whether you’re listening to thrashing guitars, a string quartet, or a true-crime podcast host telling you to support the show by subscribing to Squarespace… everything has room to breathe in the earcups.
It’s a brilliant trick. Despite these over-ear headphones being pressed fairly close to your lugholes, there’s really none of the claustrophobia that can sometimes hamper other headphones at this price point.
The companion AKG app on your smartphone allows you to tweak the equaliser settings, but out of the box, the AKG Y600NCs have a nice balance. There’s enough bass to give your favourite tracks some well-needed oomph, but not enough that you’ll lose everything else in the mix.
The active noise-cancellation built into the AKG Y600NCs is pretty good, but far from market-leading. The wireless headphones can strip out most background sounds – from the chugging of a commuter train, to the whirr of an office printer behind your desk – that could disturb your favourite playlist.
However, smaller sounds can still manage to eke their way through the active noise-cancellation. If you’ve previously used the Bose QuietComfort 35 IIs, wearing the AKG Y600NCs won’t offer the same level of isolation from the world around you.
Samsung AKG Y600NC are available in Black, Silver and Gold and work with iOS and Android (Image: SAMSUNG)
Elsewhere, AKG has included its Talk Thru technology, which lets voices cut through the noise-cancellation so you’re able to talk to a ticket inspector, or listen to tannoy announcements at the airport without removing your headphones. This works incredibly well and should ensure you never miss your flight again.
AKG claims the Y600NCs pack 25-hours of listening time on a single-charge. That seems about right in our testing – as we’ve been able to use the headphones for a solid week without the low-battery light flashing red. While 25-hours isn’t the best battery life on the market (theMarshall Monitor II ANCs can manage an impressive 30-hours with noise-cancellation switched on as can the Sony WH-1000XM4s) it’s perfectly good enough.
And when the headphones run out of juice, the AKG Y600NCs can be topped-up with an extra four hours of playback time with a speedy 10-minute charge. Charging is handled using USB-C, so you’ll be able to use the same charging cable as your Android smartphone, iPad Pro, Nintendo Switch or MacBook Air, which should same some space in the suitcase when travelling.
The industrial design is a little subdued, which won’t suit everyone. Us? We liked it (Image: SAMSUNG)
AKG Y600NC Wireless Headphones Review: Final Verdict
Pros: Brilliant Controls On The Earcups, Automatic Pause When You Take Off The Headphones, Brilliant Sound, Fast-Charging, That Price
Cons: Headband Could Do With A Little More Padding, Design Doesn’t Stand Out From The Crowd
With the AKG Y600NCs, Samsung has built a phenomenal pair of wireless headphones. Sure, the subdued design might not be to everyone’s taste and the active noise-cancellation doesn’t create the same silent vacuum as some pricier options. However, these are nitpicks.
The AKG Y600NCs sound great – whether you’re listening to podcasts, or blasting your favourite tracks.
And the features packed into these cans – from the proximity sensors that automatically pause the music when you take off the headphones, to the fast-charging and TalkTru technology – ensure they can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with a number of rivals that charge twice as much for the same features.
At £199, the AKG Y600NCs are hard not to recommend for anyone looking for a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones. While they’re definitely not perfect, they’re more than capable of getting your next holiday off to a great start by stripping out the sound of the plane engine to so can hear what every character in the in-flight movie is actually saying. And unlike the alternatives from Bose and Sony, you’ll have an extra £150 to put towards the holiday too.