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Bond, first embodied by Sean Connery, set the standard for secret agents on screen. Across Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig and others, the franchise stands the test of time.
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And just like at DC, and maybe even at Star Wars, I promise you it will end in tears.
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Is it a pro-Trump rally? Or a trap? A reliance on encrypted chat apps fuels conflicting messages and a splintering of right-wing groups online.
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Morning routines can help boost our moods during the work day.

How we start the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. But for too many of us, it can be a stressful experience filled with miserable commutes and hectic schedules.

To feel happier during the work day, consider your morning routine ― and what happiness at work actually is. It does not necessarily mean forcing joy, but it can mean finding a moment of inner calm or time for yourself amid deadlines. Adjoa Osei, a licensed clinical psychologist and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, said happiness can mean many different things to different professionals. And if you’re stumped on what it should be for you, ask yourself, “What do you want your day to look like?” she said. “When you are thinking about work and you allow yourself to daydream, what does that look like? Who are you interacting with? How does your day start?”

The goal is to make mornings a time that you look forward to each day and not dread. Here are different ideas to try out: 

1. Drink a glass of water first thing after you wake up. 

Hydration is a practical tip for helping your body feel good throughout the day. Osei said she noticed that not drinking water in the morning would negatively impact her body later.

“I would often wake up, I’m rushing, I’m walking my dog ... then I’m dehydrated and have a headache for the rest of the day,” she said. That’s why she made a point to drink water in the mornings and recommends it to clients.  

It’s an example of a simple but significant change you can do to shift your day for the better. ”It’s OK to think small, like, ‘What are the small things that I can do that have a significant impact?’” Osei said. 

2. Reclaim your time and choose an activity that you like to do before you work. 

Melody Wilding, an executive coach and author of “Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work,” recommends starting the day with an activity that’s meaningful and centres you, like yoga, meditation, journaling or taking a class.

“You feel more in control when you start your day with something of your choosing, before diving into work demands,” she said. 

Keep in mind that what’s a nourishing activity for others may not work for you. “For some people, sitting still, turning off any sounds or lights, that might be comfortable,” Osei said. “For other people, that might be absolutely terrifying and maybe your meditation is a moving one. Maybe you’re someone who needs to move and that is something that is relaxing or soothing for you. Maybe for some people, it might be tea.”

Work doesn’t have to be the thing that contributes to your happiness. You bring your happiness to work.Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite, licensed psychologist and executive coach

3. Put the stress of setbacks like traffic delays in perspective. 

Some mornings are less than ideal. There can be delayed trains or traffic with no end in sight, and there could be a meeting you are going to be late for. When you start to feel overwhelmed by the setbacks life inevitably throws your way in the morning, take a moment to breathe. Wilding said that one to two minutes of controlled breathing can reset your nervous system and help you regain some feeling of calm and composure. 

Wilding also suggested a strategy she recommends to her clients called “the backpack.”

“Put the stressful situation into an imaginary backpack that you shrug off. You can make this more concrete by drawing a rectangle on paper and scribbling down your frustrations,” she said. “Tear up the paper and throw it away, symbolically moving on with your day.”

4. Create boundaries between you and the morning habits that drain you.  

Notice what is contributing to your stress in the mornings. Osei noted that for a lot of us, it can be checking work emails and phone-scrolling first thing in the morning. 

“If grabbing your phone or if turning on the news are things that start your day in a way that you would not like, how do we create some time to separate that? If you do want to watch the news in the morning, it doesn’t have to be the first thing that you turn on,” she said.

If you know checking your phone is stressful in the mornings, try putting it in a drawer across the room in which you wake up, she suggested. That way there are one or two activities between you and the habit you dislike. The goal is to create a buffer between energy-draining activities and those that energise and sustain you for the long day ahead.

5. Check in with your body if you are waking up tense. 

If you wake up wound up, take a moment to take care of your body and help it relax.

“Do you feel tension in your shoulders? Are you clenching your jaw? Does your body feel tight? When you know the signs of stress and tension in your body, you can practice and train yourself to be aware of that and create a new experience for yourself,” said Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite, a licensed psychologist and executive coach.

She suggested progressive muscle relaxation, a practice of tensing and releasing your muscle groups, and taking a short stroll outside as two ways to address this physical tension.

6. Recognise that happiness won’t necessarily come from your work itself. 

It’s also helpful to consider where you think you should be getting your happiness from. You may be looking for it in the wrong places.

“Work doesn’t have to be the thing that contributes to your happiness. You bring your happiness to work,” Horsham-Brathwaite said. “It is a mindset shift that is required to expand your definition of happiness so it isn’t so contingent upon the conditions of your workplace.”

Teaching yourself to feel good can help you not depend on outside forces like a job to help you feel happy. And that’s an important lesson that will help you at work and outside of it. 

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Now that other states have taken up similar bills, one trans woman said there could be "a lot of places to run from."
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President Biden Delivers Remarks On His Racial Equity Agenda And Signs Executive Actions
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Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a major political party to call for decriminalizing marijuana — but in 2020, the Democrats did just that. Approved in August, the platform called for decriminalizing and rescheduling marijuana through executive action, with support for legalizing medical marijuana and expunging past criminal convictions for cannabis-related offenses all on the table.

“Democrats believe no one should be in prison solely because they use drugs,” the platform states. “Democrats will decriminalize marijuana use and reschedule it through executive action on the federal level.”

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While I liked the AirTags overall, they’re flawed. Despite this truth (and I’m sorry to tell you, but it is a truth), this is also a one-dimensional way of looking at Apple’s location trackers. Why? Because the product and the Find My service are ushering in a whole new Apple era. To understand why this is the case, we need to understand a few things. Specifically, why and how Apple has gone about releasing the AirTags. Before that though, if you’re uncertain about the hardware or how it works, I’d advise you to watch our video on them: Now we’ve got…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey looks set to be totally revelatory based on clips we’ve seen so far – but it’s not the first time members of the royal family have lifted the lid on the goings on at Buckingham Palace.

Throughout the decades, senior royals like the Prince Of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh and even the Queen herself have gone in front of the camera and shown a more human side of the royal family.

And of course, there’ve been a fair few infamous interview moments too, not least Prince Andrew’s unbelievable sit-down with Emily Maitlis back in 2019.

Here’s our timeline spanning 60 years of the royals’ most memorable interview moments, starting with the very first one...

1961 – Prince Philip on Panorama

The Duke Of Edinburgh’s appearance on Panorama in the early 1960s was groundbreaking not because it was especially controversial, but because it marked the first time a member of the royal family had agreed to do a sit-down television interview.

Prince Philip spoke with broadcaster Richard Dimbleby about the Commonwealth Technical Training Week, an initiative of which he was a patron. 

1969 – Royal Family

It was the idea of press secretary William Heseltine to give a filmmaker unprecedented access to record the royals going about their business, in a bid to make them appear more relevant at the end of the 1960s, a decade in which many had begun to consider them out of touch.

The end result was Royal Family, which charted a year in Queen Elizabeth’s life with her family. As well as the usual regal affairs you might expect, the doc showed off a more human side to the Windsors, including scenes showing Prince Philip grilling sausages at a family barbecue and the Queen treating her youngest son to an ice cream.

Whether the Royal Family succeeded in its mission is still up for debate. BBC Two’s then-controller David Attenborough (yes, that one) felt removing “mystique” around the royals was a potentially dangerous idea, while some critics praised the 90-minute special for showing us more of the royals’ personalities.

It seems the Queen herself was not a fan, though, as she reportedly had the documentary banned, and it’s not been shown on television since 1977 (although it did briefly leak online in 2021, before being taken down due to a copyright complaint). 

1994 – Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role

 

Two years before his divorce from Princess Diana was finalised, Prince Charles appeared in the authorised ITV documentary Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role.

This 90-minute special was made up of several interviews between the Prince of Wales and Jonathan Dimbleby (notably the son of the reporter who interviewed Charles’ own father on Panorama more than 30 years earlier), marking 25 years since his investiture.

Dimbleby said at the time that he had no intention of “painting a glossy portrait” of Charles, and this was infamously the first time the prince admitted to infidelity with Camilla Parker-Bowles during his marriage to Diana.

When asked whether he’d been faithful throughout his marriage, Charles responded: “Yes ... Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”

Many felt the interview was Charles’ attempt at winning back public favour after many had been won over by Diana in the years prior, but if that was his intention, it backfired somewhat.

A poll by The Sun the day after the documentary aired discovered two-thirds of respondents felt he was “unfit to be King”, following his admission.

In the biography The Firm, The Troubled Life Of The House Of Windsor, royal writer Penny Junor claimed Charles’ family were “flabbergasted” by his public admission, with Prince Philip in particular “incensed”. 

1995 – Princess Diana on Panorama

 

A year later, Princess Diana was able to have her say about her marriage on Panorama, and made headlines the world over. The interview with Martin Bashir took place in Diana’s sitting room in Kensington Palace, with sound and recording equipment having to be sneaked in so as not to arouse suspicion.

The hour-long special was noted for being the first time Diana spoke publicly about her husband’s infidelity (including the oft-quoted line “there were three of us in the marriage”), but it was revelatory for a number of other reasons, too.

Diana’s Panorma interview saw her speaking about her own extramarital affairs, including with James Hewitt, as well as her experiences of self-harm, post natal depression and bulimia.

She also addressed her feelings about the British press, describing them as “abusive” and their treatment of her as “harassment”.

John Birt, who was director general of the BBC at the time of this interview, later noted it “marked the end of the BBC’s institutional reverence – though not its respect – for the monarchy”.

In March this year, Scotland Yard confirmed they would not be conducting a criminal inquiry into Martin Bashir over allegations he tricked Diana into her landmark Panorama interview.

2011 – Sarah Ferguson on 60 Minutes Australia

 

In 2010, Sarah Ferguson was secretly recorded by the News Of The World’s Mazher Mahmood (dubbed the “fake sheikh”), offering access to Prince Andrew for half a million pounds.

“Look after me and he’ll look after you,” she was heard saying. “You’ll get it back tenfold. I can open any door you want.”

The Duchess Of York later admitted she was “devastated by the situation”, saying in a statement: “I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused. It is true that my financial situation is under stress however, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this has happened.

“I can confirm that The Duke of York was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred. I am sincerely sorry for my actions.”

A year later, she was asked about the matter during an interview on Australia’s 60 Minutes, and ended up walking off the set.

“Don’t try and trick me now because I’m not going to play this game,” she said, before urging producers to “delete that bit”, feeling the interview was going in a “too tabloid-y” direction.

Eventually, after the interviewer persisted with his questions, the Duchess walked off the set completely, claiming she needed to “take five minutes”.

2017 – Heads Together

 

For much of his adult life, one of Prince William’s key causes has been working towards destigmatising mental health conditions.

In 2017, he teamed up with none other than Lady Gaga for the Heads Together campaign for a four-minute online video in which they spoke over FaceTime about the need to discuss mental health openly.

William complimented Gaga after she penned an open letter discussing her own experiences of PTSD, telling her: “It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo… It’s time that everyone speaks up and feels very normal about mental health. It’s the same as physical health.

“Everybody has mental health, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.” 

2017 – Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy 

 

In honour of the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, Princes William and Harry commissioned two authorised documentaries for ITV about her.

The first of these was Diana, Our Mother, in which both princes gave their first ever interviews about what the Princess Of Wales was like as a parent.

“Arguably [it was] probably a little bit too raw up until this point,” Prince Harry admitted. “It’s still raw.”

The two princes both spoke fondly of their late mother, with Harry describing her as “a total kid through and through” and William recalling an incident in which she arranged for supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford to surprise him after school one day.

“One of her mottos to me was ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught’,” Harry fondly remembered.

The other documentary was Diana, 7 Days, which focussed more on her death and the immediate effect it had on those around her, particularly her grieving sons, who were both children at the time. 

2018 – The Queen’s Green Planet

Queen Elizabeth II and David Attenborough

 

Though not a traditional interview, the Queen teamed up with broadcaster and fellow nonagenarian Sir David Attenborough in 2018 for an ITV special discussing the environment and climate change. Among other things.

One thing The Queen’s Green Planet was noted for was that the monarch showed off her sense of humour, commenting of a nearby helicopter: “Why do they always go round and round when you want to talk? [That] sounds like President Trump.”

The Queen also spoke of her hopes to plant more trees in a bid to affect climate change, stating: “If all countries continue to plant, it might change the climate again.” 

2019 – Harry and Meghan: An African Journey

 

A year after they were married, Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle made a trip to Africa, so they could look at how a charity initiative started by the Duke of Sussex 15 years earlier had progressed.

Of course, the documentary ended up revealing a lot more, most notably how the Duchess Of Sussex was adjusting to life in the spotlight, and the difficulties she was facing as a result of press intrusion.

The moment that most captured people’s attention was when journalist Tom Bradby asked about the “pressure” she was under, and its “impact on your mental and physical health”.

“I would say … any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” she explained. “And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.

“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um... yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

“Would it be fair to say ‘Not really OK’?” Bradby then asked. “It’s really been a struggle?”

Meghan responded simply: “Yes.”

In a piece she wrote for the New York Times in 2021, Meghan spoke about how much this exchange had meant to her, recalling: “My off-the-cuff reply seemed to give people permission to speak their truth. But it wasn’t responding honestly that helped me most, it was the question itself.”

2019 – Prince Andrew on Newsnight

 

At the time, it would have been fair to assume that Harry and Meghan: An African Journey would be the royal family’s most revelatory moment of 2019.

But in November 2019, Prince Andrew sat down with Emily Maitlis at Buckingham Palace for what turned out to be a disastrous interview about allegations of sexual abuse that had been made against him, as well as his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

During the interview, the Duke of York “categorically” denied accusations from one woman who claimed she was forced to have sex with him on three occasions, including when she was 17 years old.

“It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” he said.

Prince Andrew dismissed her claims that he had been “profusely sweating” when they danced together at a nightclub, insisting that he had a medical condition that meant he was unable to sweat at that time as a result of “an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War”.

He also said that he was at a Pizza Express in Woking with one of his daughters on the day of one of the alleged incidents.

“Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do,” he insisted. “I remember it weirdly distinctly.”

Following the much-publicised interview, Prince Andrew suspended his public duties “for the foreseeable future”. In May 2020, he permanently resigned from public duties to his connections with Epstein, who died in August 2019.

2021 – Prince Harry on The Late, Late Show

 

Oprah Winfrey announced in February 2021 that she had a sit-down interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the works, and there was near-immediate speculation about exactly what they’d reveal.

What no one saw coming was that the much-awaited interview would be preceded by a much more light-hearted appearance from Prince Harry on The Late, Late Show with James Corden.

One that featured an open-top bus tour of LA, a quick pitstop to the mansion from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, an impromptu FaceTime call with Meghan and yes, even some rapping.

We were not ready, and frankly we’re still not ready.

2021 – Oprah With Meghan And Harry

 

And here we are. Oprah Winfrey has promised an interview with Harry and Meghan where “nothing [is] off limits”, which will air in the US on Sunday, before it’s shown on ITV on Monday 8 March at 9pm.

Of course, we haven’t seen it yet, but an early press release announced the Sussexes would be discussing marriage, life under public pressure and their “future hopes and dreams”, among other things.

Subsequent clips have also teased Harry sharing his fears of “history repeating itself” before he decided to move with his family to Los Angeles, as well as claims from Meghan of the palace “perpetuating falsehoods about us”.

The 90-minute interview is one we’re sure to be talking about for a long time to come.

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South Korean tech giant is an undisputed market leader in foldable phones. It has a decent portfolio that is keeping the concept of foldable phones alive and kicking. These smartphones have come of age since being a niche product a year back when the Galaxy Fold – the first foldable phone from Samsung made debut. And now 2021 seems to … Continue reading
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Pine Labs, a startup that offers merchants payments terminals, invoicing tools and working capital, said on Monday it has completed the first close of a $285 million funding as the nearly two-decade-old firm looks to expand its business. Baron Capital Group, Duro Capital, Marshall Wace, Moore Strategic Ventures and Ward Ferry Management financed the new funding […]
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A team of scientists from the University of Bristol has described in detail the cloacal or vent of a dinosaur. The cloaca is an all-purpose opening dinosaurs used for defecation, urination, and breeding. Researchers on the project note that most mammals have different openings for these functions, but most vertebrate animals possess a cloaca. Scientists on the project say that … Continue reading
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While I liked the AirTags overall, they’re flawed. Despite this truth (and I’m sorry to tell you, but it is a truth), this is also a one-dimensional way of looking at Apple’s location trackers. Why? Because the product and the Find My service are ushering in a whole new Apple era. To understand why this is the case, we need to understand a few things. Specifically, why and how Apple has gone about releasing the AirTags. Before that though, if you’re uncertain about the hardware or how it works, I’d advise you to watch our video on them: Now we’ve got…

This story continues at The Next Web

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Bond, first embodied by Sean Connery, set the standard for secret agents on screen. Across Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig and others, the franchise stands the test of time.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey looks set to be totally revelatory based on clips we’ve seen so far – but it’s not the first time members of the royal family have lifted the lid on the goings on at Buckingham Palace.

Throughout the decades, senior royals like the Prince Of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh and even the Queen herself have gone in front of the camera and shown a more human side of the royal family.

And of course, there’ve been a fair few infamous interview moments too, not least Prince Andrew’s unbelievable sit-down with Emily Maitlis back in 2019.

Here’s our timeline spanning 60 years of the royals’ most memorable interview moments, starting with the very first one...

1961 – Prince Philip on Panorama

The Duke Of Edinburgh’s appearance on Panorama in the early 1960s was groundbreaking not because it was especially controversial, but because it marked the first time a member of the royal family had agreed to do a sit-down television interview.

Prince Philip spoke with broadcaster Richard Dimbleby about the Commonwealth Technical Training Week, an initiative of which he was a patron. 

1969 – Royal Family

It was the idea of press secretary William Heseltine to give a filmmaker unprecedented access to record the royals going about their business, in a bid to make them appear more relevant at the end of the 1960s, a decade in which many had begun to consider them out of touch.

The end result was Royal Family, which charted a year in Queen Elizabeth’s life with her family. As well as the usual regal affairs you might expect, the doc showed off a more human side to the Windsors, including scenes showing Prince Philip grilling sausages at a family barbecue and the Queen treating her youngest son to an ice cream.

Whether the Royal Family succeeded in its mission is still up for debate. BBC Two’s then-controller David Attenborough (yes, that one) felt removing “mystique” around the royals was a potentially dangerous idea, while some critics praised the 90-minute special for showing us more of the royals’ personalities.

It seems the Queen herself was not a fan, though, as she reportedly had the documentary banned, and it’s not been shown on television since 1977 (although it did briefly leak online in 2021, before being taken down due to a copyright complaint). 

1994 – Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role

 

Two years before his divorce from Princess Diana was finalised, Prince Charles appeared in the authorised ITV documentary Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role.

This 90-minute special was made up of several interviews between the Prince of Wales and Jonathan Dimbleby (notably the son of the reporter who interviewed Charles’ own father on Panorama more than 30 years earlier), marking 25 years since his investiture.

Dimbleby said at the time that he had no intention of “painting a glossy portrait” of Charles, and this was infamously the first time the prince admitted to infidelity with Camilla Parker-Bowles during his marriage to Diana.

When asked whether he’d been faithful throughout his marriage, Charles responded: “Yes ... Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”

Many felt the interview was Charles’ attempt at winning back public favour after many had been won over by Diana in the years prior, but if that was his intention, it backfired somewhat.

A poll by The Sun the day after the documentary aired discovered two-thirds of respondents felt he was “unfit to be King”, following his admission.

In the biography The Firm, The Troubled Life Of The House Of Windsor, royal writer Penny Junor claimed Charles’ family were “flabbergasted” by his public admission, with Prince Philip in particular “incensed”. 

1995 – Princess Diana on Panorama

 

A year later, Princess Diana was able to have her say about her marriage on Panorama, and made headlines the world over. The interview with Martin Bashir took place in Diana’s sitting room in Kensington Palace, with sound and recording equipment having to be sneaked in so as not to arouse suspicion.

The hour-long special was noted for being the first time Diana spoke publicly about her husband’s infidelity (including the oft-quoted line “there were three of us in the marriage”), but it was revelatory for a number of other reasons, too.

Diana’s Panorma interview saw her speaking about her own extramarital affairs, including with James Hewitt, as well as her experiences of self-harm, post natal depression and bulimia.

She also addressed her feelings about the British press, describing them as “abusive” and their treatment of her as “harassment”.

John Birt, who was director general of the BBC at the time of this interview, later noted it “marked the end of the BBC’s institutional reverence – though not its respect – for the monarchy”.

In March this year, Scotland Yard confirmed they would not be conducting a criminal inquiry into Martin Bashir over allegations he tricked Diana into her landmark Panorama interview.

2011 – Sarah Ferguson on 60 Minutes Australia

 

In 2010, Sarah Ferguson was secretly recorded by the News Of The World’s Mazher Mahmood (dubbed the “fake sheikh”), offering access to Prince Andrew for half a million pounds.

“Look after me and he’ll look after you,” she was heard saying. “You’ll get it back tenfold. I can open any door you want.”

The Duchess Of York later admitted she was “devastated by the situation”, saying in a statement: “I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused. It is true that my financial situation is under stress however, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this has happened.

“I can confirm that The Duke of York was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred. I am sincerely sorry for my actions.”

A year later, she was asked about the matter during an interview on Australia’s 60 Minutes, and ended up walking off the set.

“Don’t try and trick me now because I’m not going to play this game,” she said, before urging producers to “delete that bit”, feeling the interview was going in a “too tabloid-y” direction.

Eventually, after the interviewer persisted with his questions, the Duchess walked off the set completely, claiming she needed to “take five minutes”.

2017 – Heads Together

 

For much of his adult life, one of Prince William’s key causes has been working towards destigmatising mental health conditions.

In 2017, he teamed up with none other than Lady Gaga for the Heads Together campaign for a four-minute online video in which they spoke over FaceTime about the need to discuss mental health openly.

William complimented Gaga after she penned an open letter discussing her own experiences of PTSD, telling her: “It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo… It’s time that everyone speaks up and feels very normal about mental health. It’s the same as physical health.

“Everybody has mental health, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.” 

2017 – Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy 

 

In honour of the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, Princes William and Harry commissioned two authorised documentaries for ITV about her.

The first of these was Diana, Our Mother, in which both princes gave their first ever interviews about what the Princess Of Wales was like as a parent.

“Arguably [it was] probably a little bit too raw up until this point,” Prince Harry admitted. “It’s still raw.”

The two princes both spoke fondly of their late mother, with Harry describing her as “a total kid through and through” and William recalling an incident in which she arranged for supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford to surprise him after school one day.

“One of her mottos to me was ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught’,” Harry fondly remembered.

The other documentary was Diana, 7 Days, which focussed more on her death and the immediate effect it had on those around her, particularly her grieving sons, who were both children at the time. 

2018 – The Queen’s Green Planet

Queen Elizabeth II and David Attenborough

 

Though not a traditional interview, the Queen teamed up with broadcaster and fellow nonagenarian Sir David Attenborough in 2018 for an ITV special discussing the environment and climate change. Among other things.

One thing The Queen’s Green Planet was noted for was that the monarch showed off her sense of humour, commenting of a nearby helicopter: “Why do they always go round and round when you want to talk? [That] sounds like President Trump.”

The Queen also spoke of her hopes to plant more trees in a bid to affect climate change, stating: “If all countries continue to plant, it might change the climate again.” 

2019 – Harry and Meghan: An African Journey

 

A year after they were married, Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle made a trip to Africa, so they could look at how a charity initiative started by the Duke of Sussex 15 years earlier had progressed.

Of course, the documentary ended up revealing a lot more, most notably how the Duchess Of Sussex was adjusting to life in the spotlight, and the difficulties she was facing as a result of press intrusion.

The moment that most captured people’s attention was when journalist Tom Bradby asked about the “pressure” she was under, and its “impact on your mental and physical health”.

“I would say … any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” she explained. “And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.

“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um... yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

“Would it be fair to say ‘Not really OK’?” Bradby then asked. “It’s really been a struggle?”

Meghan responded simply: “Yes.”

In a piece she wrote for the New York Times in 2021, Meghan spoke about how much this exchange had meant to her, recalling: “My off-the-cuff reply seemed to give people permission to speak their truth. But it wasn’t responding honestly that helped me most, it was the question itself.”

2019 – Prince Andrew on Newsnight

 

At the time, it would have been fair to assume that Harry and Meghan: An African Journey would be the royal family’s most revelatory moment of 2019.

But in November 2019, Prince Andrew sat down with Emily Maitlis at Buckingham Palace for what turned out to be a disastrous interview about allegations of sexual abuse that had been made against him, as well as his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

During the interview, the Duke of York “categorically” denied accusations from one woman who claimed she was forced to have sex with him on three occasions, including when she was 17 years old.

“It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” he said.

Prince Andrew dismissed her claims that he had been “profusely sweating” when they danced together at a nightclub, insisting that he had a medical condition that meant he was unable to sweat at that time as a result of “an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War”.

He also said that he was at a Pizza Express in Woking with one of his daughters on the day of one of the alleged incidents.

“Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do,” he insisted. “I remember it weirdly distinctly.”

Following the much-publicised interview, Prince Andrew suspended his public duties “for the foreseeable future”. In May 2020, he permanently resigned from public duties to his connections with Epstein, who died in August 2019.

2021 – Prince Harry on The Late, Late Show

 

Oprah Winfrey announced in February 2021 that she had a sit-down interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the works, and there was near-immediate speculation about exactly what they’d reveal.

What no one saw coming was that the much-awaited interview would be preceded by a much more light-hearted appearance from Prince Harry on The Late, Late Show with James Corden.

One that featured an open-top bus tour of LA, a quick pitstop to the mansion from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, an impromptu FaceTime call with Meghan and yes, even some rapping.

We were not ready, and frankly we’re still not ready.

2021 – Oprah With Meghan And Harry

 

And here we are. Oprah Winfrey has promised an interview with Harry and Meghan where “nothing [is] off limits”, which will air in the US on Sunday, before it’s shown on ITV on Monday 8 March at 9pm.

Of course, we haven’t seen it yet, but an early press release announced the Sussexes would be discussing marriage, life under public pressure and their “future hopes and dreams”, among other things.

Subsequent clips have also teased Harry sharing his fears of “history repeating itself” before he decided to move with his family to Los Angeles, as well as claims from Meghan of the palace “perpetuating falsehoods about us”.

The 90-minute interview is one we’re sure to be talking about for a long time to come.

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Morning routines can help boost our moods during the work day.

How we start the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. But for too many of us, it can be a stressful experience filled with miserable commutes and hectic schedules.

To feel happier during the work day, consider your morning routine ― and what happiness at work actually is. It does not necessarily mean forcing joy, but it can mean finding a moment of inner calm or time for yourself amid deadlines. Adjoa Osei, a licensed clinical psychologist and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, said happiness can mean many different things to different professionals. And if you’re stumped on what it should be for you, ask yourself, “What do you want your day to look like?” she said. “When you are thinking about work and you allow yourself to daydream, what does that look like? Who are you interacting with? How does your day start?”

The goal is to make mornings a time that you look forward to each day and not dread. Here are different ideas to try out: 

1. Drink a glass of water first thing after you wake up. 

Hydration is a practical tip for helping your body feel good throughout the day. Osei said she noticed that not drinking water in the morning would negatively impact her body later.

“I would often wake up, I’m rushing, I’m walking my dog ... then I’m dehydrated and have a headache for the rest of the day,” she said. That’s why she made a point to drink water in the mornings and recommends it to clients.  

It’s an example of a simple but significant change you can do to shift your day for the better. ”It’s OK to think small, like, ‘What are the small things that I can do that have a significant impact?’” Osei said. 

2. Reclaim your time and choose an activity that you like to do before you work. 

Melody Wilding, an executive coach and author of “Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work,” recommends starting the day with an activity that’s meaningful and centres you, like yoga, meditation, journaling or taking a class.

“You feel more in control when you start your day with something of your choosing, before diving into work demands,” she said. 

Keep in mind that what’s a nourishing activity for others may not work for you. “For some people, sitting still, turning off any sounds or lights, that might be comfortable,” Osei said. “For other people, that might be absolutely terrifying and maybe your meditation is a moving one. Maybe you’re someone who needs to move and that is something that is relaxing or soothing for you. Maybe for some people, it might be tea.”

Work doesn’t have to be the thing that contributes to your happiness. You bring your happiness to work.Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite, licensed psychologist and executive coach

3. Put the stress of setbacks like traffic delays in perspective. 

Some mornings are less than ideal. There can be delayed trains or traffic with no end in sight, and there could be a meeting you are going to be late for. When you start to feel overwhelmed by the setbacks life inevitably throws your way in the morning, take a moment to breathe. Wilding said that one to two minutes of controlled breathing can reset your nervous system and help you regain some feeling of calm and composure. 

Wilding also suggested a strategy she recommends to her clients called “the backpack.”

“Put the stressful situation into an imaginary backpack that you shrug off. You can make this more concrete by drawing a rectangle on paper and scribbling down your frustrations,” she said. “Tear up the paper and throw it away, symbolically moving on with your day.”

4. Create boundaries between you and the morning habits that drain you.  

Notice what is contributing to your stress in the mornings. Osei noted that for a lot of us, it can be checking work emails and phone-scrolling first thing in the morning. 

“If grabbing your phone or if turning on the news are things that start your day in a way that you would not like, how do we create some time to separate that? If you do want to watch the news in the morning, it doesn’t have to be the first thing that you turn on,” she said.

If you know checking your phone is stressful in the mornings, try putting it in a drawer across the room in which you wake up, she suggested. That way there are one or two activities between you and the habit you dislike. The goal is to create a buffer between energy-draining activities and those that energise and sustain you for the long day ahead.

5. Check in with your body if you are waking up tense. 

If you wake up wound up, take a moment to take care of your body and help it relax.

“Do you feel tension in your shoulders? Are you clenching your jaw? Does your body feel tight? When you know the signs of stress and tension in your body, you can practice and train yourself to be aware of that and create a new experience for yourself,” said Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite, a licensed psychologist and executive coach.

She suggested progressive muscle relaxation, a practice of tensing and releasing your muscle groups, and taking a short stroll outside as two ways to address this physical tension.

6. Recognise that happiness won’t necessarily come from your work itself. 

It’s also helpful to consider where you think you should be getting your happiness from. You may be looking for it in the wrong places.

“Work doesn’t have to be the thing that contributes to your happiness. You bring your happiness to work,” Horsham-Brathwaite said. “It is a mindset shift that is required to expand your definition of happiness so it isn’t so contingent upon the conditions of your workplace.”

Teaching yourself to feel good can help you not depend on outside forces like a job to help you feel happy. And that’s an important lesson that will help you at work and outside of it. 

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Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a major political party to call for decriminalizing marijuana — but in 2020, the Democrats did just that. Approved in August, the platform called for decriminalizing and rescheduling marijuana through executive action, with support for legalizing medical marijuana and expunging past criminal convictions for cannabis-related offenses all on the table.

“Democrats believe no one should be in prison solely because they use drugs,” the platform states. “Democrats will decriminalize marijuana use and reschedule it through executive action on the federal level.”

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A team of scientists from the University of Bristol has described in detail the cloacal or vent of a dinosaur. The cloaca is an all-purpose opening dinosaurs used for defecation, urination, and breeding. Researchers on the project note that most mammals have different openings for these functions, but most vertebrate animals possess a cloaca. Scientists on the project say that … Continue reading
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