7 Magical Gifts for the Harry Potter Lover in Your Life

The holidays are a magical time of year, so it should come as no surprise that this season is the perfect opportunity to let your favorite Potterhead know you’re thinking about them. Luckily, over two decades of Harry Potter fandom has made finding a fantastical gift for the wizard in your life a cinch. From sweet lemon drops that would delight the taste buds of Dumbledore to a Golden Snitch of a clock that will have you flying out of bed in the mornings, here are seven magical gifts for the Harry Potter super fan in your life.

Lemon sherberts, $ 15.95 at Williams-Sonoma: Dumbledore loved muggle candy lemon drops (or lemon sherberts, as they’re called in U.K. versions of the book) so much that he used the name as a password for his office.

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Dumbledore chocolate wand, $ 24.95 at Williams Sonoma: If you’re looking for an equally magical sweet treat, consider this milk and semi-sweet chocolate wand modeled after Dumbledore’s.

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Golden Snitch clock, $ 49 at PB Teen: This Golden Snitch will ensure that you’ll be flying out of bed and into your day exactly on time.

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Gun metal wizard wand makeup brushes, $ 55 at Storybook Cosmetics: This magical set of five eyeshadow brushes are cruelty-free and perfect for making spell-binding beauty looks.

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Parchment paper reveal morphing mug, $ 19.99 at Amazon: This morphing mug reveals a secret message a la the Marauder’s Map when you pour hot liquids into it.

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Harry Potter hardcover boxed set #1-7, $ 129.99 at Scholastic: Relive the magic from the beginning with a beautiful set of the Harry Potter books that are housed in a trunk of a box with handles and a lock.

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Animal spirit box set with tarot deck, $ 40 at The Wild Unknown: Practicing divination a la Professor Trelawney is more than compelling with this beautifully designed, animal-themed tarot deck and handy guidebook.

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The former football manager was voted the new King of The Jungle during Sunday night’s (09.12.18) show, with ‘Inbetweeners’ star Emily Atack taking second place.
Speaking after finding out he had won, Harry said: “I’m amazed. I’m amazed I survived three weeks to be honest with you. When I first came in, I looked and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m in trouble here.’ I looked at the group and I thought, they don’t really know or are interested in anything I’m interested in. No sport and it was only Nick really who knew a little bit about football. I thought it’s going to be a hard couple of weeks but they just dragged me through it, every one of them. They’re the most lovely people I’ve ever met, the whole group. There wasn’t one person I could ever say one single bad word about. They were amazing. Without them, I would never have survived. They really have helped me. They pulled me up hills, they’ve dragged me through the water. They’ve been pushing me; ‘C’mon Harry get up, you can do it.’”
And Emily – who crowned herself as Jungle Princess – was thrilled to have got so far.
She told hosts Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby: “I can’t believe this is happening. I feel like – can I be the Jungle Princess? He’s such a worthy winner and to be alongside him in this final, I’m honoured Mr. Redknapp.”
And Dec had a special thank you for Holly, who stepped in to present the show after Dec’s presenting partner Ant McPartlin would be missing out this year to focus on his recovery.
He told her: “Holly, you’ve been amazing. Thank you so much for everything.”

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You’re probably not all that surprised to learn that these are the most popular royals. The top spots go to Prince Harry, the Queen herself, and Prince William – but don’t worry, Prince George got a place in the top ten, too (and well deserved, we might add).

So in light of the fact that Harry and William are fan faves, you’ll probably be interested to know that they are besties behind the scenes, too – despite what many of the headlines have suggested over the past few weeks.

The brothers are closer than ever, and they even keep in touch via a group chat. No, really. They’ve got a thread going on.

And as if we needed any more proof that the royals are just like us really, it turns out that the fab four use a family chat to keep up with each other. Apparently, William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan are ‘all on a family text chain,’ according to a source close to the royal family who spoke to Us Weekly.

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What do you reckon they talk about? Do they communicate through memes and gifs and emojis? Do they share their thoughts on the latest episode of EastEnders? We need to know.

While it’s all very lovely and we can only imagine what royal lols go on in their private messages, we have one question – why isn’t the Queen invited to get in on the action? She’d be an absolute joker, we imagine. Have you read about her Christmas present rules?

The source also touched on recent reports that there is friction between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, quashing the rumours once and for all.

‘Kate is lovely. She’s British, she’s reserved. You have to break through that armour,’ they told the publication.

‘Kate doesn’t warm up to people too quickly. It takes some time for her to become comfortable and trusting for anyone in the outside world.’

So there you have it.

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Daniel Radcliffe explained why he’ll probably never see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Daniel Radcliffe explained why he’ll probably never see <em>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</em>

In a November 21st appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Daniel Radcliffe—aka the OG Boy Who Lived—was asked if he’s ever planning on seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—the play that centers on Harry Potter’s son. And it turns out Radcliffe likely won’t be sitting in the audience any time soon. The actor explained that it’s not that he doesn’t necessarily want to see it; rather, he thinks the whole experience will direct lot of pressure and scrutiny his way.

“I’ve been asked this a lot, and I feel like I always give a really boring, terrible answer,” he told Meyers. “I’m probably not going to see it. I don’t have plans to. Not because I think it would throw me into some existential crisis of like, ‘Oh, is that what happened?’ But more so I just feel like it would not be a relaxing evening in the theater.”

He continued, “I feel like I would be being watched for my reaction. And maybe that is complete conceited and egotistical and people wouldn’t care. But I do feel like if I was just surrounded by Harry Potter fans, it would be a little odd.”

Okay, he’s definitely not wrong. We have a feeling literally every single Harry Potter fan on the planet and their mom would want to know what Radcliffe thought of the stage show, and that definitely does sound stressful. So basically, we get it, dude.

Radcliffe is currently starring in the Broadway comedy The Lifespan of Facts, and you can get tickets now.

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All the Harry Potter Easter Eggs We Spotted in ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

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Lovers of franchises know that they’re always packed with Easter Eggs, references and callbacks for eagle-eyed fans to hunt out. And Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts is no different. We took our magnifying glass to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, and rounded up all the Easter Eggs we spotted, while also getting the cast to weigh in. You can watch them discuss their favourites in the video above.

Thestrals

You might have recognised the creatures at the start of the film pulling the carriage meant to transfer Grindelwald from his cell at the American Ministry of Magic. They’re Thestrals. We first encounter Thestrals in The Goblet of Fire when Harry Potter first sees them after witnessing Cedric Diggory’s death. Luna Lovegood explains to Harry that only people who have been touched by death are able to see them – the skeletal bat-like horses remain invisible to those who have never been affected by death, hence Ron being unable to see them at that moment. The Thestrals Harry sees – and later rides on – are Hogwarts’ own herd, which Hagrid believes are the only trained large group of Thestrals in Britain.

The Elder Wand


Abus Dumbledore with the Elder Wand.

Wand aficionados will recognise Grindelwald’s magical instrument as the Elder Wand that makes up one of the three Deathly Hallows, so critical to the final two Harry Potter films. The wand was coveted by Voldemort not only because it was meant to be the most powerful wand in existence, but also because possessing it alongside the other two Deathly Hallows (the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility) gave the bearer power over death, according to the Tale of the Three Brothers. Interestingly, the Elder Wand’s core is made up of thestral tail-hair. Grindelwald came to be in possession of it after stealing it from its previous owner, wandmaker Mykew Gregorovitch. At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry ends up snapping it in two and throwing it over the Hogwarts viaduct. And that was the end of that.

Interestingly, the symbol for the Deathly Hallows is integral to The Crimes of Grindelwald — and in the film’s logo, the different elements of the symbol are reflected, with the ‘I’ of Grindelwald forming the Elder Wand, and the ‘G’ and ‘A’ of his name taking the shape of the symbols of the other two.

Nagini


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Nagini with Credence.

We knew of Nagini’s appearance in the film way before The Crimes of Grindelwald hit screens. But we’re looking forward to seeing how her story unfolds as the film series continues. Nagini was Voldemort’s snake, and also a Horcrux containing a piece of the Dark Lord’s soul. Here, we see her in human form, played by Claudia Kim, and watch her transform into a snake at will. She’ll later become trapped inside her snake body.

Kappa at the Circus Arcanus

One of the animals on show at the circus is a Kappa. Professor Lupin taught the kids at Hogwarts about Kappas in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

A Familiar Institution

Every Potterhead’s favourite school of witchcraft and wizardry, Hogwarts makes a welcome appearance in Fantastic Beasts 2. Both in the 1927 present and also via flashback whisking us back to Newt Scamander and Leta Lestrange’s schooldays, where he was an awkward loner and she was a bullied outcast.

Hedwig’s Theme

As we head to Hogwarts for the first time, we hear the unmistakeable strains of John Williams’ “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter films.

Dumbledore Teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts

It’s a cursed role, and teachers of this subject come and go with alarming regularity. Dumbledore always maintained that he taught Transfiguration but here he’s teaching DADA to Newt, Leta and their fellow students.

Boggart Scene

In the class we see Albus taking at Hogwarts, he’s teaching the Riddikulus charm to prepare students for dealing with boggarts, which take the shape of their opponent’s biggest fear. The class, meanwhile, takes almost exactly the same shape as the one Professor Lupin teaches in The Prisoner of Azkaban. The cabinet is the same, the pupils are all lined up similarly, and Leta’s turn mirrors Harry’s in that something genuinely unsettling and pivotal to the story emerges as she faces the boggart. Not only that, but Harry’s boggart takes the form of a dementor, which looks ethereal like a billowing dark shroud, while Leta’s is a similarly eerie floaty white sheet. It’s not until later in the film that we uncover what the image means, although it’s also redolent of the Cloak of Invisibility, one of the three Deathly Hallows.

McLaggen


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Cormac McLaggan.

You may remember Cormac McLaggan as a contemporary of Harry Potter’s – Quidditch player and one-time courter of Hermione. As Aurors turn up at Hogwarts, Dumbledore is overseeing a dueling club session (remember Gilderoy Lockhart doing the same in The Chamber of Secrets?). Albus refers to one of the students by name – McLaggan – who is probably a relative of Cormac’s. The McLaggans are thought to be an influential wizarding family.

Professor McGonagall

A Professor McGonagall walks the halls of 1927 Hogwarts. It’s a stretch to think it’s Maggie Smith’s Minerva McGonagall because the dates don’t add up, but she could well be a relative.

Whomping Willow

Famous from the Harry Potter films, the Whomping Willow plays a special role in The Crimes of Grindelwald as the location of an adorable flashback moment between Newt and Leta as Hogwarts pupils. It’s when Newt introduces Leta to his Bowtruckle, and it serves to illustrate their intimacy.

Newt + Leta = Severus + Lily

This sweet flashback sequence showing their connection mirrors Snape’s memory of himself with Harry Potter’s mother, Lily, as schoolchildren by the tree, seen in The Deathly Hallows Part 2. The setting looks the same, and Lily is, like Leta, bullied – here by her muggle sister who labels her a freak. Severus, like Newt, is a misfit and like Snape and Lily, Newt and Leta find comfort in their friendship.

The Names on the Hogwarts Desk


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We all did it.

When Leta Lestrange returns to Hogwarts, she opens up one of the old wooden desks in the classroom – which is presumably the desk at which she used to sit as a pupil. Scratched on the underside of the lid are the initials ‘L+N’ which she likely engraved during the throes of her young love affair with Newt. But look closely, and you’ll see some other names. One of which is ‘Nigellus’ which may or may not be a reference to Phineas Nigellus Black, former Slytherin headmaster at Hogwarts and Sirius Black’s brother. He died in 1925 at the age of 78 and was also a student at Hogwarts prior to becoming head. Did he scratch his own name under that desk? Or, as the least popular headmaster the school has ever known, could it have been a mischievous student having learned his middle name?

Travers Dynasty

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ministry of Magic official Torquil Travers is investigating Albus Dumbledore. It’s possible that he’s a member of the same Travers line that the Death Eater first seen in Order of the Phoenix belongs to. This Travers family is one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight families published in the Pure-Blood Directory in the 1930s. Of which the Rosier family is also one.

Vinda Rosier


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Poppy Colette Corby-Tuech as Vinda Rosier.

Gellert Grindelwald’s right-hand woman is a mysterious devotee by the name of Vinda Rosier. She presumably belongs to the Rosier bloodline referenced in the Harry Potter series, the most prominent of which was arguably Evan Rosier. Evan was one of Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters, first mentioned in The Goblet of Fire. He was ultimately killed by Alastor Moody. Both Rosiers could be related to Druella Black (née Rosier), mother to Bellatrix Lestrange, Narcissa Malfoy and Andromeda Tonks. Which suggests we could well bump into Druella at some point in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

For the Greater Good

Grindelwald says this phrase when demanding the loyalty of his followers, to remind them that their actions are working towards a larger purpose. It was first used in The Deathly Hallows, when Albus Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth is recounting the story of their sister Ariana and Grindelwald’s role in her death. Fans of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, incidentally, will also likely associate it with Hot Fuzz.

Mirror of Erised

We first saw the Mirror of Erised in the first film of the franchise, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Erised is ‘Desire’ spelled backwards, and the mirror, Dumbledore tells a young Potter, “shows the most desperate desire of a person’s heart”. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, when Albus looks into the mirror he sees the blood pact he made years ago with Gellert. We see them cut their hands and touch their bleeding palms together, which creates an ornate vial on a chain. Grindelwald wears this throughout the film until the Niffler swipes it at the end. Dumbledore finally sees Gellert Grindelwald’s present-day form reflected back at him.

Polyjuice Ploy

When Newt needs to slip into the Ministry of Magic unnoticed alongside Tina, he drinks Polyjuice Potion to disguise himself as his brother, head Auror, Theseus. While inside, he’s discovered and the potion wears off. It mirrors a scene in The Deathly Hallows when Harry, Ron and Hermione drink the potion to disguise themselves as officials in order to find Dolores Umbridge and the critical Horcrux locket. Hermione also later uses Polyjuice in The Deathly Hallows Part 2 to adopt the guise of Bellatrix in order to infiltrate her Gringotts vault – again looking for a Horcrux.

Unbreakable Vow

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Newt and Tina suspect that Yusef Kama – the enigmatic half-brother to Leta Lestrange – has scars on his hand that indicate he’s taken an Unbreakable Vow. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Snape, working as a spy, makes an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa Malfoy, overseen by Bellatrix Lestrange, in which he promises to protect Draco in order to allow him to carry out his duty of killing Dumbledore, and take on the task should Draco fail. Snape does end up taking on the task from Draco, but we later find out that it is in collusion with Dumbledore, who is dying from a curse he picked up trying to destroy a Horcrux anyway.

Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher’s Stone


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Nicolas Flamel chats with Jacob.

It’s no secret that the famed Nicolas Flamel appears in The Crimes of Grindelwald, but look closely when he opens his magical cabinet and you’ll see the original Philosopher’s Stone — also known as the Sorcerer’s Stone — from the first Harry Potter movie. The Stone was sought by Voldemort, because it was the key to creating the Elixir of Life which could extend lifespan. And turn any metal into gold, naturally. Interestingly, the heavily made-up Flamel is played by Brontis Jodorowsky, the actor son of highly regarded Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Flamel’s Book

In Flamel’s laboratory, we see him communicating with the head of the American magic community via a photograph in a book. Is it the same book that belonged to Credence Barebone’s original guardian, Irma Dugard, that the film makes a point of showing us? If the woman has been in touch with Flamel, a close friend of Albus Dumbledore, what could that mean for the future of the franchise?

Aurelius Connection

In choosing the name of the secret Dumbledore brother, could J.K. Rowling have been paying a subtle tribute to former Albus Dumbledore actor, Richard Harris? When Grindelwald reveals Credence’s true identity at the end, he calls him Aurelius Dumbledore. Richard Harris famously played Marcus Aurelius in Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning swords-and-sandals epic Gladiator. Harris sadly passed away before he could reprise the role of the Hogwarts headmaster in the third Harry Potter film.

Dittany Dosage

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Newt uses a substance known as Dittany as a healing treatment for one of his magical creatures. Hermione also used Essence of Dittany on Ron’s splinched arm after they escape the occupied Ministry of Magic in The Deathly Hallows. Dittany is a healing herb that causes fresh skin to grow over a wound.

Lovegood Connections


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The ceiling of the French Ministry of Magic.

Look closely at the ornate ceiling inside the French Ministry of Magic. References to magical creatures include ‘Centaur’, ‘Oiseau Tonnerre’, or Thunderbird, and ‘Clabbert’. But you’ll also see ‘Plimpy’ and ‘L’Eruptif’, or Erumpent. When Harry, Ron and Hermione go to the Lovegoods’ home in The Deathly Hallows Part 2, they meet Luna’s father, Xenophilius, who tells them that his daughter is out fishing for Plimpies. He notes that the family has an excellent recipe for freshwater Plimpy soup. Hermione also notices an Erumpent horn hanging on the wall of the Lovegoods’ house.

Nurmengard

At the end of the film, we see Grindelwald holed up in Nurmengard Castle in Austria, where he’s taken both Queenie and Credence. The castle was originally built by Grindelwald as a prison to hold those who oppose him, but it also serves as his base of operations. After he’s defeated in 1945, he winds up being imprisoned at Nurmengard himself — some kind of poetic justice — remaining there until his death in 1998.

Watch the cast discuss their favourite Crimes of Grindelwald Easter Eggs in the video below.

Dumbledore Desperately Needs a Love Story

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Critics everywhere have slammed the latest Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as there’s an absurd amount of confounding plot crammed into the 134-minute film. 

Yet, the film carries a problematic canonical oversight, too: Minerva McGonagall briefly appears as a young-adult wizarding instructor at Hogwarts in 1927. The trouble is, according to Harry Potter lore, she wouldn’t have even been born at that point.

Fantastic Beasts 2 takes place in 1927 and features a 20-something Minerva McGonagall teaching at Hogwarts. BUT according to Pottermore, Professor McGonagall was born on October 4, 1935 making her a -8 year old Professor. Impressive.

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Meghan Markle Cradles Baby Bump as She Meets Members of the Public with Prince Harry in Auckland

The weather finally cleared up for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they greeted fans in Auckland, New Zealand.

After a busy day that included dedicating an area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, participating in “welly wanging” contest with local children and visiting a charity that supports children who have a parent in prison, the royal couple met members of the public.

As they interacted with fans, the royal parents-to-be received several gifts from the crowd including an All Blacks — the country’s football team — onesie, a tui bird soft toy and even a rain boot, or a Wellington as locals call the footwear, stuffed with roses.

Meghan, 37, stepped out in a beige Brandon Maxwell dress with matching Stuart Weitzman pumps and a beige Burberry Bishop trench coat.

The dress clung to her baby bump which she cradled as she walked along with Harry, 34,  by her side. For their meet and greet, the prince wore a navy suit with a white button-down shirt underneath.

The duo made sure to talk to as many royal fans as possible — especially the younger members of the crowd.

Meghan invited a little girl through the crowd control fence and was rewarded with a sweet stuffed toy of a native tui bird.

Harry was particularly enamored with a little baby and reached out and gave the child what appeared to be a little tickle.

“Walkabouts,” as the royal meet and greets are commonly referred to, have provided some of Meghan and Harry’s most candid moments of the royal tour. Shortly after arriving to New Zealand, Meghan comforted a sobbing teenage fan by holding her hands.

One young royal fan who was wearing a shirt that read “Girls Can Do Anything” caught Harry’s eye in Sydney — so much that he just had to call his wife over to meet her.

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“We feel she looks a bit like you,” a person in the crowd is heard telling Meghan in a video posted by Harry Meghan Updates on Instagram.

The Duchess of Sussex replied, “I was literally about to say the same thing!”

Harry then took a fan’s phone to snap a photo of Meghan with her mini-me —  a rare move for the prince, who usually adheres to the royal protocol of no autographs or selfies.


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Earlier in the day, the royal couple bonded with local children from the environmental education group, “Trees of Survival,” and joined the kids for a “welly wanging” contest.

The objective of the game was to throw a Wellington boot — which New Zealanders refer to as “Wellies” — as far as possible. (Wellingtons are equivalent to what Americans call rainboots, Bean Boots, or duck boots.)

The children cheered as Meghan showed off her strength and won the competition, throwing her red-and-white polka-dotted boot approximately a meter away from Harry’s blue boot. For the win, the Duchess was rewarded with a rainboot-shaped trophy.

Adding to the couple’s growing list of baby gifts, Meghan and Harry were also given a small pair of green and white boots for their newest family member.

Later on in the day, the Royals joined New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland for a visit to Pillars, a charity that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring programs.

Meghan and Harry already had a special connection to the charity: as a wedding present to the couple, the government of New Zealand gifted $ 5,000 to Pillars. During Tuesday’s visit, they met some of the children who directly benefited from the funding. 

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The royal couple started their whirlwind 16-day tour Down Under in Sydney, with a number of day trips to other areas of the country, and kicked off the 2018 Invictus Games before spending a few days in Fiji and Tonga.

They returned to Sydney for the end of the Invictus Games before heading to New Zealand to wrap their tour.

Meghan and Harry will wrap up their busy day at a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke away from tour for a mini moon

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set off on their royal tour this month, with the couple currently on the New Zealand leg of their trip, having already visited Australia, Fiji and the kingdom of Tonga.

But with a jam-packed schedule of official events and appearances, it’s hardly surprising that Harry and Meghan haven’t had much downtime – something they surely need, especially following the news of their future baby, expected in Spring 2019.

It has recently emerged however that the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex did actually escape for a mini moon on their tour and we didn’t even notice.

The royal couple reportedly took some time away during their royal tour of Fiji, escaping for a ‘mini moon’ at the Vatuvara Private Islands Resort on Kaibu Island, before returning to royal duties in Tonga.

Meghan has opened about her pregnancy during the tour, explaining how it has made her feel jet lagged, so here’s hoping she managed to catch up on some sleep!

Luckily, it looks like the mini moon did the trick, with the royal couple seeming relaxed and restored when they arrived in Tonga.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently in New Zealand – and people are talking about them more than ever, especially after Harry let his nickname for his future baby slip!

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Here’s hoping they get to have another mini moon soon!

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Here’s why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are postponing their USA tour

And it all makes sense.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently undertaking their first official long royal tour, journeying through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga together.

To say that they have been a hit would be a huge understatement, with the royal newlyweds making viral news every day, from their sweet comments about their future arrival to their warm greetings with members of the public.

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From Meghan staying up late to bake banana bread for their host family to Prince Harry having his beard stroked by a very young fan, these two might have accomplished one of the most successful (and friendly) royal tours ever.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that there is a high demand for the royal couple to visit other countries too, with many questioning when a tour around the United States would take place.

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Well, according to TMZ, a royal tour of the USA was supposed to take place in Spring 2019. It has now however been postponed.

But why the push back? Well, for their baby!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to welcome their newborn in Spring 2019, with an exact due date not yet announced.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that the royal couple want to wait a bit before they travel to America.

They’re sure to have their hands full!

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A vision of good sportsmanship! Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan looked fresh-faced and game ready on Saturday, October 27, during day 12 of their first international tour together.

The pair — who kicked off the royal adventure on October 15 just hours prior to the news that Meghan, 37, is pregnant and expecting her first child with Harry, 34 — got into the spirit of the Invictus Games during a wheelchair basketball game in Sydney, Australia.

The former actress wore a belted maroon peplum top by Scanian Theodore, black Outland pants and black Sarah Flint heels for the occasion. Meanwhile, the prince sported a black Invictus Games shirt and gray pants.

The couple presented each member of the winning Team USA with gold medals after the final match, with the Netherlands coming in second place and England finishing third.

While the duke and duchess sat alongside Prime Minster Scott Morrison and Defense Minister Christopher Pyne at the game, David Beckham, an Invictus Games ambassador, was also spotted taking in the match with his 16-year-old son Romeo. The former soccer pro and Victoria Beckham attended the royals’ May 19 nuptials.

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And it’s too much!

Ever since Prince Harry showed off his parenting skills, jokily scolding a little boy for pulling his wife’s hair and then catching two-year-old Emily Henson stealing his popcorn at last year’s Invictus Games, fans have been waiting for the 33-year-old Prince to become a father himself.

And now it seems the time is here.

Yes, after tying the knot in May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced last week that they were expecting a baby, arriving in Spring 2019.

The news broke soon after the royal couple’s arrival in Australia for their royal tour, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly telling the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

Following the official statement by Kensington Palace, the future parents have spoken out about their excitement.

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‘Thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days,’ Prince Harry announced in his speech at the Invictus Games opening ceremony. ‘I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.

Unsurprisingly the comments have set the internet alight with excitement, and it’s not the first comments the couple have made about their future arrival, while on tour.

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While visiting a family in Dubbo, New South Wales, Meghan is said to have opened up about her pregnancy with mother Emily Carroll, who has 13-month-old daughter Ruby.

‘Meghan told me that she’s feeling pretty good so far, which is great, and that she’s running on adrenalin,’ Emily explained. ‘She said they’re doing 76 engagements in 16 days, with maybe one rest in the middle.

Emily continued: ‘She’s made for this royal business, isn’t she? They’re both great with kids.’

‘We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the, er, upcoming baby,’ Prince Harry said during a speech last week. ‘Whether it’s a boy or a girl. So thank you very, very much.’

These two!

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make a Quick Outfit Change to Hit the Beach in Australia

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are keeping the beach clean — and looking stylish while doing it!

The couple, who announced Monday that they are expecting their first child, continued the third day of their royal tour by visiting Albert Park Primary School and also the beach in Melbourne, Australia.

Before their final outings of the day, the pair made quick outfit changes from their earlier looks. They did not, however, choose the most practical beach attire.

Meghan, 37, ditched her navy dress and matching suede heels for a black Club Monaco “Miguelina” dress with her trusty black Rothy’s flats — a shoe she has previously switched into during their tour.

She did, however, kept on her Martin Grant trench coat which has been a fashion staple for her during their royal tour.

Meanwhile, Harry, 34, — who matched his wife at their prior events in a navy suit with a white button-down shirt — switched into a pair of black pants and a gray jacket.

The royal ditched his tie and opted to leave his shirt collar buttoned.

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The couple first met with student Sustainability Leaders and Waste Warriors at Albert Park Primary School and learned how the sustainability programs are integrated into the curriculum, before being greeted by many of the school’s younger students.

At one stop along the school’s pathway, Harry sweetly asked a group of students — who were lined up outside excitedly squealing, waving, and yelling their names — if this is where they went to school. One child ignored the question and instead, simply told the prince that he resembled their uncle.

Keeping with their sustainable theme, the pair rode public transport to their next stop, hopping on one of Melbourne’s iconic trams for a short ride from the school to South Melbourne Beach.

As they left, onlookers waved from the crowd, while some even stood on top of their roofs across the street to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

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Onboard the tram, the royals interacted with more schoolchildren during the quick ride. A few minutes later, they arrived at the beach where they were welcomed by another large set of excited onlookers.

As they made their way onto the sand, the couple was greeted by volunteers from BeachPatrol and local children from the area for a beach cleanup. The organization dedicates itself to keeping Melbourne’s shores free of litter to reduce the negative impact of litter on the marine environment and food chain as well as provide a safe environment for the public to enjoy their local beach.

During the outing, Harry and Meghan were also introduced to four lifeguards from the beach.

But the couple didn’t stay much longer after that and finally headed back towards land.

After their departure, one teen — who introduced himself as 15-year-old Milo Thompson — said he was especially impressed with the royal couple’s demeanor during his interaction with them on the sand.

“I was expecting to introduce myself and be real proper,” he said of meeting Prince Harry. “But he came and introduced himself and was calm and collected, and paying a lot of attention to us… they’re down-to-earth and fun to be around.”

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Earlier in the day, Meghan and Harry met fans in Melbourne, gathered on the grounds of the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens. One lucky young woman even got a giant hug from the prince, causing her to break down in (very happy!) tears.

After greeting fans, Meghan and Harry headed to a reception with local government.

While there, the royal couple was shown several sporting demonstrations, including a student-designed Formula 1 racing project, which gave Meghan a fright during its incredibly loud launch.

“I did not expect that!” she exclaimed of their speedy takeoff while laughing at her own jumpy reaction.

Meanwhile, Harry looked as happy as a child in a toy store, beaming at the cars and laughed at his wife’s startled reaction. “Wasn’t quite expecting that,” he joked to her. Harry even fist-pumped when they were first invited to try the cars.

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While the boys showed off their car project, outside the girls showed off their sporting skills. Meghan met with ambassadors from This Girl Can, which is an organization focused on encouraging women to take up sports.

During the outing, Meghan demonstrated her athleticism, tossing around an AFL football and showing off her best hand-passing skills.

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They were then treated to a cooking demonstration showcasing native Australian food at a social enterprise restaurant which provides guidance and opportunity to young Aboriginal people who are in need of a fresh start in life.

During the demo led by Executive Chef Greg Hampton, Meghan and Harry were able to taste some fresh herbs from the area.

Tomorrow, the couple will head back to Sydney for the weekend, before making a stop at Frasier Island on Monday.


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You’ll never guess what it is…

Less than 48 hours after the announcement that Meghan Markle is pregnant and the couple have already received a gift for their first child.

Kensington Palace announced on Monday that the baby is due in spring 2019 – although people already reckon they’ve worked out Meghan’s due date.

While the royal family found out the news on Friday, it’s thought that Meghan shared her pregnancy with this person a couple of months before.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a jam-packed first day of their royal tour in Sydney, meeting Invictus games representatives as well as visiting a zoo and the Royal Opera House.

At the beginning of the day the pair were presented with a cuddly kangaroo by Australia’s Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, to which Meghan exclaimed, ‘Our first baby gift!’

Later they also received a tiny pair of Ugg boots that we’re sure will come in handy – although Meghan already has a gift for her future daughter, which she’s had for years.

At Taronga Zoo the couple also met a pair of baby koalas that had been named after them in honour of their nuptials, according to The Sun. We’re jealous.

‘We genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl,’ Harry said of the baby news.

Watch this space for more pictures and updates from Meghan and Harry’s tour as we get them.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Are ‘Delighted’ About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby News

Kensington Palace is about to get one more royal resident!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child this spring, and the royal family is sharing in their baby joy.

Harry’s brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are “delighted” for the couple, the palace says.

Harry and Meghan’s royal baby will join several little cousins around the palace. Will and Kate are the proud parents of Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and 6-month-old Prince Louis.

Queen ElizabethPrince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have also expressed their joy over the news. Senior members of the royal family who were in attendance at Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding on Friday were able to congratulate the couple in person.

Congratulations are also starting to roll in from other key figures in the U.K.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement: “My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the happy news they are expecting a baby in the Spring. Wishing them all the best.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who married the couple in St. George’s Chapel in May, also expressed his joy.

“Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their happy news! Prayers for them in the months ahead,” he said.

Harry and Meghan are currently in Sydney, Australia, where they have kicked off the first day of their 16-day tour, which will also see them travel to New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.

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Fiji and Tonga are among the countries listed as “areas with risk of Zika infection,” according to the CDC.

Harry and Meghan’s tour schedule is not changing and they have reportedly taken advice about the Zika virus, which can cause the birth defect microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.


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This month, Harry Potter fever is at an all time high. Not only are we blessed enough to get Harry Potter stamps (they truly are a thing of beauty), but we also get to create our own cocktails with actual magic at this Harry Potter bar (and you get your own interactive wand).

And as if that wasn’t enough, Primark has announced that their Harry Potter baubles are back so that Christmas 2018 really will be that bit more magical.

When you see how cute they are, you’ll completely forget that you never received your Hogwarts acceptance letter.

(Sorry for the reminder.)

This year, we’re being treated to some of the fan faves from 2017 as well as a whole new range of Christmas tree decorations, and we dare you to try not to buy them.

Fancy some of the characters in mini bauble form? You can choose from Harry Potter himself, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Hedwig… and if you can’t choose, fear not. They come in packs of two, and will set you back a mere five pounds.

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If the characters don’t quite tie in with your very sophisticated Christmas decor theme, then maybe you’ll be tempted by the classy snitch and broomstick baubles.

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And if you want something more traditional, there are lots of options – from a Deathly Hallows themed bauble, to a glittery platform 9 and 3/4 number, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Plus, there are house baubles.

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Oh, and did we mention that you can also get HP socks as part of a magical duo pack?

With everything in the range costing five pounds or less, we advise that you start stocking up immediately.

Who doesn’t want a Christmas tree dripping in all things Harry Potter?

Apparate to Primark, please.

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