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Meghan Markle Finally Meets Beyonce At Lion King Premiere

(London) –– British royalty meets Hollywood royalty at the Lion King premiere in London. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at the premiere last night, and mingled with Lion King star Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z.

Beyonce reportedly talked with the Duchess of Sussex about her new baby, Archie. Other celebrities at the premiere included Seth Rogen, Elton John, Taron Egerton and Vin Diesel. The new live-action version of The Lion King hits U.S. theaters this Thursday.

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Iranian Military Tries To Commandeer British Tanker

(AP) – U.S. officials say Iranian military vessels tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. CNN reports the incident happened as the British Heritage tanker was leaving the Persian Gulf Wednesday and crossing into the Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian boats reportedly approached the vessel and ordered it to move into Iranian waters. A British Royal Navy frigate was nearby escorting the tanker and trained its guns on the Iranian vessels then ordered them to back off.

Recently, the British military seized an Iranian tanker that was bound for Syria.

Trump Gets Full Royal Treatment In Great Britain

(London, England) — President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are being honored with a formal state banquet at Buckingham Palace in Great Britain. Today, Queen Elizabeth highlighted the shared heritage and common values between the U.S. and Great Britain.

She also mentioned this week’s 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion that led to the end of World War Two. President Trump called D-Day one of the greatest undertakings in history.

He said the bond between the U.S. and Great Britain was “forever sealed in that great crusade.”

UK PM Front-Runner Vows To Deliver Brexit

(London-AP) — The front-runner to be Britain’s next prime minister says it’s time to “deliver Brexit.” Current Prime Minister Theresa May said this morning that she’ll resign on June 7th, after her repeated failures to deliver a British exit from the European Union.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is the front-runner to replace May, and says it’s time to follow May’s “urgings” and come together to deliver Brexit.

May told reporters outside Ten Downing Street that she tried three times to get a plan to leave the European Union through the House of Commons, and lost every time. She said it’s now clear to her that it’s “in the best interest of the country for a new PM” to lead the effort.

Diver Who Helped Rescue Thai Soccer Team Rescued From Tennessee Cave

(Gainesboro, TN-AP) — A cave diver who helped rescue the Thai soccer team last year is safe tonight after he himself was rescued from a Tennessee cave.

Josh Bratchley of the UK went missing Tuesday from a cave he was exploring with four others. The group of experienced divers dove into the cave in Gainesboro. When they came out, they noticed Bratchley was not among them.

Experienced divers from Arkansas and Florida helped with the highly-technical rescue. After being checked out, officials said he was fine.

Brexit Still Going Nowhere In British Parliament

(London-AP) — Brexit is still going nowhere in the British Parliament. Prime Minister Theresa May’s third Brexit plan was defeated by the House of Commons today. May had offered to resign if lawmakers approved her latest plan to exit from the European Union, or EU. Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on April 12th, without a negotiated path to ensure a smooth exit. The Prime Minister could seek another extension of the deadline. British voters approved an exit from the EU in a special referendum a couple of years ago.

May and lawmakers have struggled mightily to come up with a plan for a smooth departure from the EU. May could also try to schedule another voter referendum on whether Britain should divorce the EU.

A Father’s Love: As Meghan Markle Continues To Strut Around As A Royal, Thomas Markle Fights To Get Her Back In His Life

(London, UK) – A few weeks ago, Meghan Markle’s father Thomas detailed what appeared to be the end of his relationship with his youngest daughter.

The 74-year old, who reportedly took care of  the actress turned Duchess from the time she was 11 until she left for college, spoke candidly about that day in which Prince Harry called him while he was still in the hospital recovering from a ‘widow maker’ heart attack.

According to Thomas, Prince Harry was lecturing him and saying had he did what he was told ‘this’ wouldn’t be happening.  Thomas, understandably so, wasn’t in the mood for the criticism and hung up on Harry.  He says he hasn’t heard from Meghan since.

With the circus that came with her sister and brother, most people were looking for something deeper to give the new member of the British Royal Family a legitimate reason for cutting her father, who she seemed to be extremely close to, off. But there doesn’t seem to be.

The idea that Meghan and Thomas weren’t ever really that close was dispelled when he released notes and cards that he received from Meghan over the past years where she thanks him for making her who she is, for taking such a good care of her and guiding her in her career.  She even notes that she just wants to make him proud. It’s a far cry from this family that Prince Harry believes she never had. Listening to Thomas, it appears that Harry and Meghan believed the tabloid stories about him faking a heart attack to get out of walking her down the isle for her wedding.  Markle has since released medical records proving it was no stunt.

Meghan nor Harry, whom he still hasn’t met, have talked to Thomas since they got married. And even worse…won’t respond to letters, text messages or cards.  He’s been ghosted as Markle put it to Good Morning Britain and he’s not sure why.  “I would appreciate a card or a phone call, or just some sign that she knows I’m here,” he said. “She knows I love her.”

It’s baffling to say the least, but a real person, a genuine person would take the time out to settle the problem with his or her parent. Thomas Markle has never spoken ill of Meghan and when others try he rushes to her defense.  Granted he can’t explain why Meghan is the way that she is now, (in reference to reports of her not getting along with other royals and staff) but he says she’s usually very polite. One thing is for sure, if Prince Harry can have a relationship with his father after he kept Camilla as a mistress throughout his entire marriage to Princess Diana, he can certainly urge Meghan to forgive her father for hanging up on him which seems to be the true point of contention.

And for those who say if he’d stop talking maybe she would reach out, since when is it detrimental to one’s livelihood for his or her father to publicly request some form of communication? It’s not.

Trump Runs Into More Protests In Scotland

(Turnberry, UK) –  Protesters are joining President Trump on the golf course. About a dozen protesters gathered outside Trump’s Scottish golf resort in Turnberry where the President and First lady are spending the weekend. Trump seemed unfazed as demonstrators on the beach booed while he golfed. More protests took place across Scotland Saturday, including one in Edinburgh featuring the Trump Baby balloon that drew nearly ten-thousand people. Meanwhile, Scottish Police say they are investigating how a paraglider was able to fly close to the resort yesterday with a banner that read, “Trump: Well below par.”

Trump arrived in Scotland Friday after meeting Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Theresa May. He’ll head to Finland to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Kids Will Be Kids, Prince George And Savannah Ham It Up During Birthday Celebration For Queen Elizabeth

(London) – A royal military parade is marking the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth. The Queen celebrated her birthday on April 21st. Saturday morning, the Queen was honored with the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

The BBC says large crowds watched about a thousand soldiers march through Whitehall in London. Included in the carriage procession this year was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

But it was the future King of England, Prince George and Savannah Phillips who had all eyes on them. As kids will be, the duo was quite the entertainment with Savannah telling George to be quiet at one point during the national anthem. Cuteness overload for sure.

Among the Queen’s guests was U.S. Secretary of Defense General James Mattis.

Royal Wedding: ‘I Will’..Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Tie The Knot

(Windsor Castle, UK) – The eyes of the world watched on as the long-awaited royal wedding took place today.5b004589215de849469c90cdPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel. The 36-year-old Los Angeles-born actress wore a flowing white Givenchy  gown. Thirty-three-year-old Prince Harry and his best man, his brother Prince William, donned their military uniforms. Markle was walked down the aisle by Harry’s father, Prince Charles, as her own father was unable to attend due to health issues.Royal weddingHer mother, however, was on hand for the big day. Harry could be seen wiping away tears as a special message was read during the ceremony by his late mother’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes.

After the ceremony, the couple rode through the streets of Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage as crowds cheered them on. The couple announced their engagement late last year and their wedding today, the second for Markle, makes her just the second American to marry into the British royal family. They will be living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

3e55888cc5c04ead063b4d51722d6b08--prince-of-orange-stillborn*England’s first Black Queen, Sophie Charlotte born, Princess Sophie Charlotte, was born on this date (May 19th) in 1744.

She was the eighth child of the Prince of Mirow, Germany, Charles Louis Frederick, and his wife, Elisabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

Charlotte was married to King George III from 1761-1818.

Queen Elizabeth, Princes Philip and Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched on as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows.

Harry could be seen wiping away tears as a special message was read by his late mother’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes.  The Reverend Michael Curry of Chicago delivered a powerful sermon as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel.

Markle’s veil featured hand-embroidered flowers from all 53 counties that make up the Commonwealth. She also wore a tiara, reportedly picked from Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry vault.