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Meghan Markle fashion line: The Duchess of Sussex says in British Vogue she is launching clothing capsule collection – for every piece sold, another will be donated to charity

Meghan Markle fashion line: The Duchess of Sussex says in British Vogue she is launching clothing capsule collection – for every piece sold, another will be donated to charity

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is busy as a new mom and with her role as guest editor at British Vogue. Markle used the magazine to announce yet another big endeavor: she’s partnering with clothing brands to create a new clothing line. The collection will not only be available to women who want a piece of Meghan’s style — it will also help women in need.

In the Vogue piece, Markle explains that she partnered with retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw, and her friend, designer Misha Nonoo, to create a capsule line of clothing. For each piece sold in the stores, another will be donated to Smart Works, an organization that provides clothing to women in need.

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Markle partnered with several clothing brands to create a capsule line that will help Smart Works, charity for which she was appointed royal patron.

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In January, Kensington Palace announced that Markle was appointed Royal Patron of Smart Works. The duchess is the royal patron to several charities. This one helps women get appropriate outfits for job interviews. “Once they score their dream job, they come back for a second outfit, to see them through until their first pay cheque,” Markle writes.

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“It’s the enthusiasm of the volunteers, the earnestness of the staff and, most of all, the blushing, bashful and beautiful smile that crosses a client’s face when she sees herself in the mirror, that I have found so profoundly compelling,” Markle explains. “Because in that moment, she feels special and emboldened.”

At Smart Works, the donations from woman to woman are “not a hand-me-down, but rather a hand being held,” Markle writes. 

Smart Works receives the clothing through donations, which means “it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes,” Markle writes. To help women get work-appropriate attire that fits well and matches, Markle and the brands she enlisted will create options for a workwear wardrobe.

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Cover of British Vogue’s September issue, entitled “Forces for Change,” with photographs by Peter Lindbergh, guest edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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The duchess is British Vogue’s first-ever guest editor. She undertook the role while she was pregnant with her son, Archie, who was born in May. She spent several months helping craft the magazine’s September issue —which is considered the most important one of the year in the fashion world.

The issue is entitled “Forces for Change” and it focuses on women who break barriers. The cover features 15 women who are “each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness.” 

Markle decided that the 16th spot on the cover will feature a mirror, so that the reader can be included to “encourage them to use their own platforms to effect change.”

 

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Misguided and patronising, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex need to get real

Misguided and patronising, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex need to get real



The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, in June
Royals in Vogue: Meghan and Harry have taken their world message to the fashion magazine’s September issue

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This article was first published in Your Royal Appointment, our weekly royal newsletter, featuring exclusive content from Camilla Tominey, Hannah Furness and Bethan Holt. You can sign up for it here

I don’t know where to begin with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s extraordinary contributions to Vogue’s prestigious September issue without being accused of unconscious bias.

People often mistake me for a royalist when actually I’m a realist. So in the interests of ‘keeping it real’, may I make the following remarks without being accused of racism (either consciously or unconsciously?) Probably not, as far as the Twittersphere is concerned, but I’m going to make them anyway.

First of all, I wonder…

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سکس هرگز در رابطه با “جین ویرجین” سکس نبود

سکس هرگز در رابطه با “جین ویرجین” سکس نبود

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Ivonne Coll as Alba, Gina Rodriguez as Jane, and Andrea Navedo as Xiomara.

“Crumple the flower, Jane. Now try to make it look new again,” instructs Alba, Jane’s abuela, in the opening minutes of Jane the Virgin’s pilot episode.

“I can’t,” Jane replies.

“That’s right, you can never go back. And that’s what happens when you lose your virginity. You can never go back. Never forget that, Jane,” warns Alba.

It’s young Jane’s first lesson about sex and virginity and one that clearly informs the premise of the series. When viewers first met Jane back in 2014, the 23-year-old had never had sexual intercourse, despite being in a two-year relationship with the lovable, rule-following cop Michael Cordero. Alba made it clear — no sex before marriage, a notion rooted in her religious and cultural beliefs. (Later, we learn her insistence on no premarital sex was in response to the familial humiliation she endured when she had sex outside of wedlock with Jane’s grandfather, and also in response to Jane’s mother, Xiomara, who got pregnant with Jane when she was just a teen.) But as fans of the show now know, a mix-up at the doctor’s office results in Jane being artificially inseminated with the sperm of the dreamy hotel magnate Rafael, which completely upends her life (straight out of a telenovela, right?).

Five seasons later, as the show comes to an end this Wednesday, Jane’s attitude toward sex has changed dramatically, and so have the attitudes of her mother and grandmother. After decades of buildup, Jane meaningfully lost her virginity and went on to have more casual yet equally fulfilling sexual relationships with different men. Xo, who struggled with the shame of getting pregnant as a teen and subsequently being stereotyped as “promiscuous,” reached an understanding with her more traditional mother after butting heads with her her whole life. She also came into her own as a woman outside of her sexuality, defining herself and her relationships in other ways. Alba used to shudder at the mere mention of sex, but now in the final season, she’s even using a vibrator and masturbating for her own pleasure.

Sex was always a way for these women to explore their deepest wants and desires and, in turn, the parts of their lives that shaped these ideas in the first place.

“These are three women with three very different relationships to sex,” Jennie Snyder Urman, Jane the Virgin’s creator, told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview in July. “And I find the idea that all of those opinions and ideas can coexist together really gratifying, because it reinforces that there’s no one way to be.”

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Gina Rodriguez as Jane and Andrea Navedo as Xiomara.

After Jane unexpectedly got pregnant, it caused an identity crisis, according to Snyder Urman. She had followed the rules, done everything her grandmother asked her, never had sex, and still managed to get pregnant before she was married, just like Xiomara. Snyder Urman said this immaculate conception of sorts sparked Jane’s desire to “interrogate what was so important to her” about staying a virgin before she got married.

“She sort of toyed with various iterations of, ‘maybe it’s not that important, maybe I’m just going along with this because that’s what I’ve always thought and that’s what my grandmother’s instilled in me,’” Snyder Urman explained.

“But she came to realize this was important to her and thought about why she had waited this long, and she wanted it to be special with the person that she got married to. It wasn’t just a reaction to not getting pregnant, and she was able to own that.”

After much deliberation, Jane ultimately decided to wait to have sex for the first time until she married Michael. The experience was not the “perfect” moment she had imagined it would be — what with faking an orgasm and accidentally sending a sex tape to her grad school adviser — but it was still a choice she made on her own terms and for her own reasons.

“I wasn’t sure what her emotional journey was going to be until [the writers room] started to really talk about it and talk about how much of Jane’s identity — even though she didn’t want to be a virgin — was tied up with being a virgin,” Snyder Urman told BuzzFeed News at the time.

“From that discussion about her emotional life, we came up with the fact that maybe it wasn’t so great, and that’s so much of what the show is about: the space between reality and fantasy. And Jane’s expectations would be so big, we knew that she was really setting herself up for a letdown.”

Following Michael’s death in Season 3, Jane’s attitude toward sex shifted yet again. The show fast-forwarded years into Jane’s grieving, noting that all the while she hadn’t had any other romantic relationships.

“Her life sort of got blown up a bit,” Snyder Urman said. “Her husband died and life didn’t turn out the way she expected, and she is now somebody who has had sex and is becoming more in touch with who she is as a sexual being in the world, and in that, as she grew, her desires grew.”

In the wake of Michael’s death, Snyder Urman said that Jane “started to examine a lot of things and she was at a different place in her life,” which eventually prompted her to seek a relationship that revolved around sex with no strings attached. And so, in a departure from her usual ways, Jane started her first casual relationship with Fabian, an actor who worked with Rogelio on a telenovela. “She had a kid and she wasn’t going to wait to get married again to have sex because she wasn’t even sure if that was what was going to happen in her future,” Snyder Urman said.

“Your husband dies and you’ve only been with him and you have a 4-year-old. Do you keep moving on and go into another phase of your life? And we chose to have Jane [enter] another phase.”

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Xiomara and Alba.

As Jane’s ideas about sex evolved, so did her mother’s and abuela’s.

In Season 4, Alba takes the steps to finally become a US citizen after living in the US for years and falls in love with her coworker Jorge. Even though she’s into Jorge, she still resolutely refuses to sleep with him outside of marriage. They finally consummate their relationship shortly after getting married (like, right after). Alba even admits that her attitudes toward sex have changed in this season: Initially upset when she learns Jane includes the fact that she had premarital sex in her soon-to-be-published book, Alba comes around thanks to a conversation with Jorge.

“Being undocumented for so long, you get used to living with these walls up,” Jorge explains to Jane. “Keeping things secret and living like that, it changes you and how you relate to the world, it makes you more closed off. So I just reminded her that things are different for us now, which is something we’re still getting used to.”

“Alba came on so strong with some very specific notions about sex, but we started to learn that, for her, there’s a lot of shame built in because she hadn’t waited to have sex as she had told everyone she had,” Snyder Urman said.

“I think that’s a very relatable phase for women as they get older,” the showrunner continued. “But then watching her granddaughter also face things that she didn’t expect and also have a husband that died and seeing her move into different phases and her relation to her body evolving, I think that inspired Alba to look into her choices, how many of them were active choices, and how many of them were default.”

Xiomara’s own sexual journey also changes a lot. She’s first introduced to viewers as someone who is free-thinking when it comes to sex and who has struggled with feeling slut-shamed by her mother, Alba. Her sexuality is such a huge component of her character that when breast cancer diminishes her sex drive, the show’s writers take the time to show how much this devastates Xo and to showcase Rogelio’s understanding. “Her evolution was important to us because we were looking at the deep, layered inner lives of three generations of women,” Snyder Urman said.

“We’ve watched over the course of five years as Jane’s relationship to sex and sexuality evolved, as her mother’s did through her illness and as her grandmother’s did; as they started to look at where they were in their lives and the choices that they made, they started to want other things as well.”

As Jane the Virgin comes to an end, Snyder Urman emphasizes that Jane’s virginity and subsequent ideas about sex and sexuality were “always so essential to the story.”

While Jane’s accidental artificial insemination was always a surreal twist, the show’s depictions of sex were actually quite grounded and realistic — running the gamut from hot to awkward and funny to sad. And other characters, like Petra, for example, explored their queerness. This was all by design, according to Snyder Urman. “You don’t want to just leave somebody believing one thing and it never changes, because we’re evolving people.” ●

 

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Si la vie sexuelle des femmes diminue après la ménopause, c’est aussi lié à la santé du conjoint

Si la vie sexuelle des femmes diminue après la ménopause, c’est aussi lié à la santé du conjoint

Sécheresse vaginale et perte de désir sont-elles vraiment les seules responsables de la baisse de la vie sexuelle chez les femmes ménopausées ? Une étude récente, menée sur 24 000 femmes âgées de 50 à 74 ans en Grande-Bretagne, montre que les changements hormonaux liés à la ménopause ne seraient qu’une des multiples raisons qui expliquent la baisse d’activité sexuelle chez les femmes plus âgées. Cette étude démontre que si les femmes sont traditionnellement pointées du doigt lors d’une baisse de la sexualité au sein du couple, la santé physique et mentale de leur conjoint serait en réalité un des facteurs majeurs de la diminution des rapports.

«Une vraie découverte», a annoncé la professeure Stephanie Faubion, directrice d’une clinique spécialisée dans la santé des femmes, au journal The New York Times. Alors que 75 % des femmes interrogées ont déclaré avoir un partenaire, moins de la moitié (49,2 %) continue d’avoir une vie sexuellement active. Les raisons qu’elles invoquent pour expliquer ce changement dans leur vie intime lèvent le voile sur la douleur et la tristesse qui se cachent parfois derrière les pourcentages.

Des témoignages puissants

Quand 37 % des femmes évoquent le décès de leur conjoint ou un divorce comme étant une des causes principales de l’interruption de leur sexualité, presque un quart (23 %) mentionnent les problèmes physiques de leur conjoint. Les témoignages relevés dans cette étude par le New York Times sont puissants : «Suite à une chirurgie de la prostate et du diabète, mon conjoint n’arrive plus à maintenir une érection qui permet la pénétration.» Une autre femme de 52 ans raconte : «Mon mari est paralysé à la suite d’un AVC. Les relations sexuelles sont très difficiles. Je reste avec lui comme compagne et soignante.»

Parfois avec tristesse et culpabilité, un tiers d’entre elles avouent ne plus ressentir aucun intérêt dans le fait de maintenir une vie sexuelle active. Une perte d’intérêt que partagent 21 % des hommes, toujours selon cette étude. Des professionnels de la santé, interrogés par le journal américain, ont fait part du manque de dialogue entre patients et médecins sur le sujet. Stephanie Faubion estime qu’il est important pour les couples de comprendre que les changements liés au désir sont normaux et qu’ils entrent tout simplement dans un nouveau chapitre de leur histoire.


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Prince Harry talks racism and ‘unconscious bias’ in Meghan’s Vogue

Prince Harry talks racism and ‘unconscious bias’ in Meghan’s Vogue

Prince Harry has revealed he and Meghan only want two children in a bid to help save the planet.

The Duke of Sussex, 34, made the extraordinary revelation in a candid interview with conservationist Dr Jane Goodall as part of his wife’s edition of British Vogue. 

Discussing the ‘terrifying’ effects of climate change, he assured her he and the Duchess, 37, are only planning on having one more child after the birth of their son Archie. 

He said becoming a father has made him see the world differently and the couple only want ‘two maximum’ to help protect the environment.   

By not having a child, the carbon footprint of an individual living in a developed country would be reduced on average by an extra 58.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, based on emission rates in 2017. 

British charity Population Matters, of which Sir David Attenborough is the patron, is one of the leading campaigners on population control and has urged parents to ‘Stop at Two’.  

However, Prince Harry’s stance is in stark contrast to his brother William and wife Kate, who already have three children, with speculation mounting a fourth could be announced soon.

The Queen also has four children, although Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne all have just two.  

The interview appears in the forthcoming September issue of the fashion magazine, guest-edited by Meghan Markle and featuring a cover shoot of female 15 ‘trailblazers’ and ‘changemakers’ for a special ‘Forces for Change’ issue. 

The interview also saw Harry speak frankly about racism in Britain and how ‘unconscious bias’ is often passed down from generation to generation.

He told Dr Goodall, 85, Britons need to understand where their prejudices come from in order to tackle racial discrimination.  

Prince Harry is pictured for his interview with Dr Jane Goodall for British Vogue’s September edition, guest edited by his wife Meghan 

The Duchess of Sussex is pictured at Smartworks’s London Office in preparation for her edition of British Vogue  

When Dr Goodall said there would be conflicts ‘over the last fertile land, the last fresh water’, Harry issued a dire warning about the consequences of mankind’s actions.

He said: ‘What we need to remind everybody is: these are things that are happening now. We are already living in it. We are the frog in the water and it’s already been brought to the boil. Which is terrifying.’

The primatologist agreed with him and said having a baby added to the concern, to which Harry replied: ‘It does make it different.’

He added: ‘I think, weirdly, because of the people that I’ve met and the places that I’ve been fortunate enough to go to, I’ve always had a connection and a love for nature.

‘I view it differently now, without question. But I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children.’

Discussing his change in perspective about the environment, he told her: ‘I view it differently now, without question. 

‘But I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children…’

But when Dr Goodall cut in, saying: ‘Not too many…’ He replied: ‘Two, maximum!’, before the pair went on to talk about the other dangers facing the planet. 

Commenting on ‘unconscious bias’, Meghan’s husband told Dr Goodall: ‘Despite the fact that if you go up to someone and say ‘what you’ve just said, or the way you’ve behaved, is racist’ – they’ll turn around and say, ‘I’m not a racist’.

‘I’m not saying you’re a racist, I’m just saying that your unconscious bias is proving that because of the way that you’ve been brought up, the environment you’ve been brought up in, suggests that you have this point of view – unconscious point of view – where naturally you will look at someone in a different way.’

Harry (pictured with Meghan and baby Archie when he was two days old at Windsor Castle) told Dr Goodall he sees the environment differently after becoming a father. Right, Harry’s brother Prince William already has three children, in contrast with his revelation he and Meghan want ‘two maximum’. The Duke of Cambridge is pictured with wife Kate, baby Louis, Charlotte and George in December last year

Who is Dame Dame Jane Goodall? Conservationist who has devoted life to protecting wild animals 

Dame Dr Jane Goodall is pictured in Los Angeles earlier this month

Conservationist Dame Jane Goodall was born in Hampstead, north London in April 1934.

As a child her father, Mortimer Herbert Morris-Goodall, gave her a stuffed chimpanzee as an alternative to a teddy bear.

Family and friends say this was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with animals, chimpanzees in particular.

At the age of 26 she travelled to what is now Tanazania with little more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars.

She set out to meet the creatures she loved and this began 60 years of ground-breaking work to save them from extinction.

Going on to be a full-time primatologist and anthropologist she is considered one of the world’s leading experts on chimpanzees.

She is best known for a 55-year study on their social and family interactions, which began when she first travelled to the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960.

Seventeen years later she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to support research in the Gombe park.

It now has 19 offices worldwide and also works on community development programmes throughout Africa.

It has a youth programme that began in 1991 and was named the Roots & Shoots project.

Today, at the age of 85, she still devotes her entire life to conservation, travelling 300 days of the year to visit them across the globe.

She is a board member of the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary outside Africa, the Save The Chips In Fort Pierce, Florida.

She has won dozens of awards, written several books and made many films about her work.

She was named a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2004.  

During the discussion, she said: ‘It’s crazy to think we can have unlimited economic development on a planet with finite natural resources.

‘There’s a lot of violence and war and suffering around the world today, but we’re part of the natural world, and if we can’t learn to live in harmony with it, then this is going to get worse.’

The conservationist welcomed Harry to a meeting of her youth empowerment project Roots and Shoots earlier this month at Windsor Castle, where she talked about how they ‘clicked’ when they first met last December, and hoped to work together raising awareness about conservation.

She was also invited to the duke’s Frogmore Cottage home near Windsor Castle in June where she cuddled Archie, who was then five weeks old.

Dr Goodall’s lifelong work with chimpanzees has made her an international figure, and she is credited with making the first recorded observations of chimpanzees using tools and eating meat.

When Harry asked how her study of primates had impacted upon how she felt about people, the discussion turned to the issue of violence and racism.

Dr Goodall said it was ‘obvious’ mankind had ‘inherited aggressive tendencies’, but human brains were able to control anger.

The duke said the same applied to ‘unconscious bias’, where someone’s words or actions could be perceived as racist, but if confronted the person would deny it. 

Dr Goodall agreed saying children of all races play together happily without noticing a difference in the colour of their skin until someone points it out to them.  

Some commentators and royal fans slammed Harry after reading the article slamming his ‘track record’ and asking him to ‘stop lecturing people’. 

Royal writer Phil Dampier wrote: ‘With his track record #PrinceHarry is not the best person to be lecturing the rest of us about racism or ‘unconscious bias!’ Time to put a sock in it and get out and do some down to earth Royal jobs.’ 

Reflecting on racism and ‘hate’, Harry added: ‘You can only be taught to hate. What can we learn from nature? People always say, there is nature, then there is us. But we are part of it – we are nature. 

‘Unless we acknowledge we are part of this cycle, then we’re always going to be fighting against it. Inevitably, because we’re so good at destruction, we’ll end up winning and nature might end up losing.’

And in a stark warning to readers, he added: ‘I always think to myself, whenever there’s another natural disaster, a huge increase in volcano eruptions or earthquakes or flooding, how many clues does nature have to give us before we actually learn, or wake ourselves up to the damage and the destruction that we’re causing?’ 

Harry also claimed ‘nature is a medicine’ but asked Dr Goodall how to inspire change among world leaders. 

His comments come as commentators warned the royals against making political statements in the wake of the guest edit. 

Online a number of people were quick to hit back, one telling the Prince to ‘be quiet’ and another suggesting he was not the best person to lecture about unconscious bias. 

Harry asked Dr Goodall: ‘What can we do to lift up the current and/or emerging leaders within the countries who are dealing with the greatest challenges for wildlife and conservation?’

In another moment of deep reflection, Harry agreed that ‘growing up could be fun if you surround yourself with the right people and the right things.’

He added: ‘I think, again, what I’ve noticed in myself, is that life is about evolving. You are continually changing, and if you don’t think that every day is a learning process, then life is going to be very tricky for you.’ 

The September edition of British Vogue, which was guest edited by Meghan, is available on August 2 

Some commentators and royal fans slammed Harry after reading the article slamming his ‘track record’ and asking him to ‘stop lecturing people’

Others were full of praise for the Royal however, hailing his statement and sharing their approval of the article and interview

‘Population matters’: Sir David Attenborough backing campaign urging people to ‘stop at having two children’

By not having a child, the carbon footprint of an individual living in a developed country would be reduced on average by an extra 58.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, based on emission rates in 2017. 

The impact of having a child is calculated by factoring in not only the extra impact of the child, but also that of their potential future descendants.

British charity Population Matters is one of the leading campaigners on the thorny subject of population control. 

Population Matters, of which Sir David Attenborough is the patron, has urged parents to ‘Stop at Two’.  

Last year, the UK’s population saw its sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years.

Although the Office for National Statistics said that net international migration was the main driver behind the growth, there were also rises in births and fewer deaths. 

With our heavy consumption of fossil fuels such as petrol, coal and gas, Population Matters argue that we currently use nearly three times the renewable resources our land can provide.

Population Matters has thousands of members in Britain and around the world, with high-profile patrons — including Sir David Attenborough, TV naturalist Chris Packham and author Lionel Shriver — spreading the word on the dangers over-procreation presents to the planet.

As the birth of ‘Baby Sussex’ approached, rumours swirled that the Cambridges would have their own baby announcement in the months to come.

But during a St Patrick’s Day walkabout in Northern Ireland, the Duchess replied to shouts of ‘number four’, with: ‘I think William would be a little worried.’  

As guest editor for Vogue’s September issue, Meghan chose 15 women she branded ‘trailblazers’ and ‘forces for change’ in our society.

From British model Adwoa Aboah to New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Duchess chose women who have championed causes from transgender rights to body positivity to feature in the magazine. 

It represents one of the most radical moves in Vogue’s 100-year history, with the magazine saying it considers the new September issue to be its most important edition of the year.

The Duchess, a former actress and avowed feminist, had initially been asked to appear on the cover herself. But Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful said Meghan refused as she thought it would appear too ‘boastful’.  

In a statement, Meghan said: ‘Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light.

‘I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages.’

Meghan’s trailblazers include actress Jane Fonda, transgender Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg.

The 16th image on the cover is a mirror to ‘include the reader and encourage them to use their own platforms to effect change’ – the Duchess’s idea. 

Edward Enniful, the magazine’s editor, added: ‘To have the country’s most influential beacon of change guest edit British Vogue at this time has been an honour, a pleasure and a wonderful surprise.

‘As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege.

‘From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not.

‘In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project.

Prince Charles, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge have all tried their hand at being journalists in recent years to plug causes close to their hearts.

But Meghan faced a furious backlash over her choices, while others claimed she should not be editing magazines under a royal title after keeping the names of Archie’s godparents a secret and snubbing the media from his christening. 

She was also slammed for failing to include the Queen and for ignoring nurses, doctors, lawyers and teachers on the front cover.  

The Duchess has battled negative comments about her race since she was first thrown into the spotlight with news of her engagement to Harry in the autumn of 2017.

She has dodged questions about her racial heritage, while those criticising her have been described as both racist and misogynist. 

Sealed over a steaming cup of mint tea, how the Duchess unleashed her inner mermaid in Vogue 

By Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent for the Daily Mail 

The Duchess of Sussex has given an extraordinary insight into her social activism and political credo by personally penning a guest editor’s letter for Vogue, celebrating ‘the power of the collective’.

Addressing readers of the magazine, she boldly declares she wants to set a different tone in a world ‘where judgment can become clouded and focus skewed towards the superficial’.

Instead, she says, she wants to focus on ‘positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity’ and ethical and sustainable fashion brands. She even promises a beauty section ‘that puts its energy towards internal beauty’ rather than physical aesthetics.

The duchess also offers a caveat for readers, reminding them that the magazine requires pages of adverts that may not chime with her overall ethos but ‘just come with the territory’.

Meghan cites feminist author Anais Nin – famed for writing female erotica – as one of her major inspirations, referencing a quote by one of her characters which says: ‘I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.’

The release of the letter, ahead of the magazine’s publication on Friday, comes after it was revealed that Meghan had chosen 15 female trailblazers to feature on the cover of what will be a special Forces For Change edition of the 100-year-old fashion bible. 

Meghan, the first to guest edit its prestigious September issue, reveals that she sealed the Vogue deal over mint tea with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.

In a video posted to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram (pictured), she appears alongside editor Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful putting the finishing touches to the magazine

And she recalls how, after being offered the chance to appear on its front cover – as Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge have – she sent a text message to Mr Enninful asking whether she could take charge of whole edition, signed with the single letter ‘M’.

Writing with what she suggests is a touch of bashfulness, she says: ‘Over a steaming cup of mint tea, we teased through how one can shine light in a world filled with seemingly daily darkness. Lofty? Of course. Worth it? Without question.

‘So I asked the question. Actually, I typed and deleted the question several times until I built up the courage to ask the question in question. ‘Edward… instead of doing the cover, would you be open to me guest editing your September issue?’ (Mind you, I know how important the September issue is for the fashion industry. 

‘I realise the reach, and I see the opportunity to be a part of fashion’s push for something greater, kinder, more impactful. But I am also a little nervous to be boldly asking the editor-in-chief, whom I’d only just met, to take a chance on me.)

‘And then it appeared, EE’s reply: ‘Yes! I would love for you to be my guest editor’.

‘Sitting on my sofa at home, two dogs [one is a labrador puppy the Sussexes have refused to name or discuss publicly] nestled across me, I quietly celebrated when the words appeared on my screen.’ 

The result is that instead of having a single model on the front page of the most influential edition of any fashion magazine ahead of the autumn catwalk shows, Meghan’s issue features 15 women she admires, including celebrities, politicians and activists known for championing issues such as diversity, body positivity, transgender rights and climate change.

They include mental health campaigner Adowa Aboah, Orange Is The New Black actress Laverne Cox and teenage environmental protester Greta Thunberg.

Meghan says that within a week of their first meeting, she and Mr Enninful were discussing ideas but she was already clear where she wanted to go.

Citing Nin’s influence, she writes: ‘For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.

‘That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity. It is, after all, the September issue of British Vogue.’ Meghan’s ethos is woven through the magazine but she adds: ‘More than anything, this issue is about the power of the collective. 

In identifying our personal strengths, it is anchored in the knowledge that we are even stronger together. You will find that spirit of inclusivity on the cover: diverse portraiture of women of varying age, colour, creed, nationality and life experience, and of unquestionable inspiration. 

‘These are our forces for change. And among all of these strong women on the cover, a mirror – a space for you, the reader, to see yourself. Because you, too, are part of this collective.’

Apparently taking a dig at the advertisers who provide a lucrative source of income for the magazine – perhaps ironic given her championing of designer clothes – she says: ‘There is one caveat: This is a magazine. It’s still a business… there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory.

‘The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.’

Meghan is not the first royal to appear in British Vogue, with sister-in-law Kate appearing on the front cover in June 2016 (pictured)

Meghan ends by saying that the experience of working on the issue while pregnant, and then on maternity leave with son Archie, has been a ‘joy’.

Responding, Mr Enninful says he has had a ‘deep and profound respect’ for the duchess – whom he describes as a ‘brilliant, biracial, American powerhouse’ – since she ‘first began to navigate the waters of the British establishment’.

Describing her as ‘an influential beacon of change’, he adds: ‘And then there is the gently modernising manner in which she has approached her new role at the centre of Britain’s public life. 

From negotiating first-time motherhood within an ancient institution to changing how we frame the conversation around women who face rabid media interest, her positive influence is everywhere.

‘I simply never imagined that, in my lifetime, someone of my colour would – or could – enter the highest echelons of our Royal Family.’

  • The September issue of British Vogue, guest-edited by the Duchess of Sussex, is available on news-stands and digital download on Friday.

Meghan has advocated for women’s rights during her time as a royal. Pictured: A pregnant Meghan used a marker to write messages onto bananas being bagged up for sex workers

Vogue has confirmed Meghan was not paid for her guest editorship.

None of the money raised by the magazine’s advertising or cover price will go to charity, although Vogue’s owner Conde Nast contributes to good causes throughout the year.

For example, last year they supported an event at which clothes worn by celebrities were auctioned for the LGBT youth homelessness charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.

Meghan Markle’s Super Sixteen: Duchess of Sussex has handpicked the women she admires most for the cover of Vogue magazine, and the list includes YOU 

Handpicked for her Vogue cover, they’re the women the Duchess admires most.

But she’s left one box blank to show YOU can be a game-changer, too. 

1: FROM CHILD REFUGEE TO CHANEL SUPERMODEL

Adut Akech, 19. Model. 

As a child refugee, Akech moved from South Sudan to Kenya, where her family was too poor to send her to school. Aged seven, her parents emigrated to Adelaide, Australia. She became a model at 16 and calls Naomi Campbell her ‘second mum’.

CLAIM TO FAME: In 2018, she became only the second black model ever to close the Chanel haute couture show.

WISE WORDS: ‘I promised that I was going to make something out of myself; something really good that would make people proud of me, especially my mother. And that is exactly what I have done.’

ROYAL TIES: At last December’s British Fashion Awards, Meghan presented an award and Akech was nominated for Model of the Year.

Gemma Chan, 36. Actress and campaigner

2: RISING STAR WANTING TO END RACIAL PREJUDICE

Gemma Chan, 36. Actress and campaigner. 

The UK-born Oxford law graduate turned her back on the legal profession for showbiz. She made her breakthrough in the romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians and played Minn-Erva in this year’s superhero film Captain Marvel.

CLAIM TO FAME: Pole dancing with singer Celine Dion after this year’s Met Gala: ‘It was the best half an hour of my life.’

WISE WORDS: ‘You’re going to have moments of s**t, but pick yourself up, have a drink and carry on.’

ROYAL TIES: Dated posh comic Jack Whitehall for six years — he once poked fun at Harry’s ginger hair. She and Meghan share a passion for stamping out racial prejudice in the acting world.

Both made Vogue magazine’s best-dressed list last year, and use make-up artist Daniel Martin, who did Meghan’s wedding look.

3: TEEN WHO HOPES TO SAVE THE WORLD

Greta Thunberg, 16. Swedish climate change activist. 

She visited the UK in April, and addressed MPs at Westminster. Sparked a ‘school strike for the climate’ among students from 112 countries. Only travels by train and in March made the cover of Time magazine.

CLAIM TO FAME: Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this year.

WISE WORDS: ‘Our house is falling apart and our leaders need to start acting accordingly.’

ROYAL TIES: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex used their Instagram account to follow Thunberg this month, as part of their ‘monthly social awareness approach’ to their favourite causes.

Greta Thunberg, 16. Swedish climate change activist

4: DJ WHO’S AT WAR WITH FAT SHAMING

Jameela Jamil, 33.  

The Hampstead-born children’s TV presenter turned actor and activist advocates ‘body positivity’ through her I Weigh campaign.

CLAIM TO FAME: First solo female presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Chart show in 60 years.

WISE WORDS: ‘The next generation is f*****g done being excluded and looking up to a white straight thin version of what we are supposed to be. We’re done with the dinosaurs . . . and I’m here to kill the last of them.’

ROYAL TIES: Jamil’s I Weigh campaign was a cause the Sussexes chose to support on Instagram. Both women fell out with TV’s Piers Morgan, who accused Meghan of abandoning her friendship with him after she met Harry. Jamil described Morgan as ‘England’s biggest s**t stain’.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 31. Nigerian novelist whose 2012 TEDx talk ‘We should all be feminists’ has been viewed more than five million times

5: WRITER FIGHTING GENDER INJUSTICE

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 31. Nigerian novelist whose 2012 TEDx talk ‘We should all be feminists’ has been viewed more than five million times. 

She’s collaborated with Dior on a ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ T-shirt, and in 2016 became the face of Boots No7 make-up. Splits her time between Nigeria and the U.S. and designs clothes with local tailors.

CLAIM TO FAME: Her novel Americanah, about race and identity, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2013.

WISE WORDS: ‘I am angry. Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. We should all be angry.’

ROYAL TIES: Both were invited to a private discussion with Michelle Obama at London’s Southbank Centre. She has said Meghan should be the next Head of the Commonwealth after the Queen, not Prince Charles.

6: MODEL & MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGNER

Adwoa Aboah, 27. Aristocratic supermodel and descendant of the Earl of Lonsdale, whose mother Camilla founded an artist management agency. 

Developed depression as a teenager, when she started taking drugs. After an overdose and stay in a psychiatric hospital, she is now a passionate advocate for the promotion of mental health.

CLAIM TO FAME: The chosen cover star for new editor Edward Enninful’s first edition of Vogue in December 2017.

WISE WORDS: ‘When you’re that unhappy, it’s scary, it’s dark and horrible.’

ROYAL TIES: Supports Heads Together — the charity Meghan and Harry spearheaded with William and Kate until recently.

Adwoa Aboah, 27. Aristocratic supermodel and descendant of the Earl of Lonsdale, whose mother Camilla founded an artist management agency

Meghan says this image — a mirrored panel — represents ‘a mirror to include the reader

7: You!

Meghan says this image — a mirrored panel — represents ‘a mirror to include the reader and encourage them to use their own platforms to effect change’. Whatever cards life has dealt you, the Duchess believes you are a force for change and are every bit as important as her chosen cover stars.

8: PM WHO HELPED HEAL NEW ZEALAND

Jacinda Ardern, 39. 

New Zealand’s Prime Minister garnered widespread praise for her sensitive reaction, which included wearing a headscarf, to the mosque shootings in Christchurch in March by a white supremacist, when 51 were killed.

CLAIM TO FAME: Became the world’s youngest female head of government in October 2017 and only the second world leader to give birth while in office. Her TV presenter partner became a stay-at-home dad.

WISE WORDS: ‘I never, ever grew up as a young woman believing that my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted.’

ROYAL TIES: Met the Duchess last October on the Sussexes’ first royal tour and has said: ‘I think it’s wonderful to have a woman in her position talk so strongly about issues of women’s representation and empowerment.’

Jacinda Ardern, 39, New Zealand Prime Minister

Francesca Hayward, 27. The ballerina was born in Nairobi and moved to Sussex aged two to live with her British grand-parents

9: STAR OF THE ROYAL BALLET

Francesca Hayward, 27. The ballerina was born in Nairobi and moved to Sussex aged two to live with her British grand-parents. 

They fuelled her love of dance by giving her a DVD of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Cast alongside Taylor Swift and Judi Dench in the film version of the musical Cats.

CLAIM TO FAME: A principal dancer in the Royal Ballet, the highest rank possible.

wise words: ‘It sounds a cliché but when I’m on stage I’m at my most relaxed, I feel most like myself. When I have the music and costumes and everyone else around me, that’s when I feel most free.’

ROYAL TIES: Clearly, the Duchess admires the way she handles being asked about her race. Has said her background has never affected her career: ‘It’s only when people ask me what it’s like to be a mixed-race dancer that I realise that I am. I’ve never been made to feel different.’

10: SOMALI BOXER TO BEAT BULLIES

Ramla Ali, late 20s (Ali doesn’t know her exact age). Champion Somali boxer who arrived in the UK as a refugee. 

Bullied in her early teens for being overweight, she discovered boxing after her mum bought her a pass to an East London gym.

Ramla Ali, late 20s (Ali doesn’t know her exact age). Champion Somali boxer who arrived in the UK as a refugee

Became ‘hooked’ but kept her boxing a secret from her strict Muslim parents, who found out after her brother saw her competing on television. She volunteers for a charity teaching women self-defence.

CLAIM TO FAME: Training to become the first Somali to compete in Olympic boxing in 2020.

WISE WORDS: ‘Every day I am getting messages from people saying: ‘You are doing incredible things for our country, you are raising awareness for our country, a country that has been associated with war and famine for so long, so you are bringing a positive light to the country — thank you so much.’ ‘

ROYAL TIES: They may know each other through Vogue’s editor, Edward Enninful, who she recently thanked on social media for a night out at one of the UK’s starriest events, the Serpentine Gallery’s summer party.

11: CATWALK LEGEND CARING FOR MUMS

Christy Turlington Burns, 50. 

One of the original Nineties supermodels who shot to stardom with her campaign for Calvin Klein’s Eternity perfume. More recently the mother of two, married to actor Edward Burns, has founded Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organisation dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer worldwide.

CLAIM TO FAME: Top casting agent James Scully hailed her as: ‘The greatest model of all time! You could combine every model to this day into one person, and they wouldn’t come close (sorry, girls).’

WISE WORDS: ‘Oh, I’m hardly stylish! I’m such a mess. I don’t think about what I’m going to wear; it’s the last thing I think about.’

ROYAL TIES: Naomi Campbell is a mutual friend and both are yoga fanatics. Once said: ‘Yoga is about compassion and generosity towards others. It means being mindful of the world around us.’

Christy Turlington Burns, 50

Salma Hayek Pinault, 52. Actress, producer and activist

12: FILM STAR WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

Salma Hayek Pinault, 52. Actress, producer and activist. 

The Hollywood star is married to French billionaire businessman François-Henri Pinault. She campaigns to raise awareness of violence against women and discrimination against immigrants (and has said she was once an illegal immigrant in the States after moving from Mexico).

CLAIM TO FAME: Breastfed a new-born whose mother couldn’t produce milk on a UNICEF trip to Sierra Leone.

WISE WORDS: ‘People always underestimate me. But if you stick around long enough, act out of conviction, and try to be honourable in everything you do, good things will come to you.

ROYAL TIES: Both used their acting careers to raise awareness for their charity work — before marrying men very far removed from Hollywood.

13: MADE FASHION MORE INCLUSIVE

Sinead Burke, 29. Irish activist born with achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder, which means she is just three-and-a-half-feet tall. 

A fashion fanatic, who would ask for copies of Vogue for her birthday, she started blogging aged 16 to highlight the industry’s inability to cater to disabled fans.

CLAIM TO FAME: Became well known after her TED talk ‘Why design should include everyone’ two years ago.

WISE WORDS: On disabled people in fashion, she says: ‘They’ve not been invited to the table to help make and share decisions.’

ROYAL TIES: Met the Duchess at a reception in Dublin, and was listed alongside her as ‘one of the 25 most influential and aspirational female figures in Britain shaping 2018’ in — where else — Vogue magazine.

Sinead Burke, 29. Irish activist born with achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder, which means she is just three-and-a-half-feet tall

Jane Fonda, 81. Actress, model and fitness guru

14: OSCAR WINNER STILL STRONG AT 81

Jane Fonda, 81. Actress, model and fitness guru.

The thrice-divorced mother of three has been a frequently controversial political activist — she was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War, earning her the nickname ‘Hanoi Jane’ — and championed feminist causes, saying in 2017: ‘I’ve been raped, I’ve been sexually abused as a child and I’ve been fired because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss.’ Currently stars in Netflix series Grace And Frankie.

CLAIM TO FAME: A legend in Hollywood, she has won two Best Actress Oscars and been nominated several other times. Has also shifted more than 17 million copies of her legendary exercise videos.

WISE WORDS: ‘To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.’

ROYAL TIES: It’s not entirely clear — but Meghan did reportedly relax by watching a Jane Fonda movie, Book Club, on a flight to Canada last year.

15: ACTRESS AND LGBT ACTIVIST

Laverne Cox, 46. 

The American actress and transgender advocate found fame on Netflix series Orange Is The New Black and became the first transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She says: ‘Most Americans learn what they learn about trans people through the media.’

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: The first transgender person to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

WISE WORDS: ‘I am a self- made woman in every sense of the word.’

ROYAL TIES: A mutual distrust of President Donald Trump, whom Meghan has described as a ‘misogynist’. Cox says of transgender people: ‘The current President is trying to ban us from the military. Our unemployment rate is three times the national average.’

Laverne Cox, 46, actress and LGBT activist

16: SITCOM QUEEN INSPIRING VOTERS 

Yara Shahidi, 19. US actor and model who launched Eighteenx18, a movement to encourage voter turnout. 

Currently stars in hit sitcom Grown-ish — and studies at Harvard: ‘I have the great fortune of working with fabulous people who want me to go to college as much as I do.’

CLAIM TO FAME: Given a letter of recommendation by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

WISE WORDS: ‘My passion really stemmed from having gone through the 2016 election, where myself and many of my peers were unable to vote.’

ROYAL TIES: Apart from their early career trajectory on U.S. TV series, they share campaigning stances on racial prejudice. In a scene from Grown-ish, her character, Zoey Johnson, expresses her approval of Meghan’s marriage to Harry. ‘Good on Meghan,’ says Zoey. ‘Girl’s a princess now.’ 

 

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Who is Ramla Ali, Sinéad Burke, Adut Akech and Francesca Hayward who feature in <a href=Meghan Markle’s edit of Vogue?” width=”1024″ height=”538″>

Meghan Markle has picked some pretty amazing women to grace the cover of Vogue in her role as guest editor of the magazine.

The Duchess of Sussex picked famous and non-famous faces as part of the 15 Forces for Change.

Her Royal Highness’s Vogue cover features the likes of model Adwoa Aboah, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, actresses Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault and more.

Some of the lesser-known names include Ramla Ali, Sinéad Burke, Adut Akech and Francesca Hayward.

Ramla is a Somali-born boxer who has won the Elite National Championships, the English Title Series and the Great British Elite Championships. She has an eye on becoming the first boxer to represent Somalia at the 2020 Olympics.

Sinéad Burke is an Irish writer, academic, influencer, activist and broadcaster. She became the first person with achondroplasia (dwarfism) to be invited to the Met Gala this year, where she wore Gucci.

It’s not her first magazine shoot either as she appeared on the cover for The Business Of Fashion alongside Kim Kardashian along with an interview as part of  The Age of Influence series.

Speaking to Vogue, Sinéad said: ‘We need to be constantly asking what voices are not in the world, which perspectives are not being considered, and make sure that change occurs with as much intersectionality as possible.’

Model Adut Akech Bior is one of the younger women featured in the shoot.

The South Sudanese-Australian 20-year-old was chosen as Model of the Year by Models.com.

Francesca Hayward is a Royal Ballet principal dancer. She told Vogue: ‘I’m very proud of the colour of my skin and that I’m inspiring people from all backgrounds.

‘But I think it will be great for the next mixed-race or black female Principal dancer that she doesn’t have to be asked about that.’

It’s no surprise that Meghan chose these women to be part of the 15 Forces for Change as they have overcome many hardships.

Ramla, for example, doesn’t know exactly how old she is, only that she was born in the 90s, after war ravaged the country where her older brother was killed.

Adut left Kenya where she was raised and moved to Australia as a South Sudanese refugee.

Meghan becomes guest-editor of the fashion bible’s September edition – the biggest and most important one of the year.

But she is not the first Royal to do so.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton edited the Huffington Post for a day in 2016. Similarly, Prince Harry took control of Radio 4’s Today programme in 2017 followed by Prince Charles editing Country Life in 2018.

The Duchess, for her first time at the helm, felt passionate about having an all-female cover and called on the likes of climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg and UK actress Jameela Jamil.

But the seemingly blank 16th spot on the cover is actually a mirror, which aims to include the reader and encourage them to use their own platforms to bring about change.

Photographer Peter Lindbergh took the portraits for the Vogue cover after having worked with the Duchess in 2016 for Harper’s Bazaar.

Ahead of the shoot, Meghan is said to have called Peter with firm directions to keep the shoot natural, saying: ‘I want to see freckles’.

Meghan’s decision to include such trailblazers has been commended by many of those who have seen the cover after its release today.

‘Big moment for Somali women in sport,’ one wrote on Twitter, while another said: ‘I ain’t never seen this many beautiful and successful women of colour in one Vogue magazine cover.’

We expect to see more from these pioneering women in the future.

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A couple who wanted to share a travelling adventure with their beloved dog have quit their jobs and spent two years taking him around Europe.

Pete the Border Terrier, now 10, is travelling across the continent to see famous landmarks on a tour most of us could only dream of.

He’s chased balls on Spanish beaches and hiked up the Alps, chewed a bone under the Leaning Tower of Pisa and sailed on the canal boats of Venice.

Pictured, left, Pete enjoys a break in Paris and, right, he is pictured standing next to the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy as his owners quit their jobs to take him on a two-year sightseeing tour of the continent 

Jo Partington, left, and Natasha Cooper, right, have taken two years out to travel around Europe with Pete 

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Pete the Border Terrier has a stroll in the French Alps as he continues his tour of sightseeing across Europe 

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Ms Cooper said: ‘We had a friend who was very poorly and we just decided that life is too short, and wanted an adventure and freedom, rather than continuing to work long hours in stressful jobs.’

‘We thought ‘why are we waiting until retirement to do stuff, Pete is getting older so why don’t we do them now?’

Pete is pictured at the Temple of Diana in Italy. His owners are taking the 10-year-old on a jaunt around the world after a friend’s illness made them think that life is too short to put off interesting experiences 

Pete the Border Terrier has cruised the canals of Venice, Italy, wearing a themed T-shirt as he clambered about the gondala 

‘He is used to travel, having been on buses, tubes and trains from a puppy, and has a harness and his bed, where he sleeps at the back of the car. He is a very chilled little boy. We want to give him the best adventures and we want to share them with him.

‘Camping is a fine way of meeting people and most camps are dog friendly, so we get to meet other people who are mad about their dogs as well.

‘Pete loves the places that have a beach or a piazza-he loves taking his ball to other people to play with him, particularly kids. It’s an adventure because we don’t have a certain agenda.

‘Being able to go on the gondola in Venice was incredible, taking him on massive hikes in the French Alps was just amazing, and walking around Pompeii with Pete was great- and what’s equally wonderful is that you don’t have to worry about your dog being at home, bored.

Pictured: Pete sits among the ruins of Pompeii during his tour of the continent. Jo Partington and Natasha Cooper say they want to give him the best experiences while he’s still healthy enough to appreciate them 

‘The only place we weren’t able to take him was the Chapel of Bones in Evora, Portugal- we thought it wouldn’t be such a good idea with all those bones.

‘Pete is a very laid back, chilled dog so takes all the travelling and change in his stride- he loves engaging other people in playing ball so everywhere they go he entertains the crowds in piazzas and parks by taking his ball to them and encouraging them to throw it or kick it for him.

‘Playing ball with 50 people in an afternoon is his current world record, achieved in the Piazza Maggiore, Bologna.

‘Natasha and Jo love the fact he makes so many people smile- Pete certainly likes to ‘share the love’. ‘

Starting his adventure in August 2017, Pete has since been to France, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Wales- where Pete and his owners stay mostly in camp sites, or apartments from Airbnb or Booking.com to help keep costs low.

Pete has been hiking in the Alps, visited historical sites and landmarks like Pompeii, Italy, climbed the Asanelli Tower in Bologna, rode in a gondola in Venice, swam in Oliva and Denia beaches in Spain, and even worked as chief guest greeter at a chalet in the French Alps where Jo and Natasha were helping out.

The couple, who have had Pete since he was only 8 weeks old, thought Italy was the most dog-friendly country and were excited to see Pete making so many new friends.

The family’s future plans include a trip to Northern Europe, including Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden starting next month. The following year Pete is set to play ball in Central Park in New York.

Pete is pictured in Dublin with a Guinness on one of the many stops of his sightseeing tour

Ms Cooper said: ‘We are trying to avoid reality for as long as possible, we’ll come back from New York next year and possibly travel a bit more around the UK or head back across to Europe but we don’t know yet, that’s a year away.

‘We decided we’d rather spend the money now, while we are healthy and fit and able to do things like climb Mount Etna, rather than wait another 20 years, when who knows what life will throw at you.

‘Our priorities changed from planning a good retirement to living a great life. We also try to live within a tight budget, like anyone would living at home – we like to cook so love going to the shops and markets to buy local, in season, produce and eat at ‘home’.

‘As everything has to fit in the car we also don’t spend money buying things like new clothes, souvenirs or things for a normal home life- we pretty much have the same clothes now as we packed two years ago.

‘We also have done chalet maid and decorating jobs where we work for our board and food-this was a fun new experience and chance to stay longer in a place and get to know the area and local people.’

 

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ADV: De nieuwe LG Q60, een verrassend compleet toestel

De LG Q60 is het nieuwe toestel van LG dat in de midden klasse zijn plek opeist. Voor een aantrekkelijke prijs krijg je een verrassend compleet toestel.

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NS ontwikkelt onderzoeksapp voor NS Panel-leden

De NS heeft soms lange doorlooptijden van “traditionele” online onderzoeken besloten om te gaan werken met een onderzoeksapp. Deze app zal ingezet worden om snel iets te toetsen.

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Deal: ontvang 25% korting op Flitsmeister PRO met Androidworld

Flitsmeister is een veel gebruikte app door automobilisten. Deze dienst is gratis maar heeft ook een betaalde versie. Met de kortingscode ‘Androidworld’ krijg je 25% korting op deze uitgebreide versie.

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