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‘Deep rapport’: Rare glimpse at Kate Middleton’s relationship with dad Michael – ‘genuine’

Kate and her father looked happy as they watched tennis together at Wimbledon. The Duchess often attends the sport event with her husband Prince William or sister Pippa.

Body language expert Darren Stanton, also known as “the human lie detector”, analysed the images of the Duchess and her father for Express.co.uk.

The pair attended day 13 of the Wimbledon 2021 Championships.

Kate Middleton’s father, Michael Middleton, was born in Leeds and attended university in Surrey.

He started his career as a flight dispatcher, someone who plans flight paths.

Later he and his wife, Carole, founded Party Pieces, a party supply company.

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He went on: “However, it’s clear that everybody is thoroughly enjoying being in Wimbledon and the surroundings.”

The expert commented on the rare photos of Kate sat with her father Michael, who worked as groundcrew for BA when he met her mother, also a member of the ground crew.

The images show “Kate leaning in clearly sharing a moment or passing comment”, Darren claims.

He said: “The fact she’s leaning in denotes that she has a great relationship with him and it’s in deep rapport.”

She wore a chic dress from Beulah London, which cost £695.

The stunning chic crepe pink midi dress featured a Mandarin collar and a wide belt.

Kate paired the look with a pair of nude heels – thought to be the Nicholes court shoes from Aldo.

She carried the Josef beaded flap clutch bag.

Kate’s father Michael has two other children. They are Pippa Middleton, who is married to billionaire James Matthews, and James Middleton.

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Xbox fans get glimpse of Unreal Engine 5 graphics for Series X and S

It appears to be set in the same type of sandy, cave-like locale that appeared in the Unreal Engine 5 reveal demo.

Besides revealing the Alpha Point demo, The Coalition said those attending the GDC 2021 event will learn more about new Unreal Engine 5 visual systems such as Nanite, Lumen, Megascans, and MetaHumans.

Speaking about the upcoming demo, The Coalition said: “The Coalition will debut a UE5 Technical Demo ‘Alpha Point’ on Xbox Series X, created to internally evaluate UE5.

“The talk will cover the learnings the team had while creating Nanite-resolution assets and incorporating them into a fully real-time lighting scenario with Lumen and Virtual Shadow Maps.

“Performance and memory observations will be covered for Xbox Series X and S, as well as VFX, Blueprint, material setup, Temporal Super Resolution, and Virtual Texture findings. 

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In a glimpse into Trump’s crazed final days in office, it emerged the top military officer was shaken by Trump’s refusal to concede and feared he may attempt a coup

It’s the extreme danger that the US system of government, Constitution and cherished freedoms would face if an ex-President even now trying to revive his demagogic political career ever gets anywhere near the Oval Office again.
In the latest staggering glimpse into Trump’s crazed, final days in office from a flurry of new books, it emerged Wednesday that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley was so shaken by Trump’s refusal to concede defeat that he feared he might attempt a coup or other illegal gambit to stay in power.
Milley saw himself and the armed forces as a bulwark against any presidential mutiny against the Constitution and the nearly two-and-a-half centuries of democratic transfers of power.
“They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,” Milley told his deputies, according to excerpts of the book “I Alone Can Fix It” by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, which was obtained by CNN ahead of its release next Tuesday.
Milley saw Trump as the “classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose,” the authors wrote, but he told subordinates: “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.”
In the end, Trump did not seek to turn the military on the American people or stage the most alarming showdown in living memory between a modern commander-in-chief and top military brass. But that seasoned military officers thought it was a real possibility and hatched a plan for rolling resignations to thwart Trump’s autocratic impulses underscores the ex-President’s extraordinary instability. Their preparations raised the specter that the uniformed military was ready to act to protect democracy and the rule of law from a civilian commander-in-chief in a reversal of normal Constitutional order — furthering an impression repeatedly left by Trump himself that he was unfit to ever be President.
There can be little doubt that if he is ever again in a position of supreme power, the twice-impeached former President would be similarly erratic and lawless as he was in office. His behavior since returning to private life proves it.
New details of his past malfeasance come as Trump and his supporters actively seek to whitewash the truth of the insurrection that he incited against the US Capitol as Congress was certifying President Joe Biden’s victory on January 6. The former President still has most of the Washington Republican Party — which acted to excuse his assault on democracy — in thrall to his personality cult. Millions of his voters believe his lies about non-existent voter fraud spread by propagandistic right-wing media networks.
Trump is, meanwhile, moving to tighten his grip over national elections by effectively installing acolytes in positions of power in state GOP parties as local Republican legislators pass laws making it harder for Democrats to vote that also weaken non-partisan control of elections, which could make them easier to steal in the future.
The new account also raises even more questions about senior Republican leaders’ attitude toward Trump. Given the close links between Capitol Hill and the top echelons of the military, it is impossible to believe that Milley’s testimony in the book will come as a surprise to congressional leaders or that they did not understand his fears in real time. Even if they didn’t know, the fact that the GOP is still protecting, elevating and preparing to follow Trump into the 2022 midterm elections suggests even greater complicity with his offenses against democracy.
If the 2024 GOP nominating contest were taking place now, Trump would be the favorite, and he is giving every sign that he may indeed run for the White House again, meaning the idea of a return to power is not out of the question — even if new evidence of a despotic temperament might harm his chances in a national election.

The inevitable Trump defense

The authors interviewed Trump for more than two hours. But his allies are sure to accuse them and the media of lying about his record, and officers like Milley of grandstanding, polishing their place in history and bearing grudges against the former commander-in-chief.
The detail in the book leaves a strong impression that Milley cooperated with the authors. But it doesn’t follow that he is just seeking to burnish his own legend. Such accounts are often a way of making clear exactly what happened — with a thin veneer of deniability for non-partisan military officers. And the armed forces remain one of the few institutions in American life to retain broad public respect.
Furthermore, Trump’s behavior as depicted here is familiar from other new accounts of how a defeated President lashed out like a toppling dictator late last year. In those books, which back up contemporary reporting, including by CNN, Trump comes across as delusional, self-pitying, desperate, angry and vindictive, seeking to save his political skin while ignoring the democratic will of voters, all while negligently refusing to deal with the real emergency — the murderous and worsening coronavirus pandemic that would claim its 400,000th victim before he left office in January.
The books and media accounts are sketching the kind of historical record that Trump’s pliant Republican allies on Capitol Hill sought to prevent by killing off a bipartisan plan for an independent commission into the January 6 insurrection.
The new accounts add to a staggering anecdotal, journalistic, legal and political narrative — augmented by Trump’s own public inflammatory remarks and actions — of the most aberrant and dangerous presidency of modern times and maybe ever.
Still, if there is one reassuring aspect of the latest account, it is that the military was well aware of the potential danger posed by Trump and the compliant political aides he installed in the White House after systematically driving out professional civil servants, diplomats and former military and intelligence officers — the so-called adults who, early on, tried to contain his wild instincts. And as well as the military, other institutions — including the courts and even the Justice Department under an Attorney General William Barr, who often did Trump’s political bidding — stood firm against his attempts to steal the election. Their example casts a poor light on the democratically-elected Republican lawmakers who refused to do their duty to hold another branch of government to account and to protect the Constitution.

The plan of the Joint Chiefs

The most surprising revelation from Leonnig and Rucker, who cite friends, lawmakers and colleagues of Milley, was that the Joint Chiefs discussed a plan to resign, one-by-one, rather than carry out orders from Trump that they considered to be illegal, dangerous or ill-advised.
Such a sequence would have precipitated the most serious civil-military crisis and chain-of-command disruption in decades, a fact that underscores how seriously the top brass took the possibility of a revolutionary moment.
Milley was concerned that personnel moves that put Trump acolytes in positions of power at the Pentagon and raised alarm in Washington at the time, including the firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, were sinister omens.
“Milley told his staff that he believed Trump was stoking unrest, possibly in hopes of an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act and call out the military,” Leonnig and Rucker reported.
Rucker and Leonnig interviewed more than 140 sources for the book, though most were given anonymity to speak candidly. Milley is quoted extensively and comes off in a positive light as someone who tried to keep democracy alive after receiving a warning from an old friend who is not named.
“What they are trying to do here is overturn the government,” the friend said, according to the authors. “This is all real, man. You are one of the few guys who are standing between us and some really bad stuff.”
Milley apologized after being seen as too close to Trump in June 2020, when, wearing military fatigues, he joined the President in a controversial photo-op after protesters were cleared from the square outside the White House.
But according to the new book, he feared that the President would try to fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel in order to solidify his control over the intelligence services.
Such a scenario was widely feared late last year. Though it did not happen, Trump did have past form in this area, having fired former FBI Director James Comey, before going on television to say he did it because of the Russia investigation.
In retrospect, the period following the election — one of the most harrowing in the modern history of the United States given Trump’s trashing of democracy and the sacking of the US Capitol by his supporters — was even more terrifying behind the scenes.
But events since have shown that the danger did not pass when Trump left the White House on the morning of January 20. In fact, a new threat is rising given the still vast political influence of a modern American demagogue.

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Adele shares glimpse inside home in rare Instagram post celebrating England Euros win

Her followers were subjected to crazy movement as she ran around the room in excitement.

“IT’S B***DY COMING HOME,” she captioned the footage with a series of England flags.

As with many sporting event, the comments section was divided between fans from all over the world who had tuned in to watch the Euros.

With some believing that no penalty should have been given, and others cheering on England to the end, there were more fans who were focused on something else entirely.

“My reaction when u finally give us new album,” one joked.

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First glimpse of Windows 11 leaves Windows 10 fans fuming at Microsoft

Microsoft is holding a global event next week with the firm expected to take the wraps off its all-new Windows 11 operating system. This massive upgrade, which looks set to be revealed on June 24, has taken many by surprise as the Redmond firm promised back in 2015 that Windows 10 would be its final operating system. That’s clearly not now the case with Microsoft recently confirming that Windows 10 support will actually end in 2025.

That paves the way for Windows 11 but it seems some are already unhappy with the changes despite Microsoft not revealing all for another week. Like almost all tech launches, the US technology giant appears to be struggling to keep things secret with a number of leaks suddenly appearing online.

The most comprehensive leak of all comes courtesy of The Verge’s Tom Warren who has posted a number of videos and screenshots of how Windows 11 could look. The content, uploaded to Twitter, shows the refreshed design with an updated start menu, soft round corners on boxes, a change to the desktop pattern and even a brand-new sound when users boot up their PC.

Since the posts went live, Millions of Windows fans have rushed to check out what’s new, but it seems many have been left hugely unimpressed.

“This….. is just garbage design,” said one user. Whilst another added: “It looks just so bland and boring, and multiple steps backwards from what is in Windows 10.”

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Some of the complaints revolve around Microsoft appearing to move the famous Start Menu from the side to the middle of the screen.

This has left some scratching their heads at the decision with one user tweeting, “The Start icon has been in the same spot on the screen for a quarter century and works fine – let’s move it over a few inches for no reason!”

This change has also got Windows 10 users hot under the collar as it looks a little bit like Apple’s macOS operating system.

“If I wanted a Mac look I’d buy a Mac and I definitely don’t want a Mac. Terrible,” an angry fan said on Twitter.

Whilst another added: “Why are they trying to make it look like a Mac that’s the one thing windows isn’t supposed to look like.”

Full details on Windows 11 should be revealed at Microsoft’s event next Thursday and it’s already looking set to divide opinion.

The high-profile keynote was revealed by the official Windows Twitter account, and comes after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased the “next generation” of the OS is coming.

Back in May, Nadella said: “Soon we will share one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators.

“I’ve been self-hosting it over the past several months, and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows. We look forward to sharing more very soon.”

Express.co.uk will bring you all of the news from Microsoft’s showcase on June 24 so watch this space.

Things will kick off at 4pm BST with Microsoft live streaming the showcase on the web with the firm currently teasing, “Join us to see what’s next for Windows.”

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The Chase star Mark Labbett gives glimpse into cosy Yorkshire home

The Chase star Mark Labbett has given fans a glimpse into his Rotherham home which he shares with his son and dog after splitting with his wife.

Mark, also known as The Beast on the popular ITV show hosted by Bradley Walsh, spends his days filming the popular quiz show where he remains one of the most feared ‘Chasers’.

But when filming finishes, he returns back to his bachelor pad, which he’s given fans a sneak peek of through a series of snaps and TV appearances filmed at home.

The popular quizmaster is originally from down south but now resides in Rotherham, as reported by Yorkshire Live.

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Mark Labbett shares his Yorkshire home with his son and dog
Mark Labbett shares his Yorkshire home with his son and dog

The TV star, better known as The Beast, is often seen sharing snaps of his beloved dog on his social media

Mark’s living room wooden furniture, a huge flat screen TV and a cosy grey sofa where he can relax with his dog can all be seen.

Fans also caught a glimpse of his spacious kitchen with central island when Mark appeared in an interview on This Morning via video link.

The kitchen is minimally decorated with cream cupboards and black work tops, with a ceiling rack for hanging pots and pans.

The neutral theme continues into the bedrooms, one room that appears on Mark’s Instagram regularly features cream walls, oak furniture and wooden venetian blinds.

A huge bookshelf filled with literature can also be seen in one of the rooms.

Mark's kitchen is stylish, with a central island and a ceiling rack with pots and pans
Mark’s kitchen is stylish, with a central island and a ceiling rack with pots and pans

The 55-year-old split from his wife Katie, 28, last year. The pair tied the knot in 2014 at Arundel Cathedral in West Sussex and were in an open marriage for six years.

The nurse grew close to senior design engineer Scott Bate, 30, but instead of breaking up with his cheating wife Mark agreed to try an open marriage.

However, despite his best efforts, Mark announced that he and Katie, 28, would be ending their marriage in August last year, blaming their troubles on their 27-year age gap and the strain of lockdown.

Mark moved out out their Hertfordshire home and has now set up camp as a single man.

They share a son together but keep him firmly out of the public eye, Mark previously said: “You won’t find a pic of our son, nor am I gonna name him.

“If he wants to have social media when he’s older he can but I won’t do it for him. I want to embarrass him when he’s old enough to embarrass me back.”

The Devon-born star has multiple qualifications under his belt, including a Master of Arts degree in mathematics, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in secondary education and legal CPE and LPC qualifications.

Fans have had glimpses of The Chase's Mark Labbett's home through social media updates
Fans have had glimpses of The Chase’s Mark Labbett’s home through social media updates

The Beast shot to fame when he joined The Chase in 2009, following earlier appearances on Mastermind and Countdown.

The media personality has certainly undergone a break-up glow-up as he recently revealed an impressive five stone body transformation.

He took to social media to show off his new figure after he drastically went from a size 5XL to XL in underpants.

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Venom 2 Let There Be Carnage trailer gives first glimpse of new symbiote – WATCH

Cletus’ red symbiote, named Carnage, is far more powerful than the already devastatingly strong Venom. 

His powers are quite different, however, as Carnage has the ability to shape his limbs and tendrils into weapons and sharp objects. 

This will obviously pose quite a threat to Eddie, Venom and any innocent bystanders he may come across. 

Unlike other Marvel villains, Carnage and Cletus are psychotic killers who look to cause harm wherever they can. 

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Billie Eilish gave glimpse of her tattoo after saying she would 'never' reveal it

19-year-old singer Billie Eilish shocked her fans and the world earlier this month when she gave her first lingerie photoshoot. Working alongside Vogue to show off her figure for the first time, Billie spoke candidly about how she wanted to make herself “feel good” with her new public look. All eyes were on a specific part of her body, however, which gave a glimpse of her tattoo.
Previously, the star has alluded to having gotten tattoos in secret.

In various interviews since she has also admitted to having hidden the tattoos from sight.

Speaking to Variety in 2020 Billie was asked specifically if she had any tattoos once again.

She replied: “I did get a tattoo. But you won’t ever see it.”

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Billie’s latest photoshoot showed the singer in the most revealing clothing she has ever modelled before.

Before the photoshoot, the singer had been known for wearing baggy clothes which went against the norms of other female pop stars her age.

In changing up her look drastically, the singer inadvertently also gave her fans their first look at her tattoo on her thigh.

While it is mostly covered up, the image does look like a striking monochrome dragon that begins on her thigh and ascends to her stomach.

Billie also got ahead of criticisms about her change of stance on her look, saying: “‘If you’re about body positivity, why would you wear a corset? Why wouldn’t you show your actual body?’ It’s all about what makes you feel good.

“If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f*** it – if you feel like you look good, you look good.”

She later added: “‘If you’re about body positivity, why would you wear a corset? Why wouldn’t you show your actual body?’

“My thing is that I can do whatever I want.”

Billie’s look was inspired by Betty Brosmer, a 1950s pin-up girl and model.

The singer explained she wanted to achieve the “classic, old-timey pin-up” look.

Speaking about taking on this new look, Billie confessed: “I’ve literally never done anything in this realm at all.”

Vogue notes she smirked before adding: “Y’know, besides when I’m alone and s***.”

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‘State of Downtown’ report gives glimpse of how Austin businesses struggled during pandemic

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — COVID-19 vaccinations are giving hope to Austin-area businesses as many are still struggling due to the pandemic.

The Downtown Austin Alliance will release its full “State of Downtown” report at 11 a.m. Wednesday with a full “roadmap to recovery,” but some businesses are already seeing the light at the end of the darkest tunnel they’ve ever been in.

Teghan Hahn works at Toy Joy and Yummi Joy downtown, and she’s seen a slight rise in foot traffic in the stores. She believes the welcomed change is thanks in part to a combination of things including increased vaccinations, warmer temperatures, ongoing mask requirements and using outdoor space. Hahn said the move outdoors helps make people feel more comfortable shopping during the pandemic and helps draw in new customers.

“We want to continue doing monthly outdoor markets or sidewalk sales,” Hahn said.

The Downtown Austin Alliance says that’s a great idea, and it’s part of their advice to businesses in the report they’ll release today.

Alliance CEO Dewitt Peart knows the recovery is going to be a gradual one, but utilizing outdoor spaces around businesses is certainly a best practice moving forward and, “making it welcoming for people to come back downtown.”

Hahn said her family has lost more than $ 2 million across six businesses during the pandemic, including the toy and candy stores. They relaunched a website and partnered with a delivery service in hopes to recuperate sales that way, and they’re always trying to figure out innovative and new ways to reach customers.

Currently, Hahn said the stores are operating at about 60% of pre-pandemic volumes, but she’s hopeful things will pick up because, well, people love toys and candy.

“Sugar and toys … what’s a better mood lifter?” she said.

Where does Dr Hilary Jones live? ITV star shows rare glimpse inside gorgeous country home

In his hallway, painted white, fans could see a spiral staircase. Perhaps by the back door, a large metal saw hang on the wall.

Hilary showed fans how he liked to chop wood in his back garden, posing with an axe by a woodshed.

Hilary has discussed how he and his wife, fitness expert Dee, split chores in the large home.

“I’m pretty good at maintenance, I’ve always got a project on,” Hilary said.

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