Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release stunning unseen photo from wedding

Christmas has come early, folks. 

Meghan and Harry knew exactly what we wanted — an unseen photo of them at their wedding reception. 

And boy, did they deliver:

The photo was taken by photographer Chris Allerton at the couple’s wedding reception at Frogmore House, Windsor, on May 19 2018.

What a romantic pic!

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NYT responds after getting roasted for it's 'petty crime' in London tweet

The New York Times got a massive dose of British humour when it posted a tweet asking for people’s experiences of petty crime in London. 

And, after a full day of jokes, it acknowledged that Brits had unleashed our world-class sarcasm upon them.

On Thursday, the New York Times tweeted a question that garnered more than its fair share of hilarious replies. 

The replies were nothing short of works of sarcastic genius. 

After 24 hours, the New York Times tweeted a simple GIF to recognise that it had been well and truly owned by the people of Britain. 

Touché indeed.

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Chrissy Teigen, here's your guide to what the hell is going on in the UK right now

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So, I suppose you’re wondering what on earth is going on with this raging hellfire of a country? You and me both, babe. And, so too is Chrissy Teigen, which is a comfort to all of us in these dark, confusing times. 

Fret ye not though, we’ll do our best to explain WTF is going on right now so you’re armed with the knowledge to go ahead and bang your head against your desk in despair. Knowledge is power, right? Eh. 

So, what exactly is going on? 

Good question. Basically, enough Conservative Members of Parliament have requested a vote of confidence in Theresa May, sparking a leadership contest. 

A vote of confidence occurs when the Prime Minister is basically considered no longer fit to keep their job. In order for a vote of no confidence to be kicked off, 48 Tory MPs — 15 percent – have to write to the chairman of the Conservative 1922 committee, a group of backbench Tories who hold weekly meetings. 

First thing on Wednesday morning, the chairman — Sir Graham Brady MP — signed his name on a press release stating this threshold had been “exceeded” and therefore a ballot would be held between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. GMT on Wednesday. True to bumbling British form, Brady misspelled the word chairman, instead referring to himself as “chairmam.” Nice one. 

Now what? 

So, that happened. Not long after, Theresa May made an early morning statement outside 10 Downing Street before people had even had a chance to eat their breakfast.  

May said she planned to contest the vote with “everything” she’s got, adding that a change in leadership would delay Brexit and jeopardise the withdrawal agreement. 

“A new leader wouldn’t be in place by Jan. 21 legal deadline so a leadership election risks handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs in parliament,” said May. “The new leader wouldn’t have time to renegotiate a withdrawal agreement and get the legislation through parliament by March 29.”

May cancelled her plans to travel to Dublin on Wednesday to go see Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar – part of her big plan to secure “additional reassurances” about the Brexit deal. Instead, she’s staying put in London to try to convince her party that she’s the best person for the job. 

The vote

The PM needs 158 votes — a majority of half the Conservative MPs plus one — in order to win. If this happens, May will be safe from another formal leadership challenge for a year. 

If she loses, a series of steps to put a new leader in place will begin. First, they’ll set a date for the first round of the leadership election. Next, they’ll nominate contenders to replace the current PM. Contenders need backing of a minimum of two other Conservative MPs. Then, rounds of elections will take place to whittle down the number of contenders. When two candidates remain, members of the Conservative Party will ultimately decide who the leader will be in an open election. 

Some MPs have publicly noted their no confidence vote in the prime minister. David Davis — former Brexit Minister — has released his manifesto for getting a new deal for exiting the European Union. Hold your horses there, Dave. 

They say a week is a long time in politics. But in today’s political climate that saying applies to every minute. 

All could change by Wednesday night and speculation has already begun about the main contenders to take over as party leader if May is defeated. 

Mashable will continue to update this post as events unfold. 

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Theresa May getting locked in a car pretty much sums up how Brexit's going

Just when you thought that nothing else could possibly go wrong in the endless parade of obstacles that is Brexit, Theresa May’s gone and got  locked in a car. 

On her way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a bid to rescue her Brexit deal, May got trapped momentarily inside her vehicle. Merkel looked on, waiting for May to exit the car, while officials kept trying the door handle to extricate her.

You couldn’t make it up, honestly. 

Here’s some glorious footage of this rather unfortunate moment: 

Just one day after calling off MPs’ vote on her Brexit deal, May is now meeting European leaders and EU officials to attempt to gain “further assurances” about the Northern Ireland border plan. 

Jean-Claude Juncker — president of the European Commission — made it clear that the EU would not “renegotiate” the deal, but caveated that “further clarifications” were on the cards. 

May is reportedly “seeking legal guarantees” that the UK won’t be “trapped in the Northern Ireland backstop plan.” 

The backstop is “the rule that either the Province [of Northern Ireland] or the whole of the UK must obey EU rules until Brussels agrees that a hard border with Ireland is not a prospect,” according to the Evening Standard. 

We wait with bated breath to see what will go wrong next. 

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Meghan Markle breaks royal protocol with her nail polish because she's a rebel queen

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018.
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Meghan Markle is a breath of fresh air. Not only is she a women’s rights advocate, she’s also subtly but effectively bringing the royal family into the 21st century. 

The duchess’ surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards caused a bit of a stir on social media because her nail polish broke with royal tradition. 

Judging by the photos, Meghan opted for a black or rouge noir shade of nail polish to match her one-shoulder black gown. Per People magazine, black nail varnish is “a rare choice” for members of the royal family. The Queen’s go-to colour is Essie’s Ballet Slippers, which she’s been using 1989 when the royal hairdresser declared it “the only colour Her Majesty would wear.” 

We stan a rebel queen.

We stan a rebel queen.

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This long-overdue break with tradition caused a flurry of excitement on Twitter, with fans hailing her “a gorgeous rebel”. 

Keep up the good work, Meghan.

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This runner's epic finish line fail has become a beautiful meme

Oh dear.
Oh dear.
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Not many people can say they’ve had the glory of celebrating a European Cross Country Championship win in front of a crowd of cheering people.

Not many people can say they’ve become a meme after face-planting in the mud, either.

Well, Jimmy Gressier can say both. Over the weekend, the runner claimed victory in the men’s under-23, rounding off an epic race off with an attempted knee slide through the mud.

As you can tell from the following video, it didn’t quite go to plan.

Let’s get another angle on that:

It wasn’t long before the moment was well on its way to meme territory.

To be fair, a successful knee slide would have been far less memorable.

H/T Twitter Moments.

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J.K. Rowling just made her thoughts about the latest Brexit news very, very clear

J.K. Rowling wants a second referendum.
J.K. Rowling wants a second referendum.
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Brexit is so nightmarishly complicated that even the mere mention of the word is enough to bring the average British person out in shudders.

Not J.K. Rowling, though. Despite the ongoing stress that goes hand-in-hand with the daily headlines about politicians, votes, and Article 50, the Harry Potter author remains undeterred.

On Monday morning, following the EU court ruling that Britain will be allowed to cancel the Brexit decision if it decides to do so (even without permission from the 27 other member states of the EU), Rowling tweeted this:

She followed that up with a comment on the “will of the people” — a phrase that has consistently cropped up on both sides of the Brexit divide.

Those tweets aren’t a first, either. Rowling’s been doggedly tweeting her support for a second referendum for a while now.

So, is a second referendum an actual possibility?

Well it’s complicated, and that’s putting it mildly. On Tuesday, the House of Commons is voting on whether or not to give the deal Theresa May has negotiated the green light. 

If it doesn’t get the seal of approval from enough MPs, a second referendum is a possibility — but it’s only one of a fairly large range of possible scenarios.

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Bloodhound supersonic car project shuts down


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Efforts to save the Bloodhound supersonic car project from bankruptcy haven’t panned out. The team is shutting down after it was unsuccessful in securing the roughly £25 million (about $32 million) it needed from “potential and credible investors.” As a result, the company is now planning to return third-party gear and sell off assets, including the car — if you happen to have £250,000 ($318,000) sitting around, you could own a piece of automotive history. Don’t expect to break records, though. Driver Andy Green warns that you’d need “a few million” to have Bloodhound SSC live up to its full potential.

The shutdown isn’t surprising. The project was a private venture, and its success depended on finding investors, sponsors and donations. There have been instances where the Bloodhound team ran out of cash, only to be rescued by a sponsor. This time, however, it required a particularly large sum for its planned South African test run in late 2019. It would have been no mean feat to raise those funds, especially in light of global economic uncertainty and an era when an Instagram post can be a more effective ad than a car sponsorship.

There is a slim chance someone could buy the Bloodhound SSC vehicle and bring it to completion. However, it would be an expensive undertaking even with the money needed to buy the car and make it ready for supersonic travel. The new owner might have to recreate a large chunk of the Bloodhound team and accept that the project will likely cost them dearly, even if they can find additional backers to soften the financial blow.

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Jodie Whittaker will be returning for another season of 'Doctor Who'

Jodie Whittaker is still The Doctor.
Jodie Whittaker is still The Doctor.
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God is a woman and so is The Doctor for one more season, at least. 

Jodie Whittaker, who’s currently playing The Doctor in Season 11 of Doctor Who, just confirmed that she will be returning to her role of extraterrestrial Time Lord in the legendary BBC sci-fi series for Season 12.

Whittaker told The Hollywood Reporter that she’s definitely not ready to hand over the Doctor Who-baton to another actor just yet. 

“It’s such an incredible role,” Whittaker told THR. “It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.” 

Just one previous Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, only lasted for one season (Season 1 in 2005.) The other actors have had between two and six years as The Doctor. 

While Whittaker’s performance as the first female Doctor in Doctor Who’s 55-year history has been widely praised by critics, there was a good deal of backlash when Whittaker was revealed as the 13th Doctor last year. 

Whittaker seemed pretty chill about it, though. She explained in an interview with the BBC that the character of The Doctorrepresents everything that’s exciting about change.

I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender,Whittaker said. “The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

Please bring your bad-ass attitude to Season 12, Jodie. 

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