Rihanna Teases Kevin Durant Over COVID-19 Diagnosis…and Drake Can't Help But Get Involved

“We have to dead the treyfive corona jokes,” Drake quipped.

Rihanna threw some playful jabs at Kevin Durant about his coronavirus diagnosis over the weekend — and Drake made sure to include himself too.

On Sunday night, the three stars all joined DJ Spade’s Instagram Live where RiRi teased the Brooklyn Nets player about testing positive for COVID-19. Everything seemed all fun and games…until Drake chimed in.

"Is KD allowed in here? Should I wear a mask to this live?" Rihanna began, according to 2Cool2Bl0g. "But for real get well soon KD." The "Umbrella" singer then later quipped, "Back with my mask! @easymoneysniper wya?"

Durant, a.k.a @easymoneysniper, finally replied and threw a jab back at RiRi. "Yo Robyn didn’t u just come from Europe?" he quipped.

Rihanna then said she’s been in the US for over two months, to which Durant replied, "That rona was lurkin’ over there in December."

Then along came Drake, who can’t seem to help but insert himself into all things Rihanna all the time.

"We have to dead the treyfive corona jokes," he wrote of Durant, seeming to reference the basketball player’s Nike collaboration.

Unfortunately for Drake, it appeared he not only didn’t receive a response from Rihanna, but also didn’t get a word back from his pal.

#Rihanna wanted a #Coronavirus update from #KevinDurant 😩. #Drake also chimed in 😂

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Durant tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. He was one of the four Brooklyn Nets players who was diagnosed with the illness, which has infected more than 770,650 people worldwide.

Though Durant was considered asymptomatic, Drake took a test after he had spent time with the NBA star. Fortunately, the rapper’s test came back negative, TMZ reported.

KD is one of the few basketball players who have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz, Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons and more also tested positive.

Other celebrities who tested positive for the virus include Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and Daniel Dae Kim.

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Alicia Keys Recruits Jay-Z, Oprah, Michelle Obama & More For Audiobook

Alicia Keys has recruited Jay-Z, Bono, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and many others, to chip in for the audiobook of her autobiography, “More Myself: A Journey.”

Keys announced that both editions of her autobiography will release on March 31 via Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio.

Keys describes the upcoming autobiography as a “360-degree perspective” on her career, from her formative years through “the process of self-discovery she’s still navigating.”

“This audiobook has so much amazing energy, I’ve never experienced something so intimate. It’s nuanced and surprising and musical and emotional! I love it, and I am grateful to all my friends and loved ones for joining me on this ride,” Keys said in a statement. “Recording this was a meditative experience, and I cannot wait for the world to hear my story from my own voice.”

Meanwhile, the singer is working on her seventh studio album, which is due out this spring.

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Catherine Zeta Jones: ‘He’s gone mad’ Actress shares isolation video with Michael Douglas

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 50, who is married to Michael Douglas, 75, shared a video of the family sat together in their living room. But the Welsh-born beauty admitted things had got “crazy” with their pet pooch as they remain in lockdown.

Taking to Instagram, the Hollywood starlet shared a cheeky video clip of their dog Taylor excitedly running over their furniture and members of the family.

In the clip, actor Michael could be seen holding his hands up attempting to block himself from the erratic energy of the family pooch.

But this did not steer Taylor from causing havoc, as he jumped from Catherine’s son Dylan, 19 and Carys, 16 , who were perched on the sofa.

The actress captioned the hilarious clip: “Crazy! I promise this is the last of my puppy for a while. But he’s gone a bit mad.”


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Fans flocked to comment on the post, as she was inundated with replies after racking up over 100,000 likes from the video.

A social media user wrote: “I watched this for about 10 minutes before realising it is a loop! Seems the puppy isn’t the only one going crazy.”

Another person commented: “That’s called the zoomies! My dogs do that too.”

While a third person added: “He is fed up with the lockdown.”

Their new dog seemingly appears to be adapting to his surroundings at their family home in the adorable clip.

Last month Catherine gushed over her pet dog, as she unveiled him to the world on the picture-sharing site.

She captioned the video: “Introducing Taylor Douglas to the world.”

At the time, many of the Chicago star’s fans flocked to gush over the pet pooch.

One user wrote: “What a cutie. Hello little fluffy Taylor.”

A second commented: “OMG cuteness overload,” while a third added: “How precious!”

Earlier today the Hollywood star also took to Instagram and shared a rare snap of her dad.

He sported a face mask as he seemingly appeared to be singing along to some tunes at home as he held a microphone.


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Accompanied with the picture, Tom Jones version of Green Green Grass of Home could be heard playing in the background.

Catherine captioned the post: “My dad at home in Wales today. Rocking it! Stay well Papa.”

The coronavirus has become a worldwide pandemic with many countries enforcing a lockdown.

The UK Government have urged the British public to stay at home in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Trump Says The Quiet Part Loud In BONKERS Fox & Friends Interview!

For Donald Trump‘s own protection, there should be someone whose job it is just to stop him from calling in to Fox News. Considering they aren’t holding daily press briefings anymore, maybe the Press Secretary could do it?

We’re just saying, it would save the President a lot of embarrassment as he’s always at his worst when speaking off the cuff on live TV. You know, when he’s being himself.

Trump called in to Fox & Friends on Monday and in a lengthy interview bragged about his approval ratings (“here we are with the best numbers we’ve ever had”), took credit for New York governor Andrew Cuomo‘s popularity, and said the coronavirus would peak around Easter (you know, when he previously wanted businesses open) but that the death toll “will be at a very low number” despite his own leading expert telling us the day before we could expect to see at least 200,000 dead in the coming months.

See the 4 most bonkers moments from the interview (below):


Coronavirus Preparation

One thing Trump said in his typical word vomit was saying of the coronavirus pandemic, “nobody could have predicted something like this.”


The Worldwide Threat Assessment from his own Director of National Intelligence last year — something the President of the United States should be reading — predicted exactly this. It reads:

“We assess that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the UnitedStates for support.”

That was from January 29, 2019. Over a year after that, Trump was calling the reaction to COVID-19 a Democrat “hoax.”

Hell, a week before his inauguration in 2017, Trump’s team was warned about the possibility of exactly this same thing happening during the outbreak of a novel influenza strain called H9N2. Obviously that didn’t explode like COVID-19, but you’d think he would have had the possibility of such a pandemic somewhere in his mind on a list of things to really watch out for. Instead in 2018 he closed the White House’s National Security Council pandemic preparation office.

Notice how when Trump doesn’t know something, he says “nobody knew” that thing??

Attacking Nancy Pelosi

When asked about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s comment about Trump’s early “denial” of the pandemic — you know, with the US not using World Health Organization testing kits in the early days and Trump himself telling the country not to worry because COVID-19 would disappear “like a miracle,” and that the flu was worse anyway — causing the loss of more lives, Trump didn’t even try defending himself.

No, instead he went on the attack, saying:

“Look, she’s a sick puppy in my opinion. She really is. She’s got a lot of problems.”

UGH, who talks like that? Our POTUS, that’s who. He continued:

“Don’t forget, she was playing the impeachment game. Her game where she ended up looking like a fool. She was doing nothing but — all she did for the first long time was impeach, impeach, impeach. This went on for years, if you think about it. That’s all she did. She didn’t do anything.”

Didn’t do anything?? Under Pelosi, the House passed nearly 400 bills during Trump’s tenure. The Republican-controlled Senate didn’t even vote on them.

The Fox & Friends hosts asked about another topic, but Trump wasn’t done.

“The federal government, we may get involved and take over that area and clean it up. It’s such a mess, it’s so bad, and yet she will sit there and complain. All she did was focus on impeachment. She didn’t focus on anything having to do pandemics. She focused on impeachment and she lost! And she looked like a fool!”

“Take over that area”??? WTF does that even mean?? Scary stuff…

Defending China & Russia

When Trump was asked about the Washington Post article about how Russia, Iran, and China had implemented a “disinformation campaign” blaming the United States for the coronavirus.

Trump’s response? After slamming the “fake news” we mean? Just agreeing that was perfectly fine, even saying the US is doing it, too! He said:

“They do it and we do it, and we call them different things.”

Um, what??? Trump is just over here admitting to the US lying about the coronavirus? WTF?!

Re: the sensitive subject of Russia, Trump mentioned he’d be speaking to his pal Putin later in the day, to which co-host Brian Kilmeade surprisingly asked:

“Russia, they earned the right to be sanctioned. They’re poisoning people. You know what they’re doing in Eastern Europe, rattling the cages of their former Soviet Union countries. And we know in the Middle East, creating havoc killing refugees in an indiscriminate fashion, as well as creating havoc in Iraq. But when you talk to Vladimir Putin he’s going to ask you to lift sanctions. What are you going to say when he asks that?”

Trump was clearly offended, almost yelling his answer:

“I’m the one that put the sanctions on, Brian, nobody else! I put the sanctions on! I’ve been tougher on Russia than any president in the history of the country.”

Yeah, all that is not remotely true. But why bother getting into bothersome things like facts when he can use his alternative facts (which btw is what Trump means when he says we all our disinformation campaigns “different things.”

Trump also defending Russia as being “our partner in World War II.” Oof. Something tells us those sanctions are going away.

Election 2020

In maybe the wildest moment of the interview, Trump said the quiet part loud, admitting something critics of the Republican Party have been saying for years: they want to make voting as difficult as possible because the more people vote, the more they lose.

No Republican has been elected President with a majority of the popular vote since 1988. That’s a wild stat to consider. Think the news leans left? The entire country leans left. The GOP has been doing everything they can to decrease voter turnout to cancel that fact.

Well, if the coronavirus lockdown lasts into November we could well see the worst voter turnout in decades. After all, if going out to vote means risking infection from a pandemic, many will choose to stay home and safe.

That’s why some Democrats tried to get a provision into the coronavirus relief bill to allow for all-mail ballots for the 2020 election. When asked about that, Trump didn’t even deny why he wanted to kill it:

“If you look at before and after, the things they had in were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to it you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

For once, we have to say… we believe Donald Trump.

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Sussex Royal’s most liked Instagram posts ever as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘close down’ account

The Sussex Royal Instagram account appears to have posted its ever last message as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take a step back from their senior duties as members of the royal family.

In a post shared on Monday 30 March the couple, who have just moved to California last week after leaving Canada behind, seemed to hint that the account baring their royal title would become dormant.

The message from the duo on their account — followed by 11.3million people — explained what their fans can expect about the future, saying: “While you may not see us here, the work continues.”

They signed it with the very personal “Harry & Meghan” after ditching their royal titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Sussex Royal account was launched nearly a year to the day on 2 April, along with a gallery of images and a personal message: “Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues. We thank you for your support, and welcome you to @sussexroyal- Harry & Meghan.”

Now 12 months later things have changed considerably, but in the meantime the pair have amassed a huge following and have attracted millions of likes across their feed.

Here we take a look at Harry and Meghan’s most popular ever posts where their long-awaited 2020 UK return and Prince Archie’s birth dominate…

1. Wedding anniversary, 19 May 2019: 9,695,642 views

In their most popular ever posts Harry and Meghan celebrated their one year wedding anniversary on May 19, 2019, with a montage of images marking their big day in Windsor in 2018. They posted it with the song they chose for their recessional "This Little Light" along with the message: "Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful."

2. UK return, 2020: 7,993,346 views

Amid their announcement that they would be stepping back as senior royals, Harry and Meghan posted a video from their long-awaited return to the UK which amassed millions of views as it gave a behind-the-scenes look into their visit to the Canadian House in London to say thank you.

3. Archie meeting the Queen, 8 May 2019: 2,998,704 likes

Meghan and Harry announced the name of their firstborn son as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Alongside it a picture of the newborn meeting the Queen. The caption read: "This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion."

4. It’s A Boy! 6 May 2019: 2,901,776 likes

After waiting what seemed like forever we finally received news that Meghan had given birth to a baby boy early on the morning of 6 May, 2019. They posted the message "It’s A Boy!" in their trademark font and blue background. Revealing their son weighed 7lbs 3oz, a thanks was added: "The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives."

5. Archie’s debut, 8 May 2019: 2,864,742 likes

Just two days after Meghan gave birth, she and Harry brought Archie out for his debut. The beaming parents gave a quick update on their son and shared the pictures on their Instagram. The message read in the caption: "Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago."

6. Archie’s christening, 6 July 2019: 2,734,068 likes

After holding a private christening for Archie, the couple later released official royal photos commemorating the occasion. Harry and Meghan sat front and centre for the snap alongside his brother Prince William and wife Kate Middleton, father Prince Charles and Camilla, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. Harry also invited his late mother’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale to join the family photo.

7. Harry’s first Father’s Day, 16 June 2019: 2,416,546 likes

To mark Harry’s first Father’s Day, the couple shared an adorable image of the royal cradling his son who was holding on to his finger in the vintage style photo. The caption read: "Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex!"

8. Meghan’s first US Mother’s Day, 12 May 2019: 2,174,673 likes

Meghan marked her first Mother’s Day in America with a stunning snap of her holding her son and gently cradling his tiny feet while stood near a bush of purple flowers. The accompanying message read: "Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex."

9. Harry announcing Archie’s birth, 6 May 2019: 1,710,386 views

A very giddy Prince Harry spoke from outside Frogmore Cottage to the waiting press to confirm that Meghan had given birth to a baby boy. He grinned as he said "it’s been the most amazing experience" and added that his wife and son were doing well.

10. Archie meets Archbishop Tutu, 25 September 2019: 1,420,800

During their royal visit to South Africa baby Archie met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It was the first time the four-month-old had been seen in public on their tour and he was doted on by the Archbishop with a tender kiss on his forehead during their meeting. The couple shared the moment in black and white on their Instagram.

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Every Royal Event Canceled or Postponed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Trooping the Colour

The most royal celebration of the year — a biggest annual public gathering of the royal family — has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Buckingham Palace announced that Trooping the Colour, held in June to celebrate the Queen’s birthday with a military parade and flypast, “will not go ahead in its traditional form.”

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Palace Garden Parties

The outdoor parties for hundreds of guests at Buckingham Palace each May are one of the highlights of the spring royal season — but they won’t be happening this year.

Around 30,000 people — dressed to the nines, with men in morning suits and top hats and women in whimsical fascinators — attend the events, which celebrate all areas of public life and British society.

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Maundy Service

Each year on the Thursday before Easter, the monarch participates in a tradition dating back to the 13th century: the distribution of Maundy money. However, the annual event has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

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Chelsea Flower Show

Another staple of the season, the Chelsea Flower Show, was also called off this year. The show, where Kate Middleton last year showed an interactive garden to highlight her campaign on outside play for children and families, is attended by the Queen and other members of the family on the first day.

The festival of flowers was set to run from May 19 to 23.

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Invictus Games

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games won’t go on as planned. The event, scheduled to take place this May in The Netherlands, has been postponed until May or June 2021 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for all of us to have to make,” Harry said in a personal video. “And I’m so grateful for everybody that’s worked so hard over the past couple of weeks to try to find any alternative to try and carry on these Games in a different way — in a safe way.”

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Royal Windsor Horse Show 

Queen Elizabeth is a known horse lover, so it’s no surprise that she attends the Royal Windsor Horse Show each year. However, event organizers have confirmed that the equestrian show will not be happening as scheduled this spring.

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Japan State Visit

Queen Elizabeth’s plan to host the Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan later this spring has been put on hold. “The State Visit will be rescheduled at a later date,” Buckingham Palace said.

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Prince Charles and Camilla’s Spring Tour

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were set to embark on a royal tour from March 17 to March 25, making stops in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Cyprus and Jordan. However, the trip has been delayed due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. (Prince Charles later tested positive for the illness after experiencing “mild symptoms” and is now recovering.)

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Weekly Audiences with the Prime Minister

Any fan of The Crown knows about Queen Elizabeth’s weekly audiences with the prime minister. However, the coronavirus pandemic means that those meetings are taking place a bit differently for the time being. The monarch released a photo from her meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson — taking place via telephone.

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Changing of the Guard

The ceremonial Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace — Queen Elizabeth‘s London residence — has been postponed until further notice “in line with government advice to avoid mass gatherings.” The ceremonies at St. James’s Palace and Windsor Castle are also canceled until it is safe to resume.

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Michelle Money Gets Support From Emily Maynard & More ‘Bachelor’ Nation Stars After Her Daughter, 15, Is Hospitalized

Michelle Money’s 15-year-old daughter, Brielle is in a medically-induced coma after a skateboarding accident, the Bachelor’ alum revealed on Instagram. She shared a photo of Brielle, who suffered brain trauma, in a hospital bed on March 30.

Michelle Money is asking for prayers after her daughter Brielle was seriously injured in a skateboarding accident. The 15-year-old, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was discovered by neighbors, who called 911. Michelle, 39, who competed on both The Bachelor in 2011 and Bachelor in Paradise in 2014, revealed the news in a post on Instagram on Monday morning, (seen here).

“Brielle was in terrible skateboarding accident and is in the ICU on life support. She suffered a serious brain trauma and a fractured skull. She is in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure in her brain. She is in amazing hands up at Primary Children’s Hospital,” Michelle wrote alongside a photo of Brielle hooked up to various machines in a hospital bed.

After Michelle’s post explaining the situation, which she described as “the worst experience of my life,” Bachelor Nation instantly rallied around her. Michelle competed for Brad Womack‘s heart in season 15 of the hit ABC show.

“Oh Michelle I’m so sorry,” former Bachelorette Emily Maynard commented. “Im praying for a miracle for you and your sweet girl. Sending you all the love in the world. .” Bachelor in Paradise alum and mom of two, Jade Roper added, “Praying so so hard, Michelle. Know my love is with you and Brielle..”

Former Bachelorettes, JoJo Fletcher (season 12) and Kailtyn Bristowe (season 11) shared supportive messages under Michelle’s post. “I am so so sorry. Sending so many prayers to you and your sweet girl. ,” JoJo wrote. Kaitlyn added, “Michelle. I am so so so sorry. I am sending every single prayer her way, and yours. She is such a strong girl. ❤️❤️❤️❤️.”

In her post, Michelle, who believes in the power of prayer, called on her followers to help support her daughter.

“Please — I am asking for prayers. I believe in the power of communication with whatever God you believe in. The energy of your conscious focus to send healing to my daughter is real. In whatever form you commune with your Higher Power, please as a desperate mother, I am begging you to do so,” Michelle wrote. “She needs support and healing right now. And if you could send one up for me as well, I would appreciate it. This is the worst experience of my life.”

Michelle continued: “ALWAYS MAKE THEM WEAR THE HELMET. ALWAYS. EVEN WHEN THEY PUSH BACK. Thank you to the neighbors who happened to be on a walk and found her and called 911. You will never understand. I would not have found her in time. My heart is forever grateful. Thank you to all of you who have sent prayers and messages and love. Brielle has been through so much already this year. She has proven how strong she is. I know she will pull through,” she concluded, adding the hashtag, “#PrayForBrie.”

Our thoughts are with Michelle and her daughter, along with their friends and family during this difficult time. We will continued to update this developing story.

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Royals in the digital era: how the Queen and her family have become the real kings and queens of social media

If you want to be one of the first to see Prince George’s Mother’s Day card to Kate Middleton, or to get a glimpse of a never-before-seen photo of the Duchess as a baby, there’s one thing you must do, and that’s follow the royals on Instagram. Since the Queen opened a Twitter account in 2009, the Windsors have built an online following running into tens of millions and while it might seem very modern, the truth is it’s as, if not more, effective for their ‘brand’ as garden parties and balcony appearances. You’re just as likely to see breaking news on their accounts as a cute picture of little Prince Louis. The royal family’s social media messaging is impeccable, and it allows the Firm to engage with their audience directly, without filters.

It’s not just the use of new media but the consistent style that attracts followers. Matt Navarra, a social media expert and head of content at The Next Web, is impressed by the freshness and immediacy of their feeds. He praised the “very high-quality imagery. The royal family post lots of video clips accompanied by detailed descriptions in plain, interesting language for the widest possible audience appeal. They’ve ramped up their media presence. I actually think they do a really good job.”


WATCH: The Cambridges shared this video of George, Charlotte and Louis clapping for the NHS

Amid the coronavirus pandemic these channels are being deployed more effectively than ever. A monarch who is one of the most travelled in history and who once said “I have to be seen to be believed” has been forced to cancel everything from the Japanese state visit to Easter church services. Social media is filling this vacuum.

Nothing could convey ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude more than this week’s image of our indestructible 93-year-old sovereign conducting her weekly audience with the Prime Minister by phone – her vintage rotary model reminding us that Her Majesty’s seen a fair few crises in her time.

The Queen shows us how to ‘keep calm and carry on’

On Thursday, senior royals joined the nation in saluting NHS staff, with Prince George and his siblings looking particularly cute in a Kensington Royal video as they clapped enthusiastically. Before that came the Countess of Wessex’s message of solidarity promoting online resources for quarantined families. Charmingly shot by Sophie’s daughter Lady Louise Windsor, the video appeared to have been filmed in the chillout den of their home, Bagshot Park.

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Prince William’s video in support of the National Emergencies Trust helped raise £12 million for its coronavirus appeal in one week while Princess Anne shared footage of a regiment of which she is colonel-in-chief delivering face masks to a hospital at 6am. And from his new home in North America, an emotional Prince Harry used Instagram to announce the postponement of the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen.

Her Majesty sent her first tweet in 2014

Her Majesty understood early on the effectiveness of new technologies to communicate with subjects. Her coronation in 1953 was televised in the face of doubts from Winston Churchill. When she sent her first personal tweet, signed Elizabeth R, at the Science Museum in 2014, director Ian Blatchford remarked that her reign had been marked by the use of new media. He told her: “You made the first live Christmas broadcast in 1957 and an event relished by historians took place on 26 March 1976, when you became the first monarch to send an email.”

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Then in 2000, Buckingham Palace launched a YouTube channel, after the concept was explained to the Queen by her granddaughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Its first ever broadcast was rarely-seen silent newsreel footage of the 1923 wedding of her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Prince Charles was also a pioneer, becoming the first royal to chat to young volunteers via a live webchat on Google Hangouts. Using Google’s maps feature, virtual visitors can also walk the corridors of his home, Clarence House, checking out the priceless art works and looking at the heir to the throne’s personal family pictures.

A royal strategy designed to engage a younger global audience has produced stellar moments. Harry’s mic-dropping antics with ‘Granny’, in which he challenged the Obamas over the Invictus Games, and William and Kate leaving hospital with Louis with the caption ‘Welcome to the family’, both went viral. Another inspirational moment was Harry taking an HIV test during a live broadcast on Facebook.

The Queen and Prince Harry’s mic drop went viral at the time

Meghan Markle‘s time as a senior royal also heralded a more personal, imaginative use of social media within the palace. As an actress and blogger, she had given the world a front row seat to what she described as “inspired living and dreams coming true” through her website The Tig. Devotees were devastated in 2017 when she closed her personal social media, with a final message urging her “sweet friends” to “keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, laughing, taking risks and being ‘the change you wish to see in the world’.”

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To the delight of Harry and Meghan fans, on 2 April 2019 the Sussexes left their shared platform with William and Kate and took over the reins of their social media, creating their own dedicated account. @Sussexroyal was born on Instagram, breaking records by gaining one million followers in five hours and 45 minutes, a figure that had risen to six and a half million within a month.

Sadly, there is a dark side to the excitement surrounding this online engagement. Last year, HELLO! exclusively reported that Kensington Palace was devoting a lot of resources to deleting abusive comments directed both to Duchesses Kate and Meghan and to other followers. To combat this the palace issued guidelines for commenting on their accounts, while we devised the #hellotokindness movement, which encourages users to think before posting and celebrates the positive aspects of social media.

The Sussexes shared this post after Archie’s birth

The negativity didn’t stop the Sussexes building an account that has become the virtual equivalent of a hug, with inspirational quotes and posts accompanied by upbeat music. It has allowed the duo to communicate in a way that more closely reflects their personalities – such as their joyous ‘It’s a BOY!’ post – and the issues they’ve taken to their hearts. “Harry and Meghan have always wanted to reach people on a global level,” is how friends summed up their mission.

This close personal posting relationship began on their former Kensington Palace feed, when the couple took us on the road for their tour of Australasia. There were posts shared in real time, often showing the viewpoint of Harry and Meghan themselves. We saw them taking in the crowds from their hotel in Fiji and experienced their incredible flag-waving welcome in Tonga via footage from the dashboard of their car. Another image showed the Prince practising for an Invictus Games speech watched by his adoring wife.

The Sussexes have shared personal photos with their fans

The most personal picture on their social media, one of many taken by Harry himself, showed a pregnant Meghan, with a quote from a famous suffragette. The Sussexes’ platform took modernity a step further, with informal language and a liberal sprinkling of emojis. A chirpy message for the Queen’s 93rd birthday read: “Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day.”

The Sussexes’ mastery of social media owes much to the fact that Meghan is the first royal to have come of age professionally as it was taking off. She is fluent in the language and style of millennials, as she explained in 2016, describing the nuts and bolts of building her site, from devising the logo to writing opinion pieces. “My baby,” she sighed, brimming with pride, adding this advice to other would-be bloggers: “Just leave room for the magic.” It’s a magic that we’ll undoubtedly see more of from the royal family.

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John Finlay Wants Channing Tatum to Play Him in a ‘Tiger King’ Movie

With seemingly everyone in the country either binging or already done with Netflix’s Tiger King series, fans are eager to hear the aftermath thoughts from some of the series’ most colorful characters. On his show Lights Out, David Spade had the opportunity to interview perhaps the most literally colorful of those characters, John Finlay (who says he now has 51 tattoos!). Finlay, who spent more than a decade in a relationship with Joe Exotic at his zoo, talks a number of different topics in his interview with Spade, but at the end of the clip answers the most important question: who he’d want to play himself in the Tiger King movie or limited series that now feels inevitable. His answer? “I would have to say Channing Tatum.”

Finlay preempted his answer by saying that it is a big name—and thus could be harder to get. But he also told Spade a story that made it clear that it’s more than just acting and looks that made him answer Tatum’s name. “I think it was 4-5 years ago. He did a shout out to Alyssa Finlay—she had Stage 4 Breast Cancer, and one of her bucket list was to have Channing Tatum give her a kiss. And he did on, I think it was Skype, or something like that,” he said. “Since he did that for my distant cousin, I would actually like him to play me.”

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Finlay also cleared a few other things up in the interview with Spade, including the fact that he and Exotic were actually never legally married, that their three-way, pink shirt-wearing wedding was all Joe’s idea, and that he didn’t get paid at all for 11 of the years he spent living and working at the zoo.

He also explained that the reason he was shirtless the entire documentary was the idea of the directors (Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin). “It was kind of the sex appeal-type thing,” he said, before Spade remarked that it’s not bad to show all his tattoos off.

“Most of it, it’s just me,” Finlay said. “He made everybody relate to me, and with the whole fan aspect, I’ve gotten a lot more positive out of it than negative, and I think that a lot of people can relate to what was going on.

You can watch Spade’s entire interview with Finlay below:

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