BBC Wales removes rugby promo amid social media backlash

BBC Wales removes a promotional trailer ahead of Saturday’s Wales v England Six Nations rugby match following criticism on social media.

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‘Rich, thin and beautiful’

They were the talk of the town in 1990s Britain, but are the “It girl’s” best days over?

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‘Real’ Mr Darcy was nothing like Colin Firth, academics say

‘Real’ Mr Darcy was nothing like Colin Firth, academics say

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The ‘historically accurate’ portrait of Mr Darcy looks starkly different to Colin Firth who portrayed him in the BBC drama

Academics have revealed what they claim is the first “historically accurate” portrait of Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy – and he’s a world away from the romantic hero of films and TV.

Instead of the broad shoulders and square jaw of Colin Firth there is a modestly-sized chest and pointy chin.

There is little description of him in Pride and Prejudice, so the academics used historical fashions from the 1790s, when it was written.

This version also wears a powdered wig.

“Our Mr Darcy portrayal reflects the male physique and common features at the time,” says Amanda Vickery, professor of early modern history at Queen Mary University of London.

“Men sported powdered hair, had narrow jaws and muscular, defined legs were considered very attractive,” she says.

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Colin Firth in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice seems to have set the standard for the modern Mr Darcy

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A frock coat can be seen on the artist’s impression, Colin Firth and Matthew Rhys in the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley

Colin Firth got the nation’s collective hearts racing in 1995 with his depiction of the mysterious Mr Darcy in the BBC’s adaptation.

Further adaptations since have followed in the style of Firth’s portrayal including Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice.

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Matthew Macfadyen played Mr Darcy in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley

But the academics say their muscular chests and broad shoulders would have been the sign of a labourer and not a gentleman at the time the book was written.

The fans’ favourite Mr Darcy moments – when Colin Firth walked out of a lake dripping wet and Matthew Macfadyen crossed a field in the mist, both showing off their chests – would not have looked the same with the historically accurate Mr Darcy and his sloping narrow shoulders.

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Alan Badel – the BBC’s Mr Darcy in 1958 – looks more like the academics’ impression

Some fans have not been impressed by the portrait.

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Professor John Sutherland, from University College London, who led the research says they only had “scraps” of physical description of the character Fitzwilliam Darcy.

As well as looking at the fashions of the day they also looked at Austen’s relationships and the men who may have inspired her characters.

“He is our most mysterious and desirable leading man of all time, says Prof Sutherland.

And he appears frequently in modern culture.

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The character of Mark Darcy, the romantic hero in the Bridget Jones books, was named after Jane Austen’s character and played by Colin Firth in the films

Further depictions of Mr Darcy include Matthew Rhys who played the character in the TV adaptation of the Pride and Prejudice “sequel” Death Comes to Pemberley.

He also inspired the character of Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, also portrayed by Colin Firth in the film versions.


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Alec McCowen, stage actor and Bond’s ‘other Q’, dies at 91

Alec McCowen, stage actor and Bond’s ‘other Q’, dies at 91

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McCowen played Algy, aka Q, in Never Say Never Again

British actor Alec McCowen, who played gadget inventor Q opposite Sir Sean Connery in “rogue Bond” film Never Say Never Again, has died at the age of 91.

His death was announced in a tweet by talent agency Conway van Gelder Grant.

Born in 1925, the Rada-trained actor performed with the RSC and starred in the first production of Equus in 1973 .

The National Theatre also marked his passing on Twitter, calling him “one of the most highly-regarded actors of his generation”.

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Other notable stage roles included the Fool alongside Paul Scofield in Peter Brook’s 1962 production of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

He also travelled the world with a one-man performance of St Mark’s Gospel and played a detective in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy.

To many, though, he will be best remembered for his brief appearance as Q – here nicknamed Algy – in 1983’s Never Say Never Again.

“Now you’re on this, I hope we’re going to have some gratuitous sex and violence!” he was seen telling Connery’s James Bond in the “unofficial” remake of 1965’s Thunderball.

The character Q has also been most recently played by Ben Whishaw, as well as Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese.

McCowen, who was made an OBE in 1972 and a CBE in 1986, is survived by his sister Jean, two nephews and two nieces.

His partner, the actor Geoffrey Burridge, died in 1987.


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Youth radio in decline nationally, figures suggest

Youth radio in decline nationally, figures suggest

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Rickie Williams, Charlie Hedges and Melvin Odoom co-host Kiss FM’s breakfast show

Most UK radio stations aimed at a young audience have seen their listeners fall, Rajar figures suggest.

Radio 1’s audience fell by 3.2% in the last three months of 2016 compared with the previous quarter, while Radio 1Xtra fell 11.4% over the same period.

Capital saw its listenership drop by 3.1%, while the Kiss network saw its share fall by 3.5%,

Yet Kiss still has reason to be happy, as its breakfast show is now London’s most popular commercial breakfast show.

The audience research body’s figures also show Radio 4’s Today programme recorded its highest ever audience.

The BBC station’s flagship show went from 7 million weekly listeners in the last quarter of 2015 to 7.4 million in the last three months of 2016.

“In an era of fake news, echo chambers and significant shifts in global politics, the role of Radio 4’s Today as the trusted guide to the world around us is more important than ever,” said Bob Shennan, director of BBC radio and music.

Radio 3’s breakfast show also did well, with an audience of 647,000 in the last quarter of 2016 signalling a 20% rise on the same period in 2015.


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Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul is retiring to spend time with her family

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul is retiring to spend time with her family

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The star’s biggest albums include Lady Soul and I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You

Soul legend Aretha Franklin says she plans to retire from music to spend more time with her grandchildren.

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The 74-year-old said she would record one final album with Stevie Wonder before stepping out of the limelight.

“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” the Queen Of Soul told a Detroit TV station, adding that she felt “exuberant” about her plans.

One of the most distinctive voices in popular music, she is known for hits including Respect and Dr Feelgood.

Among her career highlights are:

  • More than 20 number one singles in the US
  • First woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Won the Grammy for best R&B vocal performance for eight consecutive years from 1968 to 1975
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2005

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Franklin is also an accomplished pianist

Franklin has been performing since she was 19, but has been suffering from ill health in recent years.

In 2010, she had to put her career on hold following abdominal surgery and has since slowed down her once-prolific tour schedule.

Looking back on her success, the star said: “I feel very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now”.

There is a caveat to her retirement plans: The singer said she would remain open to “some select things, many one a month, for six months out of the year”.

“I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing,” she added. “That wouldn’t be good either.”

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The star has suffered from ill health in recent years

Born in Memphis to a famous Baptist preacher, Franklin was tutored from an early age by gospel stars like Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward.

She struggled to find fame in the early years, with record label Columbia unsure how to frame her impressively powerful voice.

A move to Atlantic Records in 1966 turned things around. Producer Jerry Wexler paired her with the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, who prompted some of her most soulful, fiery performances.

By 1968, she was renowned throughout America and Europe as “Lady Soul” – a symbol of black pride, who was presented an award by Martin Luther King, and appeared on the cover of Time.

Although she faltered in the era of disco, an appearance in cult comedy The Blues Brothers brought her back into the public eye and she scored a number of big hits in the 1980s, including Who’s Zooming Who? and the George Michael duet, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).

She has continued to record and perform since, and two years ago, the star reduced President Obama to tears when she performed (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at the Kennedy Center Honours ceremony.

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Khloe Kardashian has hearts over her nipples

On Wednesday the hair stylist took to Instagram to share a photo of the 32-year-old beauty in a white lace corset. Because the item was see-through, the glam expert put red hearts on the reality star’s nipples.

This photo emerges just as UsWeekly claimed the blonde bombshell is very much interested in getting married to her beau of five months, basketball star Tristan Thompson, 25, of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Naughty: Khloe Kardashian's friend Jen Atkin took to Instagram to share a photo of the 32-year-old beauty in a white lace corset

Naughty: Khloe Kardashian’s friend Jen Atkin took to Instagram to share a photo of the 32-year-old beauty in a white lace corset

Soon to be Mrs Thompson? This photo emerges just as UsWeekly claimed the blonde is interested in getting married to beau Tristan Thompson. Pictured in Florida in 2016

Soon to be Mrs Thompson? This photo emerges just as UsWeekly claimed the blonde is interested in getting married to beau Tristan Thompson. Pictured in Florida in 2016

Jen wrote in her caption: ‘Back w my little A1 from Day 1 @khloekardashian ❤️❤️ @joycebonelli #jenatkinhair @goodamerican @revengebody.’

It appears as if the daughter of Kris Jenner, 62, was being styled for her reality series Revenge Body, which has been enjoying a successful first season.

Khloe looked hardly camera ready though with her white lace corset and nothing else on.

Busy with her career: The 32-year-old star was in a glam room on Tuesday 

Busy with her career: The 32-year-old star was in a glam room on Tuesday

The diva had her blonde locks ironed straight and her makeup was heavily dramatic with black eye liner and red lips.

The ex of Lamar Odom also wore a cross around her neck.

On Wednesday UsWeekly claimed that the TV darling is so happy with her beau she wants to marry him.

Hey look at me: The Calabasas native has been pushing a sexy image for her jeans company Good American

Hey look at me: The Calabasas native has been pushing a sexy image for her jeans company Good American

More lace! Here the siren wore black lingerie to promote the brand

More lace! Here the siren wore black lingerie to promote the brand

‘They’ve talked about getting married,’ a source told the publication.

She’s be happy about an engagement,’ it was added by the friend.

Even though her marriage to Odom ended with him cheating and nearly dying from a drug overdose, she is up for a second trip to the altar because the athlete has been so wonderful.

Tip-top shape: The blonde showed off her abs as she posed with her models

Tip-top shape: The blonde showed off her abs as she posed with her models

‘Tristan is unbelievably good to her,’ said the source. And she feels she has a special connection with the dribbler. ‘She didn’t think she was ever going to have that again after Lamar.’

And the K gang is up for it. ‘The family loves Tristan and wants to see this work.’ And it appears that Khloe is not worried that he had a baby with another woman.

In December he reportedly welcomed a child with ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig.

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Skye Wheatley reveals impressive tan line in swimsuit shot

But it seems Skye Wheatley is dedicated to the cause despite the controversy her comments caused.

The 22-year-old former Big Brother star showed off her sunkissed body and bikini tan line on Tuesday, outside her luxurious holiday villa in Bali wearing an unmissable orange swimsuit.

Total tan: It seems Skye Wheatley is dedicated to getting an incredible tan despite earlier this year being slammed for saying she wanted to look like a 'naturally tanned Aboriginal'

Total tan: It seems Skye Wheatley is dedicated to getting an incredible tan despite earlier this year being slammed for saying she wanted to look like a ‘naturally tanned Aboriginal’

With her wet hair pushed back behind her ears, the blonde beauty pouted as she posed for the camera and showed off her enhanced assets.

However it wasn’t her doubled-D breasts that caught the attention of her 286,000 fans, but rather her striking bikini tan line.

Having clearly spent plenty of time in the sun on her tropical getaway, Skye’s tan was almost as unmissable as her orange bathers.

Stunner: The 22-year-old showed off her sunkissed body and crazy bikini tan line on Tuesday

Stunner: The 22-year-old showed off her sunkissed body and crazy bikini tan line on Tuesday

‘I don’t even tan like that in the first place. That tan line is insane,’ one follower wrote.

But the professional make up artist wasn’t done putting her dedicated tan line on display, sharing two more photos from the final day of her Asian escape.

‘Sad to leave @thecolonyhotelbali it was so breathtaking,’ Skye captioned the image.

In one image the buxom blonde showed off her pert derriere as she sat poolside outside her luxurious hotel.

Bombshell: Former Big Brother contestant Skye Wheatley shared racy photos of herself on Monday, posing in lingerie in one image on Instagram

Bombshell: Former Big Brother contestant Skye Wheatley shared racy photos of herself on Monday, posing in lingerie in one image on Instagram

Belfie queen: The 22-year-old also shared a bikini clad shot of her pert derriere while posing on a swinging lounge

Belfie queen: The 22-year-old also shared a bikini clad shot of her pert derriere while posing on a swinging lounge

Racy: The racy holiday snaps were well received by fans, who complimented her on her figure

Racy: The racy holiday snaps were well received by fans, who complimented her on her figure

Later, this time wearing a black bikini, Skye leaned back over her hotel balcony and pushed out her double-D breasts as she posed for the camera.

Skye made headlines last year after her botched ‘Bangkok boob job’ that saw her breast implants fail to stay in shape.

But having since had the problem rectified with further surgery, she seemed keen to use Instagram to show off her body on her trip.

Posting a number of other photos over the past week, she flaunted her curves in a wide variety of lingerie and swimwear.

Holiday: Skye is on currently on a Bali getaway with her friend Brooklyn Kelly

Holiday: Skye is on currently on a Bali getaway with her friend Brooklyn Kelly

She's admitted to a boob job, lip fillers and rhinoplasty, but denied butt implants
'I feel like there is a bit of pressure to be perfect on Instagram cause you look at all these models on Instagram and their life is perfect'

Transformation: ‘I feel like there is a bit of pressure to be perfect on Instagram cause you look at all these models on Instagram and their life is perfect’

Pert derriere: Since arriving, the pair have been busy sharing snaps of their delicious meals and racy pictures by the pool

Pert derriere: Since arriving, the pair have been busy sharing snaps of their delicious meals and racy pictures by the pool

Her often busty posts received plenty of likes and comments that complimented her on her good looks and impressive display.

From kneeling on top of a swinging lounge to taking selfies in the mirror, Skye put her recently slimmed down figure on display on dozens of occasions.

The blonde bombshell traveled to Bali a week ago with her friend Brooklyn Kelly for a little rest and relaxation.

Gold Coast girl: Since appearing on Big Brother in 2014, Skye has had a drastic makeover thanks to a series of cosmetic enhancements

Gold Coast girl: Since appearing on Big Brother in 2014, Skye has had a drastic makeover thanks to a series of cosmetic enhancements

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MIC’s Sophie Hermann parties with new girl Mimi Bouchard

Season 13 of Made In Chelsea will be hitting TV screens in a few weeks’ time.

And while the talk of the moment has so far surrounded the news that regulars Binky Felstead and Josh Patterson are expecting a baby later in the year, the rest of the cast’s story-lines have been somewhat overlooked.

Louise Thompson, Steph Pratt and Jamie Laing will be back, as well as last season’s newbie Julius Cowdrey, but little has been spilled about which Kings Road-loving socialites will be joining the cast next.

'Making a splash!' Made In Chelsea's 'newest addition' Mimi Bouchard celebrates the birthday of former star Sophie Hermann... who is also rumoured to return in the new season

‘Making a splash!’ Made In Chelsea’s ‘newest addition’ Mimi Bouchard celebrates the birthday of former star Sophie Hermann… who is also rumoured to return in the new season

A source close to the series has revealed to MailOnline that former star Sophie Hermann is set for a potential return, having last been seen on the show in 2015.

Following in the footsteps of returning stars Francis Boulle and Fredrik Ferrier, Sophie turned heads when she descended from the air with Victoria Baker Harber in a private chopper, at the start of season six.

The source also added that MIC newbie Mimi Bouchard – a Canadian lifestyle blogger – is set to be another addition to the cast.

The 21-year-old, who originates from Toronto, is known for her feisty opinions on her website, and is thought to be shooting scenes with the likes of Julius and Fredrik for the new season.

Couture: The petite German fashionista wore a midnight-blue, shoulder-less bustier-type top, adorned with intricate floral embellishments

Couture: The petite German fashionista wore a midnight-blue, shoulder-less bustier-type top, adorned with intricate floral embellishments

New girl: The 21-year-old, who originates from Toronto, is known for her feisty opinions on her website, and is thought to be shooting scenes with the likes of Julius and Fredrik for the new season

New girl: The 21-year-old, who originates from Toronto, is known for her feisty opinions on her website, and is thought to be shooting scenes with the likes of Julius and Fredrik for the new season

Fuelling the rumour mill further, Sophie and Mimi were photographed partying together at the weekend, at Sophie’s birthday bash at The Ivy, Chelsea Garden.

The pair – who are also chummy with former star Kimberley Garner – smouldered for the cameras as they dined with a selection of fashion designers, bloggers and art specialists from Sophie’s inner circle.

The birthday girl – who comes from the fashion dynasty behind Mustang Jeans – looked flawless in a Maia Bergman ensemble.

The petite German fashionista wore a midnight-blue, shoulder-less bustier-type top, adorned with intricate floral embellishments.

Ski bunny: A source close to the series has revealed to MailOnline that former star Sophie Hermann is set for a potential return, having last been seen on the show in 2015

Ski bunny: A source close to the series has revealed to MailOnline that former star Sophie Hermann is set for a potential return, having last been seen on the show in 2015

On the scene: Mimi has been shooting with the likes of Fredrik and Julius, and there's a chance some of the females could see her as a threat

On the scene: Mimi has been shooting with the likes of Fredrik and Julius, and there’s a chance some of the females could see her as a threat

Sweeping beneath this, Sophie showcased her long pins in a semi-sheer floor-length skirt, in black, with matching stockings and killer heels.

She wore her long blonde tresses in perfect curves around her shoulders and welcomed Mimi to pose with her for some snaps.

Mimi kept things a little more conservative, in a lace black top, a matching blazer and sleek leather trousers.

When last seen on Made In Chelsea, Sophie had come to blows with Victoria, following her remark that she was ‘so last season’.

Sophie defended herself by declaring she was in fact ‘a timeless classic’ before associating herself with the likes of Louise and Binky instead.

Back for more? Sophie may be needed on side to play mediator between new-girl Mimi, as in typical Chelsea style, there's likely to be some upturned noses from other members of the cast

Back for more? Sophie may be needed on side to play mediator between new-girl Mimi, as in typical Chelsea style, there’s likely to be some upturned noses from other members of the cast

Drama on the cards? If Mimi has been shooting with the likes of Fredrik and Julius (pictured L-C), there's a chance some of the girls could see her as a threat; namely Olivia Bentley (R), who is dating Fredrik and good friends with Julius

Drama on the cards? If Mimi has been shooting with the likes of Fredrik and Julius (pictured L-C), there’s a chance some of the girls could see her as a threat; namely Olivia Bentley (R), who is dating Fredrik and good friends with Julius

The source added that things have since been smoothed over with Victoria, but that there’s likely to be fresh drama to contend with if she is needed on side to play mediator between new-girl Mimi and other cast members.

In typical Chelsea style, there’s likely to be some upturned noses from other female stars – when American Steph first came on to the scene, she was greeted by an infamously frosty Lucy Watson.

And if Mimi has been shooting with the likes of Fredrik and Julius, there’s a chance some of the girls could see her as a threat; namely Olivia Bentley, who is dating Fredrik and good friends with Julius.

‘Mimi doesn’t suffer fools gladly,’ the source added. ‘And while she isn’t looking for trouble, her Canadian pluck is sure to made a splash.

‘If Olivia sees her as a threat, things will surely get interesting.’

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Helen McCrory makes rare appearance with Damian Lewis

 They’ve got one of the strongest marriages in showbiz but tend to stay out of the public eye.

And Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis made a rare outing together on Wednesday night, attending the The Spotlight with Martha Kearney event at The Old Bailey in London, a fundraiser in aid of the Sheriffs’ and Recorders Fund.

Helen, 48, dared to be different in a hot pink and orange dress, showcasing her bold flair for fashion in the eye-catching attire.

Date night: Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis made a rare outing together on Wednesday night, attending the The Spotlight with Martha Kearney event at The Old Bailey in London, a fundraiser in aid of the Sheriffs' and Recorders Fund

Date night: Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis made a rare outing together on Wednesday night, attending the The Spotlight with Martha Kearney event at The Old Bailey in London, a fundraiser in aid of the Sheriffs’ and Recorders Fund

Her ensemble was cinched in at the waist with a thin metallic belt, and she matched her rosy blusher to her vibrant outfit.

Damian, 45, also smartened up for the occasion, lacing an arm around his wife’s waist as the pair posed with event host, broadcaster Martha.

The pair have been married since 2007 and raise daughter Manon, 11, and son Gulliver, nine, together.

Bold and beautiful: Helen, 48, dared to be different in a hot pink and orange dress, showcasing her bold flair for fashion in the eye-catching attire

Bold and beautiful: Helen, 48, dared to be different in a hot pink and orange dress, showcasing her bold flair for fashion in the eye-catching attire

Terrific trio: Damian, 45, also smartened up for the occasion, lacing an arm around his wife's waist as the pair posed with event host, broadcaster Martha

Terrific trio: Damian, 45, also smartened up for the occasion, lacing an arm around his wife’s waist as the pair posed with event host, broadcaster Martha

Their outing comes after Damian opened up about the impact being sent off to boarding school aged just eight has had on him.

The Homeland actor attended the revered prep school Ashdown House School and later Eton College, where previous alumni include the likes of Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston – and Damian admits the experience shaped him as a person.

He explained to the Evening Standard newspaper: ‘I do have a temper. There is a latent anger in a lot of people that went to boarding school at an early age.’

Out and about: Damian, 45, also smartened up for the occasion, lacing an arm around his wife's waist as the pair posed with event host, broadcaster Martha

Out and about: Damian, 45, also smartened up for the occasion, lacing an arm around his wife’s waist as the pair posed with event host, broadcaster Martha

‘I was eight and I loved it over the five years. But I think the adjustments for eight-year-olds are a lot. And I think it informs who you are for a long, long time.’

The star has previously been adamant that his own children won’t be sent away to school.

‘You go through something which, at that age, defines you and your ability to cope,’ he told the Sunday Times Magazine last year.

‘There’s a sudden lack of intimacy with a parent, and your ability to get through that defines you emotionally for the rest of your life.’

Forming experience: Their outing comes after Damian opened up about the impact being sent off to boarding school aged just eight has had on him

Forming experience: Their outing comes after Damian opened up about the impact being sent off to boarding school aged just eight has had on him

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