WhatsApp users warned over fraudsters impersonating chat apps to steal login details

Fresh WhatsApp scam fears with users being warned once again over thousands of websites imitating the popular messaging service in order to steal login information.

Another official-looking WhatsApp scam has hit again, with the messaging service branding it as a “threat that all users should be aware of.”

According to the Facebook-owned firm, over 39,000 websites are attempting to steal user information via convincing phoney login screens.

Scammers use WhatsApp to lead victims to websites that look to be managed by a trusted entity. The scam isn’t exclusive to WhatsApp; as fraudsters are also attempting to steal Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram account information.

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Brits were recently warned to be cautious after a Royal Mail text message scam swept the country, luring consumers expecting shipments into giving their bank info.

Facebook is now so concerned about the recent string of data-stealing websites that it has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the cyber criminals in their tracks, writing, “Today, we filed a federal lawsuit in California court to disrupt phishing attacks designed to deceive people into sharing their login credentials on fake login pages for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Phishing is a significant threat to millions of Internet users.”

This action is another step towards its continued efforts to protect people’s safety and privacy, sending a clear message to those attempting to exploit Facebook’s platform, and hold those who misuse technology accountable.

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A Bedford based mother recently took to Facebook to expose a convincing WhatsApp scam in which con artists pretended to be her daughter in order to steal money.

According to Facebook, any emails related to your account will come from fb.com, facebook.com, or facebookmail.com. To check for urgent updates from the company, go to www.facebook.com or use your Facebook app.

If you receive a strange email or message from Facebook, WhatsApp, or Instagram, do not open any links or attachments.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go out of their way to be ‘good neighbours’ with this grand gesture

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have gone out of their way to be ‘good neighbours’ after they made a grand gesture in their LA neighbourhood.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have funded a Christmas event in their community which they’ve been praised.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid for a brand new Christmas event in Montecito.
This royal news comes as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas card 2021 could be set to honour Princess Diana for the first time.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared some kind-hearted Christmas spirit with their neighbours after they stumped up the cash to pay for a new festive event.

The Sussexes, who moved to LA last year, after they stepped back from the royal family, have gone the extra mile to ensure their community enjoys the festive season.

The couple, who live among A-listers including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Bruce Willis, enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July and as a result, decided to pay for a new Christmas event in their community.

Sharon Byrne, Chief of the Montecito Association, told Good Morning Britain about the couple’s kind-hearted gesture, “I have to tell you that Harry and Meghan did sponsor our first ever Montecito holiday parade. They were the first people to sponsor it,” she said.

And she described them as, “Very good neighbours.”

But if you’re wondering how Harry and Meghan, who have son Archie, two and daughter Lilibet-Diana, six months, got involved, Sharon explained, “They reached out to us last year, and we gave them some assistance with some issues they were having when they moved in, and they said, right how do we join and what are we doing?

“They came to the fourth of July parade, and no one knew it was them, and they waved at everybody at the fourth of July parade, and then they called me, and they said we’d really like to help with that.

“So I said we had a Christmas parade coming up, why don’t you do that? And so they did,” she said.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Christmas lunch for members of the Royal Family hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Thanks to the generosity of Prince Harry and Meghan, Montecito held its first-ever Montecito Car Parade of Lights.

According to the Montecito Journal, the theme was ‘Holiday Magic’ and at the end of the article, they thanked the sponsors including local residents Harry and Meghan.

It read, ‘Thanks to the many parade sponsors including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who were first to donate…’

Kids from one to 92 lined the streets of the parade route cheering on the brightly-lit cars decorated with toys, garland, Santa’s mailbox, sleighs, pets, holiday music, and more. It’s hoped that the event becomes an annual attraction.

You can see some of the decorated vehicles in the Instagram post below, swipe for images…

Speaking of their “tight-knit” neighbourhood, Sharon added, “During the pandemic, Montecitans were excited because they didn’t have to leave their house like they usually have to do – they all got to stay home for a change.”

Meghan has previously got festive by joining in to make Christmas decorations during her visit to the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham, south west London on December 18, 2018.

The couple is expected to celebrate Christmas in the US rather than travel to the UK to spend Christmas with the Queen, who has since had her Christmas plans crumbled.

The Sussexes are expected to release their annual Christmas card today.

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You shouldn’t wash your face in the shower is a myth, according to skin experts

Have you ever been told you shouldn’t wash your face in the shower? We ask the beauty experts whether there is any truth to this beauty rumour  -or if jumping in the shower with a cleanser is more than OK? 

When you’re in the shower, it’s easy to reach for the cleanser and let the suds lather up under the running water rather than wash your face properly at the sink. But, could this be doing more harm than good to your skin? 

It’s thought that washing your face in the shower dries the skin out, causes spots and can worsen skin irritation but there is limited research on this theory.

With opinions varying, we asked the experts to weigh in and decipher once and for all whether you should or shouldn’t wash your face in the shower.

Should you wash your face in the shower?

Yes, it is absolutely fine to wash your face in the shower. This won’t cause any harm as long as you protect the skin by using warm water and moisturising afterwards.

Elena Cudworth, Founder and Senior Aesthetician at Elenique clinic in London explains, “Standing in a shower of hot water can dehydrate the skin, and the skin can feel tighter so it is important to moisturise the skin straight after the shower. But, if you do this, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t wash your face in the shower.

“In fact, for those with combination skin types, hot water will relax the pores and using a foaming cleanser will result in a deeper cleanse, reducing congestion.”

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Ophelia Veraitch is also very much in favour of a shower cleanse, “I actually encourage my patients to wash their faces in the shower because I know how busy everyone’s lives are and I know that for many people they won’t have time to have a shower and then wash their face before/after it.

“For acne-prone teenagers (who often don’t have a skincare regimen) for example, it’s especially important that they start to wash their face and so by encouraging them to do it in the shower it’s more likely to happen.”

For the healthiest skin, you could also follow with a skin toner to remove any excess product build-up. And, one of the best facial oils to rehydrate the skin.

 

Does washing your face in the shower cause acne?

“It’s a myth that washing your face in the shower causes acne and spots, and in fact quite the opposite is true,” explains Dr Ophelia. “I always clean my face in the shower and as long as you use a clean face towel to properly take the residue off (also no need for a separate toner then!) then there’s no reason why it will cause acne and spots.”

Where you wash your face is completely up to you and you may find that you can have a more thorough cleanse at the basin.

Does washing your face in the shower dry it out?

The experts agree that washing your face in the shower is absolutely fine but if the water is too hot, this can dry the skin out (which can lead to a broken skin barrier and making the skin more susceptible to spots and irritation.)

“Of course standing in a shower of hot water can dehydrate the skin,” says Elena. “For those with more sensitive skin or rosacea prone skin, I advise to avoid very hot water on your skin to reduce the risk of sensitivity and redness. You should use a gentle milky or cream cleanser to complete the cleansing routine and moisturise straight after. It is also great to use a hydrating mask once or twice a week to keep your skin balanced and calm.”

When washing your face in the shower, Dr Ophelia suggests a gentle cleanser with warm (not hot!) water too, “I would advise using a gentle cleanser to wash the face in the shower. You can massage it in well before washing off with a clean face towel. Ensure that the water isn’t too hot too and together this will ensure that the skin doesn’t dry out.”

Should you wash your face before or after a shower?

We all know that cleansing is necessary for skin health and according to the experts, it doesn’t really matter when you cleanse, the important thing is that you do it regularly.

“There really is no reason to wash your face separately,” says Dr Ophelia. 

Cleansing is important to get rid of dirt, sebum, make-up and bacteria and prevent premature ageing and spots -but the real secret to great skin is just washing your face twice a day, everyday. 

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How to wash your face properly, according to the experts

Knowing how to wash your face properly can transform your skin. This is the cleansing routine the experts recommend…

It might seem basic but, finding out how to wash your face properly can mean the difference between good and great skin. It might seem as simple as using cleanser with a splash of water but if you’re facing skin issues, a decent cleanse can make all the difference.

Cleansing is such an integral part of any beauty routine because the skin is our largest organ. It’s our barrier to the outside world and can be a signpost of things going on inside the body. Looking after it and removing daily dirt, grime and make-up allow the skin to repair itself and look it’s best lessening the appearance of things like dehydration, spots on your face or premature ageing.

According to Dr Ophelia Veraitch, Consultant Dermatologist, cleansing is an absolute must, “Even when not wearing make-up, it’s still important to cleanse properly day and night.”

In order to get this important step right, we asked skin experts for their advice on how to wash your face properly and get your best ever skin.

How to wash your face properly

Completely removing your make-up, massaging in your cleanser, using a washcloth and patting your skin dry are vital steps to ensure good skin. But, taking your cleanse a bit further will leave you with great skin.

If you haven’t heard the term ‘double cleansing’ then where have you been hiding? In the morning, a single cleanse with one product is sufficient as you should be going to bed bare-faced. But, at the end of the day – if you wear make-up and SPF –  a thorough or “double cleanse” is a great option. This will really rid the pores of product build-up and grime.

But, what is double cleansing? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds, cleansing twice.

Skin expert Caroline Hirons explains, “The reason we (facialists) do two cleanses is fairly obvious but in short: we believe it is better to do two quick, gentle cleanses than one long one.”

Skin expert and owner of her eponymous skincare brand, Tata Harper agrees, “Double cleansing is critical for skin health but just the one cleanse won’t cut it, especially in the evening. Using only one cleanser at night is like having a shower with all your clothes on. Throughout the day, toxins and pollutants are absorbed into your skin. If not treated properly, will accelerate the signs of ageing.”

But there are also other factors to consider to get the most out of your cleanse – skin type, exfoliating and different types of cleanser, to name just a few.

So, to give you a step-by-step breakdown of how to wash your face properly here’s the routine the skin experts advise you to follow.

1. Wash your hands

It might seem trivial but washing your hands before they go near your face is crucial to avoid spreading bacteria. Every day we touch dirty surfaces as well as phones and door handles before we wash and this can cause bacteria to transfer to the skin.

“Always wash your hands first,” says Elena Cudworth, Senior Aesthetician and owner of London-based skin clinic Elenique, Doing this will minimise your chances of infections in the form of pimples and spots.

2. First cleanse – Remove your eye make-up

If you’ve been wearing make-up, start your double cleanse by breaking it down, paying particular attention to eye make-up. Use an eye make-up remover or an oil-based cleansing balm, but avoid using face wipes.

“I would always advise against using face wipes as essentially, they just move dirt and oil around on the face,” says Dr Ophelia.

The idea is to take off heavy-duty foundation, eyeliner, and mascara before actually cleaning the skin and a double cleanse, starting with an oil-based cleanser, is the perfect method.

“I always think of step one of double cleansing as your makeup and sunscreen removal step,” says Consultant Dermatologist at Skin55 and author of The Skincare Bible, Dr Anjali Mahto.

3. Second cleanse – Use a cleanser

After you’ve successfully broken down your make-up, grab a different cleanser for your second cleanse.

The formula you reach for will be determined by your skin type and skin issues. Here, Elena explains the different types of cleansers and which skin they are most suitable for:

Sensitive skin – “Choose a gentle foaming cleanser or cream-based cleanser with soothing and calming botanicals such as arnica, aloe vera or chamomile.”

Dry skin
– “Use a creamy or milky cleanser with hydrating and nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, aloe vera, castor oil or sweet almond oil.”

Combination skin
– “As combination skin can be oily and dry at the same time, I would advise using a gentle foaming cleanser or, if skin changes from oily to dry, a gel cleanser in the morning and a cream cleanser in the evening.”

Oily skin
– “Purifying, oil-balancing, foaming gel cleansers are best for oily skin. Cleansers containing purifying, balancing and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic or fruit acids (AHA or BHA) can help to unclog the pores.”

4. Exfoliate your skin

Use a chemical or physical exfoliant to buff away dead skin cells and you’ll see far more radiant skin underneath. You should aim to exfoliate at least once a week but you can exfoliate more regularly, depending on your skin type.

Physical exfoliation- A physical exfoliant should be a gentle scrub or cleansing powder that’s perfect for massaging into damp skin. It literally buffs away dead skin cells to reveal newer ones. Always rinse off a physical exfoliant with your hands to avoid irritation. “Do not use your washcloth with an exfoliating cleanser or scrub as you can over-exfoliate your skin and cause sensitivity,” advises Elena.

Chemical exfoliation – A chemical exfoliant is applied like a toner when the skin is dry. It consists of different acids like AHAs, BHAs or PHAs which dissolve dead skin cells over time. Don’t overdo chemical exfoliants though, as this can lead to redness or sensitivity. “I think that we are tending to over-exfoliate and people are running into problems with that where they’re getting irritation,” explains Dr Anjali. “You probably only want to be exfoliating maybe once or twice a week, particularly if you’re using other actives like retinol.”

What about toner? Previously, the purpose of skin toners was to ensure every scrap of make-up was off the face but in more modern times, there’s really no need to ‘tone’.

Double cleansing takes care of make-up removal and cleaning your skin so your chemical exfoliant should take the place of a traditional toning product.

5. Moisturiser/treatments

Finish off your cleanse with either a moisturiser or an overnight skin treatment designed to be left on the skin. This could be retinol, a serum, or one of the best facial oils.

This important step seals in hydration and gets to work on your skin overnight. If you have incredibly oily skin, you may want to skip this step but nearly all dermatologists recommend rehydrating the skin after cleansing.

How to cleanse your face with a washcloth

For a really effective cleanse, using a flannel or washcloth is ideal.

“A washcloth is really useful for wiping the make up off of your face and more effective than just cleansing and rinsing. It also provides some gentle exfoliation,” says Dr Ophelia. “I use a clean washcloth each day, and I recommend my patients to do the same.”

“To cleanse your face, gently massage your cleanser onto wet skin. Then, take a clean and damp washcloth and wipe the cleanser and make up away, ensuring you don’t apply too much pressure to the skin’s surface. Gently pat dry with a clean towel.”

Remember – always use a clean flannel everyday and put your washcloth into a 60º washing machine cycle to get rid of bacteria and product!

How often should you wash your face?

You should wash your face every day morning and evening, even if you’re not wearing makeup.

“The first essential step of your at-home daily skincare routine is cleansing. This should be done t the beginning and end of every day,” explains Elena.

Dr Ophelia agrees, “Washing your face in morning and evening is really important. This is to help remove the build-up of dirt and bacteria that can gather throughout the day. These include environmental factors such as pollen, make-up, and dirt from mobile phone contact and face touching, and at night from sweat, dribble, and the pillow. By keeping the skin clean you’re reducing the likelihood of bacteria that can develop into acne and outbreaks.”

An evening cleanse is especially important as this will prepare your skin for problem-solving treatments while you sleep.”Your skin’s natural processes do vary during the 24-hour night-day cycle, so when we talk about beauty sleep your skin is genuinely regenerating and repairing at nighttime,” says Dr Anjali. “That’s when your skin cell turnover is also improving.”

Can I just wash my face with water?

“Whilst you can just wash your face with water for some people this can leave skin feeling tight and dry. This is particularly the case in many parts of the UK where the water is hard. So I would recommend using a relatively gentle cleanser,” suggests Ophelia.

It’s worth bearing in mind that washing with only water doesn’t effectively remove dirt or make-up. If your skin is really sensitive, try using a calming cleanser to cleanse properly, without any discomfort.

 

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Martin Lewis issues email scam warning against fraudsters impersonating him ahead of Christmas

Martin Lewis has issued yet another customer alert due to a scam going around that is using his name to defraud innocent victims. 

With families all around the UK are gearing up for Christmas, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has once again shared some helpful financial advice for consumers. 

Last week, Martin, who frequently updates his 1.2 million followers with money-saving ideas online and via The Martin Lewis Money Show on ITV, shared a warning with the help of Action Fraud. 

He urged customers to report questionable emails sent in his name, tweeting “Sadly another flurry of scam emails with me in has been sent out. While I know many of your are kindly forwarding them to me, sadly I’m pretty impotent over this.”

Sadly another flurry of scam emails with me in has been sent out.

While I know many of your are kindly forwarding them to me, sadly I’m pretty impotent over this. Instead please forward them to REPORT@PHISHING.GOV.UK https://t.co/v4psHnrUdb

— Martin Lewis (@MartinSLewis) December 13, 2021

This warning follows Martin’s recommendations to Bulb users on what to do and what not to do if they are worried about Bulb energy going under ‘Special Administration.’ 

WhatsApp also recently issued a warning about a ‘friend in need’ scam with criminals attempting to steal money.  

It always seems to be Gmail that I get hundreds of spam emails from! Have reported this similar email before claiming to be you Martin. X

— Katie (@ktoxberry) December 13, 2021

In an effort to reduce the number of scam victims, Action Fraud, which received 305 reports of phishing scams in only one week, issued a statement that read, “Action Fraud has received 305 reports about fake emails purporting to be from Martin Lewis. A significant uplift has been noted in the number of phishing emails related to Martin Lewis, a well-known financial advisor on social media.

“The email is entitled ‘Martin Lewis: we are in crisis. Follow the revolutionary way to survive financially.

“The links in the emails lead to phishing websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.”

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Prince George, Charlotte and Louis get to open their Christmas presents BEFORE their cousins due to special royal privilege

The unlikely reason Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis get to open their Christmas presents BEFORE their cousins and it’s all due to a special royal privilege.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are allowed to open their presents on Christmas Eve – a day before their cousins.
The Cambridge youngsters have royal privilege which sees them traditionally open gifts a day early.
This royal news comes as Christmas baby joy for Kate Middleton as stylist Natasha Archer welcomes son.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis get special treatment when it comes to opening their Christmas present a day BEFORE their cousins.

The royal youngsters follow a family tradition that is in keeping with the Royal Family’s German heritage and it involves opening their presents on Christmas Eve, while millions of families wait until Christmas Day to open theirs.

And former royal chef Darren McGrady said, “The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations.

“After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.”

But their Middleton cousins will have to wait until 25th December to open theirs as they are not directly in the royal family.

And it’s not the only royal privilege the children benefit from – they also get to break this school rule, unlike their classmates.

BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE – DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge licks a candy cane at Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)

However, to ensure the Cambridge children aren’t left out on Christmas Day itself, it’s understood that they also open some presents on Christmas Day too. In 2018 Kate revealed George and Charlotte had been “up early” opening presents.

And it’s reported that Prince George got his habit of opening presents even earlier than Christmas Eve from his late grandmother Princess Diana

During a 2016 interview with Kiss FM DJ AJ King, Prince William revealed Prince George always tried to get his gifts early. “He said they were all really excited about it and that George is already opening his presents. He thought it a quite funny. That’s kids for you, even the ones that are princes!”

And it looks like it’s father like son – as in a letter to a friend from December 1985, when Will was three years old (the same age, coincidentally, that George was when Prince William confessed his own early unwrapping) Diana revealed that she and William were both guilty of opening gifts early.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 22: Princess Diana Helping Prince William With A Jigsaw Puzzle In His Playroom At Home In Kensington Palace. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

“I rushed home to open your Christmas present, which I thought was quite good considering the 25th is actually two weeks away!!” Diana wrote in the letter.

“I could not resist opening my present, as a parcel of any shape or form has never been safe with me and I fear that William has also picked up this dreadful habit from his mother, as I find wrapping paper undone in the most extraordinary places!”

One thing that the royals do release early is their annual Christmas cards.

But Prince Harry and Meghan, since stepping back from the royal family, are said to release their photo card late.

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This insane TikTok tampon hack to stop prosecco losing its fizz is sending the internet into a frenzy

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A TikTok tampon hack to stop boozy fizz losing its bubbles and to keep wine fresh has sent the internet into a total frenzy and we can see why.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, TikTok surprises you with a bizarre hack.

This strange trick of using a tampon as an ‘impromptu bottle cork’ to keep fizz in your prosecco and champagne or to keep wine fresh has got the internet divided.

There’s no denying that TikTok keeps us up all night every night, yet despite its addictive qualities, it does provide useful life tips that we didn’t even know we needed.

@caiticrayImpromptu bottle cork♬ original sound – Caiti

For starters, there was a genius hack to get fresh McDonald’s fries every time, and back in the summer we learned we had been opening tin cans wrong all along!

And now that Christmas is only three days away, and we’re ready to crack open bottles of the best wines and fizz, another wild TikTok hack has joined the ranks.

Any wine drinker knows that after the cork is popped, finishing the bottle is the ultimate way to make sure you consume the beverage at its best. But what if you’ve had a few glasses too many but want to keep your fizz nice and bubbly?

Well, TikTok user @Caiticray has created an innovative yet bizarre trick using a wine bottle and a tampon to solve that issue.

The video, which has over 6 million views, shows her giving the humble tampon a new lease on life. She can be seen using the plastic applicator to insert it into the neck of the bottle, stopping any fizz from escaping and keeping the wine fresh. Genius or absurd?

While it’s not quite the same as realising that we’ve all been eating hotdogs wrong, the revolutionary technique has still surely received mixed reviews.

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One user who was blown away by the clever idea gushed, “Why is this not a standard practice?”

“If the inventor of tampons could see us now ,” raved Tampax’s official TikTok account in the comment section.

Not everyone was swayed by the tampon hack though, as one disgusted user penned, “I have no idea why but this idea grosses me out. It has no reason to but knowing what those are meant for, I just couldn’t ”

Sometimes you have to take it from the professionals, as a wine server who is trained and specialised in all areas of wine, added, “As a Sommelier this is a hard nope. Air can still pass thru the fibres and the wine will be oxidised.”

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Queen’s Christmas plans crumble as royal reportedly tests positive for Covid

The Queen’s Christmas plans could dramatically change after reports have suggested a senior royal might not be able to join her for the festivities. 

The Queen was expected to spend Christmas with her loved ones as she marks her first festive season since losing Prince Philip. 
Reports have alleged that Princess Anne’s husband has tested positive for Covid-19, potentially plunging Christmas plans into chaos. 
This royal news comes as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas card 2021 could be set to honour Princess Diana for the first time.

The Queen cancelled her pre-Christmas lunch with other members of The Firm earlier this week, just days before it was announced she would be remaining at Windsor Castle for the festive period. Before the Queen cancelled Christmas at Sandringham, she was expected to host her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Norfolk, as is tradition for the family. However, now it seems she could end up marking her first Christmas since the death of her beloved husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, without several senior royals. 

It’s not yet been confirmed who might still visit the Queen over Christmas despite the change of venue. However, reports have now alleged that Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the monarch’s son-in-law has tested positive for Covid-19. 

According to Hello! magazine, Sir Timothy is believed to be isolating and following all government guidelines at the Gatcombe Park home he shares with Princess Anne. As a result, it’s currently considered unlikely that the Princess Royal will visit her mother over Christmas and it’s been suggested by some that Anne is also isolating.

The reports have not been confirmed by the Royal Family themselves. Though if they do turn out to be correct then the Queen could end up marking this poignant Christmas without her only daughter and son-in-law.

These new reports come at what is already a difficult time for the Queen, with other royal relatives already understood to not be coming to visit for Christmas. It was previously thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could bring Lilibet and Archie to the UK for the festivities. 

Despite this it’s recently been claimed that the Sussexes will not join the Queen for Christmas after all and will instead celebrate in the US. Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton and their children are amongst the royals who regularly celebrate with the monarch, but their attendance this year is also not certain.

And in light of the new reports regarding Sir Timothy, it seems that Her Majesty could potentially face a quieter Christmas without certain close loved ones this year. This might make Christmas 2021 even more heartbreaking for the Queen as she reflects on the loss of Prince Philip, whilst missing her daughter and son-in-law. 

The Queen will no doubt draw special comfort from the royals who do end up visiting her over the Christmas period this year.

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Strictly Come Dancing star rushed to hospital just days before family Christmas

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Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez has shared candid photos with fans as he revealed he’s now home after spending an “interesting” 24 hours in hospital. 

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 has finally ended, with Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice being crowned worthy winners. All the Strictly 2021 finalists gave it their all and though it was devastating that AJ Odudu pulled out of the show the day before due to injury, it was also wonderful to see many of this year’s line-up return in the final for a special group performance. This included actor Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez, who sadly left in just Week 3. 

Gorka has been a professional on the show for six series now and even found love in the Strictly ballroom. The dancer became engaged to actor Gemma Atkinson this year, after she competed opposite Gorka with Aljaž Škorjanec on Strictly in 2017. Gemma and Gorka welcomed their first child together two years later, named Mia. 

Now ahead of a wonderful family Christmas together, Gorka has taken to Instagram to share the shocking news that he’s recently spent 24 hours in hospital. 

Gorka posted a series of photos and a video of his recent experience, writing, ‘I was looking forward for Christmas at Home but that was interesting 24h in Hospital ’. 

‘@glouiseatkinson thinks it was a excuse to avoid all the wrapping of the christmas presents…’, the professional dancer declared, showcasing his brilliant sense of humour at even the most challenging of times. 

Gorka then went on to reassure fans that despite this unexpected stay in hospital so close to the big day, all is well. So much so, that he’s now “back home” and receiving loving care and attention from a very special “little nurse”. 

He continued, ‘Anyway… everything is okey and I am back home having cookies and cuddles of my little nurse. Thanks to the Dorctors and Nurses at Fairfield Hospital for being so lovely to me ’.

FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!’, he signed off, signalling that regardless of these difficult events Gorka is well and truly back looking forward to a family Christmas with Gemma and Mia. 

Gorka’s revelation was met with shock and plenty of well-wishes from many Strictly stars, both professional and celebrities. 

I hope you are ok Gorksybabes ’, commented Strictly 2021 runner up John Whaite, sharing his super cute and rather unusual nickname for the dancer. 

Fellow professional Katya Jones responded simply, ‘Oh no! Get better soon Gorks. ’. 

‘Noo! Hope you’re okay ’, wrote Katie McGlynn, Gorka’s dance partner from this year’s Strictly. 

Whilst Janette Manrara, who became the new It Takes Two 2021 presenter this year replied, ‘Oh no! Hope you’re okay Te mando muchos deseos para que estés mejor pronto ’, wishing him a speedy recovery. 

With Gorka now safely back at home with Gemma and Mia, it’s hoped that he will indeed feel much better soon. His time in hospital comes just days after the Strictly 2021 final when he donned his iconic 101 dalmatians costume one more time in the group dance. 

Fans will no doubt be looking forward to seeing Gorka Marquez back in the Strictly ballroom again next year! 

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