Six out of ten adults in England have high cholesterol but there are no symptoms

Back in post-war Finland in the 1950s, it was hard to imagine a healthier lifestyle than that of the country’s thousands of forestry workers. They spent all day outdoors in the fresh air, indulging in the kind of arduous physical labour many of us would balk at these days.

It should have been a recipe for good health and a long life. Yet, something was killing them well before their time.

It wasn’t until a landmark study in 1953 by an American researcher called Dr Ancel Keys that the mystery was solved.

Keys compared the diets of men from seven different countries to try to work out why rates of heart disease appeared to be so much higher in some than others.

He found Japanese fishermen who lived mainly on vegetables, rice and fish were easily outliving the foresters of Finland, who consumed enormous amounts of saturated fat – even routinely spreading butter on their cheese.

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It was the study that finally unlocked the role of cholesterol in the rising heart disease epidemic and marked a turning point in the way medicine approached the problem.

In the decades since, high cholesterol has emerged as public enemy number one when it comes to heart disease.

GPs routinely test for it, food manufacturers market low-fat products designed to help us control it and drug firms produce billions of pills every year to treat it. But what exactly is cholesterol and why is it even in our bodies in the first place?

A vital role in keeping the body healthy

Ironically, for all its harmful effects, cholesterol does play an essential role in how our bodies work. There is naturally occurring cholesterol in every cell we have and it is particularly important in keeping the brain, nerves and skin in good condition.

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For example, it forms part of the outer layer of every cell in the body. It also helps to make vitamin D – vital for strong bones and teeth – and it’s used to make bile, which helps us digest the fats we eat.

In fact, most of the cholesterol we have is produced by the body itself.

Problems emerge when additional cholesterol from our diet leads to dangerously high levels circulating in our blood. This can cause a build-up of hard deposits – called plaques – inside blood vessels.

When these deposits become unstable, they can cause a blockage which shuts off the blood supply to the heart or brain, starving them of oxygen and causing a heart attack or stroke.

The trouble is that high cholesterol causes no symptoms, so many people have no idea they are affected.

Public Health England says six out of 10 adults in England have high cholesterol.

It has carried out surveys which suggest just 46% of men aged 40-60 have had their cholesterol checked in the last year.

Around a third either couldn’t remember having a check, or definitely hadn’t had one – despite knowing it’s a risk factor for heart disease.

One easy way to find out is to request an NHS Health Check, which is available to everyone aged 40-74 and includes checks on cholesterol as well as blood pressure and diabetes risk.

Good v bad cholesterol

For years, it was thought that overall cholesterol levels were the key to working out someone’s heart disease risk, but doctors now realise the importance of distinguishing between good and bad cholesterol.

‘Good’ cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. It is made up of particles that travel round the bloodstream and transport ‘bad’ cholesterol – known as low-density lipoprotein, or LDL – back to the liver where it can be broken down and removed from the body safely.

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LDL particles have a job to do as well. Their role is to deliver the cholesterol that’s needed to cells all round the body. But if LDL levels get too high, our arteries start to clog up. NHS guidance states our total level should be 5 or lower, our HDL reading at least one and LDL a maximum of three.

“I don’t think the public fully understands the difference between types of cholesterol and the amounts they should have to stay healthy,” says Jules Payne, chief executive officer of the charity Heart UK.

Tiny alterations can make a big difference

An estimated eight million people in the UK routinely take drugs called statins to lower their cholesterol. They are very safe, effective and have been credited with saving thousands of lives since they first emerged in the 1990s.

But some people could reduce the chances of needing to take the drugs in the first place by making a variety of small changes to their diet and lifestyle.

Barbara Kobson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, says: “If people control their lifestyle and habits, they can have a positive impact on cholesterol levels.”

The key step is to reduce the amount of saturated fat in the diet. Dairy products such as butter, cheese, cream and full-fat milk are a major source of saturated fat, as is fatty meat and baked products such as pies, cakes and biscuits.

Eggs are not a problem, says Kobson, because although they do contain cholesterol, the amounts involved are too small to have a damaging effect, and they are a good source of protein and minerals.

Simply cutting down saturated fat-dense foods could potentially nudge cholesterol levels back below the danger level in some people, says Jules Payne.

“Most people are aware of the importance of cholesterol, but it’s putting lifestyle changes into practice that counts,” she says. “Everybody is busy these days so it’s important to make those changes manageable ones. We are talking about small adjustments that can easily be introduced into the daily routine.

“For example, try replacing butter with heart-healthy spreads, like Flora Proactiv or Benecol. And rather than snack on biscuits or cake, switch to a handful of nuts, such as walnuts.

“But one of the most important things you can do is to know your cholesterol numbers.”

Don’t delay – make changes today

Putting off lifestyle changes until later in life is unlikely to have any benefit, according to new research. Instead, men and women in their 30s and 40s should be thinking about switching to healthier habits to protect their hearts when they get older.

The study, by scientists at the German Research Centre for Environment Health, tracked 400,000 people – one of the biggest-ever investigations of its kind.

The results, published in The Lancet, revealed that those with the longest exposure to high cholesterol (in other words, the ones who did nothing about it early on) had the highest risk of heart attacks later on.

“This could be due to the longer exposure to harmful fats in the blood,” said lead researcher Dr Barbara Thorand.

Her team calculated that if those under 45 cut their bad cholesterol levels by leading healthier lifestyles, they’d slash the risk of heart problems by well over half.

“It means the risk reduction is much larger if cholesterol levels come down at a younger age,” she added.

The one group where lifestyle changes alone are unlikely to be enough is patients with an inherited form of high cholesterol, called familial hypercholesterolemia.

It affects an estimated one in 500 people in the UK and is often known as a silent killer as sufferers can die young.

High doses of statins are normally required to lower blood fat levels in this group.

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade's Daughter Makes Her Red Carpet Debut as Zaya

Ladies and gentleman, introducing Zaya Wade. 

On Saturday night, the 12-year-old walked her first red carpet since coming out as transgender at the Better Brothers Los Angeles 2020 Truth Awards alongside her parents, Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union. 

At the event, the trio twinned in coordinating Richfresh suits and jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz per Zaya's styling request. Dwyane opted for a colorblock jacket with a fuchsia dress shirt underneath and black trousers, while Gabrielle wore similar separates and an emerald cut-out top. Zaya, for her part, tied her mom and dad's looks together with a green tuxedo jacket, tailored black pants with pink accents, and a matching clutch. 

Gabrille Union, Dwyane Wade, Zaya Wade

According to E! News, in a speech during the award show, Dwyane commented on Zaya's transition and how they navigated her journey as a family. “When our 8-year-old daughter, Zaya Wade, came home and said she had something to tell us, when she came out to us, as a family, we admitted that weren't as educated about the LGBTQ+ community as we should have been,” he said, before revealing that they reached out to close friends, a male couple, for further advice. 

"They also reminded us to make sure Zaya knew her community and felt the love and support inside and outside from home," Dwyane continued. "From working closely with Zaya to design her room in our homes to make sure that her most authentic self was represented and that her bedroom felt like her sanctuary. Now, that may seem small, but taking the time to make sure Zaya felt seen and heard as she created her own space for us was key. It was key to Zaya's comfort and her confidence."

Later that evening, Dwyane took to Instagram to formally introduce everyone to Zaya (formerly known as Zion). “Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade!” he began his caption of a photo of Zaya in full modeling mode. “Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her. She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community.” 

In February, Gabrielle invited people to "meet Zaya" for the first time in a video posted to Twitter, in which the pre-teen discusses the importance of being who you are. "[To anyone] who is afraid they're going to be judged, I would say don't even think about that. Just be true to yourself, because what's the point of even living on this earth if you're going to try to be someone you're not?" she said. "It's like you're not even living as yourself. Be true and don't really care what the 'stereotypical' way of being you is."

Looks like we all could learn a lesson or two from Zaya.

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My wife & I are both in our late 40s and our sex life has really taken a hit – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY wife is the love of my life. I’m a happily married man. Our sex life was great and I knew I was blessed but lately that’s all gone downhill.

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Our youngest moved out before Christmas and we have the house to ourselves at long last. But our sex life is not what it was.

I know my wife is tired after work and I do long hours too but I want to bring back the magic. She’s 48 and I’m 49. Is our love life over?

DEIDRE SAYS: You want to bring back the magic but that isn’t all about sex. You now have the house to yourselves and your wife might be sad about this.

Try to focus on romance, remembering the love you started out with. Make time for talking, laughing and relaxing together.

Read my e-leaflet Your Relationship MoT. It can help and the sex will follow.

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Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross opens up about marriage and upcoming projects

If Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross ever advertises for a personal assistant, I reckon I’ll apply.

I’ve just pointed out that he and wife Lorraine have their 30th wedding anniversary coming up.

“Oh, well reminded, Mike!” Ricky cries. “I’d actually forgotten until you said that.”

To be fair, it’s a hectic time for the Glasgow-based couple, who’ve been bandmates as well as partners since the mid-80s.

Hectic in a good way, mind. There’s the superb new album, City Of Love, out today. There’s a big UK tour later this year. And, naturally, there’s the job of promoting both.

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Mind you, it sounds as if at least one sale is already notched up.

“I got a tweet the other day,” Ricky tells me, “from a guy calling himself Glasgow Tory Boy! He said: ‘I’ve ordered your new album.’

“Honestly, nothing has made me more happy!”

Ricky’s not suggesting his traditionally “left-leaning” Deacon Blue have taken a sudden lurch to the right.

It’s just he’s not one to ram his views down his audience’s throat, particularly given the way politics has been lately.

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“We’ve gone through a time of people tearing each other apart,” he sighs.

“It’s important to have your own values but I like to think our shows attract people with massively different political opinions, that we have that openness.”

Deacon Blue’s heyday brought them huge success.

After 1987’s classic Rain-town they had three top five albums and hit songs including Real Gone Kid, before splitting in 1994. Ricky, who turned 62 at Christmas, only wishes he’d fully appreciated it at the time.

“Looking back, I didn’t allow myself to enjoy it,” he says. “Whereas now we’re at a point in our lives where we really do. An audience comes to see us and we think, wow, fantastic.”

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Of calling it a day back then, Ricky admits: “It was all getting too much. I couldn’t see a way out of it.”

On reflection, he wonders if he acted a little hastily.

“My older, wiser head would’ve said: ‘Just take a year off’,” he says.

“On the other hand, I kind of like the fact we did break up. Lorraine and I were able to start having children, and to bring them up quietly. So a lot of nice things came out of it.

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“Also, when you’re 100% in a band, your head’s in a bit of a bubble. This way I got to meet and work with lots of other people. New things opened up for me. I started doing radio, which I love. Lorraine started acting, doing television.”

But did he lose a little self-belief?

“Totally, yes. I had to be reminded I should write from the heart, the way I did at the very beginning, rather than necessarily try to write a Deacon Blue song.” Reforming in 1999 proved a sound move.

But it’s since 2012 that things have really picked up again.

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And it hasn’t just been about churning out the old stuff. They’ve had three further top 20 albums.

But Ricky feels today’s musical climate is tough for bands just setting out.

“It’s so much harder for them,” he says. “Big deals aren’t being done the way they used to be.

“People are having to juggle different things, maybe take a bar job, stay living at home for longer.

“I wouldn’t know where to start.”

City Of Love is out today. For tour details go to deaconblue

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Coronavirus: Wolves’ Europa League tie at Olympiakos set to be behind closed doors

Wolves look set to play Thursday’s Europa League round-of-16 first-leg tie at Olympiakos behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Greek government announced on Sunday that that all professional sports events for the next two weeks will be played without spectators.

Ministry of Health representative Sotirios Tsiodras said seven new cases of coronavirus had surfaced in Greece.

The total in the country has now risen to 73, Tsiodras said.

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Italy, Switzerland, Morocco and Bulgaria have all said there would be a ban on spectators at their matches.

Uefa has joined the Premier League in banning pre-match handshakes between players and officials in all its competitions until further notice.

Also on Sunday, Formula 1 officials announced the Bahrain Grand Prix from 20-22 March will be held without spectators.

Greece reported its first coronavirus case on 26 February – a woman who had recently returned from northern Italy.

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France rugby star Haouas sent off for PUNCHING Scotland’s Ritchie in face during fiery Six Nations clash – The Sun

RUGBY'S weekend of shame continued as France prop Mohamed Haouas was sent off for a sickening punch on Scotland's Jamie Ritchie.

The Six Nations clash at Murrayfield was marred by the shocking attack.

And it came just a day after Joe Marler grabbed Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones by the testicles in front of stunned TV viewers.

England won the game 33-30 at Twickenham.

But there were even calls for Marler to be charged with sexual assault and he could be hit with a FOUR-YEAR ban if rugby bosses throw the book at him.

The Haouas incident came in the 37-th minute with Scotland on the attack.

Ref Paul Williams blew for a Scotland penalty and a melee broke out between Les Bleus and the Dark Blues.

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Biggest Crufts fails – from badly timed toilet breaks to easily distracted dogs

Crufts, the world's biggest dog show, is back and thousands of pooches are competing to be crowned the winner.

But the stars of the show turn out to be the most unlikely candidates.

Over the years these lovable dogs have won hearts because of their hilarious efforts in the ring.

From hiding in the tunnels and refusing to jump over hurdles, to simply refusing to do the course, these dogs are the clowns of Crufts who make it so memorable.

Here we look at some of the funniest fails…


Gentle giant Kratu stole everyone's hearts in the Rescue Dog Agility round in 2018.

The Romanian rescue dog started off well enough, flinging himself at a hurdle, but he was easily distracted.

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Kratu flew through the tunnel, but decided to take a well-earned rest inside before he bounded off again in all directions.

His spectacular performance went viral and he returned by popular demand last year.


The Jack Russell was so excited to get going on the course, he slid into the first hurdle and fell over in 2017.

But like any great champion, Olly dusted himself off and got straight back up again.

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Making a strong come back, he zoomed around the course, jumping off the hurdles and flying through the tunnel.

About half way through though, he got a little lost and had a sniff of the corner of the ring.


Lucas the Saluki was only interested in one thing in 2014 – sprinting to his heart's content.

Having the time of his life, he ignored most of the hurdles and had no time for the tunnel.

Instead he bounded around happily, just like a dog should.

The little Papillon gets top marks for loyalty to her owner as she didn't want to leave her side in 2018.

After multiple attempts to get Tinklebury to have a go at the course, all she wanted to do was play with her owner.

Her owner even tried to pick her up and position her right in front of a hurdle but Tinklebury was having none of it.

With a helping hand though, they eventually managed to get her over one hurdle.


This cross-breed's hopes of glory went down the pan when she just couldn't hold it in on the agility course in 2012.

Libby was doing well at first but with only the slalom poles to tackle, she was disqualified.

Despite making the wrong kind of impression on the judges, a commentator quipped: "A dog's got to do what a dog's got to do. What a shame."

"Oh dear, disqualified. What was the reason for the disqualification? Pooing on the course, now that's not very nice is it?"

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It's No Surprise One of Meghan Markle's Last Royal Engagements Will be for Women's Rights

The news about Megxit has been dominating the headlines recently. With the springtime almost upon us, everyone is anxious to see what will happen when the split is actually official. Although Meghan Markle hasn’t been a royal for that long of a time, she has made a statement with what she believes in and the causes that she supports. It is no secret that Markle and Prince Harry have spent the last few weeks in Canada. They have started to make steps to enjoy the quiet, peaceful life that they have been longing for ever since they got married.

However, until the end of March 2020, the couple is technically still members of the British royal family. Their royal duties are not quite over. Ever since they announced their decision to step back, it is true that Markle and Prince Harry have been laying low. While we don’t really know what to expect once Megxit is officially final, we do know the details of one of the duchess’s last duties as a royal.

She has done so much humanitarian work in the past

Markle has been known for the extensive humanitarian work that she has done. Long before she ever even met Prince Harry, the former actress has used her fame to make a positive difference. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Markle was a counselor for One Young World, an organization that encourages leaders to do the best that they can in order to promote positive change. She has been a well-known feminist ever since she was a child; royal fans are surely aware of the story of how she once wrote a letter to Proctor and Gamble after being offended by the wording in one of their commercials for dishwashing detergent.  Markle has always been dedicated to her role as a philanthropist. This is something that is unlikely to change after she is no longer able to use her “royal highness” title.

A feminist even after becoming a royal

Being a feminist is something that Markle is beyond proud of. Even after she married into the British royal family, she was adamant about supporting women’s rights. According to E! News, she has supported women’s charities for years and loves every second of it. It wasn’t long ago that Meghan made a secret visit to Justice for Girls in Vancouver. On this venture, she took the time to discuss the importance of women’s leadership. She also talked about the power and the impact determined young women are able to make when their voices are heard.

It is no surprise that one of Meghan Markle’s last royal engagements will be for women’s rights

Her days as an official royal are winding down, but Markle’s schedule isn’t clear just yet. Given her past, it is really not a surprise to anyone that one of her last engagements as the Duchess of Sussex will be for women’s rights. According to Oprah Magazine, Markle will attend an event for International Women’s Day in early March. There is no doubt that it will be both wonderful and emotional for Markle, as it is a cause that is near and dear to her heart, as well as one of her final duties. We can’t wait to see how things turn out. We know that Markle will leave a lasting impression on everyone that she interacts with at the important event. 

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Meghan Markle Is Not the Only Feminist In the Royal Family

Meghan Markle has never been afraid to call herself a feminist. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has accomplished a lot of good work on behalf of women’s rights over the past few years, solidifying herself as one of the royal family’s top feminists. While Meghan will likely continue her work in that field, she is not the only member of the royal family that has been called a feminist over the years.

Meghan Markle fights for women’s rights

Although Meghan was only an active member of the royal family for two years, she did a lot of work advocating for women’s rights. Last year, for instance, the former Suits star led a conference for International Women’s Day while she was pregnant with Archie Harrison.

While speaking at the conference, Meghan Markle poked fun about how she was aware of the “embryonic kicking of feminism.”

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Today, on International Day of Education, we highlight the importance of access to education for all. The Duchess of Sussex has focused on this both prior to becoming a member of the Royal Family and now as patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official). • Working closely with CAMA, both The Duke and Duchess recognise the benefit both personally and to society at large when a young girl has access to education. On their recent tour to Southern Africa, The Duke supported the initiatives of @Camfed on the ground in Malawi 🇲🇼. • Over the years, The Duchess has worked in developing communities, such as in Rwanda 🇷🇼 and India 🇮🇳 , to find the hindrances to girls’ ability to go to school and furthermore to stay in school. These can include lack of access to clean water, stigma surrounding MHM, cultural taboo, and many more reasons…. • As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all. Image © World Vision / PA / @mynamahila / SussexRoyal

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The Duchess of Sussex also did a lot of work with helping womenwin gainful employment. In 2019, she launched a line of clothing that was meantto provide women with an affordable means to look professional.

With Meghan leading the charge in the new generation of royals, royal watchers might forget that there have been other members of the royal family who carried the feminism banner with pride.

Is Queen Elizabeth a feminist?

For starters, Queen Elizabeth is a major advocate of feminism, though she often keeps her political views close to her chest. After all, Queen Elizabeth rarely speaks out on social issues, at least not in the public sphere.

When Meghan spoke about women’s suffrage during her trip to NewZealand, she did so with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth at her back. This was asubtle reminder that Meghan was operating under Queen Elizabeth’s blessing.

If Queen Elizabeth did not agree with Meghan Markle’s stance onthe issues, she probably would not have been allowed to express it.

Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth on the popular series, The Crown, offered a rare insight into Her Majesty’s personal opinions in a recent interview. According to Hello Magazine, Colman revealed that when she met Queen Elizabeth, she immediately fell in love with her, adding that she is “the ultimate feminist.’

“Like a lot of feminists of different eras and temperaments,Diana was intent on transcending expectations and background, with a good doseof wilfulness thrown in,” McElvoy shared.

Princess Diana takes feminism to new levels

Prior to Princess Diana, most of the women in the monarchy operated under Victorian ideals, which severely limited their voice and influence. But that all changed with Diana and her sister-in-law, Sophie Rhys-Jones, came onto the scene.

Anne McElvoy, who is a senior editor at The Economist, called Diana’s legacy a “triumph of femininestrength” and praised her for always breaking expectations.

McElvoy added that Diana – much like Meghan Markle – was neverafraid to open up about her personal struggles, no matter how it made her look.This includes discussing her issues with eating disorders, self-harm, anddepression.

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For nearly a year, The Countess of Wessex has been supporting the UK's work on #WomenPeaceSecurity. Today Her Royal Highness joined a panel discussion at a joint 🇬🇧🇩🇪 event @munsecconf to hear from women with first-hand experience countering violent extremism. The Countess spoke about her own experiences meeting brave and inspirational women peace keepers… . “I have spoken with women peace builders active in the most dangerous parts of our world. They are being threatened for daring to engage in dialogue; for daring to care about the lives of children, the sick, the elderly, the vulnerable; for daring to offer young men productive, dignified alternatives to becoming fighters and soldiers; and, for daring to call on leaders to uphold their commitments to inclusive, sustainable peace and security.” . Before asking the panel… “My question, then, is this: What more does the panel think could be done to ensure women peace builders are brought to the table, recognised for their actions and afforded the protection they need and deserve?” . Swipe ⬅️ 📷The Countess also visited the IMMA centre in Munich to learn more about how they support the refugee community and young women and girls who have suffered from domestic violence, sexual abuse and trauma. And earlier this week, Her Royal Highness attended part of a two-day workshop, facilitated by ICAN @whatthewomensay to develop a protection framework for States to ensure the safety and security of women peace builders. #standwithwomenpeacebuilders

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While fans expected Diana to spend her days picking out tiarasand attending ceremonies, McElvoy wrote that she “walked quite literally intominefields, shook hands with AIDS patients, and touched India’s Untouchables.”

The Countess of Wessex also did her part in the feminist movement. Sophie has made appearances in worn-torn areas of the world, including Sierra Leone and Kosovo, and once danced with women from Kenya who were victims of sexual violence.

Meghan Markle is not the only modern-day feminist in the royalfamily

While Meghan has been leading the charge in modern times, she is not the only royal who has fought for women’s rights in recent years. Princess Eugenie has also been an advocate for feminism and recently joined a slew of celebrities in a new women’s equality movement called Together Band.

Eugenie, Princess of York, appeared in a powerful video thatincluded Jameela Jamil, Donna Air, Halima Aden, and Munroe Bergdorf. Eachperson in the video was asked about something they regret and something theywould like to do for women in the near future.

According to HelloMagazine, Eugenie noted that she would like to see “women and girls cometogether more” often. She also posted a message on Instagram about themovement, writing about how she is thankful to be a part of the project.

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I'm so proud to be part of #TOGETHERBAND I chose Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth because I believe that everyone in the world deserves to be free from slavery and that all people have the right to their own future. Through my work with TASC I’ve seen the incredible power of what can be achieved when people support and uplift each other. With #TOGETHERBAND we have the opportunity to create great change and I hope we can all join forces to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. And thank you @graceaforrest for sharing yours with me and for being an inspiration. I'd like to share my band with @elliegoulding who is consistently fighting to change the world. Get your Goal 8 #TOGETHERBAND now to support Decent Work and Economic Growth. Link in bio✊❤ #ShareYourGoal @bottletoppers @theglobalgoals @unfoundation @unep

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“I’m so proud to be part of #TOGETHERBAND. I chose Goal 8:Decent Work and Economic Growth because I believe that everyone in the worlddeserves to be free from slavery and that all people have the right to theirown future,” she posted.

Considering Meghan’s history, it is probably safe to assume that she completely agrees with what Princess Eugenie represents. Meghan Markle, of course, is set to leave the royal family at the end of the month, but she is expected to continue her work in the charitable world.

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Woman shows off engagement ring – but others only want to talk about her nails

A photo of a woman's engagement ring has attracted a lot of attention online – but not because of her jewellery.

The image shows her wearing the rock on her ring finger, which has a tattoo visible underneath, as well as jewellery on her middle and index finger.

It was shared to the 'That's It, I'm Ring Shaming' Facebook group, but members were more interested in talking about her statement nails rather than the ring, as reported by the Daily Star .

The woman is sporting very long, pointed, dark blue acrylic nails, one of which has gems embedded in and another has been decorated with a marble effect.

It was uploaded with the caption: "Found it in one of the groups I’m in.

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"Should also be in a nail shaming group I think (they are glue on sets that she buys and uses super glue herself)."

It attracted 20 likes and more than 30 comments, but not everyone agreed with the post, as one wrote: "I like the nail colour and the marble effect."

Other weren't so accepting of the look, as a second commented: "Oh Lord she should put her hands in her pocket and then keep them there forever."

Another simply added: "Is she a cartoon witch?"

It's not the first time a nail design has drawn attention this week, after a woman paid £35 for luxury ombre nails at a salon – but the final result has been slammed as 'looking like dog nipples'.

Serina Carmen, 25, and her sister spent hours picking out the perfect set of nails, finally opting for a subtle nude to black ombre.

But it didn't turn out exactly as they had expected, with Serina's sister comparing the blunt transition between the colours to 'a flamingo beak with pink feathers'.

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