'I think she'll bolt' - Germaine Greer paints bleak picture of royal life for Meghan Markle once married to Prince Harry

Australian writer and feminist Germaine Greer has given a bleak view of life for Meghan Markle after she marries Prince Harry on May 20. 

In an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Ms Greer said she thought the greatest challenge for Meghan Markle will be "just putting up" with life in the royal family.

"She will see vistas of boredom that are unbelievable."

"The royal family are awfully good at divorce, [it's] everywhere, and painful and horrible, but it's nearly always a question of a non-royal running for the hills."

Ms Greer said she wished Prince Harry and Ms Markle "all the best I hope they have a wonderful life together", however she thought Ms Markle would "bolt". 

"I think she'll bolt. I hope in a way that she’ll bolt but maybe she’ll take Harry with her."

She said she hoped the couple would "stay with it for as long as it lasts, why not? But [Markle shouldn't] stay for the bad bit, be prepared to go when it gets bad."


Second woman accuses Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Friday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as a claim of sexual misconduct emerged from another woman.

The New Yorker magazine reported today that Senate Democrats were investigating a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh dating to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh's first at Yale University.

The New Yorker said 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez described the incident in an interview after being contacted by the magazine.

Ramirez recalled that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away, the magazine reported.

In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple."

A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for the "immediate postponement" of any further action on Kavanaugh's nomination.

She also asked the committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to have the FBI investigate the allegations of both Ford and Ramirez.

The New Yorker said it contacted Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Kavanaugh and that the allegation came to Democratic senators through a civil rights lawyer. She had been considering speaking to the magazine for at least a week.

Meanwhile, Republicans were pressing for a swift hearing and a vote.

Christine Blasey Ford says she’ll give evidence against Brett Kavanaugh, as long as Senators ensure her safety. Source: Breakfast

The magazine reported that Ramirez was reluctant at first to speak publicly "partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident."

She also acknowledged reluctance "to characterise Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty."

The magazine reported that after "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections" to recall the incident.

The new information came hours after the Senate committee agreed to a date and time for a hearing after nearly a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear to tell her story.

The agreement and the latest accusation set the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story.

The developments could also determine the fate of Kavanaugh's confirmation, which hangs on the votes of a handful of senators.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, to begin his testimony in his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Source: Associated Press


Serena Williams and Meghan Markle have been 'relying on each other a lot recently'

Meghan Markle and Serena Williams have been "relying on each other a lot recently", according to the tennis star.

The Duchess of Sussex and the tennis star have known each other for a long time but she says they grow closer and closer by the day.

She told Australia's The Project: "We were actually just texting each other this morning. We have known each other for a long time, but we really are relying on each other a lot recently."

And Serena felt like she was "watching history" when she saw Meghan tie the knot with Prince Harry in Windsor Castle earlier this year.

Appearing on Australia's Sunday Project, the 23-time Grand Slam winner refused to answer questions. Source: Channel Ten

"I felt like we were literally watching history. I feel like in a few years, when I look back at that moment, it's just gonna be so historic. It's gonna be something people never forget.

"The whole service was really wonderful and most of all, I just wanted to see my friend be happy and I think that's what happened."

Meanwhile, Serena previously revealed she feels "proud" of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex after she launched a cookbook in support of the victims of the Grenfell tragedy.

The 37-year-old royal has written the foreword to a recipe book from cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen, which is based in London.

Responding to the announcement, Serena wrote on her Twitter account: "I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project "Together" a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together.

"I could not be more excited about it and proud of you. It's beautiful - diversity, inclusivity, coming together in grief or joy."

Meghan Markle and Serena Williams. Source: Associated Press


Chicago priest removed after burning rainbow flag, angering LGBT community

The archbishop of Chicago has removed a priest as head of a North Side church after he burned a rainbow banner, angering the LGBT community.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Cardinal Blase Cupich announced Rev Paul Kalchik's removal in a recent letter to parishioners and staff at the Resurrection Catholic Church.

Cupich said he acted "out of concern" for Kalchik and parishioners. He said the 56-year-old priest needed "time away from the parish to receive pastoral support."

Kalchik told the newspaper on Friday that he's not anti-gay and that he was "about as much of a gay basher as Mother Teresa."

An archdiocese spokeswoman told the paper Saturday that the priest's removal wasn't "directly due" to banner's destruction and had been "in the works."

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'Wasn't at 3.30 this morning' - Jacinda Ardern cracks a joke in response to suggestion baby Neve was peaceful

Jacinda Ardern has responded with a quip after baby Neve was praised for being peaceful during a panel appearance in New York.

The prime minister couldn’t let the host’s comment that the newborn was peaceful and “amazing” go unchecked.

“Wasn’t at 3.30 this morning,” Ms Ardern said dryly as the panel and audience laughed.

Earlier, the prime minister had discussed the portrayal of her an inspiration to women everywhere at the Social Good Summit.

Later this week she will address the United Nations' General Assembly. 

The prime minister responded to compliments about how peaceful Neve was with a quip about her baby’s restlessness the previous night. Source: 1 NEWS