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The Spill: Friday's best entertainment and gossip news.

1. Prince Harry and Megan Markle have sacked all 15 of their UK staff and closed their Buckingham Palace office.

It’s official. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly fired all 15 of their UK-based staff and closed their Buckingham Palace office as they prepare for their move to Canada.

The news was reported by the Daily Mail and states their staff have been aware since January, with the couple delivering the news in person. While some might continue working for the royal household in another capacity, it’s believed most will be negotiating redundancy packages.

The members of staff affected include Prince Harry’s long-serving programme co-ordinator Clara Loughran, who handed Meghan her bouquet on her wedding day and the couple’s communications chief, Sara Latham, who previously worked for the Obamas and Hilary Clinton as a senior campaign adviser.

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This comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family. As part of their move, they will no longer be able to use their “Royal Highness” titles.

They will become financially independent and will be required to pay back the public money from their AUD$4.5 million renovations on Frogmore Cottage.

While they've maintained plans to split their time between North America and the UK, some royal sources claim this recent move might signify their decision on a permanent move.

The royals are expected to conclude their official duties in early March. The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on March 7, will reportedly be Harry's last engagement as Captain-General of the Royal Marines and the couple are also expected to attend the Commonwealth Day service on March 9.

2. Genius! Sam Wood has revealed the hack he used for remembering all 21 women on the Bachelor.

There's always been one thing that's boggled us about The Bachelor franchise and that's how one person can remember so many names. Think about it.

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Well, 2015 Bachelor, Sam Wood has just given us some insight and it involves a cheat sheet.

The father-of-three shared a #throwback Instagram photo of a piece of paper which featured the names and faces of the 21 women vying for his heart during the reality TV show. Ultimately it was Snezana Markoski who captured his heart, something that Sam says he knew from early on in the competition.

"It was always you Snezana Wood and it always will be," he wrote in the caption.

 

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Apparently things were more difficult for Georgia Love, who was the featured Bachelorette in 2016.

Commenting on Sam's post she wrote: "Omg is this a cheat sheet?! I never got one of those!!"

Both Georgia and Sam are the series' more successful love stories and they've remained with their chosen partners. Sam and Snezana live in Melbourne with their three daughters, Charlie, Willow and Eve, and in 2018 the couple officially got married in a beautiful Byron Bay ceremony. Meanwhile, Georgia and Lee Elliot got engaged in September 2019 after he proposed on the same boat from the couple's very first date on The Bachelorette.

3. Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova have welcomed their third child, a baby girl.

Congratulations are in order!

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Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova have welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world.

 

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The couple, known for being notoriously quiet when it comes to their private life, waited two weeks before uploading a photo of their third child.

Posting two photos of the birth on her Instagram today, Kournikova captioned one, "My sunshine" with the date of her birth, January 30.

Kournikova and Iglesias have been together since they met on the set of one of his music videos back in 2001.

They also welcomed twins, Nicholas and Lucy, back in December 2017.

4. Awkward. Orlando Bloom has misspelled his son’s name in a new tattoo.

So, Orlando Bloom decided to get a new tattoo.

He went with a tribute to his nine-year-old son Flynn, getting his name, date of birth and time he was born inked on his arm in morse code.

However, upon sharing a photo of the new tattoo with his fans on Instagram, several pointed out it was actually spelt wrong.

Instead of writing "Flynn", it says "Frynn."

 

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Awkward.

Although Bloom has not yet addressed the unfortunate mistake, his tattoo artist, Balazs Bercsenyi said it would be easy to fix.

Uploading the same photo to his work Instagram, Bercsenyi wrote, "A beautiful reminder for @orlandobloom of his son. And yes, a dot is missing, we know, it will be fixed.”

5. "I ended up in hospital." Rebekah Vardy on the fallout from her feud with Coleen Rooney.

You remember the whole Rebekah Vardy/Coleen Rooney kerfuffle, right? It was one of the most-talked-about tabloid stories of 2019. So big, in fact, that when the news broke in October, it was attracting more Google searches than Brexit.

Here’s the gist: Rooney, an author/TV personality and wife of former England captain Wayne Rooney, set an elaborate social media trap to flush out the source of tabloid leaks about her private life.

“I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except ONE account,” she wrote in a now-infamous Twitter statement. “Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper. And you know what, they did!”

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The source? [Pause for effect]

“It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Tabloids went nuts. Social media lit up; the women’s names were trending, people started referring to Rooney as #WagethaChristie, and Netflix even joked about making a documentary.

But four months on from the whole ordeal, Vardy — who has repeatedly denied Rooney’s accusations — has shared what it was like to be on the receiving end of the whole sensational ordeal. And in fact, ordeal sounds like somewhat of an understatement…

In an interview on British chat show, Loose Women, the mother of four said she was hospitalised three times in the midst of the very public fallout, which occurred when she was seven months pregnant. We document her side of the story in our earlier post here.

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