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Friday, November 9, 2018

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Prince Charles Doesn't Spend Enough Time With His Grandchildren. Prince William and Prince Harry want to see more of their father, Prince Charles. In the wide-ranging documentary Prince, Son & Heir: Charles at 70, premiering on BBC One, both brothers express a shared desire for Charles to spend more time at home, especially as he's getting older. "It's something I'm working on heavily. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children," said William, 36, referring to his sons Prince George, 5, and Prince Louis, 6 months, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 3. "Having more time with him at home would be lovely -- and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he's brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible." It's easy to understand why William feels that way, as he is famously close to his own grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. "Now that he's reached his 70th year, it's the perfect time to consolidate a little bit," he said of Charles, whose birthdate is Nov. 14, 1948. Like any good son, William added, "You're worried about having them around and making sure their health is OK. He's the fittest man I know, but equally, I want him to be fit until he's 95." Even Charles' wife, Duchess Camilla Parker-Bowles, agreed that he is a great grandfather -- when he's around, that is. Mentioning her four grandchildren from her previous marriage, Camilla said, "He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that. He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know, making funny noises and laughing. My grandchildren adore him -- absolutely adore him!" To be fair, Charles expresses his love for his grandchildren in his own way. For example, the famous conservationist planted an arboretum at his Aberdeenshire home in 2013 to honor George, his first grandchild. "You can't believe how fast it has grown in the last five years," Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said. "It was tiny when it was planted. You never think it is going to grow into anything at all, and the next thing you know, you're being dwarfed by it!" Still, William would like to see Charles spending more time around Kensington Palace. Harry, who is expecting his first child with wife Meghan Markle in the spring of 2019, also hopes his dad will find work-life balance. "He does need to slow down. This is a man who has dinner ridiculously late at night, and then goes to his desk later that night and will fall asleep on his notes -- to the point where he'll wake up with a piece of paper stuck to his face! The man never stops," he explained. "When we were kids, there were bags and bags and bags of work that the office just sent to him. We could barely even get to his desk to say 'goodnight' to him." (Eonline)

Prince Harry Reveals What Happened When He Asked Prince Charles to Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding was a day to remember for all members of the family. In BBC One's documentary called Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, Prince Harry praised his father Prince Charles for stepping in and walking Meghan Markle down the aisle on their wedding day in a last-minute casting switch. Just days before their May 19 nuptials at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle, pulled out of doing the honors after suffering an apparent heart attack. He did not attend the wedding, either. Upon that news, Kensington Palace published a note on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex. "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding," she said. "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health." When Thomas' health became a cause for concern, the Palace released a statement that said, "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and for respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation." Prince Charles was then asked to do the honors, a request that he was reportedly "touched" by. One day before the wedding, it was formally announced that the Prince of Wales would escort his future daughter-in-law inside the chapel. The Palace said in a statement, "Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St. George's Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way." According to the new BBC documentary, Prince Charles accepted the offer immediately and did not hesitate at all. "I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming, and he immediately said 'Yes, of course, I'll do whatever Meghan needs and I'm here to support you,'" Prince Harry revealed. The Duke of Sussex added, "For him that's a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he's our father so of course he's going to be there for us." At one moment in the wedding, Prince Harry could apparently be seen mouthing the words "Thank you" to his father. "Just because he's my father that doesn't mean I can just sort of go, 'Okay, that's all, I'll take it from here,'" Prince Harry explained in the documentary. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, mentioned in the documentary that she thought that moment "was very touching" and "a lovely gesture." Another "lovely gesture" was Prince Charles' beautiful wedding gift to Meghan. It was revealed that he gave her a diamond tennis bracelet in the days before the ceremony. Aside from an absolutely beautiful royal wedding a little less than six months ago, Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family are now gearing up for another grandchild! On Oct. 15, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan and Prince Harry were expecting their first child together and that the baby was due "in the Spring of 2019." Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 airs on Thursday on BBC One. (Eonline)

Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry May Split from Kate Middleton and Prince William. Are the Royal Fab Four disbanding? Prince William and Prince Harry are considering breaking up their joint "court" at Kensington Palace and creating two separate offices. The U.K. paper, The Sunday Times, which first broke the story, says that the move could come in the spring after Meghan Markle, 37, gives birth to the couple's first child. With William one day set to be the Prince of Wales  and all that entails as heir to his father Prince Charles  Harry and Meghan will want to forge their own path, so it's a natural time to split up, insiders believe. (The palace has no comment.) "The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way," royals author Sally Bedell Smith tells PEOPLE. "It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities. "Meghan has very strong views on what she is interested in and that may be what Harry shares, but not what William and Kate share." Harry and Meghan's strength as a twosome was on display during their recent tour Down Under. As she sails through her second trimester, the Duchess of Sussex is making good on her promise to "hit the ground running" in support of women's issues. She gave an unprecedented three speeches during her tour with Harry, including a powerful talk to celebrate New Zealand's 125th anniversary of women's suffrage, stating that it's a basic human right of all people to "participate in the choices for their future and their community." And she's grabbing a firm hold of the royal reins, starting with the couple's social media footprint. After shutting down her own personal accounts following her engagement to Harry last year, she recently made her official return to social media with a snap of Harry as he rehearsed his speech for the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Sydney Oct. 27, posted on Kensington Palace's official Twitter -- which the couple currently share with Prince William and Princess Kate. Harry followed suit with a candid photo he took of Meghan cradling her baby bump underneath the shade of the Redwood trees in New Zealand. The foursome are, however, likely to keep their successful Royal Foundation, under which they organize their charitable endeavors and their groundbreaking mental health campaign, intact. "They have brought many charities working in the same sector together to empower them and lend their positions," says Bedell Smith. "But they will increasingly follow their own respective interests." "I think it really is just a shift in priorities and interests," she adds. "William is a husband and father of three and his focus is primarily on them, and Harry will soon be a father. "Each of them will continue the very strong representative of the Queen in carrying out tasks and assignments that she, and probably their father, wants them to do. They are going to be sharing in this diffusion of activities on behalf of the Queen." (People)

Royal Ballet Principal Dancer joins the cast of 'Cats'. Steven McRae, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, has joined the cast of Universal Pictures and Working Title's "Cats" in the role of Skimbleshanks. In the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, Skimbleshanks is an older ginger tabby cat who considers himself very important within the tribe. His main role is to work on the mail trains traveling at nighttime, which he considers a vital contribution to the Jellicles and sings about in the song "Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat." McRae is the second Principal Dancer from The Royal Ballet after Francesca Hayward to join the film adaptation of the Lloyd Webber musical directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper. Hayward, as Deadline previously reported, will play a new role, Victoria, the white kitten. McRae joins a cast that includes Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Ian McKellan, Idris Elba (Macavity), Judi Dench (Deuteronomy) Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley. The cast is rehearsing at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, UK making their way toward a Dec. 20, 2019 theatrical release. An Australian native, McRae, joined The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2003. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in 2005, Soloist in 2006, First Soloist in 2008 and Principal in 2009. Hooper and Lee Hall ("Billy Elliott," "War Horse") adapted "Cats" for the screen. Hooper will also produce alongside Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow "Les Miserables producer Debra Hayward-who brought the idea to Working Title. Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison are EPs on the feature. (PageSix)

Lindsay Lohan's reps hit up Facebook for endorsements with 'substantial budgets'. Lindsay Lohan may have ever so slightly overestimated the value of her endorsement. A rep for the "Mean Girls" star went trawling for deals on a Facebook group for publicists and marketers on Tuesday, writing that interested parties should "reach out if you rep a brand that is interested in endorsement opportunities with Lindsay." They also rather grandly announced that "acceptable brands include: fashion, beauty, car, lifestyle, CPG, fitness/lifestyle, food/drinks, entertainment/media, tech. Must have a substantial budget." The response was, er, underwhelming. The post got three responses: one alerting a New York Post reporter to the gauche cash grab, and two from industry types asking for a "ballpark" on what "substantial" means. Since demand for her acting services took a nosedive circa 2010 -- and since struggling through some legal troubles -- Lohan has reinvented herself as a businesswoman and a (bizarro) philanthropist. She put her name on Lohan Nightclub in Athens in 2016, and opened the Lohan Beach House in Mykonos this summer, where she has filmed an MTV docuseries. A source described it to Page Six as "a cooler, hipper, edgier 'Vanderpump Rules.'" She also claims to have plans to launch an island resort in Dubai called "Lindsayland." Other business endeavors include an appearance in Diesel's "Hate Couture" campaign and her work as a spokeswoman for Lawyer.com. "When Lawyer.com first reached out to me, I was confused and a little scared because I thought I was in trouble," she said in an ad. "Lawyer.com is just about helping people. From getting a DUI -- let's not forget I got one, or two or three .?.?.?" Lohan was punched in September while trying to take a child -- whom she mistakenly believed was being trafficked -- away from its family. The rep for Lohan did not respond to a request for comment. (PageSix)

Tamera Mowry-Housley is looking for information about her niece following the shooting at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night. Mowry-Housely responded to a tweet early Thursday morning after a girl posted photos of her missing suitemate on social media. "Ashely this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?" the former Sister Sister star wrote. The suitemate responded, telling the actress that she was already in contact with Mowry-Housley's husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley. In a separate tweet, the woman asked for prayers for her residence hall. "A handful of girls went to line dance tonight and they're not all accounted for." According to the Los Angeles Times, Housley tried to look for his niece at the Los Robles Regional Medical Center around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday but was turned away because the hospital was on lockdown. At least 12 people were killed after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday in a Southern California bar that was reportedly hosting a college night for country music fans. Shots were first reported about 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. A Ventura sheriff's sergeant, identified as Ron Helus, was one of the first on the scene about three minutes later and was shot as he entered the bar and died at the hospital, Dean said. Eleven other slain victims were found inside. Dean said the unnamed shooter also died in the assault, though it was not immediately clear how or if he was being counted among the total dead. Approximately 10 others were shot, the Associated Press reports. Dean said the surviving victims inside the bar had "different levels of injury" and were transported to area hospitals. Dean said they believe the gunman acted alone. Other details about the shooting were not immediately available. "It's a horrific scene in there," he said, according to CNN. "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that, and I didn't want to get that close and disturb the scene and possibly disturb the investigation." (People)

How is Howard Stern able to get the biggest stars on his show? With aggressive online marketing, according to former Stern staffer "Stuttering" John Melendez. Melendez -- whose "Easy for You To Say" memoir is available on Amazon and will arrive in bookstores on Tuesday from Rare Bird Books -- told me Stern urges his staff to create Twitter accounts and then bombard celebrities with messages trying to lure them to be guests. The author includes a photo of Stern apparently showing his staff an example of what they should tweet: "Hey Lady Gaga, HS loves you, go on show." The star of "A Star Is Born" has actually been on Stern's show on SiriusXM satellite radio three times in the past three years. The photo is captioned: "Who is this person, and what has he done with Howard?" Melendez settles quite a few scores in the book, with Stern as well as colleagues Robin Quivers, Gary Dell'Abate, Jackie Martling, Fred Norris and Artie Lange. The Long Island native credits Stern as a genius who gave him a career, but he complains that Stern was cheap with his Christmas presents and didn't come to his wedding. Melendez revels in detailing the pranks he played on his co-workers and the absurdly rude questions he put to celebs, the shtick that made him famous and led to his announcing gig on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." One of the best was when Melendez asked Andre Previn, Mia Farrow's ex, "Why is everyone so afraid to bad-mouth that cradle robber, Woody Allen?" Previn's reply was played over and over again in following years: "Oh get away from me, you and your jerky questions, you bloody fool!" Melendez doesn't expect Stern to mention the book on-air, joking "But maybe he'll sue me, which will only help me." Stern's camp did not respond to requests for comment (Page Six)

Ali Wentworth proved she is a lot funnier than her husband, George Stephanopoulos, at Audrey Gruss' Hope for Depression luncheon at the Plaza. The actress/author and mother of two told guests such as Dr. Samantha Boardman, Hilary Geary Ross, Jay McInerney and Jean Shafiroff about a recent poll in which the majority of respondents said they would rather give up sex than their phones. "I was astounded," Wentworth said. "It might be that you're having bad sex. I don't judge but .?.?. no phones in my house." Wentworth also joked that she named her "third baby" Zoloft -- "it sounds Greek" -- and how her mother Muffie Cabot, who was Nancy Reagan's White House social secretary, doesn't believe in therapy. "My mother just says when you get depressed, close your eyes and think about Christmas," she said. "I called my mother up, and I said, 'Is there any depression in our family?' and she said, 'Nope, nope, no depression, not at all.' I said, 'All four of my grandparents killed themselves -- that's depression'?.?.?. Meanwhile.?.?. my husband and I and our kids are on Zoloft and are all in therapy 24 hours a day because I am a big believer in it." (Page Six)

Teresa Giudice 'Would Love to Talk' to Trump About Husband Joe's Deportation -- If He'll Call Her. Teresa Giudice is open to talking to President Donald Trump about possibly pardoning her husband Joe Giudice to prevent his court-ordered deportation -- she's just waiting for Trump to call her first. The 46-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star and mother of four personally knows the president, having starred on Celebrity Apprentice in 2012 when Trump was host of the NBC reality competition series. She was also a supporter of his during the 2016 election, though she was on supervised release following her 11-month prison sentence and couldn't legally vote. "I would love to speak to him if he would like to call me," she said during an appearance on Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. "I haven't, but I said, if he wants to speak to me, I would love it." Cohen then suggested Teresa make the first move. "I think he's got other things to do," the host and Bravo executive said. "I think it would take you reaching out to him. Are you going to try?" "We'll see what happens," Teresa said. Despite their Apprentice experience, Teresa recently told PEOPLE, "I don't have a relationship with Mr. Donald Trump in that way." She added, "I would take his call. If he would call me, of course I would take his call." Joe, 48, is currently serving out a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud that began in March 2016. He is set to be released in March 2019. On Oct. 10, an immigration court ruled that Joe, who emigrated to America as a child but never obtained citizenship, will be deported to his home country of Italy upon his release. The judge gave him 30 days to appeal the decision, which Joe's team is actively pursuing. "They did make an example out of us. They said that, so they said they're making examples," Teresa previously told PEOPLE. "I think the judge even said it when she was sentencing us. So, they do that so everybody else kind of sees what happens to us, and then they'll make sure that they don't do it. But meanwhile, it's like they target people that are on TV or that are ... in the public eye. ... But then I'm sure there's so many people because they're not in the public eye that are getting away with so much." The Giudice family is doing everything in their power to make sure that Joe returns home to New Jersey. "They know we're gonna fight it. They know mommy is doing everything she can," Teresa says of her daughters Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 12, and Audriana, 9. "They know I'm doing everything I can. So that's it. That's all I can do." For the time being, Teresa says she's "taking it day by day" and doing "whatever we have to do." "He's very upset," Teresa told PEOPLE of Joe, who they've since visited in prison. "And hopefully, you know we have two attorneys or even three I think right now, I think they're bringing on a third one ... and hopefully they'll be able to appeal this, and Joe will be able to come home." "Whatever the attorneys tell me. Whatever they tell me, that's what I do," Teresa continued. "You know, we're going to fight this." (People)

Mike Tyson tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for another Floyd Mayweather comeback fight -- as long as it ain't in the Octagon! After that whole Japan fight debacle, Floyd insists he's retired (again) ... but Iron Mike says he hopes he reconsiders because he likes watching Mayweather fight ... as a boxer. Also worth noting ... Mike Tyson is stoned to the bejeezus in the clip. How do we know? 'Cause Mike's out promoting his new Tyson Ranch weed brand -- and his business partner, BigMike, told us they just lit up. In fact, Mike recently smoked out Conor McGregor -- and got the UFC star's marijuana seal of approval. "Hey, McGregor's a good guy," Mike said ... "He liked our kush. I'm very grateful for that." Mike's marijuana ranch is huge -- 400 acres right in the Coachella Valley in Southern California ... and Tyson tells us his goal is to take over the whole THC industry. Now somebody get that man some Funyuns!!! (TMZ)

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