• Princess Charlene on wedding rumours, her friendship with Queen Maxima and 'lovely' Kate Middleton

    Princess Charlene of Monaco has said that reports of her trying to flee the principality before her wedding in 2011 were "categorical lies". In a rare interview, the South African beauty opened up about her big day — and the unpleasant speculation that threatened to tarnish it.     CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY "Everything was just so overwhelming and there all the mixed emotions because of the rumours, and obviously the tension built up and I burst into tears ," she told The Times. "And then I burst into tears some more because I was thinking, 'Oh no, now the whole

  • Mike Tindall enjoys first baby shopping trip as pregnant Zara Phillips gets back in saddle

    Mike Tindall is clearly looking forward to fatherhood. The fun-loving sportsman posted a cheeky tweet at the weekend, joking that he had made a start on shopping for his baby. While attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Mike, 34, shared a photograph of himself standing behind a Monster Truck-style buggy, complete with oversized wheels and wing mirrors.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY "Just done my first bit of baby shopping," he wrote next to the picture. It has been a week since Mike and his wife Zara, 32, announced that they were expecting their first child. At that time, their spokesperson made

  • Nelson Mandela 'will go back home' says former South African President

    Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has said that he believes Nelson Mandela will soon return home from the Pretoria hospital where he has been for the past five weeks. "I am quite certain that one of these days Madiba (Mandela) will go back home," he said at a memorial service in Pretoria on Saturday. "One of these days the doctors will agree that he can go and stay at home rather than in hospital."   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, has said that the former South African president's condition seems to be improving. "He continues to respond positively to treatment. I

  • Camilla hints that the royal baby will arrive before the end of the week

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has given a strong hint as to when the royal baby might arrive. "We are all just waiting by the telephone," she said on a visit to Cornwall on Monday. "We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here." If Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby arrived this week, the little Prince or Princess might even share a birthday with Prince Charles' wife, who turns 66 on 17 July.   Camilla and Charles were visiting Little Harbour children's hospice in Porthpean near St Austell on Monday. She was speaking to a group of

  • David Beckham thinks Kate Middleton and Prince William will be "amazing parents"

    David Beckham has revealed that he thinks Prince William and pregnant Kate Middleton will be "amazing parents" and has even given the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge his blessing to call the royal baby David. "They're going to be amazing parents because they are so loving towards children," he said during an interview with Sky News. "We've seen William grow from that young boy into an unbelievable gentleman. And that as a father is really important."     CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY Talking about names for the little one, David jokingly suggested his own name. "David's pretty good… if it's a boy of course!"