PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Posing outside Buckingham Palace, as millions of foreign tourists have done over the years, little could Miss Markle know that 21 years later she would be engaged to a member of the Royal family. The remarkable image, taken during a European summer trip in 1996 with her friend Ninaki Priddy, has emerged the day after her engagement to Prince Harry was celebrated around the world.And while the love story between the American divorcee and the fifth-in-line to the British throne has surprised and delighted royal watchers around the world, one person saw it coming – and has warned Prince Harry to be cautious. I’m not shocked at all', said Ms Priddy. 'It’s like she has been planning this all her life.'
Meghan's heartbreak at the life she must leave behind to marry her Prince Charming: From the beloved rescue dog 'too old to fly to the UK' to her home, her job, the charities close to her heart... and even her citizenship
Meghan Markle has finally found her Prince Charming - but it has come at a huge cost, with the American actress forced to give up on many of her passions. Prince Harry's fiancee had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave behind her dog Bogart (main) after moving to the UK to start her new life, as the pet is thought to be too old to fly overseas. The 36-year-old has also given up on her career as an actress so she can take up full royal commitments in Britain, bringing an end to her run as Rachel Zane in the hit series Suits (left inset), the show which brought her to prominence. Kensington Palace confirmed that Miss Markle's new role would also force her to give up her charity work with the United Nations, plus her role as patron at organisations including World Vision Canada (top left, in Botswana) and One Young World. She has already moved out of her two-bedroom home in Toronto (bottom left) according to reports, as she prepares to settle down with Prince Harry (right inset) in his Nottingham Cottage, within the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Brexit bill could reach ￡50BILLION under an 'agreement in principle' struck between UK and EU negotiators on how to work out the divorce cost?
Britain and the EU have an 'agreement in principle' on how to calculate the Brexit divorce bill, it was claimed tonight. In a crucial first step to hammering out a draft divorce agreement in time for Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker to meet over lunch on Monday, the outline plan could see the final cost rise to almost ￡50billion. An exact figure is unlikely to ever be made public as negotiations have focused on how to calculate what is included and not an incendiary headline number. Bigger problems remain in resolving how to operate the Irish border and offering guarantees to EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit.
Poppi Worthington's father 'who probably sexually abused' the toddler before she died arrives at her inquest to give evidence under police guard after 'death threats'
Paul Worthington (inset) has been accused of?sexually assaulting the 13-month-old shortly before her tragic death in 2012 - but he escaped prosecution amid claims of a bungled Cumbria Police investigation. Today Worthington arrived at Kendal Coroner's Court in a blacked out van and rushed into court with his coat over his head accompanied by two uniformed officers who bundled him inside (right). A doctor who battled to save Poppi was 'suspicious' of her injuries and revealed 'blood was dribbling down her legs', the inquest heard yesterday. In January 2016 High Court judge Justice Peter Jackson ruled that Worthington probably sexually assaulted his 13-month-old daughter in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, shortly before she died in 2012. In January 2016 High Court judge Justice Peter Jackson ruled that Worthington probably sexually assaulted his 13-month-old daughter. Poppi's local MP John Woodcock has repeatedly demanded police re-open an investigation into whether Paul Worthington, 48, caused the toddler's death to 'salvage some prospect of justice' for Poppi.
'Compelling' new evidence linking Milly Dowler killer Levi Bellfield to 1996 hammer murders of Lin and Megan Russell will be presented by lawyers for the man convicted of the crimes?
Lawyers acting for the man jailed for the murders of Lin and Megan Russell will present new evidence which they claim links serial killer Levi Bellfield (inset) to the brutal crime. Hammer killer Michael Stone, now 57, (left)?is serving three life sentences with a minimum of 25 years in prison. He bludgeoned to death Lin Russell and six-year-old daughter Megan (right) 20 years ago in a murder that shocked the nation. Lin's elder daughter Josie, nine, miraculously survived the frenzied attack, in which even the family dog was slaughtered. But Stone, who has fought a protracted legal battle to clear his name, has always maintained his innocence and now his legal team have said they will present new evidence which they claim points to Milly Dowler's killer, Bellfield.
What a scaredy cat! Rescue kitten whose wide-eyes make her look forever spooked wins thousands of followers
Rescue kitten Curious Zelda (pictured), who lives with her 31-year-old owner Matt Taghioff (left), has more than 30,000 Twitter followers who enjoy her startled look. Mr Taghioff, of Beckenham, South East London, rescued Zelda three years ago when her advert said 'don't be put off by my spooked expression'. The customer service manager said he was convinced to start a page for his pet's fans after conversation with friends and family always returned to her 'amazing' look. Mr Taghioff accompanies pictures of Zelda with hilarious captions imagining why she could look so shocked. His most popular tweet to date shows Zelda looking surprised and reads: 'Please be careful not to overcharge your Zelda.' Other alarmed looks are accompanied by captions such as: 'Things I seen. Can't be unseen.'
Landing site for Julius Caesar's invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 BC is pinpointed for the first time in Kent's Pegwell Bay
New research from experts at the University of Leicester suggests that the first landing of Julius Caesar’s fleet in Britain took place in 54BC at Pegwell Bay on the Isle of Thanet, Kent (top right image). The project has involved surveys of hillforts that may have been attacked by Caesar, studies in museums of objects that may have been made or buried at the time of the invasions, such as coin hoards, and excavations in Kent. Iron weaponry, including the tip of a Roman javelin, and other artefacts dug up at a site (left image) in the neighbouring hamlet of Ebbsfleet suggest it was a 1st century BC Roman base. It was up to 20 hectares in size and the main purpose would have been be to protect Caesar’s fleet, which had been drawn up on to the beach. Roadworkers who found signs of a large defensive ditch (inset) led to the realisation this was the likely spot where Caesar first set foot on British soil. The location of the fort, the remains of which now sit half a mile (900 metres) from the mainland but overlooked the bay 2,000 years ago, matches Caesar’s own personal account of his invasion. Pictured bottom right is Ciaran Hinds as Julius Caesar in the BBC drama Rome.
Will THIS be Meghan and Harry's country love nest? Royal couple could be looking at ￡7.7m Cotswold manor used in Pride and Prejudice that is close to Prince's Highgrove childhood home
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured, centre, kissing at a polo event in Berkshire) could be looking to set up their marital home in a village, it has been claimed. The couple might be looking to settle in the village of Luckington in the Cotswolds, near his childhood home. Luckington, which has a population of 630, is in the heart of the polo country where Harry and William grew up. And the ￡7.7million stately manor is also near Highgrove, Harry's childhood home and where Charles still lives. Luckington Court is known for being used as the location of Longbourne in the 1995 TV series Pride and Prejudice. And it is also nearby to the Minchinhampton home of his cousin Zara Tindle and his aunt Princess Anne. Luckington is located just 18 miles from Bristol on the Wiltshire-South Gloucestershire border.
From raunchy poems and an anti-Brexit poster... To the unashamed princess of plugs: Meghan's VERY revealing online pictures
As a social media devotee, Meghan Markle posted often on her Instagram page and her now-shut lifestyle website, The Tig. And these old posts shed a fascinating light on our latest royal. In her Instagram, Miss Markle shows her support for Hillary Clinton, screenshots of conversations with her father, and trendy bedtime reading. She also shares a mantra or two - including 'Strong women intimidate boys and excite men'. In other images she shows off shampoo from the hair brand Oribe, make up from Dior and dozens of other beauty products.
Rail lines and stations axed by Dr Beeching in the 1960s may reopen: Closures could be reversed to drive housebuilding, boost the economy and ease overcrowding?
Railway lines and stations lost during the Beeching cuts could be reopened to drive housebuilding. The Transport Secretary said yesterday that reversing some of the 1960s closures would provide homes, boost the economy and ease overcrowding. Chris Grayling’s ministry will today announce it is to accelerate plans announced in the Budget to reopen a rail link between Oxford and Cambridge. Other lines in Bristol, Devon and the West Midlands could be reinstated, along with the building of four stations in West Yorkshire.
Adventurous great-grandmother, 90, who booked luxury cruise with total stranger 45 minutes after meeting him in a pub says: 'Life is for living'?
A great-grandmother who booked a ￡3,700 luxury cruise with a 91-year-old stranger 45 minutes after meeting him in a pub says people should live life without regrets. Vera Burrell (pictured, inset), 90, stopped for lunch in Winchester during an organised coach trip to the south coast from her home in Suffolk. The great grandmother ordered a glass of wine and shared a table with an elderly gentleman who wandered in for a bite to eat. Talk turned to holidays and the mystery man - himself 91 - asked Vera if she'd ever been on a cruise, suggesting it was about time she did. The mystery man, who Vera initially knew only as John, splashed out an incredible ￡3,700 for the lavish 11-night Mediterranean cruise onboard the Azura (pictured, main) - a 290-metre luxury P & O liner - complete with pools, casinos and spas.
Cut-price Crusoe! Island complete with a five-bedroom house and spectacular views over the Menai Strait goes on sale for ￡700,000
The tidal island of?Ynys Faelog, just off the coast of Anglesey, includes woodland and a garden offering stunning views across the Menai Strait and its famous suspension bridge(inset, bottom). Accessed by one privately-owned tidal road, the house(left, top right) was originally built as two fishermen's cottages before being converted into a bathing station in Queen Victoria's reign and then refurbished. Pictured bottom right: The sun room, which looks out onto the garden.
The measles-stricken babies misdiagnosed by doctors who dismissed their symptoms - as officials warn outbreak of deadly disease is spreading across the UK
EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Noble, from Leeds, said doctors dismissed her 9-month-old son Teddy's rash even when it 'had spread like wild fire' (pictured right). Sian Cartwright's 7-month-old from girl Olivia (left and inset) from Chester was repeatedly misdiagnosed too. The outbreak has now spread from the north west to the Midlands.
Hunt is on for family videoed enjoying innocent seaside holiday after camera containing the footage washed up 350 miles away in GERMANY?
Incredibly the small waterproof camera (inset) still works and recorded the last moments (left and right) at Thornwick Bay in Flamborough, East Yorkshire. It was used on September 1 before being swept by the sea and washed away. It was found on Halig Suderoo - a tiny island off the north-east coast of Germany. Now the camera's German finders have taken to social media to try and reunite the footage with it's rightful owner across the North Sea. The time stamp on the footage shows the camera's original owners - two children - walking on a beach searching rock pools with a bucket (right).
Three firms are to be prosecuted after girl, five, was killed by lift installed at her home to help her wheelchair-bound 11-year-old brother?
Alexys Brown(main) suffered fatal head and neck injuries when she became trapped between a lift and the ground floor ceiling at her family’s home in Weymouth, Dorset. The Health and Safety Executive today announced they intend to prosecute Synergy Housing Limited, Aster Property Limited and Orona Limited for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in relation to her death. Pictured middle: Floral tributes outside Alexy's home.
Two friends accused of fatally drugging schoolgirl, 16, with ecstasy before driving her around in the back of a Vauxhall Astra as they phoned escorts are CLEARED of manslaughter
Jason Burder (centre) and Adam King (left) were accused of plying Megan Bannister (right) with booze and ecstasy before sending humiliating Snapchat videos of her fitting. They were said to have caused her death by driving around as she lay dying in the back of their car with high levels of drugs in her blood on May 14. But the pair were cleared of manslaughter today after a judge ruled it was impossible to say whether their actions, though 'morally repugnant', had caused the schoolgirl's death.
Belgian former SAS pilot who threw barrels loaded with ￡2.5million of cocaine out of his light aircraft to accomplices waiting in the Kent countryside below is jailed for 14 years?
Rudi Sels (pictured top left), 65, piloted a light aircraft from Belgium before dropping the Class A drugs stuffed into drums wrapped in black duct tape (bottom left) last June. Waiting on the ground were (right, top to bottom) Andrew Barrett, 42, Jonathan Hart, 61, Michael Mealing, 42, and who used a map to plan landing and drop-off sites for the packages. But the gang were being watched by detectives from the National Crime Agency. Hart, Barrett and Mealing admitted their parts in the operation and were jailed for a total of 38 years in January.
'I don't know how I survived': Hit and run victim, 53, reveals he still hasn't seen video of him flying 60ft through the air like a rag doll despite it being viewed three million times online - as driver is jailed for more than six years?
Adam McDermott, 33, (inset) drove a Fiat 500 into 53-year-old Andrew Payne in Brighton last year, leaving him seriously injured in the road before fleeing the scene. Sickening CCTV (right) captured the moment the father-of-three (left) was flipped into the air like a rag doll as the builder - who did not have a driving licence - tore round a corner. Brighton Crown Court heard McDermott, who has 47 previous convictions for 114 offences, attempted to torch the car and destroy any evidence afterwards. But Judge Charles Kemp hit out at 'grossly inadequate' sentencing powers which meant he could only jail McDermott for four years for dangerous driving. In an emotionally-charged speech outside court, Mr Payne's wife Lisa said she was grateful her husband was still alive, but said there had 'been a change in him'.
Jewish groups slam British tourists for 'unbelievably crass' photographs taken at Auschwitz, where Nazis murdered 1.1 million people?
The photographs, which appeared on social media, show visitors smiling and posing at Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland, where Nazis murdered over a million people. One of the images shows a woman lifting up her leg and taking a selfie in front of a display showing hundreds of pairs of shoes taken from children before they were murdered at the camp (left). Another features a smiling man wearing sunglasses and standing on the camp's railway track - which was used to transport victims in cattle cars - with his hands in his pockets (top right). In the caption, the man explained: 'Getting a bit of culture before the Stag Do Starts #auschwitz #birkenau #worldwar2.' Yet another shows a couple outside the infamous 'Arbeit Macht Frei' ('Work Sets You Free') sign at the camp (bottom right). Board of Deputies of British Jews vice president Marie van der Zyl said: 'The selfies are unbelievably crass.’
Brace yourselves for the coldest night of the year with temperatures set to plunge to -10C as air from the North Pole brings more wintry showers to batter Britain?
Widespread frost and snowfall is on the way, following on from icy mornings that affected much of the country at the weekend. Britain is set to be colder than the Arctic Circle with snow flurries near East, West and North coasts this week, then -12C (10F) lows are due in coming weeks as the coldest December for seven years is forecast. Tomorrow night could get even colder with -4C (25F) in many parts of England and Wales. Meanwhile on snow-covered mountains in Scotland, the temperature could fall to -10C (14F), and -5C (23F) or -6C (21F) in the glens.
Christmas market chaos as dozens of Chatsworth House visitors are forced to dig their cars out of muddy fields in a repeat of the disruption that hit RHS summer flower show?
Other motorists heading to the stately property (inset), the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, near Bakewell, Derbyshire, said they were having to queue to get in. And after their vehicles have been pulled out of the mud (pictured), drivers complained they had to wait in line for hours to leave the site due to congestion. The venue also experienced traffic and parking problems earlier this year when it hosted the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, which attracted more than 800,000 people. Furious visitors took to social media to share their anger (inset, left), with one writing: 'Sad state of affairs Chatsworth House. We couldn't get anywhere near, terrible traffic control and no info whatsoever.'
The Italian Fritzl: Woman held in dungeon for TEN YEARS - where she was raped and tortured and gave birth to two children by pervert who had previously been jailed for kidnapping ANOTHER woman - is freed by police?
Aloisio Giordano (inset), 52, was arrested in Calabria at the weekend after police say they discovered a 29-year-old Romanian woman chained up in a squalid basement (left and right) along with two children. The woman told officers she had been trapped there for a decade - chained to a metal pole while Giordano beat, tortured and raped her. During that time she was forced to give birth to two children, a now nine-year-old boy and three-year-old girl, who were subsequently made to watch and even join in the abuse. Shockingly Giordano was jailed for the same crime once before in 1995, but was only sentenced to five years in jail and released early for good behaviour.
Fury as Russia launches investigation into whether the last tsar Nicholas II was killed with his family as part of a 'Jewish ritual murder', at behest of Putin’s ‘confessor’
Russia is launching an investigation into whether Tsar Nicholas II and his family (left) were killed by Jews in a 'ritual murder'. The country's final emperor was shot with his wife and five children by Communist revolutionaries in 1918 after Vladimir Lenin came to power. Hardcore elements of the Russian Orthodox Church insist he was murdered in a Jewish ritual - but Jewish groups strongly deny the 'anti-Semitic and unsubstantiated' accusations. Right: Empress Alexandra with son Alexei. Inset: Romanov family in Tobolsk.