Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed at Windsor Castle earlier today, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. But where will the royal jetsetter and former luxury lifestyle blogger (not to mention daughter of an erstwhile travel agent) honeymoon? Telegraph Travel investigates... Namibia Both have strong emotional and professional ties to Africa, making it a serious contender, but it's Namibia that has pulled ahead as the odds-on favourite. The southern African nation is best known among travellers for the enormous Sossusvlei sand dunes of the the Namib Desert, but reports suggest that the couple are looking instead at a safari trip to Hoanib Valley Camp in the country's north west. This collection of six luxury tents is in a prime position for spotting rare desert-adapted species of elephant, lion, giraffe, endangered black rhino and more. There's also the option of flying out to the camp's new sister property, Shipwreck Lodge, set in the remote, wreck-strewn wilds of the Skeleton … [Read more...] about What are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plans for the royal honeymoon?
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In most of Britain right now, the favourite baby names - both male and female - derive from an ancient term for “Olive Tree”. And Italy’s most common girls’ name is currently the same as Denmark’s and Russia’s. In fact, there are more than a few surprises to be had when it comes to examining the world’s most popular monikers... UK Most popular boy’s name: Oliver Most popular girl’s name: Olivia In 2017, these two variations on the Latin-derived term for “Olive Tree” were revealed as the most popular babies’ names in England and Wales. Olivia ended Amelia’s five-year reign at top spot for girls, pushing it to second, with Emma coming third. Oliver has been the most popular boys’ name since 2013, this year followed by Harry and George. In London, however, Muhammad was the top boys’ name, while for girls it was Amelia. As for Scotland, Jack was last year’s top name for baby boys for the tenth … [Read more...] about The most popular baby names in countries around the world – and what they mean
Ronn Torossian got his start representing hip pop stars, but now has ties to some of the most scrutinized parts of the Trump orbit. What do the Mueller probe, the Eric Trump Foundation, Sinclair Broadcasting, Girls Gone Wild, Israel, Turkey, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow all have in common? Ronn Torossian. Earlier this month, the hard-charging New York PR man caught Washington’s notice first when he announced in an op-ed that he had testified about his abortive dealings with Paul Manafort to a Washington grand jury convened by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, and then again when he emerged as the face of Sinclair Broadcasting’s caustic PR counteroffensive to charges that it forces affiliates to air pro-Trump propaganda. These were not Ronn Torossian’s first brushes with Trump-era politics, and they won’t be his last. Over the last decade and a half, the 43-year-old Torossian has made himself … [Read more...] about Meet the pro-Trump PR guy at the center of the Mueller probe — and everything else
Britain’s Got Talent has returned to our screens with acts already wowing viewers on a Saturday night. While many people’s attention this series will be on Dec presenting the live shows alone - following Ant’s return to rehab, there’s sure to be plenty of amazing talent to provide a distraction. Over the years many people have stunned the talent show’s audiences, going on to perform at the prestigious Royal Variety Show. But while some people have gone on to achieve worldwide success, others have faded into the background, once the curtain fell. As this year’s competition heats up, we took a look back at where some of the show’s stars are now. Paul Potts Paul Potts was the first winner of the talent show in 2007. His life transformed from Carphone Warehouse salesman to worldwide opera star. He stunned the judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan with his rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma in his first audition, which has since … [Read more...] about Where are the previous winners of Britain’s Got Talent now?
Fly the Atlantic on an airline that became extinct six years ago, or aboard an island-hopping Caribbean carrier: those are two of the options offered to baffled travellers seeking to redeem a new aviation gift voucher. Flightgiftcard is being marketed by a Dutch firm. It claims the scheme is “Loved by thousands of gift recipients every month” and has “no catch and no limitations”. But research by The Independent on a series of future journeys shows deep flaws in the system. Users will pay significantly more than they would booking direct with the airline or going through a good travel agent. Flightgiftcard’s booking engine is also misrepresenting the length of journeys and the airlines passengers will fly on. Flightgiftcard says that for low-cost airlines its margin is between 2 and 5 per cent, while for premium airlines the markup is 10 per cent. But The Independent has found significantly … [Read more...] about Flightgiftcard website is less of a deal than it seems, expert claims