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Casper Ruud: I just won my third consecutive title while Kyrgios stays mostly at home

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Casper Ruud: I just won my third consecutive title while Kyrgios stays mostly at home
Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud didn’t want to say much about Nick Kyrgios after winning Kitzbuhel except that he acknowledged that he is coming off his third consecutive title while the Australian has spent most of the year at home.

On Saturday, No. 1 seed Ruud overcame Pedro Martinez Portero 6-1 4-6 6-3 in the Kitzbuhel final. Ruud won Bastad two weeks ago, while he captured the Gstaad title last week. Ruud has now won four titles this season, while Kyrgios has only appeared in four events this year.

“I have nothing to say. I’m here, I won three titles in three weeks while he stays at home most of the year;” Ruud said after winning Kitzbuhel, per Quentin Moynet of L’Equipe.

Ruud and Kyrgios have a bit of a history
The ATP posted a tweet this week, under which the fans could ask Kyrgios a question.

Ruud asked: “What is his favorite clay court tournament.” Kyrgios was having none of it and he replied “your mother” but quickly deleted the tweet.

Ruud à propos de Kyrgios : “Je n’ai rien à dire.

Je suis ici, j’ai gagné trois titres en trois semaines pendant que lui reste à la maison la majeure partie de l’année.” https://t.co/N6LTitxvkZ — Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) August 1, 2021

A little later, Kyrgios posted: “Hahahaha, this is timeless.
@CasperRuud98, you are a good player. But we all know that you steal points in these tournaments, haha. ” Meanwhile, Ruud was shaking after clinching his third consecutive title. For the first time since 2011, a player captured three titles in as many weeks.

The last to do it was three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, who acccomplished the feat in 2011. “I am shaking all over my body. It feels amazing,” Ruud said. “I was very nervous at the end, I knew what I was playing for.

Three in a row is something special. What a day to play the final, rain on and off all day. “I’m just very excited and happy that these three weeks are over, and that I won all of them”.

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‘Embarrassing’ Meghan Markle’s latest letter is exactly ‘what Queen feared’

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Meghan, 40, had sent a lobbying letter to two huge names in US politics, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, this week. In this letter, the Duchess of Sussex called for access to paid family leave for citizens.

Royal author Robert Jobson claimed Meghan has “always been political”.

The Queen had known about Meghan’s “political views and ambition” which could become “embarrassing” for the Royal Family, Mr Jobson explained.

Mr Jobson said: “This is what the Queen feared because now she’s free to say whatever she likes.

“She’ll now start talking about her political views and ambitions.

“And she might stir them up which then becomes embarrassing.”

Mr Jobson added: “She’s sailing close to the wind, but will they say anything [the royals], no they won’t.

“The fact is they knew this was what she was going to be doing.

“She was always a political girl. Since the age of seven she was writing letters to Hilary Clinton.”

Despite saying Meghan has “always been political”, Mr Jobson emphasised in his interview with the Mirror that this could not be the case for Prince Harry.

As Prince Harry is, according to Mr Jobson, a “Prince of the Realm”, then the Duke of Sussex could not get involved in political matters.

He said: “If it was Prince Harry doing it I would say that’s a slightly different thing because he’s a Prince of the Realm.

“And he is a British citizen and he’s kind of bound up by everything.”

Meghan had written on paper headed “The Office of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, saying: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician.

“I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.”

“I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler.

“I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky.

“I started working (at the local frozen yoghurt shop) at the age of 13. I waited tables, babysat, and piecemealed jobs together to cover odds and ends.

“I worked all my life and saved when and where I could—but even that was a luxury – because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.

“I expect many of your constituents have their own version of that story,” she continued, before attacking the US economic system.

“Many of our economic systems are past their expiration date, and as you well know, too many Americans are forced to shortchange themselves when it comes to what matters to them.”

Meghan concluded her letter by acknowledging “how politically charged things can – and have – become,” but said the issue “isn’t about Right or Left, it’s about right or wrong”.

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Queen ‘disappointed’ with Meghan Markle, Harry over christening move

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Queen Elizabeth is reportedly ‘disappointed’ over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s move to christen Lilibet within the US and a former butler believes she’ll be heartbroken to miss such a special event.

Some former staffers even fear she’ll be utterly heartbroken if she is not able to participate in the grand event.

The Firm’s former royal butler Grant Harrold made this claim during his interview with Express.

There he speculated upon the possible plan of action Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may take regarding the christening, for the Queen, and claimed, “I am sure if this does not take place in the UK, the Queen will be disappointed to not attend the christening of her great-granddaughter.”

He also went on to add, “However, as with many families who have family overseas, sometimes it is not possible.”

“Maybe their christening will be recorded so the family in the UK can watch as well? Family is very important to the Queen and I am sure before too long she will meet her great-granddaughter.”

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31 photos that prove Prince William and Kate Middleton are trying to change their public image

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As the future king and queen consort of England, the Cambridges will always have a different set of rules and expectations than Harry and Markle ever did as senior royals. But Eric Schiffer, an expert on celebrity brand management, told Insider that when it came to the couple’s public-relations strategy, Middleton and William took “little risk” before Markle and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

“They were manicured to the nth degree,” he said, “and played their public persona with a Buckingham Palace excellence, out of the playbook that’s been mastered for centuries.”

Before the pandemic, William and Middleton almost never posted videos on their official Instagram page. If they did, it was usually a slideshow of photos or a clip played over one of the prince’s formal speeches.

The Cambridges also rarely showed affection toward each other in public, believed to be in line with royal etiquette.

But Markle and Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah hurt the royal family’s reputation.

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Harry and Markle during their interview with Oprah. CBS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped several bombshells during the two-hour interview. Markle said Middleton had made her cry over a flower-girl dress (not the other way around, as some publications had reported), while Harry said he and William were “on different paths.”

Markle and Harry also said that they received no support from the royal family when Markle began experiencing suicidal thoughts and that some royals had “concerns” about their son’s skin color.

Schiffer told Insider that the interview released a “giant smoke bomb” that affected the royal family’s reputation while boosting Markle and Harry’s global image, helping them connect “with people’s humanity and their own struggles.”

“It created this contrast, and Harry and Meghan’s PR strategy, in essence, is to be the unanointed modern-day royals of the populace,” he said. “This is a populist strategy.”

Days after the Oprah interview, William and Middleton shared personal family photos on their official Instagram page.

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A cake that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis made for Mother’s Day in the UK. DukeandDuchessofCambridge/Instagram
On March 14, Mother’s Day in the UK, the couple posted pictures of cards and a cake they said their children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — had made to remember Princess Diana.

“For those experiencing bereavement, today may be particularly challenging,” one of the captions said. “Each year on Mother’s Day, George, Charlotte and Louis make cards remembering their Granny, Diana, for William.”

That week, Middleton visited children at a school in London that had reopened after the UK eased lockdown restrictions.

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Middleton interacts with a child during a visit to School21 on March 11. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images
Clare McHugh, a royal historian, told Insider that Middleton and William’s swift new PR strategy was one that the royal family has used since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took the throne in the 1840s.

“That was a revolutionary moment in Europe when all sorts of monarchies were being overturned,” McHugh said. “They had to find a way to make the monarchy seem more appealing so that it would stick around.

“So they fought back by showing, oh, no, the monarchy is just like you,” she added. “They showcased their children much more than any monarch had done before.”

Weeks before their 10th anniversary, the Cambridges returned to Westminster Abbey, which had been turned into a coronavirus vaccination center.

Middleton appeared to pay tribute to the church’s history by sporting a white knee-length coat. The couple also walked down the same aisle that they walked down on their wedding day.

On April 27, Middleton and William played with children and animals at a farm in Durham, England.

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