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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make $130,000 donation to CAMFED to celebrate birthdays

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a $130,000 donation to a girls’ education charity to mark their recent birthdays, it has been revealed. 

Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, pledged the money to CAMFED, which supports girls’ education across Africa, and said there is ‘no better way to celebrate what really matters’. 

The couple made the donation yesterday after fans, who call themselves the Sussex Squad, launched a fundraising drive in honour of Harry and Meghan’s birthdays on September 15 and August 4, respectively. 

The drive made $129,000 and Harry and Meghan responded by matching the donations with their own $130,000 contribution.  

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a $130,000 donation to a girls' education charity to mark their recent birthdays, it has been revealed. Pictured, the couple in Cape Town last year

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a $130,000 donation to a girls' education charity to mark their recent birthdays, it has been revealed. Pictured, the couple in Cape Town last year

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a $130,000 donation to a girls’ education charity to mark their recent birthdays, it has been revealed. Pictured, the couple in Cape Town last year

In a message tweeted by the charity (pictured) the couple said: 'No better way to celebrate what really matters. Thank you to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan'

In a message tweeted by the charity (pictured) the couple said: 'No better way to celebrate what really matters. Thank you to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan'

In a message tweeted by the charity (pictured) the couple said: ‘No better way to celebrate what really matters. Thank you to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan’

In a statement tweeted by the charity, the Sussexes said: ‘No better way to celebrate what really matters. Thank you to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan’. 

The money raised from the appeal will fund scholarships for young women across Africa. 

The couple, who recently signed a $150million deal with Netflix, supported two charities to mark their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birthday in May. 

Meghan and Archie appeared in a video to promote a Save The Children literacy programme and the Duchess later revealed she had sponsored a kennel at London-based animal charity Mayhew, of which she is patron, in her son’s name. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Harry’s birthday privately yesterday at their $14million Santa Barbara home. 

The royal family marked the occasion by sharing well-wishes on Instagram and Twitter, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Queen all posting in honour of Harry’s birthday.

However royal fans were outraged that Meghan did not appear in any of the four photographs posted to mark the occasion. 

In response to William and Kate’s photo, which shows the Cambridges and Prince Harry in a 2017 running race, one fan noted: ‘There must have been hundreds of photos you could have picked, but you chose to post one of Harry, William and Kate. I’m sure not including Meghan wasn’t unintentional.’ 

The couple, who have signed a $150million deal with Netflix, supported two charities to mark their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's birthday in May. Pictured, in South Africa in 2019

The couple, who have signed a $150million deal with Netflix, supported two charities to mark their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's birthday in May. Pictured, in South Africa in 2019

The couple, who have signed a $150million deal with Netflix, supported two charities to mark their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birthday in May. Pictured, in South Africa in 2019

Another fan posting on the Cambridges’ account said it was ‘shady’ not to include the Duchess of Sussex when there are photos of the ‘fab four’ together. Another said simply: ‘Interesting photo selection… No Meghan.’ 

However some pointed out that it is common for royal family members not to include husbands and wives in birthday photos, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did for Princess Anne’s recent 70th. 

It comes after the strain in relations between Prince William, 38, and Harry, who were once inseparable, were laid bare in the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ biography Finding Freedom. 

Co-author Omid Scobie later claimed the brothers went two months without speaking following the Sussexes’ bombshell Megxit announcement. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton appeared eager to lay to rest any reports of a family rift and shared an Instagram post dedicated to Harry early yesterday morning.

The Duke of Sussex Angeline Murimirwa, the Executive Director of Africa CAMFED, during his visit the Nalikule College of Education in Malawi during the royal tour last autumn

The Duke of Sussex Angeline Murimirwa, the Executive Director of Africa CAMFED, during his visit the Nalikule College of Education in Malawi during the royal tour last autumn

The Duke of Sussex Angeline Murimirwa, the Executive Director of Africa CAMFED, during his visit the Nalikule College of Education in Malawi during the royal tour last autumn

Prince Harry meets women from CAMA, the alumnae network of CAMFED, in Zambia in 2018

Prince Harry meets women from CAMA, the alumnae network of CAMFED, in Zambia in 2018

Prince Harry meets women from CAMA, the alumnae network of CAMFED, in Zambia in 2018

The couple chose a light-hearted snap of Harry beating them both in a running race at London’s Olympic Stadium, accompanied by the caption: ‘Wishing a very happy birthday to Prince Harry today!’

The Queen, 94, shared her own well-wishes to her grandson via social media, posting a simple message alongside a photo of him beaming at her at a Buckingham Palace reception in 2017. Proud father Prince Charles, 71, opted for a snap of him laughing with his son at the Invictus Games in 2014 and a second portrait of Harry.

The Duke of Sussex certainly has plenty to celebrate this year – his first birthday since he and Meghan quit the royal family and moved to California.

The couple recently signed a $150million deal with US media giant Netflix and paid back the £2.4million that was spent renovating Frogmore Cottage, their former home on the Queen’s Windsor estate, further distancing themselves from the royal family.

The Duchess of Sussex with Camfed Regional Director Angeline Murimirwa (right), model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and journalist Anne McElvoy at a Women's Day event in London in March 2019

The Duchess of Sussex with Camfed Regional Director Angeline Murimirwa (right), model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and journalist Anne McElvoy at a Women's Day event in London in March 2019

The Duchess of Sussex with Camfed Regional Director Angeline Murimirwa (right), model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and journalist Anne McElvoy at a Women’s Day event in London in March 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also recently stepped up their public and virtual appearances as Covid-19 restrictions ease, with Prince Harry last week sending a video of support to soldiers taking part in a charity trek. Over the weekend Meghan took part in a video call with clients from her UK patronage Smart Works. 

And according to royal experts, the Duke is ‘happier than ever’ as he celebrates his 36th birthday, and ‘doesn’t miss his old life at all’. 

Omid Scobie, who co-authored the controversial royal biography Finding Freedom which raised eyebrows for its gushing praise and intimate knowledge of the Sussexes, the Prince is ‘very content’ with his marriage and family and ‘thriving’ in his professional life.

He told Vanity Fair: ‘This is the moment [Harry] can sit back and think, “I made it”.’

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Longest alligator in Arkansas’s history pulled a boat for two hours before it was killed

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The longest alligator to be killed in Arkansas’s history dragged a boat around for two hours before it was slain.

Travis Bearden spotted the 13ft 11.5in, 800lb alligator while hunting with his father Gary, brother Cody and friend Tommy Kelley on Lake Merrisach. 

The four men were hunting on the last weekend permitted on Travis’s licence this year on Saturday when they harpooned the beast.

Travis Bearden (second left) caught the largest alligator in Aransas's history at 13ft 11.5in and 800lb while hunting with his father Gary (left), brother Cody (far right) and friend Tommy Kelley (second right) on Lake Merrisach

Travis Bearden (second left) caught the largest alligator in Aransas's history at 13ft 11.5in and 800lb while hunting with his father Gary (left), brother Cody (far right) and friend Tommy Kelley (second right) on Lake Merrisach

Travis Bearden (second left) caught the largest alligator in Aransas’s history at 13ft 11.5in and 800lb while hunting with his father Gary (left), brother Cody (far right) and friend Tommy Kelley (second right) on Lake Merrisach

They had been hunting the previous weekend but were unsuccessful, making the catch even more exciting. 

It pulled their boat around the lake for two hours before Travis got a clean shot and the men used a forklift truck to pull the animal into the air for photos.

In startling footage, the alligator is hoisted up by the forklift as it reverses on dry land.

The animal is nearly as long as the truck’s extended mast, dangling in the air by its neck with its tail brushing the floor.

The alligator pulled their boat for two hours on the lake before it was eventually killed. They had been hunting the previous weekend but were unsuccessful, making the catch even more exciting

The alligator pulled their boat for two hours on the lake before it was eventually killed. They had been hunting the previous weekend but were unsuccessful, making the catch even more exciting

The alligator pulled their boat for two hours on the lake before it was eventually killed. They had been hunting the previous weekend but were unsuccessful, making the catch even more exciting

Travis's father Gary rides on top of the alligator after the catch

Travis's father Gary rides on top of the alligator after the catch

Travis's wife Stephanie and daughter Addy pose with the alligator

Travis's wife Stephanie and daughter Addy pose with the alligator

Travis’s father Gary (left) and wife Stephanie and daughter Addy (right) pose with the alligator

More photos show the family riding on top of the dead animal, celebrating their successful hunt. 

Travis told 5News: ‘We weren’t real sure how big he was when we spotted him, and to our surprise after we harpooned it, it ended up being a giant.

‘It [dragged] the boat around for almost 2 hours before I was able to get a clean shot on it. Having my dad and my brother there made it that much more special.

‘I just sat back and listened to my dad tell stranger after stranger the story. I think he might be more excited than I am.’ 

The alligator is nearly as long as the forklift truck's extended mast, dangling in the air by its neck with its tail brushing the floor

The alligator is nearly as long as the forklift truck's extended mast, dangling in the air by its neck with its tail brushing the floor

The alligator is nearly as long as the forklift truck’s extended mast, dangling in the air by its neck with its tail brushing the floor

Travis poses with the alligator. 'Having my dad and my brother there made it that much more special,' he said

Travis poses with the alligator. 'Having my dad and my brother there made it that much more special,' he said

Travis poses with the alligator. ‘Having my dad and my brother there made it that much more special,’ he said

Trey Reid from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed the catch the longest alligator harvested since Arkansas has had an alligator season.

The longest alligator previously harvested in Arkansas was 1.5in shorter at 13ft 10in and more than 1,380lb. 

After the catch, Travis wrote on Facebook: ‘The new state record for Arkansas. 

‘I’ve got to give a shoutout to everyone that played a huge part in me being able to harvest such a giant. 

‘God for blessing me with the opportunity, my wife for being so supportive of me being gone these last two weekends, and all my family and friends for the help along the way. I can’t stop smiling.’

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Ashleigh Conwell GoFundMe raises more than $250,000 after husband’s sudden suicide

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More than $250,000 has been raised for a grieving mother-to-be after her husband died when he was hit by a car in a self-harm incident while she was pregnant with triplets.   

Matt and Ashleigh Conwell, from Brisbane, had been tightly budgeting to care for their three unborn babies after they were both financially impacted by COVID-19.

But the 29-year-old’s dreams of a happy family were dashed when her ‘beloved soulmate’ took his own life on September 2. 

Matt and Ashleigh Conwell on their wedding day in 2017 were excited to start a family

Matt and Ashleigh Conwell on their wedding day in 2017 were excited to start a family

Matt and Ashleigh Conwell on their wedding day in 2017 were excited to start a family

Following the sudden loss of Mr Conwell in after he was hit and killed by a 4WD on September 2, members of the community rallied behind Mrs Conewell to help support her

Following the sudden loss of Mr Conwell in after he was hit and killed by a 4WD on September 2, members of the community rallied behind Mrs Conewell to help support her

Following the sudden loss of Mr Conwell in after he was hit and killed by a 4WD on September 2, members of the community rallied behind Mrs Conewell to help support her

With their three babies due just before Christmas, kindhearted strangers took it upon themselves to raise much needed money for Ms Conwell.

As of Thursday morning $255,640 had been been raised by more than 3,700 donors since the GoFundMe was launched. 

Nicola Britton, GoFundMe’s Australian senior regional manager, said the heartbreaking story resonated with members of the community, The Courier Mail reported. 

‘The more close-knit a community, the quicker donations come in, and this one escalated very quickly due to the circumstances,’ she said.

‘Generosity hasn’t slowed down this year, and that’s really surprised me; at a time of such social and economic uncertainty, people are turning compassion into action and donating is their way to show they are there for someone.’

To help with the costs associated with being a single mum-of-three, a devastated Mrs Conwell agreed to let her friend Alex Nesevski set up a GoFundMe page.

On September 2, Matt Conwell (pictured) was hit and killed by a 4WD in Carindale, south-east Brisbane

On September 2, Matt Conwell (pictured) was hit and killed by a 4WD in Carindale, south-east Brisbane

On September 2, Matt Conwell (pictured) was hit and killed by a 4WD in Carindale, south-east Brisbane

‘Ashleigh isn’t the sort of person who would ask for help, and money can never replace the loss of her husband, but she knows she needs support,’ Mrs Nesevski previously told Daily Mail Australia.

She explained the costs of pregnancy, delivery and caring for triplets that would be ‘challenging for any couple’ are especially difficult for a jobless single mother. 

‘They were already stretching every dollar and budgeting tightly for the arrival of their unexpected but so very wanted family … the financial hardship she now finds herself in is significant,’ she said.  

‘She has to see a specialist every two weeks because carrying three babies is a huge physical strain – growing bones and brains.’

Queensland Police confirmed it was a self-harm incident, with Senior Sergeant Tom Nelson saying it had been 'very sad'

Queensland Police confirmed it was a self-harm incident, with Senior Sergeant Tom Nelson saying it had been 'very sad'

Queensland Police confirmed it was a self-harm incident, with Senior Sergeant Tom Nelson saying it had been ‘very sad’

The page has been overwhelmed with friends and family offering support for the young family, as the amount of money raised continues to surge.

‘I passed the scene of the accident and I can assure you that the emergency services were doing all they could to help Matt,’ one woman wrote on the fundraising page.

‘I wish you the very best for the arrival of your beloved babies and for the beautiful life that you will create together with them and your families.’

Another shared: ‘As someone who lost their husband before giving birth to our first child, my heart is broken for you. This will be the biggest ride of your life, but I promise you, these babies will get you through the darkest days and you will see the sun again.’  

The couple met in 2008 when Mr Conwell saw his future wife pictured on the cover of a local newspaper after she attended a fundraising event for leukaemia

The couple met in 2008 when Mr Conwell saw his future wife pictured on the cover of a local newspaper after she attended a fundraising event for leukaemia

 The couple met in 2008 when Mr Conwell saw his future wife pictured on the cover of a local newspaper after she attended a fundraising event for leukaemia

Mrs Conwell’s sister Emily Fallon, 27, told the Courier-Mail that her ‘very caring and genuine’ brother-in-law wasn’t thinking clearly when he took his own life.

‘It was a snap decision, a moment of clouded judgement, and totally out of character,’ she said.  

She explained that he struggled after being financially impacted by COVID-19, but ‘it wasn’t meant to be this way’.

‘This year’s been tough for everyone, even the strongest people you thought could get through it … it just shows suicide doesn’t discriminate,’ she said.  

Parents-to-be Matt and Ashleigh Conwell, from Brisbane , had been tightly budgeting to care for their three unborn babies after they were financially impacted  due to COVID-19

Parents-to-be Matt and Ashleigh Conwell, from Brisbane , had been tightly budgeting to care for their three unborn babies after they were financially impacted  due to COVID-19

Parents-to-be Matt and Ashleigh Conwell, from Brisbane , had been tightly budgeting to care for their three unborn babies after they were financially impacted  due to COVID-19  

Ms Fallon said the families rallied around Mrs Conwell with love and support to show that she will not raise her children alone.

A pregnant Mrs Conwell arrived at the scene and broke down and suffered ‘extreme shock’ following her husband’s death.

Mrs Nesevski told Daily Mail Australia the mother-to-be has vowed to raise her children knowing who their father is.

‘Losing Matt has placed an almost overwhelming burden on Ashleigh, and she’s the strongest person I know,’ she said. 

‘She keeps saying “I’m going to be strong for our babies”.’

Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 for suicide support and information.  

Ms Conwell's sister, Emily Fallon, said her brother-in-law was 'genuine and caring' but had been struggling after losing his job

Ms Conwell's sister, Emily Fallon, said her brother-in-law was 'genuine and caring' but had been struggling after losing his job

Ms Conwell’s sister, Emily Fallon, said her brother-in-law was ‘genuine and caring’ but had been struggling after losing his job

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Teenager found dead in her bed with blood on her face – as police try to piece together the mystery

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Detectives have been left stumped after a teenager was mysteriously found dead with blood on her face in bed in Western Australia. 

Brooke Tuhakaraina’s body was discovered by a friend in the home she shared with workmates in Port Denison, north of Perth, at about 7am on Wednesday morning.

Homicide detectives and forensics are investigating and awaiting the results of an autopsy.

As of early Thursday morning, there was no explanation for the 19-year-old’s sudden death.  

Brooke Tuhakaraina (pictured) was found dead in her share house in Port Denison on WA

Brooke Tuhakaraina (pictured) was found dead in her share house in Port Denison on WA

Brooke Tuhakaraina (pictured) was found dead in her share house in Port Denison on WA

Devastated Dongra shearing contractor Mike Henderson said the teenager was found by a member of his staff in the home he lets to them. 

‘She was a wool handler, a nice kid,’ he told The West Australian through tears. 

‘She was only 19 and she worked for me for a couple of months.’ 

Ms Tuhakaraina is originally from New Zealand and had been working in Western Australia for the past year.

Her family posted ‘we are all devastated at this time,’ on Facebook on Wednesday.

Police set up a crime scene, with neighbours saying the people who lived in the share house were constantly ‘coming and going’.

Detectives (pictured at the scene) are investigating the site with forensics to determine Ms Tuhakaraina's cause of death

Detectives (pictured at the scene) are investigating the site with forensics to determine Ms Tuhakaraina's cause of death

Detectives (pictured at the scene) are investigating the site with forensics to determine Ms Tuhakaraina’s cause of death

The 19-year-old (pictured) was found by a colleague in her bed with blood on her face

The 19-year-old (pictured) was found by a colleague in her bed with blood on her face

The 19-year-old (pictured) was found by a colleague in her bed with blood on her face

The small cray fishing town in WA’s mid-west has been rocked by tragedy before.

Heather Glendinning murdered her daughters Jane, 12 and Jess, 10, before killing herself in the family home on December 5, 2011.  

The girls’ father repeatedly warned of his ex-wife’s deteriorating mental health.

‘Their mother was not sane and fit to have custody of them – and no one wanted to hear that until it was too late,’ he said in 2019.

At an inquest into the deaths in 2016, Coroner Barry King determined the tragedy was potentially avoidable.

He said the outcome could have been different if Glendinning’s declining mental state had been discussed between the Family Court, mental health authorities and government agencies.  

Jane Cuzens was tragically murdered by her mother

Jane Cuzens was tragically murdered by her mother

Jessica Cuzens was also killed by her mother in a murder suicide

Jessica Cuzens was also killed by her mother in a murder suicide

The small cray fishing town in WA’s mid-west has been rocked by tragedy before. Jane Cuzens (left) and Jessica Cuzens (right) were killed by their mother in a murder suicide in 2011

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