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Serena Williams admits she ‘never says’ Meghan Markle’s name in public

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Serena Williams and Meghan Markle may well have formed a close bond behind closed doors – but as far as the public is concerned, the tennis pro would rather everyone forget that she even knows the Duchess of Sussex‘s name. 

The 39-year-old tennis pro gave her ‘really good friend’ a shout out in a new video interview with Vogue, but refused to say the former Suits star’s name – joking to the cameras that she ‘never says her name, never sees her’ and ‘doesn’t know her’. 

But while Serena may be doing her best to protect 39-year-old Meghan’s privacy in public, she could not hide the bond between the two women – revealing, without uttering her close pal’s moniker of course – that they have even been swapping beauty tips and product recommendations.  

Staying mum: Serena Williams admitted in a recent Vogue video that she 'never says' close pal Meghan Markle's name in public, while joking that she 'doesn't know her'

Staying mum: Serena Williams admitted in a recent Vogue video that she 'never says' close pal Meghan Markle's name in public, while joking that she 'doesn't know her'

Staying mum: Serena Williams admitted in a recent Vogue video that she ‘never says’ close pal Meghan Markle’s name in public, while joking that she ‘doesn’t know her’

Hush hush: The 39-year-old mom-of-one shared the contents of her handbag in a clip for the British version of the publication, and revealed a beauty product recommended by Meghan

Hush hush: The 39-year-old mom-of-one shared the contents of her handbag in a clip for the British version of the publication, and revealed a beauty product recommended by Meghan

Hush hush: The 39-year-old mom-of-one shared the contents of her handbag in a clip for the British version of the publication, and revealed a beauty product recommended by Meghan

Privacy: Despite having had a close friendship with the Duchess of Sussex (pictured in 2014) for nearly ten years, in recent months, Serena has refused to speak about her publicly

Privacy: Despite having had a close friendship with the Duchess of Sussex (pictured in 2014) for nearly ten years, in recent months, Serena has refused to speak about her publicly

Privacy: Despite having had a close friendship with the Duchess of Sussex (pictured in 2014) for nearly ten years, in recent months, Serena has refused to speak about her publicly 

Serena opened up about one of the beauty products that Meghan recommended to her while rummaging through her bag on camera for British Vogue’s In The Bag series – a clip that accompanies the sports star’s stunning turn on the magazine’s November cover. 

During the video, Serena pulled out several beauty products from her two bags, telling the cameras that she is ‘really obsessed nowadays’ with different skincare and cosmetic items – including one particular item that Meghan told her to try: a chin and jaw mask. 

The $76 product, created by Sarah Chapman, Meghan’s go-to facialist in London, and the woman who helped the Duchess of Sussex to prep her skin for her wedding to Prince Harry, comes in a small sachet, and can be worn, Serena notes, when she is driving around. 

‘The chin mask I can do when I drive,’ she says while cracking up. ‘Yes I’m laughing, but I am very serious. You apply it up and you put it around your chin and jaw and it keeps your jaw and chin firm.’  

She then credits Meghan with the idea, but avoids referring to the Duchess by name or even title, simply saying: ‘A really good friend of mine told me that but I never say her name. 

‘Never see her, never heard her, don’t know her!’ 

Rummaging: Serena revealed that she uses a chin and jaw mask recommended to her 'by a really good friend'. The mask is made by Meghan's long-time facialist Sarah Chapman

Rummaging: Serena revealed that she uses a chin and jaw mask recommended to her 'by a really good friend'. The mask is made by Meghan's long-time facialist Sarah Chapman

Rummaging: Serena revealed that she uses a chin and jaw mask recommended to her 'by a really good friend'. The mask is made by Meghan's long-time facialist Sarah Chapman

Rummaging: Serena revealed that she uses a chin and jaw mask recommended to her 'by a really good friend'. The mask is made by Meghan's long-time facialist Sarah Chapman

Rummaging: Serena revealed that she uses a chin and jaw mask recommended to her ‘by a really good friend’. The mask is made by Meghan’s long-time facialist Sarah Chapman

Handy! The grand slam champion and mother-of-one said she uses the mask while she is driving, adding that the $76 product keeps her chin and jaw looking 'firm'

Handy! The grand slam champion and mother-of-one said she uses the mask while she is driving, adding that the $76 product keeps her chin and jaw looking 'firm'

Handy! The grand slam champion and mother-of-one said she uses the mask while she is driving, adding that the $76 product keeps her chin and jaw looking ‘firm’ 

Quiet: 'A really good friend of mine told me [about it] but I never say her name. Never see her, never heard her, don't know her!' Serena joked

Quiet: 'A really good friend of mine told me [about it] but I never say her name. Never see her, never heard her, don't know her!' Serena joked

Quiet: 'A really good friend of mine told me [about it] but I never say her name. Never see her, never heard her, don't know her!' Serena joked

Quiet: 'A really good friend of mine told me [about it] but I never say her name. Never see her, never heard her, don't know her!' Serena joked

Quiet: ‘A really good friend of mine told me [about it] but I never say her name. Never see her, never heard her, don’t know her!’ Serena joked 

Trend: It is not the first time that Serena has joked about not knowing Meghan; she told Naomi Campbell in April that she 'didn't know what she was talking about' when asked about her

Trend: It is not the first time that Serena has joked about not knowing Meghan; she told Naomi Campbell in April that she 'didn't know what she was talking about' when asked about her

Trend: It is not the first time that Serena has joked about not knowing Meghan; she told Naomi Campbell in April that she ‘didn’t know what she was talking about’ when asked about her

The brand of choice for the mask is a big giveaway when it comes to Meghan’s identity however; Chapman is the skincare expert who the Duchess of Sussex called upon to help give her a bridal glow before she tied the knot with Prince Harry, and the facialist has since revealed that the two women formed a ‘dear friendship’ while working together. 

In April, Chapman paid tribute to Meghan in a touching Instagram post, sharing several images of the mother-of-one, while writing: ‘Through my work I am fortunate to meet some incredible, interesting and inspirational people and over the past 2 ½ years I feel honoured to have spent much time with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

‘With Meghan, what began as a client relationship quickly turned into a dear friendship and she welcomed me into their lives. 

‘I feel very grateful to be a small part of their journey observing the passion for everything they do and compassion for the causes and people they meet, but also to witness the moments other people don’t see.’

This Vogue video is also not the first time that Serena has jokingly insisted she doesn’t know who Meghan is, while trying to avoid opening up about their close bond. 

In April during an interview with supermodel Naomi Campbell, Serena tried to dodge a question about her good friend’s move to Los Angeles with Harry, simply saying: ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t know nothing about that.’  

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Four children aged 12, 10, eight and four rescued from house fire after arson attack

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A 37-year-old man has been arrested onsuspicion of attempted murder after four children were rescued from a severehouse blaze following an arson attack.

Emergency services were called after the infernobroke out at the property in Erdington, Birmingham at 2.30amthis morning. 

Four girls aged 12, 10, eight and four, were rescued as the blaze ripped through the property. 

A 37-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a woman, 29, has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect.  

Both suspects remain in police custody being quizzed by officers.

West Midlands Police said a car was also recovered from the scene after it crashed into a stationary fire engine that was attending the blaze.

Four girls aged 12, 10, eight and four, were rescued as the blaze ripped through the property in Erdington, Birmingham

Four girls aged 12, 10, eight and four, were rescued as the blaze ripped through the property in Erdington, Birmingham

Four girls aged 12, 10, eight and four, were rescued as the blaze ripped through the property in Erdington, Birmingham

A 37-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a woman, 29, has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect

A 37-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a woman, 29, has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect

A 37-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a woman, 29, has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect

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The fire affected 80% of the ground floor with 100% of the property affected by smoke

Five people were rescued from the home and West Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics had treated four girls for the effects of smoke inhalation.

They are receiving further treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the spokesperson said. 

Emergency services were called to the property at 2.25am on Friday and West Midlands Fire Service said 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which has totally destroyed the property. 

The fire service confirmed that the cause of the fire was arson.

West Midlands Police has now launched an investigation. 

The force said: ‘A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder while a 29-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect. Both remain in police custody.

‘A car has also been recovered after it hit a stationary fire engine that was attending the house fire.

‘The house has been cordoned off whilst emergency services examine the scene to establish the cause of the fire.’ 

Emergency services were called to the property at 2.25am on Friday and West Midlands Fire Service said 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which has totally destroyed the property

Emergency services were called to the property at 2.25am on Friday and West Midlands Fire Service said 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which has totally destroyed the property

Emergency services were called to the property at 2.25am on Friday and West Midlands Fire Service said 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which has totally destroyed the property

Five people were rescued from the home and West Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics had treated four girls for the effects of smoke inhalation

Five people were rescued from the home and West Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics had treated four girls for the effects of smoke inhalation

Five people were rescued from the home and West Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics had treated four girls for the effects of smoke inhalation

The fire service said: ‘We have had four fire engines and 20 firefighters dealing with a severe house fire in Erdington.

‘The house has been totally destroyed by fire and we are currently investigating the cause. Five people have been rescued.’  

The fire affected 80% of the ground floor with 100% of the property affected by smoke.

If you have any information, contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime. Quote crime reference 20BE/265248E/20. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Idyllic Italian village will PAY YOU up to £40,000 to live there

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The aging Italian village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio is offering to pay potential residents up to £40,000 to move there in an attempt to reboot the economy. 

The picturesque, hilltop town is located in the mountains of the Abruzzo region and currently has just 115 residents, 13 of whom are under the age of 20, while 41 are over 65.

The town council said it was ‘essential’ to do something to ensure ‘a sustainable and lasting development’ of the area, which lies within the beautiful Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga national park. 

The offer includes a monthly wage of up to £7,200 for the first three years, working out at £21,000 in total. 

The aging Italian village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio is offering to pay potential residents up to £40,000 to move there in an attempt to reboot the economy

The aging Italian village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio is offering to pay potential residents up to £40,000 to move there in an attempt to reboot the economy

The aging Italian village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio is offering to pay potential residents up to £40,000 to move there in an attempt to reboot the economy 

Street view from Santo Stefano di Sessiano, Italy,which currently has just 115 residents, 13 of whom are under the age of 20

Street view from Santo Stefano di Sessiano, Italy,which currently has just 115 residents, 13 of whom are under the age of 20

Street view from Santo Stefano di Sessiano, Italy,which currently has just 115 residents, 13 of whom are under the age of 20

The town council said it was 'essential' to do something to ensure 'a sustainable and lasting development' of the area, which lies within the beautiful Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga national park

The town council said it was 'essential' to do something to ensure 'a sustainable and lasting development' of the area, which lies within the beautiful Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga national park

The town council said it was ‘essential’ to do something to ensure ‘a sustainable and lasting development’ of the area, which lies within the beautiful Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga national park

The money would be paid to new residents of the medieval stone village in monthly installments. 

New residents would be provided with a property to live in that they would have to pay a yet-to-be determined sum of rent on, although it would only be a ‘symbolic’ amount. 

Those looking to start a business there to help the local town will be further supplemented by the local council with a one-off grant of £18,000. 

However the offer is only available to those who are a resident of Italy, or have the legal ability to become one, or EU citizens. 

New residents would be provided with a property to live in that they would have to pay a yet-to-be determined sum of rent on

New residents would be provided with a property to live in that they would have to pay a yet-to-be determined sum of rent on

New residents would be provided with a property to live in that they would have to pay a yet-to-be determined sum of rent on

Those looking to start a business there to help the local town will be further supplemented by the local council with a one-off grant of £18,000

Those looking to start a business there to help the local town will be further supplemented by the local council with a one-off grant of £18,000

Those looking to start a business there to help the local town will be further supplemented by the local council with a one-off grant of £18,000 

The small and charming medieval stone village, in Gran Sasso National Park, Abruzzo region, has listed some key skills that it's hoping to attract, including tourist guides, cleaners, pharmacists and those who can promote local food products

The small and charming medieval stone village, in Gran Sasso National Park, Abruzzo region, has listed some key skills that it's hoping to attract, including tourist guides, cleaners, pharmacists and those who can promote local food products

The small and charming medieval stone village, in Gran Sasso National Park, Abruzzo region, has listed some key skills that it’s hoping to attract, including tourist guides, cleaners, pharmacists and those who can promote local food products

The town has listed some key skills that it’s hoping to attract, including tourist guides, cleaners, pharmacists and those who can promote local food products. 

Applicants must also be aged between 18 and 40 and remain living in the village for a minimum of five years. 

Mayor Fabio Santavicca told CNN Travel that he wanted to ‘enable the village to continue to live’. 

Applicants must also be aged between 18 and 40 and remain living in the village for a minimum of five years

Applicants must also be aged between 18 and 40 and remain living in the village for a minimum of five years

Applicants must also be aged between 18 and 40 and remain living in the village for a minimum of five years

Village of Saint Stephen of Sessanio, Italy, which perches 1,250 meters above sea level within the beautiful Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga national park

Village of Saint Stephen of Sessanio, Italy, which perches 1,250 meters above sea level within the beautiful Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga national park

Village of Saint Stephen of Sessanio, Italy, which perches 1,250 meters above sea level within the beautiful Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga national park

Town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in Abruzzo, Italy. Mayor Fabio Santavicca said that he wanted to 'enable the village to continue to live'

Town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in Abruzzo, Italy. Mayor Fabio Santavicca said that he wanted to 'enable the village to continue to live'

Town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in Abruzzo, Italy. Mayor Fabio Santavicca said that he wanted to ‘enable the village to continue to live’

The scheme was launched on October 15 and so far around 1,500 people have applied. 

The town council is aiming to keep numbers to around 10 new residents for now, or five couples. 

‘We want to ramp numbers up gradually, and we have to work with the housing that belongs to the authorities,’ Santavicca said. 

Applications to the scheme must be submitted by November 15. 

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Couple brave the elements to take seaside SELFIE as Britain faces Halloween washout weekend

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It is looking like scary weather ahead as torrential downpours lash the nation over Halloween weekend and bring threats of severe flooding along the west coast of the UK.  

The Met Office has issued a warning saying that parts of western England and wales will be hit by strong winds and heavy rain in the coming days.

Up to four inches of rain is set to fall across some parts of the country, meaning Halloween will be a total washout.

Homes and businesses are expected to be flooded, while power supplies are also likely to be affected, the Met Office said. 

Britain is being hit by the tail end of the tropical Hurricane Zeta, which has ploughed across the Atlantic Ocean in recent days. 

The deluge hitting Britain this weekend is caused by the tail end of the tropical storm, which has travelled north-east from the Gulf of Mexico. 

Over the weekend two separate Atlantic low-pressure systems will track to the north-west of the UK, bringing further heavy and persistent rain as well as strengthening south-westerly winds. 

A couple in Southsea, Hampshire, were spotted getting soaked by spraying waves as they tried to take a selfie together againsy the dramatic backdrop.  

A couple attempt to take a selfie as they get soaked by the enormous waves battering the coastline this morning at Southsea in Hampshire

A couple attempt to take a selfie as they get soaked by the enormous waves battering the coastline this morning at Southsea in Hampshire

A couple attempt to take a selfie as they get soaked by the enormous waves battering the coastline this morning at Southsea in Hampshire

A yellow weather warning is in place for heavy rain and wind this weekend as the tailend of Hurricane Zeta hits the UK. Pictured: Children get soaked by the enormous waves battering the coastline this morning at Southsea

A yellow weather warning is in place for heavy rain and wind this weekend as the tailend of Hurricane Zeta hits the UK. Pictured: Children get soaked by the enormous waves battering the coastline this morning at Southsea

A yellow weather warning is in place for heavy rain and wind this weekend as the tailend of Hurricane Zeta hits the UK. Pictured: Children get soaked by the enormous waves battering the coastline this morning at Southsea

The Met Office has issued several yellow weather warnings ahead of the weekend, and urged people to take care amid the high risks of flooding

The Met Office has issued several yellow weather warnings ahead of the weekend, and urged people to take care amid the high risks of flooding

The Met Office has issued several yellow weather warnings ahead of the weekend, and urged people to take care amid the high risks of flooding

A yellow weather warning promises stong winds across the entirety of the west coast of Britain, including Cornwall, Devon, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, on Saturday. 

The south west, Wales and Scotland can also expect heavy rain rolling in off the Atlantic Ocean.  

Issuing a yellow rain warning, the Met Office said: ‘Periods of heavy rain on Saturday may lead to flooding and disruption to transport.’

They warned that ‘flooding of businesses and homes is likely’ and power supplies were likely to be affected by the rain and wind. 

Their warning added that spray and flooding on roads would make travel and journey times much longer. 

On Sunday the storm will ease slightly, with northern Scotland experiencing high winds and the coastline stretching north from Wales to the Scottish borderset for rain. 

Yellow weather warnings remain in place for these locations on Sunday, while the coastal rain warning for that area extends into Monday.  

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Martin Young, said: ‘Saturday will be very wet and windy for many northern and western parts of the country as low-pressure sweeps northeastwards past northwest Britain.

‘Another system quickly follows on Sunday that contains the remnants of ex-Hurricane Zeta, bringing further heavy rain and strong winds.

‘Given that this is falling on already saturated ground from what has been a wet October, there is an increased risk of flooding in some warnings areas.’

A couple sit under an umbrella on a bench along the Thames Path in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, ahead of the weekend washout

A couple sit under an umbrella on a bench along the Thames Path in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, ahead of the weekend washout

A couple sit under an umbrella on a bench along the Thames Path in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, ahead of the weekend washout

The skies were grey and overcast in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, as Britain braces itself for torrential rain over Halloween

The skies were grey and overcast in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, as Britain braces itself for torrential rain over Halloween

The skies were grey and overcast in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, as Britain braces itself for torrential rain over Halloween

Th country has been battered by the tail end of tropical Hurricane Zeta all week, with Friday seeing the only break in the weather with eastern, central and southern areas were mostly dry and bright. Pictured: A carpet of autumn leaves in Cambridge

Th country has been battered by the tail end of tropical Hurricane Zeta all week, with Friday seeing the only break in the weather with eastern, central and southern areas were mostly dry and bright. Pictured: A carpet of autumn leaves in Cambridge

Th country has been battered by the tail end of tropical Hurricane Zeta all week, with Friday seeing the only break in the weather with eastern, central and southern areas were mostly dry and bright. Pictured: A carpet of autumn leaves in Cambridge 

The weather created by tropical Hurricane Zeta has been battering the UK all week. On Thursday, the River Conwy burst its banks – causing major flooding at Llanrwst in North Wales – and gigantic waves will hit the Atlantic coast as the remnants of Hurricane Epsilon join with a deep area of low pressure near Iceland.

Friday saw a temporary respite when eastern, central and southern areas were mostly dry and bright. 

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said yesterday: ‘This week has been fairly unsettled and we’ll see this typical autumnal weather continuing over the weekend, with heavy rain and strong winds expected to bring disruption and risk of flooding to some areas.

‘Several yellow rain warnings are in place from Thursday until Sunday, covering parts of northwest England, Wales and western parts of Scotland. 

‘Across the warning areas rainfall totals of 30-40mm can be expected quite widely by the end of Friday, whilst over the hills and mountains of north Wales and Cumbria, where rain will be heaviest, more than 100mm is possible.’ 

According to Met Office figures, the wettest October on record for the entire country was 1903, when 225.9mm (8.9in) fell on average across the UK, 195.4mm (7.7in) in England and 321.5mm (12.7in) in Wales.

Cumbria’s wettest October was 1967, when 358mm (14.1in) fell. The county has already received 162mm (6.4in) so far this month.

Figures for October 1 to 27 this year show an average of 147.6mm (5.8in) of rain across the UK, 158.8mm (6.25in) in Wales and 121mm (4.7in) in England.

Road operator Bear Scotland had already announced that the A83 at the Rest and be Thankful in Argyll – hit by a landslide in August – will remain closed overnight until late November.

This is because of fears of the risk of further movement in the mountain above the road.

A diversionary route will be available from 6pm each night via the Old Military Road.

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