The Queen Just Broke Her Silence on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Stepping Down

Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step down as senior members of the royal family. It turns out the reports were true: The queen really did host a family meeting on Monday, January 13, to discuss the situation with Meghan and Harry. And shortly after, she released this lengthy statement to the public:

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

“It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.

“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”

See the statement for yourself, below:

From this, it appears the queen is relatively on board with Meghan and Harry’s decision to step out on their own and become more financially independent. But it’s clear decisions and logistics still have to be hammered out.

In their original statement announcing this news, the couple wrote, “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. “

Issa Rae Had the Best Response After Announcing the All-Male Oscar Noms for Best Director

This morning (January 13), Issa Rae and John Cho helped announce the 2020 Oscar nominations from Los Angeles.

So many of your faves received nods, including Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), and Charlize Theron (Bombshell). But much of the discussion online has been centered on who didn’t get a nomination. Some of the biggest snubs included Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers, Awkwafina for The Farewell, and Lupita Nyong’o for Us. And yet again, not a single woman was nominated in the Best Director category, where many thought Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Lorene Scarfaria (Hustlers), or Lulu Wang (The Farewell) deserved recognition.

And Issa Rae had a perfect response—and facial expression—to this news. After reading the list of names, she simply said, “Congratulations to those men.”

Twitter, of course, loved it. “‘Congratulations to those men.’ – Issa Rae introducing the Best Director category is a MOOD. #OscarNoms,” one person tweeted. “‘Congratulations to those men.’ @IssaRae is all of us, mad about the lack of a directing nod for Greta Gerwig,” another wrote, alongside a GIF of Pugh as Amy March.

This isn’t the first time a famous woman has called out an awards show for its lack of female directing nominees. In 2018, Natalie Portman was announcing the winner of the Best Director category at the Golden Globes when she said, “And here are the all-male nominees” before reading off the names. It was a fantastic burn, as well.

All internet fun aside, it’s ridiculous that we have to keep having this same conversation, year in and year out. There are so many worthy female directors that could have been nominated this year (and in the years past), and yet we still continue to see projects viewed through the male lens as more worthy of esteem and awards.

Do better, Hollywood.

Inside The Bachelor Season 24, Episode 2: What a Bachelor Group Date With Peter Weber Is Really Like

It’s late September, and Peter Weber is now in his second week on The Bachelor. ABC has invited me along to a group date—a shopping spree and fashion show for Revolve clothing—with guest judges Carson Kressley, Janice Dickenson, and Raissa Gerona. Everything seems normal at first—I mean, it’s only the second week—but, as I soon learn, that’s not the case.

For one, Hannah Brown has just returned to great dramatic effect. (Is she really only there to give Peter his wings? Does she want Chris Harrison’s job? I need to know if it’s for the right reasons, people!) But when I sit down with Peter during a break in between filming, he makes no mention of his ex’s return. In fact, it’s not until I see the first Bachelor promo months later that I even know she makes an appearance. Whether she’s on Peter’s mind this afternoon or not, he’s not saying. For all I know, the only focus is on the women on his group date—and his own turn on the runway.

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Still, Peter confides that it’s been a rough road already even though he’s grateful for the opportunity. “I know everyone says this, but it’s tough knowing there is going to be disappointment and heartbreak, and I’m going to be the one causing that,” he says. “I was on the opposite side of that last time. But all that means is that I just get one step closer to finding her at the end.”

He says he hates drama (um, does he know what show he signed up for?), but he’s trying to be very understanding of what the women are feeling. “It’s not normal to date one person along with 20-some-odd other people,” he says, just like every other Bachelor and Bachelorette before him. But it’s clear on this date that he’s already developing strong feelings for several of the women, including Hannah Ann (who got his first impression rose) and Victoria F.

Of the women, Peter says, “Hannah Ann made a very strong effort to make sure I saw her and that she was there for me. She just has this Southern belle-type adorableness and charm, and I just was very drawn to her. She brought me this beautiful painting the first night. I’m just very drawn to her, and I’m very excited.”

It’s not what I’m expecting to hear. I’m prepared for generic soundbites about how great all the women are, but here’s Peter genuinely opening up about where he’s at in the process. I’m into it.

Oscar Nominations 2020: The Complete List

Here is the complete list of Oscar nominations for 2020.

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Original Screenplay

Rian Johnson, Knives Out

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

Todd Phillips, Joker

Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Best International Feature Film

Corpus Christi

Honeyland

Les Misérables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Best Documentary – Feature

American Factory

The Edge of Democracy

The Cave

Honeyland

For Sama

Best Documentary – Short Subject

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone

Life Overtakes Me

St Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window

Saria

A Sister

Best Animated Short Film

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Best Original Score

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Original Song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (Toy Story 4)

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Rocketman)

“I’m Standing With You” (Breakthrough)

“Into the Unknown” (Frozen 2)

“Stand Up” (Harriet)

Best Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Sound Mixing

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Production Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Judy

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

1917

Best Cinematography

The Irishman

Joker

The Lighthouse

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Costume Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Visual Effects

1917

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

The Academy Awards will air on February 9 on ABC.

What Sutton Foster Wore to Audition For ‘Younger’

A sizable regret I carry with me? That I’m not a massive Broadway star. It’s easier said than done, I understand, but growing up in New York, I was the ultimate musical theater kid, lining up for standing-room-only seats with my friends on Friday nights, and using my birthday money on compilation CDs from Andrew Lloyd Weber, Sondheim, and the entire 3.5-hour score of Les Miserables in various languages. Yes, really.

So talking to Sutton foster—the ultimate massive Broadway star—was a real kick. She’s been nominated for six tony awards and has won two. It was also a real kick because for the past 6 seasons, Sutton has been starring on Younger, the beloved TV Land series in which she plays a 40-something single mom masquerading as a millennial to get back into the workforce, which she does.

For her episode of What I Wore When, Sutton talks about how she dressed when she auditioned for Younger—a job she said she really, really wanted to book. She explained that she had to prove she could pull off playing a 20-somerthing but also a woman in her 40s, and so the resulting outfit had to work overtime. We also talked about the fashion on the show (which some fans have compared to Sex and the City in its approach to the characters’ style), her exceptional career on Broadway—catch her this fall in The Music Man alongside Hugh Jackman, and and how in some ways, caring less about you wear to auditions can be an asset.

When we met, Sutton had just come from getting her 2 1/2-year-old daughter ready for school—there was a story there—so we talked quite a bit about about motherhood and her complicated path. She was forthcoming about undergoing several rounds of IVF before turning to adoption.

Sutton also had a newish pair of Gucci loafers which were approved by her Younger co-star Hillary Duff, so that opened the door to a charming conversation about spending money on power pieces and how even though it sounds cliche, a great pair of shoes can change everything.

Here’s the episode!

Follow host Perrie Samotin on Instagram @perriesamotin, guest Sutton Foster at @suttonlenore or on Twitter at @sfosternyc, and subscribe to What I Wore When on Apple Podcasts or where ever you listen to your favorite shows.

Critics’ Choice Awards 2020: The Best Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet

Awards season rolled on tonight, January 10, with the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards. Taye Diggs hosts this evening’s show, which includes the most nominations for Martin Scorsese’s movie, The Irishman. Following closely behind are Little Women, 1917, and Marriage Story.

As usual, celebrities showed up and showed out on tonight’s red carpet—keeping up the momentum from last week’s incredibly stylish Golden Globes. Tonight we saw classic gowns, suits, and an array of different colors and styles. Here’s hoping the style is equally as on point for the Screen Actors Guild Awards next week—plus the Oscars and the Grammys later down the line.

Below, check out the best looks from tonight’s Critics’ Choice Awards.

How to Have a Cervical Orgasm, According to a Neuroscientist

The cervical orgasm, much like the nipple orgasm sounds a bit like sex science fiction. For many years, scientists thought it was, believing that the cervix itself doesn’t register sensation. Luckily, they were wrong.

In my three decades of practice as a psychotherapist, relationship expert, and sex therapist—plus 10 years conducting sex research as a neuroscientist—I’ve learned a lot about the science of sex. In my new Glamour column Ask Dr. Nan (and in my new book Why Good Sex Matters) I’m answering all of your burning questions about pleasure—an absolute necessity to a woman’s wellbeing.

What better place to start than the different types of orgasms? Famous sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson were the first to discover that the cervix does in fact respond to pressure (though they overlooked what the consequences of their data meant for the future of women’s orgasms). It always amazes me how much the female human body has remained a mystery—so let’s demystify.

Here’s everything you need to know about cervical orgasms and how to have one.

What is a cervical orgasm?

When a penis or dildo rubs against the cervix during deep penetration of the vagina, the result can be an incredibly intense orgasm.

That orgasm doesn’t come from cervical stimulation alone—Mother Nature wired our magnificent genitalia such that stimulation of various parts of the vagina results in indirect clitoral stimulation and vice versa. Same goes for the cervix. In a lab, you can use a special probe to stimulate the cervix directly, but in real life, lighting up the cervix involves stimulating the walls of the vagina, which also triggers the clitoral bulbs hugging the walls of the vagina. Translation? In the process of stimulating your cervix, you’re also lighting up other hot spots.

What does a cervical orgasm feel like?

The sensations (and orgasms) arising from stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, and cervix tend to differ, primarily because the sensory nerves that wire each part are different. You’re most likely to stimulate the cervix during deep vaginal penetration—the resulting orgasms have been described as a “shower of stars,” according to research conducted by my mentor, and sex science superstar, Dr. Beverly Whipple. A cervical orgasm feels like it starts in the pelvis, spreads to the abdomen, and then engulfs the whole body.

Can anyone have a cervical orgasm? Is it safe?

In a study done in 2000, 35% of 128 healthy women reported experiencing orgasms from stimulation of the cervix by the penis during intercourse. These numbers suggest that orgasm enhanced by cervical stimulation may be in reach (pun intended) by those motivated to pursue such pleasures.

Cervical stimulation does require deep penetration. Very deep. And that can seem a little scary. In terms of safety, the short answer is that cervical stimulation is safe under normal circumstances—trying something out like this is probably not the smartest move during advanced pregnancy. If you experience cramping, bleeding or more than mild discomfort, this mode of stimulation might not be for you—and that’s totally fine. Take it slow, and always speak up if you’re in pain or uncomfortable. (And if you have bleeding from intercourse, consult your doctor. The tissue of the cervix is sensitive and can be bruised if the stimulation is too intense.)

It’s perfectly okay if this type of deep stimulation does not appeal to you. Individual differences loom large in and out of the bedroom—listening to your gut feelings about such things is always a good practice.

How to have a cervical orgasm

1. Communicate

Hilary Duff Had the Most Stunning Safari Honeymoon in South Africa

Hilary Duff married her longtime-boyfriend Matthew Koma last month, and the celebration was a low-key, intimate event in her backyard. Following the private nuptials, she posted a few images to Instagram that captured the picture-perfect event and the actor even shared the details of creating her romantic Jenny Packham gown. And now, Duff is giving fans a look at her enviable honeymoon, which includes some stunning views of South Africa.

Duff posted several shots that show she and Koma hanging out a the beach, hugging over mountain landscapes, and enjoying super colorful sunsets. In one of the photos, Duff and Koma can be seen peering out from their window while sipping drinks. “Honeymooning with my honey. Already seen the big 5 and had so many naps. Doesn’t get better than this….” she wrote. “Moonin’ n swoonin’,” she captioned another.

Koma also shared several images of their safari in Kruger National Park. “This place is unreal,” he wrote in a post that includes a selfie of the two of them, plus pictures of a lion, lioness, and an elephant. He capped the trip off with a longer collection of photos detailing their trip: “We climbed Table Mountain in Cape Town, played bananagrams in Mozambique, read a book with a disappointing ending together on our flights, experienced a dream safari in Sabi Sands, had the best meal of our lives at Test Kitchen, and I got to bask in the high of doing it all with my best friend turned wife. I truly am the luckiest.”

Both of them looked sad to see the whole thing end. “Long journey home after the most insane trip of my life! We can’t wait to squeeze the babbbbies and rub their skin offffffffff,” she wrote in the Instagram caption of a photo that shows her and Koma making sad faces at the airport.

The vacation seems to have come at a good time; Duff has been working on the highly-anticipated reboot of her old show Lizzie McGuire. However, some recent drama temporarily ended production on the show. Hopefully, she was too busy enjoying South Africa to stress.

Michelle Obama Is Launching a New Series That Follows First-Gen College Students

Michelle Obama has a ton of new projects in the works. Last year, the former First Lady and Barack Obama announced they had struck a deal with Netflix and they’d be launching several documentaries and films through their production company Higher Ground Productions. Now, she’s announced she has another special series in the works on Instagram, and it tackles a subject that she’s championed passionately for a long time: college for first-generation students.

Called “A Year of Firsts,” the project will follow four students as they navigate the intricacies of higher education. The show will air on Instagram‘s IGTV this month through a partnership with Obama’s Reach Higher initiative and the media company ATTN. “Each of them has overcome tremendous odds to get where they are,” Obama explains in an Instagram video announcing the series. “And throughout the year, they’ll tell us what that first year of college is really like. The ups, the downs, and everything in between.”

The subject matter is one Obama understands inside and out, not just through her work establishing the Reacher Higher initiative. As she detailed in her award-winning memoir Becoming, she was the first person in her family to attend college. Since then, she’s raised conversations about how important it is to ensure that students who are forging a new path feel supported and have access to resources so they have successful experiences.

“As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to take that leap and pursue your educational dreams,” she said in a statement. “That’s why I’m so proud of these students. By sharing their stories, they’re helping others see that the ups and downs of the first year of college are something everyone goes through—and they’re creating a supportive community for others facing similar challenges.”

Prince William Is Reportedly “Sad” About the Sussex Separation and the Rift With Prince Harry

Insiders say the Queen has convened an emergency family summit with Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles on Monday at her estate in Sandringham, following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement that they planned to take some space from royal life. Apparently, the whole situation has been tough on Prince William who, according to a source, has been feeling “sad” about his brother’s decision and their supposed rift in general.

An unidentified friend speaking to The Sunday Times said that William had previously told them, “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives, and I can’t do that anymore. . . I’m sad about that.” He reportedly continued, “All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team.”

Rumors of distance between the two brothers began circling after Prince Harry married Markle. Because there were two growing families, the palace split up their households to better accommodate staff, duties, and royal responsibilities. It was a logical step, but it didn’t help quell the gossip, which Prince Harry addressed directly during the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. While he confirmed that perhaps there had been issues, he stressed they’d always have a bond.

“Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers; we’ll always be brothers,” Prince Harry said at the time. “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.” It’s unclear how the meeting among the royals is going to shake out, so there could still be a chance they find something that works for everyone in the new arrangement.