The Cambridge family join Sir David Attenborough for garden screening of A Life On Our Planet

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, met up with Sir David Attenborough last week, as they all attended a very special outdoor screening.

The Cambridges and Sir David met up in the gardens of Kensington Palace to watch the environmentalist’s upcoming feature film, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.

Alongside lovely photos taken at the outdoor event, the official @KensingtonPalace Instagram caption posted in the caption: “With a shared passion for protecting the natural world, they continue to support one another in their missions to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces.

“This includes working together on The @EarthshotPrize, the most prestigious global environment prize in history – further details of which will be shared in the coming weeks.”

The caption also revealed some lovely details about the meet-up, including the fact that Sir David gave Prince George a tooth from a giant shark, called a carcharocles megalodon or “big tooth”.

“Sir David found the tooth on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s, embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23 million years ago,” the caption explains. “Carcharocles is believed to have grown to 15 metres in length, which is about twice the length of the Great White, the largest shark alive today.”

We’re sure that Prince George loved looking at the tooth, as his happy smile in the second photo shared in the Instagram post proves!

The whole of the Cambridge clan, and Sir David for that matter, were wearing smart outfits in coordinating shades of blue for the occasion, with the TV veteran in a navy suit, Princes William and Louis in blue jumpers, George in a blue checked shirt, and Charlotte in cute blue shoes.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning as usual, in a light blue denim shirt dress, which appears to be the Marley Belted style by designer brand Gabriella Hearst.

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Sir David Attenborough has said that he has spent the coronavirus lockdown “listening to birds” while sat in his garden.

The beloved nature documentarian recently joined Instagram, where he broke the record for the shortest time taken to amass one million followers.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Attenborough said: “The message that I am concerned about is so important I would use any medium to get it out.”

Attenborough recently authored both a book and Netflix documentary entitled A Life On Our Planet.

The 94-year-old presenter also described lockdown as “a vision of what life can be like when you’ve got more time to sit and stare”.

“I’ve certainly spent more time in my garden listening to birds, than I have for a very long time,” he said. 

“A lot of people have been surprised by that – a lot of people have suddenly realised what deep, profound joy can come from witnessing the rest of the world – the natural world.”

Attenborough also recently spoke about the protest tactics used by environmental activist organisation Extinction Rebellion.

“In getting it [the law] changed you have to be careful that you don’t break the law, I think,” he said.

“Of course I agree with their message. It’s simply a question of what is politic and sensible.”

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The Cambridges are treated to a back-garden film premiere with Sir David Attenborough

With no red carpet, no flashing paparazzi bulbs and no Hollywood starlets swanning through Leicester Square in glamorous, flesh-baring gowns, it was a royal film premiere like no other.

Instead, Prince William sat on a rickety wooden chair in his back garden alongside a 94-year-old man cloaked in a tartan blanket to ward off the autumn chill.

But that man was Sir David Attenborough, who was unveiling his new documentary – and who received a reception worthy of the hottest Tinseltown star from three eager young fans, Princes George, seven, and Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five, after the screening.

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He presented George, seven, with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he had found on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s

He presented George, seven, with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he had found on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s

He presented George, seven, with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he had found on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s.

The three children are all interested in dinosaurs and were fascinated by the megalodon fossil and excitedly asked Sir David a number of questions.

A Palace aide said: ‘The children are massive fans of Sir David and this was the first time they had met him, although they have always wanted to. So they were absolutely delighted, and you can see from Charlotte’s reaction in the picture how excited she was.

‘They were fascinated by the shark tooth and Sir David explained how he had found it, how old it was and how it had been preserved in Malta’s soft yellow limestone.’

Kate, in a new £1,295 Gabriela Hearst denim shirt dress and £475 Rupert Sanderson pumps, smiled as Charlotte, in a £23 Zara floral Peter Pan collar dress, put her hands to her face with excitement.

George, in a £40 Trotters checked shirt and £50 Start-Rite school brogues, handled the giant tooth with evident amazement.

The joyous meeting in Kensington Palace gardens came on Thursday afternoon after William, 38, and the veteran broadcaster watched David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, about the naturalist’s 70-year career as a conservationist and the environmental crisis facing the planet.

Socially distanced in the open air, the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors’ chairs with their names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat in each other’s seats. The pair then watched the 80-minute film, and Sir David gave the Prince a copy of the accompanying book.

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Today we venture into the garden, and the extraordinary life Sir Roy lived with Julia, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, blossoms everywhere. ‘She was the only person I ever loved,’ he says.

‘Any coming together of two people always requires a giving up of some things like certain friends who don’t fit in. Marriage has to be a compromise, but the benefits of coming together far exceed anything else.’

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‘Julia had an incredible sweetness of nature and huge strength of character. She was someone I just loved being with. When I proposed to her – she was 40 and I was 35 – she said, ‘You don’t want any children do you?’ I said, ‘Not particularly,’ and that was the last of it.

‘I married someone who was someone in their own right. She was far more important than me and I loved that. I needed someone who wasn’t just hanging on as Lady Strong. In fact, it was summed up when the letter came saying would I agree to be knighted. I said, ‘Darling, I’ve got bad news for you. I’m going to be made a knight of the realm. You won’t like that, will you?’

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been meeting with Sir Elton John’s interior designer to discuss redecorating their Californian home.

The couple – who have 15-month-old son Archie together – recently splashed out on a nine-bedroom abode in Santa Barbara and were put in touch with Martyn Lawrence Bullard by their pop star pal to discuss their vision for their family residence.

A source told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: “Elton put Harry and Meg in touch with Martyn after they moved to LA. They had a meeting and got on really well. Martyn was really helpful on where they should be house-hunting and what kind of properties.

“Some of his interiors are outrageous and over the top, but he’s also great at working out exactly what the client wants and delivering it.”

As well as working on Elton and his husband David Furnish’s Los Angeles apartment, Martyn also counts Kylie Jenner, Cher, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, and designer Tommy Hilfiger among his clients.

A source said: “Martyn’s very popular and successful with all the big Hollywood stars. His taste is very extravagant and he doesn’t come cheap, but the end result is breathtaking.”

The royal couple are also believed to have been consulting with James Corden’s wife Julia and her business partner Vicky Charles – who helped redesign their UK residence, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – about their plans for their new home.

Harry and Meghan’s new home – which they moved into in July – is set in five acres of grounds, and as well as its nine bedrooms, it also has 16 bathrooms, a library, office, spa with a separate dry and wet sauna, gym, game room, arcade, theatre, wine cellar and five-car garage, and has been updated with the latest Lutron lighting systems and Crestron, including iPad control.

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The couple – who have 15-month-old son Archie together – recently splashed out on a nine-bedroom abode in Santa Barbara and were put in touch with Martyn Lawrence Bullard by their pop star pal to discuss their vision for their family residence.

A source told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: “Elton put Harry and Meg in touch with Martyn after they moved to LA. They had a meeting and got on really well. Martyn was really helpful on where they should be house-hunting and what kind of properties.

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PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle got decor tips for their new California mansion by Sir Elton John’s “extravagant” designer.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 53, was introduced to the former royal couple by the superstar after he decorated his Los Angeles apartment.

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 53, helped the couple with their mansion decorCredit: Getty Images

A source told The Mail on Sunday: “Elton put Harry and Meg in touch with Martyn after they moved to LA. They had a meeting and got on really well.

“Martyn was really helpful on where they should be house-hunting and what kind of properties.

“Some of his interiors are outrageous and over the top, but he’s also great at working out exactly what the client wants and delivering it.”

The decorator, from Kent, England, has previously worked with Kylie Jenner, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, and Sharon Osbourne.

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The apartment nearby Montecito, Santa BarbaraCredit: Google Earth

An industry source also told the outlet: “Martyn’s very popular and successful with all the big Hollywood stars.

“His taste is very extravagant and he doesn’t come cheap, but the end result is breathtaking.”

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Harry and Meghan received decor tips from by Sir Elton John’s designer



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He is the king of Hollywood interior decor, so British-born Martyn Lawrence Bullard was the obvious person for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to consult about redecorating their new Californian home.

The 53-year-old, originally from Bromley in Kent, was introduced to the couple by his long-term client and friend Sir Elton John, whose LA apartment he decorated in a 1970s Boogie Nights-inspired theme.

A friend told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Elton put Harry and Meg in touch with Martyn after they moved to LA. They had a meeting and got on really well. Martyn was really helpful on where they should be house-hunting and what kind of properties.



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Martyn Lawrence Bullard, pictured, was introduced to Harry and Meghan by his long-term client and friend Sir Elton John, whose LA apartment he decorated in a 1970s Boogie Nights-inspired theme

‘Some of his interiors are outrageous and over the top, but he’s also great at working out exactly what the client wants and delivering it.’

Mr Bullard has previously worked for members of the Kardashian family, including Kylie Jenner, designer Tommy Hilfiger, Cher and Sharon Osbourne.

An industry source said: ‘Martyn’s very popular and successful with all the big Hollywood stars. His taste is very extravagant and he doesn’t come cheap, but the end result is breathtaking.’



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Pictured: David Furnish and Elton John at home in Los Angeles with interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Meghan is known to like the Soho House style of shabby-chic with vintage-inspired furniture.

James Corden’s wife Julia and her business partner Vicky Charles – who helped redesign Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – are also in the running to oversee any refurbishment of the couple’s £11 million, nine-bedroom, 17-bathroom home in Santa Barbara.

A spokesman for the Sussexes declined to comment last night.

 

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He is the king of Hollywood interior decor, so British-born Martyn Lawrence Bullard was the obvious person for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to consult about redecorating their new Californian home.

The 53-year-old, originally from Bromley in Kent, was introduced to the couple by his long-term client and friend Sir Elton John, whose LA apartment he decorated in a 1970s Boogie Nights-inspired theme.

A friend told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Elton put Harry and Meg in touch with Martyn after they moved to LA. They had a meeting and got on really well. Martyn was really helpful on where they should be house-hunting and what kind of properties.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, pictured, was introduced to Harry and Meghan by his long-term client and friend Sir Elton John, whose LA apartment he decorated in a 1970s Boogie Nights-inspired theme

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, pictured, was introduced to Harry and Meghan by his long-term client and friend Sir Elton John, whose LA apartment he decorated in a 1970s Boogie Nights-inspired theme

‘Some of his interiors are outrageous and over the top, but he’s also great at working out exactly what the client wants and delivering it.’

Mr Bullard has previously worked for members of the Kardashian family, including Kylie Jenner, designer Tommy Hilfiger, Cher and Sharon Osbourne.

An industry source said: ‘Martyn’s very popular and successful with all the big Hollywood stars. His taste is very extravagant and he doesn’t come cheap, but the end result is breathtaking.’

Pictured: David Furnish and Elton John at home in Los Angeles with interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Pictured: David Furnish and Elton John at home in Los Angeles with interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Meghan is known to like the Soho House style of shabby-chic with vintage-inspired furniture.

James Corden’s wife Julia and her business partner Vicky Charles – who helped redesign Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – are also in the running to oversee any refurbishment of the couple’s £11 million, nine-bedroom, 17-bathroom home in Santa Barbara.

A spokesman for the Sussexes declined to comment last night.

Will Meghan Markle scoop the Oscar she’s dreamt of since she was seven? Former Suits actress hopes her Netflix deal with land her an Academy Award

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  • She now hopes the new Netflix deal will land her dream of an Academy Award
  • Harry and Meghan revealed plans to conquer Hollywood with ‘inspirational’ TV

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The couple, who live in an £ 11million mansion near Los Angeles, last week announced their plans to conquer Hollywood by producing ‘inspirational’ programmes in a multi-year contact with the US streaming company.

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‘An Oscar is all Meg has ever wanted,’ said one long-time friend. ‘She used to practise her acceptance speech in the mirror with a hairbrush when she was a kid of seven. She would also practise

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