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How Did 94-Year-Old David Attenborough Beat Jennifer Aniston's Record on Instagram?

An aging naturalist got to a million followers faster than America's A-list sweetheart.

How many 94-year-olds do you follow on Instagram?

If the answer is less than one, then you are not one of the 4.7 million people who have already followed David Attenborough since he joined the platform last week.

Even more impressive, it took the acclaimed naturalist and television presented just 4 hours and 44 minutes to reach 1 million followers. That's the fastest anyone has gotten that many followers—a full 32 minutes faster than Jennifer Aniston achieved the same feat back in October of 2019—and she inaugurated her account with a full reunion photo of the Friends cast.

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Prince William Is Exactly Right to Warn About Healthcare "Heroes"

The label sounds nice, but it can be a burden for people who didn't sign up to be heroes

With Mental Health Awareness month wrapping up, Prince William, AKA the Duke of Cambridge, has just released a new TV documentary on the topic.

Entitled Football, Prince William, and Our Mental Health, much of the documentary focuses on some of the pivotal struggles from Prince Williams own life—from the tragic loss of his mother Princess Diana to his fears about becoming a father and his supportive relationship with wife Kate Middleton. But in the lead-up to the documentary airing, William gave an interview on BBC's the one show, and took the opportunity to address more current and general mental health issues. Of particular note were Prince William's comments regarding healthcare workers, urging people not to label them heroes.

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I don't think I've ever been as interested in royals as I've been since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their "step back" from the Royal Family earlier this year.

Back in January, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plan to try being kind of normal in a divergence that's so cleverly been dubbed "Megxit." The couple are now splitting their time between the U.K. and North America, creating a perfect opportunity for Meghan to attend this year's Met Gala. Whispers have been circulating about the former Suits star maybe, possibly, getting back into acting, and this year's gala will serve as a perfect Hollywood homecoming for Meghan.

But Harry won't be by his lady's side; instead, Meghan will be attending with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. This pairing checks out, as Meghan guest-edited the magazine's September issue. The Met Gala will also mark Meghan's first public appearance as a non-royal; she and Harry will be stripped of their aristocratic titles come April 1.

"Meghan is keen to step out occasionally without Harry so that she can establish herself once more in Hollywood," an anonymous source told The Sun. In other words: Meghan seems to be thriving. Cutting ties with the Royal Family and attending the Met Gala is a major own.


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For years, individuals in power, from government officials to entertainment celebrities, have utilized the natural and learned skills of spiritual advisors to determine when to make significant movements in their personal and professional lives.

The late and well-respected astrologer Joan Quigley is a famed name amongst students of the trade for being the personal astrologer to former President Ronald Reagan. Quigley, as reported in former Chief of Staff Donald Regan's book, For The Record, had much influence in many political decisions, even the scheduled time of press conferences.

"Virtually every major move and decision the Reagans made during my time as White House Chief of Staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes to make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment for the enterprise," Regan wrote.

Astrology can bookmark major changes in societal structures that are guaranteed to shift the climates between generations. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship as a whole has–and will continue to–demonstrate the relationship between cosmic alignment and old patterns of hierarchy.

For many, the "resignation" from official public duty of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the Royal family seemed like a shock, while astrologers globally and almost in synchronized form shrugged at the news. This type of separation from an ancient system such as the monarchy was expected, as it is in alignment with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn that occurred this past Sunday (Jan. 12) at 11:59 a.m. EST.

A conjunction happens when two planets line up within the same zodiac sign at zero to eight degrees. This particular one has been a major topic of discussion in astrology circles for years. Along with Saturn and Pluto, Mercury (ruler of communication and knowledge) was also in line with these two powerhouses of structure early Sunday morning; however, the "fight" between Saturn and Pluto are the main attractions here.



Pluto has been stationed in Capricorn since January 2008 (and will remain until 2024). Pluto astrologically represents transformation, the crumbling of structures, and the "death" of systems. Stationed in Capricorn, an Earth sign known for its rigidity and long-prepared growth, Pluto often leads to large societal systems, such as government structures and religious institutions, being dismantled and then "reborn."

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and when in its home base, the planet is a dynamic source of energy. Nicknamed "The Disciplinarian" of the Zodiac, Saturn has been transiting within Capricorn since December 2017. Saturn understands responsibility, discipline, will power and constriction. This is the energy you want when you need to meet goals and aspirations (hence Capricorns being stereotypically known as the workaholics of the Zodiac).

When these two extremely powerful and potent energies are in conjunction, it echoes absolute transformation in power structures and ideologies with iron fists. Historically, when Saturn conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn (which has not occurred since January 1518), there have been global shifts in the economy (the Australian gold rush), religious institutions (Martin Luther beginning the Protestant Revolution), and thought advancements (Einstein's theory of relativity).

To give even more historical context to this particular transit, during the last Saturn-Pluto conjunction (1982-1983 in Libra), there was a nuclear scare between the US and the Soviet Union (Sound familiar?).

This conjunction is a bookmark for major shifts globally that will lead to the breakdown and ultimate dismantling of old order and government systems. This may seem extreme, but as with Pluto symbolizing transformation and Saturn representing structure, this is a natural cosmic battle that will bring these systems to their foundations, to be rebuilt for the greater good.



Prince Harry, for as long as he's been a major part of the Royal family, has questioned and even sidestepped the status quo. With a partner who also seems to go against the grain, the Duke and Duchess are the ultimate example of a power struggle that will ultimately lead to the betterment of the collective consciousness by disrupting the power systems in place.

This can be connected to Prince Harry's open letter to Mail On Sunday in October 2019 combating its negative remarks regarding Meghan, which is a larger issue within the multi-billion dollar gossip media industry.



These transits, like all things reflective to the cosmic structure, have duality built in the seams. While it may seem "bleak" and heavy, there is good in this "breaking the tower and rebuilding from the foundation" narrative. This will lead to overall peace and understanding through many communities, allowing the masses to grow spiritually and opening individual realities to understanding the supererogatory nature of old thought patterns.

This shift, and many more occurring this year, will continue to radiate over time. A major theme at the end of this particular shift will be extreme self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

Harry and Megan have already demonstrated this "boot-strap" understanding by leaning towards new career goals that are not tied to the old systems (with help from each other, because they're adorable).

Between now and the next Saturn-Pluto transit (in 2053 in Pisces) we can expect our political structures, intellectual advances, and economic systems to shift drastically in nature. However, like all major changes, it'll happen so gradually that we won't even notice it. Even in astrology, everything in hindsight is 20/20.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Announce Pregnancy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex expect their first child in spring 2019.

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Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, have announced they are expecting their first child.

Kensington Palace took to Twitter Monday morning to announce the spring 2019 due date and express gratitude for the public's support of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since their wedding in May.

The newest addition to the royal family will be seventh in line to the throne, after Prince Charles, Prince William, his two sons and daughter, and Prince Harry.

Doria Ragland, Markle's mother, "is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild," as reported in a statement from Kensington Palace. The Queen and the rest of the royal family are "delighted for the couple" after being informed over the weekend. The last addition to the royal line was earlier this year, when Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third child, Prince Louis.

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The official title of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's child will remain undetermined until his/her birth, at which point only Queen Elizabeth can issue a Letters Patent conferring a royal title. Traditionally, only the eldest son of the eldest son of the sovereign may inherit the title of "prince," according to King George V's Letters Patent in 1917. However, the Queen took measures to create exceptions in 2012 when Kate Middleton was pregnant with her first child, guaranteeing that all of Prince William's children hold equal rank to "enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour."

Only the Queen can decide in the spring if another prince or princess will join the British royal family, one of only twelve monarchies left in Europe. Until then, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will prepare for parenthood in the world's eye as they complete their first royal tour of Australia, beginning in Sydney Monday morning.


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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Mom is doing well. After 9 months of waiting with the world watching, Kensington Palace has announced that Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their third child… a baby boy! Weighing in at a healthy 8lbs. 7oz., the boy is their third child after Prince George and his little sister – now the middle child – Princess Charlotte.

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We have yet to hear what the couple will name their newborn, but we do know the child will be fifth in line to the throne. Must be good to be born into royalty, most kids just get a hand-me-down high-chair.

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So far, there has been no word of any complications, and as per the U.K.'s Express, "The Duchess is doing well." The baby was born at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital at 11:01 AM with his daddy by mom's side, surely beaming with pride and excitement.

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Stay tuned to Popdust for updates on the newest member of the royal family, his name, and more!

Congrats to Kate and William and the baby's big brother and sister, as well as the rest of the extended family. See the slideshow for more pics of the family!

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