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Is Prince Andrew Really the Queen’s Favorite Child?

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Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s third child, became embroiled in controversy (once again) in 2019 due to his connection with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York allegedly had sex with an underage girl whom Epstein procured, a claim Andrew and Buckingham Palace have denied on more than one occasion. Following a troubling televised interview on the matter, Prince Andrew stepped down from his royal duties in November 2019. Although this was the scandal that finally ended Andrew’s royal career, it was certainly not the first in the 60-year-old prince’s life.

As The Washington Post reported in 2015, Andrew is the prince of scandals, and he’s been the most controversial royal for decades. Over the years, the press gave him the nickname “Randy Andy” in reference to his reputation as the “playboy prince.” His marriage to and subsequent divorce from Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson resulted in its own set of scandals

The queen, born into tradition and rules, doesn’t seem to have much patience for drama or scandal, yet Andrew is reportedly her favorite of her four children. In The Crown season 4 episode 4, “Favourites,” Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) learns that Margaret Thatcher favors her son, Mark, over his twin, Carol. The monarch then wonders whether she has a favorite child, though she seems to be the only one unaware of the answer. Later in the episode, she asks Philip (Tobias Menzies) if she made a mistake being so soft on Andrew, her favorite son. Good question.

Are these two really as close as The Crown wants us to believe? Read on for the evidence.

When Andrew was born, the queen had more time for her children.

Andrew was born 12 years after his oldest sibling, Prince Charles, and by the time he came along, the Queen decided to take time away from her royal duties. Historian Robert Lacey told Town & Country that “evidence suggests she became warmer and more flexible as time went by.” Andrew was the first baby to come along after the queen stepped back from some of her responsibilities as monarch to focus on being a parent, and she was able to be a more present mother for her two youngest children than she was for Charles and Ann.

Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, drew a direct link between the queen’s change in lifestyle and her cozy relationship with her third son: “She was able to give him more attention and Andrew was someone with whom she’s had a particular affinity,” Fitzwilliams told CNN.

In his early years, Prince Andrew charmed the world.

Andrew took a different path than his older brother. Instead of going to college, he joined the Royal Navy. He also served in the controversial Falkland Islands War in 1982, when Britain took over the Falkland Islands from Argentinian control. As the fictional Andrew (Tom Byrne) mentions in the season, he was thought of as a war hero, while Charles could claim no such notoriety.

In real life, when Andrew and Ferguson started publicly dating, the two were seen as the relatable “it” couple of the late ‘80s, following the fascination with Diana and Charles earlier in the decade. In 1986, The New York Times described“Fergie Fever” in London ahead of Andrew and Ferguson’s wedding. The Times also reported that the queen was pleased with Andrew’s choice “after some of his earlier flings.”

Many criticized the queen’s apparent lack of action during the Epstein scandal.

The Crown’s focus on the queen’s favorite was pretty pointed. This season premieres after the Epstein controversy broke, something fans of the show definitely have fresh in their minds. So, when the show’s queen addresses her favoritism of Andrew, it’s easy to draw the connection to how the royal family handled Andrew’s allegations over the past few years.

As political journalist Rosa Prince wrote in an opinion piece for CNN in early 2020, the optics of the queen not stepping in during this time did not look good for the royal family.

“In her close to seven decades on the throne, the Queen of England has rarely faltered in her sense of duty or made a serious misstep,” Prince wrote in March. “She is doing both now, however—not in her treatment of her grandson, Harry, and his wife Meghan, who made their last public appearance as senior royals this week, but, more insidiously, her handling of another problematic relative, her son Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.”

Prince wrote that, until Andrew cooperated with New York authorities in the Epstein investigation, “the queen should display the sacrifice and sense of duty which have been the hallmarks of her reign by removing from the duke all remaining vestiges of the privilege of serving as a member of the royal family—yes, even if as an ordinary British citizen he is exposed to an extradition request by the U.S.”

Andrew stepped down from his duties as a royal in November 2019. Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that this was his decision and his alone.

“My sources at Buckingham Palace are insisting that it was the duke’s decision and that the statement reflects that,” Nicholl told ET at the time. “He says in that, that it’s his decision to step down with the Queen’s approval…Reading between the lines, it is my understanding that Andrew understood he had to go. It was made very clear to him in that meeting between him and the queen that he had no choice but to step down from royal duties.”

She went on: “It must have been incredibly hard for the queen, his mother—Andrew is widely regarded to be her favorite son—but she recognized that there was a huge amount of damage being done to the monarchy. He had no option, the queen had no option, but for Andrew to step back from royal duties.”

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The 9 Best Sleep Apps For Your Most Restful Night Ever

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You need sleep. (Yeah, you already know that.) What isn’t always intuitive is how to get it. Between all of the stress the world has served up this past year and the temptation to doom scroll (a.k.a. nonstop surf the craziness your social feeds have to offer), we completely understand why you might be struggling to get your rest. One simple ritual that could help: using a sleep app.

Some of these digitally-available apps allow you to access meditation sessions or white noise recordings that you can play next to your pillow. Others monitor your sleep behaviors (like breathing and time spent tossing and turning) to help you make adjustments to your bedtime routine. “All of these apps have similar principles built into them,” says Rafael Pelayo, MD, professor at Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine and author of How to Sleep. At the end of the day, they’re designed to help you reach your sleep goals.

Pelayo’s pro tip for getting the most out of your app: Stick with it. After you’ve established your baseline (you do this the first time you use your app), use it enough times to identify trends in your sleep. (Note, if you find that your sleep declines, it might be worth checking in with a doctor.)

Pelayo notes that sleep apps can be “convenient, practical, and effective,” tools for getting a good night’s rest. Learn more about some of our favorites, below.

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Unplug Meditation

According to Pelayo, meditation apps help you fall asleep by making you feel safe and less alert to the happenings around you. Clicking into the Unplug app reveals a library of recorded meditations dedicated to upping your relaxation prior to sleep. Our recommendation: the 23 minute-long Meditation For Serious Sleep (that our tester swears she fell asleep to in under 10 minutes).

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Calm

This app does exactly what it says it does. It’s loaded with countless hours of meditations and soothing tracks that help you wind down and practice mindfulness. If meditation isn’t your thing, give the app’s Sleep Stories a listen. The collection includes bedtime stories read in relaxing tones by a roster of familiar celebrity voices (like Harry Styles, Mandy Moore, Idris Elba, and more).

Pelayo says many of his patients have found success with this app—and the next one—because of how accessible and easy-to-use it is.

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Headspace

Headspace had its cult-following way before it made its way to your Netflix watch list. The meditation app is easy-to-use, with a library divided by your meditation goals (e.g. concentration, balance, sleep). Our tester loved its sleep-specific meditations, as the recordings’ mix of soft narrations and ambient tracks never woke her after she’d fallen asleep—despite her being a light sleeper who is very sensitive to sound.

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Unwind

If you look to the great outdoors for a reset (*raises hand*), hit download on Unwind. The app helps facilitate sleep by bringing the sounds of nature to your bedroom. (Think: falling rain and crashing waves.) Flip through the app’s numerous meditations, sleep stories, and breathing techniques.
$59.99/year; Mac App Store

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Inscape

This app captures the relaxing effects of Inscape’s IRL meditation sessions into a gorgeous, easy-to-navigate app. Just position your phone next to your pillow and let the app’s tranquil tracks lull you to sleep.

$9.99/month; Mac App Store, Google Play

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White Noise

“The need for sleep is biological, but the way you sleep is learned,” says Pelayo, who explains that once you’re accustomed to the sounds of your bedroom, introducing a new, novel sound (like a car passing or a cell phone buzzing) can disrupt your slumber. White noise raises the level of background noise so that you’re less likely to notice out-of-place sounds.

This is exactly what the White Noise app does. It plays looped ambient sounds (like the crackling of a campfire and falling rain) to keep you asleep. Like multiple tracks? The app allows you to cut and combine them for the ultimate sleep experience.

Free; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Sleep Score

This hardworking app assesses how much quality sleep you’re getting à la its patented Sonar technology that utilizes your phone’s built-in microphone. It monitors your movements and breathing to grade you on how well you’re sleeping at every stage. It also gives you the tools to adjust your sleeping habits, providing you a library of soothing sounds and tips from sleep experts.

$7.99/month or $49.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Two New York Icons Join Forces: Barneys at Saks is Here

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Another day, another fashion drop we can’t stop thinking about. From Louis Vuitton’s new collection in partnership with artist Urs Fischer to Burberry’s latest capsule that dips into the brand’s rich archives, we rounded up the hottest collaborations of the month. Click through to stay up-to-date with the newest fashion announcements and more.

Barneys at Saks

Who: Barneys at Saks

What: Barneys debuts at Saks’ Fifth Avenue flagship

Where: Saks NYC’s flagship store and saksfifthavenue.com

Why: In a wild, wholesome turn of events, New York Icon Saks Fifth Avenue is joining forces with another New York Icon, Barneys. The latter shuttered earlier this year, but Saks welcomed them with an installation on their fifth floor. The pop-up will feature a curated set of emerging and established brands alike (what Barney’s was known for), including sixteen labels new to Saks.

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Louis Vuitton Twist Bags Starring Laura Harrier

Who: Louis Vuitton

What: Laura Harrier and the Louis Vuitton Twist Bag

Where: In Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com

Why: Louis Vuitton brings a fresh “twist” to their now-iconic Twist bag for spring 2021. The easy-to-carry bag now comes with sporty straps and leather lace detailing, and in new colorways from deep fucshia to rich tan, giving it a fresh update for the upcoming season. Louis Vuitton has chosen actress, activist, and house ambassador Laura Harrier as the face of this newest drop.

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Gucci and Doraemon

Who: Gucci

What: Gucci celebrates Lunar New Year with Doraemon

Where: Gucci.com and stores nationwide

Why: If you are still vying for a piece from Gucci’s sold-out collaboration with The North Face, the brand’s newest collection might tide you over until you own a hyped-up puffer. Launching today is the Italian fashion house’s partnership with manga sensation Doraemon, in observance of Lunar New Year. The animated pop icon is splashed over bags, sneakers, and notably, the GG motif.

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MATCHESFASHION Wardrobe Foundations

Who: MATCHESFASHION

What: MATCHESFASHION “Wardrobe Foundations”

Where: Exclusively on MATCHESFASHION.com

Why: MATCHESFASHION is starting 2021 with the launch of their new category “Wardrobe Foundations.” The online retailer is focusing on the 12 core pieces that make up the modern wardrobe for both men and women, launching with 250 items across 60 of their core brands. The category will be updated continually to reflect new deliveries with a wide range of price points to appeal to any of Matches’ shoppers.

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Dior Caro Bag

Who: Dior

What: The Dior Caro Bag

Where: Available now on Dior.com

Why: Dior’s latest handbag offering is the Caro, inspired by the brand’s iconic Cannage pattern. The bag uses over 18,000 individual stitches to create the pattern and includes the signature CD gold clasp. It comes in a variety of colors and two sizes, and includes a handy shoulder strap for hand-free use.

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Burberry Future Archive Capsule

Who: Burberry

What: Burberry Future Archive Capsule Collection

Where: Available exclusively at Burberry’s Chicago store and on Burberry.com January 11th

Why: Burberry is launching an incredibly limited collection of outerwear with a contemporary take on their archives. Field jackets, bomber jackets, and diamond-quilted coats are reimagined and fused with iconic Burberry trench coat elements. Each piece is being produced selectively and is labeled out of 150, making every item truly special.

Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer

Who: Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer

What: Urs Fischer Capsule Collection

Where: Available at LV stores internationally and on louisvuitton.com

Why: Louis Vuitton continues their streak of artist collaborations with Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer. Fischer is known for his playful and irreverent artwork, and in this capsule he reimagines the LV Monogram in his own quirky handwriting. The velvet pattern jumps off the ready-to-wear, bags, and accessories, mixing heritage with the whimsy Fischer brings to all his endeavors.

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Guess Originals x NIKI ‘Moonchild’ Capsule

Who: Guess Originals x NIKI

What: ‘Moonchild’ Limited Edition Capsule

Where: Available on Guess.com

Why: Guess Originals has teamed up with Indonesian breakout artist NIKI for this nine-piece capsule, which complements her debut album ‘Moonchild.’ Pieces include sweatshirts, joggers, and biker shorts with lunar-themed decals. Pieces range from $29-89.

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Canada Goose Standard Expedition Parka

Who: Canada Goose

What: Standard Expedition Parka

Where: Available at Canada Goose stores internationally and on canadagoose.com

Why: Canada Goose is continuing their sustainability efforts with the Standard Expedition parka, made from entirely recycled materials without comprising the performance that they are known for. The “greige” color comes from limited dye use during production, and the creation of the jacket uses 35% less carbon and 60% less water than the brand’s classic parkas. A chic way to stay warm and keep the planet cold!

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Emma Corrin of ‘The Crown’ Stars in Miu Miu’s Spring Campaign

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Emma Corrin of 'The Crown' Stars in Miu Miu's Spring Campaign


With a new year comes fresh opportunities for innovative fashion, stunning visuals, and new levels of star power. The spring-summer 2021 campaigns have arrived, placing Kate Moss near a glowing Eiffel Tower for Messika Paris, and the likes of Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner in an underwater escape for Versace. Plus, Prada is exploring technology’s impact on fashion with its latest visionary output from Miuccia Prada and Raf Simmons. In 2021, the sky is the limit.

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