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'Suits' cast reunites in England on eve of royal wedding

Meghan Markle's former “Suits” castmates had a reunion Friday night in the United Kingdom in anticipation of the royal wedding and shared some photographs on social media, Harper’s Bazaar reported.

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Patrick J. Adams and his wife, Troian Bellisario, visited the Royal Standard of England, the country’s the oldest pub, while Gabriel Macht and his wife Jacinda Barret strolled through Hyde Park.

The night before the wedding, the cast met at Barn restaurant in Sunningdale, England, to toast Markle. Adams, who plays her on-screen love interest Mike, shared a photo of the group on Instagram, calling it "The last supper #royalwedding."

Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama trace families to same Georgia town

Michelle Obama and Meghan Markle both can trace their families to the same Georgia town, and not only were their ancestors both Jonesboro residents, they also lived there at the same time.

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According to professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak, both had third great-grandmothers living in Jonesboro in the years after the Civil War.

Meghan Markle’s great-great-great grandmother on her mother’s side was Martha Henderson, but was known as Mattie.

In the 1870 census Mattie was 10 years old, the daughter of Walker and Elizabeth Henderson.

That same 1870 census notes that Michelle Obama’s great-great-great grandmother, Melvinia Shields, also lived in Jonesboro at the same time.

She would have been an adult at that time, with children of her own.

>> Who is Meghan Markle?

“Maybe Mattie was a friend of Melvinia’s kids,” said Smolenyak, who discovered Michelle Obama’s connection to Georgia in 2009.

A Google alert drew Smolenyak’s attention back to Georgia, and to Markle’s connection.

She marveled at finding “both of these women in the same little town, living so closely together. ... Both families would have recently come out from under slavery; this was barely post emancipation.”

Examining the handwriting on the census documents, she said, it’s evident that the same census worker recorded both names, which shows their proximity.

Melvinia Shields grew up on a farm just outside the village of Rex, near Jonesboro, and also in Clayton County.

Mattie was married twice, and had a daughter, Claudie Richie (or Ritchie or Richey), with her first husband.

Claudie married J.M. Ragland (J.M. were initials for “Jerry Miah” said Smolenyak), and their son Steve was Doria Ragland’s grandfather.

Claudie and J.M. moved to Chattanooga, where he worked as a tailor.

So the same Georgia town produced a First Lady and a Royal. Perhaps after Meghan and Harry are married they will stop by Georgia for tea. 

Harry and Meghan’s new titles: Duke and Duchess of Sussex

On the morning of the royal wedding Queen Elizabeth II conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, CNN reported.

Harry will hold several titles: His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Markle will be known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

Titles are decided by the Queen when a relative either comes of age or gets married, CNN reported. The queen can choose from five titles for a man, CNN reported -- duke, marquess, earl, viscount or baron. For a woman, the choices are duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness.

The titles of duke and duchess are the highest titles among the five possibilities.

It has been 175 years since a man held the title of Duke of Sussex. That was Prince Augustus Frederick, who was the sixth son and ninth child of George III, the BBC reported. He died in 1843 at age 70.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt offers to pay for funerals of Santa Fe victims

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has offered to pay for the funerals of all the victims in Friday morning’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, KRIV reported.

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“Absolutely horrific,” Watts tweeted Friday in response to the shooting, which left 10 people dead and 10 others injured at the high school located southeast of Houston. 

The Texans confirmed Friday night that Watt will pay for the funerals, KTRK reported.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, a student at the school, was arrested and charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer in the shooting in which 10 people were killed and 10 others were injured. 

>> Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 10 injured

Watt has been honored for his philanthropic efforts. He was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 2017, along with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, for his work in helping Houston recover after Hurricane Harvey. Watt helped raise $37 million through the Houston Flood Relief Fund.

Watt was also given the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award during Super Bowl LII weekend.

On Facebook, Chris Allen of Crowder Funeral Home wrote that Mount Olivet Cemetery was offering free plots for the victims, KHOU reported.

Rumors swirl about Meghan Markle’s wedding gown

Leading British designer Stella McCartney is a favorite to design the wedding gown for friend Meghan Markle, when she marries Prince Harry at the royal wedding of the century Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

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British bridal designer Carolina Castigliano told Page Six that she believes  McCartney, best known for her use of organic materials, precise tailoring and modern feminine clothing, may well have designed Markle’s wedding dress.

She’s a “perfect fit for Meghan,” Castigliano said.

“She uses organic fabrics and her ethos is the same as Meghan’s. Her style is very underplayed, her dresses are very clean in style, very much Meghan – and they are friends,” Castigliano said in an interview with Page Six.

>> Related: Meghan Markle to walk alone down aisle, except for brief stroll with Prince Charles

Castigliano also told the celebrity magazine that Markle will pair the wedding gown with a tiara from the collection of Princess Diana, Prince Harry’s mother.

“I believe it will be a very straight, fitted dress, with a big 9-foot train that comes off the dress from the side to create the drama, and lace trickling down the top of it,” the bridal designer told Page Six.

>> Related: Royal Wedding: Everything to know before Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle

Bowing to past traditions, Markle also most likely had her wedding gown approved by Queen Elizabeth.

Meghan Markle to walk alone down aisle, except for short stroll with Prince Charles

In a break with tradition, Meghan Markle will walk unescorted for part of her trip down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry on Saturday, CNN reported Friday.

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Markle will enter St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and walk with her bridesmaids until she meets Prince Charles at the Quire, where the royal family sits, CNN reported. The Prince -- Harry’s father -- will walk Markle to the foot of the altar but will not give her away. 

Prince Charles will then stand back as Markle approaches Prince Harry. CNN reported.

Earlier, Kensington Palace wrote in a tweet Friday that Charles would walk Markle down the aisle.

“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle,” the palace wrote in its tweet.

Charles will take the place of Markle’s father, who was unable to attend Saturday’s ceremony.  Thomas Markle originally was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle, but underwent heart surgery on Wednesday.

>> Meghan Markle’s father has heart surgery

Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, landed in England on Wednesday and met with several members of the royal family. She is scheduled to have tea Friday with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Daily Mail reported.

Ragland, 61, was introduced to Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on Wednesday, as she was invited for tea at their London home, People reported. Ragland also met Prince William; Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Windsor; and their three children.

Royal gambling fever: Who’s walking Meghan Markle down the aisle, color of Queen’s hat, will Harry shave?

Oddsmakers are taking bets on both the most mundane and the more unusual possible occurrences at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding extravaganza on Saturday at Windsor Castle.

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Bets range from the obvious, like who will walk Markle down the aisle now that her father has bowed out, and the color of the Queen’s hat, to whether Markle’s “Suits” co-star Patrick Adams will be there and the name of the couple’s first child.

>> Related: Royal wedding: How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet?

Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, is favored (3/10) to walk her down the aisle, beating out Prince Charles (6/1) and Prince Philip (14/1). And the odds are the queen will wear a green hat (4/6), according to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, one of the world’s biggest sports gaming companies.

Paddy Power is offering odds on the royal wedding and gamblers are going wild, rolling the dice on 13 different propositional bets.

>> Related: Royal wedding: Who is Prince Harry's best man?

It’s a good bet Adams will be there (1/100) and that Victoria (14/1) or Thomas (14/1) will be the name of Harry and Markle’s future royal baby.

But people are also betting on whether Markle will wear a tiara, whether Harry will wear a uniform and if he’ll shave or not.

Paddy Power has suspended the bets on which designer made Markle’s wedding dress because news reports and other Markle gowns indicate it’s a pretty sure bet British designer Ralph & Russo made the gown.

>> Related: Who is Meghan Markle's maid of honor? 

The company makes bets based on news reports and past popularity, according to USA Today.

If you’re feeling lucky, you can cast your lot on what the couple will serve for their main course, whether it will rain, which artist will play for the couple’s first dance or which titles the couple will take once they’re married. 

>> Related: Royal wedding: Will nuptials make Meghan Markle a princess?

Rapper Mac Miller arrested on charges related to DUI crash, reports say

Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said rapper Mac Miller was  arrested on DUI charges Thursday morning.

Us Weekly reported that, according to Los Angeles Police Department officer Rosario Herrera, the 26-year-old rapper allegedly drove his 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon over a curb, hitting a pole, around 1 a.m. He and two passengers reportedly got out the car and left on foot.

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A Los Angeles Police Department public information officer told People that Miller, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, was tracked to his home when officers matched the vehicle’s license plates to Miller’s address.

Miller was arrested at home, where officers said he confessed to drunk driving and fleeing the scene, according to Us Weekly. KCBS reported Miller was booked in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. His bail was set at $15,000. He was released around 9:25 a.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. People reported Miller is due in court June 7.

A representative for Miller has not commented on the incident.

Who was Dee Dee Warwick? Singer accused of sexually assaulting Whitney Houston

An upcoming documentary about the life of Whitney Houston is revealing new details about her upbringing. The star was the victim of sexual abuse as a child and the abuser was her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, another notable singer, according to filmmakers. 

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The movie entitled “Whitney,” which hits theaters in July, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday, and in a recent IndieWire interview, the director Kevin Macdonald talked about the sexual abuse allegations. 

“Gary the brother told me he was abused by Dee Dee,” he said. “So it’s not allegations. He’s saying I was abused by this person and told me, ‘I think she abused Whitney.’”

Want to know more Dee Dee Warwick? Here are five things you should know. 

She was born into a family of singers.

Born Delia Juanita Warrick, the singer was raised in Newark, New Jersey. She is the younger sister of Grammy-award winning singer Dionne Warwick, whose hits include “Walk On By” and “Say A Little Prayer.” 

>> Related: New Whitney Houston doc trailer shows singer saying Paula Abdul is ‘singing off-key on the record’

In her teens, she began singing with her sister and their aunt Cissy, Whitney Houston’s mother, in church. They eventually became a gospel trio called Gospelaires and were recruited by a record producer after a performance at the Apollo Theater in New York. 

Warwick sang backup for Aretha Franklin and others.

As a teen, she sang for stars including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and even her sister Dionne. She also sang solo. After leaving the gospel group, she recorded a version of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” which was later covered by Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. 

>> Related: Rare footage shows Whitney Houston rehearsing 'I'm Your Baby Tonight'

She launched a solo career in her late teens. 

By the 1960s, she officially began to pursue solo endeavors. Her first recordings included songs such as “You’re No Good” and “I (Who Have Nothing).” In 1965, she signed a deal with Mercury Records and found success with the tunes “We’re Doing Fine,” “Foolish Fool” and “She Didn’t Know (She Kept on Talking).”

She also made some TV appearances. The starlet sang alongside her sister on NBC’s Hullabaloo and as a solo act on the TV show Shivaree. 

She was reportedly one of the first openly gay women in the music industry.

The Telegraph reported she was open about her sexuality. 

“Dee Dee was openly lesbian in the music industry,” one anonymous source close to the Warwick family told the publication. “Not necessarily in public, but I don’t think that was a secret within the music industry. And that was a detriment to her development also, because she didn’t hide it within the music industry. She didn’t.”

>> Related: Watch the teaser trailer for estate-approved Whitney Houston documentary ‘Whitney’

The singer battled with substance abuse. 

She battled drug addiction for much of her life, and in 2008, she died in a New Jersey nursing home at the age of 63. Her sister was reportedly by her side. 

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