Easter wishes, quotes and poems: The best messages for your loved ones this Easter holiday

The Easter bank holiday will be different this year due to social distancing measures put in place by the Government to stop the spread of coronavirus. These measures mean people are confined to their own homes and many won’t be able to travel to see their families and loved ones this weekend. Easter, which starts with Good Friday on April 10, will last until Easter Monday on April 13.

Easter wishes and messages for loved ones

Sending sweet thoughts for a happy, hoppy Easter.

May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday.

I hope this Easter holiday fills your home with peace, joy, and plenty of colourful Easter eggs.

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May you feel the bright, joyful blessings God has to offer you during this Easter holiday.

Giving thanks for friends like you on this special occasion. Happy Easter!

During this hopeful time of year, I wish you and yours the best this Easter.

I hope the Easter Bunny gave you all the sweet treats you ever wanted!

Wishing you sunshine and a basket full of chocolate on this beautiful day. Happy Easter!

Easter quotes

“Let everything you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life” – S D Gordon

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

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“Spring adds new life and new joy to all that is.” – Jessica Harrelson

“It’s when you crack open a chocolate Easter egg, that smiles emerge.” – Anthony T Hicks

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare

“That is one good thing about this world, there are always sure to be more springs.” – L M Montgomery

“We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence.” — Pope Francis

I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different.” – Dolly Parton

Easter poems

Easter Is a Time of Love

Easter is a time of love,

A time of death and pain undone,

So we may know the power of

The love that lives in each one.

Each love we feel, unstained and free,

Redeems us-as with you and me.

He Lives

Happy Easter! Allelujah!

Jesus Christ, He lives!

Serve Him to receive salvation;

Eternal life he gives!

I Had an Easter Bunny

I had an Easter bunny,

One day she ran away.

I looked for her by moonlight,

I looked for her by day.

I found her in the meadow

With her babies 1, 2, 3.

So now I have four rabbit pets

To run and jump with me.

No Second Chance

If there was no resurrection,

there would be no hope for mankind.

We would have no second chance

and no peace of mind.

The Power Of The Resurrection

We’ve been given the greatest gift,

The most precious, wonderful promise ever made.

It’s about the resurrection.

This truth will never fade.

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Tesco and Asda slash price of chocolate Easter eggs – how to save whopping 50 percent

With Easter fast approaching, many will soon be tucking into chocolate treats. Tesco and Asda have huge offers available for those picking up last minute Easter eggs. The discount applies to big brand chocolate including Cadbury, Nestlé and Galaxy.

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Tesco and Asda have both announced price cuts to their chocolate eggs ahead of the Easter weekend.

Customers should only pick up the deal if they are already making an essential trip to the supermarket.

Those hoping to get their hands on discounted chocolate will be able to do so in stores and online.

Tesco

Tesco customers will be able to enjoy 50 percent off a range of medium eggs, cutting the cost from £1.50 to just 75p.

Full list of discounted eggs

Aero Medium Easter Egg

Kit Kat Chunky Milk Chocolate Egg

Rolo Medium Easter Egg

Smarties Medium Easter Egg

Cadbury Creme Egg Medium Easter Egg

Cadbury Mini Eggs Medium Easter Egg

Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Medium Easter Egg

Cadbury Caramel Medium Egg

Tesco is also offering multi-buy offers on a number of other eggs in stores.

Asda

The supermarket chain is also offering a great deal for chocolate fans this easter.

A number of medium eggs have had their price knocked to just 75p.

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Full list of discounted eggs

Cadbury Mini Eggs Medium Easter Egg

Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Medium Easter Egg

Cadbury Creme Egg Medium Easter Egg

Maltesers Medium Milk Chocolate Easter Egg

Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Chocolate Egg

Smarties Medium Easter Egg

Mars Milk Chocolate Medium Easter Egg And Chocolate Bar

Aero Bubbles Medium Egg

KitKat Chunky Milk Chocolate Medium Egg

A number of large eggs have also been listed at two for £7 helping those who have a lot to buy for.

The multibuy offer includes a whopping 31 items and covers many large and giant eggs.

The discount applies to most Cadbury large eggs, with Mini Eggs, Dairy Milk and Dairy Milk Peter Rabbit Toy making the cut.

Many Nestle giant Easter eggs are also on offer, including Yorkie Collection, Milkybar MixUps and Aero Milk Chocolate.

The deal also includes a number of large Asda Extra Special chocolate eggs as well as Galaxy treats and Thorntons Chocolate Bunnies.

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Kate Middleton ‘casts off regal elegance’ to copy Meghan Markle in public appearances

Kate Middleton joined the Royal Family when she married Prince William, 37, in 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge has since been a full time working member of the Royal Family. An expert shared how the royal could have changed her public appearances to copy her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, 38.

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Kate has become a popular member of the Royal Family in her own right and will often delight fans in public appearances.

Although the Duchess will always deliver her point well she could be too reliant on certain speaking techniques, communications and body language expert Judi James said.

She told Express.co.uk: “Kate clearly has the natural ‘stardust’ factor that her husband lacks, but her speech-making style has previously been over-cautious.

“It is led by what looks like a strong desire to get it right and avoid mistakes.

“The likability factor has always been dominant, meaning her delivery has been very ‘royal ribbon-cutter’, i.e. the kind of formal speech style royals use when they’re launching a ship or opening a building.

“Recently though, Kate has appeared to be almost as keen to give her speeches the ‘wow’ factor as her husband.”

The mother-of-three has always been able to draw the crowds in but could be ready to shake up her style when making speeches.

This contrasts from a more cautious approach that may have been taken in the past, Judi suggested.

She added: “Kate’s first speech as Duchess of Cambridge made me angry because although she looked delightful her stilted, over-cautious delivery suggested she had been over-coached to the point where we weren’t being allowed to see anything of the real Kate.

“It looked mannered and choreographed, with too many regular pauses that were timed regardless of context.”

Royal speeches are watched by many so it is no surprise Kate would want to ensure she delivers her speech effectively.

In doing this, the Duchess has picked up some speaking techniques that mask her own personality.

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Judi continued: “Kate’s talk at St Andrew’s school was equally adept but again too dependent on the avoidance of mistakes.

“Instead of cue-notes to act as prompts she read from an A4 script that was pinned at one corner and her careful head rotations smacked of over-training again.

“Her natural charisma was so obvious it was a shame she hadn’t been allowed to make some ad-libs.”

However, these restrictions have changed over the years and were notably different during Kate and Prince William’s official tour of Pakistan last year.

Kate seemed confident and seemed to use techniques more similar to Meghan.

Judi said: “Kate’s speech in Pakistan last year did finally show signs of a casting off of regal elegance and perfection and some hints of the kind of more relaxed, congruent passion and a desire to create bonds with her audience that Meghan excels at.

“With no lectern and reading less from her notes, Kate appeared to be developing her individual style and potential as a speaker rather than focusing on being flawless.”

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Parkinson’s disease and coronavirus: How does COVID-19 affect Parkinson’s?

The number of coronavirus cases are growing by the day, and most of the casualties are elderly people or those with pre-existing health conditions. For those who are infected, diabetes, heartdisease, and conditions which affect the lungs increase the risk of serious complications. But what about Parkinson’s disease? How does COVID-19 affect Parkinson’s?

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become damaged over time.

People with Parkinson’s will experience tremors, slow movement, and stiff and inflexible muscles.

They might also experience depression or anxiety, balance problems, anosmia, insomnia and memory problems.

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How does coronavirus affect people with Parkinson’s disease?

The Parkinson’s charity website states there is no increased risk of catching coronavirus for people with Parkinson’s.

However, with any viruses there is a slight increased risk of complications in more advanced stages of Parkinson’s.

Elderly people who catch coronavirus are also more at risk of serious complications, and older people represent a large part of the Parkinson’s age demographic (only one in 20 people under 40 have Parkinson’s disease).

COVID-19 may lead to the development of pneumonia and bacterian infections, which can cause death.

Do people with Parkinson’s need to take any extra precautions?

Since people with Parkinson’s are at no more risk of catching the virus than others, there aren’t extra precautions to take.

Wash your hands as often as you can, while singing the ‘happy birthday’ song twice over to make sure you have done a thorough clean.

Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you at all times and use it when in public places where you can’t wash your hands – make sure it contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Since the virus can be picked up from droplets on surfaces, make sure you sanitise frequently touched items- like phones, hand rails, gym equipment, and shopping trolleys

Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

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How might coronavirus affect Parkinson’s medication?

If you do catch coronavirus, you must continue taking your prescribed medication, says the Parkinson’s charity website. 

The charity’s Clinical Director, Dr Donald Grosset said: “You should not suddenly stop taking your prescribed medication for Parkinson’s, as that can cause additional problems.

“However, missing a small number of doses – because of vomiting, for example – will not cause you harm.

“Follow the advice given to you by your health professional who might adjust your tablets or dose, depending on your condition.”

Where can I find guidance on coronavirus?

The most up to date information on the virus can be found on the gov.uk website, or the NHS website.

If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, the NHS are asking you to ring 111 to speak to a medical professional.

Most people will not need to self-isolate and miss work or school, unless 111 advise you to.

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Sainsbury’s offer vulnerable priority update: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland news

Sainsbury’s posted a letter from it’s CEO on Twitter this morning, to update customers. “We want to keep you updated on how we are continuing to support our elderly and vulnerable customers with their groceries online & the other things we’re doing to help the people in our communities that need it most,” it said.

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The letter said: “We’ve taken further steps to make sure customers have access to the food they need.

“Last week, we said we had offered 450,000 elderly and vulnerable customers priority booking to online delivery.

“We have since received the government database of all people in England who have registered with the government to say they need hep getting a food shop, and have identified a further 150,000 customers who we are contacting to offer a priority delivery slot.

“We are waiting for the databases for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and will contact vulnerable customers on those areas as soon as we are able.”

The letter revealed the supermarket will be lifting restrictions.

It said: “As stock levels are improving, we have lifted buying restrictions on thousands of products, and hope this will help.”

It added: “Some restrictions will still apply to our most popular products.”

Customers responded to the message on Twitter.

Many of them claim to still not be able to get delivery slots from the supermarket.

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One said: “My parents are over 85 years old, they can’t get a slot! I’ve tried phoning you but always get cut off!”

Another said: “I appreciate all you are doing but still can’t get a delivery slot even though you emailed me to say I had been identified as extremely high risk and vulnerable.”

However, another said: “My local store has coped really well in all of this. The staff have been fantastic.”

Sainsbury’s also offered an insight into whether families could buy Easter eggs during coronavirus limitations.

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Sainsbury’s Easter eggs will not be subject to restrictions, the company revealed. 

CEO Mike Coupe said: “We have removed limits from Easter eggs immediately as we know families often want to buy more than three and we have plenty of these in all stores and online.”

The notice went on: “”People have been queuing to get into our stores when they open in the mornings, but customers are now finding they can shop at any time of the day and feel confident in finding most of what they need.

“As stock continues to build, we have been reviewing whether we still need to limit the number of items people buy.

“I am pleased to tell you that we will start to remove limits from Sunday.

“Limits will remain in place on the most popular items which include UHT milk, pasta and tinned tomatoes.”

Yesterday, Asda delivery customers complained over a spate of deliveries being cancelled, including to key workers and vulnerable shoppers. 

Many claim the cancellations have been made due to payments not being taken, despite the fact they have cash in their accounts.

Many have also claimed they have not received any correspondence from Asda about these orders, and have had to login on online to find out their orders are cancelled.

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Coronavirus food: Is it safe to keep food after its best before and use by date?

Coronavirus has infected 38,168 people in the UK as of Friday, April 3. After implementing product restrictions, some supermarkets have started to roll back their limits this week. But as the Government mandates people visit supermarkets as infrequently as possible, is it safe to consume food which has passed its expiration date?

The Government waste adviser, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), recommends people follow any package guidance regarding best before dates.

WRAP also says it is never advisable to consume food beyond its use by date.

Simply put, food is safe to eat past its best before date but not after the use by date.

But this guidance may differ depending on the type of food.

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Eggs

According to packaging, eggs are safe to eat one or two days after their best before date.

However, at room temperature eggs can sometimes be safe to eat up to a week after their best before date or a month if refrigerated.

To test if an egg is in date, you should place it in a bowl of fresh water as it will float if it is no longer safe to eat.

Milk

Milk has a use by date which should not be contradicted.

Experts claim milk may be drunk up to a week after the use by date if open or up to two weeks if not opened.

You can tell when milk has passed its expiration date as it will immediately turn sour and the smell and consistency will make it clear the milk is not safe to consume.

Cheese

Hard cheese has both a use by and expiration date, but experts say it can be eaten up to three months after its best before date or until the mould becomes overwhelming.

Soft cheese should be consumed within a week of their use by date.

Fish

Fish is usually safe to eat up to five days after the use by date, however, the official advice outlines fish should be cooked, eaten or frozen by the use by date.

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Meat

Red meat and poultry is usually fine to eat within a week of the use by date if it is chilled and opened, but the wrapping indicates it should be cooked, eaten or frozen before the use by date.

Processed meats such as sausages, burgers and products made with meat must be eaten up to five days after the use by date.

It is paramount to ensure to thoroughly cook sausages, burgers and products made of mince to ensure no cold spots remain.

Fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables can actually appear fine for several weeks after their best before dates.

Even when items begin to ferment, it may in fact be safe to consume.

Fruit and vegetables can be frozen to use at a later date.

Advice

If you are in doubt about any food item, you should be sure to cook it thoroughly and ensure it is piping hot all the way through before consuming.

You should trust your eyes and nose, particularly when determining if items are safe to consume.

If something smells off or looks unsafe, it is best to avoid using it.

Mouldy items such as bread and fruit can release spores and make other foods turn mouldy more quickly.

If you are in a vulnerable group, you should always follow the packaging guidelines and keep to the suggested dates.

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Martin Lewis on how to get a refund for a season ticket or the theatre after coronavirus

Martin Lewis’s website Money Saving Expert is regularly being updated with latest coronavirus advice. It’s a difficult time for all, and finances are often confusing at the best of times.

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What can you do if you had ticket to a sports event for the theatre?

Sporting events, the theatre, theme parks and concerts are all examples of events rendered impossible to do by coronavirus.

However, Britons will be pleased to learn it should generally be possible to get their cash back for these events.

Martin said on the site: “Many firms are struggling to cope, change policies, or even just get their staff settled in new ways to work – so be patient.

“And for those who can afford it, even if you’ve a right to a full refund for a ticket, travel or more, if the firm is in a struggling sector and asks if you’ll take vouchers instead, it’s worth considering.

“That may just be what stops that firm from collapsing and their staff from losing their jobs, which results in more money taken out of society and a vicious cycle.”

MoneySavingExpert.com has advised double checking the terms and conditions you bought the ticket under.

This could tell you more about what you are entitled to.

When it comes to season tickets bought by for football, clubs have differing policies.

Tickets for postponed games will generally be valid for when the match is rearranged. All London theatres are closed, and AGT theatres are offering full refunds for cancelled runs.

AGT theatres are: Lyceum Theatre (The Lion King), Apollo Victoria Theatre (Wicked), Savoy Theatre (9 to 5 the Musical), Piccadilly Theatre (Pretty Woman), Phoenix Theatre (Come From Away), Fortune Theatre (The Woman In Black; Austentatious), Duke of York’s Theatre (Blithe Spirit; The Doctor, from April), Harold Pinter Theatre (Uncle Vanya; The Watsons, from May), Playhouse Theatre (The Seagull; A Doll’s House, from June), Ambassadors Theatre (Baby Reindeer, from April; The Shark is Broken, from May) and Trafalgar Studios (On Blueberry Hill; Shook, from April; Angels of the North, from May).

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Delfont Mackintosh theatres are also giving full refunds for shows that are cancelled. This affects: Gielgud Theatre (The Upstart Crow; To Kill A Mockingbird, from May), Noel Coward Theatre (Dear Evan Hansen), Novello Theatre (Novello Theatre), Prince Edward Theatre (Mary Poppins), Prince of Wales Theatre (Book of Mormon), Sondheim Theatre (Les Miserables), Victoria Palace Theatre (Hamilton), Wyndhams Theatre (Leopoldstadt) and Her Majesty’s Theatre (Phantom of the Opera).

LW Theatres has said it will be in contact with customers about their options. “We’re contacting all our guests in order of performance date, so please bear with us,” the company said.

This affects: Adelphi Theatre (Waitress), Cambridge Theatre (Matilda), The Other Palace (Be More Chill) and the London Palladium (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, from July).

Lastly, Nimax Theatres said: “There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled.

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“If you have booked directly with Nimax Theatres for an affected performance, please be assured that we will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date or full refund, depending on your preference.”

This affects: Garrick Theatre (City of Angels), Apollo Theatre (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Duchess Theatre (The Play That Goes Wrong), Lyric Theatre (Thriller! Live), Vaudeville Theatre (Magic Goes Wrong) and Palace Theatre (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

The expert recently gave his advice to Britons concerned about their money.

Martin Lewis advised on whether Britons should take their money out of their bank account. 

Martin said: “Things are certainly safer in your bank than they are being held in your home, where any home insurance is protecting you, you usually get up to £1,000 in protection.”

There are protections in place for money in banks far higher than the £1,000 insurance pay out.

Martin went on: “Rules in the UK are simple.

“UK regulated savings accounts, which almost every single one that anybody’s heard of are, you are protected up to £85,000 per person, per financial institution.

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Horoscope: Astrology forecast by Russell Grant – what is the reading for your star sign?

ARIES (March 21st – April 20th)

You’re looking at new ways of earning some cash. A freelance work assignment could be the answer to your prayers. It’s going to be hard work but it will be lucrative. You’re bound to feel frustrated with anyone who tries to talk you out of it.

TAURUS (April 21st – May 21st)

Be prepared as someone is about to stand in your way and they will try to stop you from carrying out your intentions. You might feel out of your depth if you take them on so instead you could get around them by being guarded about the information you give out.

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GEMINI (May 22nd – June 21st)

You and a partner seem to be talking a different language these days. One or both of you keeps misunderstanding what the other is saying. You might notice the same thing is happening in other relationships too.

CANCER (June 22nd – July 23rd)

Some people are running around like headless chickens. This will either amuse or annoy you. If you’re worried about a situation, turn to a Virgo friend who is good at creating order out of chaos. Comments or suggestions from an old friend will give you plenty of food for thought.

LEO (July 24th – August 23rd)

A difference of opinion could get out of hand. People are waiting for you to object to their ideas. If you aren’t in the mood for an argument, tread carefully. If you’re feeling mischievous, you might deliberately say the opposite to what they expect.

VIRGO (August 24th – September 23rd)

It will test your temper when people who should work together as a team seem to have no idea how to communicate with each other. A group event will be cancelled so you will take the driving seat and help sort everything out using technology.

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LIBRA (September 24th – October 23rd)

An investment venture is losing you money and this is starting to worry you. You’re wondering whether it is time to cut your losses. Take some professional advice. It might be possible to capitalise on other aspects of your finances and this will make you comfortable again.

SCORPIO (October 24th – November 22nd)

You’re swamped with demands and there’s hardly a moment to call your own. Career responsibilities will interfere with your off-duty hours. You may have made plans to go out with friends but these will be cancelled to keep everyone healthy and safe.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd – December 21st)

A friend wants to make a good impression and that’s why they are bending over backwards to please you. You appreciate their efforts but what’s starting to worry you is how long this is going to last. Either their enthusiasm will wane or it will all get too much for you.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd – January 20th)

You feel as if you’re being pulled in opposing directions. Your partner is demanding extra attention and social commitments have all been cancelled. Use online technology to manage your contacts and focus on staying healthy and safe.

AQUARIUS (January 21st – February 19th)

Jobs you should be able to do with your eyes closed suddenly seem complex and complicated as you work at home. If you’re working to a deadline, this will take up a lot of your off-duty time. The harder you try, the worse it gets and you aren’t happy with the results.

PISCES (February 20th – March 20th)

Your partner is expecting you to be ready, willing and able to meet their romantic advances whenever they’re in the mood which is often. Of course you could give in to them whenever they demand but do you want to end the month feeling so drained.

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Meghan Markle flees Canada for LA after announcing new film role – how much will she earn?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have left Canada for good with their 10-month-old son, Archie Harrison, to resettle in Los Angeles, USA, amid the growing world pandemic of the coronavirus. This news comes only hours after Disney confirmed that the Duchess of Sussex has been cast in her first acting project after leaving the Royal Family.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was cast in a voice-over role in a new Disney film.

The Duchess of Sussex will narrate “Elephant,” which will be available on Disney Plus from April 3, but is she set to make big bucks from the film?

Disney confirmed the news on Thursday, and posted a new trailer for the film on Twitter.

A teaser of the film was shown alongside “Dolphin Reef,” which Natalie Portman is narrating.

The trailer didn’t show any clips of Markle’s narration, however, the narrator of the trailer shared a synopsis for the film.

“‘Elephant’ narrated by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, follows one family’s extraordinary 1,000-mile journey across Africa on an adventure that will change their lives,” the narrator said of the film.

Back in January, The Times reported that the Duchess had secured a voice-over deal but instead of payment, she accepted a donation to Elephants Without Borders.

So if reports are anything to go by, it suggests that Meghan won’t be making a penny from her first acting project, despite leaving the Royal Family to be “financially independent”.

However, this has not officially been confirmed by Disney or Buckingham Palace.

This exciting new role is Meghan’s first performance since she gave up her acting career to marry Prince Harry and join the Royal Family.

But once April 1 comes around, the couple will officially start their new lives out of the royal spotlight and find themselves in a new spotlight instead.

According to reports, once Meghan Markle settles down in LA she will be getting in touch with her agent to find her a role as a Hollywood superhero.

Meghan’s agent, Nick Collins, of Hollywood’s formidable Gersh Agency, has been busy fielding offers and a source told Mail Online: “He has said she wants her return to acting to be part of an ensemble cast in something like a superhero film.

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“He’s actively seeking such a movie for her. He’s saying she is available and open to the best offers.

“Meghan is planning a series of meetings in Hollywood. She has already done the voiceover for Disney and now word is out that she’s looking for a superhero film, as a voiceover or even on screen.

“She knows she can’t carry a film as an actress. People won’t be able to get past the fact she’s Meghan Markle. But she’s determined to act again and she thinks a big, ensemble film is the way to go… something that pays big but which doesn’t put her front and centre.

“Pretty much every A-list actress including Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence, and Halle Berry have starred in superhero movies. There used to be a certain stigma attached to Marvel films but now they are the biggest market in the world. That’s what Meghan wants.”

And as Prince Harry has infamously said: “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”

News of the Duke and Duchess’s departure from Canada to LA has left many fans divided.

One Twitter user wrote: “Why would you leave Canada for LA? Surely if anywhere they should have come home to be close by in case something happens … I mean Prince Charles is 71.”

“Prince Harry’s dad has the virus and Meghan makes him go to LA? Out of order, I say. Surely this isn’t the time to think about making money but family?” another said.

But some royal fans looked at the news in a more positive light.

One wrote online: “I don’t know about you but I’m glad they’ve gone to LA! Hopefully, they’ll have their own TV Show ‘Keeping up with Meghan Markle and the Sussex’s’ or something.”

While another commented: “Meghan Markle is doing what she’s meant to now that she’s free from the royals. She’s getting a job and people are still moaning.”

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Home school timetable: How to keep your children focused at home

Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced schools will close for all children except those of key workers. Schools will still need to look after the children of key workers, such as NHS staff, supermarket workers and police officers, as well as vulnerable children, but every other child must now be homeschooled.

The Prime Minister also announced exams will not take place as usual in May and June.

Asked about the duration of school closures, Mr Johnson said he wants to keep it to an “absolute minimum”.

It is still unclear when schools will be reopened due to ongoing measures to minimise the impact of COVID-19.

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How do I keep my children focused?

Parents have found themselves not only having to juggle work and having the children at home but are also having to try and teach them too.

Experts advise sticking to your child’s usual routine as much as possible to reduce disruption.

Nicola Anderson – Head of Customer Support at the UK’s leading online tutoring service MyTutor, provides new, up-to-date tips to reassure parents at this difficult time and advises how they can structure their children’s days.

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She advises parents to create an environment which is conducive to learning.

She said: “The environment should be free from distractions and ideally near to an open window, to provide them with consistent levels of fresh air and natural light.

“Some children find it soothing and helpful to have quiet, instrumental music playing in the background to help them to focus, but this isn’t for everyone.”

Another tip is to keep to a regular timetable so it still feels like your child is taking part in the school day.

Ms Anderson said: “Children of all ages thrive on routine and boundaries; schools provide this in abundance and it will make most children feel secure and happy if they can follow a similar timetable for their home-schooling.”

Using technology to help with your child’s learning is also advised.

Many schools are offering online classes and resources to help and companies are reducing or waiving their fees during this time.

It is also important to keep physical exercise as a part of your routine.

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There are also initiatives such as PE with Joe and Dancing with Oti Mabuse.

Joe Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach, has been keeping kids healthy with daily 30 minute workouts for children on his Youtube channel.

On day one, more than 800,000 families signed in to take part.

Ms Anderson said: “It can be anything from running around in the garden, walking the dog, a game of football or dancing around your living room!

“Again, keep it varied to alleviate any chances of boredom.”

Exams watchdogs have been working together for some time to look at alternative arrangements to grade children who were due to sit exams this summer.

These may include:

  • using predicted grades
  • teacher assessments
  • looking at coursework
  • considering other evidence of candidate performance

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