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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Revealed the Name of Their Son

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed the first photos of their son earlier this week, and now they’re telling the world his name. Drum roll, please: Baby Sussex’s name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” Sussex Royal posted to Instagram. “This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.”

Markle and Prince Harry have decided to forgo a courtesy title, like “Prince,” for their child.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Monday, May 6 that Markle had given birth to a healthy baby boy. “We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz,” the palace posted to Instagram. “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.”

The well wishes have been pouring it since then, most notably from Kate Middleton and Prince William. “It’s really exciting for both of them. And I’m wishing them the best in these next few weeks. It’s always a bit daunting the first time around,” the Duchess of Cambridge told journalists on Tuesday, May 7.

Prince William added, “We’re looking forward to seeing them in the next few days. I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep-deprivation society that is parenting.”

Prince Harry himself gave a few remarks to the press on the day of Meghan Markle‘s birth. “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning,” he said. “A very healthy boy. Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I could have possibly imagined. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”

“But we’re both absolutely thrilled,” he continued. “And so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing and we just wanted to share this with everybody.”

Meghan Markle’s Baby Sussex Debut Dress Shocked Me As a Fellow New Mom

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry didn’t opt to debut the newest Royal Baby on the hospital steps, as has been tradition for this generation royal babies, some said the choice reflected of a new and refreshing era in royal parenting. But the photo op had to come eventually, and on May 8, all eyes were on the Sussex fam as they debuted their new son.

It would be nice if we could move past always zoning in on women’s looks, but the reality is, every last thing about that photo will be dissected—especially what Meghan wore. To be fair, we could barely see Baby Sussex’s face, but I confess that the Duchess’s dress was the first thing I noticed. As a fellow new mom, the color in particular shocked me.

The choice of a white dress was incredibly bold—beautiful, but bold. Perhaps she chose it because it’s a symbol of power and sisterhood. Perhaps this dress, with it’s V-neck and a button-front, was the most breastfeeding-friendly option (if she decides that, like a home birth, breastfeeding is the best option for her or not.) But I instinctively felt a wave of stain anxiety.

Wearing white is downright brave. The days and weeks after having a baby are basically equivalent to the heaviest period of your life. In the first week postpartum, the bleeding is so heavy that most women usually wear thick padded pairs of disposable mesh underwear they give you in the hospital, because the bleeding is so intense that you would ruin any underwear you personally own. (One of the best tips a mom can give you is to take home as many of those supplies as you can—you will use them.) While we talk about free bleeding and period parity, postpartum bleeding is such a widely-known yet rarely-publicly-talked about thing—especially by celebrities—that a company that makes supplies for postpartum women actually took out a full page ad* in the *New York Times asking the Duchess to not sugarcoat the physical recovery part of childbirth.

No woman should feel she has to look a certain way hours or days after, hello, bringing a human into the world. It must be extremely hard to have every choice you make—especially what you wear in a moment that’s both very public and very vulnerable—watched by people all over the globe. But by that same token, the Sussex family knows how much impact those decisions can have. Which is why it’s so exciting to watch them enter this new chapter of parenthood together—and why you’ll have to forgive me for maybe over-analyzing a dress choice.

While I noticed the dress first, what stayed with me was how Meghan and Harry both seem to have that glow that we all do when we become parents and meet this new human whom we love and feel a responsibility to protect. And they seem pretty determined to chart their own course as a couple, and as parents.

My hope is that after that after the cameras clicked off, Markle got to head back to Frogmore Cottage, slip off her Wales Bonner dress and back into a cozy pair of maternity pajamas—postpartum undies and all. And that Harry continues with the nappy duties.

Sara Gaynes Levy is a freelance writer and editor in New York covering wellness and culture. Follow her @saragayneslevy.

These Brands Want to Make a Better Button-Down Shirt for Women

Like many designers before her, Athlea Simon’s brand, Grammar, was born out of a desperate need: to own the “perfect” button-down shirt. It’s one of the most basic, frequently-cited “wardrobe essentials,” and yet it’s incredibly difficult to find one that fits just right—one that’s designed with women in mind, versus one that’s simply borrowed from the men’s section (and made smaller and weirdly fitted at the ribcage).

Simon had amassed a collection of shirts over the years, but suddenly lost it in a fire. She was back at square one—and frustrated by the lack of options. “I was faced with the challenge of rebuilding my wardrobe from scratch,” she says. “It’s one of the items I looked to replace immediately because it is such a critical piece of my—and any—wardrobe.”

When it comes to button-downs, the most common complain you hear are of buttons that gape with cleavage or shirts that come untucked easily and require constant readjusting. The look is by no means new—women from Marilyn Monroe to Meghan Markle have been making it work (and look incredibly chic) for decades. Still, why must we resort to “borrowing” from men instead of simply having a button-down shirt that’s better?

That’s exactly what Simon’s trying to do with Grammar. And she’s not the only one. In fact, there’s a new class of by-and-for women brands all working to make a better button-down shirt.

“Though shirts are among the most popular categories in women’s apparel, they’re often thrown into a collection as an afterthought, thoughtlessly designed with too many darts, seams and never enough consideration for what really matters, like bust size,” says Jessica Joffe, co-founder of Même-Chose. “This is the phenomenon known as ‘pinking and shrinking’: Take a men’s shirt, cut it down, give it a 3/4 length sleeve and offer it in fuchsia. It’s not surprising that they don’t fit.”

These brands are dead-set on correcting this practice because they’re intimately familiar with how frustrating a poorly-fit shirt can be. Même-Chose created its own size range, from 0 to 6 (equivalent to US 0 to 22). Careste, a direct-to-consumer brand that launched last fall, gives shoppers the option of made-to-measure pieces. (These are a little pricer, beginning at $295.) They’ll connect with a brand specialist over Google Hangouts, and then a customized shirt arrives in the mail less than two weeks later.

“There are affordable luxury tops, and then there are blouses made of fabrics from the best Italian mills and exquisitely crafted to each woman’s unique body,” founder and CEO Celeste Markey says. “We call it couture and luxury without the intimidation–which fosters a body-positive, empowering community and defies traditional luxury apparel establishment.”

This women-first approach starts with the design, but it extends to every other part of the business—including the branding. Grayson, a new line of linen shirts from Audrey McLoghlin, isn’t described as a shirting brand, rather as a “love letter for a new generation of women who are conquering the world, every day.” Their core shirt offering is called the “Hero.” Même-Chose name-checks the women’s liberation movement on its website, as an homage to the role shirts played in the women’s liberation movement.

Buying into one of these brands isn’t just about investing in a wardrobe staple. “White shirts have this magical ability to make us feel powerful,” Simon says. “They’re incredibly versatile. There’s a rich history of iconic photographs of iconic women wearing white shirts and looking their best. They’re a part of the collective consciousness, one that we tap into when we wear a good white shirt.”

Lil Nas X Tells Us What To Expect From His ‘Old Town Road’ Video

If you can, think back to the first time you heard Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road,” which currently sits at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for its fifth consecutive week as the No. 1 song in the country. It simultaneously seems like only a few weeks ago and somehow also six years ago that it first made waves for its backstory.

In March, Billboard removed “Old Town Road” from its Hot Country Songs chart because it didn’t “embrace enough elements of today’s country music.” Very quickly, though, the song exploded; a large part of its success is the 20-year-old Atlanta artist behind it. Lil Nas X made one of the most talked-about songs of the year, thanks in part to dynamic viral marketing he himself put into place — and it still doesn’t even have a proper music video yet.

But as Lil Nas X told MTV News recently, that’s all going to change very soon.

“The video has an amazing storyline. It also fits into what actually happened with the situation,” he said. “The special guests, the acting, the comedy in it — it’s an amazing video. When it comes all together, everybody’s gonna love it.”

Though he couldn’t give too many details away, Lil Nas delivered a simple evocative tease that should hold fans over for a little while anyway: “Back to the Future [Part] III,” he said. Whether that means Lil Nas and Billy Ray Cyrus are gearing up for a Marty McFly/Doc Brown time-travel trip back to the Old West or that the clip simply boasts Michael J. Fox as one of its “special guests,” we’ll have to wait to find out. It should be coming “within a month,” according to the artist.

The recent MTV News conversation with Lil Nas X also covered last year’s Naserati EP, his long-teased upcoming “rock-popish type of song,” the internet prowess that allowed him to take “Old Town Road” as wide as he did (“I learned the ways of how to go viral”), and the live unveiling the song at Stagecoach Festival last month with Cyrus and Diplo.

“The crowd was insane,” he said of the set, which was also his first-ever performance as an artist. “I could barely hear myself. It feels amazing! If I mess up, they’re still going.”

Just this week, Lil Nas also crossed another milestone off his list, making his TV debut and performing “Old Town Road” on Showtime’s Desus & Mero. Naturally, it took place at a barbecue spot, but he’s not trying to be pigeonholed into any one genre or moment. Not trap, not country. Just Lil Nas X.

“A lot of people don’t realize that when I release my album, I’m not gonna ever have one sound,” he said. “And it’s not that I’m confused about what I’m trying to be. It’s that I’m not trying to have that one sound.”

The year isn’t even half over yet — there’s still plenty of time to see what Lil Nas X does yet. Watch his full interview with MTV News above.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Wants Nick Fury To Be The Anti-Tony Stark

When Marvel Studios officially brought the character of Spider-Man (Tom Holland) over to the MCU, they immediately paired the teenage superhero with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as a portal into the world and also a mentor. That relationship, which started in Captain America: Civil War, grew throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming… especially when Tony had to save Spidey’s ass on the State Island Ferry. And it took a tragic turn in Avengers: Infinity War, when Tony failed to save Peter from the Snap.

The MCU doesn’t have Tony Stark anymore, but Spider-Man will still have help in his next adventure, Spider-Man: Far From Home. As you guys likely saw in the trailers, Samuel L. Jackson will bring Nick Fury across the “pond” to hijack Peter Parker’s European vacation, and recruit Spider-Man in his battle against the Elementals, dangerous creatures from another universe.

CinemaBlend got the opportunity to visit the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home and interview director Jon Watts, and we learned that he wants Fury in this story to be the complete opposite of what Tony was to Peter in Homecoming. Watts said:

When Nick Fury approaches Spider-Man to help him on this mission, Peter initially refuses. He asks if Thor (Chris Hemsworth) or Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) might be better fits, as Peter still sees himself as that friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.

While visiting the set, we spent time with Executive Producer Eric Carroll, who elaborated on the decision to bring Nick Fury into Spider-Man’s corner of the MCU, and how Fury will fit. He told us:

This led to a big question on the set: Who is Nick Fury working for? S.H.I.E.L.D. is a complicated organization, and Fury has been off the grid for some time. Eric Carroll didn’t address the situation directly, but instead told us:

He likely has a direct connection to all surviving Marvel heroes, and that would include Captain Marvel. But for this mission, he wants Spider-Man, whether Spider-Man wants it or not.

Take a look at the teaming of Peter Parker and Nick Fury in the latest Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer:

We will have even more from our set visit to Spider-Man: Far From Home. The movie hits theaters on July 2. Are you planning on checking it out?

Jhene Aiko Chars An Ex With Blue Dragon Flames On ‘Triggered (Freestyle)’

On Game of Thrones‘s fourth episode of season eight, ‘The Last Of The Starks,’ Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, Rhaegal, soared through the mighty skies towards King’s Landing, roaring with hellish intensity. Euron Greyjoy blindsided the creature, in a surprise move to initiate battle, with a monstrous bolt arrow that struck the flying beast in the breast. It cried out in pain and surprise, a sad song of impending death and confusion. R&B’s softest winged siren, Jhene Aiko, isn’t a fire breathing behemoth that was knocked out of the sky, but on her newest song, “Triggered (Freestyle),” this same, bleeding injury, can be felt in her vocals. She’s hurt. Triggered. Seeing scarlet. And, most importantly, she’s breathing fire. Dracarys. 

Aiko returns to her soft world of cerulean waterfalls and perennial showers on “Triggered.” Each thump of the bass drum makes the rivers ripple and leaves fall off the evergreen trees. But while Aiko treads familiar, heavenly realms, with her atmosphere, her words bring death by a thousand cuts. She flares her reptilian nostrils at an ex-lover while smoke clouds continuously form. “You’d ruin everything, you do it every time/You are my enemy, you are no friend of mind,” she sings, adding “motherfucker” at the end like a final, twisting cut to the aorta. Her eyes are puffy, the outside of her irises are pink, reds forming at the bottom. Her ex staggers back because of this sudden fierceness and she continues. “Don’t know what I’m capable of/Might fuck around and go crazy on cuz/Might fuck around, have to pay me in blood.” This dark magic turns the skies of “Triggered (Freestyle)” from a blithe blue to a nondescript hue of an overripe grape. Lightning sprints through the clouds and thunder booms as she spreads her wings and flies toward the destructive conclusion. “Damn, I’m ’bout to burn this bitch down,” she hisses. Everything goes up in bright, shimmering towers of red and orange.

Before dropping “Triggered (Freestyle),” Aiko explained the circumstances for the song’s creation on Twitter. “One night, I was so deep in my feelings, I was afraid of what I might do,” she wrote. “I didn’t want to revert to the same bad habits that have set me back time and time again. I realized that instead of running away from my emotions…I needed to sit with them, express myself, and say whatever came to mind. It was healing, to say the least…and now I feel a bit more free #triggered.”

Aiko’s fiery return is right on time. Her last release was 2017’s TripIn March, she confirmed her breakup with Big Sean, whom she recorded the joint album Twenty88 in 2016. Could “Triggered (Freestyle)” be about the rapper? We’ll have to sift through the charred ashes left behind in the song’s wake to find out.

Watch the peaceful video up above. Try to stay out of the dragon’s line of sight.

The Russo Brothers Had To Lie To Avengers: Endgame Actors For The Final Scenes

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame. If you haven’t seen it, look away.

Avengers: Endgame has been in theaters for nearly two weeks, and moviegoers haven’t stopped discussing and dissecting every frame of The Russo Brothers’ masterful blockbuster. The co-directors managed to do the impossible, crafting a complicated emotional story that had a a ton of connections to the greater MCU. And it’s a story that included the epic death and funeral of Tony Stark.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man has been the heart and soul of the MCU since its inception, and the character went out in a truly epic way. The final moments of Avengers: Endgame showed Tony Stark’s funeral, complete with some surprise cameos. But it turns out that The Russo Brothers had to lie to the talent in order to keep the secrets of Tony’s fate under wraps. As Joe Russo recently explained:

Marvel Studios is known for its secrecy, and stakes were especially high for Avengers: Endgame. The blockbuster was the cumulation of 22 movies, so The Russo Brothers went to great length to keep the film’s spoilers under wraps. Even from the cast.

Tony Stark’s death was an emotionally devastating aspect of Endgame, and the OG MCU hero was given the respect he deserved after wielding the new Infinity Gauntlet, and snapping past-Thanos and his forces out of existence. The Russo Brothers added the “I am Iron Man” line very late into the film’s process, while the funeral scene was exactly what moviegoers needed in the moment.

The funeral was a who’s who of MCU characters, but that also meant a ton of actors who had the potential to spoil Tony’s fate. In their same conversation with EW Radio, Anthony Russo spoke to the excitement of filming with such a great ensemble, while also be worried about Endgame‘s contents being kept under wraps. As he tell it,

Talk about a twist. It must have been quite the pivot in emotions going from a wedding to a funeral, but The Russo Brothers had to do everything they could to guard the secrets of their Avengers movies. And it’s an effort that has paid off, as both Infinity War and Endgame delivered countless plot twists, and made an insane amount of money at the box office.

It should be interesting to see how the MCU continues on without Tony Stark. Spider-Man: Far From Home looks it’ll address just that, and is set to arrive shortly.

Avengers: Endgame is out now, and Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters on July 2nd. In the meantime, check out out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Russo Brothers Confirm That Hulk’s Avengers: Endgame Damage Is Permanent

A lot of things changed for a lot of our favorite heroes in Avengers: Endgame. Some heroes died, others exited the main stage in other ways. We knew the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was going to be something quite different, and now we know many of the ways those changes will manifest. However, one often overlooked Avengers is Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk, and the events of Endgame have also changed his life in a major way.

The Hulk is the one who risks his life by being the one to use the Infinity Stones to return life to the universe. The act very nearly kills him, and leaves him with one severely damaged arm. Endgame directors the Russo brothers have now confirmed that Hulk won’t simply heal from this damage, instead, it’s permanent damage that Bruce Banner will have to deal with going forward. According to Joe Russo…

An Incredible Hulk who has lost a lot of strength is certainly a very different Incredible Hulk. Mark Ruffalo’s character is one who we expect will continue forward in the MCU, but this change will go with him.

Joe Russo admits to ComicBook.com that’s there’s really no such thing as truly “permanent” when it comes to this sort of thing in Marvel movies. In a world of magic and super advanced science, the possibility for Hulk being healed is certainly there, but the point is that Hulk will need to be actively healed in some way for this damage to go away, he’s not simply going to heal if he puts some ointment on it and wraps it in a cast.

Joe Russo draws something of a parallel between Hulk’s arm an Natasha Romanov. Both are gone, seemingly forever. One has left physical scars, the other has certainly done some emotional damage. While the relationship between Bruce Banner and Black Widow was never fully explored on screen, it was made clear that there were feelings there, and Bruce will now have to deal with them without her.

Of course, how the future of the MCU will deal with Hulk is a significant question on its own. Hulk has only been a supporting players in the various Avengers movies and Thor: Ragnarok since Mark Ruffalo took on the role. The only Hulk solo movie in the franchise was the second MCU movie made, and there has been no indication that a Ruffalo-led Hulk movie is even being considered. Marvel Studios shares the film right to the character with Universal, so making a Hulk focused movie is a bit tougher than it is with other characters.

Since the future of Avengers movies is also a big question mark, we have basically no idea wen we’ll see Hulk again, or how this change in the character could manifest if and when we do.

Hopefully, we will see more of Mark Ruffalo and the Incredible Hulk very soon. Hopefully Marvel will give us a hint when that might be soon, since the entire future of the MCU is a big black box right now

Ryan Reynolds Rick Rolls Pokemon Fans With ‘Leaked’ Version Of Detective Pikachu

Pokemon is a massive global franchise with a huge fan base. You can be sure that a lot of people are going to be quite excited to see the first live-action adaptation of the franchise Detective Pikachu, when it arrives in theaters on Friday.

People are so excited that they might be tempted to view a pirated version of the film that seemed to hit YouTube recently. Luckily, Ryan Reynolds himself tracked down the illegal file and made the powers that be aware of it. Of course, in doing so he also drew attention to it. I wonder if that was on purpose?

The file is titled Pokemon Detective Pikachu full picture and if you look at it, as I did only for research purposes, you see that it’s an hour and 42 minutes long, which makes it long enough to be a feature film.

As you begin to view it you get the opening logos of Warner Bros. and the other companies involved in producing the film as well as a scene that includes Justice Smith which certainly looks to be from the finished film. Everything looks legit, (well, not legit) and in remarkably good quality.

The most interesting thing might be the R. Reynolds watermark in the corner, which would seem to be indicating that this was the actor’s copy of the movie that somehow got out.

Of course, we know, there’s a punchline coming and if you watch past about the one minute and nine second mark, you see what it is. Pikachu jazzercising, for an hour and 40 minutes. Check it out.

For the record, as somebody who has already seen Detective Pikachu, legally, the brief bit of the actual movie you get isn’t even the actual opening scene, but it is from the movie.

My favorite bit has to be the distortion that’s been added to the video to make it look like Pikachu dancing is actually from an old VHS tape from the 1980s.

This is pretty much prime Ryan Reynolds. Whether he’s promoting a Deadpool movie or a Pikachu movie, he’s clearly having a lot of fun with it/ Of course, since Pikachu’s voice never appears, it doesn’t seem Reynolds had all that much to do with actually creating this video, so praise also goes to the digital artists who created it.

While the dance moves get repeated, there’s no obvious looping of the video, which just makes everything here that much more impressive. Some significant work went into a video of making Pikachu dance for over an hour and a half. I have no idea why this exists, but I sort of love that it does.

It’s more than a little mesmerizing and the digital music is also hypnotic. Is anybody else watching more of this video than is probably healthy?

While movie piracy is certainly an issue, and Detective Pikachu will probably be no different, most serious fans are probably going to want to check this one out on the big screen anyway.

Detective Pikachu hits theaters Friday.

Spider-Man: Far From Home May Be Hiding A Classic Villain In Plain Sight

Spider-Man has one of the deepest Rogues Galleries next to maybe only Batman on screen. There are so many different places that new Spider-Man movies can go with villains, that we can now see enemies like The Vulture (Michael Keaton) and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the MCU for the first time because the previous Sony films already have exhausted classic comic characters like Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus.

But the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man movies also have the ability to seed the backgrounds with potential villain possibilities. Michael Mando played Mac Gargan, aka Scorpion, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. And there is a character named Dimitri in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home who may or may not be set up to eventually become The Chameleon.

We asked Far From Home director Jon Watts specifically about the rumor that actor Numan Acar, who plays Dimitri, was being set up to be The Chameleon on screen, and the director revealed:

The character of Dimitri shows up in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment in the trailer. He works for Nick Fury, and he can be seen to the left of Peter in this shot:

But when CinemaBlend visited the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home last year, we learned even more about how Dimitri will be used in the story.

As it turns out, Nick Fury really will hijack Peter Parker’s European vacation. After Fury recruits Spidey in Venice, he plans to place Dimitri on the class bus, taking the place of the driver, so he can drive Peter to locations where the Elementals are showing up. Executive Producer Eric Carroll walked us through the bulk of the plot for Far From Home, and told us this about Dimitri:

It sounds almost like Jon Watts is asking Numan Acar to disguise himself as the school bus driver to stay near Peter Parker on this trip, and bring him to the places Nick Fury needs Spider-Man to be. Could he be… a chameleon, working for Fury?

For those who might not be aware, The Chameleon is Spider-Man’s earliest foe, appearing in issue No. 1 of The Amazing Spider-Man comics, dating back to 1963. He’s a master of disguise, a villain whose face is featureless and can basically pretend to be anyone. He’s also related to Kraven the Hunter, and damn if Numan Acar doesn’t look like he’d make an amazing Kraven, as well.

But we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves here. Spider-Man: Far From Home already has Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), and four Elemental creatures who are meant to represent MCU versions of Hydro-Man, Sandman, Molten Man and more.