How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Reportedly Cooking in Quarantine Is So Relatable

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are clearly making the most of their new lives in Los Angeles, despite these uncertain times.

After moving from Canada to Los Angeles back in March, most of their time has been spent giving back to their new community and (Prince) Harry’s home country. The former senior royals have been photographed volunteering with Project Angel Food, an L.A. organization that prepares and delivers healthy meals to those affected by COVID-19 and other illnesses. Aside from that, the Duke of Sussex took part in a video call with parents and medical workers associated with WellChild, an organization providing care to seriously ill children and young people in the U.K.

During the call, the Duke of Sussex shared a bit of insight into how his family of three has been faring in their new home. “There’s a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time—so much family time—that you almost think, ‘Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?’” he said, according to People. “You’ve got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics. Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there’s going to be something that you have to deal with, and there’s no way you can run away from it.”

Now, we have a few more details about what life is like for the couple outside of their charity work. “Harry says moving to L.A. has been liberating,” a source told Us Weekly on April 22. “They order from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and they don’t have a chef right now, so Meghan often cooks.” Grocery store deliveries? Home-cooked meals? Sounds like…all of us right now in quarantine.

Still, Meghan Markle and (Prince) Harry are sticking to their promise to focus on helping others. “What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic,” they wrote in their final Sussex Royal Instagram post on March 30. “As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute. While you may not see us here, the work continues.”

That’s still very much the case, according to the same source who spoke to Us Weekly. “Harry and Meghan’s No. 1 priority right now is helping those affected by the virus, especially the vulnerable,” they said.

How to Braid Hair: 10 Tutorials You Can Do Yourself

Emily Kemp

Step 1: Take a one-inch section at your hairline and separate into three smaller sections.

Step 2: Create a French braid: right over, left over, adding hair from the root as you braid along your hair line.

Step 3: Secure with an elastic.

Step 4: Next, add a second French braid about an inch behind the first.

Step 5: Secure with an elastic.

Step 6: Pin back any flyaways or shorter pieces that are sticking up.

Editor tip: “This is no-joke actually easy. Try hiding the little nubs of hair that poke out when they’re too short by covering them up with some surrounding hair and pinning them down. It looks a lot more polished.” —Erin

How to Upside-Down Braid

Level of difficulty: 4

Time to complete: 7 minutes

Emily Kemp

The How-To

Step 1: Flip your head upside down. Take a large section and split it in two.

Step 2: Start braiding the left section up. Secure with an elastic. Do the same thing with the right section.

Step 3: Now, flip your head up, pulling all your hair into a high ponytail.

Step 4: Twist the ponytail into a bun and secure with a bobby pin. Done!

Editor tip: “The hardest part about this was definitely the upside-down braiding part and not being able to see what you’re doing. Just go slow, and after that, it’s a breeze. It’s a great idea for working out!” —Kate

9 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Hair Health

Take a peek inside your kitchen cabinets, and we bet you have a jar of coconut oil hiding out in there. While it’s an excellent baking ingredient, have you considered using coconut oil for your hair? DIY beauty fans swear by its multitude of benefits. You can rub it all over your body and face to make your skin softer. You can even swish it around your mouth for whiter teeth like Gwyneth. But where it really shines (literally) is in your hair routine. As versatile as it is nourishing, there are tons of ways you can use the kitchen staple to boost shine, repair damage, and protect your strands. Read on for the best ways to use coconut oil for hair that’s strong and healthy.

Coconut oil benefits for hair

First things first, while coconut oil works like magic on a wide range of concerns (like dullness and frizz), there’s one thing it doesn’t do: moisturize. In fact, no oil does. Rather, like most oils, coconut oil is a powerhouse emollient (meaning it softens and smooths), and it’s occlusive (meaning it helps trap moisture and emollients in your hair). Think of it as a sealant. It goes to work to keep nutrients and moisture in, as well as any damaging chemicals (like chlorine) out.

While all hair types can benefit from the reparative Vitamin E and amino acids in coconut oil, according to hairstylist Lauren Grummel, it’s best for thicker hair types. She says you’ll want to check the label to make sure you’re using pure, extra virgin raw coconut oil, since anything with additives can be harsh on your scalp. And if you do have thin hair? Try using a product that contains coconut oil as an ingredient (more on those below) instead of applying it straight from a jar.

So, what does coconut oil do for your hair exactly?

1. It adds shine and softness.

If your hair’s looking or feeling a little lackluster, coconut oil can help bring back its healthy, glistening sheen. That’s mostly thanks to its occlusive properties, which again, help lock in moisture.

2. It helps repair damage.

Because of it’s unique structure, coconut oil is actually able to prevent protein loss, keeping hair from becoming damaged and fragile.

3. It helps smooth down frizz.

Oils are a great alternative to silicone-based frizz tamers, which can weigh down your hair. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way. A few drop where you need it will do the trick.

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How to use coconut oil for hair

Coconut oil can be used to as a hair treatment to repair damage and add shine in tons of different ways, here are nine of our favorites.

1. Use it as a traditional hair mask.

Hairstylist Alex Brown likes to use coconut oil to whip up a homemade hair mask that’s great for repairing damage. She says to whisk together two tablespoons of coconut oil and one egg, and apply it evenly to towel dried hair. After 20 to 25 minutes, shampoo and condition as usual. You’ll find that your hair will look and feel softer and smoother.

2. Wear it as an overnight treatment.

If your hair is really damaged, Grummel says it’ll benefit from an eight-hour soak. Apply virgin coconut oil to dry hair, pop on a bonnet or headscarf, and go to sleep. If you don’t wrap your hair, Grummel warns that the oil may ruin your pillowcase, so be sure to use one you don’t care about or replace it with an old t-shirt for the night. The next morning, rinse out the oil and shampoo and condition as usual.

Leaving Netflix in May 2020: Say Goodbye to These Movies and Shows

All good things must come to an end—and so we’ve reached the moment when we must bid adieu to some of our favorite things currently streaming on Netflix.

The good news is there aren’t too many of them—and there’s even more amazing content coming to the streaming platform next month, so you won’t ever be at a loss for something to watch. And now that you know what’s leaving, you have time to plan for a Scandal re-watch (complete with popcorn and red wine, of course) or a last go-round with the Final Destination and Austin Powers movies. Or if you’re the type to lean into the current events of it all, Outbreak will soon be gone, so get your fix now.

Here’s the full list of what’s leaving Netflix in May 2020.

Leaving May 1

John Carter

Leaving May 15

Limitless

The Place Beyond the Pines

Leaving May 17

Royal Pains: Season 1-8

Leaving May 18

Scandal: Season 1-7

Leaving May 19

Black Snake Moan

Carriers

Evolution

The First Wives Club

It Takes Two

Love, Rosie

She’s Out of My League

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Young Adult

Yours, Mine and Ours

Leaving May 25

Bitten: Season 1-3

Leaving May 30

Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere: Collection 1

Leaving May 31

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Dear John

Final Destination

The Final Destination

Final Destination 2

Final Destination 3

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

My Girl

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Outbreak

Red Dawn

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‘My IVF Failed. Then the Bills Started Showing Up.’

Experiences of infertility always have one thing in common: uncertainty. The countless visits to doctors, the months (or years) of planning, the tens of thousands of dollars, never add up to a guarantee. Even under the best of circumstances, there’s only so much about a pregnancy you can plan, and in the midst of a global pandemic, the idea of planning anything seems foolish. For National Infertility Awareness Week, we’re exploring the uncertainty—and the hope.


When I was presented with the option of financing two rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF), I didn’t think twice. I asked where to sign and borrowed roughly $30,000 to make my dream of motherhood come true.

I was only 27 at the time and single. But while most of my peers still had years to figure out their future families, my time was running out. I’d recently been diagnosed with a very aggressive case of endometriosis. My doctors had explained that my fertility was quickly dwindling and that it was time to consider fertility treatments before my options disappeared completely. The only thing I knew for sure was that I had always wanted to be a mother. The thought of losing that chance wasn’t something I was willing to consider.

Of course, others had their opinions on my decision to finance this dream. Thirty thousand dollars is a lot of debt to take on and most people I spoke to about my decision at the time seemed to think it was a bad idea. There were raised eyebrows over my age, concerns about my single status and judgments about putting myself in so much debt over medical treatments some deemed “elective.”

The way I saw it, people borrowed far more every day for car loans and college educations, neither of which seemed as important to me as this. I had a decent paying job and the financial means to afford the monthly payments on the loan. And most importantly, this wasn’t something I had years to decide upon. This was my one chance—I was simply thankful financing options existed that would allow me to take it.

“What if you do all this and you come out with nothing to show for it in the end?” one friend asked. Failure wasn’t a possibility in my mind. All my life, I’d believed that I could have anything I wanted so long as I worked hard enough. I’d taken big risks in the past, and worked hard to reap the rewards. I truly believed trying was all it would take to succeed.

I was wrong. Both rounds of IVF failed, and by the time I turned 28, I was broke, broken, and left with little hope that I would ever become a mom. It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. I never would have taken on that debt if I had truly believed the treatments wouldn’t work. But that’s the thing about pregnancy—it’s not a simple matter of working hard. It didn’t matter that I was young, that I had done everything “right” to realize my dream of getting pregnant. Some factors, were simply beyond my control.

My loans didn’t stipulate an option to cease payment if the treatments didn’t work. I was on the hook either way. The bills that continued to come in even after I walked away from fertility treatments felt like a monthly punch to the gut. Yes, this was what I had signed up for. But I’d never considered I would one day be paying those bills with nothing to show for it. Every dollar withdrawn from my account sliced away at my psyche; a painful reminder of what I’d lost, and the cost I’d paid to lose it.

Within a year of my IVF cycles, I required three major abdominal surgeries with an out of state specialist due to complications from my endometriosis. These surgeries were medically essential, having everything to do with my quality of life and nothing to do with my fertility. But the bills that rolled in because of those surgeries piled up on top of the debts I’d already taken on. Before I knew it, I was drowning in medical debt and questioning every decision I’d ever made. But I was also questioning the industry that had encouraged me to make those decisions, convincing me to gamble such a large amount of money with no guarantee of anything to show for it in the end. I met women who’d been through eight, nine, and 10 rounds of IVF, without a single positive outcome to show for it. I was proud of myself for walking away after only two, but also heartbroken about what that meant for my future.

Three years after my last failed IVF cycle, while still owing over $65,000 because of those treatments and the surgeries that followed, I had a chance meeting with a woman who, upon learning I couldn’t have children, asked if I would adopt the baby she was due to give birth to. The whole thing was a whirlwind. Adoptions don’t typically happen this easily and I know how lucky I am. But a week later, I was in the delivery room holding my baby girl, thinking of her as the silver lining in it all.

Coming to Netflix in May 2020: 98 New TV Shows and Movies to Occupy Your Time

Everything in the world feels uncertain and ever-shifting at the moment, but through it all, there is one constant: Netflix.

Like a great friend, the streaming platform is always there to provide support (and endless entertainment)—and the lineup of new TV shows and movies for May is no exception. There are so many amazing things to look forward, to like new seasons of old favorites like Grey’s Anatomy and Riverdale, the second installment of Dead to Me starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, a brand new Kimmy Schmidt interactive special, and the highly-anticipated debut of Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood.

Plus, Netflix is adding a bunch of classic movies if nostalgia’s what you’re in the market for. Back to the Future (and its sequel), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and What a Girl Wants will all start streaming next month.

Here’s the full list of what’s coming to Netflix in May.

Available May 1

All Day and a Night

Almost Happy

Get In

Go! Go! Cory Carson: The Chrissy

The Half of It

Hollywood

Into the Night

Medici: The Magnificent: Part 2

Mrs. Serial Killer

Reckoning: Season 1

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Back to the Future

Back to the Future Part II

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Cracked Up, The Darrell Hammond Story

Den of Thieves

For Colored Girls

Fun with Dick & Jane

I Am Divine

Jarhead

Jarhead 2: Field of Fire

Jarhead 3: The Siege

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Masha and the Bear: Season 4

Material

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki Kun: Season 1

Sinister

Song of the Sea

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Heartbreak Kid

The Patriot

Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: A New Arrival

Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: World of Tomorrow

Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Royal Engine

Underworld

Underworld: Evolution

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Urban Cowboy

What a Girl Wants

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Available May 4

Arctic Dogs

Available May 5

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill

Available May 6

Workin’ Moms: Season 4

Available May 7

Scissor Seven: Season 2

Available May 8

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Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt

Dead to Me: Season 2

The Eddy

The Hollow: Season 2

House at the End of the Street

Restaurants on the Edge: Season 2

Rust Valley Restorers: Season 2

Valeria

Available May 9

Charmed: Season 2

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 16

Available May 11

Bordertown: Season 3

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Trial by Media

Available May 12

True: Terrific Tales

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. the Reverend

Available May 13

The Wrong Missy

Available May 14

Riverdale: Season 4

Available May 15

Chichipatos

District 9

I Love You, Stupid

Inhuman Resources

Magic for Humans: Season 3

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 5

White Lines

Available May 16

La reina de Indias y el conquistador

Public Enemies

United 93

Available May 17

Soul Surfer

Available May 18

The Big Flower Fight

Available May 19

Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything

Sweet Magnolias

Trumbo

Available May 20

Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall

The Flash: Season 6

Rebelión de los Godinez

Available May 22

Control Z

History 101

Just Go With It

The Lovebirds

Selling Sunset: Season 2

Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series: Season 2

Available May 23

Dynasty: Season 3

Available May 25

Ne Zha

Norm of the North: Family Vacation

Uncut Gems

Available May 26

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

Available May 27

I’m No Longer Here

The Lincoln Lawyer

Available May 28

Dorohedoro

La corazonada

Available May 29

Space Force

Somebody Feed Phil: Season 3

Available May 31

High Strung Free Dance

Michelle Obama Just Launched a Weekly Reading Series for Children

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is joining the ranks of celebrities doing all they can to help keep the nation entertained and engaged as we shelter in place during the coronavirus pandemic. And much as she did during her time in the White House, she’s focusing on children.

Last week, she announced a new online series called Mondays with Michelle Obama in partnership with PBS Kids and Penguin Random House. “I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite children’s books and give kids an opportunity to practice their reading (while giving families a much-needed break!),” she tweeted. “Join me, @PBSKIDS, and @penguinrandom for read-alongs on Mondays at 12pm ET on @PBSKIDS Facebook and YouTube!” You can watch the livestream at noon ET on PBS KIDS’ Facebook and YouTube, along with Penguin Random House’s Facebook.

“As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children—and then later, as First Lady, with kids everywhere,” she said in a statement to NBC News. “At this time when so many families are under so much stress, I’m excited to give kids a chance to practice their reading and hear some wonderful stories (and to give parents and caretakers a much-needed break).”

She kicked off the series on April 20 with The Gruffalo, a childhood favorite of so many, and even suggested an additional activity tied to the story for families to try. The first video already has almost 200,000 views.

As always, former President Barack Obama was all in on his wife’s endeavors. “Parents, you deserve a break—Michelle’s got storytime handled every Monday,” he tweeted. “She’s one of the best, I promise. (And I confess it makes me a little nostalgic.)”

Based on the reaction online, it seems like people agree.

We can’t wait to see which book she picks for next week’s session.

Disney’s French Toast Recipe: Here’s How to Make It at Home

It can be hard to distinguish between the work week and the weekend in quarantine, but a luxurious brunch could make all the difference. Enter: Disney’s coveted French toast recipe. Thanks to a recent update to the Disney Parks Blog, the Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana French Toast previously available only at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney Paradise Pier Hotel is now available to the rest of us.

Since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered Disney Parks, its properties have been sharing the secrets to some of their most beloved dishes. And this recipe is even easier than you might think. Here’s how to make it at home.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 8 thick slices day-old challah bread
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup low-fat chocolate milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate syrup and powdered sugar, optional, but we think you deserve it

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Slice bananas into 1/2-inch slices, and add to bowl. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Combine peanut butter, eggs, chocolate milk, cinnamon, and salt in a blender (or just mix well with a whisk!). Process until smooth.
  4. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture. Stir gently until bread cubes have absorbed egg mixture.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
  6. Before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

This delicious baked French toast is the latest in a stream of recipes that Disney has made public, giving people at home a taste of the fun even as Disneyland, Disney World, and most of the brand’s other theme parks remain closed.

Check out their churros, Dole Whip, cookie fries, and grilled cheese recipes for even more ideas for what to make while you self-isolate.

Jennifer Lopez Has a Doppelgänger in Texas—and You Won’t Believe How Much They Look Alike

Jennifer Lopez is the type of singular celebrity you can’t really put in a category with anyone else. She’s multitalented, a mogul, and one of the most beautiful people on the planet. She’s one of one.

But, it turns out, even J. Lo has a doppelgänger running around in this world—Texas, specifically—and the resemblance is wild. Oh, and did we mention she’s a bodybuilder? Her name is Jay Garay (@jayfromhouston) and she’s been on the radar of Lopez fans for a while now. “It was just normal selfies I had taken in my restroom and people were assuming that I was Jennifer Lopez, commenting ‘Are you J-Lo?’ No…I’m Jay from Houston!” she told a local ABC affiliate in 2017. “She is my idol. She’s somebody that I looked up to since I was a little girl. It is flattering.”

Just check out some of her recent Instagram photos, and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about. The angle of her face and the half-up, half-down hairstyle often worn by Lopez on the red carpet had us doing a total double take.

And here she is with a more sleek style, also reminiscent of one Queen Jennifer Lopez.

I mean, this could totally be J. Lo, right?

Lopez is obviously quite cut, but even her muscles aren’t quite on the level of Garay’s. Here’s a visual reminder.

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Seriously, can you imagine what it’s like to walk around in the world with people thinking there’s even a small chance you are the Jennifer Lopez? It’s like the ultimate party trick—bonus points if she can also do Ramona’s “Criminal” dance from Hustlers (which, by the way, you should be watching right now if you haven’t already). Or if she can recreate choreography from one of Lopez’s iconic music video. These two need to hang out after quarantine!

Little Fires Everywhere Finale: The Story Behind That Surprise Ending

It’s a message. A stance. A rage-fueled proclamation of who she was born to be.

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But, of course, her siblings discover her before she can do that. Even worse, her mom does too. What transpires is this raw and ruthless exchange, with both yelling truths the other never wanted nor were intended to hear: Izzy is clear, for the first time, about exactly who she is, and about the mother she wishes she had; Elena divulges the painful truth that Izzy’s always felt and secretly feared—that Izzy was never wanted.

When Lexie, Trip, and Moody hear this, everything changes. Finally, for the first time, they are able to see their mother through Izzy’s eyes. And in their silence and complicity, they see who they, themselves, have become in this house, sculpted by Elena’s views. It’s a shameful realization and one that pushes them to finish what their sister has started. To want to burn down this house and all of its trappings. This cage that’s molded and mutated them.

In burning down the house, they are burning down these versions of who they have been, hoping desperately they can grow into something better, and sending up a smoke signal to Izzy. Telling her that it’s safe to come home. That they are ready to see, accept, and understand her now. The cage has been broken, and they are all free. They can burn these images of who they were, of who Elena wanted them to be, and, in the process, they can become something better. More full. More real. As a family.

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So back to the initial question: Who started this fire?

It reminds me of that scene from Into the Woods: “It’s your fault…” “No, it’s your fault!” Yes, Izzy poured the gasoline. Her siblings lit the matches. But Elena was the spark that ignited the fire.

In a way, Elena did start the fire, as crazy as that initial pitch might have been. She poured the gasoline the very moment that she called the police on Mia and Pearl, and, through her words and actions, continued to fan the flames throughout the rest of our series. Each strike, a match. In the end, as she watches her world—the only world she’s ever known—burn down to the ground, Elena realizes that the very person she never wanted is the only person who was brave enough and strong enough to set her free.

Izzy.

Liz Tigelaar is the showrunner and executive producer of Little Fires Everywhere.