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As Meghan's due date looms, a royal expert sees differences and similarities with Diana 

Babies cheer up everyone, but for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the birth of her child, in April, will also enhance and empower her status within the British royal family. "Being a mother - her position with the family will be much strengthened," says Lady Colin Campbell, biographer of the British royals. "Although there's some concern among palace officials that she is already taking too much of a leadership role."

Big adventures: Joyce on holiday in Majorca

Meet the Northern Ireland women who love holidaying alone 

Joyce Craig (50 plus), a retired stockbroker, is divorced and lives in Donaghadee. Named Belfast Telegraph Mum of the Year in 2015, she lost her daughter, Nicola, in 2011, and son Michael (25), who had a brain tumour, in 2015. Her son Christopher (26) has cerebral palsy and lives in independent living accommodation. Joyce is travelling to Portugal on her own next week to look at options for taking Christopher there for Christmas. She says:

The bespoke photoshoot organised by Alison

How Belfast stylists made sure Europe's ladies were always going to be winners as Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke took on Ryder Cup 

Darren’s heroes may not have held on to the Ryder Cup but its lady captain Alison Clarke guaranteed the wives and girlfriends scored an extra special memento to bring home from the occasion — photographs from a glamorous photoshoot courtesy of NI beauty artist Paddy McGurgan and photographer Khara Pringle. Stephanie Bell gets the lowdown on the behind-scenes action.

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