Why Meghan may avoid the spotlight and give birth to her royal baby at home

(CNN)Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has made a habit of modernizing Britain’s royal family — but the upcoming birth of her first child is set to overturn today’s norms, harking back instead to the Windsor clan’s past. The private couple will be pleased that some royal birthing traditions have been consigned to history. “It used to be that the prime minister had to sit in on the birth of a royal baby, centuries ago, to verify that the child was in fact the child of the Queen — and not one that had been smuggled in under a blanket,” royal biographer Penny Junor told CNN. There are “traces of that process” in the expectation that royal mothers appear in front of …

Can May secure a deal without offering her resignation?

London (CNN)Britain’s Brexit journey has been plagued by uncertainty — but on Wednesday we might get the answer to these two questions: Firstly, can Prime Minister Theresa May put her deal and the stability of the country ahead of her political career and pledge to step down as leader to secure those two things? Secondly, can the UK Parliament find an alternative plan to help Britain leave the EU under different terms? Parliament’s next move Some prominent Conservative Brexit supporters have indicated they will back May’s deal when it eventually returns to Parliament for the third time. But, they argue, more will support her plan if she announces her resignation. If the prime minister refuses, the battle of wills between …

The key Brexit questions you’ve wanted to ask, answered

(CNN)Theresa May’s Brexit deal has suffered its second defeat in the House of Commons. Lawmakers voted it down by 391 votes to 242. Could the EU kick the UK out of the EU? Short answer yes, but why would they? If the EU wanted a no deal crash out, they only need to wait another 17 days. Can the EU laugh and say no, when/if the UK asks for more time? I doubt they would laugh — Eurocrats are not famed for their sense of humor (apart from Donald Tusk) — but with a heavy heart, the leaders of the EU 27 members states could decline the UK’s request for an extension to article 50. It only takes one member …

Tiger kills potential mate on first date

London (CNN)An endangered Sumatran tiger was mauled to death at London Zoo on Friday, just moments after it was introduced to a potential mate for the first time. “Asim was moved to ZSL London Zoo as part of the European-wide conservative breeding program, and it was hoped that the two tigers would be able to breed in the future.” The two tigers were initially kept in separate, adjoining enclosures, where keepers allowed the two animals to “smell and react to each other.” The zoo acknowledged that while introductions of big cats are always considered “high risk,” experts had observed “positive signs” and deemed it to be the “right time” to introduce the pair. The keepers reported that the introduction of …