Harry and Meghan's touching thank you notes, why spending time outside is good for your heath and the Aussie beauty balm endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow: The weekend news wrap

Royal wedding fans reveal the thank you notes sent out by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the fantastic health benefits from spending time outdoors and a spotlight on the Aussie beauty product endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow. Here's everything you may have missed over the weekend...

A right royal gesture

It's polite to send a note of thanks to those who wished you well on your wedding day - and royal weddings are no exception. Over the weekend, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's thank you notes were delivered to those who wrote to the couple to wish them well for their nuptials. The cards featured a black and white photo of the pair, smiling happily while sitting on the steps of Windsor Castle. 
 

 

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The note read: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been overwhelmed by all the incredibly kind cards and letters they have received on the occasion of their Wedding, and are so touched that you took the trouble to write as you did. It really was most thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated by Their Royal Highnesses who send you their very best wishes.”

With most royal correspondence of this nature featuring posed photographs, the candid shot of the loved-up couple was yet another example of how Meghan and Harry are keen to shake up some royal traditions.

Time outdoors reduces your risk of diabetes and stress

We all know that fresh air can make you feel better, but now it's scientifically confirmed! New research from the University of East Anglia has found that spending quality time with nature has a whole host of health benefits. Expect to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, preterm birth, cardiovascular disease and premature death if you're getting enough exposure to the great outdoors.

Data from over 20 countries including Australia, Spain, France and the UK revealed your health could be positively impacted by the 'green space' around you.

"People living closer to nature also had reduced diastolic blood pressure, heart rate and stress. In fact, one of the really interesting things we found is that exposure to green space significantly reduces people's levels of salivary cortisol - a physiological marker of stress," says leading author on the report, Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett.

The team behind the research hopes it will encourage people to set aside time to enjoy the outdoors.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Aussie beauty pick

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle brand GOOP was founded by Gwyneth Paltrow in 2008, and her online shop has made headlines over the years for recommending ridiculous 'health' treatments and stocking only the cleanest (and some of the most expensive) beauty products on the market.

Australian brand P'URE Papaya has become the latest brand to catch the eye of the actress, having their petroleum-free miracle balm stocked in the GOOP online store

The ointment is hailed as a cure for many skin issues, including sunburn and rashes. It's also one of the cheapest products featured on the GOOP store - retailing for just $9 USD for a 25g tube.

 

 

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