Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle in Royal box for Wimbledon final

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex applaud as they sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch the women's singles final match between Serena Williams and Simona Halep at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP)
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in the Royal Box ahead of the final between Serena Williams of the US and Romania's Simona Halep. (Reuters)
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) meets junior players ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 13, 2019. (AFP)
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in the Royal Box ahead of the final between Serena Williams of the US and Romania's Simona Halep. (Reuters)
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with members of staff ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 13, 2019. (AFP)
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes her seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch Romania's Simona Halep playing US player Serena Williams during their women's singles final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 13, 2019. (AFP)
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Romania's Simona Halep holds her trophy after defeating United States' Serena Williams in the women's singles final match on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP)
Updated 13 July 2019

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle in Royal box for Wimbledon final

WIMBLEDON: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, were in the Royal Box for the women’s final at Wimbledon.
The royals were joined by Kate’s sister, Pippa.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a green dress with gold buttons whilst the Duchess of Sussex wore a white shirt and a pleated skirt.

Meghan is friends with Serena Williams, who was facing Simona Halep in the final on Center Court.

Halep shattered Serena Williams's latest bid to capture a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam on Saturday as she stormed to a sensational victory in a 56-minute Wimbledon final.
The 27-year-old Romanian captured her second career major with a 6-2, 6-2 victory, adding a maiden Wimbledon to her 2018 Roland Garros triumph.


British Prime Minister Theresa May was also in the Royal Box.


Ex-Hermes workers risk prison over fake handbags

Updated 26 June 2020

Ex-Hermes workers risk prison over fake handbags

  • An inquiry uncovered a clandestine operation in which the suspects at their homes allegedly crafted dozens of counterfeit “Birkin” bags
  • Ten people went on trial this week, including seven former Hermes employees

PARIS: Paris prosecutors sought prison terms Friday for the leaders of a ring accused of making and selling fake handbags from iconic French luxury house Hermes, including some former employees.
The network, which targeted Asian tourists in Paris but also clients in Hong Kong in 2013 and 2014, was uncovered when French police wiretapped the home of a man suspected of selling stolen handbags in Asia.
An inquiry uncovered a clandestine operation in which the suspects at their homes allegedly crafted dozens of counterfeit “Birkin” bags, the most coveted — and profitable — item produced by Hermes.
Named for French-British actress Jane Birkin, the bags have long waiting lists for customers ready to pay 40,000 euros ($45,000) or more for versions made with crocodile skin.
Ten people went on trial this week, including seven former Hermes employees.
Prosecutors said they took in around two million euros a year by selling the fakes for 20,000 euros to 30,000 euros each.
The Hermes workers would make the bags with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zippers and other components smuggled out of Hermes workshops.
A woman now aged 52, born in Cambodia but living in France since 1980, was tasked with selling the fake bags as well as genuine “Birkins” resold to clients at a markup.
She told investigators her clients knew that they were buying fakes, the court heard this week.
One of the employees, accused of orchestrating the counterfeiting ring, was just 18 when he began working at Hermes.
“At the time, I didn’t realize the seriousness of this,” the now 45-year-old told the court.
As the trial wound up Friday, prosecutors sought prison terms of up to four years and fines of 100,000 euros to 200,000 euros for the three ringleaders, and suspended sentences and fines for the others.
Hermes lawyers have also asked for two million euros in damages. The court is expected to announce a date for its ruling later Friday.