Samantha Markle on her sister Meghan

Meghan and Prince Harry can bring so much to their role

– Samantha Markle

Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha Markle spoke exclusively to today’s Good Morning Britain, dismissing rumours of a rift as she discussed a potential royal wedding.

Samantha, Meghan’s half-sister from her father's first marriage, addressed reports that she had described Meghan as 'self-obsessed' and was planning to write a tell-all book called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.

Speaking from Florida she confirmed the book and its title but insisted that it won't be a 'slamming tell-all' but "more of a beautiful, warm, witty story of our lives and my life".

Jamie Oliver speaks out against school bake sales

I think what he's trying to do is simplify the message to people that actually we have a crisis and no one's taking it seriously

– June O'Sullivan

Jamie Oliver has spoken out against school bake sales, saying he thinks they send out the wrong message about healthy eating.

The celebrity chef has often been a pioneer of healthy diets for the nation's youth - but has he taken it too far this time?

June O'Sullivan from the London Early Years Foundation says although the thought of banning bake sales might seem extreme, the issue Jamie is trying to address is a very serious one.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. A gunman has been arrested after holding two bowling alley workers hostage in Nuneaton on Sunday afternoon. According to witnesses, the suspect, who is said to be a former partner of an employee, entered MFA Bowl in Bermuda Park with a sawn-off shotgun at around 3pm. Police entered at 6pm and flashes and bangs were seen and heard but no one was injured.

  2. Taking antibiotics when you don't need them puts you and your family at risk, according to Public Health England who today launch a new campaign to tackle the overuse of them. It is estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England people become immune. The campaign urges people to follow doctors' advice and warns them that taking antibiotics when they are not needed puts them at risk of a more severe or longer infection.

  3. British movie mogul Michael Winner has been accused of sexually harassing aspiring young soap actresses with Coronation Street and EastEnders regular Debbie Arnold saying the legendary producer and director acted inappropriately during an audition and Crossroads actress Cindy Marshall-Day claims he once demanded to see her breasts. Michael's widow Geraldine says the allegations are 'untrue'.

  4. He campaigned to ban Turkey Twizzlers and chips from school dinner menus and now Jamie Oliver has trained his sights on cakes. He is calling for a ban on bake sales at schools, claiming it sends out the wrong message. With one in 10 children aged four-five considered obese, is this the answer to solving this rising issue? We'll be discussing on today's show.

  5. Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer the "baby blues" than at other times of the year, a study has shown. Having a longer pregnancy also reduced the risk of suffering from post-natal depression, doctors in the US found. But not having an epidural during delivery was found to increase the risk, according to researchers.

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How old is too old to be a dad?

Billy Joel has revealed he is going to be a father for the third time, aged 68. The musician already has a two year old and a 31-year-old daughter.

This morning we debated the pros and cons of being an older dad with Peter Stringfellow, who’s had two children in his 70s and wouldn't change it for the world.

Watch the full discussion above.

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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. The cost of childcare for young children in England has increased up to seven times faster than wages over the past few years, according to a TUC report. The study shows that the average pay of parents with a one-year-old child has risen by 12 percent between 2008 and 2016, while childcare costs shot up by 48 percent. We’ll be discussing the eye-watering childcare bills in more detail during the show.

  2. Storm Brian is expected to batter parts of the UK on Saturday with winds of up to 50mph. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the strong southwesterly winds in England and Wales. The wild weather, caused by a "weather bomb" over the Atlantic Ocean, may cause coastal flooding and affect transport.

  3. Model Penny Lancaster bravely revealed how she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. On ITV’s Loose Women, the 46-year-old alleged how her drinks had been spiked and the next thing she remembered was waking up face down on a bed with an industry professional on top of her. She said: “Like in the series Liar, my drink was drugged and I can't remember much of what happened. I just know he was on top of me enjoying the experience, but I certainly wasn't. I don't remember much more.”

  4. The British Film Institute has withdrawn Hollywood’s movie producer Harvey Weinstein's Fellowship honour, in the wake of the sexual assault allegations made against him by over 40 women in the industry. The institute said allegations of his "appalling conduct" are in "direct opposition to the BFI's values".

  5. Billy Joel revealed he’s going to be a father for the third time, aged 68. The musician already has a two year-old and a 31-year-old daughter. How old is too old to be a dad? We’ll be discussing this topic during the show.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Scotland are set to ban parents from smacking their children, Holyrood has confirmed. Parents will be breaking the law once the defence of “justifiable assault” is removed. If the plan goes ahead, then Scotland will be the first part of the UK to introduce the ban.

  2. Violent crimes and sexual offences has increased over the last 12 months, according to new figures. The report shows the number of violent crimes has risen by almost a fifth (19 percent) to 1.2 million. The Office for National Statistics said an increase in knife crime and bank and credit card fraud were also to blame.

  3. Hollywood actor Channing Tatum has announced he has pulled out of a film he was developing with The Weinstein Company. This comes after the dozens of sexual harassment claims made against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The 37-year-old posted the following message on his Facebook page: "The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us.”

  4. Have you got your Halloween outfit yet? There are strong calls to put a strict age limit on Halloween costumes because they have become "too scary" for children. Watch the full debate here.

  5. Would you eat green satsumas and clementines? Tesco announced it will start selling the green "perfectly imperfect" fruit to help reduce food waste.

Have Halloween costumes become TOO scary for children?

Mum Siobhan Freegard thinks Halloween costumes have become too scary and should come with an age rating, similar to those used in the film industry. But Halloween enthusiast Chris Walton thinks this is a bad idea.

Website runner Siobhan revealed parents have told her they find some costumes to be 'terrifying', citing killer clowns who carry meat cleavers as an example. “Children get nightmares about them when they’re outside the windows. They’re little kids, they can’t distinguish the difference between the fact that that’s a person in a costume dressed up,” she told Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley.