Mikhaila Friel

Mikhaila Friel is a senior lifestyle reporter at Insider, covering royals, travel, and style.

Before her current role, Mikhaila was Insider's royals reporter. She joined the company's London office in March 2019 and was promoted to senior lifestyle reporter in September 2021.

Mikhaila has interviewed royals from around the world, including Britain's Lady Frederick Windsor and Norway's Princess Märtha Louise, as part of her Royally Told series

She has a keen interest in experiential storytelling, having recently covered what it was like to embark on one of the first luxury cruises to leave the UK since the pandemic. 

Mikhaila holds a BA joint honors degree in Journalism, Creative Writing and English Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Home 2022-08-25T08:30:00Z

A British art dealer spent 15 years building a boathouse that looks like a medieval castle. Now he's selling it for $5.8 million — take a look inside.

David Southwick told Insider that he designed the five-story boathouse on the River Dart in Devon, England.
Home 2022-08-24T09:25:09Z

A woman is selling her childhood home — a 16th-century manor that appeared in 'Pride and Prejudice' — for $7 million. Take a look inside.

Luckington Court in Wiltshire, England, was used as the Bennet family home in the 1995 TV adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice."
Royals 2022-08-23T16:32:29Z

Meghan Markle said it didn't 'make any sense' that she and Prince Harry had to do a royal engagement after Archie's nursery caught fire during their South Africa tour

The first episode of Meghan Markle's new Spotify series, "Archetypes," aired on Tuesday, featuring an interview with Serena Williams.
Travel 2022-08-21T10:39:00Z

I took a high-speed electric train from England to Scotland, and I still can't believe the 400-mile journey cost just $64

Insider's Mikhaila Friel took a 4-hour electric train from London to Edinburgh. She said it was a sustainable and cheap option.
Lifestyle 2022-08-21T10:30:00Z

Tattoo artists share 5 mistakes people make when getting large tattoos

Insider spoke to tattoo artists Stu Hepcat and Claudio Caminero about the biggest mistakes they see people make when getting large designs inked.
Travel 2022-08-21T10:16:00Z

For $230 a night, you and 12 friends can rent out a 16th-century castle in Scotland that was once in ruins. Take a look inside.

Fenton Tower on the east coast of Scotland was built in the 16th century and stood in ruins for more than 300 years until it was completely restored.
Travel 2022-08-21T08:56:00Z

I'm a Brit who spent 4 months living in the US, and I made 3 crucial mistakes when I moved there that I won't make again

The next time Insider's Mikhaila Friel moves abroad, she says she won't stick to the tried and true tourist attractions — or her friends.
Style 2022-08-20T09:30:00Z

Lili Reinhart's tattoos made a rare appearance in Netflix's 'Look Both Ways.' Here's where all 6 of them are and what they mean.

"Riverdale" actress Lili Reinhart has six tattoos in total, many of which were visible in her new Netflix film "Look Both Ways."
Style 2022-08-19T09:06:28Z

A tattoo shop owner shares 3 tattoo trends that are overdone and 3 designs that will never go out of style

A good rule of thumb is to avoid tattoo designs made popular by celebrities, according to Stu Hepcat, a tattoo artist from Scotland.
Lifestyle 2022-08-15T17:41:35Z

A Nevada woman bought a house and ended up owning a small town all because of a copy-paste error

The buyer intended to get one property valued at $594,481 in Spanish Springs, Nevada. But she ended up with 84 extra house lots and two common spaces.
Travel 2022-08-13T09:01:00Z

I moved from the idyllic UK countryside to the biggest city in Scotland. Here's why I'll never go back to country living.

Insider's Mikhaila Friel recently moved to Glasgow, the Scottish city that was named one of the coolest in the world by Time Out.
Beauty 2022-08-12T14:11:02Z

Selma Blair says ability-inclusive tools helped her fall back in love with makeup after her MS diagnosis

Selma Blair spoke with InStyle about about how Guide Beauty makeup tools helped her feel "alive" again after her MS diagnosis in 2018.
Royals 2022-08-11T16:00:00Z

Meghan Markle is not only a duchess, but also a princess — and royal experts say that won't change thanks to Prince Harry

Meghan Markle became a Princess of the UK upon her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018. This won't change since the royal title is Harry's birthright.
Royals 2022-08-10T08:45:00Z

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't destroying the monarchy. They're ensuring its survival.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have faced criticism for speaking about the issues they faced while working royals.
Lifestyle 2022-08-09T16:18:35Z

A bride says she was body-shamed after photos from her wedding day were shared without her permission by a British tabloid

Rachel Kwon told Insider she received hateful comments after The Sun shared its article about a unique contraption she made to hide her wedding dress.
Style 2022-08-09T12:20:45Z

Fashion designer Issey Miyake — who survived Hiroshima and designed Steve Jobs' iconic black turtlenecks — has died at 84

Issey Miyake, who was known for his pleated designs and perfumes, has died of liver cancer, it was announced on Tuesday.
Style 2022-08-07T09:01:00Z

An American bride hid her $200 vintage wedding dress from the groom at their South Korean wedding with a makeshift contraption

When Rachel Kwon married her partner Jaehwan in June, she used an umbrella, fabric, and a little creativity to keep her dress a surprise.
Health 2022-08-05T20:50:50Z

Kim Kardashian says she got 'painful' laser treatment to tighten her stomach and it was a 'game-changer.' Here's how it works.

Morpheus8 is a tightening, skin-smoothing procedure that combines microneedling and radiofrequency waves to stimulate collagen production.
Travel 2022-08-05T09:30:00Z

A Ukrainian woman who moved to New York City nearly a decade ago shares the things that surprised her most about living in the US

Daria Sokol told Insider that her first impressions of New York were comparable to "a horror movie." But she now loves the city and the US.
Royals 2022-08-04T16:01:00Z

How Meghan Markle's style has evolved, from her Hollywood days to her step back from the royal family

Meghan Markle's style became conservative when she started dating Prince Harry, but she opted for more daring looks before they met.
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