Profile of Prince Philip, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, who died at age 99 on April 9.
Profile of Prince Philip, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, who died at age 99 on April 9.
The Duke of Sussex has compared life in the Royal family to a mix between being on The Truman Show and being in a zoo. He admitted that he realised in his 20s that he did not want the “job” or to be a part of that “operation”, having seen what it did to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Harry, 36, said it was when he started therapy, following a conversation with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, that “the bubble burst” and helped him “pluck his head out of the sand,” realising he needed to use his position of privilege to help others. In a wide-ranging, 90-minute interview with American actor Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast, the Duke described how he was told he needed help as a child, his lack of self-awareness when he was “going wild” in his younger years and how the feeling of helplessness was his “achilles heel”. He said he had “always felt different” and suggested he felt far more connected with people he had met in Africa and on other continents than those within the confines of the palace. The Duke, who was promoting his new AppleTV series about mental health, The Me You Cannot See, appeared to criticise the way he had been raised by his father, revealing he had deliberately adopted a different parenting method to “break the cycle” of pain and suffering. Privilege The Duke acknowledged that he was born into a life of great privilege, which had given him “the most unbelievable front row seat” as he travelled around the world, seeing people who were suffering and developing empathy. He said: “My education was not at school, my education was about meeting people across the Commonwealth. “The reality is, you meet these kids and go into these communities all over the world and it just puts it into context and that’s why I feel more comfortable being able to discuss my own struggles now, because I do it to help other people.” He said he did not consider it “complaining” but sharing his own vulnerabilities and experiences, because in doing so, he knew that it would have a positive impact on someone else’s life. The Duke said he felt “way more connection” to those “emotionally free people and systemic free people” he had worked with in Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. “The privilege does give you blinkers,” he said. “Mine were never particularly on straight. I’ve always felt different.” He credited his late mother for that feeling, saying the impact she had on him in the short time they had together was “huge” because all she wanted to do was to ensure they had as normal a life as possible. The Duke suggested that the fairytale dream of princes and princesses was out of step with reality. “My wife had the most amazing explanation to that: ‘You don't need to be a princess, you can create the life that will be better than any princess.’ “And that’s coming from her own lived experience. We got together and she was like 'wow, this is very different to what my friends at the beginning said it would be’.”
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Ministers “stand ready” to jail social media bosses if they fail to clean up their act and protect children from online harms, Oliver Dowden said yesterday. The Culture Secretary told MPs he was taking powers to impose criminal sanctions - including jail sentences - because he was prepared to uaw them if the tech giants failed to comply with the Government's new duty of care regime. The Government’s draft online harms bill proposes the regulator Ofcom should have powers to impose fines of up to 10 per cent of global turnover (£6 billion for Facebook) or £18 million, whichever is higher, if they breach the duty of care laws. But Mr Dowden said: “If it’s the case that fines don’t work, we stand ready to impose those criminal sanctions.” Under the “reserve” criminal powers being taken by ministers, social media giants would have to name a senior manager who would be responsible for ensuring that the company complied with its legal duty of care responsibilities. Failure to do so would lead to the executive facing criminal sanctions including jail sentences of up to two years. Mr Dowden told the culture select committee he hoped the tech giants would comply with fines but he added: “The final step which I am willing to take - and I am willing to take because we will legislate for that power but we won’t enforce it - is criminal sanctions. “I would rather we didn’t impose new criminal law and I think we should have a very high bar for the imposition of new criminal law but if it is the case that fines don’t work, we stand ready to impose criminal sanctions.” Andy Burrows, Head of Child Safety Online at the NSPCC, said: “If the threshold for enacting criminal sanctions is regulation failing, the reality will be further years of children facing grooming and abuse that could have been avoided. “This is a unique chance to move beyond the status quo that sees action taken only after serious harm has occurred, but deferring liability for senior managers misses the opportunity to finally put children first. “The Culture Secretary should learn from other regulated sectors that hold named managers responsible for the safety of their products, with the threat of fines, censure and, as a last resort, criminal sanctions leading to a culture of compliance.”
Ministers says tests need to be met as experts warn of ‘huge number of cases’ by June
Nadhim Zahawi said there is no evidence that the Indian variant of coronavirus 'escapes the vaccines' or impacts people more seriously.
BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany on Friday classified Britain as a coronavirus risk area due to the emergence there of a highly infectious variant first detected in India. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the spread of the B.1.617.2 variant first detected in India may impact the country's full exit from restrictions. Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said: "The (risk area) classification is made despite a 7-day incidence of less than 50/100,000 inhabitants due to the at least limited occurrence of variant B.1.617.2 in the United Kingdom."
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A woman who was attacked six weeks ago in Ilford today died of her injuries, police said. On April 9, police were called to a residential property in Princes Road, Ilford, to reports of a woman who had been assaulted. Svetlana Mihalachi, 53, was found with serious injuries and taken to hospital.
Britons hoping for a holiday in Portugal when travel restrictions lift next week are facing fresh uncertainty after the country extended its "state of calamity". The second-highest level of coronavirus alert is going to remain in place until 30 May at the earliest, almost two weeks after the country is added to a green list of destinations where holidaymakers can go without having to isolate on their return. Portugal is one of the few options for travellers seeking a quick sunny break, as many of the other countries on the green list are either closed to tourists, too cold, or too remote.
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Germany, Spain and Holland have on Thursday become the latest European countries to open their borders to British holidaymakers, prompting warnings that Britain is in danger of being left behind as it maintains tough restrictions on arrivals. Germany from yesterday (thur) will admit anyone with double vaccinations without them having to do a PCR test - even if they come from a higher risk "amber" list country. They will be exempt from quarantine while any incoming passenger who requires a test to enter will be able to have one free of charge. Spain and the Netherlands have gone further by allowing anyone from countries with low infection rates to enter without having to do either a PCR test or to prove their vaccination status. The Netherlands has set a threshold of fewer than 150 cases per 100,000 - which would include the UK - while Spain is considering 50 or 100 per 100,000. By contrast, Britain requires anyone from a “green” list country to take a PCR test on or before the second day of their arrival in the UK, even if they have been fully vaccinated. Only 12 countries or territories are currently on the green list including Portugal, Israel, Gibraltar and Iceland. Anyone coming from an amber list country - which covers the vast majority of Europe - are required to quarantine for ten days and have two PCR tests on days two and eight of their self isolation. The moves will pile pressure on the UK which stands out as having the toughest border regime by requiring PCR tests even for those who have been fully vaccinate. Henry Smith, chair of the all party Future of Aviation group, said the moves by other European nations highlighted “the very real risk that our overly cautious reopening risks leaving the UK recovery behind and places UK aviation at a competitive disadvantage. “It also reinforces that the Government must take urgent action to reduce the cost of testing through measures such as removing VAT and work urgently towards exempting vaccinated passengers from onerous restrictions. “Our aviation and travel industries will be vital to our economic recovery and placing them at a competitive disadvantage to our competitors makes no sense whatsoever and this must be considered at the highest levels of Government ahead of the first review point.”
The TV star also called the Duke a 'spoiled brat'.
Record numbers of victims of crime including rape are withdrawing from prosecutions because of court delays and falling conviction rates. Home Office figures released on Thursday reveal that the proportion of victims dropping out of prosecutions has trebled from 8.7 per cent to 26.4 per cent since 2015 - a total of some 1.3 million cases. For rape it has increased at a similar rate with 44.3 per cent of victims now saying they cannot support the prosecution, according to the Home Office data. This is largely because of plummeting prosecution rates with just 1.6 per cent of rape offences resulting in a charge, delays of up to two years in rape cases coming to court and intrusive digital checks on their communications. Nearly half (45.2 per cent) of victims of violence against the person also withdrew from prosecutions last year, some because of fears of retribution. James Mulholland, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, blamed court delays and a loss of confidence in successful prosecution. “The plunge in the charging rate for all police-reported crime but in particular rape complaints to record low levels must be the primary concern for a criminal justice resources-reset,” he said. Shadow justice minister Peter Kyle said: “Victims should be at the heart of our criminal justice system. Yet faced with a lack of enforceable rights and court delays of several years, they are increasingly choosing to drop out of the process altogether – allowing perpetrators to go free.” Dame Vera Baird, the victims’ commissioner, said the the percentage withdrawing support for prosecutions was “very worrying.” “It tells us there is falling confidence in our justice system, either to deliver justice or to do so in a timely way,” she said. The Ministry of Justice says it is combating delays by investing £110m in a range of measures to boost capacity, including recruiting 1,600 new staff and opening some 60 Nightingale courtrooms.
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Cases of the Indian COVID variant have more than doubled in a week, sparking concerns that further measures will be needed to stop its spread, including local lockdowns.