Tuesday evening news briefing: Prince William pulls out of godfather’s memorial service

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Good evening. The Prince of Wales pulled out of a memorial service for his godfather, King Constantine of Greece, at the eleventh hour on Tuesday, citing “personal” reasons.

Elsewhere, a former minister has apologised for suggesting there were religious “no-go” areas in parts of Birmingham and London.

Prince William pulls out of godfather’s memorial service for ‘personal reasons’

Kensington Palace refused to disclose further information but insisted that the Princess of Wales, who is recovering from abdominal surgery, “continues to be doing well”. A source said only that the Prince was “no longer able to attend due to a personal matter”.

Ex-minister apologises after claims of religious ‘no-go’ areas

Paul Scully, a Tory MP and former minister for London, sparked a backlash yesterday after making the comment during an interview on BBC Radio London. Andy Street, the Tory Mayor of the West Midlands, was among a number of prominent figures to criticise him.

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