Queen holds crisis talks after Harry and Meghan's bombshell Oprah interview
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William were all locked in crisis talks over how to react to a string of incendiary accusations unleashed by Harry and wife Meghan.
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Interim England coach Hege Riise expected to lead Team GB at Olympics
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Millions more people tune in to watch Meghan and Harry in the interview that shook the palace
Millions of people in the UK are thought to have tuned in to watch the interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that rocked the Royal Family.
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Angelino: ‘The pressure is on Liverpool. We are the underdogs’
Versatile full-back has rediscovered his self-belief and become core to RB Leipzig’s domestic and European ambitions after leaving Manchester City in January 2020
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle release new picture with her bump and Archie
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Thomas Tuchel praises Kai Havertz for ‘taking responsibility’ in Chelsea victory
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Fully vaccinated Americans can meet indoors without masks, US health body rules
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Is Boris Johnson Moving The Goalposts On NHS Pay As Well As Covid?
You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Even before Boris Johnson first announced his roadmap for releasing lockdown last month, some Tory MPs felt his scientific advisers were “moving the goalposts” to ensure a slower return to normality. When ministers suggested some restrictions (like bans on holidays) could take even longer, backbencher Sir Charles Walker said the goalposts had “not so much moved as been ripped out and carried off to another playing field”.At the latest No.10 press conference, it seemed the ground was shifting again. For weeks many have been watching the ‘R’ number like hawks every Friday. While overall the PM showed no inclination at all to accelerate through any of the stages on his roadmap, both he and deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries suggested that the ‘R’ was now longer as important as it was.With schools opening more fully, ‘R’ will increase, the question is just by how much. Johnson said “there will be a risk of increased transmission, that’s inevitable if you open up schools for millions of kids”, but he stressed that the much lower number of cases, plus the vaccine impact, made that less of a concern. While in the past opening schools has increased the number by 0.5, some believe it could be much lower this time and it won’t go above the dangerous 1.Harries underlined the vaccination point, and the fact that the most vulnerable older age groups were now being protected (as well as the importance of school testing). Even without a vaccine, R’s importance is reduced when there’s a lower prevalence of the virus (and let’s not forget a lot of the heavy lifting in lowering its prevalence is coming from severe lockdown on personal interaction). The goalposts have moved, but they were always going to.And on the vexed issue of NHS pay, it seems as if there is subtle but important movement too. The PM tried to sidestep the subject by referring to the fact that there are 10,000 “more” nurses this year and recruitment was up 36%. As I pointed out last week, the Tory manifesto pledge for 50,000 ‘more’ nurses was always a sleight of hand that relied on 18,500 current nurses not leaving the profession. If they feel let down by this pay round, they could vote with their feet.Yet the clues to some wriggle room are getting stronger. I’m told that the discussion about a possible one-off bonus hasn’t even started seriously yet within Whitehall, but it certainly hasn’t been ruled out. The £55bn Covid reserve is one place such a one-off could be found. The PM’s spokesman today notably didn’t knock down the idea of a bonus, which was of course handed out in Scotland.What was also intriguing was that the spokesman pointed out that the independent pay review body considering the 1% rise would also be taking into account “the cost of living, inflation and other factors” in its decision. With inflation forecast to rise above 1%, that felt like a glimmer of a hint that the government was crossing its fingers that a real terms pay cut would not be suggested this May, when the final recommendations emerge.Several Tory backbenchers expect a U-turn of some kind, whether it’s in the form of a higher pay rise for lower paid workers, a one-off bonus for front line staff, or even wider changes. The “cut through” of this issue is significant, with MPs’ mailbags (yes actual letters) filling up with constituents wondering just why NHS staff are not getting more recognition after this extraordinary year. Andrew Percy, far from a rebel, has branded the 1% offer “unacceptable”.Unusually, Matt Hancock decided not to appear in the Commons to answer Labour’s Urgent Question on the issue, sending junior minister Helen Whately instead. I say unusual, in that Hancock defended the decision last Friday, and because he is almost always available to give updates on the pandemic.Could his reticence be linked to his own direct role in the decision? I’m told he was “robust” about going ahead with the 1% rise within government before it was announced, and that like any secretary of state it was his call on how much of his budget should go on pay and how much on other priorities. Then again, allies of Hancock insist “it’s a government decision as to what is affordable”.Some suggest the trade-off is this: in the Cabinet war for the PM’s ear, Hancock won the battle for a slow and cautious unlockdown, but the price was that Sunak won the battle for pay restraint. Others in government dispute that version. Hancock himself had already upset nurses last December when he said their pay round (due in March) was being delayed to May because of the timing of the chancellor’s spending review.In his letter to the pay review body, the health secretary said: “We expect these recommendations to take account of the extremely challenging fiscal and economic context, and consider the affordability of pay awards.” After that tough message, was it really a surprise he then recommended 1%? Whoever is ultimately responsible for the offer, it now feels like No.10 is aware of the need for some kind of change of tack. But as with free school meals, it may not be the U-turn that’s remembered as much as the image of a government reluctant to help those with huge public sympathy.Related...Will The NHS Nurses Pay Row Deflate The Tories’ ‘Vaccine Bounce’?The Budget Is Barely Cold, But Has Rishi Sunak’s Mask Slipped Already?Rishi Sunak Is ‘Going Long’ On Covid Support, But Is He Going Short On The Next Election?
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Dawson leads West Ham another step closer towards dethroning top four big boys
WEST HAM 2-0 LEEDS: The centre-back found the net as the Hammers saw off Marcelo Bielsa's side to move up to fifth, two points outside the top four
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Celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Reese Witherspoon celebrate International Women’s day
Celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Reese Witherspoon have celebrated International Women's Day.
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Worst royal crisis in 85 years as Meghan and Harry TV show causes 'devastation'
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey has sent Buckingham Palace into meltdown with the Queen and top aides locked in talks on how to respond amid fears for the monarchy
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'Queen must speak on Meghan and Harry's toxic racism allegation to calm debate'
While the most dangerous threat to the monarchy since the 1936 Abdication Crisis is a disaster not of the Queen's making, this is not the time to show a stiff upper lip
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TikToker provokes outrage for cutting shoes from power line to sell
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Netflix's The Crown sweeps board at Critics' Choice Awards after Oprah interview
Netflix drama The Crown sailed to success after winning four different categories at the Critics' Choice Awards as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview broadcast
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DR MICHAEL MOSLEY reveals which fruit and veg you should have - and clever ways to boost your intake
DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Fruit and vegetables are packed with a complex network of nutrients, not simply the ones everyone knows about, such as vitamins C and E.
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Antiques Roadshow expert Will Farmer holds back tears as he remembers late mother with Fiona Bruce
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Biden insists women can ‘thrive’ in the modern US military on International Women’s Day
President marks International Women’s Day by touting progress towards gender equality in the military
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Kai Havertz makes honest penalty admission after Chelsea beat Everton
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How coronavirus may trigger diseases from diabetes to MS - and damage the brain, too
After testing positive for Covid in October, writer Nilufer Atik, 45, who lives with her son Milo, four, in Surrey, fears her hearing is permanently damaged.
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Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, 73, welcomes baby boy
Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, 73, from Sussex, announced he and wife Dr Precious Lunga welcomed a baby boy by surrogate last Tuesday.
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BEL MOONEY: My pity for these sad, naive, damaged souls
BEL MOONEY: Somebody told me there is a 'Team Meghan' and a 'Team Queen' and you have to pick your side. Now, having watched, I feel a sympathy that has surprised me.
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George Osborne's girlfriend Thea Rogers set for £40m Deliveroo jackpot
Osborne (pictured with girlfriend Thea Rogers) edited the Evening Standard, earned £650,000 for four days a month work at Blackrock and was made a partner at Robey Warshaw.
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Police hunt for 'heavy-build' man who raped schoolgirl, 14, on country lane
West Sussex Police said the 14-year-old was walking in a "quiet country area" along a lane off Okehurst Road when she was attacked by a man in his 30s on March 1
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Barracks for UK asylum seekers slammed as ‘filthy and unfit for habitation’
Inspectors blasted ‘fundamental failures’ by the Home Office as calls grew for 'decent people to consider their positions'.
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Just who ARE Harry and Meghan accusing of race slur?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sparked an extraordinary guessing game yesterday after accusing an unnamed member of the Royal Family of racism.
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Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson keep West Ham’s top-four hopes alive with win against Leeds
West Ham 2-0 Leeds: Hammers’ moved up to fifth as Marcelo Bielsa’s side were left to rue missed chances
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A year in the art of lockdown: How one amateur illustrator charted 12 months of pandemic hell 
From bad hair days to home workouts on Zoom, these little paintings depict life in lockdown. Witty, satirical and tender and, at times, heartbreakingly poignant, they are the work of Sue Prince.
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Greta Thunberg says Biden isn’t doing ‘nearly enough’ on climate change
The Biden administration must “treat the climate crisis like a crisis,” the Swedish activist says
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ITV hub down: Meghan interview sparks site crash as Britons overwhelm streaming service
ITV HUB has reportedly crashed this evening as Britons rush to catch a glimpse of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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SARAH VINE: Meghan the mermaid and a fairy tale with a fishy ending
SARAH VINE: Meghan the mermaid and a fairy tale with a fishy ending. As the Duchess claims she's like cursed Disney character The Little Mermaid, does her story really hold water?
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RICHARD KAY on Meghan's interview: The only winners from this are those who hate the monarchy
RICHARD KAY: Not even the height of the Charles and Diana wars brought such a glow to the heart of anti-monarchists everywhere as Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey has done.
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Huge food bank queue snakes streets for more than a mile with 800 people in need
Volunteers at the London Community Kitchen in Wembley say the length is not uncommon, with families struggling amid the pandemic
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Milan Skriniar earns narrow win over Atalanta to keep Inter on title track
Milan Skriniar scored the only goal as title-chasing Internazionale edged past Atalanta at San Siro, earning a hard-fought 1-0 win to reopen their six-point lead over Milan.Antonio Conte’s forward line endured a rare off-night, so it was left to the Slovakian centre-back to grab the only goal after 54 minutes. Skriniar reacted first to a loose ball in the area after a corner, and drilled home emphatically from 10 yards out. Continue reading...
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Man Utd get Marcus Rashford injury boost but star may still face layoff
The striker limped off with an ankle injury towards the end of United's 2-0 Manchester derby victory.
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COVID bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many
Several million people stand to save hundreds of dollars in health insurance costs, or more, under the Democratic coronavirus relief legislation on track to pass Congress
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JAN MOIR gives her verdict on the Meghan Markle Oprah interview
JAN MOIR: As Queen Oprah settled her guests among the lavender pots and lush greenery of this unnamed private estate, the pillared splendour told its own tale of the luxury the Sussexes call home.
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Mother of six-year-old allegedly dragged by car charged with murder
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Allen v Farrow: Mia confronts Woody about alleged sexual assault: ‘How could you do that to her?’
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Tuchel thinks Chelsea have the "glue" to stick around in Premier League top four
The Blues saw off Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a first half own goal from Ben Godfrey and a penalty from Jorginho in the second period
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Viewers 'confused' as Meghan claims she didn't research Harry and the royals
The former actress recalled her first meeting with the Queen in her interview with Oprah Winfrey
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Markle vs Markle: Estranged father Thomas to appear on GMB after Meghan’s ‘betrayal’ jibe
THOMAS MARKLE is set to appear on ITV's Good Morning Britain tomorrow morning just over 24 hours after his daughter Meghan Markle accused of him of "betrayal" during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Oath Keeper seen with Roger Stone is arrested, reports say
Militia group reportedly provided security for former Trump adviser while in Washington DC
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Private Bahamas island to be auctioned with NO reserve
A breathtaking private island in the Bahamas is set to be auctioned this month with the bidding expected to start at nearly $20million.
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Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson strike against Leeds to send West Ham fifth
West Ham are not going away. This win was nowhere near as comfortable as the two-goal margin might suggest but means they are breathing down the necks of the top four, with a game in hand and a potentially defining trip to Old Trafford looming on Sunday. Leeds troubled them sufficiently to feel they should have departed with more, Patrick Bamford in particular enduring a night to forget in front of goal.But David Moyes’s team exploited their visitors’ defensive flaws clinically, Jesse Lingard converting the loose ball from his own saved penalty and Craig Dawson scoring in grimly predictable fashion from an expertly worked corner seven minutes later. Continue reading...
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West Ham player ratings vs Leeds: Craig Dawson excels as Jesse Lingard shines again
West Ham moved back into the European places and two points off the top four with victory over Leeds United.
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West Ham 2-0 Leeds United: Hammers recover from slow start to close in on Premier League top four
West Ham recovered from a slow start against Leeds United to secure a 2-0 victory at London Stadium on Monday night to close in on the Premier League top four.
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Prince Harry told Meghan Markle 'what she could and couldn't do' before royal wedding
PRINCE HARRY told Meghan Markle "what she could and couldn't do" as a member of the Royal Family, according to a Palace insider.
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