Prince Harry settles claim against Mail on Sunday publisher after being accused of snubbing Royal Marines

The Duke of Sussex has accepted an apology and “substantial damages” from the publishers of the Mail on Sunday after he was accused of snubbing the Royal Marines when stepping down as a senior royal.  


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What did 20 years of western intervention in Afghanistan achieve? Ruination
Britain’s justifications for invading were having influence and deterring terror. They are just neo-imperialist platitudesThe longest, most pointless and unsuccessful war that Britain has fought in the past 70 years – its intervention in Afghanistan – is to end in September. I doubt anyone will notice. Nations celebrate victories, not defeats.Twenty years ago the United States decided to relieve its 9/11 agony not just by blasting Osama bin Laden’s base in the Afghan mountains, but by toppling the entire Afghan regime. This was despite young Taliban moderates declaring Bin Laden an “unwelcome guest” and the regime demanding he leave. The US then decided not just to blast Kabul but invited Nato to launder its action as a matter of global security. Britain had no dog in this fight and only joined because Tony Blair liked George W Bush. Continue reading...
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Conservation legend Roy Dennis: ‘We’re facing an ecological crisis, but it’s exciting too’
Eighty-year-old Dennis has devoted his life to returning eagles, osprey, red kites and red squirrels to Britain. But, he says, there is still plenty to do. And he is thrilled by the can-do attitude he gets from young people todayAs he strolls beside Loch Garten in his fleece, binoculars around his neck, Roy Dennis looks every inch the spry, bird-loving grandad that he is. With his soft Hampshire burr and genial demeanour, it seems like he wouldn’t say boo to a goose. First impressions are deceptive, however. Dennis is the most significant conservationist you’ve probably never heard of, and possessed of a radicalism that would startle the most outspoken young environmentalist.The first hint emerges when Dennis, who is 80 and still climbs trees, remarks that no one over 60 should vote. He explains that older people are making decisions over the climate crisis and wildlife loss that they won’t be around to be accountable for; he recently decided voting should start at 12, the age of his youngest child, Phoebe, but she told him it should be 14. It is easy to say radical things, but Dennis’s vision of how to halt the extinction crisis and restore lost habitats and species in Britain deserves attention because it is rooted in 60 years of pioneering conservation action. Continue reading...
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How the UK government sidestepped the data on coronavirus – video explainer
This time last year, NHS bosses asked doctors and nurses to “wear aprons” and work without protective full-length gowns when treating Covid-19 patients, as hospitals were within hours of running out of supplies.This is just one example of how the UK government has been slammed for its handling of the pandemic - through a series of missteps, U-turns, lockdowns, denials – and more than 150,000 deaths.Twelve months on, the Guardian's Pamela Duncan looks at three major areas where officials were out of line with the data on coronavirus infections and deaths available at the time.A government spokesperson responded saying: “Throughout the pandemic, our approach has been guided by data and the advice of scientific and medical experts ... As new evidence emerged, we acted quickly and decisively to implement life-saving measures, including restrictions and lockdowns, to protect lives, livelihoods and our economy. We are doing everything we can to ensure care home residents and staff are protected, including providing more than 9.9 billion items of PPE to the frontline.”Voices of the Covid bereaved: 'Our loved ones aren't just a number' – video Continue reading...
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CNN’s Rene Marsh reveals two-year-old son has died after brain cancer battle: ‘I lost all my dreams and hopes’
RIP Blake.
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Chris Smalling and family ‘held at gunpoint during home robbery’
Roma defender Chris Smalling and his family have been held up at gunpoint inside their home in the Italian capital, according to local media reports.
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UK Covid live: number of people testing positive falls across four nations
Latest updates: ONS figures show 1 in 480 people in England have Covid, 1 in 500 in Scotland, 1 in 920 in Wales and 1 in 710 in Northern IrelandRapid testing in England may be scaled back over false positivesVariant first detected in India is found in the UKWorkers in insecure jobs twice as likely to die of Covid, research findsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.28pm BST PA Media reports: When modelling the level of infection among different age groups in England, the ONS said rates have decreased in most groups except secondary school children (school years 7 to 11) and people aged 50 to 69, where the trend is uncertain. 12.19pm BST In England, the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 fell in the week ending 10 April 2021, according to ONS figures. It is estimated that 112,600 people within the community population in England had Covid, equating to about one in 480 people. This is down from one in 340 the previous week.In Wales, the percentage of people testing positive has decreased in recent weeks, with the ONS estimating that 3,300 people not in care homes, hospitals or other institutional settings in Wales had Covid in the week ending 10 April 2021, equal to one in 920 people. This number is down from one in 800 the previous week, and is the lowest since the week to 10 September. Continue reading...
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DMX: Rapper who battled adversity and conquered the charts
The American artist delivered rhymes in a growl, punctuated his songs with doglike barks and often wrote about his impoverished upbringing
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‘Public deserve answers’: Matt Hancock faces pressure over family company awarded NHS contracts
‘It appears the that the health secretary has breached the ministerial code,’ says Angela Rayner
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Mum-of-22 Sue Radford still lives luxury lifestyle with hot tub and £30,000 car
Hardworking Sue and Noel Radford claim to have spent seven-figures providing for their brood, but have still managed to shell out for nice cars, home renovations - and hundreds of birthday parties
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Jake Paul makes bold comparison between himself and Floyd Mayweather
YouTube star Jake Paul is already attracting big numbers to watch his fights after winning both of his bouts so far by knockout with a crossover showdown with ex-UFC star Ben Askren next
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Exclusive: Official announced Greensill in key role before joining firm
Financier Lex Greensill was announced as a Crown Representative with influence over government contracts by the same senior official he later employed at his firm, the Standard can reveal.
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Showing the calorie content of alcohol in pubs isn’t the worst idea this Government’s ever had
The ‘units of alcohol’ system has been around for longer than I’ve been alive, yet I still measure my weekly intake according to the reaction on my GP’s face.
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Barber attacked by men armed with hammers in front of terrified customers
‘The guy was trying to put me down and saying, "It's fine I'll sweep up the glass" but I was like "nah mate that is mental”.’
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Leonardo review – an insipid portrait of Da Vinci painted by numbers
Even an intense, smock-wearing Aidan Turner can’t salvage Amazon Prime’s cringe-inducing, broad-brush portrait of the Renaissance iconWell, we all deserve a laugh right now, don’t we? So without further ado let me introduce you to Leonardo, the latest offering from Amazon Prime, which is terrible. It centres on Aidan “Poldark” Turner in another smock. He plays Leonardo da Vinci who was – have you heard? – a famous artist in Italy in the olden days. Thus, at Maestro Verrocchio’s School of Renaissance Painting ‘n’ That (“Maestro” being Italian for “Older painter about to be handed his testicoli by a student genius”) he can often be found gazing intently – more intently than all the other pupils – at canvases, tableaux and the scars on models’ backs.One model’s scarred back in particular: that of the lowborn Caterina da Cremona (Matilda de Angelis, last seen delivering a similarly inert performance as Doomed Adulteree in The Undoing). She becomes his beloved muse, and the series is framed by Leonardo’s arrest and languishment in prison for her murder. This is a bad thing for the Vinch, obvs, but a good thing for Aidan Turner fans because it turns out you couldn’t get a haircut in late-medieval prison, even in a country known to prioritise male grooming. Continue reading...
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Ground zero for gaming memes: 10 excellent video game TikTok accounts
With a global audience of 800m monthly users, most of them under 21, the video sharing social media platform TikTok has always been a place where gaming culture is shared, celebrated and lampoonedShelbyRenae – @shelbyrenaeytA Fortnite Twitch streamer and YouTuber, ShelbyRenae makes hilarious (and often very telling) TikToks focusing on her conversations with the strangers she plays with, mostly teenage boys who chuck out endless bizarre insults and gigantically inappropriate comments. Continue reading...
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Government guidance encourages care homes to ‘imprison’ residents – charity
Residents must isolate for 14 days if they leave their facility.
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Prince George and Meghan Markle - Key royals forced to miss Philip's funeral
The Queen faced “some very difficult” decisions as she selected the 30 guests permitted to attend her husband Prince Philip's funeral under England's coronavirus lockdown rules
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French embassy advises citizens to leave Pakistan citing ‘grave security threats’ as violent protests continue
Pakistan on Friday blocked access to social media to control the protests
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Greensill to be investigated by Whitehall spending watchdog
The Whitehall spending watchdog is to investigate Greensill Capital’s involvement in the government’s coronavirus support schemes.
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Shop worker threatened with knife to hand over vodka
Greater Manchester Police says the offender also threatened to stab customers
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Chelsea Women ‘happy to compete on all fronts’, says Emma Hayes as key fixtures approach
Blues are preparing for crucial league games as well an FA Cup outing and Champions League semi-final
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Steven Gerrard responds to Celtic’s ‘joke’ claim they’re still the best team in Scotland
There will be extra spice to this weekend's Old Firm clash.
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Amad fumes posting injury update after Man United win over Granada
Man Utd youngster Amad was not happy with officials after a foul went unpunished during the Europa League win against Granada
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Police appeal to find Wythenshawe man wanted on recall to prison
Darnell Williams, 20, was released from jail last year after serving time for driving and burglary offences
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Almost one in 500 test positive for Covid as rates continue to fall
The numbers of people testing positive for Coronavirus has continued to fall across England, according to the data.
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Welcome to my home town: How growing up in the Hundred Acre Wood prepared me for lockdown
Village life in Forest Row turned out to be the ultimate pandemic preparation, says Anna Prendergast
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Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions including Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool
Another big weekend of Premier League action awaits.
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Gemma Collins shimmers in metallic green jumpsuit on designer shopping spree
Former Towie star Gemma Collins dressed to the nines for a day out shopping in London. The GC wore a glamorous 70s-style jumpsuit as she hit her favourite stores for a whirlwind credit card spree
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Tradespeople spill job secrets - including clients making X-rated requests
Tradespeople have lifted the lid on everything from clients making X-rated requests while they work, being paid to change a lightbulb, and witnessing 'paranormal activity' on the job
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Boohoo launch massive 30% off Loreal bestsellers- get there quick
Beauty lovers are snapping up their favourite foundation and must have skin/haircare products
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Sarah Jessica Parker casts doubt on Aidan’s return to Sex and the City revival
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Mikel Arteta hails Alexandre Lacazette as Arsenal’s ‘glue’ which holds team together
Mikel Arteta believes Alexandre Lacazette is on the right path to get even better and has hailed the striker as the glue that holds the Arsenal team together.
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Great white shark's teeth marks found on bodyboard during missing surfer search
The family of Robert Walter Ernst Frauenstein, 38, have accepted he was killed in a shark attack while out bodyboarding amid a major police search in North Chinsta, South Africa
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Prince Philip funeral: The Duke of Edinburgh’s 16-year project to design his own Land Rover hearse
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Prince Philip funeral: key moments to watch out for
Viewers will be looking at the body language of Princes William and Harry, the first glimpse of the widowed Queen and some unfamiliar facesAll eyes will be on the sibling princes, not seen together since their frosty appearance at Westminster Abbey’s Commonwealth Day service more than a year ago, just before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex departed for good. Brought very close by the death of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, they are now separated by more than the Atlantic. It falls to cousin Peter Phillips to fill the physical and emotional gulf between the two as they walk apart behind their grandfather’s coffin. Continue reading...
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Young London SOS: Surf therapy helps boost London youngsters struggling in lockdown
London children affected by anxiety, stress and isolation in the pandemic are being helped through surf therapy.
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Prince Philip would be delighted by 'pared-down' funeral, says royal biographer
Royal biographer Hugo Vickers appeared on Good Morning Britain on Friday to discuss the funeral arrangements for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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Bottom trawling must be banned immediately – it’s destroying our oceans
The Climate Column: Bottom fishing releases nearly as many carbon emissions as the aviation industry. I asked decision-makers what they planned to do about it
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BLM activists spray paint 'slaver' on walls of Grade-II listed pub
The Drax Arms in Bere Regis, Dorset, was targeted last night by vandals who sprayed the words 'slaver' and 'BLM' on to the walls.
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Cop26 preparations to intensify after compromise on virtual talks
Governments to hold three-week virtual meeting next month before climate summit in November Preparations for vital UN climate talks to take place this year in Glasgow are set to intensify next month, after nations compromised over how to conduct virtual negotiations ahead of the summit.The climate talks, called Cop26, are set for November after being postponed for a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The summit is viewed as one of the last chances to put the world on track to fulfil the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and tackle the climate emergency. Continue reading...
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Manchester United vs Burnley: Prediction, TV channel, h2h results, team news, live stream, odds
Manchester United are looking to make it five Premier League wins on the spin as they welcome Burnley to Old Trafford.
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Max Verstappen aiming to deliver ‘proper fight’ after Lewis Hamilton’s ‘boring’ dominance
Ahead of the second round of the season in Imola, a bullish Verstappen says he has all the tools to stop Hamilton from winning an unprecedented eighth world championship
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Queen's logic for picking Peter Phillips to separate William & Harry at funeral
Prince William and Prince Harry are part of a small group of royals who will walk behind Prince Philip's coffin during his funeral in Windsor on Saturday, but the Queen has decided they will not stand side by side
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Call Of Duty: Warzone teasing Season 3 as players are turning into zombies
The third season of Call Of Duty: Warzone looks to be starting next week, just as players have begun turning into zombies.
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Heathrow queues ‘disaster’, says former UK Border Force boss
Heathrow airport executive warns: ‘It will become a much bigger problem after 17 May’
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Oscar-nominated Romanian film reveals health care failings
The Romanian documentary film “Collective” is nominated for two Oscars this weekend
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Covid-19 UK: Nearly half of over-50s refuse the coronavirus vaccine in parts of England
EXCLUSIVE: Latest NHS England figures show 4,000 neighbourhoods - home to more than 30million people - have jabbed nine in 10 of residents over 50.
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Russia's defence minister wants to CLONE 3,000-year-old ancient warriors
Sergei Shoigu - one of Vladimir Putin's closest allies - spoke about the potential of the extraordinary 3,000-year-old Scythian burials in Tuva, his mountainous native republic in Siberia.
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