Princess Diana's aide PATRICK JEPHSON hails a PR coup by Duke

As part of the quietest revolution in royal public relations, Prince William's Time To Walk podcast avoids the usual marketing hype. It's just a man walking alone chatting with an imaginary companion.
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Children are starting secondary school with a reading age of SIX as education experts warn of crisis
Campaigners have warned of a 'reading crisis' across British schools which is believed to have been accelerated by lockdowns which saw children forced to learn from home.
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AC Milan vs Juventus live stream: How to watch Serie A fixture online and on TV tonight
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Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out keeping Scotland's mask laws in place for YEARS
The First Minister said that face coverings were 'not the biggest handicap' that people were having to endure as the country attempts to recover from Covid.
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Giovanni Pernice Unveils Tattoo To Mark Strictly Win With Rose Ayling-Ellis
Giovanni Pernice has got inked to commemorate his Strictly Come Dancing win with Rose Ayling-Ellis. The professional dancer unveiled a new tattoo in celebration of lifting the Glitterball trophy with the EastEnders star last month. Giovanni shared picture of his latest inking on Instagram over the weekend, which revealed he has had a mirrorball and stars etched on the inside of his wrist. It is accompanied by the letters ‘SCD’ and the date of last year’s final, which saw him and Rose triumph over John Whaite and Johannes Radebe. The pair are currently back dancing together on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing live tour, which is travelling to various cities across the UK. Speaking to Birmingham Mail following the tour’s launch last week, Giovanni revealed how he hopes to keep dancing with Rose once it is over. “I hope we can find time to dance together away from Strictly. I enjoy spending time with Rose. She is really special,” he said.“I may be the dance teacher, but I have learnt so much from Rose. Meeting her has changed my life.“We clicked from the very beginning. We understood each other perfectly. We have such as fantastic connection. She is amazing. So positive and energetic.”Following their win in December, Giovanni revealed his Strictly victory had been every bit worth the wait, after seven years having not previously won the BBC show since joining in 2015.A short clip on his Instagram story showed him lying in bed looking longingly while Christina Perri’s romantic ballad A Thousand Years played… only for it to be revealed he had the Glitterball trophy on the pillow next to him.READ MORE:Nikita Kuzmin Forced To Pull Out Of Strictly Come Dancing Tour DatesFrom It's A Sin To Strictly Come Dancing – The TV That Saved 2021Giovanni Pernice Celebrates As His Strictly Victory Carries On Italy's 2021 Winning Streak
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Aston Villa in advanced talks to sign Juventus star Rodrigo Bentancur
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Heather Knight wants rain days in Women's Ashes as second T20 washout hurts England's chances
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Boris Johnson met Nusrat Ghani to discuss Islamophobia allegations in 2020, No 10 reveals
Ms Ghani alleged she was told her Muslim faith was ‘making colleagues feel uncomfortable’
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Four schoolgirls aged 13 to 17 sexually assaulted in 1 month as police hunt attacker
The four girls were all targeted in Greenwich, south east London, between December 16 and January 18 and police searching for the attacker have released a photo of someone they want to talk to
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NHS staff throw scrubs at Downing Street in protest at compulsory jabs
Thousands of NHS workers and anti-vaxxers have protested against compulsory Covid jabs.
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Covid news – live: End of self-isolation would be ‘premature’, says WHO, as BA.2 variant ‘under investigation’
Government needs ‘clear reason’ to drop safety measure
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Molineux Stadium fire devastates Wolves bar after 20 firefighters put out two-hour blaze
Close to 20 firefighters fought to put out the blaze at Wolves' Molineux Stadium which lasted for around two hours between 1.56am and 3.40am with the Billy Wright Bar utterly destroyed
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Saturday Night Live makes dig at Prince Andrew sexual assault allegations
Prince Andrew is facing a civil sexual assault trial in the US.
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14 weirdest baby names of all time - but you'd have to be bold to pick them
Harm, Spicy, Doll and Man make it onto NameBerry's list of the weirdest baby names of all time - would you ever pick them for your little bundle of joy?
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How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu review – a patchwork of pandemic stories
Nagamatsu’s zany visions of a future plague give way to more optimistic notes in an affecting if uneven bookSequoia Nagamatsu’s ambitious novel-in-stories was written long before Covid. Nevertheless, when melting permafrost reveals a Neanderthal corpse, which in turn disgorges an ancient plague, the repercussions feel initially familiar. Only initially, because the Arctic plague will turn out to be far deadlier, while Nagamatsu’s zany vision extends, via a succession of first-person narrators, thousands of years into the future, incorporating interstellar travel, advanced cryopreservation and alien shape-shifters.The plague first targets children, transforming their organs into approximations of other bodily organs (squeamish readers take note: Nagamatsu isn’t one to shy away from the physicality of disease). Soon, all aspects of human life revolve around death. “Mortuary cryptocurrencies” are the only money worth having, high-rise cemeteries sprout and theme parks become euthanasia centres. Continue reading...
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A Journal for Jordan review – Denzel Washington directs a doomed romance
Washington’s solemn adaptation of war widow and Pulitzer-winning journalist Dana Canedy’s memoir tugs at the heartstrings but fails to enchantDirected by Denzel Washington, this solemn romantic drama is based on Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Dana Canedy’s 2008 memoir. Its title refers to the notebook of advice that her partner, Charles Monroe King, a soldier who died during the Iraq war, left for their young son. Portrayed here by Chanté Adams and Michael B Jordan, the couple’s fairytale courtship is detailed in extended flashback scenes, though the journal is a reminder that their happy ending is ultimately doomed.The film seems aimed at female audiences, emphasising Canedy’s struggles to balance being a single mother with her job at the New York Times, and luxuriating in their date nights across New York City. There’s even a gratuitous shot of Jordan’s bare bum. Washington appears to be drawn to the old-school ideal of masculinity embodied by King. Adams is a vivacious screen presence with a twinkle in her eye, and Jordan can’t quite match her, unable to draw out any real inner turmoil in a character who is respectable to a fault. Continue reading...
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What it feels like to live with debilitating eczema
One of the hardest parts of the condition is acknowledging that it will never go away.
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Marcus Rashford sets Premier League record with late Manchester United winner vs West Ham
Marcus Rashford scored a last-gasp winner to help Manchester United beat West Ham United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
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Ex-West Ham United midfielder's Dion Charles prediction after first Bolton Wanderers goal
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‘Very significant’ risk of Russia invading Ukraine – Dominic Raab
Liz Truss has said the Russian plotting showed the lengths to which the Kremlin was prepared to go to undermine the government in Kyiv.
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‘Very significant’ risk of Russia invading Ukraine – Dominic Raab
Liz Truss has said the Russian plotting showed the lengths to which the Kremlin was prepared to go to undermine the government in Kyiv.
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Celebrities share support for Regina King following tragic death of her son, aged 26
‘My love, my prayers, my thoughts, my everything go out to Regina King and her family tonight,’ wrote Josh Gad. ‘My heart breaks’
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Turkish journalist jailed before trial for Erdogan insult
The lawyer of a well-known Turkish journalist says she has been remanded in custody pending a trial for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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China: Eight officials arrested, 89 disciplined for concealing last year’s flood death toll
Local officials ‘deliberately’ obstructed or withheld reports in 139 cases, investigation finds
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Voices: The UK is my home, but wearing Nigerian clothing keeps me connected to my culture
Living in the UK where the intricacies of my Nigerian identity aren’t always recognised means that opportunities to showcase my Hausa-ness are even more significant to me
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Did a celebrity go to your Greater Manchester high? Find out the schools where famous faces went to
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George Orwell's 1984 slapped with 'offensive' warning as woke madness hits new heights
GEORGE Orwell's 1984 has been slapped with an "offensive" warning as woke madness hits new heights within Britain's academic institutions.
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Personal trainers reveal the most common mistakes people make in January
Nik Naidoo, a co-founder of strength based-platform GRNDHOUSE, from London, told FEMAIL how to avoid falling into the trap of giving up your fitness goals by February.
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The market town with stunning landscapes and the highest-rated Airbnbs just a 90 minute drive from Manchester
Located on the edge of a national park, this town is a perfect rural escape
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UK accuses Putin of plotting to install pro-Russian leader in Ukraine
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For a true taste of laid back Barbados luxury look no further than Lone Star
Behind a chic but unassuming converted 1940s garage exterior on the west coast of Barbados lies a true gem of a boutique hotel - The Lone Star on Barbados' stunning west coast.
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Girlfriend of Brit shot dead in bed held him as he was dying and wants gunman 'to pay'
Dr Matthew Willson's girlfriend Katherine Shepard has revealed how she held her partner in her arms for 20 minutes as they waited for an ambulance after the shooting in Brookhaven, Atlanta
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Woodland adventure park BeWILDerwood reopening with a new towering play frame
The attraction has been a huge hit with families and is reopening in time for February half term
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Manchester United fans have Declan Rice transfer theory following Old Trafford comments
West Ham United ace Declan Rice is a leading transfer target for Manchester United as they look to beef up their midfield options.
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'I wouldn't p*** on you if you were on fire': Junior ministers turn on Boris Johnson over Partygate
The Prime Minister and his No10 team were slammed in a private meeting by a number of political private secretaries, the lowest rung on the ministerial ladder.
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Tory fury over claim minister was 'sacked for being Muslim' - Zahawi calls for probe
TORY fury has erupted amid calls for an investigation after a Muslim MP claimed that a Government whip told her she was sacked as a minister because of her faith.
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‘A different energy’ – Danny Murphy praises Marcus Rashford after Manchester United’s win over West Ham
'We saw a different energy about him.'
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Meat Loaf's daughter opens up about life with singing legend after his tragic death
Meat Loaf passed away surrounded by his wife and daughters on Thursday at the age of 74, and stars including Cher and Brian May have paid tribute to the iconic rocker
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Robot vacuum cleaner escapes Travelodge ‘in bid for freedom’
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Ex-Minister Who Claims She Lost Job Over Muslim Faith Told To Make Formal Complaint
A former Tory minister who claims she lost her job because of her Muslim faith has been urged to submit a formal complaint.Dominic Raab, the deputy prime minister, said that while Nusrat Ghani’s allegations were “incredibly serious” the party could not investigate them because she had not entered a formal complaint.Ghani, the Conservative MP for Wealden and transport minister until a Cabinet reshuffle in early 2020, claims she lost her job because a whip told her her “Muslimness was raised as an issue” and that her “Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues feel uncomfortable”. In an unusual move, chief whip Mark Spencer identified himself on Twitter as the whip in question and strongly denied Ghani’s claims.Since the allegations emerged, education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has come out to say that Ghani’s claims should be investigated.Asked whether he agreed, Raab told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme that “we all feel moral support for anyone who is been subject to any kind of discriminatory treatment” but went on to say that Ghani had failed to make a formal complaint.“What the chief whip is saying is that Nus was invited to make a formal complaint and that is the way it will be investigated. And she has not made a formal complaint.”Raab said it was “it’s quite extraordinary in my time politics to see him come out and say, ‘Actually, this is a conversation we’ve had with me, and it is categorically untrue and indeed defamatory.’”Asked why Ghani would make the claims up, Raab replied: “I can’t answer that, all I’m trying to give you a very clear account of what the chief whip said in response...I would say if Nus wishes to do so, she should make a formal complaint so it can be properly investigated.“And in fairness, the chief whip made that point to her back in 2020.”In an interview with the Times, Ghani claimed she lost her job as a transport minister during a reshuffle in 2020, she was told that “Muslimness” had been raised as a problem at a meeting in Downing Street.“It was like being punched in the stomach,” she said. “I felt humiliated and powerless. I was told that at the reshuffle meeting in Downing Street that ‘Muslimness’ was raised as an ‘issue’, that my ‘Muslim women minister’ status was making colleagues uncomfortable and that there were concerns that I wasn’t loyal to the party as I didn’t do enough to defend the party against Islamophobia allegations.”
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Even pricey city-centre flats help everyone move up the property ladder | Torsten Bell
Such developments are aimed at the wealthy, but buyers trigger a chain that lends a hand to those on much lower incomesHigh housing costs are a disaster for living standards, costing private renters more than 30% of their income and giving London the highest poverty rate in the UK.The economists’ answer is to build more homes in high-cost areas, but that’s easier said than done. Developments are often opposed from the right, for reducing local house prices, and the left, as gentrification. Continue reading...
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The week in theatre: Moulin Rouge! The Musical; Conundrum – review
Piccadilly theatre; Young Vic, LondonA razzle-dazzle take on Baz Luhrmann’s Parisian pop jukebox triumphs through force of glitz, while a new play about race gets lost in abstractionThere isn’t any trouble at the mill. At least as far as Alex Timbers’s production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical goes. Picture-book belle époque Paris takes over the Piccadilly: swags of red velvet and ropes of white fairy lights loop around the auditorium; one of the boxes has been made into a champagne bar. On stage, behind the ultra-bright gilt of the proscenium arch, filigree ironwork surrounds enormous scarlet hearts that contract and expand, one within the other, pulsing to almost nonstop love songs.Actually, a beating, bleeding heart is not what Moulin Rouge! has. True, John Logan’s script, based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, is sprinkled with emotional triggers. The heroine is consumptive, coughing up into her hanky a red heart neat enough to make any barista proud. The villain who wants to buy her is swaggeringly repellent, and booed panto-style at curtain call. The heroine’s true love is a young composer kept from his adored one by poverty. Yet I doubt any audiences will be squeezing out tears. The plot is not the point of this extravaganza: it’s a whirling machine in which set (Derek McLane), choreography (by Sonya Tayeh, with Sophie Carmen-Jones as the outstanding dancer) and music lavishly fuse. Continue reading...
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Nigel Slater’s recipes for apricot loaf, and for cannellini and sweet potato pie
Tinned beans and dried fruit are your best friends on dull daysIt is grey and damp. I scan the shelves in the hope of putting dinner together without making a trip to the shops. There are cans of plain, homely beans; spices, of course, and some powdered vegetable stock.Vegetables are few, onions, a couple of sweet potatoes and a plume of cavolo nero. There are a few mushrooms that have seen better days. This is good news. I can knock together a bean casserole – cheap, sustaining and as comforting as a pair of sheepskin mittens. I will stir the greens into the mushroomy depths, lay a ring of sweet potatoes on top. My casserole will glow. Continue reading...
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Ukraine says Russia waging ‘hybrid war’ after cyberattack on government websites
Threat of Russian invasion looms as 100,000 troops gather near border
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Covid live: Russia breaks daily case total; WHO official warns there will be more variants of note after Omicron
Latest updates: follow all the news and politics developments resulting from the coronavirus pandemic in the UK and around the worldSturgeon talks about the impact on business. She said she realises that hospitality has been badly affected by the pandemic.“It’s not about having protective measures and businesses are damaged, or having no measures and everything is fine. It’s having measures than stem transmission, or allowing things to be controlled.” Continue reading...
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Asylum seeker decision reversed by Home Office as sending him to Syria would be 'inhumane'
A SYRIAN asylum seeker's rejection to stay in the UK, which was later overturned by the Home Office, shed light on the fragile realities of those looking for protection away from their war-torn countries.
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US intelligence says Russia planning false flag operation to justify Ukraine invasion
‘We saw this playbook before, including the widespread effort to push out misinformation, not just in Europe but around the global community’
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