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Prince Andrew quits royal duties "for the foreseeable future"

<p>Prince Andrew has announced that he is stepping down from his royal duties for the “foreseeable future” amidst anger over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.</p> <p>“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support,” he said in a statement issued by Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>“Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.</p> <p>“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.</p> <p>“I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives.</p> <p>“Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">A statement by His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG. <a href="https://t.co/LfMFwMyhcb">pic.twitter.com/LfMFwMyhcb</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1197213153852977153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">20 November 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The Duke of York’s decision to no longer perform public duties as a member of the royal family means that this takes him out of the spotlight, and it’s been suggested that he’s hoping that it helps dampen the anger over his links with Epstein.</p> <p>In the statement was a bombshell detail of the Duke of York publicly expressing regret over his relationship with Epstein as well as expressing sympathy for Epstein’s victims.</p> <p>This was something that was not expressed in the hour-long interview with the BBC’s<span> </span><em>Newsnight</em><span> </span>interview that sparked outrage, as Prince Andrew said he did not regret his friendship with Epstein as well as not expressing any sympathy for Epstein’s victims.</p> <p><em>BBC</em><span> </span>royal correspondent Daniela Relph said that this current statement from Prince Andrew is “completely different in tone” and “addressed all the issues that he’d been criticised for”.</p> <p>"I can't state enough that this statement is completely unprecedented - for a royal to step down, because of a scandal, in this way," she<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50496539" target="_blank">added</a>.</p> <p>The fallout over this scandal continues as several businesses and charities have pulled their support from Prince Andrew’s royal work.</p> <p>The FBI is continuing their investigation into Epstein and his associates and it still remains to be seen as to whether or not Prince Andrew will be called in to testify.</p> <p>Prince Andrew continues to aggressively deny allegations that he sexually abused girls while visiting his then-friend Epstein at his various properties around the world.</p>

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Brave Australian woman who helped lock Rolf Harris behind bars goes public: "Bad day with a dirty old man"

<p>An Australian woman has bravely unveiled her mask of anonymity to tell the harrowing story of her own molestation by disgraced entertainer, Rolf Harris. </p> <p>Suzi Dent was an anonymous character witness who testified in Harris’ trial in the UK. </p> <p>She aided in putting him behind bars after he was charged with 12 counts of indecent assault of girls and a young woman between 1968 and 1986. </p> <p>Ms Dent told ABC’s<span> </span><em>7.30 </em>she was just 24 when she met Rolf as a make-up artist after being offered the opportunity to work at a Channel 7 studio. </p> <p>While she said she was “very excited” to meet the TV star back in 1986, she now looks back at that “bad day with a dirty old man,” with no fondness. </p> <p>“I had an all-day groping experience with a man who couldn't keep his hands off me,” she said. </p> <p>“As soon as he sat in my make-up chair - I was wearing baggy pants at the time, baggy shorts - he'd run both hands up my legs all the way up my shorts right up to my thighs.</p> <p>“He would grab the leather belt and pull me towards him so he could crotch-grind, which never quite happened, but he certainly tried.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqQdBzXFTFi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqQdBzXFTFi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by TV SHOWS THAT SHOULDNT HAPPEN (@tv_trauma)</a> on Nov 16, 2018 at 1:56pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The situation caused her to freeze up. </p> <p>“I didn't jump or move or anything like that, because it's my job as a make-up artist to not upset the talent,” she explained. </p> <p>“So if I had said something to him or, you know, slapped his hand away - which I might add is not what we did in 1986 - it was not acceptable behaviour for women to stand up for themselves like that, they had to cop it on the chin and grin and bear it and be polite.”</p> <p>Ms Dent further explained the actor had made “disgusting” comments about her legs and body, making her feel like a “piece of meat.”</p> <p>“I had a rip in my shorts, and he was trying to stick his fingers in there. I'd slap his hand away like he was a naughty boy,” she said.</p> <p>“No one did anything to stop him, and I couldn't fight back because the number one rule back then – and now - was you never upset the talent.</p> <p>“I had to be a good little girl, and it was the mentality that boys will be boys.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.8877551020408px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7832625/abc-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/53232819fd0144ccb5851be6c11e00a5" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Ms Dent as a young woman</em></p> <p>Despite confiding in a colleague for comfort and support, the former makeup artist was shocked by their response. </p> <p>“She said to me, much to my surprise, ''Oh, I thought you knew that - his nickname's The Octopus'',” Ms Dent recalled.</p> <p>“He does that sort of thing all the time to make-up artists and he doesn't keep his hands to himself. He's like an octopus but because he puts his hands everywhere.”</p> <p>Ms Dent says that when the day of horror was over for her, it was her job to remove all makeup from Harris’ face. </p> <p>“There was absolutely no way I was going back into the makeup room by myself. I felt unsafe. I knew I was putting myself at physical risk if I went into the room alone with him,” she said. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd-QvsnHh9I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd-QvsnHh9I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by sinti mosi 🎛 (@sintimosi)</a> on Jan 15, 2018 at 6:05am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“If he was going to behave like that in a room full of people, who knows what he would have done in a room with me alone. I was not stupid.</p> <p>“I decided to hide in a broom cupboard. I could see up the hallway, and I saw him standing there waiting for me. </p> <p>“Eventually the bosses came down and assumed I'd already left, so he was escorted out the door.'</p> <p>When Harris was charged for his crimes, it came as little to surprise to Ms. Dent, and immediately contacted British authorities to see how she could help to prosecute during the trial in the following year. </p> <p>“I didn't need to come forward for me, because it wasn't about me. I came forward to support the women who were little girls,” Ms Dent said.</p> <p>“'I came forward for the women who were little girls when they were molested by Rolf Harris.</p> <p>“All I had to do was tell the truth about a man who couldn't keep his hands off me, and what it was like and how he behaved.”</p> <p>“They were little girls and there were other things that he did that he shouldn't have done, physical things, invasive things, that is just line crossing.”</p> <p>Thanks to Ms Dent and other women’s accounts with similar experiences, Harris was found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault, and was sentenced to five years and nine months in jail in 2014. </p> <p> “There are women from, I think, four or five different countries around the world who say that it did [happen] and we all had very similar stories,” she said. </p> <p> “I was thrilled. I was thrilled for the process. I was happy for his victims, that maybe they would get a little bit of closure now. And be happy that they came forward to tell their story.”</p> <p>Harris, now 89, was released on parole in May 2017 after three years behind bars.</p> <p>He now lives life as a recluse in Berkshire looking after his wife of 61 years, who has Alzheimer’s disease. </p>

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Shock as Sydney grandmother scoops $7 million lottery win

<p>A Sydney grandmother could not be more thrilled with her lottery win of $7 million as she says she plans to sing and dance in the street after the win.</p> <p>She was informed of her new-found wealth by Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw officials.</p> <p>The grandmother won the entire Jackpot Prize, which totalled $6,870,000 ($NZD 7,294,566).</p> <p>"My husband is still working, he isn't going to believe this. He can finally retire!" the woman told lottery officials over the phone, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/sydney-grandmother-scoops-dollar7-million-lottery-win/ar-BBWXPLt?li=AAgfYrC" target="_blank">MSN</a>.</em></p> <p>"This news has made my day, my year and we will have the best Christmas of our life! </p> <p>"We will drink champagne and dance to celebrate!"</p> <p>The woman bought the winning ticket at Foodworks in Tennyson Point, and the owner of the store, Mohammed Nawaz, is thrilled as well.</p> <p>"We've sold a Lucky Lotteries 1st Prize in the past and a division one winning entry in Monday and Wednesday Lotto but this is by far the biggest prize we've ever sold," said Mr Nawaz.  </p> <p>"We are thrilled. We will be telling all of our customers and we'll organise a celebration with all of our staff.  </p> <p>"We wish the winner all the best with her prize."</p> <p>However, if you plan on going out and trying to get the winning ticket, Oz Lotteries have warned punters that the chance of winning the jackpot is one in 18,385,876.</p>

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“Completely deluded”: Fiery backlash after Israel Folau linked Aussie bushfires to abortion and same-sex marriage

<p>Ex-Wallabies star Israel Folau ruffled feathers after claiming that the bushfires that have devastated Australia and left six dead are God’s punishment for legalising abortion and same-sex marriage.</p> <p>The 10-minute recording has Folau, 30, saying that the timing of the bushfire crisis is no coincidence, but a taste of God’s judgement should nothing change.</p> <p>“I’ve been looking around at the events that’s been happening in Australia, this past couple of weeks, with all the natural disasters, the bushfires and the droughts,” he says.</p> <p>He then reads from the Book of Isaiah in the Bible: “The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore, earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.”</p> <p>Folau continued with his sermon, saying that it’s okay to “murder” unborn children.</p> <p>“The events that have happened here in Australia, in the last couple of years – God’s word says for a man and a woman to be together … they’ve come and changed this law,” he says.</p> <p>“Abortion, it’s OK now to murder, kill infants, unborn children.”</p> <p>“Look how rapid these bushfires these droughts, all these things have come in a short period of time. Do you think it’s a coincidence or not?</p> <p>“God is speaking to you guys. Australia, you need to repent and take these laws and turn it back to what is right.”</p> <p>Many have hit back at his comments, including a Twitter account run by “God”.</p> <p>“Don’t tell me how to do My job, Izzy. I don’t go to your job and … oh wait, you don’t have a job anymore,” the Twitter account “TheTweetofGod” wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Don't tell me how to do My job, Izzy. I don't go to your job and... oh wait, you don't have a job anymore.<br /><a href="https://t.co/B9nnjYNg5l">https://t.co/B9nnjYNg5l</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/smh?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@smh</a></p> — God (@TheTweetOfGod) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTweetOfGod/status/1196232777676386305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">18 November 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Hillsong Church Founder Brian Houston tweeted a message of support to Australians impacted by the bushfires, with a shot at Folau saying:</p> <p>“Pray for your Nation, don’t condemn it.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Pray for your Nation, don’t condemn it. 🇦🇺<br /><br />John 3:17.<br />“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” <a href="https://t.co/MWT0cSGXB3">https://t.co/MWT0cSGXB3</a></p> — Brian Houston (@BrianCHouston) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrianCHouston/status/1196323979134263297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">18 November 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Ex-Ireland rugby player Allan Quinlan told<span> </span><em>Off The Ball</em><span> </span>that Folau has “lost the plot”.</p> <p>“It’s becoming sad at this stage. This guy is obviously completely deluded,” Quinlan said. “It’s shocking bulls*** that he is continuously preaching to people. Some will argue that it is just him preaching in his church, but he knows it is going to get out.</p> <p>“I’d say now, aside from believing any of this stuff, he’s damaging his case against Rugby Australia even more so, and I don’t think he’ll ever win that case.</p> <p>“People talk about free speech, but this is crazy speech. He’s saying it is out of love, but people have died here – Jesus, did you ever hear such crap in all your life?! There’s no way back for this guy now.”</p> <p>Even Prime Minister Scott Morrison denounced the comments from Folau.</p> <p>“I thought these were appallingly insensitive comments,” Morrison said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/fiery-reaction-after-israel-folau-links-australian-bushfires-to-same-sex-marriage/news-story/35d07139e6ba4b69fae67a3388071a97" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>“They were appalling comments and he is a free citizen, he can say whatever he likes. But that doesn’t mean he can’t have regard to the grievous offence this would have caused to people whose homes have been burnt down.</p> <p>“And I’m sure to many Christians around Australia for whom that is not their view at all and who’s thoughts and prayers, let me stress, are very much with those who are suffering.”</p>

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Prince Andrew accused of using N-word in meeting just days after BBC interview

<p>Prince Andrew has been accused of using the “n-word” in a meeting at Buckingham Palace with a Downing Street adviser who is of Sri Lankan descent.</p> <p>Tech founder and adviser Rohan Silva was a key economic aide for former British Prime Minister David Cameron. Silva claims that the Duke of York used the word during a meeting in which Silva raised a question about the Department of Trade.</p> <p>Mr Silva said Prince Andrew responded: “Well, if you’ll pardon the expression, that really is the n***** in the woodpile.”</p> <p>“I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t do anything about it — I felt overawed and extremely conscious of the gulf in status between the two of us. The meeting ended shortly afterwards, and I remember distinctly how I walked blinking into the sunshine outside Buckingham Palace, reeling at the prince’s use of language,” Mr Silva wrote in the <a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/prince-andrew-rohan-silva-language-a4289571.html" target="_self"><em>London Evening Standard.</em></a></p> <p>Palace sources have denied Prince Andrew used the phrase.</p> <p>It comes as the Duke of York is facing calls to submit to questioning by US authorities under oath over his friendship with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.</p> <p>The Duke of York took part in a hour-long interview with<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtBS8COhhhM" target="_blank">BBC Newsnight</a></em> in which he said he did not regret his friendship with Epstein and denied having met or had sex with Virginia Roberts.</p> <p>He also defended his decision to invite Jeffrey Epstein to Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday and said he could not have had sex with Roberts on the night she alleged because he was at a pizza restaurant in Woking.</p> <p>Spencer Kuvin, a lawyer for three of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims said that it was “depressing” that Prince Andrew did not seem to grasp the victims’ perspective.</p> <p>"A man that has been to all three of Epstein’s homes can’t avoid seeing what had been going on in those homes and girls being shuttled in and out,” he told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z/episodes/player" target="_blank">BBC’s Today</a></em><span> </span>show.</p> <p>“It’s sad that powerful, wealthy and influential people are not owning up to their responsibilities with respect to the victims that are out there."</p> <p>"The mere fact that he was friends with a convicted sex offender and chose to continue his relationship with him – it just shows a lack of acknowledgment of the breadth of what this man [Epstein] did to these girls," he said.</p> <p>"The government has failed them, the prosecutors have failed them, the US Attorney's Office has failed them, the politicians have failed them – now royalty has failed them.”</p> <p>"It's just by now empty promises. So, unfortunately they're not very hopeful but they will continue the fight."</p>

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“God is speaking to you”: Israel Folau preaches that bushfires and drought are God’s punishment for abortion and same-sex marriage

<p>Israel Folau has caused further outrage by suggesting that the current bushfires and drought that is ravaging Australia is God’s punishment for legalising same-sex marriage and abortion.</p> <p>Folau spoke at The Truth of Jesus Christ Church in Kenshurt, north west of Sydney.</p> <p>“The message I mainly want to speak about today is mainly for the people who are outside within the world,” he began. “I’ve been looking around at the events that have been happening around Australia in the last couple of weeks with the bushfires and the droughts and all these things that are currently happening.”</p> <p>"I'm doing this out of love for people to be able to hear this message and receive it with open hearts."</p> <p>He said that Australians could solve the problems within the country by repealing these laws.</p> <p>"I am speaking to Australia - they have changed this law and changed the ordinance," he said.</p> <p>"They have changed that law and legalised same-sex marriage and now those things are okay in society, going against the laws of what God says.</p> <p>“Abortion - it's okay now to murder and kill infants, unborn children, and they deem that to be okay,” he continued.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F592277641115135%2Fvideos%2F528446637884157%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=267" width="267" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>"This scripture is speaking to Australia. You have changed the law and changed the ordinance. Look how rapid these bushfires, these droughts, all these things that came in a short period time.</p> <p>"You think it's a coincidence or not? God is speaking to you guys, Australia, you need to repent and you need to take these laws and turn it back to following what is right by God, what God says in his word."</p> <p>Many people have been outraged by his comments, as four people have died in NSW alone and bushfires continue to threaten homes in NSW and QLD.</p> <p>However, Folau warned that the worst is yet to come.</p> <p>"What you see out there in the world, it's only a little taste of what God's judgment is like," he said.</p> <p>"The news now are saying that these bushfires are the worst they've ever seen in Australia - they haven’t even seen anything."</p> <p>Longtime supporter and 2GB radio host Alan Jones is usually a fan of Folau, but has quickly urged him to “button up”.</p> <p>“Israel is a lovely human being, I know him well. Israel, button up. Button up.</p> <p>“These comments don’t help.”</p>

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“I don’t drink or sweat”: Prince Andrew denies allegations from Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Roberts

<p>In a new interview on<span> </span><em>BBC Newsnight</em>, Prince Andrew, 59, has denied that he ever had sex with Jeffrey Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Roberts.</p> <p>The Duke of York was grilled by Emily Maitlis during an<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtBS8COhhhM" target="_blank">hour-long show</a></p> <p>, where he continued to deny any allegations, despite there being photographic evidence of Roberts and Prince Andrew together.</p> <p>He maintains that he does not recall meeting Roberts and did not spend time with her at a nightclub in London on March 10 in 2001 where she claims they first had sex.</p> <p>Prince Andrew denies sleeping with her as he was at a pizza party with his daughter Beatrice back in 2001.</p> <p>“I was with the children and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at I suppose sort of 4 or 5 in the afternoon,” Prince Andrew said.</p> <p>“And then because the Duchess was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other one is there.</p> <p>“I was on terminal leave at the time from the Royal Navy so therefore I was at home.”</p> <p>Interviewer Maitlis asked why he remembers that specific evening so distinctly.</p> <p>“Because going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do.</p> <p>“I’ve only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly.”</p> <p>Roberts described their encounter in 2001 in vivid detail, saying that Prince Andrew had been “sweating” as they danced at the nightclub.</p> <p>However, the Duke of York denied these claims too as he said that he doesn’t sweat.</p> <p>“There’s a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat at the time.</p> <p>“I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falkland’s War when I was shot at and it was almost impossible for me to sweat,” he explained.</p> <p>“And it’s only because I have done a number of things in the recent past that I am starting to be able to do that again. So I’m afraid to say that there’s a medical condition that says that I didn’t do it.”</p> <p>However, when the interviewer asked about that specific photo, Prince Andrew said it was “definitely him”.</p> <p>“Oh it’s definitely me, I mean that’s a picture of me. I don’t believe it’s a picture of me in London because when I go out in London, I wear a suit and a tie,” he said.</p> <p>“That’s what I would describe as my travelling clothes if I’m going to go overseas. There’s plenty of photographs of me dressed in that sort of kit but not there.”</p> <p>Friends close to the Duke of York have said they have doubts about the photo’s legitimacy as the hand around Robert’s waist does “not look right”.</p>

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Harry and Meghan release adorable new Archie photo to celebrate Prince Charles’ birthday

<p>Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have released an adorable new photo of baby Archie to mark Prince Charles’ birthday.</p> <p>The photo was shared to their nearly 10 million Instagram followers on Thursday morning UK time.</p> <p>It shows the Prince holding his only son during his Christening in July as his doting grandfather admires from afar. “Happy birthday to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales – Sir, Pa, Grandpa!” read the caption.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B41zRstlfEY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B41zRstlfEY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Happy birthday to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales - Sir, Pa, Grandpa! 🎂 Photo credit: Chris Allerton © SussexRoyal</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Nov 14, 2019 at 1:22am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Prince of Wales has turned 71 and is currently the longest-serving heir apparent in British history.</p> <p>The new mum and dad have been extremely overprotective of their newborn, with Archie only being shown to the public a handful of times in recent months, including on their recent trip to South Africa.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the adorable photos of baby Archie.</p>

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Entire cast of long-running TV soap axed unexpectedly

<p>The cast of the popular and long running soap opera known as<span> </span><em>Days of Our Lives </em>have reportedly been released from their contracts as the series’ future is uncertain.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://tvline.com/2019/11/12/days-of-our-lives-cancelled-cast-fired-season-56/" target="_blank">TVLine</a></em>, the entire cast was released from their contracts and the show is expected to go on an indefinite hiatus at the end of November.</p> <p>Representatives for NBC and Sony have declined to comment on the speculation, but fans are worried as the move comes at a time where Sony and NBC are in negotiations to renew series.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BzLxWGUFU7M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BzLxWGUFU7M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">We loved seeing this #DAYS family reunion. ❤️ 📸: @alisweeney</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nbcdays/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Days of our Lives</a> (@nbcdays) on Jun 26, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>An insider for Sony has said that the studio isn’t involved in the contract negotiations with the cast as “the actor deals are through Corday Productions”.</p> <p>“It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move,” said one insider to<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://tvline.com/2019/11/12/days-of-our-lives-cancelled-cast-fired-season-56/" target="_blank">TVLine</a></em>. “If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”</p> <p>Despite low ratings and the soap opera genre being in decline, NBC have said that they would like to keep the show.</p> <p>“All indications are that NBC would like to keep the show going,” an insider confirmed.</p> <p>The news comes just days after the<span> </span><em>Days of Our Lives</em><span> </span>soap opera is shaking things up on-screen.</p> <p>This week’s episode is fast-forwarding the show’s timeline by one year.</p> <p>“This is a great way to reset things in Salem,” executive producer Ken Corday told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tvinsider.com/828413/days-of-our-lives-time-jump-hattie-marlena-john-black/" target="_blank"><em>TVInsider</em></a><span> </span>of the time jump. “It will be a catalyst for many more [changes] to follow.”</p> <p><em>Days of Our Lives</em><span> </span>has been on the smaller screens since 1965 and has aired 13,705 episodes to date. The show is in its 56th season.</p>

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“We’ve hatched the plan”: Kelsey Grammer excited about potential Frasier revival

<p>With what was arguably the most successful spin-off in television history, it’s safe to say that fans are thrilled with the news that Frasier Crane might be returning to the small screen.</p> <p>Frasier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammer, is entertaining the idea of returning to his iconic and neurotic character.</p> <p>"My hope is that we can bring it back," he said excitedly.</p> <p>"We're shopping for the right idea because I don’t think we should just pick up where we left off. Will and Grace has done a continuation, which is like the next day after they were last on the air–they picked up right where they left off. I don't think that's appropriate for <em>Frasier,</em>"<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a26835452/kelsey-grammer-frasier-crane-revival-pay-tribute-late-john-mahoney/" target="_blank"> he explained to </a><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a26835452/kelsey-grammer-frasier-crane-revival-pay-tribute-late-john-mahoney/" target="_blank">This Morning</a>.</em></p> <p>"He was leaving town at the end of the show previously, he was going to go and explore his life in Chicago with his new lady love. Whether that went badly or it went swimmingly, who knows, these are all themes we need to settle on and figure out what he's going to do next."</p> <p>This isn’t the first time that fans of the show have been teased with news, as Grammer said that he has approved a tentative story for the show. However, a network hasn’t been secured.</p> <p>“We’ve got it hatched. We’ve hatched the plan, what we think is the right way to go,” he said,<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/kelsey-grammer-says-frasier-reboot-will-happen-in-2020.html" target="_blank"> during an appearance on <em>In Depth With Graham Bensinger</em></a>.</p> <p>“We’re sort of on standby a little bit. Working out a couple of possible network deals that we’re circling. Frasier is sort of in a second position to that at this point. So there’s still stuff going on. But a revisit to Frasier, Frasier’s world is I think definitely going to come.”</p> <p>While official details are slim at this point, Grammer has admitted that he wants a full cast reunion if possible.</p> <p>"We would need to deal with [Mahoney's passing] within the storytelling, but I'd want everybody back, if they want to come back," <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a26812750/fraser-reboot-kelsey-grammer/" target="_blank">he said</a>.</p> <p>This would mean his brother Niles, played by David Hyde Pierce, would be returning to the show.</p> <p>Grammer has also confirmed that Frasier has moved on from his role on the radio.</p> <p>"He’s passed the radio show. He might be an art dealer he might be a professor. We don’t know yet," <a rel="noopener" href="https://ew.com/tv/2019/02/12/frasier-revival-kelsey-grammer-james-corden/" target="_blank">Grammer told James Corden during an appearance on the <em>Late, Late Show.</em></a></p>

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​Never before seen images of William Tyrrell show heartbreaking final moments

<p>Never-before-seen footage has been released of missing boy, William Tyrrell, which shows him in a happy moment with his family the night before he disappeared from his grandmother’s house. </p> <p>The NSW deputy state coroner Harriet Grahame has released CCTV stills of William and his family grabbing a bite to eat from a McDonald’s on September, 11 2014 - just a day before he vanished.</p> <p>At the time, William, his sister and foster parents were travelling up from Sydney to stay at William's foster grandmother's home in Kendall, on the state's north coast. </p> <p>The security footage shows the family pop into Heatherbrae McDonalds which is a well known rest stop for travellers near Newcastle. </p> <p>They stopped at around 6:26 PM. </p> <p>The family leave about 6.40 pm and detectives have noted a vehicle “appears to be parked in the vicinity of the top middle of the CCTV frame”.</p> <p>The footage however is seemingly unremarkable with the family ordering food and sitting down to eat while William’s foster dad collected napkins and straws. </p> <p>The police noted the clan left “with both William Tyrrell and the female foster carer stopping to place something in the bin.”</p> <p>“William then runs off to catch up to the male foster carer”.</p> <p>The foster mother of William told an inquest he was playing “tiger” in his grandma’s yard when he went quiet. </p> <p>He has never been seen since and police suspect the child was abducted by a stranger. </p> <p>No arrests have been made. </p> <p>The new footage released in response to a media application and there were pictures also released which belonged to one of the first officers involved in the case. </p> <p>Senior constable Wendy Hudson revealed the details of the initial search for William and his family’s reaction. </p> <p>Ms Hudson said she took the family to a nearby beach, in plain clothes, which people looked for William on September 16. </p> <p>“We travelled a distance up the beach before stopping. We searched for shells with (William's sister),” Ms Hudson said. </p> <p>“(The) male foster carer became upset and stood down near the water. I played in the sand with (William's sister) and we built a sand castle.</p> <p>“Female foster carer joined us after spending some time with male foster carer, male foster carer then joined us placing a large stick into our sand castle.”</p> <p>The Tyrrell inquest reopens for public hearings in March next year.  </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the CCTV footage released of William Tyrrell just a day before he went missing. </p>

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Royal Family’s emotional gathering for Remembrance Sunday memorial

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen shed a heartfelt tear for Britain’s war heroes at a Remembrance Sunday service. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Britain fell silent, Her Majesty watched on alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of the Cenotaph in Central London. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royals saw the traditional wreath-laying service as Prince Charles laid a wreath of poppies on behalf of their 93-year-old mother as thousands gathered around in Whitehall for the ceremony. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Duchess Meghan attended the event alongside her husband Prince Harry and stood alongside Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other high profile politicians were also in attendance including Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Commons leader Jacob Rees Mogg. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A two-minute silence was observed across the UK at 11am. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The silence was swiftly followed by the firing of a gun by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over 10,000 veterans then marched past the memorial following the service.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Royal Family’s official Instagram account shared a quote from English poet John Maxwell Edmonds which read: "When you go Home, tell them of us and say, For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see the Royal Family attending the Remembrance Sunday service. </span></p>

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William Shatner hits out at millennials in Twitter feud

<p>William Shatner has hit out at millennials after being called a “boomer” on Twitter.</p> <p>The <em>Star Trek </em>actor waded into a intergenerational row after one Twitter user replied to his post with “OK Boomer”.</p> <p>According to the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-07/how-the-phrase-ok-boomer-suddenly-went-all-over-the-internet/11680868">ABC</a></em>, the popular catchphrase is generally used to respond to “what’s perceived to be some older people’s sense of entitlement, outdated ways of thinking, or condescending attitudes towards younger generations”.</p> <p>The 88-year-old actor does not fall into the baby boomer generation, which includes people being born between 1946 and 1964.</p> <p>Shatner responded to the “Boomer” comment: “Sweetheart, that’s a compliment for me.”</p> <p>“I’m not really into pejoratives, but what’s the term for people when they can’t interpret a joke?” the user replied.</p> <p>“Millennial?” Shatner hit back.</p> <p>Shatner wrote on another post, “I feel it’s like one of those childish insults in fandom that seem to affect the delicate types to the point they meltdown and go over the rest of our heads as something ridiculous.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Sweetheart, that’s a compliment for me. 😘 <a href="https://t.co/djCtjiGBwr">https://t.co/djCtjiGBwr</a></p> — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/1192087298877247488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 6, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>One user explained that the line was directed at “boomers who don’t realise that the hardships that the millennials inherited are not their fault”, and that the younger generation “are trying to survive a world that has all but been destroyed and that doesn’t make them lazy”.</p> <p>Shatner replied, “And the meek shall inherit... is that all your generation does is point fingers and blame others for their pity parties? You don’t get a participation trophy for life; you take what you get and play your best hand. It’s been that way since forever.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">🤣👇🏻 And the meek shall inherit... is that all your generation does is point fingers and blame others for their pity parties? You don’t get a participation trophy for life; you take what you get and play your best hand. It’s been that way since forever. 🙄 <a href="https://t.co/aUyVVUIfTK">https://t.co/aUyVVUIfTK</a></p> — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/1192115660131713025?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 6, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The phrase “OK Boomer”, which has been widely used on the internet, gained greater public recognition after 25-year-old MP Chloe Swarbick used the line in New Zealand parliament when speaking in support of the Jacinda Ardern government’s Zero Carbon Bill.</p> <p>"In the year 2050, I will be 56 years old. Yet, right now, the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old,” she said.</p> <p>"Mr Speaker, how many world leaders, for how many decades have seen and known what is coming but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep it behind closed doors. My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury.”</p>

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Duchess Kate's brother shares “first family photo” in beautiful post

<p>James Middleton has thanked the public for the endless support they've shown towards him since he opened up about his sad mental health struggles. </p> <p>In a heartfelt Instagram post, the brother of the Duchess of Cambridge said he was “truly touched” by the “incredible support” he’s received since candidly calling his depression an intense “cancer of mind” in January. </p> <p>“Today I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for the incredible support shown towards my speaking publicly about my illness. Depression,” Middleton, 32, wrote. </p> <p>He is also diagnosed with dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). </p> <p>In the sweet post featuring his 30-year-old financial analyst fiance, Alizee Thevent, and his beloved dogs, he added: “It would be a full time job to reply to each person, but know I’m truly touched by the messages &amp; those that have shared their stories and journeys with me.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4kPJDDAVsR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4kPJDDAVsR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by James Middleton (@jmidy)</a> on Nov 7, 2019 at 5:39am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Since opening up about his struggle with depression and admitting he contemplated suicide before following in his big sisters, Duchess Kate’s mental health lead, he revealed he has made an unusual hobby out of beekeeping so his mind has “a chance to escape.”</p> <p>“I’m fascinated by the little creatures,” he wrote in August. </p> <p>“From their waggle dance to the queen laying her own body weight in eggs a day… there‘s a lot to be said about these humble little creatures.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1giweNgnpt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1giweNgnpt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by James Middleton (@jmidy)</a> on Aug 23, 2019 at 6:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Not that long ago I had forgotten what it was like to laugh with genuine happiness- today I don’t have to pretend to smile,” Middleton wrote while posing alongside his beaming fiance. </p> <p>“I am not cured from depression – I don’t think there is one,” he added. </p> <p>“However, I have learnt the tools to keep control, every day I look after my mental health as much as I do my physical health. </p> <p>“And remember as one wise person once said, ‘Life is about the journey, not the destination.’”</p>

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The surprisingly ruthless approach Princess Diana took to her wedding guest list

<p><span>The wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer was one of the most watched events in royal history, attracting an audience of 750 million people around the globe.</span><span> </span></p> <p>Therefore, it’s safe to say that if you received an invitation to the wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, you were of great importance to the Crown or to the couple.</p> <p>The royal guest list included 2,000 people, but Lady Diana’s family were only allowed to invite a small percentage of attendees.</p> <p>According to a late royal biographer, Lady Diana was ruthless in deciding who made the cut.</p> <p>Journalist and historian Kenneth Rose observed major events of the 20th Century closely and recorded them in his journals.<span> </span>Who Loses, Who Wins: The Journals of Kenneth Rose: Volume Two 1979 – 2014<span> </span>has now been released after Roses’ death in 2014.</p> <p>In an entry dated August 8, 1981, Rose wrote about the royal wedding, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/10-bombshells-from-royal-biographers-secret-diary-including-service-to-lay-dianas-ghost-to-rest/" target="_blank">People</a>.</em></p> <p>"The Spencers were given 50 seats for St Paul's.</p> <p>"When Johnnie [Princess Diana's father] showed Diana his draft list, she crossed out all the family who had not bothered to come to the weddings of her sisters!</p> <p>"One day she will be very formidable."</p> <p>However, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses in Roses’ journals as by the summer of her wedding year, Diana’s boredom became clear to visitors of Balmoral.</p> <p>“The Prince [Charles] goes out at nine to shoot or fish, and she does not see him again until seven,” wrote Rose. [Duke Hussey who was married to the Queen’s lady-in-waiting] “wonders if he will make a sufficiently good king: he thinks not. The prince is too immature, and the contrast with the firm style of the Queen will be most marked.”</p>

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"They threatened us": ABC "quashed" story about Jeffrey Epstein due to pressure from British Royal family

<p>In a leaked footage released Tuesday, US anchor Amy Robach said her network “quashed” a story about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein due to threats from the British royal family.</p> <p>Robach, reporter and anchor for ABC America, is seen in the clip speaking about her frustration that the network did not air her 2015 interview with one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre (formerly Virginia Roberts).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">WE NEED YOU <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VeritasArmy?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VeritasArmy</a>! <br /><br />Sign the petition, DEMAND ANSWERS: <a href="https://t.co/hGPzzXgbnT">https://t.co/hGPzzXgbnT</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EpsteinCoverup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EpsteinCoverup</a> <a href="https://t.co/qKGA8mst7b">pic.twitter.com/qKGA8mst7b</a></p> — Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Project_Veritas/status/1191746719714811904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In the video, Robach said she was told, “Who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.”</p> <p>Robach also said the British Royal Palace pressured ABC not to air her interview with Giuffre.</p> <p>“The Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways,” she said.</p> <p>She suggested the network feared that airing the interview would hurt the network’s ability to gain an interview with Prince William and Duchess Kate.</p> <p>“We were so afraid that we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will. That also quashed the story.”</p> <p>Robach said Giuffre had given her news crew “everything”, including photographic evidence.</p> <p>“She was in hiding for 12 years, we convinced her to come out, we convinced her to talk to us. It was unbelievable what we had,” Robach said.</p> <p>“I tried for three years to get it on to no avail and now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations and I freaking had all of it.</p> <p>“Brad Edwards [Giuffre’s lawyer], the attorney, three years ago saying, ‘There will come a day, when we will realise Jeffrey Epstein was the most prolific paedophile this country had ever known.’ I had it all three years ago.”</p> <p>Project Veritas, a conservative organisation which released the clip, said it came from an “ABC insider”.</p> <p>Following the video’s release, ABC denied that outside pressure influenced the network’s decision to reject the 2015 story.</p> <p>“At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story,” ABC News said in a statement Tuesday.</p> <p>“As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration,” Robach said.</p> <p>“I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia [Giuffre] didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations. My comments about Prince Andrew and her allegation that she had seen Bill Clinton on Epstein’s private island were in reference to what Virginia [Giuffre] said in that interview in 2015.”</p> <p>In an interview published by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.npr.org/2019/08/22/753390385/a-dead-cat-a-lawyers-call-and-a-5-figure-donation-how-media-fell-short-on-epstei" target="_blank">NPR</a> in August, Giuffre said she “viewed the ABC interview as a potential game-changer”.</p> <p>“Appearing on ABC with its wide viewership would have been the first time for me to speak out against the government for basically looking the other way and to describe the anger and betrayal victims felt.”</p> <p>Epstein was arrested in July on sex trafficking charges and died in prison the following month.</p> <p>Epstein had been associated with Prince Andrew and former US president Bill Clinton. Both the prince and Clinton have <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/prince-andrew-finally-breaks-silence-on-friendship-with-jeffrey-epstein" target="_blank">denied</a> any knowledge of Epstein’s crimes and illicit activities.</p>

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“She takes it very personally”: Donald Trump’s take on Duchess Meghan

<p><span>US president Donald Trump said he “can understand” Duchess Meghan’s struggle with media scrutiny.</span></p> <p><span>In an interview aired on London-based radio station LBC, Trump was asked by host and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage if he felt “sorry” for the Duchess of Sussex who is “saying that the press is being really unfair”.</span></p> <p><span>“I’ve been watching her interviews and I’ve seen it and she’s taken it very personally,” Trump said.</span></p> <p><span>“I guess she had to be a little bit different than that, but she takes it very, very personally and I can understand it.”</span></p> <p><span>The president said he did not “know her” but had met with her husband Prince Harry during a state visit to the UK in June.</span></p> <p><span>"I will say I met Harry, he’s great, I met him when I was over … that was what, 5 months ago now, how time flies,” Trump said.</span></p> <p><span>“But I got to meet Harry and he really was a fine young man.”</span></p> <p><span>In a documentary that aired last week, Duchess Meghan said living in the public eye as a new mother is a “<a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/you-knew-exactly-what-you-were-doing-talk-show-host-bashes-duchess-meghan">struggle</a>”.</span></p> <p><span>“When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it, because the British tabloids will destroy your life’,” the Duchess said in the film.</span></p> <p><span>This week, 72 female MPs released an open letter condemning the “distasteful and misleading nature of stories” about the Duchess in the British tabloids.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Women MPs from all political parties have put aside our differences to stand in solidarity with the Duchess of Sussex today and are sending her this open letter. <a href="https://t.co/ytLHG5qPf4">pic.twitter.com/ytLHG5qPf4</a></p> — Holly Lynch MP (@HollyLynch5) <a href="https://twitter.com/HollyLynch5/status/1189175248035483648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span>The letter – which was directed to the Duchess – read, “As women MPs of political persuasions, we wanted to express our solidarity with you in taking a stand against the often distasteful and misleading nature of the stories printed in our national newspapers concerning you, your character and your family.”</span></p>

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“Dangerous nuisance animal”: Man accused of ripping kookaburra's head off named and shamed

<p>The lawyer for a Perth man who is alleged to have ripped the head off beloved Kevin the Kookaburra has called the bird a “dangerous nuisance animal” that should have been dealt with by the Parkerville Tavern much earlier.</p> <p>The Parkerville Tavern is where the man is alleged to have grabbed the local favourite known as Kevin, ripped his head off and thrown the bird under the table.</p> <p>Ross Williamson said that his client Daniel Welfare had left the country after a barrage of death threats and attacks over last week’s killing via social media.</p> <p>However, Williamson would not confirm whether or not his client was guilty of being responsible for the death of Kevin.</p> <p>He has also issued restraining orders to two women who he has accused of issuing an “online vigilante campaign” against his client.</p> <p>However, the women said that they will not stop until Welfare is brought to justice.</p> <p>Tania Scheulin, witness to the incident, has been outspoken about this.</p> <p>“I will never stop until the person that did this has some repercussions for it, charged by police or gets a fine.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">There's a new development in the case of a kookaburra that had its head ripped off at a Hills pub. <a href="https://twitter.com/kamingock?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KaminGock</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9News</a> <a href="https://t.co/TQe8N6qICt">pic.twitter.com/TQe8N6qICt</a></p> — Nine News Perth (@9NewsPerth) <a href="https://twitter.com/9NewsPerth/status/1189124300785123329?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, Williamson has said that he has previous information relating to Kevin’s behaviour at the Tavern and that kookaburras are an invasive species in WA.</p> <p>"The kookaburra is an invasive species in WA," he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-kevin-the-kookaburra-beheaded-man-leaves-australia-death-threats-crime-news-wa-australia/e3c92ab2-5af5-4df1-bca7-c5b5f9089de2" target="_blank">9News</a></em>.</p> <p>"Until recently you could shoot them with impunity and people used to do that and get a community service award for doing that sort of thing.</p> <p>"This particular bird I have reports about. It has attacked children. It's injured the faces of children... this bird is - or was - a dangerous nuisance animal and the Parkerville Tavern should have done something to deal with it."</p> <p>He has also criticised the state government’s role in the case.</p> <p>"I noticed the Police Commissioner, with the Police Minister at his side, called a press conference saying they are going to prosecute my client over the demise of a pest - a harmful, nuisance bird," he said.</p> <p>"I hear nothing about the police investigating and prosecuting people for making threats to harm, kill and rape my clients.</p> <p>"I call on the police to do that - to investigate this criminal vigilante."</p>

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“That is not activism”: Barack Obama quick to call out keyboard warriors

<p>Barack Obama spoke at the Obama Foundation’s annual summit in Chicago and spoke about the state of politics and activism within the US as well as the ‘woke’ culture that continues to grow in the world of politics.</p> <p>Being ‘woke’ means being aware or attentive to injustices in society and some people use being ‘woke’ to ‘cancel’ people who do things wrong, whether that be spelling mistakes in tweets or using the wrong word to describe something.</p> <p>The former US President was quizzed and got passionate about those who are ‘politically woke’.</p> <p>“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly,” he said, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/barack-obama-says-politically-woke-should-get-over-themselves/news-story/3500ce14ebfaaa2d4674556e2fcc1769" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>“The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting with may love their kids and share certain things with you.”</p> <p>He was also quick to mention the issue with young people thinking that they can spark change by pointing out spelling mistakes.</p> <p>“One danger I see among young people particularly on college campuses is that I do get a sense among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough,” Mr Obama said.</p> <p>“Like if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right, or used the wrong verb, then I consider that I can feel pretty good about myself because, ‘man did you see how woke I was, I called you out’,” Mr Obama said, prompting laughter in the crowd.</p> <p>“That is not activism, that is not bringing about change.</p> <p>“If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7832154/obama-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/836c492da6f6498a9ce70d8c9f5decf0" /></p> <p>Former first lady Michelle Obama also spoke about the US’s problems with racism.</p> <p>“Families like ours — upstanding families like ours who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better — as we moved in, white folks moved out because they were afraid of what our families represented,” she said.</p> <p>“I always stop there when I talk about this out in the world because I want to remind white folks, ya’ll were running from us. This family. This family with all the values you read about, you were running from us.</p> <p>“And you still running, because we’re no different from the immigrant families that are moving in. the families that are coming from other places to try to do better.”</p> <p>“I can’t make people not afraid of black people,” she said.</p> <p>“But maybe if I show up every day as a human, a good human, maybe that work will pick away at the scabs of your discrimination.”</p>

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The Chase’s “The Beast” stuns fans and shows off huge weight loss

<p>The Chase’s Mark Labbett has revealed his much slimmer figure after saying he’s trying to save his marriage to his wife Katie after their split in May.</p> <p>The 54-year-old’s almost 2 metre high frame and thinner body was obvious to those who saw him at a pub quiz.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D3036103793084336%26set%3Da.320375994657143%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="501" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>His dramatic new look comes a month after he revealed that he’s giving his 26-year-old second cousin and wife a second chance.</p> <p>The husband and wife took a break after Mark discovered that Katie had been cheating on him with another man for more than a year.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvwGqzKHxEl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvwGqzKHxEl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The wife of The Chase star Mark Labbett has been cheating on him for over a year with a 28-year-old, reports claim. It comes after Mark, 53, previously confirmed he and Katie, 26, are second cousins. They found out after meeting that their dads are first cousins. Mark said of the unusual connection: "It wasn't something we were aware of at the time - it was one of those things that happened." His agent declined to comment.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/ladbible/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> LADbible</a> (@ladbible) on Apr 2, 2019 at 4:33am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mark also took to Twitter to reveal that he had lost 15 kilos. The TV star once weighed 171 and detailed in a series of tweets how his body had transformed.</p> <p>"#thechase lost four inches off my chest and six inches off my belly in last six months. So they have bought me a new suit for the show. First target achieved,” he wrote.</p> <p>The weight loss comes after Mark revealed that he turned down<span> </span><em>I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!</em><span> </span>back in 2016 as he didn’t think the basic diet would be substantial enough for him.</p> <p>He joked that he would resort to eating fellow teammates just to survive.</p> <p>He said: “I’ve been asked to do the jungle but the base calorie intake is about 700. Look at me! If I survived a week I’d drop three stone and cannibalism would be on the cards.</p> <p>“On Sugar Free Farm the weight fell off me because I couldn’t eat enough. Does ‘The Chase’ need me big? Put it this way, whenever I start losing weight because I’m doing a fitness kick of whatever, the producers go past me and hand me a second portion of pudding.”</p> <p>In 2017, Mark also appeared on UK panel show<span> </span><em>Loose Women </em>as a part of their male Body Stories campaign. It was here he revealed that he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and had lost 13 kgs.</p> <p>“I’m not going to complain. I’ve done the crime so I’ll do the time,” he candidly admitted.</p>

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