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Princess Anne’s brutal take of Princess Diana ‘lessening stature of Royal Family’

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In The Crown season four, Anne, played by Erin Doherty, is portrayed as being jealous of Diana’s popularity. She moans to the Queen, played by Olivia Colman, how she is always unfavourably compared to the Princess of Wales both in terms of looks and personality. She admits that she would like some praise once in a while, and appears resentful of all the attention Diana gets, while her work is largely ignored.

Anne says: “It’s not easy working in the heat and squalor, doing real work for real charities.

“Do I get as much as a mention in any newspaper? Or a thank you? Do I heck!

“And yet all she has to do is put on a frock and she’s all over all the front pages and everyone’s falling over in shock at how wonderful she is.

“The only other young female in the family, against whom I am always compared.

“Lovely her, dumpy her. Smiling her, grumpy me. Charming her, awful me.”

While the Netflix drama is a work of fiction, these comments were based on real things said by the Princess Royal at the time.

Indeed, these comments are very similar to something she once said to a colleague, according to Harry Arnold, royal reporter for The Sun.

Mr Arnold told the 2002 Channel 4 documentary ‘The Real Princess Anne’ that the Queen’s daughter once said: “I work hard every day.

“I’m never in the paper, no one ever thanks me. All she has to do is show up.”

He added: “I think that sums up their relationship. Diana stole everyone’s limelight and Anne resented it.”

What’s more, it is true that the press often compared the two princesses in a way that was unfavourable for Anne.

For example, Diana started doing charity work with the Red Cross, and her warm, personable way of conducting engagements was a stark contrast to Anne’s stiff, business-like way with Save the Children.

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The media started suggesting that Anne should take a leaf out of Diana’s book, which made her angry, especially because she had been doing this work longer and was doing twice as many engagements as Diana every year.

However, Anne was not only resentful of the attention Diana received, she also reportedly disapproved of her more showbiz attitude and appeal.

Daily Express royal photographer Steve Wood told the documentary that Anne thought Diana ‒ and Sarah Ferguson, affectionately known as Fergie ‒ were “lessening the stature of the Royal Family”.

He said: “She was extremely annoyed when Diana became centre stage and then Fergie became centre stage for a while.

“She said about them behind their backs several times: ‘those girls’,” the last phrase said sneeringly.

Mr Wood added: “She viewed them both as lessening the stature of the Royal Family. Too much tabloid for her.”

Anne was not the only one who appeared to resent Diana for stealing the limelight from other royals.

In The Crown, Diana is aware that Charles resented her taking all the attention during their 1983 tour of Australia.

Indeed, she goes to the Queen with her worries, who suggests that she might have been enjoying the attention “a little too much”.

Likewise, in real life, Charles felt overshadowed by his wife, according to the 2017 Channel 4 documentary ‘The Royal House of Windsor’.

Indeed, part of the reason he liked Camilla Parker Bowles ‒ now the Duchess of Cornwall ‒ is that she was happy to remain in the shadows, rather than steal his thunder.

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UK records lowest daily coronavirus cases figure in almost eight weeks – but deaths 608

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However, deaths from the pathogen are still at a six month high. The number of infections recorded throughout the whole of Britain today was  40 percent fewer than one week ago. The number of infections today showed a drop of 43.6 percent on the 20,051 recorded this time last week.

More to follow…

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London crisis: Sadiq Khan accused of ‘refusing to lift a finger’ as Boris ‘takes control’

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Mr Bailey accused current London mayor Sadiq Khan of “refusing to lift a finger” to sort out the problem of “leaving residents without a safe, reliable river crossing”. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph he added: “It’s not the Government’s job to look after London’s bridges. Funnily enough, that responsibility lies with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

“I asked the Government to step in and take control of restoring the bridge.

“While I’m glad they followed my advice, I’m keeping the pressure on for a temporary road bridge.

“If a temporary road bridge hasn’t been delivered by May next year, I’ll make it my priority as Mayor to build a temporary road bridge and get London moving.”

The news comes as last weekend children had to go on long detours to get to school because the bridge was closed.

Mr Bailey said the total cost of the bridge design that he is proposing will cost £10million.

This is a fraction of the £53million that Mr Johnson spent on his garden bridge across the Thames that was never built.

Mr Johnson’s scheme was cancelled by current Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan in 2017.

Mr Bailey has dubbed his bridge design “Bailey’s Bridge”.

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He is now challenging Mr Khan for letting the current 133-year-old Hammersmith Bridge fall into disrepair.

Last week Government ministers have started the procurement process for a ferry service that will be a replacement for the currently closed bridge.

Now Transport for London is seeking an operator to manage this ferry service.

Transport for London has said they have discarded plans for a temporary road bridge.

This road bridge could be built “for £7million in three months on the grounds of cost, timescale, and feasibility”.

A spokesman for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan rebuked the criticism, but agreed it was right that ministers had stepped in to bail out the bridge repairs.

A spokesman said: “The Mayor and Transport for London will continue working closely with the bridge owners Hammersmith and Fulham Council and the government to find an urgent solution, but it’s time for ministers to put their money where their mouth is.”

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Sophie Wessex title: Why is Sophie Countess of Wessex called the Countess of Forfar?

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, has become hugely popular with royal fans amid the coronavirus pandemic. She is the wife of the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward. Since Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew stepped back from royal life, the Wessexes have taken on a more central role within the Royal Family. But why is she called the Countess of Forfar?

Sophie Rhys-Jones joined the Royal Family in 1999 when she married the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest child Prince Edward.
Prior to joining the Royal Family, she worked in public relations.
But she now works as a full-time working member of the Royal Family.
Edward and Sophie have two children together, Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn, neither of which hold HRH titles.

Unlike any of his brothers, Prince Edward has an earldom rather than a dukedom.

Prince Charles, also known as the Prince of Wales, was made the Duke of Cornwall in 1952.

Prince Andrew was made the Duke of York upon his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986.

In a statement released by the Royal Family at the time of Wessex marriage, it was also revealed any children Sophie and Edward would bear would not receive HRH titles but instead be styled as children of an Earl.

The statement indicated the Royal Family’s intention to one day award Edward the title of Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Edward is expected to inherit the Duke of Edinburgh title after Prince Philip’s death and Prince Charles’ accession.

However, until that point, he holds the titles of Earl of Wessex and Earl of Forfar.

This means Sophie holds the titles of Countess of Wessex and Countess of Forfar.

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To commemorate Edward’s 55th birthday in 2019, the Queen awarded Edward the Earldom of Forfar in Scotland.

This Earldom was first established in 1661, but after the second Earl of Forfar died in 1715 without an heir, it was extinct for more than 300 years.

Forfar is a town in Scotland, located 13 miles north of Dundee.

The town is located close to Glamis Castle, the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and has a population of a little more than 14,000.

Prince Edward’s grandmother the Queen Mother was the daughter of Lord Glamis, the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

Prince Edward was known to be extremely close to his grandmother giving the Earl of Forfar extra significance for him.

The Queen Mother died one year before his first child, Lady Louise, was born.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex use the title of Earl and Countess of Forfar when they visit Scotland.

The Forfar couple visited the town for their first official visit in July 2019.

Prince Edward was given an official Earl of Forfar tartan, which was designed to celebrate their new titles by a firm in the town.

The weave is based on the existing Forfar tartan, which the company designed in 2004 around the colours of the Forfar coat of arms.

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Which royals are the five most important royals according to the Regency Act 1937?

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The Royal Family is subject to many rules including the Regency Act 1937. The Acts of Parliament were passed at various times to provide a regent in the event that the reigning monarch is incapacitated or a minor. But which are the six most important royals according to the Regency Act 1937?

In many other royal houses, the absence of the monarch prompts another member of the Royal Family to step in to become regent.

For example, Queen Margrethe in Denmark is replaced by her son the Crown Prince Frederik as temporary monarch.

But the system for the British Royal family is very different.

If the Queen becomes ill or otherwise incapacitated, two or more members of the Royal Family can stand in for her.

What is the Regency Act 1937?

The Regency Act 1937 is an Act which outlines what happens in the event the sovereign is under 18 years old or the monarch is incapacitated through illness.

The Act outlines how royal functions should be managed in the name and on behalf of the Queen if she is unable to complete her duties.

The Act’s title reads: “An Act to provide that, in the event of a Regency becoming necessary under the Regency Act 1937, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh shall in certain circumstances be the Regent, to provide that the heir apparent or heir presumptive to the Throne shall be deemed for the purposes of that Act to be of full age if he or she has attained the age of eighteen years, to add Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to the persons to whom royal functions may be delegated as Counsellors of State, and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.”

What is a Counsellor of State?

The Counsellors of State are senior members of the Royal Family whom the Queen can delegate and revoke royal functions.

This designation was made through Letters Patent under the Great Seal in a bid to prevent delay or difficulty in the dispatch of public business in the case of their illness or intended or actual absence from the UK.

The Counsellors of State are made up of the Sovereign’s monarch and the first four people, aged 21 and over, in the line of succession.

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The Counsellors can carry out most functions of the Crown, such as attending Privy Council meetings.

In addition, they are able to sign documents on behalf of the monarch.

However, they cannot dissolve Parliament without the Queen’s permission, appoint a Prime Minister, deal with Commonwealth matters or create peerages.

Two or more Councillors of State must preside at any one time, which may pose a problem should the sovereign require assistance in the immediate future.

There are currently five Counsellors of State:

  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – appointed upon the accession of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Prince Charles – replaced Prince Richard of Gloucester when he reached 18 in 1966.
  • Prince William – replaced Princess Anne, Princess Royal when he reached 21 in 2003.
  • Prince Harry – replaced Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, when he reached 21 in 2005.
  • Prince Andrew – replaced Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, when he reached 21 in 1981.

Only two of these royals are currently active working members of the Royal Family.

Prince Philip retired from royal work in 2017 and has since enjoyed his retirement for the most part in Sandringham.

Prince Harry stepped back from the Royal Family earlier this year and is now living with his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in the USA.

Prince Andrew ceased performing royal duties in November 2019 due to his alleged connection to the late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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Princess Margaret cause of death: Did Princess Margaret have cancer?

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Princess Margaret was the youngest daughter of King George VI and Queen Mother Elizabeth. She was the only sibling of the Queen and was second in line to the throne after her father became King. But did Princess Margaret have cancer and what exactly was the cause of her death?

Who was Princess Margaret?

Princess Margaret was the first member of the Royal Family to be born in Scotland for more than 300 years.

At the time she was born, she was fourth in line to the throne.

But after her uncle abdicated, she moved to second in line to the throne.

Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones in May 1960.

Her husband was made Earl of Snowdon and Viscount Linley later that year.

They went on to have two children together: Lord Linley, born in 1961, and Lady Sarah Frances Elizabeth, was born in 1964.

The couple remained married for several years, but their marriage dissolved in May 1978.

In her later years, Princess Margaret suffered from poor health.

She experienced a stroke in February 1998 while at her holiday home in Mustique.

Margaret severely scalded her feet during a bathroom accident 12 months later, which impacted her mobility.

She later required support when walking and was at times restricted to a wheelchair.

Princess Margaret had further strokes in 2000 and 2001.

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The Queens’ sister’s health prevented her from being able to undertake many public engagements in these final years.

Margaret continued to support the work of many of her organisations.

Her last official engagement was a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show on May 21, 2001, and the 80th birthday of Prince Philip on June 10, 2001.

Princess Margaret’s last public appearance was at the 100th birthday of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, in December 2001.

Did Princess Margaret have cancer?

King George VI underwent surgery for lung cancer in the months before he died.

He died five months later on February 6, 1952, leading to her sister becoming the Queen.

Princess Margaret was known to have a good time and she was renowned for her love of smoking and drinking prompting speculation through the years that Margaret developed cancer like her father.

However, Margaret was never diagnosed with cancer.

Princess Margaret, 71, died on February 9, 2002, three days after the anniversary of her father’s death.

She died one day after suffering another stroke which resulted in cardiac problems.

Her funeral took place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and she was cremated at Slough Crematorium.

Her ashes were placed in the tomb of her parents, where her mother was also laid to rest after she died seven weeks after Margaret’s death.

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UK weather LIVE: ‘Severe gales’ and heavy rain to DRENCH Britain this weekend – latest

After a chilly start for the south and east on Friday morning, the weather is expected to turn as the cloudy, breezy weather with outbreaks of rain in the west moves gradually to the east. The Met Office forecast it will become drier to the east of high ground by evening, and tonight is forecast to be “mild with drier spells” for many places, but some heavy rain and gales are also predicted.

Key points: 

  • The Met Office forecast a “chilly start” for the south and east on Friday morning
  • Weather will turn cloudy and breezy, and rain outbreaks in the west “moving gradually to east”
  • By evening, the forecast states “becoming drier to east of high ground”

The Met Office forecast for Friday night reads: “Rain in east clearing, then mild with drier spells, but rain in the north-west moving south-east to be over southern Scotland later.

“Heavy showers and gales following across far north.”

On Saturday, “severe gales” and “squally showers” are forecast for the far north.

Showers and sunny spells are expected in the northern parts of the UK, and a “band of rain” will move south across central areas. 

A “mainly dry and bright” day is forecast for the south on Saturday.

Follow below for the latest weather updates. Refresh your browser for the latest weather news. All times are in GMT. 

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Windy weather maps show Scotland could see some snow over the coming days.

Snow accumulation maps over the next five days (November 20 to 25) show there could be a some snow over western, central and northern areas of Scotland.

Some areas on the map are green, suggesting more than 10cm, or four inches, of snow could fall during this period.

8am update: Met Office outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

The Met Office are forceasting a “mainly dry” day for the south on Sunday, but “blustery showers” are predicted for the north.

After the weekend, rain followed by showers are forecast for the north on Monday and Tuesday.

It will be a “dry, bright Monday” in the south, but rain is expected to follow on Tuesday.

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Royal disaster as princess can’t return home for Christmas due to coronavirus panic

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Currently the princess lives in Florida with her British-American husband Christopher O’Neill. According to Swedish magazine Svensk Damtidning the couple had been hoping to return for the birthday of Queen Silvia, Madeleine’s mother, on December 23 and then Christmas.

However, coronavirus restrictions mean they will not be able to travel over from the United States.

Margareta Thorgren, communications manager for the Swedish Royal Family, provided details to Svensk Damtidning.

She said: “Princess Madeleine lives in Florida and there are stricter restrictions. The family respects them.

“Therefore, it is not possible for the princess to travel and they cannot come home for Christmas.”

Madeleine, aged 38, is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

She moved to Florida, along with her partner, from London in August 2018.

The couple have three children; Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas and Princess Adrienne.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic they have been unable to return to Sweden since March.

As a result they missed celebrations for Sweden’s National Day which took place on June 6.

Madeleine and Christopher was married in 2013 at Stockholm’s Royal Palace.

The Princess met her future husband, who works in finance, via a mutual friend.

They first publicly announced they were a couple in 2011 and became engaged the following year.


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Royals, like their subjects, have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic across the world.

In the UK both Prince Charles and Prince William were diagnosed with the regime in spring.

Earlier this month it was announced William had “tested positive in April”, but kept the diagnosis secret to avoid raising public alarm.

Charles, who only experienced mild COVID-19 symptoms after being diagnosed with the disease in March, recovered after spending seven days in isolation at the royal Balmoral estate.

Speaking to Sky News he later said: “I was lucky in my case.

“But I’ve had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through.

“I feel particularly for those who have lost their loved ones and have been unable to be with them at the time. That, to me, is the most ghastly thing.”

In April the Queen broadcast a message to the nation whilst the first coronavirus wave was at its peak.

In an allusion to WW2 she said: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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U.S. judge dismisses part of diesel criminal case against Fiat Chrysler engineer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge in Detroit on Tuesday dismissed a portion of a criminal case against a Fiat Chrysler FCHA.MI senior manager who was charged as part of the government’s probe into cheating on diesel emissions tests by the automaker.

FILE PHOTO: A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) sign is at the U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Emanuele Palma was charged in September 2019 with making and causing Fiat Chrysler to make misstatements to U.S. regulators about diesel engines’ emission control systems and wire fraud.

Of the 13 count indictment, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds dismissed four counts and a portion of one count – all relating to wire fraud, ruling the causal connection between the alleged deceit and customers’ loss of money was “tenuous at best.”

Palma, an Italian citizen and auto engineer, is set to go trial in April 2021.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, Fiat Chrysler and lawyers for Palma did not immediately comment late Tuesday.

U.S. officials embarked on a wide-ranging investigation into diesel emissions cheating in the auto industry after Volkswagen AG VOWG_p.DE admitted in September 2015 to using secret software to evade emissions rules.

Nine people have been charged in the Volkswagen probe, while only Palma has been charged in the Fiat Chrysler case. Two people charged in the Volkswagen case received prison sentences after pleading guilty, while the other seven including former CEO Martin Winterkorn remain abroad and have never made U.S. court appearances.

Fiat Chrysler in January 2019 agreed to an $800 million settlement to resolve civil claims from the Justice Department, California Air Resources Board and vehicle owners that it used illegal software which produced false results on diesel-emissions tests.

Last month, the Italian-American automaker recognized a new 222 million euro ($263 million) provision to settle matters primarily related to the DOJ’s ongoing criminal probe into diesel emissions.

Fiat Chrysler said at the time that settlement talks were ongoing and it was not clear if an agreement would be reached.

It separately agreed in September to pay $9.5 million to settle allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it misled investors over its compliance with emissions regulations.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Archewell ‘not pronounced like everyone thinks’

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The new website features just two main aspects: an explanation as to the etymology of the name, and a mailing list sign up. The etymology is very important to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with ‘arche’ being an Ancient Greek word meaning “source of action” and a well being “a plentiful source or supply, or a place we go to dig deep”. It is the love for the word ‘arche’ that inspired the name of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

However, Archewell may not be pronounced as many people think it is.

Most people believe it is pronounced with a ‘ch’ sound like in the name Archie, but the Greek word ‘Arche’ is actually pronounced with a ‘k’ like in archetype.

Therefore, if this is where the word is coming from, it would make more sense for it to be pronounced with that ‘k’ sound.

On the other hand, one royal expert has insisted the Sussexes’ team are also using the ‘ch’ sound like in Archie.

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.

Ms Gripper noted how the Greek pronunciation had been pointed out to her on the podcast’s Instagram page.

The commenter wrote: “If it’s based on the Greek word Arche, as in archetype, then ‘ch’ would be pronounced like a ‘k’ as in archetype, not ‘ch’ as in Archie.”

The host said: “That’s an interesting thing, we need to find out whether it’s Arche-well, Arch-e-well, Ark-e-well…”

Mr Myers said: “It’s definitely Arche-well. Well, that’s how their people are describing it.”

If it is true that Meghan and Harry are indeed using the ‘ch’ sound as in Archie, they have necessarily adapted the original word.

For this reason, Ms Gripper called them “language modernisers”.

Archewell is the organisation that has sprung up from the ashes of Sussex Royal, which they had to give up after stepping down as senior royals.

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The Queen told her grandson he was not to use the term ‘royal’ in his projects anymore.

Archewell’s tagline says it is committed to “creating compassionate communities” and the couple have said it will focus on creating “humane tech”.

This comes after a series of virtual engagements in which they discussed the negative impact of the Internet and social media on people’s wellbeing.

Harry has claimed there is a “crisis” of hate, health and misinformation online and that he and Meghan want to work towards improving the online environment.

It is likely that they have been somewhat inspired by their own experiences of being the target of hate and trolling.

In one analysis by Hope Not Hate, it was found that Meghan was the target of 5,200 nasty tweets in just a couple of months, some of which were racist and/or sexist in nature.

While most of the tweets came from just 20 accounts, the effects of social media harassment can be damaging for mental health.

Hosting a special edition of the Time100 talks last month, Meghan admitted she and Harry “don’t speak tech” but that they “know the experience of being a human being and the pain and suffering and joy that has come from this world wide web”.

The new Archewell page reveals that the organisation is based in Los Angeles, close to the couple’s new $14million Santa Barbara home.

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